A week ago, the New York Post reported that local immigrants were packing up chow purchased with food stamps and shipping off the free-to-them food to their homelands.
Further investigation by the paper has now found that selling those giant containers of food is a thriving business for diverse immigrants. The photo shows a man in the Dominican city of Santiago with a barrel of welfare edibles that will be sold on the black market, on the back of the unwilling American taxpayer.
The Post’s earlier article remarked that welfare food was never meant to be aid abroad, and noted the United States spent $522.7 million on foreign aid to the Caribbean last fiscal year. Now we learn that tax money spent to prevent hunger is being pissed away in a double fraud.
But immigrants practicing the fraud think it’s a fine way to make some extra cash: “It’s a really easy way to make money, and it doesn’t cost me anything,” a seller named Maria-Teresa said Friday.
Oh sure — stealing from Americans is fine; they have too much money anyway. That’s the immigrant attitude.
The Post had an appropriate graphic:
FYI: the number of non-citizens receiving food stamps has quadrupled since 2001.
Food-stamp fraud in New York has turned into foreign aid — to black-market profiteers in the Dominican Republic.
Last week, The Post revealed how New Yorkers on welfare are buying food with their benefit cards and shipping it in blue barrels to poor relatives in the Caribbean.
But not everyone is giving the taxpayer-funded fare to starving children abroad. The Post last week found two people hawking barrels of American products for a profit on the streets of Santiago.
“It’s a really easy way to make money, and it doesn’t cost me anything,” a seller named Maria-Teresa said Friday.
The 47-year-old Bronx native told The Post she scalps barrels of Frosted Flakes and baby formula bought with welfare money in the United States.
Maria-Teresa said she gets new barrels every few weeks from her sister, who buys everything at a Western Beef on Prospect Avenue near East 165th Street in Foxhurst.
The scamming sibling pays $75 per barrel to transport the items to the DR through Mott Haven’s Luciano Shipping. Sometimes the family fraudsters take advantage of a special: three barrels for the price of two.
Maria-Teresa said she uses some of the products but vends the rest out of her Santiago home, providing markdowns of $1 to $2 compared to what her buyers would pay in local shops.
Fox News’ adversarial approach in issue presentation leaves a great deal to be desired: “Fair and balanced” sets up opposing voices to show both sides of an issue. However, that strategy often produces more clamor than facts.
One recent example was Laura Ingraham’s presentation on the O’Reilly Factor about the media’s cover-up of illegal alien crimes, that normal reporting of crimes often omits the detail that the accused (or convicted) perp is an unlawful foreigner. It’s an important topic, but it got lost when the immigration attorney Daniel Hernandez wouldn’t shut up and allow CIS’ expert Steve Camarota to speak. The segment started off well, but disintegrated at the end — kind of proving the point that open-border activists will do anything to block information about the many illegal alien criminals assaulting this nation’s public safety.
The media would rather present happy-talk propaganda about alleged valedictorian aliens when there are far more dangerous foreign criminals than angelic scholars. Otherwise there wouldn’t be so many carve-outs in the Senate amnesty bill for violent criminals.
The Ingraham piece would have been enormously improved by having an informative chat with Steve Camarota only, who has done numerous reports for the Center for Immigration Studies and is very knowledgeable. Canada’s SunTV does one-on-one interviews with experts all the time and they are far more satisfying than the shouting matches one sees on Fox.
One topic that was stomped by the immigration lawyer was the San Francisco triple murder of the Bologna family, a father and two sons (pictured) by a previously arrested illegal alien who mistook them for enemy gangsters — a subject thoroughly covered in VDARE.com by myself and others. But Fox viewers didn’t get the whole disturbing story of how San Francisco’s sanctuary policy protected future multiple murderer Edwin Ramos from deportation even after arrests for violent crimes. Camarota tried to explain the crime’s background, but it’s hard to detail a complex case while a noisy lawyer is trying to drown out your points.
It would be much better to have an informational discussion with an expert rather than a shouting match where facts are lost in the noise. Of course, it Ingraham could have exerted more control over the situation, but never told the obnoxious lawyer to stop interrupting. The segment was decent and focused on an ignored topic, but could have been more instructive by a calm presentation of facts about illegal alien crime by knowledgeable persons.
It’s easy to forget what a complete lying weasel Rep. Anthony Weiner was back when his original digital flashing scandal erupted. Fortunately, the ever helpful Youtube can refresh our memories, in particular the following clip from the Hating Breitbart film which reviews Weiner’s behavior and the media making excuses for him.
Even without the creepy sexting stuff, Weiner has no discernable warmth or human appeal, and it’s amazing that he could get elected to anything, much less to the US Congress. Of course, New York City is very forgiving toward liberal Democrats, so who knows what will happen at the ballot box.
More concerning is his wife Huma Abedin (shown below), a princess of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose family is linked in at the highest levels to the terrorist-in-suits organization. She was a top advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for several years, and one wonders how much she influenced top leaders to believe that the Muslim Brotherhood could be a suitable partner in the Middle East for America.
The odd couple of Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin is extreme even in a political culture that is becoming more clownish by the day. Their pairing shows the lengths that power-seekers will go to grab the prize. Both needed a spouse to prove their normality in order to advance their careers, and they weren’t getting any younger. Huma looked like a good catch because of her Clinton connections and general attractiveness to the gnomish Anthony. Huma may now regret her choice of the perverse flasher, but picking a New York Jew as a husband had the advantage of making her look less like the true Muslim Brotherhood daughter she is.
Author and prosecutor of the Blind Sheik, Andrew McCarthy gave an hour-long speech at the National Press Club last August to warn of Islamic infiltration. One of his arguments was to analyze the ways in which Obama’s government has “embraced a number of Muslim Brotherhood positions that undermine both American constitutional rights and our alliance with Israel” which was a marked reversal of the previous policy to avoid dealing directly with the Brotherhood.
Another topic during that presentation was Huma Abedin and her curiously unexamined position in the American government, remarking that she could not get a security clearance based on her activities and affiliations.
McCarthy updated his Abedin concerns in a recent article:
Charlotte’s revulsion over Huma Abedin’s calculated “stand by your man” routine is surely right. Still, it is amazing, as we speculate about Ms. Abedin’s political future, that the elephant in the room goes unnoticed, or at least studiously unmentioned.
Sorry to interrupt the Best Enabler of a Sociopath Award ceremony but, to recap, Ms. Abedin worked for many years at a journal that promotes Islamic-supremacist ideology that was founded by a top al-Qaeda financier, Abdullah Omar Naseef. Naseef ran the Rabita Trust, a formally designated foreign terrorist organization under American law. Ms. Abedin and Naseef overlapped at the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (JMMA) for at least seven years. Throughout that time (1996–2003), Ms. Abdein worked for Hillary Clinton in various capacities.
Ms. Abedin’s late father, Dr. Zyed Abedin, was recruited by Naseef to run the JMMA in Saudi Arabia. The journal was operated under the management of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, a virulently anti-Semitic and sharia-supremacist organization. When Dr. Abedin died, editorial control of the journal passed to his wife, Dr. Saleha Mahmood Abedin — Huma’s mother.
Saleha Abedin is closely tied to the Muslim Brotherhood and to supporters of violent jihad. Among other things, she directs an organization – the International Islamic Committee for Woman and Child. The IICWC, through its parent entity (the International Islamic Council for Dawa and Relief), is a component of the Union for Good (also known as the Union of Good), another formally designated terrorist organization. The Union for Good is led by Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the notorious Muslim Brotherhood jurist who has issued fatwas calling for the killing of American military and support personnel in Iraq as well as suicide bombings in Israel. (As detailed here, the Obama White House recently hosted Qaradawi’s principal deputy, Sheikh Abdulla bin Bayyah, who also endorsed the fatwa calling for the killing of U.S. troops and personnel in Iraq.)
Like Sheikh Qaradawi, who helped write the charter for the IICWC, Saleha Abedin is an influential sharia activist who has, for example, published a book called Women in Islam that claims man-made laws enslave women. It reportedly provides sharia justifications for such practices as female-genital mutilation, the death penalty for apostates from Islam, the legal subordination of women, and the participation of women in violent jihad. Dr. Abedin has nevertheless been hailed in the progressive press as a “leading voice on women’s rights in the Muslim world” (to quote Foreign Policy). What they never quite get around to telling you is that this means “women’s rights” in the repressive sharia context. Continue reading this article
An aide to House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) confirmed for Breitbart News he is open to attempting to salvage the Senate’s immigration bill via a conference report with a single House bill or combination of House bills.
“As Speaker Boehner has emphatically stated, any immigration reform bill and conference report must have a majority of support from the House Republican majority,” the House Judiciary Committee aide said in an email.
Despite this stance, Goodlatte’s aide said that he “opposes the Senate bill since it makes many of the same mistakes made in the 1986 immigration law, which got us into this mess in the first place. Among his many concerns, the Senate bill does not adequately address the interior enforcement of our immigration laws and allows the President to waive many, if not most, of the bill’s requirements. Unlike the Senate, the House Judiciary Committee is taking a step-by-step approach to immigration reform, carefully and methodically reviewing each component in detail so that we get immigration reform right.”
Goodlatte differs from House Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Michael McCaul, who told Breitbart News that he does not think the House should try to salvage the Senate bill via a conference with any House bills. Continue reading this article
From Arizona comes this curious twist on a refugee terrorist story: Abdullatif Ali Aldosary (pictured), the Iraqi who tried to blow up the Casa Grande Social Security office last fall, has also been charged with the murder of a co-worker which occurred a few days before the bombing.
I blogged on the case when it happened, in particular because another Iraqi refugee was cut undue slack for criminal behavior. Aldosary had been arrested at least twice and had spent eight months in jail for aggravated harassment. Nevertheless, he was allowed to remain in this country.
As local Congressman Paul Gosar asked in a letter to Homeland Security, “Why wasn’t a known terrorist detained and deportation proceedings initiated once DHS concluded he was engaging in terrorism related activity?”
FBI investigators have linked a bombing outside of a Casa Grande Social Security office to a shooting at a grain factory in Maricopa. The suspect is now charged with murder, attempted murder, and arson.
Within days, investigators tied Abdullatif Ali Aldosary to the shooting and the bombing. But right now they won’t give us a motive or tell us why he would kill his former coworker then try and set off a bomb in a government building.
Abdullatif Aldosary was charged with 14 counts of attempted murder and one count of murder. Investigators say back in November, Aldosary walked into Arizona Grain and killed 26-year-old Orlando Requena, a father of three.
“Tragedy struck the city of Maricopa, tragedy struck the Requena family, tragedy struck the Arizona Grain Company,” said Steve Stahl, Police Chief of Maricopa.
It’s sad to see Republicans fall all over themselves to support the DREAM Act concept of forgiving illegal alien kiddies who were brought as blameless toddlers to America, or so the narrative goes. The policy may seem kind-hearted and fair to innocent moppets, but in fact DREAMerism changes the rules in a basic way for the worse. A fundamental misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment has given us a century of birth citizenship, and moving the goalposts a further16 years or 35 years from the moment of birth is the wrong direction to go. Genuine “reform” worthy of the term should end the disaster of birth citizenship, not expand the principle.
Of course, if kids are the keys to the kingdom, then they will more frequently be toted across the dangerous southern border, where there has been a “big surge” in crossing deaths — 477 in 2012.
Here’s Congressman Trey Gowdy pledging his allegiance to DREAMer forgiveness because of his interpretation of the law, he argued during the Judiciary Committee hearing July 23:
In his statement for the hearing, Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte professed similar warm and fuzzy thoughts about young illegal aliens “who were brought here as young children by their parents through no fault of their own.”
On Tuesday, a group of Special Ops veterans, members of Congress and concerned citizens gathered near the Capitol to call for a House Select Committee to investigate the Benghazi terrorist murders of four Americans on September 11 last year. The one-year anniversary is coming up in a few weeks and no jihadist perps have been caught, plus many questions persist about why no armed forces were sent to rescue the ambassador and other persons stationed in the Libyan town doing America’s diplomatic business.
SpecialOperationsSpeaks.com presented the event and has details. Speakers at the outdoors presser included Col. Allen West, Rep. Louie Gohmert, Rep. Paul Broun, Frank Gaffney (Center for Security Policy), Niger Innes (TeaParty.net).
Here’s Gohmert (R-TX):
A video report on Fox showed some clips from the presser and the political likelihood of a Select Committee. It gets harder as Obama continues to run out the clock on public attention with distractions like the Trayvon frenzy.
Several members of Congress joined representatives of the special forces military veterans and grassroots organizations on Tuesday to launch an effort to force the House to have a thorough, public investigation into the terrorist attack at Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) has introduced legislation to create a special select committee to investigate both the terrorist attack and subsequent actions by President Barack Obama’s administration and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department. Wolf’s bill has 161 co-sponsors. House GOP Leadership has not scheduled a vote on the bill.
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) plans to harness the support for Wolf’s bill into a “discharge petition” that would force a floor vote on the bill. The petition would need to be signed by 218 members of the House.
“I’m going to describe what a discharge petition is because a lot of people have asked me questions exactly what it is,” Stockman said at the Tuesday press conference outside the U.S. Capitol building. “It’s to ask our leadership or actually demand from our leadership that we have a vote on Frank Wolf’s bill. [Wolf is] a congressman from Virginia who has a long history of being here and is articulate in demanding that we have an independent investigation.” Continue reading this article
Since California is attractive to immigrants and illegal aliens, we can assume many of the newbies will settle in the state. A recent PPIC factsheet estimated that one in four foreign-born persons in the United States resides in California; it would be reasonable to think that a similar proportion of new immigrants would do likewise. Yes, the state economy stinks, but pre-existing relatives there and liberal policies are still magnets.
Assuming 30 million new immigrants in the next decade (rather than today’s 10 million, 1 M annually), a quarter of that would be 7.5 million more water-using residents ending up in Crowdifornia. Given the region’s natural history, Washington’s crazy-growth immigration policy is environmentally unsustainable and guarantees worsened water supply problems in the future.
According to the big liars in Washington, nobody’s crossing the border any more, which is supposedly locked up tighter than a tick, but in case it isn’t, then the Senate bill will line up 20,000 new Border Patrol agents to scare off the intrusive foreigners.
Reports from the actual border create a different impression. More aliens are coming, perhaps because they heard a mega-amnesty is being brewed up, so they want to break in to get it. One by-product is a growing pile of dead bodies in border zone, of people who were so desperate to grab an American job that they cross the southwest desert in the brutal summer. But the cheap labor lobby wants a firehose supply of cheap workers, so the amnesty is talked up.
Each year dozens of illegal immigrants are found dead along the U.S.-Mexican border, usually from sweltering heat or from bullets fired by human smugglers
FALFURRIAS, Texas – Deputy Rolando Gutierrez knew he’d be breaking up domestic disputes and handing out speeding tickets as part of his duties when he joined the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office two years ago.
He didn’t expect all the bodies. Several times a week, Gutierrez is called out on a “Code 500” – the department’s call sign for a dead body found in the county. The bodies are believed to be immigrants crossing into the U.S. illegally from the nearby border with Mexico who are either killed and left behind by smugglers or die in the withering heat.
And their numbers are rising at an startling rate. Deputies picked up 129 bodies last year, a nearly 100% jump from 2011 and the most ever recorded in the county, according to sheriff’s office statistics. Brooks County contributed to nearly one-third of all the bodies recovered across the entire 2,000-mile U.S. border with Mexico last year. So far this year, deputies have found 39 bodies and are on pace to surpass last year’s tally, given that most of the cadavers show up in the hot months of July, August and September. There are more immigrants dying in Brooks County than in any other place in Texas.
“We’ve been busier than ever this year,” Gutierrez said. “A lot of people don’t know what’s happening out here. There doesn’t seem to be an end to it.” Continue reading this article
As shown by the chart below, the number of non-citizens receiving food stamps has quadrupled since 2001. But according to an investigation by the New York Post, a lot of the free-to-them food is being packed up in giant containers and shipped to the immigrants’ homelands.
As one of the persons interviewed in the following article observes, the food stamp program was never meant to be foreign aid. We taxpayers already fork over billions of dollars in foreign aid every year ($23B in 2012), including Islamic hellholes like Pakistan and Egypt.
However, the redistribution sector highlighted in the Post focuses on the Caribbean, which is to be expected given New York’s flavor of diversity.
Food stamps are paying for trans-Atlantic takeout — with New Yorkers using taxpayer-funded benefits to ship food to relatives in Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Welfare recipients are buying groceries with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and packing them in giant barrels for the trip overseas, The Post found.
The practice is so common that hundreds of 45- to 55-gallon cardboard and plastic barrels line the walls of supermarkets in almost every Caribbean corner of the city.
The feds say the moveable feasts go against the intent of the $86 billion welfare program for impoverished Americans.
A spokeswoman for the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service said welfare benefits are reserved for households that buy and prepare food together. She said states should intervene if people are caught shipping nonperishables abroad.
Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, called it just another example of welfare abuse.
“I don’t want food-stamp police to see what people do with their rice and beans, but it’s wrong,” Tanner told The Post. “The purpose of this program is to help Americans who don’t have enough to eat. This is not intended as a form of foreign aid.”
So the recent burqa riot in the suburban community of Trappes is not without precedent, but at least the authorities are still trying to enforce the law and resist the Muslim mob.
The rioting started when a police officer ticketed a burqa and her husband then tried to strangle the officer. Many Muslims do not think that they are required to follow western laws. Why would any sane country admit immigrants with that sort of supremacist attitude?
Violence erupts after man tries to strangle policeman who ticketed his wife for wearing the Muslim veil
TRAPPES, France (AP) — About 250 people hurling projectiles clashed with police firing tear gas west of Paris, in apparent protest over enforcement of France’s ban on Islamic face veils. Five people were injured and six detained in the violence, authorities said Saturday.
The interior minister urged calm and dialogue, insisting on both the need for public order and respect for France’s Muslims. The incident in the town of Trappes on Friday night reflected sporadic tensions between police upholding France’s strict policies of secularism and those who accuse authorities of discriminating against France’s No. 2 religion.
A few garbage dumpsters in the area were torched and a bus shelter shattered in the Trappes unrest. Spent tear gas capsules lay on the road Saturday near the police station at the center of the violence.
A 14-year-old boy suffered a serious eye injury in the violence, from a projectile of unknown provenance, Prosecutor Vincent Lesclous told reporters. Four police officers were injured and six people were detained in the violence, said an official with the regional police administration. Continue reading this article
My two cents on the Trayvon frenzy: there’s a big element of emotional displacement of black anger with the President transferred to this case. Many blacks are deeply disappointed with the Obama Presidency, in particular the terrible unemployment because of his destructive handling of the economy. Life for millions of black citizens has gotten worse, not better, under the African-American President, but it is taboo to criticize him, so their outrage has been funneled into the highly publicized shooting and trial.
If there were jobs and a sense of hope about the future, the trial’s outcome might have been more easily accepted. But Obama has given far more attention to the imagined concerns of hispanics than to his own paternal race, who have to riot to get noticed by the President.
Speaking of riots, on Wednesday I had to go to downtown Oakland for a rare necessary errand. There had been several nights of violence, so I was interested in how things looked. The Sears store was all fixed (after $50,000 in broken windows) as if nothing had happened. The damage shown below was repaired by Wednesday:
Not so much at the Oakland Tribune, where the windows were covered with plywood. California Bank around the corner was also boarded up. My photo below:
Meanwhile, the bright lights on the Oakland City Council are debating whether hammers and clubs should be disallowed at political protests. Hammers are particularly at issue since a waiter at the upscale Dogwood bar was struck in the face with a hammer during Monday’s violence.
Anarchists and other thugs carrying tools for smashing buildings and people routinely show up at “free-speech” events with their faces completely covered. Why doesn’t Oakland make masks in public places illegal? Masks have no place in an open society. Plus, the city’s reduced police force needs all the help it can get to identify and arrest destructive rioters.
OAKLAND — City leaders are reconsidering a proposal that would make it illegal to carry makeshift weapons, such as hammers, at protests after a downtown restaurant worker was struck in the face by a hammer-wielding vandal during a protest Monday.
Councilman Noel Gallo, who heads the council’s Public Safety Committee, said he will try Thursday to schedule a debate on the plan that council members quickly dropped last year in the face of rowdy Occupy Oakland protesters.
The plan, initially proposed by Council President Pat Kernighan and City Attorney Barbara Parker, would make it a misdemeanor to bring items to protests that could be used as weapons or for vandalism, such as clubs, wrenches, paint projectiles and firecrackers. The goal was to help police weed out agitators from groups of protesters before the protests got violent. Continue reading this article
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