RefugeeResettlementWatch's Ann Corcoran Is Interviewed by the Daily Caller

What a nice surprise to see Ann Corcoran of RefugeeResettlementWatch being interviewed by the ever-curious Ginni Thomas at the The title of the piece is tied to Labor Day, but the discussion is really about the refugee system as a whole and how shielded it is from any oversight from the American people.

Watch the 22-minute video.

Important points covered: the United Nations chooses the refugees to be resettled in America, citizens’ taxes pay the bill not churchie do-gooders and how the definition of “refugee” is being redefined to suit open-borders extremists.

Also shocking is how resettlement organizations like the taxpayer-funded Catholic Charities lobby for the inclusion of more Muslims at a time when Christians are suffering genocide in the Middle East from Muslims.

It’s too bad Corcoran didn’t have enough time to examine the failure of Somali refugees to assimilate, but she did briefly discuss the cultural mismatch shown by the case of the Burmese Muslim Esar Met who raped and murdered a 7-year-old Christian girl just a month after he arrived.

Below, incoming Somali refugees learn the fine points of operating a modern stove.

Former Liberal: Obama’s Immigration Plan Amounts To A War On Workers, Daily Caller, August 31, 2014

As Labor Day looms, President Obama’s immigration policy looks to become a war on American workers. Without prioritizing who’s allowed to come to America, former liberal Ann Corcoran says “the American worker loses. The numbers are too high. We can’t assimilate this many people.”

Marylander Ann Corcoran, who says she was “tea party” before the movement existed, has written a daily blog, as a volunteer activist, at Refugee Resettlement Watch for the last seven years to inform and engage citizens.

Refugee Resettlement Watch is a small but growing daily blog focused on how the government has resettled over 3 million refugees since 1975. Without any financial backing, she is doing what the media and Congress have failed to do – tracking how a federal program is functioning. Corcoran, who has published over 2,500 posts now, says “the open border left wants no borders.” And those involved with resettling refugees with the U.N. and Washington want no scrutiny of this program.

American-bound refugees are selected by the U.N. Then the State Department and the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement, are tasked to operate with nine major federal contractors who monopolize the program and contract work to 300 subcontractors to place refugees throughout the nation. According to Corcoran, HHS has now identified growing “pockets of resistance.” Ever vigilant, HHS sends another contractor, “Welcoming America,” to set communities’ “minds right.” Continue reading this article

Diverse Muslim Immigration Has Made Britain a Terror Exporter

How the nation of Churchill has fallen. Once a bastion of freedom and the ideals of Western civilization, the foolish embrace of multiculturalism has weakened its belief in foundational principles and opened its doors to barbaric enemies.

Dale Hurd reports on the startling cultural degradation, ranging from sharia-run neighborhoods to British soldier Lee Rigby being slaughtered on a London street in the name of Islam and young English girls being systematically abused by Muslim rape gangs as authorities looked the other way.

In 1961, the Muslims residing in England and Wales numbered only 50,000, just .1 percent of the population of those nations. Unwise immigration caused the damage.

A recent study found that white British children will be outnumbered in state school classrooms in England within 23 years — so quickly has immigration transformed the nation’s demographic make-up.

Now British-born and -raised Muslims are active jihadists spreading Allah’s special chaos in the Middle East. Authorities fear their violent return and recently increased the terror threat assessment to Severe, the second-highest level.

Obviously the lesson of Britain for Western nations is to end Muslim immigration completely yesterday.

How Britain Became a Global Exporter of Terrorism, CBN News, by Dale Hurd, August 29, 2014

LONDON – No one who has been paying attention to the growth of radical Islam in Britain should have been surprised that the terrorist who stood over murdered American journalist James Foley had a London accent.

Over a thousand British Muslims are now fighting for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. And more are joining every day.

“The key thing to realize about British fighters in Syria is they’re not there to take a back seat role. They are very much at the forefront of this conflict,” Shiraz Maher, an expert at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said.

Exporter of Terror
Britain is now a major exporter of terrorists, the result of multiculturalism. There have been warning signs for years.

Eight years ago, CBN News showed viewers Muslims protesting in London against the Mohammed cartoons and chanting “Jihad is on its way.”

Today, Britain has functioning Sharia courts and Sharia patrols enforcing Islamic law on the streets.

Islamic halal food is everywhere. And Islam is today the fastest growing religion in the United Kingdom. Continue reading this article

Mexican Cartels Increase Human Smuggling Portfolio

The Mexican crime syndicates may be murderous thugs but they didn’t make billions of dollars by being stupid about business. When they saw the market changing in their area of operations because of America’s weakened border enforcement, they decided to adjust their strategy accordingly.

The cartels saw Obama’s amnesty chatter as creating a potential for profit and promoted their kid-carry business as a result.

Unfortunately for America, the cartels’ increased emphasis on people smuggling makes the terrorism threat more concerning, since ISIS has $2 billion in cash. The price tag on transporting a Central American to the US runs from $5,000 to $10,000 these days. Obviously a dangerous fellow or group from the Middle East, perhaps carrying a WMD, could be made to pay far more.

The major cartels may realize that a major terrorist attack and resulting crackdown might be bad for their business overall, but all it would take is one small group of Mexicans to help smuggle jihadists across the border.

For some cartels, human smuggling has taken priority over drugs, Dallas News, by Alfredo Corchado, August 29, 2014

EL PASO — With recent waves of Central Americans seeking to reach the U.S., human smuggling along the Texas border has, at least for the moment, become more lucrative than smuggling illicit drugs for criminal organizations such as the Gulf and Zetas cartels, according to two U.S. intelligence officials.

U.S. agents tracking the money flow as part of the anti-smuggling Operation Coyote say that in just over six months, human smuggling has generated nearly $50 million, mostly in the area around the Mexican border city of Reynosa. The revenue has helped sustain the Gulf cartel during a bloody internal split, the officials said. Some factions of the Gulf cartel are now working with the Sinaloa cartel, they said, and another faction has joined forces with the Zetas, increasing violence and making the situation along the border more perilous.

“I’m not suggesting that the cartels have abandoned their drug-smuggling activities,” said Oscar Hagelsieb, assistant special agent-in-charge of Homeland Security Investigations in El Paso. “But with all the money to be made in human smuggling, they clamped their claws into it as well. Big time.

“Without a doubt, there are Gulf cartel links. We’ve been able to trace millions of dollars going into the Reynosa area. You cannot operate a criminal venture of that magnitude without the cartels having a major role in it.”

He said that U.S. authorities have identified “key operatives” of other cartels in the region “that are now heavily involved in alien smuggling.” Continue reading this article

Government Secrecy about Dumped Alien Kids Is Investigated

Now self-liberated from CBS News, ace investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson is digging up facts on important topics like government secrecy.

The feds are particularly silent about the whereabouts of tens of thousands of illegal alien children it has redistributed all around the country, she has learned. The little lawbreakers have privacy rights, the bureaucrats argue.

Nobody cares about their individual identity, but taxpayers have a right to the facts about where the foreigners are being housed, educated and at what cost. Parents need to know whether they need to move their kids to private school if the public classrooms become too academically compromised by diversity.

Plus, there’s no guarantee that the dumped kids will be properly immunized against communicable disease by the time they appear in America’s classrooms. If the kids don’t get immediate first-class school services, then La Raza and the usual suspects will start complaining about anti-hispanic racism. Public health will be a lesser concern compared with jamming foreign kids into classrooms ASAP.

In the video below, amnesty hucksters claim that kiddies will be endangered by hateful racist Americans if shelter locations are revealed. In fact, citizen safety is far more imperiled by the so-called children, most of whom are teenaged (and older) males, some with gang tattoos.

Investigating Washington: Is the government sharing enough information about ‘unaccompanied alien children’ with the public?, By Sharyl Attkisson, ABC7 WJLA Washington, August 29, 2014

WASHINGTON (WJLA) – Hundreds of demonstrators marched outside the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency on Thursday, demanding Congressional action on immigration reform. Many were arrested.

This comes as some states continue to struggle with what to do with the influx of unaccompanied children coming across the border.

The government has abruptly shut down operations at Fort Sill in Oklahoma and two other military bases that sheltered more than 7,700 minors the government refers to as “unaccompanied alien children.”

Thousands have been transferred to 150 shelters around the country, mostly group homes run by nonprofits. But try to find out exactly where and the government won’t answer—not the public or reporters, not even members of Congress. Continue reading this article

Washington Lawmakers Find Voters Are Angry about Immigration Anarchy

The August Congressional recess is nearly over and many elected members apparently got an earful from constituents. And it’s not surprising that voters would be furious since the brazen extent of Democrat lawlessness has been on full display, particularly with its open-borders kiddie fiasco.

It is clear to anyone paying attention that the Democrats will break any law to create a permanent liberal majority by importing a new big-government-preferring people, because liberals cannot convince Americans to embrace their left-wing issues of equal outcomes rather than opportunity, maximum free stuff and rejection of competence.

The school tsunami has been building over recent weeks, with an estimated 50,000 illegal alien children currently being parceled out by the federal government across the country for free-to-them education and a generous array of freebies.

Did the Obama administration think that media sob stories about suffering chldren would shut down objections to the massive import of young welfare users? Or did too many gazillion thousands of needy foreigners show up? Reports about disease took hold in the public mind, and the scruffy kids looked more like sickness spreaders than adorable moppets clutching teddy bears.

Below, a crowded government flophouse for illegal aliens in Brownsville.

At any rate, polls show the public’s rejection of open borders for freeloaders. Rasmussen pollsters found 53 percent of voters thought the illegal kids should not be allowed to attend local schools.

The tyrannical executive amnesty to turn America hispanic Democrat is opposed as well. An IBD/TIPP poll found 63 percent opposed an executive order to “slow deportation of undocumented immigrants by providing them with legal protection and work permits” (aka Amnesty).

Seventy percent of Americans believe illegal immigration threatens traditional culture, according to a recent IPSOS/Reuters survey.

The Polling Company found a desire among the public for enforcement, with 81 percent of citizens favoring the protection of American workers.

So yes, the citizens are riled up that the country’s immigration laws and borders are not being enforced, particularly at a time when jihadist enemies would love to attack America.

In town halls, U.S. lawmakers hear voter anger over illegal migrants, Reuters, August 28, 2014

(Reuters) – When Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling sat down with colleagues and constituents at a recent Chamber of Commerce lunch in Dallas, the first question he faced was whether Congress planned to address immigration policy and a burgeoning border crisis.

“I’m supposed to do this in 30 seconds?” he joked, noting the issue’s complexity. While he was optimistic about long-term prospects for dealing with border security and immigration, he said, “between now and the end of this Congress, I’m a little less sanguine about it.”

It has been a question heard repeatedly by lawmakers this month in “town hall” district meetings punctuated – and sometimes dominated – by concerns and angry outbursts over immigration policy and the crisis caused by a flood of child migrants at the southwestern border in recent months.

Those summer town halls have provided lawmakers a first-hand glimpse of growing discontent among Americans over U.S. immigration policy. Seventy percent of Americans – including 86 percent of Republicans – believe undocumented immigrants threaten traditional U.S. beliefs and customs, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted in mid-July.

Those fears have been exacerbated by the recent wave of illegal child migrants from Central America. An issue that had been simmering is now hotting up as voters prepare to go to the polls in congressional elections due in November.

The anger and frustration expressed in the town halls suggests there will be a fierce debate when U.S. lawmakers return to Washington on Sept. 8 and take up proposals to address a flood of child migrants crossing the southwestern U.S. border.

While conservative anger has not approached the levels seen during the healthcare debate in August 2009, when town halls across the country were frequently disrupted, members of both parties have been confronted on the issue.

From border states like Texas to less likely hot spots like Oregon, Colorado, and New York, Democratic and Republican lawmakers have heard a steady stream of questions and complaints from voters – most pushing for a crackdown on illegal immigration and some worried about what they see as Washington’s inaction.

“I hear it everywhere I go,” said Oregon Republican Greg Walden, who travels the country in his role as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

“The anger is palpable,” Hensarling, a six-term conservative congressman who is often identified by colleagues as a possible next Speaker of the House, told Reuters. Continue reading this article

Federal Warning Bulletin: Jihad Attack Threatened on Southern Border

Judicial Watch reports that America’s jihadist enemies plan to use the open southern border to attack us. ISIS thugs are congregating in Juarez and may be working to turn the 9/11 anniversary into another big blow, JW says.

What we don’t hear about is increased security along the border — only an urging for increased alertness. This administration appears remarkably disinterested in protecting the American people from foreign threats, as mandated by the Constitution.

Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning By Feds on US Border, JudicialWatch, August 29, 2014

Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued.  Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.

Specifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.

Intelligence officials have picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to “carry out an attack on the border,” according to one JW source.  “It’s coming very soon,” according to this high-level source, who clearly identified the groups planning the plots as “ISIS and Al Qaeda.” An attack is so imminent that the commanding general at Ft. Bliss, the U.S. Army post in El Paso, is being briefed, another source confirms. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not respond to multiple inquiries from Judicial Watch, both telephonic and in writing, about this information. Continue reading this article

Cost to Educate Dumped Alien Kids Is Toted Up for Maryland

Fox News took some basic facts from a Baltimore Sun news story and plugged in the dollars: 2804 illegal alien kids from Central America, at $13,609 per Maryland student comes out to $38,159,636. But that’s the cost for normal citizen students: the newbies also need Spanish-speaking teachers, special counselors and psychological treatment for trauma incurred on their trip.

If state taxes are not raised to pay the additional costs, then cuts will have to be made in other areas, likely in services to American students.

The Baltimore Sun account only included dollar amounts when they illustrated the sob story of what little Leonardo had to pay to reach the freebies of America.

In addition, the cultures of Central America are among the least accomplished in educational achievement as shown by the Pew Research chart. Taxpayers will be forced to pay a lot of money for illegal alien services and many of the kids will probably drop out. Some of the kiddies don’t even speak Spanish or may not attended school at all in their homelands. They are exactly the wrong sort of foreigner for America’s future workforce which will require more education, not less.

Maryland schools see influx of immigrants from Central America: Children present challenges such as learning deficits, language barriers, Baltimore Sun, August 24, 2014

With just $40 in his pocket and the killing of two friends fresh in his mind, 13-year-old Leonardo Enrique Navas set off from El Salvador in July and traveled alone for 15 days on buses and taxis until he crossed the border into Texas.

Every few days, he said, he called his mother in Maryland.

That was the first part of his American journey. When school opens Tuesday, he will have his first day in a U.S. seventh-grade classroom, at Bates Middle School in Annapolis, after being reunited with a mother he had not seen for seven years.

The thin, quiet boy will enter his classes not speaking English and with skills that may not be as advanced as those of his native-born classmates — posing challenges to educators that are being felt across Maryland.

While Maryland schools are well equipped to take in immigrants, the thousands of unaccompanied minors streaming across the border from Central America bring a new set of issues. They are most likely teenagers who not only don’t speak English but also have significant deficits in their education. School officials said they have seen nearly illiterate high-schoolers, girls who have been sexually assaulted during their journey across the border, and others who are overwhelmed and depressed.

“Many are coming with psychological or emotional trauma. Many are not literate in Spanish … and may only have gone to school up to the first or second grade. They may have huge gaps,” said Kelly Reider, coordinator for English language acquisition and international student services in Anne Arundel County.

In response, Baltimore-area schools are hiring more teachers who specialize in working with teaching foreign students, finding nonprofit partners to assist students when school resources are inadequate, and providing health clinics and group counseling sessions.

Maryland has taken in 2,804 unaccompanied immigrant children from January to July 30, the most per capita of any state, as their cases make their way through a backlogged immigration court, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More children are expected to arrive throughout the year, with estimates from the state rising as high as 2,000 to 3,000. Continue reading this article

'Europe's Last Stand' Documentary Debuts in September

As has been noticed before, demography is unforgiving. You may have a wonderful cohesive country, but if the government admits millions of immigrants who hate your national culture for reasons of religion or greed, then breakdown begins. We see this most clearly in Europe, where tens of millions of unfriendly Muslims reside and reproduce like polygamists.

In fact, the Islamic influx has been so destructive that a new documentary film has been produced with the title “Europe’s Last Stand: The Five Pillars of Islamic Conquest.” The film will premier on September 24 in Rome, but the trailer is available now:

From what can be seen so far, the film appears to be honest and gives appropriate blame to unwise immigration:

Christian Action Network to Debut New Documentary

More than four years in the making — and with more than a dozen European countries visited and investigated — “Europe’s Last Stand” is the most authoritative film ever produced documenting the rise of Islam in Western Europe.

Violence … Protests … Arrests … they are all joined together with scores of eyewitness and expert testimonies from politicians, activists, business owners and everyday citizens to tell the story of Europe’s Last Stand.


Between 1990 and 2009, 26 million Muslims have immigrated to Europe—coming from all directions and pouring into every country. No country has been hit harder than Italy with both legal and illegal Muslim immigrants.

“The problem of illegal immigration in Italy and Europe is really a big issue that concerns us all — especially immigration from Muslim countries,” says Italian Senator Enrico Pianetta. “This will be the big issue in the years to come in Italy and Europe, because the nation’s birth rate is very low in Italy, but it is a very high birth rate by the Muslim people.” Continue reading this article

Sacramento: Tim Donnelly Protests Unjust Mexican Imprisonment of American Marine

On Tuesday, the Assemblyman Donnelly rallied against the wrongful jailing of Marine Andrew Tahmooressi who took a wrong turn into Mexico with a few legal weapons in his vehicle. The arrest occurred on March 31 and Tahmooressi has been imprisoned in dirtbag Mexico ever since. Nevertheless, the United States continues to treat hostile Mexico as our great friend, which it most certainly is not.

Donnelly talked up his rally on Fox News recently:

Donnelly’s protest took place on the occasion of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s visit to Sacramento and a deluxe lunch with Gov Jerry Brown. Nieto has used the opportunity to beg for amnesty for millions of his people who reside in this country illegally.

In a rational world, it would be a matter of shame for a national leader when millions flee his country, but Nieto is not embarrassed at all because he wants the easy money of remittances (2 percent of MX’s GDP). Instead, Nieto knew his audience well enough to speak in liberal platitudes of embracing diversity by crushing America’s national sovereignty.

The Tahmooressi case is a perfect example of how Mexico plays America for a fool repeatedly, yet Washington continues to submit to the Mexicans’ two-bit harassment. Mexico pretends to be the poor victim of the colossus to the north, while Mexico is the #14 wealthiest nation on earth according to GDP. Despite Mexico’s obvious wealth, stupid Washington sends it $265 million in foreign aid (2013), allows open borders, snoozes through a trade deficit for America of $54 billion in 2013 and permits $23 billion in untaxed remittances to be sent south.

Here’s a brief interview with Donnelly during the rally from San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carla Marinucci’s Tube channel:

It would have been nice for Donnelly to mention illegal immigration as the #1 cause of tension between the United States and Mexico, but I haven’t seen it reported. A recent IPSOS poll revealed that 70 percent of Americans believe illegal immigration threatens traditional culture, and the largest number of illegal aliens are Mexicans, whose culture is quite foreign to our own.

Below, Andrew Tahmooressi, the American Marine who has been imprisoned by Mexico for nearly five months.

Update: here is a late afternoon report from Fox News that shows more of the crowd of 300 and where Donnelly mentions the word “immigration” (once):

Protesters, lawmakers criticize Mexico’s handling of Marine case, Los Angeles Times, August 26, 2014

Demonstrators, including a Republican lawmaker, gathered outside the historic Leland Stanford Mansion in Sacramento on Tuesday to protest the jailing of a U.S. Marine in Mexico.

Gov. Jerry Brown is hosting a luncheon for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at the mansion, part of Peña’s two-day visit to California.

“I refuse to eat with Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi’s captors,” said Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks), who helped organize the protest. “We want him to give us our Marine back.”

The Marine reservist, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, illegally entered Mexico in March with three firearms and is awaiting trial. Tahmooressi says he crossed the border by accident, and his case has become a cause celebre for some conservatives in the United States.

Mexican officials say the judicial system must run its course, and Brown did not publicly address the issue when he was in Mexico City on a four-day trade mission last month.

The protesters said they believed Tahmooressi’s explanation that he crossed into Mexico by accident. Continue reading this article

Anti-Outsourcing Businessman Is Featured in New Book

Economic globalization has done terrible damage to this country in its twin manifestations: Outsourcing has removed entire industries to overseas havens of cheap labor, and immigration has lowered wages for businesses that couldn’t be shipped abroad.

We see the long-term effects particularly among the lower classes. A couple generations back, a young person with average skills could go directly from high school graduation to a job at a local manufacturing plant and have a nice life.

That’s nearly all gone, because of factories sent overseas with the government’s help via bogus trade deals like NAFTA that promised no job loss for the US. Later came the assurances that outsourced jobs would be replaced by tech occupations, but those have been largely globalized away as well.

In 2012, Pat Buchanan wrote, “the United States since 2000 has lost 6 million manufacturing jobs and 55,000 factories.”

Buchanan has been a major voice warning against dismantling the country’s industrial base for years, but now there is a writer focusing on the crisis by telling the story of one man and one industry in a new book, Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local – and Helped Save an American Town.

PBS Newshour had a decent report August 20 (transcript):

NPR had a lengthier report which investigated some of the negotiations that went on between furniture executive John Bassett III and the US Commerce Dept because the Chinese furniture makers were dumping their products in the US, which is prohibited by the WTO: Continue reading this article

Video: Humans Need Not Apply

Check out this 15-minute video showing the encroachment of robots and automation ever further into the modern workplace. Describing the history of machines increasingly doing the work of humans, the narrator observes, “You may think we’ve been here before, but we haven’t. This time is different,” because today’s machines can learn and even teach themselves.

Many of the smart machines have been noted in these pages, including Baxter the trainable industrial robot (pictured), the automated coffee kiosk that remembers your java preference and self-driving cars being masterminded by Sergey Brin, a co-founder of Google.

The video gives a realistic picture of what’s coming, briefly noting that society is not prepared for very basic changes. Robots are just beginning to replace blue-collar, white-collar and professional workers, and public policy discussions need to start about the unprecedented future speeding toward us.

For starters, it’s obvious America doesn’t need more millions of low-skilled immigrants to add to an already-existing underclass for which there are few available jobs.

Vermont: Muslim War on the Word 'Bacon'

How hostile and invasive is Muslim immigration? Today’s non-headchoppy example: A Muslim woman said she was “offended” by the word “bacon” on a public advertisement and convinced the Vermont business, Sneakers Bistro, to remove it.

VladTepesBlog finds this weakness disturbing: The US free-falls into dhimmitude,

This behavior is typical Muslim supremacism. They immigrate to a non-Muslim country and then demand that the place conform to Islamic law, bit by bit in a culture war that never ends. Every small submission incites Islamics to push harder.

It’s a big mistake to knuckle under to Muslims’ ridiculous sensitivities: they say they cannot abide a porky word printed on a sign but are fine with beheading and mass murder of Christians, Jews, Hindus, Yazidis, Buddhists and anyone else not perfectly Islamic.

A young man interviewed during a news report’s film segment observed, “I’m pretty sure the First Amendment extends to bacon.”

Oh, right — free expression under the law, an American tradition Muslims don’t like.

Advertisement removed after resident expresses offense, WPTZ, August 23, 2014

WINOOSKI, Vt. —A sign on a lamp post at the bottom of the Winooski Circle displayed the words “Yield Sneakers Bacon” until Friday morning. The bistro owners took it down.

It got there as part of “Operation Bloom.”

A city program put it in place to keep its flower beds beautiful. If businesses do some gardening they can post an advertisement where they do it, but the word “bacon” on the Sneakers Bistro sign started a discussion about diversity on the Winooski Front Porch Forum.

It started with a post from one woman who wrote that the sign was insensitive to those who do not consume pork. She said as a Muslim she is personally offended by it.

The owners of Sneakers spoke to WPTZ. They say they’ve reached out to the individual who made the post and proactively took the sign down. They also say they regret any harm caused by the sign, and that their goal was never to cause stress or bad feelings. [. . .]

Food is an important part of culture. Whenever immigrants reach a small number in a new place, they open restaurants so they can eat their familiar chow. Sometimes the foreigners even refuse free food when it doesn’t conform to their cultural habits. And we know how much immigrants like free stuff.

Below, several hundred Parisians attended a government-banned wine and sausage party in 2010 near the Arc de Triomphe to express their support of traditional French culture against the demands of Muslims to submit.

Finally, as a little palate cleanser, here’s a foodie report on the Baltimore bar Bad Decisions, famous for its Bacon Happy Hour — yum!

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