National Public Radio remains one of the top liberal propagandists for open borders and a Mexicanized diversity in America. While the elite New York Times reached around 1.3 million readers for its Sunday edition as of a year ago, NPR’s top shows have a listenership of up to 13 million weekly. NPR is very influential because it can be heard on radios in most areas of the country and has the advantage of no commercials most of the time.
A recent radio segment justified a Miami bilingual school program by saying that “teachers did not want them to forget Spanish or their culture,” even though the job of American schools is to teach our language, culture and history. If the parents want their kids to know about Cuba etc., then it’s the parents’ job to teach them.
American citizens believe immigrants should assimilate to this country, not separate themselves into ethnic and linguistic enclaves. A June Rasmussen poll found, “An overwhelming majority (73%) of voters say people who move to the United States from other parts of the world should adopt America’s culture, language and heritage.” Another example was California voters rejection of bilingual education in 1998 when the 61 percent of the electorate passed Prop 227.
The link below includes the audio file from the radio piece.
In the fall of 1963, in the throes of the Cold War, Coral Way Elementary took in the children of political refugees fleeing Fidel Castro’s Cuba. The goal was not just to teach them English, but to make sure they remained fluent in Spanish and held on to their culture. Cuban-Americans thrived in Miami, and so did Coral Way’s bilingual immersion model.
Every morning, shortly after 8 o’clock, students at the Coral Way Elementary School pledge allegiance to the flag and stand for the national anthem. Then Spanish becomes the language of instruction. In one fourth-grade class, reading assignments, science, math and social studies lessons are entirely in Spanish. After lunch, classes switch to English. On the playground, you hear a mix.
Coral Way principal Josephine Otero questions a child on the playground: “Buenos dias mija, why are we running? Why?”
Otero is one in a long line of bilingual principals at the school who have presided over what experts consider the “gold standard” of public bilingual education in the U.S. Continue reading this article
A recent Census report (Poverty: 2009 and 2010) found that the Golden State had nearly six million persons in poverty, an extraordinary number for a place that was thought not long ago to be inexhaustibly wealthy.
Still, California is only in the mid-range of states for poverty when considering percentages. Mississippi ranks at the top of the worst with 22.4 percent while California scores an atrocious 15.8 percent.
One sensible thing to do policy-wise would be to suspend legal immigration (aka moratorium) until the level of unemployment recedes to normal levels, as well as liberate the 7-8 million jobs unlawfully held by illegal aliens.
But none of the Republican candidates wants to discuss the easy partial solutions to the unemployment crisis. They only want to talk about non-inclusive policies like a border fence — an important item that doesn’t help with the estimated 45 percent who enter legally but remain beyond the length of their visa to become illegal.
The number of Californians living in poverty increased to nearly six million – more than the populations of most states – between 2009 and 2010, according to a new Census Bureau report.
Californians living in poverty increased from 5.1 million in 2009 to 5.8 million in 2010, and the state’s poverty rate jumped from 14.2 percent to 15.8 percent during the one-year period, virtually mirroring national trends. That means that California was almost exactly in the middle of the states, whose poverty rates last year ranged from a high of 22.4 percent in Mississippi (not counting Puerto Rico) to a low of 8.3 percent in New Hampshire.
The rates were derived from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and were based on how many families were below a “poverty threshold” that varies by age, number of children and family size and is updated to account for inflation.
Four of California’s larger urban areas were included in the Census Bureau’s 10-region list of those with the highest poverty rates, with Fresno the nation’s second most poverty-stricken area at 26.8 percent, Bakersfield-Delano fourth highest at 21.2 percent, Modesto sixth at 19.9 percent, and Stockton seventh at 19.2 percent. Continue reading this article
Could you imagine naming a baby Garbage or Reject? That choice would be incomprehesible in the United States, but apparently it is not unusual in India for disappointed parents who wanted a son to name a daughter “Unwanted.”
More than 200 Indian girls whose names mean “unwanted” in Hindi have chosen new names for a fresh start in life.
A central Indian district held a renaming ceremony Saturday that it hopes will give the girls new dignity and help fight widespread gender discrimination that gives India a skewed gender ratio, with far more boys than girls.
The 285 girls — wearing their best outfits with barrettes, braids and bows in their hair — lined up to receive certificates with their new names along with small flower bouquets from Satara district officials in Maharashtra state.
In shedding names like “Nakusa” or “Nakushi,” which mean “unwanted” in Hindi, some girls chose to name themselves after Bollywood stars such as “Aishwarya” or Hindu goddesses like “Savitri.” Some just wanted traditional names with happier meanings, such as “Vaishali,” or “prosperous, beautiful and good.”
“Now in school, my classmates and friends will be calling me this new name, and that makes me very happy,” said a 15-year-old girl who had been named Nakusa by a grandfather disappointed by her birth. She chose the new name “Ashmita,” which means “very tough” or “rock hard” in Hindi.
The plight of girls in India came to a focus after this year’s census showed the nation’s sex ratio had dropped over the past decade from 927 girls for every 1,000 boys under the age of 6 to 914. Continue reading this article
I love webcams, so the idea of cams to be set up next week on the Statue of Liberty’s torch to view New York Harbor sounds great.
However, the events celebrating the new technology are disappointing because they further the myth that the great icon symbolizes a welcome mat for immigrants. Movie star Sigourney Weaver will read Emma Lazarus’ poem “The New Colossus” (“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses,” etc.) and a naturalization ceremony for 125 new citizens from more than 40 countries.
It would be more appropriate to review the true history of the statue named “Liberty Enlightening the World” — that it was a gift from the French recognizing America’s success at representative government. Sculptor Frederick Bartholdi hoped his statue would be an inspiration for other peoples to throw off the chains of oppression and institute their own governments that would permit freedom.
The correct number of immigrants for today is ZERO. We have plenty of people now and immigration to America should not be seen as a universal human right, as many leftists believe. We are beyond full up from an environmental perspective and do not need additional millions of excess workers in a failing economy. National security is endangered by the willy-nilly admittance of practically anyone, including terrorist-society residents. So celebrating diverse immigration is simply not appropriate for current reality.
Give me your tired, your poor — your Internet-connected masses yearning to see.
Lady Liberty is getting high-tech gifts for her 125th birthday: webcams on her torch that will let viewers gaze out at New York Harbor and read the tablet in her hands or see visitors on the grounds of the island below in real time.
The five torch cams are to be switched on Friday during a ceremony to commemorate the dedication of the Statue of Liberty on Oct. 28, 1886. The ceremony caps a week of events centered around the historic date, including the debut of a major museum exhibition about poet Emma Lazarus, who helped bring the monument renown as the “Mother of Exiles.”
The statue’s webcams will offer views from the torch that have been unavailable to the public since 1916, said Stephen A. Briganti, the president of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation Inc.
“The statue is the most famous symbol in the world,” he said. “Most of the people in the world have seen it, but they have not seen it like this. It will be a visit that so many people, including New Yorkers, have never taken before.”
Through the webcams, Internet users around the world will have four views, including a high-quality, 180-degree stitched panorama of the harbor with stunning views of Ellis and Governors islands. They will be able to watch as ships go by Liberty Island and observe as the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center goes up floor-by-floor in lower Manhattan. They can get a fish-eye look at the torch itself as it glows in the night.
The five cameras, which will be on 24 hours, seven days a week, were donated to the National Park Service by Earthcam Inc., a New Jersey-based company that manages webcams around the world.
The cameras put viewers on the balcony of the torch and high above the crown, said Brian Cury, the founder of Earthcam.
“This is not your dad’s picture of the Statue of Liberty,” he said. “This is not a view from a tourist helicopter. This is unique.”
Friday’s ceremony also will be marked by a water flotilla, actress Sigourney Weaver reading Lazarus’ poem and a naturalization ceremony for 125 candidates for citizenship representing over 40 countries. Continue reading this article
The much despised DREAM Act law which will award millions of dollars in scarce taxpayer funds to illegal alien students in California state colleges will hopefully be overturned in the 2012 election if enough voter signatures can be gathered over the next few months to place it on the ballot.
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) has gotten approval from the Secretary of State for the exact wording that will appear on the printed petitions. The referendum website, StopAB131.com says that the petitions will be printed on Tuesday, with delivery around the state to follow. Concerned citizens who want to volunteer their time or money may do so through the website.
Member Donnelly appeared on the John and Ken radio show on Friday [Listen] to update listeners about the project. He is very pleased with the high level of enthusiasm on the part of the public, and said the effort was “well on the way to 10,000 volunteers,” further remarking that his office can hardly keep up with the interest. Parents in particular are furious when their kids are not eligible for state financial aid while foreigners get an expensive array of benefits.
The petition drive has until January 6 to gather around 700,000 signatures, a number which includes wiggle room for ineligible signers.
If successful, getting the issue on the November 2012 ballot could make the state election the most interesting one in years.
Opponents of a new law that allows illegal immigrants to receive college financial aid were given the green light to begin collecting signatures for a referendum to overturn the measure, Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office announced today.
Led by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, referendum backers hope to halt implementation of the California Dream Act. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure Oct. 8.
Donnelly’s group has until Jan. 6 to collect valid signatures from 504,760 registered voters. Donnelly has said he hopes to wage a largely volunteer effort fueled by social media and talk radio.
Assembly Bill 131, written by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, will allow undocumented immigrant college students who already qualify for in-state tuition rates to receive state-funded financial aid, including Cal Grants. Qualified students must have attended California high schools for at least three years and graduated.
The measure is scheduled to take effect in 2013. If Donnelly succeeds in securing the signatures, the measure would be halted until it can be decided by state voters next year.
So the Muslim/leftist fifth column is pushing to institute and normalize jihad-friendly procedures. One alarming development is the White House directive to remove any mention of Islamic ideology from terrorist training manuals. Imagine the government in WWII preventing the military from reading Mein Kampf or watching Frank Capra’s “Why We Fight” films explaining fascism. Understanding the enemy is a vital part of what soldiers and intelligence experts do to be successful.
John Bolton appeared on Fox News on Friday to discuss the idiocy of Obama’s decision, which is politically correct thought control to protect Muslims while endangering the rest of us. All that squawking about “Islamophobia” has apparently had an effect. Muslims falsely claim to be victims (backlash!) when they are the perps — it happens every day.
This week saw another attack by Islamics on American free speech and safety, which took place at Obama’s Justice Department:
Top Justice Department officials convened a meeting Wednesday where invited Islamist advocates lobbied them for cutbacks in anti-terror funding, changes in agents’ training manuals, additional curbs on investigators and a legal declaration that U.S. citizens’ criticism of Islam constitutes racial discrimination.
The department’s “civil rights lawyers are top of the line — I say this with utter honesty — I know they can come up with a way” to redefine criticism as discrimination, said Sahar Aziz, a female, Egyptian-American lawyer.
“I’d be willing to give a shot at it,” said Aziz, who is a fellow at the Michigan-based Muslim advocacy group, the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding.
The audience of Islamist advocates and department officials included Tom Perez, who heads the department’s division of civil rights.
“We must continue to have the open and honest and critical dialogue that you saw in the robust debate,” Perez responded in an enthusiastic closing speech a few minutes after Aziz made her demands at the event.
“I sat here the entire time, taking notes,” Perez said. “I have some very concrete thoughts … in the aftermath of this.”
The meeting at George Washington University showcased the expanding alliance between American progressives and Islamists, said Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor in New York.
Progressives “are making these Islamist groups into the [political] representatives of Muslims in the United States,” he told The Daily Caller. That elevation of Islamists to a leadership role sidelines the majority of American Muslims who don’t want Islamist leaders, as well as American Muslims who are female or gay, he said.
McCarthy investigated and prosecuted Egyptian-born Imam Omar Abdel-Rahman, dubbed “the blind sheik,” for urging Muslims to kill New Yorkers. Abdel-Rahman was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996.
Progressives ally with the Islamic lobby because “they think it will be a political voting bloc that will be reliably Democratic,” said Robert Spencer, an author and expert on Islam. Continue reading this article
Now we learn that an important witness, illegal alien Luis Acosta, in the dragging death of young Matthew Denice (pictured) in Milford, Massachusetts, cut off a tracking bracelet and may have escaped to Ecuador. Acosta was a passenger in the truck driven by Nicolas Guaman when he dragged Denice for a quarter mile, killing him.
(Your humble correspondent does not understand why monitoring bracelets cannot be made that are sturdy enough to resist being cut off. And why wasn’t Acosta put on the no-fly list?)
Milford Police Chief Tom O’Loughlin said he was “beside himself” with anger at the ineptitude of ICE officials and their statement that the loss of Acosta was his problem, not theirs.
As police continue to search for a witness to the accident that killed Matthew Denice, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal released the letter he sent to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asking for a “top-down review” of policies that allowed the man to disappear.
Neal, D-2nd, yesterday echoed outrage expressed by Milford Police Chief Thomas O’Loughlin about a statement U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued Tuesday saying local jurisdictions, not the federal agency, are responsible for keeping track of witnesses in their criminal investigations.
“What is of significant concern is Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s inability to adequately share the most basic pieces of information with local law enforcement,” Neal wrote in his letter, which he sent yesterday on behalf of Denice’s family.
Police have said that on Oct. 1, Luis Acosta, 20, who was in the country illegally and lived at 10 Cherry St., Apt. 2, removed a tracking bracelet that ICE said it put on him while he waited for an immigration hearing.
Acosta was in the truck driven by Nicolas D. Guaman, 34, of 10 Cherry St., Apt. 1, when it struck Denice’s motorcycle on Aug. 20.
Local police didn’t learn that Acosta had cut off the monitoring bracelet until they asked ICE about Acosta, who had skipped a grand jury appearance Oct. 6, Neal wrote in his letter.
O’Loughlin and Neal questioned how this could happen in the post-9/11 world.
“In a time in history when we extol how we have built an extensive information-sharing network to counter terrorist activities, it alarms me that this policy failure is allowed to exist within the Department (of Homeland Security),” Neal wrote in his letter.
Police traced Acosta’s cellphone to JFK International Airport in New York.
The pro-diversity Star-Tribune (linked below) chose to quote a local Somali who worried about “backlash” against his tribe. After all, if Americans woke up about the threat to national security from Somalis and other hostile Islamics, the nation might wisely stop Muslim immigration.
The two Rochester women were convicted of conspiring to support terrorists in their homeland.
Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan barely blinked when the guilty verdicts were read Thursday in a heavily guarded federal courtroom in Minneapolis.
The two Rochester women sat quietly as they were convicted of conspiring to support terrorists in their native Somalia, Ali’s lips moving continuously as if reciting something.
But after the jury left and Ali was asked if she had anything to say to the court, she did not hold back.
“I am very happy,” she said defiantly through a translator. “I’m going to the heaven no matter. … Also, you guys go to the hell,” she said referring to those whom she believes are against Muslims.
Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis listened as Ali went on. “We know God. We know justice. And also I’m very sorry for the one who doesn’t know God and who puts the injustice [on the people].”
Davis ruled that Ali, 35, will stay in jail until her sentencing. Hassan, 65, who remained silent, will be sent to a halfway house if there’s room while she awaits sentencing.
The two women were immediately taken into custody, joining several other Minnesota Somalis convicted in a wide-ranging federal investigation into alleged recruitment and fundraising for Al-Shabab — classified by U.S. authorities in February 2008 as a foreign terrorist organization linked to Al-Qaida.
Theirs was the first case to go to trial.
Hassan and Ali, both U.S. citizens who came here as refugees from Somalia, were convicted of conspiring to provide material support to Al-Shabab in fundraising that prosecutors called “a deadly pipeline” of money and fighters from the United States to Somalia.
Al-Shabab and other militia groups are fighting a U.N.-backed transitional federal government in Somalia’s long-running civil war.
“The verdict reaffirms the principle that everyone who lives within our borders has to obey our laws,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Paulsen said. “These two defendants made a conscious choice to violate U.S. laws by sending money to an organization that they knew was a terrorist organization. And today, they were held accountable for that choice.” Continue reading this article
The North American Free trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law by President Clinton in late 1993. It was sold by globalists of both parties as a job generator for Americans, but instead whole industries moved to Mexico for the cheaper labor, and a US trade surplus became a trade deficit to Mexico’s benefit (e.g. $44 billion in 2010).
NAFTA trucking is the last remaining segment of the deal to be implemented, and it has been fought for years by diverse groups of Americans, from the Teamster Union to politicians of both parties.
The project is particularly unconscionable in light of the worsening border violence and smuggling of both drugs and job thieves. A 2009 report from CBS noted that the “trusted trucker” arrangement with little or no inspection was a big help to criminals: Drug Smugglers Aided By U.S. Truck Program.
Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio (a long-time NAFTA critic) has spoken up against the escalation, fearing the pilot program is actually a precursor to the whole enchilada, as he expressed in a letter to the relevant transportation authorities, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
“This further reinforces my longstanding concern that the Administration is not launching a pilot program, but rather starting the full liberalization of cross-border trucking that will have significant impacts on safety, security, and American jobs. Proceeding with the processing of Mexican carriers’ applications on a separate track from meeting any requirements the agency believes apply to the pilot program confirms that FMCSA intends for this pilot program to casually terminate and morph into an open border. This flies in the face of the limitation enacted by Congress.”
The first Mexican carrier is set to roll into the U.S. interior within days, but the Teamsters union and two California congressmen haven’t given up on stopping the cross-border trucking program that had been stalled for years by safety concerns and political wrangling.
U.S. Reps. Duncan Hunter and Bob Filner joined Teamsters President James Hoffa at the border Wednesday to take a bipartisan stand against the pilot project that will allow approved Mexican trucks to come deep into the United States. The first one will enter Texas on Friday.
Hunter is a San Diego-area Republican, while Filner is a Democrat whose district includes California’s border with Mexico. They were surrounded at a news conference by more than 75 union members from at least five states.
Allowing Mexican trucking companies to deliver goods rather than transfer them to U.S. haulers at the border will put American jobs and highway safety at risk, they said.
“We’re literally taking good jobs here in America and passing them over the line to Mexico,” Hunter told the crowd, many holding signs reading “NAFTA kills” and “Stop the war on workers.” Continue reading this article
Is Washington DC not a dangerous enough city crime-wise? The current mayor, Vincent Gray, must not think so, since he has signed an executive order making illegal aliens safe from police inquiries about their immigration status. So lawbreakers get a pass, making public safety less a priority of the police.
Washington has had its share of preventable crime. When I think of Washington DC illegal alien violence, Chandra Levy comes to mind. She was murdered by a previously arrested illegal alien who was not deported, one Ingmar Guandique, a nasty piece of work. The case got loads of tabloidesque media coverage because Chandra was having an affair with despicable Congressman Gary Condit who acted guilty as hell. But the truth was found to be far less appealing by the press which paid little attention to Guandique’s murder trial, guilty verdict and sentencing to sixty years in prison.
One of the mayor’s mouthpieces said something unintelligible about Secure Communities, that the city really wasn’t opting out, although non-cooperation is what’s happening. The gibberish is another case of blatant lying that passes for political discourse these days.
The nation’s capital has officially become the latest safe haven for illegal immigrants.
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray on Wednesday signed an executive order instructing police officers not to question people about their immigration status — even people who are arrested on other matters — unless immigration status is directly related to a criminal investigation.
“This executive order ensures public safety by ensuring that our police resources are deployed wisely and our immigrant communities feel safe cooperating with those who are sworn to protect them,” Gray said in a statement.
“The district is home to thousands of immigrants,” he added. “If they are afraid to cooperate with authorities on criminal investigations because they fear it might endanger their presence in the United States or the presence of a loved one, then it endangers their public safety and that of our entire city.”
Although district officials say the order only confirms a longstanding policy, critics still blasted the move.
“This is an abomination,” said Corey Stewart, the Republican chairman-at-large of Prince William County of Virginia, which is about 25 miles south of D.C. Stewart’s county has sued the Department of Homeland Security twice, seeking information on 4,000 illegal immigrants that the county has arrested and turned over to Homeland Security for deportation.
“This is the capital of the United States,” Stewart told FoxNews.com, “and to have the nation’s capital as a sanctuary city where essentially federal law is not going to be enforced sends all the wrong messages — not just in the United States but around the world.” Continue reading this article
Mexico’s Presidente Calderon (pictured below in the South Park style) has complained that Mexican citizens given a free trip home (courtesy of the American taxpayer) are committing crimes upon their return.
You would think he believes Mexicans have a right to be in the United States and should be allowed to stay no matter what. Such is the sense of entitlement that Washington’s permissiveness has created in Mexico.
MEXICO CITY – President Felipe Calderon on Monday accused U.S. authorities of deporting Mexican criminals to save on judicial costs, a policy that ostensibly “exacerbates” violence in this country.
Within the framework of the inauguration of National Immigration Week 2011 in this capital, Calderon said that, for example, U.S. authorities “are deporting up to 80,000 people in a year” into the border cities of Reynosa and Ciudad Juarez.
Some of these deported people “are migrants, certainly, probably all of them,” although some were “already involved in criminal acts” in the United States.
“In the face of the dilemma of pursuing the legal process in the American courts, which implies costs for the administration of justice in that country, they simply prefer to deport them to border cities, by which the cycle of violence is exacerbated even more,” he said. Continue reading this article
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