The Stupid Party Heads for the Legalization (Amnesty) Cliff

The insightful Investors Business Daily asks why the House GOP is determined to rescue the failed Obama Presidency with a massive amnesty to ensure future millions of grateful diverse Democrats (House GOP Plans To Save Obama With Immigration Reform, Jan 22). The writer opines that an amnesty is likely to scuttle Republican hopes to win the Senate.

Senator Ted Cruz agrees:

“I think we’ve got an incredible opportunity to retake the Senate in 2014, to retire Harry Reid as Majority Leader, and the No. 1 thing Republicans could do to mess that up is to refuse to stand for principle,” Cruz told Houston’s Michael Berry radio show.

“If the House turns around and passes a giant amnesty deal that doesn’t secure the border and grants amnesty, they might as well go and put ‘Harry Reid for Majority Leader’ bumper stickers on the backs of their cars,” Cruz warned, “because it would be kicking conservatives, kicking the Tea Party, kicking millions of Americans in the teeth to make that same mistake again. So I hope they don’t do it.”

Meanwhile, the House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy recently chimed in with support for “legalization” (meaning no “path to citizenship”) which is a carefully worded politician’s dodge to avoid the truth. He was joining the strategy of Speaker Boehner (Obama’s amnesty poodle) to pretend that immediate work permits do not constitute rewards for foreign lawbreakers, even though stealing American jobs was the reason the aliens came in the first place. For that reason,

Legalization (with Work Permits) IS Amnesty.

Here are the Washington phone numbers of the House GOP leadership should you care to voice your concerns:

Speaker John Boehner  — Phone: (202) 225-0600

Leader Eric Cantor —  Phone: (202) 225-4000

Whip Kevin McCarthy — Phone  (202) 225-0197

Is McCarthy testing the waters to see how far he can go? Perhaps he hasn’t heard from enough citizens who care about borders and sovereignty.

Kevin McCarthy backs path to legal status, Politico, January 21, 2014

The third-ranking House Republican is offering support for a path to legal status that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants in the country to work and pay their taxes.

In a new interview published late Tuesday, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) hinted that those contours of legal status may be included in the immigration principles that House GOP leaders are poised to soon release.

“The principles aren’t combined or written out yet, but in my personal belief, I think you’ll go with legal status,” McCarthy told KBAK/KBFX Eyewitness News in Bakersfield, Calif. “That it will allow you to work [and] pay your taxes.” Continue reading this article

Belgium: Afghans Demand Asylum

As Yogi Berra remarked, “You can observe a lot by just watching,” and the two-minute BBC video below reveals some important trends about how insistent Islam is overwhelming passive Europe in 2014.

The first thing the viewer sees is a cathedral jammed with the tents of Afghan fleebags hoping to wangle an asylum classification. A website called Sacred Destinations lists that church as significant, saying, “The Église du-Béguinage (Beguinage Church), dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is an elegant Flemish Baroque church in Brussels.”

Apparently the clerics in charge of a historically and architecturally important cathedral thought turning it into a flophouse for the enemies of Christianity was a fine idea. It speaks poorly of the belief of the Church in itself that local Catholics believed it was acceptable to defile a sacred space. Too bad Jesus isn’t around to overturn the tables of the money-changers, er multiculturalists.

Interestingly, the Church of the Beguinage was transformed into diverse housing starting in 2000, when foreign asylum seekers trashed by place, yet the parish priest welcomed similar guests again in 2008. Someone should tell the naive church people that Muslims see Christian charity as a sign of weakness, and in most cases they are correct.

One also notices that most of the asylum seekers are young men who could defend their country from the Taliban they now flee. They presumably approved when western soldiers fought and died for a better Afghanistan, but now that the foreign troops are leaving, the fleebags have scrammed.

Below, hundreds of young Afghan men march around Belgium demanding they be allowed to stay and receive free stuff from the wealthy infidels. (See more photos of the event at Al Jazeera.)

The asylum seekers are not ordinary bums; they are focused and energetic moochers. The driving distance between Brussels and Kabul is 4434 miles, shown in the map below.

Assuming a road trip, the Afghan scroungers traveled more than two thousand miles through lands of the beloved Islamic ummah to reach the nations of the hated infidel. But Europe is more orderly and has welfare benefits galore, so Muslim fellowship was rejected for other rewards.

The moochers are future time bombs, who will insist that Europe become more Islamic as their numbers increase. There are millions like them already in Europe and millions more in the pipeline, from both immigration and high birthrates, augmented by polygamy.

There’s nothing like the level of alarm there should be about being conquered by immigration of a thoroughly hostile tribe. Perhaps half a century of America supplying Europe’s defense needs has allowed them to forget about the dangers that enemies present.

One of Europe’s many problems is diversity-booster media, exemplified by the fawning story from the BBC:

Belgium’s Afghan asylum seekers fear being sent home, BBC, January 17, 2014

Hundreds of Afghan asylum seekers are protesting in Belgium against being sent home. The BBC’s Duncan Crawford reports from a makeshift camp in Brussels where families say being forced to return would amount to a death sentence.

Sitting inside a cramped, cold tent erected under the ornate roof of a 17th-Century church, 27-year-old Marwa Mahbub, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, explains why she is refusing to return to her home country.

“My life is in danger in Afghanistan,” she says. “I have problems with the Taliban. Most of the people here have problems with the Taliban.”

Marwa is among more than 200 Afghans who, since the end of last year, have set up home inside the Beguinage Church in central Brussels.

Originally from Helmand Province, she says she fled Afghanistan in 2008 after receiving death threats from the Taliban for promoting women rights.

Despite repeatedly applying for asylum in Belgium, her applications have been rejected.

“I’d prefer to die here than return to Afghanistan,” she says, watching her six-year-old daughter Maria and four-year-old son Zakie play on the stone floor.

Feeling of uncertainty
The church has been transformed into a tent village. Pews have been moved aside to make way for mattresses. Men huddle around electric lamps trying to stay warm, while children play on the pulpit as if it were a playground climbing frame. None of them go to school. Continue reading this article

Ex-Mayor Bloomberg Joins Billionaire Battalion for Legalization (Amnesty)

What do billionaire politicians do to keep busy when their terms in elected office end? One recently retired person, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, is the newest active lobbyist for amnesty-legalization with work permits and doubling legal immigration.

It must be the cool billionaire thing to do, since Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been a leading light, even though he is worth $19 billion.

Michael Bloomberg has a net worth of $31 billion yet he spends his presumably valuable time working to flood America with big-government third-worlders just to save a few bucks that he clearly doesn’t need or want.

It must be a country club solidarity thing. Memory-enhanced citizens might recall Bloomberg’s worry in 2006 that his golfing pals would suffer if illegal alien gardeners were deported: Bloomberg: Illegal immigrants help golfers (UPI).

Below, Bloomberg is particular about having top quality putting greens at the lowest possible cost.

So these days, he aims to chat up fellow elite Republicans about the need for a firehose supply of exploitable foreigners, as the ruling class brushes away the concerns of the little citizens who still stubbornly cling to their Constitution, culture and sovereignty.

Bloomberg to Press Republicans on Immigration Overhaul, The Caucus Blog, NYTimes, January 17, 2014

Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York will be in Washington next Friday, along with members of the United States Chamber of Commerce and several prominent Republicans, to pressure Republican lawmakers to take up an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws before the end of the current Congress.

The immigration summit, which will be Mr. Bloomberg’s first major public policy event since stepping down as mayor, is pegged to President Obama’s coming State of the Union address, in which he is likely to address problems with the country’s immigration system. The event’s organizers also hope to capitalize on momentum in the Republican-controlled House, where Speaker John A. Boehner and his leadership team are preparing to release a policy blueprint that is likely to include at least some path to legal status for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country.

Other participants include Carlos Gutierrez, who was secretary of commerce under President George W. Bush and a founder of Republicans for Immigration Reform, a “super PAC”; Gov. Rick Snyder, Republican of Michigan; and Randy Johnson, senior vice president at the Chamber of Commerce.

The leaders plan to focus on the economic case for immigration reform, which they hope will be a compelling argument for Republican lawmakers — many of whom consider any overhaul that includes a path to legal status to be amnesty — to take home to their districts. Continue reading this article

Speedfreak Jihadists Blast Syria around the Clock

Here’s a marriage made in hell: low-information jihadist fellows stoked on the Koran and unlimited amphetamines, which is now the situation in war-torn Syria.

The drug of choice is captagon, a somewhat milder form of amphetamine known more generally as Fenethylline that was used for a while to treat attention deficit disorder in kids.

The speed is not only keeping Muslims awake to kill for days at a stretch, it is also funding the war. The easily produced drug generates hundreds of millions of dollars yearly, keeping combatants supplied with material needs.

Normal negotiation probably won’t work in such a drug-crazed environment; Secretary of State John Kerry should be equipped with with crates of downers rather than precise peace plans when he does diplomatic visits.

Remember, alcohol consumption, even beer, is a considered by Islam to be major sin, one that can get imbibers killed. But chomping down stimulants to fuel 24/7 warfare against fellow Muslims and everyone else, as in Syria, has gotten no fatwas from religious elites.

Meanwhile, busybody resettlement advocates recently testified before Congress that Washington should admit 12,000 Syrian refugees this year.

Around 90 percent of Syrians are Muslim, so why don’t some of the wealthy Islamic states take them in? America has too many already.

Syria’s civil war sparks boom in drug trade as both sides get high on amphetamines to fight without sleep, National Post, January 13, 2014

Syria has witnessed a large rise in the use and manufacture of amphetamines as fighters on both sides of its civil war use the drugs for stamina in battle.

The conflict has turned it into a major consumer and exporter of the drugs, which are said to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in profits each year.

The main stimulant in question is Captagon, the former brand name of a drug first used as an antidepressant in the West in the Sixties. It is now banned in most countries because of its addictive properties.

According an investigation by the Reuters news agency, government forces and rebel groups accuse one another of using Captagon to fight prolonged battles without sleep. The pills, which many ordinary Syrians are also increasingly turning to, sell for between $5 and $25.

Captagon is often made by amateur chemists in makeshift laboratories. Production is cheap and simple, requiring “only basic knowledge of chemistry and a few scales”, according to Ramzi Haddad, a Lebanese psychiatrist.

“It gives you a kind of euphoria,” he said. “You’re talkative, you don’t sleep, you don’t eat, you’re energetic.”

A drug control officer in the central city of Homs said that he had observed the effects of Captagon on protesters and fighters held for questioning. “We would beat them, and they wouldn’t feel the pain,” he said. “Many of them would laugh while we were dealing them heavy blows.” Continue reading this article

Obama Trusts Boehner to Be His Amnesty Poodle

Leave it to Speaker Boehner to rescue the President from the worst political fiasco in a century (Obamacare) by working to hand him the biggest win for the Democrats since the 1986 amnesty that flooded America with millions of Third Worlders who prefer big government.

Signs from the GOP House leadership are bad. After promising in November that he wouldn’t conference on the Senate’s vile amnesty bill, Boehner hired an amnesty legislative expert for his staff the following month. Bob Goodlatte, the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, declared on Spanish-language TV last week that he supported the legalization version of amnesty, in which the lawbreaking foreigners get their highly desired work permits but not citizenship (a snoozer for illegals) — that’s what passes for law enforcement these days in the debased capitol city.

Now we hear that Obama is confident that his pal Boehner will save his failed Presidency with the amnesty so beloved by political consultants and Democrats.

Obama to Dems: Boehner will pass immigration reform in 2014, The Hill, January 17, 2014

President Obama has told Senate Democrats he expects Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to pass immigration reform this year, defying predictions the issue is dead for 2014.

Obama believes Republicans will feel politically vulnerable, if they fail to advance the issue, a high priority among Hispanic voters, according to Democratic senators who met with the president this week.

Obama sees immigration reform as a source for optimism in what has otherwise shaped up as a tough year for Democrats. Continue reading this article

Senator Jeff Sessions Voices Immigration Principles

In light of Speaker John Boehner’s pending announcement of “principles” regarding immigration legalization with universal work permits (amnesty) for foreign lawbreakers, America’s best senator, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, has some principles of his own.

Unsurprisingly, Senator Sessions’ touchstone regarding immigration is based on how Washington policies affect the US economy and American citizens by flooding the job market with excess foreigners now and far into the future. His priorities were reflected in a Friday press release:

Sessions: GOP’s First Principle On Immigration Policy Should Be Helping Millions of Jobless Americans Get Back to Work, January 17, 2014

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement after news reports previewed draft details on the prospective ‘immigration principles’ from House GOP leadership:

“President Obama and Senate Democrats have uniformly embraced an immigration plan that would devastate wages and working conditions for millions of struggling Americans to benefit a small cadre of lobbyists and CEOs. The proposal they created doubles the flow of immigrant workers, adds another 30 million new permanent residents to compete for every job, and guarantees illegal immigration will continue permanently in the future. House Republican leaders must dismiss the whispers of the consultant class, the pleadings of the business lobby, and the pressure campaign from the activists who believe illegal immigration is a civil right. It would be tragic if the Leader’s immigration principles were simply a ‘piecemeal’ repackaging of the Senate plan.

Instead, the GOP must embrace the national interest: placing its first emphasis on helping millions of Americans transition from welfare and unemployment to work and rising wages. In so doing, the GOP will not only aid struggling workers from all backgrounds, but will recapture the trust and faith of millions of Americans who have turned away from the party. Such clear and convicted action would also expose the influence special interests groups have wielded over the White House and Senate Democrats from day one. The House now stands alone as the last line of defense for millions of working Americans that form the backbone of the nation.

A sound immigration plan will help both citizens and immigrants alike—reducing unemployment, promoting assimilation into the middle class, and ensuring the consistent and faithful application of the law upon which our national greatness depends.”

Canada: Halifax Girl Is Made to Submit to Islam in Aikido Class

Islamic immigration puts free women’s rights and safety in the crosshairs. If allowed, misogynous Muslim immigrants will put western women in chains here just as they have done throughout dar al-Islam.

The situation: 17-year-old Sonia Powers was told she had to surrender to the wishes of the new Muslim student in her martial arts class that she be segregated because of her gender. The affront took place in a publically funded community center, so it has the perceived blessing of the government.

SunTV host Brian Lilley has been analyzing the issue and how it shows the weakness of Canadian culture to attacks, where the rights of women are not defended out of a liberal idea of accommodation to diversity or something.

It’s not just Canada which is knuckling under to the demands of hostile Muslims. Daniel Pipes has been compiling a list of Muslim Hours at Municipal Swimming Pools in the West around the world that notes instances in America, specifically Seattle, Rutgers University, Portland, Baltimore and elsewhere.

As Thomas Mann remarked, “Tolerance become a crime when applied to evil.”

Get a backbone, Canada: The country needs to regain its cultural confidence, Sun News Network, By Brian Lilley, January 17th, 2014

This story out of Halifax is really bothering me.

Sonja Power is a 17-year-old girl who was told her Aikido class would be divided by gender, men on one side, women on the other, in order to accommodate a Muslim man who enrolled in the class.

The class was run out of the Lakeside Community Centre, owned by the city of Halifax. The city and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission both supported this gender segregation.

All of that bugs me, but it was what Sonja and her mother, Michele Walsh, told Sun News was the reaction of the sensei when they complained.

“You better get used to it because this is going to happen more and more in Canada,” is how Walsh remembers sensei Steve Nickerson responding.

 Continue reading this article

Brooklyn's Immigration Colonization Is Observed

New York resident and writer Daniel Greenfield (aka Sultan Knish) has written about how Brooklyn has changed from a working class American town into a place where Islam’s supremacists have their own neighborhoods. The place is so insular that the ability to speak English is no longer needed to get by.

According to multiculturalists, such balkanized communities existing within the United States are the diversity ideal, with no annoying assimilation to American values!

Below, a Muslim street in Brooklyn where there are no women or girls to be seen.

As a starting point, Greenfield uses the recent throat-slice murder of a successful Bangladeshi immigrant by a young tenant, a new immigrant (Tenant nearly beheaded Brooklyn landlord who had ‘humiliated’ him for being short on cash). Do the newbies arrive with unrealistic expectations of immediate success and riches, then become angry when they realize work is involved? The accused killer, Mohammed Siddiquee, had robbed the victim’s safe of $20,000 and was about to board a plane to Kuwait when police arrested him.

Many Muslims don’t deal well with the normal stress of immigration, in part because their attitude of Islamic superiority makes them inflexible to an extreme degree. As Greenfield observes, Islam’s “immigration is also a Jihad, a form of supremacist manifest destiny to colonize” so when bumps along the road occur for individual Muslims, they may become homicidally infuriated when thwarted.

Beheadings, Bombings and New York’s Little Bangladesh, Front Page, January 16, 2014

Walk along Church Avenue and turn east onto McDonald Avenue and you will see where the old standards of working class Brooklyn, aging homes with faded American flags and loose siding, surly bars tucked into the shadows of street corners and the last video stores hanging on to a dying industry give way to mosques and grocery stores selling goat meat.

Mosques grow like mushrooms in basements, cell phone stores offer easy ways to wire money back to Bangladesh and old men glare at interlopers, especially if they are infidel women.

This is where Mohammed Siddiquee settled a dispute the old-fashioned way by beheading his landlord.

Mohammed wasn’t the first man in Brooklyn to use violence to settle a rental dispute, but beheadings are more traditional in his native Bangladesh than in Brooklyn, though over in neighboring Queens, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, Bangladesh’s most wanted war criminal, heads up the local Islamic Circle of North America, whose Islamist thugs beheaded poets and buried professors in mass graves.

Here in Kensington, where the alphabet streets that march across Brooklyn down to the ocean begin, the bars retreat along with the alphabet from those areas marked by the crescent and the angry glare. And there is another one like it at the other end of the alphabet where the Atlantic Ocean terminates the letters at Avenue Z bookending the Brooklyn alphabet with angry old men and phone cards for Bangladesh.

These spots aren’t no-go zones yet. There aren’t enough young men with too much welfare and time on their hands who have learned that the police will back off when they burn enough things and councilmen will visit to get their side of the story. That generation will grow up being neither one thing nor the other, ricocheting from American pop culture to the Koran, from parties with the infidels to mosque study sessions until they explode from the contradictions the way that the Tsarnaevs, who huffed pot and the Koran in equal proportions, did.

It isn’t the old men who plant bombs near 8-year-olds. It isn’t the young women laughing with their friends outside a pizza parlor, knowing that in a year or two they will have to go back home for an arranged marriage. It is the young men who call themselves Freddy or Mo at the local high school or community college, who drink and do drugs and who all their American friends swear aren’t serious about religion, until they suddenly become fatally serious.

For now the Bangladeshi settlements in Brooklyn are quiet places where the tenements and shops close off the streets into small private worlds with their own justice systems, feuds and secrets.

“I feel like I’m living in my own country,” the editor of one of the Bangladeshi newspapers in New York, said. “You don’t have to learn English to live here. That’s a great thing!”

Overhead may be the same sky, but Little Bangladesh has been cut off from Brooklyn and attached to a country thousands of miles away. Immigrants step off a plane from Bangladesh at JFK airport, get into a taxi driven by a Bangladeshi playing Bengali pop tapes and step out into a small slice of Bangladesh on McDonald Avenue. Continue reading this article

Legalization with Work Permits (Amnesty) Has Powerful Friends

House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte appears to have suffered some direct hits after his recent declaration of support for legalization on Spanish-language television.

The Daily Caller quoted Goodlatte from his recent performance (Goodlatte reverses statement on amnesty, again, 1/13/14):

“I see no reason why we can’t also have an agreement that shows how people who are not lawfully here can be able to be lawfully here — able to live here, work here,” Goodlatte told the pro-immigration interviewing on the Spanish-language TV channel, Telemundo.

Since foreigners enter unlawfully to grab American jobs, not get US citizenship, rewarding them with immediate work permits, aka legalization, gives them what they came for. Therefore:

Legalization (with work permits) IS Amnesty.

Legalization also would harm American workers, 22 million of whom are jobless, by flooding the employment market with millions of formerly unlawful workers, newly equipped with work permits. To that point, Senator Jeff Sessions remarked, “They’ll be able to immediately apply for much better jobs than they currently have.”

As we know from Econ 101, the economic model of supply and demand informs us that an excess of something (e.g. labor) decreases its value.

Along that line, the Congressional Budget Office reported that the Senate amnesty/immigration-increase bill would reduce average wages in America for 12 years, increase unemployment for seven years and reduce per-capita gross national product growth for more than 25 years.

Goodlatte has been tapdancing his legalization declaration back somewhat, writing on his website that he is “opposed to amnesty” but the A-word has become strangely squishy when used by politicians.

Below, foreigners demand amnesty in their language (Spanish).

Another man voicing his self-proclaimed solutions to the problems of immigration anarchy is Lou Dobbs, whose CNN show had excellent straight news reporting on the topic. But the man himself suffers from excessive belief in his own brilliance in creating political solutions, such as his recommendation for a tripling of legal immigration a few years back.

These days, Dobbs is flacking his new book, and he is quite expansive in explaining his fixes for immigration, namely legalization. Giving the lawbreakers work permits, not citizenship, would be a fair compromise — that’s the Dobbsian prescription.

Dobbs appeared on CBN recently and announced his solutions to end immigration chaos (and don’t forget to buy the book!).

DOBBS: (starting around 3:56) “Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has already created a program to solve our illegal immigration crisis; it’s not amnesty as designed by the Democratic senators, it’s not amnesty as desired by this president, but it is legal status, it is a solution and we haven’t had a solution in this country on illegal immigration because the Democrats want the whole hog, they do not want to compromise; they want in its entirety amnesty, and that is the resolution, amnesty without border security and Bob Goodlatte, the Republicans in the House of Representatives are now the de facto leaders on the issue and are this close, if the leaders of the Republican Party have the guts to solving the problem.”

Memo to Mr. Brilliant: rewarding lawbreakers only creates an incentive for more of the undesired behavior.

Do we give squatters the deed to the property they are occupying? No.

In the same way, it makes no sense to reward illegal aliens with the object of their desire: work permits giving unlimited access to all American employment. The real solution is punishment, not payoffs.

California Taxpayers Dinged $65 Million to Roll Out Illegal Alien Licenses

In the one-party Democrat state, the implementation of drivers licenses for lawbreaking foreigners costs a lot and the taxpayers are forced to pony up. Increased fees on the beneficiaries could have been used, but no, the law-abiding public must be billed because Americans are rich and illegal aliens are poor victims of capitalist greed.

Or something like that, in the minds of SacraMexico Democrats.

And the $65 million is just the down payment to get things going. Processing the new licenses over three years will cost an estimated $141 million. But that number is presumably based on the number of two million illegal aliens in the state, and nobody believes it’s that few.

The standard fee now for a state DL is $33, which is not very much. Illegal aliens are thrilled to get driving permits to remove the fear of deportation when they get stopped for a traffic violation. They are very motivated to drive to their stolen jobs. One foreigner interviewed when Nevada recently opened the DL floodgates said he had paid $6000 in fines for driving illegally.

I’m guessing that a drivers license for illegal aliens priced at $500 would fly out the DMV door, because the ability to drive legally is a kind of min-amnesty and is therefore highly valued. But Mexifornia Democrats feel they must constantly pander to the demanding lawbreaker community, so taxpayers are financially screwed again. Not to mention the threat to public safety and national security.

Brown: $65 million for immigrants’ driver’s licenses, Orange County Register, January 10, 2014

The Department of Motor Vehicles plans to hire about 1,000 new employees and open five new temporary offices—including one in Orange County—to handle an expected onslaught of applications from undocumented immigrants who will qualify for a California driver’s license by next year.

The cost to process the expected 1.4 million new licensees over three years: $141 million.

On Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed allocating nearly $65 million from his state budget plan to pay for new hires and five facilities that will remain open for two to three years in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, South Central Coast and Santa Clara/San Jose. The money would pay for 1,000 employees, among other things, DMV spokesman Armando Botello said.

Two recently added facilities in Fresno and in Lancaster-Palmdale would handle the increased workload from those areas. The plan does not include new sites for San Bernardino and Riverside, but residents there can get their new licenses from existing facilities, Botello said.

The Legislature, late into the last night of its last session, passed AB60, the undocumented immigrant’s bill sponsored by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas. The law takes effect by Jan. 1. Continue reading this article

California: Muslims Pray for Rain near Folsom Lake

California’s worsening drought is looking dire, but there’s a limit to what the people should be forced to endure. Freedom of religion is fine, a protected right, but when Muslims chant “Allah Ackbar” over a California water source (as can be heard on a news video), that’s over the line.

“Allah Ackbar” is a war cry, what jihadists routinely yell as they murder infidels for Islam, so the connotation is not exactly friendly.

Plus, going to a lake to pray for rain smells like a stunt. California needs substantial rainfall over the whole state to refill the reservoirs, not just some precipitation over lakes. Unsurprisingly, the terror-supporting Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced on its website that prayers for rain would be held.

Below, a group of Muslims trooped to Folsom Lake to pray for rain.

Another interpretation would be that the pray-in was a prettied-up version of marking territory, which Muslims do quite often.

Muslims pray for rain at California lake amid record-low water level, Los Angeles Times, January 12, 2013

Amid record dry conditions around California, more than 100 people with the Muslim Community of Folsom prayed for rain during an event at Folsom Lake Saturday.

The event came as officials across California have been expressing concern about drought-like conditions.

For example, downtown Los Angeles had the driest year since 1877, when official measurements began.

Only 3.6 inches of rain has fallen at the National Weather Service station at USC since Jan. 1, about half an inch less than was recorded in 1953 and 1947, which until now had tied for the lowest rainfall.

The Northern California event came at Folsom Lake, which has been receding to new record levels.

“Some people just look at it as, ‘Oh you’re praying for rain,’ but it’s so important,” Basma Marmosh told Fox 40 News.

Statewide forecasts developed for the California Department of Water Resources suggest that dry conditions are likely to persist this winter.

Pakistan Launches New Islamically Correct Anti-Polio Campaign

How backward is the Taliban? One measure of barbarity would be the resurgence of polio in Pakistan because of the insistence of the jihadists that preventive vaccine is un-Islamic and that public health workers who vaccinate children should be murdered. At least a dozen people have been killed in recent months for trying to protect kids from a crippling disease.

Below, relatives of a murdered polio-prevention worker are upset by the sight of her body at a Karachi morgue.

The Centers for Disease Control has a page about polio abroad and recommends a booster shot for adults traveling to Pakistan and certain other science-averse nations.

However, there is a tiny glimmer of civilized behavior to report. Some Muslim leaders have joined with politicians to assure the ignorant public of the propriety of vaccinations. Not every single Pakistani is a knuckle-dragging barbarian, it seems.

The planet hopes that reason and science will prevail, since a new spread of the disease could begin in Pakistan.

“The nightmare situation is if polio spreads in Karachi,” said Dr Naqi Bukhari, a WHO official leading the vaccination efforts in the city. “If it spreads here it will spread across the world … it is the only megacity and global shipping port that is polio endemic.” (Pakistan is new front line in war on polio, The National UAE, 1/12/14)

The situation is a reminder that legal immigration has the advantage of requiring diverse newbies to have had all the standard shots, so one can assume that the 307,855 Pakistan-born persons residing in the US as of 2011 have met adequate health standards.

Politicians, Muslim scholars join vaccination effort as violence hinders Pakistan polio drive, Washington Post, January 11, 2014

AKORA KHATTAK, Pakistan — In the tribal badlands of Pakistan’s northwest, where Pakistani soldiers and American drones target Taliban insurgents, a parallel war is being waged over a crippling virus that endures in only three places in the world.

Last year, 83 new polio cases were reported in Pakistan, more than in either Afghanistan or Nigeria, the other countries where it is endemic.

But aggressive efforts to combat the virus are being hampered by a surge of attacks attributed to Islamist extremists. In the past three months, at least a dozen government vaccinators or their police escorts have been killed or wounded in the northwest region near the Afghan border.

Now officials hope that by enlisting influential Pakistanis, including Muslim scholars, in a high-profile campaign to endorse polio vaccines, they can defeat the shadowy gunmen and the remnants of doubt about the program among devout Muslims.

“This has been a very difficult campaign, but the problems are limited to a very few areas,” said Elias Durry, a doctor with the World Health Organization in Islamabad who heads the national polio vaccine campaign. “In places where the vaccinators can go, there is very little resistance. The major problem is that most cases are coming from areas where the vaccinators are not able to go.” Continue reading this article

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