Funny, but President Obama’s policy priorities don’t correspond at all with what the voting public wants fixed. American citizens want the economic mess cleaned up, in particular by increasing the number of jobs and decreasing the deficit.
That was the common-sense result of recent polling from Pew Research. The paper, released January 24 and titled Deficit Reduction Rises on Public’s Agenda for Obama’s Second Term, surveyed various concerns of the American public. The topic “dealing with illegal immigration” (a pretty squirrelly expression that could encompass both sides) is far down the list. Perhaps the public has no faith in Washington not to make the problem worse.
On Monday, President Obama shared his vision for the next four years with the nation in his second inaugural address. In the speech the president laid out an ambitious agenda for the next four years and there’s been a lot of talk about how much can actually be accomplished. He touched on a series of issues including climate change, immigration reform, economic inequality and gay rights- becoming the first president in modern history to talk about gay rights in an inaugural speech. Many of you had questions about the president’s speech and also about what we can expect in the second Obama term.
Obama’s favorite issues are chosen to please his far-left base and to give Marxist historians material for adulatory books.
The California model of government, with high taxes and a Democrat-majority legislature and governor, is looking pretty good to top union goons, er labor leaders. While union membership is dropping like a rock in the United States as a whole, organized labor is growing in the once-Golden State, which has had some of the nation’s worst unemployment for the last four years.
A major reason cited for union success is the willingness of hispanic immigrant workers join up to demand more money and benefits using their “collective voice.” Their aptitude for group action sounds like a great fit for unions — no wonder organized labor has abandoned independent-minded American workers and embraced foreigners who are willing and obedient unionists.
(Since this is an LA Times report, we can assume that the word “immigrants” is used in the liberal style to include illegal aliens.)
Say, why didn’t the foreigners organize unions in their home countries to get better wages?
The latest snapshot of the U.S. working class shows that unions are in trouble, their ranks thinning amid a backlash against organized labor and a still sputtering economy.
But California and a few nearby states in the Southwest are showing a vastly different picture — labor’s ranks are on an upswing. The Golden State’s union organizers signed up more than 100,000 new members last year, while the nation as a whole shed 400,000, according to data released Wednesday.
The reason: Latino workers.
After working hard to get here, many Latino immigrants demand respect in the workplace and are more willing to join unions in a tough economic environment, organizers say.
“There’s an appetite among these low-wage workers to try and get a collective voice to give themselves opportunity and a middle-class lifestyle,” said Steve Smith, a spokesman for the California Labor Federation.
Just 12.5% of the workforce was represented by unions nationwide in 2012, down from 13% the year before. But 18.4% of California’s workforce was represented by a union last year, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading this article
The case of Cardinal Roger Mahony is a reminder that justice delayed is justice denied; if a perp can slow down the functioning of the legal system for years, then memories fade, the urgency to prosecute dissolves and the statute of limitations kicks in. Mahony has been involved in a continuing cover-up of criminal activity since the mid-1980s, the facts of which are gradually coming to light even now.
Recent revelations from a Los Angeles court shows communications from Mahony to Msgr. Thomas Curry about how to cover up the widespread sexual abuse of kids. Nothing was done to protect the children; the only action taken was to shield the Catholic church from public disapproval and legal repercussions.
The law is wrongly assuming that Arizona residents, including local law enforcement personnel, will now shift their total attention to guessing which Latino-looking or foreign-looking person may or may not have proper documents. That’s also nonsense. American people are fair-minded and respectful. I can’t imagine Arizonans now reverting to German Nazi and Russian Communist techniques whereby people are required to turn one another in to the authorities on any suspicion of documentation. Are children supposed to call 911 because one parent does not have proper papers? Are family members and neighbors now supposed to spy on one another, create total distrust across neighborhoods and communities, and report people because of suspicions based upon appearance?
The latest news about the sordid story shows hypocrisy of biblical proportions. While Mahony was claiming to be the friend of illegal hispanics, he allowed their status to be used as a club against them to protect his pervert priests. Msgr. Peter Garcia raped at least a dozen illegal immigrant boys whom he believed would not report him to authorities because of their illegality, and he threatened one boy with deportation if he notified police.
Such is the moral universe of one of the Catholic church’s most illustrious leaders.
Documents from the late 1980s show that Archbishop Roger M. Mahony and another archdiocese official discussed strategies to keep police from discovering that children were being sexually abused by priests.
Fifteen years before the clergy sex abuse scandal came to light, Archbishop Roger M. Mahony and a top advisor plotted to conceal child molestation by priests from law enforcement, including keeping them out of California to avoid prosecution, according to internal Catholic church records released Monday.
The archdiocese’s failure to purge pedophile clergy and reluctance to cooperate with law enforcement has previously been known. But the memos written in 1986 and 1987 by Mahony and Msgr. Thomas J. Curry, then the archdiocese’s chief advisor on sex abuse cases, offer the strongest evidence yet of a concerted effort by officials in the nation’s largest Catholic diocese to shield abusers from police. The newly released records, which the archdiocese fought for years to keep secret, reveal in church leaders’ own words a desire to keep authorities from discovering that children were being molested.
In the confidential letters, filed this month as evidence in a civil court case, Curry proposed strategies to prevent police from investigating three priests who had admitted to church officials that they abused young boys. Curry suggested to Mahony that they prevent them from seeing therapists who might alert authorities and that they give the priests out-of-state assignments to avoid criminal investigators.
One such case that has previously received little attention is that of Msgr. Peter Garcia, who admitted preying for decades on undocumented children in predominantly Spanish-speaking parishes. After Garcia’s discharge from a New Mexico treatment center for pedophile clergy, Mahony ordered him to stay away from California “for the foreseeable future” in order to avoid legal accountability, the files show. “I believe that if Monsignor Garcia were to reappear here within the archdiocese we might very well have some type of legal action filed in both the criminal and civil sectors,” the archbishop wrote to the treatment center’s director in July 1986.
The following year, in a letter to Mahony about bringing Garcia back to work in the archdiocese, Curry said he was worried that victims in Los Angeles might see the priest and call police.
“[T]here are numerous — maybe twenty — adolescents or young adults that Peter was involved with in a first degree felony manner. The possibility of one of these seeing him is simply too great,” Curry wrote in May 1987. Continue reading this article
Seriously, budget hawks rightly pillory the spendaholic President for his annual trillion-dollar overruns, but spending $2.6 trillion to give citizenship to 12 to 20 million border hoppers and visa overstayers is also monstrous and unacceptable.
In addition, the fact that many of the illegals have been here for years yet have prospered demonstrates that they don’t need a path to citizenship, nor do they care about anything but work permits.
The only person I’ve noticed bringing up the amnesty cost issue is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach:
President Obama must not be very serious about immigration reform because the proposal outlined over the weekend is out of touch with sentiments in the U.S. House and with the American public, said Kris Kobach, one of the nation’s leading anti-illegal immigration advocates and Kansas’ secretary of state. [. . .]
Kobach agrees with verifying the legal status of workers, but he said allowing a path to citizenship could add more than $2 trillion to the nation’s debt if illegal immigrants become eligible for Medicaid, Medicare and other benefits.
He acknowledged illegal immigrants would be paying taxes, but he said because many of them are low-skill workers it wouldn’t make up for the additional costs.
“You’re basically giving citizenship to people who will be a fiscal drag on the economy,” he said.
It’s always interesting to see how other countries are responding to the state-enforced destruction of their traditional culture via diverse immigration.
The diversification project, which is run by and for elites, requires decades of steadfast propaganda from media, schools and churches, because human nature dictates that we all prefer the safety and familiarity of our own tribe. There has been some success with convincing people that diversity is the highest good, loyalty to tribe always resurfaces under stress, such as happened in the former Yugoslavia when ethnic wars broke out after the breakup of the central government.
LONDON: British public views immigration as the biggest problem facing their society with one in three people believing that tension between immigrants and people born in the UK is a major cause of division, a new survey has found.
A report by the thinktank ‘British Future’, titled “State of the Nation: Where is Bittersweet Britain Heading?”, found that one in three people believes tension between immigrants and people born in the UK is the major cause of division, while well over half regard it as one of the top three causes. Continue reading this article
Canada’s SunTV host Michael Coren welcomed author Peter Brimelow for opinions on how Obama will peddle illegal immigration amnesty in the President’s second term.
When Coren asked what candidate could attract the white working class voters who are curiously unsupportive of Republicans, Brimelow answered, “Actually almost anyone could do it” and then cited British politician Enoch Powell as an example. Powell was a well-spoken classics scholar who was nevertheless popular among the English working class because he stood up for them by warning against immigration.
People are getting killed in the LA race war of hispanic gangs against black Americans. Two well publicized victims were Jamiel Shaw, 17, and Cheryl Green, 14, a couple of kids with no gang affiliation, who were in the wrong place when hostile hispanic gangsters were intent on marking territory. But other city residents have been killed in race-based gang attacks with much less attention.
Certainly if a group of white guys used violence to chase blacks out of their town, the media would be shrieking with shock and anger. But it’s hispanics who are shooting blacks, so the national press is not interested.
A leader of the Azusa 13 street gang and his son were sentenced in federal court Monday to lengthy prison terms after pleading guilty to conspiring to attack blacks and force them to leave the city.
Santiago “Chico” Rios was sentenced to 19 years and seven months in prison by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess. His son, Louie “Lil Chico” Rios, who is hearing-impaired and required a sign-language interpreter, received a 10-year sentence.
Both Rioses have “Azusa” tattooed above their upper lips. Louie Rios has “Azusa gang member” tattooed on the back of his head.
At sentencing, Feess said Santiago Rios was a “proponent of the racial cleansing of the city of Azusa” and an admitted participant in “every significant aspect of the gang’s activities.”
The Rioses and 49 other Azusa gang members were arrested in June 2011 and charged with, among other things, a conspiracy to “cleanse” Azusa of its black residents, according to prosecutors.
All 51 have been convicted. Eight remain to be sentenced, said Reema El-Amamy, the federal prosecutor in the case.
Santiago Rios was a reputed Azusa 13 “keyholder” — a shotcaller anointed by the Mexican Mafia prison gang to tax drug dealers, sell drugs and funnel the proceeds to Mafia members, according to a federal plea agreement.
In that position, he implemented an Azusa 13 policy dating from 1992 of targeting and harassing black people in Azusa, according to the agreement. The push to attack blacks was allegedly instigated by Ruben Rodriguez, a Mexican Mafia member from Azusa who has since died.
The gang would assault blacks they spotted in public places and spray racist graffiti. Some gang recruits were asked to attack blacks as a way of proving their worth to Azusa 13, according to the plea agreement. Continue reading this article
One might think that a prudent public official with an important job like Senator would normally do a background check of all persons working in his office. Apparently Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) didn’t, and as a result welcomed an illegal alien who was also a sex-offender to volunteer in his Washington office.
What’s notable in this case is how the DHS was told not to arrest and deport the guy until after the election, where Menendez was running for another term. The intern was arrested on December 6, which was reported a few days later, but the administration tut-tutted away any suggestion that there was a political delay.
The perp is question is Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, a Peruvian visa overstayer who was arrested for numerous sexual assaults on an eight-year-old boy.
Senator Menendez is on the Foreign Relations Committee, which has national security functions, so checking everyone’s identity in his office seems a no-brainer.
Photos of the perp haven’t appeared in the American media, but the Spanish-speaking press has been more forthcoming:
The following report notes that Zavaleta was arrested and then released, presumably to show up for deportation at a later date. Or will be amnestied under Obama’s DREAMer free-for-all for which he applied? Is child molestation a serious enough crime to warrant deportation under Democrat values? We will see, if the media will diligently follow up on the case.
WASHINGTON — Federal immigration agents were prepared to arrest an illegal immigrant and registered sex offender days before the November elections but were ordered by Washington to hold off after officials warned of “significant interest” from Congress and news organizations because the suspect was a volunteer intern for Sen. Robert Menendez, according to internal agency documents provided to Congress.
The Homeland Security Department said last month, when The Associated Press first disclosed the delayed arrest of Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, that AP’s report was “categorically false.”
Sanchez, 18, was an immigrant from Peru who has overstayed a visitor visa that allowed him to enter the United States. He eventually was arrested at his home in New Jersey on Dec. 6. He has since been released from an immigration jail and is facing deportation. Sanchez has declined to speak to the AP.
After the AP story, which cited an unnamed U.S. official involved in the case, Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa and six other Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the Obama administration for details about the incident.
According to those documents, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Newark had arranged to arrest Sanchez at the local prosecutor’s office on Oct. 25. That was fewer than two weeks before the election.
Noting that Sanchez was a volunteer in Menendez’s Senate office, ICE officials in New Jersey advised that the arrest “had the possibility of garnering significant congressional and media interest” and were “advised to postpone the arrest” until officials in Washington gave approval. The documents describe a conference call between officials Washington and New Jersey to “determine a way forward, given the potential sensitivities surrounding the case.”
The senators, in a letter to the Homeland Security Department, said the agency documents showed that Sanchez’s arrest “was delayed by six weeks,” as AP had reported. They asked for details about the department’s review of potentially sensitive, high profile immigration cases when arrests are delayed. Continue reading this article
Greeley Colorado has suffered as much as any community from the onslaught of government-mandated diversity. First it was hundreds of illegal aliens welcomed to work at the local Swift meatpacking plant with the predictable ensuing crime and influx of Spanish-speaking kiddies in the schools. After a much publicized ICE workplace raid (remember those?), the company relented and switched to legal Somali refugees as workers, who brought another flavor to diversity problems.
The latest report reveals that not all of the workers arrested in 2006 were actually deported. One example is Santos Gervacio Vicente-Vicente, who is still here and has apparently used the intervening time to plop out some extra anchor kids, as shown below.
In Colorado, the average per pupil spending for 2012-13 is $6,474, so the education price tag for each kid, assuming high school graduation, will be around $77,688. Multiply that by five kids and the cost to taxpayers of not deporting Mr. Vincente and his brood will be $388,440. That’s assuming no more kids and no increase in education spending. But not to worry — surely they will all be valedictorians!
Since the following is a sob story designed to created sympathy for illegal alien job thieves, we readers are told that the lawbreaker remains fearful over his experience with immigration enforcement and his family’s suffering continues. Boo hoo!
People forget now, but meatpacking used to be a desirable job that offered middle-class wages to blue-collar citizens. The film American Dream won the 1991 Academy Award for showing Americans in Minnesota struggling to keep their jobs while their employer engaged in union-busting, which occurred a few years before the massive insourcing of foreign workers willing to work cheap.
Santos Gervacio Vicente-Vicente grows agitated and the words tumble out in increasingly rapid Spanish as he recalls the morning of Dec. 12, 2006.
“I still have fear,” he says. “When I remember, it makes me very nervous. I was treated like an animal.”
Vicente-Vicente is one of 273 workers arrested that Tuesday in Greeley in the largest immigration raid in U.S. history — and one of those continuing to deal with the fallout six years later.
Entire towns and thousands of residents — both citizens and undocumented immigrants — were affected when federal agents went to the headquarters of Swift & Co. on the north end of Greeley and five other company meatpacking plants in Texas, Utah, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota. The raid swept up 1,297 undocumented workers.
In Greeley, homes in Latino neighborhoods were seemingly abandoned as residents fled or hid in fear — some not leaving basements or closets for weeks. As many as half the desks in nearby schools sat empty because of rumors that the government would round up children next. Continue reading this article
In addition, the mayor’s performance at the Democratic convention last summer was less than stellar. Diversity boosters hoped Villaraigosa’s star position as Chair of the event would relaunch his floundering career, where early expectations were dashed because the poor job he’s done as LA mayor. But he failed to be sufficiently adroit under the unforgiving cameras of the national media at the Convention.
So here we are at another episode of Mayor Villaraigosa’s attempted resurrection, which depends on Americans’ famous short attention span.
The following headline is curiously honest about the self-interest aspect of the mayor’s shenanigans.
WASHINGTON—Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who increased his national profile in September when he chaired the Democratic National Convention, is turning his sights to Washington, D.C.
Nearing the end of his final term as mayor of the largest city in the West, Villaraigosa, days before his 60th birthday, is openly talking about a next move—though he won’t say what the move will be.
“With each passing week I take another step toward the transition from ‘Who’s Who’ to ‘Who’s He?'” Villaraigosa joked during a luncheon at the National Press Club on Monday, where he spoke about immigration reform. “The sun may be setting on my administration, but I’m not riding off into the sunset just yet.”
As a charismatic mayor with a growing national presence—and an impressive resume that includes leading the United States Conference of Mayors and working as an adviser and surrogate for President Barack Obama—Villaraigosa has a range of options ahead of him. He has openly expressed interest in becoming the next governor of California and is rumored to be a contender to join Obama’s Cabinet.
When pressed about his future, however, the traditionally eloquent veteran politician melts into a nervous, stuttering mess. Continue reading this article
Besides, isn’t America importing plenty of diversity already from Red China and India via H-1b visas? Here in the Bay Area, Asians are now the majority of tech workers. The chart below doesn’t include medical researchers, but it’s likely that the field has become similarly diverse with Asians.
The scheme is just another way to funnel US taxpayer money to the colorful Obama base. Some diversity is more desirable to Democrats than others, it seems.
The Obama Administration will make history by hiring the government’s first “Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity” to mastermind a multi-million-dollar effort that boosts the number of minorities in biomedical research and slashes discrimination in the federal grant process.
The $500 million initiative to racially diversify medical research was launched last year after a government-sanctioned study uncovered a “disturbing and disheartening” lack of racial diversity in the field. Especially troubling are Uncle Sam’s discriminatory funding practices when it comes to distributing federal research grants, the study found.
Touted as one of the few government probes to focus solely on the racial and ethnic composition of federal research funding applicants, the study determined that blacks who apply for grants are less likely than whites and Hispanics to receive the awards. Of additional concern is the low number of “non-white applicants” who apply for the public grants in the first place, the study found.
Through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency, the government doles out north of $31 billion annually to hundreds of thousands of researchers at thousands of universities and institutions around the globe. During a six-year period analyzed in the study, black researchers who applied for NIH grants were 10% less likely than whites to get the awards. Continue reading this article
CBS’ investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson brings more reason to be concerned about our southern border: not only does it remain porous, but cartels and other unfriendlies are bribing Border Patrol agents to admit drugs and illegal aliens.
Arizona rancher John Ladd has an unlucky location: his land fronts the border and the walk to a road is only three miles. As a result, half a million invaders have been caught crossing his land, and that doesn’t count the ones who make it across.
Interestingly, we learn that the going rate for illegal aliens to be smuggled across is $5000 — $8000, not small change and indicative that the crossers are not escaping poverty, but want both the jobs and free stuff that America foolishly offers. Plus, not all are Mexican job thieves; the connection between cartels and jihadists in Iran and Hezbollah is on the uptick.
As a result of what Ladd has seen, he has lost all faith in the authorities to fix the border, remarking. “I’m getting to the point I don’t have any confidence in our government, our system, or anybody trying to enforce the border.”
(CBS News) When it comes to securing our southern border, at least a few border agents have been stepping OVER THE LINE, ethically speaking, which leaves some Americans living near the border feeling not very secure. Sharyl Attkisson now with our Cover Story along the border between Arizona and Mexico:
John Ladd owns 14,000 wild acres in southern Arizona squared up against the Mexican border. It’s land that’s become extremely valuable for something besides ranching: For Mexico’s illegal immigrants and drug cartels, it’s a golden pathway into the U.S.
“The easy part of getting across here is you got three miles to walk, and that’s it,” said Ladd. “You get picked up at the highway and you’re gone.”
Five generations of Ladds have lived here. The family journeyed west over gritty trails in covered wagons in 1894.
More than a century later, Ladd watches from his kitchen window as new immigrants — the illegal kind — regularly march across his land, oddly undeterred by the border fence, government surveillance cameras, and Border Agents patrolling the property.
When asked how many illegal immigrants he estimates have crossed his property, Ladd replied, “I say about a half a million people have been caught on the ranch. And that’s what’s been caught – that’s not what’s got through.”
The past few years, the sheer number of Mexicans and those of other nationalities caught on his property IS down.
But Ladd says there’s more illegal traffic coming in trucks, filled with drugs. He showed Attkisson where a wall on his property has been cut three times since February: “They sets ramps up on top. They have ramp going into Mexico, have a ramp coming in here. They drive the loaded trucks over the ramps, get ’em in. Come up and cut all of my fences going to the highway.” Continue reading this article
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