California Lawmakers Pursue Protection for Illegal Alien Criminals

California Democrats think they know better than anyone else, in particular concerning immigration enforcement, which they don’t like very much at all.

Liberal arrogance is on full display in the state capital where the snotty D-legislators regard traditional concepts like public safety with disdain. Or at least the Dems don’t think that everyone deserves the same level of legal protection: approved victim groups like illegal aliens are thought deserving of special treatment because of their alleged mistreatment by nasty corporations and old-fashioned citizens who still insist upon national sovereignty.

The latest California affront to law and borders is the so-called TRUST Act (aka AB 4) which disallows the Secure Communities federal-state enforcement partnership.

As is pointed out by several knowledgeable persons in the video report below, the TRUST Act (which is awaiting Jerry Brown’s signature) violates federal law, specifically:

8 USC § 1373

Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal, State, or local law, a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.

Details, details! California liberals know best!

California lawmakers move to shield illegal immigrants from deportation, By William La Jeunesse, Fox News, September 24, 2013

Police in California would be prohibited from helping deport some illegal immigrants under a bill being considered by Gov. Jerry Brown, in a proposed change some say would violate federal law.

The so-called Trust Act would bar police from cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers on a variety of cases. Proponents say the bill is narrowly focused and only applies to those illegal immigrants arrested for minor crimes.

Prosecutors and sheriffs disagree.

“If you or I were victimized by someone stealing our identity, selling drugs in our community, burglarizing our home or embezzling our money, that’s okay? That’s a minor crime under this bill,” complained Marin County Sheriff Robert Doyle. “If this law passes, we will not be able to put holds on people who have previously been deported. So someone could be deported one, two, three, four — 10 times and that would not be cause for us to put a hold on them.”

The California District Attorneys Association and the California Sheriffs’ Association oppose the law, in part because it also conflicts with federal statutes.

“It makes no sense and is unconstitutional,” said former ICE Director Julie Myers Wood. “The federal government has sole authority to enforce immigration law. In this instance California is telling the feds what you can and cannot do.” Continue reading this article

Nairobi Muslims Squawk about Imaginary Backlash following Mall Terror

Like white on rice, fears of backlash gush from Muslims whenever some horrific act of jihad occurs. The awful butchery from Kenya has sent the Sons of Allah into complaint mode, trying to portray themselves as victims when no lynch mobs have appeared.

A couple years ago I blogged about the problems stemming from Somalis residing in the Kenya capital, where they were viewed with suspicion by the homies who rightly feared infiltration by the barbaric al Shabaab from Somalia next door. (See Nairobi’s Little Mogadishu Creates Unease among Kenyans.)

Like Minneapolis, Nairobi has its own “Little Mogadishu” (pictured below) and the foreigners there complain of “Somali-phobia” from the Kenyans, the majority of whom are Christians. (In a 2007 Pew poll, 83 percent of Kenyans agreed with the statement “We should further restrict and control immigration.”)

Closer to home, terror expert Erick Stakelbeck discussed al Shabaab, pointing out the large number of hostile Somalis who reside in Minneapolis, which is not far from the Mall of America, the largest shopping center in the country.

In Nairobi, the pile of bodies (all non-Muslims by design of the killers) is still being sorted out, but local Muslims are worried only about how the jihadist murder of more than 60 innocents will affect the Somalis.

Hopefully the Kenyan authorities will use the attack to at least do some roundups and deport the illegal aliens and Shabaabers.

Kenya’s ‘Little Mogadishu’ fears backlash after Shabaab attack, Reuters, September 22, 2013

In the shabby “Little Mogadishu” quarter of Kenya’s capital, Somalis feared the militant attack on a Nairobi shopping mall could trigger a violent backlash against them.

Islamist group al Shabaab said it carried out the raid on the Westgate center, that killed at least 59 people, in revenge for Kenya’s military campaign against its fighters in Somalia.

In the congested Eastleigh neighborhood, memories were still fresh of the mobs who targeted homes and shops in November after a suspected al Shabaab attack on a minibus killed nine.

“A mob of youths can … attack us like last time,” said Mohamed Warsame, sitting next to a stall selling “khat” leaves, which are chewed as a stimulant across the Horn of Africa.

The elderly man said he expected the police would at least mount more raids to round up illegal immigrants and suspected militants.

Groups of Somali men talked in hushed tones and at one electronics shop, the owner changed channel to switch from the live coverage of the mall assault drama to a tennis match.

“I don’t think those people who attacked the mall are true Muslims. Islam does not support killing of the innocent. Anyone who kills an innocent person has killed humanity,” said a woman in her 40s who would only gave her first name, Zuleka.

She said she had lived in Kenya for more than a decade, one of thousands of ethnic Somalis who have fled years of war and turmoil to seek a better life in east Africa’s biggest economy. Continue reading this article

Rep. Peter King Recommends Increased Scrutiny of Somalis in US

It’s good to hear that at least one person in the Congress is concerned that the al-Shebaab attack on the Nairobi shopping mall may inspire copy-cat behavior in co-religionist Somalis here. As Rep. Peter King noted on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, at least 40 to 50 Somalis residing in this country left for their homeland to be trained in jihadist warfare. Plus there is no lack of interest among those remaining, as shown by at least two groups of convictions this year of Somalis for funding terrorist activity, specifically two Somali women in Minnesota and four immigrants in San Diego including an imam.

The interview took place on Sunday morning, before it was reported by CNN that three of the Shabaab gunmen are from America.

ABC This Week Transcript, September 22, 2013

MARTHA RADDATZ: Now for more let’s bring in Republican Congressman Peter King, a member of the House intelligence committee who has been briefed on the Nairobi attack. Congressman King thanks for joining us this morning.

What can you tell us about what kind of attack this was, who they believe is responsible in.

PETER KING: Well, Martha, this was a very sophisticated attack, very similar to what we saw in Mumbai. And by all indicators, this was carried out by al Shabaab, which is based out of Somalia.

When I was chairman of the Homeland Security Committee two years ago I conducted a hearing on al Shabaab. It’s extremely deadly organization, very well trained. And it’s one of the only al Qaeda affiliates which actually has actively recruited here in the United States. There is at least 40 to 50 Somali-Americans have gone from the United States to Somalia to be trained. A number of them have been killed, but there’s other still alive.

So I am — I would assume that the FBI and local law enforcement are looking into those Somalia-American communities today if any leads or indicators using all their sources and resources to
make sure there’s no follow-up attempt here in the United States.

RADDATZ: And how about any information on whether some of those Somali-Americans might be involved in the attack, anything on that yet?

KING: I have not heard if any of them are involved or not. We know there’s probably still 15 to 20 Somali-Americans who are still active over there. The concern would be if any of those have come back to the United States and would use those abilities here in the United States.

Also Martha, this shows the really growing influence of al Qaeda in Africa. You have al Shabaab now in Somalia going off into Kenya, carrying out an attack outside its own country.

For years, the State Department did not want to declare al Shabaab a terrorist organization, because they thought it was focusing on tribal issue within Somalia. Now, we see, by attacking into Kenya they certainly have an international dimension to them.

You also have Boko Haram in Nigeria. And other — and also you have al Shabaab working closely with al Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula in Yemen.

So we’re talking about very significant terrorist groups here which are showing a capacity to attack outside of their borders and actually recruit people from here in the United States. Continue reading this article

San Francisco and California Move to Ignore Secure Communities

As exemplars of the most extreme anti-American, anti-sovereignty leftism, San Francisco loves to poke normal citizens in the eye whenever possible. City leaders take pleasure in being the non-America outpost on the edge of the continent and would secede if not for all the federal cash it receives.

The state is headed in the same direction, given the super-majority of Democrats and complete disappearance of any Republican presence in the capitol. So Democrats feel free to enact their most outlandish left-wing fantasies.

One of the long-time targets of liberal state pols has been the federal Secure Communities, a common-sense program where the immigration status of arrested persons is checked along with their previous criminal history using a federal database. Deporting them removes dangerous persons from the country.

Proponents of the new proposal says it will still snag violent felons, but the urge toward permissiveness among California libs is not receding.

The upshot is that public safety is not a Democrat value, so the state is close to officially ignoring Secure Communities.

S.F., state near protections for some immigrants, San Francisco Chronicle, September 20, 2013

Sonia Cauich is not the kind of person federal authorities are looking to deport under the immigrant-crackdown Secure Communities program. But she’s exactly the kind of person who could trigger big changes in the program.

Cauich, 41, was almost sent back to Mexico two years ago when she was arrested by San Francisco police after calling 911 to report that her cousin was beating his wife and had hit her as well. He had disappeared by the time police arrived, but they ended up taking Cauich, who was undocumented, into custody.

A victim of domestic violence herself, Cauich says she was taken away from her sons – 6 months, 3 years and 10 years old – and held in County Jail for three days before being transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and nearly deported.

She has since left her abusive husband and gotten a visa. But her children say they are terrified of the police.

“When the kids see the police, they are traumatized,” she said through an interpreter. “It was impactful for them – they don’t forget. … I tell my oldest, ‘If anything happens, you call the police.’ He says, ‘No, what if they take you?’ ”

Legislative push
Supporters of changes to immigration policy are holding up stories like Cauich’s as telling examples as they work to pass legislation across the nation to buck the federal Secure Communities program. That program asks sheriffs to keep immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally, but who are otherwise cleared for release, behind bars until federal authorities can pick them up for deportation.

Critics of the program are looking at two victories in California, where legislation rejecting the program statewide and in San Francisco are on the verge of becoming law. Continue reading this article

Senator Jeff Sessions Rolls Out Series of Speeches about the Economy

The indispensable man was back on the Senate floor on Thursday, defending American workers who are struggling to survive in the jobless recovery. Senator Sessions warned clearly about the danger of an immigration bill conference committee, where a tough enforcement House bill would be blended with the disastrous Senate monstrosity, and amnesty would be rammed through. Corporations are laying off thousands of Americans, yet are demanding more foreigners be made available to hire in the place of citizens.

In another snip from the same speech, Sessions noted the Census finding that middle class incomes have declined for 18 years. That means money isn’t being saved for college and young people are postponing marriage. Four million fewer people are working today than in 2007, even though the population has grown. Of the jobs created this year, 77 percent are part-time. Workforce participation is the lowest since 1975.

With such a severe systemic job shortage, should the government double legal immigration in the next decade and beyond? Certainly not.

Here’s a companion press release from Thursday, that contains a lot of the important facts from Sessions’ speech about the economy:

Sessions Gives First In Series Of Addresses On U.S. Economy: Deteriorating Conditions For Working Households, September 19, 2013

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, delivered the following speech today as the first in a series of remarks on the state of the U.S. economy:

“I have directed my staff on the Budget Committee to conduct a detailed analysis of the economic conditions facing working Americans: their wages, their employment, their household finances. I will give a series of talks over the coming weeks looking at their financial condition and the state of our nation economically. I will also attempt to look at the causes leading to our current financial difficulties and suggest some steps to restore America’s financial future.

The sad fact is that the state of middle- and lower-income Americans is worsening on nearly every front. The slow growth of the economy (the slowest economic recovery from a recession since World War II) is restraining the normal upward movement in income that previous generations have experienced. And, if you don’t have a job, you’re twice as likely to only find part-time as full-time work—if you can find any work at all.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, middle class incomes have declined for 18 years. Different parties, different presidents, different majorities in Congress. That means that savings for college and retirement are growing at all-time lows.

Young people are not marrying as early as they want, due to bad economic prospects. That means that families are launching later in life, which gives couples fewer years to pay down a mortgage or raise children.

Perhaps the single greatest source for economic anxiety for working Americans is the fear of losing their jobs.

It’s not just the unemployment rate, which remains too high at 7.3 percent in August 2013. It’s the number of people we all know who are working well below their potential because nothing is available that uses their job skills. It’s the number of people we know who have given up looking for work, or who are working part-time because nothing full-time is available for them.

Fewer people are working today than in 2007. That’s actual numbers—even though population has increased. Just before the recession hit in December of 2007, about 62.7 percent of the working-age population was working. If that same percentage was working today, we would have 154.1 million jobs. But we don’t. We have 144.2 million jobs and only 58.6 percent of the population is working.

In short, we’re missing 9.9 million jobs when we compare this economy to the one in 2007. Continue reading this article

San Antonio: Al Qaeda Terrorist Is Arrested

Washington’s welcoming of hostile Muslims from unfriendly nations as refugees and immigrants needs more attention, because these people can be very troublesome indeed.

In Phoenix, the trial of Iraqi refugee Abdullatif Ali Aldosary started this week for his attempted bombing of the Casa Grande Social Security office last year.

Further east, in San Antonio, another bad apple of diversity has been located. The report says the arrest is for benefit fraud, but that the Iraqi refugee Ahmed Tayyeh (pictured) has al Qaeda connections. Surely there is a bigger story here, that will hopefully be revealed in time.

Plus, the case shows how little vetting the government does on the unsavory and dangerous characters it lets in here by the boatload — 200,000 Iraqis! More Muslims. Just what we don’t need.

FBI suspects Iraqi refugee in San Antonio of Al-Qaida ties, San Antonio Express-News, September 19, 2013

SAN ANTONIO — On the surface, Ahmed Khudhur Tayyeh is a refugee, resettled in San Antonio in 2008 by the United Nations to help him escape persecution in his native Iraq.

The way this region’s Joint Terrorism Task Force tells it, however, the 39-year-old is suspected of having ties to Al-Qaida.

He was arrested earlier this month on an indictment charging him — not with terrorism — but with theft from the government, defrauding the Social Security Administration out of $7,995 in disability benefits and with withholding information that he had been getting a side income.

As one of nearly 200,000 Iraqi refugees approved by the U.S. government for resettlement in America since 2007, Tayyeh was given a green card, despite giving conflicting stories about how he injured his leg. In one story he allegedly said he took a hit from an improvised bomb, in another he said he was kidnapped by Iraqi police and shot in the leg. The government here gave him disability benefits because the injury supposedly prevented him from working. Continue reading this article

Your Tax Dollars at Work: PBS Amnesty Agitprop

Don’t look now, but PBS is about to dump six hours of diversity propaganda TV on the American public, curiously timed around the amnesty debate in Washington. How convenient for them.

In FY 2012, the feds spent $445 million to fund PBS TV and NPR radio, aka the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Clearly, no expense was spared in the production of Latino-Americans, with dual-language websites, a pretty picture book, numerous videos with the liberally conventional stories of suffering and success, blah blah.

Below, PBS heroically pictured Pancho Villa when he was a general in the Mexican revolution, but didn’t mention his attack on the town of Columbus New Mexico in 1916 when 19 Americans were killed by Villa’s army.

The blog section is odd indeed.There are individual blog postings, but the comments are all identical, at least when I looked on Sunday. They appear to all come from the item on Jewish Latino music. They are strange responses when read following the hateful blog about the illegal aliens who came to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina (and never left). Residents of the Crescent City didn’t want their unique culture overrun with illegal Mexicans imported for cheap exploitable labor while local residents, black and white, were pushed aside for rebuilding jobs.

But to PBS, it’s all about the victimhood, whether truthful or not. (Contact PBS ombudsman Michael Getler if you have an opinion about such propaganda TV on the taxpayer tab.)

The blog item about New Orleans could be torn from the pages of the Raza handbook, being so full of lies, distortions and the complete disregard of American sovereignty. It’s pretty rich for the race-obsessed author to cite hispanics’ “black brothers and sisters” when the foreigners invaded New Orleans and snatched rebuilding jobs from local people of color.

Hard Living in the Big Easy: Latino Immigrants & the Recovery of Post-Katrina New Orleans, by Jose Torres-Tama, September 1, 2013

At no other time since my arrival in 1968 have I been witness to such blatant defamation of immigrants as I am seeing today, and the passing of Arizona’s SB 1070 by the Republican Governor Brewer in 2010 has spawned other copycat anti-immigrant laws in states like Georgia (May 2011), Alabama (June 2011), and South Carolina (June 2011).

I call these states the New Confederacy of the South passing Juan Crow laws that redirect their previous vitriol and racial poison towards African Americans towards brown Latinos today.

Basically, people who look like me because I’m a brown Mestizo Latino male, and based on the discretion of local police in any of these states, I could be detained and made to present my passport or green card to prove my status.

Imagine, if we were to see laws being passed where we required people of Jewish descent to have to show proof of their rightful status, if the many Hasidic Jews in New York were stopped and questioned about their legal status. There would be a very loud political fallout about racial profiling or living while Jewish. It is not like the Jewish people have not experienced this before in freedomlandia.

We, brown people, like our black bothers and sisters, know too well what it means to be stopped while simply being the colored other. Continue reading this article

Clownifornia: Governor Promises to Sign Illegal Alien License Bill

Never mind that candidate Jerry Brown pledged in 2010 not to reward lawbreaking foreigners with the precious identification document: he now presides over a diverse one-party state where he can do anything he wants. The legislature has produced a bill creating illegal alien driver’s licenses so the Governor says he will sign it.

Naturally the local propaganda rag celebrated the abrogation of law as a step forward in the liberal agenda of smashing national sovereignty and coddling diverse non-Americans:

But new rights for illegal aliens prompt questions of whether they will continue to get a free ride from law enforcement, such as in Los Angeles where foreigners have faced minimal vehicle impoundment in violation of state law.

What about insurance, required from all drivers? In 2003 New Mexico enacted DLs for illegal aliens in the hope that they would become responsible vehicle operators and purchase car insurance. The experiment failed of course, and NM is consistently one of the most uninsured states.

So much for public safety and non-inflated car insurance — law-abiding Californians lose again.

California lawmakers OK driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants; Brown to sign bill, San Jose Mercury-News, September 13, 21013

SACRAMENTO — Illegal immigrants living in California will soon be able to get driver’s licenses.

Thursday night’s passage of AB60 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, capped years of Democratic effort — most notably by former assemblyman and state Sen. Gil Cedillo, now a Los Angeles city councilman. The state Senate approved it 28-8, the Assembly 55-19.

Gov. Jerry Brown immediately issued a statement indicating he’ll sign it. “This bill will enable millions of people to get to work safely and legally,” he said. “Hopefully, it will send a message to Washington that immigration reform is long past due.”

Supporters from both parties said undocumented immigrants already drive in California, and roads will be safer if all drivers are trained, licensed and insured.

The bill was almost derailed by the concerns of immigration advocates that the licenses issued to illegal immigrants would be marked differently than those issued to others.

“As an American Jew, I am very sensitive to the ‘mark’ issues raised by the well-intended opponents of this measure,” state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said Thursday while arguing for passage of the bill.

But while the yellow Stars of David that European Jews had to wear during the Holocaust were tools for furthering discrimination and genocide, these licenses will help end discrimination, Steinberg said.

Nine other states have similar laws, six of which were enacted this year.

Diversity Update: Afghans Execute Woman for Adultery and Lack of Rain

The country of Afghanistan has been rated as the worst place on earth for women, and with good reason, given that the culture is primitive even for Muslim sharia-run societies.

Today’s example is a video of a woman being shot to death by her father at the order of the local imam last April. The locals viewing the execution cheered loudly with laughing and Allah Ackbars. Everybody (with one exception) appeared to have a great time at the event.

Here’s a bit of the transcript:

A woman accused of adultery is about to be executed in public, and the neighbors have gathered to watch.

A mullah blames the current drought on the woman and her bad behavior:

“You can see for yourselves why it doesn’t rain.

What is the main reason?

The murders, the adulteries, and our bad deeds.”

Pretty backward stuff, no doubt. But Afghan immigrants don’t bring that cultural misogyny to this country, do they?

Actually, all immigrants retain their cultural baggage to a large degree, because it’s human nature to be strongly imprinted by the society in which we are raised. Even the New York Times has noticed:

Abuse Often Follows Afghans to America, New York Times, February 27, 2011

[. . .] In Afghanistan, a decade after the overthrow of the Taliban and the rise of an influential women’s rights movement, the violent subjugation of women remains broadly accepted. In recent weeks, the Afghan government has sharply criticized the country’s shelters for battered women and moved to take control of them.

But much more quietly, a culture of domestic violence — not only by husbands but also by husbands’ families — has followed Afghan immigrants to destinations like New York, where women’s advocates say they are now discovering just how widespread the problem is. [. . .]

Is this the sort of diversity America should be importing willy-nilly? Muslim immigration is a very bad idea for many reasons and should be ended.

Mexican Cartel Gangsters Threaten California Ranchers Far from Border

The central California town of San Luis Obispo is hundreds of miles from Mexico, yet the violent drug organizations have terrorized landowners in SLO to submit to cartel marijuana grows — or else.

We already know that southern Arizona is dangerous because Mexican organized crime essentially controls the territory miles north of the border. Plus, the cartels have similarly invaded treasured national parks like Yosemite and Sequoia to grow their profitable product with the added insult of poisoning protected lands with environmentally damaging toxic chemicals illegal in the US.

Don’t we have borders to protect the American citizenry from crime organizations invading the place and running it like they were in Mexico?

Exclusive behind the scenes look at hunting marijuana grows, KSBY-TV, San Luis Obispo, September 6, 2013

The San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office says Mexican drug cartels are rooting themselves into the county by force when it comes to illegal marijuana grows.

“You’re not going to say anything. You’re not going to do anything. If you do, we’re going to kill you or we’re going to kill your family,” narcotics detective Greg Beuer says ranchers living in San Luis Obispo County have received that exact threat from cartels wanting to use their land to grow marijuana.

“It’s the real thing. It’s not just happening in Mexico, it happens up here too,” said Beuer.

This is the reality for unsuspecting victims of cartels, he said.

“The enforcers will come in with weapons and their whole job is protecting the grow site,” said Beuer, a narcotics detective with 20 years of marijuana enforcement under his belt.

The impact from these operations continues to pile up.

“There’s been a number of forest fires started by grows. There’s been several homicides over the last couple years,” said Beuer. Continue reading this article

Robotics’ Replacement of Jobs Is Growing

When the Sixty Minutes segment “Are robots hurting job growth?” showed last January, it made clear that automation was replacing human workers at an increasing rate with smart machines doing a variety of complex tasks.

But American jobs being automated out of existence was apparently not considered in elites’ thinking about immigration “reform.” In June after the Senate bill was passed, the CBO calculated that the legislation included 46 million new legal immigrants in the next two decades.

Yet business complains with big crocodile tears that there is a labor shortage, despite over 20 million Americans being jobless, and many of the pre-recession jobs are not coming back.

As CBS’ MoneyWatch observed last January 4 in an article titled, December jobs: 1.8 million jobs created in 2012:

For all of 2012, the economy added an average of 153,000 per month for a total of about 1.8 million jobs, almost exactly the number created in 2011.

Wait, the country is producing just 1.8 million jobs per year and the Senate plans to import an average of 2.3 million annually for 20 years out — where do American citizens fit into this scheme?

Economic growth is pathetically slow for a recovery, only 2.2 percent for 2012, based on a number of factors, such as increased regulations under the current administration and business fears about the approaching ObamaCare. Plus, the twin globalization effects of outsourcing and immigration have been gradually accumulating to the current destructive point for decades. Add increasingly sophisticated automation into the work environment, and we have today’s terrible new normal.

Now more than ever, given the new automated workplace and all the other assaults upon the American worker, the correct number of immigrants should be ZERO, not the massive increase envisioned by the Senate.

Are robots hurting job growth?, CBS Sixty Minutes, September 8, 2013

One of the hallmarks of the 21st century is that we are all having more and more interactions with machines and fewer with human beings. If you’ve lost your white collar job to downsizing, or to a worker in India or China you’re most likely a victim of what economists have called technological unemployment. There is a lot of it going around with more to come.

As we reported earlier this year, at the vanguard of this new wave of automation is the field of robotics. Everyone has a different idea of what a robot is and what they look like but the broad universal definition is a machine that can perform the job of a human. They can be mobile or stationary, hardware or software, and they are marching out of the realm of science fiction and into the mainstream.

The age of robots has been anticipated since the beginning of the last century. Fritz Lang fantasized about it in his 1927 film “Metropolis.” In the 1940s and 50s, robots were often portrayed as household help.

And by the time “Star Wars” trilogy arrived, robots with their computerized brains and nerve systems had been fully integrated into our imagination. Now they’re finally here, but instead of serving us, we found that they are competing for our jobs. And according to MIT professors, Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, one of the reasons for the jobless recovery.

Andrew McAfee: Our economy is bigger than it was before the start of the Great Recession. Corporate profits are back. Business investment in hardware and software is back higher than it’s ever been. What’s not back is the jobs.

Steve Kroft: And you think technology and increased automation is a factor in that?

Erik Brynjolfsson: Absolutely.

The percentage of Americans with jobs is at a 20-year low. Just a few years ago if you traveled by air you would have interacted with a human ticket agent. Today, those jobs are being replaced by robotic kiosks. Bank tellers have given way to ATMs, sales clerks are surrendering to e-commerce and switchboard operators and secretaries to voice recognition technology.

Erik Brynjolfsson: There are lots of examples of routine, middle-skilled jobs that involve relatively structured tasks and those are the jobs that are being eliminated the fastest. Those kinds of jobs are easier for our friends in the artificial intelligence community to design robots to handle them. They could be software robots, they could be physical robots.

Steve Kroft: What is there out there that people would be surprised to learn about? In the robotics area, let’s say.

Andrew McAfee: There are heavily automated warehouses where there are either very few or no people around. That absolutely took me by surprise. Continue reading this article

Twelve Years after September 11 Attacks, the West Is Strangely Supportive of Hostile Islam

CBN’s Dale Hurd remains one of the most truthful reporters about the worldwide scourge of Islam. His 9/11 report shows how little elites have learned since the jihadist attack during the intervening years, where Islam has been on the march from the streets of London to Benghazi, using violence to establish a planet-wide caliphate of totalitarian sharia rule.

The big attacks are simple enough for mainstream journalists to cover, but Hurd digs down into the everyday affronts by Muslims against western freedoms, like the systematic rapes of European women and Muslim men grooming white English girls for prostitution.

Worse, western authorities too often give a pass to Muslim crimes, either out of political correctness or plain fear. Hostile Muslims cannot be trained into civil behavior, and our government should therefore stop allowing them to immigrate here in the name of diversity. We have plenty of home-grown problems already.

After 9/11: Is the West Protecting Radical Islam?, by Dale Hurd, CBN, September 10, 2013

LONDON — Twelve years have passed years since 9/11, and Western leaders still refuse to get real about the threat of radical Islam.

A few years ago, CBN News filmed Denmark’s Muslim community marching through the streets of Copenhagen under a banner that read “Islam is peace and love.”

It would be great if it were true. But a few weeks ago one of Denmark’s most influential Muslim leaders dropped a bombshell when he admitted that every mosque in Denmark is controlled by a radical imam.

Even before George W. Bush went to a Washington, D.C. mosque after 9/11 and said the World Trade Center attack was not the true face of Islam, critics have accused Western leaders of being more concerned with appearing tolerant than confronting the threat posed by radical Islam. This is because while the vast majority of the world’s Muslims are not terrorists, the vast majority of the world’s terrorists are Muslims.

The United States has foiled more than 60 terrorist plots since 9/11. Britain uncovers at least one major terrorist attack every year. But there are other forms of violence from Muslim culture that authorities aren’t facing.

Police Cover-Up?

Britain is still reeling from a scandal in which police covered up a Muslim rape gang epidemic for 10 years; one in which primarily Pakistani men made white English girls their sex slaves.

For years, British authorities tried to pretend that Muslim sex grooming gangs didn’t exist. And so the problem grew, and more young women had their lives ruined.

Muslim immigrant gangs in Britain are still so dangerous that when CBN News tried to interview rape gang victims no one would go on camera. Even their family members and friends insisted that they would be in danger if their identities or faces were shown.

A woman from northern England, who we’re calling “Christine,” told us there are areas now where young girls just can’t walk down their own streets. People are too scared to come out and say what is going on.” Continue reading this article

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