KANSAS CITY, Kansas (Reuters) – Republican Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill aimed at keeping state courts and agencies from using Islamic or other non-U.S. laws when making decisions, his office said on Friday, drawing criticism from a national Muslim group.
The law has been dubbed the “sharia bill” because critics say it targets the Islamic legal code. Sharia, or Islamic law, covers all aspects of Muslim life, including religious obligations and financial dealings. Opponents of state bans say they could nullify wills or legal contracts between Muslims.
Supporters said the law will reassure foreigners in Kansas that state laws and the U.S. Constitution would protect them. Opponents said it singled out Muslims for ridicule and was unnecessary because American laws prevail on U.S. soil.
Sherriene Jones-Sontag, a spokeswoman for the governor, said in an e-mail that the bill “makes it clear that Kansas courts will rely exclusively on the laws of our state and our nation when deciding cases and will not consider the laws of foreign jurisdictions.” Continue reading this article
Novelist Tom Wolfe announced several years ago that his next book would take place in south Florida and would explore immigration. One can only hope that he will skewer the diversity cult in his own unique style.
Wolfe engaged Oscar Corral, a reporter from the Miami Herald, to sherpa him through the local culture, and Corral then filmed the author’s explorations of social byways to produce a documentary of Wolfe’s investigations of Caribbeanized Florida.
Below, Wolfe soaks up local diversity in south Florida.
What a juicy topic. Perhaps he will blend in the backstory of the catastrophic Mariel Boatlift which welcomed 130,000 unscreened Cuban criminals, drunks and other undesirables Castro wanted to cull. Miami’s murder rate doubled the year following Cuba’s human dumping, and everybody carried handguns for protection. See my blog, Mariel Diversity Celebrated for the disturbing details.
Oscar Corral thought someone was yanking his chain the day the phone rang at The Miami Herald newsroom and a soft-spoken voice with just a hint of southern drawl said: “Oscar Corral, this is Tom Wolfe.”
That would be master journalist-turned-novelist Tom Wolfe.
For decades Wolfe had traversed the country in his trademark white suit and fedora, sending up the idiosyncrasies of rich and poor in novels like the New York City-based “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” and “A Man in Full,” set in Atlanta. Now the satirist had his sights on Miami, and he wanted then-reporter Corral’s help.
Over the course of several years beginning in 2008, Corral became a tour guide and translator for Wolfe, taking the famed author from Miami’s raucous Columbus Day Regatta to Little Haiti’s Santeria shops. With Wolfe’s approval, Corral began filming their escapades. The result is the documentary “Bloodlines,” which follows Wolfe as he researches his latest novel to be released this October.
Wolfe told The Associated Press he came to Miami to write a book about immigration: “Not how people get in, but how they get along with one another, and sometimes how they don’t.”
The book, “Back to Blood,” promises to be a “Bonfire”-like take on Miami, with Wolfe’s familiar themes of class, race, family, corruption and of course sex. Among the characters are a Cuban-American nurse and cop, a French sex doctor and a journalist on the trail of a Russian-mob-comes-to-Miami story.
The documentary — Corral’s first — is both an ode to the reclusive literary giant and a voyage through the best and worst of wacky Miami.
“It was like hanging out with Yoda,” said Corral of accompanying Wolfe on more than half a dozen trips to Miami.
“After the first trip, I thought to myself, `I am watching literary history unfold,'” he said. “Tom Wolfe is pounding the pavement as he has throughout his career… and it’s a great story for anyone about how good writing comes to life.”
The film captures rare, candid moments with Wolfe. He is soaked during the regatta as bikini-clad revelers boat-hop across Biscayne Bay. He checks out white suits at thrift shops, visits new immigrant homes and rubs elbows with Miami’s elite. The film, which Corral wrote, directed and produced, also features interviews from Wolfe’s longtime friend, former New York and Miami Police Chief John Timoney. He served as the model for a character in Wolfe’s now classic, 1987 expose on race and class, “The Bonfire of the Vanities.” Continue reading this article
WACO, Texas — A federal jury on Thursday convicted a Muslim soldier on six charges in connection with a failed plot to blow up a Texas restaurant full of Fort Hood troops, his religious mission to get “justice” for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jurors in U.S. District Court in Waco deliberated a little more than an hour before finding Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo guilty of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempted murder of U.S. officers or employees, and four counts of possessing a weapon in furtherance of a federal crime of violence.
Abdo, 22, did not stand with his attorneys when jurors and the judge entered the room, and he showed no emotion when each of the six guilty verdicts was read by the court clerk. Abdo, who’s been accused of spitting blood on authorities escorting him and a jailer, wore a mask covering his nose and mouth throughout the trial.
He faces up to life in prison. U.S. District Judge Walter Smith is set to sentence Abdo in July.
Prosecutors said Abdo had already started making a bomb when he was detained at a Killeen motel last July after going AWOL from Fort Campbell, Ky. Authorities also found numerous bomb-making components, a loaded gun, 143 rounds of ammunition, a stun gun and other items in his backpack and motel room.
In a recorded police interview, Abdo said he was planning to pull off an attack in the Fort Hood area “because I don’t appreciate what my unit did in Afghanistan.” Continue reading this article
Top catholics must be secretly rubbing their hands in glee at Obama’s clumsy handling of the requirement that birth control be included in healthcare plans provided by the church’s institutions like colleges. The controversy has given them a opportunity to pave over the years of bad news concerning child-molesting priests and to refurbish their image as noble spiritual fellows who stand foursquare against government intrusion.
The catholic hierarchy benefits from media boredom with pervert priest stories, which now show up in local reporting only. The topic does get depressing, but the lack of news doesn’t mean there has been reform within the church.
Newly crowned Cardinal Timothy Dolan has a way with the press, which seems to regard him as a cleric from central casting, blessed with Irish charm and an extrovert personality. He got a glowing Sixty Minutes segment in 2011 where he was called the church’s fix-it guy for years of pedophile priest publicity.
The problem is that same reviled federal government is one of the catholic church’s major funders. The church acts as an agency of government in its Catholic Charities guise, dispensing social services to millions in the areas like housing, schools, food distribution and healthcare.
The screen snap below from Catholic Charities at a glance shows that in 2009, 67 percent of its income came from the government. The cost of the church’s “good works” is paid by the taxpayer, not the collection plate. That 67 percent of $4.3 billion works out to more than $2.8 billion taken from citizens who may not agree with many of the church’s positions.
Whatever happened to the separation of church and state?
When the federal government is supplying the church with billions of dollars every year, it has paid for the right to make some requirements. If the cassocks take the money, then they must follow the rules.
Cardinal Dolan might observe the Tulsa diocese for the lesson that complete religious liberty requires the willingness to be financially independent.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Tulsa is getting national attention for its rejection of government funding.
It’s a position that enables the organization to remain true to its Roman Catholic values and to act swiftly to help people in need without wading through a bureaucratic morass, said executive director Deacon Kevin Sartorius.
“We’re very different,” said Sartorius, who was interviewed recently along with Tulsa Bishop Edward Slattery by EWTN, the global Catholic radio, television and news network.
Sartorius said he, and people at EWTN, know of no other diocese whose Catholic Charities is funded like the Tulsa Diocese.
In nearly all of the 180 Catholic Charities organizations nationwide, one in each of the nation’s Catholic dioceses, most of the budget comes from government contracts, often as much as 80 percent, Sartorius said. [. . .]
The Tulsa Catholic Charities disagreed with the government’s requirement that gay couples be considered as parents in its adoption service. By refusing the big government checks, they can run their agency as they please. No squawks of victimhood, just responsibility for choices.
Cardinal Dolan, by contrast, wants the billions of taxpayer dollars without obligation. He prefers to spin the issue as catholics being poor little victims of religious bigotry, while the church is actually a huge beneficiary of America’s welfare spending.
At the same time, the church works shamelessly to undermine American sovereignty. The Spring issue of Charities USA notes that it provides “Immigration services, which include counseling, legal services, assistance with citizenship and residency applications, family visa petitions, asylum petitions, removal proceeding, and other services.”
Furthermore, conservative media support Dolan and his media campaign of image rehabilitation just because he is against Obamacare edicts. The cardinal is a charlatan to take billions in tax dollars and refuse secular constraints, while working against this country’s sovereignty, even calling pro-borders Republican efforts “not American.”
Many Americans became irate when they heard about the outrageous tax credits (cash, not deductions) that illegal aliens have used to rip off billions of dollars from this country.
On Tuesday, Senate budget hawks Jeff Sessions and David Vitters asked for unanimous consent to pass legislation that would close the loophole — an effort that was blocked by the Majority Leader, Harry Reid.
Millions of illegal immigrants are getting a bigger tax refund than you. Eyewitness News shows a massive tax loophole that provides billions of dollars in tax credits to undocumented workers and, in many cases, people who have never stepped foot in the United States. And you are paying for it!
INDIANAPOLIS – Inside his central Indiana office, a longtime tax consultant sits at his desk, shaking his head in disbelief.
“There is not a doubt in my mind there’s huge fraud taking place here,” he said, slowly flipping through the pages of a tax return.
The tax preparer does not want you to know his name for fear of reprisal, but he does want you to know about a nationwide problem with a huge price tag.
He came to 13 Investigates to blow the whistle.
“We’re talking about a multi-billion dollar fraud scheme here that’s taking place and no one is talking about it,” he said.
The scheme involves illegal immigrants — illegal immigrants who are filing tax returns.
How it works The Internal Revenue Service says everyone who is employed in the United States – even those who are working here illegally – must report income and pay taxes. Of course, undocumented workers are not supposed to have a social security number. So for them to pay taxes, the IRS created what’s called an ITIN, an individual taxpayer identification number. A 9-digit ITIN number issued by the IRS provides both resident and nonresident aliens with a unique identification number that allows them to file tax returns.
While that may have seemed like a good idea, it’s now backfiring in a big way.
Each spring, at tax preparation offices all across the nation, many illegal immigrants are now eagerly filing tax returns to take advantage of a tax loophole, using their ITIN numbers to get huge refunds from the IRS.
The loophole is called the Additional Child Tax Credit. It’s a fully-refundable credit of up to $1000 per child, and it’s meant to help working families who have children living at home.
But 13 Investigates has found many undocumented workers are claiming the tax credit for kids who live in Mexico – lots of kids in Mexico.
“We’ve seen sometimes 10 or 12 dependents, most times nieces and nephews, on these tax forms,” the whistleblower told Eyewitness News. “The more you put on there, the more you get back.” Continue reading this article
Danish psychologist Nicolai Sennels has worked among Muslims in prison and has some thoughtful observations about the ways in which Islamic culture is quite different from Western values.
In Danish youth prisons, 70 percent of inmates are Muslim, so assimilation is not going well according to the crime measure.
Sennels reports that Muslims have little reason to adjust to European culture, despite great efforts on the part of governments to convince them, since the immigrants get everything for free without any effort on their part.
Why don’t we ever get nice straightforward polls like this in America? It would be a welcome change if Gallup or Rasmussen would ask whether we little citizens think the country is full, but no such honesty of inquiry has been forthcoming.
Australians think their country has enough people, and therefore the policy that allows the population growth should end.
Zero immigration. What a fine idea.
Below, asylum seekers recently on Christmas Island.
MORE than half of Australians want our borders closed and immigration ended.
New research, provided exclusively to The Daily Telegraph, reveals a dramatic swing against border issues, with 51 per cent in favour of saying no to all migrants – a 10 per cent jump since 2005.
Fears over falling job security and the burgeoning population putting more strain on infrastructure are two reasons for the shift in attitudes. The federal opposition said yesterday the anti-immigration sentiment was due to rising public anger about the number of asylum seekers attempting to enter the country.
Just a third of the 2000 people questioned by Quantum Market Research for AustraliaSCAN believed overseas migration made Australia “a more interesting and exciting place”, down from almost half in 1995.
Almost two thirds said they believed migrants should try to “adopt the Australian way of life” when they arrived.
The number who believe the country has room to accommodate more people also plunged to less than a third, down from 42 per cent a decade ago. Continue reading this article
Perhaps it’s the late spring proliferation of graduation ceremonies, but the media seems extra full of sob stories about illegal alien students, carefully crafted to sentimentalize the foreign kids and ignore the young citizens bumped from college slots.
Two groups are holding a fundraiser tonight to raise money for undocumented immigrants at Cal State San Bernardino. Similar events have been held at UC Riverside.
Luis Nolasco, an undocumented student who graduated from Cal State in December, said Students for Equal Access to Education and Latino Education and Advocacy Days hopes to raise $1,000 to create a scholarship fund.
Illegal immigrant students can attend public universities in California with in-state tuition, but they’ve always been ineligible for publicly funded scholarships.
The California Dream Act, which was enacted last year, allows undocumented immigrants who have been in California for three years or more to receive private scholarships. A second part of the law will allow access to Cal Grants and other state-funded aid beginning Jan. 1, 2013.
Emotions on the issue are high. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who represents part of San Bernardino County, led an effort a few months ago to repeal the law allowing state aid. Polls showed a majority of Californians oppose the law, but repeal backers were unable to gather enough signatures to put a repeal measure on the ballot. Continue reading this article
Many Mexicans who plop themselves down in the United States cannot properly be called “immigrants” (either legal or illegal) because many come entirely for the money, not to stay and become Americans. One example: only 21 percent of latinos polled by Pew Hispanic self-identified as Americans.
Nothing shows the disdain of many Mexicans for this country more than their plans to retire to Mexico. Ricardo Sandoval (currently residing in Reading PA) remarked in Spanish, “Everyone I know wants to retire in their home” — meaning Mexico. He has lived in the United States for 30 years and is a US citizen, but to him, “home” is not America. (The numbers suggest Sandoval might have been a beneficiary of the 1986 Reagan Amnesty.)
Sandoval and others like him are temp workers, whose loyalty resides with their nation of birth, period. They come, scrape up maximum dollars and then leave. Why does Washington continue to invest in them with education, business loans etc. as if they were becoming Americans?
Mexican immigration into the United States is slowing, and some Berks County Latinos say one reason is that older Mexicans are retiring to their home country.
When Roberto Sandoval, 54, nears retirement age, he isn’t going to get a house in Florida. Instead, he plans to return to his native Mexico, the Reading store owner said.
“Everyone I know wants to retire in their home,” Sandoval said in Spanish. “The life there in Mexico is more peaceful.”
In the previous four decades, 12 million immigrants from Mexico entered the United States. But today the net migration flow – the number entering the U.S. minus the number leaving – is zero or below, according to an April report by the Pew Hispanic Center, a national independent research center.
The report cites a slow U.S. job market and heightened border enforcement as reasons why immigration is reversing. A rise in deportations and a decline in Mexican birth rates are among other factors.
Sandoval, who owns El Jalisco Mexican grocery store on Green Street in Reading, said he watches every day as elderly people try to cross the street and are almost hit by speeding cars.
“That’s not for me,” he said. “I want to go home to my country.”
As of 2011, there were 6.1 million undocumented Mexican immigrants living in the U.S., down from a peak of 7 million in 2007, the Pew report stated.
The population of authorized immigrants from Mexico rose modestly over the same period, from 5.6 million in 2007 to 5.8 million in 2011.
In Berks County, a large influx of Mexican immigrants came in the 1980s to work in the mushroom industry, and those numbers continued to increase. The 2010 Census revealed 10,890 people of Mexican origin living in Berks County, compared with 6,562 in 2000. Among Latinos, only Puerto Ricans had greater numbers in Berks County in 2010, according to census figures. Continue reading this article
One assumes that news articles of happy Mexicans remaining in Mexico to pursue improved circumstances in pesos rather than dollars are at least partially aimed at promoting Obama’s image of an effective border enforcer.
Mexico’s Presidente Calderon always has his hand out for freebies whenever he visits Washington and complains about his terrible troubles and how they are all America’s fault. But in other precincts, Mexico presents itself as business friendly and modern.
Today’s uplifting story of the Mexican Dream focuses on an energetic young fellow who moved to the Yucatan to improve his family’s lifestyle and succeeded. While illegal immigration from Mexico may have diminished somewhat rather than ended, the trend of declining Mexodus is a welcome one.
Viva Mexico! Stay home, Mexicans, where you can be immersed in your beloved Raza racial identity and speak Spanish all day every day. Better for everyone involved.
Tulum — Everardo Tejada had heard about the Mayan doomsday scenario, the one that supposedly predicts the world will end this year. With that in mind, he believed he didn’t have much to lose in trying something out of the ordinary.
Instead of the end, he’s sure he’s found a beginning – in Mexico’s booming south.
“As a kid, like everyone else, I dreamed of going north to the United States,” he said. “Not anymore. I know it’s hard to believe, but this part of Mexico doesn’t feel like Mexico. It’s something else.”
Generations of men and women have chosen the north – the United States – as their escape valve, a place of reinvention and new jobs. But with U.S. jobs largely dried up because of the bad economy, especially in the construction sector, Mexicans are increasingly staying in their hometowns, finding jobs and carving out a livelihood, or, like Tejada, migrating inside Mexico in search of work.
A recent report by the Pew Hispanic Center buttresses earlier studies pointing to a decline in Mexican migration. It says the number of Mexicans living illegally in the United States fell from 7 million in 2007 to 6.1 million last year, the biggest drop in modern history.
President Felipe Calderon, in a recent speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, noted the reduced migration to the United States and cited expanding opportunities in Mexico at a time when Mexicans are facing growing restrictions in the United States.
One destination drawing Mexicans from other parts of the country is the Mayan Riviera, along the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, an area booming with tourism jobs and far from the drug-related violence that has killed more than 50,000 people in recent years. Continue reading this article
Even so, some big name businesses are touting their foreign-language-speaking clerks — so diversity-friendly! No companies admit to passing over American English speakers to hire, but you have to assume that is happening. “Bilingual” preference means home-grown Americans are screened out. The few available jobs are for those who fit into the newly created multicultural society, where English speakers are at a disadvantage.
In a hypercompetitive retail environment, more national stores and some local chains are emphasizing that many of their employees are bilingual and can help customers whose first language is not English.
“A lot of retailers are very much focused on providing a diverse workforce for diverse customers that are coming into their stores. They recognize that a lot of people that come into their stores don’t always speak the language,” said Jackie Fernandez, retail partner with Deloitte’s Los Angeles practice.
Such efforts, which also include signs and advertising in non-English languages, are more prominent in states like California that have diverse populations compared with other parts of the country, she said. More than one-third of California’s population is of Hispanic or Latino origin, according to 2010 census figures. An additional 13 percent are Asian. Statewide, 43 percent of residents speak a language other than English in the home, compared with 20 percent nationally.
Home Depot, Sears, Kmart, Pleasanton-based Safeway and local chains like Hayward-based Airport Home Appliance, are among stores that recruit bilingual employees. Continue reading this article
An analysis of the voting patterns that barrelled François Hollande to victory on May 6 as the first Socialist president of France since 1995 shows that this overthrow was due in large measure to Muslims, who voted for him in overwhelming numbers.
The French vote marks the first time that Muslims have determined the outcome of a presidential election in a major western European country; it is a preview of things to come.
As the politically active Muslim population in France continues to swell, and as most Muslims vote for Socialist and leftwing parties, conservative parties will find it increasingly difficult to win future elections in France.
According to a survey of 10,000 French voters conducted by the polling firm OpinionWay for the Paris-based newspaper Le Figaro, an extaordinary 93% of French Muslims voted for Hollande on May 6. By contrast, the poll shows that only 7% of French Muslims voted for the incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy.
An estimated 2 million Muslims participated in the 2012 election, meaning that roughly 1.7 million Muslim votes went to Hollande rather than to Sarkozy. In the election as a whole, however, Hollande won over Sarkozy by only 1.1 million votes. This figure implies that Muslims cast the deciding votes that thrust Hollande into the Élysée Palace. Continue reading this article
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