As shown by the chart below, the number of non-citizens receiving food stamps has quadrupled since 2001. But according to an investigation by the New York Post, a lot of the free-to-them food is being packed up in giant containers and shipped to the immigrants’ homelands.
As one of the persons interviewed in the following article observes, the food stamp program was never meant to be foreign aid. We taxpayers already fork over billions of dollars in foreign aid every year ($23B in 2012), including Islamic hellholes like Pakistan and Egypt.
However, the redistribution sector highlighted in the Post focuses on the Caribbean, which is to be expected given New York’s flavor of diversity.
Food stamps are paying for trans-Atlantic takeout — with New Yorkers using taxpayer-funded benefits to ship food to relatives in Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Welfare recipients are buying groceries with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and packing them in giant barrels for the trip overseas, The Post found.
The practice is so common that hundreds of 45- to 55-gallon cardboard and plastic barrels line the walls of supermarkets in almost every Caribbean corner of the city.
The feds say the moveable feasts go against the intent of the $86 billion welfare program for impoverished Americans.
A spokeswoman for the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service said welfare benefits are reserved for households that buy and prepare food together. She said states should intervene if people are caught shipping nonperishables abroad.
Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, called it just another example of welfare abuse.
“I don’t want food-stamp police to see what people do with their rice and beans, but it’s wrong,” Tanner told The Post. “The purpose of this program is to help Americans who don’t have enough to eat. This is not intended as a form of foreign aid.”
So the recent burqa riot in the suburban community of Trappes is not without precedent, but at least the authorities are still trying to enforce the law and resist the Muslim mob.
The rioting started when a police officer ticketed a burqa and her husband then tried to strangle the officer. Many Muslims do not think that they are required to follow western laws. Why would any sane country admit immigrants with that sort of supremacist attitude?
Violence erupts after man tries to strangle policeman who ticketed his wife for wearing the Muslim veil
TRAPPES, France (AP) — About 250 people hurling projectiles clashed with police firing tear gas west of Paris, in apparent protest over enforcement of France’s ban on Islamic face veils. Five people were injured and six detained in the violence, authorities said Saturday.
The interior minister urged calm and dialogue, insisting on both the need for public order and respect for France’s Muslims. The incident in the town of Trappes on Friday night reflected sporadic tensions between police upholding France’s strict policies of secularism and those who accuse authorities of discriminating against France’s No. 2 religion.
A few garbage dumpsters in the area were torched and a bus shelter shattered in the Trappes unrest. Spent tear gas capsules lay on the road Saturday near the police station at the center of the violence.
A 14-year-old boy suffered a serious eye injury in the violence, from a projectile of unknown provenance, Prosecutor Vincent Lesclous told reporters. Four police officers were injured and six people were detained in the violence, said an official with the regional police administration. Continue reading this article
My two cents on the Trayvon frenzy: there’s a big element of emotional displacement of black anger with the President transferred to this case. Many blacks are deeply disappointed with the Obama Presidency, in particular the terrible unemployment because of his destructive handling of the economy. Life for millions of black citizens has gotten worse, not better, under the African-American President, but it is taboo to criticize him, so their outrage has been funneled into the highly publicized shooting and trial.
If there were jobs and a sense of hope about the future, the trial’s outcome might have been more easily accepted. But Obama has given far more attention to the imagined concerns of hispanics than to his own paternal race, who have to riot to get noticed by the President.
Speaking of riots, on Wednesday I had to go to downtown Oakland for a rare necessary errand. There had been several nights of violence, so I was interested in how things looked. The Sears store was all fixed (after $50,000 in broken windows) as if nothing had happened. The damage shown below was repaired by Wednesday:
Not so much at the Oakland Tribune, where the windows were covered with plywood. California Bank around the corner was also boarded up. My photo below:
Meanwhile, the bright lights on the Oakland City Council are debating whether hammers and clubs should be disallowed at political protests. Hammers are particularly at issue since a waiter at the upscale Dogwood bar was struck in the face with a hammer during Monday’s violence.
Anarchists and other thugs carrying tools for smashing buildings and people routinely show up at “free-speech” events with their faces completely covered. Why doesn’t Oakland make masks in public places illegal? Masks have no place in an open society. Plus, the city’s reduced police force needs all the help it can get to identify and arrest destructive rioters.
OAKLAND — City leaders are reconsidering a proposal that would make it illegal to carry makeshift weapons, such as hammers, at protests after a downtown restaurant worker was struck in the face by a hammer-wielding vandal during a protest Monday.
Councilman Noel Gallo, who heads the council’s Public Safety Committee, said he will try Thursday to schedule a debate on the plan that council members quickly dropped last year in the face of rowdy Occupy Oakland protesters.
The plan, initially proposed by Council President Pat Kernighan and City Attorney Barbara Parker, would make it a misdemeanor to bring items to protests that could be used as weapons or for vandalism, such as clubs, wrenches, paint projectiles and firecrackers. The goal was to help police weed out agitators from groups of protesters before the protests got violent. Continue reading this article
Erick Stakelbeck appeared on Fox’s early morning show to promote his second book The Brotherhood: America’s Next Great Enemy. His main point is that the Muslim Brotherhood was a foundational forerunner of today’s global jihad. “Without the Muslim Brotherhood, 911 would never have happened,” he says.
He has a website as a part of CBN, Stakelbeck on Terror, plus a weekly youtube show with the same title. Following is the July 16 edition:
Incidentally, I have a somewhat mixed opinion about Stakelbeck’s work. His first book was titled, The Terrorist Next Door, but had only three listings for “immigration” in the index, and the references were not thorough. How does he think all those hostile jihadists got here in the first place? Idiotic diverse immigration policies have admitted these enemies to our nation, and Muslim immigration needs to stop, not continue. Otherwise Stakelbeck is a good author, but the immigration source of the evil is central, not an insignificant detail.
Stakelbeck has posted a few chapters from his new book on his website, including the following:
Today, I’ve got another hard-hitting excerpt from my new book, “The Brotherhood: America’s Next Great Enemy.”
For yesterday’s excerpt, featuring my sitdown with the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, click here.
Today’s excerpt is from Chapter Four (“Accessory to Al Qaeda”) and features my one-on-one interview in Munich with a notorious, wife-beating German imam who The New York Times has nonetheless portrayed as a moderate peacemaker.
Read below–and prepare to be stunned.
“You are the first person I’ve given an interview to in a long time. The media, they tell lies about me.”
Sheikh Abu Adam spoke in an almost mournful tone as he led my cameraman and me down a dimly lit hallway in his Munich flat. His burly bodyguards, both dressed in similar al-Qaeda–like garb, flanked us on either side, as they would throughout the next three hours. Our destination was a small back room of the apartment where a Middle Eastern–style spread of chicken, rice, and pita bread awaited us.
This was Germany but it could have easily passed for Gaza—a fitting atmosphere for the Sheikh, an Egyptian native of Palestinian origin whose real name is Hesham Sheshaa. At the time of our meeting, his three wives and ten of his twelve (some say he has more) children lived with him in the cramped flat. The sound of a baby wailing and small children screaming from the next room cascaded off the walls around us as we sat to eat, but the Sheikh—who bears an uncanny facial resemblance to Osama bin Laden—appeared unfazed. He stroked his long beard and adjusted his Islamic headdress before joining his bodyguards in devouring large helpings of chicken and rice. Continue reading this article
In its haste to welcome the victims of the world, Washington’s rubber-stamp refugee policy has taken in a rogue’s gallery of despicable war criminals. The latest, Beatrice Munyenyezi (pictured), a commander in Rwanda’s systematic mass murder of Tutsi tribal members, is quite a piece of work, but is by no means unique in depravity.
Some of the noteworthy diverse criminals residing in America have included:
● Bosnian Sulejman Mujagic, was accused of murder and torture while an Army commander during the ethnic war in the former Yugoslavia. He was arrested in Utica in 2012, where 6500 Bosnians reside in one of the largest Bosno-diverse settlements in the country.
● Gonzalo Guevara Cerritos was arrested in 2006 for being an illegal alien and also a member of the Salvadoran military death squad that brutally murdered six priests in 1989.
● Kelbessa Negewo was an Ethiopian government official who participated in torture of political enemies who objected to the marxist regime. After immigrating to the US, he was later recognized in a New York City elevator by one of his torture victims.
● Marko Boskic was a Serb militia triggerman who helped execute thousands of residents of Srebrenica in the 1995 massacre. Even so, he entered the US in 2000 using his real name and settle in Peabody Mass where he had numerous arrests for drunk driving and such, but was only tracked down when Boston Globe reporter Elizabeth Neuffer investigated. In 2010, the US extradited Boskic to Bosnia where he was tried and imprisoned.
Back to today’s case, where a Rwandan woman has been convicted of lying about her history of human rights abuses to enter the United States and sentenced to prison:
A woman who lied about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide was sentenced on Monday to ten years in prison, a fate her lawyers say is tantamount to a death sentence.
Rwanda native Beatrice Munyenyezi, from New Hampshire, remained stoic as U.S. District Judge Steven McAuliffe sentenced her to the maximum prison time. She declined her right to address the court.
Munyenyezi, 43, was convicted in February of entering the United States and securing citizenship by lying about her role as a commander of one of the notorious roadblocks in the city of Butare – where Tutsis were singled out for slaughter as they tried to evacuate.
According to some reports, a fifth of the 500,000 massacred during the Rwandan genocide were killed in Butare.
However due to the chaotic nature of the genocide, it has been difficult for experts to put exact numbers on how many died.
She also denied affiliation with any political party, despite her husband’s leadership role in the extremist Hutu militia party.
McAuliffe acknowledged she has led a crime-free and productive life since her arrival in New Hampshire in 1998 but said it was a life lived under false pretenses. Continue reading this article
Powerful business elites insist they need a massive immigration amnesty and vastly increased legal immigration because boomers are aging out of the workforce, so America needs to import tens of millions as replacement models.
However, the labor market has been gradually changing with increased efficiency in many occupations, from office work to agriculture, and much of that evolution stems from advances in technology and robotized machinery. Humans are becoming less necessary in many areas of employment because of robot replacement.
There is some good news here — fewer illiterate Mexicans are needed to tend fields of growing food because robots can do the strenuous ag work more cheaply.
Below, a computerized robot weeds a lettuce field in California.
SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — On a windy morning in California’s Salinas Valley, a tractor pulled a wheeled, metal contraption over rows of budding iceberg lettuce plants. Engineers from Silicon Valley tinkered with the software on a laptop to ensure the machine was eliminating the right leafy buds.
The engineers were testing the Lettuce Bot, a machine that can “thin” a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the job by hand.
The thinner is part of a new generation of machines that target the last frontier of agricultural mechanization — fruits and vegetables destined for the fresh market, not processing, which have thus far resisted mechanization because they’re sensitive to bruising.
Researchers are now designing robots for these most delicate crops by integrating advanced sensors, powerful computing, electronics, computer vision, robotic hardware and algorithms, as well as networking and high precision GPS localization technologies. Most ag robots won’t be commercially available for at least a few years.
In this region known as America’s Salad Bowl, where for a century fruits and vegetables have been planted, thinned and harvested by an army of migrant workers, the machines could prove revolutionary.
Farmers say farm robots could provide relief from recent labor shortages, lessen the unknowns of immigration reform, even reduce costs, increase quality and yield a more consistent product. Continue reading this article
According to the all-knowing media, nationwide demonstrations against the Not Guilty verdict of George Zimmerman were “mostly peaceful.” Apparently Oakland is not worthy of attention, since the Saturday night riot there was moderately destructive.
The damage to the downtown Sears store, for example, was estimated at $50,000 and required special thug tools to smash its heavy-duty glass windows and doors. Businesses in downtown Oakland have to be reinforced against the periodic violent outbursts by the local underclass, which is particularly unruly given the city’s permissiveness toward it. The Oakland Occupy movement lasted longer than almost anywhere else and was extremely violent.
[. . .] Businesses across downtown Oakland were busy cleaning up after a demonstration late Saturday night turned to destruction.
All remnants of a violent protest Saturday night, when 100 people gathered after the verdict was read, marched through downtown Oakland and left destruction in their wake.
At Flora, on the corner of 19th and Telegraph, employees and patrons had to duck for cover under tables as the restaurant’s windows shattered around them.
“It was really scary for everyone,” witness Jessica Moncada said. “But the attitude, even with our staff, is that everyone understands why people are so angry. So there’s not a lot of animosity I guess towards the people, but one of our girls was pushed up against a wall, and so that’s not okay.”
Down the block, Sears has been a target during past demonstrations. On Saturday night, the business sustained the worst damage yet. Witnesses say the protesters used weights to smash nearly 30 windows and doors.
“I’m going to say pretty close to $50,000, around there,” said Manny Minjarez with San Lorenzo Glass. He says that’s the approximate cost to replace the windows that they’d already replaced before.
Despite all the damage, there were no arrests and no injuries. [. . .]
Being a business owner in downtown Oakland is a daunting endeavor, given the high crime and occasional mass anarchy.
One business hit was Dogwood, an upscale bar. Its Facebook page noted how anarchists had smashed all their windows on Saturday:
last night a group of black block idiots decided to smash our windows while drinking patrons sat inside. we will be closed today to clean but back open tomorrow, Monday. thanks for all the kind words. Oakland really sucks sometimes but it’s the city I love and wouldn’t change it’s heart, maybe just some of its spectators that like to cause mischief
In a recent television interview, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) informatively strung together some known numbers about the Senate amnesty atrocity S.744:
REP BROOKS: We’re talking about under the Senate Gang of Eight bill roughly 44 million foreigners who are either already here, given legal status or who will come here over the next decade according to the Department of Homeland Security. We only have 144 million people who are employed in our civilian work force; 44 million coming in or legalized versus 144 million, you’re talking about, even the CBO admits this, rising unemployment over the next decade, a decline in our domestic product per capita, and the situation only going to get worse. We need to focus on Americans, not foreigners.
Now don’t get me wrong; I welcome immigration, but we need to bring in people who are going to add to our society by producing more in taxes than they are going to consume, very important in the context of these trillion-dollar deficits that have been racked up under this administration.
JihadWatch explains that the immutable Koran permits human bondage and the practice remains a cultural norm in many places. Sadiq al-Mahdi, former prime minister of Sudan, wrote in 1999 to Mary Robinson, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, that “the traditional concept of JIHAD does allow slavery as a by-product.”
As one of six wives married to the grandson of the king of Saudi Arabia, the princess is wired. The embassy is putting $1 million toward her $5 million bail. If a trial is forthcoming, it would surely be an instructive demonstration of the expanse of diversity in America.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Saudi princess was charged Wednesday with human trafficking for allegedly holding a domestic worker against her will and forcing her to work at an Orange County condominium, prosecutors said.
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas identified 42-year-old Meshael Alayban as a Saudi princess who was charged with one count of human trafficking. If convicted, she faces up to 12 years in prison.
Alayban was arrested after a Kenyan woman carrying a suitcase flagged down a bus Tuesday and told a passenger she believed she was a human trafficking victim. The passenger helped her contact police, who searched the Irvine condo where Alayban and her family were staying, authorities said.
The 30-year-old woman told authorities she was hired in Kenya in 2012 and her passport was taken from her on arrival in Saudi Arabia. She was forced to work excessive hours and was paid less than she was promised and not allowed to leave, authorities said.
“This is not a contract dispute,” Rackauckas told the court during a bail hearing Wednesday afternoon, likening the case to slavery. “This is holding someone captive against their will.”
An Orange County judge set bail at $5 million for Alayban and required her to submit to GPS monitoring. He also banned her from leaving the county without prior authorization. Continue reading this article
Thousands of miles away from the turmoil in Cairo, a group of about 500 people gathered Sunday on North Michigan Avenue to rally for democracy in Egypt.
People in the group waved Egyptian and American flags and chanted, “Bilaadi, bilaadi, laki hubbi wa fu’aadi” — “My country, my country, you have my love and my heart” — the first line of Egypt’s national anthem. Men, women and children came together in front of Egypt’s consulate, 500 N. Michigan, and held up signs that read “Support legitimacy, democracy & human rights” and “Morsi is my legitimate president.” Continue reading this article
Why doesn’t Pope Francis prove his sincerity by welcoming a few hundred Africans to the country he rules? Vatican City is a nation of its own, with territory of 110 acres, an American ambassador and a flag. The most effective leadership comes from setting a good example, and the new Pope is missing a big opportunity to flaunt his virtue. Most of the Africans are likely Muslims, but that’s a big plus among crazy-leftist Europeans.
Al Jazeera’s report on the Pope’s do-gooder trip was surprisingly decent:
Britain’s leftist Guardian newspaper seemed kindly disposed toward the Pope, perhaps because of his extreme statement favoring the right of the worldwide poor to violate European sovereignty. This pro-illegal immigration view is an article of Catholic doctrine, as expressed by priest Michael Seifert during a 2005 Texas protest: “Any family in economic need has a right to immigrate, that’s our posture, if a family is hungry and the family needs work, then society should provide a way for people to do that.” The attention to Europe’s homegrown poor and their right to a job was lost because of the emotive photo op provided by the papal junket.
Pope uses visit to island of Lampedusa to highlight plight of migrants and asylum seekers who die trying to reach Europe
In perhaps the sternest homily of his papacy so far, Pope Francis has inveighed against “the globalisation of indifference”.
Speaking on Monday on the small island of Lampedusa, the point of entry into Europe for tens of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers, Francis said: “We have become used to the suffering of others. It doesn’t affect us. It doesn’t interest us. It’s not our business.”
Wearing vestments of penitential purple, the pope said he had chosen to visit Lampedusa on his first journey out of the Vatican after learning of a recent incident in which migrants had died at sea while attempting to cross from north Africa. The thought of their suffering had come back to him repeatedly like “a thorn in the heart”, he said.
As his plane landed, more than 160 Eritreans were coming ashore in the port – the latest of almost 8,000 arrivals on Italy’s southern coasts so far this year, according to UN figures. Another 40 are known to have died. Continue reading this article
We immigration restrictionists want nothing but success for Mexico and points south, so the raza-obsessed inhabitants can speak Spanish all the live-long day at home and never want to leave for El Norte. It’s like the old Vulcan greeting:
Mexico City (CNN) — After awaiting reforms that may or may not come, thousands of young undocumented immigrants have abandoned their American Dream voluntarily or because they were deported. They still consider themselves DREAMers, but now they dream in Mexico.
“I returned (to Mexico) because in the U.S. I always wanted to study dentistry. When I graduated from college, I ran into the problem that my great hope, the DREAM Act, still had not been approved,” said Pedro Hernandez, who lived in Los Angeles for eight years.
The DREAM Act — Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors — would remove a roadblock to education and a future in the United States for such youths.
Undocumented immigrant youths have the right to study through high school. After that, they can study at private universities — with high costs and without access to student loans — or in public universities — most of which charge them tuition at an “out-of-state” rate, which can be double what in-state students pay. Only some states have laws allowing undocumented students to attend state universities at in-state rates.
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