I love webcams, so the idea of cams to be set up next week on the Statue of Liberty’s torch to view New York Harbor sounds great.
However, the events celebrating the new technology are disappointing because they further the myth that the great icon symbolizes a welcome mat for immigrants. Movie star Sigourney Weaver will read Emma Lazarus’ poem “The New Colossus” (“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses,” etc.) and a naturalization ceremony for 125 new citizens from more than 40 countries.
It would be more appropriate to review the true history of the statue named “Liberty Enlightening the World” — that it was a gift from the French recognizing America’s success at representative government. Sculptor Frederick Bartholdi hoped his statue would be an inspiration for other peoples to throw off the chains of oppression and institute their own governments that would permit freedom.
The correct number of immigrants for today is ZERO. We have plenty of people now and immigration to America should not be seen as a universal human right, as many leftists believe. We are beyond full up from an environmental perspective and do not need additional millions of excess workers in a failing economy. National security is endangered by the willy-nilly admittance of practically anyone, including terrorist-society residents. So celebrating diverse immigration is simply not appropriate for current reality.
Give me your tired, your poor — your Internet-connected masses yearning to see.
Lady Liberty is getting high-tech gifts for her 125th birthday: webcams on her torch that will let viewers gaze out at New York Harbor and read the tablet in her hands or see visitors on the grounds of the island below in real time.
The five torch cams are to be switched on Friday during a ceremony to commemorate the dedication of the Statue of Liberty on Oct. 28, 1886. The ceremony caps a week of events centered around the historic date, including the debut of a major museum exhibition about poet Emma Lazarus, who helped bring the monument renown as the “Mother of Exiles.”
The statue’s webcams will offer views from the torch that have been unavailable to the public since 1916, said Stephen A. Briganti, the president of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation Inc.
“The statue is the most famous symbol in the world,” he said. “Most of the people in the world have seen it, but they have not seen it like this. It will be a visit that so many people, including New Yorkers, have never taken before.”
Through the webcams, Internet users around the world will have four views, including a high-quality, 180-degree stitched panorama of the harbor with stunning views of Ellis and Governors islands. They will be able to watch as ships go by Liberty Island and observe as the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center goes up floor-by-floor in lower Manhattan. They can get a fish-eye look at the torch itself as it glows in the night.
The five cameras, which will be on 24 hours, seven days a week, were donated to the National Park Service by Earthcam Inc., a New Jersey-based company that manages webcams around the world.
The cameras put viewers on the balcony of the torch and high above the crown, said Brian Cury, the founder of Earthcam.
“This is not your dad’s picture of the Statue of Liberty,” he said. “This is not a view from a tourist helicopter. This is unique.”
Friday’s ceremony also will be marked by a water flotilla, actress Sigourney Weaver reading Lazarus’ poem and a naturalization ceremony for 125 candidates for citizenship representing over 40 countries. Continue reading this article
The much despised DREAM Act law which will award millions of dollars in scarce taxpayer funds to illegal alien students in California state colleges will hopefully be overturned in the 2012 election if enough voter signatures can be gathered over the next few months to place it on the ballot.
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) has gotten approval from the Secretary of State for the exact wording that will appear on the printed petitions. The referendum website, StopAB131.com says that the petitions will be printed on Tuesday, with delivery around the state to follow. Concerned citizens who want to volunteer their time or money may do so through the website.
Member Donnelly appeared on the John and Ken radio show on Friday [Listen] to update listeners about the project. He is very pleased with the high level of enthusiasm on the part of the public, and said the effort was “well on the way to 10,000 volunteers,” further remarking that his office can hardly keep up with the interest. Parents in particular are furious when their kids are not eligible for state financial aid while foreigners get an expensive array of benefits.
The petition drive has until January 6 to gather around 700,000 signatures, a number which includes wiggle room for ineligible signers.
If successful, getting the issue on the November 2012 ballot could make the state election the most interesting one in years.
Opponents of a new law that allows illegal immigrants to receive college financial aid were given the green light to begin collecting signatures for a referendum to overturn the measure, Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office announced today.
Led by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, referendum backers hope to halt implementation of the California Dream Act. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure Oct. 8.
Donnelly’s group has until Jan. 6 to collect valid signatures from 504,760 registered voters. Donnelly has said he hopes to wage a largely volunteer effort fueled by social media and talk radio.
Assembly Bill 131, written by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, will allow undocumented immigrant college students who already qualify for in-state tuition rates to receive state-funded financial aid, including Cal Grants. Qualified students must have attended California high schools for at least three years and graduated.
The measure is scheduled to take effect in 2013. If Donnelly succeeds in securing the signatures, the measure would be halted until it can be decided by state voters next year.
So the Muslim/leftist fifth column is pushing to institute and normalize jihad-friendly procedures. One alarming development is the White House directive to remove any mention of Islamic ideology from terrorist training manuals. Imagine the government in WWII preventing the military from reading Mein Kampf or watching Frank Capra’s “Why We Fight” films explaining fascism. Understanding the enemy is a vital part of what soldiers and intelligence experts do to be successful.
John Bolton appeared on Fox News on Friday to discuss the idiocy of Obama’s decision, which is politically correct thought control to protect Muslims while endangering the rest of us. All that squawking about “Islamophobia” has apparently had an effect. Muslims falsely claim to be victims (backlash!) when they are the perps — it happens every day.
This week saw another attack by Islamics on American free speech and safety, which took place at Obama’s Justice Department:
Top Justice Department officials convened a meeting Wednesday where invited Islamist advocates lobbied them for cutbacks in anti-terror funding, changes in agents’ training manuals, additional curbs on investigators and a legal declaration that U.S. citizens’ criticism of Islam constitutes racial discrimination.
The department’s “civil rights lawyers are top of the line — I say this with utter honesty — I know they can come up with a way” to redefine criticism as discrimination, said Sahar Aziz, a female, Egyptian-American lawyer.
“I’d be willing to give a shot at it,” said Aziz, who is a fellow at the Michigan-based Muslim advocacy group, the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding.
The audience of Islamist advocates and department officials included Tom Perez, who heads the department’s division of civil rights.
“We must continue to have the open and honest and critical dialogue that you saw in the robust debate,” Perez responded in an enthusiastic closing speech a few minutes after Aziz made her demands at the event.
“I sat here the entire time, taking notes,” Perez said. “I have some very concrete thoughts … in the aftermath of this.”
The meeting at George Washington University showcased the expanding alliance between American progressives and Islamists, said Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor in New York.
Progressives “are making these Islamist groups into the [political] representatives of Muslims in the United States,” he told The Daily Caller. That elevation of Islamists to a leadership role sidelines the majority of American Muslims who don’t want Islamist leaders, as well as American Muslims who are female or gay, he said.
McCarthy investigated and prosecuted Egyptian-born Imam Omar Abdel-Rahman, dubbed “the blind sheik,” for urging Muslims to kill New Yorkers. Abdel-Rahman was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996.
Progressives ally with the Islamic lobby because “they think it will be a political voting bloc that will be reliably Democratic,” said Robert Spencer, an author and expert on Islam. Continue reading this article
Now we learn that an important witness, illegal alien Luis Acosta, in the dragging death of young Matthew Denice (pictured) in Milford, Massachusetts, cut off a tracking bracelet and may have escaped to Ecuador. Acosta was a passenger in the truck driven by Nicolas Guaman when he dragged Denice for a quarter mile, killing him.
(Your humble correspondent does not understand why monitoring bracelets cannot be made that are sturdy enough to resist being cut off. And why wasn’t Acosta put on the no-fly list?)
Milford Police Chief Tom O’Loughlin said he was “beside himself” with anger at the ineptitude of ICE officials and their statement that the loss of Acosta was his problem, not theirs.
As police continue to search for a witness to the accident that killed Matthew Denice, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal released the letter he sent to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asking for a “top-down review” of policies that allowed the man to disappear.
Neal, D-2nd, yesterday echoed outrage expressed by Milford Police Chief Thomas O’Loughlin about a statement U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued Tuesday saying local jurisdictions, not the federal agency, are responsible for keeping track of witnesses in their criminal investigations.
“What is of significant concern is Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s inability to adequately share the most basic pieces of information with local law enforcement,” Neal wrote in his letter, which he sent yesterday on behalf of Denice’s family.
Police have said that on Oct. 1, Luis Acosta, 20, who was in the country illegally and lived at 10 Cherry St., Apt. 2, removed a tracking bracelet that ICE said it put on him while he waited for an immigration hearing.
Acosta was in the truck driven by Nicolas D. Guaman, 34, of 10 Cherry St., Apt. 1, when it struck Denice’s motorcycle on Aug. 20.
Local police didn’t learn that Acosta had cut off the monitoring bracelet until they asked ICE about Acosta, who had skipped a grand jury appearance Oct. 6, Neal wrote in his letter.
O’Loughlin and Neal questioned how this could happen in the post-9/11 world.
“In a time in history when we extol how we have built an extensive information-sharing network to counter terrorist activities, it alarms me that this policy failure is allowed to exist within the Department (of Homeland Security),” Neal wrote in his letter.
Police traced Acosta’s cellphone to JFK International Airport in New York.
The pro-diversity Star-Tribune (linked below) chose to quote a local Somali who worried about “backlash” against his tribe. After all, if Americans woke up about the threat to national security from Somalis and other hostile Islamics, the nation might wisely stop Muslim immigration.
The two Rochester women were convicted of conspiring to support terrorists in their homeland.
Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan barely blinked when the guilty verdicts were read Thursday in a heavily guarded federal courtroom in Minneapolis.
The two Rochester women sat quietly as they were convicted of conspiring to support terrorists in their native Somalia, Ali’s lips moving continuously as if reciting something.
But after the jury left and Ali was asked if she had anything to say to the court, she did not hold back.
“I am very happy,” she said defiantly through a translator. “I’m going to the heaven no matter. … Also, you guys go to the hell,” she said referring to those whom she believes are against Muslims.
Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis listened as Ali went on. “We know God. We know justice. And also I’m very sorry for the one who doesn’t know God and who puts the injustice [on the people].”
Davis ruled that Ali, 35, will stay in jail until her sentencing. Hassan, 65, who remained silent, will be sent to a halfway house if there’s room while she awaits sentencing.
The two women were immediately taken into custody, joining several other Minnesota Somalis convicted in a wide-ranging federal investigation into alleged recruitment and fundraising for Al-Shabab — classified by U.S. authorities in February 2008 as a foreign terrorist organization linked to Al-Qaida.
Theirs was the first case to go to trial.
Hassan and Ali, both U.S. citizens who came here as refugees from Somalia, were convicted of conspiring to provide material support to Al-Shabab in fundraising that prosecutors called “a deadly pipeline” of money and fighters from the United States to Somalia.
Al-Shabab and other militia groups are fighting a U.N.-backed transitional federal government in Somalia’s long-running civil war.
“The verdict reaffirms the principle that everyone who lives within our borders has to obey our laws,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Paulsen said. “These two defendants made a conscious choice to violate U.S. laws by sending money to an organization that they knew was a terrorist organization. And today, they were held accountable for that choice.” Continue reading this article
The North American Free trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law by President Clinton in late 1993. It was sold by globalists of both parties as a job generator for Americans, but instead whole industries moved to Mexico for the cheaper labor, and a US trade surplus became a trade deficit to Mexico’s benefit (e.g. $44 billion in 2010).
NAFTA trucking is the last remaining segment of the deal to be implemented, and it has been fought for years by diverse groups of Americans, from the Teamster Union to politicians of both parties.
The project is particularly unconscionable in light of the worsening border violence and smuggling of both drugs and job thieves. A 2009 report from CBS noted that the “trusted trucker” arrangement with little or no inspection was a big help to criminals: Drug Smugglers Aided By U.S. Truck Program.
Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio (a long-time NAFTA critic) has spoken up against the escalation, fearing the pilot program is actually a precursor to the whole enchilada, as he expressed in a letter to the relevant transportation authorities, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
“This further reinforces my longstanding concern that the Administration is not launching a pilot program, but rather starting the full liberalization of cross-border trucking that will have significant impacts on safety, security, and American jobs. Proceeding with the processing of Mexican carriers’ applications on a separate track from meeting any requirements the agency believes apply to the pilot program confirms that FMCSA intends for this pilot program to casually terminate and morph into an open border. This flies in the face of the limitation enacted by Congress.”
The first Mexican carrier is set to roll into the U.S. interior within days, but the Teamsters union and two California congressmen haven’t given up on stopping the cross-border trucking program that had been stalled for years by safety concerns and political wrangling.
U.S. Reps. Duncan Hunter and Bob Filner joined Teamsters President James Hoffa at the border Wednesday to take a bipartisan stand against the pilot project that will allow approved Mexican trucks to come deep into the United States. The first one will enter Texas on Friday.
Hunter is a San Diego-area Republican, while Filner is a Democrat whose district includes California’s border with Mexico. They were surrounded at a news conference by more than 75 union members from at least five states.
Allowing Mexican trucking companies to deliver goods rather than transfer them to U.S. haulers at the border will put American jobs and highway safety at risk, they said.
“We’re literally taking good jobs here in America and passing them over the line to Mexico,” Hunter told the crowd, many holding signs reading “NAFTA kills” and “Stop the war on workers.” Continue reading this article
Is Washington DC not a dangerous enough city crime-wise? The current mayor, Vincent Gray, must not think so, since he has signed an executive order making illegal aliens safe from police inquiries about their immigration status. So lawbreakers get a pass, making public safety less a priority of the police.
Washington has had its share of preventable crime. When I think of Washington DC illegal alien violence, Chandra Levy comes to mind. She was murdered by a previously arrested illegal alien who was not deported, one Ingmar Guandique, a nasty piece of work. The case got loads of tabloidesque media coverage because Chandra was having an affair with despicable Congressman Gary Condit who acted guilty as hell. But the truth was found to be far less appealing by the press which paid little attention to Guandique’s murder trial, guilty verdict and sentencing to sixty years in prison.
One of the mayor’s mouthpieces said something unintelligible about Secure Communities, that the city really wasn’t opting out, although non-cooperation is what’s happening. The gibberish is another case of blatant lying that passes for political discourse these days.
The nation’s capital has officially become the latest safe haven for illegal immigrants.
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray on Wednesday signed an executive order instructing police officers not to question people about their immigration status — even people who are arrested on other matters — unless immigration status is directly related to a criminal investigation.
“This executive order ensures public safety by ensuring that our police resources are deployed wisely and our immigrant communities feel safe cooperating with those who are sworn to protect them,” Gray said in a statement.
“The district is home to thousands of immigrants,” he added. “If they are afraid to cooperate with authorities on criminal investigations because they fear it might endanger their presence in the United States or the presence of a loved one, then it endangers their public safety and that of our entire city.”
Although district officials say the order only confirms a longstanding policy, critics still blasted the move.
“This is an abomination,” said Corey Stewart, the Republican chairman-at-large of Prince William County of Virginia, which is about 25 miles south of D.C. Stewart’s county has sued the Department of Homeland Security twice, seeking information on 4,000 illegal immigrants that the county has arrested and turned over to Homeland Security for deportation.
“This is the capital of the United States,” Stewart told FoxNews.com, “and to have the nation’s capital as a sanctuary city where essentially federal law is not going to be enforced sends all the wrong messages — not just in the United States but around the world.” Continue reading this article
Mexico’s Presidente Calderon (pictured below in the South Park style) has complained that Mexican citizens given a free trip home (courtesy of the American taxpayer) are committing crimes upon their return.
You would think he believes Mexicans have a right to be in the United States and should be allowed to stay no matter what. Such is the sense of entitlement that Washington’s permissiveness has created in Mexico.
MEXICO CITY – President Felipe Calderon on Monday accused U.S. authorities of deporting Mexican criminals to save on judicial costs, a policy that ostensibly “exacerbates” violence in this country.
Within the framework of the inauguration of National Immigration Week 2011 in this capital, Calderon said that, for example, U.S. authorities “are deporting up to 80,000 people in a year” into the border cities of Reynosa and Ciudad Juarez.
Some of these deported people “are migrants, certainly, probably all of them,” although some were “already involved in criminal acts” in the United States.
“In the face of the dilemma of pursuing the legal process in the American courts, which implies costs for the administration of justice in that country, they simply prefer to deport them to border cities, by which the cycle of violence is exacerbated even more,” he said. Continue reading this article
In contrast, the Third World is going gangbusters, as noted in the article below, which is standard boilerplate for world overpopulation reporting now that we approach the seven billion milestone. We read plenty of junk news in the press — entertainment trivia, horserace political updates and the shocker crime of the week — but there is almost nothing about the growing numbers of humans. That issue is transforming the world more than any other.
The Third World is becoming more crowded, violent and dysfunctional, and its residents from North Africa to Sri Lanka and Latin America are fleeing to the First World. So what happens there is very much felt here.
Below, already crowded India is expected to overtake China around 2030 as the planet’s most populous nation when the number of Indians reaches an estimated 1.6 billion.
She’s a 40-year-old mother of eight, with a ninth child due soon. The family homestead in a Burundi village is too small to provide enough food, and three of the children have quit school for lack of money to pay required fees.
“I regret to have made all those children,” says Godelive Ndageramiwe. “If I were to start over, I would only make two or three.”
At Ahmed Kasadha’s prosperous farm in eastern Uganda, it’s a different story.
“My father had 25 children — I have only 14 so far, and expect to produce more in the future,” says Kasadha, who has two wives. He considers a large family a sign of success and a guarantee of support in his old age.
By the time Ndageramiwe’s ninth child arrives, and any further members of the Kasadha clan, the world’s population will have passed a momentous milestone. As of Oct. 31, according to the U.N. Population Fund, there will be 7 billion people sharing Earth’s land and resources.
In Western Europe, Japan and Russia, it will be an ironic milestone amid worries about low birthrates and aging populations. In China and India, the two most populous nations, it’s an occasion to reassess policies that have already slowed once-rapid growth.
But in Burundi, Uganda and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, the demographic news is mostly sobering as the region staggers under the double burden of the world’s highest birthrates and deepest poverty. The regional population of nearly 900 million could reach 2 billion in 40 years at current rates, accounting for about half of the projected global population growth over that span.
“Most of that growth will be in Africa’s cities, and in those cities it will almost all be in slums where living conditions are horrible,” said John Bongaarts of the Population Council, a New York-based research organization.
Is catastrophe inevitable? Not necessarily. But experts say most of Africa — and other high-growth developing nations such as Afghanistan and Pakistan — will be hard-pressed to furnish enough food, water and jobs for their people, especially without major new family-planning initiatives.
“Extreme poverty and large families tend to reinforce each other,” says Lester Brown, the environmental analyst who heads the Earth Policy Institute in Washington. “The challenge is to intervene in that cycle and accelerate the shift to smaller families.”
Without such intervention, Brown says, food and water shortages could fuel political destabilization in developing regions.
“There’s quite a bit of land that could produce food if we had the water to go with it,” he said. “It’s water that’s becoming the real constraint.”
The International Water Management Institute shares these concerns, predicting that by 2025 about 1.8 billion people will live in places suffering from severe water scarcity.
According to demographers, the world’s population didn’t reach 1 billion until 1804, and it took 123 years to hit the 2 billion mark in 1927. Then the pace accelerated — 3 billion in 1959, 4 billion in 1974, 5 billion in 1987, 6 billion in 1998.
Looking ahead, the U.N. projects that the world population will reach 8 billion by 2025, 10 billion by 2083. But the numbers could be much higher or lower, depending on such factors as access to birth control, infant mortality rates and average life expectancy — which has risen from 48 years in 1950 to 69 years today. Continue reading this article
How time flies. It seems like only yesterday that world population reached six billion, a doubling since 1960.
Actually, it was 12 years ago in 1999 that the six-billion milestone (more like a millstone) was crossed, but who’s counting these days? Overpopulation is largely ignored by the media because it gets various groups upset. Criticizing third world societies that produce more children than they can feed is now thought by liberal elites to be “racist” (the handy accusation that shuts down dissent), even though unpleasant mass starvation is often the result of overpopulation. But don’t say it.
Of course, the presence of too many people to be supported by a society’s economic and natural resources (aka sustainability) has long been recognized as an immigration push factor, although that element is rarely mentioned in individual cases.
You can’t have millions of Mexicans residing in America and not see Mexican-style corruption take root. It’s a lead-pipe cinch. The bribery-infused culture is part of the whole package, which is why mordida doesn’t stop at the Rio Grande.
Mexican kiddies grow up paying bribes to teachers for better grades, and the mordida comes into play for traffic tickets, building permits and other everyday transactions. An estimated 12 percent of Mexico’s GDP is lost to corruption and one study found that 87 percent of Mexicans pay at least one bribe during their lifetimes.
We naive Americans who believe in fairness are sheep allowing the wolves to enter and steal thousands of jobs.
HOUSTON – A decade ago it was the illegal workers who lived and spoke from the shadows. Times have changed.
Nowadays, if an American citizen tradesman like “Duane” blows the whistle on cut-rate, illegal labor, there is a genuine risk of being cut off by the contractors he counts on for work.
“I’d be blackballed,” said Duane.
That is why FOX 26 News agreed to hide his identity. ”I don’t know how they are getting away with it, but they are,” said Duane.
Duane is referring to the mass employment of what he calls ‘clearly illegal’ workers on nearly every high-profile construction project in the Houston area.
The 25-year veteran of the building trades is absolutely certain because he worked alongside the undocumented at dozens of Houston’s signature sites like Reliant Stadium and the Toyota Center. ”If you hollered INS, they’d scatter.The job would clear out in 20 minutes,” said Duane. So why talk now? For Duane it comes down to jobs. When economic times were better there was work for everyone, but these days what little work there is often goes to workers with no legal right to be here.
“Those jobs are jobs we American citizens who were born here and live here and pay taxes, we could have. We could probably make a good dent in the unemployment picture, especially in Texas if some of these illegal aliens weren’t doing these jobs,” reasoned Duane.
While the local contractor’s association acknowledges 90 percent of it’s workforce is Hispanic, it’s members continue to claim no one knowingly hires illegal labor. ”These people are the ones who actually apply and are willing to work in the working conditions and the wages being offered,” said Russell Hamley of Houston’s Associated Builders and Contractors. ”Maybe the top 25 percent are U.S. citizens. The other 75 percent is questionable,” counters Duane. FOX 26 News shared the claims of widespread employment of illegals with Kenneth Fontenot of Carpenters Union local 551. Continue reading this article
Fair Use: This site contains copyrighted material, the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of issues related to culture and mass immigration. We believe this constitutes a "fair use" of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information, see: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode17/usc_sec_17_00000107----000-.html. In order to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond "fair use", you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.