Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers union, will receive the country’s highest civilian honor Tuesday.
The White House will present the lifelong unionist and immigrant rights advocate with the Medal of Freedom. Huerta is one of 14 recipients of the award this year.
“I was humbled, thrilled, and surprised,” Huerta, 82, told the Daily Beast. “I never expected to be nominated.”
Huerta’s sense of justice developed from an early age. Raised in Stockton, Calif., Huerta watched her father work for little pay in the fields, while her mother managed a hotel that often let poor migrants stay for free, according to the Daily Beast. Continue reading this article
Newbie Mexicans have a habit of enforcing the primacy of their home culture among hispanics who reside in this country. In the dear homeland, for example, Spanish speakers look down on indigenous Mexicans who speak Triqui, Nahuatl and other tribal languages, and they bring that ethnic discrimination with them when they hop the border to the United States.
The upshot is that indigenous persons, Central Americans and other hispanics often assimilate to Mexican culture in areas where it dominates (i.e. places where there are large communities of Mexes). The American assimilation engine is broken and is getting worse.
Today’s diverse example is from southern California, where school authorities are concerned that Oaxacan indian kiddies are being insulted by Spanish-speaking Mexicans.
The following story contains no mention of assimilation to American values and language, which has never been a big priority of la Times. But a Spanish anti-bullying campaign fits perfectly into currently stylish values of self-esteem and diversity.
‘Oaxaquita’ (little Oaxacan) is used by other Mexicans to demean their indigenous compatriots — who are estimated to make up 30% of California’s farmworkers.
Rolando Zaragoza, 21, was 15 years old when he came to the United States, enrolled in an Oxnard school and first heard the term “Oaxaquita.” Little Oaxacan, it means — and it was not used kindly.
“Sometimes I didn’t want to go to school,” he said. “Sometimes I stayed to fight.”
“It kind of seemed that being from Oaxaca was something bad,” said Israel Vasquez, 23, who shared the same mocking, “just the way people use ‘Oaxaquita’ to refer to anyone who is short and has dark skin.”
Years later, indigenous leaders are fighting back against an epithet that lingers among immigrants from Mexico, directed at their own compatriots. Earlier this month the Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project in Oxnard launched the “No me llames Oaxaquita” campaign. “Don’t call me little Oaxacan” aims to persuade local school districts to prohibit the words “Oaxaquita” and “indito” (little Indian) from being used on school property, to form committees to combat bullying and to encourage lessons about indigenous Mexican culture and history.
Indigenous Mexicans have come to the U.S. in increasing numbers in the last two decades. Some estimates now put them at 30% of California’s farmworkers. In Ventura County, there are about 20,000 indigenous Mexicans, most of whom are Mixtec from the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero who work in the strawberry industry, according to local organizers. Continue reading this article
It’s fascinating to reflect that a number of “experts” immersed in political theory have experimented with various ideologies in the belief that if the right system of governance could be crafted, then wars would end and peace would reign over our troubled planet.
The European Union is one such failed experiment, as political tinkerers following World War II thought that the nation-state was the cause of the continent’s many wars and should therefore be dismantled.
Powerful suits may have also thought that the little people could be easily controlled by unaccountable bureaucrats tucked away in Brussels. In a properly functioning nation-state, however, the citizens’ concerns get a response. As Czech President Vaclav Klaus observed in 2003, “You cannot have democratic accountability in anything bigger than a nation state.”
It may seem a great silliness to attempt world peace through the destruction of the nation-state, however the American left has latched onto a similarly loony belief system, that of diversity as the highest virtue. If we just all get to know one another, the fable goes, then all negative feelings among disparate groups will melt away, kumbaya style. The idea of America as the “universal nation” is part of this arrogant foolishness.
But here in heterogeneous California, the utopian peace hasn’t broken out just yet. Instead, the various ethnic, linguistic and racial groups often find they plain don’t like each other, despite all sorts of diversity brainwashing in schools and the media. For example, in Los Angeles Mexican immigrant gangsters have engaged in ethnic cleansing of local blacks to remove them from certain neighborhoods.
Anyway, Europe’s economy going over a cliff because of yet another failed social engineering experiment of elites.
A return to national currencies is the only hope – but it won’t be easy or cost-free.
It is a tragic irony. Dreams are turning into nightmares. High aspirations are crumbling into chaotic outcomes. The idealists who believed that they were rescuing Europe may have encompassed its destruction.
To understand the European dégringolade, we have to go back to the beginning. It was all about isms. The EU was only made possible by the defeat of fascism, that earlier attempt at European integration. The European project was crucial in the generation-long struggle to contain communism, and gained further momentum when the Soviet empire disintegrated. But the founding fathers had made a fatal mistake. In a covert fashion, they declared war on a third ism. They were wrong to do so. Far from being toxic, it was a healthy component of the human condition. The attempt to eradicate it weakened the human frame and made it easier for diseases to spread. The third ism was nationalism and the nation state.
One can understand why the creators of the European project made that mistake. In the early post-war years, Europe was full of the first two isms’ victims. Shattered cities; cold, hungry and frightened inhabitants; millions of displaced people and refugees; millions more, who were hoping against hope to hear good news about missing relatives. It is easy to understand why thoughtful people said “never again”. It is also easy to explain their campaign against the third ism. Why had the others become so potent? Because the continental nation states had either failed or grovelled at the feet of psychotic ambitions. So wise men concluded that civilisation could only survive if Europe moved beyond the era of the nation state. Continue reading this article
One little-known fact about the bridge is how it was financed. The project was planned during the Depression, when money was short and banks were edgy. The citizens voted to put their personal property up as collateral to get the bridge built.
[. . .] On November 4, 1930, voters within the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District’s six member counties (San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Del Norte, and portions of Napa and Mendocino) went to the polls on the question of whether to put up their homes, their farms and their business properties as collateral for a $35 million bond issue to finance the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge (Bridge). For some, the timing of the bond election was considered economically reckless as it would create bonded indebtedness during the Great Depression. Others said bridge construction represented the economic relief needed from the Great Depression. After the vote, it was clear the people believed in Chief Engineer Joseph Strauss’ vision – 145,057 voted in favor and 46,954 against it. [. . .]
Perhaps I’ve become hardened by so much diverse immigration, but I can’t imagine such sacrifice for the greater good taking place in today’s balkanized California. Diversity decreases trust and lessens social capital, as sociologist Robert Putnam has observed.
America’s young college graduates are having a hard time finding jobs in the long-lasting recession. Many are saddled with a mountain of debt but few prospects to pay off that burden and get on with their lives. Some even move back into their parents’ homes.
A third of U.S. workers under 30 were underemployed in April, according to Gallup.
Compared with older Americans, young adults were more than twice as likely to be underemployed and 50% more likely to be unemployed.
The 32% of 18- to 29-year-olds last month who were either unemployed or working part time but seeking full-time jobs was up 2 percentage points from March and marks the highest since May 2011. Gallup’s measurement is not seasonally adjusted.
For older Americans, April underemployment was 14.0% for those 30 to 49, 13.6% for 50- to 64-year-olds and 12.7% for those 65 and up.
In April, the unadjusted unemployment rate for young adults was 13.6% — the same as in April 2011 — compared with the overall rate of 8.3%. The March jobless figure for the 18-t0-29 group was 12.5%. [. . .]
Yet despite the worst jobs depression since the 1930s for all Americans, Washington continues to admit over a million legal immigrants yearly who compete for scarce employment opportunities.
Not only that, but illegal aliens are becoming more adept at screwing the system to displace citizens in both college slots and employment. Illegals are okay to hire as long as they are treated as independent contractors, lawyers say.
Below, illegal alien teacher Adriana Sanchez demonstrates a cube in Fresno’s Adult School in a Spanish math class.
Naturally the dinosaur liberal media thinks that DREAM-y type kiddies scamming for education and American employment makes an upbeat story. Predictably, it never occurs to the reporter that the educated foreigners could work legally in their nation of citizenship. But only everything is enough for the raza demanders! They want the whole American enchilada and they want it now!
Illegal immigrants find paths to college, careers, Associated Press, May 26, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – Going to college seemed inconceivable when Adriana Sanchez, the 12-year-old daughter of farm workers, was brought from Mexico to Central California and the family overstayed their visas.
Even though Sanchez excelled in high school, she was in the country illegally, lacked a Social Security number and work permit, and didn’t qualify for financial aid. But she volunteered hundreds of hours and paid her way through college and graduate school with a dozen internships.
Now 24, Sanchez graduated last week from California State University, Fresno with a master’s degree in International Relations, a full-time job and no loans to repay. Using a gray area in federal law, she works as an independent contractor.
“For most undocumented students, you have to put yourself out there. You volunteer, you go beyond what regular students do,” Sanchez said. “That’s what connects us to opportunities. Now employers call me.”
With thousands of young adults who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children now holding college degrees, Sanchez and others are finding creative ways to get around the legal roadblocks and find a career. They are getting work experience, opening businesses and seeking professional licenses in their fields.
The Associated Press interviewed about two dozen such graduates across the country. Some, like many legal graduates, are struggling in a grim economy. But others do highly-skilled work, though not always in their professions. Many are “out” about their status despite the risk of deportation; a few asked not to be identified for fear it could cost them their jobs or alert immigration authorities. Continue reading this article
Asians are the most highly educated group of Americans, with more than half with a bachelor’s degrees or higher, the Census Bureau reported on Thursday.
Among groups of Asian Americans 25 and older, 74 percent of Taiwanese and 71 percent of Indians had at least a bachelor’s degree, the agency said as part of its release of American Community Survey data on hundreds of racial, tribal and Hispanic groups.
The comparable figure for the U.S. population overall is 28 percent.
Several Southeast Asian groups fell behind the overall U.S. rate for a bachelor’s degree or higher. They included Vietnamese at 26 percent, Cambodian and Hmong at about 14 percent and Laotian at 12 percent.
Among all groups surveyed, Salvadorans had the lowest percentage with a bachelor’s degree or higher, at 8 percent.
The latest offering follows the familiar pro-diversity template. An inquiring citizen who is concerned with demographic change might reasonably ask, “What is the college graduation rate of the largest nationality group of immigrants, the Mexicans?”
The Census report does include the proportion of Mexicans who have BA degrees or better in Table 2 of the new report — 9.1 percent. That number is just a tiny bit higher than the rock bottom Salvadorans (7.8 percent) which the Census did mention briefly in its press release. Between those groups are the Guatemalans, with 8.7 percent. Those three nationalities of hispanics score in single digits; the rest reach double digits in a list of 19. Even the Hondurans, who come from a very poor country, squeaked up to 10.3 percent having bachelors degrees.
The moral is that the Census provides some interesting statistics, but you have to look for them.
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.
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