Rich Mexicans Colonize San Antonio

La Times has a typically Mexo-friendly report about wealthy Mexicans relocated to the San Antonio area, where they gather in deluxe communities designed with safety in mind (pictured). And these are the 1% ultra rich, with private jets, who generally like to flaunt their wealth when they feel comfortable in doing so.

There are several mentions of kidnappings as being a motivator for the move. Families reasonably fear their kids being snatched for ransom, a crime which has flourished in lawless Mexico. But wherever Mexicans reside in large numbers, the Mexican way of crime follows.

For example, numerous Mexicans have taken up residence in San Diego in search of improved safety, and kidnapping for ransom is far more frequent there as a result.

The Mexicans who have relocated (legally! via business-related means) to south Texas may fear the drug cartels, yet a number are connected with Mexican organized crime. So some of the Porsches are owned by cartel honchos.

Interestingly, the Mexicans in San Antonio are compared with Cubans who turned Miami into a foreign enclave of diversity and crime. The rich Mexes say they want to improve the image of “the immigrant” in the United States — good luck with that!

Wealthy, business-savvy Mexican immigrants transform Texas city, Los Angeles Times, March 24, 2013

Settling in San Antonio with private jets and Porsches, their influence has been compared to that of well-heeled Cubans who took refuge in Miami decades ago.

SAN ANTONIO — The Mexican businessmen in Rolexes and Burberry ties meet on the north side of town, at Cielito Lindo Restaurant, or at new neighboring country clubs. Their wives frequent Neiman Marcus, Tiffany’s and Brooks Brothers at the nearby mall. Their children park Porsches with Mexican license plates in the student lots at Reagan High School.

They are part of a wave of legal Mexican immigrants who have been overlooked in the national debate over how to deal with their largely impoverished illegal compatriots. Propelled north by drug cartel violence, they paid thousands of dollars to hire attorneys and obtain investors’ visas for themselves and their families (including maids). They have regrouped in gated developments in several Texas cities, where their growing influence has been compared to the impact of well-heeled Cuban refugees who arrived in Miami decades ago.

Nowhere is the evidence more striking than in San Antonio, Texas’ second-largest city and a short private-jet hop from Monterrey, Mexico, where many of the new immigrants built their wealth. They have poured into developments with names like the Dominion, Stone Oak and Sonterra that were cut into the rocky hills and oak groves north of the Loop 1604 highway that rings the city.

More than 50,000 Mexican nationals now live permanently in San Antonio, city officials say, turning an upscale enclave known as “Sonterrey” or “Little Monterrey” into the city’s second-fastest growing ZIP code.

Real estate agent Ana Sarabia caters to the new arrivals — finding them immigration lawyers, new schools, banks and office space — and sees them reshaping her hometown.

“I can see it transitioning,” said Sarabia, 45, who lived for a time in Mexico City. “This has always been a bicultural city. Parts of it have now become a new Mexico.” Continue reading this article

California: Illegal Alien Woman Stages Robbery to Obtain Victim Visa

There are probably lots more fake crimes committed to get victim visas that don’t get reported as such, but this story doesn’t avoid the criminal’s scheme. The “robber” turned out to be a juvenile family member who has since relocated to Mexico from Marin County, where the altercation took place.

The government doles out 10,000 U Visas annually, and the ill-considered policy is a massive fraud magnet. (See my 2007 article, Victim Visas: How America Stupidly Rewards Misfortune and Fraud.)

Seriously, is there a dumber idea than for Washington to offer a gold-plated visa to anyone who claims to be a crime victim? The fraud magnet aspect has been noticed in the House, where Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) has introduced the U Visa Reform Act of 2013, H.R. 463.

She observed, “While a criminal act against any individual in this country is inexcusable and reprehensible regardless of immigration status, it is not good immigration policy to staple green cards to police reports for those in the country illegally.”

Following are Black’s remarks in the House when she introduced the bill in February:

Here’s the fraud story from Marin County, which used to be a nice place:

San Rafael woman accused of staging robbery against herself to obtain visa, Marin Independent Journal, March 23, 2013

A San Rafael woman was arrested on allegations she staged an armed robbery against herself so she could get a crime victim’s visa to stay in the country.

Josselin Yuliana Rodas, 29, was booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud, child endangerment and filing a false police report. Her bail was set at $75,000.

San Rafael police are also seeking charges against the teenager who allegedly robbed Rodas at her request. The juvenile, who has since left the country, is a relative of Rodas, said San Rafael police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher.

The robbery was reported Jan. 4 on Belvedere Street in the Canal neighborhood. Rodas and another woman said it happened after they left a nearby market with Rodas’ 16-month-old child.

The women said the robber approached while they were putting the baby and the groceries in their car. The robber demanded their purses and struck Rodas in the head with a handgun.

The attacker hit the other woman in the knee with the gun during the scuffle. Continue reading this article

Measuring Border Security Is Considered

One of the tiny barriers on the national suicide via sovereignty abolition is the idea of border security as a prerequisite to the mass legalization amnesty. Even the great diverse hope of the elite GOP Marco Rubio said that his support for the Gang of Eight amnesty plot depends on the border being secured.

Now questions are being asked about how secure the border really is and how that might be factually measured. Usually the government has gotten by with citing numbers of apprehensions, although nowhere else in law enforcement do arrest numbers mean anything without the comparison of crimes committed.

Unfortunately recent DHS history has apparently been largely forgotten. In 2011, the agency canceled its billion-dollar Secure Border Initiative (SBI), a high-tech approach that was more about watching than protecting. At that time, an official from the GAO testified that a new system to replace SBI would take at least a decade to get up and running:

[Richard] Stana, who testified Tuesday before a House subcommittee on border and maritime security, said the security project would next expand to California, New Mexico and Texas but isn’t likely to be fully in place until at least 2021, and possibly not until 2026.

For details and background, see my 2011 blog, Hearing: Border Security Is a Distant Dream.

In a February Senate Judiciary hearing, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) noted that in FY 2012, 683 illegal aliens from terror-sponsoring and terror-watch-list nations were apprehended crossing the southwest border. That number would define “insecure” in many minds.

Even with such copious evidence to the contrary, the Obama cadre continues its mantra that the border is as secure as it has ever been.

House Chair of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security Candice Miller (R-MI) delivered remarks on the March 20 hearing titled Measuring Outcomes to Understand the State of Border Security:

Byron York reported on the hearing, where even border-squish Democrats were unsatisfied with the administration’s answers.

Is border secure? Administration doesn’t have a clue, Washington Examiner, March 21, 2013

If Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform, it will depend on the Obama administration to enforce the law. How might that work?

A glimpse of the future came Wednesday when the House Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security held a little-noticed hearing titled “Measuring Outcomes to Understand the State of Border Security.”

Immigration reform depends on a secure border. Nearly every lawmaker pushing reform, and certainly every Republican, stresses that the border must be proven secure before millions of currently illegal immigrants can be placed on a path to citizenship.

But how do you measure border security? For years, the government estimated the number of miles of the border that were under “operational control” and came up with various ways to define what that meant.

Then the Department of Homeland Security threw out the concept of operational control, which Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called “archaic.” The administration promised to create something called the Border Condition Index, or BCI, which would be a “holistic,” and a far better measure of border security. Continue reading this article

Colorado Probes Possible al-Turki Connection in Corrections Murder

In Colorado, the investigation of the murder of prison warden Tom Clement is considering a possible terrorist angle. The “primary working theory” is that Clement’s recent denial of Homaidan al-Turki’s (pictured) request to be transferred to a Saudi prison may be behind the murder.

Al-Turki comes from a well connected Saudi family which has been lobbying for his release since he was sentenced to 28 years of hard time in 2006 for the bondage and sexual abuse of an Indonesian woman working as a housekeeper in his Aurora, Colorado, home. Al-Turki moved with his family to the US in 1995, so it wasn’t like he didn’t understand that American law prohibits slavery. In 2011, his sentence was reduced to eight years.

Crime investigators are justified in pursuing a terrorist connection. Al-Turki has a business selling CDs with jihadist recordings of Anwar al-Awlaki, the influential Yemeni cleric who was fatally droned in 2011. So al-Turki wasn’t a gentle post-graduate student of linguistics, as portrayed by his supporters.

Sources: Clements murder investigation will look at Saudi prisoner connection, Fox31 Denver, March 20, 2013

DENVER — Investigators looking into the shooting death of the director of the Colorado Department of Corrections will look at the possibility that Tom Clements’ murder may be tied to the recent decision not to grant a transfer of a Saudi man in a Colorado prison.

Homaidan Al-Turki was convicted in 2006 of unlawful sexual contact by use of force and other charges. Prosecutors said he sexually assaulted a housekeeper and kept her as a virtual slave for four years.

His conviction angered Saudi officials. The U.S. State Department sent Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Abdullah, Crown Prince Sultan and Al-Turki’s family.

Last week, Colorado prison officials denied a request from the Saudi Arabian government to release Al-Turki to his home country to serve his life sentence.

Prosecutors opposed Al-Turki’s transfer fearing he would be released upon return to Saudi Arabia.

Celments was the one who decided to deny the transfer. He wrote in a letter to Al-Turki that because Al-Turki refused to undergo sex offender treatment in prison, “I have decided not to support your request for transfer to Saudi Arabia at this time,” reported the Associated Press. Continue reading this article

King Abdullah Warns Americans about the Muslim Brotherhood Threat

The world is certainly curious when the Muslim ruler of a Middle Eastern nation takes it upon himself to caution the American people about a particular gang of Islo-extremists who happen to run Egypt. But King Abdullah of Jordan apparently thought Barak Hussein Obama and the State Department could use some helpful advice about the Muslim Brotherhood, specifically what kind of rough characters are wearing those proper business suits.

In a new Atlantic article about King Abdullah, Monarch in the Middle, the king opined that American officials don’t take the Brotherhood seriously enough:

Which is not to say that the Hashemites don’t harbor visceral dislike for the Brotherhood. Abdullah expounds on that dislike to many of the Western visitors he receives—in part because he believes his Western allies are naive about the Brotherhood’s intentions. “When you go to the State Department and talk about this, they’re like, ‘This is just the liberals talking, this is the monarch saying that the Muslim Brotherhood is deep-rooted and sinister.’ ” Some of his Western interlocutors, he told me, argue that “the only way you can have democracy is through the Muslim Brotherhood.” His job, he says, is to point out that the Brotherhood is run by “wolves in sheep’s clothing” and wants to impose its retrograde vision of society and its anti-Western politics on the Muslim Middle East. This, he said, is “our major fight”—to prevent the Muslim Brothers from conniving their way into power across the region.

It doesn’t help that Obama has had some overblown opinions about his own persuasive abilities relating to the Muslim street. One stunningly arrogant example was his statement in a 2007 radio interview that an Obama Presidency would make America safer:

I truly believe that the day I’m inaugurated, not only the country looks at itself differently, but the world looks at America differently. . . If I’m reaching out to the Muslim world they understand that I’ve lived in a Muslim country and I may be a Christian, but I also understand their point of view…My sister is half-Indonesian. I traveled there all the way through my college years. And so I’m intimately concerned with what happens in these countries and the cultures and perspective these folks have. And those are powerful tools for us to be able to reach out to the world. . . then I think the world will have confidence that I am listening to them and that our future and our security is tied up with our ability to work with other countries in the world that will ultimately makes us safer.

Some pundits think Obama has grown out of his naivete, but he is still handing out jizya, er foreign aid, recently in the amount of $250 million for Egypt, either to buy friendly relations or in genuine support of the Brotherhood, take your pick.

Below, Hezbollah guys pack serious heat while they watch Obama’s famous 2009 Cairo appeasement speech.

Back to the present time, CNN’s Jake Tapper interviewed the author of the Atlantic article about King Abdullah, examining his increasingly lonely position as a pro-western leader in the more radicalized Middle East.

New Mexico Republican Discusses Diverse Outreach (aka Visiting His Constituents)

I happened to click over to C-SPAN on Tuesday, and was fascinated by what Congressman Steve Pearce (R-NM) had to say about a problem currently making many Republicans insane — how to appeal to the treasured hispanic voter.

He is a Republican representative for a district that is 52 percent hispanic and 34 percent Republican. He credits his electoral success with regular personal contact with as many of his constituents as can be reached, whatever their cultural or political leanings.

Not all of his policy ideas are positive, particularly how Pearce seems to favor a big increase in legal immigration, which is odd for someone from a dry region. Still, he has a recent immigration enforcement grade of A- from NumbersUSA.

But the important thing is that he does the work that members of Congress are supposed to do — meet with constituents to talk about their concerns.

Pearce drives around 100,000 miles a year to visit his physically large district, which is around 70,000 square miles, larger than the state of Florida. He goes to around 20 events a weekend and more during recesses. It’s not a magic formula, just hard work.

Last year, he encouraged Mitt Romney to visit more with hispanics to show interest in their concerns, but the Presidential candidate couldn’t be persuaded.

Pearce says that an amnesty won’t win any hispanic votes for Republicans. But his method of taking the conservative message in person to sometimes challenging audiences has proved to be a winner. Too bad Reince Preibus isn’t listening to such good advice.

Washington Journal invited Pearce to appear on the program because of a WSJ article from a few days ago discussing his work habits among the voters.

One GOP Lawmaker Shows How to Woo Latino Voters, Wall Street Journal, March 11, 2013

LAS CRUCES, N.M.—Rep. Steve Pearce is the rarest of Republican Party officeholders, a very conservative Anglo who keeps winning elections from a predominantly Latino electorate.

As the national GOP seeks to improve its dismal standing with Hispanic voters, the 65-year-old former oil man has some advice.

“You just have to show up, all the time, everywhere,” he said, during a recent barnstorm tour of his district, which sprawls across the southern half of this border state. “Most Republicans don’t bother. I do. I bother.”

Mr. Pearce has watched the national GOP struggle to understand why its low-tax, pro-business, family-values message hasn’t resonated with Latinos: Mitt Romney got the lowest share of the Hispanic vote of any GOP presidential candidate since 1996.

Many conservatives have since concluded that if the party can get immigration off the table, Hispanics will give the GOP a new look.

Mr. Pearce agrees, but he contends that changes in policy platforms aren’t enough to reverse the party’s decline among voters like those in his district. Republicans must spend time in Latino neighborhoods with the respectful attentiveness of a small-town mayor.

“We have to sell ourselves,” he said. It will take hard work, he added, because the majority of Hispanics are “spring-loaded” to favor the Democrats and their more expansive view of government. Continue reading this article

How to Get Uninvited to CPAC

In previous years, the Conservative Political Action Conference allowed a few non-Conservatism Inc. events to occur around the edges, like the hugely popular 2009 appearance of Geert Wilders, a Dutch critic of hostile Islam and its threat to western liberties.

This year, certain people were prevented from having such meetings, which were considered by the big brains of CPAC to be outside the bounds of proper conservatism.

Fortunately, the Breitbart people stepped up and put on a panel called The Uninvited — which may cause Breitbart to be uninvited next year. Along with anti-amnesty Ann Coulter. We’ll see.

The Uninvited speakers included Rosemary Jenks of Numbers USA, Dan Gouré of the Lexington Institute, The Hudson Institute’s Nina Shea, Frank Gaffney of Center for Security Policy, Jihad Watch blogger Robert Spencer, and Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs.

Below is a video of Robert Spencer speaking from the Uninvited panel. For a little more background, see his article Why I Am Not a CPAC Conservative.

Breitbart itself had a follow-up discussing the importance of free speech in these difficult times:

‘UNINVITED’: Spencer: Where Is Opposition to Jihadis?

Robert Spencer, Director of Jihad Watch, participated Saturday in Breitbart News’ wide-ranging “Uninvited” panel on the final day of the annual CPAC. Covering issues from crony capitalism, global jihad and the global persecution of Christians, the “Uninvited” panel was the only opportunity CPAC attendees had to discuss several issues critical to our national security.

Spencer’s remarks were framed around the provocative title, “Why I’m Not a Conservative.” The title was toungue-in-cheek, of course, as Spencer has a long history in conservative activism, devoting much of his career to defending the constitution. Because his focus is on the threat to the constitution from the imposition of Islamic Sharia Law, however, his work has been unwelcome at recent CPAC gatherings.

Spencer noted that, in recent years, discussing the threat Sharia Law poses to our basic freedoms, “is suddenly that’s so toxic, that’s so controversial, that’s so evil that they only way I can get here, even to the Conservative Political Action Conference is on a panel called the ‘uninvited.'” Continue reading this article

Senator Rand Paul Suggests a Bilingual America

The Kentucky Senator’s amnesty scheme, presented Thursday to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, was bad enough with its policy recommendations, but it contained a time bomb of a hint that the Spanish language should be accorded a bigger space in American society, perhaps even official bilingualism.

The zinger line (from the WSJ’s transcript of the speech):

Republicans who criticize the use of two languages make a great mistake.

That accusation is a straw man, since no Republicans have criticized the ability to speak two languages, unless Paul means expensive practices like multilingual election ballots and government-funded translators in courts and hospitals, which are big costs to taxpayers.

In fact, Paul’s “two languages” idea is a cultural divider and one of the worst aspects of immigration diversity. Nothing is more divisive than when people cannot understand each other.

Why shouldn’t Americans insist that “immigrants” learn English if they expect to live here? That requirement is traditional and isn’t much to ask. Only in conquered lands are citizens made to speak the language of the invader.

Plus English is the most useful language on earth, used as the lingua franca on the internet, in the airline industry worldwide and in the sciences. Even the slavishly multi-culti New York Times calls it the “king of languages.”

But language panderers who think Americans should learn Spanish are crazy destructive and are selling out citizens. There is already de facto Spanish bilingualism in areas of hispanic infiltration where the language is required for employment (e.g. Texas Woman Suffers Job Discrimination for Not Speaking Spanish).

Senator Paul’s speech was punctuated by many uses of Spanish including a literary quote from Pablo Neruda and a reference to Miguel de Unamuno, whoever that is. Paul began by speaking Spanish and used it near the end in summing up, with stories of his high school Spanish thrown in for good measure. This underlying message of cultural submission to the hispanic audience appears to have gone largely unnoticed in mainstream reports.

Some Americans might find such hispandering to be beyond the pale, particularly when the underlying message is one of surrendering American culture to demanding foreigners. One remembers Gov. Richard Lamm’s famously ironic article “I Have a Plan to Destroy America” where the #1 item was to “first make America a bilingual-bicultural country.”

Here’s the whole subservient speech:

Text of Rand Paul’s Immigration Speech, WSJ, March 19, 2013

Por favor disculpen mi Espanol.  Como creci en Houston -es un poco ‘espanglish y un poco Tex Mex.

I lived, worked, played and grew up alongside Latinos.  As a teenager I worked alongside immigrants mowing lawns and putting in landscaping around businesses.

I remember once asking one of the immigrant workers how much he was being paid.  “Cuanto le pagan por el trabajo? “

He responded “tres dolars.”  I responded, “Yo tambien.  Tres Dolars,  por hora . . . ?”

He shook shook his head, “No tres Dolars, por dia!”

At a young age, I came to understand that it makes a difference whether you are a documented immigrant or an undocumented immigrant, that the existence was not easy for the undocumented but that opportunity in America somehow trumped even the poor living conditions and low pay.

I wondered what circumstances must have been like in his country to choose an admittedly tough life in the shadows.

Growing up in Texas I never met a Latino who wasn’t working.

In school, everyone took Spanish.  I sometimes wish I had paid more attention in class.  As a teenager, I was not always the model citizen that I am today…

In my middle school Spanish class, my exuberance sometimes overcame my restraint and I would be asked to go to the principal’s office. My Spanish teacher would scold me,  “En boca cerrada no entran moscas!”

Cuando no lo escuchaba, I would often be sent to the principal’s office.

In those days we had corporal punishment. After a few such trips to the principal’s office, I discovered that my Spanish teacher was married to the assistant principal and they were getting a divorce.

So when I was sent to the principal’s office, I would make the decision to go instead to the assistant principal’s office. He and I would commiserate: Oh man she’s crazy! You’re right kid, just sit here today and go back tomorrow.

As a consequence, I never became as proficient with my Spanish as I would have liked because I spent a great deal of time in detention.

I read Miguel de Unamuno in college.  I think he gives Republicans some good advice,

He wrote, “Miremos más que somos padres de nuestro porvenir que no hijos de nuestro pasado” Continue reading this article

Obama Frees Foreign Criminals but Seeks to Deport German Homeschoolers

We learned recently of the Obama administration’s decision to release thousands of criminal aliens onto American streets, using approaching sequester budget cuts as an excuse.

But do not think that the Obama crowd objects to deportation generally. In fact, Eric Holder’s Justice Department is working to deport a German family pursuing an asylum claim because Germany bars homeschooling.

Eric Holder has taken the position that homeschooling is not a human right regarding asylum, and that policy could affect American parents as well. About two million students are currently homeschooled in the United States, about 2.9 percent of the total. The German family case may signal a crackdown coming from Washington on the freedom of US parents to educate their own children.

Some European nations want every kid put in the state schools to absorb the diversity belief system. Sweden is particularly bad for demanding even little toddlers be immersed in state-approved social attitudes. (See Sweden’s Crackdown on Home Schooling Causes Parents to Flee.)

The Romeike family (shown below) left Germany and sought asylum in the United States because Germany doesn’t allow families to homeschool.

The family was granted asylum initially, but now the Obama administration is using its powerful resources to deport them.

Americans Warned: Home Schoolers Stripped of Rights, By Dale Hurd, CBN News, March 18, 2013

BERLIN — Recently, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said that home schooling is not a parent’s right. It is a statement some are saying should frighten American parents.

Nations like Germany and Sweden show that when governments take away home schooling rights, it’s a slippery slope to no parental rights.

America the Refuge or Not

The Romeike family came to the United States from Germany five years ago hoping to find refuge. They wanted to home-school their children in freedom and a federal judge granted them asylum.

But now the Obama administration has been trying to deport them, arguing that home schooling is not a right. The case is currently before a federal appeals court.

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike began home schooling in Germany because they didn’t want their children exposed to things like witchcraft and graphic sex education that are taught in German schools.

“There were stories where [school children] were encouraged to ask the devil for help instead of God and actually the devil would help (in the story),” Uwe said.

“When we found out what’s in the textbooks, it’s exactly the opposite from what the Bible tells us and teaches us, and we wanted to protect [our children],” his wife Hannelore added.

But home schooling is illegal in Germany, except in rare cases. And many home schooling parents are persecuted with fines, jail, or the loss of their children. Continue reading this article

RNC Chair Preibus Lays Out Amnesty Strategy for Republican Party

How did Reince Preibus keep his job as the Chairman of the Republican Party after the GOP lost a winnable election last November? It’s a question that I have. At least Mitt Romney has been mostly quiet since the devastating defeat.

But now Preibus is back, feigning leadership with a diversity-friendly to-do list that he thinks will make the public like the party better. He is doing the rounds of media appearances, talking up a new report, Growth & Opportunity Project, which purports to lay out a roadmap for Republican rebranding.

Here’s a snip from the National Journal report (3/18), 5 Ways Reince Priebus Is Channeling George W. Bush and Bill Clinton:

Immigration is a no-brainer: “ … We must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform. If we do not, our party’s appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only.” Bush’s inroads with Hispanic voters were squandered by anti-immigration conservatives who blocked reforms during his presidency. Priebus is worried that immigration reform will stall again in Congress.

Preibus must not have examined election results very closely. In 2008, heartfelt amnesty enthusiast John McCain got a mere 31 percent of the hispanic vote, while in 2012 pro-enforcement candidate Mitt Romney received 27 percent of latino votes, only 4 percent fewer.

The more important fact about hispanics is their cultural preference for big government, which lasts generations despite residing in America. The numbers are from Pew Hispanic’s 2012 research, Hispanics and Their Views of Identity:

The McCain failure should have proved once and for all that Republicans cannot win hispanics with the promise of mass amnesty. But the big RNC brains have a religion-like belief in political diversity that clouds their view of actual facts. Hispanics see big government as positive and like getting free stuff, making them natural Democrats as a group.

Beer Returns to Mali after Liberation from Sharia

When French troops assisted local forces in chasing out sharia thugs earlier this year, Mali citizens were thrilled. Even though 90 percent of the population is Muslim, most Malians enjoy their cultural pursuits, like music. In fact, Mali is known for its vibrant musical tradition, particularly singing. When the sharia extremists took power, one of the first things they did was drive out the musicians.

Timbuktu residents welcomed their French and Malian liberators in January.

Another advantage of living under freedom rather than sharia oppression is access to the noble brew. Islamists really hate beer, and any pleasure for that matter, as shown by the simmering conflict in Nigeria over the beverage.

As the Ayatollah Khomeini said, “There is no fun in Islam.”

It’s heartening how the Malians are doing everything they can to eradicate the memory of sharia, using gallons of paint to cover Islamic propaganda and reviving their traditional lifestyles with a beer salute.

North Mali’s drinkers toast France for return of beer, Agence France-Presse, March 17, 2013

Close to the banks of the Niger river, men in the north Malian city of Gao gather at nightfall to drink beer, in one of the daily signs of life in a town whose residents are working to wipe out all traces of hardline Islamist occupation.

With its walls of red clay, its white chairs and its tepid French export beer, Le Petit Dogon bar reopened last week after nine months of closure enforced by the armed Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), whose fundamentalists were driven out by French-led troops this year.

On Sunday night, a dozen people are present. A Malian soldier, with a “France” patch stitched to his uniform, listens to music on his mobile phone, which has a screensaver featuring a topless woman. Yehia Maiga, a 33-year-old road haulage driver, waves his cigarette and says, “This beer is thanks to (French President) Francois Hollande!” Continue reading this article

Arizona: ICE Released 122 Convicted Criminals Using Sequester Excuse

What sort of morally corrupt, irresponsible government could purposefully release thousands of dangerous foreign felons — a reckless act that clearly endangers the people? It’s one thing for Obama to close White House tours to magnify the effect of a small cut to the growth rate of government spending, but quite another to put public safety on the chopping block for imagined political gain.

The sequester release of detainees slated for deportation has perhaps gotten more of a response than was anticipated. More than three dozen members of Congress sent a letter to DHS Secretary Napolitano calling on the agency to stop the releases and characterizing the act “unprecedented and dangerous.” Officials like Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu have demanded to know who was let go and where.

The public outcry has forced the administration to make tiny retreats, like re-arresting four criminals it had let go a few weeks earlier. Information is dribbling out in small quantities, so the citizens won’t get the big picture about the sort of thugs Obama loosed into American communities.

And why weren’t the dangerous foreign convicts simply deported as the law requires?

ICE freed 122 Arizona criminals, Arizona Republic, March 15, 2013

More than a third of the 342 illegal immigrants released from detention facilities in Arizona last month were convicted criminals, and one of them was categorized as a Level 1 offender, the highest risk, according to data released by the federal government Friday.

The new information also showed that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released more people in the state than the 303 originally indicated by ICE, and for higher-level offenses, said Matthew Benson, spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer.

“This has become a moving target in terms of information provided by the federal government from the very start,” Benson said.

ICE officials refused to provide additional details about the criminal background of the Level 1 offender released in Arizona or to say why that person was released.

Brewer, along with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, have been highly critical of the release of immigration detainees, saying they pose a threat to public safety.

The immigration detainees were released from four detention centers in Pinal County as part of ICE’s nationwide efforts to avoid a budget overrun ahead of the automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequester.

The governor and local law-enforcement officials have demanded that ICE provide details about the criminal backgrounds of the immigration detainees released in Arizona.

Benson said the agency so far has refused to provide all the information Brewer requested in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on March 1. Continue reading this article

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