Under the Obama administration we citizens have seen national security shrink in importance (not that Bush was much better, given his border permissiveness).
When an illegal alien somehow is allowed to work in a nuclear power plant, protecting the safety of the public cannot be seen as a priority. Any wanna-be Osama could easily blackmail such a person with exposure if he didn’t cooperate in a jihadist attack.
At the nation’s biggest nuke plant, all that’s necessary for a worker with no identification to be admitted is that a known worker vouch for him. Weak.
PHOENIX — An illegal immigrant used a fake ID to get past security and entered the Palo Verde Nuclear plant west of Phoenix, according to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
“We have arrested an illegal alien who has penetrated and gone into the Palo Verde nuclear plant,” Arpaio said Thursday, adding that he is outraged at another example of the lack of security along the Arizona-Mexico border.
Cruz Loya Alvares was taken into custody by Sheriff Deputies Wednesday and interrogated by the Sheriff’s Human Smuggling detectives.
Cruz admitted to deputies he has been in the U.S. for most of the past 15 years. He was detained and deported in 2000 but paid a coyote re-entry into the U.S.
Also, he was cited by Mesa Police last month for driving with a suspended license.
According to Sheriff Arpaio, Cruz tried to gain access to the Nuclear power plant on Monday but was denied entrance because his Mexican Driver’s license was expired.
“To some extent security at this nuclear power plant worked,” Arpaio said in a released statement. “But still, an illegal immigrant was permitted to gain access to this facility. This raises the question: how safe is Palo Verde really if an illegal alien can gain access to this nation’s largest nuclear power facility?
“This suggests to me that sadly, like our nation’s borders, our most critical public utilities/installations are perhaps not nearly as safely guarded as they need to be.”
Two different people working in security at the power plant also told Sheriff’s officials that drivers of contractor’s vehicles can “vouch” for the passengers if no identification documents are on hand at the time of entry. Continue reading this article
In San Jose, California, the inmates are trying to run the asylum, and authorities may agree.
Worsening gang violence prompted San Jose Police Chief Chris Moore to invite ICE in to help. But the “immigrant” community became fearful that ordinary illegal alien job thieves and other foreign grifters might be scooped up and given a free trip home.
The situation shows an upside-down relationship between police and lawbreakers, in which illegal foreigners and their allies threaten non-cooperation if the law is enforced. The new police chief sounds amenable.
In San Jose, foreigners who don’t like American immigration laws bleat their complaints in the language of civil rights, and the agency responsible for public safety appears to prefer appeasement to law enforcement.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — A coalition of San Jose community groups gathered Friday to send a loud message of disapproval to Police Chief Chris Moore on his decision to keep a pair of recently enlisted federal immigrations investigators.
“Our message is clear: we don’t want ICE here,” Stefanie Flores, a spokeswoman for Silicon Valley DeBug, said at a news conference this morning. “We want to work with the police to find real solutions.”
DeBug is part of a handful of San Jose immigrant and civil rights groups that oppose Moore’s recent decision to enlist the help of two investigators from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as part of the Department of Homeland Security’s “Operation Community Shield” program.
The groups said the program increases the community’s distrust of law enforcement, cultivates fear and undermines immigrants’ civil liberties.
“Now, more than ever, there needs to be a culture of trust between immigrant populations and the Police Department,” said Jazmin Segura, a spokeswoman for the group Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network, or SIREN. “This program will invariably damage that trust.”
At a community meeting hosted by Sacred Heart Community Service on Wednesday night, Moore said the agents are helping the department target escalating gang violence, which he said has contributed to more than half of the city’s homicides this year. Continue reading this article
Demography is relentless, we are reminded by a report recently published by the Pew Hispanic Center, noting that the majority of growth among latinos is now accomplished through births. There are now so many Mexicans residing in this country that they more than replenish their own numbers via their higher fertility.
Births have surpassed immigration as the main driver of the dynamic growth in the U.S. Hispanic population. This new trend is especially evident among the largest of all Hispanic groups-Mexican-Americans, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.
In the decade from 2000 to 2010, the Mexican-American population grew by 7.2 million as a result of births and 4.2 million as a result of new immigrant arrivals. This is a change from the previous two decades when the number of new immigrants either matched or exceeded the number of births.
The current surge in births among Mexican-Americans is largely attributable to the immigration wave that has brought more than 10 million immigrants to the United States from Mexico since 1970. Between 2006 and 2010 alone, more than half (53%) of all Mexican-American births were to Mexican immigrant parents. As a group, these immigrants are more likely than U.S.-born Americans to be in their prime child-bearing years. They also have much higher fertility. [. . .]
Of course the Mexicans had to lay down a substantial base population from which to spawn their growing numbers. And indeed, they have been arriving for several decades, since the disastrous 1965 Immigration Act flung open the doors of immigration permissiveness and extreme diversity. In 1950, for example, there were fewer than half a million Mexicans living in the United States, and now hispanics are the largest minority group.
Open borders allow legal and illegal immigration to have the effect of an invasion, where the home culture is swept away by demanding newcomers who think Americans should learn Spanish.
Interestingly, the Associated Press report begins by saying that “immigration is slowing” — in line with the administration talking point that the illegal immigration crisis is over, so a big Obama amnesty can take place before the next election.
With immigration slowing, babies born in the U.S. rather than newly arrived Mexican immigrants are now driving most of the fast growth in the Latino population.
A new analysis of census data highlights a turning point in Hispanics’ rapid U.S. growth. Demographers point to the potential for broader political impact as U.S.-born Mexican-Americans widen their numbers over non-citizen, foreign-born counterparts, who wield no voting rights.
“As these young Latinos age, they will enter public schools, participate in the nation’s economy as workers and consumers, and enter the growing pool of Hispanic eligible voters,” said Mark Hugo Lopez, associate director of the Pew Hispanic Center, who co-authored the study released Thursday.
The analysis focuses on the growth of Mexican-Americans, who make up more than 60 percent of the U.S. Hispanic population. Tracing a mass Mexican migration to the U.S. that began in 1970 and reached its height during the 1990s, it finds that young Mexicans who crossed the border many years ago are now adding to the population by having many children.
Currently, the median age of Mexican-Americans is 25, compared to 30 for other Hispanic subgroups, 32 for blacks and 41 for whites. Mexican-American women on average will have given birth to 2.5 children by their mid-40s, higher than for other groups.
Meanwhile, immigration from Mexico has fallen off in recent years, dropping by 60 percent since 2006 after a souring U.S. economy and stepped-up border enforcement made it harder and less desirable for undocumented workers to enter the country. As a result, the number of new immigrants from Mexico declined over the last decade to 4.2 million, from 4.7 million in 1990-2000.
In all, the Mexican-American population grew by 11.4 million over the last decade, of which 63 percent came as a result of births. That is a reversal from the previous two decades, when the number of new Mexican immigrants either matched or exceeded the number of Mexican births.
Among Hispanics as a whole, about 58 percent of the population increase since 2000 were a result of births.
The numbers come as Hispanic groups are seeking more political influence. States are currently redrawing their political maps based on population and racial and ethnic makeup. Now representing 16 percent of the U.S. population, Hispanics added more than 15 million people over the last decade and accounted for more than half of the nation’s total population increase.
Still, their voting power has not always matched their numbers, partly because a disproportionate share of U.S. Hispanics are either children or non-citizens. Just 42 percent of all Hispanics in the U.S. are eligible to vote, compared to 78 percent for whites and 66 percent for blacks.
Currently more than 60 percent of all Hispanics are U.S.-born, many of them children.
Lopez says that is now changing, with some 600,000 young Hispanics who were born in the U.S. turning 18 each year to enter a widening pool of more than 21 million Hispanic eligible voters.
_About 6.5 million, or more than half of all Mexican immigrants, were in the U.S. illegally last year. Many of these illegal immigrants gave birth to children in the U.S.; about 68 percent of the 350,000 U.S. births to illegal immigrants last year were to Mexican parents.
_Birth rates differ by immigration status: on average, a Mexican immigrant woman in her 40s has 2.7 children, compared to 2.1 for a U.S.-born Mexican-American.
_About 1 in 10 of all native-born Mexicans opt to migrate to the U.S., seeking jobs and a better life. Among native-born Mexicans in their prime working ages of 30 to 44, the share is even higher: about 1 in 5 men, and more than 1 in 7 women migrate to the U.S.
The Pew analysis is based on 2010 census surveys from the U.S. and Mexico. Because the U.S. Census Bureau does not ask people about their immigration status, estimates on illegal immigrants are derived largely by subtracting the estimated legal immigrant population from the total foreign-born population.
The battle to stop the hostile Ground Zero mosque (an attempt of Muslims to mark territory) continues. A recent lawsuit was dismissed on the basis that firefighter Tim Brown did not have standing to sue. However, he indicated in a recent interview that he and others against a mosque being built so close to Ground Zero were not giving up.
The backers of the controversial “Ground Zero Mosque” have won a court fight clearing the way for them to build the mosque and community center complex two blocks from the site of the 9/11 terror attack.
In a decision on Friday that was made public today, New York State Supreme Justice Paul Feinman dismissed a lawsuit by former firefighter Timothy Brown who argued that New York City was wrong to allow the destruction of a 150-year-old building to make way for the Islamic center.
The ex-firefighter who was among those who responded to the terror attack on the World Trade Center said the old building had been struck by debris during the collapse of the twin towers and was a “living representative of the heroic structures that commemorate the events of that day.”
In a 15-page decision Feinman wrote, “Mr. Brown’s claim that his ability to commemorate will be injured, is not yet recognized under the law as a concrete injury that can establish standing. Such an injury, although palpable to Brown, is immeasurable by a court.”
The American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative legal group which filed the lawsuit on Brown’s behalf, said they plan to appeal the ruling. Continue reading this article
However, we hear from Senator Jeff Sessions that the current incarnation of the bill is a worse assemblage of crap than ever, loaded up with loopholes big enough to drive a semi full of illegals through. The bill is a history of bad faith, where lies and chicanery masquerade as virtue.
Certainly if a DREAM Act stealth amnesty is passed, American students will be pushed aside for lawbreaking foreigners, who will whine in their college applications that if they are not admitted they will be deported. And admissions officers love a good whiner from diverse kiddies.
(CNSNews.com) – Passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act would be the “starting point” in legislating legal status for the millions of illegal aliens in the United States, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) indicated Tuesday.
At a press conference, he characterized the DREAM Act as his contribution to – and a stepping stone towards – “comprehensive immigration reform.”
The DREAM Act would grant legal status to aliens whose parents brought them into the country illegally as minors, if the individual is “of good moral character” and is pursuing a higher education or serving in the military.
Durbin has been a driving force behind the 10-year campaign to get the legislation enacted. It was re-introduced most recently last May.
CNSNews.com asked him Tuesday what passage of the law would mean for parents who had brought their young children into the U.S. illegally.
“It’s a very valid question,” he replied. “I support comprehensive immigration reform. I believe we need fairness and justice for everyone in the country – and I’m starting with the DREAM Act because that is my part of it.”
“But I have always made that part of the larger discussion,” he added.
Durbin said that his “friend and roommate,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), was working on “comprehensive immigration reform” legislation.
The DREAM Act, which Durbin first introduced in 2000, was his own contribution towards getting immigration legislation passed.
Durbin recalled that when the late Sen. Ted Kennedy was advocating for legislation that would grant amnesty to illegal aliens already in the United States, Kennedy often relegated his role to the DREAM Act and dismissed him from discussions.
“I didn’t want to leave but I knew that [the DREAM Act] was going to be the accepted starting point,” Durbin said. “And I want it to be a starting point.”
Tuesday’s press conference was held to announce the DREAM Act Sabbath, an event slated for the fall when participating “faith leaders” will discuss the legislation during or after religious services.
Among those present at the conference were Islamic Society of North America president Mohamed Magid, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C., and Lisa Gruschcow, associate rabbi with Congregation Rodeph Shalom in New York City.
Durbin said there was a “moral argument” for making the DREAM Act law.
“Now I’m a politician not a pastor, so I tread carefully when I speak about religion,” he said. “But this much it is safe to say: The DREAM Act is built on a fundamental moral principal that is shared by all the faith traditions represented here today – that it is wrong to punish children for the actions of their parents.
“There’s an equally powerful moral argument for the DREAM Act,” he added. “Every faith tradition recognizes we have a special obligation to protect the innocent. And that’s what the DREAM Act would do.”
In the nearly 10 years since the 9/11 attacks, with billions of dollars spent to improve safety in air travel, one might hope that a high level of security now exists (although the clownish behavior of TSA patting down children is not reassuring).
As the title suggests, a problem remains in countries where security practices are not up to snuff, yet flights from those nations arrive daily. One thinks of the Christmas underpants bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who flew from Yemen to Amsterdam to Detroit, with explosives hidden in his clothing which he tried to set off over the American city.
Fox News has obtained a draft copy of a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that concludes, a decade after 9/11, gaping holes remain in databases of overseas terrorists as well as in passport security.
“The system truly is as strong only as its weakest link,” Maine Senator Susan Collins, the senior Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, told Fox News after reviewing the report.
“We have spent literally billions of dollars to increase security, to make sure our watch lists are more complete, to verify documents, but in fact we have to rely to a certain extent on the systems used by other countries.”
According to a year-long investigation by the GAO which included travel to Kenya, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand, many countries have yet to address the chronic problem of fake documents, such as birth certificates, that are a gateway to a genuine passport. Passport security is described as weak with many countries using no security features, such as biometrics, to prevent fraud.
The GAO report, first obtained by Fox News, reads in part:
“Some countries do not have their own database systems with terrorist screening information or access to other countries’ terrorist screening information to keep track of biographical and biometric information about individuals who are known or suspected terrorists. Even when countries have terrorist screening information, they may not have reciprocal relationships to share such information or other travel-related information such as airline passenger lists, with other countries, thereby limiting their ability to identify and prevent travel of known or suspected terrorists.”
The GAO report also notes widespread corruption means a wink and a nod, at some foreign airports, will get a suspected terrorist through security. Continue reading this article
The Obama administration on Monday granted new powers to federal regulators fighting gun traffickers on the violence-plagued Mexican border.
Issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the new rules require border-state gun dealers to report bulk purchases of assault weapons made by individual buyers over short spans of time — a tool requested in December by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Supporters say the new oversight will help reduce the flow of guns to the violent drug cartels south of the border.
“The international expansion and increased violence of transnational criminal networks pose a significant threat to the United States,” Deputy Attorney General James Cole said in a statement. The new powers, he added, will help ATF officials “disrupt the illegal weapons trafficking networks responsible for diverting firearms from lawful commerce to criminals and criminal organizations.”
The change drew the immediate praise of gun reformers, including Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who said it represents “a crucial tool to identify and disrupt Mexican drug cartels.”
But Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, slammed the change as an erosion of constitutional rights.
“Limiting the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens is not going to solve the problem of guns being trafficked into Mexico,” Smith said in a statement. “This rule unfairly punishes citizens in border states who have the right to purchase firearms to protect themselves and their families from dangerous drug traffickers and human smugglers.” Continue reading this article
Your tax dollars at work; stimulus sub-category. . .
The Omaha school system ordered up a pile of diversity training books to give to every staff member, from teachers to custodians, at a cost of $130K. (Diversity agitprop doesn’t come cheap.)
The school board apparently believes that teachers must be indoctrinated with diversity ideology (aka cultural proficiency), so they will believe that all cultures are morally equal and will instruct students accordingly.
Teachers are required to attend study groups to discuss the book.
A strong theme in the book appears to be the evil of “white privilege.” Once that is smacked down, universal peace will break out.
Another idea is that teachers attaining cultural proficiency will help failing hispanic students improve.
Anyway, that’s the belief currently popular among liberal educators.
The Omaha Public Schools used more than $130,000 in federal stimulus dollars to buy each teacher, administrator and staff member a manual on how to become more culturally sensitive.
The book by Virginia education consultants could raise some eyebrows with its viewpoints.
The authors assert that American government and institutions create advantages that “channel wealth and power to white people,” that color-blindness will not end racism and that educators should “take action for social justice.”
The book says that teachers should acknowledge historical systemic oppression in schools, including racism, sexism, homophobia and “ableism,” defined by the authors as discrimination or prejudice against people with disabilities.
The authors argue that public school teachers must raise their cultural awareness to better serve minority students and improve academic achievement.
The Omaha school board approved buying 8,000 copies of the book — one for every employee, including members of the custodial staff — in April. The decision to buy the book was made 11-0, with board member Mary Ellen Drickey passing on the vote.
Janice Garnett, OPS assistant superintendent of human resources, said she could not recall another time that the district had bought copies of the same book to give to every staff member.
Employees will be asked to read a couple of chapters each quarter and then meet in study groups to discuss the book using a study guide produced by the district, she said. For teachers, the study sessions will be a part of their professional development.
School board President Sandra Jensen said the district doesn’t endorse everything in the book, nor does she expect employees to adopt the authors’ positions. The book is intended to open a dialogue, she said.
“The purpose of providing this resource is to help staff see that people come from a multitude of different backgrounds which cause them to respond differently to the same set of facts, depending on their personal perspectives,” she said in a statement. “Recognition that one might have a certain perspective is critical to treating all people equally.”
Representatives of other large Nebraska school districts — Lincoln, Millard, Papillion-La Vista and Bellevue — said they have not used the book for training teachers, nor have the Council Bluffs Community Schools and Des Moines Public Schools.
Lincoln officials bought copies of a different cultural proficiency book to train administrators later this summer, according to spokeswoman Mary Kay Roth.
The book that OPS bought, “The Cultural Proficiency Journey: Moving Beyond Ethical Barriers Toward Profound School Change,” includes a worksheet for teachers to score themselves on a continuum of cultural sensitivity. The continuum ranges from “cultural destructiveness,” as evidenced by genocide and ethnocide, to “cultural proficiency,” depicted as the highest level of awareness.
Only those educators who acknowledge the existence of white privilege in America, that “white” is a culture in America and that race “is a definer for social and economic status” can reach proficiency, the authors contend. Those who score poorly on the worksheet are asked in the book what they will do “to align yourself with the values expressed.” Continue reading this article
On the propaganda front, the ridiculous idea that Mexican immigration is nearing zero is catching on. The great fount of liberal disinformation is to blame (see my analysis of the recent NYT article New York Times: Mexican Invasion Is Over.)
Michael Barone has taken the notion to the extreme in a recent opinion piece extolling his own brilliance and predictive powers:
Immigration from Mexico to the United States has slowed down toward zero: that’s the thrust of an excellent story by Damien Cave in the New York Times (complete with excellent interactive graphics). I plan to write a column on that subject, but I can’t resist pointing out that I have been predicting this trend for more than two years now.
The Orange County Register commented similarly that the era of big illegal immigration is over, no more problema:
[. . .] Today’s illegal Mexican immigrant pays up to $6,000 for a smuggler and contends with a dangerous journey, dominated by ruthless cartels, a reinforced border and menacing desert. For those who make it, there’s no guarantee of a job and there is a higher risk of detection and deportation than ever before.
These are some of the reasons why fewer Mexicans are choosing to cross illegally into the United States, immigration demographers and experts said. [. . .]
However, one gets a different impression reading the following Arizona report, which describes illegal aliens clawing their way through roaring wildfires and blistering desert heat to steal American jobs. It doesn’t sound like much has really changed down on the border.
Even amid the smoke, the danger and the confusion of the border-area fires, the smugglers don’t let up.
We saw that phenomenon play out during the Horseshoe 2 Fire, which began in the Chiricahua Mountains on May 8, just south of a well-known drug camp at Burro Springs. The massive fire burned until June 25 and did enormous damage across parts of 222,954 acres.
Blogger and mountain resident Narca Moore-Craig attended a fire briefing June 17, at which Incident Commander Rich Harvey told the assembled group that he was conducting a back burn on the west side of the Chiricahuas when four UDAs “burst out of the flames” and ran past the firefighters.
Moore-Craig, an artist and biologist, wrote on June 18 that the firefighters are accustomed to clearing deer and cattle before firing a line. “But these folks don’t live along the border, and they were surprised indeed by the illegals,” she wrote. “Harvey advised anyone igniting fire to yell, ‘¡Pásela!’ before firing, to try to shoo hidden people out of danger.”
Reached by e-mail, Harvey, Nevada’s deputy state forester, confirmed Moore-Craig’s account.
Dinah Davidson, a semi-retired biology professor, tells a similar story from Saturday, June 4. That morning, Border Patrol intercepted 14 people in Sulphur Canyon, south of Portal. The fire had passed through that area days before, but was still burning off to the northwest.
One of them, a Salvadoran, escaped, and Davidson ran into him as she was driving to her home in Cave Creek Canyon. He said his name was Andres. He was hungry and wanted to call his mother, but didn’t have a phone card, and Davidson doesn’t have long distance service. She says illegals often say they want to call their mothers, only to phone for a pickup ride to their destination.
She describes Andres as wide-eyed, frightened and confused. He first asked Davidson to call “imigra,” but quickly changed his mind. She told him to follow her car the one-tenth of a mile to her house, and she’d feed him. He sat in a corner of her porch and ate peanuts, fried eggs, yogurt, granola bar, watermelon, an apple, and some bean-and-rice leftovers from the fridge.
Andres said he lived in El Salvador with his mother and eight siblings. He had left there about eight days before en route to Washington state, where he had friends, and was discouraged to learn how many states he had to pass through to get there. Continue reading this article
Another signpost in the multicultural poisoning of America is the first national Spanish spelling bee, held Saturday in Albuquerque.
The open-border gang is focused on transforming America into a bilingual nation where Spanish is equal to English, similar to Quebec with French. Their stubborn demands on this issue demonstrate that they are engaged in invasion, not immigration.
One sees the foreign moochers’ demands expressed in Spanish on their hostile gimme signs more frequently, which is another message of disrespect as insulting as Mexican flags. Aliens insist on being allowed to live and work here while voicing disgust with our society and system of government.
Predictably, the sponsors of the Spanish spelling bee say they are celebrating multilingualism, but the inability of people to communicate is highly damaging to community cohesion. “Diversity decreases trust,” according to Bowling Alone sociologist Robert Putnam, and language diversity is foundational to undermining human relations. Homogenous communities are happier and work better, which is simply a function of the tribal nature of human beings.
In former Governor Richard Lamm’s ironic opinion piece “I have a plan to destroy America”, the first item on his to-do list is to make the country bi-lingual and bicultural: “History shows, in my opinion, that no nation can survive the tension, conflict and antagonism of two competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; it is a curse for a society to be bilingual,” he observed.
Polls continue to show that a large majority of citizens expect immigrants to adopt America’s language and culture, even after decades of multicultural propaganda from the liberal media.
Finally, the spelling bee was more show piece than competition, since Spanish is a simple phonetic language with little challenge regarding spelling, and participants received in advance a list of the words to be spelled.
Sure, eighth grader Sukanya Roy won the 2011 National Spelling Bee a months ago with “cymotrichous.” But could she whip off kanindeyuense”, “Tenochtitlán” or “otorrinolaringologo”?
These are among the list of words that may be used in New Mexico on Saturday, as the National Hispanic Cultural Center hosts the first ever national Spanish Spelling Bee.
“We’re celebrating the multilingualism of America,” said Daniel Ward, editor of Language Magazine, one of the event’s sponsors, in a statement. “We’re recognizing that, like most of the world’s other children, [our kids will] need more than one language to succeed in our global village.”
By the numbers, Latinos would seem to have a leg up in this challenge: According to the Pew Hispanic Center, 33 percent of Latino households speak English and Spanish equally, and 17 percent are majority Spanish-language.
The inaugural bee is being organized by the Alliance for Multilingual Multicultural Education (AMME) and the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education (NMABE), and is modeled on the latter’s 15-year-old annual state Spanish Spelling Bee: Participants will be asked to spell out loud words randomly chosen from a list that had been provided to them beforehand.
From a linguistics standpoint, there’s been some snarking that the Spanish bee might be easier than the English one, since Spanish orthography is in general considered simpler. “In Spanish, every letter has a unique associated phoneme, so with very few exceptions, words are written exactly as they sound,” wrote the BBC.
The 86-year-old English-language bee has become a cultural phenomenon, inspiring documentaries, books and international attention. This year, the battle between 275 kids from all 50 states and sundry countries was televised live during primetime.
The Spanish-language bee will begin more modestly, with about 11 participants, grades four through eight, from five states. It is the culmination of state Spanish spelling competitions held earlier this year.
At this point in history, Britain is the absolute worst example of cowering appeasement in the face of hostile Islamic immigrants. The Muslims correctly recognize the reaction as fear and have busied themselves establishing their own anti-Western society on UK soil. In some cases, immigration is war by other means.
The excellent Gates of Vienna blog posts a photo and description from a British reader showing how bad it has gotten in the home of the Magna Carta:
Please see attached a poster seen stuck on to a bus stop on corner of Mission Grove and Carisbrooke Road, London E17. Signs of subtlety in the message — avoiding items that might be thought of as controversial like killing homosexuals and stuffing women in bags.
Here’s a list of the sharia no-no’s shown:
● No alcohol
● No gambling
● No music or concerts
● No porn or prostitution
● No drugs or smoking
Who would have thought a few decades ago that Britain’s welcome of Muslims as immigrants could be so threatening to the home society? The Labour Party thought they would be loyal leftist voters. But the Sons of Allah’s totalitarian views make Stalin look positively cheerful and life-affirming.
Earlier this week the DHS announced that Secretary Napolitano would present a new plan to deal with southwestern perimeter crime, called the Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy.
When Napolitano did make her speech in Nogales, Arizona, only drug smuggling was mentioned, at least as reported by the mainstream media.
Is illegal immigration no longer an acceptable subject for debate? Perhaps the Obama crew believes the invasion crisis will disappear if the administration ceases to speak of it.
In another example of relying on lies, the Secretary declared, “Violent crime along the border is flat and or is going down,” as assessment with which many who live there would not agree. When Rep. Ed Royce visited the area last winter, ranchers told him there was “more vandalism, more threats, it was worse.”
If Washington keeps switching means of enforcement midstream, then it needn’t worry about the firehose of illegal alien labor from the south being shut down. The feds have a strategy for failure, and it’s working.
TUCSON, Ariz. — The drug fight at the border continues to be an ongoing battle. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and other senior Obama representatives laid out their plan to try and stop drugs and violence at the border.
On a hot afternoon at the Nogales border patrol station, drugs crossing the border was the hot topic of discussion.
“Look, this is a fight that we all need to be in and we need to be in it quite holistically. There’s no one enterprise here that owns the problem, we’re all in this together,” said Director of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske.
The goal of the strategy is to reduce the flow of illicit drugs, the proceeds and the violence that comes with it.
“Two things have meshed together our counter narcotics strategy which emphases prevention as well as addiction, the southwest border initiative which is designed to make sure that the United States has a safe and secure border with Mexico,” said Kerlikowske.
Two years ago there was a border drug and security strategy unveiled in El Paso. Two years later Secretary Napolitano feels there’s been some progress.
“What we know violent crime along the border is flat and or is going down, we have air cover that we didn’t have before its border patrol agents that we didn’t have before,” said Napolitano.
But not all in attendance agree that the counter narcotics strategy is working.
“Now the third year into the administration to start talking about mitigating the drug smuggling coming through all across the border and what you’re going to do with it,” said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.
Sheriff Paul Babeu feels that the best thing do now is get more man power along the border.
“We need 6,000 soldiers here now for a two year period of time then build the necessary infrastructure and then enforce the law completely across the board,” said Babeu.
Governor Brewer has been an outspoken critic of the federal government’s security efforts on the border. Thursday she expressed some trepidation over not being in the loop about Napolitano’s announcement. Continue reading this article
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