So the Syrians are a dangerous import, and now Obama wants lots more as one of his parting gifts to Americans.
PETER DOOCY: The 110,000 refugees are from all around the world including many who have fled war torn countries in the Middle East, and this is consistent with what Secretary Kerry said he wanted, which was to try for a hundred thousand and more if possible. So today’s announcement means 57 percent more refugees are going to come here next year than came here last year the White House told us this morning they just do not think this country has been doing enough to help the world’s most vulnerable people.
MARTHA McCALLUM: So what are lawmakers saying about this plan?
DOOCY: There’s some concern. There’s going to be a Homeland Security Committee hearing this morning with officials from DHS, TSA, Border Patrol and remember this summer that DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson did say that western countries like the US needs to be especially worried about westerners who go overseas and join ISIS and then try to return home with some kind of maybe fake passport or real passport once the ISIS territory wherever they’ve been fighting has been shrunken or reclaimed by another military.
Funny how few in Washington give a thought to how these unfriendly foreigners will affect the American communities where the Muslims will be dumped. No wonder Donald Trump’s Americans first message has caught on.
President Obama wants the U.S. to take 30 percent more refugees next year, top administration officials told Congress on Tuesday, calling for Americans to do more on the world stage at a time when many voters are already balking at the current pace.
The announcement seems designed to boost Mr. Obama’s hand for next week, when he is scheduled to host a summit on the sideline of the U.N. General Assembly, pressing international leaders for action on a global refugee crisis.
At home, however, his refugee target is likely to renew controversy over the ability of the U.S. to absorb newcomers, particularly from countries where vetting is not easy and where terrorist networks have said they want to insert operatives into the refugee stream.
“The common-sense concerns of the American people are simply ignored as the administration expands its reckless and extreme policies,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican and chairman of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on immigration.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry delivered the news to congressional leaders, along with Homeland Security and Health and Human Services officials — part of the official consultation process that must take place before the target can go into effect.
The administration’s target for fiscal year 2017 is 110,000 refugees, up from the 85,000 goal in 2016 and 70,000 in 2015. Just a few weeks ago, the State Department was hinting at a target of 100,000 refugees next year, and it’s not clear why the additional 10,000 were added. Continue reading this article
Robot technology is getting smarter, smaller and cheaper. While this evolution is a growing threat to American jobs in general, the applications for agriculture make immigration truly outdated in that employment category, which is a good thing for this nation.
We know the argument: without largely illegal immigrant workers to pick the crops, food would rot in the fields, so deportations should stop. But even though that prediction never materializes, nevertheless we are told our food supply depends on open borders and welcoming lots of Mexican pickers.
But that dependence does not exist — if it ever did. When a robot weeding machine (Little Oz) can be rented for $300 per month as noted in the article below, that technology definitely makes foreign farm workers an unattractive financial choice for farmers.
Earlier farming robots like the harvester shown below were large and expensive.
Today’s farmbots can be compact and less expensive, putting them within the reach of the small farmer.
As noted in a July New York Times article, the focus of Silicon Valley has moved from social media to smart machines: “The new era centers on artificial intelligence and robots.” Those innovations will have broad applications from industry to the internet of things. Silicon Valley may not be a farmbot center per se, but the technologies created there are being developed elsewhere in different forms.
Given the rapid expansion of agricultural technology, Congress should be considering a winding down of the H-2A ag visas, as well as of immigration in general. When experts forecast that nearly half of American jobs will be taken by robots and software by 2033 as two Oxford University researchers did, then it’s time to get realistic about the world’s automated future.
For starters, Automation makes immigration obsolete.
Washington needs to wake up and smell the software.
Earlier this summer, I took a dive into the world of small farm machines that will soon be crawling farm fields near you. In the sort of thoughtful, enthusiastic reaction that makes any storyteller smile, I was inundated with tips from robot builders, imaginers, investors and watchers from around the world.
Most important, I now know that the global farm robot space is bigger, more intelligent and closer-to-commercialization that I realized. We are perhaps a few short years from a day when you will drive past a farm or walk past a community garden and see a robot working the ground. Continue reading this article
It hasn’t helped that Washington has allowed considerable Muslim immigration into this nation during a time of jihad, specifically the worldwide war of Islam against infidels. Not every Muslim is engaged in that war, but the koran urges all followers to fight the nonbelievers to establish Islamic rule. Our arrogant political leaders apparently think that immigration to America is a right even for historic enemies.
Is Washington deranged? Sane leaders don’t welcome likely enemies inside the gates. As Gorka mentions, the authorities have arrested or killed 110 ISIS jihadists in America in the last two years. Why does the government continue to believe Islam is not the problem?
SEBASTIAN GORKA: Let me start by saying that we need to remember that this Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the longest war the Republic has been engaged in since 1776, and the question I’d like you to ask yourselves is very simply the following: Do you feel today — yourself, your families, your friends — do you feel safer today than you did on September the 10th, 2001?
GORKA: Good, and why is that? You know in your gut, you sense that we are more in danger, more imperiled today than we have ever been, but let’s look at the facts behind your common sense intuition and let me just give you some of the data points that will allow you to understand what it is that really makes us more endangered today. Number one, ISIS is the most powerful modern jihadi organization the world has ever seen. Let me give you the facts from inside President Obama’s own administration.
Two weeks ago he went to the Pentagon for a special meeting on ISIS. At that meeting, the National Counterterrorism Center, which is part of the Director of National Intelligence’s complex, gave him a briefing on ISIS. That map, which was reported in the mainstream media, said that ISIS now has fully operational affiliates in 18 nations around the world. Two years ago that number was seven: in 24 months they’ve more than doubled their global expanse. Not only that, it controls territory in different regions of the world. We focus on Iraq, we focus on Syria, but ISIS has control of territory in Nigeria, Boko Haram territory. There are Taliban leaders in Afghanistan that have sworn allegiance to ISIS, but that sounds very far away. The Middle East, Central Asia — let’s bring it all back home. My wife and I Catherine Gorka published a report one week before San Bernardino on what ISIS is doing in America. You’ll hear much more from Phil (Haney) and others, but let me just give you again the key data points.
Since ISIS declared the caliphate on June 29, 2014, so just over two years ago, here in America we have killed or arrested 110 terrorists linked to ISIS. Not 10 not 50, but 110. One of the most recent being the arrest two weeks ago in Roanoke, Virginia, of an ISIS terrorist. If you look at those arrests and break them down into what they were doing, it gets even more disturbing.
Half of the people we have intercepted are what if the Federal Bureau of Investigation calls travelers, they are US subjects who want to leave America to become jihadis in Iraq or Syria. Twenty percent of them are middle management: they’re recruiters, talent spotters, people buying the tickets for the jihadis to fly to the Middle East. But that leaves more than a third — 38 percent of everybody we have intercepted has sworn allegiance to the new caliph, the new emperor of Islam, and decided that the best way to serve ISIS is to kill infidels here in America. They don’t need to go anywhere; they can go and buy a rifle, 2000 rounds of ammunition, go to the range, practice and then go to a nightclub in Orlando and slaughter 49 Americans. Continue reading this article
And Third Worlders searching for a better life aren’t looking for better recycling opportunities; they come to get lots more stuff, like a bigger fancier car. Any true environmentalist understands that mass immigration to America of whatever legality is a big drain on scarce resources like water, and it increases worldwide pollution. That was essentially the argument of the Sierra Club reformers a decade ago who wanted the organization to return to its earlier stance of immigration restriction, but it turned out that the club was bought out for $100 million in donations with open-borders strings attached.
California will become a petri dish for international efforts to slow global warming under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, forcing one of the world’s largest economies to squeeze into a dramatically smaller carbon footprint.
“What we’re doing here is farsighted, as well as far-reaching,” Brown said at a signing ceremony at Vista Hermosa Natural Park in downtown Los Angeles. “California is doing something that no other state has done.”
The legislation, SB 32, requires the state to slash greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, a much more ambitious target than the previous goal of hitting 1990 levels by 2020.
Cutting emissions will affect nearly all aspects of life in the state — where people live, how they get to work, how their food is produced and where their electricity comes from.
“We’re going to have to make the change about three times as fast as we’ve done so far,” said James Sweeney, director of the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center at Stanford University.
The state has already been ramping up solar power generation, handing out subsidies for drivers to buy electric cars and prodding developers to create denser communities connected to mass transit.
But research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that current policies may get the state only about halfway to the 2030 goal. Right now the state is inching closer to 1990 emissions levels, a target set a decade ago by an earlier law.
That means Californians can expect to feel more of what Brown has called the “coercive power of government.” Businesses will likely face more restrictive rules, and taxpayer and ratepayer money will be needed to subsidize cleaner technologies.
“You name it, we’re going to need it,” said Snuller Price, senior partner at E3, an energy efficiency consulting firm that has worked with state regulators.
Reaching the goal set by SB 32 could be a difficult task in a growing state. California has 38 million people now, with a gross domestic product of almost $2.5 trillion, making it the sixth-largest economy in the world.
By 2030, estimates from the Public Policy Institute of California and the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy show, the state could have 44 million people and an economy of nearly $3.5 trillion, but carbon emissions would need to be dramatically reduced. Continue reading this article
How seriously does Washington take national security as we near the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 jihad attacks against America?
Not so much, it would appear, given that there is still no way for the government to track when or if visitors leave on their temporary visas, which was an important recommendation from the 9/11 Commission, as well as later analysis regarding the immigration enforcement aspect. If a foreigner arrives on a plane or ship, it’s essentially an open borders situation.
It’s odd the Capitol Hill denizens are so unconcerned, since they remain a major target of America’s enemies.
At least five of the Sept. 11 hijackers exploited a glaring hole in visa security to stay in the U.S. beyond their time — allowing them to board the planes and conduct their murderous attack. Fifteen years later, and despite a clear consensus on the need for improvement, that gaping hole remains.
“In too many cases that’s still happening — they come in legally, but we don’t know if they’ve left, and if they haven’t left, we don’t know where they are,” said Tom Kean, former governor of New Jersey and chairman of the 9/11 Commission that looked into the 2001 attack and crafted a long list of changes to put homeland security on firmer footing.
“That is probably the most important unfulfilled recommendation,” Mr. Kean told reporters this week ahead of the commemoration of the attack that ushered in the current war-on-terrorism era.
It’s also a key part of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s immigration plan going forward.
“For years Congress has required biometric entry-exit visa tracking systems, but it has never been completed. The politicians are all talk, no action — never happens,” he last week in laying out his plans. “Hillary Clinton, all talk. Unfortunately, when there is action, it’s always the wrong decision. You ever notice? In my administration we will ensure that this system is in place. And, I will tell you, it will be on land, it will be on sea, it will be in air. We will have a proper tracking system.” Continue reading this article
Saturday’s Fresno jailhouse shooting of two unarmed deputies by Laotian Thong Vang (pictured) has shined a light once again (!) on reprobate countries that refuse to accept their deported illegal alien criminals. Tools exist to help the State Department to convince recalcitrant nations to take back their bums, including the ability to block foreign aid or deny visas, but State doesn’t want to ruffle any foreign feathers. Public safety for Americans is not a priority for the executive branch of the federal government.
The recent crime in Fresno went down like this (from Breitbart):
Just after 8:30 am on Saturday morning, [Laotian Thong] Vang was seen trying to cut the visitor’s line in the lobby of the Fresno County jail and began acting agitated, showing “bizarre behavior” and pacing in the vicinity of a secure area when experienced officer Davila confronted him. The AP reported that the facility is guarded by unarmed officers and that visitors must pass through metal detectors to get to secure areas.
Sheriff Mims stated that Davila confronted Vang. Vang then pulled a gun from his clothing and began shooting. Scanlan then also responded to the scene and was shot. An estimated 15 adult and child bystanders fled, according to the AP.
It was such a shocking crime at the time that even the New York Times reported about it, although with its usual camouflage about diversity. The first mention occurred in paragraph #13, but the Times had to immediately balance the word “Mongolian” with a balancing note about a white gang that wasn’t accused of any time.
. . . Woven into Fresno’s subculture are gangs, and the police report on the attack linked some suspects with one called the Mongolian Boys Society. There are a multitude of ethnic gangs here, including a white supremacist gang called the Peckerwoods. Experts on gangs say that the reasons for the high gang activity include Fresno County’s 16.6-percent unemployment rate, largely attributable to a lack of manufacturing jobs and the seasonal nature of the region’s No. 1 industry, agriculture.
In fact, Ann Coulter used the Times’ diversity-defending report as a central part of her media analysis in Adios, America! in a chapter titled, “SPOT THE IMMIGRANT! Case No. 1, Fresno, California.” You can read that chapter in the Google Books file of the book.
Back to the main topic here (non-acceptance of deportees), the upshot about the perp Vang is that he was a very dangerous man who was sentenced to only 19 years in prison and served 16 for crimes of kidnapping and gang-rape of minor girls, and yet the feds apparently did not try hard to get him out of this country. Instead, because of the 2001 Supreme Court decision Zadvydas v. Davis, the government is prevented from detaining an illegal alien beyond his sentence length (with six months wiggle room) if his birth-nation will not take him back. However the United States has legal means to turn the screws on these irresponsible countries, but the Democrat executive branch won’t use them.
There are other cases of deportation rejects going on to commit preventable heinous crimes, for example:
The convicted rapist who shot two corrections officers in Fresno, Calif., last week was an illegal immigrant who was only in the U.S. because his homeland refused to take him, federal officials confirmed Wednesday.
Thong Vang, a 37-year-old Laotian national who completed a 16-year rape sentence two years ago and was slated for deportation, instead was freed when Laotian officials did not respond to a request by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to assist in his removal.
“When Laotian officials failed to respond to that request, ICE released Mr. Vang in December, 2014 due to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Zadvydas v. Davis,” ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said. The ruling Kice cited held that immigrants under order of deportation but whom no other country will accept may not be held indefinitely, absent special circumstances. Last year, 3,735 illegal immigrant criminals from Laos were ordered deported but instead freed when the country refused to cooperate.
“This is another horrifying example of the consequences of failing to push the issue of deportations with uncooperative countries,” said Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies for the Center for Immigration Studies. “Laos has been a problem for many years, and there are more than 3,700 criminals still here as a result, but still the State Department has not lifted a finger to take action against that government. Instead, they keep issuing visas – they gave out more than 11,000 temporary visas in the last five years in Laos, despite the requirement in federal law that they impose visa sanctions on countries that won’t take back their citizens.”
Vaughan said she hopes the wounded officers will recover, and that they and Fresno County officials will ask the federal government for an explanation for why nothing has been done about this problem, and call for action before others are hurt.
By contrast, some 67,792 Mexican nationals slated for removal could not be deported and nearly 29,000 Cubans were also freed after deportation failed. Continue reading this article
PARIS — A criminal terrorist investigation has been opened in Paris following the discovery of a car parked near Notre Dame Cathedral with seven gas canisters and pages written in Arabic inside, prosecutors said.
The Paris prosecutor’s office revealed Wednesday that a couple it described as radicalized – a 34-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman – was arrested a day earlier and transferred to Paris to be questioned in the case.
The car found near the famous cathedral on Sunday morning had its license plates removed and hazard lights on. That evening, its owner went to the police to report that his radicalized daughter was missing but without saying his car had also disappeared, the prosecutor’s office said. Continue reading this article
Music instruction appears to accelerate brain development in young children, particularly in the areas of the brain responsible for processing sound, language development, speech perception and reading skills, according to initial results of a five-year study by USC neuroscientists.
When music class begins this week at Toronto’s Donwood Park elementary school, Mohammad Nouman Dasu will send a family member to collect his three young children. They will go home for an hour rather than sing and play instruments – a mandatory part of the Ontario curriculum he believes violates his Muslim faith.
The Scarborough school and the Toronto District School Board originally had offered an accommodation – suggesting students could just clap their hands in place of playing instruments or listen to acapella versions of O Canada – but not a full exemption from the class.
After a bitter three-year fight, however, Mr. Dasu felt he had no other opton but to bring his kids home.
According to documents obtained by The Globe and Mail, some parents insist they cannot allow their children to be in the same room where musical instruments are being played. Mr. Dasu, a Koran teacher who sometimes leads prayers at Scarborough’s Jame Abu Bakr Siddique mosque, says he has led the fight on behalf of parents. He has consulted with national Islamic bodies, and requested a letter from the leader of his mosque. Continue reading this article
Generac Power Systems, which shifted some of its work from abroad, can now make an alternator with one worker in the time it took four workers in China. Above, an employee at its Whitewater, Wis., plant.
Imagine it’s 2030, and it’s nearing time to eat dinner.
You text a grocery store where your order is taken for a pound of ground beef, a box of Hamburger Helper and maybe some lettuce and tomatoes for a salad. Possibly you want to fancy it up with a bottle of cabernet. The beef was butchered and packaged by a machine. Robots picked and processed the grapes, which where then bottled and shipped to a market by automation.
A driverless car, or possibly a drone aircraft, delivers the goods to your front door. You never see a person from the text-to-your-doorstep process.
There are maybe four or five jobs currently associated with that scene: From the grocery store clerk, to the produce person to the butcher who packaged the beef and the winery were the grapes were picked.
All those jobs could vanish in the years ahead as technology moves at lightening speed to make our lives easier. It’s hard to imagine one area, maybe motherhood excepted, where humans couldn’t be replaced by automation or at least significantly affected by technologies.
According to the latest employment stats from Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity, Brevard had 202,400 (not seasonably adjusted) jobs in July. Most of those jobs were concentrated in areas like “good producing,” which includes manufacturing and assembly; services, such as retail, and also leisure and hospitality.
“I’d say almost all jobs are in some jeopardy, including many white-collar positions that were previously sheltered from automation,” said Scott Tilley, a professor in the Department of Engineering Systems at the Florida Institute of Technology and president of the Big Data Florida user group.
“On the hardware side, robots are becoming increasingly adept at mimicking human movement,” Tilley said. “This means they can interact with people much easier than before. On the software side, artificial intelligence – coupled with big data analytics and cloud computing – are making programs and the robots that use the AI software much ‘smarter’ in the sense that they can act autonomously. These programs will only get better — and it won’t take eons for them to evolve like we did.” Continue reading this article
Britain is beginning to understand the prisons supply easily drafted foot-soldiers for Islam: prisoners may like the message that their violent urges can be rechanneled into fighting for allah and in that case the blood-letting is noble according to the jihad code. Richard Reid, the shoe bomber, is one example of prison conversion.
Islam prison ministries are a problem in the United States also, as shown by the case of Alton Nolen, the loser convict who converted to Islam in prison and went on to behead a 54-year-old woman in the Oklahoma business that had fired him. He had been pestering co-workers to convert to Islam, and according to the Koran, Muslims are entitled to kill infidels if they refuse the invitation. That was Osama bin Laden’s excuse: he had invited America to come to allah, and when we refused, he felt authorized to murder thousands on 9/11.
Alton Nolen, below, beheaded Colleen Hufford as a result of his prison conversion to Islam.
The UK has learned that jihad recruiters need to be isolated from the general population in prisons — has the US figured that out that simple trick to prevent Islamization?
DOUG McKELWAY: Officials in England are joining counterparts in other European countries and taking radical Islamic prisoners out of the ranks of the general prison population in many facilities. It all has to do with radicalization, and it is a problem in this country as well. Correspondent Benjamin Hall explains tonight from London.
BENJAMIN HALL: Prisons in the UK have been called jihadi training camps as new government research shows the extent of Islamic radicalization. In terror attack after terror attack across Europe, one thing has been constant: many of the attackers were radicalized behind bars. They went in as petty criminals they came out as terrorists. One reformed jihadi explain why prison is such a target for radical Muslims.
ADAM DEEN: What makes a good recruit is someone that is already disenfranchised, someone who is anti-establishment, who holds holds some kind of resentment.
In 2007, four school friends were hanging out and listening to music in a schoolyard in Newark, and three were hacked by machetes and shot to death by a gang of hispanics. One of the attackers, Jose Carranza, was an illegal alien Peruvian out on bail (!) after being arrested for repeatedly raping a 5-year-old girl. Newark is a sanctuary city.
Donald Trump sought to sell Americans on his tough approach to immigration on Friday, meeting in Philadelphia with the family of a woman who was killed in a 2007 shooting that involved people who came to the United States illegally.
Trump this week unveiled a hardline immigration plan that emphasized deporting illegal immigrants who commit crimes. His plan was cheered by other immigration critics, but some Hispanic backers and moderate Republicans felt it lacked compassion toward millions of people in the United States illegally.
Trump often points to examples of people hurt by illegal immigrants to defend his tough positions, which include building a wall at the border with Mexico, though some studies have found immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes.
On Friday, he met with the family of Iofemi Hightower, who was 20 years old when she and two others were killed in a schoolyard in Newark, New Jersey. Continue reading this article
The cost of these machines is cheap — only $7 per hour rental with no extra employer payments for FICA and Social Security. The money quote: “robots could be a big cost savings to their clients — and may replace many human guards.”
William Santana Li imagines a future where robots will keep Americans safe.
Communities, he dreams, will take security into their own hands by investing in wheeled machines that patrol streets, sidewalks and schools — instantly alerting residents via a mobile app of intruders or criminal behavior.
“What if we could crowd-source security?” said Li, co-founder and chief executive of a robotics company, Knightscope, that hopes to eventually do just that.
His question is like many posed by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs seeking to modernize, privatize and monetize services once entrusted to the government — and it’s one that has intrigued venture capitalists who have pumped $14 million into his start-up.
Already, Knightscope robots are edging into the private security industry, patrolling parking lots, a shopping center and corporate campuses in California. The company’s ambitions, though, are much bigger.
Knightscope manufactures two robots — the five-foot tall K5 and the four-foot K3. Both weigh a hefty 300 pounds (they were designed to make it hard to tip over). Customers such as the Stanford Shopping Center, Qualcomm and Uber rent them starting at about $7 an hour (Knightscope, based in Mountain View, Calif., charges more if companies want extra services, such as more than two weeks of data storage). Continue reading this article
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