The usual suspects performed the standard whine on behalf of lawbreaking foreigners in Los Angeles on Friday. Archbishop Jose Gomez led an interfaith gaggle of liberal religious robe-a-dopes in a vigil for the long-suffering foreigners who have come to steal American jobs and grab other freebies.
In spite of facts, the religious amnesty hacks blather bromides and beg for the deliverance of thieves. Archbishop Gomez (born Mexican) said the undocs “need justice” aka amnesty, but genuine justice would mean legal protections for America’s forgotten workers who bear the brunt of illegals ruining the job market.
Several of Southern California’s most prominent religious leaders gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Friday in a vigil for immigration reform, underscoring a growing interfaith effort to change the nation’s immigration laws.
Undocumented immigrants “need mercy and they need justice,” said Archbishop Jose Gomez, welcoming an array of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders to the vigil, held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
Gomez, who has made changing immigration laws a hallmark of his three-year tenure leading the L.A. archdiocese, described current laws as “totally broken” and said they were unfairly punishing families and children.
“These are human souls, not statistics. These are children of God, we cannot be indifferent to their suffering,” he said.
While the audience was sparse — with only a few dozen people in attnendance to hear prayers for compassion along with repeated calls for President Obama to act — the religious leaders on hand, from each of the three main Abrahamic traditions, represented a burgeoning interfaith push in the L.A. area for immigration reform. Continue reading this article
Apparently Rogers thinks the administration is too weak in combating America’s al Qaeda enemies.
Does Rogers think he can bring attention to national security matters with a radio show more effectively than by being the top intelligence Congressman? He hinted as much when he sat down for an interview with Time magazine recently:
The retiring House Intelligence Committee chief tells TIME that Obama is leaving terrorists “on the battlefield,” and explains his charge that Edward Snowden is “under the influence” of Russia’s security service
TIME: You just held yet another hearing on Benghazi, this one featuring former deputy CIA director Michael Morell. So much has been said about that night already — did you really take away anything new?
ROGERS: The takeaway is that the CIA had all the relevant information. There was confusion in the day or day after the attack, but it started to gel that this was an al-Qaeda extremist event — yet the narrative of the Administration never changed.
Isn’t one reason the Benghazi debate never ends that people disagree about whether it’s correct to call it an “al-Qaeda event”? Even if people with al-Qaeda connections were involved, that doesn’t mean it was planned and organized by core al-Qaeda leaders. Which is what the New York Times reported in December.
That all went out the window today when the deputy director of the CIA said that the reason he removed references to al-Qaeda from the talking points was because they had sources that said al-Qaeda participated in the event, and in their mind they didn’t want to disclose those sources.
We have numerous people that we know participated in the Benghazi attacks affiliated with al-Qaeda that are still on the battlefield. We have the capacity to get them but there’s no planning to get them. We have other serious al-Qaeda threats that normally we would take off the battlefield, but because of this Administration’s more kinder, gentler approach we have not done that.
What do you mean by a “kinder, gentler” approach? Is that because the pace of drone strikes seems to have slowed?
I’m not allowed to talk about specific programs. But I can tell you that there are ways that we have taken people off the battlefield that have been disruptive to their ability to plan operations, and there are cases where we are no longer doing that.
And if you have serious al-Qaeda players remaining on the battlefield because of bureaucracy created here, that’s a problem. We know from the 9/11 Commission that once nothing happened after the U.S.S. Cole was bombed in 2000, the psychology of that empowered al-Qaeda and led them to do bigger and bolder things. Which led to 9/11.
The old slogan is that Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive, and that al-Qaeda core is going away. Which is inconsistent with the facts that we know. And it concerns me that it is translated into policy. If you tell everybody that works for you that al-Qaeda’s not that big a threat, well, guess what? Their decisions will reflect that.
You get classified briefings. Apart from al-Qaeda, what worries you the most?
Oh, which one? Cyber is the biggest national-security threat I’ve ever seen, one that we’re not prepared to deal with. Disengaging the size and scope of our military has sent a pretty awful message — it has said to countries they can invade their neighbors without fear of retribution. Radiological material, black-market issues around the world. Iran’s interest in getting a nuclear weapon. Continue reading this article
In the recent French elections, the National Front took over the political leadership of several towns, and Marine Le Pen announced that schools in those places would return to the custom of serving pork, and kids could eat it or not.
Why do schools have to provide special food for finicky or religious kiddies at all? Changing to bring-your-own lunches would solve a raft of conflicts, plus the taxpayer would not be charged for a cost that should be on the parents. The care and feeding of children was earlier thought to be a responsibility of the family, but in America liberal forces have successfully transferred that task to the government.
School cafeterias will stop serving non-pork options to children in towns won by the far-right National Front party in local elections last week, its leader Marine Le Pen told media on Friday.
Le Pen reignited a longstanding controversy on Friday when she told a French radio station that in towns won by the party’s candidates school cafeterias will no longer serve non-pork substitution meals, which generally go to Muslim and Jewish children.
“We will accept no religious requirements in the school lunch menus,” Le Pen told RTL radio. “There is no reason for religion to enter into the public sphere.”
Le Pen’s anti-immigrant party made historic gains in last week’s municipal elections when it landed 11 mayorships, which was seen as a significant electoral breakthrough for the party.
The question of France asserting its traditional values among its growing Muslim population has been a key issue for the National Front and school dinners being used as a political football in France is nothing new.
In March 2013 the school in the village of Arveyres in the Gironde region of south-west France stopped offering an alternative meal for children who did not eat pork, which is forbidden under Jewish and Muslim dietary laws.
Around 30 of the 180 children had up until then been offered a substitute meat when pork was on the menu, France’s TF1 television reported.
It’s funny how foreigners will cross boiling hot deserts to reach America, but once here, they avoid Americans like the plague and gather in ethnic enclaves where they erase the United States as much as possible. In some balkanized locales of extreme hispanicity, like Miami, learning to speak English is not necessary and the foreigners can live their entire lives speaking Spanish only.
Anyway, in Mexifornia’s capital city of Lost Angeles, the ethnic boosters want their little strips of stores and restaurants designated as non-American zones of ethnic specialness. One flack expressed his race dream this way: “We’re coming here to help and build a bigger identity. . . for all Latinos.”
Of course, if the hispanics self-deported, er returned to the beloved homelands, they could experience 100 percent national raza identity all day every day. Just a thought…
Below, the proposed map of hispanic mini-territories.
They want to emulate what Asians have done with the likes of Chinatown and Little Tokyo. Proposed communities include Peru Village, Little Venezuela and Paseo Colombia.
Dassler Jimenez stood on a busy stretch of Western Avenue in East Hollywood, ready to plant a flag and call it “Little Venezuela.”
Never mind that none of his countrymen live or own businesses in the neighborhood — or the fact that Jimenez has no money to finance the effort and little clue how to make it happen.
“If the Armenians and the Koreans did it,” Jimenez said, “why can’t we?”
Jimenez and other Latino leaders have teamed up to promote a common goal: carving out islands for their communities in Los Angeles’ jumbled landscape — Peru Village, Little Venezuela, Paseo Colombia, Guatemalan Mayan Village, Oaxacan Corridor.
Together, they want to emulate what Asians did with Thai Town, Little Tokyo, Filipino Town and Little Bangladesh. Together, they’re also hoping to keep Koreatown expansion at bay.
The Latino Economic Empowerment Round Table gathers monthly to strategize about boundaries, city requirements and ways to win favor with neighborhood councils, consulates and elected officials.
“This is us uniting and saying, ‘Hey, we contribute. We belong,’ ” said Milagros Lizarraga, leader of the Peru Village effort. “It’s time we are all recognized.”
The area Jimenez wants to transform — along Western from Santa Monica Boulevard south to Beverly Boulevard — is currently lined with budget furniture stores, pot shops and Thai massage parlors. “For lease” signs hang from at least a dozen storefronts.
He looks past the littered sidewalks to the hills of Griffith Park. They remind him of his native Caracas.
All along Western, Jimenez pictures Venezuelan restaurants and shops, murals and banners, a big Catholic church and a lively bar. He wants to turn a vacant store next to the Smart & Final into a community center called Casa Venezuela.
Are young folks still piling into law school, hoping for a steady career with good money?
Maybe that’s not such a good idea, since computer software designers are applying the Artificial Intelligence lessons learned from Watson (IBM’s Jeopardy champ) to the legal trade.
Watson showed the confluence of mega-memory (four terabytes), zippy search in the TV quiz show format and AI successfully interpreting the often meandering questions that are part of the Jeopardy charm.
Now imagine that brain power focused on legal research. Fewer lawyers will be employed in the not-so-distant future as a result.
The lawyers of the future may be less J.D. than R2D2.
The law profession is being reshaped by new automation technologies that allow law firms to complete legal work in a fraction of the time and with far less manpower. Think IBM’s “Jeopardy!”-winning computer Watson — practicing law.
“Watson the lawyer is coming,” said Ralph Losey, a legal technology expert at the law firm Jackson Lewis. “He won’t come up with the creative solutions, but when it comes to the regular games that lawyers play, he’ll kill them.”
That means potentially huge cost savings for clients, though it’s not so promising for law school graduates looking for work.
The good news for lawyers is that no one thinks the profession can be automated entirely. But lots of legal work is already being computerized by some firms, including the drafting of simple contracts and the search for evidence in reams of documents.
Winston & Strawn is among the law firms that have adopted legal review technology known as predictive coding. Lawyers mark up relevant information in a subset of documents and feed that to a computer program that uses it as a basis for analyzing the entire data set. The software then surfaces potentially relevant evidence for review by lawyers.
In a recent study, the firm found that its software was more effective than human reviewers in surfacing relevant documents, and helped it complete the review process in about a third of the time. Continue reading this article
CBN reporter Dale Hurd recently visited the socialist multicultural utopia to see how all the imported diversity is working out.
Not so well, it appears.
Could it be that not all cultures are equal or compatible? Sweden has been particularly stubborn in avoiding the obvious truth that knuckle-dragger Islamic tribes should be left in their own locales to sort out their issues.
But saying political correctness is strong among Swedes is an understatement: the fear of discussing anything controversial, particularly diverse immigration, is extreme, despite the Muslim rape wave. Aren’t women’s rights and safety supposed to be important to liberals?
Swedes are so silenced by PC, self-censorship and fear of being called racist that Somali refugee Amun Abdullahi (pictured) who tried unsuccessfully to report on jihad went back home to Mogadishu in disappointment.
Diverse liberalism is poison; Sweden is but one example. The national experience also shows what a mistake Muslim immigration is for any western society.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden — When President Barack Obama visited Sweden last year, he expressed his deep admiration for the Swedish model. But that should make Americans a little nervous.
One U.N. report says Sweden will be a third-world nation in about 15 years, below Libya and Bulgaria. Sweden is a society that believes it is racing into the future, but critics warn that it is racing to the bottom.
It has been a laboratory for all kinds of social experiments: Swedish leaders are trying to build the perfect society.
The country has been compared to two nations that also tried to build perfect societies: North Korea and the Soviet Union.
In Sweden, if you don’t like how utopia is being built, you won’t be shot like in North Korea, but your life could become very unpleasant, very quickly.
A Perfect Society? A YouTube video shows a journalist from one of Sweden’s leading tabloids, Expressen, confronting a Swede at his home.
The man, a professor, made what he thought were anonymous negative comments on a website about immigrant problems in Sweden.
But left-wing hackers helped the newspaper track him and others like him down so they could be exposed before the whole nation as racists. Another man, a manager, was fired because of it.
Sweden’s leftist establishment and media believe a cornerstone of their perfect society is multiculturalism: large scale immigration from some of the poorest, most backward nations on earth. Swedes who disagree with that plan risk being labeled racist, fascist, even Nazi.
“Immigration is the starting point and the finishing point. It’s the most important point to prove you’re friendly toward foreigners, you’re friendly toward immigration,” Danish journalist Mikael Jalving, author of the book Absolut Sweden, said.
“It’s all about whether you can be said to be hostile to immigration. Once that is ‘proven,’ you’re out of the game. Once you’re ‘proven’ to be a racist or fascist or nationalist, which is almost as bad, you cannot have any legitimate positions or points of view,” he explained. Continue reading this article
America’s sovereignty defender explained to dim Democrats in the Senate why screening out illegal aliens is vital to protect citizens from being displaced in jobs by cheap foreign workers who don’t mind being exploited.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke on the Senate floor last night about his E-Verify amendment to the unemployment bill. Sessions’ remarks, as prepared, follow:
“Madam President, we are in the midst of a debate about extending unemployment insurance for millions of Americans who have been out of work for a long time.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of Americans who want to work but have stopped searching is 3.1 million. Over 91 million Americans are outside of the labor force entirely. According to a recent report in CNN Money:
‘Only about 63% of Americans over the age of 16 participate in the job market—meaning they either have a job or are looking for one. That’s nearly the lowest level since 1978, driven partly by Baby Boomers retiring, but also by workers who had simply given up hope after long and fruitless job searches.’
Yet, at the same time, this administration has engaged in a systematic dismantling of the protections our immigration laws afford American workers, producing lower wages and higher unemployment. In fact, our review of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s published statistics for 2013 reveals that under the guise of setting ‘priorities,’ the administration has determined that almost anyone in the world who can enter the United States is free to illegally live, work and claim benefits here as long as they are not caught committing a felony or other serious crime. This applies not only to those who unlawfully entered through the border, but also those who enter on a legal visa and then don’t leave when that visa expires.
The President and members of Congress are arguing for an historic surge in legal immigration. The White House preposterously claims that an influx of new, mostly lesser-skilled workers will raise wages, a conclusion not supported by any credible academic evidence or even CBO’s own report on the massive Senate comprehensive immigration bill. The CBO concluded that the bill would add 46 million mostly lesser-skilled legal immigrants by 2033 and that average wages would fall for a dozen years if it became law. And now the House is considering various proposals to bring in hundreds of thousands of guest workers.
Dr. George Borjas at Harvard has found that high immigration levels from 1980 to 2000 resulted in a 7.4% drop in wages for American workers without a high school degree—or almost $250 a month. There is a reason why workers earning $30,000 support a reduction in net immigration levels by a three to one margin.
Average household income has fallen steadily since 1999 and only 59% of U.S. adults are now working. Many African-American youths looking for work cannot find a job. We don’t have a shortage of workers in this country—we have a shortage of jobs. Continue reading this article
Your tax dollars at work. As noted in the chart below from the LAUSD 2013-14 fact sheet, approximately 80 percent of district students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, so the taxpayer is dinged for the appalling waste of food.
Since 73 percent of the LAUSD enrollment is hispanic, the taxpayer cost of feeding so many must be understood as yet another expense of importing millions of the world’s poor via a suicidal immigration policy.
Not that the LA Times article would mention the I-word in a story about schools, but the piece does show what a mess it becomes when federal mandates for the subsidized food include requirements for healthy chow, in part because of Michelle Obama’s nutrition hobby. The 2010 child nutrition law (a $4.5 billion measure) provided more money to poor areas to subsidize free meals and requires schools to abide by health guidelines.
Schools have become feeding stations, with breakfast and dinner in addition to lunch being provided in several states.
The massive amount of food dumped into the trash shows that the diverse students aren’t starving to death in poverty, as liberals argue, but are spoiled kids who regard free-to-them meals as an entitlement, an attitude they likely got from their parents.
Federal rules require students to take at least three items each day, but an L.A. Unified manager wants to change the policy to reduce the $100,000 in food thrown away daily.
It’s lunchtime at Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles, but 16-year-old Parrish Jackson has barely touched her turkey burger and apricots.
She’s dumping them into the trash can.
The apricots are “sour,” the junior says. The meat is “nasty.” If it were up to her, she would just have taken the potato wedges — they’re close enough to fries — then headed to the student store to fuel up on hot Cheetos and juice.
And so it goes on hundreds of campuses in Los Angeles Unified, the nation’s second-largest school system, which serves 650,000 meals a day. Students throw out at least $100,000 worth of food a day — and probably far more, according to estimates by David Binkle, the district’s food services director. That amounts to $18 million a year — based on a conservative estimate of 10% food waste — which Binkle says would be far better spent on higher-quality items, such as strawberries or watermelon.
But under federal school meal rules finalized in 2012, Parrish and other students must take at least three items — including one fruit or vegetable — even if they don’t want them. Otherwise, the federal government won’t reimburse school districts for the meals. Continue reading this article
“The preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that immigration enforcement in America has collapsed. Even those with criminal convictions are being released. DHS is a department in crisis. Secretary Johnson must reject the President’s demands to weaken enforcement further and tell him that his duty, and his officers’ duty, is to enforce the law—not break it. As Homeland Secretary, Mr. Johnson is tasked with ensuring the public safety and the rule of law. But Secretary Johnson is not meeting these duties.
American citizens have a legal and moral right to the protections our immigration laws afford—at the border, the interior and the workplace. The Administration has stripped these protections and adopted a government policy that encourages new arrivals to enter illegally or overstay visas by advertising immunity from future enforcement. Comments from top Administration officials, such as Attorney General Holder’s claim that amnesty is a civil right, or Vice President Biden’s claim that those here illegally are all U.S. citizens (apparently including someone whose visa expired yesterday), demonstrate the Administration’s increasing belief in an open borders policy the American public has always rejected.
The Administration’s lawless policies have not only impaired public safety but increased economic suffering for millions of vulnerable Americans by depriving them of their jobs and wages.
Unfortunately, Congressional Democrats continue to empower this lawlessness. Republicans must work to end it.”
Fox News’ Neil Cavuto discussed the failure to protect the American people with a front-line officer, Chief Deputy Steve Henry of Arizona’s Pinal County, which doesn’t even front the border but is nevertheless highly plagued by alien lawlessness.
Summary A review of internal ICE metrics for 2013 reveals that hundreds of thousands of deportable aliens who were identified in the interior of the country were released instead of removed under the administration’s sweeping “prosecutorial discretion” guidelines. In 2013, ICE reported 722,000 encounters with potentially deportable aliens, most of whom came to their attention after incarceration for a local arrest. Yet ICE officials followed through with immigration charges for only 195,000 of these aliens, only about one-fourth. According to ICE personnel, the vast majority of these releases occurred because of current policies that shield most illegal aliens from enforcement, not because the aliens turned out to have legal status or were qualified to stay in the United States. Continue reading this article
When diverse foreigners move en masse into a community, cultural conflicts can show up in zoning disputes. Newbies may think American freedom includes using quiet residential neighborhoods for activities like opening a mosque or running a birth tourism hotel.
In Fairfax County Virginia, neighborhoods are suffering from overpopulation of cars and humans, as well as misplaced entrepreneurship. Naturally, when citizens complain, the foreigners say they are victims of meanie American racism.
The Washington Post article curiously puts the juiciest example last, so I cut to the chase…
Increased vigilance in Fairfax County over housing-code violations is stirring uneasy tension in some neighborhoods where residents — often recently arrived immigrants — are crowding into single-family houses or running unlicensed businesses from their back yards.
Annoyed neighbors increasingly are utilizing a county system that allows them to e-mail or phone in complaints about various concerns, such as parked cars crowding driveways and side streets or unkempt yards loaded with work materials.
[. . .]
Mohammed J. Abdlazez was less charitable about the eight inspections conducted at his house since 2009. County officials were called about the used-car business that Abdlazez, an immigrant from Jordan, conducts from his front yard. He openly admits the business is unlicensed, but he does not understand what the fuss is about.
“We are nine people inside this house. I have to feed my children,” Abdlazez said. “Why are they picking on me? Because of my name.”
Abdlazez jumped behind the wheel of a BMW sport-utility vehicle he is trying to sell and offered a visitor his own tour of the neighborhood, in the Alexandria section of Fairfax. He pointed out house after house with several cars parked in the driveway.
“Look at this one with five cars — one, two, three, four, five,” he said, voice rising. “If you’re going to give me a ticket, why not give that guy a ticket? Give everybody a ticket, not just me!”
Perhaps the bean-counters have held back because seeing “Arab” or some version thereof as a choice on Census forms might cause the little citizens to notice immigration-caused Middle Eastern diversity is growing like bacteria on a petri dish.
So the switch would be a step forward. Arabs are not white, and it is unfair and inaccurate to pretend that headchopper Saudis are the same tribe as white Americans.
At the same time, there’s no mention of religion to refine the proposed Middle East/Arab category, and Christians from the Middle East are not the potential enemies that hostile Muslims are.
The seriously bad news is the growth of the Arab population in America, which one must assume is largely Muslim. America should end Muslim immigration immediately on the basis of culture, history and national security.
Organizations representing people of Middle Eastern and North African descent are asking the Census Bureau to add a new ethnic category on forms. People of this heritage are now categorized as “white,” a decades-old practice advocacy groups say is inaccurate.
“When immigrants come here they’re very confused by American race classifications,” said Helen Hatab Samhan, former executive director of the Arab American Institute Foundation. “They don’t necessarily relate to them, and they don’t know where they fit.”
A coalition of groups and individuals—including the Arab American Institute Foundation—sent a letter to the Census Bureau last summer that asked for a separate “Middle East/North Africa” ethnic category.
People of Middle Eastern and North African descent have historically identified themselves as white on census forms. But during the 2010 census, activists launched a campaign that urged people to check “some other race” on the form and write in their ancestry. The campaign’s slogan was: “Check it right; you ain’t white!”
The Census Bureau is already looking at big changes to its form. One proposal would create a combined race and ethnicity question in which people would be offered all the race and Hispanic options in one place. Census data are vital to determining everything from how congressional districts are drawn to $400 billion in federal aid programs and enforcement of civil rights laws.
“We’re trying to develop a (race and ethnicity) question that satisfies everyone,” said Roberto Ramirez, a Census official who discussed the issue on a recent visit to the Pew Research Center. “It’s a very political endeavor. It always has been.”
Census officials say they are interested in further researching the Middle East/North Africa designation (also called MENA), and community leaders are optimistic the bureau will test a new ethnic category before the 2020 population count. Samhan said a meeting last week between Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson and groups asking for the new category included discussions about how to proceed with research. Continue reading this article
A corner of southern Crowdifornia arrived at an undesirable milestone in 2013, when Los Angeles County became the most populous county in America with an even 10 million souls as of last July.
The LA Times tippy-toed around in its coverage, not being too boosterish though crowdiness is good for business. The paper probably didn’t want to anger the little readers who mostly don’t like extreme density and must deal with traffic, crappy schools and diversity. The article barely mentioned the cause of all the growth — immigration of varying legality run amok.
The Census’ Quick Facts section has some fascinating nuggets. Foreign-born persons amounted to 35 percent of LA County residents, although among those above age five, 58 percent speak a language other than English at home. Hispanics are 48 percent of inhabitants.
For those who celebrate diversity, Los Angeles County has lots of it. For others, recent decades have not been kind to a once spectacular city.
The population of Los Angeles County has edged past 10 million — a new high for the most populous county in the United States, according to just-released estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
As of July, the county was estimated to have a whopping 10,017,068 residents. That’s nearly twice as many as the next largest: Cook County in Illinois, which had an estimated 5,240,700 people.
Though Los Angeles has the biggest population by far, it isn’t among the fastest growing counties in the U.S., many of which are in oil- and gas-producing areas in and around the Great Plains.
While such rapidly growing counties boosted their populations by 4% or more, Los Angeles County grew less than 0.7% in population between July 2012 and July 2013, according to the new estimates.
Part of what prodded Los Angeles County past the 10-million mark was an influx of people from abroad.
Compared with other counties across the country, Los Angeles County had the highest net number of international migrants between 2012 and 2013 — 39,000 people — compared with 32,000 in Florida’s Miami-Dade County and 24,000 in New York’s Queens County, according to the Census Bureau estimates.
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