Psychiatrist Keith Ablow: Obama Seeks Power in Division

It’s not exactly news that President Obama uses race and other tribalisms to divide Americans into antagonistic groups for political reasons. As the first black president, he could have been a uniter by stressing what all Americans share, but he has instead used every opportunity to go the other way.

Psychiatrist Keith Ablow delved a little deeper in analysis when he appeared with Lou Dobbs on Monday. They discussed attention deficit disorder for a couple minutes, then went to Obama:

ABLOW: You either build a bridge and you talk about the commonality of man, or you use rhetoric designed to polarize people.

This president is a polarizing president who finds his power when people are separate from each other. When there is fighting between them, he is the one he hopes they will turn to because when people aren’t united, they tend to want direction. This president never loses an opportunity to remind people that they need direction, that they don’t know what their hearts are.

DOBBS: You just said something that I find revelatory and powerful in its in its obvious truth. He finds his power in division. . .

ABLOW: He divides Americans from themselves. He cleaves people right down the middle, even individuals. He says “Look, you’re American,” but that’s also a bad thing so you should hate yourself a little bit because he doesn’t have regard for us.

If people “want direction” it is often because politicians like Obama have confused them on purpose. The left presses hard on oddball social issues like same-sex marriage and flexible gender identity that undermine the traditional meaning of basic institutions.

Confusion is a weapon. Politicians like the President use it to make the general public disoriented so they will withdraw and leave only the activists engaged and voting. The practice is another example of Obama’s Alinsky values and strategy.

Pope Bashes Borders and Berettas

Pope Francis has had quite the liberal week with his outspoken comments against national sovereignty and firearms.

Last Wednesday the catholic monarch complained that Europe was insufficiently welcoming to the people of Africa (population 1 billion) and beyond who are invading by the thousands. (One estimate is over 130,000 illegals have arrived uninvited to Europe so far this year.)

Below, the anti-borders pope visited the Italian island of Lampedusa in 2013 to “highlight the suffering of migrants.” The island has been overrun with African illegal aliens because of its proximity to Tunisia and Libya.

Pope criticizes nations that close doors to migrants, Reuters, June 17, 2015

Pope Francis on Wednesday called for respect for migrants and suggested that “people and institutions” who close doors to them should seek forgiveness from God.

The pope’s appeal, made at the end of his weekly general audience, came amid growing debate in Europe on how to deal with an immigrant crisis that has included clashes at the French-Italian borer between police and migrants.

“I invite you all to ask forgiveness for the persons and the institutions who close the door to these people who are seeking a family, who are seeking to be protected,” he said in unscripted remarks delivered in a somber voice. [. . .]

“Out of curiosity, how many immigrants are there in the Vatican State?” northern Italian broadcaster Radio Padania Libera quoted [Northern League leader Matteo] Salvini as asking.

Then on Sunday, the pope went ballistic against weapons manufacturers, calling them un-Christian.

Whoa. The pope has a substantial Vatican army, the Swiss Guards who, despite their silly medieval outfits, are well armed professional soldiers. Columnist Charles C.K. Cooke noted in a tweet, “His bodyguards use SIG P220 and Glock 19 pistols, Steyr TMPs, and H&K MP5A3 submachine guns. Where do they get them?”

So the pope is adequately guarded, but he objects to the tools by which others protect themselves. His complaints represent typical liberal hypocrisy and the same old claptrap about guns.

If Francis gets his open-borders fantasy and Europe is opened to unrestricted millions of Africans and Middle Easterners, many of whom are unfriendly Muslims, a lot more weapons will be needed.

Pope says weapons manufacturers can’t call themselves Christian, Reuters, June 21, 2015

People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday.

Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry at a rally of thousands of young people at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin.

“If you trust only men you have lost,” he told the young people in a long, rambling talk about war, trust and politics after putting aside his prepared address.

“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn’t it?” he said to applause. Continue reading this article

“Rise of the Robots” Author: Job-Replacing Technology Is Unstoppable

C-SPAN’s BookTV showed an author talk this weekend with Martin Ford who wrote the important Rise of the Robots. You can watch the hour-long discussion in Seattle on the C-SPAN site or listen to the audio here.

Ford opened his talk by disagreeing with the title given by the Seattle Town Hall: How to Stop Robots From Stealing Jobs:

FORD: I should say right off the bat that I noticed in the program that the title for tonight’s presentation is “How to Stop Robots From Stealing Jobs” and I have to tell you honestly that I don’t have an answer for that. I believe that it is probably inevitable that technology is going to displace more and more workers in the economy and the challenge for us is really to figure out a way to adapt to that and ensure that we still have continued broad-based prosperity in the future even as that unfolds.

Ford has life experience that makes him an excellent explainer of the effect of robots and automation on the workplace because he saw job obsolescence happen in his own small business. He had a Silicon Valley company back when software was loaded on disks and sent to customers through the mail. Those shipping jobs disappeared when software began to be transmitted via the internet: no mass layoffs that make the news, just gradually disappearing employment that leaves us where we are today in the jobless recovery.

A 2013 Oxford University study (The Future of Employment) estimated that 47 percent of American jobs could be taken by automation within 20 years. The Gartner tech consulting firm has forecast that one-third of jobs will be performed by smart machines in 2015, just 10 years from now.

A third of the jobs are falling off a cliff in 10 years?? That’s huge! Why isn’t this topic being debated in public, beyond just the tech community?

One aspect: because of the new workplace technologies, America certainly doesn’t need increased millions of legal immigrants to fill a mythical labor shortage touted by amnesty advocates. Most additional immigrant “workers” will end up in the angry unemployed underclass, which is already large.

Ford’s sense about how the economy and markets work comes through in this recent newspaper interview:

Q&A: Martin Ford, on the robots coming for your job, By Matt O’Brien, San Jose Mercury News, June 12, 2015

SUNNYVALE — If you are reading this from the cubicle of your white-collar workplace, Martin Ford is pretty sure that a robot is coming to take your job.

But the Sunnyvale software entrepreneur and author of the recently released “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future,” published by Basic Books, also sees hope for society if it can adapt its political system to technology that will automate most routine tasks.

He worries most about his 7-year-old daughter and her peers who grow up in a world where businesses employ robots to occupy today’s best careers. He wants the 2016 presidential candidates to address this threat, but doubts they will. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Q: You grimly recount all the white-collar jobs that will be lost to automation, from lawyers to radiologists and journalists. Are there sectors that will be immune?

A: I think health care will probably be the sector that is slowest to see these changes. Radiologists and pathologists (could become obsolete), but if you look at people like nurses and doctors, people who need to move around and interact with patients, building a robot to do that stuff is still science fiction. If I were giving someone advice of what to study, health care is a pretty good bet. But we can’t have a whole economy that’s just health care. There aren’t enough jobs to absorb everyone.

Q: What made you return to this topic after writing about it in 2009 (in the self-published “Lights in the Tunnel”)?

A: The issue back then was just so off the radar. People thought it was kind of crazy (and I couldn’t find a publisher). I wanted to extend the argument I made then, and hopefully get it in front of more people.

Q: Has your own perspective changed since then?

A: The technology has moved even faster than I thought. I talked about an autonomous car back then, and it happened within a year. Same with IBM’s Watson (the computer that won the quiz show “Jeopardy” in 2011). That was pretty remarkable. But in general I haven’t changed my view that in the long term this is going to be a disruptive change and we’re going to have to do something fairly radical to adapt to it. It might be 10, 20 years, but eventually we’ll get to the point where there won’t be enough jobs for most people — average people who aren’t rocket scientists with a Ph.D. from MIT.

Q: One of the scariest ideas you talk about is techno-feudalism. How worried are you that’s a real possibility?

A: If we have inequality on steroids, we essentially divide into two societies with a tiny minority that’s extraordinarily wealthy and everyone else is (jobless and) just kind of falling apart. The wealthy would rope themselves off, live behind gates. The vast majority of people would be really miserable. But it’s not clear that’s even a viable path. In order to have a successful economy, even the people at the top have got to sell something. They need consumers for that. If we really got into a situation where most people just don’t have the income, that could create a deflationary spiral, financial crisis, dragging the wealthy into it as well. Continue reading this article

United Nations Do-Gooders Insist West Clean Up after Jihad

Saturday, June 20, was designated by the UN as World Refugee Day. It might better be called Islam Jihad Victims Day, because many (if not most) of the genuinely displaced persons have been forced from their homes by hostile Muslims organized into murder gangs like ISIS. Jihads can as easily be Sunni vs. Shia as Muslim vs. Christians, so quite a number of people can be affected.

A recent chart of where refugees are coming from demonstrates that point: Syria (90% Muslim), Afghanistan (99.8% Muslim), Somalia (100% Muslim), Sudan (97% Muslim), Democratic Republic of Congo (80% Christian), South Sudan (mostly Christian and animist).

Dedicated do-gooders like the UN think that we first-worlders should admit millions of Muslim refugees as part of Marxist global redistribution with extra diversity added. But that means injecting Europe and America with the same totalitarian virus of jihad that caused the refugee-creating upheavals in the first place. This is the same process by which Islam turned north Africa and the Middle East from Christian to Muslim. There were no cameras during the early period of Islam conquest, so we don’t remember the massacres and refugees from that period. But today’s rape, torture and mass murder must give a good approximation of militant Islam on the march in centuries past.

Naturally the diversity-deranged Democrats want a big dump of Syrians for America, which is a very bad idea.

In importing Muslim refugees, how would bad ones be kept out, particularly after the Obama administration lowered screening standards for admittance? How would young refugee Muslims be dissuaded from going jihad when many appear to prefer it? Hasn’t assimilation been shown to be a failure with so many Muslims leaving the US to join the ISIS gang?

Unsurprisingly CNN promotes the UN refugee project to diversify Europe and America.

U.N. World Refugee Day: Richer nations urged to shoulder burden, CNN, June 20, 2015

(CNN) The world’s refugees are all too often shunned, discriminated against or forgotten. As the United Nations marks World Refugee Day on Saturday, Hollywood actor and director Angelina Jolie is lending her support by visiting a refugee camp in Turkey.

It won’t be the first such visit for Jolie, who’s a special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency, the UNHCR. She’s previously visited refugee camps in Jordan and Iraq to see the plight of families forced from their homes by Syria’s long conflict and the advance of ISIS.

She will be accompanied Saturday by U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In a statement, Guterres warned that “a spreading global violence has come to threaten the very foundations of our international system” and urged the world not to turn its back on those who most need its help.

“More people fled last year than at any other time in our records. Around the world, almost 60 million have been displaced by conflict and persecution. Nearly 20 million of them are refugees, and more than half are children,” he said.

Their numbers are growing every day, on every continent, he said. And they rely on the world for their survival.

“They will remember what we do,” he said. “Yet, even as this tragedy unfolds, some of the countries most able to help are shutting their gates to people seeking asylum. Borders are closing, pushbacks are increasing, and hostility is rising. Avenues for legitimate escape are fading away.”

At the same time, he said, humanitarian organizations like the UNHCR run on shoestring budgets, unable to meet the spiraling needs of such massive numbers of people.

Fleeing conflicts in Middle East, Africa
A report from the UNHCR on Thursday gave the same stark warning.

On average, 42,500 people were displaced every day in 2014, it said. The conflict in Syria has been the biggest single driver of displacement, according to the refugee agency’s Global Trendsreport — but far from the only one.

Most refugees come from the Middle East, with 7.6 million Syrians taking to the road within their own country, and 3.88 million having become refugees. Many have found shelter in neighboring Turkey, others in Lebanon and Jordan. Continue reading this article

Maher Mob Tries to Shout Down Ann Coulter about Immigration Facts

Fearless Ann Coulter entered Bill Maher’s liberal lion’s den on Friday to discuss her new book Adios America. It was a fair fight — three illogical liberals versus one immigration fact reciter.

The big name opponent was amnesty super-hack Rep Luis Gutierrez and he declared “All the food you eat, all the vegetables you eat — they are all picked by foreign labor.”

Classic!

To which Coulter answered, “There are machines that pick strawberries.”

Hint to Ann: there are many smart machines coming on that will soon make humans obsolete for millions of jobs, so the need for immigrant workers is ZERO.

The howling audience reminded me of Coulter’s excellent book Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America. Their noisy shouting made it hard to hear everything Coulter said, which was of course the idea.

A few good lines were discernible:

ANN COULTER: The point at issue is should america’s immigration policy be used to benefit the people already here or should it be benefiting Pakistani pushcart operators, illiterate in their own language — never mind ours — who come here, go on welfare, commit terrorism, engage in crimes. Why wouldn’t you look across the world like a sports team does to get the creme de la creme?

She also agreed with a black woman, former MSNBC host Joy Reid, who said that a new slave class is being imported via immigration for cheap labor, with Coulter noting her book “is far more of an attack on Republicans, on big business, on the Chamber of Commerce.”

Muslim Cabbies Struggle with Ramadan in Big Western Cities

Customs deriving from a desert religion can be inconvenient. The Islam holiday of Ramadan requires Muslims to fast from dawn to sundown for a month, which can put a crimp into normal behaviors like work.

Ramadan is determined by a lunar calendar, so it occurs in varying seasons over the years. This year’s observance starts around June 17, near the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. So in wandering so far from their homelands nearer the equator, Allah’s gangsters have to fast for much longer periods. For example, the period of daylight in London (51 degrees N) now is around 19 hours.

How unfortunate that a religion based on warfare and violence has holidays where its followers become grouchy from daily hunger. To commemorate the tendency toward worsened savagery during the month, TheReligionOfPeace.com website is about to roll out its annual Ramadan Bombathon scorecard to keep track of the unfolding carnage.

Back in London, the BBC reports that some Muslims won’t be working at night when they are feasting in the Ramadan style — and it’s serious eating, where not a few Muslims gain weight during the month of fasting. Some Allah-bots, such as cab drivers, won’t work at all during the month.

And that’s a lot of taxi drivers, since one million Muslims reside in London, which is no longer majority white because of the extreme levels of immigration for decades.

Summer Ramadan hits 25% of cab drivers who stop work at sun-down, BBC News, June 19, 2015

At least a quarter of minicab and taxi drivers in London are stopping work once the sun goes down to mark Ramadan.

The holy month commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief.

Organisations which represent drivers said at least 25% were finishing their shifts before sundown to return home and break their fasts with family.

It is estimated about one million Londoners will fast from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan.

The Muslim holy month follows the lunar calendar and as such it is the first time in many years it has fallen at this point in the summer when daylight lasts for about 19 hours.

Steve Wright, chairman of the Licensed Private Hire Car Association, said: “We are aware that many private hire and taxi drivers won’t be working during Ramadan. It’s certainly very tight, it’s about 25%, but it doesn’t stop the world from turning.” [. . .]

But what about the United States? Are men in turbans grumpy from low blood sugar driving American cabs? Or not?

As it happens, Muslim drivers are bad enough even when they eat lunch. In 2013, a Mohammed caused a young woman visiting from Britain to lose her leg when he drove onto the sidewalk in a fit of anger.

Another horrible driver was the Afghan immigrant who killed the celebrated Sixty Minutes journalist Bob Simon in February. Abdul Fedahi had multiple license suspensions and one functioning arm, yet he was allowed to drive professionally. Simon’s widow filed a lawsuit against him a few days ago.

Anyway in New York City (41 degrees N, 15 hours daylight now), Islam cabbies “struggle” with the strain of Ramadan. Poor little lambs. Their desert customs are not a good fit with the big infidel city. They can alway go home. Many immigrants have.

Thousands of city cabbies struggle as Ramadan routine begins, New York Daily News, June 18, 2015

It’s fast times for thousands of city taxi drivers.

Thursday morning marked the first day of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, meaning that from sunrise to sunset, observant cabbies will have to hustle for fares without food or water.

“Always, you have a headache the first three days,” said Ashraf Ashour, 48. Continue reading this article

Europe Faces Summer of Invasion

In the first three months of 2015, Europe saw the arrival of 185,000 illegal aliens, a big uptick from last year’s numbers. The increase is not surprising, because who among the one billion Africans wouldn’t like a better life in first-world Europe with its generous welfare policies? Word has gotten out that if you claim to be a refugee fleeing some war or privation, you may win the asylum sweepstakes. Nobody is punished for engaging in refugee fraud, so they keep coming.

Europe should be defending its people from a true invasion, but is too mentally weakened to understand the national security threat posed by open borders to African and Middle Eastern migrants.

Of course, there are real refugees fleeing brutal wars in Syria and Iraq, but most photos don’t show families but instead reveal boats crowded with young African men. Europe is struggling with unemployment for its own people, so the Africans won’t find the streets paved in the gold they desire: anger and social unrest may well result.

Plus the chaos allows easy entry of jihadist Muslims who want to mass murder European infidels. A report from Le Figaro this week said over 1700 suicide bombers are ready to attack France. So Europe doesn’t need to import any more trouble than it already has.

Below, African men disembark from an Italian Navy rescue boat onto the battered island of Lampedusa in late May.

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Unsurprisingly, many people don’t want the invasion. In a recent British poll, only 34 per cent said they would welcome refugees, which fell to 29 per cent when asked about refugees from the Middle East. Many Brits think the Australians have the right policy by turning migrant boats away before reaching land.

But instead of facing the demographic tsunami honestly and taking steps to stop the invasion, European leaders squabble over how many thousand each country should take. They should be planning defensive measures but have been too lulled by decades of easy living and diversity propaganda from the left to understand that war is upon them.

New immigrant crisis on the way: 185,000 migrants flood into Europe in just three months, Express (UK), June 19, 2015

ASYLUM claims from migrants reaching the EU have nearly doubled in a year, figures released yesterday show.

In the first three months of this year alone, 185,000 immigrants have sought refuge in Europe.

The number is 86 per cent up on last year and underlines the migration crisis threatening Britain.

Home Office staff accepted 7,300 applications from asylum seekers at a rate of 81 every day, taking the number housed in this country while their claims are assessed to 30,000.

The statistics come amid growing concern about the tidal wave of migrants heading across the Mediterranean to Italy and Greece.

But despite cries from the two cash-strapped countries that they are being overwhelmed by the influx, they accepted just 18,000 applications between them.

The number underlines fears that Greek and Italian border officials are allowing migrants to pass unhindered so they can move on to the UK and other countries to claim asylum.

Alp Mehmet, of MigrationWatch, said: “This huge number doesn’t surprise me. The official figures are catching up with what we already know – numbers are growing massively.

This is why each country simply taking in a few is not going to work. It is the tip of the iceberg and the more we take in the more the iceberg will grow.

“We have really got to think about how we stem the tide.” Continue reading this article

Happy World Refugee Day, Suckers, er, Americans!

According to the United Nations, June 20 is World Refugee Day, an event designed to draw attention to the many people cast adrift by war and calamity. That’s the idea at least. Many of the current crop of Africans fleeing to Europe are economic migrants — otherwise they wouldn’t be mostly young men under 30.

The BBC had a story in April that tracked African aliens; one was a Gambian Muslim who journeyed over 4500 miles to reach the first-world opportunities in Europe in order to support his large polygamous family. But Europe has opened its borders wide for “refugees” so people like the Gambian are taking advantage of a situation.

The Mediterranean’s migrant survivors, BBC, April 23, 2015

Malick Touray, 30, The Gambia
Malick, a 30-year-old mobile phone technician, describes how he began his journey across Africa to Europe in October 2012 because of his financial situation, struggling to support his extended family.

He had finished school early and started work because his father – who has three wives – could no longer pay school fees for Malick and his 18 other children. [. . .]

Another odd behavior is that towns stuck with diverse “refugees” now have Celebrations on or around June 20 organized by professional resettlement experts (the well paid persons who instruct primitive tribal people about how to operate light switches and stoves).

Erie Pennsylvania is having a Refugee Celebration as are Jacksonville Florida and Wakefield Oregon. Isn’t that like having an Ebola Celebration? Don’t people feel un-celebratory about being forced to leave their ancestral homes and be resettled in an alien culture?

But the point is that resettlement workers want to display their liberal virtue of extreme diversity and inclusion as well as promote the importation of refugees in a positive way — hey, let’s have some foreign people on welfare do their native dances!

Below, Bhutanese perform a cultural program in Erie, where the refugee population has surpassed 10,000:

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The festivities constitute another version of celebrating diversity, which seems to be the highly enforced prime directive in these days of open borders.

The celebrations also distract attention away from what’s causing all the refugee turmoil: Islam doing its traditional thing of conquering infidel lands for Allah as well as killing other Muslims who aren’t sufficiently Islamic in the mind of the jihadists.

Below, an 1800-year-old church in Mosul was burned by Muslims last year.

WorldRefugees2001-14graphIslam-nytCheck out the chart of top refugee sources, compiled by the New York Times. Like last year, the top refugee creators are Islamic, namely Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. See my report from 2014: World Refugee Day: Jihad on the March,

But elite media promotes emotion, not analysis, about refugees so we rich first-worlders will feel guilty and willing to rescue lots more historic enemies. It’s ugly to watch, but the pattern we see today is precisely how conquering Islam destroyed Christianity in northern Africa and the Middle East over centuries. Western nations should not admit potential enemies within our gates: Muslim refugees should go to Muslim nations, period.

In fact, America would be a lot safer if Muslim immigration were ended immediately.

60 Million People Fleeing Chaotic Lands, U.N. Says, New York Times, June 18, 2015

UNITED NATIONS — Nearly 60 million people have been driven from their homes by war and persecution, an unprecedented global exodus that has burdened fragile countries with waves of newcomers and littered deserts and seas with the bodies of those who died trying to reach safety.

The new figures, released Thursday by the United Nations refugee agency, paint a staggering picture of a world where new conflicts are erupting and old ones are refusing to subside, driving up the total number of displaced people to a record 59.5 million by the end of 2014, the most recent year tallied. Continue reading this article

America’s Senator Jeff Sessions Warns Republicans Not to Support Obama’s Trade Power Grab

The GOP really is the Stupid Party. Many Republicans are uncritical believers in the “Free Trade” religion despite its history of failure. Globalist trade deals have been disastrous for American workers: trade supporters promise jobs and prosperity but it has been a series of sellouts starting with NAFTA. Free trade has all been a big lie, and now the same bunch of elites are back with the same line of crap.

Speaker Boehner in particular is determined to have his way in teaming up with Obama on a the latest trade deal which must be a doozy since it is being kept secret. Boehner was angry with conservatives who voted against it last week and fired some on his leadership team.

Another globalist job-killing trade deal is not what Americans had in mind when they voted Republicans into majorities in the House and Senate. Congressman Jim Jordan, who voted against Boehner and Obama, reflected that idea to Lou Dobbs on Tuesday: “The American people elected to do certain things. Let’s just focus on what we told them we were gonna do when we ran for the job and they elected us last fall. Pew Research has a poll out — 65 percent of Republican voters think Republicans aren’t doing what they said they were going to do because we’re not doing what we said we were gonna do.”

If the GOP doesn’t shape up in short order, millions of conservative voters may well stay home in 2016.

Pat Buchanan appeared on Sean Hannity’s radio show earlier this week:

BUCHANAN: We’ve had $11 trillion in trade deficits since 1992. I said we were going to lose our manufacturing — I never thought it would this horrendous this fast. We lose 5 to 6 million manufacturing jobs in the first decade of the 20th century and 55,000 factories. Sean, this is why the country is standing up against the trade bill. They listened to all the BS they were fed by both parties and now they’ve seen the result, and the results are Detroit, the results are West Baltimore, and they’re saying “Where are all the jobs? They’re gone.”

Senator Sessions cautions that the latest trade monstrosity is even worse than the earlier ones, but why would we expect anything less from Obama?

Sessions: Fast-Track Guarantees Three Mammother Global Pacts Encompassing Up to 90% of World GDP, June 17, 2015

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) issued the following statement today ahead of the new attempt to give President Obama expanded fast-track executive authorities:

“The House is preparing to vote again tomorrow on providing fast-track executive authority to the President. If adopted, it will be sent immediately to the Senate for final consideration.

It is essential that there be no misunderstanding: fast-track preapproves the formation of not only the unprecedentedly large Trans-Pacific Partnership, but an unlimited number of such agreements over the next six years. Those pacts include three of the most ambitious ever contemplated. After TPP comes the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union, followed by the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), seeking as one its goals labor mobility among more than 50 nations. Together, these three international compacts encompass three-fourths of the world’s GDP. Including the nations whose membership is being courted for after enactment, the countries involved would encompass nearly 90 percent of global GDP. Yet, through fast-track, Congress will have authorized the President to ink these deals before a page of them has been made public. Then, the Executive sends Congress “implementing” legislation to change U.S. law—legislation which cannot be amended, cannot be filibustered, and will not be subjected to the Constitutional requirement for a two-thirds treaty vote. Continue reading this article

California Offers Another Freebie for Illegal Aliens: Healthcare for the Kids

Nobody should be surprised that Democrat-run Mexifornia has enacted free-to-them healthcare for illegal alien kiddies, and Gov Jerry Brown is ever so pleased with his liberal generosity with the taxpayers’ money. “All in all, I think the people of California can be proud of the work that’s been done,” Brown said.

An estimated 170,000 immigrants 18 and younger could be included in the plan, which supposedly would cost around $132 million annually — barely a nickel in the state budget of $115 billion, or thereabouts. So we are supposed to think.

Also note in the video following, $57 million for illegal alien drivers’ licenses — the taxpayers are dinged for that too. The lawbreaking foreigners pay only $33 for the amnesty-lite document.

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However, when a major state rolls out the big freebie welcome mat, particularly for healthcare, the policy creates a powerful incentive to draw illegal aliens with expensive medical problems. One medical moocher is Ana Puente (pictured), who was an infant with a liver disorder when her aunt brought her illegally to the U.S. to seek medical care. California taxpayers have been forced to fund her three, maybe four, liver transplants and ongoing anti-rejection treatments. Taxpayers have spent well over $1 million, maybe twice that, for Puente’s medical costs.

And that was before free healthcare for all illegal alien kiddies became law in California.

Another transplant case was Jesica Santillan a Mexican who parents brought her illegally to the United States in hopes of advanced medical treatment. The teenager got two heart-lung transplants because the first organs had the wrong blood type. She died anyway. But apparently liberals believe they get more virtue points for giving other peoples’ donated organs to illegal aliens, not Americans.

Transplants are a very expensive procedure, but so are many others these days. Modern medical science performs miracles, but they don’t come cheap. California’s kiddie healthcare magnet will draw the worst, most expensive cases from abroad, and illegal aliens believe they are entitled to free, first-world healthcare. A 2006 Denver Post story reported,Hundreds of Mexican illegal immigrants are in Colorado not just for work but also for free medical care they say they can’t get back home.” It’s unlikely that number has decreased in the intervening years.

So California’s $130 million pricetag sounds very low indeed.

California Budget To Break New Ground On Immigrant Health Care, Associated Press, June 17, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A budget deal between Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders would make California the first in the nation to offer state-subsidized health care to children who are in the country illegally.

The $115.4 billion agreement announced Tuesday is expected to win easy approval from the Senate and Assembly before the fiscal year begins July 1, and its immigrant health care provisions were touted by its backers as a necessity in the face of federal inaction.

“While Washington dithers because they can’t get things done, we need immigration reform,” Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles. “The reality is many of these children, and they are children, require some kind of health care and they receive it in the emergency room.

The cost to taxpayers would be $40 million in the new fiscal year and grow to $132 million a year once fully implemented, numbers that had Republicans objecting and warning that it won’t help immigrants get access to doctors because of the shortage of providers who accept Medi-Cal, the state’s health program for the poor.

Anti-immigration advocates said it was yet another move from Brown – like a bill providing driver’s licenses that took effect this year – that is “extremely generous” toward people who enter the country illegally.

“Gov. Brown continues to sign laws that incentivize more illegal immigration,” said Joe Guzzardi, spokesman for Californians for Population Stabilization. “I can’t really see what reason there would be not to come to California. I can get a job, I can get tuition, I can now get medical care for my children.” Continue reading this article

Mexican Brewery Is Fully Automated

It’s not just the first world where smart machines are taking over jobs that humans recently performed: Mexico’s Constellation brewery is “fully automated” and employs only six human workers per shift.

One variety of the machines is a laser-guided vehicle that moves pallets of beer and materials around the factory, replacing forklifts driven by people. They look like a simplified knock-off of the Kiva robot system that now is the backbone of the Amazon warehouses.

Michael Othites, Senior VP of Operations: Our brew house is fully automated here. We run each shift with six people. We got maybe 58 robots. . .

We’ve got about 70 laser-guided vehicles, as we’re built out, we would have 250 forklifts to do the same work. And then, frankly, laser-guided vehicles, when they need a battery change, they go up, they pull up, they say change my battery. Employees need breaks, employees need lunches, employees call in sick. It’s just the human factor that with laser-guided vehicles, you don’t.

Those darn humans! The machines are so much more efficient and trouble-free!

But hey, Mr. Senior VP, who will buy the beer after millions of workers have been made obsolete and no longer get paychecks?

Also, you have to wonder how many more Mexicans will illegally immigrate to El Norte after losing their jobs to automation. It could be a coming trend.

Jeb Bush Campaigns as the Hispanic Candidate for the American Presidency

The cultural crazy bell was rung pretty hard last week with the news that the a white woman, Rachel Dolezal, has been posing as black for years and used it to her advantage, such as becoming the President of the Spokane NAACP. The media has gone into overdrive, even hitting the front page of the New York Times after a few days (Black or White? Woman’s Story Stirs Up a Furor).

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But how different is she from Jeb Bush, the newest Republican President candidate? He hasn’t gone all the way into total delusion — being a public figure is a helpful reality reminder — but Jeb has devolved pretty far in the direction of cultural transformation. One curious behavior was his checking the Hispanic box on a voter registration form in 2009.

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He is married to a Mexican woman, Columba, and they speak Spanish at home. Interestingly, households where English is not normally spoken are often used an an indicator of non-assimilation. Jeb wants to amnesty millions of illegal aliens, but his wife is hardly a good model of what Americans expect of foreigners who want to live here.

Jeb and Columba have been married for 41 years, yet Mrs. Bush remains uncomfortable about speaking English. But Jeb has no such shyness about speaking Spanish, the invaders’ language. The three Bush children learned to speak Spanish before they learned English.

So his use of Spanish in his Presidential roll-out speech on Monday was not a surprise.

Jeb also converted to Catholicism, the hispanic religion, so he really is all in.

A few months ago, Jeb opined, “The fact that I’m bilingual, bicultural can’t hurt.”

Actually, it can hurt quite a bit. Many traditional Americans don’t want to be forced by immigration to become bilingual or multicultural or diverse. In areas of high hispanic penetration, Americans need to speak Spanish to apply for many jobs.

Rachel Dolezal has denied her race, her background and her family, which must be very painful for the parents. Jeb comes from one of America’s leading political families, yet has repudiated this nation’s language and traditions to adopt hispanic culture. Do the Bushes feel the rejection personally? They don’t show any outward signs. Anyway, the family has had Mexican connections for a while, but nobody else has taken on the cultural trappings.

On Monday, NPR went into a multicultural swoon over the hispanic attributes of “Jebcito,” noting “he has made his home by completely embracing Latino culture,” — so post-American!

He Was Born Republican Royalty, But ‘Jebcito’ Is From Miami, NPR.org, By Mara Liasson, June 15, 2015

There are three Republican candidates who ran Spanish-language ads when they announced their presidential intentions — but only one was an Anglo.

Jeb Bush not only speaks fluent Spanish, he has made his home by completely embracing Latino culture and putting down roots in South Florida.

Ana Navarro, his former aide, tells a little story that shows just how much he’s adopted the culture: One day, she suggested something to Bush that he rejected because it was too expensive. Then, she said, he touched his elbow with his hand.

“That’s a very Hispanic gesture for meaning: ‘Because I’m cheap, because I’m frugal,’ ” Navarro said. “It means ‘I walk with my elbows so as not to wear out my shoes.’ In Spanish, it would say, Yo camino con los codos. And it’s that kind of nuance that he fully understands.”

To understand why Bush only half-jokingly adopted the Twitter hashtag #honorarylatino, you have to understand the path he took to his current home in South Florida. Bush grew up in Midland, Texas, he summered in Maine and went to prep school in Andover, Mass. And it was in high school that his path home really began. He met his wife, Columba, on a high school exchange trip to Mexico. In college, he majored in Latin American Studies. He converted to Catholicism, and he worked briefly in Venezuala. But the place he chose to put down roots was Miami.

“It certainly did shape him,” said Tom Fiedler, the former political editor of theMiami Herald. “The story of Miami since the Cuban exiles began coming has been one of being the new immigrant city.” Continue reading this article

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