On Tuesday, the Assemblyman Donnelly rallied against the wrongful jailing of Marine Andrew Tahmooressi who took a wrong turn into Mexico with a few legal weapons in his vehicle. The arrest occurred on March 31 and Tahmooressi has been imprisoned in dirtbag Mexico ever since. Nevertheless, the United States continues to treat hostile Mexico as our great friend, which it most certainly is not.
Donnelly talked up his rally on Fox News recently:
Donnelly’s protest took place on the occasion of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s visit to Sacramento and a deluxe lunch with Gov Jerry Brown. Nieto has used the opportunity to beg for amnesty for millions of his people who reside in this country illegally.
In a rational world, it would be a matter of shame for a national leader when millions flee his country, but Nieto is not embarrassed at all because he wants the easy money of remittances (2 percent of MX’s GDP). Instead, Nieto knew his audience well enough to speak in liberal platitudes of embracing diversity by crushing America’s national sovereignty.
Demonstrators, including a Republican lawmaker, gathered outside the historic Leland Stanford Mansion in Sacramento on Tuesday to protest the jailing of a U.S. Marine in Mexico.
Gov. Jerry Brown is hosting a luncheon for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at the mansion, part of Peña’s two-day visit to California.
“I refuse to eat with Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi’s captors,” said Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks), who helped organize the protest. “We want him to give us our Marine back.”
The Marine reservist, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, illegally entered Mexico in March with three firearms and is awaiting trial. Tahmooressi says he crossed the border by accident, and his case has become a cause celebre for some conservatives in the United States.
Mexican officials say the judicial system must run its course, and Brown did not publicly address the issue when he was in Mexico City on a four-day trade mission last month.
Economic globalization has done terrible damage to this country in its twin manifestations: Outsourcing has removed entire industries to overseas havens of cheap labor, and immigration has lowered wages for businesses that couldn’t be shipped abroad.
We see the long-term effects particularly among the lower classes. A couple generations back, a young person with average skills could go directly from high school graduation to a job at a local manufacturing plant and have a nice life.
That’s nearly all gone, because of factories sent overseas with the government’s help via bogus trade deals like NAFTA that promised no job loss for the US. Later came the assurances that outsourced jobs would be replaced by tech occupations, but those have been largely globalized away as well.
In 2012, Pat Buchanan wrote, “the United States since 2000 has lost 6 million manufacturing jobs and 55,000 factories.”
PBS Newshour had a decent report August 20 (transcript):
NPR had a lengthier report which investigated some of the negotiations that went on between furniture executive John Bassett III and the US Commerce Dept because the Chinese furniture makers were dumping their products in the US, which is prohibited by the WTO: Continue reading this article
Check out this 15-minute video showing the encroachment of robots and automation ever further into the modern workplace. Describing the history of machines increasingly doing the work of humans, the narrator observes, “You may think we’ve been here before, but we haven’t. This time is different,” because today’s machines can learn and even teach themselves.
Many of the smart machines have been noted in these pages, including Baxter the trainable industrial robot (pictured), the automated coffee kiosk that remembers your java preference and self-driving cars being masterminded by Sergey Brin, a co-founder of Google.
The video gives a realistic picture of what’s coming, briefly noting that society is not prepared for very basic changes. Robots are just beginning to replace blue-collar, white-collar and professional workers, and public policy discussions need to start about the unprecedented future speeding toward us.
How hostile and invasive is Muslim immigration? Today’s non-headchoppy example: A Muslim woman said she was “offended” by the word “bacon” on a public advertisement and convinced the Vermont business, Sneakers Bistro, to remove it.
This behavior is typical Muslim supremacism. They immigrate to a non-Muslim country and then demand that the place conform to Islamic law, bit by bit in a culture war that never ends. Every small submission incites Islamics to push harder.
It’s a big mistake to knuckle under to Muslims’ ridiculous sensitivities: they say they cannot abide a porky word printed on a sign but are fine with beheading and mass murder of Christians, Jews, Hindus, Yazidis, Buddhists and anyone else not perfectly Islamic.
A young man interviewed during a news report’s film segment observed, “I’m pretty sure the First Amendment extends to bacon.”
WINOOSKI, Vt. —A sign on a lamp post at the bottom of the Winooski Circle displayed the words “Yield Sneakers Bacon” until Friday morning. The bistro owners took it down.
It got there as part of “Operation Bloom.”
A city program put it in place to keep its flower beds beautiful. If businesses do some gardening they can post an advertisement where they do it, but the word “bacon” on the Sneakers Bistro sign started a discussion about diversity on the Winooski Front Porch Forum.
It started with a post from one woman who wrote that the sign was insensitive to those who do not consume pork. She said as a Muslim she is personally offended by it.
The owners of Sneakers spoke to WPTZ. They say they’ve reached out to the individual who made the post and proactively took the sign down. They also say they regret any harm caused by the sign, and that their goal was never to cause stress or bad feelings. [. . .]
Food is an important part of culture. Whenever immigrants reach a small number in a new place, they open restaurants so they can eat their familiar chow. Sometimes the foreigners even refuse free food when it doesn’t conform to their cultural habits. And we know how much immigrants like free stuff.
School districts around the country are beginning to discover where the Obama administration has moved many of the new illegal immigrants, but most voters don’t believe these youngsters should be allowed to attend local schools.
Thirty-two percent (32%) of Likely U.S. Voters think these illegal immigrants should be allowed to enroll in local public schools this fall, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Fifty-three percent (53%) disagree and say they should not be permitted to attend local schools. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.
The number of kids who will actually end up in school is somewhat squishy. Even though the Border Patrol is presumably counting the youngsters who show up in the hundreds daily, many of the self-described “teen” males may turn out to be adults ready to go straight to job thievery if not outright crime.
USA Today at least includes a couple dollar costs among its numbers of looming alien students.
Schools across the USA are bracing for as many as 50,000 immigrant children who would start school this fall, most of them unaccompanied by their families.
“We haven’t started school yet, so we are all just holding our breath to see what’s going to come on the first day of school,” says Caroline Woodason, assistant director of school support for Dalton Public Schools in Georgia.
Under federal law, all children are entitled to a free public education, regardless of their immigration status.
It’s nothing new for public schools to serve immigrant students. But Francisco Negron, general counsel for the National School Board Association, says, “One of the challenges here, though, is the large number of unaccompanied minors.”
“This is a whole new wave of immigrant students that are coming without any guardians whatsoever,” Negron says.
Public school officials in Florida, Texas and Georgia know the unaccompanied minors are already in their states, mainly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. But they don’t know how many will end up enrolling and where. Continue reading this article
Senator Jim Inhofe is the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and recently voiced a specific concern while home in Oklahoma during the August recess. While being interviewed on a local TV show he remarked about ISIS, “… they’re rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city.”
This is bad news at a time when America’s southern border is wide open, a fact known to the entire world.
However, the open border presents an easier crossing point for transporting a nuke or some other WMD into America. Former CIA agent Mike Baker noted that a lot of communication has been going on between ISIS and the Mexican drug cartels who control the border. (LISTEN to an audio clip of Baker’s remarks on the August 21 Laura Ingraham show.)
Plus, ISIS is not only energetic and bloodthirsty, it is also very well funded from bank robbery and possession of oil wells.
K.T. MCFARLAND, FORMER DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: Well, they’ve got a number of things. In eastern Syria, they’ve got oil wells. In western Iraq, they have oil wells and refineries. As you pointed out, they robbed a bank to the tune of half a billion, with a “B.”
They’re thought to have roughly two billion in assets and cash. They’re getting revenue from selling extra weapons, from selling antiquities, and kidnappings and ransoms. They’re getting nearly $2 million a day. That makes them not only the best-equipped military, because they have all of the state-of-the-art American equipment, but it makes them the richest.
So ISIS has billions of shared interests with Mexican drug gangsters.
OKLAHOMA CITY – It is a serious warning coming from Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe as he warns of the potential of another attack on American soil. The senator sat down with Fox 25 to talk about a variety of topics, but as ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the top issue was national security.
“We’re in the most dangerous position we’ve ever been in as a nation,” Senator Inhofe told Fox 25’s Phil Cross.
“ISIS, they are really bad terrorists, they’re so bad even Al Qaida is afraid of them,” Inhofe said reflecting on the recent beheading of American journalist James Foley. Beyond the beheading, Inhofe said the current terror organizations are not going to stay contained to the Middle East. “They’re crazy out there and they’re rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city and people just can’t believe that’s happening.” Continue reading this article
Inquiring western minds want to know why Allah’s thugs are stuck on removing the heads of infidels and anyone else they find disagreeable. The recent execution of American “journalist” James Foley by ISIS has been received by the US media with shock and horror, even though the jihadists have been on a terror march through the Middle East for months, leaving a mountain of corpses.
Below, James Foley is murdered by one of Allah’s gangsters and left in pieces.
SunTV’s Michael Coren discussed the beheading thing with guest Tarek Fatah. The short answer is that the practice is part of Muslim tradition: “The prophet’s grandson was decapitated,” as noted by Fatah. Headchop-focused mass slaughter is cultural among the tribe.
So Obama’s reaction that the current murder did not represent the Religion of Peace is a false liberal denial about his favorite religion, remarking, “No faith teaches people to massacre innocents.”
Did the President not read the more than 100 Koran verses that call for Muslims to fight and kill all the non-believers?
Fatah believes that armed jihad must be denounced, not just the individual killings, but the whole edifice of mass murder for Allah. But jihad is basic to Islam and isn’t going to disappear.
Coren is disturbed that there are no marches of Muslims saying “not in our name” to the horror but he is dreaming. Muslims residing in the West are content to enjoy the benefits of freedom without being responsible citizens and condemning their co-religionists’ mass murder and atrocities. Fatah says his Muslim friends are terrified to be associated with him because of his outspokenness against jihad. Typical.
Why do Canada and America continue to admit Muslims as immigrants when they are either hostile to the West or too cowardly to defend the values of freedom?
Congressman Paul Ryan is stuck on the idea that generational Boomer retirement will cause a scarcity of workers sooner or later and believes that mass immigration will save his pals, the billionaires who are starving for cheaper labor.
Ryan made the Boomer point on the Laura Ingraham radio show more than a year ago:
REP. PAUL RYAN (R-WIS.): “Not now, but in the future we’re going to have labor shortages. We have 10,000 people retiring each and everyday in America when the Baby Boomers retire. We are not like Europe, we’re not like Japan in that our birthrates are really low, but they’re not high enough. Immigration, in a decade or so, can help us. That means we need to get an immigration system that works. We need an immigration system that works to bring people to this country who want to contribute.” (The Laura Ingraham Show, June 19, 2013)
Now Ryan is making the rounds to sell his new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea” where the “Ryan plan” for immigration takes up six pages, 197-203, according to the index. The false Boomer excuse for big immigration and amnesty appears to be part of the book sales pitch. It certainly figured strongly in Ryan’s Monday appearance on Fox News with host Eric Bolling (who recommended quadrupling legal immigration on July 30).
PAUL RYAN (4:12): “If we had the right kind of immigration, which is a secure border, a secure interior enforcement system where you cannot get a job if you are not here legally in this country. That’s a huge magnet you’ve got to turn off, and then we have immigration based on what the economy needs, not based on shirt-tailed relations beyond the nuclear family. So our real goal ought to be an absolute border where we know who’s coming and going and control that in our country. If we have control of the interior, we reorient our immigration system to fit the economy’s needs, because we have Baby Boomers retiring, we have to be prepared for that.”
As I have pointed out previously, part of the reason for the jobless recovery (in addition to the administration’s crazy-extreme regulations) is the progress made in robotics and automation. The Boomer retirement will be covered in many jobs by smart machines and won’t be noticed for the most part.
An amazing array of smart machines are no longer just ideas in Silicon Valley but are products on the market now.
A little-noticed consequence of the “omnipresent” robot revolution is that increased legal immigration is not needed at all. In fact, Zero immigration is the proper number America’s employment needs in the automated future.
The University of California continues to increase its numbers of out-of-state and foreign students to pay full tuition. Each non-Californian pays an extra $23,000 annually, and the UC bean counters like that.
Monday’s Los Angeles Times article did not mention one unsightly ball and chain on UC’s finances, namely the subsidies provided by unwilling taxpayers to illegal alien students. In 2013, more than 20,000 illegal alien students applied for direct financial aid when the state’s DREAM Act became operative. The aliens already qualify for in-state tuition as long as they attended a California high school for three years and graduated.
UC Berkeley, shown below, will have 29.8 percent out-of-state and foreign students in its fall freshman class.
The University of California system is expected to enroll a record number of out-of-state students this fall — and will receive millions of dollars in return.
More than a fifth of all UC freshmen will come from such places as Texas, Washington, China and India and each will pay an additional $23,000 in tuition, providing the system with an estimated $400 million in extra revenue that officials say helps support the education of Californians.
The out-of-staters will include incoming UCLA freshman Bridget Bruggeman, who passed over her home state school, Indiana University, and other colleges that accepted her.
“Being from the Midwest, there is definitely an idea of California as a place where you can dream as big as you want to. That’s something I was very drawn to,” said the 18-year-old, who intends to major in international development studies and Spanish.
Her family decided UCLA was worth the extra cost, which will mean tuition about three times what it would have been for her at Indiana University.
“It definitely would have been less expensive to go to I.U., but I don’t think I would have been as happy,” said Bruggeman, who attended a recent orientation program at UCLA.
Decisions like that are more frequent as students from outside California and the United States for the first time will constitute more than 20% of freshmen, according to preliminary data for the fall.
Among the freshman classes at the nine UC undergraduate campuses, the highest percentages from out of state are at UCLA, 30.1%; UC Berkeley, 29.8%; and UC San Diego, 28.4%. Continue reading this article
Sheriff Johnson is now undergoing a trial of the same profiling slam, which is a handy strategy of the DoJ since more than three-quarters of illegal aliens are brown-skinned people from Latin America. Therefore, immigration enforcement normally nets few white people, and efficient law officers protecting American sovereignty are racists by definition according to Eric Holder and his merry band of government punishment lawyers.
In 2011, I reported about Sheriff Johnson and Alamance County’s embrace of 287(g), a program of local-federal partnership in immigration enforcement (North Carolina Considers Increased Immigration Enforcement). The program was very efficient and helped Alamance deport nearly 1800 illegal aliens over the five years preceding 2011. Perhaps that level of repatriation was too productive for the current administration and is the reason for today’s prosecution.
However, some of the Sheriff’s constituents thought enough of the job he does to turn up at the trial in support. (You can email your own encouragement to Sheriff Johnson at: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
WINSTON-SALEM — Bill and Linda Watkins of Alamance County said Tuesday they didn’t believe Sheriff Terry Johnson and his department had targeted Latinos unlawfully, as alleged by the U.S. Justice Department in a lawsuit it filed in 2012.
The Watkinses were among Johnson’s supporters present during the first day of trial at the Hiram H. Ward Federal Building. The day’s testimony included former deputies’ accounts of a checkpoint set up about a half-mile from where the Watkinses live on N.C. 49. They said whenever they see a checkpoint, it makes them feel safer because it shows them that law enforcement agencies are fighting crime.
Linda Watkins plans to attend almost every day of the trial, which is expected to last 10 days. She doesn’t believe Johnson treats people differently based on their race. After the first court recess, she shared her opinions regarding some of the testimony she had heard.
“What stands out to me is that it seems the previous deputies have an ax to grind,” she said.
Sammy Moser of Burlington was also among Johnson’s supporters in the courtroom Tuesday. Moser said he preferred to see the DOJ support local law enforcement instead of filing lawsuits against Johnson, and he believed arguments made during the first day of trial by the DOJ against Johnson were “very vague.” Continue reading this article
Far from the blighted border, residents of small communities across America are learning that the government has big diverse plans for them. Citizens in Commack, New York, midway out on Long Island, recently learned that their Lutheran Church was negotiating with the feds to house 40 foreign children up to age 17 in a financially advantageous arrangement for the church, which needs the money.
Commack residents were not happy with the idea, and were suspicious about what was going on behind the scenes. A local paper reported that a crowd showed up at a private meeting and was too rowdy for the gathering to continue (Idea to house immigrants in Commack questioned, Times of Smithtown, Aug 13).
Residents of a Long Island neighborhood are saying “no” to a proposal to temporarily house immigrant children found near the U.S. border at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
“Who’s going to pay for it?” Jerry Baggett, Commack resident. “Our taxes? Their schooling and everything else. You know what? It’s a complete waste and it’s a joke.”
But the Rev. Marc Herbst at Holy Cross said the community should remain calm, because there is no sign that the church will definitely be participating in the program right now.
“In reality the application process, the timeline — it’s not possible to fund this program through the federal government,” said Herbst.
Lutheran Social Services of New York is participating in a grant program with the federal government to sponsor it. There is a possibility the church could become involved in the future. Continue reading this article
Mexico remains the top country where kidnapping occurs, where it has long been a part of the nation’s crime culture. A survey from Control Risks reported that in 2013 Mexico was numero uno in kidnap for ransom in absolute terms.
Kidnap for ransom was a crime rarely committed in the United States because the penalties have been traditionally harsh. Caryl Chessman was executed in 1960 for a violent kidnap in which nobody died, although it’s a sure thing that punishment would never happen today. But now, kidnapping is back, because of immigration.
ECATEPEC, MEXICO — The first time, after the men with police badges had lashed Adriana Carrillo’s wrists and ankles with tape, and she had spent 37 hours in the back of a Nissan, her father tossed the $12,000 ransom in a black satchel over a graffiti-strewn brick wall and brought her nightmare to its conclusion. She took three days off and then went back to work.
“I don’t want to live as a victim,” she said.
Carrillo returned to the cash register of the family store, where she had worked since she was 8 with her parents and six sisters, amid the floor-to-ceiling jumble of marshmallows and mixed nuts and pinwheel pasta and Styrofoam cups. Their business — cash-based, working-class, on the outskirts of Mexico City — happened to put them squarely into the demographic most vulnerable to Mexico’s kidnapping epidemic. And on May 28, 2013, less than two years later, a white sedan pulled up alongside Carrillo’s car as she drove home late from the market. When she saw the guns, she covered her face with her hands.
“No, not again, no,” she remembered saying. “No. No. No. No.”
In Mexico, with its history of drug-war violence and corrupt police, kidnapping is an old story. In the past, the crime tended to target the rich. Now it has become more egalitarian. Victims these days are often shopkeepers, taxi drivers, service employees, parking attendants and taco vendors who often work in cash or in Mexico’s “informal” economy. Targets also tend to be young — students, with parents willing to pay ransoms, are commonly targeted.
“The phenomenon has changed. Now it’s the workers, the people in the informal economy, because they are the ones who have access to money quickly,” said Isabel Miranda de Wallace, an anti-kidnapping activist in Mexico. “We have never seen as many kidnappings as we are seeing now.”
Last year, Mexico officially recorded 1,698 kidnappings, the highest number on record. Yet government officials concede that only a small percentage of victims — one in 10 by some estimates — report the crime, as police are sometimes involved in kidnappings and not trusted. The statistics kept by Miranda’s organization, Association to Stop Kidnapping (Asociacion Alto al Secuestro) , recorded 3,038 kidnappings last year. Another, led by Fernando Ruiz Canales, a former kidnapping victim who now helps negotiate for the release of hostages, puts last year’s kidnapping total at 27,740, or 76 per day. Continue reading this article
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