Newark Schoolyard Murders Trial Begins

It’s been nearly three years since three black college students (pictured below) were brutally murdered by Hispanic gangsters (at least some illegal aliens) in Newark, and the trial finally started this week. The sole survivor took the stand to testify about what happened when the four friends went to a local schoolyard to listen to music and hang out. Instead of having an enjoyable evening, the women were sexually assaulted and hacked with machetes, and three were shot execution style in the attack by six Hispanics.

A gang expert testified at pre-trial that the crimes were probably an MS-13 initiation, given the savagery.

Consider this detail from a few days after the murders:

Newark Fiends First Failed at Sex Attack: Report, New York Post, August 23, 2007

Yesterday, a family member of one of the slain victims, Iofemi Hightower, described the level of savagery of the attack. He said the thugs used a machete to hack their victims.

“They cut my niece’s face off,” said John McClain, who is Hightower’s great-uncle, and the chaplain of the Newark Police Department. “They cut her from cheek to cheek. They left her head hanging.”

McClain said the mortician told him he had to work for three days to put his grand-niece’s face back together.

“Most people couldn’t tell, when he was done, but the family could tell,” he said.

The defendant in the current trial is illegal alien Rudolfo Godinez, who is believed to be an MS-13 recruiter who arranged for gangster wanna-bes to murder random people as an aptitude test.

Godinez had been previously arrested for critically knifing a man during a robbery, but he was released despite the felony charge and illegal status. (Another of the accused is illegal Peruvian Jose Lachira Carranza, who was charged with repeatedly raping a young girl but was out on bail at the time of the murders.)

Survivor: Machete attack preceded 3 NJ killings, AP, April 29, 2010

She had been sexually assaulted, slashed with a machete and shot in the head, but as the young woman clung to life she could think only of one thing: Where are my friends?

“I remember an ambulance coming to pick me up and telling them I’m fine,” the woman testified Thursday in the first trial stemming from the killings of three friends in a Newark schoolyard. “I kept moving the breathing thing out of the way. I kept telling them, ‘There’s some kids back there at the wall, go find them.'”

Emergency responders found the three — Dashon Harvey and Iofemi Hightower, both 20, and 18-year-old Terrance “T.J.” Aeriel — slumped against a wall behind the school. Prosecutors say they were led down a flight of stairs, lined up and each shot in the back of the head.

The woman’s testimony Thursday represented her first public account of what happened near Mount Vernon School on a warm summer night in 2007. The woman, who was 19 at the time, is not being identified by The Associated Press because of sexual assault charges against some of the defendants.

Her identification of a picture of one of the suspects in the days after the slayings ultimately led to the capture of all six. The first defendant, Nicaraguan national Rodolfo Godinez, is on trial on murder, felony murder, robbery and weapons charges.

Anger over the slayings gave urgency to several anti-crime measures that have been credited with helping lower Newark’s murder rate by nearly 40 percent from 2006 to 2008.

During nearly three hours of testimony before a packed courtroom, the woman, wearing glasses and a light brown leather jacket over a gray blouse, described in a calm, measured tone the events of Aug. 4, 2007. It began with four friends, all of whom lived in Newark and were students at Delaware State University, assembling early in the evening to drive around, hang out and listen to music.

Parts of her testimony drew quiet gasps from a group of about three dozen friends and family members, while other parts drew chuckles, such as when she described Harvey doing a dance on the playground to music playing from her car radio.

Under direct examination by Essex County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas McTigue, the woman testified that the four were set upon by six men and boys, two of whom were in the school playground when the friends arrived and four more who arrived about 40 minutes later.

The two who were already there were sitting on a small set of bleachers drinking beer and didn’t seem threatening, she said. But that quickly changed when the others arrived.

As the friends sensed danger and tried to get in their car, they were ordered to lie on the ground.

“We all complied,” she said. “I was scared. I had never been robbed before. I hoped they’d just steal my car and keep moving. … I didn’t think they’d start going crazy the way they did.” Continue reading this article

“Gentle” Mexico Unmasked

What sweet timing that a report of human rights abuses against Central Americans as they transit Mexico was just published. Mexico has been working itself into a tizzy of self-indulgent rage against the impudence of Arizonans for enacting crackdown legislation, and just issued travel warnings for its precious citizens when they approach the state. Mexico’s Presidente Calderon sniffily condemned Arizona’s act of self-preservation, saying “Criminalising immigration, which is a social and economic phenomenon, this way opens the door to intolerance, hate, discrimination and abuse in law enforcement.”

(Hint to El Presidente: many Americans are becoming tired of pushy Mexicans thinking they can just waltz into our country whenever they want. Mexicans have a nation of their own and are welcome to remain in it.)

Thank you, Amnesty International!

Mexico acknowledges migrant abuse, pledges changes, AP, April 28, 2010

Amnesty International called the abuse of migrants in Mexico a major human rights crisis Wednesday, and accused some officials of turning a blind eye or even participating in the kidnapping, rape and murder of migrants.

The group’s report comes at a sensitive time for Mexico, which is protesting the passage of a law in Arizona that criminalizes undocumented migrants.

The Interior Department acknowledged in a statement that the mainly Central American migrants who pass through Mexico on their way to the United States suffer abuses, but attributed the problem to criminal gangs branching out into kidnapping and extortion of migrants.

Rupert Knox, Amnesty’s Mexico researcher, said in the report that the failure by authorities to tackle abuses against migrants has made their trip through Mexico one of the most dangerous in the world.

“Migrants in Mexico are facing a major human rights crisis leaving them with virtually no access to justice, fearing reprisals and deportation if they complain of abuses,” Knox said.

Central American migrants are frequently pulled off trains, kidnapped en masse, held at gang hideouts and forced to call relatives in the U.S. to pay off the kidnappers. Such kidnappings affect thousands of migrants each year in Mexico, the report says.

Many are beaten, raped or killed in the process.

Well, that’s not very welcoming. In fact, Mexico has tough laws against illegal aliens and enforces them harshly, despite hypocrite Calderon’s discounting the illegality when the topic is Mexicans invading the United States.

To be fair, in the past local Mexes have complained that invasive Central Americans loiter about, form gangs and commit crimes. What a concept, that outsiders would group together into criminal gangs.

Amnesty has a written report (Invisible Victims: Migrants on the Move in Mexico) and produced a brief video (below) that shows Mexico treating its fellow Hispanics rather cruelly. One could characterize Mexicans’ behavior as being filled with HATE.

Hey, someone should contact the $PLC about this right away!

Arizona: Dinosaur Media Emphasize Race Hysteria While Ignoring Alien Crime against Citizens

A major reason for Arizona to legislate tougher tools for police to use against illegal foreigners has been the worsening crime due to open borders. But the corrupt media refuses to use the opportunity to expand on that subject and explain to the public at large that there illegal immigration is not a victimless crime.

The March murder of rancher Robert Krenz on his own land apparently by an illegal alien certainly caused a lot of outrage and fear in southern Arizona. However the liberal media generally has given the killing short shrift if they mention it at all.

There are many Americans injured and dead from violent attacks and automotive crashes that tough border protection and interior enforcement could have prevented.

In 2008, Gilbert high school student Kelly Tracy was killed in an auto collision with a previously arrested illegal alien. The killer, Manuel Contreras-Galdean, had good quality forged documents and police feared being accused of racial profiling if they inquired into his status.

In Chandler, residents were terrorized by a serial child rapist predator for over a year and half. Illegal alien Santana Batiz-Aceves was sentenced to 168 years in prison for six violent attacks, although it is believed he committed many more. The Chandler Rapist worked as a heavy equipment operator despite his prior felonies for drugs and burglary, as well as being deported three times.

In 2007, I wrote about politically correct police leadership that supports the open-borders agenda while officers were being killed by illegal aliens: The Thin Blue Line Is Compromised at the Top. Among the officers killed were two from Arizona, Mark Atkinson of the Phoenix PD and Kenneth Collings also of Phoenix.

Other Arizona police murdered by illegal aliens since that time include Nick Erfle and Shane Figuroa.

We shouldn’t forget other flavors of crime amped up by Mexican thugs rampaging at will, such as Arizona’s rampant car theft, and Phoenix’s title of the kidnapping capital of the United States.

Worsening crime committed by uninvited foreigners has become part and parcel of life in Arizona today — the backstory which should be told by the media to explain why Arizonans believe they have put up with enough.

Instead, the press has engaged in a racial trash-talking contest, where liberals demonstrate their anti-racist cred, and compete for being the furthest left, such as Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, who began a recent op-ed (Arizona’s new immigration law is an act of vengeance), “Arizona’s draconian new immigration law is an abomination — racist, arbitrary, oppressive, mean-spirited, unjust.”

More reckless still are Democratic pols, who seek to portray conservative Arizona as a racist backwater. They will try anything to tear down the opposition to the Obama’s socialist agenda, which faces a rough election in November. Even though 60 percent of Americans favor letting local police stop and check for immigration status, the Democrats soldier on, because they have few cards to play.

Exhibit A is the Democrat mayor of Phoenix, Phil Gordon, who authored an opinion piece for the Washington Post. The trick was to characterize Arizonans as racist, without infuriating his constituents, so he focused Alinski-style abuse on the out-front leaders, Sen. Russell Pearce and Sheriff Joe Arpaio:

Not in my state: Anti-immigration law doesn’t reflect the beliefs of Arizona’s people, April 24, 2010

As an immigration bill that nationally embarrasses Arizona becomes bad law, our best hope in my hometown is that the rest of America doesn’t do to Arizona what Senate Bill 1070 requires our police officers to do to people with brown skin: “profile” them based on stereotypes and insufficient information.

Arizona is not a state seething with hatred, eager to trample the civil rights of residents in haphazard pursuit of illegal immigrants. Nor are most Arizonans bigots eager to drag our state back to the 1980s, when Gov. Evan Mecham’s absurd behavior made our home a national laughingstock.

Our state is frustrated. We have become ground zero in the battle over illegal immigration because of years of lapsed federal border security. This week that frustration exploded, thanks to hateful political opportunists such as state Sen. Russell Pearce, the author of the legislation, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is already under investigation by the federal Justice Department for alleged violations of civil rights.

Pearce and Arpaio — two men who are to Arizona law enforcement what George Wallace was to Alabama government — care less about capturing human smugglers and drug cartel gunmen than they do about capturing headlines. And in a state with a far-right legislature that is increasingly out of step with an increasingly moderate population, they’re also out of step with the rules of basic civility.

Woods’ crass demagoguery is an ugly exercise in race politics. Worse, it’s dangerous. These liberals are playing with fire, as the semi-riot in Phoenix the day of the bill signing indicated (see video below).

The illegal Mexicans et al have been told for so long that it’s their right to rip off this country at will that many are furious at being thwarted. Corrupt partisans shouldn’t be egging them on for political gain when widespread violence is quite possible. Saturday is May Day, and riots could easily result because pandering politicians and media are painting illegal aliens as victims rather than as the lawbreakers they are.

San Francisco Intends to Boycott Arizona

The capital of the Left Coast has serious problems at home — including a projected budget deficit of $522 million and an unemployment rate of 10.3 percent for the city and county — but the San Francisco Board of Supervisors takes its valuable time to condemn Arizona for stepping up to the plate on borders and immigration in the face of Washington negligence.

What a city.

San Francisco calling for a boycott of Arizona, San Francisco Chronicle, April 26, 2010

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors are calling for a sweeping boycott of Arizona in the wake of that state’s harsh new rules aimed at illegal immigrants.

A resolution that will go before the board Tuesday will call for San Francisco to end any and all contracts with Arizona-based companies and to stop doing business with the state.

“We want to send a message,” Supervisor David Campos told a rally on the steps of City Hall this morning. “There are consequences when you target a whole people.”

Last Friday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a law making it a crime for an immigrant to be in the state without proof of legal residency and requiring police to seek out and detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally.

The law, which will take effect this summer, is certain to face legal challenges. President Obama has called the bill “misguided” and ordered the Justice Department to determine whether it violates civil rights.

There’s no way to tell yet how a boycott of Arizona would affect San Francisco.
“We’re trying to figure that out now,” Campos said. “We do know that we won’t be sending any city employees to conferences in Arizona.”

City Attorney Dennis Herrera also called for a wide-ranging boycott of Arizona and pledged to have attorneys in his office work with the city to identify contracts with Arizona companies and help break those contracts where possible.

The boycott resolution won’t be the only immigration-based measure on the board’s agenda Tuesday. The supervisors also are expected to pass a resolution condemning audits by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement designed to force local employers to fire undocumented workers.

The resolution calls for Congress to place a moratorium on “piecemeal” immigration enforcement efforts and encourages Congress and the president to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill “that prioritizes keeping families together, upholding civil and human rights and promoting economic justice.”

Notice that bit near the end where San Francisco discriminates against legal workers?? The current city unemployment rate (10,3%) is well above the national average, yet the Supes want to discriminate against legal and citizen workers by protecting illegals instead of liberating illegally occupied jobs.

What a city. Are San Francisco Values upside down or what?

In addition, in simple financial analysis, San Francisco’s biggest industry is tourism, and offending millions of possible visitors does not seem a wise strategy. In 2009, visitors to the city spent $7.8 billion, and 66,000 jobs depend on tourism. Seventy percent of Arizona voters approve of the new law, and with a population of 6.6 million, that works out to 4.6 millions Arizonans who may not be inclined to visit San Francisco because of its extreme sanctuary policy and open borders ideology.

Complain-o-rama: Utah Requires Foreigners to Pass Driver's Test in English

Oh, the humanity! A state expects foreign newbies to be able to read the local traffic signs in order to be licensed to drive. A recent article from Salt Lake informed readers that a suffering Somali refugee was forced to endure taking the bus and (gasp!) walking. Shouldn’t refugees at least get a right to taxpayer-funded free taxis 24/7? Hmm?

(Perhaps the paper was bored with the many stories of unhappy unemployed refugees — who are still being imported despite the jobs depression — and wanted a change of complaint.)

Not all states are so scrupulous about public safety: California for example provides DL tests in 32 languages — so diverse! Furthermore, ethno-organizations that value their tribe’s special treatment above all else actually campaign against testing in America’s common language.

Groups lobby against English-only driver’s license test, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 8, 2010

Currently, a Georgia driver’s license test can be administered in one of 13 different languages. SB 67, pushed by Sen. Jack Murphy of Cumming, would limit those languages to just English. Murphy, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, said English-only is a public safety issue. He said he doesn’t want people who can’t read not being able to understand road signs.

Back to the Utah case…

‘English only’ driver’s test change makes refugees’ lives even tougher, Salt Lake Tribune, April 23, 2010

When Ibrahim Ahmed’s wife recently told him she was out of diapers for their young twins, it was 11 p.m. So the Somali refugee, who used to drive a bus in Africa, set out on foot in Salt Lake City. Nearly an hour later, he arrived at the grocery store.

After five months living in Utah, Ahmed has tried to pass the written drivers license test three times. Though he speaks seven languages, including a fair amount of English, he has yet to succeed.

Had he arrived in Utah a year ago, he could have taken a “picture” version of the driver license test, perhaps passed and vastly improved his and his family’s life.

But last fall, the state Driver License Division eliminated that version of the test. Officials wanted to comply with Utah law, which requires the division to test a prospective driver’s “ability to read and understand simple English used in highway traffic and directional signs.” Questions had persisted about the picture test’s validity and whether it was equivalent to the written test.

“We have no desire to make things more difficult for anyone,” said Chris Caras, the bureau chief of driver services. “But we do have an obligation to hold everyone to the same standard.” Continue reading this article

Mexico Miffed at Arizona

The crackhouse country next door is up to its usual hypocrisy, bashing Arizona for legislating to protect its sovereignty and public safety, when Mexico itself is known to treat illegal aliens within its territory harshly. The New York Times reported that Mexico deported 170,000 in 2006. Hey, Mexes, Hondurans are human too, as the signs say.

Moochico is complaining because it wants to preserve its favorite source of easy money: remittances. Though cash sent home by Mexicans has decreased during the recession, the parasite country received $21.18 billion in remittances during 2009.

Part of the sweeping arrogance one detects in the sombrero-wearing invaders is the Mexicans’ assumption that America’s southern border is just a suggestion. A 2002 Zogby poll found that 58 percent of Mexicans believe the American Southwest belongs to them. Like the jihadist Muslims flooding Europe, many believe they are reclaiming what is theirs, which is not a good basis for assimilation and loyalty.

Oh, and a 2006 poll found that many Mexicans have a poor opinion of Americans, believing us to be racist, lazy and corrupt. So any “debate” that occurs about borders and sovereignty is not made in good faith: they are not good neighbors, but money grubbers.

Mexico always wants a handout of freebies from generous/stupid Uncle Sucka, and when its expectations are thwarted, it becomes… angry.

Mexico angry about new Arizona immigration law, the Hill, April 24, 2010

Mexico is reacting angrily to a controversial immigration bill that was panned by President Barack Obama but signed into law Friday by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R).

The law requires police to ask for identification or other proof of immigration status if they suspect that they’re in the country illegally. A corrdidor for both drug and human smuggling, Arizona is home to an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants, and proponents of the law argue that the federal government has dropped the ball in securing the border.

Critics contend that the bill will lead to racial profiling and civil rights abuses. Hours before Brewer signed the legislation, which passed nearly along party lines in the state Senate, Obama criticized the effort as “misguided” and said it “threatened to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.”

Secretary of Foreign Affairs Patricia Espinosa said that the Mexican government concurs.

“The government of Mexico regrets that, despite the overtures made at all levels by Mexican federal and state officials, the legislators who passed this measure and the governor of Arizona have not taken into account the valuable contributions of migrants to the economy, society and culture of Arizona and the United States of America,” Espinosa said. “The Mexican government took various steps to express to the Arizona government its concerns about the law without obtaining a positive response.

“The government of Mexico acknowledges the sovereign right of every country to decide on the public policies that should apply in their territory,” she continued. “Nevertheless, when a measure such as SB 1070 has the potential of affecting the human rights of thousands of Mexicans, the Mexican government cannot remain indifferent.”

The Mexican Senate had unanimously passed a resolution Thursday urging Brewer to veto the law.

“Criminalization is not the way to resolve undocumented immigration,” Espinosa said. “The existence of cross-border labor markets requires comprehensive, long-term solutions. Shared responsibility, trust and mutual respect must be the bases for addressing the shared challenges in North America.”

McCain Explores the Campaign Trail in Arizona

This is certainly a fine time to be an Arizona voter. First there is the pride in the state’s leadership in dealing with a vexing problem that elites want left as is, namely the open borders that provide a dependable glut of exploitable alien labor.

In addition, voters can enjoy the entertaining gyrations of candidate John McCain, who is hopping around like a bug on a hot skillet, at least as far as his position on immigration anarchy goes.

He’s now against it, in case you hadn’t heard. Yep, border enforcement and the safety of citizens (particularly voting constituents!) are his new favorite things. And he hopes voters will forget his energetic pursuit of amnesty for millions of lawbreaking foreigners against the will of the American people.

How the mighty have fallen. The Presidential candidate of 2008 is now in danger of losing in the Republican primary to a real friend of borders and sovereignty, JD Hayworth. So Senator McCain now goes hat in hand to convince voters that he isn’t running a con job on them with his election year conversion.

Immigration dominates McCain town hall, Arizona Daily Star, April 24, 2010

Several in the crowd said they support the new law and expressed frustration about the lack of enforcement.

Bob Foy, a 68-year-old retired lieutenant in the Los Angeles sheriff’s department, said holes in border enforcement are allowing the free flow of narcotics and weapons into the country. “We’re in such imminent danger that we don’t have another 100 years to get this straight,” he said. The new law, while “not the perfect answer, is an answer,” he said.

One woman said she lives near the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, which is being “trashed” by border crossers. Another said her daughter’s boyfriend is an illegal immigrant who has been in prison three times and keeps coming back.

One man chimed in that he was concerned about the mood, saying he was getting a vibe of animosity toward Mexican people in general.

McCain responded, “I am worried about anti-Hispanic feeling in this country and I am concerned about condemning good, honest citizens of Hispanic origin because of this (immigration) problem.” He noted Tucson was a Spanish-speaking city before it was English and he cherished the Latino heritage.

Oops, some backsliding there at the end. He can’t help burping out the kumbaya diversity stuff from time to time. It would be nice if McCain cherished the American heritage and sovereignty, but he’s apparently imbibed the globalist Kool-aid so popular in the Beltway.

McCain’s flip-floppery is so blatant that even CNN has noticed.

Arizona Crackdown Bill Is Signed into Law

This is a sweet moment, and is the result of elected officials taking their responsibilities seriously. Thanks to Russell Pearce and others in the Arizona legislature who brought this important bill across the finish line.

The ink was hardly dry before the reflexive squawks about racial profiling were railing at full blast. Days earlier, Cardinal Roger Mahony, a known pedophile priest protector, had characterized the tougher strategy as being similar to Nazi tactics. After the signing in Phoenix, a “small riot” broke out.

However, illegal aliens better not get caught while driving drunk, because police are now better equipped to protect public safety.

For the factual details, see the Arizona Fact Sheet for SB 1070.

Fox News’ Cavuto show was running earlier when Gov. Jan Brewer signed the bill, and Sheriff Paul Beleu was on hand to comment. He was enthusiastic about the law saying, “Crime is out of control in Arizona … and we need this as an additional tool.” As he explained how the law would be implemented, the situations he described of using “reasonable suspicion” were in the context of pulling over an errant motorist. When Neil asked about seeing a group of Hispanic men “gathering in an area,” the Sheriff responded that “Fourth Amendment rights are still in force.”

McCain Makeover: The Voter-Amnesia Campaign

The wonders of a primary election! As a result of a credible challenge by JD Hayworth (now within five points), the former maverick is now listening to the voice of the people, and they want border anarchy to end. So he has conveniently turned over a new leaf.

Indeed, Senator John McCain now accurately discusses in detail the border issues that affect his state: crime is up, the Mexican cartels are doing as they please and the good citizens are endangered by violent rampant lawlessness flowing north from Mexico. Who knew he knew?

His April 22 sit-down with Greta van Sustern included a fact about border porosity that was new to me; e.g. that cartels now use ultralites to deliver their drug loads, plunking them down in the U.S. for easy pick-up.

What’s refreshingly, hypocritically new is McCain’s sudden conversion to border security. He told Greta that “Our border is completely out of control” (4:59), and described cartel smuggling as “organized crime at its worst” (6:00). The Senator rattled off an array of illegal alien statistics to illustrate his cred. The revised narrative is that criminality in south Arizona is now far worse than when Presidential candidate McCain was the Pied Piper of alien amnesty, leading a diverse throng toward the destruction of American sovereignty. That’s his excuse, and he’s sticking to it.

The whole thing is like a visit to a parallel reverse universe — but in a good way, sort of. The redesigned McCain is at once hilarious and disturbing. Only a fool would think that his campaign persona would survive as improved voting if he is reelected, but the tapdance is quite a spin.

See Johnny act!

For more about the Senator’s flip-flop, see Michelle Malkin’s reflections on John McCain Past: John S. McCain, Will You Please Go Now?, filled with numerous examples like the following:

When McCain’s friend GOP Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma put forth an amendment to “require the enforcement of existing border security and immigration laws and congressional approval before amnesty can be granted,” McCain refused to take a position and sat out the vote. The amendment failed 42-54.

What a difference a decent challenging candidate makes.

Normal Afghan Pederasty

For the not-all-cultures-are-morally-equal file… On Wednesday I watched the documentary The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan on PBS and was appalled, although not surprised. (You can watch the entire 53-minute film on the Frontline website.)

The documentary is a disturbing journey through the male subculture known as bacha bazi where powerful men keep stables of boys for dancing and sex. Attractive boys are recruited from poor families, who receive money for giving up their child. The boys are persuaded that the tutelage of a wealthy man is an advantage for them. It may seem like fun to the kids when they are learning music and dance, but when the lights go out and other requirements are made, it must be a horrifying moment for an innocent youngster.

The film is surprisingly blatant. Although no sex acts are shown, the slavering lust of adult men for pre-teen boys is omnipresent.

This is a culture that is fundamentally twisted, largely because of the depersonalization of women. Men have sex with women to have children, but for a good time they want a smooth-skinned boy, because women are not even seen as people under Islam. (A recent report cited how a girls’ school in Afghanistan was sprayed with poison gas.) The boys are dressed up as women and instructed to entertain the all-male audience, which is even more depraved.

The following clip gives a sense of what is shown in the film:

I had two strong reactions to the film: first, that Muslim immigration is nothing but trouble and should STOP. We gain nothing by welcoming such a barbaric culture into our midst. We see by the experience of Europe that Muslims don’t come to join our communities but to spread their system of religious fascism. The 2000 Census counted 45,195 Afghani-born persons residing in the United States. The Afghanistan Embassy more recently put the number at 300,000. Certainly the 2010 Census will reveal how diverse the population within our border has become.

Interestingly, when a group of Taliban toured the United States prior to 9/11, they were enthusiastically welcomed by Afghans residing in America, like those in Fremont, California (Bay Area community watches Taliban depredations from afar, San Francisco Chronicle, March 18, 2001).

Second, we are wasting our tax money with nation-building in Afghanistan. You can make a case that there is a more educated middle class in Iraq that might eventually accept democratic principles, but Afghanistan is backward even by Muslim standards. Killing Taliban is worthwhile, but the idea that Afghanistan can possibly be more than a primitive backwater in the next century is a pipe dream. Nation-building there is an absurd waste, particularly given America’s financial situation. Let the American armed forces kill the bad guys, and leave the social work to the charitable NGOs.

Cardinal Mahony Is Sued over Abuse

Los Angeles’ pompous top Catholic, Cardinal Roger Mahony, recently compared patriotic Arizonans who support border security to Nazis, even though polling shows that 70 percent of voters favor the tough new legislation.

(Funny how pundits wring their hands over the worsening criminal anarchy in Mexico, but when Americans act to preserve public safety in our own country, that somehow is “mean-spirited” to use Mahony’s crude terminology. )

But his well documented activities of protecting pedophile priests keep popping up, which should disqualify him from making moral judgements (which are wrong and reprehensible anyway).

Mahony has presided over the Los Angeles diocese since 1985, and fought the release of church documents detailing parishioner complaints from police. (See the LA Times 2005 article, Study Reveals Vast Scope of Priest Abuse.) He also allowed priests facing prosecution to flee the country.

Perhaps the authorities will use Mahony’s retirement next year as an opportunity to pursue justice for his many crimes. Until then, there is a lawsuit on the horizon:

Attorneys sue LA, Mexico City cardinals over abuse, AP, April 20, 2010

A Mexican citizen filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Tuesday accusing Roman Catholic cardinals in Mexico City and Los Angeles of conspiring to shelter a Mexican pedophile priest in both countries.

The lawsuit alleges then-Bishop Norberto Rivera, head of the Diocese of Tehuacan, and Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony shuttled the Rev. Nicolas Aguilar Rivera between the U.S. and Mexico in the late 1980s to shield him from prosecution. Parishioners in both countries complained he had molested young boys.

The Mexican bishop has since been elevated to cardinal for the Archdiocese of Mexico City. He has no relation to the accused priest.

Aguilar Rivera was defrocked last summer and remains at large in Mexico, where he was believed to be living out of his car in Puebla, in central Mexico. He has been wanted by U.S. authorities on 19 felony counts of lewd conduct since he fled his temporary post in Los Angeles in 1988 and returned to Mexico.

The Ongoing John McCain Saga: How the Worm Turns

Back in the ancient days of the 2008 Presidential Campaign, candidate John McCain pledged on Spanish-language television to work for illegal alien amnesty starting “the first day” of his Presidency.

No one has ever doubted that McCain was sincere in his open-borders agenda. His genuine dedication to rewarding foreign lawbreakers with amnesty was demonstrated by his patient work to create comprehensive legislation with his pal Ted Kennedy. He employed open-borders extremist Juan Hernandez as director of hispanic outreach for his Presidential campaign. One can only assume that the legal/illegal distinction is not a biggie to the Senator.

Nowadays however, Senator McCain is facing a tough primary election against a real pro-borders conservative, JD Hayworth, who has been steadily gaining (April 15 Rasmussen poll: McCain 47%, Hayworth 42%). McCain is scrambling for relevance, and is hoping the Arizona voters will have amnesty amnesia. Fortunately, border supporters now have YouTube to refresh voters’ memories, for example his 2008 speech to the La Raza convention:

True, Sen McCain has long supported securing the border, but only as a precursor to comprehensive amnesty. As he remarked in the speech filmed above, the government lost the people’s trust when it gave amnesty to millions in 1986 while leaving the border wide open. So the tough-sounding border rhetoric is merely a political device.

On April 19, he released a 10-point blueprint for border protection at a press conference with Senator Kyl and Arizona Sheriffs Larry Dever and Paul Babeu:

McCain, Kyl Announce Border Security Plan

1. Immediately deploy 3,000 National Guard Troops along the Arizona/Mexico border, along with appropriate surveillance platforms, which shall remain in place until the Governor of Arizona certifies, after consulting with state, local and tribal law enforcement, that the Federal Government has achieved operational control of the border.  Permanently add 3,000 Custom and Border Protection Agents to the Arizona/Mexico border by 2015.

2. Fully fund and support Operation Streamline in Arizona’s two Border Patrol Sectors to, at a minimum, ensure that repeat illegal border crossers go to  jail for 15 to 60 days.  Where Operation Streamline has been implemented, the number of illegal crossings has decreased significantly.  Require the Obama Administration to complete a required report detailing the justice and enforcement resources needed to fully fund this program.  Fully reimburse localities for any related detention costs.

3. Provide $100M, an increase of $40M, for Operation Stonegarden, a program that provides grants and reimbursement to Arizona’s border law enforcement for additional personnel, overtime, travel and other related costs related to illegal immigration and drug smuggling along the border.

4. Offer Hardship Duty Pay to Border Patrol Agents assigned to rural, high-trafficked areas, such as the CBP Willcox and Douglas Stations in the Tucson Sector.

5. Complete the 700 miles of fencing along the border with Mexico and construct double- and triple- layer fencing at appropriate locations along the Arizona-Mexico border. […]

The good news about the presser (beyond the crass political theater) was the opportunity for actual law enforcement personnel to talk about the growing lawlessness and danger to officers and the public. Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County was later interviewed on MSNBC about the situation on the Arizona border, and he remarked at the outset that the violence committed by illegal alien smugglers is “the number one public safety issue in all of Arizona”:

N.b: the above clip was posted on Senator McCain’s YouTube channel, because now he is the defender of public safety. For Americans!

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