Press and Pols Bravely Support Free Speech in Theory, but Dangerous Cartoons Not So Much

There’s been a lot of bravado about free speech following the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. The President was one of the worst, remarking:

The fact that this was an attack on journalists, attack on our free press, also underscores the degree to which these terrorists fear freedom — of speech and freedom of the press.  But the one thing that I’m very confident about is that the values that we share with the French people, a belief — a universal belief in the freedom of expression, is something that can’t be silenced because of the senseless violence of the few.

Obama tried to sound brave about free speech but nevertheless failed to name the killers as jihadist Muslims following the guidelines of the Koran to slay the infidel. Does he think he is fooling anyone about the nature of the perps?

Secretary of State John Kerry was likewise vacuous:

The murderers dared proclaim Charlie Hebdo is dead.  But make no mistake.  They are wrong.  The freedom of expression that this magazine, no matter what your feelings were about it, freedom of expression that it represented is not able to be killed by this kind of active terrorism.

Mark Steyn pointed out the similar hypocrisy of the media for not printing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, which are the heart of the matter. Dense prose may be overlooked by the hostiles, but simple cartoons can be understood by anyone, regardless of language or education. The media speaks broadly in support for free speech but they are not willing to take the heat to defend it by printing dangerous images.

MARK STEYN: Yes, they were very brave. This was the only publication that was willing to publish the Muhammad — the Danish Muhammad cartoons in 2006 because they decided to stand by those Danish cartoonists. I’m proud to have written for the only Canadian magazine to publish those Muhammad cartoons. And it’s because The New York Times didn’t and Le Monde in Paris didn’t, and the London Times didn’t and all the other great newspapers of the world didn’t – only Charlie Hebdo and my magazine in Canada and a few others did. But they were forced to bear a burden that should have been more widely dispersed.

I see all these teary candle-lit vigils and everyone claiming suddenly to be for freedom of speech. I think one consequence of this is a lot of people will retreat even further into self-censorship. The New York Daily News won’t even show — it dishonors the dead in Paris by not even showing properly the cartoons; they pixilated Mohammed out of it so it looks like Mohammed is in the witness protection program, but they left the hooked nosed Jew in, and that exactly gets the double standard here. You can say anything about Christianity, you can say anything you like about Judaism, but these guys, everyone understands the message that if you say something about Islam these guys will kill you, and we will be retreating into a lot more self-censorship if the pansified Western media doesn’t man up and decide to disperse the risk so they can’t kill one small, little French satirical magazine. They’ve gotta kill all of us…

The fact that [the major media] won’t even show you them after people have been killed for them shows that we are actually retreating; the media — which congratulates itself on its bravery is one of the most tedious institutions for handing out awards for its bravery far more than fireman or soldiers do — the fact that they didn’t even have the courage to show these cartoons after they became a news story is why these brave men at Charlie Hebdo had to bear the burden almost single-handed.

I looked around some to find any examples of newspapers printing Hebdo cartoons. I found one in (which posts front pages) of a Berlin daily which has an assortment. The headline translates to “Massacre in Paris — Attack on Freedom.”

Another item from Berlin showed up on Twitter late Tuesday:

WeaselZippers found a Hebdo cartoon on the opinion page of the Washington Post (Charlie Hebdo’s editors took big risks to defend freedom of expression):

So there are a few exceptions that run counter to Steyn’s poor opinion of the print media.

Mexican President Nieto Gets a Day Off in the White House

On the same day that the Republican Senate was sworn in and the GOP majority of the House was increased, Obama received Mexican Presidente Enrique Pena Nieto for a friendly chat about erasing America’s borders and sovereignty. It was just an accident of scheduling, surely, not a petulant act of an extreme President whose policies were rejected last November by the voters.

The meeting was certainly convenient for both. The US President got a friendly guest who wants the same thing that Obama wants — open borders and a firehose stream of future Democrat Mexicans into in this country. Nieto got an opportunity for flattering photos from in the White House, plus a welcome break from months of political battering at home. Last February, Time magazine hailed him as “Saving Mexico” with a hopeful cover story about the new reformer.

But these days, Nieto is not popular at home, following the horrific case of the 43 missing college students who were apparently kidnapped by police and turned over to gangsters to be murdered for disagreeing with a local mayor.

There were other scandals last year, mostly concerning on the power of organized crime in Mexico and its relation to the government. Reform didn’t happen under Nieto because Mexico is too corrupt and violent to be easily fixed.

Right on cue, the Daily Mail reported that Mexican cartel recruits are now required to eat the hearts of murder victims in an effort to keep out infiltrators. So Aztec.

But when el Presidente comes to call in Washington, Obama treats Mexico like any other country, which it isn’t. Mexico is a backwater of violence, antipathy to education and misogyny, yet it is the largest source of immigrants to America. Lucky us.

Mexico’s Leader, Peña Nieto, Praises Obama on Immigration, New York Times, January 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — Mexico’s president,Enrique Peña Nieto, on Tuesday praised President Obama’s actions to shield millions of unauthorized immigrants from deportation, describing them as “an act of justice” after meeting with Mr. Obama at the White House.

In his own remarks, Mr. Obama thanked Mr. Peña Nieto for helping to inform Mexicans that the protections he outlined as part of an executive action on immigration last year would be granted only to those who have been in the United States for years.

“We’re also going to be much more aggressive at the border in ensuring that people come through the system legally,” Mr. Obama said, adding that the “Mexican government’s been very helpful” in making that clear.

Mr. Obama also thanked Mr. Peña Nieto for helping to stem the flow of migrant children into the United States from Central America last summer, saying that “at the southern border we’ve seen those numbers reduced dramatically to much more manageable levels.”

Mr. Peña Nieto’s visit to Washington coincides with increased cooperation between the United States and Mexico.

Mexico has responded enthusiastically to Mr. Obama’s move to regularize the legal status of people who are in the United States illegally, a majority of them from Mexico, and to normalize relations with Cuba, at a time when Mexico itself is seeking to repair frayed relations with that country. Continue reading this article

Paris: Jihadists 'Avenge the Prophet' with Mass Slaughter of Magazine Staff

Masked Muslims invaded the Paris office of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and murdered a dozen cartoonists and journalists on Wednesday. The publication was an equal-opportunity insulter, goosing political figures and religions alike. But Muslims got their turbans out of joint when they saw Mohammed made the object of humor.

Below, the office of Charlie Hebdo was firebombed in 2011 for the magazine’s satires of Mohammed, but editor Stephane Charbonnier refused to cower in fear, saying, “I prefer to die standing than living on my knees.” He was killed on Wednesday.

France is afflicted with at least five million Muslims and they are remarkably touchy about any perceived affront to their religion, a belief system which westerners are supposed to respect despite its barbaric norms of headchopping innocents and enslaving women. The Islamic response is to condemn and attack free speech as practiced in the west, and that behavior alone should make Muslims ineligible for immigration.

One remembers the 2004 murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh on an Amsterdam street by a Muslim angry about an Islam-critical film, Submission. The axe-wielding attack of a Somali was a close call on cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who managed to escape into his “panic” room until police arrived. In 2013 cartoonist Lars Hedegaard narrowly escaped an assassination attempt when the gunshot whizzed by his head after a jihadist posing as a delivery man came to the door.

In 2010, five Muslims were arrested for plotting a mass murder at the office of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which famously published a series of controversial Mohammed cartoons. So the idea in Muslim brains of attacking the office of a publication is not new, but the attackers’ success in killing a dozen in Paris today is deeply disturbing and shows that preventing jihad murders is not foolproof.

Some of France’s best cartoonists were gunned down by jihadists in the recent attack. Left to right: Jean Cabut (“Cabu”), Stephane Charbonnier (“Charb”), Bernard Verlhac (“Tignous”), Georges Wolinski.

Your French phrase for the day (or year) should be: “Je suis Charlie” — I am Charlie, a phrase growing in popularity across France.

It’s similar to “I am Spartacus.”

Border Kids Flee Central America Gang Violence to Reside in Crime-Infested Oakland, but Free Stuff Conquers All

In Oakland CA, the International High School educates nearly 100 border surge kiddies, as noted in a typically diversity-positive story from PBS. We learn about all the special services the junior illegal foreigners receive, but no dollar cost to the taxpayer is given. They get free meals, special language classes and lots of psychological counseling for their “huge mental health needs.”

Below, diverse foreigners are urged not to hurt one another in a multi-lingual sign at Oakland International High School.

It’s curious that a commonly cited reason for kids leaving Central America is gang violence, which they say they want to escape. So they come to Oakland (sometimes to be with illegal alien parents) which is a big gang town. Nevertheless we are supposed to forget their silly excuses and shower them with free stuff despite the needs of millions of Americans living in poverty, some number of whom reside in Oakland.

I wrote about Oakland International High School last year: Immigrant Students’ Soccer Field Grab Stomps Baseball Field of Dreams. It seems that newbie kids wanted to play soccer on a baseball field that was built by a neighborhood group at a cost of $400,000 raised by local folks. The soccer kids were allowed to use the field if they didn’t wear cleats, which of course they did. The field was torn up and baseball-playing Americans were stuck with a damaged diamond, because immigrants with a sense of entitlement whined, “It feels like we don’t belong here, like it’s not our school.” That’s how things roll in Diversifornia these days.

Watch the PBS segment for a couple seconds of Ric Oberlink from the Californians for Population Stabilization at 7:15:

Schools provide educational and mental health support to influx of undocumented teens, PBS Newshour, January 2, 2015

Ever since a surge of unaccompanied minors crossed the U.S. border last year, many California schools have seen a flood of undocumented teens. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports on how one school is learning to adapt to their new students and how Obama’s immigration announcement may change education systems nationwide.


HARI SREENIVASAN: Officials in this country have also been dealing with a surge in illegal immigration this past year, most dramatically when a wave of unaccompanied children and young adults flooded north across the U.S.-Mexican border last spring and summer. Many were detained and face possible deportation back to their home countries.

But, as special correspondent Spencer Michels reports, those who made it to American cities face other challenges in their new lives.

SPENCER MICHELS: Nearly 100 miners who came to the U.S. without their parents make up about a quarter of the student body at Oakland International High School in California. Altogether, nearly 60,000 unaccompanied minors were caught at the border this year.

Most are from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Protests both for and against the Obama administration immigration policies greeted their arrival. When apprehended, many of them claimed fear of gang violence and persecution in their home countries, so they were allowed into the U.S., pending a hearing in immigration court.

But, in Oakland and in some other California cities, there was little debate over whether to welcome them.

Carmelita Reyes is co-principal of International High.

CARMELITA REYES, Co-Principal, Oakland International High School: These are children, period. And so what their legal status is, is immaterial. They’re students. They deserve an education. So I’m part of that system that is the safety net for these children.

SPENCER MICHELS: There’s a network of schools like Oakland International High in several American cities, but the politics of the immigration debate are largely ignored in these schools, where the emphasis is on teaching English and other subjects and on taking care of the kids.

Seventeen-year-old Yefrey Cinto Blanco is new at the school, just starting to learn English. He grew up in Guatemala, where he says violence and danger were commonplace.

YEFREY CINTO BLANCO, Student (through interpreter): It’s a violence that emerges from the communities and it keeps getting bigger and bigger, and sometimes people are killed because of this problem. Continue reading this article

Robot Revolution Expands as Workers Worry

The threat of smart machines to jobs is becoming more recognized as the economy gradually improves but hiring still lags stubbornly behind. During the long recession, businesses have adopted strategies emphasizing “efficiency” which means more computers, automation and robots.

That trend is particularly noticeable in manufacturing, as shown in the graph below.

The good news is that some production is moving back to the United States from abroad, but far fewer workers are being hired than in earlier times due to smart machines performing complex tasks.

In fact, some factories are practically human free.

PBS’ Paul Solman discussed robots in a Newshour segment a couple years ago, asking the question, “Should we fear the end of work?”

But even thoughtful analysts fail to connect the immigration dots with the automated future. Does America or any first-world nation need immigrants to do the jobs when the machine revolution is hard upon us? Big-immigration advocates like Paul Ryan insist that more foreigners are needed to replace the millions of retiring boomers, but automation changes that calculus completely.

One analytical company predicts that one-third of jobs will be performed by robots just 10 years from now, and that trend goes beyond manufacturing to cognitive tasks like financial analysis and medical diagnostics. A 2013 report from Oxford University researchers estimated that “nearly half of U.S. jobs are vulnerable to computerization.”

The future of employment looks dire, but the present is already bad enough. Jobless teens are finding a grim outlook to find entry-level work. The percentage among adults of workforce participation continues to shrink.

Bill Gates has observed that the public isn’t mentally prepared for the future where “labor demand for lots of skill sets will be substantially lower.” No surprise there — no leaders in any field are discussing the coming economic and social transformation.

The coming labor market will require fewer humans, but the new Congress may consider increased legal immigration as part of an amnesty, as has been suggested by some Republicans. Nobody in Washington wants to admit the true number of worker immigrants needed: ZERO.

MarketWatch asks the question in many minds:

Will you find work once the robot revolution hits? Market Watch, January 6, 2015

U.S. auto workers have been replaced by robots and offshoring. But those same robots are displacing factory workers in emerging economies as well.

NEW YORK (Project Syndicate) — Technology innovators and CEOs seem positively giddy nowadays about what the future will bring.

New manufacturing technologies have generated feverish excitement about what some see as a Third Industrial Revolution. In the years ahead, technological improvements in robotics and automation will boost productivity and efficiency, implying significant economic gains for companies. But, unless the proper policies to nurture job growth are put in place, it remains uncertain whether demand for labor will continue to grow as technology marches forward.

Recent technological advances have three biases: They tend to be capital-intensive (thus favoring those who already have financial resources); skill-intensive (thus favoring those who already have a high level of technical proficiency); and labor-saving (thus reducing the total number of unskilled and semi-skilled jobs in the economy). The risk is that robotics and automation will displace workers in blue-collar manufacturing jobs before the dust of the Third Industrial Revolution settles.

The rapid development of smart software over the last few decades has been perhaps the most important force shaping the coming manufacturing revolution. Software innovation, together with 3D printing technologies, will open the door to those workers who are educated enough to participate; for everyone else, however, it may feel as though the revolution is happening elsewhere. Indeed, the factory of the future may be 1,000 robots and one worker manning them. Even the shop floor can be swept better and cheaper by a Roomba robot than by any worker. Continue reading this article

Nebraska Hispanic Sob Story of Poverty Is Headlined

Sunday’s Omaha Herald has a front-page article railing against worsening hispanic poverty in the state, with an appropriate sob story graphic of an adorable dark-eyed child with a bag of spuds. So subtle.

But wait. Nebraska had the second-lowest unemployment rate in the nation as of November, just 3.1 percent, compared with the national rate of 5.8 percent. What’s the problem here? A low-unemployment state shouldn’t have a lot of poverty, and Omaha has a hispanic poverty rate of 27.6 percent from the latest Census data.

In the article, hispanics have jobs but they have to stand in the snow (sniff!) in line for food pantries to obtain free chow. Wages in meatpacking have fallen and that is one reason given for the worsening poverty. Incidentally, meatpacking is twice characterized as “low-wage” employment, which is a devolutionary trend for an industry that once supplied middle-class lifestyles for American workers a few decades ago. Domestic companies later discovered that illegal alien foreigners were happy to work for peanuts, and wages in meat plants were lowered accordingly.

Is there an automation angle to the falling wages of meatpacking? Perhaps. Fewer human workers are needed in nearly all industries, and meatpacking now has robots that can slice and package.

The article is a curious mix: it quotes Heritage’s welfare and immigration scholar Robert Rector saying, “If you have an increase in illegal immigration to a community, poverty rates will go up.” But the piece also suggests that more rights for illegal aliens (like driver’s licenses and work permits) would be a big help for the foreigners.

Bottom line: if a low-unemployment state cannot generate adequate wages to keep immigrants and aliens out of free-food charities, then perhaps America has imported enough poverty.

Poverty rate among Hispanics in Nebraska soars, Omaha Herald, January 4, 2015

Maria Benitez’s husband brings home $80 a day from his job painting houses. She supplements that by selling Mexican candies in South Omaha from a cart she pushes down the street.

But after paying rent and other bills, there’s often not much money left to feed the couple and their three children.

That’s why the 50-year-old Benitez recently stood in a light snow outside Our Lady of Guadalupe Church accepting free sack lunches handed out by James Parsons, who runs a street ministry assisting Omaha’s needy.

While Benitez and the two dozen others accepting the charity that day expressed their thanks, she also gratefully offered Parsons something in return: homemade tortillas from her kitchen.

Benitez and her family are part of a fast-growing population of Hispanics in South Omaha who know the hardships of living en la pobreza: “in poverty.” Recent Census Bureau figures show that the poverty rate among the Hispanic population in Nebraska as well as in Omaha has been dramatically on the rise.

Poverty for Hispanic households in the Omaha metro area climbed steadily from 16.9 percent in 2000 to 27.6 percent in the most recent census data.

For the first time, the Omaha’s Hispanic poverty rate now is higher than the national Hispanic average. Just as alarming, Hispanic poverty now approaches the levels seen in Omaha’s black community, which at times in recent years has suffered from one of the highest poverty rates in the nation.

“The attention in Omaha has been on black poverty, given the disparity in black versus white,” said David Drozd, a University of Nebraska at Omaha demographer who identified the new trend in the census data. “But now it’s obvious Hispanic poverty is becoming a bigger problem.”

The figures come as a bit of a surprise. Continue reading this article

New York Times Spotlights Arson of Swedish Mosques

Saturday’s New York Times featured a heart-tuggy photo on its front page, something it has done before in the service of diversity.

The subject of the picture is a cutesy immigrant child gazing upon little paper hearts strung on a burned out mosque in Sweden. To my suspicious eye, the perfect composition and oddly folded hands of the girl suggest a posed photo rather than an image taken from life:

The paper could have featured the destruction by arson of hundreds of cars in the warped New Years tradition of France’s hostile young Muslims. Instead of a giving prominence to the story, the Times ran a one-paragraph AP squib on page A10 (France: Hundreds of Cars Set on Fire).

A little background is needed to understand how Sweden got to a place where mosques are being fire-bombed. In September 2013, the government of Sweden generously (or stupidly) offered to take in any Syrian refugees who could get there — potentially over a million persons. The reality of such a major demographic influx began to become recognized as costing a lot and difficult to organize. Housing and jobs for many thousands cannot be made to appear just by the fervent wishing of liberals.

A few days ago, a group of asylum-seeking Syrians refused to get off the bus for their housing in a small town out in the boonies. Many protested with a hunger strike because their new homes were not urbane enough. One man complained the icey streets made it “dangerous for me to be here.”

So the mosque fires have occurred in an atmosphere of growing tension.

However, not everyone accepts the official story of white Swedes attacking diverse immigrants. An article in The Local (Sweden rallies after trio of mosque fire attacks) has comments and the first one suspects Muslims may have bombed themselves for the sympathy, an opinion that got a lot of favorable up-clicks:

May be they see the SD [Sweden Democrats, the anti-mass-immigration party] is rising so they set fire on their own Mosques to frame it?

In fact, fake hate crimes are fairly common among advocates seeking sympathy for themselves or their cause. A black kid running for student government sent himself racist hate mail to get votes. Liberal professor Kerri Dunn claimed her car was vandalized by evil racists, but witnesses saw her doing the damage and she was eventually sentenced to prison.

As for faked hate crimes carried out by Muslims, Robert Spencer recently listed five examples from last year alone: The Top Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Hoaxes of 2014. One was the murder of Iraqi immigrant Shaima Alawadi by her husband, who tried to make the killing appear to be an anti-Muslim hate crime committed by cruel Americans.

Despite the fact that no arrests have been made and therefore no perps identified in the Sweden case, the Times stuck with the convenient story of white Europeans attacking diverse immigrants. That may be the case, but the possibility of faked hate crimes is just as likely.

In Sweden, the Land of the Open Door, Anti-Muslim Sentiment Finds a Foothold, New York Times, January 2, 2015

ESKILSTUNA, Sweden — As Khalif Samantar knelt for afternoon prayers at the Eskilstuna Islamic Dawa Center on Christmas Day, he sensed a growing heat and a low, rushing sound coming from a nearby hallway. He focused his mind on the ritual, only to realize seconds later that someone was shouting, “The mosque is on fire!”

Mr. Samantar sprang through an open window and rushed through the snow in his stocking feet for help. Though about 70 people were inside the mosque at the time, no one was injured.

The fire, which gutted the Dawa center, was the worst of three suspected arson attacks on mosques in Sweden over the last 10 days. In the same period, two freighters bearing hundreds of asylum seekers were abandoned by their crews off the coast of Italy, adding to a surge of more than 200,000 migrants to Europe in 2014.

“We left our country as refugees. We were not looking for food or benefits, we were looking for somewhere to feel safe,” said Abdirahman Farah Warsame, the imam at the mosque where the fire occurred on Christmas Day. He is originally from Somalia. “Now that is gone. We have a feeling that society is turning against us.” Continue reading this article

California: Foreigners Storm State's DMVs for DLs

The gold rush is on in California for illegal aliens to grab much desired driving permits so they won’t be deported or have their cars impounded as they drive to their stolen American jobs.

Boosters of illegal alien driving insist that learning the rules of the road will make the lawbreakers better drivers and less likely to kill innocent Americans — even though drunk driving is a cultural value of Mexicans and is the cause of many crashes.

In addition, illegal alien drivers are not required to speak English, and the California DMV helpfully provides the written test in Spanish. Pablo probably comprehends “STOP” adequately, but non-English speakers won’t understand the temporary informational road signs put out by CalTrans.

Below, Mexicans await their DLs in the Orange County DMV.

The DMV lines are long not only because an estimated 1.4 million want the driving cards but also because a number of the foreigners have to return for a retry after failing the written test.

Hope – and some anxiety – as immigrants seek new California driver’s licenses, Sacramento Bee, January 2, 2015

Bundled up in a hat and jacket, Rogelio Yerena stood outside the Sacramento-area Department of Motor Vehicles office on Broadway on Friday morning, anxiously smoking a cigarette.

He had already been in line for half an hour, but he estimated there were another 30 or 40 people ahead of him before he would have a turn to take the written exam for a driver’s license.

Yerena, 24, was feeling confident.

“I studied a little bit,” he said in Spanish. “But with all the years I’ve been driving, I think I know the rules.”

Yerena was among the first batch of applicants to flood DMV offices on Friday as California became the 10th state to begin issuing driver’s licenses to immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2013 after more than 15 years of lobbying by immigrant advocates, AB 60 requires applicants to prove only their identity and California residency, rather than their legal presence in the state. Under the law, which took effect at the beginning of this year, about 1.4 million undocumented immigrants are expected to apply for the special licenses over the next three years.

Yerena said he moved from Mexico with his family nine years ago and now lives in West Sacramento. He was looking forward to getting his license “as soon as possible.”

After once getting hit by another driver on the freeway and having to pay a fine for driving without a license, he said, “I’m always nervous when I go out driving, because there’s the possibility that something could happen and they’ll take away my car.”

DMV employees were not authorized to speak to the press, but several said their office was much busier than usual, though it was hard to tell how much of that was due to AB 60.

The start of a new year may also have contributed to the rush. In a statement, the DMV said it had seen about 6,200 AB 60 applicants statewide by noon. Those who passed the written exam were given a driver’s permit and required to return another day to take the road test.

In south Sacramento, the line at the DMV curled through the lobby, and sometimes out the front of the building, into the afternoon. More than a hundred customers filled rows of chairs, and a steady stream of cars circled the parking lot looking for any open space.

Veronica Oropeza, 28, left disappointed after failing the written exam twice.

“Nobody’s passing,” she said in Spanish.
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Senator Tom Coburn’s Parting Message: DHS Is Dysfunctional

The Oklahoma Republican, Tom Coburn, is retiring because of health issues, and he issued a final report as Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs titled, “A Review of the Department of Homeland Security’s Missions and Performance.”

It’s not a pretty picture. The DHS was thrown together quickly following the 9/11 jihadist attacks and one of its major problems is being too large and bureaucratic. Plus, there is no reason for the agency to include FEMA and natural disasters, in particular.

Coburn didn’t mention that the administration is not genuinely trying to enforce the border and immigration laws, because it wants the new illegal aliens to be future Democrat voters. So bureaucratic slowness is a plus for Obama, because the public tends to forget about thousands of foreigners with children trooping across the border unopposed last summer who don’t show up months later for court appearances.

According to Coburn, the DHS has five main tasks and it is not performing any of them adequately, as noted in a January 3 press release about the report:

Final Coburn Oversight Report Finds Major Problems in DHS:
700 Miles of the Southern Border Go Unguarded; Fewer than 3 in 100 Illegal Immigrants Will Ever Be Deported

On his final day serving in the U.S. Senate, Senator Tom Coburn released an oversight report, A Review of the Department of Homeland Security’s Missions and Performance, which finds the Department of Homeland Security is not successfully executing any of its five main missions.

“Ten years of oversight of the Department of Homeland Security finds that the Department still has a lot of work to do to strengthen our nation’s security,” Dr. Coburn explained.  “Congress needs to review the Department’s mission and programs and refocus DHS on national priorities where DHS has a lead responsibility.”

The following are some of the report’s key findings:

● The Department of Homeland Security spent $50 billion over the past eleven years on counterterrorism programs, including homeland security grants and other anti-terror initiatives, but the department cannot demonstrate if the nation is more secure as a result.

● As of 2014, 700 miles of the Southern border remain unsecured.

● DHS is not effectively administering or enforcing the nation’s immigration laws, and only 3 in 100 illegal immigrants will ever face deportation.

● DHS spends more than $700 million annually to lead the federal government’s efforts on cybersecurity, but struggles to protect itself and cannot protect federal and civilian networks from the most serious cyber attacks.

● DHS has spent $170 billion for natural disasters since 2002, in part because of an increased federal role in which the costs of small storms are declared “major disasters.”

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In Diverse France, New Years Means Hundreds of Burned Cars

It’s remarkable what passes for good news these days, particularly in nations enriched by diversity. A report from France notes a decrease in the annual New Years car burning ritual — only 940 vehicles torched. That’s 12 percent fewer arsonized autos than last year’s 1067. Yippee!

Of course, diverse (mostly Muslim) car-b-cues don’t occur only on New Years. That would be too limiting to Allah’s anarchists. When Muslims get a tiny bit miffed in France, they think arson and other violence. For example in 2010, after a Muslim casino robber was shot by police in their self-defense, three nights of violence followed including 50 to 60 cars burned in Grenoble. An arresting police officer reported, “The youths told me: You killed one of ours. At any rate, you are a dirty race, we will kill you too. We will shoot at everything that is European.”

Isn’t Muslim immigration great?

Below, a few of the dozens of cars torched in Grenoble France during the 2010 rioting.

But a few dozen fried cars are nothing in the big picture of diverse arson. The blog Covenantzone examined records of France’s car burnings by using reports of the newspaper Le Figaro. Every year from 2005 to 2009 racked up more than 40,000 vehicles burned, with a total of over 200,000 automobiles destroyed in that time.

Below, a car flamed in Neuhof France on New Years Eve.

The AP report following didn’t directly identify the perps as Muslims, but did hint as much with its inclusion of the Allah Ackbars shouted by the arsonists:

France reports 12% fall in number of cars torched on New Year’s Eve, Associated Foreign Press, January 1, 2015

Government says there were fewer arrests for disturbances due to more security following street attacks before Christmas

The French government has reported a 12% drop in the number of cars torched on New Year’s Eve – a ritual among revellers in the high-rise suburbs.

The number of vehicles set alight on the night of 31 December fell from 1,067 a year ago to 940, the interior ministry said on Thursday.

This year also saw fewer arrests for disturbances on New Year’s Eve, falling from 322 in 2013 to 308.

The ministry credited the “substantial, active and dissuasive mobilisation of the security forces” with keeping the seasonal crime wave in check.

The Socialist government increased security in the holiday period after three violent street attacks in the run-up to Christmas, in which one person was killed and more than 20 injured.

In two of the attacks, the assailants shouted the Islamic phrase “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest).

More than 90,000 police, gendarmes, soldiers and emergency service workers were deployed to protect the public on 31 December.

The government has reported on the number of cars set alight each New Year’s Eve in recent years, although reporting the figures was abandoned in 2010-2011 over fears that it was sparking copycat fires.

2015 in Nanny-State California: 930 New Laws

It’s bad enough that Democrat-run California has legislated driving permits for job-stealing illegal aliens, but that’s only the beginning of crazed uber-government run amok. It’s everywhere, from brightly colored toy guns to transgender rights. Sacramento has done its darndest to impose its nosey values into every area of life.

One non-existent liberal concern is public safety. Among the year’s new rights for illegal aliens in California is the ability to be licensed to work as doctors, dentists, nurses, barbers, security guards or for many other jobs.

More blows against law-abiding, tax-paying Californians are the new redistribution policies for illegal aliens, opening the state’s taxpayer-subsidized Low Cost Auto Insurance for them as well as state-funded student loans for attending the University of California or California State University campuses.

Below, California’s Big Sur. The state is beautiful, but afflicted by liberalism.

California’s new laws for 2015: How are you affected?, Los Angeles Times, January 1, 2015

Hundreds of California laws take effect with the new year, including several drafted in response to corruption scandals in the Legislature, the mass shooting in Isla Vista last spring and racially inflammatory comments by the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Others address drug crimes, the use of aerial drones by paparazzi and rights for immigrants who are in the country illegally.

California lawmakers have continued to aid immigrants and tighten gun controls even as Congress has remained gridlocked on those issues. They also passed a raft of bills aimed at winning back public trust in an election year (though the ruling Democrats, tarnished by criminal charges against several party legislators, failed to regain a supermajority in the Capitol).

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who meanwhile rode a wave of popularity to a historic fourth and final term, vetoed 143 bills the Legislature sent him, saying they cost too much money, did not improve the state or created unnecessary regulations. He signed 930 others into law.

Most of those take effect Jan. 1. Others don’t kick in until July, including a ban on single-use plastic grocery bags. Opponents have submitted petitions for a referendum on the law; if the referendum qualifies for the November 2016 ballot, the ban will be delayed until that vote.

Also taking effect in July are a minimum of three days’ paid sick leave each year for workers and a $300-million annual tax break for Hollywood.

One law being implemented now allows police or family members to seek a restraining order that bars a person deemed dangerous from possessing firearms for 21 days. Another requires law enforcement agencies to develop policies encouraging officers to consult a state database that shows who owns guns before checking on someone who is potentially dangerous.

The measures followed the May massacre in Isla Vista, where Elliot Rodger killed six UC Santa Barbara students and wounded 13 others. Less than a month before, police had visited Rodger to check on his welfare but did not know he had guns.

Also last year, federal bribery charges were leveled against two state senators, and Brown signed measures that extend the statute of limitations for prosecuting public bribery cases and double restitution fines for public officials who seek or accept bribes.

In addition, public officials are now barred from using campaign funds to pay fines for improper personal use of political funds.

The governor also approved a law prohibiting owners of professional sports teams from deducting league penalties from their taxes. In April, a record $2.5-million fine was levied by the National Basketball Assn. against then-Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, whose disparaging comments about African Americans caused public outrage. Continue reading this article

California Catastrophe: 1.4 Million (At Least) Illegal Aliens Get Driving Permits

Happy New Year! January 2015 is upon us, and legislators in the Once-Golden State have been busy in the past while, creating a host of bad laws, the worst of which being the issuance of driving permits for illegal aliens.

Naturally, the illegal alien invaders are thrilled to get their licenses starting now, so they can drive lawfully to their stolen American jobs — what a state!

In fact, the Department of Motor Vehicles has been upgraded to accommodate the estimated 1.4 million foreign pests, including expanded hours to handle all the newbies.

Undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses in 2015, San Diego Channel 5, December 30, 2014

“I never get a ticket, I never been in an accident,” said [Maribel] Solache who admits to driving without a license to go to work and school.

For her getting a driver’s license means more than just being able to drive legally.

“I feel I will prove that I am not a criminal,” she said. “I consider myself an American.”

Isn’t that touching? The illegal alien moocher gets a driving permit and thinks that makes her a citizen. Voting next, presumably.

This being Mexifornia, the aliens don’t pay extra for the additional cost to the state of servicing lawbreaking foreigners. They will pay the standard $33 fee just like citizens, despite the estimated cost of $141 million for 900 additional workers and longer hours. The illegals would probably pay hundreds of dollars for a driving permit, given the value to them, but La Raza and the California legislature would rather put the screws to the law-abiding citizens.

In 2013, Mexicans in Los Angeles held Spanish signs demanding driving licenses.

The number of illegals seems low and the cost estimate is based on 1.4 million foreigners being rubber-stamped through the system. Not that taxpayers will ever hear an accurate tally of how much they are being dinged to service foreign lawbreakers in our midst.

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