Your tax dollars at work. As noted in the chart below from the LAUSD 2013-14 fact sheet, approximately 80 percent of district students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, so the taxpayer is dinged for the appalling waste of food.
Since 73 percent of the LAUSD enrollment is hispanic, the taxpayer cost of feeding so many must be understood as yet another expense of importing millions of the world’s poor via a suicidal immigration policy.
Not that the LA Times article would mention the I-word in a story about schools, but the piece does show what a mess it becomes when federal mandates for the subsidized food include requirements for healthy chow, in part because of Michelle Obama’s nutrition hobby. The 2010 child nutrition law (a $4.5 billion measure) provided more money to poor areas to subsidize free meals and requires schools to abide by health guidelines.
Schools have become feeding stations, with breakfast and dinner in addition to lunch being provided in several states.
The massive amount of food dumped into the trash shows that the diverse students aren’t starving to death in poverty, as liberals argue, but are spoiled kids who regard free-to-them meals as an entitlement, an attitude they likely got from their parents.
Federal rules require students to take at least three items each day, but an L.A. Unified manager wants to change the policy to reduce the $100,000 in food thrown away daily.
It’s lunchtime at Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles, but 16-year-old Parrish Jackson has barely touched her turkey burger and apricots.
She’s dumping them into the trash can.
The apricots are “sour,” the junior says. The meat is “nasty.” If it were up to her, she would just have taken the potato wedges — they’re close enough to fries — then headed to the student store to fuel up on hot Cheetos and juice.
And so it goes on hundreds of campuses in Los Angeles Unified, the nation’s second-largest school system, which serves 650,000 meals a day. Students throw out at least $100,000 worth of food a day — and probably far more, according to estimates by David Binkle, the district’s food services director. That amounts to $18 million a year — based on a conservative estimate of 10% food waste — which Binkle says would be far better spent on higher-quality items, such as strawberries or watermelon.
But under federal school meal rules finalized in 2012, Parrish and other students must take at least three items — including one fruit or vegetable — even if they don’t want them. Otherwise, the federal government won’t reimburse school districts for the meals. Continue reading this article
“The preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that immigration enforcement in America has collapsed. Even those with criminal convictions are being released. DHS is a department in crisis. Secretary Johnson must reject the President’s demands to weaken enforcement further and tell him that his duty, and his officers’ duty, is to enforce the law—not break it. As Homeland Secretary, Mr. Johnson is tasked with ensuring the public safety and the rule of law. But Secretary Johnson is not meeting these duties.
American citizens have a legal and moral right to the protections our immigration laws afford—at the border, the interior and the workplace. The Administration has stripped these protections and adopted a government policy that encourages new arrivals to enter illegally or overstay visas by advertising immunity from future enforcement. Comments from top Administration officials, such as Attorney General Holder’s claim that amnesty is a civil right, or Vice President Biden’s claim that those here illegally are all U.S. citizens (apparently including someone whose visa expired yesterday), demonstrate the Administration’s increasing belief in an open borders policy the American public has always rejected.
The Administration’s lawless policies have not only impaired public safety but increased economic suffering for millions of vulnerable Americans by depriving them of their jobs and wages.
Unfortunately, Congressional Democrats continue to empower this lawlessness. Republicans must work to end it.”
Fox News’ Neil Cavuto discussed the failure to protect the American people with a front-line officer, Chief Deputy Steve Henry of Arizona’s Pinal County, which doesn’t even front the border but is nevertheless highly plagued by alien lawlessness.
Summary A review of internal ICE metrics for 2013 reveals that hundreds of thousands of deportable aliens who were identified in the interior of the country were released instead of removed under the administration’s sweeping “prosecutorial discretion” guidelines. In 2013, ICE reported 722,000 encounters with potentially deportable aliens, most of whom came to their attention after incarceration for a local arrest. Yet ICE officials followed through with immigration charges for only 195,000 of these aliens, only about one-fourth. According to ICE personnel, the vast majority of these releases occurred because of current policies that shield most illegal aliens from enforcement, not because the aliens turned out to have legal status or were qualified to stay in the United States. Continue reading this article
When diverse foreigners move en masse into a community, cultural conflicts can show up in zoning disputes. Newbies may think American freedom includes using quiet residential neighborhoods for activities like opening a mosque or running a birth tourism hotel.
In Fairfax County Virginia, neighborhoods are suffering from overpopulation of cars and humans, as well as misplaced entrepreneurship. Naturally, when citizens complain, the foreigners say they are victims of meanie American racism.
The Washington Post article curiously puts the juiciest example last, so I cut to the chase…
Increased vigilance in Fairfax County over housing-code violations is stirring uneasy tension in some neighborhoods where residents — often recently arrived immigrants — are crowding into single-family houses or running unlicensed businesses from their back yards.
Annoyed neighbors increasingly are utilizing a county system that allows them to e-mail or phone in complaints about various concerns, such as parked cars crowding driveways and side streets or unkempt yards loaded with work materials.
[. . .]
Mohammed J. Abdlazez was less charitable about the eight inspections conducted at his house since 2009. County officials were called about the used-car business that Abdlazez, an immigrant from Jordan, conducts from his front yard. He openly admits the business is unlicensed, but he does not understand what the fuss is about.
“We are nine people inside this house. I have to feed my children,” Abdlazez said. “Why are they picking on me? Because of my name.”
Abdlazez jumped behind the wheel of a BMW sport-utility vehicle he is trying to sell and offered a visitor his own tour of the neighborhood, in the Alexandria section of Fairfax. He pointed out house after house with several cars parked in the driveway.
“Look at this one with five cars — one, two, three, four, five,” he said, voice rising. “If you’re going to give me a ticket, why not give that guy a ticket? Give everybody a ticket, not just me!”
Perhaps the bean-counters have held back because seeing “Arab” or some version thereof as a choice on Census forms might cause the little citizens to notice immigration-caused Middle Eastern diversity is growing like bacteria on a petri dish.
So the switch would be a step forward. Arabs are not white, and it is unfair and inaccurate to pretend that headchopper Saudis are the same tribe as white Americans.
At the same time, there’s no mention of religion to refine the proposed Middle East/Arab category, and Christians from the Middle East are not the potential enemies that hostile Muslims are.
The seriously bad news is the growth of the Arab population in America, which one must assume is largely Muslim. America should end Muslim immigration immediately on the basis of culture, history and national security.
Organizations representing people of Middle Eastern and North African descent are asking the Census Bureau to add a new ethnic category on forms. People of this heritage are now categorized as “white,” a decades-old practice advocacy groups say is inaccurate.
“When immigrants come here they’re very confused by American race classifications,” said Helen Hatab Samhan, former executive director of the Arab American Institute Foundation. “They don’t necessarily relate to them, and they don’t know where they fit.”
A coalition of groups and individuals—including the Arab American Institute Foundation—sent a letter to the Census Bureau last summer that asked for a separate “Middle East/North Africa” ethnic category.
People of Middle Eastern and North African descent have historically identified themselves as white on census forms. But during the 2010 census, activists launched a campaign that urged people to check “some other race” on the form and write in their ancestry. The campaign’s slogan was: “Check it right; you ain’t white!”
The Census Bureau is already looking at big changes to its form. One proposal would create a combined race and ethnicity question in which people would be offered all the race and Hispanic options in one place. Census data are vital to determining everything from how congressional districts are drawn to $400 billion in federal aid programs and enforcement of civil rights laws.
“We’re trying to develop a (race and ethnicity) question that satisfies everyone,” said Roberto Ramirez, a Census official who discussed the issue on a recent visit to the Pew Research Center. “It’s a very political endeavor. It always has been.”
Census officials say they are interested in further researching the Middle East/North Africa designation (also called MENA), and community leaders are optimistic the bureau will test a new ethnic category before the 2020 population count. Samhan said a meeting last week between Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson and groups asking for the new category included discussions about how to proceed with research. Continue reading this article
A corner of southern Crowdifornia arrived at an undesirable milestone in 2013, when Los Angeles County became the most populous county in America with an even 10 million souls as of last July.
The LA Times tippy-toed around in its coverage, not being too boosterish though crowdiness is good for business. The paper probably didn’t want to anger the little readers who mostly don’t like extreme density and must deal with traffic, crappy schools and diversity. The article barely mentioned the cause of all the growth — immigration of varying legality run amok.
The Census’ Quick Facts section has some fascinating nuggets. Foreign-born persons amounted to 35 percent of LA County residents, although among those above age five, 58 percent speak a language other than English at home. Hispanics are 48 percent of inhabitants.
For those who celebrate diversity, Los Angeles County has lots of it. For others, recent decades have not been kind to a once spectacular city.
The population of Los Angeles County has edged past 10 million — a new high for the most populous county in the United States, according to just-released estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
As of July, the county was estimated to have a whopping 10,017,068 residents. That’s nearly twice as many as the next largest: Cook County in Illinois, which had an estimated 5,240,700 people.
Though Los Angeles has the biggest population by far, it isn’t among the fastest growing counties in the U.S., many of which are in oil- and gas-producing areas in and around the Great Plains.
While such rapidly growing counties boosted their populations by 4% or more, Los Angeles County grew less than 0.7% in population between July 2012 and July 2013, according to the new estimates.
Part of what prodded Los Angeles County past the 10-million mark was an influx of people from abroad.
Compared with other counties across the country, Los Angeles County had the highest net number of international migrants between 2012 and 2013 — 39,000 people — compared with 32,000 in Florida’s Miami-Dade County and 24,000 in New York’s Queens County, according to the Census Bureau estimates.
The current administration’s fondness for crime and criminals truly strains the imagination. Apparently the potential of importing more undocumented Democrats overrides normal precautions to protect public safety.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach appeared on Fox News Saturday morning to discuss the executive actions taken to undermine the role of Congress in legislating immigration laws, which the President is required by the Constitution to carry out.
Kobach explained details of how Obama’s latest dismantling of law and sovereignty works:
KRIS KOBACH: It used to be you couldn’t get this if you had a criminal record. They’re saying if you committed your crime before the age of 18, like many gang members do, or if it’s a petty crime, then you’re okay, you can have this administrative amnesty too and by the way, petty crimes include some pretty serious things, like theft, assault, battery, possession of drugs, DUI. This administration seems to be saying no illegal alien left behind, and it’s really troubling.
TUCKER CARLSON: So the rest of us, silly us, are watching the Congress to see if they’ll vote to put into law amnesty but the real action is taking place in the executive branch, the President who brags about having a pen is just giving us de facto amnesty. Is that what’s going on?
KOBACH: That’s exactly what’s going on, Tucker. It’s amazing. In previous administrations they didn’t abuse the law like this, but this administration is either outright asking ICE agents to break the law, which they started doing in June 2012 with their so-called DREAM Act administrative amnesty, and here they’re just twisting and pushing the limits of what the law was never intended to do. [. . .]
You would think that an administration bent on getting amnesty even though the law doesn’t allow it would at least stop short of giving it to criminals, but they’re giving it to criminals as well.
Aside from the whole grade-B movie aspect of Chinatown gangsters (“Shrimp Boy” Chow), weapons trafficking and cocaine, the case is a window on San Francisco Chinese politics, and it’s not a pretty picture.
Rather than a kumbaya scene of ethnic solidarity celebrated over bowls of expensive shark fin soup, we see unseemly competition, bribery and sabotage of rivals. Immigrant Leland Yee ratted out fellow Chinese pol Ed Jew to the authorities about extortion activities. Jew, the one-time San Francisco Supervisor, spent five years in prison until recently, which did clear the political field somewhat for Yee.
Seven years after tattling to the feds about onetime protege Ed Jew extorting bubble tea shopkeepers, state Sen. Leland Yee finds himself in the middle of his own corruption case.
Yee’s criminal troubles come just as Jew, the disgraced former San Francisco supervisor, has returned to the city after nearly five years in federal prison for extortion and bribery.
Also described as “Uncle Leland” in court documents, Yee was charged Wednesday with conspiring to traffic in firearms and scheming to defraud citizens of honest services as part of a wide corruption investigation involving a well-known Chinatown gangster and 24 others.
The criminal complaint says Yee was introduced to an FBI agent last year posing as a donor seeking influence over medical marijuana legislation in exchange for contributing to the senator’s campaign for secretary of state.
Back in 2007, however, it was Yee who went to the FBI with the explosive allegations that Jew had been shaking down tapioca-drink store owners seeking city permits in the Sunset.
Yee allegedly first heard about the shakedown of the Quickly bubble tea shop owners from Jaynry Mak, a onetime City Hall aide who lost to Jew in the 2006 District Four supervisor’s race.
Yee soon took the information to Steven Gruel, a former federal prosecutor whom the senator had known for years. Gruel arranged a meeting with the FBI’s public corruptions unit.
The passivity of European nations and the US is hard to figure however.
Another interesting bit of news is how California State Senator Leland Yee was caught in a sting in which he thought he was selling heavy weapons to the Philippines jihadists from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. When I wrote my report on the Yee arrest on Wednesday, the initial description vaguely referred to “illegal gun-trafficking.” Now we are learning more.
Leland wasn’t directing a few handguns to some gangsters in Chinatown or Mexico; he was trying to sell missiles to a separatist army in the Philippines. Fortunately, Yee was being caught in a sting, so extra bombs weren’t in danger of being sent to a long-time friend and ally of America. In addition, Yee was a loudmouth gun grabber, so he is the king of hypocrites even among the weasel political class.
The Moro Islamic separatists have been waging a war against the Filipino people and their government for 40 years in which tens of thousands of lives have been lost. A peace treaty has recently been signed, where the Muslims get an “autonomous region” in return for their ceasing to kill infidels. For a while at least, but that’s how Islam’s “spread by the sword” strategy has succeeded over the last 1400 years.
If you thought the charges against Leland Yee would be bad, you had no idea. As in, he offered to set up an arms deal with Islamic rebels for $2 million in cash. As in, he has ties to a gangster named Shrimp Boy. As in, he makes corrupt state senator Clay Davis from The Wire look like George Washington. You can read the whole affidavit here, but it’s really, really long, so we’ve gone ahead and pulled out the highlights. The allegations (and for now they are only that—allegations) are cinematic, staggering, and remarkable in their scope. Here they are, in descending order of sheeeeeeeeeeeit:
Yee told an FBI agent to give him a shopping list of guns: “Senator Yee asked [the agent] to provide an inventory list of desired weapons [...] [The agent] told Yee he would deliver $2,000,000 cash.”
Yee could arrange from some serious firepower: “[The agent] asked about shoulder fired automatic weapons. Senator Yee responded by saying the automatic weapons are the equivalent to the “M16″ Automatic Service Weapon [...] [The agent] asked about the availability of shoulder fire missiles or rockets. Senator Yee responded ‘I told him about the rockets and things like that.’”
Yee took personal responsibility for delivering the weapons: ”Senator Yee said, ‘We’re interested’ in arranging the weapons deal [...] and said of the arms dealer, ‘He’s going to rely on me, because ultimately it’s going to be me. [The agent] stated he would compensate Yee for brokering the relationship and arms deal.”
Yee was in it for the cash: “Senator Yee said, ‘Do I think we can make some money? I think we can make some money. Do I think we can get the good? I think we can get the goods.’” Continue reading this article
Some 4,000 illegal migrants from African countries left Israel voluntarily in the first quarter of 2014, compared to 825 in the first quarter last year.
“Infiltrators are leaving Israel five times more than in the past,” said Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar (Likud) at a Knesset Internal Affairs and Environment Committee meeting on the infiltration prevention law. In all of 2013, a total of 2,612 African migrants returned to their home countries voluntarily.
Last December, the Knesset approved a revised version of the Prevention of Infiltration Law last December. The law enables immigration authorities to hold illegal migrants in detention centers for up to a year, and amended a previous infiltration law that was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court last year.
In January, Sa’ar said the number of illegal African migrants voluntarily leaving Israel was on the rise. The upward trend began in December, when 325 migrants left Israel in just one month.
“The trend signaling a dramatic growth in the number of infiltrators leaving Israel is a result of our unambiguous policy, and the combined measures we have taken — the new infiltrator law, the establishment of the open detention facility and increasing the monetary grant for leaving voluntarily,” Sa’ar said in January.
The “anti-gentrification” activists have gotten media attention by blocking the private Google buses that carry SF-residing workers to headquarters in Silicon Valley, supposedly because the shuttles use city bus stops. The pests show up with signs like “F Off Google” and “Eviction Free San Francisco” (shown below) as a shakedown strategy.
Judging by the media accounts, one might think that San Francisco is a crazed outpost of success-hating anarchists. To be sure, the city is extremely liberal and spends a huge amount of money on goofy big-government programs, like ethnically correct coddling of hispanic crack dealers. But a recent poll shows residents are more sensible about the Google bus issue at least than commie activists might have hoped.
So the perfect diversity Avalon that San Francisco has hoped to create still needs some negotiation it seems.
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A new poll reveals something that may surprise you about those controversial shuttle buses which carry employees from San Francisco to Silicon Valley. The survey reveals the protesters don’t reflect the feelings of most San Franciscans.
The Bay Area Council paid for the poll and members told ABC7 News they were surprised by the results.
We have all seen the protests that have happened around these shuttle buses. Protesters have said they’re angry about the buses using Muni bus stops and about the fact that the increase of tech workers has created a housing crisis in the city.
The Bay Area Council wanted to find out if the majority of the city had these negative feelings toward tech and say they found the opposite. But they say people do want some regulation.
The survey revealed that at least 57 percent of people have a favorable view of the shuttles and 67 percent support letting the buses use some Muni stops. However, 72 percent do want the city to recover the cost of using those stops. They would like them to charge those companies. Continue reading this article
Following a promise from the Presidente to make deportation more “humane”, the administration has decreed that “petty” criminals can benefit from Obama’s executive amnesty.
Who hasn’t seen this coming? More “humanitarian” deportations weren’t going to include better sandwiches for Pancho during his trip home: obviously enforcement standards had to fall lower.
But it’s worse than that: there are no standards. “Petty” crime has no definition at all, so it’s whatever some bureaucrat wants it to be. Is theft no big deal? What about carjacking? Is drunk driving a petty crime?
Is not every immigration bill worse than the last when the Democrats are major authors (and many Repubs are just as bad)? The problem is the Raza open-borders extremists are pulling the legislative strings and they do not act in good faith.
Are you an illegal immigrant whose waiver to stay in the country was denied because of your criminal past? Well, you’re in luck, because the Obama Administration may let you stay in the country anyway.
In a guidance distributed to congressional offices and obtained by The Daily Caller, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it is reopening cases in which applications for provisional unlawful presence waivers were denied to criminals.
According to the notice, USCIS had determined that applicants should not be denied an I-601A waiver due to a past criminal offense so long as it “falls under the petty offense or youthful offender exceptions or is not considered a crime involving moral turpitude.”Last week, USCIS began reopening waiver applications denied due ’solely’ to a prior criminal offense before January 24, 2014, “in order to determine whether there is reason to believe the prior criminal offense might render the applicant inadmissible.”
The notice does not specify what types of crimes constitute a “petty offense,” and defines neither “youthful offender” nor “a crime involving moral turpitude.” Neither DHS nor USCIS responded to TheDC’s requests for comment. Continue reading this article
It’s spring in the northern hemisphere, so in many backward areas, young men are gathering en masse to head for first-world nations that offer generous welfare programs and jobs for the unskilled.
In passive Europe, a Camp of the Saints scenario is shaping up as the culturally weak societies there have been convinced by socialists that Europe is guilty of success and must therefore accept millions of the world’s unhappy poor as social justice payback.
A week ago, around 500 Africans breached the Melilla entrance to Spain (located on the coast of Morocco), a record number thus far. They were from Mali and Senegal, both of which are around 90 percent Muslim. Interestingly, the El Pais report following has an amazing rough video of hundreds of Africans running toward the border, beyond my embedding expertise unfortunately. Because of the oddball outposts of Europe on the African continent (i.e. Melilla and Ceuta), invasive young men can jog to the first world rather than hazard a leaky boat.
Around 500 sub-Saharan immigrants succeeded in jumping the border fence separating the Spanish exclave of Melilla from Moroccan territory early Tuesday morning.
The massive run on the fence took place around 8am near Nano river, several sources confirmed. This is the largest jump to date.
A high-ranking official at the Spanish Interior Ministry called the event “very worrisome” and said it underscored “the severe migratory pressure on both autonomous cities,” a reference to Ceuta and Melilla, Spain’s two exclaves in North Africa.
The undocumented migrants, who say they come from Mali and Senegal, immediately headed for the local temporary immigrant holding center (CETI) amid jubilant cries of “Bosa, bosa,” which witnesses said means “victory.” [. . .]
As a result of weakened resolve of Europeans plus the upheavals in the Middle East, the influx of demanding foreigners to the continent has reached a record level. What a surprise.
Nearly half a million people sought asylum in Europe last year, the most in two decades, with the largest number coming from Syrians fleeing civil war, the European Union said on Monday.
In total, 434,160 people sought refuge in the EU’s 28 member states in 2013, according to Eurostat, the EU statistics office. That was an increase of nearly 30 percent from the 335,000 requests in 2012.
The European Union rejected 65 percent of the requests and granted refugee status to 15 percent of the asylum seekers. The remaining 20 percent got at least temporary permission to stay in Europe. Rejected applicants had a right to appeal.
Some 50,000 applicants from Syria accounted for the largest number, nearly 12 percent of the total. More than 140,000 people have been killed in the three-year-old conflict, which has grown increasingly sectarian as regional powers back either President Bashar al-Assad, a member of the Shi’ite offshoot Alawite sect, or the mostly Sunni rebels. Continue reading this article
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