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
The more diverse the refugees, the more help they require from well paid refugee settlement experts. If newbies could just move in and get going, then there would be no need for a taxpayer-funded Refugee Industrial Complex to instruct primitive tribal people how to use electric lights, stoves and a host of other gizmos common to normal modern life. (See an earlier attempt in quickie cultural integration: “Cliff Notes Assimilation for Somalis.”)
The situation described here focuses on Nepalis in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, population 153,888 as of 2010 census. The city has unfortunately been designated as a dump zone by the government, with 51 languages spoken in city schools.
These days, the refugee/asylum conduit is just another way to funnel big-government immigrants into the US.
Today’s sermon in do-goodery is instruction in the operation of a normal first-world apartment. The article notes in a later paragraph that faucets and stoves have been broken by refugees who don’t know how to use them. Your tax dollars at work, presumably, since the churches involved get paid for their services, apparently Lutherans in this case.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The problems refugees face after relocating in Sioux Falls are relatively mundane compared to what they faced at home.
But an unfamiliarity with household appliances and cleaners, for example, is a real hurdle. A new housing orientation program by one of the city’s largest property management companies is explaining these everyday necessities.
More refugees are coming to Sioux Falls every year, and with them come different cultures.
“We’ve got to embrace it,” said Tannen Loge, vice president of property management for Lloyd Cos., which has more than 3,000 apartments in Sioux Falls. “It’s very important that we provide housing for individuals that feels like their home.”
The company launched an educational program this year that teaches all about how to live in an apartment. The program springboards from a similar class the city’s Multi-Cultural Center put together about a year and a half ago.
Dhan Gagamer was one of about 20 participants in the first program in January, held in an empty unit of an apartment complex, where 80 percent of residents are immigrants. Gagamer lives with her husband and their two young daughters at that complex on the city’s east side. They left Nepal in 2010 and settled in Sioux Falls with help from Lutheran Social Services.
In Nepal, the family lived in a house. Unlike Gagamer’s childhood home in a Bhutanese village, it had electric lights, but the family cooked over a fire. They didn’t recognize the electric stove they encountered in Sioux Falls.
Christy Nicolaisen, executive director of the Multi-Cultural Center, said a good chunk of time in January was spent explaining the electric stove. Three African refugees attended the first class, and none of them had used an electric stove or a dishwasher in their three to five years in the United States.
“Some things will sink in immediately. Some things are so new and different,” Nicolaisen said. “Our ultimate goal is that they’re happy in the places they live in.”
The class also covered food storage, which type of soap to use in the dishwasher and which cleaning chemicals they shouldn’t mix. They also covered the importance of not letting their children play in the parking lots or pull fire alarms.
A week ago, I reported on the Speaker of the House inviting the pope to speak before Congress, something that has never happened before and would be quite a blow to the separation of church and state. Pope Francis has not yet accepted as of this writing, but it’s hard to imagine he wouldn’t, given the opportunity to spread the Vatican message. Still, there’s no date mentioned, so it’s all rather vague. Maybe Boehner just wanted to see some nice news about himself in the press.
Right on cue, some anchor aliens and supporters announced a junket to the Vatican to plead their case: “Don’t let meanie Americans deport my dad!”
Wait, aren’t they supposed to be suffering in the shadows? How do they afford a trip to Europe? Picking strawberries must be better paying than we are led to think. Maybe some amnesty billionaire is picking up the tab. Or La Raza.
ANAHEIM – The way 10-year-old Jersey Vargas sees it, the pope is the closest person to God.
“I believe he can make a wish for us,” said the petite fourth-grader, the daughter of undocumented immigrants who will be traveling to Rome on Friday to personally deliver a message to Pope Francis from her and other children whose parents face deportation. [. . .]
More than a dozen activists and at least two children whose parents live in the United States without legal documentation will travel to the Vatican to deliver more than 1,000 letters from children whose families live in fear of deportation. They will ask the pope for his blessings “so we can continue with this epic battle,” said Juan José Gutierrez, coordinator of The Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition. And they will also ask the pope to bring up the issue with Obama when the two meet the next day, Gutierrez said.
“It’s very nice for President Barack Obama to tell us quite often that he supports immigration reform. But we believe we’ve gotten to the point where we need more than moral support,” said Gutierrez, whose group is also working to get a private audience with the pope. [. . .]
As it happens, the well traveled President Obama has a pope meeting scheduled during his European visit next week. Naturally, they are expected to chat about making life easier for illegal alien job thieves, because nobody important cares about the 20 million jobless Americans.
As the top Vaticrat, the pope would like to promote a more Catholic America, and importing low-information newbies from Latin America must seem like a winning strategy. Years of pedophile priest scandals have diminished church attendance among the disgusted faithful in this country. One in ten Americans is an ex-Catholic, and one-third of Americans raised Catholic no longer identify as such. Obviously replacements of any legality look desirable to Vatican elites concerned primarily with maintaining the institution.
Meetings between popes and presidents have often been seen as photo opportunities, but people who have advised President Obama on faith issues say his get-together next week with Pope Francis will involve other high-level officials and likely concrete talks about how to boost the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and ease extreme poverty.
It’s possible, the advisers say, that the U.S. embargo on Cuba and the condition of immigrants in the United States could also arise in the conversation between Obama and the church’s first Latin American pope.
The White House announced in January that Obama would meet Francis during a European trip. Both the President and Michelle Obama will be there, as well as National Security Advisor Susan Rice and possibly Secretary of State John F. Kerry.
While there’s a clear appeal to being seen with the planet’s most popular pastor, experts say the trip isn’t without risks for the president. Francis is likely to raise concerns about war and poverty, areas where the Argentine Jesuit appears to favor more left-leaning solutions than does the current administration. Continue reading this article
I heard a radio version of this story on Friday. The idea is to take a bunch of Mexican immigrants and teach them computer coding to liberate them from the tomato fields and get swell jobs in tech. They are getting a bachelor’s degree in computer science in three years, even though many start not knowing calculus and some require remedial English. What could possibly go wrong?
None of the hispanics in this project seem interested in programming computers to do neat things; they just want the money.
Check out the Mexican mom in the video who thinks she can get a job at Google. “Being Latina, a woman and bilingual, I have the opportunity to help them, be able to create programs and solve problems for that culture,” she chatters in Spanish. She can barely speak English, and her school-age child doesn’t do much better. Is this embarrassing example the best KQED can present for its diversity fairy tale?
Another point of interest: Hartnell College (a two-year community college), which is handling the coding project, was put on probation for accreditation issues in 2013 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for the second time in six years. How does it offer a four-year degree in three years, even in partnership with a California State University?
And anyway, why the rushed approach to education? It would make sense for students who start out needing remedial work to take more time rather than less. Do the Mexicans not have the patience to complete a normal four-year college education? The liberal brains behind this scheme may think a hurried schedule of courses will prevent dropouts — good luck with that.
The whole thing seems like a scam. There will be no follow-up coverage in three years showing successfully employed graduates because there won’t be any. Either the students will drop out when the course work gets harder or they will graduate with inadequate skills to survive the IT marketplace.
Rogelio Mendoza mows the front lawn outside his family’s modest home in Salinas. It’s a warm weekday evening, and his wife, Norma, is cooking dinner for their three boys.
“Carne, beans and some posole … that’s what’s we’re having today,” says Norma as she serves her oldest son, Alonso, who just came home from a long day of classes at Hartnell Community College in Salinas.
The-21-year-old is the first in the family to attend college.
Alonso says some days he feels like “his head is going to explode” with so much new information. But he admits that schoolwork is much better than farmwork.
“Having your back hurt, and your arms hurt … you can’t compare that kind of tired to having your mind stress over homework,” Alonso says.
The Mendoza family is a farmworker family.
Alonso’s father, Rogelio, has been planting and harvesting in the fields for more than 30 years. Alonso joins his dad during the summers spending long hours picking lettuce and strawberries.
“You get home … and you don’t even want to talk to nobody,” Alonso recalls. “I would fall asleep on the floor … then wake up and it’s already time to go back to work.”
Experiencing that kind of manual labor motivated Alonso to graduate from high school.
He says teenagers who drop out of school tend to work in three places: the mall, a fast-food restaurant or the fields.
“(Young people) don’t see themselves doing something big in life,” he says. “They get paid $10 an hour and they settle for that.”
But Alonso refuses to settle.
About a year ago, he was registering for his classes at Hartnell College when he learned about the Computer Science and Information Technology-In-3 Program, an accelerated degree program specifically for students of farmworker families.
In partnership with California State University, Monterey Bay, Hartnell is promising a bachelor’s degree in computer science in just three years. Continue reading this article
Look out, Dearbornistan and other US victims of Muslim immigration. France’s Islo-violence may well be a preview of coming attractions. America should pay attention and learn from Europe’s misery, but elites would rather cling to their liberal notion that any diversity is strength, even the murderous, misogynous type.
The latest outbreak occurred in Yvelines, a suburb of Paris. Some Muslim boys felt miffed after interacting with local gendarmes, and a riot broke out. So sensitive, these aspiring headchoppers!
Gates of Vienna blog helpfully provided a transcript:
02:22 And after Forbach last week it’s the police of (?) in the Yvelines
02:26 who were the target of the city’s delinquents. The scenario is sadly banal
02:30 Sunday afternoon, having picked up an individual on the wanted list
02:34 a police patrol had tried to arrest him
02:38 This attempt immediately attracted a mob of about 60 people
02:42 who violently attacked the police. Teargas
02:46 used by the police did not stop the aggressors who then attacked an
02:50 employment agency, breaking its windows and setting fire to it.
02:55 They also targetted the police station
02:59 one car completely destroyed by the flames
03:03 their anger apparently increased by the fact that during the clashes the police
03:07 had targetted young Muslims coming out of the mosque.
03:11 While calm had been restored towards 1 am, 15 riot police cars
03:15 were still stationed around “Employ & Enterprise” while Riot- and Mobile Police
03:19 guarded public buildings and intersections.
03:23 The message addressed to the authorities is clear:
03:27 ”The city is ours, we do as we please, and if you don’t agree we burn it”.
Another day, another enunciation from the White House that illegal aliens will be shielded from deportation unless they are axe murderers. It’s getting hard to keep up with the list.
The latest is a twofer — Obamacare is touted among the diverse and the aliens get to feel more comfy in sovereignty-free America. The President appeared on a Univision sports program (because he has nothing more pressing to do) and assured families including unlawful foreigners that nobody would be deported as a result.
Wait, don’t illegals know deportations are way down under Obama? Spanish radio is probably squawking the usual lies about loving daddies being yanked away from adorable doe-eyed kiddies by jack-booted federal agents.
President Obama on Tuesday sought to assure legal immigrants that they can sign up for ObamaCare without worrying that “the immigration people” will come for family members who are in the country illegally.
In an interview with Univision Deportes, a Spanish-language sports radio show, Obama said immigration officials won’t have access to the personal information that consumers provide when signing up for healthcare on the new exchanges.
“Well, the main thing for people to know is that any information you get, you know, asked with respect to buying insurance, does not have anything to do with … the rules governing immigration,” Obama said. “And you know, you can qualify if you’re a legal resident, if you are … legally present in the United States.
“You know, if you have a family where some people are citizens or legally here, and others are not documented, the immigration people will never get that information.”
Adolf Falcon, the senior vice president of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, told The Hill that Hispanic families are wary of Obama’s assurances because of his record on deportations. Continue reading this article
Here’s a fascinating video from the informative IslamVersusEurope blog showing concerned Germans rejecting the government’s sudden announcement that a number of asylum seekers would be jammed into their apartment building. The video includes a tour showing small rooms filled with beds like a barracks, with 12 refugees using one bathroom. The guide announces, “This year we have to accept 200 more refugees in the Upper Bavaria region.” Such cramped quarters could easily lead to angry young men, since refugees are often more demanding than grateful.
The German residents have many concerns, such as how the newbies can take part in shared responsibilities when they don’t speak the language. In a gathering with residents, a government bureaucrat (mayor?) opens by stating, “I welcome you to our information meeting about asylum seekers in need and the right to a place.”
What about the citizens’ rights?
The meeting ended in anger, as a young German man stepped onto the stage to confront the bureaucrat that residents were not consulted at all. A middle-aged man was concerned about the safety of women and girls, “and my wife completely alone.”
The video news report does not specify the origin of the asylum seekers. Are they from Africa? Syria? They must be an undesirable diversity for reporters to keep their identity secret.
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