OSH Robot Is a Sign of Human Worker Phase-Out

Last October, when I blogged about Orchard Supply Hardware’s new retail robots, their description gave the impression of limited functionality: Greeter Robots Are Unveiled in Hardware Stores. These days, they are called “sales assistants.” Apparently the machines are working out.

Below, an OSHbot helps a customer find a desired gizmo. The smart machine costs $50,000 and doesn’t require coffee breaks, healthcare or vacations. Or sleep: after business hours, it cruises around and updates its database of where items are located in the store.

Naturally, the OSH management thinks the smart machines are a great addition to the business.

In the article below, New York Post reporter Diane Francis asks what people are supposed to do to earn a living in the future, a vital question that goes unasked by the masters of the universe who run Washington.

She mentions without name a futurist who thinks the worldwide job-loss catastrophe will be overwhelming, apparently futurist Dr. Thomas Frey who compiled a rather stunning list of disappearing occupations and correlating prediction: 2 Billion Jobs to Disappear by 2030.

I have no idea whether that prediction is reasonable, but the B-number certainly gets one’s attention. There’s no doubt that a workplace revolution is going on that is huge and will change the world in ways we cannot imagine.

In 2013, an Oxford University study (“The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation?”) was published that concluded “about 47 percent of total US employment is at risk” to be replaced by smart machines. So reputable sources are warning about a worker armageddon.

Also, hardly a day goes by when some media expert can’t figure out why the economic recovery is jobless. They should listen more closely to business, which says it has become “more efficient” during the recession: that means human workers have been replaced by robots and computers.

The Post article doesn’t mention the connection to immigration, but America certainly does not need to import foreign workers when there are fewer jobs now and in coming years. The robotically adjusted number of immigrants needed for American jobs in the future is ZERO.

I’ve added a few links to the article below:

As robots start to take over retail, will there be any jobs left?, By Diane Francis, New York Post, January 25, 2015

The world’s first robotized sales assistants were rolled out last month in California. They are nifty, cute — and terrifying.

Nicknamed OSHbots, the two machines cost $50,000 apiece, are 5 feet of plastic on wheels and carry built-in natural language processors, computers, product scanners and navigation tools.

Named after the Orchard Supply Hardware store where they work in San Jose, they greet customers, ask if they need help, identify items, then offer to guide them to the appropriate aisle without bumping into anyone or anything.

At night, they do inventory by cruising the store to identify missing products and update their store map.

The OSHbots will never ask for a raise or call in sick. They also have the recall of a National Merit Scholar, but, on the other hand, they can’t open a box or climb a ladder to reach a hammer. And if you went up to one and shouted “Fire,” it would respond that “Fire extinguishers are on aisle 4 and I can take you there” . . . in English or Spanish.

So far, OSHbots are primitive, as are other automated services, such as Google’s driverless cars. But they won’t always be. Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple and others are investing billions to make machines smarter than people. And then what happens to America’s 13 million-member retail work force when OSHbot 2.0 or 3.0 arrives on the scene? Are Google and the others going to support the displaced workers?

Amazon has already attacked retail’s work force with its online platform. This summer, it took the next step, rolling out its first battalion of robots, 3,000 so far called Kiva, to replace warehouse workers who drive forklifts, or fetch and file incoming and outgoing products. Continue reading this article

America's Senator Jeff Sessions Explains His Condemnation of McCaul Border Bill

Jeff Sessions appeared on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Monday morning and spelled out the problems with Mike McCall’s flawed enforcement legislation. Senator Sessions criticized the bill before mark-up and has not changed his mind about the House bill which has passed out of committee.

Listen to the audio link below (also, spare audio at Breitbart):

Laura Ingraham Radio

Here’s is a partial transcript:

SENATOR JEFF SESSIONS: The biggest danger to me is that we will say we’ve fixed the matter when we’ve fixed the border and nothing else has to be done, and the special interest forces that are so effective in blocking things that will actually work will redouble their efforts and block the things that need to be done. I do believe this bill is not strong, won’t make a big difference, Border Patrol agents have just hammered it and said it’s not going to be effective. It takes fencing — we passed a bill 5-6 years ago — 6-year fence act, requiring 700 miles of fencing. We only have 30-something now. This will take it to ’80 or so.

So, see that’s not a big deal. It doesn’t add any Border Patrol officers, doesn’t end the catch and release, it may not be McCaul’s jurisdiction, but we’ve got to be sure that this idea where you capture people at the border and then they’re released in the United States, asked to come back to court, and of course they never come back to court that’s got to end, and this bill doesn’t deal with that.

He went on to say the requirement for an entry-exit visa system is already on the books, along with the border fence, but it needs to be enforced, not ignored, by the executive branch.

Senator Sessions further remarked that the immigration system needs to be lawful and “I’m going to be laying out details how to get there. This can be done, Laura, it’s not that hard. A lot of people think it’s hopeless; it is NOT hopeless. Enforcing current law would be effective.”

So stay tuned to America’s Senator!

Border Patrol Agents Rip McCaul Border Bill

It’s disappointing that the key issue of immigration enforcement that sent more Republicans to Washington last November is being blown off first thing. On Tuesday I noted disapproval from a trusted authority: America’s Senator Jeff Sessions Slams Feeble Border Security Bill. In his press release, Senator Sessions criticized Mike McCaul’s bill: “We need reforms that actually work, protecting the jobs and communities of the American citizens we represent.”

Sessions also listed the measures needed in a comprehensive border bill:

• Mandatory E-Verify
• Mandatory detention and repatriation for illegal entrants
• Expedited deportation for border-crossers
• Close asylum loopholes
• Bar access to welfare and tax credits
• Penalties for the Administration’s continued failure to implement the biometric entry-exit system as required by law
• Penalties for the Administration’s continued failure to build 700 miles of double-layer border fence
• Refusing visas to countries with high overstay rates or that will not repatriate their citizens

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul has done decent work in the past, including a 2006 border report (pictured). A 50-page update from 2012 is available online: A Line in the Sand: Countering Crime, Violence and Terror at the Southwest Border. It explains the variety of threats posed by an open border, e.g. Iranian influence in Latin America, transnational crime syndicates and violence against Americans committed by illegal aliens.

(Perhaps a third edition could include the public health lessons learned from last summer’s kid invasion, where all sort of communicable diseases such as TB were introduced into America and its schools.)

So McCaul is moderately well informed about the topic, but appears to be adopting an obedient poodle posture toward big-immigration guy, Speaker Boehner, who got a D grade in recent enforcement voting from NumbersUSA.

Border Patrol agents say GOP’s border security bill is weak ‘window dressing’, Washington Times, January 24, 2015

Border Patrol agents’ labor union announced their opposition Friday to the House GOP’s new border security bill, calling it “window dressing” that doesn’t add any new agents or updated their firepower to get the job done in sealing off the U.S.-Mexico border.

The agents’ opposition could be a major problem for House GOP leaders who have scheduled a vote on their bill for Wednesday, but who are facing a revolt among some conservative lawmakers who say the bill needs to go much further.

The legislation, written by House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, would direct the Homeland Security Department to build about 50 miles of more fencing, to fly more drones and add more technology sector-by-sector along the border, and to come up with a strategy for catching 100 percent of illegal immigrants or smugglers trying to cross.

But the National Border Patrol Council said the bill needs to be more specific in calling for an additional 5,000 agents on the southwest border — there are about 20,000 now — and for updating training to a 20-week course, and to acquire more M-4 rifles and other gear so they can operate out in the field.

“This legislation speaks about metrics but frankly does not provide either the strategy or the resources necessary to achieve them,” said Shawn Moran, spokesman for the union. “We need real solutions on the border where the trends are moving in the wrong direction with increased apprehensions, more aggressive action from smugglers and drug cartels, and continued threats from terrorists.” Continue reading this article

Senator Cruz Proposes Bill Blocking Return of ISIS Jihadists to US

While much of Washington wrings its hands about how kindly to treat “Americans” who have fought for the headchopper ISIS bunch in the Middle East, Ted Cruz has a better idea, namely to turn the Islamic State into a roach motel as far as US citizens are concerned: you can get in, but you can’t get out, at least to the United States.

Below. ISIS fighters are bloodthirsty even by Islamic standards.

It was reported in September that 40 Americans have already returned to the US from fighting for ISIS. However, we are supposed to be reassured that they are being surveilled by the FBI to keep track of them.

The bill is called the Expatriate Terrorist Act and is being concurrently introduced by Iowa Congressman Steve King.

Cruz Files Bill to Ban American Islamic State Fighters from Returning to U.S., Free Beacon, January 23, 2015

Blasts Obama’s foreign policy as ‘detached from reality’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) will file legislation on Friday to ban American citizens who fight alongside the Islamic State (IS) and other terror groups from returning to the United States, where they pose a significant terror threat, according to sources in the senator’s office.

Cruz, who first proposed the legislation last year, seeks to strip those Americans who travel abroad to fight with IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS) of their U.S. citizenship rights and stop them from coming back stateside.

The bill, known as the Expatriate Terrorist Act (E.T.A.), tightens and updates existing regulations by which a U.S. citizen effectively renounces his or her citizenship.

Cruz said that he is filing the bill partly in response to President Obama’s Tuesday State of the Union address, which he described as “detached from reality” on the foreign policy front.

“President Obama’s approach to foreign policy refuses to acknowledge the threats our enemies pose to our national security—it is detached from reality and making the world a more dangerous place,” said Cruz, who also is releasing a new video that takes aim at Obama for misleading the nation about these threats in his annual address.

Cruz said stripping American IS fighters of their citizenship is a step toward securing the country and restoring the country’s image.

“We’ve seen the grave consequence of the Obama-Clinton-Kerry foreign policy unravel with respect to Iran, Russia, and now Yemen,” Cruz said. “These consequences are not confined to faraway lands. They directly threaten America and our allies.”

“That is why this week, I am re-filing the Expatriate Terrorist Act, which prevents Americans who have fought abroad for designated terrorist groups from returning to the United States,” he said. “I look forward to working with senators on both sides of the aisle on this and additional measures to secure our nation and restore America’s leadership in the world.” Continue reading this article

America's Senator Jeff Sessions Now Chairs Two Subcommittees

Senator Sessions was cheated out of the Chairmanship of the Budget Committee by his “friend” Mike Enzi who had official seniority (the result of a coin toss) and insisted on the Chair, even though Sessions had earned it as an effective Ranking Member.

At any rate, Sessions now runs two subcoms rather than one biggie. I have no idea whether that is an equitable trade-off in the Washington merry-go-round of power. Clearly the Alabama Senator intends to make it work. One gig is running the Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee but the more important position for the friends of American sovereignty is as Chair of the newly renamed (by Sessions) “Immigration and the National Interest” subcommittee.

The change reflects his attitude that immigration should do no harm to American citizens, particularly people who work for a living, or try to.

Sessions’ recent paper distributed to GOP members prior to a major meeting, Immigration Handbook for the New Republican Majority includes a section on effective messaging. One criticism from that paper: “Democrats fight with more passion in defense of illegal immigrants than Republicans fight in defense of American workers.”

Hopefully he will hold many fascinating hearings — immigration is a monster topic that touches nearly every area of society. Here are a few thoughts about possible subjects:

Should America stop immigration from Muslim nations?

When will America be full, population-wise? Is one billion (projected for late in the century) too many?

Given the rapid replacement of humans by smart machines in the workplace, should immigration be ended?

Following is the press release from the Sessions office referring to the committee situation:

Sessions Named Chairman of Two Key Senate Subcommittees, January 22, 2014

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) issued the following statement today after being named Chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee on Armed Services and the Chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee on Judiciary:

“I am honored to have the opportunity to chair these two crucial subcommittees.

My focus as Chairman of the Strategic Forces subcommittee will include: ensuring a modernized nuclear arsenal, strengthening our ballistic missile defense programs, advancing our space program, producing an American-built rocket engine to end U.S. dependence on Russia’s RD-180, and developing the technology and strategies necessary to deter any aggression, including cyber-attacks, against the United States or her interests.

America faces a litany of global threats and emerging dangers; it is more important than ever to have the most sophisticated and cost-effective defense programs that deliver the capabilities promised.

My focus as Chairman of the Immigration subcommittee will be to advance the core interests of the nation and its people. On no issue have special interests had a tighter grip than on the issue of immigration.

That is why I am renaming the subcommittee ‘Immigration and the National Interest,’ as a declaration to the American people that this subcommittee belongs to them. Senator Vitter, a strong voice for the national interest, will be serving as Republican Deputy Chairman. The financial and political elite have been controlling this debate for years; this subcommittee will give voice to those whose voice has been shut out: the voice of the dedicated immigration officers who have been blocked from doing their jobs; the voice of the working families whose wages have been reduced by years of record immigration; the voice of the American IT workers who are being replaced with guest workers; the voice of the parents who are worried about their schools and hospitals; and the voice of all Americans who believe we must have a lawful system of immigration they can be proud of and that puts their interests first. Continue reading this article

Murder of Argentine Prosecutor Alberto Nisman Is a Warning about Iran

Americans should pay attention to the likely murder of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman in Argentina. There is more to the case than the investigation of a 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85. The evidence leads to the involvement of Iran in jihadist attacks then and now.

The Buenos Aires terror attack in 1994 looked like a small preview of New York City in 2001.

The death occurred just hours before Nisman was set to appear in front of a parliamentary committee to testify about the Argentine government’s complicity in covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 attack in return for a favorable oil deal, among other things.

Claudia Rosett appeared on Fox News on Thursday to explain the background of Nisman’s findings, with a warning about how Iran’s terror network extends to the United States today.

CLAUDIA ROSETT: One of his warnings was that they infiltrate using agents sent as taxi drivers, as students, as diplomats, as businessmen, and they operate under those covers for years, but they are ready when Iran decides to execute an attack. And the New York City Police Department former head of intelligence testified in 2013 to Congress that they have found Iranian diplomats conducting what looked like hostile reconnaissance surveillance on New York City on more than half a dozen occasions over the past 12 years, including subway tracks, train tracks at Grand Central, the Wall Street heliport.

In other words, Alberto Nisman’s warning was not only a case about a long ago bombing in Argentina; it was a warning about terror attacks in the making today.

Keep this goal in mind as the Obama administration bends over backwards to get a nuclear treaty deal with Iran, which is a dangerous appeasement of a tireless enemy. Recent satellite photos have been reported showing new Iranian missiles capable of sending a warhead “far beyond Europe” yet Obama thinks the mullahs can be trusted not to nuke us when they are able.

In Rosett’s detailed Forbes article on Tuesday, she quoted Nisman’s explanation of how Iranians were sent essentially as sleeper agents to Argentina, told to blend in as ordinary immigrants until a time when they were needed to “export the Islamic revolution.”

Alberto Nisman’s Warning About Iran, By Claudia Rosett, Forbes, January 20, 2015

Beyond puzzling over the circumstances, is there any response the U.S. can make to the sudden death this past weekend of Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman?

Nisman spent the past decade seeking justice for the victims of the 1994 terrorist bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center, which killed 85 people and wounded many more. Nisman compiled a massive case, accusing Iran and its Lebanese terrorist affiliate, Hezbollah, of the attack. He indicted a member of Hezbollah and a number of former high-ranking Iranians officials. And he found himself increasingly at cross-purposes with the machinations of Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner.

Last week, Nisman filed a criminal complaint almost 300 pages long, accusing Kirchner, her foreign minister Hector Timerman, and a number of others, of orchestrating a cover-up of Iran’s responsibility for the 1994 attack. A summary of the complaint, sent out last week by Nisman’s office, accused Kirchner of secretly cutting a deal with Iran to concoct a story that would exonerate Iran and its fugitives from the 1994 bombing, thus opening the way for Argentina to trade grain for Iranian oil, at the cost of “sacrificing a lengthy and legitimate quest for justice.”

Nisman was due to testify Monday to Argentina’s Congress about his allegations. He never made it. On the eve of his testimony, the 51-year-old Nisman was found dead in his Buenos Aires apartment, shot in the head.

Argentine officials swiftly declared that Nisman’s death looked like suicide. There’s plenty of skepticism about that. But with the case under Argentine jurisdiction, there may be little that Americans watching from afar can do. It is telling, perhaps, that even when Nisman was alive, the U.S. couldn’t do much on his behalf. In 2013, U.S. lawmakers invited Nisman to come to Washington, to testify about his findings at a House hearing on “Threat to the Homeland: Iran’s extending influence in the Western Hemishere.” Nisman wanted to go testify. But Argentina’s chief public prosecutor denied him permission, on grounds that it had nothing to do with the mission of the Argentine attorney general’s office.

At the hearing, panel chairman Rep. Jeff Duncan expressed his regret that Nisman could not come. Duncan noted that based on information that omitted Nisman’s findings, the State Department had recently reported that Iranian influence in Latin America and the Caribbean was “waning.” Duncan added: “In stark contrast to the State Department’s assessment, Nisman’s investigation revealed that Iran has infiltrated for decades large regions of Latin America through the establishment of clandestine intelligence stations and is ready to exploit its position to ‘execute terrorist attacks when the Iranian regime decides to do so.’ “

What America can do — and should do — is pay much closer heed to Nisman’s urgent warnings. For years, while laboring at an investigation that amassed more than a million pages of documents, he sounded the alarm over Iranian terror networks which he found extended way beyond Argentina — and in some cases all the way to the U.S. Continue reading this article

Government's Free-Food Program Expands to Dinner

The era of Big Government expands daily and one area of gratis goodies is free food. First the kiddies got free breakfast, then lunches and snacks so any unfortunate stomach rumbles would be prevented. In some places, free food is dispensed through the schools during the summer vacation months.

Now we learn that nearly a million kids got a free-to-them dinner or an after-school feeding last year.

Perish the thought that parents should be responsible for feeding the kiddies; the government can do that job so much better, particularly with the First Lady heading up the nutrition aspect of the nanny state.

In addition, what about the valuable tradition of families eating dinner together? A 2013 Gallup poll found that 53 percent of adults with children younger than 18 say their family eats dinner together at home six or seven nights a week. But the government wants to intrude further into family affairs.

Actual financial hardship has become less necessary to qualify for handouts because poor kids getting free food might experience damage to their self-esteem. So some schools hand out government meals to all kids regardless of need, as happened in Nashville last year:

Metro Schools to offer free breakfast, lunch to all students this fall, WSMV-TV, June 11, 2014

Metro Nashville Public Schools will be providing free meals for all of its students this fall.

Starting in August, schools will be serving up breakfast and lunch free of charge to all students, regardless of their parents’ income. [. . .]

The program is aimed at not only helping families’ budgets, but also students’ self-esteem.

“I think now that it’s inclusive and provided to all, there will be no way to look at anyone differently,” said [school spokesman Joe] Bass. “We’ll all be equal.”

I don’t think Americans would object to feeding children who are actually going hungry, but this is social engineering gone loony.

Below, hundreds of diverse Ventura County California kiddies lined up with parents for food on the taxpayer’s tab.

For background about the growing phenomenon of government (aka taxpayer-funded) food handouts, see my 2011 VDARE.com article, Free Food Nation (Immigrants Welcome, of Course).

The news story below refers to the Los Angeles School Unified District, with the ethnic information for 2013-14 following:

More schools serve students dinner as demand expands, Associated Press, January 18, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many of the students at Kingsley Elementary School in a low-income neighborhood of Los Angeles eat breakfast and lunch provided by the school. For the nearly 100 enrolled in the after-school program, another meal is served: supper.

The nation’s second largest school district is doubling the number of students served dinner, with an eye toward eventually offering it at every school. It’s a growing trend: Nationwide, the number of students served dinner or an after-school snack soared to nearly 1 million last year.

“When kids are hungry, they don’t pay attention,” said Bennett Kayser, a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District board, which was announcing the expansion Thursday. “This is something that should have started years ago.”

Thirteen states and the District of Columbia began offering students dinner as part of a pilot program expanded to all states after the 2010 passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Schools where at least half the students are low-income and qualify for free or reduced-price lunch are reimbursed for each supper by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, at a rate often significantly higher than the cost of the meal.

In the 2014 fiscal year, 104 million suppers were served to students, up from about 19 million in 2009. Participation is still lower than in the nation’s long-running breakfast and lunch programs, which serve more than 12 million and 31 million students, respectively.

The introduction of dinner to school routines is unique in that it could take the place of what many consider a near-sacred ritual: The family dinner. Continue reading this article

America’s Senator Jeff Sessions Slams Feeble Border Security Bill

Many Republicans were elected last November with promises that they would end immigration chaos and truly secure the sieve-like border. But now the GOP appears hell-bent to ignore the reasonable desire of the American people to restore order to the immigration process, rather than watch the government encourage a free-for-all border in a very dangerous world.

Republican leadership has an idea different than the one envisioned by the party’s voters. The elite Repubs want want Obama wants, namely a big amnesty and millions of excess workers to keep the business/donor faction happy. And the top Repubs are getting off to a fast start by bringing up a starter bill (H.R. 399) on Wednesday for Homeland Security Committee mark-up. They must hope the annoying voters will forget being fundamentally betrayed by the election in 2016.

That’s an unwise assumption about conservative voter behavior.

Senator Sessions’ press release follows:

Sessions Expresses Concerns with Border Bill in House Homeland Security Committee, January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement today regarding immigration legislation that will be ‘marked-up’ tomorrow in the House Homeland Security Committee:

“Republicans won a historic midterm vote on the promise to take real action—not symbolic gestures—to end the immigration lawlessness. It is essential that any immigration measures moved by the Republican Congress actually do the job. Too often, Congress will pass anything on immigration except that which will actually work. Indeed, the repudiated Gang of Eight bill was touted as the ‘toughest border security [and] enforcement measures in U.S. history.’

Unfortunately, border legislation being marked-up on Wednesday in the House Homeland Security Committee again fails to include the measures necessary to fulfill its promises.

One of the most dramatic ways in which the President has undermined immigration enforcement is by ordering agents to release apprehended illegal border-crossers by the tens of thousands. Yet the pending legislation does nothing to end this endemic practice of catch-and-release, ensuring large amounts of illegal immigration will continue unabated.

The Chairman McCaul proposal does not include the following reforms needed to achieve a sound immigration system: it does not end catch-and-release; it does not require mandatory detention and return; it does not include worksite enforcement; it does not close dangerous asylum and national security loopholes; it does not cut-off access to federal welfare; and it does not require completion of the border fence. Surprisingly, it delays and weakens the longstanding unfulfilled statutory requirement for a biometric entry-exit visa tracking system.

If Congress learned anything from last year’s ongoing border disaster, it should be that border security cannot be achieved unless immigration agents are permitted to do their jobs and our laws are actually being enforced. A nation cannot control its borders if being caught violating those borders does not result in one’s swift return home.

As it stands now, Congress provides billions of dollars every year to the Department of Homeland Security for border security and immigration enforcement and yet DHS uses those resources to flout the laws Congress has passed, rather than to enforce them. Without ending catch-and-release, any additional funds for DHS will simply be used to facilitate the transfer of more illegal immigrants into U.S communities. Border security must be approached differently in a time when we have a President who makes up his own laws, and where illegal immigrants actually hope they will be apprehended so they can be released into an American city or town. We live in a new reality.

As such, it is essential that any border plan include some of the following measures, or that these measures be adopted first:

• Mandatory E-Verify
• Mandatory detention and repatriation for illegal entrants
• Expedited deportation for border-crossers
• Close asylum loopholes
• Bar access to welfare and tax credits
• Penalties for the Administration’s continued failure to implement the biometric entry-exit system as required by law
• Penalties for the Administration’s continued failure to build 700 miles of double-layer border fence
• Refusing visas to countries with high overstay rates or that will not repatriate their citizens

Americans have begged and pleaded for years for an end to the lawlessness. But the politicians have refused to listen. Time and again, proposals are offered with tough promises that the legislation does not fulfill. This time must be different. We cannot be satisfied with measures that create the appearance of doing something while changing little. We need reforms that actually work, protecting the jobs and communities of the American citizens we represent.”

[NOTE: To read Sen. Sessions’ recent immigration handbook on an effective immigration strategy for the 114th Congress, please click here.]

Fox News Checks Out Islam vs. Free Speech Confrontation in Texas

Yesterday I wrote about Pamela Geller and hundreds of free-speech patriots — Texas: Free Speech Is Defended against Islamic Censorship. The event was a forum called “Stand with the Prophet” to complain about Islam-o-realists who prefer to keep their heads attached.

Jesse Watters from Fox’s O’Reilly show interviewed both the patriots and hijabbers.

Perhaps most revealing was the young koran fundamentalist who wants sharia law in the United States:

JESSE WATTERS: Seems to be a lot of turmoil in that part of the world, a lot of beheadings, stonings of women. Why is that tolerated in the Muslim world?

KORAN GUY: Because that’s what we believe. It says in the Koran that women shouldn’t be able to you know go out in public just you know wearing regular clothes.

JESSE: When women are allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, do you think that’s right?

KORAN: I just believe what the koran says because I’m a Muslim.

JESSE: So you believe in subjugating women because that’s what the koran says?


JESSE: Would you like sharia law in America?

KORAN: Yes. That would be nice.

Maybe the koran guy will head off for Syria to act on his beliefs. Let’s hope.

At any rate, he demonstrated what a huge mistake Muslim immigration has been. America should stop admitting Muslims now before it’s too late.

Fox journalists were specifically barred from going inside to hear the Islam speakers even though Watters paid for his ticket and got credentials. Local media were admitted for the first 20 minutes to shoot footage and then were forced to leave.

The totalitarian culture of Islam is not appropriate for nations of free people.

Germany: Business Says It Needs More Muslim Immigrants

It’s disappointing to see the often conservative Washington Times report so erroneously about Muslim immigration to Germany, particularly that those newbies are needed for skilled jobs Germans allegedly won’t do.

Anti-Islam, anti-immigration movement stifling Germany’s economy, business leaders warn, By Angela Waters, Washington Times, January 18, 2015

BERLIN — Europe’s divisive debates over immigration and Islam may be putting sand in the gears of Europe’s economic engine.

Saying Germany needs skilled laborers to work in the factories and laboratories of its export-heavy economy, German corporate and industrial leaders are denouncing the string of anti-Islamic marches that have attracted growing crowds throughout the country in recent weeks.

“We distance ourselves from this movement and any xenophobic movement that damages Germany’s reputation,” said Alexander Wilhelm, deputy head of the Confederation of German Employers Associations, a national umbrella group.

“The PEGIDA movement is not representative of Germany, its people and its economy,” he said, using the German acronym for the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West group that has organized the marches. [. . .]

This article is wrong on at least two counts — the real threat of Islam and the nature of the employment market.

The business representative quoted above says PEGIDA “is not representative of Germany” but a pre-Charlie-Hebdo survey found a different opinion: 57 percent of Germans feel Islam is a threat: poll.

PEGIDA stands for Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West (Patriotische Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes). Started by Lutz Bachmann in Dresden, PEGIDA’s Monday night rallies grew from 350 participants last October 20 to 25,000 on January 12. Officials canceled the march on January 19 because of threatening Muslims, but Bachmann promised to resume next week.

Below, growing PEGIDA rallies against the Islamization of Europe show that many of the German people don’t want Muslim diversity.

On the topic of workers needed to keep the German economy humming, there are millions of unemployed Europeans who could more prudently be hired rather than Muslims, who are sometimes difficult as employees, with their special demands for prayer breaks and such.

Following is an upbeat video segment from Deutsche Welle about young Spaniards moving to Germany to pursue professional careers. Spain is moving very slowly out of recession, but still has a jobless rate of 23 percent. Borderless Europe means that job seekers can go anywhere within the EU for employment, so Germany has plenty of available workers from the continent.

In December, it was reported that France had its highest number of unemployed people ever, nearly 3.5 million.

In Italy, 16 percent of college graduates are unemployed, so there are plenty of educated Italians ready to work (Grads in Italy have higher unemployment).

In addition, the idea that Muslims have extra-special work skills is a new one on me. They do not have a reputation for STEM expertise.

Finally, Germany is like all other first-world economies that are turning to robots, computers and automation to reduce its need for human workers. So the complaints of business are not based on genuine need, just the desire for cheaper workers.

Robots could take half of German jobs, USA Today, January 13, 2015

BERLIN — Right-wing protesters marching against immigration and the so-called Islamicization of Germany may soon face a new foe: the rise of the machines.

With low unemployment and a shrinking workforce, the economic engine of Europe continues to endeavor to reinvent itself as a nation of immigrants, even as the demise of the welfare state and fear of multiculturalism have brought tens of thousands of protesters to the streets.

But recent reports suggest that robots, not immigrants, may pose the greatest threat to German workers — though the European Union has placed a $4 billion bet that robots will create rather than eliminate jobs.

The new wave of automation will hit white-collar workers hardest, according to Jeremy Bowles, a researcher at the Brussels-based Bruegel Institute.

“What’s fundamentally different is that (these advances) have the ability to affect a broader set of workers,” Bowles said, comparing the next generation of computerization to the first wave of robots that hit assembly line jobs in the 1980s.

The impact of these innovations will vary across Europe, Bowles argues. But in Germany, as in the U.S., robots may soon take as many as half the existing jobs, according to the Bruegel Institute’s analysis of the labor market. Continue reading this article

Texas: Free Speech Is Defended against Islamic Censorship

Hostile Muslims seem to enjoy poking Americans in the eye, probably because they think they can. Washington has increased Muslim immigration to this country, which may incite even worse behavior among the those who see a friend in the White House. They never miss an opportunity to insult treasured American institutions, like free speech and freedom of religion, the latter which benefits them because Islam is treated as a faith rather than a totalitarian political system.

One memorable example of Islamic insults was the insistence of New York Muslims that a territory-marking triumphal mosque should be built near the Ground Zero site even though there are at least 175 mosques in the city.

Now obnoxious Muslims are back, complaining about free speech that’s critical of their backward system. Just a week after many of the staff of Charlie Hebdo were slaughtered by jihadists in Paris, an Islam group rented a hall owned by the public schools in Garland, Texas, to “Stand with the Prophet” against America.

It was a relief to see hundreds of concerned citizens show up to protest the seditious sharia show. Pamela Geller helped organize the event, even though some enemies of free speech have taken down her website with a denial-of-service attack.

Interestingly, the Free Beacon reported that their journalist and others were prevented from entering the evening forum of Muslim speakers: ‘Free Beacon’ Banned From Stand with the Prophet Event. Some reporters were allowed to stay for only 20 minutes, then were made to leave. Free expression, Muslim style!

As Salman Rushdie recently observed, “The moment you limit free speech, it’s not free speech.”

Below, one of the protesters in Garland, Texas, commented upon the Muslim style of dealing with disagreement.

Pamela Geller: Muslims Trying to Restrict Free Speech in Texas, Breitbart.com, January 18, 2015

GARLAND, Texas — Pamela Geller told a crowd of nearly one thousand protestors that “we’re living in an age where evil is good, and good is evil.” Her remarks came during a free speech rally staged to protest the “Follow the Prophet” assembly underway in a Garland Independent School District convention center.

She cautioned the audience to be careful with the mainstream media covering the event and the protest. “This is theater,” Geller said, “and the media is the director. They’re coming here to film a narrative. They’re coming here to make you look bad.”

Geller encouraged the group to speak their mind but to do so in a way that brought credit to the movement. “Never give them what they’re looking for,” she explained. “They want you to say something wrong. They want you to have a bad sign. Because that becomes the front page.” Continue reading this article

Polls Show Failure of Obama Administration on Basics of Governance

A couple of recent surveys reveal deep unease among the voters about White House competence to run the nation. While Obama frequently touts an improving economy, the citizens apparently haven’t gotten the memo, and nearly two-thirds said it still feels like recession to them, according to a January Fox News poll:

The poll reveals that a 64-percent majority of voters says it still feels like the country is in a recession.  The good news is that’s far less than the 74 percent who felt that way a year ago, and the 86 percent who said that in 2010.

Worse, a recent Pew poll, shown at right, found that the economy — often the top concern — ranked second after terrorism. The basic job of government is to protect the people, but Obama’s indifference to national security must be shocking to many for terror to be their #1 priority for 2015.

The Pew survey took place over Jan 7-11, when the Charlie Hebdo jihad massacre occurred, including Obama stiffing the march of world leaders in Paris supporting freedom. He still refuses to name the enemy, perhaps because of his consistent fondness for Islam.

Last summer, the surge of Central American children across the Rio Grande showed that America’s southern border is a sieve. And if kids can get in with no problem, so can Allah’s murderers. Voters may wonder: How many Muslim sleeper cells are waiting to strike? And why does Washington continue to admit potential enemies (Muslims) as immigrants?

Another sign of unseriousness about national security has been Obama’s release of dangerous jihadists from Gitmo, a few at a time.

For a list of reasons, Americans don’t feel entirely safe, and the Pew poll reflects that belief.

Public’s Policy Priorities Reflect Changing Conditions at Home and Abroad: Fewer Cite Economy; More Prioritize a Stronger Military, Pew Research, January 15, 2015

As views of the economy improve and terrorist threats persist, the public’s policy priorities have changed: For the first time in five years, as many Americans cite defending the U.S. against terrorism (76%) as a top policy priority  as say that about strengthening the nation’s economy (75%).

Since Barack Obama began his second term in January 2013, the economy has declined 11 points as a top priority, and improving the job situation has fallen 12 points (from 79% to 67%).

There has been little change over the past two years in the number saying that defending against terrorism should be a top priority; in fact, this has consistently been among the public’s leading policy goals since 2002. But it has moved to the top of the priorities list as the economy and jobs have fallen.

The Pew Research Center’s annual policy priorities survey, conducted Jan. 7-11 among 1,504 adults, also finds that the goal of strengthening the military has increased in importance. Currently, 52% say strengthening the military should be a top policy priority for the president and Congress this year, up from 41% in January 2013.


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