California Almond Growing Becomes More Mechanized

This item from Stanislaus County has some fascinating frontline farm information about the changing job market in agriculture because of machinery. Almond trees are easy to manage, compared with pickier crops like peaches, so the nuts are growing in popularity among farmers.

Part of almond attractiveness is the application of mechanical technology. Farm robots and simpler machines have been improving rapidly in recent years, from hand-like pickers to milk robots to take care of the cows.

Actually, the mechanical almond picker shown in the video below doesn’t look that high-tech compared with some of the new gizmos.

The important point of the increased mechanization is the reduction of jobs, particularly for illegal aliens who account for many of the picker workforce. The good news is the reduced need for foreign workers; the bad news is Washington’s disregard for facts deemed inconvenient. Clearly advances in farm robotics lessen the need for foreign workers in the fields, just as in every other area of employment in America.

Almond boom has downside in fewer farm jobs, less crop diversity, Merced Sun-Star, September 27, 2014

The remarkable expansion of almond orchards in Stanislaus County has been an economic boom for growers, but it’s come at a price: fewer farm jobs and less crop diversity.

Literally millions of almond trees have been planted in the county during the past decade. Stanislaus agriculture officials calculate 160,200 acres of almonds were harvested last year, which is about double the acreage harvested 15 years ago.

Thousands of additional acres of almonds are being harvested for the first time this fall.

While many of those are new trees now growing on what had been non-irrigated pastures on the county’s east side, others have replaced once-coveted fruit trees, tomato fields, vegetable farms and dairies.

[. . .]

‘Less stress’ with almonds
“There was a time when you made more money growing a cling peach than an almond. That’s not the case anymore,” said Paul Van Konynenburg. His Stanislaus farming operation, Britton Konynenburg Partners, grows 1,100 acres of apples, cherries, apricots and peaches.

But Van Konynenburg said he’ll soon start planting some almond trees. Besides providing a higher return on investment per acre, he said, there’s “absolutely less stress … less headaches and less heartaches” growing almonds than growing fruit.

That’s particularly true because there are fewer labor issues to deal with in almond orchards. For one thing, Van Konynenburg said, farmworkers are “hard to come by” during the fruit harvest season.

“All our fruits are very labor-intensive,” he explained. At the peak of harvest, between his farm’s hired hands and contract laborers, “over 400 people are working” on his 1,100 acres west of Modesto.

Compare that with Trinitas Partners, which has more than 7,000 acres of almonds outside Oakdale. This season, Trinitas employed about 70 full-time and 100 seasonal workers. The Oakdale almond grower managed six times as much acreage with fewer than half as many farmworkers as the Modesto fruit grower.

“It’s not like back in the old days” when farm laborers did all the almond pruning, knocking and raking by hand, said Guadalupe Sandoval, who grew up in Riverbank. “My parents did that work back in the 1950s and 1960s.”

Almonds these days are mechanically harvested. The old joke about why farmers pronounce the word “almond” like they do – “because they have to knock the ‘l’ out of them during harvest” – has been modified, with the word “shake” replacing “knock.”

Machines shake trees, sweep up nuts, prune branches and spray chemicals in modern almond orchards.

“What used to take hundreds of workers is being done by machines now,” said Sandoval, who is managing director for the California Farm Labor Contractor Association. “I wish I could say (those machine operators) are making significantly more money (than hand laborers), but I don’t think they are.” Continue reading this article

Denmark: Arab Christians Are Threatened by Muslim Immigrants

When Christians flee majority-Muslim countries (like Lebanon — 60%), they don’t always escape hostile Muslims. Middle Eastern Christians in Denmark now report being forced to move away from Muslim neighborhoods because of the danger.

It’s unfortunate the Danes allowed Islamic immigration in the first place. They must have thought they were getting some swell diversity, but things haven’t worked out positively. The Danish critic of Islam, Lars Hedegard, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt, as did Kurt Westergaard, the edgy cartoonist who angered Muslims with his bomb-turban Mohammad drawing. Free speech is not a Muslim value.

You can find the video transcript at GatesOfVienna: Danish Muslims Attack Filthy Christians

The Lebanese woman in the video (pictured) — JoJo, an alias — was brave enough to show her face and speak out about the threat.

Muslim immigration is always a bad idea. They don’t get along with anyone. But that behavior is not surprising, since the Koran (5:51) commands: “O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends.”

Here’s a written report from Denmark:

Christians flee Muslim-dominated areas in Denmark: “You get stoned … you should die … infidel … filthy Christians”, 10 News Denmark, September 28, 2014

“Christians with Middle Eastern backgrounds in Denmark experience harassment, verbal attacks and in some cases direct violence from Muslims. TV2 News has been in contact with a number of Christians here in Denmark that tells of violent experiences.

Jojo was born in Denmark of Lebanese parents. She lived in Gellerupparken (major Muslim ghetto) until she was eight.

One day she sat in her car in Norrebro (Muslim dominated area in Copenhagen). Seven young people with Arab background surrounded the car. One of them put his foot up on the hood and stared at her.

“Do you think I’m looking at you, you fucking ugly whore. Try to see what clothes you wear, bitch,’ he said to Jojo, who dress as Danish women – shorts and T-shirt in the summer.

Then he noticed the cross around her neck.

“Well, you have a cross on – then you are also a Christian fucking whore. Do you know what we do to people like you? Do you know what we do to people like you? You get stoned,’ he screamed. … Continue reading this article

AP Promotes Refugee Farmers

The Associated Press has a happy-talk story about African refugees being given plots of land — from “federal grants,” aka tax money — to grow vegetables, as if nobody else was responding to the increasing demand for fresh veggies.

Is farming a job Americans don’t want to do? Must we import illiterate foreigners to grow vegetables?

On the contrary, where I live in northern California at least, farmers’ markets have stalls of growers who are English-speaking Americans.

Below, Judith Redmond, a farmer at Full Belly Farm, selling her wheat berries and vegetables at the farmers market in Berkeley, California.

In addition, news outlets like stories of bored professionals who have chucked their office jobs for the the outdoor life. The BBC reported last year about The US professionals quitting the rat race to become farmers.

The New York Times described the modern locavore trend in At Midlife, Called to a New Field:

In recent years, as the local food movement has grown and farmers’ markets have proliferated, a new breed of back-to-the-landers has emerged. Some, like their predecessors in the 1960s and ’70s, are earnest, college-educated young people, turning their backs on professional career paths in favor of a life of hardscrabble idealism. But many others, homesteaders in their 40s and 50s, have already enjoyed the perks of professional life, and may even have made a fortune, or at least a comfortable nest egg.

To a large degree, the AP story is simply promoting Washington’s refugee program, which imports tribal people unlikely to assimilate, at the direction of the United Nations. The Rwandan woman described is typical of many refugees who have an “agrarian background” which presumably means little if any education. And why are agrarian people brought to America to grow food when they could as easily do it in their homelands, or nearby?

Below, a refugee from Burundi checks his vegetables at the Global Greens Farm in West Des Moines Iowa.

America as the world’s flophouse! Let’s celebrate diversity!

Refugees Settle in Thanks to Small Farm Plots, Associated Press, September 27, 2014

The rapidly rising demand for locally grown fruits and vegetables has created a robust new market for refugees who fled violence in their home countries and found peace in farming small plots of land in several U.S. cities.

With help from a federal grant program and local charities, refugees like Angelique Hakuzimana of Des Moines are now harvesting crops — some of which are native to their home countries — to meet local demand. They’re also finding their place in new communities through an activity many are accustomed to, the federal program director said.

Hakuzimana, 39, was displaced by war in Rwanda in 2009 and settled in Iowa through a program sponsored by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. On a recent September morning, she picked vegetables as farm manager Zach Couture read off an order sheet from a food cooperative.

She excitedly showed off rows of tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, kale, lettuce and eggplant planted as part of the Global Greens program through the Lutheran Services of Iowa. The hotel housekeeper also grows cassava, a carbohydrate-rich root that’s a dietary staple in Africa.

“I really like my garden. I like to work myself. Here you can do anything you like to do,” Hakuzimana said, at times struggling to find the English words to express her thoughts. “I’ve got a lot a food.”

The organization received $85,000 for its program, which offers farm plots on land owned by a West Des Moines church to 26 refugee families from several nations, including Bhutan, Burma, Burundi and Rwanda.

It’s one of 11 organizations to receive grants this year through the federal Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program, which started in 2003, provides about $1 million a year, said Ron Munia, director of the Division of Community Development in the Office of Refugee Services. The program also has funded plots in New York City; Buffalo, New York; Cleveland, Ohio; Honolulu, Hawaii; Nashville, Tennessee; Providence, Rhode Island; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Tampa, Florida. Continue reading this article

Muslim Reaction to Beheading of French Mountaineer is Disputed

Some in the West, like Canadian TV host Michael Coren, have voiced disapproval that Muslims residing in free nations do not protest the behavior of the active beheaders in their faith, particularly when Allah’s loyal acolytes routinely complain loudly about the smallest perceived slight from Europeans or Americans.

Following the recent beheading of French mountaineer Herve Gourdel (pictured), some France-residing Muslims apparently showed up with some #NotInOurName sentiments. The Associated Press interpreted the rallies as exhibiting “heartsick fury among Muslims in France.” Who knew?

Western Muslims, troubled, rally against extremism, Associated Press, September 26, 2014

PARIS — In tweets, in street gatherings and in open letters, moderate Muslims around the world are insisting that Islamic State extremists don’t speak for their religion. Many are also frustrated that anyone might think they do, and a backlash has already begun.

This week’s videotaped beheading of a French mountaineer by militants linked to the Islamic State group prompted heartsick fury among Muslims in France and elsewhere in Europe, torn between anger at the atrocities committed in the name of Islam and frustration that they have to defend themselves at all.

Herve Gourdel was the fifth Western hostage decapitated in recent weeks by Islamic extremists — this time, the militants said, as revenge for France’s decision to join airstrikes against the Islamic State group. [. . .]

If Europe-residing Muslim immigrants are truly “heartsick” about Islam being misrepresented, they are a little late to the parade. website keeps a running total of Allah-inspired deadly attacks since 9/11 — and counts more than 23,920 as of today.

In addition, Muslims are not required by Islam to tell the truth to infidels, so the statements of Muslims must be accorded proper skepticism. Taqiyya — deception — is a well discussed strategy in Islamic scriptures, particularly its use by Mohammad, considered the perfect man who should be emulated.

Also, Muslims complain about mythical “backlash” against their kind, which usually consists of a few unkind words at worst. There are no mobs of Europeans committing mass murder, as ISIS Muslims do in the Middle East.

The idea that Muslims are sad about infidels being slaughtered in the traditional style is also brought into question by the following somewhat sketchy refutation:

‘Stop asking me to apologise’ for jihadists, say French Muslims, France 24, September 27, 2014

As Muslims demonstrated against the “barbarism” of the Islamic State (IS) group outside the main mosque in Paris on Friday, pressure on the Muslim community to denounce Islamist militancy has been described as Islamophobic “madness”.

Friday afternoon’s demonstration follows this week’s murder of French hiker Hervé Gourdel, kidnapped in Algeria by the militant group calling themselves Jund al-Khalifa, which claims links to the IS group.

Many Muslims in France reacted spontaneously to express their disgust at the brutal killing. Online, the Twitter hashtag #NotInMyName – started by British Muslims to denounce the actions of the IS group – was taken up in France (#PasEnMonNom).

But despite the widespread anguish in France’s large Muslim community – the country’s Muslim population is estimated at upwards of five million, many of them of Algerian descent – expectations in some quarters that they should collectively criticise the extremists have caused a backlash. Continue reading this article

America’s Senator, Jeff Sessions, Condemns Policy of Admitting Illegal Aliens to Military

The latest anti-military effort from the White House is the plan to admit illegal aliens to America’s armed forces.

The announcement comes less than three months after the Pentagon retired thousands of soldiers as they served in Afghanistan (Sending pink slips to a war zone, NY Post, July 9). On September 22, it was reported that Army chief of staff Gen. Ray Odierno declared that thousands more active-duty troops could be cut.

But the administration wants to make a special place for its DACA foreigners, even as it discards loyal American service members.

On Friday, Senator Jeff Sessions issued a press release suggesting that the President’s policy is wrong-headed and harmful to Americans. He also pressed the case for returning the nation to legality in immigration rather than the present anarchy, dangerous to national security.

Sessions: President’s Program to Recruit Illegal Immigrants for Military will ‘Directly Displace’ U.S. Servicemembers during Time of Military Layoffs, September 26, 2014

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a statement today concerning the President’s new effort to recruit illegal immigrants and visa overstays into the U.S. military. Sessions also detailed the actions the President should be taking, instead of pursuing an illegal executive amnesty:

“With an unprecedented illegal immigration crisis raging, the President announces not enforcement actions to reduce illegality, but yet one more in an endless series of executive actions to further undermine immigration law. Once more, he has taken unilateral executive action that signals to the world that our borders are not being enforced.

The President is launching a new effort to recruit illegal immigrants and visa overstays for the military at a time when thousands of career military personnel are facing layoffs—meaning that the President’s recruitment program will directly displace American military personnel. Military service is a high calling, and a noble career, and is most certainly not a job Americans won’t do.

The President has further pledged that, following the midterm elections, he will issue a sweeping executive amnesty for 5–6 million illegal immigrants and visa overstays. This executive amnesty will include work authorization, taking precious jobs directly from American workers at a time when 28.9 million Americans in their prime working years (25–54) don’t have a job.

In our economy, like our military, we have a shortage of jobs—not a shortage of workers.

Instead of circumventing the law to eliminate our immigration controls, any President who cares about the rule of law would instead be taking lawful, constitutional executive actions to restore those laws and end the illegality. Here are just a few of the concrete, lawful steps the President is duty-bound to undertake:

  • Complete the border fence that Congress has previously passed into law;
  • Create the exit-entry system to track foreign visa-holders, which Congress has repeatedly mandated;
  • Cancel visas to any country that won’t take back its own citizens;
  • Stop the improper issuance of billions of dollars in child tax credits to illegal immigrants,
  • Enforce the currently un-enforced public charge rule for immigrants to the U.S., both legal and illegal;
  • Crack down on abuse of the H-1B guest worker program that is displacing U.S. workers;
  • Increase, don’t reduce, prosecutions under the proven Operation Streamline;
  • Instead of suing states that are trying to enforce the law, target sanctuary cities that are defying the law; and
  • Cancel all meetings with pro-amnesty groups to plot executive amnesty, and instead meet with Chris Crane, Ken Palinkas, and Chris Cabrera (of ICE, USCIS, and Border Patrol). Instead of ordering them not to do their jobs, sit down with them ask what they need to end the lawlessness and restore integrity to our nation’s immigration system.”


According, the U.S. must “get picky” in military recruiting due to force reductions.

ICE officers requested a meeting with President Obama over one-and-half years ago. The President refused the meeting, but invited illegal immigrants to meet in the Oval Office.

Oklahoma: Muslim Convert Beheads Coworker

The big Muslim news on Friday was the beheading murder in Oklahoma of a worker in a food processing plant by a recent Muslim convert, Alton Nolen. He attacked a second woman with a knife, but was fortunately stopped by man with a gun, Mark Vaughan, a reserve sheriff’s deputy and the company’s chief operating officer.

Nolen (pictured) was not killed from being shot and is expected to survive. He had just been fired from his job at the Vaughan Foods plant where the murder occurred, and where he also pestered coworkers to convert to Islam. He has a long rap sheet, heavy on drugs and including an assault on a police officer.

Here are a few thoughts: Nolen was already a violent man, but becoming a Muslim would give license to murder infidels. He offered islam as instructed by the Koran to his coworkers but they refused, so they got the knife — the old “Convert or Die” routine, discussed at length in Islamic scriptures.

It’s also common for Muslims to attack women and children in typical Religion of Bullies fashion. They never start a fair fight and prefer to gang up on healthy male opponents, for example when an American college student was beaten up by several Muslims in London for drinking beer.

Nolen is a born-here American citizen, but he converted to Islam when he was in prison. Islamic religious outreach does well in American prisons with a captive audience and the Muslim message of approved violence. Prisons welcome religious workers of all sorts, so jihad-inclined immigrants and other Muslims can make efficient use of the system to recruit new choppers.

Police: Woman beheaded at Oklahoma workplace, Associated Press, September 26, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man fired from an Oklahoma food processing plant beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by a company official, police said Friday.

Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said police are waiting until Alton Nolen, 30, is conscious to arrest him in Thursday’s attack and have asked the FBI to help investigate after co-workers at Vaughan Foods in the south Oklahoma City suburb told authorities that he recently started trying to convert several employees to Islam.

Nolen severed the head of Colleen Hufford, 54, Lewis said.

“Yes, she was beheaded,” Lewis told The Associated Press before a Friday news conference.

Lewis said Nolen then stabbed Traci Johnson, 43, a number of times before Mark Vaughan, a reserve sheriff’s deputy and the company’s chief operating officer, shot him. Continue reading this article

Census Shows America Becoming More Diverse — When Will We Have Enough?

The new Census release informs us that a record 41.3 million foreign-born persons reside in the United States as of 2013, comprising 13.1 percent of the population, the highest proportion in 93 years.

In another sign of growing diversity, the WSJ on Sept. 24 reported Limited English Limits Job Prospects: Study Finds 1 in 10 Working-Age Adults Has Limited Proficiency. The article notes, “In Los Angeles and Miami, about a quarter of the working-age population has limited English” so the perhaps the language layabouts have congregated in those cities where Spanish is spoken widely. Or maybe the newbies depend on lots of bilingual food stamps and other freebies to get by.

The Center for Immigration Studies has a paper on the Census report, U.S. Immigrant Population Record 41.3 Million in 2013, that includes a helpful list of important points revealed in the new numbers. I’ve pulled out a few that are interesting because they show how immigration has been turned against the American interest: Many thousands from unfriendly Muslim nations (like Saudi Arabia — 40,000 immigrants in three years) and many more from third world backwaters (like Guatemala — 71,000 immigrants in three years) known for disinterest in scholarship (see chart) and headed for the permanent underclass. Elites seem determined to make the United States as un-American as possible.

• The nation’s immigrant population (legal and illegal) hit a record 41.3 million in July 2013, an increase of 1.4 million since July 2010. Since 2000 the immigrant population is up 10.2 million.

• The 41.3 million immigrant population (legal and illegal) in 2013 was double the number in 1990, nearly triple the number in 1980, and quadruple that in 1970, when it stood at 9.6 million.

• The sending regions with the largest increases from 2010 to 2013 were South Asia (up 373,000, 16 percent growth); East Asia (up 365,000, 5 percent growth); the Caribbean (up 223,000, 6 percent growth), the Middle East (up 208,000, 13 percent growth); and sub-Saharan Africa (up 177,000, 13 percent growth).

• The sending countries with the largest increases 2010 to 2013 were India (up 254,000, 14 percent growth); China (up 217,000, 10 percent growth); the Dominican Republic (up 112,000, 13 percent growth); Guatemala (up 71,000, 9 percent growth); Jamaica (up 55,000, 8 percent growth); Bangladesh (up 49,000, 32 percent growth); Saudi Arabia (up 44,000, 97 percent growth); Pakistan (up 43,000, 14 percent growth); and Iraq (up 41,000, 26 percent growth).

• Between 2010 and 2013, four million new immigrants settled in the United States; and since 2007, when the Great Recession began, at least 7.5 million immigrants have settled in the country.

• As a share of the population, immigrants (legal and illegal) comprised 13.1 percent of U.S. residents (about one out of every eight), the highest percentage in 93 years. As recently as 1980, 6.2 percent of the country was comprised of immigrants.

• Immigrants comprised 16 percent of the adult population (18-plus) in 2013, nearly one out of every six adults.

• Mexicans accounted for the largest immigrant population in the United States by far, with 11.6 million legal and illegal immigrants living in the United States in 2013. However, the number of Mexican immigrants in the country declined 1 percent from 2010 to 2013.

• The number of immigrants from Europe also declined.

Minnesota Somalis Demand Free Halal Food

Up north in the Twin Cities, home to the largest population of Somalis in the United States, the Muslim immigrant freeloaders organized a protest to complain about the quality of free food they were getting because none was halal.

You may have heard that “beggars can’t be choosers” but that idea is hopelessly old-fashioned in today’s liberal values. It’s simply racist to deny a diverse tribe their ethnically appropriate free stuff because it would damage their self-esteem.

Below, emaciated Somalis plead for freebie food slaughtered according to Allah.

Remember that the halal Islamic slaughter process is condemned by civilized people because it is unnecessarily cruel. In western slaughterhouses, the animal is stunned into unconsciousness before being killed, but Islam insists that the creature be fully conscious while being slaughtered. See the Daily Mail’s report, Horror at halal slaughterhouse.

And don’t think the Minnesota Somalis are pining for some nice organic tofu. A woman from Peta suggested a vegetarian Eid to some India-residing Muslims and was attacked by an angry mob for her trouble. She had to be rescued by police from rock throwers.

Back to Minnesota mooching…

Somali advocates rally for halal food shelf in Twin Cities, Fox News Twin Cities, September 15, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – A Somali women’s advocacy group is demanding a review of its request for county support of a halal food shelf in the Twin Cities. The Isuroon Project says there is a “desperate need” for a culturally-specific halal food shelf in the metro, but that Hennepin County has denied its requests for support. Continue reading this article

Pope Urges Global Protection of Migrants

The busybody in the Vatican thinks the first world is not rescuing enough “migrants” and accepting them into their nations. Pope Francis has already written his statement for World Refugee Day in January and the highly inclusive message was recently released, titled “A Church without frontiers, mother to all”.

For a taste, here is the final paragraph:

“Dear migrants and refugees! You have a special place in the heart of the Church, and you help her to enlarge her heart and to manifest her motherhood towards the entire human family. Do not lose your faith and hope! Let us think of the Holy Family during the flight in Egypt: Just as the maternal heart of the Blessed Virgin and the kind heart of Saint Joseph kept alive the confidence that God would never abandon them, so in you may the same hope in the Lord never be wanting. I entrust you to their protection and I cordially impart to all of you my Apostolic Blessing”.

You might think that the Pope would focus on endangered Christians, who are being removed from the Middle East by murderous Islamic jihad, demanding that non-Muslims “Convert or die.” But no, he apparently believes that all refugees should be welcomed in the West, including hostile Muslims who promise to destroy Christianity and the other non-Islamic religions.

Below, the Pope’s first official trip outside the Vatican was to the island of Lampedusa (long besieged by thousands of demanding foreigners), where he welcomed Africans to Europe.

As noted here earlier, refugees are largely created by Muslim wars: World Refugee Day: Jihad on the March. There is no reason to infect the West further with the Islamic pathology of violence and supremacism. Muslim refugees should go to other Islamic societies.

The Pope has written that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.” Perhaps he should stick to interpreting Catholicism, since the Koran is full of admonitions to Muslims that they commit violence on infidels who will not submit.

Nevertheless, the Pope recommends a borderless world, straight out of the liberal playbook.

Pope calls for ‘globalization of charity’ to protect migrants, Catholic News, September 23, 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called for the “globalization of charity” through an international network to fight human trafficking and ensure the rights of migrants and refugees.

The pope’s words appeared in his annual message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which in 2015 will be observed Jan. 18. The Vatican released the pope’s message, “Church Without Frontiers, Mother to All,” Sept. 23.

“Large numbers of people are leaving their homelands, with a suitcase full of fears and desires, to undertake a hopeful and dangerous trip in search of more humane living conditions,” the pope wrote. “Such migration gives rise to suspicion and hostility, even in ecclesial communities, prior to any knowledge of the migrants’ lives or their stories of persecution and destitution.”

Pope Francis called on all to honor the “biblical commandment of welcoming with respect and solidarity the stranger in need.”

“Jesus Christ is always waiting to be recognized in migrants and refugees, in displaced persons and in exiles, and through them he calls us to share our resources, and occasionally to give up something of our acquired riches,” he wrote. Continue reading this article

Feds Cut Illegal Border Crossing Prosecutions

It can be hard to keep up with the administration’s dismantling of immigration enforcement, particularly concerning the border which is now open to any alien who can rent a kid.

Now the feds are taking apart Operation Streamline, a rare bright spot in a largely dismal border enforcement landscape.

The program has a common sense approach: process the illegals rapidly and save the government a pile of money by cutting out long periods of holding and feeding lawbreaking foreigners:

‘Operation Streamline’ takes hard line on illegal border crossers, Arizona Daily Star, March 24, 2013

Criminal cases can wind through the court system for years. But through the aptly named “Operation Streamline,” more than 70,000 illegal immigrants over the past five years have met with their attorneys in Tucson, heard the charges against them, accepted a plea and been sentenced by a judge – all in one day.

A procedure so sensible couldn’t last with the current crew in the White House, and so it is apparently being shut down — though the feds don’t want to fess up about the reduction in enforcement.

Is this change a bone tossed to Raza extremists (who demand zero deportations), unhappy about their amnesty being postponed till after the election?

Feds pulling plug on Operation Streamline prosecutions?, Associated Press, September 22, 2014

TUCSON (AP) — The federal government refuses to say whether prosecutors in Yuma have scaled back a years-old program that guarantees jail time for most immigrants caught crossing the border illegally and which law enforcement officials say is crucial to public safety.

Reports that federal prosecutors have stopped some prosecutions under Operation Streamline surfaced nearly two weeks ago when Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder seeking information on the status of the zero-tolerance program that circumvents the civil immigration system and lumps together months’ worth of criminal proceedings into one day for immigrants caught crossing the border illegally.

Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot said in a letter to the senators that he had been informed that federal prosecutors in Yuma are no longer going after first offenders.

But the government has been completely silent on the issue. Public affairs officials from the Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection have all refused to answer questions about whether the program has been scaled back.

Brett Worsencroft, president of the Border Patrol union for Yuma Sector border agents, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office has in fact ended prosecutions of first-time offenders.

“Operation Streamline is like one of the last strongholds we have as a deterrent. Our manpower is dwindling on a daily basis,” Worsencroft said. “The fence can only do so much.”

Worsencroft said the program was a large factor in the steep decline in border-crossers in Yuma because it sent a message that even first-time offenders would serve jail time and because it allowed agents to focus their attention on drug smugglers and other dangerous criminals. Continue reading this article

Khorosan: Jihad’s Latest Gang

It’s not often that the New York Times and JihadWatch scholar Robert Spencer agree about an Islamic threat, but a Sunday front page headline was “U.S. Suspects More Direct Threats Beyond ISIS,” referring to Khorosan a newly coined Allah gang.

Interestingly, Spencer discussed Khorosan a few days ago on Canada’s SunTV:

Khorosan is something of a knockoff from al Qaeda, which may feel upstaged by all the noisy media coverage about ISIS, as well as its success in grabbing territory. Every jihad bunch wants to be recognized as the baddest on the block, which is not good news for western civilization.

Spencer noted the symbology of Khorosan, saying,

“The name comes from a region in central Asia in ancient Iran, that is the subject of the stories that are told in Islamic tradition about Mohammed talking about the end times and saying that the black banners come from Khorosan, and you should go and follow them and you will find the person who is the caliph of Allah, that is the mahdi, the savior figure of Islam who will conquer and Islamize the world at the end of the world in this view.”

“So the idea is that this group is named after this region from which will come the jihadis that will herald the final Islamization of the whole world and the conquest of all the infidels and they are plotting apparently attacks in the United States against westerners high-profile targets, something on the order of 9/11 and they seem to apparently be here now, of course the same can be said for the Islamic State.”

So any group that calls itself Khorosan has big jihadist plans. It must be aware of America’s pathetically undefended southern border that unaccompanied children cross daily.

The Times piece was loaded up with wonkish beltway expertise.

U.S. Suspects More Direct Threats Beyond ISIS, New York Times, September 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — As the United States begins what could be a lengthy military campaign against the Islamic State, intelligence and law enforcement officials said another Syrian group, led by a shadowy figure who was once among Osama bin Laden’s inner circle, posed a more direct threat to America and Europe.

American officials said that the group called Khorasan had emerged in the past year as the cell in Syria that may be the most intent on hitting the United States or its installations overseas with a terror attack. The officials said that the group is led by Muhsin al-Fadhli, a senior Qaeda operative who, according to the State Department, was so close to Bin Laden that he was among a small group of people who knew about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks before they were launched. [. . .]

The director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., said on Thursday that “in terms of threat to the homeland, Khorasan may pose as much of a danger as the Islamic State.”

The CBS report was a little more straight-forward.

Al Qaeda’s quiet plan to outdo ISIS and hit U.S., CBS News, September 18, 2014,

WASHINGTON — The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) may be dominating the headlines and stealing attention with its prolific propaganda, but CBS News’ Bob Orr reports, another group in Syria — one few have even heard of because information about it has been kept secret — is considered a more urgent concern.

Sources tell CBS News that operatives and explosives experts from Osama bin Laden’s old al Qaeda network may again present an immediate threat to the U.S. homeland.

At two dozen foreign airports, U.S.-bound passengers are undergoing enhanced security screening. Agents are searching for hidden explosives. Laptops and phones with dead batteries have been banned from flights.

Great Britain raised its national terror threat level, and the FBI is tracking American jihadists who may return home.

Sources say it’s due to the emerging threat in Syria, where hardened terrorists loyal to al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri are working on new, hard-to-detect bombs. Continue reading this article

Australia Foils Headchopper Jihad Plot -- Fears of 'Backlash' Follow from Usual Suspects

It was the biggest police operation in Australian history — more than 800 law enforcement officers raided over a dozen sites across Sydney suburbs to arrest Muslims planning a horrific act of Islamic terror. The objective of jihadists was to snatch a random citizen and murder that person by beheading as a subject for a Youtube video.

ISIS-style Mohammeds like the publicity they get from beheading and the head removals of the two American journalists were therefore a big success.

Plus, their holy book commands the faithful to behead: “When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks…” (Koran 47:4). They appear to enjoy the bloodthirsty murder: a recent video shows a cleric instructing would-be choppers to “take the sword, you place the head like this and then you enjoy yourself with it.”

Remember, this is the “Religion of Peace” and if you don’t agree then you’re a filthy racist Islamophobe.

Here’s Robert Spencer explaining the Australian situation, that ISIS is there and intended to act. (Too bad he couldn’t mention how so many Muslims [half a million] got there, namely through the immigration door.)

Another aspect of Muslim hostility, as Spencer notes, were the protests — not against the brutal planned attacks — but against the police raids arresting the terrorists.

Hundreds protest in Sydney about counter-terrorism raids, The Guardian, September 18, 2014

Over 200 people in western Sydney attended a protest about the pre-dawn counter-terrorism raids that occurred across the country.

Rally organisers took to Facebook to encourage people to join them at a rally at Lakemba station to oppose the treatment of the Muslim community in what have been touted as the largest ever counter-terrorism raids in Australian history. [. . .]

Below, Sydney Muslims protest against the police for breaking up a terror plot.

And not to forget Backlash… No Australian has burned down a mosque or lynched a Muslim, but unfounded fears of a backlash from citizens are propagandized by Islamics into a kind of intimidation.

Moderate Muslims fear backlash following terror threats in Sydney, Daily Telegraph, September 20, 2014

DURING prayers at Lakemba Mosque, the tension has been palpable.

There, and in Auburn, in Bankstown, in Liverpool, and in Greenacre, the situation is the same; Sydney’s Muslims are anxious.

They’re shocked by the allegations levelled against one of their own. They’re bracing for a backlash against innocent families. And they’re worried wider Australia will convict all Muslims of guilt by association.

“There is a palpable tension that permeates the environment,” Muslim leader Dr Jamal Rifi said. [. . . ]

Is there a more self-absorbed tribe on earth than Muslims? Their co-religionists were planning to behead an innocent Australian to make a crude statement to advance jihad, but they are concerned only about how the disrupted terrorism will affect them. Muslims residing in Australia want all the benefits of a free society with none of the responsibility.


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