Airline Pilot and Journalist Are Jobs Threatened by Smart Machines

In July 2013, an Asiana airliner from Korea smacked into the seawall at the edge of the San Francisco Airport runway on approach and crashed, killing three and injuring dozens.

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After the evidence was analyzed, one causal factor determined was that the pilot wasn’t prepared to fly the plane manually during the emergency. Furthermore, a 2013 study from the FAA found that in general, pilots depend too much on automated flight systems, and many don’t have the skill to handle the plane by hand.

The crash and tragic loss of life are reminders that the automation earthquake sweeping the industrialized world is not without its problems. How much longer will passenger planes be flown by humans anyway? We hear of self-driving cars and trucks in the works, but self-flying planes (aka drones) aren’t being discussed in public — yet.

Still, the job of airline pilot is no longer a recommended job choice, though it was thought very desirable until recently. It’s hard to keep up with jobs falling off the table these days.

Pilot and journalist are not big immigration categories for visas, still the general trend is toward systemic job loss across the skills spectrum caused by smart machines, and therefore immigrant workers are no longer needed in America given the economy of the future.

Here are the jobs automation will kill next, Fortune, May 20, 2015

Most of us watched as automation displaced factory workers and other laborers; but now many “skilled” workers are getting anxious as the robot overlords come for us.

When automated factories started erasing jobs at manufacturing companies, most of us shrugged: Great, better products cheaper, was the general line of thinking.

But as automation keeps creeping up the stack, taking over more of what most would call “skilled” positions, well that’s getting some folks—who consider themselves skilled professionals—nervous.

Take airplane pilots for example. That’s now a dead-end job according to Mary “Missy” Cummings, director of the Humans and Autonomy Lab (HAL) at Duke University (and a former Naval fighter pilot.) She said that “in all honesty” she could not recommend that anyone become a commercial airline pilot going forward, given the current state of the art.

“Commercial pilots today touch the stick for three to seven minutes per flight—and that’s on a tough day,” she told an audience at the MIT CIO Symposium on Wednesday. Continue reading this article

America’s Senator Jeff Sessions Demands Trade Agreements That Will Benefit Americans

Senator Sessions understands that the globalized economy is full of pitfalls for the American worker, particularly trade deals that benefit only wealthy corporations by pushing wages ever downward by way of outsourcing and immigration. Previous global trade agreements have been uniformly terrible for American workers’ jobs and wages, yet we are supposed to believe that the latest version, the Trans-Pacific Partnership which is now being debated in the Senate, will be different.

Senator Sessions appeared on Lou Dobbs’ show on Monday to discuss the problems with the deal.

SESSIONS: I think it’s time for us to reevaluate this orthodox view that every trade agreement is good and we should just keep signing on to them. I believe we need good trade agreements that advance the interests of the American people, the American working people and not just capital managers who can move capital anywhere in the world anytime. I think we need to ask what’s in the interest of the American people. That has not been sufficiently done. And I believe we should head in that direction.

Trade is good. We are not against trade, I’m not against trade. We can enhance trade. But I’ll tell you, the day when we can enter into a trade agreement that cost one job improperly in America as a result of unfair trade practices by our partners and trading allies is over. That needs to end and we need to defend the American worker, American manufacturing on the world stage. I don’t see how we can be a great nation without manufacturing and that needs to be analyzed deeply here, I think.

Warning: the clip of Senator Mitch McConnell starting at :45 gloating over how he is supporting Obama’s trade scheme may be cringe-inducing to sensitive citizens.

Sessions also spoke on the Senate floor Monday about how the fundamentals of trade policy should be examined, including the irrational belief of some that “free” trade is an unquestioned good:

Sessions: For Some, Global Trade Pacts Have Become Religion — Regardless of Terms or Results, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor yesterday regarding six-year fast-track executive authority:

“It can no longer be denied that wages for American workers have been flat or falling for decades. Real hourly wages today are lower than they were in 1973. At the same time, the share of Americans actually working has steadily declined to its lowest level in four decades. The middle class is shrinking.

CNN recently summarized the results of a Pew study, which found: “Most states saw median incomes fall between 2000 and 2013, an ominous sign for the well-being of the middle class… A separate Pew Research Center study shows that the share of adults in middle-income households has fallen from 61% in 1970 to 51% in 2013… the erosion over the last four decades has been sure and steady… If past trends continue to hold, there is little reason to believe the recovery from the Great Recession will eventually lead to a rebound in the share of adults in middle-income households.” Continue reading this article

Elite Liberal Press Takes Aim at Global Trade

Politics sometimes seems like musical chairs, where politicians take positions on account of the situation of the moment and then remain in place despite all reason.

For example, Democrats oppose trade deals that cause Americans to lose jobs but don’t mind flooding the nation with millions of excess immigrant workers taking citizen jobs. On the other hand, many Republicans like global trade and some oppose extreme immigration.

However, immigration and trade deals are complementary sides of the same globalized economy, where business finagles on a massive scale to get the cheapest labor possible. Entire industries have been shipped offshore so corporations could reduce wages to rock bottom. Those that cannot be outsourced to the third world, like meatpacking, have third world labor insourced to the workplace via immigration. Americans are screwed both ways.

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Now Obama is pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership — another global trade deal like all the rest that promises to improve American employment but never does. Globalism expert Pat Buchanan counts $11 trillion in trade deficits since the first Bush, along with 55,000 factories and 5-6 million manufacturing jobs that were lost in the first decade of this century.

On Monday, the New York Times published a front-page article about how the town of Galesburg, Illinois, has fared under the globalized economy:

Perils of Globalization When Factories Close and Towns Struggle, New York Times, May 17, 2015

GALESBURG, Ill. — Even in this city of abandoned factories, it is possible to see some of the benefits the United States reaps from increased foreign trade: At the rail yard, where boxcars of bargain-price Asian goods are routed to American consumers; at the nearby slaughterhouse, where pigs are packaged for the global market; and at Knox College, where almost 10 percent of the students now come from foreign countries.

It is also hard to miss the enduring costs. In 2004, Maytag shut down the refrigerator factory that for decades was Galesburg’s largest employer and moved much of the work to Mexico. Barack Obama, then running to represent Illinois in the Senate, described the workers as victims of globalization in his famous speech that year at the Democratic National Convention.

A decade later, many of those workers are still struggling. The city’s population is in decline, and the median household income fell 27 percent between 1999 and 2013, adjusting for inflation.

George Carney, who drove a forklift until the day the factory closed, and then found work as a bartender, is now receiving federal disability benefits. He says he is bitter that American policy makers smoothed Maytag’s road to Mexico by passing the North American Free Trade Agreement in the early 1990s. (Continues)

On Tuesday, the Washington Post similarly published a front-page trade article, also showing a town flattened by the global economy, emphasizing the political promises that were made during the 1992 election. The online version included a Bill Clinton campaign ad blaming NAFTA for job loss. But as President, he promoted globalized trade and signed NAFTA into law. Politicians are still lying about trade decades later.

Bill Clinton promised hope for this Tennessee town. It’s still waiting., Washington Post, May 19, 2015

DECATURVILLE, Tenn. — Ricky Mullins was sitting in his granddad’s living room, watching the World Series, when the station cut to commercial and his face popped up on the TV. There was a sign that said “Crafted with pride in U.S.A.,” and then there was Ricky, his head cocked, telling the camera, “That sign means nothing, really — not if the government’s going to take it away from you.”

It was 1992, and Mullins was a star of a campaign ad, cut by presidential candidate Bill Clinton, that lamented the closing of the textile mill where Mullins and hundreds of other residents of this rural Tennessee town had worked. Production from the factory had moved to El Salvador, the ad said, and President George H.W. Bush was to blame for the policies that let it happen. Clinton, the narrator concluded, was “ready to invest in America.”

Today, though, all traces of the Decaturville Sportswear plant, which once employed some 1,500 locals, have vanished, and nothing comparable has replaced it. The unemployment rate is higher in Decatur County now than it was when Clinton took office. One out of every four residents uses food stamps.

Now another Clinton is running for president, offering more promises to revitalize the country and lift downtrodden workers. Where her husband kindled hope, Hillary Rodham Clinton will find cynicism and skepticism — an abiding sense among many blue-collar workers that no one in Washington can or will do anything to soothe the economic struggles that came after Bill Clinton and sometimes were caused by his policies.

Much of that cynicism flows from the expansion of global trade in recent decades. While trade deals open new markets for U.S. businesses and make goods cheaper for consumers, they can punish places like Decaturville with a decades-long void where good jobs used to be. Trade already looms large over the 2016 election, especially for Hillary Clinton, who has declined to take a firm position on a new trade pact with Asia that President Obama is attempting to push through Congress despite heavy opposition. Continue reading this article

Legal Immigrants Must Wait Longer Because of Illegals

Law-abiding souls who don’t want to cheat their way into America but instead immigrate the legal way are being punished for their honesty: Obama’s illegals have gone to the front of the line, so legal folks have to wait longer. A Fox News report shows an American man with an Argentine wife who is stuck in Chile waiting for their papers to be processed after the illegals amnestied by the administration already have their work permits and Social Security numbers.

Below, American Jimmy Gugliotta is living in Chile with his Argentinian wife and their children as they wait for visas to enter the United States.

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Immigrants applying to enter US legally facing longer waits, By William La Jeunesse, Fox News, May 18, 2015

As illegal immigrants continue to seek legal status under President Obama’s executive actions, the waiting list to enter the United States legally grows longer, as does the waiting time for those in the pipeline.

American born Jimmy Gugliotta, who currently lives in Santiago, Chile, with his Argentinian wife and their children, has been waiting more than a year and a half for visas to bring his family to the U.S. He doesn’t understand why going through the process legally puts him behind people who sneak into the U.S. illegally.

“It’s really sad to see that we’ve been put in the back seat,” Gugliotta told Fox News via email. “What I found outrageous is people like me, a U.S. citizen, are actually being put at the back of the line, and that to me is a total outrage.”

The waiting list for those trying to enter the U.S. legally now stands at 4.4 million, 100,000 more than last year. Some have been on the list for more than 15 years. Even though the spouses and children of U.S citizens are supposed to get priority, even their wait times have jumped from as little as two months to up 18 months as the administration deals with a surge of illegal immigrants given lawful status by president Obama.

“I’ve had people tell me, ‘Why don’t you just show up at the border and try to get across?'” said Gugliotta. “I say, ‘No, we want to do this thing right.'”

While the State Department handles the granting of visas for those overseas, their application first has to be processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The agency has been deluged by more than 2,000 applications a day for green cards and work permits after President Obama offered to shield some 4 million illegal immigrant children and adults from deportation using his executive authority. Continue reading this article

NPR Interviews “Rise of the Robots” Author

Automation expert Martin Ford appeared on NPR Monday to discuss his new book, “Rise Of The Robots: Technology And The Threat Of A Jobless Future“. (You can read an except from the book on my blog Robotics Expert Martin Ford Explains the Automated Hamburger and Other Job-Killing Smart Machines.)

The audio file is posted below; you can also read NPR’s transcript of the whole interview.

It’s helpful that Terry Gross introduced the piece by observing that the now-common self-checkout aisle at the grocery store is “doing work real people used to do.” That’s happening a lot. These technological innovations are springing up more rapidly in many economic sectors from automated Amazon warehouses to robot bellhops delivering items to hotel rooms.

Below, women order food and drinks using a restaurant tablet at a their table.

The workplace revolution is just beginning. 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 robots and automation by 2033. The Gartner tech consulting firm has forecast that one-third of jobs will be done by smart machines by 2025, a short ten years from now.

But some in Congress still believe that America needs millions of immigrant workers to keep wages low-low-low for their business cronies, even as those same companies install cost-saving and job-killing smart machines. The Senate’s Gang of Eight amnesty bill of 2013 would have doubled legal immigration if it had become law, which is not the direction we should be going. Given the unprecedented advances in technology in the workplace, the prudent and intelligent number of immigrant workers should be ZERO.

Here is NPR’s text with highlights of the interview with Martin Ford:

Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs, NPR, May 18, 2015

From the self-checkout aisle of the grocery store to the sports section of the newspaper, robots and computer software are increasingly taking the place of humans in the workforce. Silicon Valley executive Martin Ford says that robots, once thought of as a threat to only manufacturing jobs, are poised to replace humans as teachers, journalists, lawyers and others in the service sector.

“There’s already a hardware store [in California] that has a customer service robot that, for example, is capable of leading customers to the proper place on the shelves in order to find an item,” Ford tells Fresh Air’s Dave Davies.

In his new book, Rise of the Robots, Ford considers the social and economic disruption that is likely to result when educated workers can no longer find employment.

“As we look forward from this point, we need to keep in mind that this technology is going to continue to accelerate,” Ford says. “So I think there’s every reason to believe it’s going to become the primary driver of inequality in the future, and things are likely to get even more extreme than they are now.” Continue reading this article

Tsarnaev’s Jihad Motive Is Excused by Prosecutor as Not Islam

It’s been mostly a good couple weeks regarding assimilation instruction for Muslim immigrants.

In Boston, the jihad mass murderer Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty and sentenced to death by the jury. That verdict is a fine lesson for immigrant Muslims that even liberal Boston will execute a man if he goes full jihad murder on the public. The city as a whole is not big on the death penalty, but made an exception for the Islam monster in their midst.

Below, in 2013, the Muslim immigrant Tsarnaev brothers set off two bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three and seriously injuring 264 including 14 persons who lost limbs.

Likewise, when two Muslims bent on mass murder of infidels attacked the cartoon contest in Garland Texas, a local cop shot both dead with his service revolver. They needed killin’, as is said in Texas.

So Muslim newbies should understand that America is not Sweden. We traditional folks like our First and Second Amendments. There are plenty of other places to live that are not so strong on free speech rights. In fact, many Muslims think America is mean and Islamophobic. In that case, they should live somewhere else, where free speech is not treasured so much. Flights leave daily.

But on the negative side, there are still ignoramuses who claim that Islamic jihad has nothing to do with Islam. Back to Tsarnaev, one of the the successful prosecutors felt she had to apologize for getting a guilty verdict. As part of the post-trial press conference, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz remarked, “Make no mistake, the defendant claimed to be acting on behalf of all Muslims — this was not a religious crime, and it certainly does not not reflect on true Muslim beliefs. It was a political crime designed to intimidate and to coerce the United States.”

Is Carmen Ortiz an Islam scholar in addition to her legal expertise? Has she read the Koran, the Hadith, the Surahs or the Reliance of the Traveller?

These self-appointed liberal experts on Islam as the “religion of peace” should pipe down because they know nothing. The Koran has more than 100 verses urging muslims to commit violence against non-believers.

Sebastian Gorka appeared on Fox News this morning to refute Ortiz’ silliness. He was an expert witness for the prosecution during the Tsarnaev trial.

GORKA: [Tsarnaev] is a person who had more than 2000 pages of jihadist literature, videos, audiotapes on his hard drive which has been disclosed in court, and also the real smoking gun is the note that you’ve mentioned that he wrote in the boat just before he was captured that is purely about holy war and nothing else.

TUCKER CARLSON: So why is it that the left, this prosecutor’s hardly the first person — the President has done the same thing repeatedly — so intent on lecturing the rest of us that what is obvious, what we can see before our very eyes is somehow not true, and none of this has anything to do with radical Islam. Why are they intent on spreading that propaganda?

GORKA: They’ve made an ideological decision here in the administration several years ago to make the assertion that jihad, whether it’s al Qaeda, the Boston bombing, 9/11, the beheadings by ISIS — none of that has anything to do with religion. This is an ideological decision. They’ve said it’s about root causes quote unquote is the phrase they use. It’s about poverty, it’s about unemployment. Remember the famous quote from the State Department from the deputy spokeswoman about jobs for jihadis. This is an ideological decision that is bad for US national security.

When you have a man who writes in his notes, “We look down the barrel of your gun and we see heaven; I’m jealous of my brother because I want to be a shahid too, a martyr,” then you’re just closing your eyes to reality and it makes it very very hard.

CARLSON: It’s also bizarre that they’re doing PR for radical Islam because of course if there’s one group that radical Muslims probably despise most I would say the secular left. If they ever took power, they’d be the first to go. Why are they defending these people?

GORKA: I think you’re absolutely right. If they ever took over, the first people up against the wall would be secular liberals. Why are they doing it? Because they have to. If you don’t believe in religion, if you see yourself as more sophisticated than that you cannot simply understand a jihadi warrior, so I don’t think they have the mental wherewithal to get out of their little box and understand there are people out there who want to kill you for God.

Humanoid Robot Competition Suggests Rapid Advance in Technology

A front-page story in Sunday’s Washington Post focused on a government contest to build a humanoid robot capable of acting as a first responder in dangerous situations. The challenge of dealing with the radioactive Fukushima disaster has focused the military on what talents are needed in the next generation of robots, where the machines need to perform tasks as well as send back images of a situation.

The competition includes a variety of activities in the obstacle course, from driving (!) to opening doors and closing valves. This is advanced stuff (assuming they can do it) and shows how fast things are moving in robo-tech.

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Certainly we all want robots that can deal with Fukushima-type disasters, where radiation threatens the health of humans trying to deal with the mess for even a short period of time. But you can see where this is going, namely to the eventual elimination of some police and fireman jobs. Not all, of course, but those jobs (plus pensions) are very expensive for local governments. (The average San Francisco police pension as of 2011 was $95,016.) Police deserve a generous retirement for what they put up with, but governments tend to look at the dollar cost of such services and how to cut it.

The Washington Post has concerns about killer robots loosed upon the world. Nobody wants rampaging murder machines like the ones we have seen in the movies. They wouldn’t be as entertaining in real life as on the screen.

The robots being built for the competition are not that police or enforcement category, but any bot that can drive a car and open a door can also be programmed to fire a gun. Military robots will eventually replace some soldiers as well, continuing the reduction of the employment and opportunity universe.

Recently the House Democrats sought to allow illegal aliens to serve in the military (to “earn” amnesty), an effort which failed. The same forces of expanding technology that cause job loss in the civilian sector also apply to the military. Therefore, America doesn’t need any more immigrants to be workers or to serve in the armed forces.

Military pushes for emergency robots as skeptics worry about lethal uses, Washington Post, May 16, 2015

It’s 6-foot-2, with laser eyes and vise-grip hands. It can walk over a mess of jagged cinder blocks, cut a hole in a wall, even drive a car. And soon, Leo, Lockheed Martin’s humanoid robot, will move from the development lab to a boot camp for robots, where a platoon’s worth of the semiautonomous mechanical species will be tested to see if they can be all they can be.

Next month, the Pentagon is hosting a $3.5 million, international competition that will pit robot against robot in an obstacle course designed to test their physical prowess, agility, and even their awareness and cognition.

Galvanized by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power disaster in 2011, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — the Pentagon’s band of mad scientists that have developed the “artificial spleen,” bullets that can change course midair and the Internet — has invested nearly $100 million into developing robots that could head into disaster zones off limits to humans.

“We don’t know what the next disaster will be, but we know we have to develop the technology to help us to address these kinds of disaster,” Gill Pratt, DARPA’s program manager, said in a recent call with reporters.

The competition comes at a time when weapons technology is advancing quickly and, with lasers that can shoot small planes out of the sky and drones that can land on aircraft carriers, piercing the realm of science fiction. Continue reading this article

Robotics Expert Martin Ford Explains the Automated Hamburger and Other Job-Killing Smart Machines

Martin Ford’s new book is titled “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future” which is a subject that should be far more discussed in public. (My copy is scheduled to arrive in a few days.)

The topic of systemic job loss caused by automation has been examined in some corners, like the tech community, but not in the political universe where it should be heard because of the effect on society. Experts on robotics concur that many jobs were lost in the recession to smart machines, and those jobs aren’t coming back. Jim Clifton, the Chairman and CEO of the Gallup polling company, stated a few months ago that 13 millions jobs were lost during the recession, only three million of which have returned. Certainly a substantial number of those have gone to smart machines, but the administration has been strangling employment with undue regulation also, so the precise effect of automation is hard to determine.

Automation is just the latest attack on the American worker, who has been pummeled for decades by excessive immigration and trade deals favoring business owners. The percentage of foreign-born workers has more than tripled since 1970 to 17 percent now. The latest global trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, has been largely kept secret from the public while the usual suits assure us that the TPP will not ship thousands of US jobs offshore, like all previous agreements. During the most recent McLaughlin Group program, trade expert Pat Buchanan noted, “Since 1980, free trade has cost us 40 percent of all manufacturing jobs.”

Given the expanded used of computers, robots and automation, America’s need for immigrant workers going forward is ZERO.

Below, the post-human hamburger, being developed by the Momentum Machine company that will unemploy fast-food workers.

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Following is an excerpt from Ford’s new book that explains the production of hamburgers by machine along with other job killers, like the Kiva warehouse system that Amazon is using.

Robots are coming for your job: Amazon, McDonald’s and the next wave of dangerous capitalist “disruption”, Salon, by Martin Ford, May 10, 2015

Excerpted from “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future”

RiseOfTheRobotsBookCoverIn the United States and other advanced economies, the major disruption will be in the service sector—which  is, after all, where the vast majority of workers are now employed. This trend is already evident in areas like ATMs and self-service checkout lanes, but the next decade is likely to see an explosion of new forms of service sector automation, potentially putting millions of relatively low-wage jobs at risk.

San Francisco start-up company Momentum Machines,  Inc., has set out to fully automate the production of gourmet-quality hamburgers.  Whereas a fast food worker might toss a frozen patty onto the grill, Momentum Machines’ device shapes burgers from freshly ground meat and then grills them to order—including even the ability to add just the right amount of char while retaining all the juices. The machine, which is capable of producing  about  360 hamburgers  per hour, also toasts the bun and then slices and adds fresh ingredients like tomatoes, onions, and pickles only after the order is placed. Burgers arrive assembled and ready to serve on a conveyer belt. While most robotics companies take great care to spin a positive tale when it comes to the potential impact on employment, Momentum Machines co-founder Alexandros Vardakostas is very forthright about the company’s objective: “Our device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient,” he said. “It’s meant to completely obviate them.” The company estimates that the average fast food restaurant spends about $135,000 per year on wages for employees who produce hamburgers and that the total labor cost for burger production for the US economy is about $9 billion annually. Momentum Machines believes its device will pay for itself in less than a year, and it plans to target not just restaurants but also convenience stores, food trucks, and perhaps even vending machines. The company argues that eliminating labor costs and reducing the amount of space required in kitchens will allow restaurants to spend more on high-quality ingredients, enabling them to offer gourmet hamburgers at fast food prices. Continue reading this article

Israel Offers African “Refugees” a Deal to Leave

Being a successful modern society, Israel is a magnet for third world fleebags. Africans have been arriving for a while and demanding to be taken in. They now number around 50,000. Seeing the demographic and national security threat, Israel is offering each African $3,500 plus a one-way ticket elsewhere or free housing in a jail cell.

Below, Africans camping in a Tel Aviv park. Some engage in crime to support themselves. African gangs roam beaches, looking for easy pickings.

Israel is a small country, slightly larger than New Jersey, with a population of around 8 million. It faces severe national security threats from hostile Islam states nearby and doesn’t need the aggravation of a growing welfare class within. Most of the Africans are likely just moochers looking for a first-world lifestyle, but the refugee claim is a handy ticket inside for active jihadists.

Israel is making a decision based upon the well being and safety of its own people, rather than the United Nations idea of the first world being a flophouse for the billions of the planet’s backward poor. Other first-world governments would be wise to follow Israel’s example.

Israel offers choice to African immigrants: Plane ticket or prison, UPI, May 14, 2015

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 14 (UPI) — The Israeli government appears to be serious about sending perhaps more than 50,000 African refugees out of the country.

The immigrants have largely come from Sudan and Eritrea over the last 10 years, but the Israeli government is now taking action to ship them out, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Israeli officials will soon send letters to the immigrants offering a choice: $3,500 plus a one-way ticket to another destination, or stay and live behind bars. The immigrants have 30 days to make up their mind.

Some critics have accused Israel of hypocrisy, saying a nation that was founded by refugees fleeing war and poverty should be more gracious to others in the same predicament.

A mass exodus of refugees from various nations has marked recent times. On Wednesday, the Malaysian government announced it would no longer take refugees from Myanmar, who are crowding rickety boats to get there. Indonesia has also made such a declaration.

On Monday, the European Union started a push to gain U.N. authorization for military force in the Mediterranean Sea to crack down on immigrant-smuggling boats. Continue reading this article

Illegal Alien Military Amnesty Amendment Defeated in House Vote

On Thursday, the full House was successful in removing Democrat language from the National Defense Authorization Act aimed at helping illegal aliens become US citizens using the armed forces. (See my earlier blog Congressmen Brooks and Brat Fight Illegal Aliens Being Allowed to Enlist in Military.) You can see Rep Brooks’ remarks in the video below, along with Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte and Congressman Lamar Smith.

SoldiersWithUSFlagRep Brooks posted a press release with details of the vote. Note that the result was 221-202, so 20 Republicans voted in favor of allowing illegal aliens to take citizens’ places in the military. The House has 245 Republicans and 188 Democrats.

House Passes Brooks’ Amendment to Protect Military Service Opportunities for Americans, May 14, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives passed an amendment offered by Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) to the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), by a vote of 221-202.  Congressman Brooks’ amendment successfully removed language added by Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) in the House Armed Services Committee that sought to help illegal aliens take military service opportunities from Americans and lawful immigrants.  Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry, Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and Science, Space, and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith spoke in favor of Brooks’ amendment on the House floor and urged colleagues to support struggling American families and lawful immigrants by voting to strike Rep. Gallego’s language from the NDAA.
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Congressmen Brooks and Brat Fight Illegal Aliens Being Allowed to Enlist in Military

In Wednesday’s Rules Committee meeting, Congressman Mo Brooks urged the members to remove the illegal alien/DACA language from the National Defense Authorization (NDAA). Freshman Congressman Dave Brat has also spoken against the military amnesty scheme and commented during the hearing. (See Brat’s article in the Daily Signal, Defense Funding Bill Shouldn’t Allow Illegal Immigrants to Enlist in the Military.)

BROOKS: From 2010 to 2014, 92,498 American citizens and lawful immigrants either were laid off from military service or their military service positions were RIFed. In 2015 the Department of Defense estimates it will eliminate another 27,807 uniformed personnel positions. By the end of 2019 over the next four years the department estimates it will eliminate another 37,680 uniform personnel positions. In total then between 2010 and 2019 the Department of Defense it either has or will eliminate 157,985 uniform personnel positions, thereby costing American citizens and lawful immigrants a total 157,985 lost military service opportunities.

What is the result? American men and women serving in uniform and in combat in Afghanistan and elsewhere have literally been handed pink slips while they are fighting for their country.

There is no labor shortage that justifies supplanting Americans and legal immigrants with illegal aliens in order to meet military recruitment and retention requirements. . .

BRAT: This issue keeps rearing its head without going through regular order. . . One of the reasons it finds its way into the midnight sessions is because some folks know it can’t pass the test. . . I’ve heard no one make the case that this is good for the military.

It is pretty amazing that the military has been hit with extreme cuts to personnel but now the Republican-run House Armed Services Committee has voted in favor of putting illegal aliens in the front of the line to serve. Laura Ingraham said her listeners were “livid” about the scheme when she talked with Rep. Huelskamp on Thursday — Listen.

Ingraham brought up the security angle because the backgrounds of the illegals cannot be determined. What’s to keep Mexican cartel gangsters from joining up and learning America’s effective military techniques? There have been reports of foreign gangsters in the US military for years, so this is not idle paranoia.

Check out the 2008 news report below that shows the criminal effectiveness of a military-trained Norteno gangster in Stanislaus County California, as well as other examples of criminals who joined up to learn skills and tactics.

Congressmen Brooks sent around a group letter pointing out that the policy is highly inadvisable:

BROOKS LEADS LETTER TO RULES CHAIRMAN URGING COMMITTEE TO REMOVE DACA LANGUAGE FROM NDAA, May 8, 2015

Washington, D.C. – On May 5, 2015, 25 Republicans, led by Congressman Mo Brooks, sent a letter to House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions urging the Committee to strip a controversial DACA provision from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  Last week, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) passed the FY 2016 NDAA after open-borders and amnesty proponents added, on a 33-30 vote, Congressman Ruben Gallego’s (D-AZ) amendment, which supports President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty decree for illegal immigrants by encouraging the Secretary of Defense to hire illegal immigrants rather than Americans for U.S. Armed Forces positions, thus advancing Dreamer amnesty that Congress has repeatedly rejected.  Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) strongly opposed this amendment. Continue reading this article

Geert Wilders Promises More Free Speech after Garland Texas Jihad against Liberty

Member of the Dutch Parliament Geert Wilders was the keynote speaker at the Garland Texas celebration of free speech that ended up with two dead jihadists who attacked the gathering.

He appeared with Sean Hannity on Tuesday to discuss his plans to hold a similar exhibition of art in the Netherlands.

WILDERS: I’m certainly not anti-Muslim but indeed I believe that Islam is a threat to our civilization. I believe that our country was based on values that are based on Christianity and Judaism, and that Islam really is a threat to our freedom. . .

HANNITY: This all started with the Danish cartoon event. Why is it that people get so offended over a cartoon? Why is this happening?

WILDERS: Because for more than one billion Muslims, 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, Mohammed is a kind of role model, he’s an example. And that’s why every time somebody depicts or mocks Mohammed, Muslims get angry And my point is exactly this is part of the problem. . . Mohammed as a matter of fact, was a terrorist, was a warmonger. He beheaded Jewish tribes and he was one of the guys who participated. I believe that if Muhammad would be alive today, he would be tried and convicted of terrorism. . .

If our reaction is that we should not make more cartoons or not accept them, the terrorists will win. So we have to give them a signal that terrorism does not win. We will not be intimidated.

Below, an armed SWAT team was necessary to protect people at an art exhibition in America.

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Geert Wilders posed with the security team at the Garland Texas event.

The fact that a cartoon exhibition now requires serious security is a sign of how much Muslim immigration has diminished our First Amendment freedoms. Victor Davis Hanson recently observed about the reaction of the establishment toward the event, “Apparently there is no longer a First Amendment as our Founders wrote it, but instead something like an Orwellian Amendment 1.5, which reads: ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press — except if someone finds some speech hurtful, controversial, or not helpful.’ ”

Wilders is undeterred by threats. GatesOfVienna carried a translation of a Dutch article explaining his intention to “push the pedal” for free speech.

PVV leader does not believe that gunmen were after him: Wilders even more committed, De Telegraaf, May 7, 2015

THE HAGUE — Geert Wilders has announced he will continue his struggle against Islam rigorously and with extra passion. “I will push the pedal a little further down,” he says in response to the failed attack in the United States, where he was in attendance at a meeting where Mohammed cartoons were exhibited.

The PVV leader was the main speaker in Garland, and had left the building just before the two gunmen tried to enter. They were shot dead by police. Continue reading this article

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