California continues to stretch the imaginations of non-liberals. One unthinkable policy is Governor Brown’s policy by which thousands of presumably dangerous prisoners originally sentenced by juries to life sentences in the slammer are being set free.
A Friday radio segment on the California Report was downright cheery about cons being released into local communities. The title gave a hint of the reason for the upbeat account: New Classes Aim to Help ‘Lifer’ Inmates After Parole. In other words, don’t be scared, little citizens — the murderers and rapists have been taught techniques in anger management.
Below, inmates teach a class as a part of the Long-Term Offender Pilot Program at Solano State Prison.
In 1994, 72 percent of California voters approved a broad three-strikes initiative to lock up habitual criminals for long prison terms. The voters think bad guys belong in prison to protect public safety, but liberal politicians believe they know better than the citizens.
A profound change is underway in California’s criminal justice system.
Inmates serving life sentences with the possibility of parole are being released in record numbers. Since 2009, nearly 2,300 lifers have been paroled. That’s more than three times the number paroled in the previous 17 years combined.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s office insists it has nothing to do with the state’s prison overcrowding issue. Instead, he says, it’s being driven by recent court rulings that make it harder to deny parole if inmates are no longer considered a risk to public safety.
Now, for the first time, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is offering classes aimed directly at lifers.
On a recent weekday morning at Solano State Prison in Vacaville, inmates lined up to receive certificates. They had just completed classes that help them understand how they ended up here. The special guest is not a typical graduation speaker. Instead, they hear from Teresa Courtemanche. Six years ago, her son, Matt, who was on the Fairfield City Council, was shot and killed. He was 22 — a victim of mistaken identity. She recalls that night when her home phone rang.
“It was my friend Terri and she said, ‘I think Matt got shot,’ ” Courtemanche remembers. ” ‘What?’ ‘I think he got shot.’ I said, ‘OK, let me go. Let me call his phone.’ And I kept calling his phone and he didn’t answer.”
She goes on to describe through tears how the murder tore through her family — and still does. The audience, 40 or so lifers, sits quietly, many of them nodding slowly as she speaks. It’s one of the ways inmates hear about the impact that crime has on their victims and their families. Afterward, one of the inmates, James Ward, speaks passionately about the unfairness of violent crime.
“When I hear us complaining about how unfair we are treated — you want to see how unfairness is?” Ward says, pounding the podium for emphasis. “Look at herexperience. When we talk about, ‘Oh, the police didn’t let me out on the yard or came to search my house.’ How messed up that is. That is not unfair!”
Ward has spent half his life in prison after stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death over 30 years ago. After being turned down for parole five times, he was finally found suitable earlier this year. Standing in a prison courtyard, Ward says unless that his parole is reversed by the governor, he’ll leave Solano Prison Nov. 5.
“I have mixed feelings about it, actually,” he confides. “There’s the elation of being found suitable but then the sobering realization of what this has cost — in my girlfriend’s life and her relatives’ lives and my family’s lives. So, the impact is widespread, so I can’t be too celebratory.”
A couple years ago, Ward was trained to be a drug and alcohol counselor at Solano, as well as a mentor for other inmates.
“Doing this work is part of that making amends in a kind of indirect way to my victims,” Ward says. “But there’s more that I think I could do out of the confines of this limiting environment.”
Programs like these are part of a different approach that Gov. Brown has brought to criminal justice. For the first time in decades, inmate rehabilitation is a funding priority. The inmates learn things like anger management, what leads to criminal thinking, the impact crime has on victims and how to reconcile with their own family members if they’re released. Continue reading this article
In the past, former Speaker Newt Gingrich has been a hispandering hustler when shopping for diverse votes, but these days he does speak plainly about the threat of hostile Islam in its current incarnation. For that he is to be congratulated.
Jihadists are pumped up about recent events, which are going their way because nobody, particularly the United States or neighboring Middle Eastern states, is doing much of anything to stop them.
Unlike the administration, Gingrich has a reasonable strategy against an enemy that kills everyone who won’t convert to Islam: destroy them. Too bad he didn’t mention ending Muslim immigration to America.
KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: The United States has already dropped some, some food and water to tens of thousands of Iraqis trapped at the top of a mountain who had to flee the militants, so can the United States stop ISIS before the militants completely overrun Iraq? And most importantly from this perspective, what should the U.S. role be here?
Joining us to discuss, CNN’s “CROSSFIRE” host Newt Gingrich. So, Newt, I really am interested in getting your take on not only the president’s statement but also the action that the president decided to take last night.
NEWT GINGRICH, CNN HOST, “CROSSFIRE”: Well, let’s start with his statement, which is frankly a little confusing.
GINGRICH: Well, if he doesn’t want to risk American lives, he can pull them out of Erbil. I mean, there’s no obligation to sit in Erbil, so he’s trying to find a hometown “gosh, I have to do this, all of us patriots have to rally together. We’re not going to risk American lives.”
The tragedy of where we are — and this is not about President Obama. This is about President Bush. It’s about President Clinton. It’s about where the country has been now about radical Islamism probably for — probably since 1979 when the Iranians seized the American embassy. Nobody wants to tell the truth.
The truth is this is a radical Islamist group. They say openly if you don’t convert, we’ll kill you. It turns out they actually mean it. There’s no complexity. They’re exactly like Hamas. Hamas says openly we’re going to kill every Jew; that’s a direct quote from two weeks. We will kill every Jew. The difference is that is ISIS gaining power and they’re doing exactly what they said they would do.
And I think this, if you go from Boko Haram in Nigeria all the way across region, what you see is a radical Islamist force. Nobody in the American State Department, nobody in the White House, not just Obama, but for three or four administrations, we have not had the courage to confront how bad this is, and it’s getting worse.
By the way, yesterday there were — there were ISIS forces in Lebanon occupying a town in the middle of a fight with the Lebanese army in northern Lebanon. They’re in Syria. They are recruiting people in Europe and the United States. They see themselves as a worldwide fight, and so the president says we’re going to stop them from getting to Erbil. Well, what does that accomplish?
BOLDUAN: Well then, what is your prescription? That’s — you want to — do you want to see combat troops on the ground? What are you saying?
GINGRICH: No. I think that we should be arming and training the Kurds, who are very reliable. We should be arming the traditional tribes with whom we had very good relations back when we were in Iraq. We should be providing air power in a massive way. We should be hunting down ISIS anywhere it exists, whether it’s in northern Syria, it’s in Lebanon or it’s in Iraq.
We hear that the border flood of illegal aliens has slowed down somewhat because of the summer’s brutal heat. But the lower Rio Grande Valley is still quite busy, including diverse lawbreakers from around the world. Breitbart reported on Aug 3 that illegals from more than 75 countries have crossed the open border. Does nobody in Washington care about the national security threat?
Below, the Border Patrol discovered a group of Chinese nationals minutes after they crossed the Rio Grande into the United States.
Furthermore, rancher Fred Cappadona says the traffic has never been as bad as this summer on his land, located 30 miles north of the border. He recently found a 16-year-old Nicaraguan sleeping on his back porch. He remarked, “The numbers are overwhelming… I’m going to say it’s at least three times more aggressive this year.”
The kid crossers have been getting most of the press attention, but numbers in all age categories are up.
Why not? The world’s moochers have heard that America’s southern border is wide open, so they are coming.
While much of the focus of foreigners and drugs crossing the Texas border is on the serpentine Rio Grande River, its effects are felt 20 and 30 miles north in the rural ranches that blanket South Texas.
In just one constable’s precinct in Hidalgo County that reaches into the ranch land, there have been 47 calls from ranchers concerning traffickers busting through fences on ranches in the first six months of 2014, according to crime statistics provided by officials with Precinct 4.
“I promise you the number of incidents of ranch crossings is double or triple that,” Precinct 4 Sgt. Aaron Moreno told ABC-13.
Those stats also show a total of 64 “bailouts,” in those ranch areas in that six-month span. That’s where an officer stops a vehicle, or a vehicle crashes and the passengers scatter.
On Wednesday alone between 1 and 3 pm, in the ranches covered by Precinct 4’s constables, there were three incidents of vehicles carrying large groups of people that busted through fences. Those vehicles were either were stopped by officers or crashed and the passengers fled.
One of those incidents, involving a white Ford truck registered in Houston, took place near the ranch of Fred Cappadona.
“The numbers are overwhelming,” Fred Cappadona told ABC-13.
He’s in a position to know. Cappadona works cattle on a Hidalgo County ranch about 30 miles north of the border. And he said the coyote traffic across his land has never been as bad as it’s been this summer.
Coyote is a common term throughout the Lower Rio Grande Valley referring to those who practice smuggling both people and drugs across the Texas-Mexico border. And too many times they beat a path through Cappadona’s ranch, which spans thousands of acres.
Most voters rate the federal government’s handling of illegal immigration as poor and think states should be able to act on their own to stop the problem. They also favor use of the National Guard in their own state to deal with illegal immigrants.
Just 13% of Likely U.S. Voters now think the federal government is doing a good or excellent job dealing with the illegal immigration problem in this country. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% rate the government’s performance in this area as poor. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Sixty percent (60%) believe a state should have the right to enforce current immigration laws if it believes the federal government is not enforcing them. Just 28% disagree, while 12% are undecided.
This is comparable to findings in December 2011 when Arizona announced its intention to go it alone because of the federal government’s failure to enforce immigration laws. But the Obama administration challenged the state’s effort in court, and the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately limited what Arizona could do.
Texas Governor Rick Perry also has been critical of the federal government’s handling of the current immigration crisis and has announced plans to send his state’s National Guard to the border to stop the flow of illegal immigrants. Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters nationwide favor using their state’s National Guard if necessary to deal with illegal immigration. Only 27% are opposed. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure. Continue reading this article
(Reuters) – As President Barack Obama considers sidestepping Congress to loosen U.S. immigration policy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Americans are deeply worried that illegal immigration is threatening the nation’s culture and economy.
Seventy percent of Americans – including 86 percent of Republicans – believe undocumented immigrants threaten traditional U.S. beliefs and customs, according to the poll.
The findings suggest immigration could join Obamacare – the healthcare insurance overhaul – and the economy as hot button issues that encourage more Republicans to vote in November’s congressional election.
With Congress failing to agree on broad immigration reforms, Obama could act alone in the next few weeks to give work permits to up to 5 million undocumented immigrants and delay some deportations, according to media reports.
Hispanic and liberal voters would welcome that, but the online survey suggests much of the rest of the nation may not.
Despite arguments from the White House and groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that legal immigration benefits business, 63 percent of people in the online survey also said immigrants place a burden on the economy. Continue reading this article
CBN’s terror analyst Erick Stakelbeck reminds us that the jihad juggernaut in the Middle East does not want to remain there. Allah’s gangsters still hope to return to America to finish the job they started in 9/11, as shown by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s remark to US troops when released from prison, “I’ll see you guys in New York.”
WASHINGTON — Before Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became what many consider the world’s most powerful terrorist, he was in U.S. custody.
U.S. forces released Baghdadi from an Iraqi prison in 2009 after four years in captivity. His reported parting words to American troops? “I’ll see you guys in New York.”
Baghdadi now leads a terrorist army of some 10,000 jihadists, known variously as ISIS or the Islamic State, that has conquered vast amounts of territory in Iraq and Syria.
And his repeated threats to attack America have not gone unnoticed.
“You will have a hard time finding any senior U.S. counterterrorism or intelligence official who won’t say right now that the Islamic State, or ISIS, is the biggest threat that we’re facing at the moment,” said Matthew Levitt, director of the counterterrorism program at the Washington Institute.
Levitt, a former U.S. Treasury Department and FBI analyst, told CBN News the large influx of Western Muslims into ISIS’s ranks — from places like Britain, France, and Denmark — poses a unique danger.
According to some estimates, up to 3,000 Western Muslims have traveled to Syria to join the jihad.
“They are recruiting a very large number and attracting, really, a very large number of foreigners, including Americans,” Levitt told CBN News. “At least 100 or so have gone to fight, some with ISIS, some with Jabhat al Nusra in Syria.”
“And also Europeans,” he added, “and many of the Europeans that are being recruited are from European countries that have visa waiver programs with the United States.” Continue reading this article
Britain is known to be the softest touch in Europe for welfare goodies and remains the top magnet in the region for shiftless moochers from around the world. One symptom is the bunch-up of foreigners at the French town of Calais, a major ferry port that lies only 21 miles from freebie Britain.
The 1,000+ Africans lounging about Calais, eating the free food put out by the French, recently rioted as Sudanese and Eritreans battled each other for access to the parked trucks, which they hop to enter Britain.
Below, fleebag Africans line up for chow handouts in Calais.
Hundreds of migrants trying to reach Britain renew earlier fight over an evening meal as riot police step up port patrols
More than 50 people have been injured, one seriously, in clashes between African migrants gathered at France’s northern port of Calais trying to reach Britain, authorities said.
Police intervened to separate hundreds of migrants who had renewed a fight that broke out on Monday between Eritreans and Sudanese during the distribution of an evening meal.
Police twice had to separate the migrants and allow access to ambulances and firefighters, an official at the Pas-de-Calais prefecture said.
Despite the periodic dismantling of makeshift migrant camps since May, the number of migrants has continued to increase. The prefecture estimated the number of migrants currently in the port and industrial zone of Calais at 1,200-1,300. Continue reading this article
The front page of Sunday’s Los Angeles Times headlined with “Laboring in the shadow of recession,” which is actually a story about freelancing out of necessity in the bleak job market. Individual cases of human struggles to survive economically are told along with the some of the societal changes which contribute.
There are a few statistics but for an economics article, the piece is surprisingly vague. Perhaps the haziness indicates the LA Times has no clue what’s wrong. It mentions “automation and outsourcing” in one sentence to explain business’ lack of hiring but with no further analysis. Immigration and the surplus of unskilled foreign workers are not discussed at all, even though Los Angeles County (which is jammed with non-Americans) has nearly two million discouraged, somewhat employed persons, 17.8 percent.
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Historically small business hire the most. I owned a small business for over 30 years. I sold it 3 years ago and I’m now happily retired. My company had around 50 employees; sometimes more, sometimes less. It was primarily a blue collar type operation. Dealing with employees is never easy. For a small company without a sophisticated HR department it has become incredibly difficult and stressful.
New regulations are constantly piled on. The lawyers are always coming up with news ways of blackmailing you and making your life miserable. A few years ago it was ADA suits. The latest is time issues; breaks, OT, etc.
The worst thing to deal with is probably workers’ compensation issues. A claim may start out with a legitimate injury. Once the doctors, clinics and lawyers get involved, a minor injury can easily balloon to over a $100,000 claim. Soon your workers’ comp insurance becomes unaffordable.
My company always paid 100% of our employees medical insurance. If an employee goes to the doctor or visits emergency, the first question they are asked is often if the reason for the visit is work related. Language issues may mistakenly cause a non-work related problem become one. Once it is classified work related, it is difficult to undo. Before the company becomes aware of the “injury”, thousands of dollars may have been spent on tests, etc. One or two if such erroneous claims in a year will cause your insurance to skyrocket.
My point is why have employees if you can use contractors or off the books help?
Certainly, over-regulation, growing use of smart machines and a huge surplus of alien or immigrant workers have combined to create a terrible job climate for American workers in California. Near the end, the piece quotes an estimate that by the end of the decade, half the American workforce could be freelance. They might be the lucky ones in the increasingly post-human economy.
A short gig doing security for the True Blood television show. A stint driving for a rental car company. A week as a customer service representative at a retail store.
This is how Delvontaie Antwine, 34, makes do in California’s economic recovery — earning a few scattered paychecks a month from odd temp jobs while living with relatives in Silver Lake.
Each week, he goes to a career center, where recently he was looking into positions transporting patients for Kaiser Permanente.
“I just need something consistent; otherwise, I’m like a puppy chasing its tail,” he said. “I’m at the bottom of the totem pole right now.”
It’s a purgatory sometimes called the gray economy. Although the official state unemployment rate dropped to 7.4% in June, 16.2% of Californians — or about 6.2 million — were either jobless, too discouraged to seek work, working less than they’d like or in off-the-books jobs.
That’s the highest rate in the country, tied with Nevada. The rate is higher, at 17.8%, in Los Angeles County, where nearly 2 million people aren’t fully employed.
It’s hard to track the growth of the gray economy because so many employers hide workers for tax purposes. Experts generally agree, however, that the ranks of the underemployed swelled during the recession — more than in past downturns — and have remained substantial in an unsteady recovery.
“This segment of the labor market is a barometer for the economy as a whole,” said Nik Theodore, an urban planning professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “As employment insecurity spreads across the economy, more and more workers are being forced to turn to the street, to odd jobs, to becoming on-call workers. The question is whether this is a cyclical change, a blip or a signal of something much more fundamental.” Continue reading this article
Judiciary Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) noted in his statement to the Committee regarding the investigation that “Under this administration, detention looks more like recess. While funds for American students’ physical education classes are being cut, the new detention standards expand recreation for illegal immigrants.”
The administration is proud of itself for providing flat-screen TVs in kid-friendly individual rooms and free stuff galore for the aliens, and recently invited the media for a tour. Greta van Susteren was outraged at the luxury and cost — $140 per resident daily x 532 detainees = $74,500 per day total:
Below, the array of free stuff for aliens is stunning, from racks of new clothes to shoes sorted by size.
This message of American jails as nice as hotels will certainly be playing widely in Central America and beyond, enticing even more future Democrats to come.
KARNES CITY, Texas (AP) — Federal immigration officials on Thursday sought to show the softer side of immigrant detention, complete with cartoon wall murals, stuffed animals, playgrounds, snacks and a hair salon at a South Texas facility that will house women and their children who crossed the border illegally.
With a surge in illegal immigration in recent months, especially children traveling alone and parents bringing in children from Central America, authorities moved to convert an all-male detention facility about 50 miles Southeast of San Antonio into one that could temporarily house families.
The Karnes County Residential Center is the third such family center in the nation, with the others in the New Mexico and Pennsylvania, and more could be on the way.
The facility will start receiving immigrants on Friday and can house up to 532 people at a cost of about $140 a day per person.
However, a more peaceful Middle East may well lead to a jihad-riven Europe and America, because the fighters who came from the West will return to their countries of residence with advanced training in war and a desire to build the caliphate.
The Muslim soldiers see themselves as being on the march, successfully conquering territory for Allah, with little pushback from any western nations. When they return to Europe and America, many will continue to fight for Allah.
Most of the jihadists from Europe and America are immigrants who never assimilated to their new countries and their only loyalty is to Islam. It’s another brick in the wall of why Muslim immigration is a terrible policy for any nation that wants to stay free.
A report from CBN’s Dale Hurd calls attention to the danger posed by trained fighters who will return home with jihad in mind.
PARIS — In a video message, British jihadists in Syria can be seen trying to recruit more Muslim young men to come and join them.
One, holding a weapon, says, “This is a message to the brothers who have stayed behind…”
They have taken to social media to share an Islamic message with their friends back home: Even if you lead a sinful life, the Koran teaches that martyrdom is a ticket to heaven.
Grisly Instagram photos and videos sent to friends back home include bags and even truckloads of severed heads that fighters from Britain are collecting.
Another jihadist, wearing a hood, says, “Dear brothers, especially brothers and also sisters, in the land of jihad at the moment, with a Glock 19, yeah? Most of you playboy guys ain’t seen this yet. All I’ve come to do here is what’s prescribed to us as Muslim men. I also invite all over to the land of jihad. Allahu Akba!”
Then he fires his weapon into the night sky.
Coming Back Home Someday these jihadists are coming home. Some already have.
Mehdi Nemmouch, the French gunman who killed four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, had a homemade flag of ISIS, the terrorists who have setup an Islamic state in Iraq, when he was arrested in May.
Nemmouch went to fight in Syria in 2012.
The French government knows it has many more like Nemmouch in France: Muslim radicals who went to Syria to fight in the civil war and are bring jihad back to Europe.
One of the most important functions of legal immigration is health screening to keep out disease. That process was depicted in the Godfather film where the young Vito Corleone was quarantined for three months on Ellis Island upon arrival because he was feared to have smallpox.
But today, quarantines and other public health measures are often considered too mean-spirited to apply to invasive foreigners. After all, what about the diverse kiddies’ self-esteem that might be damaged by treating them as the infectious disease distributers that they are?
As a result, outbreaks are forming up in the chaotic alien flop-houses set up by the administration. A center in Artesia NM where 600 alien families reside is on lockdown indefinitely because of communicable disease. Fox’s William La Jeunesse reported that 89 foreigners there tested positive for tuberculosis, though the problem is not isolated. More generally, agents have been exposed to TB as well as contracting scabies, lice and chicken pox.
Plus, “Unfamiliarity with bathroom facilities has resulted in unsanitary conditions and exposure to human waste.” So are the third-worlders crapping on the floor? Inquiring minds want to know.
Americans pay high taxes to maintain a strong public health system to protect our people. But all the normal rules go out the window when illegal aliens are brought into the mix.
Unaccompanied illegal immigrant children with communicable diseases have given or exposed federal agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox, according to a report issued Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.
In two cases, the children of a border patrol agent got chicken pox contracted from their parents’ exposure to unaccompanied children with chicken pox, according to the report on conditions of detention centers and border facilities.
The report, the first in a series, is based on 87 unannounced visits to 63 detention centers being used to house unaccompanied alien children (UAC) in Texas, Arizona and California during July 1-16.
“Many UAC and family units require treatment for communicable diseases, including respiratory illnesses, tuberculosis, chicken pox, and scabies,” said the memorandum summarizing the report.
“UAC and family unit illnesses and unfamiliarity with bathroom facilities resulted in unsanitary conditions and exposure to human waste in some holding facilities. Continue reading this article
The case is painfully familiar to many others in the government’s normal inattention to public safety when illegal aliens are concerned. The killer, Mexican alien Raul Corona (also killed in the crash), was clearly a dangerous man. He had been charged with assaulting a police officer and burglary in Colorado, but was not deported. When sentenced, he was given probation and allowed to stay in the country, despite his attack on an officer.
“I am writing this letter to you regarding illegal immigrants.
“As a tax paying, law abiding citizen of the United States, I WANT my voice heard on this issue. My son, Sergeant Brandon Mendoza, an officer who was with the City of Mesa, Arizona police department, was killed in a tragic head on collision on May 12, 2014 by a wrong way driver on our freeways. This man happened to be an illegal immigrant, was in this country illegally, convicted of previous crimes, no Social Security number, no valid driver’s license BUT he had purchased a vehicle and registered it to drive in Maricopa County Arizona.
“I had my son’s life STOLEN from me by a man who didn’t value his life, was 3X the legal limit drunk, was high on Meth, drove for over 35 miles THE WRONG WAY on 4 different freeways and had NO BUSINESS BEING IN THIS COUNTRY!!!
“The Federal Government knew he, Raul Silva Corona , was an illegal immigrant when he was convicted on crimes in 1994 in Colorado. The prosecutors were “lenient” on him and several charges were dismissed. When he was convicted of these crimes and 1994 and the government knew he was in the country illegally, why wasn’t he deported? Why are any of these illegal criminals in this country ??
“I am furious that the Federal Government allowed this criminal to stay in this country and KILL my son! I have attached several articles for you to PERSONALLY read about my son. He was an Icon with the City of Mesa Police Department. He was instrumental in making life better for people of all walks of life in the park project he took on. He was humble, selfless, worked many hours off the clock helping disadvantaged children and often used his own money to do things for the community, including “adopting” children at Christmas to provide them with gifts….out of his own money!! Continue reading this article
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