Below, an aerial photo of the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin. Those boxes that may appear tiny are large: they go straight from ships to the back of semi-trucks. (In later incarnations, some are cleverly turned into housing, as Popular Mechanics has detailed.)
The largest container ship to visit a North American port, the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, arrived at the Port of Los Angeles on Saturday morning, December 26th. The ship will leave for Oakland on Wednesday.
Here’s Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti crowing about what a big ship it is and how he saw “one crane operator who’s unloading about 40 boxes in an hour” — a speed made possible because of increased automation in ports these days, a job-killer fact the mayor didn’t mention:
Globalization has caused Americans to lose “six million manufacturing jobs and 55,000 factories” in the first decade of the 21st century as a result of government policies, according to Pat Buchanan.
So it’s pretty dense of politicians like Garcetti to praise an element of America’s economic downfall where millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost while just a couple hundred transportation positions result.
The largest container ship to ever dock in North America arrived at the Port of Los Angeles Saturday morning.
The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is 1,306 feet, which is longer than the Empire State Building, and rises out of water nearly the size of a football field. Its width matches than of an Olympic-sized swimming pool, port officials said.
The French vessel can transport 18,000 containers, which is a third more cargo than most ships at the port. It’s even too big to pass through the Panama Canal.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke at the arrival.
“This ship is called the Benjamin Franklin because it embodies the relationship that has existed between our nation and France…,” said Garcetti. “Here we have this great French ambassador visiting America and repaying the favor.”
The ship was expected to be unloaded at the port over the next four days.
It was scheduled to return to Southern California, docking at the Port of Long Beach sometime in early 2016.
Czech President Milos Zeman delivered a Christmas address to his fellow citizens recently that addressed their concerns about events. Unlike the European leaders whose minds have been turned to mush by the false ideology of multiculturalism, Zeman still grasps the concepts of Enemy and National Security. Even though political correctness has sought to pretty up human nature by limiting speech, the old animosities remain in place. He doesn’t accept the narrative of fleeing refugees because so many are healthy young men.
Zeman says his country is to be run for the benefit of its citizens, not to be a social services center for invasive illegal aliens.
Christmas Message from the President of the Republic, Miloš Zeman, 2015
And so, in foreign relations, there is just one dark stain: that is the migrant wave. These politicians, who close their eyes to the fact that this migration wave has still not yet spilled over [into Czechia], [who say] that there is nothing to fear, are just a bit reminiscent of one mayor of Prague. This mayor, at the time of floods, stood on the bridge, and said: the situation is more than excellent [safe]. And two hours later the water had flooded the Prague metro.
Sometimes I feel like Cassandra, who gave a warning before the Trojan Horse was dragged into the city, but I am deeply convinced that what we are facing is an organized invasion, and not the spontaneous movement of migrants.
Those who are standing up for migrants speak of empathy and solidarity. Empathy, if possible, with the old, the infirm and primarily with children.
But the vast majority of illegal migrants are young able-boded men without families. And I ask: why do these men not take up arms and fight for the freedom of their own country against the Islamic State? Continue reading this article
The mainstream media sees the holiday season of Christmas and New Years as a perfect time for sob stories about the suffering of diverse immigrants. The articles are easy and formulaic to write, plus they function as a liberal scolding to Americans about how mean-spirited we are to deny the foreigners amnesty and/or our enthusiastic welcome even to potential enemies.
Seriously, the threat is getting worse: (At least 60 people charged with terrorism-linked crimes this year — a record, Washington Post, Dec 25). The government should be tightening up, not flinging open the doors to the enemy tribe of 1400 years standing. America is hugely endangered by Washington’s continuing immigration permissiveness toward Muslims, and we citizens are supposed to shut up and take it.
In a New York Times sob story, it followed Kamal, a Syrian Muslim, as he picked up cupcakes for his kid’s school Christmas party — he’s become so well adjusted after arriving in January, yet some mean-spirited Americans don’t want Syrians (Thriving in Texas Amid Appeals to Reject Syrian Refugees, Dec 25). Maybe Kamal is a decent guy, but what happens when junior goes through his teen rebellion and perhaps decides America is the problem? The second generation is often where the problems occur.
Earlier this week, the Washington Post tried for a standard sniffler approach for profiling Mostafa Hassoun, a young man struggling to adjust (Isolated Syrian refugee finds support, suspicion, Dec 26). Immigration even in the best circumstances is a highly stressful endeavor, and when cultures are vastly different, adjusting is much harder.
The Washington Post’s Sunday front pager featured the kids as a ploy to highlight a Syrian family’s “apprehensions” and “fear” about entering unfriendly America. Poor long-suffering Muslims! Why would anyone in the United States be suspicious of members of the mass-murdering political cult?
The newbie Aldobai family with six kids (!) is headed by daddy Sarhan whose work experience is described as “shepherd” and he does not speak English. Furthermore, the family preferred to stay in the Middle East and did not want to live in America at all.
What could possibly go wrong with such stupid and suicidal public policy?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tribune News Service)- America’s newest family of Syrian refugees flew in late at night, and Sarhan Aldobai, 36, looked down from the plane at the distant lights of his new home. His wife was nursing their baby in the next seat.
His five other children had fallen asleep. Sarhan took out the small world map he had carried since leaving Syria in 2012 and tried to trace the plane’s path.
They were flying over the United States, where polls showed that a majority of residents said they didn’t want more Syrian refugees. They descended into Kentucky, where the new governor had vowed to block arrivals because of “risks to our citizens.” They landed in Louisville, where at that moment in late December a Republican presidential debate was being broadcast live on airport TVs.
“What would you do with these people?” a moderator was asking the candidates about the 2,000 Syrians who had already been admitted into the United States in the past four years, since the war in Syria began. “Do they pose a terror threat? Would you send them back?”
Sarhan walked off the plane and stopped to wash his face and wipe his shoes. His three sons were dressed in winter jackets donated for their trip by the United Nations. His oldest daughter was carrying an American flag she’d been given during a pre-departure cultural orientation for refugees. They had been taught that Americans believed in wearing seat belts, that girls and boys attended school together, and that recent terrorist attacks in Paris and California had caused a backlash against Muslims. They’d been told about Donald Trump, and how his supporters talked of shutting down mosques, banning Arabic and creating a government registry of Muslims. These were some of the things Sarhan knew about the United States.
What the United States knew about him was collected in his refugee case file. “Reason for resettlement: Physical protection needs.” “U.S. ties: none.” “Prior occupation: Shepherd.”
“English ability: Reads none, writes none, speaks none.” “FBI screening: Cleared.” “Department of Homeland Security: Approved.” Continue reading this article
Among the top worst ideas for America is to make Spanish-speaking, welfare-addicted, deeply corrupt Puerto Rico a state. Some Republican Presidential candidates — Marco Rubio, Jeb! Bush and Ben Carson — are strong proponents, as noted in a recent Fox News report about the territory’s money troubles:
MARCO RUBIO: I support statehood if that’s what they determine that they want.
JEB! BUSH: I have long been a supporter of statehood.
BEN CARSON: I would be incredibly honored and delighted for Puerto Rico to become the 51st state.
Arguably the worst aspect of PR statehood would be the official “bilingual” (aka Spanish) nose shoved even further under the tent. Our culture is fragmented enough already from decades of forced immigration diversity without now pushing the Spanish language as a norm. Many jobs in immigrant-flooded areas require Spanish, so Americans are at a disadvantage.
Below, Puerto Ricans demand “Estadidad Ahora” — “Statehood Now” in Spanish, an example of how not to win friends and influence Americans.
To see how official bilingualism works, watch how a political speech works in Canada: a couple minutes in English, a couple minutes in French — repeat, repeat, repeat. It’s incredibly inefficient, not to mention boring. Canada at least has the excuse of history, unlike America which has failed to defend its territorial integrity and allowed the invasion of a big-government tribe.
I happened to click on a French news channel on Friday morning and saw Paris church-goers having their bags checked to enter their cathedral — such is the state of danger in France nowadays emanating from its hostile Muslim residents. Is there any public policy idea in the history of the world worse than Muslim immigration?
Below, seriously armed soldiers guard Notre Dame cathedral to prevent a jihad attack.
France has 120,000 police and soldiers on guard to protect its citizens over the Christmas holiday. This is the sort of new normal we don’t want in America, but Washington seems intent on delivering it nevertheless with its insistence on thousands of unscreenable Syrian refugees and Muslim immigration generally.
It was a subdued Christmas Eve in Paris on Thursday, with tourist numbers down, security bolstered at shops and churches, and locals still on edge after last month’s jihadist attacks.
Heavily armed soldiers patrolled outside the iconic Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores in the city centre, still doing a brisk last-minute Christmas trade but notably less crowded than usual.
“It’s a lot quieter,” said taxi driver Belkassem. “I feel bad for the hotels and restaurants because there are a lot fewer tourists in town this year and this is a crucial time of year for them.”
The famous “bateaux-mouches” boats that carry millions of tourists each year along the Seine have reported a 15-30 percent drop in business since the attacks of November 13, which left 130 dead and hundreds injured.
It is not only France that is feeling the tension this festive season. Christians around the world are bracing for potential attacks at a symbolic time of year — even in China where the US and British embassies warned of possible violence against Westerners in Beijing. Continue reading this article
Perhaps stung by news reports of immigration non-enforcement, the White House has a clever scheme to strike back at the friends of sovereignty: it will deport photogenic sympathy-evoking families with cute kids, rather than violent criminals with gang tattoos. Jose the gangster gets to stay! Then the Obama crew will blame border defenders as meanies for making them deport families.
The problem of liberal treatment of dangerous foreigners goes far beyond shocking individual stories: ICE released 30,558 convicted criminal aliens in FY 2014. (See more numbers in the CIS report The Non-Deported: ICE Still Releasing Criminal Aliens at a Rapid Pace, May, 2015.) Wouldn’t repatriating these foreigners be a better place to start enforcing immigration laws?
Anyway, if the government were serious, it wouldn’t warn the perps that it is coming to deport them so they will have time to skedaddle.
WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security is planning a large-scale effort to detain and deport hundreds of immigrant families who have illegally crossed the southern border of the U.S. since the start of 2014, sources confirmed to CBS News.
The plan was first reported by the Washington Post, which cited people familiar with the operation as saying it could begin as soon as early January, though final DHS approval was still pending.
The raids would be carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and target adults and children already ordered to leave the U.S. by an immigration judge, the newspaper said.
Sources confirmed the information contained in the Post article to CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues.
A DHS spokesperson said in a statement to CBS News that the deportations would be consistent with Homeland Security Jeh Johnson’s emphasis on “individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.”
“As Secretary Johnson has consistently said, our border is not open to illegal immigration, and if individuals come here illegally, do not qualify for asylum or other relief, and have final orders of removal, they will be sent back consistent with our laws and our values,” the spokesperson said. Continue reading this article
It’s not exactly news that deportation is a lost art under the open-borders Obasma regime. But the Washington Times had an interesting stat-fact in its front-page story on Wednesday: the chance that an illegal alien gets deported is just one is 164. How does that compare with getting struck by lightning, I wonder…
A Rasmussen poll from August showed a majority of voters favor deporting lawbreakers, but the White House doesn’t notice surveys that disagree with its priority of amassing more future Democrats.
Chance of illegal immigrant being deported is 1 in 164
President Obama slashed the number of deportations in 2015, the administration announced Tuesday, removing out only about 235,000 aliens from the U.S. as his amnesty kicked into full gear, putting most illegal immigrants out of reach of agents.
Overall deportations dropped by 32 percent, and even deportations of criminals — whom Mr. Obama had said he wanted to focus on — dropped by 27 percent compared to fiscal year 2014, according to year-end statistics released by Homeland Security. Continue reading this article
The prophet Mohammed recommended camel piss as a beneficial drink for the faithful, and apparently some do, judging from a recent news story from The Kingdom. A store owner had his shop shut down by authorities when it was discovered the liquid advertised as camel urine was actually his own. Imagine the outrage! Is there a fatwa for this?
In fact, Mohammed recommended imbibing camel urine on numerous occasions, according to JihadWatch in its discussion of the news:
Some hadiths depict Muhammad touting the medicinal benefits of drinking camel urine. This one also shows him in his full compassionate, merciful glory: “The climate of Medina did not suit some people, so the Prophet ordered them to follow his shepherd, i.e. his camels, and drink their milk and urine (as a medicine). So they followed the shepherd that is the camels and drank their milk and urine till their bodies became healthy. Then they killed the shepherd and drove away the camels. When the news reached the Prophet he sent some people in their pursuit. When they were brought, he cut their hands and feet and their eyes were branded with heated pieces of iron.” (Bukhari 9.76.5686)
And so drinking camel urine is just as much a matter of obeying Muhammad (as the Qur’an repeatedly exhorts Muslims to do; see 3:32; 3:132; 4:13; 4:59; 4:69; 4:80; 5:92; 8:1; 8:20; 8:46; 9:71; 24:47; 24:51; 24:52; 24:54; 24:56; 33:33; 47:33; 49:14; 58:13; 64:12) as is waging jihad and subjugating Infidels (see Qur’an 9:29).
To emigrate in the cause of Allah – that is, to move to a new land in order to bring Islam there, is considered in Islam to be a highly meritorious act. “And whoever emigrates for the cause of Allah will find on the earth many locations and abundance,” says the Qur’an. “And whoever leaves his home as an emigrant to Allah and His Messenger and then death overtakes him, his reward has already become incumbent upon Allah. And Allah is ever Forgiving and Merciful.” (4:100) The exalted status of such emigrants led a British jihad group that won notoriety (and a shutdown by the government) a few years ago for celebrating 9/11 to call itself Al-Muhajiroun: The Emigrants.
Right on cue, a Syrian Muslim spills the beans about his big Islamic plans:
NARRATOR: For most of the refugees, Germany is their main destination. A majority of them flee from the war. Among them are some who have other reasons and goals.
SYRIAN MAN: My main goal for leaving Syria is… to lead people to the acceptance of Islam. If my wish comes true, I will gladly forgo the whole world. For this purpose I would not only sell Syria, but also… my parents, who are more valuable to me than Syria.
I swear by Allah, I only came here for this one goal. But this will be very demanding work for me. And for this reason, I have met with a few men and women who… want to know more about Islam.
I have observed that they are curious and willing… to get to know Islam through us. If someone would convert to Islam through me, whom I teach… so that in return he can bring others to Islam, then I would be one who received the tenet and passed it on and when he converts to Islam to then Islamize others… then I will be rewarded for my and for his work. In that case I do not want to go back to my home country, I only want to go up (into Paradise).
And what if the non-Muslims aren’t interested in joining up? What then, Achmed? Is forced conversion okay, as Islam scriptures suggest?
This New York Times report is unusual in that it looks at a small number of jobs lost, an event that usually doesn’t register in the big media. The public reads about it when Microsoft lays off thousands, but many of the jobs lost to automation go in smaller increments, one workplace at a time. We don’t notice it happening, until one day the employment universe is far smaller and more limited than it once was. Phone operator and related work like receptionist were once jobs available for non-college graduates (around 70 percent of Americans). Now they are becoming obsolete.
These days, we have all experienced obnoxious automated phone systems (“Press 3 for English”) and wished for a human with whom we could reason. But smart machines are much cheaper so they will only increase.
With basic jobs being gobbled up like cookies at a Christmas party, the prudent policy course for Washington would be to sharply reduce the number of immigrant workers. But no! Donors want even cheaper labor.
The decision of the Republican Congress to quadruple (!) the H-2b visa is all the more infuriating given the automated future we face. The H-2B visa designed to bring in non-farm foreign workers to take jobs in hotels, construction, truck driving, and countless other blue collar jobs sought by millions of Americans.
On “Mad Men,” the telephone operator for the Sterling Cooper advertising firm, Marge, is a vital part of the office. But that was decades ago. Today, the notion of women with headsets perched behind wire-laden switchboards feels as antiquated as the clattering of typewriters.
Though operators are an endangered lot, they still exist and can be found in some of New York City’s larger hotels. There are 497 hotel telephone operators working in 161 of these establishments, according to the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, the union that represents them. Their numbers have dwindled, but not as sharply as might be expected. Fifteen years ago, the union counted 571 operators among its members. Union leaders say the ranks of operators have thinned less in New York than in other parts of the country because of union efforts to save their jobs.
Nevertheless, their ranks will be thinning a bit more. The Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, a 795-room hotel on Broadway, plans to shut its telephone department, which has seven operators. The Park Central Hotel on Seventh Avenue is also planning to close its five-person phone department.
In January, the operators at the Crowne Plaza, who had already seen their numbers reduced from 13 people a few years ago, were told they were being replaced with an automated phone service; other hotels are already using similar phone systems. Technical kinks have delayed the changeover. Continue reading this article
One reason cited for Germany’s excessive welcome of sketchy, potentially dangerous Syrians is the need for new workers to keep the factories humming. Der Spiegel reported, Rx for Prosperity: German Companies See Refugees as Opportunity, noting that the German population is “shrinking” and the nation faces a labor shortage.
Is it not odd that Germany doesn’t look closer to home for new workers — like Spain? That country has plenty of young people being strangled from unemployment. Some Spanish workers have in fact relocated to Germany for job opportunity, but why isn’t there more outreach?
But if Germany must have new workers, why not make use of Spain and other European nations with large unemployment? Wasn’t ease of movement for workers advertised as an advantage of the borderless European Union?
Welcome to the New Normal (jihad-style) in America, where daily life is increasingly constrained by safety concerns as never before because of Washington’s policy of Muslim immigration. The latest victim is the theme park, a popular family activity that remains somewhat affordable. But the new security measures, such as metal detector screening, will certainly add to the cost as well as the hassle.
Disneyland, aka the Happiest Place on Earth, has decided to increase its security precautions.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson had a succinct reaction to the “new normal” in an interview with a security expert:
“That’s not really the country a lot of us want to live in and this is the result of bad government policy: so the government imports people from refugee camps in Somalia and the rest of us have to go through metal detectors.”
More Muslims mean less freedom. It will only get worse.
For example, airline travel used to be relatively fun. You arrived at the airport, checked in and were headed for your destination in short order. Now the process takes an hour or two longer for all the security measures so Achmed won’t blow the thing up for allah.
The 2013 Boston Marathon jihad bombing demonstrated how a 26-mile footrace presents an enormous challenge to maintain safety. Authorities rarely reveal dollar costs for jihad prevention, although we do know the 2015 Boston race included approximately 3,500 local, state, and federal law enforcement officers and 300 National Guard Military Police Officers — that’s a lot of overtime.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Three major theme parks announced Thursday that they are adding security measures including metal detectors ahead of the busy holiday season.
Officials at Disney, Universal and SeaWorld’s Florida theme parks said all three parks will be using metal detector screening for guests as they enter.
In addition, Disney is discontinuing the sale of toy guns at both its Florida and California parks and will no longer allow those items to be brought in.
The moves come at a time when many public venues worldwide are stepping up security efforts to thwart possible terrorism or other attacks after recent violence in Paris and San Bernardino, California.
Disney will be randomly selecting guests for secondary screening but wouldn’t say how long the measures would be in place. Universal says its metal detector use is a test and won’t discuss specific future plans. SeaWorld says guests can expect bag checks and wand metal detector checks. Continue reading this article
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