Rasmussen Poll: Obama Rated Poorly on National Security

A July 21-22 poll showed that only 38 percent of voters think the President is doing a good job of protecting the nation from foreign dangers, while 41 percent rank his behavior is poor.

Maybe concerned citizens have noticed that if thousands of illegal alien kiddies from Central America can easily break into the US, then determined jihadists bent on destroying western civilization can do so as well. Borders are a basic component of national security, after all.

Protecting America from foreign enemies (of which the US has many) is arguably the most important job of the President, so this poll would seem particularly devastating in the list comprising the failed Presidency.

Rating President Obama on The Issues: 38% Rate Obama Positively on National Security Rasmussen Reports, July 25, 2014

Despite the United States’ growing involvement in headline-grabbing areas like Gaza and Ukraine, voters continue to give mediocre reviews to President Obama’s handling of national security issues.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters now think the president is doing a good or excellent job in the area of national security, but slightly more (41%) still rate his performance as poor. That’s generally in line with findings for the past year. A year ago, Obama earned positives of 40% and a negative of 35% for his national security dealings. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

How Other Nations Deal with Floods of Illegal Aliens

Fox News provides a brief overview of how other western nations deal with a deluge of illegal aliens. Hint: the United States is the only one to hand out free bus or plane tickets to the destination of the lawbreakers’ choice.

Below, thousands of Africans have succeeded in reaching first-world Europe via the Mediterranean.

Reporter William La Jeunesse details the procedures elsewhere:

“Italy turns back many boats carrying illegal immigrants including minors from Albania and Africa. Those that make it are taken to camps some are returned home; others live on the street.

In Greece, illegal immigrants are kept in detention camps, children housed alongside adults. In 2012, 8000 Syrians sought asylum in Greece, only two were approved.

The EU installed a 20-mile barb-wire fence on the Turkish border with Bulgaria. It reduced immigration there from 2000 a month to 300.

France denies 90 percent of asylum requests. Unaccompanied children are typically turned back at the airport without so much as an interview. Unlike the US, France does not grant citizenship to children born to undocumented immigrants.

About 3000 unaccompanied minors apply for asylum each year in the UK; on average 13 percent are approved.

In Australia, unaccompanied children are held in offshore detention centers for up to nine months.

Censors and infra-red cameras help secure Spanish islands in the Mediterranean. Processing centers there are overcrowded and unsanitary.”

Catholic Charities Is Expanding Its Taxpayer-Funded Illegal Alien Services

No question, the Catholic church has attached itself to the alien kiddie dump as a major opportunity for public do-goodery.

For starters, church elites are happy to grab any occasion to put mileage between the Catholic image and the priest sex abuse scandal, which continues even now. A Google News search for Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal currently shows 4870 results for a month. They include the Seattle Diocese paying $12 million to settle a sex abuse lawsuit and the call for the resignation of the Archbishop of Minneapolis-St. Paul for covering up priests’ criminal sexual behavior.

Therefore, positive news about men in clerical collars is a big plus to church management.

Below, Bishop Gerald Barnes greets “immigrants” on July 10, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fontana, California.

In addition, the Catholic church is doing well by doing good: government contracts have suddenly popped up to service the illegal alien tykes. Apparently there is big money available to hire people to care for the aliens, while America’s veterans are still waiting for the healthcare they were promised.

Despite the apparent bad feeling from the Catholic church toward the Obama administration regarding the birth control dust-up, money makes those disagreements disappear. After all, Catholic Charities gets billions of taxpayer dollars for refugee resettlement and general immigration services, which puts it into the category of a smallish government agency. For example, in 2010 62 percent of Catholic Charities’ budget was funded by the unwilling taxpayer. The feds and the Catholic bishops are partners.

Breitbart looked into one Texas kids’ home run by Catholic Charities’ and found plenty of hiring additional staff to care for illegal aliens. Presumably such government spending is occurring all over the country.

Taxpayer-Funded Catholic Charities on Hiring Spree to Provide for Illegal Immigrants, Breitbart.com July 21, 2014

HOUSTON, Texas–Catholic Charities in Texas is helping fulfill the needs of the thousands of illegal immigrants that continue to flood the U.S.-Mexico border. Breitbart Texas has learned that Catholic Charities’ St. Jerome’s Home for Children, located in Fort Bend County, is providing many benefits including financial support, English classes, legal assistance, and release services to youths in the U.S. illegally. The charity is looking to hire several staff members to help accommodate the influx of migrants.

St. Jerome’s webpage reads, “While the youth are living in this home, evaluations are provided to assess all their needs (medical, psychiatric/therapeutic, educational, vocational, social, familial, legal) with the development of an initial service plan.”

“After these assessments are completed, a decision about a long-term placement is made in the best interest of the youth,” it continues. “If appropriate, the youth moves to live with an individual foster family. Otherwise, the youth remains in the agency foster home. If a youth is not able to maintain the foster family placement, he or she returns to the agency home to live until discharge.”

The programs administers “financial assistance” for the foreigner’s housing, food, clothing, and other necessities. It additionally provides case management by social workers, vocational training, English lessons, and legal assistance. Continue reading this article

Boston Marathon Accomplice Found Guilty

On Monday, the Kazakh pal of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty of obstruction of justice and conspiracy. Azamat Tazhayakov went to Tsarnaev’s apartment after the bombing that killed three and maimed dozens to remove incriminating evidence of bomb making.

Tribalist loyalty is strong in the diverse third world, particularly among jihadists.

Below, three wild and crazy Kazakh guys visited New York’s Times Square (a popular target among jihadists), left to right: Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Tazhayakov is a Kazakhstan national who came to the United States on a student visa. His father is a businessman and residential home builder, so he probably paid full tuition, which colleges appreciate from foreign students.

The Tsarnaev family was unwisely granted residency as refugees, but the evidence-removing accomplice in this case is a reminder that student visas should not be handed out to enemy cultures either.

A few student visa recipients include convicted bomb plotter Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, Saudi bomb builder Khalid Aldawsari, failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad and Saudi student Yazeed Mohammed Abunnayan whose hostile behavior on an airliner caused the pilot to land. A particularly odd case is Uzbek Ulugbek Kodirov, an illegal alien who nevertheless obtained a student visa and hoped to assassinate President Obama.

Just because a young foreign man is here on a student visa does not mean he is harmless.

Friend of Boston Marathon bomber convicted of conspiracy, Associated Press, July 21, 2014

A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted Monday of impeding the investigation into the bombing.

Azamat Tazhayakov was charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy, with prosecutors saying he agreed with a friend’s plan to remove Tsarnaev’s backpack containing altered fireworks from his dorm room a few days after the 2013 bombing.

His trial was the first stemming from the bombing, which killed three and injured more than 260 near the marathon’s finish line. Tazhayakov’s mother sobbed loudly and rocked in her seat as the jury announced the guilty verdicts, which it reached on the third day of deliberations.

Tazhayakov’s lawyers argued that it was the other friend, Dias Kadyrbayev, who removed the items from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth dorm room and then threw them away.

Prosecutors told the jury that both men shared in the decision to remove the items and get rid of them to protect Tsarnaev. Kadyrbayev faces a separate trial in September. A third friend, Robel Phillipos, is charged with lying to investigators. Continue reading this article

Britain Is Losing Freedom of Speech from Islamic Diversity

Britain is the number one example that Muslim immigration crushes free speech, because the local headchoppers claim their tender feelings are hurt when Islam is described accurately.

In April, Paul Weston read a Winston Churchill quote about Islam to get himself arrested to show the weakened state of free speech in Britain today, and it worked.

Anything that criticizes Islam is verboten, probably because the authorities fear the riots that occur whenever Muslims residing in Europe get angry about something. For example, the Muslims in Paris were ticked off about Israel invading Gaza and proceeded to rip up the pavement on streets. A couple weeks ago, Muslims rioted in French cities shouting “France is ours!” after Algeria won in the World Cup. And so it goes in diverse Islamified Europe.

CBN’s Dale Hurd interviewed Paul Weston and others about the state of free speech in Great Britain, and the answers are not positive.

Obviously, admitting Muslims as immigrants is the worst mistake a nation can make.

Britain’s Lost Freedoms: ‘We’re Living in a Madhouse’, By Dale Hurd, CBN News, July 18, 2014

LONDON – America owes much of its freedom to its British heritage. But today, Britain is losing its freedom.

Many Americans were stunned when British authorities arrested Liberty Great Britain party leader Paul Weston in April for publicly reciting Winston Churchill’s criticism of Islam.

The calendar might say it’s 2014, but in Britain it’s starting to feel like George Orwell’s “1984″ because “Big Brother” has decided that certain things can no longer be said.

Arrested over Churchill
Weston quoted from Winston Churchill’s book, The River War, in which he wrote:

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia (rabies) in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.”

As a young officer, Churchill fought Muslim jihadists in Sudan and believed Islam was a dangerous religion.

Weston chose to publicly quote Churchill because he thought that in today’s politically correct Britain, comparing Islam to rabies–as Churchill did–would likely get him reported to police and arrested.

It did.

“I wanted to make the point that, if it’s really become so bad in this country that you can no longer quote the words of the greatest living Englishman, then we really need to look seriously at what we can still say in this country,” Weston said.

“We don’t have (America’s) First Amendment. And speech is rapidly becoming a no-go area if you talk about certain issues. We are living in an absolute madhouse in this country with our free speech laws at the moment,” he said. Continue reading this article

Obama Hosts Ramadan Dinner Propaganda Fest

On Tuesday, the President held his sixth White House iftar dinner, in celebration of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan, in which Muslims fast all day and then have a big meal after sundown. (Weight gain, upset stomachs resulting from gluttony and general grumpiness are commonly associated problems with a month of fasting/feasting.)

Obama used the occasion to advance his fable that Islam has been a part of America since the nation’s beginning by displaying Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Koran for guests to ogle.

Below, Jefferson’s Koran was an English translation so it cannot be called a true or “Holy Koran” according to Islamic law.

The President has been spinning this fiction for years, since at least his 2009 Cairo speech, which he envisioned as ending the historic animosity between Muslims and everyone else through his magical persuasive powers. (See my observations from the time, “Obama In Egypt: Multiculturalist Meets Muslims. Muslims Win.”)

Remarks by the President on a New Beginning, Cairo University, June 4, 2009

I also know that Islam has always been a part of America’s story.  The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco.  In signing the Treaty of Tripoli in 1796, our second President, John Adams, wrote, “The United States has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims.”  And since our founding, American Muslims have enriched the United States.  They have fought in our wars, they have served in our government, they have stood for civil rights, they have started businesses, they have taught at our universities, they’ve excelled in our sports arenas, they’ve won Nobel Prizes, built our tallest building, and lit the Olympic Torch.  And when the first Muslim American was recently elected to Congress, he took the oath to defend our Constitution using the same Holy Koran that one of our Founding Fathers — Thomas Jefferson — kept in his personal library.  (Applause.)

Is any of that list true? Other than Keith Ellison’s taking the oath on Jefferson’s Koran, the veracity of the flummery is doubtful.

As any good Stalinist knows, rewriting to bring the multicultural future means rewriting the past to include Muslims in America’s history, even though Muslims are a recent addition to the diversity of the nation. So Barack Hussein Obama comes up with the ridiculous statement that “if you actually took the number of Muslim Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world,” as he did in 2009. In fact, America is a large country that has a small population of Muslims.

The Jefferson Koran is part of the Presidential propaganda effort, but of course Jefferson was not an enthusiast of Islamic ideas. He was a man of far-reaching interests, from the natural history gleaned in his Lewis and Clark expedition to the religious beliefs of America’s enemies useful in pursuing the Barbary War. President Jefferson went to war against the Muslim Barbary States of North Africa because of their piracy against American ships, including the enslavement of crews.

Like other founders, Jefferson had a low regard for Islam, and he most certainly did not host an iftar dinner in the White House, as Obama has repeatedly asserted. A Tunisian temporary envoy (not an ambassador as is often stated) came to a normal dinner at the White House, which had been rescheduled for a later hour for religious reasons at the guest’s request.

For details of the non-iftar, see JihadWatch’s “Obama spreads false claim that Thomas Jefferson hosted first Ramadan iftar dinner at White House.”

Following is the official White House report of the recent iftar event, as if Islam were the most normal thing in the world, while Christians and other religious minorities are being chased out of the Middle East by Muslims according to the directives of the Koran.

President Obama Hosts Iftar Dinner at the White House, WhiteHouse.gov, July 15, 2014

Last night, President Obama hosted his sixth Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan at the White House, an annual tradition started by First Lady Hillary Clinton when she hosted a Ramadan Eid celebration dinner in 1996. Many consider President Thomas Jefferson to be the first President to host an Iftar dinner, as he hosted a sunset dinner to accommodate the fasts of an envoy from Tunisia over 200 years ago.

The Iftar is the meal after sunset that concludes the day of fasting during the month of Ramadan, a time to pray and reflect, to be reminded that we are equals in humanity, and to reaffirm commitments to helping the less fortunate, including those struggling from economic hardship and inequality.

Last night, guests were welcomed into the East Wing where a copy of the Quran owned by President Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the United States, was on display from the Library of Congress. At sunset, guests gathered in the Grand Foyer to break their fast with a date following the traditional melodic Muslim call to prayer led by a local student from the University of Maryland. Then finally, after a 16-hour day of fasting since sunrise, guests gathered in the State Dining Room for a halal meal with the President. Continue reading this article

Senator Sessions Blasts Billionaires for Immigration Lobbying to Displace American Workers

On Thursday, America’s Senator Jeff Sessions took the Senate floor for reflect widely on the recent demands from billionaire elites (Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates) for more immigrant workers while this week Microsoft announced its layoff of 18,000 employees over coming months.

The six-minute video posted on the Senator Sessions Youtube channel didn’t include the whole analysis, which can be found on an office press release, posted below, where I’ve added some links. It’s long, but informative and well researched.

Sessions Remarks on Tech Layoffs and How the H-1b Visa Displaces American Workers, Press Release, July 18, 2014

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor yesterday on the announced Microsoft layoffs and the displacement of American workers by the H-1B guest worker visa.  A text of Sessions’ remarks follows:

“Madam President, three of our greatest `masters of the universe’—as I like to refer to them—have joined in an op-ed in the New York Times just last week to share their wisdom from on high and to tell us in Congress how to do our business and to conduct immigration reform they think should be pleasing to them. I am sure other super billionaires would be glad to join with these three super billionaires and could agree on legislation that would be acceptable to them.

Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas casino magnate and Republican supporter; Warren Buffett, the master investor; and Bill Gates, the master founder of Microsoft computer systems, all super billionaires, apparently aren’t happy. They don’t have much respect for Congress and, by indirection, the people who elect people to Congress, it appears from the tone of their article—you know, American people, that great unwashed group; nativists, narrow-minded patriots, possessors of middle-class values. They just don’t understand as we know, we great executives and entrepreneurs.

So they declare we need to import more foreign workers in computer science, technology, and engineering, because the country is ‘badly in need of their services.’ They say we are badly in need of importing large numbers of STEM graduates. That is something we have all heard and many of us have perhaps assumed is an accurate thing.

These three individuals, all generous men, have contributed to a lot of causes, and I am teasing them a little bit. They didn’t mind sticking it to Congress, so I just tease them and push back a little bit.

They particularly praised the Senate for its elimination of any limits on the number of work visas that could be awarded to immigrants who have a degree in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and have a job offer. Continue reading this article

Stockton: Norteno Gangsters Rob Bank and Kill Hostage

The news story of Wednesday’s crazy-violent bank robbery in Stockton has gotten a lot of play here in the Bay Area. Hundreds of shots were fired in a chase and shoot-out with 20 cop cars pursuing the robbers at a high speed through three communities. Two of the three criminals were killed, and one hostage, a customer, was murdered and two other hostages, both bank employees, were wounded.

Below, the hijacked SUV tells the story of the gunfight with dozens of bullet holes.

The three robbers were Norteno gangsters, apparently part of the 70 documented gangs present in the city of 300,000.

The following local news segment My look inside Stockton gang life is from 2012 and shows the barbaric gang culture in the city, imported via Mexican immigration, as well as from home-grown black gangs like the Crips.

Back to the present case…

Bank Robbers Were Members of One of Stockton’s Most Violent Gangs, Cops Say, NBC News, July 17, 2014

All three suspects in a deadly bank robbery and hostage drama in Stockton, California, are members of one of the city’s most violent and entrenched gangs, the Nortenos, police tell NBC News.

While investigators are still trying to determine why the suspects allegedly ended up taking three hostages — one of whom later died along with two of the three gunmen — after robbing the bank on Wednesday, police spokesman Joe Silva said Thursday that the suspects came armed for a fight and were ready to mix it up with police at the slightest provocation.

“We don’t exactly yet know their mindset” said Silva. “But they were ready to get in a gun battle if they thought police officers were going to intervene.”

Silva declined to identify the gang, but at a later news conference police said it was the “Norteno” street gang.

Police in Stockton have been targeting the gang — a local group affiliated with the dominant Latino gang in Northern California — for years. In November 2012, police rounded up at least 39 members of the gang and seized weapons and narcotics, according to KCRA-TV, NBC’s Sacramento affiliate.

Police on Thursday identified the surviving gunman as 19-year-old Jaime Ramos of Stockton. They did not identify the other two men, but said they were 27-year-old and 30-year-old residents of Stockton. Continue reading this article

Polls Show American Rejection of Border Anarchy

Americans don’t want illegal or excessive immigration. When the issue has been in the news, like in 2010 when the Arizona law was in the headlines, polling shows the sentiment that is always there, that citizens want their borders and sovereignty enforced, not ignored.

Now, when citizens see the full horror of the liberal ideal of a borderless America, they are appalled.

Citizens also don’t like to see unending trainloads of sick third world kids on their way to mooch taxpayer-funded resources from Americans who need school and healthcare.

A Gallup poll released July 16 found concern to be high: One in Six Say Immigration Most Important U.S. Problem.

The Rasmussen pollsters analyzed the sentiment for repatriating the thousands of illegal alien kiddies who have been dumped on our national doorstep.

Most Voters Want to Send Latest Illegal Immigrants Home ASAP, Rasmussen Reports, July 17, 2014

Most voters don’t want any of the young illegal immigrants who’ve recently arrived here housed in their state and say any legislation passed by Congress to deal with the problem should focus on sending them home as soon as possible.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the primary focus of any new immigration legislation passed by Congress should be to send the young illegal immigrants back home as quickly as possible. Just 27% say it should focus instead on making it easier for these illegal immigrants to remain in the United States. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Advocates for the illegal immigrants argue that they are flooding into the country to escape violent situations in their home countries, but just 31% of U.S. voters think they are coming here now for their own safety. Most voters (52%) believe they are coming here for economic reasons. Seventeen percent (17%) are not sure.

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who last week criticized efforts to deport these illegal immigrants, is now reportedly the latest governor to tell the White House not to house any of them in his state. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters disapprove of housing these illegal immigrants in their state. Only half as many (29%) approve, while 14% are undecided.

Voters are more uncertain, however, when it comes to the $3.7 billion in new spending that President Obama has asked for from Congress to deal with these new illegal immigrants. Twenty-six percent (26%) think Congress should approve the president’s request even if it does not provide for quicker deportation of these illegals, but 40% oppose approval if money for sped-up deportation is not included. One-in-three voters (34%) are not sure.

Earlier this month, a plurality (46%) of voters said the Obama administration, through its statements and policies, has encouraged this latest wave of illegal immigration. Continue reading this article

Lynn, Massachusetts, 'On the Brink' from Dumped Illegal Alien Kid Costs

Lynn is a city of 90,000, located ten miles north of downtown Boston, where the influx of dumped non-American children has played havoc with the town’s whole budget. The number of diverse foreign students has nearly doubled over two years, and the increased costs for schools have been paid by transferring funds that were designated for the health department and trash collection.

Some of the newbie dumped kids (248 from Guatemala) do not have any basic skills at all.

Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy remarked in a Fox News interview (below), “Often they come in not speaking English and not even speaking Spanish, but speaking a tribal dialect, a village dialect from their home province. In that case many of them are also illiterate in both of those languages. So we are really starting with older children, if you want to call them that, who have little or no formal schooling.”

The mayor said the hundreds of kids didn’t arrive all at once, but authorities began to notice an influx in fall of 2012, when 60 kids arrived from San Marcos, Guatemala.

Mayor Kennedy also noted that she increased her school budget 9.3 percent this year and had to decrease all the other departments 2 to 5 percent to make it up.

Here’s a local report:

Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Note that school officials are placing 20-year-olds (mostly males one assumes) in ninth grade classes. Parents of ninth-grade girls can’t feel comfortable with that.

Lynn officials: Illegal immigrant children are stressing city services, Fox News Boston, July 14, 2014

LYNN, Mass. — Lynn is a municipality on the brink. Key department officials say a recent influx of illegal immigrant children and families in the city is stressing almost every service from trash collection to healthcare.

“We have been aware of the unaccompanied children issue for quite a while, and we were able to absorb a lot of these children early on,” said Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy. “But now it’s gotten to the point where the school system is overwhelmed, our health department is overwhelmed, the city’s budget is being sustainably altered in order of accommodate all of these admissions in the school department.”

Flanagan Kennedy says the first contact for immigrant arrivals in the city is the school system.

The amount of new foreign born student admissions has nearly doubled in the last two years. This school year alone saw more than 600 new admissions. Among those students, 248 were from Guatemala. Flanagan Kennedy says of those 248 children, 126 were illegal, undocumented minors.

“They are not literate in any language, so they do need some skills. And I assume they are enrolling in school to receive those skills,” said Catherine Latham, Lynn’s superintendent of schools

Latham says me the increase in new students has created overcrowding, forced her to hire more staff, and has impacted state testing scores and drop-out numbers.

Latham says that because of the age of some students, reportedly between 16 and 20 years old, they were placed in the ninth grade. Twenty years old is the cut off for high school entrants. Continue reading this article

Robot Farm Machines Advance in Skills

The image of illegal aliens in agriculture persists, since they occupy 53 percent of farm labor, but in the near future we may be seeing fewer of them.

The reason: robots and automation are replacing human workers on the farm just as surely as on the factory floor. A few years back, simple automatic harvesters and weeders began to appear in the fields.

Now the technical advances are startling: robots can see a vegetable ready to be harvested and pick it automatically with no human required.

Below, a robotic “hand” picks a pepper.

Keep in mind that a 2013 Oxford University study found that 45 percent of US jobs are vulnerable to computerization in the next 20 years.

So the next time you hear someone like Paul Ryan say there will be future labor shortages because of Boomers leaving the workforce, tell him that technology will more than cover the jobs being left open by retirement.

America certainly doesn’t need to double legal immigration, as planned in the Senate Gang of Eight bill, particularly with unskilled peasants from Mexico and points south who will only be additions to the permanent welfare-using underclass.

Given the shrinking need for workers generally because of technology, the correct number of immigrants is ZERO.

Robots Able to Pick Peppers, Test Soil, and Prune Plants Aim to Replace Farm Workers, SingularityHub.com, July 14, 2014

At the turn of the last century, nearly half of the American workforce was dedicated to agriculture. Industrial inventions like the steel plow had made farming easier, but it was still grueling labor performed by men, women, and work animals.

The invention of the combustion engine changed all that. The mechanization of farm labor drove massive productivity gains, and today, agricultural workers make up just over 2% of the workforce.

Now, another revolution is underway—the outright automation of farming. Farm robots are increasingly capable of autonomously performing complex tasks including plowing, plant and soil surveillance, and even the harvesting of fruit and vegetables.

Thanks to a combination of cheap sensors and computer vision, machines are capable of more freely navigating and performing other complex tasks. The tech uses a combination of infrared sensors and stereoscopic cameras to drive autonomous telepresence robots in hospitals and allow advanced industrial bots to recognize, differentiate, and pick irregular shapes like haphazardly stacked boxes. (Computer vision is also behind Google’s Project Tango 3D-seeing smartphone and tablet.)

Clearly, these skills are also useful on the farm where many jobs have historically been beyond the average robot. Picking an apple, for example, requires visually examining an object that varies in shape and may be hidden in a chaotic canopy of leaves. Is it ripe? Workers must check for color and size. Continue reading this article

Six Californias Initiative Lives!

The project to divide America’s unwieldy, corrupt state into half a dozen chunks had disappeared from the news in recent months, but now has re-emerged, Phoenix-like, onto the political scene. If the petitions have enough valid signatures then it’s off to the election for the voters to have their say.

Of course, the only area of the current state with a robust economy is the Bay Area which includes Silicon Valley, where tech is booming. A divided California without the wealth producers of tech would be markedly poorer, and wealth redistributors wouldn’t like that. So there would be a liberal establishment backlash if the Six scheme got any traction with the voters. Plus Washington would have to agree — that would never happen.

But the initiative might shake things up a bit.

‘Six Californias’ backers say it’s heading for the ballot, San Francisco Chronicle, July 14, 2014

SACRAMENTO — Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper will submit signatures Tuesday to put what could be one of the most dramatic startups ever on the ballot – a plan to divide California into six states.

Draper, a multimillionaire known as “the Riskmaster,” and his team are expected to announce in Sacramento that they’ve gathered more than enough signatures to put the “Six Californias” measure before state voters.

The measure, a constitutional amendment, needs 807,615 valid signatures to qualify. Because the deadline has already passed for this November, the plan could end up on the November 2016 general election ballot.

Supporters would not say how many signatures they have gathered until Draper holds a news conference Tuesday in Sacramento. However, they said they were confident they had plenty to spare.

Democrats have denounced Draper’s idea, and worry that an outpouring of conservative support and a lengthy campaign for the proposal could hurt both Gov. Jerry Brown in November and the party’s presidential candidate in 2016. Continue reading this article

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