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Pa. death reinforces driving issue   [2/10/07]
States with easy-to-acquire drivers licenses continue to attract illegal aliens desiring identification and driving permits. Maryland is one such, where the state attorney general determined in 2003 that there was no reason why illegal aliens could not receive DLs provided their other info was in order. Fortunately, responsible voices are speaking out about the cost in lost lives and decreased security in general.

    A Gaithersburg truck driver who authorities say was in the country illegally was arraigned this week outside of Pittsburgh on charges of vehicular manslaughter, an incident that advocates of tighter restrictions on Maryland's driver licenses said reinforces a troubling trend.
        Since November, at least three people have been killed by illegal immigrants who were issued driver's licenses in Maryland, authorities say. For the fifth year in a row, lawmakers are set to debate whether the state should continue to issue driver's licenses to those who are in the country illegally.
        This time, the discussion is likely to be framed by bills focused on the federal Real ID Act. The two-year-old law sets national standards for the issuance of state driver's licenses and identification cards, essentially prohibiting states from issuing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
        "Illegals shouldn't be here in the country, and then we legitimize them being here by issuing driver's licenses," said Sen. Janet Greenip, an Anne Arundel County Republican.
        Greenip has introduced a bill that would bring Maryland into compliance with the Real ID Act by prohibiting drivers from receiving Maryland licenses if they cannot prove they are in the country legally.
Lurking in the background of the arguments here is the REAL ID legislation, which requires states to improve standards for DLs by 2008 in turn for them being accepted as federal identification. Rep Jim Sensenbrenner discussed the issue on Lou Dobbs last week.
    SENSENBRENNER: It's optional amongst the states. If the states want to have their driver's licenses be valid for federal ID, they've got to do a couple of things.
        One is to make sure that the people they issue those licenses to are legally present in the count. And secondly, they've got to check to make sure that somebody does not have a valid driver's license issued by another state.
        This is not just an anti-terrorism action. We do know that the 9/11 hijackers had multiple driver's licenses from five states. But it's public safety as well because if you're up to 11 points on your driver's license, without the Real ID Act, you can use your cousin's address in the next state and get a clean license and continue to be a bad driver on the road.
Here in Mexifornia, the Democrats in Sacramexico are complaining that the new requirements are too expensive — when was the last time you heard Fabian Nunez say that? The truth is the Mexicans don't want REAL ID to become the standard for US identification, and the nation's security remains at risk as a result. As mentioned here before, the state has enough money to give welfare benefits to illegal alien pickers supposedly suffering from the agricultural freeze, but not to protect the nation's security.
    And what happened to Congressional Democrats who campaigned that they would implement ALL reforms of the 9/11 Commission?

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Terrorism Awareness   [2/10/07]
David Horowitz has added to his collection of useful websites (Discover the Networks and Front Page) with a new terror information site aimed particularly at campuses, but suitable for any interested parties. It includes an abbreviated version of the film Obsession and a slide show revealing the historical links between Nazism and modern Islamic jihad. (See also Arab/Muslim/Nazi Connection and Tell the Children the Truth: Photos of Muslim SS Battalion in WWII, etc.) Islam Mein Kampf beginning slide

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Left Allows Europe to Fall to Muslims   [2/9/07]
Here's another Europe obituary, better than most, which starts off with the recent statement of Islam expert Bernard Lewis that "Muslims seem to be about to take over Europe."

    Was the fall of Europe inevitable? No, according to Prof. Lewis, who says it is coming about because "Europeans have surrendered on every issue regarding Islamic demands, due to political correctness and multi-culturalism." Europe has become woefully secular and its tepid attachment to a forgotten and dismissed Christianity is no match for the zeal of Muslims who remain fervent believers in their faith. Having been force fed that all cultures are equally valid, Europeans consider it unenlightened to assert the primacy of their culture even in their own countries.
        What is even stranger is that secularized and politically correct European elites do insist on the primacy of indigenous cultures and religions when speaking of other faraway regions, yet find such insistence arrogant when it concerns the indigenous culture of its own lands. In other words, other countries are there to preserve their own way of life while the West is supposed to jello-ize and even deny its historic way of life. The bottom line: "Europeans have no respect for their own culture." Their worship of open-mindedness, no matter the cost, is leading to their demise.
        Perhaps for the first time in history, we are witnessing the death of a civilization not due to outside forces stronger militarily but because "instead of fighting the threat, Europeans have simply given up, and do not want to fight." Pacifism in Europe runs so deep that it goes beyond a reluctance to take up military arms and extends to not even battling verbally, be it with laws or assertive opinion, or by fighting for Western culture even in routine social conversations.
Pacifism is the suicidal philosophy of sheep stupidly offering themselves to wolves, an ideology to which only leftists and the delusional would subscribe. It is a gold-leaf invitation for dictator types to move in and scoop up the real estate and other goodies. No wonder Europe is such a mess.
    As astute as this article is, however, there is no mention that Europeans imported the enemy into their midst through unwise immigration.

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Los Angeles names and targets city's worst 11 gangs   [2/8/07]
Mara gangster tattoos Gangs have gotten so bad in Lost Angeles that even Mayor Vile can't ignore them. So he held a press conference to announce a crackdown. Why doesn't he instead rescind Special Order 40, the city directive which disallows police from asking about an arrestee's immigration status? As experts have noted, many gang-bangers in southern California are illegal aliens.
    Shown is a Mara Salvatrucha gang-banger from El Salvador with the sort of mega-tattooing popular in the group.

    Launching a counteroffensive against organized street thugs, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and police officials took the unusual step Wednesday of identifying the city's 11 worst gangs, then promising to go after them with teams of police, federal agents, probation officers and prosecutors.
        Facing 720 identifiable gangs with 39,000 members, the city's plan would target the most dangerous groups, which total at least 800 members. Those gangs are thought to be responsible for a disproportionate amount of mayhem. [...]
        Overall, serious crime declined in Los Angeles last year, but violent, gang-related crime increased 14%.
        Gang crime was even higher in areas such as South Los Angeles, where it increased 25%, and a section of the north San Fernando Valley where it grew by nearly 160%.
        "Street gangs are responsible for the majority of all the murders in Los Angeles and nearly 70% of all the shootings," Villaraigosa said Wednesday at a previously scheduled international summit on gang issues in Universal City. "We must work to address gang violence in a truly comprehensive way."
Hispanic gangs are increasingly attacking random black Americans to make them leave neighborhoods the Mexican gangsters want to control — ethnic cleansing in the Balkan style.

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Report confirms agents' cover-up   [2/8/07]
There were some jaw-drop revelations in the Ramos/Compean case in the last couple days. One shocker was that four Texas Congressmen were "misled" (more like deliberately lied to) in order to convince them that the agents were bad cops who didn't deserve Congressional attention.

    The long-awaited and heavily redacted report by the department's Office of Inspector General was billed as a substantiation of the government's conviction of Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, who were sentenced to 11- and 12-year terms, respectively, for shooting a Mexican national in the buttocks after he abandoned a marijuana-laden van and fled across the border.
        Although the 77-page report concludes that the agents covered up the shooting, tried to assault Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila with the butt of a shotgun as he fled to Mexico and failed to report the incident to their supervisors, it falls short of statements by the Inspector General's Office in September to a House subcommittee.
        The office had told lawmakers that the officers confessed to knowingly shooting at an unarmed suspect and that they did not think he was a threat, they wanted to shoot a Mexican and they lied to investigators.
        Rep. John Culberson, Texas Republican, yesterday said Inspector General Richard L. Skinner has "admitted under oath" his office gave false information to Congress "painting Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean as rogue cops who were not in fear for their lives and who were 'out to shoot Mexicans.' "
        Mr. Culberson called for Mr. Skinner's resignation because "he lied to us."
        "In my opinion, this false information was given to members of Congress to throw us off the scent and cover up what appears to be an unjust criminal prosecution of two U.S. law-enforcement officers whose job was protecting our country's borders from criminals and terrorists," Mr. Culberson said.
Furthermore, in what kind of upside-down case is the investigation released months after the trial? The trial transcript is still not available, which means no action toward an appeal may be taken. Rep Rohrabacher says he will file orders of impeachment if either of the border agents is killed in prison.
    See also U.S. retracts statements that agents were out 'to shoot Mexicans'.

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Coming US challenge: a less literate workforce   [2/7/07]
Literacy graph 2030 Pro-borders Americans have been talking for a long time about the stupidity of importing poverty in the form of millions of uneducated Mexicans who have not assimilated to US values of education and progress.
    Now an academic study has nailed down how serious a problem it is to be downsizing America's educational level in the 21st century.

    US workers may be significantly less literate in 2030 than they are today.
        The reason: Most baby boomers will be retiring and a large wave of less-educated immigrants will be moving into the workforce. This downward shift in reading and math skills suggests a huge challenge for educators and policymakers in the future, according to a new report from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
        If they can't reverse the trend, then it could spell trouble for a large swath of the labor force, widen an already large skill gap, and shrink the middle class.
        "There is no time that I can tell you in the last hundred years" where literacy and numeracy have declined, says Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston and one of the report's authors. "But if you don't change outcomes for a wide variety of groups, this is the future we face."
Download the full report, America's Perfect Storm, at this webpage, as well as find a Powerpoint presentation and a video of a National Press Club talk about the study.

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In quest for Muslim votes, party invites dangerous invocation from imam   [2/7/07]
The Democrats have a long way to go to stop being the anti-American party. A most distasteful reminder of the Dems' bad craziness was the pro-terrorist imam who delivered an invocation at the party's recent meeting.

    According to a transcript on the Web site Jihad Watch, Mr. Al-Husainy offered a prayer with anti-American and anti-Israel undertones: "We thank you God, to send us your messages through our father Abraham and Moses and Jesus and Mohammed. Through you, God, we unite. So guide us to the right path. The path of the people you bless, not the path of the people you doom. Help us, God, to liberate and fill this earth with justice and peace and love and equality. And help us to stop the war and violence, and oppression and occupation."
        To the untrained ear and uninformed mind, the first part sounds kind of ecumenical. But Muslims see all of these religious leaders as Muslim prophets. Their view is that Abraham, Moses and Jesus taught Islam and that the Jews and Christians perverted the Islamic faith.
        Mr. Al-Husainy was engaging in something more dangerous than prayer. He was proclaiming religious superiority and triumphalism. Surely Democrats do not subscribe to his not-so-subtle religious doublespeak, which places the United States and Israel among the people God "dooms." Neither do most Democrats believe that all of Israel is occupied and that "oppression and occupation" applies to the Jews who live there and must be evicted. So why invite a clergyman who leads them in such a prayer? It isn't that his background is unknown.
Hannity ripped the Democrats for this outrage, while Geraldine Ferraro attempted to defend the indefensible.

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US Mulls Iraqi Refugees   [2/7/07]
After the Vietnam war debacle, America admitted around a million Vietnamese refugees and immigrants on account of guilt and other unworthy sentiments. Now that the Iraqi experiment with cultivated democracy has apparently failed, we hear echoes from Vietnam, that Americans essentially owe Iraqis a welcome mat for screwing up their country.

    The State Department said yesterday it will re-examine U.S. policy on the admission of Iraqi refugees, likely leading to a sharp increase in the number it admits each year.
        A task force set up by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this week also will try to resettle in the United States some Iraqi employees of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, whose lives are in danger because of their work for Americans. [...]
        Supporters of the existing policy have warned that hostile elements such as al Qaeda terrorists might try to enter the United States posing as refugees. Mr. McCormack did not say what steps might be taken to screen the applicants.
Memo to Condi... Americans are deadly tired of their hometowns being turned into the world's flophouse for culturally inappropriate foreigners. Genuinely displaced or merely unhappy Iraqis should not be dumped on America as refugees. Muslim immigration in general endangers national security: it should be ended, not expanded. Sunnis and Shia are already vandalizing each other in Dearbornistan. How long before blood flows?

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North American Union Powerpoint Presentation   [2/7/07]
Click to watch a 22-minute overview of the North American Union, its background in NAFTA and other trade agreements, the structure as envisioned by Council for Foreign Relation honcho Robert Pastor and the cost to Americans in terms of sovereignty lost and citizen control transferred to unelected bureaucrats. North American Union slide - building blocks

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Lou Dobbs Transcript February 5, 2007   [2/6/07]
Yesterday's Los Angeles Times article (Deportation cases soar as L.A. jails screen more) about the number of illegal aliens in the city and county jails was remarkably sketchy: the article emphasized the numerical increase from 2005 to 2006, for example, rather than explain straight out the percentage of prisoners who were unlawful foreigners.
    Lou Dobbs reporting was far more clear.

    CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): More than 25 percent of the inmates in Los Angeles County's jail system are illegal aliens. Last year, Sheriff Lee Baca decided to do something about that. He deployed eight screeners to determine the legal status of prisoners in L.A. County jails.
        In the first year, the number of criminals referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation has nearly doubled to 5,829. Another thousand were sent to deportation proceedings before being convicted of a crime.
        SHERIFF LEE BACA, LOS ANGELES COUNTY: I believe it's making the streets safer, because we have a lot of crime here. And we're not only the illegal capital -- illegal immigrant capital of the nation, we're also the crime capital of the nation. [EDITOR: Funny how that works!] And we have over 500 gang members. And many of the gang members are illegal immigrants.
        WIAN: Neighboring Orange County expects to transfer about 10,000 criminal illegal aliens to federal authorities for deportation this year. Sheriff Mike Carona scoffs at claims by so-called immigrant rights groups that helping ICE deport criminals will cause otherwise law-abiding illegal aliens to fear cooperating with local law enforcement.
        SHERIFF MIKE CARONA, ORANGE COUNTY, CALIF.: The undocumented community is preyed upon the career criminals who are also undocumented. They know that they're not going to report crimes. I can't imagine anybody, whether you're a foreign national or you're an American citizen, that wants criminals in their community.
        WIAN: In Harris County Texas, the murder of a Houston police officer allegedly by an illegal alien was a new factor in a new sheriff's department policy adopted four months ago. Deputies now ask inmates a simple question: "Are you in the United States illegally?" More than 2,000 have answered yes.
        JOHN MARTIN, HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS, SHERIFF'S DEPT.: We've not been surprised at the numbers of illegal immigrants in the area. However, we have been somewhat surprised at the number that readily admit, yes, they're in the country illegally.
        WIAN: It's a question a growing number of local law enforcement are willing to ask.
        (END VIDEOTAPE)
        WIAN: And it's one reason Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 190,000 illegal aliens last year, a 12 percent jump from the year before. Nearly half of those illegal aliens, Lou, were convicted criminals.
        DOBBS: And the idea that we're starting to see local law enforcement begin to ask a very simple, straightforward question, "Are you illegal," something that others have suggested is a violation of their rights.
        WIAN: Absolutely. Local law enforcement agencies are tired of paying for the cost of jailing these illegal aliens. It's a job the federal government has been unable to do to keep them off of local community streets. So local law enforcement is going to cooperate with ICE and try to get them out of the country any way they can, Lou. And sometimes all it takes is asking a simple question.
        DOBBS: And we should point out the number of illegal aliens in our jails, estimated anywhere from 20 to 30 percent, are prisons, both state and federal. These are only estimates because -- and this is correct, Casey -- they do not ask that simple question.

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Appeasement takes hold again in Europe   [2/5/07]
In Europe, free speech is fine except when it is used to be critical of Muslims. Then the infidels are required to be deferential to the fe-e-e-elings of sensitive (yet murderous) Muslims. Remember the Danish cartoon episode in which over a hundred were killed? Enraged sons of Allah, furious over a few drawings considered rude toward Mohammed, rioted around the world over the scribbles. Robert Redeker
    Take the case of Robert Redeker, a French philosopher, whose life has been turned upside down for observing that the Koran is filled with exhortations of violence against infidels. (Muslims never seem to get the irony that results when they threaten to kill someone who says their religion promotes violence.)

    Last September Robert Redeker, a French high-school philosophy teacher and author of several scholarly books, published an opinion piece in Le Figaro entitled "What should the free world do in the face of Islamist intimidation?" [Translated here.]
        His piece concluded that while Judaism and Christianity are religions whose rites reject and delegitimise violence, Islam is a religion that, in its own sacred text, as well as in its everyday rites, exalts violence and hatred.
Did the academy and leftist establishment of France spring to Redeker's defense? Certainly not. The socialist teachers unions condemned him, as did the communist mayor of his home town. Left-wing human rights organizations denounced his opinions and the editorial board of Le Monde considered his op-ed to be blasphemous. As a result of the threats from Islamists, Redeker and his family have lived in hiding for five months in fear for their lives.
    Somali refugee and former Muslim Ayaan Hirsi brought a clarity to the larger Muslim debate in Europe, which is why she was made to leave. Her opinions of Europe's weakness in the face of Muslim immigration remain critical and she considers the Redeker affair to be another symptom of a larger social illness:
    "It is the working-class communities who were the first to experience the realities of immigration and cultural differences. When there were the first protests in these communities about problems with immigration, and about problems with how immigrant women were being treated, the elite immediately turned on them by calling them 'racists'.
        "Instead of facing up to this new face of misogyny, the elites pretended it was because of discrimination. The immigrants became the new working class. The proletariat was reinvented ..."

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Mexifornia, Five Years Later   [2/5/07]
Has it really been five years since Mexifornia was published and that word became a milestone for the state's rapid descent into demographic chaos? Time flies when you're trying to save the country.
    In the original book, Victor Davis Hanson used observations of the local symptoms of demographic change to make his point, and he does here as well. He concludes, "The flood of illegal immigrants into California has made things worse than I foresaw."

    But the downside surely is apparent. Truck drivers, carpenters, janitors, and gardeners— unlike lawyers, doctors, actors, writers, and professors—correctly feel that their jobs are threatened, or at least their wages lowered, by cheaper rival workers from Oaxaca or Jalisco. And Americans who live in communities where thousands of illegal aliens have arrived en masse more likely lack the money to move when Spanish-speaking students flood the schools and gangs proliferate. Poorer Americans of all ethnic backgrounds take for granted that poverty provides no exemption from mastering English, so they wonder why the same is not true for incoming Mexican nationals. Less than a mile from my home is a former farmhouse whose new owner moved in several stationary Winnebagos, propane tanks, and outdoor cooking facilities—and apparently four or five entire families rent such facilities right outside his back door. Dozens live where a single family used to—a common sight in rural California that reifies illegal immigration in a way that books and essays do not.
        The problem with all this is that our now-spurned laws were originally intended to ensure an (admittedly thin) veneer of civilization over innate chaos—roads full of drivers who have passed a minimum test to ensure that they are not a threat to others; single-family residence zoning to ensure that there are adequate sewer, garbage, and water services for all; periodic county inspections to ensure that untethered dogs are licensed and free of disease and that housing is wired and plumbed properly to prevent mayhem; and a consensus on school taxes to ensure that there are enough teachers and classrooms for such sudden spikes in student populations.
In addition, VDH notes the increasing danger from Latin American politics, particularly the radical socialism of Venezuela and Oaxaca now being imported to our cities by illegal aliens demanding nonexistent rights.
    Turmoil in areas of Mexico that send many illegal aliens to the United States is especially worrisome. Recently, for example, almost the entire state of Oaxaca was in near-open revolt over efforts to force the resignation of provincial governor Ulises Ruiz. There was widespread lawlessness, vigilantism, and at times the complete breakdown of order. All this feeds the growing perception that illegal aliens increasingly are arriving not merely as economic refugees but as political dissidents who don't hesitate to take to the streets here to demand social justice, as they did back home.
        More important still, Oaxaca's troubles cast doubt on the conventional wisdom that illegal immigration is a safety valve that allows Mexico critical time to get its house in order. Perhaps the opposite is true: some of the areas, like Oaxaca, that send the most illegal aliens to the United States, still experience the greatest social tensions—in part because of the familial disruption and social chaos that results when adult males flee and depopulated communities consequently become captive to foreign remittances.

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Iraq's Shadow Widens Sunni-Shiite Split in U.S.   [2/4/07]
The New York Times has noticed that sectarian violence has come to America — and manages to use the "i" word only once in 1400. (See my Jan 9 blog item, Importing Sectarian Warfare?.)
    Earlier, when there were fewer Muslim immigrants in the US, there would be one mosque in a city and they would have to get along. Now that there are many more sons of Allah, multiple mosques can be supported, leading to an unfortunate diversity of views and inevitable conflict. How long will it be until the first religiously based intramural murder among Muslims in Dearbornistan?

    Escalating tensions between Sunnis and Shiites across the Middle East are rippling through some American Muslim communities, and have been blamed for events including vandalism and student confrontations. Political splits between those for and against the American invasion of Iraq fuel some of the animosity, but it is also a fight among Muslims about who represents Islam.
        Long before the vandalism in Dearborn and Detroit, feuds had been simmering on some college campuses. Some Shiite students said they had faced repeated discrimination, like being formally barred by the Sunni-dominated Muslim Student Association from leading prayers. At numerous universities, Shiite students have broken away from the association, which has dozens of chapters nationwide, to form their own groups.
Why does America continue to welcome Islamic immigrants, when we are at war with various Muslims around the world? There is no excuse for Muslim immigration to be increasing in these dangerous times. Washington pretends that religion is not the prime factor in the terrorism and wars, thereby endangering us all. The correct response is not more multiculturalism, but a gradual strategy of quarantine and isolation of the poison of Islam to its own geographically large area.
    Demographic warfare, delivered by immigration, has been far more successful than any conflict of the old fashioned kind, largely because Washington refuses to defend the national interest. It's long past time that our political leaders recognize immigration as a weapon of war.

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Behind the Super city's glitz and glitter   [2/4/07]
Here's a less-than-laudatory Superbowl Sunday overview of this year's hosting city, Miami, home to the largest foreign-born population in the country. The columnist uses Rep Tom Tancredo's criticisms of a few months back as a starting point.

    The NFL Network has been running a great series on the history of the Super Bowl called "America's Game," which will be played today in a city that, some say, no longer resembles America. [...]
        [Tancredo] noted the rate of violent crime in Miami is triple the national average, while the murder rate was 2.5 times as great. He also quoted the U.S. Department of Justice, which labeled South Florida the "public corruption capital of the nation," as almost 600 people were prosecuted on corruption charges between 1996 and 2005. I'm really envious of that. Rampant, relentless malfeasance by the government stooges there has made Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen a millionaire author.
        In his Herald piece, Tancredo added that since 2002 "a net of 151,000 Miami residents, most of them middle class, have left Miami," which is in a county with a 51 percent foreign-born population, the highest in America. On TV today, the setting will depict the city as glitzy, glamorous, exotic and sexy. Yet behind the cameras, as the numbers indicate, Miami is violent, corrupt, poor and, in many respects, alien to the rest of America.

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Drop the Gloves   [2/3/07]
Investor's Business Daily has consistently fine editorials discussing the deep flaws in the multicultural worldview. Like LTG, IBD is alarmed at the politically correct coverage by the press, like it's business as usual when we have an Islamic monster in our midst.

    Global Jihad: The ghastly plot by Muslim terrorists in Britain to kidnap and behead a British soldier to blackmail the U.K. into leaving Iraq is a grim reminder of the enemy we're fighting. And sadly, we need reminding.
        While the bare-knuckled British press condemned the "evil Muslim terrorists," our media by and large shrugged, preoccupied as they've been with more important news, such as the sandbox spat between Rosie O'Donnell and Donald Trump. You'd never know we were at war with a barbarian culture bent on destroying our way of life.
        Though we've so far avoided another attack here in America, there's been no shortage of terrorism around the world. You might say there's been a silent rampage. The thwarted British plot coincides with no fewer than 655 Islamic terror attacks across the globe in just the past three months. The full list appears on the Web site thereligionofpeace.com.
While the British press can get rightly alarmed about the threat of totalitarian Islam advanced mainly through immigration (see Sleepwalking with the enemy), the political class there remains under anesthesia and the general objection to telling the truth is apparently widespread: e.g. a teacher was recently fired for observing that most suicide bombers are sons of Allah.

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Cultures Are Not Equal   [2/2/07]
Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been fairly quiet since she moved to the United States last year and became a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, but now that her new book Infidel has been published, she is appearing more often in public. Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    Earlier this month she was the speaker at CORE's Martin Luther King Jr. dinner in New York City. Her basic theme went against the multiculturalism of our times. All cultures are not equal, she told the audience. Human beings are equal. Cultures are not.
        "A culture that spends millions on saving a baby girl's life is not equal to one that uses its first encounter with natal technology to undertake mass abortion simply because girls are not welcome," she said.
        Before she fled to Holland, she lived in three African countries and saw brutality and oppression in all of them.
        While some critics object to calling terrorists Islamic-fascists, Ms. Ali doesn't hesitate to compare radical Muslims to Nazis. Both want a Holocaust, she notes, Ms. Ali has dubbed our benign culture as "ladies first" because she had never heard those words until she came to a Western nation. She warns however that it is "this culture that is under threat today. Many of those born into it take it for granted or, worse, apologize for it."
Ayaan's AEI webpage has a version of her speech at CORE, Ladies First...
    I am being acknowledged here today because CORE wants to take Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream beyond racial inequality. CORE wants to be a platform from where the greatest inequality of our time, perhaps of all time, can be battled.
        This is gender inequality: an inequality most obscene, expressed through acts such as mutilation, beatings, rape and murder--and almost all this aggression is justified in the name of culture and creed. Atrocities committed against girls and women in the most intimate setting of all: in the home; by dad or mom; by a brother or a sister; by a husband or his mother. The sort of persecution I talk about is one in which the religious leaders, the politicians, aunts and uncles, fathers and mothers, all share the staunch belief that girls--that women--are born of a lesser god.
        I was born into this culture. And I stress my emphasis on the word "culture".
        When I first came to a Western country, I was astonished to find men who said, "Ladies first"--yes, ladies first. I was amazed because I was born and raised in a culture that put me last because I was born a girl; where I was confined, because of my gender; where all the burden of what is considered good sexual conduct was for me to bear because I am female.
See also an excerpt from her new book, Cruellest cut in the name of Islam, plus a rather brief interview in the New York Times.

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After 200 years, fight to end slavery goes on   [2/2/07]
This article purports to describe the continuation of slavery around the world, but it is mostly about the persistent cruelty to women and girls in the third world as their lives are used as bargaining chips by men. But the word "slavery" has more currency these days than "women's rights."

    But hundreds of Ghanaian girls the same age as those on their school trip to Cape Coast still live in conditions echoing the 18th century plantations in the Americas.
        An ancient practice still strong in the country's north and east allows mystic priests to demand virgin brides as servants as atonement from families deemed to have offended ancestral gods.
        Wrenched from their parents, the girls are kept captive in the priest's shrine and, even as children, are forced to work in his fields and clean his compound. When they reach puberty, they become his trokosi, or wife. Most are raped or sexually abused, many are beaten, campaigners have discovered.
        "I was no better than an animal, working all day for the priest and I got nothing," said Enyonam Tordzro, 36, who spent 15 years as a trokosi after her grandfather had an affair with a neighbour's wife.

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Dude, like, send Borat packing   [2/2/07]
Here's one of the faces behind the Boston terror scare yesterday, an asylee from Belarus who thinks it is a big yuck to put a police force on high alert and frighten and incovenience thousands. He is one of the dim bulbs from the Cartoon Network who concocted the poorly considered marketing stunt. Boston adman Peter Berdovsky

    What exactly does a noncitizen have to do to get deported around here?
        I guess Peter "Borat" Berdovsky, native of Belarus, won't answer that because it's not a hair question. And the Russky Rastaman is now officially a victim - a victim of Chernobyl, as his lawyer/foster father put it in court yesterday, before they went out outside to discuss his hair, which he doesn't appear to have washed since leaving his native Third World hellhole.
        The subcontractor on the moronic Turner Broadcasting terror stunt arrived here as an exchange student, then sought asylum as a political refugee - stop me if you've heard this one before.
        Borat is a refugee all right - from a "Beavis and Butthead" episode. He's the full slacker package: Mass. College of Art, a goatee, dreadlocks - a self-described performance artist with his own crappy avant-garde rock band.
        Yesterday morning at Charlestown District Court, Borat Berdovsky's fellow artists, the synonym for which is unemployed, protested the Russky's overnight incarceration, holding signs that said "Never Forget."
It's sad to see this country become the flophouse for the riff-raff of the world.

•   •   •  

New RNC chief backs bill with guest-worker plan   [2/2/07]
As expected, Sen Mel Martinez, recently installed as the Chair of the Republican National Committee, favors a massive amnesty, starting with "guest workers" who will never leave.

    Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida, the Republican National Committee's new general chairman, wants Congress to pass an immigration bill this year that will include a guest-worker program with "earned citizenship" requirements for illegal aliens.
        Mr. Martinez, whose election encountered sharp opposition from some RNC members who think his support for giving illegal aliens a path to citizenship is a thinly veiled form of amnesty, said, "I don't support deporting these people because I don't believe that's a realistic approach."
        In an interview with The Washington Times, his first since taking the helm of the RNC, he acknowledged the opposition to his election and his support for the Kennedy-McCain bill that called for a multistep process of earned amnesty for all but the most recent illegals. But he said, "My views on immigration are not well understood."
Last year, hundreds of constituents and other citizens sent bricks to Sen. Martinez (in support of The Fence) to show their opposition to the bill he sponsored which is one of the most destructive and radically anti-American pieces of legislation ever written. But Martinez is not interested in what constituents want. Bricks in Sen Martinez' office

•   •   •  

Rep. Loretta Sanchez quits Congressional Hispanic Caucus   [2/1/07]
A Washington contrversy today has been the evidence of sexism in the Hispanic Caucus, in particular that Chairman Joe Baca called Rep Sanchez a "whore."

    Rep. Loretta Sanchez has quit the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the culmination of a several-month feud over Rialto Rep. Joe Baca's leadership of the organization and in the wake of disparaging comments she said he made about her.
        Sanchez, D-Garden Grove, said in an interview this morning that not only does she believe Baca's chairmanship election was not proper, but that he has disrespected her and other women in the group.
        Sanchez said she was told by several people that at a meeting months ago in Sacramento, Baca called her a whore.
Other women have noticed piggyman behavior among the Democrats' Mexican leadership: Two More Reps. Complain About Treatment of Women in Hispanic Caucus
    Two Democratic congresswomen released statements supporting a complaint that the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus called Rep. Loretta Sanchez a "whore."
        Said Rep. Hilda L. Solis, of California, about this rapidly developing story:
        "I share Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's sentiment about the lack of respect afforded to women members of the Hispanic Caucus. If the Hispanic Caucus is to be truly representative of the Latino community, it must give equal treatment to all its members, regardless of gender or seniority.

•   •   •  

Welcome! Leave your customs at the door   [2/1/07]
In Canada, the small Quebec town of Herouxville has made it clear that any immigrant settling there will be expected to behave like a normal western person. The town has asked federal authorities to inform prospective immigrants of a code of conduct including the following:

    •   It is forbidden to stone women, burn them alive, throw acid on them or circumcise girls.
    •   Consumption of alcohol is common in Herouxville, as is dancing. "At the end of every year, we decorate a tree with balls and tinsel and some lights. This is normally called 'Christmas decorations' or also 'Christmas tree.' "
    •   Boys and girls swim together in public pools.
    •   Veils are not welcome. "The only time you may mask or cover your face is during Halloween."

•   •   •  

Anger in Holland over 'apartheid' Islamic hospital   [1/31/07]
British Muslmi medical gown It's painful to see Europe turn Islamic day by day, with hardly an objection raised. The latest is a gender-segregated hospital in the Islam style. This is how fools imagine Muslims will be included in western society, even though such pandering reverses the ancient form of assimilation: "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." Of course, Muslims take great pleasure in the stupidity of the spineless infidels and how the Dutch have been made to serve Islam.

    Plans for a Muslim-only hospital in Holland have sparked a heated debate over its separate all-male and all-female wings, halal food and roster of duty imams.
        A populist Right-wing party described the plan for the clinic in south Rotterdam as "a step backwards to the Middle Ages".
        There will be segregation between the sexes, with male patients treated by an exclusively male nursing and medical staff and similar arrangements for females. [...]
        It has also been dubbed "apartheid" by a prominent nationalist MP, Geert Wilders. But construction work on the clinic is about to start and it aims to open by 2008.
In some British hospitals, Muslim women can wear a dhimmified medical gown modelled after the Islamic sack, as shown here.

•   •   •  

State's condition not what it seems   [1/31/07]
State Senator Tom McClintock, one of the few fiscal conservatives left in Sacramexico, lays out how badly California is being run by the Spendinator and his Democratic pals in the legislature. Gov. Schwarzenegger promised to be the "people's governor" along with his Hollywood razz-ma-tazz back in the recall election in 2003.
    The previous governor Gray Davis was run out of office for fiscal mismanagement, particularly in regard to the electricity crisis, and for giving state drivers licenses to illegal aliens.

    ACCORDING to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, California's financial condition is "fantastic." Spending has been brought under control, the budget has been balanced, and our debt is being paid down. To the governor's credit, he has proposed some long-overdue spending reforms, most notably conforming state welfare eligibility standards to federal law. But there's very little else to praise.
        The state Finance Department reports a $7.6 billion shortfall in the 2006 budget. That's $1 billion worse than Davis' worst year in 2000. And Schwarzenegger's proposed 2007 budget adds $1.9 billion more to the state's ocean of red ink. [...]
        Meanwhile, borrowing is now completely out of control. When Schwarzenegger took office, 3 percent of the general fund was required for debt service. Since then, that burden has doubled to 6 percent and will exceed 8 percent next year.
Sen McClintock didn't venture into the specifics of the costs, one of which is providing an array of goodies for illegal aliens, including education for millions of illegal aliens children, free healthcare and other social services, plus the tab for incarceration of criminal aliens to the tune of an estimated $10 billion annually. The feds require free education for foreign kiddies, but there's a lot that could be cut. However, even non-hispanic Democrats in Sacto are unduly deferential to the desires of Mexico City so any improvement in that area is unlikely.
    For more on California's money trouble, see my blog from last summer, A Billion Here, A Billion There

•   •   •  

Rainy season falls short so far   [1/30/07]
In California, this has been a very dry winter after a wet one last year. It has been a while since the state has had a drought, and the population growth has been explosive in the last few decades because of legal and illegal immigration. Birmingham England street scene

    But the lack of rainfall nevertheless evokes memories of relatively recent droughts, including a six-year one in the late 1980s and early 1990s and a two-year episode in the late 1970s that threatened to dry up state reservoirs before conditions improved with a "March Miracle" of heavy rain.
        The state's population is much larger now and would be harder-hit by a severe drought, experts said.
        "We have far greater water demands than we did 30 years ago," Gudgel said. "We don't have the leeway we had in 1977."
In 1977, one year in a major drought, California's population was fewer than 23 million. Today, the state is home to over 36.5 million residents.
    Speaking of environmental and natural resource concerns, check out this brief YouTube video from Minnesota Population Balance.

•   •   •  

Jail loos turned from East   [1/30/07]
Another sign of Britain's early surrender to Islam: today's example is the remodeling of a jail so toilets don't face Mecca.

    JAIL bosses are rebuilding toilets so Muslim inmates don't have to use them while facing Mecca.
        Thousands of pounds of taxpayers money are being spent to ensure lags are not offended.
        The Islamic religion prohibits Muslims from facing or turning their backs on the Kiblah — the direction of prayer — when they visit the lav.
        Muslim lags claimed they have had to sit sideways on prison WCs.
        But after pressure from faith leaders the Home Office has agreed to turn the existing toilets 90 degrees at HMP Brixton in London.
        The Home Office refused to reveal the cost of the new facilities — part of an "on-going refurbishment".
        One Muslim former inmate said: "The least the Prison Service can do is make sure people can practise their religion correctly in prison."
        But a Brixton jail officer said: "If they didnšt get locked up for committing crime they would not have this problem. Yet we have to sort out their loos. If we weren't paying for it as taxpayers I'd laugh my socks off."

•   •   •  

Elites to Anti-Affirmative-Action Voters: Drop Dead   [1/29/07]
Here in California, voters clearly stated at the ballot box in 1996 they wanted academic achievement to be deciding factor in college admissions. But elites believe that diversity perfection requires a quota system to create an idealized variety of skin colors and ethnic backgrounds (although not a divergence of opinions) on campus and elsewhere. Heather MacDonald has more...

    In 1996, Californians voted to ban race and gender preferences in government and education. Ten years later, the chancellor of the state-funded University of California at Berkeley, Robert Birgeneau, announced a new Vice Chancellorship for Equity and Inclusion, charged with making Berkeley more "inclusive" and "less hostile" to "underrepresented minority . . . groups." This move is just the latest expression of the University of California's unrelenting resistance to the 1996 voter initiative, in every way possible short of patent violation. Stasi apparatchiks disappeared more meekly after the Soviet Empire's collapse than California's race commissars have retreated after voters tried to oust their preference regime.
        The last decade in California shows the power, and the limitations, of the crusade for a colorblind America led by Ward Connerly, architect of the 1996 anti-preference initiative. Without a doubt, Proposition 209, as that measure is called, has cut the use of race quotas in the Golden State's government. But it has also exposed the contempt of the elites, above all in education, for the popular will. "Diversity"—meaning socially engineered racial proportionality—is now the only official ideology of the education behemoth, and California shows what happens when that ideology comes into conflict with the law.
As noted here previously, no less an authority than the New York Times has described UC Berkeley as "overwhelmingly Asian," but Chancellor Birgeneau disregards Asian success. (See my 2005 LTE.)

•   •   •  

Landscape changes for illegal alien jobs   [1/29/07]
In the suburbs surrounding the District of Columbia, the illegal alien population has exploded. Businesses have become dependent on their exploitable near-slaves and don't want things to change.
    Salvadorans, not Mexicans, make up the largest group of illegal aliens, and every couple years the corrupt Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program is rubber stamped again, so illegals can become more entrenched. Furthermore, the TPS has become even more perverted by the quid pro quo with El Salvador by which that country keeps 380 troops in Iraq in return for the US not deporting their citizens. Such a deal.

    Pinpointing with any certainty the number of illegal aliens in the region, where they live and where they work is impossible. But with census figures putting the Washington metropolitan area's foreign-born population at more than 1 million, some analysts say as many as one-third are here unlawfully.
        Mr. Passel estimates that 300,000 illegal aliens live in the area -- an increase of about 100,000 since 2000. [...]
        Finding and deporting foreign nationals who have overstayed visas isn't easy. Because so many communities, including Washington, rely heavily on cheap immigrant labor, authorities often are reluctant to hunt down illegal aliens, Mr. [William] McDonald said.
        "Internal enforcement is a joke. Nobody really takes immigration law that seriously," he said.

•   •   •  

On Fascism and Islamophobia   [1/29/07]
Fjordman, our favorite Norwegian essayist, gives a look at undemocratic attitudes on the rise in Europe. The socialist nanny state encourages conformity above all, and if you don't agree with the official social paradigm, then self-appointed enforcers of virtue may beat the crap out of you.

    I have written about one such attack, which extreme Leftists later openly bragged about on the Internet, around 30 members of the Sweden Democrats were attending a private party outside the town of Vaxjo. "To clearly demonstrate that the Sweden Democrats are not welcome in our area, about 20 anti-Fascists chose to attack the party. The Sweden Democrats were attacked with knives, axes, iron bars and other weapons. After that, their cars were destroyed." The brave Leftists then smashed the windows and threw tear gas into the building, forcing people outside, where they were again attacked and beaten with iron bars and axes. Several of the people were hospitalized after the attack. This was a peaceful, private party by unarmed members of a perfectly legal political party that just happens to be critical of the country's immigration policies. These brave Leftists or "anti-Fascists" do, for some curious reason, seem to behave pretty much like, well, Fascists, a bit like the Brown Shirts in the 1930s, physically assaulting political opponents to silence them.

•   •   •  

A generation of outsiders   [1/28/07]
How much worse can immigration get when the younger generation is not only less assimilated than their parents, they are actively hostile and want to blow the place up? That's the situation where Britain finds itself today. Birmingham England street scene

    The doctrine of multi-culturalism has alienated an entire generation of young Muslims and made them increasingly radical, a report has found.
        In stark contrast with their parents, growing numbers sympathise with extreme teachings of Islam, with almost four in ten wanting to live under Sharia law in Britain.
        The study identifies significant support for wearing the veil in public, Islamic schools and even punishment by death for Muslims who convert to another religion.
        Most alarmingly, 13 per cent of young Muslims said they "admired" organisations such as Al Qaeda which are prepared to "fight the West".
Here's another article about the survey showing hostile young Muslims.
    Elsewhere in Britain, public health is endangered by arrogant Islamic persons: Muslim urged to shun 'unholy' vaccines
    A MUSLIM doctors' leader has provoked an outcry by urging British Muslims not to vaccinate their children against diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella because it is "un-Islamic".
        Dr Abdul Majid Katme, head of the Islamic Medical Association, is telling Muslims that almost all vaccines contain products derived from animal and human tissue, which make them "haram", or unlawful for Muslims to take.
        Islam permits only the consumption of halal products, where the animal has had its throat cut and bled to death while God's name is invoked.
        Islam also forbids the eating of any pig meat, which Katme says is another reason why vaccines should be avoided, as some contain or have been made using pork-based gelatine.

•   •   •  

Tijuana -- Growing drug abuse   [1/28/07]
One of the biggest problems facing Mexico is not a leftist revolution (it's pretty Marxican anyway), but the criminal gangs which bring enormous firepower and nearly unlimited funds. Swaths of territory have been taken over by the drug cartels, a reason why new Presidente Calderon has sent the army out to crack down.

    Drug trafficking and violence are not new to this teeming maze of 1.5 million residents. What is new is that more cartels are vying for control of trade routes for U.S.-bound drugs, and rising drug addiction rates have created a thriving local market and boosted street crime.
        Police who are getting killed often have ties to the rival cartels, said Bruce Bagley, an expert on the drug trade at the University of Miami. Many officers, he said, were killed by one cartel because they had done work for another or by a cartel member unsatisfied with the protection the officer was providing.
        "I can't do my job right because if I do, they'll kill me," said one Tijuana officer, who like five other officers interviewed for this story, would not give his name because he feared for his life.
        The officer said in December that corruption was worse than he had seen in 26 years on the city police force and had permeated the department's highest level.
The cartels are so powerful in comparison to the state that the crackdown, including the extradition of major drug criminals to the US for prosecution, may mean more bloodshed in the short run: Mexican troops in Monterrey as violence soars
    MONTERREY, Mexico, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Mexican soldiers manned road blocks in the northern industrial city of Monterrey on Friday as part of a nationwide crackdown by President Felipe Calderon against rampant organized crime.
        Troops armed with assault rifles set up temporary checkpoints overnight across the city in Nuevo Leon state, including the San Pedro business district. Soldiers stopped and searched vehicles but made no arrests.
        "Violence and organized crime is at critical levels in Nuevo Leon and it is a key objective to contain this and make the necessary arrests," state Attorney General Luis Carlos Trevino told a news conference.

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Links between illegal immigration, terrorism, drug trade worry U.S officials   [1/28/07]
Take a Muslim terrorist, teach him Mexican-accented Spanish and dress him up in trans-border attire, and you have a dangerous man who can easily slip into America along with the other thousands who cross the open border daily.

    Alfonso Salinas was not who he seemed, according to U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security documents. He lied to the agents about who he was, where he came from and what he was doing.
        It would take nearly a week of interviews with federal agents before Alfonso Salinas would give his real name: Ayman Sulmane Kamal, a Muslim born in Egypt - a country designated as "special-interest" by the United States for sponsoring terrorism.
        Kamal's case is not an isolated one.
        Evidence of "special-interest aliens" using the Mexican border to gain entry to the United States has been kept secret from the American public, according to federal law enforcement agents, terrorism experts and critics of U.S. foreign policy with Mexico.
        In 2005, the Border Patrol apprehended approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. illegally. Of those, 165,000 were from countries other than Mexico, and roughly 650 were, like Kamal, from special-interest countries, according to the Border Patrol.
No surprise here. There have been news stories and government studies before indicating the same Achilles heel.
    The danger from terrorists is the prime reason why we must have border security. If the only problem was Mexican job thieves, then workplace enforcement would suffice.
    Apparently Presidente Bush regards the cheap labor provided by open borders as worth the real risk to the nation's security. If the next attack comes from terrorists crossing the Mexican border, Benedict Arnold will no longer be the measure of perfidy in this country.

•   •   •  

Wisconsin proposes teaching Hmong history   [1/27/07]
No wonder American students are at the bottom of any international ranking: they spend entirely too much time immersed in diversity propaganda.

    MADISON — Wisconsin lawmakers on Thursday proposed requiring schools to teach about the Hmong people, saying suspicion of the community could be eased by an understanding of their past as U.S. allies in the Vietnam War.
        The bill, backed by a group of state Assembly Democrats, is identical to one proposed in April 2005 that died when lawmakers adjourned last year. Sponsors said racial tensions rekindled by this month's homicide of a Hmong hunter could build support for passage this year.
        More than 600 Hmong residents packed the Assembly parlor to support the bill, having arrived in eight busloads from as far away as Green Bay and Eau Claire.
        "All of the difficulties that the Hmong face and experience in the U.S. are due to the fact that there is no formal teaching about the Hmong to the general public," said Za Blong Vang, president of the Hmong Community of Wisconsin. He spoke in Hmong but provided an English translation of his remarks.
Horse pucky. Hmong "face difficulties" because they refuse to assimilate to American values, such as learning English. They are famous for poaching. Many practice polygamy, opium use and animal cruelty in performing shamanism. Some Hmong immigrants remain in poverty, are prone to gang behavior and retain their misogynist cultural practices, such as marriage by kidnapping. They are among the highest users of welfare. They have brought inter-tribal violence with them.
    When a Chai Vang, a Hmong immigrant, mass murdered six people, four of whom were shot in the back, other Hmong defended his actions and blamed the victims. His sister had the effrontery to say that "he did it with pride" referring to the cold-blooded killings. The press was particularly odious in this case, portraying the killer as a fine fellow and leader in his community. Vang even testified in court that several he killed "deserved to die" because they were rude to him.

•   •   •  

Build Roads, Not Walls   [1/26/07]
The German magazine Der Spiegel recently interviewed Mexican Presidente Felipe Calderon, and the results were not encouraging.


    SPIEGEL: Almost half of the 105 million Mexicans live in poverty, and 11 million have no steady employment. How do you intend to create jobs for them?
    Calderon: That will only be possible if we attract investors to Mexico. Experts assume that Mexico can rise to the status of the fourth-largest national economy in the world by 2050. But before we can achieve that, we must first lower our production costs. Energy is too expensive, and the tax burden is too great. But above all we have to create legal certainty and curb crime. That's why I'm planning to increase public spending for combating crime by 25 percent.
    SPIEGEL: The World Bank claims a group of 20 families rules Mexico.
    Calderon: Sure, we have a high concentration of economic power in Mexico. In the future we want to ensure that private persons or groups of companies enjoy no illicit privileges. We need a policy that is beholden to free-market competition and limits monopolies. [...]
    SPIEGEL: About a half-million Mexicans migrate to the United States every year in order to try their luck there. Now the Bush administration wants to build a 1,100 kilometer (684 mile) barrier along the border.
    Calderon: It's hard to believe that a wall is now being built in Arizona and Texas only 17 years after the world celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall. There are social and economic reasons for migration to the United States. It is a natural consequence of globalization. What is more, the North American and the Mexican economies complement each other in an ideal way: The United States has the capital, and we have the labor force. San Diego border fence across from Tijuana

    SPIEGEL: Immigrants currently transfer about $24 billion per year from the United States to Mexico. This is Mexico's second-largest source of currency, after petroleum. Can the exodus still be stopped?
    Calderon: If the Americans would invest more here, the Mexican workers would stay at home. I told the American president that it makes more sense to build a single kilometer of road in a poorly developed Mexican state than to build 10 kilometers of his wall.
Funny how the Mexico Presidente says his country's success or failure depends on Americans — isn't that the perfect illustration of a national parasite?
    Why can't Mexicans invest in Mexico? It is home to ten billionaires, the third richest man on earth is a Mexican (Carlos Slim), and the country's economy is the world's 10th largest.

•   •   •  

House resolution opposes North American Union   [1/26/07]
Rep. Virgil Goode has drawn a legislative line in the sand against the merger with Mexico.

    Rep. Virgil Goode, R-Va., has introduced a House resolution expressing congressional opposition to construction of a NAFTA Super Highway System or entry into a North American Union with Mexico and Canada.
        Goode said the goal behind House Concurrent Resolution 40, introduced Monday, is "to block a NAFTA Superhighway System and to indicate the opposition of the Congress to the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America that was declared by President Bush, Mexico's then-President Vicente Fox, and Canada's then-Prime Minister Paul Martin, at the conclusion of their summit meeting in Waco, Texas, on March 23, 2005."
        The preamble of HCR 40 refers to the Trans-Texas Corridor being built by the Texas Department of Transportation, noting "a NAFTA Super Highway System from the west coast of Mexico through the United States and into Canada has been suggested as part of a North American Union to facilitate trade between the SPP countries."
Last night, Lou Dobbs interviewed CFR member Robert Pastor, considered by many the architect of the North American Union:
    DOBBS: Two years ago the Council on Foreign Relations published a report titled "Building a North America Community." among the goals expressed, to break down trade regulations between the United States and Canada. Between Canada and Mexico and of course, then the United States. But without congressional approval or certainly without congressional oversight or voter approval.
        Critics call the plan the North America Union. And many say that it would ultimately destroy U.S. sovereignty.
        Robert Pastor is a member of the group that broke the original report. He joins us tonight. It's good to have you with us.
        ROBERT PASTOR, CENTER FOR NORTH AMERICAN STUDIES: Thank you very much.
        DOBBS: Robert Pastor, you were co-chairman of an independent task force sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, and in this report titled "Building a North American Community" the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haass states, "The Task Force's central recommendation is establishment by 2010 of a North American economic and security of community, the boundaries of which would be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter."
        At this point what is the basis for moving forward on that?
        PASTOR: Well, the United States, Canada and Mexico now are already the largest free trade area in the world. We have $800 billion worth of trade. This is a source of comparative advantage for the United States. But the council report feels that we could take greater advantage if we were deepen economic integration, if we can secure ourselves better, not only at our borders, but also by thinking about continental security perimeter as well.
        DOBBS: Why would you think about, just out of curiosity, a common security perimeter when the United States does not have secure ports nor does it have anything approaching secure borders?
        PASTOR: Well, it's precisely because our ports are not secure and our borders are not secure that we need to find not only better ways to do that but also better ways to turn our two neighbors into partners to enhance our security and to enhance our prosperity as well.
How will outsourcing our national security to Mexico serve to "enhance" it — and what does that mean anyway? What doubletalk. There have been numerous news reports of terrorists using Mexico as an easy gateway to the US, and Mexico cannot be considered a friend in any way.

•   •   •  

Alien hiring fine fails on Hill   [1/26/07]
Weren't the Democrats supposed to be friend of the American worker, who were going to protect employee rights from the powerful business interests? So far, not so good, as evidenced by the refusal of the Senate to raise the fines for employers who hire illegal aliens.

    Senate Democrats quashed a proposal yesterday that would have dramatically increased civil fines on employers who hire illegal aliens.
        Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, offered the amendment to the bill now being debated that would increase the federal minimum wage.
        Ridding the economy of illegal aliens, he argued, would do far more to help low-income wage earners than simply raising the minimum wage. Not only do aliens displace U.S. citizens in the work force, he said, they also artificially suppress wages.
        "Our whole purpose of the minimum-wage act is to increase the wages of working Americans, particularly low-skilled workers," Mr. Sessions said. "That's a noble goal."
        One of the reasons "that those salaries have lagged behind is because of a large influx of illegal immigrant labor," he said. "That is indisputable, and it's not been discussed much here. People apparently don't want to talk about it, but we're going to talk about it."
        But Democratic leaders refused to let Mr. Sessions' alien amendment reach the Senate floor yesterday, and they accused him and other Republicans of offering amendments unrelated to the minimum-wage increase in order to stall passage of the bill.

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Laredo Texas: Daring program would force English, Spanish   [1/25/07]
This is how America is being coerced to become a bilingual, Spanish-speaking country, one school district at a time. They will start with kindergarten children and call the Dual Language instruction a "benefit" -- only a racist could object to that, right?

    The program, known as Dual Language, would be implemented at all 26 UISD elementary schools. It would begin with kindergarten and progress to the next grade level, each year thereafter until 12th grade.
        Language arts would be taught in the student's primary language, as required by state law.
        By the time students reach second grade, UISD hopes to have 50 percent of all classroom instruction in English and 50 percent in Spanish, said Pamela R. Juarez, UISD associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction. [...]
        Most UISD elementary students — nearly 65 percent, or more than three out of every five — are Spanish dominant, according to district data, and the district receives a significant amount of revenue for bilingual education.
        UISD gets roughly $18.5 million each year from the state and federal governments to educate its limited English proficient, or LEP, students, according to district data.
        Some researchers and bilingual education experts, such as Wayne P. Thomas and Virginia P. Collier, say Dual Language is the model that school districts with large numbers of Spanish dominant students should adopt.
        For the past 10 years, the effectiveness of Dual Language has been tracked at several school districts on the Texas-Mexico border, namely Ysleta ISD near El Paso and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD in the Rio Grande Valley.
Meanwhile on other fronts, grassroots Texans are fighting back against the merger with Mexico.

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Tax to fight gangs set for ballot   [1/25/07]
Charlene Lovett holding photo of daughter Cheryl Green In Los Angeles, gang violence has gotten so bad that the city council wants to raise taxes in order to fight it. Overall, the crime rate is down, but LA suffered 267 gang-related homicides last year and a 14% increase in gang crime citywide. Councilwoman Janice Hahn advocates a $72 annual parcel tax to raise $50 million to fund more social intervention programs. The city already spends $82 million on gang outreach, with little result.
    Much of the recent outrage comes from the December 15 murder of Cheryl Green, a 14-year-old black girl who was killed simply for being present on Hispanic turf, just a block from her apartment. The photo shows mother Charlene Lovett holding a picture of Cheryl.

    Desperate to stem the rise of gang violence in Los Angeles, the City Council agreed Tuesday to draft a ballot measure that would impose a parcel tax to raise $50 million or more annually for intervention and prevention programs.
        However, council members said it was unlikely the proposal would go onto the ballot until next year, skipping the municipal election in May.
        Also Tuesday, City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo released his plan for reducing gangs, which includes a call for school uniforms to be required for all Los Angeles Unified School District students, legal action to shut down the headquarters of the 10 worst gangs, and expanding his assignment of prosecutors to every police station and to neighborhoods around gang-plagued schools.
LA's gang violence has a strong racial component. Of an estimated 39,000 gang members, about 56 percent are in Latino gangs and 40 percent are in black gangs. Many hispanic gang-bangers are illegal aliens. Increasingly, hispanic gang members kill random blacks to drive them out of the area -- ethnic cleansing, in other words. Interestingly, even the hacks at the Southern Poverty Law Center, who have attacked the Minutemen and other friends of borders, have noticed the purposeful, racist attacks on black Americans.
    Instead of enacting another immigration tax, the city should end Special Order 40, the sanctuary law that protects illegal aliens from normal police inquiries and is quite a boon to gang members.

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Islam flexes its muscles   [1/24/07]
Scary stuff going on in Britain, according to columnist Peter Hitchens. Talk about surrender without a fight...

    The real menace to this country does not come from terrorist bombs, which a calm, resolute people can cope with. It comes from the liberal elite's decision to appease Islam.
        The louder the Blairites talk about the 'threat to our way of life' from Muslim extremists, the more they themselves increase that threat.
        Criticism of Islam, jokes about Islam, are rapidly becoming taboo, even legally restricted. Yet Muslims have total freedom to say what they like about the rest of us.
        Quietly, the Civil Service, the police and the education system (and many big companies) have already begun to adapt themselves to the idea of an Islamised Britain.

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Sound File of Tom Tancredo's Response to State of the Union Speech   [1/24/07]
Just over a minute in length, this sound clip notes Rep Tancredo's disappointment with the continuing state of the border, our "Achilles heel."

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Democrats' silence on jihad is deadly   [1/24/07]
What's with Democrats and their inability to grasp reality? Their minds reside in a pre-9/11 state of denial, still in snooze mode about the clearly established intention of Muslim jihadists to destroy western civilization and institute a fascist state under sharia law.

    Sounding nearly as resolute is former governor Mitt Romney, whose campaign website puts "Defeating the Jihadists" first in its list of key campaign issues. "The jihadists are waging a global war against the United States and its allies," Romney is quoted as saying, "with the ambition of replacing legitimate governments with a caliphate -- a theocracy." Speaking in Israel yesterday, Romney asserted that "a central purpose of NATO should be to defeat radical Islam," through means both military and ideological.
        The Democratic candidates, by contrast, are virtually silent on the subject.
        Barack Obama launched his exploratory committee with an online video that mentioned the economy, healthcare, vanishing pensions, college costs, and the fractiousness of partisan politics. His only nod to national security was a passing reference to the war in Iraq, which he opposes. But 9/11 and its aftermath? The worldwide jihad? The global conflict between democratic freedom and Taliban-style repression? Not a word.
        Hillary Clinton's highly praised kickoff video likewise included nothing about the overriding threat of our time. Her website does contain a speech she gave at the Council on Foreign Relations last October, but it is filled with vague rhetoric about diplomacy and international conferences and how we must address the "troubled conditions terrorists seek out." New Yorkers don't need to be told "that we are in a war against terrorists who seek to do us harm," Clinton says. But if she recognizes that the future of the civilized world depends on winning that war, she shows little sign of it.
        What is true of Obama and Clinton is more or less true of Edwards, Richardson, and the others. The Democrats seem prepared to emulate John Kerry, who insisted in 2004 that "we have to get back to the place we were" before 9/11. Back, that is, to treating Islamist terrorism not as "the focus of our lives," but merely as "a nuisance" that we need "to reduce" -- like gambling, he said, or prostitution.
Right on cue, here's Jimmy Carter, who seems increasingly out of touch (i.e. the accusations of anti-semitism that caused 14 board members to resign from the Carter Center and his dependence on questionable Middle Eastern money): Carter urges Americans to abandon fear, hatred.
    On a weekend in which Carter celebrated the 30th anniversary of his inauguration and the 25th year since its abrupt conclusion, it was left to the former president to update his peace efforts in the Middle East to today's world by talking about terrorism and about harsh feelings against people of other faiths.
        "We are developing an ingrained hatred for people who aren't Christians," said Carter, a Sunday School teacher since he was 18 years old.
        Unwarranted fear of terrorism is behind these feelings, he said.
Let's review. We were attacked on our own soil in our two major cities with the deaths of thousands of citizens. Our enemies vow to destroy our way of life and kill millions of Americans. Yet the government maintains the open borders and permissive immigration that allowed the 9/11 hijackers to enter and remain. In fact, Muslim immigration is increasing.
    How could a fear of terrorism be unwarranted? Carter's brain is in Kumbaya-land.

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Senate bill aims to repeal 'Real ID' law   [1/23/07]
More bad news from the Senate from Hell -- but I repeat myself.
    The Democrats have been making a lot of noise about implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. In this case, members of the Senate are working to disassemble one that has already been passed, namely the REAL ID, the full implementation of which would make identification far more secure.

    Faced with having to pay $500 million for federally mandated driver's licenses aimed at identifying illegal immigrants, California officials are looking to the new Democratic Congress for financial relief.
        And they may find it in a Senate bill that essentially would repeal the so-called "Real ID" law, condemning it as an "unrealistic and unfunded burden on state governments."
        Introduced by Sens. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, and John Sununu, R-N.H., the bill would eliminate a cascade of federal driver's license standards that Congress passed last year and states must implement by May 2008.
        In its place, the senators would set up a process that lets states and the federal government jointly create license standards. [...]
        "The costs associated with it are out of reach for California," state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez said during a recent trip to Washington to lobby for federal funding. "My hope is that Congress will roll it back."
        Nunez and others estimate the state will have to spend at least $500 million to prepare for an estimated 15 million Californians who will have to get a new license from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
California evidently has enough spare change rolling around to give welfare benefits to illegal alien pickers affected by the freeze. But spending money to protect citizens from terrorists would interfere with the Mexican colonization agenda, as noted by Mexico's Interior Minister Santiago Creel when he expressed his displeasure that REAL ID would prevent Mexicans from getting US drivers' licenses.
    Below is a photo of Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez in Mexico City, saluting the Mexican flag and its national anthem. Fabian Nunez salutes Mexican flag and anthem

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In Arab Capital of U.S., Ethnic Divide Remains   [1/23/07]
Diversity immigration enthusiasts love to fantasize that America is somehow more welcoming and better at assimilating than Europe. As a result, they believe, Muslims pose no terrorist danger because they are happy immigrants successfully blending into society as they become hypenated residents. London police hijab
    In the real world, foreigners bring a passel of cultural and historical baggage with them, from misogyny to tribal animosities. Dearborn is Exhibit A, where as the "Arab Capital" of America, the local Mooslims are too strife-ridden to elect an Arab mayor. (The Dearborn mosque belonging to the Islamic Center of America is the largest in America.)

    Internal rivalries echoing those that beset the Arab world, along with the general electorate's lingering unease about Muslims, combined to derail what many here had hoped would be the chance to prove that Arab-Americans had arrived politically — at least in Dearborn, their unofficial capital in this country.
        "One day, an Arab-American will be in office at the top, but this will not be the time," said Osama Siblani, the burly publisher of the weekly Arab American News, whose friends tease him about his perennial "this is the time" editorial at every election. "There is no doubt that electing an Arab-American to the City Hall in Dearborn would have sent a strong message to the rest of the country that Arab-Americans are part of the political process. Would we want it? Yes. Is it possible? No."
In nearby Detroit, local Sunni-Shia feuding connected with Iraq politics has recently been expressed in vandalism: Importing Sectarian Warfare?

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Details Emerge About Possible Terror Threat   [1/22/07]
Get this — terrorists planned to use America's flimsy borders and rubber-stamp student visas against us! We are so surprised.

    Mimicking the hijackers who executed the Sept. 11 attacks, insurgents reportedly tied to al Qaeda in Iraq considered using student visas to slip terrorists into the United States to orchestrate a new attack on American soil.
        Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, recently testified that documents captured by coalition forces during a raid of a safe house believed to house Iraqi members of al Qaeda six months ago "revealed [AQI] was planning terrorist operations in the U.S." [...]
        U.S. officials now require universities to closely track foreign nationals who use student visas to study in the United States. University officials must report international students who fail to arrive on campus or miss class regularly. [...]
        Still, despite the heightened precautions, some security analysts fear that skilled terrorists -- handpicked because of their clean records and because they are carefully trained -- could still slip through an academic setting.
Presidente Bush personally pushed the idea of allowing 20,000 Saudi students to use American college slots in order to please his pals in The Kingdom.
    Plan B could just as easily be to dress those bomber boys up as Mexicans and bring them across the open border along with the millions of real Mexicans, a strategy noted in Congressional testimony by border sheriffs.

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Support grows to make English official   [1/22/07]
Good news here from Washington. Dare we hope that the bipartisan support for English indicates that the more conservative freshman class of Democrats is speaking up?
    Liberals support for turning the country into Babel with their false generosity of "bilingual" (Spanish) education is simply a pandering strategy designed to get more votes for Democrats.

    [Rep. Steve] King is expected next month to reintroduce the English Language Unity Act, which seeks to make English the nation's official language. However, he said that timetable had been postponed until House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could complete the Democrats' "first 100 hours" agenda. "Nancy Pelosi has us under martial law," he said.
        "The states have been wonderful on this," said Jim Boulet Jr., executive director of English First, an organization that supports making English the official language. "The problem isn't getting bills passed, it's getting them enforced." Mr. Boulet described Mr. King's bill as "a good first step."
        In the last session of Congress, Mr. King drafted similar legislation and counted 160 co-sponsors, placing the bill in the top 2 percent of co-sponsored legislation. Although control of Congress has switched hands, the bill's advocates say the issue has broad, bipartisan support. "We don't necessarily expect them to jump in and say they support this unanimously," said Rob Toonkel, spokesman for U.S. English Inc., a group that supports making English the official language.
Support for American cultural values comes not a moment too soon, as evidenced by the latest demands: In Boston, Hispanics press for cultural recognition
    Boston's Spanish-speaking Jamaica Plain neighborhood, which teemed with European factory workers in the 19th-century, is now the city's unofficial "Latin Quarter" -- and its residents are flexing their political muscle. [...]
        [Felix] Arroyo, a native of Puerto Rico, wants to change a half-mile stretch of Jamaica Plain's Center Street to "Avenue las Americas," one of several proposals he is resubmitting to Boston's City Council. [...]
        As in other U.S. regions, Boston's Hispanic identity is growing fast. Over the last 25 years, the share of immigrants in the Massachusetts workforce has nearly doubled, according to independent research group MassInc.
        Today, 17 percent of the state's workforce are immigrants -- up from roughly 9 percent in 1980. Nearly half of all new immigrants are from Latin American and the Caribbean; between 2000 and 2003, nearly one out of every five immigrants entering the state was Brazilian.
Renaming streets is one way foreigners work to remake cities in their own image and obliterate America. The most extreme example is Miami, once a nice southerly city: it has been remade by Cuban "exiles" and is now called the capital of Latin America.

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Police respond to handshake snub   [1/21/07]
Britain appears to be barreling ahead in the competition to be the first in Europe to succumb to Islam out of pure political correctness. The latest is a Muslim policewoman who refused to shake hands with her boss, Metropolitan police chief Ian Blair at a graduation ceremony. (Generic London police hijab shown.) London police hijab

    The woman, who wore a uniform hijab, also refused to be pictured with Sir Ian at the event on 21 December as she did not want a photo used for "propaganda purposes", the paper said.
How, pray tell, will this precious lady slap a pair of cuffs on a male in the act of arrest? Will she only arrest women? Direct traffic? File?
    Remember that last year the police allowed a Muslim to refuse to guard the Israel embassy.
    In other British Muslim police news, jihadist Omar Bakri Mohammed stated that Muzzie cops are loyal to Allah only, particularly when a serious Islamic insurrection comes down [Muslims in police will rise up, Bakri insists].
    Moderate British Muslims in the police, Armed Forces and Civil Service will one day revolt against the system to "crush it from within", according to Omar Bakri Mohammed, the notorious Islamic extremist.
        In claims condemned as a cynical attempt to create division, the co-founder of the extremist al-Muhajiroun group said that Britain was "digging a deep hole" for itself by allowing Muslims into the Services and Whitehall.
        Speaking exclusively to The Sunday Telegraph in Lebanon, where he moved in August 2005 — at about the time it emerged the British authorities might charge him with incitement to treason — he claimed police officers, soldiers and civil servants would one day become radicalised.

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Sensitivity Lesson   [1/20/07]
All across the western world, Muslim immigrants have created a tsunami of complaints about their ill treatment here, when in fact the supposed backlash against Islamic terrorism has been practically nonexistant. No one forced these immigrants to come and no one prevents them from returning to the world of Islam, which is geographically quite large.
    Yet, the response in many societies has not been the obvious "Buzz Off" but instead a cowering deference (AKA dhimmitude), a fear that convinces our enemies that we are weak and ready to be conquered through immigration and terrorism. It's a strategy that has worked very well so far — you have to wonder why Hitler bothered to build all those tank battalions and bombers.
    Britain has been one of the worst in terms of appalling weakness in the face of Islam.

    Here is an interesting little slice of contemporary English life.
        The police go to a pub in a small town in Devon, looking for a suspect. They see a man there who they think resembles the suspect, and approach him. He becomes abusive and they arrest him and take him down to the station. He is drunk.
        After a couple of hours in a jail cell, he says he feels sick and demands a doctor. The police call the police surgeon. When he arrives (he is an Indian), the arrested man says, "I want an English doctor, not a fucking Paki."
        The police then charge the man with racially aggravated insulting behavior. He elects for a superior court trial, and the prosecution proceeds with the case as though it were a very serious one.
Here in America, a pro-terrorist group, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), masquerades as a civil-rights organization, and the media and government go along with the falsehood. It recently received $50 million over 5 years for a media campaign to "dispel Islamophobia." That works out to $10 million a year, over $192,000 per week and more than $27,000 per day to be spent on pro-Islam jabbering in the press. '24' Nuke
    We see the results constantly of all this propaganda money, most recently in CAIR's whine-fest about the television action series 24, which has had the temerity to show Muslims as terrorists in America: Hit US television show '24' under fire from Muslim group
    Hit US television show "24" came under fire from a Muslim group, which accused the program's makers of fuelling anti-Muslim prejudice with its latest storyline.
        The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said "24's" season premiere, in which Islamic terrorists detonated a nuclear bomb near Los Angeles, risked stoking racial hatred.
Small detail is that in 2004 Osama has expressed his intention to kill 4 million Americans, with nuclear weapons being the means of choice. So one suitcase nuke would be only the beginning in the terrorist master plan.

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Smoke Screen: Hezbollah Inside America   [1/19/07]
Fox News has a special scheduled for Saturday (8 PM Eastern) about the Iran-connected terrorist group and their activities in this country. The top link has several video clips from the program.

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Violence against agents up 59 percent over fiscal year 2005   [1/19/07]
Border Patrol agents are in an impossible position, with increasing anarchy encroaching from Mexico but they do not have any support from the White House to do their job.

    Between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2006, Yuma sector Border Patrol agents have been the victims of border violence 86 times — a 59 percent increase compared to 51 incidents during the same period the year prior, according to a news release.
        However, total apprehensions of illegal immigrants at the Yuma Sector was one of two ports along the southern U.S. border to experience a significant decline.
        During the last three months of 2006, Yuma agents made 9,320 apprehensions — a 63 percent decrease from the same period the year prior.
        U.S. Customs and Border Protection state that this is an indication that the Border Patrol is becoming better equipped to respond to and resolve border security threats between the ports of entry, according to a news release.
        Total apprehensions along the southern border from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 dropped from 207,197 last year to 158,818 this year.
The figures show there is more violence from fewer people coming across; that sounds like more drug smugglers and serious bad guys in the mix.
    Here's another example of the growing violence on the border: Yuma Border Agent Dragged Into Canal.

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Top Ten Reasons Why the US Should Not Marry Mexico   [1/18/07]
My article criticizing a political merger with Mexico based on cultural dissimilarities is posted at VDARE.com.

    #10 The legal age of heterosexual consent in Mexico is 12.
        As with many laws, there is some diversity according to locale and other variables, but this discussion of statutes agrees that 12 is the legally acceptable age for straight sex to occur in Mexico.
        Mexican men have a reputation for leering and worse at little girls, which shouldn't surprise us, since sex with children is socially acceptable in Mexico. Fifteen-year-old girls have a ceremony called a Quinceanera which announces their availability to become wives, mothers and girlfriends. In America, children of that age are expected to complete three more years of high school, to be followed hopefully by a college education. But in Mexico, young girls are considered available, according to law and custom.

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New "9-11 Commission" Bill Does Not Seal Immigration Loopholes   [1/18/07]
One of the promises of the Democrats in Congress was that they would implement all of the 9/11 Commission's recommendations, including those referring to immigration. Not the case, according to Mike Cutler.

    The truth is that the House bill does not address the need to restore meaningful integrity to the immigration system and also secure our nation's borders. The Visa Waiver Program continues on and the President has recently called for the expansion of this program that imperils our nation's security. The proposed legislation does not address this loophole that makes it far easier for criminals and terrorists to enter the United States. While American citizens are required to remove their shoes before boarding airliners because Richard Reid, the notorious "Shoe Bomber" secreted explosives in his shoes. Meanwhile, what is ignored is that as a British citizen, Reid was able to board that airliner he intended to destroy in midair with his bombs, without first applying for and receiving a visa, because of the Visa Waiver Program. We are highly restricted in being able to bring any fluids on board airliners because a number of terrorists had planned to bring quantities of liquids on board airliners that are harmless by themselves, but become explosives when mixed together with other fluids. This ingenious scheme involving binary explosives was put together by more citizens of Great Britain. They too, could have boarded airliners without first obtaining visas.

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Judge denies agents' request to remain free   [1/17/07]
Agent Ignacio Ramos and wife Monica Ramos Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos [shown here with his wife Monica] and Jose Compean have been denied their last possibility to stay out of jail with the refusal of a federal judge denial of their appeal to remain free while their appeal is argued. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has been a leader in their defense and an outspoken critic of the President.

    "I'm ashamed of this president," said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who with a group of lawmakers has been entreating the president to intercede in this case on behalf of the agents. "If this president had Christian charity in his heart he would have reached out to Ramos and Compean in some way."
        Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, had asked Bush to pardon the agents. When that didn't happen, the group of lawmakers asked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales not to oppose the defense motion to continue their bail. Justice Department officials sent Cardone a letter saying they had no position on the motion. [...]
        "What I'm not optimistic about is that the two border patrol agents will survive when they are thrown in a cage with the criminals they've arrested in the last five or 10 years," Rohrabacher said.
A few days ago Rep Rohrabacher was even more blunt:
    "We're going to find out whose side you're on ... the American people or the side of our enemies," Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, said of Mr. Bush in a press conference this week. "If you let these two men go to jail for defending us, then we'll know you're on the side of our enemies."
Update: See photos from El Paso as Agents Compean and Ramos surrender to serve their prison terms -- from KFI radio in Los Angeles.

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A city divided: Farmers Branch residents take sides over laws   [1/17/07]
Farmers Branch, Texas, is one of the small towns that has stood up to the illegal alien invasion on its own, since the feds are so useless. The town council passes measures to make English the official language, to prohibit rentals to illegal aliens and train a town police officer to handle immigration cases. Of course, no good deed goes unpunished with the ACLU around, and the town has been clobbered with lawsuits.
    At least there is a little discussion of cultural issues, that Americans don't want their nation overwhelmed by an alien society.

    David Landes, professor emeritus of history and economics at Harvard University who studies the role of culture in human affairs, says he believes that most opponents of illegal immigration hide their prejudices behind claims that they just want to see the law enforced.
        "I think the Anglos are unfavorable or hostile to the culture of Mexican immigrants or would-be immigrants, and would like to enforce the law as a way of keeping them out," he said.
What's wrong with being "hostile" to Mexican culture? What knowledgeable person wouldn't be? Mexican culture is sexist, violent, corrupt and apathetic toward education.
    But that view is not shared by Lawrence Harrison, a senior research fellow at the Fletcher School, a graduate school of international affairs at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., who focuses on culture.
        He says he believes that there are too many Hispanic immigrants for America's melting pot to smooth out differences -- and that citing the law is not wrong. He says deference to the law illustrates a cultural difference between Anglo-Americans and Hispanic immigrants.
        "The rule of law is something that is much more well-established in our culture than it is in Latin American cultures, so it is relevant," he said. "It's sort of a symbol of the cultural difference."
Incidentally, Lawrence Harrison has a fascinating analysis of progress-prone versus progress-averse cultures (from the Social Contract article, Immigrants and Culture -- Two Value Systems), expressed below in a chart. Lawrence Harrison Culture Chart

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Longshot Hunter Touts Win in Arizona Straw Poll, as McCain Runs Fourth   [1/16/07]
Oops! Wasn't Sen. McCain supposed to be a first-tier candidate and Rep Duncan Hunter a relative nobody? Apparently the death of conservatism in Arizona has been overstated a tiny bit by the MSM. And certainly Hunter's fine record on immigration enforcement (career voting grade A+) appealed to voters more than McCain's open-borders stance (career voting grade D). Rep Duncan Hunter

    It is hard to portray California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter as anything but an underdog as he explores a bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
        Though the recent past chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is well known in national security circles, he is known to few voters outside his San Diego area 52nd District. He has never run statewide in populous California, much less cut a high national profile. [...]
        In an interview with CQPolitics.com on Tuesday, Maricopa County Republican Chairman Lyle Tuttle called the results "surprising," but said Hunter's strong opposition to illegal immigration, taxes and abortion rights — as well as his former chairmanship and current position as ranking Republican on Armed Services — are reasons why he led the poll among Republican activists who mainly lean strongly to the right.
Rep. Duncan Hunter is certainly a longshot for the Presidency, but he is a far more interesting candidate than most news coverage has indicated.
    Though he is conservative, he has important qualities that reach across the political spectrum. Unlike many in high office today, Rep. Hunter remains loyal to America as a nation state under the Constitution.
    Rep. Hunter was an early leader in opposing globalist schemes. He joined Ralph Nader and Democrat Marcy Kaptur in the early 1990s working to stop NAFTA, the "free trade" agreement which has grown into a Trojan horse to dismantle nationhood.
    Since the House of Representatives is arguably the area of government most attuned to the popular will, we should probably pay more attention to candidates from its halls, as should the press.

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Choice of Martinez sparks GOP rebellion   [1/16/07]
Intramurals taking place among the Rs over immigration over the hideous choice of Sen. Martinez for RNC Chair.

    Rebellion is brewing among conservatives on the Republican National Committee over President's Bush's attempt to "impose" Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida as "general chairman" of the party, who favors "amnesty" for illegal aliens. [...]
        "Martinez's support of [Arizona Sen. John] McCain's immigration bill on amnesty for illegal aliens is causing a lot of concern among our base," said Mr. [Randy] Pullen. "I happen to know that people -- our $25 and $35 donors -- are writing on the back of our RNC solicitations for donations: 'When you close the border to illegal aliens, we'll open our checkbooks.' "

•   •   •  

Economic Costs of Illegal Immigration   [1/16/07]
There are a kazoodle of articles about the price tag on open borders for us taxpayers. This one has some good links and it is current, although it does understate the amount of remittances to Mexico by a factor of three (SB $20 billion in 2005).

    As detailed in Importing Poverty: Immigration and Poverty in the United States: A Book of Charts the bottom line is that illegal immigration brings in a tremendous number of poor and uneducated people along with all their inherent problems. As noted in the KGTV report, Illegal Immigration Could Cost Taxpayers Trillions, “The influx of illegal immigrants has effectively "imported about 10 million high school dropouts into the United States," said Robert Rector, a senior research fellow in welfare and family issues for the Washington, D.C.-based think tank. [...]
        A 2004 study from the Center for Immigration Studies, The High Cost of Cheap Labor - Illegal Immigration and the Federal Budget, was one of the first to estimate the impact of illegal immigration on the federal budget. Based on Census Bureau data, the study estimates that households headed by illegal aliens used $10 billion more in government services than they paid in taxes in 2002. These figures are only for the federal government; costs at the state and local level are also likely to be significant. The study also finds that if illegal aliens were given amnesty, the fiscal deficit at the federal level would grow by nearly $29 billion. Note that number is the direct costs and does not count all the indirect costs of the collateral damage being inflicted.

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For many minorities, UC Riverside is the campus of choice   [1/15/07]
Today is Martin Luther King Day, and apparently the media has decided to use the occasion to push its liberal diversity agenda: MLK Day — Diversity Hectoring Opportunity?
    Exhibit A, from the LA Times, is a feature on the most "diverse" campus in the UC system, which apparently means having the fewest whites, just 18.7 percent. Is zero the ideal?
    A negative kind of tribalism is encouraged by the university, sorting people into their ethnic groups in many instances. Say, wasn't diversity supposed to bring us all together, holding hands and singing kumbaya? It's not working out that way at all.

    But some students say the university could do more to bring students of various ethnic groups together. There is too much emphasis on racial identity and not enough integration of the student body, they say. Campus clubs too often recruit solely along ethnic lines.
        "Everyone is very compartmentalized," says Amanda Moreno, 20, a third-year student who is half Mexican and half Italian. "It's never about integration. It's about making sure we maintain our identity."
        Other students complain that disciplines such as the sciences are not racially mixed. Gretchen Stanton, an African American chemistry major, says she sees few blacks in her classes.
        "While it looks very diverse, people are in their own groups a lot of the time," she says.
Many of a certain age went to schools where American civic values were emphasized and the differences between people were not stressed to such an extreme degress as today. The latest demographic educational fad does not seem an improvement.

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Former Mexican President Fox plans to develop tourist attraction   [1/15/07]
What happens to Mexican presidentes after their term of office is up?
    Well, some have to flee abroad to escape the wrath of the citizens, like Carlos Salinas. He has to live in Ireland in order not to be lynched for his criminal way in which he ran the economy into the ground, as well as connections to drug cartels.
    Vicente Fox appears to be taking the good works/entertainment route, creating a new destination for Mexico travelers.

    Former Mexican President Vicente Fox and his wife have presented plans to convert a small rural community in Fox's central home state of Guanajuato into a major tourist attraction complete with a museum and five-star hotel, Mexican news media reported Saturday.
        The proposed development, which the newspaper Reforma dubbed "Foxilandia," or "Foxland," would be located in San Cristobal, a rural community of 2,500 people where Fox has his ranch, Reforma and the news agency Notimex reported.
        The complex also would include a museum, library, commercial center and a so-called postgraduate Center for Democracy Studies, the news reports said.
        "It is an ambitious project that will permit San Cristobal to have national and international prestige, in addition to converting it into a tourist attraction," Antonio Salvador Garcia, an area mayor who said he attended a private meeting on the project with Fox and others last week, told Reforma.

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Immigration 'out of control and harming our culture'   [1/15/07]
Here's another coffin nail in the death of multiculturalism, as more people refuse to celebrate diversity, no matter how much they are hectored by liberal media. In this case, the British are growing more alarmed at the breakdown of their society because of too much immigration.

    MPs say the survey, commissioned by the Speakout Campaign, which is calling for a referendum on returning key powers from Brussels to Britain, shows the strength of feeling in the region and should be "an absolute wake-up call" to politicians.
        An alarming 72 per cent of the 1,225 people surveyed think Britain is losing its identity, while 72 per cent believe current levels of immigration are making community relations more difficult.
The sentiment is growing in Europe, even among the political class, that more enforcement is needed.

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Los Angeles Rally for Border Patrol Agents Compean and Ramos   [1/14/07]
Los Angeles rally for Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean
Check out the other pictures from Save Our State showing the terrific rally on Saturday in support of the Border Patrol agents who are being railroaded to prison by the US Justice Dept. That's homeless activist and Minuteman Ted Hayes speaking, with Jim Gilchrist to the left of him. (Youtube of Ted.)
    Here are some remarks on the case from Lou Dobbs Tonight on Jan 10:

    CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Texas congressman Ted Poe led a group of lawmakers demanding the Justice Department not oppose a request that former Border Patrol agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos remain out of prison while their convictions for shooting an illegal alien Mexican drug smuggler are appealed. As we've reported, Ramos and Compean received 11 and 12-year sentences, while the Bush administration gave the wounded, allegedly unarmed drug smuggler, immunity from prosecution.
        REP. TED POE (R), TEXAS: And our federal government had the choice to make of being on the side a drug dealer who was bringing in a million dollars worth of drugs, or the side of two border agents that apparently were just enforcing the rule of law.
        WIAN: Among issues expected to be raised during the agents' appeal, the grant of immunity and other benefits given to Oscar Aldrete-Davila, who was caught again smuggling an even bigger load of dope into the United States. And allegations of jury misconduct. [...]
        [REP. DANA] ROHRABACHER: Well, it is bizarre. There's a bizarre policy in place here. The president's not wanted to admit to us like in the totalization agreement where they've included illegal immigrants to get Social Security benefits. He hasn't wanted to admit to us exactly what his policy is towards Mexico.
        And who has to pay for it? Who ends up getting hurt? Our Border Patrol agents, the guys who are trying to protect us. Of course, the other people getting hurt are the people who are being raped and murdered by illegal immigrants who come into our society, the criminals who now know the southern border is opened.
See also the Ramos family website, and the petition against injustice.

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World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Sunday   [1/14/07]
What would this Catholic day of migrant celebration be without a suitable sob story of families looking for reunification? Pope Benedict reminds the faithful that the holy family was forced into exile by the murderous King Herod, suggesting that the Baby Jesus was an illegal immigrant.
    Hardly, since the nation-state and the idea of legal boundaries didn't occur until much later in history. In addition, the population of the whole world in AD 1 was only 250 million, considerably less that just the USA today, with over 300 million and growing fast. Big difference. World population growth history
Anyway, back to the present-day sniffler...

    The quest to reunite families Somalis Fathia and Deka have one thing in common apart from their nationality, they both lost a loved one in the Mediterranean when the boats they were travelling in capsized. Fathia's calmness hid her deep sadness as she recounted how five months ago her six-month-old daughter Sihem drowned during a perilous journey from Libya.
        With the help of an interpreter, Deka narrated a similar fate. In November her husband died while they were crossing from Libya in the hope of reaching a European shore.
        The similarities do not stop there. Both women managed to save their own lives by holding on to a jerry can and waiting for someone to pull them out of the water.
Remember that these heart-tugging victims left their homelands voluntarily to travel in rickety boats to Malta, where the many thousands of new illegal aliens are not welcome on the tiny island, which is increasingly feeling "engulfed."
    Meanwhile, Catholic Bishops in Spain are rightly concerned about the influx of Muslim immigrants and their relentless demands for more influence in pursuit of jihad and a worldwide Caliphate. A recent Islamist ploy suggesting the Cordoba cathedral be opened to Muslim worshippers was rejected, for example.
    The moral is that immigration looks different when it is your own culture that is threatened by demographic warfare.

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A nation in search of 30 million brides for 30 million bachelors   [1/13/07]
The latest report of China's growing gender imbalance is another warning of a nation threatened by internal instability. We have to worry that future Chinese leaders will focus their aimless young men into foreign military adventures.

    China will be short of 30 million brides within 15 years, according to an official report into the country's burgeoning population. About one in every ten men aged between 20 and 45 — equivalent to almost the entire population of Canada — will be unable to find a wife.
        The findings, from the State Population and Family Planning Commission, outline bleak prospects — and not only for bachelors. The report says that the gender imbalance could result in social instability — a threat that the Communist Party regards as the greatest risk to its grip on power.
        It is nearly three decades since China's rulers implemented a strict "one-couple, one-child" policy. It replaced Chairman Mao's focus on a high birth rate, which had been intended to ensure that China could fend off enemies with human-wave warfare. The unintended consequences of those severe controls have become increasingly pronounced.
        China's population is forecast to peak at 1.5 billion in 2033. That growth, coupled with demographic imbalances, will threaten social stability, the economy, the environment and jobs.
        One effect of China's strict population control has been a jump in gender selection of babies. The traditional preference for a son means that more and more women abort their baby if an early-term ultrasound examination shows it to be a girl. Officials deny that the gender imbalance is a result of the family planning policy.
Central is the deeply rooted sexism of tradition Chinese culture, a problem that is only worsening with technology [China confronts imbalance of sexes].
    "Discrimination against the female sex remains the primary cause of China's growing gender imbalance," Liu Bohong, vice director of the women's studies institute under the All-China Women's Federation, was quoted as saying in a report from the State Population and Family Planning Commission.
        Sex-selective abortion is prohibited, but the government says the practice remains widespread, especially in rural areas.
        The report, carried in the newspaper, said China's sex ratio for newborn babies in 2005 was 118 boys to 100 girls, a major jump from 110 to 100 in 2000.
Both Indian and Chinese immigrants bring this cultural attribute with them to America.

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Nothing flat about tortilla prices   [1/13/07]
A few days ago, a LULAC mouthpiece declared that the meanie United States had corrupted angelic Mexicans: America to Blame for Illegal Aliens Turning to Crime, Latino Advocate Says.
    Now we're at fault for rising tortilla prices because of America's increased use of corn for ethanol, even though ethnanol corn is a different variety than the type used for food in Mexico.

    "The price of oil is driving up the price of corn (because of increased ethanol production), which is driving up the price of tortillas," said Peter Navarro, a business professor at UC Irvine. "You push on one thing and another thing moves," added Navarro, the author of "If It's Raining in Brazil, Buy Starbucks."
        He said the U.S. ethanol stampede could be thought of "as a regressive tax on Mexico, because it raises the price of a basic commodity. In economics, we call these general equilibrium effects. Something happens in one market and it ripples through other markets."
Americans take one tiny step to decrease energy dependence on terror-spreading Saudis and it's a "regressive tax" on Moochico. Oh brother.

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The Anti-Profiling Agenda   [1/12/07]
Robert Spencer discusses the foolish idea of Democrats that sensible, lawful profiling is somehow racist. Along the way, he mentions several Muslims recently in the news for terrorist activities.

    [2] Mohammed Yousuf Mullawala, a Muslim citizen of India, is the subject of a continuing investigation in Rhode Island after enrolling in a truck driving school, inquiring about getting a permit to carry hazardous materials, and telling instructors that he did not need to learn how to back up. Also, Rhode Island State Police Major Steven O'Donnell revealed that "we've tied some of his cell-phone records to people of interest nationally" --that is, people who are suspected of terrorist activity. "They're not your typical person's cell-phone history ... the volume of contacts obviously raises the level of suspicion." [...]
        [3] Imam Fawaz Damra, the former leader of the largest mosque in Cleveland, was deported to the West Bank last Thursday. When he arrived, Israeli authorities promptly arrested him for his ties to the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad. His failure to disclose those ties got him deported in the first place. He was also captured on videotape telling an Islamic audience that "the first principle is that terrorism, and terrorism alone, is the path to liberation.... If what they mean by jihad is terrorism, then we are terrorists" -- despite having been a signer of the Fiqh Council of North America's much lionized condemnation of terrorism.
        [4] On Monday, a Pakistani Muslim, Shahawar Matin Siraj, was sentenced to thirty years in prison for his plan to blow up a Manhattan subway station.
        [5] Last Friday in Palm Springs, a man named Haider Mohammad, who claimed to be an Al-Qaeda operative, was arrested in a bar after threatening to "kill all Jews."
As I've noted before, there have been literally hundreds of foreigners prosecuted, deported and imprisoned on terrorist charges since 9/11, yet the media and Congress act like there's not a serious infiltration problem brought on by permissive immigration laws and open borders.

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Administration Offers Plan to Ease Rules on Asylum   [1/12/07]
Bush is the Energizer Bunny in all ways to make America the universal flophouse. The latest is a plan to create more Victim Visas for asylees.

    After months of pressure from lawmakers, conservative groups and advocates for immigrants, the Bush administration announced plans on Thursday to seek legislation that would provide relief to thousands of refugees and asylum seekers who have been inadvertently denied refuge because of antiterrorism laws.
        The laws, including the USA Patriot Act and the Real ID Act, deny entry to anyone who belongs to or has provided material support to armed rebel groups, even if that support was coerced and even if the armed groups fought alongside American troops or opposed authoritarian governments criticized by the Bush administration.
Keep in mind that abuse of asylum laws is enormous. Paul Nachman cited a conversation with Professor Jan Ting of Temple University:
    Learning that Professor Ting had been Assistant Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) from 1990 - 1993, under the first President Bush, I immediately asked him, "Is it true that 90 percent of refugee and asylum applications are fraudulent?"
        "95 percent," he replied.

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Why I hate my health insurance   [1/11/07]
Columnist Maggie Gallegher muses on medical care in general, what with ArnoldCare on the horizon, personal difficulties getting her diabetes treated, and then drops this item:

    Meanwhile, this fall a dear friend and (uninsured) former baby-sitter of mine was diagnosed with bladder cancer. I offered to pay for the surgeon. She launched on an intensive search to find the resources to pay for the hospital expenses. The doctor who diagnosed her told her there was something called "emergency Medicaid" for which she qualified. The Medicaid bureaucrats told her there was no such thing. Finally one of them confessed that emergency Medicaid does exist, but you have to be an illegal alien to qualify.
What has happened to our Nation of Laws, when the government punishes the innocent and rewards the guilty?
    Meanwhile, Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan for taxpayer-subsidized healthcare for illegal aliens is a loser with California voters [Part of Schwarzenegger's health plan faces tough sell to public]:  Inaam Alkhafaji describes damage to her store after Sunni-Shia violence in Detroit
    Asked whether the state should guarantee health insurance for illegal immigrants, 37% answered yes, 52% no. The negative reaction was even stronger among registered voters: 32% yes, 58% no.
        Democrats are about evenly split on the question. But nearly three-fourths of Republicans and independents oppose guaranteeing health insurance for illegal immigrants.
        Two-thirds of Latino voters favor it. But only roughly a quarter of white voters do.
        There's an intriguing L.A. finding. Attitudes in Los Angeles County differ sharply from all other major regions of the state. In L.A., 52% of voters favor insuring illegal immigrants and only 42% oppose it. And that's not just because there are a lot of Latino immigrants in L.A. County.
        L.A. Latinos do overwhelmingly favor the notion — even more so than Latinos statewide — but a small plurality of whites also support it.
        By contrast, 56% of voters in the liberal San Francisco Bay Area oppose insuring illegal immigrants; only 32% favor it.
Schwarzenegger (aka The Spendinator) should remember that he became governor only after the recall of his predecessor Gray Davis for awarding a new benefit (state drivers licenses) to illegal aliens.

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A New Era of Refugee Resettlement   [1/10/07]
Don Barnett is a "recovering refugee worker" who has the scoop on the Refugee Industrial Complex. Unfortunately, he forecasts increasing numbers of refugees in the next year, many of whom will be financial drains on this society for their entire lives.

    Once a group is selected for resettlement, most obstacles that might otherwise affect immigrants are cleared away.
        Economic integration is not an issue as it is for other immigrants since refugees are eligible for all forms of welfare on the same basis as U.S. citizens. Until the 1980s, the program was limited by the responsibilities and absorptive capacity of the organizations that "sponsor" refugees. But, as the program evolved into a federal responsibility, the charities turned into federal contractors and public money drove out private money.
        Most medical bars to immigration are waived for refugees. The U.S. public health service has committed to "curing" cases of TB among refugees selected for the program before carriers are admitted to the United States. HIV/AIDS is no longer a bar to the admission of refugees under a regulation promulgated in the last days of the Clinton administration.

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Damage to businesses and mosques in Detroit raises wider fears   [1/9/07]
Has the violent Sunni-Shiite feud of centuries' duration reached the United States? Some in Michigan believe so. The idea that Muslim immigrants in America have been more welcomed and are therefore better assimilated has always been a dreamy fantasy of multiculturalists with no basis in reality.

    As they repaired the broken windows of at least a dozen businesses and mosques along Warren Avenue in Detroit, many Iraqi Shi'ite Muslims wondered Monday if the vandalism was retaliation by local supporters of Saddam Hussein who resented that they celebrated the hanging of the Iraqi dictator.
        Sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, someone vandalized at least nine businesses and three mosques, all but one Shi'ite, according to Ali Zwen, manager of the Kufa Cultural Forum, a mosque at Warren and Archdale that sustained $4,000 in damage.
Here's the story from the other Detroit paper: Vandals hit Shi'a stores.  Inaam Alkhafaji describes damage to her store after Sunni-Shia violence in Detroit
    DETROIT -- Muslim leaders say a spate of vandalism over the weekend involving stores owned by local Iraqis could stem from brewing sectarian Islamic tension over the execution of Saddam Hussein.
        While Shi'a and Sunni Muslims are fighting in Iraq, the two groups generally get along in Metro Detroit and the United States. But Muslim and Arab leaders say the hanging of Saddam, and especially the timing of the execution, spurred hard feelings.
        They say the vandalized property was owned or operated by people of Iraqi descent who are Shi'a.
        "People are scared to come here. It's very dangerous, this place," said Inaam Alkhafaji [shown here], referring to her Detroit business, Dana Media, whose windows were broken.
        "It's a war with the Iraqi people. Maybe next time they kill us."
Can we chill on Muslim immigration yet?

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Manhattan Subway Bomb Plotter Sentenced to 30 Years   [1/8/07]
New York convicted terrorist Pakistani Shahawar Matin Siraj A Pakistani, Shahawar Matin Siraj, was just given hard time in the big house for attempted terrorism in New York City, and there is zip about it on the news. What's up with that?
    Probably the big brains at the networks don't want us to worry about all the Muslim terrorists, er immigrants who keep pouring in.

    NEW YORK (AP) -- A Pakistani immigrant was sentenced on Monday to 30 years in prison for hatching an unsuccessful plot to blow up a busy Manhattan subway station as revenge for wartime abuses of Iraqis.
        Shahawar Matin Siraj, 24, was arrested Aug. 27, 2004, on the eve of the Republican National Convention. Though there was no proof he ever obtained explosives or was linked to any terror organizations, prosecutors said his intentions were ominous: He wanted to blow up the Herald Square subway station, a bustling transportation hub located beneath Macy's flagship department store.
Speaking of the blessings of diversity and culturally inappropriate immigration run amok, check out the horror stories from people in Britain...
    In London today moslems dress differently, are rude to locals, jump queues, shout at us, wave their fists at us, call us 'worthless infidel' in public and in loud voices. I have, just four days ago, been elbowed aside by a moslem couple, with sidekicks, whilst trying to top up my Oyster card at a tube station at the automatic machine. Apparently, I had taken longer than the ten seconds that they were prepared to wait and so three burly males forced me aside and, when I objected, pushed me to the floor and - quite literally - and took over the machine which I was attempting to use.
        Not, in a crowded and impatient city like London that this was a surprise, but that in this instance that I was insulted by these people was a surprise. The eldest male in the group, dressed in the usual and ridiculous garb of mohammedans everywhere, looked directly at me amd said, in quite clear English, (and I quote verbatim) "Get out of our way infidel slave".

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In Mexico, 'People Do Really Want to Stay'   [1/8/07]
The millions of Mexicans fleeing their country only come for the money, not to join the American national community. Most would rather stay in their homeland than come illegally to the United States, where they are despised and exploited. Of course, they are plenty exploited at home.

    PEGUEROS, Mexico -- Even as his village emptied, Pedro Martin stayed behind. His schoolmates abandoned the scrub-covered hills of central Mexico for the land they called El Norte-- the North. They mopped floors in Fresno, poured concrete in Tempe and tended other people's children in Galveston, measuring their lives in dollars.
        Martin worked at a poultry farm. His wages rose to 2,000 pesos per week, about $185. Meager by the standards of the north, it was enough to build a brick house with white tile floors. Enough to buy a car, and to stay in the village and watch his three boys grow, resisting the gravitational pull the United States exerts on much of rural Mexico.
        "Up north, even though they pay more, you're not necessarily living as well," Martin said, as church bells echoed down lanes of pastel-painted houses. "You feel out of place. Here, you can walk around the whole town and it's comfortable. Life is easier."
The article continues with an interesting analysis of NAFTA vis-a-vis a growing Mexican population. It notes additionally, "Mexico's government squandered opportunities for growth by failing to improve highways and ports." However, it doesn't mention how Marxican businessmen did not take advantage of the NAFTA opportunity by reinvesting their profits, instead payed themselves fat salaries, figuring the gravy train would last. Then China came along with even cheaper labor and took away their manufacturing.
    But it's small-scale agriculture that has really suffered under NAFTA.
    Two hours south, in the village of Ejido Modelo Emiliano Zapata, Ruben Rivera sat on a bench in a forlorn plaza, rather than working on his seven-acre farm. He used to grow tomatoes and onions, hiring 150 workers to help at harvest. Now he doesn't even bother to plant. He can buy onions in the supermarket more cheaply than he can grow them. A crop of tomatoes yields less than the taxes. He lives off the $800 sent home monthly by his three sons, who run a yardwork business in Macon, Ga.

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Meet the New Swedes   [1/8/07]
Forget your Ingmar Bergman image of Sweden filled with blond, blue-eyed fellows; the most common name for baby boys in Malmo, Sweden, is Mohammed. And the generous, egalitarian Swedes can't pile on welfare benefits fast enough. Muslim immigrants don't have to work or learn to speak Swedish or assimilate in any way. Swedes hope that the kindness will convince immigrants to become part of mainstream society, but one gets the impression that Muslims see their benefactors as rich fools.

    Most people think of Sweden as a land of tall, blue-eyed blondes. Yet this nation of nine million includes more than 1.2 million people who were born somewhere else. Immigration rates have doubled since the early 1980s, and have almost reached Canadian levels.
        Most of Sweden's newcomers are Muslims. Many of them settle in Malmo, which, with a Muslim population pushing 20 per cent of its 285,000 residents, has become one of the most Muslim cities in Western Europe. And Sweden, with 300,000 to 400,000 Muslims, is rapidly becoming one of Europe's most Muslim countries.

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Toys 'R' Us Reverses Controversial New Years Baby Decision   [1/7/07]
Yesterday I wrote about the unseemly squawking from the Chinese community about the outcome to a recent contest: Jackpot Baby Loses Extra Freebies; Complaints Ensue.
    The rules for the sweepstakes clearly state that "Sweepstakes only open to women... who are legal residents of the 50 United States or Washington DC." What could be more clear? Births to illegal aliens are not eligible.
    Yet when Chinese race hustlers shrieked "discrimination" Toys 'R' Us folded like a cheap lawn chair. The company decided to give $25,000 savings bonds to the top three babies, hoping to keep everyone happy. However, no friend of American law and sovereignty could find this an equitable outcome.

    "This is particularly troublesome given the history of Asian-Americans in the United States, where we have been seen as invisible or treated as perpetual foreigners or second class citizens," said Liz OuYank of the Organization of Chinese Americans. "And here, clearly, she was born in the United States, is a U.S. citizen and the award should be based on simply that."
It's also tiresome that Chinese can continue to whine about how rotten America has been to them when they are doing quite well indeed as a group (e.g. the household income of Asians living in the US is 117% that of non-Hispanic Whites). A story in today's New York Times described at length how UC Berkeley has become "overwhelmingly Asian" as noted in the post just below.
    When NY1 visited the baby and her parents Monday, through a translator Yuki Lin's father said, "the baby will bring us much more luck this year."
Another article ended with a threat from one of the Chinese shakedown artists who stirred up all this trouble [In Reversal, Toys 'R' Us Gives 3 Baby Prizes].
    Some people were concerned that the parents' status had been exposed, he said. "But the safest place is actually the eye of the storm," Mr. Wang said, "and any politician who says we should deport the parents, it would be the end of their political career."

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Little Asia on the Hill   [1/7/07]
Take a walk on the UC Berkeley campus today, and you might think you had wandered into Chinatown, given the prevalence of Asian students. Meanwhile, ethnic organizations like Chinese for Affirmative Action (about preferences for Chinese, natch) continue to pursue race-based victimhood.

    "Here, many people speak Chinese as their primary language," says Mr. Hu, a sophomore. "It's nice. You really feel like you donšt stand out." [...]
        I ask Mr. Hu what it's like to be on a campus that is overwhelmingly Asian — what it's like to be of the demographic moment. This fall and last, the number of Asian freshmen at Berkeley has been at a record high, about 46 percent. The overall undergraduate population is 41 percent Asian. On this golden campus, where a creek runs through a redwood grove, there are residence halls with Asian themes; good dim sum is never more than a five-minute walk away; heaping, spicy bowls of pho are served up in the Bear's Lair cafeteria; and numerous social clubs are linked by common ancestry to countries far across the Pacific. [...]
        But as the only son of professionals born in China, Mr. Hu fits the profile of Asians at Berkeley in at least one way: they are predominantly first-generation American. About 95 percent of Asian freshmen come from a family in which one or both parents were born outside the United States.
Interestingly, Chancellor Bergenau has complained of a "diversity crisis" on the Berkeley campus, completely ignoring the success of Asian students. UC Berkeley has plenty of diversity, it just doesn't correspond to the Chancellor's politically correct vision that has more to do with social engineering than with the pursuit of scholarship. Chart UC California ethnicity stats

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Toys "R" Us Baby Contest Sparks Fuss   [1/6/07]
What is it about today's immigrants that they seem unable to abide by stated rules? Now there's a controversy about which child should be the winner of a contest for the first baby born in 2007. The originally announced winner was found not to meet the requirement that parents must be legal residents. Jayden Swain and mother

    Although promotional materials called for "all expectant New Year's mothers" to apply for the contest, Waugh said eligibility rules required babies' mothers to be legal residents. Many sweepstakes have such requirements, Waugh said.
        Although Yuki was born an American citizen, Waugh said the contest administrator was told that Yuki's mother "was not a legal resident of the United States."
        Attempts to reach Yuki's parents, Yan Zhu Liu and Han Lin, 22, for comment were unsuccessful early Saturday. Their immigration status was not clear.
        The prize went instead to runner-up Jayden Swain, [shown here with mother Renee Swain] born 19 seconds after midnight at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga.
As a result, some in the Chinese community were "outraged" that Toys 'R' Us would follow its own rules for its own contest, which the Chinese saw as treating the jackpot kid as a "second-class citizen" [First-Baby Sweepstakes Fuels Immigration Debate].
    The first baby of the year is usually a one-day story. But Albert H. Wang, a corporate lawyer who read about Yuki Lin's lost chance on the Web site of the Chinese-language newspaper The World Journal, was outraged enough to start an e-mail campaign that is enlisting the ire of prominent Chinese-Americans like the president of the Asian American Business Development Center and officers of the Organization of Chinese Americans.
        Their criticism, and threats of a media campaign against the company, come just a month after the chain opened its first store in China, in Shanghai.
        "They want business from China," said Mr. Wang, 39, adding that most of the chain's toys are made by Chinese workers in China. "But when it comes to this Chinese-American U.S. citizen, she was deprived of $25,000 intended to be used for her college education, because of who her parents are."
And Janet Keller, Jayden's grandmother, had some words to say about illegal aliens:
    But comments by Ms. Keller, the grandmother of the winning baby, hinted at the wrath that the company risked from the other side at a time when the most stringent critics of illegal immigration have called for an end to birthright citizenship, saying the children born to illegal immigrants are "anchor babies" who encourage illegal entry.
        "If she's an illegal alien, that makes the baby illegal," said Ms. Keller, 50. Told otherwise, she remarked, "Sounds like a double standard to me," adding, "She was disqualified — that should be it. Don't go changing your mind now."
Keep in mind that some Chinese have such a high opinion of themselves that they brag about their family history of being "paper sons" — a scam by which American citizen Chinese claimed other peoples' children as their own for a price.
    The Chinese Exclusion Act convinced many Asians that their illegal acts to cheat America were justified. There's a right to immigrate, didn't you know?

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Young teens drawn to violence   [1/6/07]
18th St Gang Member The culture and generational clash that immigration normally engenders makes gang formation expected. In southern California, ever-younger Latino males are joining gangs and the bodies are piling up.

    The Los Angeles Police Department recorded 48 gang-related homicides in 2006, up nearly 30 percent from the previous year - including the slayings of two 15-year-olds. Equally disturbing, activists say, is that 85 percent of the victims of San Fernando Valley gang violence were Latino - even though Latinos comprise only about 42 percent of the area's population.
        "This has been the roughest year ever," said Bobby Arias, president of Community in Schools, a Valley-based gang-intervention and prevention program. "Any time you're burying 36 kids, that's unacceptable."
        Authorities blame the increase in violence on rivalries and retaliation between Latino and black gangs, as well as Latino gangs battling one another for turf. [...]
        Authorities estimate that the Valley is now home to 20,000 gang members, with many of the newest members barely in their teens. Authorities say their eagerness to impress older counterparts is one reason the Valley recorded 1,343 gang-related crimes through November - up nearly 43 percent from the previous year even as overall violent crime ticked up just 3 percent.

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Mexican truckers await opening   [1/6/07]
Remember NAFTA trucking, the yet-to-be-implemented aspect of the mega trade agreement that permits Mexican trucks access to the entire United States? It's still alive, just napping until the details are worked out.
    Mexican truck businesses are gearing up for their expanded opportunies in the more unified continent.

    President Bush said in 2001 said he would allow the trucks, and a June 2004 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to remove the last legal barrier. [...]
        But 2 1/2 years later, the trucks still aren't rolling.
        Ian Grossman, spokesman for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said a safety plan for Mexican trucks is ready should the highways be opened. But he added negotiations with Mexico are ongoing.
        He said he was not at liberty to discuss the details.
        "There's a number of topics that continue to be ironed out," he said.
        A Bush spokesman said Grossman was the administration's spokesman on the trucking issue.
        Joan Claybrook, president of Public Citizen and the former head of the NHTSA, said the sticking point is legislation calling for U.S. inspectors to perform safety checks at trucking companies in Mexico.
        "The Mexican government disagreed or disapproved," she said. "That has caused a standoff. That's why the border hasn't opened."
President Bush is fine with opening up the whole country to an unlimited number of dangerous, ill managed Mexican trucks, which could easily carry drugs, aliens or terrorists. It's only Mexico's foot-dragging that has kept this travesty from being implemented already.

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Spanish bishops fear rebirth of Islamic kingdom   [1/5/07]
Of all Europe, Spain should be the most nervous about Muslim immigration. Parts of Spain were ruled by Islam for centuries, and that's not the sort of detail Muslims overlook. They want it back, period.

    Spain's bishops are alarmed by ambitious plans to recreate the city of Cordoba - once the heart of the ancient Islamic kingdom of al-Andalus - as a pilgrimage site for Muslims throughout Europe.
        Plans include the construction of a half-size replica of Cordoba's eighth century great mosque, according to the head of Cordoba's Muslim Association. Funds for the project are being sought from the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, and Muslim organisations in Morocco and Egypt.Other big mosques are reportedly planned for Medina Azahara near Cordoba, Seville and Granada.
        The bishops of those cities are alarmed at the construction of ostentatious mosques, fearing that the church's waning influence may be further eclipsed by resurgent Islam financed from abroad. Up to one million Muslims are estimated to live in Spain. Many are drawn by a romantic nostalgia for the lost paradise of Al-Andalus, the caliphate that ruled Spain for more than five centuries.
        Last month, Spanish Muslims reasserted their right to pray in Cordoba's great mosque. The mosque houses within its arches a cathedral built to consolidate Catholic rule after Muslims were expelled from Spain in 1492. Muslims are forbidden to pray in the building.
Many supporters of Western civilization breathed a sigh of relief when the Bishop of Cordoba rejected the idea that Muslims could pray in the local cathedral. Muslims have been jabbering their Cordoba demands for years, incidentally.
    In October, Spanish villages agreed to tone down celebrations which featured exploding dummies representing Mohammad, so it's not like Spaniards haven't succumbed to Dhimmitude in the recent past.
    Muslims also don't like the statues of Santiago Matamoros that show Spain's patron saint striking down Muslims with his sword. Not very multicultural.

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Stallone Attacks Mexican Border Fence   [1/5/07]
What is it with Hollyweird stars like Sylvester Stallone who think they can go abroad and insult Americans, who have made him a millionaire?

    "I support Mexicans who work in my country," he said, adding that the United States depends on the hard work of Latinos to keep running.
        In comments to Mexican media later, Stallone criticized plans to build 700 miles of fence along the border as an immigration-control measure.
        Such a fence was "crazy" and "ridiculous," he said, arguing that nations should be able to interact without being divided by walls.
        The Mexican government has railed against the fence with former President Vicente Fox comparing it to the Berlin Wall.
Stallone is particularly obnoxious considering his Rambo films, which portrayed a pro-military image. In real life, Sylvester Stallone was a draft dodger, not a soldier.

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State's children less likely to succeed   [1/4/07]
In decades past, people actually moved to California for the superior education, from K-12 through college, and the other opportunities that would benefit their children. Today, middle class people are fleeing Mexifornia to find recognizable American communities, where it's not necessary to place your youngsters in private school to have them speak English all day.

    California ranked 34th among the states and was below the national average in seven areas: percent of children whose parents work full-time, speak English, graduated from college, earn at least a middle-level income; percent of children proficient in reading and proficient in math; and percent of adults who work full time.
        California had by far the nation's lowest percentage of children whose parents speak fluent English: 62 percent. The next lowest was 73 percent, in Texas. Nearly everyone's parents speak English in Virginia: 91 percent.
One can see a pattern in the national map... USA map of likely child success

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Social Security for illegal aliens   [1/4/07]
Remarkably, this shocking story has finally bubbled up to the front page of a major newspaper, even if it is the Washington Times. Sometimes subjects are so horrible that reporters don't believe that they can possibly be true (like the North American Union, called a conspiracy theory by some), possibly the case here.

    An agreement the Bush administration reached with Mexico on Social Security benefits would allow illegal aliens granted amnesty in the future to claim credit for the time they worked illegally.
        The deal was reached in 2004 but never released publicly because it hasn't been submitted to Congress. The TREA Senior Citizens League, a Social Security advocacy group, recently obtained the document through a Freedom of Information Act, and said it confirms the group's worst fears.
        The document is a jumble of definitions and legal language, but a spokesman for the group said what's important is what's not in the text: It does nothing to prevent undocumented aliens who later get legal status from receiving benefits for the time they worked illegally. And that comes as the Social Security system's finances are about to be put under greater strain by the retirement of baby boomers.
        "If you open up the trust fund to people who have been working in the country illegally for many years, that bankruptcy date can only come sooner," spokesman Brad Phillips said. "People on the other side of this, people who have been arguing that of course illegal aliens can't get their hands on Social Security benefits, now can't make that argument easily anymore."
Lou Dobbs Tonight also reported on the massive giveaway.
    ROMANS (voice over): An illegal alien working with a fraudulent Social Security number has been paying into Social Security. Once that worker gains legal status, he can claim those Social Security credits and tap into Social Security benefits.
        The Bush administration wants Mexico's citizens working in this country to qualify for Social Security payments and, in some cases, illegal aliens will benefit, too. The U.S.-Mexico Social Security Totalization Act will help workers qualify even sooner, in as little as 18 months.
American citizens, by comparison, have to work for 10 years to qualify for Social Security benefits. Using a false Social Security number is a felony, yet Mexicans are not only unpunished, but substantially rewarded under this plan. Surely President Bush is the best President Mexico ever had.
    Rep. Dana Rohrabacher introduced the "No Social Security for Illegal Immigrants Act" in March 2005, but the Republican Congress couldn't manage to pass it.
    See also Social Security and Mexico.
    Also, comments from Investor's Business Daily: Hasta La Vista, Social Security
    Update Jan 6: Parapundit remarks on the subject.

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NYC's language issues adds challenge to emergency planning   [1/3/07]
When I am the only English-speaking person riding on the bus I am not celebrating diversity, but hoping that the next earthquake does not happen until after I get off.
    In the same way, emergency planning in the United States of Babel is made vastly more difficult by our colorful assortment of languages, particularly in New York City.

    The city has made efforts to address the problem. Among other things, the guide for a coastal storm situation is in 11 languages, with more on the way. And 311, the city's information number, can be used in 170 languages.
        The city has also built relationships with community organizations to tap translators if the need arises. And the head of OEM has gone to ethnic language newspapers to get the message across.
        Some city agencies, such as the Health and Hospitals Corporation, have been better at implementing language access policies and guidelines, Hong said. But uniform, across-the-board access is still missing, she said.
        Census estimates put the number of New Yorkers who speak English less than very well at about 1.7 million, out of a city of more than 8 million. About 15 percent of city households are linguistically isolated, meaning no one over the age of 14 speaks English very well.
        The majority of those people are covered by a handful of main languages, including Spanish, Russian and Chinese, but there are scores of other tongues spoken in the Big Apple.
There's no mention of what all this diversity costs the taxpayer however. Nor does any public official suggest that "immigrants" have a responsibility to learn the language of the country they inhabit.

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Crime dips for fifth year in L.A.; gang-related incidents increase   [1/3/07]
Diversity in gangs has its cost, since gangster crime is the one area that is exploding in southern California.

    LOS ANGELES - Crime in the city dropped for a fifth straight year, but gang violence spiked 14 percent in 2006, according to preliminary police statistics released Tuesday.
        Violent crimes dipped 2.6 percent last year compared to 2005, helping make Los Angeles the second-safest metropolitan city in the U.S. behind New York City.
        Gang crime, however, was the "glaring exception," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. More than half of the 478 homicides reported in 2006 were attributed to gangs and 86 percent of murder victims were either black or Hispanic, police said.
        "We will not tolerate that type of hate crime in the city," Villaraigosa said. "It's unacceptable."
It's regrettable Mayor Vile made the phrase "hate crime" less meaningful by using it in connection with gangs, whose violations are often financially based.
    Hopefully stats on the uptick in Los Angeles "hate crime" instances from mid-December are more meaningful [Hate crimes up, study says - L.A. County incidents increased 26% last year, fueled largely by aggression between blacks and Latinos, often at schools].
    Reported incidents of hate crimes in Los Angeles County increased for the first time in four years, while such incidents in schools have more than doubled from last year, according to a report released Thursday.
        The 26% spike in reported countywide hate crimes last year was fueled primarily by a nearly 50% jump in racially motivated offenses, especially toward immigrants and between African Americans and Latinos, according to an annual analysis by the county Commission on Human Relations. [...]
        Conflicts between blacks and Latinos erupted on the streets, in jails and at schools, with school-based hate crimes soaring by 111%. Many of these incidents on or near campus occurred in South Los Angeles, the report said.
        The figure does not include 11 of 14 large student scuffles last year. The commission did not receive reports on those incidents because it was difficult to determine if they were racially motivated.
Some of those "student scuffles" were full blown school race riots, as more personally described in Searching for Lessons in Jefferson High Melee:
    In an essay for the independent teen publication "LA Youth," an anonymous Latino student described being drawn into the initial fight by friends' demands that he "stand up for my family, my Mexican ancestors, and the people who worked hard so I could be here — my heritage that I'm really proud of."
        "I felt good defending my race," he wrote. "I was hitting anybody I could get my hands on.... Many of my friends who knew I was involved in the fight asked me, 'Aren't you proud that our people are at war with the blacks?' ... Because of that fight, I lost many friends who are African American. The whole tension between Latinos and blacks is changing the way we all think about each other."
Cheryl Green 14 year old murder victim of Mexican gang And here's another personal view, from a black family who tried unsuccessfully to escape Mexican gangs [Flight from gang violence proved to be futile]. Charlene Lovett moved from South LA to Harbor Gateway to find a safe and peaceful home, but her daughter was murdered for being in a place forbidden to blacks by hispanic gangs.
    So she was startled when neighbors came by her apartment and cautioned her about the 204th Street gang, a Latino gang known for preying on residents of the mostly black neighborhood. They specifically told her not to go north of 206th Street, a block away.
        People "warned me to beware, stay away from that side," Lovett said.
        And then it happened. Two weeks ago, Lovett's 14-year-old daughter, Cheryl Green, was standing with a group of friends on Harvard Boulevard, just south of 206th Street, when two men approached them in broad daylight. Without saying a word, one suspect pulled a gun and opened fire, killing Green and wounding three others, witnesses and police said.
        Ernesto Alcarez, 20, was later arrested and charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime because the Dec. 15 shooting is believed to have been racially motivated. The other suspect, Jonathan Fajardo, 18, is still at large. Both are members of the 204th Street gang, authorities say.
Keep in mind that gang expert Heather MacDonald testified before Congress that many southern California gangs have memberships that are comprised of a majority of illegal aliens.
    See also 4 Los Angeles Latino Gang Members Convicted of Anti-Black Conspiracy from August.

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Hundreds of cars set on fire in annual ritual for poor suburbs   [1/2/07]
France New Years car-b-cue In Islamified France, New Years now means mass car-b-ques as a result of increasing Muslim diversity. Stunning levels of property destruction are considered normal in immigrant neighborhoods.

    A car burns after a huge police operation involving 25,000 officers failed to quell one of the most entrenched new year rituals in France, with vandals — many of them children — setting on fire 313 vehicles throughout the country. The worst-hit region was Alsace, where 106 vehicles were set ablaze, including 28 in Strasbourg.
        The attacks are seen as a product of tension on the suburban estates that are home to the bulk of France's five-million-strong immigrant community. Most of the cars were burnt in areas with unemployment rates of up to 40 per cent. The national average is 8.7 per cent.
        In the Seine-Saint-Denis departement — one of the most troubled areas — officers detained three children aged between 10 and 12 carrying petrol cans. In Elancourt a car was driven into a children's leisure centre and set on fire.
Some observers consider the ongoing violence of Muslim "youth" in France to be a permanent intifada. In October, authorities voiced concern that a worsened level of civil unrest was underway after around 60 Muslim males torched a bus in broad daylight. You have to wonder how much worse it will get before the French admit they have low-intensity warfare going on.

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America the Overfull   [1/2/07]
Novelist Paul Theroux writes warmly about the less crowded America that all of a certain age can remember.

    In my lifetime the population has doubled. I'm glad I grew up when the number of Americans was so much smaller. How does one explain to anyone under 50, or to the grateful unfazed immigrant from an overpopulated nation, that this was once a country of enormous silence and ordinariness — empty spaces not just in the Midwest and the rural South but in the outer suburbs of New England, like the one I grew up in, citified on one margin and thinning to woods on the other. That roomier and simpler America shaped me by giving me and others of my generation a love for space and a taste for solitude. [...]
        Even in its heyday, Medford, Mass., was never compared to a Grecian urn. But it is impossible for me not to feel a sense of grief when I reflect on how my part of Webster Street — the house footprint, indeed the whole block where I was born — is now buried under Interstate 93. Before that road was put through and Medford Square was still important, the Mystic River linked us to the world, and High Street rejoiced in the same sinuous contours it had in April 1775, when Paul Revere rode down it at midnight, warning of the British attack.
        I grew up in a country of sudden and consoling lulls, which gave life a kind of pattern and punctuation, unknown now. It was typified by the somnolence of Sundays, when no stores were open. There were empty parts of the day, of the week, of the year; times when there were no people on the sidewalks, no traffic in the streets, no audible human voices, now and then no sound at all. In this hushed world, a bumblebee was a physical presence, the sound of a cicada could dominate an August afternoon.

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Unskilled truckers rampant   [1/1/07]
It's a scandal with deadly results that some state governements (particularly Illinois and Missouri) have allowed their licensing procedures to become privatized and corrupt.

    A grasp of the depth of the problem came when federal and state investigators in 1998 began looking into the licenses-for-sale scandal in Illinois.
        Ultimately, their work led to a 6 1/2-year prison term for former Gov. Ryan on federal corruption charges, convictions of more than 75 people and the retesting of more than 1,000 truckers. The exams were completed by 2000.
        The probe also showed that unskilled drivers were on the highways. At least nine people, including one trucker, have died in crashes involving truckers who allegedly got their licenses illegally in Illinois, according to federal officials.

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