Wednesday’s Words

The big topic in the media these last few days is “immigration reform.” First let’s lay out the facts. It’s not about immigration and it’s not reform—it’s AMNESTY! It’s just another attempt to defraud the American public into believing more liberal lies—with the conscious assistance of some ‘Pubs, Marko Rubio for one.

Rubio made the conservative media rounds yesterday, Limbaugh, Hannity and Levin and others presenting his side of the issue.  The problem is that it isn’t Obama’s side. Rubio stated that security must come first. Good, I’m glad he said that. Unfortunately, it’s a fantasy. It doesn’t mean that border security will actually happen.  There was supposed to be an electronic fence built on the US/Mexican border. It, too, was a prerequisite in the last immigration reform bill. I’m still looking for that fence. From what I’ve been able to determine, only a few miles of the fence was ever built before the whole project was abandoned.

Rubio said the criminal immigrants would be excluded. Evidently he’s forgotten the definition of “illegal.” All those who are here illegally are criminals and they continue in that criminality by staying here. By Rubio’s logic that would mean that all aliens currently living in the US illegally would be excluded. I don’t think that is what he meant.

Legal immigrants, as a condition of being given a Green Card, sign a statement pledging that the immigrant will not accept any public assistance, nor public monies for a period not less that five years—no welfare, no Medicaid, no food-stamps, nothing.

Under Rubio’s plan, there are no similar prohibitions. The illegals would be given social security cards, driver’s license, and be eligible for welfare, food-stamps, Medicaid, plus—the Earned Income Tax Credit—a negative income tax if they earn below the poverty level. Many (most?) of these illegals do live below the poverty level. They will receive money from the government in the form of a tax-refund, a refund on taxes you, not the illegal, paid.

I’m against the whole plan. I would prefer we enforce existing law. We wouldn’t have to round up the illegals if we made it impossible, perhaps just difficult, for them to be parasites on the American public.  They’d soon leave for easier pickings. There is a reason why they are called ILLEGAL aliens.

Here is a LINK to other writers with opinions on this so-called immigration reform.

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I just heard on the radio that a Missouri legislator is pushing for gun safety classes in schools. It is the NRA’s Eddie Eagle project. A number of Missouri schools already have Eddie Eagle classes. This legislator, Dan Brown, wants to make it mandatory for all Missouri schools. The radio newsitem triggered another memory from my childhood.

I previously blogged about guns in schools in my posts, PROTECTED, and MR. HELFRITCH. There was another instance when guns in schools was the topic of the day.

When I was in the third grade, as I remember, one of the local farmers shot himself in the leg with a .22 rifle while climbing over a fence.  It was the talk of our rural community. My father was on the school board and the incident was mentioned. One of the board members suggested that we have a gun-handling session for the schoolkids to make sure they all knew how to cross fences safely and were taught general gun safety procedures. Mr. Helfritch was nominated and after a quick phone call he agreed.

A week later, all the school kids, from the youngest in the first grade through those in the eighth grade, boys and girls, and all the teachers, gathered at the rear of the school yard where an old rusty fence separated the school yard from a field. It was a small school. There were only around 80 pupils in attendance in most years.

Mr. Helfritch taught three grades at a time showing how to check to see if the rifle was empty, how to unload it if it wasn’t, to empty and place the rifle on the other side of the fence before crossing and to only cross when those steps were finished.

Cooper’s Rules hadn’t been written at that time, but Mr. Helfritch wrote some of his own that closely matched those later created by Col. Jeff Cooper. He spent another hour with everyone reviewing his rules, why they are important and some examples of the consequences of failing to abide by those rules. There were some parents present during this class and I remember one saying that he’d learned some new things during that class.

I don’t know why the classes didn’t continue. Perhaps, with the exception of the incoming first graders, all the students had been trained. But time passed. Mr. Helfritch left for another teaching position, there was a new school board—my father didn’t run again and there was a new Principal with different priorities. I do know that none of those students trained by Mr. Helfritch ever had a gun incident or injury.

Does the Rule of Law still exist?

I was listening to the news this morning and heard that a group of illegal “immigrants” were protesting outside the office of the Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach.  Their complaint? Kobach insists on upholding the law and helps other states, like Arizona, formulate legislation to curb illegal entry into this country.

This particular group, some from within Kansas and others imported from out of state, want Kobach to resign because he enforces existing law. While they were protesting, ICE did not appear.

“We the People…”

This post, however, is not about illegal immigration, per se. It is about the failure of government to uphold and enforce existing law. The example above and the refusal to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, are just two of many failures by the federal government. If such actions, the refusal to enforce selected law and legislation, becomes institutionalized by the FedGov and the states, what are the consequences?

Let’s take an example from the international stage. Last February, Obama was in a lather accusing Communist China of not following international trade law. Obama called, “the soon to be president of the a country that is the world’s second most powerful and that highly values “face” (pride,dignity) a cheater.” In light of Obama’s actions these last four years, that statement was the height of hypocrisy.

Clyde Prestositz, the author of the sentence quoted above defines the failure to enforce the rule of law as playing with the rules.

The phrase “all must play by the same rules” implies that all are playing the same game, but in actuality they are not. In many instances there are no rules or the rules are vague, untested, and unclear. Even where there are rules, many countries have been ignoring them for a long time and there is thus strong precedent for not playing by the rules or even for interpreting the rules such that they are actually said to bless the apparent violations.

The rule of law operates under the assumption that all parties have the same understanding of the law. If that is not so, how can any commonality of thought exist?

A long time ago, there was a science fiction short story about a murder case…the willful killing of a peaceful extraterrestrial alien. The killer proudly admitted killing the alien because it wasn’t human and was therefore a “varmint”. Killing a “varmint” was not illegal (in that story.)  The story ends with the Sheriff approaching the killer, pistol in hand, and tells the killer, “We’ve just redefined the description of ‘varmint’.”

Several of the protesters outside Kris Kobach’s state offices admitted to being in the United States illegally. They protested publicly confident the FedGov, in the form of ICE, would not intervene. They were correct. The federal government is actively redefining immigration law. When there is no commonality of thought—definition of law in this case, there is no law and the rule of law cannot exist.

When the federal government creates new law, whether through the normal passage through both Houses of Congress, or by edict in the form of federal regulations, how can the government reasonably expect the public to adhere to those laws when the federal government itself does not? It cannot.

Anarchy is the result.

I, personally, do not wish to live in a state of anarchy. If this trend of government, the failure to adhere to the rule of law, continues, we will have anarchy and that leads to civil war.

As an engineer, it was part of my job to perform risk assessments. To look, not at the best case, but at all cases including the worse case. Truly, civil war, is the worse case but I see it approaching if we continue on our current path. Along with risk assessments, I also looked at means for mitigation of those risks.

One mitigation is to establish, or perhaps re-establish the rule of law. If we cannot coerce the federal government to do so, then we must do so within ourselves, within our communities and states. Next, would be to extend the commonality of thought, the same rule of law to other communities and states and establish alliances to enforce commonality of law within our communities and states. Call it the Red States Alliance.

Numbers count. When we have sufficient numbers, individuals, communities, states, with the same commonality of thought, the same rules of law, we can then pressure the federal government to conform to our definitions, our rules, our commonality of thought, our rule of law.

Failure to ally ourselves with others of common thought and purpose means we must conform to the rules, the redefinition of the FedGov’s rules of law. That path leads to an authoritarian United States and the Constitution ceases to exist as our standard. It has already been grievously damaged but it is not yet irreparable.

To answer the question in my post title, does the rule of law still exist? Unfortunately, as much as I wish it weren’t so, it does not. When the federal government fails to enforce law, redefines law to make that law conform to an agenda contrary to its intent, the rule of law no longer exists. It’s not too late to reinstate the rule of law but the time is approaching when that option, too, ceases to be possible. Then our choice can only be to create new rules and impose them on the federal government.

Mad Max, Redux

I’ve been debating whether to write about this subject for several days.  It’s a column written by Victor Davis Hanson over the weekend and appeared in PJ Media.  The column sounds like a science fiction tale. Unfortunately, it isn’t. It is factual and it is happening today.

During World War II the government produced a series of movies, what we’d call infomercials today, called, “Why we fight.” Hanson’s column can be considered to fall into that category because if we don’t heed it, it will come to us.

When you read this, picture the events not in California, but here in Missouri.  Kansas City is just next door to our county. We already have criminal elements moving into our towns.  A number of years ago, a man was shot and killed in his drive-way. If I recall correctly, it later turned our to be a drug deal gone bad. That shooting occurred only a few blocks from my home.

Complacency is our enemy. It is our enemy to understanding our personal vulnerability and it is our enemy to our political vulnerability.  When half the population pays no taxes, is dependent on governmental largess, what do you think will happen when the gravy train stops, when Obama’s stash is empty? They will be coming at us to take our stash.

Where’s Mel Gibson When You Need Him?

George Miller’s 1981 post-apocalyptic film The Road Warrior envisioned an impoverished world of the future. Tribal groups fought over what remained of a destroyed Western world of law, technology, and mass production. Survival went to the fittest — or at least those who could best scrounge together the artifacts of a long gone society somewhat resembling the present West.

Our Version

Sometimes, and in some places, in California I think we have nearly descended into Miller’s dark vision — especially the juxtaposition of occasional high technology with premodern notions of law and security. The state deficit is at $16 billion. Stockton went bankrupt; Fresno is rumored to be next. Unemployment stays over 10% and in the Central Valley is more like 15%. Seven out of the last eleven new Californians went on Medicaid, which is about broke. A third of the nation’s welfare recipients are in California. In many areas, 40% of Central Valley high school students do not graduate — and do not work, if the latest crisis in finding $10 an hour agricultural workers is any indication. And so on.

Our culprit out here was not the Bomb (and remember, Hiroshima looks a lot better today than does Detroit, despite the inverse in 1945). The condition is instead brought on by a perfect storm of events that have shred the veneer of sophisticated civilization. Add up the causes. One was the destruction of the California rural middle class. Manufacturing jobs, small family farms, and new businesses disappeared due to globalization, high taxes, and new regulations. A pyramidal society followed of a few absentee land barons and corporate grandees, and a mass of those on entitlements or working for government or employed at low-skilled service jobs. The guy with a viable 60 acres of almonds ceased to exist.

Illegal immigration did its share. No society can successfully absorb some 6-7 million illegal aliens, in less than two decades, the vast majority without English, legality, or education from the poorer provinces of Mexico, the arrivals subsidized by state entitlements while sending billions in remittances back to Mexico — all in a politicized climate where dissent is demonized as racism. This state of affairs is especially true when the host has given up on assimilation, integration, the melting pot, and basic requirements of lawful citizenship.

…here are some of the concerns recently in the Valley. There is now an epidemic of theft from tarped homes undergoing fumigation. Apparently as professionals tent over homes infested with termites, gangs move into the temporarily abandoned houses to burrow under the tarps and loot the premises— convinced that the dangers of lingering poisonous gas are outweighed by the chance of easy loot.  Who sues whom when the gangbanger prying into the closet is found gassed ? When I get termites, I spot treat myself with drill and canisters; even the professional services warn that they can kill off natural pests, but not keep out human ones.

No one in the Central Valley believes that they can stop the epidemic of looting copper wire. I know the local Masonic Hall is not the Parthenon, but you get the picture of our modern Turks prying off the lead seals of the building clamps of classical temples.

Protection is found only in self-help. To stop the Road Warriors from stripping the copper cable from your pump or the community’s street lights, civilization is encouraged to put in a video camera, more lighting, more encasement, a wire protective mesh — all based on the premise that the authorities cannot stop the thieves and your livelihood is predicated on the ingenuity of your own counter-terrorism protocols. But the thief is always the wiser: he calculates the cost of anti-theft measures, as well as the state’s bill in arresting, trying, and rehabilitating him, and so wagers that it is cheaper for all of us to let him be and just clean up his mess.

In around 1960, rural California embraced modern civilization. By that I mean both in the trivial and fundamental sense. Rural dogs were usually vaccinated and licensed — and so monitored. Homes were subject to building codes and zoning laws; gone were the privies and lean-tos. Streets were not just paved, but well-paved. My own avenue was in far better shape in 1965 than it is now. Mosquito abatement districts regularly sprayed stagnant water ponds to ensure infectious disease remained a thing of our early-20th-century past. Now they merely warn us with West Nile Virus alerts. Ubiquitous “dumps” dotted the landscape, some of them private, ensuring, along with the general code of shame, that city-dwellers did not cast out their old mattresses or baby carriages along the side of the road. It seems the more environmental regulations, the scarcer the dumps and the more trash that litters roads and private property.

I walk each night around the farm. What is the weirdest find? A nearby alleyway has become a dumping place for the rotting corpses of fighting dogs. Each evening or so, a dead dog (pit bulls, Queensland terriers) with a rope and plenty of wounds is thrown up on the high bank. The coyotes make short work of the remains. Scattered about are several skeletons with ropes still around their necks. I suppose that at about 2 a.m. the organizers of dog fights drive in and cast out the evenings’ losers. I have never seen such a thing in 58 years (although finding plastic bags with dead kittens in the trash outside my vineyard was a close second). Where is PETA when you need them? Is not the epidemic of dog- and cock-fighting in central California a concern of theirs?

The public schools were once the key to California’s ascendance. Universal education turned out well-prepared citizens who were responsible for California’s rosy future — one based on an excellent tripartite higher education system of junior colleges, state colleges, and universities; sophisticated dams and irrigation systems; and a network of modern freeways and roads.

I think it is a fair assessment to say that all of the above is long past. Since about 1992, on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) testing, California ranks between 41 and 48 in math and science, depending on the year and the particular grade that is assessed. About half of the incoming freshmen at the California State University system — the largest public university in the world — are not qualified to take college courses, and must first complete “remediation” to attain a level of competence that was assumed forty years ago in the senior year of high school. The students I taught at CSU Fresno were far better prepared in 1984 than those in 2004 are; the more money, administrators, “learning centers,” and counselors, the worse became the class work.

What makes The Road Warrior so chilling a metaphor is the combination of the premodern and postmodern. While utter chaos reigns in rural California, utter absurdity reigns inside the barricades, so to speak, on the coast. So, for example, San Franciscans will vote on whether to blow up the brilliantly engineered Hetch Hetchy water project (I bet they won’t vote yes), more or less the sole source of water for the San Francisco Bay Area. The National Park Service debates blowing up historic stone bridges over the Merced River in Yosemite Valley — as hyper-environmentalists assume that they have so much readily available power and water from prior generations at their fingertips that they have the luxury of dreaming of returning to a preindustrial California. Of course, they have no clue that their romance is already reified outside Madera, Fresno, or Bakersfield.

Hanson writes long articles. I’ve only quoted a small portion of his entire column. I urge you to follow the link and read all of it.  It could be prophetic, a cautionary tale coming to us if we are complacent. Now is the time to change our political climate. With that change in hand, we can attempt to reverse the social rot created by democrats and liberals. I know many who are taking Hanson’s warning to heart and, as individuals, are preparing as is Hanson.

Preparing as individuals does not change the future. We must work together, with a clear goal in mind, or as Franklin once said, “We will all hang together.”

Muse Fugit

I’m museless this morning. I’ve scanned all my usual sources for topics and have come home empty.  Yes, I could write about Obama by-passing Congress and enact the dem’s “Dream Act” by fiat.  We know that McConnell and Boehner will sit on their thumbs lest some democrat is offended.

Or I could expand on Obama’s claim that the private sector is doing fine while continuing to blame Bush for his failings.  But, Glenn McCoy beat me to that one.

Or, I could write about Holder’s stonewalling Issa’s Committee and the possible contempt citation, but Lisa Benson beat me to that one too.

I suppose I could discuss the leaks of classified information apparently from the White House. Unfortunately, Bob Gorrell was there ahead of me.

Then there’s Taxageddon that is approaching in 2013. But I was scanning my comics and found that Dick Locher had that topic covered.

Everywhere I look it seems someone had thought of the topic before me. Nothing stuck my fancy today.  Maybe by Monday my muse will return. I’m going back to bed.

Friday Follies for January 6, 2012

I was listening to the radio this morning and the news is filled about an illegal alien who killed a mother and child last July.

Drunk-Driving Illegal Alien Kills Mother and Daughter in Missouri

Another family has been devastated by a drunk-driving illegal alien. Mother and hospice nurse Diane Bronson and her 11-year-old daughter Anna of Belton, Missouri, were killed on July 4 in a head-on crash. The deadly SUV was driven by 18-year-old Felix Solano Gallardo whose blood alcohol was measured two hours after the wreck at .185, double the legal limit in Missouri. He had driven 14 miles the wrong way on the interstate before smashing into the Bronson’s car.
Diane and her daughter were on their way to a Fourth of July celebration in Sugar Creek where her husband Buddy was set to ride an antique scooter in the parade. They never made it.

Kansas City Star, July 5, 2011

Diane K. Bronson was eight months pregnant when a state paint-striping truck rear-ended her vehicle in 1999.

Firefighters had to cut her out of the wreckage, and Bronson suffered a serious head injury. But she survived, as did her prematurely born baby, whom she named Anna.

On Monday — more than 11 years later — Bronson and Anna, of Belton, (MO) were again involved in a highway crash. But this time, neither survived.

Police blamed the 8:30 a.m. wreck on Interstate 435 near 63rd Street in Kansas City on a drunken driver going the wrong way.

Jackson County prosecutors charged Felix Solano-Gallardo, 18, of Kansas City, Kan., on Monday with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. His blood alcohol content was 0.185, more than double the legal limit of 0.08, more than two hours after the wreck, according to court records.

Police were still working Tuesday to confirm the man’s identity. According to court records, Gallardo gave his name as Felix Gallardo, but he had two Mexican identification cards on him with a different name, and both cards had different photos. Prosecutors think he is an illegal immigrant.

Police said they think Gallardo had been driving the wrong way for at least 14 miles because they think he ran a driver off of Interstate 70 into a concrete median near Harrison Street earlier. The victim told police the driver drove at him from one side of the highway to the other and appeared to be trying to hit him, police said.

At least nine motorists called 911 to complain about a wrong-way driver on I-70 or I-435 Monday morning.

Gallardo was uncooperative with police and invoked his right to an attorney using an interpreter, according to court records.

The story is approaching an endFelix Solano-Gallardo plead guilty to two counts of Manslaughter. 

Solano-Gallardo could receive up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced March 9.
Solano-Gallardo’s correct name and age have been unclear throughout his prosecution. Immediately after his arrest, he gave investigators the Solano-Gallardo name, while later telling immigration officers that his correct name was Luis Solano-Barrera. Under that name also he gave a birth day that would have made him 23 years old.
But under oath Wednesday, he said his name was Solano-Gallardo and that he was 19 years old.
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/01/04/3352620/man-admits-driving-drunk-in-kc.html#storylink=cpy

When he was arrested he had a number of different IDs on his person—none that were later found to be valid.

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Eight point five. That is the latest unemployment rate presented by the Obama Administration.  As usual, it is a pack of lies. The real rate around 11%.  The government has been manipulating the statistics again.

The methodology used by the Department of Labor to calculate unemployment is to compare those drawing unemployment with the number of the employed.  That latter figure can be manipulated as desired to include those working part-time and to list those holding more than one job as two people.

In addition at this time of year is the “seasonal adjustment.” That is a factor to adjust the seasonal increase of temporary jobs over the holiday season, roughly from mid-October through the end of December.

The problem with that adjustment is that they calculate the adjustment using the employment figures for the last five years.  The higher employment of the Bush years is dropping off. The calculation now contains the abysmal employment of the Obama years.  Consequently the current adjustment makes the unemployment look better.

Smoke and Mirrors.

Here is another view of that 11% real unemployment rate from The Washington Post, a member in good standing of the state media.

Wonkbook: The real unemployment rate is 11 percent

at 07:51 AM ET, 12/12/2011
Typically, I try to tie the beginning of Wonkbook to the news. But today, the most important sentence isn’t a report on something that just happened, but a fresh look at something that’s been happening for the last three years. In particular, it’s this sentence by the Financial Times’ Ed Luce, who writes, “According to government statistics, if the same number of people were seeking work today as in 2007, the jobless rate would be 11 percent.”
Remember that the unemployment rate is not “how many people don’t have jobs?”, but “how many people don’t have jobs and are actively looking for them?” Let’s say you’ve been looking fruitlessly for five months and realize you’ve exhausted every job listing in your area. Discouraged, you stop looking, at least for the moment. According to the government, you’re no longer unemployed. Congratulations?
Since 2007, the percent of the population that either has a job or is actively looking for one has fallen from 62.7 percent to 58.5 percent. That’s millions of workers leaving the workforce, and it’s not because they’ve become sick or old or infirm. It’s because they can’t find a job, and so they’ve stopped trying. That’s where Luce’s calculation comes from. If 62.7 percent of the country was still counted as in the workforce, unemployment would be 11 percent. In that sense, the real unemployment rate — the apples-to-apples unemployment rate — is probably 11 percent. And the real un- and underemployed rate — the so-called “U6” — is near 20 percent.
There were some celebrations when the unemployment rate dropped last month. But much of that drop was people leaving the labor force. The surprising truth is that when the labor market really recovers, the unemployment rate will actually rise, albeit only temporarily, as discouraged workers start searching for jobs again.

A number of conservative pundits have predicted that the unemployment figures for the rest of 2012 will continue to “improve.”  It will improve not because more people are going back to work. No, it will be lower because Obama’s administration will continue to manipulate the data to reflect the result that makes Obama look good…if that is possible.

When you hear someone claim that Obama is putting people back to work and use the unemployment rate as proof, look them in the eye and know them for the liar they are.

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An Impeachable offense.”  That was the statement by a local conservative talk-radio host this morning.  Obama made four recess appointments yesterday. Four people who Obama knew would not pass the approval process in the Senate.  Three of the appointees were union goons to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The other was to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

President Obama is not one to let the Constitution get in the way of a “recess appointment.” He just named Richard Cordray to direct the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and he has announced three similar recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. But Obama is making these appointments at a time when the Senate is actually in session, according to the Constitution and under all definitions accepted by authorities for the last century. If the Senate is in session, the Constitution requires the Senate’s advice and consent to these appointments.

This attempt to circumvent the legislative branch is a violation of Obama’s oath of office to uphold and defend the Constitution. Instead he is thumbing his nose at it and daring Congress, or anybody else, to stop him. It’s the same sort of fundamental disrespect for the rule of law that is routinely practiced by tinhorn dictators like Hugo Chavez.
A president’s recess appointment power exists under Article II, Section Two of our Constitution, and it requires the Senate to be in recess at least three days before the power is exercised. Nowhere does it say the president gets to decide when the Senate is in recess; only Congress can do that. It has never been understood any other way.  
To justify this power grab, Obama contends that the Senate has actually been in recess for weeks because the Senate’s brief pro forma sessions every three days are a sham since no official business is conducted. Obama might as well argue that his appointments are legal because the moon is made of green cheese. Article I, Section Five of the Constitution states, in part, that “Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days …” The House has not consented to a Senate recess. Thus, the Senate’s pro forma sessions are strictly constitutional, the Senate is legally in session, and Obama must seek its advice and consent on these appointments. Otherwise, they are null and void and will be thrown out by a federal court. Obama is counting on that not happening before November’s election.

Obama’s problem is that the Senate is not in recess. The Senate has not “officially” been out of session since 2007.  Harry Reid kept the Senate in session to block any recess appointments by George Bush(43).  Reid has continued the tactic for other reasons, like trying to show it’s the ‘Pubs who are blocking legislation, but now that tactic has come around to bite Obama in the butt.

If a vote of Impeachment does come forth in the House, it will be the second time in less than a decade an a half that a democrat President has violated his oath of office.

But then, the democrats care little for such oaths nor for the Constitution. They view them as impediments to their efforts to seize and retain political power.

The Third World comes to the U. S.—specifically California

I was reading my usual list of news items when I came across this piece on the Investor’s Business Daily website. It is a subject the state media hides—the unassimilated. Illegal aliens who, instead of assimilating with our culture, continue living as if they were still in the country of origin. They continue to live in squalor and filth—and the Left ignores them because they refute the Left’s positions about free immigration.

This condition isn’t just within the U. S. It’s also widespread in Europe and their “new” ghettos. Not the Jewish ghettos of the last century but Muslim ghettos created by the influx from former colonies and for the desire of cheap labor.

The third world enclaves in California are just a short drive from the liberal territories of Los Angeles in California’s central valley.  Victor Davis Hanson wrote this description in his book, Two Californias and quoted by Thomas Sowell in his IBD column.

Professor Hanson grew up on a farm in California’s predominantly agricultural Central Valley. Now, as he tours that area, many years later, he finds a world as foreign to the world he knew as it is from the rest of California today — and very different from the rest of America, either past or present.

In Hanson’s own words: “Many of the rural trailer-house compounds I saw appear to the naked eye no different from what I have seen in the Third World. There is a Caribbean look to the junked cars, electric wires crossing between various outbuildings, plastic tarps substituting for replacement shingles, lean-tos cobbled together as auxiliary housing, pit bulls unleashed, and geese, goats and chickens roaming around the yards.”

This is a Third World culture, transplanted from Mexico, and living largely outside the scope of American law, state or federal.

Ironically, this is happening in a state notorious for its pervasive and intrusive regulation of the minute details of people’s lives, homes and businesses. But not out in the Third World enclaves in the Central Valley, where garbage is strewn with impunity and unlicensed swarms of peddlers come and go, selling for cash and with no sales tax.

Sowell continues with this observation by Hanson.
While waiting in line at two supermarkets, Victor Davis Hanson realized in both places that he was the only one in line who was not paying with the plastic cards issued by welfare authorities to replace the old food stamps. He noted that these people living on the taxpayers were driving late-model cars and had iPhones, BlackBerries and other parts of what he calls “the technological veneer of the middle class.”

This is the result of unrestricted illegal immigration. These aliens are criminals and thieves. They committed a crime coming here. They commit further crimes staying here and they steal from us by fraudulently using resources intended for citizens.

The left claims we can’t do anything about the illegals, that there are too many.  That may be true—if we never try.  Just cutting off access to welfare, health services and education, disallowing “anchor babies” and requiring complete documentation showing legal citizenship or legal immigration status for ANY state provided service and employment will send a lot back home.  When the honey is removed and only the bees remain, I suspect a very large majority of these criminals will go where the pickin’s are easier.

Then seal the borders and insure they can’t get back again.

                              

Mexico’s Civil War Continues

 More evidence of Mexico’s civil war came to light this week with the discovery of 72 bodies of non-Mexicans just 90 miles south of the US border.  There was one survivor who, though wounded, managed to find help and lead elements of the Mexican Marines to the massacre site.

There are two crucial elements in the last sentence.  “Managed to find help” and “Mexican Marines.”  In the first example, the survivor was turned away a number of times by local residents who feared retaliation from the Zeta Cartel.  He finally found help at a military checkpoint. It was reported that the Zetas were the ones responsible for the murders.  In the second example, it is the Mexican Navy and Marines who lead the fight against the drug cartels.  The Army has been infiltrated and cannot be trusted.  

In fact, the Army supplies most of the cartels weapons and ammunition, not American gun shows and firearms dealers.  It’s relevant to note that the US government is the prime supplier of arms and ammunition to the Mexican Army so indirectly, the US government is the arms supplier to the drug cartels. 

As usual, the international leftist, like Amnesty International, blames the Mexican government rather than the Cartels.

The case “will turn into an emblem of the capacity or incapacity of Mexican officials to face up” to migrant abuses, Alberto Herrera, director of Amnesty International Mexico, told AFP on Wednesday.


Around half a million clandestine migrants cross Mexico each year, mostly from Central America, according to Mexico’s Human Rights Commission.
Some 10,000 undocumented migrants were abducted in Mexico over six months from September 2008 to February 2009, the commission reported last year. — Yahoo News.

The Investor’s Business Daily editorial on August 26, 2010, opined on this continuing situation.

Unfortunately, Amnesty International is busy blaming Mexico, not the cartels, for the killings. It absurdly claims Mexico should have done more to protect the illegals — we suppose by providing armed escorts across the Texas border.

 Indeed, Mexico’s now in roughly the same spot as Arizona. Illegal immigration, after all, is illegal in Mexico, too. Even as Mexico encourages its own citizens to head north because of the remittances they send home, it discourages other nations’ citizens from doing the same, apprehending 43,000 illegals last year alone.
This massacre should make Mexico rethink its claim that Arizona is somehow an enemy, or that legalizing drugs will stop horrors like this. Mexico is a sovereign state, and if it wants to win this war — which it’s now losing — then any state that fights cartels is an ally.
Fact is, illegal immigrant smuggling is done by the same evil people who traffic drugs and want to topple the Mexican state.
The same monsters who hang bodies from Mexican bridges, set off car bombs in Juarez, hurl grenades into tourist bars (as happened in Puerto Vallarta Thursday), kill mayors, servicemen and policemen, and roll human heads onto dance floors, are the criminals with a monopoly smuggling illegal immigrants into the U.S.
So to encourage illegal immigration is about as smart as encouraging drug consumption.

Obama and Janet Reno are failing in their first responsibility—safeguarding the nation.  If that isn’t grounds for impeachment and removal from office, what do we have to do?  Wait for a nuke to be smuggled over the border and detonated in some US city?  Any president who fails to safeguard this country should be removed from office regardless to party affiliation.  Any political party to supports “open borders” is a clear and present danger to our national welfare.