Monday, July 06, 2015

Crime is what happens when cities "choose" not to enforce immigration laws

It is a tragic story.    A woman is killed by an illegal immigrant roaming the streets because San Francisco would rather be politically correct than protect its citizens.
This is from news reports:
“Immigration and Customs Enforcement had marked him as an ‘enforcement priority’ who should have been handed over immediately.
But San Francisco officials admitted that due to a soft policy on undocumented immigrants, they do not always comply with the requests – which in Sanchez’s case left him out on the streets on the night of the murder. “
What an outrage.   The entire San Francisco city government should be forced to explain how this criminal was walking around in the streets of San Francisco.    


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Can we have a chat about immigration without everybody getting worked up?

(My new American Thinker post)


A few years ago, I taught some evening ESL classes in the Dallas area.  I had the opportunity to chat with many people who had crossed the border.  Some came from Central America and others from "los ranchitos" in Mexico.    

I learned a couple of things:

1) It is extremely dangerous for women to cross the border, unless they are in large groups and someone has a gun; and,

2) there are some very nasty people in the "people flow" business.  It is not crazy to say that some people are bringing in drugs in exchange for protection or access to routes.   I'm not saying that illegal immigrants are in the cartel business but they often have no choice.   We've all heard about mass killings south of the border.  As a Central American, you resist and they will kill you.

I recall a young woman from El Salvador telling me stories of rape and abuse from roaming gangs.

Yes, Donald Trump went too far in his remarks.  My guess is that he didn't mean to insult anyone but he did.   Candor is a good thing until you say something unfounded.

The truth is that women are more likely to get raped on the way to the border not after they cross it,  The risk is in the lawless territories that these people walk through.  Sadly, they are often victims of corrupt police along the way, as Steve Chapman wrote.

Of course, the overwhelming majority of people who come here are good people who cross the border because we let them do it.    In other words, the US government has not had a serious border policy since the Democrats canceled "the brasero" program in the mid 1960s.    

By the way, the Democrats killed the program to kiss "union butts", as John Fund wrote in 2007:
I've written before about how President Eisenhower's Bracero guest-worker program reduced arrests of illegal aliens at the border from over a million in 1954 to only 45,000 by 1959. The number of arrests remained under 100,000 a year until 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson ended the program under pressure from labor unions.
We used to control the border when we had a plan, like "the brasero" that connected employers and employees legally.

Trump's remarks have put the focus on what he said rather than the very serious issue of an out of control border, the daily violence (yes there is rape too) and the loss of US sovereignty.

Yes, we have a problem on the border.  It is a threat to US sovereignty and a first rate national security mess.

So let's start again and talk about this problem.

Let's put some ideas on the table, such as:

1) The US has every right to control its border or the people who come over.  Mexico does it.  Everybody does it.  So why can't the US?  I am sick and tired of people who talk like the US does not have a right, and I would add, a duty to control its borders.

2) The US can not take every Mexican who can't make it in "ranchitos", or farms.   The solution is for Mexico to reform its agricultural policies so that farmers can farm rather survive under the thumbs of a corrupt Mexican federal government.   

3) We should go back to something like "the brasero" program that allowed Mexicans to come over, work and go home with dollars in their pockets.  The word is a guest-worker visa that allows people to come over legally.

4) We need to have a frank talk about our consumption of illegal drugs and how it funds gangs devastating Mexico and Central America.  

5) The Democrats must stop pandering for Hispanic votes with promises that they've never kept and can't keep.   After all, do you recall a serious immigration package coming from a Democrat president with congressional majorities?  Obama? Clinton? Carter?  Johnson?   

6) The GOP needs to buy into a plan that provides a path to legalization, not citizenship, for some who are willing to pay a fine.  This is not amnesty since it includes penalties, background checks and no path to citizenship.  I repeat:  no path to citizenship!

Put me down as someone who wants a serious discussion, from A to Z without the insults.   There are good ideas and we need to hear them.   It does not help to hear insults or the kind of pandering that we've seen from Democrats desperately thinking about the next election.  

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The week in review: Ian nuclear deal, Clinton vs Sanders, Texas GOP and the Trump factor




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Sunday, July 05, 2015

Che & Walmart, US-Cuba talks, Puerto Rico and US-Brazil issues




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Remembering "Gone with the wind" and the story of the Civil War.



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We remember the Battle of Gettysburg with Barry Jacobsen




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"Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" with Frank Burke




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Dallas-Ft Worth sports with David Busby & Carlos Torres




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We need to change some attitudes in the less than 30 crowd

(My new American Thinker post)

It's the day after Independence Day, and it's time to look around and see how the country is doing.  

On balance, the U.S. is still the envy of the world.

How do I know that?  Go to any foreign capital and drive by the U.S. embassy.  

You are very likely to see a line of people applying for a visa to visit or move to the U.S.  

Do you see something like that in any embassy in Washington, D.C.?

The latest Gallup poll is rather remarkable, although it does not surprise me.  

According to the poll, pride in the U.S. depends on where you live and whom you vote for:
While most Americans are proud to be an American, certain groups are especially likely to say they are extremely proud. "Extreme pride" rises for each succeeding age group, from a low of 43% among those under 30 to a high of 64% among senior citizens.
Extreme pride also varies regionally, from a high of 61% in the South to a low of 46% in the West.
Sixty-eight percent of Republicans say they are extremely proud to be an American, much higher than the 47% of Democrats who say the same. As usual, independents are in the middle, at 53%.

Again, I'm not surprised that Republicans and Southerners think a bit more highly of the U.S.  I see that all of the time.    

The biggest disappointment for me is the under-30 numbers – i.e., only 43% are very proud.

For the most part, the under-30 group has grown up in prosperity and well-educated.  Furthermore, these young people have a U.S. citizenship that lots of people around the world would gladly trade for.  Frankly, where would they rather live?   

We have some work to do with these young people.  Our next president needs to give these young people a reason to love the U.S., and I don't mean meaningless "hope and change" speeches.   

We need to explain to them that the U.S. is great because it gives you freedom, not dependency on government.  I'm optimistic, but it will take a bit of work.

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Mr. Participation shows up again

(My new American Thinker post)

During game 6 of the 2011 World Series, Joe Buck of Fox Sports kept saying:, "the Cardinals just won't go away".  

He was referring to the team coming back after being down to their last strike in the 9th and 10th innings.

You have to say the same about Mr. Participation. 

He just won't go away either. He shows up every month and spoils the latest jobs report, as we read at IBD:
Over the past year the number of working-age Americans who have dropped from the civilian labor force has risen by 1.5 million. During Obama's presidency, the population of these Americans increased by nearly 16 million — while the labor force grew by under 3 million.
The labor force participation rate for those 16 and over dropped from 65.7% at the start of the Obama presidency to just 62.6% last month. If this rate would have remained steady, the labor force would have been nearly 14 million stronger.
There are probably complex reasons for Mr. Participation hanging around.   

My guess is that a couple of factors keep him persistent:

1) ObamaCare has a lot of employers thinking twice about hiring people full time, as The Hill reported recently:
  
It also happens that the ACA defines full-time work as only 30 hours per week.   The law’s architects assumed this 30-hour work week provision would force employers to cover more employees.  That assumption proved wrong.  The costs of providing health insurance are staggering under the ACA: Small businesses, which are the least able to handle cost increases, report paying an average of $11,868 more per employee per year since the ACA’s passage. Large companies have also seen their costs increase. As a result, some of them have cut employee hours to avoid triggering the coverage requirement altogether. The only other choices are to cut jobs or to raise prices to cover the higher costs -- an unattractive option in today’s tepid economy.  This unsettling reality is apparent everywhere you look, with countless businesses having already made similar decisions. And it’s not just limited to multinational corporations: movie theaters, grocery stores, retirement homes—they’re all having to shift employees to part-time to avoid the ACA’s steep penalties.  
2) Americans are not thrilled with the state of the economy. In other words, there is a lot of fear out there. The RCP average of polls shows 28% believe the country is headed in the right direction and 61% negative. To be fair, there is more to this "direction poll" than the U.S. economy but pocketbook issues are a big factor.

How can we get rid of Mr. Participation? We can start by having someone in the Oval Office who understands how jobs are created and the wonders of a capitalist economy.

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"Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" with Frank Burke..




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Saturday, July 04, 2015

July 4, 1826: John Adams & Thomas Jefferson died on the 50th anniversary of The Declaration…




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A July 4 message about "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" with Frank Burke




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July 4, 1776: We remember the reading of the Declaration of Independence




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Friday, July 03, 2015

Will Joanne greet President Obama in Havana?


(My new American Thinker post)

According to news reports, the U.S. and Cuba will be opening embassies later this month.  We even heard a rumor that President Obama may travel to Havana to cut the ribbon.   

Will Joanne attend the ribbon cutting ceremony?  

We are talking about Joanne Chesimard, a fugitive from U.S. law enjoying life in the tropics as a special guest of the Castros: 
It was a murder on the New Jersey Turnpike - stunning violence near the New Brunswick exit.
Now, decades after Black Liberation Army leader Joanne Chesimard was sentenced for the 1973 killing of a state trooper, escaped prison, and surfaced in Cuba in 1984, she is first and foremost among the estimated 70 American fugitives harbored there whose apparent flouting of U.S. law is fuel for critics of recent efforts to restore U.S.-Cuba relations.
In December, 54 years after America severed diplomatic relations with Cuba, Presidents Obama and Raul Castro proposed a renewal of ties.
"We view any changes in relations with Cuba as an opportunity to bring [Chesimard] back," said New Jersey State Police Col. Rick Fuentes, "and stand by the reward" for her capture.
Let's hope that Col. Fuentes is right. 

However, the Cuban government has not been making any concessions, from repression of dissidents to opening up Cuba's economy.  

In fact, The Washington Post points out that repression is getting worse in Cuba:
Since December, there have been more than 3,000 political detentions in Cuba, including 641 in May and 220 on Sunday alone, according to dissident sources. Most were accompanied by beatings; at least 20 detainees required medical treatment in May. After Cuba was invited for the first time to the Summit of the Americas in Panama, regime thugs attacked the civil society activists who also showed up.
I guess that the "hope and change" memo did not get to Raúl Castro.  Or maybe Raúl understood that "yes we can" meant that he could go on like before.   

The Chesimard issue is a disgrace.  

President Obama should tell Raúl Castro that talks will be put on hold until Chesimard is on a plane to New Jersey.  

He should also say that the U.S. is not paying reparations or giving up Guantánamo, as the Castro thugs are demanding publicly.

Am I the only one who would love to see a little spine from the U.S. delegation?  It's a joke to watch the U.S. get pushed around by a dictator on his knees now that Venezuela can't subsidize him anymore.

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A look back at the Battle of Gettysburg 1863





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Thursday, July 02, 2015

July 2 1963: Marichal 1, Spahn 0….in 16 innings

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It is probably one of the greatest pitching duels ever:
“On July 2, San Francisco sent 25-year-old Juan Marichal out against Warren Spahn, 17 years his senior, in the Tuesday night opener of a three-game set.”  
Marichal and Spahn pitched into the 16th inning:
“Over the 16 innings, Marichal allowed eight hits and four walks and struck out 10. Spahn, who threw 201 pitches of his own, yielded nine hits, walked only one (intentionally), and fanned a pair. Both men made their next scheduled starts five days later, the Sunday before the All-Star Game.
Eventually, Willie Mays hit a homerun and the game was over after midnight in San Francisco.

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Remembering an Amazing Life

(My new American Thinker post)

Fom time to time, we have to sit back, get out of the political arena and remember a real hero or an amazing man:
Sir Nicholas Winton, who organized the rescue of 669 children destined for Nazi concentration camps, has died aged 106.
I ask myself a simple question: Would I have done something this risky?   
His story should be shared at every school in the world today:
Sir Nicholas was born Nicholas Wertheimer in 1909 to Jewish parents 
By 1938 he was a young stockbroker in London. He dropped everything to go to Prague to help Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi occupation. 
Sir Nicholas organised foster families for Jewish children in Britain, placing adverts in newspapers. 
The 669 children travelled on eight trains across four countries Sir Nicholas's team persuaded British custom officials to allow all the children in despite incomplete documentation.
Stories like these touch me for a couple of reasons:

First, I recall the way that 14,000 children were taken out of Cuba in the early 1960s, i.e. now known as The Pedro Pan program. I am familiar with those who risked so much and the ones who took care of the children in the U.S.  

Second, I've always admired those who take a risk to help others unconditionally. Sir Winton only wanted to save these children and nothing more.

RIP Sir Winton. You were one of the greatest heroes of the 20th century, You stand out in a world of charlatans and self-absorbed politicians.

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Che & Walmart, US-Cuba talks, Puerto Rico and US-Brazil issues




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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Obama throws the dissidents under “la gua gua”

(My new Babalu post)

The moment has arrived.   We heard a few minutes ago that Cuba and the US will be opening embassies, although it may be a bit more complicated than President Obama thinks.
What did we get from Cuba?    NADA!
What is Cuba getting?   MUCHOS DOLARES!
“Zero” from President Obama about the thousands of US citizens who had their property stolen by the Castro regime.  It adds up to $ 7 billion!
This is an outrage.    President Obama has shown no regard for the Cuban people and specially the dissidents.
What a travesty.    

We discussed Cuba on Wednesday's show:


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"Gone with the wind" and American history

(My  new American Thinker post)

A few days ago, someone wrote a column suggesting that the movie Gone with the Wind should go away like the Confederate flag. 

Is the movie racist because it tells the story of the Civil War from a Southern perspective?  

Or because it shows scenes with the Confederate flag?

I don't think so, but calling everyone and everything racist goes on just a bit too much in our country today.

Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind was published this week in 1936.  It is the story of a Southern woman caught up in the Civil War, from the days of plantations and chivalry to the bloody war and its aftermath.

I read the book and have seen the movie often.  I never felt that it was racist or pretended to be. 

It is the story of a family living in the South.  

How can you tell the story of a plantation owner (and family) without bringing up slavery?  

Gone with the Wind
 brought the U.S. Civil War to millions around the world who read the various translations of the book.


The story also confirms that many Southerners were very passionate about states' rights.  (I should add that the Founding Fathers were also very passionate about states' rights, a fact that gets overlooked in the way that we teach U.S. history today.)

My introduction to the story was hearing about it from my grandmother, who read the Spanish version in Cuba – i.e. Lo que el viento se llevó.  

She told me about the plantations and all of those things that made the South different.  She also told me how Cuba also had slaves to work in the sugar plantations.

Before we go PC crazy and start deleting books and symbols, let's remember that novels often teach a lot of history.

For example. Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls introduced many English-speaking readers to the Spanish Civil War of the late 1930s.  It presented the brutal nature of a civil war, where families fight each other and armies bomb their own people.

Gone with the Wind is part of the American story.  Let's count to ten before we start erasing symbols and burning books.  

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"Gone with the wind" and the Civil War




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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Happy # 71 to Ron Swoboda





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June 30, 1936: "Gone to the wind" is published





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Can one of the liberal four dissent on anything?

(My new American Thinker post)

What do the last three big Supreme Court decisions have in common?  The liberal four all voted alike.   

What about the conservative five?  They disagreed a lot among themselves.  There is nothing predictable about the five, as many of us learned last week.

On the subsidies, not one of these four liberals raised a single objection: hey, guys, shouldn't we read the law as written?  Is it really our job to rewrite what Congress wrote?  

On the marriage case, not one said this: hey guys, didn't Justice Ginsburg once said that it would have been better to leave abortion in the hands of voters?  Shouldn't we sit back and give the public a little time to figure this out across the land?  Aren't a bunch of states already discussing this?  Let's trust the people and send this one back to the states.    


On the EPA, the liberal four voted together again.  The dissent by Justice Kagan could have been written by The White House:

In dissent, Justice Elena Kagan said it was enough that the EPA considered costs at later stages of the process. 
"Over more than a decade, EPA took costs into account at multiple stages and through multiple means as it set emissions limits for power plants," Kagan said. 
She was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor. 
This is crazy.  We have four automatic liberal votes that can't seem to dissent from the liberal gospel on anything.

You can blame Roe v. Wade for this politicization of the Court.  We used to look for judges with good temperament.  Today, everything is just too political.  It will get worse after the same marriage decision.

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