Archive for December, 2007

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The bill hasn’t become law, but I can already hear the stampede of illegal aliens coming to California for free health care.

Schwarzenegger wants to get the deal passed before the capital is consumed by the budget mess. He said Friday that the deficit could be as high as $14 billion, and that he intends to declare a fiscal emergency in January to deal with it.

SF Gate

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez have agreed on most aspects of a $14 billion health reform measure that would expand coverage to nearly 3.6 million uninsured Californians and force nearly everyone to buy health insurance.

A few details remain to be settled, such as the dollar amount of a tobacco tax to help finance the deal.

But the two have agreed on most aspects of the bill, including a sliding scale fee for employers, ranging from 1 percent of payroll to 6.5 percent of payroll, depending on the size of the company. There will also be a cigarette tax of either $1.50 or $2 a pack, both sides said.

Aides were still writing the bill Friday, but Nunez, D-Los Angeles, said the Assembly will take it up on Monday.

It was not clear when the Senate would take up the bill. Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, said Thursday that while he supported the reform proposal, he was reluctant to adopt new health care programs at a time when Schwarzenegger was calling for cuts to existing ones because of the swelling budget deficit. He also criticized a tobacco tax as a “lousy” funding source.

Schwarzenegger wants to get the deal passed before the capital is consumed by the budget mess. He said Friday that the deficit could be as high as $14 billion, and that he intends to declare a fiscal emergency in January to deal with it.

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LA Times

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — In 2005, a Republican state senator named Jim Holt introduced a bill to deny public benefits to Arkansas’ soaring population of illegal immigrants. Holt, a Southern Baptist minister, figured it was a rock-solid conservative idea — a matter, he said, “of right and wrong.”

Arkansas’ governor at the time was also a professed conservative, and also a Southern Baptist minister. But Mike Huckabee had only scorn for his fellow Republican’s proposal.

Huckabee called the bill “race-baiting” and “demagoguery,” and argued that the denial of health services could harm innocent children. The bill, Huckabee said, did not conform with his take on Christian values.

“I drink a different kind of Jesus juice,” Huckabee said.

Huckabee’s record on taxes — a key pillar of Republican orthodoxy — was distinctly heterodox. He supported tax hikes on cigarettes, gasoline, groceries, sales and income. A video circulating on YouTube — and played, in part, on the CNN-YouTube Republican debate Wednesday — shows Huckabee addressing the Arkansas Legislature in 2003 and suggesting that he would be open to raising a broad range of taxes.

Holt, the former state senator, has a warning for conservatives around the country who think they have found their candidate.

“I think if they knew [his record] it would totally de-energize them,” he said. ” . . . His policies are just wrong.”

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Colonia Libertad is a violent, drug infested sewer, right along the border fence in San Diego. I’ve driven through there with Border Agents at night and it truly is a war zone. There needs to be an Israeli style border wall to shut this area off completely. There’s no reason to put our agents in harms way.

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Courant

NEW HAVEN ? - Federal officials raided the offices of the Community Action Agency of New Haven on Thursday in the wake of allegations it has provided federally funded heating assistance to illegal immigrants, the state Department of Social Services announced Friday.

On Thursday, officials from the federal Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Housing and Urban Development removed files, applications, documents and three agency computers used in determining eligibility for energy assistance benefits. Also removed were personnel files and payroll information of agency employees, according to DSS.

Earlier this year, a whistle-blower came forward charging the Community Action Agency with providing heating assistance to illegal immigrants in New Haven. A DSS audit later confirmed that the agency bypassed a computer field requiring a Social Security number, a common proof of citizenship, by using place-holder numbers or other measures.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s office on Friday reassured residents served by the agency that winter heating assistance, Meals On Wheels and other services will continue without interruption.

The Community Action Agency serves residents in New Haven, North Haven, West Haven, East Haven and Hamden.

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Pay very close attention because the same thing is happening here with the push towards a North American Union. EU lawmakers in member states don’t have a say in what happens in their own countries anymore. What is left of their national sovereignty is gone. Member countries of the EU have lost their Constitutions.

The proposed EU Constitution was met with fierce opposition but the global elites pulled a dirty trick and simply renamed the failed Constitution to RIGHTS CHARTER, and passed in Parliament, WITHOUT national referendum! Lawmakers are livid! The people are more powerless than ever.

BBC
EU leaders have signed a treaty in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, that is expected to greatly alter the way the 27-nation body operates.

The treaty creates an EU president and a more powerful foreign policy chief.

The document, signed at a ceremony at the city’s historic Jeronimos Monastery, also scraps veto powers in many policy areas.

It is a replacement for the EU constitution, which was abandoned following French and Dutch opposition.

EU leaders insist that the two texts are in no way equivalent.

But the Lisbon treaty incorporates some of the draft constitution’s key reforms, and several governments face domestic pressure over the document.

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Daily Mail

British Euro MPs led a noisy protest yesterday at a signing ceremony for a new EU rights charter. Around 100 heckling Eurosceptics from Britain, France, Poland and Italy wrecked what was supposed to be a solemn event at the Strasbourg Parliament.

They waved placards and banners, stamped, booed and chanted “referendum”. Opponents called them “hooligans” who shamed Britain.

The 50-article charter of fundamental rights will be attached to the EU’s new Reform Treaty, to be signed in Portugal today. The protesters were demanding a public vote on the treaty.

The ceremony marked the signing of the charter by the EU’s three institutions, the Parliament, Commission and the European Council.

Wearing black t-shirts and holding placards demanding referendums on the treaty, the lawmakers from countries - including Britain, France, Poland and Italy - shouted down Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates, whose country currently holds the European Union’s rotating presidency, as he delivered his speech.

The treaty retains key parts of a doomed EU constitution, including provisions to boost EU foreign policy and make the rights charter legally binding - except in Britain and Poland, which won opt-outs.

Ireland is due to be the only country to hold a referendum on the issue. The other 26 nations will ratify the document through parliament, much to the anger of opponents.

“Referendum, we want a referendum. The people of Europe deserve to decide for themselves,” Nigel Farage, leader of Britain’s UK Independence Party, shouted from his seat.

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AZ Central

Changing Phoenix police’s immigration-enforcement policies will create a climate of fear in Phoenix that could lead to multimillion-dollar lawsuits and even riots, speakers said Thursday at a raucous town hall.

From the audience, supporters of drafting a new policy said police need more freedom to enforce the law and said their voices weren’t being heard Thursday night.

About 600 people packed the auditorium at South Mountain High School to address a four-man panel convened by Mayor Phil Gordon to review Operations Order 1.4.

The policy prevents police in most cases from asking about a person’s immigration status. It has led some to brand Phoenix as a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants.

“Don’t let Phoenix become the next Watts, the next LA riots,” Alex Navidad, an immigration lawyer, said in an impassioned plea to the panel. “That’s what’s going to happen. A community that’s fearful, with loads of police, can only lead to tragedy.”

Phoenix police are already overburdened without having to enforce immigration laws, said Lizzette Alameda Zubey, president of the Maricopa County Hispanic Bar Association. She said that eliminating the policy would lead to expensive racial-profiling lawsuits against the city, as well as additional costs for processing and jailing undocumented residents.

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Poll: Mitt Romney Is Candidate Most Voters Want To Get Into Bar Fight With

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No doubt the supporters of the invasion are devastated. States all over the country will replicate the anti-illegal immigration effort in Oklahoma.

Tulsa World

“The court is again confronted with plaintiffs bringing a broad array of constitutional and statutory challenges to a similarly broad array of state statutes,” Payne stated in the conclusion of an order filed Thursday. “Again, some plaintiffs ignore the need to describe the injuries actually caused by the challenged statutes, while the illegal alien plaintiffs complain of grievances that could best be remedied by simply compliance with federal law. Both categories of plaintiffs must be dismissed for lack of standing, either on constitutional or prudential grounds.”

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Good Morning America

The former preacher Mike Huckabee has always reminded me of the Cardinal Roger Mahoney. Their eyes, body language, and tone of voice betray them. They are rehearsed and insincere when questioned about their support of illegal aliens, rapists, and pedophiles. They must practice for hours lying to themselves in the mirror.

My Daughter Won’t Be Home For Christmas

Huckabee Camp Admits The Huckster Was Lying About Having Theology Degree

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told the Christian Broadcasting Network he had a theology degree, he told voters in Iowa he had a theology degree, he repeated the claim in last month’s CNN YouTube debate … but, his campaign now says, it was not true.

Read more at WorldNetDaily.

More posts on Roger Mahoney.
More posts on Mike Huckabee.

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September 7, 2001 - Four days before undocumented immigrants flew jets into the World Trade Center, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said NYC Is “Quite Tolerant Of Undocumented Immigration. This shouldn’t surprise you because I’ve been the Mayor a long time.”

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Nice job Officer! We have to deport them before they drop their anchors.

LCSUN-NEWS

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) A Roswell police officer was removed from school campuses after turning a pregnant 18-year-old student over to immigration authorities.

Police Chief John Balderston defended the action by Officer Charlie Corn, a 10-year veteran who was working at Roswell High School as a student resource officer.

But he said Roswell Independent School District Superintendent Michael Gottlieb asked for Corn’s removal “because he didn’t want the officer checking on the immigration status of the students.”

Last week, the district and police department made a joint decision to remove all school resource officers, the Roswell Daily Record reported.

Gottlieb had no comment Thursday. (Coward)

The incident began after senior Karina Acosta was cited Nov. 29 for a parking violation and driving without a license. Balderston said she was given several days to produce a license, and when she did not, Corn pulled her from class Dec. 5.

While trying to confirm her identity, Corn learned she was an illegal immigrant, Balderston said. Corn detained her at the school before notifying federal immigration agents, the chief said.

Balderston said Acosta, who is five months pregnant, was deported to Mexico.

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Issues divide ethnic groups
Washington Times
December 15 2007

Blacks, Hispanics and Asians have deep divisions and disagreements about equal opportunity, impartial criminal justice and the American dream, according to a new poll by New America Media.

But the data showing deep divisions among the three largest U.S. minority groups was offset by evidence that the groups also see themselves as having a shared destiny and view one another in some positive lights also.

California-based New America Media, a national collaboration of ethnic news organizations under the nonprofit Pacific News Service, funded the study, which found that many ethnic minorities hold to negative stereotypes about each other. For example, 44 percent of Hispanic respondents and 47 percent of Asians answered yes to a question about whether they were “generally afraid of African-Americans because they are responsible for most of the crime.”

Meanwhile, 46 percent of Hispanics and 52 percent of blacks responded yes to whether “most Asian business owners do not treat them with respect.” And 51 percent of blacks said they agreed that “Latin American immigrants are taking away jobs, housing and political power from the black community.”

The groups also differ in their opinions of broader U.S. society, with 74 percent of Hispanics and 64 percent of Asians strongly agreeing with the statement that “if you work hard, you will succeed in the United States,” against only 44 percent of blacks. Meanwhile, a comfortable majority of blacks ? 71 percent ? strongly agreed that “the criminal justice system in the United States favors the rich and powerful,” against 45 percent of Hispanics and 27 percent of Asians.

Moreover, the three groups trust whites more than the other two minority groups. The poll found that 61 percent of Hispanics, 54 percent of Asians and 47 percent of blacks would prefer to do business with whites than the other two groups. In all three cases, most of those who didn’t specify whites said they had no preference.

The multilingual phone poll of 1,105 blacks and various Asian and Hispanic national groups was conducted in August and September. Respondents all lived in areas where their minority group made up at least 10 percent of the population. The margin of error was five percentage points.

Still, there was common ground between the three groups on other issues, and not all the opinions widely held about the other two groups were negative ones……

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For those of you who don’t know, Patriots Border Alliance is made up of former leaders of Chris Simcox’s Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. They broke off and formed their own group after Simcox refused to show them the books. Simcox was bringing in a ton of money for the border fence that didn’t turn out how investors had planned. People felt Simcox was pocketing the money for himself and giving nothing to the volunteers who were supporting themselves on the border and buying their own gear.

Bob Wright who heads PBA is a very good man.

Patriots Border Alliance

PRESS RELEASE
DECEMBER 12th 2007
PHOENIX AZ

PATRIOTS BORDER ALLIANCE:

The time has come for an official statement regarding the recent developments involving two of the real icons of the Minuteman movement. Developments of the last couple of days have left all Minutemen of all groups confused and angry. While we at Patriots Border Alliance cannot explain or defend the actions by Jim Gilchrist and Chris Simcox we can CLEARLY define our position on these issues.

First is Jim Gilchrist?s endorsement of Mike Huckabee. PBA does not support this endorsement nor does it support Mike Huckabee?s candidacy. Mike Huckabee has a clear record as an open borders, amnesty advocate. In addition to his support for those things we believe will be the destruction of the Republic, he also was vicious in his attacks on both the Minutemen and those legislators who tried to fulfill their constitutional responsibility. He has loudly denounced us as ?racist? and ?xenophobic?. No off the cuff throw away apology at a press conference can erase that. PBA believes that this issue is one that we cannot compromise on. To compromise on any aspect of this issue is to destroy the legitimacy of law in our Republic. One of the side effects of this whole illegal immigration problem is how it has degraded the respect for the law, and our entire political landscape. Mike Huckabee was an active player in this degradation, and Jim?s endorsement of this man is hurtful, and incomprehensible.

As for Simcox?s statements about supporting benefits for the children of illegal aliens, this is a worse betrayal of what we as Minutemen stand for. It cheapens our efforts all those dark, cold, lonely nights on the border as we stood post over a country already betrayed by the politicians we had elected. Two seconds of logical reasoning brings us to the realization that in order for the children of illegal aliens to collect those benefits, then the illegal alien parents must be allowed to stay in the country. Can you say amnesty? There is no other conclusion to be drawn. How can he explain these statements? None of us signed up, spent thousands of dollars of our own money, turned our lives over to this cause to see one of its primary leaders support what is in effect an amnesty. Even if it is ?for the children?.

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