Archive for February 7th, 2008

This has caused a furor in the UK with 90% against. But as the Muslim population grows, it is within the realm of possibility that one day enough Muslims will be in power to change laws they don’t agree with. Will the enabling dumb people please stand up so we know who to blame when the camel turds hit the fan? GuardDog

Dr Rowan Williams told BBC Radio 4 he believed the adoption of some Sharia law in the UK seemed “unavoidable”.

Sharia comments trigger criticism
BBC News
Feb. 8, 2008

The Archbishop of Canterbury has come under fire after appearing to back the adoption of Sharia law in the UK.

The prime minister’s spokesman said Sharia law could never be used to justify a breach of English law.

Home Office Minister Tony McNulty said: “To ask us to fundamentally change the rule of law and to adopt Sharia law, I think, is fundamentally wrong.”

Dr Rowan Williams told BBC Radio 4 he believed the adoption of some Sharia law in the UK seemed “unavoidable”.

‘Unacceptable and unhelpful’

Dr Williams said the UK had to “face up to the fact” some citizens did not relate to the British legal system.

He said adopting parts of Islamic Sharia law could help social cohesion. For example, Muslims could choose to have marital disputes or financial matters dealt with in a Sharia court.

But Gordon Brown’s spokesman said the prime minister “believes that British laws should be based on British values”.

He added that Mr Brown had a good relationship with the archbishop, who was perfectly entitled to express his views.

For the Conservatives, shadow community cohesion minister Baroness Warsi said the archbishop’s comments were “unhelpful”.

She told BBC News 24: “Dr Williams seems to be suggesting that there should be two systems of law, running alongside each other, almost parallel, and for people to be offered the choice of opting into one or the other. That is unacceptable.”

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said he had “an enormous amount of respect” for Dr Williams, but could not agree with him on this issue.

He said: “Equality before the law is part of the glue that binds our society together. We cannot have a situation where there is one law for one person and different laws for another.

“There is a huge difference between respecting people’s right to follow their own beliefs and allowing them to excuse themselves from the rule of law.” …..

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Rowan Williams interview on BBC Radio 4

Mohammed Shafiq on BBC News 24

In the video below, I want to slap the pro Sharia law advocate on this news show. A sexist pig if there ever was one. GuardDog

Archbishop of Canterbury: Sharia Law In UK Unavoidable
Channel 4 News UK- live 7pm 7th February 2008

Comments 10 Comments » put together this nauseating video. Also, did you know that the McCain was behind a bill to extend US health care to Mexico? Read about it at Citizen Lobbyist.

I’d eat shit before I would vote for this disgusting human being.

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It was only months ago that John McCain was no where in the national polls. His campaign was bankrupt and he was firing his staff. Many were saying he was going to drop out. Then, as if overnight, he was leading the polls. He was swimming in money, he had advertisements all over the damn place and now he’s secured the Republican nomination. WTF!

I don’t think John McCain can beat Hillary. I sure as hell hope not. I would rather have Hillary Clinton as President. She’s pretty much said that she’s not going to deal with immigration in her first year. Local and state enforcement will have made large gains by then. Also, a Republican congress would be less likely to go along with her amnesty plans for partisan reasons. John McCain would be a bigger disaster than George Bush.

Of course I’ll be voting for Ron Paul. I’m sure he’ll pick up steam now that the playing field has been narrowed. And to those who tell me I’m throwing my vote away and that a vote for Paul is like a vote for Hillary. All I can say is, good. Anybody but McPain.

NY Times

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who sought to position himself as the true conservative choice for the Republican presidential nomination, announced Thursday afternoon that he had ended his campaign.

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon will be in Sacramento Feb. 13 for a luncheon hosted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver.

The governor?s office declined to confirm Calderon?s visit, which was disclosed in an invitation to The Bee. The luncheon for Calderon, who will be accompanied by his wife, Margarita Zavala, will be held at the Sheraton Grand.

Schwarzenegger met with then President-elect Calderon in Mexico City in November 2006. During the meeting, the governor said it was ?insane? for the U.S. Congress to approve a 700-mile border fence without allowing more immigrants to work legally in the United States.

The governor also boasted to Calderon that he was re-elected with 40 percent of the Latino vote.

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Organized, well-financed and violent Mexican kidnapping cells are targeting a growing number of U.S. citizens visiting communities popular with San Diegans and other California residents.

Last year, at least 26 San Diego County residents were kidnapped and held for ransom in Tijuana, Rosarito Beach or Ensenada, local FBI agents overseeing the cases said yesterday. In 2006, at least 11 county residents had been kidnapped in the three communities.

?Some of the 26 were recovered, some were hurt and some were killed,? said agent Alex Horan, who directs the FBI’s violent-crime squad in San Diego.

?It’s not a pleasant experience. Victims have reported beatings, torture and there have been rapes. . . . Handcuffs and hoods over the head are common,? he said.

When contrasted to the 40 million border crossings made every year at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the kidnapping numbers are small. Most of the victims have business interests or family members in Mexico.

But authorities said anyone planning to visit Mexico should be cautious.

?I would certainly be concerned,? Horan said.

The U.S. Consulate in Tijuana issued a travel advisory last week that said U.S. citizens living and traveling in Mexico should be extra vigilant.

Gunfights and other violence linked to drug cartels have increased in Baja California, and more Mexican citizens have been kidnapped lately.

While some of the groups suspected of kidnapping Americans are connected to drug trafficking, most aren’t, Horan said.

He described the kidnapping groups as sophisticated operations similar to terrorist cells, each with a boss and clear divisions of labor. Usually, one group is involved in scouting, another carries out the kidnapping, a third holds the victim and a fourth handles the ransom.

?They know who they’re going after. I think they have a list,? Horan said. ?These are kidnapping cells. . . . That’s what they do. They do kidnappings all year long.?

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Felipe Calderon, “Wherever there is a Mexican, that is Mexico.”

Partial Translation from La Opinion

The tour will initiate on the 10 in New York and will close with clasp of gold in Los Angeles and Sacramento, California ?where the major number of Mexicans in North America of around 4.5 million, exist? on the 13 and 14 respectively.

On the 11, the Mexican leader will be transferred to Boston, Massachussetts, where he will give a conference in the John F. Kennedy School of Government of the University of Harvard and he will be interviewed with educators, intellectual and thinkers interested in the Mexican theme.
Subsequently, on the 12, in Chicago, Calderon will be focused exclusively to talk with his countrymen and set an agenda for a general event with the Mexican community of the region.

In New York he will take advantage of his stay to maintain a dialogue with the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon.

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A seriously ill American overstayer who was scheduled to be deported this weekend has received a temporary reprieve after a complaint to the Office of the Ombudsmen.

Lana Schmidt, who requires daily dialysis treatment and fears she will die if she is forced to return to the United States, said she was relieved her case had been taken up.

The Immigration Service had booked her on a flight out of Auckland on Saturday, but that has been put off pending a review by Ombudsman Beverley Wakem.

‘My understanding is my removal has been suspended,’ Ms Schmidt said. ‘This has been a huge 11-day battle for my life . . . from the time they gave the removal order till we got the Ombudsman to pick it up.’

She had no idea how long the investigation would take, but her lawyer, John Petris, said it was a great relief the case had been taken up.

The history of her Immigration Service case was complex, but, as he saw it, a key issue was whether adequate care would be available to her if she was deported.

Ms Schmidt said she had nowhere to go in the US, there were no arrangements for her continued medical care and she could not qualify for Medicare assistance for dialysis treatment till July.

Because her kidneys no longer function, she needs to be hooked up to a dialysis machine for 12 hours a day. She came to New Zealand in 2000 to marry an Iraqi-born Wellington businessman she met in the US. She became ill after their relationship broke up.

The Immigration Service said last week that it saw no reason why deportation should not proceed. She was fit and able to travel and it was not New Zealand’s responsibility to arrange for her dialysis in the US.

Independent MP Gordon Copeland, who took up Ms Schmidt’s case last year, said he believed there was a humanitarian case for her to stay in New Zealand and her life should not be put at risk.

But his pleas were rejected by Associate Immigration Minister Shane Jones, who told him he was not prepared to alter an earlier decision by Immigration Minister Clayton Cosgrove and he was not prepared to consider any further submissions on the case.

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Twin Cities

Eight unnamed Latino immigrants filed a civil rights and wage lawsuit in federal court in Minneapolis Monday against Mulcahy Inc., a Mahtomedi-based construction company vying for work on the new Twins stadium in Minneapolis and a new campus football stadium at the University of Minnesota.

The workers, who filed under “John Doe” and “Jane Doe” pseudonyms, claim they have been forced to work under exploitative conditions in the drywall industry. They say Mulcahy employed a two-tiered pay system, paying the Latino workers in cash at a lower rate than non-Latino co-workers. They also claim they were forced to work much longer hours but received no overtime or benefits.

“Latino immigrant workers don’t get paid for overtime they work and are getting paid at a fraction of what the non-Latino workers receive,” said Justin Cummins of Miller O’Brien Cummins, who represents the workers.

The workers are asking for class-action status to cover former and current Latino immigrant workers going back three or four years. Fearing retaliation, they are asking that the suit be permitted to proceed with pseudonyms. Cummins said when these workers complained about the unequal pay they were intimidated and ultimately fired. At least one worker received a “thinly veiled death threat” after complaining, he said.

Through attorney Rick Ross, the company denied all of the charges and says it pays and provides benefits to all workers under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement.

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Daily Courier

An illegal immigrant from Mexico with tuberculosis cost the public thousands of dollars in unreimbursed health care this past year after Yavapai County Community Health Services workers spent two months overseeing the patient’s TB care before the patient died of other medical complications.

County officials estimate that it cost somewhere between $5,305 to $8,564 to care for the patient and to test the people who came in contact with the person. If any of those people eventually come down with TB, the cost to the county will increase.

County officials said because the person - whom they would not identify by name or gender - eventually refused to take the numerous medications required of TB patients, they thought about sending the person to an isolation unit in a Phoenix jail for supervision. The Yavapai County Jail does not have the room to isolate a TB patient from the rest of the population or equipment to oversee dispensing TB medications.

‘When we told this to the person, the person said, ‘I don’t care. I’ll die in Phoenix,” said Ronda Atkinson, program manager for the county’s disease prevention program. The person was elderly and had several serious medical problems in addition to TB and said that they wanted to die, Atkinson noted.

Doctors at a hospital, which the county declined to identify, first diagnosed the patient with TB and hospitalized the person for medical problems three times during the two months before the patient died. The hospital did not receive reimbursement for that medical care either, county officials said.

Atkinson described the case to the Yavapai County Board of Health during the board’s Tuesday meeting.

Such cases bring potential legal and ethical issues to a county and often create a catch-22, Atkinson said, because counties, by law, must oversee the care of TB patients even when they refuse treatment or cannot pay for it. And because county health departments also must protect the public’s health, if a patient with TB refuses to wear a mask in public or take medications to treat the disease, it must deal with the situation somehow.

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Atlanta (Reuters) — Many illegal immigrants in the United States are manual laborers on low wages. But there’s another group that attracts much less attention: entrepreneurs who have set up businesses, created jobs and grown affluent.

There are up to 20,000 illegal immigrants earning upward of $100,000 a year as entrepreneurs, and their existence challenges the stereotype that illegal immigrants are a drain on the U.S. economy, according to immigration lawyers and academics.

Many say they are living the ‘American Dream,’ but almost none trumpet their achievements because they fear deportation.

One example is a 38-year-old computer engineer who overstayed his visa after arriving from Colombia in 1999. Not long after, he founded a Web design firm in Miami that specializes in e-commerce.

Today it’s a fast-growing, tax-paying company that recently developed a Web platform for online radio and television that could be a breakthrough technology.

‘We are at a good point now, making money,’ said the man, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of his immigration status. ‘We are growing every month because our customers are happy. They are U.S. companies making a lot of money from our Web sites.’

But the man is near the end of a long administrative process that will likely lead to his deportation. Then his company would close and workers, including Americans, would be laid off.

‘I have always tried to look at things in a positive way but now I am disappointed,’ he said in a telephone interview.

Michael Bander, a Miami immigration lawyer who has represented the man for six years, said his client’s dilemma showed a larger flaw in the immigration system.

Special Status?

It is not easy to determine the number of illegal immigrants who earn six figure salaries, but there could be 20,000 of them and a significant proportion earn up to $300,000 a year, said Jeff Passel, lead demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington.

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