12,000 illegals granted amnesty in New Haven’s sanctuary.

Now this a  great example of a world gone mad. The story originates from the UK. So it’s not a big stretch for them. But let’s just take a look at a few of the things in this piece. Then try to get your head around how we got from the country you grew up in to this place. Bring the aspirin bottle, you’ll need it.

BBC Online

US city issues immigrant ID card

US border police make an arrest

Opponents say the ID cards will open the floodgates to immigrants

A city in Connecticut has become the first in the United States to issue identity cards to illegal immigrants.<Connecticut-surprise,surprise!>

New Haven – best known as the home of Yale University – is offering the cards to all its residents, including to some 12,000 undocumented immigrants. <Note-these folks are just ‘undocumented’. No mention of 12,ooo people who have committed a crime.>

City leaders say the plan will enable immigrants to open bank accounts and make them less vulnerable to crime. <Why are we making on effort to make criminals less vulnerable to crime?>

But the ID card scheme, which comes as some other cities get tough on illegal immigrants, has also prompted protests.

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano said the cards, which were approved last month, would make immigrants more willing to report crime.

“The simple straightforward purpose here is to build a stronger community,” he said.

“You can’t police a community of people who won’t talk to our cops.” <No John, you can’t police a community where roughly 12% of it’s population disobey it’s laws. Then you give them a pass and a head of the line chit. It’s called respect, John. You can’t earn the respect of the citizenry when you don’t enforce the laws upon them equally. And you don’t earn the trust of the citizenry when you can’t/don’t /won’t perform the duties for which said citizenry elected you.>

‘Welcome mat’

But opponents said the move would encourage illegal immigration.

Bill Farrel, of Southern Connecticut Citizens for Immigration Reform, said: “It’s going to be a welcome mat for illegal aliens to come to the region, flood the labour market and dry up working-class and middle-class jobs.” <Sorry Bill, red herring. Jobs aren’t the point. I wish you and yours would stop trotting that out. It makes pro-immigration enforcement look small and petty.>

BBC Americas editor Will Grant says the controversial move stands in stark contrast to the approach towards illegal immigrants adopted in other parts of the US.

New laws and proposals in more than 90 cities or counties across the country include prohibiting landlords from renting to illegal immigrants and penalising firms that employ them. <Wrong. Those laws are already on the books. Passing a new proposal for the cameras re-iterating the enforcement of already existing law is no more than grandstanding.>

Last month, US President George W Bush’s plans for immigration reform collapsed in the Senate amid strong opposition.

You’ll notice that amid the heated debate over ‘comprehensive immigration reform’, the big buzzword was border security. All the Libs and RINOs trotted out their canned speeches about how ‘this bill will allow us to move forward on achieving true border security….blah,blah,blah.” You don’t hear that so much anymore, now that Amnesty got shot down. I guess that sense of urgency wasn’t so urgent after all.

Hey fellas, the money is still in the bank. The fence is still enacted into law. How about not wheeling Michael Chertoff out for sound bites and instead start moving some dirt on the Rio Grande?

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Bush and the Senate try to filch $4.4B from your pocket.

This is a release from Sen. Jim DeMint’s office….

June 27th, 2007 – Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) released Wednesday a report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) which says the new Senate immigration bill contains a major loophole in border security. Supporters of the bill say it provides $4.4 billion in immediate mandatory spending for border enforcement, but according to the CRS analysis, the funds could also be used immediately to implement the amnesty provisions in the bill.

“This is just another example of how this bill claims to do one thing but does something else entirely. It’s another example of an empty promise being used to buy votes for amnesty,” said Senator DeMint. “The supporters of this bill have been running around trying to convince people that this money will be used to secure the border first, but now we know that’s not the case. If you read the fine print, the bill says this money can also be used for amnesty.”

According to the CRS report provided to Senator DeMint, the mandatory spending in the bill could immediately be used for Z visas. It says, “(r)eceiving, processing, and adjudicating applications for the Z visa authorized by Title VI of the Act is one of the trigger mechanisms outlined in Section 1; this means that funding from the Immigration Security Account could be used for this purpose.”

In addition, the report says the funds could be used for Y visas and other programs once the trigger mechanisms have been met but it does not require the Secretary of Homeland Security to certify the trigger. The report says, “S. 1639 does not explicitly stipulate whether the certification required by Section 1 would have to take place prior to funding being made available for the additional purposes outlined in Section 2(C).”

“Not only can this money be used for things other then border security and enforcement, it looks like another backdoor trick to promote amnesty,” said Senator DeMint. “If Congress appropriates money later this year for the border, the money provided in this bill will turn into a slush fund the Administration can use to ensure illegal immigrants are legalized.”

So you see, It’s one big back-door scheme to re-allocate money from Border Security to fasttracking illegals for ‘voting status’.  Nothing about ‘immigration’ will be ‘reformed’ in this bill.  Those whose choose to remain here illegally will do so.  The voter base will grow as a result of the $4.4B slush fund to speed up ‘applications’.  The tax base will not grow because, as the Heritage Institute study points out, the people in question equal a net loss in government revenue.  We will have sent a message that we only enforce the laws that provide the lawmakers with political leverage.

And most importantly, we will remain a fundamentally ‘unsovereign’ nation.

Call the White House and your Senators.  Enough is enough. 

Taken to the cleaners UPDATE

Man! What a sad sack this guy seems to be.  This entire story is just one big fiasco.  Crying in court over some pants?  Come on dude, get a life! 

WASHINGTON (June 12) – A judge had to leave the courtroom with tears running down his face Tuesday after recalling the lost pair of trousers that led to his $54 million lawsuit against a dry cleaner.
Administrative law judge Roy L. Pearson had argued earlier in his opening statement that he is acting in the interest of all city residents against poor business practices. Defense attorneys called his claim “outlandish.”

He originally sued Custom Cleaners for about $65 million under the District of Columbia consumer protection act and almost $2 million in common law claims. He is no longer seeking damages related to the pants, instead focusing his claims on two signs in the shop that have since been removed.

He alleges that Jin Chung, Soo Chung and Ki Chung, owners of the mom-and-pop business, committed fraud and misled consumers with signs that claimed “Satisfaction Guaranteed” and “Same Day Service.”

Pearson, representing himself, said in opening that he wanted to examine the culture that allowed “a group of defendants to engage in bad business practices for five years.”

An attorney for the Chungs portrayed Pearson as a bitter man with financial troubles stemming from a recent divorce who is taking out his anger on a hardworking family.

Full Story.

The punchline to the Nifong joke.

What a joke Mike Nifong has become.  And check out the quote from his attorney.  That’s just laughable. 

The North Carolina State Bar has charged Nifong, the district attorney in Durham County, with several violations of the state’s rules of professional conduct, all tied to his handling of the lacrosse case.

Former Duke Lacrosse Prosecutor Faces Trial

By AARON BEARD

AP

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 12) – More than a year after shocking allegations emerged about Duke University’s lacrosse team, prosecutor Mike Nifong  is heading to trial – as a defendant

Among those expected to watch from the gallery of a packed North Carolina Court of Appeals courtroom are Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty, two of the once-charged and now cleared players. Several defense attorneys and family members of the three players are also expected to attend.

Nifong is expected to testify at the trial.

Nifong’s attorney, David Freedman, did not return calls seeking comment Monday. But last week, he insisted his client had no plans to heed calls from his critics to resign.

“Public opinion is not going to weigh in on how the proceeding develops and will not weigh in on the ultimate decision by the bar,” Freedman said. “Our purpose is not to sway public opinion but to present his case to the State Bar.”

Full Story.

Pelosi’s son in bed with Dem investor.

From NewsMax.  But it ‘s only the GOP that is in bed with big business, remember. 

A database company that has showered money on Bill and Hillary Clinton – and is alleged to have aided scam artists – now appears to have close links to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s family as well.

The firm InfoUSA, headed by major Clinton backer Vinod Gupta, has placed Pelosi’s son, Paul Pelosi Jr., on its payroll – even though he has no experience in the company’s main business activities, NewsMax has learned.

As NewsMax previously reported, InfoUSA repeatedly rented marketing databases to unscrupulous persons who used the information to defraud the unsuspecting elderly, investigators found.

The company is also under fire in a shareholder lawsuit which alleges that Gupta is appropriating company funds for personal use and his political pet projects.

Shareholder critics are furious that Gupta had InfoUsa pay former President Bill Clinton $2.1 million in “consulting fees” since he left the White House, with another $1.2 million promised.

50% Good News Is the Bad News in Russian Radio

Gee!  Can anyone say “fairness doctrine’?  It’s nice when your government decides what is offensive, fair, extremist, etc..

First they take your guns.  Then they take your voice.  It’s all downhill from there. 

Remember, the term “Political Correctness” originated in the former Soviet Union. 

50% Good News Is the Bad News in Russian Radio – New York Times

MOSCOW, April 21 — At their first meeting with journalists since taking over Russia’s largest independent radio news network, the managers had startling news of their own: from now on, they said, at least 50 percent of the reports about Russia must be “positive.”

In addition, opposition leaders could not be mentioned on the air and the United States was to be portrayed as an enemy, journalists employed by the network, Russian News Service, say they were told by the new managers, who are allies of the Kremlin.

How would they know what constituted positive news?

“When we talk of death, violence or poverty, for example, this is not positive,” said one editor at the station who did not want to be identified for fear of retribution. “If the stock market is up, that is positive. The weather can also be positive.”

In a darkening media landscape, radio news had been a rare bright spot. Now, the implementation of the “50 percent positive” rule at the Russian News Service leaves an increasingly small number of news outlets that are not managed by the Kremlin, directly or through the state national gas company, Gazprom, a major owner of media assets.

The three national television networks are already state controlled, though small-circulation newspapers generally remain independent.

This month alone, a bank loyal to President Vladimir V. Putin tightened its control of an independent television station, Parliament passed a measure banning “extremism” in politics and prosecutors have gone after individuals who post critical comments on Web chat rooms.

Parliament is also considering extending state control to Internet sites that report news, reflecting the growing importance of Web news as the country becomes more affluent and growing numbers of middle-class Russians acquire computers.

On Tuesday, the police raided the Educated Media Foundation, a nongovernmental group sponsored by United States and European donors that helps foster an independent news media. The police carried away documents and computers that were used as servers for the Web sites of similar groups. That brought down a Web site run by the Glasnost Defense Foundation, a media rights group, which published bulletins on violations of press freedoms.

“Russia is dropping off the list of countries that respect press freedoms,” said Boris Timoshenko, a spokesman for the foundation. “We have propaganda, not information.”

With this new campaign, seemingly aimed at tying up the loose ends before a parliamentary election in the fall that is being carefully stage-managed by the Kremlin, censorship rules in Russia have reached their most restrictive since the breakup of the Soviet Union, media watchdog groups say.

“This is not the U.S.S.R., when every print or broadcasting outlet was preliminarily censored,” Masha Lipman, a researcher at the Carnegie Moscow Center, said in a telephone interview.

Instead, the tactic has been to impose state ownership on media companies and replace editors with those who are supporters of Mr. Putin — or offer a generally more upbeat report on developments in Russia these days.

The new censorship rules are often passed in vaguely worded measures and decrees that are ostensibly intended to protect the public.

Late last year, for example, the prosecutor general and the interior minister appeared before Parliament to ask deputies to draft legislation banning the distribution on the Web of “extremist” content — a catch phrase, critics say, for information about opponents of Mr. Putin.

All Charges Dropped Against 3 at Duke

If justice is to be done, Mike Nifong should be disbarred. I’m not going to be overly reactionary and call for a criminal investigation. But this dog had fleas from day one. And Nifong should be held accountable.
All Charges Dropped Against 3 at Duke – washingtonpost.com

RALEIGH, N.C., April 11 — Rather than simply drop the remaining charges against three former Duke University lacrosse players, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper turned the tables on the prosecutor Wednesday and, after castigating him as a “rogue” who acted out of “bravado,” said he could face a criminal investigation for his pursuit of the sexual assault case.

“We believe that these cases were the result of a tragic rush to accuse and a failure to verify serious allegations,” Cooper said. “There were many points in this case where caution would have served justice better than bravado.”

A criminal investigation of Durham District Attorney Michael B. Nifong is a “possibility,” he said, noting that the North Carolina bar is already investigating an ethics complaint against him. Nifong did not return calls to his office, but his lawyer, David Freedman, told ABC News that “he pushed the case as long as he did because at that point he believed in this case.”

The attorney general’s announcement draws to a close a racially charged legal drama that opened with the three white players being vilified as privileged “hooligans” — Nifong’s word — who had gang-raped a black stripper at an off-campus team party on March 13, 2006.