Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tearful Tuesday: Second Tuesday in November

Related: Last Monday in October

Just following up and updating.

"Supreme Court rules for officer who killed man in chase" by Adam Liptak New York Times  November 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled for a police officer who shot and killed a fleeing suspect from a highway overpass.

The court’s decision was unsigned and issued without full briefing and oral argument, an indication that the majority found the case to be easy. In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the ruling endorsed “a ‘shoot first, think later’ approach to policing.”

That is what we have, and it is another in a long list of rulings or declines (torture comes to mind) where this corporate court has shown a disdain for human life. 

They would have felt different last month, but only if this had applied to them personally -- which, of course, it wouldn't, because the justices would be treated with deference and respect by police, no matter what the offense.

The case concerned an 18-minute high-speed chase near Tulia, Texas, that started when a police officer tried to serve an arrest warrant on Israel Leija Jr. at a drive-in restaurant.

Whatever happened to grabbing a guy coming out of a store or something? It's always a SWAT team shootout or chase now -- to serve warrants!!! Was he an illegal or something?

Leija fled on Interstate 27, going at 85 to 110 mph, twice calling the dispatcher to threaten to shoot at officers pursuing him. Other officers set up a spike strip to try to disable his car.

A state trooper, Chadrin L. Mullenix, took a position on a highway overpass, where he was told to “stand by” and “see if the spikes work first.” Mullenix instead fired six shots, killing Leija. The car then hit the spike strip and rolled over twice.

Leija’s family sued, saying Mullenix had used excessive force, and lower courts let the case proceed.

But the Supreme Court ruled that Mullenix was entitled to qualified immunity, a doctrine that shields officials from suits over violations of constitutional rights that were not clearly established at the time of the conduct in question.

And in that sentence is the DECLARATION by the COURT of a POLICE STATE and what many would call FASCISM!

The cops can officially kill with impunity now.

The majority did not decide whether Mullenix’s actions violated the Constitution, but it did say that there was no clear precedent that would have alerted him that his tactics amounted to unconstitutionally excessive force.

The court has twice before considered high-speed chases that ended in the death or paralysis of the fleeing driver. Last year, it ruled for officers from West Memphis, Ark., who killed a driver and passenger in a parking lot in Memphis. The shootings were lawful, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote, saying the chase had posed a grave risk to bystanders.

Maybe if they weren't chasing him.... I know, hail victory.



"Opposition to the administration reached a crescendo in the last week. A graduate student, Jonathan Butler, who was a veteran of the Ferguson protests, held a highly publicized hunger strike, saying he would not eat again until president Timothy M. Wolfe was gone. Protesters formed an encampment on a campus plaza and stayed there around the clock. A coalition of Jewish groups told chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, that they were dismayed by his lack of action after a swastika was drawn on a dormitory wall."

It was drawn with feces, is obviously another false flag and hate crime hoax to gin up racial hatred with a society dominated by wealthy Zionist Jews fooling and using the black to push a divisive agenda (portrayed as a good thing in pre$$ and film), and it explains the ma$$ media coverage it has gotten. The scripts are getting old and soooooo played!

Amazing how in this politically-correct era the Jewish role in slavery is omitted and obscured, although I guess you have to consider the source bringing you the information.

At least some courts are turning against tyranny:

"Appeals court rules against Obama immigration plan" Associated Press  November 10, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — President Obama’s plan to protect from deportation an estimated 5 million people living in the United States illegally suffered another setback Monday in a ruling from a New Orleans-based federal appeals court.

In a 2-1 ruling, the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Texas-based federal judge’s injunction blocking the administration’s immigration initiative.

Republicans had criticized the plan as an illegal executive overreach when Obama announced it last November. Twenty-six states challenged the plan in court.

The administration argued that the executive branch was within its rights in deciding to defer deportation of selected groups of immigrants, including children who were brought to the United States illegally.

The ruling further dims prospects of implementation of the executive action before Obama leaves office in 2017. Appeals over the injunction could take months and, depending on how the case unfolds, it could go back to the Texas federal court for more proceedings.

Part of the initiative included expansion of a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, protecting young immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the United States illegally as children. The other major part, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, would extend deportation protections to parents of US citizens and permanent residents who have been in the country for years.

The 70-page majority opinion by Judge Jerry Smith, joined by Jennifer Walker Elrod, rejected administration arguments that the district judge abused his discretion with a nationwide order and that the states lacked standing to challenge Obama’s executive orders.


Related: Obama's Arbitrary Enforcement Amnesty For Illegals 

What is the law, other than what the dictator says?

Be$ides, look who is lending a hand:

"Volunteer consultants aim to be ‘capitalist peace corps’" by Lorne Bell Globe Correspondent  November 03, 2015

Enter Main Street Partners, a group of volunteers from prestigious consulting firms with Boston offices, including L.E.K. Consulting, McKinsey & Co., Charles River Associates, and Bain & Co. In September, the nonprofit sent a team of five consultants to Daniel’s Bakery. The goal: bring in new customers, increase profits, and get more cakes out the door.

“They help me with Facebook, they help me with my website, they help me with everything. It’s awesome.”

It’s also free. Founded in 2010 by management consultants Bryan Solar and Alex Russell, both graduates of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, Main Street Partners has helped more than 75 small businesses, including restaurants, gyms, cleaning services, dance studios, and pet stores. Clients have increased revenue by an average of more than 50 percent, according to the organization.

Solar, 30, calls Main Street Partners a “capitalist peace corps.” 

The rest is all for you. I no longer have time for the $elf-$erving agenda-pu$hing of a $tatu$ quo pre$$.

He said the idea came from seeing his aunt sell her restaurant after it nearly went bankrupt in 2009, during the last recession. “Big companies were getting bailed out, but mom and pop shops were getting butchered,” Solar said. “We thought, ‘What if we took everything we learned consulting with big firms — the skills and really smart people — and applied it to small businesses?’ ”

At Daniel’s Bakery, that process began with an assessment by Main Street Partners’ executive director, Patrick Moran. In Wanderleia Ribeiro, he found a talented baker who grew up in Brazil making cakes with her grandmother, but who lacked the training to market her products and manage sales.

“Here’s a woman, an immigrant, working for nine years, and there’s some basic business stuff she could use help with,” said Moran. “You marry the unmet need of small business owners with talented volunteers who have the training and education and are highly motivated, and it’s a wonderful thing to watch.”

Most of the organization’s 200 volunteers are in their 20s, attracted to the work, said Moran, because they can take leadership roles that aren’t typically available to junior consultants.

Linda Vitale, a 25-year-old analyst at Bain & Co., is project leader for Daniel’s Bakery. She and her team devised a four-point plan tackling financial management, marketing strategy, pricing, and website design.

In marketing, for example, Wesley Locke, a 26-year-old investment analyst with John Hancock, is focused on showcasing the bakery’s specialty cakes.

“Wanda’s cakes and breads are some of the best in the city, but she’s never thought of advertising,” said Locke, who spends six hours each week on the project. “The main challenge is increasing customer flow.”

To do that, Locke is using Facebook and Instagram and exploring university partnerships to provide cakes for college events. He hopes to make Daniel’s a resource for faraway parents who want to send birthday confections to children attending Boston colleges and universities.

Other team members want to adjust prices to better reflect the market and the costs of making the products. While the price of eggs has risen by more than 50 cents a dozen since 2007, the bakery’s prices have stayed the same. Cupcakes at many bakeries sell for up to $6, Locke said, but Ribeiro’s are less than $2.

Overhauling a business’s approach has challenges. The test for Ribeiro and Daniel’s Bakery comes next month, when the consultants’ recommendations are implemented.

Jacqueline Kieff of Brookline has been a morning regular at the bakery for 25 years. She said she hopes her favorite cherry and nut pastries remain on the menu, but understands that Ribeiro needs to improve her bottom line.

“Her stuff is so much better than the rest,” said Kieff. “I’m a psychologist so I shouldn’t say this, but I’m addicted to that place.”

Oh, such guilty pleasure!


I'm so glad there are corporate volunteers looking out for us all, aren't you? 

Oh, what a wonderful world

Where do you think they are getting the workers?

"Amid ouster cries, immigrants aid economic rebound in Iowa" by Michael Kranish Globe Staff  November 05, 2015

WATERLOO, Iowa — Donald Trump arrived in this manufacturing city one day recently, traveling past the sites of sprawling factories that once laid off thousands of people, and strode onto the stage of the Electric Park Ballroom, where Buddy Holly once played.

This city may have seemed the perfect setting for Trump’s message, which has drawn legions of disaffected voters to his rallies, and he appealed to them as he often does, promising to get back millions of jobs lost to China and delivering broadsides against immigrants who he said are “killing people.”

Then things got ugly. As Trump departed, waving his “Make America Great Again” hat from his car, some of his supporters jeered at a group of protesting immigrants who stood just beyond a barricade. “Learn English or go back to Mexico,” one young man shouted.

Maria Gonzales, a 59-year-old cashier who lives in Waterloo, was stunned. She speaks English, is a citizen, and has lived in the United States for 40 years. “He is just talking and not even knowing what he is saying,” she said, her face filled with emotion.

The tense scene revealed the double-edged nature of the immigration issue, the way it can be used to appeal to voters, but also disconnected from a broader local view — a paradox that Trump could not have missed had he spent more time in this city of 68,000 people.

This is a place where the Trump’s rhetoric strikes a chord with disaffected voters seeking someone or something to blame for the deep slump that long beset this city, the lost jobs and broken promises and the median income that still runs far below state average. Party labels mean less to such voters than the hope for a candidate who speaks in an unvarnished way to their anxiety and anger.

But this is also a city where Trump’s rhetoric seems divorced from the reality on the ground: Waterloo has made a remarkable recovery in recent years, a transformation to which thousands of immigrant workers have made a major contribution. It’s a common story across the heartland, and across the nation.

OMG, consider what I'm reading regarding reality. This is enough to make one start sobbing.

Many employers here say they long for more, not fewer, immigrant workers, and certainly do not favor the mass deportations Trump espouses. Local politicians of all stripes said the city is a striking example of how an economy can be rebuilt with the help of a community drawn from around the world — “the most diverse place in Iowa,” as one business leader boasts.

There is always the military, AmeriKan citizen. 

This is about getting cheap, no-complain, no-taxes labor and disenfranchising Americans.

Trump, as it turned out, had come to a city that is something of a laboratory for understanding both this disaffection from politics and the role that immigrants play in today’s economy. Waterloo exudes pride in its comeback story, but continues to be shaped by the memory of what happened a generation ago, during some of its darkest days.

It's an AmeriKan WATERLOO, and I've kind of hit mine! Let the tears fly!

Decline and opportunity

I'm going to do just that.

Tom Ralston was only a toddler when it happened. John Deere, the farm equipment behemoth that has long dominated Waterloo, tanked along with the agricultural economy in the 1980s. Eventually, some 10,000 workers at its Waterloo plants were laid off. Around the same time, the Rath meat-packing plant, remembered for its Indian head logo, shut down, costing thousands more jobs.

Also see: Feds Raid Kosher Meat Plant 

It was actually a drug-making operation, but all that has been covered up and dispatched down the memory hole

How do you destroy America?

A company that manufactured munitions shuttered, leaving hundreds more out of work. Countless small businesses in the supply chain suffered or collapsed. Thousands of families were bereft, and many moved out. Home prices fell to one of the lowest levels nationwide. Trust in business and government plummeted. Even today, Waterloo’s median income is $38,902, compared to $52,229 statewide.

Such is the soil in which disaffection took root — and opportunities for newcomers emerged.

Nationally, voter anger is often traced to events in the 1960s and 1970s.

By jwho?

Civil rights legislation prompted resentment among some white voters, especially in the South. The bitter ending of the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation ushered in an era of cynicism about government. That was followed by an economic downturn in the 1980s, which was felt as harshly in Waterloo as anywhere in the country, epitomized by a series of layoffs known as Black Friday, although not all occurred on one day.

“The community has a strong remembrance,” Ralston said. “Everybody remembers it. I was born in ’84, but I remember it like I was there because the community has such a strong memory.”

Gradually, the city brightened. John Deere has invested $1 billion in Waterloo in the last decade and gradually increased the number of employees. But during the past year, dark memories returned. John Deere announced it was laying off 1,000 out of 6,000 employees in Waterloo due to a downturn in the farm economy. Only about 50 of the recently laid-off workers have been recalled.

All during the Great AmeriKan Economic Recovery (*if you are at the top of the pyramid, that is.)

Ralston grew up in Waterloo and, like many here, dreamed of the stability of a John Deere job. He rose to become the president of local United Auto Workers union that represents Deere workers, a job that demands he constantly worry about whether history might repeat itself.

The aftermath of the 1980s crises affects the city to this day. Property taxes had to be raised after the shutdowns, and they remain among the state’s highest. At the same time, voters were giving up on traditional party alignments. Registration in Black Hawk County, which includes Waterloo, has been shifting away from the Democrat and Republican parties, with independents holding a plurality, with 34,020 voters, compared to 30,126 Democrats and 21,211 Republicans. Nationally, the percentage of independents last year reached a high of 39 percent, compared to 32 percent Democrats and 23 percent Republicans.

All of this has helped fuel the rise of the GOP outsiders, including Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina, as well as the support for Senator Bernie Sanders among Democrats.

“The disaffected people feel the power structure of both parties does things for their own personal benefit and special interests, and when it comes to their own life, things are getting worse,” said Doug Gross, a longtime Iowa Republican activist who is uncommitted.

Everybody knows it, and can see it around them. Just drive around your own town and see the neglect and poverty. It's there.

Harsh words fly

During the Trump rally, such polarization was on vivid display; the candidate fomented division and played to it.

If that isn't ever the supremacist pre$$ hollering kettle!

After boasting about his poll numbers — which have since, to his consternation, edged down — Trump turned his sights on immigrants. Trump has said he wants to force 11 million illegal immigrants to return to their homelands, while stressing that a “beautiful door” will be open to legal entrants. He also wants to deport the 300,000 or so children who are born annually in the United States to illegal immigrants, disagreeing with the longstanding view that the Constitution automatically gives them birthright citizenship. Iowa had at least 149,000 foreign-born residents in 2013, including an estimated 40,000 undocumented immigrants, according to the American Immigration Council.

Trump mocked his rival Jeb Bush, who is married to a Mexican-born woman and who expressed sympathy for those who come here illegally. “He said, remember, ‘They come as an act of love,’ right?” Trump told the crowd of about 1,000. “In the meantime, they’re killing people.”

He also ridiculed the idea that the United States may admit thousands of Syrian refugees, many of whom have fled a civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, suggesting that they might be part of a terrorist army that would be unleashed once they arrive in the United States.

We will see what the U.S. government has planned for its agents and assets once they get here.

“We know nothing about them,” Trump said, “They are not documented. This could be one of the great Trojan horses. This could make the Trojan horse look like peanuts.”

Many in the crowd devoured it. Trump supporters at the rally described themselves as either disaffected from the party to which they had long belonged or disillusioned with politics in general.

Many said their disaffection with politics began after Ronald Reagan left office. They said the subsequent presidents were, in effect, of one party, a permanent establishment that doesn’t represent them.

Paul Beyer, 72, spent 34 years as the ultimate Iowa political insider, serving on Republican committees, urging the state’s many unaligned voters to join the GOP. Then, three years ago, he became “fed up,” registering as an independent.

“Trump is saying what we have felt for many years but we don’t have guts enough to bring it out,” Beyer said. “The immigration thing is a big one,” he added, saying that a friend’s mother “was killed in a car wreck by illegal immigrants.”

Carolyn Berndt, the manager of the Des Moines chapter of the Izaak Walton League, the conservation and outdoor recreation group, said she had been a lifelong Democrat until she, too, became fed up with her party. She registered as a Republican and became an avid Trump supporter.

“I’m for the wall,” she said, referring to Trump’s plan to seal the Mexican border.

I always say if it's good enough for Israel, it's good enough for us.

With Trump’s rise, she said, she is excited about an election for the first time since Reagan was president. It is a common sentiment among Trump supporters, that the light went out of politics after Reagan.

It may be forgotten that Reagan said he believed “in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally.” Reagan signed legislation in 1986 that allowed 2.7 million undocumented immigrants to apply for legal residency.

I haven't forgotten. It was a pro-bu$ine$$ admini$tration.

The irony is that Waterloo presents the kind of story that Reagan might have had in mind when he legalized millions of undocumented immigrants.

Newcomers’ impact

Open the door to Galleria de Paco and a most unexpected sight greets the visitor. The restaurant is painted to resemble the Sistine Chapel, ceiling to floor, a rendition of the Italian masterpiece applied through the artistry of 2,000 cans of spray paint. Diners sit in high-backed chairs at broad tables. Holding court is Jacky Rosic, a Bosnian Muslim who lost more than half of his family in wars back home, fled to Germany, and eventually arrived here like so many others, to make a new life. He turned an abandoned downtown building into a Waterloo landmark, the Sistine replica painted by his son, Paco.

Twenty years ago, there were few Bosnians here. A local meat-packing company was searching for those who would do the plant’s difficult work. Bosnians who needed jobs that didn’t require English heard about the Waterloo plant. They told friends and family, and in a matter of years, the number of Bosnians living in the area climbed to 5,000, many of whom were employed in meat plants and shops, and then opened businesses of their own.

Eighteen years after his arrival here, Rosic is asked what he thinks of Trump’s “Make American Great Again” appearance in town. He said America already is great. “The United States is the best in the whole universe so far,” he said. “Nobody can even imagine how lucky they are to be here.”

To Rosic, who, like many Bosnians, was granted asylum during the sectarian wars by President Clinton, immigrants are the story of America, the engine of its growth, a fact that defines Waterloo.

Whether they wanted to be brought here or not -- and as for that Native American population....

“The city was empty before” the influx, he said. “Nothing was happening. Now, it is beautiful.”

Today, Waterloo is the most diverse major city in Iowa. African-Americans came here from the South in the early 20th century, finding work on railroads and in factories, and today make up 14 percent of the city’s population. Then, after waves of Waterloo residents fled during the 1980s shutdowns, refugees and other immigrants arrived and took their place.

In the early 1990s, an influx of some 3,500 Latinos, mostly from Mexico, found work in meat-packing plants and elsewhere. Then, starting around 1996 came the 5,000 Bosnians, followed by 1,200 from Myanmar, 300 Liberians, and others, according to Mark Grey, director of the New Iowans Center at the University of Northern Iowa, which works with refugees. About 12 percent of the population in Waterloo and nearby areas is nonnative, he said.

“We have folks like Trump come through talk about how illegal immigration ruined our community,” Grey said. “Really? Almost the entire recent influx of refugees to Waterloo are legal. Thank God they are here. They pay taxes. We had a school almost shut down until the Burmese came. They are renting our stores, there’s a major turnaround in the housing market. The town has been in recovery since the 1980s, and it has really accelerated with the arrival of these folks.”

Yup, illegals turned legal are somehow going to $ave us all.

You know, I guess I won't make too much of a fuss over the numbers then. Just go with the agenda-pu$hing narrative of the pre$$.

Across the city, businesses say they depend on immigrants in a labor market that has a 4 percent unemployment rate.

Steve Dust, president of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber, the area’s leading business group, said Trump’s plan to deport 11 million illegal immigrants and their US-born children is “unrealistic,” and he said the region particularly wants educated emigres who came here on student visas to be allowed to remain.

“The Midwest is de-populating, and Iowa’s growth has come primarily from immigration,” Dust said. “Immigration is good for Iowa.” As for Waterloo’s greater-than-average diversity, “We celebrate that.”

Ah, go tell it to Israel who is admitting zero -- that's 0 -- war refugees.

The city’s comeback has been built on businesses diversifying into fields such as health care and high-tech. Even companies that don’t rely on immigrant labor say they have a shortage of workers.

How can that be when the adult workforce participation rate is at it's lowest level in more than 80 years?

Jim Walsh, president of an 850-employee company called VGM, a home-grown firm that distributes health care equipment, lamented that he can’t draw enough high-skilled workers to Waterloo.

What was all that college debt going to, kids? Degrees in LGBT politics and politically-correct dogma you can't use?

Walsh, who calls himself a libertarian Republican, said he has at least 100 upper-level employees in satellite offices across the country because “We can’t get people to move here.”

I may have to shut this blog down and head to Iowa.

Aside from immigration, Trump highlighted his promise to return millions of jobs from China. But the local company with one of the biggest ties to China — John Deere — distanced itself from Trump’s stance. While there are Deere facilities in China, they are designed to supply the local market, the company said.

“That scenario does not work for John Deere. We do not have jobs in China that we would bring to Waterloo, Iowa,” spokesman Ken Golden said.

Political alienation

Mayor Buck Clark, 67, a Democrat who has decided not to seek reelection, loves to tell the story of Waterloo’s comeback, and the role that immigrants have played in it.

Excuse me.

But he knows that, for many in Waterloo, immigration is a subplot in the broader story of voter disaffection. This year’s mayoral election is likely to draw just 20 percent of voters, about the percentage that participated in the hotly contested 2012 Republican presidential caucuses.

“It is just awful,” Clark said of the city voter rate. “It is reflective of this whole movement that people don’t trust or like their politicians at any level.”

They have earned the distrust, the $cum.

The presidential race is in some ways mirrored by this fall’s campaign for mayor. Leah Morrison, who describes herself as conservative, has run a Trump-like campaign that touts her outsider credentials and her lack of political experience — but parts company with him on immigration. Morrison, who runs an accounting firm, said, “Most employers in our city are desperate to hire anyone.”

Rejecting the message

Dick Cole has seen the story of Waterloo through his camera lens over the decades. At 17, in July 1958, he was in the kitchen of the Electric Park Ballroom when he took an iconic photo of Buddy Holly tuning his guitar. Cole later met his future wife under the ballroom’s dome. His photography business took off as Waterloo boomed, and it bottomed when the thousands of John Deere employees lost jobs. He counted Waterloo’s troubles this way: fewer photos of graduations, weddings, smiling families. He watched Waterloo, and the city’s businesses, rebound with the influx immigrants, for whom he has high praise.

I'm getting the me$$age. That's why I'm not buying it.

Then, on Oct. 7, Trump emerged from the same kitchen where Holly had strummed his guitar, and he took the stage to cheers. Cole, now 74, was back in the ballroom. Cole is an undecided Republican when it comes to politics, but always the observer, narrowing and widening the lens.

“We got a bunch of rednecks here, and I’m sure that they are in love with Trump; he says what we all want to hear, we are going to build a fence and we’re going to make more business, we’re going to be better,” Cole said. “The working class folk here, in a lot of cases, they want to hear that. I like what he says, but I don’t believe — there’s no way to export 10 million people.”

Yup, all the working folk -- and non-working folk -- that make up the American voter, well, here is your elitist insult.

What does he think the people of Waterloo believe?

I can tell you what I don't believe, not one word anymore.

He responds by recounting Waterloo’s tumultuous ride over the decades, and its constant courting by presidential candidates.

“I think we have all been worked over so bad,” Cole concluded, “we don’t know what’s the truth.”


Won't finding it reading that, no.

Also see: South Boston brothers facing hate crime charges

Related to Trump, and remember all those sick kids they sent north last summer?

"Red tape slows US help for children fleeing Central America; No refugee from Central America admitted to US" by Michael D. Shear New York Times  November 06, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Obama vowed a year ago to give Central American children fleeing violence a new, legal way into the United States by allowing them to apply for refugee status while in their own countries instead of accepting help from smugglers or resorting to a dangerous trek across Mexico.

But not a single child has entered the United States through the Central American Minors program since its establishment in December, in large part because of a slow-moving US bureaucracy that has infuriated advocates for the young children and their families. 

So we are told. It's not like the government would lie or anything. They dumped the kids in communities in the dead of night and told people they didn't. 

The unbounded disingenuousness of this government and its mouthpiece media is astonishing.

More than 5,400 children, most of them trying to escape street gangs, extortion and sexual assault in El Salvador, have applied to join their parents, who are already in the United States legally. So far the Department of Homeland Security has interviewed only 90 of them, and lengthy procedures for getting airplane tickets and processing paperwork have delayed those whose applications were approved.

Yeah, and if you aren't for it you are against kids. 

Now about all those kids Obummer and Israel are incinerating.... or are at least turning into refugees.

“Really, it’s pathetic that no child has come through this program,” said Lavinia Limón, the president and chief executive of the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, a nonprofit organization. Pointing to administration officials, she added, “I wonder if it were their child living in the murder capital of the world, whether they would have more sense of urgency.” 

It sure is! Now if we could only get them to send their kids into wars!

In the summer of 2014, tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American minors surged across the US-Mexico border after journeys that put their lives at risk or subjected them to sexual abuse from smugglers. Although the numbers crossing the southwestern border with Mexico have dropped since then, nearly 40,000 such children — most of them from Central America — still tried to cross into the United States in the year that ended on Sept. 30.

The administration’s refugee program for Central American minors was intended to reduce the incentive for children to make the trek: At the time that it was proposed a year ago, a White House spokesman called it an “orderly alternative to the dangerous journey that children are currently undertaking to join relatives in the United States.”

Administration officials said they are still convinced that the program will become a good alternative for some of those children, although they acknowledged the delays. Obama’s advisers said approving refugees is never a fast process and is even harder in places like Central America, where the United States does not have a long-established system for processing refugee applicants.

State Department officials said the program was also slowed by the requirement of DNA tests for parents in the United States and their children in Central America before the children could be granted entry. The officials said some parents had taken a long time to have those tests performed, further extending the delays. The process also includes security checks, medical screenings, payments for airline flights, and other paperwork.

They care more about them than they do you and your kids, citizens of America!!

And who do you think caused the situation, what with it being double-crossing drug wars and economics supporting corporate conglomerates? 

The same people who caused your mi$ery are going to be the ones to re$cue you!

Nonetheless, Simon Henshaw, the principal deputy assistant secretary of state, said that he expected the first children in the program to be reunited with their parents in the next two weeks and that the department was preparing to interview as many as 420 more children starting this month.


Be careful crossing that border:

"Border patrol agent charged in death of man found decapitated" AP  November 07, 2015

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A US Border Patrol agent has been charged in the death of a man whose decapitated body was found floating near South Padre Island in Texas, a sheriff said Friday.

Should have become a local law enforcement officer; then the USSC would have cleared him. 

So who was he working for, ISIS?

Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said Joel Luna might be tied to a Mexican drug cartel through his two brothers but that the investigation is still ongoing.

Oh, so he was U.S. undercover.

Luna is charged with capital murder, engaging in organized criminal activity, and tampering with evidence. He’s accused in the death of Honduran native Jose Francisco ‘‘Franklin’’ Rodriguez Palacios Paz, whose body was found in March.

Luna is jailed without bond.

Jail records didn’t list an attorney for Luna, 30, who has worked as a Border Patrol agent for six years.

Fishermen found Paz’s body off the shore of South Padre Island. Paz had been working as a mechanic in Edinburg, about 80 miles west of the island, and had been missing for about five days.

Lucio said the arrest of four individuals in June for the death eventually led authorities to Luna, who was arrested Thursday at his home.

Authorities said investigators found a safe at Luna’s home that contained nearly $90,000, around a kilo of cocaine, and several handguns.


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