Monday, August 1, 2011

Immigrants fail to integrate and assimilate; Levin supports UN arms treaty; Texas can't deny driver's licenses to those with temporary visas; NAACP official in prison for voter fraud; Defining terrorism down; Honor killings in Chicago; Obama loses 33,000 Twitter friends; Margaret Carlson says Tea Party has "strapped explosives to Capitol"; S&P demands lower government spending; Quartzsite, AZ

American Thinker opines: Western countries are perplexed by the problem of the current immigration of large numbers of individuals coming from different cultures, and the tension caused by their reluctance to assimilate and integrate into the larger society.  To debate the issues of immigration and the likelihood of groups becoming participants in the larger society is not racist behavior, but rather a necessary consequence of real problems.
Aware of the potential positive value of immigrants, governments along with other agencies have subscribed to a set of policies and values that has become known as multiculturalism.  They seek to diminish the difficulties the newcomers face: lack of respect, verbal abuse, and discrimination in general (and especially in housing and employment).
However desirable some of the efforts have been, both for immigrants and for their new society, it is evident that Western policies of multiculturalism have drawbacks as well as benefits.
In a letter to a constituent, Sen. Carl Levin of  Michigan says the following about a possible UN arms treaty: Over the years, the United States and other UN member governments have undertaken both national and international efforts to combat the significant increase in illegally manufactured and trafficked firearms.
 [I guess this is great, except for our government's involvement in actually arming the Mexican drug cartels via Fast and Furious.]
American Thinker writes: A judge this week ruled this week that Texas can no longer deny driver's licenses to legal immigrants with temporary visas and must issue standard licenses instead of non-standard ones approved by a state panel three years ago.
Judge Orlinda Naranjo said in a ruling Wednesday that the Texas Department of Public Safety exceeded its legal authority when it adopted a policy in 2008 as part of a crackdown on identity theft and fraud that requires immigrants applying for driver's licenses to prove they're in the country legally.

My chief conundrum is why Americans put up with their political system and sometimes even consider it the best in the world.  Are they blind?  Can't they see it just doesn't -- and cannot -- work?  Consider: A president is elected.  The only time when he can truly feel as a head of state is immediately after his electoral triumph, before he takes the oath of office, when he takes a victory lap, looking and sounding presidential and soaking in the public's admiration.  But no sooner does he move into the White House than the honeymoon abruptly ends: he is no longer the president.  He is now a candidate running for reelection.
From day one, everything he does is primarily political, dictated by the exigencies of his reelection campaign.  A Republican president is more constrained because the leftist press watches him eagle-eyed, pouncing on his slightest faux pas.  But a Democrat has a totally free hand; he can do as he pleases.  The press proclaims that what's good for the president is good for America and darkly intimates that Republican opposition to anything the president does is unpatriotic, maybe even subversive, and of course racist if the president's name is Barack Obama.
And so most of the president's time in office is consumed by politicking, not policy-making.
Daily Caller writes: While NAACP President Benjamin Jealous lashed out at new state laws requiring photo ID for voting, an NAACP executive sits in prison, sentenced for carrying out a massive voter fraud scheme.
In a story ignored by the national media, in April a Tunica County, Miss., jury convicted NAACP official Lessadolla Sowers on 10 counts of fraudulently casting absentee ballots. Sowers is identified on an NAACP website as a member of the Tunica County NAACP Executive Committee.
Sowers received a five-year prison term for each of the 10 counts, but Circuit Court Judge Charles Webster permitted Sowers to serve those terms concurrently, according to the Tunica Times, the only media outlet to cover the sentencing.
Townhall reports on the words of a Politico columnist: It has become commonplace to call the tea party faction in the House “hostage takers.” But they have now become full-blown terrorists.  They have joined the villains of American history who have been sufficiently craven to inflict massive harm on innocent victims to achieve their political goals. A strong America has always stood firm in the face of terrorism. That tradition is in jeopardy, as Congress and President Barack Obama careen toward an uncertain outcome in the tea party- manufactured debt crisis
Citizens Report writes: [So - you think Muslims and their Sharia law is not affecting anyone negatively in America?] The Chicago Tribune reports: A man who was angry that his family would not go along with his conversion to Islam was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday in the slayings of his mother, pregnant wife, infant son and two nieces in a rampage last year on the South Side.
James A. Larry, 33, of Madison, Wis., pleaded guilty last month to multiple counts of murder, attempted murder and the intentional homicide of an unborn child.

The UK Telegraph reports: Barack Obama’s vulgar Twitter spamming campaign is a classless act of desperation by the US president

One would have thought the leader of the free world might have better things to do with his time than spam Twitter with highly partisan tweets that quickly became a major annoyance.
Newsbusters reports: Bloomberg's Margaret Carlson on Friday accused the Tea Party of wanting "to burn the place down" and having figuratively "strapped explosives to the Capitol" during debt ceiling negotiations.
Sitting beside her on PBS's "Inside Washington" was Charles Krauthammer who smartly replied, "I thought post-Tucson we weren’t supposed to accuse our political opponents of being terrorists" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ writes: Perhaps the most important shot not heard around the world was S&P’s other admonition: Namely, that the U.S. bond rating will be downgraded in three months, if not sooner, unless we do something about government spending. Beyond raising the debt limit, S&P laid out clear criteria for avoiding a downgrade: 1) reduce the debt by about $4 trillion; 2) agree to a credible plan within three months; and 3) guarantee that this newfound fiscal discipline will actually stick.
Take the work of Harvard’s Alberto Alesina and Silvia Ardagna. They examined 107 efforts to reduce the debt in 21 OECD nations between 1970–2007. Their findings suggest that tax cuts are more expansionary than spending increases in the cases of a fiscal stimulus. Also, they found that spending cuts are a more effective way to reduce the debt-to-GDP ratio:
For fiscal adjustments we show that spending cuts are much more effective than tax increases in stabilizing the debt and avoiding economic downturns. In fact, we uncover several episodes in which spending cuts adopted to reduce deficits have been associated with economic expansions rather than recessions.
World Net Daily reports: The town of Quartzsite, Ariz., has been in the headlines several times lately, and a state investigation was launched after such odd reports as:

  • A man was ordered to give up his guns after he allegedly "glared" at a town official.
  • A woman was forcibly removed from a public town meeting by police even though the mayor pleaded her cause.
  • Some sort of secret decision was made to quit paying the mayor, as police officers were wrongly being fired."Several hundred" emails prompted a declaration of a state of emergency.
Now the state has taken the unusual step of releasing a statement amid its investigation, confirming there is "reasonable cause" to believe officials in Quartzsite, after getting worldwide attention by having officers forcibly remove a woman from speaking at a town-hall meeting, have broken the law.

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