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In news that will make the members of the National Democratic Socialist Party of America go even more schizophrenic than they already are, our friendly neighbors to the South are scaring the shit out of environmental scientists who are working to study and preserve the wildlife along our border.
PHOENIX — Biologist Karen Krebbs used to study bats in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument on the Arizona-Mexico border. Then, she got tired of dodging drug smugglers all night.
“I use night-vision goggles, and you could see them very clearly” — caravans of men with guns and huge backpacks full of drugs, trudging through the desert, Krebbs said. After her 10th or 11th time hiding in bushes and behind rocks, she abandoned her research.
“I’m just not willing to risk my neck anymore,” she said.
What’s a Poverty Pimp™ to do when his or her future voting bloc of Shamnesty™-seeking welfare sponges are threatening to kill Mother Gaia’s™ custodians? (And thereby possibly unleashing the wrath of the Eco-Freaks™. Of course, they’ll most likely blame the Eeeeevil BusHitlerCheneyBurton Cabal™ for forcing the Poor, Oppressed Little Brown People™ into the pristine wilderness areas, by not demolishing the border checkpoints and allowing them to simply drive in, unfettered and unmolested.)
Across the southwestern U.S. border and in northern Mexico, scientists such as Krebbs say their work is increasingly threatened by smugglers as tighter border security pushes trafficking into the most remote areas where botanists, zoologists and geologists do their research.
Yeeeeeeeeeah. The continuing rise in the number of
illegal aliens “undocumented workers” around the country sure do show how much “tighter” the border is. How many miles of that vaunted, much-ballyhooed border fence have been installed so far?
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Hat Tip to LC Mrs. M-ITT™ for the linkage AND warning, as I’d still be cleaning chunks of brain matter from the keyboard, and I sure can’t afford to lose anymore. Sorry for the length, it was just too deserving of a thorough fisking, nay begging for one.
Boston, being the bastion of liberalism that it is, decides to cast aside that pesky warrant thing and go right to throwing it’s doors wide-open to searches for weapons. After all, it’s for the chilllrrren and keeping those evil guns that the gang-bangers always seem to have at hand, from going on autonomous killing-sprees. The Constitution and Bill of Rights are living, breathing documents, subject to penumbras and just about whatever a black-robed wearing tyrant says right?
So, we here at Teh Rott Management submit for your consideration, the following:
SPEW WARNINGS are IN EFFECT !!!
Police to search for guns in homes City program depends on parental consent
Boston police are launching a program that will call upon parents in high-crime neighborhoods to allow detectives into their homes, without a warrant, to search for guns in their children’s bedrooms. [Emph Mine]
Any numbers of things come to my mind about this. The first being the likelihood of any contraband found during a consensual search will always be questioned in court, without a specific written “Consent to Search” boilerplate document. Chances are the evidence obtained will be suppressed. Next item, “Plain-View Doctrine”. Once the consent to enter the residence is given, the police are permitted to seize any and all contraband that is reasonably visible. So dad or mom, just forgot to remove the crack-stem from the coffee table, and voila, it’s seized, mom and/or dad arrested and the kids go to Child Abductive Services. Call it the “Law of Unintended Consequences” or Bad Karma. You can’t pick and chose with constitutional law. Or worse yet the little goblin-in-training isn’t all that keen about surrendering it’s favorite gat quite yet and decides to “give it” to the man one round at a time. Shit Storm Ensues.
The program, which is already raising questions about civil liberties, is based on the premise that parents are so fearful of gun violence and the possibility that their own teenagers will be caught up in it that they will turn to police for help, even in their own households.
They’re YOUR kids you wastes of protoplasm that just happened to propagate. If you’re too stupid to keep an eye on what’s in your kid’s room and what to do about it don’t expect the gubmint to swoop in and fix your problem without direct and immediate bad consequences to you. Let’s think about this very carefully, something the liberal GFW crowd is singularly unable to do. Were talking inner city here, the majority of the kids that might actually possess guns, won’t be in school to begin with and furthermore whoever is at ‘home’ (if at all) for them is about as likely to cooperate with the police, as Rosie would part with her favorite V-12 turbo-charged vibrator. Besides the kid will be packing the gun, not hiding it in a shoebox under his bed you simpering, simians. Of course, once the police have left (I’m sure they’ll blend right in with the plainclothes) the local gangs get to use the place for target practice. It doesn’t take rocket science to realize what’s going to happen to the ’snitch” and he/she and the home WILL be considered as such.
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And where did it lead us?
Foggy Bottom, ever the students of history, try one-more-time to reign in the Pyong-Yang putzes with a Killah Rabbit Redux.
US backs N. Korea nuclear facilities plan
President Bush on Wednesday hailed an agreement for North Korea to detail its nuclear programs and disable its main reactor complex, a key step toward what the United States hopes will be a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.
Bush said the announcement reflected the “common commitment” of the six-party talks to shut down North Korea’s nuclear program. The countries are North Korea, the United States, Russia, China, South Korea and Japan.
While some of us here at home, remember Carter leaving the plantation, and brokering a renegade “deal” with Kim Il Sung, describing the murderous dictator as “vigorous and intelligent” adding that “I don’t see (North Korea) as an outlaw nation”. That was immediately followed by the Goreacle convincing Billy-Bob to jump on the bandwagon. Nevermind the deal abandoned all previous demands for an immediate stop to their nuclear weapons program.
Under an agreement reached in February, Pyongyang was required to shut down and seal its Yongbyon reactor facility, which it did in July. The second phase required it to disable its sole functioning reactor at Yongbyon and provide a full description of all its nuclear programs.
Wednesday’s agreement calls for that to happen by the end of the year. China proposed the joint statement at last weekend’s end of a new round of the six-party talks, and it was accepted by all the parties.
Bush said the deal “will help secure the future peace and prosperity of the Northeast Asian region.”
Flashback to 1994, we got a “cross our heart and hope to die” deal exactly in this fashion. But our part of the bargain was $4 billion in light water reactor technology and $100 million in crude, payable up-front (your taxpayer dollars for “Peace in our Time”), while the NorKs immediately announced the deal was pay us first and we’ll stop at some point of our choosing. Curiously missing in this “latest and greatest” deal is they will provide a description of their program. Not even Inspector Cluseau and the IAEA to have a look-see, not that they could find their ass-cheeks with both hands? Now I hear there might be some inspector or technical assistance closing down the facilities in question.
The United States has agreed to lead disablement activities and provide the initial funding for them. Washington also reiterated its willingness to remove North Korea from a list of countries that sponsor terrorism, a key demand of Pyongyang.
No timetable was set for this action, but the joint statement said it will happen “in parallel with” the North Korean government following through on its commitment.
“The two sides will increase bilateral exchanges and enhance mutual trust,” the statement says.
Diplospeak translation: We’ll pay as agreed and take their word for everything else, even though this failed twice before. While were at it, let’s not forget the Forehead stating unequivocally in 1998 that the NorKs didn’t have an active ballistic missile program, one week later Pyongyang lets one rip over Japan and lands in the North Pacific.
On Friday, in anticipation of the new agreement, the United States also announced it would spend up to $25 million to pay for 50,000 tons of heavy fuel oil for North Korea. The February agreement calls for the parties to provide North Korea with 1 million tons of heavy fuel oil, or the monetary equivalent in other aid and assistance, in return for the first two phases of action by Pyongyang.
Neither phases Pyonyang has any intention of actually fulfilling. Foggy Bottom Rope-A-Dope, Asian Style. Here I’ll do the math for you, assuming the same market price, that February bunker-crude we will be paying $500 million for. Feel better now, you appeasing Chamberlain-Cattah wannabes?
Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, the top U.S. nuclear negotiator with North Korea, said Tuesday in New York that the U.S. expects the process of disabling the reactor to get under way “in a matter of weeks.” The U.S. wants the dismantling process to be so thorough that a nuclear facility could not be made operational for at least 12 months.
Diplospeak Translation, again: The disabling and dismantling process will occur when Elvis locates Jimmy Hoffa and the man on the Grassy Knoll, sometime around next Jovember the 43rd.
Next year, he said, the parties will address “the actual abandonment of the fissile material.”
That would be the fissile material that 1) Hel HaAvir didn’t already scatter about in Syria already and 2) The rest of their stockpile they manage to find someone to conveniently “hold” for them. Yes I did hear it too, so before somebody starts yammering they also agreed not to transfer any materials or technology outside North Korea. If you believe that one, I’ve got some nice sunny ocean-front property in Arizona for you, cheap-cheap.
The North has about 110 pounds of fissile material harvested from the nuclear reactor at Yongbyon through a plutonium enrichment program and will have to declare exactly how much, Hill said. The U.S. also wants to resolve concerns about the North’s separate uranium enrichment program, he said. Giving up all material and weapons — experts say the North may have produced more than a dozen nuclear bombs — is the only acceptable final result, Hill said.
“In short, we have a long way to go,” he said. “Partial success is not success.”
That’s enough Pu-239 bangie-stuff to build 6 or 7 low kT yield bombs. It’s takes bit more Uranium-235 mass to produce an effective bomb and longer to enrich it but we have not the slightest clue how long they’ve merrily been playing at alchemy. It’s a safe bet that if they had enough to play the shell game to hide with Baby Face Asswad, they’ve got a larger stash elsewhere. Not putting all your eggs in one basket as they say. The fact alone that they’re negotiating tells my skeptical neuro-center, they’ve got all they want and need for the moment.
I’m sure the Foggy-Bottom fuckwits are expensing their post-orgasmic dry-cleaning bills, with the absolute gurandamnteed final deal with the NorK.
Can’t we just find one JDAM to spare?
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(Thanks to the Jawa Report and Flickr)
It’s good to know that the TSA morons are taking their job very seriously, here in the sixth year of The Long War (click for full size):
Suspicious-looking, possibly terrorist Catholic nun is frisked by muslim TSA agent.
Your tax dollars at “work.”
Somebody please tell me this is a PhotoShop!
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LC & IB Big Dick has a nice, feel-good story that should make every Dhimmicrat sleep a little better in their beds at night.
The part that stands out, at least to us slackers & malingerers down in The Imperial
Dungeon Game Room™, is this little gem:
“From the moment the cell is established, its members must be divided - into secret members, members who do not [act] openly and are not wanted by the authorities, and members who are wanted (who have been arrested in the past or on whom the intelligence apparatuses have a file)…
Hmmmmm… We seem to have had quite a few of each category strolling around all over the place the last couple of years.
“But who could you possibly mean?” we hear you asking…
How about these “Peaceful Inner Strugglers™” here, here, here and here as just a few examples?
But these are merely “Isolated Incidents™” and don’t have anything, whatsoever, to do with Bush’s Bumper Sticker Slogan™ of a global clash between the 21st century western world and Mad Mo’s 7th Century Savages™. Nope. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.
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The NYPD, recognizing that terrorism is finding roots in their own back yard, comes out and manages to “get over” racial profiling concerns and decides to shift to the more proper (and smarter) Enemy Identification.
NYPD warns of homegrown terror threat
They preferred bookstores or hookah bars to mosques. They stopped listening to pop music and instead surfed Web sites promoting radical Islam. They threw away their baseball caps and grew beards.
New York Police Department intelligence analysts have concluded those were some of the telltale signs of homegrown terrorists in the making — a mounting threat as grave as that from established terrorist groups like al-Qaida. [Emph Mine-JB]
Not that most of us out here wouldn’t come up with the same conclusion, but bravo for the NYPD in pointing out the patently obvious. We’ve seen homegrown terrorists already (see- Timothy McVeigh, Jose Padilla) and virtually every country in Europe has their own developing radical Islamic jihadists setting up shop in their backyards.
An NYPD report released Wednesday warns of a “radicalization” process in which young men — otherwise unremarkable legal immigrants from the Middle East — grow disillusioned with life in America and adopt a philosophy that puts them on the path to jihad.
“Hopefully, the better we’re informed about this process, the more likely we’ll be to detect and disrupt it,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said while presenting the findings at a briefing of private security executives at police headquarters.
Refreshing to see a government organization, actually say ALL the right words concerning the War On Terror. The overwhelming vast majority of terrorists are radical islamic young males. Irrespective of this, the Feds and most local law enforcement organizations still bend over backwards to ensure the Politically Correct suicide pact is maintained.
The findings drew swift criticism from Arab-American civil rights groups, which accused the NYPD of stereotyping and of contradicting recent federal warnings that the chief terrorism threat remains foreign.
Enter the usual suspects. Notice how they’re trying to deflect away from domestic terrorism, by including the “chief” threat is foreign?
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Hat Tip: BC via Sig94. Sig has a great take on this as well over at his digs too: The Land Mine Pixies Are At It Again
Ahh, what’s this? Oh just another item from Iraq or Afghanistan with the splodeyating, goat-molesting, assholes-for-allah seeding some more IEDs right?
WRONG– do read on as the story was only carried by a few local news outlets.
Landmines Found In Creek
This mine, likely an anti-vehicle model, experts said, was found by two teens out with their mother and dog for a walk Friday. A bomb-disposal team found another nearby yesterday.
STRATHROY — A country creek where children swim, fish and frolic was instead swarmed by police yesterday as Canadian Forces explosives experts detonated two live landmines.
Strathroy? A quick consultation of a map determined it’s just a bit west of London, Ontario. That’s rather odd, I didn’t think the Boy Scouts have a merit badge for the care, feeding and planting of landmines. Two, Live, Anti-Tank landmines.
The mines, found in a culvert that runs under Inadale Drive between Strathroy and Mt. Brydges, appeared to have timers and were likely the type used to blow up tanks, Strathroy-Caradoc police say.
One mine was discovered by two girls Friday. They called police, and a second mine was found yesterday morning, only one metre away from the first.
Now you have my attention. Anti-Armor mines with timers planted in a stream bed in Ontario. It’s not like somebody just misplaced them and I don’t recall seeing any of those little bad-boys on sale recently at my favorite arms dealer either. Let’s just read on, but the smell-o-meter is rising.
Unsure if more mines are hidden nearby, Strathroy police asked the OPP to conduct a sweep. It was to have been done by dusk yesterday.
The creek is popular with families, so police suspect the mines were put there to maim and kill, or in callous disregard of that possibility.
“The senseless loss of life or grievous bodily harm that could have taken place at this creek — it’s reprehensible,” Strathroy-Caradoc police Sgt. Mike Overdulve said.
Live mines with timers, planted in an area frequented by families. Gee, I wonder what malignant, murderous bastard or bastards would do something like that. It couldn’t be terrorists right? The left assures us the only terrorists are the ones being created in Iraq, due to the occupation by the eeevil US and coalition forces. “Everybody” knows the airtight security in North America would never allow them here.
The potential for devastation was evident yesterday as a military team detonated the mines from a safe distance.
The force of the blast ripped bark and limbs from a tree and sprayed water so high it could be seen by observers a kilometre away.
“I could feel the percussive force,” Overdulve said, “It was 100 times louder than any fireworks you ever heard.”
Seven centimetres thick and 25 centimetres in diameter, the mines appear to be the kind used to disable tanks.
One brilliant j-school graduate in another piece on this story, described them as ’suspected’ mines. Let’s have a peek shall we at what a suspected mine looks like:
“We can’t definitively prove that, but that is the direction we are leaning,” Overdulve said.
Well it does look at bit like this M15 U.S. Anti-Tank Mine:
But then I’m not a highly-trained professional explosives expert. Maybe it’s just a coinky-dink.
After the detonation, the explosives experts found debris “consistent with timers,” he said.
Timers? Maybe to splodeyate the splodeyating device during a time when there would likely be innocents about.
The first mine was found Friday afternoon by nearby resident Lynn Denning, who walked to the creek with her two teenage daughters so that their yellow lab, Jesse, could enjoy the cold water.
“It’s upsetting,” she said.
While Inadale is a two-lane country road, many residents cross the culvert to commute to London, Denning said.
“There’s quite a lot of traffic during the week,” said Denning, who commutes to work at London Health Sciences Centre.
So, the placement could also take out the bridge at a convenient time, perhaps during the morning rush-hour with a school bus or two nearby.
The family called Strathroy-Caradoc police, who sought help from the OPP, who called in the explosive ordinance disposal team from CFB Base Borden. The explosives team left its base 100 kilometres north of Toronto at 6:20 a.m. yesterday. “We responded quickly — we take this matter quite seriously,” said Capt. Cheryl Swarbrick, a base spokesperson. Their presence was soon felt and heard on a normally quiet, tree-lined road. “I’ve seen hand grenades and ammunition, but I never encountered anything like this,” Overdulve said. Until a year ago, Overdulve lived near the creek, taking his three kids there to fish so often, they called it “crayfish creek.”
“This area is typically occupied by children, who come here to play,” he said.
Take you pick of scenarios, kids or commuters.
POLICE SEEK WITNESSES
Anyone who has recently been to the creek beneath Inadale Road between Strathroy and Mt. Brydges, or has seen anyone acting suspiciously near the creek, is asked to call Strathroy-Caradoc police at 519-245-1250.
Inquiring minds want to know. For whatever it’s worth, this area is only a 90 minute drive from Mecca West™, otherwise known as Detroit, Michigan, USA. Perhaps the FBI should start shaking the bushes, trees and knocking on a few mosque doors, but we wouldn’t want to offend the Religion of Pieces inhabitants now would we? Why that would be profiling, can’t have that.
I let this one sit overnight, actually expecting a bit of a ripple on the national level MSM. Not a single peep. The few articles I located were all local Canadian news outlets and nadda, zip, nothing dated today.
Nothing to see here….move along folks. We can’t make a bid deal out of this, the unwashed masses might jump to conclusions.
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In case you’re wondering about the South Carolina Bombmakers, LC & IB Dan Riehl has just about everything you’ll ever need to know about it. Highly recommended.
But it wouldn’t be an Imperial Post if we didn’t steal a few sentences and throw some snark at it, would it? So here goes. First, the obligatory “nothing to see here” from the Federal Bureau of Indigestion:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI said on Sunday that there was no evidence of a terrorism link in the case of two college engineering students who possessed explosive materials in South Carolina over the weekend.
Why don’t the Quacks of Quantico just cut out the middle man, fire the entire agency and set up an automated recording saying nothing but “no evidence of links to terrorism, move along?” Nobody would notice as much as a hint of difference anyway, and we’d save a buttload of tax funds. Explosives? Nah, no terrorism here. Two Middle Eastern males between the ages of 18 and 45 driving the vehicle? Nothing to worry about. What are you? Racist???
The two men, described in local media reports as non-U.S. citizens of Middle Eastern descent, were taken into custody late on Saturday near Charleston, South Carolina, after local police noticed what looked like explosives in their Toyota sedan during a routine traffic stop.
The FBI said the material proved to be for making homemade fireworks, not dangerous munitions.
Fireworks for a wedding ceremony, we’re sure. Tell us: Where the fuck do we FIND those FBI blockheads, and how did they manage to survive to the age of majority?
“There’s no (terrorism link) that we’ve identified at this point,” FBI spokesman Richard Kolko told Reuters.
“They didn’t have a plastic ID card with the official al-Qaeda seal on it, so how COULD they be terrorists?”, he added while wiping the drool off his chin and adjusting the handles on his helmet.
And what about those “fireworks?”
Goose Creek - Two men are being held in the Berkeley County Detention Center after police find explosive making devices in their car. The men had at least one ready to go bomb and bomb making materials that include chemicals.
A cherry bomb! Nothing to see here! And if you don’t quit worrying, we’ll change the story again!
So who are those two innocent gentlemen driving around with the trunk full of “fireworks?”
WIS News 10 spoke with officials at the Berkeley County Detention Center who said 24-year-old Ahmed Mohamed and 21-year-old Yousef Megahed, the occupants of the car, are still in police custody.
Obviously those damn Presbyterians again. From a broad strata of society as well. To suggest otherwise would be a hate crime, and that will land you in jail on felony charges, don’t you know?
And via the Jawa Report, we get more reassurances that there is absolutely NO terrorism to be found here:
Officials say the men did not show up on any terror suspect list, and authorities don’t think they posed a threat.
After all, we all know that the only ones we need to worry about are the ones who have dutifully checked in with the FBI to get added to the list of terror suspects.
It’s not like they’re trying to hide or anything, after all.
Don’t you feel all better now, knowing that the safety of you and your loved ones are in the competent hands of those Sherlock Holmeses?
What a bunch of drooling, incompetent imbeciles. Couldn’t find a white sheet at a Klan rally.
[Update: 2 Florida students charged in explosives scare face $800,000 bond, guess the innocent students aren’t all that innocent huh? But CAIR insists the pipe-bombs were just leftover fireworks, buuuwaaaaahaaaaaa-JB]
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More bad news from the Reconquista Front. I’ve been following this case pretty closely and as expected, once again a black-robed tyrant runs roughshod over the 10th Amendment.
US judge rules town’s anti-immigrant laws unconstitutional
A US federal judge on Thursday ruled that a small town’s efforts to crack down on illegal immigrants were unconstitutional, in a blow to similar laws adopted across much of the United States.
Judge James Munley ruled that Hazleton, a town of some 30,000 people in rural Pennsylvania, did not have the right to enact a law punishing businesses for employing illegal immigrants or landlords for renting them property.
How dare the City government lift so much as a finger to save itself from an invasion of de-facto felons.
The Illegal Immigration Relief Act was adopted last year, but has been in limbo ever since due to legal challenges posed by civil rights activists.
“Federal law prohibits Hazleton from enforcing any of the provisions of its ordinances,” Munley wrote in his 206-page decision.
206 pages of legalese justifying that which can’t possibly be justified except by judicial fiat. I’m sure his copying machine took at least an hour to reproduce La Raza’s amicus curiea briefing for the subversion and shredding of the constitution.
“Hazleton, in its zeal to control the presence of a group deemed undesirable, violated the rights of such people, as well as others within the community,” he added.
“Even if federal law did not conflict with Hazleton’s measures, the city could not enact an ordinance that violates rights the constitution guarantees to every person in the United States, whether legal resident or not.”
Obviously Judge AssMunchley also took the Gitmo Seminar™ for conferring constitutional rights on illegal aliens. Those zealous, xenophobic gringos can’t be allowed to control criminals and miscreants, doing the jobs that no American will do.
Since 2000, Hazleton’s population has swelled from 23,000 to an estimated 30-33,000, fed largely by an influx of Latino families, many from the New York and New Jersey areas, seeking affordable housing and better paid jobs.
Hazleton’s Republican mayor Louis Barletta reportedly accused illegal immigrants of “destroying the city,” and said he wanted Hazleton to be “one the most difficult places in America for illegal immigrants.”
For the math-deficient libtards out there, this small city has experienced a roughly 33% increase in population, with an explosion in crime and devastating increases in cost of services. Mayor Barletta spoke before a Senate Judiciary Hearing last year very eloquently on the situation in his city: Hazelton Mayor Barletta speaks at Senate Judiciary hearing on immigration reform. A number of other municipalities throughout the country have been watching this case as it proceeded, considering similar laws. Who was behind the push to overturn the city fathers acting rationally to save their community? Of course, the Pennsylvania Ass Crack Lickers Union. The usual suspects, as always.
But Munley said Barletta had overstepped his authority.
“Whatever frustrations officials of the city of Hazleton may feel about the current state of federal immigration enforcement, the nature of the political system in the United States prohibits the city from enacting ordinances that disrupt a carefully drawn federal statutory scheme.”
Ever since Hazleton passed its law last year, dozens of towns across the United States have sought to introduce similar legislation. It was unclear immediately how Thursday’s ruling would affect other laws.
How dare Hazelton begin disrupting the carefully drawn federal scheme to open our borders and wallets to anyone strolling across a non-existent fence. The real question is: Would Judge Manley let that ‘constitutionally protected’ group of felons live in his basement or garage?
The Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform immediately welcomed the ruling as a victory for the rule of law, fairness and equality.
“This ruling sends a clear message that the Hazleton ordinance, and other similar anti-immigrant laws around the country, are unconstitutional and will not be allowed to stand,” the group’s campaign manager Clarissa Martinez said.
Where’s the fairness for the citizen-taxpayers of Hazelton already murdered by the invading hordes? The ruling makes a mockery of the Rule of Law and the Constitution.
Judge James Martin Manley supporting illegals everywhere, I’m sure he’ll have a place of honor in the Reconquista Hall of Fame. Appointed to his dictatorial position by *drum roll* William *where’s da wimmin* Jefferson Clintoon. Surprised? I didn’t think so. The gift, like herpes, that keeps on giving.
That “RESET” button is looking better all the time, isn’t it?
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It seems the cats inside the beltway are scratching away at the litter trying to bury the “Shamesty 2007″ debacle and fallout, from the plebeian masses.
US Businesses Fear Illegal Foreign Worker Crackdown
US businesses are bracing for a possible major crackdown on illegal foreign workers, as the government seeks to give immigration authorities more power to punish companies hiring undocumented workers.
President George W. Bush’s administration has proposed a federal regulation that unions warn could lead to mass firings nationwide by companies seeking to avoid prosecution and fines.
So we’re to believe that Jorge Arbusto after using every trick in the book, including calling his base racists, that suddenly he’s had a change of heart and wants to play hardball? It’s just a proposal and after it’s sufficiently reported, far and wide, I’m sure it will quietly shuffle off the mortal coil into the dumpster.
“It’s going to put businesses all over the nation in a bind,” said Tamar Jacoby, an immigration expert at the conservative Manhattan Institute.
“If the feds (federal authorities) really follow through with this, and I think they’re going to, you’re going to see lots of industries … leave the US,” Jacoby said.
Uh huh. Let’s see, it’s pretty well established that illegals favor a fairly narrow band of labor. Landscaping and general construction labor is one. I don’t think many of us will send our lawns or roofs outside the U.S. Next we have the meat processing industries, Hormel, Tyson, and Pilgrim’s Pride aren’t likely to outsource because they’re rather dependent on locations within reasonable shipping distance of their suppliers.
The rule under consideration in Washington relates directly to the potentially fraudulent use of Social Security numbers, which employees provide at the time of hiring.
Fake Social Security cards are widely available on the black market, allowing many immigrants to work at major US corporations.
Amazing, our technological society just can’t seem to sort that issue out. I know the SSA only employs a few senior citizens that frequently get lost in the tons of paper records, boxes and lunch leftovers. I mean it’s not like they have a computer database of actual, legally issued SSNs right?
Jacoby said the proposed regulation, left pending since June 2006, was boxed up while Congress debated a sweeping immigration reform plan that recently collapsed.
Since the legislation was buried, businesses have braced for the worksite enforcement regulation to be adopted by the Department of Homeland Security, she said.
Ever notice how PR and journalists types just love the word “Brace”. Eastern Slobovialand is “bracing” for Hurricane Blow-Job Billy, businesses are bracing for actual enforcement of laws. It’s just me, but when I hear or see that word used I think of the movie “Airplane” with passengers assuming their crash positions.
The largest chicken processor in the United States, Pilgrim’s Pride, has fired more than 100 employees who cannot produce valid Social Security numbers, according to news reports and advocates for the workers in rural east Texas.
Experts describe the firings as a pre-emptive move ahead of beefed-up enforcement.
In other parlance, we gotta cover our asses and quick.
The company has acknowledged firing workers although it would not say what motivated the layoffs or how many were let go. It has hired replacement workers.
“There undoubtedly will be additional terminations,” said Gary Rhodes, a spokesman for Pilgrim’s, which has 55,000 employees in the United States and Mexico.
No motivation for the layoffs, eh? But you did hire replacements, perchance were they all gringos?
The government routinely alerts companies when suspicious numbers are entered into the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) electronic database, but experts say current law essentially allows employers to ignore the warning letters.
In a 2006 fact sheet, the White House said the proposed regulation would make it “clear that employers who ignore the discrepancies between SSA databases and the information provided by their employees may be viewed under the law as knowing that the employees are illegal workers, making it easier … to prosecute violators.” [Emph Mine]
Don’t you just love it when we already have laws on the books, but other laws allow someone to just ignore the others. Rule of Law, my ass. The proposed regulation, our careful readers will note says “may be viewed under the law”, nice loophole there Bushito.
Companies that knowingly hire illegal workers can face criminal prosecution and be hit with fines of up to 10,000 dollars per worker for repeat violations.
Not that any company would ever be assessed a fine, because as we all know, ICE is in the habit of giving notice to employers prior to their “surprise” inspections.
According to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the proposed rule remains pending. But business leaders believe authorities may announce its final adoption before the summer is out.
ICE spokeswoman Pat Reilly could not give a timetable for when it might be adopted, but she said it was a “well intentioned regulation and one hopes that it will get full consideration.” [Emph Mine]
Proposed rule, remains pending. Cannot provide a timetable when it might be adopted. Cough *BULLSHIT* Cough.
Bill Hammond, head of the Texas Association of Business and part of a national business alliance that pushed for immigration reform in Washington, said the migrant job losses at Pilgrim’s could be the tip of the iceberg.
There are an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States, with as many as a 10th of them in Texas.
“There are a lot of employees in Texas … who are undocumented workers,” Hammond said. “A lot of them could be out of the workforce over the next six to 12 months.”
Well golllee, gee-wizziwockers. That’s a lot folks doing the jobs that no Americans will do. I don’t mind paying an extra quarter a pound for chicken or hamburger meat, if it means that taxes being vacuumed out of my pockets by said ‘undocumented’ workers using government services, are reduced by a couple hundred dollars.
Immigrant advocacy groups, labor unions and a coalition of national business groups have criticized the proposal.
The AFL-CIO, an umbrella group representing 53 unions and nearly nine million workers, warned the government last year that the proposed rule would “trigger mass firings across the nation” and lead to discrimination against legal workers.
Typically, the clue-bereft AFL-CIO fails recognize the difference between legal and illegal. Color me stupid, but don’t most labor unions attempt to increase the wages for their employees. With that in mind, if the illegal workers (obviously working on a lower pay-scale) disappear wouldn’t that allow your legal employees better wages? Or is a reduction in union dues a factor?
“It’s going to put employers in a position pretty quickly of, I think, having to terminate workers,” said John Gay, vice-president for government relations at the National Restaurant Association. “We are concerned about it.”
My heart bleeds for you, it really does. That would mean hiring and actually paying employees fair wages and profits declining, maybe some layoffs of VP gubmint-relations types are in order as well.
I just can’t find a microgram of pity for any of these companies right now. Not a solitary one.
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