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Illegal immigration is simply 'share the wealth’ socialism and a CRIME not a race!


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William Wilberforce, the British parliamentarian and abolitionist, told his colleagues, “Having heard all of this, you may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

California Dreamin' (the illegal invasion)

(reprise) DFU SONG: California Dreamin' (the illegal invasion)
DFU SONGS | 1-2006 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland

Posted on 01/24/2006 6:21:12 PM PST by doug from upland


Half a million more…just sneaked in today
I called INS…to see what they’d say
They said they're not worried…it will all be okay
California’s screamin’…why aren’t they sent away

I went to a store…I go to everyday
And I couldn’t understand…a word they had to say
Please tell me what is going on…do it without delay
California’s screamin’…why aren’t they sent away

(musical interlude)

Gangs are in the streets…everywhere I go
While La Raza chants…”This is Mexico!”
I am really startled…I am in dismay
California’s screamin’…why aren’t they sent away
Why aren't they sent away…why aren't the sent away

Enforce Act ends Anchor Babies/enforces Border- S. 2117

HEADS up! S. 2117 has been kept under the radar. Call your senators TODAY and demand they get behind this and uphold HR. 4437 while they're at it. Jim Inhofe has been the ONLY senator to address the border situation! Contact your senators here

SENATE bill 2117 . A bill to clarify the circumstances under which a person born in the United States is subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, to provide for criminal penalties for forging Federal documents, to establish a National Border Neighborhood Watch Program, and for other purposes; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. INHOFE (Jim Inhofe R, Okla) . Mr. President, yesterday (12/16/05)I introduced S . 2117 , which is a bill engaging our Nation to fight concerning our right to control entry. It is legislation that covers many aspects of the problem we are having on our very porous borders. One part of this is utilizing retired law enforcement officers. As many people know, national law enforcement officers have to retire at age 57. We learned of their availability after 9/11 when the Transportation Safety Administration and our office was inundated with calls from these brave law enforcement officers who are retired, saying that they wanted to participate in this activity, and they are willing to do it for costs. The legislation I have introduced does include the very sophisticated type of a fence that goes along the border between Mexico and the United States and also with an army of people who can join those who have already demonstrated very clearly that if we have enough people down there, we will be able to secure our borders.

My bill, the ENFORCE Act, works to solve the illegal immigration problem in several ways. It will provide a way for more civilians and retired law enforcement officers to help the Border Patrol in stopping illegal border crossings and reduce the illegal immigration rate.

Anchor babies are born to illegal aliens who come to our country and have a baby who is then treated as a citizen because it was born on U.S. soil. These babies are helping the immigration population grow more rapidly than the birth rate of American citizens.

In fact the Census Bureau estimates that at the time of the 2000 Census, the illegal immigration population reached approximately 8 million. Therefore, according to this estimate, the illegal-alien population grew by almost half a million a year in the 1990s.

These numbers are derived from a draft report given to the House immigration subcommittee by the INS that estimated the illegal population was around 3.5 million in 1990. In order for the illegal population to have reached 8 million by 2000, the net increase would be around 400,000 to 500,000 per year during the 1990s.

Furthermore, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, CIS, a non-profit immigration reform organization, based on numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2002 there were about 8.4 million illegal aliens, which represent about 3.3 percent of the total U.S. population. That same year, there were about 383,000 babies born to illegal aliens, which represents about 9.5 percent of all U.S. births in 2002.

In the Spring 2005 issue of the American Physicians and Surgeons Journal, Dr. Madeleine Pelner Cosman says, ``American hospitals welcome anchor babies.

``Illegal alien women come to the hospital in labor and drop their little anchors, each of whom pulls its illegal alien mother, father, and siblings into permanent residency simply by being born within our borders.

``Anchor babies are, and instantly qualify for public welfare aid.''

Between 300,000 and 350,000 anchor babies annually become citizens because of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which says: ``All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside.''

These anchor babies are being used to enable their parents to skirt the law, cross our borders, and bring in additional, illegal aliens. As the law currently stands, because these children are considered citizens, it creates an incentive for more aliens to illegally cross into our country.

My bill will end this incentive by clarifying that only children born to citizens or legal permanent residents are considered citizens and ``subject to the jurisdiction thereof.''

Go to for full text of bill. Current status unknown. Co Sponsors unknown.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

“A Spoon Full of Enforcement makes the Amnesty Go Down!"

“A Spoon Full of Enforcement makes the Amnesty Go Down!"

TownCrier Editorial

Those were the words of Mark Kirkorian with the Center for Immigration Studies as he described the fate of HR 4437, the immigration enforcement bill recently passed by the House of Representatives. Many have faced the fact that this good start legislation will be watered down, sliced, diced and embellished with a “guest worker” amnesty for as many as 20 million illegal aliens living in this country.

We should all be at the offices of our Senators, protesting and demanding, yes, DEMANDING (you know, like Mexico demands we give them carte blanche to our nation) that HR4437 be kept intact with NO guest worker/amnesty to please the senators’ big campaign donors and the whining special interests of illegal aliens.

But for many reasons, perhaps finances, health, age or apathy, most of us will not show up. The Minutemen and their supporters will, as they always do. Freedom isn’t free, people, it’s time to stand up and be counted. The opposition is in full force, doing a country wide sweep with an end protest in Washington, D.C. in February before the Senate votes on this vital legislation.

If millions of illegal border jumpers are given full US rights by this senate, the face of this country changes, forever. And there will be no one to blame but us.

Please, write, call and visit your Senator. You need to let your representative in the house know you expect him to fight for HR4437 with no guest worker provisions or you will do all you can to stop his reelection this fall.

The Senate will destroy this bill if you let them, aided by the corruption in the House of Representatives. Below are hard working, dedicated and well organized groups where you can instantly contact your congresspeople. Don’t let Grover Norquist and his CFR globalist com padres win again. They did this same thing in 1997 when they demonized Sen. Alan Simpson with lies of racism, nazism. You’ve all heard them do the same to Tom Tancredo.

The time for waiting for someone else to keep you free and safe is over. Just do it!

Those who show up, rule the world!


Free Faxes on this subject ready to go to your elected officials

Contact your Congressional reps and - Get your local reps closest office and call or visit them. Emails help, but phone calls and visits is what works!

ALIPAC Action Panel -- Congressional Voting Records on Immigration Issues Congressional Voting Records on Immigration Issues ...

And this one, just because they should be busy doing something besides giving the country to Vincente’ Fox and the likes of Jack Abramoff.

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To: NormsRevenge

Dear Lord, please give the US strength to withstand this insanity. We can accept some, but this is too much for any country to bear.

23 posted on 01/13/2006 10:32:04 PM PST by steel_resolve
Mexico: Making Iran look like our best friend.

20 posted on 01/17/2006 9:14:30 AM PST by madison10

15. To: AuntB (#12)
Funny how Walmart uses Vicente Fox's same PR firm: Wal-Mart's Super push gets a happy new look To create the mailers, Wal-Mart used Allyn & Co., which also has launched media campaigns for politicos such as Mexican President Vicente Fox and President Bush.

Point by point, the flier seeks to refute resident concerns about undesirable jobs (most are full-time positions with benefits), value to the city (the store will bring $4 million in new tax revenue), and traffic (the company will provide $1 million in road improvements).

fitz posted on 2006-01-14 12:15:41 ET


U.S. ambassador Tony Garza to Mexico urges Mexicans to respect America's right to protect its borders

"Some have said a border fence violates human rights and have even compared it to the Berlin Wall," Garza said. "Comparisons of proposals to alter our border policies to the Berlin Wall are not only disingenuous and intellectually dishonest, they are personally offensive to me."


If I could be a Super Hero....

If I could be a super hero........
I'd be Immigration Dude,
I'd send all the foreigners back to their homes
for eating up all of our food!
And taking our welfare and best jobs to boot,
like landscaping, dishwashing, picking our fruit,
I'd pass a lot of laws to get rid of their brood,
'cause I'd be Immigration Dude!

Stand up Comedian Stephen Lynch

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Immigration, The GOP, And The Modern Mehlman Monstrosity

by Bryanna Bevens

“In the further interest of American workmen we favor a more effective restriction of the immigration of cheap labor from foreign lands.”—The GOP Platform on Immigration…in 1900!

It is safe to say that, as of late, I have become disenchanted with Monsieur Le Président George II. However, on the off-chance I left you with the impression that my displeasure stopped with Bush II, let me assure you, it extends to the contemporary RNC-at-large.

The Republican National Committee is supposed to raise money for Republican candidates/causes and promote membership…well, that is what it normally does.

Under Ken Mehlman—the former Bush White House staffer who is current President of the RNC—it seems to be on a different mission: raise money and promote Bush love.

On the whole, as a Republican consultant, I don’t even recognize the RNC anymore.

“As the Washington Post reported, Mr. Mehlman argued that Mr. Bush won largely by ‘broadening his appeal among key swing constituencies, including Roman Catholics, Latinos and suburban women.’ Predictably, he maintained that ‘the single most important number that has come out of the election’ is the 44 percent Hispanic support the president supposedly won this year. [GOP Governors Celebrate Party Wins |Tutorial on Bush Campaign Strategies Shows What Went Right, By Dan Balz, November 19, 2004]

" ‘Future Republican majorities will depend in part on the party's ability to expand its support among Hispanic voters, and 2004 may have been a significant step in that direction if GOP candidates can build on it,’ the Post reported him as telling the national meeting of Republican governors in New Orleans last month.

[Hold on…blech, puke, retch…ok, just had to get that out.]

In December, RNC Chairman Mehlman spoke at the Republican Governor’s Association meeting [December 1, 2005, speech transcript here] in Carlsbad, California. He was still at it. He said:

"Today, somewhere in this country, there’s a family new to America. They might be a family of migrant workers, or day laborers.

They might be here in California—or Texas—or Florida. They woke up today and went to work. They will come home at the end of the day to spend time with their children. They will eventually buy a house—or start a business—or write a book.

They are building a new life.

And that’s what America is all about.”

(My nausea is back…thanks, Ken.)

The proof is in the pudding. Successive GOP platform planks on immigration reform are perhaps the starkest example of the differences between the modern Mehlman monstrosity and the Republican Party of old:

From the 1912 GOP Platform: “We pledge the Republican party to the enactment of appropriate laws to give relief from the constantly growing evil of induced or undesirable immigration, which is inimical to the progress and welfare of the people of the United States.”

From the 1920 GOP Platform: “The immigration policy of the U. S. should be such as to insure that the number of foreigners in the country at any one time shall not exceed that which can be assimilated with reasonable rapidity, and to favor immigrants whose standards are similar to ours.”

From the 1928 GOP Platform: “The Republican Party believes that in the interest of both native and foreign-born wage-earners, it is necessary to restrict immigration…(we support) the restriction of immigration which not only prevents the glutting of our labor market, but allows to our newer immigrants a greater opportunity to secure a footing in their upward struggle.”

From the 1932 GOP Platform: “The restriction of immigration is a Republican policy…provisions of the law have enabled the President to suspend immigration of foreign wage-earners who otherwise, directly or indirectly, would have increased unemployment among native-born and legally resident foreign-born wage-earners in this country.”

Side note: Between 1932 and 1972 the Party platform maintained a continuous stance of immigration restriction—I simply didn’t have room to include all of the quotes.

From the 1972 GOP Platform: “We stand for an equitable, non-discriminatory immigration policy…and the selective admission of the specially talented. The immigration process must be just and orderly, and we will increase our efforts to halt the illegal entry of aliens into the United States.” The 1980 GOP Platform (Reagan election year!): “We believe that to the fullest extent possible those immigrants should be admitted who will make a positive contribution to America and who are willing to accept the fundamental American values and way of life.” And more to the point…“Immigration into this country must not be determined solely by foreign governments or even by the millions of people around the world who wish to come to America.”

I miss Ronnie.

From the 1984 GOP Platform: “Those [immigrants] desiring to enter (the US) must comply with our immigration laws. Failure to do so not only is an offense to the American people but is fundamentally unjust to those in foreign lands patiently waiting for legal entry.”

“With the estimates of the number of illegal aliens in the United States ranging as high as 12 million…”

Yeah…even in 1984 the estimate was 12 million.

The 1996 GOP Platform was probably the last example of respectable guidelines within the Republican Party.

“We must set immigration at manageable levels, balance the competing goals of uniting families of our citizens and admitting especially talented persons, and end asylum abuses through expedited exclusion of false claimants.”

“Illegal aliens should not receive public benefits other than emergency aid, and those who become parents while illegally in the United States should not be qualified to claim benefits for their offspring….”

“Legal immigrants should depend for assistance on their sponsors, who are legally responsible for their financial well-being, not the American taxpayers.”

“We support a constitutional amendment or constitutionally-valid legislation declaring that children born in the United States of parents who are not legally present in the United States or who are not long-term residents are not automatically citizens.”

Whimper, whimper…that was the end—the bitter end.

And, by amazing coincidence, that was the last convention I attended as a consultant for the Republican Party…

After the Dole/Kemp days ended, so did any pretence at conservative principles and well…rational thought!

To wit—

From the 2000 GOP Platform:

“To ensure fairness for those wishing to reside in this country, and to meet the manpower needs of our expanding economy, a total overhaul of the immigration system is sorely needed.”

Meet the manpower needs or jobs Americans won’t do…wait a minute—yep, I’m going to be sick again. The 2000 GOP Platform carried the first message—albeit subtle—of guest worker programs. In 2004 however, even subtlety was abandoned.

From the 2004 GOP Platform: “A growing economy requires a growing number of workers, and President Bush has proposed a new temporary worker program that applies when no Americans can be found to fill the jobs.” The new GOP also “addressed” the pressing problem—that would be the gazillion illegal aliens already living here: “This new program would allow workers who currently hold jobs to come out of the shadows and to participate legally in America’s economy. It would allow men and women who enter the program to apply for citizenship in the same manner as those who apply from outside the United States.”
Yeah…20 million law-breaking illegal aliens get the same place in line as that woman who sits in the Sudan, year after year, applying for legal entry only to be denied because we don’t have room.

If that isn’t compassionate conservatism, what is…?

Alright, that’s enough…I can’t take anymore without IV fluid to circumvent the nausea-induced dehydration…or a rope to simply hang myself.

This might explain why I spend very little time in campaign work anymore—I have neither the inclination nor the patience to deal with quacks. (Well, I mean other than those I am directly related to and therefore cursed to …mom.)

Then again, more than one politician throughout my brief tenure in politics commented on my quirky and oh, disagreeable way of putting things.

Let me explain:

I love pearls, ok? They make everything look good—I wear mine even with cut-off jeans and a Pink Floyd t-shirt (circa 1969) when I work in the garden and it works, people.

But I would never put pearl earrings on a shark hoping to soften the gruesome image given off by their ten rows of large, razor sharp teeth. Why not? Because even a man in coma would sit up any say “wait a second…”—well, that and sharks don’t have ears. (Jeez…do I have to explain everything??)

On that note, this is my über professional advice for the current RNC regime:

1. The sitting President of the United States is a termed-out Republican. You RNC people have one job—one—to find another (as in different) Republican candidate and get him elected…Bush ain’t your man no mo’, m’kay?

2. The RNC was never designed to be some Madison Avenue, it’s all about the pay-out so let’s create a pop star and forget the real talent kind of organization.

3. The RNC is not supposed to be a warehouse of reward jobs for loyal, lucky and leftover lackeys from the Bush II reign.

Speaking of Mehlman…

Interestingly enough, according to a recent US News story on immigration reform and the RNC, a GOP insider said:

"Mehlman is concerned that we might become the party of Tom Tancredo…” [White House Watch: RNC chair plans Hispanic outreach By Kenneth T. Walsh December 13, 2005]

Yeah…I’m counting on it.

Friday, January 13, 2006

llegal-immigration bill weakened by unlikely alliance - Deja Vu!

The 1998 Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration was awarded to Marcus Stern for this series of Articles.

It's nearly 8 years since the sad story below took place. The names of the players, those that would end our national sovereignty are the same. This is a must read! Know thy enemy.

Stern is the reporter to recently break the news of corruption troubles of Cong. Duke Cunningham.

(Part III of Series)

Illegal-immigration bill weakened by unlikely alliance
By Marcus Stern

WASHINGTON - After years of bitter losses, Sen. Alan K. Simpson thought the political tides finally favored his quest to create a way to keep illegal immigrants from getting jobs.

The issue had emerged as a hot-button during the 1996 campaign. This time, he would surely defeat the powerful and savvy pro-immigration lobby.

"As I look out on this sea of faces, there are some who have been cutting my bicycle tire for 17 years," the now-retired Wyoming Republican said last year as the Judiciary Committee prepared to debate his proposals. "They're sitting back there, hollow-eyed, twitching like dogs eating peach seeds and wondering if they can do it again. ... Well, I think that game is over."

Simpson was wrong.

Once again, he had sorely underestimated the tenacity and cleverness of special-interest groups determined to preserve the flow of undocumented workers into the United States.

Yes, Congress eventually passed a new immigration law. But it was so weak it would do little to hasten the creation of a system to help employers quickly and reliably verify that the people working for them are in fact eligible to hold jobs in the United States. Such a system is a key to curbing illegal immigration, according to many experts.

The "twitching dogs" who dragged down Simpson's initiative last year are Capitol heavyweights whose coalition on immigration falls into the unlikely bedfellows category. Among them: the National Federation of Independent Business, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Rifle Association, the Catholic church, the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Bar Association and even some labor unions.

As these special interests swarmed all over Capitol Hill, however, no lobbyist represented millions of legal immigrants and other poor people, who, because of welfare reform, soon might need the low-skill jobs now being held by the rising number of undocumented workers.

"There's no National Association of Working Poor," said Robert Reich, who served as labor secretary during President Clinton's first term. "There's no special-interest lobbying group working on behalf of very poor people trying desperately to find and keep jobs.

"If a politician has to decide between the interests of small businesses seeking inexpensive help and the interests of poor Americans either seeking a job or afraid of losing a job or declining earnings, the chances are very good that the small business has far more clout."

Special-interest clout

The clout displayed last year when the immigration lobby defeated Simpson's plan is a textbook demonstration of how special interests have long dominated immigration policy in Washington.

Simpson wasn't asking for anything remotely like a national ID card or national database of workers. He merely wanted the Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to authorize pilot projects to test methods for verifying employment eligibility.

One pilot would have required participating employers to check their new employees' Social Security numbers. Because it would apply to all of their new workers, discrimination against "foreign-looking" job applicants would have been minimized.

But the anti-verification coalition painted the proposal as a sinister plot. It portrayed it as a retina-scan ID card, police-state power, the second coming of the Holocaust and even the fulfillment of a dark prophecy in the Bible's Book of Revelation that people would be stamped with the "mark of the beast."

At one meeting of the Judiciary Committee, an irritated and clearly frustrated Simpson indignantly waved a make-believe tattoo that looked like a grocery store bar code. He called it a ploy to kill his verification proposal. He was right.

Grover Norquist, a social conservative and anti-tax Republican lobbyist, reveled unapologetically in the tactics he used to undermine the verification initiative and to mock Simpson personally.

The peel-off bar-code tattoos were supposed to remind people of the way Nazis tattooed Jews during World War II.

"It was great," recalled Norquist, who is close to House Speaker Newt Gingrich. "We had our guys walking around with tattoos on their arms. It drove Simpson nuts because the implication was he's a Nazi."

The truth, however, is that both the House and the Senate bills specifically barred the implementation of any kind of national ID card. Politicians view such a card as a political kiss of death; nobody expects Congress to seriously consider one.

Toward the end of the debate, Simpson decried the pranks and slurs.

"We have dealt with tattoos and Adolf Hitler," he said. "It is the most offensive thing that I have ever heard. It's disgusting and I'm sick of it."

'Mark of the beast'

Although voters tend to see Republicans as tougher than Democrats on illegal immigration, the weakening of the verification provisions was largely the handiwork of conservative Republicans and their behind-the-scenes strategists like Norquist.

Their success underscores how tough it is for Congress to do the one thing experts have said for decades is central to curbing illegal immigration: Establish a reliable, non-discriminatory employment verification system.

Norquist has strong ties to the business community. Mainstream firms like Microsoft paid him to lobby against other provisions of the bill, such as tighter restrictions on the immigration of computer programmers.

But his forte is mobilizing support among social or moral conservatives, including gun owners (Note: Norquist now on board of NRA), the religious right, home-schooling adherents and others he described as "anti-welfare and anti-police state."

"A government powerful enough to find an illegal immigrant is also powerful enough to find your bank accounts," he said.

Conveniently, he ignores the fact that the government long has been able to find bank accounts with ease while it still can't reliably identify undocumented workers.

"Nobody really minds people sneaking across the border and working at 7-Eleven," he added.

At one point during the debate, congressional offices received calls from fundamentalist ministers around the country asking about rumors that the verification provision would fulfill a prophecy in the Book of Revelation. Was it true, they asked congressional staffers, that people would be stamped with the "mark of the beast" under the new law?

"Six-six-six," Norquist explained matter-of-factly during an interview. "That's always been one of the arguments against the ID card. There's something in Revelations about numbering people. The 'beast' could be a big computer."

The National Rifle Association was told the bill would lead to a federal computer registry that the government could use to hunt down its members and seize their guns.

"Gun owners quite correctly understand that it would take Bill Clinton all of two weeks to add the question, 'Got any guns? Could we have a list of them? Where do you keep them?' " said Norquist.

Verification opponents also circulated mock national identification cards bearing Simpson's likeness. On the back of the cards was a retina scan diagram suggesting that the legislation called for everyone to carry such a card.

"That was a good one," Norquist chuckled.

Anti-verification coalition Conservatives didn't fight verification alone last year. They were part of a coalition of strange bedfellows involved in civil rights, ethnic and religious advocacy, anti-government politics and free-market ideology. They were also bolstered by powerful business groups.

The coalition was a juggernaut that fought virtually any verification initiative. Because Republicans control Congress, conservative lobbyists were especially influential. The fact that some limited, voluntary verification projects stayed in the bill at all outraged some conservatives.

"I view it as the camel's nose under the tent for a national ID card," said Stephen Moore, an economist with the Cato Institute who lobbied against the bill. "The theme we played to Republicans was that if you're trying to roll back big government, you shouldn't be instituting this new police-state power."

Social conservatives like Norquist and libertarians like Moore don't see illegal immigration as a major problem.

"Illegal immigration is part of the price we pay for being both a prosperous and a free country, and I'm not willing to sacrifice some of our freedoms to try to keep out immigrants, especially when I don't think it's going to work very well," said Moore.

He added that spending $3 billion-plus a year to fund the Immigration and Naturalization Service "probably is a waste of money. But this is a political issue. And the way you deal with illegal immigration is you increase the INS budget. It doesn't do a lot, but at least politicians on both sides can go home and say, `Well, how can you say I'm not doing anything about immigration? I increased the INS budget.' "

What you don't do, he said, is involve employers in enforcement.

"Sometimes in politics you pass feel-good measures," Moore said. "And that's not necessarily a bad thing. Passing a bill that's mostly window dressing is a way of defusing public alarm about something. And in states like California, illegal immigration is perceived as a big problem."

The INS contends stronger border enforcement has served as a deterrent for illegal crossers and made once dangerous and chaotic border corridors safer and more calm.

But a better verification system is crucial, insists former Labor Secretary Reich.

"Congress has to act and Congress isn't going to act if the only people it hears from are employers who don't want to be sanctioned," he said.

As long as jobs remain available, he added, efforts to stop illegal immigrants from streaming across the border are doomed to failure.

People will go on dying of exposure and exhaustion as they try to get to the jobs that are waiting for them. They instinctively understand that despite the proliferation of border guards and fences, powerful forces in our society still want them to get across.

"It gets back to the large issue haunting our democratic system right now the overwhelming dominance of special interests ," Reich said.


Discussion here:

Backtrack, more on Norquist:
The pimping of the President - Abramoff/Norquist
What has the NRA got to do with Immigration and terrorism?
You Don't Know Jack (But I Did): Notes on Sleazy Lobbyist Jack Abramoff's Guilty

News you missed - Immigration

Bush Stops at Home Depot as Reward to Generous GOP Donor

Of note is an old item we recently came across. There's been recent news of day labor centers, usually at the Home Depots. We live in interesting times.

President Bush made two stops in Maryland on Friday. First came a big-ticket fundraiser in Baltimore. Then he delivered a speech on the economy to workers at a Home Depot in nearby Halethorpe.

Bush's appearance at the home improvement store baffled locals. On Wednesday, The Sun in Baltimore headlined a story on the upcoming visit to the town in southwest Baltimore County. Titled "A Presidential Mystery."

Research by Public Citizen suggests the president's visit is a way to reward the nation's second-largest retailer for its generosity to the Bush campaign and the Republican Party. Home Depot employees and their families have given $1.5 million to the GOP since 1999. During that time, no candidate has benefited from Home Depot's largesse more than Bush. +++++++++++++++++

December 3, 2004
Political Mailing List Debate Drags On

...The Bush-Cheney campaign violated federal election law by accepting a list of 592 personal contacts, marked confidential, from Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and its leader Grover Norquist, a Federal Election Commission report found last month. But FEC lawyers asserted that because of the list's "limited size and scope" the agency should take no further action and close the file.

And this just in to CNN.
A jury in New York today convicted a Pakistani man of trying to help an al Qaeda terrorist to slip past U.S. Custom officials. The man was found guilty of providing material support to terrorists and other charges. He could face up to 75 years in prison when he is sentenced in March next year.
aired 11.23.05

U.S. Detains 38 Iraqis At Mexican Border


By BEN FOX, Associated Press Writer

SAN DIEGO (AP) - American authorities detained 38 Iraqis on Wednesday after they tried to walk across the Mexican border and into the United States, apparently seeking asylum from religious persecution.

The adults and children arrived at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, which links San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, in small groups without visas to enter the country, said Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

All were being held at the world's busiest border crossing while the INS awaited translators to determine whether the Iraqis qualify to enter the United States, Mack said. (snip)

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Sunday, January 08, 2006

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This is the way I see Free Republic.

When Free Republic started it was great. We finally had a weapon to use against the mainstream media's lies and distortions.

We had a huge hammer to go after the Democrats and the corrupt Clintons. We made their lives miserable and they hated life. We scored victory after victory and we were united. Free Republics mission charter was clear and unabiguous.

Root out that corruption! Stop that wasteful spending! Honor and promote our troops! Stop undermining the US Constitution! Strenghten our institutions and bring back integrity and honor!...

These were noble goals.

What went wrong? His name is Bush. Bush has presided over the status quo and despite his promise to change things, he has not delievered! The case against Bush and the Republicans is solid, the same way it was rock solid against the democrats.

The case against the Republican leadership:

1) Failure to effectively and expeditiously prosecute a just war.

2) Failure to prioritize the urgent need to secure the borders and get rid of the illegals and parasites.

3) Failure to prioritze and limit spending and excessive spending on both guns and butter.

4) Failure to act when our GI's are being scapegoated and unjustly convicted of "prisoner abuse" ---something that Rumsfeld and his generals ordered.

5) Failure to get results with our energy situation which is undermining individual and institutional fiscal solvency

6) Failure to see the threat from China and it's leverage over our economy and soon our security.

When people brought these issues up at Free Republic, Jim Robinson saw it as a "threat" and just banned banned banned. Now the chickens are coming home to roost. He has exiled so many republicans and conservatives that an unstoppable revolt in the ranks has occured.

There is a silver lining in all of this.

This has paved the way for the destruction of the Republicans and the Democrats and has opened the door for the triumph of a third party. It's amazing how things turn out, isnt it?

Idol Hanz posted on 2006-01-08

14. To: Becket Saunders, Happy2BMe-OnLP, AuntB, IndieTX (#2)

“'Few' ( relative to the entire population ) are ever drawn to any protest. “

This subject about "why bother to protest" reminds me of a quote I once heard read by Tom Tancredo at a rally. Tancredo said (paraphrasing) that whenever he feels down and overwhelmed, facing constant opposition, he remembers this story written by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. Tancredo then pulled a worn peice of paper out of his wallet, unfolded it, and read it to the crowd:

"One day a Tzadik came to Sodom; He knew what Sodom was, so he came to save it from sin, from destruction. He preached to the people. "Please do not be murderers, do not be thieves. Do not be silent and do not be indifferent." He went on preaching day after day, maybe even picketing. But no one listened. He was not discouraged. He went on preaching for years. Finally someone asked him, "Rabbi, why do you do that? Don't you see it is no use?" He said, "I know it is of no use, but I must. And I will tell you why: in the beginning I thought I had to protest and to shout in order to change them. I have given up this hope. Now I know I must picket and scream and shout so that they should not change me." [52]
"Words from a Witness," Page 48

Freedom_Rider posted on 2006-01-08


Know thy enemy! Saturday, Jan. 7 a nationwide day of rallys was held by good Americans of all races, religions, political affiliation to protest illegal day labor centers provided by taxpayers.
We sincerely wish that more citizens had shown up to offer support.

Remember, THOSE THAT SHOW UP RULE THE WORLD! If more illegal aliens and their sympathisers attend such events they will continue to rule our government officials and our lives.

SILENCE IS CONSENT! Show up next time to support our brave Americans!

From their website, snips with photos:

"This is some idiot Chinese or Korean descent person who thinks that supporting SOS will make him a "real American". He'll be in for a surprise when the SOS starts concentration camps, they'll invite him to the camp as an inmate. "

Here we are with some Answer Coalition members who came to support our people. Not all Europeans are racist and unjust."

Here are the racists as usual, with their small numbers and low IQ's."

Click on the link below for all the slander and propaganda (and photos!) used by the opposition. Their "friends" include ANSWER, the extreme left wing protest group.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

The pimping of the President - Abramoff/Norquist

The following article is an oldie, but has some pertinent information on the relationship of Jack Abramoff (Just indicted and admitted guilt), super lobbyist and Grover Norquist (Americans for Tax Reform), the White House right hand man on immigration.

The White House issued this statement, "McClellan said Bush does not know Abramoff personally, although it's possible that the two met at holiday receptions. Abramoff attended three Hanukkah receptions at the White House, the spokesman said.";_ylt=An2NxVmAQuiMwAaT4ggl6bCGbToC;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl

The Pimping of the Presidency

Jack Abramoff and Grover Norquist Billing Clients for Face Time with G.W. Bush

BY LOU DUBOSE The Texas Observer

our months after he took the oath of office in 2001, President George W. Bush was the attraction, and the White House the venue, for a fundraiser organized by the alleged perpetrator of the largest billing fraud in the history of corporate lobbying. In May 2001, Jack Abramoff’s lobbying client book was worth $4.1 million in annual billing for the Greenberg Traurig law firm. He was a friend of Bush advisor Karl Rove. He was a Bush “Pioneer,” delivering at least $100,000 in bundled contributions to the 2000 campaign. He had just concluded his work on the Bush Transition Team as an advisor to the Department of the Interior. He had sent his personal assistant Susan Ralston to the White House to work as Rove’s personal assistant. He was a close friend, advisor, and high-dollar fundraiser for the most powerful man in Congress, Tom DeLay. Abramoff was so closely tied to the Bush Administration that he could, and did, charge two of his clients $25,000 for a White House lunch date and a meeting with the President. From the same two clients he took to the White House in May 2001, Abramoff also obtained $2.5 million in contributions for a non-profit foundation he and his wife operated.

Abramoff’s White House guests were the chiefs of two of the six casino-rich Indian tribes he and his partner Mike Scanlon ultimately billed $82 million for services tribal leaders now claim were never performed or were improperly performed. Together the six tribes would make $10 million in political contributions, at Abramoff’s direction, almost all of it to Republican campaigns of his choosing. On May 9, 2001, when he ushered the two tribal chiefs into the White House to meet the President, The Washington Post story that would end his lobbying career and begin two Senate Committee investigations was three years away. (When the Post story broke in February 2004, however, Abramoff and Scanlon, a former Tom DeLay press aide, were already targets of a U.S. Attorney’s investigation in Washington.)

Abramoff brought the Coushatta and Choctaw chiefs to Washington at the request of Grover Norquist. Norquist is founder and director of Americans for Tax Reform, the advocacy group committed to slashing taxes until the federal government is so small you “can drown it in the bathtub.” Norquist started ATR in 1985. His power increased exponentially in 1994, when Republicans took control of the House of Representatives and he collaborated with then-Majority Whip Tom DeLay to launch the “K Street Project”—a coordinated campaign to compel lobbyists to contribute only to Republican candidates and ultimately to hire only Republicans. Like Abramoff and Rove, Norquist considered George Bush’s victory over Al Gore the culmination of a project the three Washington insiders started 30 years ago as national leaders of the College Republicans.

Since the Post’s Susan Schmidt broke the Jack Abramoff story, the media has focused on the stunning $82 million Abramoff and Scanlon billed six tribes for lobbying and public relations work. Far less attention has been paid to the political contributions, by Abramoff’s account $10 million, made by the six tribes. That piece of the story involves the K Street Project, which moves the money of corporate lobbyists and their clients into the accounts of Republican candidates, PACs, and issue advocacy groups.

Republican Campaign Accounts
Abramoff advised tribal leaders that the contributions were the cost of doing business in Washington, where he could protect them from other tribes trying to open casinos to compete with those that already had them. He sent orders for the checks to be cut, designating each recipient. On March 6, 2002, for example, Coushatta Tribal Council Chair Lovelin Poncho followed Abramoff’s orders and disbursed $336,300 in tribal funds, according to tribal accounting ledgers obtained by the Observer.

The Coushattas, a southwest Louisiana tribe of 837 members, operate a casino that does an estimated $300 million in annual business. The $32 million they paid Abramoff and Scanlon makes the tribe the largest victim of the fraud their lawyers now allege in a lawsuit filed by Texas plaintiff’s firm Provost Umphrey. The tribe also contributed what tribal council member David Sickey said was probably “many millions” of dollars to political causes and charities designated by Abramoff.

Since we first reported the White House ATR fundraiser and the $1 million contribution to the Capital Athletic Foundation (see “K Street Croupiers,” November 19, 2004), the Coushattas, speaking through Austin attorneys at Hance, Scarborough, Wright, Ginsburg & Brusilow, and through Louisiana political consultant Roy Fletcher, have vociferously denied that tribal Chairman Poncho visited the White House after contributing $25,000 to ATR. They also denied the $1 million contribution to Abramoff’s foundation. Recently the story has changed. Or at least the version told by the majority that controls the council has begun to change. Two minority members of the five-seat council have pointed to the pay-to-play meeting with President Bush and the $1 million contribution to Abramoff as examples of the council’s financial mismanagement. One of the two members of the minority faction, David Sickey, has regularly made himself available to the press. Normally, press inquiries to the council majority are answered by Hance Scarborough, by Roy Fletcher, or occasionally by sources close to the council majority.

According to a source close to the tribal majority, Chairman Poncho recently “revisited that issue” of his visit to the White House. He had previously denied it because he thought he was responding to press inquiries that implied he had a one-on-one meeting with Bush. He now recalls that he in fact did go to the White House on May 9, 2001. Tribal attorney Kathryn Fowler Van Hoof went with him, although she did not get into the meeting with the President. That meeting lasted for about 15 minutes and was not a one-on-one meeting. At the meeting, Bush made some general comments about Indian policy but did not discuss Indian gaming. Abramoff was at the meeting—for which he charged the Coushatta Tribe $25,000. The change in Poncho’s position is odd in light of the fact that he and his spokespersons have maintained for more than a year that he did not meet with President Bush in May 2001.

Norquist has not responded to inquiries about using the White House as a fundraiser. It is, however, a regular ATR practice to invite state legislators and tribal leaders who have supported ATR anti-tax initiatives to the White House for a personal thank-you from the President. A source at ATR said no money is ever accepted from participants in these events. The $25,000 check from the Coushattas suggests that, at least in this instance, Norquist’s organization made an exception. The $75,000 collected from the Mississippi Choctaws and two corporate sponsors mentioned in Abramoff’s e-mail suggests there were other exceptions. Norquist recently wrote to the tribes who paid to attend White House meetings. His story regarding that event is also evolving. The contributions, he told tribal leaders in letters that went out in May, were in no way related to any White House event. That doesn’t square with the paper trail Abramoff and Norquist left behind, which makes it evident that they were selling access to the President.

The Coushatta Tribal Council majority has also revised its response to questions about the $1 million contribution, which critics in the tribe have insisted was made to Abramoff’s Capital Athletic Foundation in 2001. The foundation funded Abramoff’s Jewish prep school in Bethesda, MD, which closed soon after his lobbying scheme unraveled. When the Observer inquired in November 2004 about the $1 million contribution, we had obtained a copy of the Capital Athletic Foundation’s tax filing, but the contributor’s name was redacted. Following the lead of Lake Charles, Louisiana, American Press reporter Shawn Martin, the Observer last week obtained an un-redacted copy. The $1 million contribution, roughly 95 percent of what the foundation raised in 2001, was attributed to the Coushatta Tribe. A source working with the Coushatta Tribal Council majority said it now appears that the contribution was made in response to a bill sent by Mike Scanlon. Accountants working under the direction of Hance Scarborough found a $1-million Greenberg Traurig invoice that Scanlon sent the tribe. Scanlon routinely sent un-itemized bills for larger sums, which the tribe routinely paid. But as he was not a Greenberg Traurig employee, he billed on his own Capitol Campaign Strategies invoices. On the $1 million Greenberg Traurig invoice Scanlon sent the tribe in 2001, the company name was misspelled.

There will need to be more accounting, probably by different accountants. And perhaps by different legal representation, or at least under a different understanding between the tribe and its lawyers. In the May 28 tribal election on the Elton, LA reservation, a reform slate won a majority on the five-member council. Sickey, who five days before the election maintained that the $1 million contribution was made and that tribal chair Poncho indeed went to the White House in 2001, predicted the new majority will hire forensic accountants to determine where all the money went. (A week before the election he was looking for a tribal newsletter in which, he said, Poncho described his 2001 White House visit.) The shift on the council does not bode well for its Austin law firm. Hance Scarborough had gone to tribal court and successfully blocked a recall election that would have forced the council majority to stand for election a year ago, and David Sickey was a proponent of the recall. “Kent Hance doesn’t represent me or [the other minority dissident] Harold John,” said Sickey. “He represents Lovelin Poncho.”

The White House press office has not responded to our questions about other visits Jack Abramoff might have made to the White House or about Norquist using the official residence of the President to raise funds for Americans for Tax Reform. None of the political contributions Abramoff insisted the tribes make as yet have been returned.

Lou Dubose is a former Observer editor and co-author of The Hammer: Tom DeLay, God, Money and the Rise of the Republican Congress. This story was written with support from the Fund for Constitutional Government.

NOTE: More documents shown in above link!