Monday, May 24, 2010

NYC Remains Target #1

Our enemies have sights set on NYC, cutting funding only opens the door
By Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.)


Al Qaeda, its affiliates and sympathizers want nothing more than to attack America again, and they want to do it in New York City.
To prevent this, New York needs more federal homeland security funding. Clearly, the Obama administration doesn't understand that.
Seventeen years after the first attack on the World Trade Center and eight-and-a-half years after the toppling of the Twin Towers, New York City remains target No. 1 of Islamic terrorists.
New York City has been the intended target of at least 11 disrupted terror plots since 9/11.
In my office, we keep a list.
In 2003, police unraveled plans to bring down the Brooklyn Bridge. The next year, terrorists conspired to bomb Herald Square. In 2006, law enforcement disrupted a plot to attack a tunnel connecting New Jersey to Manhattan. In 2007, investigators foiled plans to blow up JFK airport. In 2008, a native New Yorker, arrested in Pakistan, told of an al Qaeda plot to bomb the Long Island Rail Road. A year ago, the FBI stopped a planned attack on New York synagogues. Last fall, Najibullah Zazi was stopped short of blowing up New York City subway trains. This month, America saw an explosives-laden SUV nearly exploded in Times Square.
One would expect the Obama administration's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to understand that the terrorist threat to the United States of America is aimed primarily at the Big Apple. But, sadly, they don't.
Last week, just days after the failed Times Square car bombing, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano inexplicably slashed the 2010 homeland security funding for the NYC metropolitan area. DHS cut New York 's mass transit security funding by 27 percent and funding for New York City area port security by 25 percent.
This news was a slap in the face for New York , which endures a daily terrorist threat unlike any other U.S. city.
After their decision to cut New York 's homeland security funding, DHS officials added insult to injury with their baffling attempts to defend the indefensible.
After hearing bipartisan outrage, DHS claimed New York was actually getting more money because of a one-time payout from President Obama's "stimulus" package last year. DHS even enlisted the Democratic National Committee to attack me for my vote against the stimulus. I think they were attempting to say that because I voted against the stimulus with some money that eventually went to New York, I was somehow voting against properly funding anti-terror efforts in New York. But, really, they ended up admitting to holding homeland security money hostage in the stimulus.
Next, DHS tried the always-popular "blame Congress" routine. They claimed New York 's funding was cut because Congress appropriated only $300 million each for transit security grants and port security grants.
The truth is President Obama requested only $250 million from Congress for each of the grant programs. At $300 million, Congress gave more money than what President Obama wanted.
In what was their latest, and most laughable, attempt to explain away their big mistake, Secretary Napolitano accused New York transit and port agencies of sitting on piles of cash, refusing to spend the money they'd been awarded in recent years. In reality, according to a 2009 GAO report, DHS bureaucracy and red tape have prevented agencies from spending much of their grant money quickly. Secretary Napolitano deserves thanks for shedding new light on this problem at DHS.
As if these massive Obama administration cuts to transit and port security funding were not bad enough, they come on the heels of another unfathomable swipe at New York City. For the past two years, President Obama proposed to completely eliminate funding for the Securing the Cities Initiative, a highly successful program to prevent nuclear and radiological terrorism through a ring of detectors in and around New York City. Just as what happened in Times Square, we are nearly certain the next attack on New York will come from the suburbs. And the likelihood is increasing that terrorists will try to use a radioactive dirty bomb.
With the president himself warning that we face a great threat from nuclear materials, it makes zero sense to cut funding for a program such as Securing the Cities. After the Bush administration funded it with $80 million, the Obama administration sought to eliminate funding last year. Fortunately, Congress provided $20 million. This year, Obama has again proposed nothing, but I am working with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to secure the necessary funds for this vital program. Protecting New York is about protecting America . A dirty bomb attack in Manhattan , the world's financial capital, would cripple America 's financial markets and, perhaps, collapse our economy.
Terrorists have their sights set on New York in their quest to destroy America. In recent years, the terrorists have increased, not decreased, their efforts to attack New York. The Obama administration must follow suit by increasing, not decreasing, homeland security funding for New York.

Monday, May 17, 2010

A Blue Print For Immigration Reform

A rigourous commonsensical immigration policy like Ireland's!

Steven Malanga

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Not amnesty or guest workers, but newcomers who would strengthen us

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Immigration and Teen Employment

Study Finds Immigrant Competition Contributes to Decline in Work
WASHINGTON (May 12, 2010) – The summer of 2010 is shaping up to be worst summer ever for the employment of U.S.-born teenagers (16 to 19 years old). But even before the current recession, the share of U.S.-born teens in the labor force – working or looking for work – was declining. A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies finds that competition with immigrants (legal and illegal) explains a significant share of this decline. The fall in teen employment is worrisome because a large body of research shows that those who do not hold jobs as teenagers often fail to develop the work habits necessary to function in the labor market, creating significant negative consequences for them later in life. The report, 'A Drought of Summer Jobs: Immigration and the Long-Term Decline in Employment Among U.S.-Born Teenagers.'

Monday, May 3, 2010

Guth An Garda

Below is the text of Michael O’Boyce’s planned speech to the Garda Representative Association’s (GRA) annual conference.

GRA speaks out against government corruption!

Justice Minister Dermot Ahern boycotts conference.

Michael O'Boyce is the outgoing president of the Garda Representative Association

I welcome you to the 32nd Annual Delegate Conference of the Garda Representative Association. I accept your non-attendance last year was due to circumstances beyond your control, but was disappointed you did not make greater effort to fulfil our invitation to attend the conference dinner.
At conference last year I called for the embargo on promotions to be lifted. I thank the Minister for Finance for heeding the call and I’m glad to say that practically all the members of the Garda Representative Association who should have been promoted last year now are.
At conference last year I said, “This government is driving experience out of An Garda Síochána. A rising number of members of all ranks who could and who want to continue to serve this country are considering retirement.” Sadly my words proved to be correct. In one garda division alone, numbers are down by 20 in recent months.
At conference last year I spoke about the mothballing of the Garda College. Disgracefully, there are no students in the college – for the first time in its history. Due to government policy there will be no students in the Garda College for a long time to come. An Garda Síochána is contracting by the direct action of the government; experience is being driven out and no new blood coming in. This is pushing the Force to the brink of disaster.
An effective police force needs continuity, a principle tried and tested the world over but ignored in Ireland. In these uncertain times the public needs to know that there will be adequate frontline gardaí for them. Garda numbers will fall again by the end of 2010. The people of Ireland should rightly demand garda recruitment is taken away from government because it is misused as an election gimmick. It is far too important for that. The Garda Representative Association will continue to campaign for an end to this obnoxious trick.
For the past year and a half, gardaí and other public sector workers have endured an unrelenting, distasteful and vitriolic attack from the government and their wealthy cronies. This was distasteful and unbelievable considering the role garda take in society. It most definitely verged on incitement to hatred. The attacks were orchestrated to demonise and marginalise public sector workers. They were designed to drive a wedge between public and private sector workers.
But the ancient tactic of divide and conquer did not succeed, except with those misguided souls who contact daytime radio talk shows. They were primed to deflect attention away from the ‘national saboteurs’.
We are angry, we have been betrayed and we are disillusioned. But I do not believe it is yet understood just how angry we are. And that anger will find an outlet, the anger that we feel will find its target.
We are angry at being portrayed as self-serving, overpaid, under-worked and dishonest people with overly generous pensions that we don’t pay for. Yes, there are public servants who fit into that category; they are represented by you and your colleagues, not us.
We are angry that we, our children and our children’s children have been sacrificed by this government to protect the people who bankrolled your party and robbed the Irish People. Men like Fingers and Seanie were held up by government as examples of entrepreneurial skill and business acumen but who were nothing more than ‘gombeen’ men.
We are angry at the arrogance of a government corrupted by years of power has lost touch with the reality of life on a modest salary; if they ever knew it at all. A government whose only agenda is to protect the economic traitors.
We are angry at being lectured by government on the need to be patriotic. A patriot is ‘a person who vigorously supports his country and its way of life.’ This government is misusing what it means to be Irish as they support a new aristocracy created in their image. This new aristocracy chooses whether to retain state pensions while still working as public representatives, using all means to spend vast resources on the few, while taking pay from the majority. This government have created a new class system; one that does not value our service and dedication.
We are angry about NAMA. No, not the entity set up by government to bail out developers and speculators who reneged on their debts, the cost of which you have placed on the shoulders of generations of Irish workers to come. Yes, we are angry about that, but, I am talking about the NAMA that the government is, The National Assets Mismanagement Agency.
The government of which you are a long serving member has mismanaged the wealth of this country for more than a decade by allowing our assets to be plundered and robbed by bankers and speculators and you are making generations of Irish workers pay the price for this treachery. You did this because bankers and speculators have bought your party, and in return you have sacrificed the greater good and prosperity of the Irish Nation for the benefit of the few – the few who have now taken their ill-gotten gains and secured them in tax haven around the world. Truly, a government of national sabotage.
In the face of the unwarranted attack by the government on the workers and unemployed of this country the Garda Representative Association has stood head and shoulders above other trade unions. We have shown leadership, temerity, tenaciousness and courage. We have lead from the front.
The Central Executive Committee picketed Dáil Eireann. No government minister or TD had the courage to come out and meet us. We led 4,000 of our members on a march to the Dáil. Once again no government minister had the courage to come out to us. We joined the 24/7 Frontline Services Alliance. No minister had the courage to tell us we shouldn’t be part of that alliance. They knew the answer that we would have given them.
On the 7th December 2009 we announced that we were going to ballot our members on industrial action. I have no doubt the announcement saved our allowances from the hatchet.
You Minister came out fighting, saying you were going to arrest and jail the CEC, and forgetting that you hadn’t the power. Then you threatened to seize the assets of the GRA; believing your own frenzy you went on to threaten to arrest the printers and the postal workers. As we know none of this happened – except the issuing of the ballot.
What the GRA said we would do, we did. What you, Minister, said you wouldn’t allow, you couldn’t stop.
An ‘away win’ for the Garda Representative Association.
The GRA has now set forth on a course to become a full trade union. Minister, you have said that we will never achieve that status. That is the second leg. And when, in the near future, the GRA achieves trade union status, it will be the home win.”

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!

How Mexico Treats Illegals!

How Mexico Treats Illegal Aliens
Michelle Malkin
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has accused Arizona of opening the door "to intolerance, hate, discrimination and abuse in law enforcement." But Arizona has nothing on Mexico when it comes to cracking down on illegal aliens. While open-borders activists decry new enforcement measures signed into law in "Nazi-zona" last week, they remain deaf, dumb or willfully blind to the unapologetically restrictionist policies of our neighbors to the south.
The Arizona law bans sanctuary cities that refuse to enforce immigration laws, stiffens penalties against illegal alien day laborers and their employers, makes it a misdemeanor for immigrants to fail to complete and carry an alien registration document, and allows the police to arrest immigrants unable to show documents proving they are in the U.S. legally. If those rules constitute the racist, fascist, xenophobic, inhumane regime that the National Council of La Raza, Al Sharpton, Catholic bishops and their grievance-mongering followers claim, then what about these regulations and restrictions imposed on foreigners?

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Fact Sheet on Arizona Law