Saturday, May 22, 2010

ICE official John Morton says they won't process illegals in Arizona.

Everything is lined up where Obama, the Dems and the various legal and immigration services are backing Mexico over the United States of America.
John Morton, assistant secretary of homeland security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, commented this week that ICE will not necessarily process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona authorities, according to published reports.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona called it encouraging.

“I think what it means is that they have some doubts themselves about the constitutionality of SB 1070, and I think that they doubt, as many of us do, that this law will ever take effect,” said Roberto Reveles, of ACLU of Arizona.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- who’s now staged more than a dozen controversial immigration and crime sweeps –- said he wasn’t surprised.

“I think that will hurt somewhat. I think it shows they are gearing toward amnesty -- shows people that are here illegally we have no way of taking them off the streets,” said Arpaio. “I’m going to enforce all the laws regardless of the roadblocks put up by Washington or certain politicians in this state.”

Virginia county law like Arizona's immigration law and it works fine.

This is what scares the liberal media and the illegal supporters more than anything else is the law starts, all the fear tactics turn out to be false and more states get on the bandwagon.

For the last three years, a county in Virginia has remained under the radar in the immigration debate even though it has a law almost identical to Arizona's immigration law.

The ordinance in Prince William County was passed in 2007. It initially required police to check the status of detainees they suspected of being undocumented immigrants but one year later it was revised.

Officers now question all criminal suspects about their immigration status once an arrest is made.

In 2008, the University of Virginia conducted a survey to see what effects, if any, the Prince William County law had. It concluded initial fears about racial profiling did not happen.

It also show that schools saw a drop in English as a second language enrollment. There was also a drop in uninsured mothers giving birth and individuals turned over to immigration and customs enforcement.

UAW demands Toyota and Tesla hire back union workers.

If you want to kill off the domestic electric car quickly, this would be a great way by hiring back and letting in the plague of the UAW that helped bring down the American auto industry.

The UAW today applauded Toyota and Tesla for deciding to team up to develop electric cars and at a recently closed plant in California and urged the companies hire employees who recently lost jobs at that plant.

“Yesterday’s announcement by Toyota and Tesla …is welcome news for the state’s economy and workers after the closing of this highly productive plant in March,” UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said in a statement.

SEIU union scumbags protest at someone's home, terrify 16 year kid.

On top of it you have the police giving them an escort and the sidebar that the SEIU owes money to Bank of America to the tune of $90 million. This entire exercise is an example of union thuggery.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Uproar over Mohammed cartoon in South Africa, Muslim group predicts violent backlash.

Via Mail and Guardian.

It was a late night in court for the Mail & Guardian as the Council of Muslim Theologians on Thursday evening tried to stop the newspaper from publishing a Zapiro cartoon featuring the Prophet Muhammad.

An interdict was not granted, but on Friday morning M&G editor-in-chief Nic Dawes and other staff were fielding a flood of angry callers, and even death threats hit the newspaper's office.

"You've got to watch your back" and "This will cost him his life" were some of the remarks made.

The cartoon followed the furore surrounding the Facebook page, "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day", which was sparked by threats by a radical Muslim group against the creators of US TV series South Park for depicting the prophet in a bear suit.

But Zapiro's cartoon, published in Friday's M&G, was far gentler in its satire, depicting the prophet reclining on a psychiatrist's couch and bemoaning his followers' lack of humour.

......The Council of Muslim Theologians is the same organisation that succeeded in preventing the Sunday Times in 2006 from republishing the controversial Danish cartoons of the prophet.

During Thursday's application the council repeatedly raised the spectre of a violent backlash, saying that the timing of the cartoon was bad because of a possible threat to the Soccer World Cup.

It added that while it wouldn't advocate violence, it couldn't necessarily guarantee that there wouldn't be any.

"We very much saw that as a threat, and our counsel vigorously objected," said Dawes. The judge upheld the objection.

....."The M&G is a platform for debate," Dawes emphasised, adding that everyone was welcome to engage in debate and discussion with the paper. "My view is no cartoon is as insulting to Islam as the assumption Muslims will react with violence."

(Pics) Graduating women from Cairo University show the rise of the hijab.

Do these pics show how the clothing style changed with the rise of fundamentalism in Egypt?

DC schools celebrate higher score in reading. Still a massive fail on every level.

How horrible is the DC public school district?
For the District, the study offers fresh signs of momentum for a school system long regarded among the nation's worst and bolsters Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's contention that Michelle A. Rhee, the hard-charging but controversial chancellor he hired three years ago, is on the right track. The results also echo gains city schools made in the same span on federal math tests.

Despite the advances, the 44,500-student system continues to trail far behind schools in the suburbs, other big cities and the nation. It faces huge challenges to further improvement related to poverty in many parts of the nation's capital and troubles within its schools.

For Rhee and Fenty (D), the study comes at a critical moment. The chancellor and the Washington Teachers' Union are seeking ratification of a proposed contract that would give teachers big raises and offer privately financed bonuses tied to working in high-need schools and racking up student achievement gains. The mayor is seeking reelection and plans to make school overhaul an issue in his Democratic primary campaign against D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray.

Federal test results show that fourth-graders in D.C. public schools -- not counting those in the city's public charter schools -- gained about six points on a 500-point scale from 2007 to 2009. Eighth-graders gained about four points.

"It's great for our kids and our teachers in terms of showing progress," Rhee said. "It puts us at the front of the curve." But she noted that D.C. scores (203 in fourth grade, 240 in eighth) still ranked well below averages for the nation (220, 262) and for large cities (210, 252). "We still have a ridiculously long way to go," she said.

Put another way, the D.C. scores also fall short of what the government defines as a basic level of achievement. That is the lowest possible ranking.

Financial Overhaul Bill passes, All bark no teeth?

You read the meat of the NYTIMES writeup and the list of what made it into the bill and left out I get the feeling this still has loopholes galore with only more government jobs created. The fact a liberal like Feingold is complaining is a serious tell.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Democrats cheer, give ovation for Calderon ripping Arizona immigration law.

Who the hell does this guy think he is coming here to America and getting the privilege of speaking in Congress to demand not only we not enforce our immigration laws but demand a ban on assault weapons. The Dems should be ashamed but they won't for their standing ovation.

Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s tough criticism of U.S. gun control and Arizona’s immigration law – as he stood Thursday in the Speaker’s chair in the House chamber – angered Republicans while Democrats cheered, adding a partisan tinge to what was supposed to be a routine speech.

This type of rebuke from a foreign leader invited to a joint meeting of Congress is very rare – and the partisan response from members of Congress made the spectacle more like a State of the Union address than a staid speech from a foreign ally.

“I strongly disagree with your recently adopted law in Arizona,” Calderon told the assembled lawmakers from the dais in the House chamber, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden seated behind him.

With his words, about two-thirds of the chamber gave him a standing ovation while the remainder—mostly Republicans—remained seated.

Sprint EVO 4G battery life is lacking and I am getting worried about updates

WOuld it kill Sprint to come out and say updating Android on their phones will not take as long as it has up to now? Android 2.2 is coming out and given the money I am going to be paying a month for EVO 4G, Sprint damn well better be on the ball.

Battery Issues.

My verdict: The HTC EVO 4G, when used on Sprint's 4G network, offers the highest consistent downstream data speeds I have ever seen on a cellular network. It also has a number of other strong features: a front-facing camera for video chatting, and the ability to serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot (for an extra fee of $30 a month) that can simultaneously connect up to eight laptops or other devices to the Internet.

However, the data speeds I got in my tests weren't spectacular, or anywhere close to the typical maximum Sprint claims, even in Baltimore, where the company's 4G network is mature. And, when using 4G, the EVO's battery runs down alarmingly fast. In my tests, it didn't last through a full day with 4G turned on. The carrier, in fact, is thinking of advising users to turn off the 4G network access when they don't think they need it, to save battery life. This undercuts the whole idea of faster cellular speeds.

Sprint's HTC EVO 4G cellphone
.In addition, the 4G advantage isn't yet available in most cities. And the phone is heavy. Also, like other Android phones, it has limited storage for third-party apps—just 358 megabytes of total memory capacity of 9 gigabytes.

Yahoo Finance:

In the end, the biggest hassle was the battery, which often died after four to five hours of usage. Granted, I spent a lot of time taking pictures, using the video camera, checking e-mail and tinkering with the phone -- more than I would after the honeymoon phase ended. Sprint says the phone can be used for six hours of talking, but doesn't specify battery life for "obsessive e-mail checking and apps use." The company also said I might have gotten more time had I turned off the 4G system when I was in 3G-only areas.

So, was it puppy love? Let's just say I'm going to wait a little bit longer to see what comes out next.

Dems want $23 Billion bailout for education.

Nothing to make the public education system just a way for states to paper over their budget gaps and bailout the teachers union.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What sort of living hell are the London 2012 Mascots?

They actually paid for these designs. No one looked at the blue one and thought "it does look like he went and piss all over himself."

Stephen Bayley, the prominent design critic, said: “What is it about these Games which seems to drive the organisers into the embrace of this kind of patronising, cretinous infantilism? Why can’t we have something that makes us sing with pride, instead of these appalling computerised Smurfs for the iPhone generation?

“If the Games are going to be remembered by their art then we can declare them a calamitous failure already.”

Lord Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic games, defended the mascots, saying they would inspire young people to engage with sport.

“We’ve created our mascots for children. By linking young people to the values of sport, Wenlock and Mandeville will help inspire kids to strive to be the best they can be,” he said.

But critics said the design would leave young people baffled. Aaron Shields, a partner at the design agency BrandInstict, said: “I don’t think people are going to relate to these very modern creations. The first rule of mascot creation is to make something familiar and accessible, not something alien. This is just going to be seen as another disappointment coming out of the Olympic games.”

Charles Krauthammer rightly slaps down Calderon for his stupid remarks.

I had a couple of more hours to think it over and I am even more pissed Calderon pulled this stunt while Obama is standing like a bump on a log.

I'm sort of offended when the President of Mexico speaks, criticizing the Arizona law, saying it's placing “our people” in face of discrimination. If they're his people, well what are they doing in the United States? If they're his people, why do they leave Mexico, abandon his country, to live under the jurisdiction and the laws of the United States?

Look, you can't have it both ways. Particularly coming from Mexico, a country where if you enter illegally it's a felony and you get up to two years in prison and if you do it a second time you get ten years.

Best endorsement ever? Calderon rips Arizona illegal immigration law.

Coming to America trying too dictate our laws not exactly the smart move. Worse is Obama just going along with it.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Updated Taxpayer losses on GM and Chrysler: $34 Billion.

Via AP with the lovely news.

The Treasury Department said Monday it will lose $1.6 billion on a loan made to Chrysler in early 2009. Taxpayer losses from bailing out Chrysler and General Motors are expected to rise as high as $34 billion, congressional auditors have said.

Treasury said Monday that Chrysler repaid $1.9 billion of a $4 billion loan, which was extended before the company filed for Chapter 11. The government hopes to get another $500 million from the company that emerged from bankruptcy, Chrysler Group LLC.

Treasury officials said that the government had no plans to boost its stake in the new Chrysler to cover those losses. It also acknowledged another $1.9 billion in potential losses from a separate loan that had been made to the company that went through bankruptcy proceedings. It indicated slim hopes of recouping much if anything from that separate $1.9 billion loan.

The original $4 billion loan was made in January 2009, when the Bush administration was scrambling to rescue Chrysler, GM and their auto financing arms.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated in March that the government's $85 billion bailout of the automakers would cost taxpayers $34 billion.

YES! New Routemaster Buses coming back to London.

A London without proper Routemasters is like a world without air. You don't get rid of iconic figures like that for stupid bendy buses.

Dominicans taking market share from Black stylists.

Got the Koreans on one side with the manicure/pedicure and now the Dominicans on the other with hair styling. Spincer move!

Armed with a blow dryer and brush, deft wrist action and shrewd promotional tactics, immigrants from the Dominican Republic are snipping away market share from African-American stylists whose mastery of black women's hair ensured for generations that their customers wouldn't, or couldn't, leave them. Promises of seemingly healthier hair, swifter service and far lower prices are wooing away a growing number of black women.

Ms. Rollins and most other African-American women require a chemical "relaxer" to straighten their hair and get touch-up treatments every six weeks or so. She and many other customers say another benefit of the Dominican technique is that it extends the life of straightening chemicals, thus reducing the frequency of application and potentially harmful effects.

The defections have infuriated African-American stylists who insist that their methods are safe and that they are more highly trained than the Dominicans are. "It's hard enough in these times, but they are undercutting our prices, even passing out fliers to our own clients," complains Atlanta hairdresser Jannifer Jackson, whose cancellations and no-shows began piling up once a Dominican salon opened about a mile away last summer.

Hey hey, no whining in business. Step up or find another line of work. But interesting article because you have the loyalty because you are black card being thrown down and that is just a stupid way to do business or be a customer. The service that treats you the best wins, not the color of your skin.

Obama official says sorry to China over Arizona immigration law.

The culprit this time is Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner. I never realized Arizona enforcing immigration law is the same as China's repressive regime.

A complete moron is Miss USA 2010.

I don't expect a lot out of these beauties but really??

She nearly tripped over her gown.

She called birth control a “controlled substance.”

She argued that contraceptives should be covered by health insurers because they are “expensive” — and then said you could get them for “free” from your OB/GYN’s office.

And now she is the new Miss USA:

Sunday, May 16, 2010

GM is itching to make more subprime car loans.

History trying to repeat itself. I can understand the leasing part but the subprime people need to learn a bus schedule.

If your credit isn't good, General Motors Co. still wants to sell you a car.

The problem is, it can't. At least not in big numbers. That's why the automaker wants more control over its lending again.

GM's top North American executive Mark Reuss, under pressure to quickly sell more cars and boost GM's value as it gets ready to sell stock to the public, said a shortage of subprime lending is holding back sales in the U.S.

But the automaker's main lender, Ally Financial Inc., has little appetite for risky loans, having spent the last few years cleaning up its own financial mess caused mainly by its failing mortgage lending business. Both companies are majority-owned by the U.S. government.