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Heritage's DeMint: I need the money
It looked very bad in late 2012 when Senator Jim De Mint deserted the Congressional battlefield for the lucrative Heritage Foundation Presidency, not least because one of the safest seats where possible Conservative leaders could develop was promptly filled (with his approval) with, at best, ballast.
And it looked even worse last May when he allowed the Jason Richwine lynching as discussed by John Derbyshire “Burn The Witch!” Heritage Foundation Scuttles Away From Jason Richwine -And The Cold Hard Facts and analyzed by Peter Brimelow in “This Isn’t A Free Country”: The Heritage Foundation And The Fate Of Jason Richwine. This cowardice allowed the MSM to Memory Hole the devastating Rector/Richwine study on the huge cost of Amnesty, commissioned long before De Mint arrived and to which the Treason Lobby has no cogent answer.
The full extent of the De Mint betrayal became starkly apparent this week with the horrible news that Open Borders fanatic Stephen Moore is to be Chief Economist at Heritage. Commissar Jennifer Rubin crowed at The Washington Post
Moore is pro-growth, pro-immigration — a cheery conservative warrior. If allowed free rein — and I can’t believe he would have taken the job unless he was assured of intellectual freedom — he has the ability to restore Heritage Foundation’s luster
aka eliminate any outside-the-Beltway Patriotic influence: Heritage performs triage January21 2014
Heritage’s own blog suggests certified Immigration Crazy Rubin is correct: in WSJ’s Stephen Moore to Join Heritage as Chief Economist by Rob Bluey The Foundry January 21, 2014 we read
Last year in a Wall Street Journal column, Moore took issue with Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint’s characterization of the late Milton Friedman’s view of immigration. Moore said he discussed the issue with DeMint recently.
“Jim DeMint and I may not agree on everything about immigration, but what Jim wants me and others to do is develop a pro-growth immigration policy for the country. I don’t want Heritage to be viewed as anti-immigration. We all know immigration is vitally important to our economy. Our goal will be to develop an immigration policy that’s in the best interest of America, our economy, and allows the United States to get the best and brightest people to come here.”
Translated from the jargon:the Cheap Labor Lobby’s dream. That DeMint accepted this in total contradiction of his apparent personal views says a lot about the man.
Stephen Moore has never been anything other than an Open Borders bigot since he arrived on the policy scene working for the then public face of this racket, Julian Simon. Peter Brimelow observed him grubbing for payoffs for this stance after a 1996 Hoover Institution conference on immigration. It has brought him a lush MSM career and it is certainly not going to stop now. This is probably the end of Heritage’s occasionally useful work on immigration.
What has happened is clear. There has been a Large Donor Riot. The 2014 Amnesty/Immigration Surge battle has seen no new arguments and the only relevant new fact is that America, for whatever reason, is generating only a fraction of the jobs needed to absorb current immigration. What is new is the unprecedented volume of money being offered to Treason Lobby recruits as even some of the Establishment Immigration Restraint outfits have finally found the courage to say.
VDARE.com hopes Mrs. DeMint is enjoying spending some of it.
Memo From The Midwest | Edgar Tamayo: Mexico’s Government Goes To Bat For Yet Another Illegal Alien Murderer
Mexican national Edgar Tamayo, who first entered this country as an illegal alien, is scheduled for execution by lethal injection in Texas January 22nd. Tamayo was condemned for the murder of Houston police officer Guy Gaddis—almost exactly twenty years ago.
Mexico is vociferously protesting Tamayo’s execution. The Mexican Foreign Ministry (SRE) has requested a stay of execution; Mexican Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade met with Secretary of State Kerry about it; the Mexican government has denounced the U.S. before the Organization of American States.
In Cuernavaca, capital of Tamayo’s home state of Morelos, “migrants” burned an American flag in protest (photographs here) and symbolically closed a McDonald’s and a Burger King. [Migrantes queman bandera de EU en Morelos contra ejecución de Tamayo, LaJornadaEnLinea, January 16, 2014]
In Tamayo’s hometown of Miacatlan, 2000 people marched in his defense:
“…We think, we believe, that he [Edgar Tamayo] is innocent, there is much injustice in the United States…” said Adriana Puentes, a friend of the family.
Micatlan’s mayor, Sergio Arias, who is also Edgar Tamayo’s cousin explained that “we believe that they are blaming him unjustly only for the crime of being Mexican…””.
Con marcha, piden clemencia para Edgar Tamayo, Pedro Tonantzin, Excelsior, January 19, 2014
There are so many natives of Morelos state living north of the border
What is it that so excites the Establishment—left and right—when white people get together to discuss their interests? I have been asking this question for 20 years, ever since the first American Renaissance conference in 1994.
We have had 11 meetings since then, and every time there have been shrieks of “hate” and “white supremacy.” Our 12th meeting will be in April this year (details here), and the shrieking has already begun, months before the doors even open. Why?
Blacks have hundreds of organizations looking out for them, and they have a Congressional Caucus that picks over every new law to see what’s in it for “the bruthas.” The same is true for Hispanics and Asians. For American whites, though, a student union or a firefighters’ association apparently would be an offense against decency.
I’m puzzled by this. Why are whites the only people who are not supposed to talk about their interests?
It’s not as though we don’t have any. VDARE.com reported just a few days ago that most of the new recruits at the Los Angeles Fire Department are white—and that Mayor Eric Garcetti is furious. Only 29 percent of the city’s population is white, but they keep getting the best grades on the firefighting exam, so the new class of firemen is 60 percent white. “Unacceptable!” thunders the mayor, who promises to correct this outrage.
Do white people have a right to be curious how Los Angeles proposes to keep their sons and brothers from becoming firemen? No. Any organized curiosity would be “hate” and “white supremacy.”
At the upcoming conference, I plan to mention this sort of thing in a talk called “Why All Politics is Racial”—but by today’s standards, that will be an act of depravity.
Race is grimly serious business for Lefties. In December, a 30-year-old PR executive named Justine Sacco was on a flight to South Africa and tweeted that she would probably avoid getting AIDS because she is white. She became the latest of countless whites to lose a job because of a joke. Even her father turned on her.
Last year, a federal judge, Richard Cebull, was forced to retire when he posted this joke: “A little boy said to his mother; ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?’ His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!’ ”
RamZPaul, who will be speaking at the American Renaissance conference, will blast back at our humorless Establishment with his unique brand of irreverent wit. Nothing makes the reigning ideology look so ridiculous as to trap it in its own prissy foolish.
Europe is as humorless and hysterical about race as we are. Last December, a British sandwich shop owner wrote online that “my PC takes so long to shut down I’ve decided to call it Nelson Mandela.” Police arrested him, grilled him for eight hours, took a DNA sample, and confiscated his computer for three weeks. They let him off with a warning.
Seventy-seven percent of Britons want immigration cut and only four percent want it increased, but immigration continues at a furious clip because Britain’s rulers think stopping it would be “racist.” Just this month European “human rights” officials told British authorities they could not deport a Jamaican criminal because that would separate the poor dear from his family. In December, an investigation concluded that the authorities failed to signs that Pakistani men were grooming young white girls for sex because
Law enforcement and criminal justice rely on modern, First-World police science—medical examiners, crime scene investigators, ballistics experts and forensic scientists. These people conduct autopsies; gather evidence at crime scenes; dust for fingerprints; test-fire and examine suspected murder weapons and ammunition; and weigh and test substances suspected to be drugs in narcotics cases.
If the “experts” are incompetent and/or dishonest, countless innocent people will be doomed to spend years in prison, some may even be executed, while the guilty will go free.
Thanks to the blessings of diversity, America has now reached this level of Keystone Kop police science.
- In Boston on November 22, Trinidadian-born Annie Khan Dookhan [pictured above] pled guilty to 27 counts of “obstruction of justice, perjury, and tampering with evidence,” during the ten years that she was a Massachusetts state police chemist, and was sentenced by Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Carol S. Ball to three-to-five years in prison, and two years’ probation.
Judge Ball said:
“[T]he consequences of her behavior, which she ought to have foreseen, have been nothing short of catastrophic…. Innocent persons were incarcerated, guilty persons have been released to further endanger the public, millions and millions of public dollars are being expended to deal with the chaos Ms. Dookhan created, and the integrity of the criminal justice system has been shaken to the core."
[Chemist who falsified drug tests in criminal cases goes to jail herself by Fabien Tepper, Christian Science Monitor, November 22, 2013.]
Dookhan’s misconduct-tainted cases involving over 40,000 defendants. So far, almost 350 convicted defendants have been released, and the state crime lab where Dookhan worked for ten years has been shuttered.
Dookhan lied in claiming to have a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts. All Human Resources had to do was contact the school where she claimed to have earned it. But it would be “racist” to scrutinize a diversity applicant’s bona fides.
While Dookhan was working ever more rapidly, her colleagues’ work had slowed down, due to a Supreme Court decision requiring drug analysts to appear in court. Quality control should have caught what she was up to—except that she was the head of quality control! She also violated security, and deliberately contaminated thousands of samples.
Finally, Dookhan maliciously claimed that thousands of samples that she had not tested—that’s how she could “complete” her work so rapidly—had tested positive for narcotics, and on top of that, lied about their weights, so as to turn offenses into higher-level crimes entailing longer sentences.
Dookhan was only caught when she forged a colleague’s initials on documents to remove samples she had no business touching.
My reader-researcher RC wrote,
She's a twofer: A person of color as well as female.
How much will Taxachusetts pay to those whose civil rights were violated thanks to her falsified drug tests?
The answer: Potentially billions.
At least the winsome Dookhan has confessed to most of her crimes, and shown contrition. But what made her commit them?
Some observers suggested she sought to impress her superiors. However, I believe the simplest explanation is: she did it because she could. Dookhan worked in an institution in which, previously, applicants were thoroughly vetted prior to hiring, and worked in a secure environment under strong normative constraints on their behavior. But because she was a diversity hire, she found herself in a state of moral anomie, in which there was no vetting, security, or institutional constraints on her behavior. She was the proverbial kid in the candy shop.
Dookhan was merely the latest diversity police science scandal.
- Joyce Gilchrist
Gilchrist [above] was a legendary, black Oklahoma City Police Department forensic chemist whose (initially non-ironic) nickname was “Black Magic,” because for 21 years she was the consummate expert witness, her credibility unchallenged—until 2001:
“Oklahoma City Police Chief M.T. Berry on Tuesday fired
Diversity Bowl: NFC Championship Game Has Two Black Quarterbacks, AFC Two White Ones—Which Is The Future?
Oh, it’s so close to happening—at last!
Years of careful social engineering by the new, Main Stream Media-approved National Football League (NFL), and the promotion of a more athletic, “exciting” type of quarterback by the Main Stream Media, are nearing a triumphant conclusion.
In the National Football Conference championship game held Sunday to decide who goes to the Super Bowl, the two finalists—the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers—each start “dynamic” black quarterbacks, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick respectively.
A clearer contrast could not be seen than with the two American Football Conference finalists, also meeting Sunday: the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos, whose starting quarterbacks will be Tom Brady and Peyton Manning respectively.
Both are white—two old-style, immobile signal-callers, playing the role of Dennis Quaid’s drop-back passer who was contrasted with Wilson’s/Kapernick’s Jamie Foxx character in Oliver Stone’s prescient 1999 movie Any Given Sunday.
The NFL’s groupies in the MSM are ecstatic about Wilson and Kaepernick:
“It’s like the future of the league,” said John Middlekauff, a former NFL scout and now a radio host in the Bay Area. “They have the opportunity to be a Manning-Brady rivalry for the next 10 years.”
They also represent a shift at the quarterback position. The old guard is led by true pocket passers—Manning, Brady, Drew Brees. But when you look around the landscape, at the young quarterbacks who are excelling, most share a common makeup: They can hurt you with their arm and legs.
[New-breed quarterbacks Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick should have long rivalry: The future? As Peyton Manning and Tom Brady write another chapter in their rivalry this weekend, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick usher in a new era, Seattle Times, January 16, 2014]
Out with the old, in with the new! Oh…does that include the historic American nation?
ESPN analysts and executives must be particularly excited
No-one yet knows if New Jersey’s rabidly immigration-enthusiast governor Chris Christie will survive Bridgegate, but his presidential ambitions may very well be ended and many in the GOP Establishment are looking for a fallback plan. Some are even speculating that the yet more appalling Jeb Bush may answer the call.
But more interesting, in my opinion, to patriotic immigration reformers: the possibility that former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown will join the race. Brown has moved to New Hampshire and is expected to run for Senate in 2014. In December, Brown responded to a question about his presidential ambitions by stating that he does not “think anything’s off the table at this point.” [Scott Brown Not Taking Presidential Run Off the Table, ABC, December 9, 2013]
The Boston Herald’s Scott Battenfeld recently noted that Brown had defended Christie, which could ingratiate him with Christie supporters, and that
Panicked GOP officials and moderate leaders, faced with a White House field that lacks a dynamic and electable candidate, might turn to Brown to come to the rescue. Brown and Christie are both Northeast moderates, and have compelling personalities that could attract Democratic voters in 2016. [Battenfeld: Scott Brown to the rescue?January 10, 2014]
I can already hear the reaction: “Scott Brown is a RINO.” And it’s true: Brown supported Dodd Frank, Democratic jobs bills, and legalized abortion.
But patriotic immigration reform is my key issue. I personally do not care about whether someone is a “real Republican” when most leading “conservative” Republicans support Amnesty.
And, while it may be hard for younger people to remember, just twenty years ago another RINO (then called “moderate”) Republican governor gave us what is still arguably the most powerful demonstration of the electoral power of the patriotic reform issue: Pete Wilson won an upset come-from-behind re-election race by allying himself with Proposition 187—and went on to feature opposition to (illegal) immigration in his 1996 Presidential bid, unfortunately cut short by health problems. [Wilson Opens Election Bid, Using Liberty As His Theme, By B. Drummond Ayres Jr. , NYT, August 29, 1995]
In today’s intensifying Political Correctness, the only public
With Treachery is brewing amidst the Republican leadership, as Speaker John Boehner, House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte, and Congressman Paul Ryan are trying to sneak through nation-breaking Amnesty/ Immigration Surge legislation. However, patriots can take some solace in this astounding effort of political tomfoolery—for once, the GOP’s characteristic incompetence and short-sightedness may work to our advantage.
Goodlatte is a typical example of the kind of the tactical blundering that epitomizes the tragicomic performance art that is now the Grand Old Party. A key figure in any attempt to change immigration laws, Goodlatte quietly took anti-Amnesty language off his official House website earlier this year. Unfortunately for him, the news was reported on National Review and linked to by the Drudge Report. [Website of Top House Republican Drops Opposition to Amnesty, by Fred Bauer, January 10, 2014]
While we can only hope NR Editor Rich Lowry and the rest of the Kiddie Cons read the thousands of irate comments that this provoked, Goodlatte apparently did. Within days, the Congressman restored anti-Amnesty language to his website, with the absurd excuse that “Congressman Goodlatte’s website is updated periodically and unfortunately during an update early last year, his position on amnesty was inadvertently deleted.” [Goodlatte reverses statement on amnesty, again, by Neil Munro, Daily Caller, January 13, 2014]
While this is a small victory, it also shows the utter contempt and relentless hostility which the Republican leadership views its own voters. Like enemy scouts, the Republican leadership is probing at the defenses of its own political base, hoping to find even the slightest crack to send its forces through.
We know this because they told us—or, at least, Goodlatte told the Hispanic network Telemundo‘s “Enfoque” show, in remarks that obviously were not supposed to be heard by conservative voters, that
If we can have a way to get [enforcement] up and operating, I see no reason why we can’t also have an agreement that shows how people who are not lawfully here can be able to be lawfully here – able to live here, work here, travel to and from their home country, be able to own a business, pay their taxes.
[Bob Goodlatte pushes immigration solution, by Seung Min Kim, Politico, January 9, 2014]
At the same time, other meetings were taking place within the Republican Party Establishment. Congressman Jeff Denham of the formerly American state of California hosted
It’s hardly surprising that the Main Stream Media refused to mention the immigration invasion as a key reason for the failure of Lyndon Johnson’s “War On Poverty.” But there’s a glimmer of hope: TV host and financial journalist Jim Cramer is making the case for putting American workers first:
The United States needs to focus on getting jobs for U.S. citizens instead of hiring immigrants and making deals with other nations for cheap labor, says Jim Cramer, host of CNBC's "Mad Money."
"Can we just help people get jobs who live here? We have so many problems in our country."
"Like, I'm trying to figure it out. How did it get to be bad that we should be thinking about the people who were here first before we start worrying about the people coming in?
"Tell me how the people coming in create jobs?""[Links added]
[Jim Cramer on Immigration: Take Care of U.S. Citizens First, by Bill Hoffman, Newsmax.com, January 13, 2014]
After years of denial because of the incestuous relationship between the MSM and our power elite, it’s about time someone with a top-ranked show tells it like it is. Cramer cut through the gatekeepers of the cheap labor importers, job exporters, ethnic tribalists, and religious hypocrites to speak out for Americans first!
Furthermore, Cramer pointed out how our so called leaders are putting America Last when it comes to our trade policies with China. He also notes how even saying this opens him up to retribution.
Cramer challenged current U.S. policy on two hot-button issues.
"These ideas of unlimited free trade with the Chinese and unlimited immigration have somehow become good, and I question that.
"By questioning that, there's a lot of people
"I've got a pen," said President Obama early this week.
"When I can act on my own without Congress, I'm going to do so," the president added Wednesday at North Carolina State.
Thus did Obama signal that he will bypass Congress and use his executive powers to advance his agenda of national transformation.
This dismissal of Congress has gone almost unprotested. In an earlier age it might have evoked talk of impeachment. But not now.
For though Congress may be the first branch of government in the Constitution, with the longest list of enumerated powers in Article 1, its eclipse has been extraordinary.
Congressional powers have eroded or been surrendered. The esteem in which Congress is now held calls to mind Emily Dickinson: "It dropped so low in my regard/I heard it hit the ground."
"Uncivil, incompetent in fulfilling basic constitutional responsibilities (such as timely appropriations), micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned, often putting self (and reelection) before country—this was my view of the majority of the United States Congress."
At Congressional hearings, Gates says he was "exceptionally offended by the constant, adversarial, inquisition-like treatment," and lines of inquiry that were "rude, insulting, belittling, bullying, and all too often personal."
Admirers of Obama, Hillary and Biden have all come forward to defend them. Where are the defenders of Congress from this searing indictment by Gates? Almost nowhere.
High among the causes of Congress' decline has surely been the loss or surrender of its constitutional powers -- to presidents, the Supreme Court and a federal bureaucracy Congress itself created.
Consider this. Under Article 1, Congress is entrusted with the power to "regulate commerce with foreign nations."
With the exception of slavery, there was not a more divisive issue before the Civil War than the tariff question. In the Jacksonian era, South Carolina almost seceded over the tariff, and Andrew Jackson threatened an invasion.
Today, Congress first surrendered to the executive the authority to negotiate trade deals,
Finding oneself among distinguished company is always balm to the ego, even when the “among” consists only of seeing your name with theirs in some list.
So there I was, blushing with pleasure at seeing my name on the list of “Bullied and Badgered, Pressured and Purged” at the Handle’s Haus blog.
The list, as its name tells you, is of persons who have suffered various levels of indignity at the hands of PC enforcers. It has been widely noticed, linked to from Reason, the Chateau, Vox Day, and our own Steve Sailer.
Ego satisfactions aside, it’s an interesting list. The first thing I wanted to know: did it confirm the belief, common on the Dissident Right, that there was an era of relative openness about human-science realities in the years 1995-2005? I attempted to quantify this belief in a 2009 column. I later aired it here on VDARE.com, whereupon VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow gave the era a name: the Interglacial.
Does HH’s list confirm the existence of the Interglacial?
The list is a moving target, as HH has declared his intention to add to it as suitable comments come in. At the time of setting finger to keyboard, there are 91 entries—I’ll call them “incidents”—on the list, identifying 92 persons (plus the entire Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints).
Tallying the incidents by date, I get this, which I’ve compared
I agree with MSNBC! I find it hard to believe that Gov. Chris Christie knew nothing about his staff's plotting a massive traffic jam on the ramp to the George Washington Bridge for political retribution.
But most of all, I find it hard to believe that MSNBC host Al Sharpton didn't know Tawana Brawley was lying when she claimed to have been gang-raped by rogue cops on the Wappingers Falls, N.Y., police force.
Back in November 1987, 15-year-old Tawana Brawley was found curled up inside a plastic bag in an apartment building parking lot. She had feces and racist graffiti all over her body, her clothing was torn and burned, and she was apparently unconscious.
When she emerged from her (fake) unconsciousness, she claimed she had been held captive in the woods for several days, while being raped and beaten by six white men, including policemen and the local prosecutor.
The story being utterly preposterous, every law enforcement agency in the universe was called in to investigate—the FBI, local, county and state police. Gov. Mario Cuomo directed the state attorney general, Robert Abrams, to investigate Brawley's claims.
Eight months and 1.3 million taxpayer dollars later (in today's dollars), the purported attack was exposed as a complete fraud. It turned out that Brawley made up the gang-rape story to avoid explaining to her volatile stepfather why she hadn't come home for four nights straight.
- Witnesses saw Brawley getting into the plastic bag by herself, and then hopping around in it before curling up into a ball on the ground.
- The hospital rape tests were negative and no semen was found anyplace on her body.
- She had no recent bruises or other marks on her body consistent with rape.
- Hospital technicians who evaluated Brawley concluded that she was faking unconsciousness.
- Brawley was well-nourished, had clean breath, no bruises or injuries to her body and was not suffering from exposure, despite temperatures having dropped to freezing several times when she was allegedly being gang-raped in the woods.
- Witnesses had seen Brawley in a vacant apartment where she had once lived during the period of the alleged attack.
- In that apartment, investigators found charred fibers matching the burnt clothes Brawley had been found in, the source of the material that had been stuffed in her nose and ears, and the feces that had been smeared on her. Investigators even identified the dog whose feces it was. Her dirty clothes were still in a washing machine in the building.
At no point did Sharpton question Brawley's story or urge her to recant. To the contrary, as the case fell apart, Sharpton's demagoguery rose to Olympian heights.
He branded Abrams "Hitler," called Gov. Mario Cuomo a racist, and demanded
This is part of a Center for Immigration Studies article Immigration and the Press: Four Stories from the First Week of January, By Jerry Kammer, January 13, 2014. He's talking here about just one of the four stories, Female Farm Workers Speak Up About Sexual Harassment, from NPR's "Morning Edition", January 4, 2014:
Here is the intro of host Linda Wertheimer:
"Agriculture is one of America's most hazardous industries, but there's another danger for female farm workers — rape and sexual assault. It's difficult for any victim of sexual assault to press charges, and female farm workers have to overcome additional hurdles. Yet some are starting to speak up about the hidden price they may have to pay to keep a job in the fields."
And here is how reporter Sasha Khoka introduced the specific case of alleged rape that is the story's focal point:
"It started with a missing paycheck. In 2006, Guadalupe Chavez, a farm worker in California's Central Valley, was supposed to earn $245 for a week of picking pomegranates, money the widowed mother of two needed urgently to pay her bills. When she went to track down the check, a supervisor she never met before told her someone had it out in the fields. He said to follow him there in her car."
Like the ABC story [VDARE.com note: A sob story about "The Human Cost (to illegals) of Crossing the U.S. Border"], this is solid, important, admirable journalism. Like the ABC story, it is illustrative of the kind of story that reporters gravitate to. They are drawn to stories that show immigrants as innocent victims who need protection.
Having cozied up to the Main Stream Media, Kammer dares voice a caveat:
My criticism is that little reporting shows an interest in telling the human stories and showing the human faces of those who are eager to speak up about the negative effects of mass immigration.
Yes, some of those who complain are racist and nativist, deserving of the epithets heaped upon those who want to regulate immigration. But most are good people, three-dimensional human beings who are struggling with complex circumstance. Their stories also deserve to be told and understood.
Of course, Kammer didn’t need to throw in that business about “nativists” deserving epithets—it’s a silly triangulating habit of his, see CIS' Krikorian, Kammer Make Fatal Concessions To SPLC.
But MSM stories about female farm workers being victimized are indeed common. My complaint (it’s more than a caveat): they don't say who is victimizing them.
The NPR story is unusual for a rape story, in that it names Guadalupe Chavez, the alleged victim, but not the accused—apparently because he was acquitted. They don’t say, and I can’t find any record of a trial in news reports, since contemporary stories, if any, would have suppressed Chavez’s name, as is traditional.
But was he an immigrant? Chavez is interviewed by NPR—in Spanish:
SASHA KHOKHA: It started with a missing paycheck. In 2006, Guadalupe Chavez, a farm worker in California's Central Valley, was supposed to earn $245 for a week of picking pomegranates,
This made my heart ache and my blood pressure spike: Actress Tamera Mowry, who is black, wept in an interview with Oprah Winfrey over the vile bigotry she has encountered because of her marriage to Fox News reporter Adam Housley, who is white. Misogynist haters called Mowry a sellout and a "white man's whore." International news outlets labeled the Internet epithets she endured "horrific" and "shocking."
Horrific? Yes. Shocking? Not at all. What Mowry experienced is just a small taste of what the intolerance mob dishes out against people "of color" who love, think and live the "wrong" way. I've grown so used to it that I often forget how hurtful it can be. Mowry's candor was moving and admirable. It's also a valuable teachable moment about how dehumanizing it can be to work in the public eye. Have we really sunk to this?
Young actresses in the 21st century forced to defend their love lives because their marital choices are politically incorrect? We're leaning backward in the regressive Age of Hope and Change.
Let's face it: Mowry's sin, in the view of her feckless detractors, is not merely that she married outside her race. It's also that she is so open about her love for a white man who—gasp!—works for reviled Fox News. Neither of them is political, but the mere association with Bad Things (Fox, conservatives, capitalism, the tea party, Christian activism, traditional values) is an invitation for unabashed hate.
The dirty open secret is that a certain category of public figures has been routinely mocked, savaged and reviled for being partners in interracial marriages or part of loving interracial families (for a refresher, see the video clip of MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and friends cackling at the holiday photo of Mitt Romney holding his black adopted grandson in his lap).
And the dirty double standard is that selectively compassionate journalists and pundits have routinely looked the other way—or participate directly in heaping on the hate.
Have you forgotten? Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was excoriated by black liberals for being married to wife Virginia, who happens to be white. The critics weren't anonymous trolls on the Internet. They worked for major media outlets and institutions of higher learning. USA Today columnist Barbara Reynolds slammed Thomas and his wife for their colorblind union: "It may sound bigoted; well, this is a bigoted world and why can't black people be allowed a little Archie Bunker mentality? ... Here's a man who's going to decide crucial issues for the country and he has already said no to blacks; he has already said if he can't paint himself white he'll think white and marry a white woman."
Howard University's Afro-American Studies Chair Russell Adams accused Thomas of racism against all blacks
When we lived in Mexico, we would visit the U.S. at Christmastime. Now, we go to Mexico.
Christmas, or Navidad as they say in Spanish, is an enjoyable season in Mexico. Even Mexico’s hard-core secularists, influential in the elite, generally leave Navidad alone. There is nothing yet approaching the War Against Christmas found north of the border.
Every Christmas, there is a mass temporary migration of Mexicans residing legally in the U.S. to Mexico, in vehicles laden down with luggage and consumer goods, returning to the U.S. after Christmas. Some are now U.S. citizens, though under current Mexican law that doesn’t prevent them from retaining their Mexican citizenship. (See Mexico's Nationality / Citizenship Shell Game).
Now we have joined that long line of cars that heads south before Christmas and back to the U.S. after Christmas. (See What I Saw on my Christmas Visit to Mexico from two years ago.)
Border crossings at this time of year can take several hours due to the volume of traffic. This year it took us five hours crossing south and over two hours returning north.
The Christmas sojourn of paisanos (Mexicans living north of the border) is almost like a visit to Mexico by Santa Claus. It pumps a lot of money into the Mexican economy. And it helps to preserve the emotional bonds the North-of-the-Border Mexicans have with the “old country”.
Both are clearly important to the Mexican government.
Being right in the middle has given me a graphic sense of the extent of the Mexican diaspora in the U.S.—what VDARE.com sometimes calls the “Mexodus.” A couple of years ago during the border crossing, we counted license tags from 25 U.S. states. And they have some nice vehicles!
The website of the INM, the Mexican immigration bureaucracy, reported in mid-December the arrival of 2.5 million Connacionales [“fellow nationals, that is, fellow Mexicans], 1.7 million of whom were mostly American-born children of Mexicans who had not yet claimed Mexican nationality. (Mexico has changed its law to make them eligible). This compared to a mere 880,000 in the same period in 2012. That’s quite an increase. [ En 56 Días Programa Paisano Atiende A Más De Dos Millones De Connacionales, Boletín 9113 30 de diciembre de 2013]
As always, immigration to the U.S. was a hot topic in the Mexican media. In fact, it was the Mexican media’s obsession with the topic, and its bias, that helped drive me into the immigration patriot camp years ago. (See my Education of a Gringo in Mexico).
The funny thing is, I don’t get the impression that the average Mexican in Mexico is obsessed with Mexican emigration to the U.S. If you asked him, he’d probably verbally support Mexicans in the U.S., but in everyday life he’s got his own life to live in Mexico.
The nightly TV news ran sob stories about Mexican illegal aliens in the United States, to keep up support for amnesty.
In one segment, the featured Victim of the Night was a Mexican woman who has resided in Chicago for 14 years. She is a mother of four (no mention of any father). Currently, two