California -- Liberated -- From Reality?
A chance for students to really learn
|Victor Davis Hanson -- Merced (Calif.) Sun-Star -- March 16
Who's to blame for state's budget deficit problem?
In "March in March" protests, thousands of students in California universities recently demonstrated outrage over spiraling tuition costs.
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At both the California State University and University of California systems, tuition hikes in recent years have far exceeded the national average. Meanwhile, universities slash classes, cut key research, and rely even more on poorly paid part-time lecturers and graduate student teaching assistants.
Yet against whom, exactly, are these cash-strapped students demonstrating? After all, their college faculties are unionized, largely liberal and sympathetic to their plight. [...]
Are the students instead angry at the state's public employees, who on average make more and are better pensioned than their counterparts in other states? Or do protesters connect the state's escalating costs that divert money from universities with California's massive number of illegal aliens, whether in terms of the soaring costs of social services, billions of dollars sent as remittances to Mexico, or the incarceration costs of 30,000 Mexican nationals in the state prison system? [...]
In cash-strapped Greece, when similar things happened, protesters blamed the Germans. But without Germans, whom can Californians blame but themselves?
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Issa: 'Similarities' between Fast and Furious, sale of guns that killed ICE agent
House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa said he thinks there are "similarities" between the Operation Fast and Furious gunwalking tactics and the way those who murdered Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata obtained the weapons used to kill him. -- During Fast and Furious, which was organized by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and overseen by...
|Arnaud de Borchgrave -- UPI
Chaos and anarchy?
What happens when foreign think tank heavyweights get together at the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations to talk about the United States and the state of the world? -- "Is the United States in decline?" asked Igor Yurgens, chairman of the Russian Institute of Contemporary Development. His answer: "America was good to go until Libya, which gave (Russian Prime Minister Vladimir) Putin a pretext to go back...
|Shamus Cooke -- Centre for Research on Globalization -- Toronto
Why labor's rank and file won't campaign for Obama
A surreal fog hangs over U.S. labor unions' enthusiastic endorsement of Barack Obama. When AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka announced the labor federation's recent endorsement, the exaggerated pro-Obama comments likely surprised union members everywhere. Has President Trumka paid any attention to the labor policies of President Obama? -- In his announcement Trumka stated that...
|Rob Quinn -- Newser
Santorum to Puerto Rico: No English, no statehood
Rick Santorum arrived in Puerto Rico yesterday looking presidential, wearing a suit instead of a sweater vest, and with a Secret Service entourage in tow -- but it went wrong after he opened his mouth, reports the New York Times. Asked about the territory's hottest topic, a referendum on statehood this November, the candidate said he supported Puerto Rican's right to self-determination, but added that...
|Jeffrey T. Kuhner -- Washington Times
Forgerygate: Ignoring Arpaio's report is a scandal in itself
Is President Obama's birth certificate a forgery? Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., believes it is. He recently held a press conference in Phoenix to discuss the findings of a new 10-page report. Mr. Arpaio's investigators have come to a stunning conclusion: The long-form birth certificate Mr. Obama released last year is a "computer-generated forgery."
North American Union Soiree: Obama to host Harper, Calderon
The White House says President Barack Obama will host Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada and President Felipe Calderon of Mexico for a North American summit in Washington in April. -- The April 2 meeting is expected to focus on economic growth and competitiveness, security, energy and climate change. Obama, Harper and Calderon are also expected to discuss North America's role...
|Paul Craig Roberts -- VDare.com
Both the market and government are irrational
One of the great economic myths is that markets are rational. Not a day passes without this myth being disproved scores of times, but the myth persists. -- For example, today (March 14) Bank of America / Merrill Lynch reported that "yesterday US markets started the day off with a strong rally after the solid retail sales report... tailwinds are helping boost global equity markets today."
|Michelle Malkin -- VDare.com
The myth of "middle-class" uncle Joe Biden
This has got to be the bazooka of all Joe Biden blowhardisms. The nation's vice campaigner in chief went on the attack against Republicans this week, clad in full populist armor. "These guys don't have a sense of the average folks out there," said The Everyman. "They don't know what it means to be middle class." But who was his audience?
Cost of living soaring
The cost of living in the U.S. rose in February by the most in 10 months, reflecting a jump in gasoline that failed to spread to other goods and services. -- The consumer-price index climbed 0.4 percent, matching the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News, after increasing 0.2 percent the prior month, the Labor Department reported today in Washington. The so-called core measure, which excludes...
|Fox News Latino
Mexican cartels branch out to Europe
A Fox News report from Wednesday night's On the Record with Greta Van Susteren indicates violent Mexican cartels have infiltrated Europe, specifically, Britain, France and the Netherlands. -- Oscar Hagelsieb, a U.S. Homeland Security special agent, says intelligence and sources have indicated cartels have spread to Europe, Africa, and in the Middle East...
|Allan Wall -- NewsWithViews.com
Travel warnings and visiting Mexico
Two recent travel warnings about visiting Mexico have sparked controversy and re-ignited the question "Is it Safe to Visit Mexico?" -- One warning was from the state of Texas. As Reuters reported on March 6th, "Texas on Tuesday warned residents for the third consecutive year not to travel to Mexico during the upcoming university spring break season, saying drug cartel violence and other criminal activity..."
|Rick Oltman of The Immigration Tea Party -- The Examiner
The federal assault on sovereignty continues
Pennsylvania has passed voter I.D. legislation that was immediately signed into law by the governor. The Republicans look to be protecting the electoral process from fraud, while the Democrats, including the Obama Administration, appear to be doing everything to be sure that vote fraud is never stopped. -- Watch the interview with PA State Rep. Daryl Metcalf on FOX News with Greta Van Susteren... [More from Rick Oltman]
|Patrick J. Buchanan -- VDare.com
Rush and the new blacklist
The original "Hollywood blacklist" dates back to 1947, when 10 members of the Communist Party, present or former, invoked the Fifth Amendment before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. -- The party was then a wholly owned subsidiary of the Comintern of Joseph Stalin, whose victims had surpassed in number those of Adolf Hitler...
Obama fan pleads guilty to threatening Arpaio's life over 'birther' controversy
A Knoxville, Tenn. man admitted on Tuesday that he threatened the lives of Maricopa County, Ariz. sheriff Joe Arpaio and his family because he feared the lawman might undermine Barack Obama by questioning the legitimacy of his birth certificate --- his eligibility to serve as president. -- KTAR radio in Phoenix reported that Adam Eugene Cox, 33, wrote: "I plan to kill Arpaio first. He will be filled with a thousand bullet holes..."
|KSAZ-TV -- Phoenix
31 arrested in Tempe vitamin company raid
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office served search warrants at a Phoenix-based vitamin company Thursday morning and arrested 31 of the people working there. -- Based on a tip MCSO received, deputies conducted a 5-month investigation of 21st Century Healthcare, near Broadway and Mill, in Tempe. -- It was the sheriff's 68th crime sweep...
|WECT-TV -- Wilmington, NC
Local lawyers against bill to deport DUI illegals immediately
It's been more than seven years since Scott Gardner, a father of two, was hit and killed by a drunk driver, who was an illegal [alien]. -- Authorities say Ramiro Gallegos was drunk when he hit and killed Gardner on Highway 130 in Brunswick County. He was with his family, on their way to Sunset Beach, when a drunk driver crashed into Gardner's car. -- His kids weren't seriously injured in the crash, but..
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Reps furious as DHS delays partnership with Alabama
Members of Congress are openly criticizing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano after tough questions from Alabama Republican Rep. Mike Rogers revealed that she halted a tough deportation program involving his state and her Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. -- Testifying on Feb. 15 before the House Homeland Security Committee, Napolitano said pending federal litigation...
|Kansas City Star
Kansas food stamp policy tangled over illegals
Months after a new Kansas policy cut food stamps going to thousands of children, some lawmakers are mounting efforts to help those families. -- But they're finding it's difficult when the issue involves families with some members who are living in the country illegally. Legislative leaders don't appear eager to tackle any illegal immigration issue in an election year...
|Vermont Public Radio
Outlaw governor supports driver's licenses for unlawful workers
Governor Peter Shumlin supports a Senate bill that would allow [illegal alien] farmworkers to get a Vermont driver's license. -- The governor says the workers are essential for the state's dairy industry and that they should be free to move around the community. -- VPR's John Dillon has more: The license bill wasn't so ambitious when it began. The Senate Agriculture Committee started out discussing a form of...
Debate rages over Mexico 'spillover violence' in U.S.
On an isolated ranch 10 miles from the Mexican border in southern Arizona, Tangye Beckham worries about what the night will bring. That's usually when her family's 100-acre ranch begins to crawl with drug and immigrant traffickers from Mexico heading north into the United States. -- 'They're belligerent, they carry weapons,' she said. 'It's a nightly problem with them being on the property...'
|Jennifer Harper -- Washington Times
Inside the Beltway: Issa seeks accurate count of 'got-aways'
He wants those numbers: Rep. Darrell E. Issa has set a deadline of Thursday for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Intent on investigating allegations that the federal agency released "false and misleading border-crossing data," the California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has asked her for 2011 operational records from eight border-patrol stations...
Schumer schemes to paint GOP as "anti-immigrant"
...Schumer has a plan for painting Republicans as anti-immigrant as well. He's called the author of the Arizona immigration law to testify before his Judiciary subcommittee, bringing Capitol Hill attention to an issue that's still front and center for Hispanic voters. -- None of these campaign-style attacks allow for the policy nuances or reasoning behind the GOP's opposition, and some of the bills stand no chance of becoming law...