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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Pain in Spain -- And Italy
Culture Clash hits the Eurozone
Market Watch -- May 2 
What's going to be the most over-used headline of 2012? That's easy.
    The pain in Spain.
    Some of us are fed up with it already. Unfortunately, it isn't about to go away any time soon. The pain just keeps on getting worse.
    Last week, the ratings agency Standard & Poor's downgraded Spanish government debt by two whole notches. On Monday, the Spanish banks were downgraded, putting yet more pressure on the country's beleaguered banking system.
Red DotBloomberg -- May 2
Italy Unemployment Rises to 12-Year High as Slump Worsens
    Italy's unemployment rate rose more than economists forecast in March to the highest since 2000 as companies failed to hire amid signs of a deepening recession in the euro region's third-largest economy.
    Joblessness increased to a seasonally-adjusted 9.8 percent from a revised 9.6 percent in February, Rome-based national statistics office Istat said in a preliminary report today. The reading, the highest since the third quarter of 2000, compared with a 9.4 percent median estimate by nine economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.
Red DotAmerican Patrol Report
    On Monday Alan Greenspan said that Europeans expected that the creation of a common currency would work to overcome cultural differences such as the work ethic of Italy vs. Germany. He said it didn't happen.

Associated Press       sc 
Subversive Obama regime extends protected status for Somalis   
The Department of Homeland Security is once again renewing the temporary protected status for some Somali immigrants living in the United States. -- The protected status, first issued in 2001, will now expire in March 2014, meaning that Somali immigrants can stay in the U.S. until then. Homeland Security says their status is being extended because of an ongoing armed conflict and severe drought in Somalia...

KRGV-TV -- Weslaco, Texas    
Hundreds of suspected illegals found in stash houses  
Edinburgh, Texas -- Border Patrol agents detained a total of 111 illegal [aliens] in Edinburg. Edinburg police say the group of Central and South Americans we're rescued from a row of hot stash houses. -- CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke to Herman Gonzalez, a Honduran who's tried to enter the United States twice. -- He said he risked everything for a better tomorrow for his family...

KTAR -- Phoenix   
Reports: Prominent neo-Nazi among 5 killed  
Prominent Arizona neo-Nazi J.T. Ready reportedly was among the five people killed in a Gilbert shooting Wednesday afternoon. -- According to The Arizona Republic, Ready was the alleged shooter. -- Police are still investigating the shooting, but a post on Ready's Facebook page claimed the shooting was was a hit carried out by a Mexican drug cartel... [Note: Glenn Spencer reports that there is quite a bit of unusual activity in the vicinity of his property.] [Related]

Lanny J. Davis -- The Hill -- May 2, 2012    
Holder, Fast and Furious and the double standard  
Attorney General Eric Holder has been the subject of vicious partisan personal attacks on his integrity over the failed "gun walking" operation, "Fast and Furious." The hypocrisy of the double standard by congressional Republicans is obvious. -- The chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), has abandoned a legitimate bipartisan critique of the misguided...

Boston Globe    
May Day protests show weak immigration movement  
While a black preacher told about 100 immigration protesters that incarcerated blacks and detained immigrants faced similar challenges, Jesse Morgan stood to one side of the May Day demonstrators, holding a large sign that read "Radical Queers Resist." -- Although the rally was geared toward illegal [aliens], the 24-year-old Georgia State sociology major said gays can relate, too, because they often face discrimination...

Rick Oltman of The Immigration Tea Party -- The Examiner   
Immigration profiteers and the end users of illegals -- Part 3   
The reason the federal government has not, and obviously will not, secure the border and prevent the entry of illegal aliens is because so many in our country are profiting from them. The 21st Century plantation owners, the end-users of illegal aliens, howl at the prospect of immigration law enforcement. --Certainly businesses, large and small, profit from illegal immigration and legal immigration... [More from Rick Oltman]

Before It's News    
Abridged: The First Amendment is now a felonious criminal act  
...As Congressional representatives overwhelming approved the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act in February of this year, few Americans were paying attention. When President Obama signed the Act into law, he did so in secret, without any of the fanfare that came with his signing of universal health care two years prior – and for good reason. This is one of those laws the government doesn't want you to know exists until it's too late to do anything about it...

Michael Bastach -- Daily Caller    
IRS loophole for illegals' children costs taxpayers billions 
A two-part News 13 WTHR Indianapolis report uncovered a tax loophole involving [illegal aliens] that costs taxpayers over $4.2 billion a year. What's worse is that the IRS has known about the problem for years. -- Russell George, the U.S. Department of Treasury's Inspector General for Tax Administration said that the IRS has known about the problem for years and that "the magnitude of the problem has grown exponentially."

Federale -- VDare.com    
Cecelia Messina's wild lies about SB 1070  
The Left is having a fit after the embarrassing fiasco of the Obama Regime's presentation before the Supreme Court opposing the Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law, Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (SB 1070). -- And, as usual, the Left's argument is based on lies and hysteria. They are even recruiting sommeliers into their campaign...

Michael Snyder -- End of the American Dream    
New Obama executive order pushes us closer to a North American Union  
When it comes to Barack Obama, one of the most important things to understand is that he is a committed globalist. He firmly believes that more "global governance" (the elite don't like to use the term "global government") will make the world a much better place. -- Throughout his time in the White House, Obama has consistently sought to strengthen international institutions such as the UN, the IMF...

KSAZ-TV -- Phoenix    
4 dead after Border Patrol pursuit  
Casa Grande, Az. -- Four people have died after a Border Patrol pursuit ends in a crash early Wednesday morning. -- The crash occurred at about 1:30 a.m. near 3rd Street and Florence in Casa Grande. -- Border Patrol agents were chasing a Dodge Durango SUV that was traveling at 100 mph. -- They believed the 11 people onboard the SUV were illegal [aliens]. Three of them were found dead inside the vehicle...

Fox News Latino    
Few turn out at pro-amnesty rallies these days 
Where immigration reform once brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets -- over 500,000 in Los Angeles, 250,000 in Chicago, 100,000 in New York, and while the issue has grown more heated in the courtrooms and politically, immigration rallies have gotten smaller -- much smaller. -- Over the last several years, May Day rallies in the United States have been dominated by activists...

Huffington Post   
SEIU teams up with Mexico in fight against Alabama immigration law  
Washington -- The Service Employees International Union continued its fight against Alabama immigration law HB 56 on Monday by filing a complaint with the Mexican Department of Labor, calling the law discriminatory and in violation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. -- he complaint is the latest in a series of efforts by the labor union against HB 56...

Latin American Herald Tribune -- Caracas   
Usual suspects march against deportations  
...For her part, Isabel Garcia, director of the Arizona Human Rights Coalition, said that the future of [illegal aliens] in the state of Arizona is far from promising. -- "We see indications that the Supreme Court could turn all the police in Arizona into 'migra' (immigration agents)," the activist told Efe. -- On April 25 the nation's highest court heard arguments for and against SB 1070, which aims to criminalize the presence of...

Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol    
Sorry DHS IG  
On April 29 I criticized the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security for not paying more attention to problems with the Predator UAV. Upon closer examination I found that the IG had been critical of the system for some time - it just hadn't made the news enough to show up on Google. I apologize.

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