News Briefs from the print edition of Middle American News
No Wonder Illegal Aliens Flock to Los Angeles
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services reported that it spent more than $646 million in welfare and food stamp benefits in 2011 for the American-born children of illegal alien parents. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said the total represented an increase of $21 million over 2010. "With the $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion a year," he said. "These costs do not include the hundreds of millions of dollars spent for education."
Lawless Police Chief
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says the state of California should issue driver's license to illegal aliens. He told reporters last month that would reduce the number of hit-and-run accidents because illegal aliens would no longer fear being caught. That reveals several things about Beck and Los Angeles. First, it shows that illegal aliens are a significant source of hit-and-run auto accidents. Second it shows that Beck doesn't have much respect for the law, and wants others to join his disrespect. To issue licenses to illegals means that all the employees in California's licensing department would have to ignore laws against illegal immigration and become accomplices. It also means that all the police who encounter illegal aliens would have to ignore the laws against illegal immigration, also becoming accomplices. In other words, Beck wants to decide which laws get enforced and which ones don't. Which raises an important question that advocates of illegal immigration don't want to answer; namely, if illegal aliens don't have to obey the laws, why should anyone else?
More Big Money for Illegal Aliens
If you buy electroninc gizmos designed and built by Silicon Valley computer wizards, you might inadvertently end up financing illegal aliens in the U.S. The Wall Street Journal reported last month that "a group of Silicon Valley technology leaders .. is funding efforts to help undocumented youths attend college, find jobs and stay in the country despite their illegal status." The wealthy anti-American group includes Jeff Hawkins, inventor of the Palm Pilot; Mark Leslie, founder of Veritas Software Corp.; and Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs. The group's 2012 operating budget targeted to help illegal aliens steal jobs from American workers is $600,000. None of the money is aimed at helping the children of U.S. citizens. "I have chosen to make this one of my philanthropic areas," boasted Hawkins. Under the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, discrimination on the basis of "national origin" is illegal. But don't look for President Obama's Department of Justice to take any action against the group.
More Border Insecurity
Authorities in Eagle Pass, Texas, shut down the bridges connecting the city to Mexico after a major gun battle on the Mexican side threatened the safety of international travelers near the U.S. port of entry. One Mexican police officer was killed and six others wounded in the shootout, which included automatic weapons fire and military grenades. "This is not out of the norm," said Eagle Pass Police Chief Tony Castaneda. "There's been several gun battles going on here with the narcotics traffickers for quite some time. But it's never gotten to this magnitude where they close bridges." Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who has lied repeatedly to both Congress and the American people, continues to insist the U.S. border with Mexico is safe. Last year she told Congress that her department had control of the border even though a report by her own department revealed that the Border Patrol did not have "operational control" over a majority of the lengthy border with Mexico.
Another Border Gun Fight Erupts in Texas
In early March, Border Patrol agents fought a gun battle with Mexican drug traffickers across the Rio Grande just west of Roma, Texas, about 250 miles south of San Antonio, a fight described by Reuters News Service as "the latest in a spate of cross border shootings." Smugglers fleeing in a vehicle after being spotted loading bundles of marijuana tried to run over the agents. Gangsters on the Mexican side then began shooting at the agents who then returned fire. No agents were injured in the attack, who subsequently recovered nearly two tons of marijuana, valued at more than $3 million. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano still insists the border is safe and secure.
Billionaire Hypocrite at Work
The private plane company owned by Obama supporter and multibillionaire Warren Buffet, who says millionaires and billionaires should pay more income taxes, continues to refuse to pay millions in taxes the IRS says it owes. The IRS says NetJets Aviation owes more than $302 million, Executive Jet Management owes $10 million, and NetJets Large Aircraft owes $1.19 million. All three are owned by Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. The companies are suing so they can avoid paying the taxes, but have been countersued by the IRS.
More Hypocrisy on the Millionaire Left
Billionaire Warren Buffet isn't the American left's only hypocrite. There are so many! Consider the case of David Brock, founder and leader of the multimillion-dollar Media Matters for America, which helped to drive Middle American News columnist and former presidential adviser Patrick Buchanan off the airways (see the March issue of M.A. News, page 2). Media Matters has long campaigned to strip Americans' of their 2nd Amendment firearms rights, having denounced the carrying of legal handguns as "dangerous," asserting that legally carried guns "endanger" public safety and that advocates of bearing arms are "extremists." Brock's hypocrisy was exposed by Daily Caller.com when it revealed that Brock's personal bodyguard illegally carried a handgun in the District of Columbia, which forbids carrying handguns. In a paranoia not untypical on the left, Brock reportedly believes that right-wing extremists are trying to kill him.
Patriotism is Racist in the New Multicultural U.S.
Chanting USA! USA! is not allowed at sporting events at Alamo Heights High School in Texas. The reason? School officials think it is "racist." When the school's basketball team defeated San Antonio Edison, the Alamo Heights students spontaneously began chanting USA! USA! The chant lasted only about five seconds, but long enough to enrage school officials who think the students were being "racist" because many of the losing team's players are Hispanic. Spokeswoman Leslie Price of the San Antonio Independent School District said, "this is very disrespectful to our students." Superintendent Kevin Brown of Alamo Heights quickly apologized for the display of patriotism by his students. "We're not going to let it happen again," he promised. A report by KSAT.com called it a "racial incident."
Diversity Disruption in the Air
Be careful when flying on airplanes with Third World passengers. In February, a 19 year-old Saudi Arabian was arrested after the plane he was on was forced to make an emergency landing because of his disruptive, threatening behavior. Investigators said Yazeed Mohammed Abunayyan, aboard a Continental Airlines flight from Portland to Houston, was told by a flight attendant to stop using an electronic cigarette. News reports said he refused and started yelling "Allah is great!" and began swinging his fists at the attendant. Male passengers helped attendants subdue the Arab until he was turned over to the FBI when the plane landed.