Miscellany29: A Visit to the Relatives; Ben-Gurion; Charles Engelhard and Goldfinger; Earth Destruction; Premonition; Going Home; US Fails to Deport Chinese Immigrants; US Judge Refuses to Uphold Immigration Law; ICE Refuses to Deport Illegal Alien; US Government Refuses to Act on Immigration; Empty Chinese Shipping Containers; US Convicts Agents and Frees the Criminal; Parkland’s Free Delivery of Anchor Babies; All Mass Immigration Is Bad; High-Tech Soldiers Cannot Win in Iraq; I Told You So (Iraq, Racial Profiling; Avoiding Blame in 9/11; Rumsfeld to Hilary: My Goodness; Why Boycott Cuba and Not China; Using Willie’s Biodiesel Means Killing People; Do Hot Dogs Cause Cancer?; Low-Cost Medicine: A Crime against Capitalism; The Latest Drug Scam: Take Fosamax, Get GERD, and then Take Nexium; Thank God I’m a Country Boy; Talladega Nights; No Loitering; Mother Theresa and Abe Lincoln; Fish Don’t Swim with Their Fins; Osmosis Is Not the Answer
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I returned to the
We traveled by air to
The progenitors of my relatives in that area – mainly Barters and Dows – were what are called “United Empire Loyalists.” They had settled in what is now the New England part of the United States in the 1600s and 1700s (the Barters from England and the Dows from Scotland), and moved to the Gaspé in the late 1700s when the thirteen British American colonies rebelled from Great Britain.
We stayed with my cousin Tracy and his wife, Clair, in their delightful “log cabin” cottage in St. Jules.
Our trip was from June 18 through June 29, but two days were
lost on each end for travel, so that our stay in Gaspé
lasted just a week, June 20-27. We spent
most of the time chatting with relatives.
In that long a time, you cover more than just reminiscing, and I got
some insight on my relative’s political and philosophical views.
My Uncle Bob has led an interesting life. During the Second World War, he served with the Royal Rifles of Canada in the war in the Pacific. His unit was captured by the Japanese in Hong Kong on Christmas Day, 1941, and he spent four hard years working as a prisoner of war, initially on Hong Kong and then, for the last three years, in a coal mine in Japan.
While we were in Gaspé, the
During our stay, the
In referring to the free evacuation of Lebanese-Canadians,
and to the recent terrorist activity of Canadian Moslems against
One of the newspaper articles I read while visiting Tracy
and Clair was a letter to the editor in the Friday, July 21 edition of the (
Norman Rosencwaig (
I am certain that if someone has been unjustly occupying your property, killing and kidnapping your children and threatening your very existence for six decades – regardless of who supported this person – your reaction wouldn't be very different from that of the Palestinians and those honest enough to sympathize with their plight.
This truth was well understood by
[End of Sheibani letter.]
Prior to 1948, the modern state of
A number of my relatives live along the
People come from all over the world to fly-fish for salmon
The lodge he worked at,
Engelhard could well afford it. His vast precious metals
empire was said to have controlled, among other things, the world supply of
platinum. But his passion in life was salmon fishing, especially on the Cascapédia, where he kept three lodges for his family and
guests: Chaleur, New Dereen
and Lorne Cottage. Gilker became full-time manager of
Among them were Harry Oppenheimer,
the South African diamond king; Robert Oppenheimer
(no relation), chief builder of the atomic bomb; Ian Fleming, creator of James
Bond; and band leader Benny Goodman.
He became a cherished friend of the Engelhard family,
frequently visiting their grand estate in
Life was good, but the fishing was bad. In 1960, Charles Engelhard caught one salmon all season. There were two reasons why the Cascapédia, which has all the natural advantages of a great salmon river, was so bereft of fish. One was that the company that drove pulp logs down to its mill, Consolidated Bathurst, had placed a boom at the mouth of the river that blocked off access to returning salmon. The other was that poaching was running amok.
The local attitude was that "those goddamn rich Americans" had no moral right to every salmon that came upstream, so it was okay to take all you could get illegally. Poachers used nets, dynamite and weighted hooks designed to jig fish.
[End of Stewart extract – the entire article appears at http://www.asf.ca/Journal/1997/Wint97/groldman.html .]
Tracy told me that after Charles Engelhard died, his five daughters took over the lodge, and use it to this day (it costs about a quarter of a million dollars to operate the lodge for the three summer months, each year).
Here is a little more on Charles Engelhard. He is the man on whom Ian Fleming reportedly styled the character Auric Goldfinger in his classic spy novel, Goldfinger. (The following excerpt is from Chapter 18, “The American Conspiracy,” of Edward Jay Epstein’s book, The Diamond Invention, at http://www.edwardjayepstein.com/diamond/chap18.htm ).
The founder of Engelhard Minerals and Chemicals, Charles
Engelhard, was a well-connected American entrepreneur who had inherited a small
metal fabricating company from his father. In the late 1940s, he had journeyed
While living in
[End of Epstein quote.]
Here is some more on Engelhard, taken from an article “Goldfinger Buys a Library: Dirty Money,” by Jonathan D. Ratner in The Harvard Crimson (October 13, 1978), http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=109852 .
"The policy of
"...the library in the new building will be named the
Charles Engelhart Public Affairs Library, in
recognition of a gift of one million dollars from the Charles Engelhard
When the rich and the powerful of the land converge on
Without any consumer products that bear his name, Charles
Engelhard has never attracted much publicity or fame in the
South African investments were the lynch pin, the growth
point of his global empire. "American and European millions are cigarette
money to Engelhard's operation; the real money comes from
By far the largest of Engelhard's stakes, however, was in
the South African gold mining industry, which for decades has mined
sub-economic gold by employing Africans at wages half the poverty datum level.
Largely through his chairmanship and stock holdings in Rand Mines, Engelhard's
interests controlled an estimated 15 per cent of South African gold mining
industry during the '60s. Indeed, it was through his entry into the South
African gold industry during the early '50s that Engelhard first started to
turn his father's relatively modest metals business into a global powerhouse.
Setting himself up as a bullion dealer in
Perhaps just as signifigant as the
huge direct economic holdings of the Engelhard empire
is the role Engelhard played as the leader of the
In the aftermath of the 1961 Sharpville massacre in which South African police killed 67 unarmed African demonstrators, foreign capital took flight, bringing the white minority regime perilously close to collapse. Ever true to his friends, Charles Engelhard engineered the American bank loans that helped refloat the South African economy and its instruments of repression.
In her book The South African Connection, the anti-apartheid
author Ruth First writes that "by many South Africans Engelhard is
regarded as the savior of the post-Sharpville
economy." Individuals of somewhat different political sensibilities hold
exactly the same view. Anglo-American, the multibillion dollar conglomerate
that dominates the South African economy, offers this official word on Charles
Engelhard: "In difficult times, when
Engelhard had his own self-serving arguments to explain his
lack of criticism of the white minority regime. In 1966, Engelhard received a
"brotherhood" award from a
A more self-serving argument has perhaps never been made by an American earning millions off the slave-wage labor of black South African gold miners. But upon closer examination, one finds it was not even simply a matter of "make your money and keep quiet" for Charlie Engelhard. More than any other American, Charles Engelhard gave direct political support to the Nationalist government. Engelhard sat on the boards of Witwatersrand Native Labor Association and Native Recruiting Agency, two South African government agencies which recruit cheap African labor to work in the mines.
Engelhard also served as a leading officer of the South
African Foundation, a South African government businessmen's public relations
front on which no other American would agree to serve. This foundation was set
up in the words of its leaders "because there is a systematic, well-organized,
well-financed attack on
It would be misleading, however, to paint a picture of a
Charles Engelhard who only palled around with the South African officials whose
policies made it possible to build his empire. Engelhard had friends in high
political places in the
Budding technocrats at the
Engelhard stabled race horses in
A 1965 Forbes magazine article suggested that Engelhard even
served as the model for Ian Fleming's notorious character, Goldfinger,
who attempted to monopolize the world's gold reserves. (Fleming and Engelhard
had some business dealings in
The Charles Engelhard Public Affairs Library is now a reality. Within a matter of months, its now-empty shelves will be filled with books. All that's left for Harvard to do is sing the praises of Engelhard's family at next week's dedication ceremony and to fasten the sign on the wall of the library that will make it hard for anyone to fail to recognize, however unconsciously, the charity of Charles Engelhard.
With all this understood, there is no doubt a large element of moral catharsis involved in an exposition of Engelhard's misdeeds. Nevertheless, the question – now clearly moot – must be asked: Should Harvard have accepted this gift?
Some may argue that very little of the clean stuff
circulates among the foundations that offer such gifts, so to start singling
out the gifts of some as unacceptable is hypocritical. A
The moral calculus that determines whether individuals or institutions should accept money they feel is tainted is ultimately a subjective, individual one. There are certainly no hard and fast rules to invoke in making the determination. But criteria can be employed, distinctions can be made.
The argument that universities should always accept "no strings attached money" no matter how objectionable the source is a fairly forceful one. But here the standard definition of "no strings attached money" is in need of revision. A gift must not only have no conditions placed on its use; it must also be agreed that the source of the gift remain anonymous. Harvard, by allowing the Charles Engelhard Foundation to be publicly associated with the new facility legitimizes, however subtly, Engelhard's business practices.
This leads one to a second criterion for evaluating gifts: the currency of the reprehensible business practice in question. Some will argue that time cleanses dirty money. In a sense, it does, for if a family no longer earns its money in questionable ways, the public gift does not have quite the same self-serving legitimating impact. But while the Cabots may now be hundreds of years removed from the wealth they earned in the slave trade, the Engelhard family South African connection lives on, albeit without Charles W.
Shortly before his death, Engelhard, in a complicated series
of transactions, sold off much of his South African interests to Anglo-American
and other companies. The current Engelhard family parent corporation, Engelhard
Minerals and Chemicals, still has diversified holdings in
Meanwhile, the Engelhard family has shifted much of its formerly South African capital into the manufacture of pollution control devices. But somehow it doesn't seem to make their money much cleaner.
"The key to the misery of these people is to let them
get enough to eat, enough clothes, a car and some financial stability. I don't
care what the college professors say, I know this is what the black people of
[End of Rattner article.]
The contribution by the Engelhard Foundation to the Harvard
Library caused quite a stir. Here is the
text of an article, “Foundation Will Not Force K-School to Name Library After
Industrialist Engelhard”, by Susan D. Chira and The
Crimson Staff in the
The Engelhard Foundation, after discussions with representatives from the Kennedy School of Government's Committee on Gifts, will not require the Kennedy school to name its library after Charles W. Engelhard, whose $200 million financial empire was based largely on investments in South African gold mines.
In discussions with the Engelhard family that three students
from the committee initiated a month ago, the two groups agreed – subject to
the final approval of
No plaque or signs will be placed on the library calling it
the Engelhard Library, and
President Bok and Graham T.
Allison Jr. '62, dean of the
"The foundation accepts the fact that the library is not named for Charles W. Engelhard," Bernard Fennell, a member of the committee, said today.
The agreement "perpetuates and institutionalizes the
status quo – the operational fact that until now the library has had no
name," a member of the gifts committee said today. The
Representatives of the Engelhard family could not be reached for comment today.
During their discussions with members of the Engelhard family, members of the gift committee proposed an alternative wording for the plaque that would have dropped the phrase, "In memory of Charles W. Engelhard," a source close to the discussions said. Family members reportedly unilaterally rejected this alternative.
The agreement does allow for "a recognition of Charles Engelhard in the library," a member of the committee said today. "It is not an absolute denial of everything the foundation wanted and gave the money for," he added.
The foundation's gift, with its stipulation that the library
be named after Engelhard, angered many students and faculty because of
Engelhard's extensive financial involvement in
"I thought it represented a gross insensitivity on the part of a school that is supposed to espouse lofty ideals, and I got involved in the discussions because I felt very strongly about that," one of the students who participated in the discussions said today.
The two groups regard the agreement as a permanent
resolution of the issue, Pineles and David Kelston,
A letter signed by five students on the committee and Jonathan Moore, director of the Institute of Politics, explaining the terms of the agreement and asking Allison to establish an advisory committee on gifts was delivered to Allison's office late yesterday afternoon. Allison said last night he could not comment on the letter until he reads it.
The committee recommended April 11 that the K-School review the benefits of potential gifts and the donor's public record to ensure that facilities are not named after persons "who do not deserve to be honored." It also suggested that donors have no right to force the school to accept its wishes regarding names.
Sources in the
Daniel Steiner '54, general counsel to the University, said today as a general principle, contracts can be modified if both parties agree.
A spokesman for the Southern Africa Solidarity Committee (SASC) said today the agreement "represents a triumph of majority opinion within the Harvard community. Student and Faculty protest has succeeded in altering official University policy." He added, however, the SASC believes the agreement is incomplete because the school will put a plaque in the library. "The Harvard community has made clear that it abhors any public memorials," he said. A spokesman for the Black Students Association declined to comment at this time.
Pineles said, "If you give a literal reading to the wording on the plaque, you will see it is a memorial but only on the part of the foundation. That's a key distinction, one I hope other groups will recognize."
[End of Chira article.]
The episode of Harvard’s accepting a gift of a million dollars from the Engelhards and agreeing to name the Kennedy School library after Engelhard, and then refusing to do so on the ground that it did not approve of apartheid or the low wages paid in South African mines – but not returning the money – makes the administration, faculty, and students of Harvard out as little more than shameless whores and prostitutes – they are willing to trade their virtue for cash. Their hollow screams of righteous indignation are drowned out by the peals of laughter of ridicule at their incredibly hypocritical and inconsistent position. If they were sincere, and they really did not want to profit from activities that they criticized as immoral, they return the million dollars – they would not be able to stand the shame of using, every day, a library built from what they claimed were ill-gotten gains.
My cousin, Tracy, related to me an interesting anecdote about a relative of mine, Ernie Coull, who was working as a guide for Mr. Engelhard. One day, when getting into the fishing canoe, Mr. Engelhard commented to Ernie, “It’s a terrible thing to be so rich and feel so poor,” to which Ernie replied, “Yes, but it’s also a terrible thing to be so poor and feel so well.”
My cousin, Tracy, subscribes to the magazine, The Atlantic Salmon Journal, from which I quoted above. It is a very interesting magazine. The issue (Summer 2005, Vol. 54, No. 2) on Tracy’s coffee table contained an article, “Foul Air, Poisoned Water,” by Martin Silverstone. Here follows an excerpt from this article.
It took a head-on collision with bad smog days [in
…acid rain probably originated way back during the 1730s, at
the height of the industrial revolution in big cities like
Atlantic salmon often have difficulty reproducing in water
of pH 5.5. A pH of 5.0 is toxic to
them. Currently, 14 rivers in
Another 20 rivers, with a mean annual pH of 4.7 to 5.0, have only remnant populations in one or two tributaries. These include streams such as the Bear and Nictaux.
A further 16 rivers have mean annual pH values of 5.1 to
5.4. Salmon stocks are depleted in some
tributaries, but in the main stream and less affected tributaries production
appears normal. Rivers in this category
include such well-known streams as the Gold, LeHavre
and Medway on the
One evening while my wife and I visited relatives in the Gaspé, I had an interesting conversation with Harry, my cousin Phyllis’s friend.
Harry is about my age. As a
youth, Harry had always had a premonition that his father would be killed. When he was about 20, Mrs. Charles Engelhard
arranged a job for him in
In those days, there was a lot of logging done, and a large paper mill operated in New Richmond. A truck loaded with logs was on its way to the mill. As fate would have it, Harry’s father was driving a car behind the truck, with his wife at his side. It was nighttime, and no one saw the log at the top of the truck sliding slowly backward. As it slid off the load, it pierced the windshield of Harry’s father’s car and drove straight through his chest into the back seat of the car.
When I was young, the English controlled the Gaspé. At that time,
my relatives did not even bother to learn French. Things have really changed. Now, it is forbidden to display English-only
signs, and the French control the economy, and the jobs. My Uncle Bob had little use for the changes,
and so at one point he moved out west, with Aunt Bertha, to
But Aunt Bertha could not leave her roots. All of her family and friends were back in
the East. Bob did his best to make her
happy, but her heart was not there. He
built a home for her, but she refused to occupy it, knowing that if she did,
they would never return to the Gaspé. One night, after five years in BC, they were
headed back to town –
The woman found guilty of financing the deadly voyage of the
Golden Venture more than a decade ago today was sentenced in
During her sentencing, Sister Ping was called one of the
most powerful and successful illegal alien smugglers in American history. The
Golden Venture, filled with 300 illegal alien Chinese nationals, ran aground
Chinese human smuggling operations into this country have
only grown since the Golden Venture. It is now a multi-billion dollar a year
business. Chinese nationals will do and pay just about anything to make it into
Christine Romans reports.
CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Indentured servitude is thriving in this country. Asian smugglers, called "snakeheads," charge up to $70,000 to bring a Chinese immigrant here illegally.
KO-LIN CHIN, RUTGERS SCHOOL OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE: They know
that once they got here to the
ROMANS: Professor Ko-Lin Chin has interviewed hundreds of smuggled Chinese immigrants and their snakeheads. Their families pay the bill and it takes six years of work, 70 hours a week to pay it back.
Once free of their own debt, they're expected to pay for
their extended families, ensuring an endless cycle of smuggling. They come
It's a $10 billion a year criminal enterprise with tens of thousands of willing participants. Once here, parents fulfill the dream of an American-born child, but can't work off their debt and care for them.
CHIN: A lot of these illegal immigrants are now sending
their babies back to mainland
ROMANS: Dr. Henry Chung has studied this trend in
DR. HENRY CHUNG,
ROMANS: Once they pay off their debts, they bring their
children back. There are 35 million people living in
ROMANS: Once here, many file for asylum (ph), they have
American-born children and frankly face little risk of being sent back. The
Department of Homeland Security says
DOBBS: And it's correct, that's the only country in the world that is refusing to take back its citizens, right?
ROMANS: At this point there are a couple of others, that the DHS won't say who they are, but that they're having trouble getting those to take them back too.
DOBBS: OK, Christine Romans, fascinating, thank you.
[End of Lou Dobbs report.]
Here follows a transcript of the segment.
But first, the
Kitty Pilgrim has the report.
KITTY PILGRIM, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): If Chinese
illegal immigrants are caught in the
There are about 40,000 illegal Chinese immigrants in the
In a recent speech, Chertoff appears to cave in to the Chinese government and the illegal influx, saying, "If illegal immigrants are not accepted back, then for all intents and purposes, they are free to remain in this country, because we have no place to remove them to."
Chinese gangs have operated the lucrative smuggling rings
for years, taking thousands of dollars in fees to bring illegal Chinese
immigrants to the
PAUL VIRTUE, FMR. GEN. COUNSEL, INS: It sends a message to
people who might come to the
BATES GILL, CENTER FOR STRATEGIC & INTERNATIONAL
In June, a charter flight of 100 illegal Chinese immigrants
went back to
DOBBS: I wouldn't trust our Department of Homeland Security either. They can't confirm anything. They seemingly are impotent and incapable in everything they attempt to do.
PILGRIM: This is one of the most unbelievable stories.
DOBBS: I think the idea of Michael Chertoff, the secretary of Homeland Security, just throwing his hands up and saying, well, I guess they're going to get to stay here because there's no cooperation from China, this man is running a department that is an utter and complete joke and sham. Can't secure the ports, can't secure the borders, can't deport people.
I wonder what the impact would be -- most of the illegal
immigrants in this country, those illegal aliens, come from
Oh, that's right. We're not sending them back anyway. Never mind.
Kitty Pilgrim, the absurdity goes on, brought to you by your federal government.
Thank you. Appreciate it.
[End of Lou Dobbs report.]
I have an easy solution to get rid of the 40,000 Chinese
illegal aliens. First, pass a law making
illegal immigration a capital crime.
Give them 30 days to leave the country (at their own expense – the same
way they got here), or face execution. At the end of the thirty days, start executing them, publicly, one
each day. Very soon, there would
be no Chinese illegal aliens in this country.
If the American public is too squeamish to execute illegal aliens, who
are destroying their culture and their environment and murdering US citizens,
then here is an alternative. Allow the
Chinese illegal aliens 30 days to leave the country. At the end of this period,
round up all who remain and intern them in a concentration camp. Put them to work at hard labor. Any one who wants to leave may be conscripted
in the US Armed forces, and sent to
This approach would help solve two problems facing the
On that same report, it was noted that it is easy to cross US borders with fake IDs. That problem is readily solved – just close the borders.
DOBBS: Tonight, in
JONATHAN FREED, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Lou, I'll set the scene
for you. We are in day three of this where the woman is inside this church with
her seven-year-old son claiming the ancient right of sanctuary trying to avoid
deportation. Outside the building, depending on the time of day, you can have
from a dozen to two dozen supporters. We were there today and the numbers were sort of in between
there. The big question, though, outside up until now, we have not seen any
immigration authorities. And the question is when might they show up? Now, I
spoke to the people at ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] today, Lou.
They say let me put in it context for you – they said there are 590,000
immigration fugitives, as they call them, right now in the
And they say that they're going after what they call the more dangerous criminal cases first. So I said, so does that mean that she might have to make herself a little bit comfortable inside that church if she intends to wait it out? And you kind of got a chuckle on the other end of the phone there.
Now, we spoke to the woman's lawyer as well. He denies – he disputes the fact that they have classified her as a fugitive, saying that she told ICE where she is, and that she would not resist arrest. Lou, the lawyer also told me that they are looking at going to federal court to try to argue that deporting the mother would effectively be deporting the son who is an American citizen. Lou?
DOBBS: And the – in other words, you're saying that Arellano is the one who is trying to create a confrontation here?
FREED: They're saying – I said, so, in this case we're looking at somebody who is being very vocal, who is drawing attention to herself, but that in your mind, you don't see her as a dangerous case that needs to be addressed immediately. And that's the – you sort of listen to what they don't say. And that effectively is the conclusion that you draw.
DOBBS: Well, let's take a look at another thing that ICE has been saying and we've been reporting on this show for a very long time. Almost 600,000 fugitive illegal aliens in this country, and there are just about 3,000 ICE agents and only a fraction of those available to pursue those unknown illegal alien fugitives in this country.
Add to that anywhere between 12 million and 20 million illegal
aliens living in this country and you can see why this country really is in a
crisis when it comes to illegal immigration and border security. We will
continue to follow this case, obviously, very carefully. Jonathan Freed, we
thank you very much for that report from
[End of Lou Dobbs report.]
It is very clear that the ICE has no intention of ever
deporting the woman, hiding behind its claim that it has more important things
to deal with. It is clear that 3,000 ICE
agents cannot possibly deport 12 million illegal aliens, or even the 600,000
fugitive illegal aliens. As long as the
Mankind’s large population and industrial activity were made
possible by tapping the massive amount of energy in fossil fuels, in
particular, petroleum. These fuels are,
of course, finite. In the case of oil,
the world’s reserves are about half used up, and the remainder will be gone by
2050. The annual rate of global oil
production is now peaking. As global oil
production peaks, the world economy will collapse, food production will
decline, and billions of people will begin to starve to death. Global war will rage. No country, including
The world’s current large human population and industrial activity are causing the extinction of an estimated 30,000 species a year, and are destroying the biosphere in which we exist. They have been enabled by fossil fuel, particularly petroleum, which will soon be gone. The human population is in a serious “overshoot” condition, far exceeding the long-term carrying capacity of the planet. As global oil production starts to decline, human population will decline along with it. But the decline will not be a “graceful” or peaceful one – it will be sudden, violent, and catastrophic: “overshoot and collapse,” in the words of William R. Catton, Jr.
The current high levels of human population and industrial activity will not continue, for either of two reasons: (1) they are destroying the biosphere, which is essential for our existence; and (2) the world’s deposits of fossil fuels, on which they depend, will eventually exhaust. Both of these facts are well known and undisputed. Some people optimistically imagine that when fossil fuels exhaust, mankind will miraculously discover some new form of energy (despite years of fruitless search), but even if it did, that would not save us, since it would simply enable the high levels of human population and industrial activity to continue, and those are what are destroying the biosphere. Although it is very clear to scientists that collapse is imminent, politicians are in total denial. They either ignore these facts, or they deny them. They opt instead for making a “quick buck” while the oil lasts, and sacrificing the lives of those living in the future to satisfy their own present gluttony.
The following article, “Town Sued over Strict Immigration Law,” by Jon Hurdle, appeared on the August 16 Reuters web page.
The suit says Hazelton's City Council violated the
The measure, which also establishes English as the town's
official language, has made
The suit was filed in federal court for the Middle District
of Pennsylvania by groups including the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and
Education Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union. They accuse
"This mean-spirited law is wrong for many reasons but the most obvious is that the city does not have the power to make its own immigration laws," Omar Jadwat, an attorney for the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, said in a statement.
Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, a
proponent of the Illegal Immigration Relief Act Ordinance, says illegal
About a third of the Hazelton's residents are Hispanic, up from around 5 percent in 2000, officials say.
At the federal level, the House and Senate are trying to reconcile starkly different immigration bills that call for tougher border controls and provide routes to citizenship for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the country.
[End of Hurdle article.]
Under the US Constitution, those powers not specifically reserved for the federal government are reserved for the states. According to the Constitution, the federal government should be regulating immigration. But Congress is paralyzed, and the country is overrun by 12 million illegal aliens. The President simply refuses to defend the country against the alien invasion, in flagrant violation of his oath of office to uphold the Constitution and defend the country from invasion. The federal government has abrogated its responsibility to control the country’s borders and keep illegal aliens out of the country. In this case, is it not reasonable for states and localities to act in this critical area?
We now have a situation in the
In this country, there's a powerful new symbol of the
Casey Wian reports.
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT(voice
over): Welcome home. No, not here. Back there. These
stacks of shipping containers near the
PETER DEMARIA, DEMARIA DESIGN: This custom home is just over 3,000 square feet.
WIAN: Architect Peter DeMaria is designing homes out of shipping containers. They're pre-insulated and already have hardwood floors. They're strong, resistant to mold, termites, and fire, and above all, they're plentiful.
DEMARIA: The cost of steel and the cost of concrete has gone through the roof recently. That forced us to explore some alternative materials.
So a growing number of architects and builders are using the
container glut to save their clients hundreds of thousands of dollars. Custom
home construction in southern
Last year, seven million containers arrived here full of imported goods, but only 2.5 million left carrying American exports. Many of the rest are now polluting residential areas near the ports.
JANICE HAHN, LA CITY COUNCIL: This is the unintended
consequence, really, of the whole international trade industry, but
particularly because of this gap that we have between imports and exports. But
it is a blight that really no other community I think in
DEMARIA: This is a slab floor here.
WIAN: Architect DeMaria says
recycling the containers for home construction will help improve the environment.
He's also working with the city of
WIAN: The city of
Lou, the situation is so bad that in some areas the sun sets an hour early because of the high stacks of shipping containers – Lou.
DOBBS: Casey, that's just an amazing, remarkable story. And what a metaphor for what is happening to this country.
The Chinese becoming so wealthy, they can leave millions of these containers in
this country because there's certainly no American
goods to be shipped back to
WIAN: It really is. And as one shipping industry executive
put it recently, he said one of the things -- the thing that's most often moved
DOBBS: As I say...
WIAN: A brand new world.
DOBBS: ... just a terrific story, Casey. Thank you very much. And a sad commentary on our times.
Casey Wian from
[End of Lou Dobbs report.]
I hope that no one is foolish enough to be paying for these shipping containers, which have been abandoned by the Chinese.
Here follows a report from the August 9. 2006, edition of CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, on the remarkable story of the case in which a US prosecutor has granted immunity from prosecution to a known Mexican drug smuggler, in order to pursue charges against the Border Patrol Agents who apprehended him.
Tonight two border patrol agents face 20-year prison
sentences. They were prosecuted after pursuing a Mexican citizen illegally in
We'll have that special report on outrageous justice on the
part of our federal government in
DOBBS: Support is flooding in from all across the country
tonight for two border patrol agents in
Casey Wian reports from
CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Border Patrol
agent Ignacio Ramos shows us the
IGNACIO RAMOS, BORDER PATROL AGENT: As soon as they passed me here, I just did a U-turn and followed them into town.
WIAN: Ramos and other agents followed his van which had
earlier had tripped a hidden sensor near the border through the tiny town of
RAMOS: To us, after many years of voting this area, when there's a vehicle away from a sensor and people running back south from that sensor, it usually means – to us, that usually means that's a narcotics load.
WIAN: Ramos continued to pursue the suspected drug smuggler
down this road, past fields, and to a canal just a few yards from
RAMOS: He decided that he wasn't going to make it and he dumped the van right here, but the front of his van went right over the edge of the canal right there.
WIAN: The suspected smuggler fled into the canal, but another Border Patrol agent, Jose Compean was waiting for him on the other side. A scuffle ensued. The suspect fled, despite agents' orders to stop.
RAMOS: He made a move on Agent Compean to get around him. He got around agent Compean. It was at that time that I jumped into the canal to go help Agent Compean.
WIAN: Agent Ramos heard shots fired while he was in the canal.
RAMOS: I had to run up this area here, get over the levee, and when I got over on the other side, Agent Compean was on the ground. The suspect was running away from Agent Compean.
WIAN: Ramos said the suspect turned and made a motion as if to fire a gun at him.
RAMOS: I had my weapon in my hand, I picked up and fired.
WIAN: The suspect disappeared into the
T.J. BONNER, NATL. BORDER PATROL COUNCIL: This is really the most outrageous miscarriage of justice that I'm aware of in my entire 28-year career as a Border Patrol agent. I've never seen anything so – I can't even think of the word. This is like diving into a trash can. The deeper you dig, the more it stinks.
WIAN: That's because the smuggler whose van contained nearly
800 pounds of marijuana was shot in the buttocks by the Border Patrol agents.
RAMOS: I was doing the job the public entrusted me to do. They entrusted me to stop a drug smuggler and I did.
WIAN: Joe Loya is the Agent Ramos' father-in-law. He and other family members have wiped out their savings trying to help with Ramos' defense.
JOE LOYA, FATHER-IN-LAW: I was preparing for retirement next year. Now, I guess I'll just have to work forever but, you know, our faith and our prayers is what keeps us going, and we're not giving up on this.
WIAN: Sources say the smuggler has since been arrested for
carrying an even bigger load of drugs into the
Ramos says he was offered several plea bargains and every time he refused, prosecutors added more charges to his case. Ramos is expected to be sentenced later this month and will immediately file an appeal. Despite the ordeal he says he would return to his job as a Border Patrol agent.
RAMOS: It may sound crazy, but yes, I'd still do it. It's what I am. It's what I do. It's what I love.
What's particularly striking to me, Lou, in that statement is that the agents' actions were not criticized by superiors in Washington – Lou.
DOBBS: And to each one of those so-called violations – and
we should pin down who the prosecutor is here and where it originated with the
Firing a weapon is one issue. That's an administrative breach. Pursuing – and we should go to this case as well. Pursuing a fleeing suspect is – these agents are actually restricted by their own administrative guidelines, correct?
WIAN: That's correct. That's one of these things that really frustrated Border Patrol agents. There is a policy that they're not allowed to pursue suspects above the speed limit, but the agents say that that policy is routinely ignored. They have to ignore it or else they would never catch anyone.
It's winked at by their superiors, reports, they say, are doctored. They say that if shots had not been fired in this case there would have been no mention in the reports that there was a pursuit, that it would have just been that they followed the suspect. So there are a lot of questions still to be answered in this case, and that's why T.J. Bonner at the Border Patrol Union is calling for an independent investigation of the entire matter, Lou.
DOBBS: Independent investigation in this case should mean an investigation of the inspector – the inspector general's office as well, the Office of the Inspector General as it's framed.
There should be an investigation of the U.S. Attorney's Office who would even suggest that the rights of an illegal alien, drug smuggler, caught with the goods has rights superior to those of the agents that we depend on to enforce the law.
And admittedly, not many of our laws are enforced when it comes to border security and immigration, but my God – and the U.S. Attorney's Office wouldn't even talk to us, Casey?
WIAN: We made several attempts to contact the office. They responded saying they would – they referred us to the original press release, when these officers or these agents were first charged, but they would not agree to be interviewed by us, Lou.
DOBBS: Well, I have to say that the U.S. Attorney's Office,
Casey, I know you're going to be there covering this story for sometime, and we appreciate your report here tonight on what is by all appearances just an outrage and a miscarriage of justice perpetrated for whatever reason by the Justice Department, the U.S. Attorney's Office in El Paso, Texas, and we will get to the bottom of it with or without the help of the federal government.
Casey, thank you very much. Casey Wian, reporting tonight from
Agents Ramos and Compean will be sentenced on August 22nd. And this broadcast will be following their story each and every day and every step of the way and we will be reporting to you on what in the world this government of ours is thinking.
[End of Lou Dobbs excerpt.]
It is a sad day indeed when officials in our government
prosecute law-enforcement officials for administrative errors, by granting
illegal-alien drug smugglers immunity from prosecution. The prosecutor is really befuddled. If she wanted to take the easy way and grant
immunity from prosecution as a way of promoting her case, she should have
granted immunity to the two Border Patrol agents for their administrative
errors, in exchange for their testimony against the Mexican illegal-alien drug
smuggler. This country would be a
welcome guest at
One of the physicians working at the hospital was
interviewed and asked about the wisdom of this policy. He pompously responded that “we provide care
to all who come.” That was very easy for
him to say. He is not paying the bill
for these deliveries, many of them done for illegal aliens, and resulting in
“anchor babies.” No matter whether he
delivers a baby for a responsible
On a number of occasions, while interviewing guests on his
nightly CNN television show, Lou Dobbs has made the statement that it is not
all immigration to the
In its war in
Since passage of the Immigration Act of 1965, the
In its recent foray into
Pressure is mounting in the
President Reagan knew the power of economics in waging
It is gratifying to see, in the press and on television, that other people are now expressing the same view. One thing that I find bothersome, however, is the way that “equity” is being injected into the discussion. To this end, some people have observed that if the new “borders” are drawn along the lines of the areas currently controlled by these three groups, the Sunnis will not have any oil. These people claim that for partitioning to work, the Sunnis must be guaranteed a share of the oil in areas occupied by other ethnic groups (i.e., the Shias and Kurds).
This is nothing short of preposterous. Equity has nothing to do with our real
No, no effort should be wasted on trying to “share”
Profiling. “Profiling” to assist the apprehension of criminal suspects is authorized and encouraged, particularly with respect to race, gender and ethnicity. Profiling is the logical, scientifically well founded practice (Bayes' Rule, search theory) of taking account of distinguishing characteristics of a criminal in the quest to apprehend him. These characteristics may be of any type, but the more unusual the characteristics are (i.e., the more nearly unique they are to the suspect) the more useful they are in helping to track down a criminal. For this reason, membership in minority groups, such as minority ethnic/racial groups, are particularly useful (e.g., it is much more useful to know that a suspect is a Hmong or Japanese than a white man, since there are fewer of the former than the latter). To hamstring the efforts of the police by requiring them to ignore crucial information in their work is not only stupid and wasteful, but criminal.
If a man commits a rape, it is common sense to look for a
man, not a woman. If a black man commits
a crime, it is common sense to search for suspects in the black community, not
in the white community. If an Hispanic or Arab commits a crime, it is common sense to
search for the perpetrator in the Hispanic or Arab communities. These examples are obvious, since the
characteristic of the suspect is known.
But the logic of profiling is just as relevant if particular characteristics
are not known with certainty, but are simply known to be correlated with a
particular crime. Some examples…. If most or all of the embassy bombings last
year were done by Islamic fundamentalists and another embassy is bombed, it is
prudent to concentrate the search for the perpetrators in the Islamic
community. If a group of men in white
sheets are seen lynching someone, it makes sense to interrogate members of the
local Ku Klux Klan. If the
drinking-while-intoxicated hit-and-run rate is several times higher for Mexican
drivers than others, it is right to focus more attention on that segment of the
population than on others. If a sex
crime is committed against a child, it makes sense to check out local residents
with a history of child molestation. If
a kidnapper cannot pronounce "els," it is
reasonable to suspect an oriental and allocate more effort investigating that
group. If a young girl is abducted from
her family, it is commonsense to spend more time investigating men than women, who
rarely commit this type of crime. All
profiling is prejudicial and discriminatory, but it is the logical approach to
use to apprehend a criminal. Profiling
based on any characteristic correlated with a criminal act -- even if based on
race, gender, religion, language or ethnicity -- is the proper way to
investigate a crime. To deliberately
ignore characteristics that are known to be correlated with a crime may be
politically correct in today's
The hands of our police will not be tied by an irrational demand to ignore race (or any other known characteristic) in the attempt to apprehend a suspect, if race is an evidential factor in a particular case. If race (or any other characteristic) is uncorrelated with a particular crime, then of course it makes no sense to target people of a particular race in the search for the criminal -- but that is not racial profiling: it is racial persecution. On the other hand, if a crime is committed by a “one-armed man,” then police will be permitted to and expected to look for a “one-armed man,” despite the prejudicial aspersions that this casts on the minority population of one-armed men, and notwithstanding the inconvenience or indignation that may be felt by innocent one-armed men who are interrogated.
[End of “Platform” excerpt.]
In the press and on the television, I am now seeing articles
describing how Britain is using racial profiling very effectively in its “war
on terror,” and asking why the US continues to act like an ostrich with its
head in the sand on this issue. Mark my
I have written on numerous occasions that the
My wife and I were watching television when the airplanes
flew into the buildings. As soon as it
was clear what had happened, I commented to my wife that the building would
collapse. When the second airplane
crashed into the second building, I told her that it, too, would collapse. Both did.
I am not a civil engineer, but I do have an engineering background (
Despite the imminent collapse of the buildings, New York City Fire Department officials sent hundreds of firefighters into the buildings. The firefighters were ordered to climb by the stairs almost a hundred floors to where the fires raged, to try to put them out. In the aftermath of the disaster, city officials proclaimed that no once could have foreseen that the buildings would collapse, and that the department officials acted properly. Except for me, it appeared that no one ever contradicted their claim of blamelessness.
All this week, the History Channel has been having a series
of programs on the collapse of the
A key person in the presentation was Captain Jay Jonas of the NYFD. He was one of the 13 firefighters who survived in Stairwell B. During the interview, he related how he received orders from his superior to enter the building with his men. He returned to his men with the orders, and exclaimed to them, “They are going to kill us!” It was obvious to him that the building was going to collapse. A loyal, disciplined, and brave man, he carried out the orders that he was given, even though he knew that the building was going to collapse and that he and his men would be killed. They got as far as the sixtieth floor in their ascent, when the other Tower (the South one, I believe) collapsed. He realized what had happened, and he immediately ordered his men to descend. Although his orders had not been changed, it was now incontrovertibly obvious to everyone that both buildings would collapse, since one just had.
It is sad that in our day, when the government goes on and
on about responsibility and transparency and accountability, that it goes so
far to protect its own from retribution for malfeasance. The
Hell hath no fury like a woman scored, however, and later that day Mrs. Clinton called for Secretary Rumsfeld to resign.
On the Yahoo news today (August 21), I read that Senator Joe
Lieberman has joined with Senator Clinton in calling for Rumsfeld
to resign. His position on the war cost
On his news program of
As “peak oil” occurs, the price of a barrel of oil has
reached 80 dollars per barrel (up from ten cents a barrel in the 1930s). It is now more profitable to convert cereal
grains to “biofuel” (ethanol, biodiesel)
for use in automobiles and trucks. But
this means that the mountains of grain that the
The following article, "Hot Dogs May Cause Genetic
Mutations,” by Charles Q. Choi, appeared on the LiveScience website on
Everyone knows hot dogs aren't exactly healthy for you, but in a new study chemists find they may contain DNA-mutating compounds that might boost one's risk for cancer.
Scientists note there is an up to 240-fold variation in levels of these chemicals across different brands.
"One could try and find out what the difference in manufacturing techniques are between the brands, and if it's decided these things are a hazard, one could change the manufacturing methods," researcher Sidney Mirvish, a chemist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, told LiveScience.
Mirvish and his colleagues examined hot dogs because past research had linked them with colon cancer. Hot dogs are preserved with sodium nitrite, which can help form chemicals known as N-nitroso compounds, most of which cause cancer in lab animals.
Extracts from hot dogs bought from the supermarket, when mixed with nitrites, resulted in what appeared to be these DNA-mutating compounds. When added to Salmonella bacteria, hot dog extracts treated with nitrites doubled to quadrupled their normal DNA mutation levels. Triggering DNA mutations in the gut might boost the risk for colon cancer, the researchers explained.
"I won't say you shouldn't eat hot dogs," Mirvish said. Future research will feed hot dog meat to mice to see if they develop colon cancer or precancerous conditions, he explained.
James Hodges, president of the American Meat Institute
The possible hazard presented here is not just limited to hot dogs. Salted dried fish and seasonings such as soy sauce may contain similar levels of these chemicals, Mirvish said.
Mirvish and his colleagues reported their findings in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
[End of Choi article.]
When I was a boy, colon cancer was rare, as were asthma and attention-deficit disorder. Now, these diseases seem rampant. It seems rather clear to me that we are simply poisoning ourselves with all of the chemical additives in food.
When my first wife was dying of cancer, there were three
things that made her life livable near the end: steroids, to give her an
appetite; morphine, to kill the pain; and marijuana, to quell the nausea. There was no problem in getting prescriptions
for the steroids, and, once she entered the “hospice” program, there was no
problem getting prescriptions for morphine.
But marijuana was illegal in
So we were faced with a choice: obey the law and continue to have my wife sick as a dog in the last days of her life, or break the law and have her have a good quality of life. Obviously, we chose the latter.
There were plenty of legal anti-nausea medicines on the market, but none of them worked. This did not bother the powers that be – the pharmaceutical industry and the government – a whit. If they cannot make vast sums of money off new drugs that cost millions to develop, they are not interested in them at all. There is no way that the pharmaceutical industry or the government is going to promote the use of marijuana to fight nausea, since this would cut into their incomes.
A similar situation arose recently with my son. He has a serious back disease, ankylosing spondylitis, which
causes him great pain. Morphine could
stop this pain, but physicians are reluctant to prescribe it, fearing that
government monitoring of their prescription of morphine will cause them to be
closely monitored and hassled. The big
problem for my son is that none of the medicines that have been prescribed for
him kill the pain. He is in agony many
days, to the point where he cannot work.
As a result, he has lost his job.
With no income, he can no longer afford health insurance, which costs
about a thousand dollars a month. The
only drugs that his physicians will prescribe for him cost about one thousand
dollars per month. Morphine, on the
other hand, could suppress his pain for pennies a day. That solution is not desirable for the
pharmaceutical industry or the
The latest drug scam is the intense promotion of the drug, Fosamax, to help slow prevent osteoporosis (weakening of
the bones, a common condition in the elderly).
The ads promoting Fosamax are “in your face”
every night on television during prime time.
These ads are powerful “scare” campaign aimed at
As soon as you have GERD, your doctor is likely to prescribe another powerful – and expensive – drug, called Nexium, to try to fix it.
Fosamax pills cost about ten dollars apiece, as do Nexium pills. They, and their generic “knock-offs,” are real “cash cows” for the pharmaceutical industry – that’s why there are so many of these million-dollar-a-minute ads on prime-time television. The pharmaceutical industry knows that the major audience for osteoporosis medicines are the elderly, who have a certain portion of their drug expenses covered by Medicare.
One pill to make you sick, and another pill to counter its effects. A capitalist doctor’s dream!
My mother read me the following quote, dealing with Jewish prayers, from Erich Segal’s Acts of Faith (Bantam Books, 1992):
In the men’s morning prayers, there were benedictions to the Lord for every conceivable gift:
Blessed art Thou Who has enabled the rooster to distinguish between day and night.
Blessed art Thou Who has not made me a heathen.
Blessed art Thou Who has not made me a female.
While the men were giving thanks for their masculinity, the girls had to be content with:
Blessed art Thou Who has made me according to Thy Will.
My son was visiting us recently, and a cousin of his invited
us to see the movie, Talladega Nights.
It is a juvenile comedy about stock-car racing in the southeastern
There was, in the movie, one item of “down-home” philosophy: “God needs the Devil; the Beatles need the Rolling Stones, and Diane Sawyer needs Katy Couric.”
When I was a boy, “No Loitering” signs were posted all over – and enforced. You did not see bums and vagrants loitering on the street. Over the years, most of those signs have disappeared. It seems that society is willing to accept laziness and sloth, and the police are “so busy” trying to deal with more important crimes (now that society is falling apart), that they don’t bother to enforce minor laws, or laws that may get them accused of racism in places where it is mainly racial minorities who are lolling around.
It was, therefore, very refreshing to see, the other day, in
the parking lot of the Best Buy store in
In his sermon of
After being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Mother Theresa
was bombarded by news reporters about her reaction to the prize. Her view was that the praise was due the
Lord, not to her, and she responded that she wondered whether the donkey who
was carrying Jesus into
An old woman asked to see President Lincoln, and he agreed to see her. She had no request for help from him – she just wanted to give him some cookies that she had baked. Lincoln was stunned by this gift, and remarked that she was the first visitor that he had ever had who had asked for nothing, but just wanted to give him something.
At one time in my life, I did a fair amount of SCUBA diving. Two things really impressed me about fish. One was that an entire school of small fish could all simultaneously change direction, and, without any confusion, all head off in a different direction. It seemed very clear that the school was controlled by some sort of group consciousness. I have seen the same behavior with small flocks of birds, such as Lillian’s Lovebirds.
The other strange thing was that fish could swim without using their fins, or “waving” their bodies. To be sure, they often do use their fins, but in many cases they simply move through the water with minimal motion of their fins or serpentine waving of their bodies. I have seen an entire school of hammerhead sharks swimming across in front of me, without any motion of their bodies or fins. I often saw small fish move slowly or even dart, with no movement that could possibly explain their locomotion through the water. Can you explain this?
When I was in eighth grade, I took a “general science” course. During that course, we were taught that the mechanism by which plants work is osmosis – the transfer of chemicals through a semipermeable membrane from a more dense solution to a less dense solution. I could see that by this means nutrients in the soil could make their way up a plant – such as a stalk of celery – but I could not see how this same process could explain how the sugar manufactured in the leaves (by photosynthesis) could then migrate back down the plant. Was the sugar solution far more concentrated than the nutrient solution, so that the osmosis process would now “turn around” and flow the chemicals from the top of the plants to the roots? What was the explanation? It seemed that osmosis could explain migration in one direction (from concentrated solution in the soil to less concentration in the plant), but not in the other direction. It seemed rather obvious to me at the time that there must be some sort of “control” mechanism at work, directing the flow of the chemicals in one way or another, as desired. If osmosis were the only phenomenon at work, it would take place, the concentration would become the same across the plant, and nothing further would happen. My teacher had no explanation. Do you?