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  • Time for an Immigration Moratorium

    09/25/2014 10:45:13 PM PDT · by Pelham · 12 replies
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | September 25, 2014 | Tom Piatak
    The Center for Immigration Studies reports this morning that the number of immigrants, both legal and illegal, in the United States is now 41.3 million, the highest it has ever been. Even as the American economy continues to sputter and many Americans face unemployment or underemployment, an additional 1.4 million immigrants entered the country between 2010 and 2013. During that same period, the countries seeing the greatest increase in the number of their citizens becoming immigrants to America were India, China, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Jamaica, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Iraq. In percentage terms, 13.1% of all those living...
  • Onward Catholic Soldiers: The Catholic Church during the American Civil War

    09/09/2014 10:52:49 AM PDT · by Pelham · 82 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | Fall 2011 | Mark Summers
    It is a common, even clichéd saying that the American Civil War pitted "brother against brother." Certainly, the conflict divided the nation as the seceded Southern states fought for independence, while the Northern and Border states fought to preserve the Union. Even within the sections, there were politicians, civilians, and soldiers who sympathized with the other "side." The issues of Slavery, "States-Rights," and the meaning of the Federal Constitution created passions and hatreds, which leapt from the ballot box to the battlefield. Even churches— especially churches— were prone to this division. Each section, denomination, and parishioner believed God to be...
  • Albino cobra on the loose in Southern California

    09/04/2014 7:02:18 AM PDT · by Pelham · 46 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Sept. 3, 2014 | DOUGLAS MORINO and MARTHA RAMIREZ
    The search for a rare white snake slithering through Thousand Oaks continued Wednesday, two days after the venomous and potentially lethal reptile bit a dog. Animal control officers spent the morning and late afternoon hunting for the monocled albino cobra, which was last seen in a yard in the 1300 block of Rancho Lane in the southern Ventura County suburb. “It’s a little unnerving,” said Thousand Oaks resident Arianne Deeder, 39, who lives in the neighborhood. “I’m keeping an eye out.” Deeder has chickens in a back yard coup and fish in a pond, along with a dog and a...
  • Decline and Fall

    09/02/2014 8:11:52 PM PDT · by Pelham · 23 replies
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | AUGUST 01, 2014 | Clyde Wilson
    am very far from original in noticing similarities in the histories of Rome and America—republics that became empires. The decline and fall of the former has often been thought to foretell the fate of the latter. A Frenchman some years ago wrote a fairly convincing book called The Coming Caesars. Such analogies are interesting and suggestive but should not be put forward too dogmatically. History does repeat itself because human nature remains the same and because civilized people build institutions that then perpetuate themselves for their own sake rather than for the purpose for which they were established. Power-seeking, luxury,...
  • Gang comment led to two Santa Ana shootings, prosecutor says

    08/30/2014 10:51:48 AM PDT · by Pelham · 23 replies
    OC Register ^ | Aug. 29, 2014 | ERIC HARTLEY
    A court hearing provided new details of the killing of Nancy Hammour, a 28-year-old woman whose body was found under a bridge in Newport Beach. The prosecutor said Irvin Tellez killed Hammour as the two rode in a car because she started screaming after seeing him shoot a woman in the face. Tellez could face life in prison without possibility of parole if he’s convicted and a jury finds the murder was committed for the benefit of a gang. Deputy District Attorney Jim Mendelson said the violence started shortly after midnight Sept. 2, 2013, when Jaime Rocha pulled to the...
  • 5 things you should know about poverty in Southern California

    08/21/2014 7:43:11 PM PDT · by Pelham · 54 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Aug. 20, 2014 | JENNA CHANDLER
    Economists say regional poverty trends are ‘alarming.’ Redlands-based economist John E. Husing issued a dire warning Wednesday, as elected officials from across Southern California pledged to reignite Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty: “If we do not solve this problem, we are not going to want to live in Southern California. The communities are going to become unhinged.” Husing is one of several economists who looked at findings from the 2012 American Community Survey and state Employment Development Department to find out where poverty is concentrated in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, San Bernardino and Imperial counties. Some of the results...
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    08/19/2014 11:47:54 PM PDT · by Pelham · 3 replies
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  • Chinese homebuyers seeking security in O.C.

    08/12/2014 10:55:19 AM PDT · by Pelham · 10 replies
    OC Register ^ | August 8, 2014 | Jeff Collins
    <p>It’s a long-shot dream for American 14 year olds – even more so for a boy growing up in China.</p> <p>But Lu’s parents take seriously the ambition of their son, the 5-foot-10 lead scorer for the International School basketball team in Beijing. So, in March, they plunked down $1.2 million in cash to buy a brand new, four-bedroom house in Irvine, just A two-minute walk from the community basketball court.</p>
  • Loss of mid-wage jobs hampers state's growth

    08/08/2014 9:11:14 AM PDT · by Pelham · 13 replies
    LA Times ^ | August 8, 2014 | Tiffany Hsu
    On the surface, California's job market is booming. The state has now recovered all the jobs lost during the recession, and done so at a faster pace than all but five states. The growth, though, belies a troubling imbalance. The fastest job creation has come in low-wage sectors, in which pay has declined. At the high end of the salary scale, a different dynamic has taken hold: rising pay and improving employment after rounds of consolidation. Most distressing, middle-wage workers are losing out on both counts. "People talk about it like an hourglass," said Tracey Grose, vice president of the...
  • One-eyed man arrested in connection with double murder at 7-Eleven

    08/05/2014 11:29:41 AM PDT · by Pelham · 17 replies
    LA Times ^ | August 4, 2014 | Nicole Santa Cruz
    A one-eyed man wanted in connection with a double homicide in Panorama City was arrested on suspicion of murder after gang detectives found him at a motel a half-block away from the incident. Witnesses connected Angel Santana, 29, with the July 17 double killing of 22-year-old Maron States and 19-year-old Deshawn Miles outside a 7-Eleven, police said. According to police, Santana and another man allegedly began shooting at two men after a brief confrontation. The other gunman, who has not been named, fled south on Sepulveda Boulevard, police said...
  • Louis Zamperini, ‘Unbroken’ Olympian and war hero, dies at 97

    07/03/2014 7:16:56 AM PDT · by Pelham · 17 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | July 3, 2014 | Philip Caulfield
    Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic runner and war hero who survived 47 days at sea and three years in a Japanese POW camp after his plane crashed in the Pacific during World War II, died of pneumonia late Wednesday. He was 97. "After a 40-day long battle for his life, he peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, leaving behind a legacy that has touched so many lives," Zamperini's family said in a statement, according to Deadline. "His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days." The Olean, N.Y., native's astonishing...
  • Weep for California

    05/13/2014 2:04:34 PM PDT · by Pelham · 39 replies
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | May 10, 2014 | Clyde Wilson
    California, once the American Mecca of milk and honey, has fallen on hard times. Though its degradation and decline are largely self-inflicted, California’s condition is nonetheless an American tragedy and a dire portent for the rest of us. The state is fast becoming a colony and milk cow for Mexico, with a few enclaves occupied by Asians the way the British used to dominate Hong Kong and Singapore. Public spending and debt have reached catastrophic levels unmanageable by a society of self-centered individuals and interest groups. Gang warfare dominates the urban jungle. The state doubtless leads the Union in foreigners,...
  • A New, More Sinister IRS Scandal

    04/18/2014 1:50:16 PM PDT · by Pelham · 25 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 17, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    Yesterday was a significant day in the IRS abuse scandal. The scandal evolved from being about pesky delays in IRS exemption applications to a government conniving with outside interests to put political opponents in prison. Emails obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act reveal Lois Lerner cooking up plans with Justice Department officials to talk about ways to criminally charge conservative groups that are insufficiently quiet. Larry Noble, a law professor now with the Soros-funded Campaign Legal Center, was cited in the emails as someone agitating to jail conservatives who “falsely” report on IRS forms that they...
  • Study finds more immigrants equals more Democrats --- and more losses for GOP

    04/18/2014 9:30:53 AM PDT · by Pelham · 47 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 15, 2014 | Byron York
    Republicans are famously divided on immigration reform, but Democrats pretty much unanimously support it. There's a reason for that. In stark, partisan political terms, continuing the high level of immigration of recent decades, and certainly increasing immigration as envisioned by many reformers, will result in more Democrats winning more elections in coming years. "The enormous flow of legal immigrants into the country — 29.5 million from 1980 to 2012 — has remade and continues to remake the nation's electorate in favor of the Democratic Party," concludes a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies, which opposes comprehensive reform proposals...
  • Jim Fregosi dies at 71; first star player in Angels history

    02/14/2014 6:55:55 AM PST · by Pelham · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 14, 2014 | Mike DiGiovanna
    Jim Fregosi, the first star player in Angels franchise history and the manager who guided them to their first American League West championship in 1979, died Friday in a Miami hospital after suffering a stroke in the Cayman Islands. He was 71. His death was announced by the Angels, who retired his No. 11 jersey in 1988..... .....Fregosi was born in San Francisco on April 4, 1942, and was a three-sport star at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, where he was all-league in football, basketball and baseball. Originally signed by the Boston Red Sox in 1960, he was...
  • Bipartisan immigration reform plan will cost trillions

    02/15/2013 11:48:37 AM PST · by Pelham · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 31, 2013 | Caroline May
    Robert Rector, a senior research fellow with the Heritage Foundation, expects the bipartisan immigration reform proposal, which includes a path to citizenship, will end up costing taxpayers more overtime than the trillion-dollar calculations he testified to during debate over the 2007 immigration reform bill. “[The proposal] seems to be virtually identical to the 2007 bill and would be extremely costly to the U.S. taxpayers,” Rector told The Daily Caller in a Wednesday interview. “Granting amnesty or legal status to illegals will generate costs in Medicare and Social Security alone of $2.5 trillion above any taxes paid in.” According to Rector,...
  • Warren Brookes Brief life of a “pneumatic” journalist: 1929-1991

    01/16/2013 7:40:49 PM PST · by Pelham · 4 replies
    Harvard Magazine ^ | September-October 2012 | Charles G. Kels
    In an address at Moscow State University, President Ronald Reagan described how information technology was rapidly transforming industrial societies. As if from “a chrysalis,” the world was emerging from a reality constrained by “physical resources into, as one economist titled his book, ‘the economy in mind,’ in which there are no bounds on human imagination and the freedom to create is the most precious natural resource.” That remark may have disappointed Warren Brookes ’50 slightly: he had noted in its preface that The Economy in Mind (1982) was “the work not of an economist but of a journalist.” But in...
  • Ex-Disney employee files discrimination lawsuit

    08/14/2012 6:21:33 AM PDT · by Pelham · 6 replies
    <p>ANAHEIM – A former Disney employee filed a federal lawsuit Monday accusing Disney of discrimination based on her religion.</p> <p>In her suit, Imane Boudlal claims Disney refused to let her wear her religious headscarf – or hijab – at work in view of customers when she worked as a restaurant hostess at the Storytellers' Cafe in the Grand Californian Hotel in Downtown Disney. "We presented Ms. Boudlal with multiple options to accommodate her religious beliefs, as well as offered her several roles that would have allowed her to wear her own hijab. ... "Unfortunately, she rejected all of our efforts and has since refused to come to work."</p>
  • In Anaheim, voting by district could alter the power dynamic

    08/04/2012 6:41:21 AM PDT · by Pelham · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 4, 2012 | Nicole Santa Cruz, Doug Smith and Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times
    Two decades ago, Santa Ana was at a crossroads. The Orange County seat was two-thirds Latino, but in citywide elections white Republicans candidates dominated. After a long battle, the city was eventually broken into six council wards, and today all are represented by Latinos. Anaheim faces a similar demographic shift now, and many see it at the root of recent angry protests over the fatal police shootings of two Latino men. According to the latest U.S. census, Anaheim is now majority minority. About 52% of the city's 336,000 residents are Latino, but only a handful of Latinos have ever won...
  • Anaheim shooting: 2 cops on leave, 1 dead, 5 arrested

    07/23/2012 11:07:07 PM PDT · by Pelham · 35 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | July 23, 2012 | Sonya Quick
    A gunman who opened fire on an officer at the end of a stolen-car pursuit was killed in Anaheim's second fatal officer-involved shooting in two days, authorities said The shooting climaxed an incident that began around 11:20 p.m. Sunday, when anti-gang officers spotted a known gang member on probation in what they soon determined was a stolen car, Anaheim police Sgt. Bob Dunn said. They were pursuing the vehicle when the driver lost control on on West Guinida Lane, and two men and a woman bailed. “The officers were in foot pursuit for about a half-block when one male suspect...
  • WWII hero’s reunion with child savior

    05/28/2012 9:02:50 PM PDT · by Pelham · 12 replies
    NEW YORK POST ^ | May 27, 2012 | CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
    It was July 31, 1944, and Army Air Corps pilot Lt. Henry Supchak was flying his 33rd bombing mission over Munich, Germany, when his B-17 bomber, nicknamed “Priority Gal,” was riddled by anti-aircraft fire. Sputtering and billowing black smoke, Supchak knew the aircraft would never make it back to base in Bassingbourn, England, 650 miles away. With two dead engines, the aircraft was plummeting fast — over Nazi-occupied Austria. “I said, ‘Fellas get your chutes on!’ ” and ordered them to jump. Alone now, with a two-inch piece of shrapnel dug into his right leg, Supchak desperately needed to get...
  • Security backdoor found in China-made US military chip

    05/28/2012 7:52:40 PM PDT · by Pelham · 50 replies
    Information Age ^ | May 28, 2012 | staff
    Cambridge University researchers find that a microprocessor used by the US military but made in China contains secret remote access capability A microchip used by the US military and manufactured in China contains a secret "backdoor" that means it can be shut off or reprogrammed without the user knowing, according to researchers at Cambridge University's Computing Laboratory. The unnamed chip, which the researchers claim is widely used in military and industrial applications, is "wide open to intellectual property theft, fraud and reverse engineering of the design to allow the introduction of a backdoor or Trojan", they said. The discovery was...
  • Please Go Fight for My Country So I Can Take Your Job

    05/28/2012 12:27:11 PM PDT · by Pelham · 5 replies
    New English Review ^ | March 2007 | John Derbyshire
    The United States will accelerate the resettlement of about 7,000 Iraqis referred by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and will contribute $18 million to the agency's appeal for Iraq, about one-third of the total, Undersecretary of State Paula J. Dobriansky said Wednesday. — Washington Post, 2/15/07 I hope it won't be thought impertinent, over-inquisitive, or — Heaven forfend! — mean-spirited of me to ask, but: Just what, exactly, are these refugees seeking refuge from? Us? A few more questions come to mind. Let us suppose, for example, that Sergeant John Q. American, a serving member of the U.S. armed...
  • Vanishing Americans (St. Louis Chapter)

    05/28/2012 8:29:54 AM PDT · by Pelham · 25 replies
    The Thinking Housewife ^ | May 25, 2012 | Laura Wood
    ALAN writes: "On a recent Sunday afternoon, I had the most incredible experience: I sat in a roomful of 50 men and women who had lunch, talked, reminisced, and enjoyed themselves for four hours. The incredible part was that they did all that without cell phones, without liquor, without vulgar language, without loud “music,” without blaring TV screens, and without wrecking the place. All of them are white. All of them are decent and disciplined. They are, therefore, atypical 21st-century Americans. They grew up in the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s. They are Old School. They are not “cool” or trendy;...
  • Tinley Park brawl between white supremacists, 'anti-racists'

    05/20/2012 2:21:41 PM PDT · by Pelham · 62 replies
    FOX Chicago News ^ | May 20, 2012 | Mike Flannery
    <p>FIRST ON FOX: It now appears that a vicious brawl at a south suburban restaurant on Saturday involved hammer-wielding "anti-fascists" attacking a group of self-professed "white nationalists."</p> <p>The attack occurred at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, according to Tinley Park police. Ten were injured, with three taken to local hospitals. Among innocent bystanders terrified by the bizarre explosion of violence were several dozen women there for a wedding shower.</p>
  • SEC Charges optionsXpress and Five Individuals Involved in Abusive Naked Short Selling Scheme

    04/16/2012 8:48:24 PM PDT · by Pelham · 9 replies
    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ^ | April 16, 2012 | SEC staff
    Washington, D.C., April 16, 2012 – The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged an online brokerage and clearing agency specializing in options and futures as well as four officials at the firm and a customer involved in an abusive naked short selling scheme. The SEC’s Division of Enforcement alleges that Chicago-based optionsXpress failed to satisfy its close-out obligations under Regulation SHO by repeatedly engaging in a series of sham “reset” transactions designed to give the illusion that the firm had purchased securities of like kind and quantity. The firm and customer Jonathan I. Feldman engaged in these sham reset transactions...
  • What's open, closed for Cesar Chavez Day

    03/30/2012 8:54:25 AM PDT · by Pelham · 15 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 30, 2012 | REGISTER STAFF
    What's open, closed for Cesar Chavez Day Friday is Cesar Chavez Day, a legal holiday in California but not a federal holiday. Here's a roundup of what's open and what's closed: Government: Courts are closed. Most state offices will be closed. Federal and DMV offices will be open. Most county offices are open. Mail: The U.S. Postal Service will deliver mail. Universities: University of California, Irvine, and California State University, Fullerton, are closed. Transit: OCTA buses and Metrolink trains will run on a regular schedule. Banks: Banks and financial markets will be open. Events: At noon Saturday, the 12th annual...
  • Calif. wants Arizona immigration law overturned

    03/30/2012 7:54:13 AM PDT · by Pelham · 46 replies
    SACRAMENTO – California has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Arizona's tough immigration law, saying it would drive illegal immigrants into other states. The Arizona law, passed two years ago, has been largely blocked by court order because of legal challenges. Among other things, it makes in a crime to be in the country illegally and to seek work. The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled an April 25 hearing, and a ruling is expected in June. California Attorney General Kamala Harris has joined 10 other states in asking that the Arizona law be overturned. The other states are New...
  • Republicans seeking out Hispanics

    03/27/2012 3:04:05 PM PDT · by Pelham · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/27/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans want to alter DREAM Act legislation to steal away Hispanic voters from Democrats. Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), the only Senate Republican of Hispanic heritage and a possible vice presidential pick, is working on an alternative version of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants who came to the country at a young age and serve in the military or attend college. He declined to provide any details, but confirmed he hopes to have legislation soon. “I don’t have any specifics to announce yet,” said Rubio. “This stuff...
  • Remembering Proposition 187

    03/16/2012 3:41:30 PM PDT · by Pelham · 17 replies
    The Social Contract Press ^ | Winter 2011-2012 | Edwin S. Rubenstein
    Change is in the air. States from Arizona to Virginia have enacted laws cracking down on illegal immigration. Some target the immigrants; some target their employers. Some rely on local police to do the job; others require that employers use the federal e-Verify system to check the immigration status of employees. Many of these statutes have been challenged in court. Some have been put on hold while others — including an Alabama statute regarded as the most stringent of all — have been endorsed by federal appeals judges. These initiatives share a common goal: enforcement of federal immigration laws, something...
  • 0.2% Interest? You Bet We’ll Complain

    03/11/2012 7:42:44 PM PDT · by Pelham · 21 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 3, 2012 | GRETCHEN MORGENSON
    STOP your bellyaching. That was the message delivered last Thursday to Americans who today make almost nothing on the savings in their bank accounts. It came from Sarah Bloom Raskin, an insider at the Federal Reserve. Ms. Raskin, one of the governors on the Fed board, made the usual disclaimer that her comments reflected her own thinking. But Fed watchers said her remarks probably mirrored views inside the central bank. The issue — as anyone looking for income-producing investments knows — is that the Fed drove down interest rates to almost zero to shore up big banks and an economy...
  • California’s Demographic Revolution

    02/15/2012 8:57:35 PM PST · by Pelham · 21 replies
    City Journal ^ | Winter 2012 | HEATHER MAC DONALD
    California is in the middle of a far-reaching demographic shift: Hispanics, who already constitute a majority of the state’s schoolchildren, will be a majority of its workforce and of its population in a few decades. This is an even more momentous development than it seems. Unless Hispanics’ upward mobility improves, the state risks becoming more polarized economically and more reliant on a large government safety net. And as California goes, so goes the nation, whose own Hispanic population shift is just a generation or two behind. The scale and speed of the Golden State’s ethnic transformation are unprecedented. In the...
  • JFK and RFK Were Right to Wiretap MLK

    01/16/2012 8:45:29 AM PST · by Pelham · 17 replies
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 02/24/2006 | Allan H. Ryskind
    The Kennedy Administration engaged in an unforgivable act of government intrusion when it wiretapped Dr. Martin Luther King. That view is baked into the history books, and Jimmy Carter was just reprising this theme in his eulogy to Coretta Scott King. But the truth is that the famous civil rights leader brought those wiretaps on himself. This is not an untold story, as much as it is a forgotten one. The Cold War was in full swing in late 1963 when Bobby Kennedy authorized the first King wiretap. On JFK's watch, Khrushchev had put up the Berlin Wall and had...
  • The Virgin Crisis: Systematically Ignoring Fraud as a Systemic Risk

    11/21/2011 5:23:08 AM PST · by Pelham · 17 replies
    New Economic Perspectives ^ | NOVEMBER 08, 2011 | William K. Black
    The FBI warned in September 2004 that there was an “epidemic” of mortgage fraud and predicted that it would cause a financial “crisis” if it were not contained. The mortgage banking industry’s own anti-fraud experts reported in writing to nearly every mortgage lender in 2006 that: “Stated income and reduced documentation loans speed up the approval process, but they are open invitations to fraudsters.” ....stated income loans deserve the nickname used by many in the industry, the ‘liar’s loan’”. We know that accounting control fraud is itself criminogenic – fraud begets fraud. The fraudulent CEOs deliberately create the perverse incentives...
  • 'If he's not a hero, I don't know who is'

    11/18/2011 3:43:13 PM PST · by Pelham · 21 replies
    Huntington Beach Independent ^ | October 5, 2011 | Mona Shadia
    runo Serato says his Italian mother is responsible for his good deeds. It started when she spotted a boy eating potato chips at a Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim donation ceremony. When Caterina found out the chips were all that boy and other children at the club were having for dinner, she told her son to cook for them at his restaurant, the Anaheim White House. "I had to say yes because I had to listen to my mom," said Serato, who lives in Huntington Beach. That night — April 18, 2005 — he fed about 70 kids. "I...
  • O.C. family returns to a violence-plagued Mexico

    11/13/2011 8:21:17 AM PST · by Pelham · 29 replies
    Grace Castro should have joined her friends in August for her first year at Newport Beach's prestigious Sage Hill School. Instead, she's mourning the death of a schoolmate abducted from her Mexican private school by kidnappers who gouged out the teenager's eyes before killing him. Grace's life in her newly adopted home in drug-war-plagued Acapulco is a far cry from her childhood about 2,200 miles away in a yellow Craftsman house in the heart of Santa Ana. After 15 years in the United States, a family illness, unemployment and growing hostility toward illegal immigration compelled her family to make a...
  • Immigrants' return to Mexico alters Santa Ana

    11/13/2011 8:04:30 AM PST · by Pelham · 20 replies
    First of two parts For more than 20 years, natives of Guerrero, Mexico, have sought a better life in the U.S., with many of them settling in Orange County, especially in Santa Ana. Lately, what was a one-way wave of immigration has reversed. The slow U.S. economy and an unprecedented number of deportations have led many of those immigrants to return to Mexico. Orange County Register staff writers Cindy Carcamo and Michael Mello detail the phenomenon in a two-part story. These stories were made possible by a UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism grant that was funded by the Rosenberg...
  • Gingrich seeks middle path on immigration

    10/14/2011 7:15:24 AM PDT · by Pelham · 106 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Oct. 13, 2011 | Martin Wisckol
    <p>Newt Gingrich called for a middle path on immigration reform – implying a limited amnesty – as he made his presidential campaign pitch to the Republican-friendly Hispanic 100 on Thursday at the Newport Beach’s Balboa Bay Club.</p> <p>“Both sides are wrong,” he said to the 300 gathered at group’s annual black-tie gala. “Those who say, ‘Kick everybody out’ – they’re wrong. Those who say, ‘Give amnesty to everyone’ – they’re wrong.</p>
  • 9/11 pilot's brother finds solace in Anaheim

    09/09/2011 6:34:10 PM PDT · by Pelham · 6 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Sept. 9, 2011 | ERIC CARPENTER
    Brad Burlingame reaches into the pocket of his suit pants and pulls out a small black leather pouch, unzips it and reveals a jagged thumb-size piece of metal wreckage that he carries with him. The aluminum is from the fuselage of American Airlines Flight 77 – the plane that his brother Charles “Chic” Burlingame III piloted before terrorists hijacked the controls and plunged it into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. The attack on the jet killed his brother and 188 others, including 125 on the ground. Ten years have past since the morning Brad, his brother Mark and sister...
  • Al Jazeera journalist not allowed to film at Texas high school football game

    09/07/2011 7:01:03 AM PDT · by Pelham · 33 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 09/06/2011 | Dylan Stableford
    Gabriel Elizondo, a Brazil-based correspondent for Al Jazeera, is in the middle of a road trip across the United States, talking to people about the effects of 9/11 on American life. In Texas, Elizondo says he just experienced part of the impact firsthand. "Ten miles," he wrote Sunday in a blog post. "That's how deep I got into Texas before being asked to leave." On Friday, Elizondo says, he decided to stop at a high school football game in Booker, Texas, near the Oklahoma border. "What better a setting to immerse one's self into Texas rural life than high school...
  • Man ‘sorry’ for stealing $10M, but hides $400K

    09/06/2011 5:51:57 PM PDT · by Pelham · 5 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 09/05/2011 | staff report
    Former New York City computer manager Natarajan Venkataram had repeatedly apologized for stealing $10 million from federal grants to help identify the remains of 9/11 victims. But he wasn’t sorry enough to return more than $400,000 stashed in his bank account in India. Venkataram — now serving 15 years in federal prison — had actually been fighting in court to try to block authorities from seizing his ill-gotten loot.
  • Washington and Wall Street: The Revolving Door

    06/09/2011 9:27:22 PM PDT · by Pelham · 5 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times Sunday Book Review ^ | May 27, 2011 | Robert Reich
    It’s hardly news that the near meltdown of America’s financial system enriched a few at the expense of the rest of us. Who’s responsible? The recent report of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission blamed all the usual suspects — Wall Street banks, financial regulators, the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and subprime lenders — which is tantamount to blaming no one. “Reckless Endangerment” concentrates on particular individuals who played key roles. The authors, Gretchen Morgenson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning business reporter and columnist at The New York Times, and Joshua Rosner, an expert on housing finance, deftly trace the...
  • How Wall Street is Literally Killing Us

    06/02/2011 8:40:11 PM PDT · by Pelham · 102 replies
    ARTVOICE ^ | 04/28/2011 | Dr. Ted P. Schmidt
    The wizards of Wall Street have figured out that it’s a lot easier to make a buck off of basic needs—commodities—than corporate paper, and they are fueling another commodities bubble that is pushing millions of people around the globe into poverty and despair. Not content with destroying America’s housing market, they are now forcing us to pay higher prices for gas and groceries. It’s a Wall Street tax. The mainstream business press would have us believe higher prices are being driven by the specter of Parson Malthus, who argued more than 200 years ago that food production could not keep...
  • RIP: Joseph Battipaglia, Popular Wall Street Strategist

    04/14/2011 10:24:07 PM PDT · by Pelham · 11 replies
    WSJblogs ^ | APRIL 14, 2011 | By Kristina Peterson
    Wall Street veteran Joseph Battipaglia, chief market strategist at Stifel Nicolaus, died at 55 from an apparent heart attack on Thursday according to Fox Business News. Battipaglia, well known in the finance industry for his opinionated views, was the former chairman of investment policy at brokerage Ryan Beck & Co, before it was acquired by Stifel in 2007. He also worked in executive positions at Gruntal & Co. and as an analyst at Exxon Corporation and Elkins & Co. Battipaglia made a name for himself a decade ago as a consummate Wall Street optimist, remaining bullish on stocks up to...
  • Martin Luther King got tough in Anaheim

    04/03/2011 8:56:36 AM PDT · by Pelham · 8 replies
    The timeline at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., is dotted with the names of places familiar to anyone with even passing knowledge of Martin Luther King Jr. Cities in Alabama where he won famous civil rights victories: Montgomery, Birmingham, Selma; sites where he delivered stirring speeches: Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta; The National Mall. There's also a mostly forgotten stop along the trajectory of King's life, a footnote, but one worth a second look – Anaheim. On March 16, 1968, just 19 days before he was shot and killed on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in...
  • 'Cynical' policy tacitly encourages illegal immigration

    09/18/2010 8:50:18 AM PDT · by Pelham · 26 replies · 1+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | 9-14-2010 | Ronald Campbell
    On Nov. 6, 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed the bill that was supposed to end illegal immigration. Instead, it became one of the biggest public policy failures since Prohibition. The Immigration Reform and Control Act legalized most of the illegal immigrants then in the United States. To keep others out, it forbade businesses from hiring undocumented workers and threatened those who did with fines. For a description of the law, see Government Accountability Office, “Foreign Workers: Information on Selected Countries’ Experiences,” September 2006 (GAO-06-1055). Almost a quarter-century later, the undocumented population has soared from about 500,000 after the amnesty to...
  • Thousands March at Immigration Rallies Across Nation

    05/10/2010 7:40:24 PM PDT · by Pelham · 12 replies · 335+ views
    India West ^ | May 06, 2010 | SUNITA SOHRABJI
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Thousands of people took to the streets across the country May 1, calling on the Obama administration to address comprehensive immigration reform and to protest the nation’s harshest anti-immigrant measure passed April 23 in Arizona. “We’re seeing the highest number of deportations in U.S. history,” said Debayani Kar, who was attending a rally at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza with a group of young activists from the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action. The Obama administration has simply continued the brutish immigration policies of the Bush era, Kar told India-West, as more than 5,000 people gathered...
  • The Terry Anderson Show - LIVE Thread

    01/03/2010 9:07:43 PM PST · by Pelham · 8 replies · 490+ views
    THE TERRY ANDERSON SHOW "Articulating the popular rage!" Sundays - 9 PM Pacific Time KRLA - 870 AM - L.A. -- KDWN - 720 - Las Vegas KFNX - 1100 AM - Phoenix -- KCBQ - 1170 AM - San Diego "If You Ain't Mad, You Ain't Payin' Attention!" Call-In Number - (866) 870-5752 Listen Online via KRLA or on the RBN Network at

    07/16/2009 9:01:46 PM PDT · by Pelham · 47 replies · 910+ views
    Earthquake Details Magnitude 2.9 Date-Time Friday, July 17, 2009 at 03:51:17 UTC Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 08:51:17 PM at epicenter Location 33.860°N, 117.802°W Depth 0.9 km (~0.6 mile) Region GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIFORNIA Distances 3 km (2 miles) SSW (203°) from Yorba Linda, CA 5 km (3 miles) ESE (117°) from Placentia, CA 5 km (3 miles) N (9°) from Villa Park, CA 7 km (4 miles) NNE (24°) from Orange, CA 15 km (9 miles) NNE (29°) from Santa Ana, CA 46 km (29 miles) ESE (118°) from Los Angeles Civic Center, CA Location Uncertainty horizontal +/-...
  • Loudoun County, Va. murder has markings of a gang initiation

    03/27/2009 7:11:00 PM PDT · by Pelham · 25 replies · 2,935+ views
    Norfolk Crime Examiner ^ | March 25, 2009 | Dave Gibson
    On March 22, William and Cynthia Bennett left their Potomac Station home for an early morning walk and never returned. Shortly after 5:30 a.m., police found William, 57 lying dead, they found Cynthia, 55 badly beaten but still alive a short distance away. Around 5:30 a.m., less than a mile from the Bennett home, a resident on Rocky Creek Drive called police to report the presence of a suspicious vehicle ( a white panel work van), and three men outside the van causing a disturbance. By the time a Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputy arrived, the van was gone. However, the...