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  • More international homebuyers shopping in Austin (TX)

    11/02/2014 8:45:23 AM PST · by bgill · 16 replies
    kxan ^ | Nov. 1, 2014 | kxan
    A study from the Texas Association of Realtors shows international buyers pumped more than $11 billion dollars into the Texas economy between March of 2013 and 2014. One Austin Realtor says people from outside of the U.S. are looking for a secure investment. “An international client can come into the Austin market, get a great value for what they’re buying and almost be insured that there’s profitability in that and that’s unique to the world as a whole,” said J Kuper, owner of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty.
  • Leaked Data Shows 10-Fold Increase In Obama’s Asylum Approvals

    07/14/2014 11:10:55 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/14/2014 | Neil Munro
    The number of foreigners who successfully filed asylum claims in the United States almost tripled from 2012 to 2013, up to 30,393. That’s 10 times the number from 2008, when President Barack Obama was elected, and it is evidence his immigration officials are approving most of the asylum requests from the growing wave of Central American migrants. If you came illegally to the U.S. seeking asylum in 2013, you had better than a four-in-five chance of successfully filing an asylum claim. That’s up from a three-in-five chance in 2008. The migrants include mothers with children, and youths who have been...
  • Administration rolls out new immigration regs

    05/06/2014 10:18:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 6, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    The Obama administration moved Tuesday to allow spouses of foreign workers to take jobs in the United States as part of a slate of new draft immigration regulations. A pair of rules proposed by the Department of Homeland Security also would make it easier for highly skilled workers from certain countries to remain in the U.S. Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the actions would be a boon to American companies who rely on foreign workers, and would serve as a magnet for additional investment in U.S. firms. “These steps will help the U.S. maintain competitiveness with other countries...
  • Ten Countries Racing to Buy American Homes

    04/11/2014 6:58:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 04/11/2014 | http://247wallst.com/special-report/2014/04/11/ten-countries-racing-to-buy-american-homes/?utm_sourc
    International homebuyers are attracted to the United States for a number of reasons. These include favorable housing prices, good weather, the country’s relative economic stability and an attraction to America in general. As the housing market improved and home prices rebounded, the interest of foreign buyers in U.S. properties has soared. Interest in U.S. property increased dramatically in a number of countries between 2009 and 2013. In all, interest in home buying, according to housing market firm RealtyTrac, increased by 95% or more in 10 countries, and at least doubled in nine of these nations. Interest in U.S. property by...
  • Foreigners Are 'Legitimate Target', Say Somali Terrorists

    09/25/2013 1:00:49 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/9/13 | Elad Benari
    Al-Shabaab, the Somali-based terrorist group that attacked a shopping mall in Kenya, said on Wednesday that foreigners were a "legitimate target". Speaking to the Associated Press (AP), members of the group confirmed that gunmen separated Muslims from others and let the Muslims go. In an email exchange with the news agency, the Al-Qaesa affiliate said the jihadis "carried out a meticulous vetting process" so the Muslims would not be harmed. At least 18 foreigners were killed, including six Britons, citizens from France, Canada, Trinidad, the Netherlands, Australia, Peru, India, Ghana, South Africa and China, when the terrorists entered the Westgate...
  • Judge: Foreigners can sue U.S. pastor over sermons [Religious Freedom is Dead]

    08/16/2013 2:56:26 PM PDT · by fwdude · 112 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 08/15/13 | Bob Unruh
    A federal judge has backed a homosexual-rights group in its claim that members were injured by an American pastor’s biblical preaching in Uganda against homosexual behavior. But the ruling from Judge Michael Posner in a case brought by Sexual Minorities Uganda against Pastor Scott Lively of Abiding Truth Ministries could mean much more. It could establish that an international consensus disavowing long-held biblical standards could trump the U.S. Constitution.
  • ‘Foreigner toll’ makes waves in German election squabble

    08/15/2013 5:35:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 13 August 2013
    A political proposal to impose road tolls on foreign car drivers has become a feature of the German election campaign, but the European Commission made clear yesterday (12 August) that it would not accept any measure which amounts to discrimination on the ground of nationality. EurActiv Germany contributed to this article. Horst Seehofer, head of the Christian-Social Union (CSU) which is the Bavarian sister party of (Angela) Merkel’s CDU, has been requesting for many years that road tolls be introduced for foreign car drivers, using German, or at least Bavarian roads. Over the weekend he renewed his request, adding that...
  • Strange Foreigners - Crazy Asian College Students View Hitler As a Superhero

    07/22/2013 8:08:39 AM PDT · by pinochet · 16 replies
    Students in a prestigious university in Thailand, recently painted a mural depicting their favorite Western superheros. These include Superman, Batman, the Hulk, Captain America....and....Hitler. Here is a link to the crazy story: http://www.3news.co.nz/Superman-Batman-Hitler/tabid/417/articleID/305117/Default.aspx A couple of year ago, the Telegraph, a British newspaper, had a story about how Hitler, Nazi clothing, and Nazi memorabilia were very fashionable among youth in Asia. The article was titled: "Nazi chic: from Mongolia to Tel Aviv, angry teenagers think Hitler is cool" http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/damianthompson/100049486/nazi-chic-from-mongolia-to-tel-aviv-angry-teenagers-think-hitler-is-cool/ But given the Israel-bashing that goes on in American and European universities, are Western youth able to educate Asian youth on...
  • Reminder: How Mexico Treats "Undesirable" Foreigners

    03/27/2013 4:58:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    American politicians in both parties are stampeding all over themselves to pander to Mexico and adopt mass illegal alien amnesty schemes. But while the Mexican government lobbies for more "humane" treatment of illegal border crossers from their country into ours, Mexico remains notoriously restrictionist toward "undesirable" foreigners who break their laws or threaten their security.Despite widely touted immigration "reforms" adopted in 2011, Mexico still puts Mexico first -- as any country that is serious about protecting its sovereignty should and would.Article 33 of Mexico's constitution establishes the right of the president to detain and deport "any foreigner" and prohibits...
  • DOJ just called the place where I work

    03/25/2013 12:31:41 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 65 replies
    Phone call | 25 March 2013 | Mene
    The Department of Justice supposedly just called and a man named "Jerry" who sounded of Indian or Pakistani origin (thick accent) asked if a V.M. (name obscured in case this is real) were here. I was busy and got his number to call him back. The phone number is 814-289-8211. I called back and got another foreign-sounding individual on the phone. He transferred me to "Agent Jerry's" office. Upon reconnecting with "Agent Jerry", I told him she doesn't work here (never heard of her). I asked him how a foreigner could get that kind of work in the DOJ and...
  • MoveOn’s Quest to Outlaw the Term “Illegal Immigrant” [claims its hate speech - barf]

    05/03/2012 6:40:29 AM PDT · by kevcol · 29 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | May 3rd, 2012 | Joseph Klein
    Just when you would think that the far Left Obama booster organization MoveOn.org could not get any more ridiculous, it sinks to ever lower levels of absurdity. The latest example involves MoveOn’s push to render the phrase “illegal aliens” or “illegal immigrants” hate speech. A video posted last week at MoveOn.org’s website charges that calling illegal immigrants “illegal” fits the definition of a hate crime and calls for the word “illegal” to be abolished when describing individuals entering the United States illegally. They would prefer using adjectives such as “undocumented” immigrants or “unauthorized” immigrants.
  • 'Die, die Foreigners!' [Mark Steyn]

    03/03/2012 2:20:47 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/3/2012 | Mark Steyn
    Say what you like about Afghans, but they’re admirably straightforward. The mobs outside the bases enflamed over the latest Western affront to their exquisitely refined cultural sensitivities couldn’t put it any plainer: “Die, die, foreigners!” And foreigners do die. USAF Lieutenant Colonel John Loftis, 44, and Army Major Robert Marchanti II, 48, lost their lives not on some mission out on the far horizon in wild tribal lands in the dead of night but in the offices of the Afghan Interior Ministry. In a “secure room” that required a numerical code to access. Gunned down by an Afghan “intelligence officer.”...
  • ATF Loosens Restrictions on Gun Sales to Foreigners

    12/27/2011 6:38:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 52 replies
    allgov.com ^ | 26 December, 2011 | -Noel Brinkerhoff
    The Obama administration has decided to eliminate a 1998 restriction on the sale of guns to foreigners, claiming federal law does not allow the government to have different gun-control rules for noncitizens. In a letter to firearms dealers, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said it would no longer require sellers to obtain proof from foreign buyers that they have lived in the state for 90 days. The rule was originally instituted after a disturbed Palestinian, 69-year-old Ali Abu Kamal, admitted to the United States on a legal nonimmigrant visa, bought a 380-caliber Beretta semiautomatic handgun in...
  • Are rich foreigners the answer to America's housing crash? (Buy a $500,000 house, get a visa)

    10/27/2011 5:20:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies · 3+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/27/2011 | Richard Blackden
    Have you got $500,000 (£312,000) to spare and hail from anywhere but America? If so, one Charles Schumer of New York wants you to get in touch. That half a million dollars, according to Schumer, one of New York's two Democratic Senators, could be part of the answer to the country's housing crash. Schumer and Mike Lee, a Republican Senator from Utah, are trying to drum up support for legislation that will entice foreigners to invest €359,000, C$508,000, 78m yen or 3.1m yuan in US residential real estate. And the sweetener: a visa to live here as long as you...
  • Modern Land Grab: Foreigners U.S. Real Estate Buys

    07/28/2011 9:17:51 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 28 replies · 1+ views
    The Big Picture ^ | July 28, 2011 | Barry Ritholtz
  • Silvio Berlusconi warns Milan could become 'Gypsytown'

    05/24/2011 10:42:46 AM PDT · by mewykwistmas · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/24/2011 | BBCX
    "Milan cannot turn into an Islamic city, a zingaropoli [Gypsytown] full of Roma camps, besieged by foreigners to whom the left wants to give the right to vote," Mr Berlusconi said on his People of Freedom party website. "Milan is... one of the most important capitals in Europe in terms of intelligence, creativity and entrepreneurialism," he said. "A city like this will surely not want to hand itself over to the far left with the risk of becoming a disorderly, chaotic and unsafe city." Mr Berlusconi is understood to have taken first-round defeat in Milan - his home town and...
  • LIBYA – CHINA Beijing organising exodus of 33,000 Chinese from Libya, Taiwanese too

    02/23/2011 7:25:16 AM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.speroforum.com ^ | 02-23-2011 | Source: Asia News
    Aircraft, cargo ships and fishing boats are moving towards Libya to evacuate Chinese nationals living in the North African country. Tunisian, Turkish and other workers are fleeing the country as well. Tripoli – China will send a jet, ships and fishing vessels from nearby waters to evacuate some 33,000 Chinese nationals working in violence-torn Libya. The government has set up an emergency unit headed by Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang to coordinate the repatriation of mainlanders, as well as people from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The State Council (cabinet) “decided to immediately deploy...
  • MICHELLE OBAMA HELD FOREIGN FUNDRAISERS (IN LONDON) IN 2007 (NPR TAPE REWIND--HYPOCRITE ALERT)

    10/22/2010 2:58:51 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 13 replies
    All Things Considered, NPR (Text and Audio) 2007 ^ | 19 September 2007 | National Public Radio Archives (2007)
    SCROLL DOWN FOR THE FUN AND GAMES) "September 19, 2007 Rudolph Giuliani is raising campaign cash in London. Only U.S. citizens and green-card holders can legally give to U.S. campaigns. But Giuliani, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are all holding events for Americans living in the British Isles. ROBERT SIEGEL, host: Today, Republican Rudolf Giuliani campaigned for the White House in England. Tonight he's got a lecture and dinner with former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. But in this cash-craze race for the White House, he also did something no other presidential candidate has ever done: He held a fundraiser on...
  • Merkel says German multicultural society has failed

    10/16/2010 12:40:24 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 40 replies
    BBC ^ | October 6, 2010 | BBC
    Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have "utterly failed", Chancellor Angela Merkel says. In her speech, the chancellor specifically referred to recent comments by German President Christian Wulff who said that Islam was "part of Germany" like Christianity and Judaism. Mrs Merkel says Islam is part of Germany but more must be done on integration While acknowledging that this was the case, Mrs Merkel stressed that immigrants living in Germany needed to do more to integrate, including learning to speak German. In August, Thilo Sarrazin, a senior official at Germany's central, said that "no immigrant group other than...
  • Obama Plays The Xenophobia Card

    10/10/2010 4:14:24 PM PDT · by CaroleL · 6 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 10/10/10 | CaroleL
    The race card hasn't worked and the crazy card hasn't worked. So now President Obama and his cronies - the very same people who cared so much about what the rest of the world thought - are playing the xenophobia card. In their last desperate attempt to preserve their hold on power, they are spreading lies about evil foreigners set on infiltrating America.
  • Stanley Ann's passport records out

    07/31/2010 6:25:47 PM PDT · by jdirt · 663 replies · 126+ views
    They don't have her records before 1965 !! http://puzo1.blogspot.com/
  • Video: Schwarzenegger- ‘I Was Afraid They Would Try to Deport Me’

    05/11/2010 3:11:58 AM PDT · by iloveamerica1980 · 32 replies · 944+ views
    Dittos Rush! ^ | 5-11-10 | James
    Yesterday Arnold at Emory University in Georgia joked: "I was also going to give a graduation speech in Arizona this weekend, but with my accent I was afraid they was gonna deport me!
  • California: Hundreds in Santa Ana protest Arizona law

    05/02/2010 5:23:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies · 696+ views
    Orange County Register (CA) ^ | May 1, 2010 | By ELLYN PAK,
    SANTA ANA - Residents and activists advocating for immigrants' rights marched through downtown Santa Ana Saturday afternoon to protest Arizona's new policy on illegal immigration. The momentum of the rally picked up about noon, when 300 people representing SEIU Local 1877 came marching into the plaza from the group's office at 1200 N. Main St. Wearing purple shirts with the words "Justice for Janitors" written on them, demonstrators looped around a fountain outside City Hall before joining other attendees at the central gathering point. Silvia Hernandez, an internal organizer with the union, said that many of those present are custodians...
  • Who's Your Daddy?

    04/14/2010 5:56:15 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 8 replies · 332+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 04/14/2010 | Jeannie St. John Taylor
    Have you heard the news about the Jihadist cleric considered the most-wanted terrorist behind bin Laden? Anwar al-Awlaki. Our government paid $20,000 for him to attend college in Colorado. He only got those funds because he lied and said he was foreign-born. If he’d told the truth – that he was born in New Mexico – he wouldn’t have been eligible for the money. The news anchors seem focused on the lying and why the lie wasn’t caught. I am wondering WHY our government gives scholarships to foreign students when our own American kids have to pay their own way...
  • Congress acts to promote U.S. to foreign visitors

    03/04/2010 9:11:12 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 17 replies · 311+ views
    International travel to the United States took a significant hit after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, research shows. Efforts to reverse this trend culminated in Senate approval last week of the Travel Promotion Act, which President Obama is expected to sign today. The measure provides close to $200 million annually to create a national agency - the Corporation for Travel Promotion - modeled after successful tourism-advancement organizations in this country and in other developed nations.
  • Four foreigners face execution over China drugs: report (in addition to the executed Brit)

    12/31/2009 6:29:55 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 60 replies · 1,623+ views
    AFP ^ | 12/31/09
    Four foreigners face execution over China drugs: report (AFP) – 5 hours ago HONG KONG — Four foreigners could face the death penalty in China after their arrests in connection with a major heroin bust, a report said Thursday, days after the execution of a Briton convicted on drugs charges. The foreigners are among nine people arrested in September in southern China after police uncovered about 145 kilograms (320 pounds) of heroin stuffed inside cotton bales, the Hong Kong-based Ta Kung Pao newspaper reported. The paper did not specify the nationalities of the four foreigners. "Under Chinese law they may...
  • Obama to lift HIV entry ban soon

    10/30/2009 11:51:08 AM PDT · by darkside321 · 137 replies · 5,353+ views
    The US is to end its 22-year ban on people with HIV entering the country, President Barack Obama has confirmed. Mr Obama made the announcement as he extended funding for an act that provides HIV/Aids related health care. "If we want to be the global leader in combating HIV/Aids, we need to act like it," Mr Obama said. The US is one of only about a dozen countries barring entry on HIV status. The ban is expected to be lifted at the beginning of 2010. 'End the stigma' Mr Obama confirmed the move as he signed the Ryan White HIV/Aids...
  • Afghan official: foreigners bolstering Taliban

    10/10/2009 10:25:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 773+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/10/09 | Rahim Faiez and Heidi Vogt - ap
    KABUL – Thousands of foreign fighters have poured into Afghanistan to bolster the Taliban insurgency, the country's defense minister said Saturday as he called for more international troops. The remarks come as the U.S. debates whether to substantially increase its forces in Afghanistan or to conduct a more limited campaign focused on targeting al-Qaida figures — most of whom are believed to be in neighboring Pakistan. The minister's comments hit on a key worry of the United States — that not sending enough troops to Afghanistan will open the door back up to al-Qaida. They also suggest that the Afghan...
  • Salon.com "Immigrants should be eligible for the presidency"...

    07/28/2009 3:41:44 PM PDT · by MelSmith · 69 replies · 1,257+ views
    Salon is paving the way for an "it's OK" rationale just in case BO did commit fraud regarding his birth certificate. Salon's wisdom includes "How did this discriminatory clause get incorporated in the Constitution?" and "Some of the greatest traitors in American history have been natural-born citizens." Let's watch for a continued effort in the media to create a "So what?" context for the possible revelation of a birth certificate fraud by their messiah.
  • Foreigners "In or Doing Business" in the USA: Get Ready to Bare Your Financial Soul

    U.S. citizens and residents have an annual obligation to report the existence of all “foreign bank, securities or ‘other’ financial accounts” if the aggregate value of those accounts exceeded US$10,000 at any time during the preceding year. Those failing to do so face a fine up to US$250,000, imprisonment up to five years, or both. Lucky you: if you can demonstrate you didn't "willfully" violate this requirement, the IRS will generally impose a civil fine of "only" US$10,000. Now, the U.S. Treasury has extended this obligation to any foreign person "in or doing business" in the United States. If you...
  • Suspected US strike kills seven in Pakistan: officials (seven foreigners, including Uzbeks, Arabs)

    03/25/2009 10:32:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 895+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/25/09 | Hasbanullah Khan
    MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (AFP) – A suspected US missile strike killed up to seven alleged Al-Qaeda militants on Wednesday in an extremist stronghold of northwest Pakistan on the Afghan border, security officials said. At least one vehicle was targeted in the strike in the Makeen area of the semi-autonomous tribal district of South Waziristan, where suspected Afghan and Pakistani Taliban militants are also holed up, local officials said. Initial reports said no high-value targets were believed to have died. "A vehicle carrying six foreign militants was targeted in a single missile attack in Makeen area on the border between North and...
  • Judges Back a One-Third Reduction in State Prison Population (CA)

    02/10/2009 5:22:37 AM PST · by kellynla · 47 replies · 1,130+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 10, 2009 | Michael Rothfeld
    Reporting from Sacramento — A panel of three federal judges, saying overcrowding in state prisons has deprived inmates of their right to adequate healthcare, tentatively ruled Monday that the state must reduce the population in those lockups by as many as 57,000 people. The judges issued the decisionafter a trial in two long-running cases brought by inmates to protest the state of medical and mental healthcare in the prisons. Although their order is not final, U.S. District Court Judges Thelton Henderson and Lawrence Karlton and 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt effectively told the state that it...
  • Case for retirement visa in United States may gain new traction

    11/26/2008 5:06:13 AM PST · by wgflyer · 14 replies · 1,314+ views
    International Hearald Tribune ^ | 26 November, 2008 | Kevin Brass
    Estate agents in the United States hope a new administration in Washington D.C. will kick start talks for a retirement visa, the so-called “silver card” which would allow foreigners to easily retire in the U.S. “I’m encouraged,” said Tony Macaluso, the Florida-based agent championing the visa. The retirement visa is one of those ideas that’s so simple and makes so much sense it’s amazing that it’s never been adopted. While countries like Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico and Belize present a variety of programs to encourage international pensioners to buy homes, the U.S. offers no simple path for a foreign citizen...
  • Democratic Ticket Picks up Key Endorsements

    09/21/2008 8:32:54 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 16 replies · 155+ views
    The Obama/Biden campaign continues to be bolstered by widespread support. The Russian newspaper Pravda advised voters to reject the McCain/Palin ticket, referring to Senator John McCain (R-Ariz) as a “decrepit warmonger” and Governor Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) as a “worthless bag of hair.” The Communist Party USA, called Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill), “Americans’ most feasible option for a progressive policy that will further the country’s move toward a truly socialist future.” The New York Times called the addition of the “woefully inexperienced” Governor Palin to the GOP ticket “frightening,” suggesting that “maybe there should be a Constitutional Amendment requiring at least...
  • LETTER: TTC ordeal remains the same

    09/01/2008 9:29:46 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 234+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | August 30, 2008 | Gary L. Smith, Sr.
    In my recent letter to you concerning the TTC, I misquoted some information about the company known as Cintra. Mr. Patrick Rhodes of Cintra wrote in response to my mistake. Therefore, I stand corrected with the following: Fellow citizens, the company, Cintra, is not affiliated with ZAI-ACS. Cintra is partnered with Zachry on some TxDOT projects and ACS is partnered with Zachry on some other TxDOT projects. Therefore, I hope this clarifies the over-zealous statements in my letter. Cintra is a Spanish-owned company, and ACS is a larger Spanish-owned company. Zachry, a Texas company, is affiliated with each of them...
  • Latino Surge: Census a Snapshot of Utah's Future?

    08/09/2008 5:13:56 AM PDT · by kellynla · 66 replies · 204+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 08/07/2008 | Brandon Loomis, Rosemary Winters and Tony Semerad
    Latinos have led Utah's robust population growth since 2000, surging faster than other residents in 28 of 29 counties, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates. In some counties the shift is explosive, such as a 121 percent jump by Latinos in Wasatch County, where the rest of the population grew by 30 percent from the 2000 Census through July 1 last year. In other cases, the diversification just kept chugging along: 48 percent Latino growth in Salt Lake County, which increased by 12 percent overall. The demographics report shows a blending of cultures and colors statewide - a trend...
  • Obama Outside the United States

    08/08/2008 4:53:55 AM PDT · by Renfield · 18 replies · 105+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 8-8-08 | Michael J. Economides
    It is clear that this US presidential election has brought to the surface a bunch of lingering issues inside the country: racial, class and gender stresses. Even more starkly it has rekindled emotions outside the US, affecting how the world views America, from presumably allied countries in Europe to the developing world and, especially the Muslim world. It is amazing how quickly the mind gets cleared of American TV and internet chatter after a business trip to Europe with an added leg in the Middle East. For starters, we may be complaining about the cost of everything in the US,...
  • Plan to Fingerprint Foreigners Exiting U.S. Is Opposed

    06/22/2008 6:08:16 AM PDT · by kellynla · 6 replies · 94+ views
    wasingtonpost.com ^ | June 22, 2008 | Spencer S. Hsu
    The airline industry and embassies of 34 countries, including the members of the European Union, are urging the U.S. government to withdraw a plan that would require airlines and cruise lines to collect digital fingerprints of all foreigners before they depart the United States, starting in August 2009. Their opposition could trigger a battle with Congress and the Bush administration, which want the new plan established quickly. Airlines said the change would cost the industry $12.3 billion over 10 years, not $3.5 billion as the Department of Homeland Security estimated in unveiling the proposal in April. Representatives of the nations...
  • Top court eases rules for foreigners to try to stay in US

    06/16/2008 8:04:29 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 41 replies · 142+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | June 16, 2008 | Yahoo/AP
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court made it easier Monday for some foreigners who overstay their visas to seek to remain in the United States legally. The court ruled 5-4 Monday that someone who is here illegally may withdraw his voluntarily agreement to depart and continue to try to get approval to remain in the United States. [...] Justice Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, joined by his four liberal colleagues. The four conservative justice dissented. Justice Antonin Scalia said, "The court lacks the authority to impose its chosen remedy."
  • Silvio Berlusconi Declares Naples Street Rubbish Dumps 'Military No-Go Zones'

    05/22/2008 7:53:13 AM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 87+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-21-2008 | Malcolm Moore
    Silvio Berlusconi declares Naples street rubbish dumps 'military no-go zones' By Malcolm Moore in Naples Last Updated: 10:30PM BST 21/05/2008 Silvio Berlusconi promised to wash Italy clean of fear and use "absolute firmness" against any dissent. The 71-year-old prime minister held the first meeting of his new cabinet in rubbish-strewn Naples in order to resolve the city's perennial problems of crime and unemployment. At the end of the five-hour meeting, Mr Berlusconi promised to govern the city and the country with an iron fist. "We have painful tasks ahead, but we will act with unswerving determination," he said. He reclassified...
  • Hegar: To gain my support, Delisi must prove me wrong

    05/06/2008 5:35:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies · 342+ views
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 6, 2008 | Glenn Hegar
    On Wednesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced he had appointed Deirdre Delisi, his former chief of staff, chairwoman of the Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees the Texas Department of Transportation. As of today, I will not vote to confirm her appointment in the next legislative session. Ask almost any Texan, especially those who have the need to travel frequently on Interstate 35, about our Texas transportation system and they will tell you that many of our roads have extreme congestion, while other construction projects have experienced significant cost overruns. Last year, TxDOT notified the public that it had experienced a...
  • Trans-Texas Corridor

    04/29/2008 5:29:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 459+ views
    Quarter Horse News ^ | April 29, 2008 | Sonny Williams
    Each day, I make the dreaded drive down Interstate 35 to go to work in Fort Worth. Each day, I slug through the snarl and sludge of ceaseless traffic, which intensifies my growing desire to commit hari-kari, or at least incites a vehement curse of the highway gods. Certainly, we in Texas need more lanes, more roads, more rails, more something to deal with the ever-expanding urban population and growing international commerce. Yet how do we solve our transportation needs without carving up the countryside like some congratulatory cake? Or should the construction of a superhighway-rail-utility corridor even concern us?...
  • Rural residents feel the push from Trans-Texas Corridor

    04/28/2008 5:31:20 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 577+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | April 27, 2008 | Rad Sallee
    Minutes south of Interstate 10 and Sealy, the pastures along FM 1458 are their own silent world in the morning. Mists lift to reveal black cattle, brown and spotted horses, snow-white egrets underfoot in lush green grass. Then a concrete mixer comes churning down the blacktop. Just up the road is a small subdivision. More are sure to come as city dwellers, including weekenders and retirees, move out in search of a quieter, simpler life — and relief from city traffic. Although the gradual influx may bring greater changes in the long run, what disturbs residents most is the planned...
  • U.S. to Speed Deportation of Criminals in Jail(I don't know how we missed this one!)

    04/11/2008 4:23:34 PM PDT · by kellynla · 20 replies · 45+ views
    new york times ^ | January 15, 2008 | JULIA PRESTON
    Federal authorities expect to identify and deport more than 200,000 immigrants who are convicted criminals serving time in prisons and jails across the country, the country’s top federal immigration enforcement official said Monday. The effort to speed the deportation of foreign-born criminals is part of a campaign by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to help federal and state prisons reduce the costs of housing immigrants, the official, Julie L. Myers, assistant secretary of homeland security and head of the agency, said in an interview. In 2007, Ms. Myers said, the agency, known as ICE, brought formal immigration charges against...
  • Officials: 'Trans-Texas Corridor' a taboo, but need real

    03/28/2008 5:55:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 758+ views
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | March 28, 2008 | Gordon Dickson
    FORT WORTH -- The Trans-Texas Corridor is now so controversial, merely uttering the words in most political circles is taboo. "We're calling it a 'regional loop' because you can't say 'Trans-Texas Corridor' in the state of Texas anymore," said Michael Morris, transportation director for the North Central Texas Council of Governments. "The Trans-Texas Corridor is a lightning rod," he told visiting state representatives this week while explaining how the corridor would connect to regional highways by 2030. Opposition to the proposed construction of a $184 billion network of toll roads during the next 50 years is so strong statewide that...
  • McReynolds to TxDOT: 'Drop I-69/TTC absurdity'

    03/26/2008 5:37:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies · 671+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | March 25, 2008 | Gary Willmon
    State Rep. Jim McReynolds has sent a letter to the Texas Department of Transportation saying he thinks TxDOT should drop the idea of tying the Trans-Texas Corridor in with plans for routing Interstate 69 through East Texas. McReynolds says tremendous negative outcry from his constituents and other East Texas residents has made it clear to him no one wants infrastructure that massive and disruptive to the quality of life to be built, taking big swaths out of the Pineywoods countryside. "Within the past several weeks, I have personally attended every TxDOT hearing held in my district regarding this proposed corridor,"...
  • Anti-corridor groups plan Monday workshop at civic center

    03/16/2008 3:04:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 1,437+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | March 16, 2008 | Steven Alford
    There's been a lot of talk about the new Trans-Texas Corridor — the next-generation "super-highway" — and opinions are varying. Now the debate is coming to Lufkin's doorstep. On Monday, the American Land Foundation, Stewards of the Range and TURF will hold a workshop at Lufkin's Pitser Garrison Civic Center on how to stop the Trans-Texas Corridor 69. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A portion of Texas citizens have voiced their opposition to the TTC-69 in public meetings held by the Texas Department of Transportation, but believing they are not being heard, four cities and their...
  • TxDOT accused of breaking federal law

    03/06/2008 1:18:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 342+ views
    The Navasota Examiner & Grimes County Review ^ | March 6, 2008 | Rosemary Smith
    Texas spirit was alive and well at the Navasota DEIS public hearing on Feb. 28. Opposition groups, such as the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, came from as far as Washington, D.C. to give recorded testimony, and get a first hand look at TxDOT process procedures. Assistant Director of Communications, Leigh Strope, who attended the meeting on behalf of the 34,000 Texas Teamsters Union members, says, “Teamsters want to stop the dangerous trend of selling our roads and bridges to foreign investors so they can slap tolls on the driving public. We are also concerned because the Trans-Texas Corridor would form...
  • I-69 public hearing draws large crowd

    03/03/2008 2:01:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 994+ views
    The Tribune ^ | March 3, 2008 | Bonnie McKeena
    Heated comments flew around the room as more than 175 citizens gathered to voice their opinions at the TxDOT open house and public hearing on the I-69/Trans-Texas Corridor held at the Humble Civic Center on Feb. 28, 2008. Congress designated I-69 as a high priority corridor in 1991 and again in 1998. In 2002, TxDOT unveiled the Trans-Texas Corridor project to accommodate Texas' future transportation needs. The TTC is a part of a 4,000-mile system of rail lines, truck and car lanes and concentrated utility routes to improve international and intrastate movement of goods and people from Canada to the...
  • Trans-Texas corridor stirs controversy

    02/26/2008 2:28:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 540+ views
    One News Now ^ | February 26, 2008 | Jim Brown
    The debate in Texas over a proposed 4,000-mile network of toll roads that will parallel the state's existing highway system is heating up More than 10,000 people have attended public hearings across Texas to discuss the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor, which has also been dubbed the "NAFTA superhighway." It is a project that is expected to cost an estimated $183 billion over 50 years. (hear audio report) Terry Hall with the group Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom warns the project will create widespread eminent domain abuse and involve foreign control of public infrastructure. "They're taking huge swaths of land, up...