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New York City Municipal ID card: profits for banks, cover for criminals and terrorists - 09/19/14

New York City has passed a law to give municipal identification cards to any qualifying resident of that city, regardless of immigration status [1]. Like similar efforts in other cities, the real goals include building up a political power base for politicians and enriching major banks.

In the case of the NYC card, they're specifically covering up for future criminals and terrorists. Here are some of the issues with the card:

Bill de Blasio's immigration position will enrich the wealthy, harm American poor (New York City) - 10/15/13

If you're an illegal alien, New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio wants you to know that you're welcome in NYC. And, if you're a corrupt company or bank that wants to profit from illegal immigration, Bill de Blasio wants to help you make more money too.

"Turning Your Back on People Who Are Starving and Freezing is not a Republican Value" (Pete King, Sandy aid bill) - 01/02/13

The video below shows Rep. Pete King fuming about the GOP voting down a relief bill for victims of Hurricane Sandy, saying among other things (link):

"Turning your back on people who are starving and freezing is not a Republican value"

Occupy Wall Street removed from Zuccotti Park: what they should do now - 11/15/11

Early this morning, Michael Bloomberg and the NYPD cleared out Zuccotti Park in New York City, home of the Occupy Wall Street ("OWS") encampment (link).

Is Terry Goddard the right choice for governor of Arizona? Part 1 - 06/13/10

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is running for governor of that state, and he recently conducted a fundraising tour in New York City ("New York City?"). Erik Eckholm of the New York Times says (nytimes.com/2010/06/13/us/politics/13immig.html):

"Please give us help in trying to defend what really matters," Mr. Goddard told the lunch group. He accused Republicans of diverting attention from the state's dire economic condition and the true border problem: crime and violence associated with drug cartels.

Goddard's definition of "what really matters" differs from most Americans; a clear majority support Arizona's new immigration law. And, the economic conditions in Arizona and other states are brought about in part by massive illegal immigration. The Arizona law would also disincentivize illegal immigration into Arizona, taking away a major source of income for criminals. Massive illegal immigration allows those who engage in human trafficking to "blend into the crowd" and the way to deal with that is to reduce the size of the crowd not to make things worse as Goddard would do.

Mr. Goddard said the immigration law and others passed by the conservative State Legislature not only endangered Arizona's economy by provoking boycotts but had also tarnished the image of a state with a tradition of ethnic cooperation. "I pledge to keep Arizona off of Comedy Central for the next four years," he said, drawing laughs.

Those conducting boycotts and those possibly affected by them have been able to make a lot of noise because they and the mainstream media are on the same side. However, any costs to Arizona's tourism industry would be outweighed by reduced costs as illegal aliens leave the state. As for the "cooperation", what exactly would that consist of in Goddard's view? Letting those like Isabel Garcia set the immigration agenda?

And, the last bit is telling despite it being a supposed joke. Goddard is revealing that he's a coward who'd bow to pressure bought by third-rate, establishment-sycophant comedians like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Goddard isn't a fighter who'd stand up to establishment pressure; he'd capitulate.

Further on, Goddard pretends that he'd defend the Arizona law against legal challenges, when his defense would be like that offered by Gray Davis to Proposition 187. Jan Brewer has made a series of smart, gutsy decisions and one of those was trying to make sure that her lawyers - and not Goddard - defend attempts by illegal immigration supporters to strike down Arizona's new law.

Three arrested in Times Square plot may have tried to gain citizenship through marriage - 05/23/10

Per this, three of those held in relation to the Times Square bomb plot in New York City recently married American citizens, and those may have been attempts to become naturalized citizens. Note that the three haven't been charged, and it's not clear whether they were just money couriers or whether they knew of the bomb plot.

Nancy Morawetz costs NYC $145,000; NYC releases illegal aliens onto the street - 05/09/10

From this:

An illegal immigrant with a long rap sheet got a $145,000 parting gift from New York City taxpayers before he was deported, after city lawyers decided his civil rights had been violated when he was held too long on Rikers Island.

Federal rules allow local law enforcement to detain suspected illegal immigrants for 48 hours after their criminal cases are resolved, to give Immigration and Customs Enforcement a chance to pick them up and move them to federal facilities.

Former Brooklyn resident Cecil Harvey, 55 -- backed by an immigration-rights advocacy group -- argued that his rights were violated when he spent more than a month in a Rikers holding pen before being transferred to ICE. Harvey was shipped to his native Barbados in October 2007; the city settled his civil suit late last year.

The landmark settlement has prompted the Correction Department to dump scores of illegal immigrants on the streets, since federal officials often fail to pick them up within the required two-day window.

2009 immigration marches get tea party-level turnout (actually even less) - 05/01/09

The 2009 marches in support of illegal immigration are getting a turn-out roughly equivalent to that of the tea parties or less. For the high side of figures, turn to the Fair Immigration Reform Movement at fairimmigration.wordpress.com

Louis Caldera ordered Air Force One fly-by that terrified New Yorkers - 04/27/09

Earlier today one of the two Air Force One 747s together with F-16s did a fly-by over New York City, terrorizing office workers who thought it might be another 9/11 attack. Instead, it was an unspecified training mission described by others as a "photo op" SEE THE UPDATE. And, it was approved by White House Military Office Director Louis Caldera, who's now apologized, saying (link):

"Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision... While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, its clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused."

UPDATE: I originally thought this was an anti-terrorism training mission that had simply been mischaracterized as a "photo op". Now it turns out that it was just a photo op. Per this:

An administration official says a presidential Boeing 747 and a fighter jet flew low near ground zero in New York City Monday because the White House Military Office wanted to update its file photo of the president's plane near the Statue of Liberty... This official said the White House Military Office told the Federal Aviation Administration that it periodically updates file photos of Air Force One near national landmarks, like the statute in New York harbor and the Grand Canyon.

It's time for Caldera to resign.

UPDATE 2: Video of office workers scattering added, and a good close up is here. This was a really, really bad idea.

UPDATE 3: See this, which is entitled 'FAA Memo: Feds Knew NYC Flyover Would Cause Panic/Threatened Federal Sanctions Against NYPD, Secret Service, FBI & Mayor's Office If Secret Ever Got Out/Furious Obama Apologizes: "It Will Never Happen Again"'. At first I thought Obama might not have known about it, but perhaps his posturing is a clue that he did. And, you don't have to be Alex Jones to speculate that there's a very slight possibility that this might have been intentional as a way of distracting people or keeping them scared.

WeAreChange "reporter" arrested for trying to ask Mayor Mike Bloomberg a question? - 03/29/09

From this:

WeAreChange founder and activist Luke Rudkowski was arrested at the Hilton Hotel on Manhattan [March 28] for attempting to question New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg about his refusal to pay for the health care of 9/11 first responders. Rudkowski had Infowars press credentials and a video camera when he was singled out by Bloomberg’s security in the lobby of the hotel located at West 53rd Street and Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue).

My reactions, in order:

1. Good.

2. OK, maybe I shouldn't have said "good", but there's probably something we aren't being told about what he was actually doing.

3. OK, there might be something here but finding that out would require them to provide a coherent and accurate recount of exactly what happened, and they probably aren't capable of that. It's difficult to find any sympathy for a group that engages in disreputable "reporting" such as following behind someone shouting smears at them (link), but if they can actually show that NYC was in the wrong I'll do my best.

UPDATE: From this:

Rudkowski said Bloomberg’s security detail and hotel security claimed he would not leave the hotel. Luke told Jones he asked to leave the premise on numerous occasions and was not allowed to do so.Anthony Verias, who accompanied Rudkowski, told Alex they were victims of a "classic set-up." Verias was assaulted and brought into an office where he was subjected to intimidation and harassment by hotel security and Bloomberg’s plainclothes "goons," as Anthony described them... Luke said fellow WeAreChange activist Manny Valencia was assaulted as he taped Rudkowski’s arrest and his camera was confiscated.

I mostly always trust people who sound like they stepped out of a 40s Jimmy Cagney movie. But, in this case I'm willing to make an exception unless they're able to present their case in a coherent, intellectually honest fashion. I don't think they're capable of that.

Number of immigrants in New York state: less than 4 million. Number of illegal aliens: more than 500,000 - 03/11/09

In November 2007, the Fiscal Policy Institute offered the report "Working for a Better Life/A Profile of Immigrants in the New York State Economy" (fiscalpolicy.org/immigration.html) which was co-produced with the New York Immigration Coalition.

Most literate cities of 2008: NYC at #24, L.A. at #56 - 12/26/08

The "America's Most Literate Cities 2008" list has been released by Central Connecticut State University: link. Things like this generally fall into the FWIW/"for entertainment purposes only" category due to the varying definitions of "literate" and so forth. And, some sections of a given city are more "literate" than others, and some cities may be more cohesively "literate" vs certain others which only have a few islands of "literate-ness" scattered about.

Felipe Calderon Feb. 2008 U.S. visit: Eliot Spitzer, Blagojevich, Schwarzenegger, Villaraigosa, Fabian Nunez - 02/09/08

Mexico's president Felipe Calderon will be visiting parts of their former territory next week, stopping in New York, Boston, Chicago, Sacramento, and Los Angeles but apparently avoiding Washington DC.

In addition to U.S. officials, and some who are supposedly U.S. officials, he'll probably also be meeting with community leaders, such as those from non-profits, "hometown associations", the leaders of his PAN party who operate inside the U.S., and the like. Unfortunately, it's difficult to find a listing, but if anyone could leave information in comments that would be quite helpful.

In addition to addressing the California legislature, some people he's known to be meeting with are:

* U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
* New York governor Eliot Spitzer
* Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich
* California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
* Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
* Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (private meeting)

UPDATE: According to this:
...officials said he'll meet with Mayor Richard Daley, Gov. Rod Blagojevich and other leaders... ...includes a private meeting with some Mexican community leaders at McCormick Place... ..."We will be there making our proposals to him in what we expect to be a sincere dialogue," said Salvador Pedroza, chairman of the Little Village Chamber of Commerce and leader of the Illinois chapter of Calderon's National Action Party... In the afternoon, Calderon is expected to attend a town-hall-style meeting at Little Village High School on the Southwest Side.

...After Calderon met privately with Blagojevich, officials announced an agreement for a teacher's exchange program that would send Mexican educators to Illinois to help teach math, natural sciences, Spanish and other subjects in local classrooms.

"It's very important that we recognize the contributions Mexico has made to Illinois and the United States, by strengthening our mutual bond and improving the quality and scope of Mexican culture in Illinois," Blagojevich said in an e-mailed news release.
Please indict him already.

UPDATE 2: His first meeting was at the Council of the Americas, with their honorary president David Rockefeller. Then, it was off to meet Eliot Spitzer (presidencia.gob.mx/prensa/?contenido=33715); Calderon congratulated him for his "efforts... to provide Mexican migrants with access to public education and health services as well as to guarantee their work rights". Then, a private meeting with the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, and he also spoke at Harvard, with Deval Patrick, and with the President of the New York Federal Reserve Bank. In Chicago he met with mayor Richard M. Daley and with Blago. He even met with Jesse Jackson. All that and much, much more here.

Special PSL public forum on immigrant rights - 09/21/07

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picture of flyer

Promotes a "special public forum on immigrant rights" which was to be held on [[October 20, 2006]] in New York City. Tag lines: "Build a movement to fight back!", "Stop government and Minutemen attacks!"

Lists just the following as "guest speakers":

Reportback from the Youth Conference for the Cuban Five - 07/01/07

"by Chris Banks / May 28, 2007" link: freethefive.org/updates/Solidarity/SLYouthConference42907.htm

I traveled to Cuba as part of a delegation representing the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five at an International Youth Conference on the Cuban Five. Along with Karina Garcia, a Columbia University student and ANSWER organizer from New York City, Gloria La Riva, coordinator of our committee, and I, were eight other people from the United States who attended...

New York Coalition to Expand Voting Rights - 02/21/07

Coalition that wants to give "immigrants" voting rights in New York City.

Site: immigrantvoting.org/Coalition/nycoalition.html

"Statement of Principles": immigrantvoting.org/Coalition/principles.html

One of those is: "We need to close the gap between local government and the people it serves. New York government officials 'do not adequately reflect the faces of the people they represent."

Members of the group: