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  "Every thing can be inherited except sterility.   None of your direct ancestors died childless." --- Matt Ridley 1994 _The Red Queen_ pg 5  

 
 

 

captain William Scott's flag for the Republic of Texas.

2006 October

3nd month of the 3rd quarter of the 7th year of the Clinton-Bush economic depression


 
  "John was urging Christians not to compromise their faith by paying lip service to the cult of the emperor -- that is to say, worship of the state.   The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible 745 (Supp. 1976)...   John writes of 2 great beasts, 1 coming up from the sea & the other from the land...   the beast from the sea symbolizes the Emperor, while the beast from the land represents his priests who 'exerciseth all the power of the 1st beast... & causeth the earth & them which dwell therein to worship the 1st beast...' Revelation 13:12; A.E. Harvey 1970 _The New English Bible: Companion to the New Testament_ pg 820...   the second beast had power to kill those who would not worship the first.   In addition... 16. [H]e causeth all, both small & great, rich & poor, free & bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17. And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name; 18. Here is wisdom.   Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; & his number is Six hundred threescore & six.   Revelation 13:16-18 [though some say the translation was bungled and it's really 616]" --- judge Weinstein 1977-03-03 in Stevens v Berger 428 FS 896 @904  

 

2006-10-01 (5767 Tishrei 09) - 37 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-01
Thomas Pailey
A Question of Power
"A recent research paper by Becker and Gordon of Northwestern University, 'Where Did the Productivity Growth go?', reports that productivity growth has been largely captured by those in the top 1% of the income distribution, especially those in the top 0.1%...   Wage and salary income of individuals at the 90th percentile grew just 34% between 1972 and 2001.   That's about the rate of productivity growth, so being a college graduate earned normal returns and was not a ticket to the income stratosphere...   The 2004 edition reported that hourly wages of those with less than a college degree fell between 1979 and 2003; wages of college degree holders rose by less than 1% a year over that period; and those of advanced degree holders grew by less than 1.1% per year.   Consequently, the notion of enormous returns to education is a myth...   The education story has been popular because it serves the social and political purposes of the powerful and favored.   First, it implicitly blames the victims for their plight.   Workers are responsible for their condition, having been too stupid or lazy to finish high school and go to college.   With glib ease, Washington 'suits' can then dismiss amazingly skilled welders, mechanics, and blast furnace operators as unskilled.   Second, the education story allays fears about globalization and rising corporate power because these supposedly have little to do with rising inequality, which is instead attributed to skill-rewarding technological change.   Third, investing in education provides a convenient solution for elite policy-makers.   Fourth, the education story is consistent with the dominant economic theory of income distribution, and therefore saves that theory.   That dominant theory (known as marginal productivity theory) claims that free markets ensure that workers are not exploited and are paid their contribution to production.   The logic is that markets prevent exploitation since a firm that won't pay a worker her contribution will find that worker poached away by another firm that is willing pay slightly more.   [But, of course, that does not apply in the absence of a free market.]"

2006-10-01
Paul Craig Roberts _CounterPunch_
Tech Profession Destruction
"Software engineers and information technology workers have been especially hard hit.   Jobs off-shoring, which began with call centers and back-office operations, is rapidly moving up the value chain.   Business Week's Michael Mandel compared starting salaries in 2005 with those in 2001.   He found a 12.7% decline in computer science pay, a 12% decline in computer engineering pay, and a 10.2% decline in electrical engineering pay.   Marketing salaries experienced a 6.5% decline, and business administration salaries fell 5.7%.   Despite a make-work law for accountants known by the names of its congressional sponsors, Sarbanes-Oxley, even accounting majors, were offered 2.3% less.   Using the same sources as the Business Week article (salary data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers [NACE] and Bureau of Labor Statistics data for inflation adjustment), professor Norm Matloff at the University of California, Davis, made the same comparison for master's degree graduates.   He found that between 2001 and 2005 starting pay for master's degrees in computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering fell 6.6%, 13.7%, and 9.4% respectively...   Deloitte Touche says that the financial services industry will move 20% of its total costs base off-shore by the end of 2010.   As the costs are lower in India, the move will represent more than 20% of the business...   According to the BLS pay-roll jobs data, over the past half-decade (2001 January - 2006 January, the data series available at time of writing) the U.S. economy created 1.05M net new private sector jobs and 1.009M net new government jobs for a total 5-year figure of 2.059M.   That is 7M jobs short of keeping up with population growth, definitely a serious job short-fall...   During the past 5 years (2001 January - 2006 January), the information sector of the U.S. economy lost 644K jobs, or 17.4% of its work force.   Computer systems design and related work lost 105K jobs, or 8.5% of its work force.   Clearly, jobs off-shoring is not creating jobs in computers and information technology.   Indeed, jobs off-shoring is not even creating jobs in related fields.   U.S. manufacturing lost 2.9M jobs, almost 17% of the manufacturing work force.   The wipe-out is across the board.   Not a single manufacturing pay-roll classification created a single new job...   In 5 years, communications equipment lost 42% of its work force.   Semiconductors and electronic components lost 37% of its work force.   The work force in computers and electronic products declined 30%.   Electrical equipment and appliances lost 25% of its employees.   The work force in motor vehicles and parts declined 12%.   Furniture and related products lost 17% of its jobs.   Apparel manufacturers lost almost half of the work force.   Employment in textile mills declined 43%.   Paper and paper products lost one-fifth of its jobs.   The work force in plastics and rubber products declined by 15%.   For the 5-year period, U.S. job growth was limited to 4 areas: education and health services, state and local government, leisure and hospitality, and financial services...   During the last 5 years, the U.S. work force lost 1.2M jobs in the manufacture of machinery, computers, electronics, semiconductors, communication equipment, electrical equipment, motor vehicles, and transportation equipment.   The BLS pay-roll jobs numbers show a total of 69K jobs created in all fields of architecture and engineering, including clerical personnel, over the past 5 years.   That comes to a mere 14K jobs per year (including clerical workers)...   How is there a shortage of engineers when more graduate than can be employed?...   Among the fastest growing occupations (in terms of rate of growth), 7 of the 10 are in health care and social assistance.   The 3 remaining fields are: network systems and data analysis with 126K jobs projected, or 12,600 per year; computer software engineering applications with 222K jobs projected, or 22,200 per year; and computer software engineering systems software with 146K jobs projected, or 14,600 per year...   how many of the computer engineering and network systems jobs will go to Americans?   Not many, considering the [over 85K] H-1B visas each year (bills have been introduced in Congress to raise the number) and the loss during the past 5 years of 761K jobs in the information sector and computer systems design and related sectors.   Judging from its 10-year jobs projections, the U.S. Department of Labor does not expect to see any significant high-tech job growth in the U.S.A...   Computer and mathematical employment includes such fields as 'software engineers applications', 'software engineers systems software', 'computer programmers', 'network systems and data communications', and 'mathematicians'.   Has this occupation been a source of job growth?   In 2000 November this occupation employed 2,932,810 people.   In 2004 November (the latest data available), this occupation employed 2,932,790, or 20 people fewer.   Employment in this field has been stagnant for 4 years.   During these 4 years, there have been employment shifts within the various fields of this occupation.   For example, employment of computer programmers declined by 134,630, while employment of software engineers applications rose by 65,080, and employment of software engineers systems software rose by 59,600.   (These shifts probably merely reflect change in job title from programmer to software engineer.)   These figures do not tell us whether any gain in software engineering jobs went to Americans.   According to professor Norm Matloff, in 2002 there were 463K computer-related H-1B visa holders in the U.S.A.   Similarly, the 134,630 lost computer programming jobs (if not merely a job title change) may have been out-sourced off-shore to foreign affiliates.   Architecture and engineering employment includes all the architecture and engineering fields except software engineering.   The total employment of architects and engineers in the U.S.A. declined by 120,700 between 1999 November and 2004 November.   Employment declined by 189,940 between 2000 November and 2004 November, and by 103,390 between 2001 November and 2004 November...   Between 2000 November and 2004 November, for example, U.S. employment of electrical engineers fell by 15,280.   Employment of computer hardware engineers rose by 15,990 (possibly these are job title reclassifications).   Overall, however, over 100K engineering jobs were lost...   with a half million or more foreigners in the U.S. on work visas, the overall employment numbers do not represent employment of Americans...   In 2006 February the National Association of Manufacturers, one of off-shoring's greatest boosters, released a report, 'U.S. Manufacturing Innovation at Risk', by economists Joel Popkin and Kathryn Kobe.   The economists find that U.S. industry's investment in research and development is not languishing after all.   It just appears to be languishing, because it is rapidly being shifted over-seas: 'Funds provided for foreign-performed R&D have grown by almost 73% between 1999 and 2003, with a 36% increase in the number of firms funding foreign R&D.'   U.S. industry is still investing in R&D after all; it is just not hiring Americans to do the research and development.   U.S. manufacturers still make things, only less and less in America with American labor.   U.S. manufacturers still hire engineers, only they are foreign ones, not American ones.   IOW, everything is fine for U.S. manufacturers [the executives of the manufacturing firms].   It is just their former American work force that is in the doldrums."
 

2006-10-02 (5767 Tishrei 10) - 36 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-02
_Dice_
Dice Report: 92,313 job ads

Total92,313
UNIX14,745
Windoze15,072
JavaNA
C/C++17,411
body shop36,424
permanent61,254

 

2006-10-02 08:26PDT (11:26EDT) (15:26GMT)
Greg Robb _MarketWatch_
ISM factory index dropped to 52.9

2006-10-02 10:49PDT (13:49EDT) (17:49GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
Pending home sales rose 4.3% in August
National Association of Realtors report

2006-10-02 13:48PDT (16:48EDT) (20:48GMT)
Robert Schroeder _MarketWatch_
US construction spending rose 0.3% in August (with graph)

2006-10-02
_politics.co.uk_
Government employee union fears off-shoring as EDS jobs are axed

2006-10-02
David R. Francis _Christian Science Monitor_
Are we rich if we don't feed the poor?

2006-10-02
_Fox_/_AP_
Americans -- Andrew Z. Fire & Craig C. Mello -- won Nobel prize in medicine for work on flow of genetic information

2006-10-02 13:30PDT (14:30MDT) (16:30EDT) (20:30GMT)
Mike Cronin _Arizona Republic_
Mesa city council writes scathing letter to congressional delegation over lack of immigration reform
"She cited several examples that demonstrate illegal immigration's local effects, among them: The impact day-laborers have on local businesses when they stand on sidewalks soliciting work.   The cost to police departments, which must deal with the boarding, smuggling and kidnapping of illegal immigrants.   The lack of an effective verification process that would enable employers to determine who is legal to work...   Mesa Republican Russell Pearce began advocating for much harsher measures last week.   He called for the reinstatement of a 1954 program named 'Operation Wetback'.   It used police officers and the military to deport 1.3M [illegal aliens] in less than a year...   Pearce [said] 'Things have changed and nobody cares.   I use the term illegal alien.   I don't need to use any other term.'...   Councilman Kyle Jones said the draft letter 'for the most part' reflects a National League of Cities resolution on immigration reform that he helped write...   Both documents criticize the federal government for failing to make the United States' borders secure."

2006-10-02
Caroline Espinosa _Numbers USA_
Poll: Voters Want Less Immigration
American Workers Coalition
"A poll of likely American voters at the end of September has revealed great discomfort about the rapid U.S. population growth being caused by federal immigration policies.   With the U.S. Census Bureau predicting U.S. population will pass the 300M mark about 3 weeks before the November elections, Americans do not appear to be in a celebratory mood about having added another 100M people to their communities since the 1970 Census.   The full results from the population survey by The Polling Company Inc./Woman Trend [was] provided and discussed Tuesday in the Murrow Room of the National Press Club...   Current population growth trends draw a negative reaction from the majority of likely voters of every group of Americans, regardless of race, political party, age, gender, income, education, marital status, type of occupation or place of residence in the nine regional divisions in the survey.   In light of Census Bureau projections that immigration will add another 100M people to the U.S. over the next 50 years, only 3% of likely voters believe immigration numbers should be increased over present levels...   9 times more likely voters said the population growth would make their quality of life worse than said it would make it better (65% to 7%).   There was little difference among the regions.   64% of likely voters say the country's response to current population growth should be to 'reduce the number of immigrants entering the U.S.A.'."

2006-10-02
Frosty Wooldridge _News By Us_
Vote Incumbents Out
American Daily
"Save Tom Tancredo, Steve King, Mike Price, Nathan Deal, J.D. Hayworth, Ron Paul, James Sensenbrenner, and a few other patriots, we need to clean out the deadwood in the House and Senate.   Let's start with some of the big ones.   Dick Mountjoy faces Dianne Feinstein of California in November while Ken Chase tries to unseat Ted Kennedy.   Both enjoy a good chance of being elected because their opponents are 2 of the most vocal open-borders and amnesty-for-all advocates in the country.   These constitute two of the most important races in our nation in the upcoming election.   Go after the big ones and the rest tumble like Humpty Dumpty.   Your voice must speak out, 'Serve us and our Constitution or we will fire you!'...   Kennedy, Feinstein, McCain, Hatch, First, Hillary Clinton, Cannon, Degette, Pelosi, Salazar, Craig, Udall, Reid and hundreds like them need to be deported out of Congress."
 

2006-10-03 (5767 Tishrei 11) - 35 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-03 06:42PDT (09:42EDT) (13:42GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
100,315 lay-offs announced in September: auto firms lead
"With Ford Motor Company eliminating tens of thousands of jobs, U.S. corporate lay-off announcements surged by 54% to 100,315 in September, according to a unscientific monthly tally by outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas released Tuesday.   The 100,315 figure for lay-off announcements was the most seen since January, and it marked the second straight month that such announcements had mushroomed.   In July, job reductions totaled just 37,178... 2006 September's total was 40% higher than the 71,836 lay-offs recorded in 2005 September...   Job-reduction announcements rose 12% in the third quarter, reaching 202,771 from the second quarter's 180,580.   For the year to date, lay-offs are down 18% to 739,229 from the first 9 months of 2005.   By comparison, corporations announced 1.07M total job cuts during all of 2005, the fifth straight year of more than 1M.   In September, the auto industry announced plans to shed 33,745 jobs, the most for the industry since January's 36,299.   So far in 2006, 111,642 job cuts have been announced by automakers and auto-parts manufacturers...   The computer industry planned to cut 10,600, mostly at Intel.   The telecommunications industry announced job reductions of 10,059.   The Challenger report covers only a tiny fraction of those who lose their jobs each month."

2006-10-03 07:00PDT (10:00EDT) (14:00GMT)
William McKenzie _Dallas Morning News_
Half a fence isn't even half a solution
"It matters to folks on the streets in states like California, Texas and Georgia, who live with daily reminders about why Congress must create a sane immigration system...   This Senate group basically told him to take the other border-security measures out of the spending bills or the government shuts down.   The speaker blinked, eliminating such proposals as enhancing the authority of state and local law officers to enforce federal immigration laws.   The House's security-only caucus got its fence and more border agents, but that's it.   Even the fence isn't fully funded, with money enough to build only about half of the 700 miles.   As one immigration advocate put it, House conservatives spent a year pushing for border security and got only a half-funded fence.   That's not a lot...   Senator Kay Hutchison and representative Mike Pence [proposed the empty gesture of requiring] the federal government to certify the border is secure before their guest-worker program and limited citizenship opportunity kick in."

2006-10-03 09:33PDT (12:33EDT) (16:33GMT)
Tomi Kilgore _MarketWatch_
Dow Jones Industrial Average hits all-time high of 11,738.94 topping the previous high of 11,750.28 reached on 2000 January 14 near the start of the Clinton-Bush depression

2006-10-03
Rachel L. Swarns _Amherst Times_
A Racial Rift that Isn't Black and White
Go UpState
Gadsden Times
"For centuries, the South has been defined by the color line and the struggle for accommodation between blacks and whites.   But the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Hispanic immigrants over the past decade is quietly changing the dynamics of race relations in many Southern towns...   Blacks here, who had settled into a familiar, if sometimes uneasy, relationship with whites, are now outnumbered by Hispanics.   The two groups, who often live and work side by side, compete fiercely for working-class jobs and government resources.   By several measures, blacks are already losing ground.   The jobless rate for black men in Georgia is nearly triple that of Hispanic men, labor statistics show.   More blacks than Hispanics fail to meet minimum standards in Atkinson County public schools.   And many blacks express anguish at being supplanted by immigrants who know little of their history and sometimes treat them with disdain as they fill factory jobs, buy property, open small businesses and scale the economic ladder...   Blacks say employers favor immigrants because they work for less money...   Those feelings resonate with particular intensity in the South, home to the nation's largest share of African-Americans and its fastest-growing population of immigrants, according to an analysis of census data by William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution."

2006-10-03 12:54PDT (15:54EDT) (19:54GMT)
_Cincinnati Business Courier_
Cincinnati bodyshopper pleads guilty in employment of over 1K illegal aliens to sort air freight
Fox
"Maximino Garcia, president of Garcia Labor Co. in Ohio Inc. and Tennessee-based Garcia Labor Co. Inc., entered a plea agreement that requires him to forfeit $12M and face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $250K in fines.   Garcia's sister, Dominga McCarroll, who is also the former vice president of both companies and Gina Luciano, Garcia Labor Co. Inc. director of human relations, also pleaded guilty to the same charge and will face the same possible penalties, minus the $12M forfeiture.   Senior U.S. District Judge S. Arthur Spiegel has yet to announce a sentencing date for the trio and has not yet decided on sentences...   Since 1999, Garcia's company contracted to provide temporary workers for Wilmington-based ABX Air Inc., authorities said."

2006-10-03
Representative Ron Paul, MD _Lew Rockwell_
Rethinking BirthRight Citizenship
"A recent article in the Houston Chronicle discusses the problem of so-called anchor babies, children born in U.S. hospitals to illegal immigrant parents.   These children automatically become citizens, and thus serve as an anchor for their parents to remain in the country.   Our immigration authorities understandably are reluctant to break up families by deporting parents of young babies.   But birthright citizenship, originating in the 14th amendment, has become a serious cultural and economic dilemma for our nation.   In some Houston hospitals, administrators estimate that 70 or 80% of the babies born have parents who are in the country illegally.   As an obstetrician in south Texas for several decades, I can attest to the severity of the problem.   It's the same story in California, Arizona, and New Mexico.   And the truth is most illegal immigrants who have babies in U.S. hospitals do not have health insurance and do not pay their hospital bills...   Americans are happy to welcome immigrants who follow our immigration laws and seek a better life here.   America is far more welcoming and tolerant of newcomers than virtually any nation on earth.   But our modern welfare state creates perverse incentives for immigrants, incentives that cloud the issue of why people choose to come here.   The real problem is not immigration, but rather the welfare state magnet...   It's time to rethink birthright citizenship by amending the 14th amendment."

2006-10-03
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
Socialism for the rich
"Some of our own rich have already had their money leave the country, to be sheltered from the higher taxes that limousine liberals say we should all pay...   Most of the people in the upper income brackets are not rich and do not have wealth sheltered off-shore.   They are typically working people who have finally reached their peak earning years after many years of far more modest incomes -- and now see much of what they have worked for siphoned off by politicians, to the accompaniment of lofty rhetoric."

2006-10-03
Ashlea Ebeling _Forbes_
401(k)s In the Cross-Hairs
"Last month, a St. Louis attorney sued seven big employers -- Bechtel Group, Caterpillar, Exelon, General Dynamics, International Paper, Northrop Grumman and United Technologies -- for allegedly allowing their employees' 401(k) plans to be hit with too-high fees, in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)...   ERISA requires that 401(k) fees be reasonable, incurred solely for the benefit of plan participants and fully disclosed.   The law-suits, which mirror one another and seek class action status, allege that the fee structures developed by the plan administration industry are 'complicated and confusing', and 'at worst, they are excessive, undisclosed and illegal'.   They seek to recover from employers the plan losses due to excessive fees -- and, of course, fees for the lawyers...   It's been simmering since 1997, when the Department of Labor held a public hearing on whether employers and participants were adequately informed about 401(k) fees and expenses.   A report that followed, 'Study of 401(k) Plan Fees and Expenses', decried a lack of information about costs."

2006-10-03
Jeanine Katzel _Control Engineering_
Proposed federal legislation could open door to foreign high-tech workers
"The August report from Georgetown's Institute for the Study of International Migration concluded that the estimated number of new high-tech visas available under the 'Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006' (S2611) over the next 10 years could be 1.88M.   According to Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates, the number of new computing and engineering workers needed by the U.S. economy over that time is 1.25M. [So they're wanting to bring in about 630K more guest-workers than the total of new jobs in the field.]"
Frist's S2454
Specter's S2611
Hagel's S2612
Cornyn's S2691
 
Tancredo's HR1325
Tancredo's HR1450
Tancredo's HR1587
Nancy L. Johnson's HR3322
Tancredo's HR3333
Tancredo's HR3700

King's HR4312
Hunter's HR4313
Pascrell's HR4378
Sensenbrenner's HR4437
Hyde's HR4844
DHS appropriations HR5441
Shadegg's HR5744
King's HR6061

2006-10-03
_Fox_/_AP_
Two Americans -- John C. Mather & George F. Smoot -- share Nobel prize in physics for work on Big Bang dark matter

2006-10-03
DJIA11,727.34
S&P 5001,334.11
NASDAQ2,243.34
10-year US T-Bond4.62%
crude oil58.68
gold581.50
silver11.045
platinum1,129.90
palladium306.45
copper0.20516
natgas$5.759/MBTU
unleadedgasoline$1.4567/gal
heatingoil$1.6539/gal

I usually get this info from MarketWatch, which gets them from BigCharts.
 

2006-10-04 (5767 Tishrei 12) - 34 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-03 18:56PDT (2006-10-03 21:56EDT) (2006-10-04 01:56GMT)
_Conservative Voice_
Tax-Victims Have Filed Suit Against City of Laguna Beach over Body Shopping Site
"Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has filed a law-suit in the Orange County Superior Court against the City of Laguna Beach for spending [tax-victim] funds to operate the Laguna Day Worker Center, a day laborer site that helps illegal aliens find jobs and provides other public benefits, including English language instruction.   The law-suit was filed on behalf of Laguna Beach [tax-victims] Eileen Garcia and George Riviere, who have been very active challenging the day laborer site...   According to public records, the City of Laguna Beach provided a $21K grant for Fiscal year 2005-2006, and a $22K financed grant for Fiscal Year 2006-2007 to the South County Cross Cultural Council, a non-profit organization charged with operating the facility.   The City of Laguna Beach also uses [tax-victim] funds to provide portable restroom facilities, trash removal, and to pay for leasing the property from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)...   The City of Laguna Beach has expended [tax-victim] funds to operate the Laguna Day Worker Center since 1999.   Day laborers using the center are charged a $1 referral fee each day he or she receives employment at the facility, while employers using the center pay a fee of $5.   The center does not verify whether or not day laborers are eligible to work in the United States and does not require that day laborers provide any formal identification.   According to several studies, the large majority of day laborers are in the United States illegally and therefore are not eligible to work in the United States."

2006-10-04 00:10PDT (03:10EDT) (07:10GMT)
Brady McCombs _Napa Daily Register_/_Arizona Daily Star_
Illegal aliens have many ways into the USA: Securing the USA will require making all of them more difficult
"The expansive waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean flank the nearly 2K-mile U.S.-Mexican border.   43 legal ports of entry line the southern border, where officers face the grueling task of finding illegal entrants hidden in the sea of 960K people who cross daily.   The Canadian border is twice as long, but patrolled by one-tenth as many agents...   'it would just divert crossings to the maritime border and the northern border, unless the jobs disappear within the U.S.'   Employers in the United States hire illegal entrants, making it worthwhile for entrants to pay smugglers.   Smugglers then take any measures necessary to get people across.   Smugglers already try to take people and drugs up the coastal waters.   They also use fraudulent documents or hide people in gas and engine compartments to sneak through legal ports of entry...   Officers conduct full name checks on [only] about 25% of pedestrian crossers and [a mere] 10% of vehicular crossers, Hynes says.   The constant traffic doesn't allow for more...   Operations Hold the Line in El Paso and Operation Gatekeeper in San Diego, both mid-1990s enforcement efforts, put extra strain on the El Paso and San Ysidro ports of entry [as coyotes and smugglers shifted to weaker points].   Smugglers began hiding people in the same vehicle compartments in which they usually ferried drugs, Hynes says.   At a port that inspects 18M vehicles and 50M people annually...   In Texas, Border Patrol agents in boats motor up and down the state's 1,254 miles of the Rio Grande, looking for signs of crossers and trying to discourage would-be entrants with their presence.   They work with agents in trucks and on ATVs and horses.   They patrol the river to where it meets the 600K-square-mile Gulf of Mexico at Boca Chica Beach.   That's the beginning of a 250-mile coastal region called 'Blue Water'...   People smuggling also is cheaper on land.   Smugglers take people up the coasts in groups of 3 to 6, so it isn't as cost-efficient as leading 20 through the desert or mountains, says Neville Cramer, who was an Immigration and Naturalization Service special agent for 26 years."

2006-10-04 06:06PDT (09:06EDT) (13:06GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
ADP estimates net private sector job gain of 78K in September
"After adding in the 10K government jobs added in a typical month, the ADP report indicates non-farm pay-rolls rose by about 90K in September."

2006-10-04 08:34PDT (11:34EDT) (15:34GMT)
Greg Robb _MarketWatch_
ISM service sector index fell from 57 in August to 52.9 in September: service sector employment index rose from 51.4 in August to 53.6 in September
ISM press release

2006-10-04 09:31PDT (12:31EDT) (16:31GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
US factory orders showed about same growth in August as July
"Orders for defense capital goods rose 9.9% after a 15% decline in July following a 52% leap in June.   Excluding defense, orders for factory goods fell 0.2% in August.   In the past 6 months, orders for durable goods excluding defense have fallen 4.2%, reflecting the softer growth in the economy. Orders for factory goods are up 7.3% year-to-date, while shipments are up 6.9%...   Orders for core capital equipment rose 0.4%."

2006-10-04
Deb Riechmann _AP_/_Wichita Eagle_
The Shrub signed token border fence measure
NE PA Times Leader
News Max
Lexington KY Herald-Leader
abc
"President Bush on Wednesday signed a homeland security bill that includes an overhaul of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $1.2G for fencing along [a tiny fraction of] the U.S.-Mexico border [Such a token measure does extremely little] to stem illegal immigration [and should not be taken seriously]."

2006-10-04
Edwin S. Rubenstein _V Dare_
Foreign Labor Contractors = Gang-Masters: The New Immigration Paradigm?
"That's right -- 2 to 3 thousand Chinese immigrant workers may soon help rebuild sewers, houses, and water systems in small towns along the Gulf Coast.   Local officials claim the Help Wanted sign has been out for months, but big U.S. contractors are simply too busy to work in the affected area...   If the deal closes they will be hired, en mass, in [Red China] by Tangdu International Enterprises -- a [Red Chinese] labor contractor.   When they arrive, they'll work for 2 large [Red Chinese] companies -- Beijing Construction Engineering Co., Ltd., and Beijing Urban Construction -- and smaller local partners.   To add insult to injury, these companies say they'll use Chinese building materials in order to avoid the higher-priced, but sturdier, American products.   What does this portend for structural integrity in a future Katrina?   Or, more importantly, for the integrity of (what's left) of our immigration controls?...   Global Horizons was founded in 1989 by an Israeli, and is currently head-quartered in Los Angeles.   At any one time it has 3 to 4 thousand farm workers under contract in up to 28 states.   Contract labor is increasingly the norm in agriculture.   In 2002 43% of California's farm workers were supplied by third-party contractors, the rest were hired directly by farmers.   In 1983 only 28% were hired by contractors...   Farm workers are brought under the H-2A visa program for seasonal agricultural workers.   To earn a visa, employers must show that they've tried to recruit US workers first, and provide free, DoL-approved housing for all temporary hires.   But western farmers do not like the H-2A program.   They say it is too inflexible for 'perishable western agriculture' because it requires farmers to certify their need for workers 60 days before hiring them.   The housing requirement is also regarded as onerous.   Enter the [bodyshopper].   In 2004 Global Horizons brought in hundreds of H-2As from Thailand to work in Washington State's Yakima valley.   The workers were housed in over-crowded motel rooms that violated local health regulations for human habitation.   There were no kitchens or laundry facilities.   Global Horizon's workers were paid less than the wage for which they were contracted.   Washington State fined Global Horizons for violating labor laws, and in 2005 forced the firm to pay complete financial restitution to workers and the state totaling $230K.   The employers didn't pay the fine—Global Horizons did... [bodyshops] act as 'risk absorbers'..."

2006-10-04 (5767 Tishrei 12)
Walter E. Williams _Jewish World Review_
Discrimination, prejudice and preferences
"Preferences alone do not determine behavior...   To fully understand behavior, we must go beyond preferences and take restrictions on choice into account, namely income and prices.   That fact is very relevant to issues of race.   Let's look at it.   During South Africa's apartheid era, white labor unions that would never have a black as a member were the major supporters of minimum wages for blacks.   Their stated intention was to protect white workers from competition with low-wage black workers...   In the U.S.A., the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 (still on the books), a super minimum wage law, was enacted to protect unionized white construction workers from competition with black workers.   The support ran along the lines of Alabama representative Clayton Allgood's testimony: 'That contractor has cheap colored labor that he transports, and he puts them in cabins, and it is labor of that sort that is in competition with white labor throughout the country.' (Congressional Record, 1931, page 6513)...   What minimum wage laws do is lower the cost of, and hence subsidize, racial preference indulgence.   After all, if an employer must pay the same wage no matter whom he hires, the cost of discriminating in favor of the people he prefers is cheaper...   Minimum or maximum prices are one of the most effective ways to encourage people to indulge their preferences, be they racial or any other preference.   In general, any kind of economic regulation that restricts peaceable, voluntary exchange has the capacity to lower the costs of preference indulgence.   Decent people should be against such regulations."

2006-10-04
Ken Fountain _BayTown Sun_
Ted Poe talks border security and energy
"Turning to the domestic front, Poe said the 'No. 1 issue we have in this country is the security of our borders.'   Poe distinguished the issue of border security from the issue of immigration reform, which he said Congress should deal with after the border is secured.   He said that while the U.S. military has approximately 30K troops protecting the South Korean border with North Korea, there are only about 12K federal agents guarding the U.S.-Mexico border.   He said an estimated 3K to 4K illegal aliens cross the border into Mexico each day.   'Why don't we bring 20K (of the troops in Korea) back home to protect the border?', Poe asked rhetorically.   Answering his own question, Poe said, 'the federal government does not have the moral will to protect our borders'.   Asked by a reporter after his speech whether he stood by a quote he made to a Houston newspaper in which he said illegal aliens commit an average 25 homicides each day in the country -- the figure was later called into question by a newspaper columnist -- Poe said the figure was accurate.   Citing the House Judiciary Committee as his source, Poe said 13 of the deaths are vehicular homicides and 12 are murders.   Poe advocated proposed legislation that would require people voting in U.S. elections to have a photographic identification; requiring all aliens entering the country to have passports; and cracking down on businesses that knowingly hire undocumented workers."

2006-10-04 14:07PDT (17:07EDT) (21:07GMT)
Rex Crum _MarketWatch_
Apple says Steve Jobs knew of some stock options back-dating
"Apple Computer Inc. said Wednesday that Chief Executive Steve Jobs knew that some company stock options had been backdated, but he did not receive any of them and was not aware of the accounting implications.   The company also said former Chief Financial Officer Fred Anderson resigned from its board of directors.   Announcing the results of a 3-month internal study into its options program, Cupertino-based Apple said it found no misconduct on the part of current or former management, but that it will have to restate several financial statements in order to record non-cash charges for stock-option compensation expenses.   'I apologize to Apple's share-holders and employees for these problems which happened on my watch.', Jobs said in a statement.   'They are completely out of character for Apple.   We will now work to resolve the remaining issues as quickly as possible and to put the proper remedial measures in place to ensure that this never happens again.'"

2006-10-04 11:59PDT (14:59EDT) (18:59GMT)
Paul McDougall _Information Week_
Bangalore tech workers on strike
San Jose Mercury News
Composite: "Operations at many of India's major out-sourcing companies ground to a halt Wednesday after public sector workers in the tech hub of Bangalore went out on strike...   Out-sourcing companies 'either shifted work to centers outside Bangalore or asked some of their staff to stay over-night to run critical operations', Sunder said.   Critics who are opposed to the out-sourcing of U.S. tech jobs to India often note that Indian companies lack proper security and back-up procedures.   They point out that greedy CEOs are putting us all at risk by sending computer work that's critical to the economy over-seas to the lowest bidder.   India is beset by natural disasters, regional strife, and identity thieves just waiting for a chance to steal American's social security numbers.   Most companies in Bangalore declared a holiday Wednesday and asked their staff to work on Saturday, said Shyam Sunder, chief executive of India Relations, a public relations firm whose clients include about 25 information technology companies.   The protests were largely peaceful, barring one incident of stone pelting in Belgaum town, which is at the heart of the dispute, said police officer B.S. Sial.   About 15 people, including 4 policemen, suffered minor injuries in that incident, he said.   Maharashtra state is demanding the transfer of Belgaum because nearly 60% of its residents speak the state's Marathi language.   Only 40% speak Karnataka's Kannada language."
 

2006-10-05 (5767 Tishrei 13) - 33 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-05 05:30PDT (08:30EST) (13:30GMT)
Subri Raman & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
current press release
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 247,589 in the week ending September 30, a decrease of 13,737 from the previous week.   There were 313,847 initial claims in the comparable week in 2005.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.6% during the week ending September 23, unchanged from the prior week.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,063,376, an increase of 374 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 1.9% and the volume was 2,393,581."

2006-10-05 04:17PDT (07:17EDT) (11:17GMT)
Aude Lagorce _MarketWatch_
Tata Steel considering bid to take over Anglo-Dutch Corus Group

2006-10-05 08:30PDT (11:30EDT) (15:30GMT)
Jennifer Waters _MarketWatch_
Same-store sales were up 3.8% in September
"With 57 stores reporting, the International Council of Shopping Centers is logging a 3.8% cumulative gain in same-store sales.   That represents what Michael Niemira, chief economist for the group, called a "solid and steady pace" with the third straight month of nearly identical results.   Same-store sales make up the closely watched barometer that measures sales growth at stores open longer than a year."

2006-10-05
Carl Tuna _Yale Daily News_
Students on student visas expect guarantee of work visas: Yale
Clifford M. Marks _Harvard Crimson_
Students on student visas expect guarantee of work visas: Harvard
Norm Matloff _H-1B/ L-1/ Off-Shoring e-News-Letter_
"[It is] interesting that articles on H-1B in the Yale and Harvard student newspapers should come out contemporaneously.   Could be that the two reporters know each other, or it could be that the industry lobbyists talked to either the editors or to the foreign student offices at the two schools, suggesting that there is a good story here.   BTW, CompeteAmerica, the industry lobbying group, is displaying the Yale article on their web page...   [It is] odd that [a Canadian quoted] thinks Canadians should get priority [on visas].   I'm a little surprised to see Susan Martin make a statement calling H-1B 'win-win for everybody'...   'The best and the brightest' [hopefully] bring ideas to the U.S. that we don't have enough of.   The ordinary foreign workers don't.   Moreover, the law itself makes the same distinction I do.   As an alternative to H-1B, there is the O-1 work visa, which is specifically for those of outstanding talents.   And for green cards, there are both ordinary employer-sponsored green card categories and special categories for 'the best and the brightest'...   Yale-Loehr, in his book, _Balancing Interests: Rethinking U.S. Selection of Skilled Immigrants_ p.67, reports on his study of wages paid to foreign nationals in various professions.   In data from the labor certification applications in the process of sponsoring the foreign workers for green cards (the same process used to check wages of H-1Bs), the foreign applicants in Computer Programmer positions in New Jersey were being offered salaries which were on average 21% below the mean for that profession, with an 11% figure in Texas.   In the Computer Systems Analysts and Scientists category, gaps of 30% and 21% were found in New Jersey and New York, respectively.   This is in stark contrast with Yale-Loehr's testimony to the U.S. Senate, in which he stridently contends that H-1Bs are not paid less than Americans...   Yale-Loehr certainly knows that 'current laws to prevent... worker discrimination' (see above) do not exist for H-1B.   Other than a minuscule exceptional category, the law does NOT require employers to hire an American if he/she is qualified for the job.   Indeed, Yale-Loehr's organization, the American Immigration Lawyers Association -- of which, by the way, he is far more than a mere 'member' as described in the article, as you can see from his testimony on behalf of AILA -- has fought tooth and nail against any bill which would impose such a requirement on employers.   So, that's pretty hypocritical too.   Finally, concerning his comment that 'Anyone can break the law', my point (quoted in the article) is that the law allows one to under-pay H-1Bs in full compliance with the law, due to the loop-holes.   And since the AILA are the ones who put those loop-holes in the law in the first place, that is the ultimate hypocrisy."

2006-10-05
Will Davis _White County News_
Saxby Chambliss touts GOP line on border security, immigration, terrorism
The Weekly
"Job #1 on the immigration issue, said Chambliss, is to secure the Mexican border.   'If we don't seal the border, I don't care what we do.', said Chambliss, perhaps a reference to President Bush's proposal for a guest-worker program.   He noted the Senate has just passed a bill by an 80-19 vote that creates a new 700-mile fence along the 2K-mile border [with Mexico, while leaving all 3,300 miles of the Canadian border unfenced].   The problem must be addressed, said Chambliss, as an estimated 400K illegals crossed into the U.S. in 2005.   That despite the fact that the border patrol stopped 1.5M more illegals trying to enter.   'We didn't get them all.', said Chambliss.   Of the 400K [more like 2M, since the Border Patrol Council has said that they only catch about a quarter, and that some are caught repeatedly and other estimates range from 700K to 2M per year] who gained entry last year, an estimated 50K were from the Middle East, said Chambliss, adding new urgency to the immigration problem.   He said the government is also using better technology and has added more agents to beef up security on the southern border.   Chambliss chastised the Mexican government for encouraging its people to cross illegally into the U.S., and said he would continue to do so until it stopped that policy.   Chambliss was asked if children born in the U.S. to illegal parents should still be granted citizenship as set out in the Constitution.   Chambliss said they didn't have the votes to amend the Constitution and that you have to be careful when you alter the Constitution anyway.   But he said it's imperative to fix the immigration problem because it's the most charged issue he's ever seen politically.   'The problem will get worse if we don't address it.', he said.   On terrorism, Chambliss touted the new bill he helped broker into law which sets up standards for trying captured terrorists..."

2006-10-05
John Barnhart _Bedford county Bulletin_
Virgil Goode gave views on border security
"Goode noted that there are a number of immigrants in the country legally and there are already several guest-worker programs that allow people to come to the U.S.A. to do a specific job.   What bothers him is what he termed as a flood that are illegally entering the country...   According to Goode, there are 189K people in federal prisons.   Of these, 50K entered the United States illegally.   He said that people who enter through existing guest-worker programs are checked for criminal backgrounds before they get their visas.   Goode said that he was the first person in the House of Representatives to put in a bill for a border fence.   The bill he introduced called for a 2K mile fence along the entire border.   The bill that the Senate passed last month calls for 700 miles of fence built in selected areas where crossing is easy and illegal crossings are frequent.   Sensors would be used in areas with rugged terrain.   Goode opposes amnesty.   He believes that those currently in the United States illegally must go back to their home country and get in line with others waiting to enter legally.   Amnesty only encourages others to enter illegally, hoping for yet another amnesty program, he said.   This, along with current law that makes an infant born here a citizen, even if both parents are here illegally, are magnets for illegal immigration.   He also opposes President Bush's guest-worker program proposal, noting that there are already existing guest-worker programs.   He does not want to create a guest-worker program that will allow those currently here illegally to stay.   One guest-worker program that he likes is called H2A.   The guest-worker comes in for a specific job and can't bring family along.   Right now, recipients are limited to agricultural work and landscaping that doesn't involve contracting."

2006-10-05
Rob Sanchez _V Dare_/_Job Destruction News-Letter_
DoD Easing Security Rules for Foreign Workers
"Soon, rules will be loosened for foreign scientists and engineers.   As a result, foreigners won't have to meet many of the security requirements that have been in place for decades...   contractors and foreign national students working on U.S. government research and development projects won't have to wear security badges and will no longer be governed in segregated work areas...   AAU lobbyists complained that DoD security requirements would cost universities millions of dollars to inventory sensitive equipment, determine students' birth-places, and study which foreigners were using which machines...   [The DoD] apparently now recognizes no difference between nuclear scientists from Britain and nuclear scientists from Iran!...   These are very desirable high-level jobs once performed by U.S. citizens."

2006-10-05
John Marellus _San Diego Union-Tribune_
Candidates for California governor debate immigration & border security
"Art Olivier, the Libertarian Party candidate, contended that people in the country illegally should be required to leave and that the state should spend no money on benefits for them...   Peter Camejo, the Green Party candidate, argued for an open-border policy...   Camejo denounced the proposed guest-worker program supported by President Bush and most congressional Democrats.   'There is an apartheid system being proposed by the Democrats which they call (a) guest-worker program, where people will live under separate laws, have limited rights.', Camejo said.   'It's like we don't want Mexicans, but they can work here.'   Olivier objected to the border security bill signed by Bush yesterday, which includes money for 700 miles of new border fencing, as insufficient.   'Just 700 miles of fence.   It will push them further out into the desert and make it more dangerous.', Olivier said...   'These type of people [who wave Mexican flags in the USA], they want to be in Mexico.', Olivier said.   'They should go back to Mexico, because this is America.'...   Camejo and Olivier are 2 of the 4 minor-party candidates for governor on the November 7 ballot.   The others are Janice Gordon of the Peace and Freedom Party and Edward Noonan of the American Independent Party...   Camejo, a 66-year-old Venezuelan-American, is founder and chairman of an asset management company that promotes 'socially responsible investments'...   Olivier, a 49-year-old engineer, is a former mayor of the southeast Los Angeles County city of Bellflower.   He was the Libertarian Party candidate for vice president in 2000."

2006-10-05 16:38PDT (19:38EDT) (23:38GMT)
Jennifer Cavazos _KGBT_
Emilio Silva says fence wouldn't reduce illegal alien invasion
"For more than 50 years Emilio Silva has made his living selling electronics in downtown Brownsville...   'The illegals, they're going to come, forget about the fence.   They're going to go through the river or the trenches.   There's a lot of places you can go without the fence.', says Emilio.   And while Emilio came over from Mexico himself more than 5 decades ago, he says the fence could possibly put up a wall of distrust between the U.S.A. and Mexico...   Action 4 News spoke to U.S. Congressman Solomon Ortiz', who says the money used for the fence would be better used to hire more Border Patrol agents or add detention beds for illegal immigrants."
 

2006-10-06 (5767 Tishrei 14) - 32 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-05 18:35:43PDT (2006-10-05 21:35:43EDT) (2006-10-06 01:35:43GMT)
"Coleus" _Free Republic_
H-1B is Sona Shah's #1 battle

2006-10-05 21:03PDT (2006-10-06 00:03EDT) (2006-10-06 04:03GMT)
Thomas Kostigen _MarketWatch_
Out-Sourcing Not So Lucrative When Productivity Is Factored
"'One critical lesson for businesses that benefit from one-time labor-cost benefits when investing in low wage countries is that productivity gains from new technology and innovation have to keep pace with often fast-rising wages of skilled and semi-skilled workers or the cost advantage begins to erode.', says Bart van Ark, Director of the Conference Board international economic research program.   IOW, the comparative cost advantage of taking a business to low-wage countries such as [Red China] or India, where manufacturing costs are lower than in the U.S.A., are often not the giant bargain they seem when wages are adjusted for low productivity, according to the report.   It says this is also true of decisions to locate in Mexico, Central and Eastern Europe rather than in North America and Western Europe...   On average, the manufacturing sector in Central and Eastern Europe and Mexico pays between 10% and 15% of compensation paid in the U.S.A.   In Turkey, the level is around 5%.   The manufacturing sector in India and [Red China] only pays between 2% and 3% of the U.S. compensation level on average.   But productivity levels offset this gap, bringing costs closer in line to what they would otherwise be if manufactured in the U.S.A.   For example, even with the huge disparity between the U.S.A. and [Red Chinese] and Indian manufacturing, the unit labor cost difference is only 20%."
Conference Board press release

2006-10-06
Elizabeth Pierson _Brownsville Herald_/_AP_
Mexican government says border fence is improbable
"'There is no money to build it, so it won't be built.', Aguilar told reporters.   'Even though the wall was approved, there is no funding.'   However, President Bush on Wednesday signed into law a $1.2G down payment on the fence project.   While some say the project could be finished at a cost of $2.2G, others say it could be much higher [and others say that it is so desperately needed and over-due that fencing all 2K-miles of the border would be well worth $60G]...   U.S. representative Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, in a statement called the fence 'false' immigration policy...   The money used for the fence would be better used to hire more Border Patrol agents or add detention beds for il-legal immigrants, said Cathy Travis, spokeswoman for U.S. representative Solomon P. Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi...   U.S. representative Ruben Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, thinks the fence will hurt the economy on the border, said spokeswoman Ciaran Clayton...   On Tuesday, all eight parties in Mexico's Congress joined forces to exhort Fox to use all the diplomatic means at his disposal to try to stop construction of the fences."

2006-10-06
Michael Cutler _Family Security Matters_
Why are alien applications not checked against the terrorism watch list?
"Mr. Farakhan painted a disturbing if not a terrifying picture about what passes for 'business as usual' at USCIS: fully 75% of 3M such applicants for immigration benefits were not checked against the terrorism watch list, over the past several years since 2001/09/11.   Last week, Farakhan was fired from his job at the National Benefits Center in Lee's Summit, MO, one of USCIS's largest application-processing centers.   His crime?   Speaking out about this weak -- no, non-existent -- link in our national security chain.   The employee merely echoed the same complaints that Mike Maxwell, who resigned as Director of Security and Internal Affairs at USCIS and sought whistle-blower protection, has been making about the adjudications process at USCIS.   Applications have not been properly scrutinized to find and reject aliens whose names may be on the terrorist watch list or on lists of criminals who should not be permitted to enter or remain in the United States...   A smarter strategy would be to conduct field investigations to weed out some of the fraudulent applications and seek not only to prosecute those involved, but deport aliens who attempt to secure immigration benefits through fraud and/or deception."

2006-10-06 08:01PDT (11:01EDT) (15:01GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
Mixed employment statistics can lead to any conclusion

2006-10-06 12:29PDT (15:29EDT) (19:29GMT)
Eric Chabrow _Information Week_
Help Wanted: H-1B Visa Required

2006-10-06 13:18PDT (16:18EDT) (20:18GMT)
Robert Schroeder _MarketWatch_
US consumer credit rose by $4.99G in August to $2.351T
Federal Reserve Board statistical release

2006-10-06
Jared Bernstein & Rob Gray _Economic Policy Institute_
Slowing economy generating fewer jobs
"The nation's rate of job growth down-shifted sharply last month, as employers added only 51K jobs, according to today's report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).   This marks the lowest month for net job gains since the Gulf Coast hurricanes disrupted the labor market last fall.   Even with a large upward revision to August's job gains (188K—60K more jobs than first reported), the average monthly gain this year has been 137K, below last year's monthly rate of 165K."
 

  "A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty." --- James Madison at VA Convention 1788-06-14  

 

2006-10-07 (5767 Tishrei 15) - 31 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-07
"Marlin Spike" _V Dare_
How company officials personally profit from illegal aliens
"Based on visits I have made to local poultry plants in Mississippi that fired their legal local employees so they could hire illegal aliens from Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean, here's how it works: Upper level company officials agree to close their human resources section that deals with unskilled and minimum skilled workers.   The same company officers create their own 'labor-supply company' and place a trusted legal alien as the up-front 'owner'.   This person is responsible for recruiting, smuggling, housing, and training a steady supply of illegal alien laborers.   He is also responsible for providing the aliens with the necessary false documents so he can fill out an I-9 form for each alien.   The living accommodations usually consist of a group of houses owned by the company officials.   Each alien is charged $20 per week to live with twenty or more aliens.   They must also pay utilities, groceries and sundries.   The processing company employs whatever number of laborers it needs and pays the 'labor-supply company' $8 an hour.   The alien is told he will be paid $6 an hour.   The owner of the labor-supply company deducts from the alien's wages a fee for smuggling and the preparation of false documents.   The end result is that the alien ends up earning about $2 an hour.   The company officers, OTOH, collect thousands of dollars in assorted fees and charges to the aliens.   This is done without any responsibility for the workers... no I-9, no withholding tax, no insurance and no social security.   In fact there is no paper trail at all since off-shore bank accounts handle the deposits.   This scenario is a violation of a multitude of federal and state laws.   And it is as close to slave labor as you can get without actually having the auction.   Once, it was routine to raid poultry plants.   Now, however, it is a major event.   I wonder why?"
 

2006-10-08 (5767 Tishrei 16) - 30 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-08
Ken Hughes _American Chronicle_
Wendy's fired illegal aliens: They sue
"A group of illegal immigrants [in Houston] and Dallas Texas are suing Wendy's International for unspecified damages because the company fired them for them not following through in joining a federally mandated program allowing them the right to work in the United States.   The program is designed to assist illegals in gaining legal status before deportation and they didn't show up.   Their claim is the Law firm of Boyar & Miller dropped the ball in 2001 by not filing the paper-work on time that would earn the illegals citizenship.   How important was America citizenship to these 40 odd illegals if they didn't follow up on their request in 5 years.   Why Wendy is to blame I don't understand, without the proper documents Wendy's was required by law to dismiss the illegals, Wendy's followed the law why are they being held accountable?...   First why would the courts entertain such a law suit when the complainants have no constitutional standing to bring the charges? Second why would any respectable law firm take a case with no legal basis for the complaints? Wendy's obviously followed the law in firing the perpetrators, [working without proper documentation].   With Wendy's help the illegals took the first step toward legalization but failed to take any additional steps.   This alone should disqualify them for citizenship...   La Rasa [sic] doesn't give a dam about the plight of the illegal immigrant until they can use and abuse them."

2006-10-08
Steve Sailer _V Dare_
Pearanoia: The Latest Scam from the Cheap Labor Lobby
"So, the senators inform us, we need another Guest Peasant program to import more pickers or (so I gather) we'll never taste a pear again in our lives...   Needless to say, the article is lacking in evidence documenting a shortage of illegals other than the testimony of their employers.   You'll recognize these as the typical prefabricated 'news' stories that the Open Borders lobby generates on auto-pilot to justify importing more cheap labor...   Downing's article went on to debunk the main claim: 'So far, however, state surveys show no discernible drop in total farm employment for May, June and July, though an up-tick in farm wages suggests a tighter labor supply...'...   the growers suck in 3 people from south of the border for every job they have on average.   The social problem with this inefficiency is this: the farm owners aren't paying the full cost of their illegal laborers.   The farmers are massively cost-shifting to the public.   We pick up the tab for their workers' medical care, their workers' children's education, and so forth.   Thus, the inevitably awkward use of labor on farms exacerbates the growers' socialization of what should be their costs...   pear-picking is a young man's job in California because there has been an endless supply of young men from south of the border to clamber up and down ladders.   In contrast, in Spain, growers have bought motorized picking platforms that don't burn out their employees as fast.   Fifth, the cost savings to consumers from cheap farm labor are minimal..."

2006-10-08 05:48PDT (08:48EDT) (12:48GMT)
Tim Gaynor _Reuters_
Arizona congressional race is another test of immigration stances
"Randy Graf became the Republican candidate for Congress by taking a tough stand on Mexican border security but he seems unable to win over voters with a month to go until the November 7 election.   The former golf pro and state representative, who was part of a civilian volunteer force to halt illegal border crossings, is hoping a strong enforcement message that includes deploying troops along the border will draw the conservative vote in southern Arizona...   Gabrielle Giffords... a former state senator, is campaigning on a policy she calls 'enforcement plus', which combines tough border security with an immigration [loosening]."

2006-10-08
Michael Kinsman _San Diego Union-Tribune_
NLRB ruling blurs line on who is and is not a supervisor
"In a decision likely to be challenged in court, the NLRB ruled that nurses permanently assigned to run work shifts could be considered supervisors exempt from some U.S. labor law protections and could be barred from membership in hospital unions. In addition, those who work supervisory shifts on a rotating basis may be exempt from supervisory status in some cases -- but not all... as it now stands, employers have the right to 'create' supervisors out of workers who take the simplest initiative. Anyone who functions as a team leader in the work-place can be defined as a supervisor even if they don't hire or evaluate other employees. It doesn't really matter if a team leader is giving modest direction, he or she now could be ineligible to be part of a union. In fact, a study by EPI shows that 1 of every 3 registered nurses in the country might be considered a supervisor if the NLRB continues down its current path... This distorts the notion of a supervisor. Everyone today has some discretion in their jobs, but that doesn't make them supervisors."

2006-10-08
Vincent Gioia _Chron Watch_
Mexican border fence measure is a hoax
"Many of us have insisted that Congress address border protection before dealing with illegal aliens in our midst.   House Republicans have been particularly vocal and responsive about the need to first protect our borders and they passed a bill to do just that.   The Senate, on the other hand, had no such intention and the Senate bill on illegal immigration was a total capitulation to illegal immigrants that even proposed amnesty for law-breakers...   Now, having mollified conservative critics with 'border protection first', Congress and the president consider themselves free to deal with illegal immigration as they wanted to in the first place without opposition by those who want to protect our borders before addressing the problem of illegal immigration.   Unfortunately, the claim of border protection beginning with the appropriation of over one billion dollars allegedly for that purpose is just a big hoax.   The public scam is even worse than described; the law funding the border fence provides a 5-year term for completion, not the 18 months that Homeland Security officials are mandated to gain 'operational control' of the border.   Quickly following congressional funding authorization to construct 700 miles of Mexican border fence [along the 2000-mile long border], and just before recessing, Congress enacted additional legislation to enable the president to thwart the will of most Americans who want to protect our Mexican border against illegal immigration.   This additional legislation gives the president the ability to allocate the $1.2G of the appropriation bill to various projects other than erection of a border fence; for example, in lieu of a fence the money may be spent on 'tactical infrastructure', that is, technology to support the Department of Homeland Security's desire to develop a 'virtual fence' instead of an actual physical barrier...   It does not make sense to work out a system for illegal immigrants without first closing the border; otherwise we will be continually dealing with illegal immigration and will likely encourage more illegal immigrants from Mexico who will seek to take advantage of whatever benefits and privileges given to those already here by a foolish Congress and administration."

2012-10-08
Rob Sanchez _Job Destruction News-Letter_ #1566
How much do excessive visas and low standards hurt US workers?
 

2006-10-09 (5767 Tishrei 17) - 29 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-09
Frosty Wooldridge _News with Views_
Take this congress and shove it
American Daily
"How many lobbyists slithering around Congress gave us the H-1B, H-2B, H-2A, L-1 and other fraudulent (legal) visas that have flooded America with Third World employees that took jobs away from Americans? You can bet $50G from Bill Gates' coffers made huge impact on those bills.   Those visas have cost 1M American jobs!...   This Congress boils with arrogant, disgraceful power mongers."
Alternatives

2006-10-09
"Jay Tea" _WizBang!_
What's Spanish for Chutzpah?

2006-10-09
Wes Vernon _Renew America_
Illegal aliens and the not so secret monster highway
"At the same time, sneaking through the back door is a quiet but well-greased effort to build a monster highway that is part and parcel of a plan to wipe out the borders altogether.   And by the way, that border bill does create a fence -- maybe, somehow, sort of -- it all depends on how the lawyers look at it.   Like many millions of other Americans, you probably have wondered why our leaders in both parties fight tooth and nail against popular demand to curb the flow of illegal aliens...   Washington's bipartisan effort to foil the 80-90% of Americans who demand border security is still going full-steam ahead...   In a previous column, we spotlighted one little-discussed reason elected leaders fight back so fiercely against the demands of the voters on this issue — i.e., Mexico has oil, and we may need more of it someday...   Look for the alarm bells to be silent until after the election...   farmers and others in Texas whose property would be displaced have been showing up in droves at hearings required by law and venting their anger.   Planners don't want that discontent to spread elsewhere -- at least not before the upcoming elections...   [The Kelo vs. New London] decision prompted anger on Capitol Hill.   The House passed legislation to correct the situation months ago.   But in the Senate (according to Lee Bellinger's American Sentinel), it has been held up by Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, the liberal Republican whose political chestnuts were pulled out of the fire in 2004 when the White House backed him over his conservative primary opponent Pat Toomey...   The bottom line is the fix appears to be in to erase our borders with Mexico and Canada...   one can see why a border fence bill would have the proverbial more holes in it than Swiss cheese, and also why the NAFTA highway is going forward, seemingly unstoppable.   There's big money out there.   And politicians from Washington to Mexico City to Ottawa to Podunk are scrambling to get on the gravy train before it leaves the station...   Dr. Robert Pastor, vice chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Task Force on North America... has issued a report flatly advocating the elimination of the borders between the U.S.A., Mexico, and Canada...   Pastor's solution to the problem of illegal immigration is simple: Stop defending the U.S. border...   Representatives Virgil Goode (R-VA); Tom Tancredo (R-CO) -- whose whole congressional career has focused on the illegal aliens issue; Ron Paul (R-TX); and Walter Jones (R-NC) have co-sponsored a resolution expressing 'the sense of Congress that the United States should not engage in construction of a North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Superhighway system or enter into a North American Union (NAU) with Mexico and Canada'...   This whole business of erasing borders and redistributing the wealth of nations would fit perfectly with the agenda actively pursued by billionaire George Soros."

2006-10-09
Richard Connolly _Patriot Ledger_
Aggressively prosecuting employers would curb illegal immigration

2006-10-09
Daniel Strumpf _Voice of San Diego_
As border gains attention, so does agent corruption
"Michael Gilliland was charged with smuggling illegal aliens for financial gain and bribery, among other crimes.   When federal agents raided [Richard Elizalda's] home, the veteran customs officer was arrested on charges of smuggling both immigrants and drugs.   His BMW and Lexus were parked nearby and more than $50K worth of cash and jewelry were confiscated...   Of the 172 corruption cases that are currently being pursued against border officials nationwide, 72 -- or roughly 40% -- target local officers, according to statistics provided by the Department of Homeland Security.   'That 40% of corruption cases are for this 200-mile section of border between San Diego and Imperial counties and Mexico is pretty significant and pretty compelling.', said Jack Hook, an investigator with the Department of Homeland Security's local Office of the Inspector General.   'It indicates that border corruption is a major issue and Southern California has more than its share of cases.'...   The high percentage of corruption cases doesn't account for those being pursued by the San Diego office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and a local FBI task-force, Hook said.   Those ongoing investigations and the recent cases could 'very well be just the tip of the iceberg when speaking in terms of border corruption', Hook said...   the total numbers of local investigations that found wrong-doing have actually declined in recent years...   A rogue official along the border can pose a threat to national security...   Those who catch wayward officers say the officials are often motivated by greed or love...   Bribes have recently reached $1,500 a head, said AB, who heads the FBI's local border corruption task-force...   Once they're seduced, many officials start off smuggling immigrants, something that's easily justified as harmless or a humanitarian act and not as serious as drugs or weapons, Wong said.   But the scope of the smuggling often grows with time...   Chris Bauder, the president of local chapter of the National Border Patrol Council, said a host of complaints including low pay, a lack of advancement opportunities and difficulties transferring to other sectors have led to low or no morale among agents.   A former loss prevention specialist in the retail industry, Bauder compared some border agents' feelings of dissatisfaction to those of a disgruntled department store employee who steals from [his] employer...   After Operation Gatekeeper, the agency lowered its hiring standards in an effort to bolster its ranks, Bauder said.   Recruiting now occurs at swap meets instead of colleges and the responsibility for conducting background checks has been out-sourced to private companies, he said...   Bauder points to the case of Oscar Ortiz, a former Border Patrol agent who pleaded guilty in January to conspiring to smuggle people.   Investigators found that Ortiz was actually an illegal immigrant and had lied about his citizenship on his job application in 2001."

2006-10-09
_kitsapsun_
US immigration mile-stones

2006-10-09
Edwin S. Rubenstein _V Dare_
Immigrant displacement of American workers continues (with graph)
"the Household Survey, which is based on households rather than businesses, indicates a much stronger September job market: 271K jobs added.   This is the survey that reports ethnicity.   Here are the month's employment gains/losses by racial group: Hispanic: +28K (+0.14%).   All non-Hispanic: +243K (+0.19%).   Since about half of Hispanics are foreign-born, we use Hispanic employment as an indicator of immigrant employment—data which the government, disgracefully, does not collect.   September marked the third month in a row in which Hispanic job growth lagged that of non-Hispanics.   This is, of course, anomalous in recent history.   Since George W. Bush took office (2001 January) Hispanic employment has risen by 3.438M positions -- a gain of 21.3% -- while 3.636M jobs were filled by non-Hispanics -- a gain of 3.0%...   In 2006 September Pay-roll employment [from the establishment survey] was 3.159M above where it was at the start of the Bush administration.   But the Household Survey employment is currently 7.072M above its 2001 January level...   illegal aliens...will tend not to show up in the Pay-roll Survey for the simple reason that employers who admit to hiring them risk stiff penalties.   (Even though the Bush Administrations appears to have quietly abandoned enforcing these laws.)...   The gap between the two employment surveys (9M jobs) strikingly resembles the estimated number of illegal immigrant workers (6M)."

2006-10-09
Paul Craig Roberts _V Dare_
Jobs Data Show Mounting Economic Problems
"Only 59K net new private sector jobs [seasonally adjusted] were created during September.   That is about 90K less than would be needed to stay even with population growth.   Like all jobs that the US economy has created in the 21st century, the September jobs are in domestic services.   Waitresses and bartenders accounted for a quarter of the new jobs.   The remainder were in health care and social assistance, wholesale trade and transportation, financial activities, and accounting and book-keeping services.   US manufacturing lost another 19K jobs...   Jobs off-shoring and work visas for foreigners are dismantling the ladders of upward mobility that made America an opportunity society for American citizens.   In the 21st century, real income growth has been limited to a few at the top, while median family income stagnates or declines.   As a result of the moronic American system of tying CEO pay to quarterly results, fat cats get richer by arbitraging labor and replacing American workers with foreigners...   Meanwhile corporate bankruptcies and other machinations are depriving more Americans of pensions and health care coverage."

2006-10-09
Paul Craig Roberts _V Dare_
The New Face of Class Warfare
"During the past 5 years (2001 January—2006 January), the information sector of the U.S. economy lost 644K jobs or 17.4% of its work force.   Computer systems design and related lost 105K jobs or 8.5% of its work force.   Clearly, jobs off-shoring is not creating jobs in computers and information technology.   Indeed, jobs off-shoring is not even creating jobs in related fields."

2006-10-09
_Beaver County Times_
Good riddance to Allegheny County Sheriff Pete DeFazio
"In the past year, 3 of DeFazio's top lieutenants have been sentenced for various crimes, including perjury, money laundering, bribery and illegally demanding political donations for the sheriff.   The Associated Press reported that a federal probe of the office continues.   DeFazio at least had the good sense to retire.   He will be well taken care of.   He leaves with 36 years of service and a hefty pension."

2006-10-09
Lisa de Nike _Johns Hopkins University Gazette_
Andrew Fire, JHU adjunct professor of biology, won Nobel prize
"'Andy is a scientist's scientist; he loves to think deeply about scientific problems and data, and he is careful not to over-interpret his data in a climate that encourages such behavior.', says Hill, an assistant professor in the Biology Department.   'What's more, he is amazingly selfless with his time in discussing ideas and research that are unrelated to his own.   A rare trait.'   Fire's association with Johns Hopkins began in 1989, when he became a senior researcher at the Carnegie Institution's Baltimore-based Department of Embryology; scientists there receive unpaid part-time adjunct positions in the Johns Hopkins Biology Department, where they typically work with graduate students.   Fire shares the Nobel with Craig C. Mello of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.   In an October 2 announcement of the prize, the two were honored by the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet for discoveries related to RNA interference, a process that could eventually allow researchers to turn off the genes that trigger various illnesses.   Since Fire and Mello published their findings in 1998, RNAi has become a widespread research tool.   Though he left the Carnegie Institution in 2003 for the Stanford University School of Medicine, where he is a professor of pathology and genetics, Fire remains active at Johns Hopkins despite the distance between Palo Alto, CA, and the Homewood campus in Baltimore."

2006-10-09
Sean Maroney _Voice of America_
Inflation model earned American, Edmund Phelps, the Nobel prize for economics
abc
BBC
"American Edmund Phelps has won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Economics for his research in analyzing the relationship between inflation and unemployment...   Phelps research challenged the view that you needed a one-time increase of the inflation rate in order to decrease unemployment.   Prize Committee Chairman Jorgen Weibull says time has helped prove Phelps' hypothesis...   Phelps says his theory shows how future economic policy depends on individuals' actions today and what they think may happen tomorrow.   'I have tried to put the people back into our economic model.', explained Edmund Phelps.   'And in particular, to take into account their expectations about what other economic actors are doing at the same moment and also about the future.   Decisions by the government and individuals have to be made without complete information about the state of the world and very important, without complete knowledge of how the economy works.'"

2006-10-09 16:02PDT (19:02EDT) (23:02GMT)
Golam Mustofa Sarowar _All HeadLine News_
Jordan Will Replace Bangladeshi Garment Workers
"Jordan will replace Bangladeshi workers with Jordanians in garment factories, The Jordan Times reported on Sunday.   Jordan planned to deport guest-workers in the wake of wide allegations against employers of violations of foreign workers' rights in qualified industrial zones, QIZ, the daily said quoting Jordan's Labor Minister Bassem Salem.   The U.S. National Labor Committee (NLC) in its latest report criticized Jordan's garment factories for violations of guest-workers' rights, including human trafficking, working hours, passport confiscation and over-time pay.   The US report charged 'Attacks', a factory that produces garments for Target, JC Penney, Nautica and Russell in the U.S. with violations of the rights...   The NLC claimed that Silver Planet, which produces clothes for Wal-Mart, fired, imprisoned, beat and forcibly deported another eight workers who demanded their most basic legal rights, on September 2.   Workers at the Rainbow Textile Company in Al Dulayl Industrial Park in Zarqa, went on strike last week demanding an end to severe physical beatings, mandatory 15-hour shifts without overtime pay and continued confiscation of their passports.   In addition, the NLC update accused Horizon Clothing Manufacturing, Jordan Silk Factory and Atlanta Textile Manufacturing of violating their workers' rights."

2006-10-09
Michael Cutler _Family Security Matters_
Fence Bill without funding is useless
"Congressman Sensenbrenner has accomplished much, while holding off politically bankrupt politicians who support guest worker amnesty programs that would legalize unknown millions of illegal aliens.   With an official identity document that could then be used as a 'breeder document', enabling millions of illegal aliens to create new and false identities including driver's licenses, Social Security Cards, bank accounts, credit cards and even library cards, the true identities of these aliens would be impossible to determine.   This would enable terrorists to game the system easily and embed themselves among us as they prepare once again to attack our nation and slaughter innocent Americans... Where the fence is concerned, to borrow a quote [jgo], 'Show me the money!'   For all too many of our political 'leaders' the name of the game is to create whatever illusion they believe is required to attract voters, but to make certain that the status quo is maintained...   a number of the members of both houses of Congress voted for the fence but really don't want it built."

2006-10-09
_WashTech_
Extreme dearth of data on off-shoring impairs economic analysis and policy decision-making
"sobering report issued last month by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Industrial Performance Center criticized the U.S. government's ability to develop sound economic policy due to the extreme lack of data available concerning the off-shoring of American jobs.   The MIT report was released just 3 days after the Washington State Democratic Congressional delegation requested the U.S. immigration service to issue an annual report on the H-1B visa program. U.S. senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, along with U.S. representatives Adam Smith, Jay Inslee, Jim McDermott, Rick Larson, Norm Dicks, and Brian Baird, requested the annual report in a letter to Emilio Gonzalez, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [USCIS], which is part of the Homeland Security Department.   Since 1998, the law has required that an annual H1B visa report be issued to Congress.   According to the letter, however, it has not been issued to Congress in more than 3 years.   The letter specifically requests data on the number of H1B visas issued, the occupations involved, and the actual pay for the H-1B visa guest-workers, based on W-2 forms...   Also last month, U.S. representative Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT) introduced federal legislation that would require the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics [BLS] and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis [BEA] to increase the amount of information they gather from corporations and other employers related to off-shoring of U.S. jobs."

2006-10-09
DJIA11,857.81
S&P 5001,350.66
NASDAQ2,311.77
10-year US T-Bond4.70%
crude oil59.96
gold582.80
silver11.42
platinum1,095.80
palladium303.25
copper0.21331
natgas$6.429/MBTU
unleadedgasoline$1.4949/gal
heatingoil$1.7297/gal

I usually get this info from MarketWatch, which gets them from BigCharts.
 

2006-10-10 (5767 Tishrei 18) - 28 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-10
Kim Berry _Programmers Guild_/_PR Web_
Programmers Guild Calls on Congress to include US Worker Protections in Pending Immigration Legislation
e-Media Wire
American Chronicle
"The SKIL Bill would create a floating H-1b cap that could flood nearly 1.5M H-1b guest-workers into the U.S. tech job market over the next 7 years.   Recent studies by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and IEEE demonstrate that the current H-1b program does not protect U.S. workers.   'It is legal to sponsor H-1b workers even when qualified U.S. workers are available.', according to Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild.   For example, in nearly every month from January 2001 through March 2006 the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) sponsored H-1b guest-workers to fill civil engineering positions, even though there were qualified U.S. candidates reachable on civil service exam lists...   the policy of the State of California is to sponsor H-1B guest-workers even when qualified U.S. workers are available.   Another problem with the current H-1B program is that it allows employers to pay H-1b workers wages that are substantially below market wages...   A key proponent of expanding the H-1B program under the SKIL Bill is the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).   'It is not that law offices have trouble hiring technical staff, but rather that displacing U.S. workers represents a $100M industry for AILA'...   Congressman Pascrell's HR4378, the 'Defend the American Dream Act of 2005' would remove the gaping loop-holes which currently allow employers to underpay H-1Bs yet be in full compliance with the law.   It would also require employers to first recruit U.S. citizens and permanent residents before they could sponsor H-1b workers.   'If the provisions of the Pascrell bill were in effect, the current H-1B cap would be more than sufficient.', according to Norm Matloff, Professor of Computer Science [at the University of California at Davis]."

2006-10-09 23:02PDT (2006-10-10 02:02EDT) (2006-10-10 06:02GMT)
_Harvard Crimson_
Too Many Visas
Norm Matloff _H-1B/ L-1/ Off-Shoring e-News-Letter_
"It is customary that an editorial represent a consensus of the editorial board.   I see no obvious CEO off-spring names there, as occurred once with a student reporter a few years ago.   But the editorial is so detailed in knowledge of the politics of H-1B, and uses so many of the industry lobbyists' standard lines, that it's hard to believe that it was the result of anything other than the industry lobbyists' PR work.   Of course, it is standard operating procedure for lobbyists to meet with editorial boards and suggest topics for editorials, but I never heard of it happening for student newspapers before.   It would be interesting if this was the case here.   Wherever these editors got their information, it's disconcerting that this presumably critically thinking, sophisticated group would fall for the misleading, simplistic claims made by the industry.   For example, surely they've seen enough about lay-offs and off-shoring in the tech industry to know better than to claim that there is a labor shortage in Silicon Valley.   For the record, starting salaries in computer science and electrical engineering, adjusted for inflation have been flat since 1999.   This year wages for new graduates in those fields went up by 0.2% and 2.9%, respectively, which is less than inflation.   And even if they had been unaware that 2 studies commissioned by Congress found that underpayment of H-1Bs is rampant, surely they understand the issue of legal loop-holes, which is the basis for that under-payment.   Can one make it to Harvard and not know that the big firms take aggressive advantage of every loop-hole they can find in the tax code, and in fact lobbied to get those loop-holes put in the code in the first place?   Is it too much to then realize the same holds for loop-holes in the definition of 'prevailing' wage in H-1B law?   What a contrast this editorial is to the session on H-1B in the annual Asian-American Conference on Law and Public Policy in 2001, sponsored by Harvard Law School and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.   I was an invited panelist in that session, and 2 of the other 3 panelists were also very critical of the H-1B program.   It was my impression that that was also true of most of the students in attendance; one of them, Alexander Nguyen, had already written an excellent article on the topic for the American Prospect magazine."

2006-10-10 09:18PDT (12:18EDT) (16:18GMT)
Miranda Vagg _Medina Journal-Register_
Raids targeting illegal aliens and their employers leave farmers reeling, and so they should be
"Local farmers are up in arms over the raids, with many feeling threatened and fearful of their own government...   Afer the raid at Torrey Farms, word spread through Latin American work camps like wildfire and workers fled their homes, Baker said...   Torrey said she was raided once before, in 1997 [and that the] workers at Torrey Farms are referred to her by the NYS Department of Labor."

2006-10-10
Nina-Maria Potts _Voice of America_
Transparency says Red Chinese, Indian and Russian companies routinely pay bribes
"Corrupt companies from the world's leading exporters routinely pay bribes, especially in the developing world.   That's the message from NGO [non-governmental organization] Transparency International, which analyzed data from a survey of business executives in 125 countries.   The worst offenders were companies from India, [Red China] and Russia.   African respondents, though, named French and Italian companies as being among the most corrupt...   Mexican anti-corruption advocate Eduardo Bohorquez wonders how developing countries can ever tackle corruption when powerful foreign companies are paying bribes."
NIS News: Bribery increasing problem for Dutch business world
International Construction Review: Bribe payers are causing heavy losses to honest companies
South Africa Business Day: Indian politician charged with taking hefty bribe on Israeli missile deal
Jamaica Gleaner: Business corruption rife globally
Raw Story: Hong Kong fares worst in international corruption

2006-10-10
_Construction_ Engineers commit to ending corruption
"About 10% of the approximately $4T spent annually for engineering and construction worldwide is lost to corrupt activities, according to conservative estimates...   As a result, the American Society of Civil Engineers has adopted an amendment to its 92-year-old Code of Ethics that further expanded its zero-tolerance policy for bribery and corruption...   Act with zero-tolerance for bribery, fraud and corruption in all engineering or construction activities in which they are engaged...   Strive for transparency in the procurement and execution of projects."

2006-10-10
David Washburn _San Diego Union-Tribune_
San Diego WorkForce Partnership's expensive web site offers little, attracts few
"The San Diego WorkForce Partnership spent $2.6M on an on-line program for job hunters that took 4 years to develop and is little more than a compilation of web links that so far has attracted 199 users...   the project was beset with cronyism and incompetence since first conceived by Partnership CEO Lawrence G. Fitch and executives from LearningFramework, a locally based on-line learning company...   Initially scheduled to go live by mid-2003, the jobs web site did not become accessible until June 2005 via the Partnership's home page at www.sandiegoatwork.com.   It consists of several tip sheets for job seekers and a series of pages with links to nearly 100 home pages from government, employment and social service agencies.   The site offers no real-time interactivity between clients and the Partnership...   'It is not useful.', Kenner said...   Most of the money from the grant – one of the Partnership's largest one-time awards – was spent on 3 San Diego-area 'career opportunity centers' for military personnel...   More than 2,600 people have enrolled in the job training programs, and 8K have received some kind of service from the centers, according to the Partnership."

2006-10-10
Martin C. Bricketto _Express-Times_
NJ candidates for US senate disagree over immigration
"'I think it's in the national security interest of the United States of knowing who is here to pursue the American dream versus who is here to destroy it.', U.S. senate Robert Menendez told the editorial board...   Republican candidate Tom Kean Jr., a state senator from Westfield, has criticized the immigration measure supported by Menendez as amnesty.   Menendez, a former congressman from Hudson County, voted for a bi-partisan proposal that passed through the U.S. senate in May but has [thank goodness] stalled in the House of Representatives...   Kean spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker said the senate bill 'makes a mockery of our legal system and rewards those who have broken our laws'."
Other candidates in the contest include:
Daryl Mikell Brooks of the "Poor People's Campaign",
J. M. Carter of "God We Trust",
Len Flynn of the Libertarian Party,
Edward Forchion of "G.R.I.P. Legalize Marijuana",
Angela L. Lariscy of the Socialist Workers Party,
Gregory Pason of the Socialist Party USA,
N. Leondard Smith of "Solidarity, Defend Life",

2006-10-10
Norm Matloff _H-1B/ L-1/ Off-Shoring e-News-Letter_
comments on belated Salon comment on comments of 2006 February on ACM study of off-shoring
"Some months ago I made a posting to my e-newsletter (which I refuse to call a blog) on the study by the ACM on off-shoring.   Andrew Leonard, an editor of Salon on-line magazine, has just learned of my critique of the ACM study (and of ACM itself), and commented on it in his blog yesterday...   His commentary on it below is fair, and is a good summary.   (An even quicker summary would be, 'The ACM is worried sick that its empire is crumbling, and thus produced a highly biased, statistically deceiving and self-serving report which tells us that off-shoring is fine.')...   [In my February article, I quoted] Rob Ramer, a computer security expert.   As Leonard points out, one point I made in my posting was that the ACM had a major vested interest in producing a rosy report on off-shoring: Worries about off-shoring have caused would-be computer science students to flee the field, thus causing the academics who are the movers and shakers in the ACM to experience, in Leonard's clever phrasing, 'declining funding and power in the university rat race'...   I definitely have a point of view on the subjects of H-1B and off-shoring.   But I would add that my situation is very different from the ACM's, as I have no personal stake in the H-1B and off-shoring issues.   Neither of them brings any harm to me.   On the contrary, in my posting I pointed out that I and most other computer science professors are pleased that the declining enrollment has finally brought class sizes down to manageable levels.   If anything, I am benefitting from the very phenomena I'm criticizing, the antithesis of ACM's self-serving actions.   One last comment: Leonard says that he finds Rob Sanchez's e-news-letter to be 'over-the-top xenophobic'.   I disagree.   I'm quite sensitive to xenophobia, and my ears prick up whenever I hear a hint of it, but I can't recall ever seeing him write something of that nature.   In Rob's defense, I would point out that he has complained about people who demonize illegal immigrants, and in fact he is married to a Chinese immigrant, hardly acts of a xenophobe."
Chambliss's S25
Chambliss's S1119
Chambliss's S2087
 
Frist's S2454
Specter's S2611
Hagel's S2612
Cornyn's S2691
 
Goode's H.Con.Res.50
Paul's H.Con.Res.56
Paul's H.Con.Res.132
Goode's H.Con.Res.186
Goode's H.Con.Res.221
Goode's H.Con.Res.487
Paul's H.Con.Res.709
 
Goode's H.Res.839
Paul's H.J.Res.14
Paul's H.J.Res.46
 
Paul's HR220
Paul's HR401
Paul's HR858
Paul's HR1017
Supplemental Appropariations HR1268
 
Tancredo's HR1325
Tancredo's HR1450
Paul's HR1470
Tancredo's HR1587
Paul's HR1658
 
Paul's HR1703
Defense Appropriation HR1815
Paul's HR2455
Science Appropriations HR2862
Unpatriotic Act HR3199
 
Nancy L. Johnson's HR3322
Tancredo's HR3333
Tancredo's HR3700

Pascrell's HR4378
 
Sensenbrenner's HR4437
Hyde's HR4844
Defense Authorization HR5122
FDA/Agriculture Appropriations HR5384
 
DHS Appropriations HR5441
Wu's NSF Grants HR5604
Paul's HR5627
Shadegg's HR5744
King's HR6061
 

2006-10-11 (5767 Tishrei 19) - 27 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-11 (5767 Tishrei 19)
Daniel Pipes _Jewish World Review_
Don't You Dare Bring that Booze in My Taxi!: American Muslims are demanding that "infidels" abide by their rules. One city caves. Will others follow

2006-10-10 20:20PDT (2006-10-10 23:20EDT) (2006-10-11 03:20GMT)
Harry Reynolds _Journal Gazette/Times-Courier_
Advocates of illegality
News Busters
"Some estimates of the number of Mexicans living illegally in America run as high as 30M, though the government puts it at 11M-12M.   In any case, our borders are harboring millions of people who just broke into our home -- and stayed...   America is being invaded.   And with a vengeance...   So, yeah, we can use immigrants.   Many jobs go begging for want of workers.   A note, however.   It's not that Americans are too lazy to do the jobs for which some employers are offering appallingly low wages.   I've never bought the argument that it is necessary to pay poverty wages to keep the American economy humming.   But, the fact is the giant grind of capitalism's wheels follows its narrow, flawed, philosophical path...   How an illegal alien obtains a driver's license legally without being arrested at the point of application and shipped back to his own country remains a mystery.   We need to get a handle on the problem of illegal immigration.   No nation can endure unfettered borders...   I'm not at all certain erecting a fence along the southern border will stop illegal aliens, but it will slow them down.   We must get control of our borders...   Violent protesters stormed the stage at Columbia University where Jim Gilchrist of the Minutemen Project was speaking...   security personnel [evacuated] Gilchrist and another author scheduled to speak...   Open and honest debate is imperative in regard to the problem of illegal immigration...   On October 5, the one CNN story was narrated with commentary by Lou Dobbs on his program: 'In New York City last night, illegal alien amnesty supporters in an unusual setting attacked Jim Gilchrist, the founder of the Minutemen Project.   Gilchrist had just taken the stage at New York's Columbia University.   That's right Columbia University.   Columbia Television News was video-taping the event.   As you see, suddenly, Columbia students stormed the stage forcing Gilchrist to run for his safety.   Students waving banners claiming, quote, No one is ever illegal. endquote.   Those chanted slogans of the illegal alien amnesty movement.   Thankfully no one was hurt but Columbia's reputation as a university is in question tonight as Columbia University Republicans who sponsored the events says this demonstration proves there is no free speech on their campus.   And they have the evidence to prove their point.   Minutemen, whether you like them or not, have been the target of violent protests and demonstrations by illegal aliens and their supporters all this year.   Protests across the country, calling the Minutemen racist, all because of their nonviolent efforts to protect borders and keep out illegal aliens...   Columbia University, you ought to be ashamed.   And I'll tell you, much of this nation who cares about such things as free speech is ashamed of you.'"

2006-10-11 04:30PDT (07:30EDT) (11:30GMT)
Georgie Anne Geyer _Ocala Star-Banner_
Small-city mayor leads crack-down on illegal aliens
Scranton Times-Tribune
"Mayor Barletta, the engaging grand-son of Italian immigrants, presides over Hazleton, until recently a prosperous and uniquely civil little city of beautiful old houses and growing industrial zones.   It lies 45 miles south of Scranton...   Everything was going well until 2001, he told us, 'when I noticed things were changing.   The population ballooned from 23K to 31K in a very short time, and suddenly we were seeing blight in our neighborhoods.   We had absentee landlords and tremendous over-crowding; we found 9 Mexicans living on the floor, the refrigerator filled with roaches...'...   A man was killed after a football game in a drug deal gone bad; another man stabbed his girlfriend and jumped out of the window; last spring, a 14-year-old was arrested for shooting a gun on the playground; gangland graffiti began appearing on the walls of homes; and finally a 29-year-old man was shot between the eyes and killed.   The 4 men arrested in the killing were all illegal aliens.   Suddenly it was not uncommon to wait 4 to 5 hours in the emergency rooms, schools became miserably overcrowded, and one imaginative illegal was apprehended with 5 different Social Security cards...   'I realized I'd veritably lost my city.   And we only had 31 police officers - we should have had at least 60.   Although crime was up by 10%, violent crime had doubled.'...   The city voted in an ordinance, the Illegal Immigration Relief Act, which has garnered attention across the country, to suspend the licenses of companies who hire illegals, to hold landlords accountable (a $1K fine) for renting to illegals, and (in a separate ordinance) to make English the official language of education and government...   'Illegal doesn't have a race.', he said.   'I embrace all legal residents.'   Curiously, Harvard University political scientist Robert Putnam has recently published bleak findings of his research showing how the ethnic diversity passions of the pro-immigration left are breaking down the public civility that Barletta is striving to maintain.   The more diverse a community is, says Putnam, author of the 2000 book on societal atomization, _Bowling Alone_, the more likely that its inhabitants don't trust anyone in the community...   [Putnam said] 'And it's not just that we don't trust people who are not like us.   In diverse communities, we don't trust people who do look like us...   They don't trust the local mayor, they don't trust the local paper, they don't trust other people, and they don't trust institutions.   The only thing there's more of is protest marches and TV-watching.'...   In Hazleton, most of the illegals, obviously sensing the mood, just got up and left, many of them in the middle of the night."

2006-10-11 04:57PDT (07:57EDT) (11:57GMT)
Danny Bubp _Cincinnati Enquirer_/_Community Press & Recorder_
Serious issues await Ohio's 127th General Assembly
"Our goal in the legislature has been to make Ohio a better place to work, live and raise a family.   To accomplish this goal, we need a business climate that will create high-paying jobs and expand the economy.   While individual income tax rates were lowered, there is still much more work to be done...   we recently passed out of committee Substitute House Bill 626, which will accelerate the personal income tax reduction by phasing the reduction in over four years instead of 5.   In the 127th General Assembly, we want to revisit the issue of a reduction in the capital gains tax for Ohio.   This proposed reduction has been endorsed by the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio Manufacturers Association and many other Ohio business organizations...   we are currently working on the Work Force Protection and Illegal Alien Enforcement Act, House Bill 654, introduced by my colleague, representative Bill Seitz.   It is clear millions of undocumented and illegal aliens currently in this country pose a potential security threat to all of us.   As your state representative, I will work with Seitz on passing legislation that will protect Ohio and its lawful resident citizens."

2006-10-11 07:27:59PDT (10:27:59EDT) (14:27:59GMT)
Erin Lynch _Westport News_
Libertarians nominate Maymin in 4th congressional district
"'There is no real difference between Shays and Farrell.   Everyone knew immediately after 2004 we were going to be seeing a rematch this year and it's a false rematch.   It's the choice between one big government candidate and another big government candidate.   They both raise taxes, they both increase spending, they both increase debt.   They both feel that they are better at deciding how you should spend your money, your life and your time than you are.   They feel if there is a problem, government will solve it.   But I disagree and I think the majority of people in America disagree.', Maymin said during a meeting with the editorial board of Brooks Community Newspapers.   According to Maymin, the role of the American government should be limited to "the pursuit of justice and national defense.'   Everything else, he said, is up to the American people, who should be given the freedom to 'solve their own problems, determine their own destiny and future'...   40% of the 4th District is made up of unaffiliated voters...   'By having a Libertarian-principled position, my views on any topic are consistent and determined based on first principles, which are that stealing is wrong, you own yourself, the government should be smaller and individual liberties should be greater...   It's not that I have a particular issue that I would like to push through but I can address what people tell me are their top priorities, which are, for example, Iraq, illegal aliens, the government's position on regulations of the economy, enormous taxes, enormous spending and enormous debt.', he said...   When asked how he felt on the issue of immigration, Maymin, who immigrated to this country when he was 5 to escape communist Russia, said, 'I would seal the borders.   You have to close your doors, you have to know who is coming in, it's your property and you have to defend it.', he said.   Maymin has a simple solution for illegal aliens, 'You deport them.'   There are two options, he said, with deportation: big government solutions or the Libertarian solution.   'The right thing to do', Maymin said, is to change the immigration laws and to offer incentives to those who enter this country illegally to go back to their homeland and attempt to enter again legally.   If illegal aliens do not leave this country voluntarily, Maymin said he supported immediate deportation that includes a life-long ban from the United States.   Besides wishing to see the government giving power and choice back to its people, Maymin said he also decided to run for Congress because of his 8-month-old daughter.   'I want her to live in a free country.   We emigrated from Russia to the freest country on Earth, it's a shining light to the rest of the world and I want her to live in a place where she doesn't have to ask permission to start a company, all she needs is an idea, a dream, hard work and she can achieve anything.'"

2006-10-11 07:59PDT (10:59EDT) (14:59GMT)
Einal Paz-Frankel _Memphis Business Journal_
Poll: 59% would re-elect Bredesen governor of TN
"Bredesen still refuses to enforce existing state law (TCA 50-1-103) that deems hiring illegal aliens to be an unfair labor practice.   Bredesen has refused to enforce existing state law prohibiting employment of illegal aliens (TCA 50-1-103), so his ads claiming he is against [employing] illegal aliens are sheer campaign rhetoric that will be forgotten by December."

2006-10-11
_Iowa Politics_
Iowa's 3rd congressional district candidates on national security
"Jeff Lamberti criticized his opponent this morning for having an inconsistent record on issues relating to the War on Terror.   Lamberti pointed to Boswell's repeated flip-flops on border security and his weak record on missile defense and giving America the tools to fight terror.   'We need leaders who will be consistent when it comes to securing our borders from terrorists and illegal aliens, and leaders that will make sure we have the necessary resources to fight the War on Terror.', Lamberti said.   Lamberti specifically noted Boswell's ever changing opinion on building a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border [1].   Boswell has voted multiple times against building a fence in populated areas [2] [3].   In a September debate, Boswell mocked the idea of building a fence along the border.   Six days later, he voted for a 700 plus mile fence in Washington and now he acts as if he supported it all along...
Documentation:
[1] Iowa Press Debate: 'Thousands of miles of fence- c'mon let's get real', (Boswell 2006/09/08)
[2] HR418: Authorizing the completion of a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border in populated areas, 2005/02/10 Boswell votes NAY
[3] HR10, House vote 519: An amendment filling 2 gaps in the 14 mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, 2004/10/08, Boswell votes NAY
[4] HR5122 Vote 142 An amendment to reduce Missile Defense Agency funding by $4.7G 2006/05/11
[5] Iowa Press: Boswell calls the wire-tapping program 'the wrong decision', (Henderson, Kay Radio Iowa 2006/02/17)
[6] H Res 896: Providing for consideration of a resolution supporting intelligence programs to track terrorist finances. 2006/06/29. Boswell Votes NAY
[7] HR2975, Roll Call Vote #384 2001/10/12, Boswell votes NAY"

2006-10-11
_Arizona Daily Star_
ICE agents raided Yuma school construction site for illegal alien employees
"Of the 6 workers who were detained, 2 were being held [pending clarification of] their immigration status, said Jim Pilkington, owner of Pilkington Construction Co., the firm managing sub-contractors involved in the project.   One of those workers had been on the job for 10 years.   'We do our home-work.', he said.   'We have pretty strict policies to make sure we do not hire illegal aliens.'"

2006-10-11 08:35PDT (11:35EDT) (15:35GMT)
Lou Dobbs _CNN_
Middle Class Needs to Fight Back Now
"I don't know about you, but I can't take seriously anyone who takes either the Republican Party or Democratic Party seriously -- in part because neither party takes you and me seriously; in part because both are bought and paid for by corporate America and special interests. And neither party gives a damn about the middle class.   Our country's middle class is not just collateral damage in what has become all-out class warfare.   Political, business and academic elites are waging an outright war on working men and women and their families, and there is no chance the American middle class will survive this assault if the dominant forces unleashed over the past 5 years continue unchecked...   In 1968 there were only 63 lobbyists in Washington.   Today, there are more than 34K, and lobbyists now outnumber our elected representatives and their staffs by a 2-to-1 margin."

2006-10-11
Katrina A. Goggins _Times & Democrat_
SC state senate committee continues to examine border security
"South Carolina will have to create its own plan to address illegal immigration, a problem that is increasing the size of schools and prisons and affecting wages, the chairman of a state Senate study committee on illegal immigration said Tuesday.   'What we're going to draw from these meetings is a package of initiatives to address criminal activities by illegal aliens.', said senator Jim Ritchie, R-Spartanburg.   'And we're going to impose the rule of law on illegal immigrants in the workplace when they do business with the state, which is what we are allowed to do.'...   The panel is considering legislation that would: Require all public agencies, their contractors and subcontractors to verify an employee's citizenship by participating in a federal program that compares employee forms to certain data-bases, such as one maintained by Social Security; Screen jails for illegal immigrants; and Allow state prosecutors to go after the crimes of sexual or labor servitude and regulate immigration service companies...   Illegal immigration is causing a burden on local governments, Beaufort County Council Member Starletta Hairston said during the hearing.   'In Beaufort County jails, we have over 40 illegal aliens at a cost of 60 dollars a day, which is passed on to the taxpayers.', she said.   'And our schools in Beaufort County have increased over 100% of children believed to be children of illegal immigrants.   The cost is staggering.'   Hospitals are strained and illegal immigrants are also 'depressing wages' in Beaufort County, Hairston said."

2006-10-11 11:57PDT (14:57EDT) (18:57GMT)
William L. Watts _MarketWatch_
Federal government deficit fell to $247.7G for FY2006
"Both receipts and spending growth out-paced [GDP] in 2006, with both sides of the ledger rising to record levels, according to the Treasury Department.   Revenues surged 11.8% to $2.407T, while outlays grew 7.4%, to $2.654T.   The final deficit figure was an improvement on the White House's summer estimate of a $296G short-fall.   Individual income-tax receipts grew by 12.6% from fiscal 2005, to $1.044T.   Corporate income tax receipts grew 27.2%, totaling $343.9G in fiscal 2006."
posted $56G surplus in September
"The Treasury Department said that interest on the federal debt totaled $20.9G in September, or 7.4% of total outlays for the month.   For the full fiscal year, interest payments totaled $405.9G, or 16.9 cents of every dollar spent by the federal government.   Total borrowing from the public was reduced $41.5G in September, bringing total borrowing for the year to $237G.   Borrowing in fiscal 2005 totaled $296.7G.   [Based on figures reported in the _Historical Statistics of the United States_ from the census bureau, from 1789 to 1902, the cumulative federal expenditures were about $17G...jgo]"

2006-10-11
Michael Cutler _Family Security Matters_
Special Agents Need Better Training
"Phillip Mudd, a high ranking member of the FBI's counterterrorism program, recently expressed concern about Iranian aliens living in San Francisco in what amounts to an enclave.   He believes these people should be viewed as a possible source of intelligence.   Indeed, it is worth the effort to attempt to cultivate intelligence and informants in such a situation, but there is also the potential role that special agents who enforce the immigration laws could play in such an effort.   In fact, agents that have traditionally played a key role in such investigations of foreign nationals operating within the borders of the United States are the special agents of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).   As an INS senior special agent, I worked a number of such investigations in conjunction with the JTTF (the Joint Terrorism Task Force) as have a number of my former colleagues who enforced the immigration laws.   One of the easiest charges to bring against a terrorism suspect is visa fraud, a charge that is usually pursued in conjunction with investigations of suspected terrorists.   This is why I am so frustrated that our nation continues to maintain the Visa Waiver Program which enables aliens from some 27 countries to enter the United States without first applying for and receiving a visa.   Additionally, even when criminal charges could not be brought against a suspected terrorist, often grounds for deportation could be developed and acted on.   Additionally, immigration files and records were often vital to the successful terrorism investigation just as they were in major narcotics investigations."

2006-10-11
Saritha Rai _NY Times_
Union disrupted plan to send ailing workers to India for cheaper medical care
"'No U.S. citizen should be exposed to the risks involved in traveling internationally for health care services.', Leo W. Gerard, the president of the union, said in a recent letter to the Senate and House committees that oversee health care.   He expressed his concern about the willingness of employers to offer incentives to employees to go over-seas...   Mr. Garrett, who works for Blue Ridge Paper Products in Canton, NC, had volunteered to get his treatments in India in return for a share in the company's savings.   Blue Ridge now says it will find Mr. Garrett a treatment alternative in the United States and will offer the over-seas option only to its salaried employees...   Who is liable if something goes wrong in an over-seas hospital? &nbps; And underlying all this is the even more explosive issue of potential job losses in the American health care industry, in an economy already sensitive to the large-scale shift of jobs to cheaper over-seas locations...   With medical costs in India routinely 80% lower than in the United States, experts predict that globally standardized health care delivered in countries like India and Thailand will eventually change the face of the health care business."

2006-10-11
Edward L. Daly _Mens News Daily_
Under-represented conservative base
Omega Letter
"what have the Republicans done in recent years that should motivate me to vote FOR them in November? &nbnsp; Let's see, they've increased domestic spending by leaps and bounds... violated the First Amendment to the Constitution via the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act... allowed a commission on the 9/11 atrocities to be formed that was so riddled with corrupt leftists that its findings aren't worth the paper they're printed on... turned a blind eye to the massive illegal alien problem facing our nation, until public opinion forced them to draft legislation that sorta, kinda deals with the issue... and caved into pressure from the left to treat captured terrorists as if they were nothing but rambunctious Boy Scouts!"

2006-10-11
_Hernando Today_
Illegal alien arrested for DUI in stolen mini-van
"A deputy was driving away from a stolen vehicle investigation Tuesday when the green mini-van reported stolen almost hit him head on, his report shows...   Rodriguez was arrested for DUI and later tests showed he had a breath alcohol level of .233, the deputy said.   Florida's legal limit is .08.   Rodriguez, an illegal alien from Mexico, later admitted he had been drinking beer and cough syrup that night, a report shows."

2006-10-11
_Gateway Pundit_
ACORN submitted 1,492 bogus voter registration cards

2006-10-11
_Kansas City InfoZine_
Census Bureau population numbers under-count immigration
"immigration and the children of recent immigrants account for nearly 90% of annual growth.   Legal [immigration] as well as illegal numbers must be addressed because legal immigrants act as magnets for friends and relatives to come illegally.   Once here, illegal aliens find safe harbor within the legal community.   Population-Environment Balance proposes a temporary moratorium of zero net immigration.   A moratorium would provide a breathing space that allowed a national debate to focus on the best interests of all Americans."
BALANCE
 

2006-10-12 (5767 Tishrei 20) - 26 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-11 21:01PDT (2005-10-12 00:01EDT) (2006-10-12 04:01GMT)
Marshall Loeb _MarketWatch_
Don't just get angry; write an effective complaint letter
"'E-mail often doesn't satisfy legal requirements, and it's usually 99% ineffective.', she says.   'The beauty of sending a complaint letter is that you can have legal proof...   It is difficult for a company to deny receiving your complaint letter when you can produce a certified mail receipts from the United States Postal Service.   Rubel offers these steps for getting your complaint addressed: Write a courteous letter to the company stating the problem and what you hope to achieve.   Never use profanity or harsh language.   Include a date for when you expect to hear a response.   Limit your letter to one page.   Don't make threats of law-suits or other such action in your initial letter.   Keep good records and never send original documents with your letter.   Always remain businesslike and polite.   Once you have sent your complaint letter, wait 10 business days before following up.   If you still get no response, follow up with another letter and contact the organization via phone.   Keep track of all conversations by noting the date and time, who you spoke with and what was said.   If you still have no luck, complain to the company's general counsel or your state attorney general..."

2006-10-12 05:30PDT (08:30EST) (13:30GMT)
Subri Raman & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
current press release
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 307,123 in the week ending October 7, an increase of 57,887 from the previous week.   There were 380,093 initial claims in the comparable week in 2005.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.6% during the week ending September 30, unchanged from the prior week.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,053,918, a decrease of 2,609 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 1.9% and the volume was 2,372,126.   Extended benefits were not available in any state during the week ending Sept. 23."

2006-10-12 06:54PDT (09:54EDT) (13:54GMT)
Saritha Rai _CIO Today_
Indian Out-Sorucers Face Fraud and Privacy Violation Back-Lash

2006-10-12 07:26PDT (10:26EDT) (14:26GMT)
Andrea Coombes _MarketWatch_
Americans are not quite the spendthrifts some stats suggest

2006-10-12 08:29PDT (11:29EDT) (15:29GMT)
Greg Robb _MarketWatch_
US trade deficit reached record $69.9G in August
BEA press release

2006-10-12
_Federal Reserve Board_
Beige Book

Summary
The Boston, Philadelphia, Richmond, Minneapolis and Dallas reports characterized labor markets as generally tight, particularly for skilled workers, while the remaining Districts noted that job growth was steady to stronger.   Six Districts mentioned labor shortages, particularly for professional, scientific, and other technical workers.   In addition, Kansas City said retailers faced shortages of experienced sales workers and Atlanta indicated that residential construction firms were having difficulty obtaining qualified construction workers, despite the slowdown in building activity.   In contrast, Cleveland reported that roughly half of the home-builders they contacted had reduced their labor force.   Wage growth around the nation was generally modest, although faster wage growth for skilled services workers was cited by a number of Districts.   The San Francisco District noted that a short supply of healthcare, finance and construction workers pushed wages higher.   In addition, Richmond noted a sharp uptick in retail wages and Atlanta reported that some manufacturers had raised entry-level wages in an effort to attract workers.   Most Districts reported few signs of increased price pressures in recent weeks.   A number of Districts said that energy prices moderated, but increases in raw materials prices were noted by Philadelphia, Richmond and Atlanta, and a rise in building materials prices was reported by Minneapolis.   Instances of businesses passing on higher costs were scattered across Districts; Cleveland and Atlanta said some manufacturers attempted to raise output prices while Boston reported increases in retail prices.   Boston also reported that costs for some businesses had increased--especially for airfare and hotel accommodations.   Likewise, the New York District noted that accommodation and theatre ticket prices had risen sharply compared to a year ago...   The Philadelphia, Richmond, St. Louis and San Francisco Districts reported increased demand for professional and technical services.   Boston reported increased demand for consulting and financial services, and along with San Francisco, for healthcare services.   Richmond indicated that demand for computer and web-based services firmed and San Francisco noted that demand for media services was stronger.
Boston
Retailers say input prices are level except for energy, while advertisers and consulting firms report continuing cost pressures; both sectors continue to raise their selling prices.   Head-counts are mostly stable in manufacturing and retailing, but consulting firms plan increases; most sectors cite recruiting difficulties for professional and technical positions...   Except for some consumer goods manufacturers that are curtailing production, most contacts report that their U.S. head-counts are fairly stable.   Firms are continuing to increase their technical, scientific, and sales staffing while cutting factory jobs.   A couple of contacts report that high housing costs are hindering recruitment for their New England locations.   Base pay increases continue to be mostly in the range of 2.75% to 4%.   Despite tight white-collar labor markets, only a couple of firms are budgeting for higher average pay raises in 2007 than in 2006.
New York
Manufacturers also indicate increased employment, along with higher levels of capital spending in the months ahead.   Surveys of purchasing managers in the Buffalo, Rochester and New York City areas also indicate some lessening in price pressures in September, but signal some slowing in manufacturing activity.   Outside of manufacturing, contacts in most industries report little change in overall business conditions, along with steady or rising employment levels; however, contacts in the publishing industry note some weakening in employment.
Philadelphia
Employment agencies and temporary help firms reported that demand for workers has been rising at a nearly steady pace.   Service-sector firms expect business to continue to advance, but they expect growth to remain slow, at best, in the months ahead...   Employers in many industries reported that labor markets remain tight for skilled workers, but the availability of unskilled workers has increased somewhat.   In service industries, firms report rising hiring rates and turnover among some occupational specialties, especially in information technology.   Area employers indicated that wages have been rising slightly faster than at this time last year, but the rate of increase has not accelerated in recent months...   Information technology firms have generally reported steady growth in the past few months.   Employment agencies and temporary help firms reported that demand for workers has been rising at a nearly steady pace.   Service-sector firms expect business to continue to advance, but they expect growth to remain slow, at best, in the months ahead...   In service industries, firms report rising hiring rates and turnover among some occupational specialties, especially in information technology.   Area employers indicated that wages have been rising slightly faster than at this time last year, but the rate of increase has not accelerated in recent months.
Cleveland
None of the contacts reported increasing employment in the past six weeks and few said they plan to hire in the near future.   Wage pressures are contained.
Richmond
In labor markets, retailers continued to trim employee levels, although retail wages rose sharply in the last four weeks.   Contacts indicated that price growth in retail was moderate.   Revenues at service-producing firms grew more quickly since our last report.   Contacts at professional, scientific, and technical firms indicated that demand strengthened over the period, particularly at computer and web-related businesses.   An executive at a financial services firm in Baltimore, MD, attributed his clients' bullishness in part to the recent drops in energy prices.   In addition, District airports recorded an increase in air travel, although one airport manager said more people are driving instead of flying for short trips because of the "hassle factor" of security related to air travel.   Hiring at services firms picked up slightly in recent weeks; wage and price growth moderated...   Manufacturing...employment growth remained on pace...   A printing and publishing manufacturer in South Carolina, for example, said that some firming of local economic and employment conditions helped boost their revenues...   [Body shops] in the District generally reported firmer demand for workers.   An agent in the metropolitan Washington, DC, area indicated continued strong demand for temporary workers in all skill areas -- especially in the warehouse, distribution, and manufacturing industries.   In Richmond, VA, an agent reported that some additional strengthening in the area's economy helped boost demand for employees fluent in Spanish, especially in the transportation and health-care industries.   Most agents continued to have difficulty finding skilled workers.   Temporary workers' wages remained steady across much of the District...   Labor shortages persisted in parts of the District.   Some manufacturers reported that they had raised their entry-level wages in an effort to attract workers.   Several residential construction firms continued to note difficulty in obtaining qualified construction workers, despite the slowdown in building activity.   A spokesman for one staffing firm said that demand for skilled engineering and finance specialists was strong.   However, another staffing firm reported that the overall demand for temporary workers had leveled off in September.   Many of the companies contacted stated that they have been able to pass on at least some of their cost increases to their customers.   However, a concrete products manufacturing company had to absorb recent energy, freight, and raw material cost increases because of the slowdown in homebuilding.   Property insurance premium increases continued to be a major concern for businesses in coastal areas of the District...
Chicago
Labor market conditions were little changed, with small gains in employment on net...   Overall labor market conditions were little changed, with small gains in employment on net.   Manufacturing employment was mixed by industry.   Auto manufacturers and suppliers laid off workers, while toolmakers increased employment.   A contact in Rockford reported that a number of warehouses serving retailers were significantly increasing employment.   A local internet job posting business said that job advertising continues to be robust.   Shortages of skilled manufacturing workers persisted.   A [body shop] said that demand growth in the District during the third quarter was a bit stronger than the second quarter, led by a pickup in Illinois and Wisconsin...
Minneapolis
Labor markets tightened slightly since the last report.   A [body shop] survey of Minneapolis-St. Paul companies showed that 36% of respondents expect to increase staffing levels during the fourth quarter, while 11% expect declines.   A year ago, 26% expected increases, while 13% anticipated decreases.   More than half of the 149 employers in Minnesota surveyed by St. Cloud State University's Career Service Center plan to hire new college graduates this year.   Construction of an anti-cancer-agent research facility is under way in Minnesota, making room for 100 new research positions.   In contrast, a telecommunications company based in Minnesota plans to lay off 225 employees companywide.   Wage increases were moderate.   Wages for manufacturing workers in District states increased 1.8% for the 3-month period ended in August compared with a year ago.   Workers at 5 hospitals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area recently agreed to a new contract that provides wage increases of [only] 4% in each of the first 2 years and 3% in the third, and employer contributions to health insurance premiums will increase...
Dallas
While there were scattered reports of hiring freezes or lay-offs, the labor market remains tight.   Contacts across many sectors are still reporting problems finding skilled labor.   Skills in short supply include high-tech engineers, automobile mechanics, truckers, accountants and workers for the energy and commercial construction industries.   Wages have increased for most of these types of employees...

2006-10-12
Thomas Palley
Globalization and IT
"In 2005 the U.S. trade deficit in information and communications products was $83.2G.   The deficit with [Red China] alone was $50.8G, reflecting the huge off-shoring of IT production that has taken place.   With regard to jobs, there has also been a clear contraction in the level of U.S. IT employment.   In 1999 there were 4.9M technology-related jobs, but this had fallen to 4.6M in 2005 May -- a loss of 300K jobs.   The bulk of these job losses were for workers earning less than $30K per year, but there was also significant job loss of 140K among computer programmers who made an average of $67,400 per year.   WRT wages, the average real wage for lower paid technology related jobs was essentially stagnant between 1999 and 2005 May.   For mid-level computer support specialists whose annual pay averaged $43,380 in 2005, real wages actually fell 1.3% annually over this 6-year period.   However, the real pay of higher skill tech workers rose 1.6% per year."

2006-10-12 11:55PDT (14:55EDT) (18:55GMT)
_CNN_
Unemployed man asked judge for jail time
"A man who couldn't find steady work came up with a plan to make it through the next few years until he could collect Social Security: He robbed a bank, then handed the money to a guard and waited for police.   On Wednesday, Timothy J. Bowers told a judge a three-year prison sentence would suit him, and the judge obliged...   The judge told him: 'It's unfortunate you feel this is the only way to deal with the situation.'...   'It's not the financial plan I would choose, but it's a financial plan.', prosecutor Dan Cable said."

2006-10-12
Jeanne Hovanec & Gloria Carr _Courier News_
Bill Sarto issues ultimatum: withdraw ordinance to fight illegal immigration or lose committee posts
"Two village trustees have until late today to withdraw a proposed Illegal Alien Immigration Relief ordinance or they will be removed from the audit and finance committee, said village President Bill Sarto.   The ultimatum was issued in an e-mail Sarto sent Trustees Judy Sigwalt and Paul Humpfer earlier this week in response to the ordinance they co-sponsored that would establish English as the village's official language and would set fines for employers and landlords who aid and abet illegal aliens.   Sarto said removing the trustees from the key committee would 'send a message' to financial institutions such as the Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency (IRMA) and Northern Trust Bank as well as village businesses.   'I want these financial people to know that this is not sanctioned by the village.', he said...   But Sigwalt and Humpfer said they are continuing to move forward with the ordinance and believe Sarto does not have the authority to remove them from their positions on the committee.   They said they have consulted with Village Manager Craig Anderson...   [Sarto] said when he was elected into office 18 months ago, Village Attorney James Rhodes gave him a pamphlet documenting his powers in office, and it read that the village president had the right to appoint people to office with approval of the board and the right to dismiss people from office at his own discretion...   Anderson said the village received suggested steps it needed to take from the agency when drafting the ordinance.   He said part of the village's due diligence is to provide procedural safeguards in the ordinance to allow residents an appeal process and an opportunity to state their case."

2006-10-12 12:18PDT (15:18EDT) (19:18GMT)
Mike Sunnucks _Phoenix Business Journal_
Mitchell, Hayworth & Severin battle over English as official language

2006-10-12 13:40PDT (16:40EDT) (20:40GMT)
_Times Daily_
Tallapoosa county couple charged with harboring and employing illegal aliens & money laundering
Alabama News Flash
Columbus GA Ledger-Enquirer
WTVM
WSFA
"A Tallassee, Tallapoosa county Alabama couple have been charged with harboring 24 illegal aliens and money laundering, authorities announced Thursday.   Octavio Trejo Pitin, 33, and his wife, Ronda Baird, 37, were arrested on the federal charges following a 6-month investigation initiated by the Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Office.   They were placed in custody of U.S. marshals in Montgomery.   The investigation revealed the couple employed illegal immigrants to work for their subcontracting business, Rapid Dryway Company, state public safety officials said in a statement...   Ramon Contrereas Rodriquez, who lived at the compound, was charged as an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, and 13 other male immigrants were taken into custody on federal immigration charges.   They were taken to Gadsden for processing at the federal holding facility in the Etowah County Jail.   Five women and 5 children living at the compound were released."

2006-10-12
Matthew Bracken _Free-Market News Network_
interview: Borders, Books and the Future of Freedom
"[The influx of illegal immigrants is] as serious as a new civil war.   It's as serious as the USA losing control over the Southwest.   That's how serious...   First of all, build a modern multiple fence system.   Such systems are cheap and 100% effective where they have been built near San Diego.   Starting in a dozen or 20 places at once, it could be built in under a year from Brownsville to San Diego.   The nation that built the Empire State Building and Hoover Dam 80 years ago can build a simple and effective fence system!   Only the political will is lacking.   It's pathetic that 5 years after 9-11, thousands of invaders per day can just walk into our country!   Once the fence system was built, the present numbers of Border Patrol Agents could be effectively employed watching the very finite fence for breaches.   Today, they are in the hapless position of playing Keystone Kops, running around 100K square miles of desert, looking for thousands of invaders who simply walked into the country and disappeared into the scrub lands...   Gun control on the level of what I portrayed in my first novel would require a horrific 'trigger event' to stampede the sheeple into giving up their Second Amendment rights.   I think the loss of the Southwest will be an independent phenomenon, based on language, culture and demographic tribalism.   In one way, though, the subjects are related: the federal government will use a microscope to examine groups they are against for the most minute 'paper' gun violations.   Anyone coming to the Southwest to defend it from the invasion would be stopped and inspected, and probably would be turned away or arrested for any number of pretexts.   Technical gun violations would certainly fit the bill.   The irony is amazing: the feds use a scanning electron microscope to detect the most infinitesimally small gun violations, while false-ID hawkers serve illegal aliens lined up on the sidewalks outside of every federal building.   FBI, ATF, IRS and ICE Agents have to push blatantly obvious illegal aliens out of the way, to get to their offices to track down Joe Sixpack for the tiniest perceived or invented violations...   In both books, there are really only a handful of truly evil and manipulative federal officers.   They are far outnumbered by many more Constitution-defending 'good cops'.   In the middle between them we have a vast number of 'SWAT' types who are in law enforcement for a pay-check and the chance to kick down doors and shoot lots of free ammo through their MP-5s.   Many of these goons could not care less about the Constitution.   They figure that it is a lawyer's job to worry about the Constitutional aspects of their jobs.   They will just follow orders: good or bad.   I've seen ads in military magazines directed to soldiers and Marines about to leave the service.   They show a black-clad helmeted cop with a sub-machine gun.   The caption is: 'Getting out?   Still want the action?   Join the Your City SWAT Team!'   Somehow, I don't think these guys care much about the paper-work attached to the raids they conduct.   Just look at what the BATFE is doing with local law enforcement in California today on gun raids...   Just compare what the CFR has recently written ("Building a North American Community"), to how the so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) is coming about within our federal government.   It's a prepared script.   We are being railroaded into giving up our national sovereignty, without a single vote being taken.   Why do you think 'the powers that be' are resisting the construction of a simple fence system?   A fence is 180° counter to their goal of merging the three nations of North America.   That's why we'll never see the fence built."
Enemies, Foreign and Domestic

2006-10-12
DJIA11,947.70
S&P 5001,362.83
NASDAQ2,346.18
10-year US T-Bond4.78%
crude oil57.86
gold580.30
silver11.38
platinum1,074.60
palladium307.90
copper0.211656
natgas$5.782/MBTU
unleadedgasoline$1.4509/gal
heatingoil$1.6877/gal

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2006-10-13 (5767 Tishrei 21) - 25 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-12 21:01PDT (2005-10-13 00:01EDT) (2006-10-13 04:01GMT)
Peggy Noonan _Wall Street Journal_
Why do leftist Americans believe only they have the right to dissent?
"It is not only about rage and resentment, and how some have come to see them as virtues, as an emblem of rightness.   I feel so much, therefore my views are correct and must prevail.   It is about something so obvious it is almost embarrassing to state.   Free speech means hearing things you like and agree with, and it means allowing others to speak whose views you do not like or agree with.   This -- listening to the other person with respect and forbearance, and with an acceptance of human diversity--is the price we pay for living in a great democracy.   And it is a really low price for such a great thing.   We all know this, at least in the abstract.   Why are so many forgetting it in the particular?   Let us be more pointed.   Students, stars, media movers, academics: They are always saying they want debate, but they don't.   They want their vision imposed.   They want to win.   And if the win doesn't come quickly, they'll rush the stage, curse you out, attempt to intimidate.   And they don't always recognize themselves to be bullying.   So full of their righteousness are they that they have lost the ability to judge themselves and their manner.   And all this continues to come more from the left than the right in America."

2006-10-12 22:37:09PDT (2006-10-13 01:37:09EDT) (2006-10-13 05:37:37GMT)
_Fox 6 News_
Farming and Cheap, Easily Brow-Beaten Labor
"Farming is a $1.5G industry in San Diego County, but much of the work depends on [illegal aliens]...   Ag officials in the county have been working with lawmakers to push for a Guest Worker Program.   'We need guest workers who can freely travel across the border come up here work, and when work is done be able to go home.', says Eric Larson, Executive Director of the San Diego Farm Bureau."

2006-10-13 05:45PDT (08:45EDT) (12:45GMT)
Greg Robb _MarketWatch_
Import prices fell 2.1% in September for USA
BLS data

2006-10-13 08:54PDT (11:54EDT) (15:54GMT)
Greg Robb _MarketWatch_
UMich consumer sentiment index rose from 85.4 in September to 92.3 in October

2006-10-13 09:34PDT (12:34EDT) (16:34GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
Retail sales fell 0.4% in September, rose 0.6% excluding gasoline

2006-10-13
Rick Rogers _San Diego Union-Tribune_
Many military families rely on donated goods to make ends meet

2006-10-13 13:14PDT (16:14EDT) (20:14GMT)
Steve Gelsi _MarketWatch_
Body shop SAIC rallies in $1.1G IPO

2006-10-13
William F. Jasper _John Birch Society_
Bush's border bamboozlement and betrayal continues
"The White House and the GOP Congressional leadership believe they have already obtained everything they wanted from the presidential signing and photo ops along the border: they have placated the restive masses of American voters, who were demanding with increasing bellicosity, that their elected officials secure our disastrous borders.   Constructing a double-layer fence along 700 miles of our border with Mexico was but one component of a series of efforts by House members to beef up border enforcement.   At present, we have only about 75 miles of our 2,100-mile U.S.-Mexico border fenced.   That's right, 75 miles.   Adding another 700 miles, especially targeting the current high-traffic areas where thousands of aliens illegally cross into our country every day, should be a bare minimum that everyone in Congress could enthusiastically support.   Facing a revolt from angry constituents and their conservative activist base, House Republican leaders gave in last year and voted for the 700-mile fence construction.   In the Senate, however, Majority Leader Bill Frist, Arlen Specter and other GOP leaders continued to side with the Bush White House and the Teddy Kennedy Democrats in demanding 'comprehensive' immigration reform that coupled more promises of future border security enhancement with a front-loaded amnesty and guest worker program.   When it became too obvious to ignore that they would be severely punished in the November elections, the White House and GOP Congressional leaders opted for political expediency -- and survival...   However, as the Washington Post reported on October 6, 'No sooner did Congress authorize construction of a 700-mile fence on the U.S.-Mexico border last week than law-makers rushed to approve separate legislation that ensures it will never be built, at least not as advertised, according to Republican lawmakers and immigration experts.'   The legislation the Post refers to is the appropriations bill mentioned above that President Bush signed on October 4.   The Post story reported that 'shortly before recessing late Friday, the House and Senate gave the Bush administration leeway to distribute the money to a combination of projects -- not just the physical barrier along the southern border'."

2006-10-13
Samuel R. Irwin _Advocate_
Neighbors want parish ban on bunk-houses
"Bayou L'Ourse residents jammed the Assumption Parish Police Jury meeting room Wednesday to lobby for a proposed parishwide ordinance banning bunkhouse lodging for temporary guest-workers...   About 6 weeks ago and prior to the jury's decision to impose the moratorium, temporary labor provider Southland Services of Houma rented 2 mobile homes and 3 houses in Bayou L'Ourse to accommodate 20 to 40 industrial workers at McDermott Industries in Amelia.   All of the guest workers are of Hispanic origin and speak little English."

2006-10-13 15:32PDT (18:32EDT) (22:32GMT)
_KGBT_
Another student may have contracted tuberculosis

2006-10-13
DJIA11,960.51
S&P 5001,365.62
NASDAQ2,357.29
10-year US T-Bond4.81%
crude oil58.57
gold592.70
silver11.68
platinum1,083.30
palladium315.95
copper0.21334
natgas$5.659/MBTU
unleadedgasoline$1.4684/gal
heatingoil$1.7178/gal

I usually get this info from MarketWatch, which gets them from BigCharts.
 
 

  "America goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.   She is the well-wisher to the freedom & independence of all.   She is the champion & vindicator only of her own.   She will recommend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, & the benignant sympathy of her example.   She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication in all the wards of interest & intrigue, of individual avarice, envy & ambition, which assume the colors & usurp the standards of freedom.   The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force." --- John Quincy Adams  

 

2006-10-14 (5767 Tishrei 22) - 24 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-13 17:08PDT (2006-10-13 20:08) (2006-10-14 00:08GMT)
_AP_/_KGBT_
Last defendant in border sex slave ring has been sentenced
"The last of eight defendants in a Texas immigrant smuggling ring that extorted, enslaved and raped women must serve 10 years in prison...   Soto was one of several brothers accused of being in a ring that kept and abused immigrants in 'safe houses' near the border and in Houston until their smuggling fees were paid...   The 8 Mexican nationals are subject to deportation after prison."

2006-10-14 11:27PDT (14:27EDT) (18:27GMT)
_MarketWatch_
Media giants seek compensation from YouTube for distribution of their copyrighted material
"Attorneys for the group of media companies, including News Corp., GE's NBC Universal and Viacom have determined that YouTube could be penalized $150K per unauthorized video, according to the report.   Viacom estimates that pirated versions of video clips from its MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon channels are watched 80K times a day on YouTube...   YouTube attracts some 34M unique monthly visitors and hosts 100M video down-loads per month.   To avoid any lawsuits, YouTube has been negotiating with the major media companies.   To date, YouTube has struck deals with CBS Corp., NBC Universal, Warner Music and Vivendi's Universal Music Group."

2006-10-14
Steve Hirsch _Washington Times_
Judge gives go-ahead for employees to sue Tyson for depressing compensation by hiring illegal aliens
"Howard W. Foster, a Chicago lawyer for the Tyson employees, described the ruling in Winchester, TN, as a 'very big step', allowing him to seek damages for thousands of workers at eight plants -- including one in Glen Allen, VA -- instead of just the four original plaintiffs.   The case, filed in 2002 under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), is one of a growing number across the nation challenging illegal aliens in the workplace.   In August, a temporary agency in California sued its competitors under the state's unfair-competition laws.   Mr. Foster has represented U.S. citizens seeking damages for wage depression caused by employment of illegal aliens in other cases, including one against Mohawk Industries and a class-action case against Zirkle Fruit Co., which has been settled...   The 8 Tyson plants named in the suit are at Shelbyville; Corydon, IN; Gadsden, AL, Blountsville, AL, Ashland, AL; Sedalia, MO; Center, Texas and Glen Allen, VA."

2006-10-14
Steve Vaughan _Virginia Gazette_
Guest-worker visas, student visas, and controlling illegal aliens
 

2006-10-15 (5767 Tishrei 23) - 23 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-15
_Numbers USA_
Profiles of congress-critters on population growth and immigration

2006-10-15 03:01:32PDT (06:01:32EDT) (10:01:32GMT)
Jonathan Jones _Tri-Valley Herald_
Bruno vs. Stark
"On issues such as Iraq, immigration and homeland security, the contrasts between the two candidates couldn't be, pardon the pun, starker.   Bruno is a former member of the Coast Guard and has overseen the deployment of medical ships to the Persian gulf...   On immigration issues, Bruno said he supports efforts to secure the border and implement a guest worker program, as well as changing the laws on birth-right citizenship.   Whether it is a virtual fence or a fence or additional Border Patrol, we have to secure our border, Bruno said.   I think we do need to modify our laws.   If you are born on American soil but your parents are here illegally, you do not have the right of citizenship under the birth-right citizenship law.   I don't think it was intended under those circumstances.   In contrast, Stark has voted against encouraging local law enforcement officials to enforce immigration laws and making it a crime to assist illegal immigrants.   But he said hes supportive of President Bushs call for 'comprehensive immigration reform'."

2006-10-15
_Miami Herald_
Bronson vs. Copeland for agriculture commissioner
"Mr. Bronson understands that immigrant labor is essential to the survival of Florida's agriculture.   He supports the federal AgJobs bill that would [flood the labor market even worse than it already is] by making... changes in the guest worker program."

2006-10-15
_Ill-Begotten Monstrosities_
Ill-Begotten Monstrosities is movint its procurement HQ to Red China
"IBM's global procurement headquarters is moving from Somers, NY, north of New York City, to Shenzhen, [Red China].   This will be the first time the head-quarters of an IBM corporate-wide organization has been located outside the U.S.A."

2006-10-15
Eileen Alt Powell _AP_/_Yahoo!_
Parents under-estimate college costs
"a study being released Monday by AllianceBernstein Investments Inc., an asset management firm based in New York...looked at the college saving habits and goals of parents with children under 18 and compared them with what college financial aid administrators have to say about college funding.   The study found that 87% of parents believe scholarships and grants will cover at least part of their children's under-graduate expenses, and nearly three-quarters think their children are 'special or unique' enough to win a scholarship.   Financial aid administrators said 92% of parents over-estimate the amount of scholarship money their children will receive...   'Parents with children ages 14 to 17 plan to have an average of $12K saved when their child reaches college age.', the study found.   That would just cover the cost of one year's schooling at a four-year public college or university, according to the most recent data from the College Board, a non-profit association based in Washington, DC.   It would fall far short of the $29,026 College Board estimate for one year at a private institution."

2006-10-15
William Petroski _Des Moines Register_
Minutemen rally against illegal invasion
"'Illegal aliens are coming into this country, and they are taking your jobs away.', said Craig Halverson, western Iowa leader of the Minuteman group...   People at the event on the west steps of the Statehouse carried signs that read, 'Stop the illegal invasion', 'No amnesty for illegal aliens' and 'Secure our borders'."
 

2006-10-16 (5767 Tishrei 24) - 22 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-15 21:21PST (2006-10-16 00:21EST) (2006-10-16 05:21GMT)
Dan Stein _USA Today_
USA has been over-populated for decades
"The population of the USA will reach 300 million this week on a relentless march to half a billion before 2050.   That's because about 80% of the current population growth in the USA is due to immigration policies — immigrants legally admitted, illegal immigrants, and births to immigrants after entering.   Only a dramatic roll-back in overall immigration can reverse these trends.   The time to act is now.   30 years ago, the Rockefeller Commission could find no benefit from further increases in the size of the U.S. population.   In 2006, it is hard to see how the massive government-mandated population growth of the past 30 years has improved life for most Americans.   The addition of a staggering 100M people since the late 1960s has accelerated virtually every environmental problem, exacerbated resource depletion, contributed to sprawl and congestion, and strained nearly all public services."

2006-10-16
"GKCfan" _Red State_
How Dare They

2006-10-16
Gabor Steingart _Der Spiegel_
How globalization drives down western wages (with graphs)
"The phrase wage scale autonomy is gaining a whole new meaning.   In the past, employers and employees in the West negotiated wages independently of the state.   In times of labor inflation, however, employers are able to set wages independently of the trade unions because, after all, there are millions of workers who are willing to underbid their fellow laborers.   Wages are rising in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia and falling in the West, while those in [Red China] and India steadily remain at some of the lowest levels worldwide.   Of the roughly 3 billion people currently active on the global labor market, about half earn less than $3 a day, which means two things: First, these people are dirt-poor and, second, their poverty wages are forcing down the wages of other, better paid workers.   The fates of those at the lowest end of the wage pyramid are linked to those in the middle...   There is a glut of workers on the new global labor market.   18M Europeans are now unemployed.   Add to that the women who have opted to retreat into family life and the older workers who are being sent into retirement against their will, and Europe's real unemployment figure surges upwards to about 30M...   The true extent of shrinking wages in Europe only becomes evident when one considers the unemployed and the employed together.   Those who choose to see only the employed are blind to the scope of the problem.   In reality, total wages are declining at a much faster rate than income statistics suggest.   A decline in wages is taking place on the global labor market that no one in the West expected...   No one should expect a rapid rise in incomes in the Far East or Eastern Europe, where the fact that millions of farmers and slum dwellers are still waiting for industrial employment creates an additional downward pressure on wages.   Wages in the Far East are increasing at a substantially lower rate than the West would like to see...   Where labor is needed is now only of interest to those who are unsuccessful in their efforts to enter the labor market.   But even though the labor market has lost its borders, Western workers have no choice but to remain where they are [because employers are unwilling to relocate candidates and emplyees]."

2006-10-16
Andrew M. Sum & Paul E. Harrington _Boston Globe_
Two kinds of immigration
"The overall effects of new immigrant inflows from 2000 to 2005 on American labor markets are unprecedented.   Between 2000 and 2005, the total number of employed workers 16 and older in the nation increased by 4.8M.   Over the same time period, the number of new immigrants entering the nation and finding work was estimated to be 4.13M.   This means that new immigrants accounted for 86% of the total gain in employment that the nation experienced over the past 5 years.   Our analysis suggests that close to two-thirds of these new immigrant arrivals were unauthorized.   Among males, all of the net growth in employment between 2000 and 2005 was attributable to new immigrants.   This extraordinary finding casts serious doubt on the common contention that new immigrants simply take jobs that Americans do not want.   Can anyone seriously claim that, of the nearly 2.8M new jobs obtained by male immigrants, not one would have been taken by an American male?   Worse still, the impact of this displacement of native-born workers and established immigrants was concentrated among young people.   The total number of native-born people ages 16 to 34 has increased over the past 5 years, while the number of these young people who reported being employed has fallen by 4.2M.   At the same time, the number of new immigrants ages 16 to 34 who found work between 2000 and 2005 increased by 2.7M...   The evidence -- ranging from employment rates to measures of changes in annual earnings, weekly wages, and employee benefits -- reveals a surplus of less-educated workers in both national and state labor markets...   Over the past 5 years, only 1 of every 5 additional workers in private-sector jobs in the United States has ended up on the formal pay-rolls of national private-sector employers, where pay-roll and income taxes are withheld and workers are protected by laws regarding workers' safety, health, and wages."

2006-10-16
_Perth Sunday Times_
Guest-workers are being abused
Couier Mail
Herald Sun
"Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone has ordered an investigation by her department after 3 of the 8 men [Filippino welders], part of a group of 40 brought to Brisbane under the 457 visa system, said they lost their jobs today after joining a union.   Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone has ordered an investigation by her department after 3 of the 8 men, part of a group of 40 brought to Brisbane under the 457 visa system, said they lost their jobs today after joining a union.   The 8 were living in a 4-bedroom house where they each paid $175 per week in rent – a total of $1400 – but a former Dartbridge manager told Lateline the house was worth only $350 a week...   The men told the ABC they were promised more than $40K a year in wages, but were receiving $27K."

2006-10-16 07:27PDT (10:27EDT) (14:27GMT)
_News Max_
Lou Dobbs 7 Days a Week
"'Lou Dobbs This Week' will air in the 18:00 slot on Saturday and Sunday, the same time period as his weekday show 'Lou Dobbs Tonight', and will include reports from earlier in the week and new segments taped on Fridays.   Dobbs' week-day show averaged 762K viewers this year, up 22% from the same period last year, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.   That's far behind Fox News Channel's Brit Hume, with 1.35M total viewers in that time slot."

2006-10-16
James Parks _AFL-CIO_
Abuse of illegal aliens continues in New Orleans
"In the course of interviewing more than 500 migrant workers who came to New Orleans to do the back-breaking, dangerous cleanup work after Hurricane Katrina, the center's Immigrant Justice Project (IJP) documented widespread labor abuses involving theft of wages by employers, violations of work-place health and safety standards and threats of retaliation against workers who assert their rights. Many workers reported they were denied over-time pay -- and some reported not being paid at all."

2006-10-16 14:47PDT (17:47EDT) (21:47GMT)
Michael Paige _MarketWatch_
Computer Associates (CA) board proposes poison pill
"CA declared a dividend of one right on each share of its outstanding common stock...   the poison pill wouldn't kick into effect until an unwanted suitor acquired 20% of outstanding shares, rather than 15%.   It also has a fixed term of 3 years instead of 10, according to the company."

2006-10-16
Mukesh Butni _Business Standard_
Tax breaks in Special Economic Zones
"Lately, policy-makers and corporate big-wigs have been at the helm of hullabaloo in the wake of an evolving law and controversies surrounding it.   This pertains to Special Economic Zones [similar to the USA's Enterprise Zones], a concept which traces its origin to countries like [Red China] and the UAE.   [Red China's] accomplishment and India's desire to replicate: [Red China] was an emulatory success story for Late Industry and Commerce Minister Murasoli Maran, who first championed the cause of SEZs for India Inc.   Consequently, the concept made a formal entry via the EXIM policy and progressively climbed up the priority charts of successive governments.   In 2001, the share of the 5 SEZs in [Red China's] total exports was 10.4%, in contrast to Indian SEZs' over 4%.   An overwhelming emphasis in [Red China's] SEZ enclaves was on infrastructure, simplified procedures and cost-effective environment.   [Red China's] astounding growth over the last 3 decades is largely attributed to SEZs [and very generous trading terms with the USA], which contribute 45% of total [Red Chinese] exports.   A crucial factor has been the chemistry between [Red China] and Hong Kong, [Red China] being the manufacturing base and Hong Kong a trading hub [which, at least before being taken over by Red China, was also a manufacturing hub].   Simplified Customs regime provided tremendous operational ease.   Low wage cost, flexible labour laws and lower compliance costs added to the advantage...   [Red China] provides tax sops up to 3 years.   Generally, a concessional tax rate of 15% (as against 33%) is available for SEZs...   The [Bank of India] is expected to consider over 250 proposals with projected investment of $80G and employment potential of 1.8M, according to Commerce Minister Kamal Nath."

2006-10-16
DJIA11,980.60
S&P 5001,369.05
NASDAQ2,363.84
10-year US T-Bond4.79%
crude oil59.94
gold598.50
silver11.91
platinum1,091.30
palladium324.55
copper0.2238
natgas$6.444/MBTU
unleadedgasoline$1.4917/gal
heatingoil$1.7565/gal

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2006-10-17 (5767 Tishrei 25) - 21 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-16 21:21PDT (2006-10-17 00:21EDT) (2006-10-17 04:21GMT)
Chris Oliver, Jennifer Waters & Gabriel Madway _MarketWatch_
WM to buy Red Chinese retailer for $1G

2006-10-16 22:00PDT (2006-10-17 01:00EDT) (2006-10-17 05:00GMT)
_World Net Daily_
Tony Snow says deportation is part of immigration solution: There are difficulties in identifying those who are in USA illegally
"Spokesman Tony Snow, responding to a question from Les Kinsolving, WND's correspondent at the White House, said that there are deportations, but there also are complications.   Snow was asked why cannot the U.S.A. deport immigrants who have broken the law to enter the United States, and if it doesn't, isn't that disregarding the laws that the nation already has...   There are many who believe that the border laws need to be enforced first, to dry up the gusher of illegal aliens moving into the United States, and then those who are here can be addressed.   One of those groups is Americans for Legal Immigration, where spokesman William Gheen told WND earlier that without a solid enforcement of border access, there's no point in having other laws.   'That's where it comes down.', he said.   'For any law to be a deterrent, the punishment must be greater than the rewards.   Illegal aliens never will be able to pay for illegally immigrating.   They must leave.   That's the only punishment we have that's greater than the crime.'"

2006-10-17 02:01PDT (05:01EDT) (09:01GMT)
Eugene R. Anderson & William G. Passannante _MarketWatch_
Protection rackets are still carrying on their old frauds
"The Insurance Information Institute (III) reports that property-casualty insurance carriers in 2005 earned a record $48.8G and increased their surplus to over $427G.   Industry experts are forecasting a $60G industry profit in 2006, and the III boasts that current underwriting performance -- the profit derived from premiums minus claims payouts, excluding investment income -- is 'the best in a generation (or two)'.   If anyone's reeling, it's policy-holders.   Following every major disaster or scandal, a simple formula protects insurance industry profits: raise rates, reduce coverage and deny claims...   As reported by the AP [and on abc's 20/20], Cori and Kerri Rigsby, two sisters who had long performed claims work for State Farm on a contract basis, have provided homeowners' attorneys and regulators with 15K pages of evidence suggesting that while processing Katrina claims, State Farm had its claims managers memorize language to avoid acknowledging wind damage when water contributed to the loss.   Further, these brave whistleblowers allege that when State Farm disliked the results of an engineer's report, the company regularly substituted a second 'cookie-cutter' report concluding that the bulk of damage was caused by rising water (as opposed to wind) and therefore excluded.   The Rigsby sisters state simply:, 'We believe State Farm has committed fraud, and we have turned it over to be investigated.'...   calamities show how much the rest of us need for the industry to deliver honest, real-life, risk-transfer insurance.   Instead, policy-holders receive miserly claims service, increasing premiums and narrowing coverage."

2006-10-17
Sam Hananel _News-Leader_
Candidates have common ground in opposition to Senate immigration proposals
"The question of how to curb illegal immigration to the United States — and what to do about millions of illegal residents already here — has caused sharp divisions in Congress this year and spilled over into Missouri's U.S. Senate race. Both Republican Sen. Jim Talent and his Democratic challenger, State Auditor Claire McCaskill, oppose the Senate bill for different reasons. Talent wants to focus more on border security, while McCaskill wants to crack down on businesses that hire illegal workers."

2006-10-17
Jerry W. Jackson _Orlando Sentinel_
No labor shortage is seen for citrus harvest
"With one of the lightest orange crops on the trees in nearly two decades -- an estimated 135M boxes, down 9% from a year earlier -- the harvest should go briskly, in contrast to last summer, when the harvest was the slowest in a decade."

2006-10-17
Jerome R. Corsi _Human Events_
Bush's messages on immigration and security are contradictory
"Bush has no serious intent of securing our borders.   Instead, the building evidence, including that derived from FOIA requests by this author and by Judicial Watch, is that Bush agreed to erase our borders at the trilateral U.S.-Mexico-Canada summit meeting in Waco, Tex., on March 23.   Here the 3 leaders issued what amounts to a press release declaring that now we are in the 'Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America'.   We have incontrovertible proof that terrorists have crossed our border with Mexico.   On 2005 March 1, Mahmoud Youssef Kourani pleaded guilty to federal charges of using meetings at his home in Dearborn, Michigan, to raise money for Hezbollah's terrorist activities in Lebanon.   Kourani was an illegal alien who had been smuggled across our border with Mexico after the bribed a Mexican consular official in Beirut to get him a visa to travel to Mexico.   Kourani and a Middle East traveling partner then paid smugglers in Mexico to get them into the United States.   He established residence among the Lebanese expatriate community in Dearborn, Michigan, and began soliciting funds for Hezbollah terrorists back home.   Kourani was sentenced to 54 months in federal prison.   In 2002 December, Salim Boughader Mucharrafille, a café owner in Tijuana, was arrested for smuggling more than 200 Lebanese illegally into the United States, including several believed to have terrorists ties to Hezbollah.   Operating the posh La Libanese Café in downtown Tijuana, Boughader held court in his restaurant under the sign of the Cedar tree, the national symbol of Lebanon."

2006-10-17
Dan Margolies _Kansas City Star_
UMKC professor's suit against in-state tuition for illegal aliens rejected by corrupt judges: Appeals in the works
"On October 6, a state judge rejected the challenge to the California law, ruling that it lacked merit.   The suit, brought on behalf of out-of-state students who are U.S. citizens, alleged that the law discriminated against legal U.S. residents who are charged higher tuition.   The plaintiffs plan to appeal...   The Kansas challenge was thrown out last year by a federal judge, who ruled that the plaintiffs — college students attending schools in the state — lacked standing to bring the suit.   On Sept. 27, Kobach urged the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to revive the Kansas case.   Kobach argued that offering illegal immigrants in-state tuition violates a federal law barring states from offering [illegal aliens] residency-based benefits that aren't available to U.S. citizens...   Kobach, who holds degrees from Harvard, Yale and Oxford universities, recently was approved to teach immigration law at UMKC..."

2006-10-17
John Vandiver _Asbury Park Press_
Day laborers gather in usual site in Lakewood
"There was no mustering at the muster zone Monday, where Lakewood's day laborers have been told they should wait for work in the mornings.   Instead, the men are gathered where they always have, Clifton Avenue...   Police officers patrol up and down Clifton issuing tickets and warnings to contractors parking illegally...   On Monday, day laborer supporters carried signs that chastised the township for initiating a relocated muster zone.   Activists, local and from out of town, talked of how the policy is inhumane and unsafe...   There were also opponents of illegal immigration on the scene, opposed to both the muster zone and those who employ [illegal aliens]...   Back at the muster zone, coffee and doughnuts waited for the men who never showed.   'I'm not surprised.', said June Stitzinger-Clark, pastor at Christ United Methodist Church.   The church hired a person, Luis Morales, to serve as an advocate for the workers at the zone.   For one month, Morales will be on the scene, keeping an eye out for the workers' safety and their rights.   Morales, who sat in his car waiting for the workers, smoked a cigarette and read a newspaper...   The workers have opposed going to the new muster zone for several reasons, safety being chief among them.   Many workers ride bikes, and the route to the zone from downtown is regarded as perilous."

2006-10-17
_Daily Herald_
300M
"Sometime this week, most likely today, the 300 millionth person will enter the United States.   It's not known if it will be by birth or immigration (legal or illegal).   With its high birth rate, low death rate and growing immigrant population, Utah County is a near-perfect snapshot of what makes our country grow and the impacts we face because of it...   In 2005, 11,295 babies were born in Utah.   In the same time, 1,716 people died, according to the Utah Department of Health's 2005 annual report.   That's less than one-sixth of the number of births.   Statewide, 51,301 babies were born and 13,120 people died, a difference of almost 4 to 1.   A good chunk of those births are from Utah County as well.   The 3 Intermountain Healthcare hospitals reported 8,554 births in 2005, and Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem had 1,639.   Through the end of September, Timpanogos has reported 1,481 births, American Fork Hospital has 2,222, Orem Community Hospital reported 986 births and Utah Valley Regional Medical Center has had 3,411 births.   It's no secret that Utah has the highest birth rate and lowest death rate in the nation.   The reasons typically fall to the Mormon culture; people start having children at a younger age and they have more children.   Death rates are lower because of a generally healthier life-style...   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, similar trends are seen nationwide.   Life expectancy was measured in 2002 at 77.4 years, the highest it has ever been...   In 2003, birth rates for women aged 40-44 years went up 5% from 2002; it has more than doubled since 1981.   For women aged 30-34 and 35-39, birth rates increased 4% and 6% respectively, while the rates fell for teenagers and women in their early 20s and stayed about the same for women in their late 20s, according to the CDC...   older mothers are more likely to have complications, as are their babies.   Those complications include diabetes, hypertension and pre-eclampsia for the mothers and numerical chromosome abnormalities like Down syndrome for their babies...   And on August 8, when Ammon Hair was born to Wendy and Andy Hair, the number of grand-children from Dale and Mary Hair of Orem became an even 100.   Mathematically, 100 grand-children isn't that difficult.   Dale and Mary had 17 children.   If each has 5.9 children, they hit the mark...   The 2005 Census shows that Hispanics are Utah's fastest-growing minority, and Utah County is no exception.   The county's Hispanic 2005 population of 36,386 was a 58.58% increase since 2000.   It isn't close to the total population of 443,738, but businesses are taking notice...   Utah County's Hispanic population makes up for 8% of its population...   The Office of Immigration Statistics reports that there are 822 immigrants legally in the Provo-Orem area.   That number does not include those born in the United States to legal or illegal immigrant parents.   Most are from Central America...   Director of the Utah office of Hispanic Affairs, Tony Yapias, told the Daily Herald that there were at least 45K [illegal alien] Hispanic workers statewide in 2004."

2006-10-17
Steve Lannen & John Stamper _Lexington Herald-Leader_
Illegal aliens are a hot topic according to multiple polls
"Even though voters in Kentucky's 4th Congressional District are thousands of miles from the Mexican border, a poll by a Washington immigration think tank suggests that immigration issues will weigh heavily on the minds of Northern Kentuckians in the upcoming election.   The poll, sponsored by the right-leaning Center for Immigration Studies, also shows U.S. representative Geoff Davis, R-KY, with a lead of 5 percentage points over Democrat and former congressman Ken Lucas, although 21% of the 500 likely voters surveyed October 6-7 remain undecided.   Davis led Lucas 40% to 35%.   The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.   The Center for Immigration Studies asked voters nationally and in 10 battleground districts with tight congressional races what issues loom large as they decide which candidates to support November 7.   In the 4th District, immigration ranks third, behind 'Iraq/terrorism' and 'health care/prescription drugs'.   13% of district voters surveyed said it is their most important issue, and an additional 44% said it was one of their top 3 issues.   An additional 31% said immigration was important, but not in their top 3.   Only 10% said it wasn't important at all.   This follows a national Pew Research Center poll released recently that suggests most voters aren't thinking too much about the immigration issue.   In that poll, 24% of voters named immigration as a key election issue, compared with 51% who cited Iraq and 37% who cited terrorism...   the Center for Immigration Studies' poll shows that 54% of respondents in the 4th District are much more likely to vote for a candidate who wants to deny jobs and benefits to illegal immigrants...   Lucas has criticized the most recently passed immigration bill in Congress, which calls for a 700-mile fence, as being too weak.   He called the measure 'bubble-gum and bailing wire' and suggested that Congress doesn't really want to address meaningful reform.   Both men oppose amnesty or any other path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and support border-strengthening measures.   The candidates' only contrasting stances are on a possible guest-worker program for farmers.   Lucas supports such a program; Davis does not."

2006-10-17 03:34PDT (06:34EDT) (10:34GMT)
Jim Kouri _Sierra Times_
Federal Reserve Bank assisting illegal aliens
"the Federal Reserve Bank is working with the Mexican government to make it easier for illegal aliens to export US money to their homeland. The Fed is currently devising several programs that will extend banking services to illegal aliens, according to The Wall Street Journal.   Most of this money transfer scheme is being created under the radar and few, if any, political figures are discussing the subject.   One proposal is for a new remittance program with the ultimate goal of bringing illegal Mexican aliens -- who send money home -- into the mainstream the US financial system, regardless of immigration status.   In other words, The Federal Reserve Bank is attempting to aid law-breakers in moving their cash around in the US and Mexico.   'Directo a Mexico', the name of the program, enables US commercial banks to make money transfers for Mexican workers through the Federal Reserve's own automated clearinghouse, which is linked to Banco de Mexico, the Mexican central bank.   Few Americans are aware of the connection between the Fed and foreign banks and this program would be just another that exists in the shadow world of international banking."

2006-10-17
_Raw Story_
13 forced-labor prisoners killed in Red China mine explosion
"The families of the prisoners who died at Zhongpingtong have still received no compensation after mine managers refused to meet their demand for 200K yuan ($25K) each, the centre said...   About 6K coal miners were killed in accidents in [Red China] last year, according to official figures. Out-of-date equipment, illegal mining as well as poor safety systems and supervision are behind many accidents."

2006-10-17
Joel Stonington _Aspen Times_
Judge cut bail for suspected drug king-pin by $650K
Post Independent
"Pitkin County District Court Judge James Boyd slashed the bail Monday for alleged drug ring leader Jose Jesus 'Chuy' Sanchez-Ceja.   Sanchez-Ceja was arrested in late September following a 10-month under-cover operation.   His bail originally was set at $750K; it was lowered to $100K...   Sanchez-Ceja was apprehended after DEA agents, listening through a wire-tap on Sanchez-Ceja's phone, believed he intended to flee.   Assistant District Attorney Gail Nichols restated Monday that Sanchez-Ceja faces seven felony drug charges, including 'being the supervisor of the conspiracy'.   He faces an 8-year minimum sentence if convicted.   Nichols also said Sanchez-Ceja went to Puerto Vallarta during the same month he was arrested, and wiretap evidence shows he was trying to flee the country.   'The evidence is so overwhelming and the penalties are so severe as to keep the bail high.', argued Nichols.   Nichols also mentioned that she was not sure Sanchez-Ceja's papers showing he is a legal alien are legitimate.     If he was in the country illegally, bail would be a non-issue because Immigrations and Customs Enforcement would have held him on those charges...   Sanchez-Ceja was arrested in a series of valleywide drug raids, which led to the arrest of 6 suspected cocaine dealers and the seizure of $14K worth of cocaine and $64K cash.   The DEA and the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team conducted the raids, which also resulted in the arrests of 36 suspected illegal aliens by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.   DEA agents involved in the sting said they would have made additional arrests had there been time for more planning.   However, with what agents believed was a significant flight risk in Sanchez-Ceja, they moved ahead."

2006-10-17
Jose Cardenas _St. Petersburg Times_
Grass-roots groups battle illegal immigration
"They aren't alone.   Since immigration reform has stalled in Congress, the battle has shifted to city halls and state-houses around the country.   Groups such as Americans Standing Tall make up a growing grass-roots movement bent on pushing undocumented immigrants out of their communities.   By one count, the number of such groups nationwide has grown in 2 years from under 40 to more than 200.   In Florida - one of the states with the most groups - the number has increased from 2 to 12.   In a coming together of the statewide movement, Citizens Against Illegal Immigrants is hosting a rally Sunday in Fort Myers...   have presented officials with a petition signed by about 1,500 people demanding that local governments prevent businesses from hiring undocumented immigrants, landlords from renting to them and that English be enforced as the official language.   Each point, they contend, is backed up by an existing state or federal law that officials refuse to enforce...   At first, there were 37 groups nationally that spoke out against illegal immigrants...   Two years later, 223 such groups are actively organizing against illegal immigrants in virtually every part of the country...   Citizens Against Illegal Immigrants...   Silent Majority of Florida...   In Ormond Beach, fighting unfair business competition led to the formation of People of the USA, said co-founder Brent Zdun.   After working for decades in the construction trades in Florida, Zdun said he and his father, Larry Zdun, 61, found they could no longer compete with contractors who paid cheaper wages to [illegal aliens]...   'We are not against anybody coming to America.   It's a melting pot.', said Brent Zdun, 33, adding that his group has gathered 8K dues-paying members in eight months.   'But what we want is for people to come here legally, melt into American society.'...   [M said] he would have no problem if today's undocumented immigrants came to the country the way his parents did: legally through Ellis Island...   A few years ago, Floridians for Sustainable Population in Pompano Beach and Citizens of Dade United were the lone voices against illegal immigration in Florida, a state with an estimated 800K undocumented immigrants.   Now, according to the Center for New Community, there are many more: Americans Standing Tall, Cape Coral.   Florida Minutemen, Fort Myers.   We Are So P* Off, Pensacola.   Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, Orlando.   Silent Majority of Florida, Palm Bay.   Florida ZPG, Palm City.   Report Illegals, Pompano Beach.   Floridians for Immigration Enforcement, Hialeah...   People of the USA in Ormond Beach and Citizens Against Illegal Aliens in Fort Myers..."
Illegal Aliens US

2006-10-17 05:45PDT (08:45EDT) (12:45GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
PPI fell 1.3% as gasoline prices fell: Core PPI up 0.6%
BLS PPI data page

2006-10-17 06:40PDT (09:40EDT) (13:40GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
US industrial output fell 0.6%, capacity utilization down to 81.9% in September
Federal Reserve Board press release

2006-10-17
Simon Hayes _Austalian IT_
Banker warns of off-shoring back-lash
"Deutsche Bank has 5K staff in its Mumbai and Bangalore back-office centres, and another office in Poland, having shifted work there from Western Europe and the USA, but it retains call centres in the countries that it services [like the rapist is said to 'service' his victim].   Global transaction head Werner Steinmuller has warned banks to limit off-shoring to back-office processing, and keep customer service in-country.   While banks were looking for savings -- Deutsche Bank saves 60% to 70% per employee by using India -- customers were looking for local service, for familiarity of culture and even religion, he says...   Deutsche Bank out-sourced some of its operations in India, but brought the work back in-house because it was not happy with the quality...   German back-office workers employed directly by the bank cost €75K ($125K) a year, on average, while workers in the eastern region cost €35K.   Similar work costs €25K in Poland and €20K in India. Deutsche Bank dominates the global transactions industry, transferring €1.3T a day in funds, or 8% of US dollar transactions and 17% of euro transactions."

2006-10-17 09:10PDT (12:10EDT) (16:10GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
Flow of capital into USA reached $116.8G in August
"Foreign net purchases rose from $54.5G to $119.5G, while U.S. residents' purchases of foreign assets fell from $21.7G to $2.7G."
US Treasury press release

2006-10-17 11:46PDT (14:46EDT) (18:46GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
NAHB report

2006-10-17
David Phinney _Corp Watch_
A US Fortress Rises in Baghdad, Construction Workers Abused
"Not one of the 5 different US embassy sites he had worked on around the world compared to the mess he describes.   Armenia, Bulgaria, Angola, Cameroon and Cambodia all had their share of dictators, violence and economic disruption, but the companies building the embassies were always fair and professional, he says.   The Kuwait-based company building the $592M Baghdad project is the exception.   Brutal and inhumane, he says...   In the resignation letter last June, Owen told First Kuwaiti and US State Department officials that his managers beat their construction workers, demonstrated little regard for worker safety, and routinely breached security.   And it was all happening smack in the middle of the US-controlled Green Zone -- right under the nose of the State Department that had quietly awarded the controversial embassy contract in 2005 July.   He also complained of poor sanitation, squalid living conditions and medical malpractice in the labor camps where several thousand low-paid migrant workers lived.   Those workers, recruited on the global labor market from the Philippines, India, Pakistan and other poor south Asian countries, earned as little as $10 to $30 a day."

2006-10-17 (5767 Tishrei 25)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
Can we talk?

2006-10-17
Edwin S. Rubenstein _V Dare_
Illegal Immigration Partially to Blame for Critical Condition of US Emergency Rooms
"The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), enacted in 1986, requires every emergency room in the country to treat the uninsured for free.   Naturally, this includes immigrants and illegal aliens... 'Not only did this unfunded mandate contribute to the closure of numerous emergency departments and trauma centers, it also created a perverse incentive for hospitals to tolerate emergency department crowding and divert ambulances while continuing to accept elective admissions. Rather than improving access to emergency care, EMTALA diminished it.' [Crisis in the Emergency Department by Arthur L. Kellermann _New England Journal Medicine_ 2006 September 28]"
 

2006-10-18 (5767 Tishrei 26) - 20 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-18 05:14PDT (08:14EDT) (12:14GMT)
Lou Dobbs _CNN_
Fighting back in the war on the middle class

2006-10-18 (5767 Tishrei 26)
Daniel Pipes _Jewish World Review_
Op-Eds now more central in war than bullets
"Soldiers, sailors, and airmen once determined the outcome of warfare, but no longer.   Today, television producers, columnists, preachers, and politicians have the pivotal role in deciding how well the West fights...   First, battling all-out for victory against conventional enemy forces has nearly disappeared, replaced by the more indirect challenge of guerrilla operations, insurgencies, intifadas, and terrorism...   what the U.S. military calls 'bean counting' -- counting soldiers and weapons -- is now nearly immaterial, as are diagnoses of the economy or control of territory.   Lopsided wars resemble police operations more than combat in earlier eras.   As in crime-fighting, the side enjoying a vast superiority in power operates under a dense array of constraints, while the weaker party freely breaks any law and taboo in its ruthless pursuit of power.   Second, the solidarity and consensus of old have unraveled."

2006-10-18 07:08PDT (10:08EDT) (14:08GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
Housing starts rose 5.9% in September to 1.772M, building permits down to 1.62M
census bureau press release

2006-10-18 13:28PDT (16:28EDT) (20:28GMT)
Tim Korte _AP_/_Yahoo!_
AOL to lay off 1,300 in NM and AZ
"also plans to sell its call center in Ogden, UT.   The cuts include 900 lay-offs at the Albuquerque call center and 400 jobs at the center in Tucson, AZ, AOL spokesman Nicholas Graham said.   The Arizona and New Mexico call centers each have operated for 10 years."

2006-10-18 14:41PDT (17:41EDT) (21:41GMT)
Stephanie I. Cohen _MarketWatch_
Tech firms dominate list of commuter-friendly businesses
"The report, sponsored by the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency, highlights companies that offer employees free or subsidized transit passes, subsidies for car-pooling or using a van pool [i.e. making themselves terrorist targets], the option to telecommute and a compressed work week.   This year 133 companies made the list, up from 91 a year ago."

2006-10-18 15:09PDT (18:09EDT) (22:09GMT)
Rex Crum _MarketWatch_
Apple profit up 27% to $546M on both iPod & Macintosh sales
"Apple said it sold 1.61M Macs during the quarter, up 30% from last year, and a company record for a 3-month business period."

2006-10-18 (5767 Tishrei 26)
Walter E. Williams _Jewish World Review_
Foreign trade angst
Town Hall
"When I purchase $100 worth of groceries, my goods account (groceries) rises by $100, but my capital account (money) falls by $100.   That means there's really a balance in my trade account.   By the same token, my grocer's goods account (groceries) falls by $100 but his capital account (money) rises by $100, also a balance in his trade account...   We sport a huge surplus in our capital account with foreigners.   As such, they are dependent on us for a safe and profitable place to invest their earnings.   That dependency contributes to our economic growth...   Farm employment peaked between 1840 and 1870.   In 1900, 40% of American workers were employed in farming; today, it's less than 2%.   Technological advances made that possible.   U.S. manufacturing employment reached its peak in 1950 and has been in decline ever since.   This has more to do with technological innovation than out-sourcing.   It's a worldwide phenomenon.   Since 2000, [Red China] has lost 4.5M manufacturing jobs compared to the loss of 3.1M in the U.S.A.   9 of the top 10 manufacturing countries, who produce 75% of the world's manufacturing output (the U.S.A., Japan, Germany, [Red China], Britain, France, Italy, Korea, Canada, and Mexico), have lost manufacturing jobs, Italy being the exception.   Because of technological progress, manufacturing output has risen while manufacturing employment has fallen...   In effect, they're saying that if other governments rip off their citizens with business subsidies and import duties, forcing them to pay higher prices, our government should retaliate by using the same tools to rip off its citizens."

2006-10-18
DJIA11,992.68
S&P 5001,365.96
NASDAQ2,337.15
10-year US T-Bond4.76%
crude oil57.65
gold592.60
silver11.82
platinum1,093.10
palladium332.50
copper0.2185
natgas$6.807/MBTU
unleadedgasoline$1.4703/gal
heatingoil$1.6959/gal

I usually get this info from MarketWatch, which gets them from BigCharts.
 

2006-10-19 - 19 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-19 05:30PDT (08:30EST) (13:30GMT)
Subri Raman & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
current press release
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 270,944 in the week ending Oct. 14, a decrease of 36,682 from the previous week.   There were 303,158 initial claims in the comparable week in 2005.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.6% during the week ending Oct. 7, unchanged from the prior week.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,035,643, a decrease of 3,893 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 1.8% and the volume was 2,343,807.   Extended benefits were not available in any state during the week ending Sept. 30."

2006-10-19
Charles Peck _Conference Board_
CEO and Directors' Pay Both Up Again
"In manufacturing, median total compensation for outside directors is now $109K, up from $91,250 in 2005.   The service sector is $106,250 this year, up from $81,875 last year.   Financial services increased from $64,500 in 2005 to $83K.   Total compensation includes fees, retainers, committee pay, and all forms of stock compensation...   Median total CEO compensation (salary, bonus and long-term pay) was highest in the construction industry at $2.604M.   It was lowest in computer services at $848K.   Total current compensation (salary plus bonus) was again highest in construction at $1,936K and lowest in computer services at $805K.   The highest median salary, $700K, was in communications; lowest was computer services, which paid $441K."

2006-10-19
_Conference Board_
Leading Economic Indicators up 0.1% to 137.7

2006-10-19
Nick O'Malley _Sydney Morning Herald_
Bank staff refuse to train Indian replacements
"QANTAS has defended its decision to sack about 350 Sydney workers and move their jobs off-shore, while 60 St George Bank workers in Kogarah yesterday refused to continue training their Indian replacements...   He said that Qantas had 37K staff, an increase of 17% in 6 years.   Not all share-holders liked what he was saying.   Jack Tilburn, a regular at Sydney annual meetings, said the decision was 'rotten, horrible and lousy...   It is not on.   I don't want the blood on my dividend cheque.'...   One [St. George Bank] staff member, Cathy Samartzis, said it was like being asked to dig your own grave...   The staff, who were warned last month that they would lose their jobs early next year, were told on Tuesday that they would assist with training the new staff through a buddy system.   Their Indian replacements first appeared in the office on Wednesday.   'We have nothing against them, our problem is with the bank.', Ms. Samartzis said.   She said management had not told the staff how much longer they had jobs and had not offered to help staff find work elsewhere."

2006-10-19
John Derbyshire _V Dare_
The War Against White Trash

2006-10-19
Robert Stacy McCain _Front Page_
How Not to Campaign on Immigration and National Security
"The insistence on linking enforcement to some sort of status-adjustment for illegals -- which has been the GOP elite line for more than 2 years now -- blows oxygen onto the embers of grassroots conservative resistance.   The problem with Tamar Jacoby's argument in Foreign Affairs is that it fails to acknowledge how 20 years of non-enforcement of immigration law have eroded public trust in the federal government's bona fides on this issue.   Simply put, many Americans don't believe that either party in Washington really wants to secure the border."

2006-10-19
Jean Schmidt _Cincinnati Enquirer Community Press_
Securing America's borders is an on-going initiative
"Illegal immigration is one of the biggest problems facing our nation today...   the challenge is agreeing on how to stop the flow of illegal immigrants...   However, the foundation of our nation is the rule of the law and those who enter our country illegally violate the law.   Today, there are an estimated [8M to 20M] illegal [aliens] living in the United States.   I find this number astonishing.   What makes this number even more startling is the fact that a recent study found that nearly 10 million illegal aliens have arrived since 1990.   That is why immigration reform and securing our borders is one of our most pressing priorities in Congress...   In 1996, Congress mandated the construction of a 14-mile fence along the San Diego-Mexico border to stem drug trafficking and the flow of illegal immigrants.   In that region, illegal alien apprehensions have dropped from about 200K in 1992 to about 9K in 2005.   Further, crime rates have dropped by 47% since construction of the fence."

2006-10-19 10:54PDT (13:54EDT) (17:54GMT)
Bill Gray _Conservative Voice_
E. coli, TB, Leprosy making come-back
"It has become virtually impossible to comfortably eat in a restaurant or fast food--because of the lack of hygiene of the minimum wage "third world" workers in the back...   As I was standing by the urinal, a young "third world" man came out of the toilet cubicle--and walked right out the door--not bothering to even wet his hands, much less wash them.   Immediately, I followed to see where he went.   Guess what?   He walked right into the kitchen and went back to work.   After washing MY hands, I went to our table and told Dory, 'Let's go.   They can eat the dinners themselves.'...   in the last few years there have been 16K cases of tuberculosis and 7K cases of Leprosy in the U.S.A. -- when those diseases had been virtually wiped out in America.   Now, with the influx of illegal aliens; these diseases -- and E. coli are back big time."

2006-10-19
Barbara Ehrenreich & Tamara Draut _Nation_
Down-Sized but Not Out
"wasted knowledge piles up all around us, along with the blighted lives of people who made 'all the right choices', got their degrees and have either lost or never found their footing...   It's a largely hidden problem, this quiet erosion of the middle class.   While the chronically poor have been highlighted by the living-wage movement, downwardly mobile members of the middle class get short shrift, even from people of conscience.   True, the college educated are a relative elite, constituting 28% of the population and earning, on average, a life-time total of $1M more than those who lack a degree.   But the middle class has been roiled in recent years by what the economists call 'income volatility', or sudden changes in fortune, usually caused by lay-offs.   The discarded shrink off in shame -- after all, they must have done something wrong -- and vanish from the unemployment statistics by going to Circuit City or Starbucks and taking whatever job they can get.   To acknowledge their existence would be to admit that the 'knowledge economy' is a delusion and to raise a rude finger in the face of the American dream.   For many, the trouble begins at commencement.   Two-thirds of college graduates have borrowed heavily to pay for school, putting them nearly $20K in the red, on average.   At current interest rates of 6.8% for federal student loans, that amounts to a $219 monthly payment for the next ten years.   And those trying to buy more security with an advanced degree accumulate a combined student loan debt averaging a crippling $45,900.   Once established in a professional-level job, many college graduates are finding their salaries inadequate to the rising costs of health-care, housing and energy, especially as benefits shrink: 21% of college graduates now have no health insurance, up from 17% 5 years ago.   And in a corporate culture bent on cost cutting, few are ever really 'established'.   Lay-offs -- a.k.a. down-sizings, right-sizings, smart-sizings and riffings -- can strike at any time, as 14K white-collar Ford workers just discovered.   Those who 'land' again earn on average 17% less than they would have made had they not been laid off.   Then once you hit 50, you're officially over the hill and unlikely to find re-employment at a middle-class level.   As one middle-aged white-collar worker reported, 'You know what they call a 50-year-old person in a large corporation?   Fat!'...   This is the new world of the middle class -- haunted by debt, stalked by layoffs, pinched by vanishing pensions and health benefits, and forced into ever more contingent forms of work as 'real' jobs give way to benefit-free contract work.   Far from being on an elite perch in the 'knowledge economy', the middle class hovers just inches above the working poor.   Since the average household today has negative savings, meaning positive debt, a sudden job loss for whatever reason can dislodge a family overnight.   The downward spiral is accelerated by companies' strange aversion to hiring the unemployed, who have unsightly 'gaps' in their resumes.   The jobless find themselves stigmatized by their condition, although they did nothing to incur it, as illustrated by the management consultant who advises corporate recruiters to avoid job fairs: 'Who goes to job fairs?   People without jobs!   All you get are worthless resumes and lots of germs.'"

2006-10-19
Chantelle Janelle _WIS_
Escondido, CA, approves ordinance forbidding landlords from renting to illegal aliens
"Similar laws are on the books in cities in New York and Pennsylvania.   Hispanics make up more than 40% of the population in Escondido, which is near San Diego."

2006-10-19
DJIA12,011.73
S&P 5001,366.96
NASDAQ2,340.94
10-year US T-Bond4.79%
crude oil58.50
gold602.50
silver12.16
platinum1,094.80
palladium337.40
copper0.21912
natgas$7.135/MBTU
unleadedgasoline$1.4894/gal
heatingoil$1.7201/gal

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2006-10-20 - 18 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-20 03:29PDT (06:29EDT) (10:29GMT)
Simon Kennedy _MarketWatch_
Corus Group agrees to being taken over by Tata Steel for $8G
"Anglo-Dutch steel-maker Corus Group on Friday accepted a 4.3G pound ($8G) takeover bid from India's Tata Steel, foreshadowing the creation of the world's fifth-largest steel producer, though investors held out hopes for a better offer...   The deal marks the latest step in what's been a consolidation trend among steel-makers.   This has included the $32.4G take-over of Arcelor by Mittal Steel.   In a conference call with analysts, Philippe Varin, chief executive of Corus, said the Tata deal's value compared favorably with the Mittal's take-over of Areclor.   Varin declined to comment on speculation that another bid might arise.   Also on Friday, South Korea's Posco Co. and Japan's Nippon Steel Corp. agreed to closer ties by increasing their holdings in each other through a share-swap. Under the deal, Nippon Steel will receive a further 2% stake in Posco, taking its total holdings to 5.32%, while Posco will get a further 1.64% of Nippon."

2006-10-20
_Electronic Design_
Understand the World of the Electronic Engineer
"Demand for electronic engineers has picked up markedly, with only 8% of you now saying your companies are planning to scale back engineering staff, versus 42% who say your companies are looking to increase the number of engineering jobs...   The engineering workforce in the U.S. certainly looks very different than it did 20 years ago.   Our survey shows that one-third of our readers are immigrants and that 26% aren't U.S. citizens, with 11% having H-1B visa status...   As to why companies hire H-1B visa workers, about one-third of both H-1B visa holders and U.S.-based engineers believe the hiring is to save money, while an equal percentage believes companies couldn't have otherwise found qualified workers in the U.S.A.   About 23% of H-1B visa holders and 18% of U.S.-born workers say companies hire H-1B workers because they're 'more qualified' than other engineers applying for the job.   Still, 91% of non-H-1B survey respondents say their jobs aren't threatened by H-1B visa holders, though 3.6% believe they lost a job to someone with that status.   Concerned about the future, 57% of resident workers say the government should more tightly restrict the number of H-1B slots for engineering positions."

2006-10-20
Joe Guzzardi _V Dare_
Endorsements reflect lack of better challengers
"First, 97.9% of incumbents have been re-elected since 1996, a huge advantage for Republicans.   Second, in 2006 fewer open seats—the most likely to change hands—are up for grabs.   Of the 21 total, Bush carried 18 of them in 2004 with an average of 61%...   Whether 2006 will be the year that the voters are finally angry enough to throw out the incumbents remains to be seen."

2006-10-20
DJIA12,092.37
S&P 5001,368.60
NASDAQ2,342.30
10-year US T-Bond4.78%
crude oil59.33
gold596.40
silver11.965
platinum1,082.10
palladium330.50
copper0.216375
natgas$5.659/MBTU
unleadedgasoline$1.4672/gal
heatingoil$1.68/gal

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  "The IRS has multiplied its use of force against American citizens in the last 15 years.   Since 1980, the number of 'levies' -- IRS seizures of bank accounts and pay checks -- has increased 4-fold, reaching 2.253M in 1992." --- James Bovard 1994 _Lost Rights_ (Johnelle Hunter 1993-09-27)  

 

2006-10-21 - 17 Days Until Congressional Election
 

2006-10-22 - 16 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-22
Jay McSherry _Electronic Design_
EEs at Work The average electronic engineer is a male college graduate, 47 years old, earns $96,319 per year after 21 years of experience, works 54 hours per week, has been at the current firm for 10 years, has received 2 promotions, and has worked for 3-4 companies throughout his career."

2006-10-22
Brian Lawson _Huntsville Times_
representative Aberholt still awaiting relief promised on socks
"In 2005 July, with the fate of a Central American free trade bill hanging in the balance, Bush administration officials pledged to help protect domestic sock makers and persuaded U.S. representative Robert Aderholt to change his mind and support the bill...   The DR-CAFTA trade agreement passed 217-215, but Aderholt is still waiting for tariff protections related to Central America sock imports.   Last week, Aderholt wrote current U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab, noting the Bush administration's promises to him on socks have not come to fruition.   He expressed concern about potential 'devastating job losses' in his district and asked that the issue be resolved with Dominican Republic officials next week during a White House visit...   Lee said the other reality workers face is that when companies have the option of moving off-shore, it makes negotiations for increased wages and benefits difficult as the companies make it clear they have other options."

2006-10-22
Chip McLean _Renew America_
Illegal aliens: USDA approved

2006-10-22
Dave Lieber _Dallas Fort Worth Star-Telegram_
Competition in electricity may confuse some
"'Every possible combination and permutation is out there.', said Carol Biedrzycki, executive director of Texas Ratepayers' Organization to Save Energy -- or Texas Rose.   She advises customers not to lock in on current rates because they are so high.   Many North Texas customers pay in the vicinity of 13 cents a kilowatt hour -- with some plans as high as 16 cents or more.   Customers elsewhere in the nation pay around 10 cents a kilowatt hour, experts say...   Because of the variety of plans, customers should decide whether they want to be electricity gamblers and go with a plan like TXU's Energy Market Tracker+ -- which offers customers a variable electricity price that adjusts monthly based on the price of natural gas.   Or maybe customers want to know that they will pay the same rate for the next 5 years -- found in TXU's Energy SureValue plan...   approximately 70% of North Texas households remain with TXU.   'Ideally, we would have 8 or 10 or more electric companies that had equal market share, and each were competing hard to drive prices down.', Morstad says...   The current system was devised by the state Legislature, starting in 1999.   State representative Phil King, R-Weatherford, chairman of the House Committee on Regulated Industries, told a recent gathering of the Gulf Coast Power Association conference that constituents frequently ask him what he plans to do about high electric bills."

2006-10-22
Tim Carpenter _Topeka Capital-Journal_
Government officials aren't even trying to stem flood of illegal aliens
"When the vehicle came to rest on its top 500 feet down the highway, 3 men lay motionless.   Tossed like rag dolls to their deaths were brothers Pedro and Fernando Montalvo-Ramirez and Juan Manuel Perez-Rosales.   The 16 survivors, ranging in age from 3 to 60, also were ejected from the vehicle.   Each was driven or flown to hospitals for treatment.   Once healed, all but one was deported.   The exception was Pilar.   He went to jail...   Interviews with city, county, state and federal officials indicate that a policy of reaction, rather than proaction, guides this Heartland state's approach to impeding the flow of illegal aliens.   Major highways that slash through Kansas -- Interstates 70 and 35 -- along with lesser-known state roads are important routes for human traffickers.   Law enforcement officers say untold thousands of illegal immigrants are smuggled into or through Kansas each year along these routes.   Some aliens stay, adding to the state's total of illegal residents.   Most, however, are headed for jobs and family elsewhere.   There are occasional law enforcement roadside checkpoints along these Kansas corridors, but there are too few officers, too few jail cells and too few dollars to justify aggressive programs to root out people in the state illegally.   In areas of Kansas where undocumented labor is the back-bone of the [under-ground] economy, local authorities operate under what amounts to a 'don't ask, don't tell' policy toward their guest labor pool.   When an undocumented immigrant runs afoul of state or local police in Kansas, there is no guarantee U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, will take custody of the offender for deportation.   In 2005, Kansas law enforcement officers made 2,429 inquiries about possible immigration violations to the ICE support center in Vermont.   In 97 cases, ICE agents told local authorities to put a hold on a person for deportation...   The federal prosecutor's docket is swamped this year with about 200 criminal cases involving illegal immigrants -- 5 times the case-load of 5 years ago...   Look no further than the S.E. Carnahan Street exit off Interstate 70 in Topeka.   The Kansas Highway Patrol and the Topeka Police Department conducted a license check lane from 8 p.m. Sept. 22 to 1 a.m. the next morning [5 hours] in the eastbound lane.   Any drivers without a valid license were handed over to ICE agents.   That led to the arrest of 49 people determined to be in the United States illegally.   The 41 men and 8 women were from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.   36 of the 44 from Mexico were declared non-criminals, which meant they accepted voluntary return the next day to their homeland.   The other immigrants were placed in ICE custody for formal deportation proceedings.   Three of the aliens had been previously deported, making them subject to felony prosecution and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison...   An average of 10 were taken into custody each hour.   Extrapolate that over one year, and it could be argued that as many as 80K could be smuggled annually past that point in Topeka...   U.S. District Judge Monti Belot last month sentenced the 22-year-old Pilar to 4 years and 9 months in prison."

2006-10-22
Steve Sailer _V Dare_
Average IQ by State
"NAEP scores for 4th and 8th graders are just from public school students.   But in states with large black or Hispanic populations, there is substantial white flight from the public schools, lowering NAEP scores.   For example, 13.7% of South Carolina's white students and 10.6% of California's are not in public schools.   McDaniel adjusts for this, raising slightly the IQ estimates of states with heavy white flight.   (State IQ was defined as 'the average of mean reading and mean math scores'.)...   A massively representative national IQ test last happened in 1960, when Sputnik scared the federal government into giving an IQ test to 366K high school students as part of Project Talent.   Four decades later, McDaniel's NAEP-based IQ estimate still correlated at the high 0.63 level with Project Talent's old results.   In a mid-1980s study of Vietnam veterans, 4,321 took an IQ test, with results tabulated by their state of birth.   The findings correlate 0.59 with McDaniel's...   The Social Quotient web site estimated IQs from SAT and ACT college entrance exams scores.   The results have a correlation coefficient of 0.71 with McDaniel's numbers.   Finally, for whatever it's worth, the free Internet-based Tickle IQ test has published its averages by state.   Tickle correlates 0.53 with McDaniel's numbers...   even the largest difference between states' mean IQ—the 10.2 points between Massachusetts and Mississippi—is actually not at all enormous.   And that's especially true compared to the differences among countries.   There, gaps of 30 points or more are not uncommon (e.g. Austria vs. Congo-Zaire )...   McDaniel notes: 'States with higher estimated state IQ have greater gross state product [per capita], citizens with better health, more effective state governments, and less violent crime.'...   First, the NAEP isn't an IQ test; it's a school achievement test...   The unpalatable truth: while we know how we could do a better job of keeping out low IQ foreigners, we really don't have a clue how to turn their children into high, or even medium, IQ adults on average...   A second limitation in estimating IQ our way: the NAEP is given in English, so very recent immigrants score lower...   California was 49th in 2003 on 8th grade reading, while finishing 'merely' 44th in mathematics , the universal language.   But sadly, the low achievement levels of Hispanics don't vanish even when subsequent generations learn English.   In 1992, the last time the NAEP asked test-takers about country of birth, American-born Latinos scored 0.72 standard deviations worse than non-Hispanic whites.   That's two-thirds as bad as the notoriously debilitating white-black gap.   Third, the most important limitation on our NAEP method: it provides IQ estimates for children, not adults...   Republicans thrive where cheap housing prices and high wages relative to the cost of living provide 'affordable family formation'."
Michael A. McDaniel _Estimating State IQ_ (pdf)
VietNam veterans and Project TALENT average IQ scores by state
NAEP-based average IQ scores by state
 

2006-10-23 - 15 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-22 18:54PDT (2006-10-22 21:54EDT) (2006-10-23 01:54GMT)
Erin Texeira _AP_/_Yahoo!_
Indian community burgeoning in USA with influx driven by H-1B and L-1 guest-worker visa programs
"Roughly every third person who lives Edison, a New York suburb, is of Asian Indian ancestry.   Many are new immigrants who have come to work as physicians, engineers and high-tech experts and are drawn to 'Little India' by convenience -- it's near the commuter train -- and familiarity...   Although a steady stream of Indians have settled in the U.S. since the 1960s, immigrants positively poured into the country between 2000 and 2005 -- arriving at a higher rate than any other group.   Not only is the Indian community burgeoning, it's maturing.   Increasingly, after decades of quietly establishing themselves, Indians are becoming more vocal in the American conversation -- about politics, ethnicity and many other topics...   Roughly 2.3M people of Indian ancestry, including immigrants and the American-born, now call the U.S. home, according to 2005 Census data.   That's up from 1.7M in 2000.   They have big communities in New Jersey, New York, California and Texas, and their average yearly household income is more than $60K -- 35% higher than the nation overall.   Indian Americans, along with Indian expatriates worldwide, sent about $23G back to India in 2005, World Bank data show...   The community recently saw three Sikhs elected to low-level offices around the city.   'It's a good first step.', Singh said...   Indians also are working outside politics to influence broader society.   They are overrepresented among college professors, engineers and technology workers.   Between 10% and 12% of all medical school students are Indians, according to the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the biggest physicians' group in the nation after the American Medical Association.   Half of all motel rooms in the nation are owned by Indians, according to the Asian American Hotel Owners Association...   Layered atop the dizzying diversity of India itself -- there are dozens of languages, and distinct regional differences in culture, politics and cuisine -- are growing class differences among Indian-Americans.   About one-tenth live in poverty, and as many as 400K are [illegal aliens], said Deepa Iyer, executive director of South Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow in Takoma Park, MD."

2006-10-23
Frosty Wooldridge _American Daily_
Wake Up And Recognize the Invasion

2006-10-23
Ilana Mercer _Free-Market News Network_
Libertarians differ on immigration

2006-10-23
Brian Kuebler _WREG_
4 illegal alien brothels busted in Memphis
abc WFTV
"According to federal indictments the customers would use poker chips or beads to show proof of purchase.   A system that came crashing down as part of operation 'Latina Libre' earlier this month...   10 people where indicted Monday afternoon for money laundering, harboring illegal aliens and enticing women to engage in prostitution.   It's an investigation that goes back to 2004 May but sources tell News Channel 3 it could stretch well beyond Memphis.   That with some of these illegal women being shipped in from other countries...   Memphis could be just a spoke in a bigger wheel...   The indictment charges Raul Santillan-Leon, Raymundo Flores, Fernando Reyes-Santillan, Ramiro Sanchez-Garcia, Diego Cortes-Barrientos, Rafael Cortes-Barrientos, Martin Moreno, Eliseo Cortes-Barrientos, Rodolfo Cortes-Barrientos, and Cristobal Flores Angeles with Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering, in violation of Title 18 USC Section 1956, Harboring Illegal Aliens, in violation of Title 8 USC Section 1324, and Failing to File a Factual Statement About an Illegal Alien, in violation of Title 18 USC Section 2424.   Raul Santillan-Leon, Raymundo Flores, Fernando Reyes-Santillan, Ramiro Sanchez-Garcia, Rodolfo Cortes-Barrientos, and Cristobal Flores Angeles are additionally charged in the indictment with Enticing an Individual to Travel in Interstate Commerce to Engage in Prostitution, in violation of Title 18 USC Section 2422.   According to the indictment, the defendants were operating brothels located in various areas of Memphis, Tennessee which housed women, mostly illegal aliens, which had traveled from New York, Illinois, Georgia, and as far away as Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia in order to work as prostitutes here in Memphis."

2006-10-23 13:45PDT (16:45EDT) (20:45GMT)
Jasmina Kelemen _MarketWatch_
Jeffrey Skilling has been sentenced to 24 years and 4 months in prison plus forfeiture of $45M: Appeal is already in the works
"All told, Skilling sold about $62M worth of company stock over the year leading up to Enron's headlong plunge into Chapter 11 on 2001-12-02 -- at the time the biggest bankruptcy in U.S. history.   [Kenneth Lay] was convicted on 10 counts of conspiracy and fraud, but those charges were vacated and the indictment against him dropped after he died of a heart attack in July, just more than a month after he was convicted by the same jury that convicted his protege."

2006-10-23
Peter Jackson _AP_/_Northeastern Pennsylvania News_
Hazleton mayor says law aimed at illegals, not every immigrant
Philadelphia Suburban News
"The illegal immigrants Hazleton has targeted in a new ordinance are Hispanics, but Mayor Lou Barletta said Monday that people with his own Italian ancestry would get the same unfriendly reception if they violated U.S. immigration laws in moving to the tiny northeastern Pennsylvania city."

2006-10-23
_WRIC_/_AP_
One escapee surrendered, hunt continues for 5 others
WOI
"One of them surrendered last night in Brownsville, after more than a month on the run.   That suspect is 1 of 5 illegal aliens from Mexico who escaped, along with a former police officer.   All were being held on drug-related charges."

2006-10-23
Andrea Milam _St. John TradeWinds_
Increase in apprehensions of illegal aliens is good news
"The number of illegal aliens arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands has continually increased since 2003, and although this may seem to point to an increase in the number of illegal immigrants landing in the islands, it’s actually a testament to improved apprehension rates, thanks to the 2003 establishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to federal officials.   Apprehensions of illegal aliens increased by nearly 60% from fiscal year 2005 (2004 October-2005 September) to fiscal year 2006 (2005 October-2006 September)...   304 illegal immigrants were arrested in FY2005, while 523 illegals were arrested in FY2006."

2006-10-23
Donald A. Collins _V Dare_
Oxford Analytica - another voice for clobbering the US citizen
"The supporters of true, patriotic immigration reform, namely 80% of all Americans, now know something which poor Ralph didn't: a fast ball is coming on the issue that is ruining their country."

2006-10-23
DJIA12,116.91
S&P 5001,377.02
NASDAQ2,355.56
10-year US T-Bond4.83%
crude oil58.81
gold582.90
silver11.67
platinum1,074.40
palladium321.35
copper0.2156875
natgas$6.881/MBTU
unleadedgasoline$1.4715/gal
heatingoil$1.669/gal

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2006-10-24 - 14 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-23 17:56PDT (2006-10-23 20:56EDT) (2006-10-24 00:56GMT)
Nicholas Riccardi _Houston Chronicle_
A severely inadequate number of trainees set their sites on the border
"By day's end, the 50 new trainees of Class 620 had settled in at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy, where over the next 5 months they would be chiseled into America's first line of defense on the country's southern border...   That has placed intense pressure on the Border Patrol Academy, which graduated 1,122 trainees last year but will enroll 3,600 this year...   part police academy, part law school, part language institute.   They learn to shoot, drive off-road and speak Spanish.   Of all trainees, 17% do not complete the training...   The job's benefits and pay are good -- after 4 years, agents can make about $65K with over-time.   There's a pension after 20 years."

2006-10-24
Mike Cutler _Family Security Matters_
Foreign Nationals Watch USA Closely to Figure out How to Scam the System
"As you may know, the issue of marriage fraud is one of great concern to me, having served as an adjudications officer who conducted interviews to determine if aliens should be granted resident alien status as a result of being married to United States citizens or resident aliens.   I was assigned to this position temporarily for approximately one year in the mid 1970s, just before I became a special agent of the former INS.   Additionally, I spent several years, as a special agent, assigned to the Frauds Unit of the Investigations Branch of the New York office of the former INS where among the areas of concern that I became involved with was the issue of marriage fraud and the organizations that facilitated fraud marriages and other fraud schemes employed by aliens who wanted to circumvent the immigration laws.   A critical area of vulnerability to the immigration system and, consequently national security is immigration benefit fraud...   When an alien naturalizes and embraces the United States and participates in the American Dream, both the naturalized citizen and our nation benefits.   When, however, an alien acquires immigration benefits through fraud and deception, the security of the system is breached and it leaves the door open to criminals and terrorists gaming the system to embed themselves in our country and potentially becoming a 'sleeper agent' who awaits instructions to participate in an attack against our nation."

2006-10-24
Larry Huss _Oregon Catalyst_
Impact of illegal aliens

2006-10-24
M. Haskell _College Board_
Tuition Increases Continue to Slow at Public Colleges According to the College Board's 2006 Reports on College Pricing and Financial Aid
"Tuition and fees represent only a fraction of the total cost of attending college.   When living costs and other education-related expenses are considered, tuition and fees constitute 67% of the total budget for full-time students enrolled in 4-year private colleges and universities, 36% of the budget for in-state residential students at public 4-year institutions, and only 18% of the budget for two-year public college students commuting from off-campus housing."

2006-10-24
_Civil Engineering Connection_
Study questions Senate immigration change proposals
"Legislation pending before Congress 'would admit foreign computing and engineering (C&E) workers in numbers much greater than historical trends or casual assumptions about future employment levels', according to a recent study from Georgetown's Institute for the Study of International Migration, commissioned by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-USA (IEEE-USA).   The study, Projected Numbers of Foreign Computer and Engineering Workers Under the Senate's Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (S2611) (pdf), concluded that the estimated number of new, high-tech visas available under S.2611 over the next 10 years could be as many as 1.88M.   The Bureau of Labor Statistics [BLS] estimates the number of new C&E workers needed by the U.S. economy over the decade is 1.25M.   Thus, the study concludes, Congress was considering authorizing enough high-skill visas to fill every C&E job created in the United States over the next decade and still have 630K visas left over."

2006-10-24
Edwin S. Rubenstein _V Dare_
Furchtgott-Roth vs. Malanga on the economics of immigration
"1% may indeed be a 'tiny fraction' of the total U.S. labor force.   But it represents more than half annual labor force growth.   Just compare the growth rates of foreign versus native-born persons in the U.S. labor force from 2000 to 2005: U.S.-born: +4.12M (+3.3%); Foreign-born: +4.337M (+24.3%); Total: 8.457M (+6.0%).   Between 2000 and 2005 immigrants accounted for 51% of U.S. labor force growth -- and an even larger share (82%) of employment growth...   Ms. Furchtgott-Roth notes, correctly, that unemployment among adult High School drop-outs in the labor force was a relatively benign 7.6% last year.   But she ignores that fact that only 45% of them were actually in the labor force.   The rest were too discouraged to even look for work...   employment-to-population ratios for High School drop-outs in 2005: All drop-outs: 42% employed; Native drop-outs: 34.5% employed; Foreign-born drop-outs: 57.7% employed.   By this measure, 58% of all drop-outs -- and a whopping 65% of native drop-outs -- were unemployed last year...   An analysis of state and local governments in Florida finds that immigrant households are 50% more likely to receive Medicaid than native households, have more than twice as many high cost elderly in the program, and account for a disproportionate share of K-12 enrollment. [David Denslow, Tough Choices: Shaping Florida's Future (pdf) University of Florida, 2005 October. Pages 373-387.]...   the average immigrant household pays $426 less tax and receives $1,385 more state and local government services than the average native household [for a net loss of about $1,811]."

2006-10-24
Butler D. Shaffer _Lew Rockwell_
The Voting Ritual
 

2006-10-25 - 13 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-25 07:14PDT (10:14EDT) (14:14GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
Existing home sales fell 1.9% to 6.18M in September: Sales are down 14.2% in the last year
National Association of Realtors

2006-10-25
Lara Jakes Jordan, Seth Borenstein & Sue Major Holmes _AP_/_Yahoo!_
Drug raid yields classified documents from Los Alamos National Lab
"Authorities in northern New Mexico have stumbled onto what appears to be classified information from Los Alamos National Laboratory while arresting a man suspected of domestic violence and dealing methamphetamine from his mobile home...   Police alerted the FBI to the secret documents, which agents traced back to a woman linked to the drug dealer, officials said.   The woman is a contract employee at Los Alamos National Laboratory, according to an FBI official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the case.   The official would not describe the documents except to say that they appeared to contain classified material and were stored on a computer file...   The federal charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of a year in prison and up to a $100K fine."

2006-10-25
Sheldon Richman _Future of Freedom Foundation_
Let's correct the political corruption
"we should abolish the congressional page program immediately...   the congressional page program encourages high schoolers to worship and lust for power...   nearly all congressmen teach pages that raw government power is a good thing.   In a society that thinks of itself as free, this is intolerable...   these high schoolers risk being corrupted because they are encouraged to think that wielding power is 'cool'.   But power -- forcibly taking money from people (taxes), spending it in ways they would never approve, and regulating their lives -- is not cool.   It violates individual freedom.   The more power the government has, the less freedom the people have.   But the pages are misled into believing otherwise.   This indoctrination must stop or they will be scarred for life...   Do we really want our young people admiring politicians?   If they are going to have a role model, shouldn't it be someone who at least makes an honest living?"
 

2006-10-26 - 12 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-26 05:30PDT (08:30EST) (13:30GMT)
Subri Raman & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
current press release
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 290,497 in the week ending October 21, an increase of 19,410 from the previous week.   There were 304,733 initial claims in the comparable week in 2005.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.6% during the week ending October 14, unchanged from the prior week.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,122,889, an increase of 92,565 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 1.9% and the volume was 2,437,294.   Extended benefits were not available in any state during the week ending October 7."

2006-10-26 07:21PDT (10:21EDT) (14:21GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
census bureau press release & data

2006-10-26 08:49PDT (11:49EDT) (15:49GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
Durable-goods orders were up 7.8% in September
census bureau press release & data

2006-10-26
Erin Einhorn _NY Daily News_
NY Education department suspended on-line tutoring from India
"The more than 2K struggling students at high-poverty city schools who signed up for federally funded help from Socratic Learning Inc. knew they'd be working online with a tutor they couldn't see.   What they didn't know was that tutors were actually in India -- and that none had passed background checks authorizing them to communicate directly with city kids, according to schools investigator Richard Condon...   The Plano, TX, company, which made $2.4M in New York City last year, is one of 91 groups that provide after-school tutoring to 80K kids at failing city schools under the No Child Left Behind Act."

2006-10-26 15:39PDT (18:39EDT) (22:39GMT)
Jim Gilchrist _CNN_
Don't fall for media's anti-Minutemen propaganda
"Minuteman volunteers only observe and report; they do not chase or confront and they do not drink on duty.   There has never been a violent incident initiated by volunteers.   By contrast, in the past 18 months, nonviolent Minuteman volunteers nationwide have been victims of more than 50 acts of violence against their property and persons by deviants opposed to freedom of speech.   Much of this violence is encouraged by propagandist journalists like Navarrette, whose words inflame readers and foster hostility...   The Minuteman Project is a multi-ethnic, pro-legal immigration, law enforcement advocacy group.   Minuteman volunteers are teachers, college professors, taxi drivers, truckers, construction laborers, lawyers, college students, CPAs, surgeons and physicians, retired police officers, veterans, home-makers, authors, PhDs, politicians, grand-parents, and naturalized citizens -- Americans who simply want to help protect their country from the problems of illegal immigration.   One would be hard pressed to find another national fraternity with a more diverse membership of race, color, creed, age, or vocation.   Membership is about 25% non-whites and 55% women.   The board of directors includes women and a black American with a master's degree from the University of Southern California."

2006-10-26
David R. Butcher _Thomas Net_
US design work has been moving east
"The U.S. tech industry began offshoring assembly and testing in the 1970s, followed by chip fabrication and much system design work in the 1980s and 1990s.   Next went software development, which was out-sourced to offshore service providers, followed by business process out-sourcing (BPO).   Now experts believe another off-shoring wave looms: engineering design."

2006-10-26
_Gateway Pundit_
ACORN voter fraud scandal in Missouri makes the national news

2006-10-26
Robert Jaques _Computing_
IEEE-USA president calls for strategy to cope with US loss of high-tech jobs from off-shoring and importation of guest-workers
High Productivity Computing
IT Week
"Ralph W. Wyndrum jr said at the National Academy of Engineering, today [that] the off-shoring of the US engineering enterprise is an almost inevitable outcome of globalisation [but offered few snesible suggestions, thus leaving the field of battle to such less stodgy organizations as the Programmers Guild, the American Engineering Association, and Techs Unite]."
 

2006-10-27 - 11 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-27 07:58PDT (10:58EDT) (14:58GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
UMich consumer sentiment index rose from 85.4 in September to 92.3 earlier in October to 93.6 in late October

2006-10-27
Eric Chabrow _Information Week_
Hacket Group sayd early 1.5M US back-office jobs seen moving off-shore: US citizens could lose $58G in earnings annually
"That translates to... the transfer of nearly 3K full time-equivalent jobs abroad for the typical Fortune 500 company...   Now a growing number of permanent back-office jobs are being targeted to relocate off-shore.   Some 15% of the Fortune 500 already off-shore G&A jobs, says Michel Janssen, the Hackett managing director who headed the study...   Among the job functions targeted for offshoring are: application management and technology infrastructure within IT; general accounting and revenue-cycle activities within finance; data management reporting, compliance, and pay-roll administration within human resources; and purchase order processing within procurement.   Janssen estimates that the 1.47M G&A jobs that will move off-shore represent about half of all G&A positions within the Fortune 500."

2006-10-27 09:36PDT (12:36EDT) (16:36GMT)
Greg Robb _MarketWatch_
US GDP grew at annualized rate of 1.6% in 2006Q3, grew 2.9% in the past year to $13.3T (with graph)
BEA data
"The personal consumption-expenditure-price index increased at a 2.5% annual rate, down from 4% in the second quarter.   The core PCE price index -- which removes food and energy costs -- increased at a 2.3% rate, down from 2.7% in the second quarter.   But the core PCE price index has increased 2.4% in the past year, up from 2.2% year-over-year growth in the second quarter.   That's the fastest pace since the second quarter of 1995 [and] above the Federal Reserve's 1.5% to 2% comfort zone."
Is this part of a soft landing for the economy?

2006-10-27 10:02PDT (13:02EDT) (17:02GMT)>br /> Alistair Barr _MarketWatch_
Protection racket profits may have reached a peak

2006-10-27
_Riehl World View_
McCaskill Knew Of Previous ACORN Fraud Going Back to at Least 2003

2006-10-27
DJIA12,090.26
S&P 5001,377.34
NASDAQ2,350.62
10-year US T-Bond4.68%
crude oil60.75
gold601.00
silver12.08
platinum1,1,079.70
palladium323.00
copper0.2128
natgas$7.153/MBTU
unleadedgasoline$1.5599/gal
heatingoil$1.6944/gal

I usually get this info from MarketWatch, which gets them from BigCharts.
 
 

  "It rankles me when somebody tries to force somebody to do something." --- John Wayne  

 

2006-10-28 - 10 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-28
Lou Dobbs _CNN_
Mexico is an extremely wealthy country
George Grayson of College of William & Mary: "Mexico is an extremely wealthy country.   It has everything: gold, silver, oil, natural gas.   The problem is that the politicians don't pay attention to the poor.   Mexico devotes less than 6% of its budget to education, 6% to health-care.   Their tax collection level as a part of their national product is about the same level as Haiti and the corruption is ubiquitous.   There is a saying in Mexico show me a politician who is poor and I will show you a poor politician...   Mexico brings in 40K Guatemalan guest workers each year, and when you ask the big coffee growers in Chiapas why they don't hire local people because the unemployment rate is high, they say they won't work hard.   They're irresponsible, you can't count on them, the same thing that growers say in this country about Americans."
 

2006-10-29 - 09 Days Until Congressional Election
 

2006-10-30 - 08 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-29 19:00PDT (2006-10-29 22:00EDT) (2006-10-30 02:00GMT)
_Business Wire_/_Research and Markets_
Technology spending in Red Chinese contact centers to rise as the sector grows

2006-10-30 04:40PST (07:40EST) (12:40GMT)
Jennifer Saba _Editor & Publisher_
Big Metro Papers Show Severe Declines in Circulation
"The Audit Bureau of Circulations...   While the estimated decline 2.8% for daily circulation for all reporting papers may seem negligible, consider that in years past that decrease averaged around 1%.   Sunday, considered the industry's bread-and-butter, showed even steeper losses, with a decline of about 3.4%.   Big cities like Los Angeles, Miami, and Boston are feeling the effects of the Internet and the trimming of other-paid circulation.   In New York, however, a 5.1% surge for the New York Post allowed it to leap-frog past its rival, the Daily News -- and The Washington Post -- into fifth place in daily circ.   The Los Angeles Times reported that daily circulation fell 8% to 775,766.   Sunday dropped 6% to 1,172,005.   The San Francisco Chronicle was down.   Daily dropped 5.3% to 373,805 and Sunday fell 7.3% to 432,957.   The New York Times lost 3.5% daily to 1,086,798 and 3.5% on Sunday to 1,623,697.   Its sister publication, The Boston Globe, reported decreases in daily circulation, down 6.7% to 386,415 and Sunday, down 9.9% to 587,292.   The Washington Post lost daily circulation, which was down 3.3% to 656,297 while Sunday declined 3.6% to 930,619.   Circulation losses at The Wall Street Journal were average, with daily down 1.9% to 2,043,235.   The paper's Weekend Edition, however, saw its circulation fall 6.7% to 1,945,830.   Daily circulation at USA Today slipped 1.3% to 2,269,509.   The Chicago Tribune showed slight declines.   Daily dropped 1.7% to 576,132 and Sunday decreased 1.3% to 937,907.   Losses at the Miami Herald were steep.   Daily circulation fell 8.8% to 265,583 and Sunday fell 9.1% to 361,846.   While daily circulation stabilized compared to past reporting periods at The Sun in Baltimore, down 4.4% to 236,172, Sunday took a massive hit.   Circulation on that day dropped 9% to 380,701.   The Hartford (CT) Courant's daily circ was down 3.9% to 179,066 while Sunday dropped slightly, 1.5% to 264,539.   At The Philadelphia Inquirer, daily fell 7.5% to 330,622 while Sunday declined 4.5% to 682,214.   Daily circulation at its sister pub, The Philadelphia Daily News, dropped 7% to 112,540.   The Star Tribune in Minneapolis reported declines.   Daily was down 4.1% to 358,887 while Sunday dropped 6.3% to 596,333.   At the Orlando Sentinel, daily circulation decreased 2.5% to 214,283.   Sunday fell 4.2% to 317,226.   Daily circulation at The Arizona Republic declined 2.5% to 397,294 and 2.6% on Sunday to 503,943.   The Plain Dealer in Cleveland showed daily circulation almost flat -- a small victory -- with a decline of 0.6% to 336,939.   Sunday was down 2.3% to 446,487.   The New York Post got a leg up in the city’s tab wars.   Daily circulation at the paper overtook the Daily News in showing gains of just over 5% -- perhaps the only major metro in the country to report such growth -- to 704,011 copies.   The Daily News also increased its daily circulation, up 1% to 693,382.   That said, Sunday is still a problem for the New York Post.   Circulation grew a fraction of percentage up 0.4% to 427,624.   At the Daily News, Sunday circ was almost flat, down 0.1% to 780,196.   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch made advances in daily circulation up 0.6% to 276,588.   Sunday was down 2.4% to 418,262.   The Denver Post's daily circulation dropped 3.1% to 255,935.   The Rocky Mountain News showed similar declines with daily down 2.9% to 255,675.   Combined Sunday circulation fell 4.2% to 694,053.   Newsday reported losses.   Daily fell 4.9% to 410,579 while Sunday experienced similar declines, down 4.3% to 474,750.   Daily circ at the Santa Barbara (CA) News-Press slipped 4.6% to 39,323.   Sunday lost 5.4% to 40,801."
Top 25 Daily Papers

2006-10-30 07:00PST (10:00EST) (15:00GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
Core PCE inflation index fell 2.4%; Inflation-adjusted idsposable income up 0.8%
BEA press release

2006-10-30 08:18PST (11:18EST) (16:18GMT)
_Reuters_
US Standard & Poor's 500 profits up 16.4% for 2006 Q3 from 2005 Q3

2006-10-30
Ken Kusmer _Fort Wayne News-Sentinel_/_AP_
Feds reviewing potential $1G privatization pact
"The state is on course to privatize by [2007] January 1 the system of determining who's eligible for the food stamps, Medicaid and welfare received by one in six Indiana residents.   The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration on Oct. 20 sent the U.S. Department of Agriculture a copy of its unsigned contract with a team of contractors, Lawrence F. Rudmann, a spokesman for the USDA's Chicago regional office, said Monday...   One recent problem in another state was the theft in Denver of an ACS desktop computer containing personal information of some clients of the Colorado Department of Human Services.   ACS, a Dallas-based information technology company, sent letters to the affected clients alerting them to the theft and advising how to protect their information, a spokesman has said."

2006-10-30
_PR News Wire_
Stanley awarded contract to provide passport book personalization services for State Department

2006-10-30
_Daily Record_
Happiness rare at Norwich Union: 450 jobs to be axed in Perth and Glasgow
"And now, to add insult to injury, they have been asked to help recruit new staff...   When Norwich Union announced they were off-shoring those 450 jobs to India, unions accused them of betrayal.   They were right...   Norwich Union's parent company have just announced a 27% rise in half-year profits to £1.7G. And they can afford to pay executive chairman Patrick Snowball a cool £1.3M."
 

2006-10-31 - 07 Days Until Congressional Election

2006-10-31
Robert S. Whitehill _Pittsburgh Post-Gazette_
On immigration, let's get the basics correct first
"The most precious status that the United States can confer upon a person is citizenship.   The road from entry to the United States as a nonimmigrant, through permanent residency, to naturalization, is long, arduous and complicated, yet many more people seek to become American citizens than are able [and it has proven not arduous enough to turn back terrorists and spies].   Most of us acquire U.S. citizenship upon birth.   Since the passage of the 14th Amendment immediately after the Civil War, all persons born in the United States automatically are citizens.   In addition, and subject to complicated rules, children born outside of our borders to U.S. citizen parents also are citizens at birth...   Pittsburgh lawyer Robert S. Whitehill (rwhitehill@foxrothschild.com) is chair of the immigration group of Fox Rothschild, a firm with 400 lawyers and 14 offices [and thus makes his living from fees charged to those seeking visas and citizenship.   The more people who are allowed to come through the system, the more he is paid.]"

2006-10-31
_Reuters_
Ill-Begotten Monstrosities, the same folks who helped the Nazis keep tabs on their victims, to set up development centers in India and Red China
"The new centres, in the [Red Chinese] capital of Beijing and Pune in western India, will each employ 500 people, Jeby Cherian, director of IBM's global business solutions centre, told Reuters in a phone interview from Bangalore. Earlier in October, IBM relocated its global procurement headquarters to Shenzhen in southern [Red China]. The company has also made India a global delivery hub for software needs and client services."

2006-10-31
Dana Flavelle _Toronto Star_
Businesses hire PR firms to search the web to gauge their reputations
"The couple's trip, however, was heavily financed by Working Families for WM, an organization created by Edelman, a PR firm, to counter union-led criticism of the retailer...   the most important guiding principles for bloggers are 'transparency and honesty'...   The best rule of thumb is to write as though your identity could be revealed at any moment, MacLellan said."

2006-10-31
Stephen Windhaus _Scripps_
Being a good leader can be profitable
"three characteristics common of employers with the best leadership skills _ respect for the employee, proper training and communication...   Mergers, acquisitions, shut-downs, over-seas out-sourcing and more have profoundly impacted respect between employee and employer over the last 20 years..."

2006-10-31
_SmartPros_
GAO reports on IRS extortion out-sourcing
GAO report

2006-10-31 07:24PST (10:24EST) (15:24GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
Total compensation rose a seasonally adjusted 1% in 2006Q3, the most in 2 years
BLS data

2006-10-31 07:53PST (10:53EST) (15:53GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
Consumer confidence fell in October
Lynn Franco _Conference Board_
"The private research group said its consumer confidence index declined marginally from a revised 105.9 in September to 105.4 in October...   The present situation index fell from 128.3 to 124.7.   The expectations index rose from 91.0 to 92.6.   The percentage of consumers saying conditions are good rose to 28.1% from 27.3%, but the percentage saying conditions are bad also rose, to 17.1% from 15.6%.   The percentage of consumers saying jobs are plentiful declined to 25.8% from 26.2%, while the share saying jobs are hard to get rose to 22% from 20.9%...   Consumers saying jobs are 'plentiful' declined to 25.8% from 26.2%.   Those claiming jobs are 'hard to get' increased from 20.9% in September to 22.0%...   Those expecting more jobs to become available in the coming months edged up from 14.7% to 15.2%, while those anticipating fewer jobs also increased from 16.5% to 17.5%.   The proportion of consumers expecting their incomes to increase in the months ahead edged down from 20.2% in September to 19.6% in October."

2006-10-31
_Duke University_
Companies moving more work off-shore to access cheap talent
"a new study by Duke University and management consulting firm [body shop] Booz Allen Hamilton [the Off-Shoring Research Network and Indian lobbying organization NASSCOM]... [Vikas Sehgal, Principal at Booz Allen]"
Booz Allen Hamilton
Duke University (pdf)
Booz Allen Hamilton's conflict of interest in the issue is plain
Norm Matloff's comments

2006-10-31
Stephen Roach _Money Week_
How executives are trying to drive down quality of life of production workers
"What do the world's 3 largest economies have in common?   The answer under-scores one of the key tensions of globalisation -- unrelenting pressure on labour income.   The corollary of that phenomenon is equally revealing -- ever–rising returns to the owners of capital.   For a global economy in the midst of its strongest 4–year boom since the early 1970s, this tug-of-war between labour and capital is an increasingly serious source of disequilibrium...   in none of the three economies has a cyclical tightening in labour markets resulted in a meaningful increase in real wages and/or the labour share of national income.   By our calculations, fully 57 months into the current cyclical up-turn, US private sector compensation is still tracking nearly $400G (in real terms) below the average trajectory of the past 4 business cycles.   After a glimmer of revival in early 2005, stagnation is once again evident in Japanese real wages.   Nor are there any signs of a meaningful upturn in German real wages; to the contrary, inflation-adjusted compensation per worker in the overall business sector has actually declined in 4 of the past 5 years..."

2006-10-31
Representative Ron Paul, MD _Lew Rockwell_
NAFTA Super-High-Way
"The proposed highway is part of a broader plan advanced by a quasi-government organization called the 'Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America', or SPP.   The SPP was first launched in 2005 by the heads of state of Canada, Mexico, and the United States at a summit in Waco.   The SPP was not created by a treaty between the nations involved, nor was Congress involved in any way.   Instead, the SPP is an unholy alliance of foreign consortiums and officials from several governments.   One principal player is a Spanish construction company, which plans to build the highway and operate it as a toll road.   But don't be fooled: the superhighway proposal is not the result of free market demand, but rather an extension of government-managed trade schemes like NAFTA that benefit politically-connected interests."

  "The primary intent of the 2nd Amendment was to guarantee that the population retained the ability to resist domestic tyranny; maintaining a military force capable of defending the nation from invasion was a minor issue.   By comparison, the various state analogs to the 2nd Amendment were (with a few exceptions) intended to guarantee a right to arms to protect against both domestic tyranny & private criminals. Under-lying both federal & state guarantees, however, was the assumption that individual ownership of arms was a fundamental right of freemen." --- Clayton E. Cramer 1994 _For the Defense of Themselves & the State_ pg 5  

2006 September/October
Carlos Garriga, William T. Gavin & Don Schlagenhauf _Federal Reserve Board of St. Louis_
Recent Trends in HomeOwnership (pdf)

2006 October
B. Lindsay Lowell & Micah Bump _Georgetown University_/_Alfred P. Sloan Foundation_
Projecting Immigrant Visas: Report on an Experts Meeting

2006 October
Abraham Mosisa & Steven Hipple _Monthly Labor Review_
Trends in labor force participation in the United States of America
 




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