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The Center for Immigration Studies is reporting a significant decrease in the nationwide illegal alien population :

Monthly data collected by the Census Bureau through May 2008 shows a significant decline in the number of less-educated, young Hispanic immigrants in the country. The evidence indicates that the illegal immigrant population may have declined by over one million in the last year. There are strong indications immigration enforcement is responsible for at least part of the decline. The economy also is likely playing a role.

Among the findings:

Our best estimate is that the illegal immigrant population has declined by 11 percent through May 2008 after hitting a peak in August 2007.

The implied decline in the illegal population is 1.3 million since last summer, from 12.5 million to 11.2 million today.

The estimated decline of the illegal population is at least seven times larger than the number of illegal aliens removed by the government in the last 10 months, so most of the decline is due to illegal immigrants leaving the country on their own.

One indication that stepped-up enforcement is responsible for the decline is that only the illegal immigrant population seems to be affected; the legal immigrant population continues to grow.
Another indication enforcement is causing the decline is that the illegal immigrant population began falling before there was a significant rise in their unemployment rate.

The importance of enforcement is also suggested by the fact that the current decline is already significantly larger than the decline during the last recession, and officially the country has not yet entered a recession.

While the decline began before unemployment rose, the evidence indicates that unemployment has increased among illegal immigrants, so the economic slow-down is likely to be at least partly responsible for the decline in the number of illegal immigrants.

There is good evidence that the illegal population grew last summer while Congress was considering legalizing illegal immigrants. When that legislation failed to pass, the illegal population began to fall almost immediately.

If the decline were sustained, it would reduce the illegal population by one-half in the next five years.

The full report.

A clear trend is emerging, enforcement works. While Stevens Miller and others on our Board of Supervisors wring their hands over concerns of cancer and racism, a countless number of cities, counties, and states are tackling a difficult problem head on, with demonstrable results.

This also confirms that with enforcement, and a decrease in public benefits, many illegal alien residents will leave of their own accord.

Too bad our BOS refuses to lead on this issue, as has the governing body of Prince William County, and closer to home, Herndon.

We can still hope.

Obama energy policy page offers some rhetoric, and no solutions. Empty, fluffy word, pablum read below or go see for yourself.

Well, I don’t believe that climate change is just an issue that’s convenient to bring up during a campaign. I believe it’s one of the greatest moral challenges of our generation. That’s why I’ve fought successfully in the Senate to increase our investment in renewable fuels. That’s why I reached across the aisle to come up with a plan to raise our fuel standards… And I didn’t just give a speech about it in front of some environmental audience in California. I went to Detroit, I stood in front of a group of automakers, and I told them that when I am president, there will be no more excuses — we will help them retool their factories, but they will have to make cars that use less oil.”

Why is global warming a moral challenge? Assuming anthropogenic exists, and the science is still weak, is this not instead a technical challenge? This could be an issue of survival for the species, culture or nation, depending on how deep the impact of the warming. This is not a moral issue. Stealing from you neighbor, killing your neighbor, sleeping with his wife are moral issues. Failing to insulate you house, or sleeping in the road, while dumb, are not moral issues.

Note that Obama’s ‘solution’ is to attack the domestic auto manufacturers. This coupled with his plan to increase taxation on investments and to treat them as income will quickly have us remembering the good old days under Jimmy Carter. Furthermore, since when does the constitution empower the government to meddle in factory design. For shining examples of government lead industrial policy see any one of the Soviet Unions five year plans.

Then there are Obama’s disastrous cap and trade ideas as espoused on his website …

Obama supports implementation of a market-based cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions by the amount scientists say is necessary: 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Obama’s cap-and-trade system will require all pollution credits to be auctioned. A 100 percent auction ensures that all polluters pay for every ton of emissions they release, rather than giving these emission rights away to coal and oil companies. Some of the revenue generated by auctioning allowances will be used to support the development of clean energy, to invest in energy efficiency improvements, and to address transition costs, including helping American workers affected by this economic transition.

So we are to be limited to creating one fifth of the CO2 we generated in 1990? We are to do this without nuclear power as well. Windmills people, we are tilting toward windmills, except when they are to be built anywhere within 40 miles of Ted Kennedy’s summer home. The economic dislocation wrought by this policy will make the great depression look like an era of prosperity. The energy policy is less about energy than it is about reducing CO2 regardless of the social impact. This is not an energy policy but a hysterical global warming policy. Al Gore would be proud.

Our country is growing, our economy, despite George Bush, will continue to grow as well. There is no science that even remotely suggests that we can meet our future needs and cut that much CO2 production. The science concerning the link between warming and CO2 emission is immature. Most critically the impact to our economy given worst case scenario from the U.N. documentation in this issue will be less destructive than this policy.

This is a policy born from one end of the political spectrum. If Obama is about change, as he alleges ad nauseam, if he is about reaching across the aisle then where are the practical aspects of the policy that take into account: the current need for a greater oil supply; the need for a transitional energy source that will keep the economy going as opposed hand outs for the unemployed; a willingness to investigate the deployment of proven as opposed to hoped for (mythological) energy sources?

Obama’s campaign site contains a laundry list of pie in the sky list of wants. This is not a plan but a long drawn out slogan with partisan anti business, anti-growth overtones. It is demands the current energy providers fund their future competition. Such behavior only happens willingly in totalitarian junta;’s or in the mythology of the environmental left.

The Other McCain – who I once got to know a little but could not nearly keep up with when the time came to walkabout a local political event – has been absolutely on fire as a blogger and semi-freelancer since he left the flagging Washington Times.

(And if you haven’t already purchased two copies of his book, podner, you and your loved ones are missing out).

No huge fan of the Maverick McCain – in fact, possibly one of the most cogent critics of the Maverick McCain – Stacy McCain has been assembling an absolutely damning collection of information on Barack Obama.

Ladies and gentlemen, if John McCain cannot prevail over Barack Obama in the upcoming presidential election, we will know that a) John McCain is the dumbest politician in the history of the world, and b) Western Civilization has officially entered the “End of Western Civilization” phase for tidy documentation in the final episode of the History Channel series.

I strongly recommend checking in on The Other McCain, the one-man content machine, daily. You will find a buffet of entertaining commentary and news, as well as such important revelations about Obama like the following:

He sends his two kids to private school:

Their daughters attend the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, where annual tuition ranges from $15,528 for kindergarten to $20,445 for high school.

That’s for his kids. Not your kids:

Speaking recently before the American Federation of Teachers, he described the alternative efforts as “tired rhetoric about vouchers and school choice.”

Mr. Obama told an interviewer recently that he opposes school choice because, “although it might benefit some kids at the top, what you’re going to do is leave a lot of kids at the bottom.”

Here’s another good post.

Clinton had to deal with his bimbo eruptions – women who were impolitic enough to appear publicly as human beings – but Obama’s achilles heel is even more in the theme of classic tragedy: HE himself is the bimbo, the nitwit, the increasingly obvious fraud. In his public presence he unveils his very unlikeable self. If he could somehow manage his public image, dole it out in a controlled manner, he might be able to squelch the nasty truths until election day. But America in 2008 does not work that way.

It is not even August, and the mainstream media is tanking and desperately hungry, and they can only hate McCain a little bit, and the Obama campaign is this big honking zephyr of lies. By October the pundits and reporters – not to mention the special interests – will be on that action like the NOAA on Hurricane Hugo. Already there is a mountain of quotes from Obama, his wife, his pastor and his friends which should make any American’s hair stand up on end. If you want to keep current on that developing news, tune in to The Other McCain.


Yes, my friends, just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water

Sometimes, bad is just bad. Shooting up a church, for instance. Anyone arguing there is a political angle on this which should be taken seriously is missing the forest for the trees.

Politicizing evil, in the grand scheme of things, diminishes it. Nobody even mildly respectable from the left or right would even stoop to argue the righteousness of murder – in a church no less.

David Waters makes the case well in the Post:

Obviously, there was a lot more going on inside the Knoxville shooter’s head, heart and soul than hatred of liberals. Police said his ex-wife once was a member of that church, that he was having trouble finding a job, and that his food stamps had been cut.

Angry, hateful and deranged people kill Amish school girls and Virginia college students and shoppers at a Nebraska mall. They kill Christians, Jews and Muslims, atheists and humanists, conservative and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, unitarians and trinitarians.

But there’s a whole lotta ugly out there, coming at us from a never-ending parade of stupid. It doesn’t need any encouragement.

“Encouragement” in my view consists in redefining deviancy as politics, which even the intelligent among us are prone to do. Blaming this blog for a shooting in Tennessee, for instance. It just goes to show how twisted people’s perceptions can get.

As I watch Andrew Zimmern explore donkey restaurants in Beijing (and these are not restaurants for donkeys), I am feeling more fearless by the minute. So this story from IHT was very welcome:

1. Killer hot dogs…
2. Your car’s planet-destroying A/C….
3. Forbidden fruits from afar….
4. Carcinogenic cellphones….
5. Evil plastic bags….
6. Toxic plastic bottles….
7. Deadly sharks….
8. The Arctic’s missing ice….
9. The universe’s missing mass….
10. Unmarked wormholes….

Personally, the missing mass of the universe is the one that had been keeping me up at night. If there is a chink in the armor of it all, a blot in the tableau if you will, a weak leg on the stool of life, there would be much to worry and feel guilty about. Say if some portion of a distant galaxy had begun to crumble, if some matter had gotten swallowed up: Well, we’d certainly know we could blame George W. Bush and, only to a slightly lesser extent, this blog. It’s good to have that one off the conscience.

[Guest post by Nan of American Daughter]

While our entire nation feels the blight of illegal immigration, the severest impact occurs in the states along our border with Mexico. So the San Diego Minutemen organized with a mission “to demand maximum border security and immigration enforcement both locally and at the national level.”

San Diego Minutemen Adopt-A-Highway signAs one of their activities, they “adopted” Interstate 5, near the Border Patrol’s San Clemente checkpoint. Under the Adopt-A-Highway Program, businesses and other organizations can provide financial support for trash collection and beautification along a segment of main highway, in return for one “recognition” sign along that stretch of road. This picture shows Jeff Schwilk, founder of the San Diego Minutemen, standing under their sign.

As geography would have it, their sign was in an ideal position to be seen by illegal aliens sneaking into the United States from the southern border along the Interstate 5 corridor. So the militant advocacy groups supporting illegal immigration pressured the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) to remove the sign, citing “safety concerns.” Cowed by the powerful Latino Caucus, CALTRANS caved and removed the sign to a sparsely travelled stretch of California 52 — that is, from a busy Interstate to a remote state road.

The San Diego Minutemen sued in federal court, on the basis that their free speech rights had been violated. As their attorney, they selected Howard Kaloogian, a former California state legislator and an accomplished activist who had led the successful effort to recall former California governor Gray Davis. Last month, a federal judge ruled in their favor, and directed CALTRANS to restore the sign to its former position.

Yesterday, the sign was put back up in the original location. In a prepared statement, Jeff Schwilk said:

Twenty-eight days after a Federal Judge ruled that Caltrans did “irreparable harm” to the Constitutional rights of the San Diego Minutemen by unlawfully revoking our legal adopt-a-highway permit, thereby squelching our free speech, Caltrans finally put our sign back up….

Congratulations to these folk are in order, and to all the citizens in battles large and small across the country, who expend their own time and resources to preserve the rights that our founding fathers fought for. Our federal government should be fighting these battles for us, but since it has “dropped the ball” on matters of illegal immigration, it falls to ordinary citizens to preserve our country.