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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.

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.

The Dulles Expo Center  located in Chantilly, Va. is sponsering the 3rd of its 4 gunshows.  Friday 7/25 from 3pm to 8pm; Sat. 7/26 from 9am to 5pm and Sun. 7/27 from 10am to 5pm.  There are goodies galore for everyone.  Bring the kids and show them how we utilize our 2nd amendment rights.  There is one of the best knife sharpeners I have ever owned there.  A bit pricey but it delivers an age in nothing flat; is just about fool proof and lasts forever.  Mama would love for you to have one for all those knives she uses to fix your dinner.  Jewelry, books, models and even bumper stickers.  It is worth your 10 dollars (one time for all 3 days-remember to get your hand stamped before you leave) to shop or buy at this show.  Hope to see you there.  I will be working the show for those who know me on Sat. all day. 

Global warming is forefront as an issue.  So is oil, alternative energy and fat people.  I still have the brick mark on my forehead where this one hit me.  It is just so easy to understand and resolve.

We start out with “We The People” to the understanding that our forefathers were in actuallity talking about “we the politicians”.  This is an undeniable truth.  If it were otherwise then we the people would be able to force our elected officials into doing what WE require-not what they deem is best.  If you doubt this understanding then I believe that you need to take this to the Supreme Court for an irreputible vauge decision.  Because we the politicians know what is best for us and they do make the rules, it is time for you slackers to get in lockstep and stop your whinning.  I have the solution that will work and it comes from my liberal ways and understanding of things.

First, everyone gets a house.  One floor of at least 2000 sq.ft (for a family of four) is considered the subsistance floor.  There will be exercycles mounted with alternator units to run the household.  100 sq ft will be dedicated to the storage batteries with a reserve of 5 hours (we don’t want you getting lazy).  The batteries and exercycles will power YOUR unit (unless there is an emergency of which time all energy will go to power the grid).  So now if you want heat above 60 degrees or air conditioning below 85 degrees, get off your fatass and get to work.  It is now on you.  Did I say fatass?  Oh but not for long.  Since you can’t control your eating habits and you want your refrigerator to keep your food chilled, you will HAVE to work for it.  And the pounds will melt away.  The batteries will be made of an ecofriendly substance so that at the end of their lifespan, they may either be buried in the yard (if you have one) or eaten.  And if eaten, the carb levels must be low and the protien levels must be high but without causing GAS!  This is most important!  No gas!

The rest of the floor will be covered with plants.  No pets.  Some of you (especially Asians) will think about eating your pets and that creates pounds and gas.  We can’t abide by that. You may choose what plants you want but don’t be foolish because these plants are what you will subsist on as far as intake.  They will also scrub off your co2 emissions and give you life maintaining oxygen.  We will supply water at a nominal price to bath (water must be used 3 times then poured onto plants), drink and water plants.  You can grow plants according to NORML  but you cannot give/sell those plants to others.  After all, what would happen if we had an emergency and need everyone on the grid, hum?

I know.  Some of you only have single floor homes.  Too bad.  You should have thought of the country’s needs long before you bought, you self-centered individual.

The only thing that can be nuclear is the Alka-Seltzer in your water glass.  Wind is okay and sun is also.  Matter of fact the sun is your new best friend.  It will handle your transportation needs.  Commercial planes will go by the wayside.  They don’t work on solar (but if you invented a way, we will think about bringing them back and giving you unlimited flights-excluding blackout periods of course-for one full year) and we don’t want anymore pollution in the atmosphere.  After all, “if man was meant to fly…”.  Military aircraft will use only ethonal and when the land on aircraft carriers, they will no longer be able to dump fuel to lighten the plane.  We’re sorry if you crash and die but we don’t want the environment polluted and we don’t want to waste good fuel.  And if we lose a plane, well, we don’t like the military anyway.  It gives the rest of the world the impression that we are a hostile people.

Farming will be for the soul purpose of plant growth for fuel-no food stock.  What the fatcats (they are the ONLY ones to remain obese) don’t use in their vehicles, we will sell to support our backrupt country.  Not even the grid will use fuel.  That is why we have citizens.  Professional sports will disappear and professional atheletes will use that energy for the grid.  They will be the only ones compensated for the making of energy-all others will either live or die by it.  Oh, and there will be open borders so that we can support the grids industry (read fatcats vacation homes, personal homes and concubine abodes as well as the lighting for the “general good”) because there will enevitibly be an increase of heartattack related deaths but once we get those whimps out of the way, the grid should stabilize and everyone will be skinny but healthy.

Anything not covered will be figured out later.  “Ask not what your country can do for you..” are the greastest words ever spoken and we mean to have you abide by them.  This has been thoughtout to the end of my nose so it is a proven way to proceed.  We will have a happy, healthy and energy producing country in spite of what you may think or feel.  It is what is necessary.  Get on board and start enjoying life again!