Monday, September 29, 2014

Maria Fernandes, 32-Year-Old Dunkin' Donuts Worker, Touted as Symbol of America's Low-Wage Workers

Remember the left's "The Pity Party"?

Here's a case study (or yet another case study in the left's pity party shakedown socialist scam).

At the New York Times, "For a Worker With Little Time Between 3 Jobs, a Nap Has Fatal Consequences":
“She would give anyone anything she could.” — Glen Carter, 33.

Maybe she poured you a cup of hot coffee, right before you rushed off to catch your afternoon train. Maybe you noticed her huddled over an empty table in the station, dozing in the lonesome hours between one shift and another.

Her name was Maria Fernandes. She was 32 years old. And long before her face flashed across the evening news, she worked amid the throngs of passengers in the heart of Newark’s Pennsylvania Station, serving pumpkin lattes and toasted bagels, and dreaming of life somewhere else.

She dreamed of the bustling streets of Los Angeles and the leafy towns of Pennsylvania. She dreamed of working two jobs, not three. She dreamed of sleeping, really sleeping, for six or seven hours at a stretch.

But dreams rarely pay the rent. So Ms. Fernandes worked three jobs, at three Dunkin’ Donuts stores in northern New Jersey, shuttling from Newark to Linden to Harrison and back. She often slept in her car — two hours here, three hours there — and usually kept the engine running, ready in an instant to start all over again.

The last day of her life was no different. She got off work at 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 25, and climbed into her 2001 Kia Sportage, officials from the Elizabeth Police Department said. She was dreaming again, this time about taking a break to celebrate a milestone with friends. But first, she told her boyfriend, Mr. Carter, during a brief cellphone conversation, she was going to take a nap.

She pulled into the parking lot of a Wawa convenience store, reclined in the driver’s seat and closed her eyes. The store’s surveillance camera videotaped her arrival at 6:27 a.m.

Detectives would pore over those tapes after her body was found later that day. It was the last image that anyone would see of her alive.

“She liked her jobs; she never complained.” — Jessenia Barra, 28.

In death, Ms. Fernandes has been held up as a symbol of the hardships facing our nation’s army of low-wage workers. Her friends say she earned little more than $8.25 an hour — New Jersey’s minimum wage — and passed her days and nights in a blur of iced coffees and toasted breakfast sandwiches, coffee rolls and glazed jelly doughnuts.

You might remember her dark eyes and that smile when she handed your change across the counter. She worked afternoons in Newark, overnights in Linden and weekends in Harrison.

In a statement, Michelle King, a spokeswoman for Dunkin’ Brands, said that Ms. Fernandes’s managers described her as a “model” employee. (Ms. King said she could not say how much Ms. Fernandes earned or describe the specific hours she worked, saying that only the three franchisees that directly employed Ms. Fernandes had that information. Ms. King declined to provide contact information for those franchisees.)
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Her death was ruled an accident. We could have 100 percent economic equality, and this woman still could have died in an accident like this.

Ferguson Remains a City on the Brink

The never-ending soap opera of racial recrimination in the heartland.

At the Los Angeles Times, "A tense Ferguson fears the worst is yet to come":

Beauty Town has an elaborate video surveillance system that displays 16 angles of the store, but the cameras are better at capturing crime than at preventing it.

The beauty shop has been looted multiple times since a white Ferguson police officer shot an unarmed black man Aug. 9. Last week, during another round of unrest on West Florissant Avenue, a group of young men broke the front windows and raided the shelves and cash register.

Owner Shawn Kim thinks 99% of the people who live around his shop are good people.

For the rest, he’s bought a gun. Just in case.

If the grand jury fails to indict the officer who killed Michael Brown, almost everyone here thinks things will get worse.

“They’re not going to be looting next time,” said Kevin Seltzer, 30, who lives at an apartment complex near where Brown, 18, was shot. “They’re going to burn the city down.”

Far from finding peace after a round of summer protests and riots, Ferguson remains a city on the brink, its nearly every step troubled. The last week has been especially fraught.
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Pro-Democracy Protests Shake Hong Kong

At WSJ, "Roads Were Blocked and Some Schools and Offices Were Closed Monday Morning."

Sasha Pain Joins Ferguson Protests

Boy those Ruptly folks must really be up on the latest in XXX viewing.

Here, "USA: Porn star Sasha Pain joins Ferguson protests."

Alton Nolen: Victim of Racial and Religious Intolerance

Heh, at the People's Cube, "Alton Nolen: religious black man gunned down by white racist."

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Poll: Three in Four Americans Don't Trust Obama's 'No Ground Troops' Pledge in Fight Against #ISIS

Well, no surprise.

It's all lies all the time from this White House. Indeed, if and when Obama does commit ground troops he'll try to weasel his way out of the "no ground troops" pledge he's made numerous times (remember how he weaseled on his "red line" on Syria's chemical weapons use?). We've seen him do it dozens of times. Just wait for it, the freakin' dirtbag.

At the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg survey, at WSJ, "Poll Shows Americans Expect U.S. to Send Troops to Fight Islamic State":

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Nearly three-quarters of Americans don’t believe President Barack Obama’s assertion that the country won’t use ground troops to fight the militant group Islamic State in Iraq or Syria, the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg survey finds.

The poll shows a substantial lack of trust in Mr. Obama’s repeated assertions that American military efforts will be limited to airstrikes and other efforts that don’t include ground troops. Some 72% of registered voters surveyed said U.S. ground troops eventually will be deployed against Islamic State’s fighters. Only 20% said they believe the U.S. won’t end up using military ground forces.

The Obama administration has cautioned that the battle against Islamic State won’t be won quickly. It has said it will proceed with an international coalition and that the U.S. won’t  commit ground troops to combat.

“I want to be clear: The American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and won’t have a combat mission,” Mr. Obama said Sept. 17. “As your commander in chief, I won’t commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq.”
Ironically, if he'd just tell the truth he'd have the support of the American people for his anti-terror policy. As it is fully 45 percent of Americans now support ground troops "if military officials determined it was the 'best way to defeat the ISIS army'." Imagine how high that number would go if Obama evinced some real presidential leadership on these issues.

Still more at the link.

Brace yourself for more Obama-Democrat lies in the meanwhile.

PHOTO CREDIT: The White House Flickr page, "President Barack Obama meets with his national security advisors concerning the situation in Iraq, in the Situation Room of the White House, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)."

The 'B-Word' Embargo

Well, most assailants are people of color, and of course plenty of them are black, but to mention the race of the perp is racism!

Mad Jewess Woman, Expose Liberals and a few others never hesitate to publicize the race of these criminals, mainly because everyone else refuses to.

And now here comes Jazz Shaw, at Hot Air, as if this is something new, "The media embargo on “the B word”."

It's not like there's a shortage of examples, or anything.

At the Other McCain, for instance, "Arrest in Hannah Graham Case."

George Clooney Marries Amal Alamuddin

Well, I've enjoyed George Clooney is some of his films, but man, he had to go and marry this BDS shill.

Background at Washington Free Beacon, "George Clooney’s Anti-Israel Fiancée Appointed to U.N. Gaza Probe."

And at the Times of Israel, "Actor Clooney weds human rights lawyer."

Mavi Marmara 'Peace Activist' Killed in U.S. Airstrike in Syria


Karmic justice, at Israel Matzav, "'Peaceful' Mavi Marmara activist killed fighting for al-Qaeda in Syria."

Sabine Jemeljanova 2015 Calendar

Hey, pre-order here, if that's your thing, lol.

She's lovely, especially without makeup.

FLASHBACK: "Sabine Jemeljanova #Rule5."

Monrovia's Vinyl Technology Inc. Fires 240 Illegals After ICE Crackdown: Open-Borders Shills Decry 'No Justice, No Humanity'

You know, maybe Vinyl Technology Inc. shouldn't have employed hundreds of illegals? Or, maybe the border jumpers shouldn't have broken U.S. laws through illegal immigration?

But no. It's a racist "silent raid" to enforce U.S. immigration laws. Man, so pathetic.

At the Los Angeles Times, "Monrovia defense workers say they were forced out after ICE audit":
When Raymundo Lazaro showed up for a shift last week at Vinyl Technology Inc., a Monrovia defense contractor that has employed him for the last 18 years, his boss took him aside.

Lazaro, an immigrant from Mexico who came to the country illegally 23 years ago, was told he didn’t have paperwork showing he was authorized to work in the United States. Fix it immediately, Lazaro said the boss told him, or sign a letter of resignation.

Lazaro, who had been using falsified employment eligibility documents, had no choice but to quit. “I did my best every single day,” he said Thursday. “And like that they called me in and gave me the boom.”

He is one of 240 immigrant workers at the company who have been pressured to sign resignation letters in recent weeks amid a federal audit of the company’s hiring practices, according to former employees of the company and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, an immigrant advocacy group.

At a news conference Thursday at CHIRLA's headquarters, the workers called on the federal government to stop such investigations into workers' eligibility while President Obama weighs major changes to federal immigration policy.Obama promised in June to take executive action on immigration that many hope will allow millions of people in the country illegally to stay in the United States and legally work.

The president recently announced he will not take any such action until after the November election."There’s no mercy, no justice, no humanity in the implementation of our broken immigration laws,” said Xiomara Corpeno, CHIRLA's director of community education and outreach, who described the federal investigations of companies as "silent raids."Since Obama came to office in 2009, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has changed its approach to cracking down on companies that employ workers lacking authorization. Gone are the dramatic early-morning raids on factories and warehouses that were a hallmark of the presidency of George W. Bush, when armed agents routinely detained hundreds of workers, many of whom were eventually deported.

Now the agency conducts quiet audits of employees' I-9 documents at companies believed to have hired unauthorized workers, with the emphasis on the employer's violations, not the immigrant's.

Arrests of workers have fallen as the amount of fines the agency has collected from employers has risen.

Overall, the number of workplace investigations initiated by ICE fell dramatically in the last year, from 3,903 in the 2013 fiscal year to just 1,963 in the 2014 fiscal year, which ends next month.

The decrease can be attributed to budget cuts at the agency, according to an ICE official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for stricter enforcement of immigration laws, said ICE is being too soft on immigrants here without permission and the companies that employ them.

"Audits are an important, but you need to also have work-site arrests," he said, adding that companies that employ unauthorized workers take jobs away from Americans.

"There’s an enormous supply of American workers who are not only unemployed but who have dropped out of the labor market all together," Krikorian said. "The idea that there’s not enough bodies to do the work here is laughable."

David Weinberger, Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room

I attended the iFalcon Student Success Conference at Cerritos College the Friday before last, and organizers gave away copies of David Weinberger's Too Big to Know.

A great read. Grab a copy on Amazon.

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Derek Jeter Hits RBI Single for His Last at Bat

An infield single, at Fenway Park, broadcast on TBS.

And at the New York Times, "With His Words and Deeds, Derek Jeter Never Entered Foul Territory."

'The war on terror is not over...'

Bob Schieffer continues to sound like someone with old-fashioned common sense, and he's generally a lefty, heh.

'Reason to Believe'

I woke up singing this song, for no reason that I can think of.

At first I couldn't remember who sings it, then it came to me. Both Rod Stewart and the Carpenters had big hits with it.

Stewart's version on MTV Unplugged was a phenomenon:

France's Cultural Protectionism Blocks Netflix's Global Reach

At the Los Angeles Times, "Netflix struggles to win over skeptics in film-loving France":
As Netflix has spread its video streaming services around the globe, the company's been met with curiosity, skepticism and, at times, indifference.

But none of the Silicon Valley giant's adventures abroad generated the mix of fear and anxiety that it has stirred in film-loving France before its launch this month.

In a country of proud cinephiles, Netflix has been bashed by national politicians, vilified by cultural leaders and brushed off by potential broadcast partners who have instead beefed up their own competitive video offerings. These groups worry that Netflix will undermine the complex system created by broadcasters and the government to protect a French film industry that is central to the country's identity, and a significant part of its economy.

As the headline in Le Monde put it on the eve of Netflix's launch in France: "Let the Carnage Begin."

Aware of how it is being perceived, Netflix spent months wooing the French, both in public and behind the scenes. The stakes for the company are high.

Netflix is increasingly dependent on international markets for growth, analysts note, and France is one of the largest countries left to conquer. Yet appealing to local consumers is costly, and the company is promising big investments to acquire and produce local content. To ease cultural fears, executives have tried to make the case that the company will expand consumer choice and film production.

For now, though, the French are skeptical.

"We want to say welcome to Netflix," said Dante Desarthe, co-chairman of France's Guild of Authors, Directors and Producers. "But we want them to be respectful of the rules we have created here in France to protect our cinema."

Paul Konerko Is Retiring

Where do the years go, man?

Seems like just the other day I was watching Dodger games with Paul Konerko, but that was back in 1997-98.

At USA Today, "White Sox honor retiring Paul Konerko with statue."

And at the Chicago Tribune, "Paul Konerko video a fitting farewell to White Sox."

Plus, video's from last night's game, at MLB, "Konerko exits during 7th to huge ovation," and "Konerko thanks the fans in Chicago."

A Close-Up View of Islamic State's War Machine

At Business Week, "How Islamic State Wages War."

Some ISIS fighters all all hopped up on drugs.

Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher!

Hey, you gotta love it, no matter what you think of this tasteless prick. At RCP, "'Maher Rips Liberals Over Islam: "If We're Giving No Quarter to Intolerance, Shouldn't We Start With [Beheaders and] Honor Killers?'"

Hat Tip: Glenn Reynolds, "The thing to remember is that talk of tolerance and diversity is mostly just a political weapon for white people to use against other white people. It’s not about actually helping anyone."

Hey Walter James Casper, Are You Going to Attack Dr. Zuhdi Jasser as a Racist Bigot and 'Right Wing' Islamophobe?

I met Dr. Zuhdi Jasser at the David Horowitz West Coast Retreat a few years back. He's a really nice man. And he's Muslim.

And like Judge Jeanine Pirro, he must have missed the memo about not "jumping to conclusions" about the Oklahoma beheading.

Indeed, Walter James Casper III, are you going to attack Dr. Jasser as a racist bigot and hateful "right wing" Islamophobe? I doubt that's going to work too well on this guy.

Stop the political correctness and defeat the violent ideology of Islamic jihad:

PREVIOUSLY: "#OKBeheading Suspect Screamed 'Islamic Phrases' During Attack, Posted #ISIS Hand-Sign Photos to Facebook, But Repsac3 Smears 'Right Wingers' for 'Bigotry'," and "Wait for It! Repsac3 on #OKBeheading: Attacking Islam Just Because the Suspect Tried to Convert Coworkers is Racist!!"