Bits and pieces . . .

Phoenix “Under Seige”

Although I have enjoyed a couple of his movies, I’m not a big fan of Steven Seagal films but I am becoming a fan of Steven Seagal.  He recently joined Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “Illegal Immigration Enforcement Unit” for a valley wide operational sweep Phoenix.  The sweep focused on locating illegal aliens and busting drug runners and human traffic’ers that collect in and around the city.  Take a look at this video:

Phoenix has unwillingly become a distribution center for both the drug and human trafficing trades because of it’s proximity to the border and because it is a major Southwestern transportation hub.  Sheriff Arpaio is doing his best to deal with the problems this causes for the citizens of Arizona and Seagal’s involvement helps to publicize the Sheriff’s fight.  Right on!

The Unemployment Scam

Each week, the government’s Department of Labor puts out all kinds of data and reports about America’s work force.  One of the most highly anticipated reports they produce is the weekly “Unemployment Report” which measures the number of workers in America who file their first-time claim for unemployment benefits.  According to Dick Morris the latest report is not accurate, here’s what Morris says:  “The drop in unemployment the Obama Administration reported for January is totally phony.  Real, unweighted data showed an increase from 9.1% to 9.8% in joblessness rather than a cut in the highly weighted figure from 9.4% to 9.0%.  Put those weighted numbers on a diet!  Economist Jim Fitzgibbon, head of the Highlander Fund, calls the report “worthless” noting that ‘the entire report is seasonally adjusted to be positive while the non-seasonally adjusted data is just awful.’  While the seasonally adjusted jobless rate dropped from 9.8% in November to 9.0% now, the non-adjusted data went from 9.1% in November to 9.8% now – the exact reverse!  Fitzgibbon calls the entire report a “statistical mirage.”  And, of course, Obama “achieved” the drop in the unemployment rate not by reducing the numerator (the number of jobless) but by cutting the denominator (the total workforce). 500,000 Americans despaired of ever getting a job and left the workforce, bringing the jobless rate down.”  Morris is dead-on with this.

Muslim Brotherhood “In their own words”

Over at Big Peace, , Jonathan Dahoa Halevi wrote a great article about the muslim brotherhood’s motivation and involvement in changing Egyptian social and political culture.  In it he says, “The Muslim Brotherhood does indeed participate in political activity and defend the democratic process. That is not, however, because it has accepted the principles of Western democracy, but rather because the democratic process can be exploited to establish an Islamic regime which will then render democracy unnecessary, as was made evident by its platform in the 2007 Egyptian parliamentary elections. The organization claimed to be participating in the elections because “the Muslim Brotherhood preaches the path of Allah…[and therefore it is participating] to fulfill Allah’s commands in peaceful ways, using existing constitutional institutions and a decision determined by the ballot box.” That is, democracy is Islam’s entryway to power.”  The article is very well written and provides insightful information we all need to know.  Read the entire article here.

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