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More on the California exodus to Texas from Forbes:
The point is that, while Californians understand their state is actively hostile to most businesses, many simply believe that’s a penalty companies, entrepreneurs, CEOs and employees are — and should be — willing to pay to live in the greatest place on earth.
So when California splendor proved not to be enough to keep Toyota happy in Southern California any more, after a 57-year stay, it rocked the state’s foundations as surely as any tremor along the San Andreas Fault.
Meanwhile, Texans are only too happy to bring umbrellas to watch it rain on California’s parade. Over the last half-century, California and Texas have traded more Americans than any other states — and almost all of them have moved from the coast to Texas. Since 1990, Los Angeles specifically has lost 3.1 percent of its employment base, more than Cleveland (0.2 percent) and Detroit (2.8 percent), according to new research by UCLA and cited by the Wall Street Journal.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry set a typically aggressive tone when crowing about Toyota’s decision on Monday. “It is the biggest win we’ve had in a decade,” he told the Journal. “Ten years of tax, regulatory, legal and educational policies have now put Texas at the top of the heap.”

Read more at http://www.youngcons.com/california-texas-translation-guide-best-thing-ive-ever-seen/#401SCYtIkmDFysCR.99


Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 3.17.11 PMDemonstrates how far public health in Latin America has advanced in the past few decades

By Max Ehrenfreund February 24 at 1:03 PM

A health worker in Ciudad Juarez at the Mexican border crossing with El Paso, Texas, hands out leaflets to passing motorists and people as part of a measles prevention program. (REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez)
As Republican lawmakers suggest that undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border may be responsible for bringing measles and other diseases into the country, Mexican health authorities are warning people traveling to the United States about the risk of infection here following an outbreak of measles at Disneyland last month that has sickened dozens of people in several states.

It’s a remarkable reversal that demonstrates how far public health in Latin America has advanced in the past few decades — especially in contrast to measles’s alarming return in the United States.

Health officials in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, which borders Texas and New Mexico, are distributing pamphlets with information about measles at airports, bus stations and border crossings. They’re urging anyone with plans to travel to U.S. states where the outbreak has spread to immunize themselves, if they haven’t already.

These actions follow the arrival of two people with measles in Mexico from the United States last month, one of them an infant nearing her second birthday. Measles poses grave risks to small children, including permanent deafness, brain damage and death.

“The U.S. exported [the] measles virus to Mexico,” Anne Schuchat, an official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has said.

She told U.S. lawmakers at a hearing this month that in years past, travelers and immigrants from Mexico and Latin America brought measles and other diseases into the United States. Yet immunization rates in Latin American countries have improved, and the rate in Mexico has been higher than the U.S. rate for most of the past 20 years, according to the World Health Organization.

Now, although vaccination rates in the United States remain above 90 percent, sentiment has turned against vaccines in a few communities.

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The country had 644 cases last year, by far the most in at least decades, and the recent outbreak, which has already infected at least 123 people and likely more, has spread south to Mexico.

“We see the virus unfortunately going the other direction,” Schuchat said later.

Measles’s new reality is at odds with the warnings given by some G.O.P. lawmakers, such as Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), who recently suggested that the southern border was a risk to public health in the United States. “I don’t think there is any health care professional who has examined the facts who can honestly say that Americans have not died because the diseases brought into America by illegal aliens who are not properly health care screened as lawful immigrants are,” he said.
Schuchat told lawmakers that most measles strains are now brought into the United States by unvaccinated Americans traveling abroad, who probably enter the country without being screened in any way when they return home. Meanwhile, Americans who are worried about any public health risk from illegal immigration can still protect themselves through vaccinations for most diseases.


Screen Shot 2015-02-21 at 7.05.11 PMBy Mike Lillis

The Obama administration will seek an emergency court order to move forward with President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

Officials at the Department of Justice (DOJ) plan to seek what is known as an emergency stay that would essentially undo a Texas-based federal judge’s injunction from earlier this week. If the stay is granted, the government could restart a pair of executive programs that will shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said DOJ will file for the stay by “Monday at the latest.”

The emergency stay had been sought by immigrant rights advocates, who want to get the programs up and running as soon as possible while the appeals process plays out.

“We — as immigrants and as Americans — have waited for nearly a quarter century for these much-needed improvements to our broken immigration system,” Marielena Hincapié, head of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), said Friday in a statement. “We should not allow a flawed legal decision to delay these changes any longer.”D

Making good on earlier vows, DOJ will also file a separate appeal seeking to restart the executive programs.
“We will seek that appeal because we believe when you evaluate the legal merits of the arguments, that there is a solid legal foundation for the president to take the steps he announced last year to help reform our immigration system,” Earnest said.

At issue are two new initiatives launched unilaterally by Obama on Nov. 20.

The first expands eligibility for the president’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which halts deportations and allows work permits for certain undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. The second, known as DAPA, would extend similar benefits to the parents of U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents.

Combined, the programs could affect as many as 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally.

Republicans are seeking to stop both of Obama’s executive actions in a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, but the bill has been blocked repeatedly by Senate Democrats, raising the possibility of a partial government shutdown next week.

Rep. Lamar Smith, a Republican from Texas and former Judiciary Committee chairman, ripped Obama’s request for an emergency stay, saying it’s “no surprise that the most partisan and imposing Department of Justice of our time would rush to defend the president’s lawless actions.”

“Putting a stop to these overreaching executive actions isn’t about Republicans or Democrats; it’s about respecting and restoring the rule of law. This is why it’s even more important that Senate Democrats stop playing politics with the Constitution and stop blocking House legislation that would halt the president’s executive overreach.”

Many states have objected to Obama’s policies as well. And Texas — joined by 25 other states — filed a lawsuit contending the programs marked an abuse of executive authority that would cripple their budgets with exorbitant new costs.

In a decision announced near midnight on Monday, U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen agreed, arguing that the administration failed to comply with a federal law governing the adoption of new federal rules.

Hanen has not yet ruled on the merits of the states’ complaints, but said they have a significant enough case that both the DAPA and expanded DACA programs should be put on hold until the legal challenges are resolved.

The effects of the decision were immediate, as administration officials quickly announced that they would not begin accepting applications for either program until the court decisions are final.

Before the ruling, the Homeland Security Department was poised to begin accepting applications for the expanded-DACA program this week, and the for the DAPA program in May. Both have been suspended indefinitely.

Hanen’s injunction does not affect the original DACA program, which remains up and running.

— Last updated at 6:14 p.m.

Dem. Rep Gutierrez Warns of Unprecedented Immigrant “Militancy” After Judge Orders Obama to Stop Amnesty In Texas [Video]


So, nudge becomes push becomes shove, huh? Careful sir, who you threaten… you may think that you can have a sitting President trash and ignore the Constitution, but we still have a few sane judges here in America. We’re not full-blown communist yet, much to your displeasure, I’m sure. If there is militancy, Americans will kick said militants’ butts all the way back across the border. Mexico doesn’t own us… Obama doesn’t rule us… and you don’t scare us.


Illinois Democratic congressman Luis Guiterrez cautioned Republicans against celebrating a federal judge’s decision to halt the White House’s unilateral push for illegal alien amnesty, predicting unprecedented “militancy” in the immigrant community against the injunction.

The long-time advocate for illegal immigration angrily denounced the Texas judge’s decision that the Obama administration’s overstepped its executive authority. But Gutierrez also took aim at those who supported the judicial ruling.

“The Republican party is making a critical mistake,” he said. “The militancy that will be activated throughout the immigrant community — in terms of voter registration, voter participation, voter anger at the Republican party as a party in the United States — I think you’re going to see it in an unprecedented manner.”

“Look, you may think you won today, but your victory is going to be very short-lived,” the lawmaker warned his GOP colleagues. “And November 2016 is coming right around the corner, and this will come back to haunt you.”

Judge Hanen’s decision is meant to stop Obama’s executive overreach dead in its Marxist tracks.As I said earlier today, when I agreed with Ted Cruz’s stance on the issue, Obama is counterfeiting immigration documents. By illegally printing work authorizations for illegal aliens, he is violating federal law. Obama has no such authority and committing such an act should be prosecutable. If Guiterrez, who is a raving racist, Marxist, wants to lead an uprising, he should share bracelets with Obama and cells in the same prison. Americans don’t take kindly to being threatened, especially on Texan soil. You can take your outrage and stuff it.

‘Don’t Rely On Law Enforcement For Your Safety’ Says Texas Sheriff to Citizens

By Katie McGuire

Life happens, and death happens. Sometimes, for those of us that own guns, it happens in a way we may not like. But when it comes down to shooting some thug breaking into my house or my own life, I am not waiting around to find out. At all. Western Journalism Reports:

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Sheriff Michael Lindsey Ray
Just days after a homeowner in his county was forced to shoot an intruder, Van Zandt County, Texas, Sheriff Michael Lindsey Ray shared some controversial advice with his constituents.

“Presently,” he said, “as the result of underfunding and inadequate staffing at the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office, homeowners need to take appropriate precautions to protect their families.”

He went on to say that he “will continue to support the law-abiding citizens of our community when they are forced to take actions to protect their lives, liberty and property.”

Many openly supported Ray’s direct remarks, noting that defense is best handled on an individual level.

“Everyone,” one reader wrote in response to a report by The Blaze, “regardless of how funded the Sheriff’s Department is, should take this man’s advice. It is your responsibility to defend yourself. No law enforcement is obligated by law to actually defend you. They’re there to mop up afterwards.”

For some Van Zandt County residents, however, the prospect of securing their own property is a daunting one.

“The fact that he’s telling us that we have to protect ourselves is kind of scary,” Roxanne Lewis said. “I don’t know how to shoot a weapon. I don’t own a weapon.”

Even County Judge Don Kirkpatrick got involved in the debate.

“It’s disappointing,” he said in response to Ray’s remarks. “It saddens me that as elected officials in Van Zandt County we’re going to start pointing fingers.”

He went on to say his is “a safe county to live in,” noting the sheriff’s department has received some additional resources recently.

Despite the apparent difference in opinion, however, Kirkpatrick applauded Ray’s service as sheriff.

“I’m very proud of our sheriff,” he said. “He does a great job and his people, the sheriff’s department, does a great job with what they’ve got to work with.”

Yes, it can be daunting to learn anything new, but protecting yourself and your family should not be an option here. This is a needed skill for anyone that is an American citizen. Many folks have saved their lives, and the lives of their families without even firing a shot. Sometimes the sight of a gun is enough to scare a thief off. Take heed of this advice – law enforcement probably can’t reach you in the time it takes you to reach for your gun.


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Complete lawlessness throughout the federal government

by RYAN LOVELACE February 20, 2015 3:45 PM

While a federal judge’s injunction has halted the implementation of President Obama’s sweeping executive actions from November, it appears U.S. Customs and Border Protection never got the news. According to CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske, the relaxed border enforcement guidelines that accompanied Obama’s executive actions should continue apace, unaffected by the judge’s ruling. In an email sent to CBP agents on Wednesday and later obtained by NRO, Kerlikowske conceded that the federal judge’s action meant agents “should not consider” Obama’s new and expanded deferred action guidelines when processing illegal immigrants. But border protection and enforcement are apparently a different matter. Kerlikowske’s email expressed the belief that the judge’s decision has no impact on the border enforcement and protection directives issued at the same time as Obama’s executive actions by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and that those directives remain in force. The November memo outlining Johnson’s directives required agents to exercise widespread discretion and restraint in a large number of their duties: [P]rosecutorial discretion should apply not only to the decision to issue, serve, file, or cancel a Notice to Appear, but also to a broad range of other discretionary enforcement decisions, including deciding: whom to stop, question, and arrest; whom to detain or release; whether to settle, dismiss, appeal, or join in a motion on a case; and whether to grant deferred action, parole, or a stay of removal instead of pursuing removal in a case. Kerlikowske appears to believe that the relaxed protection and enforcement standards are unaffected by the judge’s injunction. “The Court, however, did not enjoin the Secretary’s overall prioritization of DHS enforcement resources or the existing 2012 DACA policy,” he writes in the email. “Officers and agents should continue to process individuals consistent with the enforcement priorities announced by the Secretary in his memorandum of November 20, 2014, entitled [sic] Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants.” Because Border Patrol is following Johnson’s directives, agents are still adhering to the controversial expansion of prosecutorial discretion at the border. And, as Patrick Brennan previously noted, the federal judge’s ruling did not block other actions Obama has taken to change immigration policy. The DHS-funding bill that passed the House earlier this year would do more than the injunction to defang Obama’s executive actions on immigration. But Senate Democrats have thus far prevented that bill from reaching the president’s desk, and are using a filibuster to threaten a DHS shutdown at the end of February. Earlier this week, Alabama senator Jeff Sessions, the Republican chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, warned his colleagues about how relying on the courts to stop executive amnesty could be a potentially ruinous decision. “We cannot and must not establish the precedent that we will fund illegal actions on the hope that another branch of government will intervene and strike down that illegal action at some later point,” Sessions said in a statement. “President Obama has already shut down the Department of Homeland Security by ordering tens of thousands of immigration officers and agents to violate our laws and their oaths, sabotaging immigration enforcement and border control. Republicans are trying every day to restore Homeland Security — only a Democrat filibuster stands in the way.” Regardless of whether Republicans’ DHS-funding bill reaches the president’s desk, Obama will not allow his signature accomplishment on immigration to go down without a fight. Border Patrol’s action makes clear that if Republicans want to completely quash Obama’s executive actions, they will need to pursue both legislative and judicial remedies.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/414167/border-patrol-continues-act-if-federal-judge-hadnt-just-blocked-obamas-amnesty-ryan