My latest at Da Tech Guy Blog, This week in smart diplomacy, is up. Please read it, comment, and hit Da Tip Jar!
After seven years of planning, $14 billion (more than three times what it cost to put on the 2010 tournament in South Africa) and 31 days of competition, this:
FIFA president Sepp Blatter says Brazil may have been wrong choice to host 2014 World Cup
Weeks after the protests in Brazil that marred the Confederations Cup, Blatter conceded ‘if this happens again we have to question whether we made the wrong decision awarding the hosting rights.’
Russia’s the next host: Russia insists finishing stadiums not a problem, and hey, as hosts, they don’t even need to qualify.
Interesting article by Shannon Tiezzi, China’s Goals in South America
China’s main goals in South America are economic, but it also hopes to win public and political support.
an economic push by China is also a soft power push, as Beijing uses its funding (both public and private) to win goodwill in developing countries. This is also accompanied by China’s hope to increase cultural exchanges and establish more Confucius Institutes in the region. There are currently 32 Confucius Institutes in Latin America, according to Xinhua.
It’s China’s hope that economic support and soft power will translate to political backing, a strategy that Beijing has used in Africa as well.
And let’s not forget a little palm greasing may be involved, too.
Shipping off jailed terrorists to the tri-border area? No problem!
While Harry Reid channels Bagdad Bob,
We are seeing the Democratic Party openly reinvent itself, without any shame or purpose of evasion, into a party of career bureaucrats, educators, and crony capitalists, kept in power by stupid young people, Hollywood, the growing ranks of dole recipients, and, of course, the wave of poor hispanics. The Democrats care not a a bit about the impact this massive wave will have on school quality, crime rates, health care, the prisons, deficit spending, or on the “poor” whom they so vociferously have supported for decades. Poor blacks and poor hispanics will be the first to feel the brunt of this tsunami as it sweeps through their neighborhoods. The traditional black Democrat urban political machines are getting creaky, and in some places, e.g., Detroit, losing large chunks of population. The desperately poor and easily manipulated immigrants from Mexico and Central America are just what is needed to restock the pond of misery on which the DNC scum feed.
In the US, we always have consoled ourselves with the idea that the “pendulum will swing back.” The Democrats plan is to make sure that cannot happen by promoting a profound transformation of the Democrat party, and, of course, of our society at large.
Michelle Malkin writes about lawbreaker Jose Vargas,
As I’ve noted previously, Vargas came here from the Philippines as a child but knowingly broke multiple laws as an adult in order to stay in the country. After being supplied with a fake passport with a fake name, a fake green card, and a bogus Social Security number, he committed perjury repeatedly on federal I-9 employment-eligibility forms. In 2002, while pursuing his journalism-career goals, an immigration lawyer told him he needed to accept the consequences of his lawbreaking and return to his native Philippines. He ignored the counsel and instead used a friend’s address to obtain an Oregon driver’s license under false pretenses. It gave him an eight-year golden ticket to travel by car, board trains and airplanes, work at prestigious newspapers, and even gain access to the White House — where crack Secret Service agents allowed him to attend a state dinner using his bogus Social Security number.
Parting question: How would the local authorities deal with you, dear reader, if they found you using a fake passport with a fake name, a fake green card, a bogus Social Security number, and a fake driver’s license?
Paul M. Barrett, author of the upcoming Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win, writes Ecuador’s Pricey PR Fuels Fight Against Chevron in Pollution Case:
Overall as a nation, Ecuador profited from Texaco’s misconduct, even as some of its poorest citizens, who lived in close proximity to the oil operations, suffered terribly. For a quarter century, Ecuador has made environmental matters worse in its oil zone while insisting that only Chevron is to blame. The FARA filings show Quito spending millions to promote anti-Chevron protests and issue anti-Chevron press releases in what looks to be a campaign to distract attention from that country’s duty to help its own people.
Meanwhile, Ecuador is supposedly spending US$1billion on building a research university and city in the middle of a remote pasture and it’ll call it Yachay, the City of Knowledge:
It’s almost two hours from Quito and a half-hour from a town of any size.
The politicians, consultants and contractors will do very well indeed.
@DrNetas volvió del Brasil, chicos,
I’m in transit for the next week or so, therefore blogging will be sporadic.
Here’s a tweet:
Gov. Rick Perry released a statement on his meeting with President Obama, which included these requests: pic.twitter.com/p09yi5UD9S
— L.A. Times National (@latimesnational) July 9, 2014
President Obama Wants $3.8 Billion for Immigration, But Won’t Visit Border. Let’s assume there are 12 million ilegal aliens in the USA. $3.8billion comes down to $253,333 apiece, which could pay for a lot of airfare in charter flights, but that’t not what Obama has in mind.
I also notice that the UN is jumping into the game calling upon the US and Mexico to treat this like a refugee crisis. Really? These so called refugees from drug violence, mostly, apparently, from Honduras–but who knows? It seems everything is a lie about this–apparently have travelled over 1000 miles through Guatemala and Mexico before ending up at the US border. Did they seek asylum in either of those two countries? Nope. Did they think of crossing over into neighboring Nicaragua? Or making the under 300 mile trip to peaceful Costa Rica? Nope and nope, again. What has Mexico done? It has funneled them, including apparently known criminal elements, to the US border–what normally would be considered a hostile act, but done in the knowledge that the US misadministration wants this “crisis.” Mexico is always willing to give the US a helping hand when it comes to inserting the 12-gauge into our national mouth.
Over at Drudge,
OBAMA GAME OF POOL OVER BORDER VISIT...
DEM RIPS: 'BIZARRE... ALOOF... DETACHED'...
White House warns: Stop criticizing...
Feds using tax dollars to buy Monopoly games, toys for illegals...
PHOTOS: Crossers Wearing 'Obama Shoes'...
Flying migrants back home 'would be 99.5% cheaper'...
Ted Cruz Sends Map With Directions From Fundraisers To Border Towns...
President Plans on Surge 'Continuing Indefinitely'...
FLASHBACK OBAMA: BORDER STRONGER THAN EVER...
Venezuelan gov’t approaches world banks
Next October-November a very high concentration of the debt of the Nation and Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) will involve payment on account of amortization and interest for approximately USD 7 billion
Maybe they ought to consider auctioning the Matisse.
Rafael Osío Cabrices describes I escaped Venezuela for North America. Here’s how.
Obama’s in Texas, carefully avoiding the border,
As always it’s someone else’s fault:
No mention of this,
A plane carrying 140 undocumented immigrants, including lone children, landed at Lindbergh Field in San Diego Tuesday afternoon amid a brewing crisis over a surge of Central Americans crossing the U.S. border to escape poverty and crime in their home countries. Notice the “poverty and crime” meme. No mention of how low-income American citizens – regardless of their ethnicity – will be affected, while a LEAKED DHS REPORT REVEALS OBAMA ADMIN DECEPTION ON BORDER CRISIS (emphasis added)
The DHS-ICE agency report admits the fact that 98 percent are allowed to stay is a significant draw for the minors to come into the United States. The agency acknowledges that conditions in Central America play a role in why the wave is occurring, but directly contradicts the assertion that such conditions are the only significant reason the crisis exists. The report directly contradicts any assertion U.S. government refusals to deport illegal immigrants is not a significant factor in why the crisis is occurring.
LANGUAGE NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK:
Report: DHS will spend $26,000 each for care & feeding of abandoned kids <Dave searches Hotwire for 2 one-way tickets to Brownsville>
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) July 8, 2014