Sunday, October 26, 2014

Immigration Polices Fail two Sacramento Area Deputies

On Friday, there was a massive manhunt in the Sacramento, California area.  A man shot a Sacramento sheriff's deputy in the head, killing him, as the deputy responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle in a motel parking lot.

The man then went on to shoot one civilian who refused to give up his keys during a carjacking* and two Placer County sheriff's deputies when they approached his carjacked vehicle.  One of those deputies died.

This is horrible in every way.  Shooting a police officer will never make any criminal's situation better in any way.  I know, criminals don't care what I write, but in case any ever reads this:  shooting a police officer will not help you.  It virtually guarantees your capture and lengthy incarceration.

Now here's the really sad part.  Local news reports that this murderer was deported for committing crimes before.  TWICE.

From a local news station:  Officials: Suspect in shootings of NorCal deputies deported twice
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, who also goes by Marcelo Marquez, was sent back to Mexico in 1997, and again in 2001.
Officials said Monroy-Bracamonte was removed by an immigration judge following a conviction in Arizona in 1997 on charges of possession of narcotics for sale.

He was then arrested a second time in 2001, according to immigration officials.
 This isn't a partisan issue.  Both of the major parties have failed us utterly in keeping us safe regarding illegal immigration, something most Americans want stopped to the degree it can be stopped, and we know we can do better than we're doing right now.

If either party cared, we'd have two fewer sheriff's deputies dead at the hands of a known criminal who never should have been in the U.S. to start with.

Post script:  If this shocking story is the first of its kind that you've heard, there are a tremendous number that national news doesn't want to report on, for fear of being called "racist."  What keeping criminal illegal aliens out of the U.S. has to do with race, I'm not sure, but here are more examples:  7 Horrible Crimes Committed In America by Illegal Aliens  Number 5 is truly unbelievable--a serial rapist had been deported 9 times.

*A quick note:  If someone tries to carjack you, never argue.  If you can not move your vehicle, hand over the keys, let the police handle it.  If you can move, use your car as a weapon.  It's more effective than the gun the guy's holding.  In states where you can actually get a CCW (which is most of them), do society a favor and shoot your assailant.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Food Deserts are a Lie

I was watching a program on Hulu and one of the ads was for an organization seeking to end food deserts.  I was shocked.  We've known food deserts were a myth (at the most charitable), or perhaps a deliberate fabrication.  This was reported on in 2012 by a paper no one can call a Right wing rag:  The New York Times.  Here's that article:  Studies Question the Pairing of Food Deserts and Obesity

That's a very kind and understated title given the actual findings of the studies.
"...two new studies have found something unexpected. [Poor urban neighborhoods, called 'Food Deserts'] not only have more fast food restaurants and convenience stores than more affluent ones, but more grocery stores, supermarkets and full-service restaurants, too. And there is no relationship between the type of food being sold in a neighborhood and obesity among its children and adolescents.

"Within a couple of miles of almost any urban neighborhood, 'you can get basically any type of food,' said Roland Sturm of the RAND Corporation, lead author of one of the studies. 'Maybe we should call it a food swamp rather than a desert,' he said."
There's great food available in poor urban neighborhoods.  That means if we'd like to help with childhood obesity, we should be teaching poor urban parents about healthy choices and preparing the fresh, healthy food that is abundantly available to them.  Both of those goals are admirable, and not a function of government.