Today we remember the events of 9/11/2001 when nearly 3,000 people, mostly (but not all) American, lost their lives because Muslim terrorists flew into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and into a field in Pennsylvania rather than their Washington, DC target. While nearly everyone is familiar with the story of the brave New York firefighters who went into the Trade Center (many lost their lives too), few are familiar with the fact that there is an International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), a labor union representing professional firefighters in North America.
This union has approximately 300,000 members in 3, 100 locals and affiliates in the United States and Canada. Late on 9/11/2001 IAFF prohibited Canadian firefighter from entering the United States. This ruling did not affect volunteer firemen or those who worked part-time. There were a few professional Canadian firefighters who did not get the message in time – they later faced disciplinary action for going. Granted there might be some complications e.g. paying the firefighters, housing them, and insuring them for example. However, after five days the FBI, IAFF, and others asked them to leave. The full story, in some detail, can be found here.
The worse disaster in American history and our dearest and closest neighbor was largely forbidden from helping us. As I read this story for the first time numerous questions arose as to why. I still don’t have the answer/s – but it seems so wrong. There may, or may not, have been more survivors if the Canadian firefighters had been able to help. We will never know.
While recognizing the need to keep track of who is where, and paying, housing, and insuring the firefighters it seems to me that these issues should have been covered in the contracts and membership forms of IAFF. The plans of this union should have naturally considered the fact that we are neighbors and that in the event of a major disaster (however that is defined) this should have been covered.
I don’t know if that definition should cover hundreds or thousands of potential casualties. But I do know for certain that on 9/11/2001 up to 50,000 deaths were expected. I know too that there are hundreds, and probably thousands, of communities of all sizes at or very near the border between the two countries. I also know that there are factories, railroads, and other facilities in these places that might be in immediate need of more professional firefighters than are available on one side or the other of the international border.
Any competent leader (or lawyer), should have been prepared and included plans for such a crisis. But then this is a union – and unions are rarely if ever, interested in facts or reality, they seem to exist solely to gain as many benefits for their organization as possible, especially for their leaders, and to extort (or punish) management of the organization and/or the general public. This story does not look too good for the FBI either, another organization that seems more concerned with enforcing the rules, than maximizing their mission.
On 9/11 we mourn the loss of these victims, but if they are not to have died in vain, we must also learn ALL the lessons of that day and one of them is that emergency services are there to protect our populations. The IAFF didn’t do what it could have done, and we must acknowledge that and make changes. This is a change we can believe in.
Several days ago Breitbart London (here) reported that Morocco has begun building a razor topped wall near Melilla to stop illegal migrants crossing into Europe. It is about time. For those whose geography is weak, Melilla is one of two Spanish cities on the coast of North Africa in Morocco. Their location makes them the only European Union territory in Africa and thus they are targets for Africans and others seeking to get to Europe illegally.
Morocco has enough problems of its own - the last thing it needs is foreigners from Africa or elsewhere crossing into their country on their way to Europe.The Spanish seem to have built a border barrier between Morocco and the city, but Morocco does not officially recognize the Spanish sovereignty of the city so they were opposed to it. But reality may have gotten in the way of their political position in this case. While I have not been anywhere near it, the reality is that illegal immigrants tend to be extremely disruptive to the social order no matter where. That is putting it politely.
Of course one wonders if Morocco is being ‘assisted’ in this project by some government or other entity in Europe (that suits me just fine).Although all of Europe stands to benefit from the building of this wall by the Moroccans, those who will benefit most are Spain, Malta, Italy, and France roughly in that order.
This isn’t the only wall Morocco has erected. The ‘Moroccan Wall’ in the Western Sahara consists of lines of fortifications within Moroccan-controlled areas and was built in the 1980s. The purpose of this ‘wall’ was to keep out guerrilla fighters who have been wanting this area for some time, to protect Morocco from Mauritania to the east and south, and also probably to protect the phosphate mine at Bou Craa.
In Cyrus, the ‘Nicosia Wall’ along the ‘Green Line’ separates the North (Turks) and the South (Greek), keeping apart two cultures, languages and religions – each of whom hates the other. And Greece has built a wall between themselves and Turkey to protect the country against illegal immigrants. Despite the poor economic situation in Greece migrants from Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia want to go there as they see it as a jumping off point to other European Union countries.
Along another part of the Turkish border the Bulgarians intend to build a thirty kilometer-long wall to stop Syrian (and other) refugees. Bulgaria already has several thousand refugees living there in camps. Building a wall is almost certainly a cheaper alternative to allowing everyone into their already poor country.
An American based Latvian activist has suggested that a wall be built between Russia and Latvia.While there are probably few illegal immigrants attempting to find their way into Latvia, it seems that Russia and Russians are not wanted there. If you know anything about their mutual history can you blame Latvia?
Further to the east Hindu India is having a problem with illegal immigration from Muslim Bangladesh along their joint, porous, 4,096 kilometer-long border. While it is worrisome, and the Indians may be a bit slower than the West when it comes to facing problems, the Indians are an ingenious lot so expect news soon on this issue.
Going much further east there are two notable walls (although not called that): these are the ‘Demilitarized Zone’ between the two Koreas and the ‘Frontier Closed Area’ around Hong Kong. If you want to escape North Korea there are three choices - all bad.Head north and if you are ‘lucky’ you will make Red China, the waters surrounding North Korea are too cold in winter and too heavily patrolled year round to make a get-away, and if you head south, attempting to leave the armed camp of North Korea and head towards South Korea, one of the world’s most up-and-coming powerhouses, you will hit the Korean ‘Demilitarized Zone’ where you will be utilized for target practice by the North Korean army.
In Hong Kong the ‘Frontier Closed Area’ is the border between it and Red China, and to cross it you need to have a permit.There are millions of Chinese who would love to cross that wall and move to Hong Kong where there is at least a slim chance of leaving for greener pastures. Permits to leave Hong Kong for Red China are issued to those visiting family there, and many do, but then the Chinese culture has maintained very strong family and other ties. This is not the American/Canadian border - it is not easy to leave the relative wealth and comfort of Hong Kong, even out of love, to visit someone in Red China.
Almost the only countries that have any sort of protection from illegal immigration are some (not all) island nations, poor nations that do not have to be crossed to reach richer ones, and those with very harsh laws for illegals – although an awful lot of those OTM (other than Mexicans) seem to travel from where-ever in Latin America thru Mexico to reach the USA.
This just scratches the surface, but with even with this evidence, it is clear that objections to Israel building walls to keep out illegal immigrants and terrorists is obviously just a poor attempt to demonized Israel. Everyone, and every entity, has (and is entitled to) walls or borders. Your house has walls, your town or city, and your state have borders. Walls are a form of fencing. And we all know the old saying about good fences making good neighbors.
TORONTO — A sweeping child pornography investigation has led to the rescue of 386 children around the world and the arrest of 348 people, Canadian police said Thursday.
Toronto police describe the Project Spade operation as one of the largest child porn busts they’ve ever seen.
“It is alleged that officers seized hundreds of thousands of videos detailing horrific sexual acts against very young children, some of the worst that they have ever viewed,” Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins said.
Police said 108 people were arrested in Canada and 76 in the U.S. Others were arrested in other countries.
Australian Federal Police commander Glen McEwen on Friday confirmed that 65 men had been arrested in Australia as a result of the Canadian investigation, and six Australian children had been removed from harm.
Police said the children were “rescued from child exploitation” but did not give more details.
First Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Cases Detected in North America
The fears of major health organizations have come true: Gonorrhea
that is immune to the last remaining effective oral antibiotic has been
detected in at least nine North American patients, meaning the era of
"incurable" gonorrhea could be close.
In a study released Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical
Association, a group of scientists led by Vanessa Allen of Public Health
Ontario, found that 6.7 percent of patients with gonorrhea at a Toronto
clinic still had the disease after a round of cephalosporins, the last
effective oral antibiotic used to treat the disease. Of 133 patients who
returned for a "test of cure" visit, nine remained gonorrhea-positive.
This is the first time cephalosporin-resistant gonorrhea has been found
in humans in North America. (continue at USNews)
The article/study notes "clinicians now face the emergence of cephalosporin-resistant
[gonorrhea] without well-studied, effective backup treatment options." ... nine patients in Canada were cured with the injectable antibiotic known
as ceftriaxone, Allen warns that there's been "a parallel increase" in
resistance to that antibiotic.
A South Florida
money-laundering network secretly transferred more than $30 million in
illegal Medicare profits through a remittance firm with shell companies
in not only Canada and Trinidad, but also in Mexico, according to court
records filed Monday.
Evidence of the widening network into Mexico surfaced in
the federal plea agreement of a one-time Miami medical equipment
provider who pleaded guilty Friday to his role in the money-laudering
Kirian Vega, 35, who owned Ozain Pharmacy in another
person’s name, billed more than $600,000 in false claims to the
taxpayer-funded Medicare program and received about $400,000.
According to the plea agreement, Vega admitted he used a Florida
check-cashing store to launder $124,000 of the tainted proceeds in 2009
through the shell companies of the offshore remittance company,
Court documents show that money was wired to
Turismo dos Polos in Mexico, which transferred a portion — $45,000 — to
another shell company, Communications Sophie, in Trinidad. That money
was then sent to an unidentified travel agency in Cuba, records show.
month, Caribbean Transfers was accused in an indictment of financing
the complex money-laundering ring that moved millions in stolen Medicare
money, mostly from South Florida, through shell companies in Canada and
Trinidad and finally into Cuba’s banking system. (continue reading at McClatchy)
Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/11/06/173754/feds-florida-money-laundering.html#storylink=cpy
(AP) — Police in Quebec were following the scent of something sweet — millions of dollars' worth of maple syrup missing from a large warehouse stocking over $30 million worth of the amber nectar.
theft puts a cavity-sized dent in Quebec's syrup stock, considered to
be a global strategic reserve of the sweet stuff that is often used to
replenish markets during disappointing seasons. Quebec produces up to 80
percent of the world's maple syrup.
Quebec Provincial Sgt. Claude Denis
said Friday it was too soon to determine the exact quantity or value of
the maple syrup stolen from the St. Louis-De-Blandford facility where
over 10 million pounds (4.54 million kilograms) is stored. (continue reading at AP)
Ezra Levant talks to a Canadian citizen named Allan Eintoss, who was
accosted, handcuffed, and threatened with arrest on Saturday for walking
his licensed, leashed, well-behaved dog in a public park in Toronto.
reason? The occasion was the annual anti-Israel Al Quds Day rally, and a
group of culture enrichers took exception to having an unclean animal
come so close to their women.
Carleton University teams up with Iranian embassy to honour Ayatollah Khomeini
The conference, “The Contemporary Awakening and Imam Khomeini’s Thoughts,” was held to commemorate the 23 anniversary of the death of the Islamic Republic’s founding dictator, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. It was presented by the Cultural Centre of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is run out of Iran’s embassy on Metcalfe Street, and the Iranian Cultural Association of Carleton University. Iranian students at Carleton in the past have contacted me to complain about attempts by the Iranian embassy to influence their student group at the university.
The conference featured a talk by Moulana Sayyid Muhhamad Rizvi, the “Guidance Alim” of a Toronto Islamic school whose teaching materials — some of which which were written in Iran or by a foundation believed by the FBI to be controlled by the Iranian government — refer to “crafty” and “treacherous” Jews.
Rizvi told the conference that Khomeini “proved that Islam is not just a religion of prayers and personal laws that only deals with matters of divorce and inheritance, rather it is a complete code of life that can govern all aspects of society — spiritual, material, as well as personal, social, economic and political aspects.” (continue reading at Macleans, hat tip The Flying Camel)
Even if you oppose same-sex marriage and the LGBTQ agenda, you will be forced by the government to perform same-sex marriages and to teach their agenda in your schools. Right Wing Theocrat has all the details, "LGBT fascism may come for you". Go read all about it. This is what the LGTBQ wants for the United States also. They are a minority, but they have 'rights', you have none.
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