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Wednesday, December 08, 2004


ARIZONA PROPOSITION 200: GOVERNOR NAPOLITANO SIGNS IMMIGRATION INITIATIVE TO ALLOW FOR FEDERAL REVIEW 

Arizona voters passed Proposition 200 in the November 2004 election. The proposed measure required proof of legal immigration status when receiving government services and proof of citizenship when registering to vote. Many elected officials from both parties came out against Proposition 200. But, Arizona voters sent a message to the politicians when they voted, in overwhelming numbers, for the measure. Even 40% of Hispanic voters voted for Prop 200. Opponents of the measure were able to hamstring it in the court system, where it is now.

Gov. Janet Napolitano, who was on the road, had an aide use a signature machine Wednesday to sign a voter-approved immigration initiative after a judge modified his previous order barring it from taking effect.

The measure, approved by voters Nov. 2, requires proof of legal immigration status when obtaining some government services and proof of citizenship when registering to vote. Government workers who don't report illegal immigrants who try to get benefits could face jail time and a fine.

The revised order issued by the judge Tuesday and Napolitano's signature will allow the initiative's voting provisions to be submitted for a required federal review.

Because of past violations of minorities' voting rights, Arizona is required to get U.S. Justice Department approval on any election law changes before they can take effect.

U.S. District Judge David C. Bury's modified order allowed Napolitano to sign the proclamation putting the initiative into effect, but it still prohibits implementation of it provisions on public services pending a Dec. 22 hearing in Tucson.
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In another development, a group supporting Proposition 200 on Wednesday asked to be allowed to help defend the measure from the opponents' challenge. The state may not mount a vigorous defense, a lawyer said on behalf of the Yes on 200 Committee.

The committee is concerned state officials "responsible for defending the clear will of Arizona voters are less than enthusiastic about doing so," said William Perry Pendley, president and chief legal officer of the Mountain States Legal Foundation.

The Lakewood, Colo.-based public interest law firm is representing the Proposition 200 backers group, headed by Phoenix businessman Randy Pullen.


Napolitano signs immigration initiative to allow for federal review

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DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH: EUROPE'S PRISONS ARE BECOMING INCREASINGLY MUSLIM  


(Ed Alcock for The New York Times)
In Nanterre, France, solace in the Koran. Other religious care is scant.

I have been to the Muslims slums of Paris and I have seen many Muslim immigrants in German cities like Berlin. The United States has justifiably come under criticism through the years for the treatment of blacks and other minorities but nothing compares to the abject discrimination, isolation and dehumanization that Europe subjects its minorities. Walking through those segregated French Muslim slums I could tell how neglect and alienization have affected the younger generations. Europe's declining birth rate caused it to allow Muslim immigrants to infiltrate their countries but the "outsiders" have been kept at a distance, as if they are second-class citizens. The opposition to the Iraq war, in some circles, was motivated by the fact that European politicians are very well aware that they are sitting on a powder keg.

Europe is going to pay a big price for its racist attitudes. Despite (and probably because of racist fears) European politicians appeased Muslim extremists when it cames to international politics - the situation is out of control.

Two months ago Pierre Raffin, the director of La Santé detention center, warned officials looking into the role of religion in France that extremist proselytizing in prisons was growing.

Other countries are facing the same problem. Spain's chief counterterrorism magistrate, Baltazar Garzón, said recently that the men accused of plotting to blow up the country's main counterterrorism court were recruited from among fellow inmates by an Islamic militant serving time for credit card fraud.

Most famously, Richard Reid, who tried to blow up a Miami-bound airliner in December 2001 using a bomb in his shoe, converted to Islam while in a British jail.

Those who are detained or convicted for terrorist-related crimes are not always separated from the larger prison population and are often ready to act as spiritual guides at a time when mainstream Muslim chaplains are in severely short supply.

Abdullah (prison rules prevented him from giving his last name) said that while he was at Fleury-Merogis, militants were active in the prison yard, preaching that Christians and Jews are enemy infidels. In May, the militants defied prison rules by organizing a prayer meeting during an exercise break. Several prisoners were disciplined as a result.

"Islam is becoming in Europe, especially France, the religion of the repressed, what Marxism was in Europe at one time," said Farhad Khosrokhavar, an Iranian-French scholar who has written a book on Islam in prisons. He says the growing Muslim prison population is evidence of an Islamic underclass that is developing across Europe and, at its margins, is increasingly sympathetic to the coalescing ideologies of political Islam.

Europe has been slow to adjust to the changing ethnic and religious makeup of its prison inmates. France, in particular, has resisted approving Muslim prison chaplains, worried that inadequate screening could unleash potential militants into the system.


The New York Times-Islam in Jail: Europe's Neglect Breeds Angry Radicals

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WEEK 14: MAKE YOUR NFL PICKS 

CONGRATULATIONS TO WEEK 13 WINNER, Tio Jaime



NFL
Sunday, Dec. 12
NEW ENGLAND 11 Cincinnati
BUFFALO 11 Cleveland
BALTIMORE New York Giants
GREEN BAY 9 Detroit
MINNESOTA Seattle
ATLANTA Oakland
JACKSONVILLE Chicago
DALLAS 6 New Orleans
Indianapolis 10 HOUSTON
PITTSBURGH New York Jets
DENVER 11 Miami
CAROLINA St. Louis
ARIZONA San Francisco
SAN DIEGO Tampa Bay
Philadelphia 9 WASHINGTON
Monday, Dec. 13
TENNESSEE NL Kansas City NL



LAST WEEK
Tio Jaime: 11-8-1 (wins by tiebreaker)
Tom Galvin: 11-8-1
Quita: 10-9-1
The Man: 9-10-1
Uptown Girl: 6-13-1

STANDINGS
Tom Galvin: 112-109-7
Quita: 93-93-5
Uptown Girl: 89-92-5
The Man: 76-84-5
Tio Jaime: 32-28-2

Rules: Send your picks before I post MY picks, Friday at 5pm ET. Choose who you think will beat the spread for each game. As a tiebreaker, predict the total points for the Monday night game. Tiebreaker decided by who comes closest to the total (regardless of over/under). E-mail your picks to GALVINOPINION at YAHOO dot COM. If you have a blog, give me your URL.

Update:
NE
Buff
Balt
GB
Minn
Oak
Chicago
Dallas
Indy
NYJets
Denver
Carolina
Arizona
San Diego
Philly

Tennesee, 41


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NOT IN MY PENTHOUSE: BLUE STATE LIBERALS DESTROY HAWKS' NEST IN NEW YORK CITY 

Residents of the building had objected to large bird droppings and, occasionally, the carcasses of pigeons


Keep in mind how liberals championed the cause of the spotted owl. Progress and industry are almost always thwarted by environmentalists as they despair over the state of the environment. Of course, the western states are always the one that attract the liberal-environmentalists ire. States that lie in the Northeast are spared for political reasons even though the Northeast has been the most decimated by too much development, sprawl, smog and industry. Liberals love to tell their frontier neighbors how to keep the land, air and water pristine. Those who live in states like Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, Arizona and others are not allowed to decide how to develop and protect their own land.

Even though Alaskans yearn for innovative ways to improve their economy, environmentalists are vowing to do whatever it takes to prevent the drilling of 11 billion barrels of oil beneath Alaska's tundra. Recently, a San Diego juror convicted a graduate physics student on charges connected with the firebombing of a Hummer dealership last year.. This week, eco-terrorists are suspected of setting brand-new housing developments on fire. The Washington Times reported that "More than 40 expensive houses under construction in Charles County were burned early yesterday in a development that has drawn criticism from environmentalists because it is next to a nature preserve. Arson is suspected in at least four of the 41 blazes, a state fire official said."

But, in the heart of the bluest of states, New York, certain Manhattan residents are up in arms over the antics of a few rare hawks. The hawks have dared to nest in the most exclusive of locales, a Fifth Avenue apartment building overlooking Central Park. So, the epi-center of pet liberal environmental causes has seen fit to destroy the delicate and precious habitat of several of God's creatures.

[New York Times] A nest constructed a decade ago by red-tailed hawks 12 stories above Central Park, creating an unlikely wildlife habitat that has delighted bird lovers from around the world, was removed yesterday, apparently by workers for its host co-op apartment building.

City officials and naturalists reacted with anger, even though there appeared to be little legal recourse for the nest's destruction.
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But Ms. Moore said other residents of the building had objected to large bird droppings and, occasionally, the carcasses of pigeons - which hawks prey upon - that landed on the sidewalk in front of their lobby. She said her husband had attended a recent co-op board meeting, and had been informed of its all-but-unanimous decision to remove the nest, even though he had objected to the move.

Adrian Benepe, the commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation, said his staff was unable late yesterday to determine whether removing the nest violated any state or federal wildlife-protection laws, and would explore the matter again today.

"Our domain doesn't extend to the tops of people's roofs," Mr. Benepe said. "Regardless of legality, I am concerned about whether this was ethical, or the right thing to do."

The New York Times: Hawks' Nest, a Fixture in New York, Is Destroyed

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