Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The New Americans...

Neighbors were suspicious of the daytime silence at the maternity clinic that came to life only after nightfall, though never suspected its disquieting secret—it was breeding babies for sale.

But recent police raids have revealed an alleged network of such clinics, dubbed baby “farms” or “factories” in the local press, forcing a new look at the scope of people trafficking in Nigeria.

At the hospital in Enugu, a large city in Nigeria’s southeast, 20 teenage girls were rescued in May in a police swoop on what was believed to be one of the largest infant trafficking rings in the west African country.

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As Mexican nationals and Mexican Americans begin to plan their holidays, many say they are choosing not to make the annual trek home to visit relatives. While some are dissuaded by the worsening economy, others are avoiding travel to Mexico because they fear the rampant kidnappings, killings and shootouts.

The U.S. State Department issued a travel alert late last month warning U.S. citizens to take precautions and to be aware of the “increasingly violent fight for control of narcotics trafficking routes,” especially in the cities of Tijuana, Chihuahua and Ciudad Juarez.

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It is unAmerican to think about the future, except in terms of a paradise of prosperity, equality, and technological wonders. Americans hardly have any posterity, and they certainly have no ancestry. They are people of the Now.

Or perhaps posterity doesn’t bear thinking about. Your posterity will have the inestimable pleasure and privilege of providing employment, welfare, and crime victims for the population of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and the more degenerate parts of Asia. And paying, in one way or another, for the sybaritic lifestyles of politicians, bureaucrats, bankers, and speculators of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Forget about the price of gas. Did any of you over 40 ever think that you would one day pay well over $4 for a box of cereal that is deceptively only half full? Or $1.25 for a soft drink? Or $2.75 for a fancy cup of coffee? That you would BUY water?

Or did you ever think that baseball would begin in February and run almost to November? And half the players would be foreigners? It has been truly observed that baseball is a very American game.

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