Exactly what good is a database if you never check it?
Interpol says no country checked its database for information about stolen passports that were used to board the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared with 239 people on board Saturday less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, bound for Beijing.
In a sharply worded criticism of shortcomings of national passport controls, the Lyon, France-based international police body said information about the thefts of an Austrian passport in 2012 and an Italian passport last year was entered into its database after they were stolen in Thailand.
Interpol said in a statement it was investigating all other passports used to board Flight MH 370 and was working to determine the “true identities” of the passengers who used the stolen passports. [...]
A telephone operator on a China-based KLM hotline on Sunday confirmed to The Associated Press that “Maraldi” and “Kozel” were both booked to leave Beijing on a KLM flight to Amsterdam on March 8. Maraldi was then to fly to Copenhagen, Denmark, on KLM on March 8, and Kozel to Frankfurt, Germany, on March 8.
She said since the pair booked the tickets through China Southern Airlines, she had no information on where they bought them. The ticket purchases reportedly took place almost simultaneously, and the tickets were numbered consecutively, according to the BBC.
A U.S. official told Fox News that a key priority is clarifying the status of the passports, whether they were lost or stolen, and determining through airport security screening and video who got on the flight under those names.
Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand. [...]
A foreign ministry functionary, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed Italian reports that Luigi Maraldi had reported his passport stolen last August. [...]
Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Weiss confirmed that a name listed on the manifest matches an Austrian passport reported stolen two years ago in Thailand.
How did such long-reported stolen passports pass security?
Two anonymous people board a flight, where two-thirds of the passengers are Chinese, and which disappears off radar so fast that no distress signal can be broadcast.
Color me suspicious.
Proof of the death of basic reporter skills in modern J-school grads. From Ass.Press:
California counties are confounding the state’s court-ordered efforts to sharply reduce its inmate population by sending state prisons far more convicts than anticipated, including a record number of second-strikers.
The surge in offenders requiring state prison sentences is undermining Gov. Jerry Brown’s 3-year-old realignment law that restructured California’s criminal justice system to keep lower-level felons out of state prison cells as a solution to the state’s prison crowding problem.
The law initially lowered the state prison population, but the number of inmates is on the rise again — led by a record increase in the number of second felony convictions for those who already had a prior conviction for a serious crime.
Hello? You release close to ten thousand felons from state prison (and the claim they are non-violent or not sex-offenders is a crock) and you’re surprised at a sudden increase in reoffending?
Not one question to Gov. Moonbeam or his administration asking how many of these new inmates were previously let loose under AB109/prison realignment??
No no, let’s not build prisons or, at least, house prisoners out of state. Let’s waste billions on the graftastic choo-choo train to nowhere.
While speaking at a town hall meeting in Milford, Conn., on Wednesday, Gov. Dannel Malloy was interrupted by a heckler who advised him to read the Constitution sometime.
The comment came when Gov. Malloy, a Democrat, was answering a question from a small business owner who said he is at a disadvantage to businesses in adjacent states that have a lower wage structure.
“I think that’s not only a state issue, but we’ve got this thing called the Constitution, so it makes it a little difficult to do some of the things you suggest,” Malloy replied with a smile.
Suddenly a woman’s voice is heard shouting: “Why don’t you read it sometime!”
Gov. Malloy has faced intense criticism over his support of Connecticut’s new gun registration bill, which many believe is unconstitutional.
The bill has technically turned gun owners who legally purchased semiautomatic rifles into felons overnight after many have refused to register their guns and high-capacity magazines.
The state has yet to announce how or if they plan on enforcing the new law with criminal charges and arrests. According to some estimates, as many as 100,000 gun owners are in violation of the new gun control law.
Call it a “cross-in.”
No sooner had a Lake Elsinore family removed a roadside memorial cross under pressure from a rights organization than six more appeared in its place.
Riverside resident Emily Johnson and her father, Doug Johnson, said they were so disturbed upon hearing that AnnMarie Devaney was being forced to take down the symbol honoring her late son, they crafted their own plywood crosses and planted them along Lake Street next to the site where the Devaney tribute once stood.
The Johnsons’ crosses were painted with statements such as “What if this was your child?” and “Ever heard the phrase, ‘To each his own?’”
“They said they have to take that one down,” said Doug Johnson. “But they didn’t say anything about putting another one up.”
The post-racial President with the great pant crease and the faculty lounge argot in action:
The unemployment rate for black teens, ages 16 to 19, was 32.4% in February, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), whose data also show that only 24.9% of black youth are participating in the nation’s labor force.
The participation rate for black youth has decreased from 26.4% in January to 24.9% in February, a decrease of 1.5 percentage points. The rate has not been this low since January 2012 when it was 24.8%.
When President Obama took office in January 2009, the work-force participation rate for this group was 29.6%, which means the rate of decline — from 29.6% to 24.9% — was 15.8%.
The black youth unemployment rate for ages 16-19 is 32.4%, which is 383.6% higher than the national unemployment rate, of 6.7%.
The unemployment rate is the percentage of people in the labor force who do not have a job. To be in the labor force a person must either have a job or actively sought one in the last four weeks.
Okay, sure. Employment rates are down. And participation rates are down. But just think how an Executive order that sets wages — a mandatory minimum wage increase — will help black teens and youth, who will be competing against workers with prior experience, or who come from schools outside the “charter school”-free zones Obama has erected around so many of the least effective public school zones in the country, many in predominantly minority areas!
– That is, if he couples it with an Executive order demanding businesses hire black teens and youth — something the Supreme Court we’re now stuck with might actually uphold as part of an add on to Bakke. Which, would any of that really surprise anyone — particularly if the President and the media decided to cast any such executive order as a measure for “fairness” that helps overcome “racial-makeup inequality” in the work force and creates the social justice that comes from “employment redistribution”?
And would John Roberts be able to resist looking at how his Court’s legacy would be gilded by such a bit of social engineering?
Ah, don’t you just love sneering, self-styled multiculturalists who, when it comes down to brass tacks, are about as fair-minded, non-judgmental, and accurate in their internalized caricatures as was, say, Hitler? Or for you Godwin’s Law adepts, at least John Kerry testifying about his fellow American soldiers?
Fortunately, the comments are hilarious — and go a long way toward showing that Americans still have a sense of humor, about themselves, sure, but also (thankfully) against these pompous, whinging, effete Europeans, with their condescension and entitled temperaments forged in the daunting crucible of socialism and what can best be described as an ironic work ethic.
Plus, croissants. I mean, game over, right?
I’m just speculating, but it probably would have been something along the lines of this: instead of just calling ourselves TEA Partiers, I think it’s time we gather together a million or two disgusted citizens angry at the politicization of the IRS, which is now one of the police arms of the progressive left’s soft coup, and dump a bunch of real tea into the Potomac.
But we’ll make it free range green tea — made from nothing but self-sufficient wild herbs and harvested by wind gusts that carry the foliage to the edge of some reclaimed wood retaining wall inside a San Francisco commune — just to watch some heads explode.
Short of that, I guess we can always just curse, turn over, and go back to sleep. Which is what I did today.
Because why the hell not?
Hey, isn’t that Facebook guy one of the investors behind the whole “conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform” movement?
Guess that means the “new conservatism,” in addition to promoting cheap labor at the expense of an already depleted job market; and creating new Democratic voting constituencies to turn, by design, red states into purple states into blue states into welfare states, is now for suppression of speech targeted at those who haven’t broken any laws.
And of course, removing social issues from campaigns, while pandering to ethnic pressure groups.
Racialist politics. It’s tedious. It’s predictable. It’s ugly.
And what makes it so ugly is that it diminishes the depravity of real racism by diluting it with phony indictments and trivializing it with ridiculous and insupportable claims aimed at non-racists. To wit:
A debate Tuesday over a bill to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected turned to race after Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, R-Indian Springs, compared her bill to Brown vs. the Board of Education.But during the debate, Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery, said that his Republican colleagues would support abortion if their daughters were impregnated by black men.
“Ninety-nine percent of the all of the white people in here are going to raise their hand that they are against abortion,” he said. “On the other hand, 99 percent of the whites who are sitting in here now, if their daughter got pregnant by a black man, they are going to make their daughter have an abortion.”
That this tactic — opportunistic and cynical as it is — is now used by so many blacks, who not so long ago had to fight white southern Democrats over real racialist policy before they joined their party, makes it all the more appalling. And all the more tragic.
A note to Rep Holmes: it wasn’t Republicans who were turning fire hoses on you, or promoting segregation, or fighting tooth and nail against the Civil Rights Act. So if you’re in the mood to cast around for those who might find race-mixing worthy of infanticide, you might want to dig up old Margaret Sanger, or Bull Connor, or even Robert Byrd, and Al Gore Sr, and Fulbright, et al., and hash it out with them.
They’d almost have to listen, out of courtesy. Your being a contemporary representative of their party, and a race-baiter, to boot.
Or, “the buck stops there.”
Convenient. But hardly enough. I’m telling you, the GOP establishment would be exposed as complicit — either by commission or omission — in any serious independent investigation. Which is why we will never get one.
We’ll get a few sacrificial lambs. And then be told justice was served. So it’s time to Move On and Shut Up, or else risk being “unhelpful” yet again.
This is who they all are. This is what they all do.
But honestly, can there really be that many people left who this is fooling?