Adolf Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany.

On the night of January 30, 1933, the Nazis organized a massive torchlight parade in Berlin to celebrate the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor of Germany. Adolf Hitler and Hermann Göring greet the participants in the parade as they pass beneath the window of Hitler’s new office. Below: A view of the parade passing German President Paul von Hindenburg who gazes out the window at the sight.


Massachusetts Closes Illegal Alien Driving Loophole

Massachusetts has joined the ranks of states that see the need to compensate for weak federal immigration enforcement by acting at the state level to make life more difficult for illegal aliens. The Bay State legislature has voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill to crack down on unlicensed illegal alien driving by allowing only licensed or legally present individuals to register vehicles.

The bill closes a common but serious loophole that endures in many states. In Massachusetts it was exposed by police officers who complained of frequent encounters with unlicensed illegal alien traffic offenders. The officers report that typically the illegal alien drivers carry no insurance either, having purchased only the minimum time period of coverage to get a vehicle registration. According to documents obtained by local Fox News investigative reporters, in 2010 there were nearly 200,000 vehicles registered to unlicensed drivers in Massachusetts.

For a more complete look at the vehicle registration loophole, see my colleague David North’s report, which has information on each state policy.

Republican lawmakers had been trying to pass this reform for years, but it took a perfect storm of events, some tragic, to create a bipartisan veto-proof consensus large enough to overcome the objections of Gov. Deval Patrick, a friend and ally of President Obama who favors sanctuary policies, and who even tried to block the Secure Communities program from the state. But beginning last August, a continuous string of traffic fatalities involving unlicensed illegal alien drivers raised public awareness of the problem and kept it in the news. These events inspired two Democrats who represent a town with a large illegal population to get behind the bill and work for its passage. Relatives of the victims used social media to organize friends and supporters who swamped state house switchboards and talk radio programs to lobby for the changes.

Lawmakers became further enraged this spring, when the state motor vehicle registry issued a new driver’s license to “Omar” Onyango Obama, the uncle of the president, and a long-time immigration fugitive. Obama admitted to a drunk driving charge, but said he needed the license to keep his job as a liquor store manager while he fights being ordered removed a second time.

The lopsided vote for the bill, passed by 135-19-2 in the House and 24-10 in the Senate, was a pointed rebuke to the pro-illegal alien policies of Gov. Patrick. Patrick first tried to water down the legislation, then vetoed it, and then tried to run out the clock on the legislative session, but lawmakers worked into the night to make sure it became law over his objections.

You can’t help but wonder, if such an accomplishment is possible in Massachusetts, one of the most liberal of states where Republicans are outnumbered 163-37, why has Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives not managed to move even the most obvious pro-immigration enforcement bills that have passed the House Judiciary Committee?

100-day hunger strike starts for gay rights LOL

Gay leaders and supporters statewide have started a 100-day hunger strike in relays of one day each in the front window of Affirmations on West Nine Mile Road to protest state legislation they say limits civil rights for gays.

The strike began Monday morning with Affirmations Executive Director David Garcia taking the first 24-hour shift. The hunger strike is an effort to highlight equality issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents in the days before the November election.

Michigan is the Mississippi of the civil rights movement when it comes to gay equality,” Garcia said as he got ready to spend a day with no food.

“This is a day of hunger because we hunger for equality … this is the civil rights battle of our time.”

Affirmations, the state’s largest gay community center, has joined with other LGBT community centers in Kalamazoo, Benton Harbor, Detroit, Midland, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. Supporters from the other centers will take their turns in the hunger strike at Affirmations in the coming months.

Sentencing set for man accused in beheading death

A judge will decide whether a North Dakota man convicted of shooting and beheadingNorth Dakota State Universityresearcher should serve life in prison without parole.

A jury in April found Daniel Wacht guilty of murder in the death of 54-year-old Kurt Johnson.

Johnson was last seen alive outside a Cooperstown bar on New Year’s Eve 2010. His severed head was found in a crawl space in Wacht’s basement. His body has not been found.

Prosecutors said during trial there were “layers of evidence” to convict Wacht. Defense attorney Steven Mottinger argued that there was no way to prove Wacht pulled the trigger.

Sentencing is scheduled Wednesday in Cooperstown at 9:30 a.m.

Brazil Fighter Targeted by Racist Twitter Comments

Brazil‘s Olympic Committee condemned what it called racist comments made against a Brazilian judo fighter on Twitter.

The committee says the comments were made against Rafaela Silva, an Afro-Brazilian, on Twitter in Brazil after she was eliminated in the round of 16 of the 57-kilogram women’s division on Monday.

Silva said she doesn’t want to take the case forward, but the committee said in a statement Tuesday that it was studying legal action against those who made the comments.

“Brazil is a multiracial country and should not tolerate any type of attitude stimulating any kind of segregation,” the committee said.

This isn’t the first time athletes are taking heat for comments they made on Twitter.

A Swiss soccer player was expelled for Tweeting racist message about South Koreans. Michel Morganella, who was stripped of his Olympic accreditation, sent the Tweets after losing to South Korea.

Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou also was kicked out of the Olympics for offensive comments.

In the Brazil incident, Brazil’s Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo told Brazilian media he will ask police to investigate.

The comments attracted the attention of Brazilian soccer star Neymar.

“I know how you feel!!” Neymar tweeted to Silva. “Now it’s time to be with those who truly love you and train a lot to make your dream come true in Rio/2016!!”

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The record for the number of asylum seekers arriving by boat in Australian waters in one year has been broken.

Department of Immigration figures show 6,765 people have arrived by boat in this year, topping the last record set in 2010, when 6,555 arrived.

The Federal Opposition‘s Michael Keenan says the figures show the Commonwealth‘s asylum seeker policies are not deterring people smugglers.

“We’re actually having almost on average a boat arrive every single day,” he said.

“Clearly that’s completely unsustainable and in any functional government it would precipitate a change in policy. But the government in Canberra at the moment is so dysfunctional that they’re just going to sit and let this situation deteriorate.

“This means that 2012 is now the worst year on record for people arriving illegally in Australia, the illegal arrivals that have happened today this year have eclipsed the illegal arrivals in any previous year, and of course we’re only in July.”

Two asylum seeker boats arrived in Australian waters in the space of less than 24 hours over the weekend.

One boat was intercepted off Western Australia’s Kimberley Coast near Browse Island, while the second was detected near the Cocos Islands.