13 Ways to Get Publicity from a Journalist.

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Journalists may not be dyslexic, but they often seem to have short attention spans. Or maybe they are just fussy like little kids. Be that as it may, when you want a journalist’s attention because you have a product or service or story you want them to take notice of, you just may be out of luck. Breaking news may keep your interesting item from ever being noticed. Unless you know how to grab their attention.

1. Offer them money.  Oh sure, there are some finicky people who think such an offer is unethical. But who said it has to be cold hard cash? Offer them a free wine and cheese bar at your new branch office opening. Print your story on a nice t-shirt and send it to several reporters; one of them is bound to follow up with you.

2. Join Alcoholics Anonymous. You’ll meet a lot of journalists there. Ask one of them to be your sponsor; then they’ll publish your story.

3. Forget the journalists. Start your own blog and make your story go viral. It happens all the time.

4. Offer a free timeshare to the first journalist who writes about your real estate company. (Of course, the timeshare is in Hoboken, New Jersey — but so what?)

5. Get hired on a newspaper so you can write the story yourself; journalism school takes four years, so START NOW.

6. Bypass the journalist and go to his or her editor; review steps 1 and 2 above.

7. Create a snappy headline to focus their attention.  Something like “I AM CHARLIE SHEEN’S LIVER” or “WE INTERVIEW THE CORPSE OF P.T. BARNUM!”  You’ll hear from some writer, no doubt — even if it’s only one from MAD Magazine.

8. Picket your local newspaper, with a sign that reads “This Pewsnaper is Ufnair to Dyslexics!” You’ll be interviewed for your story on your way to jail.

9. Did you know journalists are underpaid? Why don’t you give them a cushy job in your company?  All they have to do is write their last story about your product or service. (Wink. Wink. Nudge. Nudge.)

10. Buy your local newspaper. At the rate they are failing, you can pick one up for a song — and then have the journalists working on it sing your tune.

11. Hold a press conference. Invite the mayor or other politician to it; they will make sure it gets covered for you, the big showboaters . . .

12.  Outsource!  You can outsource customer service, manufacturing and technical support to some third-world country very inexpensively — so why not get a journalist from, say, Cambodia or Nicaragua to write up your product?  Of course, only people who can read Khmer or Spanish will know about it.

13. Start doing family history. You will inevitably find a distant relative, still living, who is a journalist or who has some connection with a journalist. Look them up, take them to dinner, give them a sad story about how your company desperately needs the attention of a good journalist, and let them do the rest. And if they don’t . . . well, at least you can fill in another part of your family tree.

 

The Horror Hidden on our Southern Border: The Continuing Tragedy of Illegal Child Immigrants.

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Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske demanding the reversal of its restrictions on Members of Congress and media from obtaining information about the conditions under which tens of thousands of unaccompanied children are being held at federal facilities in Arizona and other border states, and the circumstances of how they arrived in the United States.

“It is clearly in the public’s interest to know, and Congress’ responsibility to ascertain, exactly how this Administration is addressing the humanitarian crisis that is happening in Arizona and other southern border states,” writes Senator McCain. “The American people have a right to know the conditions under which unaccompanied minors at those facilities in their respective states are being detained and how they arrived in the United States. And, it is my responsibility as an elected representative from Arizona – and the responsibility of the elected officials of every state affected by this unprecedented crisis – to get the truth about how the Administration is addressing it.”

Senators McCain and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) last month demanded that the CBP permit media access to the Nogales Processing Center to document conditions.

Obama Snubs Military in Texas.

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Inhofe: President is Disrespecting Military by Failing to Visit Texas Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), has called on President Obama to include in his fundraising trip to Texas a visit to the border in order to witness first-hand the immigration crisis and surge of unaccompanied alien children (UAC):

“President Obama’s failed policies and campaign tactics have driven the unprecedented flow of unaccompanied minors across the southern border. In response, he has turned to our military bases, like Ft. Sill in Oklahoma, for help with housing these children. The President’s failure to visit the border during his trip to Texas disrespects our military and their limited resources he is calling up to manage a crisis he created. Likewise, it is a snub to the thousands of border agents, local officials and vulnerable children caught in the crosshairs. President Obama should put his political fundraising on hold, accept the appropriate leadership role of a president and personally witness this crisis that is leaving young children in the hands of human traffickers and threatening the security of our nation.”

 

Sen. Jim Inhofe.
Sen. Jim Inhofe.

Are Guest Workers a Burden or a Blessing to the American Economy?

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, delivered the following remarks in response to Senate Democrat leaders’ desire to pass an immigration bill that would reduce Americans’ wages and employment by dramatically increasing the supply of new labor:

“Today Majority Leader Reid and Senator Chuck Schumer came down to the Senate floor to demand that the House of Representatives pass their immigration bill. They labeled Republicans as ‘extremists’ for not giving in to their demands.

Senator Schumer said that Republicans are ‘xenophobes’ because they don’t want to pass his plan.

Let’s talk about what is extreme.

A new report reveals that this Administration has released 36,000 criminal aliens from ICE detention—including this report found: 193 homicide convictions, 1,153 sexual offenders, 303 kidnapping convictions and 1,075 aggravated assault convictions.

These dangerous offenders should be placed back into custody.

You know what else is extreme? Extreme is trying to pass an immigration bill that would double the flow of new guest workers into our country—and triple the grants of permanent admissions—when 50 million working-age Americans are out of work.

It is not xenophobic but compassionate to say we should focus our attention on helping struggling American workers. It is not xenophobic but out patriotic duty to defend the integrity of our borders and the rule of law. It is the oath we all took as Senators to defend the constitution of the United States.

There was one group of people omitted from the remarks of Leader Reid and Senator Schumer: American workers.

According to CBO, Senate Democrats immigration bill would increase unemployment while reducing wages for the next 12 years and reducing Americans’ per-person wealth for the next 17 years. If you bring in 30 million people in the next ten years, as this bill would do, tripling the number that would normally be given legal status in America, it would bring down the per-person wealth and it would bring down wages. Surely the Chamber of Commerce understands the free market. Do they not? Surely Senator Reid understands that. Does he not? On a conference call yesterday worrying about the American steel industry, we talked about how a large amount of steel was being dumped into America. Why? What is the impact of that? What is the concern? More steel equals lower prices for steel. If you bring in more cotton, the lower the price is for cotton. If you bring in more labor, you’ll have lower wages for American workers. That’s what the CBO tells us. There is no disputing that, yet we have Senators who repeatedly speak on the floor and say this is going to increase wages. Give me a break. You can’t just say something and think that’s going to make it a reality. It’s the opposite of reality.

Under current law, we admit more than six hundred thousand guest workers each year and 1 million permanent immigrants.

Under the Senate bill, we would admit more than 1.2 million guest workers each year and give permanent residency to 30 million immigrants over the next ten years. A tripling of what the normal rate would be.

Research from Harvard professor Dr. George Borjas shows that American workers lose more than $400 billion in wages each year due to competition from lower-cost workers from abroad. Dr. George Borjas’ research also shows that from 1980-2000, he concluded wages declined 7.4% for lower-skilled American workers due to high immigration levels

So there is no doubt, colleagues, you have to understand this: A vote for the Reid-Schumer immigration bill is a vote to lower the wages of American workers. Not only that, it makes it harder for Americans to get a job, period.

The people hurt worst by the Democrats’ immigration policies are young Americans, low-income Americans, and minority workers.

Minority workers, according to Dr. George Borjas’ studies and others, are particularly damaged by the large flow. This includes Hispanics who come here lawfully or have been legalized in America and are trying to get started on the way up and would like to have a pay raise, but their wages are being pulled down by an extraordinary, unjustified flow of labor that we can’t absorb. We don’t have enough jobs. That’s the problem. We need to ask: Is this a good idea for America? Can we absorb this number of people and maintain decent wages or are we in a longer-term trend and we’re just going to allow middle and lower-income workers see their wages erode? It’s a big issue and we need to be honest about it.

Mr. Schumer says we should do the bidding of the Chamber of Commerce. Well, talking about hijacking, it seems Mr. Schumer’s party has been hijacked by special interests and they’ve lost sight of who they claim to represent—working Americans. That’s my charge. We have a generous immigration policy. We need to make sure it’s enforced correctly and carried out lawfully. That’s what the American people have asked of us. They’ve demanded for 40 years that we create a lawful system that we can be proud of, that treats people fairly. You make your application to come to America, you lay out your qualifications, and they’re evaluated and the best people, the most deserving on an objective basis are the ones that are admitted. What’s wrong with that? That’s what Canada does. That’s what the UK does. It’s what Australia does. There is nothing wrong with that. That’s what we should be doing. We should decide how many people the country can absorb and what wage categories before we admit huge numbers and certainly before we double the number we presently bring in.

Some lawmakers who support the Senate plan claim that tech industries couldn’t find qualified Americans—even though we have twice as many American STEM graduates each year as jobs to fill.

A recent paper by Professor Hal Salzman at Rutgers University carefully analyzed data from the Department of Education and the Department of Labor. This is what he concluded: ‘The first data to consider is the broad notion of a supply crisis in which the United States does not produce enough STEM graduates to meet industry demand. In fact, the nation graduates more than two times as many STEM student each year as find jobs in STEM field. For the 180,000 or so annual opening, U.S. Colleges and Universities supply 500,000 graduates.’ They supply more than twice the number of graduates as we have jobs for now. I’m a little dubious about some of these big business triples claiming they can’t get enough people. We hear people in Silicon Valley promoting any kind of immigration as long as they get more workers. Mr. Salzman says this, ‘The only clear impact of the large IT guest worker inflows over this decade can be seen in salary levels which have remained at their late 1990 levels and which dampens incentives for domestic students to pursue STEM degrees.’ Then he goes on to say this, and I agree with this line, ‘If there is a shortage, where are the market indicators?’

So, Mr. Donohue and your friends at the Chamber of Commerce, you believe in the free market. Why are wages down if we have a shortage of workers? Why aren’t wages going up?

Here’s what one prominent CEO had to say: ‘There are 600,000 jobs in manufacturing that are going unfilled today. This immigration bill can go a long way toward helping us fill those positions.’

From 2000-2013, the grim fact is that all net job gains went to immigrant workers. Under the Democrat plan, if this bill were to pass the house, this would accelerate.

From 2000 to 2013, the number of working-age Americans increased by 16 million. Yet the number of people—American workers—actually fell 1.3 million. That’s why the unemployment rate and the dropout rate is so high. During the same period, 2000-2013, the number of working-age immigrants increased by 8.8 million while 5.3 million immigrants gained employment. So, really, all the jobs created during this period of time have been in effect, mathematically speaking, taken by foreign workers. Is this healthy? Isn’t this one of the reasons we’re having a hard time today?

There are 50 million working-age Americans who aren’t working. Wages today are lower than they were in 1999. Median household incomes have dropped nearly $2,300 dollars since 2009.

The percentage of Americans in workforce is the lowest in 36 years. So Mr. Reid and Mr. Schumer, I’m glad to talk about this issue. I’m glad to talk about immigration. But we’re going to talk about what’s in the interest of the American people. We’re not going to talk about your politics and your ideology and your special interest. We’re going to talk about what’s good for America. And what’s good for America is to get more of our unemployed working, to get wages going up rather than down. I’m not surprised you didn’t talk about workers and wages in your remarks this morning when you demeaned people who disagree with you and oppose your great bill that you’ve drafted that will not work.

We are not going to be scared or intimidated into handing over control of our immigration laws to a small group of special interests who meet in your office.

We need to have a lawful system of immigration that we can be proud of. That is what the American people have asked of us and Congress refuses to give.”

Sex Trafficking and Hard Drugs Ignore Borders to Invade the United States.

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is leading a delegation to Mexico with U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp to discuss joint efforts to fight sex trafficking and the growing heroin epidemic. Klobuchar and Heitkamp will be joined on their three-day trip by Cindy McCain, who co-chairs the Arizona Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking. They will meet with the Attorney General of Mexico, sex trafficking prosecutors and NGOS, the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, and Mexican Senators involved in the issue to push for coordinated efforts to combat sex trafficking in Mexico and the United States. The Senators will also lead meetings with the Mexican National Security Commission, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and other officials to discuss ways to combat the growing heroin epidemic.

“The United States needs to be a leader for the rest of the world in fighting crimes against women, including sex trafficking. This is an opportunity to focus on how we can work with Mexico to combat sex trafficking head-on in both of our countries and make sure these women and children are being treated as the victims that they really are,”Klobuchar said. “We also need to focus on strengthening our partnership in the fight against the growing heroin epidemic, which is taking lives and hurting communities across Minnesota.”

“Human trafficking – including sex and labor trafficking – is a grave problem both abroad and in our own backyard,” said Heitkamp. “This trip will enable us to learn about the actions Mexico is taking to stop these horrific crimes, and help us as we work to address them in North Dakota and around the nation. As a former Attorney General, I understand many of the actions that we can take on national and state levels, and I’m interested in learning about how Mexico is working on this issue. We will also discuss our continued efforts to combat the use of heroin, which has recently increased in North Dakota putting too many lives at risk.”

“As a border state, Arizona faces particular challenges with international trafficking.  I am pleased to join Senators Klobuchar and Heitkamp to meet with Mexican officials and look at additional ways we can work with those in Mexico who are committed to helping reduce the flow of both sex and labor trafficked victims from all over the world that are being trafficked through Mexico into the United States,” McCain said. “Arizona is on the cusp of passing legislation that will increase penalties for traffickers and give prosecutors more tools when going after those who traffic vulnerable minors. The legislation came out of recommendations from the Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking, which I co-chair. It will improve the situation in Arizona, but there is so much more to be done. I look forward to continuing to work with Senators Klobuchar and Heitkamp on this critical issue both nationally and internationally.”

Klobuchar recently introduced bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Heitkamp that would give prosecutors tools to crack down on domestic minor sex trafficking and ensure victims of these horrific crimes receive the support they need. The Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act is modeled after Minnesota’s “Safe Harbor” laws that help ensure minors sold for sex aren’t prosecuted as criminals but are instead treated as victims. The bill also allows victims of sex trafficking to participate in the Job Corps program to help them get back on their feet, and would create a National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking to encourage cooperation among all the federal, state, and local agencies that work on this problem. A full summary of the Senators’ legislation can be found here. Klobuchar has also partnered with Cindy McCain to combat sex trafficking at the Super Bowl, which is in Arizona next year. Klobuchar and McCain met with the National Football League (NFL) earlier this year to discuss their efforts.

To help address the growing heroin epidemic that is devastating communities all across the country, Klobuchar has urged the DEA to step up its interdiction efforts at the Mexican border and work with state and local law enforcement to combat the problem. Coming from Mexico up I-35 or through Chicago, Minnesota has some of the cheapest and purest heroin in the country that has led to a deadly spike in abuse. In 2013, there were 54 deaths caused by heroin overdoses in Hennepin County. Hospital emergency departments visits for heroin have nearly tripled from 2004 to 2011. In the 7,000-person community of St. Francis, three young people have died of opiate-related overdoses since May.

Since becoming a U.S. Senator, Heitkamp is continuing the work she started as North Dakota’s Attorney General to combat human and sex trafficking. In addition to helping lead the charge to pass the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act, Heitkamp has coordinated efforts with leaders in the field. In January, she met with Cindy McCain to strategize about efforts to combat sex and human trafficking. McCain has been at the forefront of working to reduce human trafficking in Arizona, throughout the United States, and around the world.

Last year, Heitkamp helped lead a Senate hearing to better understand the work being done on the federal, state, and local levels to combat human trafficking. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, which Heitkamp asked the Committee hold, brought together officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice, and non-profit leaders who are on the frontlines of addressing human trafficking.

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Do Foreign Criminals Find Safe Haven in the United States?

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Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Carl Levin (D-MI) this week sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson seeking information on recent media reports that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) encountered and released 68,000 illegal aliens with criminal convictions in 2013.

The letter is attached and below.

April 3, 2014

 

 The Honorable Jeh Johnson

Secretary of Homeland Security

U. S. Department of Homeland Security

Nebraska Avenue Complex

3801 Nebraska Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C.   20528

 

Dear Secretary Johnson:

According to recent media reports, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) encountered and released 68,000 aliens with criminal convictions in 2013. We were surprised to learn this information, particularly in light of two letters we sent to your department on the issue of criminal detainee releases in connection with sequestration.

Last year, we wrote to Secretary Napolitano requesting information on the release of illegal aliens with criminal records detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”).  Through that request, we learned that many of the 622 detainees released from ICE custody in February 2013 had significant criminal records.  ICE provided information about the criminal records, without names, of 32 detainees with multiple felony convictions (Level One offenders), 24 of whom were subsequently redetained, and at least 80 detainees with criminal backgrounds amounting to level two offenses.  Earlier this month, we wrote additionally to seek information on last year’s detainee release and inquire whether ICE or DHS has taken any actions to ensure accountability for what occurred. We have yet to receive a response to this bipartisan request.

It appears that those 622 released detainees represent a mere tip of the iceberg, in comparison to the figures cited in recent media reports. In 2013, ICE reportedly encountered and released 68,000 aliens with criminal convictions. ICE documents apparently indicated that in Phoenix, Arizona, 42 percent of criminal aliens encountered – most of whom had been incarcerated after being arrested by local authorities – were released in 2013.

The Congressional Research Service (“CRS”) issued a report in July 2012 that found that between 2008 and 2011 over 26,000 illegal aliens with criminal records were released instead of deported and that these former detainees went on to commit nearly 58,000 crimes soon after their release. These additional crimes were found to include 59 murders, 21 attempted murders, more than 4,000 major felonies and 1,000 other violent crimes.

Due to the importance of these findings, please provide answers to the following questions:

1.         Media reports indicate that the number of aliens with a criminal conviction encountered and released by ICE added up to nearly 68,000.  That figure was reportedly based on ICE’s Weekly Departures and Detention Report from October 2013.  Can you confirm whether this number is accurate?  Please provide a copy of each Weekly Departures and Detention Report for the year 2013. 

2.         Regarding the reported 68,000 aliens with criminal convictions who ICE encountered and released:

a.         Please provide a breakdown on the nature of ICE’s encounter with the aliens in question. 

b.         How many “encounters” resulted from an arrest by local or federal law enforcement? 

c.         How many were detained by ICE?

3.         How many of the 68,000 aliens with criminal records who were released were level one offenders?  Please provide a breakdown of level one offenses that these aliens committed.

4.         What criteria are you using when determining whether to release illegal detainees with criminal records?

5.         Do you draw any distinction between criminal offenses when deciding whom to release?

6.         Who makes the decision to release an illegal detainee who has been found to have a criminal record?

7.         Do you agree or disagree with the findings from the CRS report from July 2012? If you agree, how will you remedy the deficiencies identified? If not, which part do you disagree with? Please be specific.

8.         Please explain why the number of criminal alien encounters and releases jumped from 26,000 over a three-year period, 2008-2011, to 68,000 over a one-year period in 2013.

9.         Given the materiality of these revelations to the issues raised in the two prior letters, why did your department not previously disclose to the Subcommittee any information about those releases?

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.  If you have any questions or concerns, please have your staff contact Jack Thorlin (Senator McCain) at 202/224-XXXX or Dan Goshorn (Senator Levin) at 202/224-XXXX.

 

Sincerely,

 

John McCain                                                              

Ranking Minority Member                                        

Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations              

 

Carl Levin

Chairman

Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

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Foregin Students are Invited to Ski Utah!

Come up and ski me sometime . . .
Come up and ski me sometime . . .

Okay, you have moved to Provo, Utah, to study at Nomen Global Language Centers.  You’ve got your passport and visa all squared away.  You’ve got your books and rented a room and found some good places to eat.  You’re making friends and learning a new language.  Being a foreign student in the USA and learning English is not so hard after all!

Now What?

Now it’s time you learned how to ski!  Skiing is one of the prime sports activities in Utah.  One of the main reasons they held the 1998 Winter Olympics in Utah was because of the outstanding skiing opportunities available.  You have an abundance of ski resorts that are close to Provo to provide you with instruction and opportunity to glide down ski trails all weekend long.  Utah ski resorts are normally open from late October until Mid-May, or sometimes later, depending on snow depth and weather.  You may never get the opportunity again in your young life to enjoy such convenience and pleasure, when it comes to skiing!

A History Lesson.

Most historians think that skiing first developed in the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Finland and Norway.  The record of people using skis to hunt moose, deliver royal messages, and to invade neighboring countries, goes back well over a thousand years.  Some historians now believe that it was the Chinese who first invented the art of skiing, in northern China, around 600 BC.

Skiing was not considered a sport until about 1890, after Norwegian immigrants had brought their skiing skills to places like Minnesota, Oregon, and Utah.  In 1912 the Wasatch Mountain Club was organized in Salt Lake City to recruit members to learn how to ski and enjoy the breathtaking grandeur of the nearby mountains.  Ski jumping was introduced into Utah in the 1930’s, around the Ogden area.  A major innovation, and convenience, was introduced to Utah ski resorts in the early 1940’s, when mechanized tow ropes were installed to allow skiers to be pulled back up the mountainside, instead of having to walk all the way back up under their own power.  There are currently 14 officially designated ski areas in the state of Utah, most of them clustered around the Salt Lake/Provo corridor.  These designated ski areas have plowed trails, ski patrols on duty to enforce rules and help stranded and injured skiers, and an abundance of fine restaurants and other cultural features that mean you not only get to ski the mountains of Utah, you get to enjoy a good meal and perhaps catch a world class first run movie at a resort like Sundance.

What’s the Cost?

There is normally no entry fee into a ski resort.  It’s free; what you pay for is a pass to ride the ski lift, which takes you to the top of the skiing area.  A typical one-day pass at a resort like Park City will cost about $68.00.  Most resorts have discounts for beginners, children, and for certain times of year.  So when you decide it’s time to go on up into the mountains for a weekend of fun, make sure you go online to check the resort discounts first. You can often print out discount coupons from your computer, and save as much as fifty-percent on your lift ticket.

Happy Shushing!

"What do they mean by 'shushing'?"
“What do they mean by ‘shushing’?”