CAPS Blog - Maria Fotopoulos

U.S. Finally Gets a Presidential Candidate Who Takes on Utter Failure of Open Borders Policies

After years of being ignored or dismissed, last night millions of Americans were given a voice when billionaire businessman Donald J. Trump accepted the GOP nomination for President of the United States, directly and clearly calling out the country’s massive immigration failure in all its reality, and promising, “We will be a country of law and order.”  ...

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More Heinous Crimes at the Hand of an Illegal Alien

By way of Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR), I came across this story of yet another illegal alien, deported many times – six according to the story – who committed murder. Bonifacio Oseguera-Gonzalez was arrested in the shooting deaths of two men and one woman, as well as the shooting injury of another man. A year ago, Kate Steinle was murdered by an illegal alien in San...

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Categories: crime Tags: safety, violence, crime, criminal aliens

California Burns

As last week closed, I read that multiple fires continued to burn across California as 4,500 firefighters battled the blazes. 4,500! The fires have claimed lives, tens of thousands of acres, homes and wildlife. But it’s not only California; 17 fires burned across six Western states as of the weekend.   Talking about one of the California infernos – the Kern County fire – a...

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Categories: california Tags: wildfires, climate change

Good for the Brits! Brexit Brings Renewal of Democracy

Tremendous Immigrant Flows into the UK Were a Factor in Vote   The British exit from the European Union (EU) this week may have been about a lot of things – including being autonomous and not submitting to directives handed down by nonelected technocrats and bureaucrats (I’m thinking Thomas Jefferson and that “tree of liberty” that “must be refreshed”)...

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Booming Illegal Trade in Wildlife is Decimating World’s Biodiversity

Today is World Environment Day (WED), designated by the United Nations as a day to increase worldwide awareness of our environment and promote actions to protect and preserve it. Themed “Go Wild for Life,” WED this year highlights the rampant illegal trade in wildlife products that is “eroding Earth’s precious biodiversity, robbing us of our natural heritage and driving...

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Report Cards for California Beaches Are In

While beach quality has improved, a day there still could make you sick   Tired of the continuous affront presented by the careless, in recent years I’ve assumed the unofficial and decidedly unglamorous role of trash collector around our apartment building. As such, I’m acutely aware of what disregard for others and the environment deposits in its wake – endless cigarette...

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Today is International Women’s Day

In Yvon Chouinard’s “Let my people go surfing / the education of a reluctant businessman,” the founder and owner of Patagonia, writes, “From the very beginning of our catalog, we have always tried to portray women as equal to men. When we showed women climbing, they were leading, not following.” Patagonia ambassador Lynn Hill, 1983 Photo...

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On World Wildlife Day: We Can Do More

Yet another black rhino has been brutally murdered by poachers, leaving a two-year-old calf motherless. Adding to the immorality of the senseless and unconscionable act was that the rhino was 12 months pregnant and slaughtered at a conservancy in Kenya. Is there no safe harbor for our wildlife? This is one more of too many senseless killings of animals being driven to extinction by the massive...

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Fight the Myths in 2016

Malls and “destination” shopping are something I avoid, but I found myself in a retail center on January 2 to exchange a gift for another size. (My dislike for the mall world is such that if the transaction could have been handled online, I would have.) The relative tranquility in Los Angeles between the Christmas and New Year holiday due to significantly fewer people in town was gone...

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Continuing Human Population Growth Overwhelming, Wiping out World Wildlife

“Can you think of any problem on any scale, from microscopic to global, whose long-term solution is in any way aided, assisted, or advanced by having larger populations at the local level, state level, nationally, or globally? Can you think of anything that will get better, if we crowd more people into our towns, cities, states, nations, or world?” Dr. Albert Bartlett (1923-2013...

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Categories: population growth Tags: overpopulation