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Posted: July 31, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 31, 2014 2:00 a.m.

The relatively small country of Italy (compared to the USA) has managed to take in more than 70,000 illegal immigrants (refugees) fleeing poverty, war and oppression in Northern Africa.

Not only that, but the European country’s navy actively searches for people in the small boats in which refugees make this perilous journey so they can be rescued and brought safely to Italian shores, where they are fed, cared for and housed.

They continue to come, thousands every year, and Italy continues to treat them with compassion and dignity.

How very different than the sad situation we have here, where the good folks of Texas have the National Guard manning the border to turn people back while pundits and politicians try to outdo each other in criticizing every effort to work out a solution to this situation, and we hear how our nation cannot afford to take care of these hordes of illegals.

Guess Italy is either more prosperous than the United States or more compassionate — or both — judging by how its people treat their fellow human beings.



chico: Posted: July 31, 2014 9:29 a.m.

There should be a 'refugee' telethon to raise money and tell their stories.

projalice11: Posted: July 31, 2014 11:50 a.m.


chefgirl358: Posted: July 31, 2014 11:53 a.m.

Wow, this lady sure is spinning a tall tale. The residents of Italy are none too pleased with their recent illegal immigration issues and are scrambling to find a way to fix it. They don't want those folks showing up at their doorstep anymore than we want the folks we're getting, under the circumstances in which they are arriving.

therightstuff: Posted: July 31, 2014 11:58 a.m.

Thank goodness for the thousands of religious conservatives who are on the front lines of the border and working with the government to provide compassion and care while worthless Democratic partisans only talk about it and actually condemn them for their beliefs.

Some people light candles. Useless windbags just curse the darkness.

17trillion: Posted: July 31, 2014 12:32 p.m.

YEA FOR PROJALICE +++++```===>>>()()()())()()(

BrianBaker: Posted: July 31, 2014 1:39 p.m.

I'm confused, projalice.

A week or so ago, asterisks (****) were the new exclamation points (!!!!).

Now it's plus signs (++++).

C'mon, make a decision and stick with it####

AlwaysRight: Posted: July 31, 2014 3:12 p.m.

Since 2003, Italy has had a negative population growth rate. For that matter, the rest of Europe as well. If Italy does not aggressively pursue immigrants, they will not be able to furnish workers for agriculture or industry.

Its not a matter of compassion. Its a matter of economics.

17trillion: Posted: July 31, 2014 4:08 p.m.

I think Judy and Lois should take in a kid or three. Come on, lets see how really compassionate you are or is it you're compassionate as long as you don't have to pay for it?

projalice11: Posted: July 31, 2014 9:58 p.m.

Posted: July 31, 2014
10:39 a.m.

I'm confused, projalice. BINGO

A week or so ago, asterisks (****) were the new exclamation points (!!!!).

Now it's plus signs (++++).

C'mon, make a decision and stick with it####

I was wondering when someone would catch on ======

BrianBaker: Posted: July 31, 2014 10:15 p.m.

LONG time ago, chickie:"+(&%?

projalice11: Posted: July 31, 2014 10:49 p.m.

I'm confused, projalice. BINGO

"I'M CONFUSED, projalice " Yes you are<<<<<<


Who is chickie???

chico: Posted: August 1, 2014 1:11 a.m.

There should be a 'refugee' telethon to raise money and tell their stories

ricketzz: Posted: August 1, 2014 11:05 a.m.

Part of being the world's foremost authority is to take care of a handful of terrified kids without whining. There are massive refugee camps all over the globe. We are showing our ignorance by being flummoxed by this. The tri-corner brain bunch are embarrassing the country.

Lotus8: Posted: August 1, 2014 6:54 p.m.

The author of this opinion is a shining example of the uneducated offering opinions regarding things which they have absolutely no knowledge about.

First, have you ever been to Italy? I have. If you have, did you notice the treatment of immigrants there? We are talking about a country where they still throw bananas at black soccer players (hello Mario Balotelli). This particular soccer player was born in Italy to immigrant parents from Ghana and given up for adoption at the age of 3. He is a born Italian who plays on their international soccer squad.

Here are a few excerpts from a Mirror article in May of this year regarding an incident involving Italian fans and their own soccer star who was practicing for the upcoming World Cup. Please read them and then tell me if the actions of these enlightened citizens of an Italian utopia are the folks who you still wish we brutish Americans sought to emulate. I eagerly await your reply...

From May article:

Mario Balotelli was subject to racist abuse at Italy's World Cup training camp in Florence. Mario Balotelli was called a “f****** n****r” as racists among his OWN country’s fans hurled abuse at him during Italy’s World Cup training camp. Police were called to disperse supporters after the insults were thrown and the ex-Manchester City striker , 23, complained to his team-mates. Some fans had shouted “black piece of s**t” as the taunts rained down on Balotelli at the training centre in Florence.

Balotelli’s international team-mate Ciro Immobile later praised the AC Milan frontman for not allowing the vile abuse to affect him. Immobile said: “In 2014, we can’t still be talking about racism. At the moment, there is a problem with chants about black people."

The marksman has been the target of racism ever before arriving in Italy to play for Milan in January last year. Milan vice-president Paolo Berlusconi described him soon afterwards as “the family’s little n****r”. The year before Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport were forced to issue an apology after they published a cartoon depicting Balotelli as King Kong during Euro 2012. Throughout last season and this, Balotelli has had bananas thrown at him and monkey chants hurled at him.

Nitsho: Posted: August 2, 2014 10:29 a.m.

"Italy continues to treat them with passion and dignity"

Ignorance at its finest. Do some research. Just becuase you think it doesn't mean it's true. And to show that you're assertion is incorrect from many angles, I included links from liberal stronghold npr and nyt and not Fox News...

ricketzz: Posted: August 2, 2014 10:50 a.m.

Europe is more fascist than it has been since the 1930s. They are raising the drawbridges.

martian: Posted: August 3, 2014 2:38 a.m.

Go and see the beautiful city of Paris where it is overrun with Muslums who pray on the streets five times a day and all the other European cities experiencing the same problems. Refugees should be thoroughly screened and most will be the criminal element who know our government will take care of them. Stay in your own countries and stop having children you can't afford.

ricketzz: Posted: August 3, 2014 10:48 a.m.

After seeing the flashing lights on the Eiffel Tower I am convinced the French have lost their aesthetic edge. Muslims only pray in public when they get caught away from the mosque. Tolerance. They invented the zero.

tech: Posted: August 3, 2014 7:17 p.m.

"They invented the zero." - ricketzz

The Sumerians were the first to develop a counting system to keep an account of their stock of goods - cattle, horses, and donkeys, for example. The Sumerian system was positional; that is, the placement of a particular symbol relative to others denoted its value. The Sumerian system was handed down to the Akkadians around 2500 BC and then to the Babylonians in 2000 BC. It was the Babylonians who first conceived of a mark to signify that a number was absent from a column; just as 0 in 1025 signifies that there are no hundreds in that number. Although zero's Babylonian ancestor was a good start, it would still be centuries before the symbol as we know it appeared.

The renowned mathematicians among the Ancient Greeks, who learned the fundamentals of their math from the Egyptians, did not have a name for zero, nor did their system feature a placeholder as did the Babylonian. They may have pondered it, but there is no conclusive evidence to say the symbol even existed in their language. It was the Indians who began to understand zero both as a symbol and as an idea.

Brahmagupta, around 650 AD, was the first to formalize arithmetic operations using zero. He used dots underneath numbers to indicate a zero. These dots were alternately referred to as 'sunya', which means empty, or 'kha', which means place. Brahmagupta wrote standard rules for reaching zero through addition and subtraction as well as the results of operations with zero. The only error in his rules was division by zero, which would have to wait for Isaac Newton and G.W. Leibniz to tackle.

tech: Posted: August 3, 2014 7:33 p.m.

"Muslims only pray in public when they get caught away from the mosque." - ricketzz

What's your source of authority for this assertion? Do you expect Muslims are in a mosque 5 times a day performing Ṣalāt in Paris or other major Western cities?

Nitsho: Posted: August 4, 2014 10:55 a.m.

"Muslims only pray in public when they get caught away from the mosque." - Cricketzz

...which is a lot. I find it interesting that NO ONE has an issue with a Muslim praying wherever and whenever they want but heaven forbid a christian do it at a meal in public.

tech: Posted: August 4, 2014 11:42 a.m.

France apparently did have an issue.

Paris ban on Muslim street prayers comes into effect

Lotus8: Posted: August 4, 2014 1:46 p.m.

I love when tolerance is asked for. So we have a religion that is being used by its adherents to call for worldwide genocide and we are supposed to tolerate this because it is religious in nature? Why do we continue to ignore the multitude of leaders in the Muslim world who call for conversion or death, and the fact that only a minority of Muslims publicly denounce these calls for jihad? They aren't hiding their intentions. Do we look upon them as children who know not what they are saying?

When a group of people is so invested in its flying spaghetti monster being superior to those of other religions that they are willing to kill folks over cartoons or Facebook posts, we have a serious problem.

ricketzz: Posted: August 7, 2014 9:46 a.m.

No one cares if private citizens want to homina-homina on their own time. I have no objection to saying "grace". The bountiful harvest should be appreciated.

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