Here’s a marriage made in hell: low-information jihadist fellows stoked on the Koran and unlimited amphetamines, which is now the situation in war-torn Syria.
The drug of choice is captagon, a somewhat milder form of amphetamine known more generally as Fenethylline that was used for a while to treat attention deficit disorder in kids.
The speed is not only keeping Muslims awake to kill for days at a stretch, it is also funding the war. The easily produced drug generates hundreds of millions of dollars yearly, keeping combatants supplied with material needs.
Normal negotiation probably won’t work in such a drug-crazed environment; Secretary of State John Kerry should be equipped with with crates of downers rather than precise peace plans when he does diplomatic visits.
Syria has witnessed a large rise in the use and manufacture of amphetamines as fighters on both sides of its civil war use the drugs for stamina in battle.
The conflict has turned it into a major consumer and exporter of the drugs, which are said to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in profits each year.
The main stimulant in question is Captagon, the former brand name of a drug first used as an antidepressant in the West in the Sixties. It is now banned in most countries because of its addictive properties.
According an investigation by the Reuters news agency, government forces and rebel groups accuse one another of using Captagon to fight prolonged battles without sleep. The pills, which many ordinary Syrians are also increasingly turning to, sell for between $5 and $25.
Captagon is often made by amateur chemists in makeshift laboratories. Production is cheap and simple, requiring “only basic knowledge of chemistry and a few scales”, according to Ramzi Haddad, a Lebanese psychiatrist.
“It gives you a kind of euphoria,” he said. “You’re talkative, you don’t sleep, you don’t eat, you’re energetic.”
A drug control officer in the central city of Homs said that he had observed the effects of Captagon on protesters and fighters held for questioning. “We would beat them, and they wouldn’t feel the pain,” he said. “Many of them would laugh while we were dealing them heavy blows.” Continue reading this article
President Obama has told Senate Democrats he expects Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to pass immigration reform this year, defying predictions the issue is dead for 2014.
Obama believes Republicans will feel politically vulnerable, if they fail to advance the issue, a high priority among Hispanic voters, according to Democratic senators who met with the president this week.
In light of Speaker John Boehner’s pending announcement of “principles” regarding immigration legalization with universal work permits (amnesty) for foreign lawbreakers, America’s best senator, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, has some principles of his own.
Unsurprisingly, Senator Sessions’ touchstone regarding immigration is based on how Washington policies affect the US economy and American citizens by flooding the job market with excess foreigners now and far into the future. His priorities were reflected in a Friday press release:
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement after news reports previewed draft details on the prospective ‘immigration principles’ from House GOP leadership:
“President Obama and Senate Democrats have uniformly embraced an immigration plan that would devastate wages and working conditions for millions of struggling Americans to benefit a small cadre of lobbyists and CEOs. The proposal they created doubles the flow of immigrant workers, adds another 30 million new permanent residents to compete for every job, and guarantees illegal immigration will continue permanently in the future. House Republican leaders must dismiss the whispers of the consultant class, the pleadings of the business lobby, and the pressure campaign from the activists who believe illegal immigration is a civil right. It would be tragic if the Leader’s immigration principles were simply a ‘piecemeal’ repackaging of the Senate plan.
Instead, the GOP must embrace the national interest: placing its first emphasis on helping millions of Americans transition from welfare and unemployment to work and rising wages. In so doing, the GOP will not only aid struggling workers from all backgrounds, but will recapture the trust and faith of millions of Americans who have turned away from the party. Such clear and convicted action would also expose the influence special interests groups have wielded over the White House and Senate Democrats from day one. The House now stands alone as the last line of defense for millions of working Americans that form the backbone of the nation.
A sound immigration plan will help both citizens and immigrants alike—reducing unemployment, promoting assimilation into the middle class, and ensuring the consistent and faithful application of the law upon which our national greatness depends.”
Islamic immigration puts free women’s rights and safety in the crosshairs. If allowed, misogynous Muslim immigrants will put western women in chains here just as they have done throughout dar al-Islam.
The situation: 17-year-old Sonia Powers was told she had to surrender to the wishes of the new Muslim student in her martial arts class that she be segregated because of her gender. The affront took place in a publically funded community center, so it has the perceived blessing of the government.
SunTV host Brian Lilley has been analyzing the issue and how it shows the weakness of Canadian culture to attacks, where the rights of women are not defended out of a liberal idea of accommodation to diversity or something.
It’s not just Canada which is knuckling under to the demands of hostile Muslims. Daniel Pipes has been compiling a list of Muslim Hours at Municipal Swimming Pools in the West around the world that notes instances in America, specifically Seattle, Rutgers University, Portland, Baltimore and elsewhere.
As Thomas Mann remarked, “Tolerance become a crime when applied to evil.”
New York resident and writer Daniel Greenfield (aka Sultan Knish) has written about how Brooklyn has changed from a working class American town into a place where Islam’s supremacists have their own neighborhoods. The place is so insular that the ability to speak English is no longer needed to get by.
Below, a Muslim street in Brooklyn where there are no women or girls to be seen.
As a starting point, Greenfield uses the recent throat-slice murder of a successful Bangladeshi immigrant by a young tenant, a new immigrant (Tenant nearly beheaded Brooklyn landlord who had ‘humiliated’ him for being short on cash). Do the newbies arrive with unrealistic expectations of immediate success and riches, then become angry when they realize work is involved? The accused killer, Mohammed Siddiquee, had robbed the victim’s safe of $20,000 and was about to board a plane to Kuwait when police arrested him.
Many Muslims don’t deal well with the normal stress of immigration, in part because their attitude of Islamic superiority makes them inflexible to an extreme degree. As Greenfield observes, Islam’s “immigration is also a Jihad, a form of supremacist manifest destiny to colonize” so when bumps along the road occur for individual Muslims, they may become homicidally infuriated when thwarted.
Walk along Church Avenue and turn east onto McDonald Avenue and you will see where the old standards of working class Brooklyn, aging homes with faded American flags and loose siding, surly bars tucked into the shadows of street corners and the last video stores hanging on to a dying industry give way to mosques and grocery stores selling goat meat.
Mosques grow like mushrooms in basements, cell phone stores offer easy ways to wire money back to Bangladesh and old men glare at interlopers, especially if they are infidel women.
This is where Mohammed Siddiquee settled a dispute the old-fashioned way by beheading his landlord.
Mohammed wasn’t the first man in Brooklyn to use violence to settle a rental dispute, but beheadings are more traditional in his native Bangladesh than in Brooklyn, though over in neighboring Queens, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, Bangladesh’s most wanted war criminal, heads up the local Islamic Circle of North America, whose Islamist thugs beheaded poets and buried professors in mass graves.
Here in Kensington, where the alphabet streets that march across Brooklyn down to the ocean begin, the bars retreat along with the alphabet from those areas marked by the crescent and the angry glare. And there is another one like it at the other end of the alphabet where the Atlantic Ocean terminates the letters at Avenue Z bookending the Brooklyn alphabet with angry old men and phone cards for Bangladesh.
These spots aren’t no-go zones yet. There aren’t enough young men with too much welfare and time on their hands who have learned that the police will back off when they burn enough things and councilmen will visit to get their side of the story. That generation will grow up being neither one thing nor the other, ricocheting from American pop culture to the Koran, from parties with the infidels to mosque study sessions until they explode from the contradictions the way that the Tsarnaevs, who huffed pot and the Koran in equal proportions, did.
It isn’t the old men who plant bombs near 8-year-olds. It isn’t the young women laughing with their friends outside a pizza parlor, knowing that in a year or two they will have to go back home for an arranged marriage. It is the young men who call themselves Freddy or Mo at the local high school or community college, who drink and do drugs and who all their American friends swear aren’t serious about religion, until they suddenly become fatally serious.
For now the Bangladeshi settlements in Brooklyn are quiet places where the tenements and shops close off the streets into small private worlds with their own justice systems, feuds and secrets.
“I feel like I’m living in my own country,” the editor of one of the Bangladeshi newspapers in New York, said. “You don’t have to learn English to live here. That’s a great thing!”
Overhead may be the same sky, but Little Bangladesh has been cut off from Brooklyn and attached to a country thousands of miles away. Immigrants step off a plane from Bangladesh at JFK airport, get into a taxi driven by a Bangladeshi playing Bengali pop tapes and step out into a small slice of Bangladesh on McDonald Avenue. Continue reading this article
“I see no reason why we can’t also have an agreement that shows how people who are not lawfully here can be able to be lawfully here — able to live here, work here,” Goodlatte told the pro-immigration interviewing on the Spanish-language TV channel, Telemundo.
Since foreigners enter unlawfully to grab American jobs, not get US citizenship, rewarding them with immediate work permits, aka legalization, gives them what they came for. Therefore:
Legalization (with work permits) IS Amnesty.
Legalization also would harm American workers, 22 million of whom are jobless, by flooding the employment market with millions of formerly unlawful workers, newly equipped with work permits. To that point, Senator Jeff Sessions remarked, “They’ll be able to immediately apply for much better jobs than they currently have.”
As we know from Econ 101, the economic model of supply and demand informs us that an excess of something (e.g. labor) decreases its value.
Along that line, the Congressional Budget Office reported that the Senate amnesty/immigration-increase bill would reduce average wages in America for 12 years, increase unemployment for seven years and reduce per-capita gross national product growth for more than 25 years.
These days, Dobbs is flacking his new book, and he is quite expansive in explaining his fixes for immigration, namely legalization. Giving the lawbreakers work permits, not citizenship, would be a fair compromise — that’s the Dobbsian prescription.
Dobbs appeared on CBN recently and announced his solutions to end immigration chaos (and don’t forget to buy the book!).
DOBBS: (starting around 3:56) “Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has already created a program to solve our illegal immigration crisis; it’s not amnesty as designed by the Democratic senators, it’s not amnesty as desired by this president, but it is legal status, it is a solution and we haven’t had a solution in this country on illegal immigration because the Democrats want the whole hog, they do not want to compromise; they want in its entirety amnesty, and that is the resolution, amnesty without border security and Bob Goodlatte, the Republicans in the House of Representatives are now the de facto leaders on the issue and are this close, if the leaders of the Republican Party have the guts to solving the problem.”
Memo to Mr. Brilliant: rewarding lawbreakers only creates an incentive for more of the undesired behavior.
Do we give squatters the deed to the property they are occupying? No.
In the same way, it makes no sense to reward illegal aliens with the object of their desire: work permits giving unlimited access to all American employment. The real solution is punishment, not payoffs.
In the one-party Democrat state, the implementation of drivers licenses for lawbreaking foreigners costs a lot and the taxpayers are forced to pony up. Increased fees on the beneficiaries could have been used, but no, the law-abiding public must be billed because Americans are rich and illegal aliens are poor victims of capitalist greed.
Or something like that, in the minds of SacraMexico Democrats.
And the $65 million is just the down payment to get things going. Processing the new licenses over three years will cost an estimated $141 million. But that number is presumably based on the number of two million illegal aliens in the state, and nobody believes it’s that few.
I’m guessing that a drivers license for illegal aliens priced at $500 would fly out the DMV door, because the ability to drive legally is a kind of min-amnesty and is therefore highly valued. But Mexifornia Democrats feel they must constantly pander to the demanding lawbreaker community, so taxpayers are financially screwed again. Not to mention the threat to public safety and national security.
The Department of Motor Vehicles plans to hire about 1,000 new employees and open five new temporary offices—including one in Orange County—to handle an expected onslaught of applications from undocumented immigrants who will qualify for a California driver’s license by next year.
The cost to process the expected 1.4 million new licensees over three years: $141 million.
On Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed allocating nearly $65 million from his state budget plan to pay for new hires and five facilities that will remain open for two to three years in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, South Central Coast and Santa Clara/San Jose. The money would pay for 1,000 employees, among other things, DMV spokesman Armando Botello said.
Two recently added facilities in Fresno and in Lancaster-Palmdale would handle the increased workload from those areas. The plan does not include new sites for San Bernardino and Riverside, but residents there can get their new licenses from existing facilities, Botello said.
The Legislature, late into the last night of its last session, passed AB60, the undocumented immigrant’s bill sponsored by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas. The law takes effect by Jan. 1. Continue reading this article
California’s worsening drought is looking dire, but there’s a limit to what the people should be forced to endure. Freedom of religion is fine, a protected right, but when Muslims chant “Allah Ackbar” over a California water source (as can be heard on a news video), that’s over the line.
“Allah Ackbar” is a war cry, what jihadists routinely yell as they murder infidels for Islam, so the connotation is not exactly friendly.
Plus, going to a lake to pray for rain smells like a stunt. California needs substantial rainfall over the whole state to refill the reservoirs, not just some precipitation over lakes. Unsurprisingly, the terror-supporting Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced on its website that prayers for rain would be held.
Below, a group of Muslims trooped to Folsom Lake to pray for rain.
Amid record dry conditions around California, more than 100 people with the Muslim Community of Folsom prayed for rain during an event at Folsom Lake Saturday.
The event came as officials across California have been expressing concern about drought-like conditions.
For example, downtown Los Angeles had the driest year since 1877, when official measurements began.
Only 3.6 inches of rain has fallen at the National Weather Service station at USC since Jan. 1, about half an inch less than was recorded in 1953 and 1947, which until now had tied for the lowest rainfall.
The Northern California event came at Folsom Lake, which has been receding to new record levels.
“Some people just look at it as, ‘Oh you’re praying for rain,’ but it’s so important,” Basma Marmosh told Fox 40 News.
Statewide forecasts developed for the California Department of Water Resources suggest that dry conditions are likely to persist this winter.
How backward is the Taliban? One measure of barbarity would be the resurgence of polio in Pakistan because of the insistence of the jihadists that preventive vaccine is un-Islamic and that public health workers who vaccinate children should be murdered. At least a dozen people have been killed in recent months for trying to protect kids from a crippling disease.
The Centers for Disease Control has a page about polio abroad and recommends a booster shot for adults traveling to Pakistan and certain other science-averse nations.
However, there is a tiny glimmer of civilized behavior to report. Some Muslim leaders have joined with politicians to assure the ignorant public of the propriety of vaccinations. Not every single Pakistani is a knuckle-dragging barbarian, it seems.
The planet hopes that reason and science will prevail, since a new spread of the disease could begin in Pakistan.
“The nightmare situation is if polio spreads in Karachi,” said Dr Naqi Bukhari, a WHO official leading the vaccination efforts in the city. “If it spreads here it will spread across the world … it is the only megacity and global shipping port that is polio endemic.” (Pakistan is new front line in war on polio, The National UAE, 1/12/14)
AKORA KHATTAK, Pakistan — In the tribal badlands of Pakistan’s northwest, where Pakistani soldiers and American drones target Taliban insurgents, a parallel war is being waged over a crippling virus that endures in only three places in the world.
Last year, 83 new polio cases were reported in Pakistan, more than in either Afghanistan or Nigeria, the other countries where it is endemic.
But aggressive efforts to combat the virus are being hampered by a surge of attacks attributed to Islamist extremists. In the past three months, at least a dozen government vaccinators or their police escorts have been killed or wounded in the northwest region near the Afghan border.
Now officials hope that by enlisting influential Pakistanis, including Muslim scholars, in a high-profile campaign to endorse polio vaccines, they can defeat the shadowy gunmen and the remnants of doubt about the program among devout Muslims.
“This has been a very difficult campaign, but the problems are limited to a very few areas,” said Elias Durry, a doctor with the World Health Organization in Islamabad who heads the national polio vaccine campaign. “In places where the vaccinators can go, there is very little resistance. The major problem is that most cases are coming from areas where the vaccinators are not able to go.” Continue reading this article
The good news: a group of pro-sovereignty GOPers signed a letter to the President condemning immigration policies that would admit millions more foreign workers when unacceptable levels of American unemployment persist.
The bad news: only 16 members signed the letter: Mo Brooks (R-AL), Lou Barletta (R-PA), Kerry Bentivolio (R-MO), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Walter Jones (R-NC), Phil Gingrey (R-GA), Michele Bachmann (R-MN), John Fleming (R-LA), Steve King (R-IA), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Steve Stockman (R-TX), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Mike Rogers (R-AL), and Jeff Duncan (R-SC). These individuals are excellent representatives of voter concerns, but one might wish there were more signers.
The January 8 letter was sent before the terrible job numbers for December came out: only 74,000 jobs were added to the economy, the lowest number since January 2011. The total for the year was just 2.2 million, similar to 2012.
Below, jobs added to the economy by month in 2013.
The dismal report is a strong indication that a jobless recovery is indeed the new normal, and structural changes caused by industry outsourcing and increasing automation/robotics show that the bleats of billionaires that they need more foreign workers are based on simple greed.
Rep. Mo Brooks appeared on the Cavuto business show on Friday and made a clear case for protecting the American worker from open-borders globalists. Brooks quoted Sen. Harry Reid who mentioned that there are three competitors for every available job (arguing emergency unemployment insurance should be extended) — yes, Brooks agreed, jobs are scarce, so why import more foreigners to compete against citizens? He estimated that the Senate bill would create 40 million additional workers over a decade, an unsustainable increase given the level of anemic job creation.
Brooks also voiced his fear that Speaker Boehner would “cave” to the amnesty side.
We write to you today on behalf of the 21 million Americans who can’t find a full-time job. We write to you on behalf of the 6 million young Americans who are neither working nor in school. We write on behalf of the countless American workers whose wages today are lower than they were more than a decade ago. We write on behalf of the 90 million Americans over 16 – including early retirees, college grads living at home, and those living on welfare – who are not part of our nation’s workforce.
That is why we reject your call for the House to get an immigration bill to your desk that would permanently displace American workers. The Senate immigration bill, which the White House helped craft and which you personally endorse, would double the number of guest workers brought into this country at a time of crippling joblessness and falling incomes. On top of that, the Senate immigration bill would also add millions more permanent immigrant workers through green cards – handing out permanent residency to more than 30 million immigrants over the next decade. This represents a tripling of the normal green card rate. Continue reading this article
Politico reports that the powerful Chair of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte believes he has the “solution” for the problem of 11 million illegal aliens living openly in the shadows.
Note to clueless Republicans: illegal aliens don’t cross the burning Arizona desert so they can become citizens to vote in US elections. They come for American jobs that normally pay substantially more than employment in Mexico and points south.
But back to the millions of illegals who cause so much head-scratching in Washington, what should be done with them is the big question vexing the big important brains.
How about. . . nothing. Leave them exactly as they are because they are getting along fine as is. (Of course, if they are caught drunk driving or shoplifting or engaging in document fraud, they should be deported after serving appropriate sentences.)
Life “in the shadows” must be quite agreeable since many illegals manage for years, as illustrated by Pew research from the paper Unauthorized Immigrants: Length of Residency, Patterns of Parenthood, December 2011. It found that “nearly two-thirds of the 10.2 million unauthorized adult immigrants in the United States have lived in this country for at least 10 years.”
The illegals would prefer to have the threat of deportation removed so they can continue to work at their stolen jobs, and legalization with its associated work permit would do that immediately, or as soon as the rubber stamps can be produced. Then they would have been rewarded for lawbreaking by getting everything they came unlawfully to get. For that reason:
Legalization IS Amnesty.
Congressman Goodlatte has been dreaming up enforcement strategies that can be made into legislation, but he may have forgotten that actually carrying out laws is the job of the executive branch. And the current President is arguably the biggest friend open borders ever had and will not enforce sovereignty after an amnesty any more than he has thus far. A Rasmussen poll from last October found only 5 percent of voters believed that an amnesty would include genuine border enforcement.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) says he sees “no reason” why current undocumented immigrants shouldn’t gain legal status as long as Congress enacts tougher border-security and enforcement measures.
In a Telemundo interview set to air Sunday, Goodlatte addressed the set of immigration principles that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said earlier Thursday is expected to be released in the “coming weeks.”
While not delving into specifics of the document, Goodlatte said the principles are meant to show the broader House Republican Conference how all the pieces of immigration reform would fit together and ultimately “galvanize” support among lawmakers.
Though reform has essentially been written off for dead this Congress, Republican leaders in the House have said they want to get an overhaul done and many lawmakers in the chamber are eager to pass a rewrite of current immigration laws.
Goodlatte outlined three pillars of an overhaul – ensuring border enforcement, fixing the legal immigration system and determining a legal status for immigrants already in the country illegally. He stressed that interior enforcement was a major point of focus for Republicans, noting that as much of 40 percent of undocumented immigrants did not cross a border illegally, but overstayed a visa.
“If we can have a way to get [enforcement] up and operating, I see no reason why we can’t also have an agreement that shows how people who are not lawfully here can be able to be lawfully here – able to live here, work here, travel to and from their home country, be able to own a business, pay their taxes,” Goodlatte, a veteran lawmaker who was an immigration lawyer before coming to Congress, said on the Telemundo show “Enfoque,” according to a transcript of the interview. Continue reading this article
Across the Islamic world, not every single Muslim believes that women should be entirely shrouded in identity-erasing tents — who knew? However the usual knuckle-dragging suspects have the opinions one might expect.
Pew Research has repackaged some polling results from the University of Michigan which surveyed seven majority Muslim countries about the attitudes of how women should appear in public. The fine points of difference between the various styles of headgear are curious, where there is varying opinion about very similar items. In particular, the chador, al-amira and hijab seem nearly identical to infidel eyes, but have divergent levels of approval among the persnickety expert misogynists.
The chart at right shows the percentage of respondents who think women themselves should decide what they should wear, and it is indicative of women’s lower value throughout the Ummah. Only two countries have a majority who think women should pick their own clothing.
Curiously, Saudi Arabia is one of the most repressive countries in a tough field, yet 47 percent there believe women should be allowed to self-dress. Perhaps they imagine the choice ranges between a black niqab (essentially a tent with eye slits) and a grey one.
It’s crazy to allow masked people to wander the streets of western societies. Even if they aren’t up to no good, the presence of such an alien tribe is an affront to the openness we value. Burqas are an emphatic expression of Islamic supremacism, a statement that they came to conquer, not assimilate.
Why do we admit such a hostile group as immigrants?
An important issue in the Muslim world is how women should dress in public. A recent survey from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research conducted in seven Muslim-majority countries (Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey), finds that most people prefer that a woman completely cover her hair, but not necessarily her face. Only in Turkey and Lebanon do more than one-in-four think it is appropriate for a woman to not cover her head at all in public.
The survey treated the question of women’s dress as a visual preference. Each respondent was given a card depicting six styles of women’s headdress and asked to choose the woman most appropriately outfitted for a public place. Although no labels were included on the card, the styles ranged from a fully-hooded burqa (woman #1) and niqab (#2) to the less conservative hijab (women #4 and #5). There was also the option of a woman wearing no head covering of any type.
Overall, most respondents say woman #4, whose hair and ears are completely covered by a white hijab, is the most appropriately dressed for public. This includes 57% in Tunisia, 52% in Egypt, 46% in Turkey and 44% in Iraq. In Iraq and Egypt, woman #3, whose hair and ears are covered by a more conservative black hijab, is the second most popular choice. Continue reading this article
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