Brussels' Axing Christmas Tree Stirs Protest

Belgium is deeply infected by the diversity delusion, the dangerous idea that all cultures are equally wonderful expressions of the human spirit. It doesn’t help that the local Islam is particularly virulent, with jihadist groups like Sharia4Belgium urging the murder of infidels to further their goal of establishing a sharia-ruled planet.

As a result, the Brussels political leadership doesn’t want any more trouble (e.g. Muslim rioting over burqas) and is willing to reject European customs to appease the immigrant invader. (See my earlier report, Brussels Axes Christmas Tree so Muslims Won’t Be Offended.)

Below, a traditional Christmas tree once beautified Brussels’ historic town square.

Now the city has replaced the tree with an abstract rendition designed not to offend any of Brussels’ 250,000 resident Muslims.

Brussels has promoted its new non-tree as fun, colorful and modern. The gizmo has sparkly electronic bells and whistles to beguile the easily amused.

But some concerned citizens are not happy about their Christmas traditions being carelessly tossed aside. Thousands have signed petitions to object.

Abstract Christmas tree sparks protests in Brussels, BBC, November 30, 2012

Thousands of people have signed a petition against an abstract light installation replacing the traditional Christmas tree in Brussels city centre.

More than 11,000 signatures have been gathered in the online petition and a Facebook page attacking the new feature has been launched.

Critics accuse officials of opting for the installation for fear of offending non-Christians, especially Muslims.

But the mayor’s office said it was part of a theme this year of “light”.

Traditionally, a 20m (65ft) pine tree taken from the forests of the Ardennes has adorned the city’s central square, the Grand Place.

This year, it has been replaced with a 25m (82ft) construction, though smaller real Christmas trees still decorate the square, a spokesman at the mayor’s office said.

The city’s website said the new “tree” was one of five “light” installations around the Grand Place this year, offering visitors the chance to climb to the top and enjoy “beautiful views” of the city.

Tourism councillor Philippe Close at the mayor’s office said the aim was to show off the “avant-garde character” of Brussels by blending the modern and the traditional, to produce something new and different.

Brussels hosts one of the most popular winter markets in Europe and many are worried that the contemporary construction is incongruous with the 17th-Century buildings that surround it, the BBC’s Maddy Savage reports from the city.

The light installation has even been nicknamed The Pharmacy by some who say the glowing cubes resemble the green cross symbol you find outside many chemists around the world. Continue reading this article

Mali Islamists Drive Out Musicians

Muslim jihadists strangely brag that they love death more than life. It’s an odd philosophy, to say the least, but it does sort of fit with Islam’s headchoppy strategy of human relations and stems directly from Mohammed teachings.

The Koran (62.6) says, “If ye claim that ye are favoured of Allah apart from (all) mankind, then long for death if ye are truthful.”

More recently, Ayatollah Khomeini reaffirmed, “There is no fun in Islam.” Like we haven’t noticed!

As a result, hostile Muslims actually condemn the uniquely life-affirming expression of music. For example, in London, Islamic parents insisted their kids get no instruction in music, even though it was a standard part of the curriculum.

Who else but Muslims could hate music, which is such a source of inspiration and cultural unity. Patriotic music was partially credited with the liberation of Estonia from the Soviet yoke in the documentary “Singing Revolution” in which one man said, “This singing together, this was our power.”

Now the Islamists have taken control of northern Mali, a poor African country known for its vibrant musical culture, and musicians are being driven out by the death-loving Muslims.

Below is some typical Mali Afro-pop with Khaira Arby, a singer interviewed in the following article.

In northern Mali, music silenced as Islamists drive out artists, Washington Post, November 30, 2012

BAMAKO, Mali — Khaira Arby, one of Africa’s most celebrated musicians, has performed all over the world, but there is one place she cannot visit: her native city of Timbuktu, a place steeped in history and culture but now ruled by religious extremists.

One day, they broke into Arby’s house and destroyed her instruments. Her voice was a threat to Islam, they said, even though one of her most popular songs praised Allah.

“They told my neighbors that if they ever caught me, they would cut my tongue out,” said Arby, sadness etched on her broad face.

Northern Mali, one of the richest reservoirs of music on the continent, is now an artistic wasteland. Hundreds of musicians have fled south to Bamako, the capital, and to other towns and neighboring countries, driven out by hard-liners who have decreed any form of music — save for the tunes set to Koranic verses — as being against their religion.

The exiles describe a shattering of their culture, in which playing music brings lashes with whips, even prison time, and MP3 and cassette players are seized and destroyed. Continue reading this article

California Bay Area: Asians Are Now the Majority of Tech Workers

Demographic change keeps happening, as indicated by recent news from Silicon Valley and neighborhood: Asians have become the majority of workers in the San Francisco Bay Area’s tech workforce, an increase of more than 11 percent in a decade. There has been a corresponding decline of white workers as well.

What happened to those white tech workers? Sixty Minutes provided one answer in a 2010 segment which profiled once-comfortably middle class people who were running out of unemployment checks and were depleting their savings — a position which would have been unimaginable a couple years earlier.

It doesn’t help that experienced, over-40 workers are considered too old to fit into today’s hip young workplaces. The new advice for unemployed techies is to ditch the conservative interview suit and wristwatch, and adopt a younger look, according to Silicon Valley’s dirty secret: Age bias:

“I don’t think I would have been able to get this CEO job if I hadn’t shaved my head,” says Adams, who has founded eight venture-backed companies. He is now chairman of the company that hired him, mobile conference-call service Socialdial, and is fundraising for a new business. Adams has supplemented his makeover by trading in his button-down shirts for T-shirts, making sure he owns the latest gadgets, and getting an eyelid lift.

And why would companies need to hire older workers when Washington provides a plentiful supply of young H-1b employees from abroad? They are happy to be exploited in the hope of getting a permanent visa, and believe they deserve those positions, having been told they are superior.

Meanwhile, the ever-helpful Republicans of the House just passed a bill that would replace the 55,000 Diversity Visas with the same number of employment visas for foreign STEM graduates.

The older unemployed white tech workers of Silicon Valley have no friends anywhere, it seems.

Asian workers now dominate Silicon Valley tech jobs, San Jose Mercury News, November 30, 2012

Asian-Americans make up half of the Bay Area’s technology workforce, and their double-digit employment gains came from jobs lost among white tech workers, according to an analysis by this newspaper of Census Bureau data released Thursday.

The dramatic shift in the changing composition of the high-tech workforce represents a new generation of homegrown and imported workers drilled in science, technology, engineering and math studies. But the shift in workplace demographics — at least among tech companies — fails to reflect the gains of California’s Hispanic and Latino population, which lost ground in tech jobs along with African-Americans.

“It’s the new world — a world in which whites are not the majority,” said Jan English-Lueck, associate dean of the college of social sciences at San Jose State University, who is also co-founder of the Silicon Valley Cultures Project. “Other people are being displaced.”

The percentage of Asian tech workers grew from 39 percent in 2000 to just more than 50 percent in 2010 in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties combined, according to Census Bureau statistics.

At the same time, white workers saw their more than 50 percent majority of tech jobs in 2000 fall to nearly 41 percent, according to the numbers released Thursday.

African-American and Hispanic tech workers each saw slight decreases: Positions held by African-American tech workers fell from 2.8 percent to 2.3 percent; those held by Hispanic workers dropped from 4.6 percent to 4.2 percent.

The Census Bureau changed the way it categorized some computer and related jobs in 2000, so the Mercury News analysis of the latest data was based on tracking the changes in categories that appeared both in 2000 and 2010.

Yolanda Lewis, president and CEO of the Oakland-based Black Economic Council, sees trouble in the increased importation of Asian tech workers.

Tech companies, Lewis said, “do not want to employ Americans. They import labor from overseas, pushing for H-1B visas. Check the job boards. They basically say, ‘H-1B Visa. Americans need not apply.’ For years, women, blacks and Latinos have been kept out of the tech job market. Now white men are being forced to train their replacements.” Continue reading this article

France: Gay Islamic Prayer Room Opens Cautiously

Near Paris, a gay Muslim man is opening an Islamic prayer room aimed at persons who may feel unwelcome in a standard mosque because of their sexual orientation.

After all, Islam teaches that homosexuality is a crime punishable by death, and Iran has recently hanged men for sodomy, so the threat is not an idle one.

It’s hard to imagine how this situation can work out well, since defenders of Islam tend to be rather unforgiving fellows, not inclined to celebrate sexual diversity. They kill first, and repent at leisure, if ever. In theory, all Muslims are brothers in one big happy ummah, but in reality they whack each other for tiny doctrinal differences, and being gay is not ever close to being officially acceptable.

Plus, the orthodox Islamists must think that ideas like a gay-friendly mosque could only come from contact with the decadent west.

Gay-friendly ‘mosque’ opens in Paris, BBC, November 30, 2012

A prayer room described as Europe’s first gay-fri endly mosque is opening on the outskirts of Paris.

The new centre is run by Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed, a gay Islamic scholar, married to a gay man, and the founder of Homosexual Muslims of France.

Mr Zahed regularly attends the Grand Mosque in Paris, but says he wants to create a more “inclusive” place for gay, lesbian and transgender Muslims.

He says many of them felt uncomfortable praying in established mosques.

“Many gay men don’t go to the mosque because they don’t want to be recognised,” says Mr Zahed. Continue reading this article

FBI Arrests Pakistani Brothers in Broward County for WMD

Two naturalized citizen brothers born in Pakistan were busted in south Florida for conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, and authorities say there was no sting behavior on the part of the police. It will be interesting to learn the details of this plot — how the brothers’ plan was discovered and what they intended to blow up.

More Muslim immigrants who want to kill infidel Americans! Couldn’t we do without this particular gift of diversity by ending Muslim immigration?

FBI arrests two Pakistani brothers from Oakland Park on terrorism charges, Miami Herald, November 30, 2012

Two Broward County brothers born in Pakistan were arrested after the FBI said they took part in a terrorist plot to use explosives against a U.S. target.

Two Pakistani brothers from Oakland Park have been arrested on terrorism charges, accused of conspiring to deploy explosive weapons against an American target, according to a federal indictment released Friday.

The brothers, 20-year-old Raess Alam Qazi and 30-year-old Sheheryar Alam Qazi, have each been charged with one count of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. They were arrested Thursday by the FBI and remain in custody at the Broward County Jail.

Between July 2011 and Thursday, prosecutors said, the pair provided transportation, money, lodging and other aid toward a plan to use a large-scale weapon somewhere in the United States. Federal authorities would disclose few details of the ongoing investigation Friday, declining to name the target of the alleged plot, or how close the plan was to fruition. Continue reading this article

Pat Condell Explains Islamophobia

Someone apparently designated November as Islamophobia Awareness Month, which I missed, like social critic Pat Condell:

Muslims murder in the name of their religion every day, yet we non-Muslims are supposed to believe the propaganda that they are victims of the cruel infidel world (to which millions flock as immigrants, for some odd reason). Citizens of the West have noticed their unmistakable hostility, despite the lies of the diversity-obsessed press.

Rep. Gutierrez Praises Sen. Rubio as Immigration Reformer

Amnesty pest Congressman Luis Gutierrez (pictured) may be implanting the Democrat kiss of death on Florida Senator Marco Rubio. The Illinois Democrat recently heaped accolades upon Rubio, a Republican, saying his kindly immigration approach was “key” to getting more US government goodies for foreigners.

Gutierrez also said Rubio was smart, “a friend and an ally” who would help in the long-term amnesty cause. Senator Rubio has been working on his own version of a DREAM Act to extend benefits to young illegal aliens.

Making Rubio the poster boy of an ill-considered compromise with anti-sovereignty Democrats could easily make his political career a short one, if traditional Americans have anything to say about the matter. Rubio may well deserve a banana peel for his misguided efforts, but Rep Gutierrez should mind his own business.

Dem Rep. Gutierrez: Sen. Rubio key to immigration reform, The Hill, November 29, 2012

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is key to Congress enacting immigration reforms next year, Rep. Luis Gutierrez said Wednesday.

The Illinois Democrat, Congress’s most vocal proponent of immigrant rights, is trying to rally lawmakers behind the comprehensive immigration reforms that conservatives in Congress have blocked for a decade. In Rubio — a Cuban-American seen as presidential material in the Republican Party — Gutierrez hopes he’s found the GOP ally who can get a plan over the finish line.

“He’ll play a critical role — a necessary, critical role,” Gutierrez said. “He is a new voice of the Republican Party. He’s a youthful voice. And he was one of the first people who got it; he got it before the Nov. 6 — how should we call Nov. 6? — shellacking.” Continue reading this article

US Birth Rate Falls, Led by Immigrants

How bad is the American economy?

It’s so bad that even the famously fertile immigrants are having fewer babies. It’s normal for the birth rate to decrease during a long period of economic contraction, so the downward trend in births is an indicator that uncertainty about the future has caused many, both citizens and immigrants, to scale back family production.

Pew researchers crunched the numbers and published a little report, U.S. Birth Rate Falls to a Record Low; Decline Is Greatest Among Immigrants (Nov 29, 2012).

Below is a graph of a couple important points, particularly the fact that even though the foreign-born comprise 13 percent of the US population, 23 percent of all births are to foreign mothers.

Recession Big Factor as Birthrate Falls, Wall Street Journal, November 29, 2012

A steep decline in births among immigrant women hard hit by the recent recession is the driving force behind the record low U.S. birthrate, according to the Pew Research Center.

The annual number of births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 dropped 8% in the U.S. from 2007 to 2010 to 64 births per 1,000, according to a report released Thursday by the nonpartisan Pew center. The U.S. birthrate peaked during the baby boom, at 122.7 in 1957.

Immigrant women, both legal and illegal, still have a higher birthrate than the U.S. population as a whole. Yet the rate for foreign-born women dropped 14% between 2007 and 2010, to 87.8 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44, compared with a 6% decline for U.S.-born women, to 58.9 births. The birthrate plunged 19% for immigrants of Hispanic origin during that period; among Mexicans, the largest group among Hispanics, the rate plunged 23%.

“Latinos have been hit particularly hard by the recession, and the downturn in births is especially sharp for immigrants,” said D’Vera Cohn, co-author of the Pew study, which is based on analysis of data from the Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics. Continue reading this article

Bosnian War Criminal Nabbed in Utica

America! Is there anywhere else on earth that’s half as welcoming?? This country’s openness to outsiders is remarkable and draws a diverse assortment of newbies in search of a better life.

The welcome mat also invites criminals of all sorts who use America’s sloppy attention to IDs to establish new identities away from prying eyes of police in the homelands.

Some war criminals who relocated to the US come to mind: Salvadoran death squad soldier Gonzalo Guevara Cerritos, Ethiopian torturer Kelbessa Negewo and Bosnian executioner Marko Boskic — monsters one and all.

The latest addition to America’s war criminal rogues’ gallery is Bosnian Sulejman Mujagic, accused of murder and torture while an Army commander during the ethnic war in the former Yugoslavia. He was arrested in Utica, where 6500 Bosnians reside in one of the largest Bosno-settlements in the US.

Don’t forget — diversity enriches us all!

US authorities arrest Bosnian War crimes suspect in upstate NY, hold for extradition, Associated Press, November 28, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. — A fugitive accused of killing one prisoner and torturing another after a 1995 battle in his native Bosnia has been arrested in upstate New York, federal authorities said Wednesday.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Sulejman Mujagic, 50, of Utica now faces extradition at the request of authorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he is charged with unlawful killing of the enemy and unlawful wounding and torture of a prisoner of war while commanding a platoon in the Army of the Autonomous Province of Western Bosnia.

Mujagic was fighting for a region that had seceded from the central government during the Bosnian war and attacked the prisoners from the Army of Bosnia-Herzegovina after a battle on March 6, 1995, according to court documents. Continue reading this article

Republican Senators Present ACHIEVE Act for Illegal Alien DREAMers

Helpful Republicans have been stepping up to the amnesty plate since election day, based on the erroneous assessment that the hispanic vote sunk Mitt Romney.

Not that improved messaging by Republicans toward diverse persons wouldn’t hurt, but abandoning the foundational principle of a nation under law is not acceptable.

How can any country claim to run an equitable society when one group (the citizens) is required to follow the law and another tribe (invasive foreigners, largely Mexicans) is rewarded for breaking it?

Furthermore, as Sen Charles Grassley has reflected after voting for the Reagan Amnesty of 1986, “If you reward illegality, you get more of it.”

That simple statement expresses the psychological basis of our entire justice system of courts and prisons, not to mention standard child-rearing practices.

Plus, how can any responsible elected official consider creating so many additional legal workers when 23 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed? Citizens come last in the new improved United States of Diversity.

Two lame-duck Republicans, Senators Jon Kyl and Kay Bailey Hutchison, floated a modified DREAM scheme, one with no path to citizenship, on their way out of town. See the wonky details on Sen Kyl’s website: KYL, HUTCHISON PROPOSE ACHIEVE ACT.

Post-Election, GOP’s Immigration Message Evolves, by Mara Liasson, NPR, November 28, 2012

After an election in which the Hispanics voted overwhelmingly for President Obama, the White House and Republicans on Capitol Hill are making overtures about immigration reform.

House Speaker John Boehner says he’s sure he can make a deal next year with the White House on a comprehensive bill. A steady procession of prominent GOP leaders are warning that Republicans won’t win the White House again without improving their outreach to Latino voters. On Monday, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) explained the problem this way.

“It’s really hard to get people to listen to you on economic growth, on tax rates, on healthcare, if they think you want to deport their grandmother. It’s very difficult to get people to listen to anything else you’re saying,” Rubio said. “So I think it’s critical. There’s just common sense involved here in terms of how you portray it. Policy matters, too, but rhetoric is important.”

A comprehensive immigration bill would tackle three problems: border security and workplace enforcement; a revamp of the legal immigration system; and the thorniest issue of all — what to do with the 11 million people already here illegally. Continue reading this article

Toronto: Holiday Tree Invites Multicultural Participation

BlazingCatFur shares this photo from a reader, snapped at the University of Toronto, that reads: “Hang something from your culture on The Holiday Tree.”

Dunno whether this is part of an official diversity outreach program from the administration, or merely a freelance expression. There’s only the picture.

In a related story, Rasmussen pollsters report that 68 percent of Americans prefer the greeting “Merry Christmas” over “Happy Holidays.”

Time Magazine Nominates Illegal Aliens for Person of the Year 2012

Time listed a diverse crew of 40 for its annual award, not all of whom were even actual persons, including the Higgs Boson and the new Mars Rover. The inclusion of “Undocumented Immigrants” was one of the more controversial of this year, though other sketchy characters were also present, from Kim Jong Un to Sandra Fluke and Bashar Assad.

Certainly the Person of the Year title has never recognized positive qualities as much as media notoriety, such as Hitler and Stalin in the late 1930’s when their tendencies were known. (See wikipedia’s history with a list of mug shots though not covers.) Last year the winner was “The Protester” recognizing the Arab Spring and many other worldwide political movements, and in 2010 Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was picked as a nod to the rise of social media.

A glance at the picture shows that the “Undocumented” are actually DREAMers, youngish people who claim not to be responsible for their good fortune of being transported to the US by lawbreaker parents. Nobody ever argues that children of bank robbers should be allowed to inherit the proceeds of dad’s ill-gotten gains, but DREAMers believe they are Special, and they demand maximum benefit for residing in stupid-generous America.

The editors of Time choose the winner, but they allow the little readers to click either “Definitely” or “No Way” in the entry. “No Way” was leading at 65% when I chose.

You can see the entire list of 40 with reader choices here. Mohamed Morsy, the Islamist President of Egypt, currently is leading with the largest number of positive votes, so perhaps the Muslim Brotherhood is a fan of Time magazine.

Here’s Time‘s blurb for its DREAMers:

Undocumented Immigrants, Time, November 26, 2012

An invisible population stepped forward on June 15, 2012, to stake its claim to the American Dream. On that day, President Obama declared that certain undocumented immigrants — a group simply labeled “illegal” by many — would not be subjected to deportation, under broad-ranging conditions. Suddenly the logjam of immigration reform shifted, as more than 1 million undocumented young people who had been in the country for the past five years found themselves with new opportunities. What is more, the sympathies of other groups of people who have undocumented relatives — and thus are mindful of their plight — may have clearly shifted to a President on a campaign for re-election, as evidenced by the preponderance of Hispanic and Asian-American voters casting their ballots for Obama. Chastened by the results of the vote, the GOP has warmed to a legislative fix, increasing chances of comprehensive reform.

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