In New York on Sunday, a couple hundred protesters showed up to complain about King’s investigation of Islamic diversity, with identical signs reading “Today I Am a Muslim Too.” Photos of the crowd (pictured) indicated that many were Muslims every other day as well.
The White House took a preemptive step to defuse an emerging controversy Sunday, sending out a top aide to reassure American Muslims that the U.S. government doesn’t see them as a collective threat.
Denis McDonough, deputy national security advisor to President Obama, addressed a largely Muslim audience days before congressional hearings into homegrown Islamic terrorism. The hearings, which sparked protests in New York on Sunday, will be led by Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
In his speech to members of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, McDonough said, “The bottom line is this: When it comes to preventing violent extremism and terrorism in the United States, Muslim Americans are not part of the problem; you’re part of the solution.”
So the whole thing is blowing up into a big deal in the media. There’s nothing like conflict to excite the MSM honchos.
Indeed, the hearing has certainly been a great opportunity for camera-loving Muslim windbags to get their mugs on television as pundits!
So we hear more of the Muslim victimhood theme which has been much used by well paid Islo-mouthpieces; it is the only card they have to play, yet the credulous liberal media is still slurping it up.
More importantly, the uproar against Peter King is yet another example of how Islam cannot abide free speech: any criticism of the totalitarian belief system must be stamped out, according to Muslims. I consider an attempt at physical disruption of the hearing to be a distinct possibility (like many events that are critical of Islam). Certainly there will be lots of security.
Chairman King has twisted and turned and accommodated to make his critics back off — which was never going to happen. He invited one of the most annoying naysayers, the Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison, to appear as part of the hearing. In fact, the persons listed on the HSC website as witnesses are pretty underwhelming: Ellison, Rep. Frank Wolfe, Zuhdi Jasser, LA Sheriff Lee Baca, Abdirizak Bihi (Director, Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center) and private citizen Melvin Bledsoe.
King could easily have gotten more impressive, knowledgeable people — Robert Spencer, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Nonie Darwish, Steve Emerson — but the Chairman chose another route which he may have felt was less confrontational. That choice was a disappointing weakness, in my opinion. It’s possible Rep. King could still pull off an educational event, since there is more than one way to indicate a growing danger to the country.
He keeps insisting that he hasn’t been intimidated by political correctness and general badmouthing. Let’s hope to be pleasantly surprised.
When Mexico’s Presidente Calderon visits Washington, he not only hopes for a handout, his to-do list also includes complaining at length about America’s immigration laws. He thinks that the USA should stop border enforcement and admit Mexican workers to do any American job they can weasel, hypocritically overlooking that Mexico has very tough immigration enforcement within its own highly defended borders.
Calderon’s latest ploy to convince weak Washington minds to enact comprehensive amnesty is to say that Mexicans are developing anti-American feelings — oh, my! Americans have reacted in an unwelcoming manner to millions of Mexican job thieves? How surprising is that?
Many Americans would be thrilled if Mexicans disliked this country enough to stop entering it illegally.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon, during his visit to Washington, D.C., this week, indicated that “anti-American” sentiment is growing in Mexico because of how the people there view Americans’ perception of illegal immigration.
Prior to going forward with immigration reform in the United States, “We need to change the general perception inside the public opinion in America and the public opinion in Mexico,” said Calderon.
“My most serious concern is that bad feelings are growing on both sides of the border,” he added. “The anti-American feeling in Mexico is growing again.”
Naturally President Obama was happy to oblige his partner Calderon by stating his support for rewarding Mexican lawbreakers with amnesty.
Last year, the BBC researched worldwide public opinion about whether the influence of the United States was positive or negative. Only 13 percent of Mexicans regard America’s affect on the world to be “mainly positive.” (Not very friendly, these neighbors.)
In the recent trip, Presidente Calderon had the extra ammo of Wikileaks leaks indicating the low esteem in which Washington regards his corrupt fiefdom, so the Mexicans pretended to have their sensitive feelings hurt to help their diplomatic efforts. Calderon complained at length about the “severe damage” the Wikileaks info had done to the bilateral relationship.
The guilt trip was a helpful crowbar to beat the spineless Obama into servicing the Mexicans. It worked like a charm, with Obama agreeing to allow hazardous Mexican trucks into America despite serious reasons to keep them out, including public opinion, national security and highway safety.
In 2007 I blogged about three members of an American family killed by a mechanically faulty Mexican vehicle: Early Warning: Victims of Mexican Trucks Remembered. Robert and Marie Jennings of Carlsbad, and their nephew, David Jennings II of Ohio (pictured) died in a crash that likely would not have occurred with an American truck required by law to maintain high safety standards.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. and Mexico unveiled a deal Thursday to resolve a longstanding dispute over cross-border trucking, an agreement that could help ease tense relations between the two neighbors.
The deal seeks to end a nearly 20-year ban on Mexican trucks crossing the U.S. border, a violation of the North American Free Trade Agreement that subjected $2.4 billion of U.S. goods annually to punitive tariffs by Mexico. Half of the tariffs will be suspended when the deal is signed by both nations, expected in about 60 days. The remainder will be lifted when the first Mexican hauler complies with a series of U.S. certification requirements, including English-language, drug and safety tests.
The new requirements for Mexican trucks are tougher than those established in Nafta and somewhat tougher than those currently in force for American truckers. Specifically, Mexican trucks will have to carry electronic recorders to ensure they do only cross-border, not domestic, runs and to track compliance with U.S. hours-of-service laws.
Nonetheless, the agreement appears to be a setback for U.S. labor unions, which have backed the ban in its various incarnations and opposed some other Obama administration trade initiatives, including efforts to conclude a trade pact with Colombia. Unionized U.S. truckers say the plan threatens their jobs.
The trucking deal “caves in to business interests at the expense of the traveling public and American workers,” said International Brotherhood of Teamsters president Jim Hoffa. The union has long said that Mexican trucks and drivers are potentially unsafe, which the Mexican government disputes. Continue reading this article
In Texas, nearly 8,200 farms and ranches back up to the Mexican border.
The men and women who live and work on those properties say they’re under attack from the same drug cartels blamed for thousands of murders in Mexico.
“It’s a war, make no mistake about it,” Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said. “And it’s happening on American soil.”
Texas farmers and ranchers produce more cotton and more cattle than any other state, so Staples is concerned this war could eventually impact our food supply, and calls it a threat to our national security.
“Farmers and ranchers are being run off their own property by armed terrorists showing up and telling them they have to leave their land,” Staples said.
To raise awareness, Commissioner Staples launched the website ProtectYourTexasBorder.com. It’s a place where frustrated and scared farmers can share their stories.
One Texas farmer, who asked not to be identified, said it’s common for him to see undocumented immigrants walking through his property.
“I see something, I just drive away,” he said. “It is a problem, I’ve learned to live with it and pretty much, I’ve become numb to it.”
Another farmer, Joe Aguilar, said enough is enough. After walking up on armed gunmen sneaking undocumented immigrants into the United States through his land, Aguilar decided to sell his farm.”It’s really sad to say, you either have to beat ‘em or join ‘em and I decided not to do either,” Aguilar said.
Aguilar’s family farmed 6,000 acres of land along the Texas-Mexico border for nearly 100 years.
“Our farmers and ranchers can’t afford their own security detail,” Staples said. “We’re going to become more dependent on food from foreign sources.
Americans don’t like being dependent on foreign oil, they won’t stand for being dependent on foreign food.”
Hispandering on a grand scale has required squishy language which Gingrich hopes will go unnoticed, like his statement, “We have to find policies that extend to every American, and that includes people who are not yet legal.”
Newt Gingrich’s simultaneous courtship of the base of the Republican Party and Latino voters could pose major problems for his likely bid for the White House.
Gingrich, who is soon expected to announce the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, frequently stresses the need for the GOP to reach out to Latinos. According to the 2010 census, Latinos are now the fastest-growing and largest minority group in the country.
Putting that call into practice, the former House Speaker has set up a bilingual news and opinion website directed at Latinos and has staked out a nuanced position on immigration reform that some critics have labeled amnesty.
At the same time, Gingrich has tried to woo conservative activists, coming out against the construction of a mosque near the Ground Zero site in lower Manhattan and calling for the elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency.
The problem, according to some observers, is that Gingrich’s stance on immigration doesn’t lend itself to an easy explanation for a conservative talk-radio audience.
“If I was his adviser, I would just say, ‘Let’s call a truce on that one for now,’ ” said Rep. Jack Kingston, a Georgia Republican who served with Gingrich in the House. “Immigration and illegal aliens are still a very, very hot topic. And people who will be voting in the Republican primary do not want to hear about any backdoor amnesty program.”
Gingrich uses phrases like “pathway to legality” to characterize his support for a measure similar to the DREAM Act, which grants young illegal immigrants U.S. residency if they enroll in college or join the military.
Other powerful players in the GOP, including former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie and Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, who have warned conservatives to watch their rhetoric on immigration.
Regardless, many right-wing bloggers have lambasted Gingrich.
Three years after Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) stole the spotlight on immigration issues in the GOP presidential debates, Gingrich says that deporting 11 million illegal aliens is unrealistic.
Gingrich doesn’t shy away from critics who say he is soft on illegal immigration.
“I’m just going to ask them a simple question,” he told The Hill. “They’re going to take somebody who came here at 3 years of age, who doesn’t speak Spanish and who just graduated from a high school in Texas, and they’re going to say to him, ‘We’re going to deport you.’
“That’s certainly their prerogative. I don’t think the country will go for that. I think that’s so lax in a concern for the human beings involved.”
Gingrich emphasizes a border-security-first approach, which he noted in his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last month.
“I am deeply committed to securing the border,” Gingrich told The Hill. “I am deeply committed to changing the deportation rules for felons and gang members. … But I also think we have a huge challenge — what do you do with the human beings who are engaged, some of whom are married, have children? It’s a very complicated situation, and I don’t you think you can just wave a magic wand and have some kind of a simple, clean answer.”
That’s a position that could cause Gingrich hardship in some early voting states.
In Iowa, Republicans such as Rep. Steve King have taken a hard-line stance against immigration reform, insisting on mass deportation of those in the U.S. illegally.
Robert Haus, an Iowa-based Republican consultant, said Gingrich will likely be challenged on the issue should he launch a presidential bid.
King said, “I want to hear [Gingrich's] position very carefully before I would critique it. Mine is that the DREAM Act provides amnesty to people that came into this country [illegally], some knowingly and some unknowingly. Where do you draw the line? You’re going to get drug smugglers along with the little ladies.”
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan likes to visit his colonists abroad often. Germany is home to three million Turks, and the homeland doesn’t want them to forget their Turkish loyalties. He is also beating the drum for Turkey being admitted to the European Union — which was an insane idea from the start, and even more so now that European leaders Merkel of Germany, Sarkozy of France and Cameron of the UK have figured out that “multiculturalism” (aka Muslim immigration) has been a colossal failure.
Maybe something was lost in translation, but Erdogan exhorted his fellow tribalists to integrate but not to assimilate; he essentially wants his people to learn German in order to be financially successful, but remain Turkish at heart. It’s a familiar pattern of promoting economic assimilation only, not that different from Mexico’s ongoing propaganda effort to keep their immigrants hooked in as loyal Mexicans. Erdogan also pitched Muslim victimhood, Islamophobia, Turkish nationalism and Islamic politics.
Erdogan’s promotion of a Muslim fifth column didn’t go over well in Germany:
How well are Turks fitting in to German society? A 2009 visit from der Spiegel to a Turkish family was fascinating, in a disturbing way. The family practices gender segregation in their apartment, where men get the living room and women occupy in the kitchen. The teenaged son would prefer to live in Saudi Arabia, “where you can’t see the women” which he liked.
Thousands of Turkish immigrants gave Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan a rock star welcome in Germany on Sunday in a show of national pride that remains fervent, even after decades spent in Germany. He told them they remain part of Turkey, and urged them to integrate into German society — but not to assimilate.
The lyric keeps echoing around the hall in Düsseldorf. “The land belongs to us all.” The sentence isn’t referring to Germany, but to Turkey.
Immigrants are waving hundreds of Turkish flags and the chanting and the music are deafening. One woman shouts “Turkey is great!” into a microphone to cheers from the crowd. Everyone in the ISS Dome, a huge sports and concert venue, is fired up, as if they’re waiting for a rock star. There’s only one show in town this Sunday, and his name is Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Turkish prime minister has come to Germany. He wants to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel but first he wants to speak to his “compatriots.” To people who have been living in Germany for decades, who were born here, and of whom many have German passports.
They have come from all over Germany to see him live, some 10,000 people. They say things like: “The Germans will never accept us, but we have Erdogan.” Or: “At last someone feels responsible for us, for the first time a Turkish prime minister isn’t forgetting his compatriots abroad.” One woman says: “Erdogan may get Merkel to see us as part of this society. He is our savior.”
Some 3 million people of Turkish origin live in Germany, most of them descendants of Turks invited by the government in the 1950s and 1960s as “guest workers” to make up for a shortage of manpower after World War II.
Muslim immigrants have been the focus of a heated public debate in Germany over the last year, with conservative commentators and politicians accusing them of failing to integrate into German society. Many immigrants in turn complain that they are still being called “foreigners” even if they were born in Germany, have German citizenship and speak the language perfectly.
‘I Am Here to Show That You’re Not Alone!’ The savior arrives almost an hour and a half late. “Turkey is proud of you,” the crowd chants in this city in the heart of the Rhineland. “We are proud of you,” Erdogan replies.
He starts out by appealing straight to people’s hearts: “I am here to feel your yearning with you, I am here to enquire about your welfare. I am here to show that you’re not alone!”
Erdogan wants to give his audience a clear identity. “They call you guest workers, foreigners, or German Turks. It doesn’t matter what they all call you: You are my fellow citizens, you are my people, you are my friends, you are my brothers and sisters!”
“You are part of Germany, but you are also part our great Turkey,” says Erdogan.
It sounds like a domestic campaign speech ahead of elections in Turkey this summer. Erdogan is wooing for votes among Germany’s Turkish population. In previous elections, immigrants with Turkish passports flew to Ankara, Istanbul or Antalya just to cast their ballots at the airport.
That is why Erdogan keeps highlighting the successes of his government in his speech, and paints a picture of Turkey as a modern, major power. “We’re not a country that draws on help, we provide help too,” he says. And: “Now my compatriots are no longer traveling in buses, they go by plane.” There are martial-sounding tones too: “Now Turkey will at last start building its own war planes.”
‘No One Has the Right to Deprive us of Our Culture’ Erdogan portrays himself as a supporter of democracy and freedom of opinion. Turkey is changing, he says, adding that all artists and writers who left Turkey and went into exile should return. The message is that the European Union should let Turkey join.
In a newspaper interview published ahead of his speech, Erdogan urged Merkel to drop her opposition to Turkey’s accession to the EU. “Never have such political obstacles been put in the path of an accession country,” he said. Continue reading this article
What’s interesting is that long-suppressed reports have now surfaced illustrating how Britain’s Labour Party purposefully flooded the country with immigrants which it believed would be grateful voters forever. Such obvious smoking guns are not often found in immigration policy.
Labour is today accused of a ‘shocking’ cover-up over the impact of years of mass immigration as damning official research buried by the last government is revealed.
Ministers will publish three reports commissioned at the taxpayers’ expense by Labour politicians – but then apparently ‘sat on’ because of their inconvenient conclusions.
Government advisers concluded immigration had depressed wages, threatened to increase community tensions and seen many incomers stay longer than intended.
The Coalition claims the unpublished reports, which cost more than £100,000 to produce, are extraordinary evidence of how Labour lost control of Britain’s borders and then tried to cover it up.
The revelations come as Labour leader Ed Miliband admitted his party got it ‘wrong’ on immigration while they were in power – with millions of families having their incomes squeezed as a result.
The last government was widely criticised for failing to impose any controls when ten countries joined the EU, underestimating the number of migrant workers coming to the UK as a result of the changes by a factor of ten.
Local government minister Grant Shapps, who will release research commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government before last year’s election, said: ‘This is a shocking cover-up by Labour. Labour ministers spent over £100,000 of taxpayers’ money on research reports into immigration, and when they didn’t like the results they tried to brush it all under the carpet.
‘The new Government is being more honest with the public and so we will be making these reports public. We are introducing a series of measures to get immigration under control. Labour’s uncontrolled immigration put unacceptable pressures on public services and harmed community relations.’
The first report, a DCLG ‘economics paper’, was commissioned in 2009 at a cost of £24,275, and looked into immigration and rural economies.
Government advisers concluded that immigration had had a negative effect on the wages of British workers, particularly at the lower end of the income scale. Continue reading this article
The city that prides itself having a statue of Lenin has advanced more forcefully into the social justice arena by turning the principle of equality under the law on its head. The blindfolded figure of Justice holding a scale represents the foundational idea that Seattle rejects.
Seattle thinks it knows better and wants to improve the system by instituting social justice, the multicultural idea that minorities are victims and need to be protected from the fair application of law enforcement. The city thinks there is institutional racism which shows up in more minorities being imprisoned and such.
So white people should receive the full punishment the law allows, while illegal aliens get cut slack for the same infraction. That’s the social justice formulation and is a way to celebrate diversity.
Too bad Mahony isn’t going directly to jail from his big expensive cathedral, but he hunkered down successfully against criticism — which somehow never extended to the prosecutor’s office. Apparently it’s good to be the Cardinal.
So it probably shouldn’t be a big surprise that the jailbird is now being cut some slack in the sentence department, although how much isn’t exactly clear.
Al-Turki squawked during his trial and ever since that he was a victim of Islamophobia and cultural misunderstanding. Saudi Arabia only outlawed slavery in 1962, so perhaps Saudis haven’t gotten used to the idea of abolition just yet. He even maintains an eponymous website to whine about his imagined victimhood. Mr. Turki apparently feels he is too special to be constrained by American laws against slavery and sexual abuse.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) – A Saudi linguist convicted of sexually assaulting a housekeeper and keeping her a virtual slave for four years won a partial reduction of his prison sentence from a Colorado judge Friday.
Homaidan al-Turki was sentenced to between eight years and life in prison. District Judge J. Mark Hannen in Centennial cited al-Turki’s good behavior in prison in reducing the original sentence of 28 years to life.
Al-Turki insists he is innocent and a victim of anti-Muslim sentiment. His case has angered Saudi authorities — several of whom attended Friday’s hearing — and prompted the U.S. State Department to send Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Abdullah, Crown Prince Sultan and al-Turki’s family after al-Turki’s 2006 conviction.
More than 100 supporters of al-Turki crowded the courthouse Friday.
Prosecutors opposed any sentence reduction. Appellate courts have upheld al-Turki’s conviction, and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case last year.
Al-Turki brought his wife, five children and an Indonesian housekeeper to Colorado in 1995, and he studied at the University of Colorado. He was a well-known member of Denver’s Muslim community, contributing financially to the Colorado Muslim Society and an Islamic elementary school in Aurora, said Sheikh Abu-Omar Almubarac, a society co-founder.
According to court documents, al-Turki first came under investigation when authorities examined whether his operation of a business violated terms of his student visa. Al-Turki owned Al-Basheer Publications & Translations, which distributed Islamic works in English.
Demographic change is merciless, as is painfully obvious. When a country (the United States) permits the entrance of millions from a highly dissimilar society (Mexico) with many objectionable cultural attributes (e.g., violence against women, dislike of education, fondness for crime), then we shouldn’t be surprised that the foreigners’ unpleasant diversity can be harmful to our values and economy.
A recent report from Texas underlines America’s attempted suicide by immigration.
Looking at population projections for Texas, demographer Steve Murdock concludes: “It’s basically over for Anglos.”
Two of every three Texas children are now non-Anglo and the trend line will become even more pronounced in the future, said Murdock, former U.S. Census Bureau director and now director of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University.
Today’s Texas population can be divided into two groups, he said. One is an old and aging Anglo and the other is young and minority. Between 2000 and 2040, the state’s public school enrollment will see a 15 percent decline in Anglo children while Hispanic children will make up a 213 percent increase, he said.
The state’s largest county – Harris – will shed Anglos throughout the coming decades. By 2040, Harris County will have about 516, 000 fewer Anglos than lived in the Houston area in 2000, while the number of Hispanics will increase by 2.5 million during the same period, Murdock said. The projection assumes a net migration rate equal to one-half of 1990-2000.
Most of the state’s population growth is natural, Murdock told the House Mexican American Legislative Caucus today. About 22 percent of the growth comes from people moving to Texas from other states.
About 6 percent of the state’s population is not documented, he said.
By 2040, only 20 percent of the state’s public school enrollment will be Anglo, he said. Last year, non-Hispanic white children made up 33.3 percent of the state’s 4.8 million public school enrollment.
Of the state’s 254 counties, 79 recorded declining population during the past 20 years. All are rural. An additional 30 Texas counties, he said, would have also lost population had they not experienced Hispanic growth.
The state’s future looks bleak assuming the current trend line does not change because education and income levels for Hispanics lag considerably behind Anglos, he said.
Unless the trend line changes, 30 percent of the state’s labor force will not have even a high school diploma by 2040, he said. And the average household income will be about $6,500 lower than it was in 2000. That figure is not inflation adjusted so it will be worse than what it sounds.
“It’s a terrible situation that you are in. I am worried,” Murdock said.
Below is a kindergarten class in Mesquite, Texas, which is described as “bilingual.” However, a close look at the alphabet reveals that it is Spanish, not English. The fish picture is denoted as a “P” word, “pesces.” And the flag (B, “bandera”) is Mexican. For more details, see the original February 17 article from the Associated Press, Census shows huge Hispanic growth in Texas. The photo does not suggest a pro-America curriculum, the sort described by Victor Davis Hanson in The Civic Education America Needs.
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