Nigeria: Muslims Bomb Christmas Service

Hostile Muslims can be efficient fellows when they plot to mass-murder Christians and other non-Islamics. The Sons of Allah use the Christian calendar to plot their massacres and increase the body count. For example, Egyptian Muslims bombed a Coptic church last New Year’s Eve, killing 21.

Nigeria has a history of religious violence since it is split demographically and geographically with mostly Muslims inhabiting the north. Last June, for example, Boko Haram (the accused group in the current atrocity) bombed a packed beer garden on a Sunday afternoon, killing 25.

Winning through intimidation (and mass murder) is an Islamic custom of long standing: non-believers must convert or die. Boko Haram is the regional Islamist flavor working to institute worldwide totalitarian sharia law.

White House Condemns Nigeria Terror Attack, Fox News, December 25, 2011

LAGOS, Nigeria –  The White House on Sunday issued a statement offering condolences to those affected by the coordinated terror attacks in Nigeria that left at least 39 people dead, with the majority dying on the steps of a Catholic church after celebrating Christmas mass.

“We condemn this senseless violence and tragic loss of life on Christmas Day. We offer our sincere condolences to the Nigerian people and especially those who lost family and loved ones. We have been in contact with Nigerian officials about what initially appear to be terrorist acts and pledge to assist them in bringing those responsible to justice,” White House said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Nigerian authorities acknowledged they could not bring enough emergency medical personnel to care for the wounded outside St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla near Nigeria’s capital. Elsewhere, a bomb exploded amid gunfire in the central Nigerian city of Jos and a suicide car bomber attacked the military in the nation’s northeast as part of an apparently coordinated assault by the sect known as Boko Haram.

The Christmas Day violence, denounced by world leaders and the Vatican, shows the threat of the widening insurrection posed by Boko Haram against Nigeria’s weak central government. Despite a recent paramilitary crackdown against the sect in the oil-rich nation, it appears that Africa’s most populous nation remains unable to stop the threat. Continue reading this article

Levant & Steyn: War on Christmas

Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn share thoughts on the War on Christmas. (Steyn has been known to warble a carol occasionally and has published Christmas albums in addition to his recent book on civilizational doom.)

They both fondly remember Irving Berlin, a Jewish immigrant of an earlier time who expressed his love of America by writing the beloved songs God Bless America and White Christmas. Now we are supposed to respect diversity by not using the word “Christmas.”

For more on Irving Berlin, check out Mark’s podcast about White Christmas, where he visits the late songwriter’s daughter Mary Ellin Barrett.

Charter Schools Tribalism Alarms Diversity Enthusiasts

Charter schools in America are a fascinating viewing port for the immigration-twisted social stew of today and what is brewing up for tomorrow’s balkanized America.

Many charter schools are formed by immigrants to prevent their kids from assimilating to American values. Muslims in particular want their girls kept away from ideas of freedom and individual expression. Training females to be obedient servants to future husbands, along with Allah, is a tough job with so much visible freedom all around, so Muslims like the immersion atmosphere of a Islamic charter school.

The liberal education establishment in Minnesota (home of the charter movement) is upset that charter schools are more racially segregated than public schools, thereby defying the first principle of diversity as the highest virtue.

But what did edu-elites expect with such a wrong-headed social engineering project? Of course immigrants set up their own social institutions when a critical mass of tribal members has been reached — and America does not insist upon traditional assimilation even though citizens desire it. Everyone like their own tribe the best because of humans’ innate tribalism, but Americans are trained not to express such preferences.

What American (not from Laos) would send their kid to St. Paul’s Hmong College Prep Academy (99% Asian)? Not many black Americans would choose the Dugsi Academy, which bills itself as “East African children in the Twin Cities” and emphasizes Somali and Arabic language acquisition. (Only 40 percent of Dugsi’s K-8 students passed state reading tests in 2009-10, which indicates something about priorities there.)

So charter schools do promote diversity, just in discrete modules, with no mixing.

Below, Dugsi Academy teaches Islamic values to children in St. Paul.

Immigrants today come to make MONEY, period, and set up their own balkanized communities that keep America out as much as possible, from little Havana (formerly Miami) to hispanicized Los Angeles (with 4.7 million latinos).

Segregated Charter Schools Evoke Separate But Equal Era in U.S., Bloomberg News, December 22, 2011

At Dugsi Academy, a public school in St. Paul, Minnesota, girls wearing traditional Muslim headscarves and flowing ankle-length skirts study Arabic and Somali. The charter school educates “East African children in the Twin Cities,” its website says. Every student is black.

At Twin Cities German Immersion School, another St. Paul charter, children gather under a map of “Deutschland,” study with interns from Germany, Austria and Switzerland and learn to dance the waltz. Ninety percent of its students are white.

Six decades after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down “separate but equal” schools for blacks and whites, segregation is growing because of charter schools, privately run public schools that educate 1.8 million U.S. children. While charter-school leaders say programs targeting ethnic groups enrich education, they are isolating low-achievers and damaging diversity, said Myron Orfield, a lawyer and demographer.

“It feels like the Deep South in the days of Jim Crow segregation,” said Orfield, who directs the University of Minnesota Law School’s Institute on Race & Poverty. “When you see an all-white school and an all-black school in the same neighborhood in this day and age, it’s shocking.”

Charter schools are more segregated than traditional public schools, according to a 2010 report by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers studied 40 states, the District of Columbia, and 39 metropolitan areas. In particular, higher percentages of charter-school students attend what the report called “racially isolated” schools, where 90 percent or more students are from disadvantaged minority groups.

Charter-School Birthplace

In Minnesota, the birthplace of the U.S. charter-school movement, the divide is more than black and white.

St. Paul’s Hmong College Prep Academy, 99 percent Asian- American in the past school year, immerses students “in the rich heritage that defines Hmong culture.” Its Academia Cesar Chavez School — 93 percent Hispanic — promises bilingual education “by advocating Latino cultural values in an environment of familia and community.” Minneapolis’s Four Directions Charter School, 94 percent Native American, black and Hispanic, promotes “lifelong learning for American Indian students.”

Charter schools, which select children through lotteries, are open to all who apply, said Abdulkadir Osman, Dugsi’s executive director.

“Some people call it segregation,” Osman said. “This is the parent’s choice. They can go anywhere they want. We are offering families something unique.”

Nobody ‘Forced’

That’s a “significant difference” between Minnesota charters and segregated schools in the 1950s South, said Joe Nathan, director of the Center for School Change at Macalester College in St. Paul.

“Nobody is being forced to go to these schools,” said Nathan, who helped write Minnesota’s 1991 charter-school law.

Ever since Horace Mann crusaded for free universal education in the 19th century, public schools have been hailed as the U.S. institutions that bring together people of disparate backgrounds.

The atomization of charter schools coincides with growing U.S. diversity. Americans of other races will outnumber whites by 2042, the Census Bureau projects. Continue reading this article

States Broaden Approach to Unwelcoming Illegal Aliens

The Obama administration has waged a full-out war against states that are doing the immigration enforcement the feds won’t do.

Arizona has been struggling in court to maintain its state policing, which is based on federal laws already in place. Last May, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s workplace identification law.

When state enforcement is given half a chance, it is successful and benefits citizens. In Alabama, unemployment has decreased in recent months as illegals have been forced out by workplace identification checks.

It was disappointing to read today that another state has been stifled in its attempt to protect its people from Washington’s irresponsibility: Judge blocks parts of South Carolina immigration law.

Still, there’s more than one way to skin a cat in the face of powerful opposition, and state leaders haven’t stopped strategizing about how to save America from invasion.

The approaches to unwelcoming foreign job thieves include expanding E-Verify, increasing Secure Communities, invalidating all contracts made with illegals and banning aliens’ transactions with government agencies.

States make daily life harder for illegal immigrants, USA Today, December 21, 2011

State legislators looking to crack down on illegal immigration in 2012 are turning away from the law enforcement laws that dominated state houses this year, and instead are pushing other measures that can make life just as difficult for illegal immigrants.

Much of the international furor over state immigration laws in states such as Arizona and Alabama focused on the portions that granted local police the ability to conduct roadside immigration checks of people stopped for other crimes.

Alabama leaders are now considering revisions after foreign workers at Mercedes-Benz and Honda carmaking plants in the state were detained under the new law. The U.S. Department of Justice has sued to block four state enforcement laws — Alabama, Arizona, South Carolina and Utah — and Arizona’s law will be in limbo until at least next summer when the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on its constitutionality.

“(Immigration enforcement) bills in other states that were advancing, you may see them stall until we can get clarification from the Supreme Court,” said South Carolina state Sen. Larry Grooms, a Republican whose enforcement bill passed this year.

That political and legal turmoil has left few legislators in other states pushing new law enforcement laws.

Mississippi state Sen. Joey Fillingane, a Republican whose enforcement bill passed the state Senate and could pass the House with a new Republican majority there this year, said he won’t let potentially-lengthy reviews of Arizona’s enforcement law stop him from pushing a similar measure.

“We understand from being attorneys and dealing with appeals that rulings can take a long, long time,” Fillingane said. “I don’t think that’s any reason … to stop everything in its tracks.”

But Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has helped Arizona and other state legislators craft laws cracking down on illegal immigrants, sees that as the exception. He said legislators will continue expanding the use of E-Verify, which businesses can use to check the immigration status of job applicants, Secure Communities, which allows police to check the immigration status of people booked into local jails, and laws that restrict illegal immigrants from accessing public benefits.

Yet it’s a new provision in Alabama’s law that has caught the eye of many state legislators. Kobach said Alabama was the first state to invalidate all contracts entered into with illegal immigrants. A strict reading of the law could mean that any contract, including mortgages, apartment leases and basic work agreements, can be ruled null and void.

“That is one that has a much greater effect than some people might expect at first glance,” Kobach said. “Suppose an illegal alien is doing some roofing business and wants to rent some equipment. Some short-term or long-term rental suddenly becomes more difficult to do.” Continue reading this article

Romney: Deport Obama's Illegal Uncle Omar

Deport. It’s my favorite verb (next to self-deport, of course).

So it’s a fine thing to hear a major Presidential candidate say that a public lawbreaker with powerful connections should be sent home. That’s what happened on a Wednesday radio interview in Boston with Mitt Romney. The former Governor opined that Obama’s illegal alien drunk-driving uncle Onyango Obama (pictured below) should be deported.

Hey, don’t forget Obama’s Aunt Zeituni, the illegal alien who is living off the taxpayer in public housing. You would think her millionaire nephew in the White House could pay for her upkeep.

Mitt Romney Says ‘Yes’ To Deporting President Obama’s Uncle, ABC News, December 21, 2011

ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a Boston talk radio host on Wednesday that he supports the deportation of President Obama’s Kenyan-born uncle who was arrested this fall on drunken driving charges in Massachusetts.

When asked by Boston radio personality Howie Carr whether the president’s relative, Onyango Obama, should be deported, Romney said, “the answer is ‘yes.’”

“Well, if the laws of the United States say he should be deported, and I presume they do, then of course we should follow those laws,” Romney said. “And the answer is ‘yes.’”

When Carr brought up Onyango Obama case, Romney first sought clarification: “Who is Uncle Omar, Howie?” the former Massachusetts governor asked the radio host.

Carr explained that the uncle, nicknamed “Omar,” was recently arrested in Framingham, Mass.

“Now he’s claiming he’s got a Social Security number and drivers’ license and no one knows how he got them,” Carr told Romney, “but they’re apparently legit even though he’s in the country illegally.” (Onyango Obama had reportedly defied a 1992 deportation order.)

“Uncle Omar,” who is the half-brother of the president’s father, was arrested on Aug. 24 for driving under the influence, failing to yield and negligent operation of a vehicle. At the police station, he told an officer, “I think I will call the White House,” according to a police report. Continue reading this article

Rasmussen Poll: 69 Percent of Voters Approve Photo ID

A recent survey shows the voting public to be strongly in favor of photo identification at the polling place.

In doing so, citizens agree with the Supreme Court, which determined in 2008 that photo ID is not an undue burden to participate in American elections (High court upholds Indiana’s voter ID law, CNN, April 28, 2008).

The Attorney General has made a big deal out of opposing measures which would prevent voter fraud, and is out of step with the American people in pursuing that course — not for the first time. (For example, his insistence on holding 9/11 terror trials in New York City was very unpopular even among NY Democrats and he eventually withdrew the idea.)

The Obama administration claims requiring voter identification is a resurgence of Jim Crow discrimination against black voters, but indications accumulate that the Democrats hope for a big turnout of illegal aliens to win in 2012.

69% Say Photo ID Voting Laws Are Not Discriminatory, Rasmussen Reports, December 20, 2011

Attorney General Eric Holder signaled last week that the Justice Department will be closely examining new state laws that require showing a photo ID before voting for potential racial bias, but voters nationwide overwhelmingly favor such a requirement and reject the idea that it is discriminatory.

Seventy percent (70%) of Likely U.S. Voters believe voters should be required to show photo identification such as a driver’s license before being allowed to cast their ballot. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% oppose this kind of requirement. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Wrigley Field Terrorist Hassoun Gets Plea Deal (and the Public Misses Jihad Story)

It was announced this week in Chicago that a plea deal has been worked out between prosecutors and would-be terror bomber Sami Samir Hassoun (pictured), a Lebanese citizen. He had deposited a backpack containing a bomb (he thought) near Wrigley Field during a Dave Matthews concert in 2010, hoping to murder hundreds (Plea deal in works for Wrigley Field bomb suspect, Chicago Tribune, Dec 20).

It’s troubling that so many terror crimes are swept under the rug via plea deals. The usual explanation is that it saves the government money to forego the costs of a full-blown trial. The report below notes that only five percent of federal cases actually go to trial.

But trials are public events in which citizens learn more about the nefarious activity occurring in their communities. Terror trials in particular are vital to reveal the extent of the mostly immigrant fifth columnists who endeavor to mass-murder Americans. The Holy Land Foundation trial in 2007 uncovered a network of jihadists posing as Muslim charities, and the organization’s founders were given life sentences.

Perhaps the government would prefer to keep the public in the dark about how jihadist activity and crime have increased in America during the past few years. Apparently we are supposed to accept the idea that Muslim immigration diversity is desirable because every single Muslim is not a bomber. How standards have fallen regarding immigration.

High-profile terror cases headed for plea deals, ABC Chicago, December 12, 2011

Two high-profile terrorism cases in Chicago are headed toward plea bargains, according to court records obtained by the I-Team and attorneys for the accused.

The terrorism cases are unrelated and both men were arrested by the FBI at different times last year. Raja Khan was a cab driver the feds say was connected to top foreign terrorists. Sami Hassoun was the so-called “Wrigleyville bomber.”

Now with Khan and Hassoun cutting deals, the men and the government will avoid lengthy and costly prosecutions.

The Dave Matthews band was playing in Wrigley Field on September 19th, 2010. That is the night federal authorities claim Sami Samir Hassoun chose to detonate a bomb in Wrigleyville.

The 22-year old Lebanese national was charged with placing a backpack inside a trash can outside Sluggers sports bar across from the ballpark.

According to prosecutors, Hassoun thought it was a fully functional bomb in his pack, capable of leveling the city block.

“His intent was to kill as many people as he could in an area of town that was highly populated at that time of night, to create as much destruction as possible,” said the FBI’s agent in charge, Robert Grant. Continue reading this article

Pakistanis Show Their Anger at America

Over in Pakistan, the Allah-bots are marching to declare their hatred of the United States.

“Peace with Jihad” reads one sign in the Lahore rally (shown below in the video). We know what that means — submission for infidels under Islamic sharia law. Muslims are all for peace, as long as it is according to their Islo-supremacist terms.

A number of people, including some Republican Presidential candidates, have complained about the idiocy of sending $2 billion annually to a country that is clearly not our friend. A November Rasmussen survey found that 65 percent of voters polled want to end aid to Pakistan.

Stopping foreign aid sent to hostiles countries is a good idea, but why stop there? Why not end immigration from Pakistan and other unfriendlies while Washington is at it? There were more than 210,000 Pakistanis residing in the US as of 2005, according to the Census.

Pakistanis have been well represented as jihadists in America, including Najibulla Zazi (who planned a bomb in Brooklyn), Faisal Shahzad (the Times Square bomber), Umer Hayat and his US-born son Hamid (the family jihadists located in Lodi) — to name but a few. Pakistani diversity has done nothing positive for America.

They don’t like us, they really don’t like us. Why admit them as immigrants?

30,000 Gather in Pakistan for Anti-US Protest, KCEN TV, December 18, 2011

(KCEN) — Tension between Pakistan and the United States rose Sunday when a rally led by 30,000 protesters took place in the city of Lahore.

The anti-US protest was in support of the 24 Pakistani soldiers killed in a November NATO attack.

Smaller protests also took place in other Pakistan cities.

Despite condolences offered by the United States, Pakistan decided recently to close its Afghanistan border to any crossing NATO supplies. It also banned U.S. involvement at a Pakistani airbase.

Pakistan has been criticized by the U.S. in the past for not aggressively going after Taliban fighters habitating in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Foreign relations between the United States and Pakistan have been shaky since the U.S. capture of Osama Bin Laden in a populated region, a feat the Pakistani army was unable to accomplish.

Pakistan has also been previously accused of helping the militant Haqqani network attack U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan.

Alabama Immigration Enforcement Liberates Jobs for Citizens

Early results are in, and Alabama’s tough immigration enforcement law is having the desired effect — more jobs for citizens. One county reported 600 jobs liberated that were illegally occupied six months ago. That’s a start on freeing up the 7-8 million jobs still held by illegal aliens in Obama-run America.

It’s common sense that both legal and illegal immigration should be decreased by the government during the crushing jobs depression, but the open-borders lobby is mounting a determined effort to convince the public of a monstrous falsehood: Who you gonna believe — La Raza or your lyin’ eyes?

One loony (and ungrammatical) headline: Low-skilled immigrants means more American jobs (New York Post, Dec 19).

Plus the open-borders left has successfully recruited the foolish NAACP to attack the Alabama law, even though illegal immigration arguably harms black citizens more than any other group: Immigrant and civil rights leaders to rally in Montgomery against immigration law (WAFF News, Dec 17). Forming a political alliance with illegal alien hispanics is apparently more important for the NAACP than improving the lives of actual black Americans.

Here’s the encouraging employment update from Alabama:

Alabama jobless rate falls amid immigration reform, Daily Caller, December 18, 2011

Alabama’s unemployment rate fell at a record pace in November amid stepped-up efforts by President Barack Obama’s deputies to frustrate enforcement of the state’s popular new immigration reform.

The state’s unemployment rate fell 0.6 percent in November to 8.7 percent, according to new state reports, partly because the state’s employers opened up jobs to Americans after shedding illegal immigrants.

The unemployment rate is far below October’s rate of 9.3 percent and September’s rate of 9.8 percent.

“The continued drop is proof that people — American Citizens [and] legal migrants, have suffered at the hands of politicians who choose politics over economics,” said Chuck Ellis, a council member in Northern Alabama’s Marshall County.

“What’s really amazing is that in Marshall County, a county of 95,000 residents, 30,000 workforce eligible, there are over 600 people who now have jobs that they didn’t have 6 months ago,” he said.

In November the county’s unemployment rate dropped 0.7 percent, from 8.1 percent to 7.4 percent.

“Is that a difference of great significance? Ask those families for an answer as they undertake the Christmas season,” Ellis said. Continue reading this article

GOP Leadership Frets over Romney Immigration Position

The Washington Post reports that some important suits in the Republican Party are getting antsy about Mitt Romney’s message of immigration enforcement. And even though the WP presents a rather extreme liberal worldview, and has no dissenting views (like what the citizens want), we already know that the growth of hispanic demography is a scary topic to elite GOPers.

Experts of hispanic outreach (presumably well paid for their top hispandering creativity) grumble that Romney has emphasized enforcement rather than amnesty, even though polls consistently show that a majority of voters reject rewarding illegals.

Illegal-friendly Republican George Bush comes up for a nostalgia paragraph from the WP, where he is fondly remembered for having an “I love you” attitude toward lawbreaking Mexicans, made memorable by an image of him waving a Mexican flag which was promoted to hispanics.

Those were the days, sigh the suits.

Nobody mentions that loyalty based on rewards for lawbreaking behavior would not be very dependable. Plus it would set up an additional precedent for more demands in exchange for votes in the future. Foreign invaders plead for pardons precisely because of the 1986 Reagan Amnesty, famous for all carrot, no stick. And that boondoggle only passed because it was promised as one time only.

Plus, the Mexicans are so obsessed with their imagined importance that they appear oblivious to the principle that illegal is not a tribe, but a behavior. Illegal Irish are just as worthy of a one-way ticket home as the tiresome Mexicans, who love to blow steam about race.

Gov. Romney has an upbeat message for hispanics, that America is a nation of laws which is welcoming to those willing to respect them:

GOP wary of Romney’s rhetoric on immigrants, Washington Post, December 16, 2011

Republicans are increasingly worried that their party’s efforts to win a competitive slice of the fast-growing Hispanic vote in important presidential battleground states are being undermined by Mitt Romney’s heated rhetoric on illegal immigration.

Several leading GOP strategists say Romney’s sharp-tongued attacks have gained wide attention in Hispanic media and are eroding the party’s already fragile standing in that community.

The leaders of one Republican-leaning group, the Hispanic Leadership Fund, are so upset with Romney that if he wins the nomination, they might withhold an endorsement and curtail plans for an extensive voter-contact campaign in Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Florida to bolster the GOP presidential ticket.

Several Republican groups have spent the past three years trying to repair damage from the 2008 campaign, when GOP nominee John McCain won just 31 percent of the Hispanic vote after a bruising primary season in which he was forced to back off his support for a plan that would have put many illegal immigrants on a path to legalization.

Romney, one of McCain’s 2008 rivals, attacked McCain as being soft on the issue. Now party strategists are fretting as Romney — once again — stakes out conservative turf by accusing his opponents of supporting policies that go easy on illegal immigration.

“Romney’s tin ear on this topic, on immigration, will hurt him should he be the nominee, is hurting the Republican Party and is hurting every conservative who cares about passing conservative legislation in the future,” said Mario H. Lopez, president of the Hispanic Leadership Fund. Continue reading this article

Friend of Enlightenment Values Christopher Hitchens Is Dead at 62

I was sorry to learn of the death of Christopher Hitchens, the brilliant author, enthusiastic drinker and a fierce defender of free speech.

His finest hour, in my opinion, was his response to the Danish cartoon dust-up, in which Muslims insisted that their religious prohibition against images of Mohammed should supercede the West’s principle of free speech. Hitch used his powerful voice in defense of the First Amendment to demolish ridiculous arguments about sensitivity and “Islamophobia”, as in the CNN appearance below.

Not only did Hitchens speak out in the media about the cartoons, he organized support for free speech (Stand up for Denmark!, Slate, Feb 21, 2006) including a pro-freedom rally at the Danish Embassy in Washington DC. (Some friends of the First Amendment in San Francisco were inspired to hold a similar demonstration, on March 10, 2006, which I attended.)

Hitch was a passionate atheist (effectively bashing the unduly sacrosanct Mother Teresa in a book titled The Missionary Position), but that belief did not prevent him from seeing the special extremism ensconced in hostile Islam.

Here’s the AP report on Hitch’s life and death:

Christopher Hitchens, militant pundit, dies at 62, Associated Press, December 16, 2011

Cancer weakened but did not soften Christopher Hitchens. He did not repent or forgive or ask for pity. As if granted diplomatic immunity, his mind’s eye looked plainly upon the attack and counterattack of disease and treatments that robbed him of his hair, his stamina, his speaking voice and eventually his life.

“I love the imagery of struggle,” he wrote about his illness in an August 2010 essay in Vanity Fair. “I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient.”

Hitchens, a Washington, D.C.-based author, essayist and polemicist who waged verbal and occasional physical battle on behalf of causes left and right, died Thursday night at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston of pneumonia, a complication of his esophageal cancer, according to a statement from Vanity Fair magazine. He was 62.

“There will never be another like Christopher. A man of ferocious intellect, who was as vibrant on the page as he was at the bar,” said Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. “Those who read him felt they knew him, and those who knew him were profoundly fortunate souls.”

He had enjoyed his drink (enough to “to kill or stun the average mule”) and cigarettes, until he announced in June 2010 that he was being treated for cancer of the esophagus.

He was a most engaged, prolific and public intellectual who wrote numerous books, was a frequent television commentator and a contributor to Vanity Fair, Slate and other publications. He became a popular author in 2007 thanks to “God Is Not Great,” a manifesto for atheists.

“Christopher Hitchens was everything a great essayist should be: infuriating, brilliant, highly provocative and yet intensely serious,” said Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. “I worked as an intern for him years ago. My job was to fact check his articles. Since he had a photographic memory and an encyclopedic mind, it was the easiest job I’ve ever done.”

Long after his diagnosis, his columns and essays appeared regularly, savaging the royal family, reveling in the death of Osama bin Laden or pondering the letters of poet Philip Larkin. He was intolerant of nonsense, including about his own health. In a piece that appeared in the January 2012 issue of Vanity Fair, he dismissed the old saying that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

“So far, I have decided to take whatever my disease can throw at me, and to stay combative even while taking the measure of my inevitable decline. I repeat, this is no more than what a healthy person has to do in slower motion,” he wrote. “It is our common fate. In either case, though, one can dispense with facile maxims that don’t live up to their apparent billing.” Continue reading this article

Senator Schumer Proposes Irish Visas for Thousands

Devotees of excessive immigration are not dissuaded by a mere historic economic breakdown leading to the unemployment of 14 million plus Americans, with the ensuing home foreclosures, divorces, families living in cars and general human suffering. The Census informs us that one in two Americans are now poor or low income.

Today’s example of extreme immigration enthusiasm is Democrat Senator Charles Schumer, along with cronies Leahy and Durbin, who has brewed up a visa program that would admit 10,000 Irish workers annually.

Unemployment in Ireland is high — 14.5 percent as of November — so many Irish want to avail themselves of American jobs in what they regard as their spare country.

Americans should well ask why their own elected officials are working to import thousands of foreign excess workers to compete with them in a flooded job market.

The correct number of immigrants during a jobs depression is ZERO.

Senator Charles Schumer unveils new Irish visa bill, Irish Central, December 14, 2011

If passed as is, undocumented Irish already in the U.S. may be eligible to apply for the program

New York Senator Charles Schumer introduced an immigration bill to the Senate on Tuesday which will potentially permit 10,000 Irish citizens, per year, to live and work in the U.S. on a new E-3 non-immigrant visa.

Described by Schumer as a “common sense bill,” if it is passed as it is currently written, undocumented Irish already in the U.S. may be eligible to apply for the program.

Schumer and Democratic Senate colleagues Pat Leahy and Dick Durbin co-sponsored the legislation, which was unveiled to the Senate on Tuesday afternoon.  It was introduced as an amendment to the bill that passed the House last month which would allow for better access to employment and family-based visas for natives of Mexico, the Philippines, China and India.

“We are eager to work in a bi-partisan fashion to pass this bill at the earliest opportunity,” Schumer commented on Tuesday. Continue reading this article