Judging from the political spiels emanating from the Democratic Convention, the word “diversity” appears to have fallen from favor. The new expression is “inclusion” which adds a warm and cuddly aspect to the celebration of cultural difference. (The fact that human nature is hard-wired for tribalism matters little when liberal groupthink dictates otherwise.)
So it was interesting to see the uber-lib Daily Show do a segment from the convention titled “Hope and Change 2 — The Party of Inclusion.” In it, activist Democrats congratulated themselves over their tolerant big tent filled with latinos, gays, women, the poor, everyone under the sun, EXCEPT, “gun-totin’ hillbilly tea-partiers,” in the words of one.
I couldn’t get the embed codes to work, so to see the clip check out the revealing (and amusing) video posted on The Daily Show website.
Didn’t anybody in the White House vet Antonio Villaraigosa to check whether he was ready for prime time and national media as Chair of the Democratic National Convention? Yes, he is mayor of Los Angeles, a major city, but he has not exactly been a success, either in job performance or effectively making his case to the press.
On Tuesday, radio guys John and Ken played some examples of the mayor’s difficulty in speaking clearly: Listen.
In addition, his city is facing bankruptcy but he has provided no leadership to sort through the demands of various interest groups (e.g. unions, illegal aliens).
Mayor Villaraigosa got off to a questionable start in the convention wars by accusing Republicans of tokenism, saying “You can’t just trot out a brown face or a Spanish surname and expect people are going to vote for your party or your candidate.” It was a funny thing to say for a guy who has gotten his success largely from his skin color, certainly not his ability or work ethic. He was elected mayor of Los Angeles in 2005 around the time the hispanic population approached 50 percent.
The diversity-enthralled media was convinced he was destined for great things, so early smiles turned upside-down in California newsrooms when the mayor’s initial feelers for a governor campaign went nowhere. He announced his withdrawal from the pre-campaign in June of 2009, leaving the Democrat field to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and aging retread Jerry Brown.
Los Angeles Magazine zinged the mayor with a June 2009 cover story Dear Mr. Mayor that presented a list of complaints in a tone of disappointment, along with a memorable image declaring Failure.
A 2008 investigation by LA Weekly found that Villaraigosa spent only 11 percent of his hyped 16-hour workdays engaged in city business.
Tony Villar (his earlier name before his self-constructed makeover) appeared to be on a glidepath to genteel political obscurity in some appropriate democrat or raza non-profit. (He graduated from the unaccredited People’s College of Law but failed the bar exam despite at least four tries, which limits his career choices.)
Claro que no, but it might as well be, considering the remarks of the Los Angeles mayor, a sleazy party hack who — as most Angelenos know — spends more time chasing skirts than doing anything for this city, which is in by far the worst shape it has been in any time since I arrived here in 1968. And those who are suffering most are the Hispanics and blacks Villaraigosa relied upon for his election and pretends to help. [. . .]
But while the hispanic hopeful of yesteryear was bumbling through talking-head appearances, the press became more focused on the newly designated future star, Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio. The White House is happy to have the media speculate that the 37-year-old could become the “first hispanic President”: it’s another argument for hispanics to vote for Obama, that they should stick with him to reach a Mexican president at a later date.
The good news: Ahmed Jama is returning to his homeland to build a hotel and restaurant. The bad news: he appears to be one of only a few with enough faith in Somali society to invest and work for its improvement — just three are profiled in the LA Times article below. Even Mrs. Jama is staying away because of fears about safety. Ten minutes of gunfire is heard nearby during one returnee’s interview.
The relative peace in Somalia’s capital has seen a revival of business unlike anything since 1991. Emigres are flooding back with money, ideas and confidence.
MOGADISHU, Somalia — In the years to come, Ahmed Jama will be seen either as a visionary or a lunatic who squandered his money on a crazy dream.
That crazy dream? To bring tourists to his hotel on the shores of one of the world’s prettiest beaches — which just happens to be on the edge of a city known for more than 20 years as the world’s most dangerous place.
In his dream, there won’t be half a dozen guards with guns on the back of an SUV for most foreign visitors, like now.
And the haunting memories of ruthless warlords, crippling famine and terrifying armed children will have faded.
Instead, there’ll be surfing and swimming, seafood pulled fresh from the sea and little shops selling exotic shells and tourist souvenirs. On that, he’s staked $200,000 to build a hotel and restaurant complex at the magnificent Jazeera Beach.
It has all the elements of a tourist brochure: white sand, azure sea, boats bobbing like sea gulls, a mysterious rocky island just offshore, a village on a point with little pink and white houses, all set out as the breakfast view below his quaint open-air restaurant.
Jama wanders through the place gesturing proudly at the tiled floors, fresh paint and colorfully decorated ceilings. It’s not five-star luxury, but at $100 a night, its market isn’t foreign tourists — yet — but the Somali diaspora nostalgic for their homeland the way it used to be.
But even his wife, Amina, isn’t convinced. She visited, with their children, and swiftly made plans to fly back to London, where Jama lived as an emigre during his country’s long nightmare.
Craziest of all, he says he’s doing it not for the money, but to foster hope, after countless failed efforts to rebuild the nation.
“The message is there is a good side to Somalia,” says Jama, 46. “There will be change here. It’s a beautiful country. We need change. That’s my message.” Continue reading this article
The New York Times appraised France’s burqa ban as a measure of tolerance and unsurprisingly faulted the society for trying to maintain its own western values, although France’s actual enforcement has been lacking.
The Times must have missed the burglary spree in Philadelphia committed by a burqa-covered man. The all-encompassing Muslim sack is an effective disguise, as demonstrated in Daniel Pipes’ ongoing blog post Niqabs and Burqas as Security Threats listing incidents of crime and jihad from 1998 to 2012. He observed, “one cannot have faceless persons walking the streets, driving cars, or otherwise entering public spaces.”
In addition, the Times‘ only social concern was how the law affects Muslim women. The larger reaction of French women to the rejection of western freedom by Allah’s doormats is not even mentioned. A 2010 poll found 70 percent support among the French for the ban, and one can assume the breakout numbers for French women is at least as high. Having a misogynist culture thrust into society is a reminder that women’s rights and safety can be lost, as is happening now in the Middle East and in Europe.
Below, a burqa person takes public transit in Britain as a western woman looks on.
It cannot be reassuring to French women and men that a law with strong popular support was so quickly ignored by authorities after burbles of Islamist displeasure: a riot in Marseille and injury to police in Lille over the burqa ban. Hostile Muslims are the master users of intimidation, and respond with more of the same when they are successful in making authorities back down.
But the New York Times approves when authorities choose to look away when a burqa sack waddles by.
PARIS — During a recent protest in Marseille, seven people were suddenly surrounded by the police, bundled into a van and brought in for questioning. Their offense was not the demonstration itself but the balaclavas they were wearing, a violation of the French law banning full-face veils in public places, passed in April 2011.
The demonstration was against the conviction of the feminist Russian punk band Pussy Riot, hence the balaclavas, but the law was aimed at what Nicolas Sarkozy, then the president, considered a rise in Islamic extremism in France.
From the beginning, critics warned that the law, in addition to depriving Muslim women of their rights, would further inflame tensions already raised to a high pitch by the economic crisis, riots and lingering fears of terrorism, on one side, and accusations of racism on the other. A little more than a year later, however, defenders and critics agree that the actual impact of the law has been far less dramatic than the politicized prologue, largely because of tolerance from most Muslims and the police.
France’s experience with the so-called burqa bill is in many ways a proxy for the country’s — and Europe’s — ability to integrate its Muslim population, the largest on the Continent. The Belgian government hopes to enact a similar ban on the niqab — which covers every part of the face except the eyes, and is popularly and mistakenly called a burqa — and the Dutch government has said it hopes to pass such a law next year.
Since the law went into effect, 425 women wearing full-face veils have been fined up to 150 euros ($188) each and 66 others have received warnings, said Pierre-Henry Brandet, spokesman for the Interior Ministry. But even the police concede that they rarely enforce it, having no desire to further increase tensions. In “the great majority of cases,” Mr. Brandet said, women lift their veils when the police ask in what he called “a serene and respectful way on both sides.” Some women who wear the niqab say that for the most part the police know them and leave them alone.
But the issue does flare up occasionally. During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, on the evening of July 24, a young woman outside a storefront mosque in Marseille refused to lift her veil and resisted the police. The confrontation was joined by several dozen bystanders outside the mosque, known for its Salafist preachers.
Police reinforcements were called to quiet the outburst, the most violent since the law was passed, and four people were arrested. The incident, combined with another on Aug. 4 in Roubaix, near Lille, where a policewoman was bitten, seemed to reflect pent-up anger about the treatment of Muslims among more militant and conservative branches of Islam.
It was to avoid accusations of discrimination that the Sarkozy government originally wrote the bill as a security measure, proscribing anyone from wearing clothing “intended to hide the face.” But it also set prison terms for anyone forcing another to wear the full-face veil, a measure clearly aimed at Muslims.
Defenders of the law, which has been popular with the public, said that France needed to protect its “republican values” of secularism in the public space; many also said that France’s Muslims, immigrants and French-born, must accept French norms. Some said that the law protected Muslim women from religious extremism and gave them freedom of choice, rather than taking it away. Continue reading this article
The Muslims could hire some halls for services, but they prefer parading their numbers as a sign of defiance.
The news clip below starts with vistas of Muslims filling the streets for blocks and blocks. Then the event is over, and one of the busiest streets in the center of Moscow is jammed with Muslims who don’t bother to use the sidewalks. The police try to get them off the street so motor vehicles can again use the roadway, in a situation that looks like it could explode at any second. Muslims are not popular among the Russians after terror attacks and demands that the society behave in accordance with sharia, so an outbreak of street violence would not be surprising in this atmosphere.
The book is an investigation of the terrorism case of three Muslims (two immigrants and one citizen convert) who plotted to blow up a shopping center in Columbus to strike a blow for Islam against the hated infidels, aka Americans.
In north Africa, people are still escaping the failed Arab Spring. The Italian island of Lampedusa is located just 70 miles from Tunisia, making it a handy first stop for boat people desirous of relocating to the welfare heaven of Europe.
The mayor armed himself with a baseball bat, reflecting the anger and alarm of the locals by that point. The Lampedusa residents demanded that the Italian government solve the problem by heading off boats at sea, which it appeared to do at least for a while.
More than 400 African migrants have arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa over the past three days.
Over the weekend Italian coast guards rescued around 350 migrants – mostly from Tunisia and sub-Saharan Africa – near Lampedusa from two boats. A further 81 arrived on Monday.
Maltese authorities also rescued 80 migrants on an overcrowded dinghy.
Lampedusa and Malta are the nearest gateways to Europe for thousands of African migrants.
Lampedusa lies about 80 miles (120km) from Tunisia, while Malta is about 220 miles (355km) from the Libyan capital Tripoli.
Many of the migrants arrive on overburdened and poorly equipped wooden boats.
On Tuesday Italian media reported that two policemen were taken to hospital after being injured in protests by a group of 14 Tunisian migrants in the town of Ragusa on Sicily.
The men were being held at a detention centre in Ragusa when they climbed the roof and began throwing glass and other objects, according to Italian news website Adnkronos. Continue reading this article
Spanish-language media has a strong anti-assimilation agenda based on its own self-interest. If the Mexicans and other hispanic immigrants get pulled into American culture (like speaking English) then Spanish radio and TV doesn’t have a captive audience. So Univision and Telemundo want Mexican newbies to stay tuned in and balkanized.
Spanish media has been one of the biggest promoters of so-called “bilingual” education which discourages immigrant kids from becoming proficient in English, as well as of open borders to keep new viewers and listeners coming. There has been a barrage of propaganda touting the advantages to the brain of being bilingual — but with no comparison to playing chess and studying math, etc.
Americans shouldn’t think of Spanish-language media as merely another expression of the country’s expanding diversity, when it is actually more like a fifth column with unfriendly intentions toward this nation.
When thousands of illegal aliens show up for May Day marches demanding amnesty, part of the organizing comes from Spanish radio and TV which urge unlawful foreigners to complain en masse. In Los Angeles, local Mexican radio guy Piolin is credited with turning out huge crowds of amnesty pests.
Below, Los Angeles May Day 2006
In 2010, President Obama dropped by Piolin’s studio for a little campaign behavior, promising to “punish our enemies” and “stop deportations.” Illegal aliens are an important part of Obama’s base, and he knows how to reach them — through Spanish media.
In a January article about Senator Marco Rubio, media critic Ken Auletta made an aside concerning the power of Univision:
The reach of Univision is often underappreciated. It is watched regularly by two-thirds of all Hispanic television viewers in the U.S. In Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Phoenix, its stations’ newscasts rate higher than those of their English-speaking competitors. Some nights, the network’s national ratings exceed those of ABC, CBS, Fox, or NBC. And the audience is growing, in part because of demographics. Today, fifteen per cent of Americans are Hispanic; in 2050, the percentage will have doubled. According to Univision’s news president, Isaac Lee, the network is openly committed to “pro-Hispanic” immigration reform, and it has a particular slant on the news: a dog biting any man is not a story, but a dog biting a Hispanic man is. Sergio Bendixen, perhaps the leading Hispanic public-opinion researcher in the U.S. and Latin America, says that Univision is the most respected institution among Hispanics in the country, ahead of the armed forces and the Catholic Church. “It is considered to be the institution that protects Latin-Americans in the U.S. and fights the institutions that abuse them,” he says.
TAMPA, Fla. — For most voters, the Republicans’ nominating convention has been filled with speeches about jobs, the economy, federal spending and President Obama’s record. But for Hispanic voters getting their news from the Spanish-language press, the view is very different — and decidedly unsympathetic to the Republican Party.
Heading into the convention, English-language coverage of last week’s platform fights concentrated on abortion and gay marriage. But Spanish-language reports zeroed in on an immigration battle, which saw Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach win passage of a strict enforcement plank in the document.
While the English press this week has wondered about which Republicans would mention Medicare, and who would play the attack-dog role for the GOP, Spanish-language media have been focused on what hasn’t been addressed: immigration.
“The questions are, ‘Yeah, let’s talk about the economy, let’s talk about Medicare. But then why haven’t they talked about immigration?'” asked Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, who made the rounds of Spanish-language press in Tampa. “All the Spanish-language media is obsessed, focused, on that issue.”
That is not good news for Mitt Romney, whose position — the strictest enforcement stance of any major political party nominee in history — does not go over well with Hispanic voters.
Meanwhile, Mr. Obama has taken steps, including his recent non-deportation policy, that have helped erase criticism from immigration rights advocates. Continue reading this article
The latest report from the coastal city shows worsening violence generally, although the perps are not specified beyond their being drug gangsters. One police chief noted the city “has for the past 50 years suffered from immigration and a tradition of gangsters.”
Funny how immigration and crime seem to go together.
François Hollande on Thursday faced calls from the Socialist mayor of a tough Marseille neighbourhood to send in the army to tackle the city’s gang warfare.
The appeal highlighted the escalating drug violence in the Mediterranean port city that claimed its 14th victim in eight months earlier this week.
Kalashnikov-wielding gangsters shot dead Walid Marzouki, 25, a suspected trafficker, at close range on Wednesday night as he drove his black Twingo in the streets of France’s second biggest city.
It was the second gangland killing this month and the latest in a wave of deaths to hit Marseille Nord, one of the city’s toughest drug-infested suburbs, sparking Samia Ghali, the Socialist mayor of two local districts, to call for military intervention.
“Faced with the weapons of war being used by these networks, only the army can intervene,” Miss Ghali, also a senator, told local newspaper La Provence.
She said that the army should set up roadblocks around neighbourhoods to vet inhabitants for weapons and drugs “like in times of war”.
“It no longer makes any difference to send in a police car to stop the dealers. When 10 of them are arrested, 10 others take up the torch. It’s like fighting an anthill.” Continue reading this article
Germany has accumulated a thick dose of Muslim diversity and has experienced the associated violence, and we now see the word “Salafist” used increasingly in press reports. Apparently it denotes a religious sect of Muslims who are even more hostile than the standard bunch. Or perhaps it is just a handy shorthand for an Islamic unfriendly.
History has shown that when the Muslim population reaches certain levels, the degree to which they become violent to advance Islam increases. America should pay attention and end Muslim immigration before it’s too late.
Islam investigator Erick Stakelbeck presents an update to the situation in Germany:
MUNICH – From Nazism to communism, Germany has seen its share of radical ideologies over the years. Now the nation faces a new threat: Salafism.
It’s an extreme brand of Islam that preaches hatred of Christians and Jews. As CBN News discovered recently, Salafism is growing in Western Europe’s most populous country.
The Salafist Movement
In June, 1,000 police fanned out across Germany. They targeted the homes, schools, and mosques of Salafi Muslims.
Salafis model themselves after Islam’s prophet, Mohammed, and his followers and strictly follow Islamic sharia law.
Their ideology encourages violent jihad and is shared by al Qaeda and many other Islamic terror groups. It’s now taking hold among a small but growing number of Germany’s 4.3 million Muslims.
“We have a really dynamic growing Salafi scene,” German journalist Franz Feyder said. “Some of the security officers tell us that we have about 5,000 Salafis in Germany.”
Feyder follows Germany’s Salafi scene closely.
“The Salafi movement in Germany is creating an environment for violence and radicalization,” he told CBN News. “Not every Salafist is a terrorist, but every terrorist is a Salafist.”
That includes the gunman who murdered two U.S. soldiers and injured two more in an attack in Frankfurt last year, not to mention dozens of other German Muslims that have been arrested on terrorism charges since 9/11.
Still more have left Germany to wage jihad abroad.
“We can see is that a lot of jihadis with Salafist backgrounds are going to Afghanistan and to training camps, to Pakistan into training camps,” Feyder said.
“And what we can see as well is that a lot of jihadis are passing through the Horn of Africa,” he continued. “And they’re going to fight in Somalia, going to fight in Yemen, going to fight in Kenya.” Continue reading this article
For those of us who love California’s beautiful parks, the state’s abandonment of the system was a tragic portent of destruction to come. With no rangers nearby to keep an eye on the premises, theft and vandalism were sure to follow.
Victor Davis Hanson (a chronicler of California decline) noticed a local news report about vandalism in a Fresno County park and used the incident to reflect further upon the state’s rapid unravelling.
Last week, while reading about an insolvent California’s insistence on going ahead with the first leg of a proposed high-speed rail line (total cost of the system: an estimated $100-$300 billion), I heard the following story on a local ABC news affiliate about a nearby low-Sierra lake:
Monday, August 20, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Acts of vandalism have forced officials to shut down a popular campsite in Fresno County. The Pine Flat Campground located below the Pine Flat Dam on Trimmer Springs Road is closed indefinitely. Nearby Winton Park remains open but things aren’t looking much better there. Vandals tagged rocks, barbeques, and even trees with graffiti. “It was horrible. It didn’t look like nature. It looked like a nightmare,” said visitor Jose Zarate of Fresno.
Unfair to the Vandals You can read the rest of story at KFSN’s Website; additional news items detailed similar stories at other local lakes — a veritable Vandal assault on the vestiges of civilization (actually, that allusion is unfair to the Vandals): copper wire stripped out of power conduits, toilets and sinks ripped out of bathrooms, and, yes, more gang graffiti painted on trees.
I think the latter horror is what earned the local media attention. Destroying public property, assaulting other campers, closing down recreation sites are one thing — but graffiti on trees? That’s an insult that no liberal can stomach. In the grand struggle of environmental correctness versus multiculturalism, green wins every time. (Why do a few liberals oppose illegal immigration? Because of worries about environmental damage along the border.
The Tipping Point I have a hard time timing car trips to Los Angeles because a large section of the 99 state “freeway,” north of Kingsburg, is still (after a half-century) two lanes, potholed, and crammed with traffic. But the rub is that the traffic is of a strange sort, one characterized by an inordinate number of drivers with loose brush, tools, appliances — almost anything — not secured in flat-bed pickups or piled too high in pickups and trailers. The debris commonly flies out on the road, causes an accident, and shuts down California’s main interior north-south lateral for several hours.
What is the common theme here?
When the liberal mind cannot cope with the concrete ramifications of its own ideology, it seeks a sort of tokenism. Unable to ensure that trees are not defaced? An ancient highway is not upgraded? Presto, zoom ahead to space-age high-speed rail, as if the conditions that created sprayed trees and mattresses lying among the pot-holes will not easily migrate to high-speed rail. That is, within 10 years I have no doubt that the Fresno-Corcoran (“rail to nowhere”) link will be periodically closed due to stripped copper wire conduit, mattresses thrown over the fence onto the tracks, and the general inability of the state to service the system due to the sort of daily vandalism seen at our local campgrounds.
If one third of the nation’s welfare population resides in California, and if seven million of the last ten million Californians added to the state population are now on Medicaid, and if Californians, as it is estimated, send approximately $10 billion a year in remittances to Mexico and Latin America, then something has to give. And the remedy for that something that gives is either teaching youth not to spray paint pine trees, or hiring unemployed ex-gang-bangers to pressure wash the graffiti off pine trees — or moving to a kinder, gentler Santa Cruz or Newport, feeling good on the beach, watching the sunset each evening, and cursing those evil conservatives who want to poison the 3-inch delta smelt and keep foie gras legal in California. Continue reading this article
It’s hard for a normal mind to keep up with the wacky leftist groupthink that energetically runs amok in Sacramento. The project of remaking California into the perfect diversity utopia continues in the one-party state, with the latest eruption being a new law that encourages schools to include bracero history.
California’s governor has signed a law encouraging schools to teach the history of a guest worker program that brought in Mexican farm laborers as the national immigration debate heats up.
The bill, signed by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown Tuesday, urges social studies teachers to include material on the “Bracero” program that brought in close to 5 million people over roughly two decades, forming the first big batch of modern Mexican immigrants, supporters said.
Many of those immigrants came to California.
The program, which ran from 1942-1964, was a crucial part of the post-war American economy, supporters said, adding that teaching its history would also highlight mistreatment of migrant workers, some of whom were never paid their due wages.
“School children will now be able to appreciate the great contributions made to this state during a critical time in our history by the Braceros,” the bill’s sponsor, state Senator Kevin De León, said in a statement.
The law, which focuses on the curriculum for grades 7-12, does not require teachers to include the Bracero program in their lessons, but encourages them to do so. Continue reading this article
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