In considering the Middle East, one must carefully weigh the fine points of evil, since nice guys in leadership are as common as three-headed camels. Bashar Assad may be a murdering thug who might have used chemical weapons on his own people, but at least he is not a crazed Islamist working to create a world caliphate under Allah. Assad runs a secular administration, and he has also protected Christians in his country. Trading him for a Muslim Brotherhood government would not be an improvement from an American national security viewpoint.
For an intelligently nuanced discussion of Syria, check out SunTV’s semi-regular interview of Robert Spencer by Michael Coren as they discuss a number of important subjects, including the central threat of Iran (“Syria is a sideshow”) and the clueless leadership of Obama and his sidekicks, like the clownish Senator McCain. The Arizona Senator is now a self-appointed expert on Islam, in addition his expertise on Mexican illegal aliens.
Spencer analyzed Obama’s strong preference for Sunni Islam as indicated by the President’s actions:
“For whatever reason, there’s no doubt he has consistently supported Sunni Islamic supremacist sharia forces. He did it in Egypt, in Libya and now in Syria, and so it may be, some people have suggested that maybe he thinks that if the Sunni Islam caliphate is restored then there will be peace, because that’s what the jihadis say they are fighting to do, so he thinks if we give that to them then they will stop fighting us. I think that is a possibility and it makes about as much sense as anything of his behavior. The consistency is clear; the reason behind it is murky.”
Michael Coren (who lived for years in the Middle East) brought up the point that Sunni Islam has its splits within, not just with the Shias in Iran, such as between the Saudis and Erdogan in Turkey. Spencer added that Obama has called Erdogan his favorite foreign leader.
On Tuesday, I blogged about the explosive numbers of Syrian refugees — now two million — after several years of war but before General Obama’s military strikes. Surely more chaos in the region will cause even more people to flee the danger, and become refugees. One might reasonably fear an Obama decision to admit kazillions of Muslim Syrians to this country to demonstrate his enormous benevolence to the diverse downtrodden of the world.
But the offer from Sweden for resettlement of any and all Syrian refugees is crazy-generous.
Sweden’s 2012 census counted 9,555,893 residents of the nation. An influx of a million Syrian refugees (only half of the number reported) would overwhelm Swedish society with an alien, unfriendly culture.
Sweden has become the first European Union country to announce it will give asylum to all Syrian refugees who apply. ”All Syrian asylum seekers who apply for asylum in Sweden will get it,” Annie Hoernblad, the spokeswoman for Sweden’s migration agency, told AFP.
“The agency made this decision now because it believes the violence in Syria will not end in the near future.”
The curious decision of Obama’s to engage in a sudden flurry of foreign adventurism has not been entirely lost in the Beltway, with at least one Congressman suggesting that the interest in the internal problems of Syria may be a strategy of distraction. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) noted the use of chemical weapons several months ago and asked about the response, “Was it delayed to divert attention today from the Benghazi, IRS and NSA scandals, the failure of Obamacare enforcement, the tragedy of the White House drafted sequestration or the upcoming debt-limit vote? Again, why was there no call for military response four months ago when the President’s red line was crossed?”
In addition, Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) noted, “The administration has a serious credibility issue with the American people” and went on to list similarly the scandals of Benghazi, widespread IRS snooping, Fast and Furious gun running and the NSA spying programs. He also asked Secretary of State Kerry whether the Benghazi attack was connected with arms being sent to Syria. Inquiring minds still want to know.
Below, Syrian “rebels” are the good guys — or so we are told. (Will they be future refugees?)
Obama portrays himself as being shocked at the chemical weapons attack, calling it “an assault on human dignity.” But his messing up the fall legislative calendar is too convenient for the White House to be ignored.
In the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, the neighborhood leaders have gotten off to an early start on Christmas bashing, in fact forbidding it entirely. The excuse is to prevent Muslims’ sensitive feelings from being hurt.
Kreuzberg is a very diverse area, with many Turkish Muslims. As of 2006, 31.6% of Kreuzberg’s residents were not German citizens.
The article has been translated from the original in MM News by the IslamVsEurope blog, which notes, “Kreuzberg is notorious as one of the most Muslim-colonised parts of Berlin and Germany.”
As of now, Christmas is banned in Berlin’s Kreuzberg – at least as far as celebration in public places is concerned. Christmas is only allowed in the home, so that the religious feelings of others are not injured.
No April Fool: the district office of Berlin Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is doing away with Christmas. The authorities are allowing no more Christmas celebrations in public places or streets. A Christmas tree may only be set up in a central location, allocated by the authorities in advance – so reports the “Berliner Zeitung”. The ban on celebrations was decided by the Greens, the Left and the Pirates. The SPD [Socialists] and CDU [Merkel’s party, mainstream right] were apparently against it.
The responsible city councilman Peter Beckers (SPD) responded to protests against the ban on the public celebration of Christmas to the BZ: “Why do religious celebrations need to be celebrated in public?”
Background to the Christmas ban: In August Muslims wanted to celebrate the end of Ramadan on Berlin’s streets. There were complaints from locals worried about the noise. The District Office made “short work” of these and immediately banned all religious celebrations – including Christmas, on the grounds of “equal treatment”.
Does anyone think Obama’s meddling in Syria won’t end up with his admitting many thousands of suffering victims of the cruel dictator Assad? After all, the mission is a humanitarian one, we little citizens are told. No attentive adult believes this President would go to war to defend American security interests, so the do-gooder explanation sounds as good as any — although the timing curiously distracts from Republican efforts in Congress, and the recent use of chemical weapons in Syria followed 100,000 deaths by other means.
(CNN) — Every 15 seconds, a Syrian becomes a refugee, and those witnessing the violence unfolding on the ground don’t believe military action against the regime would bring relief.
While a doctor who treats refugees says the regime has a history of becoming more vicious when backed into a corner, one Syrian says he doesn’t believe strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s forces would be effective because the regime would protect its own people and leave the rest to die so it could blame the massacre on the United States.
“We are stuck in the middle, between the Russians and the Americans, the Iranians and the Saudis, and we are the victims,” the man said.
The United Nations’ refugee agency said Tuesday that the number of Syrians who have fled their war-ravaged country has now risen to more than 2 million. Continue reading this article
Today is Labor Day, and that means the mainstream press deigns to look at actual victims of America’s self-destructive globalist economy for 24 hours. On the other 364 days, we see the bloodless statistics when the government burps out new ones, but without a human face.
Curiously, the media business has been particularly hard hit by the marketplace changes due to digitized news. Newspapers have been battered by the loss of print advertising and the switch of customers to online, which is harder to monetize. You would think the remaining scribblers would be more sympathetic to job loss, but they just aren’t. There may be some magical thinking going on, that if the bad unemployment thoughts can be kept away, so can real joblessness. (StateOfTheMedia.org: Estimates for newspaper newsroom cutbacks in 2012 put the industry down 30% since its peak in 2000 and below 40,000 full-time professional employees for the first time since 1978.)
In Silicon Valley it’s easy for media to glance around and see the problems, where formerly middle-class tech workers have been put out to pasture by outsourcing and H-1b immigration. In 2010, CBS’ Sixty Minutes did a segment on IT professionals who were over 40, jobless and running out of unemployment benefits — and hope.
These days, there is a burble of tech resurgence in the Bay Area, but only for young workers who don’t require a normal life separate from the job: forget 9 to 5, the new work normal in tech is 24/7.
“I want to stress the importance of being young and technical,” Facebook’s CEO (now 28) told a Y Combinator Startup event at Stanford University in 2007. “Young people are just smarter. Why are most chess masters under 30? I don’t know. Young people just have simpler lives. We may not own a car. We may not have family. Simplicity in life allows you to focus on what’s important.”
Whippersnapper-owned businesses (like Facebook) don’t want mature employees (who might have better ideas than recent graduates), plus the young workers are considerably cheaper, and foreign H-1b employees are even more exploitable. When experienced mature workers are hired, they often earn less than 10 or 20 years ago.
Ron LaPedis, 57, in his home office in San Bruno, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. After a series of job layoffs, part-time work, contract jobs, LePedis finally found a permanent job last year and is now about 5 percent below his highest salary of his career.
As the nation celebrates the American worker Monday, many workplace veterans are discovering that the Great Recession has been followed by a not-so-great recovery.
Labor Day 2013 comes with a dark shadow attached, as nearly half of the workers rehired last year make less than they did before losing their jobs in the economic maelstrom. For older Americans in the baby boomer generation, that percentage is even higher, with about two-thirds of them now earning less than they once did.
Even here in the relatively bustling Bay Area, where highly paid workers are flourishing in counties that boast some of the lowest unemployment rates in the state, recession veterans like Howard Greenstein, of San Jose, are angry about how things have played out.
“I feel like I’ve lost 10 years of my life,” says the 54-year-old Greenstein, whose employment woes began even before the recession when the tech company he worked for went under in 2001. After some contract jobs and part-time stints, he finally landed a program-manager job in Silicon Valley three years ago. But “I’m now making the same money I made in 1995,” says Greenstein, and much less than in his best-paid years.
Bob Withers, who works with the skilled unemployed as a program coordinator for ProMatch, a career networking center in Sunnyvale, says he’s seen the struggle up close as many long-term jobless workers try to get a toehold back in a job market where many of the well-paid positions they once held are gone, and probably for good.
“While we’ve seen a good number of people going back to work to places like Apple and Intel, but also to startups, some still aren’t making what they once did,” says Withers. “So it’s hard work breaking back in.”
What many Californians are finding is a tale of two recoveries, a narrative captured by the title of the California Budget Project’s annual report: “Uneven Progress: What the Economic Recovery has Meant for California’s Workers.” That “progress” is complicated by a triple whammy of wage stagnation, a dramatic growth of low-wage jobs in hospitality and food services, and the staggering number of jobs lost in California during the recession — 1.4 million, nearly half of which have yet to come back. Continue reading this article
An Egyptian Christian leader is calling out President Barack Obama and his administration for not doing enough in face of intense persecution against the Church by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Following the recent barrage of church burnings, Father Rafic Greiche, the chief spokesman for the Catholic Church in Egypt, criticized President Obama for not speaking out against the worst violence against Egyptian Christians in nearly 700 years.
“President Obama when he made a speech he just touched on the burning churches instead of telling the Muslim Brotherhood that they are terrorists and they are making terror on Egypt,” Greiche said. “He did not speak loud for this and shame on him if he is a Christian that he does not speak out loud.”
“The spokesman of the White House who…was asked ‘What is the red line for the Christians in Egypt?’ he mocked and said, ‘I didn’t bring my red pen,” he noted.
Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, the region is semi shut down because of the five days of construction required to switch to the new Bay Bridge from the old one which was damaged in the 1989 earthquake. The new structure has been plagued by huge cost overruns in the billions of dollars and bad engineering, specifically crucial fasteners that were found to be dangerously brittle. But this is California, so how surprised can you be at world-class incompetence?
Still, bridges are some of the most fascinating structures in the human pantheon of creativity. The video below is a time-lapse view of the construction of the new bridge. (Hooray for Youtube!)
One of the little known facts about the other major bridge in the region, the Golden Gate (pictured), is how in 1930 voters chose to allow their own properties to be used as collateral for the bonds. Such trust in government (and the Bridge District is a governmental agglomeration of counties) is unimaginable today. The idea that the current liberal globalist government would act to benefit the American people is no longer believable.
[. . .] To finance the bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District was formed in 1928, consisting of San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Del Norte, and parts of Mendocino and Napa counties. These counties agreed to collectively take out a large bond, which would then be paid back through bridge tolls. In November 1930, residents of the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District voted 3-1 to put their homes, farms, and businesses up as collateral to support a $35 million bond to build Strauss’ Golden Gate Bridge. [. . .]
Another aspect of the 1930 vote of local residents to put their own properties on the line was the homogenous nature of the population then. As sociologist Robert Putnam has cogently argued, “Diversity decreases trust.”
So it is not unreasonable to see the Golden Gate Bridge as a monument to traditional, non-diverse America.
Here in northern California, every local TV newscast over the last couple weeks has been filled with depressing footage of the huge Rim Fire burning near Yosemite, and in recent days the park itself has been breached.
Now we are learning that the fire was likely started by marijuana growers and that means Mexican cartels may well be the culprits.
The current Rim Fire has been devastating to Yosemite-area businesses catering to visitors, particularly at the end of summer when many want to squeeze in one more trip before Labor Day. The fire is the fifth-largest in California history and has burned more than 200,000 acres. The threat to San Francisco’s water supply in Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is also being closely watched.
How much attention will the press pay to the open-borders cause of this financial and environmental disaster? Probably not much.
Investigators searching for answers into what caused the massive wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park have made some headway, fire officials said Friday.
Most authorities are mum about the details, but one fire official in Tuolumne County offered a tantalizing clue when he recently told a community meeting that the fire was likely caused by marijuana growers.
“We don’t know the exact cause,” said Todd McNeal, fire chief in Twain Harte, a town that has been in the path of the flames. But he told a community meeting that it was “highly suspect that there might have been some sort of illicit grove, a marijuana-grow-type thing.”
“We know it’s human caused. There was no lightning in the area,” said McNeal, a former captain with the Sonora Fire Department who has fought fires for 23 years for the Forest Service, the National Park Service and other agencies in the Sierra Nevada.
His remarks, made on Aug. 23, were recorded and posted on YouTube in a video that has gotten surprisingly little attention.
Officially, authorities were saying little.
“The cause is still under investigation. There has been progress in the case, but we can’t share any additional details at this time,” said Stanton Florea, a spokesman with the U.S. Forest Service.
The Rim Fire began Aug. 17 in a remote area of Stanislaus National Forest called Jawbone Ridge, far from any paved road. Smoke from the blaze has drifted so far that satellites are measuring it thousands of miles away over Canada and the Great Lakes — and in traces over Europe.
By Friday, the fire had burned 213,414 acres, making it the fifth largest wildfire in California history. It was 35 percent contained; fire officials are estimating full containment on Sept. 20.
Over the past decade, the Forest Service and rural police have reported an increasing number of huge marijuana plantations being found in national forests across California and other states. The operations are run by Mexican drug cartels and are often guarded by armed lookouts, authorities say.
The growers have shot wildlife, rerouted streams and poisoned parks and forests with pesticides. They also have started fires.
In 2009, a huge fire that burned 90,000 acres in the Los Padres National Forest near Santa Barbara was set by a campfire from an illegal marijuana grow, Forest Service investigators concluded at the time. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department said the operation was run by a Mexican drug cartel. Deputies reported finding 30,000 marijuana plants and an AK-47 assault rifle in a remote canyon near where the wildfire started. They also found piles of garbage, propane tanks and a charred stove.
A few weeks after that incident, the Santa Barbara County sheriff said that the tightening of security around the U.S.-Mexico border had led to the rise in drug gangs deciding to grow marijuana on public lands in California. Continue reading this article
In the 2009 video clip below, candidate Rubio declared, “You cannot grant amnesty” and made all the right arguments about enforcement. But that principled viewpoint didn’t survive meeting up with billionaire supporters of cheap foreign labor like Facebook guy Mark Zuckerberg and the influence of open-borders Senators John McCain and Charles Schumer.
ORLANDO — Sen. Marco Rubio knew it was coming, and it did — shouts and jeers from conservative activists over his role in immigration reform.
“Build the fence!” a man yelled as Rubio took the stage Friday at the Americans for Prosperity conference in Orlando. “No amnesty!” several people shouted throughout his address.
But the reception from the crowd of 1,500 was mostly enthusiastic for Rubio, who used his speech to denounce big government and Obamacare, the mention of which brought people to their feet.
Rubio also got loud applause when he criticized the Common Core education standards, which have come under assault form tea party activists who see the standards as a federal takeover. By extension, Rubio was jabbing at his mentor, former Gov. Jeb Bush, who is a major backer of Common Core and has worked to defend against the critics.
Rubio never mentioned immigration, but it was on the mind of many. He was one of eight senators who crafted a wide-ranging bill that would spend tens of billions on border security while also providing a pathway to citizenship for as many as 11 million undocumented residents, provided they pay fines and meet other standards.
“He lied about his position on amnesty,” said Jon Moseley, an activist from Lake Placid, Fla., referring to Rubio’s hard-line stance on immigration during his 2010 Senate campaign. “Now he’s the main face of amnesty.” Continue reading this article
To the long list of scandals stewing in Washington, we should add the push for massively increased legal immigration (plus amnesty) when more than 20 million citizens cannot find jobs and the labor participation rate is the lowest in 34 years. (Ninety million Americans are not in the labor force.) Debates on the Senate bill rarely mention that an “increased flow” of foreign workers is a big part of the deal. Senator Jeff Sessions conservatively estimates that 30 million will be added to the labor pool in the next decade.
Americans are being replaced by exploitable foreigners — that’s the plan. Amnesty for millions of lawbreaking foreigners has been the headline issue, but a permanent increase in legal immigration will change the national character forever, by importing masses of hispanics whose cultures prefer big government.
Another bad signpost is the inability of teens to find work: fewer than a third of kids had a job this summer, down from 52 percent in 1999. (See my July blog, Grim Outlook for Jobless Teens.) How are young people supposed to learn good work habits when they can’t even get started at the bottom rung?
Today’s police officers face diversity in crime they never could have imagined a generation ago, before America stupidly began admitting historic enemies of the West with the idea that diversity is the highest good. The latest is a sword-wielding man, Montasir Ishag, in Rancho Cucamonga who attacked deputies while yelling “Allah Ackbar” the traditional jihadist shriek. One hears it often on TV news from the Middle East as Muslims murder in the name of Allah, which makes everything okay is their evil “religion.”
The deputies were responding to a call from a concerned father who said junior was having an episode due to a combo of meth and bipolar disorder. Funny how such breakdowns are often acted out by Muslims in the form of Sudden Jihad Syndrome (as coined by Islam scholar Daniel Pipes). In other words, the freakout may be genuinely psychological, but Islamic culture too often dictates the expression thereof.
Police were forced to plunk Ishag with a shotgun beanbag round, which was quite humane of them.
Below, some Muslim kiddies are raised with the idea that smiting infidels is part of a well rounded Islamic life.
If the government were to end Muslim immigration, then Americans would have much less Sudden Jihad Syndrome to face. Admitting unfriendlies is really dumb.
A sword-wielding 33-year-old Rancho Cucamonga man charged deputies while hollering “Allah Akbar,” sheriff’s officials say, until the deputies halted him with a blast from a bean bag shotgun.
Montasir Ishag was arrested at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, along the 9400 block of Glenaire Court and booked for investigation of attempted murder of a police officer, jail records show. His bail is $1 million.
Deputies were summoned to the house at 1:26 p.m. by a caller who said his son was under the influence of meth and was having a bi-polar episode, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
The caller also said his son had a sword in his bedroom and feared for his safety.
“When deputies entered the front door, … Ishag charged the deputies with a sword, while yelling ‘Allah Akbar,'” according to the statement. “Deputies used a less than lethal shotgun.”
Ishag was taken to San Antonio Community Hospital for treatment of his injuries before being booked.
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