Diversocrats Rule in Today's Politically Correct Universities

Michael Barone has written a nice article about the assault on higher education by the diversity bureaucrats, as if “inclusion” were the job of the university rather than education.

But the piece would have been improved by the inclusion of some dollar signs showing what all this diversity really costs.

Following is a jaw-dropper that I’ve been saving, where the taxpayer cost of a deluxe diversity office at UC Berkeley is mentioned in the fine print in a bio paragraph about a professional diversocrat:

UC Berkeley’s Plans for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, Diversity Journal, MAY 4, 2011, by Gibor Basri, Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion UC Berkeley

My 30 years as a professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley, has given me a comprehensive perspective about the needs and desires of the students, faculty, and staff on this campus. With shifts in state policies and economic challenges over the past few decades, I have shared mounting concerns about the ability of this university to continue to reflect the rich diversity of California and the nation. In 2007, Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau, with the support of campus leadership, launched an entirely new division—the Division of Equity & Inclusion—to address these concerns as never before.
[. . .]

Dr. Gibor Basri is the vice chancellor for equity and inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley, overseeing a staff of approximately 150 and a $17-million budget. His responsibilities include working with faculty, staff, and students on strategic planning and fundraising for UC Berkeley’s Initiative for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity and to carry out other key programs. An expert in “brown dwarves,” stars that cool down to planetary temperatures, Basri is an astrophysicist, who has taught at Berkeley for 25 years.


Here in California, the chronic budget problems have caused a chainsaw to be taken to the state’s once excellent university system.

But UC Berkeley spends $17 million yearly on a diversity program when there seems to be plenty of diversity on campus already. In fall 2011, the freshman enrollment was only 27.1 percent white.

For another example, note the Chinese signs at UC Berkeley’s iconic Sather Gate:

Now on to Barone:

Colleges skimp on science, spend big on diversity, Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone, April 3, 2012

How many times have you heard Barack Obama talk about “investing” in education? Quite a few, if you’ve been listening to the president at all.

In fact Americans have been investing more and more in education over the years, led by presidents Democratic and Republican. But it’s become glaringly clear that we’re getting pretty lousy return on these investments.

That’s been evident at the K-12 level for a long time. Teacher unions and education-school types have had custody of most of our public schools for more than three decades, during which test results and high school graduation rates have been mostly stagnant.

It has come to the point that Democratic politicians like former New York City superintendent Joel Klein, past and current Chicago Mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Newark Mayor Cory Booker have taken on the teacher unions.

Obama’s education secretary, Arne Duncan, deserves credit for doing a bit of this as well. All this, despite the fact that teacher unions funnel millions of taxpayer-funded dollars into Democratic campaigns. Continue reading this article

Pew Surveys Hispanic Identity Issues

The new Pew study of identity among the 50 million hispanics in America is quite revealing, perhaps more than was intended.

The takeaway point is that hispanics come for the money and don’t identify as Americans but with their tribe of national origin (see graph).

Hispanics believe that they should “learn English in order to succeed in the U.S.” (as Newt Gingrich promotes) but not as a way to become part of the American national community.

A majority admit they came for the money, specifically, “When asked why they came to this country, more than half (55%) of immigrant Hispanics say it was for economic reasons, while 24% say it was for family reasons.” The “better life” mantra we hear from “immigrants” doesn’t mean they desire more freedom or educational opportunity — the purpose is acquiring the Yankee dollar, period.

Another fascinating item is hispanics’ high opinion of themselves (as noted in Pew’s Executive Summary):

Hispanics say their group has been at least as successful as other minority groups in the U.S. Most Hispanics (55%) say their group is about as successful as other racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S. More than one-in-five (22%) say they have been less successful, while 17% say they have been more successful.

The persons polled must not mean academic achievement, since hispanics are disinterested in pursuing education. While 50 percent of Asians have a bachelor’s degree or better, about half of hispanics drop out of high school and only 13 percent have a college degree.

Furthermore, on a list of incomes by ethnic group in the United States based on 2010 Census data, hispanics rank near the bottom, #27 out of 29. The US average income is $51,222, while the hispanic number is $40,914.

But it’s nice that hispanics have high self-esteem about their diversity.

Following is the start of the Executive Summary. You can read the entire report online.

When Labels Don’t Fit: Hispanics and Their Views of Identity, Pew Hispanic, April 4, 2012

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Nearly four decades after the United States government mandated the use of the terms “Hispanic” or “Latino” to categorize Americans who trace their roots to Spanish-speaking countries, a new nationwide survey of Hispanic adults finds that these terms still haven’t been fully embraced by Hispanics themselves. A majority (51%) say they most often identify themselves by their family’s country of origin; just 24% say they prefer a pan-ethnic label.

Moreover, by a ratio of more than two-to-one (69% versus 29%), survey respondents say that the more than 50 million Latinos in the U.S. have many different cultures rather than a common culture. Respondents do, however, express a strong, shared connection to the Spanish language. More than eight-in-ten (82%) Latino adults say they speak Spanish, and nearly all (95%) say it is important for future generations to continue to do so.

Hispanics are also divided over how much of a common identity they share with other Americans. About half (47%) say they consider themselves to be very different from the typical American. And just one-in-five (21%) say they use the term “American” most often to describe their identity. On these two measures, U.S.-born Hispanics (who now make up 48% of Hispanic adults in the country) express a stronger sense of affinity with other Americans and America than do immigrant Hispanics.

The survey finds that, regardless of where they were born, large majorities of Latinos say that life in the U.S. is better than in their family’s country of origin. Also, nearly nine-in-ten (87%) say it is important for immigrant Hispanics to learn English in order to succeed in the U.S.

This report explores Latinos’ attitudes about their identity; their language usage patterns; their core values; and their views about the U.S. and their families’ country of origin. It is based on findings from a national bilingual survey of 1,220 Hispanic adults conducted Nov. 9 through Dec. 7, 2011, by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center. For a full description of the survey methodology, see Appendix A. (In this report, as in all Center reports, the terms “Hispanic” and “Latino” are used interchangeably).

Robert Spencer Interviews Nicolai Sennels about Hostile Islam

As someone fascinated by the psychology of why the multicultural society envisioned by diversity utopians is a failed idea (hint: human nature is tribal), I find this interview of a fearless Danish psychologist to be a fine read. Nicolai Sennels has worked among young Muslims in prison, and as a result he has well informed observations of their beliefs and behaviors.

Sennels writes for JihadWatch.org and has posted worthwhile ideas about immigration, an area where many critics of Islam fear to tread. One item is Integration, immigration and Islam-related problems: 23 suggestions for laws, a thoughtful to-do list.

Robert Spencer interviews Nicolai Sennels: “Muslims are taught to be aggressive, insecure, irresponsible and intolerant”, April 2, 2012

Spencer: Nicolai, people know you mainly for your articles on the psychological differences between Muslims and Westerners (please see here and here). You have also contributed your professional insights in the case against the Guantanamo prisoner Omar Khadr. You wrote several articles, as well as a book on your conclusions. Could you give us a brief account of your findings?

Sennels: There are many differences between people brought up as Muslims and those who are brought up as Westerners. I identified four main differences that are important in order to understand the behavior of Muslims. They concern anger, self-confidence, the so-called “locus of control” and identity.

Westerners are brought up to think of anger as a sign of weakness, powerlessness and lack of self-control. “Big dogs don’t have to bark,” as we say in Denmark. In Muslim culture, anger is seen as a sign of strength. To Muslims, being aggressive is in itself an argument and a way of gaining respect. But we should not be impressed when we see pictures of bearded men hopping up and down, shouting like animals and shooting in the air. We should take it for what it is: the local madhouse passing by.

In Western culture, self-confidence is connected with the ability to meet criticism calmly and to respond rationally. We are raised to see people who easily get angry when criticized, as insecure and immature. In Muslim culture it is the opposite; it is honorable to respond aggressively and to engage in a physical fight in order to scare or force critics to withdraw, even if this results in a prison sentence or even death. They see non-aggressive responses to such threats and violence as a sign of a vulnerability that is to be exploited. They do not interpret a peaceful response as an invitation to enter into a dialogue, diplomacy, intellectual debate, compromise or peaceful coexistence.

“Locus of control” is a term used in psychology, and relates to the way in which people feel that their lives are controlled. In Western culture, we are brought up to have an “inner locus of control,” meaning that we see our own inner emotions, reactions, decisions and views as the main deciding factor in our lives. There may be outer circumstances that influence our situation, but in the end, it is our own perception of a situation and the way we handle it that decides our future and our state of mind. The “inner locus of control” leads to increased self-responsibility and motivates people to become able to solve their own problems. Muslims are brought up to have an “outer locus of control.” Their constant use of the term inshallah (“Allah willing”) when talking about the future, as well as the fact that most aspects of their lives are decided by outer traditions and authorities, leaves very little space for individual freedom. Independent initiatives are often severely punished. This shapes their way of thinking, and means that when things go wrong, it is always the fault of others or the situation. Unfortunately, many Westerners go overboard with their self-responsibility and start to take responsibility for others’ behavior as well. The mix of many Westerners being overly forgiving, their flexible attitude, and Muslim self-pity and blame is the psychological crowbar that has opened the West to Islamization. Our overly protective welfare system shields immigrants from noticing the consequences of their own misbehavior and thereby learning from their mistakes and motivating them to improve.

Finally, identity plays a big role when it comes to psychological differences between Muslims and Westerners. Westerners are taught to be open and tolerant toward other cultures, races, religions, etc. This makes us less critical, impairs our ability to discriminate, and makes our societies open to the influence of other cultural trends and values that may not always be constructive. Muslims, on the other hand, are taught again and again that they are superior, and that all others are so bad that Allah will throw them in hell when they die. While most Westerners find national and cultural pride embarrassing, Muslim culture’s self-glorification, massive use of inbreeding, the rule that only Muslims can marry Muslims and their all-pervading social control function as self-protecting mechanisms on the levels of culture and identity.

In general, Westerners are taught to be kind, self-assured, self-responsible and tolerant, while Muslims are taught to be aggressive, insecure, irresponsible and intolerant. Continue reading this article

Korean Mass Murderer (Oakland): Failure to Assimilate

Evidence continues to accumulate that the killer of seven at Oikos University, One L. Goh, was a very stressed-out immigrant struggling with issues of money and assimilation.

That the shooter fits the profile of Immigrant Mass Murder Syndrome (about which I have written at length) wasn’t surprising. The strains of assimilating to a different culture and language are very difficult even in positive circumstances, but when problems like insufficient money and a family tragedy are added to the mix, the accumulated failures may explode.

Goh owed creditors all over the country and had been evicted from an apartment for non-payment of rent. His brother, a sergeant in the army, was killed in a car crash last year. Goh had been thrown out of Oikos University, designed to be a comfortable transition place for Korean immigrants. His fellow students teased him for poor English skills. Life wasn’t going well, and he was no longer a hopeful young man at 43. He wasn’t celebrating diversity when he bought a gun to punish people he thought were mean to him.

It’s also curious that six out of seven victims were women. Perhaps Goh barged into a nursing class that was mostly women, and that was the reason for the preponderance of female victims. Or maybe there was sexual resentment as well. The victim photos released so far show vibrant young women who probably weren’t very interested in a 43-year-old overweight man with poor communications skills.

Below left to right, Grace Eunhae Kim, 23, One L. Goh and Lydia Sim, 21.

What’s interesting is the liberal media’s acceptance of the idea that failure to assimilate can be a cause of violence, though the MSM doesn’t exactly use those terms. For example, the high poobah of liberal sensibility, the Huffington Post, recycled an AP story using the headline: One L. Goh, Oikos University Shooting Suspect, Was Upset About Being Teased Over Poor English Skills: Police. Maybe HuffPo thought the story had elements of bullying, which is a popular bete noire being decried in the press these days.

Here’s the start of the HuffPo article:

OAKLAND, Calif. — One Goh’s life was on the skids even before he became the suspect in the nation’s biggest mass school shooting since Virginia Tech.

He was chased by creditors. He grieved the death of his brother. In January, he was expelled from Oikos University, a small Christian school where he studied nursing. And, police say, he was angry.

Goh, who was born in South Korea, told them he felt disrespected by teasing about his poor English skills at the Oakland school – a college founded as a safe place where Korean immigrants could adjust to a new country and build new careers.

So, he bought a gun and a few weeks later took his revenge, opening fire at the college on Monday in a rampage that left six students and a receptionist dead and wounded three more, authorities said.

“It’s very, very sad,” police Chief Howard Jordan said. “We have seven people who didn’t deserve to die and three others wounded because someone who couldn’t deal with the pressures of life.”

Police have released little background information about Goh, other than to say he had become a U.S. citizen.

A nursing professor who taught him said Goh would often tell a story about beating someone up who tried to mug him in San Francisco. Romie John Delariman said Goh would say that he picked fights at a park when he was bored.

“Sometimes he would brag that he was capable of hurting people,” Delariman told The Associated Press. “He said he was too old to go school with all the young people, and he said all his classmates were mean to him.”

Note the mention of Virginia Tech and another Korean mass murderer (hence the blog title), Seung-Hui Cho, whose severe anti-social behavior was ignored by university authorities because of political correctness until it was too late.

Obama’s Illegal Alien Uncle Onyango Gets a New “Hardship” License Instead of Deportation

It’s no surprise that the President’s uncle — the drunk-driving illegal alien from Kenya — won’t be punished for nearly crashing into a police car while in an inebriated state.

In late March, a judge made him hand over his driver’s license, as shown below. Now he’s gotten it back, or at least a reasonable facsimile “hardship” license.

The Obama gang has extended his administrative amnesty by granting “unlawful presence waivers” to anyone who has a relative residing in the United States, so Uncle Onyango doesn’t have anything to worry about.

The article below helpfully hints at how Massachusetts remains unnecessarily dangerous because Gov. Deval Patrick has refused to implement the sensible Secure Communities partnership with the feds to protect citizens from criminal aliens.

Uncle Obama on the roads again, Boston Herald, April 3, 2012s

Just a week after he copped a plea in a drunken-driving rap, President Obama’s illegal-alien uncle has landed a hardship driver’s license from the Registry of Motor Vehicles, making it perfectly legal for him to drive in Massachusetts — even though the feds say he doesn’t belong here.

Onyango Obama, 67, who lost his regular license for 45 days last week, scored his limited license yesterday from the Registry’s Wilmington branch, after convincing a hearing officer that life without wheels would have posed an undue hardship on his livelihood as a liquor-store manager. Obama bolstered his case with a letter from his employer, Conti Liquors, as well as proof that he’d enrolled in an alcohol-treatment program.

“He met all of the criteria,” RMV spokeswoman Sara Lavoie said.

Of the state’s decision to award Obama a license even though the federal government considers him an illegal alien, Lavoie would only say, “Registry business is based on Registry records.”

The license allows Obama to drive from noon to midnight.

The license award drew fire from one advocate of tough enforcement on illegals, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson.

“Our democracy is predicated on law,” Hodgson said. “When we start to interpret these laws differently and manipulate them the way we want them to work for certain people, we start to send a mixed message to people that the law doesn’t really matter. Its subject to interpretation. You don’t have to follow the law. They find ways to justify it. We need the laws to be very clear. We need ‘no’ to mean ‘no’ again.”

Hodgson, along with sheriffs in Plymouth and Worcester counties, stood up for Secure Communities, a program that feeds local police fingerprint checks into federal databases to check the citizenship status of accused criminals. Gov. Deval Patrick has refused to enroll the state in the program.

Obama, a Kenyan national, lost his license last week after admitting in court that Framingham cops had sufficient evidence to convict him in an August OUI bust. His lawyer, P. Scott Bratton, said Obama has an immigration hearing next month.

A judge continued Obama’s OUI case without a finding for one year, meaning he’ll face no further punishment if he stays out of trouble. Obama is the half-brother of President Obama’s late father, and the older brother of Zeituni Onyango, who was granted asylum in 2010.

Oakland's Oikos University -- Another Visa Mill?

I live less than 12 miles from Oikos University, the site of Monday’s mass murder, and had never heard of the place. A television news segment reported Oakland City Councilman Larry Reid whose district includes the school said he didn’t know of it either. You could say Oikos kept a low profile.

The shooter who killed seven has been identified as 43-year-old One L. Goh, a former nursing student and a Korean national who resides in Oakland. [Update: here is a mug shot of Goh.]

Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan stated that a source of Goh’s fury was his inability to speak English:

Cops: Oakland attack suspect upset about teasing, CBS News, April 3, 2012

“They disrespected him, laughed at him. They made fun of his lack of English speaking skills. It made him feel isolated compared to the other students,” Jordan said.

Inability to speak English has caused a number of immigrants to lash out in murderous fashion. Somebody in the home country should tell the hopeful newbies that their imagined careers aren’t going anywhere without learning the language of success in America.

Immigration is a highly stressful enterprise and sometimes ends violently when a foreigner becomes overwhelmed with his failure to assimilate to this society’s language and culture.

Oikos’ website has a Korean language version and says it is accredited to offer degrees in a handful of subjects like music, bible studies, asian medicine (acupuncture?) and an AA degree in nursing. One media report characterized the college as a “vocational Christian school.”

It clearly provides services designed to attract a certain flavor of diversity — religious Korean immigrants.

California is fertile ground for visa mills cranking out faux degrees in tech to provide a gateway to America for “students” to enter the country and never leave. One example was Tri-Valley University of San Jose which was shut down last year. (See also Visa Mills Scam Profitably in Silicon Valley.)

Oikos University, on the other hand, doesn’t peddle extravagant tech degrees it can’t deliver. Its offerings are far more modest, and the school sounds like a mom & pop approach to utilizing America’s liberal visa distribution for any sort of education. Oikos’ website has a page describing how to maintain F-1 status, so clearly that’s what they’re about.

The question is why Washington hands out student visas to foreigners majoring in music or bible studies without making sure they leave when their schooling is complete.

Seven dead, three wounded in Oakland university shooting, KTVU, April 2, 2012

OAKLAND, Calif. — Seven people were killed and three others wounded after a disgruntled student walked into a classroom at a small independent university located near the Oakland airport and opened fire.

Police confirmed that a suspect, identified by police Monday evening as 43-year-old One L. Goh, was taken in custody in the parking lot of a shopping mall in nearby Alameda. Sources told KTVU that Goh walked into a Safeway store and told someone he had just shot several people.

Alameda police then arrived and took him in without further incident.

“We do believe we have detained an individual responsible for the shooting at the college,” Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said.

The shooting took place at Oikos University, located at 7850 Edgewater — in an area of warehouses near the Oakland International Airport. There were 35 people on campus at the time of the shooting and sources have told KTVU that Goh had recently been kicked out of a class at the school.

Deborah Lee, 25, a student from China who is studying at Oikos, said she was in an ESL class when she heard four or five pops that sounded like firecrackers.

She said her teacher left the room to see what was going on, then she heard a person yell, “Someone has a gun!” Continue reading this article

Escondido Refutes ACLU Accusations of Ripping Off Illegals

In Mexifornia these days, society is so upside down that a city has to make excuses for protecting the public from dangerous unlicensed drivers who are usually illegal aliens.

A 2008 study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that unlicensed drivers are involved in one in five fatal crashes, but the ACLU is more concerned about the well being of illegal aliens than the safety of citizens and criticized Escondido for the city’s program to protect the public.

Earlier in March, the liberal lawyer group demanded an audit from the Escondido Police Department to see whether the city program of using road checkpoints to remove unlicensed drivers was charging undue fees for impounding vehicles. As an ACLU spokeslawyer remarked, “And we’re concerned that their real interest is profit making and going after immigrants.”

No good deed goes unchallenged when the ACLU is on the job!

San Diego suburb defends vehicle impounds, Associated Press, March 30, 2012

The north San Diego suburb of Escondido on Friday defended itself against criticism that its vehicle impounds unfairly target illegal immigrants, saying they have been a drain on city coffers.

Vehicle tows have cost the city nearly $100,000 over the last three years, the city said in a report two weeks after the American Civil Liberties Union’s San Diego chapter questioned whether Escondido was profiting from fees it levies on drivers.

City Manager Clay Phillips says the report shows Escondido’s fees are appropriate but that they should be reviewed each year. The ACLU said the report was seriously flawed.

Escondido, like many cities, impounds vehicles from drivers who are unlicensed. California and 46 other states deny driver licenses to illegal immigrants, making them more likely to get towed.

Escondido charges drivers $100 to $180 for each tow. California allows towing companies to impound vehicles for up to 30 days, resulting in additional fees that can top $1,000.

The suburb of 144,000 people whose Latino population has surged in the last 30 years has been a hotbed of controversy over illegal immigration. Like Hazleton, Pa., and Farmers Branch, Texas, authorities in Escondido have tackled illegal immigration on their own.

In 2006, the City Council voted to require landlords to check tenants’ immigration status but a federal judge blocked the ordinance and it never took effect. In 2010, Escondido police forged an unusually close alliance with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which has four agents at police headquarters to check the immigration status of people who are questioned at checkpoints or elsewhere.

Against that backdrop, police have come under heavy scrutiny for checkpoints designed to determine if drivers are drunk, unlicensed or violating other rules of traffic safety.

The city said it impounded 12,758 vehicles in the last three years. Fees collected from drivers and towing company concessions yielded a surplus last year and deficits the previous two years for an accumulated deficit of $92,593 over the last three years, a sliver of Escondido’s annual operating budget of $73.4 million.

The ACLU raised a number of questions about how the figures were reached, including the lack of detail on how state grants support operations.

“The main takeaway for us is this makes us more concerned, not less, about the possibility of fiscal impropriety in Escondido,” said Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, senior policy advocate for the ACLU in San Diego.

Beginning this year in California, police can no longer impound vehicles at sobriety checkpoints if a driver’s only offense is being unlicensed and a licensed driver can be found to take the car.

Mexico: Eight Arrested for Ritual Sacrifice Murders

Silly Americans who imagine that Mexico being the #1 contributor of “immigrants” is fine because of the culture’s alleged family and religious values will probably ignore the recent satanic murders.

In fact, Mexico has a strong liking for the dark side particularly as expressed in crime, from the admiration of narco-corridos music celebrating drug criminals to the widespread veneration of historical bandit figure Jesus Malverde.

Millions of Mexicans for whom Jesus is not enough go for the whole enchilada of worshiping Santa Muerta (aka Saint Death — as pictured with an admirer). See my 2009 article about such activities: Mexico Mainlines Malevolence.

Mexicans’ religious practices certainly are diverse!

Cult of the ‘Holy Death’: Eight arrested in Mexico after woman and two 10-year-old boys are ‘ritually sacrificed’, Daily Mail (UK) March 31, 2012

Eight people have been arrested in northern Mexico have over the killing of two 10-year-old boys and a woman in what appears to be ritual sacrifices.

Prosecutors in Sonora, in the north-west of the country have accused the suspects of belonging to the La Santa Muerte (Holy Death) cult.

The victims’ blood has been poured round an altar to the idol, which is portrayed as a skeleton holding a scythe and clothed in flowing robes.

The cult, which celebrates death, has been growing rapidly in Mexico in the last 20 years, and now has up to two million followers.

Jose Larrinaga, spokesman for Sonora state prosecutors, said the most recent killing was earlier this month, while the other two were committed in 2009 and 2010.

Their bodies were found at the altar site in the small mining community of Nacozari, 70 miles south of Douglas, Arizona. Continue reading this article

France: Police Arrest 19 Suspected Jihadists

The Islam-inspired killer of seven in Toulouse France, Mohamed Merah, was initially characterized as self-radicalized. Now it seems possible that he may have had associates, and the arrest of 19 suspected Islamic terrorists in Toulouse and other French cities is an indication.

President Sarkozy promised that the police crackdown would continue.

Interestingly, the New York Times popped out an upbeat salute to the city of Toulouse on Tuesday that made it seem a multicultural paradise: After Killings in France, Muslims Fear a Culture of Diversity Is at Risk. The Times rhapsodized, “this sunny red-brick city has long been known as a place of welcome and diversity” and “is described by its inhabitants as a place of particular tolerance.” Utopia!

Terror arrests in Toulouse in the following days must have been a tiny disappointment for the furtherance of that cheerful diversity narrative. Oh, well!

France detains 19 suspected Islamists, Daily Telegraph, March 30, 2012

Police have detained 19 people in a crackdown on suspected Islamist extremists in cities around France on Thursday and more such raids are planned, Nicolas Sarkozy said.

Arrests took place in several cities, including Toulouse, where extremist gunman Mohamed Merah was shot dead by police last week after a series of cold-blooded shootings that left seven dead, including three Jewish children.

Sarkozy said the arrests targeted “radical Islam” and that the trauma in France after the shootings in Toulouse and nearby Montauban was like that felt in the United States after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

“What must be understood is that the trauma of Montauban and Toulouse is profound for our country, a little – I don’t want to compare the horrors – a little like the trauma that followed in the United States and in New York after the September 11, 2001 attacks,” he told Europe 1 radio. Continue reading this article

Los Angeles Schools: New Free Food Program Introduced

In the diverse city of Los Angeles, a free breakfast program is being launched for 267 of the school district’s poorest schools. The idea of government being the refrigerator of first resort has found great favor in Mexifornia, and the trend is growing as the economy remains tanked (with a double-digit state unemployment rate continuing since the crash).

[For a more thorough examination of the growing phenomenon of government food handouts, see my 2011 VDARE.com article, Free Food Nation (Immigrants Welcome, of Course).]

The Los Angeles Unified School District is a window into present and future diversity, where only nine percent of the students are white and 73 percent are hispanic. Nearly 30 percent of students are classified as English learners in the LAUSD.

Many of these non-Engilsh-speakers are illegal aliens or anchor children of illegals. Another measure of the lawless foreigner incursion is the taxpayer tab: $646 million in welfare costs (not including education) for children of illegal aliens according to Supervisor Michael Antonovich.

In the roll-out for the new freebie, Mayor Villaraigosa was in front of the cameras, perhaps seeking to burnish his sagging image after his unpopular policy of ending vehicle impounds for unlicensed drivers in the city. On Thursday, the John and Ken Show featured the subject of free food in California and the new program [LISTEN.] Reporter Jo Quan from KFI News attended the presser and asked “Isn’t it the parents’ responsibility to feed kids breakfast?”

Villaraigosa responded, “I can’t believe you asked the question, to be honest.”

The idea of parental responsibility is a head-scratcher in some quarters.

Quan further reported that the Food for Thought program will have a substantial federal funding component, despite most news stories defining it as totally private (discussed at around 8:00 in the audio above).

The LA Times article below was typically upbeat over a new social program, but let slip that 80 percent of LAUSD students come from low-income families. The local CBS reported that an estimated 553,000 students who are living in poverty (out of 694,288 students total in the district as of 2007-8) will be eligible for free breakfasts.

Apparently such a huge number of kids living in poverty in not worthy of comment by news organizations. But it is the predictable outcome of welcoming millions of poor illegal aliens from the third world for decades.

New program offers breakfast in L.A. classrooms, Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2012

The joint effort of L.A. Unified and a fundraising group is aimed at boosting the share of students who eat the meal at school from 29% to 70%. Research has linked breakfast to higher academic performance.

Amayrany Reyes ignored the yogurt but gobbled up her strawberries and nibbled her blueberry muffin. Then the bright-eyed third-grader, sporting a pink bow in her long braid, delivered the verdict on breakfast in her Los Angeles classroom.

“Everything is good,” she said, adding that the food makes her feel more energetic.

More than 200,000 students in 267 schools will enjoy such breakfast benefits in the next year under a major initiative announced Thursday by the Los Angeles Unified School District and the L.A. Fund for Public Education, a fundraising group.

The “Food for Thought” program, which will take morning meals into the classroom rather than just the cafeteria, is aimed at boosting the share of students who eat school breakfast from 29% to 70%, according to David Binkle, the district’s food services deputy director.

Children from low-income families — who make up about 80% of L.A. Unified students — are less likely to eat breakfast, according to the California Food Policy Advocates. Some parents may not be able to afford the food; others may leave for work too early to make breakfast for their children. Continue reading this article

Holidays on ICE: Committee Examines Deluxe Detention for Deportables

Since the Obama administration failed to reward its illegal alien base with a mega-million amnesty, it has increased its general coddling of foreign lawbreakers, which it hopes to transform into loyal Democrats someday soon.

Unlike Obama’s administrative amnesty activity which is not directly observable, the new deluxe detention centers are easily photographed and look nicer than the schools attended by many people’s kids. One example is the Texas facility shown below that cost taxpayers $30 million:

The House Immigration Subcommittee considered the subject on Wednesday, revealing a level of luxury many citizens might find inappropriate for government holding centers.

Judiciary Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) noted in his statement to the Committee that “Under this administration, detention looks more like recess. While funds for American students’ physical education classes are being cut, the new detention standards expand recreation for illegal immigrants.”

Four panelists testified and expressed widely differing points of view. Jessica Vaughan of CIS appears on the video below at 5:00 in. She observed the government’s extreme TLC toward lawbreaking foreigners compared with its refusal to provide anything positive for crime victims of illegal aliens.

As Vaughan wrote in her full statement:

Meanwhile, those who are the victims of this unlawful activity have no one in these agencies to speak to for for them. Congress should direct ICE to establish a Victim’s Advocacy Unit to address the concerns of those who are victims of crimes and other damaging actions committed by removable aliens. Currently these victims and their families have no voice within the DHS bureaucracy, no avenue to get their questions answered, and no way to help ensure that immigration law enforcement failures that have tragic consequences are not repeated. In fact, ICE appears to have no interest whatsoever in meeting and discussing their cases with surviving family members, much less providing basic information on how they were handled.

Interestingly, Democrats on the committee thought that the detained persons weren’t treated well enough. Apparently they missed the glowing press stories a couple weeks back of how comfy the new detention centers are. For example, NPR reported on March 14: Trying To Make Immigrant Detention Less Like Prison.

The following article was typical in that background information clearly was not researched.

Partisanship Bickering Hangs Over Immigration Hearing, US News & World Report, March 29, 2012

A Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday on Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s newly adopted detention standards revealed an increasingly bitter Congressional divide on immigration.

The hearing in front of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Policy and Enforcement was held to review ICE’s standards, which grant health care services to detainees, expand protections against sexual assault, provide more hospitable living conditions and expand access to legal services.

The development of the new standards came after a series of investigations, complaints and reports that revealed abuses in the system ranging from rapes to preventable deaths.

From the beginning, the hearing was a political firestorm. Even the name of the hearing was a point of controversy.

California Rep. Zoe Lofgren said she was “disappointed” to learn the hearing was titled “Holidays on ICE,” a title Texas Rep. Lamar Smith defended in his statement.

“This hearing is entitled ‘Holidays on ICE’ because ICE has decided to upgrade accommodations for detained illegal and criminal immigrants,” Smith said. “While we would all like to be upgraded, we don’t have the luxury of billing American taxpayers or making federal law enforcement agents our concierge.”

Smith said facilities designed to comply with new standards were too expensive and opulent, citing a new $30 million detention facility in Karnes City, Texas that is equipped with cable TV, basketball courts, a library and Internet access. Continue reading this article

Muslim Bar Owners in Austin Arrested for Drug Smuggling and Funding Hezbollah

Wow, Austin sure has changed since I left the place. Islamic terrorists were missing from the diversity mix then, which was limited to blacks and hispanics.

Now the Hezbo Islamists, a major terrorist group, have their agents in the Texas capital city trafficking drugs from Mexico to fund jihadist actions around the world.

Congressman Peter King held a hearing a week ago to examine the threat, and the match-up of latin drug cartels with Hezbollah was thought to be particularly dangerous. The cartels’ established routes for moving drugs can be just as easily be used for nukes or other weapons.

The hearing’s speakers agreed that “hundreds” of Hezbo agents were active in this country, and apparently some burrowed into Austin, as a result of diversity-based immigration.

Ending Muslim immigration would improve national security enormously.

Investigators link nightclub owner, associates to drug deals, militant Islamic group, homicide case, Austin American-Statesman, March 28, 2012

Drug deals. Weapons purchases. Ties to a prison gang and a militant Islamic group and even a potential link to an unsolved homicide.

That was the list of allegations federal officials laid out against an Austin nightclub owner and nine of his associates in a dramatic hearing Tuesday.

Arrested last week on money laundering and drug charges, Yassine Enterprises owner Hussein Ali “Mike” Yassine, his brother, Mohammed Ali “Steve” Yassine, and eight others appeared in federal court and heard more details about the cases against them.

Mike Yassine, who owns eight Austin nightclubs, and the other suspects in the case face a variety of charges. Some are accused of cocaine distribution, purchases of guns to be used during drug deals and money laundering dating back to 2007.

Officials linked one suspect to the Texas Syndicate prison gang. They also said thousands of dollars were transferred to a Yassine relative in Lebanon who is reportedly connected to the militant group Hezbollah, considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.

Prosecutors for the first time also revealed that Mike Yassine is a “person of interest” in a case being investigated by the Austin Police Department’s homicide cold case unit. Austin police declined to provide additional details Tuesday, including the name of the alleged victim.

Mike Yassine might have also threatened witnesses, officials said, and is being investigated as part of a sexual assault case. Continue reading this article