Gallup Poll Finds Sub-Normal Identification of Muslims with USA

When a big-time polling company (Gallup) partners up with an Islamic nation (Dubai) to show Muslim success in the United States, the investigation may not be very challenging.

The just-released 132-page report (half in Arabic) is titled “MUSLIM AMERICANS: Faith, Freedom, and the Future; Examining U.S. Muslims’ Political, Social, and Spiritual Engagement 10 Years After September 11.” (Download here.) The presentation is cheerful and seems preoccupied with whether Muslims residing in this country are “thriving” and how much discrimination they have suffered at the hands of cruel Islamophobe Americans.

Gallup’s own online page highlighting the poll seemed designed to emphasize the peacefulness of Muslims by noting that they “are the staunchest opponents of military attacks on civilians.”

Gallup apparently did not ask whether those surveyed approved of the more than 17,500 jihadist attacks since 9/11, as tracked by the “Religion of Peace” website, which is currently scoring Ramadan 2011.

If I were designing a poll, there would be more probing questions for Muslim residers in the United States, such as the following:

● Is sharia law superior to the Constitution?

● Would America be a better place if ruled by sharia?

● Does your local mosque preach the eventuality of a worldwide caliphate?

● Were Jews behind the attacks on the World Trade Center?

● Are American women whores?

● Is polygamy a basic human right?

These are the sort of questions that inquiring citizens like your humble correspondent would like to see asked and answered, but pollsters seem skittish for some reason. Perhaps there was too much unpleasant truth revealed in the 2006 poll where 40 percent of Muslims residing in Britain said they wanted sharia law in the UK.

On Tuesday, the diversity-friendly PBS Newshour focused on the upbeat aspects and allowed the Gallup spokesman to frame the results with no critical examination.

Despite Gallup’s lack of curiosity, the company did turn up at least one noteworthy statistic, one that indicated how little Muslims are integrated in this country, as measured by their lack of identification with America compared to all other religious groups.

Poll: U.S. Muslims don’t back terror, Politico, August 2, 2011

The overwhelming majority of American Muslims say they are not sympathetic with terror groups like al Qaeda, but they identify less strongly with the United States than other religious groups in the country, according to a new poll on Tuesday.

While 69 percent of American Muslims identify either very strongly or extremely strongly with the U.S., that compares with about 90 percent of Christians and Jews in the U.S. who hold those views, the Gallup survey found.

A full 91 percent of Protestants, 89 percent of Catholics, 86 percent of Jews and 92 percent of Mormons say that they identify either very strongly or extremely strongly with the U.S.

American Muslims and Mormons tend to identify with their faith and the U.S. equally, but Catholics, Protestants and Jews all said that they identified more with their country than with their religion, Gallup said. Continue reading this article

The New Spiderman Is Diverse

In the latest example of the cruelty of demographic change, Marvel Comics has killed off its Spiderman-Peter Parker character and replaced him with a diverse persona who is half black, half hispanic and maybe even gay in a three-fer opportunity for comic sales.

Can readers also hope to see a left-handed superhero to portray the struggles of southpaws for respect in a ruthlessly right-handed world?

As a mere civilian in the comix universe (whose favorite was always the mysterious Dr. Strange), I find it odd to axe one character to be replaced by a more demographically advantageous one, when the captains of publishing could just create a new book. Marvel might cobble together a Divers-o-man concoction to promote the flawed ideology that diversity is the highest good.

Comics are increasingly used to bend kids’ minds with propaganda of various agendas. Consider “The 99,” a copious gaggle of Muslim superheroes to instill Islamic values.

Since comics are fantastic fiction, however, reality has a level of squish built in, where normal rules don’t apply. Miles Morales, the new diverse Spiderman, exists in the Ultimate imprint of the Marvel company, while the Peter Parker superhero is alive and well in the regular universe. If only real life were so flexible.

Half-black, half-Hispanic Spider-Man revealed, USA Today, August 1, 2011

We have an African-American president, so why not an African-American Spider-Man, too?

Revealed in Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Fallout Issue 4, out Wednesday, the new Spider-Man in the Ultimate universe is a half-black, half-Hispanic teen named Miles Morales. He takes over the gig held by Peter Parker, who was killed in Ultimate Spider-Man Issue 160 in June.

In his first appearance, he simply breaks up a fight. But readers will learn the true origin of Morales and how he became the new Spider-Man when Ultimate Spider-Man relaunches in September with a new No. 1 issue.

“The theme is the same: With great power comes great responsibility,” says writer Brian Michael Bendis. “He’s going to learn that. Then he has to figure out what that means.”

The new Ultimate Spider-Man series, as well as Wednesday’s Ultimate Fallout issue, will be available digitally the same day as in stores.

In the regular Marvel Universe, Peter Parker will still be the same web-swinging Spidey as he has been since his first appearance in 1962. But in the Ultimate line, launched in 2000 to tell contemporary stories, he received a new origin and a reimagined supporting cast that paralleled the Spidey in regular Marvel continuity.

Morales’ journey will be a similar vehicle for today’s fans, says Marvel’s editor in chief, Axel Alonso.

“What you have is a Spider-Man for the 21st century who’s reflective of our culture and diversity. We think that readers will fall in love with Miles Morales the same way they fell in love with Peter Parker.” Continue reading this article

German Critic of Muslim Immigration Visits Australia

Author and former official of the German Bundesbank Thilo Sarrazin is visiting Australia to participate in a conference examining free speech and the “pervasive problem of political correctness.”

German elites slammed Sarrazin for his 2010 book Deutschland schafft sich ab (Germany does away with itself) which analyzed the negative effects of Muslim immigration, but the book became a best seller for discussing what many Germans were already thinking.

Well known Aussie pundit Andrew Bolt interviewed Sarrazin last week.

Economist Oliver Marc Hartwich reflected on the reason for Sarrazin’s success — honesty in a politically correct society — but that has resulted in resistance from entrenched interests against criticism of the ruling order.

The PC empire strikes back, The Australian, July 20, 2011

FORMER career civil servants and central bankers seldom have star potential. Their work rarely excites the public and their pictures do not usually appear on front pages. This would have been Thilo Sarrazin’s fate as well. A former state treasurer in the city of Berlin and director of the German Bundesbank, Sarrazin was mainly known to political insiders.

All of this changed last August when he published the book Germany abolishes itself (Deutschland schafft sich ab). Within months the provocatively titled tome of 464 pages, laden with statistics and footnotes, became the best selling non-fiction book in German post-war history. More than 1.5 million copies have been printed to date. Its author developed into an unlikely media star whose name recognition in Germany now surpasses the Pope and the chancellor.

Sarrazin’s media success may be unlikely but it can be explained. In a media society governed by political correctness, he did not play by the rules. Perhaps because Sarrazin was used to speaking his mind behind closed doors he believed he could also get away with it in public. As it turned out, that was too optimistic an assumption.

The main points Sarrazin made in his book were neither particularly new nor were they factually incorrect. Like many authors before him, he pointed out that German society is ageing and shrinking because of low birthrates. He also offered a blistering critique of the welfare state, which he claimed had created a persistent, uneducated underclass.

Sarrazin then dared to suggest that due to the availability of welfare entitlements for the poor and career incentives for the rich the great majority of children are now born to parents from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Finally, he explained how Germany’s haphazard immigration system had failed to attract high potentials and instead became exploited by poorly educated migrants. The additional point that Muslim migrants are segregating from mainstream society, again backed up by unambiguous statistical data, was the icing on the cake of Sarrazin’s assault on everything that the guardians of political correctness regard as sacred. Continue reading this article

Cairo on Friday: Islamists Rally for Sharia State

Here’s an update on the Middle East’s “Arab Spring” which was much celebrated in the liberal press as an example of the improvability of human societies, even the backward ones. Peaceful protest could lead to positive political change. Plus, if real democracy were offered in Egypt and beyond, then the great majority would embrace it and forget about Islamic extremism. Kumbaya in a turban.

Recent events in Cairo are unhopeful in that regard, however. The photo below is from another rally but the sentiments are the same ones expressed in Tahrir Square on Friday, where at least one Islamist declared, “We are all Osama bin Laden” (viewable in the video below).

Even Al Jazeera noticed a sharp difference of values between Islamists and democratically inclined Egyptians: “Visions collide in a sweltering Tahrir Square.”

Egyptian ‘unity’ rally highlights split within nation, Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2011

Reporting from Cairo— A huge rally Friday meant to symbolize Egyptian unity highlighted instead the deepening splits between secularist and Islamist parties over the direction of a nation convulsed in recent weeks by protests and fears that the revolution for democracy has sputtered.

The demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square reaffirmed the power of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist organizations that amassed tens of thousands of supporters. It was a stark display that signaled battles certain to unfold in coming months over the influence of Islamic law on Egypt’s new constitution.

Secularist parties have pressured the ruling military council to draft guidelines to govern the writing of a constitution. The Brotherhood has criticized the move as an attempt to circumvent the new Parliament, which Islamists are expected to control, giving them power to pass a constitution weighted in Sharia law.

“The people want an Islamic state,” Islamists chanted while outnumbered secular demonstrators watched from the sidelines in a square streaked with religious banners and echoing with sound of voices from loudspeakers.

“I’m really scared of the potential of an Islamic state in Egypt. Islamists like the Muslim Brotherhood don’t allow any democracy within their movement,” said Amira Badr, a 27-year-old administrator. “What will they do to a whole nation in the name of religion? I’m a devout Muslim, but I separate religion from politics.” Continue reading this article

Mendocino Mexican Marijuana Eradication Reveals Worsened Infestation

It’s marijuana time in California, and every season seems to bring bigger, more destructive grows in our protected public lands. Mexican organized crime has moved in with a vengeance, with little pushback from authorities until late in the season.

It sounds like the criminals are winning. More pot is being grown and there is lots more violence. Local hunters and hikers are afraid to go into the Mendocino National Forest because of the threat. The worsening violence is driving even Mexicans out of the business. Sheriff Tom Allman said if public lands are not taken back from the criminals soon, “then we may get to the point of no return.”

One Mexican former grower mused that California might “end up like Mexico.”

Unfortunately, the increased incursion of Mexican thugs coincides with a state budget stretched to the maximum and little interest in Sacramento of protecting parks and forests. The New York Times reported on July 29, “Budget Cuts Endanger State’s Marijuana Eradication Program” which could mean the surrender of part or all of California’s treasured public land to criminal invaders.

Massive pot eradication operation underway, ABC-KGO TV San Francisco, July 28, 2011

Now underway in Northern California is one of the largest marijuana eradication efforts in state history. “Operation Full Court Press” is taking place in the Mendocino National Forest, which reaches into six counties. More than 100 people have been arrested so far, but who’s behind these illegal operations? Our media partner California Watch, a project of the non-profit Center For Investigative Reporting has just completed a major project looking inside the marijuana trade.

For years, local and federal authorities have been trying to put a stop to illegal marijuana coming out of California. Last year they seized some 7 million plants, much of it is grown on public lands. It’s even been found in national parks, including Yosemite.

In Mendocino County, officers have been training for a joint local, state and federal eradication operation. It is the largest series of raids ever conducted in this part of Northern California. Last week, the raids started and it was spearheaded by Sheriff Tom Allman.

“We’re at a fork in the road and if we don’t make an aggressive push right now to take back some of our public lands, then we may get to the point of no return,” Allman said.

That battle to take back the land is increasingly turning violent. Last year drug agents killed two armed Mexican men at remote pot farms in Mendocino County.

“I’ve had people come to me and say, ‘My family has hunted in the Mendocino National Forest for five generations and we don’t go there anymore because every time we go there, we hear shots being fired around or people have literally walked into our hunting camp and said get out of here,’” said Allman. Continue reading this article

Would-Be Army Killer Is Defiant in Court

We are lectured daily that Islam is “The Religion of Peace” despite mounting evidence to the contrary, e.g. over 17,000 Islamist terror attacks since 9/11.

Today’s example of Islamic malevolence is the wanna-be Fort Hood murderer #2, Pfc. Naser Abdo, who was arrested Wednesday in Killeen, Texas, for plotting a deadly attack with explosives and firearms.

In 2009, Major Nidal Hasan murdered 13 and wounded 32 on the Fort Hood base. Perhaps he was an inspiration to Mr. Abdo.

Interestingly, Abdo’s pursuit of conscientious objector status made him a darling of the anti-war left, like the Courage to Resist website which celebrated his actions, as “The missing story of Muslim peacemaking” and was quickly scrubbed from view after the arrest.

“Muslim peacemaking” — now there’s a phrase!

Al Jazeera swooned similarly in its portrayal of the courageous Muslim lad trying to keep his faith among the bellicose infidels, as reported by MEMRI last year:

Reporter: “The Muslim U.S. soldier Nasser Abdo prays five times a day where he lives near the Fort Campbell base in Kentucky, from where some 5,000 soldiers are to be sent to Afghanistan as part of President Obama’s plan, which strives to eliminate the Taliban. Abdo’s fellow soldiers are preparing for deployment to Afghanistan soon, according to their orders. But this Muslim soldier is refusing to be sent with his unit, because, he exclaims, as a Muslim he is forbidden to kill Muslims.”

Nasser Abdo: “I don’t believe I can involve myself in an army that wages war against Muslims. I don’t believe I could sleep at night if I take part, in any way, in the killing of a Muslim.”

Clearly, recent events show he had no problem with killing fellow soldiers or innocent civilians.

The Fox report below has a few seconds showing Abdo praying toward Mecca taken from the Jazeera story.

Another fascinating bit of background is that Jamal Abdo, the accused’s father, spent several years in prison for soliciting sex from a minor and was deported to Jordan in 2010. The younger Abdo was accused of having child porn on his computer.

Diversity in immigration is so enriching.

Now the gentle conscientious objector has shown a less kindly side, behaving in a “defiant” way in court and yelling out the name of the Islamic mass murderer Nidal Hasan, who has apparently become a hero to America-hating jihadists.

Chalk up another poster boy for hostile Islam in America.

AWOL soldier defiant in 1st court appearance, Associated Press, July 29, 2011

An AWOL soldier accused of plotting to launch an attack on Fort Hood was defiant during his first court appearance on Friday, yelling out the name of the Army psychiatrist blamed in the 2009 deadly shooting rampage at the same Texas base.

Federal prosecutors charged 21-year-old Pfc. Naser Abdo with possessing an illegal firearm, two days after he was arrested at a motel about 3 miles from the front gate of Fort Hood. He told authorities he planned to construct two bombs in the motel room using gunpowder and shrapnel packed into pressure cookers and then detonate the explosives at a restaurant frequented by soldiers, court documents released Friday said.

Abdo, who had requested conscientious objector status because his Muslim beliefs prevented him from fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. refused to stand up during Friday’s court hearing when asked. As he left the room, he shouted: “Nidal Hasan Fort Hood 2009.”

Hasan, an Army major and psychiatrist, is charged in the 2009 deaths of 13 people at Fort Hood in the worst mass shooting ever on a U.S. military installation.

Abdo’s words in court were a sharp contrast to an essay he wrote last year as the first anniversary of the Fort Hood shootings approached and as he petitioned for conscientious objector status. In the essay, obtained by The Associated Press, Abdo said the attacks ran against his beliefs as a Muslim and were “an act of aggression by a man and not by Islam.”

Abdo was approved as a conscientious objector this year, but that status was put on hold after he was charged with possessing child pornography. He went absent without leave from Fort Campbell, Ky., during the July 4 weekend.

On July 3, Abdo tried to buy a gun at a store near the Kentucky post, according to the company that owns the store. Police in Killeen, where Fort Hood is located, said their break in the case came Tuesday from Guns Galore LLC — the same gun store where Hasan bought a pistol used in the 2009 attack. Store clerk Greg Ebert said Abdo arrived by taxi and bought 6 pounds of smokeless gunpowder, three boxes of shotgun ammunition and a magazine for a semi-automatic pistol. Continue reading this article

Muslim Soldier (US Army) Arrested for Plot against Fort Hood

If there is anything dumber than Muslim immigration generally, it is admitting members of the hostile Islamic tribe into the US military. Training potential fifth columnists in the use of weapons is unwise for national security and public safety.

Today’s reminder of the wisdom of prudent crime prevention is the AWOL Muslim soldier arrested in Killeen, Texas, for plotting an attack on Fort Hood. That was the place where in 2009 Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan murdered 13. Perhaps Fort Hood is considered to be the site of an Islamic victory and therefore worth a revisit by a dedicated Soldier of Allah.

The character in question, Pfc. Nasser Abdo, had sought and recently received conscientious objector status, because he learned that being deployed would necessitate him to take up arms against fellow Muslims. The Army occasionally requires shooting people — who knew??

AWOL Soldier Arrested in What Police Identify as New Plot to Attack Fort Hood, Fox News, July 28, 2011

An Army private has been arrested in connection with an alleged plot to attack Fort Hood that authorities suggest was close to being carried out. The arrest, first reported by Fox News, comes nearly two years after a deadly shooting rampage at the base.

Pvt. Naser Jason Abdo, an AWOL soldier from Fort Campbell in Kentucky, was arrested by the Killeen Police Department near Fort Hood and remains in custody at the Killeen jail.

Abdo, 21, was found with weapons, explosives and jihadist materials at the time of his arrest, a senior Army source confirms to Fox News. He was arrested at around 2 p.m. Wednesday after someone called authorities to report a suspicious individual.

Eric Vasys, a spokesman with the FBI’s San Antonio Office, said authorities found firearms and bomb making components inside Abdo’s motel room. Sources also say Abdo was attempting to make a purchase at Guns Galore in Killeen, the same ammunition store where Maj. Nidal Hasan purchased weapons that were allegedly used to gun down 13 people and wound 30 others at the base on Nov. 5, 2009.

Sources said Abdo had enough materials to make two bombs, including 18 pounds of sugar and six pounds of smokeless gunpowder — a possible trigger for an explosive. A pressure cooker was also found. Another counterterrorism source said the bomb making materials and methodology came “straight out of Inspire (a terrorist magazine) and an Al Qaeda explosives course manual.” Continue reading this article

Somali Immigrants in Minnesota: Import a Problem, Then Pay to Try to Fix It

On July 27, Rep. Peter King chaired the Homeland Security Committee’s third hearing about Islamic terrorism in the United States, titled Al Shabaab: Recruitment and Radicalization within the Muslim American Community and the Threat to the Homeland.

King’s opening remarks (Watch) noted that the hearing was part of an ongoing investigation.

At this hearing, the third in a series, we will examine Somalia-based terrorist organization al Shabaab’s ongoing recruitment, radicalization, and training of young Muslim-Americans and al Shabaab’s linking up with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

See also the Majority Investigative Report — Al Shabaab: Recruitment and Radicalization within the Muslim American Community and the Threat to the Homeland.

A new fact from the hearing was that 40 Somalis residing in America have returned to their beloved homeland to fight for jihad with al-Shebaab (pictured), not the 20+ number that has been the usual figure for several years.

One interesting witness was the St. Paul Chief of Police, Thomas Smith. His testimony was enthusiastic about the wonders of police “outreach” to Somali youth. (Read it here.) He made the St. Paul police sound more like social workers than crime-fighting cops. Smith described an array of fun athletic programs: “Our Police Athletic League has over 300 Somali American youth participants who compete in soccer, flag football, softball and volleyball games that are organized, coached and refereed by Saint Paul Police Officers.” Kumbaya is alive and well in Minnesota!

Of course, top quality outreach like St. Paul’s does not come cheap. Chief Smith praised the success of AIMCOP (African Immigrant Muslim Community Outreach Program). AIMCOP is a two-year program funded by a Bureau of Justice Assistance grant at a cost of $670,679 to the taxpayers.

In 2006, the St. Paul Police received a grant for $250,000 from the Minnesota Public Safety Department for outreach to the Muslim/Somali community. The program focused on women’s issues and domestic violence, but apparently did not work well enough to prevent prostitution rings in three cities run by Somali gangs which forced girls under the age of 14 into the sex business.

The point is that hostile, culturally inappropriate groups like Somali Muslims are a really bad choice for immigrants and cost the taxpayer a pile of money as a result. They arrive with a dislike of our values, and the young men act out via crime, gangs and Islamic violence. Extreme diversity in immigration is favored by liberals as a way to demonstrate their flawed belief that all cultures are morally equal, which they most certainly are not.

Agencies like the police, schools and social services are faced with the task of socializing hostile tribes that do not want to assimilate. Taxpayers are then forced to spend a lot of money to run expensive programs to keep Somali boys out of trouble.

It would be cheaper and safer to end the failed social experiment of diverse immigration, particularly Muslims.

St. Paul police chief shares strategy with House panel studying Somali terrorism, St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 28, 2011

One soccer game and camping trip at a time, St. Paul police officers are spending time with Somali-American youth to help counter the threat of Islamic radicalization, the city’s police chief testified Wednesday in Washington.

Police “began to engage in serious outreach work with our Somali-American residents” in 2004, said Chief Thomas Smith. That became the foundation for the African Immigrant Muslim Community Outreach Program (AIMCOP), funded largely through a federal grant.

In addition to youth work, police hold community education meetings targeted at Somali adults, and regular meetings between Smith and elders.

“We strongly believe that by creating these safe, diverse and ongoing opportunities for Somali-American youth and the police to interact, that trust, cooperation, friendship and mentorship will increase, and opportunities for al-Shabaab to recruit and radicalize our youth will decrease,” Smith said in remarks prepared for a U.S. House Homeland Security Committee hearing in Washington. Continue reading this article

Clinton Complains at Cuts

In Washington, it’s business as usual in some precincts, where many of the top Democrats haven’t heard (or don’t care) that the country is broke.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton objects to reductions in her cushy budget that allows her to be Ms. Generous around the world on the nation’s depleted credit card. In fact, the State Department has been shoveling money at corrupt countries where much of the aid has been stolen or wasted on ridiculous projects.

Too much of foreign policy consists of thinly disguised bribery to shape behavior overseas. Maybe it works to a degree, but the country can no longer afford it.

How wasteful and objectionable are State Department programs? Very. One example that got a lot of attention last year was the use of tax money to build mosques overseas, as part of a cultural preservation program, or something. According to FactCheck.org, “The State Department says that, in total, the fund has contributed nearly $26 million to approximately 640 cultural heritage sites in more than 100 countries, and more than half was given before Obama took office.”

Another example of crazy diverse waste is Clinton’s scheme to empower Afghan women by giving them cell phones:

Afghan Women Tolerate Beating for Cell Phones in Emerging Market, Bloomberg, July 11, 2011

[. . .] The connection Maryam sees between women and wireless is apparent to the world’s biggest telecommunications companies, which have begun a push to bring female customers in the developing world to the same level as men. The U.S. and Australian agencies for international development are backing the effort by Vodafone Group Plc, France Telecom SA and others with $1 million to fund research into how to find and keep women like Maryam, and to persuade men that handsets aren’t a threat. [. . .]

The U.S. is helping fund MWomen to bring women’s handset use on par with men’s and change “the all-too-common belief that cell phones afford more freedom to women than they deserve,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at an Oct. 7 press conference.

Sen Tom Coburn didn’t get much press coverage for his own detailed analysis of wasteful spending (and how to save $7 trillion), which was regrettable. But it is all online for inquiring minds to see: Back in Black: A Deficit Reduction Plan. Following is Coburn’s July 18 press conference about the analysis on C-SPAN:

The State Department section of Coburn’s report is linked here.

When the American people are asked what government spending should be cut in order to balance the federal budget, foreign aid programs generally top the list. In fact, the annual State and Foreign Operations appropriations have increased over 80 percent from 2002 to 2010, adjusting for inflation. President Obama‟s budget request for Fiscal Year 2012 is a record-high $59 billion for State and Foreign Operations appropriations.

Back to the Secretary of State’s complaints about her budget being trimmed a little:

Clinton tries to stop House aid bill, Politico, July 27, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is urging a group of House Republicans to give up their push for a bill that would slash payments to the United Nations and limit aid to Egypt, Pakistan and the Palestinian Authority, among other groups.

Clinton said in a letter Tuesday that she would urge President Barack Obama to veto the bill if it passes in both houses of Congress because the measure “would be debilitating to my efforts to carry out a considered foreign policy and diplomacy, and to use foreign assistance strategically to that end,” The Washington Post reported.

The bill cleared the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week in an effort to cut $6.4 billion from the president’s request for $51 billion in foreign aid for 2012. While it has the potential to pass the GOP-controlled House, it’s seen as unable to get through the Democrat-led Senate.

The bill would impose “onerous restrictions” on State Department operations and foreign aid, Clinton wrote, and the “severe curtailing” of dues payments to international groups including the UN and the Organization of American States would be damaging.

The legislation’s proposal to block funding to countries that don’t meet corruption standards “has the potential to affect a staggering number of needy aid recipients,” as do proposals to restrict aid to Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen and the Palestinian Authority. The bill would only allow the flow of money to those countries if the Obama administration was able to certify that no members of terror groups or their sympathizers were serving in their governments.

Brad Goehner, a spokesman for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of the House committee, told the Post that the letter was “disappointing, particularly given the current debt crisis, that the Obama administration is fighting to keep sending taxpayer money to foreign organizations and governments that undermine U.S. interests.”

California: Jerry Brown Signs Semi-DREAM Act into Law

The mainstream press from the Los Angeles Times to the commie People’s World agree that California’s new partial DREAM Act is a great thing. The whole Mexifornia DREAM Act couldn’t be pushed through even the totally Democrat government, so its evil author, Sen Gil Cedillo, chopped it into two parts.

The less objectionable section was just signed into law, wherein illegal aliens can mooch financial aid from private sources. The next piece of legislation AB131 is still in the state Senate and would permit illegal aliens access to public funds like Cal Grants. Illegals already get taxpayer-subsidized in-state tuition, which adds to their huge sense of entitlement.

Of course, it is crazy public policy to allot scarce funds and college slots to educating illegal aliens who cannot work legally even after graduation. What about citizen students whose parents have paid into to system for decades? As Assemblyman Tim Donnelly observed, “Bottom line is California doesn’t have enough money to take care of its obligations to its citizens right now.”

But Governor Jerry Brown called opponents “wrong morally and humanly.” Brilliant. Liberals believe they are morally superior when they spend other people’s money to uplift adored victim groups, such as illegal alien kiddies.

Brown signs California Dream Act, Los Angeles Times, July 26, 2011

New law covers private funding; governor signals he may also favor expanding public Cal Grants eligibility.

Following through on a campaign promise, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law Monday easing access to privately funded financial aid for undocumented college students. He also signaled that he was likely to back a more controversial measure allowing those students to seek state-funded tuition aid in the future.

Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), author of the private financial aid measure, described it as an important but incremental step toward expanding opportunities for deserving students who were brought to the U.S. illegally through no choice of their own. Cedillo is pressing ahead with a more expansive measure that would make certain undocumented students eligible for the state’s Cal Grants and other forms of state tuition aid.

Brown said he was “positively inclined” to back that bill but would not make a decision until it crosses his desk.

“I’m committed to expanding opportunity wherever I can find it, and certainly these kinds of bills promote a goal of a more inclusive California and a more educated California,” Brown told reporters after the bill-signing ceremony Monday.

For Brown, signing Cedillo’s bill was a gesture of goodwill toward Latino voters, who helped elect him in large numbers last fall. Legislation providing education funding to undocumented students has been a top priority for many Latino groups, which have found many of their efforts thwarted so far at the federal level. Last year proponents failed to marshal enough votes in the U.S. Senate to ensure passage of the federal DREAM Act, which would have created a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. before age 16 if they attended a college or served in the military.

Brown’s position on the California Dream Act was being closely monitored after he angered some prominent Latino leaders by vetoing a bill last month that would have made it easier for farmworkers to organize. Though Brown noted in his veto message that he signed legislation helping farm workers unionize during his first stint as governor in the mid-1970s, his veto was sharply criticized by the United Farm Workers, which counted the bill among their top priorities.

But several analysts who study Latino politics said the California Dream Act was far more important symbolically to many in the Latino community. Fernando Guerra, director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University, said the bill was viewed by many as a measure of social acceptance of Latinos because it would increase opportunity for the best and brightest among the undocumented. Continue reading this article

American Convert to Islam Is Sentenced for Murder

In 2009, an American convert to Islam, Abdulhakim Muhammad (pictured), drove to a Little Rock Army recruiting office where he shot and killed Pvt. William Long and wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula.

In his trial last week, the defense attorneys hoped to convince jurors that Muhammad had a delusional disorder — a common ploy in Islamic crimes of violence, because the actions often look like those of a crazy person.

On Monday, however, he arranged a plea deal with the prosecutor in which he pleaded guilty to murder in return for life in prison, to avoid the death penalty.

In Peter King’s hearing last March about the radicalization of Muslims residing in America, one witness was Melvin Bledsoe, the father of the convicted killer, who was originally named Carlos Bledsoe. (Read his testimony.) He told the committee how his son had been ensnared by Islamists in college in Nashville and brainwashed with the hateful ideology of Muslims against the world. In 2007 Muhammad traveled to Yemen to learn about his adopted religion, where he absorbed more of the hate-America belief system. When he returned to this country, he wanted to retaliate against the military for what he considered to be American wars against Islam, leading to the jihadist attack on US soldiers.

An interesting sidebar of the trial is how it supposedly has stirred up the dread fear of “backlash” against Muslims among the local slaves of Allah. There is a problem though: the complaint from Muslims is that they are being beaten up and robbed, but nobody has reported a crime to the police. Perhaps a few unkind glances have been magnified by fertile imaginations. Actual hate crimes against Muslims are rare, according to FBI research, but Muslims plug away at their victim fantasy regardless.

Here are more details about the crime and sentence:

Man pleads guilty to recruiting center killing, gets life, CNN, July 2011

(CNN) — A man accused of shooting two soldiers at a military recruiting center in 2009 pleaded guilty Monday to the crime and received a sentence of life in prison without parole.

Abdulhakim Muhammad, formerly known as Carlos Bledsoe, was charged with killing Pvt. William Long, 23, and wounding Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18. The attack happened June 1, 2009, outside a recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Muhammad faced 12 charges in total — capital murder, attempted capital murder and 10 counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle — according to Stephanie Harris, a spokeswoman with the state court system.

In Arkansas, defendants cannot plead guilty in a case in which the death penalty is a possibility.

Prosecutors agreed to drop the death penalty in exchange for Muhammad’s plea, Harris said.

A Muslim convert from Memphis, Tennessee, Muhammad was 23 at the time of the fatal shooting. He was angry at the U.S. military because of “what they had done to Muslims in the past,” Little Rock homicide Detective Tommy Hudson has said.

Obama Speech Is Cheered at La Raza Convention

The nation’s budget is circling the drain, but the President took time off from his busy leadership activities to make a re-election pitch to the annual convention of the National Council of La Raza (“the Race” in English).

As usual, Obama “blamed Republicans” for his inability to enact a massive amnesty. He obviously hoped his audience would conveniently forget that Democrats had total rule of the White House and Congress for nearly two years. Apparently they did misremember, because plenty of cheers were heard at his inaccuracies.

Interestingly, a Judicial Watch investigation has revealed that under Obama, the government now gives La Raza $11 million annually for its nefarious programs.

Regarding amnesty, the President admitted to his friendly audience that “The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you, not just on immigration reform.”

Actually, the President has already instituted an administrative semi-amnesty via the Morton memo which directed ICE employees to deport only the worst of the worst violent criminals. But the hispandering is never enough when there is a semblance of border security.

Here’s a link to a rather unsatisfying article, from Reuters: Obama tells Hispanics he’ll push immigration reform.

The White House transcript of the speech is more colorful:

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you!  Thank you so much.  (Applause.) What an extraordinary crowd.  Thank you.  Please have a seat.  
        It is good to be back with NCLR.  (Applause.)  It is good to see all of you.

Right off the bat, I should thank you because I have poached quite a few of your alumni to work in my administration.  (Laughter.)  They’re all doing outstanding work.  Raul Yzaguirre, my ambassador to the Dominican Republic — (applause) — Latinos serving at every level of my administration.  We’ve got young people right out of college in the White House.  We’ve got the first Latina Cabinet Secretary in history, Hilda Solis.  (Applause.)  So we couldn’t be prouder of the work that so many folks who’ve been engaged with La Raza before, the handiwork that they’re doing with our administration.  And as Janet mentioned, obviously we’re extraordinarily proud of someone who is doing outstanding work on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor.  (Applause.)

Recently, 100 Latino officials from across the government met with Latino leaders from across the country at the White House.  I know some of you were there.  And I think all who attended would agree that we weren’t just paying lip service to the community.  Our work together, not just that day but every day, has been more than just talk.

What I told the gathering at the White House was we need your voice.  Your country needs you.  Our American family will only be as strong as our growing Latino community. (Applause.)  And so we’re going to take these conversations on the road and keep working with you, because for more than four decades, NCLR has fought for opportunities for Latinos from city centers to farm fields.  And that fight for opportunity –- the opportunity to get a decent education, the opportunity to find a good job, the opportunity to make of our lives what we will -– has never been more important than it is today.

And we’re still climbing out of a vicious recession, and that recession hit Latino families especially hard.  I don’t need to tell you Latino unemployment is painfully high.  And there’s no doubt that this economy has not recovered as fast as it needs to.  The truth is it’s going to take more time.  And a lot of the problems we face right now, like slow job growth and stagnant wages, these were problems that were there even before the recession hit.

These challenges weren’t caused overnight; they’re not going to be solved overnight.  But that only makes our work more urgent — to get this economy going and make sure that opportunity is spreading, to make sure everyone who wants a job can find one, and to make sure that paychecks can actually cover the bills; to make sure that families don’t have to choose between buying groceries or buying medicine; that they don’t have to choose between sending their kids to college or being able to retire.

My number-one priority, every single day, is to figure out how we can get businesses to hire and create jobs with decent wages.  And in the short-term, there are some things we can do right away.  I want to extend tax relief that we already put in place for middle-class families, to make sure that folks have more money in their paychecks.  And I want to cut red tape that keeps entrepreneurs from turning new ideas into thriving businesses.  I want to sign trade deals so our businesses can sell more goods made in America to the rest of the world, especially to the Americas.

And the hundreds of thousands of construction workers — many of them Latino — who lost their jobs when the housing bubble burst, I want to put them back to work rebuilding our roads and our bridges and new schools and airports all across the country.  There is work to be done.  These workers are ready to do it.  (Applause.)

So bipartisan proposals for all of these jobs measures would already be law if Congress would just send them to my desk, and I’d appreciate if you all would help me convince them to do it.  We need to get it done.  We need to get it done.  (Applause.) Continue reading this article