One of the ways that Islam imposes sharia around the world is by behavioral shaping through violence and intimidation. Today’s illustration is Sen Lindsey Graham’s suggestion on a Sunday talk show that Congress make it a crime to burn the Koran.
It is regrettable that Muslims are killing in large numbers, but that behavior is normal for them. We Americans should not destroy our tradition of free speech in response to their primitive 8th century culture of faith-based violence. The “Religion of Peace” indeed!
Attacking free speech is a major tactic of Allah’s gangsters, as one can observe in Europe, where violence is commonly used against freedom-loving people. For example, Dutch artist Theo van Gogh was assassinated in 2004 for making a film critical of Islam’s treatment of women. Rising political star Pim Fortuyn was similarly murdered for telling the inconvenient truth about the religion.
So when three suspicious foreign men acted like they might be doing reconnaissance on Camp Pendleton for a later attack, local attention was aroused. Before showing up at the front gate in two cars, the men made terrorist threats at a gas station and asked directions to the base. Their behavior seems dumb, but violent Muslims sometimes exhibit an odd combination of arrogance and stupidity.
SAN DIEGO — 10News learned Camp Pendleton base officials have essentially closed the case involving three Middle Eastern men who tried to drive onto the base without proper authorization last weekend.
Retired Colonel G.I. Wilson told 10News, “It does make you very, very suspicious, and the fact they came back a second time would really put my antenna up.”
The three men — 40-year-old Afghani Ahmad Rahmani Naeem, 41-year-old Iranian Vahik Petrossian and 27-year-old Iranian Sengekdi Norvik Avanosian — attempted to get into Camp Pendleton last weekend under what was considered suspicious circumstances.
According to a Be On the Lookout (BOLO) alert issued to high-ranking Camp Pendleton officials, someone reported hearing hateful comments and terrorist threats from three men at a gas station in Oceanside Saturday.
Investigators at Camp Pendleton said the men asked the attendant for directions on how to get to Camp Pendleton before they left the gas station.
According to the alert, shortly after midnight Sunday, a rented silver Toyota Corolla driven by Naeem attempted to enter Camp Pendleton through the main gate. As it was being searched, Petrossian and Avanosian drove up in a black Mercedes, but were told to wait. Instead, they continued past the gate and onto the base. Following a short pursuit, the Mercedes was stopped and searched.
No weapons or contraband were found in the Mercedes, but base security noticed the air bag in the steering wheel of the Mercedes had been pulled out and re-attached with duct tape and had wires hanging free, the alert said.
According to the alert, Naaem told base security he was lost and was trying to go to Glendale. When interviewed, Petrossian and Avanosian said they were lost and trying to go to Glendale. The three men claimed not to know each other, the alert said.
Naaem, Petrossian and Avanosian were photographed and released after questioning, and a warning about the trio was posted to law enforcement.
However, later that morning about 8:30 a.m., Naeem returned in the Toyota and tried to get on the base again, saying he made a mistake and was trying to enter Interstate 5, the alert said. After his vehicle was searched, Naeem was issued a letter of debarment from the base and escorted to the freeway. Continue reading this article
According to CNN, disaffection among Muslims residing in America is growing, and that’s a bad thing. But when you read the network’s own description of one instance, it’s clear that the local Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) representative was stirring the pot to foment that alienation. If the Muslim congregation didn’t know about the Peter King hearings investigating domestic radicalization, then CAIR guy Dawud Walid was there to provide the Muslims-as-victims spin.
As terror analyst Walid Phares noted last fall, “According to open-source reports, between 2001 and 2008, U.S. agencies stopped one or two terror attempts a year. However, from 2009 until today, the government has been uncovering one or two cases a month, a troubling growth in jihadi activities.”
So Islamic terror diversity is on a definite upswing in America, yet all we citizens hear from Muslims is complaining about bogus Islamophobia. It is not reassuring from a national security viewpoint that the public conversation is about citizens’ alleged cruelty toward Islam followers, even though the people believe otherwise: Rasmussen Poll: Just 17% Think Muslims Are Mistreated.
Not all cultures are compatible. Muslims would be low on the list of easily assimilable immigrants with their high-decibel rejection of western values like secular law, gender equality, free speech and reason over power. Washington would be wise to end Muslim immigration for national security reasons, if nothing else.
CNN is unfortunately carrying water for America’s enemies, as exemplified by its recent news special, “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door” [Watch], which the New English Review called “too sympathetic and biased.” But CNN does at least draw attention here to CAIR acting as a fifth-column enterprise, even if CNN did so inadvertently. That’s the best you can say.
Madison Heights, Michigan (CNN) – Dawud Walid asked the worshipers for a show of hands: How many had heard about the Muslim radicalization hearings in Washington earlier that day?
About half of the 50 or so Muslims in the banquet hall-turned-mosque indicated that they had.
So Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Michigan chapter, briefed the other half about the hearing, calling it an “unfortunate first in American history.”
Then he went further, warning about what he said were a handful of growing threats to American Muslims.
“As we approach the 10th anniversary of September 11, we are seeing unprecedented acts of Islamophobia,” Walid told the worshipers at the American Islamic Community Center, 10 miles north of Detroit.
“After 9/11, it was coming from a few right-wingers,” he said. “But now, in 2011, we’re seeing it from Congress.”
Walid went on to tell the congregation that a dozen states – from Georgia to Missouri to New Mexico – are considering bans on Sharia, or Islamic law, and warned that such bans could lead to prohibitions on women wearing the hijab, or headscarf, and even on Muslims worshiping Allah.
“Praying five times a day is Sharia,” he said. “Do you go to jail for that?”
As usual, Muslims think they are innocent little lambs who have done nothing to deserve the suspicion with which Americans regard them!
As one of the largest and oldest Muslim enclaves in the nation – and, with its century-old ties to Ford Motor Co., one that’s intimately bound up in the modern American story – the metro Detroit community is perhaps as close as one can get to the soul of American Islam.
At a time when the country is wrestling with its views on Islam, the faith causes relatively little friction in the largely Arab cocoon of southeast Michigan.
But narratives playing out in the national media, from the radicalization hearings spearheaded by New York Republican Rep. Peter King to the wave of proposed Sharia bans to anticipation of the September 11 anniversary, have left many Muslims here feeling ostracized in their own country.
If asked, many Americans might fear that jihadists would attempt an attack on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. The authorities will be on high alert, that’s for sure. But Muslims are worried about their little feelings being hurt.
The community is growing more defensive in the face of what many here say is a national climate of suspicion reminiscent of the period immediately after the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Continue reading this article
It’s nice to see that Republican Darrell Issa, the Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is going after the administration on the corrupt and crazy Operation Gunrunner scheme of the ATF that delivered thousands of weapons to Mexican organized crime during a failed “sting.” We certainly wouldn’t have seen this kind of investigation in the previous all-Dem Congress.
Is it news that at least one of American agents killed was shot by a Project Gunrunner weapon, as Issa mentioned in the video above? Every report I’ve seen thus far said those weapons were found at the crime scene, but didn’t make a ballistic connection.
Issa said, “It’s more than a scandal, it’s a crime.” He also characterized the scheme as “like Iran-Contra, only worse.”
Top GOP oversight official Rep. Darrell Issa is subpoenaing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for documents on Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious after the agency missed a Wednesday deadline for producing the documents.
“The unwillingness of this administration – most specifically the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms – to answer questions about this deadly serious matter is deeply troubling,” Issa said in a statement. “Allegations surrounding this program are serious and the ability of the Justice Department to conduct an impartial investigation is in question. Congressional oversight is necessary to get the truth about what is really happening.”
In Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious, ATF allowed American guns to be smuggled into Mexico and sold to Mexican drug cartels. The goal of the program was to track the illegal weapons and drug markets after they were used in crimes and abandoned using ballistics information and serial numbers for the guns.
Issa had fired off his request to ATF, which falls under the Department of Justice, on March 16, giving the bureau two weeks to fulfill it – they missed their deadline.
Issa is demanding “documents and communications relating to the genesis,” of the ATF programs and documents and communications about the “individuals responsible for authorizing the decision to ‘walk’ guns to Mexico in order to follow them and capture a ‘bigger fish,’” he said.
The documents could show who in the Obama administration made final decisions about the program. Issa has suggested in interviews the documents could implicate Attorney General Eric Holder.
Issa has also requested documents from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Those documents are due April 12.
Another angle in the investigation is a possible connection between guns sold to Mexican drug cartels and the Dec. 14 shooting death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Issa became involved in the investigations after the Obama administration stonewalled Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, who does not have subpoena power.
If there’s an appreciable difference between Muslim terrorists and Mexican drug thugs, it exists mainly in motivation (e.g. the belief of Allah types that jihadists get 72 virgins in the afterlife). The behavior is similar in many ways, down to the bombs and beheadings, designed to scare the public.
Mexican organized crime has certainly racked up an impressive body count of 35,000 since Presidente Calderon’s war on the cartels began in 2006. They are not slouches in the mass murder department, even when compared to The Religion of Peace.
So Mike McCaul’s idea that the cartels be added to the terrorist list makes sense.
Six Mexican drug cartels would be labeled as terrorist groups under legislation introduced Thursday by a Texas Republican.
Rep. Michael McCaul’s bill would add the six cartels to the Foreign Terrorist Organization list, which also includes al Qaeda, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Shining Path and the Real IRA.
McCaul said his legislation is necessary because violence on the Mexican border is increasing even as the U.S. is focused on foreign wars.
“The last time I visited the El Paso Intelligence Center and requested to go across the border to Juarez, the State Department told me they could not guarantee my safety,” the lawmaker said at a hearing Thursday on border violence.
McCaul pointed to the arrests of more than 450 cartel members within the United States this year as evidence of the drug gangs’ U.S. presence.
According to Brian Nichols, deputy assistant to the secretary of State, Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) are responsible for about 95 percent of the cocaine and significant amounts of other drugs in the U.S.
“Because U.S. demand for these drugs is a principal source of revenue for Mexican DTOs, we have a shared responsibility for, and interest in, confronting this threat,” he said.
McCaul, the chairman of a Homeland Security subcommittee, challenged President Obama to show leadership in the battle against the cartels, which he called “a war.”
He said the Merida Initiative, in which the United States and Mexican governments coordinate border security, is not working. Under the initiative, U.S. assistance to Mexico’s anti-drug trafficking efforts has jumped from $40 million a year to about $500 million.
“Mexico is in danger of becoming a failed state controlled by criminals,” McCaul said, pointing to the deaths of U.S. citizens, Mexican government officials and ICE agents over the past year. “It is time for the United States to show a serious commitment to this war on our doorstep.” Continue reading this article
The United States is not the only nation to have a recent Census counting the residents: India has announced the results of its decennial tabulation.
Demographers have predicted for years that India would overtake Red China as the planet’s most populous nation within a couple decades. The Indian count — an additional 181 million persons in 10 years — is breathtaking. That’s 18 million more people annually who need food, clothing, housing and eventual employment. India has had difficulties in providing the basics like food to its skyrocketing population. Of course, breakneck population growth in a poor country does nothing positive for environmental sustainability.
It should also be concerning to authorities that India’s gender disparity is the worst ever. The society remains deeply patriarchal, where boys are valued and girls are not. Unmarried young men can easily be drawn into gang crime or anti-social political activities, which is problematic when there are millions of such unconnected men. Researchers recognize these “bare branches” (as they are called in China) are a source of social destabilization.
I happened to be clicking around the TV last weekend and came across Rep. Steve King’s Conservative Principles Conference in Des Moines. Among the many speakers at the day-long meeting was Rosemary Jenks from NumbersUSA:
Requirements for the use of E-verify in Georgia have been undermined rather thoroughly. One masonry company is owned by illegal aliens with an E-verify account who are now suing for back wages. They figure they have nothing to lose — apparently they don’t fear jail or deportation.
Plus, the masonry work was on a military site. Doesn’t anyone have national security concerns about that? Illegal alien job thieves who fear deportation are an easy target for blackmail by foreign enemies.
ATLANTA – Illegal workers managed to spend months on a heavily secured military construction site in metro Atlanta. The FOX 5 I-Team has already uncovered several examples of illegal workers getting taxpayer funded construction jobs. But I-Team reporter Randy Travis says this one may be the most unsettling.
These undocumented immigrants are now coming forward because they claim they haven’t been paid for all the work they did on this project. But their presence on a military site may not be the most surprising element of this story.
An interview with a hispanic education advisor in the White House indicates an interesting combination of honesty and a sense of entitlement. Juan Sepulveda admits that hispanic students are at rock bottom of academic achievement (unlike other immigrant groups such as Asians who adapt readily to America’s education opportunities).
In fact, the hispanic education environment is so bad that teachers should be paid more to work there, Sepulveda opines.
Below, schoolkids in Atlanta celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an ethnic potluck and paper sombreros.
Fox News Latino spoke to Juan Sepúlveda, head of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics, about bad schools, good teachers, and the issues confronting our community.
President Obama is devoting Monday’s town hall to Latino education. (This will be televised on Univision at 7p.m. ET/PT Monday night.) Why now?
I would respectfully say that this isn’t the first time we’re having this conversation, we’ve been having it since we’ve come into office. And for good reason: The Latino community continues to be the largest and fastest-growing minority group. On the education side, at this time when we need to make tough decisions on the budget, the President has been very clear about saying that some things that are more important [than others.] Education remains a key part of our strategy.
What are the main challenges confronting Latino students?
We have the lowest educational attainment levels of any group. We’re the only group in the country that has less than half our kids in any kind of an early childhood program, so the achievement gap is starting pretty early: As our kids come into elementary school, they’re already having to try to catch up.
About half of our kids are not graduating high school on time. Of those who are picking up their diplomas, about half are not ready to go to college. At the higher ed level, only 13 percent of the community has a B.A. degree; if you throw in community colleges, you only get up to 19 percent. Only about 4 percent has a professional or a graduate degree.
The other thing we can’t forget about is adult education. It’s sometimes treated like a stepchild, but it’s the fourth pillar. Traditionally, the little adult education that we are taking is around English as a Second Language, which is important. But as far as career and technical training to help you bump up your skills so that, particularly in this tough economy, your family can make a little more money? Our adults aren’t taking those courses.
So how can we improve those numbers?
One piece that’s really critical: We’ve got to really push to make sure we have great teachers and great principals at each of the schools. That impacts us more than other communities and in a bigger way. Of the nearly 98,000 public schools in the country, there are 2,500 high schools and their feeder [schools] that account for 75% of all the drop-off in the Latino community. Our schools are the ones where there are more problems; they’re struggling the most. We need to focus on turnaround schools and find ways to incentivize teachers and administrators. We need to pay them more as they do the toughest job out there. Continue reading this article
Everybody likes their own tribe the best, a fact of psychology that is ignored by the insistent multiculturalism ideology so beloved by liberal elites. We humans just feel more comfortable among those who share our language and culture.
New research indicates that a hard-wired tribal instinct extends back into the pre-human family tree. The study is another indicator that group identification is a strong force that should be handled carefully.
The tendency to perceive others as “us versus them” isn’t exclusively human but appears to be shared by our primate cousins, a new study led by Yale researchers has found.
In a series of ingenious experiments, Yale researchers led by psychologist Laurie Santos showed that monkeys treat individuals from outside their groups with the same suspicion and dislike as their human cousins tend to treat outsiders, suggesting that the roots of human intergroup conflict may be evolutionarily quite ancient.
The findings are reported in the March issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
“One of the more troubling aspects of human nature is that we evaluate people differently depending on whether they’re a member of our ‘ingroup’ or ‘outgroup,’” Santos said. “Pretty much every conflict in human history has involved people making distinctions on the basis of who is a member of their own race, religion, social class, and so on. The question we were interested in is: Where do these types of group distinctions come from?”
The answer, she adds, is that such biases have apparently been shaped by 25 million years of evolution and not just by human culture. Continue reading this article
On Monday, post-American President Obama appeared on the Spanish network Univision to chat and take questions from non-reporters. (I can’t remember the last time he had a town hall with Americans in English.)
Unsurprisingly, the subjects were illegal immigration and amnesty. In answer to a question about deporting illegal alien students, Obama replied, “We want them to succeed.”
It would be nice if the President was more concerned that American citizens succeed — like having jobs and such.
Anyway, why can’t young people succeed in the countries of their birth? It’s arrogant to believe that a fulfilling life can only be lived in the United States.
Washington – President Barack Obama said Monday that he cannot sign an executive order preventing the deportations of undocumented students or granting them Temporary Protected Status, but he promised to continue pushing for legislative changes in Congress.
Deportation of students, along with the high Hispanic dropout rate and the scanty proportion of those young people who go on to college, were the key issues discussed at the town hall meeting Obama held Monday at Washington’s Bell Multicultural High School.
The videotaped question by a student holding a deportation letter opened the debate that took up the main part of the forum organized by the Univision television network and which was attended by some 600 parents, students and teachers.
“My question for the president is why (is he) saying that deportations have stopped or the detention of many students like me? Why is it that we are still receiving deportation letters like this one?,” Karen Maldonado asked, holding up such a letter.
Obama responded by citing his support for the DREAM Act, which would open up a route toward legalization for undocumented students who join the Armed Forces or complete two years of college.
Given that the DREAM Act was rejected again by the Senate last December, Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos, who was moderating the event, asked Obama if he could sign an executive order preventing the deportations.
“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case,” the president said.
“There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president,” Obama said.
MEXICO CITY — About 230,000 people have been displaced in Mexico because of drug violence, and about half of them may have taken refuge in the United States, according to a new study. [...]
“Independent surveys put their number at around 230,000,” according to the global report’s section on Mexico. “An estimated half of those displaced crossed the border into the United States, which would leave about 115,000 people internally displaced, most likely in the States of Chihuahua, Durango, Coahuila and Veracruz.”
How interesting. Half of Mexicans who relocated to escape cartel violence moved within Mexico. Persons with crime problems do NOT need to illegally enter the United States, because opportunities for safety still exist within Mexico.
Traffickers are aware of the risks of major provocations in Mexico City, home to the federal police, army, navy and intelligence services, not to mention many of the cartel leaders’ families.
When the highway shootouts and roadblocks by gunmen in her hometown finally became too much, Karla Garza found sanctuary in the unlikeliest of places: the big, bad capital, Mexico City.
Garza, a 21-year-old marketing student, switched campuses in December after her parents decided that even with its rampant robberies and kidnappings, Mexico City was safer than their home in Monterrey, a once-quiet northern city that for months has served as a battlefield for warring drug gangs.
“Ten years ago, my parents never would have imagined sending me to live in [Mexico City]. It would have been insane,” Garza said. Now, though, “the bad news is coming from Monterrey.”
Mexico City used to be an emblem of runaway crime, viewed by many Mexicans as a viper pit that was best avoided if you didn’t want to be mugged or forced at gunpoint to withdraw money from ATMs and hand it over. But four years of drug violence across much of the rest of the country suddenly has Mexico City looking like an island of tranquillity, despite its rampant petty crime.
“We haven’t had heads cut off. We don’t have blockades. We don’t have houses on fire. We don’t have bombs. We don’t have shooting in the streets,” said Eduardo Gallo, president of the anti-crime group Mexico United Against Crime. “We have some robberies, but we don’t see armed people in vans and trucks chasing each other.” Continue reading this article
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