The sale of Al Gore’s Current TV network to Al Jazeera has stirred up quite a bit of criticism, in particular from conservative observers, noting the hypocrisy of the green guru grabbing $100 million in money made from the oil industry.
But Gore has also disgusted liberal environmental allies, repelled for the same reason:
Yesterday morning, the still shell shocked staff at Current TV was called to an all hands staff meeting at its San Francisco headquarters, which was teleconferenced to their offices in LA and NYC, to meet their new bosses.
That would be two of Al Jazeera’s top guys: Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of international operations, and Muftah AlSuwaidan, general manager of the London bureau.
Ominously missing was the creator of Current, the self proclaimed inventor of the Internet and savior of clean energy, Al Gore, although his partner, Joel Hyatt, stood proudly with the Al Jazeera honchos.
“Of course Al didn’t show up,” said one high placed Current staffer. “He has no credibility.
“He’s supposed to be the face of clean energy and just sold [the channel] to very big oil, the emir of Qatar! Current never even took big oil advertising—and Al Gore, that bulls***ter sells to the emir?” [. . .]
Former Vice President Gore has shown that the only green he really admires is the sort that fits in wallets.
Plus, Al Jazeera has also bought a degree of respectability by purchasing the network partially owned by a former Vice President of the United States. The hefty price tag makes no sense otherwise. And Jazeera needs a major makeover after years of being “the most powerful voice of the Muslim Brotherhood”.
But what kind of programming does AJ present?
One recent report was less than friendly to America, alleging that hate-crime violence against Muslims is “spiraling out of control.”
Furthermore, Al Jazeera’s list of horrors is bogus. At the top of the story is a photo of Mona Eltahawy, a Muslim activist who vandalized a political poster in a New York subway station (my choice of picture is shown below), and who was arrested (!) for destroying private property. Eltahawy is a diverse immigrant from Egypt and hasn’t yet learned that the First Amendment protects free speech.
Given Mona’s carefully curious color co-ordination, the attentive observer must conclude the action was a stunt designed to create publicity: she wore a pink coat and used pink spray paint to deface the anti-jihad poster she disliked. Unserious.
But to Al Jazeera, the arrest was a hate crime. They have a lot to learn about America and its Constitution.
AJ’s text begins with a slanted retelling of the terrible subway killing of a Middle-Eastern-looking man (an Indian actually), pushed in front of a train by a crazy person who said she has hated Muslims since 9/11. The state of mental health treatment in this country really is shameful, but Jazeera chose to create a hate climate scenario based on this crime.
The piece then goes on to paint instances of murdered storekeepers as hate crimes, even though the occupation is one of the more dangerous.
But if Al Jazeera wants to paint America as a place where Muslims are unwelcome, that’s not a bad thing. If thousands of Muslims read this article and decide not to immigrate to the USA, then it’s great. Jazeera can continue to lie about what a meanie society the US is as long as that belief keeps the Muslims at home in dar al-Islam.
Whatever the long-term outcome of the Jazeerafication of cable TV, Al Gore is laughing all the way to the bank.
On the evening of December 27, an Indian immigrant to America named Sunando Sen was pushed by a stranger onto the subway tracks in New York City and struck and killed by an oncoming train. Sen had called New York home for years, and after years of hard work and struggle had recently managed to achieve his lifelong goal of opening a small business of his own, a copy shop in Upper Manhattan.
His roommate, MD Khan expressed shock at the death of his friend, a soft spoken man who liked to stay up late watching comedy shows and listening to music: “He was so nice, gentle and quiet… It’s broken my heart.”
The following day, the NYPD announced the arrest of Erika Menendez, a 31-year-old woman who had been spotted on security footage fleeing the scene after Sen had been pushed. Upon being detained and taken to a 112th Precinct police station for questioning, Menendez confessed to Sen’s murder and revealed as her motivation a desire to commit violence against Muslims. As she told detectives:
“I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims… Ever since 2001 when they put down the Twin Towers, I’ve been beating them up.” Continue reading this article
Demanding DREAM kiddies have colorful graduation outfits, exhibiting their shallow understanding of education.
Plus, every illegal alien college student in a state institution is taking a slot that should go to a citizen kid whose parents’ taxes maintain the whole system. In Mexifornia, citizens exist to pay the freight of lawbreaking foreigners.
Berenice Gorosica registered at Mt. San Jacinto College last fall but couldn’t attend because she didn’t have the money to pay for classes.
The 19-year-old Hemet woman is an undocumented immigrant who didn’t qualify for state-funded financial aid.
But beginning Jan. 1, California law allows illegal-immigrant students to access state assistance. Gorosica said it will allow her to finally begin realizing her dream of becoming a registered nurse.
“This is a big help for me,” Gorosica said of the state aid.
About 20,000 people – less than one percent of college students – are expected to apply for state-funded Cal Grants under the 2011 California Dream Act, said Diana Fuentes-Michel, executive director of the California Student Aid Commission.
The law covers students who attended high school in California for at least three years and graduated from a California high school. It also benefits U.S. citizens and legal residents who attended California high schools but later moved out of state, making them previously ineligible for state financial aid.
The University of California system projects that about 300 of the estimated 800 UC students newly eligible for Cal Grants are living in the country illegally. The proportions are roughly similar at UC Riverside, officials there said. Continue reading this article
Let’s hope that ritual slaughter in America remains limited to animals. Immigrants have brought human sacrifice to Britain, most well known in the case of Adam, found as just a torso in London’s Thames River near Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. It took years for police investigators to learn the identity of the five-year-old boy, that he had been brought from Nigeria just days before he was drugged, killed and cut into pieces. See my blog Decade-Long Mystery of Adam Is Semi-Solved for the disturbing details.
During a routine check around a waterfront condo on South Beach, a security guard on Sunday found the unexpected: A dead goat and some roosters, all headless.
“I was looking in the water, and I see this blue bag and it looked like a leg of a goat coming out and some feathers,” said Karim Mora, the guard. “So right there, I knew what it was.”
The animals’ bodies were found floating near luxury condos on one side of the waterway, and celebrity-filled star island just across the way.
Whether the dead animals had anything to do with Santeria, the religion that at times includes animal sacrifices, was unclear.
But Richard Couto, an animal activist and investigator with Animal Recovery Mission, a nonprofit, said he suspected the animals were religious sacrifices and said he sees it all the time across South Florida.
The location this time was especially surprising, said Couto, who responded immediately to where the animals’ bodies were found Sunday.
“We are getting more calls of animals getting sacrificed in Miami Beach,” Couto said. “But I have never found them in the middle of South Beach, just blocks from Ocean Drive.”
He said it shows this goes on everywhere in this community, regardless of whether it’s in a low- or high-income neighborhood. Continue reading this article
At a time when college costs are rising more rapidly all the time (up 1120 percent since 1978), foreign interlopers are being given special benefits for their education.
The kiddies in question are illegal aliens in Philadelphia (pictured) blessed by King Barak with no-deport status because they were fortunate (but not culpable!) when their parents supposedly dragged the youngsters across the border against their will to stupid-generous America. Lucky them!
A 2011 poll found many Californians struggling to afford college, where the study found that the state ranks 41st in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded per every hundred high school graduates, with cost being the major factor. A few decades back, people actually moved to California for the excellent education system.
But there’s always a helping hand for illegal aliens in Obama’s America. Hard-working citizens, not so much.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Thousands of young undocumented immigrants have been coming out of the shadows to apply for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The program gives these dreamers a chance to get a social security number, a work permit and drivers license. And now several young people in the region have been awarded the scholarships to help them get one step closer to their dream.
“This is like, a dream come true. Everything that I wanted is coming along.”
Sixteen-year-old Montserrat Gallegos stood in a basement room at Juntos headquarters in South Philadelphia with joyful tears in her eyes. Gallegos came to America nine years ago by crossing the border from Mexico into Arizona.
She’s moved from Arizona to New Mexico and finally to Philadelphia a few years ago. Money is tight at her home, so the $465 DACA application fee was a huge burden. Thankfully, the scholarship pays the fee which allowed Gallegos to take the first step in pursuing her dream. Continue reading this article
The only way now for citizens to fight against birth tourism businesses, which are often located in quiet suburbs, is to go after them for code violations, as happened in Chino Hills where anger has grown over the last few months. The large subdivided mansion generated a lot of traffic and at least one sewage spill.
The good news in this instance is that citizen complaints worked:
CHINO HILLS, Calif., Jan. 4 (UPI) — An alleged “maternity hotel” in a California mansion was shut down after officials obtained a temporary restraining order against its owners, authorities said.
The building in Chino Hills, about 40 miles from Los Angeles, allegedly housed women from China who traveled to the United States to give birth to babies with U.S. citizenship, the Los Angeles Times reported.
City officials described the so-called hotel as a seven-bedroom house divided into 17 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms and said the owners did not obtain permits to remodel the property and were not allowed to operate a business in a residential zone.
Neighbors complained of cars speeding in and out of the driveway and a raw sewage spill from the house’s overloaded septic system. [. . .]
A more likely example of how birth tourism normally works appeared in a September Sacramento Bee article, featuring a young Taiwanese woman, Jennifer Shih (pictured), who is a beneficiary and whose story shows how foreigners can harvest enormous financial advantage from the stupid-generous American system, while they contribute zero. She was raised mostly in Taiwan and remains loyal to her home country. She returned to the US at age 15, but unlike demanding DREAMer brats (who claim to be Americans, just not legally), doesn’t pretend to even like America, because she doesn’t have to. The best she can say, after years of US-taxpayer-subsidized education, is that America has “more opportunities.”
Without legislative action (unlikely under King Barak), this practice is sure to increase. That means the current number of 200,000 annually will increase and create a growing moocher class, entitled to benefits that should go to non-loophole citizens.
Born in New York, Jennifer Shih, a UC Davis senior, attended high schools in Idaho and Utah before graduating from her alma mater in California.
But even she will tell you she is anything but an all-American girl.
Shih was reared in her parents’ home country, Taiwan, and returned to the United States at age 15, when it was time to claim her birthright as a U.S. citizen for a public education.
“I’m Taiwanese more than American,” Shih, who is 23 and double-majoring in communication and psychology, said on a recent weekday afternoon in Davis.
Shih personifies an immigration trend that can be seen as the mirror opposite of those teens and young adults who came to this country illegally as children and are now trying to secure legal residency.
Eight months pregnant, Shih’s mother legally entered the United States on a tourist visa in 1989. Two months after giving birth at a Manhattan hospital, she returned to Taiwan with her U.S. passport-bearing daughter in tow.
It’s a dangerous development that US military leaders have become deeply infected with the multicultural mental illness. Top brass have become political creatures more than ever before, who now seem to care more about cultural outreach than using our troops effectively and the point of the mission.
The most stunning example was the statement of General George Casey after the 2009 Fort Hood mass murders by a Muslim: “And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse,”
More than a dozen troops (shown below) were killed by a jihadist Army psychiatrist who openly called himself a “Soldier of Allah” yet a top Pentagon official is worried about the effect upon diversity. That says it all.
The Retired Admiral of the US pacific fleet, Admiral James A. Lyons, has been speaking out on the issue of political correctness, in particular as it pertains to Afghanistan, where in 2012, 63 American troops were murdered by their Afghan comrades-in-arms. One effort was his appearance on Canada’s Sun TV network.
After the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the erosion of our military’s moral principles, regretfully, continues.
A recent Wall Street Journal article described the U.S. Army’s final-draft handbook, which indoctrinates our military personnel heading to Afghanistan in how to be sensitive to and accept Muslim and Afghan 7th-century customs and values — or possibly be killed by our Afghan partners.
Unbelievable. This is being done to prevent the so-called “green-on-blue” attacks, which have cost 63 American lives this year.
According to the Army’s Combined Arms Center at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., it is our military’s ignorance and lack of empathy for Muslim and Afghan cultural norms that is the basic cause for our Afghan military partners to react violently and kill our troops.
For example, if our military personnel hear or witness an Afghan soldier sodomizing a young boy, the handbook tells U.S. service members to voice no objection, accept it or ignore it, or they could be killed. If an Afghan beats, rapes or kills a woman in the presence of a U.S. serviceman, they are not to interfere or stand up for women’s rights or else they might be killed.
What the Army is saying, in effect, is that if Afghan partners conduct violence against U.S. service personnel, it is the serviceman’s fault. This is mind-boggling. We know, according to former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, that nine out of 10 Afghan military personnel are illiterate and cannot be counted on in combat. Endemic corruption is embedded in Afghan culture and certainly extends to their military. They cannot be trusted. Continue reading this article
San Francisco TV stations reported Friday morning that the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has installed bus ads in the city portraying “jihad” as meaning some sort of personal improvement program.
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Buses in San Francisco are carrying messages of jihad, but it’s not what you might think. It’s a campaign to educate residents about the real meaning of the word. It’s a campaign that began in Chicago and has now reached the Bay Area.
One statement on the side of a Muni bus reads: “My jihad is to stay fit despite my busy schedule. What’s yours?”
It’s part of an educational campaign created by CAIR — the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The group has put 35 ads on buses rolling through the streets of San Francisco.
“The intention of the campaign is to educate our fellow Americans about what the word jihad means,” said Zahra Billoo, the executive director of the Bay Area office for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. She said, “A common misconception of the word jihad is that it means armed struggle or holy war and that is something that has been perpetrated by many who’ve made careers out of pushing anti-Muslim sentiment.” Continue reading this article
The President isn’t hiding his generosity toward illegal aliens. He may not launch his somewhat stealthy amnesty initiative right away because of spending battles with Congress, but he certainly doesn’t want his foreign supporters to think he has forgotten about them — not to worry!
Obama has used his mighty king-like powers to relieve lawbreaker foreigners of the requirement to spend time in their home countries to process return visas. Now claiming a family separation ends that necessity, and only a quickie visit is needed to get a visa stamped. Increased convenience for alien job thieves!
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration eased the way Wednesday for illegal immigrants who are immediate relatives of American citizens to apply for permanent residency, a change that could affect as many as 1 million of the estimated 11 million immigrants unlawfully in the U.S.
A new rule issued by the Department of Homeland Security aims to reduce the time illegal immigrants are separated from their American families while seeking legal status, immigration officials said.
Beginning March 4, when the changes go into effect, illegal immigrants who can demonstrate that time apart from an American spouse, child or parent would create “extreme hardship,” can start the application process for a legal visa without leaving the U.S.
Once approved, applicants would be required to leave the U.S. briefly in order to return to their native country and pick up their visa.
The change is the latest move by the administration to use its executive powers to revise immigration procedures without Congress passing a law. In August, the Obama administration launched a program to halt the deportation of young people brought to the U.S. unlawfully as children. Continue reading this article
Hundreds of empty, parked cars go up in flames in France each New Year’s Eve, set afire by young revelers, a much lamented tradition that remained intact this year with 1,193 vehicles burned, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday.
His announcement was the first time in three years that such figures have been released. The conservative government of former President Nicolas Sarkozy had decided to stop publishing them in a bid to reduce the crime — and not play into the hands of car-torching youths who try to outdo each other.
France’s current Socialist government decided otherwise, deeming total transparency the best method, and the rate of burned cars apparently remained steady. On Dec. 31, 2009, the last public figure available, 1,147 vehicles were burned.
Like many countries, France sees cars set on fire during the year for many reasons, including gangs hiding clues of their crimes and people making false insurance claims.
But car-torching took a new step in France when it became a way to mark the arrival of the New Year. The practice reportedly began in earnest among youths — often in poor neighborhoods — in the 1990s in the region around Strasbourg in eastern France. Continue reading this article
The Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro mused in the piece below over how Obama’s 2013 amnesty might play out, since King Barak has not released many hints.
Will the President present some amnesty-lite proposals that are acceptable to border-squishy Republicans and might be actually passed in Congress?
Or, will he launch a mega-ton comprehensive package that is designed to fail because of being too extreme for conservatives to support, a fact which he could then use to bash Republicans in the 2014 election?
Another interesting item tucked within this piece is included in the comments section from someone who calls himself tim62, whose life experience is a reminder of the real unfairness that comes from open borders:
i’m in construction , when i can get work , i have to take jobs that pay me $8 less an hour than i was making in ’07 . not because there is not enough work , but because ill. aliens have flooded the industry & taken those wages just to get the jobs . i’ve got 30 hard years in my trade , & had finally gotten to a comfortable wage , now it’s like i worked & sacrificed 30 years for nothing .
We used to have a blue-collar middle class in America, but immigration has largely destroyed that.
President Barack Obama promised Dec. 30 to introduce an immigration bill during 2013, but activists on all sides of the debate are trying to understand his strategy.
He may be gunning for a victory in the mid-term elections by introducing a bill so radical that it will spark an emotional controversy from whites, which would then spur many angry Latinos to vote Democratic in the 2014 midterm elections, said Robert de Posada, former head of a GOP-affiliated group, The Latino Coalition.
“The word that I’ve heard from many, is [that he will] submit a very, very liberal plan that most Republicans will not support, that most southern and moderate Democrats will not support,” he said.
When the bill fails, “they can announce once again that they tried [and that Latinos] need to rally in the next election,” said Posada, who helped President George W. Bush win 40 percent of the Latino vote in 2004, during the housing boom.
But that strategy would break Obama’s election-trail promise to help Latinos, said one Hill staffer who is working to pass an ambitious bill that would eventually provide citizenship to millions of Democratic-leaning, low-skill Latinos and their extended relations.
However, he noted, Obama hasn’t met with Democratic Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, the leading Capitol Hill advocate for amnesty for illegal immigrants, since November.
“We don’t quite know what the White House is doing,” he said.
Obama sketched his 2013 plans during a low-pressure interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.
“I’ve said that fixing our broken immigration system is a top priority,” he told interviewer David Gregory, who is now under police investigation for violating D.C. law by brandishing a 30-bullet magazine on his Dec. 23 show.
“I will introduce legislation in the first year to get that done,” Obama said.
“I think we have talked about it long enough. We know how we can fix it. We can do it in a comprehensive way that the American people support. That’s something we should get done.” Continue reading this article
A scathing Senate committee report on the Benghazi terrorist attack faults the State Department for failing to adequately respond to mounting security threats in the lead-up to the assault. The report says the facility was woefully under-protected at a time when the region, according to a top department official, was “flashing red” — yet security was not improved, and nobody recommended the compound be shut down.
The report, produced by the Senate homeland security committee and obtained by Fox News, follows the release of a State Department-commissioned review earlier in the month. Both are highly critical of the department.
“It is so clear that (the Benghazi compound) is dangerous and what happened was due to extremely poor security,” Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said Monday.
The Senate report noted the “large amount of evidence” in the months preceding the attack that Benghazi was “increasingly dangerous and unstable,” with an attack on Americans becoming “much more likely.” Continue reading this article
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