It is always admirable when persons in the public eye have the grit to say when they have made a mistake. And when an apparent liberal admits that multiculturalism is a dumb idea, then it’s practically a flying pig moment.
Anyway, an Australian newspaper editor, Greg Sheridan, recently explained how he came to reject multiculturalism as a worthwhile political goal, a learning process that is interesting to observe. You can read his “before” viewpoint from 1996 at the end of the article.
The lengthy piece at times wanders off into the weeds of Australian public policy and the definition of multiculturalism, but the real story is how the author came to fear the crime and violence spawned by Islamic immigration. When Sheridan no longer felt safe walking home from the train and his son was challenged by a Muslim kid with a gun, he no longer felt enriched by Islamic diversity.
You can listen to a recent radio interview with Greg Sheridan here.
IN 1993, my family and I moved into Belmore in southwest Sydney. It is the next suburb to Lakemba. When I first moved there I loved it.
We bought a house just behind Belmore Sports Ground, in those days the home of my beloved Bulldogs rugby league team. Transport was great, 20 minutes to the city in the train, 20 minutes to the airport.
On the other side of Belmore, away from Lakemba, there were lots of Chinese, plenty of Koreans, growing numbers of Indians, and on the Lakemba side lots of Lebanese and other Arabs.
That was an attraction, too. I like Middle Eastern food. I like Middle Eastern people. The suburb still had the remnants of its once big Greek community and a commanding Greek Orthodox church.
But in the nearly 15 years we lived there the suburb changed, and much for the worse.
Three dynamics interacted in a noxious fashion: the growth of a macho, misogynist culture among young men that often found expression in extremely violent crime; a pervasive atmosphere of anti-social behaviour in the streets; and the simultaneous growth of Islamist extremism and jihadi culture.
In the ongoing budget-cutting debate in Washington, some congressional Democrats have accused their Republican opponents of being held captive by the Tea Party movement, but voters like the Tea Party more than Congress.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters say when it comes to the major issues facing the country, their views are closer to the average Tea Party member as opposed to the average member of Congress. Just 22% say their views are closest to those of the average congressman. Even more (30%) aren’t sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters think the Tea Party movement is good for the country, consistent with findings since May 2010. Twenty-six percent (26%) disagree and say the grassroots, small government movement is bad for America. Sixteen percent (16%) say neither.
Forty-five percent (45%) say the average Tea Party member has a better understanding of the problems America faces today than the average member of Congress does. That figure is down seven points from a year ago. Still, today only 31% think the average member of Congress has a better understanding. Twenty-three percent (23%) are undecided.
One-third of voters continue to have ties to the Tea Party movement. That includes 22% who say they themselves are members and 12% more who say they have friends or family who belong. Those findings haven’t budged from the end of December. Fifty-two percent (52%) say they have no links to the Tea Party, but 14% are not sure. [. . .]
Forty-four percent (44%) of Republicans say they are members of the Tea Party, with another eight percent (8%) who have family members or friends who are in the group. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Democrats have no ties to the group. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of Republicans – and 54% of voters not affiliated with either major political party – say the movement is good for the country. A plurality (48%) of Democrats sees it as bad for the country.
Sixty-nine percent (69%) of GOP voters and 62% of unaffiliateds say their views about the major issues facing the country are closest to those of the average Tea Party member. But among voters in President Obama’s party, only 37% say their views are closest to the average member of Congress, while 47% are undecided.
Most Democrats (54%) think the average member of Congress has a better understanding of the problems America faces today. Seventy-two percent (72%) of Republicans and 51% of unaffiliated voters have more confidence in the understanding of the average Tea Party member.
There’s a similarly sharp divide between Mainstream and Political Class voters. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of those in the Mainstream think the Tea Party is good for America, but 69% of the Political Class say it’s a bad thing. There are comparable differences of opinion when it comes to whose views are closest to their own and who has a better understanding of today’s problems.
But then 38% of Mainstream voters are either Tea Party members or have a family member or friend who belongs to the movement. Ninety-four percent (94%) of those in the Political Class have no ties to the Tea Party. Continue reading this article
Thousands of “refugees” from North Africa and beyond continue to pour into the tiny island of Lampedusa, overwhelming the population of 5,300. Or perhaps they shouldn’t be called refugees because nearly ALL of those fleeing are young men, instead of families as one would expect of true refugees. In fact, some media call them illegal immigrants straight out, as the Telegraph has done.
The islanders are not happy and indeed feel threatened by the mobs of Muslim men. Below is a video of local fishermen in which they said they didn’t want to leave their wives and children alone to go out and work because they were afraid of what might happen. The piece is dated is March 6, when there weren’t as many North Africans as now. The article posted further below also notes how the local girls are “being pestered by gangs of immigrants for sex.”
Below, the North Africans have built their own tent city on the island, with an abundance of trash.
According to the western press, the Libyan “rebels” are fighting a heroic battle against the dictator Moammar Gaddafi. And optimists have dubbed the regional unrest as the Arab Spring. But not everyone is feeling the hope. The men encamped in Lampedusa prefer to flee rather than fight, which doesn’t say much for the faith they have in their own societies. Many are obviously taking advantage of the upheaval to get into Europe instead of rebuilding their homelands. It must look too much like work.
Below is a video where the Tunisians protest that they haven’t been welcomed properly to Europe — they are outraged that the accommodations are no better than what they left.
The situation is terrible for the Lampedusa people, and it has been created by Europe’s willingness to take these thousands of faux refugees. They should be turned away by the military before they reach the island and eventually get to the West.
Swathed in Red Cross blankets, they were waiting for Silvio Berlusconi’s promises to come true as they huddled at midnight around a fire made from cardboard boxes.
Here in Lampedusa, a rocky island off the southern tip of Italy, the ten North Africans plan a new life in Europe — and believe the libidinous Italian Prime Minister will make it possible.
‘We pray for freedom,’ says Mohamed Fitouri, a 23-year-old builder from Benghazi, the rebel-held, second largest city in Libya, speaking in the firelight. ‘I cannot return to my country if it is ruled by Gaddafi. None of us can. Our future is in England or France. There is no turning back.’
Whoa! It’s pretty doubtful the British or French want any more Muslims residing in their nations. How is this situation not an invasion?
The guy quoted certainly is not much of a Libyan patriot. Mohamed has already given up on the home team’s chances. What European country would want a disloyal opportunist like him?
Last week Berlusconi made a whistlestop tour of Lampedusa, where 6,000 clandestini, or illegal immigrants, have arrived in rickety boats from North Africa — 70 miles away across the Mediterranean — in less than seven weeks. The island actually sits closer to the African coast than it does to Sicily, which makes it an obvious target.
Fleeing their turbulent homelands of Libya and Tunisia, they have doubled the population of this once picturesque holiday island. Today it has become a grotesque place, fouled by a toxic stench of human waste.
The narrow streets are thronged with men wearing a bizarre garb of tennis shoes and hoodies covered in blankets from the Red Cross which, fearing a health epidemic, set up a field hospital in a tent by the port two days ago. So many immigrants have been arriving that Italy has declared it a national emergency.
By night, the unwelcome arrivals sleep in wooden fishing boats pulled on to the quayside for the winter, down narrow alleyways, or top-to-tail like sardines on the floor of the port’s harbour office.
On the hillside above the port, there are hundreds more, in makeshift shelters of plastic sheeting and corroding oil drums that litter the hillside. Down below, the once-clear waters are awash with plastic bags, banana skins and soiled paper, the debris of suffering humanity.
Despite a massive police presence, and attempts to move thousands off the island to holding camps in Italy, the situation is potentially explosive. With teenage girls being pestered by gangs of immigrants for sex, the presence of so many young men has also led to sporadic outbreaks of violence on the few streets here.
Drug use is also widespread. Some of the immigrants — among them escapees from Tunisian jails — have smuggled in narcotics along with large sums of cash to fund their journey farther north into Europe.
But drugs or not, these men are hated by the 2,000 families who live here, and Berlusconi knows it. On Wednesday he promised to free Lampedusa of all the illegal visitors in less than 60 hours with an airlift and a fleet of ships to take them to the mainland, where their claims for asylum will be processed.
After that, a minority will be sent home, though many will be allowed to stay and eventually claim naturalisation. Others will head to France and try to board lorries bound for England. Continue reading this article
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.
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