It’s disappointing to see the often conservative Washington Times report so erroneously about Muslim immigration to Germany, particularly that those newbies are needed for skilled jobs Germans allegedly won’t do.
Anti-Islam, anti-immigration movement stifling Germany’s economy, business leaders warn, By Angela Waters, Washington Times, January 18, 2015
BERLIN — Europe’s divisive debates over immigration and Islam may be putting sand in the gears of Europe’s economic engine.
Saying Germany needs skilled laborers to work in the factories and laboratories of its export-heavy economy, German corporate and industrial leaders are denouncing the string of anti-Islamic marches that have attracted growing crowds throughout the country in recent weeks.
“We distance ourselves from this movement and any xenophobic movement that damages Germany’s reputation,” said Alexander Wilhelm, deputy head of the Confederation of German Employers Associations, a national umbrella group.
“The PEGIDA movement is not representative of Germany, its people and its economy,” he said, using the German acronym for the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West group that has organized the marches. [. . .]
This article is wrong on at least two counts — the real threat of Islam and the nature of the employment market.
The business representative quoted above says PEGIDA “is not representative of Germany” but a pre-Charlie-Hebdo survey found a different opinion: 57 percent of Germans feel Islam is a threat: poll.
PEGIDA stands for Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West (Patriotische Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes). Started by Lutz Bachmann in Dresden, PEGIDA’s Monday night rallies grew from 350 participants last October 20 to 25,000 on January 12. Officials canceled the march on January 19 because of threatening Muslims, but Bachmann promised to resume next week.
Below, growing PEGIDA rallies against the Islamization of Europe show that many of the German people don’t want Muslim diversity.
On the topic of workers needed to keep the German economy humming, there are millions of unemployed Europeans who could more prudently be hired rather than Muslims, who are sometimes difficult as employees, with their special demands for prayer breaks and such.
Following is an upbeat video segment from Deutsche Welle about young Spaniards moving to Germany to pursue professional careers. Spain is moving very slowly out of recession, but still has a jobless rate of 23 percent. Borderless Europe means that job seekers can go anywhere within the EU for employment, so Germany has plenty of available workers from the continent.
In December, it was reported that France had its highest number of unemployed people ever, nearly 3.5 million.
In Italy, 16 percent of college graduates are unemployed, so there are plenty of educated Italians ready to work (Grads in Italy have higher unemployment).
In addition, the idea that Muslims have extra-special work skills is a new one on me. They do not have a reputation for STEM expertise.
Finally, Germany is like all other first-world economies that are turning to robots, computers and automation to reduce its need for human workers. So the complaints of business are not based on genuine need, just the desire for cheaper workers.
Robots could take half of German jobs, USA Today, January 13, 2015
BERLIN — Right-wing protesters marching against immigration and the so-called Islamicization of Germany may soon face a new foe: the rise of the machines.
With low unemployment and a shrinking workforce, the economic engine of Europe continues to endeavor to reinvent itself as a nation of immigrants, even as the demise of the welfare state and fear of multiculturalism have brought tens of thousands of protesters to the streets.
But recent reports suggest that robots, not immigrants, may pose the greatest threat to German workers — though the European Union has placed a $4 billion bet that robots will create rather than eliminate jobs.
The new wave of automation will hit white-collar workers hardest, according to Jeremy Bowles, a researcher at the Brussels-based Bruegel Institute.
“What’s fundamentally different is that (these advances) have the ability to affect a broader set of workers,” Bowles said, comparing the next generation of computerization to the first wave of robots that hit assembly line jobs in the 1980s.
The impact of these innovations will vary across Europe, Bowles argues. But in Germany, as in the U.S., robots may soon take as many as half the existing jobs, according to the Bruegel Institute’s analysis of the labor market. Continue reading this article
Hostile Muslims seem to enjoy poking Americans in the eye, probably because they think they can. Washington has increased Muslim immigration to this country, which may incite even worse behavior among the those who see a friend in the White House. They never miss an opportunity to insult treasured American institutions, like free speech and freedom of religion, the latter which benefits them because Islam is treated as a faith rather than a totalitarian political system.
One memorable example of Islamic insults was the insistence of New York Muslims that a territory-marking triumphal mosque should be built near the Ground Zero site even though there are at least 175 mosques in the city.
Now obnoxious Muslims are back, complaining about free speech that’s critical of their backward system. Just a week after many of the staff of Charlie Hebdo were slaughtered by jihadists in Paris, an Islam group rented a hall owned by the public schools in Garland, Texas, to “Stand with the Prophet” against America.
It was a relief to see hundreds of concerned citizens show up to protest the seditious sharia show. Pamela Geller helped organize the event, even though some enemies of free speech have taken down her website with a denial-of-service attack.
Interestingly, the Free Beacon reported that their journalist and others were prevented from entering the evening forum of Muslim speakers: ‘Free Beacon’ Banned From Stand with the Prophet Event. Some reporters were allowed to stay for only 20 minutes, then were made to leave. Free expression, Muslim style!
As Salman Rushdie recently observed, “The moment you limit free speech, it’s not free speech.”
Below, one of the protesters in Garland, Texas, commented upon the Muslim style of dealing with disagreement.
Pamela Geller: Muslims Trying to Restrict Free Speech in Texas, Breitbart.com, January 18, 2015
GARLAND, Texas — Pamela Geller told a crowd of nearly one thousand protestors that “we’re living in an age where evil is good, and good is evil.” Her remarks came during a free speech rally staged to protest the “Follow the Prophet” assembly underway in a Garland Independent School District convention center.
She cautioned the audience to be careful with the mainstream media covering the event and the protest. “This is theater,” Geller said, “and the media is the director. They’re coming here to film a narrative. They’re coming here to make you look bad.”
Geller encouraged the group to speak their mind but to do so in a way that brought credit to the movement. “Never give them what they’re looking for,” she explained. “They want you to say something wrong. They want you to have a bad sign. Because that becomes the front page.” Continue reading this article
A couple of recent surveys reveal deep unease among the voters about White House competence to run the nation. While Obama frequently touts an improving economy, the citizens apparently haven’t gotten the memo, and nearly two-thirds said it still feels like recession to them, according to a January Fox News poll:
The poll reveals that a 64-percent majority of voters says it still feels like the country is in a recession. The good news is that’s far less than the 74 percent who felt that way a year ago, and the 86 percent who said that in 2010.
Worse, a recent Pew poll, shown at right, found that the economy — often the top concern — ranked second after terrorism. The basic job of government is to protect the people, but Obama’s indifference to national security must be shocking to many for terror to be their #1 priority for 2015.
The Pew survey took place over Jan 7-11, when the Charlie Hebdo jihad massacre occurred, including Obama stiffing the march of world leaders in Paris supporting freedom. He still refuses to name the enemy, perhaps because of his consistent fondness for Islam.
Last summer, the surge of Central American children across the Rio Grande showed that America’s southern border is a sieve. And if kids can get in with no problem, so can Allah’s murderers. Voters may wonder: How many Muslim sleeper cells are waiting to strike? And why does Washington continue to admit potential enemies (Muslims) as immigrants?
Another sign of unseriousness about national security has been Obama’s release of dangerous jihadists from Gitmo, a few at a time.
For a list of reasons, Americans don’t feel entirely safe, and the Pew poll reflects that belief.
Public’s Policy Priorities Reflect Changing Conditions at Home and Abroad: Fewer Cite Economy; More Prioritize a Stronger Military, Pew Research, January 15, 2015
As views of the economy improve and terrorist threats persist, the public’s policy priorities have changed: For the first time in five years, as many Americans cite defending the U.S. against terrorism (76%) as a top policy priority as say that about strengthening the nation’s economy (75%).
Since Barack Obama began his second term in January 2013, the economy has declined 11 points as a top priority, and improving the job situation has fallen 12 points (from 79% to 67%).
There has been little change over the past two years in the number saying that defending against terrorism should be a top priority; in fact, this has consistently been among the public’s leading policy goals since 2002. But it has moved to the top of the priorities list as the economy and jobs have fallen.
The Pew Research Center’s annual policy priorities survey, conducted Jan. 7-11 among 1,504 adults, also finds that the goal of strengthening the military has increased in importance. Currently, 52% say strengthening the military should be a top policy priority for the president and Congress this year, up from 41% in January 2013.
Most of the reports we have heard about the jihadists in Europe have described small groups with a few members, but the conversation between JihadWatch’s Robert Spencer and SunTV’s Ezra Levant considers how the substantially increased numbers of hostiles mean a higher level of danger.
EZRA LEVANT: We know that thousands of European Muslims have gone to fight with the Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria. Do you thinks it’s credible there are groups 20-30 as these reports say, a hundred terrorists in a single cell ready to attack in Europe? Do you think that’s credible?
ROBERT SPENCER: Yeah, absolutely. There’s not reason why not. Even European authorities are acknowledging today that there are between 2,000 and 5,000 what they call radicalized Muslim extremists, that is Muslims that are ready to wage jihad and wage it in Europe and they are in Europe now, and so could a hundred of them get together to plan a large-scale attack? There’s absolutely no reason why not. . .
LEVANT: In Canada some years ago we had the Toronto 18, so that was 18 Muslim extremists collaborating, training, working on their plans. The plans were intercepted but still, if 18 people would work together in Canada, which has a smaller Muslim population, I guess it is not unthinkable that you would have, but these terror cells reportedly are up to a hundred people. In my mind, I think of the damage done by two or three people working in concert in Paris last week. A hundred people, I mean that’s like a military battalion, that would be enough to take over a police station, that would be enough to take over a military base, that would certainly be enough to slaughter any Jewish synagogue or university, maybe even enough to get into the French parliament.
SPENCER: Yeah, Ezra, look, all these things are possibilities. Saying it’s a military battalion, I think that’s very well put because they do consider themselves to be in a war.
The terrorist arrests in Belgium on Thursday turned up police uniforms as well as the expected explosives and firearms. A Reuters report (Dozens held across Europe in Islamist suspect sweeps) quoted the prosecutor’s spokesman who explained, “This group was on the point of carrying out terrorist attacks aiming to kill police officers in the streets and in police stations.”
Below, Belgian police arrested hostile Muslims in the city of Verviers.
So the bad guys have bigger plans for Europe and elsewhere. The Toronto 18, mentioned by Ezra Levant, didn’t get much press in the US, but the group had a very ambitious plot in 2006 to invade Canada’s Parliament building and behead the Prime Minister, among other violence. In addition, some of the jihadists today have gotten military training in Syria and are therefore far more dangerous than the standard Allah gangsters of earlier plots. At any rate, continuing Muslim immigration is madness.
A country that is serious about national security needs a fortified border, and the Saudis demonstrate that commitment by constructing a multi-layered high-tech model to keep out their enemies from ISIS. Rush Limbaugh mentioned the project during his program on Thursday:
The Great Wall of Saudi Arabia
. . . Saudi Arabia is building a 600-mile great wall. Saudi Arabia is building a massive fence 600 miles long. It’s a combined fence and ditch. Its purpose is to separate Saudi Arabia from Iraq to the north. Most of the area on the Iraqi side of the border of Saudi Arabia is now controlled by ISIS, or ISIL. But they’re not just building a 600-mile fence. And, by the way, why are they building the fence? They’re building the fence to keep ISIS out. And you know why? Because fences work. It’s not just a fence, folks. This is a five-layered fence, and it has ditches.
This is a massive construction project. It has berms, it has razor wire, thermal sensors, radar, and helicopters. It is a full protection security system, 500 miles of that. Stop and think for a moment a 500-mile, five-layered fence. This is not just a bunch of stakes in the ground with some barbed wire running. There are guard towers every so many feet, miles, whatever, the trenches are deep. They are all packed with sensors to detect anybody trying to cross. And if you get caught you’re gonna be beheaded. They don’t mess around.
Remember 1996, back in the previous century? That was the year Braveheart won the Best Picture Oscar and Michael Jordan was the MVP in the NBA finals which Chicago won against Seattle.
That was also the year that ICE Commissioner Doris Meissner declared that controlling the border “would be a three- to five-year effort,” putting success at 2001 at the latest:
California Border Patrols Busier Than Ever, by Louis Freedberg, San Francisco Chronicle, January 31, 1996
Meissner said that controlling the border is going to be a long-term, step-by-step process. “We’ve always said this would be a three- to five-year effort to build up to what would be needed,” she said.
Even so, any Washington discussion of illegal immigration these days always includes an earnest declaration that America’s borders must be secured for sure, although never with specifics of when.
Below, a diagram of the features of the Saudi border fortifications.
Meanwhile, much of America’s border has a fence like the unserious one below.
The Great Wall of Saudi Arabia: Kingdom plans to build 600-mile barrier from Jordan to Kuwait in response to the threat of an invasion by ISIS, Daily Mail (UK), January 15, 2015
The Saudi royal family are building a 600-mile barrier to fortify the northern frontier of their kingdom.
The fence and ditch, punctuated with radar surveillance towers, command centres and guard posts, aims to protect the Saudis’ oil-rich territory from invasion by the Islamic State insurgency.
Last week a suicide bombing and gun attack which killed two Saudi border guards and their commanding officer was styled by one analyst as the Islamic State’s first attack on the kingdom.
No group claimed responsibility for the assault in a remote desert area, but it happened just next to Iraq’s Anbar province where Islamic State militants are fighting Iraqi army forces.
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud inaugurated the first phase of the border security project in September, soon after Islamic State’s Sunni insurgency swept across Iraq.
The multi-layered barrier, which will eventually stretch across the Saudi-Iraq border from Jordan to Kuwait, includes 78 monitoring towers, eight command centres, 10 mobile surveillance vehicles, 32 rapid-response centres, and three rapid intervention squads, reports Janes.com. Continue reading this article
What does it cost to start a race war? Is $33 million in one year enough? Perhaps not quite, judging from George Soros’ efforts to create anger among black Americans against the authorities. Plenty of chaos happened, certainly, and Ferguson the town will probably not recover from the arson and riots it suffered for decades, if ever.
Are alleged bad cops the worst problem black Americans have? They have plenty to be angry about, particularly the lack of jobs and good schools. Are the angry demonstrators too young to understand how changing demographics hurts them more than anyone else? First-rung jobs for young people are harder to find in the jobless recovery, and many of those go to immigrants and aliens who are willing to work for peanuts.
There may well may be a few bad cops out there causing trouble — there are certainly bad priests and teachers — but if jobs were available, allowing hope for the future, then the Soros millions wouldn’t cause unrest.
The story about Soros explains a lot, with the money thrown willy-nilly at leftist groups to create anti-cop protests that don’t make sense, given the economic conditions. In my opinion, there is a lot of displaced anger among blacks who have been deeply hurt by the Obama economy, but cannot bring themselves to say so directly. So there have been eruptions like Ferguson and the fury about Trayvon, but no protests about the lack of jobs. Obama gets a pass, even now.
Below, the Washington Times front page graphic of the Soros story mercifully did not include photos of Ferguson destruction after the rioting.
George Soros funds Ferguson protests, hopes to spur civil action, Washington Times, January 14, 2015
Liberal billionaire gave at least $33 million in one year to groups that emboldened activists
There’s a solitary man at the financial center of the Ferguson protest movement. No, it’s not victim Michael Brown or Officer Darren Wilson. It’s not even the Rev. Al Sharpton, despite his ubiquitous campaign on TV and the streets.
Rather, it’s liberal billionaire George Soros, who has built a business empire that dominates across the ocean in Europe while forging a political machine powered by nonprofit foundations that impacts American politics and policy, not unlike what he did with MoveOn.org.
Mr. Soros spurred the Ferguson protest movement through years of funding and mobilizing groups across the U.S., according to interviews with key players and financial records reviewed by The Washington Times.
In all, Mr. Soros gave at least $33 million in one year to support already-established groups that emboldened the grass-roots, on-the-ground activists in Ferguson, according to the most recent tax filings of his nonprofit Open Society Foundations.
The financial tether from Mr. Soros to the activist groups gave rise to a combustible protest movement that transformed a one-day criminal event in Missouri into a 24-hour-a-day national cause celebre.
“Our DNA includes a belief that having people participate in government is indispensable to living in a more just, inclusive, democratic society,” said Kenneth Zimmerman, director of Mr. Soros’ Open Society Foundations’ U.S. programs, in an interview with The Washington Times. “Helping groups combine policy, research [and] data collection with community organizing feels very much the way our society becomes more accountable.”
No strings attached
Mr. Zimmerman said OSF has been giving to these types of groups since its inception in the early ’90s, and that, although groups involved in the protests have been recipients of Mr. Soros’ grants, they were in no way directed to protest at the behest of Open Society.
“The incidents, whether in Staten Island, Cleveland or Ferguson, were spontaneous protests — we don’t have the ability to control or dictate what others say or choose to say,” Mr. Zimmerman said. “But these circumstances focused people’s attention — and it became increasingly evident to the social justice groups involved that what a particular incident like Ferguson represents is a lack of accountability and a lack of democratic participation.”
Soros-sponsored organizations helped mobilize protests in Ferguson, building grass-roots coalitions on the ground backed by a nationwide online and social media campaign.
Other Soros-funded groups made it their job to remotely monitor and exploit anything related to the incident that they could portray as a conservative misstep, and to develop academic research and editorials to disseminate to the news media to keep the story alive. Continue reading this article
There’s nothing like the mass murder of journalists to rouse other scribblers to serious thinking about the general threats against free speech. The Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris has forced consideration about the danger of unfriendly Muslim immigrants who are historically and scripturally opposed to free expression when it refers to their violent religion.
Even the squishy NRO warned against excessive immigration with a succinct assessment:
If a country is manifestly having trouble assimilating the immigrants it already has, it shouldn’t add to their numbers willy-nilly.
That thought came from Rich Lowry in his critique of France: Europe’s Immigration Problem: Its unassimilated populations — often openly hostile to their host countries — continue to grow.
Lowry must believe assimilation of the diverse foreign-born (now numbering over 41 million) is proceeding apace in America. He apparently didn’t read John Fonte’s item in the same National Review, America’s Assimilation System Is Broken, a couple points of which follow:
● By 30 points (84.6 percent to 54 percent), native-born citizens are more likely than naturalized citizens to consider themselves “U.S. citizens” rather than “citizens of the world.”
● By 30 points (67.3 percent to 37 percent), the native-born are more likely than immigrant citizens to believe that the U.S. Constitution is a higher legal authority than international law if there’s conflict between the two.
It’s hard to know which is the bigger problem: the refusal of public schools to teach US citizenship as they once did or the huge numbers of foreigners culturally overwhelming formerly American neighborhoods. Newbies cannot assimilate if there are no models of American values to follow.
Like Muslim jihadists, raza elements peddle a supremacist ideology, only of Mexico first rather than Mohammed. One step is to normalize Spanish to the point of making the US a bilingual nation where Americans are forced to learn the invader’s language.
One memorable example of America’s failing assimilation engine is the years-long battle to run an American school system in Tucson, Arizona. A group of radical Mexicans there have insisted upon a race-based (“raza” means race) pro-Mexico curriculum. In 2008, a former ethnic studies teacher in the city wrote about the effect of the anti-American courses: Raza studies gives rise to racial hostility. The Tucson raza bunch are Mexican Marxists dedicated to using schools to inculcate young minds with the idea that they should fight against the white man’s Constitution.
Below, raza revolutionaries in Che berets and masks protested the state’s prohibition of a seditious curriculum in front of Tucson High School.
In 2010, Arizona passed a law to stop the extremist Aztlan instruction in the public schools, but non-assimilated Mexicans continue to demand it:
Tucson, Ariz. Schools Vow To Keep ‘Ethnic Studies’ Curriculum, Daily Caller, January 7, 2015
The head of public schools in Tucson, Ariz. says the city’s schoolchildren will continue to be taught a “culturally relevant” curriculum that condemns the Declaration of Independence as full of “lies” and “hypocrisy” even after the state’s superintendent accused it of violating a state ban on ethnic studies classes.
In fact, he says they will expand it.
Superintendent H. D. Sanchez says that, regardless of what the state’s Department of Education says, a federal desegregation court order issued in 2013 requires the school to offer a “culturally relevant” curriculum. As a result, he says the district will expand the curriculum from three high schools in the district to seven.
An Arizona law, passed in 2010, bars schools from teaching courses that advocate ethnic solidarity over treating people as individuals, encourage resentment of particular groups or cultures or promote the overthrow of the United States government. The law was targeted at an ethnic studies program in Tucson which it forced to shut down in 2012. The law has thus far survived a federal court challenge, although oral arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals are scheduled for next week.
Now, the Arizona Department of Education says Tucson is once again violating the law. Continue reading this article
The report says the contract calls for “an automated assistant” that can fly the plane, so essentially a co-pilot. Presumably the pilot will be jettisoned as well a few years later.
That innovation should be no surprise. The 1980 movie Airplane! had a functioning auto-pilot that worked perfectly well… most of the time.
Of course in 1980, the plane required a human pilot for a successful (and dramatic) landing.
But now in 2015, smart machines are doing a wide array of jobs, and it’s only the beginning. A 2013 report from Oxford University researchers estimated that “nearly half of U.S. jobs are vulnerable to computerization” within the next 20 years. So America won’t be needing millions of immigrants to do jobs that no longer exist.
Aurora to create cockpit automation, C4ISR&Networks, January 12, 2015
Aurora Flight Sciences has been awarded a $6 million DARPA contract to develop cockpit automation.
The contract, for Phase I of DARPA’s Aircrew Labor In-cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program, calls for Aurora to develop “an automated assistant capable of operating an aircraft from takeoff to landing, automatically executing the necessary flight and mission activities, checklists and procedures at the correct phases of flight while detecting and responding to contingencies,” said a company news release. “At the same time, the human pilot would be continuously informed through an intuitive interface of which actions the automation is executing, and take back control if so desired.”
Aurora is collaborating with the National Robotics Engineering Center and Duke Engineering Research Institute. “The ability to reassign cockpit roles, allowing humans to perform tasks best suited to humans and automation to perform tasks best suited to automation, represents a potential paradigm shift compared to how flight operations are currently conducted,” said Jessica Duda, Aurora’s ALIAS program manager. “One of our key challenges is to develop a system that creates trust between the pilot and the automated assistant.”
Jeff Sessions has returned to the Senate from his uncontested re-election with his continuing tireless defense of American workers from the open-borders billionaires looking for cheaper labor.
He is also focused on honing the Republican message regarding immigration, judging from his recent 25-page paper, The Immigration Handbook for the New Republican Majority.
In his paper, Sessions argued against Senate Leader Mitch McConnell’s approach of “governing” to show the public that Republicans don’t have horns, which sounds a little squishy to many:
“We are told we need to focus on ‘governing’ in order to set the stage for 2016. But as Jeffrey Anderson with the Weekly Standard reminds us, ‘there is no more central act of governing than defending our founding charter.’ Elections are not the end, but the means to the end. Why were we elected if not to protect our constituents and their Constitution? Why are we here if not to serve the citizens who sent us here?”
Like many of Sessions’ floor speeches, the paper is well referenced and full of facts. Topics covered include the enforcement collapse and the Silicon Valley STEM hoax, plus excessive immigration’s effects on the welfare state and the economy.
The Republicans are holding a joint retreat in Hershey PA and the Sessions paper is meant to guide thinking, messaging and strategy. His staff hand-delivered the piece to members of Congress on Monday.
Finally, Senator Sessions took to the floor this week to blast the administration for its refusal to enforce visa laws to keep dangerous people out of the United States:
It’s somewhat surprising that ultra-lib New York City is only now distributing identification cards to any and all residents, including the illegal alien sort. After all, its two previous Republican mayors are open-borders types who support amnesty. After retiring from his job, Mayor Michael Bloomberg even partnered up with the billionaires’ caucus for cheap-labor amnesty.
By comparison, a couple Bay Area cities have had municipal IDs for years. In Oakland, the ID card doubles as a debit card — handy for unbanked foreigners. In San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom began handing out ID cards in 2008 as part of a larger, well advertised campaign to distribute government benefits to unlawful aliens.
New York City has an official website idNYC and offers applications in 25 languages. It assures applicants “Immigration status does not matter.” Diverse enough?
The ever-thoughtful Mayor Bill De Blasio attached a bunch of freebies for citizens to sign up so the card would not be a “scarlet letter” singling out illegal aliens. Right, that and the inability to speak English.
New York City ID Could Open Up Doors — And Privacy Concerns, NPR, January 12, 2015
MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:
In New York City today Mayor Bill de Blasio made a pitch for a piece of plastic.
MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO: One piece of plastic, but it’s going to open so many doors for our fellow New Yorkers. It’s going to make their lives better.
BLOCK: That plastic is a new ID card for New York City residents 14 and older, and they can get it regardless of immigration status. NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang reports.
HANSI LO WANG, BYLINE: Mayor Bill de Blasio said renting an apartment, opening a bank account and entering a school building will now be easier for this city’s estimated half-million unauthorized immigrants. They’re now eligible for city-issued IDs.
DE BLASIO: We don’t want any of our fellow New Yorkers to feel like second-class citizens. We don’t want them to feel left out.
WANG: And the IDNYC program doesn’t leave out New Yorkers who already have ID. Here’s how the mayor sweetened the deal.
DE BLASIO: A free one-year membership to 33 cultural institutions. That did get the attention of many New Yorkers.
WANG: Johanna Miller of the New York Civil Liberties Union says getting lots of New Yorkers, not just unauthorized immigrants to sign up, will be key.
JOHANNA MILLER: The success of this program depends almost entirely on having a diverse pool of cardholders. If the card becomes a scarlet letter for undocumented people then it fails.
WANG: Los Angeles is preparing to roll out an ID similar to New York’s. They join cities like San Francisco, Oakland, California and New Haven, Connecticut, where only about 10 percent of the city’s population has applied since 2007. New York officials hope their program will be more widely adopted and there were already long lines today at the Queens Library’s Flushing branch, 75-year-old Ni Shaolong waited to apply.
NI SHAOLONG: (Speaking Mandarin). Continue reading this article
The US President seems stubbornly incapable of on-the-job learning, even in the final quarter of his term. In September he admitted that going out to play golf immediately after a presser about the beheading of American James Foley was bad optics, noting, “Part of this job is also the theater of it.”
But now, just four months later, he is being pilloried by observers across the political spectrum for being AWOL at France’s largest human gathering in its history, Sunday’s Paris march.
Obama didn’t even send Joe Biden or someone recognizable from the cabinet. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris that day and appeared on several Sunday shows with the Eiffel tower in the background, but couldn’t be bothered to attend. Only the Ambassador to France (a political appointee known for fundraising) showed up.
Nearly every Monday newspaper front page had a version of the powerful photo below, nicely done by the New York Times.
One assumes that Obama didn’t want to discuss Muslims and their actions in the recent massacres in Paris of journalists and Jewish shoppers. He has been unwilling to admit that Islam is a totalitarian political system as proclaimed in the Koran. In fact, his administration directed all references to Islam as a violent ideology be purged from FBI training materials.
Democrat pollster and consultant Doug Schoen wrote on Monday, “We are at war with radical Islam. And President Obama needs to say it.”
But he won’t.
Here is Schoen’s whole piece:
Obama AWOL in Paris: Message to America, allies is we don’t care, Fox News, By Douglas E. Schoen, January 12, 2015
Sunday, President Obama morally abdicated his place as the leader of the free world.
His decision to stay home instead of standing side by side with French President Hollande as millions marched in Paris in solidarity with the slain journalists of Charlie Hebdo in opposition to radical Islam – an enemy fiercer than we have seen in decades – sent a clear message to the world: Obama just doesn’t care.
His words about the horrendous terrorist attack this week were not enough. They came off as inauthentic at best and offensive at worst.
To speak about the most serious terrorist attack on Western soil since 9/11, London and Madrid, in between speeches about his free community college plan demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding for the gravity of the situation in Paris and, indeed, the world.
To this end, it is not surprising that President Obama is the only Western leader who has refused to call this attack Islamic terrorism, even though President Hollande has declared that France is it at war with radical Islam. And to not even send Vice President Joe Biden or Secretary of State John Kerry in his place shows a level of disrespect that makes me ashamed of our nation.
We are at war with radical Islam. And President Obama needs to say it. Continue reading this article
In Paris last week a dozen persons were massacred for publishing a magazine insulting Mohammed by men shouting Allah Ackbar. One of the shooters told a French TV station that they had been sent by al Qaeda.
Nevertheless, liberal elites like UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon and French President Hollande declared by barbaric attacks had nothing to do with Islam.
We certainly live in the age of the Big Lie. Hostile Islam is on the march across large swaths of the globe, yet leaders of the western world are pretending that it is a harmless force, despite its violent history and current success in setting up an Islamic State in the Middle East.
Below, as part of jihadists’ campaign to drive Christians out of the Middle East, ISIS Muslims burned an 1800-year-old church in Mosul.
Islam is the cause of much suffering, most of it far from European capitals. The Muslim gangsters in Africa called Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls last year, the majority of whom were Christians. The mass abduction got attention from the White House with its ridiculous #BringBackOurGirls hashtag campaign, though most of the girls remain in Boko imprisonment which includes the “convert or die” commandment of Islam.
Boko Haram has continued its war against Nigerians, with a horrific attack in the last week: 2,000 feared killed in ‘deadliest’ Boko Haram attack in Nigeria, CNN, Jan 9.
However, the Boko gangsters are not a rare bunch of barbarians, as shown by a recent report about the persecution of Christians worldwide: the #1 worst country for Christians is North Korea, but the following nine are majority Muslim nations.
Islam’s War on Christians: Worst Yet to Come?, CBN News, January 8, 2015
WASHINGTON — From the Middle East to sub-Saharan Africa, Christians are enduring attacks for their faith like never before.
“The persecution of Christians is real, it is horrifically violent often, and it is spreading at unprecedented rate in modern times,” said Dr. David Curry, president of Open Doors, a group that monitors religious freedom worldwide.
Curry said Christians faced the most persecution for their faith in 2014 than any other year in recent history.
“We have seen the sharpest jump in violent attacks against Christians in the modern era,” he said.
Open Doors reports that 4,344 Christians were killed for their faith in 2014 — double the number in 2013.
“These aren’t Christians who are collateral damage in a larger war; these are people who are targeted because they chose to worship Jesus and because they want to read a Bible and that’s shocking,” Curry said. Continue reading this article