Book: Arab Winter Arrives in America

Robert Spencer, the producer of the JihadWatch site, has a new book out, Arab Winter Comes to America.

He discussed the book on CBN Monday, the day of the book’s release.

There’s a lot to admire about Spencer’s scholarship, although he curiously didn’t mention diverse Muslim immigration as a major transporter of jihad around the world in his interview on CBN. How does he think it gets here? (Amazon does’t have its “look inside” feature hooked up yet, so the inquiring reader can’t check the index for listings of immigration.)

By comparison, friend of Western liberty Geert Wilders talks about immigration frequently, saying that “Islam is incompatible with freedom,” and “No more immigrants from the Islamic world!”

Robert Spencer has mentioned immigration as a jihad problem in previous books, albeit briefly, but not in Monday’s discussion.

Expert Warns of America’s Coming ‘Arab Winter’, CBN News, April 14, 2014

One year ago, Islamic terrorists set off two bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring nearly 300 people.

Author and Islam expert Robert Spencer says that attack marked a resurgence of Islamic jihad on American soil.

When the “Arab Spring” revolutions began in Tunisia and Egypt in 2011, many in the West hailed the uprisings as the beginning of a new era of democracy and pluralism in the Middle East.

But that didn’t happen. Instead, the region is less stable, more uncertain, and more violent than before.

On the anniversary of the Boston marathon bombing, Spencer has released his newest book, Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About The War We’re In.

Spencer says the same radical Islamic groups that caused the “Arab Spring” in the Middle East are at work in America right now, exposing Americans to even more threats of jihad.

He warns that the country is shockingly unequipped to face this threat.

Are Millions of Africans about to Swarm into a More Open Europe?

The spring sailing season is getting off to a roaring start in the Mediterranean, where 18,000 diverse welfare seekers from Africa and the Middle East have boarded boats headed to soft-touch Europe since the beginning of this year.

On Thursday, the Italian navy reported it had “rescued” 1000 African boaters over 24 hours. Another count last week: 6000 in 40 boats in just four days.

The number of asylum seekers is 10 times what it was at this time last year, according to a UN representative.

Of course, the number of boaters using the Italy doorway have been accumulating including 43,000 in 2013, because it’s geographically easy for the Europe-bound. The land route through Spain’s national outposts Melilla and Ceuta in North Africa is also popular.

The Italian people aren’t too concerned because most of the Africans don’t stay, but continue on to the more generous welfare states in northern Europe, particularly Britain, Germany and Scandinavia.

Much of the do-gooderism of Europe was stirred to a fever pitch last October when a boat capsized off the coast of the Italian island Lampedusa where hundreds died. News accounts of the tragedy were filled with photos of coffins lined up and politicians promised to be more welcoming to illegal alien Africans.

Now Europe is about to reap the whirlwind from essentially declaring Europe to be open to anyone who wants to enter. This could easily be the Camp of the Saints year unless Europeans wake up from their liberal fantasies of universal openness and cultural relativism.

The Italian Interior Minister, Angelino Alfano, recently noted that up to 600,000 were ready to board smuggler boats in Libya alone. Multiply that by several failed states in the neighborhood plus the civil war in Syria and the number becomes millions.

One example of diversity failure is France, where more than four million Africans reside, many of whom are Islamic. As a result, neighborhoods with high Muslim population are physically dangerous for white French and are regarded as No-Go Zones where even police fear to tread.

Note to Europeans: the African boater situation doesn’t have to be suicide by insanely misguided kindness. Australia has a sensible policy of turning back the invasive ships, despite the shrieking of the Refugee Industrial Complex:

Asylum seekers video Australians towing them back towards Indonesia, The Guardian (UK), March 17, 2014

Asylum seekers who were forcibly returned to Indonesia by lifeboat have given the first detailed account of their ordeal and a unique insight into the federal government’s Operation Sovereign Borders.

When Indonesians and other Asian boaters become convinced that they will face an “ordeal” rather than a welcome in the target nation, they will stop coming. The strategy is called negative re-enforcement and works wonderfully in shaping behavior. Europe could benefit by doing likewise.

What Ayaan Hirsi Ali Would Have Said to Brandeis University Students

Recent days have been witness to the depressing spectacle of a courageous women’s rights campaigner being denied an academic award as a result of Muslim agitation: Brandeis University Withdraws Honor for Ayaan Hirsi Ali after CAIR Propaganda.

Interestingly, Brandeis University has a noble motto on its seal that suggests commitment to academic freedom: “Truth even unto its innermost parts.”

It’s regrettable the fearful university leaders fell so far short of that ideal by succumbing to predictable shrieks of “Islamophobia” from the jihad supporters at CAIR.

The people getting the worst of the deal are Brandeis students who are supposed to be immersed in the unfettered inquiry of ideas. They have instead learned that intimidation works and women’s rights rank a distant second after multiculturalism, a leftist ideology effectively manipulated by hostile Muslims.

At least the students (and everyone else) can read a written version of Ayaan’s speech, though that experience is hardly as memorable as hearing it in person would have been:

Here’s What I Would Have Said at Brandeis, Wall Street Journal, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, April 11, 2014

We need to make our universities temples not of dogmatic orthodoxy, but of truly critical thinking.

On Tuesday, after protests by students, faculty and outside groups, Brandeis University revoked its invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to receive an honorary degree at its commencement ceremonies in May. The protesters accused Ms. Hirsi Ali, an advocate for the rights of women and girls, of being “Islamophobic.” Here is an abridged version of the remarks she planned to deliver.

One year ago, the city and suburbs of Boston were still in mourning. Families who only weeks earlier had children and siblings to hug were left with only photographs and memories. Still others were hovering over bedsides, watching as young men, women, and children endured painful surgeries and permanent disfiguration. All because two brothers, radicalized by jihadist websites, decided to place homemade bombs in backpacks near the finish line of one of the most prominent events in American sports, the Boston Marathon.

All of you in the Class of 2014 will never forget that day and the days that followed. You will never forget when you heard the news, where you were, or what you were doing. And when you return here, 10, 15 or 25 years from now, you will be reminded of it. The bombs exploded just 10 miles from this campus.

I read an article recently that said many adults don’t remember much from before the age of 8. That means some of your earliest childhood memories may well be of that September morning simply known as “9/11.”

You deserve better memories than 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing. And you are not the only ones. In Syria, at least 120,000 people have been killed, not simply in battle, but in wholesale massacres, in a civil war that is increasingly waged across a sectarian divide. Violence is escalating in Iraq, in Lebanon, in Libya, in Egypt. And far more than was the case when you were born, organized violence in the world today is disproportionately concentrated in the Muslim world.

Another striking feature of the countries I have just named, and of the Middle East generally, is that violence against women is also increasing. In Saudi Arabia, there has been a noticeable rise in the practice of female genital mutilation. In Egypt, 99% of women report being sexually harassed and up to 80 sexual assaults occur in a single day.

Especially troubling is the way the status of women as second-class citizens is being cemented in legislation. In Iraq, a law is being proposed that lowers to 9 the legal age at which a girl can be forced into marriage. That same law would give a husband the right to deny his wife permission to leave the house. Continue reading this article

France: Muslim Zones Are Dangerous for White French Citizens

In France, Muslims increasingly attack white French citizens, and it’s called crime, but it’s really war in the Islamic conquest by immigration. Islamic no-go zones are “little Muslim caliphates” and white French enter at their own risk because police fear to go into those places also.

In addition, the French left are worsening a dangerous situation by stupidly believing that they can make a deal with the devil of Islam, perhaps because Muslims helped elect the socialist Hollande. However, the leftist Muslim allies will merely be eaten last — if they are lucky.

When Muslims aren’t beating up French people on the street, they are burning the place down, as shown below in the wreckage of Grenoble after Muslims went on a rampage of arson and general destruction in 2010.

Funny how the dangerous transformation of Europe by Muslim immigration is something only reported in this country by CBN. Apparently American media are still stuck on the idea of diverse immigration as a total good. Will the broadcasters notice when France begins to look like Lebanon?

Native French under Attack in Muslim Areas, CBN, By Dale Hurd, April 10, 2014

PARIS — Violent crime can happen anywhere and to anyone and for many reasons, but in Muslim-controlled parts of France, it has become especially dangerous to be white.

Surveillance camera video shows white French being beaten up by predominantly Muslim immigrant gangs in the Metro and on the street.

Islamic immigrants consider it their territory and whites enter at their own risk. The French call them “sensitive urban zones” — no-go zones where the police don’t enter or don’t enforce the law.

Some call them little Muslim caliphates inside the borders of France.

“And it’s like that because these parts of the country are in the hands of drug traffickers, gangs and imams [Islamic leaders],” French commentator Guy Milliere explained.

A French report says almost 1 in 5 French have been victims of racist insults or worse. A few cases have even gone to trial.

“Some of those who launch racist attacks on whites use Islam as the reason they do it. They may not even speak Arabic, but they still use Islam as a ‘flag,’” Tarik Yildiz, a French sociologist, said.

Yildiz, author of the book, Anti-White Racism, is not native French but is the son of Turkish immigrants.

“My book is viewed as politically incorrect and breaks a taboo: the idea that immigrants could oppress whites,” Yildez said.

Generation Identitaire Defense
It’s a reality for a Frenchman named Max, who asked that CBN News not use his last name.

He’s been attacked more than once by immigrants and still has a bruise under one eye from the latest attack when we interviewed him.

He’s joined Generation Identitaire, a youth movement united around the defense of French culture and white identity. Continue reading this article

Permissive California Lets Many Formerly Deportable Criminals Stay

In September of last year, Gov Brown signed the misleadingly named “TRUST Act” into law. The legislation ended the law enforcement partnership with Washington in the Secure Communities program which local police hand over already arrested foreign lawbreakers to feds for deportation.

Obviously, Secure Communities makes public safety a lot easier to achieve by helping scoop up the lowlife criminals who busy themselves with thievery and drunk driving. But our treasonous leaders care little about the basic responsibility of elected officials to protect the people.

The Associated Press has helpfully examined how the TRUST Act has substantially reduced deportations, a 44 percent drop, from 2,984 people to 1,660 in the counties reporting deportations for two months since the beginning of the year when the law went into affect.

Of course, we don’t know how many crimes have been committed by released criminals who would have been deported pre-TRUST Act. That statistic would require considerably more investigation on the part of AP or other interested parties.

AP Report: California Immigrant Deportations Plummet After TRUST Act, Associated Press, April 6, 2014

SAN DIEGO (CBS/AP) — Far fewer immigrants arrested by California law enforcement are being turned over to federal authorities for deportation since a new state law went into effect in January.

The law was pushed by immigrant advocates and directs law enforcement agencies to more quickly release those without serious criminal records rather than hold them so federal officials can take them into custody for deportation proceedings.

Already, according to a review by The Associated Press, the new law appears to be having a big impact in slowing deportations at a time when President Barack Obama is looking to ease immigration enforcement policies nationwide and appease immigrant advocates who say his administration has been too tough.

Until now, California has accounted for a third of deportations under U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Secure Communities program, which screens the fingerprints of arrestees for potential immigration violations.

While it was expected the state law known as the Trust Act would reduce the number of people held for possible deportation, it wasn’t clear how significant the drop would be.

Since sheriff’s departments are responsible for most bookings, the AP surveyed those agencies in 23 counties responsible for most of California’s deportations under the program.

Not all supplied data for the first two months of this year, but among the 15 that did, there was a 44 percent drop, from 2,984 people to 1,660. Those 15 counties included four of the five largest in the state — Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino. Orange County could not provide 2013 data because officials do not keep paperwork on this issue for more than a year.

“It suggests that before the Trust Act went into effect, at least in California, Secure Communities was having a most significant impact on relatively minor criminal offenders, as opposed to the gang bangers the president was saying were being targeted,” said Kevin Johnson, dean of the University of California, Davis school of law and an immigration law expert.

While most counties appear to be complying with the law, some sheriffs’ departments do not appear to have adopted policies to put it into action when the year began.

Angela Chan, senior staff attorney at San Francisco-based civil rights organization Asian Americans Advancing Justice, said advocates have received reports of about a dozen instances where people should have been released under the new law but weren’t.

“There is inconsistency, and that is something we’re working on,” she said. “This is a law they have to follow.”

Secure Communities has led to more than 300,000 deportations since October 2008. The program has immigration agents screen the fingerprints of arrestees and ask local law enforcement to hold for 48 hours those they want to deport until they can pick them up and take them to a detention facility. Continue reading this article

Brandeis University Withdraws Honor for Ayaan Hirsi Ali after CAIR Propaganda

The courage to engage in diverse free expression seems increasingly battered these days, one indication being a recent faltering from Brandeis University which had arranged to award an honorary doctorate to the feminist critic of Islam, Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Apparently some squawking from the Hamas-affiliated Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) identifying her as (magic word alert) an Islamophobe was enough to make Brandeis shrivel up like last year’s raisins.

Specifically, CAIR sent out an action alert to its followers headlined “Ask Brandeis University Not to Honor Islamophobe Ayaan Hirsi Ali.”

Sadly, the name-calling intimidation worked and Brandeis rescinded its award.

And what did Brandeis think Ali has been saying all these years? She has been unstinting in criticizing hostile Islam, particularly its Koran-approved cruelty to women. Ali was FGMed as a child and lived in Somalia when young, so she has experienced the barbarity of Islam first hand. Her partner in the misogyny-revealing documentary Submission, Theo Van Gogh, was murdered in 2004 on an Amsterdam street and she has lived with death threats since then. Ali sees Islam as being at war with the West — why wouldn’t she?

Islam defines any place not under Islamic governance as Dar al-Harb, or Territory of War, meaning that it hasn’t been conquered by Muslims yet.

(For more background on Ayaan, see my book review of her book “Infidel”, the story of her transformation from young fundie Muslim in Africa to a secular educated woman in the Netherlands, where she was eventually elected to Parliament.)

Ali was interviewed about the insult on Fox News Wednesday:

(You can watch a longer clip from the Megyn Kelly show that includes an interview with argumentative CAIR mouthpiece Doug Hooper.)

Time magazine posted Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s response:

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: ‘They Simply Wanted Me to be Silenced’, April 9, 2014

Yesterday Brandeis University decided to withdraw an honorary degree they were to confer upon me next month during their Commencement exercises. I wish to dissociate myself from the university’s statement, which implies that I was in any way consulted about this decision. On the contrary, I was completely shocked when President Frederick Lawrence called me — just a few hours before issuing a public statement — to say that such a decision had been made.

When Brandeis approached me with the offer of an honorary degree, I accepted partly because of the institution’s distinguished history; it was founded in 1948, in the wake of World War II and the Holocaust, as a co-educational, nonsectarian university at a time when many American universities still imposed rigid admission quotas on Jewish students. I assumed that Brandeis intended to honor me for my work as a defender of the rights of women against abuses that are often religious in origin. For over a decade, I have spoken out against such practices as female genital mutilation, so-called “honor killings,” and applications of Sharia Law that justify such forms of domestic abuse as wife beating or child beating. Part of my work has been to question the role of Islam in legitimizing such abhorrent practices. So I was not surprised when my usual critics, notably the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), protested against my being honored in this way. Continue reading this article

Top Medicare Ripoff Doc Is Dominican

The big headline story on the New York Times Wednesday was Sliver of Medicare Doctors Get Big Share of Payouts, politely suggesting fraud. Lawyers and police are investigating how it happens that around “two percent of doctors account for about $15 billion in Medicare payments, roughly a quarter of the total.”

Ripoffs aren’t definite of course, but one doctor “earned” $21 million in 2012 alone, which is a lot of prescriptions for a guy whose first language isn’t even English. (That number beats the Lebanese doctor in Michigan who mooched $35 million from the Medicare bureaucracy over two years, as he dangerously misdiagnosed patients to get more expensive treatment.)

The winner of the current Medicare sweepstakes is Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. The loser is the American taxpayer, doubly so when a healthcare recipient.

Doctor With Big Medicare Payments Is No Stranger to Scrutiny, New York Times, April 9, 2014

MIAMI — The doctor who was paid the most by Medicare is a South Florida ophthalmologist whose offices were twice raided last year by the F.B.I. and whose generous political contributions and cozy relationship with a New Jersey senator, Robert Menendez, are under investigation by federal public corruption prosecutors, a New York Times analysis of Medicare data shows.

Data released Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows that Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, 59, who moved to Florida from the Dominican Republic in the late 1970s, received $21 million in Medicare reimbursements in 2012 alone. The doctor billed mostly for Lucentis, a medication used to treat macular degeneration made by a company that pays generous rebates to its doctors.

The release of the Medicare figures was the latest in a series headline-grabbing disclosures that have dogged the doctor since January of last year. The millionaire surgeon, who lives in a 5,000-square-foot home in North Palm Beach and travels by private jet, is better known as the generous campaign contributor whose close relationship with Mr. Menendez, a Democrat, has been scrutinized by federal prosecutors.

He is a central figure in two different federal investigations. In January and October last year, F.B.I. agents were spotted carrying boxes out of his offices.

Dr. Melgen’s lawyer warned against presuming that the doctor’s high bills to Medicare meant he was engaged in fraud. In a statement released late Tuesday, his lawyer said the large reimbursements from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, known as CMS, were easily explained: The doctor has a big practice. Continue reading this article

Moroccan Asylum Fraudster Plotted Drone Bombing

On Monday in Connecticut, illegal alien El Mehdi Semlali Fathi was arrested for planning to bomb a university building using a drone. He came here on a student visa but flunked out of school, yet wasn’t sent home even though he was at that point an illegal. He was arrested for theft and trespassing but wasn’t deported for those crimes either. Fathi then cooked up a BS asylum horror story, so he got to stay, even with the rap sheet and illegal status.

Meanwhile, the administration has decided to lower admission standards still further to admit refugees and asylum seekers with “limited” terrorist connections (no hands-on bomb construction?). Hey, it’s not like anybody in the world wants to kill Americans or anything.

Open-borders loonies like Jeb Bush imagine all illegal aliens are here for the family feeding excuse, but the American Dream of some foreigners is a mushroom cloud.

Moroccan arrested for bomb plot able to stay in US by lying to immigration officials, Daily Caller, April 8, 2014

The Moroccan man arrested for allegedly planning to use remote-control planes to bomb a university building and federal building was able to remain in the United States by lying to immigration officials.

El Mehdi Semlali Fathi was able to avoid a final order of removal last year — after remaining in the country for seven years after his visa expired — by claiming a fear of persecution based on his political beliefs, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit.

“There is probable cause to believe, and I do believe that FATHI’s application for withholding of removal status was obtained by fraud,” Special Agent Anabela Sharp wrote in the affidavit obtained by The Daily Caller Tuesday. “The fraud included, but is not limited to, FATHI’s claims that he was repeatedly arrested by the Moroccan government and assaulted by government officials.”

Despite his claims of persecution, according to the FBI, there is no record that Fathi was ever arrested in Morocco.

“Moreover in his application for refugee status, FATHI claimed that the government of Morocco believed he was a member of an organization known as ansar El Mehdi and that while he was attending a university in Marrakech he participated in demonstrations and he (FATHI) was arrested in 2007 by the Moroccan government because the Moroccan government believed that he was a member of this organization … the Moroccan government, FATHI’s father, and FATHI’s own statements confirm that FATHI was never arrested or charged with a crime in Morocco, nor did he ever attend any university in Marrakech,” the affidavit reads.

The FBI’s Sharp concluded that based on the evidence, “there is probable cause to believe and I do believe that EL MEHDI SEMLALAI FATHI, in the District of Connecticut and elsewhere made false statements to a federal law enforcement agent in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001, has executed and submitted a false and frivolous asylum application in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1546, and has made repeated false statements under oath to an Immigration Judge in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1621.”

Fathi’s arrest comes about two months after the release of an internal government audit, which revealed that at least 70 percent of asylum applications in 2009 had signs of fraud. Continue reading this article

Religious Types Demand 'Mercy' for Aliens (with Free-to-Them Healthcare Understood)

The usual suspects performed the standard whine on behalf of lawbreaking foreigners in Los Angeles on Friday. Archbishop Jose Gomez led an interfaith gaggle of liberal religious robe-a-dopes in a vigil for the long-suffering foreigners who have come to steal American jobs and grab other freebies.

In January, Los Angeles’ unemployment rate fell below 9 percent for the first time in nearly six years, but official religious leaders support open borders for unlimited workers, despite the ill effects on America’s own struggling poor folks.

Such is the decline of morality under liberal influence: now it’s religious redistribution, specifically rob Peter to pay Pablo.

One interesting point in La Times’ article was the photo of a Mexican girl in a wheelchair whose parents brought her to this country for free-to-them medical care for her spina bifida. Treatment costs for the defect range from $532,000 to over a $1 million.

The paper must regard lawbreaking foreigners ripping off American taxpayers for healthcare as acceptable, though it is becoming normal.

Another area of illegal alien demands is organ transplants, even though 18 people die daily from the shortage of organs. Another Mexican medical moocher, Ana Puente, got three, maybe four liver transplants paid by California taxpayers after she was brought illegally to the US for healthcare. Alien Jesus Navarro got a kidney after mounting a media campaign for public support in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, US citizens travel to Mexico for affordable healthcare, so it’s not like there are no doctors there. Mexico is wealthy, #14 in world GDP, and could easily take better care of its own people like the kid with spina bifida rather than shoving them north to Uncle Sucker.

In spite of facts, the religious amnesty hacks blather bromides and beg for the deliverance of thieves. Archbishop Gomez (born Mexican) said the undocs “need justice” aka amnesty, but genuine justice would mean legal protections for America’s forgotten workers who bear the brunt of illegals ruining the job market.

Immigrants need mercy, justice, religious leaders at L.A. vigil say, Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2014

Several of Southern California’s most prominent religious leaders gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Friday in a vigil for immigration reform, underscoring a growing interfaith effort to change the nation’s immigration laws.

Undocumented immigrants “need mercy and they need justice,” said Archbishop Jose Gomez, welcoming an array of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders to the vigil, held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

Gomez, who has made changing immigration laws a hallmark of his three-year tenure leading the L.A. archdiocese, described current laws as “totally broken” and said they were unfairly punishing families and children.

“These are human souls, not statistics. These are children of God, we cannot be indifferent to their suffering,” he said.

While the audience was sparse — with only a few dozen people in attnendance to hear prayers for compassion along with repeated calls for President Obama to act — the religious leaders on hand, from each of the three main Abrahamic traditions, represented a burgeoning interfaith push in the L.A. area for immigration reform. Continue reading this article

Congressman Mike Rogers Retires for Talk Radio Gig

It was a surprise when House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers announced last week that he would not seek reelection. After all, he has been a respected voice on national security even on liberal mainstream media and is popular in his Michigan district where he won his last election with 66 percent of the vote.

Apparently Rogers thinks the administration is too weak in combating America’s al Qaeda enemies.

Does Rogers think he can bring attention to national security matters with a radio show more effectively than by being the top intelligence Congressman? He hinted as much when he sat down for an interview with Time magazine recently:

Mike Rogers Says Obama Has Gone ‘Kinder, Gentler’ Against al-Qaeda, Time, April 3, 2014

The retiring House Intelligence Committee chief tells TIME that Obama is leaving terrorists “on the battlefield,” and explains his charge that Edward Snowden is “under the influence” of Russia’s security service

TIME: You just held yet another hearing on Benghazi, this one featuring former deputy CIA director Michael Morell. So much has been said about that night already — did you really take away anything new?

ROGERS: The takeaway is that the CIA had all the relevant information. There was confusion in the day or day after the attack, but it started to gel that this was an al-Qaeda extremist event — yet the narrative of the Administration never changed.

Isn’t one reason the Benghazi debate never ends that people disagree about whether it’s correct to call it an “al-Qaeda event”? Even if people with al-Qaeda connections were involved, that doesn’t mean it was planned and organized by core al-Qaeda leaders. Which is what the New York Times reported in December.

That all went out the window today when the deputy director of the CIA said that the reason he removed references to al-Qaeda from the talking points was because they had sources that said al-Qaeda participated in the event, and in their mind they didn’t want to disclose those sources.

We have numerous people that we know participated in the Benghazi attacks affiliated with al-Qaeda that are still on the battlefield. We have the capacity to get them but there’s no planning to get them. We have other serious al-Qaeda threats that normally we would take off the battlefield, but because of this Administration’s more kinder, gentler approach we have not done that.

What do you mean by a “kinder, gentler” approach? Is that because the pace of drone strikes seems to have slowed?

I’m not allowed to talk about specific programs. But I can tell you that there are ways that we have taken people off the battlefield that have been disruptive to their ability to plan operations, and there are cases where we are no longer doing that.

And if you have serious al-Qaeda players remaining on the battlefield because of bureaucracy created here, that’s a problem. We know from the 9/11 Commission that once nothing happened after the U.S.S. Cole was bombed in 2000, the psychology of that empowered al-Qaeda and led them to do bigger and bolder things. Which led to 9/11.

The old slogan is that Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive, and that al-Qaeda core is going away. Which is inconsistent with the facts that we know. And it concerns me that it is translated into policy. If you tell everybody that works for you that al-Qaeda’s not that big a threat, well, guess what? Their decisions will reflect that.

You get classified briefings. Apart from al-Qaeda, what worries you the most?

Oh, which one? Cyber is the biggest national-security threat I’ve ever seen, one that we’re not prepared to deal with. Disengaging the size and scope of our military has sent a pretty awful message — it has said to countries they can invade their neighbors without fear of retribution. Radiological material, black-market issues around the world. Iran’s interest in getting a nuclear weapon. Continue reading this article

France: Schools Will Not Serve Halal Food in Some Towns

In the recent French elections, the National Front took over the political leadership of several towns, and Marine Le Pen announced that schools in those places would return to the custom of serving pork, and kids could eat it or not.

Why do schools have to provide special food for finicky or religious kiddies at all? Changing to bring-your-own lunches would solve a raft of conflicts, plus the taxpayer would not be charged for a cost that should be on the parents. The care and feeding of children was earlier thought to be a responsibility of the family, but in America liberal forces have successfully transferred that task to the government.

One byproduct of free-to-them food is waste, from Los Angeles to Lyon. The mayor of the French town of Arveyres observed, “Often children who did not take the substitute dinner complained as well and left the pork. It distressed the staff to see how much food was wasted.”

Food is an important cultural signifier. As soon as a tribe of immigrants arrive, the first thing they do is open a restaurant serving the dishes of the dear homeland they left. Such businesses often become the center of the balkanized ethnic neighborhoods that today’s tribal immigrants now seem to prefer.

Islamic halal food has been resisted in France. Halal meat has been blessed by Muslims for Allah and is slaughtered in a particularly brutal fashion.

Dozens of citizens wearing pig masks protested Quick fast food chain in Lyon after it announced in 2010 that all of its food would be halal. (Watch Marche des Cochons.)

Several hundred Parisians attended a sausage and wine party in 2010 near the Arc de Triomphe to protest hostile Muslim incursion despite the event being banned by police.

As usual, the media persists in calling Le Pen “far right” even though many voters apparently regard her positions as mainstream.

Pork or nothing for pupils in far-right towns: Le Pen, The Local, April 4, 2014

School cafeterias will stop serving non-pork options to children in towns won by the far-right National Front party in local elections last week, its leader Marine Le Pen told media on Friday.

Le Pen reignited a longstanding controversy on Friday when she told a French radio station that in towns won by the party’s candidates school cafeterias will no longer serve non-pork substitution meals, which generally go to Muslim and Jewish children.

“We will accept no religious requirements in the school lunch menus,” Le Pen told RTL radio. “There is no reason for religion to enter into the public sphere.”

Le Pen’s anti-immigrant party made historic gains in last week’s municipal elections when it landed 11 mayorships, which was seen as a significant electoral breakthrough for the party.

The question of France asserting its traditional values among its growing Muslim population has been a key issue for the National Front and school dinners being used as a political football in France is nothing new.

In March 2013 the school in the village of Arveyres in the Gironde region of south-west France stopped offering an alternative meal for children who did not eat pork, which is forbidden under Jewish and Muslim dietary laws.

Around 30 of the 180 children had up until then been offered a substitute meat when pork was on the menu, France’s TF1 television reported.

Parents of some of those pupils affected took umbrage to the decision. Continue reading this article

Los Angeles Ethnic Boosters Plan Officially Recognized Tribal Zones

It’s funny how foreigners will cross boiling hot deserts to reach America, but once here, they avoid Americans like the plague and gather in ethnic enclaves where they erase the United States as much as possible. In some balkanized locales of extreme hispanicity, like Miami, learning to speak English is not necessary and the foreigners can live their entire lives speaking Spanish only.

Of course, the foreigners come for the Yankee dollar only. They want maximum money and opportunity to get money. The free-to-them welfare stuff they can mooch from the unwilling taxpayer is also desired because it is part of the value added to their big pile of immigrant swag. The biggest truck, the flashiest car to brag about are what it’s all about. Young folks getting college degrees is not a goal, at least among hispanics. (Over half of Asians in the US have college degrees; only 9.1 percent of Mexicans do.)

The newbies never seem to understand that the freedom they see as an American promise is only part of a social contract that is balanced by responsibility. And one responsibility is the expectation of citizens that immigrants assimilate to American values and the English language.

Anyway, in Mexifornia’s capital city of Lost Angeles, the ethnic boosters want their little strips of stores and restaurants designated as non-American zones of ethnic specialness. One flack expressed his race dream this way: “We’re coming here to help and build a bigger identity. . . for all Latinos.”

Of course, if the hispanics self-deported, er returned to the beloved homelands, they could experience 100 percent national raza identity all day every day. Just a thought…

Below, the proposed map of hispanic mini-territories.

Advocates seek to carve out official Latin American areas in L.A., Los Angeles Times, April 2, 2014

They want to emulate what Asians have done with the likes of Chinatown and Little Tokyo. Proposed communities include Peru Village, Little Venezuela and Paseo Colombia.

Dassler Jimenez stood on a busy stretch of Western Avenue in East Hollywood, ready to plant a flag and call it “Little Venezuela.”

Never mind that none of his countrymen live or own businesses in the neighborhood — or the fact that Jimenez has no money to finance the effort and little clue how to make it happen.

“If the Armenians and the Koreans did it,” Jimenez said, “why can’t we?”

Jimenez and other Latino leaders have teamed up to promote a common goal: carving out islands for their communities in Los Angeles’ jumbled landscape — Peru Village, Little Venezuela, Paseo Colombia, Guatemalan Mayan Village, Oaxacan Corridor.

Together, they want to emulate what Asians did with Thai Town, Little Tokyo, Filipino Town and Little Bangladesh. Together, they’re also hoping to keep Koreatown expansion at bay.

The Latino Economic Empowerment Round Table gathers monthly to strategize about boundaries, city requirements and ways to win favor with neighborhood councils, consulates and elected officials.

“This is us uniting and saying, ‘Hey, we contribute. We belong,’ ” said Milagros Lizarraga, leader of the Peru Village effort. “It’s time we are all recognized.”

The area Jimenez wants to transform — along Western from Santa Monica Boulevard south to Beverly Boulevard — is currently lined with budget furniture stores, pot shops and Thai massage parlors. “For lease” signs hang from at least a dozen storefronts.

He looks past the littered sidewalks to the hills of Griffith Park. They remind him of his native Caracas.

All along Western, Jimenez pictures Venezuelan restaurants and shops, murals and banners, a big Catholic church and a lively bar. He wants to turn a vacant store next to the Smart & Final into a community center called Casa Venezuela.

Before he can set his plan in motion, however, he has to persuade some Venezuelans to move into the area. Continue reading this article

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