Obama's 'Recovery' Has Created Low-Wage Jobs

We little citizens mostly hear from the liberal pravda media that the recovery is bubbling along nicely, although not quite as robustly as the Administration would prefer. However on Monday the New York Times did note:

The report shows that total employment has finally surpassed its pre-recession level. “The good news is we’re back to zero,” Evangelist said.

Five years into the Great Recession and we’re reached zero. That’s just great.

Lou Dobbs performed one of his scintillating chalk talks on the recovery. He at least mentioned immigration, though he didn’t emphasize the insanity of doubling legal immigration (per Senate bill) plus amnesty for double-digit millions while the economy remains so weak in the job-creation department.

Another unmentionable topic in the “recovery” is increased automation. The burger-flipper jobs may also disappear with demands for higher wages for fast-food workers, since the smart machines have already been invented: Robot Serves Up 360 Hamburgers per Hour.

Nevertheless, Democrats continue to preach raising the minimum wage as the solution to poverty jobs.

Speaking of zero, that’s the number of additional immigrants needed in the increasingly automated America of the near future.

Recovery has created far more low-wage jobs than better-paid ones, New York Times News Service, April 28, 2014

Washington: The deep recession wiped out primarily high-wage and middle-wage jobs. Yet the strongest employment growth during the sluggish recovery has been in low-wage work, at places like strip malls and fast-food restaurants.

In essence, the poor economy has replaced good jobs with bad ones. That is the conclusion of a new report from the National Employment Law Project, a research and advocacy group, analyzing employment trends four years into the recovery.

“Fast food is driving the bulk of the job growth at the low end – the job gains there are absolutely phenomenal,” said Michael Evangelist, the report’s author. “If this is the reality – if these jobs are here to stay and are going to be making up a considerable part of the economy – the question is, how do we make them better?”

The report shows that total employment has finally surpassed its pre-recession level. “The good news is we’re back to zero,” Evangelist said.

But job losses and gains have been skewed. Higher-wage industries – like accounting and legal work – shed 3.6 million positions during the recession and have added only 2.6 million positions during the recovery. But lower-wage industries lost 2 million jobs, then added 3.8 million.

With 10.5 million Americans still looking for work – the unemployment rate is 6.7 percent – employers feel no pressure to raise wages for those who are working. As a result, the average household’s take-home pay has declined through the recession and the recovery to $51,017 in 2012 from $55,627 in 2007, after adjusting for inflation.

With joblessness high and job gains concentrated in low-wage industries, hundreds of thousands of Americans have accepted positions that pay less than they used to make, in some cases, sliding out of the middle class and into the ranks of the working poor. Continue reading this article

Paul Weston Describes His Arrest for Quoting Winston Churchill in England

On Saturday I reported about the arrest of Paul Weston, the chairman of Britain’s Liberty GB party, for reading the words of Winston Churchill in public in an English town as part of his campaign for election to the European Parliament.

Following are the words that some people found objectionable, quoted from Churchill’s 1899 book, The River War:

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.”

Not even a hundred-year-old quote that is critical of Islam can be permitted in today’s politically correct Britain, which has surrendered to its hostile Muslim immigrants.

On Sunday, Weston was interviewed by VladTepesBlog to discuss the whole event, including the arrest for “a racially aggravated crime Under Section 4 of the Public Order Act.” Gates of Vienna has a transcript.

Britain: Quoting Winston Churchill about Islam Is Now an Arrestable Offense

The land of Shakespeare continues on its downward path of lost liberty due to Muslim immigration, particularly free speech.

Today’s example: the arrest of Paul Weston, chairman of the Liberty GB party for quoting Winston Churchill in public about the danger posed by Islam.

Winchester: Churchill Quotation Gets Liberty GB Leader Paul Weston Arrested

Today Paul Weston, chairman of the party Liberty GB and candidate in the 22 May European Elections in the South East, has been arrested in Winchester.

At around 2pm Mr Weston was standing on the steps of Winchester Guildhall, addressing the passers-by in the street with a megaphone. He quoted the following excerpt about Islam from the book The River War by Winston Churchill:

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.”

Reportedly a woman came out of the Guildhall and asked Mr Weston if he had the authorisation to make this speech. When he answered that he didn’t, she told him “It’s disgusting!” and then called the police.

Six or seven officers arrived. They talked with the people standing nearby, asking questions about what had happened. The police had a long discussion with Mr Weston, lasting about 40 minutes.

At about 3pm he was arrested. They searched him, put him in a police van and took him away.

Mr. Weston has a habit of telling the truth about Islam, such as when he visited New York in 2012 and warned America against admitting more Muslim immigrants.

Below is a recent video from Liberty GB’s Youtube channel with Paul Weston explaining the effects of today’s multicultural immigration: “If you import the third world, you become the third world.” Furthermore, the Muslims don’t come as immigrants to assimilate, but as invaders to make Britain their territory. The result is more crime, more terror attacks, more taxes for immigrant welfare falling on the citizens, and so on ad nauseum.

Somali Hijinx: African Mother of Airline Stowaway Kid Wants to Come to America

The story of the teen who amazingly survived five hours in an airplane wheelwell at 50 degrees below zero and with little oxygen continues to play out. The 15-year-old kid is a Somali, we learned after a few days, and apparently young Yahya Abdi (pictured) didn’t get along with his stepmother which is cited as the reason for his runaway behavior.

Either that or he wanted to see his real mother in east Africa so he stowed away on a plane headed for Hawaii. Details remain fuzzy, even after a week of drama.

It is curious that a boy attending high school would have such a deficient knowledge of geography. I recall being introduced to the globe and its continents in the fourth grade, but perhaps schools are more interested in diversity studies than geography these days.

It seems Yahya had only recently been informed that his mother was alive. She resides in an Ethiopian refugee camp and knew an opportunity when it came her way, saying that her boy wasn’t being properly cared for and she was just the one to handle it. The Daily Mail headline was clear: African mother of Hawaii plane stowaway vows to move to America to win custody of him.

Obviously she had heard of wealthy America even in east Africa. Now she wants some and sees her ticket. The refugee rescuers must be gearing up to welcome her. In addition, the jihad-friendly folks at the Council on American Islamic Relations are now on board — CAIR Represents Airplane Stowaway’s Family:

San Jose stowaway: Teen’s birth mother in Ethiopian refugee camp wants to reunite, Contra Costa Times, April 25, 2014

SAN JOSE — The birth mother of the 15-year-old boy who stowed away in a Hawaiian Airlines wheel well says she feels awful her son risked his life in a desperate attempt to find her and wants to see him again.

In her first interview with reporters since her son’s ordeal, Ubah Mohamed Abdullahi, 35, said from a refugee camp in Ethiopia that she blames the teen’s father and stepmother for treating him poorly and making him believe she died years ago in a rocket attack in Mogadishu.

“They killed me in my children’s minds,” Abdullahi told reporters in a call placed by one of the teen’s San Jose relatives. “If I could give a message to my son I would say I am still alive and I will come one day. Please stay calm and do not do anything stupid.”

On Friday, the boy’s father, Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi, told friends gathered at a Santa Clara mosque that he also wants to reunite with his son, Yahya, and bring him home. But he can’t afford to leave his job as a cab driver until Hawaiian authorities are ready to release his son.

For years, Abdullahi said, her ex-husband and his wife have refused to let her talk to her children, whom she is trying to join in the United States.

She also told the VOA in a radio interview, “I felt bad that he risked his life. I was told that he did this because of me.”

Abdi is hiring a lawyer to deal with the media, which remains camped out in front of his Santa Clara house as the family holes up inside. He also wants the lawyer to help address accusations from the mother and a relative that the teen was abused.

Yahya is the middle of three children born to Abdi’s first wife. Yahya’s father and stepmother have six younger children together. Continue reading this article

Milking Robots Are Here, Making Happy Cows

Things are changing down on the farm. Smart machines in the form of milkbots are lightening the load a bit for dairy farmers, removing the pressure of needing to have someone in the barn every twelve hours 365 days a year. After a little training, the cows walk into the milking contraption whenever they feel like it and voila — automatic milk.

The technology is a particular plus because it relieves farmers of depending on illegal alien workers. For that reason, this application of robotics is welcome, unlike many others.

The farmers in today’s story are happy because the milkbots allow them more interaction with their animals beyond milking and help create a less regimented lifestyle vis-a-vis time.

With Farm Robotics, the Cows Decide When It’s Milking Time, New York Times, April 22, 2014

EASTON, N.Y. — Something strange is happening at farms in upstate New York. The cows are milking themselves.

Desperate for reliable labor and buoyed by soaring prices, dairy operations across the state are charging into a brave new world of udder care: robotic milkers, which feed and milk cow after cow without the help of a single farmhand.

Scores of the machines have popped up across New York’s dairy belt and in other states in recent years, changing age-old patterns of daily farm life and reinvigorating the allure of agriculture for a younger, tech-savvy — and manure-averse — generation.

“We’re used to computers and stuff, and it’s more in line with that,” said Mike Borden, 29, a seventh-generation dairyman, whose farm upgraded to robots, as others did, when disco-era milking parlors — the big, mechanized turntables that farmers use to milk many cows at once — started showing their age.

“And,” Mr. Borden added, “it’s a lot more fun than doing manual labor.”

The view is improved as well. “Most milking parlors, you see, you really only see the back end of the cow,” Mr. Borden’s father, Tom, said. “I don’t see that as building up much of a relationship.”

The cows seem to like it, too.

Robots allow the cows to set their own hours, lining up for automated milking five or six times a day — turning the predawn and late-afternoon sessions around which dairy farmers long built their lives into a thing of the past. Continue reading this article

Why Are Hard-Working Asians Increasingly Voting for Democrats?

Unlike Mexicans, Asians really do have conservative values of hard work, delayed gratification, scholarship and appreciation of capitalism. Over half of Asians have a bachelor’s degree or higher, while the national rate is 30 percent for a BA.

Asians are the highest-income, best-educated tribe in America as a result of their industriousness. Why are so many Democrats? One example: 71 percent of Asians voted for Obama in 2012.

A rift broke out in public last month when Asians rallied against a revival of affirmative action: Diverse California: Chinese Want to Keep Prop 209’s Ban on Affirmative Action. Scholarly Chinese have benefited from college admissions based on academic achievement, not race set-asides.

So I watched Wednesday’s Fox Business interview with John Ying of the Asian-American Republican Coalition hoping for an answer.

Interviewer Stuart Varney opined that “those core values are trumped by the immigration issue,” and illegal Asians figure they will get a better deal from Democrats.

(The Department of Homeland Security estimates that of the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., 1.3 million are from Asia.)

Ying countered that Asians are not one-issue voters and their values include “education… and merit-driven opportunities.”

My opinion is this: because Asians are not as engaged in the political process as some, they are more affected by the constant media bashing of conservative ideas. Campaigning by GOP needs to be more explanatory because basic principles of capitalism and limited government are no longer understood.

As shown by the chart, Asians were Republican-friendly not that long ago. Therefore the right kind of campaign is needed to convince them that their values are not a good fit with socialist Democrats.

Pat Condell Declares He Is Anti-Islam

The British social critic has filed another of his famous Youtube commentaries, known for a take-no-prisoners attitude, particularly regarding the so-called “Religion of Peace.”

Here of some snips from Condell’s recent effort, although the whole six-minute piece is worth a listen.

The first line included is a thought I’ve had many times: Why should I respect a religion that despises women, particularly independent ones like yours truly? Islam is anti-women; therefore it is anti-me.

“Why am I anti-Islam? Well, for the simple reason that Islam is anti-me. And it’s against every fundamental value I hold…

The entire religion is built on foundation of prejudice, injustice, inhumanity and I’m anti all of those….

If you ignore the bad things — the aggressive separatism, supremacism, the social intolerance, the relentless special pleading, the phony grievance mongering, the psychopathic level of misogyny, the honor killing, the genital mutilation (sanctioned by the prophet incidentally), the rabid gay and Jew hatred, the intimidation and censorship, and the constantly present threat of violence over social issues — there isn’t much wrong with Islam, it’s perfectly kosher, if you’ll pardon the expression. The trouble is if you take these things away, there’s nothing left.”

New York City Police Department: Muslim Intelligence Unit Saved Lives

One of the claims made by liberals who supported the recent shutdown of the NYPD’s Muslim surveillance strategy was that it didn’t make any difference in protecting the city, but a former officer in the police department begs to differ. Paul J. Browne, the former NYPD deputy commissioner for public information, wrote in a New York Post article about several examples of the unit’s success in preventing violent acts against the city.

Below, Raees Alam Qazi (left) is accused of planning to bomb a crowded area of New York City along with his brother Sheheryar Alam (right) in revenge for drone attacks in their native Pakistan. The Florida residents were located because the NYPD knew where to look for them in the city.

Since 9/11, Americans have wanted their government agencies to prevent further jihad attacks. But accomplishing that goal requires a degree of spying, since the enemy lives among us as a result of diversity-focused immigration policies. The NYPD program worked, but has been dismantled because the new mayor, Bill de Blasio campaigned among Muslims that he would cancel surveillance of their tribe.

NYPD’s ‘Muslim mapping’ saved lives, By Paul J. Browne, New York Post, April 20, 2014

Federal agents knew that a would-be terrorist had likely arrived in New York City from Florida over Thanksgiving weekend in 2012. However, they didn’t know where in New York City he was — a worrisome prospect, considering that Raees Alam Qazi was gathering information on the best places to detonate bombs in Manhattan, Times Square and Wall Street among them.

The NPYD’s Intelligence Division, it turned out, knew exactly where to look — because it already knew places in the metro area that might be inclined to open their doors for the night to a cash-strapped transient enamored with al Qaeda. It then sent an NYPD undercover officer into one of those locations and confirmed Qazi’s presence there. That allowed federal authorities to initiate surveillance and arrest Qazi on terrorism charges as he stepped off a bus in Ft. Lauderdale on his way home soon thereafter.

Similarly, as Seth Lipsky reported in Thursday’s Post, had the Boston marathon bombers made it to New York with their explosive devices, the NYPD would’ve been in a good position to know where to look for them because of some mapping it had done in Brighton Beach and elsewhere.

These assessments of where a terrorist might land in order to find as cheap place to stay, a job off the books, an Internet café or even a restaurant for comfort food, were done by a small NYPD unit initially called the Demographics Unit and later the Zone Assessment Unit — which was dismantled last week.

The unit never had more than 14 police officers assigned to it in a department of 35,000 officers. None were undercover officers, although some undercovers were later employed in areas that detectives in the unit had mapped. The officers assigned to the unit didn’t infiltrate terrorist groups or spy on them. They provided investigators who did with road maps as to where terrorists might gravitate in the metropolitan area in advance of an attack or to hide after one.

Breathless reporting has asserted that police “admitted” that the unit hadn’t developed terrorist leads. That’s like saying Derek Jeter “admitted” to having never scored a touchdown. Right church; wrong pew: It was never the unit’s job. Instead, the unit complemented, in a very specific way, the work of the approximately 1,300 NYPD officers assigned to counterterrorism duties every day. Continue reading this article

Boston Marathon: Local Media Promotes Muslim-Embracing Diversity Inclusiveness

In advance of the Boston Marathon run on Monday with police-state security measures following last year’s jihad bombings, local media sought to comfort local Muslims that they were not under suspicion in an article titled, “Inclusive spirit reassures Muslims after bombings” (linked below).

The caption of the article’s first photo: “Hamza Syed braced for an anti-Muslim backlash that never happened.”

Below, one explosion at last year’s Boston Marathon.

Despite the lack of lynch mobs or other backlash against Muslims after 9/11 and other Islamic attacks, the Allah bunch residing in America complains that their sensitive feelings are hurt by surveillance and other normal precautions to having a gaggle of potential enemies living in the country.

Remember the victims of the immigrant jihadist Tsarnaev brothers: Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell and Lu Lingzi.

Why do Americans feel they have to “reassure” Muslims of goodwill? On the contrary, Muslims should be trying to convince Americans that they are not murderous religious fanatics. Allah’s gangsters have killed Americans on our own soil in the thousands, yet we are supposed to feel guilty for not trusting Muslims.

Of course, not every single Muslim is a proto-terrorist, but some are. A 2007 Pew Research poll found 26 percent of younger Muslims in America believe suicide bombings are justified.

Some will fall under the swoon of Islamic teachings, and part of the modern jihad message is the alleged victimhood of Muslims worldwide, even though they are usually the perps. Here in America, CAIR urges Muslims to report the slightest affront as a hate crime, following the victim theme. In fact, FBI statistics for years show that Jews are five times more likely to be victims of hate crimes than Muslims, who are down the list.

The 2014 budget for the Department of Homeland Security was $49.7 billion. Remember that the DHS was organized as a response to the 9/11 attacks, even though hundreds of billions were already spent on the Pentagon which was supposed to protect America.

One could reasonably regard the $49.7 billion DHS budget as one cost of Muslim immigration. Are the felafels worth it? Why does America continue to allow Muslim immigration?

Anyway, it’s a good the marathon went off without a hitch, which isn’t surprising considering the level of police and surveillance. Check out the Daily Mail’s great photos of participants.

As for the article about adorable Muslims, brace for extensive silliness. My favorite (bad) remark is from a Muslim who apparently has not read the Koran and its 100+ exhortations to violence against infidels: “Now, when an act of terror occurs, people can see it for what it is: someone exploiting religion, someone with serious issues.”

No, doofus, the jihadists are following their religion!

Inclusive spirit reassures Muslims after bombings Boston Globe, April 17, 2014

Sept. 11, 2001, ruptured 13-year-old Hamza Syed’s world. Being Muslim instantly became the only part of his identity that seemed to matter; kids at his school in Lynn besieged him with questions he could not answer. He had immigrated to the United States from Pakistan at age 3, but he no longer felt allowed to call himself American.

A year ago, after the Boston Marathon bombings, Syed braced himself for another anti-Muslim backlash. It never happened.

“I grew up being an outsider, feeling like an outsider, and there wasn’t any moment really after the Boston Marathon where I had that feeling of being an outsider again,” he said. “I grieved with everyone. . . . I could understand their feelings, and they could understand mine, without there being an asterisk next to it.”

On Monday, Syed expects to run the Boston Marathon for the first time, an act he sees as an expression of his love for his resilient city and for its embrace of diversity.

“That is what the Boston Marathon this year is really going to be about,” he said. “I want to say that I was there, that I took part in it.”

To be sure, there were isolated displays of Islamophobia in the aftermath of the Marathon bombings. A woman wearing a hijab was assaulted on a street in Malden. Strangers sent hateful e-mails to Boston’s mosques. Some Muslims feared being questioned by law enforcement or seethed over a tabloid’s portrayal of two innocent Massachusetts men as possibly connected to the bombings.

But the broader tableau showed a city that has become more welcoming of Muslims in the years since the 2001 attacks, many local Muslims said. The scale of the two tragedies was very different, but many Muslims said improved interfaith cooperation and increasingly diverse schools and workplaces contributed to a change in tone. It also seemed, they said, that their non-Muslim neighbors had grown more knowledgeable and less fearful in a dozen years of discussing terrorism, war, national security, and religious liberty in the public square.

“Now, when an act of terror occurs, people can see it for what it is: someone exploiting religion, someone with serious issues,” said Jalon Fowler, a 38-year-old Muslim who ran in last year’s Marathon and will compete again this year.

After the Marathon bombings, many Muslims said they felt reassured by gestures of support and concern from friends and coworkers, from local politicians and clergy of other faiths. Bostonians, they said, seemed to understand that most Muslims were as horrified at the violence on Boylston Street as everyone else was.

“There is never a silver lining to mass murder, or attempted mass murder,” said Imam William Suhaib Webb, spiritual leader of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury, the city’s largest mosque. “But what we learned is, this is a really great city with incredibly sincere people.

“It was like, we’re together, we all anguish about what happened, and we are going to try to speak to the problem together.”

Mosque fears eased
Greater Boston’s two most prominent mosques were inundated with press calls and television cameras after the bombings, especially the Islamic Society of Boston in Cambridge, where suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev occasionally worshipped.

Ismail Fenni, acting imam of the Cambridge mosque, tried to field reporters’ questions and to respond to the stunned congregation, few of whom had known the Tsarnaevs.

“We were worried the name and the reputation of the mosque would be stained,” Fenni said in a recent interview. Continue reading this article

New York City Allows Dangerous Bangladeshi to Drive a Cab Again

One of the immigrant horror stories of last summer was the foreign cabbie who drove onto a New York City sidewalk in a fit of road rage and struck a young British tourist, causing her to lose her leg. See my report: Bangladeshi Muslim Cab Driver Admits Anger Management Issues in Road Rage Crash.

At the time, Mohammed Faysal Himon said he should find another job since he couldn’t handle the stress of taxi driving in New York City. (Anger management can be a cultural problem among Muslims.)

But now he is back driving, endangering New Yorkers. Apparently the NYC government cannot take a dangerous foreign cabbie off the roads, even though the city faces a multi-million dollar lawsuit because of Mohammed’s inability to control himself.

Cabby who cut off leg is driving again, New York Post, April 20, 2014

He couldn’t wait to get on the road again.

Cabby Mohammed Faysal ­Himon sheared off the foot of a British tourist in a grisly accident at Rockefeller Center last August, but despite the ordeal — and a claim that he didn’t want to drive a cab anymore — he’s been back behind the wheel of a taxi for months, The Post has learned.

Since Feb. 14, Himon, 24, has been driving a yellow cab out of 28th Street Management, a leasing agent operating out of a Tenth Avenue storefront in Manhattan, according to Taxi and Limousine Commission rec­ords.

“He has been driving regularly, uneventfully — thank God — and just doing what he has to do,” Himon’s lawyer, Cynthia Fisher, told The Post.

Himon was driving on Sixth Avenue on Aug. 20, 2013, when his cab jumped the curb and slammed into Sian Green, 25, who was with a friend at West 49th Street.

The horrific accident cost the Leicester beauty queen her left foot and later her leg below the knee.

Himon claimed he was cut off by cyclist Kenneth ­Olivo, 41, and lost control of his cab after he tried to zip ahead of the pedal pusher.

After the accident, the TLC suspended Himon’s license for 30 days, and he was slapped with a summons for operating a cab he was not authorized to be driving.

But since neither the Manhattan district attorney nor the NYPD filed criminal charges against Himon, the agency reinstated his license, which he claimed last Sept. 26. The TLC — which has vowed to take new steps to keep dangerous drivers off the road — did ask Himon to voluntarily surrender his license, but he refused, an agency spokesman said. Continue reading this article

On Easter, Remember Christians Suffering under Islam

It is depressing to see Christians being killed and driven out of historic lands by jihadist murderers. The church has had a long history in the Middle East, including places like Turkey and Syria where the apostles traveled and spread the gospel.

In a 2009 Sixty Minutes interview, the Patriarch of Orthodox Christians said he lived as a second-class citizen in Muslim Turkey where the church is treated with extreme disrespect:

Patriarch Bartholomew Feels “Crucified, CBS News, Dec 17, 2009

At the turn of the last century there were nearly 2 million Orthodox Christians in Turkey; 1.5 million were expelled in 1923, and another 150,000 left after violent anti-Christian riots in Istanbul in 1955.

Today, in all of Turkey, there are only 4,000 Orthodox Christians left. [. . .]

[Guide Sevim] Karabiyik told us, much to our surprise, that the four gospels were written in Turkey and that three of the apostles spread the word there.

Even Jesus’ birthplace, Bethlehem, is now a Muslim town with only about 15 percent Christians, although Muslims hope some Christians remain so tourists won’t be uncomfortable.

Last August, the Muslim Brotherhood attacked Christians in Egypt, killing hundreds and torching dozens of churches, like the Archangel Michael Church near Cairo shown below.

The video mentions the WSJ opinion piece written by Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, which follows:

The situation in Egypt and Turkey illustrates the history of Islam: infidels are murdered or forced to leave if they don’t convert to Islam. Europe is next.

The Middle East War on Christians, By Ron Prosor, Wall Street Journal, April 16, 2014

Muslim-majority nations are doing to followers of Jesus what they did to the Jews.

This week, as Jews celebrate the Passover holiday, they are commemorating the Bible’s Exodus story describing a series of plagues inflicted on ancient Egypt that freed the Israelites, allowing them to make their way to the Holy Land. But over the past century, another exodus, driven by a plague of persecution, has swept across the Middle East and is emptying the region of its Christian population. The persecution is especially virulent today.

The Middle East may be the birthplace of three monotheistic religions, but some Arab nations appear bent on making it the burial ground for one of them. For 2,000 years, Christian communities dotted the region, enriching the Arab world with literature, culture and commerce. At the turn of the 20th century, Christians made up 26% of the Middle East’s population. Today, that figure has dwindled to less than 10%. Intolerant and extremist governments are driving away the Christian communities that have lived in the Middle East since their faith was born.

In the rubble of Syrian cities like Aleppo and Damascus, Christians who refused to convert to Islam have been kidnapped, shot and beheaded by Islamist opposition fighters. In Egypt, mobs of Muslim Brotherhood members burn Coptic Christian churches in the same way they once obliterated Jewish synagogues. And in Iraq, terrorists deliberately target Christian worshippers. This past Christmas, 26 people were killed when a bomb ripped through a crowd of worshipers leaving a church in Baghdad’s southern Dora neighborhood.

Christians are losing their lives, liberties, businesses and their houses of worship across the Middle East. It is little wonder that native Christians have sought refuge in neighboring countries—yet in many cases they find themselves equally unwelcome. Over the past 10 years, nearly two-thirds of Iraq’s 1.5 million Christians have been driven from their homes. Many settled in Syria before once again becoming victims of unrelenting persecution. Syria’s Christian population has dropped from 30% in the 1920s to less than 10% today. Continue reading this article

College Students in California: Fewer Whites and State Residents

Taxpayer-supported state colleges are supposed to provide a higher education at a reasonable cost to the young people who are residents. That’s why in-state students get lower subsidized tuition than outsiders.

But lately in California, not so much. The state’s university system has forgotten its mission to educate California kids in part because it is low on funds and likes the full-freight tuition paid by out-of-staters and foreign students (even as illegal alien students are subsidized).

As a result of University of California accepting fewer state students by design, officials said they expect that 13% of all undergraduates will be from outside California in the fall, up from 12% this year and just 5% four years ago.

California is not alone in noticing foreign students’ fat checkbooks. Last year, the number of internationals attending American colleges reached a record high, over 800,000.

Another priority of university bureaucrats is diversity, as suggested by the snap from Saturday’s LA Times front page (pictured) connected to the article “California students feel UC admission squeeze”.

The AP story headlines that more hispanics than whites were admitted for next fall, with the only explanation being that there are now more of them in the state. In 1996 California voters rejected affirmative action via Prop 209, so college admissions are not supposed to be race based.

Does anyone think that hispanics, a tribe which is famously disinterested in scholarly pursuits, have suddenly taken to books and studying? Not bloody likely.

More Latino Than White Students Admitted To University Of California Schools, Associated Press, April 18, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — More Latino than white students in California have been offered admission to the state’s premier public universities for the first time, officials said Friday, a milestone that reflects the diverse racial makeup of a state where Latino children represent a majority of students in public schools.

Preliminary admissions data show that 17,589 Latino students have been accepted as freshmen at one of the University of California’s nine undergraduate campuses for the fall, or 29 percent of all 61,120 in-state applicants who were offered a spot. That compares to 16,378 white residents, who made up 27 percent of the admitted applicants.

Asian Americans remained the largest single ethnic group represented in the accepted freshman class, making up 36 percent of all Californians admitted. Black students received 4 percent of the admission offers.

Campaign for College Opportunity Community Affairs Director Audrey Dow called the growing share of Latino students qualifying for a UC education “a positive trend.”

“It is really encouraging and emphasizes that Latinos want to go to college,” Dow said. “Latino families, Latino students understand the value of an education and are doing what they need to do to be competitive and eligible for the most rigorous system in the state.”

University officials said that competition to get into a UC school remained stiff, a situation they tried to address by making room for more students. A record 86,865 students from California, out-of-state and abroad were accepted, or 58 percent of all 148,688 applicants. By comparison, the system had a 68 percent acceptance rate for Fall 2011. The new numbers are a sign of how much harder winning a spot has become.

Of the ones who got lucky in the admissions lottery this year, 25,745, or 30 percent of the accepted freshmen, are from out-of-state or are international students. The percentage of UC students who are not state residents has risen steadily in recent years as officials have tried to offset cuts in state funding with the higher tuition nonresidents pay. Continue reading this article