Employer of Houston Cop Killer Sentenced

In 2006, previously deported criminal Juan Quintero shot and killed Officer Rodney Johnson (pictured) after a traffic arrest in Houston, a sanctuary city known for protecting dangerous foreign criminals.

In 2008, Quintero was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison — quite a disappointment for us citizens who expect cop killers to pay the ultimate price, particularly in Texas.

Lurking around as a background element was the killer’s employer, Robert Lane Camp, the owner of a landscaping company, who was more than helpful toward an illegal alien with a long rap sheet. Quintero must have been a heck of a gardener.

Details were provided in a 2008 article:

Employer of murder suspect arrested, Houston Chronicle, January 10, 2008

Court documents show that Robert Lane Camp, 47, went to considerable lengths to help Juan Leonardo Quintero and keep him on the job at his Deer Park landscaping company before the September 2006 killing of officer Rodney Johnson.

In August 1998, Camp posted a $10,000 bond for Quintero after he was jailed on an indecency with a child charge and hired an attorney to defend him. After the worker was deported in May 1999, Camp sent him money in Mexico and later bought him a plane ticket from Phoenix to Houston after Quintero re-entered through Arizona illegally, according to an affidavit by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent. Camp then purchased a house in Houston and rented it to Quintero.

The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they do move along. This week Robert Lane Camp was sentenced to prison. Not a very long sentence, mind you, but how often does an employer ever face the big house?

Prison for boss of immigrant who killed Houston officer, Houston Chronicle, May 10, 2010

Landscape business owner Robert Lane Camp was sentenced this morning to three months in prison and another three months under house arrest as part of a federal five-year probation for harboring an illegal immigrant who later murdered a Houston police officer.

Camp, 48, pleaded guilty to employing and harboring Leonardo Quintero, the Mexican laborer convicted of shooting Rodney Johnson four times in the head after a traffic stop in 2006.

Camp told U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore that he thought it was just a civil violation that he employed Quintero, who he knew was illegally here, so he paid his salary to the worker’s wife, who had a Social Security number.

“I never for an instant thought I would be here,” Camp said as he stood before the federal judge. He said it’s hard to hire people with legal documentation to help in his landscaping business because “it’s hot, it’s dirty and it’s long hours.” But he also said he’s kept up his business using legal workers since his employee killed a policeman.

“I’m very sorry and apologize to the court and my family and friends. I’ve shamed a lot of people, including myself,” Camp said to a courtroom half filled with his supporters.

Also in court was Houston police Sgt. Joslyn Johnson, the widow of Officer Rodney Johnson. “It was a slap in the face,” she said. “He’s just as guilty as Quintero in my eyes and just as guilty as Carter’s Country for selling the gun.”

Rep. Ted Poe: the Border Is a War Zone

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) recently described the dangerous conditions which Americans who live near the Mexican border must endure:

During Rep. Poe’s speech, he mentioned an article that he used as a reference, probably the following one, which focused on the murder of Robert Krenz:

The Krentz Bonfire, Tucson Weekly, April 29, 2010

Last week, Rob’s brother, Phil, described how surprised and heartened the family has been at the outpouring of support they’ve received from around the country.

“It has really woken people up to what’s going on,” he says. “But I don’t know if anything will be done about it. It’s too early to tell. Meantime, we’re coping any way we can.”

Rob’s sister, Susan Pope, says, “This has really taken legs, and I think some things will change for the better. But I don’t think it’ll ever get to where we feel secure.”

The Popes’ home in the Chiricahua Mountains has been broken into three times. Susan works as a bus driver and teacher at the one-room Apache Elementary School, which has been hit so often that nothing of value remains inside.

“When was the last time you felt secure?” I asked.

Susan let out a joyless laugh and said, “I can’t remember, honestly.”

What has to be noted first is the inevitability of what happened. Something like the Krentz murder was coming, and everyone knew it.

Life in the Chiricahua Corridor north and east of Douglas, as the Tucson Weekly has been reporting for two years, has become a nightmare of break-ins, threats, intimidation and home invasions. […]

Around Nogales, where arrests are down 20 percent, Susie Morales—who lives 2 1/2 miles from the line in the national forest west of Interstate 19—has seen no letup in crossings.

As she cooks dinner in her kitchen, she can look out and see mules backpacking drugs on a trail 75 yards from her front door. Another trail runs 50 yards behind her house.

These trails are so close that when Susie spots incursions, she runs into her bathroom with her cell phone and shuts the door. She has to keep her voice down so the crossers can’t hear her calling for help.

“There are more Border Patrol agents around, but the tide hasn’t abated,” says Morales. “It’s amazing. They’re still coming. We need active-duty military here, because we’re just outnumbered.”

She carries a .357 magnum everywhere she goes.

Foot traffic still pours over the Huachuca Mountains, south of Sierra Vista, to the tune of 1,500 a week, according to a citizen who places game cameras on trails there and counts crossings.

East of the Huachucas, John Ladd tells me that in the 18 days prior to April 10, he counted some 350 illegals on his San Jose Ranch. Every one had climbed the fence.

Ladd’s property near Naco has been fenced since 2007, with the barriers ranging from 10 to 13 feet. But fencing just west of Ladd’s, across the San Pedro River, stands 18 feet tall, so why would anyone bother with an 18-footer when you can walk east and climb a 10-footer?

“I’m on the phone to Border Patrol on average three times a day, seven days a week, to report groups,” Ladd says. “I don’t know what normal is anymore. I’ve become cynical, untrusting and pissed off.”

And so it goes. Read the whole thing.

Rasmussen Poll: English Should Be the Official Language

Are Americans sick of pressing one for English? Perhaps the glorious multicultural multilingual future doesn’t look as good as diversity cheerleaders had promised. Or maybe citizens are alarmed by encroaching foreign influence, e.g. students being sent home from school for wearing American flag clothing so they wouldn’t offend Mexicans; or the shrieks of criticism Arizona has received for cracking down on illegal aliens.

Whatever the reason, Americans still believe in traditional assimilation where immigrants learn English as a primary duty.

87% Say English Should Be U.S. Official Language, Rasmussen Reports, May 11, 2010

Americans continue to overwhelmingly believe that English should be the official language of the United States and reject by sizable margins the idea that such a move is racist or a violation of free speech.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 87% of Adults favor making English the nation’s official language. This is the highest level of support yet but in line with what voters have been saying for several years. Just nine percent (9%) disagree.

Eighty-three percent (83%) say a company doing business in this country should be allowed to require its employees to speak English. Eleven percent (11%) say companies should not be permitted to require their employees to speak English on the job. These views are unchanged from a year ago.

Only 10% of Americans say requiring people to speak English is a form of racism or bigotry. Eighty-four percent (84%) disagree and say that’s not true.

Twelve percent (12%) believe that declaring English the official language would limit free speech in this country, but 78% feel otherwise and see no limits being placed on free speech.

The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 7-8, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

The findings come at a time when President Obama and major Hispanic groups, among others, are protesting Arizona’s new law empowering local police to stop those they suspect of being illegal immigrants. Despite national protests and threats of boycotting Arizona, 59% of U.S. voters continue to support the state law, which Arizona officials say is necessary because the federal government is not doing its job to halt illegal immigration. Fifty percent (50%), in fact, have an unfavorable opinion of those who protested the law in marches and rallies two weekends ago.

Support for English as the official language is high across all demographic groups.

However, Republicans consistently support it more strongly than Democrats and adults not affiliated with either party.

Ninety-five percent (95%) of those who work in the private sector think companies should be allowed to require their employees to speak English on the job, a view shared by just 69% of government employees.

Over 80% of whites, blacks and those of other racial and ethnic backgrounds agree that requiring people to speak English is not a form of racism or bigotry. These groups also agree by similar percentages that such a requirement is not a limit on free speech in this country.

Eighty percent (80%) of voters believe that those who move to America should adopt American culture. Again, this level of support has remained largely unchanged for years.

The president in remarks last July said that “instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English,” Americans “need to make sure your child can speak Spanish.” But Americans strongly disagree: Eighty-three percent (83%) place a higher priority on encouraging immigrants to speak English as their primary language. Just 13% take the opposite view and say it is more important for Americans to learn other languages.

Yet it’s important to note that most Americans favor a welcoming immigration policy that excludes only “national security threats, criminals and those who would come here to live off our welfare system.”

Anyway, that multilingual Babel thing in the Bible didn’t work out so well. The inability for people to communicate was believed to be a curse from God, not a benefit of diversity to be celebrated.

Sorcerers' Butchery of Albinos Continues in Africa

Of all the reprehensible diversity afflicting the world today (e.g., honor killing, slavery, FGM, polygamy, sharia stonings), somehow butchering people to use their body parts in witchcraft seems particularly depraved.

Albinos come in for particular abuse in Africa. In some places, adults and children are hunted down like animals to be chopped up for sale to witch doctors. Their unpigmented skin is highly valued as an ingredient for spells, potions and good luck charms to bring wealth. (See my blog Canadian Takes On Tanzanian Slaughter and article Diversity Is… Witchcraft.)

Criticism of the practice pushed Tanzania into prosecuting some of the killers last year, but the trial was stopped part way through because of “lack of funds.”

One of the critics has been Canadian Peter Ash (pictured), an albino himself who has campaigned against African brutality against non-pigmented persons. He visited Tanzania earlier this year and conditions appeared unchanged:

Hunted for body parts, Tanzania’s albinos get help from B.C. man, Globe and Mail, April 26, 2010

When people passed by their home, she heard them shouting “dili dili” -– the Swahili word for “deal” — a reference to the lucrative profits they could make by selling her body parts to witch doctors. It’s a word that Tanzania’s albinos hear every day.

On the night of Feb. 7, a machete-wielding man crept up to her hut in darkness. When she stepped outside, carrying her infant daughter on her back, the man slashed viciously at the baby, trying to sever her leg. He pursued them into the hut, slashing Ms. Khalfani on the forehead, leaving her with blood pouring over her face.

It was the 60th reported attack on Tanzanian albinos since 2007. It was followed by two more attacks this month, including the killing last Sunday of a four-year-old girl whose right arm and leg were chopped off. At least 56 albinos have been killed in the attacks, and many more are believed to have died in unreported cases.

Another country where atrocities occur is Burundi, as a recent news story explained:

Activists: Mother, son albinos killed in Burundi, AP, May 7, 2010

Attackers in Burundi chopped off the limbs of a 5-year-old albino boy and pulled out his mother’s eye, killing them over the belief that their body parts would bring wealth and success, human rights activists said Friday.

Those deaths and other recent attacks in Tanzania are part of long pattern of violence against African albinos. At least 10,000 have been displaced or gone into hiding since attacks against them spiked in late 2007, the International Federation of the Red Cross says.

Since then, 57 albinos have been killed in Tanzania and 14 in Burundi, said Vicky Ntetema with the rights group Under The Same Sun.

The killings are fueled by superstitious beliefs that human albino body parts will bring others wealth and success, Ntetema said.

“Body parts are sought for their supposed miraculous powers,” she said. “Some use them as human sacrifice as advised by witch doctors.”

Despite the human rights horrors that occur in Burundi and Tanzania as part of their cultures, the US State Department welcomed more than 300 from the two nations in its 2010 Diversity Visa Lottery.

According to the all-knowing liberal nanny state, diversity is the highest good and we little citizens should get used to that ideology to survive the glorious multicultural paradise.

A Tale of Two Jurisdictions: Arizona vs. New York City

Consider: two wildly different communities face an escalating crisis of violence against public safety. Both conclude that the federal government’s response to the foreign source of the worsening chaos is insufficient, so they decide to ramp up local enforcement.

One, Arizona, is condemned in the most excoriating manner by liberal elites and media for taking pro-active posture in fighting illegal immigration and concurrent violent drug smuggling. The other, New York City, is praised by the same voices as being exemplary in protecting its people even though it similarly moved onto federal turf because Washington hasn’t done the job.

Recent remarks from the Stratfor intelligence company emphasized how New York City police have taken on federal responsibilities against foreign and Islamic terrorism (my transcription below):

Quick Take: The Politicization of the Time Square Investigation (Youtube), May 3, 2010

(0:45) The New York City police decided a long time ago not to depend upon the federal government to protect them. In many ways, one can’t blame them. The federal government has failed on many occasions to thwart plots and attacks that have unfolded in New York.

So you have a police department that is very aggressive and has detectives stationed in many cities around the world that frankly infuriates the State Department and the FBI because they are running outside the US government. The US government can’t control who they meet with and the information flow.

The New York City police department could care less; their mission is to protect the city.

Funny, when Arizona leaders decided their mission was to protect the state, they got nothing but condemnation.

And at the head of the pack of Arizona scolds… New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who warned of dire consequences in an April 28 op-ed:

How Arizona’s Law Will Hurt America, New York Daily News

While Arizona may suffer, as long as those visitors and investors still come to America, the country will be fine. In fact, we hope more of them come to New York, where we would welcome them with open arms.

But if some of them stop visiting and investing in America, and if other states follow Arizona’s lead — as some are now discussing — the economic consequences will be felt in middle-class communities across the country.

American citizens would lose jobs as businesses downsize, and governments with lower tax revenues would lay off teachers, firefighters and police officers. As a result, our country would have a harder time climbing out of the national recession.

So New York assures one and all that public safety is job #1 in the city (to keep the tourists coming), but Arizona should not be allowed the same right to knock down crime and terrorism, according to the Mayor.

That’s both wrong and hypocritical. Both visitors and Arizona residents deserve public safety as much as New Yorkers.

Who Undermined the Search for Faisal Shahzad?

If you thought the information regarding the Times Square bomber was unusually detailed even before the perp was arrested, you were right.

The media released far too many facts while the police were still trying to locate Faisal Shahzad, who learned from the media that authorities knew his identity. Of course, when the press gets even semi-confidential information, someone will blab and then everyone follows. So the facts of the case were revealed, and that’s why the bomber booked the next flight to Dubai.

Curiously, NPR had a thoughtful piece on the subject:

How Media Coverage Crimped The Times Square Case, National Public Radio, May 6, 2010

Law enforcement officials usually say they can’t talk to reporters about an ongoing investigation, but there were leaks in this case from the beginning — partly because of the dynamic between two powerful law enforcement forces in New York City.

While the NYPD and the FBI talk publicly about how seamlessly they work together, the truth is there’s a lot of professional rivalry. Get detectives or agents out for a beer and one of their favorite pastimes is griping about something the NYPD did or something the FBI missed. Because of that, there tend to be a lot of leaks.

Details about the Times Square investigation were all over the local newspapers, even as authorities were still trying to puzzle out who was responsible. Any element of surprise that law enforcement might have had was evaporating.

To be fair, law enforcement was partly to blame. In many cases, it was the source of the information and leaks. But there seemed to be an extra level of frustration about the leaks in this case. As one law enforcement official told NPR, “Our operational plans were being driven by the media, instead of the other way around. And that’s not good.”

He said they watched in horror as news organizations started talking about the fact that the vehicle identification number on the Nissan Pathfinder used in the botched bombing had been taken off the windshield. Then another report said that wouldn’t matter, as authorities could find the VIN on other parts of the car. A short time later, the fact that they had found the number was reported. The coverage was providing a lot of clues about the direction the case was going.

On Monday afternoon, basically a day-and-a-half after the attack, a news organization reported that law enforcement officials were looking for an American citizen of Pakistani descent from Shelton, Conn. (NPR also had the information but didn’t report it out of concern that it would affect the investigation before Shahzad’s arrest.)

The NPR reporter may be quite right that inappropriate information burbled out as a result of agency rivalry.

But there is another possibility, namely that one of the 1500 Muslims in the uber-diverse New York Police Department wanted to help a fellow Islamist. I’m not saying that I believe that scenario to be the case, but it is a possibility that no one else has mentioned.

Whatever the truth, it was a very close thing that Faisal Shahzad was nabbed at all because he was rapidly scurrying out of the country as a result of knowing that police were hot on his trail.

Jihadists Grow in Brooklyn

Apparently it’s not that hard for determined Muslims to recruit their Koran-infused fellows from middle-class American lifestyles into the world of active jihad. For example, the foreclosure of his house drove Faisal Shahzad to plant a bomb in Times Square last Saturday following a lengthy trip to Pakistan, according to some in the media.

Using that logic, Muslims are far too psychologically fragile to survive in our rough-and-tumble society, and shouldn’t be admitted as immigrants for that reason alone. The idea that Islamic ideology might be a powerful inducement never seems to occur to liberal scribblers, but their excuse du jour doesn’t speak well of Muslims either.

In fact, hostile Islam influences many Sons of Allah who unfortunately reside here. Consider the fascinating details in an article describing life undercover in Brooklyn among the aspiring killers:

Infiltrating Jihadis’ World, Wall Street Journal, May 7, 2010

After the failed attempt to bomb Times Square, New York police are dispatching more officers to be seen on the streets, around landmarks and on subways.

But there’s one tactic they hope won’t go noticed at all: getting inside the bands of terrorists-in-the-making.

That’s why a young Bangladeshi immigrant working undercover found himself among a dozen men at an Islamic bookstore in Brooklyn one day in 2004 to watch videos of U.S. soldiers being slain.

“That made these guys pumped up and happy,” the officer said. “It’s like a party at a club. They were hitting the walls with excitement. One guy even broke a chair.”

Among the revelers: Shahawar Matin Siraj, who would be sentenced in January 2007 to 30 years in prison for an August 2004 plot to blow up Herald Square. “He loved talking about doing jihad,” said the officer. […]

The officer said he fit the profile of the young men he sought to meet: middle-class, first- or second-generation Americans in their late teens or early 20s. He said he watched the radicalization process of dozens.

At times, it was so rapid that a year or two could separate clubbing in Miami from prayer five times a day.

The officer described Mr. Siraj’s path. It unfolded in Brooklyn mosques, on local basketball courts and at an Islamic book store in Brooklyn that served as a gathering spot for radicals. The video, for example, that the officer said he watched with Mr. Siraj showed the “top 10” killings of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

What have we learned from this report?

Not only are would-be mass murderers excited by Islamic snuff films showing American soldiers being violently killed, but Muslims can flip from outwardly assimilated to radical jihadist in “a year or two.”

A country that was serious about national security would have ended Muslim immigration long ago.

Crazy Mexifornia: May 5, 2010

Welcome to today’s California, where American culture is being smacked around in public schools. When four high school boys wore patriotic American clothing to class on Cinco de Mayo (May 5) in Morgan Hill, they were sent home by the administrators, who apparently feared violence from the Mexican kids. That was the beginning of a controversy that is continuing.

Why does the school celebrate the non-holiday anyway? Cinco de Mayo is not a big deal in Mexico at all, but is widely peddled here by beer manufacturers on one hand and Raza types on the other. But US schools feel they must promote ethnic tribalism for self-esteem of the Mexes. The school in question (Live Oak High School) even had Mexican folk dancers perform for the special day.

The school’s job is to promote traditional American values, not keep junior Mexicans in touch with Mexico’s culture. That’s the parents’ responsibility, not the taxpayer-funded education system.

Here’s the basic story:

Morgan Hill students sent home over clothing, AP, May 6, 2010

The parents of several San Francisco Bay-area high school students who were sent home after showing up in clothing with American flags on Cinco de Mayo are blasting the school’s decision.

An assistant principal at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill told the group of boys Wednesday to take off bandanas and shirts bearing American flags or turn the shirts inside out, according to some of the boys. At least one of the boys was also wearing shorts with the U.S. flag.

“They said we could wear it on any other day,” Daniel Galli, one of the boys, told San Jose’s KNTV. “But today is sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it’s supposed to be their holiday, so we were not allowed to wear it today.”

The boys say they were told the clothing was offending some Hispanic students and could spark fights.

They were given the choice to leave or face suspension, they said.

This clip includes some Mexican whining:

But the story doesn’t end there. The Mexicans were miffed that Americans would be so rude as to disrespect them during their special Raza celebration. Furthermore, the Mexes were angry that the Americans were not punished. (For more on that aspect, see the John and Ken radio show podcasts of May 6, particularly the 5 and 6pm hours.)

American Flag Clothing Sparks New Protest, NBC Bay Area, May 6, 2010

A day after five Morgan Hill students were sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts, the controversy erupted ten-fold.

Students at Live Oak High School made a mass and impromptu walk out of class Thursday. They weren’t protesting the ejections and instead were showing their Mexican-American pride. Many support the school’s decision and say they were offended by their classmates’ wardrobe choice.

Many of the students who walked out Thursday held Mexican flags as they left campus. The students walked to City Hall for a loud but calm noontime rally. There were about 200 students taking part in the protest. […]

But to many Mexican-American students at Live Oak, this was a big deal. They say they were offended by the five boys and others for wearing American colors on a Mexican holiday.

“I think they should apologize cause it is a Mexican Heritage Day,” Annicia Nunez, a Live Oak High student, said. “We don’t deserve to be get disrespected like that. We wouldn’t do that on Fourth of July.”

The boys and their families say they won’t apologize.

Earth to Mexicans: this is still the United States, 24/7 every day of the year.

Polls Consistently Show Americans Support Arizona's Immigration Enforcement

The high-decible media propaganda surge against Arizona’s new law to end border chaos has not persuaded citizens that reasonable immigration enforcement is racist. Maybe the “R” word is getting worn out from overuse, particularly in Obama’s post-racial America.

Earlier this week, Rasmussen pollsters found only 25 percent supported the aliens’ amnesty demands (Citizens Unmoved by May Day Amnesty Shenanigans).

In addition, a CBS/New York Times poll released May 3 determined that a sizeable majority approve of the law, with 51 percent believing it “about right” and 9 percent saying it “doesn’t go far enough.” That’s 60 percent toted up — interestingly the same number Rasmussen found in late April who agree that local police should be allowed to verify immigration status.

Poll: Majority Backs Arizona Immigration Bill, CBS News, May 3, 2010

Despite their expectation that it will burden police departments and disproportionately affect certain ethnic groups, a slim majority of Americans believe the controversial illegal immigration measure recently signed into law in Arizona is “about right” in its approach, according to a newly-released CBS News/New York Times poll.

Fifty-one percent of those surveyed say the law, which critics say essentially mandates racial profiling, takes the right approach, and nine percent say it should go even further.

Thirty-six percent say the law goes too far.

Read the original CBS/NYTimes poll data here: ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND THE NEW ARIZONA STATE LAW.

The third poll this week which agrees that Americans want their borders and immigration laws enforced came from Investors Business Daily:

IBD/TIPP Poll: 60% Favor New Arizona Immigration Law, Investors Business Daily, May 4, 2010

Editorial pages may rage against the Arizona immigration law, but a solid majority of Americans support it, an IBD/TIPP poll found.

Sixty percent back the law, with 40% strongly favoring it, according to preliminary results. Meanwhile, 30% oppose it, with 20% strongly disapproving it. The remaining 10% are unsure.

The responses show a public increasingly frustrated with the response by local, state and federal authorities and welcoming solutions — like Arizona’s law — that would have been politically untenable a few years ago.

“The majority of Americans support the Arizona law, though they may have some concerns about it,” said Raghavan Mayur, president of TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence, which conducted the poll.

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors restrictionist policies, says the poll is not surprising. Border control policies are always popular, he notes.

The law, signed by GOP Gov. Jan Brewer on April 23, lets state and local law enforcement scrutinize a person’s citizenship after a “lawful contact” (arrest or other action).

Similar laws are being proposed for Pennsylvania, Missouri, Texas, Maryland and Oklahoma, though they are in preliminary stages.

The poll also found hardened attitudes toward illegal immigrants. Now 49% agree that illegals do jobs that Americans will not do vs. 54% in 2006. Just 33% believe illegals contribute significantly to the economy vs. 44% in 2006.

Eighty percent believe employers who knowingly hire illegals should be held accountable, 66% say securing the borders trumps expanding any guest-worker program and 71% think that the borders must be secure before discussing any amnesty for existing illegal immigrants.

So will the unpleasant din from editorial offices die down in the face of this information? Don’t count on it.

Dozens of Black Republicans Campaign for the House

At times, this New York Times article strains to be polite about black conservatives running for the House of Representatives.

But the fact that it appeared at all in the liberal bastion is unusual. Perhaps the number of candidates — 32 — was too newsworthy to ignore.

Black Hopefuls Pick This Year in G.O.P. Races, New York Times, May 4, 2010

Among the many reverberations of President Obama’s election, here is one he probably never anticipated: at least 32 African-Americans are running for Congress this year as Republicans, the biggest surge since Reconstruction, according to party officials.

The House has not had a black Republican since 2003, when J. C. Watts of Oklahoma left after eight years.

But now black Republicans are running across the country — from a largely white swath of beach communities in Florida to the suburbs of Phoenix, where an African-American candidate has raised more money than all but two of his nine (white) Republican competitors in the primary.

Party officials and the candidates themselves acknowledge that they still have uphill fights in both the primaries and the general elections, but they say that black Republicans are running with a confidence they have never had before. They credit the marriage of two factors: dissatisfaction with the Obama administration, and the proof, as provided by Mr. Obama, that blacks can get elected.

“I ran in 2008 and raised half a million dollars, and the state party didn’t support me and the national party didn’t support me,” said Allen West, who is running for Congress in Florida and is one of roughly five black candidates the party believes could win. “But we came back and we’re running and things are looking great.”

But interviews with many of the candidates suggest that they felt empowered by Mr. Obama’s election, that it made them realize that what had once seemed impossible — for a black candidate to win election with substantial white support — was not.

“There is no denying that one of the things that came out of the election of Obama was that you have a lot of African-Americans running in both parties now,” said Vernon Parker, who is running for an open seat in Arizona’s Third District. His competition in the Aug. 24 primary includes the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, Ben Quayle.

Princella Smith, who is running for an open seat in Arkansas, said she viewed the president’s victory through both the lens of history and partisan politics. “Aside from the fact that I disagree fundamentally with all his views, I am proud of my nation for proving that we have the ability to do something like that,” Ms. Smith said. […]

The black candidates interviewed overwhelmingly called the racist narrative [about Tea Partiers] a news media fiction. “I have been to these rallies, and there are hot dogs and banjos,” said Mr. West, the candidate in Florida, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army. “There is no violence or racism there.”

One candidate has caught fire over the internet: Lieutenant Colonel Allen West. This YouTube video of the Florida Republican has had more than two million viewings since last October — for good reason:

As a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, Colonel West also understands the danger of jihadist Islam (and that illegal immigration is a national security issue):

Times Square Bomber Unpromising for Islam Apologists (but They Plug Away Anyhow)

The police work leading to the rapid arrest of Faisal Shahzad (shown) has been top notch, to the point where it has been hard to keep up with all the information spurting out all day regarding the bomb that was planted in Times Square Saturday evening.

Important points: the perp is a born-in-Pakistan immigrant who entered this country on a college visa in 1999 and was naturalized as a citizen a year ago. After that he returned to Pakistan for several months during which time he did post-graduate work in Islamist bomb-making:

Pakistan makes arrests connected to NYC bomb attempt, Reuters, May 4, 2010

We have picked up a few family members” related to Faisal Shahzad, the chief suspect in the attempted attack, a security official in Karachi said. A friend of Shahzad was also arrested.

Shahzad, a 30-year-old Pakistani-American, was arrested late on Monday at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York after being removed from a plane as it was about take off for Dubai, U.S. officials said.

Another intelligence official in Pakistan said Shahzad received militant training in northwest Pakistan near the garrison town of Kohat. The area around Kohat is a stronghold of Tariq Afridi, the Pakistani Taliban commander in the region.

Yep, just another Muslim immigrant, adding to America’s glorious tapestry of diversity.

As usual, the apologists swung into high gear. The terrorist-friendly Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) hardly had time to carp about non-existent backlash because Mayor Michael Bloomberg beat them to it by declaring, “I want to make clear that we will not tolerate any bias or backlash against Pakistani or Muslim New Yorkers. All of us live in this city, and among any group, there is always a few bad apples.”

Nevertheless, CAIR went ahead with a press release that “welcomed” the arrest of Shahzad, while warning against the dreaded “backlash” against those peaceful Muslims about which we hear so much. As usual, a hostile Muslim attempted to murder hundreds of Americans, yet the Sons of Allah claim they are the victims.

Going forward, it will be interesting to learn whether the would-be bomber was driven to kill by the so-called insult to Islam of the recent controversial South Park cartoon. The bomb was left near the Viacom offices, the company which owns Comedy Central. Yes, the South Park episodes ripping Mohammed were wicked-funny, but that was the idea. The fact that Muslims were infuriated by the jokes, leading at least one to make threats, illustrates one of the many reasons why Muslims are too culturally dissimilar to immigrate to societies which value free speech.

Citizens Unmoved by May Day Amnesty Shenanigans

Even though there has been a tsunami of false reporting from the liberal media characterizing the new Arizona immigration law as racist oppression, the American people are not impressed by the illegal aliens making noisy demands for amnesty. The citizens’ desire for immigration order is revealed by the recent Rasmussen poll, which showed only a quarter of those polled were positively inclined toward the Raza squawkers.

25% Have Favorable Opinion of Immigration Rights Protesters, 50% Unfavorable, May 4, 2010

Following weekend protests against the new Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigration, support for the Arizona policy remains unchanged.

However, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 25% have a favorable view of those who marched and protested for immigrant rights in major cities. Fifty percent (50%) hold an unfavorable opinion and another 26% are not sure.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters still favor legislation like Arizona’s that authorizes local police to stop and verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant. Thirty-two percent (32%) oppose such a law. Those figures are virtually unchanged from a week ago.

The support remains even though 57% of voters are at least somewhat concerned that efforts to identify and deport illegal immigrants will end up violating the civil rights of some U.S. citizens. Forty percent (40%) do not share that concern.

Those figures include 27% who are Very Concerned about possible civil rights violations and 17% who are not at all concerned.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) also continue to support a welcoming immigration policy that only keeps out “national security threats, criminals and those who would come here to live off our welfare system.” Twenty-six percent (26%) do not agree with that goal for U.S. immigration policy. Seventeen percent (17%) more are not sure. […]

As on many issues, there is a wide gap between the Political Class and Mainstream Americans. Seventy percent (70%) of Mainstream voters support legislation that authorizes local police to stop and verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. Sixty-six percent (66%) of the Political Class oppose such a law.

This helps explain the difficulty Congress has in coming up with immigration reform legislation that passes muster with voters. Eighty-one percent (81%) of Mainstream voters continue to view controlling the border as the top priority of any such legislation, while 70% of the Political Class say legalizing the status of the millions of undocumented workers already in the country is most important.

Three-out-of-four voters believe that the federal government is not doing enough to secure the nation’s borders. In fact, 56% believe that the policies of the federal government encourage illegal immigration. […]

Below is a photo I took on Saturday at San Francisco’s May Day Marxican extravaganza, where the commie icon Che was quite popular. Is flaunting such extremist views a good way to win friends and influence people?

For some really great Marxican pix, see El Marco’s selection from Denver: Aztlan Astroturf.

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