Delivery Robots Look Likely for Austin Implementation

Delivery robots are a technology that is coming on strong: they are small, relatively unthreatening to safety and almost friendly as machines go. Their usage niche is rather limited because of their size and use of sidewalks rather than roads, plus they probably won’t work in rough neighborhoods. On the other hand, pizza and other food deliveries are an easy fit, along with other local applications like groceries.

Below is the Starship company robot during its testing phase.

Apparently the delivery robots are coming to Austin, which has become a minor tech hub in recent years because of the presence of the big university. Also, it is one of a handful of cities that currently have Google self-driving cars being tested.

Unfortunately for low-skilled workers, delivery robots are another hit at fast-food jobs. That industry is incorporating robotics extra rapidly because of demands for $15 per hour pay, which has brought ordering kiosks for starters. But that’s only the beginning because the machines are getting cheaper and more capable.

The introduction of delivery robots into the work universe is another of the many small cuts to jobs that go unnoticed by expert economists but nevertheless are adding up in the real world where finding employment is tough. Delivery jobs are mostly part-time gigs that provide some cash for students or others who don’t want full time, so the loss means less flexibility in getting by.

So America won’t need any more immigrant workers for jobs that no longer exist, right?

Friendly ‘delivery robots’ may be coming to Austin to live and work, Fox 5 NY, July 27, 2016

Austin may be getting a fleet of robots in the near future. FOX 7’s Casey Claiborne has more on what the robots will be doing.

The robots look like coolers on wheels and they don’t quite have names yet but the company is called Starship.

“Starship Technologies have created the world’s first commercially available autonomous delivery robot,” said Starship’s Henry Harris-Burland.

Harris-Burland flew in from London to show Austin what the robots can do.

“We came to Austin because it’s common sense, it’s obvious. Austin is a very forward-thinking, tech-embracing, innovative city,” Harris-Burland said.

The company is hoping to come back and test them out here.
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Obama Unlawfully Greases the Skids for More Central American “Refugees”

“Refugee” status is a handy definitional redo for open-borders pols looking to dismantle sovereignty and undermine the nation. Central Americans are poor people looking for some free stuff and heard stupid-generous United States is still doling it out. We read via the MSM that they are escaping gang crime in the region, but previous immigration has lodged plenty of that throughout the US. And importing more Centrals will add to immigrant gangsters.

The dollar costs for education and social services have been enormous in towns where Hondurans, Salvadorans et al have alighted en masse, like Chelsea Massachusetts.

(Funny how this policy is being rolled out while the Opravda media is obsessed with the Democrat convention extravaganza.)

They keep coming — because Obama welcomes them.

Notice the scam explained by NPR below: the administration is going to “discourage people from leaving their homeland” by admitting them legally. That’s Obama’s idea of immigration enforcement.

Obama Opens Doors To More Central American Refugees, NPR, July 26, 2016

The Obama administration announced today that it is expanding a program that helps Central American refugees, including minors, to reunite with their families in the United States. The effort is designed to discourage people from leaving their homeland and flooding the southern U.S. border, say administration officials.

Now, for a more reality-based interpretation of the illegal policy from America’s Senator, Jeff Sessions:

Obama Administration Plans to Expand Already Unlawful Immigration Program, July 27, 2016

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest, issued the following statement on the Obama Administration’s unprecedented creation of an extra-legal chain migration system:

“The Obama Administration announced plans yesterday to expand an already unlawful program by setting up an extra-legal chain migration system for certain immigrants in the U.S. – including illegal aliens. The Immigration and Nationality Act sets forth very specific requirements and procedures through which family members may immigrate to this country, and many thousands abide by those laws and wait in line every year to do so. Now, with the stroke of a pen, the Obama Administration intends to circumvent statutory law at the behest of the open-borders lobbyists and extremists within the Democratic Party. This will only encourage more lawlessness, exacerbate the current situation at our border, and erode public confidence in the integrity of our immigration system. So, too, will irresponsible calls for universal amnesty undermine the system’s proper operation. Continue reading this article

Recent Jihad Attacks in Germany Are Analyzed, along with Europe's Grim Future

The director of JihadWatch, Robert Spencer, appeared on Fox Business on Monday to discuss the increasing pace of Islamic attacks in Europe. As a researcher and author of numerous books about Islam, he adds a unique knowledge of the historical background to current jihad events.

Young Middle Eastern males jam into a train in Hungary to reach Germany, their destination of choice.

Spencer’s assessment of Europe’s future is dire because of Merkel’s unwise welcome to millions of hostile Muslims. Some came to conquer, not assimilate.

STUART VARNEY: Now then, serious stuff: three attacks in the past week in Germany, all involving migrants; first the axe attack on the train that injured four, a machete attack after a fight or dispute with one woman hacked to death and just last night an ISIS suicide bombing outside a music concert. Robert Spencer is with us; he is the director of JihadWatch. Robert, welcome to the program.


VARNEY: I get the distinct impression and so do our viewers that the pace of these incidents is a really speeding up.

SPENCER: It is and it’s going to get worse; this is just the beginning. We have to remember that the Islamic state or ISIS has repeatedly declared its intentions of sowing just this kind of mayhem in the West, repeatedly called on Muslims in the West to mount jihad terror attacks, lone wolf attacks. They threatened in February 2015, they actually warned that they were soon going to flood Europe with 500,000 refugees. That doesn’t mean all the refugees are jihadis, but that there is a significant number of jihadis among the refugees cannot be denied. This has been an active infiltration effort that has been wildly successful.

VARNEY: Then Angela Merkel who invited them in, opened the door, September of last year, I think: two million, come on in, open the borders. That was a disastrous mistake for Europe and certainly for her.

SPENCER: That would have been tantamount to saying on December 8, 1941, we invite any citizen of the Japanese Empire to come and settle in the United States. There is a state of war between ISIS and the West, and the West is pretending that the war doesn’t exist and enabling it, enabling the enemy to advance.

VARNEY: What about us here? We want to take in, I don’t know the exact number but I’m told is around 80,000 Muslim migrants, largely Muslim migrants from North Africa. They want to bring them in here. What do you say to that?

SPENCER: That is guaranteeing that there will be more jihad massacres like we saw in Orlando and San Bernardino here. Remember that Tashfeen Malik, the San Bernardino shooter, who had passed five separate background checks from five different US government agencies. They all saw nothing in her background, and she was an ISIS operative. She’s not alone; there are going to be plenty more like her. Continue reading this article

Democrat Convention Presents La Raza Moments of Illegal Alien Sob Stories

As promised by the fairness-challenged Democrats at the DNC, Monday’s convention proceedings included unlawful foreigners portrayed as wonderful not-quite Americans, whose striving for full membership has been long thwarted by mean-spirited Republicans.

One special person so honored by the Democrats was Astrid Silva, a 28-year-old Mexican who was brought here as a child, making her a “dreamer.”


(Astrid was preceded on the stage by Karla and Francisca Ortiz, an illegal alien mother and her US-born anchor daughter who worries she might “come home and I find it empty” — so heart-tuggy!)

Astrid’s yarn was classic sob story, depicting a hard-working family struggling to reach America across those pesky borders:

“When I was four years old, my mother and I climbed into a raft, and we crossed the river to join my father in America in search of a better life. All I had was a little doll.”

What an image! How can meanie border supporters keep out such nice people? There’s only seven billion more where they came from.

“Dreamers” are another scheme of the democrats to obliterate law and borders. Under Dreamer legislation, anyone who entered illegally under age 16 could eventually “earn” citizenship and then chain migrate their parents a few years later.

Break the law: get rewarded. It’s the Democrat way, at least for their chosen people.

Hillary Clinton Vows a Massive Increase of Unfriendly Muslim Immigrants if She Is Elected President

Typically, candidate Clinton and the left have learned nothing from Germany’s disastrous experience of open borders to the Islamic world — assuming the Ds value domestic tranquility rather than chaos, of course. Despite the obvious danger of Islam immigration, Clinton has pledged to up Islamic immigration by more than 500 percent.

Silly people like to say that America does assimilation better than Europe, but that idea assumes that the immigrants want to acculturate, and many Muslims do not. At best, some want to establish tribal enclaves where they can live as they did in the homelands only with more money; at worst, they use immigration as a weapon of conquest against America, aka hijrah.

Hillary Clinton presents herself as the great champion of women’s rights, but she proves the lie of that characterization with her welcome to many thousands of misogynous Muslims into America.

Secretary of State Clinton covered her hair sharia-style during a visit to Pakistan in 2009.


Just look at how Muslim immigrants behave in Europe. Not only were hundreds of German women sexually assaulted during Cologne’s New Years celebrations, but police have been unable to protect women from Muslims during later outdoors events like concerts. European women are now fearful of being out in public because streets are no longer safe for them — which is exactly the sharia-type atmosphere where women stay home that Islam seeks to inculcate.

In this country, Muslims strongly favor Democrats (70 percent according to Pew) but at a cost: Hillary is willing to sacrifice women’s safety and the nation’s security for a few votes. America has already had dozens of honor killings as well as jihadist attacks such as the ones in Orlando and San Bernardino.

Below, Europeans reject Muslim immigrants as “rapefugees” after the Cologne attacks.

Meanwhile, the current occupier of the White House, Barack Hussein Obama, remarked on Thursday at an Eid al-Fitr reception, “This is a difficult time for Muslim Americans. . . Let’s be clear, Muslim Americans are as patriotic, as integrated, as American as any other members of the American family.” (Read Obama’s full speech including lots more love at

The Breitbart article below compares the projected Muslim influx under a Hillary Presidency to the number in Germany, which is nasty enough. But the actual number forecast — 1.5 million — means the process would be just beginning if Clinton gets her way: those Muslims will quickly bring their abundant cousins (just think of chain migration multiplied by polygamy), and the 1400-year enemy of Western civilization will gain an expanding foothold in Islam’s most hated adversary. A Clinton Presidency would sentence America to more jihad-caused death and misery going forward. We can learn from Europe’s mistakes, right?

Under Clinton Presidency, U.S. Muslim Population Would Exceed Germany’s by 2024,, by Julia Hahn, July 23, 2016

Under two terms of a President Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Muslim population would exceed Germany’s current Muslim population, according to data from Pew Research Center and the Department of Homeland Security.

According to a Pew report published earlier this week, “as of 2010, there were 4.8 million Muslims in Germany.”

A Pew report from January of this year estimated that there are roughly 3.3 million Muslims living in the United States. This means that today the U.S. already has a larger Muslim population than does Kuwait, or Brunei, or Bahrain, or Djibouti, or Qatar. Under current policy, Pew projects the number of Muslims in America will outnumber Jews by 2040. However, under a President Hillary Clinton it’s possible that date could come much sooner.

Under two terms of a Hillary Clinton presidency, the U.S. would have a Muslim population that is larger than Germany’s Muslim population of 4.8 million.

Based on the most recent DHS data available, the U.S. permanently resettled roughly 149,000 migrants from predominantly Muslim countries on green cards in 2014.

Yet, as Donald Trump explained during Thursday night acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Clinton “has called for a radical 550% increase in Syrian refugees on top of existing massive refugee flows coming into our country under President Obama.”

Specifically, Clinton had said that, as president, she would expand Muslim migration by importing an additional 65,000 Syrian refugees into the United States during the course of a single fiscal year. Clinton has made no indication that she would limit her proposed Syrian refugee program to one year.

As Trump explained, Clinton’s Syrian refugees would come on top of the tens of thousands of refugees the U.S. already admits from Muslim countries.

Adding Clinton’s 65,000 Syrian refugees to the approximately 149,000 Muslim migrants the U.S. resettled on green cards in the course of one year, means that Clinton could permanently resettle roughly 214,000 Muslim migrants in her first year as President. If Clinton were to continue her Syrian refugee program throughout her Presidency, she could potentially resettle roughly 1.5 million Muslim migrants during her first two terms.
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Democrat Convention Will Feature Illegal Immigrants

At the GOP Convention, victims of illegal aliens were given a forum to tell their stories of preventable crime, and candidate Trump highlighted those families in his acceptance speech. The point was made that illegal immigration brings suffering and death along with cheap workers.

But Democrats have a different idea about law and borders: for their convention, illegal aliens are being showcased as honored guests rather than job-stealing welfare-abusing moochers.

Hillary & Co. are happy to shred American sovereignty and the safety of citizens in order pander to hispanics to the maximum degree. The US political system is based around responsible, engaged citizens but Democrats see the globalist borderless model as being more advantageous for them because many people on earth live under a big government and expect even more freebies from Washington.

Candidate Clinton chose the Spanish-speaking Senator Tim Kaine as her Vice President. He is also a big amnesty supporter and promised action in the first hundred days.


Immigrants routinely leave their socialist homelands for the better opportunities in the United States, but after their arrival they like politics working remake the US into a big government behemoth like the places they left. The foreigners don’t seem to grasp that the opportunity they sought arises from free markets being allowed to function.

Such people are perfect Democrat recruits. They want lots of free stuff and hope that somebody else will pay the taxes required.

As a result, Democrats are rolling out the red carpet for “our nation’s brave undocumented youth” and adults. One Bolivian illegal is serving on the credentials committee — who says Democrats don’t have a sense of the absurd?

Undocumented immigrants given roles at Democratic convention, Reuters, July 22, 2016

The Democratic Party has selected a handful of undocumented immigrants for official roles at next week’s Democratic National Convention, in a bid to highlight the gaping policy divide on immigration between White House hopeful Hillary Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump.

Clinton is hoping to drive Latino voters to the polls on Nov. 8 to shore up her chances against Trump, who has campaigned on a promise to crack down on illegal immigration by building a wall along the Mexican border and deporting millions of undocumented foreigners if elected.

“Our nation is a nation of immigrants that believes in being inclusive, and that’s exactly what we will continue to work toward,” said Leah Daughtry, the chief executive officer of the committee organizing the July 25-28 convention in Philadelphia.

“The voices of our nation’s brave undocumented youth will be heard loud and clear,” Daughtry added.

The picks include two members of the convention credentials and platform committees, as well as several speakers. The positions are unpaid, officials said.

Trump’s campaign, which has argued that unchecked immigration hurts American workers and undermines national security, criticized the move.

“Apparently speaking at Hillary Clinton’s convention is just one more job Hillary Clinton thinks Americans won’t do,” a Trump campaign aide said in an emailed statement. “She should have instead invited unemployed Americans, or victims of crime, or law enforcement.” Continue reading this article

Trump Acceptance Speech Highlights Crime Victims of Illegal Aliens

Donald Trump has been clear in his campaign that the preventable crime by foreigners unlawfully in the county was an important issue for him. The GOP convention included the appearance of three parents whose children had been killed by illegal aliens who should have been deported. The victims were mentioned again in Trump’s acceptance speech when he said, “Of all my travels in this country, nothing has affected me more deeply than the time I have spent with the mothers and fathers who have lost their children to violence spilling across our border.”

One of the three parents, Sabine Durden, tweeted her appreciation for Donald Trump giving the crime victims a forum:

Actually, Trump spoke at length about immigration, public safety and national security.

Below, the murder of Kate Steinle by a five-times-deported Mexican as she strolled with her father along a San Francisco pier was another reminder that illegal immigration is not a victimless crime.

An extra bonus is the list of 282 footnotes included in the official version of the speech illustrating the veracity of Trump’s various points, in case there are any questions about the facts.

In the clip below, a section about crime victims begins at around 8:30:

Lastly, we must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place.

My opponent has called for a radical 550% increase in Syrian refugees on top of existing massive refugee flows coming into our country under President Obama. She proposes this despite the fact that there’s no way to screen these refugees in order to find out who they are or where they come from. I only want to admit individuals into our country who will support our values and love our people.

Anyone who endorses violence, hatred or oppression is not welcome in our country and never will be.

Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens, especially for African-American and Latino workers. We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that works for the American people.

On Monday, we heard from three parents whose children were killed by illegal immigrants Mary Ann Mendoza, Sabine Durden, and Jamiel Shaw. They are just three brave representatives of many thousands. Of all my travels in this country, nothing has affected me more deeply than the time I have spent with the mothers and fathers who have lost their children to violence spilling across our border.

These families have no special interests to represent them. There are no demonstrators to protest on their behalf. My opponent will never meet with them, or share in their pain. Instead, my opponent wants Sanctuary Cities. But where was sanctuary for Kate Steinle? Where was Sanctuary for the children of Mary Ann, Sabine and Jamiel? Where was sanctuary for all the other Americans who have been so brutally murdered, and who have suffered so horribly? Continue reading this article

Geert Wilders Meets with Media and Americans at GOP Convention

One of the nice things about political conventions is that interesting people show up on the periphery. One such is the Netherlands’ well known defender of free speech and safety from Islamic immigration invasion Geert Wilders, who met with sympatico Americans and was interviewed by a range of journalists.

Below, Wilders discusses policy with convention attendees.


The Dutch leader’s Twitter account showed him mixing with delegates and having a good time.

Wilders attracts media interest because they consider him controversial for telling the obvious truth about Islam and excessive immigration. He has said many times that “Islam and freedom, Islam and liberty are incompatible.” And for that reason, the West should not admit them as immigrants.

Wilders and CNN’s Christiane Amanpour had a few words regarding citizen anger about out-of-touch political leaders:

GEERT WILDERS: What is happening in the United States today as a matter of fact is the same as what is happening in Europe today: the people no longer feel represented by their political leaders. There is an enormous gap both here in America and Europe where people feel that problem when it comes to their jobs, when it comes to crime, when it comes to immigration or terrorism are not addressed by the political leaders. [. . .]

CHRISTINE AMANCOUR: So what is your solution, what is Mrs. Le Pen’s solution, what is the Brexit solution?

WILDERS: Well, we have a solution. First, Brexit is important, and I would like to have a Nexit. So first get off the European Union; second, make sure that when it comes to the immigration from Islamic countries that there will be a full stop.

Geert Wilders spoke at the Gays for Trump event, featuring Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos as well as Islam-critical blogger Pamela Geller.

The existing video of his short speech is pretty terrible quality, but you can at least hear what Wilders is saying:

He warned the audience that Muslim immigration has been very bad for Europe:

“Let me tell you the situation in Europe today is worse than ever. Europe as a matter of fact is collapsing, is imploding, is exploding. We have terror attacks by jihadis almost every week. . .

It gets worse because thousands thousands of Arabs, thousands of Muslims from Europe went to Syria and to Iraq to fight for the jihad, and since ISIS is losing ground now in that region, there are hundreds of them are returning to Europe. They are returning and our stupid governments allow them to return to Europe. . . Continue reading this article

Trump’s GOP Convention Hears Testimony from Crime Victims of Illegal Aliens

As promised, the Republican convention welcomed crime victims of illegal aliens to tell their stories of preventable suffering, which reflects Donald Trump’s interest in a topic the liberal open borders media prefers to overlook. Three parents told the convention audience how their sons were killed by illegal aliens who should have been deported but weren’t.

Below, the parents: on the left top is Jamiel Shaw Sr., whose son Jamiel (below) was murdered by by an extremely violent illegal alien gangster who was nevertheless released rather deported; on the top center is Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son Brandon (below, an Arizona police officer) was killed by a drunk and drugged illegal alien who stuck Mendoza’s car head-on after driving the wrong way for 35 miles; on the top right is Sabine Durden, whose son Dominic (below) was struck and killed on his motorcycle by an illegal alien who had been convicted of felonies yet was not deported.


Sabine Durden appeared on Fox News the following day to talk more about her son and how government lawlessness endangers all Americans.

SABINE DURDEN: Dominic was 30 years old and he was an incredible spirit, incredible man, the kind of man you would want for a son-in-law. He was on his way to work on his motorcycle to the 911 dispatch center and as he drove down the street, about two miles from the house, an illegal alien without a license without registration, without insurance, drove up the street and turned in front of him and hit him so hard that he threw him into a wall right there on the sidewalk. He died instantly. Continue reading this article

Rasmussen Poll: 60 Percent of Voters Think Race Relations Have Worsened under Obama

Only 60 percent? America didn’t have black assassins murdering police (as in Dallas and Baton Rouge) eight years ago who think that cops routinely kill African-Americans just for yucks. The other 40 percent of poll responders must be asleep.

The lives of black Americans have not improved economically under the black president, and many may be inclined to look elsewhere for blame. Police are a handy target, since they represent government authority up close and personal. Plus, Obama uses the police as a punching bag whenever convenient.

Nobody tells economically stressed blacks that their problems are largely due to the accumulated effects of the globalist economy of outsourcing and excess immigration (in addition to business-killing overregulation from Washington). Those policies effect all working Americans, but low-skilled blacks are hit hard. A few decades back, young person with a high-school education could be employed in a nearby manufacturing plant, but many of those jobs are long gone now, outsourced to cheap labor overseas. The St. Louis area, including Ferguson, had several automotive manufacturing plants, but now they have been offshored and consequently thousands of jobs have disappeared from the region.

Plus, black citizens are very loyal to Obama, who is therefore freed up to concentrate on pleasing hispanics and illegal aliens to add to the Democrat voting block — a policy that directly harms blacks.

60% Say Race Relations Have Gotten Worse Since Obama’s Election, Rasmussen Reports, July 19, 2016

As the nation reels from angry protests and deadly violence against police officers, voters are more pessimistic than ever about the state of race relations in this country since the election of its first black president.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 60% of Likely U.S. Voters think race relations are worse since President Obama’s election nearly eight years ago. That’s an 18-point jump from 42% in late 2014 and up from 43% when we first asked the question in August 2013.

Just nine percent (9%) believe race relations are better now, little changed from the previous survey, while 28% say they have stayed about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Only 13% think life for young black Americans has gotten better since Obama’s election in November 2008, while 41% believe it’s gotten worse. That compares to 16% and 22% in March 2014.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) believe life for young blacks is about the same, down 10 points from the previous survey. Continue reading this article

Nice Jihadist “Radicalized Very Quickly”

The recent case of the Bastille Day jihadist Mohamed Bouhlel is another reminder that the correct number of Muslim immigrants is ZERO, period, now and forever until pigs fly and Islam is reformed.

Unfortunately, there’s a wrong-headed idea floating around that Muslim immigrants can be successfully screened to keep out the dangerous bad guys. The truth is that jihad ideology is powerful and can re-emerge in the minds of Muslims at any time like a latent disease.

Achmed may test out as being a fine fellow on paper who doesn’t want to behead infidels, but that viewpoint cannot be guaranteed to last. At some point he may feel stressed or insufficiently virtuous or or not Islamic enough, and then decide he must return to the all-encompassing religion of his tribe. The switch can occur very quickly, as apparently happened with the Tunisian immigrant Mohamed Bouhlel who murdered 84 with a 19-ton truck at the Independence Day celebrations in Nice, France.

In the photos below, Mohamed looked more like a well toned gym rat than an aspiring jihadi. But he relapsed to Islam.


In a 2010 Wall Street Journal article, “Infiltrating Jihadis’ World,” a police informant associated with young men being turned to Islamic murder and observed their enjoyment of snuff films of American soldiers which inspired them to want to kill:

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.

So the process of radicalization can happen quickly, particularly when effective visuals are used.

In addition, young second generation immigrants seem particularly susceptible to jihad propaganda. When combined with the normal rebellion of youth against parents and authority, the jihad message can be quite powerful to the second generation, unfortunately.

As it happens, the immigrant Bouhlel drank alcohol, beat his wife and didn’t respect ramadan. Too bad his general thuggery didn’t prevail, because he went jihad in a bad way.

Official: Nice, France, killer radicalized “very quickly”, CBS News, July 16, 2016

NICE, France — French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve says that the truck driver who killed 84 people when he careened into a crowd at a fireworks show was “radicalized very quickly.”

Speaking to journalists at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Cazeneuve said Saturday that the case demonstrated the “extreme difficulty of the fight against terrorism.”

The French government has been criticized for lax security at the show, which marked Bastille Day, France’s national holiday. But Cazeneuve said that high security had been assured in the region – including at the Cannes Film Festival and the Nice Carnival.

The man responsible for turning a night of celebration into one of carnage in the seaside city of Nice was a petty criminal who hadn’t been on the radar of French intelligence services before the attack.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, claimed Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel as a “soldier” on Saturday, but what is known so far about Bouhlel suggests a troubled, angry man with little interest in Islam.

The 31-year-old was born in Msaken, a town in Tunisia, but moved to France years ago and was living in the country legally.

At an apartment bloc in the Quartier des Abattoirs, on the outskirts of Nice, neighbors described the father of three as a volatile man, prone to drinking and womanizing, and in the process of divorcing his wife.

CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports that Bouhlel was employed as a truck driver and was known to the police. He had a history of violence, but the police said they never saw any indication that he’d been radicalized.

His neighbor, Yasmine, agreed.

“He stank of alcohol, even during Ramadan,” she told Palmer, referring to the Muslim holy month. “It was his eyes, they scared me.” Continue reading this article

In France, Immigrant-Caused Carnage Promotes Consideration of Limits

Monday’s Washington Post front page had a cheerful headline: “In France, immigration restriction finds rising support.” (The Nice truck killer was a Tunisian immigrant who appeared assimilated, i.e. he drank alcohol and ate pork until recently.)

That tiny morsel of immigration sanity has been slow in coming, true, particularly after the horrific jihad mass murders of the Charlie Hebdo magazine staff and the Paris multi-site jihad last November. Perhaps the thought of a 19-ton truck deliberately chasing down little children broke through the liberal religion of Diversity Uber Alles.

Islamic immigration diversity brings death, as France was reminded last week. Allowing historic enemies inside the gates remains an unwise policy choice.


Liberals are strongly attached to their failed ideology of diversity that posits hard-wired human tribal identification can be rejiggered by elites to suit the current political style. Maybe the failure to assimilate hostile Muslims — a policy soaked in blood — is seeping through. We can hope, even though the Post has to maintain its neurotic attachment to other Diversity tenets, like Backlash against innocent Muslims.

Nice attack propels anti-immigrant sentiments into France’s mainstream, Washington Post, July 17, 2016

NICE, FRANCE — With this coastal city reeling from the Bastille Day attack by one of its Tunisian-born residents, one sentiment is growing stronger and stronger: Keep the immigrants out.

Across France, it is voiced by the far-right National Front party, which counts Nice as a stronghold. It is embraced by the ­center-right politicians dogging French President François Hollande ahead of elections next year. And though Hollande has preached tolerance and unity every time terrorism strikes France, his allies are also trying to tamp down immigration.

Leaders of Nice’s Muslim community say they fear that a backlash could make people such as the attacker, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, even more disconnected from French society, sharpening the risk of more attacks. But there are now few mainstream voices in France’s political establishment advocating a welcoming policy toward migrants. Hollande’s center-left Socialist party appears likely to limp to a third-place finish in the presidential race next year behind the far-right National Front, which long had ties to Holocaust deniers.

The dynamic comes as voters around the world seek to bar the way to immigrants amid persistent economic challenges and wars in the Middle East that have displaced millions of women, children and men. British voters last month voted to sever ties with the European Union in a referendum widely seen as motivated by fears over migration. The presumptive Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, plans to build a wall to keep out Mexicans. And just over France’s coastline border with Italy, the anti-immigrant Northern League is also strengthening.

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a Tunisian-born émigré was behind the wheel of a truck that barreled into Bastille Day revelers and claimed at least 84 lives.(Thomas Johnson/The Washington Post) Continue reading this article

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