The socialist campaigning for President, Bernie Sanders, recently squirmed in liberal guilt over the issue of slavery in America. “As a nation, we have got to apologize for slavery” he said in a radio interview.
Slavery was an evil institution, no doubt about it. But it was not confined to America, as Bernie implied.
Slavery has been practically a universal institution throughout history and cultures until recently, yet liberals portray it as being uniquely American, all the better to bash the nation and bring it down for their political purposes: “America is so mean, here let me give you some free stuff from the government to make you feel better.”
Many liberal screeds against the US include a condemnation of slavery without mention that the practice existed in most places at the time of the colonies and lasted much later in many areas around the world.
An excellent resource on this matter is the scholar Thomas Sowell, who devoted a chapter on the universality of slavery in his 2006 book Black Rednecks and White Liberals.
Some kind soul has posted the audio version of the chapter on Youtube. It lasts over two hours, but the point about slavery ubiquity is made strongly in the first few minutes.
Here are the first few paragraphs, where the point is made in text.
Black Rednecks and White Liberals: The Real History of Slavery
Slavery was an evil of greater scope and magnitude than most people imagine and, as a result, its place in history is radically different from the way it is usually portrayed. Mention slavery and immediately the image that arises is that of Africans and their descendants enslaved by Europeans and their descendants in the Southern United States—or, at most, Africans enslaved by Europeans in the Western Hemisphere. No other historic horror is so narrowly construed. No one thinks of war, famine, or decimating epidemics in such localized terms. These are afflictions that have been suffered by the entire human race, all over the planet—and so was slavery. Had slavery been limited to one race in one country during three centuries, its tragedies would not have been one-tenth the magnitude that they were in fact.
Why this provincial view of a worldwide evil? Often it is those who are most critical of a “Eurocentric” view of the world who are most Eurocentric when it comes to the evils and failings of the human race. Why would anyone wish to arbitrarily understate an evil that plagued mankind for thousands of years, unless it was not this evil itself that was the real concern, but rather the present-day uses of that historic evil? Clearly, the ability to score ideological points against American society or Western civilization, or to induce guilt and thereby extract benefits from the white population today, are greatly enhanced by making enslavement appear to be a peculiarly American, or a peculiarly white, crime. Continue reading this article
The appearance was a typical show of arrogance on the part of the Catholic church, which is arguably as culpable as all the city officials who created and maintained the sanctuary policy of protecting foreign criminals. The church has a history of supporting open borders, even to the point of rejecting pro-safety policies — like the successful Secure Communities program — in order to protect the millions of illegal aliens who reside in this country and steal American jobs.
But Catholic elites campaign against American interests to promote their own issue of preserving and expanding the church via demographic conquest. They are willing to sacrifice public safety to further their own power.
The top Catholics have tried to destroy Secure Communities for years because it was successful in deporting illegal aliens. ICE describes the program as an “information-sharing partnership between ICE and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that helps to identify criminal aliens“ so it provided a vital connection between feds and local police that is absolutely necessary for enforcement to happen away from the border.
In 2012, the San Francisco Archbishop opposed Secure Communities in a rally held in a major cathedral attended by 2,000, because happy job thieves and criminals are a top priority of the church. “We cannot rest until the laws of our country reflect the laws of God,” opined the Archbishop.
Actually, Jesus said, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s” (Matthew 22:21), which means to obey the laws of the land. Jesus never said to rob Paul to pay Pedro.
The timing for the anti-enforcement rally was rather insensitive, to say the least. The catholic church was appalling in its arrogant disregard toward crime victims of illegal aliens then, as it is today toward the Steinle family.
It’s good to see the San Francisco illegal Mexican killer story break through to a major MSM network on a Sunday show, when plenty of similar accounts of preventable deaths by aliens don’t.
City resident Kate Steinle was shot dead last week as she strolled on a pier with her parents near the Ferry Building. The shooter, Francisco Sanchez, was a Mexican with nine felony convictions and five deportations who admitted his crime in a jailhouse interview the other day. San Francisco had Sanchez jailed in April, knew his status but released him because of the city’s sanctuary policy. (See Debra Saunders’ background piece, San Francisco: Sanctuary City for whom?)
Below, Kate Steinle, left, her heartbroken parents, right. The inset shows Francisco Sanchez, the illegal alien killer.
On Sunday, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte explained on ABC’s “This Week” how both feds and San Francisco are weasels when it comes to protecting Americans from illegal alien criminals. Nobody in government cares about public safety, yes, we’ve noticed.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Let’s get into this debate now with the chair of the House judiciary committee. That committee oversees immigration. Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte joins us now.
Congressman, what went wrong here? And what should be done about it?
REP. BOB GOODLATTE, (R) VIRGINIA: Well, both the government — the federal government and San Francisco are wrong here. And George let me say at the outset what a tragedy for this family. My heart goes out to them, but quite frankly the federal government, ICE, knows about San Francisco’s sanctuary policy. It’s a bad policy, but they know about it. Why did they ever turn him over to them when they could have deported him, or they could have prosecuted him for illegally reentering the country four times and send him to prison. Either way, Kate Steinle would be safe.
The fact of the matter is, San Francisco, why would they release somebody back onto their streets who is illegally in the United States and has committed seven prior felonies when they could have contacted ICE and turned him back over to them for deportation. And again, she would have been safe. It’s a real tragedy.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So, what’s the answer here? Should the federal government — should there be a law that requires cities like San Francisco to turn over those who have been charged in the past, those who have been deported in the past, those who have been charged with illegal crimes?
GOODLATTE: Well, that is the law and that was the law, the policy regarding detainers, which is the law of the United States, was enforced by the Bush administration as being mandatory.
The Obama administration has converted that into something voluntary. And in doing so, they have eliminated a program that was working called Secure Communities, where individuals like this would be detained and would be turned over to the immigration service. Continue reading this article
With the San Francisco slaying of Kate Steinle still fresh in people’s minds, the Fox morning show invited another parent who lost an offspring to an illegal alien’s bullet: Jamiel Shaw was a rising high school football star who had been contacted by top universities for an athletic scholarship. But he was murdered just three doors from his home by an illegal alien gangster who had been released the previous day from an LA jail. See my 2008 article, Jamiel Shaw Gang Killing Enrages Los Angeles.
Tucker Carlson interviewed Jamiel Shaw Sr. on Saturday:
CARLSON: A seven-time convicted felon is back behind bars this morning this time for an unimaginable crime; he’s accused of murdering a 32-year-old woman at a popular San Francisco peer in broad daylight for no apparent reason. There he is: his name is Francisco Sanchez and he shouldn’t have been in this country in the first place. He’s an illegal immigrant, he’s been deported five times and found a home in San Francisco, an official sanctuary city.
Well, Jamiel Shaw Senior’s son was killed tragically by an illegal back in 2008. He recognizes this story in a very personal way and he joins us now. Mr. Shaw, thanks for coming on this morning. . .
SHAW: To make a long story short an illegal alien was released from the county jail on his third gun charge, four months early on an eight-month charge into the community, within 24 hours he’s in my neighborhood, He shot my son dead right on his own street, three houses from where he lived.
CARLSON: That is that is really heartbreaking and I think viewers watching must be wondering the most obvious question which is if someone is held on a very serious charge like a gun charge and he’s not even in this country legally, why isn’t he sent back to his country of origin right away and for good? Did you ask that question of authorities?
SHAW: Of course, of course and they just say well he lied. and everyone’s an illegal alien lovers right now you know. That’s what Donald Trump was talking about and they called him a liar, but I am here to prove it. Miss Steinle, she should have proved it, the Bologna family, there’s thousands of people who will be murdered by legal aliens and raped and child molesters and drunk drivers. So Donald Trump was right on.
In our community, what we call the death community, Donald Trump is speaking for us, our dead.
CARLSON: So why do you think it is that when people speak up and say look I don’t hate illegal immigrants or immigrants of any kind but one who murdered my child shouldn’t be here? Why are those people attacked? Why is it considered outrageous to point it out?
SHAW: It would cause people to stand up when people hear the stories. They’ll stand up and want something done about it . . .
CARLSON: Let’s take a look at this man, Francisco Sanchez, with seven prior felony convictions, not jaywalking, felony, four involved narcotics. He was deported five times and yet he found a home in San Francisco because it is explicitly a sanctuary city a city that ignores federal immigration law. . .
It isn’t mentioned in this brief interview, but the illegal alien Pedro Espinoza (pictured) who murdered young Jamiel Shaw was an exceptionally violent man, even among his gangster peer group — something I learned by following the details of his trial.
One might think that such a dangerous man would be deported to safeguard the community, but Los Angeles’ Special Order 40 — an extreme sanctuary city ordinance — prevented government from protecting public safety. The power of the illegal alien lobby has turned government upside down in sanctuary zones and causes preventable deaths.
A San Francisco local channel broadcast a jailhouse interview with Francisco Sanchez, the “alleged” killer of Kate Steinle (pictured below), in which he admitted to the shooting. He was all over the place, saying it was an accident that the gun went off three times, but he “doesn’t want to live.”
Importantly, the five-times-deported Sanchez said he came to San Francisco because it was a sanctuary city that left illegal aliens alone. His statement shows what a magnet the crime-friendly policy is.
Welcome, dangerous foreign criminals — San Francisco likes your kind!
Francisco Sanchez didn’t recall every detail because he says he doesn’t remember everything that happened. But in the 45 minute hail house interview, he revealed how it happened and why he kept returning to the United States after being deported numerous times.
Barnard: “Did you shoot Kate Steinle, the lady who was down at Pier 14.”
Barnard: “You did shoot her?”
Sanchez: “Mm hm,” he said with a nod.
Steinle was shot and killed near the Ferry Building on Wednesday. Sanchez tells ABC7 News that the shooting was an accident. He says he was wandering on Pier 14 after taking sleeping pills he found in a dumpster. Continue reading this article
Behold the slow-motion amnesty, in violation of the Constitution that requires Congress make the laws, not the President or the Supreme Court. No wonder the illegals keep coming, despite the jobless recovery. The welfare office is still open.
The new word is “integration” — the Obama administration means to integrate the millions of illegal aliens rather than deport them. Which naturally sends the message to the world for millions more to come.
So this story comes out right before the big Fourth of July weekend, admitting what’s been going on all along and laying out the audacious Constitutional shredding of the imperious president with its full implications.
Specifically, illegal immigration will be reclassified from a variety of lawbreaking to a gradual try-out, like high school sports, to become an eventual American citizen who will of course be a grateful big-government Democrat helping to create a permanent liberal majority. That is the plan, at least.
The idea is that if a job-stealing foreigner can reside in the US for a decade or so without killing anyone, then they deserve the whole enchilada. Which is off base on a couple of reasons because first the illegal aliens don’t come to vote, they come for the yankee dollar. Any arrangement that dispenses an official government work permit is the true amnesty and is the holy grail of the foreign moochers.
The Obama administration has begun a profound shift in its enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws, aiming to hasten the integration of long-term illegal immigrants into society rather than targeting them for deportation, according to documents and federal officials.
In recent months, the Department of Homeland Security has taken steps to ensure that the majority of America’s 11.3 million undocumented immigrants can stay in this country, with agents narrowing enforcement efforts to three groups of illegal migrants: convicted criminals, terrorism threats or those who recently crossed the border.
While public attention has been focused on the court fight over President Obama’s highly publicized executive action on immigration, DHS has with little fanfare been training thousands of immigration agents nationwide to carry out new policies on everyday enforcement.
The legal battle centers on the constitutionality of a program that would officially shield up to 5 million eligible illegal immigrants from deportation, mainly parents of children who are U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. A federal judge put the program, known by the acronym DAPA, on hold in February after 26 states sued.
But the shift in DHS’s enforcement priorities, which are separate from the DAPA program and have not been challenged in court, could prove even more far-reaching.
The new policies direct agents to focus on the three priority groups and leave virtually everyone else alone. Demographic data shows that the typical undocumented immigrant has lived in the United States for a decade or more and has established strong community ties. Continue reading this article
But even horrors like the Bologna killing have not slapped San Francisco into sensible policies to protect public safety. Reports in recent hours reveal that Francisco Sanchez (pictured) had been deported to Mexico five times, and “should have been deported.”
The 45-year-old man accused of gunning down a 32-year-old Pleasanton woman while she was out strolling San Francisco’s pier with her father was in a Bay Area jail four months ago and should have been turned over to federal immigration officials upon his release, instead of being sent free, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Virginia Kice, spokeswoman for the Department’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told NBC Bay Area on Friday that Francisco Sanchez, who is either 45 or 46 years old, had a “detainer” on his status in jail.
He was an “enforcement priority,” Kice said, and should have been sent to ICE. Federal records show that Sanchez had been previously departed five times to Mexico, most recently in 2009, and has a criminal history involving seven felony convictions. Four of those seven were drug charges, records show. Records indicate his convictions took place in such places as Texas, Oregon and Arizona.
Instead, Kice added, her department was “never notified,” and Sanchez was released from San Francisco County Jail. Sanchez, who a source said has about a dozen aliases and a handful of different birth dates, was released after spending time serving an outstanding drug warrant. When he was released from San Francisco jail was not disclosed, ICE does not have a record of that. Continue reading this article
Below, robots construct Volkswagens in a German factory.
This tragic accident violates the narrative that the business community has been peddling, that the robots are non-threatening and “help” humans in a machine-integrated workplace. A recent article laid out that viewpoint, including the topic of “collaborative robots” or “co-bots” which is a big argument from the automation enthusiasts for the transformation of the workplace from humans to machine run:
Meet Sawyer. It is the newest robot on the block designed to speed up automation in factories by taking on tasks that once relied on humans’ manual dexterity and good eyesight.
The machine is one of two new “collaborative” robots, or co-bots, launched this week that are part of a new generation of affordable lightweight robots that are unlocking new markets and applications beyond automotive and semiconductor manufacturing, where robots have been a mainstay for decades.
Robot companies have been rushing to develop co-bots, which can work side-by-side with employees rather than behind a safety cage, as they look to capitalise on a growing trend by manufacturers to turn to technology to compete amid rising wage costs and labour shortages. [. . .]
Sawyer, the robot mentioned above, was designed with animated eyes that look at the task being performed to put the nearby humans at ease.
Initial reports describe the killer robot as being inside a safety cage, so it wasn’t a co-bot with cutesy eyeballs. Even so, the narrative of safe robots has been severely damaged.
It will be interesting to see how the professional robotizers handle this terrible death. The co-bots meme will have to be dialed back or redefined somehow. The accident is already being said to be due to “human error.”
Talk about a first-world problem. Anti-vaxxers have made a lot of noise about their right to stop their kids from being vaccinated, but public health concerns outweighed their complaints in the big liberal state. Opposition to vaccinations has been centered in wealthy communities like Marin County and Hollywood. Marin has the highest rate of opt-outs in California: 7.8 percent in 2013, compared to a state average of 2.5 percent. Robert F. Kennedy warned of a vaccine-caused “holocaust” — a remark for which he later apologized, but it shows the hysteria of some.
One of the little-discussed hazards of open borders is the threat to public health from disease-carrying foreigners. In fact, legal immigrants must have a long list of inoculations against communicable diseases, as enumerated by the CDC:
SACRAMENTO — Ending months of speculation on whether he would endorse the incendiary legislation, Gov. Jerry Brown this morning signed into law Senate Bill 277, which requires almost all California schoolchildren to be fully vaccinated in order to attend public or private school, regardless of their parents’ personal or religious beliefs.
California now joins only two other states — Mississippi and West Virginia — that permit only medical exemptions as legitimate reasons to sidestep vaccinations.
“The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases,” Brown wrote in his signing message. “While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.”
Sens. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento and Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, co-authors of the legislation, soon after addressed reporters at a news conference held at a Sacramento elementary school where most of the students are fully vaccinated.
“The science is clear. Californians have spoken. The governor and Legislature have spoken,” said Pan, who was surrounded by a crowd of several dozen beaming mothers and young children wearing “I heart immunity” stickers.
“No more preventable contagions. No more outbreaks. No more hospitalizations. No more deaths. And no more fear,” said Pan, who is a pediatrician. “(The bill) is now law.”
Asked if he thought California’s action would spark similar changes in other states, Pan said Brown’s swift action on the bill will send a “strong signal” across the country. Neither California nor any other state “wants to continue to see (outbreaks) happen in their neighborhoods,” Pan said. Continue reading this article
People who are wired in about hostile Muslims residing in America have been making the rounds for televised interviews, warning Americans to watch for murderous jihadists crashing the Independence Day party. Apparently there’s a lot of bad chatter going on among allah’s gangsters here and around the world.
Below is a photo of some of those arrested persons that was shown during the King interview. I was able to identify three of four of the diverse young men; left to right: Alaa Saadeh, Fareed Mumuni, Samuel Rahamin Topaz.
Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Mike McCaul, remarked during a Tuesday interview, “I think we’re in one of the highest threat environments that I’ve seen in quite some time. The volume is very high. The recent arrests we had, particularly here in New York where we sit, just yesterday — it seems like every week we roll up some ISIS follower here in the United States.”
In fact, Islam is America’s oldest enemy as defined by the nation’s first foreign conflict, namely the Barbary Wars against Muslim pirates who captured and enslaved 1.5 million Europeans and Americans over two centuries. President Thomas Jefferson sent the navy to clean out the Muslims’ bases in North Africa to make the seas safe for Christians to travel.
Former CIA director alarmed as more Americans align with Islamic State
U.S. intelligence officials and lawmakers are worried that chatter about a terrorist attack on U.S. soil this Fourth of July may be more than just talk.
The FBI has arrested at least 10 U.S. citizens in three weeks who were plotting various attacks on the homeland on behalf of the Islamic State group, and the Department of Homeland Security issued a joint bulletin with the FBI last week putting local law enforcement agencies across the country on heightened alert.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re sitting here a week from today talking about an attack over the weekend in the United States,” former CIA Deputy Director Michael J. Morell said Monday on “CBS This Morning.” “That’s how serious this is.”
Mr. Morell said he was more concerned than usual about the alert partly because of the growing number of people in the U.S. who align themselves spontaneously and via the Internet with the Islamic State group, also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL.
“I’m worried about this one,” he said.
Most U.S. recruits who have heeded the siren calls of the radical extremist organization planned to kill soldiers at military facilities and attempted to assail law enforcement officers. These calls often are proliferated through social media messages, an online magazine and other Internet-based propaganda.
Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 116 homegrown jihadi plots have been uncovered in the U.S. and more than half of them have been in the past three years, said Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Continue reading this article
Google’s tiny urban cars (pictured below) are already cruising the streets of Mountain View. And as Consumer Reports pointed out, some of the components of autonomous vehicles already exist on production cars, such as crash-avoidance systems. Think in terms of cruise control evolving in advanced technological ways — that’s how the changes seem to be moving.
Now the corporate robotizers have targeted highway truckers for obsolescence, even though they are a part of American culture, with films and music.
In 1978, Sam Peckinpah directed the film Convoy, starring Kris Kristopherson, during the craze of CB radios used by long-haul truckers.
The late Johnny Cash appreciated working people and sang a tribute to big-rig drivers in this clip:
But now the suits say they need robot trucks because the industry is “facing a major driver shortage” — but if that were true, wages would be going up to attract more workers. Nope, self-driving trucks are just cheaper, that’s all.
But when half of the jobs in America are done by smart machines in 20 years (as forecast by Oxford University researchers in 2013), who will buy the automation-produced goods and services? How is the brave new economy supposed to function when tens of millions of workers and their paychecks have been made obsolete?
Within a decade, 18-wheelers may be hauling freight across the U.S. highways without a driver touching the steering wheel or the brakes. And that prospect stands to significantly alter a $700 billion industry and affect millions of professional drivers nationwide.
Just as automakers and tech companies like Google race to develop driverless cars, corporations are ramping up efforts to take humans out of the cabs of semi-trucks.
Daimler test-drove an autonomous heavy-duty truck on I-15 in Las Vegas last month. Auburn Hills-based auto supplier Continental has developed cameras that can replace exterior mirrors on commercial vehicles, including semis, an early step toward developing a self-driving system.
And at an industry conference in September in Detroit, California-based Peloton Technology demonstrated its platooning technology, which lets a lead driver control the acceleration and braking of another truck that follows, saving gas and reducing the likelihood of accidents.
All could lead to fewer humans behind the wheel in an industry that’s facing a major driver shortage.
“I think we’re evolving in that direction,” said Walter Heinritzi, executive director of the Lansing-based Michigan Trucking Association, which represents trucking companies throughout the state.
“Like most industries, we’re relying on fewer and fewer employees. If you can make money without a driver, you’re miles ahead financially.”
The American Trucking Association says 3.4 million truckers moved almost 10 billion tons of freight in 2014. The industry employs more than 7 million, but the number of drivers has fallen in recent years. Continue reading this article
July 4 is coming up, and citizens have been advised to keep an eye peeled in case jihad enthusiasts decide to blow up some infidels for allah’s pleasure.
The suits who dispensed the warnings didn’t mention how this threat arrived in America, because the source –namely Muslim immigration — was entirely preventable. Instead we hear about vague “homegrown” terrorists who learn about bombs over the internet. I’ve never seen any analysis of how many of these homegrowns were truly unconnected with any live Muslims who provided influence in the jihad direction, but the desire of the press and government to avoid the Immigration cause is strong.
Rob O’Neill, the SEAL who delivered bin Laden to allah, appeared on Fox News Saturday to discuss the terror threat, and he did not fear to mention the obvious dangers from open borders and admitting likely enemies as refugees or immigrants.
ANNA KOOIMAN: Is this [terror attack] something that we need to be worried about ahead of Independence Day?
O’NEILL: Absolutely, but we should be worried about it every day, especially with our border in the south that’s not secure at all. We’ve got refugees coming in from Iraq pretty much every single day. You don’t know who else is coming over. These are just the people turning themselves in. They remember they are at war with us even though we sometimes forget. Yeah, they’re going to hit us here.
ISIS and similar Islam armies are on the march around the Middle East and beyond, so it’s not surprising they would want to hit America on a day of celebration.
Federal authorities have warned local law enforcement officials across the country about a heightened concern involving possible terror attacks targeting the July 4th holiday, a U.S. law enforcement official said.
While there was no specific or credible threat of attack, the official said the intelligence bulletin prepared by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI alerted local colleagues to the ongoing threats posed by the Islamic State and other homegrown extremists. The official was not authorized to comment publicly.
The bulletins are frequently issued in advance of major U.S. holidays out of an abundance of caution and concern that operatives may exploit the timing to generate greater attention. Continue reading this article
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