Friday, February 27, 2009

Postcards From The Edge

THIS IS EARTH: February 2009

Hollywood MIA on Abuse in Islam

(Human Events)Women and gays are entirely expendable, as it turns out, as long as the Religion of Peace is involved.

Book on Sex Leaves Islamists Hot and Bothered...

Appeal for Afghan Convicted of Saying Men & Women are Equal...

Teacher Blames Indecency with Minor on Strict Upbringing...

WRCB-TV -- Chattanooga, Tennessee
Fort Payne police arrest an [illegal alien] and charge him with rape. -- Investigators were alerted to the alleged crimes Thursday. Officers discovered that Juan Francisco Santiago had been having sexual contact with a girl under the age of 16 for the past five months. -- The alleged victim and Santiago are second cousins. The girl is five months pregnant... [More "family values"]
Deep Concerns over 'Pro-Islam' Pick for Top U.S. Intel Post...
Posted: February 25, 200911:20 pm Eastern
By Aaron Klein© 2009 WorldNetDaily
Likely intel pick: Muslims were here firstPushed Saudi-funded textbook that wildly fabricates history
TEL AVIV, Israel – The Obama administration's reported pick for a top intelligence post once peddled a book to U.S. public schools that falsely claims Muslims inhabited North America far before European explorers...
Los Angeles Times
The Justice Department announced Wednesday that authorities had arrested more than 730 people across the country in a 21-month investigation targeting Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel and its infiltration into U.S. cities. -- The arrests, including 50 on Wednesday in California, Minnesota, Maryland and the nation's capital...
Harmony Grant --
...It seems unthinkable that the government could deny open debate on a subject like immigration. Yet a federal hate crimes bill before Congress will ultimately do just that -- crush freedom of speech to favor "protected classes" (especially racial and religious minorities and homosexuals) and criminalize so-called "hate speech" against them. [See Free Speech Watch]
Glenn Spencer -- Right Side News -- Kennesaw, Georgia sc
Ending any doubt that he will not fight for the right of Mexicans to invade the United States, President Obama selected the former vice president of litigation for MALDEF to head the Department of Justice's civil rights division. Is Obama and Villaraigosa - teaming up to destroy the U. S. as we know it?
The drug war is on. -- On the same day that the secretary of homeland security told Congress that drug-related violence along the Mexican border had grown beyond the ability of the department to handle, the DEA announced an operation against a major Mexican drug cartel that netted more than 750 suspects - almost all of them in the U.S...
Salt Lake Tribune
After impassioned testimony that harked back to the civil-rights struggles of the 1960s, Utah representatives Wednesday defeated a bill that would have required undocumented students to sign an affidavit swearing they had not worked in the state...
Palm Beach Post
A man who allegedly broke into a suburban Boynton Beach woman's home and raped her in January was arrested Tuesday by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. -- Agapito Jimenez Baltazar, 23, allegedly broke into the woman's home, put on her panties and bra and hid in her closet before bursting out and attacking her... [More of Obama's pet fiends]
CBS News
President Felipe Calderon on Thursday rejected U.S. concerns that Mexico is losing control of its territory to drug cartels. -- In an interview with The Associated Press, Calderon said his government has not "lost any part — any single part — of the Mexican territory" to organized crime...
CBS2-TV -- Chicago
A total of 19 people, including two former Illinois Secretary of State's office employees, were indicted Wednesday for running an alleged phony ID scheme in the Chinatown neighborhood on the Near South Side. -- Criminal complaints unsealed Wednesday charge that Jun Yun Zhang was the leader of a crime ring...

UK: "I'm a Muslim. I'm going to stab every white person."

MUSLIM Gang walk free after racist rampage
12:00pm Thursday 22nd February 2007
By Chris Semple
A GANG who screamed racist abuse as they went on a violent rampage through Southampton city centre have escaped immediate jail terms.
Seven men were part of the group who left bystanders unconscious and bleeding.
They assaulted seven people during their drink and drug fuelled attacks, yet only one was jailed for drug offences.
One even waved a knife in the face of two terrified women shouting: "I'm from Afghanistan, I'm a Muslim. I'm going to stab every white person."
Deeply concerned' Today community leaders said they were deeply concerned at the "lenient" sentences.

Obama didn't OK Palestinian migration to U.S.?

Perhaps the text of Obama's executive order left the matter open for interpretation.
By Aaron Klein© 2009 WorldNetDaily
TEL AVIV, Israel – Contrary to some news media reports, President Obama did not authorize Palestinian "refugees" to migrate to the U.S. as part of emergency assistance following Israel's 22-day war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
On Jan. 30, Obama signed an order issuing an emergency contribution of $20.3 million for "urgent relief efforts" in Gaza. He approved the aid, which was to come from the U.S. Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund, one day after the U.N. launched a flash appeal for $613 million to help Palestinians in the Hamas-controlled territory rebuild infrastructure following Israeli antiterrorism air raids.
Several media outlets wrongly reported Obama had approved the emergency migration of Gazans to the U.S.
Canada Free Press, for example, released an article titled, "Obama opening floodgates by inviting Hamas to 'migrate' to the U.S.A.?"
Also, the New Media Journal featured a piece by author Paul L. Williams with the screaming headline, "Pres. Obama invites Hamas terrorists to America."

The Messiah of Doom (aka: the Antichrist)

By Dick Morris
Published on on February 24, 2009
Ultimately, all recessions and depressions resolve themselves into crises of confidence. The instant, global, 24/7 communications of today make them ever more so. President Obama, in his pursuit of liberal big-government spending, has totally neglected the role of the president of the United States in reversing global panic. To the contrary, his every remark and the constant preoccupation of his Cabinet is to heighten the sense of crisis and to escalate the predictions of doom if we do not do as they tell us and raise spending now and taxes later.

Instead of being a firewall, reassuring Main Street even as Wall Street crashed, he has become a conduit of panic, spreading the mood of desperation from the stock exchange floor to kitchen tables across the world.
There are bad loans, which became bad assets, that lie at the root of the crisis. Through deregulation by the government and the greed of financial institutions, they spread to every portfolio in the world. But these basic facts have metastasized out of all proportion to their real harm into job and financial insecurity for every family on Earth. It is President Obama, not the markets themselves, who has spread this fear. A global Paul Revere, he has not only aroused us, but incited fear and trepidation in his wake.
Previous panics have been global in impact, but local in focus. The world panicked because of developments in Mexico or Argentina or Thailand or South Korea. Now, with Collateralized Debt Obligations spreading the poison of a bunch of bad loans all over the world, infecting every portfolio, the panic is not only global in impact but in focus as well. Modern communications have hastened the spread of the virus of panic throughout the global bloodstream.
In addressing this panic, the president of the United States must truly be the leader of the world — showing the way back to confidence.
Instead, Obama has been instrumental in purveying fear and spreading doubt. It is his pronouncements, reinforced by the developments they kindle and catalyze, that are destroying good businesses, bankrupting responsible people and wiping out even conservative financial institutions. Every time he speaks, he sends the markets down and stocks crashing. He doesn’t seem to realize that the rest of the world takes its cue from him. He forgets that he stands at the epicenter of power, not on the fringes campaigning for office. This ain’t Iowa.
Why does Obama preach gloom and doom? Because he is so anxious to cram through every last spending bill, tax increase on the so-called rich, new government regulation, and expansion of healthcare entitlement that he must preserve the atmosphere of crisis as a political necessity. Only by keeping us in a state of panic can he induce us to vote for trillion-dollar deficits and spending packages that send our national debt soaring.
And then there is the matter of blame. The deeper the mess goes — and the further down his rhetoric drives it — the more imperative it becomes to lay off the blame on Bush. He must perpetually “discover” — to his shock — how deep the crisis that he inherited runs, stoking global fears in the process.
So, having inherited a recession, his words are creating a depression. He entered office amid a disaster and he is transforming it into a catastrophe, all to pass every last bit of government spending and move us a bit further to the left before his political capital dwindles.
But the jig will be up soon. The crash of the stock market in the days since he took power (indeed, from the moment he won the election) can increasingly be attributed to his own failure to lead us in the right direction, his failed policies in addressing the recession and his own spreading of panic and fear. The market collapse makes it evident that it is Obama who is the problem, where he should, instead, be the solution.

Obama’s Radical Appointees Piling Up

Posted on February 27, 2009
-By Warner Todd Huston
We all remember the drubbing that conservatives took during the campaign when they openly worried, and even directly charged, that Barack Obama was a far left radical. Pointing to the racist Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the domestic terrorist William Ayers and wife, and several others of Obama’s close friends and associates conservatives sounded a clarion call to alert the country that we were about to get one of the most extremely leftist presidents ever.
Of course, the so-called rational and presumably non-partisan commentators that abound in the center left of the chattering classes scoffed at what they claimed to be the wild demagogues on the “extreme right” who then said Obama was a radical. They have for the last two years excoriated anyone that worries about how far to the left Obama is, saying that Obama is just an average Democrat that seeks to “bring us together.”
Oh, but were it true that Obama was a centrist at heart. Unfortunately, with each passing week it seems that Barack Obama is looking far more the radical that conservatives charged that he was during the campaign than he is the centrist hands-across-the-aisle sort that the Democrats claim he is. One need only look at many of his appointments to see just how radical Obama is aiming to turn the U.S. government for proof of this fact.
During the campaign and as he planned his transition, Obama repeatedly turned to people whose views were far to the left of the average American’s. For instance, during the campaign and for his transition team, Obama relied on Susan Power for foreign policy advice. Power has for many years advocated that the U.S. give billions to upgrade the armed forces of Hamas and other Palestinian agencies despite the fact that Hamas and the PA have never once renounced the goal of wiping Israel off the face of the Earth.
Similarly, in the field of foreign policy, Obama tapped the services of Robert Malley a man well-known for his close working ties to Hamas and a man that repeatedly met with the terrorist group’s leaders. Obama also hired a woman, Sonal Shah, thought connected to a radical Hindu nationalist group in India to advise him.
In the filed of labor, Obama has sought out as his new chief of labor, one Hilda Solis. Solis has been found to have violated ethics rules by lobbying for a union friendly labor bill while she was both a member of Congress AND a member of the very unions that would benefit from the legislation. For the head of the National Labor Relations Board, Obama has picked Wilma Liebman, a woman that has strongly advocated against the rights of individuals and for collective rights; essentially a communist and virulently unAmerican concept.
Recently Obama appointed Harvard’s Ashton Carter to become the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer (the undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics). However, Carter has been an outspoken critic of weapons of all stripes for years with his chief experience being in eliminating weapons, not funding and creating them. He has been an opponent of the military industrial establishment, not an ally — nor even neutral on the matter. Industry experts are worried that his anti-weapons sentiment will make him an enemy to the very job he is supposed to be filling. In a day when we have to fear terrorism as well as one where new technologies and the advancement of weapons systems to keep up with enemies is vitally important, Obama has picked a nominee that is against everything we need to be exploring to keep this country safe. An anti-weapons advocate for our chief weapons buyer is an amazing contradiction… unless one means to eliminate our weapons systems, not to improve them, naturally.
Now comes word that the Obama administration is looking to elevate Charles Freeman to a role in America’s intelligence establishment. Freeman once helped radical Islamists from Saudi Arabia to peddle an anti-western/anti-Jewish “text book” to kids in this country. Freeman, president of the Middle East Policy Council, a Saudi-funded think tank, was involved in selling the “Arab World Studies Notebook,” a book that for one claimed that Jerusalem is unequivocally an Arab province. The book also claimed that the Koran “synthesizes and perfects earlier revelations.”
So for our intelligence establishment, Barack Obama wants to install a man that agrees with, is funded by, and works with the Islamofascist enemies of the west? A man whose sympathies are against us. A man that has already been intimately involved with pushing Islamist ideals. THIS man is to be in one of OUR top intelligence positions?
Then there is Obama’s pick as head of the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice, Dawn Johansen. Johansen, for her part, is well known as a feminist radical that has said in the past that she feels pregnancy equals slavery. Johansen was a top lawyer for the National Abortion Rights Action League, or NARAL, a radical abortion advocacy group when she made this crazy claim in a Supreme Court case she was a part of. In many writings and court cases Johansen has also made the case that all restrictions against abortion should be eliminated and government should be made to pay for abortion.
Johansen has also written against any form of the security measures against terrorists that have thus far been put into motion. She is one of those fabulists that imagines that all terrorists could safely be put into the normal U.S. court system to be tried for their actions and has stood against any efforts to preempt terrorist attacks.
She has also advocated that any past applicants to the DOJ that the Bush administration had discriminated against because of the applicant’s leftist views should now get special consideration for those same views. In other words, she is hypocritically against past discrimination based on leftist personal political views and now wants the solution to be to discriminate against those that hold right leaning political views.
These Obama picks, each and every one, are radical leftists. They hold views that few Americans hold. They are in no way centrists or moderates and are not representative of the largest number of Americans. And these are the sorts of people with which Barack Obama wants to fill key position in our government.
So, tell me again that Barack is not a radical leftist. No, the truth is, Barack Obama is a radical’s radical through and through.

The Sandinistas join with international Islamists and Noam Chomsky to gain control of the United Nations.

By: Joseph Klein
... Friday, February 27, 2009
For several decades now, the so-called non-aligned member states who currently dominate the United Nations General Assembly have sought to convert the United Nations into a global governance institution. The objective is to bring about what its proponents deem global social justice. The arbiters of what such a system should look like would include a majority of member states in the General Assembly (many of whom are not democracies themselves), unaccountable UN bureaucrats, and unelected left-wing non-governmental organizations accredited by the UN to participate in its deliberations.
These globalists demand massive international wealth redistribution to the under-developed world. They want the General Assembly to have authority to issue legally binding directives under international law and wherever possible to displace the Security Council, which is the only UN body today that has any power to pass and enforce binding resolutions under the United Nations Charter. They also seek to sharply reduce the powers of the Security Council’s permanent members, particularly the United States.
The largest single voting bloc within the UN’s non-aligned group consists of the 57 members of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC)...

Obama is Orwell's dark vision personified and writ large.

"surrender of sovereignty"
"a comprehensive Planetary Regime"
"control all the world's resources"
"direct global redistribution of wealth"
"the "de-development" of the West"
"control a World Army and taxation regime"
"enforce world population limits"

Obama's Biggest Radical
By Ben Johnson
Friday, February 27, 2009

When Barack Obama nominated John P. Holdren as his Science Adviser last December 20, the president-elect stated "promoting science isn’t just about providing resources" but "ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology." In nominating John Holdren, his words could scarcely have taken a more Orwellian ring.
Some critics have noted Holdren's penchant for making apocalyptic predictions that never come to pass, and categorizing all criticism of his alarmist views as not only wrong but dangerous. What none has yet noted is that Holdren is a globalist who has endorsed "surrender of sovereignty" to "a comprehensive Planetary Regime" that would control all the world's resources, direct global redistribution of wealth, oversee the "de-development" of the West, control a World Army and taxation regime, and enforce world population limits. He has castigated the United States as "the meanest of wealthy countries," written a justification of compulsory abortion for American women, advocated drastically lowering the U.S. standard of living, and left the door open to trying global warming "deniers" for crimes against humanity. Such is Barack Obama's idea of a clear-headed adviser on matters of scientific policy...

Eastwood thinks political correctness has made society humourless

Fri, Feb 27 01:15 PM
London, February 27 (ANI): Acting legend Clint Eastwood , 79, apparently believes that political correctness has rendered modern society humourless, for he accuses younger generations of spending too much time trying to avoid being offensive.
The Dirty Harry star insists that he should be able to tell harmless jokes about nationality without fearing that people may brand him "a racist".
"People have lost their sense of humour. In former times we constantly made jokes about different races. You can only tell them today with one hand over your mouth or you will be insulted as a racist," the Daily Express quoted him as saying.
"I find that ridiculous. In those earlier days every friendly clique had a 'Sam the Jew' or 'Jose the Mexican' - but we didn't think anything of it or have a racist thought. It was just normal that we made jokes based on our nationality or ethnicity. That was never a problem. I don't want to be politically correct.
We're all spending too much time and energy trying to be politically correct about everything," he added.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Time to face the truth about Multiculturalism

This is the original text of the article Professor Ellis submitted to the Leeds Student in 2006. It was published in an edited form. Because of this article, he was suspended from Leeds University. Later that year he accepted early retirement.

Freedom Under Fire: U.N. Anti-Blasphemy Resolution - With Christopher Hitchens

February 25, 2009
The United Nations Anti-Blasphemy Resolution aims to curtail speech that offends religion, specifically Islam. Critics, religious groups and free speech advocates say the resolution is spreading Sharia law to the Western world. Christopher Hitchens joined Lou.

Hijabs and Chadors Spraypainted over Sexy Models in Paris Ads...

Bess writes: An interesting, if rather disturbing outbreak of "art jihad" has been noted on the chic boulevards of Paris, where an anonymous “guerrilla street artist” has taken to spray-painting black veils and body-length chadors over images of the sexily dressed models who grace billboards advertising luxury beauty items, high fashion or music.
Armed with spray paint and a black marker pen, Princess Hijab (PH) is on a mission to “hijabize” advertising, reports She claims it is “subverting visuals,” a “noble cause” and “anti-advertising.” So top marks for censorship – but you have to give the girl a little credit for being original though Faith Central does feel she went a little too far hijabizing a picture of a dancing Cinderella. Worrying.
Very worrying.
Posted by Bess Twiston-Davies on February 17, 2009 at 06:40 PM

Taliban killed "spy" as gift to Barack Obama, say Pakistani police

Article from: Agence France-Presse
From correspondents in Miranshah, Pakistan
February 26, 2009 05:43pm
TALIBAN militants beheaded an Afghan in Pakistan's lawless tribal region after accusing him of spying for the United States, local police said todayThe 35-year-old man was kidnapped one week ago and his body found today in Razmak some 65km south of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, an official said. "He was slaughtered overnight. His headless body was put on the roadside," police official Munir Khan said.
A note found on the body of the man, identified as Shafiq Gul, said he was "spying for the US". "Whoever spies for the US will face the same fate. This is a gift to (US President Barack) Obama," the note said.
Islamist militants frequently kidnap and kill local tribesmen and Afghans, on alleged charges of spying for the Pakistani government or for US forces, who are battling a Taliban-led insurgency across the border in Afghanistan.Pakistan's rugged tribal regions have been wracked by violence since becoming a stronghold for hundreds of Taliban and al-Qaeda rebels who fled across the border to escape the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001.
The new Obama Administration is conducting a comprehensive strategy review in its war against Islamist extremists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Meeting Geert Wilders in Manhattan

jillosophy was fortunate enough to be invited to attend this intimate gathering.
Here are posts from other bloggers and infidels who were also in attendance.
If you haven't seen Fitna, "the Movie" - by Dutch MP Geert Wilders, you can see it here.
Be sure and watch the entire movie in order that you be trully informed on the dangers threatening our freedom of speech.
Geert Wilders Faces Jail Time for His Stance on Islam
From Lawrence Auster of
I saw Geert Wilders speak again this evening to a gathering of about 25 people in an East Side Manhattan apartment.
I can’t imagine what it’s like living one’s whole life surrounded by a security detail, as Wilders has done since 2004. Yet, while he indicated he doesn’t like living this way, as well as not liking being under indictment for the crime of hate speech which could put him in jail for two years, it doesn’t seem to faze him. As he had in his speech at the Four Seasons Restaurant on Monday, he struck me as a calm, sincere, genuine person, not at all puffed up with himself as many politicians are. Part of the strangeness of the Wilders phenomenon is that he is the farthest thing from a demagogue or stirrer up of emotions—let alone a stirrer up of hatred—that one could imagine. He speaks about the Islam threat in simple, direct language, without dramatization beyond the factual truth of his message, in an almost regretful tone of, “Here is something that exists, it is rapidly gaining power, and if we don’t do something about it, and soon, everything we have, our freedom, our civilization, is going to be lost.” And yet, because he speaks the truth about Islam, the world sees him as … well, you can check out the despicable Newsweek article about him to see the usual adjectives.
Also, I want to repeat my admiration for Fitna, which was shown again at the gathering, on a wide TV screen. It’s hard to think of how a 17 minute movie about the Islam threat could possibly have been better than this. The selection of material, the way the film weaves together the words of the Koran with the spoken words of contemporary Islamic leaders and with footage of acts of Islamic violence, all add up to a clear, moving portrayal of Islam’s own expression of itself. The movie is not about Wilders. It’s not about Wilders’s “hate” of Islam. It’s about the truth of Islam. But, as I always say, under liberalism, the worse the truth about some minority or non-Western group, the more racist we are for speaking it. Meaning, the worse the truth about some minority or non-Western group, the more the truth about that group is prohibited.
When the movie ended, Canadian businessman Bjorn Larsen, who had introduced Wilders to the group and was serving as MC, said, “For this, two years in jail.” MORE…
Posted by Lawrence Auster at 01:03 AM

The meaning of Wilders’s reply to me (Lawrence Auster, View From The Right)
A reader informs us that fifty-five minutes of Geert Wilders’s talk at a Manhattan apartment Tuesday night is on You Tube, and that my comment begins at 35:46 of the video. I haven’t seen it yet, but my exchange with Wilders is worth commenting on, because his reply helps us understand a key difference between Europe and America vis a vis the problem of Islamization. MORE…
Posted by Lawrence Auster at 09:59 AM
An intimate evening with Geert Wilders in Manhattan
(2-24-09) Video and pics
February 25, 2009 · 1 Comment
Tuesday evening, February 24, The Silent Majority (TSM) was honored to attended a small, private gathering in Manhattan at which Geert Wilders screened ‘Fitna’.

This inspiring and intimate evening with Geert Wilders was hosted by the chapter head of the newly formed Manhattan branch of The Silent Majority was invited along with many others amongst whom were members of The United American Committee, Stop The Madrassa and Gathering of Eagles.

Lars Hedgaard, the president of the IFPS


Geert was accompanied by Barry Madliner, who is also a member of the Dutch Parliament and Bjorn Larsen, Geert’s contact person and coordinator, as well as the treasurer of the International Free Press Society,

There is a great article to be found at IFPS explaining the economic links between Communism and Islamic infiltration It was written by Lars Hedgaard, the president of the IFPS and another one of the distinguished visitors at this meeting.

Following the showing of Fitna was a short speech by Geert and then a Q & A. Since it’s dinner time, our hostess provided a buffet meal for us , Geert and his associates, who graciously socialized with us all . Geert spoke of the growing threat of Islamisim to the Western world and even though accompanied by 6 or 7 bodyguards, or possibly because he was, Geert was calm but firmly clear as he stressed that NOW is the time for those of us in the US to go on the offensive. We must EDUCATE ! Ignorance is what has allowed the Islamists to swarm across Europe. The US is now staring at a similar fate . A video of the entire event is posted below ( as well as a link to more pictures) that includes Geert’s presentation and the Q and A.
(interior light in video improves at about 2:53 )

To see more pictures go here>>

Geert Wilders created the counter-jihad movie Fitna taking on Europe’s appeasement of Islamic infiltration, as well as confronting jihad itself. He is an amazing man and a role- model for us all. Geert is carrying an enormous burden as he fights for his and our freedom- of speech, helping to decide the fate of the free world for yourself and your grandchildren: The New Churchill.

We must NOT be Silent!!

Stop The Madness!

Iranian front groups move into the Obama administration

Iranian front groups moving on and into the Obama administration
A report by the Center for Security Policy warns of Iranian front groups moving to influence the Obama administration:
A complex network of individuals and organizations with ties to the clerical regime in Tehran is pressing forward in seeming synchrony to influence the new U.S. administration's policy towards the Islamic Republic of Iran. Spearheaded by a de facto partnership between the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other organizations serving as mouthpieces for the mullahs' party line, the network includes well-known American diplomats, congressional representatives, figures from academia and the think tank world.
This report documenting the rise of what can accurately be described as the "Iran Lobby" in Washington, D.C. is derived entirely from unclassified open sources and describes in detail the activities, linkages, and objectives of this alarming alliance between NIAC, CAIR and others that is aimed at co-opting America's foreign policy in the Middle East and specifically with Iran. Understanding the involvement of the Tehran regime in the foundation and continuing activities of organizations like these and their allies will become increasingly important to understanding the extent of the regime's influence on American foreign policy decisions regarding Iran.
As these organizations expand, multiply and, in the process, intensify their efforts to promote a shared and ominous agenda, it is imperative to recognize the role being played by what amount to their interlocking (or at least overlapping) boards of directors, donations from the same foundations and growing access to some key members of Congress and top levels of US policymaking circles. Of special concern is the growing penetration of the Obamaadministration by a number of individuals with such associations.
To be sure, efforts at influencing U.S. decision-making are common among a host of legitimate interest groups, including many foreign countries. But in this context, where the guiding force behind such influence operations emanate from the senior-most levels of a regime like Iran's - which holds the top spot on the State Department list of state-sponsors of terror, makes no secret of its hatred and enmity for the United States and its ally, Israel, and acts in myriad ways to support those who have assassinated, held hostage, kidnapped, killed and tortured Americancivilians and military personnel over a 30-year period - such operations must be viewed with serious concern.
Specifically, the de facto alliance between CAIR, one of the Muslim Brotherhood affiliates named by the U.S. Department of Justice as an unindicted co- conspirator in the 2007 and 2008 Holy Land Foundation trials, and groups such as NIAC and its predecessor, the American-Iranian Council (AIC), which long have functioned openly as apologists for the Iranian regime, must arouse deep concern that U.S. national security policy is being successfully targeted by Jihadist entities hostile to American interests.Read the entire report: "Rise of the Iran Lobby."
With the touchy, feely, liberal progressives now in control of the American government, America is now highly susceptible to being hoodwinked into never-ending "diplomacy" by these groups, while allowing Iran to develop the atomic bomb.

MALDEF Lawyer to Head Civil Rights Division

A Right to Invade
American Patrol Report -- February 25
Obama and Villaraigosa – teaming up to destroy the U. S.. Ending any doubt that he will not fight for the right of Mexicans to invade the United States, President Obama selected the former vice president of litigation for MALDEF to head the Department of Justice's civil rights division. Thomas A. Saenz, the in-house counsel to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, will be responsible for enforcing a broad range of laws dealing with civil rights, including voting, access to public facilities, and so on. Villaraigosa was an outspoken opponent of California's Proposition 187 and Saenz litigated against it. In fact, Villaraigosa worked with the President of Mexico to persuade then California governor Gray Davis to kill the California statute created when Proposition 187 passed. Some say this was an illegal act. "This appointment sends a very clear signal that President-Pretend Barack Hussein Obama will put the rights of illegal aliens ahead of the interests of the American People," said Glenn Spencer of the American Patrol Report. "I can envision Americans being hauled into court for even saying the word illegal alien,{ he added. Some have suggested calling the Democratic Party the "Dumbocrats" for allowing themselves to be duped by Obama. "Eventually the voters, especially white voters, will find out that they drank specially-sweetened Kool-Aid when they voted for Obama," Spencer said.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

U.S. arrests 755 from Mexican drug cartel

Just doing the job Mexico won't do. No problemo.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. officials announced Wednesday they had arrested 755 suspects in a nationwide crackdown on a major Mexican drug cartel.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Acting DEA Administrator Michelle Leonhart told a Washington news conference that the arrests capped a 21-month operation against the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the leading trafficking gangs based in Mexico.
"We successfully concluded the largest and hardest hitting operation to ever target the very violent and dangerously powerful Sinaloa drug cartel," said Leonhart. "We have disrupted this cartel's domestic operations -- arresting U.S. cell heads and stripping them of more than $59 million in cash -- and seriously impacted their Canadian drug operations as well."
The Justice Department said in a written statement that more than 23 tons of various narcotics were seized during Operation Xcellerator. More than 50 individuals were picked up Wednesday in California, Minnesota and Maryland.
The investigation was spawned by a previous operation that resulted in the indictment of Victor Emilio Cazarez-Salazar, a reputed top-ranking manager of the Sinaloa Cartel who remains a fugitive.
The Justice Department said the 755 people arrested faced various charges including drug trafficking, money laundering and possession of unregistered weapons.

Grooming the perfect Marxist candidate

By the time he was 10, the boy had been abandoned three times – by his father, stepfather, and mother...
In Hawaii, young Barry met Frank Marshall Davis, his first and perhaps most influential mentor. The infamous Marshall, a Communist activist (and self-confessed pedophile) taught Barry – was it Obama, Soetero, Dunham? – that white people were the devil incarnate and that blacks were the most “victimized” people on earth.
Yet the abandoned and rejected child was lucky. His white-devil grandparents gave him a comfortable life in Hawaii, and an education that apparently qualified him to attend several prestigious schools – Occidental College in CA, Columbia Univ. in NY City, and Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA.
(I say apparently qualified because we’ve never seen any of his college transcripts).

Exorcising Churchill

Obama removes 9/11 Churchill Statue from Oval office sends back to UK
GAFFNEY: Exorcising Churchill
It is no secret that Team Obama is all about symbolism and messaging. So presumably it was no accident that one of the new president's first gestures was to have a bust of Winston Churchill given to the United States by the British government removed from the Oval Office.
Mr. Obama didn't have it relocated to another prestigious location in the White House complex - say, the Cabinet Room or even the First Family's residence. Neither did he choose to put it on display in the Smithsonian, where this likeness of the greatest honorary American could have been enjoyed and revered by the rest of us. No, President Obama had it sent back to the British, who would be entitled to feel offended as well as appalled.
If indeed this explicit disassociation with one of the iconic heroes of the last century was meant to convey a symbolic message, the question occurs: Precisely which message and for whom was it intended?
Several possibilities come to mind. During his long career in various positions in the British government, Winston Churchill was closely associated with his nation's empire and worked manfully to preserve it as the sun began to set on its imperial holdings. Thanks to his own life experiences - notably, his Kenyan father and a formative stay in Indonesia - Mr. Obama clearly identifies with those colonized, rather than the colonizers. Perhaps, he wanted to serve notice of his solidarity with Mahatma Gandhi and the other anti-imperialist revolutionaries who struggled against Churchill and his government.
Alternatively, the banishing of the Churchill bust may have been part of the new president's campaign to "respect" Islam. After all, the former prime minister took a dim view of the Koran and adherents to the brutally repressive theo-political-legal program its authorities call Shariah.

Coming to a city near you: 'Making it a crime to engage in speech or writings that 'defame' Islam or offend its followers'
February 25, 2009
Peggy Shapiro is sounding a warning at The American Thinker that Islam intends on silencing our right of free speech and it's up to us to defend it:
[...] According to Shariah law, it is a crime to engage in speech or writings that 'defame' Islam or otherwise offend its followers. It is a crime, not only in Muslim states, but in Western democracies, and may soon be coming to a city near you unless we stand up to the worldwide attacks against free speech. It appears that some brave souls, including a U.S. Senator, are pushing back against the global effort to stifle our freedom of expression.
In Amsterdam, the capital of freedom and tolerance, a Dutch Muslim nearly decapitated filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who had made a movie that criticized the mistreatment of women in Islam. Dutch cartoonist Gregorius Nekschot's depiction of Mohammed set mobs of Muslims in a rampage not only in Holland, but all over the world. Dutch Member of Parliament Geert Wilders produced a 17-minute film Fitna, which juxtaposes quotations from the Koran and documentary footage of Islamic leaders inciting violence (jihad) based on those quotations. Wilder is on 24-hour police protection since al-Qaeda issued a fatwa calling for Wilder's murder.
Who are the criminals? The critics. Wilder now faces a fine of 55,000 euros for hurting the feelings of a radical Dutch Imam and criminal prosecution by the Amsterdam Court of Appeal for his political views on Islam.
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If you haven't seen Fitna, "the Movie" - by Dutch MP Geert Wilders, you can see it here. Be sure and watch the entire movie in order that you be trully informed on the dangers threatening our freedom of speech.

Ahmadinejad Meets With Obama's Cousin in Kenya


Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Barack Obama's cousin Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Kenya today.In this photo released by the Kenyan Prime Minister's Press Service, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, left, is seen with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right, during their meeting at the Laico Regency hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009.
(AP/Kenyan Prime Minister's Press Services)
Ahmadinejad declared that relations between the regime in Iran and Kenya are improving after the meetings.
In 2006 Barack Obama took a trip to Kenya at US taxpayer's expense.
While visiting Kenya as a guest of the government Obama campaigned with opposition leader socialist Raila Odinga, who also happens to be his cousin (says Odinga):
Odinga's party lost the 2007 election in Kenya.
His party claimed the election was rigged in favour of President Mwai Kibaki.
Odinga's thugs then went on a rampage killing hundreds of Kenyans and burning churches. At least 600 people died in rioting after the election and 250,000 were displaced. Odinga was accused of ethnic cleansing during the clashes.

Those of us with 'eyes and ears' know what Obama is.

Giving Obama a Chance
(jillosophy says: Why not? Give him enough rope and he'll hang us all.)
Posted By Selwyn Duke On February 22, 2009
Being a cerebral sort, when I ponder President Obama's seduction of America, I think of the story of the snake and the duck. To be brief, the snake wants the duck to take him to the other side of a creek, but the duck is reluctant. He says, "But when we get there, you'll bite me." The snake is very persuasive, however, and convinces the duck he wouldn't do such a thing. He just wants help and would have the utmost appreciation. Well, I think you know what happened upon concluding their little crossing. Bam! The snake bit the foolish bird, who then started stammering, "Bu-bu-bu-but you said . . ." The snake just replied, "Hey, you knew what I was when you picked me up." I suppose the duck just wanted to give the serpent a chance.
That certainly is what many want us to give Barack Obama. Criticize the President and you're admonished for being unfair and partisan. "Give the man a chance!" hiss the critics. Or is it that they quack? Whatever.
I could be snide and just say that I'll give the President every bit the chance the Left gave George Bush. With him they certainly did hiss, and spew venom, attacking him viciously and relentlessly for eight years starting with the oath of office. The man could do nothing right in their eyes, even when spending like any liberal Democrat, even when supporting amnesty for illegals, even when lavishing tax money on Africa, even when signing the prescription drug benefit. He was a "fundamentalist," a "right-wing zealot" and wholly incapable of even one good intention. That is the irrationality of the prejudiced, of people who see a red-state politician and only see red.
But I won't take that leaf out of the Left's book. I'm not a child and don't play tit-for-tat. If Obama is right about something, I'll acknowledge it and just chalk it up to the inevitable twice-per-diem correctness of a broken clock. What I also won't do, however, is "give Obama a chance." I'll explain why with a couple of analogies.
Imagine there is a businessman who manages a small fast-food restaurant in Illinois. His record is one of virtually always embracing the wrong policies and making bad decisions. Nevertheless, he is offered a position overseeing operations on a statewide level, wherein he once again pursues the same bad policies and makes the same bad decisions. Will you now propose making him the CEO of the company?
Or, let's say there is a lawyer with a small practice, oh, as it happens, also in Illinois. He continually commits misfeasance but nevertheless is appointed state attorney general. He then continues to commit misfeasance. Will you next consider making him Attorney General of the United States? If not, why not? Sure, he never demonstrated competence in law before, but, come on, U.S. Attorney General is a different position. Give 'im a chance.
Maybe even ducks get the point.
There is an old saying, "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." Contrary to the Republican campaign mantra about Obama having no experience, quite the opposite was true. He had tremendous experience doing the wrong thing, more than enough to paint a picture of what kind of animal he might be. The picture may seem like a resplendent deity to followers or a repugnant demon to foes, but it existed. And if you didn't see it, it wasn't because Obama hadn't done enough but because you didn't know enough.
In reality, Obama has had chance after chance after chance after chance, in the Illinois and U.S. Senates and as a community agita . . . uh, I mean, organizer. If you don't believe me, simply peruse the section dedicated to him:
[1] at It provides 37 pages and more than 14,000 words on his votes, positions and pronouncements, all compiled prior to the election. And, largely drawing from that site, here is a synopsis of Obama the Chanceless' words and deeds (every quotation except the one indicated by the asterisk is from
voted [2] for illegal-alien amnesty, "YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security" and "YES on continuing federal funds for declared 'sanctuary cities.'"
said [3] that his policies would bankrupt the coal industry.
said [4], "*You need to make sure your child can speak Spanish" and that it's "OK to provide government services in Spanish." He also "voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government."
He opposes so-called "racial profiling," which is actually just an element of proper, comprehensive profiling.
He received an 89 percent rating from the NAACP, "indicating that he supports affirmative action."
In the Illinois and national Senates, Obama was Planned Parenthood's poster boy, supporting the murder of not just the unborn but also the born, through his opposition to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act.
He voted against prohibiting minors from crossing state lines for abortion and notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions.
He has the worst possible rating – 0 percent – by the National Right to Life Committee.
He opposed school vouchers.
He voted YES on factoring mythical anthropogenic global warming into federal project planning.
He has supported "age-appropriate" sex education for kindergartners, as if there is such a thing.
While Obama has said he doesn't believe in faux marriage, he opposed California's Proposition 8, the one-man-one-woman marriage amendment, and voted against the constitutional ban on faux marriage.
He called homosexuality "no more immoral than heterosexuality" and said it's "OK to expose 6-year-olds to gay couples."
He "cast 130 'present' votes in the Illinois Senate," indicating an unwillingness to step up to the plate.
He "sponsored resolution rejecting photo ID for voting."
He endorsed an Illinois handgun ban, advocated banning semi-automatics (weapons firing one shot every time the trigger is pulled), and voted against prohibiting the frivolous lawsuits designed to destroy gun manufacturers.
He supports nationalized medicine, and said that he wanted to insure the 47 million people without health insurance, a figure that
includes illegal aliens [5].
All this, not to mention his associations with raving racist Reverend Wright, avowed "small-c communist" and ex-Weathermen bomber Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko and the socialist
New Party [6] of Chicago.
For you leftists who would go off half-cocked and defend the above, save your breath. My goal isn't to convince you to change your ideology. That is impossible. You can agree with Obama, you can disagree with him, but the point is that when viewing his record in its totality, no rational person will conclude that the few missing pieces in the change-unity-hope jigsaw puzzle prevent us from perceiving the big picture. An editor may not know my feelings on blueberry cupcakes or Allen wrenches, but, if he scours my work, he will find enough relevant information to know whether or not I'm suited to his publication. Likewise, those of us with ears to hear and eyes to see know what Obama is. We're not ducks.
Of course, to some, the give-'im-a-chance plea is a ploy, a political artifice used by snakes to silence critics. But these folks really aren't all that interesting. The ducks are more so, as what often drives them is man's lamentable propensity for rationalization.
Generally speaking, people have trouble facing hard truths; they live with many fears and want to believe the sun will come out tomorrow. They want to hope that Obama will really be that moderate, really be that liberal Utopian of their dreams, really be a pragmatist when push comes to shove, really make things better after all. Thus, what many are actually saying is, "Give my hope a chance! How dare you crush my dreams well before dawn! Do not deny me a few months of delusion." The problem is that this doesn't work for those of us who prefer to stare reality straight in the face. We know that, as a book title says, "Hope is not a strategy." Moreover, what you call giving Obama his (umpteenth) chance, we call driving the last nail into America's coffin.
Whatever the ducks' motivation, what they essentially suggest is comical. To wit: "A doctor who committed malpractice when operating on your toe, hand, leg and stomach should be allowed to operate on your brain because, by gum, he hasn't had a chance to work above the neck yet." Well, what can I say? If you would make such a decision, it probably couldn't do any harm, anyway. But the problem is that these owners of misfiring neurons have given Obama the chance to take the scalpel to the whole nation. And while I accept that people get the government they deserve, the problem is that I'm going to get the government they deserve.
The issue is not that Obama isn't being given a chance; it's that he has been given too many. But this is a persistent problem in our nation; in fact, we live in a second-chance society. Children are given too many chances to misbehave. Miscreants are given too many chances to commit crime. And, worst of all, the ducks are given too many chances to vote.
And the end result is that America just may have run out of chances.
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How "the Antichrist" will Destroy America

By Jerry McConnell
** published an online article composed by the National Republican Trust PAC on February 20, 2009 titled “Obama’s 3 Big Lies – His Plan to Destroy the GOP. The more I read from it, the more convinced I was that the title, though accurate, didn’t quite go far enough. I also decided that the information in the article needed to be spread to as many different destinations that I could possibly reach. I also reworded the NRT PAC article title as written above, because I felt that it was not just the GOP that would be destroyed, but all of America as we have known it.
There is little doubt or question that liberal Democrats and their leader, Barack Obama, are a product of communistic socialism due to the huge amounts of money funneled into their efforts by individuals and organizations that have knelt at the un-American altar of anti-democracy philosophies such as George Soros, ACLU, Greenpeace, Sierra Club and others that ironically also call themselves Democrats.
These socialist connected donations were not by accident or blind hope; In “Atlas Shrugs” on October 08, 2008, less than a month before the Presidential election, author Pamela Geller wrote: “Barack Obama was a member of an extremist political party established by the Democratic Socialists for America, the Chicago New Party, and they cheered his victory in his uncontested run for his Illinois state senate seat as a step away from American values, towards socialism. The New Party: The New Party is an unabashed Marxist “fusion” party from which Barack Obama actively sought out and received an endorsement for his state senate candidacy (in 1996). He did. The party was a Marxist Political coalition. This was not a guilt by association thing. Senator Obama sought out their nomination.”
Scott Wheeler, Executive Director of the NRTPAC and author of the article referenced above, begins his treatise by explaining that the real reason why Obama, Pelosi and Reid rushed the recent mammoth spending bill, the biggest in history, without debate or Republican input was simply because they want to turn the “United States into a one-party country putting the Republican Party out of business once and for all.”
After all, if you’re going to turn this country into a socialist welfare state, you must first rid yourself of any strong opposition. There are other political parties besides the Republicans, but none with such clout or numbers. The “wannabees” are little more than fringe groups with little to no chance of any significant opposition to either major party. We all now know more about that massive “stimulus” bill, labeled as “porkulus” by some in the amounts of anywhere from $787 billion to $1.3 trillion of taxpayer dollars which NRTPAC’s Wheeler claims is really a “political war chest for the Democrats.” They will use much of this largesse, he says, not for a quick fix stimulus to solve what they call a “fiscal crisis”, but “to reward their political friends – and have huge amounts of cash to dole out before the 2010 and 2012 elections.”
A very large portion of this appropriated money will not even be spent this year as you probably know after having read it finally when they made it public AFTER congressional and administrative approval. In fact, it could very possibly take up to 10 years to get rid of all of it. And as Wheeler points out, “These billions … will fund the Democratic political machine for many years to come.” And how ironic is that; the party that raised far more campaign money during both the primary and general election races, has to stoop to unethical and unsavory tactics to add to those donated dollars with more and more taxpayer funds?
But we also know, Obama is a product of the corrupt political machine in Chicago as is his recently appointed Chief of Staff, Raum Emanuel, another tax cheater who must think that privileged people like presidential appointees are exempt from paying their taxes. In Chicago it must be some kind of unwritten law as so many of them coming to Washington are astounded by having to pony up. But where you or I would probably get a jail sentence for not paying, all these people get is a tiny bit of bad publicity from the mainstream media, if any at all.
Ironically, in the campaign leading up to the 2006 Congressional elections, Nancy Pelosi, came up with the caustic proclamation of the Republican’s Culture of Corruption. It was based on a couple of wayward congressmen (Cunningham and Foley) and she reveled in the glory of that title for her political enemies. But then, she couldn’t have known (could she?) that Obama would make her glee short-lived as his awfully embarrassing cabinet and administration appointments introduced a new era now called: “Dynasty of Democrat Dishonesty”.
Ever hear that old adage, “Oh what tangled webs we weave, when first we practice to deceive”? It seems that the liberal Democrats have had more practice at it than is customary, which is why they’re so good at it.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Nation of Cowards?

So says Eric Holder, but what’s really cowardly is racial dishonesty.
Heather Mac Donald
19 February 2009
Attorney General Eric Holder, a Clinton administration retread, wants to revive Bill Clinton’s National Conversation on Race. (What’s next? Hillarycare?) Holder recently told his Justice Department employees that the United States was a “nation of cowards” for not talking more about race. “It is an issue we have never been at ease with and, given our nation’s history, this is in some ways understandable,” Holder said. “If we are to make progress in this area, we must feel comfortable enough with one another and tolerant enough of each other to have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us.”
Is he nuts? Leave aside for a moment Holder’s purely decorative call for a “frank” conversation about race. The Clinton-era Conversation also purported to be frank, and we know what that meant: a one-sided litany of white injustices. Please raise your hand if you haven’t heard the following bromides about “the racial matters that continue to divide us” more times than you can count: Police stop and arrest blacks at disproportionate rates because of racism; blacks are disproportionately in prison because of racism; blacks are failing in school because of racist inequities in school funding; the black poverty rate is the highest in the country because of racism; blacks were given mortgages that they couldn’t afford because of racism. I will stop there.
Not only do colleges, law schools, almost all of the nation’s elite public and private high schools, and the mainstream media, among others, have “conversations about . . . racial matters”; they never stop talking about them. Any student who graduates from a moderately selective college without hearing that its black students are victims of institutional racism—notwithstanding the fact that the vast majority of black students there will have been deliberately admitted with radically lower SAT scores than their white and Asian comrades—has been in a coma throughout his time there.
Education bureaucrats maintain an incessant harangue on white racism because they see the writing on the wall: most students are indifferent to race and just want to get along. If left to themselves, they would go about their business perfectly happily and color-blindly, and the race industry would wither on the vine. Thus the institutional imperative to remind black students constantly about their victimization and the white students about their guilt. Last month, the elite Phillips Academy at Andover proudly announced a student presentation on White Privilege: A History and Its Role in Education. Would the student have come up with such a topic on her own without the school’s educators deliberately immersing her in such trivial matters? Of course not.
But if Attorney General Holder is really sincere about wanting a “frank” conversation about race, he should put the following items on the agenda:
The American electorate. The country just elected its first black president. And it actually didn’t talk a lot about Barack Obama’s race during the election, thank heavens, because most Americans were more interested in the candidate’s ideas than in his skin color. There were undoubtedly hundreds of thousands of people who wouldn’t vote for Obama because of his race. I would guess that their average age was 75. There is no question that a great many geriatric Americans continue to harbor the rankest racism for blacks, but guess what? They’re not going to be around for much longer. Young people growing up in the last 30 years live on a different planet when it comes to racial attitudes—until the educrats start playing with their minds.
We might also talk about those legions of older, black Americans who have held on to their love of country and belief in its ideals, despite having been subjected to America at its worst. I have had the privilege to speak to many such individuals for my work, and they have broken my heart with their dignity and nobility. Rather than reflexively consulting professional race activists for insights into race in America, the media and politicians might for once seek some voices that contradict the mandatory “angry black male” trope.
Crime. Holder told his Justice Department employees that they had a special responsibility to advance racial understanding, according to the Associated Press. Uh-oh. Before and during Holder’s first stint at Justice, when he served as Clinton’s deputy attorney general, the department’s civil rights division specialized in slapping onerous federal consent decrees on police departments. Its assumption was that racial disparities in cops’ stop-and-arrest rates reflected police racism, not racial disparities in crime rates.
Before Holder and his attorneys revive that practice, they should study certain facts that remain taboo in the mainstream media. For instance, the homicide rate for black men between the ages of 18 and 24 is well over ten times that of whites. And disparities in other violent-crime rates are just as startling. In New York City, one of the nation’s safest large cities, 83 percent of all gun assailants were black during the first six months of 2008, according to victims and witnesses, though blacks make up only 24 percent of the city’s population. Add Hispanic perps, and you account for 98 percent of all shootings in New York City. The face of violent crime in cities is almost exclusively black or brown. That explains why someone might feel a sense of trepidation when approached by a group of black youths. That’s not racism; it’s the reality of crime. And it’s that reality that determines whom the police stop, frisk, and arrest.
Education. Commentators on NPR’s “black” show, News and Notes, recently groused about the lack of black policy experts on the Sunday talk shows but ignored the possibility that the education gap might have something to do with it. Blacks, they said, need to be twice as qualified as whites to get a job. Let’s look at the evidence. The black high school drop-out rate approaches 50 percent. On the 2006 SAT, the average score in the critical-reading section was 434 for blacks, 527 for whites, and 510 for Asians; in the math section, 429 for blacks, 536 for whites, and 587 for Asians; and in the writing section, 428 for blacks, 519 for whites, and 512 for Asians. America’s lousy showing in international math, science, and reading tests compared with Japan and Western Europe is influenced in large part by the low scores of blacks and Hispanics. If blacks and Hispanics performed at the level that whites do, the U.S. would lead all industrialized nations in reading and would lead Europe in math and science, according to a study published in the Phi Delta Kappan in 2005.
Likewise, after their first year of legal education, 51 percent of blacks labor in the bottom tenth of their class; two-thirds reside in the bottom fifth. Blacks are four times as likely as whites to fail the bar exam on the first try. Until such achievement disparities are eliminated, any allegations of racial discrimination in the absence of proportional numbers of black policy wonks—or law partners, chemists, engineers, or investment bankers—is absurd, especially when the nation’s elite institutions are doing everything they can to recruit black students, professors, and employees. Perhaps Holder could confront the stigma against academic achievement among many black youth, who deride studying and staying out of trouble as “acting white.”
The family. Closing the educational achievement gap will be difficult as long as the black illegitimacy rate is nearly 71 percent, compared with a white rate of 26 percent. Taxpayers foot the bill for this family breakdown—when fatherless children who never learned self-control and self-discipline disrupt classrooms and prevent other children from learning, and when the same fatherless children get sucked up into gang life and fail to connect with the world of work and responsibility. Many poor single mothers work heroically to raise law-abiding sons, but the odds are against them.
When communities resist an influx of Section 8 housing-voucher holders from the inner city, say, they are reacting overwhelmingly to behavior. Skin color is a proxy for that behavior. If inner-city blacks behaved like Asians—cramming as much knowledge into their kids as they can possibly fit into their skulls—the lingering wariness towards lower-income blacks that many Americans unquestionably harbor would disappear. Are there irredeemable racists among Americans? To be sure. They come in all colors, and we should deplore all of them. But the issue of race in the United States is more complex than polite company is usually allowed to express. If Eric Holder wants to crank up our racial preoccupations even further, let him at least do so with a full airing of the facts.
Heather Mac Donald is a contributing editor of City Journal and the John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute.


Italy passes emergency rape law
Italy's government has rushed through a decree to crack down on sexual violence and illegal immigration after a spate of rapes blamed on foreigners.
The decree sets a mandatory life sentence for the rape of minors or attacks where the victim is killed.
It also establishes rules for citizen street patrols to be conducted by unarmed and unpaid volunteers.
The number of sexual assaults fell last year, but three high-profile rapes last weekend sparked national outrage.
These included the rape of 14-year-old girl in a park in Rome on Saturday, allegedly by two men from Eastern Europe.
A Bolivian woman was raped in Milan by a man described as North African, while in Bologna, a Tunisian who had just been released from prison was re-arrested for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl.
Volunteers who take part in patrols will not be armed but they will have mobile phones and radios
Interior Minister Roberto Maroni
Italy torn by racial strains
Italy's migrants slowly integrating
The decree, passed by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's conservative government, goes into effect immediately but must be approved by both houses of parliament within 60 days.
It speeds up trials for sex offenders caught in the act, takes away the possibility of house arrest, and gives free legal assistance to victims.
It also sets rules for citizen street patrols, in which officials said retired police and soldiers would play a major role.
"Volunteers who take part in patrols will not be armed but they will have mobile phones and radios for reporting things to security forces," said Interior Minister Roberto Maroni, a member of the anti-immigrant Northern League.
Local mayors would decide "how, where and when to use these volunteers", he said.
Critics say the measures could effectively legitimise vigilantism and xenophobia. The Vatican has warned against anything that turns innocent foreigners into convenient scapegoats.
Extended detentions
Many recent rapes have been blamed on foreigners, especially Romanians. Violent attacks on immigrants have since been reported.
Police say a mob of around 20 masked men beat up four Romanians outside a kebab restaurant in Rome on Sunday in an apparent vigilante attack.
The government has pointed to official statistics saying immigrants committed as many as 35% of crimes in Italy in 2007.

Life in Italian Roma camps
In pictures
But analysts and opposition parties say many of these are related to breaches in immigration rules, and that foreigners have often been unfairly targeted amid a xenophobic backlash from right-wing politicians and the media.
The Roma (Gypsy) community, many of whom are long-standing Italian residents, have often borne the brunt of this reaction, they say.
Authorities in the capital began dismantling unauthorised camps housing Roma groups amid an outcry over recent rapes earlier this week.
Officials statistics put Italy's Romanian community at more than 600,000, making it the largest immigrant group in the country.
Some Roma are Romanian, but many are from other Balkan countries and some hold Italian citizenship.
Romanian Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu was reported as rejecting on Friday an Italian proposal that his country take back Romanians blamed for crimes in Italy.
He said 33 convicted Romanians were currently awaiting repatriation.
The Romanian government and the EU have both expressed concern at Italy's recent immigration policies.
Friday's decree also allows authorities to detain immigrants for six months, up from two months, as they try to identify them and process asylum requests.

Mexican President: Gov't Does Not Control Areas on US Border

Mexico is a serious problem, transitioning from an immigration problem to a significant physical security threat - one which will only exacerbate the immigration crisis, which contributes to the economic crisis, which impacts budgets, which impacts (always first before all other governmental departments) defense and security. You see where this is going.
This warrants your undivided attention, and you will have to read beyond the rather innocuous Washington Post headline (Mexican Leader Vows to Press Fight Against Cartels) to get to what was really said by Mexico's President Filipe Calderon. Mexico's president acknowledged that the Mexican government does not have control of its most dangerous areas, which happen to be along the US borders in the regions of Juarez (El Paso, Tucson and the Texas and Arizona borders) and Tijuana (San Diego's southern California border). I will emphasize the most important parts below.
MEXICO CITY, Feb. 19 -- Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Thursday defended the deployment of the military in his fight against drug cartels, vowing that the army would continue to patrol cities until the country's weakened and often-corrupt police forces were retrained and able to do the job themselves.
In a speech commemorating the founding of the Mexican army, Calderon suggested that drug bosses had paid marchers who took to the streets this week to protest the army's presence in a dozen cities, where soldiers man roadblocks, search houses and make frequent arrests.
Calderon, who has sent more than 45,000 troops to fight the cartels [Note: For context, this is more than we have deployed in Afghanistan.], said the military would remain on patrol until the government had control of the most violent parts of the country and civil authorities were fully able "to confront this evil." Only then, he said, "will the army have completed its mission."Turf battles involving the drug traffickers, who are fighting the army, police and one another in order to secure billion-dollar smuggling routes into the United States, took the lives of more than 6,000 people in Mexico last year. The pace of killing has continued in 2009, with more than 650 dead, most in the violent border cities of Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana. In the past few days, a running gun battle between soldiers and gunmen through the streets of the northern city of Reynosa, captured live on television, left five people dead. In Ciudad Juarez, the assistant chief of the city police department was ambushed Tuesday and assassinated with three other officers.
Language acknowledging a government's inability to control and extend its writ to its border regions is what we have come to expect from Pakistani leaders regarding the Federally Administered Tribal Areas dominated by al-Qaeda and the Taliban along the Afghanistan border. Folks, this is the president of Mexico essentially saying the same thing about Mexico's regions on the American border, dominated by Mexican drug cartels - narco-terrorism that brings its violence (and drugs) into our cities and towns.
To give you an idea of just how serious the situation is, and to put this into perspective, consider the numbers presented in the Washington Post article to those in the Afghanistan war.
Mexico: 6,000+ killed in 2008 narco war
Afghanistan: 8,600 killed in 2008 (UN figure)
Mexico: 45,000 Mexican troops deployed
Afghanistan: 38,000 US troops deployed
That should get your attention.

Mexico is a serious problem, transitioning from an immigration problem to a significant physical security threat - one which will only exacerbate the immigration crisis, which contributes to the economic crisis, which impacts budgets, which impacts (always first before all other governmental departments) defense and security. You see where this is going.
With all of the millions and millions of jobs supposedly being created with the recent massive 'stimulus' bill, I'll give you one guess at how many additional Border Patrol agent billets were created. (Hint: It's less than 1.)
Pay attention to Mexico and America's southern border. It should not be an after-thought, even if your government often dismisses the severity of the crisis and risk.
NOTE: Readers may also want to see Jay Fraser's recent posts:
RapidRecon: Border Battles Continue (but on the other side)RapidRecon: America's Unacknowledged War