Getting to Know Your Inner Racist

JLH has translated an article about a particularly pernicious form of “diversity training” being practiced in Germany. Interestingly enough, the sessions shown in the ZDF TV documentary can be traced back to an American model from the 1960s.

The translated article from Junge Freiheit:

Getting to Know Your Inner Racist

by Ronald Glaser

The new racist mania is called “anti-racism”. On Thursday, ZDF-neo viewers can discover what bizarre fruits are produced by the fixation of do-gooders on questions of racism. At that time, the “something-to-do-with-social” theoreticians Juliane Degner and Mark Schrödter, with moderator Amiaz Habtu, intend to drag the “racist in us” into the light of day. The central figure of the TV documentary is Jürgen Schlicher, an unsympatico “diversity management trainer.” His credo is, “Thank heavens it is no longer the case that everyone with a good job in Germany has a German name.”

Moderator Habtu leaves no doubt about where this is headed. At the very beginning, he cites a study to the effect that one-quarter of Germans are xenophobic. “Racism in everyday life is quite subtle, and yet apparent,” And does not support this absurd theory with a single fact.

“Anti-racism training” like this is based on the ideas of the American teacher, feminist and lesbian activist, Jane Eliot. In the 1960s, she developed this experiment, which has since then become a classic of diversity education and conditioned ensuing generations of American children in political correctness.

The Politically Correct Dogmas of a Pseudo-Scientist

Schlicher was Eliot’s student. For his “workshop,” ZDF hired 39 participants, screened by eye color — blue-eyed over here; brown-eyed over there. The blue-eyed are bullied; the brown-eyed are favored. This is supposed to uncover the so-called mechanisms of discrimination. That is, drive out racism with racism.

The participants do not understand the psycho-terror and react with irritation. Apparently because all of them are thinking of the fee they are being paid, none of them stands up against Schlicher’s harsh comments. This, of course, is instantaneous proof for the two social consultants that witnesses do not turn against discrimination because of group dynamics.

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Here We Stand on a Darkling Plain

I was going to save this gem for the news feed, but given the level of phantasmagoric “thinking” on exhibit, this press conference deserves its very own post. If for nothing else than simply watching this administration stand there with its fly open and drool running down its chinny-chin-chin as this new Press Secretary, even more earnest and less credible than the last one, said this today:

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday the Obama administration’s foreign policies in a number of areas have enhanced the world’s “tranquility” — a word that raised eyebrows as reporters pointed to situations in Gaza, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine and the South China Sea.

Oh, come on you jaded fools, trying to stir people up. Those are just “situations”. Ain’t nobody bleeding we can see. Show us three, you smarty pants journalists.

More than one reporter during Monday’s press briefing referred to a front-page Wall Street Journal article highlighting some of those crises, and citing security strategists as saying “the breadth of global instability now unfolding hasn’t been seen since the late 1970s.”

Pooh. That Wall Street Journal is no better than Fox News. They’d better watch it or we’ll subpoena their gluteus maximus like we did the Associated Press. In fact, y’all better watch it. We’ve already taken your photo privileges away and given them to our White House photographers. We can do the same with your “media duties”. Don’t forget: “WE WON”.

”How does the White House react to the notion that the president is a bystander to all these crises?” asked Fox News’ Ed Henry, citing the widening gaps between the sides in the Iranian nuclear talks, the conflict in and around Gaza, and the Syrian civil war.

“I think that there have been a number of situations in which you’ve seen this administration intervene in a meaningful way, that has substantially furthered American interests and substantially improved the, uh, you know, the — the tranquility of the global community,” Earnest replied.

Never has a previous American administration lurched from country to country strewing chaos and death in its wake as it leads from behind — while never turning around to see what might be gaining on it. By now most Americans have quit watching. Not only are we suffering from severe scandal fatigue but we know that whatever has transpired so far can’t even begin to match Obama’s future forays into foreign or domestic policy.

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Politicians Shill for Azerbaijan in Nashville

We’ve posted quite a bit recently about Islam in Tennessee, with a special focus on the Nashville area. Those posts have generally dealt with the actions of various organizations and individuals associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. The following reports also come out of Nashville, but they lead back to a different source: the Turkish Islamic leader Fethullah Gülen.

Both investigative reports in the following video uncovered Azerbaijani influence-peddling in the Tennessee legislature and state government.

Azerbaijan boasts a rather unsavory form of “democracy”, in which the results of elections are sometimes announced before the votes are even cast. The current president of Azerbaijan is Ilham Aliyev, the son of Geydar Aliyev. I remember Aliyev père from the later years of the Cold War; he was boss of the Azerbaijani SSR until Yuri Andropov elevated him to the Politburo in the early 1980s.

Azerbaijan is a Turkic-speaking country. It is Islamic, and very much in Turkey’s orbit. Just before the breakup of the Soviet Union, after Moscow lost control of parts of the imperial periphery, a war broke out between the Armenian SSR and its Azerbaijani neighbor over an Armenian-majority enclave within Azerbaijan known as the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast. The Armenian Christians in Nagorno-Karabakh had endured centuries of oppression under various Islamic states before being incorporated into the Russian Empire in the early 19th century. After the Soviet Union fell apart, they were determined not to remain under Islamic control, and fought Azerbaijan until a negotiated cease-fire was reached in 1994. Although technically still part of Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh now functions effectively as an independent state.

The above thumbnail account provides some background for the animosity between Armenia and Azerbaijan that has surfaced twenty years later in Nashville. Agents of Azerbaijan seem to have adopted the time-honored American tradition of buying up selected state politicians. In return, the bespoke pols help whiten the Azerbaijani political sepulcher by lauding its president and telling the world what a wonderful and important place Azerbaijan is.

The shenanigans in Tennessee were enough to make Armenian-Americans sit up and take notice, and they did some of their own lobbying. You can hear one of them interviewed in the following video.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for processing and editing these two clips:

One thing that bothers me about the second report is the characterization of Fethullah Gülen as a “moderate Muslim”. He is at least as dangerous as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan; he is just more subtle and patient in his dealings with infidels. He has spent decades burnishing his suave persona and building his lucrative empire of charter schools in the United States.

Below are excerpts from the two articles accompanying the TV reports. From the News Channel 5 website:

Lawmaker Says $10K Contribution, Resolution Just ‘Coincidence’

by Phil Williams
Chief Investigative Reporter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A lawmaker’s $10,000 campaign contribution and a resolution he introduced this year in the legislature are reviving questions about foreign influences on Tennessee’s Capitol Hill.

Last year, NewsChannel 5 Investigates first revealed how advocates for foreign countries were taking your lawmakers on expensive junkets.

Now, we’ve discovered a case of mysterious donors handing out money for a legislative campaign.

During a hurried legislative session dominated by all sorts of contentious issues, state Rep. Joe Towns found time to introduce a House resolution — HR 145 [pdf] — calling for national support for the country of Azerbaijan.

“Let me tell you where it came from — it actually came from friends that I know that are from Azerbaijan,” the Memphis Democrat told NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

An oil-rich, predominantly Muslim country — where Eastern Europe meets western Asia — Azerbaijan has been involved in a decades-old dispute with the predominantly Christian country of Armenia over territory that both countries claim.

Towns said he agreed to introduce the resolution because Azerbaijan is a U.S. ally.

“You did not just come up with this one your own?” we asked.

“No, no, no,” Towns answered.

“And you knew nothing about the conflict between these two countries?”

“No, I did not.”

But Armenian immigrant Barry Barsoumian said, “Those brutal people, they are trying to change history by going around different states in the United States passing resolutions.”

Barsoumian discovered Towns’ resolution and could not believe anyone would ask a Tennessee lawmaker to help a country known for its human rights abuses and whose leader is seen as one of the world’s most corrupt.

“I asked him if it was Azerbaijani Embassy. He denied it,” Barsoumian recalled. “But he wouldn’t name or tell me what organization was behind it.”

But NewsChannel 5 Investigates looked at Towns’ campaign reports and discovered he introduced the resolution just two weeks after he got a total of $10,000 in campaign contributions from people out of Texas with ties to the Azerbaijani community.

“This one was probably in Texas, Houston,” Towns said, looking at his campaign disclosure.

“You had a fundraiser in Houston?” we asked.

“Uh-huh. I’ve had fundraisers in other places before. That’s true.”

“Who hosted that fundraiser?”

“Well, my friends. Friends of mine.”

NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked, “Who in particular?”

“Well, I don’t want to get involved in their names because this is about me,” Towns answered. “I don’t want to talk about their names and who they were.”

Still, our investigation discovered that a Turkish-Azerbaijani cultural center in Houston appears to be the common connection for all seven of the contributors, who reportedly gave either $1,000 or $1,500 each to Towns’ campaign.

“Did the people who gave you the $10,000 ask you to introduce this resolution?” NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked Towns.

“No, they didn’t. Did not,” he responded.

“It’s purely coincidental?”

“Oh, of course.”

But Barsoumian called it “suspicious [that] somebody in Tennessee would introduce a bill for Azerbaijan and then those organizations funnel money to his campaign.”

One of the contributors listed on Towns’ campaign report as having given a thousand dollars first told us, “That’s wrong information. I don’t know anyone from Tennessee.”

Later he changed his story, saying “I remember something like that. I never met him. I did it through my friends, my community.”

Adding to the mystery: almost a third of the money supposedly came from two people who live in an apartment in one of Houston’s roughest neighborhoods.

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NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked Towns, “You attend a fundraiser and then suddenly you are introducing this resolution. Do you understand why someone might be suspicious?”

“I can’t deal with people’s suspicion,” he said. “I don’t address their suspicion. The fact is that it happens all the time.”

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So why would Azerbaijan care about what the Tennessee House thinks about world affairs?

It appears to be part of an orchestrated PR campaign to show that world opinion is on their side.

Towns said that he hopes it leads to better understanding of all the countries in that region.

And again, from News Channel 5:

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Day 12: “To the Jew First”

Note: Since MC wrote this post, Hamas refused an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire and continued firing rockets from Gaza. Israeli air strikes have resumed. Also, the first direct Israeli death of the campaign occurred when a mortar shell killed a man at the Erez Crossing into Gaza.

Day 12: “To the Jew first” *
by MC

It is 10:00, and it is silent. Silence is always uncanny after the continuous noise. HOM has been giving away nappies (diapers), but mothers are asking for larger sizes because the older children are having ‘accidents’ when the guns go off. If the ceasefire holds, then we know to prepare for next time, this week, next week, sometime, always — to corrupt a children’s rhyme.

If Hamas do not keep the ceasefire, then it will be obvious to all but the most disconnected which is the terrorist group. But then we must also ask ourselves is this really about Israel, or is it about Jews?

Israel is the Jewish State, but not all Jews are Israeli. Yet to the mobs in Paris, and to the President of France and many others like him, this is not apparent. Such reasoning is over his political and intellectual horizons. France has a long and, it would seem, proud history of anti-Semitism, in common with other European states. We must assume that it is government policy in these places to make Jews feel uncomfortable. We must look at what they are doing, not what they are saying.

Israel has kept to international law. Gaza has committed a war crime every time a Hamas missile is launched targeting Israeli civilians. The number is now in the low thousands of missiles.

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Get Ready for a “Disproportionate Response”

Below is the first portion of a blog op-ed by Eylon Aslan-Levy published in The Times of Israel on Monday.

Many thanks to JP for the link, which he says he found via The Telegraph:

Speak now, or forever hold your peace

By Eylon Aslan-Levy

If and when Israel embarks on a major offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, a lot of people — watching from a safe distance — are going to be very cross. Human Rights Watch will be up in arms; Amnesty will be outraged. The BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera will show harrowing pictures (real and fabricated) of Israel’s “disproportionate” action. My Facebook feed will be full of friends expressing horror at Israeli air strikes in Gaza, and #GazaUnderAttack will be trending on Twitter. All this, to the tune of another, repetitive chorus of Restraint from the diplomatic choirs of foreign governments.

So to everyone who, as is looking increasingly inevitable, is soon going to be tutting and sighing and condemning Israel for finally retaliating against Hamas, I have one message:

Speak now, or forever hold your peace…

Read the rest at The Times of Israel.

The Key Switcher?

Yesterday a reader in Australia sent us a scan of a print article in a newspaper called The Age. I don’t know much about the paper, but Australians tell me it is a predictably lefty rag, and that sensible people refer to it disparagingly as “The Aged”.

The article, written by Chris Johnston, is entitled “The power of hate: Bendigo mosque a rallying cry”. It’s a hit-piece on the Q Society, which opposes the Islamization of Australia and has been one of the leading groups in the campaign against the proposed mosque in Bendigo. But the reason our reader sent it to us is that the author gives Gates of Vienna an honored place among the “far-right extremists” and “racists” who object to Islamization.

The print article was dated June 28, but there is an online version dated the 27th that differs only slightly in wording.

Our blog is featured in the last few paragraphs of the piece. I’d never heard of the term “switcher” until I read this article. In the excerpt below, the author is referring to and quoting from Prof. Andrew Jakubowicz, “a specialist in multiculturalism from the University of Technology, Sydney”:

Professor Jakubowicz is studying global internet racism. He says he has found solid links between Australian anti-Islam groups, such as the Australian Defence League, with international groups in the US and Europe that he calls “switchers”. These groups compile political information and move it through global networks.

The key switcher in Europe, he says, is called Gates of Vienna, a website named after the battle in 1863 [sic] in which Christians beat Turkish Muslim Ottomans who were trying to capture the Austrian capital.

The Norwegian mass killer of 77 people in 2011, Anders Breivik, wrote in his own manifesto that he read Gates of Vienna. Breivik was rabidly anti-Muslim.

Professor Jakubowicz says, ironically, the way Australian far-right groups can learn from international far-right groups then try to infiltrate communities was similar to jihadism.

“They are looking for places to build communities and draw them into campaigns. In a sense, it is a tamer mirror image of jihadism, the social psychology is not dissimilar. The practice is obviously different but the aim is similar. Activist racists in this country are involved in what I would call community development projects.” [emphasis added]

Well…

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‘Militants’? Pull The Other One!

The following article by our Israeli correspondent MC is a more comprehensive report on today’s rocket attack on Sderot. It’s a follow-up on his post from earlier this evening.

‘Militants’? Pull The Other One!
by MC

Hamas have to justify their kidnapping of Israeli children somehow, so in typical Jihad fashion they commit even more ‘war crimes’ by sending missiles over, targeting Israeli civilians on this motzei Shabbat evening. They hit a factory which appears to have plastic or paint in it. This caused an immediate conflagration, with poppings and fireballs as chemicals exploded. The fire brigade were on to it very quickly and contained the fire.

My son and my daughter were visiting friends a couple of roads over. The friends have three young children, aged 2, 4 and 5. They were even closer to the blast than we were.

I had just flushed the loo as the Sever Adom went off. As I came down the stairs the explosions started. At least two missiles came in, but I heard three detonations (maybe Iron Dome got the other missile). The one buzzed and whined as it went over (my children say it went over their heads and then flash-lit the house).

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Bill Whittle and “Scandal Fatigue”

It’s time for another Bill Whittle video. Think of him as America’s Pat Condell. Not that they’re similar but they both energize the tiny spark of hope left among those of us who listen to them and remember when things were not quite so soiled and degraded:


The “About” section says:

Published on Jun 25, 2014

Everywhere we look today we see SCANDAL FATIGUE gripping the nation. It’s bad enough that Leftist policy has crippled the national economy; in his latest FIREWALL he explains why you shouldn’t let the Clown Car Cavalcade of Incompetence cripple YOUR economy as well. Watch and discover why America is bigger than these weenies at their worst.

If you go to the video page where this appeared, you can subscribe to his “Truth Revolt dot org”. It seems to be his new Youtube Channel. If I remember correctly the other one is/was Declaration Video. I’ll have to look it up to see if he’s running both now since his weekly emails seem to have died…or, heaven forefend, they struck out our address for our infamous Islamophobia? Nah. He’s a Tea Party guy, after all.

I’ll add a few other episodes here and there to catch up. For the most part, his polemics don’t stale date quickly. However, I will note here the complaint of a commenter posted below this new episode about twelve hours ago:

Huh? What did he say? Bill, why does every other YT video have audio I can hear, but yours and PJTV videos have inaudible sound?? Are you going tone deaf, too? Could you maybe do CC, since you clearly don’t want me to hear what you have to say?! [redacted] frustrating…

Yes, Houston, you do have an audio quality problem, whatever CC is. Oh, wait. Does that mean “captioned”? YES, please; captioning gets my vote.

So in case you Brits were wondering, it’s not just you being unable to understand American English, Americans are having the same issue with the audio here. The YouTube commenter fellow is right; I had to play this several times to hear all of it. Or most of it; I never did get it entirely. And if it weren’t the inimitable Mr. Whittle I wouldn’t have gone to the trouble.

Maybe Vlad can tell me what the problem is; Vlad is such a stickler for good audio. Perhaps he could even tell Mr. Whittle what he might do for sound remediation.

Meanwhile, another commenter there has a solution for what ails us. He says:

Go Galt, earn a few dollars under the poverty level, buy stuff used and the leeches in government will get almost nothing from you to pay for their police/nanny state.

I never have understood the “Go Galt” part of people’s suggestions. I presume this idea comes from Ayn Rand’s works, which I could never make my way through any of them. Maybe someone has the Cliff Notes? But the rest of his ideas about living under the poverty level? Check. We do that already -buy used stuff? Check. (except for food) or – gasp! -go one better and do without. Check.

We’re all set for the days when parts of America begin to resemble Moscow but with the wonderful addition of cheap Cuban coffee (made in Florida now. And Mexico).

That Unfortunate First Amendment

The German public broadcaster ZDF evidently thinks that Americans have too much freedom of speech. The issue in question concerns the famous photo of a meeting between Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. The Grand Mufti and the Führer are currently making a joint appearance in anti-Islamic posters on the sides of buses in Washington D.C. as part of the latest bus-ad campaign sponsored by Pamela Geller.

Our Canadian correspondent Rembrandt Clancy has translated and subtitled ZDF’s news report about this egregious abuse of free speech, and accompanies it with his own introduction.

Introduction
by Rembrandt Clancy

“Enemy of Islam” shocks the ZDF — “Tasteless Opinion Making” is the title given to a posting which appeared on the German Internet portal Politically Incorrect (PI) on 21 June 2014.

The article features a news segment by one of Germany’s public broadcasters, the ZDF (20 June 2014). The theme of the newscast is an attack on Pamela Geller’s bus-banner campaign in Washington D.C., which features the collaboration of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al-Husseini, with Adolf Hitler in 1941. What is more striking, however, is the broadcaster’s hostility toward freedom of speech generally and the American First Amendment in particular.

In addition, the PI article draws attention to the following points: the ZDF journalists’ personal, verbal attack on Pamela Geller; the broadcaster’s labelling the ads as tasteless without acknowledging their historical veracity; the implication that Islam knows no Jew-hatred; the oblique call for sabotaging the ads; and, by way of the tenor of the newscast, Germans are fortunate to have no such freedom of speech as in America. Finally, the PI author notes a contradiction: the moderator, Ralph Szepanski, begins by suggesting that “hardly anyone” in America seems to care about what would be “unthinkable” in Germany, and even “punishable” there; but at the end, the reporter, Elisabeth Koblitz, informs the viewer that “…the Islam-hater has started a wave of protest rolling on the Internet.”

The video (translated and subtitled by Rembrandt Clancy):

Video Transcript:

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Obama’s Left Hand Doesn’t Speak to His Right Hand

UPDATE: June 21st

This deserves to be seen more widely than it would be if I were to simply leave it in a comment.

The Conservative Housewife found the data on a government website where they were advertising for child escorts in January. In other words, this was a plan, man. A big one requiring lots of personnel:

On January 29, 2014, the Federal Government posted an ad on their BizOpps website [see their link at her page] seeking escorts for unaccompanied illegal alien children. If this doesn’t prove that the entire mess with all the illegals flooding our country was planned by this administration, nothing ever will. Here is the entire document that lays out the “requirements” to become such an escort

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There is much more damning evidence at her page. This was an ICE op, and they specify the type of people they’ll need to accompany these UACs.

Since it’s a screen cap, the lower resolution on my notebook isn’t entirely clear. You may have no trouble reading this alarming jobs description. Makes you wonder how many people they hired and how long those folks will be employed. Jobs are hard to come by; who would feel pushed to the wall enough to do this kind of work?

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What if Barack Obama wasn’t inept at all? What if his many failures and misdirections were part of a larger scheme to confuse, misdirect, and eventually destroy our ability to make any reasonable predictions about what comes next?

On the other hand, what if his utter hubris has engineered so vast a mistake that his bridge collapses?

[Update: Below is a video of one woman speaking out at the meeting in Lawrenceville. Many thanks to the anonymous commenters who provided these links. Open up YouTube and look at the sidebar for more Lawrenceville videos.]

I can only deal with a few parts of this administration’s huge and sprawling Hell House. So I will stick to some of what I know well, and hazard a few guesses as to what is going on.

Take the “humanitarian” crisis he has fomented along our southern borders. It appears that advertisements or news reports ran in Central American news media; they claimed new opportunities for illegal alien children IF they came to the U.S. border unaccompanied by adult members of their family. New, softer rules would apply for these children; they would be more kindly treated if they were to arrive in huge droves, serving to undermine the strictures in place.

What if those “news” stories served to turn on a spigot? What if families with no hope for the future sent their malnourished and diseased children (not to mention adults who’d been miniaturized by a life of semi-starvation who tried to “pass” as children) on a fearsome odyssey, including a trek through Mexico? What if they appeared in the thousands to overwhelm those whose job it was to keep the borders secure?

What if the obedient American media began this part of their news cycle with horrendous images of the children who’d been hauled off in conveniently waiting buses to holding pens in Arizona, etc. And what if those images were designed to soften the already predictably soft American hearts, causing a tsunami of demands to “take care of the children”?

What if those softened-up Americans demanded a one-time permission to permit those poor parents to come here to be reunited with their children and then to return home with them?

What if somehow these families of unknown numbers got lost in the paperwork? We know how skilled the Obama mis-administration is at ‘losing’ things (Lois Lerner’s IRS hard drive comes to mind here).

A whole mess of conditional thinking went into this Operation Child-Scam. Let’s look at a few instances of how things went down and what may happen as a result.

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What could go wrong with that series of events outlined above?

For one thing, we have a whole host of unknown knowns, beginning with the actual number of “children” involved. Thirty thousand ? Sixty thousand? Maybe ninety thousand by year’s end? No one really knows; I’ve seen 147,000 conjectured. But the numbers of children are not the point. The seeming goal was to be reunification of these children with their parents. The children wouldn’t be driven or flown home for their reunification. These heart-warming scenarios would take place on American terra firma. Close up, tearful reunion, then fade to… lost paperwork, disappeared families, a new swell of third-world immigrants, and by some magic wand waving them through the voting booth, all voting the Democrat ticket.

This Marxist strategy designed to overwhelm and break the system should have worked. It certainly achieved its purpose in our domestic War on Poverty whereby the black family was sundered and those who managed to vote after their secure benefits were in place always voted Democrat. Lyndon Johnson told them they’d be safe in the arms of Uncle Sam, safe from the predations of white folk.

So what went wrong here? That’s not a rhetorical question. I’m puzzled by the shifting sands I see under Obama’s feet. Are Americans sick of his shtick? Are they tired and discouraged after the fleecing they’ve experienced? But Obama talks; he doesn’t listen. And all the polls displaying our disfavor mean diddly-squat.

Money talks, however. What are the deep-pocket crony capitalists telling him now? The Baron has pointed out an unholy alliance: the Dems want immigrants for their voting base; the Republicans want the cheap labor. That’s the reason you see them coming together on immigration “reform”. Both sides need droves of warm bodies. They want them here all legal-like, or at least legal enough not to have to harden the border.

What follows are my best guesses but only God and his funders know what Obama has in mind. Like everyone else, I’ve made some deductions whilst firmly gripping Occam’s Razor to trim away the fuzzy bunny disguise Obama is wont to wear during his forays into the public realm.

Initially I thought BHO had seen the light — i.e., the red, buzzing light that begins sounding when a pol’s approval rating dips into the danger zone. But the Baron reminded me that this is a lame duck who doesn’t need approval, never has. Whatever it is, some large thing has gotten his attention. Something large enough to make him back away. Whatever it is, he is letting us see at least part of it. Don’t forget: nothing emerges into public view from our Kremlin unless it is authorized.

[That’s why there are no more White House photos except those taken by his own photographer and approved prior to dissemination.]

But wait! Hark! Do you hear what I hear? President Obama is on the phone with the President of Mexico (the tortured land through which those children had to pass, experiencing God-only-knows-what horrors). Obama The Slithery is telling Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto a tall tale about how the U.S. and Mexico should “work together” to send the children back to their families. As if he hadn’t talked previously to someone or other in the Mexican government to allow these children more-or-less safe passage north to our border.

SAY WHAT??!!? These kids are going BACK?? Since when? Why the sudden change?

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The Jihad You Can’t See

“The Vanishing Private” is a classic Donald Duck cartoon from World War Two. Take a look at an example of what Walt Disney could do back in the days when his company made real cartoons:

For those who prefer not to watch it, here’s a synopsis:

Pvt. Donald Duck is supposed to be painting an artillery piece with camouflage paint. After being dressed down by the Sarge for doing it wrong, Donald looks for better paint. He discovers a bucket of “invisible” paint in a top secret experimental facility, and uses it to paint the gun, which then becomes invisible. During later antics, Donald is propelled into the bucket of paint, and becomes invisible himself.

There follows a series of predictable gags, in which the Sarge chases Donald, who can only be detected by his footprints, splashes in water, his movement through a field of flowers, etc. The climax of the piece comes when the Sarge, carrying bunches of pink posies with a sheepish look on his face (you really have to see the cartoon to get the gag), encounters the General. After that the Sarge comes to grief, and as the story ends he is locked in a cell wearing a straitjacket, with Donald doing guard duty over him.

For the past week or so, whenever I read about ISIS and the jihad in Syria and Iraq, it makes me think of this cartoon.

There are two lines to keep in mind. First, when the Sarge bellows at Donald:

“You’ve got to paint it so you can’t see it!”

And later, when Sarge encounters a very puzzled General, he asks plaintively:

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British Values — Then And Now

Our British correspondent JP sends a selection of comments from The Telegraph, and includes this note about the material he has chosen:

This is a batch of comments from two Telegraph blog entries, one about imposition of British values on the recently arrived, and the other about the Trojan Horse controversy. There are some thoughtful and highly Islamo-critical comments, including a couple discussing Tommy Robinson’s recent release and the conditions attached.

What is interesting about some of the comments is that they are not immediately removed by zealous, sharia-compliant moderators.

I have added one word [hand] in square brackets to the comment by “lightindesert”. Apart from that, they are all as originally posted.

Perhaps the mood of the ‘meeting’ might be summarised as:

1.   Islam is anathema to our way of life and has to be dealt with at some point.
2.   British values exist, but it is futile to impose them on communities that despise them.
3.   Craven Quisling canting hypocrisy is a value clung to dearly by our leaders.
 

Don’t ‘teach’ British values — demand them

by Janet Daley

We must insist that ethnic communities change their habits and expectations in order to become active participants in their new homeland

US presidents may address their people as “my fellow Americans”. French national leaders can open their speeches with an appeal to the “men and women of France”. Try to picture a British prime minister saying something of the kind and it will probably make you laugh…

[Reader comment by Mike on 14 June 2014]

Ok what the hell is going on?

Up until about a month ago this sort of article would NEVER have been viewed as acceptable, it smacks of being anti muslim, therefore islamphobic, therefore racist!

But all of a sudden our newly liberated press are extolling the virtues of being British and almost demanding that those who arrive on our shores should integrate, what next, acceptance that we, being British even actually exist?

there seems to be a dramatic change in the air, but is it to do with newly found press freedom, or maybe the fact the telegraph has seen a massive drop in subscriptions, or is it the rise of UKIP?

Forgive my cynicism but having not seen this sort of change and these sorts of articles for so long I am somewhat suspicious!

[Reader comment by rogermurrayclark on 15 June 2014]

EDL leader Tommy Robinson has just been released from prison.

It might be recalled that he was jailed for mortgage “fraud” ie he put up a deposit for a relative and signed an income declaration which exaggerated the relative’s income; pretty heinous stuff obviously — and were this to be applied generally hundreds of thousands would have been prosecuted, And as for Fred Goodwin and the rest, what happened to the criminal prosecutions there?

Anyway he was sentenced to 18 months, so if he had not been released early he would have been incarcerated till July 2015.

But conditions entirely unrelated to the mortgage fraud conviction have been imposed, breach of which means a return to prison eg “NO person(s) who are involved with the EDL may contact him, directly or indirectly”

What’s this to do with mortgage fraud?

So this was a political prosecution and trial from the outset.

How does this accord with the spirit of Magna Carta and “British Values”?

[Reply to rogermurrayclark by jollyjamba on 15 June 2014]

On a BBC political programme that operated a phone in on the issues discussed, 96% of those phoning in supported the statement that the EDL spoke for them.

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School for Scandal


How many Talibans can you find in this picture?*

Making a comprehensive list of Obama administration scandals is difficult task. It’s not that there is a lack of material, but rather that it’s difficult to distinguish the major scandals from the innumerable minor ones.

And also: what constitutes a scandal? As opposed, that is, to what is simply venal, tacky, gauche, and inappropriate behavior. Like golf. Or $45 million Obama family vacations. Or the “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon” affair.

Thinking about what would be considered the real scandals of the Obama administrations since January 21, 2009, Dymphna and I put our heads together — giving us a combined 40 watts of brainpower — and came up with the following list:

  • The Benghazi affair
  • Using the IRS to target political enemies
  • The ATF’s “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation
  • The Justice Department’s gathering of AP reporters’ phone records
  • The Solyndra bankruptcy
  • Various incidents of malfeasance and corruption by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius during the ObamaCare rollout
  • The DOJ’s refusal to investigate voter intimidation by the New Black Panthers in Philadelphia

That’s just a selection. It turns out the White House Dossier has seventeen more.

So “scandal-plagued” doesn’t even begin to cover this administration. If a Republican president had been in charge when just one or two of those occurred, he would have been impeached long ago, and might now be making license plates at a federal vocational institution. But the rules are different for a Democrat, and especially for a Magic Negro.

And now comes the Bowe Bergdahl affair. Based on the headlines over the past week, the swap of Taliban terrorists for Sgt. Bergdahl looks to become the biggest Obama scandal so far, eclipsing even the Benghazi fiasco.

I’m not going to cover the content of the scandal here; see the links at the bottom of this post for various analyses of what happened, what probably happened, and what did not happen. Bowe Bergdahl went missing in 2009, and was captured by the Taliban. Soldiers got killed looking for him. President Obama swapped five top Taliban mujahideen for him. The administration used the occasion as a political boost for the president, including the lovely photo-op of Mr. Obama with his arms around Sgt. Bergdahl’s parents.

Those are the bare-bones facts of the case. There is virtually no doubt that there are massively scandalous aspects to the incident, but that is not the point of this post. For us, the important questions are: Why did the Obama administration to decide to make this prisoner swap? And: Why now?

Some writers have suggested that Mr. Obama timed the swap to distract attention from the Benghazi scandal, while raising his poll numbers at the same time. If that was his purpose, it certainly worked: there’s scarcely a peep about Benghazi in the MSM now.

But what if the real purpose was to distract everyone from something else, something the State Socialists in the Executive consider much more crucial than whether Congress holds hearings about Benghazi?

I refer, of course, to the proposed new regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency on carbon emissions, which were announced on Monday.

What? You’ve never heard of those? Well, neither have most Americans — that’s a sign of how well the Bergdahl head-fake is working.

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Dateline Pallywood

We all remember the Muhammad al-Dura affair — the single most successful work of cinematic fiction ever produced by the West Bank fantasy factory commonly known as “Pallywood”.

The earnest hoaxters of Pallywood have been plying their trade again recently, and the following analysis of the “murder” of two Palestinian teenagers takes a peek behind the scenes to show exactly what these young scamps have been up to.

Many thanks to Sunshine My Boy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Transcript:

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