Friday, 12 February 2016
The New Hampshire primary illustrated the determination of the American public to chastise the political class responsible for the successive national disasters of the last 20 years, both parties, all branches and levels of government. The country that rose from a couple of million colonists (and their slaves) in two long lifetimes to be the greatest power in the world, with a monopoly on atomic energy and half the world’s economic product, and contained international Communism so successfully that it collapsed like a soufflé without the U.S. and Soviet Union exchanging a shot, has been floundering for decades. It is little wonder that the country is seeking leadership outside the party hierarchies.
It is hard not to like Bernie Sanders, as he clearly does care about the little people and is sincere in thinking that all the woes of a hundred million relatively disadvantaged Americans, half of them severely so, can be solved by surtaxes on the incomes of “the billionaire class . . . the top one percent.” One percent of Americans is over three million people; there are 536 billionaires in the United States and even if their income taxes were raised to 95 percent it would have no material impact on the country’s deficit or the quality of life of the poor. Sanders probably is thinking of a wealth tax, but his often passably eloquent rages against the corruption of the creaking system and the rule of the special interests should disabuse him of any notion that any such measure could be adopted. (And if it were, the billionaires and most of their assets would shove off.) These are a populist version of the ravings of King Lear. He might as well have screamed “Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!” It was apparently uplifting for his vanguard of what he considers a “political revolution” to trounce the Clintons by over 20 points, to attack the Supreme Court for the Citizens United decision (facilitating corporate political donations), and to promise a trillion-dollar loan forgiveness for the nation’s indebted current and former university students (in a bigger bribe than all of the candidates whom Sanders excoriates have ever offered their supporters). But it is bunk and it is going nowhere; Bernie Sanders will depart New England and fall off the edge of the political world. If he has any traction at all, voters will want to know more about what he was doing in a pro-Stalinist kibbutz in Israel even after the Soviet 20th Communist Party Congress renounced Stalin in 1956.
Sanders had the satisfaction of pushing Hillary into the rich incantation, “No bank too big to fail; no executive too big to go to jail.” This is a bold thrust for the one candidate in either party, so far as is publicly known, teetering on the edge of indictment (over her handling of e-mails when secretary of state). And since American prosecutors win 99 percent of their cases, 97 percent without a trial, Mrs. Clinton would have done better to join Senator Sanders in denouncing the criminal-justice system as the vicious conveyor belt to the corrupt and often barbarous prison system that it is. Her primary-night speech, like Bernie Sanders’s, was a relatively peppy effort. But it was implausibly moralistic for someone who in the minds of most is obscenely overpaid for delivering the same speech over and over and for questionable activities in the Clinton Foundation, and whom 92 percent of Democrats and 99 percent of Republicans in New Hampshire consider chronically untruthful.
It has appeared, through much of the preliminaries leading up to the campaign in earnest for delegates, that the country had tired of the Clintons and the Bushes, one or another of whom held great public office for eight straight terms prior to 2013. It seems a media conjuration that the camp Vermont septuagenarian socialist Bernie Sanders can run closely with Clinton any further. But it is equally hard to believe that the Democrats really have any enthusiasm for giving their party back to the Clintons, as everyone who is interested waits to see whether Obama concludes his presidential tour by indicting Hillary, eight years after pulling the rug out from under her and Bill, when he convinced America to expiate its guilt over slavery and segregation by putting him in the White House. It is hard to believe that the Democratic party has really come to this, a party of aggrieved and crumbling voting blocs fought over by a loopy old socialist and a shopworn woman in neon pantsuits who has been plying the rounds in Washington for a whole generation.
On the Republican side, Jeb Bush has almost come through the wall. After a disastrous beginning of a campaign that he should have had prepared for the last seven years, after bumping along in single digits for months, he put on a spirited campaign for third place and has been liberated from the suspicion of thinking he was entitled to be president because the position has been handed down from his father and brother. He doesn’t excite anyone, but he is pleasant and solid and, like his rival John Kasich (and, while they lasted, Chris Christie, Scott Walker, and Mike Huckabee), has been a good governor (and is the least malapropistic of the Bush politicians). As I suggested after Iowa, Marco Rubio conformed too exactly to Chris Christie’s dismissal of the candidates from the Senate as mere talkers while the governors have a proper administrative background. We have heard too much of his father’s struggles as a bartender and the repetitive claptrap about “the greatest nation in human history.” After Iowa and in the Saturday Republican debate, his glibness paled beside Christie’s gritty combativeness, Bush’s dutiful modesty, and ?Kasich’s indisputable experience and accomplishments, in Congress and in Ohio, homey though his manner is. (We could have done without his urging everyone to hug strangers in shopping malls to heal the nation; and Donald Trump’s thanking his long-deceased parents too.)
Above all, it was Donald Trump’s night. He ran about 18 points ahead of Kasich in second place, and another 4 or 5 points ahead of Cruz, Bush, and Rubio. Cruz is conducting a rearguard action and is now a factional candidate. Rubio has half-disintegrated. Christie is out of the race, but, having dealt Rubio a lethal blow in the last debate, may be the king-maker of the stop-Trump forces. If matters don’t change drastically in South Carolina, Christie will be able to help Kasich or Bush into clear second place, and Donald will be tempted to dangle the vice-presidential nomination before whoever is third behind the leading anti-Trump candidate. Denying Trump the nomination will be very difficult, but he should have started on Tuesday night the process of conciliating kindred spirits in his party and independent voters who like his Archie Bunker attacks on Obama, Clinton, and the mealy-mouthed Republicans who weaseled on immigration and other hot subjects. He was brief and graciously praised the other Republican candidates as a group, but there were too many “huges” and “greats” and no specifics about how he was going to make America “great” again except building the wall on the Mexican border, tearing up trade pacts, and “knocking the hell” out of ISIS.
If his opponents in the Republican party want any chance of stopping him, they will have to coalesce around one of the alternatives right after South Carolina, and that candidate will be an underdog. Trump should win the nomination, and Clinton should limp to a listless and clichéd victory at the head of her fatigued party. Trump still faces a high but porous wall of anyone-but-Trump sentiment, slightly more numerous than the anyone-but-Clinton bloc. He should move soon to dissolve this antagonism by speaking more seriously and precisely, and in finished sentences, and showing that he is, in all but his presentational flamboyance, a moderate. Shame on the New York Daily News for referring to his followers as “the brain dead” and on the Huffington Post for its scurrilous attack on him as “a racist, sexist demagogue.” He is none of that and his followers are too numerous and righteously angry at those who have failed the nation to be so disparaged, especially by such lowbrow outlets. Now is Donald Trump’s chance to defeat and humiliate that sentiment by behaving with exemplary dignity, modesty, and precision, as he has waxed the floor with the elders of the Republican party and stolen much of the old Roosevelt-Truman-Kennedy coalition among working and middle-class Democrats.
With only a light clean-up of his forensic techniques, Donald can ease the concerns of the reluctant without forfeiting any of the exaltation of soul of those who are grateful for his assault on politicians and institutions who have failed and disserved the United States. It looks like Trump and Clinton, and Trump should win. Whatever else may be said of him, he has had no hand in the savage violence the political class has done to America with debt, wars, the Great Recession, corruption, and the pell-mell appeasement of America’s enemies of the last 20 years. Hillary is not blameless and has fish-tailed through the last two decades facing in all four directions on many issues. Trump has a mighty and unsuspected tidal wave of opinion behind him; he has only to make the turn from bombast and braggadocio to a simple program of reform of immigration, entitlements, taxes, health care, and campaign financing, all of which he has promised. The people will support it and he will get it adopted before the summer recess of 2017. As with FDR’s promise of a New Deal in 1932, the great Reagan campaign of 1980 proclaimed: “The time is now for strong leadership.” It was and it is, in more suave and purposeful vocabulary and cadences than we have heard so far. The revolution is Trump’s, not Sanders’s, the more welcome because of the hostility to him of both the mainstream national media and the Murdoch organization, with its absurd promotion of an independent campaign by Michael Bloomberg. Donald Trump is very close to one of the most astonishing political victories in American history. Never has that office sought such a man, and in a democracy, the people are always right.
First published in NRO.
Posted on 02/12/2016 2:10 PM by Conrad Black
Friday, 12 February 2016
'Child' migrant who killed asylum centre worker is an adult, Swedish migration rules
You don't say? From the Telegraph
The asylum seeker who stabbed 22-year-old Alexandra Mezher to death at an accommodation centre in Sweden last month is an adult, not a 15-year-old as he had claimed, Sweden’s migration agency has ruled.
Ms Mezher was stabbed at the centre for refugee children aged between 14 and 17 who are without any adult guardians in Molndal near Gothenburg on Sweden's west coast. The agency’s ruling, which came after a series of interviews with the young man, means he could face a prison sentence for the brutal killing.
“The fact that he is judged to be over 18 affects which punishment can be applied,” Linda Wiking, the prosecutor in the case, told Expressen newspaper. “It means that he can be criminally responsible and can be sentenced to prison.”
The ruling, included in a decision to refuse him a permit to stay and work in the country, was first reported by the Goteborgs-Posten newspaper.
It will add to growing suspicions that a large portion of the 35,000 unaccompanied refugee minors who claimed asylum in the country last year have lied about their age, claiming to be under-18 in order to take advantage of more generous asylum rules.
Posted on 02/12/2016 9:31 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 12 February 2016
Unaccompanied Alien Children Charged in Execution-Style Murder, Media Calls Them “Baby-Faced Boys”
It appears that the recent execution-style murder of a Massachusetts man was committed by two Central American teens that came to the U.S. as Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) under President Obama’s open border free-for-all. Tens of thousands of illegal immigrant minors—mostly from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras—have entered the country through the Mexican border since the influx began in the summer of 2014 and the administration has relocated them nationwide.
News reports indicate that the 17-year-olds charged in the gruesome Massachusetts killing entered the U.S. recently as UAC’s and both have ties to MS-13, according to authorities cited by various outlets. They lived in Everett and one of the teens, Cristian Nunez-Flores, moved to Massachusetts from his native El Salvador a year and a half ago which is when the influx of Central American minors began. His parents remain in El Salvador, according to a local news article. The other gangbanger’s name is Jose Vasquez Ardon and he too is a recent arrival from Central America. Prosecutors say the teens, described in a local news article as “baby-faced boys,” shot a 19-year-old in the head. Both are being held without bail for obvious reasons.
This week two federal lawmakers—a senator and a congressman—are demanding answers from the administration involving how the teens entered the U.S. Specifically, they want to confirm if the gangbangers came as UACs and when exactly they arrived. The legislators, Senator Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Congressman Bob Goodlatte, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, also want to know if the administration had knowledge about the suspects’ ties with a criminal gang. “Please provide a complete copy of the alien file for Jose Vasquez Ardon and Cristian Nunez-Flores,” the lawmakers state in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS), the agency that’s mostly handled the barrage of UACs and the relocation process. “Please provide any other information collected or maintained by DHS and HHS regarding either Jose Vasquez Ardon or Cristian Nunez-Flores,” the request further states.
Shortly after the first batch of UAC’s arrived in mid-2014, Judicial Watch reported that many had ties to gang members in the U.S., specifically MS-13. Homeland Security sources directly involved with the UAC crisis told JW that street gangs, including MS-13, went on a recruiting frenzy at U.S. shelters housing the illegal alien minors and they used Red Cross phones to communicate. The MS-13 is a feared street gang of mostly Central American illegal immigrants that’s spread throughout the U.S. and is renowned for drug distribution, murder, rape, robbery, home invasions, kidnappings, vandalism and other violent crimes. The Justice Department’s National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC) says criminal street gangs like the MS-13 are responsible for the majority of violent crimes in the U.S. and are the primary distributors of most illicit drugs.
Just a few weeks ago dozens of MS-13 members were indicted in Boston for serious crimes including murder, conspiracy to commit murder, drug trafficking, firearm violations, federal racketeering and immigration offenses. Several of the defendants are responsible for murdering at least five people since 2014 and the attempted murder of at least 14 in Chelsea and East Boston, according to the federal indictment. MS-13 members also sell cocaine, heroin and marijuana and commit robberies to generate income to pay monthly dues to incarcerated gang leadership in El Salvador, federal prosecutors say. The money is used to pay for weapons, cell phones, shoes, food and other supplies for MS-13 thugs in and out of jail in El Salvador.
The affiliation between gangs and the hordes of illegal immigrant youths that the Obama administration keeps taking in is a story Judicial Watch has been reporting for more than a year. Last fall the Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed that the MS-13 is a top tier gang thanks to the influx of illegal alien gang members that have crossed into the state recently. The number of MS-13 members encountered by U.S. Border Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley sector has increased each year, accelerating in 2014 and coinciding with increased illegal immigration from Central America during the same period, the agency disclosed in a report linked to JW’s story. This clearly refers to the UAC crisis that saw over 60,000 illegal immigrants—many with criminal histories—storm into the U.S. in a matter of months.
Posted on 02/12/2016 6:50 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Friday, 12 February 2016
Donald Trump is the Only Candidate Addressing the Danger of Muslim Immigration
“France is not what it used to be, and neither is Paris,” Trump is quoted as saying.
Trump also bemoaned the existence of “no-go zones” avoided by police that have been created by mass Islamic immigration.
WND reported in January 2015 the French government listed 751 “Sensitive Urban Zones” the government does not fully control.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policy of welcoming Muslim migrants into Germany is a “tragic mistake,” Trump said, predicting disaster unless there is a change in policy.
“If you don’t treat the situation competently and firmly, yes, it’s the end of Europe,” Trump reportedly stated.
He also speculated that European nations could face “real revolutions” in response to the crisis.
In interviews with American media, Trump has blasted Merkel’s permissive immigration policy as “insane” and warned Islamic migration could be a “Trojan Horse” enabling future terrorist attacks.
Trump read the lyrics from the song “The Snake” at a campaign rally in January to illustrate the dangers of admitting millions of Muslim migrants.
The song describes a foolish woman who saves the life of a poisonous snake, only to be bitten and killed for her trouble.
G.M. Davis, an expert on Islam who directed the feature documentary “Islam: What the West Needs to Know” and authored “House of War: Islam’s Jihad Against the World,” praised the Republican front-runner’s strong stand against the Islamic invasion of Europe.
“At present, only Donald Trump seems willing to address the seriousness of the issues confronting the United States and Europe and the full implications of Islamic immigration into non-Islamic countries,” Davis told WND. “Whatever one makes of his delivery and tendency to personalize his criticisms, there is little denying that he grasps the big picture in a way that the other candidates do not or are too afraid to express.
“His recent comments to the European press over the dire situation in Europe where centers of Islamic power continue to send down roots and multiply, as well as the hysterical reaction on the part of much of Europe to his views, testifies both to Mr. Trump’s competence on the issue as well as the inability of the European establishment to come to grips with reality.”
Davis warned Americans they will not be spared from the crisis.
“All of what we are witnessing in Europe is in store for America if she does not adopt more sensible and restrictive immigration policies,” said Davis. “She must also realize her overseas campaigns to bring democracy to Islamic lands are futile and counter-productive. The only principle on which any sensible Western policy toward Islam can be based is one of containment, of realizing that Western and Islamic civilizations are best kept apart as much as possible.”
In response to reports of sexual assaults and other crimes by Muslim migrants, European governments, especially Germany, have cracked down on their own people rather than restricting immigration.
The German government is also working with American companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter to eliminate any online speech criticizing the government’s refugee policy or refugees themselves that “crosses the line.”
“European governments are desperate to cover up criticism of Islam and the crimes of Muslim immigrants because they cut at the heart of their open-door policies,” said Davis. “The multicultural assumptions underpinning modern Europe are disintegrating before our eyes. To face facts would require them to rethink decades of self-destructive immigration laws as well as to confront the truly alarming reality of a growing, increasingly hostile Islamic minority in their midst, which they are entirely unequipped to handle.”
Davis predicted progressives will never turn against mass Islamic immigration, even though the resulting demographic changes will doom their own supposed values regarding issues such as homosexual rights and feminism.
“The true left-wingers cannot face the reality that Islam cares nothing for their blandishments about tolerance and acceptance, which they have used, of course, one-sidedly to denigrate and destroy traditional, Christian European culture,” Davis charged. “By insisting on ‘tolerating’ the growth of Islam in their cities, they have permitted a violent, intolerant and very political ideology to take root. Should it ever get the opportunity, it will utterly eradicate the easy-going moral atmosphere now prevalent in European society.”
Davis agreed with Trump that violence and revolution could be on the horizon if European leaders don’t change course.
“The specter of civil war is beginning to take shape over the European continent,” he warned.
At the very least, Europeans think something big is coming. In record numbers, they are scrambling to arm themselves as weapons sales soar across the continent.
Trump defended the right to bear arms in his interview with Valeurs Actuelles, suggesting the private ownership of firearms is an effective way to prevent Islamic terrorism. He also condemned French gun control laws.
Explaining he “always” has a gun with him, Trump said that had he been at the Bataclan theater in Paris where Islamic terrorists killed 89 people in November 2015, “I can tell you I would have opened fire.”
Larry Pratt, executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, told WND that Europeans are eager to arm themselves with whatever is legally available.
“The Muslim attacks on Europeans have been a problem throughout the European Union,” said Pratt. “Many people probably saw what happened in Cologne on New Year’s Day when Muslims went on a rape rampage. That turned out to be just the most recent example of what happens a lot in many German and other European cities.”
Pratt said Austrians, in particular, are arming themselves.
“France is as goofy as San Francisco or Chicago,” said Pratt in reference to the nation’s gun laws. “But in Austria, people are able to buy a shotgun over the counter the way an American would. Now in America, you can buy many other guns over the counter but at least [in Austria] the shotgun is available, even if it only has two shots in it or maybe three. You can walk out of the store with it.
“There were no shotguns available for sale in Austria around the turn of the year 2016. And particularly women were buying shotguns. That’s what’s available, that’s what they’re buying.”
Posted on 02/12/2016 5:03 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Friday, 12 February 2016
Machete Attack at Ohio Deli - Somali Mohamed Barry
Update CBS News:
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Police shot and killed a suspect after he attacked multiple people at a restaurant in northeast Columbus with a machete.
The incident happened at the Nazareth Restaurant & Deli on North Hamilton Road just after 6:00 p.m. on Thursday.
Police said 30-year-old Mohamed Barry walked into the restaurant, had a conversation with an employee and then left. He returned about a half hour later. That's when police said Barry approached a man and a woman who were sitting just inside the door at a booth and started the attack.
After the attacks, the suspect fled in his car southwest toward the Easton area. Officers attempted a PIT maneuver during the escape, but were unsuccessful. A short time later, a successful attempt was made, and Barry slammed into a curb near Montclair Drive.
As officers converged, Barry exited the vehicle with a knife in one hand and a machete in the other, according to police. After unsuccessfully firing a taser at the man, he lunged across the hood at the officers and was shot dead.
No officers were hurt during the shooting.
Meantime, the four victims injured in the attack have been identified as William Foley 54; Neil McMeekin, 43; Gerald Russell, 43 and Debbie Russell, 43. All are expected to recover from their injuries.
Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner said "right now there's nothing that leads us to believe that this is anything but a random attack."
CBS News reports Barry has a Somali background and may have traveled to Dubai in 2012. Law enforcement tells them the incident appears to be the type of “lone wolf terrorist attacks they’re trying to stop.”
The FBI is assisting in the investigation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Police shot and killed a man who stormed into a central Ohio restaurant wielding a machete and randomly attacking people as they sat unsuspectingly at their dinner tables, authorities said.
Four people were injured in the brutal attack Thursday evening at Nazareth Restaurant and Deli, a Mediterranean restaurant in Columbus. The victims were taken to an area hospital and were expected to recover.
"There was no rhyme or reason as to who he was going after," said Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner.
Police said the man walked into the restaurant, had a conversation with an employee and then left. He returned about a half hour later. That's when police said he approached a man and a woman who were sitting just inside the door at a booth and started the attack.
Police said employees and patrons tried to get the man to stop.
"Some of the patrons there started throwing chairs at him just trying to get him out of there," Weiner said.
The man eventually fled the scene in a white car and led police on a short chase. Officers forced the man off the road a few miles away and when he got out of his car police said they tried unsuccessfully to use a stun gun on him.
Weiner said, "At that point he had a machete and another knife in his hand and he lunged across the hood at the officers."
That's when police said an officer shot and killed the man. They did not immediately release his name.
It remained unclear what sparked the attacks.
Hummm, could it be....Islam? More here.
Posted on 02/12/2016 4:42 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 11 February 2016
Violence by Muslim Migrant Men in Europe, Coming to America?