Saturday, December 10, 2016

Sanctuary Cities, Campuses Etc.

This article first appeared in Eagle Rising.

We are headed for a showdown when Donald Trump becomes president over the issue of sanctuary cities. For too long, the federal government has stood quietly by as some of our larger cities have declared themselves sanctuary cities  for illegal aliens. That means that their local police and court systems do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities when it comes to illegal aliens. (Some will when it comes to felons arrested for serious crimes.) It means that illegal aliens can be arrested for crimes, go through the local judicial process, and be released back onto the streets without ICE being notified. This insane policy in Los Angles led to the 2008 shooting death of Jamiel Shaw Jr. by an illegal alien gang member who had just been released from jail. It led to the  murder of Anthony Bologna and his two sons in San Francisco by an illegal alien gang (MS-13) member who had been on probation for earlier offenses, and most recently, it led to the 2015 shooting death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco last year by -you guessed it-an illegal alien who had been deported 5 times. Both LA and San Francisco are sanctuary cities.

In response to Trump's election, cities and now universities have gotten their backs up and are announcing that they will continue to defy immigration authorities. The University of California, whose president is incredibly the former head of DHS (Janet Napolitano), has declared all of its campuses as sanctuary campuses. They are especially concerned that Trump may scrap President Obama's DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status for students who were brought to the US as children by their parents and are now in college. Columbia University's president has announced that the school will require that immigration authorities have a subpoena or warrant for the school to cooperate. (That can easily be arranged, at which point Columbia had better cooperate.)

As for the cities, they argue-disingenuously in my view- that they need the sanctuary policy in order to maintain trust within the community. They say that witnesses and victims of crimes will not come forward if they fear deportation.

Let's shed a little reason on this issue. We can begin with  the cities first.

We first have to start with the fact that states and cities cannot circumvent federal law. They are correct when they say that the Constitution prohibits the feds from forcing them to enforce federal laws. In other words, just because the feds don't have enough manpower to find all the illegal aliens, they can't order the LAPD to devote their resources to enforcing federal law. But when local police have an illegal alien in their custody who is charged with a crime, they have a duty to notify ICE. If Immigration wants to place a hold for deportation purposes, they should be notified if that person is due to be released from local custody. That's what an Immigration hold does. In my opinion, if local authorities knowingly release an illegal alien from custody when the feds have placed a hold, I think the case could be made that someone aided and abetted a crime. I would love to see the new Justice Department pursue a trial case when the opportunity arises.

As for the argument that local police make, I have a little experience from my days in DEA. When I was stationed in Los Angeles from 1978-1982, I was assigned to an enforcement group called the Southeast Asian Heroin Task Force. Our specific focus was on Southeast Asian heroin cases, which generally meant heroin coming to the US from Thailand. Since LA had the country's largest Thai population, many of them were visa overstays, and some were involved in heroin smuggling, it was imperative that we worked within the Thai community and developed sources of information. In our group, we had LAPD officers, LA Sheriff's deputies, and an Immigration agent. We were able to identify certain people who had involvement and were in the country illegally. In many cases, we were able to recruit them as informants-and our Immigration officer worked with us on this tactic. He took care of the immigration details.

Similarly, if ICE and LAPD could work together, they could pool their resources and intelligence. Between the two, they could identify bad guys who are in the country illegally. These are the ones that we need to concentrate our efforts on, and Trump is now acknowledging that. I know from experience that local police and ICE can work together on this. They can also cut slack for informants, witnesses and informants who want to cooperate with police.

As for the universities, having just concluded 18 years of teaching English at UC Irvine to international students here on student visas-including many Saudis- I know that universities have Immigration officers who visit campus as advisers to these students helping them keep their visa status in order. That was and is certainly the case with UCI.

As for the DACA students, even if Trump  scraps it, these are hardly the priority as to whom we want to locate and deport. In spite of Trump's campaign statements, he now clearly recognizes that 11 million people can't be deported. We have to secure the border and get rid of the criminals. Then we can find a way to deal humanely with the 11 million people whose only crime was to enter illegally. When Trump takes office, you are not going to see ICE agents storm campuses with raid jackets dragging away students-even if DACA is revoked. They don't have the time or the resources to do that.

I think it is time for everybody to tone down the rhetoric. Once Trump takes office, it is time to sit down with the cities and the universities. Working arrangements that are satisfactory to both sides can be found. Many of their fears are unwarranted and can be resolved. But cities and universities have to understand that they cannot thumb their noses at the law.

Friday, December 9, 2016

UCLA Professor as Victim: He's Really Mad

Khaled Abou El Fadl is a UCLA professor. One way or another, he has found his way onto the pages of Fousesquawk before. El Fadl occasionally writes op-eds for the LA Times and usually has something to complain about.

This time he is really mad and complaining because while being pre-screened for a flight from Canada to the US, he was subjected to a secondary and had to wait 40 minutes before being allowed onto the flight.

First of all, this encounter had nothing to do with President-Elect Trump. He is not yet president.

Secondly, Professor, if you suspect that one reason you were more carefully checked is because you were Muslim, well, yes.  After all, it is because of the actions of Muslims who hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings or show up at airports with suicide belts that we must all endure these long lines and screening. Maybe only non-Muslims should be subjected to closer scrutiny. Maybe that would satisfy you.

I recall in 2003 when my wife and I were taking my father-in-law, a naturalized American citizen of Mexican birth in his 80s, to visit Spain. Upon our departure from LAX to London, at the security checkpoint, my father-in-law was forced to get up out of his wheelchair and remove his shoes and belt buckle. It wasn't because he was a Mexican or appeared Hispanic. It was most likely because due to political correctness, the security people had to be able to show that not only Muslims were being subjected to closer scrutiny. In fact, I remember being hauled into secondary at Philadelphia airport on a flight from Germany back in 1970 during the era of sky-jackings by Palestinians. I didn't complain. I didn't write an op-ed in the LA Times about how America was becoming a hateful country.

So grow up, Professor. When Muslims stop being a threat to commit mass murder in our airports or in our skies, you will see these long lines disappear and you and we can get on our planes without any delays or hassles. In the meantime, I have no sympathy for you.

Student Journalism at UC Berkeley

"Hat tip" Daily Californian

The Daily Californian is the student newspaper at UC Berkeley. On its best days, it is a typical, politically-correct fish wrap full of liberal points of view from the front page to its opinion page. below is an example of the Daily Cal on its worst days. This is an op-ed by one of their student journalists, whose name  you will have to click the link to find out. This young man writes articles describing his amorous adventures in excruciating detail. He only gets away with it I guess because he is gay. If he were straight male, he would have been up on charges at Cal a long time ago. The DC has also featured a straight gal who has written similar pieces, but it's OK because she is a female.

Viewer warning: The below link has strong language.

Smelling salts anyone?

Black Liberation Students at OSU Add Name of Dead Terrorist to List of Those Killed by Cops

Hat tip The Lantern and The College Fix
Set up on the Oval on Dec. 7, Students hold up a list of names of people of color killed by police. Credit: Elizabeth Suarez | Multimedia Editor

The Ohio State University Coalition for Black Liberation has added the name of the dead terrorist who attacked students with his car and a knife on campus lately before being shot dead by a campus cop to a list honoring people of color killed by cops.

Did I get that right, OSU Coalition for Black Liberation?

It seems every week our universities get more and more outrageous. This pretty much takes the cake.

And to think that they set up their display on December 7, when they should have been honoring the more than 2,000 American lives lost at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago. How despicable is that?

December 7th Raises Interesting Comparisons to Today's College Generation

This article first appeared in New English Review

Yesterday, four of the five living survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack participated in the 75th anniversary of the "Day of Infamy". Now in their 90s, they were somewhere between nineteen and twenty-something on December 7, 1941. They had already answered their country's call to service before that day marked America's entry into WW II. For them there was no "trigger warning". There was no warning at all when the bombs began to fall.

With the obvious exception of the current crop of military personnel and recent vets, one can only wonder what today's generation-especially the cupcakes we find today on our campuses would have done 75 years ago. Pearl Harbor was certainly no "micro-aggression". To call it a "macro-aggression" would hardly do it justice. Imagine the horrors that troops faced fighting in the Pacific and in Europe in the Second World War. Imagine taking the five living survivors of Pearl Harbor on a tour of a college campus today. Imagine their reactions if they saw college students recoiling in fright because some skinny gay guy named Milo Yiannopoulos was coming to speak exercising the right those five men put their lives on the line to secure. What would they say if they saw today's victim generation huddling in some campus hall "safe space" holding hands, sipping hot chocolate, weeping in front of a mic, and squeezing play dough in their hands? Do you think those five men would join in the singing of "Imagine" or "What the world needs now is love, sweet love"?

I don't think so.

You see, there were no safe spaces for our men fighting World War II-only dangerous spaces. When bombs starting falling on Pearl Harbor, there was no safe space to run to. When our troops landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944, there was no safe space to run to-only straight ahead through the machine gun fire.

How have we turned this current generation into the quivering mass of oatmeal it is today? The same way we have turned college educated people into the ignorant mass of uninformed young people we have ever seen. Large credit goes to our educators, and I use that term loosely. It begins somewhere around the 7th grade I guess, where our children are forced to use textbooks that glorify Islam as a peaceful force that gave us the greatest civilization ever seen while Christianity and our Judeo-Christian heritage are buried forever.

But the real dose of indoctrination hits them in the faces when they enter college. That's when they learn that Western Civilization is a force for evil in the world. Multi-culturalism is the new religion. In addition, if our children happen to be white, they are shamed into believing that they are inherently racist and "privileged". They must acknowledge their genetic shortcoming and defer to "people of color", who are victims no matter how young they are and how many years removed from the true discrimination their fathers and grandfathers suffered.  There must be no concession that America has worked hard to right the wrongs. "Social justice", whatever that means, demands much more than that.

And if you are a Jewish student, guess what. The lessons the world learned after the Holocaust are being forgotten. Anti-Semitism is respectable again thanks to the imported grievances of the ever-noble Palestinians. As Jews flee Europe, we hardly take note because real history is not being taught. Even Jewish students are buying into the lie that Israel is an illegitimate nation that engages in Nazi-like practices against the poor Palestinians, whose slaughter of innocents is termed, "legitimate resistance".  And they are even being taught this tripe by some Jewish professors, misfits who have found a home in the left-wing loony bin that is academia today.

Gullible students, eager to believe they are victims, radical, Marxist faculty, and gutless administrators: It is the perfect cocktail. Throw in entire departments devoted to ethnic studies, gender studies, and gay/lesbian/transgender/trans-sexual studies and you have a generation of college educated graduates with no knowledge and no skills to market to the outside world. All you have is a punch line for comics like Jay Leno and Jesse Watters to go to a college campus and ask students or graduates in cap and gown who the vice president of the United States is.

Once upon a time, there was something called the Comintern, created by the Soviet Union to spread communist gospel around the world and strengthen the USSR's reach globally. Then the Soviet Union and the Eastern bloc collapsed and communism largely went away, forever discredited. Or did it?

I offer one example: On May 18 of this year, Students Supporting Israel at UC Irvine was showing a film about the Israeli Defense Forces. The event was verbally and physically disrupted by a brown-shirt student group called Students for Justice in Palestine, which has chapters on numerous campuses across the nation. This group routinely uses tactics of disruption and intimidation wherever they exist. Campus police had to be called to restore order, and the mostly female audience was terrified for their safety as the protesters tried to force their way into the room. There were other student groups present that participated in the ruckus. There were also a group of so-called legal observers from the National Lawyers Guild-attached to the UCI Law School, who were demanding that the protesters be allowed into the room. The NLG was founded in the 1930s as a legal arm of the Communist Party USA. Today, they take up pretty much any cause that will make the US look bad. Their Los Angles chapter head, Jim Lafferty, has spoken at UCI on behalf of the Muslim Student Union against Israel. He was also a leader in the Occupy-LA crowd that camped in front of City Hall a few years back and caused so much disruption.

But that is just a small ingredient. Was it not part of the original game plan that the West would be weakened from within, and that its belief in itself would be weakened from within? Whoever picked up the ball, it is working. And where it is working best is on our college campuses. No, I don't think the five living survivors of Pearl Harbor or all those who died in World War II would recognize what goes on in our universities today. They were from a time when there really were millions upon millions of victims.

Geert Wilders Statement to the Court on His "Conviction"

Hat tip Gatestone Institute, Gates of Vienna and New English Review

"While the day before yesterday, scores of Moroccan asylum-seekers terrorized buses in Emmen and did not even had to pay a fine, a politician who asks a question about fewer Moroccans is sentenced."

Geert Wilders is one of the most courageous people in Europe. Certainly more courageous that his fellow politicians in the Nertherlands and the Dutch judges who convicted him of some sort of hate speech. Here below is his statement to the court after the finding of conviction.


I wonder whose sentence will be stronger. Actually, there is no fine for Wilders since the court decided his conviction was punishment enough.

Which still leaves me wondering whose sentence will be stronger.

Classroom Indoctrination Hits Front Page at OC Register

"It was an act of terrorism"
(Trump's election)

Today's Orange County Register is running a front page story about an Orange Coast College teacher who gave her own personal take on Donald Trump's election to her psychology class. One of her students recorded part of it.

Of course the pusillanimous administrators at OCC have their pre-prepared statement template ready to go when asked.

“Orange Coast College supports the respectful discussion or discourse of ideas and opinions that exist between students, faculty and staff or the community,” Harkins said. “One of the real purposes of the college experience is to share and interact with people who have different opinions on complex issues.”
“We’re looking at it, in the long run, as a teaching moment.”
What's all this got to do with psychology?

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Iowa State U Uses Neat Trick to Shut Down Milo Yiannopoulos Event

Hat tip Iowa State Daily and Breitbart

A student group at Iowa State University has cancelled an appearance by conservative pundit Milo Yiannopoulos after the school dramatically raised the security fee at the last minute.

"Physical altercationsbomb threats and threats of weapons violence at other universities where Yiannopoulos has appeared or was scheduled to appear have resulted in the need for the Memorial Union to require additional security for this event," the statement said."

So now universities are learning how to shut down speakers they don't want coming to their schools. Simply cite  security concerns then force the organizers to cough up outrageously high security fees. Of course, the concern is not that violence will be carried out by Milo and his supporters. It is the threat of violence by the other side that is sufficient.

This brings to mind what happened after Milo first appeared at UC Irvine several months ago. When the College Republicans announced their intention to bring him back, UCI hit them with a one-year suspension over some minor technicality over security arrangements for the first appearance. When the news went viral and UCI was embarrassed nationally, they tried to ease their way out "pending CR's appeal". CR then said, "What appeal?" The punishment was reduced to a letter of warning, and UCI's administrators looked like a bunch of dopes.

But the Iowa State case sets a dangerous precedent. All one has to do now is lead the school to fear there will be violence, and they can cancel the event altogether.

Or find a slick way to make the organizers cancel it themselves.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Update on the Bochum, Germany Rape Case

Hat tip The Local. DE and Vlad Tepes

Here is an update on the man accused of raping two Chinese  female students near the University of Bochum. He is a 31-year-old Iraqi asylum-seeker who was living with his wife and two children near the scene of the attacks.

Of course, the Germans won't release the name of the man due to privacy concerns.

Shura Council of SoCal Teams Up With Answer Coalition

Hat tip Steve

Below is a posting from the Shura Council of Southern California. This is one of the Muslim organizations that presents itself to the public as moderates. That doesn't preclude them from participating in a demonstration scheduled in Los Angeles December 17 which is being led by the Answer Coalition, which is a radical, far-left group of anarchists that are against everything America stands for. If you go to the first link, under events, you will find a link to the December 17 protest, which is dedicated to "fighting Trump and the billionaire class".


"Trump’s appointees are a motley and dangerous crew of banker billionaires, white supremacists, and other right-wing extremists. They have nothing good in mind for anyone but the banks, oil companies, and the military-industrial complex.

We must keep building the grassroots movement against war, militarism, racism, anti-immigrant scapegoating and neoliberal capitalist assault on workers’ living standards and the environment.

Real social change throughout history has come from the bottom, the mobilized people's movements, and not from the centers of institutional power, the professional politicians or the capitalist elites.

It has always been the Democratic and Republican Parties alongside the capitalist elites working to expand and enrich Wall Street, Big Oil, and the military-industrial complex at the expense of the people.

This has come at the cost of millions of people murdered in US wars of aggression, racist mass incarceration, daily police terror in communities of color, the near elimination of unions, grinding down of wages, cutbacks to social programs, tuition hikes, predatory foreclosure crisis, and unprecedented mass migration from countries devastated by free trade and war.

This crisis caused by capitalism and the rule of the billionaires in society created such misery for millions of people that it has inspired a militant fight back on all fronts including the Fight for $15, the undocumented youth movement, the Movement for Black Lives, Standing Rock, Occupy, Trans liberation, and more. Trump and the billionaire class hope to roll back the forward march of these struggles.

This country needs a real political revolution. Millions of people feel entirely disenfranchised by a political system that delivered the least favorable and trusted candidates in U.S. history. Many hoped that the Bernie Sanders campaign would represent a new direction and opportunity to take on entrenched power, extreme inequality, and poverty.

Donald Trump is a racist, sexist bigot and we must build a resistance movement to challenge his program and defeat the billionaire class! Join us in the streets!

Email for more information, to volunteer, or to endorse this action"


So I would like to address a question to the Shura Council and its leader, Imam Muzammil Siddiqi:

Sir, is this the kind of message you and your Shura Council endorse? Why would you join hands with such a far-left, radical and anarchistic organization such as the Answer Coalition? How can you call yourselves "moderate" Muslims when you associate yourselves with this organization and their message?.

Pearl Harbor Day

In case our college students (and half of their professors) didn't know what today is, it is December 7-Pearl Harbor Day, the anniversary of the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor getting us into World War II. Somewhere I heard that there are only five living survivors of that attack, and that four of them are in Hawaii today to observe the 75th anniversary.

I have visited the USS Arizona Memorial on two occasions as well as the Peace Park memorial in Hiroshima on one occasion. I can tell you that both were moving experiences. President Obama's visit to Hiroshima last year drew some controversy over speculation he might apologize for the bombings of that city and Nagasaki in 1945. This year, it has been announced that Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe will visit Pearl Harbor later this month. I think that is a splendid idea. I doubt he will actually apologize but if he chooses the right words, it won't matter at least to me.

What matters is that we won the war, Japan is now a decent country, and we are strong friends and allies. But Pearl Harbor must never be forgotten.

France Desperately Needs New Leadership

Hat tip Gatestone Institute

France is having an election in May, and it can't come soon enough. Francois Hollande, with his 4% approval rating is not running for re-election.  The biggest issue: Muslim violence. There is no other polite way to call it. Muslim violence. At the lowest end is street crime, and  at the highest, Islamic terrorism. Yves Mamou has a report in the Gatestone Institute

My hope is that Marine Le Pen will become France's new president. She understands what the number one issue is.