Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Sea Watch (Continued)

Sea Watch captain Carola Rackete

Last year, a German NGO ship captain, Carola Rackete, made headlines when she sailed into an Italian harbor against orders with her boat, the Sea Watch loaded with illegal migrants. In the process, she rammed an Italian patrol boat.

Now we learn that three of her "refugees" were men who had committed torture and murder in Libyan detention camps. The below article from Il Giornale is translated by Fousesquawk.

They arrived with Carola Rackete: Convicted because they were torturers
-Chiara Giannini, 30 May  2020

They had arrived aboard the Sea Watch (captained by) Carola Rackete, the German commander of the ship, who last year rammed a Guardia di Finanza patrol boat, and had been recognized as torturers in the Libyan detention centers by some migrants disembarked from the  Alex and Co. of  Mediterranea Saving Humans.

The Messina Judge of Preliminary Hearing (GUP) has now sentenced each of  them to 20 years in prison. They are Mohamed Condè, aka Suarez, 22 from Guinea, Hameda Ahmed, 26, from Egypt and Mahmoud Ashuia, from Egypt, 24. They had been arrested on September 16 last year at the Messina hotspot and accused of torture, sexual violence, criminal association, human trafficking, and murder. The detention of the three, adjudicated with the abbreviated rite formula, had taken place by order of the District Anti-Mafia Directorate of Agrigento.

The fact that they had arrived on board the Sea Watch (captained by) Carola Rackete, had been kept under wraps both by the Viminale (Ministry of Interior) and the police heads, but reported exclusively by Il Giornale.

Meanwhile, the landings of migrants continues uninterrupted. The Lampedusa reception center is full. Within a few hours, numerous boats with 185 people have arrived inside the port. After the arrivals of recent weeks from Tunisia, those from Libya have resumed. All this despite the hard work of the Tripoli Coast Guard, which yesterday took back about 200 migrants. And yesterday, the Guardia di Finanza recovered 50 other people off the island, almost all from Bangladesh and Morocco. "They tell us that they are fleeing Covid," says a law enforcement operator employed at Lampedusa, " and that they are coming to Italy because they have realized that they can now be regularized and that they can find a job,"' after the announcement of Minister Teresa Bellanova. And he continues: “Now we're not even waiting for them to arrive anymore. We have been given orders  to go and look for them." It is questionable why, given that the Interior Minister, Luciana Lamorgese, in a period of Covid emergency, had spoken of "unsafe Italian ports".

Who Was Protesting at Irvine Mayor's Residence?

On the morning of May 28, protesters descended upon the apartment complex where Irvine, California mayor Christina Shea resides. The protesters were demanding free rent, free houses, free utilities, and free God knows what else. Not only did Mayor Shea have to bear the noise and traffic, but her  neighbors as well.

The video indicates that the protesters had some connection to the local university, UC Irvine. Note that two persons are wearing lime green caps. Those are very likely the caps of the Marxist National Lawyers Guild (NLG) . I have seen them on several prior occasions at UC Irvine when the Muslim Student Union and Students for Justice in Palestine were holding protests as well as disrupting pro-Israel events. The NLG was founded in the 1930s as a legal arm of the Communist Party USA. In the below May 2017 video of a MSU-SJP disruption at UC Irvine, you can see a female in the lime green cap acting as a legal observer on behalf of the group. Earlier in the week, I spoke with that same young lady. You can view that video here.

As I have previously reported, the NLG has an affiliation with UC Irvine Law School, as it does with numerous other law schools at universities around the country.  The UCI Law School was founded in 2007 with liberal law professor Erwin Chemerinsky as its first dean. (He now plies his trade as dean at the UC Berkeley Law School.) Irvine's current Congressional representative is Katie Porter (D), who previously was a UCI law professor before being elected, thanks to the questionable practice of ballot harvesting.

Here are two videos taken from Mayor Shea's balcony (Hat tip Mark Newgent).

Friday, May 29, 2020

Thursday Night in the Hague: Police Shoot Man with Hatchet

Hat tip Vlad Tepes

Buurtbewoners filmden de arrestatie

On Thursday evening in the Scheveningen district of the Hague, Dutch police had to shoot a young man on the street who was screaming and waving an ax in the air. The suspect had reportedly attacked and wounded a cyclist with the ax. When the man refused to drop the weapon, he was shot and taken to the hospital.  The below Dutch article, first posted by Vlad Tepes, is translated by Fousesquawk. The article contains a video of the shooting.

Police shoot man with hatchet in Scheveningen

On Thursday evening, police officers shot a man with a hatchet on Neptunusstraat (Street) in the Hague. The man wounded at least one person and caused damage in the street. "He struck a passing cyclist," says a resident who saw it all happen.

-Thomas de Waard and Rianne de Zeeuw, 28 May 2020. Latest update: 23:01

Apparently, the agents were required to use their weapons to stop the man. The man possibly  wounded two people randomly on the street, but the Public Prosecutor cannot yet say.

The Public Prosecutor confirms that he was shot by a police officer. "The National (investigative) police are conducting an investigation into the reason for the shooting. At this moment more is not clear," reports a spokesperson. Public statements lie with the Public Prosecutor and not the police. That is common when a police officer has used his/her weapon.

A man has been taken urgently to the hospital. According to CalamitysiteRegio15, that is the suspect who was shot.


The incident took place around 19:00 and was seen by several residents. " I was coming back from my walk on the beach when I heard someone screaming," said a local resident, who did not want her name in the newspapers. Actually, I wasn't surprised because you regularly hear crazy things being screamed nowadays. An older man was cycling by, and the young man began striking the back of the cyclist with a big hatchet out of nowhere. The man shouted, 'Stop, Sir, stop, Sir!' Then I ran away quickly because he only one step and he would have caught me. Then a young lad called the police."

The man with the hatchet  also reportedly harassed a couple who were eating fries farther on in a coffee shop. Earlier the man had destroyed a window. According to witnesses, the perpetrator lives on that street. The local resident says the man panicked when officers approached him. "First, there were warning shots," says another anonymous woman resident. "Then they apparently shot him because he was taken to the hospital."


A video of the arrest is going around social media. After the incident the intersection of Neptunusstraat and Rotterdamsestraat was blocked off with ribbons (police tape). National police investigators have been busy for hours with the investigation. "It is normally always a quiet neighborhood," says a local resident. " Hardly anything ever happens here."

We will try to update the details on this incident.

What the Hell Is Going on at Rutgers?

Hat tip Breitbart and Algemeiner

Professor Brittney Cooper is someone who occupies space at Rutgers University (and a whole lot of it). Other than that, she doesn't make much in the way of contributions to academic discourse other than spreading her hate. Once again, she is making headlines with an anti-Trump rant, blaming the Covid-19 virus on the President and this....

"Fu-- each and every Trump supporter".

Cooper, of course, has a long history of such inflammatory comments. One would think that Ms Cooper's tenure at Rutgers would be short given the foul and incendiary nature of her language. Alas, think again. It seems Rutgers  has more than its share of ignorant people with advanced degrees teaching our kids. Several of them have been featured on this blog over the years.

Deepa Kumar figures prominently in the Fousesquawk archives. She has compared the US (unfavorably, I might add) to ISIS.

When it comes to anti-Jewish harangues, few can match Rutgers professor of Gender Studies and "queer theorist" (whatever that is), Jasbir Puar.

Back in 2017, three Rutgers professors came under fire for anti-Semitic rhetoric, Puar, Michael Chikindas, and Mazen Adi. The president of Rutgers, of course, defended them.

And just this year, Rutgers hosted anti-Semitic congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and gave the bums rush to a Jewish audience member, a rabbi, who dared throw up a critical question to her.

Clearly, something has gone haywire at Rutgers. I can only shake my head and wonder what the job requirements are to get a teaching gig at this broken institution.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Campus Anti-Semitism: Is it a Pandemic?

Hat tip Algemeiner

I am cross-posting an article by Mitchell Bard on the topic of a campus anti-Semitism. In the title, Bard asks whether campus anti-Semitism is a actually a pandemic.

Having taught part-time at UC Irvine from 1998-2016 and having seen the intimidation and disruptions from pro-Palestinian thugs, I disagree with one point of the article. Rather than ignore the provocations, they must be brought to the attention of the community. In the case of UCI, we fought for years to educate the local community about what was happening on campus. We were actively opposed by the Jewish Federation and Hillel, who favored the stand down position. The ADL was missing in action. Any statistics on campus anti-Semitism put together by ADL are suspect in my view.

As to the success or failure of the BDS issue, I think that they are little more than symbolic victories for the pro-Palestinian forces since the universities routinely denounce them and refuse to implement any boycotts What they do is sow campus division and tie up long hours of student governments debating and voting on these obnoxious resolutions.

Note that the writer wastes no time talking about neo-Nazis, KKK-types or white nationalists. They may account for some degree of anti-Semitism nationwide, but they have no sway on college campuses. Though the writer does not explicitly say it, campus anti-Semitism comes by the way of the pro-Palestinian movement directed against Israel. Just who is it that organizes the annual Israel Apartheid weeks? It is the various chapters of the Muslim Student Association and Students for Justice in Palestine. There is a very strong connection here with Islamic activism and Islamism in general.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The George Floyd Incident in Minneapolis

Being a retired law enforcement agent (DEA) I tend to give the benefit of the doubt to police when they are involved in controversial incidents resulting in loss of life or injury to others.

Having said that, I found it hard to envision any scenario in which the killing of a black man, George Floyd, by police in Minneapolis could be considered justified. The video of the incident, captured by  by-standers is pretty conclusive. It is true that the video starts rolling after the suspect is already on the ground with the knee of the police officer already on his neck. What is not seen in the above video are the moments just prior when the police approach the suspect, who is sitting in a car apparently under the influence of some sort of drug. What is not seen in the above video is how the man was taken out of the car and what resistance he may have offered. That would have given a better picture of the incident. Now, just-released video reportedly shows Floyd being removed from the car. He is arguing and seems to be physically resisting to some degree.

Here is another video from CBS news showing Floyd being taken from his car to the sidewalk in handcuffs.

Another video, via CCTV, showed Mr Floyd's arrest: CBS News / @sn00pdad

The above CBS photo shows police leading Floyd from the sidewalk to a police car. Here is video of that segment. It ends as they disappear from the camera's range.  At that point, things appear calm. Once they reached the street, something happened which led to Floyd being pinned to the street. Thus far, I have seen no video of that event.

We all remember the Rodney King-LAPD video in which the tape begins with King on the ground and being repeatedly beaten by officers with nightsticks. What was not seen was how King was throwing the cops around before being subdued. That said, my reaction to that was that once King stopped fighting, he should have been handcuffed and taken away. Was there anger and adrenaline involved on  the part of the officers after being involved in a high speed chase and fierce physical resistance by King? Of course, but the law demands that the anger and adrenaline be turned off once resistance stops.

In the Minneapolis incident, there may have been anger and adrenaline brought on by this man's reported resistance, but it is hard to watch the video and not conclude that though the situation was tense with angry by-standers on hand, the resistance had ceased, the man was handcuffed and should have been taken away.

Last night, there was a large protest in front of the local police headquarters, which got out of hand. I find it irresponsible that the mayor of Minneapolis reportedly encouraged the public to descend on the station to protest. Hopefully, the situation will calm down and we won't have any Fergusons (Missouri). Four officers have been fired and the FBI has stepped in. We must give the judicial system a chance to work here. My sense is that it will.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Phase 2 in Italy: Government to Hire 60,000 "Civic Assistants"

Hat tip RAIR Foundation, Vlad Tepes, and Gates of Vienna. Translations by Fousesquawk.

Now that Italy is entering in Phase Two of the Corona crisis, the government is planning to hire 60,000 "civic assistants" to monitor compliance with social distancing etc. on Italian streets. This has caused much opposition as people are concerned about the amount of power these people, drawn largely from the unemployed, will have over their fellow citizens. The government insists they will not have police powers. The below video is from Antenna Sud, which broadcasts in southern Italy, and is totally positive in tone.

Here is the response of Matteo Salvini, ex interior minister and leader of the Lega party:

Monday, May 25, 2020

UC Davis:Cross Cultural Center may not be for all

Hat tip Algemeiner

University Cross Cultural Centers sound good on paper, but for certain cultures, you need not apply. That appears to be the case at UC Davis, one of the UC system's politically correct campuses. (They are all politically correct to tell you the truth.)  In the below link from Algemeiner, we learn that if you are a Jewish, pro-Israel student, the CCC at UC Davis is not the place for you.

During the 18 years I spent teaching at UC Irvine, I had a lot of issues with the local CCC. For several years, they were (and probably still are) a virtual clubhouse for the Muslim Student Union and Students for Justice in Palestine.  In fact, over several years, I have personally witnessed  pro-Palestinian protesters come marching out of the CCC to disrupt Jewish pro-Israel events and march right back when finished.  The CCC over the years has been literally used as a staging area for anti-Israel disruptions. And then there is the usual, run-of-the-mill nuttiness.

As I see it, CCCs carry with them an implication that they are for non-white, non-straight students. The name, CCC, should mean that all cultures are welcomed with the aim of fostering mutual respect for all. Instead, they merely foster division because white people are considered part of the problem.

So I am not surprised at the latest news from UC Davis, a troubled campus that has seen more than its share of anti-Semitism and swastikas in recent years. Obviously, CCCs are not the solution. They are more likely part of the problem.

Rabab Abdulhadi Gets an Award (Sort of)

Hat tip Algemeiner

This article was first posted in Times of Israel Blogs.

"Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, founding director of SFSU’s Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies (AMED) program, was given the 2020 Georgina M. Smith Award for “a person or persons who provided exceptional leadership in a given year in improving the status of academic women or in academic collective bargaining and through that work improved the profession in general.”

Just when you thought American academia couldn't get any lower, along comes the American Association of University Professors giving an award to one of the most despicable figures in academia, San Francisco State University's anti-Semitic professor Rabab Abdulhadi.  

The award is named after somebody named Georgia M. Smith, who was a math professor at Rutgers and a feminist who supported her local teacher union. For that you get an award named after you. Looking down their roll of previous winners, the only names I recognize are Rutgers' Deepa Kumar, a radical America-basher of whom I have previously written, and Stanford's Christine Blasey Ford, who rose to fame after she accused Brett Kavanaugh of raping her when they were both teenagers.

But let us return to Abdulhadi, with whom I am quite familiar. The question must be asked as to why the AAUP would give this award to her of all people unless the AAUP subscribes to hatred of Israel and Jews, which has characterized her career at SFSU Even a radical school like SFSU has to blush when confronted with the mutterings of Abdulhadi, who has done nothing but embarrass the institution.

This is the woman who mentored to the infamous General Union of Palestinian Students when they were plastering the campus with posters advocating the murder of Israeli soldiers and making videos fantasizing about cutting their throats. This is the woman who attacked her own university president when he assured Jewish students who supported Israel that were welcome on campus. This is the woman who used university funds to attend a conference in Lebanon (which never materialized) and instead used it to meet with bad hombres in the West Bank.

Speaking of not materializing, I can't help but remember when Abdulhadi and her Guppies were supposed to speak at UC Irvine in 2015. However, when this writer showed up with his video camera, Abdulhadi et. al. never materialized.  After 30 minutes of the Muslim Student Union appealing to the university (unsuccessfully) to ban my camera, Abdulhadi and her Guppies never showed up. It was great theater-even with an empty stage. I have to believe they were nearby because the stage featured a podium, chairs, and microphone-which were never used. That's not what I call "improving the status of academic women".

The fact of the matter is that the award is a joke which was handed out for political reasons. It is as meaningless as a university degree in the social sciences has become in America.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Saturn, "Hitler's Alligator", Dies in Moscow: Hitler Reacts

My latest Hitler parody masterpiece

You learn something every day. This week, Saturn, an 84-year-old Mississippi alligator, originally given to Germany in 1936 by the US, who had escaped from the Berlin Zoo during a bombardment of Berlin in 1943, captured by the British in 1946, and given to the Russians, died in a Moscow zoo.

Legend had it that Saturn had been Hitler's personal pet, but that is apparently not true. But we won't let that get in the way of a good Hitler parody, will we?

Anti-Lock Down Protests Continue in Spain

Hat tip Vlad Tepes and Gates of Vienna for sub-tiling assistance.

Led by Santiago Abascal and his conservative Vox party, thousands turned out in major Spanish cities to protest the Covid-19 lock down policies of the government. The below video was posted yesterday by El Mundo and translated by Fousesquawk.

Two Names on a Wall (Annual Update)

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As I have done in recent years on Memorial Day, I re-post an article I wrote in December 2007 after hearing that the Vietnam Memorial had been defaced. The article concerns two of my high school friends who gave their lives in Vietnam.
Dorian Jan Houser (1946-1967)
Michael G Vinassa (1946-1966)

The recent news that someone had defaced the Viet Nam War Memorial in Washington served to bring back my memories of two of my childhood friends whose names appear on that wall. Mike Vinassa and Dorian Houser were both from west Los Angeles, where I also grew up. We belonged to the same high school social club. All three of us entered military service after high school. I was assigned to Germany; they were sent to Viet Nam. I returned and went on with the rest of my life. They died in Viet Nam. Forty years later, with our country once again at war and American soldiers sacrificing their lives for America, we should also remember those that gave their lives in Viet Nam.


I first knew Dorian in the 1950s. He and his brother, Lee, played on my little league team. Their father was our coach. Later, my relationship with Dory continued in school. In high school, we both belonged to a club called the Chancellors of Venice. As was common in west LA, there were many (off-campus) clubs formed for social purposes. We all had our club jackets, with the name of the club and locale (Venice or WLA) embroidered on the back. The colors of the clubs varied (ours was green). As we ended our high school days, these clubs disbanded as we went our separate ways-off to college, work or military service. In Dory's case, he entered the Marines in 1966, and after training, was sent to Viet Nam. On May 10, 1967, one month before his 21st birthday, he was killed in Quang Tin. He was hit in the chest by shrapnel and killed instantly.

I happened to be home on leave from Germany when we got the news that Dory was dead. I was able to attend his funeral before returning back to Germany. I'm a little embarrassed to admit it after all these years, but I chose not to wear my uniform to the funeral, simply because I was afraid his family might react emotionally to it. I have always regretted that decision.

Dory was the kind of guy that no one could dislike. He was friendly and unassuming. Needless to say, his funeral was a sad and emotional event. In the last couple of years, I have visited his grave a couple of times since my mother-in-law is interred in the same cemetery. About a year ago, I came across a posting about Dory by his sister. She described her brother and was looking for anyone who knew Dory and remembered him. I answered her post, but the email is no longer valid. As yet, I have not been able to contact her.


Mike Vinassa was also a member of the Chancellors. He was a stout, barrel-chested kid with a big tattoo on his shoulder, something unusual at the time for someone so young (still in high school). Needless to say, he was tough and didn't mind a good fight. Most other kids knew not to mess with him, but among his friends, he was well-liked. I remember one night we were at a party and he wanted to (playfully) roughhouse with me. We started slap-fighting and wrestling on the front yard of the house, and (somehow) I was able to throw him to the ground and fall on top of him. As you may know, innocent roughhousing among teenagers can easily turn into a real fight, and I remember thinking that Mike might suddenly get mad, so I rolled over and let him get on top, thus letting him win the match.

After high school, I went on to complete 2 years of college before I entered the Army. I basically lost touch with Mike and Dory at that time.

I had recently arrived at my post of duty in Germany when I came across Mike's name while reading the Viet Nam obituaries in the Army Times. It wasn't until several months ago that I learned the circumstances of Mike's death, which occurred on May 22, 1966.

Mike was a member of C Co, Ist Bn, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cav Division (US Army). Ironically, Mike was a short-timer, soon to return to the US, and, on that day, assigned to non-combat duties. Yet he insisted on accompanying his unit on a final combat mission in the Vinh Thanh Valley. It was on that final mission, that Mike lost his life-under heroic conditions. He personally led a group of his comrades in charging and taking out a machine gun nest that was pinning down his unit, but was fatally shot in the process. For his actions, Mike was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. His sole survivor was his mother.

In subsequent years, I have been able to find both their names on the Viet Nam Memorial. (I was living in the Washington area at the time.) As stated, I have visited Dory's grave, but as yet, have not identified Mike's cemetery. When I look back at my life after the Army, I contemplate how I finished college, began my career, got married, had children, retired, and now find myself in my 60s. But as I looked down on Dory's grave, I realized that he and Mike are frozen in time-forever 20 years old. I wonder what became of their parents, the rest of the families.

In a sense, today's soldiers are more fortunate than those who went to Viet Nam. The overwhelming majority of the American people greatly respect them (with the notable exception of the usual mindless idiots who are not worth further mention in this essay). Soldiers returning from Viet Nam were often subject to despicable treatment from those of their own generation who did everything they could to avoid military service. Once the Viet Nam War ended, the country wanted to forget about it as quickly as possible-after all, it was just a tragic period in our history. We also forgot about our Viet Nam veterans who came back alive-in so many cases, as walking wounded. They deserved so much better from us. They are still among us, and in many cases, still wounded.

All of us who lost friends or family members in Viet Nam should try to keep their memories alive and honor them. God rest their souls.

Michael G Vinassa- Panel 07E, line 104
Dorian Jan Houser- Panel 19E, line 082
Today, I received a Facebook posting from Judy Houser, younger sister of Dorian Houser, in memory of her brother. It is moving, and since she has granted permission to use it, I would like to share it with you this Memorial Day weekend.
"I want to share with all of my Mar Vista friends, my memories of my big brother, Dory Houser (Dorian Jan Houser), who was killed in action in Vietnam on May 10, 1967. He was seven weeks shy of his 21st birthday. I was not quite 12 years old. Some of you knew him. We all went to St. Augustine’s and Dory went to St. Bernard’s for one or two years, then to Venice High where he graduated in 1964. He was a great guy, a great brother. He was cute, he was funny, he was honest, he was sweet, and he was a rascal, and smiling most of the time. And he had such cute freckles that the rest of us didn’t have. He had three little sisters that he loved, and we had so much fun, we were always playing. He was so good to us. He used to call me “squirt”.

Dory also had a serious side, like most young men who were facing the draft. He had a very high draft number but made the decision to join the Marines rather than go in the Army, maybe because our dad was a Marine in WW II.
Dory was left handed, was a great athlete, and played a lot of baseball. We lived on Westminster Place which is a cul de sac. My brothers (Lee and Dory) and neighbor kids would play ball on our street because hardly any cars drove on it. Dory would always let me use his baseball mit because I’m also left handed. It was so big on my little hand, well worn in, and it was like a huge hug every time I wore it.
Yesterday I opened the box that has all the letters my mom wrote to Dory when he was in boot camp, in Oceanside. And in the box were all the letters he wrote to us. Once he got to Vietnam I think we only received two letters from him. We all lived in fear, waiting to hear something, anything. It was such a horrible feeling, the waiting. Reading some of the letters yesterday was crushing to my heart and soul, all over again. I’ve read these letters so many times over the years but yesterday I just couldn’t finish. It does not get one bit easier after all these years. Losing my big brother was the greatest loss in my life and it altered me as a human being, forever.
I know that everyone here was impacted by the Vietnam war. A lot of you were in the service, men and women, and many of you went to Vietnam, Germany, and maybe other countries, sometimes serving more than one tour. Strange to call it a tour.
I know this is a somber post, and it’s very painful to write. I want this post to be about Dory and all of you. Please feel free to share anything you’d like on this post, on this Memorial Day weekend, as it relates to Memorial Day. I think of Dory often, whatever the day may be. Maybe we can all heal just a little bit more.
This is the best place I can share my memories of my brother, with my Mar Vista peeps. You are the best! Love to all of you.
My mom often used to say “the Mar Vista boys” like she was referring to the Little Rascals, but she was also talking about the men they became, or didn’t get the chance to become. I always knew exactly who she meant, it was endearing and felt safe, like she was talking about all my big brothers.

Judy Houser
Thank you, Judy. May Dory, Mike, and all the others who sacrificed their lives in Vietnam rest in eternal peace.