Monday, August 19, 2019

Open Arms: No Medical Emergency

Update on the status of the Spanish NGO ship Open Arms, which has been sitting off the coast of Lampedusa demanding entry into the Italian port.

Even though the Spanish government has offered to take them in, the NGO refuses saying that Spain is too far and after 17 days with the migrants at sea, they have reached the point where health issues have become critical.

A total of 27 migrants claiming to be minors were taken off the boat and examined by doctors. That determined that there was no health issue (and that most of them were not really minors.) Meanwhile an Italian judge ordered authorities to inspect the ship for health risks. They did so and determined that there was no sanitary-hygienic emergency on board the ship as claimed by the NGO.

The below article from Giornale di Sicilia is translated by Fousesquawk.

According to the report of the doctors of Cismo, there would be cases of scabies but at the moment, there are no institutional confirmations in this regard. It is certain, however, that no evacuation has yet been arranged. For 107 migrants, those left on the ship, it is the 17th day on board, with the Open Arms still at the end of Lampedusa, facing Cala Francese.
Obviously the controversy continues. "Imaginary patients, imaginary minors, now imaginary health emergencies ... The Open Arms NGO and its accomplices are reaching the height of the ridiculous, the Italians are good but not stupid". This was written by the Minister of Interior, Matteo Salvini, on Facebook.
"Day 17. Miserable. Miserable are those who use 107 human beings "without names" and volunteers as hostages to make xenophobic and racist propaganda. All those who permit this and make jokes of their pain are accomplices," says the NGO on Twitter.
Nineteen minors of the 27 taken off the Open Arms will be transferred to Porto Empedocle by ferry. The other 8, who have admitted being adults after the evacuation, will remain at the "hotspot" of the island subject to medical checks also to assess their real age.
We can no longer contain the desperation. We can no longer explain. There are no words. You are cowards. Hashtag a secure port immediately". That is what the Spanish NGO, Open Arms,(says) on Twitter, posting a video of 4 migrants who tried to reach Lampedusa by swimming, after throwing themselves in the water wearing life jackets. Three rescuers go after them and after having reached them, take them back on board the boat.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Why Did Rashida Tlaib Back out of the Israel Trip?

A lot of people on both sides of the Israel-Palestinian conflict are shaking their heads over Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib's flip-flop on visiting Israel. First, Israel refused to let Tlaib and her fellow Congresswoman Ilhan Omar enter the country because they are rabidly anti-Israel, promote the BDS movement, and basically advocate for Israel's destruction as a Jewish state called Israel. Then, Tlaib sent the Israeli Interior Minister a letter asking to be allowed in to visit her sick and elderly grandmother. She added that she would not promote BDS during her stay and would accept any restrictions the Israelis applied. The Israel Interior Minister relented on humanitarian grounds.

Twelve hours later, Tlaib announced that she would not go after all since she would not accept Israeli restrictions, which is counter to what was stated in her letter. The question begs: What happened between the Israeli agreement to let her in and her decision not to go after all?

I am not privy to any inside information, of course, but in my opinion, Tlaib must have gotten a lot of blow back from the pro-Palestinian lobby, organizations like CAIR, and her own community back home in the Detroit-Dearborn area. How dare she give in to Israeli conditions that she not agitate against Israel? Make no mistake: If you are part of the pan-Arab, pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel gang, you don't cross those people. No doubt Tlaib's letter to the Israeli Interior Minister was viewed by many as caving into Israel. That can be downright dangerous. Just ask Anwar Sadat. By going back on her earlier letter, Tlaib broke her word for all to see, but she kept the CAIR types in her corner complaining about the "injustice" of it all.

In the meantime, nasty Grandma Tlaib gave an interview to the press in which she damned President Trump over his alleged role in the whole affair. Too bad. As far as I am concerned, Tlaib and her granny can meet in some third country like Sudan or some other hellhole. Israel doesn't need Tlaib, and the US certainly doesn't need her grandmother darkening our shores.

Both sides are declaring victory here, but to me, it just underlines how much people like Tlaib and her ilk cannot be trusted. In my opinion, Israel was right to bar these provocateurs in the first place.

There is a term for it: Undesirable aliens. Rashida Tlaib fits the bill.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Hussam Ayloush Goes Ballistic Over Omar, Tlaib Ban

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Hussam Ayloush with Rashida Tlaib

CAIR SoCal director Hussam Ayloush once told an interviewer that CAIR was an American civil rights organization that doesn't get dragged into Middle East affairs. (That was just before he blew up at the interviewer for mentioning the magic word, "Hamas".) Of course, CAIR consistently gets dragged into foreign affairs if it involves Israel. Now, the self  described human rights activist is all over Facebook and Twitter denouncing Israel for its ban on Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

Oh, the humanity!

As usual, CAIR is always ready to engage in a marriage of convenience with American Jews who will criticize Israel. Their favorite group is Jewish Voice for Peace, an insidious organization of misfit Jews who link arms with groups like Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and....well, CAIR. Then there is J Street, whose motto is "Pro-Israel, pro-Peace".  If J Street is pro-Israel, I am a pitcher for the LA Dodgers.

Of course, JVP and J Street don't give a whit about all the anti-Jewish slurs made over the years by Ayloush and other CAIR leaders around the country. This is a man who has publicly (and once in my presence) asked why people want to investigate mosques for radical extremism and nobody is talking about the "thousands of American Jewish men who go to Israel to join the IDF killing the people of Gaza." I tried to ask him about that statement when he recently spoke at UC Irvine (as part of SJP's annual hate week against Israel), but as he always does, he refused to answer it, preferring to go on the attack and trying to link me to alleged threats against him and his family.

One might think that CAIR should be flooded with letters demanding that they fire Ayloush, but that would be a waste of time since they fully have his back. After all, Ayloush's feelings are their feelings.

So let Ayloush cry all he wants about Israel's denial of entry to two fellow anti-Semites. Let him march with JVP and quote Marxist fools like Bernie Sanders. He stands with those who want to wipe Israel off the face of the map. He and his ilk have lost this round.

Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Miftah

Hat tip Daily Caller

Here is a tidbit that the mainstream news media may not have informed you about on the attempt by Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to enter Israel. Their trip was being sponsored by Miftah, a Palestinian organization that has supported suicide bombings and has claimed that Jews use the blood of Christians for Passover.

It's called connecting the dots. Despicable people connected to despicable organizations.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Juan Cole and Wind

I always knew University of Michigan comedian Juan Cole was a windbag, but here he proves it with a treatise on why off shore wind power is the energy source of the future. Actually, his co-treatise is that Donald Trump, his least favorite president, is an ignoramus and a loudmouth. It always comes back to that. In fact, that's what he says about Trump in his introductory paragraph. This is from his blog, Informed Comment.

Let me begin by saying that the whole question of power is out of my league. But nothing is out of Cole's league. He's an expert on everything!

As for all those scenic wind towers (The Kennedy family disagrees. They have long opposed having them ruin their view of the sea at Chappaquiddick, I mean Hyannis Port), I can't sit here and tell you they are ineffective (if the wind doesn't blow), or that they are a waste of time and money because, unlike Captain Cole, I am no scientist. Like Trump and everybody else not named Juan Cole, I am an ignoramus. I have heard reports of dead eagles who fly into the wind towers, but that might just be animal/bird rights wackos talking. Besides, we're talking about places like Wyoming (which doesn't have a shore-yet.)

I do know a couple of things, however: Whether we like it or not, there are many different sources of power, like water, oil, coal, nuclear, and anabolic steroids. Coal may not like Cole, I mean Cole may not like coal, but he should ask Hillary Clinton what happens when you go to West Virginia and tell everybody that they will soon be out of work and in need of re-training because she's going to shut down the Cole coal mines!

It doesn't take a scientist (like Cole) to tell me that COAL can be rather toxic. Just ask all those retired minors with black lung disease. Even I know that breathing in the pure thing (which I don't normally do) can lead to lots of bad things.

"Plus it causes global heating and climate crisis."
-Juan Coal, Cole

Cole points out that Denmark gets over 50% of its energy from wind.  Great. What about the other 40+%? Where does that come from?

Then Cole drops this curious passage into the body of his article:

"Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma all get over a third of their electricity from wind. Kansas and Oklahoma have governments that are beholden to Big Oil and to a rigid Republican ideology that has ruined their education and social services infrastructure, so those states are not doing this out of ideology. Wind is good business."

I don't know when Cole became a fan of business, but no matter. If Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma are getting one-third of their electricity from wind, great. Where are they getting the other two-thirds from? Well, in the case of Kansas and Oklahoma, it must be Big Oil because of those rigid Republicans and their ideology "that has ruined education and the social services infrastructure". 
Cole obviously envisions the day when we will all talk about Big Wind-in affectionate terms, of course.

In conclusion, I will not attempt to argue with the experts quoted by Cole from, Axios, Cleantech, and Wind Power Monthly. Let's say wind towers are the wave of the future (although I'm not sure about having them the size of football fields). Fine. I'll go along with it as long as it can give us all we need, they are cost effective, and they won't kill eagles. Since I am not an informed expert like Cole, I don't know the answer to those questions.  And what is Cole's conclusion........?

Oh wait! He doesn't have one. He doesn't even have a concluding paragraph-unless it's that Informed Comment bonus video.

More on Swedish Attack

Hat tip Kronans Martell for translation. Gates of Vienna and Vlad Tepes for sub-titling.

This week, an unidentified Uzbek man attempted to drive his car into a crowd of pedestians in the Swedish town of  Östersund. Here is a Swedish TV news report on the incident.

Israel Has Made the Right Decision in Barring Omar and Tlaib

This article also appeared in New English Review.

The Israel government has decided not to allow UC Congresswomen Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to enter the country Friday as part of a US Congressional delegation. The decision is being criticized, mostly by Democrats and the left. I feel it is the right decision.

I understand the arguments in favor of allowing these two disreputable politicians to come to Israel. Many of Israel's allies think it is a good opportunity for the country to demonstrate to Omar and Tlaib what Israel is really all about and to show its freedoms and transparency. Others predict that the two would proceed to act like the clowns they are and embarrass themselves and the Palestinian cause.

Here is why I disagree.

First of all, the free and democratic nations of the world have had enough of hostile people crossing their borders, not just in Israel, but Europe and the US as well. At some point, any country has to stand up and say, "You cannot enter our country".

Just as the US had a policy of not admitting communists during the Cold War because they were dedicated to overthrowing our democracy, Israel should have the right to deny entry to those who wish to do it harm-destroy it even. These two characters planned to advance the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement (BDS), which is designed to bring the Jewish state to its knees through economic pressure and isolation.

Nor am I concerned about the "slap in the face" to our Congress in denying two Congresswomen entry. It's not a slap in the face of President Trump, who supports the Israeli decision. If anything, it's just another embarrassment to Omar and Tlaib as well as their party for supporting them. In short, the Democrats have shown that they are no friends of Israel. So let them stand with Omar and Tlaib. It just further exposes them for what they are.

In addition, this is a good opportunity to tell the whole Palestinian movement and its supporters that this country stands with Israel-not the Palestinians. Even the Arab world considers them undesireable other than as pawns to beat up on Israel.

I hope Israel does not bend to pressure on this. The Palestinian cause should not be our cause. Thank God we have a president who realizes that.

Update: After Tlaib appealed to the Israelis to allow her to enter the West Bank to visit her 90-year-old grandmother, the Israeli government gave her permission to come on compassionate grounds. Then Tlaib announced that she will not travel after all.

What a flake.

Durch Counter Protest Update

Hat tip Vlad Tepes and Gates of Vienna

Yesterday, we posted a video on a Dutch man who was arrested in the Netherlands counter-protesting at a Muslim protest against the public ban on Muslim female face coverings.  Here is a follow up on what happened to the man.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Netherlands: Face Covering Ban in Force (Kind of)

Hat tip UPI News, Gates of Vienna and Vlad Tepes. Hat tip C. translation

Now that the Dutch have passed a law against the wearing of niqabs in public (female Muslim face covering), the question is how and if the Dutch will enforce it. In the below video, we see a Muslim protest in The Hague and women openly flaunting the new law while a counter-protester who dons a face mask is arrested! The below video is highly informative.

Uzbek Man Arrested for Attempt to Run Down People in Sweden

Hat tip Kronans Martell

An Uzbek man has been arrested by Swedish police after he reportedly was trying to run down a crowd of pedestrians with a car. The incident happened yesterday in the town of Östersund. Translation of Aftonbladet article by Fousesquawk.

Östersund man tried to run over people

Investigated for suspected connections to Akilov

by Ebba Thorneus, Jamshid Jamshidi
News Today 05:11

A man is in custody on probable cause  for plotting a terrorist crime.

The man is believed to have attempted to drive over people on Wednesday also in a crowd of people in Östersund , according to reports from Aftonbladet.

The man is also being investigated for links to convicted terrorist Rakhmat Akilov. He is reportedly from Uzbekistan according to reports to Sweden Radio Ekot.

It was during Wednesday that the man was arrested and held on probable cause on suspicion of preparing for murder.

Witnesses have described the man's driving as out of the ordinary and he was arrested by police after he became stuck with his car in  a stone foundation in Östersund.
In the car, which is registered to a self-employed person in the county on vacation, the police made various seizures which are reported to be relevant to the investigation.

The entrepreneur confirms that he owns the car, and that it is not reported stolen.

On Thursday morning, National Security Police reported that it had taken over the case from police and that it was classified as plotting a terror crime.
"That's right. We have taken over the investigation and I am the preliminary investigation leader," says Henrik Olin, prosecutor for National Security Police to Aftonbladet.

Han misstänkt nu för förberedelse till mord.

Tried to drive into a crowd of people

SAPO, the Security Police, is also involved in the case.
"It is confirmed that the Security Police have taken over a preliminary investigation from the police in the Northern region," says Gabriel Wernstedt, SAPO press secretary.

The police are currently very much aware of the circumstances of the incident.

But according to the report to Aftonbladet, the arrested man is suspected of trying to run over people in a crowd in Östersund.

Investigated for links to Akilov

He is also being investigated for connections to the convicted terrorist Rakhmat Akilov, who killed five people in the attack on Drottning Street in 2017.

According to sources of Sweden Radio EKOT, the suspect,  like Akilov, is from Uzbekistan.

During the weekend, the police will increase their accessibility in Östersund , but they emphasize that there is no cause for concern of further incidents.
"If we had any information that says there is a risk for similar incidents, we would have communicated that to the citizens," says Hans Angquist, Östersund police.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Calif. Dept of Education to Scrap Proposed Ethnic Studies Curriculum

Hat tip Amcha Initiative

A few days ago, we posted an article about a proposed ethnic studies curriculum being considered by the California Department of Education. Predictably, the curriculum is  little more than leftist dogma, but it also contained troubling indoctrination about so-called Israeli, Zionist oppression of Palestinians. This type of indoctrination has already led to a dramatic increase in anti-Semitic problems on our university campuses.  In response, thousands of letters of concern were sent to the Department of Education.

There is good news to report. The Department of Education has concluded that the proposed curriculum needs to be scrapped and that they need to go back to the drawing boards.

As pointed out by the Amcha Initiative, it is too soon to declare victory. We are still dealing with leftists here including some who are dedicated to the destruction of Israel. We need to remain vigilant, pay attention to the next proposal, and, if needed, write more letters.

Traffic Problems in Birmingham (England)

A man being detained by police after an incident in Moseley, Birmingham.
"Heigh ho, heigh ho,
It's off to jail I go"

For the benefit of all you UC Santa Cruz Community Studies and History of Consciousness majors, this story comes to us from Birmingham, England, not Birmingham, Alabama.  On Saturday, a cop had his police car hijacked, and he was run over by a guy named Mubashar Hussain.

Note to Mr Hussain: Don't try this in Birmingham, Alabama. You would wind up getting shot.