Sunday, February 26, 2017

Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia Vandalized

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Kristallnacht 1938

It has happened again. One week after over one hundred headstones were overturned in a
Jewish cemetery near St Louis, a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia has been similarly vandalized.

This is sick. This is what happened to Jewish cemeteries all over Germany during the Third Reich. I will withhold any speculation as to who is involved in these dastardly attacks until the perps are caught.

I truly commend Vice President Pence for going to St Louis last week, not just to make a statement of condemnation, but to actually help clean up the destruction. I hope that President Trump will take strong action to fight the resurgence in Jew hatred in our nation. The best way he can do it is by speaking out strongly and using his bully pulpit. Sadly, so much mud has been thrown at Trump charges of anti-semitism are included. Today's Orange County Register has an op-ed by Carl Cannon refuting allegations that Trump is an anti-semite. I too reject that allegation. As Cannon pointed out, Trump screwed up the question from the Jewish man in the back of the room. He apparently misinterpreted the question. It was unfortunate, but it does not make Trump an anti-semite. The questioner, Jake Turx, has given the President the benefit of the doubt.

Trump has condemned the St Louis incident, and he should comment on the latest one as well. I hope that he will soon make a special comment on the overall situation of anti-semitsm in the US and the world. I would like to see him go on national television to do it. He is going to be speaking shortly before Congress. I hope he includes it in his speech.

It's that important.

Sacramento State University: No Place for Young, Black Conservative Men

Hat tip Campus Watch

It's tough enough being a conservative student on a college campus, but it's doubly tough if you are an African-American conservative. Ask Floyd Johnson of the College Republicans at Sacramento State University.

I note that our friends from the Students for Justice in Palestine were involved. That pretty much explains everything.

George Galloway Has Traveled in Strange Company

                                   Galloway and his motley crew in Gaza

Jamal al Harith was a British subject who was released by the Americans from Guantanamo Bay in 2004. He was killed Monday driving an explosive-laden truck into an Iraqi army base near Mosul. Oh yes. One other fun fact: In 2009, he was part of George Galloways's Viva Palestina convoy to Gaza.

Currently, Galloway is still running around the fringes of British society trying to get back into Parliament. He gives speeches, gets things thrown at him and on him, and generally keeps the British public laughing, much like the late Benny Hill used to do. Galloway is a slapstick character who always gets involved in one muck or another. For you American readers, imagine a Laurel and Hardy movie, and you get an idea of the life of George Galloway.

Someday when my grandson is old enough, I can tell him that George Galloway once called me a liar.

The Faces of the DNC: Thomas Perez and Keith Ellison

The DNC has voted and Thomas Perez, former secretary of Labor under Obama and civil rights lawyer in the Justice Department under Eric Holder, will the the new head. He is a leftist, pure and simple. The first thing he did after being elected was to name Keith Ellison, his main competitor for the job, as his vice chair. Ellison had been under fire for his past membership in the Nation of Islam, his past praise of Louis Farrakhan and his alleged anti-semitism. No doubt some Democrats were afraid of the message Ellison's election would send to moderate Democrats and Jews. Perez, apparently, was not so concerned.

The selection of Perez is no move back to the center for the Democrats. He is a dedicated lefty. Having Ellison, one of two Muslim members of Congress, is not going to stop the bleeding.Ellison has a heavy Somali constituency in his home district of Minneapolis, which largely explains his election to Congress. With Perez' decision to  tap Ellison as his second, the Democrats get the worst of two worlds. They are sure to lose some degree of Jewish support. For example, just before the selection of Perez, Alan Dershowitz was appearing on CNN promising he would leave the Democrat party if Ellison, whom he considers an anti-semite, were selected. With Ellison in the number two slot, it remains to be seen what Dershowitz will do now.

Perez has boldly stated that he and Ellison will be President Trump's worst nightmare. I doubt it. It is people like these two that have led to the Democrat party losing so much of its support.

Meanwhile in France: Play it Again Sam

Hat tip Vlad Tepes and Gates of Vienna for videos.

If August is vacation month in France, February has been riot month. The riots over a police brutality allegation involving a young black man identified only as "Theo" are continuing. They have now spread to other cities and include demostrations against the National Front of Marine LePen.  This is the French left in action in what they call a "demonstration" (manifestation). The first is from Nantes.

Last night in Paris (below)

Just to be safe, I checked my French dictionary. "Manifestation" does not include the translation of riot.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Another Cynical Attempt to Equate Muslim-Americans With Japanese-Americans During WW II

Hat tip Campus Watch and Daily Californian

For the past few years, Muslim organizations like CAIR have set up alliances with various Japanese-American groups in an attempt to equate the situation with the former group to that of the latter during World War II when Japanese and Japanese -Americans living on the West Coast were relocated into internment camps. It was a terrible injustice, and the US has recognized it as such. No documented case was ever brought forth of espionage by Japanese or Japanese-Americans during the war. CAIR and other agenda-driven Muslin groups have attempted to use the Japanese-American experience to spread hysteria that Muslim-Americans might be rounded up and interned, which no serious person has even suggested. Japanese-American groups, in my view have been cynically used by groups like CAIR.

As an example, there was an event this week at UC Berkeley involving activists like Professor Hatem Bazian and CAIR San Francisco director Zahra Billoo along with a Japanese-American survivor of the relocation. The event was co-sponsored by the Nikkei Student Union and the Muslim Student Union.

I am unaware of any Japanese-American group in the US with a radical agenda. It is sad to see some of them being swayed by groups like CAIR and individuals like Bazian. They should take a closer look at the background of these Islamist activists who are shamelessly using them.

Muslim Discount Card

Alkalima is a publication by the UC Irvine Muslim Student Union. Its articles range from religious issues to Israel (anti) and other social issues affecting Muslims. Here is an ad from their current web page. Introducing the Muslim Discount Card.

If you want to apply for one, visit the site in the lower  left-hand corner or you can write to them c/o UC Irvine Dean of Students at the address in the lower-right-hand corner.

Cal St. Fullerton Professor Suspended

Hat tip Campus Reform

Eric Canin, a professor at Cal State University Fullerton, has been suspended due to an altercation he had with students on February 8 during a protest and counter-protest by College Republicans over the issue of a border wall.

There are conflicting reports over who accosted whom, and the video is rather inconclusive on that point. What is clear, however, is that Canin was involved in a rather unfriendly interchange with pro-wall students.

As a conservative who until recently was teaching part-time at UC Irvine, I learned that a teacher has to be very restrained when dealing with a student on the other side of an issue. While I never brought my personal views into the classroom, I did attend many events sponsored by the Muslim Student Union and Students for Justice in Palestine, as well as pro-Israel events. Things occasionally got heated, and I have had  occasional less than friendly exchangse with speakers and officials of certain organizations, but when it comes to teacher-student exchanges, the teacher has to keep it professional.

Maxine Waters "Condemns" UC Berkeley Rioters

"This is a bunch of scumbags"

Maxine Waters is at it again. In another Fousesquawk exclusive, the distinguished US congresswoman from California has condemned the actions of the UC Berkeley rioters on February 1.

UCB Professor Robert Reich has no comment on Waters' statement.

Muslim Student Associations in Canada

Hat tip The Israel Group and TSEC Network Canada

This site has written expensively about the activities of the Muslim Student Union at UC Irvine for years. We have also reported on activities of the Muslim Student Association chapters in the US as well as its sister organization, Students for Justice in Palestine.

We should, not, however, overlook Canada and its universities. Canada is another hotbed of radical Islamic activity, a situation that can only get worse under liberal prime minster Justin Trudeau. The below article by Terrorism and Security Experts of Canada (TSEC) gives a portrait of the MSA in Canada, its history, its associations, its aims and many of its members who have gone on to terrorist activity.

My own experience with the MSU at UC Irvine confirms this narrative. While many young Muslim students may be drawn to join a MSA/MSU chapter for all the right reasons, a chapter's leadership positions are a cause for concern. Aside from observing the faith and da'wa, political activity in the guise of human rights, such as opposing and demonizing Israel on campus are a main motivation of these chapters.

In addition, whiel the official position of these chapters may deny extremism and anti-semitism, when speakers like Amir Abdel Malik  Ali and Abdul Alim Musa come to speak (as I have seen them do at UCI) , it puts the lie to any claims of moderation.

Which Muslim Leaders Should Trump Reach Out to?

Hat tip Middle East Forum

The below article in the Middle East Forum outlines some of the pitfalls the Trump administration needs to avoid  in making alliances with truly moderate Muslims. The writer, Sam Westrop, also points out that non-violent Muslims can still be extremists.

I would add that Mr. Westrop's Boston-based organization, Americans for Peace and Tolerance, was on the front lines of trying to alert the community about the extremist ties  of the Islamic Society Cultural Center of Boston. It's leader, Charles Jacobs, was ostracized by the leadership of his own Jewish community in Boston.

In fairness to former President Obama, his predecessor, George W. Bush, also made errors in reaching out to the Muslim community after 9-11. The first Muslim leader he invited to the White House was none other than Muzammil Siddiqi, former head of the Islamic Society of North America and currently head imam of the Islamic Center of Orange County in Garden Grove, California. Siddiqi, who was given a "Bridge Builder" award by the politically-correct Orange County Human Relations Commission a few years ago, has pulled the wool over the eyes of the local community for years. In 1992, Siddiqi hosted the recently deceased terrorist imam Omar Abdel Rahman, to give a guest sermon at his mosque, which Sidddiqi translated into English.

The mistakes of Bush were compounded by Obama, who never recognized true moderates such as Zuhdi Jasser. Giving almost $400,000 to the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) as he left office was a true slap in the face to Muslim reformers.

In my view, Trump is becoming educated on the true nature of Islamic extremism. Hopefully, he will not be fooled by gentle words and smiling faces.

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Radicalization of Turks in Germany

Hat tip Gates of Vienna and Vlad Tepes

It always pains me to write articles like this about Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan . When I was a DEA agent stationed in Italy in the 1980s, I twice had the occasion to visit Turkey and collaborate with the Turkish National Police. I enjoyed my visits to the country, and I liked the people. At that time, Turkey was still a secular Muslim-majority country, which even produced a great beer (Efes Pilsen). Unfortunately, times have changed in Turkey under Erdoğan, who is attempting to reverse the secular reforms of the country's national hero, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.  Radical Islam is on the march, and sadly, many Turks are being swept up in the wave of hate and violence.

That also poises a problem for European countries with large Turkish populations, especially Germany, where Turks have roots that go back a couple of generations now. They first arrived as Gastarbeiter (guest workers). To be sure, they suffered discrimination as they came and filled manual labor jobs. Some stayed and had children who have grown up in Germany. Assimilation has had mixed results.

Now, with some one million migrants, asylum-seekers, refugees, and others (largely Muslims) roaming around Germany, radicalization is also a problem among the Turks.  Recent events have brought out the involvement of Turkey's Presidency of Religious Affairs (DIYANET) in influencing the Turkish diaspora in religious and political matters.

DIYANET is a long-established part of the Turkish government in religious (Islamic) matters. It is now under the control of Erdoğan. Last month, DIYANET was accused of telling Turkish mosques in Belgium to spy on their adopted country and report any criticism of Turkey and/or the Erdoğan government.

In Germany, the largest organization representing Turkish Muslims is DITIB (Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs), an organization that collaborates with the German government on issues affecting their constituents. DITIB is technically independent of DIYANET, but is apparently susceptible to the reach and influence of the latter agency in Ankara. In December, both entities were caught up in allegations of spying within Germany in connection with suspected supporters of Fetullah Gulen, an Erdoğan opponent living in exile in the US. In January, DIYANET denied accusations that they had used DITIB to carry out spying in Germany. However, the same month, DITIN acknowledged that some of its preachers had, indeed, spied for Turkey.

But it gets worse. The German media outlet ARD has done an investigation into German mosques affiliated with DITIB and uncovered hateful preaching against the West, Jews and Christians. This article by Vlad Tepes features two disturbing videos. They are in German but sub-titled into English by Vlad Tepes.

Germany, like most of its European neighbors, is in a mess. Not only do they have to worry about the intentions of hundreds of thousands of newly-arrived Muslims, they also need to look out for radicalized Turkish-Germans. It is even more troubling that there might be a Turkish government component in that radicalization.

Trump Was Right About Sweden

This article first appeared in Eagle Rising.

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-Gateway Pundit

When President Trump made a reference to Sweden during a speech February 18, his critics pounced upon him for making up a terror attack in that Scandinavian country the night before that hadn't occurred. The Swedish prime minister and the Swedish media jumped all over it. His exact words were: "You look at what's happening last night in Sweden ...." As he often does, Trump spoke clumsily, but he was not trying to say that an act of terror had occurred; he was referring to the overall situation in Sweden with its immigrant problems-crimes, rapes, riots and lack of assimilation. In that, he was right.

What Trump was referring to was an interview he had seen the previous evening on Fox News with American journalist and pundit Ami Horowitz, who had just returned from a fact-finding trip to Scandinavia, where he almost had his head handed to him while venturing into those no-go zones in and around Copenhagen and Stockholm. Horowitz' report was accurate.

Nevertheless, the Swedish elites in politics and the media don't want to acknowledge the ugly truth about what is happening to their country. They prefer to continue the narrative that Sweden is a socialist paradise that has opened its arms to immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers, mostly from Muslim-majority countries, and that things are going just fine. They are not. Sweden is the rape capital of Europe, the streets of the cities are no longer safe, and terrorists are going off to join ISIS and returning back to Sweden, where, instead of being blocked from re-entry or jailed, they are welcomed by the authorities with job training in an effort to "re-integrate them" back into society. Meanwhile, those who dare to object are branded as "racists" or are threatened with prosecution for "hate speech".

Here at home, CNN reacted as if they had no idea what was going on in Sweden as they continued to trash the President. Once it became clear what Trump was referring to, they questioned why Trump would rely on an interview on a conservative news network (Fox), without going through the "processes" of vetting the report.

If all that wasn't surreal enough, two nights after Trump's statement, the Stockholm  suburb -and "no-go zone" of Rinkeby- exploded in riots. With international attention centered on Trump's statement, it couldn't have come at a worse time-or better time depending on your point of view.

And don't think that Sweden is united in outrage against what Trump said. Many are pleased that our president's statement has stirred discussion about their problems.

So once again, Trump has inartfully made a statement, and instead of being humiliated, he has come out smelling like a rose. In my view, he has done Sweden a service.

Maxine Waters "Condemns" Paris Riots


"This is a bunch of scumbags"

As we all know, Paris has been wracked by immigrant riots for several days this month. Just as she did with the Swedish riots this week, our gal, Maxine Waters, has spoken out strongly in response.

Maxine Waters "Condemns" Riots in Sweden

"This is a bunch of scumbags"

Texas Pre-School Fires Teacher for Anti-Jewish Rants on Twitter

Hat tip Canary Mission, Campus Watch and Algemeiner

Nancy Salem, a Palestinian-American school teacher,  has been fired from an Arlington, Texas pre-school after it came to light she had tweeted some anti-Jewish messages including a call to "kill some Jews".  This was a result of reports by the blog Canary Mission into activities by the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)  at the University of Texas at Arlington.

SJP, which was co-founded by University of California professor Hatem Bazian, routinely declares that it is not anti-semitic-only anti-Zionist. Yet, incident after incident at universities across the nation for years have put the lie to that claim. The fact that some members of SJP are misguided Jews does not lesson that fact. This story is just one more documentation of the hateful nature of SJP.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Suspension Lifted for OCC Student

Hat tip College Reform

After a ton of negative publicity and a joint press conference by Caleb O'Neill and his attorney, Orange Coast College has lifted the suspension and other punishments levied against O'Neill after he videotaped a teacher making the most outrageous statements about President Trump in class.

Here is more from College Reform.

The teacher in question is entitled to her view on President Trump and is entitled to express it-even in the crazy manner she did. However, it is unprofessional, in my view, to bring her views into the classroom. She has embarrassed her college.

Jewish Cemetery in St Louis Vandalized

A Jewish cemetery in St Louis was severely vandalized earlier this week when someone knocked over some 100 headstones.

This may be the most serious outbreak of anti-semitism in the US in recent times. In response, President Trump has spoken out and Vice President Pence has gone to the site to help with the repair. I should note here that CAIR and other Muslim individuals like Linda Sarsour are raising money for repairs and have condemned the act. No doubt they are keeping their fingers crossed that the vandals don't turn out to be Muslims.

I would also note that one of my close Jewish friends here in Orange County, who comes from St Louis, has relatives buried in that cemetery.

Until the persons responsible are caught, I think it is best to without further comment about who they might be or from where they got their inspiration to carry out such a despicable act.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Another Senseless Murder of a Police Officer

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                                                Keith Boyer

Yesterday, Whittier Police (outside Los Angeles) lost one of their police officers in a shooting that also wounded another officer. ABC News has the details.;-2nd-officer-suspect-injured/1763550/

The shooter is Michael Christoper Mejia (26), gang member, ex-con, and just recently released from prison.

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He could have been there longer except a judge refused to double his last sentence for car theft based on his previous conviction for armed robbery as he could have. Instead of giving Mejia 4 years, the judge gave him two. Part of the "reasoning" as I understand it is that Mejia's first conviction was violent, but the second (car theft) was not.

Mejia is not an illegal alien; he is a US citizen.

Armed robbery, car theft and multiple probation violations. Yet, due to California law AB 109 and the state's preoccupation for relieving jail overcrowding as mandated by the courts, people like Mejia are not kept behind bars. Instead, they are are turned back onto our streets.

Now we have Officer Boyer and another person dead and Officer Patrick Hazel in the hospital.

I just don't get it. I just don't get California's insane policies. I just don't get the liberal mindset that produces tragedies like this.

"Widows and Orphans" Arrive in Spain

Spain is also attempting to cope with the wave of migrants arriving from Africa. This past week, hundreds arrived at the border at Ceuta. Below is a translation I did from El Pais. With the assistance in processing by Gates of Vienna and Vlad Tepes, I sub-titled the video from the below link.

Some 350 immigrants arrive at Ceuta in the second massive entry in three days

11 persons have been transferred to hospital, 8 with injuries and 3 with possible fractures according to Red Cross

"Approximately 600 immigrants have been attempting to enter this Monday at Ceuta, of these 359 have finally been accepted onto Spanish territory. The Red Cross has informed that 11 persons have been attended to in the autonomous city hospital 8 with injuries and three with possible fractures. This is the second mass entry in three days after 498 entered last Friday of the approximately 900 who attempted.

The entry occurred shortly after 4 am this Monday in the in the zone of Finca Berrocal, the same border point in which the immigrants entered Spain last Friday. The Government Delegation has informed  that  they did not "jump over the fence" rather that these people utilized shears and metal clubs to break it. Sources of this institution explain that it concerns a zone of "reduced visibility" which impedes seeing the arrival of the immigrants from the security cameras. The Secretary of the State of Security, Jose Antonio Nieto last week informed that the use of drones is  being evaluated in order to augment security at the border.

The Center for Temporary Housing of Immigrants of the autonomous city (CETI) is over its limit with the arrival of this group of 1400 persons in its installations, while they have a capacity of 512. Before this sitation common spaces were able to be used, such as halls, the ceremonial hall to lodge the immigrants. In addition, tents and a kitchen have be3en installed in the parking area of the horse club next to CETI.

In 2016 1,000 immigrants entered Spain across the fences of Ceuta and Melilla, a total assumed to be a record low in respect to previous activity, according to numbers divulged
this Wednesday by the European Agency for Borders (Frontex)."

Louis Farrakhan's Anti-Semitic Speech Sunday in Detroit

Louis Farrakhan spoke Sunday at the Nation of Islam convention in Detroit. He was in his usual form railing against Jews. Daily Caller has the report.

Disgusting. This is the man Keith Ellison (D-MN) possibly the next DNC chair, praised. This is the organization Ellison once belonged to. If Ellison gets the post, it will  make a strong statement just how far left the party has gone.

Robert Reich Spinning More Lies

Hat tip Breitbart

How inconvenient for the left were those riots in Sweden Monday night two days after Trump referenced the situation in that disintegrating country. But now along comes Professor Robert Reich of -where else?- UC Berkeley implying that Trump's "lies" caused the restless immigrants in Rinkeby (Stockholm) to start another one of their periodic riots.

Reich, who was Bill Clinton's labor secretary, has been on a roll for the past couple of weeks. Apparently, he is an expert on the subject of riots. He was present at the February 1 riot at  UC Berkeley when Milo Yiannopoulios was scheduled to make an appearance. He stated that it was not students rioting because he knew all (38,000) the students. He then said that he heard rumors that it was right-wing agitators.

Frankly, I don't know which riot claim is more ridiculous.

Trump Gets Support From Sweden

Hat tip Vlad Tepes

The Swedish political and media establishment are criticizing Donald Trump for his reference to Sweden last week. They try to maintain an image of Sweden as a model country welcoming immigrants and refugees, with a minimum of problems. That is simply not true as the Monday riots in Rinkeby underlined.

There is an alternative media in Sweden that supports Trump's statement and is very critical of the prime minster for his disingenuous comments. Here is a 26-minute interview on Swedish Webb TV between two journalists. They discuss the Trump comments, the Ami Horowitz report, and the true situation in Sweden. The conversation is between Jan Sjunnesson and Mats Dagerlind of Avpixlat, an alternative news network. There  are English sub-titles, and it is most informative.

Maxine Waters Calls Trump Cabinet "a Bunch of Scumbags"

Old Maxine Waters is really on a roll these days. Appearing on MSNBC's Chris Hayes show (All-In), Maxine referred to President Trump's cabinet as a "bunch of scumbags".

Chris was all in too constantly repeating, "Right" to many of  Maxine's rants. At one point, Maxine said that everyone in the Trump camp was just in it for the money, a curious comment coming from one like Maxine.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Omar Abdel Rahman Mourned by Muslim Brotherhood

Hat tip Investigative Project on Terrorism

While most of us in America are drinking to the death of the so-called Blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel Rahman, in a North Carolina prison, it appears the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood  is in mourning and some are calling for revenge against the US for keeping him in prison until his death.

Tonight, CAIR's Southern California director, Hussam Ayloush, is appearing on some panel at California State University at San Bernardino. The topic is about the plight of the Syrian refugees and why we must admit them to the US-except the Christians and Yazidis presumably because that would represent "religious discrimination" by President Trump.

I mention Ayloush because this is a man who supports the Muslim Brotherhood. Otherwise, why would he pose for this picture in front of an MB poster?

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This man could care less about the Christians and Yazidis who are fleeing from genocide in Syria and Iraq. Here is a personal  example of what I mean.

As for the Muslim Brotherhood, it is time for our government to declare them what they are-a terrorist organization. It is also time to go after US groups that are involved with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Is UCLA Trying to Keep Students Out of Conservative Professor's Class?

Hat tip The College Fix and Daily Bruin

This evening, UCLA Professor Keith Fink, a conservative, appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox. Fink is accusing UCLA of trying to keep students from attending his classes (which the university denies). This follows an article about Fink in The College Fix. There is at least one student who supports Fink's allegation based on her own experience. The course in question is Fink's "Free Speech on Campus".

Here is the Daily Bruin article on the story. A reader added more in the reader comment thread.

I am gratified to know there is a conservative professor at UCLA.

Juan Cole's Uninformed Comment (Again)

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University of Michigan professor Juan Cole, who is one of the nation's biggest apologists for Islamism, is at it again in his blog curiously named, "Informed Comment". In the below article he says Trump lied about a "terrorist attack" in Sweden and then goes to lengths to downplay the problem of immigrant crime in Sweden and Europe.

"Trump made up another alleged terrorist attack at his rally on Saturday, this one about a figment of his imagination that did not actually take place in Sweden on Friday night."

Isn't clear to everyone by now that Trump, in his usual clumsy way, was referring to a TV interview he had seen the previous night on Fox News? He was referring to the overall situation in Sweden as reported by Ami Horowitz. But to Cole, Trump was simply lying.

More from Cole:

"This allegation is not true. In fact, in some places immigrants appear actually to cause the local crime rate to fall! A scientific study of crime and immigration in Canada found that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than the native-born. Haimin Zhang of the University of British Columbia writes,
not only do immigrants themselves commit less crimes, they can reduce the crime rates in the long run through channels such as changing the neighbourhood characteristics or impacting the behaviour of natives.”
The same effect can be seen in the United States. Walter Ewing and his colleagues point out,
“Between 1990 and 2013, the foreign-born share of the U.S. population grew from 7.9 percent to 13.1 percent and the number of unauthorized immigrants more than tripled from 3.5 million to 11.2 million. During the same period, FBI data indicate that the violent crime rate declined 48 percent -—which included falling rates of aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder. Likewise, the property crime rate fell 41 percent, including declining rates of motor vehicle theft, larceny/robbery, and burglary. According to an original analysis of data from the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) conducted by the authors of this report, roughly 1.6 percent of immigrant males age 18-39 are incarcerated, compared to 3.3 percent of the native-born. This disparity in incarceration rates has existed for decades.”

I don't disagree that legal immigrants in the US and Canada have lower crime rates. The immigration situation in Europe is vastly different. For decades, Europe imported manual workers with no concern over assimilation. Now they bring in refugees and migrants, largely from Muslim-majority countries, who have no intention of assimilating or respecting the native culture.

Yet, note how Cole tries to downplay the criminal problem in Europe by immigrants. He even goes after Trump's grandfather for something having to do with prostitution! He talks about the wide-sweeping definition of rape in Sweden.

And note how Cole twists the story about what happened a year ago on New Years Eve:

"There was, for instance, the fake news about the alleged Muslim immigrant mass rapes in Cologne a little over a year ago. Breitbart beat the drums for it, but the the story was not true".

What was true that mobs of foreign men sexually assaulted hundreds of women in front of the Dom cathedral in Cologne. Is Cole trying to make the point that no penile-vaginal penetration took place or what???

Cole is once again disassembling. He is trying to use statistics to make the point that immigrants in Europe are committing no more crime than native Europeans. Maybe 5-10 years ago, he could have made that case. It is patently absurd today.

I made the above observations in the reader thread of Cole's blog, but he doesn't post my comments.

Update 2-22 -And either was this.

Swiss Mosque Raided: Four Arrests Including Imam

Hat tip Swiss Info, Gates of Vienna and Vlad Tepes

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-Swiss Info

Swiss police have raided a mosque in Winterthur and arrested four people including an Ethiopian imam.

It is my understanding that Gates of Vienna and Vlad Tepes are working on translations of Swiss news reports on this mosque. I will cross-post if and when available.

Swedish Courts OK's Child Marriage

Hat tip Vlad Tepes and Speisa

A Swedish court has given its seal of approval to a 14-year-old Syrian girl who is married to her cousin. She is also pregnant. The court ruled that she was ":precocious" and cultural and religious norms had to be respected.

Swedish leaders and journalists can deny there is no problem in Sweden all they want until the cows come home. That includes four own former ambassador Azita Raji, who lied to Tucker Carlson this week on Fox News. This is a country that has completely rolled over to its Muslim population, many of whom (males anyway) are unemployed, restive and contributing nothing but crime to Swedish society.

The Riots in Rinkeby (Stockholm) on February 20

Hat tip Vlad Tepes for video

Below is a translated copy of Svenska Dagbladet's report on Monday nights riots in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby. The area is overwhelmingly immigrant and mostly Muslim. It is considered one of Sweden's no-go zones.

Rinkeby Residents Tired of the Violence "Their families should be expelled"

Violent riots, cars on fire, throwing stones and looting. After the unrest in Rinkjeby Monday night, demands of residents, SvD speaks with police, tougher penalties and deportation.

" I fled from my homeland once. I will not escape again", says a man who has lived in Rinkeby over 20 years.

-Svenska Dagbladet
Shattered windowpanes at the Rinkeby square

Discontent ferments among the residents in Rinkeby. People meet in the square to talk about what happened Monday night. Meanwhile burned out cars are removed from the parking lot, and broken glass is swept away. Reporters stand in line to interview the man whose pizzeria was smashed. He has to answer the same questions over and over again. "What happened?" "How does it feel?"
According to the police, it was around 8 o'clock on Monday night  when a patrol was attacked by  a masked crowd in Rinkeby. Police say the incident occurred in connection with ban intervention.

Police fired for effect. They shot simply for show
The situation was seen as so threatening they he didn't see another way out, said Niclas Andersson, local area manager at a Tuesday press conference.
Two hours later, the unrest flared up at night. Several cars were set on fire and shops in the area were plundered. According to TT, a shop proprietor was beaten and a DN- photographer who went to Rinkeby  to monitor  the events was attacked and beaten by several people. According to police there were up to 80 young people in the riot.
"I have lived here 27 years and the last ten have been a catastrophe. I don't know what is needed to stop this. I am not a politician, but I know that something is missing here", says a woman in the city center, who,  as well as the others SvD spoke to wants to remain anonymous. She is not afraid. She and her family have never suffered anything in Rinkeby."But on the other hand, I have daughters and no sons," she says.

-Svenska Dagbladet

Several Rinkeby residents SvD spoke to are tired of the violence in the suburb. But  they do not want to move from Rinbkeby. "I have fled from my homeland once. I will not flee again", said one of the men. 
                Dejan Stankovic, head of Rinkerby Kistas Prevention Unit, says that the district responded directly to what happened. Youth leaders went out Monday night to try and calm (the situation). On Tuesday, they were out to the schools and talked to the youths.

When the SvD is present, the city leaders come to the city center to answer questions and they are preparing for the evening to put extra resources if necessary if they should see a continuation.

The woman at the city center who has lived 27 years in Rinkeby, thinks that a lack of employment is the biggest problem in the area.

"All these young guys who just stand there. Look at them. Why aren't they working? They need to be doing something and think about something instead of making trouble," she says.

Three older men meet in the square. They look at the broken windows and shake their heads. They have had enough, they say and demand tougher (measures). But they are in disagreement over the causes of the violence.

"Its about bad policy," says one of the men and is immediately interrupted by another man who protests against the description.

-Svenska Dagbladet

" We know which ones they are. We also know who their leader is. It is these people who need to be locked up", says one of the men in Rinkeby about the riots.

They welcome the decision about video surveillance in the city center and think that there is a way to get the assailants when nobody dares testify against them. But the men we talk to also demand tougher sentences and more police.

"The police should have more powers. We should toughen the punishment and expel those who commit serious crimes. Not only them, but also their families. I think, honestly speaking, it is the only way. They are not afraid of prison. I can put my life on it that it would be quiet after three expulsions," says one of the men and the others nod in agreement.

They talk of the drug trade in the subway and how people don't dare go out after ten o'clock in the night.
"They sell drugs like candy and there are many Swedish youths who come here just to buy (drugs).  All this is done quite openly. I see all this from my window," says one of the men.

He also emphasizes that it is about a criminal clique and that most of the youth go to school and take care of themselves.

None of the men want to move from Rinkeby. Surely, it matters that it is hard to find housing elsewhere, but it's also that they do not want to flee again.
"I fled from my home country one time. I will not flee again," says one of the men.
Here is a video from Vlad Tepes

Given the statement days ago by Donald Trump, for which he has been derided both by  Swedish leaders and the US press, this incident underlines the fact that he is absolutely correct. He spoke awkwardly, but was not referring to any terrorist attack in Sweden "last night", rather to a Fox interview with journalist Ami Horowitz the previous night describing the overall situation that flared up again Monday night.