Sunday, July 21, 2019

One Fine Day on a Flight From Romania to Egypt

What could possibly go wrong?

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All kinds of things according to the video. There are varying accounts according to whether you are reading about it in Romanian or Arabic, but it appears that a Romanian Airlines (TAROM) plane, leaving Bucharest for Cairo on July 17, was just about ready to depart when attendants asked a couple to change seats. The Egyptian man and his Moroccan wife had apparently taken seats in the emergency exit row rather than their assigned seats and refused to go back to their proper palces. According to airline officials, the woman spat in the face of one of the attendants and quicker than you can say, "Fasten your seat belts", security appeared, and the man and his wife were removed from the plane, the man physically as you can see in the video. This took several minutes as passengers yelled, women screamed, babies cried, and dogs howled.

Here is an account from a travel tips blog, One Mile at a Time. The writer, a gentleman named Lucky, is clearly not the man in the video, whom we will call, "Unlucky".

Here's a travel tip from Fousesquawk. If you ever visit Romania, behave yourself and always follow the nice man's directions-especially on a plane.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

University of Michigan Professor Goes After.....John McCain?

Whatever disappointments I may have had with the late John McCain as a senator, I have always admired him as a great American, based mostly on his military record. Though I may have taken President Trump's side in policy disagreements he had with McCain, I have never cared for Trump's negative commonts about the late senator. John McCain is gone now, and I think on the whole, he served his country extraordinarily well. We should all let him rest in peace.

Unfortunately, University of Michigan comedian Juan Cole, who also carries the title of professor, seems to want to kick more dirt on McCain's grave. Rather than praise McCain for the classy way he ran his presidential campaign against Barack Obama, Cole goes to extreme lengths to try and detract from a positive moment McCain had during the campaign when he chastised a woman supporter who had called Obama an Arab. Apparently, Cole's stated purpose in attacking the late senator is due to praise McCain has received this week in contrast to the chants at a Trump rally in Greenville, NC when the crowd chanted, "Send her back", a reference to Somali-born Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN), a woman who has spent the past several months since  becoming a congresswoman making highly offensive comments about American Jews and America in general.

Here is a link to one of Cole's recent blurbs on his blog, which he entitles, Informed Comment:

To make his tortured point, Cole refers us back to an article he wrote in 2008:
       "Later, another supporter told McCain, “I don’t trust Obama…He’s an Arab.”
      McCain stood shaking his head as she spoke, then quickly took the microphone from her.
      “No, ma’am,” he said. “He’s a decent, family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with.” ‘
      McCain should have said, “there would be nothing wrong with being an Arab, but Obama is not.” The way he put it strongly implied that he had a low opinion of Arabs."

Aside from grasping at straws, this is hardly fair. McCain found himself in an improvised moment when he had to correct what the woman was saying. Unlike Cole, he didn't have the luxury of formulating words that Cole would have suggested hours, days or weeks after the fact. And as for Cole's comment about "shedding his last vestiges of decency", as he terms it, McCain demonstrated much decency (and courage) over his life, more than Cole could ever dream about. What is Cole complaining about-that the McCain campaign did say negative things about candidate Obama and his association with Bill Ayers, an unrepentent (to this day) Weather Underground terrorist become college professor? That is what campaigns do. Cole explains it that Obama was just a boy when Ayers was bombing and hiding from the police. True enough, but Obama wasn't a boy when he "was in the same room" with Ayres (Cole's words-not mine). Obama was associating with a radical who had merely ceased breaking the law. Unfortunately, Obama's associations with people like Bill Ayres, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and others was never fully investigated by the mainstream media. They simply chose not to. 

In addition, Cole proceeds to give us a lecture on what an Arab is and the fact that most Muslims in the world are not Arabs, not all Arabs are Muslims, etc. etc. etc. We don't need it, and furthermore, the crowd in Greenville said nothing about Arabs or Muslims. They voiced their disapproval of Omar for her litany of anti-Semitic, anti-American statements. Since Omar is an American citizen and cannot be deported, I personally would not have chanted, "Send her back". I have no problem, however, with Trump's invitation to her that she should return to her own crime-infested and dysfunctional community if she thinks we are so bad. (Whether that would be Somalia or the Little Moghadishu section of Minneapolis is not entirely clear from Trump's words, but no matter.) I personally would have no problem in telling her to her face that she should return to Somalia if she thinks so little of America.

Juan Cole is a leftist who is another one of those dime-a-dozen professors who hate Israel. He also has axes to grind against our own country, Republicans and conservatives while extolling the past and present glory of the Arab civilization (which is highly debatable). Such is his right, but it does not reflect well on him that he feels the need to drag the memory of Senator McCain through the mud.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Spain's Border Woes

Hat tip Vlad Tepes and Gates of Vienna for subtitles. Translation by Fousesquawk.

Italy isn't the only European country being plagued by an invasion of migrants trying to make it into Europe from Africa and the Middle East. The Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta, located on the northern Moroccan coast, are consistently under siege by the migrants, who simply storm over the fences or through the barriers.

The latest invasion reported this week occurred at Melilla, where some 200 Africans tried to storm the fence. About 50 made it, while throwing hooks, rocks and other projectiles at the border guards.The result was 6 Spanish Guardia Civil agents who had to be taken to the hospital with injuries.

ZOA Denounces Pro-BDS Resolution by Tlaib and Omar

I find it amazing how the media is calling President Trump a  racist because he singled out Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for criticism in a  speech in Greenville, NC and the crowd chanted, "Send her back". At the same time, the media says nothing about the long list of profane, anti-Jewish, anti-America screeds coming out of the mouths of Omar and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

Now that Omar and Tlaib have sponsored a resolution defending BDS (Boycott Divest and Sanctions) againt Israel, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has denounced them.

So are we going to accuse ZOA of racism too? It would be a false accusation. Trump is right. The media should pay more attention to the anti-Jewish, anti-American rhetoric coming from Omar et al. It is despicable.

Linda Sarsour Attacks "White Jews"

Hat tip Eye on Anti-Semitic Monitoring and Vlad Tepes

The above video was published in April. Of course, by that time, Ilhan Omar was already making news with her anti-Semitic attacks. In this speech, Linda Sarsour, radical Muslim activist, attacks "white Jews" who have criticized Omar's comments. As always, Sarsour is at her anti-Semitic worst.

This week, President Trump is under attack again from Democrats due to the chants his audience launched at his rally in Greenville, NC "Send her back". Trump later expressed disapproval of the chants, but the video seems to show that he did nothing to stop them. As that debate rages down the latest rabbit hole, let me comment: Omar is a naturalized citizen and nobody is going to send her back to Somalia (where she came from). Yet, I would not hesitate, given her intolerant statements about Jews and America, to tell her to her face that she should go back to Somalia on her own accord if she doesn't like it here. That is what Trump himself said. It is the harshest thing you can say to an immigrant in any country, but in Omar's case, it applies.

As for Sarsour (born in Brooklyn to Palestinian parents), she is welcome to go somewhere else too if she thinks America is so bad. She, like Omar, is a Jew hater, and, contrary to what she says in the video, Jew hatred is deeply embedded in Islamic teachings.

I myself would not have chanted, "Send her back", but given the violence and rhetoric coming from the left, it is time we also resort to stronger language to those in our country who show such disdain for America.

Italy: Nigerian Mafia Busted

Hat tip Gates of Vienna and Vlad Tepes for sub-titling. Translation by Fousesquawk.

While the EU keeps insisting that Italy accept all the migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Africa via Libya, the cops are kept busy trying to deal with all the resultant crime. One prime example is the Nigerian mafia clans in Italy. Drugs, prostitution and human organ trafficking are their specialties.

Yesterday, authorities announced the takedown of a Nigerian mafia clan, the Maphite, in the areas of Emilio-Romagna (Bologna) and Piedmont (Turin).

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Italy-Norway:The Arrest of Mullah Krekar

Hat tip Vlad Tepes and Gates of Vienna. Italian translation by Fousesquawk.

This is a significant development coming out of Europe this week. Norwegian police have arrested radical imam Mullah Krekar, an Iraqi Kurd tied to trerrorist groups in Europe, for extradition to Italy. This came immediately after an Italian court in Bolzano sentenced him in absensia to 12 years in prison along with the convictions of five other terrorists. Krekar had long been a thorn in the Norwegians' hide.

Below is a 2015 interview with Krekar in Norway in which he defends killing those who commit blasphemy against Islam and also explains how Islam, in contrast to Christianity, is also a political system.

The Decline of France

Hat tip Porterville Post and JIhad Watch

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Paris in 1940-and now

"The French-American love/hate relationship has always been in flux. I’ve traveled to France several times, enjoyed its art, culture, cosine, and night life. I’ve known, partied, and worked with wonderful French people. I won’t consider going there now."

My friend Jim Horn is a retired State Department diplomat who served in the Middle East during his career in government. In short, he has learned a few things about Islam along the way and he considers Islam to be a danger to the West. He is also familiar with France. In the below article he wrote for the Porterville Post, he describes how that once great countery has deteriorated. It is not a pretty picture.

"France welcomed Jews who fled the Nazis seeking a safe haven that is no longer safe for them. Moslems assault Jews daily. Jewish lives are in jeopardy and they need to hide or to camouflage their Jewishness to avoid being attacked. Synagogues are being abandoned and/or destroyed regularly. France is losing its valuable Jewish members as they flee to safer places."

France's worst sin, in my view, is how they have abandoned their Jews to the Muslim thugs who have brought their centuries-old Jew hatred with them to France. Just this week, we learned that the punk who murdfered Sarah Halimi, an elderly Jewish woman in her own apartment, savagely beating her and throwing her off her balcony, will escape justice thanks to a French judge who ruled that the killer was not legally responsible for his act because he had smoked marijuana prior to the killing.

Like Jim, I have visited France many times, and, to be honest, never had a negative experience with anyone there. It is a country with many beautiful places to visit. Sadly, however, those places are being ruined by untold numbers of asylum-seekers, freeloaders, and Islamic radicals from the Middle East and Africa. Days ago some 700 illegals from Africa physically stormed the historic Pantheon in Paris demanding immigration documents and free housing. The current government of Emmanuel Macron is inept at best and criminally negligent at worst. Is it any wonder the Jews are leaving by the thousands? If this is what France really wants, then it is hard to feel much sympathy. Like Jim Horn, I have no wish to return to such a country.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Italy: Imam Under Investigation for Beating Children in Mosque

Hat tip Gates of Vienna and Vlad Tepes. Translation by Fousesquawk.

Omar Faruq, a Bangladeshi imam in the Treviso province of northern Italy, is under investigation by the local Carabinieri on allegations he was beating small children under his tutelage, some as young as 5 years old and, in some cases, allegedly using a cane.

Trump vs. "The Squad"

This article first appeared in Times of Israel Blog.

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The lastest Trump “controversy” is over comments he has made this week in tweets against a group of 4 radical female Democrat congresswomen now calling themselves, “the Squad”. In truth, the 4 women, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ayanna Pressley, have been making hateful statements on an almost daily basis. They have expressed nothing but scorn toward America, and in the cases of at least two of them (Omar and Tlaib), derogatory statements about Jews that can only be described as anti-Semitic. Trump has merely responded, but the left and the media are once again in a frenzy calling the President a racist-which he is not.
Trump, in his inartful tweets, made it seem that he thought all 4 women were immigrants. In actuality, only Omar is an immigrant (from Somalia). She came to the US as a child as a refugee with her family. Trump suggested that the women should go back to the dysfunctional and crime ridden societies they left and fix the problems there if they found America so bad.
To tell an immigrant to go back to their own country is the harshest statement you can make. But in the case of Omar, it applies. Far from being grateful to this country, she trashes it with regularity, insulting American Jews, referring to 9-11 as “somebody did something”, complaining about the Somalis that the Black Hawk Down troops killed on that tragic day in Somalia and mocking one of her college professors for the way he referred to Al Qaeda after 9-11.
Tlaib, an American born to Palestinian immigrants, is also an anti-Semite, partially due to her rabid opposition to Israel and partially, I suspect, due to her upbringing. This is the woman who said immediately after being sworn into Congress, “We’re going to impeach the mother-f—-“. Most recently, she spoke of the “calming feeling” she got when she thought about how “her people” had given refuge to Jews after the Holocaust only to have their land stolen from them. Her words were not only insensitive but historically inaccurate to the point of being a sick joke.
Then there is Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old ex-barmaid, who betrays her ignorance and sheer stupidity every time she speaks. Last week, she was down on the US-Mexico border on a Congressional inspection of the detention facilities. First, she berated the Customs and Immigration authorities then repeated a claim by a female detainee that a guard had told her if she was thirsty, she could drink out of the toilet, a dubious claim at best, which the ICE officials effectively rebutted. In addition, last week she publicly accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, herself a Democrat, of somehow targeting congresswomen of color.
The theme, according to all 4 women, is that America is a racist nation and Trump is a racist himself. On the one hand, we have these radical politicians making hateful commnents about others, especially Jews, while complaining of racism on the other hand. It is as if the term, “person of color” automatically bestows nobility upon someone while those “racist and privileged whites” can be trashed all day long. In their world, Jews don’t get the luxury of being included in their “marginalized communities” because they are perceived (in many cases wrongly) of being white-and, of course, oh, so privileged.
And when someone like Trump comes along and calls them out, he is immediately branded as a racist and the “leader of white nationalists”. On Tuesday on CNN, the talking heads were discussing how Trump supporters can live with themselves for supporting this awful man. My question is how those who voted for these 4 woman can live with themselves after putting such radical America-haters into Congress.
But don’t expect contrition from the latter group of voters. If you think the voters in these districts are going to “throw the bums out” in 2020, I fear you will be sadly mistaken. They are a reflection of their constituencies, and I would bet they can’t wait to re-elect them. We have long learned our lesson with the never-ending re-elections of people like Pelosi and Maxine Waters, just to name a couple.
But if I were Trump or the Republican leadership, I would make these women the poster children of the Democrat party in the upcoming election. In fact, the Democrat party has been largely taken over by the radical left. It has placed them in a bad position, politically. Does the party rally around their own and defend these characters, thus, alienating the vast center of the country, or does it disown them and sacrifice its base?
Trump said what needed to be said irregardless of who is offended. As far as I am concerned, Omar, in particular, should consider returning to Somalia if she finds this country so distasteful. If the country’s electorate is willing to overlook this radicalism and elect more Democrats in 2020, it will not speak well for the future of America and our democracy.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Netherlands: ISIS Wives Want to Return

Hat tip Gates of Vienna and Vlad Tepes

Now that ISIS has been defeated on the battlegrounds of Iraq and Syria, and the caliphate is gone, the West is having to deal not only with the killers who have survived and are trying to make their way back to the Western countries where many came from, but their wives and children as well. Many Western-based Muslim women accompanied  their menfolk to the Middle East to provide them with the necessary sex and raise the next generation of terrorists. Now they want to return.

Here is a case from the Netherlands. Dutch women and their children in a holding camp in Syria.

My position is clear: None of these women should be allowed to return. They made their choice by going, and they joined the war against their own civilization in the process. Yes, the children are innocent, but what hope is there for them to grow up to be anything other than a danger to society? The most important thing is to protect the lives of your own citizens. The only way these people should return to the West is in handcuffs and only with the assurance that they will be imprisoned for a very long time. It is time to start setting some examples. Unfortunately, the European judicial system is notoriously lax, and its is likely that any term of imprisonment would be only a for a few months or a couple of years.

Nobody asked them to go to Syria to join in that evil enterprise known as ISIS. They should not be welcomed back.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Roundup Weekend

This article first appeared in New English Review.

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ICE Center in Tacoma

The much anticipated Roundup Weekend should be enough to convince most rational people that ICE is on the right side and the open borders crowd is on the wrong side. Two events over the weekend stand out.

In Tacoma, a 69-year-old Antifa burnout named Willem Van Spronsen decided he would show his support for "hard-working immigrant families" by attacking an ICE center on Saturday with Molotov cocktails and trying to blow the place up. Result? One dead ex-thug. Cops responded to deadly force with deadly force. Today, Antifa and the other assorted anarchists of the world are mourning their martyr, who died for "immigrant rights". Washington Democrat governor, Jay Inslee, implied it was all Trump's fault.

Meanwhile, in Aurora, Colorado, protesters paid a visit to the ICE detention center Friday night and showed their patriotism by tearing down a US flag and hoisting a Mexican flag in its place, further winning the hearts and minds of the 2020 voters.

As for how many illegal aliens were actually picked up across the nation, who knows? It seems to have been over-hyped. ICE had announced that its principal targets were those criminal aliens who had already had their day in Immigration court, had been ordered to leave, and ignored the order. That sounds reasonable to me. Yet, the media was all wringing its collective hands worrying about the kids who would return home from church and find their parents had disappeared.

The fact is that our Customs and Immigration officers don't deserve the abuse they are taking from the Democrats, the media, and the left. Their job is dangerous and thankless enough. Now they are simply overwhelmed by the human wave that is pouring across our border. They do not have the facilities to house everybody. Yet, they have to contend with loudmouth idiots like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) showing up for inspection tours, berating them, and announcing that some female detainee had been told by guards to drink out of the toilet, a claim effectively refuted by ICE officials. Former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan testified before the House on Friday and made Democrats like Ocasio-Cortez and Jesus Garcia (D-IL) look like total morons by angrily rejecting their accusations. When the 29-year-old former barmaid informed Homan that it was not a crime to apply for asylum, Homan informed her right back that asylum-seekers were supposed to apply for asylum at recognized ports of entry. Kudos for Mr Homan even though he was picking at low-hanging fruit.

The Democrats are banking on this isssue to carry them to victory over Trump in 2020. But is this what the average American voter is going to identify with in the next election- open borders and throwing our Immigration and Customs agents under the bus? Trump's critics accuse him of using the weekend raids to drum up his base and win more votes. But when you have people tearing down our flag and replacing it with the Mexican flag or attacking an ICE ceneter with Molotov cocktails and other weapons, who needs roundups to convince people that something has gone dreadfully wrong when it comes to our borders?

Which leads me to a concluding question: Was this another one of Trump's sucker punches? If so, it worked like a charm.