May 23, 2009
Surveillance video captured a man attacking a blind woman on a Seattle bus. Passengers came to her aid and held the man until police arrived. (May 21)
Man Charged With Sex Abuse Of Girl, 9
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- A 55-year-old Spartanburg County man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.
According to warrants, Thomas Allen Jones, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 11 years old.
The warrant says that between January 2007 and January 2008, Jones engaged in sexual battery with the girl.
An incident report said that the 9-year-old victim told investigators of the abuse when she was placed in foster care in January of this year.
Both Jones and the girl's mother tested positive for cocaine and other drugs after the child was placed in protective custody by the Department of Social Services.
According to a story in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, Jones was acquitted of aggravated assault charges on April 1.
He was found not guilty by jurors of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and assault and battery of high and aggravated nature.
The charges stemmed from accusations that he pistol whipped his estranged wife and a 7-year-old girl in April 2007.
Jones was the president of the Spartanburg County chapter of the NAACP from 2002 until 2005.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing to completely eliminate the state’s welfare program for families, medical insurance for low-income children and Cal Grants cash assistance to college and university students.
The proposals to sharply scale back the assistance that California provides to its neediest residents came in testimony by the administration this afternoon at a joint legislative budget committee hearing. It followed comments by the governor earlier today that he would be withdrawing a proposal to help balance the budget with billions of dollars of borrowing and replacing it with program reductions.
The proposals would completely reshape the state’s social service network, transforming California from one of the country’s most generous states to one of the most tightfisted. The proposals are intended to help close a budget deficit estimated at $21.3 billion.
The discussion, in a 90-minute meeting in the Cabinet Room that included Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and other top administration officials, came on the eve of a much-anticipated speech Mr. Obama is to give Thursday on a number of thorny national security matters, including his promise to close the detention center at the naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
Human rights advocates are growing deeply uneasy with Mr. Obama’s stance on these issues, especially his recent move to block the release of photographs showing abuse of detainees, and his announcement that he is willing to try terrorism suspects in military commissions — a concept he criticized bitterly as a presidential candidate.
The two participants, outsiders who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the session was intended to be off the record, said they left the meeting dismayed.
They said Mr. Obama told them he was thinking about “the long game” — how to establish a legal system that would endure for future presidents. He raised the issue of preventive detention himself, but made clear that he had not made a decision on it. Several senior White House officials did not respond to requests for comment on the outsiders’ accounts.
“He was almost ruminating over the need for statutory change to the laws so that we can deal with individuals who we can’t charge and detain,” one participant said. “We’ve known this is on the horizon for many years, but we were able to hold it off with George Bush. The idea that we might find ourselves fighting with the Obama administration over these powers is really stunning.”
The other participant said Mr. Obama did not seem to be thinking about preventive detention for terrorism suspects now held at Guantánamo Bay, but rather for those captured in the future, in settings other than a legitimate battlefield like Afghanistan. “The issue is,” the participant said, “What are the options left open to a future president?”
Mr. Obama did not specify how he intended to deal with Guantánamo detainees who posed a threat and could not be tried, nor did he share the contents of Thursday’s speech, the participants said.
He will deliver the speech at a site laden with symbolism — the National Archives, home to the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Across town, his biggest Republican critic, former Vice President Dick Cheney, will deliver a speech at the American Enterprise Institute.
Mr. Cheney and other hawkish critics have sought to portray Mr. Obama as weak on terror, and their argument seems to be catching on with the public. On Tuesday, Senate Democrats, in a clear rebuke to the White House, blocked the $80 million Mr. Obama had requested in financing to close the Guantánamo prison.
The lawmakers say they want a detailed plan before releasing the money; there is deep opposition on Capitol Hill to housing terrorism suspects inside the United States.
“He needs to convince people that he’s got a game plan that will protect us as well as be fair to the detainees,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, who agrees with Mr. Obama that the prison should be closed. “If he can do that, then we’re back on track. But if he doesn’t make that case, then we’ve lost control of this debate.”
But Mr. Obama will not use the speech to provide the details lawmakers want.“What it’s not going to be is a prescriptive speech,” said David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s senior adviser. “The president wants to take some time and put this whole issue in perspective to identify what the challenges are and how he will approach dealing with them.”
May 22, 2009
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Latino street gang waged a racist campaign to eliminate black people from a Southern California city through attempted murders and other crimes, according to federal racketeering indictments unsealed Thursday.
Five indictments charged a total of 147 members and associates of the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens gang, and federal and local agencies arrested 63 of them by early Thursday, U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien said at a news conference.
He called it “the largest gang takedown in United States history” but did not elaborate.
The indictments detail attempted murder, kidnapping, firearms, narcotics and other charges related to attacks by the gang, which is predominantly Latino and mainly operates in Hawaiian Gardens, a city of about 15,000 in southeastern Los Angeles County.
“(Varrio Hawaiian Gardens) gang members take pride in their racism and often refer to the VHG Gang as the `Hate Gang,’” the main indictment states. “VHG gang members have expressed a desire to rid the city of Hawaiian Gardens of all African-Americans and have engaged in a systematic effort to achieve that result by perpetrating crimes against African-Americans.”
The indictment alleges a string of attacks on black residents, including a shooting into a home with eight people inside. The indictment does not say if anyone was hit.
In another instance, two gang members allegedly chased a black man, yelled a racist epithet at him and then beat him with a garden rake. The same man was later repeatedly stabbed by two gang members, according to the indictment, which charges them with his attempted murder.
According to 2000 census data, the latest available, Hawaiian Gardens was roughly 73 percent Hispanic and 4 percent black.
The indictments mark at least the second time in less than two years that federal authorities have accused Latino gang members of attacking black residents because of their race. Local officials have tried to downplay racial tensions.
SoCal gang members indicted in racist shootings
By Richard Lynn
I want to examine the changing nature of Britishness resulting from the immigration non-Europeans, particularly in the light of IQ differences between immigrants and the native white population. My approach differs from current debates about immigration which are normally concentrated on whether it is good or bad for Britain, and whether we need more of it or less, and not on the quality of the immigrants or their racial identity.
Race And IQ
In my recent review of the research on race differences in intelligence that has been carried out over the last eighty years I have set the British IQ at 100 and shown that other Europeans have the same average IQ, except in the Balkans where it drops to around 93. Outside of Europe, the East Asians (Chinese, Japanese and Koreans) have the highest mean IQ at 105. The South Asians and North Africans have an average IQ of 84, the Caribbeans an IQ of 71, and the blacks of sub-Saharan African an IQ of 67.
These racial IQs appear to be about fifty per cent genetically determined and about fifty per cent environmentally determined. This means that when these peoples migrate to Britain they enter a much better environment, particularly as regards nutrition, health care and education, so their IQs increase by about fifty per cent. Thus the IQs of South Asians and North Africans increase to around 92, while the IQs of Caribbeans and African blacks increase to around 86.
The low IQ of blacks was been understood from everyday observation long before it became established by intelligence tests. For instance, in the eighteenth century David Hume wrote that “I am apt to suspect that Negroes are naturally inferior to whites. There is no ingenious manufacture amongst them, no arts, no sciences”. The first explorers of Africa reached the same conclusion. Mungo Park, who visited west Africa in 1795 and made his way up the Gambia and Niger rivers, noted that the African peoples had no written language and little that could be described as civilisation. He described the Africans as living in “small and incommodious hovels: a circular mud wall about four feet high, upon which is placed a conical roof, composed of bamboo cane, and thatched with grass, forms alike the palace of the king and the hovel of the slave”.
The explanation for these race differences in intelligence that has become widely accepted is that humans evolved in equatorial East Africa. About 100,000 years ago some groups migrated northwards into North Africa and then into Asia and Europe. These groups encountered a more challenging environment in which there were no plant or insect foods for much of the year, so they had to hunt large animals like mammoths to obtain their food. They also had to keep warm and for this they needed to make clothes and shelters. These problems became much greater in the last ice age that began about 28,000 years ago and lasted until about 11,000 years ago. All these challenges required higher intelligence. Only the more intelligent were able to survive in these harsh environments while the less intelligent perished. One result of this was that the brain size of the European and East Asian peoples increased to accommodate the greater intelligence required to overcome these problems.
These racial differences in intelligence are one of the most important reasons for the differences in the wealth and poverty of nations that are present throughout the world (the other main reason being the presence of a market economy or of some form of socialism or communism). Intelligence is a major determinant of competence and earning capacity, so inevitably the European and Far Eastern peoples whose populations are intelligent achieve higher standards of living than other peoples who are less intelligent.
This is often called the North-South divide, consisting of the rich north of Europe, North America and Japan, and the poor south consisting of South Asian, Africa and Latin America, but this is just a euphemism for the rich European and Far Eastern peoples who happen to live mainly in the northern hemisphere and the poor South Asians, Africans and Latin Americans who live in the south. These differences in wealth are largely caused by racial differences in intelligence.
Defense attorneys for Lemaricus Davidson have signaled their intent to bring race into their legal battle to dismiss the death penalty as a possible sentence for their client.
Victims Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom
Davidson is one of four defendants accused of carjacking, raping and killing Channon Christian and Chris Newsom in 2007.
All the defendants in the case are facing the death penalty. Attorneys for each of the defendants have previously filed motions regarding capital punishment.
Previously, defense attorneys have filed motions to have Judge Richard Baumgartner declare the death penalty unconstitutional.
Another recent motion filed by different legal teams in the case, is asking the judge to consider the expense of the death penalty which is through lethal injection in Tennessee.
The motion states the percentage of white persons to black person in Tennessee is 80.4% to 16.9% and in the United States, 80% to 12.8% according to the U.S. Census Bureau 2008.
The motion includes supporting documentation to indicate that 34% of the people executed in the United States since 1976 (the modern era of the death penalty) have been black.
It also notes that 41.6% of the nation’s death row population is black.
All the defendants are black and the victims were white.
Defense attorney Don Bosch is not connected to any of the four cases. Bosch says the “bare bones” motion just makes the court aware of the upcoming extensive legal argument on the issue.
He created the motion for one of his previous clients who is black. The victim was white.
Defense uses race to argue against the death penalty
May 18, 2009
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, in January 2009.Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesU.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, in January 2009.
Can someone please tell us how U. S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano got her job? She appears to be about as knowledgeable about border issues as a late-night radio call-in yahoo.
In an interview broadcast Monday on the CBC, Ms. Napolitano attempted to justify her call for stricter border security on the premise that "suspected or known terrorists" have entered the U. S. across the Canadian border, including the perpetrators of the 9/11 attack.
All the 9/11 terrorists, of course, entered the United States directly from overseas. The notion that some arrived via Canada is a myth that briefly popped up in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and was then quickly debunked.
Informed of her error, Ms. Napolitano blustered: "I can't talk to that. I can talk about the future. And here's the future. The future is we have borders."
Just what does that mean, exactly?
Just a few weeks ago, Ms. Napolitano equated Canada's border to Mexico's, suggesting they deserved the same treatment. Mexico is engulfed in a drug war that left more than 5,000 dead last year, and which is spawning a spillover kidnapping epidemic in Arizona. So many Mexicans enter the United States illegally that a multi-billion-dollar barrier has been built from Texas to California to keep them out.
In Canada, on the other hand, the main problem is congestion resulting from cross-border trade. Not quite the same thing, is it?
MEP candidate Norman Lowell this morning filed a Constitutional appeal from a judgment which had dismissed his Constitutional application claiming that his right to a fair hearing had been breached.
Mr Lowell had been given a two year jail term suspended for four for inciting racial hatred and insulting the President of Malta in speeches in Rabat and Qawra in 2006. He had also been fined €500.
An appeal from the sentence was dismissed last October after it was found that his fundamental human rights had not been violated by a judgment of the Court of Criminal Appeal. A Constitutional application where Mr Lowell argued that he was denied the right to a fair hearing by the appeals court was also dismissed. He is now appealing this latest judgment.
“I still believe in the supreme law of the land. The constitution protects me. It guarantees freedom of expression, even one that shocks and disturbs,” he told a news conference after the case was filed.
Mr Lowell said that he could not accept a highly subjective appeal verdict that threw out the whole concept of freedom on a subjective whim.
Was it possible that the Maltese court throw away freedom of expression on a shameful interpretation, he asked.
Mr Lowell said he could not see himself a criminal deserving a vindictive harsh sentence of two years in prison for defending his country.
History will judge who are the real criminals, he said.
“I am fighting for my country and my people desiring nothing else than to hand over to my children and grandchildren my country as it was handed down to me by my ancestors.
“If this is criminal, then I am proud to be a criminal,” he said.
Mr Lowell also criticised The Times for saying that he was not qualified to contest the MEP elections after he submitted his nomination.
He said that the newspaper had to eat its words the following day but the correction was hidden away on page 13.
From: Herbert Chen, M.D. (e-mail him)
Re: Peter Brimelow’s Blog: No Obama National Day Of Prayer…Because There’s No Nation?
In addition, the country has taken away power from the haves who produce the wealth and given it to the minorities (many of them immigrants) who have no vested interest in America other than as a market place and Mid-Eastern Bazaar.
There is no doubt in most Americans’ minds that in the US that the wealth is generated by the white majority. But the power to tax the producers is wholly owned by the consumers of our wealth, i.e. the underclass.
No good can come from this imbalance of power.
I would point out this happened before when Juan and Evita Peron assumed power in Argentina in the 1950s using the elective power of the huge number of new immigrants that had been lured to Argentina in the 1930's and 40's.
Chen, who practices in a state carried by Obama, wrote a previous letter urging the federal government not to invite the entire world to America. Read it here.
From: D.J. Staub (e-mail him)
Re: Patrick Cleburne’s Blog: That CRASH! Was Obama Dropping Enforcement
I am with Cleburne on this issue.
While I very much appreciate the excellent work that Joe Guzzardi has done in fighting mass immigration and the destruction of America, my worry is that his rosy prognosis that amnesty will not happen under Barack Obama’s administration could weaken the fight against illegal and legal immigration.
My sense is that the U.S. is getting very close to the point where you will be overwhelmed by people from the Third World and unable to fight your dispossession and ultimate destruction.
If you continue on your present pathway to national suicide, you will find yourself in a position similar to that now experienced by South African whites and will suffer a similar outcome.
I have three children and not a day goes by that I do not think of the dark and cruel world that we are preparing for our children and grandchildren.
The Pinocchio regime
The grand Body Snatcher (1) project of erasing race-ethnicity-religion-culture-gender distinctions does not, of course, erase them. It merely, in the manner of a babbling baby, starts calling da-da what was previously doo-doo, as if through this onomatopaeic transfiguration shit could be turned into father.
This would be a joke, were the Snatchers not in control of the West and its destiny. Because they are, real doo-doo is being packaged as Fatherland’s Wonderful Joy of Diversity, and we eat it. Literally.
There have been several known cases of jihad-by-feces (hat tip Atlas Shrugs). The latest is Sahnoun Daifallah, 42, an Algerian unemployed chemist in England who was given to walking about with a laptop bag concealing a weed sprayer. Daifallah used this contraption to spray a mix of urine and feces on food, wine and books in stores in several British towns. There was a stockpile of this stuff in his home, in plastic bags marked with the names of different British target cities.
Caprophiliac jokes that are all-too-real abound in Snatchland. A man copulates with another, marries him and can get pregnant too. The state, freed from the discipline of the gold standard, prints a perpetual stream of pieces of paper, turning money into watered-down merde. Every Western institution now considers it necessary to consult Muslim authorities with respect to the installation of toilets in public buildings.
The willful lying about reality, the manipulation of language and images to disguise such lies, the teaching and enforcement of the lies and the persecution of those who challenge the lies is the chief occupation of the regime of Meccania. Through lying, backed by a $750 million promo budget, a life-long socialist with a pronounced anti-white animus and no experience in managing as much as a newsstand was elected to manage the biggest capitalist economy in the world that also has a white majority. His predecessor had been elected on the promise of No Nation Building, yet would proceed to plunge his country into the Sisyphean building of two unbuildable nations, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Immigration to the West is based on lies too. Politicians and their echo chamber in the MSM claim that immigration is necessary because of its putative economic benefits. Yet study after study shows that the public costs of immigration far exceed the alleged economic benefits.
In France, the State spends 71,76 billion euros on the social costs of immigration, and receives back 45,57 billion in the taxes the immigrants pay, for an annual deficit of over €26 billion per year. In Great Britain, an amnesty for illegal immigrants would cost taxpayers £1million per each of such 450,000 foreigners, for a paltry total of £450 billion. Yet politicians and cardinals support the amnesty because it’s “morally right,” and thousand of addled Pods march in London to support the amnesty on grounds of its purported fiscal benefit. In the U.S., amnesty for the (low estimate) 12 million illegal immigrants will cost the taxpayers at least $2.6 trillion, not to speak of social capital depletion, yet U.S. Congress and U.S. Presidents (GWB, BHO) can’t wait to pass the amnesty.
Even the few politicians and journalists who take a principled stand against immigration lie – probably to themselves in the first place. They lie by pretending that their objection to illegal immigration is because of its illegality. But the damage is not a consequence of the illegality but of who the immigrants are. The legal immigrants cause the same social problems as the illegal ones, because they come from the Third World and, in Europe particularly, the Muslim world.
Here a second lie comes into play, for no Western politician would dare to point out that beneficial immigration can be easily separated from the harmful one not by the criterion of legality but through the shibboleth of culture.
Culture can be reliably correlated with the quartet, and only the full quartet, of race, ethnicity, religion and social class, formal education being a prime component of class in modern times. But to do that would be to commit the dreaded crime of “discrimination.” In Meccania, one cannot discriminate on pain of severe penalties. But the ultimate peril is to Meccania itself.
Reality will continue to discriminate, no matter what Body Snatchers say or do. And a clash between a reality-averse ideology and Reality has the same pre-ordained outcome as a test crash between a knockoff car and a wall. It’s only a question of the speed, acceleration, mass and distance of the lying car from the solid wall.
The finance-driven Western consumer economy is fuelled by lies too, even now when it has hit the Wall of Reality through the issue of phantom money, unrealistic levels of debt and consumption, and lying in the construction and sale of mortgage-backed and other derivative securities.
Until recently, in some Western countries one could buy a home with a loan for 110% of the property’s optimistically assessed value. All through lying autosuggestion backed by a system rigged to reward risk, gambling, irresponsibility, fraud and redundant consumption, while punishing caution, saving, self-reliance and integrity. In the United States, you could get a mortgage with no job, no savings, no education, hence no prospects of a job or savings. But on one condition: that your skin color be within the range of coffees on the menu at Starbucks.
Western-style promotion and advertising exist to instill desires in people for things they don’t need, can’t afford, or can afford but can’t attain anyway. The leggy model reclining on the Humvee in the glossy ad, she don’t come with the Humvee. You can buy a Mercedes but you can’t buy class. But after 60 years of this son et lumière brainwashing, we just salivate on command per media-imbedded cues.
Perhaps the classic tale of Body Snatcher regime’s aversion to reality transpired on 11 March 2005 in Atlanta. A 5'2", 51-year-old grandmother and sheriff's deputy, Cynthia Hall, was escorting a 6’1’, 200-lbs ex-football player and career rapist, Brian Nichols, from the county jail to the Atlanta courtroom. The hiring of Grandma Hall for what an idiot would know is a big-man-only position had been a two-fer for Fulton County, for Grandma Hall was both black and female.
As soon as Officer Hall removed Nichols’s handcuffs before entering the courtroom, the big man assaulted her, inflicting critical injuries. He then seized her gun, shot to death a Superior Court judge, a court reporter and a sheriff’s deputy, escaped the courthouse, and then killed another person in the course of a carjacking.
This tale, if not the deaths involved, would make a good Keystone Cops movie. But under the circumstances, it can serve as a metaphor for the suicidal madness that causes Body Snatcher society to self-terminate.
It’s a spiraling madness too. San Francisco, as we relayed in Part 7, has one-upped Atlanta by appointing a 5’ Chinese lesbian as its Chief of Police. It’s a trifecta that shall remain unequalled until some branch of America’s law and security enforcement apparatus recruits a Samoan lesbian paraplegic to serve as the commander of its elite tactical unit.
America is not alone in this epidemic of spongiform diversititis. We have looked previously at the pregnant Spanish Minister of Defense and evoked Fjordman’s sketches of the Scandinavian dhimmi gyneocracy, and Tiberge’s of France receding before the people it used to push back since Charles Martel. Then there is Lord Ahmed, and Antwerp’s deputy mayor who wants to convert unused churches into mosques, and the Israeli academics who see the lack of rape of Arab women by Jews as proof of Jewish racism.
The virus is pitiless and catholic, though limited to the (previously) white West alone. In Sweden, there is a plague of rapes committed by Muslim immigrants. As Muslim immigrants in Malmö increased to 25% of the population, the number of rapes tripled. The Rosengård area is largely no-go even for the Swedish police.
But the authorities blame the rapes on warm weather, alcohol, Internet dating sites and increase in reporting rape. Fjordman quotes a leading Swedish journalist, Helle Klein, “If the debate is [about] that there are problems caused by refugees and immigrants, we don’t want it.”
Muslims immigrants and their unassimilable descendants are projected to become the majority in Sweden in 40 years. Helle Klein is female and Jewish. By the time Ms. Klein wants to debate problems caused by refugees and immigrants, not only her country but perhaps she personally will have already been crash-tested by Reality. Debate will no longer be an option, only submission.
Male-dominated societies like China and Russia aggressively threaten the West’s vital interest, and Islamic patriarchal primitives ravage it from without and within, but the West is busy feminizing itself further, confusing its genders, importing tribal aliens, pussyfooting with jihad, negotiating in good faith with masters of taquiah, enforcing gender and race quotas to elevate non-deserving and incompetent nonwhites or non-males, lying to itself outrageously about innate group differences, and generally ripping itself apart in pursuit of a profound and delusionary fraud.
E = mv2
The energy released by the impact of Snatcher State’s smashup against the Wall of Reality may or may not be expressible in elegant mathematical formulas, but it’s clearly related to the mass hurling forward toward the “progressive” future, times some order of velocity.
The mass is incalculably enormous. Snatcher State now controls every part of every sphere of activity in every Western country. Through the 50 - 50 scheme (2), it controls directly the livelihood of 50% of its subjects. Through its ability to print paper money for itself and confiscate its subjects’ money, it controls indirectly the livelihood of everyone.
Through Gramscian education, Snatcher State has controlled the brains of the last three generations of its subjects (3). Through organizations such as G-20 and UN, wiggle room that exists in different forms in most Snatcher states is being eliminated, to bring one Meccania into existence from the Bering Sea to the far reaches of the South Pacific.
The recent G-20 summit, for instance, concluded with a declaration of intention to impose sanctions on tax havens, i.e. the few developed countries that have lower rates of taxation than the confiscatory rates in Meccania. Such brazen potential shelters from Meccania’s tax confiscators were intolerable to the Pod nomenklatura. As Stratfor summarized, “The G-20’s first task was to define which territories need to be brought in line with international tax standards in order to ‘name and shame’ them.”
A similar role is performed by UN with regard to “racism.” Durban 1 sprouted solely to revile, subdue and rob Meccania’s whitey of his remaining means, and to destroy Israel, the single country remaining where a culturally Western majority still struggles to preserve its hold on the rudders of state and weltanschauung.
The same Meccanization process is being carried out through the ‘global warming’ cabal, with international treaties and very rich globalist Über-Pods like Al Gore and Maurice Strong working to bring the entire West under a strict and destructive hobble – a hobble on which they will make a fortune and that will cripple the West and boost its foes.
The velocity is quite dizzying too. In the Eurabian districts of Meccania, one can compute the approximate date of impact by comparing demographic data on immigration and fertility rates of Muslim immigrants versus those of indigenous Europeans. The meeting with The Wall will occur around mid-21st century.
The consequences of the impact are visible now, 40 years in advance. They were visible 90 years in advance, when the process began – but not to leguminous hominid simulacra molded of space materials with an admixture of Marx, Mao, Gramsci, Beauvoir and liberation theology.
The crash may take 100 years to unfold fully, just as the test truck folds in slow-motion upon meeting the wall. But its shape is on display in the once-thriving parts of Christian civilization such as North Africa, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey, and in once-peaceful and Buddhist countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s on display now in every country where a minority of another race and faith lives among a Muslim majority.
In the North American districts of Meccania, one can read the writing on the wall now, clearly, though The Wall is still around the corner. If 50% of the babies born in Europe are named Muhammad, 50% of America’s babies are named Manuel. Many are born to Mexican citizens who just hop across the border for the American taxpayer-financed delivery and the ‘anchor-baby’ citizenship that comes with it.
Just like the future of Marseille can be seen in Marrakech, the future of Los Angeles is on display in Mexico City. The future of Los Angeles was perhaps in the cards already in 1847, when the naïve gringo winners in the Mexican – American War failed to rechristen the town then known as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de Los Angeles del Rio de Porciuncula. Now they have to tiptoe humbly around Aztlan in order to bow to The Race (La Raza) before begging MECHA for the keys to their own house.
Phoenix, Arizona, is already the runner-up to the title of Kidnapping Capital of the World, after Mexico City. Not entirely by coincidence, the value of real estate in Phoenix has halved in the last two years.
Detroit has already met The Wall. Its industry is shattered. It looks like a post-Apocalypse city. It has the highest per-capita crime rate in North America, probably in all of Meccania: 1,220 violent crimes per 100,000.
Only 22% of Detroit’s public school students graduate, and the schools have armed police on permanent duty. Similar situations in civic culture, crime and schools exist in all the large cities with large racial minority populations (4), which means almost all American cities.
These problems are impossible to fix, because the ruling Body Snatchers are racist cowards who tacitly hold black (and mestizo) people to lower standards of conduct than they do Whites. Dr. Walter Williams, a black libertarian and distinguished professor of economics, has blamed Snatcher insanity for this unraveling. He has written about Detroit schools, “Much of what's seen today is a result of harebrained ideas and a tolerance for barbaric behavior”. Williams has diagnosed a similar problem in other cities, e.g. Baltimore.
If America had not deliberately hobbled itself with “diversity” and other Snatcher delusions, the integration problems that no mixed White- Black society has yet solved in history (5) would have probably come to a salutary end by now. It’s enough to read black conservative intellectuals like Williams, Thomas Sowell and Shelby Steele to realize how much the social engineering of “redemptive liberalism” has hurt both freedom and the minorities it pretends to uplift.
The fake “strength in diversity” alone costs America $1.1 trillion per year, and that does not include the losses of social capital, which are catastrophically large. The country of noble intentions hijacked by the Snatchers in the 60s has become the country of unintended consequences.
It’s more difficult to know what ultimate shape America’s Wall will take, for its Snatchers (as in the U.K.) come in three flavors: “Progressive,” Liberal and Pseudo-Conservative, whereas in continental Europe they are all from the Left mold. Nevertheless, three things seem solidly in America’s future:
One is the destruction of the dollar and of America’s capitalist model itself – both debauched beyond measure through Pod foolishness of the Left and the putative Right, and greed of no connection to Podism.
The Obama Administration, per the Alinsky playbook, is not letting a serious crisis go to waste. It deals with a crisis created by excessive debt by multiplying the debt as though on steroids, including printing more money – 14 trillions of the stuff, printed or conjured, so far. It’s using a lot of that to grow the public’s dependence on the government, striving to equalize the 50 -50 European formula. This secures a permanent hold on the trough for the Left’s clients and brings a uniform, socialist Meccania closer to consummation.
The second item is the inevitable crash of the global economy. In the West, this will impact the U.S. the most. There will come a time when global pandemics, economic depression and Peak Oil have stopped super-container ships, 24/7 air cargo, and the 24/7 river of cross-continental trucks. The effect on the country that depends for its produce on Mexico, for its flowers on Colombia, for its fruits on Chile, for its clothing on Vietnam, for its computers on Taiwan, for its electronics on Japan, and for everything else on China, will be profound.
The third item in the crystal ball is the Mestizo-Hispanization of the United States, with all the attendant consequences. Even George Friedman of Stratfor, who sees a future of dominance and prosperity for the United States in The Next 100 Years , forecasts an eventual war with Mexico because of this.
But another word for Hispanization is balkanization. Unless the country manages to shake off its Snatcher elite, which seems unlikely in the next 40 years, it will break up like the Balkans did. In 20 years, Mexicans will have become the majority in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. States like Nevada and Colorado will follow suit.
Pace Dr. Friedman, secession by democratic ballot seems more likely than war. Meccania shies from war against other countries; it makes war only on its own autochthons. The country that has done so much for the self-determination of Kosovo will not deny self-determination to a 90%-Mexican California.
In either case, Americans will have only their White Pod elite to blame, going back to 1965. The matter is particularly intractable because even the pseudo-conservative Pods toil hard in the service of Hispanization. Their horizon simply does not extend 20 years forward, anymore than it extends 200 years backward.
Eurabia will know it has hit The Wall when the muezzin’s call issues from the tower of the Westerkerk, long after the grave of Rembrandt and the statue of Anne Frank have been removed from this church’s premises as offensive to Muslims -- the one as a maker of graven images and the other as a Jew and a symbol of a holocaust that did not happen.
Europe’s secular-socialist feminists will have experienced The Wall when they choose themselves to wear the full body chador rather than suffer spontaneous and frequent street violence. The society that swoons at transvestite politicians, gay marriage, homosexual indoctrination in schools and “empowerment” of men-hating Marxist women will know the test of Reality when its fertility rate is no longer 1.3 but 0.65.
Before the impact
The crash seems inevitable. The momentum is enormous. The steering wheel is in the unprisable grip of crash-test dummies. A large majority of the passengers are altered Pods, happy to be on a ride toward a democratic, “progressive” future -- peaceful, diverse, integrated, free of discrimination, racism, sexism, homophobia, inequality and all things nasty.
Eventually, when the Wall of Reality is so close you can see the seams where its eternal titanium bracings are, all but the chief priests of the Pod cult will want to bail out from the speeding vehicle. There is nothing like imminent pulverization to reprogram a chip in a hurry. But by then, the velocity will be such that staying or jumping will make no difference.
We might speculate as to the full dimensions of the crash, but the purpose of this serial essay is to identify a way to exit the Pod test- vehicle before the crash. This would save those who have exited the “progressive” experiment. It would also provide a shelter for the Pod survivors of the mugging by Reality. Better yet, in areas where the population is less brainwashed, e.g. some parts of the U.S., Australia, Switzerland and Italy, it may avert the crash altogether.
The way to exit the Pod vehicle is to separate from the Body Snatchers and their clients as completely as the law of the land and human ingenuity allow, now. Walking out, retreating from the Pod domain is the only way to bring Reality to bear on its deniers. Persuasion, rhetoric, political propaganda, electoral politics cannot do it. A chip that has been molded to oscillate only at one frequency cannot be made to vibrate to another.
As Kutuzov’s retreat forced Napoleon to fight the inexorable Russian winter, an exodus of the anti-Pods well before the crash will remove the buffer between the Snatchers and cold reality. As John Galt’s (inter alia) withdrawal from the machine of socialist exploitation removed the Atlas that was supporting the world in Ayn Rand’s novel, so will the withdrawal of anti-Pods leave Snatcher State with all the looters, but far fewer subjects to loot.
Who are the anti-Pods? The “simple folks” who study and work and pay their bills and go through life under their own steam. It’s people who give their own money to charity rather than confiscate others’ money to redistribute for political gain. Who volunteer for military service rather than attend pacifist demonstrations under a security umbrella provided by the soldiering of others. Who own guns and are ready to defend their families, because they know that Podism breeds crime and the police are always too late. Who marry only those with whom nature has made breeding possible, and who go through the tribulations of raising and providing for their brood.
It’s the cops on patrol (but not in the Chief’s office) and the firefighters, the tradesmen and small businessmen, the middle-class married women with children. It’s a minority of professionals and intellectuals who had enough inner strength to go through years of Pod indoctrination and peer pressure at university and on the job without losing their hold on Reality’s compass.
Above all, anti-Pods are net tax payers. The Pod establishment and its clients are net tax eaters. Anti-Pods pay with money and blood for the social services that the Pods administer and their clients consume.
Now, imagine that anti-Pods were to disappear from Snatchland. No police standing between the Snatcher elite and the stone-throwing segment of Muslim colonizers. No firefighters to mitigate for the Snatchers the effects of the Molotov-cocktail throwing segment of Muslim colonizers. No tactical units and gun-owning rednecks standing between the armed ethnic gangs and the Pod population. No pilots to guide global economy’s super tankers into Snatchland’s harbors. No well brought-up children around whom to stitch the sham classrooms of Meccania. Far fewer taxpayers to fund Snatchland’s madness.
Consider the Jews, probably the West’s most Podism-prone ethnic group (6). The Jewish CEJI (Centre Européen Juif d’Information), headquartered in Brussels, is “Working toward a democratic, inclusive and integrated Europe to guarantee the peaceful coexistence of its people.” As if peaceful integration, particularly with Jews, was the purpose of Belgium’s or Eurabia’s Muslims too.
The Vlaams Belang party, which may be the only thing standing between Flemish Jews and future pogroms, “doesn't convince Jewish people” per the voting ballots they cast. Elie Weisel, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and Auschwitz survivor, says, “Jews have no place in the xenophobic parties.”
In the United States, ADL, a Jewish organization existing ostensibly to combat anti-Semitic defamation, has a Hispanic section, though for The Race, or La Raza as it calls itself, this is the only reciprocal, Jewish section. ADL has also issued a public condemnation of the “anti-Islam remarks” of Geert Wilders, perhaps the greatest friend Jews have among all European politicians.
HIAS, a Jewish organization existing ostensibly to aid Jewish immigrants, imports refugees and “refugees”, including Jew-hating Somalis, from every corner of the world, and vilifies immigration opponents, particularly if they are Jewish. But consider the effects of aiding and sponsoring the immigration of Muslims to the West.
Besides the “Death-to-the Jews” marching crowds in Europe’s cities, political choices have faces on them too. In March 1994, Rashid Baz, a Lebanese immigrant cab driver in New York, looking for Jews to kill, fired at a van full of Hassidic boys, killing one. In February 1997, Ali Hasan Abu Kamal, a Palestinian immigrant, shot seven people and killed one on top of the Empire State building, because he objected to U.S. support for Israel. In July 2002, Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, an Egyptian immigrant, murdered two people and wounded four at Los Angeles Airport’s El-Al Israeli Airlines terminal. In November, 2003, in Paris, Adel Boumedienne, an Algerian “jeune” born in France, cut the throat of his longtime friendly Jewish neighbor Sébastien Selam, gouged his eyes out and then boasted, “I killed my Jew.” In January 2006, a gang of 20 mostly African Muslim immigrants led by Youssef Fofana, kidnapped and tortured to death Ilan Halimi, 23, a French-Morrocan Jew, in Paris. In July 2006, Naveed Afzal Haq, a Pakistani-American, shot up the Jewish Federation of Seattle, murdering two and wounding four while screaming, "I am a Muslim American, angry at Israel." This is just a quick snapshot, and a preview of things to come.
A Jewish politician for the Labour Party in Birmingham just had her own preview. She was denied the opportunity to vie for a ward councilor post because of being “White and Jewish.” But why would there even be a Jewish Labour politician, let alone in a city whose ex-lord mayor, incidentally the one who found her unacceptably Jewish, is a Mahmood Hussain? Such a level of madness cannot be cured through persuasion. The patient can recover only through eating copiously of the bitter fruits of her own derangement.
What would happen if anti-Pods were to leave Birmingham and let its Labour-voting Jews deal on their own with the consequences of the Labour–Muslim alliance? What would happen if Irish and other Euro-origin anti-Pod cops and firefighters, all suffering from racist discrimination, quit their jobs in New York City and Los Angeles, and left the Jewish populations of those cities, not to mention Wall Street and Hollywood, to face the unalloyed consequences of the leftist, “diversity”-promoting policies they supports with votes and donations?
The Jews are a convenient example in this case, because of the near-surreal role of canary-in-the-coal-mine that Providence (or the homeostasis of cosmic forces in Western history, for those secularly inclined) has chosen for this group. But this is a large phenomenon, encompassing the entire West, in all its autochthon demographic sectors, in all spheres of life.
The slicing of Western population by a different criterion, that of gender, would show women, by far, as the Podism-prone segment (7). Imagine that the put-upon Swedish-Swedish male decided to exit Pod society. Out of Sweden’s Muslim immigrant-“enriched” cities and into the northern countryside, or away, to countries of lesser subservience to feminist-socialist dhimmi dogma. Sweden’s feminist-and-feminized oligarchy would then begin to experience the reality of Muslim immigration quite a bit more directly.
But for Scandinavia, such a scenario is hypothetical only. For there aren’t enough anti-Pods there for an Exodus to make a difference in the pre-crash trajectory of that society. Which brings us to a few generalizations that can be usefully made at this point.
First, singularity. Podism is a single viral pathogen that knows no boundary of territory, culture, language or religion, except it’s limited, as though by a genetic mutation, to people of European origin alone. Although the particulars of the situation in Australia may be entirely different from Belgium’s, the same force animates the decay of both societies. The cure, Exodus, also has a single principle, but it has many possible manifestations, depending on personal circumstances and the differences in the character and situation of each country.
Second, survival. Exodus is necessary not only to put the Pods in direct contact with Reality, but also to save the anti-Pods from Meccania’s persecution. Snatchland detests such Westerners as have not yet lost their minds and their spines. We’ll have more to say about that.
Third, commitment. You combat oppression by implacable fanatics with disciplined radicalism. One for all -- all for one. There is much to learn from the history of persecuted minorities and from the defensive tactics they used. There is much to learn from Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals too (8). After all, Alinsky has taken a Chicago community organizer to the White House, and a Pod Wellesley student to the White House (albeit as a wife/consigliere), the U.S. Senate, and the top of the U.S. State Department (9).
Fourth, civilization. Exodus is not simply a flight from high taxes, street crime or ethnic discrimination. When the totem of faked, forced equality hovers like a giant Moloch over Western Civilization, there remains only one option for cultural survival: construct a new civilization. Or, as we glimpsed in Part 4, an Altneuland – a new civilization that restores and reinvigorates the old one. It will be described hereafter as Atlantis.
Fifth, action. Doing and being over talking. Combining principles 2, 3 and 4 means that, at the least, anti-Pods in each town ought to strive to live next to each other, on the same street, in close proximity. When more move in, more contiguous streets. A neighborhood.
A neighborhood with anti-Pod bookstores selling books from the Antipod Press. Anti-Pod food stores and restaurants selling food produced by anti-Pods, with young anti-Pod dishwashers learning the value of hard work. Anti-Pod café-salons. Anti-Pod clothing stores selling (only high-quality) clothing made by anti-Pods on patterns from the 50s. An anti-Pod radio station and Community-TV channel and an anti-Pod film theatre running only films free of Snatcher propaganda. A security patrol of anti-Pods who live among and know the other anti-Pods. Anti-Pod schools and kindergartens and an anti-Pod governing council.
Right there you see the problem. For Meccania has laws that constrain its citizens’ freedom in many of these areas. In Germany, they’ll throw you in jail for home-schooling your child. In the U.S., some Snatcher judge will find a way to coerce you to accept Pod residents and employees, and rehab clinics or mosques for Pod clients, and Pod media content, and Pod schooling.
True self-government for anti-Pods will not be possible in any of the major cities of the West – except after the crash. Hence, for anti-Pods for whom it’s possible, the goal should be to move away from all centers where Snatchers dominate, to populate villages, towns and provinces that have the fewest Pods and Pod-clients.
The ultimate step would be secession. As we saw in Part 9, a secessionist movement already exists. But in Europe, it’s on an ethnic/linguistic basis whereas in the U.S. it’s on the basis of regional economic interests. Exodus would be on the basis of anti-Pod beliefs that include ethnic, linguistic and economic interests but go far beyond them. This has profound implications.
Sixth, Quality. Quality over Quantity.
Much can be read into what has been stated here. But a few hundred words cannot suffice to analyze complex phenomena. It would behoove the reader, therefore, to wait for an elaboration in future segments of “Meccania –Atlantis” instead of attributing imagined intent now.
If the remedy proposed here seems radical, so is the rapid progress of the lethal pathology it seeks to address. The governments and supra-government of all Western nations, and all of their institutions, are in the hands of Body Snatchers. Remote controls to the brains of 2/3 of the West’s autochthon population have been distributed among Black Messiahs, Mexican colonizers with American passports and seats in American legislatures, Muslim colonizers with seats in parliaments and mayoral chambers, women with key powers over the West’s military and strategic future, influential media barons who sprouted in the Pod hothouses of HarvardYaleOxford, Gramscian billionaires who fund the decay while making a profit on the decay, Marxist professors with cult following, Hollywood and TV celebrities and rock-stars with pea-brains and melon-sized emotional seed-pods.
All that seems like overwrought hyperbole, but it’s just a shortcut metaphor of considerable appositeness, judging by the daily, almost hourly, news.
Exodus is amply warranted. But first, one has to reckon with Leviathan.
We’ll go there next time.
(1) The basic analogy reverts to Part 1, where we cited the film Invasion of the Body Snatchers. In the film, alien “Body Snatchers” produce giant legume Pods that replace living people while appearing to be identical to them. From the Pods develop the new Body Snatchers who cultivate further Pods etc. I use these terms interchangeably, usually preferring Pods as a catchall term, and anti-Pod as the antithesis of Pod.
(2) We explored this concept in The 50-50 solution chapter of Part 3
(3) E.g. Pedagogy of the Oppressed, by the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire – a book of Marxist gibberish that has achieved, since 1970, a “near-iconic status in America’s teacher-training programs”. The book derides the imparting of any academic content in schools as “official knowledge” that serves to maintain inequality in capitalist society. This and other books like it serve to produce the Body Snatcher teachers who in turn mold generations of verisimilar Pods throughout Snatchland.
(4) As always in my writings, attributions of social, cognitive and psychological qualities to a group are never valid with respect to the entirety of the group but only its statistical average, numerical majority, or saliently outsized share in the phenomenon under discussion.
(5) I thought the unappealing example of Castro’s Cuba an exception, but this begs to disagree.
(6) An attribution of a characteristic to a group is not an assertion that all members of the group possess that trait, or possess it in equal measure. In fact, some of the most effective polemicists against Podism or critics of Jewish Podism are Jews themselves, e.g. (in no particular order) Paul Gottfried, Mark Levin, Alain Finkielkraut, Lawrence Auster, Michael Savage, Ezra Levant, Michael Levin, Michael Hart, Dan Stein, Ilana Mercer, Nicholas Stix and many others. This in no way invalidates the group trait attribution.
(7) An attribution of a characteristic to a group is not an assertion that all members of the group possess that trait, or possess it in equal measure. In this authors’ opinion, the greatest major anti-Pod politician of recent times was Margaret Thatcher. There are too many great anti-Pod fighting women to name here, but just from those working in the media one would have to mention Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter, Diana West, Heather MacDonald and Caroline Glick. Alas, the group characteristic still stands.
(8) Hillary Clinton wrote her senior thesis at Wellesley on Saul Alinsky.
May 16, 2009
The Federal Reserve apparently can't account for $9 trillion in off-balance sheet transactions.
When Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Orlando) asked Inspector General Elizabeth Coleman of the Federal Reserve some very basic questions about where the trillions of dollars that have come from the Fed's expanded balance sheet, the IG didn't know.
Worse, nobody at the Fed seems to have any idea what the losses on its $2 trillion portfolio really are.
"I am shocked to find out that nobody at the Federal Reserve is keeping track of anything," Grayson says.
Grayson asked Coleman if her agency had done any research into the decision not to save Lehman Brothers, which “sent shockwaves through the entire financial system,” Coleman said it had not.
“What about the $1 trillion plus expansion of the Federal reserve’s balance sheet since last September?” Grayson asked.
“We have different connotations,” Coleman replied. “We’re actually conducting a fairly high-level review of the various lending facilities collectively.”
Translation: Nobody at the Fed knows where the money went.
Do you know what who got the $1 trillion or more in the Fed's expansion of its balance, Grayson pressed.
"I do not know. We have not looked at this specific area at the particular point on that specific review," Coleman answer.
What about the trillions of off-balance transactions since last September, Grayson asked.
Coleman demurred again, saying the IG does not have jurisdiction to audit the Federal Reserve.
Grayson pointed out that it was the inspector general's job to audit such spending and asked again if the office had done any investigation at all.
Coleman's answer: Not enough yet to even respond. "We are in not a position to say if there losses."
Grayson concluded, "I am shocked to find out that nobody at the Federal Reserve, including the inspector general, is keeping track of this."
Meanwhile, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the bank is working on ways to rein in the massive balance sheet commitments.
"A majority of the members who made these projections just recently took 2 percent as being an appropriate number" for inflation, Bernanke said Monday.
"Somewhere between 1-1/2 to 2 percent is basically the number that our committee has individually stated is the appropriate medium-term inflation rate.
"To achieve that we need to demonstrate that we will be able to exit from the balance sheet position that we currently have, and have been working on this intensively," Bernanke said in response to questions after a speech to a conference organized by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, reported by Reuters.
May 15, 2009
15 May, 2009
What do you suppose it is like to be elected president of the United States only to find that your power is restricted to the service of powerful interest groups?
A president who does a good job for the ruling interest groups is paid off with remunerative corporate directorships, outrageous speaking fees, and a lucrative book contract. If he is young when he assumes office, like Bill Clinton and Obama, it means a long life of luxurious leisure.
Fighting the special interests doesn’t pay and doesn’t succeed. On April 30 the primacy of special over public interests was demonstrated yet again. The Democrats’ bill to prevent 1.7 million mortgage foreclosures and, thus, preserve $300 billion in home equity by permitting homeowners to renegotiate their mortgages, was defeated in the Senate, despite the 60-vote majority of the Democrats. The banksters were able to defeat the bill 51 to 45.
These are the same financial gangsters whose unbridled greed and utter irresponsibility have wiped out half of Americans’ retirement savings, sent the economy into a deep hole, and threatened the US dollar’s reserve currency role. It is difficult to imagine an interest group with a more damaged reputation. Yet, a majority of “the people’s representatives” voted as the discredited banksters instructed.
Hundreds of billions of public dollars have gone to bail out the banksters, but when some Democrats tried to get the Senate to do a mite for homeowners, the US Senate stuck with the banks. The Senate’s motto is: “Hundreds of billions for the banksters, not a dime for homeowners.”
If Obama was naive about well-intentioned change before the vote, he no longer has this political handicap.
Democratic Majority Whip Dick Durbin acknowledged the voters’ defeat by the discredited banksters. The banks, Durbin said, “frankly own the place.”
It is not difficult to understand why. Among those who defeated the homeowners bill are senators Jon Tester (Mont), Max Baucus (Mont), Blanche Lincoln (Ark), Ben Nelson (Neb), Many Landrieu (La), Tim Johnson (SD), and Arlan Specter (Pa). According to reports, the banksters have poured a half million dollars into Tester’s campaign funds. Baucus has received $3.5 million; Lincoln $1.3 million; Nelson $1.4 million; Landrieu $2 million; Johnson $2.5 million; Specter $4.5 million.
The same Congress that can’t find a dime for homeowners or health care appropriates hundreds of billions of dollars for the military/security complex. The week after the Senate foreclosed on American homeowners, the Obama “change” administration asked Congress for an additional $61 billion dollars for the neoconservatives’ war in Iraq and $65 billion more for the neoconservatives’ war in Afghanistan. Congress greeted this request with a rousing “Yes we can!”
The additional $126 billion comes on top of the $533.7 billion “defense” budget for this year. The $660 billion--probably a low-ball number--is ten times the military spending of China, the second most powerful country in the world.
How is it possible that “the world’s only superpower” is threatened by the likes of Iraq and Afghanistan? How can the US be a superpower if it is threatened by countries that have no military capability other than a guerilla capability to resist invaders?
These “wars” are a hoax designed to enrich the US armaments industry and to infuse the “security forces” with police powers over American citizenry.
Not a dime to prevent millions of Americans from losing their homes, but hundreds of billions of dollars to murder Muslim women and children and to create millions of refugees, many of whom will either sign up with insurgents or end up as the next wave of immigrants into America.
This is the way the American government works. And it thinks it is a “city on the hill, a light unto the world.”
Americans elected Obama because he said he would end the gratuitous criminal wars of the Bush brownshirts, wars that have destroyed America’s reputation and financial solvency and serve no public interest. But once in office Obama found that he was ruled by the military/security complex. War is not being ended, merely transferred from the unpopular war in Iraq to the more popular war in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Obama, in violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, continues to attack “targets” in Pakistan. In place of a war in Iraq, the military/security complex now has two wars going in much more difficult circumstances.
Viewing the promotion gravy train that results from decades of warfare, the US officer corps has responded to the “challenge to American security” from the Taliban. “We have to kill them over there before they come over here.” No member of the US government or its numerous well-paid agents has ever explained how the Taliban, which is focused on Afghanistan, could ever get to America. Yet this hyped fear is sufficient for the public to support the continuing enrichment of the military/security complex, while American homes are foreclosed by the banksters who have destroyed the retirement prospects of the US population..
According to Pentagon budget documents, by next year the cost of the war against Afghanistan will exceed the cost of the war against Iraq. According to a Nobel prize-winning economist and a budget expert at Harvard University, the war against Iraq has cost the American taxpayers $3 trillion, that is, $3,000 billion in out-of-pocket and already incurred future costs, such as caring for veterans.
If the Pentagon is correct, then by next year the US government will have squandered $6 trillion dollars on two wars, the only purpose of which is to enrich the munitions manufacturers and the “security” bureaucracy.
The human and social costs are dramatic as well and not only for the Iraqi, Afghan, and Pakistani populations ravaged by American bombs. Dahr Jamail reports that US Army psychiatrists have concluded that by their third deployment, 30 percent of American troops are mental wrecks. Among the costs that reverberate across generations of Americans are elevated rates of suicide, unemployment, divorce, child and spousal abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness and incarceration. http://www.truthout.org/051209J?n
In the Afghan “desert of death” the Obama administration is constructing a giant military base. Why? What does the internal politics of Afghanistan have to do with the US?
What is this enormous waste of resources that America does not have accomplishing besides enriching the American munitions industry?
China and to some extent India are the rising powers in the world. Russia, the largest country on earth, is armed with a nuclear arsenal as terrifying as the American one. The US dollar’s role as reserve currency, the most important source of American power, is undermined by the budget deficits that result from the munition corporations’ wars and the bankster bailouts.
Why is the US making itself impotent fighting wars that have nothing whatsoever to do with its security, wars that are, in fact, threatening its security?
The answer is that the military/security lobby, the financial gangsters, and AIPAC rule. The American people be damned.
Christian Morrow, New Pittsburgh Courier, May 14, 2009
For some yet to be determined reason, African-Americans are missing in action when it comes to unique job opportunities being created in Pittsburgh.
Despite a heavy turnout at two recent job fairs conducted by the Rivers Casino, which organizers said yielded a great pool of potential employees, the number of Black applicants might have approached about 10 percent at best.
“We had an exceptional turnout for both events, but yes, there were not a lot of African-Americans and that’s a concern for us,” said George Matta, business development and community relations manager. “We specifically reached out—through the Northside Leadership Conference, CareerLink and the Urban League—to assemble a diverse applicant pool. So yes, we are aware of it, and we’ve recontacted those agencies to make sure make sure we have a diverse pool.”
Mark Fatla, executive director of the Northside Leadership Conference, said the turnout news is disappointing given the coverage of the job fairs, especially in the New Pittsburgh Courier. He said it is possible that some folks are putting themselves out of the process because they believe they won’t get hired.
Through outreach workshops in conjunction with the Urban League, CareerLink and Community College of Allegheny County, Fatla’s organization assembled a pool of 827 low-income and minority applicants for casino positions. Of those, he said, 324 were scheduled for interviews, 237 actually showed up, and of those 150 were scheduled for a second interview.
The low turnout phenomenon seemed to be present May 9 at the Hill House Association where a scheduled Trade Union Job Fair had only 45 people fill out forms noting their interest in getting into union apprenticeship programs.
May 12, 2009
PORTLAND — Several juveniles and adults face charges following a melee at Franklin Arterial and Fox Street that began when police stopped and arrested a shoplifting suspect and an unruly crowd gathered.
Police responded to a report that a man had stolen two bottles of vodka at 7 p.m. Friday at the Hannaford on Forest Avenue.
Workers at the store provided a description of the suspect and the car he left in, and police pulled the car over at Franklin Arterial and Fox Street a couple of minutes later, police said.
As police were arresting Jimmy Odong, 19, of Portland and recovering the stolen merchandise, a group of about 15 to 30 people gathered, with about 10 of them becoming aggressive toward police, officers said.
A number of other officers were dispatched to the area, which is alongside the Kennedy Park housing development. Members of the gathering group, some of whom are Sudanese, like Odong, and some who are from other African countries, began calling the officers names, including "killers" and "murderers," in apparent reference to the police shooting of a Sudanese immigrant, David Okot, last month.
When police prepared to tow the car Odong had driven, some of the crowd jumped on the car to try to prevent it from being taken, police said.
Three juveniles eventually were arrested, two of them on charges of assault after they allegedly punched the officers, police said.
Police also charged Yannick Mulongo, 21, of Clark Street with unlawful interference with a law enforcement dog, after he allegedly taunted a police dog named Taz; and Sara Langoia, 18, of Anderson Street with obstructing government administration.
Police said they had to use pepper spray in making the arrests.
The shift commander reported that additional arrests were warranted, but officers opted not to arrest others so the confrontation would not escalate.
Police said the minors were referred to juvenile corrections authorities, who planned to release them to the custody of their parents.
May 8, 2009
May 8, 2009
The acquittal of former AIPAC operatives Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman on espionage is yet another victory for the Israel Lobby. As happens so often these days, stories that are much discussed in some sectors of the Internet are pretty much ignored in the MSM. The New York Times buried it and the LA Times ignored it entirely. It was missing from network news and from cable TV talk shows of all political leanings.
Lobbies, it is said, live in the dark and die in the light of day. And here the media cooperates with a bit of self-censorship.
One of the major points made by the defense was the following argument:
Highlighting the curious underpinnings of this prosecution, the high-level government officials with whom Rosen and Weissman regularly met and who, according to the Indictment, illegally disclosed classified NDI [national defense information], have not — with but one exception — been charged criminally. Indeed, one of the disclosing officials has since received, not charges or reprimands, but a series of promotions to one of the highest, most sensitive positions in the government.
The “one exception” is former Pentagon official Lawrence A. Franklin, who has been sentenced to a 12-year prison term. The two other high-level government officials were given coded names in the original indictment, but they are now known to be Kenneth Pollack and David Satterfield. The indictment indicates that both Pollack and Satterfield gave classified information to Rosen and/or Weissman.
Despite the wording of the indictment, Pollack claims that he “could not imagine having relayed classified information.” I guess we are supposed to take his word for it.
The indictment also mentions two Department of Defense employees who put Rosen in contact with Franklin. Neither of these has ever been named, but it would be interesting to find out their names as well. One of these employees was at a breakfast meeting with Franklin, Rosen, and Weissman when Franklin provided the AIPAC employees with classified information.
Rather than being indicted as Franklin was, life has been good for Satterfield (and Pollack; see below). Satterfield has been promoted — three times: to Principal Deputy in the Department of State’s Mideast Bureau, then to Deputy Chief of Mission with the rank of Ambassador in Iraq and most recently to Principal Adviser to the Secretary of State on Iraq.
All of these are sensitive assignments and all of them relate to the area of AIPAC’s main concern. AIPAC is doubtless quite happy that there are high-level US government officials who are stationed in just the right areas and who cooperate in giving them classified information.
The point of the defense, of course, is that since Satterfield and Pollack have never been indicted, Rosen and Weissman were not doing anything out of the ordinary. That is, they were talking with government officials who were not seen as doing anything wrong because nothing was done to them. And if the government officials weren’t doing anything wrong, then how could the defendants possibly be doing anything wrong? It’s all part of business as usual in Washington.
This is an excellent argument. The government’s prosecution seems to have been capricious at best. But the question for the rest of us is: Why weren’t Pollack and Satterfield indicted? And why was Lawrence Franklin targeted as the fall guy while two high-level Jewish officials — officials that the government claims gave Rosen and Weissman classified information — were not charged at all?
From the standpoint of the government, it should make much more sense to go after the ethnic Jews who are providing classified information to AIPAC than to go after a hapless non-Jew who seems to have been seeking to advance his career by doing what his Jewish peers are doing — providing information to AIPAC. What better way to ingratiate oneself into the power structure?
Indeed, in the indictment, Franklin asks Rosen “to put in a good word for him” for a position on the National Security Council (NSC), and Rosen replies “I’ll do what I can.” Quite clearly, Franklin was seeking to advance his career in the national security establishment by cooperating with AIPAC. What a statement on the power of AIPAC in the eyes of people trying to get ahead in Washington!
On the other hand, during his trial Franklin portrayed himself as seeking to get information to people on the NSC. He had nothing but the highest motives.
But this implies that Franklin thought that it was reasonable for him to believe that by giving information to Rosen and Weissman he could influence the NSC. This shows that Franklin viewed AIPAC as having extraordinary access to the NSC — more access than he had as an employee of the Defense Department. Obviously, this does nothing to diminish one's estimate of the power of AIPAC in the US government.
But the big point is that if the government really wanted to end the funneling of classified information to AIPAC and to Israel, it would go after the ethnic Jews in the government who are providing the classified information. The “passionate attachment” of ethnic Jews to Israel is the stuff of legend and is an obvious motivation that any reasonable person concerned about security issues should be aware of and try to eliminate.
The question is important because Pollack and Satterfield are exactly the types of people whose presence at high levels of the US government illustrate the power of the Israel Lobby and its ability to get information from the highest levels of the US government.
Indeed, there is now a long list of Jewish patriots who have been credibly charged with spying for Israel. Jonathan Pollard and Ben-Ami Kadish were convicted or pled guilty, but there is also a top drawer list of neoconservatives in that category who were not convicted: Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Stephen Bryen, Douglas Feith, and Michael Ledeen.
Satterfield has kept a fairly low profile in terms of his associations, but Pollack is a classic Jewish activist who has gone back and forth between high positions in the government and high positions in pro-Israel activist organizations. In particular, he was working for the NSC at the time when he was mentioned in the indictment of Franklin, Rosen, and Weissman — presumably indicating that Rosen and Weissman did indeed have a close contact at the NSC and would be able to put in a good word for the ambitious Mr. Franklin.
At the end of the Clinton administration, Pollack moved seamlessly to hardline pro-Israel advocacy as Director or Research at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institute. In this role he has been a strong advocate for the war in Iraq. Whereas the Iraq War was definitely a project of the neocons, Pollack is a Democrat who used his influence to successfully promote the war among liberals. New York Times columnist Bill Keller noted “Kenneth Pollack, the Clinton National Security Council expert whose argument for invading Iraq is surely the most influential book of this season, has provided intellectual cover for every liberal who finds himself inclining toward war but uneasy about Mr. Bush.”
And liberal columnist Matthew Yglesias pointed to Pollack’s influence among liberals in creating a bi-partisan agreement in favor of the war. He describes himself as among those “who read Pollack's celebrated 2002 book, 'The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq,' and became convinced as a result that the United States needed to, well, invade Iraq in order to dismantle Saddam Hussein's advanced nuclear weapons program (the one he didn't actually have).”
Pollack therefore is a good example of how the Israel Lobby plays both sides of the aisle. The neocons take over the Republican Party, while the liberals are swayed by the likes of Pollack.
As noted in my previous column, dual citizen Saban’s love for Israel knows no bounds. Indeed, one aspect of Saban's commitment is that he seems to be involved in yet another AIPAC scandal as the person who asked Rep. Jane Harman to use her influence to get the charges against Rosen and Weissman reduced.
Saban and Pollack obviously have a lot in common. Like Pollack, Saban is a Democrat. Saban is a huge donor to the Democratic Party — he gave over $10,000,000 in 2001–2002. But he’s a liberal who loves war if it’s in Israel’s interests, and he got the right man in Pollack to head his center.
Finally, Judge T. S. Ellis III forced the government to have a very high standard for conviction. The government had to prove that Rosen and Weissman “had a bad faith reason to believe the disclosures could be used to the injury of the United States or to the aid of a foreign nation; and … intended that such injury to the United States or aid to a foreign nation occur.”
This is a very high standard and would make it pretty much impossible to convict anyone of spying on behalf of Israel. Indeed, the first line of defense for neocons against accusations of dual loyalty is to claim that they sincerely believe that are advocating policies that are in the interests of the United States. As I noted elsewhere,
One need not be a professional psychologist to realize that sincere beliefs can be influenced in subtle ways by one’s ethnic commitments. The neocons may not be consciously disloyal, but there is every reason to suppose that their beliefs are tailor-made to conform to their perception of ethnic interests. And in the case of the neocons ... there is overwhelming evidence for deep ethnic commitments among neoconservative Jews.
Jewish organizations have every reason to celebrate this victory. Not only were the AIPAC operatives acquitted, the Jewish activists inside the US government who are alleged to have given AIPAC classified information were not even indicted.
True to form, their reaction is to take full advantage of their victory. Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations hinted darkly that the investigation was motivated by anti-Semitism: “Hoenlein questioned ‘the justification’ for the case and the decision to bring charges under a law that had barely been used in more than 90 years.” As one activist rabbi noted, “We are very, very happy this has been dismissed,” But “for us this is not over, this is the beginning.” “The government should not be able to get away with this.”
The effects of this are obvious. US government personnel will be very reluctant to mount such investigations in the future. They will be intimidated — afraid to investigate any espionage on behalf of Israel because of effects on their own career.
The result will be a repeat of what happened to the State Department. In the bad old days (from the standpoint of the organized Jewish community), the State Department, and especially the Near East Desk, was run by people who were not sympathetic to Israel. All that has changed as a result of a major push by Jewish activists to assume positions in the State Department and to shift policy their way.
Jewish activists may not be able to influence the security establishment to quite the same extent. But they surely will use the results of the current case to do what they can to make the people who were responsible for this case pay a very high price. And they may well succeed.
Kevin MacDonald is a professor of psychology at California State University–Long Beach.