Monday, January 22, 2018

Guest Workers?

Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands: Between 80% and 99% of Muslim migrants unemployed
Excerpt: This entire Muslim migrant enterprise was sold to Europeans with the claim that the migrants would replace Europe’s aging workforce. Instead, this. Non-Muslims paying for the upkeep of Muslims is a Qur’anic dictate: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an 9:29). The caliph Umar said the jizya payments from the dhimmis were the source of the Muslims’ livelihood: “Narrated Juwairiya bin Qudama at-Tamimi: We said to `Umar bin Al-Khattab, ‘O Chief of the believers! Advise us.’ He said, ‘I advise you to fulfill Allah’s Convention (made with the Dhimmis) as it is the convention of your Prophet and the source of the livelihood of your dependents (i.e. the taxes from the Dhimmis.)’” (Bukhari 4.53.388

‘Conquest’ prayers performed across Turkey’s mosques for Afrin operation

‘Conquest’ prayers performed across Turkey’s mosques for Afrin operation
Excerpt: Special “conquest” prayers were held across all of Turkey’s 90,000 mosques on Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 for the victory of the country’s military, which launched a cross border operation in Syria’s northwestern Afrin region on Jan. 20 against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

California Democrats want some businesses to fork over half tax-cut savings to state. By Edmund DeMarche

California Democrats want some businesses to fork over half tax-cut savings to state. By Edmund DeMarche
Excerpt: Calling the Trump administration’s tax reform plan a “middle-class tax increase,” two California lawmakers introduced a bill that would force large companies to fork over half of their expected savings to the state. Assemblymen Kevin McCarty and Phil Ting, both Democrats, introduced Assembly Constitutional Amendment 22, which calls for a 10 percent surcharge on companies with a net earnings over $1 million. The plan could potentially raise billions for the state's social services programs. (Where you just go ahead and take money away from those you decide don't deserve it to give it to those whom you should be given more. Nice idea.... good way to tell businesses to leave the state. --Del)

Social networks are creating a global crisis of democracy by Niall Ferguson

Social networks are creating a global crisis of democracy by Niall Ferguson
Excerpt: sc!" It's the key on the top left of the keyboard that you hit frantically when your laptop crashes. Confronted by the ghastly reality that some of their proudest creations – Google, Facebook and Twitter – helped propel Donald Trump into the White House, the tech titans of Silicon Valley are hitting esc like panic-stricken sophomores whose term papers have frozen before they clicked on the "save" icon. "Content moderators" are being hired by the thousand. Fake accounts are being closed. The News Feed is being "fixed." Esc, esc, esc. But that page is still frozen. And it will take more than esc to fix this. More like ctrl+alt+del. It wasn't supposed to be this way. For a time, it seemed as if the internet was on democracy's side, helping the crowds in Cairo's Tahrir Square or Kiev's Maidan topple terrible tyrants.

PC gone mad

What are some great examples of political correctness gone mad?
Excerpt: The silliest stuff for me was in the military. Basic Combat Training—there was one dude in our platoon who was an open white supremicist. He freely admitted he didn’t like non-white people. The Drill Sergeants called him out openly on it and smoked him more. Cool. However (and this was during the time everyone had to have a “Battle Buddy”) my BB was a black woman who openly hated white people. Unfortunate for me, because I’m white. So, any task that we had to do together…she was hostile, uncooperative, and violent. Literally, as I was bending down to put stakes in the ground for our tent. She slammed the shovel deliberately close to my face. Once, we were all lined up to use the indoor latrines. She ran out and yelled, Damn that place smells like white people. A dozen incidents like this…When I mentioned all the incidents to the Drills, they did nothing. To me, if this trainee wouldn’t work well with “others” at Basic, how could she be trusted to do so in the real Army? Why the double standard?

The 2016 Election and the Demise of Journalistic Standards by Michael Goodwin

The 2016 Election and the Demise of Journalistic Standards by Michael Goodwin
Excerpt: I’ve been a journalist for a long time. Long enough to know that it wasn’t always like this. There was a time not so long ago when journalists were trusted and admired. We were generally seen as trying to report the news in a fair and straightforward manner. Today, all that has changed. For that, we can blame the 2016 election or, more accurately, how some news organizations chose to cover it. Among the many firsts, last year’s election gave us the gobsmacking revelation that most of the mainstream media puts both thumbs on the scale—that most of what you read, watch, and listen to is distorted by intentional bias and hostility. I have never seen anything like it. Not even close. It’s not exactly breaking news that most journalists lean left. I used to do that myself. I grew up at The New York Times, so I’m familiar with the species. For most of the media, bias grew out of the social revolution of the 1960s and ’70s. Fueled by the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements, the media jumped on the anti-authority bandwagon writ large.

Shutdown


Trafficing Arrests


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sweden

Young Afghans in Sweden by Bruce Bawer
Excerpt: There exists an organization Sweden that goes by the name "Young in Sweden" ("Ung i Sverige"), which Radio Sweden has described as "one of the most notable protest movements in the country right now." It is not just any group of young people -- its members are from Afghanistan. According to its website, they fled "violence and persecution" in their homeland, only to find that they were "not welcome after all" in Sweden. The Young in Sweden website describes the group's members by first begging for pity -- explaining how tough it is to be a refugee and how desperately these young people long to make a lasting home in Sweden and contribute to the country's future. It portrays them, in the American parlance, as "Dreamers." But in a way familiar to observers of the Islamic incursion into the West, the plea for sympathy abruptly gives way to something more aggressive. The group issues a series of what it explicitly calls "demands." First, it demands that Sweden stop returning to Afghanistan those Afghans whose asylum requests have been rejected. Second, it demands a meeting with Mikael Ribbenvik, Secretary General of the Swedish Migration Agency. Third, it demands that politicians pass laws granting amnesty and residence permits to Afghan refugee claimants. To be sure, Young in Sweden does not just make demands. It holds illegal public protests, which have been marked by acts of vandalism and violence. It also arranges language courses. Swedish language courses for Afghans? No -- courses in Persian and Dari for native Swedes. The group's Facebook page describes these courses as an "integration project," explaining that as Afghans become part of Swedish society, Swedes need to "take responsibility to be a part of that society as well." Which is to say that if native-born Swedes wish to be full members of the new Swedish society, they must learn Persian and Dari.

Former student set fires on St. Catherine campus

Charges: Former student set fires on St. Catherine campus in retaliation against U.S. military intervention. "You guys are lucky that I don't know how to build a bomb," Tnuza Hassan allegedly said.
Excerpt: Tnuza J. Hassan, of Minneapolis, allegedly told police that “she wanted the school to burn to the ground and that her intent was to hurt people,” according to the complaint charging her with one count of felony first-degree arson filed in Ramsey County District Court. According to the charge, Hassan said similar attacks happened on “Muslim land” and no one cared if Muslims were hurt. She told police and fire investigators, “You guys are lucky that I don’t know how to build a bomb because I would have done that.”

Christian Whipped

Christian man whipped 36 times for selling alcohol and violating Sharia law. A MAN was flogged in a brutal public punishment for selling alchohol in violation of Sharia law in Indonesia as he was whipped 36 times.

Convicted Pakistani paedophile, 39, claims it's 'too dangerous' to send him home after vigilantes snared him trying to have sex with a girl, 14, 'because he thought it was legal in UK'

Convicted Pakistani paedophile, 39, claims it's 'too dangerous' to send him home after vigilantes snared him trying to have sex with a girl, 14, 'because he thought it was legal in UK'

Millennials

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Dying vet

Recently I did an interview with a vet at the VA. When I took him back his copies of the story I wrote the next day, he said, “Bob, you’re a wonder. I have a bad cancer. Now they are just trying to extend my expiration date. I appreciate this and my family will appreciate it as well.”

Work

(Arthur) Brooks: The “deep truth” is that ‘work, not money, is the fundamental source of our dignity. Work is where we build character.” It is not in our consumption, but in the “practice of offering up our talents for the service of others” that we find “value with our lives and (that we) lift up our own souls.” –Sen. Ben Sasse, The Vanishing American Adult, P-155.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

In Praise of Harvey Weinstein

The Legacy of The First Lady Michelle Obama.Praising Harvey Weinstein.
With Whoopi Goldberg behind her, applauding wildly. --JJ

Muslim teacher's bizarre religious rant, behavior under investigation after cops called to classroom

Muslim teacher's bizarre religious rant, behavior under investigation after cops called to classroom
Excerpt: A community college professor in Texas frightened several of his students when he walked into class Tuesday night with his face covered and incoherently mumbled about the Koran, the moon and the dark night. Students attending a lecture at Tarrant County College called the police after adjunct professor Daniel Mashburn walked into his astronomy class and started acting out of character. Students told FOX4 that Mashburn walked in about 20 minutes late and promptly turned off the lights. He was wearing a baseball hat, a beanie, a scarf over his face and gloves.

Shutdown


Friday, January 19, 2018

Rich?


Iran

Signals of change: Protests in Iran have met censorship and brutality, but Christian broadcasters use daily media to spark lasting reformation

Starting April 1 California DMV Will AUTOMATICALLY Register Illegal Aliens to Vote

Alert: Starting April 1 California DMV Will AUTOMATICALLY Register Illegal Aliens to Vote—by COURT ORDER

California

California AG: 'We will prosecute' employers who violate sanctuary laws
Excerpt: This is like a start of a war between the state of California and the federal government. With the state defending illegal actions that the great bulk of Americans want curtailed. I keep wondering how the real taxpayers in CA feel about welcoming a neverending influx of illegals who cost the state in various forms of support, and who have created a subculture where people do not have to assimilate at all, other than taking part in all the state programs that bring them benefits. I have to wonder how long this can go on before the economics of it all become so burdensome that they can no longer be ignored. --Del

Does the California Model Really Work? By Jonah Goldberg

Does the California Model Really Work? By Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: Anyway, there's a new data point to inform the debate that hopefully will be more difficult to ignore: California is the poverty capital of America.

Armageddon in the UK & Ireland

Apple gives British staff bonus from US tax cut
Excerpt: Apple is to hand $2,500 bonuses to as many as 12,000 employees in the UK and Ireland as it shares out billions of dollars that have been made available by President Trump’s tax reforms.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Free education at the Kahn Academy

Just read about the Kahn Academy. He was a hedge fund manager, dropped that to build an on-line educational resource. Gets millions of views and tons of recommendations. You can tutoring here in a great many subjects, from grade school through college, and also for adult learners. And it's all free. Get educated here:

The Organic Food Hoax by Henry I. Miller

The Organic Food Hoax by Henry I. Miller
Excerpt: Adam Smith, the eighteenth century economist and philosopher, offered insights into human nature and economics that seem particularly relevant today. “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices,” he wrote in The Wealth of Nations. We’re seeing evidence of that in the current effort to discredit and diminish genetically engineered foods and to attack their defenders in the scientific community. The chief perpetrators of this black marketing campaign are lobbyists for the organic agriculture and “natural products” industries and their enablers. Those industries have deep pockets. In 2016, Jay Byrne, president and CEO of the marketing agency v-Fluence Interactive, examined the IRS filings, annual reports, and other financial sources of companies, trade organizations, and NGOs involved in the effort to discredit modern agriculture. Based on that information, he estimated that in 2011 the groups tracked by his company spent $2.5 billion campaigning against genetic engineering in North America alone. Globally, advocacy groups targeting agriculture probably spent over $10 billion – attacking other sectors as well, including vaccines, pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals.

Graham: Trumpsters really do believe in magic. But shouting slogans doesn’t add up to election wins

Graham: Trumpsters really do believe in magic. But shouting slogans doesn’t add up to election wins

For Deploying Military

1. If your boss tells you to update your Gamma Globulin, Yellow Fever, Malaria, Dysentery, Tetanus and other fun immunizations- You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.

2. If the Mobilization NCO tells you not to waste your time bringing a radio, or any other electronics, as there is no electricity and there are no signals- You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.

3. If the Travel Pay folks give you a travel advance and the Per Diem rate is only $8.00/day, for everything- You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.

4. If the “Area Cultural” briefing is only 30 minutes long, but the briefing on communicable diseases is 3 hours long- You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.

5. If the “Area Cultural” briefing includes facts that some leaders in the host country keep young boys as sexual slaves- You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.

6. If the “Area Cultural” briefing includes facts that male members of that society have multiple wives, but also engage in sexual activity with barnyard animals- You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.

7. If the “Medical Briefing” includes recommendations not to walk barefoot, drink the local water, or eat ANY food on the local economy- You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.

8. If the “Medical Briefing” includes information that the roadside ditches not only serve as flood control, but also as a common latrine- You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.

9. If the Daily Report for your new assignment includes an area for “Number of Personnel Med-Evaced” from theater for unknown diseases- You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.

10. If the monetary exchange rate is greater than 50 to 1 for local currency to US Dollars- You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.

So it's the vet who wants the anthem respected who is the problem?

New Orleans Saints Claim Disabled Veteran To Blame For "Sad & Divisive Discourse" As He Turns Down Their Award
So it's the vet who wants the anthem respected who is the problem? Every time I think I've heard all the stupid nastiness the Left can come up with, they manage to surprise me again. The story below is the latest winner in the contest for idiocy, dishonesty, and personal attack on good people. I hope they lose every game and go bankrupt. --Del

What I Learned in the Peace Corps in Africa: Trump Is Right

What I Learned in the Peace Corps in Africa: Trump Is Right. By Karin McQuillan

Most dangerous places for Christians

Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Palestinian territories are among most dangerous places on earth for Christians

Murdered for cross tattoo

Egypt: Sinai militants pledge to ‘kill more Copts’ after murdering man over cross tattoo

'ISIS-inspired fanatic claimed he was with "death squad sent by Allah" and plotted attacks on Big Ben and shopping mall,' court told

'ISIS-inspired fanatic claimed he was with "death squad sent by Allah" and plotted attacks on Big Ben and shopping mall,' court told
Excerpt: Umar Haque, 25, is accused of enlisting the help and support of others at his local mosque, and trying to groom children with roleplay and extremist videos showing beheadings.

Nigeria: Student arrested for converting from Islam to Christianity

Nigeria: Student arrested for converting from Islam to Christianity
Excerpt: The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. It’s based on the Qur’an: “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.” (Qur’an 4:89) A hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence.

Justice escapes Christian woman gang-raped and brutalized by three men for two days rescued by family

Justice escapes Christian woman gang-raped and brutalized by three men for two days rescued by family

Muslim cop accused

Groundbreaking Portland police officer put on leave after arrest in Massachusetts. Zahra Munye Abu, the first Somali immigrant to serve on the city's force, is charged in Worcester with 5 misdemeanors, including assault.

Results of tax reform

AT&T last month said it plans to invest an additional $1 billion in the United States this year and pay a special $1,000 bonus to more than 200,000 AT&T U.S. employees. Walmart will raise its starting minimum wage to $11 an hour and award worker bonuses of between $200 and $1,000, depending on years of service. Comcast, the parent company of CNBC, said it will award a special $1,000 bonus to more than 100,000 workers. Boeing last month announced plans to invest an additional $300 million as a result of the new tax law. Wells Fargo said it will raise its minimum hourly pay rate to $15 and target $400 million in 2018 for philanthropic contributions. Bank of America last month said U.S. employees making up to $150,000 per year — or about 145,000 workers — would get a one-time year-end bonus of $1,000. PNC Financial said it would give a $1,000 bonus to about 47,500 workers. U.S. Bancorp said it will pay a one-time, $1,000 bonus to nearly 60,000 employees; raise the minimum wage to $15 for all hourly employees; make a one-time, $150 million contribution to the U.S. Bank Foundation; and make enhancements to employees’ health-care offerings effective for the 2019 enrollment period. Visa said it would raise the level of matching contributions to its employees’ 401k accounts, to 10 percent from the previous level of 6 percent.

As Hollywood Tries to Stop New Patriotic Movie, Clint Eastwood Gives Them a Surprise

As Hollywood Tries to Stop New Patriotic Movie, Clint Eastwood Gives Them a Surprise

Real Learning is More Meaningful than a Sheepskin

Real Learning is More Meaningful than a Sheepskin
Larry Greenberg 

Do we need a more stratified, vocationally-oriented educational system? I’m not suggesting early and largely irreversible tracking of learners as is the case in Germany. However, it seems that most American students in classic colleges and universities attend only for a credential that makes probable higher earnings, but has little relevance or applicability to the work they actually do. Let me stipulate that I am not an anti-intellectual. Far from it: I’m an intellectual wannabe. I love history; I’m a word nerd; I regret the gaps in my knowledge and envy the renaissance men and polymaths for what I lack.  
That said, it brings to mind two veritable maxims about the appropriateness of one’s education I picked up in my days with the Bell system prior to its break-up up into pieces (which spurred the revolution in telecomm, internet and cellular technologies). First, the vast (more than a million people) monopoly of the Bell system was “designed by geniuses to be run by the mediocre.” Notwithstanding the brilliant inventiveness of Bell Labs, this immense enterprise with its countless volumes of procedural manuals, operated with lumbering efficiency. I, a first then second level manager, was supported and bossed by “lifers” who had only high school diplomas or who earned BBAs (for the bumps in earnings) many years into their careers. They themselves joked about the amount of education necessary to do their work: “What do you call an engineer in the Bell System? A high school grad with a four function calculator.” And because the system was so intricately designed and implemented, this was largely true.  
A more personally informed observer than I, (Prof. Bryan Caplan), in a recent article, “The World Might Be Better Off Without College for Everyone” (https://www.theatlantic.com/  magazine/archive/2018/01/  whats-college-good-for/546590/  ), argues that most student don’t get much education out of higher education, go to college to obtain a credential that gives them significantly more earning power than “mere” high school graduates. He points out that retention of information plummets after a course has ended; that getting a degree actually narrows one’s erudition; that employer job testing of new grads shows an appalling deficiency in analytic skills. He admits to be a cynic, calling the majority of student “philistines.” He cites the weekly time budget of the average student as: 13 hours for study, 12 for socializing, 11 for PC fun, 8 working for pay, 6 for TV, 6 for exercise, 5 for hobbies, 3 for other forms of entertainment. (A week has 168 hours  and students do indeed sleep sometimes.)  
I have previously commented on the passionate frivolity of college students for their major sports teams (even as a retiree, I plead guilty to this pleasure). I sometimes joke that besides my pseudo-intellectualism and pre-retirement earning power, the enduring benefit of my B.A. and M.A.  is my crossword prowess.  
Prof. Caplan prescribes appropriately designed vocational education as opposed to a college-for-all mania (my word). Heuristic education (learning from experience, by doing) could involve specific classroom and online courses, apprenticeships, and progressively more challenging work experience. I witnessed this in my own entrepreneurial venture, in which I had the need to engage and work with licensed electricians. Not only was I awed by their knowledge and expertise in their field and learned much that high school physics never imparted, I was consistently impressed with their knowledge of business, world affairs and serious thoughtfulness on many subjects. Could their education and training be the model for educating the majority of people?  
Collegiate credential inflation is what we are incenting today. It is more costly for the student, even financially ruinous; brings little value to employers; inflates the cost of higher education; and adds to bankruptcies often forgiven by governmentally subsidized loan programs. I am all for scholarly erudition for the small minority of college students who will really are motivated to succeed as researchers and educators. For the rest, let’s get sensible. The economy needs smart people who can work with spreadsheets (calculators are passé) and modern computer applications. Sophisticated industry needs certain technical skills that smart people can obtain in other ways. As it now stands, employers of college grads are the drivers of credential inflation. Government won’t reform this wasteful system until and unless the economy rewards actual capability rather than cap and gown.  A more stratified, vocationally-oriented educational system would be beneficial for most people and be a better use of time and money.    

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Adulting


Donald is...


Monday, January 15, 2018

Iran

The Norm Is NOT Democracy -- the Norm Is Extinction. BY DAVID P. GOLDMAN
Excerpt: Before we wax too eloquent about the democratic aspirations of the great Iranian people, we should keep in the mind that the most probable scenario for Iran under any likely regime is a sickening spiral into poverty and depopulation. Iran has the fastest-aging population of any country in the world, indeed, the fast-aging population of any country in history. It has the highest rate of venereal disease infection and the highest rate of infertility of any country in the world. It has a youth unemployment rate of 35% (adjusted for warehousing young people in state-run diploma mills). And worst of all, it has run out of water.

From MLK

“In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.” --Martin Luther King, "I have a dream."

The Netherlands: 13y/o Afghan boy tried to kill his mother “because women are not allowed to divorce”

The Netherlands: 13y/o Afghan boy tried to kill his mother “because women are not allowed to divorce”