Patterico's Pontifications

10/23/2014

Thursday Night Music

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:31 pm

Never cared for “Friends” but always loved the Rembrandts. A new acoustic version of a pretty good tune.

Ebola in NYC

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:39 pm

Doctor goes to Africa, treats some Ebola patients, comes back, rides the subway a little, does a little bowling, takes a taxi home, has Ebola.

Puts countless people at risk.

It’s nice that he helped fight the disease in Africa, truly. But why is it that these people who make such sacrifices, don’t bother to stay isolated for a few days when they travel back?

Hopefully nothing comes from him gallivanting around a crowded city with a contagious and deadly disease. I bet he’s not the only one who refuses to self-isolate. Luckily we have no general policy on this.

A Needed Humor Break

Filed under: General — JVW @ 2:54 pm

[guest post by JVW]

I get the sense that we could all use a little light humor right now, so I am submitting to everyone the truly awesome Twitter parody account, @LosFelizDayCare. For those of you who aren’t up on the posh spots in Southern California, Los Feliz is a neighborhood in Los Angeles located slightly northwest of downtown, and noted for its beautiful old Spanish-style homes, happening nightspots (recall the 1996 movie Swingers), and general trendiness, which in course in these parts strongly depends upon holding all of the requisite progressive values. So some wag set up a Twitter account for a fictional daycare center, and sends out hilarious tweets showcasing what sort of parent and child the center would cater to. As with any great parody, it is close enough to the truth that it is damn near believable: the Twitter page includes the warning “We do not accept immunized children.” Go to the Twitter page for all the glorious tweets, but in the meantime, here is a very small sampling of the comedy gold:

- JVW

Saying It Like It’s A Good Thing: “Obama Has Removed The Threat Of Deportation For Most Illegals”

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:59 am

[guest post by Dana]

Democrat activist and strategist Simon Rosenberg speaking at Georgetown University Law Center this week:

“I think that the immigration community has, frankly, given the Democrats and the president far less credit than they deserve for how much we’ve – the president has fundamentally altered the system to essentially have removed the threat of deportation over virtually every undocumented immigrant in the country already,” Rosenberg said. “That’s already happened.

Rosenberg believes the president will make his big move (read: amnesty for millions ) after the midterms. No political cynicism there, right? Spelling it out for us:

“The government of the United States no longer wants to deport people from the interior without criminal records,” Rosenberg said. “What that means in practicality is that the threat of deportation over the vast majority of undocumented immigrants in the United States has been lifted.

–Dana

A New Wave Of Islam

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:52 am

[guest post by Dana]

Via Instapundit comes this interesting report:

According to the Latino American Dawah Organization (LADO), more Hispanics are turning towards Islam and interestingly, more than half of Miami’s 3,000 Hispanic Muslims are female.

In such a concentration of Hispanics, one assumes the population would be firmly rooted in Catholicism, so what might motivate such conversions?

Arriving from Miami four years ago, Torres said she had “lost her identity in the move and found it in the Prophet Muhammad”, according to a report on Voice of America.

Torres explained: “It was very hard for me because we do not have family here, just my husband and my kids. On this day, my baby – Mahdi – he was going to be born. That is why I converted to Islam because I was scared.”

Stephanie Londono, a well educated woman, published a study on the occurrence, referring to the conversion of Latinas to Islam as “‘Recovering Cultural Memory’, ‘Re-interpreting the past’ and ‘Breaking normative Colonial Representation/Stereotypes’.” Per Londono:

Wearing a hijab is, in her words, a ‘civic engagement’ that she feels passionate about.

“When people see you with the hijab, they respect you first. Second, it’s the emotion you feel because you are different. You believe in something. It’s amazing.” Londono said.

“It defines their world on a clear grid of what’s permitted or ‘halal,’ and what’s prohibited which is ‘haram’. So they know exactly where they stand. So the Qur’an becomes this guidebook that tells you exactly what to wear, what to eat, how to wash, how to behave, when to pray.”

It’s interesting there is no mention of love, mercy or grace when she speaks of her religion and adherence to it. Also interesting is her belief that it is the garb that garners respect, not the person. Further, along with respect, she wants to be seen as “different”- unique, distinct – but the way she believes she achieves this is by being fully obedient to an instruction book of severe rules and by living under a law – rules and laws that all other Muslims are required to follow, thus making them all the same.

–Dana

U.S. Released Immigrants Charged with Sex Offenses and Homicide, Misled Congress About It

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:49 am

All in a day’s work:

The records, obtained by USA TODAY, show immigration officials released some undocumented immigrants who had faced far more serious criminal charges, including people charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide.

. . . .

In hearings last year, Republican lawmakers pressed then-ICE Director John Morton for specifics on the criminal records of the people the agency had freed. At one, Rep. J. Randy Forbes, R-Va., asked Morton directly, “No one on that list has been charged or convicted with murder, rape or sexual abuse of a minor, were they?”

Morton answered, “They were not.”

He told lawmakers that, to his knowledge, none had faced child pornography charges.

White House spokesman Jay Carney similarly described them as “low-risk, non-criminal detainees.”

A spreadsheet ICE officials prepared listing the detainees includes one person in Texas charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexually assaulting a child, as well as others charged with armed assaults or assaulting police officers. Another immigrant released from Miami had been charged with conspiracy to commit homicide. Two detainees from Boston had been charged with aggravated assault using a weapon. One in Denver had a sexual assault charge. The agency released the spreadsheet to USA TODAY under the Freedom of Information Act.

ICE’s records do not indicate whether the detainees were convicted of those crimes or merely charged with them. The agency said it would not release information identifying any of the detainees because doing so would invade their privacy, so it was impossible to examine the details of their cases.

Our government, which monitors our Internet traffic and mines our phone data, is suddenly concerned with “privacy” when it comes to information that might embarrass the government.

They are failing in government’s most fundamental task: protection of the public. Worse, one suspects it’s part of a pro-immigrant policy on the part of the Obama administration. Any way you slice it, the ICE director provided false information to Congress, and there may be murderers and sex offenders walking around in our midst. Somehow, I don’t think the government is motivated by concerns for “privacy.”

It’s good to see USA Today starting to hold the administration’s feet to the fire. Turn up the flame.

10/22/2014

They Said This Would Not Happen – Part Deux

Filed under: General — JD @ 1:41 pm

[guest post by JD]

California is forcing all insurance plans to cover elective abortions.

So, despite their transparent and hollow claims in the Hobby Lobby case, that it was a for-profit business that drove their support for a mandate, not a Church, it seems that they have no compunction with compelling Churches to cover not just medically necessary abortions, but elective abortions.

Slippery slope.

—-JD

Attacks in Canada [Updated]

Filed under: General — JVW @ 10:33 am

[guest post by JVW]

Shots were fired near Parliament in Ottawa earlier today. At roughly the same time, a Canadian soldier was killed at a nearby war memorial. This on the heels of a vehicular attack on two soldiers in Quebec Monday by an alleged jihadist which left one soldier dead.

The news story linked to above contains the following unsubstantiated tidbit:

A Canadian official told Fox News witnesses described one of the suspects as having long, dark curly hair and a tan complexion and said he was wearing a white bandana and white hoodie. They said there was no license plate on the Toyota Corolla.

Canadian officials had recently raised the terror threat from low to medium due to an increase in Internet chatter among members of ISIS, al Qaeda, and other extremist groups.

It’s a developing story, so feel free to share updates in the comments.

[updated to fix typo; thanks Hoagie.]

UPDATE: The Ottawa Sun seems to have the most comprehensive coverage, including a video of the attack (the gunman isn’t visible, however). The suspect is Canadian born and — surprise, surprise — a convert to Islam.

- JVW

Significant Evidence Supports Officer’s Version in Ferguson Shooting

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:28 am

It’s hard to see how there could be an indictment with these facts.

Searching For A Reason To Live And Other Inquiries

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:04 am

[guest post by Dana]

In light of their plight, how do these women find a reason that makes life still worth living? Below the flesh and bone, all the way down to the gut of the soul, what is there for them to grab hold of or is this simply the point when death becomes a welcome friend?

Further, does this impact your view on whether the U.S. should be more involved in the fight against ISIS or are these spoils of war just the natural result of an active evil that is not our obligation to stop because protecting our own is first priority? If you do see it as a further reason to become more involved, how so, and with what limits or contingencies? I’d be most interested in hearing your thoughts on this.

A young Yazidi woman forced into sex slavery by the Islamic State begged the West to bomb the brothel where she was being held after militants raped her 30 times in just a few hours, it is claimed.

The unidentified woman is understood to have been kept as a prisoner of the jihadists somewhere in western Iraq having been captured by ISIS during the Sinjar massacre in early August.

A group raising awareness of ISIS’ persecution of women in the vast swathes of the Middle East under its control said the woman had contacted Kurdish peshmerga fighters by telephone to plead for the brothel to be bombed to put the women held as sex slaves out of their misery.

She allegedly told the fighters she had been raped so frequently that she could no longer use the toilet, adding that the ordeal has been so harrowing that she plans to commit suicide even if freed.

Details of the woman’s brutal experience at the hands of the Islamic State emerged during an interview with Kurdish activists staging demonstrations in London to raise awareness of the plight of women in the Middle East.

During an interview with BBC World Service, a man identified as Karam described how a friend embedded with the peshmerga took a phone call from the Yazidi woman.

Describing the woman as crying on the phone, Karam quoted her as saying: ‘If you know where we are please bomb us… There is no life after this. I’m going to kill myself anyway – others have killed themselves this morning.’

‘I’ve been raped 30 times and it’s not even lunchtime. I can’t go to the toilet. Please bomb us,’ he claimed the woman added.

I realize both issues being considered in the post are complex and not easily addressed, but those are what I immediately began thinking about upon reading this and wanted to put it out there for your thoughts.

–Dana

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