The report found that the extremism went unchecked because the council “disastrously” prioritised community cohesion over “doing what is right”.
It concluded that there was a “determined effort” by “manipulative” governors to introduce “unacceptable” practices, “undermine” head teachers and deny students a broad and balanced education.
Sir Albert Bore, Birmingham’s leader, apologised for the council’s handling of the scandal.
He said: “The actions of a few, including some within the council, have undermined the reputation of our great city.
Oh, wait. Did I say “Christian”? Oops … I meant Islam
The inquiry commissioned by Birmingham City Council found evidence of religious extremism in 13 schools as school governors and teachers tried to promote and enforce radical Islamic values.
Schools put up posters warning children that if they didn’t pray they would “go to hell”, Christmas was cancelled and girls were taught that women who refused to have sex with their husbands would be “punished” by angels “from dusk to dawn”. [...]
A detailed summary of evidence suggested that there was an attempt to introduce Sharia law at the Al-Fuqan school, and when a woman was recommended for a job on individual suggested a “man with a beard” was needed.
At the Golden Hillock School a teacher allegedly told children at an assembly “not to listen to Christians as they were all liars”. The incident was referred to counter-terrorism police. One teacher at the school also reportedly told children they were “lucky to be Muslims and not ignorant like Christians and Jews.”
Now why was this allowed to happen in the first place?
“We have previously shied away from tackling this problem out of a misguided fear of being accused of racism.”
Muddying up an already contentious situation.
Almost two days after Flight 17 was downed by a missile over rebel-held territory in the east of Ukraine, representatives from the Kiev government had still not been allowed access to the mammoth crash site, and rebels were preventing local emergency services personnel from gathering evidence, Ukrainian officials said.
“They’re playing a game with the state. They behave as an independent country. The reason is to make all the procedures illegitimate,” said Konstantin Batozsky, an adviser to Serhiy Taruta, governor of the Donetsk region.
He said that during the night, rebels had removed 37 bodies to a hospital in the rebel-held city of Donetsk, where they were apparently planning to do their own medical investigation.
“Russian-led terrorists are preventing access of the international community and foreign governments to the location where MH17 crashed,” Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk wrote on Twitter. [...]
“The people who are working for our side in the place of the tragedy do not have free movement,” said Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council. “They are under control of the terrorists, who are taking all the evidence away from them.”
He said that Ukrainian officials still did not have access to crucial flight data recorders, the fate of which remained unclear on Saturday. The recorders could provide important clues about the final moments of the flight. Rebels first said they had the recorders and planned to ship them to Russia, then said they were mistaken about having the equipment in their possession.
Rebels “have what they describe as experts, so-called experts here,” OSCE spokesman Michael Bociurkiw said. “They’ve brought body bags and they’re moving the bodies to the side of the road, as far as we can tell.”
“We don’t know who they are,” Bociurkiw said of the people moving the bodies. “We’ve explained who we are and what we need to do, but we’re basically, our movements are being quite controlled at the moment.”
A spokesman for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said a team of 24 international observers had seen people moving bodies and putting them in body bags. The team was sharply restricted in what it could do and see, he said.
The site has also experienced looting
After the crash, investigators were unable to get to the site quickly and rope it off to preserve evidence. This allowed armed separatists and locals to essentially raid the scene. Suitcases were removed from the wreckage and pillaged. The coldhearted looters stole a variety of personal possessions, but left behind some apparent undesirables: a Minnie Mouse lunchbox, a Winnie the Pooh stuffed animal, family photographs, and intact passports.
As for what they took, wallets and credit cards were a favorite. A photojournalist at the scene said, “There isn’t a single cellphone, wallet with money or camera to be found in any handbag or on the bodies. It’s like they all mysteriously disappeared overnight.”
Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister (who was also one of the first to blame pro-Russian separatists for the crash) reported that jewelry and credit cards were among the items being pilfered. A post on his Facebook page reads in English, “I have just now received information That Terrorists – Death-hunters collecting Were not Only Cash money and Jewelry of the crashed Boing [sic] passengers died but Also the credit cards of the Victims. Currently They might as well TRY to use Them in Ukraine or Pass Them on to Russia. My humble Request to the Relatives of the Victims to Freeze Their credit cards, so That They will not loose Their assets to Terrorists!”
Next up, Prez IWonPenPhone contemplating a strongly-worded condemnation letter using a forceful and confident font.
The Food and Drug Administration is putting the squeeze on J.C. Newman Cigar Co. — a 119-year-old family owned company — with the rules and regulations in Florida, which could lead the company to close down.
“Founded in 1895 by Julius Caesar Newman, a Hungarian immigrant, the Tampa-based family business is the last of what was once 150 ‘Cigar City’ factories,” Watchdog.org reports.
Food for thought: the business has survived through two world wars, the Great Depression and 19 different U.S. presidents.
The FDA has deemed that J.C. Newman’s cigars do not qualify as “premium cigars” because they sell for less than $10. The cheap price is a testament to good business practices — supported by the longevity of the company — not necessarily the quality of the cigars.
In other words, the FDA is imposing a “one size fits all” regulation that literally penalizes J.C. Newman for being good at business.
What’s more, it’s a way of artificially raising prices simply to kill a business type the government doesn’t support. [...]
Despite the quality of their tobacco and their traditional hand-rolling methods, J.C. Newman’s cigars do not qualify as “premium” because they cost less than the arbitrary price threshold of $10.
In fact, the hand-rolling technique might not even be FDA approved, as per new requirements laid out in a 67-page legal proposal. The proposal will require the company “Obtain federal approval before offering any new cigar product,” “Submit every type of cigar sold to rigorous scientific review,” and “Comply with new manufacturing practices.”
Those manufacturing practices include paying a “fee in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, effectively paying the FDA to regulate it,” Watchdog.org reports, and “thousands of hours, according to an FDA analysis, to test new products before submitting an application to sell a single new brand or size of cigar.”
Just another unaccountable Federal agency joining in on the precedent set by J. Edgar Holder’s Operation Choke Point
Operation Choke Point functions as a partnership between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and various other federal agencies which deal with bank regulations, specifically the Treasury and the SEC. The objective of the project is to choke-off fraudulent businesses from accessing financial services, in an effort to protect consumers.
The controversy, however, is over allegations that the DOJ is pressuring financial institutions to decline doing business with so-called “high risk” industries which line up squarely against the political leanings of the current administration. These businesses include ammunition sales, payday loans, pornography, fireworks companies, and others—24 industries in total, as listed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
“Operation Choke Point is one of the most dangerous programs I have experienced in my 45 years of service as a bank regulator, bank attorney and consultant, and bank board member. Operating without legal authority and guided by a political agenda, unelected officials at the DOJ are discouraging banks from providing basic banking services…to lawful businesses simply because they don’t like them,” said William M. Isaac, former chairman of the FDIC. [...]
Virginia Republican Rep. Robert Goodlatte revealed that one of the more egregious examples sent in to the committee was a meeting between the DOJ and a bank regarding the continued provision of financial services to a payday loan company.
The DOJ official reportedly told the banker, “I don’t like this product, and I don’t believe it should have a place in our financial system. And if you don’t agree, there will be an immediate, unplanned audit of your entire bank.”
The Justice Department has now served over 50 subpoenas on banks, and Alabama Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus expressed considerable concern that dragging banks into a long and expensive process is just an underhanded way of encouraging banks to drop clients as an easy-out.
“Subpoenas are expensive to comply with and can bring unwanted scrutiny. The natural reaction from a financial institution might be to sever relations with the merchant and be done with it,” Bachus said Thursday in a hearing at the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law.
Rhetorical question, eh?
Michelle Obama has done so spectacularly well with school lunches, it is only natural and right for the USDA to look at ways to regulate grocery stores …
For our own good, of course.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suggesting major changes to grocery stores to “nudge” Americans to purchase healthier foods when they shop.
The agency commissioned an “expert panel” to make recommendations on how to guide the more than 47 million Americans on food stamps into spending their benefits on fruits and vegetables.
The group released an 80-page report this month presenting their ideas, which include talking shopping carts and a marketing strategy for grocery chains that would feature better store lighting for healthier items. [...]
The “MyCart grocery cart” would provide dividers for shoppers to make sure they are selecting enough items in each “MyPlate” category, the USDA’s food icon.
“MyCart is a nonfinancial approach that would use behavioral economics to encourage healthier purchases by any consumer, including SNAP participants,” the report said.
The cart would be color-coded, physically divided, and have a system installed so that when the shopping cart reaches its healthy “threshold” it would congratulate the customer.
“The algorithm would group the purchases to classify them using the MyPlate designations and to provide consumers with a message of support or encouragement (e.g., “You achieved a MyCart healthy shopping basket!”),” the report said.
The panel based this approach on a $999,891 government-funded study entitled “Nudging Nutrition,” arguing the research “suggests an intervention of this sort might be successful in modifying consumer shopping behavior.”
No word yet about government-funded and mandated adult pacifiers and home-monitoring systems.
And here we thought the Soup Nazi was just a fictional character …
Intercepted phone calls purportedly between Russian military intelligence officers and members of a pro-Russian separatist group that appear to capture the moment the rebels realized the plane they shot down was a civilian passenger plane could be the smoking gun that helps prove Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed Ukraine by the insurgents.
The tapes were released by SBU, Ukraine’s security agency, and transcript was published in the Kiev Post. It appears to capture the chaotic moments after the plane was shot down — and the realization that it was a passenger plane rather than a Ukrainian transport plane, which had been targeted in recent days by the Russia-backed separatists.
“We have just shot down a plane,” says a man the SBU identified as Igor Bezler, a Russian military intelligence officer and leading commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. [...]
The Boeing 777 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down by what U.S. intelligence sources confirm was a surface-to-air missile near the village of Chornukhine, Luhansk Oblast, some 30 miles inside the the border with Russia. [...]
Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed Ukraine for the downing, saying it was responsible for the unrest in its Russian-speaking eastern regions — but did not accuse Ukraine of shooting the plane down and did not address the key question of whether Russia gave the rebels such a powerful missile.
Just a quick note here to let you know that, thanks to “unpredictably good weather,” we are being asked to close on the house we’ve been building two and a half months prior to the date we thought we’d be closing. And because the builder contract contains language that requires us to close upon completion, regardless of what dates we were quoted and had negotiated up front (and even had added to the language of the contract with our realtor present), several things are going to have to happen to allow us to be ready by closing day, set for the end of August: we have to get our current house ready to show as a rental, and we have to make sure we have not only the cost at closing in hand (we do), but also an additional not-insignificant chunk of change for requirements to make the new house functional as a living space (window treatments, eg.).
As a result, we face several challenges. First, as some of you know, my wife broke her wrist about a month back and is still in a cast. Second, schools these days, at least here in CO, begin in early-to-mid August, meaning that Satchel will need to be transported daily to and from school and won’t be able to help watch his younger brother after the 12th of next month during the daytime hours.
Because my wife works from home when she isn’t traveling (and she has several trips planned between now and our closing date), I’m going to have to balance watching Tanner, getting things packed up and out of our current space 2.5 months in advance of our prior schedule, securing the contractor work for the new house once we close, and completing cosmetic fixes to our current house — along with its staging — so that we can get the place ready to show as a rental. This involves putting in new carpeting and having the banisters sanded and re-stained, as well as small touch-up paint jobs and a few little dry wall fixes. And all that involves getting everything out of the house before we can move into the new house.
So needless to say, I’m going to be insanely busy, and if I manage to make it through these next 5+ weeks without suffering a coronary and/or a nervous breakdown, I’ll be genuinely surprised.
I’ll continue posting here as time allows, of course. But if I disappear for days at a time, chances are it’s because I’m unable even to make it to the computer, much less put down anything of interest on the site. I don’t anticipate this to become as noticeable to the remaining readers here until sometime during the middle of August. But it turns out that we have a lot of shit to move, and essentially one person, for the time being, to get it packed and moved.
Say your prayers for us.
If, however, we are able to pull this off, I’ll have my own office (my wife and I currently share one; the new house has one for each of us), we’ll have an in-law suite where my wife’s Mom can stay (so she can help watch Tanner), and we’ll have a lot more space to get projects done — and to escape, from time to time, the very open concept we have now, which when you have two children means a single large playroom that stretches from the stove-top to the far wall of the family room, veering off down the hall to the front door and taking an abrupt left just before getting there to spill into the office.
The days of stepping on Lego pieces may soon over. If I can make it through the next two months. A big if, sure. But I’ve become desperate.
Progressives have always detested the founding and have long embraced the self-serving assumption (insofar as it gives them the rationale for counter-revolutionary impulses) that the US is an illegitimate, colonialist nation built on stolen land and stolen labor. And Obama, steeped in this doctrinaire academic leftist cant, was nurtured and molded and in many ways created — as the moderate “pragmatist” and “post-racial” President — to be the left’s trojan horse, its Manchurian candidate. He is both figurehead and marionette for an ideology that has subsumed him and others who follow it with his same religious zeal. A servant posing as a king.
What we’re witnessing now — with collaboration from the Supreme Court and many within the GOP longing for kickbacks from the US Chamber of commerce, whose push for amnesty is a repudiation of our laws, laws written and passed by the very politicians who now call us “nativists” and “racists” for wishing to see them enforced — is part of the logistical endgame. The left has sent out the message that our borders are open. And they are secreting anchor children into various parts of the country, knowing full well that by the time we’re able to stop them the electoral map will be forever changed, and the soft-socialist, bureaucratic, command-and-control regime they desire, run by elites who manage we subjects, will have the veneer of legitimacy once the ballot box is overwhelmed by those who are able to vote for other people’s money.
The move to crush the middle class, which is what Alinsky, via Marx, advocated (that is, the bourgeois capitalism that comes with free market, self-interested enterprise and the mobility of wealth), is being systematically completed through executive fiat, bureaucratic legislation, currency manipulation, and the importation of government dependents with a low history of assimilation and a long history of straining resources and Balkanizing communities.
The center cannot hold, as the Cloward-Piven strategy postulates. Which, in the mind of the Utopian statists, will lead to a great revolt in which the people rise up and socialism is begged for — even as the monied are at once demonized and protected, later to become part of the liberal fascist ruling cabal that has long been the end game of socialist political schemes.
Too, we’re seeing, in the various fomentings of envy from an Administration that laughs at our bitterclinging, that the importation of a particular set of illegal immigrants — those who are called in and then invited to join the reconquista movement — are yet another way the left intends to create crisis, strife, and ultimately violence, that they will then step in and claim to protect us from.
One need only listen to rhetoric like this, from Jose Angel Gutierrez, a one-time professor and a lawyer, to get the gist of what it is the elites will use to distract us as they maneuver through the various racial strife to form a borderless banana republic, one in which the governmental and public sector class runs things while the rest of us beg for the crumbs they’ll generously toss us:
Of course, it’s ironic (and believe me, not lost on this agitator, who gets rich off of his separatist advocacy just as surely as the race hustlers get rich off of their demands to “heal” perpetual oppression as a permanent victim class that must never be allowed to transcend that victimization) that Gutierrez has the freedom to stand in the US and spout what is essentially a call to overthrow the US government — or at least return the land governed by the “gringos” who must be eradicated, by attrition if not in other ways, to those to whom he says it “belongs,” a stance that is conveniently willing to bracket slaughter of indigenous peoples by the Spanish, or the various intertribal conflicts among the “natives” to the continent (which identification, of course, is always stopped arbitrarily, and never goes back to, say, hominid, or amoeba, or crystaline formations).
And in fact, the freedom to “migrate” that he claims is most vituperatively prevented by those he would claim are owners of all the lands of the Americas outside the Europeanized US.
He is a poser, but he serves a function, which is why the left — Bill Clinton gave this man the Medal of Freedom — embraces him: he will cause the kind of racial strife and agitation that, conjoined with progressive policy, will provide the logistical reformation of the electorate while at the same time distracting us with the reconquista rhetoric.
The elites have no fear from people like this. And that’s because people like this will form coalitions with the elites to keep up the agitation. Just look at the academic feminist movement, or the race industry, or the LGBT movement, or any other of the secular identity group movements aimed at disrupting our civil society so that those in power can pillage us while we are fighting too many battles to keep track of: Never reaching reconciliation — that is, remaining in a state of perpetual complaint — is what provides these grievance groups their justification for being. There can never be an “end” to what they claim to be striving for or they’d lose their already strained claim to usefulness.
Right now, we’re seeing citizens rise up to try and prevent the forced importation into communities of unvetted, undocumented immigrants; some Governors are joining them, including several who were supportive of Obama’s immigration policies when they thought it wouldn’t affect their states.
Obama played them for suckers, too. He is a rank ideologue. And as a lame duck, his politics have but one remaining purpose: to put in place policies, regulations, and poison pills that will lead to the inevitable destabilization of the US, to it’s “fundamental transformation.”
That is, if we lack the will to fight back.
And we have plenty of establishment GOPers and useful idiots among the “libertarian” crowd who prefer being looked upon as thoughtful iconoclasts “intolerant of intolerance” — as well as a media and academic infrastructure poised to shame and marginalize constitutionalists — who will make that fight far more difficult to wage.
And yet, what other choice do we have?
If we can’t get through the establishment GOP a presidential candidate that will run on sealing the border and rolling back federal control, then we simply must use a convention of the states to wage our own war against the federal government. We can at that time draft amendments that would ensure the sanctity of the franchise and prevent vote-theft and other electoral misbehavior. We can prevent the “legalization” of those who have not assimilated and who do not intend to assimilate.
Many of us now being called “nativists” and “racists” (by both left and some on the right) have long been in favor of an increase in seasonal work visas, etc., and view our immigration needs, from the perspective of national sovereignty, in terms of the importation of high-skilled labor and those who are willing to follow our laws, join our civil society, and assimilate within our American (legal) culture.
Practically speaking, the Constitution gives us a remedy to go around the federal Leviathan and reclaim our country before it is lost, logistically, forever (Argentina was not too long ago one of the world’s wealthiest countries; so the idea that it Can’t Happen Hear is dangerous, absurd, ignorant, and obscene). On the level of epistemology, however, we’re going to need to root out the leftist tropes that inform the way we think and are meant to propagate and eventually institutionalize as essential truths ways of thinking that I’ve been at pains to point out lead inexorably and inevitably toward collectivism.
This occurs at the smallest level of language, continues on through ideas about who controls meaning, finds its zenith within identity narratives and the robbing from the individual his ability to articulate legitimate heterodoxical thought outside the official group narrative, as well as his ability to mean outside of some consensus “interpretation” of his will as appropriated and controlled by some motivated political faction.
I would of course be willing to do my part to educate the American electorate, pointing out to them how certain of their embedded kernel assumptions — which are no more the incoherent assertions pushed as truths by the left — are enabling the left’s coup. And in fact, I once did this, to a rather large audience.
But that was before I realized that much of what passes for political commentary, even on the right, is nothing more than a new kind of self-interested tribalism — and that intellectual debate was not really the aim of this medium.
So I can try to find another medium, I suppose. Or I can continue to pressure this one. But either way, if we don’t learn why it is that we continue to drift leftward at the very structural level of our current cultural milieu, we’ll be left fighting small skirmishes while the war against us — our founding principles, the primacy of the individual, the citizen sovereign and the government as servant — is being won despite our best local efforts to fight back. And that’s because the why and the how of the thing are crucial for understanding how to combat the thing itself.
– Which, I realize this hasn’t been the most popular and lucrative of messages on the right. But that doesn’t make it any less necessary — and I’m of the opinion that if I can teach freshman college students already infused in faulty theoretics to re-examine their core beliefs using nothing more than a children’s book, then just about anyone with any intellectual curiosity can learn what it is that is eroding our epistemic foundation.
update: if you agree with any of what of written, or at least think the subject is worth some serious discussion on the right and that I’m worthy of being a part of that discussion, I urge you to go ahead and share or RT this. I’m always happy to answer questions — too happy, some would argue, which is why they find it easier to ignore me than to engage me, I guess. But since linking is now a networking thing alone, and I’m out of the preferred network, backdoor, grass-roots attention is my only means of communication to a potentially new audience.
A Malaysian passenger plane with 295 people on board has been shot down as it flew above eastern Ukraine, according to aviation sources.
The plane, which is believed to have been flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was travelling at an altitude of 10km (6.2 miles) when it was shot down, Russia’s Interfax reported.
The aircraft, reportedly a Boeing 777, was brought down by a Buk ground-to-air missile, an adviser to the Ukrainian interior ministry quoted by the news agency said.
A spokesman for Malaysian Airlines confirmed it had lost contact with flight MH17, which departed from Amsterdam at 12.14am local time.
The flight disappeared from radar as it flew over Ukrainian airspace, he said.
Sky’s Katie Stallard, in Moscow, said media reports suggest the plane came down in the Donetsk region, where there has been recent heavy fighting amid continuing tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
Ukraine accuses Russia of shooting down air force jet.
An Air Force fighter jet has been shot down by an air-to-air missile fired from a Russian plane, a spokesman for Ukraine’s Security Council said Thursday.
Andrei Lysenko also said Ukrainian troops had been fired upon by missiles from a village just inside Russia.
Officials in Kiev have recently accused Russia’s armed forces of being directly implicated in attacks on Ukrainian troops battling an insurgency near the border.
Lysenko said in a televised briefing that the pilot of the Sukhoi-25 jet that was hit on Wednesday evening was forced to bail out after his jet was shot down. He provided no further details.
Pro-Russia rebels, meanwhile, claimed responsibility for strikes Wednesday on two Ukrainian Sukhoi-25 jets.
Yikes — if this is true (48 hour rule)
Donetsk separatist boss Strelkov, Kremlin's proxy in war, says he ordered shootdown thinking plane was Ukrainian pic.twitter.com/uaWKVlsA7q
— Strobe Talbott (@strobetalbott) July 17, 2014
If rpt if Russians shot down Malaysian plane, it will be grotesque deja vu of Soviets' destruction of Korean Airlines 007 31 yrs ago, Sept83
— Strobe Talbott (@strobetalbott) July 17, 2014
There isn’t a lot of area where liberal Alan Dershowitz and I agree; however, this video addressing the anti-semitic BDS Movement is spot-on and timely.