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Memo From Middle America | “Who Would Jesus Deport?” Is The Wrong Question For Christian Patriots

When Nancy Pelosi said that illegals should be treated like the “baby Jesus,” the former Speaker became the latest liberal politician to opportunistically use Christianity to guilt trip Americans into giving away their country. [Pelosi: Border Children Should be Treated Like Refugee Baby Jesus, Breitbart, July 22, 2014] Unfortunately, the former Speaker the American Thinker called an “occasionally devout Catholic” is not alone, as evidenced by the widespread use of the deeply dishonest slogan “Who Would Jesus Deport?” [Nancy Pelosi’s Baby Jesus’ Argument, by Jeannie DeAngelis, July 23, 2014]

“Who Would Jesus Deport?” is widely deployed by open borders advocates in articles, cartoons, t-shirts and even its own Facebook page. And as you might guess, those asking the question already have an answer—certainly not illegal aliens. The loaded question is designed to force American Christians into supporting destructive policies out of misplaced morality.

Elvira Arellano, an illegal who made a great show of holing up inside a church to avoid deportation and used her anchor baby son Saul as a prop, tried to cast herself as a Christian martyr using the slogan. Here’s a photo of Elvira back in 2006 wearing a “Who Would Jesus Deport?” t-shirt.


Things to know about immigration activist Elvira Arellano,, May 7, 2014

Though some are simply misguided idealists, many of the “Christians” who use this slogan are less concerned with living a Christian life than with...

Eyes On The Prize: Chris McDaniel Supporters Should Work To Take The Back The Senate

Ann CoulterWhen a U.S. president is using the IRS to terrify his political enemies, destroying American health care and opening our southern border to millions of future welfare-collecting, Democratic voters from the Third World, why is a dime's worth of money being wasted on trying to replace the Republican senator from Mississippi with a slightly different Republican?

Honestly, I think these deck chairs look just fine. Maybe we should check on the Titanic's hull, captain.

If Chris McDaniel's supporters want to show what bad-ass studs they are, how about walking across the Mississippi River and getting Tom Cotton elected in Arkansas? He's running against a Democrat, fellas! Or how about walking a little farther down the river, to Louisiana, and helping Bill Cassidy take out another Democrat?

Those two Democrats, Sens. Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu, could well win re-election in red states--despite voting for Obamacare and amnesty. And tea partiers are still focused like a laser beam on making Republican senators more perfect, rather than beating Democrats.

Yes, it's annoying to see a Republican appeal to Democratic voters to save his seat. But Thad Cochran is hardly Arlen Specter, who was a thorn in Republicans' side forever.

At least McDaniel's allies have a good plan. They're going to invent a time machine and travel back to June 24 to undo the runoff election. Wait--they don't have a time machine?

It also doesn't look great having alleged Republican activists claiming that any votes from blacks in a GOP primary were fraudulent. It so happens that Cochran has always won a fair portion of the black vote--and the Democrat vote.

In Cochran's last election without Barack Obama on the ticket...

Marine Corps General John Kelly, Head of U.S. Southern Command, Says Border Security an “Existential” Threat to the U.S. Main Stream Media Ignores Him

Marine Corps General John Kelly, Head of U.S. Southern Command, Says Border Security an “Existential” Threat to the U.S. Main Stream Media Ignores Him

Breaking a trend of abysmally PC military leadership, the head of U.S. Southern Command recently dropped a bomb on the open borders crowd. Border security is now an “existential” threat to the country, according to the commander of U.S. Southern Command, Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly. [Top General Says Mexico Border Security Now ‘Existential’ Threat to U.S., by Molly O’Toole, Defense One, July 5, 2014].

Not surprisingly, the Main Stream Media has avoided Kelly’s comments. As of this writing, only one local CBS station has reported the story. This is particularly shocking because Kelly was a subject of a long Washington Post profile after his son, a Marine lieutenant, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010. [Lt. Gen. John Kelly, who lost son to war, says U.S. largely unaware of sacrifice, By Greg Jaffe, March 2, 2011]

Southern Command has responsibility for South America and Central America. Gen. Kelly pointed out what should be the obvious correlation between our porous southern border and national security:

In comparison to other global threats, the near collapse of societies in the hemisphere with the associated drug and [undocumented immigrant] flow are frequently viewed to be of low importance… Many argue these threats are not existential and do not challenge our national security. I disagree.

Gen. Kelly surely is not alone among military officers, past and present, who could offer insight into the border fiasco. But they would have to find time away from the American military’s jihad against gender inequality and sexual assault, in order to uphold their oath to the constitution to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

That oath is clearly nagging at patriotic officers who see our sovereignty betrayed, and our territorial integrity violated with near impunity. Barack Obama has gradually reshaped the military leadership into, as Nicholas Stix writes, “a politicized, diverse officer corps.” But there are a few leaders left who believe in fighting for the nation – not a modern day Camp of the Saints in the Rio Grande Valley, not a multicultural contingent of globalism, but an actual nation.

Kelly has spoken out before about the border threat, and about the “current cohort of opinion makers and cultural icons” in America who peddle selfishness and materialism. [General: Millennial Marines shun self-absorbed culture,by Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times, May 7, 2014]

The Obama Administration is just a few more exposes away from complete meltdown on the immigration issue. From escorting diseased illegal aliens around the country, to having military bases used to warehouse the unwelcome illegals, the Border Patrol and military are bearing the brunt of this unopposed invasion. The American public needs to know about the Nanny State degradation that our Border Patrol and military are forced to take part in.

For example, the officers and enlisted men at Lackland Air Force Base and Fort Sill, Oklahoma no doubt have something to say

For Obama and the Church Hierarchy, It’s All Going According to Plan

Both Barack Obama and the Roman Catholic Church seem to regard the “Children’s Crusade” from Central America not as an emergency, but as an opportunity. It is now clear that Obama was actually warned about the developing crisis well before it happened. However, the Washington Post article that revealed Obama’s guile seems more outraged that the federal government hasn’t provided more resources for the illegal than it has at the President’s deception.


“As soon as those children were placed in temporary shelters, more arrived. An average of 66 were apprehended each day on the border and more than 24,000 cycled through Texas patrol stations in 2013. In a 41-page report to the Department of Homeland Security, the team from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) raised alarms about the federal government’s capacity to manage a situation that was expected to grow worse.”

[Obama Aides Were Warned of Brewing Border Crisis, by David Nakamura, Jerry Markon, and Manuel Roig-Franzia, Washington Post, July 19, 2014]

The article seems to say to me, “Hey, you knew these kids were coming! Why didn’t you build facilities for them? “

Obviously, these “children” could not have arrived

The Left’s Dark Money Managers: Meet Philip Gara LaMarche

Philip Gara LaMarche is a secretive political operative who funnels billions of dollars from undisclosed donors to nonprofits and astroturf groups. But you won’t hear unhinged Harry Reid railing Queegishly about him on the Senate floor. Why? Here’s why: LaMarche is a militant leftist philanthropist. He’s a protected elite—Columbia University grad, former ACLU leader and [...]


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Carr vs. Alexander: Win Or Lose, Immigration Driving Tennessee Senate Primary—And, Increasingly, GOP Politics


Joe Carr and Lamar Alexander

Tea Party insurgent Joe Carr is placing immigration at the center of his August 7 primary challenge against longtime Tennessee GOP Senator Lamar Alexander, 74. Both Carr and the Main Stream Media are aware of David Brat’s stunning victory over cheap labor advocate Eric Cantor, and Alexander’s pro-amnesty voting record is giving Carr plenty of ammunition. The GOP Establishment is digging in, but Carr has already proved that immigration is the issue now driving grassroots Republican politics—and Presidential candidates are going to have to recognize the new political reality.

The “Brat Playbook” suggests that for a candidate to win on the immigration issue, it’s not enough to have a strong stance—you actually have to run on it (as heroic immigration patriot Tim Donnelly, alas, did not in the California gubernatorial primary). But Carr has been pushing the issue from the beginning, saying that Alexander’s vote for the Gang of Eight’s Amnesty/Immigration Surge Bill would be one of his “critical issues.” Still, whatever Carr said or didn’t say seemed of little importance, because he was trailing heavily—until recently.

Unfortunately for Lamar!(as his signs read during his failed 1996 Presidential run), Brat’s victory and Chris McDaniel’s narrow loss (due in part to his ignoring immigration) are feeding into an MSM narrative of incumbent Republicans under attack. Thus, Time Magazine calls Alexander the Tea Party’s “next target” and explicitly compares challenger Carr to Brat.

Like Brat, Carr gathered steam slowly. He won the endorsements of some local Tea Party groups, then gained favor with conservative talk-show hosts. Both hammered the incumbent for supporting “amnesty,” an issue with special resonance as the migrant crisis on the southern border escalates. Both caught the attention of Laura Ingraham, the conservative pundit who campaigned for Brat and endorsed Carr on July 14.

[Meet the Tea Party’s Next Target, by Alex Altman, Time, July 15, 2014]

Similarly Slate’s Dave Weigel writes bravely: “One thing Carr learned from the Brat race: The GOP base is more irritable about immigration reform than anyone admits. And unlike Cantor, Alexander actually voted for the Senate’s immigration bill” [Meet Joe Carr, the Last Tea Party Senate Challenger of 2014, Slate, June 14, 2014]

In Tennessee, the local Tea Party is enthusiastically backing Carr. Grassroots groups opposed to Lamar Alexander overwhelmingly identify as part of the “Tea Party,” as can be seen in on pages like “Beat Lamar.” These groups also highlight immigration as one of the main reasons for their opposition. (So far, we have not seen...

The Day of the Hawk: Would The U.S. Really Benefit From Breaking With Russia?

The bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie was premeditated mass murder. Gadhafi was taking revenge for Reagan’s raid on Tripoli in 1986. The downing of KAL 007, flying from Anchorage to Seoul, was mass murder in the second degree. Seeing an aircraft intrude into Russian air space, Soviet officers brutally ordered it shot down. [...]

The Fulford File | To End “Unaccompanied Minor” Scandal, Start Deporting Illegal (And Irresponsible) Parents

Suicide of the West paradox: public policy now forces U.S. parents to raise their kids in a bubble of fanatic safety, but simultaneously rewards Latin American parents for risking their kids on an illegal border crossing—and has for years. The obvious culprit: the Treason Lobby, whose greed and recklessness created an enormous moral hazard that Obama’s recent border dissolution has now made undeniable. But don’t forget the Latino (“Hispanic family values”) parents. Many are already here illegally and paid to have their kids smuggled in. They should be tracked down and deported—with their children—as the best form of family reunification

American kids weren’t always so protected. From David Frum’s book about the 1970s:

If pre-1965 Americans hesitated to seem sensitive to comfort, they positively disdained safety. They lit rockets in their backyards on the Fourth of July. They bought their steak marbled with fat. They smoked. They bought cars without seatbelts. They gave boys .22-caliber rifles for their eleventh birthdays. How they would gape and stare at a contemporary playground, with its rubber matting underneath the swings, safety belts on the teetertotters, and three-year-olds strapped into crash helmets before they can mount their tricycles.

How We Got Here: The 70s The Decade That Brought You Modern Life -- For Better Or Worse, (2000)

Lenore Skenazy has been pushing back against this. She has a book calledFree-Range Kids, How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) and her website,, has many stories about the crazy things Americans do preserve kids from largely imaginary harms and the constant overreaction of police and school authorities to things like kids walking to school.

And Megan McArdle recently wrote about about Mommy Police With Real Handcuffs[Bloomberg View, July16, 2014]:

A week ago, a woman was charged with leaving her child in the car while she went into a store. Her 11-year-old child. This week, a woman was arrested for allowing her 9-year-old daughter to go to the park alone.

Which raises just one question: America, what the heck is wrong with you?

Compare that with what Mexican and Central American parents have been doing to their little ones for years. While your school-age children have to hold your hand while crossing a quiet suburban street with a green light, the little girl in this famous sign is being dragged across a highway so fast that her pigtails are flying.


In fact, that sign was created in response to over a hundred deaths caused by illegal aliens crossing interstate highways near the border:

Parents were killed in front of their children, children in front of parents. Drivers who hit these people were left emotionally wrecked. One was haunted by the sight of an anguished face flying across the windshield….Before [Caltrans graphic artist] Hood began drawing the sign, he and his supervisors met with Highway Patrol officers and saw photos of accident scenes. What got to him most were the deaths that involved families.

"Graphically, I wanted to show a family," said Hood, who lives in San Diego. He chose to include a pigtailed girl, rather than a boy, because "there is something about a little girl running across with her parents that we are more affected by."

Highway safety sign becomes running story on immigration, By Leslie Berestein, San Diego Union-Tribune, April 10, 2005

American children must have a car seat or seatbelt, and failure to use them will result not only in tickets, but in Child Protective Services being called and the parent arrested. But illegals are bringing their children in the back of tractor-trailers, inside the trunks of cars and in light trucks, vans and SUVs with up to 21 passengers [Juarez boy among thousands of Mexican children smuggled into U.S.,By Lorena Figueroa, El Paso Times, December 23, 2013]

In a 2003 (!) post on the moral hazard of not enforcing immigration law, I noted that 18 illegal aliens had lost their lives when their smuggler drove off and left them locked in a trailer compartment in the Texas heat. One was five years old...

Derbyshire On Race And The International Math Olympiad

Here’s a wee brainteaser for you to while away ninety minutes with.<p><blockquote>For each positive integer <em>n</em>, the Bank of Cape Town issues coins of denomination 1/n. Given a finite collection of such coins (of not necessarily different denominations) with total value at most 99 + ½, prove that it is possible to split this collection into 100 or fewer groups, such that each group has total value at most 1.</blockquote><p>That is one of the six problems set in this year’s <a href="">International Math Olympiad</a> (IMO), just held in <a href="">Cape Town</a>, South Africa from July 3<sup>rd</sup> to 13th.<p><p>You can download all six problems in the language of your choice, from <a href="">Afrikaans</a> to <a href="">Vietnamese</a>, <a href="">here</a>. There are worked solutions <a href="">here</a>. Participants were given three problems on July 8<sup>th</sup>, three on the 9<sup>th</sup>, with four-and-a-half-hour sessions each time—average an hour and a half per problem. So if you can make fair progress on that one above in ninety minutes, and are less than 20 years old, you are IMO material.<p><p>I have put up occasional blog posts about the IMO before (<a href="">this one from last year</a>, for example) and the national-level USAMO (<a href="">2012 winners here</a>) as a matter of minor interest to<a href=""> human-biodiversity</a> mavens. I thought I’d try something a bit more ambitious with this year’s IMO.<p><p>In doing so, I was diving into a crowded pool. Analyzing IMO results is a popular pastime among the statistically inclined—so much so that after browsing thirty-odd websites on the topic I began to feel that crunching IMO results data deserves an Olympiad of its own—an IMOO, perhaps.<p><p>Some names familiar to readers show up in those websites. <a href="">Ron Unz</a> waded into the pool last year in one of his meritocracy pieces (<a href="">four paragraphs into here</a>). Fred Reed used IMO results to give his <a href="">Hispanophilia</a> an airing <a href="">over at Taki’s Magazine back in March</a>. The blogger Occidentalist <a href="">demolished Fred here</a>, with a good combative comment thread … and so on, and on.<p><p>As I said, it’s a popular pastime.<p><p>The Olympiad anyway lends itself to this sort of thing. It is, after all, run by and for mathematicians. The IMO publish excellent tables for the results, cut several ways—I’ll get to them in just a moment.<p><p>The event has been held since 1959, so there’s a good historical trail, made use of for example by Heiner Rindermann in a well-known (here in the pool, I mean) 2011 paper titled “<a href="">Results in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) as Indicators of the Intellectual Classes’ Cognitive-Ability Level</a>,” published in <a href="">a <em>festschrift</em> for German psychologist Kurt Heller</a>.<p><p>(Rindermann’s paper points out, with no irony I can detect, that “It may be hard to believe, but there are no IQ measurements of IMO participants”—page 314 of the <em>festschrift</em>.)<p><p>Here I shall only look at this year’s results.<p><p>And then, there is a straightforward mathematical elegance...