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The Texas Border with Mexico is only 1200 miles long
Texas Governor Rick Perry’s deployment of National Guard troops to the Lone Star State’s border with Mexico has been attacked by the Mexican Foreign Ministry. [Mexico protests Texas National Guard troops on US border, AFP, August 16, 2014]. Yawn. If you put a Cub Scout on the border with a slingshot, the Mexican government would be crying militarization. Unfortunately the Mexican government doesn’t have much to worry about—but there’s a way Perry could change that.
It’s not that I lack confidence in the Texas National Guard, of which I myself am a veteran. It could do the job—if it were given a clear mission and political backup.
My lack of confidence: in Governor Rick Perry, and that’s a general assessment here at VDARE.COM. Rick Perry is a big talker, but in the past he’s done more than his share of encouraging illegal immigration.
I’d be delighted to be proven wrong though—so here’s some helpful advice on how Perry could seal its 1200-mile border with Mexico.
Drastic? Maybe, but drastic times call for drastic measures. Obviously, the federal government is not going to seal the border—but Texas could.
From time to time, efforts have been made. There was Perry’s Operation Linebacker, back in 2005, which was “to increase law enforcement presence along the Texas-Mexico border, particularly between legal points of entry” But look what happened to it:
Initially, Operation Linebacker was beset with controversy because some sheriffs used the grant funds to set up checkpoints that civil rights groups alleged were being used to round up undocumented immigrants. [AW: As if that’s a bad thing!] Advocates said the checkpoints created fear in immigrant communities where some families were afraid to leave their homes even to take their children to school. [AW: Yeah, right!] An El Paso Times review of reports from sheriffs departments that participated in Operation Linebacker showed that the effort resulted in immigrant apprehensions seven times more often than it resulted in criminal arrests.[Tribpedia: Operation Border Star]
All the units being deployed in these cool-sounding operations are competent. But the problem is there is no overall strategy to...
Tide Running Strongly Against Amnesty/ Immigration Surge At Conservatism Inc. Showcase For Rick Perry. (But Not Against Middle East War)
It turned out, there was not really one but two events. The first was a panel with National Review editor Rich Lowry, Heritage’s James Carafano, Temple Law professor Jan Ting (a long-time VDARE.com favorite, see here and here) and GOP strategist Kellyanne Conway. Then everyone but Rich Lowry left the stage. Lowry introduced Perry who proceeded to make some incoherent remarks about his current indictment, some even more brief and vacuous points about the border and then spent the bulk of speech, completely off-topic, promoting more wars in the Middle East.
A friend of mine spotted Perry having lunch with The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol after the event, which no doubt explains this long digression.
My take: The actual panel on immigration was much better than I expected, Perry’s comments on immigration even worse. [YouTube]
James J. Carafano, who represented the official Heritage position, spoke first. [YouTube]His comments were the weakest, but not bad. He spent half his talk trying to suggest there is consensus for border security and that should be the focus of immigration reform, but he did concede that lack of internal enforcement was a lure.
Rich Lowry spoke next. Whatever someone wants to say about Lowry (and plenty at VDARE have), his comments here were on point. He began by emphasizing....
Ali Muhammad Brown
For two bloody months, an armed jihadist serial killer ran loose across the country. At least four innocent men died this spring and summer as acts of "vengeance" on behalf of aggrieved Muslims, the self-confessed murderer has now proclaimed. Have you heard about this horror? Probably not.
The usual suspects who decry hate crimes and gun violence haven't uttered a peep. Why? Like O.J.'s glove: If the narrative don't fit, you must acquit. The admitted killer will be cast as just another "lone wolf" whose familiar grievances and bloodthirsty Islamic invocations mean nothing.
I say: Enough with the whitewashing. Meet Ali Muhammad Brown. His homicidal Islamic terror spree took him from coast to coast. The 29-year-old career thug admitted to killing Leroy Henderson in Seattle in April; Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young in Seattle on June 1; and college student Brendan Tevlin, 19, in Essex County, New Jersey, on June 25. Tevlin was gunned down in his family Jeep on his way home from a friend's house. Ballistics and other evidence linked all the victims to Muhammad Brown. Police apprehended him last month hiding in an encampment near the Watchung Mountains of West Orange, New Jersey.
While he was on the run, he disguised himself in a Muslim keffiyeh. He carried a notebook with jihadist scribblings and advice on evading detection. I obtained the latest charging documents filed in Washington State, which detail the defiant domestic terrorist's motives.
Muhammad Brown told investigators that Tevlin's slaying was a "just kill." The devout Islamic adherent proclaimed: "My mission is vengeance. For the lives, millions of lives are lost every day." Echoing jihadist Fort Hood mass killer Nidal Hasan, Muhammad Brown cited Muslim deaths in "Iraq, Syria, (and) Afghanistan" as the catalysts for his one-man Islamic terror campaign. "All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government. So a life for a life."
When a detective asked him to clarify whether all four murders were "done for vengeance for the actions of the United States in the Middle East," Muhammad Brown stated unequivocally: "Yes." He added that he was "just doing (his) small part."
Seattle's left-wing mayor, Ed Murray, rushed to issue a statement—which might as well have sported an insipid "Coexist" bumper sticker across the page—asserting that Muhammad Brown's seething, deadly hatred did "not reflect the values of Muslims." But the fact is Ali Muhammad Brown has plenty of company. Seattle alone has been a long-festering hotbed...
Prosecutor Robert McCulloch: Couldn't Possibly Be As Biased As Eric Holder
Prosecutor Robert McCulloch: Couldn't Possibly Be As Biased As Eric Holder
Among the demands of the "protesters" in Ferguson is that the investigation and prosecution of police officer Darren Wilson be taken away from St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch.[
[VDARE.com note: Officer Paul McCulloch, pictured right, R. I. P. ]
Moreover, McCulloch comes from a family of cops. He wanted to be a police officer himself, but when cancer cost him a leg as a kid, he became a prosecutor.
Yet, in 23 years, McCulloch has convicted many cops of many crimes, and has said that if Gov. Jay Nixon orders him off this case, he will comply. Meanwhile, he is moving ahead with the grand jury.
As for Gov. Nixon, he revealed his closed mind by demanding the "vigorous prosecution" of a cop who has not even been charged and by calling repeatedly for "justice for [Brown's] family" but not Wilson's.
What has been going on for two weeks now in Ferguson, with the ceaseless vilification of Darren Wilson and the clamor to arrest him, is anti-American. It is a mob howl for summary judgment, when this case cries out, not for a rush to judgment, but for a long tedious search for the whole truth of what happened that tragic day.
The initial version was uncomplicated. On August 9, around noon, Brown and a companion were walking in the street and blocking traffic when ordered by Wilson to move onto the sidewalk.
Brown balked, a scuffle ensued. Wilson pulled out his gun and shot him six times, leaving Brown dead in the street. Open and shut. A white cop, sassed by a black kid, goes berserk and empties his gun.
Lately, however, another version has emerged.
Fifteen minutes before the shooting, Brown was caught on videotape manhandling and menacing a clerk at a convenience store he was robbing of a $44 box of cigars.
A woman, in contact with Wilson, called a radio station to say that Brown and Wilson fought in the patrol car and Brown had gone for the officer's gun, which went off.
When Brown backed away, Wilson pointed his gun and told him to freeze. Brown held up his hands, then charged. Wilson then shot the 6'4," 292-pound Brown six times, with the last bullet entering the skull.
St. Louis County police then leaked that Wilson had been beaten "severely" in the face and suffered the fracture of an eye socket.
Brown's companion, Dorian Johnson, says...
Early accounts are especially unreliable when reporters think they have a white racism story. Stirring up racial hatred is how journalists make up for sending their own kids to lily-white private schools.
As detailed in my book Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama, the old media's standard for any police shooting of a black person is: "Racist until proved innocent." We got three-alarm racism stories for the shootings of Jose (Kiko) Garcia, Eleanor Bumpurs, Michael Stewart and Edmund Perry.
And then it turned out Garcia was a drugged-up coke dealer who pulled a gun on the cop, Bumpurs was a psychotic who came at the cops with a machete, Stewart fought the cops so violently he gave himself a heart attack, and Perry mugged an undercover cop.
Witness statements aren't always 100 percent accurate. In Garcia's case, innumerable neighbors gave the media florid accounts of Officer Michael O'Keefe beating and kicking Garcia, before repeatedly shooting the unarmed man in the back as he lay facedown on the floor. The Garcia family lawyer assured The New York Times that "this kid never was arrested; he wasn't a drug dealer."
It later turned out that Garcia was a convicted felon.
He had a gun the night of the shooting.
The autopsy proved he was not shot in the back, nor was he beaten.
The only eyewitnesses against Officer O'Keefe were drug dealers—for whom Garcia worked—who could not possibly have seen anything from their vantage point, as confirmed with a laser pointer used by the Garcia family lawyer.
The first headlines in the Edmund Perry case were:
The New York Post: "COP KILLS HARLEM HONOR STUDENT"
The New York Times: "HONOR STUDENT, 17, IS KILLED BY POLICEMAN ON WEST SIDE."
Two dozen witnesses—many of them black—established that Perry had mugged the cop and was stomping on him when the officer shot him. Those witnesses were the heroes, not elite news anchors, who leave their doorman buildings to rail against "racism" from well-guarded studios or brief reporting forays to black neighborhoods.
Follow-up stories admitting that some some sensational racist crime turned out to be false are never a high priority with the press.
After all the media's hysteria about the Kiko Garcia shooting (New York Newsday: "COP SHOOTING VICTIM: HE WAS SHOT IN THE BACK") the story just faded away.
That incident provoked riots that resulted in one person dead, 90 injured, 53 policemen hospitalized, 121 vehicles torched, 11 police cars damaged, and dozens of businesses burned or looted. But when the early accounts turned out to be lies, the media whispered the ending and tiptoed out of the room, as if reading a bedtime story to a child.
The old media just love...
Reports today that Michael (“Gentle Giant”) Brown inflicted an eye socket fracture on Ferguson police office Darren Wilson could further threaten the Main Stream Media’s white-guilt morality play—but they’ll figure something out. (Note that Christine Byers, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter who tweeted yesterday that a dozen witnesses supported Wilson, seems to have been placed on leave).
The plain fact is that, probably via what seems from the outside to be some sort of a Journolist II-type co-ordination, the MSM has made huge contributions to the Ferguson fiasco—and above all to the paralysis of the police and to the near invisibility of the GOP, once again ducking its role as GAP, the Generic American Party.
If the MSM did have any honesty, they would have asked questions along the following lines:
- What injuries did Mike Brown inflict on Officer Wilson?
- Why did Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, not apologize to the South Asian convenience store manager whom her son had robbed, assaulted and battered, or to the white policeman, whom her son had attacked and had probably sought to murder?
- Why would a mother who was supposedly racked with grief immediately run out and engage the nation’s most racist, unethical lawyer, Benjamin Crump, whose specialty is race hoaxes and shaking down white taxpayers?
- Does Lesley McSpadden intend to share any of her misbegotten windfall with the store owners whose lives her son and his supporters have destroyed?
- What sort of people respond to their friend robbing a store by looting and burning down a store—and then, a few days later, realizing that they’d hit the wrong store, looting and burning down a second store?
- What kind of people burn down their own town?
- Why are “respectable” blacks supporting the rioters and looters?
- Why do the “eyewitness” stories contradict each other so, and why are they so lacking in credibility?
- “Why didn’t they shoot those looters?”—in the words of a black Ferguson resident. (In fact, police-inflicted injuries seem vanishingly rare).
- Why are President Obama and the highest lawman in the land, Attorney General Eric Holder, conspiring to obstruct justice, and violate the civil rights of white Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson?
The MSM have followed the same script they followed in promoting the Trayvon Martin Hoax. They are trying to score millions for the family of the “victim” (and his lawyers); diminish, excuse, and glorify black felons; handcuff and demonize white policemen; and get the man who killed their darling murdered.
St. Louis Riverfront Times reporter Jessica Lussenhoppublished the Trayvon-style picture of a much younger, smaller, and cuter Mike Brown (allegedly 16, but looking more like 12), and quoted family members on his hopes of becoming a rapper. [Family of Michael Brown, Teenager Shot to Death By Ferguson Police, Talks About His Life, August 10, 2014]
Apparently, he already was an accomplished racist, gutter-mouth rapper (warning: listening to this may be physically painful), who bragged of sex and killing, but the family didn’t want the public hearing his “art.” [Listen to Mike Brown’s VERY Explicit Rap Songs Featuring Drugs, Drinking and Murder, SooperMexican.com, August 15, 2014]The MSM deal in the Politically Correct euphemisms.
As still with Trayvon Martin...
The most poisonous "-ism" now infecting Ferguson, Missouri, is not virulent racism. It's viral narcissism.
Over the past two weeks, the impoverished St. Louis County suburb has become a magnet for self-absorbed publicity seekers of all colors and agendas.
Perhaps the most repulsive species on display in Ferguson is the Journalisto Vanitatis. This breed of egotistical East-Coast reporters can be easily identified by its ever-present appendages: a smartphone and smart glasses. For the J.V., the story is all about "me, me, me!" Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly and Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery were among the first and most prominent Beltway journos to parachute into the Ferguson protests.
Admiring media colleagues hang on the J.V.'s every tweet and selfie. When Reilly and Lowery were "arrested" (that is, detained briefly and released) amid the chaos, they morphed into civil rights heroes. Both complained indignantly about not being read their "Miranda rights." Never mind that they were neither arrested nor interrogated, the two basic preconditions for Miranda warnings.
The J.V.'s have been hailed for their "courage" on the "front lines"—like veritable 21st-century versions of Audie Murphy and Ernie Pyle! Of course, Audie Murphy and Ernie Pyle would know real bullets when they saw them. But Reilly revealed his abject cluelessness this week when he hysterically tweeted a photo of what he thought were "rubber bullets." They turned out to be high-capacity... ear plugs.
Not to be outdone, J.V. Chris Hayes of MSNBC squealed about being threatened with mace and simpered about being confined in a press area—created by police for the safety of meandering interlopers gawking at rioters and looters. Later, he breathlessly...
The National Guard arrives to restore order
It’s just another day in one of America’s black neighborhoods.
Democratic governor Jay Nixon of Missouri finally sent in the National Guard, without consulting with the Obama Administration [Report: Nixon Did Not Give White House ‘Heads Up’ He Was Calling In National Guard, CBS St. Louis, August 18, 2014]. But, in a characteristic liberal vacillation, he has dropped the curfew. [n Ferguson, more protests -- but calmer, By Larry Copeland and Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, August 18, 2014 ]
The Ferguson riots have now lasted longer than the 1965 Watts riot, but the Main Stream Media is still doing its best to defend rioters and blame nonexistent “police brutality”— leading to hilarious situations like a Huffington Post reporter mistaking foam earplugs for rubber bullets. But none of this is particularly unusual—the simmering violence, rampant lawlessness, and collapse of civic order is just par for the course in black neighborhoods all around the country. Take it from me, I’ve lived in them.
And, like anyone who has actually lived in a black neighborhood, I can testify that the expectation of physical safety, respect for public and private property, or basic standards of social decorum are simply absent from vast swathes of what used to be our country.
In a real sense, these areas have simply dropped off the map of Western Civilization.
The events leading up to the shooting of Michael Brown show why these riots are not unusual, but a simple flare-up of a constant low-level intifada.
Liberal students kvetch about “microaggressions,” or petty verbal violations of Political Correctness, but life in a black neighborhood is a never-ending series of real aggressions, as residents constantly push to see what they can get away with. When those violated respond with force, blacks adopt a posture of helpless victims and are eagerly assisted by a media willing to push an anti-white Narrative.
Life in the ghetto is Fourth Generation Warfare in miniature.
The fatal confrontation between Brown and the police was reportedly sparked by an officer telling Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson to get out of the road and stop blocking traffic. [Police: Michael Brown stopped because he blocked traffic, by Trymaine Lee and Michele Richinick, MSNBC, August 15, 2014] This may seem petty, but it is a constant in black neighborhoods. Hence “sidewalks” were identified by satirist Paul Kersey as one of those things “black people don’t like.”
Driving in a black neighborhood means having to avoid young African-Americans walking in the middle of the road, who curse or kick...
Washington DC, during the Martin Luther King Riots of 1968: not a "militarized" police officer, but an actual soldier.
At issue, the shooting death of Michael Brown, Saturday a week ago, on the main street of that city of 22,000, a neighbor community to Jennings, where this writer lived in the mid-1960s.
Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, was shot multiple times by Darren Wilson, a 28-year-old white police officer with an unblemished record in six years on the force in Jennings and Ferguson.
From his patrol car, Wilson ordered Brown out of the street where he was walking and blocking traffic. A fight followed. Wilson appears to have been punched in the face. One police report says that there was a struggle for the officer's gun.
According to Brown's companion, however, after he was first shot, he threw up his hands and yelled, "Don't shoot. I surrender." Then Wilson gunned him down.
According to one of three autopsies, Brown was shot six times, once in the top of the head, which may suggest he was charging the officer when gunned down. A second St. Louis County autopsy found marijuana in Brown's body.
What we are witnessing in Ferguson today, and nationally...
Paul has been trying to position himself as a Main Stream Media-friendly defender of racial orthodoxy for some time now. When he came out in favor of the Amnesty/Immigration Surge in 2013, Paul spoke before the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and praised Bolivian math teacher Jaime Escalante as a model of Hispanic immigrant values in education. It turned out that Paul’s speechwriters plagiarized the Wikipedia page of the movie Stand and Deliver. [Rand Paul has given speeches plagiarized from Wikipedia before, by Andrew Kaczynski, Buzzfeed, October 29, 2013] Of course, had they taken the time to read the “historical accuracy” section of the film’s Wikipedia page, they would have learned that his students most likely cheated on their calculus exam.
Similarly, Rand Paul’s latest genuflection to the Left—an article in Time Magazine on the police shooting of Michael Brown and resulting black riots—comes close to plagiarizing Barack Obama’s comments on Trayvon Martin.
Given the racial disparities in our criminal justice system, it is impossible for African-Americans not to feel like their government is particularly targeting them.
[Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police, August 14, 2014]
Similarly, Obama said of the Trayvon Martin case:
I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away....The African American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws -- everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.[Links added]
[Remarks by the President on Trayvon Martin, July 19, 2013]
Note that Paul was actually less nuanced than the President—Obama at least acknowledged that blacks are “disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence.”
Commenting on Michael Brown, Paul said...