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Homelessness: Myth and Menace

Posted on | August 29, 2014 | 104 Comments

Years ago, the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case brought attention to a fact of which social scientists have long been aware, but which the high priests of political correctness have attempted to conceal from the public: Homeless people are dangerous.

Brian David Mitchell, the perverted self-proclaimed “prophet” who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart, had been a homeless panhandler for years. Like many other homeless people, Mitchell had a history of drug abuse, crime and mental illness. But because of political correctness in the media, this point was obscured in the coverage of the story. Now, we have further evidence of the problem. Miley Cyrus decided to have a homeless man as her “date” to the MTV Video Music Awards. An aspiring model, Jesse Helt accepted Miley’s VMA trophy and lectured the national television audience:

“My name is Jesse and I am accepting this award on behalf of 1.6 million runaway and homeless youth in the United States, who are starving, lost, and scared for their lives right now. I know this because I am one of these people. . . .
“I’ve survived in shelters all over this city. I’ve cleaned your hotel rooms. I’ve been an extra in your movies. I’ve been an extra in your life. Though I may have been invisible to you on the streets, I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight.”

He forgot to add, “Oops.”

Miley Cyrus’s homeless VMAs date Jesse
turns himself in after being sought
by police for violating his probation

Miley Cyrus’ homeless VMA date finally turned himself in to police Thursday night and was formally arrested for violating the conditions of his probation.
Jesse Helt walked in to Polk County Jail in Dallas, Oregon just before 8pm and was booked in by duty officers.
Helt had been on the run from the authorities for three years and lived homeless on the streets of Los Angeles before he shot to fame at the MTV Video Music Awards last Sunday.
Martin Silbernagel, Polk County Director of Community Corrections, said the 22-year-old is expected to post $2,500 bail and will be released within hours.
‘He turned himself in and was arrested, we expect a court date in two weeks,’ he said.
Homeless Helt has been on the run from police since moving to Los Angeles, where he lived on the streets after breaking probation following a drugs test back in 2011.
A judge in his home state of Oregon issued a warrant for his arrest for repeatedly violating the terms of his probation. . . .

Larry O’Connor at the Free Beacon:

So Jesse has a criminal record, an open warrant for his arrest, a drug problem, and is homeless because he took the brilliant career path into the safe and secure world of modeling. . . .
The fact is, Jesse deserves to be homeless. I don’t care if that sounds cold-hearted or mean-spirited, it’s the truth.
Instead of propagandizing young people with the fear-mongering lie how a homeless person is just the same as anyone else but for a few bad breaks, Miley would have done our culture a greater service by having her prop (let’s be real, he wasn’t really her date) admit to all of the awful life choices he made that led him to living on the streets.

That’s pretty harsh, but it does point to a larger issue that has long been neglected in discussions of “homelessness.” Back in the 1980s, this became an “issue” because Democrats wanted to leverage homelessness as a way to impugn Ronald Reagan’s policies. But the problem had nothing to do with Reagan and everything to do with a series of court decisions that had made it more difficult to lock up insane people in lunatic asylums, and nearly impossible to enforce laws against vagrancy. The so-called “deinstitutionalization” of the mentally ill was a policy that had been pursued by the American Civil Liberties Union and other liberals during the 1970s. This coincided with other trends — including rising rates of divorce and drug abuse — that had the combined effect of creating a population of dopeheads, alcoholics and crazies who had no families to take care of them, and no place to go.

Furthermore, once the media jumped on the bandwagon of hyping the “homeless crisis,” ginning up lots of ignorant public sympathy, bums and petty criminals realized they could cash in on this, panhandling on the streets, often falsely claiming to be Vietnam War veterans. State and local governments started throwing money at the problem, and non-profit agencies reaped a bonanza of grant money to help deal with the “homeless crisis.” This created what was in effect an industry of professional activists — Homelessness, Inc. — who made their living from the misperceptions of the problem, misperceptions that the activists themselves helped create in order to gain the political clout necessary to shake down government agencies for more money.

It was a racket, one of the most shameless hoaxes ever imposed on the American public, and the media still refuse to tell the truth about the problem. Everything you need to know about homelessness, you can learn from reading Thomas Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed, Fred Siegel’s The Future Once Happened Here and Myron Magnet’s The Dream and the Nightmare. You might also want to read P.J. O’Rourke’s Parliament of Whores, which has an excellent (and hilarious) chapter on how the “homeless crisis” was invented. That’s four books — just four — and if you read what they have to say about homelessness, you’ll know more about the reality of this problem than do 99% of reporters and editors in the liberal media.

Miley Cyrus’s stunt at the VMAs was a perfect example of how vastly ignorant liberals are about the real world. She seems to have actually believed Jesse Helt was a helpless victim, and she gave him a platform to insult Americans with his dishonest lecture.

Miley Cyrus should be ashamed of herself. But if liberals had any sense of shame, they wouldn’t be liberals, would they?

 

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LIVE AT FIVE: 08.29.14

Posted on | August 29, 2014 | 4 Comments

– compiled by Wombat-socho


TOP NEWS
Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Invasion

Russian self-propelled artillery in the Ukraine

Obama rules out military response
Pro-Moscow rebels say they’ll allow trapped Ukraine forces to withdraw
Invasion of Ukraine prompts UN Security Council meeting
Poroshenko accuses Russian soldiers of backing rebel attack

Fighting In Syria Spawns Civil War In Jihadist Movement
Islamic State and Al-Qaeda: sworn enemies?

Nawaz Sharif Seeks Army’s Help To Resolve Pakistan’s Political Crisis
Opposition parties accept Army as mediator



POLITICS
GOP Bonus In NH As Brown Gains On Shaheen?

Scott Brown closing the gap?

Shaheen’s lead shrinks to 46-44% in latest WMUR poll


Closing Arguments Set In McDonnell Trial

Texas Judge Rules State Is Underfunding Schools

US May Bring Thousands Of Deported Mexicans Back Under Court Settlement

Census: More Than One-Third Of Americans Getting Welfare Benefits

Suds, Faith Found At California Laundromat

VA Whistleblower Condemns IG Report



THE ECONOMY, STUPID
Asian Crude Up On Ukraine Tension, Rosy US Data: WTI $94.66, Brent $102.70
Teens Dump Expensive Expensive Fashion Brands Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch
Commerce Department Claims Economy Grew At 4.2% In Second Quarter
European Shares Inch Up Early; Tesco Tumbles
Asia Stocks Mixed On Ukraine Risks
Barclays Provides $275 Million Financing To Detroit
Google Unveils Drone For Disaster Relief
Twitter Opens Up Analytics Dashboard For All Users
Google X Exec May Be Contender For Next US CTO
T-Mobile For Sale: $35/Share
NY State Carries Big Stick In Review Of Comcast Deal



SPORTS
Tony Stewart Returns To NASCAR After Three-Week Hiatus

Tony before February’s Daytona 500

Returns to racing at Atlanta; charges over death of Kevin Ward still possible


Castro Hits Grand Slam, Astros Top Rangers 4-2

Johnny Who? Aggies Rip Cocks 52-28


Minor Dominates On Mound, Plate As Braves Crush Mets 6-1

Avila’s Sayonara Homer Salvages Win For Tigers Against Yankees

A’s Protest After Wacky 9th Leads To Angels Win In 10th

Orioles Play Small Ball, Edge Rays 5-4

Twins Snap Skid, Avert Sweep With 11-5 Thumping Of Royals

Tribe Edges Pale Hose 3-2

Nationals Piling Up Minor League Awards



FAMOUS FOR BEING FAMOUS
Joan Rivers Hospitalized, In Coma After Vocal Cord Surgery Goes Awry

Comedienne widely credited with helping women find their place in comedy

To be awakened this weekend as docs assess damage

Nikki Finke: Watch This Space

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Wed Privately At Chateau In France

Britney Spears, BF David Lucado Split


Shakira Expecting Bebe Numero Dos

Katie Couric On Diane Sawyer: “I Wonder Who She Blew This Time”

Jenny McCarthy And Donnie Wahlberg Tying The Knot This Weekend

“Duck Dynasty” Star Sadie Robertson Joining “Dancing With The Stars”

“Underworld” Reboot In The Works?

Character Actor Stephen Lee Dies, 58



FOREIGNERS
Japan’s Economy Stagnates After Sales Tax Hike
UN: Syrian Refugees Top Three Million; Half Of All Syrians Displaced
43 UN Peacekeepers Captured By Jihadis In Golan Heights, Another 81 Trapped
Islamic State Slaughters Dozens Of Captive Syrian Soldiers
New Turkish Cabinet Unlikely To Signal Policy Shift
Chicoms Show Off Latest Attack Helicopters, Tanks At Multinational Military Exercise
UN Says Afghan Election Audit Won’t Be Done Until September 10
France Rules Out Assad As Partner In Terror Fight
Tory Leads, But Ford Gaining Ground In New Poll
Media Positive On Modi’s Visit To Japan
With Eye On China, Japan Defense Planners Seek Spending Boost



BLOGS & STUFF
First Street Journal: And You Wonder Why I Think Palestinians Are Stupid?
Doug Powers: Obama Calls Press Conference To Announce Lack Of Strategy Against ISIS
Twitchy: Does Krystal Ball Have A Strategy To Forget About This 2012 Tweet?
WSJ: Net Neutrality Vs. Free Speech
American Power: Election Models Converging On GOP Senate Majority
American Thinker: It Isn’t Their 21st Century, Mr. President!
BLACKFIVE: “We Don’t Have A Strategy Yet”
Conservatives4Palin: Gov. Palin – No-Drama Obama’s Summer Casual Agenda For America
Don Surber: “Anymore” Acknowledges At One Time We Did
Jammie Wearing Fools: Thanks, Obama! Labor Day Weekend Fundraising Blitz To Ground Air Traffic Into Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket
Joe For America: Black NYT Journalist Bullied Into Recanting Description Of Michael Brown
Protein Wisdom: Consigliere Eric Holder Cuts Left-Wing Groups In On $17 Billion Deal
Shot In The Dark: Trulbert! Part VIII – We Don’t Need No Water
The Gateway Pundit: Obama Amnesty Fraud Exposed – 2012 Deportations Down 50% From Bush Average
The Jawa Report: ISIS American Jihadis Dropping Like Flies
Lonely Conservative: Will Dems Shut Down Government In Effort To Save The Senate?
This Ain’t Hell: Fort Lee Shooter – Another Crazed Vet
Weasel Zippers: Not News – Man Waving ISIS Flag From Car Threatens To Kill Police; News – In Chicago
Megan McArdle: No Easy Exit From The Euro


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Emma Jackson, Victim of #Rotherham Rape Gangs: ‘They Like Us Naive’

Posted on | August 28, 2014 | 89 Comments

Julie Bindel (@bindelj) was the first to report on The Rotherham Horror — the vicious sex-trafficking gangs of Muslim men who preyed on English girls, an atrocity officials ignored for fear of “racism” — and I want to begin this by giving her full credit for her work.

One of the things that most shocked me about this story was a simple question: Where were the feminists? Here you have girls as young as 11 being raped and pimped out, and you might think that there would be daily outpourings of feminist rage about it, yet this problem has been allowed to fester for years without decisive official action? Something is clearly wrong in British culture, if political correctness could keep feminists quiet about this savagery. But Julie Bindel was not silent — she wrote a lengthy article for the Sunday Times of London about Rotherham in September 2007 — and her courage deserves recognition.

Emma Jackson’s courage also deserves recognition:

Emma Jackson has a way of referring to her younger self that makes her teen years sound as though they were decades ago. “My mum is my best friend,” she reflects at one point as we are talking. “Now I’m older I’m really happy with that, but when I was 13, I saw things differently. I was much younger and I didn’t want my mum at all. I just wanted my friends.”
The past sounds so far away that I have to keep reminding myself that Emma is still only 20. . . . [T]hose friends she sought out so assiduously at 13 in the local shopping centre near her home in Yorkshire turned out not to be friends at all, but a well-organised gang of criminals, using teenage boys as bait to enable them to groom young, naïve girls like Emma for a life of prostitution. ‘
From the distant vantage point of adulthood, she can now discern a disturbing pattern in how they treated her, but at the time it all felt spontaneous – and, at first, exciting. She was initially befriended by courteous, good- looking lads a few years older than she was. Through them, she was introduced to their older friends, and finally, slowly and imperceptibly as she tells it, into the arms of what seemed a glamorous suitor called Tarik. . . .
“Yes, there probably are a lot of girls who get involved because they come from broken homes, or are in care, but when you look at the whole situation, as I have, there are plenty who don’t. The gangs know that if they take a girl from a nice family, she will probably be more naïve, not as streetwise as kids who have been in care. And because you are naïve, you are more trusting, easier to impress. They like that. It makes you easier to control. . . . .”

That’s from an interview Emma did with Peter Jackson of the Independent in January 2010 — more than four years ago — and if you do the math, you realize that Emma’s exploitation began in 2002-2003. The failure of British officials to crack down on this horrible trafficking of young girls is inexplicable and inexcusable.

England is a country about the size of the state of Alabama; most of the problem was concentrated in a few districts of northern England. Rotherham has a population of about 250,000, of which about 8% are non-white minorities. The traffickers were a very distinct group — Pakistani Muslim men in their 20s and 30s — and the girls who were victimized were also a distinct group: white, ages 11-17, predominantly from lower-class households, many of them already under supervision by social-service and child-welfare agencies because of family or school problems. The basic outlines of this problem were clearly in evidence by the late 1990s. Let any American imagine, therefore, what the reaction would have been if something like this were happening in Huntsville, Alabama. Would we expect local law enforcement and child-welfare agencies to do nothing? If there were a problem so specific and so localized, involving the sexual exploitation of young girls, wouldn’t we expect a joint federal/state/local task force to target the perpetrators? The FBI would be swarming all over these vicious creeps.

EVERYBODY KNEW WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN ROTHERHAM!

That’s the astonishing thing, as you read Professor Alexis Jay’s investigative report: Case after case came to the attention of authorities, and yet the systematic exploitation of girls continued. The families of victims were terrorized, and the failure of police to act convinced many people in Rotherham that the Pakistani pimps had political protection through local Labour Party officials. Emma Jackson’s assertion that victims could come from any kind of background is certainly true, but most of the girls came from poor families, broken homes and trouble backgrounds:

Anybody who knows anything about how pimps operate understands this: Street hustlers have a keen eye for vulnerable girls, those with “a desperate need for attention and affection,” and they know how to impress young fools with the ostentatious display of symbols of wealth. Nice car, flashy clothes, jewelry — never mind how this stuff is obtained, whether by theft or fraud or drug dealing, all that counts is creating the superficial impression of wealth and status, and vulnerable girls are seduced by the glamour.

The modus operandi of pimps is well-known, and certainly no social worker or police officer can be ignorant of this. But carefully read these accounts of two victimized Rotherham girls from pages 44-45 of Professor Jay’s investigative report:

This is insanity. As early as 2000 (i.e., two years before Emma Jackson’s exploitation began), social workers and the CID (Criminal Investigation Department) were aware of the case of Child A, who had been “associating with a group of older Asian men” and had already had sexual intercourse with five adult men by age 12! Yet a criminal investigator argued against treating her case as criminal abuse because it was “100% consensual”? Insanity, I tell you!

What is incredible is that, after one such case was clearly identified, the repetition of similar cases (like Child C, apparently exploited from the time she was 11) did not result in a law enforcement response to the pattern. Remember, this was occurring in a community of about 250,000 people — a medium-sized city, not a vast metropolis — and the sex-traffickers fit a very definite “profile.” In a city that size with an 8% minority population, once it became known that girls were being exploited by Pakistani men in their 20s or 30s, does anyone really think that it would have been difficult for police investigators to identify the chief suspects? But this kept happening year after year after year:

Even though this pattern was evident in the 2000-2002 time frame, the inexplicable laxity of law enforcement — who didn’t seem to place a high priority in stopping this abominable exploitation — seems to have emboldened the traffickers, so that in 2008, a pimp was driving around Rotherham with a drunk 12-year-old whore in his car and “indecent photos of her on his phone.” Insanity!

Decades ago, in the late  1970s, U.S. law enforcement became aware of what was known as the “Minnesota Pipeline.” East Coast pimps figured out there was a market demand for blue-eyed blonde teenagers, and so you had runaway girls from the upper Midwest showing up as prostitutes in New York City. Public awareness resulted in a crackdown and, although the problem has not been entirely eliminated, the FBI is very much involved in prosecuting interstate sex trafficking rings:

  • COLUMBIA, SC — United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that George McLeod, III, a/k/a “Pimpstick Quezzy,” age 30, of Columbia, pled guilty today in federal court in Columbia, to interstate transportation for the purpose of prostitution, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2421, and aggravated identity theft, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A. . .
  • PORTLAND, ME — United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty, II announced today that Samuel C. Gravely, 27, of Portland, pled guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to interstate travel to promote prostitution. Court records reveal that on March 28, 2013, the defendant drove three women from Portland, Maine, to Boston, Massachusetts, for the purpose of having them engage in prostitution services. . . .
  • NEWARK, NJ — A Colorado man today admitted his role in a conspiracy to transport women across state lines for prostitution in New Jersey and other states, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. James Roy Smith, 36, a/k/a “Mister Smith,” of Lakewood, Colorado, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to a superseding information charging him with conspiracy to transport women across state lines to work as prostitutes and transportation of a victim across state lines with the intent that the victim work as a prostitute. . . .

These investigations and prosecutions go on day after day, year after year. If the FBI can be expected to do this work in a nation of 300 million people, do you expect anyone to believe that police can’t bust pimps in Rotherham, with a population of 250,000? Insanity!

Independent Inquiry CSE in Rotherham by Unity_MoT

Part of the problem, however, is made clear both in Professor Jay’s report and in the testimony of Emma Jackson: The girls involved in this are often simply so deluded — so emotionally broken, so confused by peer pressure, so dominated by pimps — that they don’t realize they’re being exploited, and refuse to cooperate with investigators. Here is Emma Jackson’s 2013 testimony to a committee of Parliament:

Emma Jackson: I am 23 now. I was groomed at the age of 12, and that started in Meadowhall, which is a local shopping centre. I used to go on the weekends with my friends. Back then that was the place where children went on a weekend and they hung out. They have the children’s arcade, and we used to go in there. I got targeted by young boys who were a couple of years older than me, so they were not grown men.
Chair: How old would they have been?
Emma Jackson: They would have been 13, 14, and I would have been 12. This went on where I would see them every Saturday for about a year and this fellow started to introduce older brothers or cousins or friends who were about 16, 17, 18. Some of them had cars. At that age-I was coming up to 13 then-I was a teenage girl, and I quite liked the idea that some of them were a bit older and that they had cars, because that is teenage girls. You start wanting a bit more freedom. Your parents start to give you a little bit more freedom, and you do things that you should not do or that your parents tell you not to do. You still do, and that is kids.
Chair: I have a 15-year-old daughter. I know exactly what you mean.
Emma Jackson: You tell them not to do something and they will do it. . . . Then it started where they introduced older people to us and we started to go into Rotherham town centre to hang around instead of Meadowhall. I had turned 13 at this point. Then when we started hanging around in Rotherham town centre and we were there, we were seeing these men every day, and by now they were men. The younger boys had disappeared, and it was men.
Chair: Men of what age?
Emma Jackson: In their 20s. They started to get older as time went on; some were in their 30s. . . .

You can and should read the whole terrifying thing. The point is this: Emma Jackson and the committee chairman agreed that youthful rebellion is normal, that when “teenage girls . . . start wanting a bit more freedom,” they can be expected to “do things that you should not do or that your parents tell you not to do.” That’s simply what kids do, we are assured — but is this really true? Of course, every parent must confront the fact that children reach a certain age where they begin to assert their independence and establish their own identity. It is not true, however, that parents must simply surrender to the willfulness of their children and let them do whatever they want to do.

“But mom, all the other kids are hanging out at the mall!”

Yeah, give into that childish argument, and next thing you know, your 13-year-old daughter is being pimped out as a prostitute.

Three things would seem necessary to prevent this:

  1. Girls must be warned about the dangers of exploitation. It is easy to see, in hindsight, how girls like Emma Jackson were lured into prostitution. She was 12, getting attention from boys 13 or 14 she knew from school. Then these boys introduced her to older teens and young adult men who had cars and money. By the time a pimp raped her at 13, this world seemed “normal” to her, and Emma was then pimped out to other men without realizing that she was a victim or that her “boyfriend” the pimp was a criminal. It is unfortunate to think girls so young must be warned about something so horrible, but it is obvious that naivete makes girls vulnerable.
  2. Parents must be empowered to protect their children. Reading the accounts of what went on in Rotherham, you get the sense that the safety of young girls was entrusted to social workers and police — government bureaucrats, really — who were in some cases shockingly indifferent to the plight of the victims. It is as if the right of parents to protect their own children has been so co-opted by the government that no mother or father felt the right to take action on their own. One wishes these pimps would have had to fear a vengeful Liam Neeson-type father coming after them with a pistol.
  3. Police must take seriously the exploitation of youth. This is the biggest takeaway from Rotherham. It is blindingly obvious that officials were not serious about enforcing age-of-consent laws. Girls under 16 have statutory protection in England, but police and social workers seem to have the idea that it is normal for underage girls to be screwing around, even with adult men.

Don’t take my word for this. Listen to Emma Jackson:

The Asian community in Rotherham know this is happening, and they are absolutely appalled by it. They want these people out of their community like anybody else would. They do not want their children around these people. But I think also what has happened — and not just with the Asian community but with everybody in Rotherham who is a young person or in their early 20s — is it is spoken about and it is almost accepted in a way because it has been going on that long. It is just normal. It has been going on that long, and been left to go on, that we have normalised it. That is just part of growing up; that is what happens.

A society that is willing to tolerate such things will soon learn to accept such things — “just part of growing up” — and it doesn’t take too many years of toleration before pimps and perverts figure out they can get away with such things. This horror story  in Rotherham should be a wake-up call for parents not just in England, but everywhere.

Evil works 24/7 and never takes a holiday. You think your kids are safe from evil in your town? So did Emma Jackson’s parents.

“But mom, all the other kids are hanging out at the mall!”

 

 

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LIVE AT FIVE: 08.28.14

Posted on | August 28, 2014 | 3 Comments

– compiled by Wombat-socho


TOP NEWS
Breakthrough Hopes Dented As Ukraine Accuses Russia Of New Incursion

A Ukrainian Mi-24 attack helicopter above Kramatorsk

Russian infantry in AFVs sighted near Amvrosiyivka
Fighting moves to southeast Ukraine
Pentagon has evidence of Russia firing missiles inside Ukraine
T-72 tank shoots hole in Russian denials


Syrian Rebels Capture Border Crossing In Golan Heights
Crossing is sole link between Israel, Syria

Rotherham Sexual Abuse: Police Commissioner Quits Labour Party
“I won’t resign but I regret more wasn’t done at the time”



POLITICS
Obama Planning End-Run Around Congress On “Climate Change” Deal?

“Advise and consent? Never heard of it.”

Enviroloony tells NYT: “There’s some political and legal magic to this.”


Federal Court Rules Amish Beard-Cutting Not A Hate Crime


Rep. Lamar Smith Accuses EPA Of Preparing “Blueprint For Water Control”

Former Bachmann Aide Pleads Guilty To Concealing Payments From Ron Paul Campaign

MGEN Harrison Busted, Forced Out For “Failing To Properly Investigate” Sexual Assaults

Copper Thieves Vandalize Rosa Parks’ Montgomery Home

Alaska Voters Reject Repeal Of 2013 Petroleum Tax

Father Acquitted In Murder Of Drunk Driver Who Killed His Sons



THE ECONOMY, STUPID
Brent Inches Lower In Asian Trade, WTI Steady: WTI $93.87, Brent $102.65
Deal Reached To Sell Market Basket To Ex-CEO Arthur DeMoulas
JPMorgan Chase, Four Other Banks Hit By Hackers; FBI Investigating
Kia Motors To Build $1 Billion Assembly Plant In Mexico
What’s The Real US Unemployment Rate? Nobody Knows
Stocks Flat The Day After S&P Breaks 500
Apple Loses Latest Bid To Ban Samsung Phones
Who Is The Lizard Squad?
It’s Not A Comeback Yet, But PC Sales Are Surging
Dropbox Consolidates Pro Accounts Into Single $10 Plan With 1TB Storage, Sharing Controls
Amazon Won’t Change A Thing About Twitch



SPORTS
Padres Fans Petition To Strip Bud Selig’s Name From Petco Park Plaza

Another sign that baseball execs have lost touch with the fans?

Irate fans condemn ex-commissioner for pandering to large-market teams


Mets’ Rallies Fall Short In Loss To Braves

Soccer Moms Sue FIFA Over Concussions


Trout Leads Angels To Victory Over Fish

Chicago Honors Its Little League Champions

Royals Score Six In Eighth To Blow Out Twins 6-1

A’s Rally With Three In Ninth To Edge Astros 5-4

Blue Jays Avert Sweep, Top BoSox 5-2

Fister Falters, Phillies Complete Sweep With 8-4 Beatdown Of Nats



FAMOUS FOR BEING FAMOUS
Taylor Swift: “Shake It Off” #1 With A Bullet

Her second #1 hit

Strong album & song sales, radio play, streaming and social activity lift it to the top

“Pretty Little Liars” Star Janel Parrish, Olympian Lolo Jones To Be On “Dancing With The Stars” This Season

Sanrio Announces Hello Kitty Is Not In Fact A Cat

Kristen Stewart Resurfaces

Jennifer Aniston: “My Value As A Woman Isn’t Measured By Motherhood”

“Glee” Star Heather Morris Engaged To BF Taylor Hubbell

Ramones Estates Plan Big Comeback Including Martin Scorsese Film

“Sons Of Guns” Canceled On Heels Of Will Hayden Rape Case



FOREIGNERS
Philippine Economy Grows 6.4% In Second Quarter
Rotherham Child Abuse Scandal: Officials Still Passing The Buck
Formidable Obstacles To US Air Strikes In Syria
Israeli Ambassador To US Criticized By Israeli Diplomats For Not Being In Washington During Gaza War
UN: Everybody’s Committing Atrocities In Syria!
Former PM Naoto Kan Criticizes Abe For Lack Of WWII Apologies
Over 130 Businesses Sign Letter Saying Economic Case For Scottish Independence Hasn’t Been Made
Afghanistan Looms Large On NATO Agenda
Cameroon Joins War Against Boko Haram
President Of Niger Parliament Flees Before Questioning On Baby Trafficking
Modi Tweets In Japanese Ahead Of Japan Visit



BLOGS & STUFF
First Street Journal: Economics 101 – It Doesn’t Matter How Radically Liberal You Are, Eventually You Have To Do Something Radically Conservative Like Pay Your Bills
Michelle Malkin: Asian-Bashing Dems And The Doormat Minorities Who Enable Them
Twitchy: “Clicks First Facts Later” – Vox’s Cred Gets Whacked After “Sopranos” Scoop
American Power: Maureen Dowd Accuses Obama Of Outsourcing Race Relations To Al Sharpton
BLACKFIVE: Iraq Vet Appears On “Food Fighters”
Conservatives4Palin: Gov. Palin Congratulates Doug Ducey On Primary Win
Don Surber: Ferguson Shows Race Issues Are Not As Simple As Black And White In US
Jammie Wearing Fools: After Grueling Golf Vacation, Obama Finally Getting Back To Fundraising
Joe For America: Obama Climate Push Would Take World Back To Middle Ages
JustOneMinute: All We Are Saying Is Give Noemie Emery A Chance
Protein Wisdom: Ferguson’s Looter Mentality In Washington DC
Shot In The Dark: A Fool And Her Money
The Gateway Pundit: St. Louis County Seeking Federal Aid For 100+ Businesses Damaged In Ferguson Riots
The Jawa Report: Palestinian Mother Forces Daughter To Clean House For Her Own Death Wake
The Lonely Conservative: Dem Fail Of The Day – Illinois Governor Snubbed By Little League Champs
This Ain’t Hell: What To Say To Oscar The Vet
Weasel Zippers: AFL-CIO, La Raza Lead Group Calling For Obama To Give “Dreamers” Access To Obamacare
Megan McArdle: Pennies For Plaintiffs, Millions For Lawyers


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The Best Laid Plans…

Posted on | August 27, 2014 | 21 Comments

– by Wombat-socho


Apparently there’s a party of about 100 people descending on the Rock It Grill tonight, and it’s not us, so table space may be hard to come by. I’m heading over there now to stake one out, but if enough people who didn’t RSVP show up, we may have to decamp next door to the Hard Times or even back down to Joe Theismann’s across from the Metro. I’ll be at the Rock It from about 4 PM on, wearing the festive color of my tribe and keeping an eye on my e-mail, and we’ll make a decision on redeployment at six when the other crowd shows up.


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The Rotherham Horror

Posted on | August 27, 2014 | 68 Comments

Imagine if more than a thousand girls, some as young as 11, were sexually exploited by members of a fundamentalist religious cult. Now imagine that authorities refused to act to stop this heinous abuse of young girls because of their fear of offending public opinion.

Except you don’t have to imagine this. It actually happened.

And the fundamentalist religious cult? Yeah: Islam.

UK HORRIFIC REVELATIONS: How fear of being
called ‘racist’ prevented social workers from
rescuing up to 1,400 mostly white girl children
from sexual abuse and exploitation by
Muslim sex ‘grooming’ gangs in just one town!

That headline at Bare Naked Islam is rather inflammatory, but it’s difficult to describe this story in a way that is non-inflammatory. If you have even the slightest shred of human decency in your soul, this is a story that will make you scream bloody murder. Donald Douglas has this (slightly) less inflammatory headline at American Power:

Sex Abuse Ignored in Britain: 1,400 Girls
Raped by Muslim Sex-Trafficking Gangs
as Police Feared ‘Racism’ Accusations

Fear is a powerful incentive. Severe legal and social sanctions against the expression of “racism” have had the effect in England, as in the United States, of making it impossible to speak honestly about race relations. The situation in England is doubly difficult, because so many of their racial minorities — immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc., whom the British call “Asians” — are also Muslims.

Americans are often shocked when their own opposition to radical Islam is called “racism,” because Islam is a religion, not a race. In England and much of Europe, however, the racial and religious categories overlap to such a degree as to be nearly indistinguishable. Christianity has so declined in secularized Europe that the fact their burgeoning immigrant population is Muslim is less obvious than the fact the immigrants are brown-skinned, and so “racism” is the accusation commonly leveled against European critics of the cultural jihad. Fear of being branded “racist” therefore paralyzed officials in Rotherham, England:

The sexual abuse of about 1,400 children at the hands of Asian men went unreported for 16 years because staff feared they would be seen as racist, a report said today.
Children as young as 11 were trafficked, beaten, and raped by large numbers of men between 1997 and 2013 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, the council commissioned review into child protection revealed.
And shockingly, more than a third of the cases were already know to agencies.
But according to the report’s author: ‘several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist’.
Professor Alexis Jay, who wrote the report, condemned the ‘blatant’ collective failures by the council’s leadership, concluding: ‘It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered.’
The landmark report which exposed widespread failures of the council, police and social services revealed:

  • Victims were doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, terrorised with guns, made to witness brutally-violent rapes and told they would be the next if they spoke out;
  • They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten and intimidated;
  • One victim described gang rape as ‘a way of life’;
  • Police ‘regarded many child victims with contempt’;
  • Some fathers tried to rescue their children from abuse but were arrested themselves;
  • The approximate figure of 1,400 abuse victims is likely to be a conservative estimate of the true scale of abuse.

The lack of reports was partly down to a fear of being racist, Prof Jay wrote, as the majority of the perpetrators were described as ‘Asian men’, and many were said to be of Pakistani origin.
One young person told the inquiry that ‘gang rape’ was a usual part of growing up in the area of Rotherham where she lived. . . .
The failures happened despite three reports between 2002 and 2006 ‘which could not have been clearer in the description of the situation in Rotherham’. . . .
Teachers reported seeing children as young as 11, 12 and 13 being picked up outside schools by cars and taxis, given presents and mobile phones and taken to meet large numbers of unknown men in Rotherham or other local towns and cities.

You can read the whole thing at the Daily Mail. If this story sounds rather familiar to regular readers, it’s because I reported on a quite similar story from Derbyshire nearly four years ago:

That “rape gang” story in 2010 exposed the shocking extent of what can only be described as cultural decadence in England. In most cases, the young white girls who are exploited are from what used to be called the “working class,” but who are in fact part of the Welfare Class. People in America who complain about welfare are accused of racism because of the mental association — welfare = “inner city” = black — that is a common stereotype.

Yet every problem caused by welfare policies in America, which we mentally associate with “inner city” blacks, is also evident among the white “inner city” population of England. The population of Great Britain is about 95% white, and England’s lower-class welfare-mooching ghetto scum are no less demoralized and crime-prone despite the fact that they are also overwhelmingly white.

Everything you might say about “inner city” culture in America can be applied to the lower-class whites in Great Britain who have been morally corrupted by their cradle-to-grave welfare system. Unwed motherhood, educational failure, drug addiction, violent thuggery — white people are entirely capable of these things, once they succumb to the self-pitying slothful dependency of welfare culture.

Our provincialism prevents Americans from recognizing what this means in terms of our own welfare policies, simply because no American can criticize welfare without being suspected of racism. Political correctness creates this helpless confusion, a confusion that is every bit as dangerous as the attitudes which prevented authorities in Rotherham from doing something about the dreadful exploitation of lower-class white girls — mere girls, some of them as young as 11 or 12 — by rape gangs of young Muslim men. Of course, American feminists who hector us about “rape culture” on college campuses won’t say a word about this story.

Feminism’s alliance with the Democrat Party implicates them in the welfare culture that enables the sexual exploitation of young girls. If you’re waiting for feminists to demonstrate their intellectual integrity, you’ll be waiting until Hell freezes over.

Read Professor Alexis Jay’s 153-page report,
“Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual
Exploitation in Rotherham (1997 – 2013)”

 

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LIVE AT FIVE: 08.27.14

Posted on | August 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

– compiled by Wombat-socho


TOP NEWS
Israel Agrees To Open-Ended Truce In Gaza

Netanyahu facing criticism from hard right, residents of communities near Gaza

Solutions to tough issues put off for later
Gazans celebrate “victory”
How Israel made Hamas crawl
Deal boosts Hamas politically, clears way for reconstruction


Syria Warns Against Unauthorized Strikes Against ISIS In Syria
Warning comes the day after Raqqah falls to jihadis

Ukraine Detains Russian Paratroopers Near Donetsk
Russia claims soldiers blundered across the border, surrendered peacefully



POLITICS
Doug Ducey Wins GOP Primary For Arizona Governor

Ducey speaks to forum in Glendale

Former Cold Stone Creamery CEO, state treasurer defeats five other contenders with 37% of the vote

McSally Wins Easily In GOP Primary, Will Face Dem Barber In Rematch

Obama Lays Out Plan To Overhaul VA To American Legion

Lawmakers Demand Vote On Military Action Against ISIS

Former Acting HHS Cybersecurity Director Convicted On Child Porn Charges

IRS Lawyer Says Lerner’s Blackberry Deliberately Destroyed After Start Of Congressional Probe



THE ECONOMY, STUPID
Asian Crude Recovers From 14-Month Low: WTI $93.87, Brent $102.73
Will Burger King Get Burned By Canada Move?
Asian Stocks Mostly Higher After Record S&P Close
American, US Air Pulling Listings From Orbitz
Euro Falls To Lowest In Almost A Year On ECB Outlook; Kiwi Gains
Snapchat Valuation Estimated At $10 Billion
Instagram’s Hyperlapse App Brings Pricy Image Stability To Phone Cameras
Google Buys Cloud-Based Special Effects Firm Zync
Kevin Durant Broke The Internet
EA Hoping Add-On Content Sales Will Reach $1 Billion This Year
Zelda, F-Zero, And Animal Crossing Content Coming To Mario Kart 8



SPORTS
Lagares, Gee Lead Mets To 3-2 Win Over Braves

Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia thanks outfielder Juan Lagares after the team defeats Atlanta

Lagares flashes glove in the outfield, hits two-run dinger


Angels Crush Fish 8-2


Tigers Snap Yankees’ Streak, 5-2


Dodgers Score Six In Fourth To Beat Snakes 9-5

Carter’s Blast In 8th Gives Astros 4-2 Win Over A’s

NASCAR Releases 2015 Sprint Cup Schedule

Delle Donne’s Last-Minute Basket Takes Game And Series For Sky

Napoli’s Three-Run Blast In 11th Wins It For Bosox Against Blue Jays

Ike Davis’ Pinch-Hit Dinger Puts Pirates On Top Against Cards

Tribe Tops Pale Hose 8-6 In Tenth

Royals Rally In Ninth, Edge Twins 2-1

O’s Batter Rays Bullpen For 4-2 Win

Phillies Stay Hot, Beat Nationals Again



FAMOUS FOR BEING FAMOUS
Sofia Vergara Slams “Sexist” Criticism Of Pedestal Stunt

Her body, her choice, am I right?

“… It means that somebody can be hot and also be funny…So I absolutely think it’s ridiculous.”

“Full House” Cast And Producers Mulling A Revival

Cops Called After Bieber And Gomez Involved In Incident At Hollywood Dave & Buster’s

Sarah Hyland & Matt Prokop Break Up After Five Years

Miley Cyrus’ VMA Date Sought By Cops For Probation Violation

Cory Fukunaga: Instant Emmys Crush

Suge Knight Not Talking To Police

Ansel Elgort And High School Sweetheart Split

Netflix Renews Will Arnett’s “BoJack Horseman”

Rapper Young Jeezy Arrested After Wiz Khalifa Concert Shooting

Lea Michele May Be Guesting On “Sons Of Anarchy” For Multiple Episodes

Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day Join New Line’s “Vacation”



FOREIGNERS
Wide Gaps Remain As Putin, Poroshenko Discuss Ukraine Crisis
Rotherham Sex Abuse Scandal: 1400 Children Exploited By Asian Gangs While Authorities Turned Blind Eye
American Jihadi Dies Fighting For ISIS In Syria
Freed Hostage Peter Theo Curtis Returns From Syria To America
Libyan Raids Could Herald Bolder Arab Action As US Wavers
UN Helicopter Crash In South Sudan Kills Russian Crew
Boko Haram Seizes More Towns In NE Nigeria As Army Flees
New Aussie Airport Counter-Terrorism Squads Nail First Suspect
Colombian Drug Kingpin’s Former Hitman Freed



BLOGS & STUFF
First Street Journal: Karmic Justice!
Michelle Malkin: Congrats To Diane Douglas! Grass Roots Activist Upsets Pro-Common Core State Superintendent In GOP Primary
Twitchy: “Might As Well Join The ISIS” – Hilarious Lefty Comments To Burger King
Matt Levine: Burger King May Move To Canada For The Doughnuts
American Power: 1400 Children Raped By Muslim Gangs As Police Feared “Racism” Accusations
American Thinker: Where Governmental Incompetence Ends And Malice Begins
BLACKFIVE: To Make Peace, You Must First Make War
Conservatives4Palin: At Last, A Video Compilation Of Harry Reid’s Greatest Hits
Don Surber: The Disconnected Obama Meme
Jammie Wearing Fools: Obama Buddy Warren Buffett Helping Burger King Exercise “Unpatriotic Tax Loophole”
Joe For America: Christians – Long Fuse, Big Bang
JustOneMinute: The Mean Streets Of New York
Protein Wisdom: Western Anti-Semitism Is Led By “Mainstream” Media
Shot In The Dark: The Skewed Market
STUMP: Public Pensions Watch – Miscellany (But Mostly Illinois)
The Gateway Pundit: Arrest Made In #MikeBrown “Revenge Attack” That Put Marine In The Hospital
The Jawa Report: War Porn – The Iron Dome
The Lonely Conservative: Mexican President In California Lecturing Us On Immigration
This Ain’t Hell: President Obama Live At The American Legion Convention
Weasel Zippers: Students Invent Fingernail Polish That Detects Date Rape Drugs; Miserable Feminists Whine It Promotes “Rape Culture”
Megan McArdle: Burger King And The Whopper About Taxes


Reminder: the Pre-Smittypalooza Midweek Knees-Up & Happy Hour starts at 5 PM and is at The Rock It Grill, 1319 King Street in Alexandria.


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FREE CATHY BRENNAN!

Posted on | August 26, 2014 | 82 Comments

Cathy Brennan’s Twitter account @GIDWatch got suspended Tuesday because Brennan, a radical lesbian feminist, began “naming names” of those who had signed a petition to end the women-only policy of the Michigan Womyn’s Festival. Transgender activists have been attempting to take over feminist events and organizations, claiming that the fact that they were born with penises and XY chromosomes should not prevent them from being accepted as “lesbian feminists” even if they have not undergone surgery.

Cathy Brennan recognizes this as the shady scam it is:

Trust me: Cathy Brennan is not a conservative and hates everything about my patriarchal heteronormative existence. Nevertheless, Brennan is right about this one thing — women don’t have penises or XY chromosomes. While I don’t want to interfere with any person’s liberty to wear dresses, get themselves injected with hormones and undergo extreme surgery, neither do I think that such people have a right to force others to play along with their psychological dramas and cross-gender fetishism. AMERICA IS A FREE COUNTRY. This means that people are free to disagree with you, no matter how much political power you rally in support of your arguments.

If I am free to call Cathy Brennan a fanatical man-hating nutjob, then Cathy Brennan is free to call me . . . well, whatever. Brennan is also free to say that people with penises are not women, and that even surgery won’t turn an XY-chromosome male into a “lesbian.”

The transgender activists are trying to silence their critics. If they can silence a feminist like Cathy Brennan, guess what? Conservative critics of feminism will be next in line for this suppression of freedom.

Ladies and gentlemen, we must defend this dyke: #FreeCathyBrennan!

 

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