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Three Totally Unrelated News Items

Posted on | October 10, 2014 | 17 Comments


Samra Kesinovic, 17, and Sabina Selimovic, 15, left their families in Vienna, Austria, earlier this year. “Don’t look for us. We will serve Allah — and we will die for him,” the girls wrote in a note to their parents in April. The Austrian teenagers are now “believed to be married, pregnant and living in the Islamic State-controlled city of Raqqa in northern Syria.” Happily ever after? Not quite. The girls recently “have contacted their loved ones and told them they are sick of living with the Islamic State jihadis, but they also said they don’t feel they can flee from their unwanted new life.”


Cylvia Hayes, 47, who is now engaged to Oregon’s Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber, was revealed this week as having married a teenage Ethiopian immigrant in 1997. The so-called “green card wedding” was a sham that enabled the 18-year-old college student to get permanent U.S. residency. After this shabby secret was reported by the local press, Kitzhaber “admitted to being paid $5,000 for the marriage,” which was dissolved in 2002. In a statement, Kitzhaber said, “It was wrong then and it is wrong now and I am here today to accept the consequences, some of which will be life changing.”


At a $15,000-per-plate Hollywood fund-raising dinner Thursday, movie star Gwyneth Paltrow enthusiastically praised President Obama: “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly. . . . I am one of your biggest fans, if not the biggest, and have been since the inception of your campaign. . . . It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass.”

As I say, these news items are totally unrelated. Readers who detect a pattern — oikophobia, perhaps? — are probably just haters.



17 Responses to “Three Totally Unrelated News Items”

  1. texlovera
    October 10th, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

    I detect a very strong aroma of progressive stupidity, with just a hint of cognitive dissonance, wafting through these narratives.

    Or is it just me??????????

  2. Mark Reardon
    October 10th, 2014 @ 3:50 pm

    When you wonder about the absolute lack of common sense in government today, realize that the greatest fear for most of these bozos is to be considered”common”.

  3. Finrod Felagund
    October 10th, 2014 @ 4:28 pm

    As John Wayne once said, “Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.”

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  5. M. Thompson
    October 10th, 2014 @ 5:01 pm

    Oikophobic and stupid describes the lot.

  6. NRPax
    October 10th, 2014 @ 6:38 pm

    So the girls get what they want and they are still unhappy. Looks like a great life lesson. Too bad some innocent babies get to learn with them.

  7. dicentra
    October 10th, 2014 @ 6:55 pm

    Readers who detect a pattern — oikophobia, perhaps? — are probably just haters.

    C’mon Stace. Anyone reading your blog at all is a hater by definition.

  8. Quartermaster
    October 10th, 2014 @ 7:02 pm

    Certainly by the reckoning of the real H8erz.

  9. RS
    October 10th, 2014 @ 9:19 pm

    It’s astounding to me to think that Hayes’s scheme apparently worked. Having been through the process of marrying an “alien,” I know what it takes in terms of records, affidavits, interviews and time to get to the coveted “permanent” resident status. The first clue is the age difference. Something tells me, there’s a lot more to this story, and her tearful confession is designed to stifle any further inquiry as to how this happened.

    And BTW, where’s the “happy groom” now? Something tells me he’s not getting a revocation of his green card any time soon.

  10. RS
    October 10th, 2014 @ 9:47 pm

    Ok, I just read the linked article. All I can say is, there is definitely more to the Hayes story. They could not have done this given the facts recited at the link without the connivance of someone in power, even if it was a low level immigration official.

    The other question: There are student visas which are essentially of unlimited duration provided the holder remains in school. I know this, because my wife had one. It was renewed every year from the time she came to this country until we were married and her status changed. Why was the green card necessary? Because he wanted to work illegally, which is forbidden to students, other than campus related work-study jobs. Again, there is much more there if someone wants to do the digging.

  11. DeadMessenger
    October 10th, 2014 @ 9:56 pm

    I might’ve titled this article, “When Stupidity Collides”.

    Gwyneth Paltrow is the woman to whom the “rule of thumb” must be applied, lest she be beaten to death.

  12. DeadMessenger
    October 10th, 2014 @ 10:01 pm

    Well, you know, there’s no such thing as honor among brigands.

  13. Adobe_Walls
    October 10th, 2014 @ 10:20 pm

    I know I am by preference.

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  15. SissyWillis
    October 11th, 2014 @ 5:12 pm

    You want oikophobia? “A new and more terrible servitude”

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  17. Quartermaster
    October 12th, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

    Yes, it is you. But, it’s also the rest of us.