Last week in immigration

If it is true that we live in a post-fact society, believe me, most of the outright lies are coming from left of center.  If purely by the fact that they dominate the media.  Couple things happened in the realm of immigration last week that I’d like to talk about, and then draw some conclusions.

First was a scuffle on the Texas legislature.  Rep Nevarez brought some illegal immigrants into the House floor with placards saying “undocumented and proud”.   When Rep Rinaldi responded with a call to ICE and “fuck ’em.”  That’s when Nevarez and his supporters came and assaulted Renaldi on the House floor.   His statement below.

The other one was Sunday, when Maria Hinojosa from Latino USA, a leftist show on NPR, interviewed Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti:

Now, he mentions an incident where ICE officers were wearing police uniforms.  I’m not gonna bother investigating this, because it’s anecdotal evidence.  Garcetti doesn’t mention whether the officers acted legally or were “pushing the envelope”.  He just takes it and runs with it.  I’ve already mentioned that Trump’s priority was going after criminal illegals and sealing the borders.  Not using the cops to threaten anyone here illegally.

And it goes downhill from there.

Let me reiterate: the Democrats’ continued conflation of this issue is not an honest criticism of Trump’s policies.  It is a way to weaponize their constituents against the Republicans.  Last week’s two events are a case in point.

First off, Garcetti mentioning his father (Gil Garcetti) was a “dreamer”.  That’s a lie.  A DREAMer today is defined as a child of someone who comes here illegally, dreaming that maybe they’ll be made a citizen instead of being deported along with their parents.  His father was none of these things.  He was simply a standard Mexican/Italian immigrant with the old-fashioned dream of making it big in the USA.  And he did.  Legally.

Now, never mind that striking the DREAM act is a contentious issue and, as I’ve said before, not high on Trump’s priorities of sealing the border and removing the criminal illegals.  That Garcetti brings this up on Latino USA is his way of lying about the issues to suck up to the left.  And they want to remove immigration law entirely.

And it segues very nicely into his defense of LA’s status as a “sanctuary city” – that the local PD will not report illegals to ICE unless they have committed a violent crime.  Really, this is a non-issue.  As far as I can tell, that’s all the Trump administration is really interested in.

And it just goes downhill from there into your garden variety virtue signalling.

I will grant him this – at least he defended ICE.  At least he understands that as an elected official he has a duty to the law and law enforcement which Hinojosa doesn’t.

That puts him a step above Nevarez, who apparently has constituents who can’t even vote.  How does this even happen?  How does a legislator go about violently defending constituents who don’t even vote and shouldn’t even be in the country, let alone a legislature?  To happily announce they’re breaking the law?

I’d tell you exactly why, though chances are you probably already know.  It’s because there’s a deeper move in this country and worldwide to eliminate citizenship and the benefits it offers ordinary people.  These are politicians who already have their elite citizenship, and that’s all they need.  For the rest of us, there’s to be no borders, no citizenship, no protections under the law.

Hinojosa, Garcetti, Nevarez, and all those in their political camp – they all know it, they all support it, they all fight for it, they all lie for it.

That’s why this is more than an abstract issue.  It’s a war.  It’s a war where people will deceive you and intimidate you to get their way.

And it’s a war where I will put my foot down and vow to fight these people, and I won’t rest until their agenda is utterly annihilated.

Trump’s Mideast Trip – an historic event

Finally, some real news (SO tired of the Russia nonsense …)

Trump made his first trip abroad to the Middle East – Saudi Arabia, Israel, and then Rome, homes to the three great Western faiths.  And the major media seem to be missing the point, again.  This was an historic trip, by any stretch of the imagination.

You don’t even have to attribute it to Trump at all.  You can continue to hate him as a buffoon.  But consider all the firsts that happened this trip, that I can think of off the top of my head:

It’s the first time a US president visited Jerusalem.
It’s the first time a US president visited Israel on their first trip abroad.
It’s the first flight directly from Saudi Arabia to Israel.

These things may not seem like much to the naked eye, but they reflect huge seismic shifts in the Middle East that have been rumbling since between the ’67 war and the Arab Spring.  I’ve been intensely following the Arab Spring and the Gaza War of 2014.  Up until these events, Israel was seen as the scapegoat for the Arab world’s issues and the galvanizing feature that seemed to hold them together.

But the Arab Spring was the first event where Arabs willingly embraced the West – they literally went by the same pro-Western handbook that the East European revolts did.  Meanwhile, the Gaza War 0f 2014 was the first time the Arab states actually stood back and let Israel do what it needed to do, instead of intervene and demand an immediate halt to “Zionist aggression.”

And where Obama failed to capitalize on these events, Trump filled the vacuum.

Trump’s visit reflects a certain sealing of these new relationships.  What may have seemed to some as a clownish act of touching an orb was actually a fascinating show of unity.

The picture may be comical. But the people holding it are not. Trump, SA’s Abdulaziz, Egypt’s Sissi.

It’s a unity against the face of terror – they’re even using Trump’s “drain the swamp” line.  It’s a unity of understanding that Muslim nations must take the charge against it – in their own countries, in their region, and in their religion.

I really can’t begin to describe the depth of this new alliance or what it means for world peace and prosperity.  I can only say how much both the Democrats and the mainstream media seem to be missing the point.  Because what’s changing here is ideology itself.  And people don’t give up that mother’s milk very easily.

The Economist, for example, put out an article criticizing Trump’s silence on Saudi Arabia’s human rights record .  This is missing the point.  There are no human rights where there are terror, chaos and anarchy.  The governed will give consent to a dictator to get them out of this brutal state of nature.  Egypt is a case in point – I’ve seen this first hand.

Abstract human rights don’t work in a region where the religion is such an albatross around the neck of human society.  And while Saudi Arabia is seemingly the most backward in this respect, they are also showing the greatest resolve in moving forward, and bringing the region along with them.

I could go on indefinitely about other events happening in the Middle East – commercial developments, unheard of (and unspoken) military alliances, progress against terrorist organizations and Iran.  These are better left off for future articles.

I will conclude with this.  Those who detract from this momentous event do not see the immense opportunities that are arising from it.  As such, history will leave them behind.  Now is the moment for new leadership to arise and take hold of these opportunities for worldwide prosperity and peace.

And we haven’t even gotten to Rome yet.

Los Angeles Municipal Elections – Endorsements

This is very overdue and considering it’s the night before the election I hope it reaches somebody.  My apologies, it’s been a rough last couple weeks.

Two issues I’m particularly concerned with – the Mayoral election and Measure S.  I don’t like either the incumbent or the measure.

My frustration with Garcetti goes back a while.  I think it’s time for a change.  The last time we had a Republican mayer was Riordan back in 2001, and I’m not sure any of Garcetti’s opponents are even Republicans.  Seems they’re all tripping over themselves with the “progressive” label.

His most well funded opponent (and therefore best bet to unseat him) is Mitchell Schwartz, I’ll probably wind up voting for him.  One thing I like is his commitment to affordable housing – by actually providing incentives for businesses to build houses.  Who woulda thunk it?

When this is your argument against your opponent, you're not a serious campaign.
When this is your argument against your opponent, you’re not a serious campaign.

Measure S is a much more clear cut issue.  It’s been accurately labelled a housing ban.  In fact I’ve never seen liberals and conservatives actually agree on something like this.  You’ve got every major politician and organization urging a no vote.  The Yes on S website pushes a lot of misleading half-truths on the issue, like pretending the LA Times endorses a yes vote when they don’t.

FYI I’m a HUGE opponent of rent control.  Always have been, even as a renter, because it screws up the housing supply for those who need it.  And given that LA is becoming more and more populated, trying to preserve things as they were will be even more disastrous for the housing market and the city.

Measure H – No. Sales tax is a regressive tax that hurts poor people and I generally don’t trust homelessness funds. 

Measure P – extending harbor leases from 50 to 66 years.  Not a major issue.  I’ll probably vote for it.  Extending leases tends to mean stability, not that it’s by much.

Measure M and Measure N are both about taxing and regulating marijuana.  My stance on marijuana legalization is neutral.  I think taxing and regulating will ultimately be decided by the courts, and I’m not sure the city will have the power to do this.  Colorado’s managed to tax it successfully, but their producers still deal with cash since the banks won’t touch them.

City Council seats – I don’t know much about these guys.  At least not enough to give a properly informed decision.  My suggestion is to go to the Ballotpedia page and research them on your own.  In the 12 or so hours between now and when the polls open. 😛

 

 

Antisemitism and activist groups – both fake

The media have been abuzz lately about a desecration of a Philadelphia Jewish cemetery and a string of phoned in bomb threats.  The bomb threats all turned out to be hoaxes, and nobody’s claimed responsibility for any of these things.

That didn’t stop the usual parties from assigning blame to Donald Trump, and throwing antisemitism and Islamophobia together in one political pot.  The Anne Frank Center tweeted “…your presidency has given the oxygen of incitement to some of the most viciously hateful elements of our society.”

There’s two things going on here.  First is the fact that people are blaming Trump before anyone has claimed responsibility.  For years now I’ve been following antisemitism – and it’s usually come from the left and from Muslims, very thinly veiled as anti-Zionism.  I’ve seen a couple Trump tweeters blame the Jews for the media and the establishment left.  But compared to spraying swastikas on Jewish fraternities after a BDS measure passes, it’s quite innocuous.

And consider that the left does things like smear Trump over a bugged conversation 15 years ago, or smear Milo and Pewdiepie, or pass out Russian flags at CPAC and pretend it wasn’t a prank.  With this in mind, and how quickly the left coordinated the blame on Trump, I wouldn’t put it past one of them to call in those threats.

Second, I never heard of the Anne Frank Center till yesterday.  I’ve written before about AstroTurf Jewish groups like J-Street and Jewish Voice for Peace (which is none of those three).  And it seems the Anne Frank Center is no different.

Karen Bass posing with Jewish Voice for Peace. Once I called her out that they’re very anti-Jew, she removed the photo from her FB feed.

The thing is, any organization can name itself after Anne Frank, much to the chagrin of her family.  The Daily Caller and Front Page both a great expose about how they were fluffed up from nothing.  Elder of Ziyon also pointed out that they had no real role in any Holocaust remembrance.

About the only journal not to jump on the Blame Trump for Everything We Don’t Like bandwagon was the National Review.   They echo my concerns that the Gaza War of 2014 saw a major uptick in violence against Jews – to which the left just said “well it’s because you’re pro-Israel”.

So for now, we only have conjecture to go by.

What we have been seeing the past few weeks (months) is very coordinated attempts by very established and unscrupulous media to deliver a specific narrative.  They’re in league with people who really don’t have an issue with committing violence against Jews, and they will stop at nothing to take down Trump.  Groups that fit the narrative and provide them ammunition are elevated to national status.

I smell a rat in all of this.  And the Anne Frank Center is not exempt.  Add them to the list of snakes in the grass.