Friday, June 28, 2013


President Kennedy proposed the idea of preferential treatment in 1961 when the nation was in the midst of radical changes regarding civil liberties. It was a time when the injustices imposed upon minorities were beginning to be recognized, and people wanted to make up for the years of oppression that served as a barrier for the advancement of minorities in America. At the time, the idea was morally justified and socially appropriate. While it is still a morally commendable effort today, the system has become an attempt to atone for the sins of our country’s past, and a double standard that threatens every citizen’s liberties.

The first problem with affirmative action is that it is an attempt to end discrimination with discrimination. When a company or university discriminates against a white male for the sake of bettering the outcome of another racial group, an injustice occurs. Affirmative action is the governmental legislation of the active discrimination of one person over another, an unacceptable double standard.

Secondly, affirmative action seeks to reconcile the injustices of the past. The atrocities of the past of slavery and the refusal to grant women and minorities the right to vote, cast an ugly shadow on the history of our nation. But affirmative action cannot erase what our ancestors did years ago. Instead of trying to reconcile the oppression of the past, we should try to lend a hand to young minorities that want to learn and be successful, but lack the resources they need to accomplish their goals.

Another issue concerning affirmative action is the stigma attached to the minorities themselves. Minorities are capable of getting the best jobs, obtaining admittance to the most prestigious schools, and being as successful as any white male has ever been. The problem occurs when people view them as inferior because of affirmative action the attitude of “You couldn’t do it on your own.” These implications have a lasting, damaging effect on the mental well-being of minority students. How can anybody feel truly accomplished when a lingering doubt about the legitimacy of his achievements exists?

People from a variety of different cultures and racial backgrounds have a lot to teach one another, but affirmative action is not the best way of going about this, there are other ways of promoting diversity. Parents of all races need to encourage children at home from a young age to pursue their goals and obtain a good education. Understanding and accepting diversity is not the issue in question; the issue is the best way of going about creating a society where minorities and non-minorities alike can be judged based on merit and character, and not on the color of their skin.

The Supreme Court case that has put affirmative action back in the news, a reverse discrimination lawsuit against the University of Texas, focuses mainly on the same debate about fairness to various racial groups that has gone on for more than 40 years.  Unfortunately the court punted the case back to the lower court instead of reversing this outdated form of reverse discrimination.

The supreme court and a ruling on the affirmative action case by a 7-1 vote the high court sent the case back to a lower federal appeals court effectively raising the bar for the use of affirmative action in admissions.  Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the court, said a federal appeals court needs to subject the University of Texas admission plan to the highest level of judicial scrutiny. The opinion said the court must be satisfied “that no workable race-neutral alternatives would produce the educational benefits of diversity.”

The admissions program has been changed so that now only the top academic 8 percent of Texas high school graduates gain automatic admission, regardless of their race. The remaining approximate 20 percent admission slots are based on applicant factors combined of grades, ACT scores, legacy, and race preferences through Affirmative Action.  More than 8 out of every 10 African-American and Latino students who enrolled at the flagship campus in Austin in 2011 were automatically admitted, according to university statistics.  In all, black students with 5.6 percent and Hispanic students with 23.1 percent made up more than a quarter of the incoming freshmen class. White students constituted less than half the entering class at 45.8 percent, while students with Asian backgrounds and other backgrounds were over twenty five percent at 25.5 percent .
 
United States Demographics               University of Texas Demographics
Non-Hispanic White       
63.7%      
Non-Hispanic White      
45.8 %
African American           
12.2%        
African American              
5.6 %
Hispanic     
16.4%        
Hispanic
23.1%
Asian
4.7 %         
Asian
19.5 %
Other
3.0 %       
Other
6.0 %
 
The United States demographic of non-Hispanic whites is 63.7 percent, yet the acceptance rate with the University of Texas for Caucasian students is 45.8 percent.  With over 54.2 percent of all enrolled freshman being of minority races one must wonder if the diversification of the campus implementing Affirmative Action has taken a Negative role towards top white academic applicants or are these numbers a reflection of the failing of the United States in Educational Rankings?
 
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Mark Steyn on banning of Spencer and Geller from UK: "Freedom of speech is dead in England...No good will come from this."

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer


Steyn is right. May claims to be working for the public good and trying to quell violence, but by closing off legitimate debate about jihad and Islamic supremacism, she is inciting violence: the jihadists will see that they can act with impunity, and frustration will increase among those few who are standing against them.

Meanwhile, those putative opponents of jihad and "Islamic extremism" in the UK who have remained silent about this probably think they are avoiding being sullied by the taint of association with us -- as the defamation and libel to which we have been relentlessly subjected has undoubtedly had its effect. What they do not realize, however, is that the same attack will eventually be directed at them, and all their efforts to keep their hands clean will turn out to have been in vain. The Left and the Islamic supremacists will brook no opposition whatsoever to the jihad.

No one will ultimately be spared or excused from their campaigns of personal destruction -- even (and perhaps especially) those who think they have found the perfect formula of words and actions to satisfy the demands of politically correct dogma.

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"One Step Forward, Two Steps Back," by Mark Steyn at NR's The Corner, June 26 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
Three snapshots of western liberty: 1) A few weeks ago, I wrote about a Canadian police department’s diversity enforcer attempt to shut down a Pamela Geller speech by getting her bounced from a Toronto synagogue. In Britain, the shut-up-he-explained crowd cut to the chase: They went to the (supposedly Conservative) Home Secretary, the ghastly Theresa May, and got Miss Geller and Robert Spencer banned from the entire country on the grounds that their presence in the United Kingdom would not be “conducive to the public good“.
By contrast, the presence of, say, Anjem Choudary, philosophical mentor of the Woolwich head hackers and a man who calls for the murder of the Prime Minister, is so “conducive to the public good” that British taxpayers subsidize him generously and provide a half-million-dollar home for him to live on. Mrs May’s Home Office has just admitted to the UK Muhhamed al-Arefe who advocates wife-beating. Perhaps Mr [sic] May will try out Imam al-Arefe’s expert advice on the beneficial effects of “light beating” on Theresa this weekend – or is spousal abuse only “conducive to the public good” of Muslim women?
The reflexive illiberalism of Britain’s so-called liberals – the urge to ban the debate rather than win it – is now so deeply ingrained they will soon be hungry for new victories. Nearly four centuries after Milton’s Areopagitica, freedom of speech is dead in England. In denying her charges access to dissenting ideas, Mrs May is inviting them to find alternative means of expression. No good will come from this.

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UK's Express manipulates photo to smear Spencer and Geller

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer

Expressphoto.jpgWhich one's Pamela?

"Anti-Muslim speakers BANNED from entering UK to speak at EDL rally" in the Express, June 27, is just another viciously biased mainstream media report, but I was particularly amused by the photo above. While both Pamela Geller and I are named in the caption, neither of us are actually in the photo, which actually depicts a menacing-looking yob, his face contorted with rage -- in an apparent attempt to illustrate Home Secretary Theresa May's false claim that our entering Britain would not be "conducive to the public good."

The story, meanwhile, is little better, starting with the headline. Calling us "anti-Muslim" is like calling opponents of Nazism "anti-German." And while the story contains copious quotes from the Home Office and the fascist group Hope Not Hate, there is nothing from Pamela Geller or me except the brief statement from our websites yesterday. The Express made no attempt to contact either of us.
Just another day at the office for the hardcore Leftist propagandists who are doing their best to demonize all opposition to jihad terror and Islamic supremacism.

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Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Says Obama Economy is in a Depression

By:Donald Lambro / Townhall Columnist
 
Forget everything you've been told by President Obama about the economy getting "stronger" or heard on the nightly news about the "solid" recovery.

The economy is slowing down and getting weaker, and millions of Americans, as a result, are suffering.

It isn't getting the attention it deserves from the national news media, who seem to play up all the "good" numbers while ignoring the weaker economic data.

CBS News anchor Scott Pelley regularly covers modest housing starts (that still are at basement levels) and rising home prices as if they prove the economy is booming. It isn't.

The cold reality is that the Commerce Department this week slashed its previous 2.4 percent first-quarter economic growth estimate to a meager 1.8 percent annual rate. This follows a pathetic 0.4 percent growth rate in the last three months of 2012.

Virtually all of the categories that go into measuring GDP growth rate were lower. Consumer spending was revised downward from the exaggerated 3.4 percent estimate to a more modest 2.6 percent.

Slower growth means fewer jobs created, that the unemployment rate will remain at very high levels for the foreseeable future, and that businesses large and small will be struggling to survive.

It's not going to get better under this administration's anti-growth policies. "Many analysts think growth has slowed in the April-June quarter to an annual rate of 2 percent or less," the Associated Press reported this week.

Don't take my word for it -- listen to Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, who this week used even tougher language to describe the Obama economy.

Terms like "modest recovery," "slow recovery," or even "recession", do not begin to describe what we're actually going through. "We're still very much living through what amounts to a low-grade depression," says the liberal economist who was one of Obama's earliest supporters.

It isn't the first time Krugman has sharply criticized the Obama economy. Last year, as the 2012 campaign was getting underway, the Princeton professor wrote that "Things are not O.K. -- not remotely O.K. This is still a terrible economy..."

Krugman took Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to task in one of his columns for suggesting that the economy was on the mend and that the Fed would soon be reducing its bond-buying stimulus efforts.

He fears, as many other economists do, that "this is very much the wrong signal to be sending given the state of the economy" and that "the Fed's bad messaging reduces the chances that we're going to exit that depression any time soon."

I have never agreed with any of Krugman's ideas about how to improve the economy (he wanted Obama to double his $800 billion stimulus in 2009). But he gives Obama no slack about the severe jobless rate we've endured over the past five and a half years of his presidency.

Yes, measured unemployment is down (to 7.6 percent), "but that mainly reflects a decline in the number of people actively seeking jobs, rather than an increase in" the number of jobs that are available, he says. Exactly.

Nearly 90 percent of the decline in the national jobless rate, by some estimates, is due to the millions of long-term unemployed workers who've stopped looking for a job and are no longer counted among the unemployed.

We see that in the labor force participation rate that has dropped precipitously under this administration's watch. The ratio of adult workers between the ages of 25 and 54 who are employed plunged from 80 to 75 percent in the recession and remains essentially unchanged.

Some of these displaced workers will be coming back into the work force, as they now hope the economy will improve. But with the economic growth rate falling and consumer spending, business investment and U.S. exports growing more slowly than was previously estimated, the job market is going to remain sluggish.

All of this is the result of Obama's policies. Businesses are reluctant to invest in new equipment or hire workers because of the higher health care costs mandated under Obamacare that will kick in next year.

But Obama's anti-growth agenda is only just getting started. He unveiled a global warming agenda Tuesday that will impose tighter regulatory controls on coal and gas-fired utilities and raise strict new obstacles to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

He intends to impose new EPA standards on all power plants and wage war against the coal industry by setting stricter carbon emissions to do his best to drive it out of business. Utility costs will rise and so will energy and fuel bills for businesses and homeowners who are struggling with high gas prices.

It will make America more dependent on foreign oil and manufacturing, where the number of new jobs have stalled in the past year. This is going to make a weak economy even weaker.

Missing from most of the reporting about Obama's economy is the human cost in sub-par economic growth and fewer job opportunities. Democrats never talk about it, let alone Obama. The network news shows won't even touch the subject out of fear that it will anger the White House.

College graduates and younger adults can't find jobs commensurate with their training and are unable to make it on their own. This is especially severe among minorities.

"With the economy lagging in the past few years, 39 percent of adults ages 18 to 34 say they have had to move in with their parents in recent years," the Washington Post reported Thursday, citing a study by the Pew Research Center. The study found that "more adults are now living in multi-generational households than at any time since the 1950s."

Even more disturbing has been the sharp increase in suicides among middle-aged Americans, with the highest rise among largely jobless men in their 50s, according to data released in May by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their suicidal rate increased by nearly 50 percent.

The economic downturn is cited by experts as one of the key factors behind this little-reported human tragedy in the Obama economy.
Forget Paula Deen. There are far more dangerous bigots and poisonous haters spoiling the American landscape. They cook up violent rhetoric and murderous plots against our troops, our citizens and our allies 24/7. And they have direct access to the White House.

Earlier this week, the indefatigable Investigative Project on Terrorism blew the whistle on the Obama administration's latest flirtation with Muslim jihad. Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah bragged on his website that he had met with Team Obama on June 13. IPT reported that bin Bayyah was invited by National Security Council official Gayle Smith "to learn from you and we need to be looking for new mechanisms to communicate with you and the Association of Muslim Scholars."

Someone associated with bin Bayyah deleted his website reference to the meeting, but the Internet is forever. The White House has now 'fessed up to the confab. According to Fox News, a senior official spun the troubling event as a discussion about "poverty, global health efforts and bin Bayyah's own efforts to speak out against al-Qaida."

Bin Bayyah's moderate Muslim costume shouldn't fool anyone. This sharia thug, who has worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to boost his progressive-friendly cred, lobbied the United Nations to outlaw all mockery and criticism of Allah. He raised money to benefit the terror group Hamas. He is a top lieutenant of Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf Qaradawi, who exhorts followers to kill every last Jew; sanctioned suicide bombings and the killing of our soldiers; expressed support for executing apostates and stoning gays; and declared that the "U.S. is an enemy of Islam that has already declared war on Islam under the disguise of war on terrorism and provides Israel with unlimited support."

As jihad watchdogs have reported, the administration has rolled out the red carpet for dozens of Muslim Brotherhood officers, flacks and sympathizers. IPT noted last year: "White House visitor logs show that top U.S. policy-makers are soliciting and receiving advice from people who, at best, view the war on terrorism as an unchecked war on Muslims. These persons' perspectives and preferred policies handcuff law enforcement and weaken our resolve when it comes to confronting terrorism."

No kidding. Another Qaradawi cheerleader, Hisham al-Talib, was welcomed last spring at the White House by Obama's Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Four days later, White House officials welcomed a foreign delegation of the radical sharia-enforcing Muslim Brotherhood from Egypt. As I reported previously, al-Talib is an Iraqi-born Muslim identified by the FBI as a Muslim Brotherhood operative and a major contributor to the left-wing Center for Constitutional Rights, the group of jihadi-sympathizing lawyers who helped spring suspected Benghazi terror plotter Abu Sufian bin Qumu from Gitmo.

Al-Talib is also a founding member of the SAAR Foundation and the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). FBI and Customs officials believe SAAR/SAFA laundered money for a plethora of violent Muslim terrorist groups, from Hamas and Hezbollah to al-Qaida and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Investigative journalist Patrick Poole reported recently that the Obama DOJ dropped planned prosecutions of IIIT leaders including al-Talib, despite being "targeted and repeatedly named in the 2003 U.S. Customs Service search warrant application by Customs Agent David Kane targeting the SAAR Foundation/SAFA Group terror finance network."

IIIT was also a demonstrated unindicted co-conspirator in the feds' Holy Land Foundation terror financing case and supported convicted terror aides Sami al-Arian and Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi. Al-Amoudi was the first president of the Islamic Society of Boston mosque, where Boston bomber jihad brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, used to worship.

We need a zero tolerance policy for jihadist infiltrators and coddlers in Washington. Let's make the most transparent administration ever live up to the hype. I suggest the White House be required to raise the black flag of Islamic jihad at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue every time President Obama welcomes these treacherous visitors.

Even better: Let's take a page from Kanye West and project the names of all the Ikhwan-linked goons who are allowed to darken the White House doorstep onto the side of the Old Executive Office Building for all to see -- along with their most infamous hate videos and fatwas against Jews, infidels, gays, women and U.S. soldiers. No more play dates with Muslim jihad behind closed doors. Light 'em up.

Op-ed:
Immigration Bill passes the Senate...and Rubio's presidential hopes come to an end  
By: Diane Sori


“Shouldn’t we give them the same chance that we’ve given wave after wave of immigrants?” said Senator John McCain after today’s Senate vote on Immigration Reform.

In a word, 'NO'...and NOT because of who they are but because of how they came here...ILLEGALLY. And the word 'ILLEGAL' itself means 'criminal'...as in breaking the law.

But apparently to some that doesn't matter as yesterday, in a vote of 68 to 32 (with 14 Republicans joining ALL the Democrats) the Senate passed the 'Gang of 8's' Immigration Reform Bill. While it will have ILLEGALS dancing in the streets, unfortunately, and it hurts me so to say this, it has signaled Marco Rubio's presidential death knell...the man who most likely would have gotten the Republican nomination in 2016 is now finished.

While I still honor and respect Rubio for the simple reason that his heart was in the right place, he went against the wishes of the party majority and his own constituents by aligning himself with RINOS extraordinaire...John McCain and Lindsey Graham. And the party hierarchy and 'We the People' will NOT forget this.

Rubio could have voted NO in the end for the bill passed in the Senate is NOT the bill he originally wrote. His original was bastardized by his new found RINO buddies, and yet he sided with them and for what, as the ILLEGALS will NOT vote Republican even with this...they will still vote Democratic for the freebies and handouts. Rubio had an out with this simple fact if none other, and yet he did NOT take it, and to make this worse he knows damn well that before any talks go forward or legislation implemented our borders MUST be sealed...NO ifs, ands, or buts.

In his heart Rubio knows that very well and in his heart he knows he's done...and for what...for criminals who knowingly and willingly broke our laws to get here...for criminals who have taken jobs away from LEGAL Americans...for criminals who have raped our healthcare and welfare systems...for criminals who with this bill will in the end be rewarded for their criminal act instead of being punished for it.

And while I wholeheartedly believe that the Republicans need to control the immigration issue...as in better we control it than the Democrats control it...controlling it means sealing and locking down the borders BEFORE anything else is done...as in a bit of isolationism before we move forward with this issue at all.

Locking down and sealing the borders...if Israel can successfully do it so can we.

But I am smart enough to know that this issue does need to be addressed for we will NOT be rounding up 11+ million people and shipping them back to their home countries...although many wish we would...but that is a reality that simply will NOT happen.

And so one by one the Senators voted from their desks, called out 'yea ' or 'nay' as Vice President Joe 'Bite Me' Biden presided in his constitutional capacity as head of the Senate. But, thankfully, the bill still faces an uphill battle in the House where in this Senate form, it's likely to fail...as it should. 

And while Republicans in the House are divided over then immigration issue, especially after the GOP's major loss among Hispanics in the 2012 election, many top Republicans have come to realize that some form of a so-called 'pathway to citizenship' for the 11+ million ILLEGALS...'undocumented residents' in political correctness speak...is a must. But still the votes in the House aren't there for this Senate bill because for most Republicans sealing the borders first is paramount to any bill being passed in the House at all, and the Senate bill does NOT meet that requirement as it skirts the issue, if even that.

Besides, the House is working on its own immigration reform bill. In fact, House Speaker John Boehner said the House will NOT even vote on this Senate bill. Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Boehner said a bi-partisan coalition to get to 235 votes is not enough...that an immigration bill has to have the support of the majority of the GOP House members.

“Apparently, some haven’t gotten the message. The House is not going to take up and vote on whatever the Senate passes. We’re going to do our own bill through regular order, and it’ll be legislation that reflects the will of our majority and the will of the American people. And for any legislation, including a conference report, to pass the House, it’s going to have to be a bill that has the support of the majority of our members.”

Now lets see if Boehner has the courage to follow through with the pretty words he spoke.

But what say our traitor-in chief to the Senate bill's passing...in a White House statement, Obama hailed the Senate vote as "a critical step" toward fixing what he called a broken immigration system, saying the bill was a compromise, adding that "we just need Congress to finish the job."

'Finish the job' to Barack HUSSEIN Obama means making sure those 11+ million become loyal Democratic voters...'finish' the job means the American melting pot of assimilation will be NO more as America will become a nation of 'them' vs 'us'...'finish the job' means if by some chance this horror of a bill passes the House our beloved America will sadly become unrecognizable to us LEGAL Americans thanks to the leftist agenda of the man the media 'anointed' as our savior...as this bill adds another nail in America's coffin.

But for me the biggest disappointment in today's vote...the one that personally hurts the most is that Marco Rubio, who I worked so hard for when he ran for Senator, has NOT only let me down but let down his party, his constituents, and his country...oh what could have been...