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Your virtue-signaling won’t keep America from becoming a $#!%hole. Even the feds know that unvetted, unchecked immigration is endangering America.

Posted January 12, 2018 by Daniel Horowitz

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“DACA! DACA! DACA! DACA fix!” shouts the “bipartisan” political oligarchy in one chorus. What about first fixing the problems in immigration that endanger American citizens — you know, the people you are required to represent?

A brand-new report from the independent DHS inspector general’s office confirms that not enough is being done to vet illegal aliens released by ICE for ties to Islamic terror or other security concerns. No word yet whether a district judge will “strike down” the inspector general report as invidiously discriminatory and a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.

America has become a dumping ground. You might even say it has become a $#!%hole.1 According to the report, there are approximately 2.37 million illegal aliens who have been released into our communities by ICE and are “officially” under supervision. Only 1.4 percent of illegals apprehended by ICE remain in custody. And no, they are not from Norway. The inspector general’s office found that the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), the office responsible for supervising detained and released aliens, is not doing enough and not provided with enough resources to properly monitor and vet these aliens for connections to terrorism.

The IG’s office examined 40 case files between 2013 and 2015 and found that ERO was not complying with the procedures of vetting and accessing the relevant DHS data to screen for terrorist ties. “We attribute these instances of noncompliance to limited program oversight and weak management controls,” the report said. “As a result, ERO may be missing opportunities to identify, take into custody, communicate status of and make decisions on those aliens who pose the highest risk to national security and public safety.

ERO is required by existing policy to use DHS’ Known or Suspected Terrorist Encounter Protocol (KSTEP) to vet the aliens for ties to terror, but hundreds of thousands have been released before information was accessed. Almost none of those released are continuously vetted as they commit crimes and more information is placed into law enforcement and intelligence databases, leaving agents in the dark about the nature of foreign criminals and even terrorists they are releasing. The report found that once they are released, ERO essentially stops researching them. And there are some bad hombres among them. A previous IG report found that 368,574 had prior criminal convictions but were allowed to remain in the country.

The report notes that a former vetting program focused more precisely on aliens from “specially designated countries,” defined as “nations known to promote, produce, or protect terrorist organizations or their members.” In other words, $#!%holes. But President Obama abolished it in March 2012.

Under the new system created by the Obama administration, the majority of ERO offices “did not have access to DHS classified networks at their locations to communicate about derogatory information related to known or suspected Terrorists,” according to the IG.

Guess what else the IG found to be endangering our national security? Sanctuary cities. According to the report, “approximately 675 jurisdictions nationwide declined to honor more than 29,269 ICE immigration detainers from January 2014 through May 2017.” These detainers, by definition, are all targeting criminal aliens, the people for whom Obama claimed to prioritize enforcement. Yet the federal government agency tasked with identifying and detaining criminal aliens is denied access to critical information needed to vet and apprehend individuals whom everyone supposedly agrees must be deported. According to the report, sanctuary cities force an already beleaguered ICE to use “significantly more resources to bring the individual into ICE custody.” ICE doesn’t have such resources. In some field offices, there is only one agent per 10,000 released aliens.

Much of the report was redacted due to national security concerns, which demonstrates the importance of this issue.

We have a criminal alien crisis, an MS-13 crisis (as a result of DACA), and tens of thousands of known Middle Easterners crossing our border. Yet only a tiny percentage of the 2.4 million released by ICE under supervision have been deported, and now we find out that ICE has no real way to ensure that a significant number aren’t safety concerns before they are released, never to be detained again no matter what crimes they commit. Further, sanctuary cities are endangering our national security.

We can laugh, cry, or virtue-signal over Trump complaining about $#!%hole countries, or we can unite as a nation and demand a complete fix for criminal aliens and sanctuary cities before any talk of amnesty so that America doesn’t become the ultimate $#!%hole for the rest of the world.

Language Bandits — Subtle Enemies of Freedom

By / 24 January 2014


When you think about Orwell’s 1984, it’s easy to go right to the heavy-handed intrusive measures.  Things like Big Brother, the secret police, and midnight arrests make it easy to draw comparisons to today’s IRS and NSA abuses that would have made Nixon blush.  Or the arrest of that guy responsible for the video that “caused” Benghazi.  Or maybe the swelling pseudo-police powers of various non-policing entities now carrying firearms.

But these were not the only threats Orwell saw to citizen freedoms, were they?

A far more subtle, and in a sense, dangerous threat to those freedoms, Orwell called Newspeak.   In his own words:

The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of IngSoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible. Its vocabulary was so constructed as to give exact and often very subtle expression to every meaning that a Party member could properly wish to express, while excluding all other meaning and also the possibility of arriving at them by indirect methods. This was done partly by the invention of new words, but chiefly by eliminating undesirable words and stripping such words as remained of unorthodox meanings, and so far as possible of all secondary meaning whatever.

In his book, acceptable boundaries of thought were enforced by shaping — co-opting — language.  We see this today.  Just ask Paula Deen why the word that cost her dearly in her career is ubiquitous in some music genres.  What gives anyone the right to sanitize our speech by force?

  • How else does a Christian Restauranteur’s private opinion about marriage become a national headline?
  • What about Duck Dynasty?  Runaway hit show threatened because one guy said something controversial in an interview?
  • I don’t remember that reaction in ‘08 when Obama said he was “not in favor of gay marriage”.

Instead of using words constructively, to engage conversation, or hammer out differences of ideas, activists and political hacks are short-circuiting political process.  If someone dares say something controversial, two things are considered.  First, “Who said it?”, and second, “What it is said about?”

For example, the word that brought Paula Deen to court was also used by Madonna. Difference?  Madonna is committed to the same values as the P-C police.  Likely, it will cost her nothing.

They play the same game with sexuality.  Gay is a relatively new term.  It replaced other more vulgar, or more accurate words.  Notice they chose an innocuous word synonymous with happy?  People later manufactured the word “homophobe” to bludgeon the noncompliant into submitting to the new orthodoxy. This, too, is selectively enforced.  

Where are the complaints about their treatment in places like Iran, where homosexuals are publicly executed under Islam?  Yet somehow Christians are scapegoats to be reviled for their commitment to traditional marriage.  Do they think only Christians held this view, rather than practically every cultural group in the world (other than our aggressive strain of secularism)?

Maybe I missed it, but around the time Phil Robertson called homosexuality “a sin,” Louis Farrakhan spoke of the Islamic teaching that homosexuals be beheaded or stoned. Where, exactly, was that outrage?  Has a reference to violent death from the religion so often in the news for violence less newsworthy than Phil’s private opinion?

Well, that would overlook one little fact: they aren’t interested in debate, or justice, but naked power.  Like good little thought police, they’re trying to bully people into obedience.  For now, the Islamophobe card seems enough to protect them from charges of “homophobia.”

What can we learn from this?  We can be conscious of their tactics, and use deliberate word choice to frame our own position.  For example,

  • they use ”pro-choice” rather than ”pro-abortion”, it’s more “friendly” even if the latter is more accurate.
  • “Progressive” is used to imply progress, and “forward” (another word often used).

If you use their language, you are already fighting the battle on their turf.  Worse, you may be using terminology they use to stereotype you.

  • Frame your ideas in the context of what you are for, not against.  It lets you define yourself on your own terms.

  • Don’t be afraid to take the gloves off.  If they’re going to invent accusations against you, try to “Judo” that energy back at your attacker.

  • If they call you racist, be ready to show why they are, and you are not.  If they call you a hater, make them prove it. Show them up as cowards, flinging accusations because they have no actual arguments.

Remember how Orwell’s novel had a “Ministry of Truth” that was actually a State-run Propaganda House?

Part of the fight, is to call things what they really are.  Barbara Walters — alleged journalist of no small reputation — said the following: “We thought he was going to be … the next messiah”.

That’s not objective reporting, that’s the language of religious devotion and Personality Cult.  I fail to see how that is meaningfully different from the adulation given a little Austrian with a funny mustache so many years ago.

Above all, when you are dealing with someone that no longer feels the sting of conscience (as any group that rejects the Ten Commandments must be), use ridicule!  Tweak the ego!

Since images and sound bites have become more important than ideas and substance, this can be devastating to those me-monkeys.

Image: Courtesy of: English

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