Tuesday, October 21, 2014



Steyn on America

Ebola Yes, Bagpipes No

Thomas Eric Duncan has the distinction of being America's Patient Zero - the first but not the last person to develop Ebola symptoms in the United States.
Is he a US citizen? No, he's Liberian.
Is he a resident of the United States? No, he landed at Washington's Dulles Airport on September 20th, in order to visit his sister and having quit his job in Monrovia a few weeks earlier.
So he's a single unemployed man with relatives in the US and no compelling reason to return to his native land. That alone is supposed to be cause for immigration scrutiny.
In addition, visitors from Liberia have the fifth highest "visa overstay rate" in the United States. That's to say, they understand very clearly that all that matters is getting in. Once you're in, they'll never get you out.
And, of course, Liberia is one of the hottest spots of Ebola's West African "hot zone". It's been all over the front pages, except apparently in The US Customs & Border Protection Staff Newsletter, where it rated a solitary "News In Brief" item at the foot of page 37.
Just to give you an example of how hard-assed the boneheads of America's immigration bureaucracy can be when they want to:
The legendary Gord Sinclair, longtime news director of CJAD in Montreal, had a ski place near Jay in northern Vermont, and he invited his engineer on the show to come down and visit him. "What's the purpose of your visit?" asked the agent at the small rural border post.
"Oh, just a relaxing weekend at my boss' place," said Gord's colleague affably, and then chortled, "although I don't know if it'll be that relaxing. He'll probably have me out in the yard chopping wood all day."
So the immigration agent refused him entry on the grounds that he would be working illegally in the United States.
They all had a good laugh about that back on the air on Monday, but it took forever to straighten out. A single man with contacts in the United States: He says he's coming for the weekend, but we all know any Montrealer would willingly trade a job at Quebec's Number One anglo radio station for casual yard work in Vermont, right?
And yet the unemployed guy from an Ebola hot zone gets in.
Every day CBP agents pull stuff like that weekend-in-Vermont thing, screwing over perfectly obviously law-abiding persons - tourists, businessmen, legal residents and, indeed, citizens.
But the Ebola guy gets in.
What is the priority of America's deranged border regime right now? As I wrote two months ago:
This weekend [Campbell Webster] was returning to New Hampshire from a competition in Canada, which is how a newspaper story comes to open with a sentence never before written in the history of the English language:
'BAGPIPERS have expressed their fear over a new law which led to two US teenagers having their pipes seized by border control staff at the weekend.'
They can chisel that on the tombstone of the republic. On the northern border, bagpipers are "expressing their fear", while on the southern border gangbangers have no fear and stroll through the express check-in.
As do Ebola-bearing Liberians at Dulles. US border security devotes more time and resources to Campbell Webster of Concord bringing in a bagpipe than to Thomas Duncan of Monrovia bringing in Ebola.
Come to that, US border security devotes more time and resources to my kid bringing in a Kinder chocolate egg from Canada than to Thomas Duncan bringing in Ebola. Speaking of which, I recount the Great Kinder Egg Showdown in my new book, which comes out this month. You can pre-order now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indigo-Chapters in Canada, and other retailers.
If you're wondering why the seizure of my kids' chocolate eggs is in the same book as war and terrorism and all the big-boy stuff, the answer is it's part of the same story. To function, institutions have to be able to prioritize - even big, bloated, money-no-object SWAT-teams-for-every-penpusher institutions like the US Government. You can't crack down on Kinder eggs, bagpipes and Ebola: At a certain point, you have to choose. My line with the Homeland Security guys is a simple one: every 20 minutes you spend on me, or my kids' chocolate eggs, or Cameron Webster's bagpipe is 20 minutes you're not spending on the guy with Ebola, or Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The price of bagpipe scrutiny is a big hole blown in the lives of American families attending the Boston Marathon, or a bunch of schoolkids in Dallas having to be quarantined for a vicious, ravaging disease with a high fatality rate.
But, of course, giving additional attention to West African visitors would be racist. Not like terrorizing Scotsmen over their bagpipes.
Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security expands its curious priorities from raiding Boston strip clubs for selling knock-off Red Sox T-shirts to raiding private homes to seize vintage cars that don't meet EPA standards. And yet more emission creep:
Homeland Security Is Now Helping To Protect Communities From The Effects Of Climate Change
Big Government is, inevitably, stupid government. The bigger it gets the more it will focus on trivia, and the less it will even be able to discern the few things it should be doing. But something more pathological is going on here: "Homeland Security" is more interested in controlling law-abiding Americans than protecting them.
from Steyn on America, October 4, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014



The Obama/Sephanopolis Interview
By The Right Scoop

The White House celebrated it’s first-ever Eid al-Adha this week, a Muslim holiday celebrating the end of the Hajj, the holy pilgrimage to Mecca:
TODAY’S ZAMAN – The White House hosted an event to celebrate Eid al-Adha on Tuesday for the first time ever with the sponsorship of the Rumi Forum, an international organization established by Turks living in Washington, D.C., to foster intercultural dialogue.
The White House traditionally hosts an iftar (fast-breaking) dinner every year for representatives of Muslim communities in the United States, but Tuesday’s event was the first time that they have hosted a celebratory event for Eid al-Adha, upon the suggestion of Rumi Forum. The opening speech of the event was made by White House Public Relations Office Deputy Director Ashley Allison and Rumi Forum President Emre Çelik.
The forum, of which Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen is the honorary chairman, provided food for the event.
Speaking to Today’s Zaman, Çelik said Rumi Forum came up with the idea to host a celebratory event for Eid al-Adha with the attendance of representatives from different religions. The event was attended by about 60 people from various interfaith organizations in Washington, including representatives from Christian and Jewish organizations in the US, as well as Muslims.
For Obama to be a Christian, his White House sure does celebrate a lot of Muslim Holidays.
John Kerry made remarks at this event and you can read his full remarks here. But here is what he said that created controversy in Israel:
“I think that it is more critical than ever that we be fighting for peace, and I think it is more necessary than ever… As I went around and met with people in the course of our discussions about the ISIL (Islamic State) coalition, the truth is we – there wasn’t a leader I met with in the region who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation that they felt.”
This caused Naftali Bennett to slam those remarks, suggesting a link between the Israel-Palestinian peace process and recruitment for ISIS:
Economy Minister Naftali Bennett slammed US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday for comments the top American diplomat made, indicating that the unresolved conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is contributing to gain made by the Islamic State group.
“Asserting that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reinforces ISIS, gives a boost to global terrorism,” Bennett charged.
“It turns out that even when a British Muslim beheads a British Christian, there will always be those who blame the Jews,” Bennett said in reference to videos of recent decapitations of Western captives by an Islamic State member who speaks with an English accent.
He added that there is no justification for terrorism and that Israeli is fighting against the phenomenon.

Monday, October 6, 2014



Obama Sends ‘Thank You’ to Beheader’s Oklahoma Mosque

Monday, October 6, 2014
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And they wonder why people think Obama is a Muslim.
Check it out:
The White House has reportedly sent a top Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official to the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC) to “present a special thank you to the Muslim congregation,” Oklahoma’s KFOR reports.
The beheader’s mosque, the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, was founded by a sibling of a U.S.-designated Hamas terrorist, and in the past has welcomed an Imam who was a close confidant to al-Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki.
David L. Myers, who serves as director of the DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, was tasked with presenting a personal message from President Barack Obama. It read, “Your service is a powerful example of the powerful roots of the Abrahamic faiths and how our communities can come together with shared peace with dignity and a sense of justice.”
Two days before proud ISGOC congregation member Alton Nolen (AKA Jahkeem Yisrael) ruthlessly beheaded an innocent woman while reportedly shouting Islamic slogans, ISGOC Imam Imad Enchassi made unproven claims about multiple death threats, specifically beheadings, against Muslims and their children in Oklahoma. Breitbart News investigated Oklahoma state hate crime databases and found no record of widespread anti-Muslim persecution in the state. Over the past five years, a total of seven anti-Islamic hate crimes have been documented in the state of Oklahoma.

Friday, October 3, 2014



Shocking Isis photo shows baby holding an AK-47 and lying on Islamic State flag
The photos are the latest in a collection of shots featuring babies and young children posing with weapons (Picture: Twitter)
A photo showing a baby holding an AK-47 and lying on an Isis flag has emerged in what is the latest  in a series of disturbing images to be released by the Islamist terror group.


Thursday, October 2, 2014



Italian Congress Shows the Double Face of Organ Transplantation



ROME—The congress of the Italian Society of Organ Transplantation (SITO) concluded in Siena, Italy, end September. Doctors and professional workers shared with the public the reality of a sensitive issue. From one side, Italy is one of the most advanced medical countries in the world, from another side, there is still poor information about the illegal organs’ market, which flourishes in some regions of the world.

Speakers who took turns on stage showed the same desire: give an organ to about 9,000 patients on the Italian waiting list. “We could do more,” said Professor Franco Citterio, SITO President, during an interview with Epoch Times.  “We see that when people are informed, the number of donations increases.”

Professor Citterio recalled the 20th anniversary of Nicholas Green’s death – the 7 year old American boy killed by mistake by the Mafia in southern Italy. His parents’ altruistic decision to donate his organs, saving thus seven people, was widely publicized by media.  The donation figures increased dramatically in Italy from that day, which reached 2,841 transplants in 2013.

Besides the selfless act of the Green’s family, the congress exposed a less selfless reality: organ traffic ruled by countries in which executed prisoners, and prisoners of conscience are used as a ‘bank’ for selling their organs on the local or international market.

According to SITO, there are at least 10,000 illegal transplants each year with astonishing prices: in China – where the regime controls hospitals and medical staff – a kidney can be worth 70,000 dollars. The removal of organs from death row inmates is a practice that goes against the ethical medical standards. In October 2012, the World Medical Association has expressly ruled that “In jurisdictions where the death penalty is practised, executed prisoners cannot be considered as organ and/or tissue donors.”

“The Chinese situation is known to us,”Professor Citterio said,  “[the country] has been sanctioned by the International Society of Transplantation. The Chinese government made some statements that this would never happen again. In fact, it seems that this is not the case, and that it continues to be implemented.”

In November 2013, China signed the Hangzhou resolution, which received praise of the international medical community, declaring to end the organ harvesting from executed prisoners. Only a few months later though, in March 2014, Chinese officials stated that China will continue to use organs from prisoners, and that the bodies will be accounted into a new computerized system for organs.
“In China, donors are killed,” said Doctor Katerina Angelakopoulou, spokesperson of the Italian DAFOH (Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting).  This association aims at protecting medical ethics, and was founded in 2007.  DAFOH had a stand at the congress.

DAFOH is leading an international campaign against the forced organ harvesting in China. Some doctors have decided to establish the organization after the 2006 investigation by human rights lawyer David Matas, and former Canadian Secretary of State David Kilgour. They published a document – “Bloody Harvest”  – where they stated, that at least 41,500 forced organs have been harvested between 2000 and 2005, from living Falun Gong practitioners, a meditative discipline persecuted by the Chinese regime.

“I believe the international community must strongly condemn and exert pressure against this activity,” Franco Citterio suggested, adding that in Italy there is an average waiting list of two years for a kidney, in China it can be around 1 to 4 weeks.

In March 2013, the Human Rights Committee of the Italian Senate approved a resolution against forced organ harvesting in China. Then, a coalition of Italian MPs was launched in about two months. “There are a dozen of MPs who have the desire to cooperate at an international level, so to stop this unethical practice in China,” said Doctor Angelakopoulou.



‘Killed to Order’ Documentary on China’s Organ Tourism Featured at UCLA Film Festival

“Killed to Order,” a documentary about organ tourism and illicit organ procurement in China, was presented at the Awareness Film Festival at the UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media’s James Bridges Theater on Sept. 11.

The 10-minute film, written and directed by Kathryn Shakespear, was produced and filmed in Australia. It fully engaged the audience, especially the buildup toward the end.

The film begins with a woman telling her elderly father that she is expecting a baby–his first grandchild. Her father seems happy but cautious in his response, saying he hopes he will live to see his grandchild grow up as he was just diagnosed with a fatal kidney disease and is trying to locate a kidney transplant.

During his research the man discovers that China has extensive organ transplant capabilities and can provide transplants to replace his failing kidneys.

Later, his daughter calls him to tell him that in China people are killed on demand to provide organs for foreign transplant patients.

As the film progresses towards the last scene, the man is in a cab, traveling to the airport.
I won’t give away the ending in case you have the chance to watch this worthy short documentary.

China’s Secret Organ Source 

Large numbers of people, who are in desperate need of organ transplants, from the United States and other countries, have flocked to China every year where hospitals have promised short waiting times and an abundance of fresh, healthy organs.

Since 2006, several independent investigators have reported research results saying that Chinese military hospitals, courts, labor-reeducation camps, and police have been involved in harvesting and selling organs from prisoners for profit. In addition, most of the prisoners are not criminals, but prisoners of conscience, mainly captive Falun Gong practitioners, a spiritual group that has been persecuted in China since 1999.

In 2006, an investigation was conducted by David Kilgour, a former Canadian Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific), and David Matas, a prominent human rights lawyer. Their report and book, Bloody Harvest, states, “We have come to the regrettable conclusion that the allegations are true. We believe that there has been and continues today to be large scale organ seizures from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners.”

Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), a non-profit organization founded by medical doctors in 2007, state on their website www.dafoh.org : “Forced organ harvesting has enabled the expansion of a commercial organ industry in China… The onset of the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999 coincides with the exponential growth of the transplant industry in China… Without a public organ donation program, wait times for transplant organs are implausibly short. Average wait times in China are 1 to 4 weeks.”

Sky TV Investigation



Also in 2006, Sky TV aired a report that confirmed important claims of live organ harvesting from prisoners in China saying: organs for transplantation are very plentiful in China; they are available on demand; the organs are supplied from prisoners; prisoners are killed after they are found to match a patient who is awaiting a donor organ.

Sky TV reporter Dominic Waghorn, and at least one other staff member from Sky TV, visited the Orient Organ Transplantation Center in Beijing with a hidden camera, posing as someone whose father needed a liver.

Waghorn began his report by noting that in China, unlike the West, there is “a seemingly endless supply of livers, the reasons why are deeply sinister.”

The nurse who welcomed him at the hospital cheerfully explained that their hospital could get organs “the fastest” because it has the “best connections.”

Waghorn explained that the hospital publicly admitted its links to China’s paramilitary police.

International Initiatives

Since 2006, several UN Special Rapporteurs have asked China’s government for an explanation about organ pillaging from live Falun Gong practitioners, but it provided no meaningful answers, simply denying the charges.

In December 2006, Australian transplant hospitals were the first to restrict training of surgeons from China.

In March 2008, Israel wrote an “Organ Transplant Law,” bringing transplant tourism and organ between Israel and China to a complete halt.

In September 2012, the U.S. Congress held a hearing on “Organ Harvesting of Religious and Political Dissidents by the CCP,” condemning the practice.

In June 2013, U.S. Congressional representatives introduced H.Res. 281, calling on China “to immediately stop the practice of organ harvesting from its prisoners, particularly from Falun Gong prisoners of conscience and members of other groups.”

In November 2013, DAFOH presented a petition to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights signed by 1.5 million people from over 50 countries, calling for an end to China’s forced organ harvesting.

In December 2013, the European Parliament passed a resolution against China’s unethical organ procurement, calling for extensive action to end the practice.

In April 2014, the Transplantation Society and the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group sent an open letter to Xi Jinping concerning “corrupt practices of doctors and officials who obtain organs from executed prisoners illegally for sale to wealthy foreign patients from around the world.”