Update: Footage of shooting inside of the Canadian parliament.
Follow live coverage of the terrorist attack, courtesy of The Globe and Mail.
One of the chief failings of the open borders movement is its persistent myopia. The people who would transform this country into a large scale hotel-complete with the scanty wages paid to those working at the lower end of the hospitality industry-can’t look beyond their own narrow goal of boosting their profits and/or political power to see the very legitimate concerns of struggling American citizens. Consequently, when they face a setback to their overarching goal of mass, low-skilled immigration, they believe it’s a function of miscommunication, or perhaps a lack of understanding among the benighted hoi polloi.
That’s why it should come as no surprise that the response by Facebook’s CEO to the complete failure of his lavishly-funded pro-amnesty messaging apparatus to persuade the general public is to make cosmetic changes to a campaign that the vast majority of the American public finds utterly repellent. In this case, Joe Green is the scapegoat for the lack of understanding at the heart of Zuckerberg and Company’s drive to erase this nation’s borders.
While Joe Green was undoubtedly a dreadful choice to manage a national campaign of any sort-as others have pointed out in excruciating detail-his chief qualification for the role he assumed at FWD.us seems to have been his friendship with Mr. Zuckerberg-the harsh truth is that even an exceptional snake oil salesman would have found the task before him virtually impossible. To wit, selling the American people on a policy that implicitly demanded they be deprived of economic opportunities in order to enhance the portfolios of the richest chief executives in Silicon Valley.
Interestingly enough, Mr. Green might have been fired for being too honest about the ultimate goal of the 501(c)4 his old Harvard chum entrusted him with, i.e. forcing American workers onto the unemployment line. As Michael Kinsley once said, “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth.” Or, as in this case, an open borders lobbyist. Something I’m sure Joe Green’s successor will keep in mind for future reference.
Even as the Republican Party mounts a vapid campaign-devoid of substance-in order to retake the U.S. Senate, there are those who are highlighting the issues that are foremost in the minds of the American electorate. Numbers USA is one organization which continues to hold politicians to account for their disdain towards the concerns and aspirations of their ostensible constituents.
Update: The passenger from Lagos who died on an Arik Air flight to New York recently suffered from cardiac arrest, and is not believed to have contracted Ebola, according to the CDC.
The public face of the Ebola epidemic, now that Thomas Eric Duncan has expired, is unquestionably Thomas Frieden, the current head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although the media regularly tout his role in stemming a tuberculosis outbreak in India-and addressing a similar proliferation of the disease in New York City-there is little discussion of his actions as this city’s Health Commissioner, particularly the more controversial aspects of his tenure.
I only raise this because of the perplexing behavior and words of Dr. Frieden in recent days, which, if anything, have only increased Americans’ suspicions that the government doesn’t know what it is doing. Perhaps the most bizarre statement to be issued by him thus far is the assertion that preventing foreign nationals from the three African nations decimated by the Ebola crisis from entering the United States would actually cause the virus to spread. Over a hundred people from West Africa land in this country every day, and as the Daily Signal points out, the State Department is still processing visas from non-American nationals in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, to the consternation of the current Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. This, despite the fact that those with Ebola presumably continue to board flights seeking medical treatment in the United States. Read More »
One of the more interesting races to watch this November will be the Texas gubernatorial contest, which features the dream candidate of feminist progressives, State Senator Wendy Davis. Although a fundraising dynamo and icon for those who support expansive access to abortion, the chances that she will actually emerge victorious from this race are increasingly negligible, as self-inflicted wounds doom a candidacy that many already considered-with some justification-a hopeless cause.
Even as the Davis boomlet evaporates, however, the project to turn Texas blue proceeds apace. A key part of that plan involves the national political aspirations of a man our readers are familiar with, current Hud Secretary Julian Castro. Read More »
One of the most entertaining aspects of the open borders dogma is observing the cognitive dissonance its devotees require in order to sustain their belief system. Mass immigration fetishists, by their very nature, are constitutionally incapable of recognizing irony, and a perfect illustration of this fact can be found in the pontifications of Bryan Caplan, one of the most fervent-albeit, least persuasive-advocates of permanently altering the demographic composition of the developed, Western world.
His most recent contribution to the stereotype of oblivious mass-immigration enthusiasts comes in the form of a post to The Library of Economics and Liberty blog which castigates those morally relativistic conservatives who lionize the accomplishments of Christopher Columbus. It’s doubtful that Professor Caplan will bother to read the replies made by EconLog readers in response to his denunciation, but if he did he would find a number of cogent points, chief among them the idea that the European empires represented by the great explorers embodied the spirit of open borders ideology, arguably even more so than Bryan Caplan himself. Read More »
Many of you will remember this site’s description of El Narco, a wonderfully illuminating and disturbing look into the world of the transnational cartels which have embedded themselves within Mexican society written by British investigative journalist Ioan Grillo. Mr. Grillo has just published an insightful op-ed, in the New York Times that explores the grisly discovery of a fresh batch of corpses on the outskirts of the city of Iguala, which lies just a little over sixty miles away from the capital of Guerrero State in southwestern Mexico. Read More »
Kudos to intrepid investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson for bringing attention to a noble cause. As most of you know, the investigation into the death of Agent Brian Terry at the hands of Mexican narco-insurgents has gone nowhere for nearly the past four years, in no small part due to the obstruction of this administration. Even so, the friends and family of Brian have never stopped speaking out on behalf of justice.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many people whose lives haven’t been touched by cancer in one form or another. One of the most heartbreaking forms, as well as one whose research is perhaps the most grossly underfunded, is pediatric cancer. That’s why the need to support those suffering from it is so urgently needed, as in the case of a beautiful, strong, sweet little girl from Alabama named Emma Grace Mitchell. Read More »
With civilization under continuous bombardment, from Nigeria to Iraqi Kurdistan to the kibbutzim in Israel threatened by Iranian-supplied weaponry, it’s time that Americans stood up in opposition to the wave of Islamic terror engulfing the globe. To that end, the indefatigable Pamela Geller will be hosting an AFDI-sponsored rally in support of the Jewish State, as well as the religious minorities facing extermination at the hands of Islamic State barbarians, this Sunday.
You can RSVP at the official Facebook event page!
This weekend will see yet another nationwide event opposing the efforts of the Obama administration to flout our current immigration laws. New Yorkers for Immigration Control and Enforcement will be leading that opposition locally.
Joanna Marzullo, founder of NY ICE, provides details for those of you wishing to attend after the jump.
From our good friends at Jamiel Shaw’s Blog comes word of a regular protest against this administration’s lawless immigration policy and the open borders ideology of its allies and sympathizers. Here are the details, for those of you in the Greater Los Angeles Area, a.k.a. Southland: