Jeb Bladine: Memories from a half-century ago

Tuesday, it will have been exactly 50 years since Bobby Kennedy was assassinated at a presidential campaign appearance in California. I don’t remember where I was when I heard the news, but for me, it had an oversize influence in a year of high-impact events.

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Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

Muslim politicians in the Western world come in two general varieties: those rare ones who are candid about their desire to transform the West in accordance with the dictates of their faith, and those, far greater in number, who prefer to disguise that ambition. The first category includes people like Abdirizak Waberi, a Swedish MP turned Islamic school principal who has actually admitted he believes in “banning music and dancing, prohibiting boys and girls from socializing, and allowing men to beat their four wives with sticks when they became disobedient,” and Brussels city councilman Redouane Ahrouch, who openly advocates for sharia government and recently called for a separation of the sexes on that city’s public transport.

In the second category are Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, who while striving to pose as a progressive allows his mask to slip now and then (recently, he told an interviewer that “every Muslim is a bit of a salafist”), and London mayor Sadiq Khan, another faux liberal who has, in fact, ordered police to put less emphasis on monitoring potential terrorists and more emphasis on harassing Islam critics. And let’s not forget Minnesota’s (and the DNC’s) own Keith Ellison, who poses as a standard-issue Democrat but belonged for a decade to the Nation of Islam, speaks at CAIR events, and has ties to several pro-terrorist, anti-Semitic groups.

Also belonging to the latter category is Somali-born Bashe Musse, a Norwegian Labor Party politician who has been a member of the Oslo City Council since 2011. During the last couple of weeks he’s been making headlines because of a Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) report on “dumping.” What’s dumping? Like honor killing and female genital mutilation, it’s a common practice in Europe’s Muslims communities. Instead of sending their kids to regular neighborhood schools, many Muslim parents in Europe send their children off to madrasses – Koran schools – in the countries from which they, the parents, emigrated. The children stay in these schools for years at a time, memorizing the Islamic holy book while their agemates back in Europe learn math, science, and literature.

“Dumping” is eyebrow-raising for more than one reason. Many of these kids’ parents were allowed into Europe in the first place because they professed to be refugees from oppression in their homelands. The fact that they’re shipping their kids off to schools in those same countries gives the lie to those claims. The parents also often maintain that they’re proud to be French, Swedish, or whatever, and that they’re striving to assimilate into their adopted nations. But the whole point of sending these kids to madrasses in the Muslim world is to shield them from what the parents consider the baleful influence of Western civilization.

Last year, NRK produced, as noted, a report on Somali madrasses in which children from Norway have been enrolled. Many viewers considered the revelations eye-popping. In fact it was old news. In a 2004 study, Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Norway’s Human Rights Service (HRS) documented, in extraordinary and devastating detail, the grim reality of daily life in these institutions, where the conditions are almost always primitive and where the atmosphere is less that of a First World school than of a Third World prison. NRK’s report, which contained interviews with children living in Norway who had attended the Somali madrasses, confirmed HRS’s findings: at those “schools,” the children had been tied up, whipped, beaten, and subjected to other sorts of brutal treatment that would ordinarily be considered torture.

Which brings us to Bashe Musse, who in addition to being an Oslo city councilman is also the official chief spokesperson for Norway’s Somali community, the largest non-Western immigrant group in the country. After NRK’s report aired last year, he claimed to be shocked by its contents. But on May 29 of this year, NRK reported that in an interview aired on Somali TV, Musse had dismissed the children’s testimony about the madrasses and regretted that such lies, as he called them, had been “sold to the Norwegian people” by the Norwegian media, which he characterized as “one-sided.”

When confronted by NRK with a transcript of his comments to Somali TV, Musse insisted that the person who had translated his words from Somali into Norwegian had fouled up, entirely misrepresenting his views. NRK thereupon engaged the services of another translator, whose product was essentially identical to that of the first translator. It then presented the transcript to various government officials. Frode Jacobsen, head of the Oslo Labor Party, said he was “surprised and shocked” by Musse’s “double communication,” which he described as “very unfortunate.” Norway’s Minister of Integration, Jan Tore Sanner, also expressed concern, but did not call for any action against Musse. The Progress Party’s immigration spokesman, Jon Helgheim, went quite a bit further, scorning Musse as “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” and urging that the Labour Party discipline him in some way. But as far as I have been able to determine, no one in a position of power has demanded Musse’s resignation or removal from the City Council.

Lying to infidels, of course, has a name in Arabic – taqiyya – and it is one of the chief weapons of Islam in its eternal conflict with non-believers. Among its more celebrated practitioners is “Euro-Islam” proponent, Oxford professor, accused serial rapist, and current jailbird Tariq Ramadan, who is known to routinely say one thing to Western audiences in French or English and another to Muslim audiences n Arabic. Indeed, Caroline Fourest’s book about him is entitled Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan. To employ taqiyya, as Musse appears to have done, is to demonstrate definitively that one is not on the side of the West but that one is a double agent – a partisan, a person whose true loyalty lies, shall we say, elsewhere.

Within a few hours of being caught dead to rights on NRK as a practitioner of doublespeak, Musse made an announcement. Did he resign? Of course not. He declared that NRK had represented him to the Norwegian public as a liar and, what’s more, had painted an unflattering picture of Somalia.  Accordingly, he had contacted a lawyer, Arild Humlen, to ascertain what legal rights he had in the matter. 

What makes this story important, needless to say, is that Musse is not an outlier. Far from it. Increasingly, all over the West, Muslims hold elected positions, some of them at a very high level. It is considered to be racist, or at the very least to be in terribly bad taste, to question whether they can be loyal at once to their totalizing, all-encompassing religion and to their officially secular country and its (still) mostly non-Muslim inhabitants. Once those poiticians are caught engaging in taqiyya, of course, there is no further reason for doubt on this score.

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If Everything Is Going So Well, Why Are Europeans Drinking Themselves To Death?

Leftists take an early role in blaming circumstances and methods when people make bad decisions, instead of looking into their state of mind, intelligence, or moral character. This causes them to be oblivious to the causes of problems and instead to just make things worse with their solutions.

Like most of Europe and America, Scotland has an intoxicants problem. Apparently, many of its citizens and residents drink themselves into a stupor on a regular basis. Its Leftist government has a diagnosis: alcohol is too inexpensive.

From today it is illegal to sell booze for less than 50p per unit in Scotland – including shops, off-licences and supermarkets.

Prices have soared overnight as Edinburgh tries to tackle problems associated with cheap booze.

Studies show the long-awaited change will cut alcohol-related deaths by 392 in five years after the Scottish Government warned alcohol misuse costs the country around £3.6billion a year.

Instead of asking why people are so bored + desperate that they intoxicate themselves to incoherence, sort of like the same thing we have going here in America with box wine and opioids, government simply wants to make it harder to drink, figuring that this will solve the problem without having to figure out its roots.

We live in a time when looking at reality is taboo and people want to blame anything but the failure of Western civilization. However, happy people do not drink themselves to death, or pass out in public from opioid abuse, on a wide scale. There will always be some, but now we have many.

The same could be asked of other self-destructive behaviors. Why do we have so many school shootings now, despite guns being easier to get thirty years ago? Why is there so much vandalism? Why are our leaders so pathologically inclined toward destruction?

People despair because they realize that nothing they do will have an influence. Like a runaway machine without a driver, society just churns on, grinding all that is good and beautiful into dust and replacing it with ugly human blight. For many, this means that there is no point going on, and so they suicide through intoxication.

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What Drugs Was Samantha Bee Taking?

Of course we don’t want Rosanne Barr calling Valerie Jarrett an ape. That’s as clear as can be. It was a horrible comment. But maybe we should listen for just a moment to what Ms. Barr says in her defense: She was taking Ambien all through the day when she spoke. Now, Ambien is a super potent sleeping pill. Like all super potent sleeping pills, if you fight it, it puts you into a confused, dizzy state. Sometimes, you don’t know what you’re doing. You don’t know what you’re saying. You say things you think are funny because you think you’re walking on the surface of the moon. The things you say sometimes have zero to do with who you are as a person and who you would like to be. You berate your friends. You curse. You say things you would never say if you were not thoroughly drugged.

So, if Roseanne were really “tweaking” Ambien, it would not be at all surprising for her to say wildly offensive things. It would not even be she that was talking. It would be a Roseanne who had been hypnotized by the power of the drugs.

Yes, of course the makers of Ambien are going to say Ambien does not cause racism and it doesn’t. But it does cause people to say spectacularly inappropriate and offensive remarks…again, because they’re snowed under by the power of the drug, which has them in an essentially somnambulistic state. They’re talking in their sleep and it’s not even them that’s talking. A certain reverse polarity might set in.

So, let’s all be careful around taking sleeping pills during the day and let’s pray that Roseanne can get off the drugs as soon as possible. And let’s beware of thinking we are better than a woman who was possibly speaking under the influence of a useful but devilishly powerful drug, with no ill intent whatsoever. I’m sure the makers of Ambien also had no ill intent. They would never have wanted a patient to take Ambien while at work. But as Fitzgerald said, “I hate careless people. It takes two to make an accident.”

Meanwhile, what possible excuse can there be for Samantha Bee? What drugs was she taking? How dare the people who put her vile guttersnipe talk on the air simply go “tut-tut” and let her go on her way? This is the horrible fact of a totalitarian American culture machine. Those in its favor can get away with murder. Those in its sights get shot without trial and with no defense allowed. Can you imagine what life would be like if Hillary had won?

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