Monday, October 20, 2014

Obama's Racist Tactics Might Go To The US Supreme Court

The Feds have been forcing racial quotas and lowered standards for specified minorities, using "disparate impact" parlance as a threat. The fact is that they have created a huge cash flow from banks and lenders by getting them to pay the fine without fighting it. This is the same theory that led to the housing crisis when thousands of loans were made to people who couldn't afford them. But it is under a different name and approach. Texas is fighting back.

Supreme Court May Yet Blunt Obama's 'Disparate Impact' Weapon

"Race-Baiting: The Obama regime has used a dubious discrimination theory to shake down home and car lenders for $1.1 billion and counting. Finally, the high court may step in to stop this witch hunt.

The Supreme Court has granted the state of Texas a petition for certiorari disputing the use of disparate impact to determine discrimination in housing after a civil-rights group sued its housing department.

The liberal Inclusive Communities Project argues that state tax policies have created racial segregation in the Dallas area and thus have a disparate impact on minorities, allegedly in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

The same legal theory, which is based purely on statistics without any evidence of intentional racism, is actively used by the Obama administration to sue banks for lending bias and employers for bias in hiring. So federal policy also is at stake in this case.

Disparate impact has proved an effective policy weapon for this regime, and it is loath to lose it. In fact, fearing the conservative majority would strike down its favorite race-baiting tool as unconstitutional, the administration sabotaged two prior cases challenging disparate impact before the high bench could hear them.

Barring more bribery and intimidation, lenders may finally get their day in court. If Texas Department of Housing v. Inclusive Communities Project stays on the docket, it could deal a huge blow to the radical racialist agenda of this administration.

If justices throw the theory out, no longer will the Justice Department, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, EEOC or HUD be able to target banks, mortgage companies or employers for supposed violations despite the complete absence of discriminatory conduct.

They'll no longer be able to frame businesses as racist — a threat that has already led thousands to in effect adopt racial quotas in lending and hiring to avoid federal persecution.

"The risk of disparate-impact lawsuits, in the absence of guidance from the court, pressures the residential mortgage lending industry to arrive at particular outcomes and end numbers to avoid such lawsuits," the American Bankers Association wrote the high bench in a joint amicus brief.

"It is not surprising that to avoid legal risk, some businesses may feel pressure to manage end numbers or at least place a 'racial thumb on the scales.'"

Such pressure can force lenders to water down underwriting standards and take on more risk, since "down-payment requirements, debt-to-income requirements, loan-to-value requirements, and other neutral, risk-based underwriting requirements can all affect various racial and ethnic groups differently," ABA added"
A writ of certiorari doesn't guarantee the the USSC will hear the case, but it's a step in that direction.

Holder's DOJ Is Now Under Investigation?

Apparently there still exist pockets of un-corrupted government officials; more power to them:
Government case implodes as its former lawyers allege fraud against Holder DOJ

The New York Observer reports that two former Assistant United States Attorneys say the Holder Justice Department engaged in deceit and corruption of justice in connection with the DOJ’s litigation against Sierra Pacific Industries, a California lumber company.

As a result of the allegations, a federal district judge has ordered the recusal from the case of every judge in the Eastern District of California. He reasons that the court may have been defrauded by the government, thus requiring the appointment of an outside judge to handle the matter going forward.

The Holder DOJ brought the case against Sierra Pacific for allegedly being responsible for a wildfire that destroyed 65,000 acres in California. Sierra Pacific maintained that the fire started elsewhere and that state and federal investigators and DOJ attorneys lied about the origin of the fire so they would have a “deep pocket” from which to collect millions of dollars.

Nonetheless, as litigants confronted by the power of the federal government are wont to do, the company settled the case. It agreed to pay $55 million to the United States over a period of five years and to give up 22,500 acres of land.

But now two former DOJ lawyers in the office that prosecuted the action corroborate Sierra Pacific’s claim that the DOJ’s case was based on fraud and deception. Using information provided by these lawyers, Sierra Pacific told the federal court that “the United States presented false evidence to the Defendants and the Court [and] advanced arguments to the Court premised on that false evidence or for which material evidence had been withheld.”

In addition, the United States “prepared key. . .investigators for depositions, and allowed them to repeatedly give false testimony about the most important aspects of their investigation.” The United States also “failed to disclose the facts and circumstances associated with the. . .lead investigator’s direct financial interest in the outcome of the investigation arising from an illegal bank account that has since been exposed and terminated.”

One of the former DOJ lawyers says he was removed from the original prosecution by his boss, David Shelledy, chief of the civil division in the United States Attorney’s office, because he “rebuffed” pressure to “engage in unethical conduct as a lawyer.” According to the Observer, Eric Holder will this week award Shelledy the Department’s highest award for excellence.

It figures.

Another former DOJ lawyer left the prosecution team stating: “It’s called the Department of Justice; it’s not called the Department of Revenue.” He reportedly told defense counsel that in his entire career, “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Naturally, the allegations of these former prosecutors made a big impression on the court. As noted, the chief judge of the District, Morrison England, Jr., ordered the recusal of all the Eastern District judges from the case due to evidence that the government defrauded the court. He referred the case to Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, so Kozinski could appoint a judge from outside the Eastern District to handle the case.

In a related case, a California state judge found that the investigation and prosecution of this matter by the state involved “egregious,” “pervasive,” and “reprehensible” abuses that amount to “government corruption.” The state court case “betray[ed] the primary purpose of the judicial system—to reveal the truth,” the judge stated.

Islam and Peace

Biographer of Muhammed, Ali Sina, an ex-Muslim, comments on Islam:
Sam Harris is wrong about Islam

"Even though at one time the religion associated with Jesus had become violent and intolerant, there is nothing violent and intolerant in his teachings. The Crusades were the response of Christendom to jihad, and the Inquisition was the copycat of mihnah, a practice started by Caliph Ma’mun, which means “inquisition.” They have no basis in the teaching of Christ.

The Christian Reformation aimed to get rid of un-Christian practices. They suggested that the Bible should be read literally and its allegorical interpretations should be rejected.

An analogous reformation also took place in Islam. It is called Salafism.

The Prophet Muhammad reiterated repeatedly that he is the best salaf, the best example to follow and after him, his companions are the best model for Muslims to emulate.

He raided villages and towns, massacred unarmed men, beheaded his captives, raped their women and sold them as slaves. His successors, the so-called “rightly guided Caliphs” and their successors did the same. These are the very things the Wahhabis advocate and Islamic State is doing.

Islamic State is the true embodiment of the Islamic Reformation.

Is this what Sam Harris has in mind? No, he is talking about people like Maajid Nawaaz, Irshad Manji and Zuhdi Yasser.

These people are not suggesting that Muslims should go back to the original teachings of Muhammad, as the Christian reformers did. They want to get rid of them while somehow acknowledge the legitimacy of Muhammad as a prophet of God.

How is that possible? How can we tell people Muhammad was a true prophet, but don’t believe him – that his message was from God, but don’t follow it? Furthermore, isn’t it what the majority of Muslims already doing? Most Muslims don’t practice the violent parts of the Koran. As long as Islam is accepted as a true religion there will always be a minority who will want to practice it fully and honestly.

Yusra Hussein, a 15-year-old British Muslim of Somali origin, suddenly disappeared – and it transpires that she has gone to join Islamic State to become a “jihadi bride.” Her family is distraught.

“If it can happen to Yusra it can happen to anyone,” her aunt said. “She was just a normal, young girl. She was a home girl. There was no anger, no frustration. We had no idea,” she opined.

One does not have to be a neuroscientist to figure that out. Yusra’s family call themselves Muslim. At the same time they lived a comfortable westernized life, which is contrary to Islam. The young Yusra felt the cognitive dissonance and saw the hypocrisy of her family. If Islam is from God, why should she dilute it with the decadent ungodly ways of the unbelievers? Thousands of young Muslims join Islamic State. The great majority come from moderate Muslim families. It is easy to radicalize them. You ask them whether they believe in the Koran and they respond “yes.” Then you read it to them and show them that God enjoins jihad, that their parents who prefer this world to the next are hypocrites, and the Koran orders true believers to neither associate with the hypocrites nor take them as friends and guardians, even if they are fathers and brothers."

I just received "The Life of Muhammad; A Transation of Ibn Ishaq's Sirat Rasul Allah" by A. Guillaume. This 800 page work purportedly "presents in English practically all that is known of the life of the Prophet". In randomly opened pages, the book proves to be loaded with killing, beheading and violence against non-right thinkers. An example: The Prophet, aka the Apostle, on page 367 hears that Ka'b B. Al-Ashraf has mourned The Prophet's killing of "the nobles of the Arabs and kingly men; by God, if Muhammad has killed these people, 'twere better to be dead than alive." He makes a poem of mourning and disaffection with The Prophet.

When The Prophet hears of this, he asks,
"who will rid me of Ibnu'l-Ashraf?.

Muhammad b Maslama, brother of the B 'Abdu'l-Ashal, said, "I will deal with him for you, O apostle of God, I will kill him".

Soon, Maslama says,
"'O apostle of God, we shall have to tell lies.' He [the apostle of god] answered, 'Say what you like, for you are free in the matter."
After the killing, they wrote a commemorative poem, as was customary:
"Of them Ka'b was left prostrate there
(after his fall al-Nadir were brought low).
Sword in hand we cut him down
By Muhammad's order when he sent secretly in the night
Ka'b's brother to go to Ka'b.
He beguiled him and brought him down with guile
Mahmud was trustworthy and bold.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ummm....Whaaaat?

Things you might not expect to hear on the news...

PERHAPS PREHISTORIC PEOPLE SAVED US ALL FROM THE WALKING DEAD In a 7,000-year-old town in Bulgaria, over 100 graves have been uncovered, revealing skeletons with stakes through their hearts and mutilated bones. Meet the vampires that almost were.


And,
IF YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT EBOLA, it’s because you’re a racist. “Ebola is now a stand-in for any combination of ‘African-ness’, ‘blackness’, ‘foreign-ness’ and ‘infestation’ – poised to ruin the perceived purity of western borders and bodies.”

So where are the biggest racists? In Africa! Africa stems Ebola via border closings, luck. “South Africa and Zambia slapped travel and entry restrictions on Ebola-stricken countries. Kenya Airways, the country’s main airline, stopped flying to the affected lands. In Zimbabwe, all travelers from West Africa are put under 21-day surveillance. Health officials regularly visit those travelers to check their condition.”

My presumption, now, is that anyone who goes on about racism is either a fool or a tool.
INSTAPUNDIT


AND,
Students: Transgender Woman Can’t Be Diversity Officer Because She’s a White Man Now

AND,
Cornell gives deer tubal ligations, everything goes wrong

AND,
Seattle Socialist Group Pushing $20/hr Min. Wage Offers $13/hr for Web Developer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Islamic Proxy War in Hamburg

Salafist ISIS supporters attack Kurds
Germany: Holy War Erupts in Hamburg

"The unrest began on the evening of October 7, when around 400 Kurds gathered outside the Al-Nour mosque near the central train station in Hamburg's St. George district to protest against IS attacks on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani.

According to police, the initially peaceful protest turned violent when the Kurds were confronted by a rival group of around 400 Salafists armed with baseball bats, brass knuckles, knives, machetes and metal rods used to hold meat in kebab restaurants.

In the melee that followed, more than a dozen people were injured, including one person who nearly had his leg chopped off by someone wielding a machete, and another person who was stabbed in the stomach with a kebab rod.

Some 1,300 police officers, brandishing batons and accompanied by water cannons, were deployed to halt the clashes, which lasted into the early morning hours of October 8. In the final tally, hundreds of weapons were seized and 22 people were arrested."

More Muslims Killing Muslims...

Who Lost Yemen?

"Nobody saw it coming. On Sept. 20, Yemen’s Huthi movement executed a political coup so stealthy that the world hardly noticed, and so momentous that local commentators are dividing modern Yemeni history into before and after the Huthi assent to power. The Huthis, a Shiite-led rebel group with a power base in Yemen’s far north, have been waiting for this moment since the early 2000s, when their civil rights campaign was forced to take up arms in self-defense.

The Huthi coup is not only reshuffling the Yemen political deck, but also regional political calculations, particularly in the Arab Gulf, because the Huthi maintain good ties with Iran. And it poses problems for President Obama’s war against Yemen’s al Qaeda affiliate.

Over the last six months, Huthi militias extended their control over regions adjacent to the Huthi stronghold in Saada, 230 kilometers north of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. They wrested leadership of the powerful Hashid tribal confederation, destroyed military units allied with the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islah Party, and ousted their Salafi opponents from the Dammaj Valley, a few miles southeast of Saada. Finally, the Huthi descended upon Sanaa, destroyed the last remaining military units loyal to Gen. Ali Muhsin al-Ahmar, the once-powerful commander of the 1st Armored Division, and his allies in the Islah Party, and took control of the Yemeni government without much resistance – and surprisingly little international coverage."
It's hard to care about this any more, but let's take a quick look: Yemen was Shiite for 1000 years, but then the Sunnis got control, and now the Shiites are back in charge. All accompanied by copious killing of Muslims, by Muslims. Killing each other is just a habit, it appears, possibly it is even mandatory.

Which brings to mind: why should we try to stop it? When we do, they all just blame it on us, and vow to kill us too.

AGW Contradictions

NASA:
NASA: Earth Just Experienced the Warmest Six-Month Stretch Ever Recorded

But:
Water temperature of the Great Lakes is over 6 degrees colder than last year, 3 degrees colder than normal

And:
Lake Superior and Lake Michigan now 6 degrees colder than last year; How will that affect Michigan's winter?

The raw data is here.Since the data claims go back as far as 1880, I call Bullshit. No one was measuring global temperatures in 1880, and not even in 1950. Certainly not NASA. The Geophysical year wasn't until July 1, 1957, to December 31, 1958. So these aren't really temperatures, they are avatars for temperature, selected who-knows-how... or cares, for that matter.

It's No Wonder Obama Hates Leakers

Headline:
Leaked DHS Document: 167,000 Convicted Criminal Aliens At Large In US

"Deportations from the interior of the United States declined 34 percent this year from last, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies, derived largely from an internal Department of Homeland Security document.

The CIS report released Wednesday and authored by the group’s director of policy studies, Jessica Vaughan, details the decline in immigration enforcement and reveals that there remain nearly 167,000 convicted criminal immigrants with final orders of removal still in the United States and “currently at large.”

“Prosecutorial discretion as practiced by the Obama administration has transformed immigration enforcement into a massive catch-and-release program that makes a joke of the law, fails to deter illegal settlement, and allows even illegal aliens who commit crimes to remain here,” Vaughan said Wednesday.

“These policies inflict real harm on Americans and legal immigrants,” she continued, “in the form of lost jobs, depressed wages, additional social services, and even lost lives. In addition, with the rise of ISIS and other terrorist groups around the world, our lax policies represent an unnecessary national security risk.”
Pick a threat, any threat, and Obola wants to import it.