Let’s connect the (measles) dots

It seems Minnesota is experiencing its worst outbreak of measles in three decades:

Health officials in Minnesota are tackling the worst measles outbreak in nearly 30 years. Most of those with the disease are unvaccinated Somali-American children in the state, which has the largest Somali population in the country.

Minnesota’s health commissioner says the community has been targeted with misinformation about vaccine risks. ((by whom? Their Imams, perhaps? — Jemison))

At Children’s Minnesota, doctors are treating 34 of the state’s 48 confirmed cases. Because measles is incredibly contagious, everyone who enters the hospital is provided a mask. If you don’t have the vaccine that prevents measles, there’s a 90 percent chance that you’ll contract the virus, reports CBS News correspondent Jamie Yuccas.

So in essence, after decades spent eradicating many diseases in the U.S. and developing group immunity, we’ve allowed them to return via unvaccinated immigrants (many of whom, I bet, are not here legally). Meanwhile, after 15 deportations (no, that’s not a typo), an illegal alien managed to nearly kill a family in a drunken hit-and-run that left a young child seriously injured:

A drunken driving suspect in a hit-and-run crash that severely injured a 6-year-old boy in San Ysidro over the weekend had been deported from the U.S. at least 15 times, authorities said Tuesday.

Soon after the collision, Border Patrol agents came upon the family’s wrecked Honda and fanned out in search of the hit-and-run driver.

A few blocks away, shortly after midnight, agents found a damaged pickup that matched the description Ingrid Lake gave them. Inside were two men, who were detained.

Banda-Acosta was identified as the driver. He was booked into jail on suspicion of felony hit-and-run with injury, drunken driving with injury and driving without a valid license.

The Border Patrol took custody of Banda-Acosta’s passenger, also an unauthorized immigrant, agency officials said.

This, of course, is far from the only such instance.  Fifteen times this person was identified as an invader and sent home, and sixteen times he illegally entered this country, before doing serious harm to its citizens.  I’ll say it again: illegal immigration needs to be treated as the invasion it is, and dealt with harshly enough to deter this kind of repeat offending.  The very fact this can happen shows our government is not serious about its primary responsibility: protecting its people (in this case, by securing the border).  I’ve summarized my suggestions on this before:

Illegal immigration will be taken seriously as a violation of the nation’s sovereignty and treated as an invasion.  Anyone found living in the United States illegally will serve 90 days hard labor maintaining the border infrastructure, then be deported to their country of origin.  Customs and Immigration will keep a full biometric record of apprehended illegal immigrants.  Second-time offenders will spend six months in solitary confinement, then be deported to their home country after having a distinctive tattoo placed on their right hand.  Third-time offenders will be subject to the death penalty as foreign invaders.  Any illegal immigrant who causes the death of an American citizen, regardless of the number of immigration offenses, will be subject to the death penalty.  Any nation that refuses to receive deported illegal immigrants from their country will lose all trade privileges with the United States until and unless they change their policy.

Ugly days are ahead of us.  Because we’ve been so lax in letting our government ignore its basic duties, any solution will now be far more difficult and painful (for ALL concerned) than simply maintaining a common sense policy would have been.  Again, all I can say is this:

“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”
— Thomas Paine

Sauce for the goose…

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit has some sage advice for those on the Left who both want to have a “living Constitution” and block the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch: “Be careful what you ask for, because you won’t like it if you get it.”

He has a point.  One reason for Leftism’s steady march to ascendancy is that they play fast and loose in the courts with the meaning of the Constitution (even its most clear sections), whereas Conservatives (so far…) are loathe to use the judiciary as activists for change.  Reynold’s point is that Gorsuch is an ‘originalist’ when it comes to the Constitution, not a proponent of a “living document” that changes over time, and the Left should be glad for that.

Otherwise, they potentially would face a swift judicial rollback of their most cherished victories over the Framers’ original intent during the past 50 years:

During the New Deal era, the Supreme Court — after being threatened with “court packing” by FDR — endorsed a massive expansion of governmental power on the ground that it would lead to greater efficiency in the economy. Instead, we got a bloated bureaucracy with serious accountability problems, and a disastrous expansion in spending, regulation and federal debt. Based on this experience, I can imagine a conservative justice who sees the Constitution as a “living breathing organism” that must be kept in tune with the needs of the day deciding that the New Deal Court’s decisions were mistakes that violate the Constitution, and must now be rolled back.

To be honest, there is one point about this with which I disagree with the Instapundit.  A truly “originalist” court would indeed roll back much of the New Deal, because it was recognized even at the time as a fundamental transformation of the relationship of the Federal Government to the States and the People… one that clearly violated the Constitution on several grounds.  Rather than fight activist legislating from the bench with more of the same, however, it would be far better to undo these poor decisions via Congress, so long as the judiciary would let stand changes clearly rooted in the original meaning of the Constitution.

Reynolds’ main point is sound, though: the Supreme Court needs to get back to a strict constructionist view of our charter, rather than blow hot and cold (or Left and Right) with the prevailing political winds.  If Gorsuch is confirmed and succeeds in tacking the court that direction, it will bode well for the future.

Lies, damned lies, and the media

(With apologies to Mark Twain for the headline)

It would seem the surge in Trump derangement on the Left has gotten to the point they may have actually let some truth out.  After all the complaining, listen to the last thing Mika Brzezinski has to say in this clip:

This attitude should not surprise anyone who’s been paying attention.  Whether it’s the now-defunct (but certainly replaced) “Journolist,” or deliberate message coordination with a preferred candidate, or the uncanny consistency in how headlines read on a subject, there can be no doubt that the mainstream media’s definition of “objectivity” is to achieve an objective: pushing America to the left.  The corporate media have become the “Minitrue” of Orwell’s 1984, and jealously guard their assumed prerogative to program the American mind.

The internet threatened this stranglehold, so now the major platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are zealously guarding against content that might have “crimethink.”  (because allowing unfettered discussion would be doubleplusungood…)  It is probably only a matter of time before Blogger and WordPress begin deciding which blogs should be available to peruse.

The legacy media are the enemy of traditional America, and just as in the clip above they will sometimes accidentally admit the fact. Choose your sources of information and commentary accordingly.  As a famous TV show used to like to say, “the truth is out there…”

The fall of Western Civilization

I usually keep Saturdays light, with some music or random musing.  I just can’t do that this week.  Not after reading two stories within minutes of each other, both of which herald just how much our governments aren’t serious about their primary duty: protecting their citizens.

Exhibit A: In Sweden, five teenage migrants from Afghanistan have been convicted of gang-raping another teenage migrant.  But despite calls from the prosecution to expel the convicts back to their native country, it won’t happen because “of their age and the dangers they would face in their homeland.”  One of the dangers of Afghanistan is the widespread practice of rape.  By allowing these “youths” to spend less than a year and a half in jail, then return to Swedish society, the government is essentially allowing barbarous behavior to be imported there.

Exhibit B: A man from Mexico who had been deported ten times since 2003 is now accused of raping a 13-year old girl in Kansas.

I don’t mean to imply that such crimes are never committed by citizens.  We already have crime enough from domestic sources.  But it’s increasingly clear that the flood tide of migrants across Europe and the United States is bringing in a large number of what Trump indelicately referred to as “bad hombres.”  A nation that is serious about its sovereignty and security would never allow someone to reenter illegally nine more times after first being caught.  For all the impact they’re being allowed to have, we might as well defund the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the joke known as the “Department of Homeland Security.”

It’s bad enough these people are committing the national equivalent of ‘breaking and entering.’  When that behavior is compounded by assaults and crimes against the citizens living here, it should be dealt with swiftly and harshly.  The dilemma is that I’m one of many people who believe our police need to reduce the instances of abuse of authority… and yet on this important issue it’s as if we don’t even have police.  As Charlie Daniels sang in Simple Man, “I’m the kinda guy wouldn’t harm a mouse, but if I catch somebody breaking in my house, I gotta 12-gauge shotgun waitin’ inside.”  (Full disclosure: mine’s only a 20-gauge, but it now has several stable mates with it.  The Musketeers and I took them out for a spin just this week.)

Scripture says governments are permitted to ‘bear the sword‘ in order to reward good and punish evil.  Punishment is severely lacking in both cases above (and countless others I’ve read and could link to but in the interest of time don’t).  The message all this sends is that these are happy hunting grounds, further compounding the problem.  We need to send a much different signal, and soon.  While I don’t take death lightly, there is an argument to be made along the lines of “shoot a few and the rest will learn.”  Because our governments won’t exercise their responsibility here, I predict citizens will increasingly take matters into their own hands.  When you delegate authority to someone and they fail to get the job done, the boss usually takes that power back.

We need to remember who the boss is for Western republics.  And it’s NOT the jokers in D.C. Mordor.

They say it like it’s a bad thing

The globalists are worried that the nations are waking up to the problems they’ve created:

In the wake of the Brexit vote in Britain and the recent Italian referendum, and with national elections looming in 2017 in the Netherlands, France, and Germany, there is concern that Europe may be inundated by a populist wave, driven in large part by right-wing parties exploiting anti-globalization, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim sentiments…

Polls show that people who have a favorable view of the National Front (FN) in France, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Germany, and the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands tend to be more negative about immigrants, refugees, and Muslims than their fellow countrymen. In addition, they are more euro-skeptic and more wary of globalization than their compatriots.

While the often nasty, nativist rhetoric of Marine Le Pen, the leader of the FN, or Geert Wilders, the founder of the Dutch Party for Freedom, is certainly key to attracting supporters, the intensity and breadth of right-wing, populist sentiments among party sympathizers — as well as a substantial minority of the general public — is notable in France, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Here’s how Foreign Policy could have worded the first paragraph to be less biased:  “Recent elections, including the Brexit vote in Britain and the election of Donald Trump in the United States, seem to indicate the electorates in many countries no longer silently accept the watering down of their culture and increasing threats of terrorism just to accommodate the greatest mass migration in world history.  They’ve seen the ruin that globalization and mass immigration has caused, and now they’re saying the push for “diversity” should at least include the idea of a Germany for the Germans, a Britain for the British, a France for the French and an America for Americans.”

The great irony is that in the name of ‘diversity,’ the globalists are really pursuing the lowest common denominator and forcing it onto everyone, everywhere.  That’s the antithesis of diversity!  Each nation should have the sovereign right to determine who gets to live among them, and to require immigrants adapt to their new home, not the other way around.  Such protections cannot be entrusted to what is clearly a transnational elite with no real connection to the people they allegedly represent.

As the article points out, in 2017 there are some key elections in France, Germany, and Holland.  We can expect to hear more name-calling as the transnational press attempts to slander concerned, patriotic nationalists as simple “nasty nativists,” in the manner Geert Wilders is called out in this article.  While I don’t appreciate a lot of things Donald Trump says off the cuff, I’ll give him this: he seems impervious to being bullied away from his positions by the smears of the media minions.  More of us need to follow that example.

What the ‘nasty nativists’ realize is that transporting a person to a new country does not automatically assimilate them into the prevailing culture.  And transporting into the West literally millions of people who have no common framework with Western Civilization — indeed, many of whom actively seek its destruction — is simply a recipe for transnational suicide.

And the more “they” try to cram this down our throats, the more response they’re going to get.  What all these self-appointed elites need to ask themselves is why people increasingly support strident nationalism instead of their preferred program.  In other words, what have they done that makes electing Donald Trump seem a reasonable alternative?  They’ll never be that introspective, though.  So things are only going to get worse.

…and America belongs to those who built it… not the Juan- or Muhammed-come-latelies.

Abolish the VA

Hospital spokesman Jason Dangel said hospital officials view what happened as unacceptable but have implemented changes to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“We feel that we have taken strong, appropriate and expeditious steps to strengthen and improve our existing systems and processes within the unit,” Dangel said. “It is our expectation that each veteran is transported to their final resting place in the timely, respectful and honorable manner. America’s heroes deserve nothing less.”

And what was it that spurred all these furled eyebrows and expressions of momentary concern again?  The fact a veteran’s body was left in a shower room for nine hours instead of being transported from hospice to the morgue.

We’ve heard these kind of statements before, whether it was falsified records keeping to make a facility look better in reports, to hiding documents by incompetent managers to, veterans being exposed to diseases because proper procedures weren’t followed… the list goes on and on.  Saying “this is unacceptable; we can do better” works the first couple of times.  But when there’s a pattern like this there’s no credibility left in the public mea culpas.

The Veterans Administration was made a cabinet-level agency  under Ronald Reagan, with the assertion that such status would improve the quality of care.  The reality is that it has just become another bloated administrative nightmare, with accountability sorely lacking.

As President-elect Trump looks to dismantle Obamacare (something I sincerely hopes he follows through on), he should also look at the VA — currently the government’s second-largest employer, and simply privatize the whole thing.   Give vets vouchers they can use at any medical facility, not just Uncle Sam’s.  Choice leads to accountability.  Monopolies (particularly government ones) do not.

Remember the saying: having seen federal public housing, why would anyone expect any better services from the government in other areas of life?  And anyone who was watching the VA should have known that Obamacare would be a disaster from the start.

Uncredibly efficient

You read that title right.  I didn’t mean “incredible.”  After taking a year to review the 60,000 emails Her Hillariness deigned to turn over (after selectively culling about 33,000 out — don’t try such a trick if YOU get a subpoena), the FBI only took just over a week to declare there is nothing new in the batch of 650,000 emails discovered on Anthony Weiner/Huma Abedin‘s laptop.

Well, except for showing that Hillary frequently had her maid print out emails with sensitive national security information (likely including classified emails that should never have been outside the government’s SIPRnet (Secret Internet Protocol Router Network).

So: a brief list of some of the rules that don’t apply to the would-be Empress of the American Empire:

  • Requirements to keep classified and confidential information in its proper places
  • Taking a subpoena as a mere suggestion, and not turning over everything required
  • Accepting large sums of money from foreign donors without reporting it
  • Using your “charity” to throw a wedding party

And that’s just the recent revelations.  Imagine what’s been going on during her 30 years of public “service.”

Here’s why Comey’s announcement today is “uncredible.”  There is no way he or his team have examined all the information found on that laptop.  The math:

650,000 Emails
9 Days
72,222 A Day
3000 An Hour
50 A Minute 
About 1 A Second   (H/T: Vox Day)

The one thing I’ve gotten out of all of this is a better explanation for my single encounter with Clinton and Abedin.  While I was in the service, I was part of a team that set up a visit for them to another country.  My duties put me in the room with both of them, and Abedin tried to strike up a small talk conversation with me.

Only one other time in my life have I had the same sense of every fiber of my being screaming to get out of a situation.  I could not excuse myself fast enough.  Concentrate evil enough and it becomes palpable.  As Forrest Gump would say, “that’s all I have to say about that.”

In many respects I believe America is dead, and ours is simply a zombified version (or parody) of what it was meant to be.  Nobody in Washington D.C. Mordor is even pretending to be on the up and up anymore.  If on Tuesday Hillary is placed on the throne she’s sought for so long, I think we know what final year to place on America’s tombstone.  If you think Obama was bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

I’ve done what I can to prepare my family for Wednesday.  Have you?  And if you aren’t praying fervently, why?