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Crash at the Four-Way Intersectionality

May 7, 2017

Crash at the Four-Way Intersectionality, Power LineSteven Hayward, May 7, 2017

(I must be getting very old. I still remember when men were meant to be “real men,” women were meant to be “real women” and little furry creatures from Alpa Centauri were meant to be “real little furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.” Hence, I find the concepts discussed in the article incomprehensible.– DM)

Intersections are just a bad idea for the left. They should stick to one-way streets. Those are hard enough for them to manage. Meanwhile, pass the popcorn.

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“Intersectionality” is supposed to be the intellectual/political clearing house for each branch of the leftist Victim-Grievance-Industrial-Complex (VGIC for short), the idea being that combining multiple perspectives on victimhood provides some kind of socio-political multiplier effect. Think of it as Keynesian victimology, except instead of ruining the economy with reckless deficit spending we ruin the lives of minorities with reckless deficit philosophy. But the various certified victim classes keep having minor fender-benders, but sometimes total their all-wheezle-drive vehicles, at nearly every intersection, chiefly because they don’t recognize stoplights.

One recent smashup happened over in Oxford, where some officious unit of official sensitivity decreed that not making eye contact constituted an act of racism (“invisible man” and all that). Except that people from the autistic community spoke up, pointing out that people with autism often can’t make eye contact because of their condition. Whereupon the officious unit of official sensitivity at Oxford profusely apologized for its insensitivity, and withdrew the previous moral unction against eye-contact bigots.

But this is minor league stuff compared to the ruckus caused by l’affaire Tuvel. This refers to the case of Rebecca Tuvel, a youngish professor of philosophy at Rhodes College in Memphis (where I have visited), who recently committed the blunder of publishing “In Defense of Transracialism” in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy.

Here’s the abstract of the article:

Former NAACP chapter head Rachel Dolezal’s attempted transition from the white to the black race occasioned heated controversy. Her story gained notoriety at the same time that Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner graced the cover of Vanity Fair, signaling a growing acceptance of transgender identity. Yet criticisms of Dolezal for misrepresenting her birth race indicate a widespread social perception that it is neither possible nor acceptable to change one’s race in the way it might be to change one’s sex. Considerations that support transgenderism seem to apply equally to transracialism. Although Dolezal herself may or may not represent a genuine case of a transracial person, her story and the public reaction to it serve helpful illustrative purposes.

(Turns out this is the theme of an entire book Tuvel is working on. See her faculty page at Rhodes College.)

Well, all hell broke loose over this article. Because the trans-community apparently doesn’t yet recognize trans-racialism, and Tuvel apparently never got the memo. The critics swarmed, issued a blistering open letter about how “harmful” the article is and demanding that Hypatia retract it—which Hypatia promptly did, issuing their own groveling apology that you have to read not to believe. The original link to Hypatia’s apology has gone dead (hopefully because they realize their mega-beclowning), but philosopher Brian Leiter captured it for us at his well-regarded Leiter Reports blog. Here’s just one excerpt:

We, the members of Hypatia’s Board of Associate Editors, extend our profound apology to our friends and colleagues in feminist philosophy, especially transfeminists, queer feminists, and feminists of color, for the harms that the publication of the article on transracialism has caused. The sources of those harms are multiple, and include: descriptions of trans lives that perpetuate harmful assumptions and (not coincidentally) ignore important scholarship by trans philosophers; the practice of deadnaming, in which a trans person’s name is accompanied by a reference to the name they were assigned at birth; the use of methodologies which take up important social and political phenomena in dehistoricized and decontextualized ways, thus neglecting to address and take seriously the ways in which those phenomena marginalize and commit acts of violence upon actual persons; and an insufficient engagement with the field of critical race theory. Perhaps most fundamentally, to compare ethically the lived experience of trans people (from a distinctly external perspective) primarily to a single example of a white person claiming to have adopted a black identity creates an equivalency that fails to recognize the history of racial appropriation, while also associating trans people with racial appropriation. We recognize and mourn that these harms will disproportionately fall upon those members of our community who continue to experience marginalization and discrimination due to racism and cisnormativity.

And it goes on this way for seven more lugubrious paragraphs. (But I did learn about “deadnaming” here, for which I am grateful. I’m going to start working on uses for it right away. Would “former Clinton campaign strategist” qualify as “deadnaming”?)

Of course the real reason the trans-community objects to the Tuvel hypothesis is that it threatens to expose the absurdity of the view that gender is purely subjective and has no connection to biology. Now, it is possible that Prof. Tuvel is engaged in an entire career-long emulation of the Sokal Hoax, in which case she’s doing a great service and deserves to be advanced to full tenure right away. Or she may mean it. Either way she’s done a wonderful public service.

Intersections are just a bad idea for the left. They should stick to one-way streets. Those are hard enough for them to manage. Meanwhile, pass the popcorn.

 

Tarek Fatah on M-103: “Replace the word Islamophobia with Islamofascism”

May 7, 2017

Tarek Fatah on M-103: “Replace the word Islamophobia with Islamofascism” CIJ News, May 7, 2017

Tarek Fatah. Photo screenshot YouTube Mobile TV

I have to say one thing clear that if my holy book says cut off the hands of someone and the left foot I do not accept that. If somebody wants to say you can say that, I said it. I will not accept it because I do not believe that even the Quran was collected according to the revelations that it was revealed, the Quran as it was revealed does not exist. And I willing to talk to anyone who says that, it is, but seriously why can’t we discuss this? That is what M-103 is about. That when I say what I just said I should be charged with the crime of Islamophobia, which is a code word to say the crime of apostasy, which is the code word for the word blasphemy, and punishment that is beheading as Muslims it is a job to make sure that laughter is stopped. 

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On Sunday, April 9, 2017 a panel of prominent Muslim journalists and activists presented their arguments against Motion 103, also known as the anti-Islamophobia motion.

The “Muslims Against M-103” panel featuring Tarek Fatah, Tahir Gora, Asif Javaid and Shaan Taseer, titled took place at the Royal Banquet Hall, 185 Statesman Drive in Mississauga, Ontario.

In his speech, Tarek Fatah, a Canadian writer, broadcaster, secularist and liberal activist who founded the Muslim Canadian Congress, emphasized the duty upon moderate Muslims to fight M-103 to defend the Western civilization from the radicals who adhere to extremist Islamic ideology. The following are excerpts from Fatah’s speech:

Islamophobia is a fear of Islam. The point is that there are a million Muslims who came to Canada because they had a fear of IslamWe live in a world where the stark reality that from all over the Muslim world not a single Muslim goes to a Muslim country.

There are 6 million Syrian refugees and not one of them wants to go to Saudi Arabia. It’s right next door. It’s right next door. No ESL process [meaning no need to learn foreign language]…

Who killed Muslims? Muslims. Who killed through, the Sarin gas attacks? Muslims threw it on Muslims. Had Syria had M-103 resolution, I swear by the Great Allah, nobody would have been killed… Five years of slaughter and you blame it on who? America… You killed and slaughtered Prophet’s Mohammad’s own family and you’re lecturing Canadians about Islamophobia?…

They have been killing Muslims ever-since the Prophet died. The first wars of Islam are called the wars of apostasy. Anyone who said: I don’t understand how this guy became the new Caliph of Islam. He said: Oh you don’t think I should be the Caliph of Islam. No sir, I don’t know who you are. Well, kill him.

Here’s a Quran… it is not in the compilation as it was revealed. I’m saying it to the record… It is not in the way Allah revealed it to the Prophet Mohammad. It was compiled in a way by the third Caliph who burnt 300 Qurans. Was he an Islamophobe? Othman [bin Affan]… he just got murdered but other Muslims. Before him Omar, the Caliph, he too got murdered and then came Mohammad’s cousin Ali, one of the biggest intellectuals of the Islamic world. He was praying Friday prayers. One of the guys came saying I don’t like him. Killed. He died…

The only Muslim politician of character that this country has ever elected is [MPP] Fatima Houda-Pepin who was deputy speaker of the Quebec National Assembly, who got all parties in Quebec into a unanimous motion to ban Sharia [Islamic Law] for all times in the province of Quebec. That’s my kind of Muslim. That’s the type of Muslim we are. When we were fighting against Sharia [Islamic Law] in 2005 there was nobody with us. We were only five or six people… We defeated Sharia [Islamic Law] and got it banned in Ontario by being straightforward not hateful and sticking to our principles…

The game has just begun. We will make sure, and as God is my witness, we will not let this become law in this form… I promise you this. Even if we have just one person, we will lock ourselves to the gates of Parliament and asked them to replace the word Islamophobia with the word Islamofascism

The last fighters who defeated who defeated Hitler came from Stalin’s Muslim armies from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan who fought in Stalingrad and then defeated. Those are the Muslims who want here. The people who love Hitler want them out of here. Now and if you want to call me an Islamophobe, Praise be to Allah, I am. Yes I am.

I have to say one thing clear that if my holy book says cut off the hands of someone and the left foot I do not accept that. If somebody wants to say you can say that, I said it. I will not accept it because I do not believe that even the Quran was collected according to the revelations that it was revealed, the Quran as it was revealed does not exist. And I willing to talk to anyone who says that, it is, but seriously why can’t we discuss this? That is what M-103 is about. That when I say what I just said I should be charged with the crime of Islamophobia, which is a code word to say the crime of apostasy, which is the code word for the word blasphemy, and punishment that is beheading as Muslims it is a job to make sure that laughter is stopped. That the people creating this mess in the world are confronted but not with hate. Mahatma Gandhi’s ways are still alive today.

We have to fight hate and not with that Christian love that you talk about, you know, let’s have an interfaith talk. No, resolute, straightforward, secular, absolutely Rousseau, Karl Marx, Adam Smith and the whole of what that comes from Western civilization, from Socrates to Aristotle. We are the product of Western civilization. We are not the product of any other civilization. We invented the aircraft, insulin, vaccination, microphone, iPhones, even the damn paper. Because the Quran was written on skins and bones till we got paper from the Persians and the Greeks. Islam owes a lot to Eastern Orthodox Church, to the Zoroastrians and to the Hindus.

And it [Islam] is fundamentally Judaism planted on a pagan culture. If we cannot accept that we are doomed as a Muslim community, and no amount of M103s will ever be able to stop the tide that I have seen in anger coming up during the Dutch elections, doing the Swiss elections, during the Indian elections. We have Muslim women in burqas voted against their husbands advice…

 

Ever wonder what fake news is?

May 7, 2017

Ever wonder what fake news is? IsraeliPM via YouTube, May 7, 2017

 

France: Emmanuel Macron, Useful Idiot of Islamism

May 7, 2017

France: Emmanuel Macron, Useful Idiot of Islamism, Gatestone InstituteYves Mamou, May 7, 2017

Emmanuel Macron, a “Useful Infidel,” is not a supporter of terrorism or Islamism. It is worse: he does not even see the threat.

Louizi’s article gave names and dates, explaining how Macron’s political movement has largely been infiltrated by Muslim Brotherhood militants.

Is Macron an open promoter of Islamism in France? It is more politically correct to say that he is a “globalist” and an “open promoter of multiculturalism”. As such, he does not consider Islamism a national threat because the French nation, or, as he has said, French culture, does not really exist.

During the cold war with the Soviet Union, they were called “Useful Idiots”. These people were not members of the Communist Party, but they worked for, spoke in favor of and supported the ideas of Lenin and Stalin. In the 21st century, Communism is finally dead but Islamism has grown and is replacing it as a global threat.

Like Communism, Islamism — or Islamic totalitarianism — has been collecting its “Useful Infidels” the same way Communism collected its Useful Idiots. There is, however, an important difference: under the Soviet Union, Useful Idiots were intellectuals. Now, Useful Infidels are politicians, and one of them may be elected president of France today.

Emmanuel Macron (Image source: European External Action Service)

Emmanuel Macron, Useful Infidel, is not a supporter of terrorism or Islamism. It is worse: he does not even see the threat. In the wake of the gruesome attacks of November 13, 2015 in Paris, Macron said that French society must assume a “share of responsibility” in the “soil in which jihadism thrives.”

“Someone, on the pretext that he has a beard or a name we could believe is Muslim, is four times less likely to have a job than another who is non-Muslim,” he added. Coming from the direction of Syria and armed with a Kalashnikov and a belt of explosives would, according to him, be a gesture of spite from the long-term unemployed?

Macron comes close to accusing the French of being racists and “Islamophobes”. “We have a share of responsibility,” he warned, “because this totalitarianism feeds on the mistrust that we have allowed to settle in society…. and if tomorrow we do not take care, it will divide them even more “.

Consequently, Macron said, French society “must change and be more open.” More open to what? To Islam, of course.

On April 20, 2017, after an Islamist terrorist killed one police officer and wounded two others in Paris, Macron said: “I am not going to invent an anti-terrorist program in one night”. After two years of continuous terrorist attacks on French territory, the presidential candidate said he had not taken the country’s security problems into account?

Moreover, on April 6, during the presidential campaign, professor Barbara Lefebvre, who has authored books on Islamism, revealed to the audience of the France2 television program L’Emission Politique, the presence on Macron’s campaign team of Mohamed Saou. It was Saou, apparently, a departmental manager of Macron’s political movement, “En Marche” (“Forward”), who promoted on Twitter the classic Islamist statement: “I am not Charlie”.

Sensing a potential scandal, Macron dismissed Saou, but on April 14, invited onto Beur FM, a Muslim French radio station, Macron was caught saying on a “hot mic” (believing himself off the air): “He [Saou] did a couple things a little bit radical. But anyway, Mohamed is a good guy, a very good guy”.

“Very good”, presumably, because Mohamed Saou was working to rally Muslim voters to Macron.

Is Saou an isolated case? Of course not. On April 28, Mohamed Louizi, author of the book Why I Quit Muslim Brotherhood, released a detailed article on Facebook that accused Macron of being a “hostage of the Islamist vote”. Republished by Dreuz, a Christian anti-Islamist website, Louizi’s article gave names and dates, explaining how Macron’s political movement has largely been infiltrated by Muslim Brotherhood militants. It will be interesting to see how many of them will be candidates in Macron’s movement in the next parliamentary elections.

On April 24, the Union of Islamic Organisations of France (UOIF), generally known as the French representative of Muslim Brotherhood, publicly called on Muslims to “vote against the xenophobic, anti-Semitic and racist ideas of the National Front and [we] call to massively vote for Mr. Macron.”

Why?

Is Macron an open promoter of Islamism in France? It is more politically correct to say that he is a “globalist” and an “open promoter of multiculturalism”. As such, he apparently does not consider Islamism a national threat because, for him, the French nation, or, as he has said, French culture, does not really exist. Macron has, in fact, denied that France is a country with a specific culture, a specific history, and a specific literature or art. On February 22, visiting the French expatriates in London, Macron said: “French culture does not exist, there is a culture in France and it is diverse”. In other words, on French territory, French culture and French traditions have no prominence or importance over imported migrant cultures. The same day, in London, he repeated the offense: “French art? I never met it!”

Conversely, in an interview with the anti-Islamist magazine, Causeur, he said: “France never was and never will be a multiculturalist country”.

Because he is a politician, Macron is not addressing the French people as a whole. He is addressing different political customer bases. When visiting Algeria, Macron said that colonization was a “crime against humanity”. He evidently hoped this remark would help him to collect the votes of French citizens of Algerian origin.

During the presidential campaign, Macron was always saying to people what they wanted to hear. French people may well be on their way to discovering that for Macron, belonging to a homeland, thinking of borders and defining oneself as belonging to a mother language or a specific literature or art, is nothing more than junk.

Social Media Coordinator for UC Berkeley Illegal Aliens Urges “Beating… White People”

May 7, 2017

Social Media Coordinator for UC Berkeley Illegal Aliens Urges “Beating… White People”, The Poing (Front Page Magazine), Daniel Greenfield, May 7, 2017

Let’s suppose for a moment that a white student at Berkeley had tweeted a call for beating Mexicans for Cinco de Mayo. We all know what would happen. The full court press would descend. It would end with his life over and Berkeley adding three diversity deans and two buildings named after Pancho Villa.

But the other way around is fine. Assuming that the authorities and the media are forced to address it, they will, as in the past, call it youthful high spirits and sarcasm. Because they agree with it. That’s the dirty truth lurking under the surface.

“Let’s celebrate 5 de Mayo by going to Dolores Park and beating the shit out of white people, in the spirit of La Batalla de Pueblo,” tweeted Prieto.

Juan Prieto, an English student at UC Berkeley, made the remark on Twitter two days after receiving Berkeley’s Robert J. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau Recognition Award for Service to Undocumented Students.

“Let’s celebrate 5 de Mayo by going to Dolores Park and beating the shit out of white people, in the spirit of La Batalla de Pueblo,” tweeted Prieto, who later locked his Twitter account. The illegal immigrant student referred to a battle in Mexico in which the Mexican army defeated French occupiers.

“It’s Twitter,” said Prieto to The DCNF. “I post dumb shit on Twitter all the time. Aha. But I see how this fits into your agenda, and no matter what I say, you’ll write your article so that I continuously get threats for the next two weeks until white supremacist [sic] have another person of color to attempt to silence via virtual bullying.”

Prieto is the social media coordinator at UC Berkeley’s Undocumented Student Program, which provides academic help, legal support, and financial aid info to illegal immigrant students.

Prieto, very predictably, played the victim. Even more predictably Berkeley is ignoring it. And the same media, which ran his self-promoting claims to be living in “fear” will ignore his racism and threats of violence.

The New York Times gave him column space. “Even at Berkeley, I Face Threats as an Undocumented Student – New York Times”. Don’t expect it to spend space discussing the threats Prieto poses to white students. And Prieto has a history of promoting and celebrating left-wing violence in racial terms.

 On Feb. 7, Berkeley student newspaper The Daily Californian ran a series of opinion pieces in support of “violence as self-defense.”

“My campus did nothing to stand between my undocumented community and the hateful hands of radicalized white men,” wrote Juan Prieto, a UC Berkeley student. “A peaceful protest was not going to cancel that event.”

“Only the destruction of glass and shooting of fireworks did that,” Prieto wrote.

The so-called ‘violence’ against private property that the media seems so concerned with stopped white supremacy from organizing itself against my community.”

This is real fascism. Or Communism.

He describes himself on Facebook as a “Self-entitled punk who rather leach off of the American system than construct a life for himself” (he adds a Communist hammer and sickle to the end of his bio).

Report: ICE Has 27 Different Databases for Visa Overstays, Catches Only 0.4%

May 7, 2017

Report: ICE Has 27 Different Databases for Visa Overstays, Catches Only 0.4%, Washington Free Beacon, , May 7, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 14: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agents detain an immigrant on October 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Immigrations and Custom Enforcement cannot account for all visa overstays due to inefficiencies in the agency, according to a new report.

ICE arrested just 0.4 percent of visa overstays it could account for, according to an audit by the inspector general.

The agency has 27 different databases used to investigate and track immigrants who remain in the country past the deadline issued on their temporary visas. The lack of a cohesive system has “produced numerous inefficiencies,” making ICE ineffective at catching visa overstays who may pose security risks, according to the audit.

“Department of Homeland Security IT systems did not effectively support ICE visa tracking operations,” the inspector general said. “ICE personnel responsible for investigating in-country visa overstays pieced together information from dozens of systems and databases, some of which were not integrated and did not electronically share information. Despite previous efforts to improve information sharing, the DHS Chief Information Officer (CIO) did not provide the oversight and centralized management needed to address these issues.”

The inspector general said ICE agents are not receiving proper training to use the systems, which can contain up to 40 different passwords for ICE officers to login.

“Because of these systems and management limitations, DHS could not account for all visa overstays in data it annually reported to Congress,” the inspector general said.

“Manual checking across multiple systems used for visa tracking contributed to backlogs in casework and delays in investigating suspects who potentially posed public safety or homeland security risks,” the inspector general added.

ICE reported to Congress there were 527,127 nonimmigrant overstays in 2015, but the numbers did not include student visas or anyone who crossed the border from Mexico or Canada.

“Because of unreliable collection of departure data at these ports of entry, the Department could not account for these potential overstays,” the inspector general said. “Therefore, the report was limited in that it only included individuals traveling to the United States by air or sea on business travel or tourism.”

Of the more than 500,000 identified overstays, only 3,402 were arrested, which amounts to less than 0.4 percent.

ICE’s databases also had inaccurate information recorded on those who were arrested.

“In some cases, the individuals arrested had been reported in DHS systems as having already left the United States,” the inspector general said. “Because this information was not recorded, ICE personnel were unable to provide an exact number when asked during our audit.”

The United States issued more than 10.8 million nonimmigrant visas in 2015. The inspector general said that although only a small percentage overstay their visas, those individuals could pose severe national security risks.

“For example, two of the 19 hijackers on September 11, 2001, were visa overstays,” the inspector general said. “This prompted the 9/11 Commission to call for the government to ensure that all visitors to the United States are tracked on entry and exit.”

The audit noted that the department has 27 different databases for handling visa overstays, leading ICE officers to be “unsure of which system to use.” There are 17 separate systems that are used only for conducting the initial part of the overstay investigation.

Even the most experienced officers have trouble navigating the ICE database system. One agent with over two decades of experience said he was not aware of a database that is often used for national security vetting of overstays.