Dead Fish on the Pizza

29 01 2016

Marion, Ohio

Washington Examiner:

HHS didn’t check homes before giving migrant kids to traffickers

Health and Human Services delivered over at least six migrant children from Guatemala into the hands of human traffickers without visiting the homes where they would live or verifying any family connection to them, a Senate committee has found.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a leading crusader fighting to crack down on the trafficking of children in the United States, said the Ohio case is just one of many examples of HHS’s systemic lapses in the way it handles the placement of migrant children out of U.S. detention centers for illegal immigrants.

The findings derived from a case in Marion, Ohio in which six defendants allegedly lured child victims to the United States with the promise of schooling and a better life and instead enslaved them on an egg farm and forced them to work 12 hours a day in squalid conditions with no pay.


“It is intolerable that human trafficking — modern-day slavery — could occur in our own backyard,” Portman said at the beginning of a Senate hearing Thursday. “But what makes the Marion case even more alarming is that a U.S. government agency was responsible for delivering some of the victims into the hands of their abusers.”

“How can this happen in America?” Portman asked.

Yeah, that’s right.  How could it happen that I ordered an extra large with anchovies and they bring me a pizza with dead fish on it?  Likewise, how could it happen that we import people partially for the purposes of quasi-slave labor and they wind up being slaves?

Head scratcher.


26 01 2016


Nine “undokaminted” “Iowans,” and they all like Martin O’Malley.

Who is at 2% in Iowa polling.

Who Made Who

25 01 2016

Washington, D.C.

Very good.

Big but…

The Blaze, as in Glenn Beck, who endorsed Ted Cruz and pseudo-inaugurated him, and of course Ted Cruz vastly supports increasing…

Peanut gallery?


One of the best AC/DC songs ever as part of the soundtrack of the worst Stephen King movie ever.


How’d That Happen?

25 01 2016



Rural Germany an ‘integration laboratory’ for refugees

German villages and small towns could hold the key to socially integrating a mass influx of refugees who would in turn help revitalise dwindling rural populations, experts say.

“The rural regions are a laboratory of integration,” said Karl-Friedrich Thoene from the infrastructure and agriculture ministry of the eastern state of Thuringia.

Unlike in densely populated big cities, “there can be no parallel societies in rural areas,” he said. “The village community is the ideal chance for integration.”

The lower cost of living, cheaper rents and tight-knit communities in the countryside are main “factors of success” for integrating the newcomers, said Gudrun Kirchhoff, an expert on refugee issues at the German Institute of Urban Affairs.

Social life in small communities is typically held together by clubs and associations in which most villagers take part, experts point out.

The cynic in me thinks that German rural small town social life has developed its normative habits and folkways for a taboo reason, and that all these “newcomers” will actually tear it asunder.

The discussion of the differences between urban and rural life in Germany gives me the opportunity to link back to a great Steve Sailer piece from last summer, ICYMI.



21 01 2016

Twin Falls, Idaho

When you mash up Jack Ryan of Occidental Dissent and Steve Sailer, you get this article.

First, Jack Ryan’s theme:

But despite growing protests by local residents against the refugee arrivals, the Twin Falls area can count on being a prime spot for refugees for years to come, thanks to one man’s rising business enterprise.

That man is Hamdi Ulukaya, a Kurdish Muslim and immigrant from Turkey who created the billion-dollar U.S.-based Chobani yogurt empire.

Ulukaya opened the world’s largest yogurt factory in Twin Falls about two years ago, and the plant now employs 600 people with about 30 percent of those jobs filled by foreign refugees shipped to the U.S. from United Nations camps in the Middle East and Africa.

If the fact that a Kurdish Muslim from Turkey wants to import people to work in his yogurt plant didn’t surprise me, and if he was a native born white American corporate executive peddling this bullshit, (and there are plenty), I’d be advising someone in Twin Falls to wait for him outside of his house and arrange a face to face meeting between Ulukaya and some of his yogurt.  The “make it personal” strategy.

Now, for Steve Sailer’s theme:

At the World Economic Forum meeting this weekend in Davos, Switzerland, he will call on other CEOs to join his campaign to throw corporate cash, lobbying initiatives, services and jobs to refugees.

Six companies have already taken him up on the idea. Ikea, MasterCard, Airbnb, LinkedIn, Western Union and UPS have all agreed to hire more refugees or provide free services to them.


Ulukaya wants more companies to join the effort of hiring and helping refugees. He started a new foundation, the Tent, for this purpose.

And all because they’re compassionate humanitarians, right?  Or is compassionate humanitarianism the new corporate and plutocratic greed, and Davos its annual trade show?

Speaking of Davos…

Speaking of mendacious corporations…remember, they’re able to get away with this in spite of there supposedly being a robust wall of separation between corporations and the public policy making process in Europe.  Which is why I take all this talk about Citizens United with a grain of salt, not because I don’t agree, but because it won’t do any good.

I’m Not Optimistic

19 01 2016

Washington, D.C.

This is the same institution which last year saw its chief member totally blow off a plainly written plainly constructed statute, and invent a “right” out of not just thin air, but no air.

He’s Got High Hopes

18 01 2016

Davos, Switzerland


Davos Boss Warns Refugee Crisis Could Be Precursor to Something Much Bigger

“Warns?”  He spelled “hopes” wrong.

As the crash in commodities prices spreads economic woe across the developing world, Europe could face a wave of migration that will eclipse today’s refugee crisis, says Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of the World Economic Forum.

“Look how many countries in Africa, for example, depend on the income from oil exports,” Schwab said in an interview ahead of the WEF’s 46th annual meeting, in the Swiss resort of Davos. “Now imagine 1 billion inhabitants, imagine they all move north.”

Yeah, and I bet you’re rubbin’ your hands just thinking about the prospect.

When oil prices get too low, I get suspicious that somebody’s playing a big game of Risk.  For instance, I tend to think that the reason oil prices were so low circa 1986 was that Reagan and the Saudis colluded to keep oil prices low in order to hurt the Soviet Union.  Likewise, the American foreign policy establishment despises the smaller Russian polity still, but for different reasons, and we know that Baraq Obama hates North Dakota and fracking.  I can easily see an Obama-State-Saudi collusion at work to hurt Putin and American frackers.  As for the late 1998 glut, I have no idea.

While I don’t think that they knew before hand that crashing the oil market would result a billion black Africans flash mobbing Europe, I do think that it was a benefit (a benefit for them) that fell out of the design.


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