Sunday, August 31, 2014
Multicultural stabbing in Britain
A gang of youths has been convicted of killing a 'kind and innocent' young man with the mental age of nine in a knife-point mugging caught on graphic CCTV film.
Dean Mayley was stabbed in the heart by 17-year-old Jamal Jones for refusing to hand over his mobile phone to a group of robbers who stopped him as he walked home in Greenford, west London, on the afternoon of February 7.
The 24-year-old had learning difficulties due to a brain disorder called Microcephaly and probably did not fully understand what the teenagers wanted, jurors were told.
Graphic CCTV played out in court captured the moment Jamal Jones, centre, stabbed Dean Mayley right
Jones was found guilty of murder, while his three accomplices were found guilty of manslaughter.
Mayley's mother Donna sat through weeks of harrowing evidence at the Old Bailey and was visibly shocked and tearful after watching footage of the moment her son was fatally injured.
The CCTV showed three shadowy hooded figures go up to Mr Mayley and confront him before one of them lashes out with a blade.
The victim then staggered and collapsed in the road as members of the public rushed to help. He died later in hospital.
The prosecution said while only Jones, from Acton, west London, wielded the knife, all four played a part in the attempted robbery and killing.
Miguel Leiba, also 17, from Hanwell, and Ryan Beresford, 19, blocked the victim's path and Michael Mensah, 18, drove them to and from the scene, the prosecution said.
Beresford, of Acton, and Mensah, of Greenford, along with Leiba denied murder, but were convicted of manslaughter. All three were also found guilty of the attempted robbery of Mr Mayley.
Mensah was found guilty of an earlier robbery on January 28.
Mrs Mayley wept as the verdicts were delivered after around four hours and the defendants wailed in the dock.
Britain is still run today much as it was under Tony Blair
By Douglas Carswell (rebel Tory MP, now standing for the seat of Clacton under the UKIP banner)
UKIP's Farage and Carswell above (L to R)
"We plan to change Britain with a sweeping redistribution of power: from the state to citizens; from the government to Parliament; from Whitehall to communities; from Brussels to Britain; from bureaucracy to democracy. Taking power away from the political elite and handing it to the man and woman in the street" -- Conservative party manifesto 2010
Four years on, how has that worked out?
People would be given more power over the political process with a new right to recall their MP, we were told. Somehow the idea got quietly shelved. When the MP for Richmond, Zac Goldsmith, revived the idea earlier this year, government whips swung into action to try to quietly kill his proposals.
Another promise was that of more “localism”. Locally elected councils, not the man in Whitehall, would have more power to decide on planning issues. So why has my local Tendring council in Essex been told by remote bureaucracy to change their local plan so as to accommodate an extra 12,000 new homes?
Britain is still run today much as it was under Tony Blair. A small clique of people sitting on the sofas in Downing Street try to make all the decisions. But because you can’t run a country that way, they end up rushing from one muddle to the next.
From Libya to NHS reform, things aren’t properly thought through. There’s no follow up. Downing Street ends up chasing headlines to look good, rather than getting things right.
After each General Election the clique in Number 10 might change, but the sofa stays the same. I think Britain can do better than this.
I still believe in what was promised in the 2010 manifesto. Government must be made accountable to Parliament and Parliament must answer to the people.
If you agree, why not come and help me in Clacton …
Douglas Carswell can see where politics is going – he’s a true moderniser
Strictly speaking, I do not agree with Douglas Carswell’s defection to Ukip. Even with the decline of the two-party system, it is hard for new entrants such as Ukip to achieve depth and breadth. They tend to lead their followers into political cul-de-sacs.
I just said “strictly speaking”, but I do not feel like speaking strictly. My actual reaction to Thursday’s news was one of pleasure. That feeling has not gone away.
I am not alone, I notice. The lack of anger among Conservative-minded people is striking. Traditionally, MPs who switch parties are accused of treachery. Parties have had strong collective identities. Those who leave the tribe have therefore been scorned. Mr Carswell has pre-empted some of this by his decision – virtually unprecedented – to submit his switch of allegiance to a by-election rather than clinging on without asking the voters.
But he also taps into something that is happening anyway. The loyalty and cohesion of political parties depend much more upon their mass memberships than on their elites. For many years now, these have dwindled. Since Tony Blair became Labour leader in 1994, party leaderships have made it a point of honour to ignore or despise their supporters. The natural consequence is that activists become inactive, or change party. Many grassroots Conservatives have already formally gone to Ukip; many more vote for Ukip in council or European elections. They do not see this as disloyal to their beliefs. I predict they will vote for Mr Carswell in his by-election and he will win.
This results from the tragi-comedy of Tory modernisation. When he became leader in 2005, David Cameron was right that his party had to change. He understood it could never succeed if the public mistrusted its motives. The Conservatives had to interest themselves in what mattered to voters, annexing subjects which they had previously ceded to the Left, like health, welfare, the environment and schools.
This went awry. The modernisers’ default position was to identify with the soft-Left producer interest rather than seek reform in the interests of the consumer. Mr Cameron kept praising the NHS, which is actually a terrible organisation, rather than putting himself on the side of delivering the best health care, free at the point of use, for all. Good initiatives such as elected police commissioners went off at half-cock.
Mr Cameron showed a weakness for the political equivalent of botox. How could he and his elderly party be made to look more attractive? Problems with ethnic voters? Get in Sayeeda Warsi – she’s a Muslim woman, isn’t she? Accusations of homophobia? Overthrow, without warning or study, the universal understanding of 2,000 years of Judaeo-Christian civilisation that marriage is something between a man and a woman.
Genuine reform stalled. In his reshuffle in July, Mr Cameron punished policy boldness. He retreated from any fight with the public-sector/quango/NGO “blobs”. He moved Michael Gove from Education, the only area of social policy where his Government had successfully brought change. He sacked the Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, the one prominent Tory who understands that rural life is a going concern rather than a theme park. He was kicking away his own bulwarks against Ukip.
The pattern of the leader’s actions conveys a message to party workers: they are the problem. Not surprisingly, they tend to leave. Instead of being a renewal, modernisation has become a hollowing out.
Douglas Carswell, by contrast, is authentically a moderniser. In his book The End of Politics, published in 2012, he studied the signs of the times. He argued that “The digital revolution will do to grand planners in the West what the collapse of Communism did to socialist planners in the old Soviet bloc”. “Reform” in the 19th century meant increasing the franchise until it eventually included the entire adult population. In the 21st, it means “iDemocracy”, the crowd-sourcing of politics.
Mr Carswell, and his ally (though non-defector) Daniel Hannan MEP, believe this requires huge changes in parliamentary politics. In the Conservative manifesto at the last election, these ideas got favourable mention. Its very title – ''Invitation to join the Government of Britain’’ – had a Carswellian flavour. An entire chapter called “Change Politics” promised things like the right of “recall” against MPs with whom constituents were dissatisfied, open primaries for choosing candidates, more localism.
Obviously, the ensuing coalition with the Liberal Democrats meant that not all Tory promises could be fulfilled. But many Liberals support changes to open up politics, so something creative could have been forged. Little has happened. Imagine, as a voter, going along to Downing Street and saying, “I should like to take up Mr Cameron’s kind invitation to join the Government of Britain.” You would not get past those famous gates.
The Cameron modernisers made a related mistake about Europe. They said they did not want to “bang on” about it. Of course they were right that people were heartily sick of internal party squabbles, but they ignored the fact that the European Union affects all our lives in countless ways – whom we let in, whom we can throw out, who can make decisions on our behalf, whether we have to deface our country with wind farms, even (this week) how powerful our vacuum cleaners are allowed to be. The Conservatives fought shy of the subject. Now they promise a referendum if they win next year, while intimating that they will settle for minimal demands in the negotiations running up to it. Yesterday – too late – the high command organised a ring-round trying to persuade prominent Eurosceptics to talk the referendum up. Why are they surprised if people do not trust their good faith?
When the SDP got going in the early Eighties, it burst upon the scene with great éclat, because it was set up by famous people. Its problem, however, was that it was never strongly rooted. Eventually it faded. Ukip is almost exactly the other way round: it is a movement of those without power or fame. This makes it hard to run, and it can seem grumpy. But this is how political parties should arise in a democracy. If thousands of people can be galvanised to give their time freely to a cause they passionately believe in, they have something that the mainstream parties have now lost. For all their incoherence, they renew political life. Douglas Carswell saw this earlier than most of his colleagues, long before he thought of defection. The internet age is gradually forcing itself upon our leaders. As he wrote in The End of Politics, it will make them reconnect with voters “less because they see the light, and more because they are beginning to feel the heat”.
The fact that Mr Carswell – a free-market man, whose politics are what he calls “Gladstone.com” – has joined Ukip is a piece of evidence about how the ground is shifting.
Asian-Bashing Dems and Doormat Minorities Who Enable Them
Harry Reid is a bigoted Beltway corruptocrat with an interminable case of diarrhea of the mouth. The feeble-minded coot stuck his foot in that mess of a mouth again last week at the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. But as mortifying as the Senate Majority Leader is, there's an even worse spectacle: Asian-American liberals who keep giving top Democrats and their partisan operatives blanket passes.
Reid clumsily offered his assessment of the success and intelligence of business leaders of Asian descent at the gathering. "I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you've convinced a lot of us you are," he babbled. You put those uppity Asians in their places, Hater Harry!
During a question-and-answer session, Reid followed up his jibe with a crude "joke" about Chinese surnames that would make Archie Bunker cringe: "One problem that I've had today is keeping my Wongs straight."
Good thing the pale-faced codger didn't let a "ching-chong" slip out, too. You know it was ringing around between his ears. Mocking Asian monikers is a hanging offense if you're a Republican pol or conservative talk-show host. But it's just a meaningless gaffe by "diversity's" best friend when you're Democratic Senate Majority Leader.
That's why Reid's hosts obliged with subdued tittering. National news anchors selectively averted their gazes. The Asian American Journalists Association, so quick to issue sanctimonious guidelines for avoiding ethnic stereotypes, maintained radio silence. And the usual left-wing speech police who read racism into every word uttered by conservatives from "angry" to "Chicago" to "Constitution" to "Obamacare" saw and said nothing.
One bizarre group, Asian Pacific American Advocates, was only offended because they resent public attention paid to successful Asian Americans. They vented that Reid "falsely assumes that our communities continue to perpetuate the model minority stereotype, when we have been actively working to highlight the vast socioeconomic disparities within our communities." These confused people have spent way too much time in social justice 101 classes.
Back in Washington, D.C., the usually garrulous Democratic chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Rep. Judy Chu, responded by ... not responding at all. CAPAC Executive Director Krystal Ka'ai did not return my email seeking reaction to the race-mocking Senate Majority Leader, who has now apologized for his "extremely poor taste."
Chu and her ethnic grievance caucus — which pledges to "denounce racial and religious discrimination affecting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders" — did find time over the past year to:
—attack a Seattle theater production of The Mikado for its use of "exaggerated Asian stereotypes."
—"denounce" comedian Jimmy Kimmel for a kids' table skit that poked fun at America's debts to China.
—-demand the firing of Fox News liberal chucklehead Bob Beckel for using "racial slurs" against Chinese people.
Here's another glaring omission by the Democrats' whitewashers: Neither CAPAC's press release archive nor its Twitter account has published a word about the ugly liberal racists in Kentucky who've repeatedly attacked former GOP Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.
Last year, left-wing super-PAC Progress Kentucky tweeted multiple China-bashing messages insinuating that Chao, the Taiwanese-American wife of GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell, was part of some conspiratorial plot to move jobs to Asia. The Progress Kentucky xenophobes denied engaging in race-baiting. But the dog whistle — dog trumpet — had been sounded, and the liberal racist hits keep on coming.
Earlier this month, Kathy Groob, a "progressive" supporter of McConnell's Democratic opponent, Alison Grimes, repeatedly insulted Chao on social media as his "Chinese wife." She's "not from KY, she is Asian," fumed Groob. You won't be surprised to learn that Groob had complained copiously about "sexism" and "racism" by the tea party.
When will doormat minorities grow spines and stop protecting the progressives of pallor who denigrate them? Collectivism is a hard, cowardly habit to break.
Islam in Australia: Living and dying for the flag of Allah
A SENIOR leader of radical Sydney-based Islamic organisation al-Risalah has denounced the Australian flag, as the group’s supporters posted Facebook messages about beheading “non-believers”.
Wissam Haddad, the head of the al-Risalah Islamic Centre in Sydney’s southwest, yesterday told The Daily Telegraph he followed the “flag of Allah” rather than the flag of Australia.
The flag, called the Shahada, is the same as the one used by Islamic State terrorists who have been spreading death and terror across the Middle East.
“For me to have the Shahada flag, as it’s called, that’s a flag that I stand and live and die for and I don’t stand and live and die for the Australian flag.”
It is frequently found on modern Islamic flags and over the last few decades has been adopted by Islamic insurgents.
Mr Haddad, who has ties to Sydney men fighting with Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria, avoids appearing in public and never allows his photograph to be taken.
He said his group was entitled to fly the ancient symbol. He cited the “genocide of Aboriginals” and the use of their flag as justification for supporting the Shahada.
Mr Haddad, who was not invited to join a group of Muslims for talks with Mr Abbott yesterday, has had eight social media accounts shut down, forcing him to rename his profile. He claims Muslims are being unfairly targeted both by Facebook and Twitter.
“I know a lot of people (who have had to shut down and restart their accounts),” he said. “Pretty much anyone very outspoken is getting their accounts shut down.”
In the past week, al-Risalah followers have posted messages about beheading, in the wake of the shocking image of Sydney terrorist Khaled Sharrouf’s son holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier.
This followed fellow terrorist and former Sydney boxer Mohamed Elomar posting similar photographs on Twitter. Al-Risalah members wear black supporter vests, which sell for $65.
The al-Risalah centre has hosted radical preachers, and Mr Haddad is a supporter of the Islamic State’s “Jizyah” protection tax on Christians and Jews in Syria and Iraq.
Also yesterday, teenage Muslim extremist Sulyman Khalid, who was arrested for an alleged hate crime against a Bankstown cleaner, has been released on bail. Mr Khalid, who calls himself Abu Bakr, will front Bankstown Local Court on September
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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