Friday, December 11, 2015
Multicultural drug kingpin in Britain
A drug dealer who modelled himself on Idris Elba's character from The Wire has been jailed for more than six years.
Zahir Hussain, 40, ran a sophisticated crack and heroin supply network while taking a small business course at college to improve his understanding of the drugs trade.
Police say he was inspired by ruthless gangster Stringer Bell from the hit TV show, who went to night classes in between running a multi-million pound heroin empire.
Bell was played by British Hollywood star Idris Elba and was eventually gunned down by rivals after being sold out by his associates.
Hussain tried to use tips from his course to motivate his street dealers and even sent them texts asking for sales figures.
He attempted to avoid capture by receiving calls diverted through an accomplice's phone over what he called the 'Zee Line'.
Police began investigating Hussain after receiving a tip-off about his partner Mohammed Zubair, 37, who was caught with over 20 wraps of crack cocaine in January last year.
Zubair's phone records led investigators to Hussain and they arrested him at a flat in Birmingham city centre in March last year.
In addition to college textbooks, officers found a small quantity of class A drugs, £10,000 in cash and mobile phones he had used for drug dealing.
Last Thursday, Hussain, from Yardley, Birmingham, was jailed for six years and three months after admitting conspiracy to supply drugs at Birmingham Crown Court.
Speaking after the case, Pc David Harman, financial investigator with West Midlands Police, said: 'This was a sophisticated drugs operation.
'Messages on his phones showed text messages to drug users boasting about the quality of the drugs, advice to runners about how to boost sales and even demands for sales figures.
'Further messages showed desperate drug users offering personal belongings in exchange for drugs highlighting the misery being brought upon the community.'
Zubair, from Handsworth, Birmingham, was handed a two-year jail term suspended for 24 months for possession with intent to supply drugs.
KATIE HOPKINS: Don’t demonise Trump, he speaks for millions of Americans. And who can blame them for not wanting to end up like us?
'Trump is terrifying. We have seen the future—and it is bleak' said one reporter.
In turn, thousands are busy clicking on a hideously impotent petition to 'BAN TRUMP FROM GREAT BRITAIN'.
What exactly are they achieving? Having their say? Joining in the outrage bus?
No doubt petition sites like change.org are on their web favourites, right up there with erectile dysfunction.co.uk. and single.com.
They may as well calm down. We are not banning Donald from the UK.
And even if Trump were elected President, he wouldn’t be able to ban Muslims from his shores - even if he wanted to. Ask yourself: how could he possibly make it work?
America struggles to control its southern border as it is. It is not going to be able to change the global passport system and get your religion stamped on your passport or your head to establish your faith.
What's the Christianity test going to be? Snurfling a hot dog whilst singing 'Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising'?
After a Muslim couple gunned down 14 residents of San Bernardino, California, Americans looked for strong leadership. Just like after 9/11 when Bush made like a dog of war and took the fight to the terrorists.
They didn't get from dreary Obama. He makes me want to wrap a suicide vest around my head and text BOOM to my brain
It took the President a couple of days to even admit the attack was terror and when he did finally address a nervous nation on Sunday night his tone-deaf message was that Muslims were their 'friends, neighbours and sports heroes.'
In contrast, Trump IS providing leadership. He knows some of his grand-standing is hot air. But he is articulating a sentiment held by millions and reinforcing himself as a protector of the American people.
It's the reason Trump is the Republican front runner. He has spent just $330,000 on broadcasting to Jeb Bush's $42.5 million —which is indicative of how much America is enthralled by this new voice.
I hear cries that he is a blithering idiot. I have often been called a deranged fool. But if this were true you could ignore me, ignore us, imaging the two of us shouting naked at the rain.
It's because we articulate sentiments repressed by the politically correct consensus that we have a voice.
Trump said: ‘We have places in London so radicalised that police are afraid for their lives.'
Within moments the Met Police, Prime Minister David Cameron, and the clownish Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, jumped to defend the reputation of the UK and distance themselves from this glaring truth.
Yet, at the time of writing, no less than five bobbies on the beat have come forward to confirm that there ARE estates where they will only patrol out of uniform.
There is fear among the police AND the public. I work with a team of cameramen in town who text their wives and partners on the hour to confirm they are safe.
My family is not keen for me to be in the capital. Some friends will no longer come to London.
How do you feel about the security of the city's shopping centres right now, after what happened in Paris?
I watch the BBC news, our national broadcaster, ramming home messages of inclusiveness.
Today they gave platform to a representative of the Muslim community telling Trump he is an Islamophobe and is not welcome here.
But that's not my voice. That is not the voice of a nation. All Brits don't think that way.
Being force-fed multi-culturalism brought us to this place. When the only permitted message is acceptance, any views to the contrary result in a label to shame you into silence.
Racist! Islamophobe! Nazi!
Don't just stick a label it. Be curious. Wonder, how has Trump come to articulate the views of a majority of Republicans across the States?
Because I don't buy into the clear divide between extremist Muslims and peaceful ones. I don't see these as two separate entities. It is a sliding scale, a spectrum. From utterly peaceful, to ambivalence to sympathising, to extremist, to a man blowing up buses in Woburn Place.
It is the same slippery slope which sees regular mosque attendees from Luton slip off to Syria to join ISIS. And suddenly a tight knit Muslim community knows nothing.
Not the local imam, not local families, no one. No one denouncing terrorism. Just a wall of silence. In our country.
Hate hidden behind walls we are told to accept and tolerate because we are multi-cultural. Repeat after me. Multi-cultural.
The IRA would not have enjoyed decades of success without many among the Northern Irish Catholic population acting just the same way as the imams and family and friends of extremists in Luton today.
We have gone too far and lost control of vast swathes of our country. In part we ARE a radicalised nation and it does nobody any favours to deny the obvious.
Trump wants to call a temporary halt to Muslim immigration until America figures out what is going on.
Adversaries may be quick to jump on Trump and make him the problem.
But look around. You are too busy gazing at the fluff in your navel to see the gangrene in your foot.
You lost sight of what is terrifying. It isn't a big, brash American untroubled by the need to be loved. It is the march of ISIS and the so-called Islamic State.
You may want to distance yourself from Trump. You may want to carry on navel gazing. But for many Americans, Europe is rapidly becoming an example of everything they never want to be.
Bad behaviour in teenagers could be caused by a lack of grey matter in their brains, a study has found. Youths who behave in an antisocial and aggressive way appear to be deficient in parts of the brain associated with decision-making.
The findings could help to explain why some young people behave in the way they do and lead to better interventions, researchers claim.
The study showed young people with behavioural problems - such as antisocial and aggressive behaviour - had reduced grey matter volume within the amygdala, the insula, and the prefrontal cortex.
Scientists at the University of Birmingham said those areas of the brain are important for empathic responses, reading facial expressions and emotion regulation - key cognitive and affective processes that are shown to be deficient in youths with behavioural problems.
The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, combined brain imaging figures from 13 previous studies including 394 youths with behavioural problems and 350 typically developing youths, making it the largest study of its kind.
Study lead author Dr Stephane De Brito said: 'We know that severe behavioural problems in youths are not only predictive of antisocial and aggressive behaviour in adulthood, but also substance misuse, mental health problems and poor physical health.
'For that reason, behavioural problems are an essential target for prevention efforts and our study advances understanding of the brain regions associated with aggressive and antisocial behaviour in youths.'
Blaming Terrorism on Climate Change Isn't Just Stupid—It's Dangerous
A few weeks before Syed Farook went on his ritual killing spree in San Bernardino, he got into an argument about Islam with one of the co-workers he later murdered. The co-worker said that Islam wasn't peaceful. Farook said it was.
Like most Islamic theological arguments, this was one was settled with bombs and bullets.
The motive is officially still unknown. Obama said it might be terrorism or a workplace thing. His laughably corrupt Attorney General, Loretta Lynch said, "We don't know if this was workplace rage or something larger or a combination of both."
The kind of workplace rage that leads a couple to assemble a small army's worth of firepower, some bombs and tactical gear, destroy their cell phones and carry out a massacre all within 20 minutes.
This story is brought to you by the same people who insisted that the assault on the Benghazi compound conducted with heavy firepower was really a spontaneous movie review.
Farook's father said, "He was very religious. He would go to work, come back, go to pray, come back." Neighbors say that he "grew a beard and started to wear religious clothing. The long shirt that's like a dress and the cap on his head." Neighbors noticed something was wrong, but they were afraid to "profile" him. That might be Islamophobic. And it's better to let Americans die than be thought a bigot. That's the policy in Washington D.C. and over in the Redlands in California.
So his motive remains a mystery wrapped in an enigma and tucked inside an IED. We could speculate, but that would be Islamophobic. All we can do is shoot back once the latest perpetrators of workplace violence have killed enough people that killing them no longer seems disproportionate.
Syed Farook sought his soulmate in "a girl who has the same outlook, wear hijab, but live the life to the fullest." And in a cult of death, living life to the fullest means taking the lives of others.
Farook, as his dating profile said, came from a "religios but modern family of 4". And you can tell they were modern because they used guns, not swords.
When the Redlands Tea Party Patriots objected to the resettling of Syrian Muslim migrants in their community, CAIR accused them of "paranoia and phobia is rooted in a combination of ignorance and bigotry."
But "paranoia and phobia" are the modern condition that the free world has found itself living in. Islamic terrorism can strike anytime and anywhere from a Paris concert hall to a San Bernardino County facility where disabled children were being helped. It's ignorance to ignore that and bigotry to defend it.
"What will be done to ensure the safety of our community? Our biggest concern is the safety of our family, our children and our grandchildren," Victoria Hargrave of Redlands Townhall had asked.
It was a good question. As the country watched police charge towards a home in the Redlands, it has become an even better question.
Everything possible was done to deny Nidal Hassan's terrorist motivations in the Fort Hood Massacre. His attack was deemed workplace violence. Even his own attempts to explain that he supported the terrorists were shut down so that he was reduced to smuggling messages to get his story out.
And despite multiple statements by Hassan that he was a terrorist, the official story is still workplace violence. Right after the shooting, it was some strain of airborne PTSD that had somehow transmitted itself from American veterans to the Muslim employee who had never seen combat until he began killing them.
There are always excuses.
The Times Square bomber had financial issues. The Tsarnaev terrorists were poorly adjusted. Once the media digs into Farouk's life, it will no doubt find that he had financial issues, was poorly adjusted and may have even been suffering from some mysterious form of airborne PTSD.
Obama and the media would like to make this story about "gun violence". But guns don't shoot themselves. There is a hand that pulls the trigger and a mind whose foul purposes that hand serves.
Gun violence is not a mechanical problem. It is not a hardware problem of guns going off at random. It is not a biological problem of fingers randomly twitching on triggers. It is a problem of the mind.
Behind each massacre, there is a mind. And it is that mind, its ideas and its beliefs, that kills.
San Bernardino is home to what is described as a "growing Muslim population" and that growth comes with terrifying growing pains.
This latest attack appears to be one of them.
It's a matter of simple math that as the population most likely to commit terrorist acts increases, so do the acts themselves.
Two months ago, Marilyn Snyder of the Redlands Tea Party Patriots wrote of "the runners and spectators of the Boston Marathon who never imagined that refugee jihadists were stealthily plotting their demise - just because they were not Muslims."
Most people in San Bernardino County did not expect that anyone was plotting to kill them. They did not think that one evening the events from far-off France would suddenly be taking place where they lived. And yet that is the new reality.
Islamic terrorism can strike anywhere and everywhere.
"While it is impossible to prevent death delivered by madmen who kill because of religious extremism, it is possible to put in place federal policies that limit the influx of Muslim extremists through the wide-open refugee doors of the Obama administration," Marilyn wrote.
That remains true.
Sayeed Farouk, like Nidal Hassan, did not suddenly fly over here from Syria. But that only makes it more vital that we prevent the next attack and the next massacre by closing the doors and keeping our country safe.
We cannot bring back the dead, the victims of the long horrifying roll of Islamic terror that stretches back for thousands of years, but we can protect the living.
The left approaches this as a mechanical problem, but it's an ideological problem. It's a conflict between two sets of ideas and two sets of worldviews. It is a war between those who believe that men must be ruled by the dead will of Mohammed and his brutal successors and those of us who believe in the freedom of our founding documents and the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
It is not a war that we will win through appeasement or disarmament. And we can begin to fight back by protecting ourselves and our country.
"We Redlanders and all Americans need to stand up with "common sense and judgment" with an emphatic "No!" to Syrian refugee resettlement. It's time to bar the doors against jihadi infiltration," Marilyn wrote.
From Redland to Paris, it's time that we did the right thing, for our towns, our cities and our country.
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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