Sunday, January 24, 2016
A charming multiculturalist in Florida
She is apparently of Caribbean Indian origin
A Miami woman who was filmed attacking an Uber driver and throwing the man's belongings into the street before walking away has been identified as a local doctor.
Anjali Ramkissoon, who is a fourth-year neurology resident with Jackson Health System, reportedly got into an Uber without a reservation on Sunday night. When the driver asked her to leave, she became angry and belligerent.
The video shows her punching and kicking the man, who eventually walks away, and then getting into the passenger seat of the vehicle and throwing his mail, cell phone, electronics and other devices and possessions out into the street.
At one point she also yells at him; 'Get the f*** in the car, you piece of f***ing disgusting s***.'
Repercussions: Jackson Health System said in statement that the fourth-year neurology resident has been placed on leave and that it has launched an investigation into the incident
The Miami Herald reports that Ramkissoon has now been 'removed from all clinical duties'.
Her employer said in a statement; 'Jackson has launched an internal investigation.
'The outcome of the investigation will determine whether any disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including termination.'
The video footage was taken by Juan Cinco, who had ordered the car to take him home from the Mary Brickell Village in Miami, Florida, on Sunday night. He later uploaded the clip to YouTube.
Information posted with the clip explains Ramkissoon, who was dressed in tight white shorts and a red top, came 'out of nowhere' and climbed into the backseat of the Uber.
When she refused to get out, Mr Cinco and his friend told the driver to cancel their ride and offered to book another ride home.
He said the driver pretended to phone the police, asking them to remove the woman from his car, which prompted Ramkissoon to reach into the front seat, grab his keys and start to walk away.
This was the point at which Cinco started filming, he said.
Then, Ramkissoon climbs into the front passenger seat and starts to throw items off the dashboard on to the street while ordering the driver to 'get in the f***ing car'.
He refuses and Ramkissoon shouts: 'Get the f*** in the car you piece of f***ing disgusting s***'.
Ramkissoon continues to throw items on to the ground, including the driver's iPhone, cash and dozens of pieces of paper and receipts.
At one point she hurls a pair of scissors that lands just inches away from Mr Cinco.
The driver phones the police and tells them he has 'bruises' from the Ramkissoon's attack as she mocks his pleas, saying 'I'm a 5ft tall girl who weighs 100lbs and I am getting really belligerent right now'.
She then throws even more paperwork out the window and Mr Cinco tells her she has 'lost her mind'. One of the items strikes the wing mirror of a car parked nearby.
In his YouTube post, Mr Cinco writes that the police arrived and had to remove Ramkissoon from a taxi she had hailed in an attempt to leave.
He continued: 'Once in handcuffs, she then tried kicking some of the police officers on the scene. 'It was only when they put her in the police car that she started crying, apologizing, and claiming that she would lose her medical license (she claimed to be a neurologist) if she got arrested.'
Mr Cinco said the Uber driver was 'too good of a person' and decided to take a cash settlement - 'only enough to pay his cellphone bill and maybe his cable bill' - rather than take legal action.
Miami police spokeswoman Frederica Burden confirmed officers had responded to the scene but said there was no report and there would be no investigation.
Political correctness exposes the West to attack
To fully understand the significance of the horrific violence in the square outside Cologne’s cathedral on New Year’s Eve, you need to go back to that same place almost exactly one year earlier. In the first week of January 2015, Cologne’s church leaders decided to turn off the lights of the city’s grand cathedral. They refused to allow the cathedral to be used as a backdrop for Germans protesting against rising immigration and concerned about the threat of Islamification. Cologne Cathedral provost Norbert Feldhoff said: “The Cologne Cathedral will be shrouded in darkness.” Fittingly, Germans have the perfect word for this: totschweigtaktik. It means death by silence. Or in this case, death by darkness. Books, ideas, people that challenge the status quo are simply ignored.
Almost a year later, in the same place, darkness of a different kind enveloped Cologne’s cathedral. On New Year’s Eve, marauding groups of migrant men, well over a thousand in total, broke into groups to surround women, stealing from them, groping their bodies and their breasts, reaching into their underwear to digitally assault them and even raping a few of the unfortunate victims. That dark night, Europe was violently put on notice about the predictable consequences of the ill-conceived migration policy that has, in the past 12 months alone, seen the arrival of more than a million registered asylum-seekers in Germany alone. Most are from the Middle East and Africa.
Another form of darkness engulfed the square around Cologne’s cathedral in the days that followed those attacks. The first reaction from Cologne’s police was, like the city’s church leaders last year, to shroud the public in darkness. Initial reports by police said “all was peaceful” that night outside the cathedral. More totschweigtaktik. Private notes taken by police that night detailed anything but peace. Police received numerous complaints from women of frightening intimidation and assaults by migrant men. One set of notes read: “Several injured women. All suffered attempts to introduce fingers in vaginas … All were touched on the chest and buttocks. Finger was introduced inside a victim.”
One of the victims, Katja L, described being surrounded by foreign men and how she “felt a hand on my buttocks, then on my breasts, in the end I was groped everywhere. It was a nightmare. Although we shouted and beat them, the guys did not stop. I was desperate and think I was touched around 100 times in the 200 metres.” Another police note refuted the initial report that migrants were not to blame for the assaults. The note described men as “North African looking” and Arabic speaking. Another notation recorded a perpetrator saying: “I am Syrian. You have to treat me kindly. Mrs Merkel invited me.” Police officers found a note on one of the men with an Arabic to German translation of “nice breasts”, “I’ll kill you” and “I want to have sex with you”. Similar attacks took place in Stuttgart, Hamburg, Munich, Dusseldorf and Berlin. A week later, Sweden woke to learn of similarly censored police reports of sexual assaults during a 2014 music festival. How do you say totschweigtaktik in Swedish?
By last week, Cologne police had received more than 600 complaints of robbery and sexual assault. A private police report, leaked to a newspaper a few days after the attacks, revealed how police censored the backgrounds of the men because it was “politically awkward” given Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision last year to open Germany’s borders to all Muslims who sought asylum.
Here is PC policing writ large and literal. So surely it’s time to join the dots. Start with the church leaders who shrouded the 2015 protests in darkness. Draw the line to police reports that lied about the assaults and rapes committed by groups of migrants. Extend the line to Germany’s national broadcaster, ZDF, which chose not to report the news from Cologne on the major news program the following night. Then draw the line further to German government ministers who also refused to speak of the background of perpetrators for more than a week. Continue the line to Cologne’s mayor, who rejected any link between the assaults and migrants, even after the Cologne police chief admitted the connection, describing the attacks as “of a totally new dimension”. Extend that line a little further to the same mayor who, in the days after the attacks, advised women to keep “a certain distance of more than an arm’s length” from strangers, clearly ignoring that the men were responsible for the assaults, not the female victims.
This series of connected dots emerges from just one small city in Europe. Join the dots in other Western countries. PC police who censor the works of great authors, from Mark Twain to Enid Blyton, as part of a global battalion of self-appointed paternalists who tell us what to think, what to say, what not to say, what to feel. A dictatorial gay lobby that mocks any opposition to gay marriage as homophobic. Refugee activists who deride those who have learnt from experience that support for migration is boosted when migration is controlled by our government, rather than contracted out to people-smugglers. Climate change zealots who ridicule those who ask questions about climate models that have proved inaccurate, claims of climate destruction that haven’t transpired and emails that pointed to collusion and misrepresentation among climate academics. Feminist ideologues who would rather hound opponents off university campuses or retreat to a “safe room” than listen to facts. Students who would rather demolish the statue of Cecil Rhodes than debate the pros and cons of a historical figure.
The pockmarks of political correctness are too numerous to count. But their cumulative effect is clear. More than three decades of political correctness is suffocating liberty in the West. The next outcome is equally obvious: if you join the dots between each episode of political correctness, you end up with the unmistakeable image of Donald Trump — or the faces of other right-wing populists whose electoral appeal is on the rise from Austria to Denmark, Finland to Hungary and more.
Those who write off Trump, and other right-wing populists, as nut-jobs and their supporters as hothead members of the forgotten middle class are only half right. The stifling imposition of political correctness by the political, media and cultural elite has created the Trump spectacle.
After years of trying to reason, even debate, with a PC crowd that brooks no disagreement, Trump sticks it up them. People may not agree with every stupid or insulting thing Trump says, but maybe they are liberated by a politician who says what he wants. After years of being told what to think, what to say, what not to say, it’s refreshing to listen to a bloke who won’t have a bar of the myriad political correctness filters applied to every field of life.
The shame is that the vacuum created by political correctness is being filled by a man who is not fit to be president. But maybe the rise of Trump is a necessary first step, a clumsy one to be sure, but one that precedes the rise one day of more sensible leaders who understand the cult of political correctness is not a centrist phenomenon. While the cult draws believers from the elites, most ordinary people want more, not less, freedom to think and speak. It’s not called common sense for nothing.
British movie star condemns racist blacks
A first step towards ending racial discrimination is to stop discriminating racially
Oscar-nominated British star Charlotte Rampling Friday launched a furious attack on black actors who want special treatment in Hollywood – accusing them of ‘anti-white racism’.
The 69-year-old was responding to calls to boycott the ceremony led by Spike Lee, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.
They are unhappy that, for the second consecutive year, all contenders in the best actor categories are white.
But Ms Rampling, who has received her first Oscar nomination for her role in ‘45 Years’, said this kind of politically correct thinking was a form of racism in itself.
Speaking on Europe 1 radio station in Paris, where she now lives, Ms Rampling said: ‘It’s anti-white racism. Maybe black actors don’t deserve to be on the final stretch?’
Ms Rampling, who first made her name in classic films including Georgy Girl in the 1960s, said she was also opposed to quotas being introduced to promote black actors.
‘Why classify people?’ she said. ‘They feel like a minority, they think: “We’re the black actors and there are not enough of us.’
You can't say 'I'm going to vote for him, he's not very good, but he's black, I'll vote for him
Referring to the vanity of some actors in general, Ms Rampling added: ‘There will always be problems – he’s too handsome, he’s too black, he’s too white…’
Her views seemed to be supported by Sir Michael Caine, who spoke out against race coming into the nomination process.
He told the BBC: 'There's loads of black actors. In the end you can't vote for an actor because he's black. You can't say 'I'm going to vote for him, he's not very good, but he's black, I'll vote for him'. You have to give a good performance and I'm sure people have. I saw Idris Elba (in Beasts Of No Nation)... I thought he was wonderful.'
The two-time Academy Award-winner also said black actors should 'be patient'.
'Of course it will come. It took me years to get an Oscar, years,' he added. 'The best thing about it is you don't have to go. Especially the Oscars, 24 hours on an aeroplane and I've got to sit there clapping Leonardo DiCaprio.
'I love Leonardo, he played my son in a movie, but I'm too old to travel that far and sit in an audience and clap someone else.'
The diversity issue has been dividing Hollywood all week and looks set to dominate discussions surrounding the Chris Rock hosted ceremony scheduled for February 28.
Black stars fail to feature on any of the four lead and supporting acting categories. It follows a 2015 shortlist which was equally homogeneous.
The only black projects nominated for an Oscar - What Happened, Miss Simone? for documentary and Straight Outta Compton for screenplay - have all white nominees.
Jada Pinkett Smith publicly addressed the issue with a video on her Facebook page which helped kick-start the debate about this year's lack of diversity.
The Magic Mike XXL star said she would not attend the ceremony over the issue. 'I can't help ask the question: is it time that people of color, recognize how much power and influence we have amassed that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere,' she said. 'I ask the question have we now come to a new time and place, where we recognize that we can no longer beg for the love, acknowledgement or respect of any group.
'That maybe it is time that we love, respect and acknowledge ourselves in the way we are asking others to do, then that that is the place of true power. I'm simply asking the question.
'Here is what I believe, the Academy has the right to acknowledge whomever they choose, to invite whomever they choose and now, I think that it is our responsibility now, to make the change.'
Her husband Will backed her in an appearance on Good Morning America on Thursday.
‘I think that diversity is the American superpower. That's why we're great,’ he told Robin Roberts in the exclusive interview.
'So many different people from so many different places adding their ideas, their inspirations, their influences to this beautiful American gumbo. … so when I look at the series of nominations of the Academy, it is not reflecting that beauty.’
There is no conspiracy. It is mostly a bunch of white guys. And I am guilty of it too. We gravitate to our own
Since the Hollywood power couple came to the fore, numerous other stars have spoken out.
However, Michael Moore and Spike Lee are the only two to go as far as backing the boycott.
ACLU Forces NYPD to Consider 'Equality' Before Security
For years, the New York Police Department viewed Islamic terrorism through a study titled “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat.” It featured analysis from the RAND Corporation, studies of recent terrorist attacks in other countries, and studied how Muslim men radicalized to the point of attacking the West.
Recently, the American Civil Liberties Union managed to force the NYPD to stop using the report to understand the metastasizing threat of Islamic terror. It was biased against Muslims, the ACLU insisted, and that obviously trumps security to the politically correct Left — once again illustrating the Left’s blithe disregard for how Islamic terror develops. Instead, they want national security to be an equal opportunity investigation, lumping right-wing extremists and Islamic terrorists in the same suspect file.
In related news, the House voted, with enough votes to override a veto, to send a bill to the Senate that would reform how Syrian and Iraqi refugees are screened before entering this country, ordering FBI background checks on them. Barack Obama and the Senate Democrats will fight, saying that the legislation isn’t compassionate, but the bill’s success in the House shows there is real concern over this administration’s refusal to diagnose the reason some Middle Eastern immigrants turn to violence.
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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