43 student teachers disappeared four months ago in Iguala, in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Now Mexico’s Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam says there is “legal certainty” they were murdered,

As to why they were killed, Tomás Zerón de Lucio, the head of Mexico’s Criminal Investigations Agency, said it was a case of mistaken identity. In other words, the criminal group accused of executing the students thought they belonged to a rival gang, also operating around the town of Iguala where the students were last seen.

So far, one one has been identified, which the head of the Criminal Investigations Agency blames on how the remains were disposed,

“The dental remains found in what was the middle of the fire show that the temperature reached 1,600 degrees Celsius (2,912 degrees Fahrenheit), which dehydrated, decomposed, intervened and fused the remains. This makes it impossible to extract DNA samples, even with the most advanced technology,”

Considering how cremation of a dead body is carried out at a temperature ranging between 1400 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit in a controlled chamber that is not subject to humidity, wind, and other exterior or environmental factors, this raises more questions.

Indeed, the students’ parents reject the government’s theory, and are accusing the government of trying to close the investigation.

The case has generated a great deal of controversy, as there are contradictory statements from witnesses, but lack of definitive forensic evidence.

Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto declared yesterday,

“I’m convinced that we should not remain trapped in this instant, this moment in Mexico’s history, of sorrow, of tragedy and pain. We just can’t dwell here,”

which of course is very convenient for him.

For people like myself, the Iguala case shows Mexico as a failed state when it comes to justice and the rule of law – not a country one wants to maintain an open border with.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

by baldilocks

Compare these young people

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Pro-Life activists from St Louis, marching for life on Friday in Washington, D.C

 

To these.

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#BlackLivesMatter activists in NYC, being a pain

In a world where the populace had not been dumbed down to consist of a significant portion of open mouths waiting for their egos to be fed–right along with their bellies–the activists in the second photo would at least feel ashamed at the superior moral agency of the activists in the first photo. And by, the numbers, why wouldn’t they feel ashamed?

In 2011, 6,239 black Americans were murder victims–almost universally at the hands of other black persons. And in that same year, 177,293 babies, whose mothers were black American women, were aborted. The difference in the numbers is staggering.

But in this dumbed-down world, the abortion is just a bit of tissue, Kermit Gosnell butchers with impunity for years, and black persons can’t–or won’t–make the connection between the abortion rate among black Americans and the fact that these are black people who were murdered by their mothers. Black Lives don’t matter if one pretends that they are not lives.

Might as well bring back the slave trade.

And here’s something nutty about some of the reactions to the first photo: some white persons think that those fine, upstanding young men are being racist as well! They are oblivious to context. However, it’s almost comforting to realize that the dumbing-down of the populace is indiscriminatory.

Meanwhile, the killing continues. And, we know that the Alinsky-style Brunch activists and their backers could not care less.

(Thanks to InfoWars and Youth Defence)

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In Monday’s State of the Union Address, Pres. Obama said,

Our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran, where, for the first time in a decade, we’ve halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material. Between now and this spring, we have a chance to negotiate a comprehensive agreement that prevents a nuclear-armed Iran; secures America and our allies – including Israel; while avoiding yet another Middle East conflict. There are no guarantees that negotiations will succeed, and I keep all options on the table to prevent a nuclear Iran. But new sanctions passed by this Congress, at this moment in time, will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails – alienating America from its allies; and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again. It doesn’t make sense. That is why I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress. The American people expect us to only go to war as a last resort, and I intend to stay true to that wisdom.

To which Senator Robert Menendez (D – N.J.), the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, quipped,

The more I hear from the administration in its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran. And it feeds to the Iranian narrative of victimization when they are the ones with original sin: an illicit nuclear weapons program going back over the course of twenty years that they are unwilling to come clean on.

But, as Charles Krauthammer points out, Iran Isn’t Just Trying to Build a Nuclear Bomb, instead, Iran is marching toward conventional domination of the Arab world.

Krauthammer points to Iranian-backed Houthis seizing control of the Yemeni government, Iran sending in weapons, money and revolutionary guards and ordering Hezbollah to fight in Syria.

In Latin America, Iran has greatly expanded its presence and influence over the last decade – which directly affects the U.S. In 2007 an alleged Iranian agent, Abdul Kadir, plotted to blow up JFK airport in New York.

Kadir was among the names of the many Iranian assets that Alberto Nisman, The Man Who Exposed Iran in Latin America, came across in his investigation of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, the largest terrorist attack in our hemisphere prior to the 9/11/2001 attack.

Nisman compiled a massive case, accusing Iran and its Lebanese terrorist affiliate, Hezbollah, of the attack. He indicted a member of Hezbollah and a number of former high-ranking Iranians officials.

Nisman brought a civil lawsuit last week accusing president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and others of orchestrating a cover-up of Iran’s responsibility for the 1994 attack, asking the judge to freeze $23 million of assets belonging to Fernández de Kirchner and others named in the complaint.

He was scheduled to testify to Argentina’s Congress on Monday, but was prevented from doing it by a single shot to the head.

Nisman

wrote in granular detail about how Iran patiently plants people in cities throughout the Western Hemisphere, seeding Iran’s revolution. And, Nisman found, Iran used its embassies in the region to launch the revolution, leveraging the locals in unsuspecting communities.

Meanwhile,

In Venezuela and Bolivia, Iran has moved to the next level, developing a military presence through joint ventures in defense industries.

Iran fosters terror (emphasis added),

The AMIA bombing was not the only time Iran’s leadership was implicated in an attack on foreign soil. In addition to Rafsanjani and Velayati, a red notice was issued for Ali Fallahian for the AMIA bombing. Rafsanjani, Velayati and Fallahian were all implicated in another terror attack on foreign soil.

A German prosecutor “without naming them … implicated Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati and Intelligence Minister Ali Fallahian” in the 1992 massacre at the Mykonos restaurant in Berlin.

Iran’s revolutionary government is lawless. The Iranian actors in these foreign terror attacks weren’t rogue operators but members of the country’s political elite. It’s something to keep in mind when the Obama administration insists that it will make a nuclear agreement with Iran that will make everyone safer and more secure.

So, make no mistake (as Obama himself is so fond of saying), this is not the time to veto any new sanctions bills.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

by baldilocks

When I was growing up, my parents did not look kindly on anyone who would call during the dinner hour—and woe to the perspective suitor that did so! Even now, I don’t make personal calls during the hours from 6PM to 8PM, especially not to my parents.

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All these years of brunching and I didn’t know that it was a white thing!

And even during the usual hours for the other two meals, I hesitate to call, unless the person asks me to do so. Civilized families sit down together to eat and it’s rude to interrupt a meal, at least that’s how I was raised. So one can imagine how I feel about this.

For the second time in two weeks, the misguided mob was at it again on Sunday in New York and San Francisco, disrupting peaceful omelets and eggs Benedicts, challenging gay brunchers to a contest of victimization and this holiday weekend, pretending the claim the mantle of Martin Luther King Jr. as a civil rights cause.

All in all a pretty busy Sunday for people who probably don’t do much the rest of the week.

But you’d think their mothers might have told them: Annoying people is no way to make friends.

I told the story about my family to address this very point: the mothers of these Defenders of Blackness probably never made it a point to sit down regularly at a certain time to eat a meal uninterrupted ever–much less tell them that common sense bit about being annoying. (And let’s not even go there about their fathers.) Therefore, these uncouth, short-term thinkers view a pleasant, peaceful meal among family and friends as something “white” that they need to disrupt with their “blackness.”

Lots of people are wondering what these people are trying to accomplish by inserting themselves into someone’s breakfast. I don’t. They are merely enjoying the look on the faces of the patrons. White, scrunched up expressions give them joy. All that crap about #blacklivesmatter is mere cover for the juvenile joy of disrupting something that white persons are enjoying. They are undisciplined, uncivilized brats, funded by other undisciplined, uncivilized brats.

When this happened a few weeks ago, I joked that there used to be a time when interrupting a meal was grounds for a duel. We’ll see what happens if the “Black Brunch” crowd decides to grow some stones and take their show on the road to a Red State.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2015. Follow her on Twitter.

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by baldilocks

Our Secretary of State makes me want to watch DS9 reruns.
Our Secretary of State makes me want to watch DS9 reruns.

There’s only so much crap that you or I can take. The amount may vary from individual to individual, and the individual’s endurance may increase as a person develops spiritually and/or emotionally but the metric feces-load for each person is not infinite. At some point, enough is enough.

Those who have infiltrated our government know this well and, in the last six years, have poured all manner of crap—of horrid-cum-ridiculous actions and inactions over the proverbially head of the American people. This applies both domestically and internationally.

At PJ Media, David Steinberg provides a small amount of the pieces to a really simply puzzle that many of us put together long ago:

Obama wasn’t in Paris [for the million man/world leader protest against Islamic terrorists] for the same reason he hired and refuses to fire Eric Holder; for the same reason he tries to humiliate Netanyahu; for the same reason he apologized for Western civilization in Cairo; for the same reason he presented a “reset button” to a tyrant; for the same reason he helped usher the world’s foundational terror movement into power in Egypt; for the same reason Josh Earnest still — still! — was forbidden to say the word “Islamic terrorism.”

And for the same reason he directed his secretary of state to storm Paris with musician James Taylor in tow–the latter strumming his guitar and singing You’ve Got a Friend–days after other world leaders had left the city. (In fairness to Obama, I think that bringing Taylor was John Kerry’s idea for two reasons: 1) since the 2004 election season, Kerry has displayed a knack for smarm, and 2) since the 2008 election season, Obama has displayed a poor grasp of American culture—as if he had been programmed and the programming was wearing off. I doubt that the president knows who Taylor is.)

At first I thought the Taylor incident was to make American foreign policy and diplomacy look infantile—yet another a big passive-aggressive middle finger to America’s status in the world. But the more I think about it and about Steinberg’s short list, the more I think that the Kerry gesture was just one more signal among hundreds to our enemies foreign and domestic that we are being weakened and that it’s time to come and get it.

That the signals have become more blatant and more stupid is a sign that America’s foreign enemies are still a little afraid of her, as well as an indication that the endurance of the American people is long.

But not infinite.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2015. Follow her on Twitter.

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The film Boyhood, which went mostly unnoticed when it was released in theaters, is close to being the near-perfect Great American Movie of all time.

The exceptional way the movie was filmed, sequentially over 12 years with the same cast, may have been an experiment, but the wonderful cast come alive on screen in a way no other film has allowed.

This is not, in case you are wondering, the British 7 Up series of documentaries involving a group of non-fictional children over the decades; this is a fictional story of fictional characters . . . but they are people you know in real life.

Over two hours long, the story is told simply, without the use of cards showing the year the action takes place or the age of the very resilient central character, Mason, played by the engaging Ellar Coltrane. When the film starts, Mason-Ellar is six years old, at the end of the film he’s 18. Along the way you see him grow up, change voice, mature, and at the end even look like his on-screen dad, Ethan Hawke. Patricia Arquette plays Mason’s mom Olivia, and director/writer Richard Linklater’s daughter, Lorelei, plays Mason’s older sister Samantha.

They all communicate and relate throughout the years where director Linklater, as David Edelstein put it, utilizes time as one of “the full, transcendent resources of cinema.”

Linklater wisely refrained from using holidays as plot anchors, instead focusing on the daily, the usual, which adds to the total effect.

You’ll find dozens of familiar things throughout the film, which gives it a true American texture: landscape, houses, neighbors, kids, schools, towns, phrases. Unlike the much more esoteric and pretentious The Tree of Life, which also takes place in Texas, there are no special effects, dinosaurs or afterlife; nor are there chase scenes, swearing (except for one pointed instance), nudity, or loud soundtrack. Additionally, the film is shot and edited seamlessly so it flows smoothly as time evolves. The aggregate effect is that the story is so anchored in reality that you as the viewer get an impact unlike any from any other film.

I won’t go into the details of the plot, but it will give you material for discussion.

My son recommended it, and I’m glad he did. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

by baldilocks

Nearly all major news agencies have been reporting on the recent Islamic terror attacks in Paris: the ambush of Charlie Hebdo journalists and responding police officers and the hostage-murders at a Kosher grocery store. But those of us who pay closer attention to what’s going on in the world know about this also.

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Newsweek say that this is Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau. (YouTube)

Hundreds of bodies – too many to count – remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria from an Islamic extremist [sic] attack that Amnesty International described as the “deadliest massacre” in the history of Boko Haram.

[…]

District head Baba Abba Hassan said most victims are children, women and elderly people who could not run fast enough when insurgents drove into Baga, firing rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles on town residents.

“The human carnage perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in Baga was enormous,” Muhammad Abba Gava, a spokesman for poorly armed civilians in a defence group that fights Boko Haram, told the Associated Press.

He said the civilian fighters gave up on trying to count all the bodies. “No one could attend to the corpses and even the seriously injured ones who may have died by now,” Gava said.

An Amnesty International statement said there are reports the town was razed and as many as 2,000 people killed.

Boko Haram’s previous high body count in Nigeria was achieved last year: 600.

It’s interesting to note that the name ‘Boko Haram’ means ‘books forbidden’—that is, books for girls and women. However, I doubt that any of these demonic vessels are, themselves, making their way through the Great Books.

Also interesting: how the mainstream media treats Islamic terror in Europe as compared to how they are recently treating far worse attacks in Africa and in other places which are openly acknowledged to be Muslim lands. There’s not much outrage. But, this wasn’t always so.

Here’s why this slightly smaller, Nigerian version of 9/11 gets less coverage in the mainstream media: the continent is conceded as theirs—or so the designated reporters of the news now believe.

We’ll see how long it takes for Europe to be deemed Muslim. French Jews aren’t waiting around for the announcement this time.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2015. Follow her on Twitter.

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French satire weekly Charlie Hebdo has been attacked by Muslims again, this time killing twelve people, including two policemen, and wounding twenty more.

This is what we know so far:

  • Three gunmen wearing face masks and carrying repetition guns came out of cars and walked into the office of Charlie Hebdo, which was holding its weekly meeting.
  • This was a well-planned, premeditated attack.
  • Paris police have confirmed at least one of the men was carrying a rocket launcher.
  • Eyewitness say the attackers yelled “Allahu Akbar” as they fired. One said in French “the prophet has been avenged.” Additionally,

There are reports in the French press that one of the attackers told an eyewitness to “tell the media that we are from Al-Qaida in the Yemen”.

Jean Cabut, or “Cabu”, a veteran of several French newspapers and reportedly the highest paid cartoonist in the world.

According to a journalist at the scene, at least one of the police officers killed had been assigned to protect Mr Charbonnier personally. In 2013 he was included on a “most wanted” list published by Inspire, al-Qaeda’s terrorist propaganda magazine.

  • Charlie Hebdo’s editor-in-chief Gerard Biard was in London when the attack took place.
  • One of the policemen, apparently unarmed, was executed on the sidewalk.
  • The gunmen are still at large. France is at its
    highest level of alert.

You can watch the France24 livefeed here.

Later today,

A car explosion has been reported in front of a synagogue in Sarcelles, a heavily Jewish populated city near Paris where two where two gunmen attacked the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo just hours earlier on Wednesday, French media outlet Metronews reported.

The car was parked in front of a synagogue, and reportedly exploded at about 2.30 p.m. local time.

The synagogue had been firebombed last July. Other attacks had been taking place through France since late December.

What this means:
This is an attack on civil society, be it in France or anywhere in the world. Every civilized country should condemn it.

I first browsed through a Charlie Hebdo years ago, mistakenly thinking it would be a French Mad Magazine. It was not. While it is a humor magazine, frequently [WARNING: the link is definitely not suitable for work] it’s in-your-face pornographic and thrives on blasphemy. I heard one of the reporters mistakenly describe CH as “a conservative magazine.”

That said, the Charlie Hebdo staff have been steadfast on their commitment to freedom of expression and freedom of the press, and continued their work unflinchingly after a firebombing on the night of November 2, 2011.

As Charb declared, “I prefer to die standing than to live on my knees.”

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

by baldilocks

Originally posted December 10, 2009 at my place.

While hanging out yesterday at Ace’s yesterday [sic]baldilocks as he was flogging racists, I happened to mention that many if not most black Americans view the federal government as beneficial and friendly.  Some other commenters were surprised and I was surprised at their surprise, because it isn’t difficult to figure out why this is.  Whether it’s the Emancipation or the desegregation of the Armed Forces or Brown v. Board or the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, the federal government for the most part had seemed to be on the side of the black American as his constitutional rights were being oppressed by state or local governments.

What needs to be spelled, however is what the federal government did in the above-mentioned areas: it legally removed obstacles to the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of Americans who are black.  And that is what it was supposed to do.

The present problem in my unlearned opinion is this: the federal government began overstepping its bounds during the Great Depression and did so most infamously in the late sixties via the Great Society programs.  Doing more that getting local racists out of the way, the federal government sought to and succeeded in making itself the suppliers of life, liberty and, putatively, the happiness of many black Americans.  (Try telling a senior of any race that Social Security is sending the country to financial ruin. You’ll get an earful about her “rights”.)

And even many black Americans who do not rely on the federal government still view the fed as our friend because of that history.

What’s needed in order to change this perception is obvious: education–not a new education but the old one, one which contains an objective explanation of the role of government.

Simply put, the role of the American government is to remove obstacles to liberty of the People–even when that obstacle is American government itself.  Supplying all of one’s needs is not government’s role.  That’s God’s purview.

We all remember President Obama’s statement containing the assertion that one of the flaws of the US Constitution was that is only contained a  list of “negative rights,” meaning negative government “rights.”  The idea that a Harvard-trained lawyer thinks that the government has rights or that there was no list of positive responsibilities assigned to government was mockable.  (Hey, you voted for him.)

But what the statement betrayed was a widespread misconception present in those of us who aren’t lawyers of any variety of a friendly fed whose role is to insert itself between God and man’s liberty and to redistribute wealth (aka stealing).  The notion that the founders “forgot” to address this is hilarious.

So when the Democrats came to full power this year, they began to build on the foundation that Democrat Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson laid.  The good news?  Between Socialized Medicine, Cap and Trade, TARP, etc., the federal government’s active role in overstepping its bounds–in crippling America–is opening the eyes of Americans of all races.  The bad news: there may not be an America left when the federal locusts finish.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2015. Follow her on Twitter.

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by baldilocks

Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, Egypt

In my new surroundings, I’ve had opportunity to make a new friend. Gary,* an Egyptian immigrant in his 40s, is a security guard in the area and is a Coptic Christian. When he discovered that I knew a little bit about the history of the Copts and their present-day persecution, he almost jumped for joy, as I was the first American he had met in his five years in the USA who knew anything about that church or what has been happening to them.

Gary’s English is very good, but as our conversations gets more complicated, it’s becomes more difficult for him, of course. Well, his English is certainly a heck of a lot better than my Arabic—his native language. (Gary stressed that Egyptians had their own language but were forced to learn Arabic in order to function in the country.)

When I asked how he was adapting to America, he said that he and his wife were having a hard time, but his children had adapted quickly, as these things usually go. For him, that was the main reason to leave: to protect his children—all girls.

At first, he mispronounced the word ‘rapist,’ using a short ‘a’ sound instead of a long one; I helped him out.

I had read about the extermination and “ethnic” cleansing of the Church in Egypt, Syria and Iraq—along with the destruction of church buildings which had stood for nearly 2000 years–but hearing about these things from the mouth of a man who had seen it for himself, filled me with shame about the spoiled Christians in this country. Forget about the feminists, who are grateful for nothing; we Christians have had it so good for so long, that I don’t think most of us can wrap our minds around the kinds of Enemy attacks which our brothers and sisters in Christ are experiencing right this very second at the hands of the foot soldiers in the ascending New Caliphate.

In that spirit, I have begun to pray for the church that exists in Muslim-run countries and for Gary and his family specifically. Also I’m always ready to learn more about Church history and I hope you are, too.

I’m starting here.

*Not his real name; some minor details of his biography are changed.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.)

Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2015. Follow her on Twitter.

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