NEW YORK TIMES | Past the towering tridents that survived the World Trade Center collapse, adjacent to a gallery with photographs of the 19 hijackers, a brief film at the soon-to-open National September 11 Memorial Museum will seek to explain to visitors the historical roots of the attacks.
The film, “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” refers to the terrorists as Islamists who viewed their mission as a jihad. The NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who narrates the film, speaks over images of terrorist training camps and Qaeda attacks spanning decades. Interspersed are explanations of the ideology of the terrorists, from video clips in foreign-accented English translations.
The documentary is not even seven minutes long, the exhibit just a small part of the museum. But it has over the last few weeks suddenly become a flash point in what has long been one of the most highly charged issues at the museum: how it should talk about Islam and Muslims.
HOT AIR | Via WaPo and RCP, another nugget mined from yesterday’s chat with Axelrod in Chicago. Aswith abortion, Paul’s “different kind of Republican” brand requires a compromise here. He knows that most voters, including those in his own party, support voter-ID laws; he also knows that those laws are easily demagogued as racist by lefties, which means that toeing the GOP line too closely could jeopardize Paul’s effort to connect with black voters. What’s a different kind of Republican to do? He insists that ID is a good idea — “I don’t think dead people should vote” — but concedes to Axelrod that the GOP has over-emphasized it in light of some data suggesting that actual fraud is negligible. (There are, however, many millions of invalid voter registrations on the books.) What did people expect him to say? He’s already come out in favor of restoring voting rights to nonviolent felons. He also says here that, unlike many GOPers, he supports early voting. All of this will be useful to him if/when Democrats start in on him for questioning the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He’s building a defense to racism charges and distinguishing himself from his party, which is unpopular with the constituencies he’s trying to appeal to, at the same time.
• Rand Paul Tells GOP to Cool It on Voter Fraud Claims — DAILY CALLER
• Over 40,000 voters are registered in both Virginia and Maryland, group finds — FOX NEWS
• Hundreds of cases of potential voter fraud uncovered in North Carolina — FOX NEWS
• California County Demands Photo Id To See New Voting Machines — BREITBART
WASHINGTON TIMES | The Bundy case in Nevada provides many insights into the state of our nation with respect to the relationship between the people and the government.
The Bundys appear to be honorable American citizens without adequate legal counsel to help resolve a federal land issue about which they disagree with the Bureau of Land Management. Without question, they violated some of the innumerable laws and regulations that continue to entangle every aspect of American life.
Their violations could certainly have been handled through a multitude of less brutal means than those employed by our federal government, which through the mouthpiece of Sen. Harry Reid emphasizes how important it is for the government to enforce its laws.
It is quite interesting to see, though, that the same bureaucrats refuse to enforce some of our federal border-protection laws and other domestic policies with which they disagree. Perhaps Mr. Reid’s time could be better spent explaining why it is acceptable for the federal government to pick and choose which laws it wishes to enforce.
The senator readily referred to the Bundys and their supporters as “domestic terrorists,” but the current administration is reticent about applying the same term to Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who admitted slaughtering more than a dozen people in 2009 at Fort Hood in Texas.
What does this tell us about our government and its perceptions and alignments?
• All New England Could Fit on BLM Land in Nevada; BLM Owns 0 Acres in New England — CNS NEWS
• ‘It’s Not a Dare, It’s a Promise’: Gov. Rick Perry Warns Feds Over Concerns of New Land Grab in Texas — THE BLAZE
• Western lands takeover: Former BLM chief, state lawmaker clash — SALT LAKE CITY TRIBUNE
• Perry rips ‘out-of-control’ federal government over Texas land dispute — FOX NEWS
• The Land Grabbing Feds — BREITBART
• Greg Abbott doesn’t buy BLM’s denial of Texas land grab: ‘Contradicts other statements’ — DAILY CALLER
• Texas is next! AG warns feds eyeing Lone Star State land post-Bundy ranch standoff — WASHINGTON TIMES
• Republicans warn BLM eyeing land grab along Texas-Oklahoma border — FOX NEWS
• Reid Threatens: ‘Something Will Happen’ To Stop Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy — CBS LAS VEGAS
• Battle lines hardening in Nevada cattle rancher standoff with feds — LA TIMES
• Texas AG Abbott To BLM: ‘Come And Take It’ — BREITBART
• Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy hailed as patriot, ripped as lawless deadbeat — WASHINGTON TIMES
• Texas Lt. Governor: BLM ‘makes My Blood Boil’ — BREITBART
WASHINGTON EXAMINER | Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia faulted Justice Sonia Sotomayor for making what he regards as a “shameful” suggestion that the Michigan voters who decided to ban affirmative action in college admissions were motivated by racism.
Scalia wrote a concurring opinion upholding a 2006 ballot initiative that amended Michigan’s constitution to ban affirmative action.
“As Justice Harlan observed over a century ago, ‘[o]ur Constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens,’” Scalia concluded, quoting the dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson. “The people of Michigan wish the same for their governing charter. It would be shameful for us to stand in their way.”
And then, the Parthian shot: “And doubly shameful to equate ‘the majority’ behind [the constitutional amendment] with ‘the majority’ responsible for Jim Crow,” he added in a final footnote, citing the first two pages of Sotomayor’s dissent.
Sotomayor, in her dissent, opened by describing three stages of “the majority” discriminating against racial minorities in the political process, beginning with the Jim Crow laws that flouted the 15th Amendment.
• The Scalia – Sotomayor Thunderdome — HOT AIR
• Video – Media loves Sotomayor’s passion — HOT AIR
• Sonia Sotomayor Through the Looking Glass — POLITICO
• Holder says Sotomayor’s affirmative action dissent was ‘courageous’ — THE HILL
• Sotomayor Lashes Out At Supreme Court Justices On Affirmative Action Ruling, Calls Them ‘Out Of Touch’ — FOX NEWS LATINO
• Sotomayor’s Folly — NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE
• Proposal To Reinstate Affirmative Action Dividing California Democrats — FOX NEWS LATINO
Eradicating racial discrimination should be a goal of all for all in a society that bills itself as committed to equality.
Unfortunately, for far too long, progressives have been able to sell the notion that Affirmative Action, an euphemism for reverse discrimination, is acceptable as a remedy to counter discrimination suffered by people of color.
However, the Supreme Court ruled otherwise on Tuesday in deciding the fate of racial preferences as a basis for admissions at the University of Michigan. By a vote of 6-2, the court upheld Michigan’s ban on the use of race as a factor for determining college admissions.
This decision sends a long-overdue message: Two wrongs do not make a right!
THY BLACK MAN | I am totally perplexed by Republicans who advocate amnesty for those who entered the U.S. illegally. We Republicans are supposed to be the party of law and order, a party that stands on clearly defined principles. Let’s cut through the pompous rhetoric: The issue of amnesty is only about cheap labor. All the other arguments are merely background noise.
With the national unemployment rate just under 8 percent, how can you argue that illegals are doing jobs that Americans refuse to do? With all the unemployed engineers (partly because of the shutdown of NASA’s Space Shuttle program), how do you justify increasing the number of H-1B visas? The special visa allows companies to temporarily employ foreign workersamnesty-2014 in specialty occupations for up to six years. How can six years still be considered temporary?
How do you explain to a kid in Virginia that he or she has to pay out-of-state tuition to attend the University of Maryland while but a student in the country illegally is allowed to pay in-state tuition? Why should someone in the country illegally be able to obtain a benefit that even an American citizen can’t have? Aren’t these Republicans supporting discrimination against American citizens in their lust of the Hispanic voter?
Linking amnesty to winning the Hispanic vote is not a winning or sensible strategy. One has nothing to do with the other. There is no unanimity within the Hispanic community on the issue of amnesty, therefore why are some operatives linking this issue to the future of the Republican Party? One can be against amnesty without being mean and nasty. But to equate supporting amnesty as a prerequisite to proving that you are not mean and hateful is an insult to our intelligence. As if this weren’t bad enough, can someone please explain to me the logic of any Black person supporting amnesty when the Black unemployment rate is in double digits?
We can have honest disagreements on the issue of amnesty; but please don’t give me the perverted reasoning supporters of amnesty have been using: “it’s an act of love,” “they are only looking for a better life,” “it’s not their fault.”
• Tech meltdown cripples deportation cases — NY POST
TOWNHALL | Last night on The Kelly File, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul discussed the recent and ongoing rash of violence in the Windy City. Paul, who was in town for a school choice event, explained that the violence problem in Chicago goes far beyond guns and comes from a lack of leadership, education and guidance for young people in certain parts of the city. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (like Barack Obama) is an opponent of school choice, which allows kids to get out of miserable, failing schools in violent neighborhoods. But thanks to Emanuel’s solid support for teacher’s unions, instead of being able to pursue a future through educational choice, teenagers are trapped in worthless, hopeless schools. Due to a lack of opportunity, they join gangs.
Gang initiations typically require a violent act. Those violent acts usually involve guns that were purchased or stolen illegally by gang members and then are used in crimes (again illegal). When guns aren’t purchased illegally on the street, they’re brought into the city illegally. As Megyn Kelly points out in her introduction, all gun sales in Chicago are already banned, yet the Superintendent of Police Garry McCarthy (and Emanuel) is still blaming a lack of gun control for the violence. He admits murders by gunshot wound are higher in Chicago than the national average, but fails to acknowledge that the rest of the country has less stringent gun control laws. In fact, states and cities with fewer gun control laws and more concealed carry permit holders have lower crime rates.
• ‘Chiraq’: Chicago Becoming More Dangerous Than Terror-torn Iraq — BREITBART
AP | WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally but don’t have serious criminal records could be shielded from deportation under a policy change being weighed by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
The change, if adopted following a review ordered by President Barack Obama, could limit removals of people who have little or no criminal record but have committed repeat immigration violations such as re-entering the country illegally after having been deported, or failing to comply with a deportation order.
The possible move, confirmed by two people with knowledge of the review, would fall short of the sweeping changes sought by activists. They want Obama to expand a two-year-old program that grants work permits to certain immigrants brought here illegally as children to include other groups, such as the parents of any children born in the U.S.
• If Obama moves on his own, how big a political risk? (+video) — CSM
• NYT: Obama’s ILLEGAL Alien Aunt Zeituni Was Barack & Michelle’s Nanny In 2001 — VDARE
• Illegals feel Betrayed by Obama — FOX NEWS LATINO
• Moderate Dems resist Obama curtailing deportations — POLITICO
• Businesses: Seattle’s proposed $15 minimum wage would hurt immigrants — DAILY CALLER
• Pro-amnesty Zuckerberg Ally Advising Rick Perry Ahead Of Potential 2016 Run — BREITBART
BORDERLAND BEAT | The meeting is closed because fear has returned to Yurécuaro. Of the self-defense members who were here, there are now only empty barricades and a house with traces of gunfire from The Knights Templar.
After a torrent of testimonies about abuse — at the hands of both the authorities and the criminals–members of the citizen council, who had backed the short-lived self-defense movement in this town bordering on Jalisco, concluded:
”We enjoyed two months of freedom, and the federal government came to remove it.”
The brief summary goes like this:
January 28: A self-defense group emerged in this remote Tierra Caliente town (Guadalajara is an hour and a quarter away). Within two weeks: The Templars, who had ”terrorized” the region for five years, had left the area.
March 22: Gustavo Garibay, PAN [National Action Party] Mayor of Tanuato–Municipality to which Yurécuaro belongs–was killed; Garibay had been the victim of an attack that occurred in 2012; he was also a victim of official neglect whose escort [bodyguards] took off [when he was attacked].
Monday, March 31: Alfredo Castillo Cervantes, Federal Commissioner for Michoacán, solved the crime in a press conference, where he announced that the perpetrators were three members of the Yurécuaro self-defense group, and that Enrique Hernández Salcedo, founder of the group, was the mastermind. The supposed motive: Mayor Garibay had refused to support the self-defense group.
• Mexican Army Captures 44 Caballeros Templarios Cartel Members — LATIN AMERICAN HERALD TRIBUNE
• Huetamo: 4 Dozen Arrested Posing as Autodefensas — BORDERLAND BEAT
• Mexico Drug War: Is the Government Doctoring the Murder Statistics? — REFORMA
• Mexico: Murder of Migrants Traveling on Freight Train, “The Beast”, Result of Conflict Between Drug Cartels — PROCESO
FOX NEWS | Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday signed legislation significantly expanding gun rights in the state.
The bill, described by the National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm as “the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent state history,” expands the scope of public places where licensed owners are allowed to carry firearms.
The bill makes several changes to state law. It allows those with a license to carry to bring a gun into a bar without restriction and into some government buildings that don’t have certain security measures. It also allows religious leaders to decide whether it’s OK for a person with a carry license to bring a gun into their place of worship.
Democrats resisted the proposal, although they conceded it would pass in the GOP-dominated House of Representatives. They argued that allowing guns in more places will not make society safer and may lead to more deaths.
• NRA Applauds Georgia Gun Law — THE HILL
• Bill Clinton Headlining Gun Control Event For Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly — BREITBART
• Firearm Silencer/Suppressor Sales Skyrocket — BREITBART