Release of Chinese Muslim prisoners is blocked

Following up on our previous posts on the Chinese Muslims (called Uighurs) who are prisoners at Guantanamo, we have this report from the Washington Post:

A federal appeals court last night blocked the release of 17 Chinese Muslims into the United States from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, until it can hear further legal arguments in the case.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit stayed a federal judge’s order releasing the men, and it ordered oral arguments in the government’s appeal, to be heard Nov. 24. The government is appealing U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina‘s decision Oct. 7 to release the men, all Uighurs, who have been held at Guantanamo Bay for nearly seven years. The same panel temporarily stayed Urbina’s order a day later.

The government has been trying to find new homes for the Uighurs for years. It no longer considers them enemy combatants and provided no evidence that they posed a security risk. The men cannot be returned to their homeland because they face the prospect of being tortured and killed. China considers the men terrorists.

 Reuters has a piece on Uighurs in China, “China names eight wanted Olympic terror plotters.”

Later in the article:

China released on Tuesday a wanted list of eight “terrorists” it said had threatened the Beijing Olympics and were bent on achieving independence for its restive western region of Xinjiang.

The eight, all members of China’s mainly Muslim minority Uighur group, belonged to the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), which the United Nations listed in 2002 as a terrorist organization with links to Al Qaeda, police said.

“The eight are all key members of the ETIM, and all participated in the planning, deployment and execution of all kinds of violent terrorist activities targeting the Beijing Olympics,” Wu Heping, a spokesman for the Public Security Ministry, told reporters.

…. Beijing is also pushing the United States to hand over 17 Chinese Uighurs, held in U.S. custody at Guantanamo Bay since being captured in Afghanistan in 2001.

It describes the men as members of ETIM and terror suspects who must face “the sanction of the law.”

[But] Rights groups have accused China of exaggerating the terror threat in the region in order to crack down on Uighur demands for greater autonomy and religious freedom.

Afghan refugees having trouble assimilating?

Here are a pair of stories reported at VDARE yesterday and today that indicate Afghan immigrants may be having a few rough patches in the US. 

In the first story reported on VDARE by Brenda Walker an Afghan man in St. Louis threw his wife and daughter out the window—both are hospitalized but alive.  No word about motive, but women are expendable in some Muslim households.   Heck, it’s pretty easy when you can have many wives to literally throw one away.

Or, you can get a teenage wife and make her a slave as these men in Seattle did recently.  Again, at VDARE by James Fulford.  (Hat tip:  Blulitespecial)

All of those involved in these crimes are probably refugees resettled through the US State Department and their federally contracted volags.   From 1983 to 2008 we have resettled over 34,000 refugees from Afghanistan.

Who among your friends and neighbors is funding Obama?

This is completely off topic, completely!  However, it is fun so I’m sending it to you.    

Did you know you can see which of your friends and neighbors are sending money to the Presidential campaigns and how much they are sending?    Go here to the Federal Election Commission and follow instructions. (Be patient though it takes awhile to open sometimes!)   It is pretty simple, you find your zip code (or at least the first 3 numbers of it) and you will see who likes, in this case, Obama.

I found this mentioned at Atlas Shrugs last night, but now can’t find the link there.   As you look at the lists it is fairly instructive.   One thing I noticed is that sometimes students give over and over again and it makes you wonder where they are getting that much money.   Also, I was always under the impression that the Hatch Act hinders Federal employees from getting into campaigns, but apparently they can donate because there are loads of contributions from people working for the federal government.

Atlas had asked that you look for your own name, in case someone is using it to donate money to candidates you don’t support.   But, it might also be fun to see if there are people listed in your neighborhood that you know don’t exist.    Enjoy!

Muslim electorate growing in strength, optimistic about Obama

This information is no surprise, go here and check it out.   

What interested me most was this discussion of how Grover Norquist (Americans for Tax Reform) took pride in delivering the Muslim vote for George Bush in 2000.    Then, as we know, Muslims had buyer’s remorse.

According to many, the Muslim American electorate’s “official” coming out party was in 2000 when they emerged as a small but powerful voting bloc. This new group consisted mostly of first- and second-generation South Asian and Arab immigrants, who favored George W. Bush. (In the 2000 election, George W. Bush garnered 42% of the Muslim vote versus 31% for Democrat Al Gore according to Zogby International and Project MAPS, which conducted the first American Muslim Poll in November 2001.)

Upon the advice and counsel of Republican lobbyist extraordinaire Grover Norquist, President Bush actively sought these votes by pledging to repeal the use of “secret evidence” in detaining immigrants, personally reaching out to mosques, imams and Muslim community leaders for their support. A delighted Norquist boasted, “George W. Bush was elected President of the United States of America because of the Muslim vote.”

In hindsight, many Muslim Americans liken that myopic decision to a naïve, well-intentioned prisoner personally polishing and loading a rifle and handing it to his own executioner.

Acting as if they were betrayed by Bush, Muslim Americans seem to forget there was a little event called 9/11 that changed the entire dynamic of Muslim/American relations.   And, despite 9/11 the Bush Administration has bent over backwards (beyond what many of us think is reasonable) to carry out the apparent Norquist strategy of salting the federal government with Islamists whose allegiance is not first and foremost to the United States of America.

How does all this fit into Refugee Resettlement?   What does the Muslim electorate need to move forward?Numbers, of course, and our US State Department and the do-gooder “church” groups are happy to oblige. 

Grover Norquist too has been advocating for larger numbers of Iraqis to be allowed to resettle in the US.  How does that fit with tax reform?  It doesn’t!   Immigrants of all sorts require more government benefits than they return in taxes.