Bookworm Beat 10/23/18 — the invading mob from the south and open thread

There’s still much to say about the mob heading for our southern border, not to mention transgender madness and the upcoming election (plus yodeling).

MobA reader explains the invasion. I am so fortunate to have such smart readers. In this case, the smart reader is Ms. L:

Several comments/observations on the mob (and I use that word intentionally) traveling from Central American to our southern border:

– Pictures show very few women and children. Yet we are told that these two groups make up most of the mob. Pictures I have seen show young men between 15 and 30. And the news from Guatemala (I think it’s that country.) expelling 100 ISIS warriors does not fill me with confidence that all these people are harmless.

– Marchers are carrying flags from Central American countries and defacing the American flag. And these people want to become Americans? (I know they don’t, they just want our social benefits. But this is never questioned by the MSM, even when they see this mob waving their flag and burning ours.)

– None of the pictures show any of the mob carrying anything – no luggage, sacks, etc. I’m pretty sure if I were to leave my and set off across a thousand miles or more, I would take everything I valued plus extra clothing, water, and food. None of these people seem to be carrying anything. Yet, there they are crossing into Mexico. (Yes, I know that they are funded by George Soros, et al. but the MSM seem incapable of investigating such an obvious inconsistency. Just like in the first comment.)

– It clarifies my thinking about this “mob” when I consider that a “Division” in the US Army is composed of 2 to 4 brigades. A Division thus can have 10,000 to 30,000 soldiers. I don’t think it’s that big of a stretch to see this mob, which intends to physically storm our southern border, as an Army Division. I doubt any American, unless of the extreme left, would not oppose such an assault. I would support President Trump sending the military to close the border and station the military to prevent this “Division” from entering the US.

– If America does not stop this mob, Central America will only send more.

A final observation, when Nancy Pelosi, etc. are on TV supporting this flouting of our laws and offering support for this kind of activity, I wish someone interviewer would ask, “How many is enough?” How many are we supposed to take in? When will should it stop?

One thing I always do when considering an issue, is carry the thought to the logical extreme. In this case, it means accepting anyone who can get here. If done, America will no longer be. Do Pelosi, etc. want this to happen? I know Pelosi and her cohorts have enough money to insulate themselves and their children from the consequences of their actions, but what about grandchildren, etc.? They may have enough money to insulate themselves from the immediate consequences, but long term is another matter.

I pray that President Trump continues to have the strength of his convictions and the fortitude to ignore the yapping dogs at his heels.

I heard on the radio that the mob has modified their course and are heading to Tijuana. Interesting end point: California, a sanctuary state. I’m sure this is in hopes of setting up a confrontation between President Trump (and the US Army) and Governor Brown (and the California National Guard). If nothing else, the chaos of Californians vs the Army will allow most of the mob to cross the border and claim refugee status. Were I President Trump, I would address the nation regarding this situation and announce the closing of the border and the movement of the Army to its defense. Drastic, yes, but I think the bluffs must be called. There is one in play from the mob and I think there would be another bluff from Governor Brown and the rest of the Democrats.

I must think a little more about the situation, but those are my first thoughts. This is a “defense of the nation” moment and we must decide if we are to be a nation of laws or just a large area that is nothing special and anyone can be here.

Hear! Hear!

The sound of silence. Speaking of hearing, we’re not hearing a lot from the Democrats regarding this caravan. One would think it would be a major PR coup for them, what with all those *ahem* women and children yearning to breathe free. Monica Showalter, though, noticed that the Democrats have shied away from this one:

Where’s Sen. Chuck Schumer to weep some blubbery tears for the migrants?  Where’s House minority leader Nancy Pelosi to fill us in on the state of their souls?  Where’s the phony rhetoric from ex-president Obama about unskilled, illiterate, and non-English-speaking aliens being an “asset” to our country instead of a drain on its finances?  Where’s Sen. Bernie Sanders advising us they’ll be great socialist voters?  Where’s Hillary Clinton to tell us they “are citizens” or something of that sort?  Where’s Rep. Luís Gutiérrez to blame America for the whole thing?  Where’s Kamala Harris with her love for the cameras?

Nothing.  Nada.  Zip.  Zilch.

This draws me to think they might just be running scared.  The nonstop coverage of the migrant march, run by a Chavista socialist group called Pueblo Sin Fronteras, (which features lots of links to the Venezuelan-financed Chavista press) and which has drawn huge panoramic camera shots across the nation’s television sets of an army of migrants marching to the U.S. and its vast benefit packages, simply cannot be a good thing for them ahead of the midterms.

Remember, these are not your ordinary refugees. As with the Muslim invasion of Europe beginning in 2015, we are not seeing here refugees fleeing war torn countries, death squads, famine, or genocide. These are young men in congenitally screwed-up countries who want both to take America’s riches and to visit upon her the same political and civic life that has ruined their own countries. Don’t believe me? Maybe you’ll believe Judicial Watch about the people in this military-sized mob invasion force:

Besides gang members and mobs of young angry men, the Central American caravan making its way into the United States also consists of Africans, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans and Indians. Judicial Watch is covering the crisis from the Guatemalan-Honduran border this week and observed that the popular mainstream media narrative of desperate migrants—many of them women and children—seeking a better life is hardly accurate. Guatemalan intelligence officials confirmed that the caravan that originated in the northern Honduran city of San Pedro Sula includes a multitude of Special Interest Aliens (SIA) from the countries listed above as well as other criminal elements and gang members.

There are also large groups of men, some with criminal histories, aggressively demanding that the U.S. take them in. During a visit to the Guatemalan town of Chiquimula, about 35 miles from the Honduran border, Judicial Watch encountered a rowdy group of about 600 men, ages 17 to about 40, marching north on a narrow two-lane highway. Among them was a 40-year-old Honduran man who previously lived in the United States for decades and got deported. His English was quite good, and he said his kids and girlfriend live in the U.S. Another man in his 30s contradicted media reports that caravan participants are fleeing violence and fear for their life. “We’re not scared,” he said waving his index finger as others around him nodded in agreement. “We’re going to the United States to get jobs.” Others chanted “vamos para allá Trump!” (We’re coming Trump) as they clenched their fists in the air. “We need money and food,” said a 29-year-old man who made the trek with his 21-year-old brother.

Journalist Sara A. Carter adds a little more information:

And what about the finances behind this mob? Kitty Hawk argues that the photographic evidence for once doesn’t point at George Soros, although one has to assume that his organizations are pitching in. Instead, she points to . . . China and Leftist churches:

[H]is name is Bartolo Fuentes, a former Honduran “lawmaker.” I hate to see what “laws” he created, because, as you shall see, he is one of those who doesn’t believe in laws, only Communist anarchy.

The following images are from his Facebook page and the organizations he links to. #1 clearly shows the magic word of who’s funding this melee: China.


Churches: lots and lots of Churches. The Roman Catholics, encouraged by their Socialist Pope Francis, are numero uno. They are the ones providing much of the money for their travels and putting them up for the night: [see photo at the link.]

But the Catholics are not alone. No, sir. Funds are also pouring in from leftists within the Baptists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Quakers (the Friends Service Committee), and of course the Unitarian-Universalists.

Read the whole thing here.

I have no idea if her theory is true, but in the absence of solid information from reliable sources — and in the face of the U.S. media’s resolute determination not to investigate the mob invasion — her theory is as good as, and as interesting as, any other.

Trump vows a strong response to this assault on America’s sovereignty. According to this tweet, which is accompanied by a video showing the overwhelming number of military aged young men heading towards America’s border, Trump has promised to activate America’s troops:

Assuming he said this (and yes, I’m too lazy to check on what Trump actually said), I hope Trump means it and isn’t just blowing smoke. Since we don’t yet have a brick and mortar wall, we need a human wall, composed of well-trained, well-armed American service men and women.

I love it when Trump trolls Obama. Thank goodness Twitter is afraid to knock President Trump off its site. Trump’s tweets are priceless:

I’ll add that it’s only a shame that Obama proved not to agree with Obama. As in, he was lying through his teeth when he made that statement.

Remember this when people say Trump lies: Trump puffs about the things that don’t matter, and tells the truth about things that do — and he keeps his promises. Obama consistently lied about things that mattered — and repeatedly broke his fraudulent promises.

The new immigrants are not interested in assimilating. Illegal immigrants don’t have much interest in assimilating. As noted above, many wish to bring communism to America. Others are open about their hatred for the country they’re invading. Others just want money; they have no commitment to their new country, something that’s especially true for the illegal immigrants who currently keep Mexico’s socialist, corrupt economy afloat with American dollars.

Scratch a young Democrat, find an Israel hater. We can say with pretty much 100% accuracy that the up-and-coming generation of Democrats is anti-Israel:

A Democratic congressional candidate in New York denied Israel is a “Jewish democracy.” Antonio Delgado, who is running against Rep. John Faso (R., N.Y.) in New York’s 19th Congressional District, made the comment during debate on Monday.

“Being pro-Israel and being pro-peace is critical, but I’m also pro-democracy, and as currently constructed, Israel is not a Jewish democracy. Those settlements make it so that it can’t be,” Delgado said.

As you can see, Delgado tried to dress his animus up as just ordinary criticism, but the reality is that he, like every other young Democrat, has bought the Palestinian narrative hook, line, and sinker.

If you’re a Jew who supports the only Jewish state and liberal democracy in the Middle East and you still vote Democrat, what the heck is wrong with you?

Don’t believe all women. Women lie all the time. They do that because humans lie. People also probably lie because as a culture we’ve moved so far away from the Ten Commandment’s mandate not to bear false witness. In 2018, people (especially women, I believe) also lie because there are narratives greater than truth — for example, the toxic masculinity rape culture narrative.

I remain convinced that Ms. Blowsy-Fraud lied like a Leftist politician to achieve a political goal. I found her initial accusation incredible, and her failure to introduce any evidence whatsoever —  not to mention the fact that her named witnesses all denied her story — proved that my initial instincts were right on the money. Still, she was part of a grand tradition that is rooted deep in totalitarian societies.

Irina Eremia Bragin grew up in Bucharest, Romania, during the communist era, with two handicaps: She was Jewish and her father was an imprisoned political dissident. It is from that background that she writes I Survived A Totalitarian Regime. ‘Believe All Women’ Is A Recipe For Disaster:

Having grown up in a police state, I don’t take my American civil liberties for granted. A survivor of political persecution, I cherish the presumption of innocence above all. My mother, Regina Abramovici, and her family survived the Holocaust in Romania. Religion was banned by the communist government; anti-Semitism was against official policy, but my mother told me from a young age not to tell anyone I was Jewish. Although Russian troops saved the Jews of her home-town, Braila, before the Nazis fully implemented the final solution, Regina, age 9, was denounced by a neighbor for breaking the law forbidding Romania’s “dirty-Jew-enemies” from bathing in the Danube and almost ended up in a concentration camp.

I cannot forget the history of false accusations against my people that led to pogroms and genocide.

There was no presumption of innocence, no due process and no equality under the law in communist Romania. Like in all totalitarian systems, the regime cultivated an environment of suspicion, accusation and investigation. Denunciation bandwagons were effective means of dividing people and turning them against each other, transforming friends, spouses, relatives, colleagues, neighbors, lovers, and even children into enemies, rivals and informers.

Read the rest here. It will be worth your time.

Sanity regarding transgenderism. I heartily applaud the Trump administration for trying to reinstate biological gender for matters of law, especially Title IX. As Walt Heyer, who lived for eight years as a woman explains, transgendered people experience enormous mental suffering, but too often that suffering doesn’t have to do with “being the wrong sex.” Instead, it has to do with a horrified rejection of their own sex due to childhood sexual trauma:

Many trans folks, after years of “living the life,” now want to detransition. Many report to me that they were sexually abused, raped, or molested at a young age—in one case, as a toddler.

Teenage girls are flocking to gender change as an escape. One 15-year-old girl, who the gender experts diagnosed with gender dysphoria, explained to her mother that she wanted to “erase my past” because she was sexually abused by her dad.

In another case, a young 14-year-old girl confessed that “I used being trans to try and escape being scared about being small and weak. I thought that if I presented myself as a man I’d be safer.”

Another girl’s mother wrote that her daughter was raped at age 19 and desperately “is trying to remove any connection to her being female visually or sexually.”

This is the kind of suffering that has driven many to change genders. As a society, we need to honestly consider: Is changing genders an effective long-term treatment for past sexual abuse and feelings of insecurity?

In the face of this type of psychic trauma (or, as seems to be the case for young women, peer pressure), the last thing medical practitioners or society should do is race to slice and dice children while filling them with hormones that cause cancer, sterility, and heart disease.

Moreover, for those who have a hormonal balance that tells their brain they are one sex, even as their biological reality is another (something I think is more common because of pregnant women who were recently on The Pill), the answer is to give them hormones aligning their brain with their body, rather than the reverse.

For those Lefties who insist that the science supports them (it doesn’t), Matt Walsh has the ultimate test:

It would be rather simple, and should be extremely easy, to prove that sex doesn’t exist and gender is a spectrum, or they’re both spectrums, or however the Left is phrasing it today. If gender is not a simple binary system, then all the Left would need to do in order to prove this point is locate one human being, anywhere in the world, who has the reproductive capacities of both sexes. They would just need to present one example of a person who has the natural ability to impregnate and be pregnant.

Indeed, if sex is not binary, if there really is a liquidy spectrum of hundreds or thousands of different genders, then there should be a Venn diagram with “Can get pregnant” in one circle and “Can get others pregnant” in the other, and millions upon millions of people in the intersecting circle in the middle. But there isn’t. There is no one in that middle circle. There is no middle circle at all. Every human belongs to the male circle or the female and nobody has ever crossed from one to the other. It looks like we have ourselves a binary system, by definition.

Currently, thanks to the rabid Left, we are effectively giving diet pills to anorexics. This is insanely cruel and will go down in history as one of the worst chapters in American child cruelty.

Vote like it matters, because it does. Here’s the deal in the upcoming elections: It’s irrelevant if you don’t like Trump as a human being or if your local candidate is a wishy-washy RINO. What matters is that we don’t let Democrats take over either house in Congress. (And please, for goodness sake, if you’re in Florida, don’t let far Leftist corruptocrat Andrew Gillum win.)

Doing so will bring to a grinding, screeching, horrible halt the Trump economic miracle, not to mention Trump’s return to sanity on trade, national security, border security, gender, etc.. This is the election (a) to vote and (b) to vote a straight Republican ticket if you can. (We in California can’t, but that’s a story for another post.)

Remember, Democrats don’t like you, they don’t like America, and they don’t like individual liberty:

And they really don’t like Trump:

Nazi? Antifa? The Babylon Bee is here to help:

The difference between the real world and the internet.

Yodeling as you’ve never heard it before. If you like yodeling, you have to watch this video. And if you don’t like yodeling, you probably should watch a little anyway because Franzl Lang’s yodeling chops are extraordinary:

To leave you on a happy note. Just so you go off smiling (if the yodeling wasn’t enough), Don Surber summarizes Trump’s economic accomplishments.

And that, I think, is enough for one day.