Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Which Black Lives Matter?

Which Black Lives Matter?
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
August 25, 2015

Why are Michael Brown and Freddie Gray household names, yet when the name Jamyla Bolden is mentioned, the response is, who?

Sadly, the answer is because to the Black Lives Matter folks, apparently not all black lives matter. Apparently because there is no political or financial capital to be earned, the drive-by shooting of this nine-year-old girl from Ferguson, MO is widely ignored by the main stream media which has recently kow-towed to the BLM movement.

Where are such provocateurs as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson? Why aren’t they leading the parade fomenting the angst and demanding answers as to why this little girl was murdered while doing her homework sitting on her mother’s bed?

These prevaricators of racial divide were nowhere to be found following the August 18 slaying of fourth grader Jamyla Bolden. This crime was not perpetrated by police, nor did not involve questionable suspects where it would be important to shift blame to the police. Instead this was yet another black on black slaughter; another taking of yet another innocent life – a life barely started. No witnesses have come forward to identify a yet to be identified murderer.

The murder of Jamyla Bolden comes about 13 months after the death of Brown that left Ferguson still reeling from the aftermath and uprising of a crescendo of violence that provided for the impetus of the Black Lives Movement. This is a movement that has operated under the false pretense that blacks are constantly the victims of white police officers simply for possessing black skin. Yet, the BLM has remained virtually silent regarding the epidemic of black on black crime, often murder.

If black lives matter, and they do, then all black lives should matter from birth. Black lives should matter when liberals and Democrats under the Lyndon Johnson so-called Great Society made it acceptable for a welfare check to replace a father in the home and to date more than 70 percent of all black children are born to single mothers. (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr64/nvsr64_01.pdf) (Page 40; Table 15)

Black lives should matter when more and more liberals and Democrats oppose charter schools and school choice as black graduation rates continue to plummet and fall further behind the graduation rates of white, Hispanic, and Asian students. (http://www.governing.com/gov-data/education-data/state-high-school-graduation-rates-by-race-ethnicity.html)

Black lives should matter when more and more liberals and Democrats support providing a path to citizenship for the between 12 and 20 million illegal aliens. Illegals are typically working illegally in the United States underselling their labor for cash under the table and creating an underclass with which poorly educated blacks are unable to compete.

For those who question whether there is hope in the black community, read the Dr. Benjamin Carson story.

And while touching briefly on the political realm, former Maryland Governor Martin O’ Malley (D) embarrassed himself when he apologized for saying “white lives matter and all lives matter” to a chorus of boos at the Netroots Nation conference in July. O’ Malley said he meant no disrespect for including white and all lives following black lives matter. Doing so was unnecessary and made him look feckless and sheepish.

That we as a nation have lowered ourselves to the place where a presidential candidate would apologize for saying all lives matter is disgraceful, discordant, and disrespectful of life itself. But between violence seen on television, movies, music, video games, as well as abortion on demand, including the dissemination of baby body parts to the highest bidder, it is no wonder life has lost value in more than just the black community.

Yes, black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter, and Jamyla Bolden’s life mattered.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Schumer Must Whip Up the Minyan on Iran Deal

Schumer Must Whip Up the Minyan on Iran Deal
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
August 20, 2015

Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer (D-NY) wants to be Minority Leader in the next Congress. (Actually he really wants to be Majority Leader, but is at least smart enough to know that won’t happen.) Point being, Schumer, for all his desire to lead, passed on a golden opportunity to do just that – demonstrate his leadership chops on this disgraceful Iran deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

There have been numerous articles and columns written ad nauseum opposing Barack Obama’s capitulation to Iran while doing his best impression of the second coming of former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940). These two feckless so-called leaders gave away their respective stores in an attempt to bring “peace to our time.” It failed miserably under Chamberlain, who did not live long enough to see his successor Winston Churchill (1874-1965) become a British hero, himself rising out of the political ashes like a Phoenix.

Obama, not learning from history, presented two options to both the American people and the world – his tepid, borderline traitorous deal with Iran or the inevitability of war, most probably a nuclear war at that. For once Iran procures the bomb its first strike will be toward Israel, the nation Iran perpetually promises to wipe from the map and globe, followed by attempts to destroy Western Civilization as a whole.

Obama, as GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee (R-AR) has advised, should take Iran seriously. Huckabee came under a degree of criticism for not just calling the Iran deal “idiotic,” but that “Obama ultimately will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven,” a reference to the Holocaust without using that word. Huckabee said neither anything wrong or hyperbolic in the strength of his words, and in fact it was Iran, long a Holocaust denier, said having so many Jews in Israel makes it easier to wipe them off the face of the map, calling for a holocaust. Huckabee also opined that when Iran makes such incendiary proposals it is better to take them at their word. And while Obama chided Huckabee’s remarks as “ridiculous and sad,” Huckabee responded by saying, “what’s ridiculous and sad is that President Obama does not take the Iran threats seriously.”

Apparently neither does Secretary of State John Kerry. Iran’s repeated virulent calls for Israel’s destruction makes Kerry’s recent remarks even more myopic than one could have originally imagined. In an interview with Jeffery Goldberg of The Atlantic, Kerry said “this deal is as pro-Israel… as it gets.”

Kerry further demonstrated how obtuse he truly is when asked if he believes “Iranian leaders sincerely seek the elimination of the Jewish state?”

“I think they have a fundamental ideological confrontation with Israel at this particular moment. Whether or not that translates into active steps, quote, ‘wipe it,’ you know…

“Wipe it off the map,” Goldberg said, finishing Kerry’s moronic thought.

“I don’t know the answer to that,” Kerry continued, adding he saw nothing to indicate the destruction of Israel was a goal of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Kerry also said, “There isn’t a better deal to be gotten.” That statement alone is demonstrative of the utter submission to Iran and its future quest to achieve nuclear weaponry.

“The deal leaves Tehran on the cusp of a bomb while sanctions vanish,” wrote The Wall Street Journal in its July 15 editorial condemning this atrocious deal that will almost certainly lead to the destruction of Israel.

Certainly Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who can run mental circles around both Obama and Kerry with half his brain tied behind his back, understands the riskiness of this deal.

“The world is a much more dangerous place today than it way yesterday,” calling this deal a “stunning historic mistake,” and a “death sentence for Israel,” said Netanyahu in July. He also said it is a gamble that 10 years from now Iran will no longer be a state sponsor of terror seeking to destroy Israel and the United States.

Netanyahu observed and asked, that with all their oil, why do they need a nuclear power plant, as Iran claims it is seeking. Clearly Iran is undergoing a quest to build a nuclear bomb, or numerous bombs, as they continue pursuing nuclear bomb grade uranium. And with the relaxed sanctions and the return of $150 billion to Iran, their quest just became easier.

“Israel is not bound by this deal with Iran because Iran continues to seek our destruction,” said Netanyahu in July.

Because of the stress on Israel and its future, it becomes incumbent of the United States Congress to eviscerate this deal when it reaches their chambers in September. This is where Senator Schumer needs to step up and be the leader he was elected to be. To be the leader that will promote him to the Leader post he so desires, as well as be the statesman by leading his people to the right side of history.

There are 10 Jewish United States senators. From a religious standpoint, this is significant, as 10 people having surpassed the age of bar/bat mitzvah (13), comprise a minyan, the daily service required in the Jewish faith. Jews are required to pray thrice daily, and in a minyan, as certain prayers are required to be recited as a community.

Schumer has already announced his rejection of the Iran deal and plans to vote against it. Sadly, he also announced he would not “whip up” his fellow Democrats to follow suit. This is a huge mistake on Schumer’s part. He must remain true to his position that “to me, the very real risk that Iran will not moderate and will, instead, use the agreement to pursue its nefarious goals is too great…. Therefore I will vote to disapprove the agreement… because I believe Iran will not change… Better to keep U.S. sanctions in place, strengthen them, [and] enforce secondary sanctions on other nations,” wrote Schumer in an August 6 editorial in The Wall Street Journal.

How weak a deal did Obama cobble together? As previously mentioned, millions of dollars returned, which only strengthen Iran’s financial place in the world, when in reality, Iran should be shunned and isolated until brought to its knees. Leading from behind, as is an Obama trait, is akin to America on her knees before the Ayatollah. The United States couldn’t even extract the four hostages still held in Iran. This country is still rewarding bad behavior.

And now, the latest shocking news as reported by the Associated Press on Wednesday, August 19, “that Iran can conduct inspections on its own Parchin nuclear site under a top-secret agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) amounted to a new target for critics of the deal ahead of next month’s vote on the nuclear deal in Congress.”

Such an absurd allowance is worse than the proverbial fox guarding the henhouse.

This is why Schumer must whip up the minyan, and although the Jewish vote is not a monolithic vote (OK, not as much as it used to be) he must get the other nine Jewish senators on board. They must abandon their ultra-liberal roots in favor of common sense to preserve and protect both Israel as well as the United States. Make no mistake, if Iran can, it will strike the United States. It is up to all Americans, from all faiths to call these senators as well as the two from each of our home states.

Need more evidence this deal with Iran is wrong and dangerous? Israel and Saudi Arabia are on the same side opposing this treacherous pact, and the United Nations approves the deal. Iran’s long-standing desires to exenterate Israel must be stopped before the mushroom cloud of World War III forces World War IV to be fought with nothing more than sticks and stones.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Slavery Should Be So Good

Slavery Should Be So Good
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
August 12, 2015

From a historic perspective, as an educator I am quite familiar with the annals of black slavery in the United States. The singer Prince Rogers Nelson, more famously known just as Prince, apparently missed that year’s history course as he compared signing a record contract to the vileness of forced servitude dominating the American south from 1619 through 1865.

“Record contracts are just like – I’m gonna say the word – slavery. I would tell any young artist… don’t sign,” said Prince during a media event at his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis, according to NPR.

Born in 1958, and at age 57, Prince knows nothing about real slavery, yet his words, hyperbolic or not, have not been condemned by the so-called leaders of the black community. Were a white entertainer to have uttered such insulting verbiage he or she would be excoriated right out of the business; same for an athlete, educator, or politician. Yet for a black man of such popular acclaim as Prince there is an expected double standard.

Was Prince not one of the highest paid performers since the late 1970s? Worth $300 million, plus or minus, as of 2014, Prince released his first album, For You in 1978, with an additional 30 albums throughout an illustrious career that is still active. His accolades include seven Grammy Awards, one Golden Globe, and one Academy Award.

Does $300 million sound like “slave wages?” I use quotes around the words slave wages as slaves were not paid for their forced labor, and that is also what Denzel Washington called his pay in the excellent film Glory, where black soldiers were paid less than white soldiers.

Was Prince tortured? Was Prince raped? Was Prince deprived of basic human rights? Was Prince deprived of food and water? Was Prince taken against his will from his parents? Was Prince’s freedom of speech denied or restricted? I imagine Prince was denied none of the above.

Is Prince literate? I imagine so. Does or did Prince have access to legal counsel? I imagine so. If Prince was not provided with competent, sound advice, he should sue his attorney. In order to make a living in the music business Prince signed a contract with a record producer – a producer who took a chance that signing Prince would be a wise investment with a positive return. Producers gave Prince a damned good living and he no doubt had more creative control than the myriad artists who preceded him.

If Prince wishes to opine about his dreary life of “slavery,” let him walk a mile in the shoes of those in genuine slavery – in third world countries where children are enslaved making the crap we buy in schlock stores; let him walk a mile in the heels of those young girls and women cast off as sex slaves – whose bodies and minds are destroyed by drugs and degenerates peddling them in bars and on street corners to be used, discarded, and forgotten. No, no, Prince, you have lived the life of royalty and you owe an apology to those souls whose lives are not much worth living because of the genuine slavery into which they have been subjected. Open your wallet and kick in some of your millions to rescue, educate, and hire some of these genuinely unfortunate people who know real slavery.

Prince no doubt has earned more money from royalties, from play on more radio stations, and from more concert dates that those artistes who toiled, often in segregated obscurity. Prince owes an apology for such cavalier use of the word slavery for all his “slavery” has rewarded him.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Planned Parenthood: America's ISIS

Planned Parenthood: America’s ISIS
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
July 31, 2015

It’s ironic that “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” is a 1961 song by The Tokens. While media outrage over the killing of a lion has flooded the airwaves, only token coverage and scant outrage has been offered by the same liberal, hypocritical media over the horrific videos cavalierly discussing the subdividing of babies’ bodies to be sold for the purpose of harvesting.

Another hypocrisy is that the ghouls at Planned Parenthood don’t consider what proven science has demonstrated – that what Planned Parenthood calls a so-called clump of cells is actually a human life. A life Planned Parenthood is deliberately snuffing out in a meticulous manner – not to ease the pain of that life – because, once again, science has proven that that human life feels pain, but to retrieve body parts to sell as though salvaging parts of a Chevy from a junk yard.

Planned Parenthood and its supporters can’t have it both ways. They can’t call that baby a non-life for the purpose of murdering it in the womb, yet at the same time use certain parts of that human life for tissue “donation” the way a butcher would strip a cow for steaks and other beef products.

Make no mistake; these human body parts are not being donated. They are being sold, as the multiple videos have unearthed. A pro-life organization, the Center for Medical Progress, has produced several videos of Planned Parenthood doctors and executives casually discussing the price ranges for various human body parts while munching away on salads and enjoying wine.

This is the abject loss of humanity society has sunk to, where human body parts are converted into cash, while more and more babies are being destroyed by doctors who have clearly forgotten their Hippocratic Oath to first do no harm. The principle role of a doctor is to save human lives, not end them – especially those that have barely started. Innocent lives murdered, mostly for selfish reasons as the request of, oftentimes, irresponsible adults who should know better.

Once such doctor, Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, callously explained in grim detail how the procedures occurred in order to salvage particular human baby organs as well as appropriate price ranges for the sale of said organs. There is no denying the validity of these videos. They are not excerpts and can be viewed in their unedited entirety to see the absolute dearth of humanity these butchers put on full unabashed display.

Defenders of Planned Parenthood’s Nazi-like behavior suggested the videos have been taken out of context. There can be no defending the indefensible. Planned Parenthood is a butcher shop for the destruction of humanity. What is almost as disturbing is the lack of outrage regarding the destructive behavior of Planned Parenthood – an organization claiming to be a non-profit, yet has annual income ranging from $230 million to $375 million – figures derived from confirmed and unconfirmed sources, including Planned Parenthood itself. Planned Parenthood also reports in its own annual report the slaughter of over 327,000 babies in 2013 alone, roughly the murder of nearly 900 babies each and every day of the year. Even ISIS can’t report such dastardly figures. Yes, I just compared Planned Parenthood to ISIS – both are organizations committed to savage barbarism.

Since 1970, Planned Parenthood is responsible for more than six million abortions – murders of innocent human beings who did nothing to deserve their death sentence. That is just Planned Parenthood’s contribution to this holocaust of humanity in the womb. Yes, I just compared the murder of six million babies to the Holocaust of European Jewry that also saw the murder of six million innocents.
That there is a lack of outrage on a national scale is akin to the loss of humanity that has grown in the United States since the passage of Roe v. Wade (1973) and since prayer was forbidden in the classrooms.
That there is more outrage over the killing of one lion – and I’m not defending that action if it was done illegally, as is the claim, demonstrates an off kilter set of priorities. PETA has actually called for the execution of Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion. I didn’t know PETA supported the death penalty.

All pro-life supporters are seeking is the defunding of Planned Parenthood. That organization sponges $500 million from the federal government – money coming out of the pockets of the taxpayers. There is a multitude of corporations who support Planned Parenthood financially. Let them continue to step up without pro-life taxpayers having blood on our hands for aiding and abetting both abortions and the dissemination of the body parts of innocent babies.

The United States Senate is set to vote Monday, August 3 on the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Not surprisingly, Barack Obama has threatened to veto such a defunding. This is not a political issue; at least is shouldn’t be, yet there are still too many Democrats willing to side with Planned Parenthood, no doubt because of the campaign dollars that flow their way. No, my friends, this is a moral issue; a moral outrage, that such an organization can continue to receive taxpayer dollars to murder babies and sell their parts. Selling human organs for profit is against the law and Planned Parenthood should be punished for doing so.

Planned Parenthood is not the only organization able to provide healthcare to women, as they claim is their first goal. Planned Parenthood claims no federal tax dollars fund actual abortions, but theirs is an operation that uses that money to fund abortions indirectly and that too needs to be stopped.

Thus far, 10 states have banned state funding of Planned Parenthood, including Texas and New Jersey. It’s time the remaining 40 got on board. Within a week of the revelations of Planned Parenthood’s organ selling operation, three of 41 major corporations have pulled their financial support from the abortion provider. The remaining 38 include American Express, Avon, Bank of America, Ben & Jerry’s, Macy’s, Nike, and Starbucks. (http://dailysignal.com/2015/07/21/meet-the-41-companies-that-donate-directly-to-planned-parenthood/) Let your conscience be your guide when considering patronizing these companies.

While liberals and those without a soul or a conscience continue their handwringing over the death of a lion while remaining silent regarding the continuing destruction of their own species, remember all lives matter. This includes those lives growing inside the womb for whom there is no voice. We must all be that voice – now more than ever.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN. He is thankful that his own mother, of Blessed memory, believed in life.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Trump Speaks From His Rump

Trump Speaks From His Rump
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
July 19, 2015

My wife and I met Donald Trump at the Iowa Freedom Summit in January. We both enjoyed hearing him speak and appreciated his candor – candor – Trump’s ability and desire to speak without a filter while saying what many of us are thinking.

I write that way, more often than not, because I believe in telling it like it is, like it ought to be, and that tap-dancing is for the stage not the political stump. I ardently agree with Trump on illegal immigration, while not his all-inclusive rant about the entirety of the Mexican population. Illegal immigration is a scourge in the United States and deleterious to the American future as a leader on the world stage. (http://sanfordspeaksout.blogspot.com/2015/07/san-francisco-is-no-treat.html)

I blasted Macy’s, ESPN, and other businesses for summarily dismissing Trump from their rosters because he employed his First Amendment freedom of speech. Don’t shop at Macy’s, I wrote, for their hypocrisy. After all, Martha Stewart, Sean Combs (a.k.a. Diddy), and Justin Bieber are not without controversy and yet they adorn Macy’s ads or have product lines on the retailer’s shelves.

But now, Trump has reached an actual low with his disgraceful remarks about Arizona Senator John McCain, the GOP’s standard bearer in 2008. And while I defend Trump’s First Amendment right of free speech, as I imagine the patriotic McCain would, I take umbrage with his comments critical of McCain the soldier.

Oft-critical of McCain the moderate Republican, and for numerous reasons, the man still served in the United States Navy during the war in Vietnam, and was a POW for five years in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. Trump, who never donned the uniform of his country, slammed McCain. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump ignorantly opined. Trump doubled down when he not only refused an opportunity to apologize to McCain, but called him a “dummy” for finishing at or near the bottom of his graduation class at the Naval Academy.

While a POW in Vietnam, McCain actually had an opportunity to be freed, but turned it down, as his release did not include his fellow prisoners. He remained in captivity with his men enduring unspeakable torture for five years. Mr. Trump, I like people who respect our military heroes and know when enough is enough. Use your freedom of speech to apologize to John McCain, for McCain is representational of all the men and women who wore the uniform in the past and those proudly wearing it now.

This nation is mourning the loss of five members of the United States military, murdered by a domestic jihadist. Trump’s insult of McCain is also an insult to the memories of those recently slaughtered; wounds too raw, too deep to be assaulted by Trump, speaking from his rump.

If Trump seriously wants to be Commander of Chief he had better remember that if not for the men and women in uniform the United States would not have come to fruition as a concept in 1776; would not have preserved the Union during the War of 1812 and the War Between the States; would not have defended itself during the Mexican-American  War, and Spanish-American War; would not have defended and aided allies during World War I, the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan; and would not have saved the world from dictatorial and despotic overthrow during World War II.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Domestic Jihadist Slaughters Marines

Domestic Jihadist Slaughters Marines
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
July 17, 2015

Yet another government policy has proven disastrous as gun free zones leave four brave United States Marines murdered, like sitting ducks in a locked cage at the hands of yet another Muslim extremist.

Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan, 40, saw two tours of duty in Iraq, earning himself two Purple Hearts. The Springfield, MA resident had been a Marine since 1997.

Staff Sergeant David Wyatt, 37, a native of Russellville, AR and resident of Chattanooga, TN attended the University of Montana. Wyatt is survived by his wife Lorri and two children.

Sergeant Carson Holmquist, 25, was from Grantsburg, WI and served two tours in Afghanistan. Holmquist is survived by his wife Jasmine and his two-year-old son Wyatt.

Lance Corporal Skip “Squire” Wells, 21, from Marietta, GA had studied history at Georgia Southern University.

May the memories of the fallen always be for a Blessing. Several others were wounded and being treated for their injuries.

Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a radicalized Islamic jihadist, whose name should be forgotten as quickly as possible, is the piece of detritus responsible for the attack on both a Naval training facility and a Naval Reserve support center in Chattanooga.

This horrific slaughter leads to three important questions. Why are members of the United States military, trained in the use of firearms, left unarmed? Why is a Kuwaiti-born, naturalized American who spent one month in Jordan last year not on a terror watch list? And why is the same Kuwaiti-born, American who spent one month in Jordan last year, whose father was on a terror watch list, also not on the same list?

Why? Because the same politically correct mishegas that got Kate Steinle murdered on July 1 of this year, in the illegal sanctuary city of San Francisco also produced four dead Marines, but for a different politically correct excuse. In the case of Steinle it was about not policing illegal aliens for fear of being called a racist or bigot. In the case of the four slaughtered Marines it was about not profiling radicalized Muslims with a propensity toward jihad, especially during the waning days of Ramadan when messages were remitted around the world calling for causing great calamity on the so-called infidels, for fear of being called a racist or bigot. (http://sanfordspeaksout.blogspot.com/2015/07/san-francisco-is-no-treat.html)

With domestic Islamo-terrorism on the rise in this country, it is not only incumbent upon the government, but imperative for the government to do its job of protecting the citizens of the United States, and not protect, in the case of Steinle’s murder, illegal aliens, and in the case of the murders of Sullivan, Wyatt, Holmquist, and Wells, domestic jihadists. Put law abiding Americans first.

The first action Barack Obama should take is the repeal of a Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 5210.56, signed into effect in February 1992 by Donald J. Atwood, Deputy Secretary of Defense under President George H.W. Bush.

Servicemen and women must have the wherewithal to defend themselves and the community around them at all times. American members of the armed forces must never be left in a defenseless state to be the prey of enemies of the state regardless of faith, nation of origin, race, gender, or any other group the government determines ranks higher in the pecking order over American citizens.

In recent history, was the lesson not learned after the slaughter at Fort Hood in Texas on November 5, 2009? Was the lesson not learned after the slaughter at the Washington Navy Yard on September 16, 2013? Obama could have put the works in motion prior to jetting off to New York City for a DNC fundraiser on July 17 as well as to catch a Broadway show on Saturday afternoon, according to Townhall.com. Nor did Obama have the decency to lower the White House flag to half-staff in memory of the fallen Marines. This is yet another example of the callousness of Obama following a tragedy.

Bottom line, the mere words “gun free zone” are an invitation to psychopaths of all stripes – see also the far too numerous school shootings. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution gives law abiding Americans the right to bear arms. If it’s good enough for criminals it sure as hell should be good enough for the law abiding to protect and defend their homes, their businesses, and most importantly, their families.

As for the growing domestic terrorism and jihad inflicted upon innocent, law abiding Americans, yes, profiling is necessary. A closer monitoring of the travel plans of all individuals holding an American passport is vital. If someone is traveling to an enemy state, it behooves the proper authorities to know why.

A cessation of all immigration and student visas from not just enemy states, but any nation voting against the United States more than 50 percent of the time in the United Nations should immediately be implemented. Some points are just simple common sense, which admittedly isn’t all that common these days.

Juan Williams, on Fox News opined that arming military recruiters at the recruitment centers would be akin to the Wild West. What’s wild are the domestic Islamist militant terrorists with guns a blazing mowing down innocent Americans in their quest to spread evil. In the real Wild West, bank robbers ran wild robbing unarmed banks. The solution? To this day, most banks have armed security.

For those opposing arming our trained military personnel, what’s next my wife inquired rhetorically; disarming police? Maintaining this clearly failed policy renders our military impotent and vulnerable. Vulnerable military – a term I thought I would never utter or write.

The political correctness and perpetual heads in the sand must stop before more and more innocent Americans are eviscerated. Pay attention, people, and speak up before the First Amendment becomes obsolete.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Sadly, following the initial posting of this column, US Naval Petty Officer Randall Smith, 26, a Navy logistics specialist, succumbed to his wounds. Smith, who played baseball at Defiance College, leaves behind his wife Angie and three daughters.

Friday, July 10, 2015

San Francisco is No Treat

San Francisco is No Treat
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
July 10, 2015

John Edwards (D-NC) was right when the former US Senator and vice presidential nominee oft professed in 2004 there are two Americas. In this case, it is legal America and illegal America.

In legal America, when an American citizen or legal resident commits a crime, is captured, and arrested, he or she is brought before the United States system of jurisprudence to face potential consequences.

In illegal America, when an illegal alien commits a crime, is captured, and arrested, he or she is not charged unless the level of crime reaches that of concern to the government. Local authorities and even ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) are summarily ordered to release these criminal illegals back into the communities from whence they committed their crimes. So called small crimes are overlooked and these criminal illegals are often not even remanded to their country of origin. In far too many cases, such criminal illegals that are actually deported find their way back to American soil, time and time again.

The tragic, unnecessary, and preventable homicide of Kathryn “Kate” Steinle, 32, in the sanctuary city of San Francisco, CA committed by illegal alien Francisco Sanchez, 45, a Mexican national has once again illuminated the horrifically broken system of law and justice. Sanchez was not only convicted of seven felonies, but incurred deportation five times, returning illegally after each ousting. Contact San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and the 11 members of the Board of Supervisors complicit in the murder of Steinle and politely express your outrage over this crime and continued illegality of the sanctuary city status.

This is not about the passing of comprehensive immigration reform. This is not about the DREAM Act, about which I have written calling it a bona fide American nightmare. This is not about GOP presidential aspirant Donald Trump and his recent comments.

This is about the criminal actions of the more than 200 sanctuary cities harboring hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens in violation of federal law. Cities such as Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, El Paso, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Portland (OR), Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Washington, DC are among the roster costing taxpayers $113 billion per year. This is about the continued and worsening plague of illegal aliens invading the United States. This is about the rule of law and how it is intentionally flouted by subversive sanctuary cities in favor of its own anarchistic system of chaos and crime. (For a comprehensive list of sanctuary jurisdictions: http://www.apsanlaw.com/law-246.List-of-Sanctuary-cities.html)

I have long written about not just the need to strip all sanctuary cities of any federal funding, but to end all entitlements for all illegal aliens – including, but not limited to receiving health care and hospitalization, education and in-state tuition, welfare and food stamps, as well as jobs and housing. I have been consistent in my call for deportation of all illegal aliens. After all, if the laws are not applied equally, what is the point of the laws?

At long last, legislation has been proposed by US Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) to block the more than 200 sanctuary jurisdictions from receiving federal law enforcement grants. This is a landmark attempt to finally strip sanctuary jurisdictions from ignoring federal law and placing millions of American citizens in harm’s way. Kate Steinle’s death should not be in vain. Nor should the deaths of thousands of other Americans at the hands of criminal illegals. (http://ow.ly/PlPDC)

As for the unlikely probability of deporting nearly 20 million criminal illegals, and yes, from the moment they step on American soil sans permission, they have committed a crime, if all entitlements are stripped from these people, some may self-deport, Make no mistake, calling for deportations is not racist, as the word itself sends red flags a-flying amongst knee-jerk liberals and anarchists wanting to compare me to the Nazis.

This comparison is a red herring designed to make those supporting deportation look like the closed minded xenophobes liberals hope to color them. Nazis, under Hitler, deported legal citizens from Germany typically to Poland simply because they were Jewish. It had nothing to do with having broken laws or being illegal aliens. In the US, deporting those who are here illegally is just.

This is not about race either. It is not racist to expect all people in the United States to abide by the same set of laws. This, once again, is about the rule of law. Let’s make this as simple as possible – a person in the United States illegally – without permission – has broken the law. Those people must be returned to their country of origin – after being photographed, fingerprinted, and included in a database of illegals captured and deported.

Should they return to the United States they should be imprisoned. The cost of such imprisonment should be billed to the illegal’s country of origin. Charging the native country for the incarceration of illegals is not a hyperbolic, symbolic gesture. These costs should be subtracted from any aid given to these countries.

Additionally, in support of strengthening immigration laws, the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution needs amending itself. No longer should “anchor babies” be considered legal American citizens simply because they happen to be born on American soil. When faulty or illegally obtained evidence is ruled as inadmissible in a court of law, it is typically referred to as “fruit of the poisonous tree.” As such, children born to those in this country illegally should not enjoy the privilege of American citizenship.

As with the children, why should the parents be rewarded with the privilege of legal status and eventual citizenship when their first act is to break the law of the country to which they will be asked to pledge allegiance and perhaps defend? This is not to say all illegal aliens are bad human beings and have sinister motives for stealing to this country, but this is about rule of law and how it need be applied across the board. Ironically, the Mexican government is stricter regarding those entering that country than the US is concerning the illegals crossing its borders.

When will America be for Americans again?

Sanctuary cities are illegal. They do not work, and are the machinations of liberals scheming to harbor those not deserving of protection, while abandoning the rights of taxpaying American citizens and legal residents. There is no defending the sanctuary city system, yet Barack Obama refuses to enforce the 1996 law enacted under the Bill Clinton administration stating that illegals are to be turned over to ICE.

All jurisdictions and those employed by those jurisdictions refusing to obey the law are complicit in the deaths of, as well as the other crimes such as rape, robbery, and assault committed against people by illegals.

With so many people claiming to be able to multi-task, why can’t the federal government, in concert with state governments, work together to deny entitlements, deport, and build an electric fence?

Sadly, securing the border did not occur under the Reagan administration even after he granted three million illegals amnesty. Reagan, a man, not a G-d, was saddled with a Democrat Congress, and while the issue of illegals and sanctuary cities did not start with Reagan; his administration seems a reasonable benchmark for the “modern era” of the issue.

Both the Republicans and the Democrats are complicit with passing the buck from one administration to the next like a hot potato while the numbers of illegals invading the United States continue to rise exponentially. Democrats see illegals as the next generation of Democrat voters, while the GOP sees them as cheap labor for the corporate donors to Republican campaigns. Illegals should never have the opportunity to vote in American elections and businesses hiring illegals should be fined the equivalent of 10 times a minimum wage worker working a 40-hour week for a 50 week period. There are millions of unemployed, underemployed, and otherwise able-bodied Americans in need of a paycheck.

And while the blame game continues, with Obama spokesman Josh Earnest both blaming Republicans for not passing comprehensive immigration reform, another red herring when discussing sanctuary cities, as well as simply referring the press to the Department of Homeland Security saying the White House does not comment on specific cases.

Such a load of crap and hypocrisy. While still fluid, Obama himself commented on the Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Freddie Gray cases – because they served his political and racial agenda. The Justice Department and FBI were dispatched to Ferguson, MO and Baltimore to investigate. What about to San Francisco? Yeah, not so much. Additionally, Obama sent three administration representatives to the Brown and Gray funerals. How many were on hand to bear witness at the funeral of Kate Steinle as she was laid to rest on July 9? Hearing crickets from the White House. Why? Because it doesn’t serve Obama’s narrative in the issues of race and immigration reform.

Friends, we are at a precipice in these United States. Are we to return to the days when America was for Americans – those born here, those who legally immigrated here from the world over for better lives and to contribute to making America a better, stronger nation? Or will this nation continue to traverse a road toward a bastardized, third world status living in an environment ruled by a feckless government with no intestinal fortitude racing toward anarchy?

The choice is ours, but we must work for what is best for the future of the United States of America – so help us G-d.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Contacting the San Francisco Mayor and 11 City Supervisors:

Mayor Ed Lee – mayoredwinlee@sfgov.org – 415-554-5184

District            Supervisor                             E-mail                                     Phone number
    1                  Eric Mar                     Eric.L.Mar@sfgov.org                      415-554-7410
    2                  Mark Farrell               Mark.Farrell@sfgov.org                   415-554-7752
    3                  Julie Christensen      Julie.Christensen@sfgov.org           415-554-7450
    4                  Katy Tang                   Katy.Tang@sfgov.org                      415-554-7460
    5                  London Breed           Breedstaff@sfgov.org                       415-554-7630
    6                  Jane Kim                    Jane.Kim@sfgov.org                        415-554-7970
    7                  Norman Yee               Norman.Yee@sfgov.org                   415-554-6516
    8                  Scott Wiener              Scott.Wiener@sfgov.org                  415-554-6968
    9                  David Campos          David.Campos@sfgov.org               415-554-5144
   10                 Malia Cohen              Malia.Cohen@sfgov.org                   415-554-7670

   11                 John Avalos               John.Avalos@sfgov.org                    415-554-6975