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Democrats reject common sense gun legislation

All four gun control bills before the Senate were voted down yesterday. I find these two interesting.

A Republican proposal to delay gun sales to individuals included on a government terror watch list failed in a mostly party-line vote of 53-47. The measure was sponsored by Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn. The bill would allow a judge to permanently block a purchase if the court determined probable cause that the individual is involved in terrorist activity.

And a Democratic option that sought to bar all gun sales to those individuals on the terror watch list failed 47-53, the second time the proposal went down to defeat after a mass shooting. California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein originally pushed the proposal in December after a shooting in San Bernardino, and revived it after the horrific Orlando nightclub shooting by a gunman who pledged allegiance to the terror group ISIS.

The Democrats, of course, are saying that in rejecting Feinstein’s bill, Republicans wish to sell guns to ISIS. As you can see, it is a little more complicated than that. It was, after all, the Democrats who voted down Cornyn’s bill.

What is the difference between the two bills? Cornyn’s bill blocked the purchase of firearms by those on the terrorist watch list for 72 hours and permanently with the order of a judge. Feinstein’s bill pretty much denies anyone on the list the ability to purchase firearms without explanation or form of appeal. You can be put on the list for any reason and denied the right to purchase arms without explanation.

In other words, the Democrats’ objection was to due process. The Democrats had the chance yesterday to delay and deny those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing weapons but decided they would rather not. Democrats would rather hatefully reject a Republican plan than make an incremental move toward their own supposed goal.


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Trump enters the general without money or organization

It doesn’t look good.

Donald J. Trump enters the general election campaign laboring under the worst financial and organizational disadvantage of any major party nominee in recent history, placing both his candidacy and his party in political peril.

Mr. Trump began June with just $1.3 million in cash on hand, a figure more typical for a campaign for the House of Representatives than the White House. He trailed Hillary Clinton, who raised more than $28 million in May, by more than $41 million, according to reports filed late Monday night with the Federal Election Commission.

He has a staff of around 70 people — compared with nearly 700 for Mrs. Clinton — suggesting only the barest effort toward preparing to contest swing states this fall. And he fired his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, on Monday, after concerns among allies and donors about his ability to run a competitive race.

The Trump campaign has not aired a television advertisement since he effectively secured the nomination in May and has not booked any advertising for the summer or fall. Mrs. Clinton and her allies spent nearly $26 million on advertising in June alone, according to the Campaign Media Analysis Group, pummeling Mr. Trump over his temperament, his statements and his mocking of a disabled reporter.

If wins in a landslide as some here think he will, it will change a lot about what we think we know about presidential races. I am skeptical he can win at all.

There is some polling information here.

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Remember Michelle Fields?

She was the Brietbart reporter who claimed that Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was was accused of handling roughly. Well, Lewandowski was fired by Trump. It turns out, Fields may have had something to do with it.


Remember how Trump fans said he never touched her? Remember when video showed he did, they changed the story to that it was no big deal? Remember how Trump defended him and said Fields may have had a bomb? Remember?

I remember and, perhaps, so does Ivanka.

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React to this quote….

Here is a quote from a politician…

“Politicians have used you and stolen your votes. They have given you nothing. I will give you everything. I will give you what you’ve been looking for for 50 years. I’m the only one.”

What is your reaction?

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AG Lynch: We are going to scrub history…

We obviously can’t have you Islamaphobes hear him praise ISIS, explain that he was killing to stop the bombing of his country or declare himself a jihadi.

In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Attorney General Loretta Lynch says that on Monday, the FBI will release edited transcripts of the 911 calls made by the Orlando nightclub shooter to the police during his rampage.

“What we’re not going to do is further proclaim this man’s pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda,” Lynch said. “We are not going to hear him make his assertions of allegiance [to the Islamic State].”

She also wants you know that it’s cool because he acted without outside direction.

“We see no clear evidence that he was directed externally,” the president added. “It does appear that at the last minute, he announced allegiance to ISIL. But there is no evidence so far that he was in fact directed by ISIL, and at this stage there’s no direct evidence that he was part of a larger plot.” ISIL is another name for ISIS, or the Islamic State.

For the record, leaderless resistance movements are a common manner in which insurgencies, guerrilla movements and terrorist cells work. The fact that Omar the Gay jihadi did not receive explicit guidance is petty much meaningless. ISIS guided him just as effectively withouy explicit control.

Leaderless resistance, or phantom cell structure, is a social resistance strategy in which small, independent groups (covert cells), including individuals (a solo cell called a “Lone Wolf”), challenge an established institution such as a law, economic system, social order, government, et cetera. Leaderless resistance can encompass anything from non-violent protest and civil disobedience to vandalism, terrorism and other violent activity. Leaderless cells lack bidirectional, vertical command links and operate without hierarchal command.

While it lacks a central command, the concept includes a common goal between the individual actor and the group or social movement from which the ideology was learned.

Given the simplicity of the strategy, as well as the fact that it is difficult to stamp out, leaderless resistance has been employed by a wide range of movements, including animal-liberation, radical environmentalist, anti-abortion activist, military invasion resistance, colonialism resistance, terrorist, and hate groups.

ISIS is guiding jihadis around the world though these sort of distributed, covert cells. That he wasn’t explicit guided and yet effectively acted is not reason to dismiss the attack as the activity of a lone wolf. ISIS has proved again and again that it has the ability to inspire terrorist acts without a vulnerable command and control system. This is cause for more, not less, concern.

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#ShootBack

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Damned right shoot back!

Sickers and posters featuring a rainbow-colored version of the Gadsden flag and the hashtag #ShootBack were raising eyebrows in West Hollywood on Thursday morning in the wake of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida.

The signage was affixed to electric boxes, light poles, trash cans and other fixtures near West Hollywood City Hall, the Pacific Design Center and along Santa Monica Boulevard. Several were hung near the Abbey Food & Bar, a well-known gay lounge.

The posters featured a coiled, striking rattlesnake, similar to the yellow Gadsden flag that reads “Don’t Tread On Me” and often is used by the Tea Party movement. The West Hollywood signs were rainbow-colored, like the gay pride flag.

“We are disturbed by them,” West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister said of the posters. “We don’t believe in an eye for an eye, and we advocate against gun violence.”

Disturbed? In what way is shooting back at a psychopathic killer with a dream of a huge body count disturbing? Does the mayor prefer that gay people just lie down and die?

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Can you conceal a long gun and ammo?

Um. Yeah, you can.

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“We need to do some soul searching.”

As usual, Obama blames the guns, not the the radical Islamic ideology of the jihadi triggerman.

“The fact that we make it this challenging for law enforcement, for example, even to get alerted that somebody who they are watching has purchased a gun — and if they do get alerted, sometimes it’s hard for them to stop them from getting a gun — is crazy. It’s a problem.

And we have to, I think, do some soul-searching.”

In response to that conservative commentator Dana Loesch took to Twitter with these awesome Tweets…

“We need to do some soul searching” says the president who gave guns to Mexican drug cartels and Garland Islamic terrorist Nadir Soofi.

“We need to do some soul searching” says the president whose admin simultaneously kept the Tsarnaevs on welfare and a watch list.

“We need to do some soul searching” says the president whose admin admittedly refused to prosecuted fraudulent 4473s.

“We need to do some soul searching” says the president who allowed illegally possessed gun crime prosecutions to plummet in his watch.

“We need to do some soul searching” says the president whose admin cut arms deals w mid eastern countries that punish homosexuality w death.

“We need to do some soul searching” says the president who released terrorists back to the battlefield to kill our troops.

“We need to do some soul searching” says the president who wants to render innocents defenseless while domestic terror attacks increase.

“We need to do some soul searching” says prez who refuses to bring charges against terror suspects on lists thus allowing them to buy guns.

“We need to do some soul searching” says the president who allowed terrorists into the country to murder in San Bernardino.

“We need to do some soul searching” says the prez whose response to Boston bombing was to go after pressure cookers instead of terrorism.

More at Twitchy.

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“NUTS!”

Alex Epstein, American author, energy theorist, industrial policy expert and is the founder and President of the Center for Industrial Progress posted his response to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Healey is demanding that ExxonMobil and its associates hand over 40 years of documents as part of her witch hunt of anthropogenic global warming skeptics.

The Center for Industrial Progress worked with ExxonMobil so, naturally, the unconstitutional witch hunt includes that organization. Epstein responded to Healey in about as measured a manner as is possible in this situation.

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Healy’s demand is a disgusting use of the power of the state to harass and punish political opponents. If Americans submit to this, the next stop is political re-education programs.

Epstein’s response was appropriate and is in the tradition of 101st Airborne Division commander Anthony McAuliffe’s response to Germans when, at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, the Nazis demanded he surrender. His one word response: “Nuts!”

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Florida Hate Crime?

Remember Clock Boy? Sure you do. He was the Muslim kid who bought an alarm clock at Walmart, took it out of its case, put it in an aluminum brief case and did his level set best to make the product look like a bomb. Then he took it to school.

Some poor sap took the Department of Homeland Security seriously when they said, “if you see something, say something.” He saw a Muslim kid with what looked like a bomb and he told someone. The cops questioned Clock Boy and Clock boy didn’t want to talk so they hauled him in.

Then the media started fretting that profiling had occurred. Preezy Slow Jam got involved. Hate crimes were suggested and Clock Boy’s family sued the school for millions. It went off like, well, clockwork.

In that environment, you have to question the judgement of Robbie Abell, co-owner of Lotus Gunworks of South Florida.

About five weeks before committing the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history at an Orlando nightclub, Omar Mateen visited a gun shop in this Florida city near his home and attempted to purchase body armor and bulk ammunition, the shop’s co-owner said Wednesday.

Mateen requested a heavy-duty type of body armor that is typically used by law enforcement, said Robbie Abell, co-owner of Lotus Gunworks of South Florida.

The store doesn’t carry any armor. However, it does carry bulk ammunition.

Because of his staff’s concerns about Mateen, Abell said the store “shut him down on all sales.”

Mr. Abell is a brave man refusing to sell a gun to a Muslim. Why, he could have been accused of hate crimes. He could have been mocked by the President of the United States. He could have been sued for millions. After all, if saying something about a Muslim kid carrying what looks like a bomb is a hate crime, surely refusing to sell bulk ammunition to a creepy, sullen Muslim man is too.

Lucky for Mr. Abell, it turns out that Omar the Gay Jihadi really was a terrorist. Otherwise his ass would be in deep trouble in the United States of America.

Remember, the good folks at Clock Boy’s junior high should have followed this advice: If you see something, say nothing or it may cost you millions.

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DT gets on board with the Democrats’ program?

Here we go…


Remember kids, once some faceless bureaucrat deep in the bowels of the central government puts your name on the terrorist watch list, there is no appeal process to be removed. Your rights will be suspended and there is no way to petition to have them restored.

Even if there is an appeal process developed, how burdensome will it be? How much time and expense will be required to negotiate the federal process? You can rest assured it will involve a hell of a lot more than writing a letter.

It’s just a matter of time until the default position for everyone is “on the list”.

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Better to die a victim than risk self defense?

I just read a Rolling Stone article supposedly written by a constitutional law professor calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment. It is a dogs breakfast of inanity that really should be fisked but I am going to focus on one paragraph. Here he makes an argument I have read a few times since the jihadi attack in Orlando.

Just think of what would have happened in the Orlando night-club Saturday night if there had been many others armed. In a crowded, dark, loud dance club, after the shooter began firing, imagine if others took out their guns and started firing back. Yes, maybe they would have killed the shooter, but how would anyone else have known what exactly was going on? How would it not have devolved into mass confusion and fear followed by a large-scale shootout without anyone knowing who was the good guy with a gun, who was the bad guy with a gun, and who was just caught in the middle? The death toll could have been much higher if more people were armed.

He is basically arguing that people are better off trapped and defenseless in a closed room with a mad dog killer who wants as large a body count as possible than risking defending themselves.

What is worse than being trapped on the floor, covering your head and weeping as a killer methodically works his way to you executing people one at a time? What is worse than the realization that you are next and there is absolutely, positively nothing you can do to stop the bullet that is going to shatter your skull in two seconds? What could be worse than that?

According to this writer the only thing worse than that is people returning fire. People fighting for their lives is worse. People defending themselves and others is just too dangerous. Why is that worse? Somebody might get hurt.

I really don’t understand the degraded and deranged state of mind that believes it is better to die as a defenseless victim than risk defending yourself… and I hope I never do.

No link to that rag. You can Google it up if you want to read that tripe.

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The New York Times compares gun violence

They compare the gun violence in the United States to other industrialized countries an find that the rate of homicides by firearms is much higher in the United States. They blame that, of course, on the guns.

Counting mass shootings that make headlines and the thousands of Americans murdered one or a few at a time, gunshot homicides totaled 8,124 in 2014, according to the F.B.I.

This level of violence makes the United States an extreme outlier when measured against the experience of other advanced countries.

Around the world, those countries have substantially lower rates of deaths from gun homicide.

That doesn’t quite tell the whole story, however. Let’s look a little closer. Here are some per 100,000 gun death statistics…

– United States: 10.54
– Canada: 1.97
– France: 2.83
– Italy: 1.13
– Norway: 1.75
– Sweden: 1.47
– Switzerland: 3.08

Yikes. The US is much higher than those other advanced economies. But that doesn’t tell the whole story about the United States, does it? For example, look at the figures for these states.

– Iowa: 0.7
– Maine: 0.8
– New Hampshire: 0.4
– North Dakota: 0.6
– Utah: 0.8
– Vermont: 0.3

What’s up with that? The rates of firearms related deaths in those states are far lower than in the European counties above. Furthermore, all of those states have lax gun laws and very high rates of gun ownership. If lax gun laws and availablility of firearms cause gun crime, why are these states’ rates so low?

Maybe we should have a look at the rate in localities in the US where gun laws are strict and getting a legal gun is difficult.

– Detroit: 47.5
– Baltimore: 29.5
– Oakland: 27.3
– Chicago: 16.4
– Washington DC: 16.5

So let me get this straight: In states where gun laws are lax, guns are in nearly every home and are carried everywhere by law abiding citizens, the gun murder rate is very low. Lower even than in other industrialized nations.

In cities in the United States with restrictive gun laws and virtually no concealed carry, the gun murder rate is more than an order of magnitude greater than in the lax states and much, much higher than the US average.

Hmmmm… Considering these facts, it is pretty much impossible to blame gun crimes on the availability of guns, isn’t it?

Does anyone have any ideas what the cause might be?

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Congressman: Freedom of speech doesn’t apply to AGW skepticism

Basically, he is saying lies aren’t protected. That’s his argument.

California congressmen wrote a letter to state attorney general Kamala Harris claiming the freedom of speech “is not designed to protect fraud and deceit” of the likes being spread by oil company ExxonMobil about global warming.

Nineteen Democratic lawmakers told Harris her “investigation as to whether ExxonMobil lied about the truth of climate change and misled investors does not constitute an effort to silence speech or scientific research.

Here is a little schooling for the congressman….

United States v Alvarez (2012) raised the question of whether the First Amendment allowed prosecution of a newly elected member of a California water board who introduced himself to a group of citizen as a 25-year Marine veteran who had been “awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.” Alvarez was prosecuted under the Stolen Valor Act which authorizes imprisonment for anyone who “falsely represents himself or herself…to have been awarded any decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the Armed Forces of the United States.” The Supreme Court, on a 6 to 3 vote, affirmed the Ninth Circuit decision overturning Alvarez’s conviction. Justice Kennedy (joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor) applied strict scrutiny to the law and noted that content-based restrictions on speech were almost always unconstitutional.

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Clinton: If the FBI is investigating you, the Bill of Rights doesn’t apply

Hillary Clinton, currently the subject of an FBI investigation, argues that people who are the subject of FBI investigations are no longer protected by the Bill of Rights.

The former secretary of state said identifying lone wolf shooters like Mateen and the couple that carried out last year’s shooting in San Bernardino, California, would be a “top priority.” Clinton advocated for beefing up intelligence gathering tools for law enforcement and working with local leaders to identify signs of radicalization.

Clinton also pledged to continue to advocate for gun reform, calling for a ban on the type of assault rifle used by Mateen and saying someone under FBI suspicion should not be allowed to purchase firearms.

“If the FBI is watching you for suspected terrorist links, you shouldn’t be able to go buy a gun, no questions asked,” Clinton said.

What other aspects of the Bill of Rights does an FBI investigation invalidate? The prohibition against unlawful arrest? The right to not-self incriminate? The prohibition against unlawful search and seizure? The prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment? If an FBI investigation invalidates one entire amendment to the Bill of Rights, it surely invalidates other rights protected therein.

More here.

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Omar, the Gay Jihadi

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A narrative is emerging that the warrior for Allah may have been dabbling in the forbidden fruits himself.

A former classmate of Omar Mateen’s 2006 police academy class said he believed Mateen was gay, saying Mateen once asked him out.

Officials say Mateen shot and killed 49 people and injured 53 others at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning.

The classmate said that he, Mateen and other classmates would hang out, sometimes going to gay nightclubs, after classes at the Indian River Community College police academy. He said Mateen asked him out romantically.

It would make sense, wouldn’t it? It is pretty common knowledge that the most virulent anti-gay men are often self-loathing, repressed homosexuals themselves. The evidence is piling up that Omar liked to hang out in gay clubs.

Repressed Homosexuality combined with deep self-loathing and a heaping helping of Islamic fundamentalism is a volatile combination.

More here.

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Orlando jihadi didn’t use an AR-15

He used a Sig Sauer MCX carbine.

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I don’t know that this matters except to say that anti-gunners have come to believe any black rifle is an AR-15. It’s their go-to scary rifle.

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Alan Grayson can fire an AR-15 at 700 rounds a minute!

Or so he claims…

That’s almost 12 trigger pulls a second! If he was using 30 round magazines, he would need to change mags 24 times in that minute or once every two and a half seconds.

Hell, I’d like to see that.

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If you see something….

A neighbor of the San Bernardino jihadist killers said he did not want to report his suspicions regarding the killers because he didn’t want to be accused of Islamophobia. The men and fellow officers serving with Fort Hood mass-murderer said the same thing. Right on cue, a former co-worker of the Orlando jihadist killer says that their employer did nothing about the guy because he was Muslim. You can report Christians all day long but you must never report a Muslim lest you be branded.

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Obama assures us all Syrian refugees allowed to immigrate to US will be screened

Regarding that screening….

The dead Orlando terrorist who murdered at least 49 people at an Orlando nightclub was investigated by the FBI for terror links twice – and was linked to American suicide bomber Moner Abu Salha.

Agents did not charge Omar Mateen on both occasions and concluded he ‘only had minimal contact’ with Florida man Abu Salha who blew himself up for the Al Nusra Front in Syria 2014.

Mateen was also investigated by the FBI for making ‘inflammatory remarks’ to his colleagues alleging that he had terrorist ties – but again no further action was taken.

He kept his job with a global security firm, G4S, and was able to legally buy guns that were used in the worst mass shooting in American history that killed 49 and injured 53 others inside the Orlando gay nightclub.

Mateen called 911 to pledge allegiance to ISIS during the massacre and also praised the Boston bombers.

I gotta tell you folks, my confidence in government screening of Islamists isn’t high. Not high at all.

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The natural born children of immigrants as terrorists

It seems to be a trend both here and in Europe. This was from 2013.

The report found that potential homegrown terrorists have the following characteristics; they are second or third generation immigrants, middle class, educated, recent converts to Islam, live unremarkable lives with ordinary jobs and have little, if any, criminal history. Those six points all describe the Boston bombers.

Asked about the possible motives of the Tsarnaev brothers, their uncle Ruslan Tsarni said, “Being losers. Failure to settle themselves. These are the only reasons I can imagine of!” Tsarni’s anguished comments about his nephews highlight a key issue, “failure to settle.” Another way of saying that would be failure to assimilate.

The failure of second generation immigrants like the Tsarneavs to fully assimilate deserves study. Much of the research on immigrants shows that second generation immigrants in general have done a good job of assimilating.
It also deserves study because of one specific finding of a recent Pew Research Center study, “Second-Generation Americans: A Portrait of the Adult Children of Immigrants.”

This is from 2009. Born in Amsterdam.

Take the case of Mohammed Bouyeri, perhaps the most infamous member of a network of aspiring jihadists that Dutch authorities dubbed the “Hofstad Netwerk,” in 2004. Bouyeri, then a 26-year-old formerly secular social worker born to Moroccan immigrants in Amsterdam, could also trace his radicalization to outrage over the Iraq war. He became influential among a loosely connected group of about 100 young Dutch Muslims, most of whom were in their late teens and born in the Netherlands. The network informally coalesced around three or four active participants, some of whom had acquired a local reputation for trying (and failing) to fight the jihad abroad. Some of the initial meetings were at demonstrations for international Muslim causes, others at radical mosques, but mostly they met in Internet chatrooms. Other popular meeting spots included Internet cafes or the few apartments of the older members, as most of the network still lived with their parents. The group had no clear leader and no connection to established terrorist networks abroad.

On Nov. 2, 2004, Mohammed Bouyeri brutally murdered Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh on an Amsterdam street, nearly sawing off van Gogh’s head and pinning a five-page note threatening the enemies of Islam to his victim’s chest.

This is from 2012…

Jihadi terrorism has since evolved into an internal threat with the emergence of loose-knit homegrown terrorist organizations. Second and third generation immigrants have increasingly turned to militant Islam, radicalizing against the very society into which they were born and raised. This phenomenon is complex, stemming from an identity crisis in which second and third generation immigrants do not feel a sense of belonging to their European host societies, nor their ethnic countries of origin. Radical Islam provides a sense of dignity and purpose to youth that oftentimes feel marginalized and discriminated against. There they also find a badly needed sense of identity derived from the greater Islamic community and its fixed value system. Radicalization is a threat to social cohesion in Europe, and requires a nuanced and precise counter-terrorism policy that will increase trust and communication between groups.

At this point, most of the jihadist incidents seem to be conducted by native born terrorists who seem to be fully integrated into the Western culture but, at some point, become radicalized. They are independent agents.

The bottom line: A non-trivial number of Muslims in the West are rejecting Western standards. Even in the second and third generations.

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Breaking: Jihad in Orlando

It looks bad.

Suspected Islamic extremist shoots dead at least 20 dead at Florida gay club after bursting in ‘wearing a suicide vest’ and taking hostages – injuring a further 42 – before he is killed in shootout

  • Suspected Islamic extremist opened fire inside Pulse gay club in Orlando in the early hours of this morning
  • He shot more than 40 people – killing about 20 – and took party-goers hostage before being killed by police
  • Shooter, believed to be in his 20s, was carrying a suspicious device, possibly a suicide vest, when he attacked
  • Police used an explosive device to distract the gunman and rescue around 30 people who had been taken hostage
  • Police engaged in gunfire with the man and an officer was shot in the head, but he was saved by his helmet
  • FBI says gunman may have ‘leanings to radical Islamic terrorism’ and it is being investigated as ‘an act of terrorism’
  • Took place four miles from where The Voice singer Christina Grimmie, 22, was shot dead at The Plaza Live on Friday
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The video that makes me think my life is a barren waste…

It’s called Summer Dreams. Indeed.

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The wild ass hypocricy of the New York State Attorney General

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New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman plans to bring suit against corporations and individuals who have stated skepticism about man-made global warming. Freedom of speech be damned….

The New York attorney general has begun an investigation of Exxon Mobil to determine whether the company lied to the public about the risks of climate change or to investors about how such risks might hurt the oil business.

According to people with knowledge of the investigation, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued a subpoena Wednesday evening to Exxon Mobil, demanding extensive financial records, emails and other documents.

The investigation focuses on whether statements the company made to investors about climate risks as recently as this year were consistent with the company’s own long-running scientific research.

Yesterday he had the audacity to Tweet this.


The Gawker case was approved by a judge, decided by a jury and upheld by an appellate judge. This was not a miscarriage of justice and it isn’t about free speech. The case was is about an gross invasion of privacy. Schneiderman and the rest of the left are pissed about Gawker because the suit against it was backed by a libertarian billionaire and libertarian billionaires are just unacceptable to the left.

Oh, and by the way, if the AG thinks that these awards are excessive, then he should back tort reform. That isn’t going to happen, however. The office of the New York Attorney general lives on lawsuits. It always has.

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Is Trump support authoritarian in nature?

In the from a couple hours ago, we discovered that the science guys read their Tarot cards upside-down or something because it turns out that liberals are generally more authoritarian than are conservatives; not the reverse. Why? Because science.

In the video below, an argument is made that Trump supporters are authoritarians at heart.

(Yes, I know this is a Vox video. Let’s not shoot the stupid messenger.)

I have been thinking about this divide for a while. I find it fascinating.

On one extreme here, the Troll loves Trump and absolutely hates libertarians whom he calls “Ayn Randists”. He wants some damned order. He wants free trade crushed and the jobs “brought home”. Other Trump supporters here feel that illegal immigration is the biggest issue being faced by America and that is justification enough for becoming single-issue Trump supporters. They like Trump.

On the other extreme here is, well, libertarian me. You know, the guy who thinks the Guatemalan roofers in my town are a good thing. The guy who thinks Christian bakers should just bake the damned cake for their “three-dollar-bill” customers. The guy who thinks that no matter how badly the Chinese manipulate trade, it’s still better than no trade with the Chinese. They guy who doesn’t feel like being called a “globalist” is worse than being called a mother fucker. I hate Trump.

I am no authoritarian. I am a F.A. Hayek follower and believer in the cultivation of spontaneous order. I believe that government that governs least governs best. I think populism is just crowd-sourced totalitarianism. I believe that authoritarianism is not only oppressive to liberty, it is an inefficient way to organize our society and our civilization.

The bottom line, the video made sense to me.

What do you think?

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