I would say that the Brexit vote left me EUphoric, but that would be wrong. From now on, I’m just phoric. And for added phoria, some great political cartoons and a few just plain silly things:
All of those who read this blog already know everything Bill Whittle says: that Islam has a violence problem; that Islam is now and has always been at war with everyone (i.e., it doesn’t play well with others); that there’s something very wrong about Obama’s rigid refusal to acknowledge Islam’s problems and his administration’s overtime efforts to erase Islam from the violence playbook; and that Obama’s cowardice means that millions of law-abiding Muslims stay silent because they know that our American government won’t protect them against their worst enemy, the fundamentalists in their midst.
It’s just that Whittle says it so well….
Islam is the problem. This does not mean that all Muslims are the problem. In fact, most aren’t. But those who owe fealty to a literalist interpretation of Mohammed’s words are a problem, there are lots of them, and we need to name them and then destroy them.
Both these videos address naming Islam, and I urge you to watch both of them. Then, the next time you hear someone repeat Obama’s vacuous editorializing about guns (bad) versus the enemy who shall not be named (good at heart), you’ll have a response ready.
The first video is from an Israeli rabbi (American born, I suspect), who rips apart Obama’s vacuous temper tantrum against Trump for the latter’s having dared to say that Obama’s refusal to name the enemy is a terribly disturbing phenomenon:
The following is a real transcription (the best I can do from memory) of a real conversation I overheard between two people, one of whom is beginning to see the light, and the other of whom embraces the darkness:
Truth Seeker: The problem is with Islam.
True Believer: No, it’s not. The problem is guns.
Seeker: But Muslims are doing most of these violent attacks around the world. Name me one positive thing Muslims have done lately.
Believer: That’s so racist.
Seeker: It’s not racist for me to ask you a question. Name one positive thing Muslims have done lately.
Believer: You don’t know what you’re talking about.
Seeker: I’m not talking about anything. I’m asking you to name one positive thing Muslims have done lately. Tell me one good thing about the religion.
Believer: I don’t have time for this now.
Seeker: It’s not going to take time. I just asking you to tell me one thing.
Believer: You are such a racist.
Seeker: One thing.
Believer: Islam is a religion of peace. [Storming out of the room.]
It’s going to take a lot of reality mugging for the true believers to open their minds. I suspect some of them will go to the grave (and, if they’re in angry Muslim territory, that should happen quickly) believing that it’s racist to challenge the empty conclusion that “Islam is a religion of peace.”
After World War II, Pastor Martin Niemöller penned his famous “First they came” poem, detailing the cowardice of the intelligentsia in the lead-up to WWII. It’s time for an updated version of that, one for the jihadists in our midst:
First they came for the box cutters and utility blades,
But I did not need a box cutter because I had shoes.
Then they came for the shoes,
But I did not need shoes because I had bottles of baby formula.
Then they came for the water bottles and baby formula,
But I did not need water bottles and baby formula because I had legally purchased guns.
. . . Illegally acquired guns, bombs, toxic gas, machetes, knives, blunt objects (including my own fists and feet), acid, cages full of people drowned, grenade launchers, accelerants to burn people alive, buildings from which to throw people, crosses on which to crucify them, ropes with which to hang them, control over food so as to starve them, and all the other weapons of death and torture available to a depraved mind.
But I have to tell you — I’m awfully glad they came for the legally purchased guns because, once they were completely disarmed, it made it so much easier for me to terrorize Americans and Europeans.
By the way, now they’re not coming for anything any more. Why not? Because they are all either dead, enslaved, or converted.
Belshazzar was a great king who sneered at the Bible, partied decadently, and failed to read the handwriting on the wall when he might still have saved himself and his people.* His story is the story of the American Left.
For the entirely of the Obama presidency, the Left focuses obsessively on sex and drugs, gun control, and abandoning reason, whether this abandonment takes the form of their faith in the failed gods of climate change; their insistence that sex, which is embedded in our DNA, is a mere societal construct; or their refusal to recognize that there is an enemy massing at the gate. (Heck! Their chosen leader keeps inviting the enemy in, in ever greater numbers.)
Here’s what we know:
Islam is fanatically anti-gay:
This is what Muslims do to gays when they get the opportunity —
ISIS throws them off roofs:
Iran hangs them:
Saudi Arabia imprisons, beats, and executes gays. “Malaysian law currently provides for whipping and up to a 20-year prison sentence for homosexual acts involving either men or women.” Being gay in the Palestinian world is so dangerous that gay men routinely seek haven in Israel. Afghanistan imposes the death penalty for homosexuality. However, in a world where men can go throughout their lives without ever seeing any women except their mother, the Afghanis have added a sick twist: Sex with a beardless boy is not considered homosexuality, so child rape is normative and, indeed, subject to full societal approval.
That’s the Muslim culture — it’s sick, ugly, violent, and murderous.
And what do we know about Omar Mateen, the man responsible for shooting up an Orlando nightclub, killing 50 and wounding 53 members of the LGBT community? Well, we know a lot:
1. Mateen was an American-born Muslim.
2. His father ran for President of Afghanistan and strongly supported the Taliban.
3. Mateen opened the attack by hollering “Allahu Akbar,” the standard jihadist cry.
4. During the rampage, Mateen specifically called 911 to pledge allegiance to ISIS (see photos ISIS throwing gays off buildings, above).
5. During the same call, Mateen made known his support for the Tsarnaev brothers, who bombed the Boston Marathon.
6. U.S. Security knew about Mateen’s Islamic loyalty, but beyond questioning him a few times, was passive. (Probably because the Obama administration’s top-down leadership makes it clear that law enforcement should not scrutinize Muslims.)
7. The evidence for his alleged non-Islamic instability is that his ex-wife says he was violent and beat her — which is unstable by American standards, but normative in Afghani Muslim culture.
So let’s put the pieces together: A culture that loathes gays; a culture that kills gays whenever it has the power to do so; and a man who comes from and swears allegiance to that culture and who, when he has the power to do so, kills gays. I think we’re on to something here. The problem is Islam.
For a few, brief hours this morning, the Leftists on my Facebook feed were mourning the dead and making tentative little comments in the direction of Islam maybe, just maybe, having a problem. Heck, over at Mediate (a Progressive outlet), Tommy Christopher temporarily took his blinders off entirely:
We don’t know much about the shooter yet, but let’s keep it real, folks, we know enough about him to know that maybe it’s time we take the politically correct gloves off and realize that maybe the people calling for a total ban on these people aren’t completely off-base. Just a temporary ban, until we can figure this out.
As a liberal, it’s hard for me to admit that maybe I’ve been wrong in supporting the sorts of half-measures that allowed this atrocity to take place, but freedom is important to me. But our weak-willed politicians have failed to keep us safe from these people, unwilling even to find abetter way to vet them, let alone to keep the most dangerous ones from slipping through. I’ve heard all of the arguments before, that not all of them are killers, but all of the killers seem to be them. Meanwhile, we have a president who refuses to even identify them by name.
The Constitution protects their most cherished practices, but it doesn’t, or it shouldn’t, protect this unmitigated slaughter. We shouldn’t need to infringe on the good ones to weed out the bad ones, we just need the good ones to be a little more cooperative. When was the last time you heard one of them denounce their own for this perversion of their beliefs? They act like this scourge has nothing to do with them, when clearly, this scourge emanates from within their ranks, and they actively oppose any effort to stem it. In fact, their perfect solution is to attract more converts.
After reading that, a friend and I were speaking and we thought/hoped that maybe those who died in Orlando were martyrs to a real cause — with that cause being the Left finally waking up to the reality, which is that the enemy is real, it is reading the Koran, and it wants to kill us.
I should have known better than to get my hopes up. Obama instantly put the blame where he feels it belongs to be — on Americans and their guns (emphasis mine):
We are still learning all the facts. This is an open investigation. We’ve reached no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer. The FBI is appropriately investigating this as an act of terrorism. And I’ve directed that we must spare no effort to determine what — if any — inspiration or association this killer may have had with terrorist groups. What is clear is that he was a person filled with hatred. Over the coming days, we’ll uncover why and how this happened, and we will go wherever the facts lead us.
The shooter targeted a nightclub where people came together to be with friends, to dance and to sing, and to live. The place where they were attacked is more than a nightclub — it is a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have come together to raise awareness, to speak their minds, and to advocate for their civil rights.
Today marks the most deadly shooting in American history. The shooter was apparently armed with a handgun and a powerful assault rifle. This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub. And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.
First, no mention of Islam. Indeed, Obama questioned whether there even was an ideology (“if any”) driving the attack, despite the fact that the killer belongs to a religion that hates and kills gays, and swore fealty to the worst branch of that religion as he was slaughtering the innocents.
In Obama’s eyes, Islam will forever remain pure and peaceful. Indeed, Obama once said that the call to prayer is ““one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.” This is the call to prayer, just so you can compare its prettiness to, say, bird calls, the wind in the trees, a loved one’s voice, a Beethoven concerto, or anything else you like.
Second, he makes it political: Gay nightclubs, he assures us, are about civil rights. Back in my youth in San Francisco, when I had a bunch of gay friends, I had the occasion to visit gay nightclubs with them. They are not venues for advocating for civil rights. They’re for dancing — great dancing — and anonymous gay sex.
Third, Obama makes the death about Americans — read: Republicans — and their love of guns. San Bernardino was a gun control failure. Orlando is a gun control failure. Apparently 9/11, during which no guns were used, was also a gun control failure. Because in Obama’s world, when it comes to Islam, it’s never about Islam; it’s always about destroying the Second Amendment.
Well, within minutes of Obama’s statements, my Progressive friends got their marching orders. Here’s a sampling of my feed:
You know what? These people are sick. And when I say “these people,” I’m not talking about murderous Muslims, I’m talking about brain-dead Progressives. They worship multiple false idols. (Speaking of which, Planned Parenthood came out strongly against murdering innocents. Really, it did:
The handwriting is on the wall in letters big enough to be seen from outer space and they witter on about guns. It doesn’t seem to occur to any of them that if one or more of the people in the nightclub had also been armed, there’s a real possibility that they could have stopped the shooter when the number of victims was still in the single digits. That’s what happened in Israel when it relaxed its strict gun laws in the face of Muslim machine gun attacks.
How many more conservatives and others who recognize the threat from Islam are going to have to die because of this blind stupidity? And honestly, as long as they’re shouting for gun control, not Muslim control, I don’t give a flying fuck how many more gun control Leftists die. They deserve to be the first sacrifices on their own insane, blood-drenched altar.
In the coming election, as between Trump and Hillary (and no, neither Scott Walker nor Mitt Romney, nor anyone else, will get drafted at the convention), I’m voting for Trump and wish I could vote twice. Hillary is the queen of gun control and the friend of every Muslim, from her aide Huma Abedin (a true daughter of the Muslim Brotherhood), to all the Saudis** and Iranians whose backsides she’s kissed over the years in exchange for their money. Trump, whatever else his other issues, has the raw courage to state loudly and brutally that we have a problem with Islam, because Islam has a problem with us.
So ask yourself: Do you really want this woman in the White House?
* 1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand. 2 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein. 3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them. 4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone. 5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. *** 24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written. 25 And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. 26 This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. 27 TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. 28 PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. 29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. 30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain. (From The Book of Daniel, Chapter 5, King James Edition.)
** And yes, I know that the Saudis, terrified by the Iranian threat, are drawing closer to Israel, but that does not erase the fact that it is their money that funded the Sunni Wahabbism that underlies so much of the Muslim world’s fanaticism today. Israel is making common cause with Saudi Arabia because the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Hillary is making common cause with a country that bans all religions but Islam, cuts of thieves hands, gives its beheaders full-time work, censors all free political speech, subordinates women, and kills or tortures cause because . . . money.
For more of my thoughts on the incalculable benefits of our Second Amendment, complete with actual facts and real arguments, please think about buying my latest ebook, Our Second Amendment Rights In Ten Essays
I’m doing actual legal work today, but I want to clear my spindle before it gets completely out of control. Here goes, a quick, down-and-dirty round-up:
President Trump? Scott Adams has pretty much nailed everything that’s happened so far in this election, at least when it comes to Trump’s tactics and trajectory. Watch him on Bill Maher’s show explaining precisely why he thinks Trump will win, and win big. He also says not to worry: Trump will not be a crazy, war-mad, racist, irrational president — although Hillary could be a problem if elected because she’s a walking alcohol cabinet and drug pharmacopeia.
ACLU Director mugged by reality and other bathroom musings. When Maya Dillard Smith, interim director of the Georgia chapter of the ACLU, went into a public bathroom with her daughters, only to have the girls frightened by some manly looking so-called women, she summarily quit the ACLU, went public with the reason she quit, and was roundly and soundly ignored by America’s mainstream media.
Incidentally, I asked two boys who are in high school if they think the Obama directive will result in boys who are not transgender taking advantage of its broad language and visiting girl’s bathrooms and locker rooms. Both boys instantly answered “No! No one would ever do that.” Then they said, “The girls would chase them out.” Then, after a moment’s cogitation, they proceeded to name all the “weird,” “goofy” boys they knew who would, in fact, probably take advantage of the opportunity to see teen girls naked or nearly so.
And while I’m on the subject, people concerned by the ongoing sexual assaults against Muslim women in refugee camps have a radical solution for the problem: separate bathrooms for men and women. No, I’m not kidding. The Lefties on my real-me Facebook page, the same ones championing Obama’s transgender diktats, are thrilled about this idea. We truly are a culture that’s moved beyond parody.
If you haven’t read Jerome K. Jerome’s charming Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, first published in 1886, I recommend it. It is a pleasant antidote to today’s Sturm und Drang. But if you like to be mentally perturbed, you can’t do better than to read this post.
All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others. During a Private Facebook discussion, a British graduate student quoted the Bible to support Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk. When this private discussion got publicized, the university decided it might have offended people, and immediately expelled him from its Master’s program:
Ngole’s future at the university was then subjected to the “Fitness to Practice” committee, which ruled that his conservative Christian beliefs about marriage would negatively impact his “ability to carry out a role as a social worker” and that his post “transgressed boundaries which are not deemed appropriate for someone entering the social work profession.”
The committee ruled that Ngole was to be “excluded from further study on a program leading to a professional qualification.” In late February, the school informed Ngole that he would no longer be recognized as a university student.
“Your student record will be terminated shortly and your library membership and university computer account withdrawn,” Ngole was told. “You may wish to contact your funding body for advice on your financial position.”
Ngole appealed the committee’s decision . . . and lost:
He was told by the university’s appeals office that his post was “inappropriate” and went against outlined conduct. The appeals committee determined that the expulsion was a “proportionate” punishment.
George Orwell published Animal Farm in 1945 and 1984 in 1948. He was prophetic, with 1984 becoming a reality only 32 years after he first predicted an all-controlling government.
Meanwhile, suffer the little children…. There’s not a speck of blood to be seen in this video, there are no bombs exploding, body parts flying, or knives flashing, yet it is one of the scariest videos I’ve ever watched:
I have a really stupid question, but I hope you all will take it seriously because I’m genuinely confused about the answer.
We all know that in Europe, ISIS is using both newly arrived refugee operatives and long-residing fifth-column residents to embark on a bloody terrorist campaign in Europe. My stupid question is this: What is ISIS’s end goal?
The reason I ask is because it’s reasonably clear to me what ISIS cannot achieve, but unclear to me what it wants to accomplish:
ISIS cannot accomplish the imminent conquest of Europe in the traditional sense of a victorious country taking over the entire government infrastructure. In other words, we’re not looking at a repeat of Germany’s blitzkrieg European takeover in the earliest days of WWII. ISIS doesn’t have enough bodies on the ground to make that happen and the reality is that Europe possesses the weapons, whether because of its militarized police or its little armies.
It wasn’t just women who were attacked on New Year’s Eve in Cologne. When I first read about the hundreds of sexual attacks that Muslim immigrants perpetrated against women in Cologne, Germany, on New Year’s Eve, I only vaguely recorded the fact that the Muslims were also setting off fireworks. It was only in the back of my mind that I asked myself “Are over-the-counter fireworks part of the European New Year tradition?” It turns out that, whether or not they’re part of the New Year tradition, they were definitely fired as part of the “We are Muslims and we don’t allow any other religions to function around us” tradition:
Barbara Schock-Werner, who served as cathedral architect between 1999 and 2012, was present at the well-attended religious service along with several thousand other worshippers. Shock-Werner told the German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine, that the cathedral experienced an unprecedented and massive rocket and ‘banger’ fireworks barrage that lasted the whole service.
“Again and again the north window of the cathedral was lit up red, because rocket after rocket flew against it,” she said. “And because of the ‘bangers’, it was very loud. The visitors to the service sitting on the north side had difficulties hearing. I feared at times that panic would break out.”
Cardinal Rainer Woelki, who presided at the New Year’s mass, also complained about the “massive disruptions.”
“During my sermon loud ‘bangers’ could be heard,” Woelki said in the paper, Die Welt. “I was already annoyed beforehand about the loud noises that were penetrating into the cathedral.”
Shock-Werner believes the religious service was deliberately “targeted for disruption” due to the attack’s timing. The mass took place between 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., which, she said, “is actually no time to be already shooting off New Year’s rockets in such great volume.”
If anyone tells you that more Muslims mean less violence, don’t believe them. That’s a fable that belongs in the “Lies, damn lies, and statistics” category. While nations under the jackboot of theocratic Islam may have less violent crime between Muslims within a given Muslim nation’s borders, the reality is that Muslims don’t play well with others (and “others” means everyone else in the world, including women, Jews, Christians, Hindus, gays, the wrong kind of Muslims, etc.).
Rome goes full dhimmi. Iranian president Rouhani is heading to Italy and, in his honor, the Italians are temporarily wiping out their culture (or, at least, for now the wipe-out is temporary). Here it is, the grandeur that once was Rome:
Yet another government lie. Is everything we think we know about the cost of living data false? And worse, is the actual cost of living increase we’re facing in the double digits in many cities? The Chapman Index says we’re the victims of a sustained lie hiding how much less our money buys. In other words, inflation is much worse than you realize.
Rank and file Marines horrified by Obama orders. Actual Marines, not people who just pretend to be military experts for the sake of advancing the Obama administrations social re-engineering goals, are appalled by the demand that the Marines feminize everything, including the word “rifleman.” Incidentally, I found this link on the Facebook feed of a young Marine friend who raised in Progressive Marin. He noted that nothing can re-engineer the fact that, at a basic biological level, women aren’t as strong as men — and no amount of gender illusions will change that reality.
Conservative voters like Cruz. GOP establishment figures have always hated Ted Cruz, which I think is because he’s made them look like what they are — liars who told the voters one thing and then voted with Obama on just about everything. Now that the Republican primary is narrowing, the principle that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” appears to be coming into play, and the GOP is starting to line up behind Trump (who has, like the GOP itself, a distinguished RINO record on many issues). It’s worth remembering, therefore, that ordinary people — voters, not players — like Cruz.
Thomas Sowell on elections. Elections aren’t about revenge or anger or “making a statement.” Instead, as Sowell says, “They are held to choose who shall hold in their hands the fate of hundreds of millions of Americans today and of generations yet unborn.” My brain is always a better and smarter place after reading Thomas Sowell. I wish more Americans, especially young Americans, would read him. Sadly, it turns out that, thanks to 50 years of Leftist control over education, too many of America’s so-called best and brightest are a terribly ignorant group of people who know nothing about America’s history, constitution, or political structure. (H/T Sadie)
A video has emerged from France purportedly showing a gang of Muslim immigrants armed with rocks and truncheons, descending upon a lone French man. The way these human predators slowly close in on the Frenchman reminds me of nothing so much as hyenas encircling a wounded lion or elephant. If this video is real, the Frenchman was fortunate in that he was armed and made it clear he was willing to defend himself. Not all Europeans are so lucky — especially, of late, European women, who are completely at the mercy of the hyenas in their midst:
In situations such as this, guns save lives. And if the situation had escalated, and (assuming the video is what it purports to be) the Frenchman had been forced to fire at the thugs, killing one or more, it would have saved the life worth saving. As for the other lives . . . well, in a civilized society, you shouldn’t be stalking and threatening ordinary people. If you do, in a sane society, you’re assuming the risk that you, the bad guy, may not walk away from the encounter.
UPDATE: Danny Lemieux, who is fluent in French, provides further, even more disturbing, information about this video:
Book, there was an error in translation: the news commentator makes clear that the person carrying in the video was a policeman (obviously plain clothes). Ordinary citizens in France are not allowed to carry – the people that he was protecting would have been completely vulnerable. The other things to note are that: a) this happened in plain daylight; b) this was apparently a fairly nice section of the town and c) ordinary traffic in the background was totally unaffected by what was happening and d) the police felt powerless to call back up, crack heads and make arrests. This is really, really bad…far worse than I imagined. It tells me that the violence has now spilled out of the “zones sensibles” (“no go” zones) into the communities at large.