Last night an Islamist man named Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel plowed his rented truck at 40mph through a large crowd of people watching the Bastille Day fireworks at the Nice promenade:

The truck driver, who was known to police, was said to have shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ – God is great in Arabic – before being killed in a clear suicide mission. Pro-ISIS groups have been celebrating the attack, orchestrated to coincide with France’s most important national holiday.

The Daily Mail lede lists the details:

  • WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Terrorist uses lorry to mow down crowds during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice
  • Local paper Nice Matin names suspect as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a French Tunisian man, 31, from Nice
  • Death toll currently stands at 84 and dozens more people were injured in terror attack on the French Riviera
  • At least 10 babies and children were killed, some in buggies, with least 54 children also being treated in hospital
  • French, Americans, Armenians and Ukrainians among confirmed dead – dozens more are injured or missing
  • Eyewitnesses said driver zig-zagged at 40mph to hit crowds of people who were sent flying or jammed under wheels
  • Terrorist then opened fire with a gun from cab of the lorry before being killed by a police marksman in shootout
  • President Francois Hollande extends state of emergency by three months and pledges to hit ISIS even harder

Cable news mentioned that a civilian in a motorcycle tried to rush the truck to stop the driver while the police was shooting at the truck. The scene was beyond horrific.

French authorities immediately determined it was a terrorist attack, and did not refer to the perpetrator as a “lone wolf.”

The White House issued the usual boilerplate statement. If you look at it, its all-purpose platitude-rich content can be used for any terrorist attack anywhere, any time:

On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in [insert location, country], which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed, and we wish a full recovery for the many wounded.  I have directed my team to be in touch with [insert country name] officials, and we have offered any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice. We stand in solidarity and partnership with [insert country name], our [insert adjective] ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.

On this [insert appropriate date], we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made  [insert country name] an inspiration to the entire world, and we know that the character of the [insert country name and modifying noun] will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life.

As Scott Johnson points out, Obama believes that terrorism is one of those things we have to learn to live with.(*)

Unless it kills you.

Earlier this week, French intelligence disclosed (unintentionally) that a Brazilian member of ISIS had planned an attack against the French Olympic team at the upcoming Rio Olympics. Undeniably, France is under an exceptionally serious threat environment. Intelligence agencies will examine the Nice attack, which has already been described as a security failure on a colossal level.

Tom Rogan asks, How Will France and the West Respond to the Savage Terrorist Attack in Nice?

I don’t have an answer to that question. I do know that the 1984 AMIA bombing in Argentina left 87 dead, and that it was masterminded by Iran – and that Pres. Obama’s Iran deal is now a year old.

So screw the candlelight vigil.

(*)UPDATE
Obama’s not alone in his thinking (h/t Stephen Green),

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Red Oak MosqueBy John Ruberry

Muslims, many of them refugees from war, keep coming to America. Other than for the obvious reasons, the opportunity for a much better standard of living than what is expected in their home countries and the opportunity to collect government benefits, who have to wonder why this is happening.

I have some things to say to the Muslims who want to emigrate here.

If you believe in theocracy, in other words, sharia law, as many Muslims do, then America, with its long history of separating religion from government, is not for you.

Although this very recent development is still very controversial, in the United States, men can marry men and women can marry women, and yes, they have sex with each other. Millions of unmarried Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation, are sexually active. If this bothers you, then America is not for you.

Women and men in America, and teens too, often where next to no clothing. If this angers you, then America is not for you.

Dogs are beloved animal companions for many Americans. If you believe that Islam teaches you that dogs are unclean and that they should be avoided, then the United States is not for you.

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Porky’s Rib Fest ad, Bridgeview, IL

While not as popular as beef or chicken, pork is a popular meat choice for many Americans. If this dietary selection gives you anguish because of what is written in the Quran, then America is not for you.

About three-quarters of American adults drink alcoholic beverages several times a week. Beer commercials are a staple of sports television and are common fare on many other TV programs. If you don’t approve because Islam teaches that alcohol is forbidden, then America is not for you.

Of course in this verbal exercise I could easily substitute France for the United States and make the same point.

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Amish horse carriage in Michigan

And yes, to be fair, there are members of religious groups who have lived in the United States since before its founding, such as Orthodox Jews and the Amish, who feel uncomfortable with some of these American mores I just pointed out. Mormons too. But there is a big difference in regards to Islam. The first two I just mentioned don’t proselytize–although Orthodox Jews preach to other Jews–they are what I call beehive religions. You don’t bother them and they don’t bother you.

But Islam–read your history, naysayers–is not only a proselytizing faith, it is a conquering one. But three or four million Muslims can’t overthrow America.

Yet they keep coming.

Why?

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

Dialogue from the otherwise worthless Jeff Bridges film Wild Bill may shine some light on this paradox. John Hurt’s character remarks to Wild Bill Hickok as they arrive in hedonistic Deadwood, “This town… I really think it’s like something out of the Bible.”

“Which part?” Hickok replies.

“The part right before God gets angry.”

Is this how Muslims view our country?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

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Of course, people are still talking about the Orlando Islamic terrorist attack. And many of the funerals are probably being conducted this weekend. And the government, after so miserably failing to protect Americans once again is contemplating at least two methods of stripping law-abiding Americans from two areas of protection mandated in the Bill of Rights.

After San Bernardino, I remember wondering when the next time a Muslim would shoot up/blow up another set of Americans. No great insight was necessary to predict that it would occur again and now it has. And there will be a next time.

And the ridiculous shifting of blame from Muslims onto Christians will happen again, as well. How high will that mountain of lies be by then?

Funny thing (not funny ha-ha)—I believe that the blaming of Christians for something that an enemy of Christians does is a meme set in motion by a finite and unnamed group of government actors—a tactic made easier by Social Media, especially Twitter. As a result, individual anti-theists—along with other haters of the Church–grab it and run with it. This finite group and its witting and unwitting lackeys couldn’t care less whether the connection between being against same-sex marriage and murdering homosexuals makes sense or not. And the lackeys hope that the government cracks down on Christians. Why? Because we disagree with them.

But what is the hope of the unnamed government group? This isn’t difficult to predict either.

Every mass shooting is an opportunity for this unnamed group to stir up the hue and cry to ban guns. Additionally, every mass shooting not involving blacks as perpetrator or victim is an opportunity to stir up hatred toward Christians. In the one recent case where the victims were black Christians–Charleston— the unnamed group had to pivot to the Confederate flag as the thing to be denounced.)

But guns are always the primary target—if you’ll pardon the pun. Always. Because guns in the hand of citizens is the last defense against what the unnamed government group wants; complete control of the American citizenry—all races, straights, gays, Christians, Jews, atheists, Hindus, Sikhs…

You’ll notice I left Muslims off the list. The unnamed group wants them to have guns and to conduct more terror. That’s proven by both the events in San Bernardino and in Orlando…and many other events I’m not inclined to look up at the moment. And the unnamed group wants other chaotic elements–think drug cartels–to keep their guns, too.

Should the banning of guns occur, these violent elements–and others like them–will run wild, causing the larger American populace to beg for government protection.

And we’ll get it. And it will be the worst thing that has ever happened in this country.

That’s the plan. But you already knew.

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gay flagBy John Ruberry

Details will continue to roll in and the numbers will change, but as of this writing, 50 people are reported dead in the worse mass shooting in American history, yes even worse than Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, and San Bernardino.

Here is what we know this morning: The shooter, who was killed about six hours ago by a SWAT team, was Omar Mir Seddique Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Florida. He entered an Orlando, Florida gay bar and shot dozens–in addition to the 50 murders, another 53 people have been wounded. Mateen, as US media outlets feel compelled to report, is a US citizen, but his parents were born in Afghanistan. Mateen was born in New York.

The killer was carrying a handgun and an AR-15 assault rifle. The FBI says that Mateen may have “leanings to radical Islamic terrorism.”

This human filth was a registered Democrat,

Mateen will certainly disrupt the liberal narrative that hate crimes are right-wing phenomenon and that domestic terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. The last mass shooting in America, in case you forgot, was in San Bernardino, California, when a US born Muslim and his Pakistani wife killed 14 people at a holiday party seven months ago.

France was hit by two mass shootings last year–in both of those tragic incidents the perpetrators were Muslims. In the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the magazine’s repeated use of profane images of Muhammad was cited for reason for the murders. and in the much deadlier November Paris attacks, gunmen were heard shouting “Allahu akbar.”

The Islamic State terror group hailed the Orlando murders.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

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Before the death of the legendary Muhammad Ali—a Muslim–I said a prayer for him–that God the Father might draw him to Jesus the Christ—and I said so on Social Media. I expected one of my few Muslim friends to take offense to this, but it is many professed Christians who seem have more of a problem with my prayer.

I wonder what Bible they’re reading—a rhetorical musing because I know that reading and comprehending are two separate concepts.

Now let’s get this straight; I have no idea whether God answered ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to my prayer and I’m okay with not knowing. What gets me is how many Christians are saying that no deathbed conversions exist. I mean, how would anyone know one way or the other? And some are ridiculing the notion that we Christians should pray for the conversion of Ali’s Muslim family!

And then there’s that whole chronicle about the thief on the cross—the one who, through an act of faith, got a last minute get-out-of-Hell free card—a death “bed” conversion. When I mentioned it, someone actually told me that this was a one-time event—that it would never happen again!

Seriously, why believe in a god who can’t see what’s in your heart, who doesn’t know your heart infinitely better than you know it yourself, and who can’t have mercy on even the worst of us in seconds?

Why believe in a God who can’t make a day last longer than the standard 24 hours?

Why believe in a God who can’t take a murderer of Christians and turn him into Christ’s most convincing earthly apologist?

I’m unfamiliar with this deity in which many Christians say they believe—this god whose name is not El Shaddai.

I’m also unfamiliar with a deity who does not want us to pray for living unbelievers—like most of Ali’s family and a few members of my own.

I’m told that God is not willing that any should perish and that followers of Christ can move mountains with faith-fueled prayer, but some of my naysayers seem to be ignoring those words.

Whoever this limited deity is in whom some Christians say they believe, I don’t think he’s worth worshiping. As for Ali, he knows the truth now, and it’s likely that he’s full of regret. Not certain, but likely.

Don’t let that be your fate, Christians; the God I do know says that we will give an account for everything we say and do. I have enough stuff to account for and I’m sure that you do, too. Friendly advice: limit the list.

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At the times of Israel (via Ed Driscoll at Insty) they are wondering how the media will react to this departure of the official Narrative™ of peaceful persecuted Islam

This is notwithstanding that according to this article by the BBC, Belkhiri said in an interview that she took the photos in order to show “that we can live together, not next to each other but with each other”. Perhaps the caveat of us being able to live together is that this clause is nullified if you happen to be Jewish.

Belkhiri has since gone on a deleting spree and has attempted to get rid of many of her old antisemitic and racist tweets, most of which are now only available on archive, but not before some savvy redditors wised up to what she was doing and captured the messages. In some ways, though, it is too late; the original story, with a compartmentalized narrative of an innocent Muslim woman heroically standing up to ‘hate’ and taking selfies for the cause of peace and love has already spread across the world.

One wonders how eager the HuffPost and Vice will be to make addendums to these articles to the effect of “Oh yeah, but she also hates the Jews — sorry, forgot to write about that one”.

What Tweets is she trying to delete?  stuff like this

Given that Vox and the Huffington post are both online publications whose origins are in the net age you might thing that they would have thought to looking for this, but that’s assumes two things:

That they wanted to find such tweets if they existed

That they disagreed with them

I submit and suggest neither of those things should be assumed of these publications or the left in general these days.

Closing thought:  If I was Donald Trump I’d be ready to throw this story in the face of any media who hits him over screening muslims coming to the US.

Update: The BBC has reported on this:

“This wasn’t a protest at all, this was just to share joy and peace,” Ms Belkhiri told Trending in an email at the time explaining her actions. The 22-year-old added that she wanted “to show that things can be different. And that we can live together, not next to each other but with each other”.
However, since then a series of deeply disturbing anti-Semitic statements made by Ms Belkhiri on social media have come to light.
In one tweet dating from November 2012, she wrote: “Hitler didn’t kill all the Jews, he left some. So we know why he was killing them.”
And in another Facebook post from March 2014, she used an expletive to describe Jews before adding: “I hate them so much.”
After these and other statements emerged, Ms Belkhiri deleted all her social media accounts. As the backlash against Ms Belkhiri grew, a meme appeared showing the now-famous picture of her snapping her selfie but with Jewish concentration camp prisoners and scenes of various terror attacks photoshopped in place of the line of protesters.

Note to Ms. Belkhiri, this isn’t the arab world were one can just state a myth and expect people to believe it to save face.

Update 2: Can I get another “unexpectedly” here?

Ms. Belkhiri’s social media accounts were first subject to mass deletions and now have been deactivated in their entirety.

But screen caps and the internet are forever

At Israeli Cool (Via Elder of ziyon) Ryan Bellerose tells the truth about the consequences of supporting the arabs over Israel for leftists there:

He starts by acknowledging the short term reasons for doing so:

Now if one is short-sighted, it is rather obvious that one would choose the Arabs. They have Arab oil money behind them, they have the “cool” leftists behind them

However if you are actually living in Israel here is the bottom line for such a person if the arabs actually won. If you are a woman

First, I hope you didn’t like those human rights you got so used to, because you won’t get to keep those. That whole equal rights for everyone thing? Not so much. If you are a woman, your rights are roughly equal to half that of a man. You won’t be able to leave the house without supervision and if you are lucky enough to get raped, you better hope there is a witness besides yourself or you will likely have insult to injury and be stoned – and not stoned in a good way.

If you are Gay:

Don’t worry, as long as nobody finds out you should be fine. If they do, I hope you are OK with being thrown off a roof. That’s if they don’t hang you by a crane.

If you are a Christian, even a nominal one

as long as you pay your dhimmi taxes (roughly double) they will only ask that you NEVER TALK ABOUT YOUR RELIGION IN PUBLIC AGAIN or carry a bible in public. Upon pain of death by the way.

How about if you’re not a monotheist or a believer of any type:

If you are like me and are a “pagan” Indian who doesn’t follow the bible as your central holy text, don’t worry, you will be given the chance to convert to Islam before they kill you.

As for Human Rights

one need only look at EVERY SINGLE MUSLIM MAJORITY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. Find me one that isn’t rife with human rights abuses, where religious freedom or even basic human rights are respected.

These are all truths that our friends on the left often forget when they attack Western Civilization without asking the obvious question: What will we replace it with?

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Red Oak MosqueBy John Ruberry

Belgium–part French and part Dutch–has been a schizophrenic nation since its founding in 1830. But after last month’s deadly terror attacks in Brussels–which is one-quarter Muslim–the country may be coming together under “European values.”

The Belgian secretary of state for asylum and migration, Theo Francken, is proposing the what is being called “a newcomer’s statement,”  which covers non-European Union migrants who stay more than three months.

The plan is expected to become law later this year.  Migrants covered by the law will be forced to sign a pledge to not only to uphold European values, but to oppose terrorism and to report any possible terror attacks.

Those not integrating properly will be kicked out of Belgium.

Despite groups such as CAIR claiming that Islam and the West have shared values, the reality is much different.

Here is just a partial list of the cultural contrasts: Europeans usually marry whoever they want–and that includes members of the same gender–whereas Muslims often rely upon arranged marriages. Religion–if they have one–is a private affair for most Europeans, Muslims follow an absolutist faith that governs all segments of their lives; in fact many Muslims favor eschewing what they dismiss as “man-made law” for sharia, that is, Islamic law, which includes the amputation of hands for thieves and the stoning of people who have extra-marital affairs. Feminists may disagree but men and women enjoy equal rights in Europe. Muslim women are subservient to men as a rule.

Europeans for the most part like the continent the way it is–many Muslims want to culturally annihilate it and make it as Islamic as the Middle East.

If the Euro-Muslims win out it is their values that will be European ones.

Europe is in for a rough ride no matter what the outcome of this clash of civilizations.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Crassus: One of the disadvantages of being a patrician is that occasionally you’re obliged to act like one

.Spartacus 1960

We hear the word: Islamophobia bandied about a lot. The use of the word “phobia” suggests an irrational fear of something, in that something in this case being Islam.

Well if you want to see “Islamophobia” up close we have a dandy example of it right now in Brussels, to wit:

The organisers of a “March Against Fear” planned for Sunday to mark the Brussels terror attacks said they had cancelled the event after the authorities asked them to do so because of security fears.

So let’s review, the “March against fear” has been cancelled due to…fear of attacks by Islamists, dare I say “Islamophobia”.

I’ll leave it to you dear reader to decide if this fear is irrational or not. For myself if one can’t reasonably secure the March it would seem foolish to hold it, but not as foolish as to announce such a march and then cancel it due to fear, giving the enemy an easy victory.

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Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute

Senator Robert Goodloe Harper

From the late 10th to the Early 12th century rules of what would eventually become England paid something called the Danegeld basically it was a tax that was used to pay off the various Nordic tribes who would raid their country to keep them from doing so.

Long after the last nordic raids and seven Centuries after the Danegled ended many of the descendants of those who were paid that Danegeld came to america and settled in the State of Minnesota.
These days there are different immigrants coming to Minnesota, they bear little physical resemblance to the Nordic peoples who came before them and share no history in common but apparently they have apparently learned about the Danegeld:

Six organizations that work with Somali youth in Minnesota have been awarded $300,000 in grants as part of a federal pilot project designed to combat terrorism, the nonprofit group that is administering the funds announced Thursday.

The organizations insist that this is because of the struggles for the youth

Marcus Pope, director of partnerships and external relations for Youthprise, the nonprofit administering the money, said investing in youth development is crucial. He said Minnesota is home to many creative and bright Somali youth, but many of them face “formidable challenges, including a sense of alienation, a search for identity as new immigrants, unemployment and poverty that can open them to recruitment by extremist groups.

You would think that they were the first set of immigrants to come to America, oddly enough my grandparents and their children who lived though the great depression didn’t feel tempted to join groups to take arms against America nor did the millions of others who came before them. Of course they were not overwhelmingly islamic were they? As Pam Geller puts it

This ridiculous program stems from the government’s refusal to face the reality of jihad terror as coming straight from the Quran and Sunnah. They think sports and jobs programs are going to stop Somalis in Minnesota from going jihad? What’s their backup plan?

Is this official recognition that Islam is a mental illness?

Of course to the Somali’s they might not think of this as the Danegeld but rather as the jizyah paid by non muslims to remain unmolested by an Islamic state but Jizyah or Danegeld the advice that Mr. Kipling gave in his poem on the subject remains true:

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we’ve proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.

I predict that is any of these “youths” turn to terror (and I predict if they do they will be described as “Islamic” or “Somali Americans” but as “Minnesotans” ) It will be blamed on insufficient funding for these programs.

This issue btw is tailor-made for Donald Trump

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