On Rush Limbaugh Show Today Mark Steyn commented that While Daniels with either Bush or Carter would have been a big deal (he didn’t mention Romney as I did but Mitt was never in the oval office, nobody cares about the Trump/Stormy Daniels business and he’s right as I said before:
If 30 years ago, 20 years ago, 10 years ago, hell even 5 years ago somebody told you that thrice married and twice divorced billionaire Donald Trump had banged a porn star and had arranged a side agreement to prevent it from coming out would any of you have been surprised or interested? I mean there is a reason why InTouch magazine didn’t bother to run that story way back when.
I’d like to add one caveat.
If President Trump was carrying on with a porn star while in office, that would be a completely different story. As president he represents the nation and many of those who support this president, including me, would not stand for it.
It’s one thing to forgive the sins of his past when he was a friend of Bill Clinton and a Democrat, it’s quite another if said sins take place in the oval office as head of state.
If that was the case it would be time for President Pence.
In between [the Las Vegas, NV and Sutherland Springs, TX massacres], some guy went Allahu Akbar on a Manhattan bike path and killed eight people. Within five days, the usual psycho misfit loner from the
teeming swamps of loserdom managed to make a proud Uzbek Soldier of Allah look like a know-nothing piker who can’t even rack up a third of the corpse count of some schlub with an unknown grievance against a town of 400 people. Some global caliphate you got there, Sayfullo.
A republic requires virtue, and the decline of virtue is accompanied necessarily by the decline of the concept of evil, and its substitution by exculpatory analysis of the “motives” of evil. A more useful conversation would be on what it takes to remove the most basic societal inhibition – including the instinctive revulsion that would prevent most of us from taking the lives of strangers, including in this case eighteen-month-old babies. That inhibition is weaker in the dar al-Islam, because of Islam’s institutional contempt for “the other” (unbelievers) but also because of the rewards promised in the afterlife. Thus, violence is sanctioned by paradise. That is the precise inversion of our society, and yet the weakening of inhibition seems to be proceeding here, too. A church sealed off by yellow police tape: a shameful and astonishing sight, and yet one senses that it will neither shame nor astonish us for long, that something else will come along to make the records books and distract a couple of news cycles. (…)
Texas officials now believe they have their “motive” – in their words, “a domestic situation going on in this
family”; in my words, “the black void at the heart of the act”.
As I implied here, I think that there is no motive for this kind of thing that normal people would understand. However, as I think more about this, there is no void in the souls of people who do this. Oh, very likely, there once was. But something filled up the empty space of those souls and whispered into their ears: “Do this thing. You’ll feel better and all your troubles will be over.”
That’s what I think.
More in a bit at my place. I will post an update here.
As ever, Mark Steyn shouts into the wilderness, noting that, in the wake of the Islamic terror bombing in Manchester, England, UK politicians are all on-message, lamenting “sowing of division” as the alleged goal of yet another set of “lone” wolves.
When death stalks the land, make no mistake: He may look like a grim reaper, but he’s really a grim sower. An entire sowing bee of experts has so decreed. Indeed, in their warnings about sowing division, our betters are so non-divided that they give off the faintly creepy whiff of fellows all reading off the same cue card helpfully biked round to them by the Central Commissar ten minutes after the “incident” occurred.
You non-experts might think this a fairly crude sleight of hand – that concerns about “division” is a not so subtle way of suggesting that the real problem isn’t guys like Salman Abedi waiting with his nail bomb at the exit to the pop concert, but divisive types like you querying whether it’s prudent to keep importing more and more Islam into the western world. Well, screw you: if you disagree that the real danger here is the sowing of division, you’re just sowing even more division.
Pace The Toronto Star, I’m not sure it is “stating the obvious” to say that Monday’s attack was meant to “sow division”. What’s going on in Britain and Europe occurs because division has already been sown. It was sown by a careless political class that insisted there could be no questioning of a reckless demographic experiment. It is being reaped, as the division-sowing pop star Morrissey has divisively noted, by the political class’ hapless citizenry.
(This zombie-like messaging reminds me of 2008, when I noted how on-message American Democrat politicians were when they all asserted that “we can’t drill our way out of this”—the ‘this’ in question having been a so-called gasoline crisis.)
But, even before I got to Steyn’s conclusion–stated much more vividly that I can or want to reword here–the retort was in my mind: no, Islamic terrorists are not trying to sow division. They are trying to sow a singularity: a world that is totally Islamic. And, I contend that British and EU politicians know exactly what they are doing. They’ve planted Islam in Europe and allowed it to grow, to their own specific ends. And, when the time comes, most of them will convert–or at least wear to public face of Islamic piety. (I can’t imagine them giving up their expensive champagne.)
To these politicians, a bunch of blown-up little English girls are just the broken eggs for the Omelet of Unity. One with no ham, of course.
British Police have named Saman Abedi as the Terrorist suicide bomber caused the mass murder of Children in England after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester and it’s reported that another person has been detained in connection to the attack.
As I watch the usual suspects are sounding the same, the phrases “Lone Wolf”, Islamophobia , love vs hate, and doing all it can to take the Islam out of the latest example of Islamic Terror.
Of course England has done its part to purge the Islam from Islamic Terror, by banning Pam Geller who today noted about the attacker in Manchester:
Just like the neighbors of San Bernadino jihad mass murderers, neighbors noticed strange goings-on at the house of the jihadis, but didn’t alert authorities for fear of being labeled racist-islamophobic-anti-Muslim-bigots.
UK: Manchester jihad mass murderer known to authorities but “not thought to pose immediate threat”
They thought wrong. Why? Because they don’t have the first foggiest clue about what motivates these people, and what their goals are. So how can they possibly evaluate who is an “immediate threat” and who isn’t? They have to discount so much evidence that someone may be an “immediate threat” because to acknowledge the importance of that evidence would be “Islamophobic,” they’re left with nothing to go on.
Mark Steyn notes the contrast in tactics and results in England vs elsewhere
Poland and Hungary and Slovakia do not have Islamic terrorism because they have very little Islam. France and Germany and Belgium admit more and more Islam, and thus more and more terrorism. Yet the subject of immigration has been all but entirely absent from the current UK election campaign. Thirty years ago, in the interests of stopping IRA terrorism, the British state was not above preventing the internal movement within its borders of unconvicted, uncharged, unarrested Republican sympathizers seeking to take a ferry from Belfast to Liverpool. Today it declares it can do nothing to prevent the movement of large numbers of the Muslim world from thousands of miles away to the heart of the United Kingdom. It’s just a fact of life – like being blown up when you go to a pop concert.
But while Britian’s current tactics might not be generating fear in the hearts of potential terrorists as evidenced by this announcement:
British police arrested someone in connection with last night’s attack. Now they have intelligence that a second attack may be impending, pushing the terror threat level to “critical” for the first time in 10 years. How big is this cell?
The practical effect of raising the threat level is that the British military will be deployed to support the police in guarding “key sites” around the country. That’s not going to make libertarians happy, but luckily for Theresa May there aren’t many of those left in the UK.
it has successfully put the fear of being considered “Islamophobic” in the minds and hearts of the potential victims of said terror.
Pam and those who warn of Radical Islam are Fiver calling for help for those caught in a snare. Her detractors are Cowslip the head of the snared warren. To oppose radical Islam requires a courage they don’t have and to openly admit appeasement acknowledges a cowardice they can’t bear. Much easier to not talk about it and preserve their illusion of dignity.
Pam and those like her bring up uncomfortable truths and for that they will be forever hated.
Or to put it another way. The end of Islamic Terror will be in sight when we love our children more than we fear being called “Islamophobic”.
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Sir Humphery Appleby: He’s also against oppression and persecution in Africa.
Prime Minister Jim Hacker:So are we.
Sir Humphery Appleby:Yes but he’s against it when practiced by black governments as well as white ones.
Prime Minister Jim Hacker:You mean he’s a racist..
Yes Prime Minister The Bishops Gambit 1986
Yesterday I complemented Mark Steyn for mentioning Molly Norris, the US cartoonist who remains in hiding for offending Islamists.
A second complement is due for his performance at a Canadian debate informing a group of left wing students of the Mass rapes taking place in Europe that our friends in the media and their feminists allies have done their best first to ignore
American feminists, who have incited irrational hysteria over a non-existent “rape epidemic” on U.S. college campuses, will ignore this news. American feminists never said a word about the Rotherham Horror, in which English girls as young as 11 were pimped out by Muslim predators. American feminists don’t want to call attention to certain crimes committed by certain criminals, and it is not just Juanita Broaddrick’s rape accusation against Bill Clinton that feminists demand that we ignore. The feminist movement in the United States is controlled by the Democrat Party, and therefore rape is just a talking-point to them, an “issue” that feminists help Democrats exploit for partisan purposes. Because feminists are dishonest partisans, their agenda requires a lot of deliberate falsification — the phony “1-in-5” statistic, the UVA rape hoax, etc. — and it also requires feminists to ignore a lot of actual rapes which do not fit the Democrat Party-approved propaganda narrative.
and when that wasn’t possible to make taking about the subject verboten
there was no precedent in Germany or the rest of Europe for mass peacetime sexual assaults, much less ones where the police merely look on. “I have never experienced such a thing in any German city,” a victim told the New York Times. But people who did name the attacks for what they were—a manifestation of Muslim misogyny and an alarm bell regarding mass immigration—were vilified as racists. An old-school German feminist, Alice Schwarzer, denounced the New Year’s assaults as a “gang bang” designed to terrorize women; she found herself condemned by other feminists and “antiracists.” Victims refused to give their names to reporters for fear of being pilloried on social media for xenophobia. Specious moral equivalencies poured forth: not only were the attacks a mere subset of everyday Western antifemale violence, but also ordinary citizens connecting those attacks to the out-of-control migrant situation were no different from the attackers themselves. Ralf Jäger, minister of the interior for the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, announced: “What happens on right-wing platforms and in chat rooms is at least as awful as the acts of those assaulting the women.”.
It’s what made this reply from Steyn so devistating in his debate:
In the end I suspect the root problem between the two cases, Islamic violence against women in the west and the disappearing of Molly Norris is the same.
To acknowledge the rapes in Europe that are the provence of the Islamic immigrants is a problem is to require the need to do something about it, even if it means entering “islamic” areas in the west to enforce law.
The same with Molly Norris, to acknowledge that the threats against her life and safety is a violation of all that America stands for is to admit that those making the threats, Islamists, must be stopped and to further acknowledge that said Islamists have enough sympathiezers in the US to carry out the threats that have ensured Molly Norris doesn’t exist.
Much easier to instead critique white 1st world college students, western cartoonists or states like Georgia and North Carolina where you don’t risk getting your throat cut for attacking them.
Of all the things that have happened during the Obama years the lack of outrage over what happened to Molly Norris is the thing that , in my opinion, brings more disgrace to us as a nation than any other.
I’m still angry about both what happened to this leftist that I never met and I pray that I never lose that outrage. Because until she can come out of the shadows and live openly in America again we are not a free country.
If you don’t know who Molly Norris is odds are you’re not a regular reader you can find the posts where she is mentioned here.
Judge Dan Haywood: if the leaders of the Third Reich were sadistic monsters and maniacs – these events would have no more moral significance than an earthquake or other natural catastrophes. But this trial has shown that under the stress of a national crisis, men – even able and extraordinary men – can delude themselves into the commission of crimes and atrocities so vast and heinous as to stagger the imagination.
Judgement at Nuremberg 1961
Last week the President & his administration did his level best to assure us that Islam and Terror have absolutely nothing to do with each other and anyone threatening acts based on Islam is “perverting” it.
The various Imams and Muslim groups in attendance were, I’m sure, quite pleased with the assertion that neither they as Muslim clerics nor Islam in general has any responsibility for the act of other so-called “Muslims” whose matters, motivations, and even recruitment efforts in their community based on the words of the Koran bear no reflection on them and thus they do not carry any responsibility to counter these argument in their community
The press also gave their approval to these remarks reporting them extensively and uncritically even as jobs, and the west’s boring nature were blamed for the success of ISIS recruitment efforts.
On The Hugh Hewitt Show yesterday, I pointed out that the French Government estimates that some nine thousand “Frenchmen” have volunteered to fight for ISIS. That is approximately half the total western deployment in Afghanistan of around 18,000 troops from some four dozen countries. It is larger than any French military deployment in the last half-century. That 500-strong congregation of mourners for the Copenhagen killer may not be the largest funeral turnout in Denmark’s history, but it’s similarly impressive.
Who knew the Danes and the French were such boring people?
In a new video released Saturday, ISIS claims to have executed at least 21 Kurdish fighters.
The video shows the captured peshmerga fighters in cages being paraded in front of a crowd. The fighters also are interviewed in the video, which bears similarities to previous videos released by the terror organization.
And the breaking news doesn’t just involve locations far far away:
Shoppers at the Mall of America need to be “particularly careful” after a terror group singled out the Minnesota super-mall for attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says.
He offered little reassurance to shoppers who plan to visit the mall that Al-Shabaab included on a list of targets in a video released this weekend during an interview Sunday with CNN “State of the Union” host Gloria Borger.
Nothing to see here, please disperse.
Exit question. Picture if we still only had the three networks (& CNN) providing us with news. Would the media even bother to report this stuff?
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Gregory: Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?
Sherlock Holmes: To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.
Gregory: The dog did nothing in the night-time.
Sherlock Holmes: That was the curious incident
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes Sliverblaze
Today in Mark Steyn’s latest update on his court fight vs Michael Mann includes a non-event of great significance.
Well, yesterday was the deadline, and not a single amicus brief was filed on behalf of Mann. Not one. So Michael Mann is taking a stand for science. But evidently science is disinclined to take a stand for Michael Mann. The self-appointed captain of the hockey team is playing solo.
Liberals like Paul Krugman might be willing to put out screeds calling those fighting Mann “evil” and the NYT might be willing to put such declaration on their website but apparently that not the same as putting one’s reputation on the line in a court brief.
This is in stark contract to Steyn who case has received amici briefs from both left and right
Regardless of the reason if this case goes to trial and Mann loses (and given the unwillingness of his Climate Change allies to defend him the likelihood of that seems ever-increasing) the reverberation of such a defeat is likely going to be huge for those pushing the Global Warming/Climate Change/Give me your tax money agenda.
Allow me to share a personal experience. I went to Copenhagen in 2009 for this website to cover another UN climate conference (COP 15), then considered to be extremely crucial. Several islands — Micronesia, I think — were supposedly about to go under from the rising tides. I ran into the representative from one of those islands and asked him if he was worried. He started to laugh and shook his head. So I asked him what he was doing at the conference. I want the money, he said.
If I was the Climate Change mob I’d have Mann settle out of course on 1st Amendment grounds because if this gets to court the days of wine and roses are over, but I suspect Steyn will not let him off that easy.
Still on the bright side for the international leaches looking for their next wine filled conference, I’m sure given how easily the media climbed aboard this bandwagon they can come up with a new catastrophe to soak the gullible long enough to keep them living comfortably.
“Law” “enforcement” in Ferguson apparently has at its disposal tear gas, riot gear, armored vehicles and machine guns …but not a dashcam. That’s ridiculous. I remember a few years ago when my one-man police department in New Hampshire purchased a camera for its cruiser. It’s about as cheap and basic a police expense as there is
In Fact Mr. Steyn has experience in Dashcams
Last year, my meek mild-mannered mumsy office manager was pulled over by an angry small-town cop in breach of her Fourth Amendment rights. The state lost in court because the officer’s artful narrative and the usual faked-up-after-the-fact incident report did not match the dashcam footage. Three years ago, I was pulled over by an unmarked vehicle in Vermont and (to put it mildly) erroneously ticketed. In court, I was withering about the department’s policy of no dashcams for unmarked cars, and traffic cops driving around pretending to be James Bond but without the super-secret spy camera. The judge loathed me (as judges tend to), but I won that case. In 2014, when a police cruiser doesn’t have a camera, it’s a conscious choice. And it should be regarded as such.
I’m reminded of Breitbart’s $10,000 (later $100,000) challenge to the left concerning their claims that Tea Party members shouted “Nigger” at black lawmakers as they walked to capitol hill for the Obamacare vote. Breitbart correctly noted that with all the camera running somebody should have caught those errant words if they had actually been started. Steyn again:
And, if we have to have federal subsidy programs for municipal police departments, we should scrap the one that gives them the second-hand military hardware from Tikrit and Kandahar and replace it with one that ensures every patrol car has a camera.
Steyn’s piece should be read in full, not only because of the excellent cogent points he makes but on the general principle that Steyn’s pieces should always be read because of the sheer quality of his writing.
Glenn Reynolds has been adamant about a constitutional right to record police as a constitutional one and it’s a fair point to make. I think it would be an interesting thing to see how prevalent dash cams are in the St. Louis in general. If they are common in other areas of St. Louis but not Ferguson it’s very telling. Personally I think it would protect the police more than condemn them.
Now I feel for the police, it’s a thankless job, you are under constant critique, you constantly get grief and every day you go to work has the potential to be your last day on earth, additionally when you spend every single day encountering thieves, con men and dishonest folk you tend to see and recognize their habits to the point where you can’t help but notice such traits (in the same way a locksmith can recognize a poorly secured door as he passes by or an expert cook can spot shoddy ingredients at a glance.)
Furthermore I’m offended by the suggestion that people need to be hands off of looters or that such behavior should be excused. If people under actual Jim Crow oppression didn’t excuse that kind of behavior in their youth there is certainly no excuse for it today.
However neither the misconduct of the rioters, the attempts of race hustlers to play this event nor the Mr. Brown’s apparent involvement in a crime answers the question: “Was this self-defense, justifiable homicide or police misconduct or murder?” in the absence of a dashcam that is a valid question to ask and a valid concern for the community that should not be dismissed.
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