by baldilocks

I’ve been away from the Internet most of this morning and in the afternoon up to around 3PM PST. Earlier this morning, all the political talk was about the fact that Seddique Mateen, father of the Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen, appeared in privileged seats at a Hillary Clinton rally in Kissimmee, Florida—not far from Orlando. Mateen was interviewed by WPTV. The conversation is surreal (autoplay).

When I returned home, I figured this would still be the talk, but it isn’t. This is.

Donald Trump on Tuesday said “the Second Amendment people” may be the only way to stop Hillary Clinton from getting to appoint federal judges if she wins the presidential election in November.

“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment,” he said as an aside while smiling. “By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.”

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Clinton and her red-hatted special guest. Wouldn’t it be fun if it were a “Make America Great Again” cap?

Now, what he’s said is true, but I question the timing. Why? Because it isn’t the first time that Donald Trump failed to capitalized on some startling revelation about Hillary Clinton and, instead, overshadowed the revelation by saying something jaw-dropping of his own. Mr. Trump knows that most Big Media entities would prefer Clinton as president and are always looking to cast him in a bad light…or at least he should know that. (By the way, the Mateen appearance is the second unfavorable revelation about Clinton in as many days—though the one about her health is about six months old.)

It seems to me that Mr. Trump seems to have trouble going for Mrs. Clinton’s political jugular. And with his 2nd Amendment comments, he seems to make her a sympathetic figure and to demonize himself and proponents of the 2nd Amendment just in time to obscure the Mateen incident. One wonders why.

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One of the things that is axiomatic about Christianity is the ability of God to create good in the aftermath of great evil in that such an act moves people to acts of kindness, repentance and mercy. A great example of this comes via Stephen Green at Instapundit came from Instapundit yesterday linking to this CNN story:

“As we deplaned, EVERY SINGLE PERSON STOPPED TO OFFER HER THEIR CONDOLENCES. Some just said they were sorry, some touched her hand, some hugged her, some cried with her. But every single person stopped to speak to her, and not a single person was impatient at the slower deplaning process”, she wrote.
“We can confirm that these are our crewmembers, and that the story appears to be an accurate account of one of our flights from yesterday morning,” Jetblue spokeswoman Morgan Johnston told CNN.

However while the graces of God are active and working the other side is also busy at work hoping to exploit an already evil act as a catalyst for sin some of them obvious and others more subtle.

The first and most obvious is the conflation of a person’s potential sin with the state of their soul.

There is a reason why he Church doesn’t specify any particular person being in Hell, because a person has till their very last moment of life to accept the hand that God offers.  To presume the damnation of a person is the Judging that Christ is referring to in the gospel.

Even worse than this temptation are those who actually celebrated the murder of those in Orlando based on their presumed sins.  To celebrate the violent murder of others over their sins not only makes the mistake that Jesus warned about those killed in the collapse of the tower of Siloam but is risking the most dangerous sin of all:  Spiritual Pride, or as it’s often called today virtue signaling.  

Pride is the worst of the deadly sins but spiritual pride is undoubtedly the Devil’s favorite, not only does it deceive the one committing the sin making repentance less likely, but such pride tend to chase people away from God by a horrible example making it doubly productive for him.

It’s a cowardly thing because it’s done to avoid the critique that can come with the one task that can make a difference, engaging someone with love.

But while this is one extreme of Orlando temptation there is a 2nd style just as dangerous, but less obvious, that our enemy tries to tempt us toward, confusing sympathy for the victims of a terrible with excusing, tolerating or even celebrating mortal sin.

It takes very little effort to go along with the world, to suddenly say that sin is not sin, or to go along with the parade and celebrate mortal sin and get the platitudes of the media.

And even those who do not go so far might choose to keep silent, to not make waves, to suggest that stating or teaching clear church doctrine is not the right thing to do because it might cause offense, but Christ warns us that rejection by the world is standard procedure for a Christian.

The irony of course is that like the other extreme, this is also an example of spiritual pride, virtue signaling and cowardice, rather than engaging with love one doesn’t engage at all.

In both cases the Devil wins and you lose, which is the entire idea.

No matter which extreme you are tempted to the thing to remember is this:  No matter what people say on twitter,  love wins not when you enable mortal sin to the damnation to the plaudits of the crowd, love wins when you engage a person, with patience and love, to help them overcome it.

You might be rejected by the elders, the elites, the betters and even those who rule but that’s OK,  because if you are, you’re in good company.


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IAN: … If only you could stand away from this thing, you’d see it clearly. Autloc’s the extraordinary man here. He’s the reasonable one, the civilized one, the one that’s prepared to listen to advice. But he’s one man, Barbara. One man.

Doctor Who  The Aztecs 1964

If you are a member of the left and read Mohammed A. Malik’s piece in the Washington Post you might think the most important take is “Donald Trump is wrong about Muslims in America“:

I am not the first American Muslim to report on someone; people who do that simply don’t like to announce themselves in to the media. For my part, I’m not looking for personal accolades. I’m just tired of negative rhetoric and ignorant comments about my faith. Trump’s assertions about our community – that we have the ability to help our country but have simply declined to do so – are tragic, ugly and wrong.

But there are actually two things of some importance that you might miss if you read either that piece or the many others like this NY Daily News piece that quotes it.

The first is this:

We have a lot of immigrants in our community. They grew up in other countries, often with different sensibilities. A few don’t understand American culture, and they struggle to connect with their American-born or American-raised kids.

I came here from Pakistan in 1979 when I was 6 years old, grew up in Queens (like Omar) and Fort Lauderdale, went through the American education system, and assimilated well.

Now contrast that with this story from an Iranian christian convert about her youth in Iran

 As a child, my brain was constantly processing the events around me. When I started to go to school, we were taught all Islamic principles, sharia law and Muhammad’s biography. Almost every day, I could hear these words in the school: Islam is the best religion, Islam is the religion of peace, infidels are unclean, Muslims should kill infidels, or Muhammad was sinless. However, I used to find a lot of contradictions between what I learned in the school and what Islam really is and who Muhammad really was.

The contradiction is even obvious in the sentences above: “Religion of peace” and killing infidels. I used to ask my teachers why should we kill infidels, or basically who is considered an infidel. The answer was simple and clear: because they corrupt the world; the people who don’t worship Allah are infidels.

What does this tell you?  It tells me that while a Muslim who chooses to assimilate, who goes to a public school in surrounded by Americans of different races and religions,  is much more likely to talk to the FBI about some suspicious than one who attends  a religious school one teaching Sharia law and surrounded by other muslims who have not chosen to assimilate.

Then ask yourself how many of the Muslim immigrants who have come here since 2001  who unlike Mr. Malik have not chosen to assimilate.  Even if folks like Mr Malik are in the majority that still leaves a considerable minority.

But there is a 2nd point that is even more important which comes from the first sentence in the NY Daily News piece

A Muslim man who attended the same mosque as Omar Mateen reported him to the FBI two years before he would commit the worst mass shooting in America.

The Post piece goes into detail:

After speaking with Omar, I contacted the FBI again to let them know that Omar had been watching Awlaki’s tapes. He hadn’t committed any acts of violence and wasn’t planning any, as far as I knew. And I thought he probably wouldn’t, because he didn’t fit the profile: He already had a second wife and a son. But it was something agents should keep their eyes on. I never heard from them about Omar again, but apparently they did their job: They looked into him and, finding nothing to go on, they closed the file.

 

Now that tells our liberal friends that American Muslims are trustworthy, and to be sure Mr Malik should be commended for what he did.

But think about it.  Mr Malik put his neck out there.  He not only answered the request from the FBI about one radical that he knew but when he saw the man who would become the Orlando shooter become fascinated by this man, he talked to the FBI again.

Yet in the end the FBI did nothing.  Neither the warning nor the risks Mr. Malik took managed to save a single life, and now it is publicly known that he talked.

Given that result what is the incentive for other Muslims to go to the FBI if they are going to just dismiss their warning, particularly if such an act risks a backlash against family members back in the Middle East?

And if the failure of the FBI to recognize the danger is a disincentive to an assimilated Muslim like Mr. Malik how much more of a disincentive is it for a Muslim who hasn’t chosen to assimilate and remain in such a community when such an act might put both his immediate family and himself in physical danger?

Maybe our liberal friends may not have thought of this, but I’ll bet real money that members of the Muslim community sure have and that not on Mr. Malik, or the Washington Post, it’s on this administration.


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Every single Person participating in said sit in is of the same political party as the Orlando shooter and like said shooter “likes Hillary Clinton” or in Mr. Mateen’s case “liked”

That is all.

Update: Via Insty and of course Iowahawk

I’d like to say I was shocked at this story at real clear politics:

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].”

Or to rephrase it: We are going to censor any information that is not consistent with the approved narrative of the Democrat party in particular and the White House in particular.

When I read this the first thing that came to mind was something I saw at the National Press Club last week.

On a big screen when you come in there is a statement concerning Donald Trump’s decision to remove the credentials from the Washington Post meaning that while they can cover his events they don’t have the access that other members of the press do.

It was presented with the self righteousness of a group that does not hint that they can still cover the events and report on them, only on Trump assault on free speech, or that there is a reason why the press is often described as “Democrats with bylines”.

Now while one can debate this move by the Trump campaign maybe it’s just me but I’d say the suppression of the record on the 2nd most successful Islamic Terror attack on the United States homeland is something that the national press club might find objectionable.

So my question is this: Will the National Press Club put up a display objecting just as strongly to the censoring of the public record by this Administration on the 2nd most successful Islamic Terror attack on the US for all Americans as they will Donald Trump?

I suspect to ask the question is to answer it.

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.

Amish wagon in Michigan
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.

Not only was the murderer of the Pulse patrons an employee of a global security firm the DHS uses as subcontractor to provide security to federal buildings, had been questioned twice by the FBI, was licensed as a security guard, and his wife knew of his plans; It so happens that, when  a gun shop which refused to sell him body armor and bulk ammo told the FBI about him, the FBI didn’t follow up:

Abell told reporters “we contacted FBI direct” after Mateen left the store but he did not elaborate on how investigators responded. He believed his employees did what they should have done, Abell said.

Law enforcement officials have told CBS News at this point, they have not found any evidence that the gun shop contacted police about Mateen’s alleged suspicious behavior.

Meanwhile, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) wants to get rid of due process (emphasis added),

In fact, Manchin admits that the watch-list ban wouldn’t have worked to prevent the Orlando shooter from purchasing weapons, because the FBI had already taken him off those lists. That’s why Manchin proposes that the government simply remove civil rights for five years from anyone who’s been under FBI investigation

That civil rights suspension would include his own party’s presidential candidate, but I digress.

The FBI had removed the shooter from the terrorist lists. Small wonder people are arming themselves now, rather than later – there is no time for later.

Indeed, the Washington Post has an article by David Kopel at The Volokh Conspiracy on The history of LGBT gun-rights litigation

How it began

A 25-year-old gay man named Tom G. Palmer was walking in San Jose one day with a gay friend. They were accosted by “19 or 20” men. “They’ll never find your bodies,” the criminals said. Palmer drew his handgun, and the criminals fled. This was typical; about three-quarters of firearms deployments for self-defense end the crime immediately, without a shot being fired. (Gary Kleck, “Armed Resistance to Crime,” Journal of Crim. Law & Criminology, 1995, p. 185.)

Today, Palmer is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. In February 2003, a young lawyer named Alan Gura filed the case that would become District of Columbia v. Heller, challenging the District’s handgun ban and its separate ban on using any firearm for home defense. Palmer was one of the six plaintiffs.

I recommend that you read the full article.

As Richard Fernandez said, Historically it is state failure which drives civilian armament and not the other way around.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

Yesterday Milo Yiannopoulos, one of the most prominent gay activists in the nation  held a press conference in Orlando which was livestreamed and Milo being Milo had several newsworthy quotes which I livetweeted

Given his rather provocative statements and the amount of news everywhere he goes you would think the MSM in their quest for eyeballs would have covered him.

They did not and Stacy McCain explained why:

The news industry seems intent on pretending Milo does not exist.
This is called “no platforming” — effectively marginalizing opposition to progressivism by denying opponents access to audiences. This practice has been used, for example, to prevent Christians from defending their faith against atheists, to prevent pro-lifers from debating abortion advocates, and to marginalize critics of global warming theory. In recent years, radical feminists who oppose the transgender cult have been “no platformed” by the National Union of Students in Great Britain.
On Wednesday, Milo was briefly suspended from Twitter — where he has 300,000 followers — on the same day he gave a news conference at the site of the massacre in Orlando. Milo is a very “out” homosexual, and you might suppose that his appearance at the Pulse nightclub would be considered newsworthy, except for three minor problems:

Milo is pro-Second Amendment.
Milo is pro-Donald Trump;
and
Milo is warning about the danger of radical Islam.

He is an un-person, from the perspective of the New York Times, CNN and other propaganda organs of the Democrat Party.

Milo, like Pam Geller before him is Fiver from Watership Down warning of the snares in the warren while the MSM and the Democrat left (but I repeat myself) tell him to shut up.

Alas for the left in these days of social media the word will get out without them.

And people wonder why the MSM is dying.

Apparently by Mr. Cohen standards all of the people who lived in those days were cowards and bigots. Jimmy Carter must have been a coward and a bigot, Reagan, Clinton, Johnson. FDR and yes even JFK and RFK must have been the worst kind of bigots. JFK junior must have been one, Sam Rayburn, Barbara Jordan, Earl Warren and Martin Luther King bigots all.

DaTechGuy 12/23/2008

Tuesday I was watching CNN and watched Anderson Cooper question the Attorney General of Florida and saw absolutely berate the Attorney General of Florida for daring to condemn the attacks in Orlando while opposing Gay Marriage in the Courts and then continued to press the issue even to the point of invoking the hotline for family of victims to get info

But Cooper still was not done, asking Bondi about a hotline she has been mentioning on television which allows family members and spouses of the deceased victims to get information.”Had there been no gay marriage, no same-sex marriage, you do realize that spouses, there would be no spouses, that boyfriends and girlfriends of the dead would not be able to get information and would not be able to visit in the hospital here. Isn’t there a sick irony in that?” Cooper asked.

I sat and watching this interrogation and was sickened.

Apparently to Mr. Cooper and his allies, unless you are completely down with the Gay Agenda, unless you completely embrace gay marriage, gay adoption, bankrupting any business who have religious objections to providing wedding cakes you can not be sincere in objecting to the mass murder of americans in america who are gay.

This attitude might explain why I haven’t seen this story on CNN

Chick-fil-A employees broke the company’s ban on working Sundays in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando.

Employees at several local Chick-fil-A restaurants showed up to work on Sunday, hours after the deadly attack at a gay nightclub that killed 49 people and injured 53 others, to prepare meals and give them out to people waiting in line to donate blood,Fox 5 Atlanta reports.

Obviously Mr. Cooper can see through these dirty Christians who are only pretending to care.

I find Mr. Cooper’s questions and implications insulting and hateful, if such questions had been directed toward a different group that has traditionally opposed the gay agenda, say a Black Church, I suspect he would have already apologized.

But the Florida Aty general is a White republican and likely a Christian so that’s a completely different story.

I submit and suggest that Anderson Cooper owes every single believing Christian in America an apology and that CNN should suspend him until he makes such an apology.

I also submit and suggest I will die of old age before such an apology is forthcoming.


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Tom Hagen: Right now we have the unions and we have the gambling and those are the best things to have. But narcotics is a thing of the future. If we don’t get a piece of that action we risk everything we have. Not now, but ten years from now.

The Godfather 1972

I’ve always known how to count

Tip O’Neill

Gay Conservative Activist Milo Yiannopoulos continues to make the case that Orlando illustrates the choice the left has to make:

“I’m not talking about Islamists. I’m not talking about terrorists. I’m not talking about radical Islam. I’m talking about mainstream Muslim culture. There are eleven Muslim countries in which I could be killed for being a homosexual. The state penalty is death. One hundred million people live in country where the penalty for homosexuality is death. This is not radical Islam. This is mainstream Muslim society. Look what’s happening in Sweden. Look what’s happening anywhere in Germany, anywhere there are large influxes of a Muslim population. Things don’t end well for women and gays. The left has got to make a decision. Either they want female emancipation and it wants gay rights or it wants Islam. It’s got to pick.”

What Milo doesn’t get is the left HAS picked and while he and I might find this pick monstrous, when you have a party of marxists who believe in utilitarianism it is completely logical.

Regardless of what you see on TV news and talk shows the reality is over the next 20 years the percentage of LGBT voters in the US Population will likely remain static.

During that same time period the number of Muslim Americans, both by immigration and birth is going to increase dramatically.

 

Right now the left has the Gays and the Transgenders and the Hollywood elites & media in which they are overrepresented and they figure that’s the best things to have, but in America Islam is a thing of the future.  In 20 years the children of Muslims now being raised on the tenets of Sharia law in America will be old enough to vote and Democrats going to make sure they get those votes when the time come, not now but 10-20 years from now.

And if that means more LGBT Americans have to live in fear during those two decades, well it’s small price to pay for power.

It’s not personal , it’s simply a ghastly math driven business.

Closing arithmetic: Anyone want to make book concerning what percentage US Muslim population will be when Democrats decide to throw the LGBT community under the bus to appease them?


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