Deterring State Sponsored Terrorism

The State Sponsor of Terror List needs more teeth. In its current form, the list only leverages three elements of national power (diplomatic, informational, and economic). It is time to discuss changing this reality by adding the fourth and final element of national power. On November 2nd  the State Department failed to meet a congressional … Continue reading Deterring State Sponsored Terrorism

Manhunt: Unabomber, a review

By John Ruberry Manhunt: Unabomber, is an engrossing eight-episode Discovery Channel mini-series, which is also available on Netflix, that dramatizes the search for the man dubbed the Unabomber by the FBI, Ted Kaczynski. Sam Worthington, best known for his starring role in Avatar, stars as James "Fitz" Fitzgerald, the FBI profiler and linguist who connects … Continue reading Manhunt: Unabomber, a review

Islamic State Really Is On The Run

Despite the attack in New York City an important new analysis demonstrates that the terrorists’ effectiveness has been seriously affected in the past year and is likely to continue to fade as a significant threat. That doesn’t mean that the world can be less vigilant, but it does mean that once again the media can … Continue reading Islamic State Really Is On The Run

10 Thoughts Under My Fedora DaTechGuy in KC, #ga06, Warmbier, Osborne and Two Masters

I'm in Kansas City this week on a vacation that's a side effect of my wife's serious operation back in Feb. As she couldn't go on the trip with her sister as planned and had to use up our voucher miles before Sept or lose them she suggested finding somewhere that the RedSox were playing … Continue reading 10 Thoughts Under My Fedora DaTechGuy in KC, #ga06, Warmbier, Osborne and Two Masters

God help cable news if news occurs

One of today's great ironies is that the 24-hour news channels are usually at their worst when real news is breaking. At best, the term "cable news" is a misnomer. Actual news coverage rarely exceeds 10% of a channel's day. The rest of the time is devoted to opinions and arguments over current events. It … Continue reading God help cable news if news occurs

Neither Rain Nor Snow nor Honoring Bombmakers will keep Mayor De Blasio from the PR Day Parade

Both Fausta and I have written about the upcoming Puerto Rico Day Parade in which the organizers, not content to have the island in the news for fiscal bankruptcy decided to add moral bankruptcy to the list by honoring an unrepentant terrorist bombmaker involved in the killing and maiming of Americans. Fausta noted the long … Continue reading Neither Rain Nor Snow nor Honoring Bombmakers will keep Mayor De Blasio from the PR Day Parade

Melissa Mark Viverito, Manchester and the NY Puerto Rico Day Parade

Yesterday the NY Daily News joined the list of groups pulling out of NY's Puerto Rico Day Parade for honoring Oscar Lopez Rivera: by lionizing López Rivera as the parade’s preeminent figure, organizers have inescapably compelled sponsors and participants to join in honoring a man convicted of abetting violent terror to achieve his aims. As … Continue reading Melissa Mark Viverito, Manchester and the NY Puerto Rico Day Parade

Five facts on the Champs Elysees attack

A gunman shot at policemen on Paris's most famous avenue, the Champs Elysées on Thursday night. Here is what is known so far: 1. France has become a prime target of the Islamic State guerrilla war on Europe. AP lists the November 13, 2015 attacks of the nightclub and vicinity os Saint Denis, and the … Continue reading Five facts on the Champs Elysees attack

Meanwhile In Israel Some peaceful Arson

Nothing says "peaceful coexistence" like a wave of arson: Fires have broken out from the north to the south in the last two days. The Israel Police is saying that "a wave of arson has befallen Israel" after 220 fires were reported during these past few days. The Israel Police has not ruled out arson as … Continue reading Meanwhile In Israel Some peaceful Arson

The BLM Charlotte DaTechGuy Employment Plan

As you may or may not know I have a "day" job (actually an overnight job) that I was forced to pick up when DaTipJar started falling in a bad economy. I've been there since last November other than a brief 3 week period that I was laid off. A large amount of our work … Continue reading The BLM Charlotte DaTechGuy Employment Plan

If We Can’t Call it Terrorism, We’re on the Verge of Orwell’s 1984

Attacks in New Jersey, New York, and Minnesota on Saturday were, by definition, terrorism. Websters' Dictionary says that terrorism is "the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal." Today, we can add "religious goals" into the definition as well since nearly … Continue reading If We Can’t Call it Terrorism, We’re on the Verge of Orwell’s 1984

Give Terrorists What They Deserve: Anonymity

Le Monde, The New York Times of France, has decided not to publish the names and photographs of terrorists—a stance that all media should take to restrict what the news outlet calls “the posthumous glorification” of these wingnuts. In an editorial, the French news organization called upon others to follow its decision, arguing that publishing … Continue reading Give Terrorists What They Deserve: Anonymity

1968 returns

By John Ruberry This year could end up being the most tumultuous year since 1968. During that year there was of course a heated presidential election, the Democrats nominated Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who represented the status quo, one that was not especially popular. The Republicans chose a former vice president, Richard Nixon, whose critics … Continue reading 1968 returns

I’m Old Enough to Remember when the Thought of Killing An American Citizen put the fear of God into a Nation

Not anymore: On Thursday morning, a young girl was murdered in her bed by an Arab terrorist in the Israeli city of Kiryat Arba. The terrorist scaled a security fence around the city and broke into the girl’s home. Hillel Yaffe Ariel was 13 years old, an aspiring dancer. Before the attack, the attacker went … Continue reading I’m Old Enough to Remember when the Thought of Killing An American Citizen put the fear of God into a Nation

Is America for you, Muslims?

By 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 … Continue reading Is America for you, Muslims?