500 in the open, how many hidden?

One of the things you often hear about how newspapers, vendors and congressmen react to letters is that they consider one letter that a person willing to write representing hundreds or perhaps thousands of people with a similar opinion who haven’t bothered.

While this kind of ratio is works with various debates from Net Neutrality, to reaction to opinion pieces to how a particular product or TV show is received.

Public protest is an even bigger representative of opinion.  If few people are willing to write letters how much fewer are willing to put themselves out in the front lines.

That’s why I’m so disturbed by this story:

Several hundred people were in the afternoon taken to the mosque on Dortheavej in Copenhagen Northwest area to say goodbye to the 22-year-old assassin Omar Abdel Hamid el-Hussein, who was shot and killed by police Sunday morning after even to have killed two civilians and wounded five officers…

Allahpundit has more:

Per Moynihan, state broadcasters reported at least 500 people at the funeral, presumably a mix of friends/relatives, fellow gang members, and sympathizers. In fact, this story illustrates the point I made yesterday after Obama’s latest Orwellian communique on ISIS: To say that most Muslims are peaceful is true but also simplistic. There’s el-Hussein, the killer; there’s the people who stayed away from his funeral today in contempt (the Danish Islamic Burial Fund objectedto el-Hussein’s burial in their cemetery); and then there’s that “circle of acquaintances,” numbering well into the hundreds, who haven’t picked up a gun themselves but for whatever reason feel sufficiently comfortable with what this degenerate did that they’ll show up in full view of news cameras to pay their respects. Obama has no problem denouncing the first group — every population has its nuts and fanatics — and no problem praising the second, but you rarely hear him talk at length about the third.

Now consider.  This is a guy who is responsible for a murder that shocked and paralyzed an entire nation and hundreds of people were willing to publicly show up to support him.

If hundreds were willing to show up, how many thousands or tens of thousands must be out there but are afraid to expose themselves to a nation in shock and disgust.

I don’t know if this will awaken the west but if I was Denmark I’d take this fact very seriously.




Only Three Redeeming Moments of the Academy Awards

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Can we just talk about the Oscars for a moment?  I watched the broadcast sporadically; Downton Abbey took precedence and I didn’t want to watch it on delay.

But, Lady Gaga!   Lady Gaga just killed it last night with her Sound of Music medley.  Never having been a Gaga fan (with the exception of You and I) you could have blown me over last night when she came out looking angelic in a long white dress that looked suitable for a high school prom.  She began to sing and I kept waiting for her to rip off her skirt and break into a bizarre rendition of The Lonely Goatherd, but it never happened.  Her performance was just stunning and I was transfixed.

Even better:  Julie Andrews came on stage after the performance and was genuinely appreciative of the tribute, saying it warmed her heart.  Add “Dear Lady Gaga” to the list of things you never thought you’d hear from Julie Andrews.

In this day of AutoTune manufactured celebrities, and with her history of the bizarre, I was amazed.  Color me enlightened.  Here’s the YouTube clip:  it was just beautiful.

As to the rest of the broadcast (what I saw of it), it was more of the same pandering and self-promoting that Hollywood is known for. It was the usual over-blown, over long, self congratulating, liberal mash of pablum.

I only had two dogs in the fight last night:  I’d seen Whiplash (loved it) and Birdman (oddly, I liked it, too).  I haven’t made it to American Sniper yet, but certainly will.

Tara Kyle was there, carrying Chris Kyle’s dog tags in her hand; she was lovely.  A true class act.  Robin Roberts interviewed her on the red carpet and Mrs. Kyle was the epitome of class.  Gracious and kind. American Sniper was snubbed at the Oscars last night, but be honest:  did we really expect better?

And speaking of snubs, did the Academy snub Joan Rivers by leaving her out of the In Memorium segment?  After years of doing the red carpet segment with daughter Melissa, didn’t Joan at least deserve mention?  Some on Twitter last night were saying that Joan wasn’t a member of the Academy, but was Gabriel Garcia Marquez?  The Academy’s statement this morning on the matter:

It reads: “Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the In Memoriam segment of this year’s Oscar show. She is, however, included in our In Memoriam gallery on Oscar.com.”

It was a snub.

One highlight of the night was the acceptance speech by Supporting Actor winner J.K. Simmons in which he said:

And if i may, call your mom. Everybody — i’m told there’s like a billion people or so. Call your mom, call your dad. If you are lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call them.  Don’t text, don’t e-mail.  Call them on the phone. Tell them you love them and thank them and will be to them for as long as they want to talk to you.

Amen to that.

And for me, between Gaga, Tara Kyle, and J.K. Simmons, those were the only redeeming moments of the Academy Awards.  What an odd trio.

And there ends my deep reflection on the Oscars.


Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

The Ultimate failure of Barack Obama

If he can win the war on terror and turn the economy around he’ll be a winner in my book.

DaTechGuy on Barack Obama’s Inauguration Day Jan 20th 2009

In 2007 while Barack Obama was still a brand new Senator from Illinois President George Bush seeing a moment of crisis in Anbar Province in Iraq proposed a surge of troops to order to defeat the Islamists who threatened to derail the new Iraqi republic that replace the Saddam Hussein Regime.

Despite the Opposition of High level Democrats like Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi low level Democrats like Barack Obama and even some republicans like Chuck Hagel the Bush Surge took place allowing George Bush to hand to his successor an Iraq where the forces of Al Qaeda had been largely defeated.

We have now had Six years of Barack Obama where he pulled troops out of Iraq, pulled American support from allies in Egypt, watch Russia advance in Ukraine and intimidate the Eastern block countries and now this weekend our chief of homeland security told America on three networks that if you are going to the Mall of America in Minnesota

“If anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America today, they’ve got to be particularly careful,” 

Think about that for a second, we went from fighting Islamic Terrorism, forcing the enemy to take on the best trained, best equipped and most effective army in the history of the world in their backyard, to the point where the head of the Department of Homeland security whose mission is to protect Americans in America is warning Americans that they have to be careful in a Mall in the United States.

Barack Obama is an abject failure whose policies have been costly to the American people but the responsibility for this failure has to be shared with that same American population who bought what he was selling not once but twice, the second time after he allowed a successful attack on Americans in Libya without attempting to stop them.

I regret to say we are getting the administration we deserve


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