More on the Boston Bombers from Hansen and Hinderaker

Two excellent dissections about the inability of many to come to grips with the reality of Islamism in our society.

First, Victor Davis Hansen: “The Paradoxes of the Boston Bombings”:

A certain American (or for that matter Westernized) resident or citizen — usually male, almost always young, born a Muslim, prone to guilt over temporary secularization or Westernization, as often (or more so) from Pakistan, a Russian Islamic province, the Balkans, Iran, the Philippines, or Africa as from the Arab Middle East, usually failing in American society, always absorbed within American popular culture and guilty over such absorption — at some moment channels his own sense of failure into radical Islam. He seeks some sort of cosmic resonance and redemption for his own personal inadequacies. Presto, a pathetic loser becomes a wannabe bin Laden jihadist, as murder becomes cause for publicity.

The would-be Times Square bomber, Major Hasan, those who killed Jews in Los Angeles and Seattle, and the Salt Lake City shopping-center killer find empowerment in the laxity and tolerance of American culture that seems to grant unlimited rights to the newcomer or second-generation without commensurate responsibilities about learning — and learning to love — the culture and history of their adopted country. We don’t call these killers “terrorists.” We claim that they have nothing to do with al-Qaeda. And yet they give proof that a post-9/11 Islamism energizes their violence — and sometimes enables it by contacts and training.

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Like it or not, two  half-educated and young killers, at the expense of a few hundred dollars and one dead, with very little capital, shut down an entire city, committed mass mayhem, ruined the lives of hundreds, destroyed the Boston Marathon, and cost the city billions of dollars. But for the chance scans of video cameras, the Tsarnaevs might well have let off more bombs and turned their terror of a day into far greater mayhem of a week. That lesson is not lost on jihadists. To the degree they can enthuse another Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Chechnya or reach a Major Hasan at a mosque or on the Internet, they will continue. I expect more al-Qaedism. […]

Next, John Hinderaker in Powerline: “Why Does Evil Make Liberals Stupid?”:

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, we are suffering through the inevitable period of liberal hand-wringing. Liberals can’t help themselves: while normal people are reviling the bombers, celebrating their capture or death, and debating measures that can be taken to prevent future atrocities, liberals’ thinking (if you can call it that) goes in a different direction. Liberals call for understanding; tell the rest of us we don’t realize how complex mass murder is; recommend introspection (But why? I didn’t do it.); and warn against various forms of overreaction to the latest terrorist outrage. The reality of evil, a constant in human affairs for millennia, renders liberals not speechless–that would be too much to hope for–but incoherent.

These days there are more such outpourings of liberal feelings than one can count, but let’s note just two, for now. First, Governor Deval Patrick, who appeared on Face the Nation this morning:

The governor of Massachusetts said Sunday that he has no idea what motivated the brothers accused of exploding two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Really? Hmm. Check out the Boston Globe, Governor. They think Islam might have played a secondary role.

Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Gov. Deval Patrick said it’s hard to imagine why someone would deliberately harm “innocent men, women and children in the way that these two fellows did.”

It is, indeed, hard to imagine if you aren’t evil. But this is a banal and singularly unhelpful observation. Experience tells us that some people do indeed want to harm innocent men, women and children in this fashion. Muslims alone carry out, on the average, several terrorist attacks a day for the purpose of harming innocent men, women and children, and they are by no means the only source of evil in the world. So our public officials should stop expressing amazement at the existence of evil and start figuring out how to protect the rest of us from it. […]

The left’s obsession with demonizing us fails again

The rush to judgement by the mainstream media and leftist pundits on who the Boston Marathon bombers was just the latest in a long sick tradition. The left, incapable of rational and logical thought, and lacking even the slightest bit of deductive reasoning, continues to make the same mistake over and over again, proving they are, of course, insane.

[…] The Sparkman accusations were based on nothing more than a desire to demonize the newly formed and rapidly growing Tea Party movement as terrorists and un-American.  It was as if they were hoping for an act of Tea Party violence.

Yet there was a theory behind the madness, the Eliminationist Narrative created by Dave Neiwart of Crooks and Liars about an “eliminationist” radical right seeking to dehumanize and eliminate political opposition.  It was a play on the over-used narrative of Richard Hofstadter’s “paranoid style” in American politics.

The Eliminationist Narrative was aided and abetted by an abuse of the term “right-wing” to include groups who are the opposite of conservatism and the Tea Party movement.

In the case of Sparkman, the accusations were just Another Failed Eliminationist Narrative.  And the Eliminationist Narrative would fail time and time again […]

For a more detailed picture of this sick state of mind, read “10 Depressing, Morally Confused Reactions to 4/15/13, the Boston Jihad” in the PJ Tatler.

Psychopaths

Being a “progressive” — let’s not beat around the bush: Marxists — requires a permanent state of mind that has to deal with unreality not known in the strangest works of science fiction.

The Gosnell trial in Philadelphia, for example, more horrible than the bloodiest horror movie you’ve ever seen, is an example of the mental compartmentalization that liberals and progressives have to create in their minds to deal with the evil they are a part of on a daily basis.

Psychopaths indeed.

During a recent Nevada Assembly Education Committee hearing, a liberal Democrat woman proudly announced she had an abortion when she was 16. In doing so, she reminded us that liberals are basically anti-social psychopaths.

A review of available literature shows that, as a group, liberal Democrats display a large number of personality traits found among those who have been clinically diagnosed as psychopaths.

While there are approximately 21 identified traits of a psychopath (and she might display even more of these benchmarks), Nevada Democrat Lucy Flores, who made that proclamation, is proudly devoid of regret over having murdered her baby through an induced abortion.

Flores’ actions and words suggest her personality includes the following dangerous traits as well. […]

Actress Stacey Dash Runs into the ‘Clueless’ Twitter Twits Again

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You remember pretty actress Stacey Dash during the 2012 presidential campaign voicing her support for Romney/Ryan on Twitter, and then taking a flood of vile personal attacks and even death threats via tweets from the never failing to disappoint Obama/Biden supporters. Well, they’re at it again.

Today Miss Dash tweeted about Jay-Z’s and Beyonce’s Cuba trip:


To which Miss Dash drew yet another round of vile personal attacks and even death threats via tweets from the scum of the social media world. And not-a-one-of-them even touched on the issue her tweet posed. And not-a-one-of-them intelligent enough to know or understand what Stacey Dash was talking about.

The Absurdity of the “Gun Control” Language and The Assault on Our Intelligence

Obama repeated the gun-control meme about his intended gun control laws once again yesterday while flanked by the families of gun violence victims (and with bobble-head “Shotgun Joe Biden” by his side), “If it saves just one life…” … One? Just “one life?

How incredibly absurd that reasoning is. Honestly, are thinking people in this country listening to this juvenile narrative? Are they hearing it, taking it all in and realizing the other side’s logic and reasoning on pushing for more gun control is asinine at best? After yesterday’s hissy-fit and shaming of the American people who value their Constitutional Second Amendment rights, Obama is using his “executive powers”, yet again, to bypass Congress and the people to get what he wants while his White House flunkies carry the lies as political extortion by top level donors is used on squeamish democrats, and Obama has the nanny troll’s $12 million dollars working his PR for him. Sen. Rand Paul was on FOX last night and he posed the challenge to Obama to point out to him exactly which, if any, of the new proposed gun control legislation would have saved just one life in the Sandy Hook elementary school, anymore than the existing gun laws did (or didn’t). It’s a fair and logical proposition, I say.

Another filibuster is coming alright, and I suspect it will be bigger, longer and louder than the last filibuster. The TEA Party groups and NRA members, and any law-abiding gun owner that can make it to Washington D.C., should gather and rally outside the U.S. Capitol during that filibuster when it happens. A stack of new laws (in the face of thousands of existing laws already being broken) imposed on law-abiding, gun-owning American citizens, just to save one life? I think that unrealistic premise has got to be right up at the top of “Most Idiotic Statements Obama Has Ever Made”. The twisted logic and reasoning is bad enough, but the fact that the man feels comfortable saying it, more than once, to the American public is just astonishing. But then, he is the one who five years ago insisted his daughters would never be punished with a baby”. And yet, mouth-watering dolts, like those over at MSNBC for example, swear this man, Barack Hussein Obama, is the most eloquent communicator ever to walk in unison with Earth’s gravity.

Dana Loesch BOLDLY stood up and stood her ground last night on CNN against foreign, interloping, bastion of objectivity Piers Morgan and avowed communist Van Jones about the left’s/liberal narrative and premise on gun control that is currently being shoved down the throats of the American people. Listen to the tail end of this CNN debate. If Piers Morgan is on Obama’s side in demanding even more gun control laws he must be in agreement with Obama’s idea of trying to save “just one life” out of the dozens lost at Sandy Hook school.

Oh, and “assault” is an action a PERSON does, not an object. “Assault” is usually accompanied by “battery”. Shoving somebody down to the ground. Punching/Slapping somebody. YES, a stabbing committed with a spoon or an ice pick or a 12 inch ruler or a Lincoln Log, or smothering with a pillow, or wrapping a child’s jump rope around somebody’s neck and trying to strangle them, or a cream pie to the face (ask Ann Coulter) IS “ASSAULT” … and battery!!! Whether it is a one-shot front-loading musket circa the American Revolution or a fully automatic military rifle (“machine gun”) it is an inanimate and unthinking object until a person intentionally takes it in hand and operates it. Be it hunting, target-shooting, or murder, the “assault” responsibility is solely on the person who picks up the gun … or the spoon or the Lincoln Log or the pie, and not on the gun. The willful and intentional infliction of ignorance on the American people by those in the government and the American people is nauseating.

For good-measure: A local 72-year-old invalid woman, all alone, was EMPOWERED with her gun against an intruder into her home.

“The Constitution did not guarantee public safety, it guaranteed liberty…”

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The longer this lopsided debate (I say ‘lopsided’ because those who can immediately, wrongly and unconstitutionally end it with one executive order are in near total power) the more the pro-Constitution voices state perfectly and eloquently the truth that keeps us free in the face of those voices that intend to make us less free and less safe. This Connecticut man is the latest to make complete sense as he addresses Connecticut lawmakers on their gun control intentions…

Meet Robert Steed, a resident of Vernon, Conn. who took three days straight off work to attend several gun control hearings in Connecticut. On March 14, Steed was more “aggravated” than usual with lawmakers and he let them know it in his fiery testimony, telling them that they were “coloring outside the lines of constitutional parameters.”

“This is the third day I’ve taken off of work to come here to, like so many of the rest of us, to plead with you for us to keep our guns because of some wing-nut in Newtown, Connecticut,” he said. “If that isn’t inherently wrong, I don’t know what is. That these bills are even in proposed form is scary enough. That any of you could possibly be undecided is scary enough. What are you looking at?”

He went on: “I can’t for the life of me understand how this state can have as many gun laws on the books as it does and have members of its Legislature need to take firearms 101. And as far as what I felt were potshots taken at the NRA, they’ve done more for gun safety– they’ll do more for gun safety this weekend than this committee will do in your careers.”

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Last week, Steed told lawmakers who believe legislation will prevent tragedies that “evil exists” and “sometimes things are beyond your control.”

“Adam Lanza commits a crime, and I’m here to gr0vel and plead for my rights and explain to you that my firearms are kept safely?” he asked rhetorically. “I keep hearing the word “solution”… you’re not going to find a solution, it doesn’t exist. You can’t find a broad brush solution to evil.”

This is the cold hard truth and reality the knee-jerk lawmakers on state and federal levels refuse to see and understand. And when it is blindingly pointed out to them, they become condescending and patronizing … to their employers who are pointing out these arrogant employees are failing at their (sworn oath) jobs…

Connecticut state Rep. Steve Mikutel (D) refuted Steed and said lawmakers can craft a solution to gun violence. “We can solve this,” he said.

Mikutel admitted that “we live in an open free democratic society,” therefore lawmakers won’t be able to address all violence in society. If the U.S. was a “dictatorship” Congress would have a better chance of dealing with violence, but that’s not the way they want to go, the Democrat added.

“You’ll get a better handle on it maybe in a dictatorship where they just go in and take all your guns and lock-down, and they’ve got big brother watching all over you everywhere, they’ve got cameras on every corner, cameras in every neighborhood,” the Democrat continued.

Mikutel explained that Connecticut doesn’t want to go down that route and so it makes lawmakers’ job more “difficult.”

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Yes, the democrat lawmaker went there, obviously ignorant, in total denial or lying about the privacy invasive situation(s) we currently live under in the United States, with more to follow. My question to Rep. Steve Mikutel is, “Was that a threat or a promise?” Listen to the whole exchange here (George posted it earlier), then make this video and story go viral. By the way, something else you will not hear in the MSM: “Connecticut wooed gunmaker Bushmaster’s parent company days before Sandy Hook massacre – Freedom Group was offered a low-interest, $1 million loan for a Stamford headquarters, but after the Bushmaster AR-15 was used in Newtown, the proposal was canceled.” … Connecticut poll: “Most oppose more gun control measures”

Meanwhile, New York Gov. Cuomo shows us a prime example of what governing and legislating from “feelings”, instead of from the guidelines outlined within the U.S. Constitution, looks like…

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Don’t hurt their feelings!

This is nothing less than moronic liberalism on display.

We can’t have a culture in which success is honored, now, can we? It wouldn’t be nice.

David Fabrizio, principal of Ipswich Middle School (near Boston, of course), notified parents of his plan to eliminate the school’s Honors Night last week.

“The Honors Night, which can be a great sense of pride for the recipients’ families, can also be devastating to a child who has worked extremely hard in a difficult class but who, despite growth, has not been able to maintain a high grade point average,” Fabrizio penned in his first letter to parents.

Fabrizio also said he decided to make the change because academic success can be influenced by the amount of support a student receives at home and not all students receive the same level of emotional and academic support at home.

Fabrizio now says he’ll honor kids at the end of the year in one big assembly and it was never his intention to do anything otherwise. Which is a lie, and should not pass unnoticed.

I think he just didn’t go far enough. We can’t live with the possibility that someone somewhere might at some point find something devastating. He should cancel all sports, since success in sports can be influenced by diet and genes and by how maniacal some parents get by trying to live out their glory years through their kids. It’s just not fair that some kids can run faster and jump higher than others. It’s just not fair that some kids will study hard to get good grads and some kids don’t have to, and some kids are just lazy or lousy at academics. It’s Just. Not. Fair. for a school to single anyone out for anything, ever.

In fact, he should just cancel everything, give everyone an A+ and a trophy in every single sport and send them all home. It could potentially be devastating if he doesn’t.

I do feel compelled to ask a question: When did we turn our schools over to dishonest morons? When did this happen?

 

2014 and the race to be as dumb as the Dems

No balls. No principles.

[…] The GOP looks like it’s going the route of surrender to the left on immigration. Sen. Rand Paul will say today that he will demand security first before any legal status or pathway to citizenship will be available to those who broke and continue to break the law. Security-minded Republicans and independents could be persuaded to support that if it had any chance of passage, but we’ve seen this movie before. He won’t get security first, or at all. Even his filibuster ended with Brennan getting confirmed to head the CIA. The porous, dangerous border is just too useful to too many people for it to be secured in any permanent way. It’s an evergreen, like the minimum wage. Democrats will want it as an issue again in another couple of decades.

Some in the GOP are also looking to make deals on gun control. It’s hard to think of better ways to destroy the party ahead of a solid opportunity to recapture Congress and render President Obama irrelevant for his last two years in office. Maybe they’ll add some tax hikes too, just for grins, and clear the field for Chris Christie ahead of 2016.

 

The individual and the collective: ‘the difference’

The always great Baldilocks has written a short but incisive essay about the importance of the individual in families. Read “The Difference.”

[…] But what made a Ben Carson or a Steve Jobs different from the children in the second video? What makes the children who grew up in the early 60s and prior without one or more parents different from the menaces to society we’ve seen all too often in the past four decades?

It’s this: individuals–individuals who step into the breach that mother and/or father vacate voluntarily or involuntarily. Grandparents, aunts and uncles, stepparents, adoptive parents. And the individual biological parents, like Sonya Carson, who step up to the task appointed to them. People like her shape a Dr. Ben Carson, neurosurgeon and leader of the surgical team who first successfully separated conjoined twins. People like the tasered woman–and the man–shape drug-dealers, gang members, welfare mothers and prisoners.

Such people like the latter know nothing of hard work, true education, order, responsibility. The reason this is so? Because neither they nor the other parent(s) of their offspring care about their children being better than they are. They don’t have to care about this because they know that the government will subsidize all of their “needs” and the “needs” of their offspring.

When individuals are the parents, the child will most likely do well. When government is the parent, the child will most likely do poorly and become dependent on government as well–either taking on government as one parent (illegitimate children) or both parents (going to prison). This isn’t rocket science or neurosurgery. From time immemorial, children, with some exceptions, follow in the footsteps of their parents. […]

Hey Bill!

Why don’t you stick to designing crappy operating systems and leave your nose out things you know nothing about, okay? Your net worth notwithstanding, your opinion means shit.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the wealthiest American, said on “some days” he wishes the U.S. political system were like England’s, so that President Barack Obama could have “slightly more power.”

Gates was asked for his assessment of President Obama’s job performance during an interview at Politico’s “Playbook Cocktails” event.

“Some days I wish we had a system like the U.K. where, you know, the party in power could do a lot and you know, you’d see how it went and then fine you could un-elect them,” said Gates on Wednesday.

“Now, over time, our system has worked slightly better than theirs, theirs has worked okay but so it’s ironic that right now it feels like I wish there was slightly more power in the presidency to avoid some of these deadlocks. So I think what he [Obama] wants to do and what he’s actually able to do, the gap is so big there that it’s hard to know in some ways.” […]

Detroit, the harbinger?

Another city that the Dems have ground into the dirt.

Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was considered to be a rising star within the Democratic Party, has been convicted of bribery and corruption charges.

He was mayor of the beleaguered city for seven years and his father and a city contractor were also involved. Some believe that Kilpatrick’s corruption led to the decline in Detroit during his tenure, but other indicators say otherwise.

He was accused by federal prosecutors of giving up to $83 million of contracts to his friend Bobby Ferguson. It could lead to up to 20 years in prison, based on charges of racketeering, extortion, bribery, mail and wire fraud and tax.

Detroit’s auto industry has been struggling and along with rising crime (which far outpaces the infamous Southeast D.C. or parts of New York City) the city has been regressing since its economic peak during the 1990s. A large portion of the city’s population has moved out of the city limits, which creates a bigger problem. Without adjusting the city limits, the city has to provide water and other public works to the unpopulated areas.

In addition, the burgeoning public employee pensions have burdened the economy and fiscal balance of the city. Now, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is going to place an emergency manager in charge of the city. This sets the stage for the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

In short, the Democrats have governed the city for decades and have continued its union-friendly and economic-unfriendly policies. As landmarks and schools remain uninhabited and empty, squatters now outnumber the residents in some neighborhoods.

Detroit can thank the Democrats for that.

Fizzle-Out: “Fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences”…

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Just a day before NYC Nanny Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on sugary drinks over 16 ounces, a New York Supreme Court judge rules against him

A state judge on Monday stopped Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s administration from banning the sale of large sugary drinks at New York City restaurants and other venues, a major defeat for a mayor who has made public-health initiatives a cornerstone of his tenure.

The city is “enjoined and permanently restrained from implementing or enforcing the new regulations,” wrote New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling, blocking the rules one day before they would have taken effect. The city’s chief counsel, Michael Cardozo, pledged to quickly appeal the ruling.

In halting the drink rules, Judge Tingling noted that the incoming sugary drink regulations were “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences” that would be difficult to enforce with consistency “even within a particular city block, much less the city as a whole.”

“The loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the stated purpose of the rule,” the judge wrote. (Read the full text of the ruling.)

Under a first-of-its-kind prohibition approved by the city Board of Health last year, establishments from restaurants to mobile food carts would have been prohibited from selling sugary drinks larger than 16 oz. After a three-month grace period, the city would have started fining violators $200 per sale.

The city rules, set to take effect on March 12, didn’t include convenience stores, such as 7-Elevens, and supermarkets, both of which are regulated by the state government.

In his ruling, Judge Tingling found the Board of Health’s mission is to protect New Yorkers by providing regulations that protect against diseases. Those powers, he argued, don’t include the authority to “limit or ban a legal item under the guise of ‘controlling chronic disease.’ ”

The board may supervise and regulate the city’s food supply when it affects public health, but the City Charter clearly outlines when such steps may be taken: According to Judge Tingling, the city must face imminent danger due to disease.

“That has not been demonstrated,” he wrote.

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Bloomy will appeal.

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In other news, not discouraged by his big gulping smackdown today by the judge, Nanny Bloomberg plans to go after hot dogs and Kit Kats.

He demands they stop being made from dogs and cats…

Taxpayers are The Butt of The TSA Joke

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Just before “sequestration” the federal government agencies were prompted to intentially make some ridiculous ‘cuts’ that would appear to the American taxpayer(s) how painful any such cut in government spending would be. We know of the dropping of the $18,000 a week White House tours for the public … Yet if you have the right amount of money/donations you are more than welcome to schedule a tour of The People’s House. (Also, Michelle Obama’s fiftieth birthday bash is quickly approaching, and already some top musical names have been booked as entertainment at the huge, planned celebration.) However, some federal government contracts were made ahead of the sequestration. One was the spending of $50 million for new TSA uniforms.

Now comes a report that some former TSA agents are claiming the airport hassle the general, non-dangerous public (from infants to breastfeeding mothers to toddles/children to the handicapped to the elderly) has been going through at the groping hands of the TSA when traveling by air is “all for show”. There are ten outlined facts of this federal government agency’s inefficiency and waste.

7. We always said it’s not a question of if terrorists get through — it’s a question of when. Our feeling is nothing’s happened because they haven’t wanted it to happen. We’re not any big deterrent. It’s all for show.

6. Most TSA screeners know their job is a complete joke. Their goal is to use this as a stepping stone to another government agency.

5. We work in a culture where common sense has no place. All but a very few TSA personnel know they’re employed by a bottom-of-the-barrel agency.

Our first question to anyone in a wheelchair is to ask if they’re able to stand for a pat-down. If someone is in a wheelchair, he likely can’t stand. Even when they’re sitting, we’re required to ask them to move so we can check under their buttocks.

4. Supervisors play absolutely no role in day-to-day functions except to tell you not to chew gum. Gum chewing is a huge issue with management.

This is on the heels of last week’s report of TSA allowing a fake bomb through screening at Newark Airport.