Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Poe Horizon

We have reached the Poe Horizon, where it is impossible to tell parody from actual delusional ideas.

From the Federalist:

With apologies to Monty Python, a parody conversation between a Jihadist and a Liberal apologist:

“We did this because our holy texts exhort us to do it.”
“No you didn’t.”

“Wait, what? Yes we did…”

“No, this has nothing to do with religion. You guys are just using religion as a front for social and geopolitical reasons.”

“WHAT!? Did you even read our official statement? We give explicit Quranic justification. This is jihad, a holy crusade against pagans, blasphemers, and disbelievers.”

“No, this is definitely not a Muslim thing. You guys are not true Muslims, and you defame a great religion by saying so.”

“Huh!? Who are you to tell us we’re not true Muslims!? Islam is literally at the core of everything we do, and we have implemented the truest most literal and honest interpretation of its founding texts. It is our very reason for being.”

“Nope. We created you. We installed a social and economic system that alienates and disenfranchises you, and that’s why you did this. We’re sorry.”

“What? Why are you apologizing? We just slaughtered you mercilessly in the streets. We targeted unwitting civilians — disenfranchisement doesn’t even enter into it!”

“Listen, it’s our fault. We don’t blame you for feeling unwelcome and lashing out.”

“Seriously, stop taking credit for this! We worked really hard to pull this off, and we’re not going to let you take it away from us.”

“No, we nourished your extremism. We accept full blame.”

“OMG, how many people do we have to kill around here to finally get our message across?”

Now, the actual statements of the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party:  Muslims are tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism.

This is incredibly frustrating.

No, not for me.

For ISIS...

They now have to issue guidelines to their killers to avoid targets that make it easier for the US government to take the blame for the attack.

As is noted in the latest ISIS guidelines:

Most of the individuals present at pulse nightclub were Latino. We recommend — And Allah knows best — that it is better to avoid targeting places and crowds where minorities are generally found in America. knowingly that the federal government will be the one taking full responsibility. Therefore we advise targeting areas where the Anglo-Saxon community is generally concentrated. This class of the American community is the majority and it is the one that is in the American leadership.

We have reached the Poe Horizon, where it is impossible to tell parody from actual events.

Read the full story by Robert Tracinski here

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About Gun Control

The Democrats are currently staging a 'sit in' on the floor of the House of Representatives until they get a vote on certain gun control measures. 

This is pure political theater.  The Democrats are not serious about enacting gun control.   They are simply trying to use this issue to gain political leverage and publicity.

How do we know this?

The Democrats controlled the House and the Senate and the Presidency with veto and filibuster proof majorities for 4 months during Obama's first term, and near super majorities for the entire first two years.

They passes ZERO laws on gun control.  

None.  Not one.

If the Democrats really believed in gun control, they could have passed it, just like they did with the Affordable Care Act, without a single Republican vote.    They did nothing. 

Democrats are not serious about gun control. This is all just political theater designed to increase their power and control.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The War on Reality

The Left has now fully divorced itself from reality.  Socialists and other assorted left wing idiots have always had a rather casual relationship with the truth, but now they have gone full bat shit crazy.  They deny basic reality in order to keep the narrative alive. 

The latest proof?   They claim that we 'may never know' the motive of the Orlando terrorist.

Let's do a reality check here:

But... we may never know what motivated Mateen according to Loretta Lynch, the highest law enforcement officer in the land.

We may never know, says the Guardian.

We may never know, says the New York Times.

Really?  We may never know?

It seems pretty clear what his motivation was -- he was inspired by Islam and Jihad.

He said so himself, and every fact in the case points to that reality.

But the Left has to deny this reality, because the truth is damaging to their narrative and their world view.

This is not the first time the Left has trotted out the 'we may never know' what happened trope.  After the Ferguson incident had been fully revealed and all the fact were in exonerating the officer and backing up his story, Obama still claimed "We may never know what happened.."

The Left claims that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism, and it is only because we are provoking these lovers of the Religion of Peace that they are lashing out at us.

Well, this guy was born an American.  This guy was raised an American.  This guy had every advantage of being an American.    And yet he still committed an act of Jihad.

So maybe Islam is not the Religion of Peace after all.  Maybe the Left is living a lie.

Maybe the Left is at war with reality itself. 

The Inmates are Running the Asylum

Loretta Lynch, the highest law enforcement officer in the land, is officially out of her mind.

She has completely left the realm of rational thought and discourse with her latest pronouncement on the Orlando attacks.

Lynch said the Department of Justice stood in solidarity with the LGBT community “in the light” following a Muslim terrorist’s massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub last week.

 “We stand with you to say that the good in this world far outweighs the evil, that our common humanity transcends our differences, and that our most effective response to terror and to hatred is compassion, it’s unity, and it’s love,” Lynch said. “We stand with you today as we grieve together, and long after the cameras are gone, we will continue to stand with you as we grow together in commitment, in solidarity, and in equality.”

What kind of hippie dippy, New Age bull crap is this? She is responsible for our national defense against terror, and she thinks the best response is compassion and love???

If this is the attitude of the Obama administration, it is no wonder that we are losing the War on Terror.

What the Actual F*CK???

What the f*ck is going on with the FBI and the Justice Department?

This situation has gone from embarrassing to criminally incompetent.

After screwing up the investigation of the Orlando shooter, the FBI now appears to have lost track of his likely-accomplice wife.
Hang your head in shame, FBI

They lost her????  What the f*ck??

Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted today that the FBI is unaware of the whereabouts of Omar Mateen's wife, Noor Salman.   This is outrageous.  She is at best a material witness in a mass shooting.  Worst case,  she is an accomplice.  

And they LOST HER. 

How does this happen?  Are there any adults in charge anymore?

This is a staggering display of incompetence.

This comes after the FBI seems to have screwed up the investigation into this jihadi in the first place.

The FBI was informed on no less than 3 separate occasions that Mateen was a potential risk.   Twice they investigated and found nothing.  Once they didn't even bother to look.

And it gets worse.  It appears that this is not the spur of the moment actions of a lone wolf.  This appears to be a terrorist conspiracy. 

Mateen gave away his house to his sister for $10 just a few months ago.  His wife was a witness to the transaction.   Why would you sign away the rights to your home for $10?  Because you knew you wouldn't need it much longer, that's why.   And the wife knew about it.   She is an accomplice.  And the sister and brother in law are likely accomplices as well.

These people should be in jail.  They are clearly implicated in this crime.

Why won't the FBI follow the very wide and clear trail of evidence?  Why are they allowing reporters to trample all over the crime scene?  Why are they not keeping track of witnesses and accomplices?

Can this be explained by sheer incompetence?  It seems unlikely that the entire FBI can be this stupid and irresponsible.

Perhaps the Obama administration doesn't want the FBI to find out that his whole family knew this was coming.   Because if the American public knew that the this was a conspiracy of an entire group of Muslims, the entire narrative of the 'lone wolf gun nut' falls apart.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ban the AR-15!

In the wake of the horrific shooting in Orlando, it makes sense to consider banning the AR-15

As has been noted by many experts on the Left, the AR-15 is a weapon of war designed solely for killing people by spraying hundreds of bullets from massive clips that rivals a bazooka in noise and recoil, and inspires PTSD

Uh,...wait, what?  Not a word of that sentence is remotely associated with the truth.

Let's ignore the fact that none of the above is true for the moment and proceed with the idea that the AR-15 must be banned. 

What would that look like? 

Not an AR-15
If you try to ban the AR-15 by name you have the minor problem in that the gun used in the actual attack was not, in fact, an AR-15.  It was a Sig Sauer MCX   There are many many rifles that look or operate like an AR-15 and are just as lethal.  So you can't ban the rifle by name. 

You have to focus on banning certain characteristics.   Like California and other states have done in the past, you would have to ban cosmetic features like pistol grips, barrel shrouds, and scary looking accessories.    

But these characteristics don't make the rifle lethal.   They only modify its capabilities or make it look mean.   A ban on features would have no effect, as has been proven in California and other places. Cosmetic bans are literally window dressing.  

In order to effectively ban AR-15 type rifles, you would need to ban the features that makes it so dangerous : a magazine fed semi-auto firing mechanisms. 

A ban on all semi auto-rifles would ban the vast majority of the millions of long guns owned by Americans today.  It would also ban most shotguns as well.  

So when you call for a ban on the AR-15, you are actually calling for the elimination of perhaps 75 million guns.  Guns, by the way, that kill fewer Americans than knives since rifles of all type account for less than 3% of all murders.

And not just a ban on the sale and manufacture of these weapons.  You need to ban possession. While the Orlando shooter bought his gun just before the shooting, the Newtown school shooter stole the gun from its legal owner. 

Let's assume, for the sake of argument, that this ban would require the confiscation of 30-40 million weapons from as many as 25 million gun owners.  

As we noted in an earlier post,  even 99% compliance with such a ban leaves 350,000 weapons in the hands of the most deranged 1% of gun owners.   The police will have to raid 350,000 homes defended by determined Americans armed with 'weapons of war'.

Good luck with that.  

Blame the White Christians, Natch!

When the news of the shooting at an Orlando night club broke, there was a lot of media speculation on who could be behind this horrible attack and what their motives might be.  

The media speculated that it was a right wing religious nut job motivated by anti gay animus and homophobia.   

The Left wing victim hood narrative was about to kick into gear and blame nasty conservatives and Republicans for this crime. 

Then the facts came out.  

The identity of shooter and his motivation are now crystal clear.  We know this because he called 911 and a local news station to announce his motivation. 

He is a Muslim. He is a registered Democrat. He committed this crime as a supporter ISIS.  He wanted to kill gays because he was offended by them kissing in public.  

Naturally, the media reacted to this news by placing the blame for this on.... Conservative Republicans.  

That's right, you see.  Christian Republicans have created such a toxic anti gay environment that it is forcing Muslim Democrats to shoot up gay night clubs.  An environment so toxic, in fact, that the shooter is even confused about whom to credit for his inspiration.  

George Orwell, call your office.

Monday, June 13, 2016

OK, Gay People, Do You Get It Now??

For several years the gay activist community in this country has been waging a splendid little war on anyone in this country that does not toe the Gay line.   Any statement even remotely against gays is met with a horrendous onslaught of social and legal disapproval.  And they have been quite effective at moving the legal and moral goalposts quite far in a short period of time.

Making a statement that was the official position of President Obama and of the Democrat Party in 2008 (a marriage is between a man and a woman) is now considered to be a hate crime. 

The gay activist mafia has been quite effective waging a culture war to destroy all who oppose them, particularly the most dreaded of foes, the bakers and cake makers!  Every baker must comply with the wishes of the Left and happily bake cakes and pizzas for gay weddings or be vilified and prosecuted for discrimination

All the while, they have been screaming that the culture of homophobia in this country is the worst thing in the world.  They have maintained that the US is a horrible oppressive place, and that Christians are terrible oppressors of the LGBT people.  And they have enlisted Islamic front groups as natural allies in this culture war.

Wait.  They changed that.   It's now LGBTQ, and apparently a hate crime as some form of patriarchal oppression to use the old formulation. 

Wait.   They changed it again... it's now LGBTTQQIAAP.     No.   I'm not making this up.

Gay people enjoy extraordinary legal protections, have higher incomes, and play a disproportionate role in American culture.   All while claiming to be oppressed victims. 

Meanwhile, in ten countries around the world, homosexuality is punishable by death.  There are weekly reports of gay people being executed for being gay, in many cases by being thrown off of the roof of a tall building

Conservatives in this country have been pointing out for years that the real fight for gay rights should be focused on things like not being thrown off the top of a skyscraper instead of having a cake baked for a wedding. 

Gay activists have been pretending to fight the good fight against defenseless Christian bakers while ignoring the real threat posed by radical Islam.

Well, the Islamic war on gays has finally arrived here.   49 dead in a gay night club shooting at the hands of a radical jihadist that expressly targeted gay people for the crime of being gay. 

Muslims around the world are celebrating the attack.

They can't ignore it any longer. .

Well, of course they can.   They can blame guns.  Or blame the white homophobic toxic culture for enabling the shooting.  Or blaming hyper masculinity. 

Western civilization is not an oppressor of gays.  It is the safest place in the world for gay people to work and live.   Gay people had better wake up and recognize that the real threat is not the religious nut that won't bake you a cake, the real threat is the religious nut who wants to kill you.  

Close the Terror Gap!!

There are a number of people complaining that the recent mass shooting was done with a
legally purchased AR-15, and that people on the terror Watch List should not be allowed to have guns. Presumably, they think this would have prevented this tragedy from occurring.

Noted legal expert Kim Kardashian and other scholars have weighed in on the topic through such thoughtful mediums as Twitter and FaceBook, proclaiming that we need to do something to prevent such carnage in the future. 

Apparently the idea is to cross reference the Terror Watch List and/or the No Fly List with the current background check database so that people on 'the list' would be enjoined from purchasing firearms.

There are several problems with this approach.

1.   These lists are secret government lists for which there is no transparency for how a name gets added or deleted from the list.  There is no oversight, control, or appeal.    Effectively, it would be a secret, non-judicial process for stripping rights from people the government doesn't like.   Even the most trusting-of-government-souls on the planet should be a little apprehensive about signing away fundamental rights to a secret bureaucratic list. 

2.  The shooters in the most recent terror attacks weren't on the list in the first place.  Even if this law had been in place, it would not have prevented any of these attacks.  The shooter in the Orlando shooting was interviewed by the FBI on multiple occasions and was cleared.  HE WAS NOT ON THE LIST!!  The San Bernadino shooter was not on the list either.

3.  Actual known terrorists won't be on the list either.  If the FBI is actively investigating someone for possible ties to Islamic Jihad, the last thing they will do is potentially tip off their quarry that they are being watched by adding them to the watch list.   If the FBI had a mole inside a terror ring and suddenly every member of the cell is suddenly on the No Fly List, the entire operation will be blown.  They won't be adding real terrorist to the list, so it won't help here.

There are few things more ripe for abuse than a secret list maintained by the government for purposes of oppressing people the government does not like.  Given the overt politicization of the IRS, how long do you think it takes before the Justice Department caves in to pressure from the Left and adds every member of every organization named as a terror group by the Southern Poverty Law Center to the list?   Pretty soon such groups as the Singing Nuns will not be able to purchase guns. 

Blame the Gun, of course!

With so many issues to discuss after the horrific terror attack in Orlando, which do you think the media and the Democrats will focus on:

  • The FBI twice failed to accurately assess the threat this guy posed. What is happening inside the FBI that prevented them from getting this right?
  • If the FBI can't accurately assess one guy when he is twice identified as a potential threat, how can they assess a hundred thousand Syrian refugees? 
  • This the second case of 2nd Generation Jihad. What is happening in the Muslim community that is radicalizing these "Americans"?
  • If we cannot accurately assess incoming refugees and they potentially represent a multi generational threat, should we stop taking in additional Syrian refugees?
  • Radical Islam has been killing gays overseas for years. Not a week goes by without a gay guy getting tossed off a building somewhere. Now will gay people recognize that the real threat to gay rights is not some baker in Ohio, but a radical global movement with the intention of killing all gay people in the name of Islam?
  • Blame the guns.
I wonder which they will focus on...
Just kidding.
We already know the answer to this question since Obama's remarks blamed guns in less than a minute, while not mentioning Islam even once.