Al Qaeda Far From Neutralized

News is breaking that Al Qaeda is claiming responsibility for an attack on a luxury hotel in Mali, wherein something like 170 people were taken hostage and three were killed. Of course, the familiar “Allahu Akbar”, the jihadist battle cry, was reportedly heard screamed by the gunmen, according to witnesses.

We keep being told Al Qaeda is not the same as The Islamic State — or ISIS. There’s some debate as to whether or not that matters, except in as much as it might be useful to play them off each other if we ever get to a place where that becomes a feasible strategy (at this point, that’s unlikely because, while they compete with each other, they both HATE us). Apparently they like to one-up each other:

The attack comes just days after militants affiliated with the Islamic State staged coordinated attacks in France. It is unclear if the two incidents are related — the Islamic State and the ethnic Tuareg militant groups that dominate in Mali have competing interests – but the Paris attack may well have inspired the raid in Bamako.

‘Puter Rants: Liberals Hate You, And They’re Not Keen On America Either

 

Original post at The Ancient & Noble Order of The Gormogons ~ Ed.

 

‘Puter’s had it with the effete, gelded liberals currently running the country, whether in the Obama Administration, in the media, or on college campuses. Not content to have destroyed America’s universities, these self-important know nothings have set out to ruin America itself.

Here’s a newsflash, Lefties. America has done nothing – nothing – to justify Islamic terrorists’ attacks on its allies or itself. Islamic terrorists attack America because they’re evil, not because we are.

Despite President Obama’s whiny lectures to the contrary, it is a fact that while not all Muslims are terrorists, most terrorists are Muslims.* It is not a Constitutional violation to focus on Muslims as suspects after terrorism any more than it’s a Constitutional violation to focus on white people when a reported crime is overwhelmingly committed by whites. It’s what’s known to sane Americans as common sense.

Despite the collective pearl clutching of People Who Know Better Than You™, it is rational to make sure Middle Eastern refugees are thoroughly vetted before being admitted to the United States. It is not religious discrimination, or racist, or even mean to do so. It’s what’s known to sane Americans as self-defense.**

Terror Grips Presidential Poll Watcher

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Like most political junkies, I’ve been watching polling data in the presidential campaign like a hawk for a year or more. As Donald Trump and Ben Carson took the lead this summer, my enjoyment of the process began to erode. The one thing keeping me from utter despair is the Washington Post’s Twitter account @PastFrontrunner.

It posts every day where polls measured the national and state presidential primary campaigns in 2004, 2008, and 2012. As the saying goes, it’s still early, and that kind of data can put into perspective just how early it is. But we’re just over 2 months away from Iowa and New Hampshire voting, and things haven’t changed much.

However, on the national polls, @PastFrontrunner suggests they’re still way off. Trump currently leads the RealClearPolitics average, Carson is within the margin of error to tie, and Rubio and Cruz are coming up the rear. So where were we in past cycles nationally?

Here’s Why We Should Take More Syrian Refugees after Paris, Not Fewer

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As of this writing, nine fourteen twenty 27 state governors have issued executive orders or unilaterally proclaimed that their state will no longer accept refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war and Daesh terrorism there. Nevermind that states don’t really have a say in the matter, since accepting refugees is an immigration and foreign policy power exclusively granted to the federal government. The sudden protectionism in the wake of the coordinated attacks on fun in Paris isn’t surprising, but it is exactly the wrong response.

As a timely post at the libertarian Niskanen Center makes crystal clear, there are several good reasons that the US should continue accepting refugees and not abandon desperate, hopeless people because of fear.

1. The Paris attackers were not refugees. [ed: additional link added]

The Paris Attacks and the Suicide of the West

On Friday afternoon, as most Americans were looking forward to leaving work, reports started pouring out of Paris of multiple active shooters and coordinated bombing attacks across Paris. At least eight suicide bombers detonated their explosives at key attractions around the city, which were bustling with activity at the start of the weekend’s festivities.

Several bombs were detonated near the Stade de France (soccer stadium) as France played world champion Germany in front of tens of thousands of fans, including French President Francois Hollande, who was rushed to safety by French security services, after which he convened an emergency meeting of his cabinet secretaries.

At the same time, several popular restaurants and bars were attacked by terrorists, plus the Bataclan concert hall where at least eighty fans of the American band Eagles of Death Metal were killed as terrorists stormed the venue, firing into the crowd as they screamed “Allah Akbar!” an Islamic phrase meaning “god is greatest”. Witnesses report the gunfire lasted ten to fifteen minutes before the attackers clashed with the police. Four attackers were killed, including three rigged with suicide vests.

Million Student Marchers Need a Sip of Koch

Just a quick comparison. I think where the revolting (heh) kids at Mizzou and other colleges are getting confused is that they are saying the same things — at least the same words — as Charles Koch in this fantastic op-ed:

For most of this nation’s history, our country has been characterized by opportunity, upward mobility and personal freedom. But today, America is hurtling headlong in the opposite direction, away from a free society and towards a two-tiered society.

Consequently, our country is increasingly divided between the “haves” and the “have-nots.” As the gulf between these two gets larger, we are creating a permanent underclass while doling out welfare for the wealthy.

Stopping and reversing this disastrous trend is one of the greatest challenges of our time, but we can overcome it if we agree to fight for the principles of a free society.

As proof, just listen to this child, a spokesperson for the Million Student March. Well, listen if you can, because it’s painful. Don’t say I didn’t warn you:

Debunking Fiscal Myths: There Is No Loophole for “Carried Interest”

Originally posted at International Liberty. ~ Ed.

 

I’m a big fan of the flat tax because a low tax rate and no double taxation will result in faster growth and more upward mobility.

I also like the flat tax because it gets rid of all deductions, credits, exemptions, preferences, exclusions, and other distortions. And a loophole-free tax code would be a great way of reducing Washington corruption and promoting simplicity.

Moreover, keep in mind that eliminating all favors from the internal revenue code also would be good for growth because people then will make decisions on the basis of what makes economic sense rather than because of peculiar quirks of the tax system.

Mizzou Freshman the Most Racist, Homophobic in America

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The freshman class at the University of Missouri is the most racist, sexist, and homophobic student body in America. After all, it was just last year that Mizzou was lauded by the liberal media all across the land for its tolerance and inclusion after they rallied around Michael Sam, the star football player who had recently announced his homosexuality to the world, when he was being picketed by the hate-mongers from Westboro Baptist Church. Since the faculty is essentially unchanged from last year, the only conclusion we can draw from the recent resignation of university president Tim Wolfe is that he recruited a bunch of racist students over the last year and now must be punished for his sins. After all, how else does one explain Mizzou going from the gold standard of tolerance and diversity to a hotbed of racism, sexism and homophobia in just a single year?

The impetus for the unfolding scandal was the declared hunger strike of one Jonathan Butler, a black student, which would not end until “either Tim Wolfe is removed from office or my internal organs fail and my life is lost”. Butler claimed that the university had consistently failed to address incidents of intolerant behavior.

The primary complaint stems from an incident last month in which a white student jumped on a stage where black students were rehearsing a skit and shouted racial slurs. The evidence for Wolfe’s indifference apparently comes from the fact that Wolfe, riding in his car during the homecoming parade a few days later, did not jump out of the vehicle and prostrate himself before a mob of angry protestors.

You Can’t Say That In My Safe Space

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What’s happened at The University of Missouri is baffling. There is good reason to believe the students, that there was a problem on that campus because the students had the support of coaches and administrators in their calls to address racial tension on campus. That part is clear. (And, with respect to a gentleman yesterday who wanted to get into the weeds about this with me: yes, I think that support is an important point because I remember being a 20 year old college student and how easily I let my passion inform my perception, often erroneously.) What’s less clear is why the president of the Missouri University system and the chancellor had to lose their jobs when they were, from the outset, trying to work with the student group who had sent them a “list of demands” (which is, uncomfortably, the language of a hostage negotiation).

So, because it’s muddy, I’m not sure I can offer any clarity. But I hope those students who felt the campus was a hostile environment for them find some solace in the recent turn of events. I can offer something I saw on Twitter that I think applies:

Red Starbucks Cups: A Story of Viral Outrage Marketing

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Everything on the internet is a lie, especially anything you hear about a “movement” or “boycott” or “outrage”. This is one of those.

On November 5, Josh Feuerstein, an Arizona preacher, Facebook vertical video ranter, and Fred Durst-style backwards cap-wearer, basically a Christian version of Howard Stern, posted a 1-minute 18-second video about a red-hued mass-produced beverage receptible. You see, he went to Starbucks to get his morning cup of coffee and was handed a simple red cup. He immediately felt triggered by this holiday-colored but not holiday-decorated design, so he retreated to his safe space of portrait-oriented internet video and expressed this offense to the world.

And horrifically, the world listened. As of this writing Feuerstein’s video has 12,247,900 views, 153,895 likes, 447,838 shares, and 36,094 comments. Normally I don’t recommend reading comments on internet posts, but in this case it’s illuminating.

The first three comments on Feuerstein’s post are from Feuerstein himself. First, he urges his viewers to use a specific hashtag when discussing the issue on social media. That helps people discussing it connect to each other and helps the topic trend if enough people use it.

The second comment is Feuerstein linking to his own blog post at theradicals.com about the topic. That gets people to his own advertising-supported website, putting money in his pocket with each hysterical pearl-clutching click. The third comment is Feuerstein tagging at least thirteen other mostly Christian conservative outrage-mongers like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Breitbart in an effort to get their social media managers to talk about the post and link to his website (*click*click*ka-ching*ka-ching*).

 


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