Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Beyond Parody

The DOJ-released transcript of the 9-1-1 operator and Omar Mateen

OD: Emergency 911, this is being recorded.
OM: In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficial [in Arabic]
OD: What?
OM: Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God [in Arabic]. I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.
OD: What’s your name?
OM: My name is I pledge of allegiance to [omitted].
OD: Ok, What’s your name?
OM: I pledge allegiance to [omitted] may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of [omitted].
OD: Alright, where are you at?
OM: In Orlando.
OD: Where in Orlando?
[End of call.]

We are currently bombing ISIS but we can't link its name to a terrorist act for fear of fueling its recruitment efforts. And Mateen said "Allah", not "God".

Barack Obama, ladies and gentlemen.

Also - This from today's WSJ Notable and Quotable feature --

Sportscaster Vin Scully commenting on air Friday, with the Milwaukee Brewers’ Hernan Perez up at bat:

Perez, 25 years old, originally drafted by the Tigers. Lives in Venezuela. Boy, can you imagine, you’re a young kid playing in the United States, you’re from Venezuela, and every time you look at the news it’s a nightmare. A bunt attempt is missed—runners are holding, 0-and-2. Socialism failing to work, as it always does, this time in Venezuela. You talk about giving everybody something free and all of a sudden, there’s no food to eat. And who do you think is the richest person in Venezuela? The daughter of Hugo Chavez. Hello! Anyway, 0-and-2.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Explaining The Obvious

In his weekly G-file, Jonah Goldberg tries (hilariously) to educate the clueless regarding the difference between support for millennia old views of traditional marriage and mass murder. One of his best.


Also -- Now even Barack Obama's State Department can no longer tolerate his failure to take action against Bashar Assad as 51 diplomats have signed a letter of protest against his Syria policy.

An unusually forceful editorial from the Wall Street Journal --


Friday, June 17, 2016

Changing The Subject

Jonah Goldberg on fighting radical Islamic terror with stupidity --

“While the precise motivation for the rampage remains unclear,” the New York Times editorialized, “it is evident that Mr. Mateen was driven by hatred toward gays and lesbians.” “Hate crimes don’t happen in a vacuum,” added the Gray Lady (I’m referring to the Times, not Clinton). “They occur where bigotry is allowed to fester, where minorities are vilified and where people are scapegoated for political gain. Tragically, this is the state of American politics, driven too often by Republican politicians who see prejudice as something to exploit, not extinguish.”

The killer was a registered Democrat. The source of his hatred was not the Christian Coalition but radical Islamism. He stated this motivation clearly during the shooting and for months prior. He reportedly also considered attacking that notorious gay hangout Disney World. Would we be hearing about the pernicious, right-wing, anti-cartoon-character climate if he’d opted for that target? Maybe we would, because all that really matters to the people who hate saying “radical Islamic terrorism” is that we cling to the right political distractions.


David French --

The principles, such as they exist, seem to be this: If you oppose same-sex marriage or mixed-gender bathrooms, then you not only can’t legitimately grieve the loss of gay lives, you’re partially responsible for the massacre in Orlando. Conservative efforts to protect religious freedom and freedom of association from unprecedented infringement will kill people. Never mind that all the actual evidence in the case points to Islamic motivations extrapolated from well-known and widely shared interpretations of Shariah law, somehow those darn Baptists are to blame.


Mollie Hemmingway (The Federalist) with an excellent analysis of the media's reprehensible response to the Orlando tragedy.

(Anderson) Cooper believes very strongly that it’s hypocritical, in any way, to support the idea that marriage is ontologically the union of man and woman while also believing that gay people should not be murdered by Islamist terrorists.


Cooper should have serious problems with the individuals expressing the following views. (But he doesn't).

Hillary Clinton --

"I believe that marriage is not just a bond but a sacred bond between a man and a woman. I have had occasion in my life to defend marriage, to stand up for marriage, to believe in the hard work and challenge of marriage. So I take umbrage at anyone who might suggest that those of us who worry about amending the Constitution are less committed to the sanctity of marriage, or to the fundamental bedrock principle that exists between a man and a woman, going back into the mists of history as one of the founding, foundational institutions of history and humanity and civilization, and that its primary, principal role during those millennia has been the raising and socializing of children for the society into which they are to become adults."

Barack Obama --

"I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. For me, as a Christian, it’s also a sacred union. God’s in the mix."

And then there's guns.

Kevin Williamson argues that the Democrats "gun control" efforts are actually a cultural war against fat, white, middle-aged, middle-American men.

You’ll notice that we generally have these national crises about gun control when there’s a Newtown or an Aurora, not after a typical weekend in Chicago, during the course of which several dozen people will be shot, and many killed. Part of this is because we have a tendency to worry more about shark attacks (which almost never happen) rather than lethal bee stings (which happen all the time), but part of it is that the Left is not culturally inclined to organize one of these pageants of exhibitionistic grief over the low-level criminal escapades of young black men in Chicago or Philadelphia. For the same reason, almost all of the gun-control measures that excite our progressive friends — bans on so-called assault weapons, restrictions on gun shows — are aimed at the hobbies of middle-aged white guys, rural types, Second Amendment devotees who mistrust the federal government, etc.: the enemy, in other words. These proposals have little or nothing to do with the vast majority of crime.

...(G)un control that doesn’t annoy the NRA isn’t considered proper gun control at all. We could be putting violent criminals away for gun-related crimes for longer terms and monitoring them more aggressively through an improved parole system. We could do that before they graduate to murder — remember how many of those charged with possession offenses have prior arrests and convictions. But this isn’t on any gun-control agenda. Why? For one thing, it probably would mean locking up a lot of young black men in Chicago rather than hassling a lot of old white guys living out weekend-warrior Rambo fantasies in Tulsa. And for the Democrats, that isn’t an option. The enemy is the enemy, and, guilty or not guilty, he must be punished.


Barack Obama, June, 2015 --

“we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn't happen in other places with this kind of frequency."

Oh, no?

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Lock 'Em Up

Andrew McCarthy rejects calls for a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation of Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal. In a typically well-reasoned and thorough analysis, McCarthy demonstrates the impracticality and illegality of making such an appointment. Along the way, he firms up the case against Clinton as well as her enabler and co-conspirator, Barack Obama.


This week's edition of Jonah Goldberg's weekly G-file, mocking Clinton's "historic achievement" and countering another fallacious pro-Trump argument, is even better than usual -  a strong recommendation.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Guy Benson -- "...the first presidential candidate of either gender to clinch a major party's nomination while under active FBI investigation."
A criminal investigation, that is.

Democrats are getting the leader they deserve. As we all probably will.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Malignant Regulatory Bureaucracy

Young, ambitious, noble entrepreneurs vs Men With Guns (Kevin Williamson's euphemism for government).
Please read.


Roger Kimball on the left's enduring embrace of violent radicalism.


Jay Nordlinger on leaving the GOP over Trump --


Friday, June 3, 2016

That's All Folks

Watch Obama, the great orator of our time, (sans teleprompter), as he does his best Porky Pig imitation.


Ok-e-doke?? You never want to be accused of that!

...And, Left Wing Lies, Lies, and more Lies --

1) Katie Couric - (by Jonah Goldberg)

2) State Department and the Iran deal - (by Kevin Williamson)

3) (of course) Hillary Clinton - a blast from the past - her cattle futures fraud, a revealing expose -

...And, always interesting to listen to, Jonah on a Chicago radio station a couple of days ago. --

Thursday, June 2, 2016

David French For President

The downside -- A smart, knowledgeable and deeply moral man will be diminished by competing for an office currently held by Barack Obama and aspired to by Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

The upside -- If he wins, the presidency will be elevated to his level.