25 Jun 2013

Which Scares You More: The Government or Terrorists?

By |June 25th, 2013|The Blog|0 Comments|

Patterico asked his readers a great question yesterday:

I was listening to one of my favorite voices on the economy, Peter Schiff, when he made a comment about the latest revelations by Edward Snowden, whom he considers a hero. Schiff said that he is more scared of the government’s powers than he is of anything the terrorists might do to him.

It got me thinking: a big part of the way people view the actions of a guy like Snowden has to do with this fundamental question: which concerns you more? The government’s far-reaching surveillance abilities combined with its power to investigate, harass, incarcerate, and perhaps even kill (at least by seeking the death penalty) its citizens? Or the terrorists, who may not always be in the forefront of our minds, but whose top aim is to kill us all, and would be thrilled to do so with a nuclear weapon if they could?

In short, which frightens you more: the government, or the terrorists?

Stop now and answer the poll.

Seriously.  Go over there and answer the poll. 

Then come back here.

I answered government, and for why, I’ll go way back to June 29, 2008 and my article, “What is the #1 Threat to America?

What is the chief threat to the American way of life? What is there that could possibly destroy over 200 years of history, could change the mindset of the American, could bring the strongest country in the world to its knees?

Is it Islamic terrorism? There are so many groups out there now, killing in the name of Islam. Chief among them is Al-Qaeda, who has succeeded in attacking the United States on many different occasions. Aside from Al-Qaeda, there is HamasHezbollah and others almost too numerous to mention. Are these organizations the number one threat to America?

On their best day, they have killed thousands, only to unify the country against them. If they ever acquired a nuclear weapon, I do not doubt they would use it. They would happily destroy any major United States city in one fell blow. But that would not destroy America.

Every time they hit us, we hit them back, harder than they expected. And while they can kill thousands of our countrymen, they cannot kill our country. Islamic terrorism is a grave threat that needs addressed, but it is not the number one threat to America.

Is it China? The giant country is growing in military power and has so many spies working against the United States, some have claim it to be the biggest threat to America. But in a toe-to-toe, knock down drag out fight, the United States could soundly defeat China.

The left would have us believe that global warming is the issue of our generation. They have one doomsday scenario after another, describing the effects of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We are told that alreadythe world’s most important crops are suffering because of the increased heat, and if we don’t stop belching tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the glaciers will melt and our coastlines will flood. Yet those who preach the life of sacrifice for Mother Earth live in ways that consume more energy than you and I do in years, and are making millions off of the greatest scam in history.

There are other threats brought up each day. The bird flu is going to kill us any day now, and SARS is without a doubt going to cause world wide chaos. Blowhard Hugo Chavez is clamoring about cutting off our oil supply from Venezuela and for some reason Russia keeps sending bombers over our air craft carriers. By themselves each is a threat, but they are not the biggest threat to America.

If it is none of the above, what is left?

Socialism.

It is through incrementalism that freedom can turn to tyranny.

Some say it already has.  I can agree with that.

The government tells you how much water your toilet can use.

How much miles your car must get to the gallon of gas.

What must be covered by your insurance company.

Government impacts your life every day.  Government uses force against you, every day.

When was the last time a terrorist looted your check or threatened your Second Amendment rights?

14 May 2013

Jahar: Too Beautiful To Be A Terrorist

By |May 14th, 2013|The Blog|0 Comments|

This is America in 2013, and we have gone completely insane. Terrorist bombing “suspect” Jahar Tsarnaev has a fan club complete with the inevitable facebook and other social media pages. (No, I will not link to them.)

One teenage girl in Topeka, KS is reportedly having one of Jahar’s tweets tattooed on her arm. Because she’s a good decision maker.

Insert Bill Engvall joke here.

Jahar fans are putting out tweets too…

He’s too beautiful to be guilty.

But if he is guilty, he’s too cute to die.

That brilliance was produced by the same person that tweeted, “u know what sucks is that obama can never be president again ):” and “i hate america so much i need to leave this country.” I’d pitch in for an airplane ticket to Tehran if I thought she’d really go.

On one hand, this is America and Jahar is innocent until proven guilty. He has the opportunity to prove his innocence in court and I hope he gets a fair trial. There are bound to be some people who believe this kid didn’t do it despite the mountain of evidence to the contrary.

On the other hand… he’s guilty and will be spending lots of time in jail. I’m sure his beauty will make him very popular on the playground.

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25 Apr 2013

This Is A Voluntary Search?

By |April 25th, 2013|The Blog|0 Comments|

This is, apparently, the kind of thing that was happening in Watertown, Mass during the hunt for the young Islamic terrorist jackass who doesn’t deserve to have his name mentioned on this website. If this is what a voluntary search looks like, I’d hate to see what would happen if you expected to see a search warrant.

The fourth amendment says:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

I realize there was a man hunt going on, but if this is how we’re going to treat our fellow citizens at their own front door then the terrorists have already won.

17 Nov 2011

Wells Fargo Hit With Molotov Cocktail in Utah

By |November 17th, 2011|The Blog|2 Comments|

It probably doesn’t have anything to do with the Occupy Wall Street movement. I mean, just because a protester threatened to but New York to the ground and said America would see what a Molotov cocktail would do to Macy’s doesn’t mean this guy is associated with the same group:

Authorities say a Utah man has been arrested after throwing a Molotov cocktail at a Wells Fargo branch.

Police responded early Thursday morning in West Jordan, about 15 miles south of Salt Lake City. A bank window was cracked, but authorities say the device didn’t explode.

The man arrested is 20 years old. His name wasn’t released. Authorities say a bomb squad removed suspicious items from his car, but it wasn’t immediately clear if they were explosive.

Terrorism fail.

Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit

13 Sep 2011

AIM: Leader Eric Cantor recalls 9/11 and the death of bin Laden

By |September 13th, 2011|The Blog|0 Comments|

From Accuracy in Media’s Benjamin Johnson:

Accuracy in Media continues its September 11 series with an exclusive interview featuring House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Cantor describes his personal experiences that day, along with congressional plans to keep America safe from future attacks.

12 Sep 2011

AIM: Where are we now? 9-11 and the greater War on Terror remembered [Video]

By |September 12th, 2011|The Blog|0 Comments|

From Accuracy in Media’s Ben Johnson:

Accuracy in Media has produced a special video project recapping the horrific attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, and the events following that changed the world forever. We produced this video for one reason: to protect the memory of what actually happened, preventing political correctness from distorting the cruel acts perpetrated that day.

7 Sep 2011

AIM: Rudy Giuliani Speaks Out Against 9/11 Political Correctness and Security Policy [Video]

By |September 7th, 2011|The Blog|0 Comments|

From Accuracy in Media’s Benjamin Johnson:

This kind of sentiment has also placed Mayor Giuliani well on the radar for possibly jumping into the 2012 Republican Primary as well.

23 Aug 2011

AIM: EXCLUSIVE! PROOF OF TEA PARTY TERRORISM [Video]

By |August 23rd, 2011|The Blog|1 Comment|

From Accuracy in Media’s Benjamin Johnson:

Fascinated by the Tea Party Terrorist narrative, Accuracy in Media took a field trip to a convention in Waco, Texas, to see just how dangerous these people are. We fully expected to be taken hostage by these anti-government, gun-toting, religious radicals.  Instead, we were reminded of the last time the US Government labeled a group domestic terrorists and the consequences of needless government demonization.

1 Aug 2011

Tea Party Terrorists Meme Continues with VP Biden’s “They have acted like terrorists.”

By |August 1st, 2011|The Blog|1 Comment|

The hyperbolic rhetoric and nuclear verbal attacks against fiscally conservative members of Congress and the Tea Party in general continues unbated.

A Democratic member of Congress, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), continued the left’s categorization of the refusal to continue fiscally irresponsible behavior on the federal level as an act of terrorism. The sad, but unsurprising fact is, the Vice President of the United States continued the meme:

Vice President Joe Biden joined House Democrats in lashing tea party Republicans Monday, accusing them of having “acted like terrorists” in the fight over raising the nation’s debt limit, according to several sources in the room.

Biden was agreeing with a line of argument made by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) at a two-hour, closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting.

We have negotiated with terrorists,” an angry Doyle said, according to sources in the room. “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”

Biden, driven by his Democratic allies’ misgivings about the debt-limit deal, responded: “They have acted like terrorists.”

Biden’s office initially declined to comment about what the vice president said inside the closed-door session, but after POLITICO published the remarks, spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff said: “The word was used by several members of Congress. The vice president does not believe it’s an appropriate term in political discourse.”

If you think this wasn’t an organized defamation of the Tea Party by the professional Left, you are seriously underestimating the lengths these Marxists will go to destroy the opposition. Newsbusters shows how everyone from Congress to the media to the President himself were acting in lockstep to promote the message:

Prior to the Norwegian massacre, references to the Tea Party as extreme were prevalent, but making the leap in logic to terrorism had been scant.  After the Norwegian massacre however, liberals defining the Tea Party as hostage-taking terrorists have become far more frequent.  In the last few days it has become practically commonplace.

This past Friday Politico ran an op-ed titled, The Tea Party’s Terrorist Tactics, which featured an illustration of an individual with a dollar sign-shaped bomb strapped to their chest, and argued that the party had progressed from hostage-taking to “the intentional infliction of harm on innocent Americans to achieve a political objective – terrorism.”

Joe Klein penned a piece for Time in which he accused Republicans of being beholden to ‘Tea Party robots’, and worse, that their perceived unwillingness to compromise is something that would have made Osama bin Laden proud.  The exact quote being that were he alive, bin Laden “could not have come up with a more clever strategy for strangling our nation.”

Rush Limbaugh ran a montage on his radio show to demonstrate that these attacks on the Tea Party aren’t limited to the ever-biased media, but have been coordinated with their liberal leaders in government.  That montage features Democrats echoing the same sentiment ad nauseam, with over 16 different politicians referring to the Tea Party or Republicans as holding the American people hostage.

Former Democratic Congressman, Martin Frost, also in the Politico, cuts right to the chase with an op-ed titled, The Tea Party Taliban.  Frost argues that “like the Taliban” the Tea Party sees “compromise as an unacceptable alternative”.  He claims that the party’s quest for political purity gives them “much in common with the Taliban.”

In lockstep with the sentiments of his colleagues, the President himself delivered a weekly address in which he denounced the Republican solution to solve the debt crisis as a plan that “would hold our economy captive to Washington politics.”

It is enough to make one wonder, where did our healing President go?

Here’s the transcript of the montage Rush ran on his show:

STENY HOYER: (rotunda noise) The Republicans are holding hostage the credit of the United States of America.

DEBBIE “BLABBERMOUTH” SCHULTZ: …our Republican colleagues to hold our economy hostage.

DINGY HARRY: The Republican Party is holding our economy hostage.

CHUCK-U SCHUMER: (rotunda noise) It didn’t say, “Hold America hostage.”

LOUISE SLAUGHTER: …hold the debt ceiling hostage.

SHELDON WHITEHOUSE: One party is holding the country hostage.

JOHN OLVER: The debt limit has never before been held hostage.

BARBARA LEE: Republicans are holding our economy hostage.

EARL BLUMENAUER: …willing to take hostage the debt ceiling.

JASON ALTMIRE: Stop holding America’s credit rating hostage.

ROSA DeLAURO: The Republican majority continues to hold the American economy hostage.

CHRIS VAN HOLLEN: Let’s not hold the entire American economy hostage.

JOHN LARSON: …ideological hostage situation…

LLOYD DOGGETT: The only belt they’re really tightening is right around the neck of those hostages.

JAMES CLYBURN: Holding the American economy hostage.

JESSE JACKSON, JR.: This president is being treated differently!

SPEAKER PRO-TEM: (gavel banging)

JACKSON: No other president has been stuck up, shook down, or held hostage!

The Democrats understand this is a battle for the minds of a sound byte nation.  They crafted a message and a goal:  convince the public the Tea Party is responsible for the debt ceiling problem and paint them as terrorists.

I’m sure there were conference calls involved where the whole thing was discussed and the marching orders given out from senior Democrats in Congress to the most junior freshman Democrat.

How can I be so sure?  Because it’s been caught on tape before:

Moments before the start of the call, Schumer — not aware that many of the reporters were already on the line — went into spin doctor mode, instructing his fellow senators on how to talk to the media about the federal budget.

“I always use the word extreme,” Schumer told Sens. Barbara Boxer, Benjamin Cardin, Thomas Carper and Richard Blumenthal. “That is what the caucus instructed me to use this week.”

Boxer (D-Calif.), Cardin (D-Maryland), Carper (D-Del.) and Blumenthal (D-Conn.) listened as Schumer told them to paint House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) as someone who had been backed into a corner by the Tea Party.

About a minute into Schumer’s instructions, he apparently became aware that reporters were on the line.

What ensued were a few moments of silence.

Once the call began in earnest seconds later, the Democratic lawmakers were on message.

“We are urging Mr. Boehner to abandon the extreme right wing,” said Boxer.

That was just three months ago.

The Democrats fully intend to paint those who have become involved in the national debate because they oppose the unlimited reach of government and the dangerous fiscal irresponsibility of Washington not only as political opponents but as dangerous enemies of the state, comparing them to those who target innocent children for slaughter and hold hostages for ransom.

They have willing accomplices in the media who not only refuse to confront the rhetoric, but parrot it.

Remember that the next time you are advised to check your message because it’s over the top.  The Democrats will not hold back, but will enforce limits on what the right can say if allowed.

 

22 Jul 2011

Multiple Terror Attacks Rock Oslo, DHS Suggests Rounding Up Any White Folks in Hoodies – Updated

By |July 22nd, 2011|The Blog|1 Comment|

Today, Oslo experienced two terror attacks.

First, a bomb exploded at government offices near the Prime Minister’s office:

At least seven people were killed in a pair of explosions apparently targeting Norway’s government buildings in Oslo, police said today.

The tangled wreckage of a vehicle was seen near the Norwegian government building that was targeted in the blast, officials said. It was not clear if the car was a bomb vehicle or near the site of a blast. At least one explosion was the result of a massive vehicle bomb, U.S. government sources on the scene said.

The attack has killed seven.

It was followed by a gun attack on children:

Shortly after the explosions, which appeared to be a bomb attack, a man dressed as a police officer opened fire on a summer camp for young members of the ruling Labour Party on the island of Utoya in the Oslo fjord, about 25 miles from the city, and wounded at least five, a Norwegian security official said.

“The situation’s gone from bad to worse,” said Runar Kvernen, spokesman for the National Police Directorate under the Ministry of Justice and Police, adding that most of the children at the camp were between 15 and 16 years-old. There were initial reports that Prime Minister Stoltenberg was scheduled to attend a meeting at the camp.

While I’m sure Big Sis would like us to believe it was some white folks in hoodies, another group has taken credit for the mayhem.

They’re Muslim. Shocker, I know:

A terror group, Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami (the Helpers of the Global Jihad), issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to Will McCants, a terrorism analyst at C.N.A., a research institute that studies terrorism. The message said the attack was a response to Norwegian forces’ presence in Afghanistan and to unspecified insults to the Prophet Muhammad. “We have warned since the Stockholm raid of more operations,” the group said, apparently referred to a bombing in Sweden in December 2010, according to Mr. McCants’ translation. “What you see is only the beginning, and there is more to come.” The claim could not be confirmed.

 

I suppose they could have been wearing hoodies.

That’s what I get for linking the New York Times. CNN reports:

(CNN) — As Norway struggles to come to terms with its greatest loss of life in decades, all eyes are on the man charged in the explosion in central Oslo and the deadly shooting rampage at a youth camp.

While police have not officially named him, Norwegian television and newspaper reports have identified the suspect as 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, of Norwegian origin.

A picture is emerging, gleaned from official sources and social media, of a right-wing Christian fundamentalist who may have had an issue with Norway’s multi-cultural society.

Norwegian and international news outlets have run photographs of a blond man with blue-green eyes and chiseled features, dressed in a preppy style.

UPDATE:

There may be up to 30 dead at the youth camp:

As many as 30 people are feared dead after a shooting at a Norwegian youth camp after a bomb hit the capital Oslo – killing at least seven.

Shots were fired by a person reportedly dressed as a police officer at a youth meeting of the ruling Labour Party in Utoya – an island on the outskirts near the capital.

An eyewitness reported seeing between 25 and 30 bodies.

UPDATE 2:

Close to 90 dead now.