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Hey FBI, is this terrorism? Airport cop in Michigan stabbed as attacker shouted ‘Allahu akbar’

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The Chicago Tribune is reporting:

The FBI is looking at terrorism as a possible motive after an officer was stabbed in the neck at the Flint airport, a law enforcement official said after the Wednesday attack that prompted an evacuation and beefed up security elsewhere in the Michigan city.

Let’s see:

  • He stabbed a police officer.

Witnesses described seeing the suspect led away in handcuffs by police, Neville bleeding and a knife on the ground.

“The cop was on his hands and knees bleeding from his neck,” Ken Brown told The Flint Journal. “I said they need to get him a towel.”

  • The officer, Lt. Jeff Neville, of Bishop International Airport police, was critically injured and could have died.

Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said the condition of Bishop International Airport police Lt. Jeff Neville had been upgraded from critical to stable by Wednesday afternoon. Shaw said one person is in custody and nobody else is believed to have been involved.

And, circumstantially, the most Muslim-dominated city in America, Hamtramck, is about 50 miles to the southeast, within Detroit’s metro area, just north of Dearborn.

To the FBI, it might not be terrorism when a politically-motivated killer takes a hunting rifle to bag some Republicans at a ball field, but I think this one is going to be pretty easy to classify.

I’m getting sick and tired of this ability we have to see the world through some kind of rose-colored glasses, when clearly the battle is between civilization and barbarism. We must not fiddle like Nero while Rome burns.

I am not saying we should round up people because of their religious or political beliefs. But we need to question their fellow-travelers, very closely. If England can sit by while 400 known jihadists roam London, we can’t sit around and let our own problems fester.

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What Stacey Abrams gets right about moving forward from the Georgia election

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What Stacey Abrams gets right about moving forward from the Georgia election

Democrat Stacey Abrams possesses some pretty radical political ideologies. I completely disagree with her far-leftist rhetoric or the agenda she hoped to bring to Georgia as governor. Republican Brian Kemp is the next governor, which even Abrams admits.

But she refuses to concede that she actually lose the election. She’s clear that Kemp is the governor-elect, but she falls just short of saying that his victory is illegitimate.

That’s all political theater. Here’s what she gets right. Georgia and many states need to clean up their election practices. Laws should be passed. Other laws should be removed. Ballot access for American citizens must be protected and the process must be made as easy as possible without jeopardizing accuracy or opening the doors to fraud.

Most importantly, this must be done through a combination of the legal system and the state legislature. At no point should she or anyone else try to turn this into a federal issue.

People on both sides of the political aisle seem to be leaning towards fixing election problems at the national level. This would be a huge mistake. The states must clean their own houses. The residents of the states must be the catalyst. Keep DC out of it.

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Theismann ‘turned away’ after seeing Redskins QB Smith hurt

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Theismann turned away after seeing Redskins QB Smith hurt

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Alex Smith seemed to know immediately this was bad. Really, really bad. He covered his face with both hands, then a white towel, before his fractured right leg was placed in an air cast and he was carted off the field.

One of his predecessors as quarterback of the Washington Redskins, Joe Theismann, was at Sunday’s game and sensed the same — all-too-familiar with what a season-ending broken leg looks and feels like.

Exactly 33 years to the day after Theismann’s gruesome injury during a nationally televised game , Smith went down with breaks to his right fibula and tibia midway through the third quarter of Washington’s 23-21 loss to the visiting Houston Texans on Sunday and was replaced at QB by backup Colt McCoy. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Smith would have surgery “right away.”

“I saw a pile of people go down, and then I saw Alex’s leg in the position it was in. And I turned away after that. It brought back vivid memories,” said Theismann, hurt when hit by Lawrence Taylor during a Redskins’ victory over the New York Giants on Nov. 18, 1985.

“This date has always been a day in my life that I’ll never forget,” Theismann said in a telephone interview.

“My immediate thought was that my heart went out to him. I feel so bad for him. I know the road ahead. We’re somewhat similar in age (when the injuries happened). He’s not 25 or 26 years of age. I was 35; he’s 34. How long will it take to come back? What is the severity?” Theismann added, saying he sent Smith a text message of support. “I worry less about Alex and his football career than I do Alex and wanting to be able to do the things in life he wants to do.”

Smith was in his first season with the Redskins after arriving in a trade from the Kansas City Chiefs. He had thrown two first-half interceptions Sunday, one returned 101 yards for a TD by Texans safety Justin Reid, as Washington fell behind 17-7.

McCoy helped Washington score a pair of TDs, including on his 9-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Reed on the backup QB’s first pass in a regular-season game since 2015.

Now Gruden will have a short week to help McCoy make his first NFL start since 2014: Washington (6-4) plays at Dallas (5-5) on Thanksgiving Day with first place in the NFC East on the line.

“I’ve still got to knock a little rust off,” said McCoy, who went 6 for 12 for 54 yards passing and ran five times for 35 yards after replacing Smith.

McCoy tried to lead the Redskins to the go-ahead points, but their last drive stalled, and Dustin Hopkins tried a 63-yard field goal that fell well short.

The injury came when Smith was first hit by cornerback Kareem Jackson, then by defensive end J.J. Watt. Before Smith was driven off the field, players from both teams left the sidelines to offer well wishes. He waved to spectators as he was taken away.

“We’re all gutted for Alex,” Watt said. “I feel absolutely terrible for him. It sucks. It’s the worst part of the game.”

With Smith headed to injured reserve, McCoy is the only QB on Washington’s roster, so the team will need to find a backup somewhere. Gruden said he hoped to have someone signed by Monday.

McCoy hasn’t worked with the first-team offense for the past few years, but Gruden said he still thinks his new starter at quarterback has a “great comfort level, I believe.”

“He hasn’t played a whole lot. So we’ll see how he does,” Gruden said. “But I have confidence in Colt. Always have.”

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Benjamin Netanyahu replies to calls for an early election in Israel

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Benjamin Netanyahu replies to calls for an early election in Israel

Israel is in the midst of political turmoil. The current government is held together by a razor-thin majority coalition. The Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, just took over as Defense Minister following the resignation of Avigdor Liberman last week. A tenuous cease fire is in place with Hamas in Gaza.

Now isn’t the time to be calling for early elections, the Prime Minister said.

Netanyahu meets with coalition partner to stop government collapse

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/18/netanyahu-israel-prime-minister-meets-with-coalition-partner-to-stop-government-collapseThe Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is meeting with his top coalition partner in a “last effort” to prevent the collapse of his government which has been rocked by the resignation of its defence minister over a ceasefire agreement with Gaza militants.

Speaking at his weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said it would be unwise to embark on a divisive election campaign during such a sensitive time for Israeli security. He said he would try to convince the finance minister, Moshe Kahlon, and his centrist Kulanu party to stay in the fold.

“We are in one of the most complex security situations and during a period like this, you don’t topple a government. During a period like this, you don’t go to elections.”

He’s right. There are times when government shakeups simply don’t make sense. This is one of them for Israel. That’s not to say there’s ever a good time for a shakeup in Israel, but the last thing they need right now is another distraction.

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