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By Canadian mayor’s standard, Donald Trump is a terrorist, while it’s ok for Muslims to support ISIS

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In Marseille, a North African man yelled “Allahu akbar” and then used a knife to kill a 17-year-old and a 20-year-old in broad daylight outside the city’s Saint Charles train station. One woman had her throat slit and the other was stabbed in the stomach. The killer was shot dead by police.

In Edmonton, Alberta, an asylum-seeking 30-year-old Somali man was arrested for stabbing a policeman and injuring four pedestrians with his vehicle while driving at high speed. They found an ISIS flag in his vehicle, according to CBC and CTV reports.

In both cases, the respective countries’ leaders condemned the attacks. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called it a “terrorist attack.” French President Emanuel Macron called it a “barbarous act.” In neither case did the leaders address the real cause of the problem. In fact, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson said “Terrorism is about creating panic and sowing divide about disrupting people’s lives.”

“We can succumb to that or rise above it,” he added, while urging calm.

Opinion

By Iveson’s definition, Donald Trump is a terrorist. He certainly creates panic, sows divide, and disrupts lives. But let’s get to the root here. As we’ve seen in England, France, Belgium, Sweden, and Canada, importing refugees from countries where Islamic radicalism breeds is dangerous. It’s more dangerous in western pluralistic democracies where terrorism, as a tactic, is most effective. We must remember that terrorism is not an enemy or even an objective of an enemy. Terrorism is a tactic used in asymmetrical warfare.

A tactic cannot be fought, it can only be countered or neutralized. Every military and high-level intelligence agency knows this, yet the politicians continue to offer mealy-mouthed excuses.

The answer is surely to get rid of the enemy who is practicing terrorism, because their goals are the overthrow of pluralistic western democracies (including America’s, if they attain sufficient numbers here). But that’s not politically correct, so they “rise above it” and live with acceptable losses.

Perspectives

Marseille attack: Two young women stabbed to death – BBC News

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41461107Soldiers were already in the station as part of Operation Sentinelle, which sees combat troops patrol streets and protect key sites amid France’s ongoing state of emergency.

IS claimed it was behind the attack via its Amaq news outlet. The group regularly claims responsibility for militant attacks it believes are inspired by its ideology.

IS recently released a tape purportedly of leader Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi in which he urged supporters to step up attacks.

ISIS claims responsibility for Marseille train station attack; 2 women killed | Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/10/01/man-shot-dead-at-marseilles-train-station-after-knife-attack.htmlThe claim was carried in a statement Sunday night by the ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency. It said the attacker on Sunday was one of its “soldiers” who acted in response to the group’s calls to target countries involved in the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq. French security forces shot and killed the attacker.

Police sources told Sky News the attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he carried out the attack at Gare St. Charles.

Somali refugee faces terror charges in Canada stabbing, car attacks | Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-attacks/somali-refugee-faces-terror-charges-in-canada-stabbing-car-attacks-idUSKCN1C61FP?il=0EDMONTON, Alberta (Reuters) – A Somali refugee who had been on a watch list over extremist views faced five counts of attempted murder and terror charges on Sunday after Canadian police said he stabbed a police officer and ran down four pedestrians with a car in Edmonton, Alberta.

The suspect, a 30-year-old man whom police did not identify, had been investigated two years ago for promoting extremist ideology but was not deemed a threat, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said.

Edmonton attack: Asylum-seeker arrested over ‘terror’ incident – BBC News

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41459237Shortly before midnight, a man driving a rented van was pulled over at a checkpoint. His name on documents was said to be “very similar” to that of the man police were searching for.

The truck then fled the scene, and was pursued by officers. Four pedestrians were struck during the chase in what police say appeared to be a deliberate action.

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Final thoughts

When innocent individuals are killed in the name of a violent strain of a major world religion, how should governments react? Are they so afraid of insulting practitioners of Islam that they cannot bring themselves to reject certain individuals who are likely to believe in killing for their religion? That’s more racist than they know–they are implying that non-violent Muslims accept and support the violent ones by assuming they’ll be insulted when a government takes action.

This is the same logic used by those who oppose President Trump’s travel bans. They call it racist, but they are really the ones painting all Muslims with a big brush. If Muslims truly condemned violent jihad, they would applaud government actions to keep those loony individuals out.

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Federalists

Vice says women shouldn’t have guns

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On Friday, Vice’s Twitter account tweeted out a previous Vice article from June 14, 2016, entitled, “A Very Incomplete List of People Gun Rights Activists Think Should Be Armed.”

The brief article is a lamentation of the belief of Second Amendment advocates, specifically “the NRA and other right-wing groups,” that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

The tweet (below) reads, “The NRA wants to put guns in the hands of: Schoolteachers, Preachers, Anyone who goes into a nightclub, Women …just to name a few.”

According to author Harry Cheadle – who evidently believes that women shouldn’t be afforded Constitutional protections or exercise our God-given human rights – “the goal [of 2A advocates] is to make sure everyone is prepared to engage in a shootout at all times.”

“And by everyone, I mean everyone,” he emphasized.

So, just who, exactly, does Vice believe should be considered prohibited from exercising his/her Second Amendment rights?

“Here is a surely incomplete list of people that gun rights activists believe should be packing heat. Once all of these categories of Americans are all carrying guns on them at all times, presumably we will finally be safe…”

The listed include (as worded the article), but are not limited to:

-Women

-Gay people

-Jews

-Holocaust victims

-Some people who commit domestic violence

-Firefighters

-Every black person in America

-Pilots on planes

-People on the terrorist watch list

Yes, ladies, you read that right. A gun in the hand of a woman is as great a risk as possible terrorists. I can imagine Mr. Cheadle must be petrified at the sight of a woman behind the wheel of a car!

Ahhh!

Yes, Mr. Cheadle is apparently quite fearful of women, Holocaust victims, and black Americans, among others.

Well, as you might expect, this didn’t go over too well on Twitter. Here are just a few of the (often snark-filled) reactions.



And, in case you are wondering about my own response to Vice’s tweet… I joined the NRA.

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Guns and Crime

Scott Israel: SRO avoided confronting Cruz

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The latest breaking news on the Parkland Shooting reveals yet another failure in preventing or mitigating the shooting rampage. According to Sheriff Scott Israel, the school SRO positioned himself outside and never went in. This took place for about four minutes during the shooting that lasted about six minutes. The deputy’s name is Scot Peterson, and he resigned upon being suspended without pay while being investigated.

Cautious Take

There are a lot of perspectives on this development. We shouldn’t rush to judgement as this story is still developing. Was Scot Peterson a coward? Absolutely. He had a weapon and training. No doubt some of the colossal failure rests on him. But not all. Scott Israel is in charge of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, meaning Peterson reports to him. This could be the higher ups scapegoating an underling so that their contribution to the incident, such as the slow response time and failures prior to the shooting go unnoticed. Furthermore, are we to assume, as Scott Israel would have us, that during these four minutes Peterson did absolutely nothing? What if he was ordered to wait? Too many questions remain, so lets wait.

What’s also concerning about the situation is that Scott Israel has been going after the NRA. Many leftists are using this story as fuel against the idea of allowing teachers to have concealed carry. Perhaps that was Sheriff Israel’s purpose in throwing his guy under the bus. Remember this as the government and elected officials play the blame game: Aaron Feis did more to protect students with less.

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Blue wave looking weak in Pennsylvania special election

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Comparable to the Arizona Special Election that is to take next week, the Pennsylvania 18th district is in a special election situation because of unacceptable behavior of Rep. Tim Murphy who during an extramarital affair reportedly asked his mistress to get an abortion. The Republicans have handily controlled PA18 for years and don’t want Murphy’s buffoonery to mess things up. The Republican champion in this race is Rick Saccone.  An open seat in a northern state presents a great opportunity for Democrats to cash in on the Blue Wave they keep boasting. The victory of Doug Jones provides a road win Democrats have so far lacked since 2016. Looking to be PA18’s Doug Jones is Conor Lamb. Lamb is an assistant US attorney who served in the Marine Corps. His platform emphasizes healthcare related issues as well as student debt and energy.

Who is Rick Saccone?

The House of Representatives would be a promotion for the current State Rep. However, Rick Saccone hardly has an active record in the PA legislature. For the most part, Saccone has a record of sponsoring lighthearted, if not outright nonsensical bills, such as a resolution appreciating Heinz Ward and Juneteenth. In the legislature, he has a record of voting in favor of guns and unborn. However, Rick Saccone is not a limited government conservative on a local level. In the past he has voted for tax increases.

State of the Race

As of now, all of the recent polling has the 18th district reliably in the GOP’s hands. However, polling in 2018 will likely continue its downward trend of effectiveness. So take it with a grain of salt. The endorsements are piling high for Rick Saccone. He has the thumbs up from both Trump and Pence, along with several conservative organizations. The recent polling is perhaps responsible for what seems like the Democrats capping their support for Lamb. The GOP, on the contrary, is throwing heavy cash on keeping a seat where Tim Murphy ran unopposed in 2016.

Rating: Likely Republican

My Take

Rick Saccone will in my mind comes away as the winner on March 13th. However, he is not nearly suitable for the job as he should be. He legislative record is one of recognizing days of the year as special for a person or group. He does not have a record of sponsoring serious conservative legislation. Though he does have a record of voting conservative, he isn’t a leader on the issues he is campaigning on. The GOP is right to break the bank for his campaign as they aren’t short on cash in this moment. Saccone isn’t a strong candidate in my opinion, but, with some bankroll, he is.

Conor Lamb isn’t a weak candidate but doesn’t have the resources. As for the Democrats, this investment looks like its going sour. Special elections present a time for more eggs to be placed in a single basket. But the Democrats seem to know they are unlikely to win. The Senate races of 2018 looks bleak for them, so the Blue Wave is supposed to take or come close to securing the House of Representatives. In order to do that, they need road wins. Just like the Arizona 8th, this will not be that road win. The crest of the Blue Wave is getting shorter and shorter.

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