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Terrorism rising: Militant Islamists in Jolo, Philippines won’t take no for an answer

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Terrorism rising Militant Islamists in Jolo Philippines wont take no for an answer

Muslim-majority areas of southern Philippines won the establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, giving their Islamic population much control over the local governments. Jolo, the capital of Sulu province, voted against the law. Today, terrorists rocked the city with two terrorist attacks on a Catholic church.

At least 21 are dead and 71 have been injured as two bombs went off in the area of Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The first blast cleared the building, filled for Sunday service. The second blast happened in the parking lot as national police arrived. It is unknown whether the timing of the second attack was coordinated to happen at this time, but indicators point to this as an intentional strategy.

Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel where the terrorist attack took place

Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel where the terrorist attack took place (Mapio.net)

Roads leading to the church have been sealed by a strong military presence that has swarmed on the area.

“I have directed our troops to heighten their alert level, secure all places of worships and public places at once, and initiate pro-active security measures to thwart hostile plans,” said the defense secretary, Delfin Lorenzana.

Abu Sayyaf Militants are are being sought for the terrorist attack, though they have not publicly claimed the blasts at this time. Law enforcement isn’t waiting for a public proclamation as “the primary suspect is still ASG”, said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, chief of the Western Mindanao Command.

My Take

This is clearly a message being sent to the only province that rejected giving Islamic militant full control over the region. At least one pro-Islamic conspiracy theorist in the area is claiming this is a red flag attack, but the style in which the terrorist attack was carried out seems to point towards the militants.

This response to a failed political solution should concern anyone with a growing radicalized population. When they get their way politically, they accept it. When they don’t get their way politically, they turn back to terrorism.


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George Washington University students triggered by their mascot

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George Washington University students triggered by their mascot

George Washington University is the home of the Colonials. You know, those people who came to America from Europe and eventually fought against the oppressive government of England in order to win independence for America. These heroes of the American Revolution are now being condemned by the students of George Washington University itself.

While the movement and attached petition haven’t reached a tipping point, the idea of changing the mascot to the “Hippo” is gaining momentum. Why? Well, we’ll let the students themselves tell you what they think.

This video by Campus Reform takes us into the wacky world of triggered college students who are so much in opposition of the people who made this country possible that they’d rather be named after the “river horse” of sub-Saharan Africa.

 


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Trump to Acosta: ‘You have an agenda. You’re CNN. You’re fake news.’

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Trump to Acosta You have an agenda Youre CNN Youre fake news

During President Trump’s press conference announcing his declaration of a national emergency, CNN’s Jim Acosta asked whether the President was concocting the national emergency in order to build his border wall because he couldn’t get it done through Congress. The President responded in standard fashion, attacking Acosta’s question itself as biased.

“You have an agenda. You’re CNN. You’re fake news,” the President said to the reporter.

Acosta has been at the center of controversy throughout President Trump’s term, tussling with members of the administration and the President himself at times. He lost access to the White House in November, 2018, after an altercation with a White House staffer.

This time, the President answered Acosta’s question about whether or not the emergency was manufactured by telling him to ask the Angel moms sitting in the front row if they thought the emergency was manufactured. Acosta did not.

 


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President declares national emergency. Now the craziness begins.

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President declares national emergency Now the craziness begins

As expected, President Trump signed the omnibus to keep the government from a second shutdown. Then, as expected, he declared a national emergency at the southern border to allow his administration to free up funds for the building of a wall at our southern border.

Now, the expectations shift to how Democrats will attack this move. During his announcement of the national emergency, the President noted he’s aware of how the process is going to go: lawsuits, appeals, more lawsuits, more appeals… and eventually it will be decided by the Supreme Court.

Reactions on social media were mixed.

My Take

From here, it goes insane. It should be noted the President made what many are considering a mistake when he said he “didn’t have to” declare an emergency but wanted the wall built faster. That seems like grounds to attack the declaration itself.

 


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