[Babylon Bee] I’ve noticed something. With every mass shooting, there are thoughts and prayers. That’s a correlation -- a science word that means "one caused the other."
Now, I’m a big believer in science. Science tells us about climate change and asteroids. I always listen to science -- except economics which isn’t a real science and is very mean. So if science tells me that thoughts and prayers cause mass shootings, then I’m going to act. I’m going to tweet, "Hey, stop it with those thoughts and prayers." And I’m going to do some more tweets. And then maybe write a bill -- or an FAQ summarizing what I want the bill to be since that’s easier.
And I’m going to teach. Teach people how to stop having thoughts and prayers. Now, not praying is easy. If you’re thinking of asking God for something, just don’t do it. It’s probably good not to pray as praying too much could make you a Republican (there’s another correlation).
Not having thoughts is harder, but I’ve gotten pretty good at it. I just pick a blank wall and stare at it and try not to think. Eventually I sort of black out and lose time. It’s not quite sleep -- actually, my doctor is not exactly sure what that is. Hey, science, there’s another thing for you to look into!
You do realize this is from the Babylon Bee right?
We do. Hopefully, everyone here at the Burg looks at the source tag now, especially since it is so easy nowadays to confuse stupid-ass everyday events with well-crafted satire. Me, I'm still working on that Austria/Australia thing.
[Washington Examiner] The terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left more than 49 people dead and scores of others wounded has evoked a lot of emotion and debate in the United States about how government can effectively reduce the amount of gun violence in schools and places of worship.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., helped to spark the discussion when, in the immediate wake of the attack, she wrote to her 3.5 million Twitter followers, "What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don't even keep the pews safe?"
She clarified the tweet by writing, "'Thoughts and prayers' is reference to the NRA’s phrase used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies."
It appears Ocasio-Cortez, in an effort to malign the U.S. gun advocacy group, applied American standards to New Zealand, a country that arguably has tougher guns laws than the United States.
In the U.S., gun laws vary from state to state. In California, which has an "A" rating from the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, all gun sales are required to go through a licensed dealer, which requires a background check. Most so-called assault weapons and .50-caliber rifles have been banned in the Golden State, and, in 2018, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law legislation that raised the minimum age for buying rifles from 18 to 21 years.
Its next-door neighbor Nevada, on the other hand, has a "D" rating from the Giffords Law Center. In Nevada, people subject to a domestic violence protective order are required to relinquish their firearms to law enforcement, but the state has looser restrictions on gun sales as well as licensing and registration of purchased firearms.
Despite the disparity between these two states, both suffered horrific mass shootings in the last few years. In December 2015, 14 people were killed, and 24 others were wounded in San Bernardino, Calif., in a mass shooting and attempted bombing by a married couple that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. In October 2017, 58 people were killed, and hundreds more were wounded in Las Vegas, Nev., in what was considered the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in U.S. history.
In New Zealand, there are far more gun restrictions than the United States on average, although they might appear to be looser than some left-leaning states.
New Zealand has an Arms Act which was enacted by legislative process. The 2nd Amendment in the U.S. is a guaranteed individual right established by our Constitution in 1781. The 2nd Amendment guarantees all other amendments and rights. It also is in place to prevent a tyrannical government. This right shall not be infringed.
The 2nd amendment is:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
[Hot Air] Last year there were multiple caravans made up of thousands of Central American migrants which made their way to the border. Some of the migrants caught rides on trucks or buses part of the way, but a lot of them also walked a significant portion of the journey, making it a long and difficult trip. Today the Washington Post reports smugglers are perfecting a new approach to bring people to the southern border, one which makes the journey a lot more comfortable and treats smuggling almost as a form of tourism.
Once they arrive at the border, they simply line up and wait to cross over and be taken in by authorities. The migrants know that, if they have children with them, they will be released into the U.S. pending a hearing and that is what they are seeking.
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03/16/2019 02:19 ||
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And our feckless Washington politicians are unwilling to do anything about it.
[Culture Watch] The horrific shooting in Christchurch has left a nation numb, and has forced many people to ask plenty of questions. And lots of questions do indeed remain, although we are now learning much more about the main (sole?) gunman, Brenton Harrison Tarrant.
But so many predictable responses are already upon us. As usual, the lamestream media already stands condemned here. While the New Zealand attack was terrible in the extreme, every single day we have massacres of infidels by devout Muslims taking place.
Yet it is almost always crickets chirping from the media. For example, what about the recent Muslim attacks on Christians in a church in Nigeria with 32 deaths; or in Egypt, leaving 9 dead; or the Philippines church attack that killed 20; or the 8 dead in a Somalia market attack, etc. The list is endless.
As one group that monitors all this points out, in the month of February 2019 alone there were 150 deadly Islamic terror attacks in 22 different countries. These resulted in 883 deaths and 547 people being injured. This is routine stuff, yet when was the last time the MSM ran with any of it?
And we have had some rather fuzzy thinking by many. Catholic commentator Greg Sheridan, writing in the Australian, said that ’we are all Muslims’. Um, no. We are all human beings made in the image of God, and we certainly should pray for those in Christchurch right now. But making rather foolish statements like this helps no one.
And hyper leftist American politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez immediately sought to politicise this tragedy, writing on Twitter: "At 1st I thought of saying, ’Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore.’ But I couldn’t say ’imagine.’ Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs. What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?"
Thankfully there was an immediate and powerful reaction to her inanity. Plenty of people castigated her for saying such stupid things, and rightly so. Here are just two of countless tweets offered in response. One person tweeted, "She also uses this to attack people who pray for others. AOC is an opportunistic scumbag." Said another, "She reacts to a Mass Shooting in a Foreign Country with ’Yeah, but like, the NRA is totally bad right?'"
And of course absolutely no one is surprised that the left-wing Prime Minister of New Zealand is already demanding a crackdown on firearms. Jacinda Ardern said this: "Our gun laws will change. Now is the time for change." Yep, happens every time.
Of real interest in this regard is the following headline (assuming it is true): "Man Who Stopped New Zealand Mosque Rampage Turns Out to Be ’Good Guy With a Gun’." The article begins:
[MRC Newsbusters] Minutes after news broke of a tragic shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand (at what ended up being at least two mosques) during the second hour of CNN Tonight and with almost no information for the shooter or shooters, Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan claimed that "far-right terrorism" was on the rise in the United States and blamed President Trump for attacks both here and abroad.
After listening to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern deliver a press conference on the shooting, Hasan was the first guest host Don Lemon went to and cited his guest’s Muslim beliefs.
"And I think to kind of talk about the story we talked about before in terms of Trump's rhetoric as well. Western government has turned a blind eye to domestic terrorism, to domestic far-right terrorism," Hasan proclaimed.
Without citing his sources, Hasan suggested the "stats" show that "here in the U.S." "far-right terrorism" was responsible for "more attacks, more casualties from domestic terrorist groups -- far-right groups, than there are quote-unquote jihadist or Islamist groups."
According to Hasan, not only was Trump’s rhetoric responsible for attacks in the U.S., he was responsible for attacks in other countries:
If you can track it down (it is being taken down) catch the Chelsea video. Very instructive:
Here is The Chelsea Clinton, daughter of President Bill Clinton and long serving Senator and twice presidential candidate Hillary! Clinton, heiress to The Clinton Foundation, mast head of the leftist movement, and pregnant mother, being scolded by a nobody islamic zealot who goes to the classic line that muslims go to when something bad happens to muslims by a non-muslim - The Joooos! did it!
Because Chelsea did one of her mundane boring tweets about antisemitism.
I do not think I need to explain my opinion of Chelsea, but I honestly felt bad for her. Chelsea had reality take a big shit on her, but the muslimas behaviors were totally out of line.
Like I said, if you can find it, it is instructive.
Besoeker’s Chelsea Clinton link has the video, swksvlFF. Also several relate tweets. As you say, instructive. She may end up pursuing a different political line than either of her parents as the result of living in a very different time, though I think she, like Michelle Obama, is uninterested in becoming an elected politician.
[UNZ Review] Sen. Kamala Harris talks a lot about "our American values." Ditto the rest of the female candidates who’ve declared for president in the busy Democratic field. They all lecture us about "values."
"Our American values are under attack," Harris has tweeted. "Babies are being ripped from their parents at the border ..."
As her own proud "know your values moment," the Democrat from California pinpoints the U.S. Senate Supreme Court confirmation proceedings inflicted on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
To manipulate Americans, politicians have always used the values cudgel.
With respect to immigration, the idea is to impress upon gullible Americans that the world has a global Right of Return to the U.S. Fail to accept egalitarian immigration for all into America; and you are flouting the very essence of Americanism. (Or, to use liberal argumentation, you’re Hitler.)
When politicians pule about the importance of preserving "our values," they mean their values: Barack Obama’s values, Hillary Clinton’s values, Angela Merkel’s values, Chucky Schumer’s values, Jeff Bezos’ values, the late John McMussolini’s values, Lindsey Graham’s values, and Jared and Ivanka’s values (but not Trump’s).
When a politician preaches about "the values that make our country great," to quote Mrs. Clinton, chances are they mean multiculturalism, pluralism, wide-swung borders, Islam as peace, communities divided by diversity as a net positive, and the Constitution (it mandates all the above, just ask Ruth Bader Ginsburg) as a living, breathing, mutating philosophical malignancy.
[Huffpoo] Fox News host Chris Wallace told colleague Shepard Smith on Friday that there’s no way Donald Trump can win a second term with just his base ‐ and the president doesn’t seem to care about anyone else now.
Smith asked if Trump is simply going to "stay with the base, placate the base and forget everybody else and just figure out a way come 2020?"
"You can’t do it," Wallace responded, "because there’s just not enough votes in the base." Even with polling that indicates as much as 40 percent of eligible voters may be "ever-Trumpers," that’s "not enough to win an election," Wallace emphasized. "So he’s going to have to expand his base."
While his backers love his border wall, it’s not popular with the majority of Americans, Wallace noted. He’s going to need the "independents ... suburban Republicans, suburban women," Wallace added.
He suspects Trump hopes the Democrats will nominate someone "so far to the left ... that it’s going to make it easier for him; he doesn’t have to pivot as far to the center" to pick up some of that support, Wallace added.
I don't pay any attention to the polls, however, I don't think he has a snowballs chance. One of his administrations fatal failures was not cleaning up and vigorously prosecuting voter fraud.
The Democrat/Republican criminal combine is not going to allow him another term. I wish it wasn't so, but that is how I see. The value of Trump's one term is that the mask is well and truly off for our enemies. Can't put that Genie back in the bottle. We also now know that a huge percentage of the population *wants* Socialism.
I see no way to avoid a HOT CW2 at this point. The Left will gain the White House and the Senate in 2020 and proceed to destroy the economy and finish flooding the nation with 3rd world rabble.
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Wallace and Shep are hopeful, some might say they are whistling in the graveyard. Trump expanded his the Pub base in 2016 and won. If the Pubs can maintain that base and close the doors on illegal voting and Dem election-rigging, he should win reelection. Politics are not for the faint of heart.
I was admittedly wrong in 2008, but look at the 'clown car' of potential democratic candidates. If the market and economy holds and we can stay out of a major conflict, I think he'll do fine against any of these people.
No way Trump can breach Hillary's impenetrable blue wall in the rust belt. It will be an early night for him.
Posted by: Regular joe ||
03/16/2019 9:55 Comments ||
Trump supporters have never left him. This veto is encouragement to stay the course.The 12 defectors will never be trusted. As the conventional media slowly dies Trump will shine on. Trump is getting things done. The others can only run their mouths.
Also, President Trump has been talking about the recently launched Jexodus effort, which doesn’t even include things like this video of Holocaust survivors put together by a New York Democratic assemblyman.
A historian I know has been arguing that the political parties are in the process of realigning, and that is definitely how it is looking to me.
[Townhall] ’The United Nations office in Geneva, the home of its Human Rights Council, is showcasing a giant photograph of notorious Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara in its halls, a U.N. watchdog group revealed....Hillel Neuer, the executive director of U.N. Watch, tweeted the picture of the photograph from the building in Switzerland."
“The United Nations is not a friend of democracy, it’s not a friend to freedom, it’s not a friend even to the United States of America where, as you know, it has its home. And it surely is not a friend to Israel.” (Donald Trump, March 21st, 2016.)
“Certainly we execute! And we will continue executing as long as it is necessary! This is a war to the death against our revolution’s enemies!” (Che Guevara, Dec. 9, 1964 to an ovation while addressing the hallowed halls of the UN General Assembly.)
Those executions (murders, actually; execution implies a judicial process) had reached about 15,000 by the time of Che Guevara’s boast, the equivalent, given the relative populations, of almost half a million executions in the U.S. (This figure comes from “The Black Book of Communism,” by the way, written by French scholars and published in English by Harvard University Press, neither representing a bunker of “embittered-right-wing-Cuban-exiles-with an ax-to-grind.”)
Those executions (murders, actually; execution implies a judicial process) had reached about 15,000 by the time of Che Guevara’s boast, the equivalent, given the relative populations, of almost half a million executions in the U.S.
Che was a murder. Didn't he brag that he loved the feeling of his victims hot blood on his hands as he slit their throat?
[AmThinker] The Democratic Party is no longer a political party; it has become a religion. Its acolytes practice politics with every bit of the religious fervor of Islamic militants throwing a gay man off the roof of a ten-story building because Sharia tells them it’s what he deserves. Make no mistake, every day, our new socialists fight for the right to do the same to us.
After driving two hours to vote against Sandy O, I was told my ballot would be challenged because my signature didn’t match from when I registered as a Conservative in 1976. I offered to show ID, which only engendered anger. ID is not allowed -- too reminiscent of using Voter ID to weed out illegal voters. Of course, the real reason for the challenge was the "C" next to my name. The poll lady was not about to allow a conservative to vote. If they were willing to do that in an election they were guaranteed to win, what will they do next year?
Democrats know Donald Trump will win in 2020 and are planning to cheat to deny him victory. These new socialists are importing a new electorate through open borders and have proposed legislation to allow illegals the vote. They stole seats in the midterms using ballot harvesting and miraculously appearing boxes of "uncounted" Democrat ballots and will do the same in 2020.
The midterms were a trial run for 2020. The left is organized and prepared.
To have any chance, we must behave the way the left behaves, and that means we should take a page from the Democratic playbook.
[Ynet] Gazoo' rulers are facing a twofold problem ‐ protests within the territory under its control, and a lack of progress in talks with Israel; so one may be forgiven for viewing their claim of an accidental launch with some skepticism.
After Thursday night's lack of clarity in the wake over the origins of the two rockets fired from Gazoo at the Tel Aviv area, the IDF on Friday morning stated that the Hamas, one of the armed feet of the Moslem Brüderbung millipede, terror organization was behind the attack. One of the rockets landed in an unpopulated area and the second apparently disintegrated in midair.
The IDF also assessed that the rockets were fired by mistake. But given that this is not the first time that this has happened, we can allow ourselves to be a little skeptical.
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So, how does that work?: Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system was activated as a result of the launches, which caused no injuries or property damage. It was believed the Hamas rockets landed in open areas.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
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