[Wash Times] Author Bill O'Reilly says he accurately predicted the kind of political violence that unfolded this week when an armed gunman attacked congressional Republicans in Alexandria, Virginia.
The former Fox News Channel star told One America News Network’s Patrick Hussion Thursday evening that he made prophetic warnings months ago as activists began a "resistance" movement against President Trump, saying that a new media paradigm, a "no-rules" culture and violent rhetoric by cultural influencers created a toxic atmosphere ripe for bloodshed.
"The first rule in journalism when I was in Boston University was seek the truth. Gone. Now, we have an ideological media, both on the left and the right," Mr. O'Reilly said. "On the left, because of Donald Trump’s election, they’re so hateful in the media and in the real ideological precincts, that all rules are out the window. We saw that with the comedian [Kathy Griffin] holding the head, with other people saying vile things about Donald Trump, with the ’resistance’ movement -- that ’we’re not going to support anything the president does no matter how good it might be for the country -- we’re not going to support it. And, indeed, we’re going to try and destroy him at every turn.’"
The pundit said it was those components, which he talked about on "The O’Reilly Factor" prior to leaving Fox, that led to 66-year-old gunman James Hodgkinson shooting Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and three others on a baseball field.
Mr. Hodgkinson, who died of wounds suffered in the resulting shootout with police officers, was a former volunteer for Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders’ presidential campaign. His social media pages were filled with anti-Trump and anti-GOP content.
[Hot Air] The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy conducted a survey of more than 1,000 adults 18 and over in April of this year. They uncovered some shocking facts about how people think about ‐ and drink ‐ milk.
First off, 48% of respondents said that they aren’t sure where chocolate milk comes from. Um, guys, it comes from cows ‐ and not just the brown kind.
Still, 7% of people ‐ and remember, this survey talked to actual, grown-up adults ‐ still think that chocolate milk only comes from brown cows. Actually, chocolate milk gets its flavor and color from cocoa beans.
You've got to be kidding. People actually think this? I'm thinking it's more like this: You can dismiss the seven-percent figure as a function of the margin of error and trolling by respondents, as some people probably found the question so amusing that they answered “brown cows” just to mess with the pollster. Where the heck do they think chocolate Boost or Ensure protein drinks come from; chocolate soy beans?
[TheLocal.se] Almost one in five who have travelled from Sweden to join bad boy jihadi groups in Iraq and Syria is younger than 19, according to a new report.
Sweden's security services Säpo estimates that around 300 people travelled to Iraq and Syria to join bad boy groups between 2012 and 2016. Researchers at the Swedish Defence University have looked more closely at 267 of them for a study on imported muscle which sheds unique light on a key debate in Europe.
They found that a total of 18 percent of people who left Sweden to fight for jihadi groups were 19 or younger, compared to 60 percent who were aged between 20 to 29. Most of them were men (76 percent) and 24 percent were women, but the number of women taking part in the armed conflict rose from only a handful in 2012 to making up around 40 percent of imported muscle in the conflict zone in 2014 and 2015.
Three quarters were Swedish citizens and 34 percent were born in Sweden. Those born abroad came from a total of 38 different countries, states the report, primarily Northern Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Middle East. However some came from former Yugoslavia and Russia. "In this aspect, it is not a homogenous group but rather a multi-ethnic one," write report authors Magnus Ranstorp and Linus Gustafsson.
Four in five lived in one of four of Sweden's 21 counties: Västra Götaland in western Sweden, the capital Stockholm, Skåne in the south and Örebro in central Sweden. More than 70 percent lived in an area of Sweden considered socioeconomically vulnerable. "It is clear socioeconomic aspects are contributing factors alongside group- and peer influences, ideological factors and local recruitment drives," write the authors, whose aim is to present facts and figures about the Swedish jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria.
"For the first time we have exact figures ‐ not estimates ‐ about Swedish citizens who have left for Syria and Iraq since 2012 to join jihadist terror groups. We can say with confidence where they come from, how old they are and the proportion of men, women and kiddies," said Ranstorp, research director at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish Defence University.
"This report is unique in that it also provides an analysis of what we know about imported muscle from other European states."
The number of imported muscle has dropped since the start of the conflict. A total of 98 first-time travellers are thought to have left Sweden in 2013 compared to five last year. Two in five have returned to Sweden, as of September 2016, while 49 of the 267 people part of the report are believed to have died in the conflict.
Some of the past years' terror attacks in Europe have involved imported muscle returning home, but the report states that so far, this is unusual: "The reality so far indicates that very few of the returnees intend to commit terrorist acts in Sweden or Europe, in that their focus is primarily aimed at the conflict in Syria and Iraq. Important to say is that both the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... and al-Qaeda affiliated groups have officially declared that Europe is a legitimate target, so that it cannot be excluded that future terrorist plots will involve returnees loyal to these organizations and movements."
Read the report, 'Swedish Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq: an analysis of open-source intelligence and statistical data', here.
The report, in English, is a PDF file containing a mere 138 pages.
Lot of word salad. What words aren't used? Islam or Muslim
Posted by: Frank G ||
06/18/2017 10:55 Comments ||
They are using both jihadi and jihadist, which are uniquely Muslim concepts, Frank G, and ISIS and Al Qaeda, which are uniquely Muslim groups. And this article showed up in The Local-Sweden, which mostly pushes happy articles about charming local customs and vacation spots, and how to cope with expat depression, though they've been carrying some local WoT articles that I haven't seen elsewhere.
[DW] Hundreds of Moslems have spoken out against terrorism in a Cologne demonstration. DW's Shamil Shams believes while it is a good step, Moslems living in the West need to do a lot more to cast off the "extremist image."
Despite the fact that the turnout in the Moslems against terrorism rally in the German city of Cologne ...a lovely city in Germany. They invented perfume there... Cologne was not as big as expected,
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[Daily Caller] Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise is still hospitalized and in serious condition but liberal MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid didn’t let that stop her from portraying Scalise as an extremist just three days after an angry left-winger shot Scalise and tried to assassinate dozens of Republican congressmen in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday.
Reid had NAACP board member Rev. William J. Barber II -- a prominent liberal who spoke at at the Democratic National Convention last July -- on her show Saturday morning and the two quickly set about attacking Scalise, who is physically unable to defend his record.
"There’s a whole country out there and a lot of people, at least in my Twitter timeline, and it’s a delicate thing, because everybody is wishing the congressman well and hoping that he recovers, but Steve Scalise has a history that we’ve all been forced to sort of ignore on race," Reid claimed.
"He did come to leadership after some controversy over attending a white nationalist event, which he says he didn’t know what it was," Reid said.
The liberal host appeared to be referencing the fact that Scalise allegedly spoke to a white nationalist group as part a series of talks he gave about tax legislation in 2002. "I didn’t know who all of these groups were and I detest any kind of hate group," Scalise said three years ago, adding at the time that "as a Catholic, I think some of the things they profess target people like me." Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond, who is black, dismissed the accusations of racism and said: "I don’t think Steve Scalise has a racist bone in his body." Reid did not note that Scalise has repeatedly condemned the group.
"He also co-sponsored a bill to amend the Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. He co-sponsored the House healthcare bill, which as you said would gut healthcare for millions of people including three million children and he cosponsored a bill to repeal the ban on semiautomatic weapons," Reid continued, bashing Scalise for holding mainstream Republican positions. "Because he is in jeopardy and everybody is pulling for him, are we required in a moral sense to put that aside in the moment?"
Carter answered that they’re required to hope Scalise recovers but that the Republican "should not go forward being homophobic" because one of the Capitol police officers who saved his life was a lesbian. Neither Carter nor Reid noted that the officer was a member of Scalise’s security detail.
Carter also asserted that "the only way you can get to civility, is you must start with the establishment of justice. you must provide for the common good and you must provide the general welfare" and that Republicans "have to have a change in the trajectory of policy."
Reid promoted the segment in a Twitter post that said Scalise "was shot by a white man with a violent background, and saved by a black lesbian police officer, and yet..." and included a screenshot of a one-sided MSNBC graphic on Scalise’s record.
[Breitbart] Friday on Fox News Channel’s "Hannity," host Sean Hannity used his "Opening Monologue" to criticize the media for what he said was an effort to overturn the results of last November’s presidential election.
I just couldn't resist
James Comey is not old school. He’s to Eliot Ness as the original Batman was to the original Superman. The latter openly fought for truth, justice, and the American way because he wanted to give back to the planet that had given him a home. The former was a confused vigilante, motivated by the dark desire to revenge his parents’ deaths at the hands of bad guys.
Comey is Petula Clark singing "Feelings." In his Senate testimony he described how his duties caused him "a whole lot of personal pain." He was often "confused and concerned" about things, sometimes even "honestly concerned." More than the facts, he spoke of his "impression," "reading," and "sense" of the facts. Something Loretta Lynch asked him to do "gave [him] a queasy feeling."
That’s not how Joe Friday talked on "Dragnet." Or Clint Eastwood. When Clint shot a bad guy, all he felt was a slight pressure on his trigger finger.
Comey talks the way girls talk.
My impression, sense, and reading of Comey -- my gut feeling -- is that he’s got a lot of girlish qualities. Others picked up on this as well, in a subconscious way, as the twitter sphere erupted with Comey-as-victim-of-sexual-harassment memes.
The media as well. "Elle compared Comey’s one-on-one meeting with President Donald Trump to a terrible date," noted Breitbart. "The former FBI director’s boss tried to seduce him. When the seduction failed, his boss fired him," wrote the Los Angeles Times.
Like many operatic heroines, Comey had "confidantes" through whom he could convey his personal narrative, via leaks to the media. Thus we learn how he prepared for his date with the president. "Before going to the dinner, Comey practiced Trump’s likely questions and his answers with a small group of his most trusted confidants," they told The Washington Post.
Anyone with a teenage daughter will recognize this scenario. "What’ll I say if he wants to go all the way?" she asks her convened BFFs. "How do I say no without turning him off?" Or, as Comey’s confidants would have it, how could he preserve "his own moral compass, but at the same time... [not] inflame his commander in chief."
I don't know or care about any sexual ambiguity which Comey may or may not have. However, I am concerned about his conflicts that result from his loyalty to the previous corrupt admin. and the Clintons.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
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
dominated Mexico for six years.