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Promises Made, Promises Kept; More Promises Made.

 

President Trump kicked off his reelection campaign with a rally in Orlando. VP Pence was the opening speaker, doing his usual polished job. First Lady Melania Trump spoke beautifully:

It has been my honor to serve as First Lady of this incredible country for the past two years. And I’m excited to do it for six more. I am proud of all my husband, this administration, and the whole family have done on behalf of the American people, in such a short time. He truly loves this country, and will continue to work on your behalf as long as he can. All of us will. Thank you all again for being here tonight. And now, I want to introduce my husband, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

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The Democrats’ Misdirection on Guns

 

shutterstock_149627201Josh Gideon is a firearms trainer in central Ohio who has a different approach to personal defense than most trainers. Rather than a military or law enforcement background, Josh’s skills come from working in the executive protection industry. I’ve been saying for awhile now that what a bodyguard does is closer to what we armed civilians do versus being a SWAT cop or a infantryman in Iraq. Nothing against those people who put themselves in harm’s way for a living, but their job is not my job, and what they know does not translate well into how I live my life.

He’s also the host of the “No Soft Targets” podcast, and on the July 12 episode, he talks with Mark Jamesan experienced professional bodyguard with a successful career in big business before protective services. His views on what type of threats he and his clients face are particularly interesting to people like myself who are concerned with keeping our families safe in an unsafe world, and his beliefs regarding “assault rifles” were particularly insightful.

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Fr. James Schall lays to rest any doubts about whether or not Orlando was an Islamic jihadi terror attack. To look back “retrospectively” on Orlando is to see it as one more successful example of what one person can do if he has a mission and a worldview to justify it. The Orlando killer was […]

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My family stopped by my wife’s old home town today. We were meeting some friends at the train station there. As we waited for them to arrive I walked over to the town’s 9/11memorial. My wife was visiting with her parents that week in 2001. This is the train station where she waited for her father […]

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Should Disney Be Sued for Wrongful Death?

 

GatorEarlier this week we heard of the horrific death of a two-year-old boy by an alligator in a large lagoon adjacent to a Disney-owned resort hotel next to Disney World in Orlando. Can and should the grieving parents sue Disney for wrongful death? From the NY Post:

Witnesses said Lane was giggling and having fun in about 6 inches to a foot of water on the shoreline of the 172-acre lagoon during an outdoor movie event before the alligator dragged him away at about 9 p.m. Tuesday — with his horrified parents, Matt and Melissa Graves, nearby.

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I’m seeing more and more anecdotes in the news about LGBT individuals and groups coming out in public support for the second amendment. It makes me wonder how they’ll vote this November, given the vehement anti-gun rhetoric coming from the Democrats. I also wonder how the LGBT folks feel now about the Ninth Circuit’s recent […]

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Show a Little Class, Anderson Cooper

 
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CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviewing Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

I am no expert on the fine art of social dynamics. Nonetheless, it seems pretty clear that in times of great national stress, such as the carnage in Orlando, our impulses should be to unite a nation reeling from its wounds. But evidently that simple message of compassion and good sense never reached Anderson Cooper of CNN, who has found himself embroiled in a controversy over his interview with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi that turned into a stern lecture about her role in the litigation of same sex marriage in Florida that ended two years ago.

Cooper was sufficiently uneasy about his dismal performance on the day that he offered a tortuous explanation the next day of how he came to blindside her, in which did everything but explain away his bad taste in conducting the interview. A simple “I’m sorry” would have served him and his audience.

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On Wednesday, Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic wrote that Obama realizes and grapples with the fact that American civilians are sometimes ‘collateral damage’ when dealing with that-which-should-not-be-named. On Thursday, James Taranto in the Wall Street Journal rebutted semantically that ‘collateral damage’ is the incorrect term because any American civilian victims are the ‘intended target.’ At least Taranto uses the term […]

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Compare and Contrast

 
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Stillframe from the Youtube of the presidents’ remarks earlier this week.

According to President Obama, it is unhelpful, paranoid, and (he implies) stupid for Americans to believe we are being deliberately targeted by persons motivated by a radical version of Islam. It is, however, perfectly rational for black Americans to believe that they are being deliberately targeted for wholesale persecution and execution by racist American police officers. Here’s the president speaking a few days after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson:

Of course, it’s important to remember how this started. We lost a young man, Michael Brown, in heartbreaking and tragic circumstances. He was 18 years old. His family will never hold Michael in their arms again. And when something like this happens, the local authorities—including the police—have a responsibility to be open and transparent about how they are investigating that death, and how they are protecting the people in their communities.

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Can we please stop it with the plethora of rainbow lights, flags, and logos following Orlando Terrorist attack? More

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Trump in the Shadow of Terror

 

On this week’s COMMENTARY Podcast, John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman review the impact of the worst terrorist event to occur on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001. Donald Trump’s long-awaited implosion seems to have begun, and his image is not being buoyed as a result of the fear that follows a terrorist event.

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Don’t Blame “Self Loathing.” Blame Jihadism.

 

pulse-orlando-shootingDon’t rush to infer motivations, some warned after Omar Mateen’s attack on Orlando’s Pulse nightclub in Sunday’s early hours. We simply don’t know, certainly in the first 24 hours, why a disturbed individual would choose to go on a terrible killing spree. Who knows what abnormalities are at work in such a person’s mind? Even if they say Napoleon or Space Commander Alpha sent them, we can hardly take their word for it.

To be sure, certain clues might have seemed vital. For example, not only had Mateen vowed allegiance to Islamic State in a 911 call during his attack (and also on Facebook, it later turned out), but IS itself within hours accepted his vow and welcomed his actions via a news agency, quite a bit faster than it acknowledged the allegiance of and praised the husband-and-wife attackers in San Bernardino last year. In fact, as New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi pointed out, Mateen, like the San Bernardino attackers and the attackers at a Garland, TX, cartoon exhibition (and like a number of attackers in Europe) had followed closely a protocol laid out by IS itself for announcing loyalty contemporaneously with an independently carried out act of violence.

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The Orlando terrorist attack is a clarifying moment for the country. The heart breaking stories of the victims in the club desperately trying to call family members are reminiscent of those from 9/11. The mind focuses and time slows down for people in those situations, so that they can focus on what’s truly important to […]

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Sad and wise words from Mark Steyn, using the Orlando nightclub massacre as a metaphor for the western world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l91JHc9-FeI&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop More

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As additional information comes in about the despicable killer in Orlando, the complexity of the story continues to grow. Was the man a self-hating gay? Was he genuinely radicalized by ISIS, or was he simply in love with the thought of using his religion as an excuse for a killing spree? Did authorities who cleared […]

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Today, Obama attacked the utility of using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.” Obama’s attack, perhaps unwittingly, proved his complete missaprehension of why his critics focus on his terrorist terminology: Since before I was President, I’ve been clear about how extremist groups have perverted Islam to justify terrorism. As President, I have repeatedly called on our Muslim friends […]

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Obama: Whose Side Is He On?

 

10776157_GWhole doctoral dissertations could be devoted to the question of what makes President Obama angry and what does not. His Tuesday broadside against Donald Trump stood in marked contrast to Sunday’s somewhat cold response to the Orlando massacre. This is a pattern.

Mr. Obama did not name Trump, referring to him only as a “politician who tweets and appears on cable news shows.” I’m not inclined to defend Trump, and will not do so now – his notion that we bar all Muslims from traveling to the United States is laden with unintended consequences. But President Obama’s studied refusal to acknowledge the reality of Islamic-inspired violence has helped to create the Trump phenomenon. In fact, it may well be the greatest contribution to Trump’s success. Some say that presidential elections are often referenda on the last guy: Carter was the anti-Nixon, Reagan was the anti-Carter, Clinton was the anti-Bush, and Obama was the anti-Bush. Thus, Trump is the anti-Obama.

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From Hillary Clinton’s speech following the Orlando shootings: Now, I know some will say that assault weapons and background checks are totally separate issues having nothing to do with terrorism. Well, in Orlando and San Bernardino terrorists used assault weapons, the AR-15. And they used it to kill Americans. That was the same assault weapon […]

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Muslims Must Declare War on Radical Islam

 

As the devastation in Orlando unfolded, I felt a tiny grain of hope that President Obama would finally show some teeth against the very real threat posed by radical Islam. Would he label the horror show for what it was? But — true to form, and after acknowledging the slaughter that befell on the defenseless — he diverted attention to gun laws without uttering even the slightest hint regarding who and what the killer represented. The Left ran with it, saturating the media and Internet with LGBT solidarity. Much of what followed was not a discussion about Islamic terrorism, but focused on the 2nd Amendment and homosexual rights, with fingers pointing to usual targets such as the NRA and religious leaders. Points for consistency, even in the shadow of cascading evil.

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