Tag: Terrorism

Clarifying Terrorism and Why it Matters


For years I have been annoyed at arguments about whether or not horrific acts can be called terrorism. I have also heard that terrorism is hard to define. I decided to learn whether calling an act “terrorism” really matters and, if it does, why. I now know why it’s important to know how terrorism is defined and the ways that occurs.

My first step was finding a definition that I thought would be widely accepted (although there is no international definition of terrorism). The FBI has defined terrorism in this way:

International terrorism: Perpetrated by individuals and/or groups inspired by or associated with designated foreign terrorist organizations or nations (state-sponsored).

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If you missed the old days where Glenn Beck used the old school chalkboard political analysis when he was on Fox, he’s resurrected them. He was spot on back in the early days of Obama’s administration, predicting the Middle East “Spring” in exactly the order that the “fire” spread to each country.  Such a charming, […]

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Religious Discrimination or Protecting the Homeland?


There seems to be no end to the government’s infringement on our freedom of speech and religion. And now the latest excuse is that the Catholic diocese is threatening the safety of our citizens with their advertisements. An article in The Federalist explained the problem.

On October 24, the archdiocese submitted advertisements to be displayed in the DC Metro. In response, the Metro explained that the ads were not in compliance with Metro guidelines and therefore couldn’t be posted. Under those guidelines, “advertisements that promote or oppose any religion, religious practice or belief” were not permitted. They further explained that the religious scene in the ad promoted religion.

After unsuccessfully appealing to Metro officials, the diocese sued:

Nicole Gelinas joins City Journal associate editor Seth Barron to discuss the recent bombing at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and how the city is managing the streets in midtown Manhattan to handle not only gridlocked traffic but also the threat of vehicle-based terrorist attacks on pedestrians.

On Monday, December 11, New York City was stunned when a 27-year-old man from Bangladesh attempted to detonate an amateur pipe bomb during the morning rush-hour commute. The incident took place less than two months after another man intentionally drove his truck onto a lower Manhattan bike path, killing eight people.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America shudder at the attempted terrorist attack in New York City but are glad this particular ISIS sympathizer only injured himself.  They also slam CNN for not only failing to verify the information from its sources in its supposed Wikileaks bombshell but for failing to be the first to correct its mistakes and then saying its reporters did everything right.  And they roll their eyes as leftists get bent out of shape because U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley wished CNN’s Jake Tapper, who is Jewish, a Merry Christmas.

Our Government at Its Dirty Work


I should have known better. This past August, Lindsay Graham spoke out about a bill that was being proposed, named after a young man named Taylor Force, who had been killed by Palestinian terrorists. The bill would stop funds going from the US to the Palestinians; these funds were being used to pay off terrorists and their families.

I was thrilled to hear yesterday that the bill was passed by the House of Representatives and was being sent to the Senate. Only the bill that was passed is a waste of time and a huge disappointment.

Originally, the bill was intended to reduce funds in proportion to the amount the Palestinian Authority paid to the terrorists and their families. And it also required that the PA acknowledge Israel’s right to exist.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America largely cheer the House Republican tax plan, which cuts business and individual tax rates, kills the death tax and simplifies the system.  They also sigh as President Trump tweets out his desire to see this week’s Manhattan terrorist face capital punishment, a public statement many Americans agree with but could complicate federal prosecution of the murderer.  And they highlight the latest development in Virginia Democrat Ralph Northam’s no good, very bad week, as the candidate for governor flip-flops and suddenly supports banning sanctuary cities in Virginia.

President Trump had a meeting with members of his cabinet the day after a terrorist attack in New York City. President Trump said he would ask Congress to end the diversity lottery program for visas, the program through which the terrorist came to the United States from Uzbekistan.

Everything you need to know—and what so many in the media don’t want to admit—about the New York City attacker.

Matt Lewis talks Trump, conservatism and robot sex (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

We’re All Going to Die


Everywhere I go I hear people talking about the massacre in Las Vegas. The 24-hour news cycle is obsessed with the tragedy, and there is no getting away from it. But one question that is asked over and over again frustrates and saddens me: “When we know why he did it, we’ll able to make the future safer.”

It’s a lie. A well intentioned lie, a desire to delude ourselves into thinking that we don’t live in a dangerous world and that we can protect ourselves. But in many ways, we can’t assure a perfectly protected existence. There is no living with “zero risk.” Let me try to clear up the delusion about making a safer world in a constructive and positive way.

Welcome to the HLC podcast for October 3, 2017, it’s the Take Their Guns (Already) edition of the show with your hosts, Hartford Connecticut drive hour radio host Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist (and recent Ricochet Podcast guest) Mike Stopa. This week we try to bring you a not-too-cynical but not-too-lugubrious slant on the massacre in Las Vegas. Should we start placing greater restrictions about the purchase of guns in America? We already make arbitrary distinctions between guns we can have (9 mm handgun) and guns we can’t have (bazookas). Why can’t we simply be more restrictive in our laws regarding background checks and regulations? Why not have the type of security check that’s needed for a security clearance if you want to own, say, a semi-automatic weapon. We can hire the personnelle, we can spend the money. What slippery slope are you talking about?

Next, we will discuss the Trump genius at work again in the Puerto Rico hurricane cleanup. Honestly, a podunk mayor of San Juan wants to go up against the Donald? Maybe she’s smarter than we think. Maybe she’s on the cover of Time next week!

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to the horrific attack in Las Vegas that left at least 58 people dead and more than 500 wounded.  They also slam the endless politics as so many activists  – and politicians themselves – immediately declare the Las Vegas shooting to reinforce their political cause long before the facts are in.  And they join President Trump in applauding the heroism of the first responders, saved countless live with their rapid response.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the Trump administration for considering a full closure of the U.S. embassy in Cuba in response to the bizarre sound wave assaults on U.S. diplomats in Havana and urge officials to follow through on the idea.  They also discuss the revelation that the London tube bomber was a teenage refugee just three years ago and why extreme vetting makes perfect sense.  And they get a kick out of College Park, Maryland, council members having to admit they actually didn’t vote to allow illegal immigrants to vote in local elections because they didn’t know their own charter.

The great Jonah Goldberg joins the podcast today to discuss:

  • Another day, another “Donald Trump Tweeted!” media freak out.
  • Are we witnessing the return of “Londonistan?”
  • A sports guy says “boobs” and stuff happens
  • And “Banned in Boston”—The city bans Christians from, as the kids say, “letting their freak flag fly”

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A few days ago I raised the question of Is There a Grand Strategy for the Current War? It was not a rhetorical question. I was hoping to provoke some strategic analysis of what the US is facing. The best response was a proposal that sounded like a bunch of Special Forces operations in countries […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are happy to see Ben Shapiro was able to give his speech at Berkeley without incident in the auditorium and minimal unrest outside, which this year counts as very good news.  They also unload on Harvard for offering convicted spy Bradley Manning, who now identifies as Chelsea Manning, a position as a visiting fellow, and only rescinding the offer after the intelligence community denounces the move.  And they groan as a terrorist attack on the London tube injures 22 people and suggests terrorists there might be changing their tactics.

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Daughters not walked down the aisle by their Dad. Dads not having a daughter to walk down the aisle. Babies born without knowing Granddad, or Grandma. Children not being taught by Mom, or Dad, to tie their shoelaces, ride a bike, drive a car, shave. High school and college graduations not attended by aunts, uncles, […]

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This week on Banter, Dr. Ken Pollack explained the causes and global implications of the ongoing Qatar stand-off with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.  Dr. Pollack is a resident scholar at AEI, where he studies Middle Eastern political-military affairs, specifically those of Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf countries. He is the author of nine books, including Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy (Simon & Schuster, 2013).

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America address the horrific violence in Charlottesville over the weekend.  David and Greg criticize President Trump’s failure to condemn the specific white supremacist and Neo-Nazi groups that led the marches and the connection of the man who committed the vehicular homicide– particularly when the president has a history of getting specific with other targets.  They also groan as far too many on the right deflect from President Trump’s stumbles by pointing out egregious mistakes President Obama made along similar lines – mistakes the same people roundly condemned.  And they ridicule the news media for grossly manipulating terrorism statistics to suggests right-wingers kill more Americans than Islamic radicals and for relying on the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center to decide who is a right-wing extremist.