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‘Allahu Akbar’: Muslim Immigrant Decapitates French Teacher

Posted on | October 17, 2020 | No Comments

The Religion of Peace™ strikes again:

A history teacher who had shown caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammed in class was on Friday decapitated and his assailant shot dead by French police as they tried to arrest him, police and prosecutors said.
The attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he was confronted by police, a police source said. The Muslim phrase, meaning “God is Great,” has often been heard in jihadist attacks.
The suspect’s identity was not made public. French media reported that the suspect was an 18-year-old Chechen, born in Moscow. That information could not be immediately confirmed.
French President Emmanuel Macron called the beheading an “Islamist terrorist attack.” . . .
French anti-terror prosecutors said they were investigating the assault which happened on the outskirts of Paris at around 5 p.m. (1500 GMT) near a school in Conflans Saint-Honorine, a western suburb of the French capital.

(Hat-tip: Ed Driscoll at Instapundit.)

Notice that when “right-wing” or “white supremacist” violence occurs, the motive becomes the most important thing about the story, and every politician is expected to denounce the motive, per se. By contrast, when violence is perpetrated by left-wing extremists, by Muslims, or by any protected minority group, the media will never generalize these crimes as representing the collective sentiment of a group, nor is there any political pressure to denounce the attacker’s motive.

In fact, the media will often times bend over backward to humanize terrorists who fit a favored political or ethnic profile, with the suggestion that their motives are legitimate grievances. The media feels compelled to depict certain terrorists (e.g., Dzhokhar Tsarnaev) as sympathetic figures because, they fear, an unsympathetic portrayal of such figures might inspire “backlash” against whatever group the attacker represents. Obversely, when the accused terrorist is white and can plausibly be shown to have a “right-wing” motive, not only is the perpetrator (e.g., Dylann Roof) depicted without sympathy, but the media employ broad-brush smear tactics to imply that similarly hateful sentiments are widespread among white people, and that every vaguely “right-wing” public figure is somehow complicit in the atrocity. The rationale of news coverage in such cases is to inspire prejudice against conservatives, and particularly to incite fear that further “right-wing” violence is likely, requiring renewed efforts to “educate” the ignorant masses.




 

In The Mailbox: 10.16.20

Posted on | October 17, 2020 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

Silicon Valley delenda est.

Usual deadlines for the usual weekend posts.

OVER THE TRANSOM
Red Pilled Jew: Echoing Ayn Rand – Fence-Sitters Will Enable America’s End
357 Magnum: Venezuela Is Out Of Gas
EBL: Lyin’ With Biden
Twitchy: Person On Hunter Biden-Red China Email Thread Reportedly “Corroborated The Veracity Of These Messages”
Louder With Crowder: Rudy Giuliani Tells Crowder He Has Proof Hunter Biden’s Hard Drive Is Authentic
Vox Popoli: The Global Shutdown, also, “This Should Trouble You Immensely”
According To Hoyt: Say Goodbye To Hollywood, also, Read This & Consider It
Monster Hunter Nation: George Orwell Would Have Thought This Week’ Plot Too Far-Fetched
Gab News: An Open Letter To President Trump On Section 230

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
American Conservative: How Trump Still Divides The Republican Old Guard
American Greatness: Giuliani – Hunter Biden’s Attorney Contacted Computer Repairman After NY Post Story Broke, Wanted Hard Drive Back, also, RNC Files FEC Complaint against Twitter
American Power: Peter Schweizer, Profiles In Corruption
American Thinker: Can The Democrats Sell Their Worst Candidate Ever? also, In Richmond’s Public Schools, A Rabid #BLM Leftist At The K-12 Helm
Animal Magnetism: Rule Five Campaign Speech Friday
Babalu Blog: Cuba’s Switch To Dollar-Based Economy Will Only Benefit Its Tyrannical Ruling Class
BattleSwarm: LinkSwarm For October 16
Cafe Hayek: Competition Is A Discovery Procedure
CDR Salamander: Fullbore Friday
Da Tech Guy: The Science Behind Coronavirus Lockdowns Is Far From Settled, also, Twitter & Facebook Cross The Rubicon
Don Surber: Trump Should Expand SCOTUS To 29 And Appoint 20 More Judges
First Street Journal: Voting By Mail – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
The Geller Report: Savannah Guthrie Blasted For Hostile Behavior Towards Trump During Town Hall, also, Paris Schoolteacher Beheaded By Muslim Parent
Hogewash: Twitter, Section 230, & Being A Speaker, also, Team Kimberlin Post Of The Day
Hollywood In Toto: Comedian Brian Scolaro Shines Light On Hollywood’s Lesser Known Players, also, Is Battlefield Earth Worth A Second Look?
The Lid: Liberal Media Confirms Biden Is Least Scrutinized Candidate Ever
Legal Insurrection: SCOTUS To Hear Case Over Trump’s Exclusion Of Illegals From Congressional Apportionment, also, Tucker Carlson Exposes Biden Family Influence Peddling In Ukraine, Including New Emails
Power Line: About That Laptop, also, Thoughts From The Ammo Line
Shark Tank: Widow Of Pulse Nightclub Shooter Honored By Muslim-American Group
Shot In The Dark: Blue Fragility – State Of The States
The Political Hat: Struggle Sessions British Style
This Ain’t Hell: Valor Friday, also, New AWOL Policy After Macabre Summer Calls Attention To Missing Soldiers
Victory Girls: Biden Tells Police “Shoot ‘Em In The Leg!”
Volokh Conspiracy: Canceling Dianne Feinstein
Weasel Zippers: “Bins Full Of Ballots” Found In Louisville Dumpster, also, Stevie Nicks Thanks Moloch For Fleetwood Mac’s Success
The Federalist: Savannah Guthrie Hated Voters’ Questions, So She Took Over The Town Hall, also, 1619 Project Founder Melts Down Over Criticism Of Her Fake History
Mark Steyn: Liberty Vs. Lockdown

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Can Savannah Guthrie Prove Democrats Are NOT a Satanic Pedophile Ring?

Posted on | October 16, 2020 | No Comments

 

Has anyone asked Joe Biden whether he’s against pedophilia? Do you think it’s a coincidence the media haven’t asked him about this?

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: While we’re denouncing, let me ask you about QAnon. It is this theory that Democrats are a satanic pedophile ring, and that you are the savior of that. Now, can you just once and for all state that that is completely not true?
DONALD TRUMP: So–
SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: Can you disavow QAnon in its entirety?
DONALD TRUMP: I know nothing about QAnon.
SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: I just told you.
DONALD TRUMP: I know very little– you told me, but what you tell me doesn’t necessarily make it fact. I hate to say that. I know nothing about it. I do know they are very much against pedophilia, they fight it very hard. But I know nothing about it.

Why is it that only Trump is ever asked to denounce stuff like this? All kinds of crazy ideas are rampant among Joe Biden’s supporters, but because the media are all Democrats, Biden is never asked to repudiate various toxic elements of the Democratic Party constituency.

While I haven’t paid much attention to QAnon, my understanding is that they were rather more specific in their accusations. In particular, they named former Hillary Clinton campaign adviser John Podesta as being implicated in a sex-trafficking conspiracy. That’s where the Comet Ping Pong angle arose, and if you will recall, this “PizzaGate” theory was not only inspired by the hacking of Podesta’s emails, but also by the fact — not a theory, but a fact — that Clinton aide Huma Abedin was married to ex-congressman Anthony Weiner. In September 2016, it was learned that Weiner had been “sexting” with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl.

The FBI’s seizure of Weiner’s laptop led to the discovery of evidence relevant to Hillary’s email scandal. So the idea that Democrats are hiding pedophilia-related secrets is not really so far-fetched, is it?

What else might lend credibility to QAnon? Well, there’s the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, and the sinister activities of Hollywood pedophiles, among other things. There is clear evidence of the Epstein-Clinton connection, and everybody knows Hollywood is a Democrat-controlled town, so there are plenty of dots there that might seem connected.

And can we talk about Creepy Uncle Joe?

 

Look, I can’t prove that Joe Biden is part of a Satanic Pedophile Ring. On the other hand, Savannah Guthrie can’t prove he’s not.




 

A Blue-Collar Philosopher

Posted on | October 16, 2020 | No Comments

Our education system, and the elite culture that this system influences, is now organized around a concept of “diversity” that is explicitly anti-white and anti-male.” To be a white male in America is to be persona non grata at Yale, Harvard, Stanford, etc. No one in our education system expends any effort to encourage young white males in their dreams or ambitions. Everything taught in the classroom stigmatizes white males, and administrative policy is to hinder (if they cannot actually prohibit) white males from academic achievement. The result of this discrimination is that there are great number of talented and intelligent young white men who have turned their backs on the education system:

I’m a 26-year-old American working-class college dropout who owns and operates a small business. From the time the COVID-19 lockdown began, I’ve had to scramble to ensure that I could keep working. The company that employed me in northern Nevada had me working nearly full-time during the first quarter of 2020, doing repairs on federal buildings in the western states — a job that presented an opportunity for upward mobility and education within the building trades. But when governments abruptly restricted projects in March and April, and limited outside contractors from their facilities, the work dried up long enough to get me moving.
So I moved to Northern California, where I’d previously lived and worked. Sleeping on the floor of a friend’s home near Sacramento to begin with, I reconnected with clients in need of wildfire risk mitigation, as well as handyman and landscape services. It’s been stressful juggling work, finding a place to live, and dealing with unexpected costs. Getting set up in a decent mobile home ate up about three-quarters of my savings. I felt that it wasn’t just the pandemic that put me in this spot, but the heavy-handed response by state and federal government agencies.

Let me point out here that this young man writes more clearly than do many of his college-educated peers. One might wonder why he’s working construction jobs, instead of being employed as a teacher, journalist, lawyer or some other white-collar profession.

As I say, however, the anti-white/anti-male ideology that prevails in academia means that everything possible was done to discourage this young man’s pursuit of a college degree. Even if he had stayed on campus and graduated, he could not have gotten hired as a journalist — all major media organizations now hire on the basis of “diversity,” which is a synonym for “no white males need apply.” Because every major corporation now discriminates against white males under this “diversity” rationale, there is no point even trying to get on that kind of career treadmill. Better to just get a blue-collar job and sweat for a living:

My first year in community college didn’t go well. I thought girls would never want me, remained stuck living at home, and sometimes contemplated suicide. As my 18th birthday approached, adult life looked bleak. . . .
After only a year at college, I decided I had to get out of my parent’s house and find a way to become financially independent. With few options, I took work as a freelance laborer in various trades. Reading the great literary works of the 19th and 20th centuries in my spare time, I imagined that I was emulating my fictional heroes. But the unromantic reality was that this brutal transition toward independence involved poverty and couch surfing. And the work itself was dirty, and often bloody. I did long hours of tree work with arborists, painted, landscaped, and trained as a farrier (one who trims and shoes horses’ hooves). . . .
After a few years of shoeing horses, briefly interrupted by a temporary job mining silver, I ran a brush-clearing and landscaping company as a side hustle. During this scramble for meaningful independence, the leftist tendencies I’d absorbed at college dropped off bit by bit. Life as a capitalist entrepreneur brought out the best in me, even when I was flirting with homelessness. . . .
As a straight white male, I was supposedly luxuriating in a life of privilege—a stereotype that had nothing to do with my experience as a blue-collar worker who’d faced debilitating family traumas.

You can and should read the whole article by Austin Schue.

Do I have to explain that there are many thousands of guys like this out there? One consequence of the anti-white/anti-male bias of our educational system is that it is steadily creating a reservoir of intelligent young white guys who have no stake in the socioeconomic status quo. Alienated from the elite culture, and aware of their status as despised scapegoats — everybody in academia hates white males — these young men are desperate for someone who can explain to them what’s actually going on in the world. Austin talks about finding guidance from Jordan Peterson and Joe Rogan. It’s important to realize the inherent danger posed by the existence of this class of alienated young white men, some of whom may be tempted to listen to the siren song of hateful conspiracy theorists. If you wonder where the “alt-right” came from, the answer is as simple as one word — diversity. Recall that Richard Spencer was a graduate student at Duke University when the lacrosse team rape hoax made blindingly obvious the hateful nature of “social justice” ideology.

One could trace a direct line of causation from the 2006 Duke rape hoax to the 2017 Charlottesville riot. Our elites think young white men are too stupid to understand what is happening to them — the destruction of their dreams — or why it is happening. The professors and TV news anchors may be surprised to learn that they are wrong, and I fear that they little apprehend what the ultimate result of all this will be.

(Hat-tip: Lawrence Person.)




 

In The Mailbox: 10.15.20

Posted on | October 16, 2020 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

Silicon Valley delenda est.

OVER THE TRANSOM
357 Magnum: What Happens When You don’t Enforce The Law?
EBL: Amy Coney Barrett Hearings, Day 4
Twitchy: Rush Invites President Trump Back For A Real Town Hall Away From The Resistance Theatrics
Louder With Crowder: Did Ice Cube Work With Trump On A Black Agenda? Apparently Chris Cuomo Thinks So
Vox Popoli: “Nobody Believes You Guys”, also, Why The Media Is Terrified
Monster HUnter Nation: Back In Facebook Jail
Gab News: WAR – Facebook & Twitter Unleash Mass Censorship To Protect Biden Campaign

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
American Conservative: Did NIMBYs Save Cities?
American Greatness: Hunter Biden Text Reveals Biden Clan Expected To Give Half Their Earnings To “Pop”
American Power: Big Tech Censors Blockbuster Biden Expose, Discovers Streisand Effect
American Thinker:  Give Me Liberty, Not Marxism, also, The Democrats’ Abuse of Children In 2020
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Daily Barrington Declaration News
Babalu Blog: VP Pence Visits Miami’s Cuban Memorial & Honors Victims Of Castro & Che
BattleSwarm: Hunter Biden’s Smoking Guns
Cafe Hayek: Paul Romer Misreads The Great Barrington Declaration
CDR Salamander: Diversity Thursday
Da Tech Guy: Selling Fear, also, I’m Old Enough To Remember When People Thought Twitter Banning Stacy McCain Wasn’t A Test Run For This Stuff
Don Surber: NBC Actors Call For NBC Boycott Over Trump Exclusive, also, They Think This Hurts Trump
The Geller Report: “Just The Tip Of The Iceberg On The Corrupt Biden Crime Family”, also, SC Elections Chairman Resigns After Being Caught Stealing & Defacing Trump Signs
Hogewash: Twitter Doubles Down, also, Team Kimberlin Post Of The Day
Hollywood In Toto: The Secret Behind Movies & TV shows Promoting Open Border Policies
JustOneMinute: On Distant Shores
The Lid: CO Democrat Activist Threatens Violence, Murder If Trump Wins
Legal Insurrection: Biden Leaves Door Open To Court-Packing, also, Democrats Whine After Graham Schedules Barrett Vote For October 22
Power Line: Burned After Reading, also, 10% For The Big Guy
Shark Tank: Buttigieg Backs Shevrin Jones’ Campaign
Shot In The Dark: Blue Fragility – It Never Ends
The Political Hat: Turning Fantasy Into History – Lynching, Slavery, & The Corporate Narrative
This Ain’t Hell: Abe & Ted Are Being Avenged, also, Updates On The Army’s New Combat Rifle Competition
Victory Girls: Record Turnout & Lines Isn’t “Voter Suppresion”
Volokh Conspiracy: Biden Partly Clarifies Position On Court-Packing
Weasel Zippers: Twitter “Allegedly” Locks Out Main Trump Campaign Account, also,  E-Mails Reveal How Hunter Biden Tried To Cash In Big With The Red Chinese
The Federalist: Twitter Suspends Trump Campaign Account, also, FCC Chair Says First Amendment Doesn’t Gibe Big Tech “Special Immunity” Over The Press
Mark Steyn: Feeding Time, also, The Last Copier In The Woods Arrives Sooner Than Expected

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Twitter Getting Its Hunter Biden On

Posted on | October 15, 2020 | No Comments

by Smitty

The magic laptop with the salacious emails sure got my BabylonBee muse going. Then there was a bunch of time where I could not retweet or post. @Jack’s crack stack’s back in black.

BREAKING: Steve Scully ‘Indefinitely Suspended’ by C-SPAN Over ‘Hacking’ Lie

Posted on | October 15, 2020 | No Comments

 

Not “breaking” in the sense that we are startled to discover that the former Biden staffer lied. Democrats lie habitually. It’s who they are.

No, what’s “breaking” is that C-SPAN actually still cares about the truth, and Steve Scully is probably out of a job now.




 

Big Tech Desperate to Suppress Bombshell News in Hunter Biden Ukraine Scandal

Posted on | October 15, 2020 | No Comments

 

Wednesday morning, the New York Post broke a huge exclusive: Emails between Hunter Biden and Vadym Pozharskyi, a top executive at Ukrainian energy company Burisma, in which Pozharskyi thanks Hunter for arranging a 2015 meeting with then-Vice President Joe Biden. How the Post obtained these emails is an interesting story, but liberals rushed to claim that either (a) the story was Russian disinformation or (b) the emails were obtained illegally, or maybe (c) both. The telltale clue was that the Biden campaign did not exactly deny it; they issued some kind of weasel-word press statement, but more importantly, they exploited back-channel influence to try to suppress the story:

Facebook and Twitter limited the distribution of a story in the New York Post about a purported email between Hunter Biden and an adviser to a Ukrainian energy company.
The 2015 email indicates that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to Burisma, thanked Biden for “giving an opportunity” to meet former Vice President Joe Biden.
The former vice president has previously said he has “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.” . . .
“While I will intentionally not link to the New York Post, I want be clear that this story is eligible to be fact checked by Facebook’s third-party fact checking partners,” Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone tweeted Wednesday. “In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform.”
Twitter issued a statement about the incident after Fox News reached out about the story, claiming it took action against the article due to the company’s “Hacked Materials Policy.” Twitter is blocking the post from being shared on its platform.
“In line with our Hacked Materials Policy, as well as our approach to blocking URLs, we are taking action to block any links to or images of the material in question on Twitter,” a spokesperson said. . . .
New York Post op-ed editor Sohrab Ahmari criticized the move in a Wednesday tweet, saying, “This is a Big Tech information coup. This is digital civil war. I, an editor at The New York Post, one of the nation’s largest papers by circulation, can’t post one of our own stories that details corruption by a major-party presidential candidate, Biden.”

Some accounts were actually suspended on Twitter, including the account of White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany, for sharing the story.

John Hoge points out how Twitter has gone all-in on censorship, including suppression of congressional Republicans, to stop this story.

Why does this story matter? Matt Margolis explains:

The emails were found amongst “a massive trove of data recovered from a laptop computer” that had been dropped off, possibly by Hunter Biden, at a repair shop in Delaware. The Post reports that “other material extracted from the computer includes a raunchy, 12-minute video that appears to show Hunter […] smoking crack while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman, as well as numerous other sexually explicit images.” The computer and its hard drive were seized by the FBI in December.
Joe Biden has repeatedly claimed to have been unaware of his son’s business dealings.
“I never discussed a single thing with my son about anything having to do with Ukraine. No one has indicated I have,” Biden claimed last year. But his insistence that he was in the dark about Hunter’s Ukraine business dealings was contradicted by Hunter himself. According to an article in The New Yorker from July 2019 titled, “Will Hunter Biden Jeopardize His Father’s Campaign?” the former vice president did discuss overseas business dealings with his son.
A photo obtained by Tucker Carlson Tonight back in October 2019 also showed Joe Biden and his son Hunter golfing with Burisma Holdings board member Devon Archer. The photo was taken in August 2014, a few months after Hunter Biden joined the board of Burisma.
During the Council on Foreign Relations meeting in Washington, D.C., in January 2018, Joe Biden infamously bragged about his role in the firing of then-prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who had been investigating Burisma.
“I was supposed to announce that there was another billion-dollar loan guarantee,” Biden explained. “And I had gotten a commitment from Poroshenko and from Yatsenyuk that they would take action against the state prosecutor. And they didn’t. So they said they had — they were walking out to a press conference. I said, ‘Nah, I’m not going to — or, we’re not going to give you the billion dollars.’ They said, ‘You have no authority. You’re not the president. The president said —’ I said, ‘Call him.’ I said, ‘I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars.’ I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’”

This is not, as Democrats claim, a trivial “distraction.” For three years, Democrats pursued a witch-hunt against President Trump over claims of “Russian collusion” that proved to be a hoax perpetrated by the Clinton campaign with the assistance of high officials in the Obama administration including former FBI Director James Comey. Meanwhile, you see, Democrats were concealing their own real “collusion” scandal.

Do I need to explain why this matters in terms of the current presidential campaign? Trump was elected president as an “outsider” candidate, in opposition to Washington insiders. The Hunter Biden scandal is the tip of a large iceberg of corrupt influence-peddling that has been allowed to fester in our government, and if you want to fix what’s wrong in Washington, Joe Biden is definitely not the man to fix it.

Joe Biden is the problem, not the solution. Keep calm and vote Trump.




 

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