Friday, May 26, 2017

David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon


At Amazon, David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

Salman Abedi Used Taxpayer-Funded Student Loans and Benefits to Finance Manchester Arena Jihad Attack

British taxpayers literally financed the murder of their own children.

At the Telegraph U.K., "Exclusive: Manchester suicide bomber used student loan and benefits to fund terror plot."

Susan Sleeper-Smith, ed., Rethinking the Fur Trade

At Amazon, Susan Sleeper-Smith, ed., Rethinking the Fur Trade: Cultures of Exchange in an Atlantic World.

Yale Awards Student 'Truthtellers' Who Bullied Faculty

The cultural revolution in America.

We're in bad shape, and it's not just on campus.


Greg Gianforte Wins Montana Special Election

I'd never even heard of the guy until Wednesday night, on Twitter, when I saw the live-tweeting of the alleged "body-slam" assault. Seems like that would have hurt his chances, but a large number of voters (60 percent, apparently) voted by absentee ballot. And besides, it's Montana. I don't see how progressives are going to due well in a conservative rural state in this environment. It's political war at the moment, and frankly. Leftists are trying to nationalize the election, tying it to "the bully" President Trump. It's not working obviously. Everything's about hate nowadays, and no one's more hateful that a radical leftist.

In any case, here's Sean Trende, at RCP, "Four Takeaways From Gianforte's Win in Montana":
Believe it or not, they are still counting votes in the special election held Thursday in Montana. Greg Gianforte, the Republican nominee to replace former congressman and current Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, has been declared the winner over Democrat Rob Quist. Speculation had abounded that the race could tighten -- or even flip to Democrats -- because of Gianforte’s alleged assault of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs the day before the election. This didn’t pan out, as Gianforte seems headed for a win in the six-to-seven-point range.
Here are four thoughts on the outcome...

And see some of the outlandish left-wing headline at Mememeorandum, from Brian Beutler, "The Republicans Broke American Politics, and Media Elites Are Blind to It"; Karen Tumylty, "The GOP inherits what Trump has wrought"; and from Matt Yglesias, "Republicans' 7-point win in last night's Montana election is great news for Democrats."

That's all fake news.

It's a nightmare these days.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jackie Johnson's May Gray Forecast

I missed last night's weather forecast post. I just petered out and hit the sack. Worked all day today, but now I have the long weekend off, including Tuesday, when I'm taking a personal day.

Looks like it's going to be overcast through most of the weekend. Meh. I guess it'll be cool and comfortable.

In any case, here's the lovely Ms. Jackie, for CBS News Los Angeles:

Found at the Scene in Manchester

I love the graphics at this piece, especially of the foyer at the Manchester Arena, where Salman Abedi detonated his IED.

ICYMI: Omar El Akkad, American War


Following-up from my previous earlier entry, I'm reminded if this, at Amazon, Omar El Akkad, American War: A Novel.

From 9/11 to Manchester

From Daniel Henninger, at WSJ, "Donald Trump found out something about the presidency and the world on this trip":

Now we have Manchester and its 22 dead, many of them children. Somehow, we always end up back at 9/11, leaving flowers and candles again.

A political constant since 9/11 is that terrorism inevitably changes U.S. presidencies. I think the events this week—the president’s overseas trip and then Manchester—may have a similar effect on Donald Trump.

On Inauguration Day in January 2001, George W. Bush’s mind no doubt was filled with plans for his first term. Months later, his was a war presidency and would remain so.

Several things sit in my memory from the politics of that period. One is President Bush’s face as he addressed Congress on Sept. 20. He was a changed man. Also remembered is the solidarity of national purpose after the attack. The final memory is how quickly that unity dissipated into a standard partisan melee.

The Democratic point of attack became the Patriot Act’s surveillance provisions, a legal and legislative battle that ran the length of the Bush presidency. By the end of his second term, George Bush had become an object of partisan caricature and antipathy equal to anything President Trump endures now.

During Barack Obama’s presidency, four major terrorist attacks took place inside the U.S.: Fort Hood in 2009, the Boston Marathon in 2013, San Bernardino two years later and then Orlando in 2016. During these years, the locus of terror migrated from al Qaeda to Islamic State.

Volumes have been written about Barack Obama and terrorism, much of it about the president’s struggles with vocabulary terms such as war, Islam, extreme and radical. The killing of Osama bin Laden evinced a rare, passing moment of national unity.

With the opposition to the Trump presidency programmed for driverless resistance, there will be no national unity in the war on terrorism. The Democrats have become the Trump-Is-Russia Party, and that may be as good a way as any for them to spend their waking hours.

But even Hillary Clinton couldn’t duck the terrorism problem in the 2016 presidential campaign, and when Mr. Trump said he would “defeat ISIS,” his lack of nuance no doubt won him votes.

Which brings us to Manchester this week and memories of 9/11.

Note the political response to the Manchester murders. Again, total solidarity, such as this from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker : “These cowardly attacks will only strengthen our commitment to work together to defeat the perpetrators of such vile acts.”

Post-9/11, naturally one expects such commitments to erode like sand castles. But this time, by coincidence, alleged Manchester bomber Salman Abedi murdered concertgoers in the same week Donald Trump was using his first overseas trip to build a coalition to defeat Islamic State.

This was not a routine presidential foreign trip for self-pomp and circumstance. Mr. Trump went to Saudi Arabia to initiate an anti-ISIS policy designed and midwifed by three Trump appointees and Middle East specialists—Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

The policy entails the U.S. sale over 10 years to Saudi Arabia of $450 billion of military equipment—tanks, ships, precision-guided bombs—in return for Saudi leadership of an Arab-state coalition, which is their idea, to fight Islamic terrorists in the region and thwart Iran’s territorial ambitions.

A New York Times online summary of the speech Mr. Trump delivered Sunday in Riyadh called it “a speech about Islam.” I thought it was about something larger than that.

For instance, the Times and Washington Post ran stories about how the Trump foreign policy has demoted human-rights issues. It has not. Implicit in the Trump-Tillerson formulation is that defining the abuse of human rights as oppression by governments, such as Saudi Arabia’s, is too narrow. Now, any discourse over human rights must include the right not to have one’s life ended by acts of organized terrorism.

Grasping at Trumpian straws is a fact of life, but I am going to hazard not much more than a thought, which is that the president who left for Saudi Arabia last Friday will not be the same president who returns here this weekend...
Still more.

James F. Brooks, Captives and Cousins


At Amazon, James F. Brooks, Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands.

Salman Abedi's Manchester Bomb Used TATP (Triacetone Triperoxide), Same Explosive Used in 7/7, Brussels, and Paris Attacks

From Rukmini Callimachi, on Twitter:

Jennette McCurdy on Snapchat

At Bro Bible, "Jennette McCurdy REALLY Wants You to Know That She Can Twerk and Has Nipples."

Italian Model Bianca Balti 'Birth of Venus' Photoshoot

At London's Daily Mail, "Really coming out of her shell! Italian model Bianca Balti flashes her nipples as she dares to bare all for sexy shoot inspired by Sandro Botticelli's The Birth of Venus painting in Cannes."

And at Taxi Driver, "Bianca Balti Caught on a Photoshoot."

Gilles Kepel, Terror in France

At Amazon, Gilles Kepel, Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West.

Katie Hopkins on Manchester Jihad Attack

Following-up from yesterday, "Katie Hopkins Under Fire After Calling for 'Final Solution' to the Muslim Problem (VIDEO)."

Here's Katie Hopkins, at London's Daily Mail, "KATIE HOPKINS: Despite all the politicians’ clichΓ©s of bravery, there is a sickness in our society - and I fear it’s terminal," and "KATIE HOPKINS: The politicians now have hundreds of troops protecting them while telling the rest of us to Keep Calm, Stay 'United' and Carry On. But who is going to protect OUR kids from the terror THEY let in?"

Nine-Year-Old Ruby and Her Family Were at the Ariana Grande​ Concert During the Manchester Attack (VIDEO)

This is an amazing first-hand account, riveting even.

Via Sky News:

Morrissey’s Response to the Manchester Attack

From Stephen Green, at Instapundit, "BIGMOUTH STRIKES AGAIN: Singer Morrissey’s response to #ManchesterBombing has PC heads exploding."

And from Morrissey:
In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private. Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections.
I have a newfound respect for the Smiths, heh.

Amazon's First Bookstore in New York City

At Quartz, "Amazon’s first bookstore in New York City sucks the joy out of buying books":

“We talk about ourselves as a physical extension of,” said Jennifer Cast, vice president of Amazon Books, on a tour for press. Indeed: Amazon Books heavily promotes its data-driven approach all around the store, just like the site does with its many recommendations—and makes Amazon’s Prime service feel irresistible, just like the site does. But by making the store an extension of, rather than a place in which people really want to spend time and forget their screens in lieu of something quieter, Amazon Books takes away one of the greatest pleasures of a bookstore: escapism. With the entire store blinking like a banner ad for Amazon Prime above your head, you lose the ability to fade away into the printed word...

And if you've got a used bookstore in your community, give it your business.

Enlightened Progressivism Doesn't Protect You from Jihad

Seen at AoSHQ:

Michelle Malkin on the Manchester Jihad Attack (VIDEO)

On Fox & Friends yesterday morning:

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Manchester Bombing Suspect Allegedly Part of International Network of Jihad

At the Washington Post, "Manchester bombing probe seeks ‘network’ of suspects as Britain tightens security":

MANCHESTER, England — The police chief leading the investigation into a suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a Manchester concert said Wednesday that the attacker had not acted alone and authorities were trying to unravel a wider web of plotters.

“It’s very clear that this is a network we are investigating,” said Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins.

The comments — which came as British troops fanned out across London at prominent sites such as 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace — confirmed what other senior British officials have hinted. It also offered further insights into Britain’s decision to raise the nation’s threat level to its highest point.

Hopkins said British police had taken at least five people into custody in connection with the attack since Monday night.

Raids continued Wednesday in Britain, including one in the heart of Manchester — not far from the concert venue where Salman Abedi carried out the blast that claimed victims as young as 8 years old.

Hours after Hopkins spoke, police said a person was arrested in Wigan, about 20 miles west of the city.

Among those detained in Britain was Abedi’s older brother, Ismail. Meanwhile, the Reuters news agency reported that Salman’s younger brother Hashem was also arrested by authorities in Libya.

The bomber Abedi was a British-born citizen whose parents emigrated from Libya.

Britain’s domestic security chief, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, said did not provide details on possible associates of the 22-year-old Abedi.

But she told the BBC that security services — which had been aware of Abedi “up to a point” before the bombing — were focusing on his visits to Libya, at least one of which was very recent.

Rudd’s French counterpart, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, told broadcaster BFMTV that Abedi may have also gone to Syria and had “proven” links with the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the Manchester blast and called Abedi a “soldier.”

Abedi’s father, Ramadan Abedi, said his son sounded “normal” when they last spoke five days ago. The elder Abedi told the Associated Press by telephone from Tripoli, Libya, that his son planned to visit Saudi Arabia and then spend the Islamic holy month of Ramadan with family in Libya.

“We don’t believe in killing innocents,” he told the AP. “This is not us.”

The local mosque where Abedi’s family worshiped — and where Ramadan Abedi had once worked, issuing the call to prayer — denounced the attack. Mosque officials also denied reporters that the bomber had worked there.

“The horrific atrocity that occurred in Manchester on Monday night has shocked us all,” said Fawzi Haffar, a trustee with the Manchester Islamic Center, which is also known as the Didsbury Mosque. “This act of cowardice has no place in our religion, or any other religion.”

Abedi was reported Wednesday to have been a college dropout who had recently become radicalized. Security experts said it was unlikely that he coordinated the attack, and the BBC reported he may have been “a mule” tasked with carrying out the bombing, but who had little role in creating the explosive or choosing the target.

Of particular concern to British investigators was the possibility that the bomb-maker was still at-large, and may be planning to strike again.

On Tuesday night, British Prime Minister Theresa May took Britain’s alert level from “severe” to its highest rating, “critical.” The decision, she said, was “a proportionate and sensible response to the threat that our security experts judge we face.”

The impact was quick and visible.

In London, nearly 1,000 soldiers were deployed onto the streets to help free up police. Soldiers were seen at prominent locations including Downing Street and Buckingham Palace...
Still more.

Hailey Baldwin Tops the 2017 Maxim Hot 100

On Twitter.

Hailey Baldwin is a scam, her family is in the industry, she’s a golden child who has managed to find the Kardashians / Jenners / Hadids to leverage…

It just took the family publicists to make that magic happen, the scam of the scams…keep the 1 percent 1 percenting – which is why content is such shit lately – the talent has left the building and the entitled kids of the talent are taking over.

Playboy Playmate Lada Kravchenko May 2017 (VIDEO)


And at Playboy, "That time May Playmate Lada Kravchenko took over a NYC hotel room."

And watch, at Playboy on YouTube, "What Turns May Playmate Lada Kravchenko On (and Off)?"

Shop Today's Deals

At Amazon, New Deals. Every Day.

BONUS: Sebastian Gorka, Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War.

Dr. Rachel McKinnon Attacks Feminists

I wrote about "Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism" last year.

Here's an update, from Robert Stacy McCain:

Kara Del Toro Says Bring Back Carl's Jr. Bikini Advertising

Hey, I'm down with that!

Stana Katic

She's so sweet. What a refreshing Rule 5 break from all the political correctness and murder.

Seen on Twitter:

U.C. Berkeley Professor Posts Hit List of Alleged 'Islamophobic' Conservatives

The sole purpose of publishing and disseminating such lists is to foment murderous violence against the targets. It's no surprise that conservatives need armed guards virtually 24/7.

From Pamela on Twitter:

Katie Hopkins Under Fire After Calling for 'Final Solution' to the Muslim Problem (VIDEO)

She's probably the most righteous outspoken critic of Islam in Britain, if not all of Europe.

And of course she's under fire. When you're batting 1.000 you'll have your enemies gearing up for a fight.

At WaPo, via Memeorandum, "‘We need a final solution,’ British columnist tweets — then deletes — after Manchester bombing."

Also, seen on Twitter and on Fox News, below:

The Politically Correct Enablers of Murder and Mayhem

From Bruce Bawer, at City Journal, "Enabling Murder."

Theresa May's Downing Street Statement on Manchester Terror Attack (VIDEO)

Following-up from last night, "Manchester Suicide Bomber Identified as British-Libyan Jihadist Salman Abedi," and "Saffie-Rose Roussos, 8-Years-Old, Killed in Manchester Terror Attack."

Here's the Prime Minister's statement from yesterday. Quite dramatic: