Archive for the ‘Terrorism’ Category
Saying that this election isn’t like most elections is understatement on steroids. I thought I’d seen everything but I haven’t. Piers Morgan’s op-ed is spot on, which is something that I never thought I’d say.
Then again, I didn’t think I’d hear Piers Morgan say “Yet despite this unprecedented bombardment of mainstream abuse, Trump’s poll numbers keep rising and his chances of becoming President keep increasing. The reason, to me, is obvious: tens of millions of Americans just don’t agree with that withering verdict. They think Trump’s a fiery, flamboyant, super-rich, shoot-from-the-hip buccaneer on a mission to make America great again. They agree with him about illegal immigration, about big Government corruption, about Wall Street greed, about ‘crooked’ Hillary Clinton and most pertinently, about the threat of Islamic terrorism.”
This is an election of opposing factions. That’s indisputable in my estimation. One faction a) is complacent, b) believes in the status quo and c) thinks we’re in a narrative fight with ISIS:
It’s frightening to think that there’s videotape proof that the White House Press Secretary actually said it’s a narrative war and that we’re winning that fight. What’s almost as frightening is that the DC media criticized Donald Trump for calling the bomb that went off in New York City a bomb. What’s almost as frightening is that they didn’t post a single tweet when Mrs. Clinton also called Saturday night’s attack in New York City a bombing.
The reason why people are warming up to Mr. Trump is because he isn’t afraid to call a pressure cooker bomb explosion a bombing. Millennials immediately identified that pressure cooker bomb as a bomb. Then they saw Mrs. Clinton tap dance her way through her solution. I can picture millennials scratching their heads when they heard Mrs. Clinton say “We should also launch an intelligence surge to help identify and thwart attacks before they can be carried out.”
Meanwhile, Trump isn’t afraid to take a little heat to tell people that we can’t keep importing terrorists through the State Department’s refugee resettlement program. It’s like the first rule of holes; if you’re in one, stop digging.
We know that there are refugees here who have gotten radicalized. We know this because, in Minnesota, 3 Somali refugees were convicted of “ISIS-related terrorism charges.” Another 6 Somali refugees accepted plea deals on essentially the same charges.
With acts of terrorism accelerating both internationally and here at home, it isn’t surprising that people are flocking to Donald Trump. They don’t agree with all of Trump’s solutions but they definitely appreciate the fact that he’s willing to call a terrorist attack a terrorist attack, a terrorist a terrorist and an exploded pressure cooker bomb a bombing.
This is where Morgan delivered the kill shot to Mrs. Clinton:
But what neither she nor Obama offers the American people is any kind of plan to combat such attacks. They talk of how awful it all is, but studiously avoid advocating any real action for fear of upsetting or offending people.
The President doesn’t even like using the phrase ‘Islamic terrorism’, which is utterly absurd given that’s plainly what it is. In the face of such apparently weak, insipid, mealy-mouthed and frankly meaningless rhetoric, it’s hardly surprising that Trump emerges as a non-PC, no-nonsense voice of reason to many Americans.
Another way of putting it is that Americans want a leader. Mrs. Clinton isn’t a leader. She’s too cautious to be a leader.
The thing that’s selling Trump to the American people is that he’s speaking their language to them. He isn’t tap-dancing his way through a politically correct word salad to not offend someone. If Trump wins, something that’s still in doubt, I think it’ll be because the American people chose a leader.
Technorati: Piers Morgan, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Josh Earnest, Political Correctness, Word Salad, Refugee Resettlement Program, State Department, Democrats, Donald Trump, Millennials, National Security, Leadership, Republicans, Election 2016
I didn’t think they’d do this but TakeAction Minnesota is doing its best to exploit the Crossroads Mall shooting for political advantage. This morning, I received an email from Justin Lewandowski. Justin says that he “was born and raised in Saint Cloud” and that he’s “also a former student of Saint Cloud State” and that he’s “a community organizer.”
Justin wanted me to know that “What happened in Crossroads, in my community, this weekend is a tragedy. I’m hurting and so is the rest of my TakeAction team. We wish the ten victims of the attack and their families healing and strength.” After that, the email gets uber-emotional fast.
For instance, Sarah Drake, a single mother, community leader and TakeAction Volunteer, said “I’m a single mother passionate about learning about others and being a bridge builder. On Sunday morning I visited a Somali Muslim owned business so they knew they had an ally in the wake of this tragedy. My daughter and I discuss the issues facing our community regularly and as a result, she was leading conversations with students at school. By letting people see my actions, they started to talk about their fears and good experience with their neighbors.”
Next I heard from Sabrin, who is described as a “community leader and a “TakeAction Volunteer.” Sabrin said:
Emotions are contagious, so spread positivity. A community is like marriage, through sickness and in health, to have a healthy community requires that we be strong together, speak to each other, and to move in one breath and beat. We need to come together right now, or we won’t heal. We can’t be afraid. Let us hold hands through our roughest times.
Both of these testimonials make some foolish assumptions. First, they’re assuming that the Somali community wants to assimilate. At this point, that’s a theory. It isn’t a fact. If Somali refugees were interested in assimilation, why did the terrorist’s father need a translator when talking to police? He’s been here 18 years, which is more than enough time to learn the language.
Next, these TakeAction, aka DFL, volunteers apparently think that these refugees just need to be told that they’re welcome here for them to become productive members of the St. Cloud community. I’m sure that if Sabrin and Sarah had just talked with Dahir Adan, he wouldn’t have attacked those shoppers at Crossroads Saturday night.
It’s pretty sick to use a terrorist attack to cozy up to voters who frequently don’t share our priorities. That’s what TakeAction Minnesota just did.
Hillary Clinton’s ignorance, stupidity really, about terrorism is frightening. During a paranoid rant on the tarmac in White Plains, NY, Hillary Clinton virtually admitted that she doesn’t understand what drives ISIS, saying “There are millions of law-abiding, peaceful Muslim Americans. That is why I have been very clear. We are going after the bad guys and we are going to get them, but we are not going to go after an entire religion and give ISIS exactly what it is wanting.”
I would’ve loved it if she’d gone after the terrorists instead of letting them in via the refugee resettlement program. Mrs. Clinton, for some inexplicable reason, apparently thinks that Trump voters think that all Muslims are evil. Mrs. Clinton’s proof for that doesn’t exist. The truth is that Donald Trump simply said that we shouldn’t admit people into our country through the State Department’s refugee resettlement program if we can’t vet the refugees from that country.
That’s hardly a radical idea, especially in light of this IG report that states “The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) today released a report that found that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) granted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 individuals from special interest countries who had been ordered deported or removed under another name.”
Mrs. Clinton apparently hasn’t figured it out that there are multiple flaws with current refugee policy. First, we don’t know who’s already here. We’ve already seen that the federal government didn’t prevent Tashfeen Malik from getting a fiancé visa even though they knew she’d been radicalized.
Next, if we don’t know who’s here already, we certainly shouldn’t let additional terrorists in through the refugee resettlement program. Mrs. Clinton wants to let in people claiming to be Syrian refugees. Let’s stipulate for this discussion that they’re all legitimate refugees. (They aren’t but let’s stipulate that.) The Crossroads Mall terrorist entered the United States as a refugee as a 5-year-old. At some point, he got radicalized.
The point is that letting ‘refugees’ into the US is exceptionally risky. The best decision is to not let refugees from terrorist nations into the US. The primary function of the President is to protect us. That’s impossible to do when the State Department, which Mrs. Clinton ran, keeps letting potential terrorists in through the refugee resettlement program.
Technorati: Hillary Clinton, State Department, Refugee Resettlement Program, Somali Refugees, Syrian Refugees, ISIS Terrorists, Crossroads Mall, Dahir Adan, Tashfeen Malik, San Bernardino
If anything demonstrates that Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges is paranoid or isn’t thinking clearly, this Facebook post is proof that a little paranoia goes a long ways.
In the key part of the post, Hodges wrote “At this difficult moment, I also urge every Minneapolitan and every Minnesotan to support and stand firmly with our Muslim, East African, and Somali friends and neighbors. A horrible, violent attack like this should never be exploited to attack a whole community and a whole religion. Yet we have seen Islamophobia rear its ugly head in terrible moments like this far too many times — *and* at a moment when one person in particular is playing to fear and hatred of immigrants on a national scale, I fully understand the worry of the Somali community here that it will happen again. From the first moments after this terrible event, the Somali community of Minnesota came together to decry this horrible act. We all get to come together to reject hate in all of its forms. We must not and will not allow hate to divide us. We are stronger together.”
Why do Democrats think that the first instinct for people they don’t know will commit acts of violence or discriminate without reason? It’s a bit insulting or more than a little paranoid. But I digress.
It’s worth noting that the definition of Islamophobia is “hatred or fear of Muslims or their politics or culture.” Let’s hear Mayor Hodges highlight the times when Islamophobia reared “its ugly head”. Let’s differentiate, though, between distrust and hatred or fear.
It isn’t normal to trust people you don’t know if that community has a history of committing acts of terrorism. Let’s talk about the elephant in the room that Ms. Hodges doesn’t want to talk about. A significant number of Somali Muslims have been convicted of “ISIS-related terrorism charges.”
Gov. Dayton visited St. Cloud Monday and added “I implore the citizens of St. Cloud and citizens throughout Minnesota to rise above this tragic incident and to remember our common humanity, our shared citizenship and our shared desires to live together peacefully and constructively for the benefit of ourselves and our families and our communities.”
The fact that the terrorist’s father has lived here for 15 years but still can’t speak English sets off red flags for me. If Mr. Adan shares my dedication to living as citizens of the United States, why hasn’t he become proficient in using its language? It isn’t like he can’t learn a language in 15 years.
Frankly, I think Gov. Dayton and Mayor Hodges take a lot of things for granted that might not actually be true. Whether that’s because they’re firm believers in wishful thinking or whether it’s because they’re knowingly denying reality is almost besides the point. It’s time for these high-profile DFL politicians to pull their head out of the sand and accept reality.
Finally, let’s remember that Gov. Dayton isn’t a fair arbiter in these fights:
Technorati: Mark Dayton, Betsy Hodges, Islamophobia, Somali Refugees, Assimilation, Dahir Adan, ISIS Terrorists, Crossroads Mall, Jason Falconer, Law Enforcement
It’s time to put CAIR to the test. This article highlights CAIR’s wrong-headed thinking.
It’s insulting to read Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of CAIR, say “We are hopeful that the community will come together in a difficult tragedy.” I’m not the least bit worried that the community will come together. I’ve lived here 60 years and I’ve never seen a situation where the law-abiding citizens of St. Cloud didn’t come together after a tragedy. That isn’t the problem.
When I hear CAIR say that “there is concern about retaliation in St. Cloud because of a history of anti-Muslim sentiment here”, I start getting upset. What’s gotten the citizens of St. Cloud upset is the unwillingness of portions of the Somali population to assimilate. CAIR preaches inclusivity and tolerance constantly but they’ve never demanded that Muslim refugees assimilate.
What’s troublesome is that a significant percentage of Somali refugees in Minnesota have gotten radicalized by ISIS. Until Saturday night, ISIS was just a terrorist organization that conducted terrorist attacks in Europe or that beheaded journalists in Iraq. Now, they’ve claimed credit for attacking a mall in the city where I’ve lived my entire life.
Things just got more personal for me.
“We are all responsible for the safety of community members,” he said. “We are all responsible to not take an isolated incident and generalize it to reflect the larger community.”
That’s insulting. There is no we in this. CAIR would have us believe that the law-abiding citizens of St. Cloud are as guilty as the terrorist. We aren’t. CAIR apparently thinks that not trusting Muslims is the equivalent of committing a terrorist attack. They aren’t even close.
I can’t repeat this enough. It’s up to the refugee population to assimilate. If that happens, which I doubt, things will be just fine.
Predictably, the PR campaign has started after the terrorist attack Saturday night at Crossroads Mall. Members of the Somali community and other community leaders held “a nationally televised press conference on Sunday afternoon at Lake George.”
This article contains quotes from a number of leaders. One of the quotes that I find upsetting is from Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of CAIR. He said “This is a tragedy and we hope from this tragedy we can build a better, stronger community here. A strong St. Cloud that is inclusive and welcoming for all people.”
With all due respect, I don’t feel inclusive when terrorists attack law-abiding citizens while they’re shopping on a Saturday night. Forget about condemnations of violence. What’s expected is assimilation into the American culture. It’s been expected of every immigrant and refugee in US history. The US is multi-ethnic. It isn’t multicultural. Period. The system that this nation’s Founding Fathers put into place is pretty incredible.
That’s the standard. We don’t change. We expect immigrants and refugees to adapt. That’s how it’s done since our nation’s inception.
Hassan Yussuf, community activist: “This incident should not be used to spread hate. It should be used to bring us together because it has affected me, it has affected you, it’s affected everybody.”
What a bunch of crap. The citizens of St. Cloud simply want neighbors that obey the rule of law. Where Islamic religious teachings depart from US law, the citizens of St. Cloud expect everyone to comply with the laws of this city and state. It isn’t that complicated. If that isn’t to someone’s liking, there are other places to live.
UniteCloud: “Never again in our town should we see something like this. So let’s find solutions. This is a test for all of us as a community. How we come out of this defines us as a community.”
This isn’t a test for the entire community. The entire community didn’t commit a terrorist attack. The question that must be answered is whether the Somali community will conform to St. Cloud’s and Minnesota’s laws. If they do, they’re welcome. If they won’t, they aren’t welcome.
It’s that simple.
Pete Hegseth puts it perfectly:
It’ll be interesting to see how Minnesotans react to this terrorist attack. If they’re more worried about terrorism than Minnesota Nice, Hillary might spend the last 50 days getting nervous.
Technorati: Crossroads Mall, ISIS, Terrorist Attack, CAIR-Minnesota, Refugee Resettlement Program, Somali Refugees, Lutheran Social Services, UniteCloud, Pete Hegseth, Donald Trump, Homeland Security, Election 2016
Based on this article, it’s clear that Officer Jason Falconer is a hero’s hero. It’s apparent that he didn’t let the rampage turn deadly. For that, everyone in Crossroads Mall should thank Officer Falconer for his quick thinking and his high-quality decision-making.
According to the article, “Five minutes after authorities received the first 911 call, Jason Falconer, a part-time officer in the city of Avon, shot and killed the attacker. Anderson said Falconer fired as the attacker was lunging at him with the knife, and continued to engage him as the attacker got up three times.”
One of the first things that I think might happen is that people will question whether Officer Falconer should’ve used deadly force. Based on the fact that the attacker kept lunging at Officer Falconer after he’d gotten shot, I think that point is settled. Officer Falconer used the right amount of force while preventing the loss of life.
If Officer Falconer is a hero, which he is, SCSU Interim President Ashish Vaidya isn’t a hero after issuing this statement:
This statement is beyond laughable:
No known St. Cloud State students, faculty or staff were injured, however we understand that many from our campus community work at and frequent Crossroads Center and may have been directly impacted.
That doesn’t mesh with this information:
A spokesman for St. Cloud State University confirmed that Adan was a student there, but has not been enrolled since the spring semester. Spokesman Adam Hammer said Adan’s intended major was information systems, which is a computer-related field.
No SCSU students were injured but the terrorist was a former SCSU student. Talk about spinning.
According to this article, ISIS is taking credit for the stabbing spree at Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud.
This morning, they issued this statement, saying “The executor of the stabbing attacks in Minnesota yesterday was a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to calls to target the citizens of countries belonging to the crusader coalition.”
ISIS wasn’t the only person issuing a statement Sunday morning. US Sen. Klobuchar issued a statement, saying in part “Everyone should feel safe in their community, whether they’re at school or a movie theater or a shopping mall. Last night that feeling of safety was greatly shaken when an assailant stabbed eight people at the Crossroads Center Mall in St. Cloud. I have visited the mall many times, and I can’t imagine the horror experienced by those visiting and working there. My heart goes out to the victims and all those who were there last night.”
Noticeably missing from Sen. Klobuchar’s statement was a call for knife control legislation. Noticeably missing, too, from Sen. Klobuchar’s statement was her admitting that she supported President Obama’s Iran deal, which transferred $150,000,000,000 to the biggest state sponsor of terrorism.
It’s fitting to care about those who were attacked at Crossroads Mall last night. I don’t have a problem with that. I just wish she was as passionate about stopping terrorists before they commit acts of terrorism. I’d appreciate it, too, if Sen. Klobuchar wasn’t intent on inviting more terrorists into Minnesota:
MONTAGNE: Now, in a letter to the president earlier this year, you joined 13 other senators and cited a number suggested for the U.S. by a major coalition of U.S. refugee groups, 65,000 Syrian refugees. That was their number. That would be a dramatic increase. Do you think that’s a realistic number?
KLOBUCHAR: Well, the U.S., since we sent the letter, has agreed to increase from the around 1,000 mark to 5 to 8,000. And Senator Durbin and I, who led the letter, see this as a positive sign and a good beginning. We’re talking about it over a period of time, the 65,000. And it is actually 50 percent of what the U.N. commission on refugees suggested that we take. That’s usually the ballpark of what our country does.
What type of idiot invites more potential terrorists into Minnesota? Sen. Klobuchar later said that “we have a very intense screening process for these Syrian refugees.”
I wrote here that “Nicholas Rasmussen, the head of the National Counterterrorism Center, admitted ‘the intelligence that we have of this particular conflict zone is not as rich as we would like it to be.'”
Now that ISIS has infiltrated Minnesota and the United States, it would probably be wise to shut down the refugee resettlement program for at least a year.
The St. Cloud Times is reporting that there’s been a shooting at Crossroads Mall. Two hours after this article reported that “St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson said the incident took place around 8 p.m. local time. Police said the suspect yelled out “Allah” and asked shoppers if they were Muslim. Police said that the man was wearing a security uniform”, the Times added that information to their article.
To be fair, the Times reported that “St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson said [that an] off-duty police officer from another jurisdiction shot and killed the suspect. Anderson did not say where that officer serves.” KVSC, the SCSU radio station, is reporting “One assailant is dead and another is in custody as St. Cloud Police continue to investigate the stabbing at Crossroads Mall. An officer, who wishes to remain anonymous due to the ongoing case, says the first suspect was shot.”
As more information comes in, it’s apparent that this was a terrorist attack. It’s apparent, too, that this wasn’t random, not with 2 assailants in the Mall at the same time. The thing that isn’t clear is whether the terrorists were former Somali refugees. That’s a distinct possibility because a high percentage of Muslims in St. Cloud are Somali refugees.
That isn’t a bigoted statement. It’s a statement of statistical fact, nothing more.
According to Pat Kessler’s latest Reality Check segment, most of the claims in Stewart Mills’ ad about Syrian refugees are true. According to Kessler, “Here’s what the Mills ad said: “Rick Nolan supports bringing 100,000 unvetted Syrians to America by the end of the year.” He doesn’t. But much what the Mills ad says is true, even if some of it is out of context. 100,000 Syrian refugees? True. By the end of 2016? True. “Unvetted”? False.”
Actually, there’s some question as to whether the refugees are vetted. The person questioning the Obama administration’s vetting abilities is James Comey, the director of the FBI. Further, Nicholas Rasmussen, the head of the National Counterterrorism Center, admitted “the intelligence that we have of this particular conflict zone is not as rich as we would like it to be” during the hearing.
Let’s connect these Reality Check dots. We know that Reality Check verified that most of the claims were “true”. Further, we now know that the only claim that they said was false shouldn’t have been categorized as false because congressional testimony from the Director of the FBI and the head of the National Counterterrorism Center both said that vetting Syrian refugees was especially difficult.
Therefore, LFR rates this Reality Check as Mostly True, with one statement rated ‘highly questionable’.