Lib Economist Blames “Income Inequality” For Rise of ISIS…


The left with blame anything except for the obvious, ISIS’ religion.

Via WaPo:

A year after his 700-page opus “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” stormed to the top of America’s best-seller lists, Thomas Piketty is out with a new argument about income inequality. It may prove more controversial than his book, which continues to generate debate in political and economic circles.

The new argument, which Piketty spelled out recently in the French newspaper Le Monde, is this: Inequality is a major driver of Middle Eastern terrorism, including the Islamic State attacks on Paris earlier this month — and Western nations have themselves largely to blame for that inequality.

Piketty writes that the Middle East’s political and social system has been made fragile by the high concentration of oil wealth into a few countries with relatively little population. If you look at the region between Egypt and Iran — which includes Syria — you find several oil monarchies controlling between 60 and 70 percent of wealth, while housing just a bit more than 10 percent of the 300 million people living in that area. (Piketty does not specify which countries he’s talking about, but judging from a study he co-authored last year on Middle East inequality, it appears he means Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudia Arabia, Bahrain and Oman. By his numbers, they accounted for 16 percent of the region’s population in 2012 and almost 60 percent of its gross domestic product.)

This concentration of so much wealth in countries with so small a share of the population, he says, makes the region “the most unequal on the planet.”

Within those monarchies, he continues, a small slice of people controls most of the wealth, while a large — including women and refugees — are kept in a state of “semi-slavery.” Those economic conditions, he says, have become justifications for jihadists, along with the casualties of a series of wars in the region perpetuated by Western powers.

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Oh Boy: Word “Taser” Declared “Racist”….

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At least that’s what the US edition of the British rag Guardian wants us to believe.

Via Guardian:

Most people, asked to identify the most universal shift in law enforcement over the past 15 years, would likely think of militarization, calls for community policing or perhaps the slow decline of “broken windows”.

But from the turn of the millennium to to date, arguably no development has been more widespread in law enforcement than the adoption of so called “less-lethal” Electric Control Devices (ECD), which many people know by the name of their most prolific manufacturer: Taser International. The company currently supplies their weapons to 17,800 of the United States’ roughly 18,000 law enforcement agencies.

The brand name Taser has become as synonymous with these devices as Kleenex or Xerox have to photocopies and tissues – a quirk of language known as a “proprietary eponym”. The word has even become a verb, as people commonly speak of being “tased” or “tasered”.

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The word Taser, though, didn’t start with the company: it’s actually a loose acronym of the book Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle. Jack Cover, the inventor of the modern ECW, named his prototype after the young adult Sci-Fi novel he loved, and the very idea for a less-lethal electric gun was largely inspired by the fictional one described in the book.

And while this quirky history is known among some in law enforcement and engineering circles, the innocence with which it’s told – a curious inventor culling inspiration from the literature of his youth – belies a more sinister truth: the book itself is boldly racist.

Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle, published in New York in 1911 under the pen name Victor Appleton, is typical of the literature of its time: an imperialist adventure tale set against the backdrop of a wild and dark African continent. In it, the protagonist, Tom Swift, develops an electric rifle – a totally novel idea in 1911 – and decides to test it in Africa in the hunt for ivory.

Report: ISIS Preparing Mediterranean Port City Of Sirte In Libya As Its Capital In Case Raqqa Falls…


Not that Raqqa is an any imminent danger of falling.

Via Business Insider:

As western countries ramp up strikes against ISIS’s de-facto capital of Raqqa, Syria, the terrorist group is looking to Libya as a potential back-up option
at which to base its operations, according to The New York Times.

While ISIS (also known as the Islamic State) has other affiliates throughout Africa and the Middle East that have pledged their allegiance to its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group’s branch in Sirte is the only one that ISIS central leadership directly controls.

The Wall Street Journal reports that ISIS leaders in Libya have reportedly adopted a slogan that reflects Sirte’s heightened profile within the jihadist organization: “Sirte will be no less than Raqqa.”

The Sirte affiliate is also much closer to western Europe than ISIS’s territory in Syria and Iraq:

ISIS’s influence in Sirte has been growing over the past year, as it has evolved into what The Times describes as an “actively managed colony” of the central group.

The growth has been swift — the Libya affiliate has gone from 200 fighters to about 5,000 since ISIS announced its branch there, The Journal reports. (The Times reports that Western put that estimate at 2,000 fighters.)

And Libya might be an ideal location for ISIS’ fallback capital. The country lacks a functioning government and is rich in oil resources, which ISIS uses to finance its operations in Syria and Iraq, where it holds most of its territory.

Paris Climate Change Conference Organizers Frantically Hit Buzzer To Try And Get Obama To Stop Speaking After His Speech Goes 11 Minutes Over….

Obama’s raging narcissism on full display in Paris.

HT: Free Beacon

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Will 2016 GOP Primaries Be 2008 All Over Again?

Interesting analysis making the argument that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio might end up splitting the anti-Trump vote thus guaranteeing Donald the GOP nomination:

Despite the huge number of candidates, the 2016 race is now starting to have some similarities to the 2008 Republican contest with some 1996 thrown in for good measure. For all the talk about how this cycle is going to eventually come down to Cruz competing against Florida senator Marco Rubio, this contest is really a three-man race, just as 2008 was.

Everyone forgets this but in that year, there were 12 Republicans who ran for the nomination. Then as now, the party was divided over a candidate with a fair amount of support who was also widely disliked within the party. The difference this time, however, is that the divisive candidate is one favored by many conservatives (Trump) rather than one who was widely despised by the base (Arizona senator John McCain).

The ideological positioning of the leading candidate may be all that’s different this time around.

In both cycles, the highest-polling candidate was routinely attacked as a liberal pretending to be conservative. … Then as now, conservative journalists have almost been at war against the leading candidate. National Review in particular has been scorching in its daily denunciations of Trump. Though talk radio is divided today over Trump—Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity seem vaguely supportive while Glenn Beck and plenty of lower-rated hosts attack him frequently—it was uniformly against a McCain nomination. Several hosts even explicitly endorsed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney as an alternative.

All of that was not enough to stop McCain, however, largely because the opposition to his nomination was unable to solidify into a large enough bloc. Multiple candidates split up the anti-McCain vote repeatedly in the early states.

No doubt McCain would hate being compared to Trump.

Hillary Clinton Names Ex-Congressman Who Blamed Jews For His Defeat To Her “Leadership Team”…


Well done, Pant Suits.

Via Alana Goodman:

Hillary Clinton has appointed to her leadership team a former congressman who blamed his defeat on “Jewish interests” and the “Jewish media,” her campaign announced earlier this month.

The Clinton campaign named Earl Hilliard, Sr., who served in Congress from 1992 to 2002, as part of her 60-member Alabamaleadership team on Nov. 20. Hilliard, who lost to then-Democrat Artur Davis in 2002, was considered one of Israel’s most vocal opponents in Congress. Davis, a staunch supporter of Israel who became a Republican in 2012, had the backing of groups such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the Anti-Defamation League in the election.

Shortly after Hilliard’s defeat, the former congressman gave an interview to the Black Commentator in which he said “Jewish interests” bought the election for Davis. “The only thing I know for sure, that I saw in black and white, is $1,098,000 that [Davis] reported,” said Hilliard in the July 16, 2002 interview. “You can’t take money from corporations, so that came from Jews and Republicans. There’s no question where that money came from.”

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Christians Being Slaughtered Throughout Islamic World, Pope Francis Visits Mosque Battling Christian Militia…

Good grief.

Pope Francis became the first pope in the modern era to visit an active conflict zone when he journeyed to a mosque in PK5, a Muslim neighborhood in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. The area has a population of 15,000 Muslims and is surrounded by Christian militias

Over Half Of All Illegal Migrants In Sweden Slated For Deportation, 14,000, Have Disappeared

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Given how well our government tracks illegal aliens now, can’t wait for the close attention the allegedly ‘vetted’ folks are going to have once they get here.

Via Breitbart:

Well over half of all the illegal migrants slated for deportation in Sweden have slipped past the Swedish police — with illegal numbers at the highest ever levels.

The numbers come from the National Border Police Section in the National Operations Division, and show of 22,000 individuals due to be sent home after having their asylum applications turned down, some 14,000 have vanished off the police radar, reports Afton Bladet.

Some are expected to have left the country secretly, but the majority are thought to still be in Sweden, having fallen through the cracks of the comprehensive welfare state. “We simply do not know where they are”, said a police spokesman. Even in cases where the police manage to find illegals and send them home, nations such as Afghanistan, Iran, Somalia, Eritrea, Lebanon, Morocco and Libya don’t accept their own people back in many cases.

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Grand Mufti, Spiritual Leader Of Muslims In Australia: #ParisAttacks Caused By Racism And Islamophobia

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His statement is actually from a couple of days after the attack. Islamophobia is one of the things that causes Islamists to attack you. Chew on that one. And he’s a political ‘moderate’, Sunni.

Via Courier Mail:

THE Grand Mufti of Australia says current strategies to combat terrorism are not working, in light of the Paris terror attacks.

DR Ibrahim Abu Mohammed said in a statement late on Sunday that causative factors such as racism and Islamophobia needed to be addressed.

“These recent incidents highlight the fact that current strategies to deal with the threat of terrorism are not working,” Dr Mohammed said.

He condemned the Paris attacks, which killed at least 129 people and injured more than 350, and expressed condolences to the victims’ friends and families.

“We call upon all people of goodwill to stand against fear-mongering and injustice,” he said.

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This is apparently roiling through Australia now, as his supporters try to backtrack on what he said. The ‘clarification’ is that it doesn’t ‘justify’ the actions. So he’s still saying that that’s what is in fact part of what’s ‘causing’ the attacks.

But here’s a good question. If ISIS has nothing to do with Islam as some Muslim leaders, Obama and Hillary say, then how can stopping ‘Islamophobia’ have anything to do with stopping ISIS terrorism?

More Than A Year After His Death, Michael Brown Lies Without A Headstone…

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Because his family is more interested in deciding who gets t-shirt proceeds and meeting Hillary Clinton, and the movement who professes to care for him is off to their next ’cause’.

NORMANDY, Mo. (AP) – It’s been more than 15 months since Michael Brown became a household name after a police officer shot and killed the 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

But Brown’s fame stands in stark contrast to the relative obscurity of his gravesite.

The final resting place of the Black Lives Matter movement icon still doesn’t have a headstone. Instead, the grave at St. Peter’s Cemetery about four miles from where Brown died is marked only by the letters “MB” spray-painted in orange on a concrete footing for a would-be grave marker.

Lyah LeFlore is vice president of a foundation Brown’s mother helped launch in her late son’s memory. She says McSpadden wants the headstone to be perfect and poetic, and that that effort “has just taken time.”

Colorado Fraternal Order Of Police Slams ‘Race Baiting Morons’ Who Claim Police Didn’t Shoot Colorado Springs Shooter Because He Was White

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So the leftists on social media had two common talking points about the Colorado Springs shooting.

1. Now that there is a police officer killed by a man who (they claim) was attacking Planned Parenthood, where are all the the people on the right saying ‘Blue Lives Matter’?
2. Why is it that the shooter was taken alive by the police when black men who have done less have been shot and killed? Racism!

So let’s just sit back a second and think on those talking points since it’s the same folks making both points. They want to know where’s all the caring for the police in the first talking point, but in the very next one, impugn the character of those self-same Colorado Police officers, apparently claiming it’s due to the officers’ racism that the Colorado shooter is alive because he’s white.

The Colorado Police Officers’ union, the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police, was having none of this nonsense, and issued the following scathing rebuke.


It’s since been taken down, but props to them anyway for calling it.

HT: Michael Brown

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Obama Apologizes For America’s Supposed Role In Global Warming….

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Nauseating to say the least.


President Barack Obama says the talks starting today in Paris are the world’s last best chance to stop climate change. “There is such a thing as being too late,” the president said.

“I come here personally as the leader of world’s biggest economy and second biggest emitter to say that America not only acknowledges its role in climate change but embraces doing something about it,” Obama said. “One of the enemies we will be fighting at this conference is cynicism. The notion we can’t do anything about climate change.”

Trump Asked If Islam Is A “Peaceful Religion,” Says “There’s Something Nasty Coming Out Of There”…


Hence the reason Trump has so many supporters, most politicians still tow the “Religion of Peace” line.

Via TPM:

Asked on Morning Joe if he believed Islam was an inherently violent religion, Donald Trump refused to answer the question directly, but said, “There’s something nasty coming out of there.”

MSNBC political analyst John Heilemann asked Trump, who called onto Morning Joe Monday via telephone, whether Islam was “an inherently peaceful religion … that’s been perverted by some” or a “an inherently violent religion.”

Trump said he didn’t “know that that question can be answered.”

“It could be answered two ways. It could be answered both ways. But there’s something going on there,” Trump said. “There’s a lot of hatred coming out of at least a big part of it. You see the hatred. We see it every day. You see it, whether it’s in Paris, or whether it’s the World Trade Center …”

Dearborn Muslims Protest In Support Of Syrian “Refugees” And Against “Islamophobia” In America…

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Did we miss the protest against the Paris shootings?

Via Detroit FREEP:

While thousands shopped Black Friday bargains a half-mile away at Fairlane Town Center, about 100 demonstrators stood in the rain outside Dearborn’s Henry Ford Centennial Library to protest Muslim terrorism overseas.

Calling themselves Dearborn Muslims Against Terrorism on placards they handed out, leaders of the event focused their opposition on the militant ISIS forces waging civil wars in Syria and Iraq.

“If you want to know about ISIS, they have no god, no faith, no morality – they are savages,” Mustapha Mourtada, 28, of Dearborn shouted to the crowd through a bull horn. Mourtada, an automotive engineering manager, led chants of “What do we want? ISIS out! When do we want it? Now!”

At a time when anti-Muslim attitudes are said to be running high in Europe – and when some Republican candidates for president of the U.S. have called for increased security against Muslims, and even a registry of Muslims living here – protest leaders said it was urgent that southeast Michigan’s Muslims show their opposition to terror in the name of Islam.

Members of the group said most Muslims around the world want peace, and they said that anti-Islamic feelings — what they called Islamophobia — had been stirred anew by recent events, including the downing of a Russian airliner claimed by militants; ISIS victories against U.S.-trained Iraqi troops, and terrorist bombings in Paris as well as at a hotel for tourists in Mali.

Wearing a black turban, Ahmed Qazwini, who called himself a Muslim scholar but not an ordained cleric such as an imam, told the crowd that Islam had been hijacked by ISIS and that “most of the media keeps concentrating on them,” causing a rise in anti-Muslim attitudes.

“I ask the Almighty to help us fight these terrorists, these extremists,” and to “help us in uniting as Muslims,” he said, adding: “Unfortunately, we have people. … claiming (that) all Muslims are terrorists. This is wrong. We have to fight the propaganda.”

Speakers said the U.S. should allow the immigration of Syrian refugees, a point of controversy that erupted after the bombings this month in Paris. One woman held a sign saying that 750,000 refugees from Syria deserved sympathy and safety, although no mention was made of Gov. Rick Snyder’s request, and seconded by nearly two dozen other governors, to block immigration and resettlement of refugees until each newcomer can be given extra security scrutiny by federal authorities.

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HT: Jihad Watch

Soros-Funded Rag: “Right-Wing Extremists” 7 Times More Deadly Than Muslim Terrorists…

Don’t ever change, Think Progress.

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Pic Of Day: Cold War Redux…

Putin muttering “did you really say Russia isn’t your #1 geopolitical threat?”

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While Fearless Leader Is In Paris Combating Global Warming, Lawmakers Summon Pentagon Leaders On ISIS Strategy…

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Dithering until Obama is out of office is the current strategy.

Via Washington Examiner:

Lawmakers this week plan to raise the temperature on administration officials in their push for a tougher policy against the Islamic State amid signs President Obama won’t make any drastic changes following the Paris attacks.

The House Armed Services Committee has summoned Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford to a hearing Tuesday on U.S. strategy in Syria and Iraq, where they’re expected to get a grilling from Republicans and some Democrats who are dissatisfied with the president’s response to the Nov. 13 attacks, which killed 130 people.

It’s the latest in a year-long series of efforts by the GOP-led Congress to prod Obama to do more against the extremist group. Since the Paris attacks, lawmakers have been joined in their efforts by a host of independent national security experts and former officials, including a number of retired military commanders and former Obama advisers, who complain that the president’s approach only is designed to contain, rather than defeat the group.

Obama has defended his approach, saying it’s the right strategy, and officials have signaled there would be no significant shifts in response to the Paris attacks other than to “intensify” and “accelerate” current efforts.

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Kerry: Climate CHange Is A Threat To National Security….


Only in his mind.

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Lib Rag Salon: White Men Committing Suicide Because Of White “Privilege”…

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Yeah, no.

Via Salon:

Recent reports on a dramatic spike in middle-aged white male suicides has thrown a spotlight on a trend that has been years in the making but long remained in the shadows as a taboo subject.

For a whole host of reasons, white men my age have real brand problems. There just is not the societal concern over a demographic cohort whose skin color alone is one that historically conferred privilege. To be honest, as a collective brand, older white guys overplayed our hand. Don’t expect a telethon or a White House Conference on our predicament. Certainly, centuries of treating people as chattel, targeting Native Americans for genocide, denying women political autonomy — the list goes on and on — has narrowed our fan base.

No doubt there’s a reason we feel so alone and angry. We were masters of the universe, until we weren’t, and in the violent world we created a handgun becomes our last refuge to meet our maker.

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Iran Refuses To Implement Nuke Deal With Obama Unless UN Probe Isn’t Closed…

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Shouldn’t the UN demand Iran go green and cease all nuclear activity?

Via France 24:

Iran said Sunday there would be no final implementation of a nuclear deal with world powers unless a probe into allegations of past weapons research is closed.

The declaration, by a top security official, comes after the head of the UN nuclear watchdog said a report into the possible military dimensions of Iran’s activities would not be “black and white”

Iran has always denied seeking to develop an atomic weapons capability, insisting its nuclear programme is for peaceful energy production and medical purposes only.

Referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the July 14 agreement’s official name, Admiral Ali Shamkhani, said anything short of the watchdog’s probe being closed was unacceptable to Iran.

“Without the closure of the file regarding past issues, there is no possibility of implementing the JCPOA,” the official IRNA news agency reported him as saying.

Shamkhani is secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), the country’s highest security body, which was tasked with supervising the nuclear deal.

The committee reports to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final word on all policy decisions.

Under the July 14 accord, Iran agreed to major curbs on its atomic programme, particularly its enrichment of uranium to high purities, in return for the lifting of all nuclear-related sanctions imposed by the United States, the European Union and the United Nations.

Shamkhani said the six countries which struck the deal with Iran (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany) must drop the possible military dimensions issue.

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