Monday, December 7, 2015

A Quick Run Around the Web--December 7, 2015 (Updated)

Wikimedia: "The forward magazines of the U.S. Navy battleship USS Arizona (BB-39) explode shortly after 08:00 hrs during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (USA), 7 December 1941."
Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harbor:


Other Stuff:
  • "Should you..."--Straight Forward in a Crooked World. "Should you meet with a person bent on a campaign of terror, intending to murder their fellow men and women, to leave behind a swath of widows, widowers and orphans, to grieve families and nations alike. Do the reasonable thing. Kill them."
I asked Marc Cooper about it—he’s an award-winning journalist and a friend who’s also a gun person. Two thousand five hundred rounds? “Believe it or not, these are modest amounts of ammo,” he told me. “A gun hobbyist, a target shooter, can easily go through 500 rounds in one two-hour visit to the range. The amount found in this guy’s apartment in no way by itself indicates anything strange.”
    Another friend said, “It’s like buying 48 rolls of toilet paper when you go to Costco.”
      If possessing two AR-15s and 2,500 rounds of ammo makes you a terror suspect, then we need to investigate several million Americans, most of whom are older white men—and Republicans.

      ... The slaughter of those innocents in San Bernardino by Muslim terrorists last week, coming as it did on the heels of the slaughter in Paris by Muslim terrorists last month, confirmed what anyone with a shred of common sense has long known: terrorism circa 2015 is overwhelming perpetrated by Muslims.
        Are all of the world’s billion Muslims, one-sixth of the global population, terrorists? Of course not, but the overwhelming majority of the world’s terrorists and supporters of terror are Muslims, and this fact completely undercuts the central premise of Barack Obama’s speech last night.
          Obama says that the atrocity committed in California last week was carried out not by faithful Muslims, but by outliers following a “perverted” interpretation of Islam. Followers of the Islamic State, he said, do “not speak for Islam.”
            Let’s pause to ask: Who does speak for Islam?
              Saudi Arabia? It is the world’s most important Sunni Muslim state. One of the most ghastly things about ISIS is its followers’ penchant for beheading people, yet in 2015 alone, our “ally” Saudi Arabia has beheaded 151 people. I am surprised the number is not higher; the list of things that are capital offenses in Saudi Arabia is long and varied.
                Apostasy makes the list. If you decide that Allah is not for you, it’s off with your head.
                  Want a glass of wine? Think twice. The consumption of intoxicants is on the list, as is consensual homosexual sex, adultery, and “sorcery or witchcraft.”
                    So, presumably, Obama would not let Saudi Arabia speak for Islam.
                      How about the world's largest Shia state, Iran? Does it speak for Islam? If not, why not? Because it is just as much a barbaric cesspool as Saudi Arabia?
                        You see how it's going to proceed. Last night, Barack Obama was at pains to distance us from "those interpretations of Islam that are incompatible with the values of religious tolerance, mutual respect, and human dignity." Well, with that statement Obama forbids the majority of the world's Muslims, including the denizens of Islam's chief states, from speaking for Islam.

                        According to the Daily Mail: "This image shows San Bernardino shooters Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook going through customs as O'Hare Airport in Chicago last July upon their arrival from Saudi Arabia"

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