Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A Quick Run Around the Web--December 9, 2015 (Updated)

The Important Stuff:

San Bernardino Shooting:

Islam and Immigration:
  • Who speaks for Islam? "Muslims and Islam: Key findings in the U.S. and around the world"--Pew Research Center. "Nearly all Muslims in Afghanistan (99%) and most in Iraq (91%) and Pakistan (84%) support sharia law as official law. But in some other countries, especially in Eastern Europe and Central Asia – including Turkey (12%), Kazakhstan (10%) and Azerbaijan (8%) – relatively few favor the implementation of sharia law." And, while most Muslims said that they were opposed to violence, "[i]n a few countries, a quarter or more of Muslims say that these acts of violence are at least sometimes justified, including 40% in the Palestinian territories, 39% in Afghanistan, 29% in Egypt and 26% in Bangladesh."
  • Related: "Dispelling the ‘Few Extremists’ Myth – the Muslim World Is Overcome with Hate"--The National Review. "... jihadists represent the natural and inevitable outgrowth of a faith that is given over to hate on a massive scale, with hundreds of millions of believers holding views that Americans would rightly find revolting. Not all Muslims are hateful, of course, but so many are that it’s not remotely surprising that the world is wracked by wave after wave of jihadist violence."

Other Stuff:
"Government control over the economy, beginning with liberal hero Hugo Chavez and continuing under his successor, Nicolás Maduro, resulted in poverty for pretty much everyone outside the ruling elite. (Socialism produces the most rigid class distinctions of any economic system.) Venezuelans were engaging in knife fights in grocery stores, trying to grab the last loaf of bread. Toilet paper disappeared, as Venezuela could neither produce nor buy such a humble product. The disaster was complete."
However, the electoral victory over Maduro's party is not going to be the end of it--socialists never willingly give up power.
  • Vox Day responds to a suggestion that gun owners should attempt to dialogue with the gun control nuts: 
No. We don't want a discussion. We aren't discussing anything. There is nothing to discuss. There will be no debate. There is absolutely nothing you can say to move us one iota. We have very clearly communicated the same message over and over again: No. Under no circumstances.
  • "SgtMajor Marine who led Integrated Task Force breaks silence about women in combat"--USMC Life. “The best women in the GCEITF as a group in regard to infantry operations were equal or below, in most cases, to the lowest 5 percent of men as a group in this test study. They are slower on all accounts in almost every technical and tactical aspect and physically weaker in every aspect across the range of military operations.”

  • Related (sort of): "Winchester XPR Recall"--The Firearms Blog. Winchester has issued a recall of its XPR rifles because of a potential trigger/safety defect.
  • The Firearms Blog has posted two more parts of its tests of its ammo tests of G2 RIP, Liberty Civil Defense, Inceptor, and Lehigh Defense Rounds:

Update: added the links to articles on weapons.

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