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The Boston Marathon bomber events present problems to the liberal worldview on three policy fronts:
Skeptics of the Marco Rubio “Gang of Eight” immigration bill being put forth are not opposed to immigration.
America is a nation of immigrants.
The Boston Marathon bombers show the need to control immigration — to make sure new immigrants have assimilated into American life, to have actually become Americans. We want to make sure those who have green cards and who become U.S. citizens actually like America.
The older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, said that he did not have a single American friend, did not understand Americans.
Who were his friends? Clearly, not Americans.
Not only do we need to secure our borders. We need an immigration policy that allows the rate of immigration to be at a level where we can be reasonably be sure new immigrants are truly ready to be Americans, understand what makes America special and different from the rest of the world.
We want people here who love America.
2) Gun control
The Boston Marathon bombers showed how much murder and mayhem can be caused without guns. The al Qaeda magazine Inspire published an article titled “How to Make a Bomb in Your Mom’s Kitchen” that details how to make a powerful bomb with a pressure cooker — apparently the inspiration for these two young men.
Tim McVeigh and company blew up a federal building, killing 168 people and injuring more than 800 with a bomb made out of fertilizer.
This week, we saw the incredible devastation caused by the blowing up of a fertilizer plant in Texas. An entire community leveled. We still don’t know the number of dead and injured from that event.
So there are many ways to kill a lot of people without guns.
Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.
Guns aren’t evil. But some people are evil . . . and will find a way to kill you if they want to.
3) Radical Islam
The liberal-left were praying the Marathon Bombers were tax protesters or Tea Party types. But no. Predictably, the bombers were radical Islamists.
Salon magazine published a truly disgraceful article titled “Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American.”
But the truth is there is something about the Islam religion that fosters violence.
Islam is not like other world religions. We don’t fear Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, or Christians.
We don’t fear Mormons, Scientologists, or Astrologers.
But there’s something at the heart of the Islam religion that is very dark.
Islam is the world’s most belligerant religion, the most warlike religion.
Certainly, not all Muslims are violent. I have some Muslim friends who are wonderful people who love America.
But I would argue that these Muslim friends of mine fall into the category of nominal Muslims. Much like nominal Christians consider themselves to be Christians but don’t actually go to church regularly, these nominal Muslim friends of mine are clearly not subscribing to the entire Muslim program.
In Muslim countries, we continue to see women stoned for adultery and lesser sins. We see Muslim converts to Christianity put to death.
Can Muslims who actually subscribe to Sharia Law ever actually assimilate to America?
Those who subscribe to Sharia Law (Islamic Law) believe those who do not convert to Islam must be put to death.
There is no such thing as religious freedom (or freedom of any kind) under Islam.
Sharia Law is incompatible with liberty — just as Nazism and Communism are incompatible with liberty and our Constitution.
Jesus Christ never told us to kill non-Christians — just try to convert them . . . through persuasion.
Islam believes in conversion through threat of the sword.
Hence Islam’s infatuation with beheading non-Muslims.
Jesus told us: “By their fruits we shall know them.”
The fruits of Islam have been poisonous.
Not much good has come from Islam. What scientific discoveries has Islam produced? What great works of art or literature? Who in their right mind would ever want to live in an Islamic country?
Every Islamic nation is an economic and human rights disaster.
With the exception of a few oil billionaires and sheiks, most people who live in these oil-rich Islamic countries live in abject poverty — on a sub-human level that makes the South Bronx look prosperous by comparison.
There is clearly something deeply barbaric about the Islamic religion — at least the pure Islamic religion.
The savage and ultra-violent nature of Islam presents a big problem for those (like Marco Rubio) who want a more relaxed path to U.S. Citizenship. We don’t need people here who hate America. We want people here who love America.
Hopefully, these jerks will get plenty of time in Leavenworth to think about this.
Is this Obama’s Abu Ghraib? Or is it still Bush’s fault?
CNBC: Front-runner Rick Perry stumbled during the Republican presidential candidates’ debate on Thursday when asked what he would do if he got a 3 a.m. call alerting him that the Taliban had gotten nuclear weapons from Pakistan.
“Well obviously, before you ever get to that point you have to build a relationship in that region. That’s one of the things that this administration has not done,” the Texas governor replied at the debate in Orlando, Florida.
Perry made a reference to recent U.S. military accusations that Pakistan’s intelligence service was backing Afghanistan’s Haqqani insurgent group in carrying out attacks against U.S. targets, including the American Embassy in Afghanistan.
Then he talked about the importance of improving relations with India, Pakistan’s neighbor and nuclear rival.
“So to have a relationship with India, to make sure that India knows that they are an ally of the United States. For instance when we had the opportunity to sell India the upgraded F-16s, we chose not to do that … The point is, our allies need to understand clearly that we are their friends, we will be standing by there with them,” Perry replied.
“Today, we don’t have those allies in that region that can assist us if that situation that you talked about were to become a reality.”
The answer raised doubts about Perry’s foreign policy expertise in the region where the United States has been at war for a decade.
Candidate Rick Santorum, who has gained little traction in the race for the Republican nomination to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012, said Perry had failed to answer the question about the Taliban obtaining nuclear weapons.
“Working with allies at that point is the last thing we want to do. We want to work in that country to make sure the problem is defused,” Santorum said.
When this man got up to go to work that day, I’m sure he thought it was just like other day. He kissed his wife and kids goodbye, got his doughnut, coffee, and newspaper. He then got on the subway and went to his office in the World Trade Center, having no idea of the horror that awaited him in a matter of minutes.
This happened to 3,000 others who also thought this day would be a lot like every other work day.
Worst day for U.S. Casualties in Either Iraq or Afghanistan Wars.
ASSOCIATED PRESS: A military helicopter was shot down in eastern Afghanistan, killing 31 U.S. special operation troops, most of them from the elite Navy SEALs unit that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, along with seven Afghan commandos. It was the deadliest single incident for American forces in the decade-long war.
The Taliban claimed they downed the helicopter with rocket fire while it was taking part in a raid on a house where insurgents were gathered in the province of Wardak late Friday. It said wreckage of the craft was strewn at the scene. A senior U.S. administration official in Washington said the craft was apparently shot down by insurgents. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the crash is still being investigated.
NATO confirmed the overnight crash took place and that there “was enemy activity in the area.” But it said it was still investigating the cause and conducting a recovery operation at the site. It did not release details or casualty figures.
I smell cover-up and political agenda — both in the official version of events and the media coverage of this horror.
They are blaming one man, Anders Breivik, for detonating an enormous bomb in downtown Oslo, and then racing to the island of Utoya to gun down as many teens as he could at a summer camp.
Does this make any sense at all?
Remember, original reports focused on the liklihood that the bombing was the work of Islamic militants, in particular Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, or Helpers of the Global Jihad, cited by some analysts as claiming responsibility for the attacks.
Here’s video of what Oslo looked like after the bombing . . . supposedly by the same man who then raced to an island to gun down all those teens:
As you can see, the damage to downtown Oslo was enormous.
So what we are supposed to believe is that one man did this much damage in two places by completely different means. I smell a rat. This story is just not credible.
Norway’s unpopular Labor government (desperate to hang onto power) might be eager to blame
both attacks on this supposed right wing Christian fundamentalist crazy man, thus perhaps boosting their standing in the polls.
The liberal U.S. media also loves this template. What liberals want everyone to believe is that the real threat to domestic tranquility is Sarah Palin and Tea Party types.
Remember when they tried to blame Jared Loughner’s shooting rampage in Arizona on conservative talk radio and Sarah Palin.
Then it turned out he didn’t listen to conservative radio, did not follow the news at all, and had no interest in politics.
Remember when the media tried to tell us that Timothy McVeigh was a Christian? Then it turned out he was an atheist.
I think something a long these lines is happening here.
MY PREDICTION: It will turn out that some Islamic terrorist group did blow up downtown Oslo. And this guy’s really not a Christian fundamentalist.
Funny how there was virtually no coverage in the mainstream media of the fact that the Unabomber had a copy of Al Gore’s book ’Earth in the Blanace’ in his shack. Gore’s book was heavily underlined with lots of handwritten notes in the margins by the Unabomber.
But not much concern by liberals about violent environmental extremists — such as Earth First.
SIDENOTE: It’s worth noting that Norway has some of the world’s toughest gun control laws. Had someone had a gun, this lunatic might have been stopped before he could kill 90+ kids. The same can be said about Jared Loughner. Had someone in the crowd had a gun, Loughner might have been stopped and lives saved.
WASHINGTON TIMES: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s ongoing release of the Guantanamo Bay prison files, and large numbers of classified State Department cables, attempts to expose what he calls American corruption.
But supporters of the George W. Bush administration’s global war on terrorism say the nearly 800 Guantanamo files show that “enhanced” interrogations of hundreds of captured operatives at secret overseas prisons and at the Cuban prison amounted to one of the most successful intelligence operations in history.
Before the interrogations, the U.S. knew little about al Qaeda in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Years later, the CIA and military had accumulated a large database of ongoing plots and the identities of terrorists, the WikiLeaks files show.
Nice people, these Taliban and jihadists. How could any sane person what to be part of this movement?
U.K. TELEGRAPH: Police seized a nine-year-old and three others aged between 12 and 14 as they tried to cross into eastern Afghanistan.
A spokesman for the Afghan intelligence agency said the boy is believed to be the youngest suicide bomber ever intercepted, though children as young as five have been used to plant bombs in Helmand.
The use of child suicide bombers to target Nato troops, government officials and those working with Hamid Karzai’s government has been an insurgent tactic for several years, he said, but had increased recently.
Was Obama’s so-called ‘gutsy’ call on bin Laden killing made after 16 hours . . . or 16 months? (Good stuff in this piece)
THE INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Did a Pakistani intelligence official sell the information about the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden to the US last year to get millions of dollars and relocate to a western country with a new non-Pakistani passport? All those seeking to know the full facts of the Osama episode are looking for an answer to this question.
President Barack Obama would not have agreed to go forward with the mission to kill Osama bin Laden had it not been for intense pressure from CIA Director Leon Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defence Robert Gates, administration sources have revealed.
The advocates of the mission had “reached a boiling point”, because President Obama, hesitated for months and kept delaying the final approval. This delay was because of a close aide who suggested that this could damage him politically.
REUTERS: A stash of pornography was found in the hideout of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. commandos who killed him, current and former U.S. officials said on Friday.
The pornography recovered in bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, consists of modern, electronically recorded video and is fairly extensive, according to the officials, who discussed the discovery with Reuters on condition of anonymity.
The officials said they were not yet sure precisely where in the compound the pornography was discovered or who had been viewing it. Specifically, the officials said they did not know if bin Laden himself had acquired or viewed the materials.