Friday, May 26, 2017

Art Imitates Life

Abundantly

Let the Commencement Commence! Hillary at Welleseleslesssley: "When I Was Your Age, I Was Thrown Off the Watergate Committee in Disgrace For Obstructing Justice--Just like Nixon!"

The Only Democrat Fired in a Republican Scandal!
Then...

Allahpundit: Hillary at Wellesley: When I was your age, we also had a president who’d be impeached for obstruction of justice

I guess this just slipped her mind, living in the forest and all: via Hot Air:

"(Chief Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee) Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, supervised the work of 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. Hillary got a job working on the investigation at the behest of her former law professor, Burke Marshall, who was also Sen. Ted Kennedy’s chief counsel in the Chappaquiddick affair. When the investigation was over, Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation – one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman’s 17-year career.

Why?

“Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said in an interview last week. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”

Zeifman: "After hiring Hillary, Doar assigned her to confer with me regarding rules of procedure for the impeachment inquiry. At my first meeting with her I told her that Judiciary Committee Chairman Peter Rodino, House Speaker Carl Albert, Majority Leader “Tip” O’Neill, Parliamentarian Lou Deschler and I had previously all agreed that we should rely only on the then existing House Rules, and not advocate any changes. I also quoted Tip O’Neill’s statement that: “To try to change the rules now would be politically divisive. It would be like trying to change the traditional rules of baseball before a World Series.”

Hillary assured me that she had not drafted, and would not advocate, any such rules changes. However, as documented in my personal diary, I soon learned that she had lied. She had already drafted changes, and continued to advocate them. In one written legal memorandum, she advocated denying President Nixon representation by counsel. In so doing she simply ignored the fact that in the committee’s then most recent prior impeachment proceeding, the committee had afforded the right to counsel to Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.

I had also informed Hillary that the Douglas impeachment files were available for public inspection in the committee offices. She later removed the Douglas files without my permission and carried them to the offices of the impeachment inquiry staff — where they were no longer accessible to the public.".......

Fact Check: "Zeifman said, “Hillary Clinton is ethically unfit to be either a senator or president — and if she were to become president, the last vestiges of the traditional moral authority of the party of Roosevelt, Truman and Johnson will be destroyed.”

Specifically, Zeifman contends that Rodham and others wanted Richard Nixon to remain in office to bolster the chances of Sen. Ted Kennedy or another Democrat being elected president. ...Rodham [was]  trying to gain enough votes on the Judiciary Committee to change House rules and deny counsel to Nixon.

In order to pull this off, Zeifman said that Rodham wrote a fraudulent legal brief, and confiscated public documents. After the Nixon impeachment investigation was finished, Zeifman fired Rodham and said he refused to give her a letter of recommendation. Zeifman said he regrets not reporting Rodham to the appropriate bar association." .......


Zeifman explains how Hillary was secretly working on behalf of Ted Kennedy's presidential ambitions here.

My...regret; when I terminated her employment on the Nixon impeachment staff, I had not reported her unethical practices to the appropriate bar associations.

[B]ecause of a number of her unethical practices I decided that I could not recommend her for any subsequent position of public or private trust."

Just One More Story the #FakeNews Media Keeps Buried!

...and Now!

NETWORKS CONTINUE NEWS BLACKOUT ON OBAMA'S CENSURE BY FISA COURT; THOUGHT TO BE ON CONFERENCE CALL WITH VALERIE JARRETT TO GET THEIR TALKING POINTS STRAIGHT

If We Don't Mention It, It Never Happened!

I just searched all the Propaganda Media's networks for "FISA Court".

I got Rachel Maddow scolding Trump's lawyer for asking the Court a question and an Alec Baldwin SNL skit.

Andrew McCarthy: "Enabling of domestic spying, contemptuous disregard of court-ordered minimization procedures (procedures the Obama administration itself proposed, then violated) and the unlawful disclosure of classified intelligence to feed a media campaign against political adversaries. Quite the Obama legacy."


Thursday, May 25, 2017

SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TIME: FULL NETWORK MEDIA BLACKOUT FOR OBAMA'S MASSIVE FISA SPYING

 Liars For a Liar: Spying on Americans, All Day, Every Day

Court: "institutional ‘lack of candor" = Congenital Liars

“With greater frequency than previously disclosed to the Court, NSA analysts had used U.S. person identifiers to query the results of internet ‘upstream’ collection, even though NSA’s Section 702 minimization procedures prohibited such queries.”

Sounds like the Court didn't appreciate being tricked into helping Obama spy on Donald Trump.

Newsbusters: Networks Blackout Massive Constitutional Violations by Obama’s NSA

"As first reported by Circa News, “The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall.” As would be expected, the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) completely omitted from their evening broadcasts.

“More than one in 20 internet searches conducted by the National Security Agency, involving Americans, during the Obama administration violated constitutional privacy protections,” announced Fox News’ Bret Baier near the top of Special Report. “And that practice went on for years. Not only that. But the Obama administration was harshly rebuked by the FISA court for doing it.”

If Trump got censured from the FISA Court, it would be...aw, nevermind. It's beyond parody at this point.

And not a word from the #FakeMedia about their Boyfriend's Wiretapping Habit.

"All Agit-Prop, All the Time."

"Thanks for covering for me, guys. You're the best toadies a guy ever had!"

Remember: "If You See Something...Report Yourself For ThoughtCrime!"

The Known Wolf Who Cried "Boy!"

British Security Services Were Warned Five Times About Salman Abedi Talking Up Suicide Bombing

Based on a True Story: Unlike Russiagate:

*ring ring*
"Terrorism Hotline. Press one now for Arabic. Press two now for Persian. Press three..."
"English will be fine."
"How may I help you then?"
"I want to report my friend from the mosque. He's been threatening to become a suicide bomber."
"How dare you call here and insult Muslims!"
"But I am a Muslim. And this is a Terrorism Hotline!"
"Don't tell us what our job is. We are here to stop the Racist Backlash(tm)."
"What about stopping the bombings first?"
"That's not important now. First, we must prevent the Racist Backlash(tm) from terrorizing innocent Muslims."
"I am an innocent Muslim, lady, and I'm telling you this guy is gonna' blow up a lot of kids at a concert."
"I don't like the tone in your voice, sir. And speaking of, he's probably just a music critic with strong opinions."
"He's got strong opinions, alright. And Semtex."
"Sir, stay right where you are."
"Finally--I've got your attention!"
"Yes, sir, you do. We'll be sending around some detectives."
"Good. Just trying to do my..."
"They'll want to know how you became such a dreadful Islamophobe."
"But--but I'm trying to stop an attack..."
"That's enough, Hater! Tell it to the judge!"
*click*
("That's the fifth one today. We've really got them on the run, now!")

*ring ring*
"Terrorism Hotline..."

"The Washington Post offered the celebrated headline "Event Organizer Offers No Apology After Thwarted Attack In Texas", while the Associated Press went with "Pamela Geller says she has no regrets about Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that ended in 2 deaths". The media "narrative" of the last week is that some Zionist temptress was walking down the street in Garland in a too short skirt and hoisted it to reveal her Mohammed thong - oops, my apologies, her Prophet Mohammed thong (PBUH) - and thereby inflamed two otherwise law-abiding ISIS supporters peacefully minding their own business.
It'll be a long time before you see "Washington Post Offers No Apology for Attacking Target of Thwarted Attack" or "AP Says It Has No Regrets After Blaming The Victim". The respectable class in the American media share the same goal as the Islamic fanatics: They want to silence Pam Geller.
In Copenhagen, in Paris, in Garland, what's more important than the cartoons and the attacks is the reaction of all the polite, respectable people in society, which for a decade now has told those who do not accept the messy, fractious liberties of free peoples that we don't really believe in them, either, and we're happy to give them up - quietly, furtively, incrementally, remorselessly - in hopes of a quiet life. Because a small Danish newspaper found itself abandoned and alone, Charlie Hebdo jumped in to support them. Because the Charlie Hebdo artists and writers died abandoned and alone, Pamela Geller jumped in to support them. By refusing to share the risk, we are increasing the risk. It's not Pamela Geller who emboldens Islamic fanatics, it's all the nice types - the ones Salman Rushdie calls the But Brigade. You've heard them a zillion times this last week: "Of course, I'm personally, passionately, absolutely committed to free speech. But..."
And the minute you hear the "but", none of the build-up to it matters.
...Alas, we have raised a generation of But boys. ...
"Stay quiet and you'll be okay:" Those were Mohammed Atta's words to his passengers on 9/11.
And they're what all the nice respectable types are telling us now."
--Mark X

Deep State Thoughts by Hack Handy

"There Must Be Some Way We Can Blame This on Trump..."

For instance, The Times helps Obama holdovers leak the Manchester bomb details in order to blame President Trump. "Sorry, Prime Minister; we'll use the blood of little dead girls if it helps us GET TRUMP! Priorities!"

Ed Morrissey: "If the UK feels it has to restrict its partnership with American intelligence, it just forces both sides to work harder and to duplicate efforts, rather than make the most effective uses of limited resources. It’s not just the “special relationship” that gets damaged — it’s the national security of both countries."

This Deep State Obama Mole-Treason is now impinging on our alliances. Thanks, Obama!


Fugitive Imran Awan with some guy who sells speeches to Russia for a half-million a pop.
But it's okay since he got permission from his wife, our nation's top Uranium Saleswoman.
Daily Caller:

"A criminal suspect in an investigation into a major security breach on the House of Representatives computer network has abruptly left the country and gone to Pakistan, where her family has significant assets and VIP-level protection...

Hina Alvi, her husband Imran Awan, and his brothers Abid and Jamal were highly paid shared IT administrators working for multiple House Democrats until their access to congressional IT systems was terminated Feb. 2 as a result of the investigation. Capitol Police confirmed the investigation is ongoing, but no arrests have been reported in the case.

The Awans are “accused of stealing equipment from members’ offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network,” according to Politico. Many of the Democrats who employed the Awans are members of the House Committee on Homeland Security, the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. (A list of potentially compromised members is listed below.)

Their positions gave them access to members’ emails and confidential files. In addition, Imran was given the password for an iPad used by then-Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat. The five came to the U.S. from Pakistan. ...

Imran, who has worked for Wasserman Schultz since 2005, “boasted he had many contacts in USA and Pakistan also. He also said that if [I called even] the whole United States police on them,” he would not face consequences, Gilani told The DCNF. “Imran Awan threatened that he is very powerful” and would use that power to have people kidnapped in Pakistan, she said in court documents.".......

Here, fired Bernie saboteur Debbie Sargeant-Schulz threatens Capitol Police with retaliation for examining a computer for evidence. This is clearly an Obstruction of Justice felony, especially under the new Trump-"I hope you can let it go now"-standard.

And under the Propaganda Media's new -"We leaked secrets to ISIS and then blamed it on Trump"-standard, I'm sure they'll be taking a second look at this:

"Contractors in China were given "direct access to every row of data in every database" when they were hired by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to manage the personnel records of more than 14 million federal employees...
The OPM IT team frequently outsources its work to foreign contractors working in their home country. Those holding Chinese passports are no exception.

"Another team that worked with these databases had at its head two team members with [People's Republic of China] passports," the consultant told Ars. "I know that because I challenged them personally and revoked their privileges." Experts fear the stolen information could be used by the Chinese government to blackmail, exploit, or recruit US intelligence officers, compromising the success and safety of agents operating at home and abroad."

Gee, I just had a Forbidden Thought.

Maybe whoever hired China to manage our secrets had something to do with this story (which was Ethnically Cleansed of three words: Obama, Brennan and Hillary): 

NYT: Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations

"WASHINGTON — The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward.".......

"Who, Hu? We've got to get to the bottom of this(tm)!"

Fifty Shades of Congress-UPDATE:
Five Capitol Hill technology aides told The Daily Caller that members of Congress have displayed an inexplicable and intense loyalty towards the suspects who police say victimized them.
This has left many IT companies working on Capitol Hill left to wonder if the Awan IT team are blackmailing representatives based on the contents of their emails and files, to which they had full access.
The investigation goes far beyond the theft of millions of dollars. The employees could read all emails dozens of members of Congress sent and received, as well as access any files members and their staff stored. Court records show the brothers ran a side business that owed $100,000 to an Iranian fugitive who has been tied to Hezbollah, and their stepmother says they often send money to Pakistan.
“When you’re an admin for an office, yes, you have access to everything, you’re the one providing access for others,” the IT specialist said.
Wasserman Schultz, the victim of a disastrous hack while she was chairman of the Democratic National Committee, renamed Awan an “advisor” to circumvent the Capitol Police’s computer network ban on the brothers. Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge’s office told Politico a month after the ban that she had not fired Imran either.
After Wasserman Schultz and Fudge, as well as New York Democratic Reps. Gregory Meeks and Yvette Clarke and the House Democratic Caucus office, retained the Awans, the incumbents or their staffs encouraged newly-elected members to place the family on their payrolls.

Imran Flees to Pakistan, Nancy Flees to Idealized Past Where It's Always Safe and Warm-UPDATE:

Q: “What is your response to Debbie Wasserman Schultz keeping this individual who is under investigation, and do you think that he should have this role when right now he is under investigation by Capitol police?”

A:  "I don't know what...have you seen my kitty?...the economy...JFK...he thinks I'm pretty...do you think I'm pretty?...where's my mimosa?...asbestos!"


 

I'm in a Nanny State of Mind

The Deep Nanny State


























(via Santa Barbara Independent)
"It takes a village to raise a child. The village is Washington. You are the child. There, I've spared you from reading the worst book to come out of the Clinton administration since -- let's be fair -- whatever the last one was.

Nearly everything about It Takes a Village is objectionable, from the title -- an ancient African proverb that seems to have its origins in the ancient African kingdom of Hallmarkcardia -- to the acknowledgments page, where Mrs. Clinton fails to acknowledge that some poor journalism professor named Barbara Feinman did a lot of the work. Mrs. Clinton thereby unwisely violates the first rule of literary collaboration: Blame the co-author. And let us avert our eyes from the Kim I1-Sung-type dust- jacket photograph showing Mrs. Clinton surrounded by joyous-youth-of-many- nations.

"Children," says Mrs. Clinton, "are like the tiny figures at the center of the nesting dolls for which Russian folk artists are famous. The children are cradled in the family, which is primarily responsible for their passage from infancy to adulthood. But around the family are the larger settings of paid informers, secret police, corrupt bureaucracy, and a prison gulag." I added the part in italics for comic relief, something It Takes a Village doesn't provide. Intentionally."

Mrs. Clinton chooses a thesis that can hardly be refuted, "Resolved: Kids -- Aren't They Great?" Then she patronizes her audience, talks down to them, lowers the level of discourse to where it may be understood by the average -- let's be frank -- Democrat. This is an interesting public-relations gambit, repositioning the Dragon Lady t o show how much she cares about all the little dragon eggs. But if the purpose of It Takes a Village is to get in good with the masses, then explain this sentence on page 182: "I had never before known people who lived in trailers."

Nor does Mrs. Clinton miss a chance to swipe at family values, often putting the phrase in quotation marks to signify ironic scorn. Clever device. "This is real 'family values' legislation," she says of the Family and Medical Leave Act, a law she calls "a major step toward a national commitment to allowing good workers to be good family members" -- something workers never were, of course, until the government made them so.

Poverty, injustice, the need to take a couple of days off work -- in the Mrs. Clinton world view there is no social problem that's not an occasion for increased political involvement in private life.
There is no form of social spending that Mrs. Clinton won't buy into (with your money). "I can't understand the political opposition to programs like " midnight' basketball," she says. And no doubt the Swiss and Japanese, who owe their low crime rates to keeping their kids awake till all hours shooting hoops, would agree.


Mrs. Clinton has no thought for the infinite growth of cost and dependency inherent in entitlement programs. She blithely speaks of "a single mother in Illinois who . . described herself as falling into the childcare nether-world because she makes too much to qualify for state programs but finds that the price of daycare "is well out of reach.'" Why should every taxpayer in the nation become Miss Illinois's husband when there is one particular taxpayer honestly obliged to do so?
 

And Mrs. Clinton is oblivious to the idea that the government programs she advocates may have caused the problems the government programs she advocates are supposed to solve. "Whatever the reasons for the apparent increase in physical and sexual abuse of children, it demands our intervention," she says. But what if the reason is our intervention?

Admittedly, the fascism in It Takes a Village is of a namby-pamby, eat- your-vegetables kind that doesn't so much glorify the state and nation as pester the dickens out of them. Ethnic groups do not suffer persecution except insofar as a positive self-image is required among women and minorities at all times. And there will be no uniforms other than comfortable, durable clothes on girls. And no concentration camps either, just lots and lots of day care."--P.J. O'Rourke, before the Sudden Onset Trump Derangement so tragically took him from us. Sad!  (btw, Hillary became even more Ceaușescued in the years since this was written. Thanks, Obama!)




















"You cannot extend the mastery of government over the daily life of a people without somewhere making it master of people's souls and thoughts.… Every step in that direction poisons the very roots of liberalism. It poisons political equality, free speech, free press, and equality of opportunity. It is the road not to more liberty but to less liberty."--Herbert Hoover


















"Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications and to watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood: it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing. For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of that happiness; it provides for their security, foresees and supplies their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances: what remains, but to spare them all the care of thinking and all the trouble of living?

Thus it every day renders the exercise of the free agency of man less useful and less frequent; it circumscribes the will within a narrower range and gradually robs a man of all the uses of himself. The principle of equality has prepared men for these things; it has predisposed men to endure them and often to look on them as benefits.

After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd."--(Volume 2, Section 4: Chapter VI, What Sort of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fear.) Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America





"Central planning, judicial activism, and the nanny state all presume
vastly more knowledge than any elite have ever possessed."--Thomas Sowell
















Tuesday, May 23, 2017

She Put the "Man" in Manchester...

But He Gives Them Chests


“In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”-- C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man    

"Instead of having all these individual perimeters around every Dunkin Donuts franchise or every gas station, or ever J.C. Penny, why not have just one big perimeter around the country? We could call it a border! And we could have, like, border security!"--Mark Steyn

I prefer the Old Normal, if it's all the same to you. A couple from Ace:

"A commenter pointed to this New Normal: Good news: The UK is investigating terror. Bad News: They're investigating terror hate from a columnist who urged her fellow Britons to not be cowed but to stand up to terror.
  Katie Hopkins: This is the response from the Met Police to the slaughter of our children in Manchester:

Police resources are being diverted to investigate that even as PM Theresa May ups the terror threat level from "severe" to "critical," telling the country another attack is coming...".......

Former Smiths Frontman Morrissey: At What Point Do We Say Aloud That There's a Problem In Islam?

"For what reason will this ever stop?
Theresa May says such attacks “will not break us”, but her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues. Also, “will not break us” means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies on immigration. The young people of Manchester are already broken – thanks all the same, Theresa. Sadiq Khan says “London is united with Manchester”, but he does not condemn Islamic State – who have claimed responsibility for the bomb. The Queen receives absurd praise for her ‘strong words’ against the attack, yet she does not cancel today’s garden party at Buckingham Palace – for which no criticism is allowed in the Britain of free press. Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says the attack is the work of an “extremist”. An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?
In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private. Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections.
Morrissey
23 May 2017.".......

So London mayor Sadiq Khan says "London is united with Manchester"?

Actually, London is united with Islamabad.

*(knock knock)*
 "Yes?"
"You'll have to come with us, old chap."
"Why?"
"Someone filed a complaint--you said 'Islam is bad'."
"No, I said 'Islamabad'."
"Oh, there you go--you've said it again. Come along peacefully now."
"'ISLAMABAD', officer--it's in Pakistan."
"That's enough Hate Speech from you, lad."
"But, officer..."
"Enough! As an officer of Her Majesty's Government, I am calling for a total and complete shutdown of your speech rights in the United Kingdom until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on!”

Stuff the Teddy Bears-UPDATE: Mark Steyn provides Global Content:

""Carry on" is a very British expression. One thinks of the famous scene in one of the most famous of the Carry On comedies, Carry On Up The Khyber, surely the most insightful film ever made about Afghanistan: as you'll recall, the revolting Khasi of Khalabar grows ever more enraged at the British Governor's refusal to let the shelling and destruction of Government House disrupt his dinner party. Even when the Khasi has the main course replaced with the head of a decapitated fakir, Her Majesty's viceroy declines to let his eye be caught by these vulgar attention-seeking jihadists. The film received unenthusiastic reviews from London critics in 1968. One would not have predicted that half-a-century later it would be official British policy on the home front....
A few weeks ago the BBC reported that "approximately 850 people" from the United Kingdom have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight for Isis and the like. That's more volunteers than the IRA were able to recruit in thirty years of the "Troubles", when MI5 estimated that they never had more than a hundred active terrorists out in the field....
Carrying on in Germany, Angela Merkel pronounced the attack "incomprehensible". But she can't be that uncomprehending, can she? Our declared enemies are perfectly straightforward in their stated goals, and their actions are consistent with their words. They select their targets with some care. For a while, it was Europe's Jews, at a Brussels museum and a Toulouse school and a Copenhagen synagogue and a Paris kosher supermarket. But Continentals are, except for political photo-ops on Holocaust Memorial Day, relatively heartless about dead Jews, and wrote off such incidents as something to do with "Israeli settlements" and "occupation" and of no broader significance.
So they moved on to slaughter 49 gays in a nightclub in Orlando - the biggest mound of gay corpses ever piled up in American history and the worst terror attack on American soil since 9/11. But all the usual noisy LGBTQWERTY activists fell suddenly silent, as if they'd all gone back in the closet and curled up in the fetal position. And those Democrats who felt obliged to weigh in thought it was something to do with the need for gun control...
So they targeted provocative expressions of the infidel's abominable false religion, decapitating a French priest at Mass and mowing down pedestrians at a Berlin Christmas market. But post-Christian Europe takes Christianity less seriously than its enemies do, and so that too merited little more than a shrug and a pledge to carry on.
So they selected symbols of nationhood, like France's Bastille Day, Canada's Cenotaph, and the Mother of Parliaments in London. But taking seriously assaults on your own nation's symbols would require you to take your nation seriously, and most western citizens are disinclined to do so. As the great universal talismanic anthem of the age has it, "Imagine there's no countries/It's easy if you try..."
So the new Caliphate's believers figured out that what their enemy really likes is consumerism and pop music. Hence the attacks on the Champs-Élysées and the flagship Åhléns department store in Stockholm, and the bloodbath at the Eagles of Death Metal concert in Paris and now at Ariana Grande's "Dangerous Woman" tour.
In the decade since the Canadian Islamic Congress launched their "flagrant Islamophobia' lawsuits over my book, various comrades such as Ezra Levant and Douglas Murray have noted, correctly, that a principled commitment to free speech has always been a minority concern - and an even smaller minority with respect to free speech about Islam. As the most learned imam John Kerry put it with respect to the Charlie Hebdo massacre, there was "a sort of particularised focus and perhaps even a legitimacy – not a legitimacy, but a rationale..." Those cartoonists, they were all wearing short skirts and asking for it.
Conversely, most other western citizens believe that, to invert Trotsky, if you're not interested in Islam, Islam won't be interested in you. Ariana Grande was eight at the time of 9/11, and most of her fans even younger. They have passed their entire sentient lives in the age of Islamic terror, yet somehow assume it's something compartmentalized and sealed off from them. "Dangerous Woman" is meant to be an attitude, nothing more - an edgy pose in a pop culture that lost any edge long ago; a great T-shirt, like the ones last night scavenged from the merchandising stands and used to bandage the wounded. It must come as a shock to realize there are those who take your ersatz provocations as the real thing, and are genuinely provoked by them.
"Carrying on exactly as before", as The Independent advises, will not be possible. A few months ago, I was in Toulouse, where Jewish life has vanished from public visibility and is conducted only behind the prison-like walls of a fortress schoolhouse and a centralized synagogue that requires 24/7 protection by French soldiers; I went to Amsterdam, which is markedly less gay than it used to be; I walked through Molenbeek after dark, where unaccompanied women dare not go. You can carry on, you can stagger on, but life is not exactly as it was before. Inch by inch, it's smaller and more constrained.
Poland and Hungary and Slovakia do not have Islamic terrorism because they have very little Islam. France and Germany and Belgium admit more and more Islam, and thus more and more terrorism. Yet the subject of immigration has been all but entirely absent from the current UK election campaign. Thirty years ago, in the interests of stopping IRA terrorism, the British state was not above preventing the internal movement within its borders of unconvicted, uncharged, unarrested Republican sympathizers seeking to take a ferry from Belfast to Liverpool. Today it declares it can do nothing to prevent the movement of large numbers of the Muslim world from thousands of miles away to the heart of the United Kingdom. It's just a fact of life - like being blown up when you go to a pop concert.
All of us have gotten things wrong since 9/11. But few of us have gotten things as disastrously wrong as May and Merkel and Hollande and an entire generation of European political leaders who insist that remorseless incremental Islamization is both unstoppable and manageable. It is neither - and, for the sake of the dead of last night's carnage and for those of the next one, it is necessary to face that honestly. Theresa May's statement in Downing Street is said by my old friends at The Spectator to be "defiant", but what she is defying is not terrorism but reality. So too for all the exhausted accessories of defiance chic: candles, teddy bears, hashtags, the pitiful passive rote gestures that acknowledge atrocity without addressing it - like the Eloi in H G Wells' Time Machine, too evolved to resist the Morlocks.
As I asked around Europe all last year: What's the happy ending here? In a decade it will be worse, and in two decades worse still, and then in three decades people will barely recall how it used to be, when all that warmth and vibrancy of urban life that Owen Jones hymns in today's Guardian is but a memory, and the music has died away, and Manchester is as dull and listless as today's Alexandria. If Mrs May or Frau Merkel has a happier ending, I'd be interested to hear it. If not, it is necessary not to carry on, but to change, and soon - before it's too late.".......

Nobody Did It Better: Thank you, Sir Roger

 


















 






















Resquiat in Pacem

...BREAKING: GEN. MIKE FLYNN, LOIS "TAXMAN" LERNER, STATE'S "BENGHAZI" BENTEL, BILL & AL'S BUDDHIST NUNS, CLINTON SERVER TECHIE BRYAN PAGLIANO AND SETH RICH ALL TO PLEAD THE FIFTH

"Anonymous Current and Former Officials Read Portions of the Alleged Diary Over The Telephone, So It Must Be the Absolute Uncontested Truth, Right?"

Newt: "We have this very strange story now of this young man who worked for the Democratic National Committee, who apparently was assassinated at 4 in the morning, having given WikiLeaks something like 53,000 emails and 17,000 attachments. Nobody’s investigating that, and what does that tell you about what’s going on? Because it turns out, it wasn’t the Russians. It was this young guy who, I suspect, was disgusted by the corruption of the Democratic National Committee. He’s been killed, and apparently nothing serious has been done to investigative his murder. So I’d like to see how Mueller is going to define what his assignment is.”