That message has struck a chord in Germany. A survey conducted last month found that 30% of respondents had “full and total” sympathy for Pegida’s cause, the same level of support that Merkel’s political party got in the German elections to the European Parliament last year.
One of Europe’s most prominent Jewish organizations is petitioning the European Union to pass new legislation that would permit Jewish community members to carry guns “for the essential protection of their communities,” according to a letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
“’He started shooting – and I started shooting,’ said volunteer Linda Cruz. Time and time again, the armed civilian ‘dies’ – shot by a round that marks him or her with paint. In only two cases volunteers were able to take out one of two gunmen in the process.” That’s the result of tonight’s simulation of the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo as reported by dfw.cbslocal.com (click image above to view their report). Nick conducted the scenario twelve times at Patriot Protection in Plano, Texas, apparently showing that given the circumstances – two terrorists armed with rifles – more than just one good guy with a gun would likely have been needed to save lives. But we’ll leave the final analysis to the analyst
These acts do less damage and kill fewer people than large-scale attacks, but they inspire significant fear and create high-profile propaganda that helps recruitment and fund-raising for affiliated extremist groups. Media-conscious militants now often wear GoPro cameras to create high-quality videos that can be shown online.
It’s known as “retail terrorism,” the opposite of what al Qaeda did on 9/11. No longer in vogue are the large scale attacks that take years to plan and millions of dollars to execute.
Some American newspapers, including The New York Times, did not reproduce the Charlie Hedbo cartoons that mocked Islam. The Times called the decision an editorial judgment that reflected its standards for content that is deemed offensive and gratuitous.
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The Young, Gifted and Black Coalition demanded in its letter that the Madison Police Department “cut in half the number of Black people and poor people arrested to address racial disparities” and “dramatically reduce the number of police contacts with Black people and poor people.”
Charlie Hebdo had faced repeated threats for depictions of the prophet, and its editor and his police bodyguard were the first to die.
Glenn Reynolds likes to talk about the “worst political class” in history, but I’d go one step farther: we have the worse political criminal class in our nation’s history, disguised as usual in the satanic cloaks of “compassion” and “fairness.”
Nationalist and populist movements are surging across the region, most notably in France, where the National Front — a party once linked to former Nazi collaborators — has become the nation’s third-largest political force. Yet now it appears that the far right sees an opening in the new atmosphere of angst that could help bolster its long-standing critiques of Islam and calls for tighter security and immigration caps.
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U.S. Defense Department spokeswoman Elissa Smith stated, “We can confirm that the U.S. Central Command Twitter and YouTube accounts were compromised earlier today. We are taking appropriate measures to address the matter. I have no further information to provide at this time.”
As the size of government grew and cracks in the system became readily apparent, a federal police force was needed to regulate our lives and the economy, as well as to protect us from ourselves and make sure the redistribution of a shrinking economic pie was “fair” to all. Central economic planning requires an economic police force to monitor every transaction of all Americans. Special interests were quick to get governments to regulate everything we put in our bodies: food, medications, and even politically correct ideas. IRS employees soon needed to carry guns to maximize revenue collections.
The nationalist right has been gaining strength all over Europe on just these issues. The Charlie Hebdo massacre will not only help Marine Le Pen but will be a boon to nationalist parties throughout Europe. From north to south, ordinary European citizens are already voting for parties that they had shunned in the past. If this trend continues, there will be no guns of August — just the silent assault of one nationalist electoral success after another.
I am watching with bemusement the curious reaction by thousands of journalists worldwide to the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
It seems their notion of defense against this most vicious atrocity is a pencil. More specifically a pencil staring down the barrel of an AK-47. Now I know what their intentions are, the journalists want the terrorists to know that they will not be intimidated. Good first step. But unless they’re willing to defend this first step, they too will end up on the wrong side of an AK-47, just like the 12 victims of Cherif Kouachi.
As I read the accounts of the slaughter that took place at Charlie Hebdo, including watching the video of the unarmed cop begging for his life, I am reminded of the Norwegian massacre that took place a few years back. Eighty-five teenagers were slaughtered by Anders Breivik at a summer camp outside of Oslo. One of the more chilling photos was of a helpless young man, hand extended in the air, begging for his life. Just like the unarmed cop on the street outside Charlie Hebdo.
The Norwegian massacre was especially illustrative of the paralyzing weakness afflicting Europe. Eighty-five young Norwegians, descendants of Vikings, many of them large strapping young men who in another era would have helmed Viking longboats, were cut down and maliciously slaughtered by a single individual, interestingly enough another Norwegian, who saw this weakness, and decided to make a statement.
Cherif Kouachi and Anders Breivik were both willing to use guns in order to take the lives of those with whom they did not agree. Using a pencil as your weapon against a heavily-armed enemy who has no interest in reading the output of your pencil is not wise. Using that same pencil to intentionally provoke an enemy who has stated that they will kill you for said provocation, and not provide suitable defense of yourself and associates, will lead to fatal consequences.
Here is my point. Both Cherif Kouachi and Anders Breivik exploited weakness. They both new that any defense of their said targets would either be minimal or non-existent. Until Europeans learn that security begins with a weapon, a personal weapon and the ability to use it, they have two choices in confronting this threat… submit or die.
Police Attitudes are Changing: In rural America, this complementary nature of police and armed Americans has a long tradition, and is growing stronger…
In rural America, this complementary nature of police and armed Americans has a long tradition, and is growing stronger. I predict that more and more urban areas will see the benefits and will encourage this development. An early indicator to watch for would be the police encouraging and/or offering classes in the use of deadly force to non-police.
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“LET ME BE CLEAR,” Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal tweeted. “When you exercise your #WhitePrivilege, don’t think I’m not going to remember. I will use it for the future. Uncomfortable?”
They pounce on bloggers who dare mock their beloved Chairman Mao. They scour the nation’s classrooms and newspapers for strains of Western-inspired liberal heresies. And they have taken down professors, journalists and others deemed disloyal to Communist Party orthodoxy.
The appearance of thousands of anti-immigrant marchers in Dresden has galvanized both sides of the immigration debate in Germany and reignited a discussion about national identity.
The newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, has been attacked in the past for satirizing Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. Its offices were firebombed in 2011 after publishing a cartoon of the prophet on its cover promising “100 lashes if you don’t die laughing!”
Remarkably, I am aware of just two American institutions that still try to live by those standards. One is the United States military, the other is the New York Police Department. Both are widely respected for their professionalism and trusted for their devotion to causes higher than themselves. It is a measure of our warped era that both are under vicious attack.