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‘The View’ blasts Trump for calling UK terrorists ‘evil losers.’ Conservatives aren’t having it.

The Blaze - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 19:35

“The View” co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Sunny hosted slammed President Donald Trump for not acting more “presidential” in his comments addressing Monday’s terror attack in Manchester.

About the attack that took at least 22 lives and injured scores more, Trump said:

“I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack and to the many killed and the families — so many families of the victims.”

“We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom. So many young beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life.”

“I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them, from now on, losers, because that’s what they are. They are losers. And we will have more of them. But they are losers, just remember that.”

“Our society can have no tolerance for this continuation of bloodshed, we cannot stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people. And in today’s attack it was mostly innocent children. The terrorists and extremists and those who give them aid and comfort must be driven out from our society forever.”

“This wicked ideology must be obliterated and I mean completely obliterated, and the innocent life must be protected. All civilized nations must join together to protect human life and the sacred right our citizens to live in safety and in peace.”

“I didn’t feel that was presidential enough to respond to this kind of …” Hostin said about Trump’s remarks as she was cut off by co-host Joy Behar.

“It’s typical of the way he talks,” Behar interrupted.

Hostin continued, “Harkening back to President Obama, who talked about [Boston Marathon bombing] victims and talked about how we as a society have to come together. I was expecting something like that.”

Goldberg later added that Obama received heavy criticism for not being “strong enough” in his own response to terrorism.

“You can’t win, this is not an argument you can win,” she said. “It’s up to us to start to kvetch, and say we want more protection.”

Though conservative co-host Jedidiah Bila said that Trump’s words weren’t “aggressive enough,” she added that common folk can easily identify with Trump’s sentiments and vernacular.

“They’re sitting at home and they’re having a gut reaction and they’re feeling he’s speaking their language in many ways,” she said about Trump supporters. “Sometimes it’s real and authentic and it’s not polished.”

Conservatives on Twitter, however, weren’t having condemnation of the president by the women of the daytime talk show.

See some of their comments on the segment below, as well as the original video.

@IsraelNewsLinks @FreeBeacon Why does anyone waste an hour of their life watching #TheView?

— Jeanette (@jsrhs1985) May 23, 2017

Hate watching #TheView right now as I'm sure Barbra Walters is. #canhalfthetable

— FairyDusted (@FairyDusted50) May 23, 2017

I'm sure there will still be some IDIOTS on the LEFT against a travel ban!! Salman Abedi #TheView

— keyslife (@Pryorsparadise) May 23, 2017

Stopped watching #TheView change title to https://t.co/BUKwEQqd5J& #trumpbudget all they do is complain about him

— T¡a (@102hilldrive) May 23, 2017

The left LOVE to bully and intimidate. There is no tolerance coming from the snowflakes over at #theview

— Thundercat (@HellToTheNawNah) May 23, 2017

.@Sunny says Pres. Trump needs to "rise above in these times and become presidential" after he called Manchester attackers "evil losers." pic.twitter.com/i1VYvPcUMy

— The View (@TheView) May 23, 2017

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Senate issues two more subpoenas for Michael Flynn’s documents

HotAir - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 19:21

As Ed noted yesterday, Gen. Michael Flynn said he would plead the 5th Amendment rather than testify or deliver documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee. But the Intel Committee isn’t taking no for an answer and today it issued two more subpoenas to Flynn’s businesses. Politico reports:

President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser has invoked his Fifth Amendment rights in response to the committee’s previous subpoena attempt. Committee leaders are directing the new subpoenas at his businesses, believing they can’t plead the Fifth.

“While we disagree with Gen. Flynn’s lawyer’s interpretation of taking the Fifth, it is even more clear that a business does not have a right to take the Fifth if it’s a corporation,” said top committee Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia. Before becoming Trump’s national security adviser, Flynn ran a consulting firm called the Flynn Intel Group.

Sen. Chuck Schumer is pushing to force Flynn to appear before congress and plead the 5th Amendment, at which point he could be held in contempt. “He should comply and there will be consequences if he doesn’t,” Schumer said Tuesday.

It’s fair to assume Schumer is primarily interested in creating a TV spectacle which might benefit Democrats in 2018, but it sounds as if Republican Chairman Richard Burr isn’t ruling out the possibility of holding Flynn in contempt if he doesn’t respond to the latest subpoenas. “At the end of that option is a contempt charge, and I’ve said that everything is on the table,” Burr said during a press briefing today. But Burr made clear he wasn’t there yet. “We would like to hear from General Flynn. We’d like to see his documents. We’d like him to tell his story because he publicly said ‘I’ve got a story to tell.’ We’re allowing him that opportunity to do it,” Burr said.

Here’s the full statement to the press by Chairman Burr and Vice Chairman Warner:

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‘I retracted nothing!’ Sean Hannity defiant after Fox News pulls this story

The Blaze - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 19:09

Fox News host Sean Hannity has been in the hot seat over his coverage of a controversial story many are calling a conspiracy theory. On his radio show Tuesday he angrily and defiantly said he would press on, despite Fox News pulling one of their articles on the story.

“Just to close the circle here,” he said, “I never, I – the family’s actually on the internet saying they want to find the truth. I, I, feel so badly for this family and what they have been through, and what they are going through, and my thoughts and prayers are with them.”

“This issue is so big now,” Hannity continued. “That the entire Russia-collusion narrative is hanging by a thread, if in fact, take Seth out of it – there was a whistleblower within the DNC, a truth-teller, that actually was the source for WikiLeaks and not Russia, working with the Trump campaign.”

“That, these are questions that I have a moral obligation to ask,” he explained. “And I will do the mainstream media’s job like I have most of my career.”

“Like we got it right on Obama,” he added, “his radicalism, his record, on Trump having a chance to win, on Michael Brown, on Trayvon Martin, on Cambridge police, on Baltimore, we’re right they’re wrong. Like I was right in Atlanta in the Jewell case – when everybody else said, ‘oh he fits the profile of a lone bomber,’ Richard Jewell. I was right then too.”

“And all you in the liberal media,” he concluded, “I am not Fox.com, or FoxNews.com, I retracted nothing!”

Hannity insists that he has a moral obligation to continue peddling the story despite the family of the victim, Seth Rich, pleading with him to stop. In a letter from Seth’s brother Aaron, he appealed to the decency of the executive producer of the Hannity show.

“It is a travesty that you would prompt false conspiracy theories and other people’s agendas rather than work with the family to learn the truth,” it read. “We appeal do your decency to not cause a grieving family more pain and suffering by allowing your platform to be used by someone to drag our family name through the mud.”

According to Hannity, if Seth Rich was murdered for leaking emails to WikiLeaks, then it would exonerate the Russians in the cyber hacking of the DNC, which has been widely blamed as one of the reasons Hillary Clinton lost the election.

In apparent response to his detractors, Hannity tweeted about the story Tuesday, giving no hint that he was to back off:

IMPORTANT! Mediamatters is trying to silence me, get me fired, pressure my advertising on radio & TV. Liberal Fascism. I need your help!!

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 23, 2017

I said publicly over and over to the Rich Family they are in my thoughts and prayers. I m trying to find the truth as the Mom Dad bro asked https://t.co/op11hVRlWW

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 23, 2017

Huge announcement tonight about Seth Rich, Trump/Russian Collusion corrupt media, the liberal effort to silence me. And my future at Fox!

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 23, 2017

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Watch: British news anchor breaks down in tears reporting on Manchester terror attack

The Blaze - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 18:45

Television presenter Susanna Reid broke down on Tuesday’s airing of “Good Morning Britain” while speaking with the mother of 15-year-old Olivia Campbell, who has been missing since Monday night’s terrorist bombing at Manchester Arena.

Speaking with the young girl’s mother — Charlotte Campbell — Reid lost her composure as Campbell began weeping openly while on the phone with Reid and co-host Piers Morgan.

“I cannot image the agony that …” Reid began before taking a moment to regroup. “I cannot imagine what parents are going through this morning.”

Reid began to cry and the show’s producers had to cut away and feature a photo of Olivia instead while Reid composed herself.

“It doesn’t help anybody if I get upset,” Reid can be heard saying quietly off-camera. “You don’t have to be a parent to imagine what people must be going through this morning.”

Charlotte Campbell reached out to “Good Morning Britain” in a plea to spread the news that her daughter is missing. Campbell noted that Olivia attended the concert with her best friend, who she discovered was in the hospital with undetermined injuries.

“I don’t want to say too much because I don’t know how much his parents want me to say,” Campbell told Morgan. “He is very poorly but he’s safe.”

Unfortunately, Campbell has not been briefed by hospitals, police or investigators as to specifics of her daughter’s whereabouts. She was advised by law enforcement officials to remain at home in case Olivia returns as others search the areas for any sign of her daughter.

Nearly 21,000 Ariana Grande fans were in Manchester Arena on Monday night for a stop on Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” world tour when a home-made bomb was detonated after the show concluded.

After the concert ended, lights in the arena were turned back on and concertgoers began exiting the venue. At that time, suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated his homemade explosive, killing at least 22 people and injuring scores more. The suicide bomber also died at the arena.

On Tuesday, ISIS took responsibility for the terror attack, saying, “One of the soldiers of the caliphate placed explosive devices in a gathering of crusaders in the middle of the British city of Manchester.”

See Reid and Campbell’s exchange in the video below.

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Hannity on Fox News’s retracted Seth Rich story: I retract nothing; Update: “Huge announcement”

HotAir - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 18:41

Hard to imagine a clearer sign that Fox News’s news division and its opinion/infotainment division really are, for all intents and purposes, two separate networks sharing studio space.

Here’s our answer to the question I asked in the earlier post about whether Fox’s retraction means Hannity will need to back off this story on his show:

“All you in the liberal media, I am not Fox.com or FoxNews.com, I retracted nothing,” Hannity said on his radio show Tuesday afternoon.

“For those accusing me of pushing a conspiracy theory, you are the biggest phony hypocrites in the world,” he said…

“If in fact, take Seth out of it, there was a whistleblower within the DNC, a truth-teller that actually was the source for WikiLeaks, and not Russia working with the Trump campaign, these are questions that I have a moral obligation to ask and I will do the mainstream media’s job like I have most of my career,” Hannity said.

He tweeted:

I said publicly over and over to the Rich Family they are in my thoughts and prayers. I m trying to find the truth as the Mom Dad bro asked https://t.co/op11hVRlWW

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 23, 2017

The test of “truth” here seems to be Kim Dotcom versus the FBI, Washington P.D., and by extension the Jeff-Sessions-led Trump DOJ, which surely could sniff out a high-level cover-up of Rich’s murder if it suspected one. Even Hannity’s pal Julian Assange refuses to flatly say that Rich provided them with the DNC emails. All he’ll allow is that he didn’t get them from the Russian government. Which is true, even according to U.S. intelligence: Russia uses go-betweens to feed hacked material to Wikileaks. And our guys know their guys’ names, or so they say.

Mediaite has the full 10-minute clip of Hannity ranting about Rich and Wikileaks on the radio today but the part below is the key bit. Tonight’s 10 p.m. hour on Fox should be lit, as the kids say. Exit quotation via John Podhoretz: “Seth Rich’s murder is being used as counter-programming.”

Update: His “future at Fox”?

Huge announcement tonight about Seth Rich, Trump/Russian Collusion corrupt media, the liberal effort to silence me. And my future at Fox!

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 23, 2017

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Firefighters’ union boycotts Puerto Rican Parade for honoring murderous bomber

The Blaze - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 18:25

The union for New York firefighters is boycotting the Puerto Rican parade for honoring Oscar López Rivera, who is considered to be a freedom-fighter by some, but who fought for Puerto Rico’s independence by attacking and killing Americans. And the firefighters aren’t the only ones opting out.

Jake Lemonda, President of the FDNY officers Union, and the Executive Board of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, released a statement explaining the action.

“Oscar Lopez Rivera’s actions led to the death and serious injury of innocent civilians and Police Officers. He is a convicted felon, plain and simple, and one who has not apologized or repented for his cowardly attacks,” he said. “It is also important to note that he has not been pardoned for his crimes; he merely had his sentence shortened. His conviction stands and the idea of honoring someone such as he should be rejected by all.”

Former President Obama shortened Rivera’s sentence from 55 years to 35 years, which he was serving for a conviction involving 70 bombings from 1975 to 1983. Rivera was the leader of FALN, which stands for Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional, or “Armed Forces of National Liberation.” The terrorist group took credit for bombing that killed give people and injured many more.

Other sponsors have bowed out of the parade, including GOYA foods, the Yankees baseball organization, the NYPD Hispanic Association, and the airline JetBlue. New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill also said he would refuse to participate in the parade over the Rivera issue.

“I can’t support a man who was the co-founder of an organization that engaged in over 120 bombings, six people killed and seriously injured police officers,” he said. “I usually do march in most of the parades with the fraternal organizations, but I am not going to be marching this year . . . I am not going to march.”

Other sponsors have not addressed the issue, including AT&T, Coca-Cola, CUNY, the Daily News and the United Federation of Teachers.

The Puerto Rican parade is scheduled for June 11th.

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CNN analyst suggests that Manchester bombing was a right-wing coverup. Outrage follows.

The Blaze - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 18:05

CNN Terror Analyst Paul Cruickshank was reporting live on Anderson Cooper’s “AC360” on Monday night as the Manchester Bombing’s details were unfolding, and during his report noted that the right has been trying to frame Islamists for acts of terrorism.

Cruickshank suggested that though there was evidence of a suicide bomber — confirmed by authorities later that night, and named by law enforcement as 22-year-old Salman Abedi on Tuesday — it couldn’t be confirmed because of purported right-wing plots to sabotage Islamists.

“It must also be noted that in recent months in Europe, there’s been a number of false flag plots where right wing have been trying to blame Islamists for terrorism,” Cruickshank noted and added that “we have seen that in Germany in recent weeks.”

ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombing on Tuesday, issuing a statement that read, “One of the soldiers of the caliphate placed explosive devices in a gathering of crusaders in the middle of the British city of Manchester.”

Approximately 21,000 Ariana Grande fans were in Manchester Arena on Monday night for a stop on Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” world tour.

At the concert’s conclusion, the lights in the arena were raised and attendees began filing out of the building. At that time, suicide bomber Abedi detonated his homemade explosive, killing at least 22 people and injuring scores more. The suicide bomber also perished at the arena.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was “the worst attack the city [of Manchester] has experienced.”

“It is now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester, and of this country, have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack,” May said. “An attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation.”

See some of the outraged responses to Cruickshank’s comments below as well as the original video from CNN.

Paul Cruickshank said right wingers were behind the Manchester terrorist attack. He is a dumb ass of EPIC proportions
via @JaneyMackWriter https://t.co/hVTejO1wnT

— Lucian (@lucianwords) May 23, 2017

@CruickshankPaul Right-Wing extremist huh?

— Raised Right (@Patriot091972) May 23, 2017

@CruickshankPaul Way to have this crackpot on Ur show @CNN @AC360 offering No proof of a RW false flag?? Sorry Paul, it was one of Ur Muslim buddies AGAIN!

— Joe Republic (@aaarocket37) May 23, 2017

@CruickshankPaul "false flag event?" Lol seems legit. Good work I think the keystone cops are hiring. Get them your CV LOL

— ackfog (@ackfog) May 23, 2017

@CruickshankPaul pic.twitter.com/k9N14zVSA2

— Bill (@Bill17683673) May 23, 2017

CNN analyst said Manchester was likely an Islamist attack, but floated the idea it could have been “false flag” by “right wing extremists.” pic.twitter.com/IzgKtU8T0O

— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) May 23, 2017

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Switzerland votes to ban nuclear power and use dubious strategy to replace it

HotAir - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 18:01

There’s nothing like a good popular referendum to get the ball rolling on a new plan. California uses such a method all the time and look how well things are working out for them! (*cough*) Well, a similar vote just took place in Switzerland and the people have spoken in favor of a mandatory plan which will eliminate all nuclear power from the country over the next couple of decades and replace it with… something. (NY Times)

Swiss voters on Sunday backed the government’s plan to ban new nuclear plants, provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy and help bail out struggling utilities.

Provisional final figures from a binding referendum showed support at 58.2 percent under the Swiss system of direct democracy, which gives voters the final say on major policy issues.

The Swiss initiative mirrors efforts to reduce dependence on nuclear power elsewhere in Europe, partly in response to Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2011. Germany intends to phase out nuclear power by 2022; Austria banned it decades ago.

Were I not such a perpetual cheerleader for the idea of democracy, moments like this would have me wondering if perhaps this whole “voting” thing is overrated.

The good news is that they aren’t just shutting down all the nuke plants tomorrow. Switzerland actually has a tremendously successful nuclear power program with an excellent safety record. Their nuclear plants currently supply more than one third of the nation’s total energy needs and do so for very reasonable prices. But the new plan will forbid the construction of any more plants (or replacement facilities) and allow their five plants to go offline at their end of life schedule dates. The first of those hits in two years. In roughly 30 years they will all be gone under this scheme.

So now they need to replace a third of their energy but they don’t want to use more fossil fuels. (Is any of this beginning to sound hauntingly familiar to speeches we heard during the Obama administration?) They plan to get part of the way there by ramping up their hydro-electric capacity. That’s always a good plan, but there’s only so many places you can build dams. So you know where they’re getting the rest, right? They’ll need to boost their solar and wind energy production to at least four or five times its current levels. (At the moment they account for a whopping 4% of their juice on the grid.) How do you get there? Why, they’re going to charge consumers more money and provide subsidies to the renewable energy interests!

That’s just perfect. And if you’re not having bad flashbacks by now and hearing names like Solyndra whispering in your ear then you haven’t been paying attention. We’ve already tried that here and we’ve got egg on our faces. And that’s in a huge country with a lot of different terrain. Take a look at where Switzerland is on the map. How much solar do you think they’re going to get going? I’ll grant you they might up their wind energy output on some of the slopes where it doesn’t get too cold in the winter, but color me dubious.

Their government energy minister is telling them that the voters will each only have to pay about 40 bucks per year more to make all this happen. Critics with experience in the energy industry predict it’s going to be something closer to three thousand. That debate should sound familiar to you as well. Do they not have access to American newspapers in Switzerland? Somebody should buy them a subscription. It might be an eye opening experience.

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Homeless man shares how he aided victims of the Manchester terror attack

The Blaze - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 17:44

A man who described himself as homeless is being hailed as a hero online after coming to the aid of victims of a terrorist attack in Manchester, England, Monday night.

The suicide bombing attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester left at least 22 people, including children, dead. Dozens more were injured. Police said that the bomber, Salman Abedi, loaded the explosive with nails in order to increase the damage.

According to ITV News, Stephen Jones was sleeping outside near the arena Monday evening. When he heard the blast, he initially thought it was fireworks.

“I then realized what was happening and saw children coming out, screaming and covered in blood,” Jones, 35, told ITV News.

Jones described the chaotic scene he encountered as people left the concert venue.

“We were having to pull nails out of their arms and stuff and a couple out of this little girl’s face,” he said.

Another woman, Jones told the station, was injured on her side, so he and a friend helped hold her legs up “because we thought she was just going to bleed right out.”

“I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself for walking away and leaving kids like that,” he said.

“Just because I’m homeless doesn’t mean that I haven’t got a heart and I’m not human still,” he said. “They needed help and I like to think that someone would come and help me if I needed the help. It’s just instinct to go and help if someone needs your help.”

Twitter users praised Jones’ actions.

What a man, has absolutely nothing and gave his all. Literally every part of Manchester pulled together last night❤️ https://t.co/1bEXenDQF9

— Tweedle Dum (@LiammH_) May 23, 2017

Let's hope it's reciprocated and someone rushes to help Steve #Manchester @manchesterCouncil #homelessness @RadioManchester https://t.co/ABt17bHqSz

— Minnie's Mum (@miniesmum) May 23, 2017

https://twitter.com/MarkHughes_/status/867005429611716609

A man who has 'nothing' in the world's eyes gave everything in #Manchester last night. Honour these children with stories like this. https://t.co/5zkJzWAdMp

— Christian Guy (@ChristianGuy_) May 23, 2017

The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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British prime minister: Terror threat raised to “critical,” another attack may be imminent

HotAir - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 17:31

At first the bomber was assumed to be a “lone wolf,” then a “known wolf.” Then British police arrested someone in connection with last night’s attack. Now they have intelligence that a second attack may be impending, pushing the terror threat level to “critical” for the first time in 10 years. How big is this cell?

The practical effect of raising the threat level is that the British military will be deployed to support the police in guarding “key sites” around the country. That’s not going to make libertarians happy, but luckily for Theresa May there aren’t many of those left in the UK. It’s a smart hedge against the risk of a follow-up attack whether one is truly likely or not. She’s 16 days out from a national election; if a second bomber strikes, the narrative will shift from “those ISIS bastards” to “those ISIS bastards — but why was the government caught off-guard?” With boots on the ground across Britain, she can say that she’s doing everything possible to prevent a second strike.

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Student government rules that ‘gendered’ terms like ‘brotherhood’ are discriminatory

The Blaze - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 17:29

And the snowflake train keeps chugging down the track.

Seems some students at the University of Rochester complained that fraternities, sororities and other gender-specific campus groups use terms such as “men of principle,” “young men” and “group of women” in their promotional materials, according to the school’s All-Campus Judicial Council.

The rub? Such words, the complaining students said, amount to “textual discrimination.”

The ruling also took issue with campus organizations whose names included a reference to gender, including the “Here Comes Treble All-Male A Capella” group and “Women’s Curling” — even in cases where the group has no gender restrictions.

Not only that, but the petitioners also complained that nine club sport groups as well as three a capella groups use descriptions such as “all-male” and “ensemble of 12 women” in their membership materials.

Yes,  “Women’s Curling” and “Here Comes Treble All-Male A Capella” were cited as examples.

In the end, the judicial branch of the Students’ Associated Government agreed with the petitioners — and in its ruling, published earlier in May, indicated that SAG resources will not be available to violators.

“Even if an organization’s practices are not discriminatory based on gender, presence of gendered language in a constitution amounts to de facto discrimination in that it promotes a chilling effect on the number of students seeking membership in that group,” the ruling said.

It noted that groups with “historically gendered words” in their monikers — such as “fraternity” and “brotherhood” — can no longer use such words.

“A name, even more than a constitution, may unintentionally turn away potential members with gendered language,” the SAG ruling said.

(H/T: Heat Street)

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Washington Post: Say, these radical Islamists don’t like women very much

HotAir - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 17:01

We know the suicide bomber’s name, but still don’t know precisely what motivated the selection of this venue on this night. The Washington Post published a story today which poses a question about the Manchester attack: Was the Ariana Grande concert targeted simply because it offered a large crowd of vulnerable targets or was this intended to be an attack on western women?

Previous bomb attacks in Brussels and Paris have targeted airports, subway stations, and theaters. An attack in Nice and one in Berlin targeted crowded pedestrian areas. In each of these cases, the goal appears to have been to find a large concentration of people to maximize the death toll of the attack.

But the Manchester attack was not only a crowd but one made up primarily of young women. So it’s possible the goal here wasn’t merely to kill and terrorize but to kill and terrorize a specific group: young, western women. The Washington Post suggests maybe that shouldn’t be so surprising:

“It’s very well known that misogyny is deeply rooted in the radical Islamist worldview,” said Shashank Joshi, a senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a London-based think tank…

“There’s a connection between the targeting of a concert like this and the enslavement of young girls in northern Iraq,” said Joshi.

For Joshi, Islamist ideology has long used the hatred of women as a starting point for condemning Western society seen as immoral and “decadent.”…

“If you go back to early Islamist documents,” he said, “misogyny and cultural hostility have often been two sides of the same coin.”

This is the kind of thing that does not show up in the newspaper except after a deadly incident like this. Most of the time, the only mention of radical Islam is to mock someone for using the phrase. In fact, even today some progressives are trying to blame the Manchester attack on misogyny without identifying the source of that misogyny:

When a man straps on a bomb of nails, goes to woman's concert to kill an audience of women and girls – IT'S A SAFE BET SEXISM IS INVOLVED.

— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) May 23, 2017

Frankly, if you want to pretend that violence is not about the hatred of women? I think you've got some issues you need to work out. PRONTO.

— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) May 23, 2017

I don’t think anyone is denying this attack shows a disgusting hatred of women and girls. And as the Post story suggests, it’s no coincidence that ISIS enslaves women or that the Taliban hates girls getting an education or that Boko Haram has targeted school girls in particular. The question is this: What do all these groups have in common? Because whatever that is, that’s where we should probably be focusing the response to this attack.

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Rush: Melania didn’t slap Trump’s hand away, she gave him a “modified fist bump”

HotAir - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 16:31

Made me laugh, as the Trumps don’t strike me as a fist-bump sort of couple. But judge for yourself in case you missed John’s post earlier this afternoon:

It’s not a fist bump. I don’t think this is right either:

Unpopular opinion: I don't think Melania slapped away @realDonaldTrump's hand, I think they just awkwardly missed each other's hands.

— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) May 23, 2017

If they missed each other’s hands, FLOTUS would have turned and grabbed his hand after the miss. But I don’t think she slapped it away either. It’s too hard to believe that the first couple would have a public spat on a high-profile trip with cameras pointed at them every second. Every day in America, a million couples power through social engagements together with smiling faces even though they’re privately mad at each other over something. If they can keep up appearances during their kid’s friend’s birthday party or whatever, the Trumps can and surely are doing the same during a red-carpet reception by the prime minister of Israel. Besides, you know how this White House leaks. If Melania were pissed at her husband, that would be in evidence at other semi-private moments with staff around and it would have been dished to 75 different media outlets by now. I don’t think she rejected him.

Although the possibility can’t be ruled out.

I don’t know what happened. Maybe FLOTUS didn’t see that he was reaching for her and they made contact incidentally? That’s my best guess. Nearly six million views and counting for the YouTube clip above, though.

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Saying ‘sex-reassignment surgery’ is apparently out. New PC term is ‘gender-confirmation surgery.’

The Blaze - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 16:02

It appears an even more politically correct term is on the rise that may soon replace the tried-and-true “sex-reassignment surgery” or “gender-reassignment surgery,” both of which used to be called “sex-change operation” before the PC winds blew through our cultural branches.

Drum roll, please: You may now begin uttering “gender-confirmation surgery.”

Seemingly inherent in this latest euphemistic incarnation is the ever-growing notion that we can choose not only what gender we’d like to be — but also we can up the “truth” ante with respect to transgender pursuits. Incidentally, some synonyms of “confirmation” include: corroboration, verification, proof, testimony, endorsement, authentication and evidence.

The use of “gender-confirmation surgery” looks to be a trend within the media landscape of late:

Huffington Post headline: “California Killer Is First U.S. Inmate To Have State-Funded Gender Confirmation Surgery”

Teen Vogue headline: “A Transgender Teenager Documented Her Gender Confirmation Surgery”

CBS News headline: “How to pay for expensive gender confirmation surgery”

Washington Post headline: “VA considers gender-confirming surgery for veterans”

NBC News story: “She said she has been on hormone replacement therapy since 2013 and repeatedly tried to get gender-confirmation surgery in the past.”

CNN article: “Just 33% of trans people report undergoing some form of gender-confirming surgery.”

As for the origin of the term, The Daily Wire points to a Huffington Post piece by plastic surgeon Loren S. Schechter — in which he asked, “‘Gender Confirmation Surgery’: What’s in a Name?”

“For more than 11 years, I have performed gender confirmation surgery as part of my surgical practice,” Schechter wrote. “I call it ‘gender confirmation surgery’ because I believe that out of the myriad labels I’ve heard for the procedure — ‘sex reassignment surgery,’ ‘gender reassignment surgery,’ and ‘sex change operation,’ to name but a few — none is as accurate when it comes to describing what is actually taking place as ‘gender-confirmation surgery.'”

He concludes by asking readers to enforce the use of “gender-confirmation surgery” in their everyday interactions.

“So next time you hear someone speak about a ‘sex change,’ ‘sex reassignment operation,’ or some related moniker, you may want to consider encouraging the messenger to use a more accurate name for the procedure, like ‘gender-confirmation surgery,'” Schechter wrote. “Just a thought.”

(H/T: The Daily Wire)

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DHS: More than 700K visa overstays in 2016 alone

HotAir - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 16:01

Forget about the wall or deportations or travel bans. These days, if you so much as suggest something as relatively mild as a fresh look at the number of visas we issue and how we track them you are identified as obviously being a racist. After all, we’re not talking about ISIS bombers swimming across Lake Erie to get into our country from Canada, right? These are tourists or students or temporary workers who just want to help.

Unfortunately, while that’s a popular line of argument in the legacy media these days, the visa programs currently in place have problems. And the Department of Homeland Security has highlighted yet another uncomfortable factoid for us this month, saying that more than 700K visitors of various sorts came to the United States on visas in the past fiscal year and failed to leave when they were supposed to. That we know of… (ABC News)

More than half a million foreigners stayed in the United States after their visas expired during the last fiscal year, according to a new report released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Monday.

Of the more than 50 million foreigners that entered the U.S., 1.47 percent — or 739,478 people — stayed in the country past the length of their visa. That includes those who stay one day over their allowable time, as well as people who have no intention of ever leaving the U.S.

This report shows that “we have a problem with visa overstays in the United States,” said a senior DHS official Monday, pointing out that the number of people who stayed in the U.S. illegally is close to the population of Seattle.

“The integrity of our immigration system is at stake,” the official added.

Before we get too alarmed (though this is still alarming beyond a doubt) it’s worth noting that not all 700K of those people disappeared into the shadows. Those figures include people who stayed too long by as little as a single day. While to be discouraged, that could include people who simply got bumped from their flight or came down with the flu. But there were plenty more than enough who wound up staying for a very long time or, as DHS put it, never had any intention of leaving in the first place.

So where are they coming from? The largest numbers seem to be concentrated in the nations who take part in the Visa Waiver Program with us. The most common offenders there are listed as having come from the U.K., Germany, Italy and France. Those all sound benign until you realize that those countries have all experienced terror related issues from some of their own citizens who obtained training in causing mayhem and then unleashed it on their own countrymen. Gives you something to think about, eh?

As for visa overstays from countries not participating in the program, they’re from all over the globe. Brazil had the most by a long shot, with other high totals coming from Venezuela, China, Colombia and Nigeria according to the report. Just having Venezuela on the list is enough to keep you awake at night these days.

The various visa programs are all in need of a fresh look and probably a slowdown in how many are given out until we can get a better handle on the situation. We still have no solid method of tracking people while they are in the country and, as this report shows, we’re still not where we need to be in terms of identifying the ones that actually do leave so they can be checked off the list. We’ve started developing facial recognition software applications at some airports, but as soon as you do that you’re once again immediately labeled as a racist. If you won’t let us fix the problem then at least cut down on the number of visas being issued for a while.

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A Loud Bang, Silence, Then 'Loads of Girls Screaming'

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:36
Yeginsu & Smith, NY Times
MANCHESTER, England — It was that moment after the music ends. The pop star, Ariana Grande, had finished the encore of her “Dangerous Woman” concert, and the shrieks of teenagers and others had subsided. The stage show was over, the arena lights had gone up, and fans were clutching pink balloons that had dropped from the rafters — souvenirs from a special night.
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Former Clinton Campaign Chair: Trump Is Insane, But It's Too Early To Call For His Impeachment

Townhall.com - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:35
Also, James Comey played a role in sinking Clinton--they're still stuck on this
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Christian staffer files lawsuit after school threatens to fire her for saying: ‘I will pray for you’

The Blaze - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:32

A Baptist mother and school staffer has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against a Maine school system after administrators reportedly threatened to fire her for privately telling a co-worker she would pray for him.

The complaint was filed earlier this month on behalf of Toni Richardson, an educational technician at Cony High School, which is part of the Augusta School Department, by the local law firm Eaton Peabody and the First Liberty Institute of Plano, Texas.

Richardson is awaiting a response from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

“We want to make sure that teachers and employees everywhere understand that you can certainly talk about your faith in private conversations at work,” Jeremy Dys, senior counsel for First Liberty, told the Baptist Press. “And that no employee, whether at a school district or elsewhere, should be punished or be threatened with dismissal for engaging in private conversations that say something like, ‘I’m praying for you.’

“What we have … is a Constitution that provides neutrality by the government towards religion. And instead … we’re seeing an increasing hostility towards the free exercise of religion by state actors,” Dys said.

According to First Liberty’s account of the incident, which took place in September 2016, the co-worker, a fellow member at the Baptist church in Augusta, Maine, where Richardson leads a nursing home ministry, thanked her for her prayers.

“Even though the co-worker thanked Toni, the Augusta Schools Department interrogated her, asking whether she had ever identified herself to co-workers as a Christian or privately told a colleague she was praying for him,” First Liberty’s news release said.

But a Cony High School memorandum issued in mid-September last year tells an entirely different story. The memo, which addressed “staff relationships,” warned Richardson about her use of religious language in school.

The school claimed Richardson lodged a complaint against a male teacher whom she alleged behaved aggressively toward her during an encounter. The Cony High School administrators concluded that the Christian staffer “imposed some strong religious/spiritual belief system toward” the teacher.

“Stating, ‘I will pray for you,’ and, ‘You were in my prayers,’ is not acceptable — even if that other person attends the same church as you,” school officials warned Richardson.

“In the case of Everson v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court applied the ‘establishment clause’ of the First Amendment to the states. In the context of the ‘separation of church and state,’ this case prohibits public school-sponsored religious expression,” the memo states. “Therefore, in the future, it is imperative you do not use phrases that integrate public and private belief systems when in the public schools.”

“Going forward, I expect when you disagree with a staff member, you will address it in a discrete and professional manner with no reference to your spiritual or religious beliefs,” the statement said.

If Richardson disobeyed the memorandum, the officials noted, she would be “subject to disciplinary action and/or possible dismissal.”

In a statement to the Baptist Press, Richardson said she was “shocked” by the school’s actions against her for her private conversations with fellow co-workers.

“I was shocked that my employer punished me for privately telling a co-worker, ‘I will pray for you,’” she told the outlet. “I am afraid that I will lose my job if someone hears me privately discussing my faith with a co-worker.”

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Tuesday TEMS: Andrew Malcolm, Jeff Dunetz, Jeffrey Addicott

HotAir - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:31

Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), we have another great lineup for the news of the day! The show will be streamed on Hot Air’s Facebook page and embedded here and on the show page for those who are not on Facebook. (If it’s muted, right-click the video and choose Unmute.) Join us as we welcome:

  • Andrew Malcolm joins us for Tuesdays with Andrew! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss all of the hot political stories of the day. Could Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel be a blessing in disguise for Donald Trump? Andrew makes the case in today’s McClatchy DC column, and we’ll debate it.
  • Jeff Dunetz has been following Trump’s maiden voyage through Saudi Arabia and Israel. He’ll bring us up to date on the firsts Trump has racked up so far.
  • Will Kristian Saucier get a pardon from Donald Trump? Professor Jeffrey Addicott of the Center for Terrorism Law has represented the Navy sailor convicted under 18 USC 793, whose case became a national issue during the probe into Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server. We’ll discuss his case, the status of his clemency request, and the general issues surrounding these prosecutions. Don’t miss it!

The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic chatroom can be seen on the permanent TEMS page. Be sure to join us, and don’t forget to keep up with the debate on my Facebook page, too!

How can Republicans and conservatives keep the momentum going? Find out in GOING REDpublished in April from Crown Forum!

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President Duterte declares martial law in Philippines

HotAir - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:01

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law on the southern island of Mindanao Tuesday. Duterte, who was on a trip to Russia to meet with Vladimir Putin, will cut his trip short and return home. Duterte’s action was prompted by a chaotic battle between Philippine security forces and a group linked to ISIS. From the Associated Press:

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said troops raided the hideout of a top terrorist suspect in southern Marawi city on Tuesday, sparking a gunbattle that prompted the militants to call for reinforcements from an allied group, the Maute. He said dozens of gunmen occupied city hall, a hospital and a jail and burned a Catholic church, a jail, a college and some houses in a bold attack that killed at least two soldiers and a police officer and wounded 12 others.

Several militants were killed in the fighting in Marawi city in Lanao del Sur province, about 830 kilometers (520 miles) south of Manila, but others continued to lay siege to the largely Muslim city of more than 200,000 people, officials said, adding that power was cut in the city in a chaotic scene.

“The whole of Marawi city is blacked out, there is no light, and there are Maute snipers all around,” Lorenzana said in the news conference in Moscow, which was broadcast live in the Philippines.

Duterte has been sharply criticized for his ruthless approach to fighting drug dealers in the country. From the Guardian:

After more than 20 years as mayor of Davao, Duterte won the presidential election last May with promises to rid the country of drugs and crime, to kill every drug dealer and user, and to feed their corpses to the fish in Manila Bay…

The death toll of the president’s drug war in the nine months since he took office at the end of June has topped more than 2,500 killings by police and 3,600 by vigilantes. Agencies including Amnesty quote a total figure of more than 7,000 dead. But many Filipinos gloss over the killings and Duterte’s poll ratings remain high.

Given that track record, there is concern Duterte will not tread lightly given the additional powers of martial law. He had previously warned on several occasions that he might declare martial law in order to deal with the drug trade and the threat of terrorism. But as the Washington Post points out, people in the Philippines still remember the last time a President declared martial law: “In 1972, then-President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law to ensure that he would remain in power beyond the end of his second term the following year.” Marcos ruled for 14 additional years and was finally overthrown in 1986.

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