This Was Not A Terror Attack In Queens

This was a routine axe murderer with Islamic sympathies who hated white folks.

And if you want to read about it, check the British press.

An axe-wielding man who attacked four police officers posing for a photograph on a busy street in New York has been shot dead.

Two policemen were wounded in the attack, one critically, before the suspect was shot by two other police officers. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

New York police say at this stage there is no known motive for the attack. When asked whether it may have been related to terrorism, Police Commissioner William Bratton said: “This early on, we really cannot say yes or no to that question.”

The man pulled a small axe from a rucksack he was carrying and charged at officers at around 2pm on Thursday afternoon in a busy shopping area in Queens, a New York Police Department spokesman said.
The officers were on foot patrol when they were asked by a freelance photographer to pose for a picture.

Suddenly the man, who was seen on a street corner crouching down to pull the hatchet out of backpack just moments before, ran at the officers, swinging it and striking one officer in the right arm and then swinging it again and striking a second officer in the head, the spokesman said.

Go to the link to see the still image and the security video of the dude with the axe. Then let us know if you think he’s a terrorist or not.

– Aggie

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The Fast And Furious Coverup: Eric Holder, His Wife, His Mom! And Valerie Jarrett

We’ve been so busy with ebola and terror and we almost let this slip by. Almost.

President Obama’s trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, was a key player in the effort to cover-up that Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about the Fast and Furious scandal, according to public records obtained by Judicial Watch.

The information is part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) “Vaughn index” detailing records about the gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious. JW had to sue the agency for the records after the Obama administration failed to provide them under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A federal court ordered the DOJ to provide the records over the agency’s objections. Yesterday JW reported on the broad information in the records, including that Obama asserted executive privilege for Holder’s wife as part of the administration’s efforts to cover up the scandal.

Practically lost in the 1,000-plus pages of records is an index that shows Jarrett was brought in to manage the fact that Holder lied to Congress after the story about the disastrous gun-running operation broke in the media. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) ran the once-secret program that allowed guns from the U.S. to be smuggled into Mexico so they could eventually be traced to drug cartels. Instead, federal law enforcement officers lost track of hundreds of weapons which have been used in an unknown number of crimes, including the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona.

The files received by JW include three electronic mails between Holder and Jarrett and one from former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke to Jarrett. The e-mails with Holder are all from October 4, 2011, a significant date because, on the evening of October 3rd, Sheryl Attkisson (then at CBS news) released documents showing that Holder had been sent a briefing paper on Operation Fast and Furious on June 5, 2010. The paper was from the director of the National Drug Intelligence Center, Michael Walther.

This directly contradicted Holder’s May 3, 2011 testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, during which he stated that he, “probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.” The October 4, 2011 date may also be significant because it came shortly after the August 30, 2011 resignation of U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke and reassignment of acting ATF director Kenneth Melson to the position of “senior forensics advisor” at DOJ.

The description of one of the e-mails, written from Jarrett to Holder, reads, “re: personnel issues.” Another, also from Jarrett, reads, “outlining and discussing preferred course of action for future responses in light of recent development in congressional investigation.” Unfortunately, the index is vague and that’s all the information we have about them. Nevertheless, given the timing and subject of these e-mails, it seems clear that Jarrett quickly became a key player in the Fast and Furious cover-up in the immediate aftermath of the revelation that Holder had lied to Congress.

Ah, but that’s nothing. The really interesting stuff is the fact the Obama is claiming executive privilege for both Holder’s wife and mommy:

Judicial Watch announced today that it received from the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) a “Vaughn index” detailing records about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. The index was forced out of the Obama administration thanks to JW’s June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent September 2012 FOIA lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-01510)). A federal court had ordered the production over the objections of the Obama Justice Department.

The document details the Attorney General Holder’s personal involvement in managing the Justice Department’s strategy on media and Congressional investigations into the Fast and Furious scandal. Notably, the document discloses that emails between Attorney General Holder and his wife Sharon Malone – as well as his mother – are being withheld under an extraordinary claim of executive privilege as well as a dubious claim of deliberative process privilege under the Freedom of Information Act. The “First Lady of the Justice Department” is a physician and not a government employee.

This is the first time that the Obama administration has provided a detailed listing of all records being withheld from Congress and the American people about the deadly Fast and Furious gun running scandal. The 1307-page “draft” Vaughn index was emailed to Judicial Watch at 8:34 p.m. last night, a few hours before a federal court-ordered deadline. In its cover letter, the Department of Justice asserts that all of the responsive records described in the index are “subject to the assertion of executive privilege.”

Much of the media will refuse to cover this, and I suppose it doesn’t matter, because the public doesn’t know Fast and Furious from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. But I’m posting it for the record.

– Aggie

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How The Left “Thinks”

Yet another example of willful ignorance. Why are we obsessed with the religion of the Ottawa attacker?

Our obsession with the Ottawa shooter’s religion reveals more about us than about him

I kid you not; that is the title of the piece. Why, oh why, should we concern ourselves with his faith?

Yesterday, the media reported that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the man allegedly responsible for a horrifying shooting spree in and around the Canadian parliament, was a convert to Islam. News reports on the shooting then spent much of the day fixated on that unconfirmed fact — even though there is as yet no evidence that his religion was a motivation for his actions. More sensational coverage discussed dubious social-media connections to ISIS.

These reports imply that because Zehaf-Bibeau was Muslim, jihad is the likely motivation for his attack. But at this stage, without any actual evidence, it makes no more sense to come to that conclusion than it would to assume that he was motivated by Quebecois separatism, just because he was from Quebec. At this point, our focus on the Ottawa shooter’s religion says more about our own fears than it does about anything to do with Islamist terrorism.

On some level, of course, this feels like an obvious connection to make. ISIS dominates the news right now and we hear story after story of people from Western countries joining its jihadist campaign. Surely, it seems, Zehaf-Bibeau’s religion must be relevant to the terrible crimes he committed yesterday?

But those assumptions start to break down upon a little closer examination. Is the theory that the only reason a Muslim would kill is in the name of Jihad? Muslims are just like anyone else, for better or worse, which means that just as an act of generosity by a person who is Muslim does not mean that act was motivated by Islam, a murder committed by a Muslim was not necessarily driven by Islamist extremism.

And on it goes… The writer wishes to make herself (and the rest of us) as stupid as possible. This is just breathtaking stupidity. I don’t even have a way to categorize it or a decent simile. It isn’t like asking why we have to eat, or why the sky is blue, because those questions have interesting answers. Instead, it seems to be saying – screaming – LIKE ME BECAUSE I AM SO GOOD!!! What is wrong with this writer????

– Aggie

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Boko’s Harem

Bring back, bring back,
Oh, bring back our girls to us…

Dozens of women and girls from two villages in Nigeria’s north-eastern Adamawa state have been abducted by suspected militants, residents say.

The abductions have not been confirmed by the authorities, but residents say they took place a day after the military announced it had agreed a ceasefire with the Boko Haram group.

The government hopes the Islamist group will free more than 200 girls seized in April as part of negotiations.

Boko Haram has not confirmed the truce.

I think they’ve confirmed the lack thereof.

Say, I just thought of something…

Did anyone try saying “please”? I bet even Islamic terrorists like to be asked nicely.

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So Much for Diversity and Tolerance

First, language requirements; what’s next, ID cards?

The Navajo Nation’s top court on Wednesday tossed one of the presidential candidates off of the ballot, ruling in a case that touched a raw cultural nerve.

In a three-page decision, the Navajo Supreme Court upheld earlier rulings that Christopher C. Deschene was not qualified to seek the tribe’s top elected post after the candidate refused to demonstrate whether he is fluent in the Navajo language.

Tribal law requires presidential candidates on the reservation, the largest in the U.S., to be fluent in the language, part of the Navajo cultural identity as well as a practical necessity in a region where many people adhere to the traditional ways and language.

Hey, Lizzie Warren! How do you say “tenure track” in Cherokee? She’s out.

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What’s Next, “Shiftless”?

Yesterday, we heard a member of the liberal media refer to “lazy blacks”—much to our disgust. But we should have waited.

Today, we learn they’re also ignorant:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: What about the attempt to intimidate them out of voting?

DAVID CORN: That’s true. That’s happening in Texas, North Carolina, Georgia. And when you do that, when people want to vote or they are thinking about an election, they do get ticked off and it motivates them. But the question is, as Wesley just indicated, they’re so distant from this election that they may not even know that they’re not being allowed to vote. And then you have candidates in some of these key states who are trying to — Democratic candidates — who are trying to distance themselves from Barack Obama. Alison Grimes, Kay Hagan. And so it’s hard to have a two-level strategy.

I would try to mock that, but I don’t even understand it. It can only be, as Donna Brazille said (see below), a “big ass lie”.

I just wish the Left would stop hating on black people. It’s so unbecoming. Robert Byrd is blushing in his grave.

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“I Can See Canada From My House”

I guess even articulate presidents have off days:

QUESTION: Can you say something about Canada?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Oh, thank you very much. I appreciate — thank you. I had a chance to talk with Prime Minister Harper this afternoon. Obviously, the situation there is tragic. Just two days ago, a Canadian soldier had been killed in an attack. We now know that another young man was killed today. And I expressed on behalf of the American people our condolences to the family and to the Canadian people as a whole.

We don’t yet have all the information about what motivated the shooting. We don’t yet have all the information about whether this was part of a broader network or plan, or whether this was an individual or series of individuals who decided to take these actions. But it emphasizes the degree to which we have to remain vigilant when it comes to dealing with these kinds of acts of senseless violence or terrorism.

Hey, at least we got “terrorism” out of him.

And it’s very important I think for us to recognize that when it comes to dealing with terrorist activity, that Canada and the United States has to be entirely in sync. We have in the past; I’m confident we will continue to do so in the future. And Prime Minister Harper was very appreciative of the expressions of concern by the American people.

I had a chance to travel to the Parliament in Ottawa. I’m very familiar with that area and am reminded of how warmly I was received and how wonderful the people there were.

You’ve been to Ottawa, Mr. President? Cool! And of course, they loved you. Who doesn’t?

Q What does the Canadian attack mean to U.S. security, Mr. President?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we don’t have enough information yet. So as we understand better exactly what happened, this obviously is something that we’ll make sure to factor in, in the ongoing efforts that we have to counter terrorist attacks in our country.

Every single day we have a whole lot of really smart, really dedicated, really hardworking people — including a couple in this room — who are monitoring risks and making sure that we’re doing everything we need to do to protect the American people.

I just wish the election would get here “really” soon. I’m really sick of this.

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Is This the Little Girl I Buried?

Despite my carefully crafted, jealously guarded, image as a Neanderthal, I don’t really dig snuff films.

But I love the scripts!

A video posted on the Internet shows the stoning of a woman accused of adultery in the Hama area in Syria. In the video, an official from the Islamic State is shown administering the proceedings, at the end of which, the woman is led to a hole in the ground, where she is stoned to death by her father and other men present.

ISIS Member: […] This punishment is the result of the actions you did of your free will. Nobody forced you to do this. Therefore, you should be satisfied with the ruling decreed by Allah, and submit to Allah. Islam means submission and obedience to Allah, okay? Are you pleased with the punishment decreed by Allah?

Woman nods her head

Good.

He turns to the father of the woman

Is there anything you would like to say to your daughter?

Father: No.

Woman: Ask him to forgive me.

Father: I won’t!

[…]

I am not your father anymore.

I’ll spare you the family melodrama and cut to the chase:

ISIS Member: Tie her up. Put the blanket on her head. Sheik, tie her up.

Say that there is no god but Allah. Say that there is no god but Allah. Say: There is no god but Allah, and I ask forgiveness from Allah. We now begin the implementation of the first stoning punishment for adultery in the rural area east of Hama.

The woman is pelted to death with large stones by her father and the men surrounding her

Don’t confuse this with Islam. Islam is a religion of peace. Not the same thing at all.

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“Go [Bleep] Yourself, Gringo”

Try not to let these stories destroy your faith in the integrity of the voting process.

Story number one: The Box Stuffer

A Republican party official in the largest county in Arizona says surveillance tape shows a progressive Hispanic activist blatantly and openly engaging in vote fraud.

A. J. LaFaro, Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee obtained the video. He was watching the polls that day during the early-voting period voting for the Aug. 26 primary.

Between 12:54 and 1:04, LaFaro said, he observed a man wearing a “Citizens for a Better Arizona” T-shirt loudly drop a box containing hundreds of early-voting ballots on a table.

Citizens for a Better Arizona is a progressive group.

The man then began “stuffing the ballot box,” LaFaro said. “I watched in amazement.”

There’s no sound in the video, but the county Republican Committee chairman gave a play-by-play of the conversation that occurred between him and the unidentified man.

“What’s your problem?” the man asked, according to LaFaro.

“I don’t have a problem,” LaFaro said.

“Stop watching me,” the man reportedly demanded. “You’re annoying me.”

LaFaro kept watching him. At one point, he advised the man: “One of your ballots isn’t sealed.”

“It’s none of your business,” the man then reportedly said. “What’s your name?”

LaFaro told him his name and that he is the county Republican Committee chairman. He asked the man’s name.

“Go fuck yourself!” the man allegedly replied. “I don’t have to tell you who I am.”

There was some drama over that unsealed ballot.

At a later point, LaFaro claims, the man said, “Go fuck yourself, gringo.”

In an interview with The Daily Caller, LaFaro described the man as “extremely militant” and “threatening.”

He described the video as the final result of a process he called a “ballot harvest” by a progressive operative.

“What is captured on the tape demonstrates the end result of what we believe to be vote fraud,” he told TheDC.

“This is a smoking gun that ballot harvesting actually does happen.”

Story number two: The Big Ass Lie

Many liberals are adamant there is no threat of voter fraud that justifies efforts to improve the integrity of elections. “There is no real concrete evidence of voter fraud,” tweeted Donna Brazile, former acting chair of the Democratic National Committee, this week. “It’s a big ass lie.”

James O’Keefe, the guerilla filmmaker who brought down the ACORN voter-registration fraudsters in 2010 and forced the resignation of NPR executives, politely disagrees. Today, he is releasing some new undercover footage that raises disturbing questions about ballot integrity in Colorado, the site of fiercely contested races for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, and the governorship. When he raised the issue of filling out some of the unused ballots that are mailed to every household in the state this month, he was told by Meredith Hicks, the director of Work for Progress, a liberal group funded by Democratic Super PACS.: “That is not even like lying or something, if someone throws out a ballot, like if you want to fill it out you should do it.” She then brazenly offered O’Keefe, disguised as a middle-aged college instructor, a job with her group.

Story number three: HAL

Jim Moynihan, Republican candidate for the Illinois State House, went in today to vote early, and to vote for himself. But when he touched the screen mark his name, it was his Democratic opponent’s name that registered the vote.

“While early voting at the Schaumburg Public Library today, I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan told Illinois Review. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”

Every time he touched the screen for a Republican the machine registered it as a vote for the Democrat. “Clearly, I am concerned that citizens will be unable to vote for the candidate of their choice, especially if they are in a hurry and do not double check their ballot,” Moynihan said.

If only Democrats valued democracy.

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Why We Haven’t Cured Ebola

The bunnies needed their rubdowns:

Tom Coburn is going out with a bang with his final “Wastebook.”

In it, the retiring Oklahoma senator laces into the National Institutes of Health for complaining about lack of Ebola research money while NIH investigates the effect of Swedish massages on rabbits.

This particular study on rodent rubdowns cost $387,000 — a tiny fraction of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ more than $4 billion budget. But the ranking member of the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee cites many “unnecessary” spending programs that continue while NIH officials argue that important disease research has slowed.

The NIH director “claims a vaccine for Ebola ‘probably’ would have been developed by now if not for the stagnant funding for the agency, which has a $30 billion annual budget. Yet NIH did come up with the money to pay to give Swedish massages for rabbits,” Coburn writes.

Coburn notes that after the spa treatment, the rabbits were euthanized, so “those feet were not so lucky after all.”

Coburn identifies $2.1 million as the sum of the four NIH programs. NIH officials did not immediately comment.

Imagine how easily Ebola might have been cured if they had infected the bunnies and experimented with treatments, rather than give them “happy endings” (or maybe not so happy).

PS: I looked into the other wasteful boondoggle, origami condoms, but the missus told me to take it elsewhere:

Not that I blame her.

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CORRECTION

It looks like you might have to apologize to the Mennonite community, Aggie.

Looks like the Canadian jihadist might have had other religious leanings:

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau has been identified as the shooting suspect at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday. One soldier who was shot and rushed to hospital later died of his injuries while three other shooting victims remain in hospital.

Canadian police are investigating Michael Zehaf-Bibeau after two U.S. officials said that U.S. agencies have been advised that the shooter was a Canadian convert to Islam. One of the officials said that the man was from Quebec.

The gunman was reportedly dressed in all black and had a scarf over his face.

I wouldn’t call the evidence of his Islamic affiliation iron-clad, but suspicions are justified:

Long before the attack took place, Canadian intelligence experts were assessing the possibility of a terrorist assault, IBT reported. Indeed a report by NBC News, published in early October, said that the country’s top officials were investigating at least 90 people suspected of being involved in terrorism activities.

”Intelligence officials tell NBC News that Canadian authorities have heard would-be terrorists discussing potential ISIS-inspired ‘knife and gun’ attacks against U.S. and Canadian targets inside Canada,” the network reported.

”Both U.S. and Canadian officials fear the beheading of an innocent person in a public place, or the slashing of citizens on a crowded street until police arrive to shoot and ‘martyr’ the terrorists.

”Canadian officials are weighing increased security around public buildings in coming days, government officials there say.”

A day too late, I’m sad to say.

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Here’s Your Crown, What’s Your Hurry?

Today is the first day of the reign of Czar Ron, ruler of all airport arrival lounges and hospital ERs—and nearly his last day too:

Administration insiders say Ron Klain, who starts Wednesday as the White House Ebola czar, will be in line to succeed John Podesta as counselor to President Barack Obama when Podesta leaves, likely to chair Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

“The president has been talking to Ron about different roles for a long time, and he wouldn’t accept the Ebola job unless there was a promise of something bigger,” said a longtime Klain colleague.

A senior Democrat who works closely with the White House said: “He’s very good at seeing around corners. And they know they need someone who can do that.”

How hard is that?

We’re so sorry saving the nation from an epidemic of a fatal disease isn’t a big enough job for you, Czar Ron. But thanks for coming in today. So many people would have taken off the whole week. Not since Ivan the Terrible have we seen a czar with such determination.

PS: I was inclined to give Obama a break on the Klain appointment. We had doctors involved, and it was a cluster[bleep]. Maybe a bureaucrat’s bureaucrat could direct the machinery of government more effectively. Shame on me for giving Obama a break. As long as Klain gets his GS-15 pay grade, he’ll wait until the big job opens up.

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