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John Kerry’s Joke

Not a “botched” one either!

Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, “the biggest error that we could make would be to blame Muslims collectively for crimes not committed by Muslims alone.” Kerry said we are increasingly fighting back, “but in doing so we also have to keep our heads.”

Oh, John, you wag you!

On second thought, maybe I used the wrong punctuation in the title. A colon rather than an apostrophe would have been more appropriate.

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Whodunnit?

Some say Islamist terrorists:

On January 11, 2015, a Dailymotion account called Baqya (a reference to ISIS) posted a seven-minute video of “Abu Basir ‘Abdallah Al-Afriki,” namely Amedy Coulibaly, who perpetrated the January 9, 2015 attack in the kosher supermarket in Paris and murdered a policewoman in Montrouge on the day before. The video, titled “Soldier of the Caliphate,” shows him pledging allegiance to ISIS and preparing for the attacks. It also features several segments in which he speaks to the camera and justifies his actions. Sitting with an ISIS flag behind him and a rifle beside him, he says: “What we are doing, avenging the Prophet, is completely legitimate, deserved and timely. You attacked the Caliphate, the Islamic State, [so] you are being attacked. You cannot attack and [expect] nothing in return.”

Coulibaly also confirms his ties with the Kouachi brothers, perpetrators of the Charlie Hebdo shooting. He claims that he gave them thousands of Euros and helped them prepare for the shooting, and that he and they coordinated their actions but acted separately in order to maximize the impact. Finally, he also addresses the Muslims in Europe and France in particular, calling them to join the jihad “to defend Islam.”

Okay, that’s one theory.

Here’s another:

Many people, Dana Kennedy said, were of the opinion that Jews had staged the series of deadly terror incidents to make Muslims look bad, though one went even further with his explanation.

“One person told me that they weren’t just regular Jews that were doing this but in fact but a race of magical shape-shifting Jews that were master manipulators that could be everywhere at the same time,” Kennedy said.

The belief that Jews have supernatural abilities to carry out their wicked plans is not uncommon in the Middle East.

In 2013 during a speech to religious students, Mehdi Taeb, who headed a think tank and was considered close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said that Jews are powerful sorcerers who have used their abilities to attack Iran. He noted that while “the Jews” had yet to unleash their full powers, their abilities were negated after they tried to use magic to interfere with the Iranian elections of 2008 and 2009.

The conspiracy theorists could have been inspired by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s spoof portrayal of anti-Semitic Kazakh journalist Borat, who in a 2006 film reported on “shape-shifting Jews” who had trapped him in their “nest.”

I’ll go out on a limb and say I put the pathological ravings (based on a joke by a kosher-keeping, Hebrew-speaking Jew) of a paranoid people maybe third on my list of two suspects.

All very amusing, I’m sure, but I do have one serious point.

WHAT IN G-D’S NAME ARE WE DOING CATERING TO THE SENSIBILITIES OF A BUNCH OF LUNATICS?

These people are out of their gourds, a clear and present danger to any so unfortunate to cross their paths, and the attitude of Obama, Kerry, et al, is watch what we say, don’t look them in the eye, bow and scrape, etc. Eunuchs all of them.

Achtung, crazy people! Ali G does not attend Friday prayers!

Admiral General Aladeen was not a real dictator!

Jews cannot shape-shift!

Or can they…? Watch your backs.

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I’ll See Your Mark Steyn…

And raise you a Kevin Williamson:

Let us call the roll of national badasses: the 75th Ranger Regiment, USMC Force Reconnaissance, the SEALS, Delta Force . . . James Taylor?

What sort of warriors does a weary nation facing a savage enemy turn to? “The Quiet Professionals,” “Semper Fidelis,” “Death from Above” . . .

“A Churning Urn of Burning Funk.”

The spectacle of the Obama administration’s dispatching Secretary of State John Kerry to “share a big hug with Paris” as James Taylor — who still exists — crooned “You’ve Got a Friend” is the perfect objective correlative for American decline: The pathetic self-regard of John Kerry and James Taylor’s Baby Boomers meets the cynical, self-serving, going-through-the-motions style of Barack Obama’s Generation X as disenchanted Millennials in parental basements across the fruited plains no doubt injured their thumbs typing “WTF?” It is the substitution of celebrity for power, of sentiment for analysis, of sloppy gesture for clear-headed commitment.

We’re responding to barbarism from the 7th century with soft rock from the 1970s.

It’s not about James Taylor, as past his sell-by date as he is. It’s about John Kerry. It’s about Barack Obama. It’s about what used to be the United States of America.

Does a policeman arrive at the scene of a gangland murder (late, after first sending a crossing guard) with a troubadour and a “big hug” for the victims, spouting liberal pieties that while these may be gangland murders, they are the crimes of no particular gang? Maybe in today’s America they do.

When it comes to jihad, there are no obvious solutions, but there are some obvious non-solutions, and an impromptu James Taylor concert surely is one of them.

Williamson’s solution:

Seriously: If you’re going to send a past-its-prime musical act to an ally in distress — instead of showing up to join the rest of the heads of state in a show of solidarity — then send in the wild boys from Huntington Park, Calif., who are, like the last effective foreign policy maintained by this country, born of the 1980s. James Taylor tells France, “You’ve got a friend.” Slayer tells the world, “You’ve got a problem.” And there’s something in the Slayer catalog for everybody: “Jihad” for the most literal-minded; “Evil Has No Boundaries,” a sentiment that social conservatives could surely endorse; “War Ensemble” for the neocons; and President John Bolton’s agenda for his first 100 days in office: “Raining Blood.” (“Endless war?” President Bolton scoffs. “Try three weeks.”) If you find yourself in a fight, you want to know that you’ve got a friend. But do you really want that friend to be James Taylor?

He suggests Metal, but I wonder if another genre might not be more juste?

Islamist terrorists, meet Neo-Nazis. You two should hit it off. Or just hit.

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Je Suis Outta Here

We’ve covered some of this ground already, but not in the presence of the divine Caroline Glick:

January 16 is the nine-year anniversary of the beginning of the Ilan Halimi disaster.

On January 16, 2006, Sorour Arbabzadeh, the seductress from the Muslim anti-Jewish kidnapping gang led by Youssouf Fofana, entered the cellphone store where Halimi worked and set the honey trap.

Four days later, Halimi met Arbabzadeh for a drink at a working class bar and agreed to walk her home. She walked him straight into an ambush. Her comrades beat him, bound him and threw him into the trunk of their car.

They brought Halimi to a slum apartment and tortured him for 24 days and 24 nights before dumping him, handcuffed, naked, stabbed and suffering from third degree burns over two-thirds of his body, at a railway siding in Paris.

He died a few hours later in the hospital.

Measured by duration and premeditation, the Halimi torture must rank as the second-worst of France’s recent brushes with Muslim terrorism—worse than the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher massacres, not as horrific as the Toulouse slaughter of Jewish schoolchildren. (Your rankings may differ.)

But is that how France saw it?

The anti-Jewish nature of the gang was clear from its chosen victims. The anti-Semitic nature of their atrocious crime against Halimi was obvious from the first time they contacted his mother, Ruth Halimi, demanding ransom for his release. They made anti-Jewish slurs in all their communications with her.

And as she heard her sons tortured cries in the background, Ruth was subjected to his torturers’ recitation of Koranic verses.

And yet, throughout the period of his captivity, French authorities refused to consider the anti-Jewish nature of the crime, and as a result, refused to treat the case as life threatening or urgent.

The same attitude continued well after Halimi was found. As Weitzmann noted, the investigative magistrate insisted “There isn’t a single element to allow one to attach this murder to an anti-Semitic purpose or an anti-Semitic act.”

The denial went on through the 2009 trials of the 29 kidnappers and their accomplices. Anti-Semitism was listed as an aggravating circumstance of the crime – and as such, a cause for harsher sentencing – only for the gang leader Fofana. And in the end, even for him, the judges did not take it into account at sentencing.

As for those 29 kidnappers and accomplices, as Weitzmann notes, each one of them had a circle of friends and family.

As a consequence, by a one reporters’ conservative estimate, at least 50 people were aware of the crime and where Halimi was being held, while he was being held. And not one of them called the police. Not one of them felt moved to make a call that could save the life of a Jew.

After the fact, the media in France were happy to publish articles by the torturers’ defense lawyers insisting, “Only people motivated by ‘political reasons’ would try to sell the opinion that anti-Semitism is eating away at French society.”

[W]hen Halimi, and six years later when the three children and the rabbi massacred at Otzar Hatorah Jewish day school in Toulouse, were brought to Israel for burial, the media reported their decision in a negative way hinting that it was evidence of the basic disloyalty, or otherness of the Jews of France.

We made the same point about Netanyahu’s insistence on coming to France for the public memorial and march for the victims. Remember, their families had asked that they be buried in Israel. It was only proper that he (even if only symbolically) accompany their bodies to their ancestral home. And he should be praised, not scourged, for offering a home to living French Jews, not just dead ones.

Glick looks at the last nine years of France’s relations with its Jews and sees the same merde, different jour.

[W]hat Halimi’s murder exposed is that anti-Semitism in France is systemic. Muslims are the main perpetrators of violence. And they operate in social environments that are at a minimum indifferent to Jewish suffering and victimization. This violence and indifference is abetted by non-Islamic elites. French authorities minimize the unique threat Jews face. And the media are happy to ignore the issue, or when given the slightest opportunity, to claim that the Jews are responsible for their own victimization.

Indeed, in live reports from the scene of the hostage taking at the kosher supermarket in Paris last week, Weitzmann noted that in the early hours of the attack, French media failed to mention that the hostages were Jews.

This line is a whopper:

When all is said and done, it is their necks on the line while humanity’s conscience is merely troubled.

PS: I wrote yesterday about the flaming a-hole on NPR who ragged on Netanyahu and Israel. One of his points I forgot to mention is that he didn’t think many French Jews would pursue the aliyah suggested by Neyanyahu. His ignorance knows no bounds:

Speaking of aliya is also essential because so far the only thing that has caused French authorities to speak directly against anti-Semitism and take action to defend French Jewry has been the prospect of a mass exodus of their Jews.

The year 2014 saw a 50 percent increase in French aliya. And the Jewish Agency anticipates that that number will double to 15,000 in 2015, with 50,000 more not far behind.

If Jews don’t flee France in 2016, it will be because they’ve already left.

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Meanwhile, in the Muslim World…

While others swooned at the chutzpah of the Israeli Prime Minister inviting Jews from France and the entire world to their ancestral homeland (see below), we thought we’d follow Benjamin Netanyahu’s line of thinking about the practices of radical Islam today.

He cited ISIS:

Two men were hurled from the top of a tower block, two more were crucified in front of a baying crowd and a woman was stoned to death in the latest series of horrific executions by ISIS.

The men were thrown from the roof down to the crowd below in the brutal punishment for being gay.

Down on the ground, two men accused of banditry have been tied to makeshift metal crosses.

Strung up tightly with yellow and green ribbon around their wrists, the men were hanged from the crosses, wincing in agony’

Two masked IS fighters, dressed in khaki military fatigues are photographed standing behind the two crucified men. Upon drawing their pistols, the fighters shoot the two alleged bandits in cold blood. Their motionless bodies remain tied to the metal crosses to the delight of the all male crowd.

Al-Ansari, who appears shabbily dressed in a black robe and a pair of combat boots, is shown shown reading out the crimes against a woman, accused of adultery. The woman is dressed in a full black burqa.

The final two photos show the burqa clad woman being stoned to death by a horde of Islamic State militants, hurling large rocks at the woman.

Lying on the ground surrounded by a pile of rocks, her bright red socks are still visible. An old piece of blue tarpaulin was then used to cover the dead woman’s body as the militants disperse from the horrific scene.

He cited Boko Haram:

An Amnesty International report released Jan. 15 says Boko Haram attacks carried out between Jan. 3 and 7 are “the largest and most destructive yet.”

On Jan. 3, militants began attacking several small towns in northeastern Nigeria. Boko Haram caused extensive damage in the neighbouring border towns of Baga and Doron Baga, leaving over 3,700 homes and buildings damaged or completely destroyed. Satellite images of Doron Baga contained in the report show the scope of the damage.

The number of reported deaths in these attacks vary. An earlier report from Amnesty suggests the death toll reached 2,000 people, while a Nigerian military official reported 150 deaths.

One eyewitness to the attacks told Amnesty that militants shot at people indiscriminately, and also described the killing of a woman in childbirth.

“[Half] of the baby boy is out and she died like this,” the witness said in the report.

He cited Al Qaeda:

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula commander Nasr Ibn Ali al-Ansi’s 12-minute message declares brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi to be — in the group’s eyes — “heroes” who “were assigned and accepted and fulfilled” a task.

It claims that much of what remains of al Qaeda’s command was somehow involved in choosing the Charlie Hebdo magazine as a target. Several times, it evokes the name of Osama bin Laden, and his successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri — names that, in the current focus on ISIS’ rampage across the Middle East, seem almost to hail from a time of jihad past.

He cited al Nusra:

Al-Qaida’s Syria wing, Nusra Front, shot dead a woman in the northwest of the country after accusing her of adultery, a monitoring group said on Wednesday, saying it showed such execution-style killings were not confined to the militant Islamic State group.

Islamic State, which split from al-Qaida and has seized land in Iraq and Syria, has beheaded and stoned to death Syrian and foreign civilians and combatants for crimes it sees as violating its strict interpretation of Islamic law.

Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said he received a video showing the woman being shot in the head outside Idlib city after being charged with adultery. Before she was killed, she begged to see her children but her killer refused, he added.

He cited al Shabaab:

A Kenyan soldier died and five gunmen were killed in a firefight with suspected al-Shabaab militants in the coastal region of Lamu near the Somali border, the army said.

Three soldiers were injured in the clashes at Basuba, about 470 kilometers (290 miles) southeast of the capital, Nairobi, army spokesman David Obonyo said in a statement posted on the website of Kenya’s defense ministry.

“Kenya troops disrupted a suspected al-Shabaab ambush,” Obonyo said. “Five suspected militants were killed and others escaped with multiple injuries.”

Al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda linked Islamist militant group, has carried out a series of attacks in Kenya since the East African nation deployed troops in Somalia in October 2011 to fight the insurgents. In September 2013, the group claimed responsibility for an attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi in which at least 67 people died.

Sneaky little devil that he is, he also included Hamass and Hezbollah (as well he might).

And people are upset that Netanyahu invited Jews to the home that has always been open to them. We may not all be as sick as those French Muslims who kill Jewish shoppers (in Hyper Cacher), Jewish schoolchildren (in Toulouse), and Jewish men (Ilan Halimi), but if we cannot see evil for what it is, and call it so, we are very little better.

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Netanyahu Takes Selfie With Dead French Jews

Not my opinion—farthest from it—but the opinion of National Public Radio.

What prompted the intemperate outburst against the prime minister of the Jewish State? What wouldn’t?

A little background. Local NPR affiliate WBUR produces a national news talk program, On Point, hosted by Tom Ashbrook. Every Friday, they have a round table discussion of the week’s events, with several guest journalists. I knew something was up when the panel consisted of a retired editor of the Atlantic, a CNN correspondent, and Politico’s Michael Hirsh. A Murderer’s Row of modernist media mediocrity. I guess anyone from Fox, News, the WSJ, the Washington Times, etc. had a previous engagement.

The discussion turned to the rally in Paris, and the “controversy” of Netanyahu’s attendance. Hirsh led the way. Hollande didn’t want Netanyahu to attend, he claimed (there is reporting to that effect, if it is to be believed), but Netanyahu ignored the wishes of his hosts. And why wouldn’t he? The Muslim terrorists targeted the kosher shop because of its association with Jews—why shouldn’t the PM of Israel attend a rally in honor of the Jews who died there? How is that even controversial? Mahmoud Abbas was there. Merkel and Cameron were there. Even the African man (presumably) in the hat. An American functionary was there. But not Netanyahu? That’s insane.

But Hirsch was just getting started. He said Netanyahu hijacked the event to make a plea for French Jews to come to Israel. More, he did so not out of concern for their lives, but out of demographic greed. He needs all the Jews can get his hands on.

You may think I’m mischaracterizing Hirsh’s position. Alas, there is no transcript. (Why can a private radio entrepreneur like Rush Limbaugh get his transcripts up within a few hours, and leave them on the web, searchable, indefinitely, but state-run radio can’t be bothered?)

But there was this supportive comment that confirms everything I wrote:

I want to thank Michael Hirsh from Politico for putting Netanyahu’s self serving comments on inviting French Jews to Israel into perspective. It was a breath of fresh air from someone in the press….and must continue.

I feel it is too bad Jack Beatty doesn’f take on this truth weekly coming out of Israel & the Middle East by their Capital Hill and Wall St Zionist apologists.

Why have freedom of speech and the press and public radio if one is intimidated to take on the truth and the real outlaws of our times in Israel… so many Americans are disgusted with today and boycott.

It seems to me they are the root cause of all this Muslim unrest along with their Wall Street and Wash Apologists and want war daily in the Middle East (see their Bomb ,Bomb Iran mentality in an NYT Op-ed and their warning of “next ” to Syria in London Review) instead of doing what is right and awful and getting off Palestinian land with their illegal Jewish settlements, Fascist wall & blockade of Gaza

Dee, whatever s/he is, loves itself some Michael Hirsh. What was “fresh air” to him/her was one of the most sulfurous emissions from the bowels of Hell to which I have ever had the misfortune of being exposed to. I hear Jim Clancy is out at CNN for his nasty and taunting Twitter comments toward Jews. Maybe Politico is hiring.

But I can’t leave it there. Truth must be heard in the end. This is what Netanyahu said in the Great Synagogue of Paris. Take offense if you will:

On this day, all citizens of Israel and Jews around the world stand with France and the French people. I greatly appreciate the determined stance of the President of France, Francois Hollande, and Prime Minister Valls against any expression of anti-Semitism or anti-Zionism and against terror. This stance is important to France and it is important to the world.

I wish to convey my condolences to the families of the journalists and police and all those innocent people who were murdered while realizing their most basic rights: freedom of expression, freedom of thought and freedom of belief, even the freedom not to believe. These are the values on which modern France is built and these are values that are worth fighting for.

Today I marched through the streets of Paris, in one line with leaders from around the world, in order to say that terror must end. It is time that we fight against terror together. And I would like to use this opportunity to salute the French security forces who acted with remarkable bravery, as well as to express my appreciation to the Malian, who is a Muslim, who helped save seven Jews.

My dear brothers and sisters, I came here from Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel, to share in your pain over the murders of Francois-Michel, Philippe, Yoav and of Yohan, who bravely tried to grab the terrorist’s gun and was fatally wounded. The memory of our four holy brothers will be forever engraved on the hearts of our people.

Our shared enemy is radical Islam, not Islam and not just radicals – radical Islam. This form of Islam has many names: ISIS, Hamas, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, al-Shabab, Hezbollah; but they are all branches from the same poison tree.

Although the various factions of radical Islam are given to local bloody conflicts, including amongst themselves, they all share the same aspiration: To impose a dark tyranny on the world, to return humanity one thousand years to the past. They trample anyone who does not share their path, first and foremost their Muslim brothers, but their greatest hatred is saved for Western culture, that same culture that respects freedom and equal rights – all the things they so despise.

For this reason it is not a coincidence that radical Islam has sought to destroy Israel from the very day it declared its independence: Because Israel is the only Western democracy in the Middle East, because Israel is the only place that is truly safe for Christians, women, minorities, that respects all human rights.

Well, here is another truth: Radical Islam does not hate the West because of Israel. It hates Israel because it is an organic part of the West. It rightly views Israel as an island of Western democracy and tolerance in an ocean of fanaticism and violence that it wishes to impose on the Middle East, Europe and the entire world.

Israel is not under attack because of this or that detail of its policies, but rather because of its very existence and nature.

Israel stands with Europe and Europe must stand with Israel. As the civilized world today stands with France against terror, so must it stand with Israel against terror. It is the exact same terror. Those who slaughtered Jews in the synagogue in Jerusalem and those who slaughtered Jews and journalists in Paris belong to the same murderous terrorist movement. They should be condemned in the same measure and they must be fought in the same manner.

Only when the international community fights our shared enemy in a uniform manner will we know that we are on the path to victory. I promise you: Israel will continue to fight against terror. Israel will continue to defend itself and we know that when we defend ourselves, we defend the entire civilized world.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, Jews of France, I would like to say to you what I say to our Jewish brothers and sisters from all countries: You have the full right to live in safety and tranquility as citizens with equal rights wherever you wish, including here in France. But Jews of our time have been blessed with another right, a right that did not exist for previous generations of Jews: The right to join their Jewish brothers and sisters in our historic homeland, the Land of Israel; the right to live in our free country, the one and only Jewish state, the State of Israel; the right to stand tall and proud at the walls of Zion, our eternal capital of Jerusalem.

Any Jew who wishes to immigrate to Israel will be welcomed with open arms and warm and accepting hearts. They will not arrive in a foreign land but rather the land of our forefathers. God willing, they will come and many of you will come to our home. Am Yisrael Chai.

The Obama regime dismisses him as “chickens**t” and “Aspergery”. I find him inspiring—one of the very few leaders in the world today willing to speak the truth, certainly the most moving. Those who are affronted choose to be so. They know very well what they do. I choose never to forgive them.

PS: How could I forget that Netanyahu came to claim the bodies of the four dead Jews for burial in Israel—at the request of the families?! This makes criticism even more obscene, if possible. I’m so disgusted, I could spit.

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Damn Straight

Good point:

In a statement on Friday, [Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor] Liberman wrote: “I wonder if the EU will issue a condemnation to the governments of Belgium and France for the use of excessive force and call on them to negotiate with terrorists and resolve the issues around the negotiation table… interesting.”

Thanks for reading BTL.com, Avi! You sound like us.

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Obama Finally Gets Serious About Border Security!

Today, for the first time in my adult life, I am proud to be a Saudi citiz—wait, what?

Oh brother:

The Saudi royal family are building a 600-mile barrier to fortify the northern frontier of their kingdom.

The fence and ditch, punctuated with radar surveillance towers, command centres and guard posts, aims to protect the Saudis’ oil-rich territory from invasion by the Islamic State insurgency.

The multi-layered barrier, which will eventually stretch across the Saudi-Iraq border from Jordan to Kuwait, includes 78 monitoring towers, eight command centres, 10 mobile surveillance vehicles, 32 rapid-response centres, and three rapid intervention squads, reports Janes.com.

Citing a promotional video, the defence industry magazine reported the six-mile-deep barrier consists of a ditch, two fences and a patrol road connecting the watchtowers and guard rooms. The video included footage of thermal imagers and battlefield radar systems that can detect individuals at up to 12 miles away and vehicles at up to 24 miles away.

And people say Islam is centuries behind the times. Compare their border to ours.

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Detached and Deranged

Muslim terrorists slaughter 17 in Paris, and Obama responds vigorously:

Today, the President unveiled a new proposal: Make two years of community college free for responsible students across America.

Muslim terrorists in Nigeria plunder and pillage a village, killing hundreds, and Obama leaps to defend freedom:

President Obama has revealed that he will be pushing for the Healthy Families Act (which, given that it’s about paid sick leave, should be the Unhealthy Families Act, surely?) to become law.

Muslim terrorists in Syraq (or is it Iraqia?) post a video showing a child hacking off the heads of two prisoners, and Obama says no mas:

Yesterday, President Obama announced that he is challenging the federal government to remove all unnecessary regulatory barriers to broadband build-out and competition, and is establishing a new Broadband Opportunity Council. The council will bring together more than a dozen government agencies with the singular goal of speeding broadband deployment and improving access in areas that need it most.

It’s like he’s in a different movie. It’s one thing to not say the phrase “Muslim terrorists”, but to pretend that they’re not there? Setting aside any value in his proposals, aren’t they a little weird in context of daily headlines? Don’t they come from an alternate reality?

As for the proposals themselves, community college wouldn’t be free: every taxpayer would pay for it. At a time when the value of a bachelor’s degree is barely worth the paper its printed on. It’s just child care for the post-child set. Paid sick leave is fine, but to mandate it? Ask a small business owner how that would work out. And the next time he “remove[s] all unnecessary regulatory barriers” to anything will be the first. That’ll be the day.

I would ask what inanity he was going to come up with next, but I don’t want to know. They’re all accompanied by acts of Muslim terror.

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Cause and Effect

Cause:

Al Qaeda’s offshoot in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack on a Paris magazine by two French brothers, reasserting its dominance among terror organizations targeting the West.

Effect:

Five Yemen men were released from Guantanamo Bay Wednesday night, bringing the U.S. detention camp in Cuba’s number of detainees down to 122.

Heckuva job, Barry!

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Ils ne Sont Pas Charlie Hedbo

A couple of outlier reactions.

Boko Haram:

The leader of Nigeria’s brutal Islamist sect Boko Haram praised the perpetrators of last week’s Paris terror attacks in a video posted online Wednesday. The video, verified by jihadi monitoring group Flashpoint Intelligence, featured an animated eight-minute speech from Abubakar Shekau, the little-known figure believed to be the group’s commander. He said the group was pleased by the attacks.

Specifically:

‘We are indeed happy with what happened in France,’ the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video posted online.

‘We are happy over what befell the people of France… as their blood was shed inside their country as they (try to) safeguard their blood,’ he said.

What about China?

China’s state news agency, Xinhua, ran a commentary by its Paris bureau chief in which he said: “Unfettered and unprincipled satire, humiliation and free speech are not acceptable.”

A commentary posted on the Xinhua website also warns that we now live in “a reality that demands basic respect and prudence be exercised in mass communication so as to reduce inter-culture and inter-religion misunderstanding and distrust, which can easily be exploited by terrorists.”

That’s awfully measured for the Chinese. This is more typical:

Chinese police shot and killed six would-be bombers Monday in the latest violence to strike the restive far northwestern region of Xinjiang, a local government spokesman and official website said.

Critics and human rights advocates say Uighurs have chafed under the repressive rule of the Han Chinese-dominated government and complain of economic disenfranchisement with the inflow of Han Chinese to their homeland.

Authorities have responded to militants’ attacks by launching a one-year crackdown on violence in Xinjiang, where security was already tight following riots in the regional capital in Urumqi in 2009 that left nearly 200 people dead.

That’s the China I know.

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Who Shot J(ews) R(epeatedly)?

Yesterday, we shared the opinion of the Turkish prime minister (or president or aga or bey or whatever), Turducken, that the French, not Muslims, carried out the massacres in Paris. The same article reported that at least one Russian newspaper suggested America was behind the atrocities. We take it as given that the Mossad is widely suspected. I doubt the boast from Al Qaeda’s Yemen franchise that they done the deed will change any minds.

But Chris Hayes has a novel conspiracy theory:

“Due to last week’s horrific murders in France, the 114th Congress’s first week did not get a lot of air time, which is probably a good thing for the GOP,” Hayes said before introducing a segment devoted to Congressional Republican infighting and the party’s legislative agenda.

The news this morning is that John Boehner was the target of an assassination plot. What are the odds that he was simultaneously hatching one of his own?

MSNBC: what a waste of air time.

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