Monday, November 30, 2015

Domestic Terrorism


While some people won't say the words "Radical Islamic Terrorism," others are saying last Friday's abortion clinic murders in Colorado Springs was an act of domestic terrorism. According to the U.S. Patriot Act of 2001, domestic terrorism involves "acts" (plural) of violence intended "to intimidate or coerce" the civilian population or government. This definition does not distinguish a series of acts conducted by one person from a series of acts conducted by several persons, whether or not explicitly coordinated, but the definition does require multiple acts. During the 1990s, there was a series of four attacks on abortion clinics in which one or more people were murdered. While the perpetrators in these four attacks were all "lone wolf" terrorists, that there was a series qualifies their violence as domestic terrorism. From 1998 to the Colorado Springs incident, there was exactly 1 attack on an abortion clinic in which at least one person was murdered. Does 1 deadly attack in a string of 17 years in a country the size of the United States constitute an on-going reign of terror?

I will not argue with those who answer the question in the affirmative, because terrorism is so very effective. You don't have to kill many people in order to capture the attention of the nation or even of the world, and indelibly impress on the minds of many that they must live in fear. For some people, the fear concerns exercising the right to vote, for others the free exercise of religion or freedom of speech, for yet others it is access to legal reproductive services. Few have the courage to stand up to terrorism, and those who do - like Pamela Geller - are often criticized by those who aren't so courageous.

As it is, the police have not yet revealed to the public what they know of the Colorado Springs incident. Established media and internet sleuths have, nevertheless, pieced together a variety of information. The perpetrator was a deranged individual, apparently born into a family of privilege, who became divorced from every connection with decent society about 15 years ago. The incident was dynamic, apparently began in the parking lot. It is not clear that the abortion clinic was the intended target. Without verification, public officials (including the ever clueless President of the United States) have used the occasion to attack our 2nd Amendment rights, to attack the pro-life movement, to attack Republicans and to attack white people. These people do not know where the rhetoric of hate leads, or maybe they do. They are using a possibly isolated incident by a deranged individual to advance their political agenda.

Dutch Parliamentary elections: Gates of Vienna blog echoes Libertarian Republican on Geert Wilders' rise to the top of polls

Will Wilders be the first libertarian head of a state, worldwide since that other wild-haired rascal Thomas Jefferson? 

From Eric Dondero: 

The libertarian/counter-Jihad blog Gates of Vienna has an outstanding graph this morning that really emphasizes the size of Geert Wilders' lead for the upcoming elections. Graphs released yesterday were somewhat hard to decipher. But GOV simplifies things, and provides an outstanding description of the various parties in the Netherlands. 

The description includes:
"Classical liberal, Islam-critical" for Wilders' Party for Freedom (PVV). 
That's pretty much how we here at LR have been describing them all these years, much to the great consternation of left-libertarians who refuse to acknowledge Wilders as part of the libertarian family (cough, cough... Libertarian Party/Reason/Cato). 

"If the election were held today, the Party for Freedom would receive 26% of the vote and win 39 seats (out of 150) in the legislature."

Here's how GOV reports on PVV's latest rise:
According to the latest Dutch political poll, Geert Wilders’ party has gained an additional five virtual seats in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of the Dutch parliament. 
If the election were held today, the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV) would receive 26% of the vote and win 39 seats (out of 150) in the legislature. 
As you can see from the above graph, this puts Mr. Wilders head and shoulders above all his possible competitors, including the two parties (VVD and PvdA) that make up the current governing coalition.
See a full description of the parties over at Gates of Vienna

Photo - Wilders with American Ayn Rand Individualist and Jewish counter-Jihad activist Pamela Geller.

Ridin' Dirty Cartwheel Spider-style

The cartwheel spider can roll down sand dunes and uses this amazing ability to evade predators, in this case a wasp.

India Awakes

The PBS documentary on the free markets and equal rights in India unleashing the potential of the lower classes and ushering in the transformation of this once poor country into what looks to be the world's next super power and super-economy.

Snippets of the music: here

Full one-hour show: here

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Il Papa

On June 3, 1886, 32 young men, Catholic and Anglican, were burned alive by King Mwanga II for believing there was a greater king than him, Almighty God, the Creator and Ruler of the universe. Given the king's sexual proclivities, it is possible that they had been abused by him while alive, as Christians in the country were resisting his trepidations. During Pope Francis' on-going tour of Africa, he visited Uganda's memorial to these young men. Following their martyrdom, the king was deposed, and the country Christianized. The deposed king himself confessed his sins and converted. Such is the power and great mystery of the King that is greater than any earthly ruler.

All you can eat

You "The person or group of people that is being addressed." Merriam-Webster
Thief or just knows English?

Denny's has had a customer arrested, Natasha West, after she ordered the "all you can eat" stack of pancakes, when she started sharing her pancakes with her friends.

Apparently, Denny's is unaware that "you" can be plural.

Then, there's this defense: here.

Holy Shit! Major Development in the Netherlands... For the first time Geert Wilders' Party For Freedom is leading all other Parties for Parliamentary elections

From Eric Dondero: 

You can see the PVV at 39 above (yellow area to the right). That's Partei Vor Frei. Their next competitor is at 20. Some big name leftwing parties are losing ground like the Greens and the Socialists.  

Center-right free market-oriented VVD headed by incumbent PM Mark Rutte is holding pretty steady at 20.  Rutte and Wilders are often allies, and have a close personal friendship.  (The suave, well-dressed Rutte is a gay conservative.) 

So, the combined free market Center-right and anti-Islamist/libertarian party vote total is a whopping 59%.  That's obviously more than enough for a government majority.  Only difference is, this time it will be Wilders who will be Prime Minister, not his VVD friend Mark Rutte. 

We here at LR have been following Geert for years now and wish all the best to the future Mr. Prime Minister.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Gun man arrested at abortion clinic after 3 killed

Details are sketchy. In particular, the motive has not yet been determined by the authorities, although we have our suspicions. During the 1990s, the country suffered a wave of attacks on abortion clinics, with five incidents over a period of six years. But, prior to this incident, there had been only 1 person killed in anti-abortion violence in this country in 18 years. One of the three fatalities in this incident was Garret Swasey, 44, the 114th Line of Duty death suffered by law enforcement this year. He responded immediately to the scene when gun shots were reported. We do not know the identities of the other two. The gun man surrendered himself after a five-hour standoff with the police. We take this occasion to remember the courage we expect from those who wear the badge, in order to protect us from the criminals among us.

UPDATE: It is now more than 24 hours since the perpetrator was taken into custody. The police have not yet spoken to motive or identified two of the persons fatally shot, or the others non-fatally shot and, in particular, whether these were people were shot in or out of the abortion clinic. Internet sleuths developed a background on the gunman within hours of learning his name, CNN has now reported some of this information as news. The gunman has apparently lived on the fringes of society, apparently without steady employment, has had a series of run-ins with the law, but no major convictions. He was at one time married but then became a recluse. According to this source, the guy turned crazy.