In an open society, you expect opinions to vary, and you consider that the competition in the market place of ideas is healthy in every sense. Prior even to the cornering and elimination of the gang responsible for the murderous assault on the editorial offices of Charlie-Hebdo, the Paris satirical newsmagazine, questions were raised in France and other countries about the who and the why and what next. This is as it should be, even if we are inclined to feel there may be some value in letting the powder dry while the forces of order — three of whom gave their lives in defense of the valeurs de la République that the journalists also promoted and protected in their daily work — did what was necessary and what they are trained to do. The terrorists’ other victims, a maintenance man at the paper’s building and three hostages taken when part of the gang holed up in a kosher market in Vincennes, a southern suburb of Paris, paid, too, in the fight to keep France free.
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Yesterday, I turned my attention to former Vermont Governor and DNC Chair Howard Dean's inane comment that the terrorists responsible for the Charlie Hebdo murders were no more Muslim than he.
Unforunately, the Left does not have a monopoly on stupidity and willful blindness when it comes to the Charlie Hebdo murders.
Enter Ron Paul and Bill Donahoe.
Let me begin with the former Texas Congressman and failed presidential candidate. In an interview with Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV, Paul stated:
But in the context of things, France has been a target for many, many years because they've been involved in foreign affairs in Libya … they've been involved in Algeria, so they've had attacks like this.
I put blame on bad policy that we don't fully understand.
The French artist Les Guignols posted his design for the cover of next week's Charlie Hebdo magazine on Twitter. Although the magazine's remaining staff members have confirmed that there will be an issue released next week, they have not independently confirmed that this is the image that will run. It simply comes via Reuters European bureau editors, and while it is emotionally evocative, it's also incredibly powerful.
The translation reads: "Urgent: Hiring six new cartoonists."
Barack Obama is on a whirlwind tour of the country this week, touting his administration's success in resurrecting the economy. Yesterday, he announced that home prices have risen under his watch and the real estate market is recovering, and in response, he's again lowering the requirements to get an FHA mortgage, because if there was anything that was totally not responsible for tanking the housing market, it was giving unqualified people mortgages.
Today, he followed up that remarkable policy pronouncement with something even bigger. Now, when you finish high school, you can get two more years for free!
President Barack Obama will need the approval of Congress to realize his proposal for making two years of community college free for students.
So far, that plan doesn’t have an official price tag — other than “significant,” according to White House officials. If all 50 states participate, the proposal could benefit 9 million students each year and save students an average of $3,800 in tuition, the White House said.
Gospel legend Andrae Crouch has passed away of complications from a heart attack suffered last week. He was 72.
Aside from Edwin Hawkins, Crouch was probably more responsible than any other artist for gaining mainstream acceptance of gospel music.
What I remember the most about Crouch was a guest appearance he made on SCTV. It was a Christmas special and skit featured the late John Candy as Johnny LaRue, a slimy conman who has reached his low. Crouch suddenly appears as a homeless man, takes LaRue to the Melonville Men's Mission. After admonishing LaRue for his selfishness, he sings him a song of salvation called "Soon and Very Soon". It's been more than 30 years since I've seen this, but I still remember both the skit and the song.
If Elvis Presley were still with us, he would be 80-years old today.
If he were still with us would he still be playing music or would he have faded away?
I've actually been to Tweed many times on via the Greyhound bus between Ottawa and Toronto. It's a quaint little town. But I digress.
Elvis left the building 37 years ago and isn't coming back.
But his music will always be here.
What's my favorite Elvis song? That would be his very first - "That's Alright, Mama". The song may have very well given birth to rock 'n roll.
In a Thursday editorial the nation’s leading Leftist newsletter, the New York Times, said some of the right things about freedom of expression in the wake of the Islamist abomination in Paris. But the authors of the opinion piece couldn’t bring themselves to use the adjective “Islamic” in front of “terrorism” in the lead. They did, however, finally get around to saying who the bad guys were.
But the Timesmen could barely finish their condemnation of the latest horror without moving on to a matter that these Manhattan shut-ins fear at least as much, sometimes I think more, than Islamist bullets, bombs, and beheadings. “This is also no time for peddlers of xenophobia to try to smear all Muslims with a terrorist brush,” the Times lectures.
Now that we're friends with Cuba and the entire Western Hemisphere is one giant hippie hug of happiness, you would expect that our administration would be following up on its request to have 53 political prisoners released. After all, that's the deal we made: we'll start buying your cigars and staying in your hotels and enriching your proletariat, if you let us have all of those Americans you've been holding all these years in Cuban jails.
You, of course, would be making assumptions far beyond your pay grade. You see, the White House assumed that once a deal was announced, Cuba, being the civilized nation that it is, would simply honor the plan. After all, now that the US had made a decision so lauded by global forces, it certainly wasn't going back on it. Cuba, of course, doesn't see it that way. Although the State Department is still laboring under the notion that all 53 prisoners have already boarded planes bound for Miami, it seems Congress has heard a different story. And now everyone's confused.
During an appearance on MSNBC yesterday, former Vermont Governor and DNC Chair Howard Dean said those responsible for the attacks at Charlie Hebdo in Paris aren't Muslim terrorists:
I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. They're about as Muslim as I am. I mean, they have no respect for anybody else's life, that's not what the Koran says. And, you know Europe has an enormous radical problem. ... I think ISIS is a cult. Not an Islamic cult. I think it's a cult.
So Dean says he's stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. I wonder if this means Dean has also stopped calling Republicans "pretty much a white, Christian party".
Yesterday at NRO, Andrew McCarthy took aim at politicians who insist on insisting these attacks have nothing to with Islamic ideology:
The NYPD isn't the only city organization that has lost complete confidence in the esteemed Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio.
After he dropped the groundhog during last year's Groundhog Day celebrations, the Staten Island Zoo has unequivocally banned De Blasio from holding or handling any more of their animals in a celebratory setting.
Mayor de Blasio won’t be killing any more groundhogs — zoo handlers are forbidding the butter-fingered mayor from holding the critter at the annual shadow-sighting ceremony on Feb. 2, The Post has learned.
The ban came after The Post first revealed that the groundhog de Blasio fumbled and dropped last year died a week later of internal injuries — and then Staten Island Zoo officials covered up the death...
“No one will be allowed to touch the groundhog,” one zoo insider briefed on the new policy told The Post.