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FDR Was Trump on Steroids

By 12.8.15

So Donald Trump saying that there should be a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” makes him some sort of crazy, dangerous guy? 

If liberals — and even, astonishingly — some Republicans believe this? Wow. What in the world to then make of President Franklin D. Roosevelt? FDR, if one takes in the current wisdom, was Trump on steroids.

For those who read history, and alas, perhaps lots of people who should do not, there was FDR in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor and the entrance of the U.S. into war with Germany, Italy, and Japan doing the following things that would make Donald Trump look like a nerdy weakling.

Germany, Italy and the Japanese were the Muslims of the day in December, 1941. And FDR responded as follows, first with the Germans in presidential proclamation 2526 that was titled as being targeted to …this is a direct quote — “Aliens: Germans.” And what of those “Alien” Germans? FDR demanded that

Eco-radicals at #COP21 Hold Mock Totalitarian Show Trial Against Climate Enemy No. 1

By on 12.7.15 | 7:16PM

Cross-posted from the Heartland Institute's Somewhat Reasonable blog, in an ongoing partnership between the American Spectator and the Heartland Institute, bringing you the latest from Paris's COP-21 "climate change" conference. This piece is authored by Jim Lakely, Heartland Intitute Director of Communications.

There are a lot of nutty things going on here in Paris for the COP-21 UN climate conference, but this might be the nuttiest, and most disturbing: At the so-called “People’s Climate Summit” in Montreuil, a suburb north of Paris, author Naomi Klein and climate activist Bill McKibben are putting on an event called “The People vs. ExxonMobil: A Public Trial for the Greatest Climate Crime of the Century.”

Ted Cruz Takes Lead from Trump in Iowa, Says New Poll

By on 12.7.15 | 7:11PM

Are the tides finally turning? Has Donald Trump, who just today suggested that we should ban all travel to America by Muslims (a tough thing to enact when you think about it), been bested in a primary state?

According to Monmouth University, polling on the Republican Presidential race in Iowa, Ted Cruz has overtaken the Donald by five points, besting Trump by five points among likely caucus voters. 

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has overtaken businessman Donald Trump in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in Iowa, a new poll from Monmouth University shows.

Cruz gets 24 percent support among likely Republican caucus goers, a significant lead over Trump's 19 percent. His fellow senator Marco Rubio of Florida comes in third with 17 percent support, and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson nets 13 percent support.

President Obama Says We Will Not Betray Our Values, Proposes No Fly List Gun Ban

By on 12.6.15 | 8:59PM

This evening, I stopped watching reruns of Bar Rescue for a full fifteen minutes in order to hear the President's address on last week's terrorist attack in San Bernardino. 

I'm glad it was only fifteen minutes.

I don't say this because I don't think its important for a Commander in Chief to reassure Americans in the wake of a tragedy with its roots in international terror, but because President Obama is hardly the type of Commander in Chief to take such an opportunity to provide much in the way of reassurance. The speech contained no new ideas, a range of platitudes his administration has already offered over the last several days, an admonition to refrain from discrimination, and a pledge to continue a "war on ISIS" that seems to have little effect on ISIS abroad, and on self-radicalized individuals at home, who, like, it seems, last week's lone wolf terrorists, have made a hobby out of finding common ground with barbarians who butcher children for sport.

Female San Bernardino Terrorist Pledged Allegiance to ISIS

By on 12.4.15 | 12:30PM

This isn't very surprising to anyone except the media, at this point, but the female shooter from Wednesday's attack in San Bernardino apparently took time out from slaughtering 20 innocent people to pledge her allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of ISIS, on Facebook. 

Investigators think that as the San Bernardino, California, attack was happening, female shooter Tashfeen Malik posted a pledge of allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Facebook, three U.S. officials familiar with the investigation told CNN.

Malik's post was made on an account with a different name, one U.S. official said. The officials did not explain how they knew Malik made the post.

A law enforcement official said it appeared that Wednesday's attack -- which left 14 people dead and 21 wounded before the two attackers, Malik and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, were killed in a shootout with police -- may have been inspired by ISIS. But none of the officials said that ISIS directed or ordered the attack.

San Bernardino Shooter May Have Been Radicalized

By on 12.3.15 | 12:52PM

CNN is now reporting that Syed Farook, one of the perpetrators of yesterday's terrorist attack in San Bernardino (along with his wife), may have been in contact with individuals the FBI was monitoring for their suspected links to terrorism. It also appears, according to CNN's sources, that Farook may have been radicalized, leading, at least in part, to yesterday's horrifying events.

San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook was in touch over the phone and via social media with more than one international terrorism subject who the FBI were already investigating, law enforcement officials said.

It appears that Farook was radicalized, which contributed to his motive, though other things -- like workplace grievances -- may have also played a role, other law enforcement sources said.

I'm not sure this surprises anyone, but it seems that this is the first official indication that yesterday's attacks may be part of a larger plot, or may have been in service of a radical agenda. 

Another Perspective

The Donald, The Disabled, and Equality

By 12.3.15

The media was outraged.

In the finest — make that the worst — traditions of political correctness, there was outrage over Donald Trump’s alleged mimicking of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski. Kovaleski suffers from arthrogryposis, a disease that affects arm movements. The controversy arose over a fourteen-year-old story in the Washington Post when then-Post reporter Kovaleski wrote a piece saying there were allegations of people* in New Jersey celebrating the fall of the World Trade Center Towers on 9/11. Trump cited the piece as proof of his claim that were “thousands” of Muslims celebrating the attacks in New Jersey, and Kovaleski — over a decade later — then stepped in to disavow his own article, an article that was never questioned in the day. Trump, as is his wont, zeroed in Kovaleski, mocking him. Trump denied he was making fun of Kovaleski’s disability, others insisted he was. A huge debate spun off the original issue of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey, with the question turning now to Trump’s conduct.

#COP21: No, Bill Nye, Droughts Did Not Cause the Paris Terrorist Attacks

By on 12.2.15 | 2:51PM

Sigh.

The President has made a specious connection between "climate change" and "terrorism" the hallmark of his trip to Paris's COP21 event. Speaking yesterday to a press gathering, the President even went so far as to state that COP21's resultant climate accord would be nothing short of a slap in the face to terrorists who struck Paris just weeks ago. But while the President has spoken in generalities, others, like Prince Charles and America's Bill Nye "The Science Guy" (who is not, by any stretch, a climate scientist), have been more specific, claiming that the Paris attacks — and more widely, the rise of ISIS — can be traced directly back to a drought in Syria they claim was caused by global warming.

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