Is It Terrorism?

The horrible weekend in Colorado when this weird guy went to a Planned Parenthood Center and took hostages and killed many……3 to be exact and 9 in hospital……the bad guy was taken into custody and will face justice for his actions.

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Of course the conversation is all about being political correct…..the Right is blaming the media and liberals and the Left is blaming whoever is closest…..bu the conversation that most interest me (saying “interest” is a sarcastic statement on my part)……the debate on whether to call it terrorism or not….

The media has turned this subject into several days of debate among different pundits….they are getting as much mileage out of this situation as possible…..

This is a no brainer…..since this was a crime then the FBI “official” definition should apply…….

“Domestic terrorism” means activities with the following three characteristics:

  • Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
  • Appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and
  • Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.

People like this person are no different than those of ISIS…..attempting to force their twisted beliefs on everyone…..

Then there is the only defining quality of terrorism may be the fact that it invites argument, since the label “terrorism” or “terrorist” arises when there is disagreement over whether an act of violence is justified (and those who justify it label themselves “revolutionaries” or “freedom fighters,” etc.). So, in one sense, it may be fair to say that terrorism is exactly violence (or the threat of violence) in context where there will be disagreement over the use of that violence.

Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, does not think the deadly attack Friday at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood qualifies as terrorism: “I don’t think it would fall under quite the definition of domestic terrorism, although I’ll leave that to the Justice Department to make that determination.”

Not all Repubs agree om this either……even Huckabee sees it as “domestic terrorism”…….

What he did is domestic terrorism, and what he did is absolutely abominable, especially to us in the pro-life movement, because there’s nothing about any of us that would condone or in any way look the other way on something like this.

But just because an act is violent doesn’t mean it qualifies as domestic terrorism, said former ATF Special Agent John Risenhoover. He has investigated domestic terrorism cases before. During his more than two decades with the agency, Risenhoover worked on the Oklahoma City bombing, which remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history.

“One of the things that’s really tough when you talk about domestic terrorism is you have to prove intent and motivation,” Risenhoover said. “There has to be a goal. Usually political, usually to influence government.”

And this near-sighted fool does not see a goal in this act?  Is he any kin to Homer Simpson?

Of course it is domestic terrorism and if you accept the definition presented by the FBI then there is NO more debate…..it was an act of domestic terrorism!  PERIOD!

Any other debate would be disingenuous……but then there is an election coming.

Trump Is Just Too Right Wing

I know my readers know what I think of the Donald…….I believe that he is wrong on so many levels and his popularity scares me and I worry about the future of my country.

I am sorry but he sounds all too familiar to some of the rhetoric from a past time…..his thoughts on immigrants….his thoughts on closing religious buildings…..and his idea of making a portion of the society made to carry a special ID system (whatever that is)…..again all too familiar.

Plus he made a statement the other day about what to do about the families of “terrorists” (the word is in parenthesis because I am talking about accusations not conviction) ……

Asked how he could prevent civilian casualties while carrying out his plan to “bomb the hell” out of the Islamic State terrorist group, the Republican presidential frontrunner said America was “fighting a very politically correct war” and needed to focus on neutralizing the associates of terrorist……

“When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families,” Trump said. “They care about their lives. Don’t kid yourself. But they say they don’t care about their lives. You have to take out their families.”

This sounds like guilty by association…..and it also sounds like the Israeli policy of punishing families of rock throwers by destroying their homes….sorry that is just wrong……

Of course we all have heard his account of thousands of thousands of people cheering at the attacks on 9/11, right?

I read an article about this situation and thought I would press it for this post……

Trump was right about 9/11 but they weren’t Muslims

Source: The Dancing Israelis – The Unz Review

Is Trump speaking truth or is this article?  I guess that will depend on which side of the ugly fence you stand.

I Still Cannot Support Hillary

It is my belief that this election will be about foreign policy….yes domestic policies are important but thanx to those toads in ISIS all eyes will be on what to do about their rise and their ultimate defeat…….

The truth of the matter is that aren’t many candidates that I would trust with the international direction of the US……but my dislike of Clinton’s foreign policy comes about in two parts…..first her Libyan decisions.

Nope this is not some mindless rant about Benghazi…..I have already made my opinions known on that issue…..it is more about the actions that were taken during the Libyan uprising against Qaddafi…..

In the beginning Clinton voted to authorize the Iraq War and she defended that for years that is until it was time to run for the presidency….but read it for yourself…..

Source: Libya’s Collapse Proves Clinton Learned Nothing From Iraq

A wise astute person would learn from the mistakes of the past especially when war is the outcome…..but Clinton apparently learned nothing…..

Next is her vocal idea for fighting ISIS…..every candidate no matter the party has the same tagline when it comes to ISIS……she is no different…..she will get tough on terrorism and make ISIS pay for their actions…..all really generic responses….her one idea is a no-fly zone in Northern Syria which would protect refugees and lessen the influence of ISIS…..personally, it sounds good but when shown in a revealing light….it sucks…..

Source: Hillary’s Plan To Combat ISIS Won’t Work – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com

All in all what we have from Clinton is amnesia on what happened in Iraq so let’s do it again and some vague platitude about a no-fly zone…..

But you know that after all that said take a look at the promises from the GOP on the war on ISIS……have you heard anything that sounds like a true plan or just idle rambling?  At least Clinton has a plan….in my opinion a bad plan….but a plan nonetheless….

Latest Climate Talks

Paris is once again in the news and thank the gods it is not because of some mindless attacks this time…..

Paris has been the host city for the latest climate summit….my daughter sent me this cartoon…..sounds like some things never change…..especially the tone of every climate summit that I can remember…..

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Are these summits doing good or are they just a “feel good” meeting?

 

Are You Voting In 2016?

If you are voting then do you know where your chosen candidate stands on the issues of the day?

This press has all the candidates and their stands on the issues….both GOP and Democratic…..don’t get your drawers in a twist…they are listed alphabetically….no pretense of listing by popularity or party affiliation….

If you are interested then pick your candidate and see if they truly represent your views on the issues….

The definitive guide of the 2016 presidential candidates’ positions on important issues.

Source: Where The 2016 Candidates Stand | National Journal

I will re-blog this in the days before the primaries so that my readers can do another comparison of the candidates…..