Why Were Authorities so Quick to Rule out Arson in the Notre Dame Conflagration?

Because they dare not call it what it is? Islamic Jihad.

I feel I must hand it to those stalwart souls investigating the devastating conflagration at the Cathedral of Notre Dame Monday. The flames were not quenched at the 12th-century masterpiece of Gothic architecture when the authorities announced that they had ruled out arson as the cause of the blaze. (Some reports hedged their bets by adding “for now”; most were more apodictic.)

That was an extraordinary, not to say amazing, piece of forensic prognostication. Not only were the flames still lapping at the timbers of the cathedral when this conclusion was announced, but also think about the context. The fire broke out on Monday of Holy Week, the apex of the Christian religious calendar. For Catholics, Notre Dame is a focal point of what remains of the religion in a country besotted for decades by its adherence to “laïcité,” to aggressive secularism. For France generally, however, I suspect that the important thing is that Notre Dame is home to some 13 million tourists per annum, all armed with fist-fulls of dollars, euros, and yen.

Over the past month, in fact, there have been at least twelve reported acts of vandalism against French churches: statues smashed or beheaded, altars desecrated,  human excrement smeared on church walls in the shape of a cross and decorated with communion hosts. France, like many countries in Western Europe, is swaddled in a nervous silence about the inroads made into their society by militant Islam. They, like many Americans, are terrified of being accused of “Islamophobia.”  Yet the Ministry of the Interior reported that in 2018 there were recorded 541 anti-Semitic acts, 100 anti-Muslim acts, and 1063 anti-Christian acts.

Auric Goldfinger, in the Ian Fleming novel, dryly observes to James Bond that “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action.” [and I don’t believe in ‘coincidence’]

The French investigators have such extraordinary powers of forensic penetration that they can dispense with all such inductive aids to inquiry. Here they have not one, not two or three, but twelve acts of violent desecration in the past month, including an arsonist attack against the second largest church in Paris. Then Notre Dame catches fire—and what a fire it was—on Monday of Holy Week. Even before the fire was brought under control, the authorities ruled out arson. Has the world ever seen a more potent demonstration of investigative prowess?

‘I knew the officers were lying’: Another drug case dismissed in fallout from botched raid.

I’m not anti-Cop. I’m anti-stupid and corrupt Cop.

A Harris County court on Monday tossed out yet another drug case over links to the officers at the center of the botched Pecan Park drug raid that left a couple dead and five officers injured earlier this year.

The dismissed felony charge against Xavier Womack hinged on claims that former narcotics officer Steven Bryant – who recently retired under investigation – spotted the Houston man going in and out of a supposed drug house.

But Womack’s defense attorney, Lisa Andrews, says she repeatedly told prosecutors that her client was never at the scene, and it wasn’t until after the outcome in Pecan Park sparked broader questions about police handling of drug cases that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office agreed to drop Womack’s drug charge.

“I knew the officers were lying,” Andrews told the Houston Chronicle on Monday. “But for the unfortunate circumstances” that led to the officers’ departure from the department, Andrews continued, “I would be hoping to convince a jury of these facts against the word of two police officers.”

The dismissal marks at least the fifth case dropped in the fallout from the Jan. 28 bust, which was unrelated to Womack’s arrest and prosecution. In addition to Bryant, former Officer Gerald Goines is also under investigation and recently retired from the Houston Police Department……………

The police involved in the arrest came under scrutiny earlier this year after investigators accused 54-year-old Goines of lying on the search warrant affidavit used to justify a no-knock raid at 7815 Harding Street. When officers burst in the home that evening in search of a heroin dealer, they kicked off a gun battle that left dead Dennis Tuttle, his wife Rhogena Nicholas, and a pit bull they’d been dog-sitting.

But the raid netted no heroin and only a small amount of cocaine and marijuana, and the slain couple’s friends and neighbors have repeatedly maintained that they weren’t drug dealers.

Days later, as Goines lay in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound to the neck, investigators realized they couldn’t find the confidential informant behind the alleged heroin buy that started it all.

When asked for details, Goines first named one informant and then another – but, according to court filings, police couldn’t find anyone who admitted acting as the confidential informant before the raid. Instead, all of Goines’ informants said they’d never met the Tuttles.

Nancy Pelosi Declares a ‘New Era’ of Internet Regulation; E.U. Threatens Same
Nancy Pelosi wants to gut Section 230

Little wanna-be tyrants…some with dementia.

We’ve all been watching this develop for years now: The internet is being slow-choked, not by rapacious ISPs forcing users to pay for “fast lanes,” but by politicians on both sides of the Atlantic who want to have a bigger role in what we’re allowed to do and say online. To be sure, lawmakers are being greatly aided in their efforts by major tech players such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Apple’s Tim Cook, who are explicitly calling for regulation to maintain current market positions in a sector defined by creative destruction (all hail MySpace and Blackberry!).

In an interview with Recode‘s Kara Swisher, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–Calif.) pronounced that in the tech sector, the “era of self-regulation” is over when it comes to privacy and speech rules. Sounding a lot like conservative Republicans such as Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri, she zeroes in especially on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act as the thing that needs to be torched.

As the title of a new book puts it, Section 230 comprises “the twenty-six words that created the internet.” Author Jeff Kosseff explains that by immunizing websites, platforms, and service providers from “lawsuits over materials that their users upload,” Section 230 “fundamentally changed American life.” Indeed, the internet as we know it is based on both “content created not only by large companies, but by users,” writes Kosseff, who observes that of the top 10 most-trafficked websites in the United States in 2018, only Netflix “mostly provides its own content.” All the rest—Facebook, Wikipedia, YouTube, Twitter, et al.—either rely heavily on user-generated content (including potentially actionable reviews and comments about everything under the sun) or exist to guide users to such content (Google, Yahoo).

Pelosi is done with all that, telling Swisher that the freedom of expression empowered by Section 230 is “a gift” and a “privilege” that can be rescinded if major tech companies don’t move in the direction she and other politicians want.

6 Charged With Spreading New Zealand Mosque Shooting Video Online

The exercise of a right that’s protected here  in the U.S. will get you a jail sentence in ‘liberal’ New Zealand.

Six people appeared in a New Zealand court Monday on charges they illegally redistributed the video a gunman livestreamed as he shot worshippers at two mosques last month. Christchurch District Court Judge Stephen O’Driscoll denied bail to businessman Philip Arps and an 18-year-old suspect who both were taken into custody in March. The four others are not in custody.

The charge of supplying or distributing objectionable material carries a penalty of up to 14 years imprisonment.

French Billionaires Pledge Nearly $350 Million to Rebuild Notre Dame

In what some might ascribe to a holy week miracle, the interior of Notre Dame was miraculously saved last night by the more than 400 firefighters worker to suppress a devastating fire that destroyed the roof of the 850-year-old cathedral, as well as its iconic spire. In a speech delivered shortly before midnight, French President Emmanuel Macron implored the French people to join a national fundraising campaign to repair the damage, and at least one of the country’s wealthiest men has already obliged.

French billionaire François-Henri Pinault said Monday night that he and his family would donate €100 million ($113 million) to the rebuilding effort. Pinault, who is chairman of Kerring group, the luxury goods powerhouse behind Gucci, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent, said the money would come from his family’s investment firm, Artemis.

In a statement, the billionaire, who is married to actress Selma Hayek, said he hopes that the money will help the Catholic Church “completely rebuild Notre Dame.”

“My father [François Pinault] and I have decided to release as of now from the funds of Artemis a sum of 100 million euros to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame,” he said.

Hypocrite Socialist Bernie Sanders is in the 1%

It should come as no surprise that socialists are hypocrites and Senator Bernie Sanders is no different. He likes to spend his time blaming capitalism and free markets for the 1% when he himself is a true 1%er.

Sanders has never actually created much of anything over the course of his life, other than the hot air he expels as he looks down on those who actually produce wealth in a country with a very limited (if any) free market left. He may have written some books in which he bemoans the system that has allowed him to get rich, but Sanders is wealthy not just from his books, but off the backs of the taxpayers. Don’t let him fool you — he became a millionaire in 2016. He was rich because the government steals money from producers and gives it to him and other criminal hypocrites as a salary for being an authoritarian politician. And this was going on long before he wrote a book.

South Carolina church vandalized with ‘submit to God thru Islam’ on Palm Sunday

A South Carolina church had three of its 125-year-old windows broken and was vandalized with Islamic-themed graffiti Sunday hours after celebrating Palm Sunday.

“Submit to God thru Islam” and “Muhammed is his prophet” were spray-painted on the outside of Midway Presbyterian Church, according to local police.

The Anderson Police Department is offering a reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the individuals who vandalized the church building.

Police posted about the incident in the afternoon Sunday. The church’s service began earlier in the day at 10:30 a.m.

“Applause”

Attorney General William Barr said in a new ruling issued Tuesday that asylum-seekers who are able to demonstrate a “credible fear” and are then sent to full deportation proceedings are not eligible to be released on bond.

The ruling, which will go into effect in 90 days, states that a previous decision allowing for asylum-seekers to be released on bond while their case is being heard by an immigration judge was incorrect. Only the Department of Homeland Security has the authority to release the asylum-seekers, he wrote.

“I conclude that such aliens remain ineligible for bond, whether they are arriving at the border or are apprehended in the United States,” Barr wrote.

Barr is overturning a 2005 ruling that determined that asylum-seekers are eligible for bond if they are able to exhibit they have credible fear of persecution or danger if they leave the U.S.

But the attorney general argues that, under the Immigration and Nationality Act, the administration is permitted to detain all undocumented immigrants who were initially placed in expedited removal proceedings but then passed the credible fear test and were transferred to a full hearing before an immigration judge.

He also pointed to a 2018 Supreme Court ruling that found that the law did not place limits on how long an immigrant can be detained.

Some asylum-seekers are exempted from this rule, including families and unaccompanied migrant children.

DEVELOPING….. French Media Confirms There Were NO CONSTRUCTION WORKERS at Notre Dame Cathedral at Time of Fire

Pelosi appears to take new jab at Ocasio-Cortez, says ‘a glass of water’ with a ‘D’ could win their districts

Pelousy compares Occasional-Cortex to a glass of water?
Ohhh Hohohohohoh.
More and more of that circular firing squad.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Monday made a point to heap more praise on Democrats who flipped Republican seats in the 2018 midterms and downplayed representatives like herself and freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who carried districts where a “glass of water” with a “D” next to it could win.

“When we won this election, it wasn’t in districts like mine or Alexandria’s,” Pelosi said. “[S]he’s a wonderful member of Congress [yeah right Nance] as I think all of our colleagues will attest. But those are districts that are solidly Democratic.”

To drive the point home she picked up a water glass next to her and said: “This glass of water would win with a ‘D’ next to its name in those districts.”

HOMEOWNER SHOOTS SUSPECT BEING CHASED BY POLICE

DUNLAP, Tennessee (WDEF) – A man accused of trying to steal a car in Dunlap on Saturday, is in a Chattanooga hospital with a gunshot wound.

Officers with the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office and Dunlap Police Department attempted to stop Tyler Shell as he led officers on a pursuit to Smith Mountain, where he left the car and fled on foot.

Hamilton county deputies then joined the search for Shell who was seen on Blue Sewannee road in Bledsoe county.

A homeowner there told officers Shell charged at him and he shot him.

Shell has non life threatening injuries .


1 suspect dead, 1 suspect charged in weekend Montgomery home invasion

A Georgia man is behind bars after he and his friend were shot while reportedly carrying out a Montgomery home invasion over the weekend.

Quayshon Frazier Hardy Jr., 21, is charged with murder, according to court documents made public Monday. He is charged in the shooting death of 22-year-old Jessie James Felts.

According to charging documents in the case, Hardy and Felts were involved in a home invasion at 1316 A South Perry Street about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The home invasion victim fired on the suspects.

Hardy was shot in the hand. Felts was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead there at 4:11 p.m.


Police: Man shot after breaking into home

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Louisville homeowner isn’t expected to be charged after police say he shot a man who broke into his house Sunday morning.

Metrosafe confirmed a call of a shooting call at the corner of Homeview Drive and Montana Avenue came in at 7:08 a.m. That’s in the Taylor Berry neighborhood, near Churchill Downs.

When police arrived on scene, they found one person, identified as Donald Oliver, shot at that location.

According to an arrest slip, Oliver went though a window of a home and went into an 11-year-old girl’s room. Once in the room he undressed and while undressing he dropped a bag of suspected heroin.

Police said Oliver then went into the kitchen of the home, wearing only his underwear, and encountered the homeowner.

The homeowner and Oliver got into an altercation and the homeowner yelled for his girlfriend to help. She retrieved a gun and gave it to the homeowner who was able to get up from underneath Oliver and he shot him several times, police said.

Oliver was taken to University Hospital for treatment with non-life-threatening injuries.

Prosecutor’s Refusal To Charge Mayor Indictment Of Preemption Laws

Passing gun control laws against explicit state law is illegal. It’s illegal as hell. Preemption laws exist for a reason, and part of that reason is to create a universal code of gun laws throughout a state.

Yet the City of Pittsburgh did just that. Mayor Bill Peduto announced his intentions and proceeded, well aware that he was ignoring the law in the process. It was a blatantly illegal act, and what’s going to happen to him? Nothing.

Late last week, the Alleghany County District Attorney announced it was declining to charge Peduto or any of his cronies on the city council for willfully violating state law.

The Allegheny County district attorney declined to approve charges against the mayor of Pittsburgh and six city council members on Friday after the city passed gun control legislation that some gun rights supporters have said violates Pennsylvania law.

Seven Pittsburgh residents attempted to file criminal complaints against Mayor Bill Peduto (D) and the city councilors, according to The Associated Press. Citizens are allowed to file such charges with approval by the district attorney.

Democratic District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr.’s office said that prosecutors will not consider criminal charges until after the laws go into effect and someone is accused of violating them. The law will become effective in about two months.

“We will consider a private complaint if somebody is aggrieved by the law,” a spokesperson for Zappala told residents.

In other words, someone has to be arrested for violating the law before Zappala will do anything.

And with that, ladies and gentlemen, we can now see how much preemption laws mean. Not just in the state of Pennsylvania, but throughout the nation.

Colorado enacts ‘red flag’ law to seize guns from those deemed dangerous, prompting backlash.

Makes it harder to get the guns back than to take them in the first place. “Due Process” my ass.

Colorado’s law, approved by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis, allows family, household members or law enforcement to petition a court to have guns seized or surrendered based on a showing that someone poses a danger under the “preponderance of the evidence,” a civil standard which means that the defendant is more likely than not to be a threat.

“In other words, there is just over a 50/50 chance of accuracy,” van Beek wrote, noting that someone’s guns could be seized even without a mental health professional making a determination of any kind. “Like the flip of a coin. Couldn’t that apply to just about anything a person does?”

A subsequent court hearing could extend a gun seizure up to 364 days, and gun owners can only retain their guns if they meet a burden of demonstrating by “clear and convincing evidence” — a much higher standard — that they are not in fact a threat. Gun owners, van Beek said, are “guilty until proven innocent” under this framework.

Trump Insists He Has Legal Right to Move Detainees to Sanctuary Cities, and He’s Probably Right.

Difficult as it may be to parse through Trump’s bluster and ramble, nestled between his threats to immigrants and those reserved for the State of California is a kernel of truth: the federal government does have the legal right to relocate immigration detainees as it sees fit. The federal government and its executive agencies have wide legal discretion overseeing immigration generally and detention specifically.

Noted liberal suddenly becomes a Republican:

Cher Reverses Course On Mass Immigration — ‘if My State Can’t Take Care Of Its Own, How Can It Take Care Of More?

Notre Dame Cathedral Fire Photos: Macron Vows To Rebuild 670-Year Old Church

No need to elaborate on the story. Everyone’s seen it.
The supposed cause is a ‘construction accident’ due to some idiot workman being an idiot during renovation.

Questions being asked though.
Just three weeks ago:
CATHOLIC CHURCHES ARE BEING DESECRATED ACROSS FRANCE—AND OFFICIALS DON’T KNOW WHY

France has seen a spate of attacks against Catholic churches since the start of the year, vandalism that has included arson and desecration.

Vandals have smashed statues, knocked down tabernacles, scattered or destroyed the Eucharist and torn down crosses, sparking fears of a rise in anti-Catholic sentiment in the country.

Last Sunday, the historic Church of St. Sulpice in Paris was set on fire just after midday mass on Sunday,  Le Parisien reported, although no one was injured. Police are still investigating the attack, which firefighters have confidently attributed to arson.

So, dare call it what it looks like?

I will. Moslems and their anti-Christian allies are doing this and the French government is covering it up in the attempt to keep a lid on what might be termed ‘retributive justice’.
Charlemagne, his ancestors and decendants fought the moslems to a standstill 1300 or so years ago and saved central Europe from an islamic invasion. Then the French, Germans and a lot of other Euros and Scandis forgot their history lessons and began importing them as refugees and ‘guest workers’.

Leftism: A Warped Reflection of Christianity

As the long conga line of Democrats prepare for their chance at the Presidency, not since the American Civil War has the country been so divided on critical issues as it is right now.  Moreover, although Democrat Socialists, aka leftists, say the country is in a mess, they don’t seem too concerned with the traditional topics of taxes, military spending, and balanced budgets. They are, however, very focused on trying to demonstrate what a bad person they think Trump is and how righteously superior they think they are.

Listening to Democratic candidates lecture Americans on morality regarding a border wall or the sanctity of sanctuary cities their campaign rhetoric sounds more like a religious movement than a political position. It is rather apparent that the left is entirely void of any economic plans or international policies. Instead, it has resorted to becoming pseudo-preachers of a quasi-socialist religion, sounding more sanctimonious by the day.  So the only questions Americans can ask themselves at this point is whether or not they want to remain a nation based on the belief in God and laws or a country based on faith in government and social justice?

One of the biggest scams and tactical deceptions that leftists use to gain support from outsiders is the attempt to equate Christian teachings to their socialist policies.  As if Christianity is more closely matched with the left’s good socialist intentions rather than the God-centered Constitution. Nothing could be farther from the truth.  In fact, according to a February 2016 article on the Action Institute power blog, since the mid-1800s every Catholic pontiff from Pius IX to Benedict XVI has forthrightly condemned socialism.

The American conservative sees God as the architect of everything and originator of man’s freedom, and the view of government is limited to protecting those God-given gifts. Whereas the leftist sees government as a godlike idol and their role as the arbiters that control the allowances parted out to the masses — two opposite ways of life with socialism utterly incompatible with Christianity on every level.

 

Kamala Harris Says She Owns a Gun — Meanwhile She Wants to Ban Them

Rights for me, but not for thee (since you’re my political enemy)

California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris said she owns a gun for “personal safety” Thursday, adding she wants to protect the Second Amendment after leading efforts to ban assault weapons.

“I am a gun owner, and I own a gun for probably the reason a lot of people do — for personal safety,” Harris told reporters after attending a party with supporters in Des Moines, Iowa, according to Business Insider. “I was a career prosecutor.”

The 2020 hopeful also said she believes she can solve gun control issues, mentioning a lack of leadership.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib makes stunning accusation about Democratic Party leadership:

Here’s more of that demoncrap ‘circular firing squad’ that Obammy was so worried about. Har Har-de Har Har.

Amid controversy between President Donald Trump and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) — stemming from the president criticizing remarks Omar made recently when she refused to denounce the 9/11 attackers as terrorists — Tlaib launched a broadside at her party’s leadership.

The Michigan lawmaker is seemingly upset over what she believes is a failure by Democratic leadership to properly condemn Omar’s critics.

“They put us in photos when they want to show our party is diverse. However, when we ask to be at the table, or speak up about issues that impact who we are, what we fight for & why we ran in the first place, we are ignored,” Tlaib charged. “To truly honor our diversity is to never silence us.”

Sarah Sanders: Lawmakers not ‘smart enough’ to read Trump’s tax returns

Sanders insults Congress? Well, Congress is insulting.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said lawmakers are not “smart enough” to look through President Trump’s tax returns.

She appeared on “Fox News Sunday” as a battle is being waged over access to Trump’s financial records.

“This is a dangerous, dangerous road, and frankly, Chris, I don’t think Congress, particularly not this group of congressmen and women, are smart enough to look through the thousands of pages that I would assume that president trumps taxes will be,” Sanders said to host Chris Wallace.

 

Police watching hospitals for signs of car burglary suspect shot by homeowner
Investigators found trail of blood, indicating suspect was hit
Ya think trailing blood is an ‘indication’ huh?

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police are keeping an eye on local hospitals for any signs of a car burglary suspect who they believe was shot by a Northwest Side homeowner.

The shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. Friday in the 13900 block of Hunters Hawk off Northwest Military Highway.

The homeowner said he found a man inside his pickup, which was parked in his driveway, and confronted him.

“As that suspect gets out of the vehicle, he lunges at the homeowner, and the homeowner fired one time,” Ortiz said.

The man who was shot ran from the home.

Police said it appears he was hit by the gunfire because they found a trail of blood throughout the neighborhood.

Ah, He’s a corrupt hypocrite?
Bernie Sanders, the democratic socialist senator from Vermont, is a fierce critic of the affluent in America. That’s a bit rich, considering he himself is well off. Sanders, 77, has, in fact, amassed an estimated $2.5 million fortune from real estate, investments, government pensions—and earnings from three books, including the 2016 hit Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In. “I wrote a best-selling book. If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too,” he recently told the New York Times, striking a downright Trumpian note.
Since his bid for the Democratic nomination raised his profile in 2016, Sanders has released a book a year. In all, he has pulled in at least $1.7 million from the series, starting with Our Revolution (220,000 copies sold, according to industry tracker NPD BookScan) and then Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution (27,000) and finally Where We Go From Here: Two Years in the Resistance (26,000).