“In this administration, we’re not afraid to use the word Monroe Doctrine. This is a country in our hemisphere. It’s been the objective of American presidents going back to Ronald Reagan to have a completely democratic hemisphere,” Bolton told [CNN’s Jake] Tapper. “I mentioned at the end of last year that we’re looking at the talk of tyranny. Part of the problem in Venezuela is the heavy Cuban presence. 20,000 to 25,000 Cuban security officials by reports that have been in the public. But this is the sort of thing that we find unacceptable and that’s why we’re pursuing these policies.”
JUNEAU — Gov. Mike Dunleavy has abolished Alaska’s climate change strategy commission and has removed a procedural roadblock for several major construction projects, including the Knik Arm Crossing.
Administrative Order No. 309, issued Friday, rescinds seven orders issued by former Gov. Bill Walker, including one from Oct. 31, 2017, that established the state’s climate change strategy and the Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team. That team drafted a climate change policy and formally submitted it to the governor’s office in September. The plan has not been implemented.
The governor’s office sent letters to the climate change team on Friday saying their work for the task force “has ended.” The state website for the team, including the draft strategy it created, has been removed. The developments were first reported by Alaska Public Media on Saturday.
I always though ‘Hispanic’ came from Spain and the ‘Latino’ from the Roman – Latin – that Spanish was derived from.
Surprise, surprise, surprise, I been wrong all along. They must really be the original immigrants; the Clovis and Folsom cultures.
The deal is that everyone’s ancestors here in the whole Americas; North, Central and South, came here from somewhere else. This bunch just doesn’t like what everyone else got before them.
Last week’s most overlooked news was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealing herself as a champion of the “Reconquista” war against Europeans. The Mexican Reconquista movement is an openly admitted effort by Hispanic activists to take “back” California (Southern especially), New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas through immigration and activism. This is one of several driving forces behind allowing illegal immigration.
Ocasio-Cortez (D-Venezuela) dominated news on February 7 appearing at a rally to abolish or defund the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. The same day, Ocasio-Cortez joined other liberal Members of Congress in unveiling her “Green New Deal” (green evidently referring to envy, not the environment).
Almost lost amidst this furor were Ocasio-Cortez’s comments that immigration laws should not apply to indigenous people: As reported in the UK’s Daily Mail — with full video shown:
But she vowed Thursday to defund ICE completely and claimed Latinos should be exempt from criminal proceedings and immigration laws because they are descended from Mesoamerican cultures that preceded the United States.
‘We are standing on native land,’ she claimed, speaking just outside the U.S. Capitol. ‘And Latino people are descendants of native people. And we cannot be told, and criminalized, simply because for our identity or our status. Period.” [emphasis added]
I’ve heard for years of quiet talk about several of the western Canadian provinces considering annexation. British Columbia, Alberta and even Saskatchewan have more in common with the U.S. than with eastern Canada.
Alberta as our 51st state is not as far-fetched as it sounds at first blush. The idea was written about by Peter Zeihan in Accidental Superpower (2014) and recently broached by Holman Jenkins, Jr. in no less than the Wall Street Journal. Before diving into the politics and practicality of a Alberta leaving Canada, let’s first review some background to see why such a traumatic event could even be considered.
Unlike the U.S., which is netted together with the world’s best river system and a favorable geography and climate, Canada is the opposite. Zeihan shows that three barriers split Canada into five largely autonomous regions. They are the Rocky Mountains, the Canadian Shield, and the St. Lawrence River. He says:
Geographically, Canada just isn’t a unified entity, and that’s without even considering its more publicly discussed challenges such as the Anglophone-Francophone divide or the country’s confederal political system, or that because of cold climate most of the Canadian landmass is simply too inhospitable to support a large population, condemning everyone to live on the country’s extreme southern fringe.
This makes Canada inherently unstable and unwieldy from both a political and a geographic point of view.
In two significant ways, Alberta is unlike the rest of Canada. First, Alberta is energy-rich. Thanks to a several-decade-old energy boom, Alberta has a high per capita income. This results in the central government in Ottawa sucking taxes out of Alberta. For every dollar Alberta sends to Ottawa, it gets back only about 65 cents in return. This means that Albertans pay $21.8 billion more in taxes than they get back. And it is the aging population of Quebec that benefits the most from this income transfer.
Many Canadians (and others) are starting to believe that Prime Minister Trudeau’s position on reintegrating and deradicalizing ISIS fighters is unreasonable, if not delusional. Canada’s “Centre for Community Engagement and Deradicalization” has no leader and no deradicalization centre. Nor does it appear to have plans for a program which could operate inside or outside of government. It is also not clear that the law of Canada could force a returning ISIS fighter to attend such a program, even if it did exist. In France, a similar government sponsored program was a failure….
Unfortunately for all concerned, the global Islamist ideology and its inherent problems of confrontation, oppression and violence are growing. Canada appears to be doing little to address these issues while accommodating those who form the ideological basis of the problem. Canada will not be able to plead ignorance or inability while facing accusations of complicity from any future American terrorist victims. The price of Canada’s submission to the Islamists may indeed be high.
Hasty, emotion-driven gun legislation too often backfires.
Following senseless shootings in Toronto and Fredericton this past summer, talk of a national ban on handguns and “assault weapons” has reached a fever pitch in Canada. Under orders from Prime Minister Trudeau, Canadian border-security minister Bill Blair has chaired a series of closed-door consultations to determine the feasibility of such a law……..
Lesson 1: A failure to recognize past failures dictates calls for more restrictive legislation.
Lesson 2: Politicians prefer grand gestures over measured policies.
Canadian lawmakers have failed to address the primary driver of gun violence: gangs. Demands for gun control routinely displace calls for measured policies that target this problem.
Lesson 3: Long term and secondary consequences are rarely considered.
DECATUR, Tenn. (AP) — An earthquake that struck eastern Tennessee early Wednesday could be felt as far away as Atlanta, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The light earthquake occurred about 4:15 a.m., and was centered about 7 miles (about 10 kilometers) northeast of Decatur. About 15 minutes later, a 3.3 magnitude aftershock struck.
According to the USGS, the Eastern Tennessee seismic zone is one of the most active earthquake areas in the Southeast. The zone extends across parts of Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.
This morning's M4.4 earthquake near Decatur is the second strongest on record in East TN, according to the USGS. The strongest was a M4.7 near Maryville in 1973. #earthquake
— NWS Morristown (@NWSMorristown) December 12, 2018
They have the ‘universal health care’ that the proggies want here.
Despite spending more on health care than the majority of developed countries with universal coverage, Canada has a relatively short supply of doctors and hospital beds—and the longest wait times, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
“There is a clear imbalance between the high cost of Canada’s health-care system and the value Canadians receive,” said Bacchus Barua, associate director of health policy studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2018.
Canadian health-care system is generally worse than in the comparable countries
The countdown is nearly over. Following months of debate in the Senate and the passage of the Cannabis Act on June 19, Canada is set to become the first industrialized country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana, and only the second overall behind Uruguay, exactly one week from today, on Oct. 17.
When legal, marijuana will be a big business. Although estimates vary wildly, as we’d expect to see with an industry that has very little legal precedence on an adult-use basis worldwide, Wall Street is looking for somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 billion in added annual sales. The “added” part comes from the fact that the legal pot industry in Canada is already selling medical cannabis domestically, as well as shipping it abroad.
Newly-released FBI documents obtained by Clarion Project confirm Clarion’s reports that Jamaat ul-Fuqra is training members in isolated communes across America and Canada.
The group’s “Islamberg” headquarters in upstate New York is its most well-known “Islamic village.”
Fuqra, which now goes by the name of the Muslims of the Americas (MOA) among other titles, is a cultish Islamist group with a history of crime and terrorism. The group is led by Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani in Pakistan.
Gilani’s name appeared in headlines in 2002 when Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was abducted and beheaded on his way to interview Gilani, though the radical cleric was never accused of an involvement in those crimes.
I spoke with Minneapolis attorney Bob Bennett about the complaint he filed on Tuesday in connection with the death of Justine Damond at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor. Bob represents the plaintiff trustee for the next of kin in the case. I’ve known Bob as a dogged and straightforward attorney from the first time I met him at the rosy dawn of our legal careers. Since then Bob has become the go-to Minnesota plaintiff’s lawyer in police misconduct cases.
Bob told me yesterday that the use of deadly force in this case is “the worst [he’s] seen” since he took his first such a case in 1980. He paused to do the arithmetic for me: “That’s 38 years.”
In this post I want to note the basic legal issues that Bob’s complaint addresses. (I have posted the complaint here and below.) My intent here is to deepen the understanding of interested readers in what it’s (almost) all about. These notes are a cursory guide with the proviso that, although I have professional education and experience in this area of the law, I am by no means an expert in it. When I make various pronouncements below, please understand that they are my opinion based on my limited expertise and understanding. I apologize in advance for any errors or inaccuracies.
On Sunday night, in the lovely Toronto neighbourhood of the Danforth, lots of shops and restaurants and bars, lazy summer evening, a terrorist calmly walked down the street, shooting everyone he saw. He murdered a ten-year-old girl and an eighteen-year-old woman.
As you’ll see from one bystander’s cell phone video, he was calm, cool, collected. Not the style of a madman; the style of a trained assassin.
Police quickly identified him, saying he was “known to police”. That, and his age, 29, was immediately published — but authorities declined to give his name. Why?
Then yesterday, in a move that can only be described as choreography, the police released the name of the terrorist — Faisal Hussain, a Muslim man obviously.
And immediately, simultaneously, a Muslim reporter at the CBC, Shanifa Nasser, published an unsigned letter purportedly from the terrorist’s family. But of course it wasn’t written by them — older Muslim migrants; it was written by some professional PR person, saying Hussain had suffered from mental illness his entire life.
The Toronto Star put their “investigative reporter” on the case.
What did they discover?
“Hussain also shared a characteristic in common with many mass murderers, one that has received particular attention in the wake of a string of explicitly misogynistic attacks: he was male.”
The Toronto Star is the biggest newspaper in the country, in terms of readership. But I was asking some questions on Twitter. Just thinking out loud. And then a reporter from The Toronto Star, Jennifer Pagliario, told me to delete my tweets!
Well, we’re still free in Canada — sort of. So I want to know, as I asked on Twitter, how the guy got a gun; where he got his executioner-style training; what his relationship with police and CSIS was.
I want to know if in fact Faisal Hussain was a terrorist somewhere else, and let back in — one of those ISIS terrorists that Trudeau says could be “extraordinary voices for our community.”
I’m not going to be shushed by the Toronto Star — or the dozens of CBC government journalist who chimed in to the same effect.
We’re just tiny, here at the Rebel. But we’ll ask real questions.
Otherwise, what’s the point?
Yesterday a gunman went on a shooting spree in Toronto, Canada, killing two people and injuring 13 others before being nabbed by police. The murderer Faisal Hussain fired a handgun into restaurants and cafes in Toronto’s Greektown neighborhood before dying in a shootout with police, killing a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman. Did the authorities call it terrorism? Not yet. Twenty-four hours after the event, we still don’t know the motive for the massacre.
It is instructive to read media reports on this event. The family immediately put out a statement, claiming their good boy was just psychotic and mentally ill (well, DUH – just how unhinged does one have to be to shoot a bunch of innocent people and murder a child?), and police – almost 24 hours later – refused to “speculate on a motive,” even though they refused to rule out terrorism.
But even as everyone refused to speculate on a motive, they certainly wasted no time calling for yet more gun control in Canada.
The Canadian Firearms Act, the Criminal Code, and their subordinate regulations govern gun ownership in Canada.
There are age restrictions, registration, criminal and psychiatric checks, and third party character references for each gun license applicant are required. There are also storage and transportation regulations.
In short, every “common sense” regulation the gun grabbers shriek they want is already in use in Canada – and gun control regulations are even more stringent in Toronto.
Gee, it’s as if gun control doesn’t work!
Yeah, like maybe being a moslem?
Now a new trend, when anything like this happens, don’t disclose the name and don’t label it terrorism. Also, a new alibi by nearest family that attacker was mentally unstable…..from the van attack, the Bombay Bhel restaurant attack and now today.
— Subhra (@subhras75) July 23, 2018
The 21st century is reminding of us of some uncomfortable truths. Abroad, recent controversies over the rise of Chinese mercantilism, the specter of Iranian and North Korean nuclear weapons, tensions in the European Union, the calcified Palestinian question, mass migrations, and the resurgence of Islamic terrorism all offer a number of lessons. At home, just as instructive is the strange juxtaposition between Obama’s suave progressivism and Trump’s coarse conservatism.
The Western world is in turmoil largely because of the widening gap between what the people see as true and the “truth” that their governing classes impose on them for the purported greater moral good. The result is a schizophrenia like that seen before the collapse of the Soviet Empire, in which no one believed that the reality they lived had anything to do with the reality delivered by the media and the state. Trumpism and popular movements in Europe are simply symptoms of another problem that what the ruling elite said was true was often a lie.
This week Judy sent me an interesting facebook post. I’ve decided not to name the author in order to spare her further aggravation.
Normally I wouldn’t post on a social media conversation except this one rings a bell. I’ve heard it before.
In fact in earlier years in the life of this blog, I heard it from time to time. Somali commenters told me that this country had a lot of wide open spaces and they planned to fill it.
In fact in 2010, a Somali woman communicated with me to warn that Somalis are creating what she called Tuulas (villages) throughout some states—she mentioned Minnesota and Kansas and Maine. She said:
I have read about what is going on in Kansas and in other small towns like Maine. Somalis will turn these small towns into a largely populated Somali town, because if Minnesota is the U.S capital of Somali people then a small town or city cannot stand a chance.
And, more recently a reader (a Somali?) has told me I am old so I am to be dismissed, implying that I can’t stop the inevitable wave anyway.
So this facebook post sounds perfectly in line with what other Somalis have said to me, and are saying:
Yesterday, I had long social media conversations with two Somali Muslim gentlemen from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I asked them about their goals for improving Minnesota and how they feel about being an American. I also asked them about the million dollar upgrade at Cedar Riverside public housing that Mayor Jacob Frey promised its majority Somali residents this week. After I was called a racist, a fascist, a bigot, stupid and old, here’s what else they shared with me. Nearly verbatim. Thoughts?
“Get with the program, miss. We are here to stay. We never left our Somali heritage or culture. That’s what America is missing. Please stop forcing us to your ways. You’re old and have very old ideas. Get with the program. I’m trying to have my son to be the first Muslim black governor of the state of Minnesota in next 20 years. He’s gonna run as a Democrat. Oh, and on those upgrades at Cedar Riverside. They better give us those upgrades and changes if the Mayor wants to earn our votes. Or else we can always get another Mayor next time around. You see how being an American works? I told you lady please get with the program because Somalis are the latest addition to black folks.
Why should we assimilate? Do you know how stupid you sound? Guess what? We’re here to stay and will transform America for the better. Get that through your thick, ignorant skull. You need to see a doctor. It’s inevitable that Somalis will be taking over and there isn’t anything you can do about it. Again, what’s wrong with Somalis taking over? It is inevitable! This land doesn’t belong to either of us. It is our time to populate it and rule it. Go back to Europe or wherever you’re from if you don’t like it.”
When populations rise, they get cocky (and careless).
And, they are amazingly confident even in light of the fact that Somalia is a failed state because they couldn’t manage to govern it without creating a hellhole.
I suggest that their Leftist trainers (who must be talking to them about ‘old white people’) teach them to not spill the beans prematurely…but then again, let ’em talk!
“The asylum seekers had traveled in school buses under police escort to a beachfront rally in Tijuana, where a steel fence juts out into the Pacific Ocean. They sang the Honduran national anthem, and supporters on the San Diego side of the fence waved a Honduran flag.”
This is what that looks like:
George Ramos of Univision said on Tucker Carlson that America needs to do this because American drug addicts are are responsible for the problems in South and Central America.
That’s crap-for-brains thinking. The history of much of South and Central America is that of juntas and revolutions. The term ‘Banana Republic’ dated back to 1901, long before the drug epidemic. These nations got into drug production as a way for revolutionary forces to generate funding. The factions decided that selling drugs was better and more lucrative than fighting a revolution and a narco state stalemate occurred. MS-13 started as a El Salvadorian revolutionary force that became a drug cartel. But why let history get in your way.
So people on the Left are fighting to welcome in people who hop the fence to waive the flag and sing the anthem of their homeland on US soil. This is a cultural gulf that cannot be bridged.
I’m not sure what is going to break us first. An attempt at gun confiscation or the welcoming in of a wave of “refugees” so large that it collapses the infrastructure of a US state.
On this day in 1803, American Minister to France Robert Livingston, James Monroe and Barbé Marbois signed the Treaty for the Louisiana Purchase in Paris. The Americans had been authorized by President Jefferson to offer up to $10 million for New Orleans and its environs and were shocked to be offered the whole enchilada for only $15 million (cheap!). Certain that the United States would approve, Livingston took the deal.
In the gun control paradise of Canada, Canada.
Photos have emerged of an underground gun factory which operated in Montreal, Canada to produce high quality copies of the TEC-9 / DC-10 submachine gun for the criminal market. This model of illicit craft produced machine pistol was previously documented having appeared seized in several police operations.
Police in Toronto say they have arrested a male suspect after a white van mounted a curb in the city’s north end, killing 10 people and injuring 15 others.
Deputy Police Chief Peter Yuen told reporters Monday afternoon that police received multiple calls around 1:30 p.m. about a vehicle “driving on Yonge Street, striking a number of pedestrians between Finch Avenue and Sheppard Avenue.”
Yuen said one suspect was in custody, the van had been located and all available resources had been mobilized to investigate the situation.
Police Chief Mark Saunders later told reporters late Monday evening that the suspect is Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont.
On April 14, 1775, Gage received instructions from Secretary of State William Legge, the Earl of Dartmouth to disarm the rebels, who had supposedly hidden weapons in Concord, and to imprison the rebellion’s leaders. Dartmouth gave Gage considerable discretion in his commands
The Battles of Lexington and Concord were actually the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War. They were fought on April 19, 1775, in Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts Bay, within the towns of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Menotomy (present-day Arlington), and Cambridge, near Boston. The battles marked the outbreak of open armed conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and its thirteen colonies in the mainland of British North America.
About 700 British Army regulars, under Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith, were ordered to capture and destroy military supplies that were reportedly stored by the Massachusetts militia at Concord. Dr. Joseph Warren alerted the colonists of this. The Patriot colonists had received intelligence weeks before the expedition which warned of an impending British search, and had moved much, but not all, of the supplies to safety. They had also received details about British plans on the night before the battle, and information was rapidly supplied to the militia.
The first shots were fired just as the sun was rising at Lexington. The militia were outnumbered and fell back. Other British colonists, hours later at the North Bridge in Concord, fought and defeated three companies of the king’s troops. The outnumbered soldiers of the British Army fell back from the Minutemen after a pitched battle in open territory.
More Minutemen arrived soon thereafter and inflicted heavy damage on the British regulars as they marched back towards Boston. Upon returning to Lexington, Smith’s expedition was rescued by reinforcements under Hugh, Earl Percy. A combined force of fewer than 1,700 men marched back to Boston under heavy fire in a tactical withdrawal and eventually reached the safety of Charlestown.
The British failed to maintain the secrecy and speed required to conduct a successful strike into hostile territory, yet they did destroy some weapons and supplies. Most British regulars returned to Boston. The occupation of surrounding areas by the Massachusetts Militia that evening marked the beginning of the Siege of Boston.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his Concord Hymn described the first shot fired by the Patriots at the North Bridge as the “shot heard ’round the world”.
Faruq Khalil Muhammad ‘Isa pleaded guilty in New York City to providing money to Tunisian suicide bombers.
The charges carried a maximum life sentence, but he will face 26 years in prison then deportation, AP reports.
The 50-year-old moved to Toronto in 1993 as a Kurdish refugee before becoming a Canadian citizen.
Muhammad ‘Isa was arrested in 2011 following an investigation by Canadian, US and Tunisian authorities.
He lost his fight against extradition in 2015 when Canada’s Supreme Court refused to hear his case, and was sent to the US.
Two Iraqi policemen also died in the explosion in Mosul in April 2009 that killed the American troops.
Muhammad ‘Isa admitted to emailing two of the attackers, and wiring a middleman $700 (£504) to help get them into Iraq.
US officials also said he sought to become a suicide bomber himself, telling his mother in 2009 that his greatest wish was to die a martyr