Sandwiched in between two domestic terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists in Canada during the past three days, USA Today ran a Tuesday op-ed which appeared in Wednesday’s print edition by Mary Zeiss Stange called “Beware the Christian Extremists.”
With all due respect, ma’am, we’ve got bigger worries. But in Ms. Stange’s world, Christian “religious extremism taken to potentially lethal ends” is really the “primary threat to homeland security.” She castigates the news media, which in her view “have been remarkably slow when it comes to zeroing in on the pervasive reality of hate-based Christian extremism,” because “It is easier, after all, to blame the un-American other.”
Stange’s op-ed is not a one-off misstep by USA Today. She is one of about 33 people on its Board of Contributors, absurdly giving her a status equal to credible commentators like Jonathan Turley, Jonah Goldberg, Kirsten Powers, and Michael Medved.
Stange pegs her contention that Christians are a bigger problem than Islamists to a July report by the federally funded National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.
That report has come in for a great deal of derision from people who live in the real world. First, it was based on a ridiculously tiny sample of participants. The survey relied on 364 responses from individuals who worked at 175 agencies different state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, or SLTs. The U.S had almost 18,000 “state and local law enforcement agencies employing at least one full-time officer or the equivalent in part-time officers” in 2012.
Second, it is entirely possible that SLT law enforcement has more routine and direct contact and familiarity with Christian extremists than Islamists, depending on what parts of the U.S. the survey respondents represented. If so, even though the number of murders they have committed pales in comparison to the lives lost in jihadist attacks in the U.S., SLT officials might be expected to rate the threats they see more often themselves as more serious than the ones they only see or read about in the news. It’s reasonable to contend that officials in Federal law enforcement, which is very involved with monitoring Islamist activity, likely would have answered the survey quite differently.
Other distinctions between the small number of Christian extremists and the apparently growing number of violence-prone Islamists in the U.S. should be obvious to Ms. Stange, but they clearly aren’t. Here are just a few:
- A jihadist generally sets out to commit murder — sometimes mass murder, often of complete innocents. Many of the offenses committed by Christian extremists, though annoying and outrageous, are nonviolent and relate to filing false liens and the like.
- A jihadist believes he (or she) is carrying out Allah’s will. It is far from clear that this is the case in the few instances where Christian extremists have committed murder.
- A jihadist often gets his (or her) inspiration as a result of participating in Islamic services at a publicly recognized mosque and fraternizing with its members. The roster of Christian churches advocating a murderous crusade against non-Christians is somewhere between zero and almost zero.
USA Today’s judgment in allowing Ms. Stange a spot on its Board of Contributors is extremely poor. Here’s hoping it won’t continue. Her most recent column is an egregious waste of editorial page space, newsprint, and online bandwidth.
Found at the Bizzy Blog.
U.S. Quietly Inflicting Economic Pain On OPEC, Tyrants, And Terrorists With Increased Oil Production (Thank You, FRACKING)
Saudi Arabia is having to significantly cut back on the amount of oil it’s supplying to world markets. Terror states like Libya and Central American dictators like Hugo Chavez’s successor are drowning in oil they’re having a hard time selling.
Oil prices are falling due to an increase in global supply, largely because of an increase in production in the heavily over-regulated U.S., to include things like fracking (even the useful idiot leftists who’ve been demanding an end to fracking haven’t been so useful to OPEC these days):
The amount of oil Saudi Arabia supplied to markets fell last month, according to a person familiar with the country’s oil policy. Its production climbed.
The world’s biggest crude exporter supplied 9.36 million barrels a day last month, a reduction of 328,000 barrels daily from August, according to the person, who asked not to be identified, citing policy. The supply figure excludes what’s stored. Saudi Arabia produced about 100,000 barrels a day more than in August, the person said.
Crude collapsed into a bear market this month as Saudi Arabia and other producers deepened price discounts for their oil, amid speculation they’re competing for market share in Asia. Global supplies are rising as the U.S. pumps the most in almost three decades and Russia’s output nears a post-Soviet record. Brent, the global oil benchmark, rose more than 1 percent immediately after the person’s comments.
“If this was an intentional cut by Saudi Arabia, I’d expect them to have cut the actual amount of oil produced and not just the supply to market,” Richard Mallinson, a London-based analyst at Energy Aspects Ltd., said by phone. “More is being read into the fluctuations than should be. I don’t see anything in these latest numbers to indicate a unilateral production cut.”
That part by Mallinson about advising that people shouldn’t read too much into Saudi Arabia’s supply to the market because they didn’t cut production is somewhat belied by a Saudi Prince’s comments earlier this month. As Shoebat.com reported, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was more than just a little concerned about what the increase in oil supply would do to the Saudi economy.
The increased supply in places like the U.S. and Russia is also affecting Central American tyrants and a certain African country run by jihadists:
Angola, Libya and Venezuela have all said OPEC needs to take action on prices, with the Latin American nation’s President Nicolas Maduro calling for an emergency meeting in a televised address Oct. 17. Global markets are oversupplied by about 1 million barrels a day and OPEC needs to reduce collective output by at least 500,000 barrels a day, Libya’s OPEC governor Samir Kamal said by e-mail yesterday, adding that his comments reflected personal views.
Have you thanked an oil driller today?
And why did she bother getting dressed?
American Policing and the Coming Civil War by Bill Buppert
“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.”
– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956
Publisher’s Note: The Canadian War Memorial and Parliament were attacked by gunmen this morning and ample evidence of the evolution of the police state in the north was on display as cops in full military regalia stomped about. No matter the cause, the usual suspects in the warden’s office known as government will further erode if not exterminate the gun rights of the Helots in Canada. Standby for news.
A number of readers have written to quibble on the notion of Civil War and I do think the USSA has been waging a “soft” CW since 1791 with the ratification of the primary plantation Convenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs) in the Constitution. My observations here are a scratch speculation on the “hard” CW to come authored not by conspiracy but government malevolence and incompetence.
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Eric Frein may be the latest installment of a tradition in the American story of outlaws likeEric Rudolph, Troy James Knapp, Jason McVean, and Robert William Fisher, who were able to elude government and its police for years in rural and urban environments. No one is calling them heroes for their misdeeds or misadventures simply Exhibit A of why the over-funded police in America tend to be a lethal clown posse in rural America. “Popcorn” Sutton provides a memorable vignette on how to make the rural trade prosper. I will leave to others to assess what the mindset of Frein may be and the various theories about why he did what he did. I suspect that Frein may be part of a growing subculture in America that despises and loathes the state of American policing today. This small subculture is not comprised of criminals per se but folks who are simply tired of living in the emergingStasi state that is the USA.
The PSP has issued a shoot on sight now on a suspect for whom the whole story has yet to be revealed; much like the Dorner episode, innocent until proven guilt is quaint but no longer applicable. Think about that: the authorities admit the suspect will not be taken alive. The future effect of this will incentivize the “nothing to lose” proposition that American copdom is unprepared to face. Solzhenitsyn provides more instruction here that the American police state will ignore at its peril.“You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power – he’s free again.”
Is Frein a cold-blooded killer or murderous thug? Who knows and the way the system works, we may never find out. Very few people die by the rifle in America which makes this stand out but I suspect that statistic will increase in frequency instead of decrease in the future. The rifle tends to be a tool of insurrection and not mere crime.
The American police state has always been a savage enterprise enforcing unpopular or simply bad laws for decades. Try Woodrow Wilson’s infamous American Protective League on for size for a dollop of where this madness descends from. Whether the nasty business of alcohol prohibition in the early twentieth century or the other drug prohibitioncampaigns that succeeded it to grow the size of government, uniformed cops in all 19,000 department today from the local to the Federal level have created a formidable gulag state nicely accelerated by the strike on New York and DC in 2001.
While I think the numbers of civilians, especially innocents, murdered by the police in America is far greater than the official numbers, there is no government database (surprise!) that collates all the incidents. Those numbers are at least four times the purported 500 per annum killed since 9/11. I suspect one reason this is not done is the sheer number of corpses piled up yearly by the cops would cause a revolution that would find many lamp posts straining under the weight of hanged policeman in local burgs much like the collaborators in Vichy France after the country was liberated from the Nazi police state.
Like Frein, Dorner in California demonstrated for all to see that one determined man gunning for the cops can paralyze an entire state’s law enforcement apparatus and have them running for cover. Two incidents after the during the Dorner caper come to mind to show just how ill-advised and frightened the constabulary were of tackling an armed suspect who knew what he was about. In the case of the Dorner fiasco, the frightened police opened fire on a man driving to surf and two women delivering newspapers.
Much like the strike by al Qaeda on 9/11 in 2001, these events intentionally or accidentally set into train a cavalcade of unintended consequences and self-immolation on the part of the state. The US has formally driven itself into bankruptcy since 9/11 and the police state has helped to apply the gas to the process.
Imagine a dozen or a hundred Dorners in one state hunting the police population. Picture the confusion and fear sown among the ranks that are accustomed to mauling and thug-scrumming unarmed individuals and quite literally getting away with criminal violence and murder on a daily basis.
With few exceptions, even the vaunted thousands of SWAT teams, American police do not encounter talented armed resistance to their predations. For every Dorner incident, there are thousands of Americans savaged and mauled by the cops who offer no resistance whatsoever. Some of these unfortunates go to the hospital for non-crimes like obstructing and resisting arrest.
Read all of this HERE.