Pipeline to Disaster

Last Friday a gasoline pipeline in central Mexico exploded, creating a huge fireball. The official death toll keeps rising; as of this writing it is listed as 91. Dozens more people were injured.

The blast was caused by the illegal tapping of the pipeline by fuel thieves, who are known in Mexico as huachicoleros. The practice is a common one, and this is not the first such explosion, simply the deadliest.

As I read the earliest reports about the explosion, a question occurred to me: We have gasoline pipelines in the USA — why don’t things like this happen here? I’m certain there are plenty of unscrupulous down-on-their luck rural entrepreneurs who would consider pipeline-tapping as a career, but they don’t seem to take it up (or not in enough numbers to draw media attention, anyway).

Before examining this larger question, let’s consider some of the details about Friday’s explosion and the practice of pipeline theft in Mexico.

I’ve been reading a lot of articles since the story broke, but didn’t hang on to most of the URLs, so much of what I write here will be unsourced. However, this article from MSN is information-rich, and will serve as a good start for those who want to look into the incident. For further details, do an Internet search on “Tlahuelilpan pipeline explosion” — that will turn up plenty of stories.

The petroleum industry in Mexico is state-run, and the company that manages the pipelines is called PEMEX. The gasoline pipeline along which the explosion occurred runs from Tuxpan on the Gulf coast to Mexico City, making a hard left at Tlahuelilpan in Hidalgo State before continuing to the capital.

The pipeline had been tapped previously more than once at the location in Tlahuelilpan. Whenever that kind of thing happens, PEMEX rigs a patch over the breach and continues pumping. Such patches are easier to tap than an unmarred pipe, so the same spots tend to be used over and over again.

The normal practice is to make a fairly small hole so that the flow of gasoline is not excessive and can be readily utilized. However, on the afternoon before the explosion, one of the fuel thieves became impatient and jammed a piece of rebar into the hole to enlarge it, causing a veritable gusher to spout up twenty feet into the air. In videos of the festive occasion the gasoline plume looks like Old Faithful.

Hundreds of people swarmed the site, carrying large plastic containers to collect the gasoline from the ditch around the pipe. It was not the most intelligent thing to do — the air in the immediate vicinity of the geyser was a dense mass of gasoline vapor, awaiting only a tiny spark to trigger a conflagration.

Which is exactly what happened later that evening. Some reports theorize that the synthetic fabric of the clothes worn by the poor people tapping the pipe generated enough static electricity to create the necessary spark. In any case, without any warning a tremendous fireball exploded over and among the crowd.

The moment of the explosion was captured by someone who had been using an infrared-sensitive video camera to record the night’s festivities. Then, in full living color, you can watch the huge plume of smoke and orange flames rise into the night sky while subsidiary fires spread rapidly at ground level. There appear to be little fireballs rushing away from the center of the blast, but when you look closely, you’ll find that they’re people running away from the explosion. Their clothes, arms, legs, and torsos are engulfed in flame. You can also see people try to extinguish some of the human torches that have collapsed onto the ground. (No, I’m not going to embed the video here; it’s too graphic. But you can find it easily with a YouTube search. And those videos are just the ones that YouTube didn’t pull down — imagine what the others must be like.)

The gasoline vapor was so thick before the explosion that some people passed out, overcome by the fumes. One report says a nearby soldier pulled an unconscious man out of the gasoline-filled ditch and dragged him to safety. Some of the survivors reported that they realized the danger of explosion and hurried out of the area before it was too late.

Such was the Tlahuelilpan pipeline explosion on January 18, 2019. Photos from the following morning show the scorched pipeline and nearby field, with neatly-arranged rows of bodies covered by white sheets.

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Illegal pipeline-tapping in Mexico has become a growth industry over the past decade. PEMEX’s pipes are laid shallowly, so that digging down two or three feet will expose the pipe. Local entrepreneurs make the tap, with the support of nearby residents who participate in the collection and sale of illicit gasoline.

The graph below uses data from a useful paper (PDF) published by the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in 2017. I found the total number of taps for 2017, but the statistics for 2018 are only available through October. In the latter case I extrapolated the total for 12 months and then appended the numbers for both years to the data set to produce this graphic:

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The Non-NeoCon Philosophy

Senator Rand Paul addresses the controversy surrounding Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria —

This is passing strange: an MSM mouthpiece seems to be making the case for keeping our military deployed in futile battles far from home. What happened to the long-held leftist “no-blood-for-oil” arguments and their mockery of the neo-Conservatives’ philosophy regarding the maintenance of American troops across the globe?

Judge Jeanine Talks to Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff

Earlier this month Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff appeared on Judge Jeanine Pirro’s show on Fox News. ESW discussed the verdict in the “hate speech” case against her, and how it relates to UN Resolution 16/18 and the Islamic law against slander:

When Muslims accuse someone of slander, they don’t mean what we do when we use the term. This is from Reliance of the Traveller,* Book R. “Holding one’s Tongue”, § 2.0, “Slander (Ghiba),” r2.2:

Slander and talebearing are two of the ugliest and most frequently met with qualities among men, few people being safe from them. I have begun with them because of the widespread need to warn people of them.

[…]

Slander (ghiba) means to mention anything concerning a person that he would dislike…

r2.3:

As for talebearing… it consists of quoting someone’s words to another in a way that worsens relations between them.

As you can see, the factual truth of any given statement is irrelevant; what matters is whether a Muslim would dislike hearing it spoken.

To contribute to Elisabeth’s legal defense fund:

For previous posts on the “hate speech” prosecution of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, see Elisabeth’s Voice: The Archives.

*   In full, ’Umdat al-salik wa ’uddat al-nasik, or The reliance of the traveller and tools of the worshipper. It is commonly referred to as Reliance of the Traveller when cited in English.

The Revised Edition (published 1991, revised 1994) is “The Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law ’Umdat al-Salik by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri (d. 769/1368) in Arabic with Facing English Text, Commentary, and Appendices”, edited and translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller. The publisher is listed as amana publications in Beltsville, Maryland.

This is an authoritative source on Sunni Islamic law, because it is certified as such by Al-Azhar University in Cairo. There is no higher authority on Sunni Islamic doctrine than Al-Azhar; it is the closest equivalent to the Vatican that can be found in Islam.
 

TRUMP — or, I’m a better man than you are, Gunga Din

TRUMP
or
I’m a better man than you are, Gunga Din

by JLH, with apologies to Rudyard Kipling

You may talk of love and truth
When you woo the voting booth
And primary in your little, local race,
But bigger races need the dollar
And you are glad to wear the collar
Of anyone who helps you keep the pace.
Thus it happens in the U.S.,
In that political noisomeness,
Where the voters’ hopes have often flared and died.
Of all the Machiavellian crew
Who have swum that fiscal brew,
Just one has kept his head above the tide.

And it’s Trump! Trump! Trump!
How the hell did you make that jump?
Now stop this awful farce.
Don’t say things that we can’t parse
And go back to being the old, familiar Trump.

Tie is red, shirt white,
Suit blue both day and night,
Unless he’s going golfing with some friends.
So he’s red and white and blue,
And what he wants to do
Is help this ailing country try to mend.
The economy was failing,
And the middle class was flailing,
From eight socialist years of derring-do-do.
“Oh is there even one
Who’ll do more than simply run,
And, if elected, find something good to do?”

So it’s Trump! Trump! Trump!
Now that you’ve made the jump,
Make it pay, once more, to work,
Never mind the greedy jerks,
Who earn their obscene wages from the Sump.

He won and started work,
Unmindful of what lurks
And slithers in the corridors of power.
His thoughts are on the job.
Disdainful of the mob,
He focuses on using every hour.
He has both wealth and fame
And will spend them in the name
Of raising up the “deplorable” working class.
He takes no pay except for thanks
Moves lightly as a Patton tank,
And leaves his mark wherever he may pass.

So it’s Trump! Trump! Trump!
Pay no mind to Nancy Frump
Or her comrade, Cheesy Chuck,
Who are roiling in the muck.
Sail over them and you’ll hardly feel a bump.

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A Society of Pleasure, or of Happiness?

During the holiday interlude, our old friend Henrik Clausen sends his thoughts on the distinction between pleasure and happiness.

A Society of Pleasure, or of Happiness?

by Henrik Clausen

One of the puzzling aspects of having Islam come to the West is the attraction it has, despite all its obvious weaknesses, and the complementary weak responses when Islamic communities conspire against their host societies on crucial matters. Things such as circumventing secular law, leeching off social services, using Sharia courts, the forced prostitution of minors, and of course terrorism.

Let me argue that part of the reason for this is the collapse of traditional communities in the West, beginning with the traditional family, and the shift from the pursuit of happiness to the pursuit of pleasure.

There’s no easy political fix for this. No further laws and regulations will help. Sorry ’bout that.

The Islamic community offers just that — a community. And that is intrinsically attractive. It competes, on a human level, with the starved-out communities we used to have a century ago.

I am old enough to have grown up in the ’70s, when neighbourhood communities and school communities were still alive, and somewhat well. Today neighbourhoods tend to be just where you happen to live. The words ‘rich’ and ‘poor’, when applied to a neighbourhood, now don’t say anything meaningful about the community there, merely about average income and car size.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. First, we need to understand just a little about the differences between pleasure and happiness. As outlined by Dr. Robert Lustig, of the University of California:

    Pleasure       Happiness
1.   Short lived   1.   Long lived
2.   Visceral   2.   Ethereal
3.   Taking   3.   Giving
4.   Experienced alone   4.   Experienced with others
5.   Achievable with substances   5.   Not achievable with substances
6.   Extremes lead to addiction   6.   Can’t be addicted to happiness
7.   Dopamine   7.   Serotonin
 

There you have it. There’s even a neurotransmitter distinction, Dopamine vs. Serotonin. Most people have probably heard of Dopamine, which is at the heart of severe drug addiction. Few have heard of Serotonin, which cannot lead to addiction, and cannot cause overdoses. Too much pleasure? Rock stars and many others have experienced that for ages, at times with deadly outcomes. Too much happiness? There can never be such a thing!

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Misogyny on 34th Street

Tabitha Korol sends this essay on the recent sharia-compliance of Macy’s department stores in the matter of female apparel.

Misogyny on 34th Street

by Tabitha Korol

I can still remember the many happy occasions I spent shopping at Macy’s on 34th, as a child, my pockets filled with hot chestnuts; later, as a new fashion designer fresh out of the Fashion Institute of Technology, either killing time between job interviews or checking out the new styles; and then as a newlywed, shopping for our first apartment. It is very difficult to fathom how this company, which produces the world-renowned Macy’s Parade; the magnificent Christmas windows, with incomparable set designs and moving figures that mesmerized crowds of eager spectators, would one day turn on its customers — when Macy’s owners, its board of directors and staff would consent to introduce a line of oppressive clothing to their female clientele. Known as the veil or hijab and forcibly imposed in tyrannical, misogynistic Islamic regimes, these alone were selected by Macy’s from the world’s many kinds of fashion.

Macy’s headquarters have fallen for the leftist line: that it is prudent to strive for multiculturalism in a country that has long been a thriving melting pot that elicited the envy of the world. America’s past success has clearly been due to the immigrants’ fervor to live and let live, whereas Islam, by stark contrast, is mandated by its Koran to dominate and subdue all other cultures by any means necessary. Multiculturalism is repulsive to Islam.

In addition to the denigration of Western religions, the rewriting of our history, the destruction of our statuary, and the attack on gender identity, the public is now being conditioned to accept the appearance of these oppressed, shrouded forms on city streets.

Introducing Islamic styles to the American public is yet another way of attacking America’s culture and femininity, as the full niqab, burqa and abaya are a means of dehumanizing women, enforcing the devalued female to cede control to the male in the Islamic shame-honor society, and denying her any societal interactions. The garment serves as an isolation chamber, causing sensory deprivation problems and disrupting bonding with her infant, even if she removes the shroud at home. There is also a high physical price to pay, for the wearer is deprived of the absorption of Vitamin D in northern climes, thereby causing pelvic fractures during childbirth, and triggering iron deficiencies and hypocalcaemic seizures in the child.

The cost of naïvely introducing these sheaths into American society will eventually destroy the thriving fashion industry as we know it, eliminate the entertainment industry, and affect all other related businesses, in creativity and in employment, until our country is transformed into another backward Islamic country. Conquest is achieved not only through war, but also through stealth, slowly, through government, business, schools, and now the shopping sector. But there will be blood on the hands of those who acquiesce — their own and the blood of their loved ones.

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The Star Trek Connection

Our Israeli correspondent MC sends this meditation on Star Trek, mass immigration, utopias, and related topics.

The Star Trek Connection

by MC

“Religion is the opiate of the people” said a famous Communist, and then proceeded to create a new political religion.

Religions are always messy. They are messy because the elites get hold of them and pervert them into their own personal fiefdoms, and those fiefdoms are then twisted to become ambitions of their leaders. The relevant ‘god’ is pushed into a backroom and only occasionally dusted off and allowed to come to the party, but only at the convenience of said elite.

Then there are the wacky video religions, of which the Cult of the Trekkie is one of the bigger ones.

But has anybody else noticed that there is an agenda here? Is our home world to become that of the fantasy TV series, portrayed as a utopian community where there is no money, no borders, and everybody has everything they could ever want, subject to the replicator functioning correctly?

I don’t know which came first, the warp drive or the patronising influence of the Vulcans (the intellectual elite), but both appear as pivotal in a ‘godless’ community (do Klingons see it as Federation ‘rootbeer’ supremacy?). And above all, are Kirk and his band of politically correct brothers (at the time) guiding us wisely through the mayhem of the present to a bright and glorious future, complete with the ‘moderate Klingon’ who sets an example of tolerance for us all?

Of course. the reality is that there are no warp drives and no Vulcans (and no ‘moderate’ Klingons) except as a bunch of pixels and neurons in the minds of our wonderous elites and their flocks, and there will be no magic wands that can be waved to clear up the mess that such trekkie socialism will once more create in our own backyards.

The dominance of the elitist obsession with the otherwise abstract ideas of ‘racism’ and ‘equality’ produce a wonderful inversion where non-trekkies — those race groups which are not part of the Federation — are always portrayed as imperfect, even if perhaps redeemable, but always as inferior and backwards. To be nationalist is to automatically be fascist, and also to be irreconcilably stupid.

The Federation culture is so superior that no other idea can be tolerated, and all must be encouraged (forced) to come into the fold.

So we have a politics of provocation where, as in a game of tennis, you are looking to make your opponent make mistakes. In the corrosive politics of the now, it is something which enables you to point the finger and shout “Nazi” or some such other inappropriate but demeaning slander, even if that insult itself is so misused as to be virtually meaningless.

We are watching this happen right now. Hamas, a known terrorist organisation and oppressor of ‘Palestinians’ is once more playing the blame game, and once more the gullible (and the malicious elite) appear to be falling for it. Thus Hamas is a terrorist organisation only when they are hitting non-Israeli targets, but when they are lashing out at Jooz, they suddenly become freedom fighters. This is the real ‘racism’. And this, from a supposedly multicultural country where the ardent multiculturalists of the UK Labour party just cannot keep their virulent anti-Semitism (the real racism here) under wraps. And as for the UN, well, what else can we expect but to have to pay continuously and heavily for the privilege of having our posteriors battered by the ‘Bandung generation’.

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Oppression

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff sends her thoughts after the conclusion of her most recent American tour.


Oppression

by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff

Oppression is felt differently in different places and at different times. There are degrees to the level of one’s feeling of oppression. I know what I’m talking about: I’ve experienced it numerous times in my life. Let me explain.

When I lived and worked in Kuwait in the late 1990s, I already felt somewhat caged. I always like telling the story of how in pre-Amazon days I would visit Kuwait’s bookstores and marvel at the censorship imposed by the Kuwaiti (likely religious) authorities. There was little to no variety in the books I could buy, and many of those that made it onto the bookshelves were hopelessly outdated. For a committed bookworm, this was an oppressive feeling.

Oppression in Kuwait manifested itself not only in the lack of knowledge in the form of books, but also in the prohibition of alcohol and pork. Freedom to me means the freedom to live, eat, read, think, and speak as I wish. In Kuwait I was unable to eat, drink or read what I chose. I want to make my own choices, just as I do not choose to eat dog or roaches, but should be free to do so.

So, when I boarded a plane to Dubai or Oman I always breathed a sigh of relief. Mind you, freedom is always relative. Compared to the United States, Dubai is still a repressive society, but the contrast with Kuwait’s situation is staggering: parties, booze, pork, and other “vices”, as long as you as a non-Muslim follow certain rules. If not, and you are caught, you’d better have your passport and a fast airplane at hand or you’ll wind up in jail. Just check your local sob stories in the papers.

Fast-forward a few years to Tripoli, Libya. Seldom have I felt more caged, more jailed than in Tripoli at the beginning of this century. There was no way to spend money or free time, both of which were at hand in some abundance: no shopping centers like in Kuwait or Dubai to spend one’s hard-earned shekels — pardon, dinars; no movie theaters, even if censored; no decent restaurants; no beach clubs. Just a lot of socialism, Islam and sand.

So driving those three hours from Tripoli across the border to Tunisia was a relief: freedom! — to a degree, of course. Not the kind that I was looking for, but at least I was able to breathe freely, buy some beer and enjoy a beach club on the island of Djerba.

And so it was when I finally left the Arab world that I thought I had left Islamic-style oppression behind me. I settled in Vienna, my hometown, hoping to regain the freedom to move about, to eat what I wished, to read as much as I could (thank you, in this case, to the Internet and Amazon), to dress as I wished, to speak my mind, in short, to live my life in freedom. You see, one only realizes what freedom means when it has been taken away. In our circles, this statement is considered a platitude. It’s not really, however. And this is what I felt during my recent travels to the United States.

Living in today’s Europe, I never fully realized just how constricted my freedom has become in recent years. Of course, I KNOW that my freedom is being reduced on a daily basis by the European Union’s useless and annoying data protection regulations, which were tightened to the extreme this year, but I never really felt it as strongly, as overpoweringly, as I did at the end of this year. I actually found myself breathing a deep sigh of relief upon entering the United States, knowing that what I would be telling Americans would be protected by the United States Constitution and its First Amendment. One really does speak a different language if one doesn’t have to self-censor all the time.

And that is what we do in Europe; we just don’t realize it. Even I don’t. But I recognized the stark difference as I viewed my European self from an American perspective. Believe me when I tell you that I am still in shock, even if I am at the forefront of my fight for the restoration of freedom of speech in Europe. But never have I felt this level of despair at the loss of my personal freedom as well as a profound fear of the future for my daughter.

As the year draws to a close what can we do, what can you do?

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Wolfophobia Auf Dog Island

Below is the German translation of “Wolfophobia On Dog Island” by Matthew Bracken. Many thanks to MissPiggy for undertaking the lengthy job of translating it.

Note: Even though this post is in German, this is still an English-language blog, so please comment in English. Or, if you want to leave a comment in German, please follow it with an English translation.

Wolfophobia Auf Dog Island

von Matt Bracken

Nun, ihr jungen Welpen setzt euch und hört einem alten Hund gut zu, der so alt geworden ist weil er kein Dümmerchen war. Zappelt nicht herum und passt gut auf, denn manche Leute werden euch etwas anderes erzählen. Sie haben ihre eigenen Gründe und ich habe meine, ihre sind falsch und meine sind richtig. Nachdem ihr die wahre Geschichte über die Wölfe von Dog Island gehört habt, werdet ihr verstehen weshalb ihr diese nie vergessen solltet. Ich war dort, und folgendes ist passiert. Hört auf rum zu zappeln und passt auf.

Damals, bevor die Wölfe kamen, gab es viele Ausstellungshunde auf Dog Island, genau wie heute, aber in dieser Zeit waren die Standard Poodles für alles verantwortlich, denn aus irgend einen Grund wurden sie für ihre Klugheit geehrt. Und im Gegensatz zu den meisten Ausstellungshunden, waren die Poodles Genies, das muss ich ihnen lassen.

Angeblich war das der Grund weshalb sie dafür verantwortlich waren, dass das Hundefutter geteilt wurde, dass die Schüssel mit Wasser gefüllt waren, und ähnliches. Und trotz ihr albernes Fell, konnten die Standard Poodles sehr gross werden, also waren sie keine Schwächlinge. Und natürlich liebten es die Ausstellungshunde, dass die Poodles für alles verantwortlich waren, denn sie gaben ihnen Hundefutter obwohl sie nicht arbeiteten. Wenn ihr das glauben könnt, die Ausstellungshunde hatten fast jeden überzeugt, dass sie gefüttert werden sollten, nur weil sie so gut aussahen und weil sie die Morale der anderen erhoben. Und die Poodles waren mit diesem Schwachsinn einverstanden und fütterten die Ausstellungshunden für nichts außer gut aussehen.

Und der Haupt Grund für diese verrückten Umstände war, dass Apollo, der Anführer der Poodles, ein Meisterschwindler war. Er konnte sie richtig gut an der Nase herumführen, so gut, dass die Arbeitshunde sogar mit seinen Ideen einverstanden waren z.b. die Ausstellungshunden zu füttern obwohl sie nicht arbeiteten.

Natürlich, damals wie jetzt, wir Arbeitshunde leisteten die ganze Arbeit auf Dog Island während Apollo und die andere Poodles das Sagen hatten. Sie erzählten uns, dass die Spezialität ihrer Rasse die Denkarbeit war und deswegen müssten sie täglich unsere Arbeit steuern. War ja alles in Ordnung, solange wir alle genug zu essen und trinken hatten. Es hat uns trotzdem geärgert, dass die Ausstellungshunde für nichts tun, zu fressen bekam.

Dennoch haben wir, Arbeitshunde und Ausstellungshunde, auf eine Sache einigen können, dass keine Wölfe Dog Island betreten dürfen. Wölfe und Hunde waren Feinde, und so war’s einfach.

Wir alle wussten über die Wölfe auf Dog Island bescheid. Wir konnten sie hören. Ihr störendes Gebelle, wie sie kläffen, fiepen und vor allem wie sie den Mond anheulten, auf ihrer eigenen Insel die etwas weiter draußen und Flussabwärts lag. Gelegentlich fiel ein streunender Wolf in den Fluss oder wurde ins Exil getrieben. Manchmal versuchten sie auf Dog Island zu gelangen, aber wir würden sowas niemals erlauben. Das war immer eine der wichtigsten Regel überhaupt. Keine Wölfe. Niemals.

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A Jihad for Justice in Alabama

The town of Hoover, Alabama is a relatively new suburb of Birmingham that has grown rapidly since the 1970s. Its population is mostly white, which is probably why it is catching so much flak now in the wake of the mall shooting in which a young black man carrying a gun was shot dead by a white policeman after two other nearby people had been shot by an unknown assailant.

Here’s a news report from November 24, two days after the shooting: Man killed in Alabama mall shooting was ‘likely’ not gunman, police say

“No Justice No Peace” demonstrations started shortly after the death of the young man. The police acknowledged that their officer had shot the wrong person, and referred the incident to a state law enforcement agency for investigation. However, as usually happens in such cases, the demonstrators were not satisfied, and demanded action before the wheels of justice finished turning.

I had heard about the protests, but what I didn’t know until last night was that the demonstrations and boycotts are being organized and coordinated by the Nation of Islam and Black Lives Matter — from a mosque.

A reader in Hoover sent this tip about what’s happening in his town:

There was a mall shooting here in Hoover, Alabama, where an on-scene officer responded to a dispute/shooting, and then allegedly shot an armed black male. Hoover is a city of about 90,000 people, and a local economic engine. This incident made international news, and Jesse Jackson came down for the funeral of the deceased. The state is investigating, and nothing has been concluded yet.

The reason for this message is to get the word out about the behavior of the protesters, who have been disrupting commerce, threatening officers, and getting more and more outrageous in their conduct. They have told media that they will protest at officer’s homes, dox them, and there have been indications of violent intent. Now, however, they have taken it to a new level. They have joined forces with Nation of Islam and other radical groups, promising, FROM A MOSQUE, “war” on the City of Hoover:

Update: More background from our reader in Hoover:

If you’re not familiar with the Hoover area, this is a very nice, upscale, and large mall. Though the mall had nothing to do with the shooting, the protesters want to destroy it. However, they have had little success, as the mall is busy once again.

Below are excerpts from a report from Thursday’s edition of The Hoover Sun:

Groups join forces to bolster police shooting protest, call for ‘war’ against Hoover

by Jon Anderson
December 6, 2018

[Photo caption: Cara McClure, a leader in the protests against the police shooting at the Riverchase Galleria on Thanksgiving night, leads a crowd of about 200 people in a chant at an organizational meeting at the Muhammad Mosque No. 69 in Birmingham, Alabama, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.]

Several groups have joined forces to bolster the protest over the Hoover police shooting at the Riverchase Galleria on Thanksgiving night and are calling for a “war” against the entire city of Hoover.

On Wednesday night, members of groups such as the Nation of Islam, Black Lives Matter, New Black Panther Party and Jefferson County Millennial Democrats gathered at Muhammad Mosque No. 69 in Birmingham for a “Justice for E.J. Community Forum.” An estimated 200 people were in the standing-room-only organizational meeting.

Speakers said it’s time to rally the troops for a war to get justice for Emantic “E.J.” Bradford Jr., who was shot and killed by a Hoover police officer on Nov. 22 as the officer responded to another shooting in the mall — and the target of that war is the entire city of Hoover.

Protesters and Bradford’s family have said the shooting was unjustified and that the police officer should be charged with capital murder. The attorney for Bradford’s family said Bradford was shot three times from behind as he fled the scene of the shooting.

Hoover police have placed the officer on administrative leave while the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency investigates Bradford’s shooting and the shooting of an 18-year-old Birmingham man and 12-year-old girl.

Hoover officials have said the investigation is out of their hands and pleaded with the public to be patient, but protesters are demanding action even before the investigation is complete.

Threats to Escalate the ‘war’

On Wednesday night, speakers at the mosque made it clear this “war” is about much more than Bradford’s death and is about to escalate.

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Blundering American Ambassadors Unmask the War on Terror

David Boyajian’s latest report discusses the less-than-pristine policies of the State Department when it comes to dealing with the Great Jihad in the Middle East.

Blundering American Ambassadors Unmask the War on Terror

by David Boyajian

We know that U.S. ambassadors tend to be bureaucratic and boring.

If you challenge them forcefully, however, the resulting outbursts can provide stunning insights into their ineptitude and State Department policies.

Consider the mind-boggling statements made by then-Ambassador to Armenia Richard M. Mills during the Q & A at Holy Trinity Armenian Church in Cambridge, MA.

I had bluntly questioned Mills about the Turkish government’s support for ISIS and similar jihadist/terrorist organizations.

Though this occurred two years ago (March 3, 2016), his answers remain relevant to America’s so-called “War on Terror” and the ongoing wars in Syria and Iraq.

When posing my question, I said that I would be handing everyone in the audience a study entitled “Research Paper: ISIS-Turkey Links by Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights.

Dr. David L. Phillips, the director of its Program on Peace-building and Human Rights, oversaw the study. The widely-published Phillips is a foreign affairs adviser for the State Department and the United Nations.

Using dozens of sources, the study definitively established that Turkey was providing weapons, ammunition, financing, transportation, training, and recruits to ISIS in Syria and Iraq and to other terrorist groups such as al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda offshoot.

Incredibly, Mills angrily replied that Turkey had not helped jihadists/terrorists in any way.

The ambassador even claimed that if some jihadists had entered Syria from Turkey they did so only by sneaking past Syrian refugees who were crossing in the opposite direction. To its credit, the polite Armenian American audience refrained from laughing.

Mills’ hyperbolic defense of Turkey was particularly incongruous, as American-Turkish relations were even then headed downhill toward today’s quagmire.

Moreover, the ambassador’s vindication of Turkey went even further than had the Obama administration.

Indeed, in a rare moment of frankness Vice-President Joe Biden himself told a Harvard University audience (Oct. 2, 2014) that “our allies” Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE were “our largest problem in Syria … giving hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons” to jihadist organizations.

These included, said Biden, al-Nusra, al-Qaeda, “extremist” jihadis, and ISIL [ISIS].

Though Biden never withdrew his statements, Pres. Obama soon forced him to apologize to Turkey and UAE to spare them and America further embarrassment.

Mills also vehemently denied that Turkey was buying oil from ISIS.

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Viktor Orbán Gives Chuck Norris a Tour of Budapest

You all know who Chuck Norris is (well, if you don’t, here’s his Wikipedia entry — he’s famous for his martial arts movies, and is also a Deplorable). Mr. Norris recently visited Budapest, and was chauffeured around the city by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán himself. Not surprisingly, Mr. Orbán’s tour of the city included training demonstrations by Hungarian special forces (TEK).

Our Hungarian correspondent László, who sent the tip for the video, remarked: “This footage helps you recover from seeing Macron dancing with black criminals.”

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video: