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Wow, I'm impressed.  Three whole recruits.

Three New York City residents -- two with Uzbekistan citizenship, and one a citizen of Kazakhstan -- plotted to travel to Syria to join ISIS militants and 'wage jihad,' the Justice Department announced on Wednesday.

Oh, and how were those fine NYC Residents here in the country, may I ask?  Did they have green cards?  If so, how did they get them?  If not, why and how were they here?

Oh, nobody wants to talk about that, right?  Why the hell not?

Hmmmm....

Oh, and if you want "hot" sauce on that jihadi crap, one of them apparently offered to murder the President, provided ISIS ordered him to do so.  Gee, so you really gotta be ordered to commit murder eh?  Such good little jihadis we have here.

He's not very bright either.  Apparently he said he'd "I will just go and buy a machine gun, AK-47. go out and shoot all police."  He might have had a problem with that considering that machine guns aren't available in the general sense in the US; you certainly aren't just going to walk into your closest gun store and buy one off the shelf!

In other news it appears that the Mall of America, which has been named by ISIS as a target for terrorist action, has doubled down on it's "no gun" policy.  I presume that the owners of said mall have the same idiotic belief as do "women's violence groups" that pieces of paper stop bullets, or perhaps that violent *******s will obey either laws, signs or both.

I'm sorry, it doesn't work that way as we see many times over.  The only thing that stops a violent ******* with a weapon is a good person with a weapon.

"Mall Cop on Segway" isn't going to cut it when things get dicey.  Every second or third citizen in the place with a concealed pistol, however, just might.

Note that you're no worse off if you have said gun in any event; if you either can't use it due to circumstances or choose not to the fact that you have it isn't apparent to anyone.  That's the definition of concealed, after all.  On the other hand if Sir Jihadi is standing in the mall court mowing people down with his gun and you're behind him a few feet away well, maybe you have the balls (or simply enough interest in self-preservation) to take a crack at opening Sir Jihadi's watermelon via the fast method.

There's a reason we have a Second Amendment and despite people like the BATFE it's not for "sporting purposes."  It is specifically so you have a fair crack at stopping an ******* who is hellbent on violent, lethal action toward yourself or others.

Those violent *******s come in many forms -- many are street thugs but it appears that a few might be ISIS sympathizers.

The Second Amendment specifies that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed for the specific reason that it is impossible, in advance, to delineate exactly who said murderous ******* might be in advance, and by the time they announce their intentions it's almost always too late to decide to get a gun.

The founders had this one right, and our "modern" changes, in the form of "permits" and such, is flat-out wrong and must be changed here and now so you, the common man, have the means and ability to effective defend yourself when, not if, one of these jackasses gets through the FBI's "dragnet."

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Grrr......

Fairfax County Police officials say Daniel Rosen was arrested by a county detective about noon at his Washington, D.C. home after he allegedly sought to arrange sex with a minor. The detective, a female officer working in the county's Child Exploitation Unit, had been posing as the minor in online exchanges with Rosen, police said. 

Rosen, who is the director of counterterrorism programs and policy at the State Department, was arrested and transported to a D.C. jail and charged with one count of Use of a Communications Device to Solicit a Juvenile.

So let me see.....

We have people with high-level classified access in our government, folks who we claim are counter-terrorism people keeping us "safe", and yet it appears that they are attempting to solicit sex with people who are underage.

Oh yeah, he's in his 40s too.

It appears that the Fairfax County folks who caught him were operating a unit that hangs around various places online where predators and kids are both known to hang out, and does their thing.  Being reasonably familiar with how these units operate I not only have no quarrel with that sort of operation it's one of the few times that I find "undercover" police work to be laudable rather than outrageous.

Sometimes the good guys do -- and should -- win.

Mr. Rosen, of course, is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proved guilty in a court of law, as is anyone else accused of a crime.  Let's see what the facts are as they develop in the courts.

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When, oh when, will we stop conflating one problem with another for social policy reasons?

A total of 12 people - 10 Wesleyan students and two visitors - received medical attention over the weekend, including some who attended a rave music show Saturday night.

"If you are aware of people distributing these substances, please let someone know before more people are hurt," President Michael Roth wrote in a letter to campus.

If you read through the rest of the article you'll find that the problem isn't that the students necessarily took the drug called "Molly."  It's that they consumed a substance they thought was Molly, but who knows what was really in it.

"When we see these people in the emergency department and they claim to have taken Molly, we don't pay attention to that word anymore. It's so commonly not MDMA, we just start from square one and say it's some sort of drug abuse," Neavyn said.

Here's the thing -- when I walk into a store and buy a six-pack of beer the alcohol content is clearly-plastered on the side.  I also know that there's nothing else psychoactive in there other than alcohol; so says the label, and if the producer is lying he's going to get himself in a lot of legal trouble.

The primary problem with illegal drugs is the fact that they're illegal and thus the person buying and consuming them has absolutely no idea what's in the package.  Oh sure, it's claimed to be this or that, but is it really -- and just as importantly, is there anything else in there?

Nobody really knows.

With some drugs (e.g. marijuana) you probably can tell based on a casual inspection if it's actually marijuana.  However, it might be "dusted" with something else, and that's almost-impossible to detect -- until you consume it, at which point it's too late.

These illnesses are almost-certainly a result of the drug war, not the drug itself, for it is very likely that the drug the students ingested isn't the one they thought they were ingesting.

You can argue over the wisdom of consuming recreational pharmaceuticals all you'd like but the fact remains that huge percentages of Americans do so all the time, whether that drug is tobacco or alcohol in it's many forms.  The fact that O'Douls, which contains a minuscule amount of alcohol, sells a minuscule number of cases compared against pretty much any other brand tells you all you need to know in this regard: people are drinking beer because it has alcohol in it.

Selling these substances in a drug store, with the attendant labeling requirements that come with ordinary trade and commerce, would not only end these incidents it would also remove the primary funding source that criminal gangs have today.

We're way past the point where this argument should have been put to bed.

Repeal these laws and stop the poisonings.

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2015-02-24 17:06 by Karl Denninger
in Editorial , 443 references
 

There is one question that is rarely asked in public, but needs to be once in a while.

Do we actually elect a government that then governs, or is someone outside actually governing -- irrespective of who we think we elect, and with what mandate.

If the latter is true then you have no government at all.

You have a puppet, and that puppet is lying to you about who they are.

Such a puppet has no mandate, may make no law and has no right to govern.  His or her dictates are not only able to be ignored with ethical and moral impunity, they may be resisted with whatever force is required to repel same, as those dictates have no force of law, no merit and no authority.

This is the question the citizens of Greece must now ask themselves, in light of the claim that the so-called "terms" the Greek government allegedly submitted late last night to the institutions (formerly called "Troika") appears, from electronic evidence, to possibly have been written not by the Greek Government but rather by a specific member of the European Commission and was fraudulently represented as having originated in Greece!

I do not, as of this point, have a clean copy of said document with a chain of custody I trust to actually be the real document.  It is critically important to establish the probity of the file itselfas absent a digital signature that could be verified (which would be very close to irrefutable evidence) such a document establishes, if it is as claimed, proof that the Greeks have no ability to elect a government at all and have been rendered a vassal state of the European Commission.

This is an event that reaches the level of the gravest extreme.  It is identical in substance and form to a discovery that Vladimir Putin wrote an Obama Executive Order to impose a tax or disarm Americans.

Such an act, if proved, invalidates the entire government with all that implies.

I caution everyone not to jump to the conclusion that this document is authentic as there are plenty of people who have an interest in doctoring the evidence.  As such I reserve judgment until the authenticity of that digital file can be proved up but if the authenticity of that file is established I hope everyone is ready with their popcorn as in my opinion such an event is worthy of repetition of the following:

When in the course of human events.......

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2015-02-24 13:01 by Karl Denninger
in Flash , 299 references
 

Really?

The Justice Department plans to announce it will not be filing federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, the Florida man who was acquitted last year of second-degree murder for shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager.

Both forensic evidence and direct testimony showed that:

  • Martin was on top of Zimmernan at the time he was shot; ballistics confirmed the angle of the shot and the angular relationships of the persons at the time the weapon was discharged.

  • Martin pounded Zimmerman's head against a concrete sidewalk, leaving physical evidence of the injury to the back of Zimmerman's head; an injury that could not have happened if the two were involved in a standing fist-fight that terminated when one of them was knocked to the ground.

  • Zimmerman was unable to escape as he had been mounted by Martin at the time the shot was fired.  This is the reason he did not raise a "stand your ground" defense; there was no ground to stand.

If you can "violate someone's civil rights" after they mount you, pinning you to the ground and are pummeling your head against a concrete sidewalk you have a different view of "civil rights" than I do.

The travesty is that it took three years for this announcement instead of it coming once a review of the forensics had confirmed what Zimmerman originally reported to be the case.

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