Victoria, Texas Mosque Destroyed by Fire

By Frotho Canutus

Was this Mosque fire the product of some maniac’s blind hatred against all Muslims? If this was arson, hopefully an investigation will lead to an arrest, and a conviction.

Before the Trump-haters jump all over this story and blame Trump and his supporters for this fiery tragedy they better gather up some facts to back up their claim. Will they act responsibly and wait for actual facts? I doubt it. We have entered a new era of anti-intellectualism. One’s beliefs, no matter how far removed from truth and facts, justify any and all behavior.

Why is it wrong to rush to judgement in these cases? The reason is because the causes of events are not always what we wish to assume.

Here are two examples:

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Gary Nathaniel Moore pleaded guilty last December to arson. He set his own mosque on fire.

 

On Christmas Day, 2015 a Mosque run by the Islamic Society of Greater Houston was set on fire. According to CNN,

The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on authorities to investigate the fire for an anti-Muslim motive.”

Was it a Trump supporter or a white supremacist or a KKK member, or a neo Nazi who was arrested and convicted for the arson? No. It was Gary Nathaniel Moore, a self-avowed, devout Muslim who prayed multiple times daily at the Mosque. Moore pleaded guilty to arson and was sentenced to four years in prison. Seems like kid glove treatment to me. I could be wrong, but if a white guy wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat had been found guilty of torching a mosque he would probably get more than four years.

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Andrew McClinton, 45 has been arrested and charged with first-degree arson.

The second example is the Hopewell Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi. This predominantly African-American church was set on fire last November days before the presidential election. Someone painted “Vote Trump” on the side of the church about the time the arson was committed. It’s a miracle that this did not lead to violence in the streets (although it probably did indirectly). I’m sure many people jumped to the conclusion that some racist Trump supporter committed the arson. Well, as it turns out the person arrested for committing the arson was Andrew McClinton, a Black man who was a member of the Hopewell congregation.

Things are not always what they seem. Beware of the purveyors of false narratives that try to twist every tragic news event into something that can be used against those they hate.

The other recent fire that I cannot help mentioning is the arson that gutted the Republican Party office in Hillsborough, North Carolina three weeks before the 2016 presidential election. As of this writing, no arrests have been made. While sometimes things are not as they seem, sometimes they are. It would be nice to have some answers in this case.

 

 

Democrats now support refusing service to certain groups of people.

It has been reported that some food-service employees sympathetic with Black Lives Matter refuse service to law enforcement officers or spit in their food. Hillary-supporting entertainers refuse to perform for the Trumps. Progressive fashion designers refuse to help dress the Trump women for the inaugural celebration. If one is  a Republican, or a conservative, or someone who supports either of these groups or Donald Trump in any way, the left thinks you must be punished for your views. Notice how it’s OK. for liberals to deny service to people they disagree with, but if conservatives do it they are pounded by the left for being bigots. When a husband (man) and wife (woman) refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding on the grounds of religious conscience the left attempted to destroy them. Melissa and Aaron Klein’s bank account was emptied by the Oregon Department of Labor and they were forced to shut down their bakery. Who is surprised by this liberal hypocrisy? Not me. Also, the left apparently thinks death threats are an appropriate method for getting people to fall in line. Ask the Electoral College Electors or Andrea Bocelli who backed down from singing at President Trump’s inauguration celebration.

African-American singer Jennifer Holliday backed out of her performance at Trump’s “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” in Washington D.C. on Jan. 19th. and told MSNBC that,

“They were calling me c***, calling me house n*****, calling me Aunt Jemima, calling me all kinds of names and asking me to kill myself. And that was from the black community.”

What a lovely country we now live in. The self-anointed people of “tolerance” are in reality the true fascists, for they are the people who condone censorship, threats, and violence.

David French of National Review nails it:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/443849/

Junius

Nat Hentoff – A Great American

By Frotho Canutus

Nat Hentoff, an American writer, historian and jazz critic died on Saturday at 91. I admired Mr. Hentoff for three reasons, his love of American Jazz, his reverence for the American Constitution and his intellectual independency. I considered Mr. Hentoff somewhat liberal,* but he was never one to tow a party line. If he disagreed with certain generally accepted positions of either party, he spoke out against them. He was honest. Unlike many pundits, he did not operate using double standards.

Here are some things Mr. Hentoff wrote or said over the years.

On his decision to leave Harvard:

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Sidney Bechet playing in Paris, France, 1950’s. Bechet, along with Louis Armstrong were two, pioneering, master soloists of early jazz.

“Sidney Bechet was playing at the Savoy Cafe that night, so I closed my books and went down there to hear him. That marked the end of my Harvard ambition. I decided there and then that I had to have a day job that involved writing about jazz.”

On Jazz:

” I consider jazz a life force.”

“I sometimes imagine what my life would have been like if it weren’t for jazz. Once you get into it, you can never get enough of it. I’ll leave you with this—every once in a while writing about my day job I get so down I have to stop. I literally stop and put on a recording, and then that sound, that feeling, that passion for life gets me up and shouting again and I can go back to grim stuff of what’s happening in the rest of the world.”

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Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and Gerry Mulligan recording “The Sound of Jazz.” Nat Hentoff was at this amazing session.

On Billie Holiday:

“After it was all over, she was so pleased with how it went — it was live, by the way — she came over and kissed me. And that’s worth more to me than the Congressional Medal of Honor.”

On Charles Mingus:

“Every so often I’d be sitting at my desk, and at about 10 a.m. or so my phone would ring. When I’d answer, I’d hear some music. Well I knew whose music it was. Mingus had that signature sound that you could dig right away. After about 10 minutes, Mingus would come on and ask, ‘I just taped this. What do you think of it?’ What a privilege that was. It was like Beethoven calling to ask, ‘What did you think about my sonata?'”

On President Obama:

NH: “I try to avoid hyperbole, but I think Obama is possibly the most dangerous and destructive president we have ever had….I am beginning to think that this guy is a phony. Obama seems to have no firm principles that I can discern that he will adhere to. His only principle is his own aggrandizement. This is a very dangerous mindset for a president to have.”

John Whitehead: Do you consider Obama to be worse than George W. Bush?

NH: “Oh, much worse….Obama is a bad man in terms of the Constitution. The irony is that Obama was a law professor at the University of Chicago. He would, most of all, know that what he is doing weakens the Constitution.”

On the “free exercise” of religion (First Amendment) and the ACLU:

“The ACLU sees the separation of church and state as so absolute that not a single religious word must be allowed to pass a schoolhouse door.”

On Obama and Abortion:

“One of the worst elements of Obama’s career, which no one talks about, is that he voted twice for a bill that said, if there is a botched abortion, if the child emerges from the womb alive, it should be okay to kill the baby. We have elected a president – twice! – who agrees with infanticide.”

“As Harry Blackmun said when he wrote Roe v. Wade, `Once a child is born, the child has basic constitutional rights: due process, equal protection of the laws.'”

On Bill Clinton:

“I think one thing we share [with my wife] is a complete bottomless disdain for Bill Clinton.”

Rest in peace Mr. Hentoff. If by chance you were wrong about heaven, I hope you are reunited with many of your old jazz friends like Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus, Coltrane, Paul Desmond and others.

*Nat Hentoff once characterized himself as “a Jewish, atheist, civil libertarian, left-wing pro-lifer.”

In a 2009 interview with Marc Meyers, Hentoff refers to himself as a “libertarian.”

Sources:

http://www.jazzwax.com/2009/05/interview-nat-hentoff-part-1.html

http://riverwalkjazz.stanford.edu/program/jazz-band-ball-interview-jazz-journalist-nat-hentoff

 

Political Rage and the Hatred of Free Speech

By Frotho Canutus

I like some of the messages I see on bumper stickers, just not most of the ones that are mass produced with little substance behind them. That’s why I design my own. Unfortunately though, since Hillary Clinton lost the election she was supposed to win, my bumper stickers have become a liability. Apparently some liberals absolutely hate them. Telling the truth about Obama, Hillary and the Democrats has become increasingly dangerous in the United States since November 8th. Making points about politics and policies using facts is just simply intolerable in the minds of the losing Trump-haters.

Here is the first bumper sticker that attracted some miserable Democrat’s cup of joe.obamacare-bumper-sticker-coffe-copy1 I didn’t wash it off, and instead wore it as actual and symbolic proof of the left’s hatred for those who disagree with them. Sad.

Today, I went to the drive thru ATM at my bank. While waiting for the guy in front of me to finish his transaction I noticed a car driven by a man pull up behind me. Wondering how he would take my bumper stickers, I watched him. As he began to read them he at first shook his head, then he became more and more animated. I pulled up to the ATM as the vehicle in front of me pulled away. When I looked back again, the guy behind me was now going ape-shit. He was shaking his fists and flailing his arms wildly. He looked like he was shouting at my car at the top of his lungs. He was absolutely apoplectic. At this point I realized it would not be wise to stick around with my card in the ATM in case this maniac got out of his car and approached me, so I grabbed my card and left the scene before things escalated. You had to see the way this guy was behaving for yourself.

Here are some of the other bumper stickers that have brought out the most hateful reactions in people:

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bumper-closeup-copyThe Trump voters have been accused over and over of being hateful people. In my experience it is the exact opposite.

I’ve decided therefore it’s time for the Hillary/Obama bumper stickers to come off. There’s no sense in attracting lunatics to take out their aggressions on me and my family. Besides, Hillary will not be running for President again in three years and Obama is a lame duck who will be gone in three weeks. Good riddance. Onward Trump!

For those of you reading this who don’t like my Obama/Hillary bumper stickers, please, tell me what is factually incorrect about them.

 

Hillary Hacked, or “EmailGate” – why it mattered

By Lucius Cincinnatus

Has anyone else noticed that many of Hillary Clinton’s supporters, now outraged over hacking by foreign governments, expressed little concern for it before the November election? When it came to light in 2014-15 that Mrs. Clinton was conducting her official State Department communications using a private email account on a home-brew server we were told it was no big deal. It was an odd position for some to take given that the Office of the Inspector General* did not see it that way in its official Report:

 “According to DS (Bureau of Diplomatic Security) and IRM (Bureau of Information Resource Management) officials, Department employees must use agency-authorized information systems to conduct normal day-to-day operations because the use of non-Departmental systems creates significant security risks.” (Office of the Inspector General’s Report, released May 2016, p.26)

“Among the risks is the targeting and penetration of the personal email accounts of Department employees, which was brought to the attention of the most senior officials of the Department as early as 2011.” (OIGR pp. 26-27)

Despite the seriousness of the issue, USA Today ran an opinion piece last June calling Clinton’s decision to conduct official business using an unapproved, in-home server a “non-scandal” and a “pseudo-scandal.” The piece was obviously designed to deflect criticism away from Mrs. Clinton and was very forgiving given that Mrs. Clinton actions may have increased her exposure to foreign hacking. The author of the piece must have slept through key parts of the Inspector General’s Official Report, which the author gave the impression he had read. For instance, he fails to mention the part of the IG’s report that says the Foreign Affairs Manual  (FAM), which is presumably issued to all State Department employees, warns that,

“…sensitive, but unclassified information resident on personally owned computers is generally more susceptible to cyber-attacks and/or compromise than information on government-owned computers connected to the Internet.” (OIGR pp.54-55)

With little more than a month to go before the election, the Huffington Post was still trying to downplay the seriousness of Clinton’s cyber security indiscretions: “Republicans Just Cannot Let The Clinton Emails Go.” It’s a headline crafted to make Republicans look like partisan attack dogs, however the issue was far more than just about some emails. Clinton conducted her official business using a personal email account and a home-based server in direct opposition to State Department policies.

The Inspector General’s Report states the issue very clearly:

“Secretary Clinton used mobile devices to conduct official business using the personal email account on her private server extensively, as illustrated by the 55,000 pages of material making up the approximately 30,000 emails she provided to the Department in December 2014. Throughout Secretary Clinton’s tenure, the FAM (Foreign Affairs Manual) stated that normal day-to-day operations should be conducted on an authorized Automated Information System, yet OIG found no evidence that the Secretary requested or obtained guidance or approval to conduct official business via a personal email account on her private server. According to the current CIO (Chief Information Officer) and Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security, Secretary Clinton had an obligation to discuss using her personal email account to conduct official business with their offices, who in turn would have attempted to provide her with approved and secured means that met her business needs. However, according to these officials, DS (Bureau of Diplomatic security) and IRM (Bureau of Information Resource Management) did not—and would not—approve her exclusive reliance on a personal email account to conduct Department business, because of the restrictions in the FAM and the security risks in doing so.” (OIGR pp. 36-37)

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Honest Hillary with her hand on the Bible. Secretary of State-Designate Hillary Rodham Clinton is being sworn in as the next Secretary of State after approval of her nomination. Photo: U.S. Department of State

“I was permitted to and used a personal email…” Hillary Clinton on Iowa Public Radio August 14, 2016

Is that so, honest Hillary?

“During Secretary Clinton’s tenure, the FAM also instructed employees that they were expected to use approved, secure methods to transmit SBU information and that, if they needed to transmit SBU (sensitive but unclassified) information outside the Department’s OpenNet network on a regular basis to non-Departmental addresses, they should request a solution from IRM. However, OIG found no evidence that Secretary Clinton ever contacted IRM to request such a solution, despite the fact that emails exchanged on her personal account regularly contained information marked as SBU.” (OIGR p. 37)

“One of the primary reasons that Department policy requires the use of Department systems is to guard against cybersecurity incidents….Consequently, the Department has issued numerous announcements, cables, training requirements, and memos to highlight the various restrictions and risks associated with the use of non-Departmental systems, especially the use of personal email accounts.” (OIGR p. 32)

“The use of personal email accounts to conduct official business has been a particular concern over the past several years. For example, on March 11, 2011, the Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security sent a memorandum on cybersecurity threats directly to Secretary Clinton.” (OIGR p. 33)

The fact is that after repeated warnings about cyber security and the multiple threats to it, Hillary and her staff continued to intentionally disregarded State Department guidelines.

“DS and IRM reported to OIG that Secretary Clinton never demonstrated to them that her private server or mobile device met minimum information security requirements specified by FISMA (Federal Information  Security Management Act) and the FAM.” (OIGR pp.36-37)

“…OIG interviewed other senior Department officials with relevant knowledge who served under Secretary Clinton, including the Under Secretary for Management, who supervises both DS and IRM; current and former Executive Secretaries; and attorneys within the Office of the Legal Adviser. These officials all stated that they were not asked to approve or otherwise review the use of Secretary Clinton’s server and that they had no knowledge of approval or review by other Department staff.” (OIGR p. 37)

If Hillary’s supporters are so concerned now about foreign hacking and cyber security (as they should be) why were they so unconcerned when it was discovered that our Secretary of State was flouting the federal government’s own cyber security rules and regulations?

Unfortunately, double standards are used all the time by people who are careless with the truth.

*Part of the OIG’s mission is to perform “specialized security inspections and audits in support of the Department’s mission to provide effective protection to our personnel, facilities, and sensitive information.”

Three Cheers for Italy! Grazie!

Three cheers for Italian police officers Luca Scatà and Cristian Movio! They stopped the killer of Breitscheidplatz, Berlin early this morning in Milan, Italy. When the officers

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The Breitscheidplatz killer lies dead in the street in Milan, Italy after a shootout with police. Photo: REUTERS/Stringer

asked the suspect for his papers at a checkpoint, the beast pulled out a .22 handgun and began firing on the officers. Officer Movio was hit in the shoulder, but his wound is not life threatening. It wasn’t long before the terrorist was shot dead by one of the officers.

These two officers showed remarkable courage and skill. Everyone should be grateful that officers Movio and Scatà prevented this monstrous beast from killing again.

Let’s discuss:

The citizens of the West must begin holding their leaders accountable for allowing jihadists to roam free among them and for inviting them into their countries in the first place. This particular terrorist could have been deported from Germany for a number of previous incidents. Why let a convicted alien arsonist loose into Germany society? Crazy right? But that’s what German authorities did. This guy had a rap sheet that made it clear he was a threat to German society, yet German authorities let him roam at will without deporting him. German leader Angela Merkel has recently opened the borders up and let something like 900,000 Muslim “refugees” into her country. The terrorist killed this morning in Italy was one of the “refugees” that came to Europe in 2011 during the so-called “Arab Spring.” Is suicide the official policy of Angela Merkel and Germany? Hopefully the European people will be wise enough to shut down this madness. The Germans should probably send Merkel into retirement next year when she is up for reelection. Of course, there needs to be a better alternative running against her.

Politicians like Angela Merkel and Barack Obama who do not control their borders are playing with fire. Often these politicians have bodyguards, make a nice living and then retire with their bodyguards and a nice pension. But the victims of their policies, at places like San Bernardino, Breitscheidplatz and Ohio State University do not have it so good.

Lucius Cincinnatus

Question: Once the man-hunt was on for the killer of Breitscheidplatz, how did he slip from Germany into France and then from France into Italy?