Trump Replaces Immigration Enforcement Chief

Trump Replaces Immigration Enforcement Chief, by Christina Wilke.

President Donald Trump on Monday quietly replaced the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, following a chaotic weekend during which DHS customs officials struggled to interpret and comply with Trump’s controversial executive order barring travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. …

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Why Police Are Saying You Should Hang Up IMMEDIATELY If a Caller Asks ‘Can You Hear Me?’

Why Police Are Saying You Should Hang Up IMMEDIATELY If a Caller Asks ‘Can You Hear Me?’, by Paula Bolyard.

“Can you hear me?” It sounds like something you’d hear in a cell phone commercial, but police say you should hang up immediately if you’re asked that question by someone you don’t know — because it could be a scam. …

Sometime during the call, the scammer will ask, “Can you hear me?”

“All of us, our natural response is to say, yes, or sure, or yes I can,” said [Officer Jo Ann Hughes from the Norfolk Police Department].

But she warned that this is exactly the response you should avoid in this situation because the crooks could be recording your “yes” response to sign you up for a product or service that you never agreed to. If you later try to deny the charges, the scammers will offer as “evidence” your recorded voice agreeing to the charges and will then threaten legal action if you refuse to pay.

Trump Signs Executive Order to Curtail Regulations

Trump Signs Executive Order to Curtail Regulations, by Andrew Rafferty.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday aimed at slashing federal regulations to help businesses, the latest in a string of presidential directives he has unveiled in his first 10 days in office.

The “one in, two out” plan requires federal agencies requesting new regulations to cut two existing regulations. Trump said the order will reduce regulatory burdens on the private sector, particularly small businesses.

“If you have a regulation you want, number one, we’re not going to approve it because it’s already been approved probably in 17 different forms,” Trump said while signing the order surrounded by small business leaders.

“But if we do, the only way you have a chance is we have to knock out two regulations for every new regulation,” he said. “So if there’s a new regulation, they have to knock out two.”

Government agencies must self-identify the regulations to cut, although the White House will ultimately decide what to nix.

Revolutionary.

A Black Lives Matter Protester: ‘We Need to Start Killing People’

A Black Lives Matter Protester: ‘We Need to Start Killing People’, by PJ Video.

This pre-school teacher wants to violently overthrow our government and our economy, in the name of Black Lives Matter. What a great message to be giving to the next generation, let alone to share on the internet. She screamed, “F**k white supremacy, f**k the U.S. empire, f**k your imperialist a** lives. That s**t gotta go.”

She also yelled [at 1:50], “We need to start killing people. First off, we need to start killing the White House. The White House must die. The White House, your f**king White House, your f**king Presidents, they must go!” We wonder if she’ll be investigated for threats against the president.

Who wants tribalism?

Perhaps this ignorant woman should move to, say, Equatorial Guinea, or Haiti, to find out what living under Black Supremacy is like. Something tells me she’ll realise it’s better where she is.

Leftist Identity Politics is Creating The White Tribe

Leftist Identity Politics is Creating The White Tribe, excerpts from readers in an article by Rod Dreher.

I’m a white guy. I’m a well-educated intellectual who enjoys small arthouse movies, coffehouses and classic blues. If you didn’t know any better, you’d probably mistake me for a lefty urban hipster.

And yet. I find some of the alt-right stuff exerts a pull even on me. … It’s seductive because I am not a person with any power or privilege, and yet I am constantly bombarded with messages telling me that I’m a cancer, I’m a problem, everything is my fault.

I am very lower middle class. I’ve never owned a new car, and do my own home repairs as much as I can to save money. I cut my own grass, wash my own dishes, buy my clothes from Walmart. I have no clue how I will ever be able to retire. But oh, brother, to hear the media tell it, I am just drowning in unearned power and privilege, and America will be a much brighter, more loving, more peaceful nation when I finally just keel over and die.

Trust me: After all that, some of the alt-right stuff feels like a warm, soothing bath. A “safe space,” if you will. I recoil from the uglier stuff, but some of it — the “hey, white guys are actually okay, you know! Be proud of yourself, white man!” stuff is really VERY seductive, and it is only with some intellectual effort that I can resist the pull. And yet I still follow this stuff, not really accepting it, but following it just because it’s one of the only places I can go where people are not always telling me I’m the seed of all evil in the world. If it’s a struggle for someone like me to resist the pull, I imagine it’s probably impossible for someone with less education or cultural exposure.

It baffles me that more people on the left can’t understand this … They have no problem understanding, and even making excuses for, say, the seductive pull of angry black radicalism for disaffected black men. They’re totally cool with straightforwardly racist stuff like La Raza. …

If the Left can’t let go of identity politics, then let me be clear: What comes next is on THEM. A lot of us don’t want to live in a world of tribes, and we never asked for it.

Here’s another:

I totally get where this guy is coming from. I’m in his shoes for the most part: white, Christian, male, straight. …

I remarked to my wife a couple of weeks ago that witnessing the left’s histrionics for the past several months has made me more racist, more sexist, and more homophobic than I ever would’ve been otherwise. …

What the left doesn’t get is it’s turning people like me — reasonably moderate, go-along-to-get-along types — into full-blown reactionary radicals. Ideas that I once would’ve rolled my eyes at I’m now willing to give a hearing. I don’t think I’m some paragon of rational thought and self-control by any means, but it concerns me that if I’m willing at least to entertain some of these ideas.

Yep.

Society either aims for universalism, or it aims for tribalism. The new left, whose strategy for votes is to try to get all the votes for groups other than white mean by hating on white guys, has turned western society away from universalism where everyone is treated the same, towards tribalism. Brilliant move for a few votes, such forethought.

Three ‘triggers’ for Islamic uprising under Trump presidency

Three ‘triggers’ for Islamic uprising under Trump presidency, by Leo Hohlmann.

A former Homeland Security officer who spent years screening Muslim immigrants points to three “triggers” of confrontation between the new administration of Donald Trump and the global Islamic movement. These three issues will spawn a violent backlash in response to Trump as he attempts to implement what many believe are long-overdue reforms.

  • Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem
  • Declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization
  • Restricting Islamic immigration into the U.S.

As Trump tries to rein in concessions given to the Muslim Brotherhood by the previous administrations of Clinton, Bush and Obama, he should expect the Brotherhood and its allies on the left to push back with hell’s fury, Haney said.

There will be lawsuits, ugly protests, and an all-out effort to create chaos in the streets of U.S. cities, he predicts.

The observant Muslim base has been building up in the US for decades:

This isn’t 1968 or even 1978, when Islam in America consisted primarily of a few thousand Nation of Islam and Black Panther activists.

Islam, particularly the Salafist brand of Sunni Islam promoted by the Muslim Brotherhood, whose stated goal is to spread Shariah throughout the world, has been allowed to establish a major foothold in America.

More than 300 U.S. cities and towns have been stacked with Sharia-compliant Muslims through refugee resettlement and myriad other visa programs that have been expanding for four decades.

Meanwhile, groups that agitate for Muslim “civil rights,” which tend to manifest as special privileges not afforded to Christians, have been empowered. Thanks to the expanded immigration, the U.S. Muslim population has exploded to 3.3 million, the number of mosques has grown exponentially and the Council on American Islamic Relations or CAIR is now a force to be reckoned with despite its ties to extremist organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, Haney said.

The left is eager to join in with the Muslim Brotherhood against Trump:

As seen at protests in major U.S. airports Sunday, the radical left is eager to take up the crusade of Muslim activism.  … Airport protests just the start of ‘chaos’ planned by Muslim Brotherhood …
This is just the beginning of what will be an ongoing battle of wills between Trump’s administration and the Shariah-supportive Muslim community that feels emboldened by its allies in the media and among what are mainly Marxist and left-leaning professors, lawyers and community organizers, Haney said.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Islam-critical Kirralie Smith seen as potential Australian libertarian leader

Islam-critical Kirralie Smith seen as potential Australian libertarian leader, by Nick O’Malley.

Smith received relatively little attention during the last federal election as a NSW Senate candidate for the Australian Liberty Alliance, the political offshoot of the Q Society, which describes itself as “Australia’s leading Islam-critical movement”.

(“Q Society supports an integrated multi-ethnic Australia and rejects racism … Since Islam is not a race or ethnicity, being critical of Islam is not racist,” its website explains.)

But she is likely to receive far more press in the coming weeks as the co-defendant in a defamation action being brought by the businessman Mohammed El-Mouelhy, who was the subject of a critical video produced by the Q Society and presented by Smith. …

A recent video of Kirralie Smith

She rejects the suggestion she is right wing, rather, she says she a part of the silent majority of mainstream conservatives whose voices are now being heard due to victories of Donald Trump and the Brexit campaign.

Smith says she does not believe there is an imminent threat of adopting Sharia law, but is concerned about what she calls “creeping sharia”.

“We are being encouraged very strongly to tolerate sharia finance, halal certification, the hijab,” she says. “Sharia is definitely present in Australia … I believe there are honour killings and it is all reported under domestic violence or another name,” she says. As evidence she says  she has close friends who are pastors who work in churches who have provided sanctuary to victims. …

Potential leader for a new Australian conservative movement:

During the US election she was horrified by Hillary Clinton’s support for abortion rights. She opposes political correctness, Safe Schools and big government regulations imposed upon farmers by distant bureaucrats.

“I pretty much oppose everything the Greens stand for,” she says.

She was also appalled by the Liberal Party’s abandonment of Tony Abbott for Malcolm Turnbull.

This broader political outlook, and Smith’s articulate direct manner, has led some observers to speculate that she is a potential leader for a new conservative movement, one energised by the international populist surge.

She is, says John Adams, a former Coalition adviser who has written about the need for more intellectual depth in the new conservative movement, a more capable and charismatic messenger than, say, Pauline Hanson. (“I think Pauline has a lot of good sentiment, I am not sure about the ability,” says Smith of Hanson.)

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Importance of Trump’s Executive Order might not be fully understood for generations

Importance of Trump’s Executive Order might not be fully understood for generations, by Brian Thomas. The crucial paragraph of Trump’s Executive Order on immigration:

In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles. The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law. In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including “honor” killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.

It indicates what this new administration is actually thinking.

They’re going to treat Islam as a hostile political ideology. That is what has been needed for decades. It is the reversal of the “Islam is a religion of peace” doctrine set in place by Bush on September 17, 2001.

[That paragraph] should, quite rightly, strike terror into the hearts of anyone looking to promote Islamic law above the United States’ existing constitution. …

This would apply to a communist overthrow of the United States (I guess), but the only real threat on the global stage today is the ideology of Islamic supremacy. …

If you read that paragraph and immediately think #MuslimBan, then you’re bringing your own impressions of Islam. The text doesn’t mention Islam, but we all know that the leading ideology that sanctions bigotry, hatred, violence against women, and oppression is not Buddhism.

This section, again without mentioning Islam or Muslims, arrives at the heart of the problem. Islamic values always lead to intolerance. Islam’s guiding texts are all fundamentally devoted to separating the world between believers and non-believers. All of our liberal freedoms and our equality stem from a Judeo-Christian belief that all men are created in the image of God and are equal before equitable laws. That is not at the heart of Islam.

The left is too greedy for Muslim votes, and fails to comprehend how different and supremacist Islam is:

That same Islamic ideology led 56 member states of the UN to ignore the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and replace it with the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam, which opens with:

“Reaffirming the civilizing and historical role of the Islamic Ummah which God made the best nation that has given mankind a universal and well-balanced civilization in which harmony is established between this life and the hereafter and knowledge is combined with faith; and the role that this Ummah should play to guide a humanity confused by competing trends and ideologies and to provide solutions to the chronic problems of this materialistic civilization.”

The idea that God made Islam the best nation is not a statement of equality. It is a supremacist statement. … That is what we are dealing with: 56 nation states and millions of indoctrinated followers who are religiously compelled (with a depth of fervour the godless left can no longer comprehend) bound to profess the supremacy of their civilisation.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Changing the Guard weekend ceremonies AXED amid fears of a Berlin-style TERROR ATTACK

Changing the Guard weekend ceremonies AXED amid fears of a Berlin-style TERROR ATTACK, by Harry Walker.

The longstanding tradition will no longer take place on Saturdays due to concerns over the possibility that jihadists could target the thousands of tourists who gather to enjoy the show.

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Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace has also changed to fixed days in order to prevent an attack — with armed police accompanying the guards.

Maybe the UK should protect its citizens better. Or are they afraid of being inundated with lefty protests, like Trump was after he temporarily banned some travel from some Muslim countries?

Or is it already too late for the UK? Perhaps it is, if the Queen is afraid of drawing a crowd for fear of murderous attacks by Muslims.

Donald Trump, American hero

Donald Trump, American hero, by David Goldman. He stands as a lone wolf ready to avenge the injustices of globalization:

The protagonists of American popular culture are outsiders with scant patience for authority.

The Western heroes invented by Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour and portrayed by William S. Hart or John Wayne, and their urban cousins — the private detectives of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler — play loose with the law and play dirty with the opposition, but they have an inviolable inner code. They don’t betray their friends and they don’t exploit the weak. They don’t aspire to entry into the elites, and they don’t apologize for their vulgarity. They come in comic form, for example Huckleberry Finn, or nastily serious, like William Munny in Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven, or a bit of both in Hammett’s wise-cracking angel of vengeance, the Continental Op.

There is nothing un-Christian in the fact that American pilgrims are rogues — rough men at best, killers and conmen at worst — for the English Puritans who imagined the United States as a “Hebrew Republic” believed that humanity was hopelessly depraved, and that only an act of special grace from God could save them from damnation. Trump is a Christian, to be sure, of a characteristically American variety: as the political scientist Joshua Mitchell observed, he was for decades a follower of the Rev. Norman Vincent Peale, whose bestselling version of the prosperity gospel in The Power of Positive Thinking made him rich. Whether and in what way Trump is a Christian, though, is far less important than the fact that he is instantly recognizable as the protagonist in a Christian drama: the lone avenger who stands up to the depraved powers of the world and calls them out for combat.

Ted Cruz, an engaged and enthusiastic evangelical Christian, failed to understand the religious impulse of the American electorate. They did not want a politician-pastor to preach to them what they already knew. They wanted a hero, sinner though he be, to give battle to the forces of evil — a Jephtha or a Saul. …

His problem with governing:

Having thrown out the failed elite, Trump has the problem of governing with newcomers and outright amateurs. Trump’s administration thus far is a bit of a mess, but critics should cut him a bit of slack. There is no foreign policy elite, and not much of a national security elite. Most of the grand names in the intelligence community bet on Trump’s defeat — which shows how deficient they are at intelligence. …

Trade:

China used every lever of industrial policy, including state subsidies, loans from state-owned entities, and so forth, to create employment in tech industries. That is the Asian industrial model, and in many cases it works. It is hardly fair to expect America to play by free market rules while its competitors indulge in aggressive mercantilism.

On elites in America:

We never have succeeded in training an elite. Whenever an American elite finds itself in power it chokes on its own arrogance. I cheered Mr. Trump to victory in the last election out of disgust for the do-gooders and world-fixers of both the Republican and Democratic mainstreams. Now I wish him good luck. He’ll need all the luck he can get.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Limbaugh: Trump has one much bigger problem than protesters

Limbaugh: Trump has one much bigger problem than protesters, by Joe Kovacs.

Radio host Rush Limbaugh … “The real problem Trump has here is not these protesters. … The real problem he’s gonna have is the Republicans in Congress sticking with him. This is the kind of thing that they’ve caved to I don’t know how many times.

This is the kind of uprising in the media, uprising on the left that just sends chills down the spines of the average, ordinary Washington Republican, and they cave within seconds to things like this, as [Sen. John] McCain and Lindsey Graham predictably and right on schedule have done, by coming out and saying they profoundly disagree.” …

Limbaugh stressed that the protests were not spontaneous reactions to Trump’s executive order barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

“What all of this is about is the preordained, prearranged Democrat Party strategy of unseating Donald Trump and opposing him,” he explained.

“It’s nothing more than total resistance to everything. It doesn’t matter what it is. There is going to be total resistance to everything. He’s gonna name his Supreme Court pick tomorrow night. Total resistance. The protests at the airports bought and paid for by George Soros, prearranged. People have been sitting and waiting for the moment to be cued to action.”

“I was telling people over the weekend who are alarmed at how often and how large these protests seem to be, how often they materialize, and I told everybody that asked me about it to calm down, that it is the strategy. This is the official policy of Trump opposition to simply resist everything because that’s all they can do. They can’t stop it unless the Republicans cave and join them. If the Republicans stay unified, House and Senate, and in support of the Trump agenda, then there’s nothing the Democrats can do.”

“These protests in part are designed to paralyze Republicans, and if they paralyze Trump, well, that’s icing on the cake and an added bonus. … It’s crucial going forward to be able to keep in perspective what they show you on TV and not fall for the narrative”

He called the protests “mindless,” noting it was “the same process, the same lying, stinking procedure … . It’s by rote. It is not organic or spontaneous.”

Poll: public not caving:

A new poll on Monday indicates most voters approve of President Trump’s temporary halt to refugees and visitors from seven Middle Eastern and African countries until the government can do a better job of keeping out individuals who are terrorist threats.

The survey by Rasmussen Reports finds that 57 percent of likely U.S. voters favor a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Only 33 percent oppose the ban.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Donald Trump Mocks Chuck Schumer’s Tears

Donald Trump Mocks Chuck Schumer’s Tears, by Charlie Spiering.

“Only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning,” [Trump] wrote. “Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage, protesters and the tears of Senator Schumer.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer teared up during a press conference on Sunday, calling Trump’s executive order “mean spirited and un-American.” On Monday, he stated his intent to ask for a vote in the Senate to repeal Trump’s order.

Trump did not signal any intention of backing down. Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office on Monday, he dismissed Schumer’s tears as “fake.”

“I noticed that Chuck Schumer yesterday with fake tears, I’m going to ask him who is his acting coach, because I know him very well. I don’t see him as a crier,” Trump said. “If he is, he’s different man. There’s about a 5 percent chance that it was real but I think they were fake tears.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Why The Cold War Between Tech CEOs and Trump Is About To Go Nuclear

Why The Cold War Between Tech CEOs and Trump Is About To Go Nuclear, by Tyler Durden.

Over the weekend, openly defiant CEOs, particularly among the tech sector, expressed their displeasure with Trump’s Friday executive order temporarily banning refugees and limiting travel from seven Muslim countries. …

The biggest reason for the anger by tech CEOs at the Trump administration is a simple and … selfish one. The reason for the simmering cold war between tech CEOs and Trump can be summarized in just three letters: H1-B.

The bottom line is that tech CEOs fear Trump will single them out for outsourcing jobs or shut down the so-called H-1B visa program they use to hire high-skilled foreign employees for crucial engineering and technical jobs. …

On the campaign trail, [Trump] promised to “end forever the use of H-1B as a cheap labor program.” He later signaled in a meeting with tech leaders that he’s most concerned about companies misusing the visas to displace lower-wage American workers. …

Tech companies such as Microsoft, Google, IBM, Cisco, Apple, Intel and Facebook say the visas are crucial for specialized jobs they can’t fill domestically because of a shortage of American graduates with the right technical skills. When CEOs spoke out over the weekend about the ban, they pointed out the importance of allowing the “best and brightest” to work in the U.S.

Bloomberg reports that the Trump administration has drafted an executive order aimed at overhauling the work-visa programs technology companies depend on to hire tens of thousands of employees each year.

If implemented, the reforms could force wholesale changes at India companies such as Infosys Ltd. and Wipro Ltd., and shift the way American companies like Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc. recruit talent. Companies would have to try to hire American first and if they recruit foreign workers, priority would be given to the most highly paid.

Many US tech companies hire cheap programmers from India and elsewhere to work in the US, while the American programmers have to teach the newcomers how to do their jobs before being sacked. The Americans forgo a bonus if they refuse to teach their replacements how to do their job. These H1-B visa have been shamelessly exploited to replace Americans in jobs in America with cheaper imported laborers.

Spicer to State officials on immigration: ‘Get with the program’ or go

Spicer to State officials on immigration: ‘Get with the program’ or go, by Gabby Morrongiello.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued a stern warning on Monday to State Department officials who have criticized President Trump’s decision to temporarily halt immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

“I think that they should either get with the program or they can go,” Spicer told reporters at the daily briefing. “This is about the safety of America and there’s a reason a majority of Americans agree with the president.”

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier Monday that more than 100 agency officials are internally protesting the president’s order on immigration and the Syrian refugee program due to concerns that it will increase threats to U.S. national security rather than advance anti-terror efforts.

White House to Dissenting U.S. Diplomats: ‘Get With the Program’ or Leave, by Mark Landler.

It was the starkest confrontation yet between the new president, who is moving swiftly to upend years of government policies, and an entrenched bureaucracy, parts of which are openly hostile to Mr. Trump’s proposals or have struggled to enforce his executive orders, which have been announced with little warning and no input from the rank and file.

Customs agents ignore judge, enforce Trump’s travel ban, by Kathianne Boneillo.

The ACLU is getting “multiple reports” that federal customs agents are siding with President Trump — and willfully ignoring a Brooklyn federal judge’s demand that travelers from seven Muslim countries not be deported from the nation’s airports.

“The court’s order could not be clearer… they need to comply with the order,” Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants Rights project, told The Post late Saturday.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Obama Already Out of Retirement: Ex-president gives successor exactly 10 days before making public criticism

Obama Already Out of Retirement: Ex-president gives successor exactly 10 days before making public criticism, by Brendan Kirby.

Well, that didn’t long.

Former President Barack Obama said just before leaving office that he wanted to give the new administration space — unless President Donald Trump took some sort of extreme action. …

It took all of 10 days for Obama to decide that criterion had been met by Trump’s executive order suspending the Syrian refugee programs and temporarily blocking other refugees and freezing travel from seven high-risk countries. …

Michael Johns, who served as a speechwriter in the administration of George H.W. Bush, said it is unseemly for Obama to criticize his successor.

“This is entirely unprecedented in modern presidential politics and violates the unstated decorum that generally has governed the conduct of presidents after leaving office,” said Johns, who president and executive director of Tea Party Community. “Everything Trump has done in the first week is truly consistent with what he promised he would do.”

Again, partisanship being ratcheted up by the new left.

Why the Supreme Court fight is sure to go nuclear

Why the Supreme Court fight is sure to go nuclear, by Jonathon Tobin. Not as important as a major election in the US, but in some ways it almost is.

President Trump is scheduled to announce his nominee for the vacant US Supreme Court seat this week….

The so-called nuclear option would happen if Republicans fully quash the filibuster, a process Democrats began eroding in 2013 when they nuked the filibuster for most judicial and executive-branch nominees.

The Democrats had the majority then, and heedless of the possibility that the tables might soon be turned, former leader Harry Reid decided to short-circuit the ability of the minority to frustrate the will of President Obama by forcing Democrats to get 60 votes on nominees.

The Democrats used the shift to pack the lower courts with Obama nominees. But, as [Senate Minority Leader Chuck] Schumer now admits ruefully, that gives Republicans an edge now that they control Congress and the White House. It means that no matter how much Democrats rail against Trump’s cabinet choices, every single one of them is likely to be confirmed.

However, Reid left one exception when he altered the rules: the Supreme Court. So while Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might abhor trashing tradition, he might have no choice but to use his power to end the filibuster altogether. …

Once it fell to Trump to fill the seat, Democrats were going to go all-out to prevent him from preserving a conservative majority on the court for the foreseeable future. …

Given the large number of red-state Democrats up for re-election in 2018, there is a chance McConnell will be able to split the opposition and win without a rules change. But that possibility is limited by the certainty that some defecting Democrats would then face primary challenges from the increasingly belligerent Bernie Sanders wing of the party that seeks to recreate the same dynamic on the left that the Tea Party had on the GOP. …

Given the stakes involved in replacing Scalia and the disappearance of any neutral ground left between the two parties, for either side to meekly allow their opponents to shift the court without a battle to the death has become unimaginable.

This comes about because nowadays so much of policy in the US is made by activist judges, which means that the political composition of the highest US court becomes an important matter in politics. With neutral ground shrinking under a tide of partisanship from the new left over the past decade or more, countered at last from the right, everything just comes down to raw numbers. The trend-leading US is now a fractured and divided society politically.

Dubai’s Head of Security supports Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’

Dubai’s Head of Security supports Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’, by albawaba’s The Loop.

Dubai’s Head of General Security, Dhahi Khalfan this morning expressed his support for President Trump’s “Muslim ban”:

“We completely support Trump in his ban on entry to those who may cause a breach in America’s security. Every country has the right to protect its security from anyone who could be dangerous for the safety of its people.

Previous US administrations have embraced all the wanted men of the Arab world and those classified as terrorists… Trump what you’re doing is right.”

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Quebec City mosque attack suspect identified as Alexandre Bissonnette

Quebec City mosque attack suspect identified as Alexandre Bissonnette, by CBC News. Story of the shooting.

The man police believe opened fire on a Quebec City mosque is 27-year-old Alexandre Bissonnette

According to his Facebook page, which has since been taken down, Bissonnette …studied anthropology and political science at Laval University. …

The shooting happened less than three kilometres away from Laval’s campus, during evening prayers at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec on Sunday shortly before 8 p.m. …

As Bissonnette’s name began to circulate online, one Facebook group dedicated to welcoming refugees in the Quebec City area expressed “pain and anger” over the news.

The suspect was “unfortunately known to several activists in Quebec City for his pro-Le Pen and anti-feminist positions at Laval University and on social networks,” wrote the Bienvenue aux réfugié.es – Ville de Québec Facebook group.

Alexandre Bissonnette: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know, by Tom Cleary.

Alexandre Bissonnette has been accused of killing six people and wounding eight others in a “barbaric” massacre Sunday night at a Quebec City mosque, TVA News reports.

The 27-year-old entered the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec and opened fire with a rifle, shooting members of the mosque as they prayed, police and witnesses say.

He is in police custody and was being questioned Monday morning. He is expected to face murder charges.

A second man, Mohamed el Khadir, a Moroccan immigrant also called Mohamed Belkhadir, was previously identified by authorities as a suspect. He was taken into custody near the mosque and questioned, but Quebec Provincial Police said in a tweet Monday afternoon that he is no longer considered to be a suspect. He is now being called a witness. …

Confusion over the number of shooters, based on witness statements and the fact two men were taken into police custody, along with speculation about the motive’s behind the shooting, spread quickly on social media in the hours after the attack. Adding to the disorder were hoaxes, including a viral tweet from a fake Reuters news account that named two “white supremacists” as the attackers, and another hoax, started at Donald Trump forums on Reddit, that claimed the gunmen were recent refugees from Syria. …

Bissonnette Has Right-Wing, Pro-Israel, Pro-Trump & Anti-Immigration Beliefs, a Former Classmate Says. … He said Bissonnette was an “unpopular nerd,” and was not always taken seriously by classmates. “He replied to insults, but never with physical violence,” Labrecque Berger said, adding that he and his twin brother didn’t integrate with other students. They were usually only seen together, he said. …

Bissonnette likes the Facebook pages of U.S. President Donald Trump and French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, but he does not express support for them elsewhere on his page. Other likes include the Israel Defense Forces, United With Israel and Parti Québécois of Université Laval. He also likes U.S. Senator John McCain, a moderate Republican who has opposed Trump on some issues, President George W. Bush, the Canadian New Democratic Party and late Canadian politician Jack Layton, who was a leader of the left-wing NDP, so the likes do not shed much light on Bissonnette’s beliefs. …

About 17 minutes after the first call of shots fired at the mosque, Alexandre Bissonnette, called 911 to police he felt guilty about what he had done …

Witnesses told Reuters that two to three gunmen opened fire on worshippers inside the mosque Sunday night. But police now say Bissonnette was the lone shooter. … It has not been confirmed by police that the shooter said “Allahu akbar,” an Islamic phrase that means “God is great” and is often associated with terrorist attacks. It is also not clear that if it was said, if it was used mockingly.

Alexandre Bissonnette only suspect, by Lion of the Bologosphere.

No longer a conspiracy, it’s just one lone wolf. …

So right now, it looks like Alexandre Bissonnette may be a French-Canadian Dylann Roof. This is unfortunate because leftwing mainstream media journalists will now smugly lecture us that white Christians are the REAL terrorists.

Commenter Richard: “Rightly or wrongly, the Quebec shooting is going to be linked with Trump’s executive order for as long as liberal historians write books”.

Commenter Roli: “The comments section of Canadian media sites are currently flooded with comments ascribing blame to the US and more specifically Trump. As a non-white Canadian myself, I’ve always found Canadians to be very accepting, civil and mature, but on the topic of the US or Americans generally all hell breaks loose.”

Quebec City mosque attack suspect known for right-wing online posts, by Les Perreaux.

The suspect in the deadly attack on a Quebec City mosque was known in the city’s activist circles as a right-wing troll who frequently took anti-foreigner and anti-feminist positions and stood up for U.S. President Donald Trump. …

Acquaintances from Mr. Bissonnette’s earlier years at Les Compagnons-de-Cartier high school in Quebec City say he was introverted, socially awkward and frequently bullied. Toma Popescu remembered bigger kids teasing Mr. Bissonnette for his slight, pallid appearance and his unfashionable clothing. “He dressed like a country boy,” Mr. Popescu said.

The bullies who targeted Mr. Bissonnette would demand his money and his lunch, even roughing him up, Mr. Popescu added. But Mikael Labrecque Berger said that Mr. Bissonnette wasn’t cowed by his social problems at school.

He never seemed to take it like personally,” Mr. Berger. “He had an almost happy attitude about it.”

“Someone [would] tell him, ‘You’re ugly,’ and he would say, ‘You too are ugly.’” …

A spokesman for the Canadian Forces confirmed that Mr. Bissonnette had participated in the cadet program from 2002 to 2004 in the Quebec City area. …

Police say the suspect was not on their radar before the attack. A court records search shows no other involvement with police other than traffic tickets.

Shocking and awful.

2017 Quebec City mosque shooting: Attackers shouting “Allahu Akbar”

2017 Quebec City mosque shooting, by Wikipedia.

A mass shooting occurred on the evening of January 29, 2017, at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec (CCIQ) a mosque in Sainte-Foy, a suburb of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Six people were killed and eight injured after two gunmen opened fire just after the end of evening prayers at 8:00 p.m. 53 people were reported present at the time of the shooting. Two suspects have been arrested. Quebec authorities are treating the shooting as a terrorist attack. …

According to witnesses at the scene, gunmen wearing ski masks entered the mosque, shortly after the scheduled 7:30 pm prayers began. They began shooting at the 53 worshiping Muslims at about 7:55 p.m, when the first calls to the police were made. According to one witness, the gunmen used an AK-47. According to one witness, the attackers two men “dressed in black” with “Quebec accents” who shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the shooting.

False reports circulating about Quebec mosque shooter’s identity, by Leslie Young.

Parody Twitter accounts are circulating false and unverified details about the identities of the shooters in a Quebec-area mosque on Sunday. …

The Twitter account “Reuter New Braek,” which identifies itself as a parody account in its profile, tweeted that police had identified the assailants as two white supremacists, David Aurine and Mathieu Fournier. Police had not publicly identified any suspects at that time.

The tweet was retweeted over 1,000 times in roughly one hour. … The website “The Daily Beast” ran a story citing the Reuters parody account on its site and was the target of much of the ridicule.

People are trying to spin this to their preferred narrative:

5 Fast Facts You Need to Know, by Tom Cleary.

1. Witnesses Said Gunmen, Armed With an ‘AK-47,’ Opened Fire Upon About 40 Worshippers While Yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ …

2. One of the Suspects Is 27 With a ‘Québécois Name’ & the Other Has a Name of ‘Arab Origin,’ According to Reports …

3. One of the Suspects Called Police to Turn Himself in Because He Felt Guilty…

4. A Pig’s Head Was Left Outside the Mosque in June & a Video of a Man Threatening to Kill Quebec Muslims Was Posted Online in 2015 …

5. The Shooting Comes As Prime Minister Trudeau Says Canada Will Welcome Muslim Immigrants Turned Away by the U.S.

Two arrested are Bashir al-Taweed and Hassan Matti, Syrians who entered Canada as refugees last week. Heard on police radio, but not confirmed. That was three hours ago; media silent since then — not the “right narrative”? UPDATE: This also turned out to be a hoax.

UPDATE: The culprit is Alexandre Bissonnette.

The Real Motivation Behind the Left’s “Niceness”

The Real Motivation Behind the Left’s “Niceness”, by Kyle Smith.

If there is a guiding principle to today’s left-leaning bourgeoisie, it is niceness. The votes of this group depend largely on which party is seen as being nicer to those most in need. Being nice to minorities, women, the disabled, gay people, poor people and illegal immigrants is of paramount importance.

But what if niceness is not just vague but destructive? What if niceness is just an excuse for selfishness? What if being nice to groups seen as marginalized is actually hurting them? …

Niceness isn’t really a virtue, Lawler says. It’s more of a cop-out, a moral shrug. “A nice person won’t fight for you,” he points out. “A nice person isn’t animated by love or honor or God. Niceness, if you think about it, is the most selfish of virtues, one, as Tocqueville noticed, rooted in a deep indifference to the well-being of others.” …

Today, in Britain as in America, the nice-ocracy simply shrugs as the struggling classes make terrible decisions. Who are we to impose our values on others, ask the nice-ocrats? Isn’t this or that regional patois just as good as standard English? If children in the poorer zip codes are getting a terrible education, the nice-ocrats don’t make a fuss. People are intelligent in their own ways, say the nice-ocrats. If testing doesn’t support this, we should cast doubt on the tests. Anyway, if the not-so-gifted people raise not-so-gifted children, there won’t be additional competition for those few spots on the best campuses. …

Not-nice Trump voters sometimes speak dismissively of immigrants and others who refuse to learn English; nice Clinton voters are shocked that anyone could hold such cruel views. It isn’t nice to point out that some people don’t have very good command of grammar. Even teachers no longer make it a priority to teach others how to speak properly … To the nice people, “attempts to foist alleged grammatical ‘correctness’ on native speakers of an ‘incorrect’ dialect are nothing but the unacknowledged and oppressive exercise of social control — the means by which the elites deprive whole social classes and people of self-esteem.” Moreover, all forms of expression are equally valid, says the nice-ocrat … So refusing to teach grammar is “both in accord with a correct understanding of the nature of language and is politically generous.” If people who can’t speak properly find themselves subsequently accruing little value in today’s job market, the nice-ocrat simply shrugs again. …

Today’s elites, as Charles Murray has noted in his book, Coming Apart, … refuse to preach what they practice. They are well aware of the pro-social behavior that leads to success, but are too nice to encourage others to follow their lead. Indeed, they recoil in horror from the prospect of being thought “judgmental” toward others.

Dalrymple, who was born in 1949, is old enough to remember a time when the upper classes and the educational establishment encouraged the lower classes to acquire virtue. The lower classes took the challenge seriously.

Most claims about Trump’s visa Executive Order are false or misleading

Most claims about Trump’s visa Executive Order are false or misleading, by William Jaocbson.

There is a logic to the 7 countries. Six are failed states known to have large ISIS activity, and one, Iran, is a sworn enemy of the U.S. and worldwide sponsor of terrorism. … And, the 7 countries on the list were not even so-designated by Trump. Rather, they were selected last year by the Obama administration as posing special risks for visa entry. …

There are accusations that one particular provision discriminates. It gives preference to those fleeing religious persecution in countries in which they are a religious minority … This is being referred to as a de facto discrimination against Muslims because it mostly applies to Christians. Well, that’s because Christians are the most persecuted religion in the Middle East, by Muslims. If there were a country in which Muslims were persecuted by another majority religion, they would get preference.  …

An offshoot of the “Muslim ban” claim is the claim that Trump deliberately excluded countries in which he does business. This argument is made in order to claim Muslims are targeted even though most of the Muslim world is not affected. The problem, of course, is that Trump worked off of the Obama administration’s list of particularly risky countries for visa entry.

There is a lot of fake news in the media nowadays.