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A Couple of Things – Spain, Charlottesville, Justin Thomas

I know that I haven’t posted in awhile.

I had the opportunity to visit the Normandy Memorial. Over 9,300 Americans are buried here.  It spoke of sacrifice, honor and courage.

The attack on Barcelona, Spain is so cowardly it makes you want to cry out with anger. To take a car and plow it into a crowd deserves a special level of Dante’s Place.

Justin Thomas played wonderfully to win the PGA Championship. Sometimes we stress winning way too much. Justin has been playing really good golf for more than 18 months. It was only earlier this year that he started winning and winning often.  He was brilliant on the back 9 on Sunday.  Congratulations Justin! (Let me say a few words about Quail Hallow. It sucked. I’m not a fan of ridiculously fast greens.  I’m sorry I don’t that if you breath on a golf ball and it wobbles for 20 feet down a slope that it slow slippery that ants put out a don’t cross sign, that’s crazy. I know purists say, ” all you have to do is stay below the hole.” I blow those idealists a raspberry. I want to see the best in the world roll the rock from anywhere on the green. I think they took at really good golf course and made it worse. )

Saudi Man Plans Attacks on Multiple Targets

A 20-year-old Saudi man was arrested on Thursday. He was plotting to blow up multiple targets in the United States. This guy seems to have, “I’m an obvious terrorist” written all over his dossier. He is young. He comes from the Middle East, specifically Saudi Arabia. He doesn’t make friends and United States. He writes a blog with extremist statements. This guy seems to be a no-brainer. My question is how to we detect those that aren’t so obvious? How do we detect those terrorist that do fit into society? How do we detect those terrorist that don’t come from Saudi Arabia but instead come from somewhere like London or Paris or Germany? How do we detect terrorist that don’t send up these multiple red flags?

From TPM:

A 20-year-old Saudi man living in Texas was arrested Wednesday and charged with the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his alleged purchase of chemicals and equipment used to make an improvised explosive device (IED).

Federal authorities say that Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari wrote an e-mail to himself listing the Dallas address of former President George W. Bush as the “Tyrant’s House” and considered used infant dolls to conceal explosives and targeting of a nightclub with an explosive device concealed in a backpack.

We’ve posted the criminal complaint here.

Late Update: We’ve got more on this story here.

There is Conservative propaganda hidden in that e-mail

A friend of mine sent me the following relatively innocent e-mail:

Are you a Democrat, a Republican, or a Redneck?

Here is a little test that will help you decide.
You’re walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children.

Suddenly, an Islamic Terrorist with a huge knife comes around the corner, locks eyes with you, screams obscenities, praises Allah, raises the knife, and charges at you.

You are carrying a Kimber 1911 45 cal. ACP, and you are an expert shot.

You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family. What do you do?

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Democrat’s Answer :

Well, that’s not enough information to answer the question! Does the man look poor or oppressed? Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to attack? Could we run away? What does my wife think? What about the kids? Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of his hand? What does the law say about this situation? Does the pistol have appropriate safety built into it? Why am I carrying a loaded gun anyway, and what kind of message does this send to society and to my children? Is it possible he’d be happy with just killing me? Does he definitely want to kill me, or would he be content just to wound me? If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he was stabbing me? Should I call 9-1-1? Why is this street so deserted? We need to raise taxes, have paint and weed day and make this happier, healthier street that would discourage such behavior. This is all so confusing! I need to debate this with some friends for few days and try to come to a consensus.

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Republican’s Answer:

BANG!

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Redneck’s Answer:

BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! Click….. (Sounds of reloading) BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! Click
Daughter: ‘Nice grouping, Daddy! Were those the Winchester Silver Tips or Hollow Points?’
Son: ‘Can I shoot the next one?’
Wife: ‘You ain’t taking that to the Taxidermist.

So what’s the matter with this funny little tale? It plays to preconceived stereotypes. These stereotypes are not derived by Democrats or liberals. Instead, these are the stereotypes that Republicans have been using for years to label Democrats. Remember, Democrats can’t make decisions. Democrats are cappuccino drinking, Volvo driving softies. Liberals are completely incapable of making decisions according to these conservatives.

When you read this “humorous” tale at first, you might think you were reading about three different groups but with closer inspection that is not the case. Republicans and Rednecks seem to have about the same response. They both shoot first. So, one can reasonably assume that Rednecks and Republicans are two different flavors of conservatives. These conservatives, without hesitation, protect themselves and their families.

As with all stereotypes, there may be a hint of truth somewhere buried deep inside them. There may have been, some time in the past, when Democrats were unable to make decisions and were unwilling to use force. Fortunately, that time is long gone. I know I’m not one of those Democrats and neither is president Barack Obama. One just needs to look back to April of this year. Remember the Somali pirates? Republicans were salivating. They just knew that Barack Obama would try to have an extended and protracted dialogue with these outlaws. Fox News tried to downplay their glee by saying that President Obama had “no easy solution.” The National Review, the Weekly Standard and the Wall Street Journal seem to be rooting for a progressive failure. There were questions about whether we could protect the homeland as Democrats. At the appropriate time, Barack Obama ordered the use of lethal force. Our military expertly carried out his clear orders.

This brings me back to this little “joke.” To me, the joke is that I don’t know any Democrats like this. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t fight to protect their family if they had the experience, expertise and ability as in the scenario. It is good to know that in our Commander-in-Chief we have an excellent example of a thoughtful liberal who won’t hesitate to use force when necessary. Beware of these “jokes.”