Friday, November 27, 2015

Terrorists in Refugee Horse

(Image by Gary Varvel)

Just before Thanksgiving, Our Dear Leader decreed that the states lack the authority to block refugees, despite the fact that a dozen refugees, currently in the US, have terrorist connections.

The stand-off raises serious states-rights issues.

Ann Coulter points out that "...America is under no obligation to admit anyone..." so the least we should do is make it harder for terrorist cells to set up shop here.

Of course, those of who don't want an influx of potential terrorists will be branded by leftists for raising such security issues...

(Image by Glenn McCoy)

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Russo-Turkish Conflict--Part 13?

(Image by Glenn McCoy)

Normally I try not to post on holidays and try to maintain a façade of calm and peace, at least for one day.

However, the world outside the Ramparts of Civilization is in a state of turmoil and never respects holidays. 

(Things aren't exactly placid inside the Ramparts either, but I'll hold off on this topic for today). 

Besides, Glenn McCoy's cartoon is a perfect segue to illustrate the escalating tensions between Russia and Turkey, after a Russian SU-24 was shot down by Turkish forces.

This certainly isn't the first time Russia and Turkey have been at odds with each other, having fought a dozen wars since the 16th Century.

Will "...this business get out of control..."?
(One of my on-line friends referenced this scene in our e-mail exchange of this story).

Hard to say.

As things stand this is just another shade of NATO's shadow wars.

The Bare Chested Czar certainly isn't backing down and plans on long-rang surface-to-air (SA) missiles to its base in Syria.

Let's hope cooler heads prevail.

Happy Thanksgiving!

(Image from:  Best DecorIdeas, Thanksgiving Decorations)

In case you're wondering how best to cook todays bird, along with some amusing anecdotes, here's some advice and stories from the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Censored Speech and Cultural Appropriation

(Image by Bob Gorrell)

It's no secret that us middle-aged fogeys are often bewildered by the younger generation. 

For starters, most of us older types are firm believers in unconditional free speech. 

Don't like what I have to say, or write?  Then don't listen to me, or read my material.

Unfortunately, Millennials are cool with censoring speech they find "offensive."

I guess scurrying to their safe rooms isn't enough for them.  Stephen Moore wonders Who created these campus whiners?

Regardless of their collective origin stories, the "crybullies" won't be content until they've silenced dissenting opinions wherever they exist.

Not only has the Freedom of Speech drawn the ire of the PC Commissars, so has the Pursuit of Happiness.

Apparently, one cannot conduct classes, workshops, panel discussions, etc. unless one is "culturally aligned" to the event.  The most recent case is the University of Ottawa suspended a yoga class due to a "cultural appropriation" dispute.

The online friend that notified us of this latest PC clampdown asked: 

Does this mean ALL ethnic restaurants are off-limits to anyone not of that culture?

I wouldn't put it past the Cultural Appropriation Commissars to come up with something like this.

Another on-line friend asked: 

When will this all end?

It won't until we push back.


Ben Shapiro notified the whiney Mizzou students to toughen up.

(Image by Lisa Benson)

And it looks like the yoga classes at the U of Ottawa are still being offered after all (see update at the bottom of the Townhall article).

Monday, November 23, 2015

Last Week's "Nothing-to-Do-With-Islam" News

(Image by Bob Gorrell)
First, the good news:  On Thursday, the House passed a veto-proof bill, which will attempt to curb the flow of Syrian refugees into the US.

And now for all the bad news...

Friday saw 19 killed by terrorists in Mali before police stormed the hotel, where they had seized 200 hostages.

Apparently, the terrorists didn't get the memo from John Kerry claiming Al-Qaeda has been neutralized.

(Image by Michael Ramirez)

However, our "rationalizing" Secretary of State isn't the only one "on message."

Even though it's been a whole week of nothing to do with Islam, Brussels remains on high alert, even after conducting 22 raids over the weekend.

Despite the murder and mayhem caused by the "non-Islamic" Islamic terrorists, Our Dear Leader maintains his safe space.

(Image by Nate Beeler)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Book Review: The [Un]documented Mark Steyn

As you regular Station WTFO readers are aware, I'm a fan of Mark Steyn.  His balance of acerbic wit coupled with tongue in cheek humor makes the bad news Mark comments on, along with his dire predictions of the future, makes being informed on current events tolerable and entertaining.

When I'm on duty at WA State Emergency Management, our agency's televisions are tuned to the news.  I would have paid better attention to the terrorist attack on Paris, if we weren't dealing with a wind storm event.

Anyway, when I'm off duty, I usually minimize my news intake in order to take a mental break from all the breaking bad news.  If I decide to catch up on the news, the first site I go to is Mark Steyn's.  At least I'll be able to smile, or even laugh at Mark's presentation of events-of-the-day.

Of Mark's recent books, I chose to purchase The [Un]documented Mark Steyn.  While I believe in Mark's Freedom of Speech cause against Michael Mann, I'm currently not interested in reading any book-length material on climate change.

I found The [Un]documented Mark Steyn to be like watching re-runs of my favorite TV shows, or movies.  There were some "scenes" (previously published articles) I remember vividly, some vaguely, while others I don't remember at all.  The author added some new material, along with footnotes to help new readers understand the circumstances he's written about, some dating back to the '90s.

Since I'm familiar with most of Mark's work, I'll give his "[Un]documented" edition 4-stars.  I liked it, even re-reading the articles I remember very well.

The [Un]documented Mark Steyn gets an average 4.6-star rating on  The overwhelming majority of readers (79%) give the book 5-stars.  I would too if I read the articles for the first time.

A number of the less-than 4-star raters (9% total) are really put off by the author resurrecting previously published articles. 

Normally, I'm not interested in re-reading book-length novels, except for a few:  The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and Starship Troopers.  I guess I felt the articles in The [Un]documented Mark Steyn were presented in "bite-sized" nuggets that made me feel I could put the book down any time I wanted to.

Also, as a writer myself, I understand this is a tactic used by freelancers, who'll sell the same article to different magazines; along with fiction authors whose novels often started off as short stories.

I guess whether or not someone likes The [Un]documented Mark Steyn depends on how much they like Mark's work vs. whether or not they like re-reading previously published material.

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Non-Containment of ISIS

(Image by Michael Ramirez)

Hours before the attack on Paris (13 November 2015), Our Dear Leader assured the folks on Good Morning America that the Islamic State has been contained.

While a lot of leftists believe Obama's words, not all of them are onboard.  One of them is Senator Dianne Feinstein, who's concerned ISIS is expanding, despite preparing their capital, Raqqa, against a possible assault.

Whether the Islamic State is advancing, hunkering-down or in full retreat, is nearly irrelevant because our (non) containment strategy is equally pathetic under any circumstance:  Adding a brand new hashtag (#RefugeesWelcome) to the pile of pathetic hashtags.

And with "...reality is on the march..." it's just one more argument in favor of an armed citizenry.

(Image by Bob Gorrell)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Wolves in the Umma Fold

(Image by Robert Ariail)

We had a storm blow through WA State knocking out power to nearly 116,000 customers.  So I've been busy at work, with no time afterwards to write about national or international events.  My last post was simply a link to FOX News about the raids against a terrorist hideout.

While the storm here in WA State has died down, another type of storm has been brewing:  The issue over "Syrian refugees."

As of now, 30 state governors (29 of them Republicans) oppose Our Dear Leader's scheme of admitting Syrian refugees

While I admire the governors taking a stand against O's over-reach, I'm afraid The Diplomad has a point:  All it takes is for one state to accept these "refugees," then they'll be free to roam wherever they want to.

But the leftists aren't sitting idle either.  They're looking to place political pressure on uncooperative GOP governors.

While leftists scheme to circumvent state opposition to the "refugee" problem, Michelle Malkin wonders: Where is America's force-protection from these "refujihadis?"

Where indeed?

The terrorist attack on Paris was gut-wrenching to watch unfold. 

But with at least one terrorist being able to sneak into Europe as a "refugee," illustrates a bigger problem than the Islamic State alone:  Our broken immigration system.

Ann Coulter writes:  The insistent demand for an endless flow of Third World immigrants to the West goes well beyond cheap labor for the rich. It has become a mass psychosis.

Ann could be Donald Trump's press secretary.

(Image by Steve Kelley)

Monday, November 16, 2015

France Strikes Back--But How Hard?

(Image by Steve Benson, found on USA Today's Facebook page)

France didn't wait for its "three days of mourning" to strike back.  Yesterday, the French Air Force launched airstrikes against ISIS in Raqqa.

But will dropping bombs be enough?

Mark Steyn reminds us the barbarians are inside and there are no gates. Throughout this article, he asks a critical question the political ruling class on both sides of the Atlantic refuse to answer (in regards to mass Muslim migration and their religious-political ideology):

What's the happy ending here?

There won't be any, at least for us infidels, if we merely launch retaliatory strikes.

Steyn maintained his momentum and rolled-in on the latest pacifist symbol calling it the cool civilizational death-wish going viral.

The Diplomad shares similar feelings, concluding that the Paris Attack is the murderous cost of Progressive delusions.

I love Steve Benson's image of Lady Liberty, with assault rifle in-hand, charging forward to help France militarily to defeat the Islamic State once and for all.

However, today's political reality means American assistance is more like this:

(Image from:  Restless Patriot)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Unfolding Story of the Terrorist Attack on Paris of 13 Nov 2015

(Image from:  Voice of America)
The Islamic State didn't waste any time claiming responsibility for yesterday's attack against Paris " the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful..."

Yahoo News posted a What We Know Livestream.

I don't claim to be clairvoyant, but as the news of the attack unfolded yesterday, I was certain I knew the perpetrators would be jihadists.  This terrorist act was conducted in a manner that reminded me of the Mumbai Attacks of 2008.  For a while it appeared as if another Nord-Ost Siege was in the making.

French President Francois Hollande vowed a merciless response to the attack that has left 127 dead (at this point).

Let's hope so.

But speaking of "merciless responses," leftist media sites haven't let this crisis go to waste.

Chauncey DeVage of Salon added the proverbial apples & oranges to conclude the attack on Paris was the direct result of right-wing rhetoric, especially against Black Lives Matter.

Yeah, right.

And Natalie Nagayrede of The Guardian is more concerned about far-right groups fanning the flames of hatred than jihadis roaming the streets killing innocent people

Us right-wingers aren't the enemies of civilization as Natalie imagines.

As leftists like Natalie and Chauncey continue making excuses for this, or any future jihadi attack, I'm afraid France's response won't be as "merciless" as I'd like it to be.

In the meantime, information about yesterday's attack is still unfolding.  News stations continue to cover this story with their "first string" newscasters. 

(Image from:  Digital Music News)