Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jackie Johnson's May Gray Forecast

I missed last night's weather forecast post. I just petered out and hit the sack. Worked all day today, but now I have the long weekend off, including Tuesday, when I'm taking a personal day.

Looks like it's going to be overcast through most of the weekend. Meh. I guess it'll be cool and comfortable.

In any case, here's the lovely Ms. Jackie, for CBS News Los Angeles:



David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon

At Amazon, David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

Found at the Scene in Manchester

I love the graphics at this piece, especially of the foyer at the Manchester Arena, where Salman Abedi detonated his IED.


ICYMI: Omar El Akkad, American War

*BUMPED.*

Following-up from my previous earlier entry, I'm reminded if this, at Amazon, Omar El Akkad, American War: A Novel.

From 9/11 to Manchester

From Daniel Henninger, at WSJ, "Donald Trump found out something about the presidency and the world on this trip":

Now we have Manchester and its 22 dead, many of them children. Somehow, we always end up back at 9/11, leaving flowers and candles again.

A political constant since 9/11 is that terrorism inevitably changes U.S. presidencies. I think the events this week—the president’s overseas trip and then Manchester—may have a similar effect on Donald Trump.

On Inauguration Day in January 2001, George W. Bush’s mind no doubt was filled with plans for his first term. Months later, his was a war presidency and would remain so.

Several things sit in my memory from the politics of that period. One is President Bush’s face as he addressed Congress on Sept. 20. He was a changed man. Also remembered is the solidarity of national purpose after the attack. The final memory is how quickly that unity dissipated into a standard partisan melee.

The Democratic point of attack became the Patriot Act’s surveillance provisions, a legal and legislative battle that ran the length of the Bush presidency. By the end of his second term, George Bush had become an object of partisan caricature and antipathy equal to anything President Trump endures now.

During Barack Obama’s presidency, four major terrorist attacks took place inside the U.S.: Fort Hood in 2009, the Boston Marathon in 2013, San Bernardino two years later and then Orlando in 2016. During these years, the locus of terror migrated from al Qaeda to Islamic State.

Volumes have been written about Barack Obama and terrorism, much of it about the president’s struggles with vocabulary terms such as war, Islam, extreme and radical. The killing of Osama bin Laden evinced a rare, passing moment of national unity.

With the opposition to the Trump presidency programmed for driverless resistance, there will be no national unity in the war on terrorism. The Democrats have become the Trump-Is-Russia Party, and that may be as good a way as any for them to spend their waking hours.

But even Hillary Clinton couldn’t duck the terrorism problem in the 2016 presidential campaign, and when Mr. Trump said he would “defeat ISIS,” his lack of nuance no doubt won him votes.

Which brings us to Manchester this week and memories of 9/11.

Note the political response to the Manchester murders. Again, total solidarity, such as this from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker : “These cowardly attacks will only strengthen our commitment to work together to defeat the perpetrators of such vile acts.”

Post-9/11, naturally one expects such commitments to erode like sand castles. But this time, by coincidence, alleged Manchester bomber Salman Abedi murdered concertgoers in the same week Donald Trump was using his first overseas trip to build a coalition to defeat Islamic State.

This was not a routine presidential foreign trip for self-pomp and circumstance. Mr. Trump went to Saudi Arabia to initiate an anti-ISIS policy designed and midwifed by three Trump appointees and Middle East specialists—Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

The policy entails the U.S. sale over 10 years to Saudi Arabia of $450 billion of military equipment—tanks, ships, precision-guided bombs—in return for Saudi leadership of an Arab-state coalition, which is their idea, to fight Islamic terrorists in the region and thwart Iran’s territorial ambitions.

A New York Times online summary of the speech Mr. Trump delivered Sunday in Riyadh called it “a speech about Islam.” I thought it was about something larger than that.

For instance, the Times and Washington Post ran stories about how the Trump foreign policy has demoted human-rights issues. It has not. Implicit in the Trump-Tillerson formulation is that defining the abuse of human rights as oppression by governments, such as Saudi Arabia’s, is too narrow. Now, any discourse over human rights must include the right not to have one’s life ended by acts of organized terrorism.

Grasping at Trumpian straws is a fact of life, but I am going to hazard not much more than a thought, which is that the president who left for Saudi Arabia last Friday will not be the same president who returns here this weekend...
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James F. Brooks, Captives and Cousins

*BUMPED.*

At Amazon, James F. Brooks, Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands.

Salman Abedi's Manchester Bomb Used TATP (Triacetone Triperoxide), Same Explosive Used in 7/7, Brussels, and Paris Attacks

From Rukmini Callimachi, on Twitter:


Jennette McCurdy on Snapchat

At Bro Bible, "Jennette McCurdy REALLY Wants You to Know That She Can Twerk and Has Nipples."

Italian Model Bianca Balti 'Birth of Venus' Photoshoot

At London's Daily Mail, "Really coming out of her shell! Italian model Bianca Balti flashes her nipples as she dares to bare all for sexy shoot inspired by Sandro Botticelli's The Birth of Venus painting in Cannes."

And at Taxi Driver, "Bianca Balti Caught on a Photoshoot."

Gilles Kepel, Terror in France

At Amazon, Gilles Kepel, Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West.

Katie Hopkins on Manchester Jihad Attack

Following-up from yesterday, "Katie Hopkins Under Fire After Calling for 'Final Solution' to the Muslim Problem (VIDEO)."

Here's Katie Hopkins, at London's Daily Mail, "KATIE HOPKINS: Despite all the politicians’ clichΓ©s of bravery, there is a sickness in our society - and I fear it’s terminal," and "KATIE HOPKINS: The politicians now have hundreds of troops protecting them while telling the rest of us to Keep Calm, Stay 'United' and Carry On. But who is going to protect OUR kids from the terror THEY let in?"

Nine-Year-Old Ruby and Her Family Were at the Ariana Grande​ Concert During the Manchester Attack (VIDEO)

This is an amazing first-hand account, riveting even.

Via Sky News:



Morrissey’s Response to the Manchester Attack

From Stephen Green, at Instapundit, "BIGMOUTH STRIKES AGAIN: Singer Morrissey’s response to #ManchesterBombing has PC heads exploding."

And from Morrissey:
In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private. Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections.
I have a newfound respect for the Smiths, heh.

Amazon's First Bookstore in New York City

At Quartz, "Amazon’s first bookstore in New York City sucks the joy out of buying books":


“We talk about ourselves as a physical extension of Amazon.com,” said Jennifer Cast, vice president of Amazon Books, on a tour for press. Indeed: Amazon Books heavily promotes its data-driven approach all around the store, just like the site does with its many recommendations—and makes Amazon’s Prime service feel irresistible, just like the site does. But by making the store an extension of Amazon.com, rather than a place in which people really want to spend time and forget their screens in lieu of something quieter, Amazon Books takes away one of the greatest pleasures of a bookstore: escapism. With the entire store blinking like a banner ad for Amazon Prime above your head, you lose the ability to fade away into the printed word...
RTWT.

And if you've got a used bookstore in your community, give it your business.

Enlightened Progressivism Doesn't Protect You from Jihad

Seen at AoSHQ:


Michelle Malkin on the Manchester Jihad Attack (VIDEO)

On Fox & Friends yesterday morning:



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Manchester Bombing Suspect Allegedly Part of International Network of Jihad

At the Washington Post, "Manchester bombing probe seeks ‘network’ of suspects as Britain tightens security":

MANCHESTER, England — The police chief leading the investigation into a suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a Manchester concert said Wednesday that the attacker had not acted alone and authorities were trying to unravel a wider web of plotters.

“It’s very clear that this is a network we are investigating,” said Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins.

The comments — which came as British troops fanned out across London at prominent sites such as 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace — confirmed what other senior British officials have hinted. It also offered further insights into Britain’s decision to raise the nation’s threat level to its highest point.

Hopkins said British police had taken at least five people into custody in connection with the attack since Monday night.

Raids continued Wednesday in Britain, including one in the heart of Manchester — not far from the concert venue where Salman Abedi carried out the blast that claimed victims as young as 8 years old.

Hours after Hopkins spoke, police said a person was arrested in Wigan, about 20 miles west of the city.

Among those detained in Britain was Abedi’s older brother, Ismail. Meanwhile, the Reuters news agency reported that Salman’s younger brother Hashem was also arrested by authorities in Libya.

The bomber Abedi was a British-born citizen whose parents emigrated from Libya.

Britain’s domestic security chief, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, said did not provide details on possible associates of the 22-year-old Abedi.

But she told the BBC that security services — which had been aware of Abedi “up to a point” before the bombing — were focusing on his visits to Libya, at least one of which was very recent.

Rudd’s French counterpart, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, told broadcaster BFMTV that Abedi may have also gone to Syria and had “proven” links with the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the Manchester blast and called Abedi a “soldier.”

Abedi’s father, Ramadan Abedi, said his son sounded “normal” when they last spoke five days ago. The elder Abedi told the Associated Press by telephone from Tripoli, Libya, that his son planned to visit Saudi Arabia and then spend the Islamic holy month of Ramadan with family in Libya.

“We don’t believe in killing innocents,” he told the AP. “This is not us.”

The local mosque where Abedi’s family worshiped — and where Ramadan Abedi had once worked, issuing the call to prayer — denounced the attack. Mosque officials also denied reporters that the bomber had worked there.

“The horrific atrocity that occurred in Manchester on Monday night has shocked us all,” said Fawzi Haffar, a trustee with the Manchester Islamic Center, which is also known as the Didsbury Mosque. “This act of cowardice has no place in our religion, or any other religion.”

Abedi was reported Wednesday to have been a college dropout who had recently become radicalized. Security experts said it was unlikely that he coordinated the attack, and the BBC reported he may have been “a mule” tasked with carrying out the bombing, but who had little role in creating the explosive or choosing the target.

Of particular concern to British investigators was the possibility that the bomb-maker was still at-large, and may be planning to strike again.

On Tuesday night, British Prime Minister Theresa May took Britain’s alert level from “severe” to its highest rating, “critical.” The decision, she said, was “a proportionate and sensible response to the threat that our security experts judge we face.”

The impact was quick and visible.

In London, nearly 1,000 soldiers were deployed onto the streets to help free up police. Soldiers were seen at prominent locations including Downing Street and Buckingham Palace...
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Hailey Baldwin Tops the 2017 Maxim Hot 100

On Twitter.

And at Drunken Stepfather, "HAILEY BALDWIN IS NUMBER 1 IN A NONSENSE OF THE DAY":
Hailey Baldwin is a scam, her family is in the industry, she’s a golden child who has managed to find the Kardashians / Jenners / Hadids to leverage…

It just took the family publicists to make that magic happen, the scam of the scams…keep the 1 percent 1 percenting – which is why content is such shit lately – the talent has left the building and the entitled kids of the talent are taking over.


Playboy Playmate Lada Kravchenko May 2017 (VIDEO)

At Editorials Fashion Trends, "LADA KRAVCHENKO BY KYLE DELEU FOR PLAYBOY US (MAY-JUNE 2017)."

And at Playboy, "That time May Playmate Lada Kravchenko took over a NYC hotel room."

And watch, at Playboy on YouTube, "What Turns May Playmate Lada Kravchenko On (and Off)?"

Shop Today's Deals

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BONUS: Sebastian Gorka, Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War.

Dr. Rachel McKinnon Attacks Feminists

I wrote about "Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism" last year.

Here's an update, from Robert Stacy McCain:


Kara Del Toro Says Bring Back Carl's Jr. Bikini Advertising

Hey, I'm down with that!


Stana Katic

She's so sweet. What a refreshing Rule 5 break from all the political correctness and murder.

Seen on Twitter:


U.C. Berkeley Professor Posts Hit List of Alleged 'Islamophobic' Conservatives

The sole purpose of publishing and disseminating such lists is to foment murderous violence against the targets. It's no surprise that conservatives need armed guards virtually 24/7.

From Pamela on Twitter:


Katie Hopkins Under Fire After Calling for 'Final Solution' to the Muslim Problem (VIDEO)

She's probably the most righteous outspoken critic of Islam in Britain, if not all of Europe.

And of course she's under fire. When you're batting 1.000 you'll have your enemies gearing up for a fight.

At WaPo, via Memeorandum, "‘We need a final solution,’ British columnist tweets — then deletes — after Manchester bombing."

Also, seen on Twitter and on Fox News, below:




The Politically Correct Enablers of Murder and Mayhem

From Bruce Bawer, at City Journal, "Enabling Murder."


Theresa May's Downing Street Statement on Manchester Terror Attack (VIDEO)

Following-up from last night, "Manchester Suicide Bomber Identified as British-Libyan Jihadist Salman Abedi," and "Saffie-Rose Roussos, 8-Years-Old, Killed in Manchester Terror Attack."

Here's the Prime Minister's statement from yesterday. Quite dramatic:



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Evelyn Taft's Cooling Trend Forecast

Here's the lovely Ms. Evelyn.

It's been great weather. Cool but comfortable. Sunny but not hot. Very nice all around.

At CBS News 2 Los Angeles:



Lawsuit Against San Diego Unified School District's Muslim Anti-Bullying Program (VIDEO)

That's what I'm talking about.

More of this, please.

At ABC News 10 San Diego:


William Cronon, Changes in the Land

*BUMPED.*

At Amazon, William Cronon, Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England.

Fox News Retracts Story on Murdered D.N.C Staffer Seth Rich (VIDEO)

Really interesting developments on this, starting with the Fox News statement on the retraction, at top. Sean Hannity said earlier today that he "retracted nothing," but then on his evening broadcast announced he was "backing off" the story for now.

As noted previously, I don't care for this story. I don't know what evidence there is linking the young man's murder to the Democrat Party. That said, clearly, as seen in Hannity's segment, there is absolutely no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign, Russia, the D.N.C. hacks, or whatever. It's all a scam.




Saffie-Rose Roussos, 8-Years-Old, Killed in Manchester Terror Attack

Following-up, "Manchester Suicide Bomber Identified as British-Libyan Jihadist Salman Abedi."

At the Telegraph U.K.:


Manchester Suicide Bomber Identified as British-Libyan Jihadist Salman Abedi

At the Telegraph U.K., "Salman Abedi named as the Manchester suicide bomber":

The Manchester Arena suicide bomber had made trips to Libya, Downing Street said last night, as intelligence agencies combed his connections with al-Qaeda and Islamic State in his parents’ homeland.

Salman Abedi, 22, who was reportedly known to the security services, is thought to have returned from Libya as recently as this week.

A school friend told The Times: "He went to Libya three weeks ago and came back recently, like days ago."

Abedi born in Manchester and grew up in tight-knit Libyan community that was known for its strong opposition to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

He had become radicalised recently - it is not entirely clear when - and had worshipped at a local mosque that has, in the past, been accused of fund-raising for jihadists.

Abedi’s older brother Ismail had been a tutor at Didsbury mosque’s Koran school. The imam last night said that Salman Abedi, who wore Islamic dress, had shown him “the face of hate” when he gave a talk warning on the dangers of so-called Islamic State.

Born in 1994, the second youngest of four children, Abedi’s parents were Libyan refugees who fled to the UK to escape Gaddafi.

His mother, Samia Tabbal, 50, and father, Ramadan Abedi, a security officer, were both born in Tripoli but appear to have emigrated to London before moving to the Whalley Range area of south Manchester where they had lived for at least a decade.

Abedi went to school locally and then on to Salford University in 2014 where he studied business management before dropping out. His trips to Libya, where it is thought his parents returned in 2011 following Gaddafi’s overthrow, are now subject to scrutiny including links to jihadists...
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New Deals. Every Day

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BONUS: S. Jonathan Bass, Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Martin Luther King, Jr., Eight White Religious Leaders, and the 'Letter from Birmingham Jail'.

Leakers Have Done Far More Damage Than Trump

Following-up from my previous entry, here's Marc Thiessen, at WaPo (amazingly):


What a Conservative Sees from Inside Trump's Washington

Heh.

Here's Instapundit, "HUH. I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT OF MEGAN MCARDLE AS A CONSERVATIVE..."

Click through for the Megan McArdle piece at Bloomberg, lol. She's libertarian, but on many issues she comes off as fairly doctrinaire conservative.

Truck Driving, Once a Road to the Middle Class, is Now Low-Paying, Grinding, Unhealthy Work. Why Do They Do It?

I've always been fascinated with truck drivers. Still am.

I especially love the peaceful and easy feeling of the cross-country long haul. But alas, there's not much glamour to the job, at least not any more.

At NYT, "Alone on the Open Road: Truckers Feel Like ‘Throwaway People’":

EFFINGHAM, Ill. — The vast Petro truck stop here is a neon-lit, blacktop oasis at the crossroads of America. It beckons big-rig drivers with showers, laundry machines, a barber shop, even a knife store. “Professional drivers only,” reads the sign above the tables of the Iron Skillet restaurant, where truckers sit mostly alone, carrying the solitude of their jobs into an otherwise social setting.

Driving a long-haul tractor-trailer is as commonplace as the items that drivers carry, from blue jeans to blueberries, from toilet paper for Walmart to farm machinery bound for export. There are 1.7 million men and women working as long-haul drivers in the country. Yet truckers — high up in their cabs — are literally out of view for most Americans.

At a moment when President Trump has ignited a national discussion of blue-collar labor and even climbed into a truck during a White House event, trucking, which was once among the best-paying such jobs, has become low-wage, grinding, unhealthy work. Turnover at large for-hire fleets hauling freight by the truckload — the backbone of the industry — runs an astonishing 80 percent a year, according to a trade group. Looming over the horizon is a future in which self-driving trucks threaten to eliminate many drivers’ livelihoods.

Still, trucking continues to draw plenty of newcomers, reflecting the lack of good alternatives for workers without a higher education (one survey found that 17 percent of truckers had less than a high school diploma). Some have lost better-paying manufacturing jobs in the continuing deindustrialization of America. Others have spent years knocking on the door of the middle class in minimum-wage jobs in fast food or retail. To them, trucking is a step up.

Over two days recently, The New York Times spoke to truckers at the Petro stop, which sits at the intersection of Interstate 57, between Chicago and Memphis, and Interstate 70, between Indianapolis and St. Louis. These interviews were edited and condensed. The maps show drivers’ routes in picking up and delivering their loads...
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Carol Swain on the Inconvenient Truth About the Democratic Party

She's a good lady!

For Prager University:



Brooklyn Decker in the Virgin Islands (VIDEO)

She looks better than ever, frankly.

For Sports Illustrated Swimsuit:


Mark Mazzetti, The Way of the Knife

At Amazon, Mark Mazzetti, The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth.

Anthony Weiner's World About to Get Much Smaller and Sadder

The New York Post has had very good coverage.