Friday, October 24, 2014

Shift in tactics

The al Qaeda model was to use elaborate terror plots, many were foiled before being carried out.

In the ISIS era, a new model emerges: Grab whatever weapon is available and get to work.

We seem to have seen the ISIS era model at work in New York yesterday. And twice in Canada earlier in the week.

At Sipsey Street, Mike Vanderboegh notes:
Much has been been speculated upon in what passes for the cable news "press" about the precise links between the Parliament shooter and the other Canadian jihadi who plowed into soldiers with his car the day before (killing one) and their links to ISIS -- as if that matters. They are missing the whole point of 4th Generation Warfare. No orders need be given, no money needs to change hands. In 4GW, the targets are known and understood by all, the individual actions are targeted to specific enemy vulnerabilities. It is the IDEA that is weaponized. This makes defending against such attacks almost impossible, since you cannot kill an idea, nor can you trace a command structure that doesn't exist, nor "decapitate" it if you could find it.
In New York yesterday, a man said to be Muslim and a supporter of ISIS, grabbed an hatchet and took on four city cops before being shot dead. Not too many weeks ago, a Muslim in Oklahoma beheaded a coworker. One of two terrorists in Canada this week used a gun to attack Parliament, but the other only needed a car to run down two soldiers.

Remains to be seen how far and how fast this new, more expedient method of Islamic terror catches on in North America. But with at least three such attacks in just one week, a new trend seems to be emerging.

We've seen it before. Lone wolves launching personal Islamic holy war. Think Fort Hood. But because it could be billed as "isolated", authorities in the past were somewhat successful in minimizing the Jihad angle.

Going forward, when authorities assure us an attacker acted alone, that it was an "isolated" incident, it may be cause for deeper concern, as opposed to being a reason to sigh with relief.

Good morning, y'all

Don and I do our webcast at 1 pm EDT today.

Lots of fresh events to top things off, as we attempt to connect the dots in these perilous times.

Media seems to be hyping the New York City Ebola case, paying less attention to the Muslim who went after four cops yesterday with a hatchet before being shot and killed.

But I have to ask, what's the bigger threat in New York (and perhaps all America) right now: Ebola or Jihad fever?

Talking about it today at one. 


Have you seen this story?

I haven't seen where it's received much American MSM coverage...

Hamas activist kills infant American citizen in a terror attack in Israel. 

Ebola's in NYC

Doc who'd been in West Africa was out bowling in New York the night before his Ebola was confirmed.

Rode the subway too.

Why are medical personnel who've had potential exposure not doing more to confine themselves until incubation periods pass?

Whatever happened to "First, do no harm"?

It's a new game

Indeed, it appears ISIS has transformed Jihad in North America.

Complex bomb plots and attempts at large mass casuality terror events have apparently given way to expedient "grab 'n go" Jihadism.

Of three attacks in North America so far this week, one used a car, one an ax, and one a gun.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Executive priviledge

Judicial Watch continues its quest for more documents on the Fast and Furious scandal where agents of the ATF allowed straw purchasers to buy guns... and them "walk" them across the border to waiting Mexican drug cartels.

Among the new revelations today is new legal document reveals President Obama is asserting executive privilege over Fast and Furious emails between Attorney General Holder and Holder’s wife, according to a Judicial Watch news release.

Another anti-gun front group

Remember when Dianne Feinstein made the absurd claim that "all police" backed her ill-fated push for deep reaching new federal gun control law in 2013?

Well, it looks like the anti-gunners are rounding up a bunch of prosecutors to give credence to their next push.

David Codrea has details at Examiner.com. And while the new Prosecutors Against Gun Violence claims its members aren't "ideologs", Codrea notes two main principals of the group have a long history of anti-gun campaigning.

Democrat bigots

Democrats value the African American voting block.

Yet Democrats frequently express bigoted opinions about the capability of African American voters.

Breitbart notes:
Charles Stewart, a political scientist was retained by the Justice Department to testify against voter identification laws and other election integrity measures. His testimony argued that ending same day voter registration and requiring voters to vote in the precinct where they live constitutes racial discrimination.  
When asked if terminating the ability to register to vote on the day that someone casts a ballot impacts blacks disproportionately, Stewart testified in court that it did. Stewart:  
"It's also the case that -- well, yes, so it would, empirically more likely affect African Americans. Also, understanding within political science, that people who register to vote the closer and closer one gets to Election Day tend to be less sophisticated voters, tend to be less educated voters, tend to be voters who are less attuned to public affairs. That also tells me from the literature of political science that there are likely to be people who will end up not registering and not voting. People who correspond to those factors tend to be African Americans, and, therefore, that's another vehicle through which African Americans would be disproportionately affected by this law."  
Less sophisticated. Less educated. AKA low information voters.

If a Republican had said such things, he'd be hammered with allegations of racism. But these are terms used by a presumably highly paid consultant hired by a black Democrat attorney general serving under a black Democrat president.

Democrats pride themselves on prioritizing a low threshold for voting. Strikes me,  it's not so much for protecting someone's rights as it is about exploiting those African Americans (and others) who can't figure out how badly they're being used, not to mention publicly disparaged.

Another theory on those DOJ leaks

I've wondered if leaks in the Michael Brown case by the DOJ were politically motivated, designed to revive the story's profile going into the midterm voting cycle.

But Chicago's SecondCityCop blog takes a different view. It speculates the leaks are designed to lower expectations of an indictment, intended to lessen any backlash when the grand jury eventually wraps up without indicting the officer involved.

Got heat?

I picked up a Big Buddy portable propane heater a couple of weeks ago, but only now have had a morning cool enough to give it a test. I'm impressed, got my family room toasty warm in rapid order.

The Big Buddy takes two one-pound camping propane bottles. I also picked up a Little Buddy, the smaller version that only uses one bottle.

Plan is to take along one or both these heaters on cold mornings when our daughter has fall softball tournaments. But they were primarily purchased to be home heating backups (oxygen sensor allows them to be used indoors) during power outages, and I might even use one in the basement or garage while working on projects this winter.

Only downside is the propane bottles have become rather pricey, often retailing for three dollars or more at stores. Bright side, I've seen valves available that allow the disposable bottles to be refilled (for personal use only) from a 20 gallon tank. I also picked up an adapter that allows the Buddies to be fueled directly by a 20 gallon tank in outdoor settings.

Now that the heaters check out, what's a reasonable and practical number of one-pound propane bottles to keep on hand? We also have a propane camp stove using the same fuel. Nine bottles fit nicely in a standard milk crate.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Micheal Brown had been smoking weed

More autopsy results coming to light in the Ferguson, Missouri police shooting death of Michael Brown last August.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports levels of THC were found in Brown's blood and urine. The Post-Dispatch quotes forensic toxicologist Alfred Staubus:
“The detection of THC in the postmortem blood of Michael Brown really indicates his recent use of marijuana (within a few hours) and that he may or may not have been impaired at the time of his death,” Staubus wrote in an email.
But another newspaper is quicker to speculate on Brown's state of mind at the time of his altercation with police. The Washington Post says it has sources of its own:
Jurors have also been provided with the St. Louis County autopsy report, including toxicology test results for Brown that show he had levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana. The Post’s sources said the levels in Brown’s body may have been high enough to trigger hallucinations.
What we don't know is if the Washington Post's sources are locals in St. Louis or, perhaps more likely, are closer to the Post's home city, and coming from within Eric Holder's Department of Justice.

We do know the New York Times reported it was getting information on the case leaked by sources within the DOJ.

Earlier in his term as attorney general, Mr. Holder went to extraordinary and questionable measures in attempts to trap and trail both those who leaked from inside DOJ as well as journalists on the outside suspected of receiving tips.

So, why's DOJ suddenly appear to be leaking like a sieve?

Jihad in North America

Too soon to say who the gunman was behind today's shooting attacks in Ottawa, but unofficially, there are press reports he was a Canadian born man who converted to Islam.

The UK Telegraph has taken note, Canada seems to have a "Jihad problem."

I suspect something of the same sort may start to bubble to the surface here in the U.S., though I also suspect any Jihadists here will at least wait until after the midterms.

Jihadists have to know they've had things pretty good with Obama and the Democrats controlling most things in DC. Why spoil an election for the Dems by attacking America prematurely?