PowerLine – Manchester Police Apologize for “Allahu Akbar”

PowerLine – Manchester Police Apologize for “Allahu Akbar”

A New Kind of Dragnet

Posted: 11 May 2016 11:45 AM PDT

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(Steven Hayward)Holy RuPaul Batman! Did you know that smoking is bad for you! The U.S. government must be satisfied that it has reached every teen in America with the message that smoking is a drag, but what about people who dress in drag? How could we have forgotten them?

More about the whole ad campaign from Breitbart.

Spindle Time

Posted: 11 May 2016 10:55 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)Lots of good articles piling up worth posting in “Picks” section or discussing to some extent on our main page, but here’s a few that shouldn’t be missed:

Vin Scully’s 10 Most Memorable Baseball Calls. He’s only the greatest baseball announcer ever. That is settled science.

—California loses another corporate headquarters: Jamba Juice is moving it’s HQ to Texas.

Even NPR is starting to talk about how Hillary may well lose the election to Trump.

—Sigh: Obama is going to visit Hiroshima. And likely apologize. (I think we were the first to report on how he aborted this bad idea back around 2011.)

—Thomas Sowell on the “Dry Rot in Academia.”

—Meanwhile, in a related article, Peter Berkowitz ties our polarized politics to defective and left leaning liberal arts education in our universities.

A retrospective on the 1976 Paris wine tasting that put Napa Valley wines on the world wine map for good.

—”Democracy is Dead.” Wimpy Brits veto naming new research ship “Boaty McBoatface” after a landslide win in the polls. They should have named it the “HMS Donald Trump” then.

—This will harsh some green mellows: Scientific American: the era of cheap oil and natural gas is just beginning.

Did you hear the one about Obamacare?

Posted: 11 May 2016 06:23 AM PDT

(Scott Johnson)David Rutz draws attention to alleged journalist Charlie Rose and three of Barack Obama’s former speechwriters having a good laugh Monday night wjoking about the president’s infamous, oft-repeated false promise that under Obamacare, “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan” (video). It must have been a helluva whopper for the leftist PolitiFact to name it the 2013 “Lie of the Year.”

As Rutz notes, Obama speechwriters Jon Lovett, Jon Favreau and David Litt appeared on Rose’s PBS program “to gush over Obama’s writing abilities and the art of speechwriting in general.” Rose asked if they had significant “impact” on Obama’s more “serious speeches.”

“The joke speech is the most fun part of this, but the things I’m the most proud of were the most serious speeches, I think,” Lovett said. “Health care. Economic speeches.”

“Lovett wrote the line about, ‘If you like your insurance, you can keep it,’” Favreau said.

“How dare you,” Lovett said, as Rose and the three wordsmiths roared with laughter.

The so-called legacy policies of the Obama administration have built on a mountain of shameless lies. Emphasis on shameless. When it comes to demonstrating the Democrat/Media Complex that has enabled these lies, this video makes for a useful exhibit.

Via NewsBusters/Washington Free Beacon.

Manchester Police Apologize for “Allahu Akbar”

Posted: 11 May 2016 06:21 AM PDT

(John Hinderaker)In Manchester, England, police staged a mock suicide bombing attack at a shopping center as part of a training exercise. The pretend bomber yelled “Alluhu Akbar” just before he detonated his mock explosives–a touch of verisimilitude appropriate to the exercise. But it prompted a complaint, followed by an apology:

Police in Manchester, England has issued an apology, after a suicide bombing “simulation” which involved an actor shouting the Islamic phrase “Allahu Akbar” (God is greater) before detonating mock explosives.

The simulated terror attack was held at one of the UK’s largest shopping centers, the Old Trafford Centre, and was part of a counter-terrorism training drill preparing for a possible Paris-style assault by jihadist terrorists.

However, police later apologized for “linking Islam” with terrorism.

The drill had been criticized by some politicians and Muslim activists, including The Community Safety Forum, an anti-Islamophobia organization.

“This sort of thing panders to stereotypes and further divides us. It will increase anti-Muslim hate crime,” the group claimed.

Anti-Muslim hate crimes being, of course, the issue that is currently roiling Europe. Here is the Manchester Police Department’s statement:

“For the past 24 hours, GMP (Greater Manchester Police), along with other agencies, has been hosting a counter-terrorism training exercise based at the Trafford Centre, which began with a mock suicide bomber detonating a bomb inside the shopping centre,” police spokesman Gary Shewan said.

“It is a necessity for agencies, including the police, to train and prepare using exercises such as this, so that we would be in the best possible position to respond in the event that the unthinkable happened and an attack took place.”

“The scenario for this exercise is based on a suicide attack by an extremist Daesh-style organisation,” he continued, using the Arabic term for the ISIS terrorist group, “and the scenario writers have centred the circumstances around previous similar attacks of this nature, mirroring details of past events to make the situation as real life as possible for all of those involved.

“However, on reflection, we acknowledge that it was unacceptable to use this religious phrase immediately before the mock suicide bombing, which so vocally linked this exercise with Islam. We recognise and apologise for the offence that this has caused.”

“Linking” Islamic terrorism to Islam is now an offense punishable by career derailment.

So, what is the actor carrying out a mock suicide bombing supposed to yell before he pulls the cord? Excelsior? Geronimo? (No, wait, never mind.) Take that, you Limeys? I suppose he had best maintain a discreet silence.

Reality eventually intrudes:

Also on Tuesday, Italian police revealed that two Afghan nationals arrested in the southern Italian city of Bari were part of an Islamist terror cell linked to ISIS, which was plotting attacks in both Italy and Britain.

Three other cell members are still at large, two of whom are believed to have returned to Afghanistan.

Fortunately, the terror attacks planned by this stall have been forestalled, at least for now. But if they had been carried out, you can be sure they would have been preceded by cries of “Allahu Akbar.”

The Manchester suicide bombing exercise

The Manchester suicide bombing exercise

The Goldberg variations

Posted: 11 May 2016 04:25 AM PDT

(Scott Johnson)Obama national security adviser Ben Rhodes proudly put his contempt for Obama’s media enablers on display in David Samuels’s New York Times Magazine profile “The aspiring novelist who became Obama’s foreign policy guru.” Rhodes repaid the servility of Obama’s media enablers with rank ingratitude. Rhodes confides to Samuels: “They literally know nothing.” It’s a remarkable performance.

Lee Smith takes a look at the response to Samuel’s profile “The Ben Rhodes blow-up.” Smith notes that “the [media] echo chamber is mad—but not at Ben Rhodes for what he said. They’re mad at Samuels for getting the story they didn’t—or didn’t even see was there, and they’re mad at him for what he reported.”

The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg may be the most prominent victim of Rhodes’s comments. Did Rhodes really name Goldberg as one of his tools? Here Smith parses Goldberg’s response to the profile:

Jeffrey Goldberg is hopping mad, too. The Atlantic just posted his long and seething rejoinder to Samuels, who wrote in his Rhodes piece that, “handpicked Beltway insiders like Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and Laura Rozen of Al-Monitor helped retail the administration’s narrative.”

Goldberg writes that he called Rhodes for a clarification. “I asked Rhodes if he told Samuels that he, or other administration officials, had ever handpicked me to retail their case for the Iran deal.” That is, “Ben, did you tell Samuels I’m a White House shill?” Surprisingly, as Goldberg relates the conversation, Rhodes did not admit to him that he sees the frequent visitor to the Oval Office, who recently published a long profile of Obama running down allies and boasting of his achievements, as a Beltway insider who was handpicked to retail the administration’s narrative. Not in those exact words anyway. In his actual response, Rhodes showed a talent for euphemism: “I told him that our goal was to try to convince you,” he told Goldberg, “and a handful of other columnists that the Iran deal wasn’t a total catastrophe.”

I think Smith’s is one of the most informed and interesting responses to Samuels’s profile. Smith reads Goldberg’s exchange with Rhodes as I do. Goldberg’s response provides an entertaining on the maniacal Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver: “You talkin’ to me?”

Goldberg has demanded a correction from the Times Magazine. As of this morning, the article stands as written. “I’m standin’ here. You make the move. It’s your move….You talkin’ to me?”

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