Rupert Murdoch Wants to Stop Donald Trump, But First He’s Got to Rein In Roger Ailes

Donald Trump on Fox News

By Gabriel Sherman –  NY Magazine

The mounting problem Donald Trump poses to Republicans is also a mounting problem for the country’s most powerful conservative media mogul: Rupert Murdoch. This morning’s New York Times gives front-page treatment to the billionaire grudge match that has become a major story line in this year’s (already) fractious GOP primary. The piece by political reporters Amy Chozick and Ashley Parker chronicles Murdoch’s intensifying efforts over the past week to blunt Trump’s surge to the top of the crowded GOP field. In recent days, Murdoch has tweeted that Trump is “wrong” and “embarrassing.” On Sunday, the New York Post mocked Trump on the cover with the headline “DON VOYAGE” and featured him marooned on a life raft being circled by a shark. The same day, The Wall Street Journal ran a scathing editorial that labeled Trump a “catastrophe.”

One reason Murdoch is taking to social media and deploying his publishing properties to attack Trump may be the simple fact that he hasn’t been able to control his most powerful media organ: Fox News. According to sources, Murdoch has tried — and failed — to rein in Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, who, insiders say, is pushing Fox to defend Trump’s most outlandish comments. This week, Ailes told his senior executives during a meeting that Murdoch recently called him and asked if Fox could “back off the Trump coverage,” a source told me. Ailes is said to have boasted to his executives that he told Murdoch he was covering Trump “the way he wanted to.” The implication was that he wasn’t going to budge. 

Nathaniel Brown, a Murdoch spokesperson, declined to comment. Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti did not return a call seeking comment. 

It’s understandable that Murdoch would be frustrated. Fox News has been a ringleader of the Trump circus. Shortly after Trump jumped into the race, he had a “2-to-3 hour” private lunch with Ailes, sources told me. Last month, Fox gave Trump more airtime than any other candidate. And, according to sources, the channel’s personalities are taking an active role in aiding Trump, both on- and off-camera. One source explained that Ailes has instructed The Five co-host Eric Bolling to defend Trump on air. A review of Bolling’s comments shows that over the past week, he’s gone to bat for Trump numerous times. Last Friday, for example, Bolling complained that conservatives shouldn’t be criticizing the real-estate mogul. “There’s a problem in America, and it’s not Donald Trump,” Bolling declared. He continued to make pro-Trump arguments on Monday and Tuesday’s shows. Another Trump ally is Fox political analyst and pollster Pat Caddell. According to a source with direct knowledge, Caddell has been speaking to Trump “almost every day” about his campaign. “Everything coming out of Trump’s mouth sounds like Pat,” the source said. This morning, Fox & Friends — a show that is used by Ailes to inject his point of view into debates — ran a fawning interview with Trump. At one point in the conversation, co-host Steve Doocy gushed that “someone told me yesterday Donald Trump is like a Navy SEAL.” For his part, Trump has been grateful for the Fox & Friends support. Yesterday, at a campaign event in South Carolina where he gave out Lindsey Graham’s personal cell-phone number, Trump heaped praise on Fox & Friends’ Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. “They’re great people,” he said.

Murdoch’s public and private attempts to temper Ailes make Sunday’s Wall Street Journal editorial all the more fascinating. The piece — which carries no mention of Fox — excoriated the conservative media “apologists” that have been backing Trump. “Too many have adopted the view that there can be no adversary to their right,” the Journal said. “This was mainly a left-wing affliction in the last century as many liberals refused to condemn Communists. But today many on the right seem willing to indulge any populist outburst no matter how divorced from reality or insulting to most Americans. If Donald Trump becomes the voice of conservatives, conservatism will implode along with him.” 

Inside Fox News, the Journal editorial is clearly seen by some as a message to Ailes. It seems doubtful, however, that he is listening. “Roger claims not to care,” an insider said. 


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Our Weasel Of The Week!! 7-23-15

Yes, once again, It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all particularly slimy and despicable, but the votes are in and we have our winner…the envelope please…
Planned Parenthood’s Head Babykiller And Organ Harvester, Dr. Deborah Nucatola!

Puma By Design: My nomination for scuzzbucket Weasel of the Week award is Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical research, Planned Parenthood. The thought of aborting innocent babies is horrific enough but to perform such an act in a way that preserves specific body parts for profit is even more unethical. The ability of this woman to discuss the sale of aborted baby body parts and the method of fulfilling the transaction while sipping wine and munching on a salad is evil as is the mindset of those who believe that what they do is for the greater good.

Ah yes, the greater good. The rallying cry of progressive fascists everywhere.

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood had that in mind when she started Planned Parenthood. In 1922, she said:

“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

She was also quite the admirer of another person for whom the Greater Good was a rallying cry, progressive pioneer Adolf Hitler. She agreed with his ideas on eliminating undesirables. She simply took a less industrialized, more gradual path to the goal, one where the victims would be coerced or convinced to participate willingly and the taxpayers would support it, whether they agreed with her views or not.

And Planned Parenthood continues that legacy today. In 2013, the last year we have figures for, New York City aborted more black babies than were born alive.

Now, simple murder on this scale is ordinarily not quite one of the qualities the Golden Weasel Award celebrates. But to murder healthy infants almost ready to be born with fully developed nervous systems? Babies who are able to feel the pain of having their tiny skulls punctured with surgical scissors, and their brains vacuumed out to collapse their heads so they can be ripped from the womb more easily? And then, as a medical doctor to happily take pride in your ability to do it just right so you can make a nice profit selling the organs while enjoying a  glass of Merlot and munching on a salad? And to actually justify it as something good and proper? That’s the very essence of weaseldom.

And it gets better. Planned Parenthood ran right to its Democrat allies in Congress and the White House and is urging that the Obama Department of Justice be sicced on the group that caught Dr. Nucatola and others of her ilk on video. And I’m sure the IRS will be mobilized as well.

Some of Planned Parenthood’s minions, believe it or not, are comparing Dr. Nucatola to Jesus.

As I wrote some time ago, there’s not much difference between Planned Parenthood’s activities and the little shop of horrors Dr. Gosnell ran in Philadelphia. Remember, he was running  a legally licensed abortion clinic in good standing, and had Dr. Gosnell been working for Planned Parenthood in a state that allows abortion later than 24 weeks in a clean shop with licensed assistants, nothing would have been said.

For the record, I am not an anti-abortion hardliner. I am very much in favor of the use of the morning after pill that prevents conception where non-consensual sex is involved or where someone simply forgot herself and went a little too far on a Saturday night. And I concede that there are times when an abortion maybe necessary and humane in early stages or even in later stages when there are health issues involved. But that has nothing to do with this evil carnage of the innocent for convenience and profit.

Make no mistake about it, There is a blood guilt for America involved here, it will be atoned for and it will not be pleasant in the least.

I did not invite Dr. Nucatola to the awards ceremony this week, (not that she would have come) but will have her Golden Weasel shipped to her at Planned Parenthood’s offices in New York. I did not wish to be in the same room with her.

Well, there it is.

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Watcher’s Council Nominations – ‘Nothing To Do With Islam’ Edition

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

This week, The Pirate’s Cove, Sharyl Attkisson, The People’s Cube and Right Reason earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week… 

Council Submissions

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Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees!!

It’s time once again for the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!

Here are this weeks’ nominees….

The Donald!!

Don Surber: Donald Trump (Mustela badhairus) decided that a Silver Star recipient who spent 5 1/2 years as a tortured POW isn’t a hero.This comes from a man who ducked Vietnam. Thank you DT for raising the issue of defending the border, now kindly slither back under the rock you came from.
Media Mongrel Andrea Mitchell!

The Noisy Room:  My nomination this week is Andrea Mitchell.  Andrea Mitchell is an unmitigated media hack. She simply hates the Constitution and abhors the Second Amendment and guns. Naturally, she would spin it that the Chattanooga military massacre has nothing to do with this murdering scum being a radical Islamist. Oh, no… she tried to twist it into Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez being a Southern redneck, gun-toting nut. I’m surprised she didn’t throw in the Confederate flag for good measure. Typical Marxist bull crap. Mitchell’s Progressive, lying tactics are legendary. You know what? This dirt bag’s only known acquaintance with guns was the fact that just weeks before the shooting, he went to a gun range with three other bearded Islamists to practice shooting an AR-15. And I’ll bet it wasn’t for hunting practice, unless of course you count hunting infidels as sport. Which, I’m sure he did.

From The Washington Free Beacon:

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell went fishing for a better angle Friday when she asked a former classmate of Chattanooga mass murderer Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez whether he enjoyed “hunting” and other “small-town Tennessee activity.”
“Were guns a big part of activities—social or other activities?” Mitchell asked her interviewee abruptly.

“What?” her interviewee responded.
“Did he hunt, did he shoot?” Mitchell prodded. “Was that just part of small-town Tennessee activity?”

“Um, he actually wasn’t one of the guys I heard about going hunting,” Abdulazeez’s classmate responded. “He wasn’t really that kind of guy.”

Mitchell is a vocal opponent of the widespread availability of firearms.

Mitchell blathers on about how painful it must have been for the terrorist’s friends. What about the families and loved ones of the four Marines and the one Navy officer he gunned down? Hmmm? Where’s your crocodile tears for them, Andrea? Who cares what the scum was like in high school or in everyday life. Normal? Really? He was so nice… he murdered a bunch of people and Mitchell can’t wait to blame it on the evil black guns! Even the terrorist’s school chum was taken aback by Mitchell asking about guns and his ‘Tennessee lifestyle.’ How insulting. How condescending. Focusing on the creep’s looks and personality, while the blood of our warriors seeps into the ground crying for justice. It’s grotesque, just like fascist, elitist Andrea Mitchell is. A Southern redneck does not an Islamic Jihadist make and a washed up hack from MSNBC does a lousy job of not only reporting and doing a political spin job, but in feigning humanity. For this and a million other crappy things she has pulled over the years on MSNBC, Mitchell gets my nod as a weasel supreme.
Jihadist Murderer Mohammed Yousuf Abdulaziz

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: Mohammed Yuosef Abdulazziz.
Planned Parenthood’s Head Babykiller And Organ Harvester, Dr. Deborah Nucatola!

Puma By Design: My nomination for scuzzbucket Weasel of the Week award is Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical research, Planned Parenthood. The thought of aborting innocent babies is horrific enough but to perform such an act in a way that preserves specific body parts for profit is even more unethical. The ability of this woman to discuss the sale of aborted baby body parts and the method of fulfilling the transaction while sipping wine and munching on a salad is evil as is the mindset of those who believe that what they do is for the greater good.

 - Democratic Underground

Ask Marion:  Had bit of a tough weekend, but had to add this…  If I had gotten my nomination in, it would be progressive RINO Arizona Senator and former GOP Presidential Candidate John McCain.  A man who has been riding the crest of being a POW and war hero for decades and using is less than accurate rendition to get elected over and over again.

In ‘one’ online search, I saw McCain described as a liar, a war criminal, a bully, disloyal, an adulterer, a warmonger, a traitor, a hobbit and a RINO. And his heroism seems to be in as serious question and his efforts on behalf of veterans; a lot of rhetoric!  McCain’s book: Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir seems to be countered my many veterans and POW’s who served or were imprisoned with him.  After all, if you have a father and grandfather who were both Admirals, it is amazing how history can be rearranged!

We are all flawed, but McCain appears to be one of the most flawed men ever to run for president and he has gotten no better with age!  His questionable history has come back into the forefront with Trumps recent comments.

Well, there it is. What a despicable group of  Weasels… ANY OF THEM COULD WIN! Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

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Carson wins D.C. GOP straw poll

Washington ExaminerRetired neurosurgeon Ben Carson wowed Washington, D.C., Republicans Monday night as he won their straw poll – and may even be open to D.C. statehood.

In his keynote address to the D.C. GOP, Carson slammed Obamacare, praised school choice and criticized the president for dividing the country. He also pointed to the challenges ahead for Republicans.

The author and conservative favorite noted how nearly 30 million evangelical Christians didn’t vote in the 2012 election and said when it comes to government spending, there are more “people in the wagon than pulling it.”

Answering audience questions, Carson offered his support for a guest worker program modeled after Canada’s while underscoring the necessity of securing the country’s borders. The retired neurosurgeon also reiterated his stance on vaccinations, stating while he supports individual rights, he has seen the crucial role that the nation’s immunization policies have played in eradicating communicable diseases.

Speaking to the Washington Examiner, Carson said he did not object to D.C. statehood but cautioned that it lacked sufficient infrastructure.

When asked about how he could earn the support of more liberal urban Republican voters while holding more socially conservative views, Carson responded that he has not taken controversial positions. “I’ve offered to the gay community an opportunity asking can you let me know what position a person can take who has nothing against gay people but who believes in traditional marriage that is acceptable to them and I haven’t heard an answer to that,” said Carson.

He went on to say that he would support anything to “prevent discrimination period based on sexual orientation, based on religious beliefs, based on everything we are.” Carson added, “the good things is we already have that, it’s called the Constitution of the United States.”

Many attendees were impressed. “The guy know’s what he’s doing,” said D.C. resident Richard Merkle, adding Carson “had a solid understanding of education.” However, Merkle also said he had not heard Carson speak to issues he had hoped to hear him address including trade and foreign policy.

Carson won the straw poll with 44 percent of the vote. Jeb Bush came in second with 17 percent. Marco Rubio next at 11 percent and Scott Walker at 7 percent. In the latest national poll Carson places fifth.

*Side Note:

Donald Trump’s still going up. His poll numbers keep rising: A new Washington Post/ABC News survey shows The Donald now leads the rest of the GOP presidential field by a healthy margin.

Trump’s the choice of 24 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning independent voters, according to the Post/ABC numbers. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is second with 13 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is third with 12 percent.

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Trump, Truth and the McCain Factor

Don’t like what Trump says?  What if it is true? What if it was taken out of context? And even if it is not popular, what happened to Freedom of Speech?

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Trump Says McCain Is Not a War Hero… or did he? 

“Four times, I said he (McCain) is a hero,” Trump said on July 19th, citing a fact-check by journalist Sharyl Attkisson, but what Trump did go on to say was that McCain “has done nothing to help veterans”; suggesting the senator should actually apologize to him for insulting Trump supporters.

By Marion Algier – Ask Marion

But you know … people in the mainstream media cobble together little selective pieces to spin the news their way. Some, like the HuffPo, have even decided on to cover Trump. If you read or watched what Trump actually said about McCain, you’d probably agree that there was nothing wrong.  See what Linda Qiu of PolitiFact found and see Trump’s Truth-O-Meter record.

Although until recent years, Americans were the freist people in the world to voice their opinions and our Founding Fathers gave us a road map for freedom.  Yet with all that freedom, Americans are some of the least informed people on the planet and are afraid to speak out about their opinions, especially when it comes to politics, religion, and race relations.  Too afraid to offend, which has multiplied 10-fold as we let progressivism and political correctness replace truth and common sense.  This is why people like Donald Trump and Sarah Palin, who stand with and for the people, occasionally come onto the political scene and quickly rise to the top. But the political elites from both parties don’t want to lose their cushy jobs, their under the table deals, their benefits and most of all their control.  So of course, the liberal left will do anything to push the ideals of freedom and capitalism off the stage and with them anyone who espouses those values, for the elites’ vision for America and the future doesn’t include those ideals.  And because our media leans more and more left, they have a built in propaganda machine at their fingertips.

Political Correctness - Robert Griffen

There are also certain subjects that have become near complete taboo.  One of those is questioning an old war veteran’s stories; it’s politically incorrect.  And Trump was pummeled when he opened that door with John McCain.  But when you take a closer look, McCain’s service, war and POW story, Senatorial service and overall life might really not be quite as it was told… even though that is ‘not’ what Trump said.  The truth is that there are many stories that support Trump’s comments and many more stories and videos that supported the facts about McCain’s overall flawed life until McCain decided to run for president in 2008.  Then some were added, but many more disappeared.  And if you build your political life on a lies, shouldn’t it matter, especially if you run for president?  And shouldn’t it be a warning for possible future behavior and past problems?

Asked by ABC News whether he owes McCain an apology, Trump said: “No, not at all.”

“People that fought hard and weren’t captured and went through a lot, they get no credit. Nobody even talks about them. They’re like forgotten. And I think that’s a shame, if you want to know the truth,” Trump said Sunday in Iowa.

“People that were not captured that went in and fought, nobody talks about them. Those are heroes also,” he said.

In an interview on Fox News, Trump hit the Arizona senator again, saying McCain has failed to play a positive role in fixing veterans’ lagging health care system.

“He’s all talk and he’s no action,” Trump said.

    He also compared the criticism he’s faced from Republican presidential contenders to the blowback his comments on undocumented immigrants from Mexico.

    “I brought illegal immigration to the forefront. I believe now I’m bringing the veterans — the plight of the veterans — to the forefront,” Trump said.

    Trump  later Tweeted, “captured or not, all our soldiers are heroes!”

    But more than one source tells us that Trump was not wrong in his comments about McCain’s failure to help Veterans and  even if he had said that McCain was not a war hero.  McCain is only a hero, if the act of being captured alone, gives you that status, regardless of your actions in captivity!  It seems  the “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam. Don’t think you’ll read that account in McCains book: Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir.  And if you have a father and grandfather who were both Admirals, it is amazing how history can be rearranged!  There is more than one person who would question whether McCain was a war criminal instead of a war hero.

    Video: John McCain Exposed By VietNam Vets and POWs

    McCain’s 5½-year stay at the Hanoi Hilton (officially Hoa Loa Prison) has ever since been the subject of great controversy. He maintains that he was tortured and otherwise badly mistreated. One of many who disagree is Dennis Johnson, imprisoned at Hanoi and never given treatment for his broken leg. He reports that every time he saw McCain, who was generally kept segregated, the man was clean-shaven, dressed in fresh clothes, and appeared comfortable among North Vietnamese Army officers. He adds that he frequently heard McCain’s collaborative statements broadcast over the prison’s loud speakers. 

    And let’s also look at McCain the man and the Senator…  McCain was certainly among the most flawed men ever to run for president! Check out:  The REAL John McCain – Bully, Traitor, Liar, Adulterer and Warmongering Criminal

    John McCain is a member of the pro-amnesty gang of eight whose so-called immigration reform bill would have reduced Republicans and conservatives to permanent minority status in the U.S.; a questionable stance for a Republican Senator from a border state like Arizona! And many felt their bill also opened the door to gun confiscation.  The bill, a betrayal to Americans, was a ruse claiming to promote “immigrant integration” that in reality would have given taxpayers’ money to left-wing and Islamist activist groups such as CASA, La Raza, MALDEF and CAIR. 


    And Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert says McCain was partly responsible for the Benghazi Terror Attacks

    It also appears that John McCain Pressured Obama’s IRS Lois Lerner to Attack Tea Party Conservatives.  Now isn’t that interesting since his running mate, Sarah Palin, is and was the Tea Party’s darling and her addition to the ticket is what finally brought him ahead of the Obama in the polls during McCain’s 2008 Presidential bid?

    Remember the adage, “If you really want to know someone, just look at their friends.  Well, if that statement is true, this photo says it all.  McCain with his good friend George Soros; puppetmaster of both Obama and Hillary. Soros has destroyed economies and countries and has manipulated politicians and policies within the United States for decades. Then sprinkle in the Senator’s questionable friend John Kerry. One might also want to add a question about loyalty to teammates, or was McCain the elite plant and opportunist in the 2008 election; having agreed all along to take the fall for Obama to win and to take down an ‘up and comingcompetent, courageous and charismatic governor from Alaska that worried the power elite?  Is McCain onboard again to help destroy Trump this time around?

    McCain Friend Soros

    It was establishment-backed Republican Senator John McCain, an unabashed enemy of conservatives who once called his conservative colleagues, “wacko birds.”

    The biggest hurdle to winning the White House in 2016 will be the Republican Establishment, which McCain is part of, NOT the Democrat nominee. The election and time to get involved is “now”!

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    Forum: What Was Your Reaction To The Chattanooga Attack?

    Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question
    : What Was Your Reaction To The Chattanooga Attack?

    Don Surber: C-in-C should order every officer (commissioned and non-com) to carry a sidearm when on duty stateside. Exemptions for chaplains and working physicians. Maybe a few other MOS. National Guard and reservists would be up to the discretion of commanders as a matter of protocol, while preserving the authority to order so. Any civilian who feels uncomfortable can kindly resign/retire from DoD.

    Puma By Design: Courtesy of the dysfunction in the present administration, America’s enemies are at war with us on U. S. soil empowered by our so-called leaders who are in denial, stupid and in the pockets of our enemies while at the same time, refusing to call this evil by its name.

    America’s enemies are targeting our service members and their families because it is a known fact that they are not armed.

    ARM THEM. They have the right to defend themselves…and us ON American soil.

    GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnDGun free zones get people killed.

    In Chattanooga, the dark one liner is “From DUI and weed to J!had in 90 days.” Busted in April, it appears he made a fast conversion to violence.

    We often prided ourselves here about our easy going laissez-faire attitude. Not anymore. Was this cat self radicalized? Inspired by the mosque? Both? Doesn’t really matter now as armed vigilance is replacing the Coexist stickers and memes.

    We really need all the prayers and good vibes y’all may send.

    JoshuaPundit: Unfortunately, the minute I heard about this atrocity, I knew exactly what was coming. The theme by the media, assorted political figures and the Obama Regime, as always, was to repeat the mantra of ‘senseless violence.’ Hillary Clinton said it, as did the president, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Florida senators Bill Nelson (Democrat) and Marco Rubio (Republican).

    And of course, no one can imagine why this happened. Nothing to do with Islam, surely! The Pentagon will investigate this for months to let everybody forget about it, and our president will determine what they’ll say. They can’t call it workplace violence like Fort Hood this time, but maybe they can work the mental health angle. Never mind that every attack involving Muslims resulting in mass casualties or attacks on military facilities like this has been jihadist in nature.

    These attacks are not senseless violence. They are directed attacks, whether carried out by so-called lone wolves or otherwise.  The orders are in the Qu’ran, and there’s enough evidence on Mohammed AbdulAzeez’s computer thus far to show the usual pattern – jihadist social media,  and as I’m sure we’ll eventually find out, a jihad preaching mosques with a radical, Islamist imam somewhere in the picture.

    Since 9/11. we, or at least the people we’ve chosen to lead us have made the point time and time again that we’re ‘not at war with Islam.’ Maybe, but anyone observing the world as it is would have to be in a coma not realize that a significant part of Islam’s adherents consider themselves at war with us. That, or willfully deceptive.

    A normal country faced by these kind of facts would secure its borders, limit visas to countries where jihadists and Islamists tend to thrive, and vet very carefully those visas that were approved. It would place Islamist front groups as well as mosques and madrassahs under close scrutiny and eliminate those preaching jihad, radicalizing young Muslims and/or thought to be a security risk. Most important, government facilities like military recruiting offices or bases that are obvious targets would be hardened and guarded with armed security.

    We are doing none of these things. In fact, since Barack Hussein Obama became president, we’re doing exactly the opposite.  There have been numerous attacks, planned and executed against U.S. military facilities on his watch, and yet, the mantra coming out of the White House is always the same..’senseless violence.’

    Here’s a thought as uncomfortable for me to write as it may be for you to read. The four Marines and the Navy Petty officer whom were murdered in Chattanooga may be mourned by us, but in a very real sense, we have their blood on our hands for not calling our elected officials to account… especially this president.

    The one covenant a leader has with those he or she rules is to protect a country’s sovereignty, its people and its borders.  America does not have that.

    If we had any national self respect we would be thronging by thousands in the Capital, and flooding the congressional switch boards demanding this president’s impeachment. We would be  insisting on immediate action to remedy this situation rather than sitting back placidly waiting for  the next attack.

    We would be screaming bloody murder.

    The Right Planet: My initial reaction was one of outrage, followed by profound sadness for the families and friends of those murdered in cold blood in Chattanooga. You know, it’s not like ISIS and its ilk haven’t expressed their desire and intent to kill members of our military right here at home. Furthermore, there have been some 34 service personnel killed at military facilities within the United States on Obama’s watch—specifically, one soldier killed at a Little Rock recruiting station in 2009, 13 murdered at Fort Hood in the same year, three more killed at Fort Hood in 2014, 12 killed at the Washington Navy Yard two years ago, and now four Marines and one Navy petty officer are dead in Chattanooga. Several state governors, including my own, have ordered their National Guardsmen to start carrying weapons. But, to my knowledge, no such orders have been given at the federal level to allow U.S. troops the ability to defend themselves.

    Via the LA Times:

    Despite being active-duty servicemen with military weapons training, few of the victims in these attacks had an opportunity to defend themselves, thanks to Department of Defense Directive 5210.56, enacted in 1992 under President George H.W. Bush.

    That policy strictly limits the military and civilian personnel who can carry firearms at military facilities to those in law enforcement or security roles. U.S. bases and recruiting centers have been “gun-free zones” ever since.

    There have been recent reports of civilians with legal-carry permits standing guard at a few recruitment centers. How messed up are things in this country when civilians must provide security for own troops? Enough, already … ARM OUR TROOPS!

    Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason: What is my reaction to this terrorist attack? I am at once saddened at the tragic loss of life of four Marines and one sailor, yet angered that this has happened again on America soil.

    The shooter’s name was Muhammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, a 24 year old Kuwaiti born naturalized American citizen whom friends described as a “devout Muslim.” It is reported he traveled to Jordan in 2014 and to Kuwait and Jordan in 2010. Friends said he changed after his last trip to the Middle East.

    In a media/theater of the absurd, we are being told not to jump to any conclusions about his motivation for these attacks. Isn’t it time we got past wanting to know the shooter’s motivation in these all too familiar scenarios? No one questioned Dylan Roof’s motivation for his slaughter of nine Black church members in Charleston, South Carolina. It was racism – end of story.

    Reports are coming out that Adbulazeez suffered from depression. Perhaps a religion that teaches hatred of all non-believers and rewards martyred jihadis with seventy-three virgins might lead to depression… and violence.

    I am mad that the rules on military bases and these recruitment centers prohibit our service members from being armed. At the very least, this policy should be changed immediately. They must be able to carry firearms, especially knowing they have been specifically targeted by ISIS for attacks. To have served heroically overseas and then to return home only to be attacked in a store front recruiting center should send chills down everyone’s spines, and maybe wake up some. President Obama says we are not at war with Islam, but we should be past the point of acknowledging radical Islamists are at war with us.

    The Glittering Eye: It’s early days in the investigation yet and I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. I say at this point let the investigation takes its course.

    I’m willing to let the Pentagon decide whether soldiers in recruitment centers or on military bases carry sidearms or whether they should be ordered to do so.

    As of this writing whether there are ties to Al Qaeda or DAESH, whether the perpetrator of the murders was mentally ill or not, and just what lead him to kill people are all unknown. Policy considerations need to be conditioned on actual circumstances rather than imagined ones. Maybe he was radicalized on the Internet or self-radicalized or had some conversion experience on a visit to family in Jordan. We just don’t know.

    Ask Marion: ARM THEM! ARM THEM! ARM THEM! Arm all military personnel on American soil!!

    The wolf is no longer at the door, America’s enemies are at war with us ‘on’ U. S. soil!! America’s enemies are targeting our service members and their families and they know they are not armed. Let them carry a sidearm when on duty stateside.

    ARM THEM… They have the right to defend themselves…and us ON home soil. As Judge Jeanine Pirro said in her opening statement this past weekend: They Want To Kill Us, They Determine To kill Us… And They’re Here.

    Some of the governors have already stepped up in wake of the Chattanooga attacks. Governor Fallin of Oklahoma, has authorized their adjutant general to arm full-time military personnel. Arkansas, Texas and several other state governors have also already stepped up or are in the process. Some other groups like Oathkeepers are also meeting.

    For anyone who thinks this is extreme, just look at Switzerland, a neutral and one of the most peaceful countries in the world. Every adult is a trained member of the Swiss militia and they keep their weapons at home on the ready. In 2011 the Swiss law and tradition was tested and put to a vote. Let us remember our own history and minutemen who were armed and ready to defend themselves and freedom at a minutes notice and step back to using common sense!!

    Well, there you have it.

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