ISIS Takes Credit for Barcelona Terrorist Attack

NORMALCY BEFORE THE ATTACK.

There’s a simple answer to Muslim attacks in the West: Ban Muslims.

In the meantime, “thoughts and prayers” blah, blah, blah.

Hey guys, light a candle. That’ll show those mean old Muslims.

Excerpt from The Atlantic

Authorities in Barcelona are confirming 13 deaths and 50 injuries in what they are describing as a terrorist attack at Las Ramblas, the popular tourist attraction that was immortalized in George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia.

Authorities said a van was driven onto a sidewalk and hit pedestrians. A suspect was arrested more than an hour after the incident, police said, describing the suspect as a “terrorist attacker.” Police in Barcelona said unconfirmed reports of a second attacker holed up in a bar were false.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack through Amaq, its mouthpiece—though the extent of the group’s direct involvement is not known. Although ISIS has steadily lost ground in Syria and Iraq, it maintains the ability to claim attacks in Europe, though it is unclear if the group is behind the operational planning of those attacks or whether it merely inspires its attackers through social media. El Pais, the Spanish newspaper, quoting anonymous officials identified the attacker as a Moroccan-born man named Driss Oukabir. Spanish authorities identified him as the man who had rented the van used in the attack.

Recent attacks in other European cities have been claimed by Islamists who claim they were inspired by ISIS. However, Barcelona has been the site of recent anti-tourism protests and anarchists had recently warned they would strike British tourists in Europe; Barcelona is a popular tourist destination.

Spain has had a long history with terrorism, but much of the violence was carried out by ETA, the Basque separatist group, which declared a truce in 2011. Catalonia, where Barcelona is located, is home to a powerful separatist sentiment, but that secessionist movement has not been violent. The most high-profile recent attack, however, was attributed to al-Qaeda in 2004 when near-simultaneous attacks on Madrid’s commuter train system killed 192 people and injured more than 2,000. Those attacks, which came three days before the country was set to vote in general elections, was the worst in Spanish history.

The Spanish government maintains a national terrorism alert level in response to terrorist attacks in Europe and elsewhere, as well as information held by its security agencies. Since 2015 the Spanish authorities have assessed the threat level as “high”, the second highest level (Level 4 out of 5). The current alert level is available on the Spanish Interior Ministry’s website (in Spanish).Although not a target of the scale of attack seen in 2004, Spain maintains its alert level at 4, the second-highest level. It has been at that level since 2015. Enhanced security measures were directed at crowded spaces, prominent buildings, and mosques, according to Euronews.

The El Pais report noted that since 2005 Spain has arrested more than 700 people in connection with terrorism convicted dozens, and imprisoned 120 people. It has also, the newspaper reported, foiled several attacks during the planning stage. But the manner of Thursday’s attack shows that despite the best preparations it’s difficult to stop a man in a truck from causing harm.

Twitter is alive tonight with a mix of the stupid and the sane:

Trump Being Ripped to Shreds for General Pershing Tweet

PORK LACED BULLETS. I’VE GOT MINE. HAVE YOU GOT YOURS?

If only Donald Trump would be nice, the Muzzies would be nice too!

Daily Mail

President Donald Trump said Thursday on Twitter that his administration condemns the day’s terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain – then tweeted a false story about beating Islamic terrorism by shooting Muslims with bullets dipped in pigs’ blood.

‘Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!’ the president tweeted.

Trump had already issued a more prosaic tweet 45 minutes earlier, writing: ‘The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!’

But the reference to Gen. John ‘Black Jack’ Pershing inserted Trump into the day’s most riveting news story in a way his White House could come to regret.

There was criticism of the president for his use of it, with CNN anchor Jake Tapper calling it a ‘lie’, something unlikely to improve his network’s relations with the White House.

Trump’s anecdote is a fictional story that he told in South Carolina ahead of the state’s Republican presidential primary in February 2016.

The story centers on Pershing’s supposed killing of prisoners during the early 1900s when his army was targeted by an insurgent guerrilla campaign of Muslim ‘Juramentados’ who targeted Christians with gruesome sword attacks.

Pershing was governor of the Philippines’ Moro Province at the time.
‘They were having terrorism problems, just like we do,’ Trump said.
‘He caught 50 terrorists that did tremendous damage and killed many people and he took the 50 terrorists and he took 50 men and he dipped 50 bullets in pig’s blood.’

‘And he had his men load his rifles, and he lined up the 50 people, and they shot 49 of those people, and the 50th person, he said; ‘You go back to your people and you tell them what happened’.’

‘And for 25 years,’ Trump ended, ‘there wasn’t a problem. For 25 years there wasn’t a problem. Okay? Twenty-five years, there wasn’t a problem. So we better start getting tough!’

On Thursday Trump upped Pershing’s effectiveness by 10 years, to 35.
Problematically for him, the bullets-in-pigs-blood episode never happened.

Whoa! Stop!

It doesn’t matter whether the General Pershing story is true or not.

Myths have more power over us than just about anything else. Take the myth about the Statue of Liberty symbolizing a Constitutional imperative for the U.S. to accept the world’s riff raff. Or take the myth that Martin Luther King was anything other than a Communist agitator. Or the myth that Lincoln was a great man instead of the pile of sh*t that he was.

Myths drive our actions everyday. Trump is playing with Muslim minds with his now condemned Tweet. It’s very similar to when he said on the campaign trail that he advocated killing the families of terrorists. We all know that he’s been playing mind games with Kim Jong Un too.

It seems to have had its genesis in a 1927 Chicago Daily Tribune article that described Pershing sprinkling some Muslim prisoners with pig’s blood, which the Juramentados believed would condemn their souls.

After that, however, he let them go.

The Tribune article claimed that ‘those drops of porcine gore proved more powerful than bullets.’

Even the newspaper’s story, rendered without mention of summary executions, may have been made-up.

Texas A&M University historian Brian McAllister Linn told Politifact last year that it’s ‘a fabrication and has long been discredited. I am amazed it is still making the rounds.’

Christopher Einolf, a DePaul University expert and author, added: ‘I never found any indication that it was true in extensive research on his Moro experiences. This kind of thing would have run completely against his character.’

It’s also not clear that the Moro were particularly observant Muslims.

And Michael H. Hunt, an emeritus historian at the University of North Carolina told Politifact that Pershing hardly crushed a rebellion.
The region ‘remained in constant unrest during the period of American rule and into the period of independence, right down to the present.’

The liberals like to call out Trump for racist “dog whistling,” sending messages with hidden meaning. Trump’s Tweet is a dog whistle, you might say.

Europe will be holding signs saying “We are Barcelona.” There’ll be candlight vigils and tears galore.

Trump’s message is simple: Kill the bastards and don’t let them claim their 72 virgins.

Barcelona (Graphic Video)

More on the Barcelona terrorist attack later. This is what the Republican and Democrat establishment in America defend. In fact, every globalist would put every Euro and Euro-descended person dead or bleeding on the ground.

Steve Bannon’s Candid New Interview May Get Him Fired

This is #2 of two posts today on Steve Bannon. I wasn’t planning to do these today, but the Bannon interview on Wednesday has hit the trending news big this morning. It’s the big story on Drudge this morning, for example.

Bannon’s opinion is that White Nationalism needs to be crushed because White Nationalists are clowns and losers.

Hmmm. Big, if really true.

But Bannon could easily be gaslighting liberals with those remarks.

The other focus in the interview was on Chinese economics and North Korean military threats. I’ve bolded the things that may cause the President to blow his stack.

83 percent, including me, voted “No” in this poll. I don’t think the new interview is going to change that.

Washington Post

Stephen K. Bannon, the White House chief strategist, seemed to take issue with President Trump on North Korea, attacked white supremacists as “clowns” and “losers” and described his efforts against administration rivals in an unusual interview Wednesday with The American Prospect, a progressive magazine.

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What Evil Nazi Steve Bannon Thinks About Chalottesville

This is #1 of two posts on Steve Bannon. This one represents some things he’s allegedly said. If true, he’s smart and he’s one of us. If true, Trump is also very smart in spite of all the comments I see in the media about how dumb he is. LOL. So dumb he beat Hillary’s sorry a**.

Axios

On Tuesday night, while Gary Cohn was fuming about President Trump’s latest comments, Steve Bannon was excitedly telling friends and associates that the “globalists” were in mass freakout mode.

Today, Bannon reveled in the disbanding of the president’s business council, seeing this as yet more evidence that the Trump administration is at odds with the “Davos crowd,” as Bannon often calls these corporate elites, in a voice dripping with contempt.

Bannon saw Trump’s now-infamous Tuesday afternoon press conference not as the lowest point in his presidency, but as a “defining moment,” where Trump decided to fully abandon the “globalists” and side with “his people.”

Per a source with knowledge: “Steve was proud of how [Trump] stood up to the braying mob of reporters” in the Tuesday press conference.
This account of Bannon’s thinking has come from conversations with his friends and associates who’ve been in touch with him since the racist carnage in Charlottesville.

Bannon has not meaningfully advised the president about his response to Charlottesville. He’s still on the outs with Trump, who has been calling him a leaker for weeks, though the president described Bannon as a good person on Tuesday.

They spoke by phone on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, according to a source with knowledge of the calls, but the response to Charlottesville has been all Trump, and Trump at his purest.

On the phone to Bannon, Trump asked his chief strategist “where does it end?” according to a source with knowledge of their conversations.
Trump wasn’t referring to the white supremacists, but to the counter-protesters whom the president believes are on a slippery slope towards “changing history” by tearing down monuments of Confederate heroes and potentially, he has said, the Founding Fathers like George Washington, who owned slaves.

Bannon, who is in New York today, has a view of Trump’s Charlottesville response that horrifies many of his West Wing colleagues:

Unlike some of Trump’s other top aides — who have varied on a spectrum between frustration and disgust since the president’s Charlottesville remarks — Bannon has unapologetically supported Trump’s instinct to apportion blame to “both sides.”

Sources who’ve spoken with Bannon since Charlottesville say he views this moment as analogous to the campaign moment when Hillary Clinton condemned half of Trump’s supporters to a “basket of deplorables.”

Bannon believes that if Trump condemned all the people who protested the pulling down of the Robert E. Lee statue then he’d fall into a trap set by leftists, the establishments of both parties, and the mainstream media. (Some of Bannon’s colleagues say this is an absurd argument. They point out it was a crowd of white supremacists holding tiki torches and chanting racist slogans, and that this is no time for the president to be searching for the “fine people” in the group. They say Trump should be condemning the tiki torch crowd unequivocally and leaving the debate over statues and free speech to another, less racially-heated, day.)

Bottom line: Both Trump and Bannon are of one mind, and, within the White House at least, theirs is a minority view. They saw the backlash to Charlottesville as an example of political correctness run amok and instinctively searched for “their” people in that group of protesters. Bannon has told associates that Trump, on Tuesday afternoon, took it to the next level for the country by asking where does it end? He especially loved Trump’s line: “I wonder, is it George Washington next week?”

It’s almost impossible to disagree with Bannon. The firestorm of hate directed at Trump on Twitter came heavily from bots. The media is going to challenge Trump no matter what he says. The bought and paid for neocon RINOs are going to stab Trump in the back when they can get away with it by having the media cover for them.

Fake News? Black Fox News Chatterbox Claims Death Threats, Goes to Media Instead of Police

EBONI K. WILLIAMS. DEFINITELY CREAM IN HER COFFEE.

Ugh! All that chatter all day long on Fox News. Who knows how many thousands of mostly worthless words are uttered in the low value opinions offered on TV.

The chatterbox named Eboni K. Williams took on a familiar role on Fox: Blame whitey. Just like (((Krauthammer))) did.

I’ve bolded the last paragraph to show an example of inferior thinking abilities. None of these fools on TV are worth listening to, excerpt maybe Tucker and possibly Hannity. I’d rather watch Styx, Molyneaux, and for fun, Dice, on youtube.

You can watch Eboni’s video here.

Variety

Eboni K. Williams had never received anything like the responses she garnered after she aired her grievances with President Trump while on-air on “The Fox News Specialists.”

The co-host addressed Trump on Monday in her “Eboni’s Docket” segment, which she writes herself, berating him for failing to specify white nationalist groups in his condemnation of the violence that occurred at Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. She told Variety in an interview on Wednesday that her personal website, which usually receives an average of 10-15 emails after each segment, was inundated with over 150 emails, only three of which were anything other than “seething, scathing” takedowns.

“I should meet my maker soon, I shouldn’t be allowed to walk the streets of New York,” she cited as some examples of the type of comments she received. “They heard that I live in Harlem — Harlem needs to watch out.” Her book publisher became so concerned that he asked her to request additional security from Fox News, which she did — Williams is now escorted to and from the building when she arrives to work. Her book, “Pretty Powerful: Appearance, Substance, and Success,” is available next month.

Williams explained that the typical responses she gets from Fox News viewers, while sometimes disagreeing with her views, often praise her ability to formulate her arguments and present them on-air, which is what makes this week’s digression so shocking for her. She chalked up the new level of vitriol directed at her as partly due to President Trump’s “tacit compliance” of violent political rhetoric, which she said was apparent in his Tuesday morning retweet — now deleted — of an image of a train running over someone with the CNN logo edited in over them.

“When you don’t speak out and condemn, that’s tacit compliance in my book,” she said. “So whether President Trump approves of it actually, or actually wants it, I think is irrelevant because what we know is that these people think they are acting on behalf of the President of the United States.” She added that the retweet was “typical and unfortunately expected” and that while it is protected free speech, it does little to help the situation.

“It flies in the face of what I hoped would be a better day post-Congressman Steve Scalise’s shooting, where for two seconds, everybody said, ‘Let’s do better, let’s do better, we can disagree, but let’s stop with the violent political rhetoric,’ and, really, what becomes violent political action.”

Williams reiterated her “Docket” belief that Trump’s supporters will never turn on him, and added that she thinks that’s where his power to call out the behavior that resulted in Heather Heyer’s death lies. “I truly believe what he said, that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and they will stand by him,” she said. “So I think that empowers him to actually forcefully reject and speak directly to the fears and the anger that’s driving this level of violence and white supremacy and Nazism, I think he can actually speak it down in an aggressive way and they will still support him.”

Williams is a registered independent and voted for Obama, who she has nevertheless openly criticized in the past. Williams compared Obama’s stance on violence in Chicago to Trump’s stance now. “While I think President Obama was uniquely positioned as a black man and the leader of the free world in that moment to speak to those black males in Chicago in a way I would have better appreciated, it’s a similar thing with President Trump right now,” she said. “He’s a white male that represents…the patriarchal, white male dominant structure, so he could speak to white America in a way that Obama never could.”

Many of Williams’ critics took issue with their perception that she didn’t address the role of the counter-protesters in the violence that occurred at Charlottesville in her “Docket” speech. “I don’t think they were at fault because they didn’t drive a car into a crowd of people and kill Heather Heyer,” Williams said. “That was one individual that self-identified as a white nationalist and Nazi. To even have an analysis beyond that is irresponsible.”

This one might as well work for CNN. She and Don Lemon might hit it off. Oh, I forgot. He’s a queer, isn’t he?

As to all of this business about feeling threatened, as Harry Truman once said, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

Hero Pit Bulls Save Children from Deadly Copperhead Snake

SLAYER WAS BITTEN TWICE IN THE SNOUT CAUSING SWELLING .

This brings tears to my eyes. Two pit bulls save two children and although both of the “nanny dogs” were bitten, they’ve been given medical care and will survive.

CBS News

Melissa Butt was enjoying a sunny Sunday afternoon outside with her two grandchildren when she heard an alarming bark coming from two of her dogs.

The pit bulls were standing in front of her 4-year-old grandson and 1-year-old granddaughter, staring at a patch of grass three feet away from Butt’s front door.

“The dogs started acting a little funny,” Butt told CBS News. “They were barking and barking.”

So the grandmother from Thonotosassa, Florida, ran over to find out what was causing the commotion, and that’s when she saw it — a giant snake, which was later identified as a copperhead, wriggling around just inches from her dogs’ snouts. She yelled for her daughter, who quickly scooped up the kids and brought them inside.

Her 9-month-old red nosed pit bull named Paco was the first to spot the snake, but his older “brother,” a 3-year-old pit bull named Slayer, quickly stepped in to help.

“My Slayer takes over all of those situations,” Butt explained. “He’s ultra protective of the family.”

SLAYER: WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? I WANT MY FAM.

When the snake struck Paco, biting him in the elbow, Slayer attacked. The pit bull picked the snake up with his mouth, killing it.

“He almost bit him in half,” Butt recalled.

Unfortunately, Slayer didn’t escape scratch-free. The snake bit the 80-pound dog twice in the face, causing his snout to swell to almost twice its size within 30 minutes.

Both Paco and Slayer were rushed to an emergency vet, where they were given injections of antivenin, intravenous pain medication and anti-nausea meds.

“I know my dogs are heroes and without a doubt saved the lives of my grandchildren,” Butt said. “They are too small to have fought something off like that. If they had gotten bit I’m 100 percent sure they wouldn’t have survived.”

At first, Butt wasn’t sure if Slayer would make it. Fortunately, with donations from a local non-profit called Frankie’s Friends, Slayer was able to get the treatment he needed to survive.

“Pit bulls are nanny dogs. That’s actually why they were originally bred — to care and protect children,” Butt said. “And our Slayer has always been that way.”

Butt said Slayer is getting released from the vet on Wednesday, and hopefully, everything will return to normal. But first, Butt added, the family is going to try make sure their home, including their yard, is snake-proof.

“We knew when we moved here there would be the risk of alligators, bob cats, hawks, field mice and things of that nature. None of my research told me about venomous snakes,” Butt said. “My husband and I are both big researchers, do it yourselfers. Our boys are our boys and we’ve already started the process to make our yard a little less snake friendly.”

PACO RECOVERING AT HOME.

PIT BULLS LOVE THEIR CHILDREN.