Month: June 2016 (Page 2 of 3)

THIS…is what majoritarian ultra-nationalism looks like

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Ms Cox, who supports Britain to stay in EU, has been campaigning with her husband and two little kids and has been a strong supporter for intervention in Syria as well, as well as campaigned for Britain to take in more refugees.

Britain, as a nation desensitized by violence, has a reputation to keep calm and show fortitude, as compared to the cousins across the pond.  British politics is good humoured, debated in Parliament in PMQs, and chases in boats across the Thames. Never since the early 1980s, had it been so toxic. 

For far too long, British white nationalists has been regarded as stupid idiots who can’t spell or construct a single English sentence, but not anymore. They are a threat, just as much as ultra nationalism across Europe and US, and they need to be identified and dealt with firmly, with extreme prejudice, if necessary.

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Did the Orlando shooter use an AR-15?

A dispute has emerged on the web between conservative bloggers and the press and liberal bloggers over whether the Orlando shooter, who murdered 49 at the gay nightclub Pulse, used an AR-15 or not.

Bombs and Dollars dug into the controversy, and this is what we found:
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Liberals have argued that the attack—the shooting—caused such a high death toll due to the easy availability of high-powered guns, especially those referred to as “assault rifles.” In particular, many outlets are reporting that the shooter used an AR-15, a rifle that is among those Democrats have tried to ban through a failed assault weapons bill.

5.) Did the shooter use an AR-15?

This is perhaps the biggest and most mysterious contention between liberal advocates of gun control and conservative opponents of gun control. After many mass shootings, it is reported that an AR-15 was used, and conservatives write that an AR-15 wasn’t used.

The Washington Post reports that the shooter used an AR-15, the same gun that has also been used in the shootings at San Bernardino, Calif.; Aurora, Colo.; and Newtown, Conn. The gun rights blog Bearing Arms reported, however, that the weapon was a Sig Sauer MCX carbine.

The Sig Saucer’s brochure notes that the MCX carbine has an “AR-15 Type” mag type.
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The Orlando police were also quoted as reporting that a Sig Saucer MCX was found on the shooter’s person, and there was no mention of an AR-15:

He had a Glock 17 handgun purchased on June 5, a Sigsauer MCX assault rifle purchased on June 4 on his person during the shootout, and investigators later found a .38-caliber weapon in his vehicle.

The dispute between what to call the gun could be due to the fact that AR-15 is now, like “kleenex” and “xerox,” a brand name that is used by many as a generic term for a series of similar guns. According to Rolling Stone,

Mateen carried two guns with him Sunday: a 9mm handgun and a .223 caliber AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle. [Editor’s note: Note the use of “-style.”]

The standard magazine for a Glock, like the one Mateen carried, is 15 rounds. The Sig Sauer MCX rifle Mateen used had double that capacity: 30 rounds.

AR stands for “ArmaLite rifle,” after the company the developed the gun for use by the U.S. military in the 1950s. (The military’s version, nearly indistinguishable from the AR-15, is called the M-16.) Today Colt holds the AR-15 trademark, but some 282 manufacturers make their own versions of the gun and its parts, according to a 2014 accounting by AR-15 enthusiasts.

Think Progress, a liberal blog, also referred to the gun in the same way as Rolling Stone: as “an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle.”

If Congress tries to pass an assault weapons ban, the definition of what specific guns are being banned will be a sticking point, and there will be dispute as to what guns should be classes as such.

The question over the AR-15 is just one of 8 questions Bombs and Dollars looked at in relation to the terrorist attack and what could be done to stop such attacks in the future. Read the whole post here: 8 questions to ask after Orlando attack before demanding new policies.

8 questions to ask after Orlando attack before demanding new policies

There’s a temptation in American politics to jump to conclusions before all the facts are in and for activists and politicians use tragedies to push for policies that they already support. Even—or perhaps especially—in the wake of the worst mass shooting in American history and the worst terrorist attack since 9/11, the politicization of cold-blooded murder started just about as soon as the initial news reports came in.

This counterproductive reaction is born out of an understandable desire to solve problems but also—less helpfully—by a human tendency to classify things and be blinded by our biases. When a person with a particular political bias hears about an attack, their first response is to think, “Who was the perpetrator? Was he a Christian? Was he a Muslim? He must have been a member of the group that I oppose!”

Even after the perpetrator in this case was found to be a Muslim who had been investigated by the FBI before on suspicions of harboring pro-terrorism sympathies, an ACLU attorney still tried to link it to Christian conservatives simply by virtue of the fact that Christian conservatives oppose gay rights.

“The Christian Right has introduced 200 anti-LGBT bills in the last six months and people blaming Islam for this. No,” Chase Strangio, a staff attorney with ACLU’s LGBT and AIDS Project, tweeted.

This response to immediately try to blame parties that weren’t involved is the same response of some on the left after the Charlie Hebdo attack. What about the Spanish Inquisition?, some asked, and it is just as stupid, as I wrote it was then in this article for The Federalist: “Let’s Blame Christianity For Everything, And Islam For Nothing.”

Needless to say, restrictions on gay marriage can be a form of discrimination and a bad idea on their own merits, but they aren’t the same as murder. And you don’t have to talk about hypothetical Christian terrorism in order to condemn Christian terrorism; earlier this year a Christian terrorist motivated by intense opposition to abortion shot up a Planned Parenthood in Colorado.

Of course, one single incident doesn’t necessarily say anything about the kinds of strategies that should be taken. Only large scale considerations will allow us to arrive at the right solutions. But, nonetheless, if people on both the left and right want to look from this terrible tragedy for solutions to try to decrease the likelihood of similar attacks from happening again, then let us find some answers first as to whether the proposed policies would actually make an impact.

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The Quality of SJW Mercy

When Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister of the UK she did not attribute her success to feminism. She was not a feminist. Had she been Prime Minister in the 18th century however, she would very likely be hailed by feminists today as one of their own. Dead men and women tell no tales – or reveal inconvenient political alliances.

This might also be said now about the victims of Orlando.

Their still warm corpses being seized upon by a ravenous swam of SJW politicos eager to erase fifty individual identities. Their identities have been subsumed into the LGBT whole, whether or not they were political activists. The mortal terror they faced at the moment of their death is now the property of LGBT community to be invoked at will by anyone with a political axe to grind. Their suffering represents the terror all LGBT people face every day of their lives. Apparently. No reasonable person can disagree. If you do, if your mind strays beyond the limited visible spectrum of acceptable LGBT thought; if you mourn these people as merely humans and not gay martyrs, you are a homophobe.

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Orlando Shooting is Islamist Terrorism

300x300So, what we know so far, the shooter, is Omar Mateen, an Afghan American, registered Democrat, with a known Islamist Jihadist tendency, according to FBI.

This is the largest terrorism since 9/11.

That didn’t stop people peddling their own narrative within minutes of the tragedy, and blaming everyone, except Islamist Jihadists.

This random dude, of all people, must be feeling pretty stupid and embarrassed now. And, if this is who US Army recruits to fight terrorism, no wonder ISIS is winning.

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Trump-sympathetic conservatives suddenly offended that Hillary attacked Trump

Is Hillary Clinton bringing down the tone of the campaign to Trump-like levels?

That’s the concern—the “bullshit”, I add, since this is 2016—concern raised by John Sexton of HotAir.com. After Twitter Trump attacked Clinton for receiving President Obama’s endorsement, Clinton’s account tweeted, “Delete your account,” at Trump. A funny and non-threatening dis to a man who has proven time and time again that the world would be a better place if he didn’t tweet?

No, to John Sexton, Clinton’s tweet was a “3 word put-down could have come from Trump himself,” and that “Clinton has sunk to his level.” (Incidentally, he’s probably wrong about that; Trump’s tweets and speeches are long-winded and self-referential.)

Sexton looks to the future and bemoans what he sees as a biased liberal media that will excuse Clinton’s terribly offensive response to Trump while blaming Trump for having lowered the discourse to a level that includes references to “losers,” “bimbos,” and allegations of murder against his opponent:

What this campaign is really going to be is months of back and forth insults with each side taking shots at the other. And yet, Trump will consistently be blamed for bringing down the tone of the campaign even as Clinton is praised for toughness. As in every election, the Republican has to fight a two front war, one against the other candidate and one against the media.

Oh, boo hoo if Tantrum Trump has to take responsibility for his tirades! He called an American judge “Mexican” and said a “Mexican” judges shouldn’t be allowed to preside over his case, and now he’s being called racist! Why isn’t Judge Curiel, or Hillary, getting blamed for Trump’s comments?! #LiberalBias

I recon

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There’s a simple way to stop this protest madness at the Universities

Barely a month since I came back after a short trip to Oxford, I read about Yale students protesting against their English courses; the courses being too colonial and White. The organisers of this movement, are helped and organized by a faculty professor, newly appointed, named Dr Jill Richards, her claim to fame is having done pioneering research on Queer resistance cells during Second World war and attending a “Commie camp”.

Without pointing out the statistically insignificant effect of any Queer resistance cells anywhere in any time, affecting the broader geopolitics, it is ironic that she rallies and encourages students against the same “Western civilization” which fought against the epitome of state terrors in both Marxist and Nazi societies, when they were systematically killing people on the basis of their freedom of speech and sexuality. But there’s a broader significance in all of it.

In Mizzou, the protesters were aided and their rage channelized by Professors, notable among them is the now discredited Dr Melissa Click, herself with post-structural far-leftist sympathies. In this side of the pond, the BBC’s new Midsummer Night’s Dream is unashamedly edited and altered in the light if the narrative of a director with a distinct and vocal social agenda. White lecturers cannot attend equality conference, simply because they are white, In UK. I am not white by ethnicity, and I say this now, if this is not racism, I don’t know what it.

Without going into any further orotund circumlocution, here’s the simple hypothesis. 

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On Ali…it is embarrassing to see the hypocrisy from all sides

It is embarrassing, how within minutes of his death, people who have never watched boxing, knows nothing about Ali, his life and his politics started tweeting aspects of his life, whichever suits their political narrative.

So, here’s my seven tweet rant/primer.

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So, anytime you find someone trying to act grief stricken or sanctimonious about Ali, like they possibly did about Bowie, Prince, or Harambe the gorilla…ask them these questions.

As of me, I never liked Ali…as a person. But he was perhaps the greatest pro-boxer ever. That’s all. No memes or quotes from my side.

Vote, don’t riot: Radical anti-Trump protesters aren’t helping

Chaotic scenes have become the norm at Trump rallies, where protesters and Trump backers have fiercely resisted one another, but at a rally in San Jose, California, it blew up into outright violence. Anti-Trump protesters punched and threw eggs and tomatoes at Trump supporters. Some left bleeding, according to photos shared on Twitter and in the press.

This follows a number of high-profile attacks on peaceful protesters at Trump rallies, who have been punched in the face by Trump backers while being escorted out, and aggressive protests by anti-Trump forces, who have blocked roads. Clearly this election is heated, and with Trump making racist and sexist attacks on judges and journalists, it makes sense that people would fiercely oppose him.

As Emmett Rensin, a Vox journalist who was later suspended for his comments excusing these riots said, Trump is a unique threat to democracy.

We at Bombs and Dollars agree that Trump is a fascistic type who is creating a dangerous cult of personality and who must be stopped. However, here’s the thing: You don’t stop an anti-democratic fascist by punching his supporters at a political rally.

Americans have a means of defeating Trump, and it’s at the ballot box. He’s already well-positioned to lose, with historically high unpopularity numbers. But these kind of overly aggressive left-wing protest tactics (even before the violence) are likely to help him.

Of course it doesn’t make any rational sense to support a candidate just because some of the people opposing him are extreme, but if we’ve learned anything from this election, it’s that rational logic doesn’t always determine people’s voting choices. Liberal protesters attacking Trump voters, and mainstream media outlets being seen as excusing it, are going to serve to unite some portion of the Republicans who are currently divided over Trump.

The Republican Party has perfected the art of playing to the resentments of middle class conservatives who feel they are under assault from “elitists” in the press and sneering liberal protesters.

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BBC edits Shakespeare…to “fit modern times”

Sometimes we deserve everything we get. You know, the sexism, the idiocy, the daddy issues, the privileged, insufferable idiots who thinks they know better than the rest of us, so they can sit in a high table and judge what’s better for the rest, because of course they know best.

If you’re not aware, here’s something to spoil your weekend. The BBC decided, they will edit Shakespeare, rewrite Midsummer Night’s Dream, scrap a portion where Helena threatens suicide over her love for Demetrius, because it might “hurt” young women.

Oh poor woebegone young women! How naive they are!

Other than the fact that it is infantalising to imagine, women are not capable of thinking for themselves, or understanding what they should note from a classic play, let’s see what the director has to say.

“I don’t care what Shakespeare was thinking, I don’t care, it is my name on it. It was standard in 1590 for a woman in a love story to say that I am about to kill myself. It is not standard now.

“I am deliberately hoping to get young girls watching. I will not transmit lines in which women are so much in love that they are threatening to commit suicide.”

What an insufferable, privileged, infuriating, raging narcissist! THIS is not about you, you utter imbecile!

“2016 I’m not having lovelorn women say they’ll kill themselves. I’m not putting that on BBC One, I absolutely refuse.”

Right…because some people stopped committing suicide, or some people stopped being lovelorn. How idiotic is this, when people can watch BDSM at the click of the mouse, but have to edit Shakespeare, because it’s “OH SO DANGEROUSLY INFLUENTIAL FOR YOUNG WOMEN!”

Let’s carry on.

Emma Rice, the artistic director at Shakespeare’s Globe, has confessed that she tries to condense as much as she can. In her current production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream she has changed Helena’s gender and told The Times that the romance with Demetrius made more sense to her if it was a homosexual one.

Of course. 

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