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Double Standards

Dec 14, 2015

Does the American left collectively share responsibility for the Islamic terrorist shooting in San Bernardino? The Scrapbook doesn't believe in such a sweeping judgment, but if one were consistently to apply the left's own logic, they end up indicting themselves.

Recall that in the days leading up to the San Bernardino attack, the left was working overtime to blame the allegedly irresponsible rhetoric of Republicans and pro-life activists for the fact that an obviously mentally disturbed man killed three people at an abortion clinic. The Week's Damon Linker penned a column headlined "The deeply irresponsible rhetoric of the pro-life movement" that was typical of the genre. Much of the condemnation was disingenuous, but leave

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ABC: 'Hybrid Workplace Jihad'

7:31 AM, Dec 03, 2015

ABC reporter Brian Ross called yesterday's California massacre "hybrid workplace jihad" this morning. Watch here:

"Well, it appears to be a kind of hybrid workplace jihad," said Ross.

"He had issues, he targeted his co-workers but also had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia where he met the woman he says he married. On his website, the dating line website, he appears to be an all-American boy, snowboarding, and guns and likes to relax by going the backyard for target practice.

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Hillary Fundraises Off Gun Violence

7:51 AM, Oct 07, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent an email to supporters about gun violence. 

"Gun violence isn’t an inevitability -- it’s a virus and we must do whatever we can to stop it," the email reads.

"Our children should feel safe going to school. They should feel safe at the movie theater. And they should feel safe in places of worship.

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Congressman's Baltimore Home Catches on Fire

2:24 PM, Jun 02, 2015

The home of Congressman Elijah Cummings of Baltimore caught fire this morning. Cummings was in Washington at the time of the fire.

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Obama: Baltimore Riots 'Counterproductive'; 'This Has Been a Slow Rolling Crisis'

'There's no excuse for the kind of violence that we saw yesterday.'
11:54 AM, Apr 28, 2015

President Obama called the Baltimore riots "counterproductive" in remarks today at the White House:

"There's no excuse for the kind of violence that we saw yesterday," Obama said. "It's stealing, it's arson."

Of the rioters, the president added, "they need to be treated as criminals."

"This has been a slow rolling crisis," said Obama.

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Vietnam Vet Tells Kids to Go Home and Study

8:12 AM, Apr 28, 2015

A Vietnam veteran interviewed on CNN last night told protesters to go get "their butts at home." The veteran, who identified himself as Robert Valentine, said, "I'm very pissed." Watch here:


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Lynch: 'Adhere to the Principles of Nonviolence'

8:58 PM, Apr 27, 2015

Attorney General Loretta Lynch reponds to the violence in Baltimore:

“I condemn the senseless acts of violence by some individuals in Baltimore that have resulted in harm to law enforcement officers, destruction of property and a shattering of the peace in the city of Baltimore. Those who commit violent actions, ostensibly in protest of the death of Freddie Gray, do a disservice to his family, to his loved ones, and to legitimate peaceful protestors who are working to improve their community for all its residents.

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Baltimore Mayor: We 'Gave Those Who Wished to Destroy Space to Do That'

7:08 PM, Apr 26, 2015

Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told the press that her city "gave those who wished to destroy space to do that" at last night's protest. Watch here:

"I made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech.

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Marx and the Koran

The role of beliefs and ideologies in motivating, justifying, and legitimating political violence
Feb 23, 2015

Time and again it is reported that Muslim terrorists in the process of inflicting lethal bodily harm (with firearms, explosives, knives, or by running over people with cars) shout “God is Great!” (Allahu Akbar). It is a remarkable and seemingly puzzling phenomenon that has received little attention, although it is likely to shed light on the motivation and mindset of the terrorists.

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Obama to Grammy Awards: Don't Abuse Women

10:34 PM, Feb 08, 2015

President Obama offered this taped public service announcement at the Grammy Awards:

Artists help shape American culture, Obama said in the taped remarks, which is why "together we can change our culture for the better by ending violence against women and girls. "

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The Myth of the Muslim Murder Myth

4:01 PM, Feb 02, 2015

The website appears to still be thriving, despite my best efforts to warn people off of their willfully ignorant "explanatory journalism." As I have previously observed, we're on the tail end of a media "golden age for liberals where, to paraphrase Kipling, all the young turks were paid for their writing, and none of them paid for their sins."

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Kerry: Climate Change 'Enormous Cloud Hanging Over All of Us'

'Global Climate Change Is Already Violently Affecting Communities … Around the World'
7:03 AM, Jan 12, 2015

While the attention of much of the world Sunday was focused on the massive unity rally in France in response to the recent terror attacks in that country, Secretary of State John Kerry was in India for a "global business" summit where he spoke of, among other concerns, the "one enormous cloud hanging over all of us which requires responsibility from leaders.

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The Deadly Lie of the 'Anti-Cop Left'

12:16 PM, Dec 23, 2014

Heather Mac Donald writes at City Journal on how an anti-cop lie has left two New York police officers dead:

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Christie: 'I'm Not Going to Get Into This Business of Generalizing Against Law Enforcement'

11:48 AM, Aug 18, 2014

Possible 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie refused speak out against the police in Ferguson, Missouri, following the ongoing unrest there.

A reporter "asked Gov. Chris Christie on Friday if he thought there was a general problem in this country with the way police deal with young African American men and teenagers."

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CNN: Out of Towners from Oakland Inciting Violence in Ferguson

7:09 AM, Aug 18, 2014

Marc Lamont Hill, a CNN contributor, reported late last night that out of towners from Oakland might be the ones responsible for inciting violence in Ferguson, Missouri. He made the comments when talking about the continued unrest last night:

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Obama: Gun Violence in USA 'Off the Charts'

4:26 PM, Jun 10, 2014

President Obama blasted gun violence in a Tumblr event today at the White House. He said that it's "off the charts" here in America. 

"This is becoming the norm," he said. "We should be ashamed."

Here's the pool report:

Pres Obama, in response to a question that Karp said was submitted a few days ago from a tumblr user about mass shootings, declared that as president "my biggest frustration so far is that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps" to curb gun violence.

He cited the failed effort to toughen background checks.

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Once Again, Republican Rhetoric Is Not to Blame for Violence

2:44 PM, Jun 10, 2014

Earlier this week, a couple shot two Las Vegas police officers while saying "this is a revolution." They draped the police officers' bodies in Gadsden flags and swastikas, and evidence later emerged they had gone out to support rancher Cliven Bundy.

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Obama and Merkel on Ukraine: Let's Keep in Touch

2:33 PM, Feb 20, 2014

President Obama and German chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on the phone about the violence in Ukraine. The two leaders agreed "to stay in close touch in the days ahead," according to a White House read-out of the call.

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Feds Link Unfair, Discriminatory, and Ineffective School Discipline to Gun Violence

7:12 AM, Jan 08, 2014

On Wednesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder are scheduled to make a joint appearance at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, MD.  The purpose of the visit is to hold a roundtable with students on "Solutions to Enhance School Climate/Improve Discipline Policies and Practices" and to make an announcement, accompanied by "civil rights advocates and local community members."

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White House Cites Domestic Violence in Push for Immigration Reform

8:53 AM, Nov 06, 2013

The White House is ramping up a new push for the president's version of comprehensive immigration reform. In an opening salvo, White House advisor on Violence Against Women Lynn Rosenthal wrote a blog entry titled, "Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Survivors Can’t Afford to Wait," saying that "it’s up to Republicans in the House to decide whether to move forward with immigration reform."  Ms.

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HHS: Workplace Bullying Is Like Domestic Violence

7:01 AM, Oct 22, 2013

"Bullying doesn't just happen on the playground," so begins an article in an online Health and Human Services (HHS) publication called Let's Talk.

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Kerry to Spend $10 Million to Fight 'Gender-Based Violence'

2:44 PM, Sep 23, 2013

The State Department today announced that John Kerry would spend $10 million "to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies worldwide."

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Weekend Havoc

8:15 AM, Sep 23, 2013

While Germany was engaging in peaceful elections and the United States was watching football – civilized societies being big on democratic rituals and sports – people in other parts of the world were relieving their frustrations in violence.

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Anti-Christian Violence in Egypt: 'A Modern Pogrom'

2:29 PM, Aug 22, 2013

The anti-Christian violence in Egypt is "a modern pogrom," David Brog, the executive director of Christians United for Israel, says in a statement.

"Events in Egypt this week highlight yet again the tragedy facing the Christians of the Middle East. Once again, Christians are being targeted for murder. Once again Christian schools, businesses and churches are being attacked. And once again, the world is largely silent," Brog says.

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When Is Politically Motivated Violence 'Expected'?

The Family Research Council shooting, one year later.
11:55 AM, Aug 15, 2013

Today is the one year anniversary of the Family Research Council shooting, when an armed gunman unhappy with the organization's stance on gay issues entered its building in downtown Washington D.C. with the intent of killing everyone in the building. The gunman shot FRC's security guard, Leo Johnson, who bravely fought and subdued the gunman even after he was wounded. The gunman would later tell the FBI that he selected the Family Research Council as a target because it was listed as a "hate" group on the Southern Poverty Law Center's website.

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WH: Egyptians Should 'Resolve Their Differences Peacefully'

11:24 AM, Aug 14, 2013

White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest released this statement on the ongoing violence in Egypt:

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Why Mexico Must Destroy the Cartels

6:31 AM, May 09, 2013

During his trip to Mexico and Costa Rica last week, President Obama tried to highlight the positive and downplay the negative. Thus, he spoke at length about the growth of trade, commerce, and economic partnerships, arguing that security issues should not be allowed to dominate all discussions of U.S. policy in the region.

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State Dept. Calls on 'Libyans to Refrain From Armed Protest and Violence'

2:33 PM, May 08, 2013

In a statement to the press, the State Department is calling "on all Libyans to refrain from armed protest and violence during this difficult time in the democratic transition."

The rest of the statement reads:

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Obama Campaign Uses Chicago Violence to Push for Gun Control

1:12 PM, May 03, 2013

In a petition emailed today to supporters, Organizing for Action, President Obama's former campaign group, uses violence in Chicago to push for more gun control.

"In 2009, my schoolmate Greg Robinson was in the backseat of a car returning home from a basketball game when someone with a gun opened fire," the letter from "Ronnie Mosley," of Morehouse College Class of 2013, emails.

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Biden: Abused Women Fear Getting 'Raped Again By The System'

6:19 AM, May 02, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden made the case last night at a Washington, D.C. hotel that abused women fear getting "raped again by the system." Biden made the comments in remarks to a fundraiser for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, which is co-chaired by his daughter.

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