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 leaveRead more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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. "Read more
The website Vox.com 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."Read more
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.Read more
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."Read more
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:Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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."Read more
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.Read more
The State Department today announced that John Kerry would spend $10 million "to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies worldwide."Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest released this statement on the ongoing violence in Egypt:Read more
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.Read more
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:Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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