CBC News appears to have updated their article to remove the names of the arrested. But with one of the people arrested named Mohamed Khadir and the attacker yelling "Allahu Akbar", the Islamic battle cry, the conclusion that it is another jihadi attack is inescapable.
UPDATE: Turns out Mohamed may not have been the shooter. No explanation for why Alexandre Bissonnette, who the police have charged with 6 counts of murder, would have shouted Allahu Akbar. But maybe one of the victims was shouting that in a plea for aid or something?
Oh my god! Trump and his advisors have private email addresses! The horror!
This is obviously intended to imply to the reader a connection with Hillary's private email server, and smear Trump by association with it. It's a false comparison, as only a little thought will reveal quite clearly.
The problem with Hillary's private email server was not that it existed, that she and her advisors had accounts on it, or that they used those accounts. The problem was that Hillary and her advisors used those accounts (in Hillary's case exclusively) for official government business, and broke a variety of laws in doing so. The laws Hillary broke were:
1) You are not allowed to use non-secure systems for handling classified information. Hillary did this a lot.
2) You are not allowed to withhold records of your official business from the public (via FOIA) and the national archives. Hillary initially sought to avoid both, until the existence of her private email server was revealed in the Benghazi investigation and the lack of responsive records from other sources demonstrated she was using it exclusively for official business.
It's worth noting that government officials are probably required by law to use non-government email addresses for political purposes, meaning of course Trump and his political advisors have and use private email addresses.
So long as they aren't conducting government business that should be archived and available via FOIA through those addresses, it's all good.
I've mentioned Neil Gorsuch before. Thomas Hardiman appears to be positive on 2nd Amendment issues as well. I'm posting the USA Today short-profiles of each of the three judges on the short list below the fold along with my preliminary thoughts. At this stage I'm not comfortable giving anyone my seal of approval. It's noteworthy that Reason argues against Pryor on the grounds that he is too deferential to government.
There have been a couple reports of various Trump advisors being registered to vote in more than one state. Usually those reports are contrasted with Trump's claims that voter fraud is a significant problem and should be investigated, as if there is some contradiction between the two things.
There may in fact be a connection, but it's not a contradiction. States currently don't coordinate about their voter registration lists much. Properly, they should clean their lists before each election, so that someone registered in two states has their older registration removed, and illegal aliens or felons are also removed from the list. There's not really any way that I know of for someone who is moving from one state to another to notify the state they are leaving to remove their voter registration.
Thus people inevitably end up on registration lists in multiple states, at least until the states clean their lists. Lately, states haven't been doing that, in no small part because the Justice Department under Obama has not been enforcing that part of the federal laws on voting.
And now that's being abused to embarrass Trump advisors and officials as if it was their fault. If they had voted in two places, it would be. But being registered in two places just means you've moved out of state since Obama was elected president.
So thanks, media, for making investigative journalism great again. Now let's get right on fixing the flaws in the voter registration system your investigation turned up, shall we?
I suggest that employees of the Environmental Protection Agency who are so partisan that the election of a moderate Republican like Trump reduces them to tears should resign immediately and find work more in line with their need for an emotionally stable environment.
They can think of it as protecting their personal environment.
And the rest of us will thank them for getting out of our way.
Trump to eliminate funding for Paris climate agreement...
... in the course of a general review of all funding for international treaties aimed at a 40% decrease. Good. We have a huge debt and deficit problem. We're paying other countries to loan us money and regulate our industry to death. That's absurd.
To the extent we have foreign aid programs on a solid quid-pro-quo basis, I'm fine with them. If we want an airbase in Turkey, we should probably be prepared to pay for it. But that's a tiny fraction of the foreign aid we pay to places like the UN, and after 8 years of Obama, we need to review every cent.
No, they were not organized in spontaneous protest to Trump. They were organized to kick off Hillary Clinton's agenda as president, and intended to celebrate her inauguration. But then she did the unthinkable and lost. The left didn't want to waste so much of George Soros's money, so they repurposed the march.
I think the march was a mistake. As a celebration of Hillary's election, it could have worked. As a protest against Trump... well, women in modern industrial societies are simply not oppressed. Equal rights, equal pay for equal work, access to health care, no need to wear a "modesty garment" or be subject to the whims of your male relatives, the list goes on and on. Give women what they want, it seems, and they'll wear pussy hats and scream at you anyway.
Obviously the intent of the news accounts was to embarrass the Trump administration and make things appear to be more difficult for him. But Trump and his pick for Secretary of State doesn't seem to have any issues with selecting the right people for the job and putting them in place.
In effect, these resignations are just cleaning out the positions for new people Trump can promote and make his own. That's true whether it was Trump accepting offered resignations or State Department officials trying to make a political statement on the way out the door. Either way, today is full of win.
NRA-ILA obtains Congressional review for abusive Obama Admin rule
If Congress reviews and revokes this rule, it will be an important victory -- but it will also represent an expenditure of political capital that we need to try to advance gun rights while we have the narrow opportunity to do so.
Nevertheless, it must be done. And frankly, the Obama Administration's targeting of elderly social security recipients for this sort of backdoor gun prohibition is despicable. These are people at the end of their lives, who probably just want to pass their property -- including firearms -- down to their children while being left to live out their lives in peace and as much health as they have remaining. They are among our nation's most vulnerable, and they don't have a lot of disposable income to pay lawyers.
There's a similar issue at the Veteran's Administration that I've reported on before. Hopefully both rules will get reviewed and revoked.
This seems like a positive step, but I wouldn't be surprised if there is litigation (just because the civil service protections are strong enough to invite it). Still, they can litigate from the outside.
Presidential prayer service included Koranic recitation condemning other faiths
This is a problem. Mind you, I don't blame Trump for this; I doubt he knew and I doubt the recitation was in English. Instead, it illustrates for me the vicious denigration of other faiths that is built into the core of Islam, along with the deception necessary to espouse it at a interfaith event. Between the demand for sharia law, the refusal to acknowledge nations which have a legal separation between church and state, the doctrine of conversion by the sword, and the general embrace of violence, Islam is not compatible with modern nations and freedom of conscience.
I can't speak for how many fraudulent votes were counted for Hillary due to machine politics, illegal aliens and felons voting, illegal "voter assistance" of the elderly and mentally handicapped, not to mention ballots found in boxes and closets and trunks of cars or wirelessly hacked into existence by corrupt electronic voting machines or cast by people who have been dead for years. I can tell you with absolute certainty that the number is not zero.
I welcome a major investigation into organized vote fraud activity by the Democratic party and its candidates, affiliates, operatives, PACs, NGOs, and activists. Let's shine some light on this and watch the cockroaches scurry.
Trump stands by claim of 3 million illegal alien votes
Here's the thing: without voter ID laws in place we have no way to know this isn't happening. Even the people who claim to debunk this number have to focus on the number itself; they point to small numbers of prosecutions and convictions while ignoring that fact that without voter id laws and proof of citizenship requirements (which almost no states have in place) you have no way to prove that all 30+ million illegal aliens aren't voting. You simply have no idea.
I'm not sure where he's finding the money to build this wall, but presumably he's doing what Obama has done many times before -- using funds Congress has authorized that lacked very specific strings on how they were spent.
Remember, the wall itself has been authorized by Congress for over a decade now. The holdup has been Congressional authorization for specific funds. All it takes is a President willing to redirect funds from general programs.
They also attacked and burned a limo with the driver inside (at least at first; he got out with minor injuries).
And they get a bonus whitewashing of Communism:
ANSWER is a communist organization. Literally communist. The anti-war thing is their effort at a friendlier public face since people don't like communism nearly as much after they found out about the body count.
Chicago provides another 2nd Amendment court victory
The 7th Circuit has ruled in Ezell II that Chicago can't use a patchwork of laws and regulations to effectively ban shooting ranges. The author of the opinion is on Trump's Supreme Court shortlist, Diane Sykes.
... and, knock on wood, a peaceful transition of power despite the best efforts of the left. I welcome, with caution, the Trump administration. He's going to have a lot of work to do undoing the damage Obama has done, and hopefully can find the time to make some headway on restoring our nation to freedom and liberty. He has a lot of "yuge" campaign promises to keep, and he's off to a great start.
Clearly this judge got tired of being played for a fool. He's ordered 4 Homeland Security officials to copy their private emails to a USB thumb drive in case they turn out not to be private. That won't stop them declining to turn over thing they really want to hide, but it does make it a lot harder for them to explain "accidentally" leaving out anything embarrassing.