Monday, May 18, 2020
Still A Threat
While Covid is dominating the headlines, it's important to recognize that radical Islam remains a threat to our homeland. We got a stark reminder of that this morning.
Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray announced this morning that Mohammed Alshamrani, the Saudi terrorist who killed three U.S. sailors at Naval Air Station Pensacola last year, had "significant ties to Al Qaeda . . . not only before the attack but before he even arrived in the United States."
The FBI was able to crack at least one of two smartphones Alshamrani had during the attack on the base. He tried to destroy them, and even shot one of the phones. Unfortunately, Apple refused to help the FBI unlock the phones.
Barr said that Alshamrani was radicalized in 2015 and joined the Saudi Air Force "in order to carry out a 'special operation.'"
She Said What?!
You know who Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is. She's a Somali refugee who was rescued from a Kenyan camp and came to the United States with her family when she was 10.
You probably don't know who Isra Hirsi is. She's a 17 year-old environmental activist, co-founder of the radical green group U.S. Climate Strike. She's also an avowed communist. On her twitter profile, she declared, "Yes I am 17 and I hate capitalism." And she's also Ilhan Omar's daughter.
Hirsi went on Tik Tok a couple of days ago and called U.S. soldiers "bitches" and baby killers. How ironic that she chose a social media platform that is controlled by communist Chinese interests to disparage U.S. soldiers. Sadly, millions of young Americans use Tik Tok. (Parents, wake up!)
It was particularly disgusting and ironic that she was insulting the brave young men and women who protect her while children are being murdered. There was a vicious attack on a maternity ward in Afghanistan recently. The radical Islamists killed mothers and their new born babies.
Outside of abortion clinics in the western world, the biggest killers of babies and children are radical Islamists. They don't do it by accident, which sometimes happens in war. They do it intentionally to inflict terror. (Here, hereand here.)
Isra Hirsi should take a deep breath before accusing the U.S. military of doing what the most radical of her co-religionists routinely engage in around the world.
By the way, I'm waiting for Hirsi to post a Tik Tok rant condemning China for holding millions of Muslims in concentration camps.
Open The Schools
As Covid-19 has ravaged the country, we've learned a lot in the last four months. We now know that children under 18 can get the disease, but for the most part they do not suffer serious consequences. In fact, one analysis found that young people are far more likely to die from accidental drownings than Covid.
When it became obvious that children were not at serious risk, some argued that children were efficient transmitters of the disease, and they would infect parents and grandparents. Well, maybe not.
Denmark and Norway have reopened their schools and they are not experiencing a spike in coronavirus cases. Australia just released a study of 18 Covid cases involving teachers and students. In spite of this group having 863 contacts, only two additional people caught the virus from the original group of 18.
This study is now being consulted by the British government as it considers reopening its schools. Michael Gove, whom I met when he served as the British equivalent of our Secretary of Education, said over the weekend:
"The clear scientific and clinical advice is that it is safe to have schools reopen, accompanied with social distancing. Children only have one chance at education. Over the course of the last decade we've made significant strides in closing the gap between the richest and the poorest in our schools. This lockdown has put that backwards.
"If you really care about children, you'll want them to be in schools. You will want them to be learning. You will want them to have new opportunities."
One of the greatest blessings any child can have is loving parents who are there to protect them. But it is a dangerous world. Before the coronavirus, there were other diseases, gangs, violence and just random accidents. We can't raise a generation of children by hiding them in our homes.
In this case, the scientific evidence is telling us that there are far greater dangers to your children than Covid-19.
Here's something to ponder: The same progressives who were telling President Trump that he can't detain illegal immigrants are now telling American citizens they must be locked up in their homes and their businesses must be shut down.
By the way, they are demanding that any illegal immigrants confined right now be released while also insisting that we not be released from our homes. And exactly where are these illegal immigrants supposed to go?
The left says illegal immigrants deserve all the rights American citizens have – even the right to vote. I now say that Americans deserve all the rights illegal immigrants have.
"Out Of Touch"
I'm pleased to see that some celebrities are pushing back against the progressive nonsense. My friend Pat Sajak's Twitter feed is always good for a laugh. Over the weekend, he tweeted this:
"When a disc jockey or a talk show host or a journalist who is being paid to work from his or her home tells people who can't work, pay bills or pay their rent or mortgage to 'Stay home and be careful because we're all in this together,' it's okay to question the premise."
And kudos to Kevin James! If you haven't seen his latest short film, "Out Of Touch," I encourage you to watch it here. It's a great statement about the society progressive totalitarians are creating today.