Posts Tagged ‘Shooting’

Unarmed, Apparently Non-Violent, Ashli Babbit Killed

Friday, January 8th, 2021

Why Was She Killed?

There is no explanation of the video below that would seem able to make this a necessary shooting, and I’m hardly alone in that assessment. She shouldn’t have been there, and was violating the law, but looking at the situation in its totality, I don’t know how this can be justified.  I want to know the identity of the shooter.  I want to see this investigated just like every other police-involved shooting.  There’s something “off” here.  I’m trying to imagine how this shooting is justifiable. I want to understand the thinking of the shooter at the time of the event. I want to know what his frame of mind and frame of reference was when he pulled the trigger.  She doesn’t appear to be an immediate threat to anybody in the video clip below. There were officers right behind her, and she appeared not to be posing a threat to them, and in fact had her back to them, so I don’t understand the necessity of shooting her. What threat did she pose that required lethal force?  Who is the shooter? Again, it’s a given that she shouldn’t have been there, but this doesn’t seem like a justifiable shooting. It doesn’t. Whose life was she threatening? I don’t get it. If the justification of lethal force is only to thwart lethal or potentially lethal threats, on its face, she didn’t seem to have been one.

I also notice that the shooter seemed to have been in plain clothes. Was he part of a protective detail?  Did Babbit unknowingly get too close to a protected person? We know the US Secret Service evacuated Vice President Mike Pence(R) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi(D-CA) from their respective chambers.  I realize there could have been something I haven’t seen, and the footage below is a very short video clip, but this doesn’t look to have been necessary. It’s also not apparently an accidental discharge. The shooter seems to size up the target, aim, and fire.  Her life was poached with clear intent, and I’m going to need to see the justification for this. Once again, yes, we all know she shouldn’t have been there. Does her mere presence justify her killing? If it does, then when Code Pink commandeered a hearing room to protest Rex Tillerson’s nomination, should they have been gunned-down? And what of the Republican Congressmen who stormed a secure chamber? Theoretically, they shouldn’t have been there either. Were they supposed to be gunned-down for their actions? I’m asking those Congressmen: Was this justified? Since it seems evident that they’re trying to bury all of this, I’d suggest that Trump appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the whole incident and punish all those who are guilty, either of violence on the part of protesters, or any other bad actors in this affair. We need to know the chronologically organized details of who did what, and when. If she got too close to a protectee of the Secret Service, she may have unknowingly forfeited her own life by attempting to climb through. Even if that’s so, we still need the details. There needs to be an investigation and explanation to the public for the death of 35 year-old Ashil Babbit. Transparency is a must. Otherwise, this is like Tiananmen Square.

I’m also tired of the contention that this was the worst penetration of a federal facility since the British burned the White House. That’s a lie, and it’s a well-known lie. One needs only to remember 9/11/2001 and the Pentagon to put the lie to that particular narrative. I’m not excusing the behavior of those who forced their way into the Capitol, damaged property, and behaved lawlessly, because all of that should be prosecuted and punished, but I’m not sure that anything I’ve seen here in this video suggests Babbit required summary execution. Again, it’s a short clip, and more context is needed. I don’t wish to condemn this officer without all the facts, or without knowing what exactly his frame of mind and his contextual understanding had been at the time. The left jumps to those kinds of conclusions, whereas we should demand evidence. I’m not excusing him, either. That’s why I think a full, public investigation is necessary. We need serious transparency.

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It’s Islamic Terrorism, Stupid

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Over the last two days, I’ve watched in utter amazement as our media and government go out of their collective way to avoid talking about the nature of the incident in San Bernadino, CA, on Wednesday.  To listen to most public officials in the Obama administration, including the Jihadi-in-Chief himself, one might draw the conclusion that there is something wrong with mentioning Islam and Terrorism in the same sentence.  In fact, one might just as well never use the word “Terrorism” ever again.  We’ll call it “work-place violence,” or we’ll call it “street violence,” and we’ll pretend it had all been just a random occurrence with no ideological or religious linkage of any kind.  Our culture is breaking down, in part because so few seem interested in identifying plainly, and without apology, the nature(s) of our affliction(s.)  You cannot beat an enemy you will not name.  You cannot vanquish and evil you refuse to admit exists.   One cannot overcome a social ill when one will not name it, never mind naming its cause.  We rational folk must lead the way.  We mustn’t let some contrivance of political correctness impede our statement of the absolute, unvarnished truth.  Our President, most of our political leaders (appointed and elected,)  and average citizens refuse to state the plainly obvious, but I will not: The shooting in San Bernadino was an act of terrorism motivated in part or in whole by adherence to political Islam.

I have heard it at least ten-thousand times: “Islam is a religion of peace.” If that’s all Islam is, we’d have no problem with Islam, but Islam is much, much more.  Islam is also a cultural and political doctrine.  It is a legal doctrine.  It is a system of beliefs that countenances no breach among the facets of adherents’ lives.  Even non-adherents are liable for their conduct according to Islam.  Even those who are ignorant of Islam’s existence are required to give their fealty to it.  Practiced consistently, every Muslim would a Jihadi become.  Islam does not accept or tolerate substitution.  It does not permit free will.  Like pro-abortionists in our political sphere, it loves choice, so long as the choice made is in concert with their beliefs.  In other words, no actual choice is to be permitted.   In fact, this is why I argue that the rabid left in our own political sphere are the “Jihadis” in our midst.  Political Islam is statism, as thoroughly and as fundamentally as any other flavor.  It favors the interests of the state over the rights of the individual, and it relies upon anointed guardians to determine what are those interests. If you wonder how it could be that the left is as fundamentally fanatical as militant political Islam, this is the answer.

In San Bernadino, what we have seen is another expression of the extension of political Islam into American culture.  Just as American culture is fundamentally at odds with secular flavors of statism, so also is it incompatible with religious flavors.  Rand liked to describe these two seemingly opposing brands of statism as the mystics of muscle and spirit.  The left’s dogmatic mysticism is based entirely on the secular humanistic concerns of the body.  The religiously motivated mysticism of militant Islam is concerned only with one’s spirit in the great beyond.  The first seeks to own and dominate all on Earth, while the latter seeks to dominate on Earth for the alleged sake of the hereafter.  Both are frauds, and both are intrinsically evil.  Our American system had been founded to be effectively Laissez Faire both in terms of the body (economics and ethics) and the spirit (religion and ethics) since it was understood by our founders and the framers of our constitution that no collectivized version of either could be countenanced in freedom.

The terrorist attack in San Bernadino was the act of a conspiracy by radicalized adherents of political Islam.  Any other notion is mere foolishness propagated by those who would just as soon see you unarmed in a battle they will deny exists.  The French poet Charles Baudelaire observed that “the finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist.” Whether this is so, it is certainly true that the radical militants of political Islam would just as soon have you doubt their existence, and the full evil of their intentions.  The same can be said of the rabid-dog left, and it is this that should clue us in to their fundamental similarity.   As the terrorist act in San Bernadino was underway, female shooter Tashfeen Malik posted a pledge of allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Facebook. (CNN)   CNN’s site goes on to say that it seems the shooting may have been inspired by ISIS.  This weak wording is exemplary of our cultural collapse.  “Seems?”  “Inspired by?”  This rhetorical disarming merely accentuates the actual disarming, when one discovers that deaths by guns is on the decrease all over the country except in one narrow class of locations: Gun free zones.

If that’s not bad enough, we have a US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, vowing to prosecute those who use “anti-Muslim” speech that “edges toward violence.”(DailyWire)  This sort of absurdity is precisely what’s destroying our nation, and it’s an excellent parallel to so-called “moderate Republicans” (a.k.a. “liberal Republicans”) who will not fight the left. Do you know why Donald Trump is leading?  It’s because he’ll say what many are thinking but are too damned frightened to say.   Of course, Trump is a stalking-horse who will eventually self-destruct conveniently ceding the lead at some future date, or perhaps even after the nomination is his, but either way, his current popularity signifies something important:  America is crowded with the cowed, silent majority who have been collectively beaten into submissive silence by the popular media culture.   None will speak it plainly until it’s staring them in the face, and lopping their head off for their trouble. It’s time to speak up, Loretta Lynch be damned, and we need to name this evil, denounce it, and commence the fight against it.  Until then, you can expect the collapse to continue apace.  Americans are dying because we will not name it, never mind fight it.  Its name is political Islam, and while our leaders fiddle us into the ashes, it’s advancing, it’s gaining ground, and we don’t dare speak its name.