The Patriot Post® · Mid-Day Digest
IN TODAY’S EDITION
- Not only was the New York jihadi not a “lone wolf,” he’s a chain migrant.
- Jerry Brown blames climate change for California wildfires. Wrong.
- Judges put themselves in the position of deciding what’s best for the military.
- The Navy uncovers yet another hate crime hoax.
- Climate alarmists are suing anyone who disagrees.
- Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.
“The policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by so doing, they retain the Language, habits and principles (good or bad) which they bring with them.” —George Washington (1794)
By Thomas Gallatin
The Bangladesh national who immigrated to the U.S. in 2011 and is currently recovering from his failed suicide bombing attempt in New York City near Times Square will be charged with terrorism. Unfortunately, that’s going to happen in civilian federal court. Early reports are that the terrorist, Akayed Ullah, had become recently radicalized and was inspired by the Islamic State. While he may have acted alone, he was no “lone wolf.” Indeed, this is yet another reminder that the Islamic ideology promoting radical jihad is as pervasive as ever, even as the Islamic State’s physical caliphate is on the brink of total defeat.
Donald Trump responded to the failed terrorist attack by highlighting the need to reform the nation’s immigration policies. “Today’s terror suspect entered our country through extended-family chain migration, which is incompatible with national security,” Trump asserted. “Congress must end chain migration. Congress must also act on my administration’s other proposals to enhance domestic security, including increasing the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, enhancing the arrest and detention authorities for immigration officers, and ending fraud and abuse in our immigration system.” He added, “The terrible harm that this flawed system inflicts on America’s security and economy has long been clear. I am determined to improve our immigration system to put our country and our people first.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions echoed Trump’s sentiments, arguing for U.S. immigration policy to be changed to a merit-based system. Sessions said, “The 20-year-old son of the sister of a U.S. citizen should not get priority to come to this country ahead of someone who is high-skilled, well-educated, has learned English, and is likely to assimilate and flourish here.”
Giving further credence to Trump’s argument, Ullah is now the fifth individual to engage in a domestic terror attack who was able to immigrate to the U.S. under the current visa lottery or chain migration system. His family had the gall to complain about being “held out in the cold” while authorities searched Ullah’s home. And leftists want to maintain the status quo at all costs.
By Jordan Candler
The Los Angeles Times reports that “Gov. Jerry Brown surveyed the devastation Saturday in Ventura — the area hardest hit by firestorms that have displaced nearly 90,000 people in Southern California — calling it ‘the new normal.’” He cited man-made global warming as the catalyst for the travesty and suggested that large-scale wildfires “could be something that happens every year or every few years.” The wildfire situation in California is indeed a highly debilitating and challenging one. But it’s easy to lose sight of the facts in the heat of the moment, if you will.
Leftmedia outlets are pointing to evidence of bigger wildfires in recent years, which they unequivocally and prematurely link to fossil fuels. In October, for example, Time magazine reported, “Climate change has helped make California’s wildfires more intense.” Another publication, The Conversation, wrote in May 2016, “Wildfires in West have gotten bigger, more frequent and longer since the 1980s.”
Now for an alternative perspective. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, a total of 67,743 fires occurred in the U.S. in 2016, burning 5,509,995 acres. In 2015, there were 68,151 fires that scorched 10,125,149 acres. However, in 1980 and 1981, there were a whopping 234,892 and 249,370 fires, respectively, and in those back-to-back years 5,260,825 and 4,814,206 acres were burned. In this regard, there would appear to be an inverse relation. Between 1960 and 1982, there was only one year with fewer than 100,000 fires (1961), whereas between 1983 and 2016, not a single year has reached 100,000 fires annually.
That said, some recent years have seen a noteworthy increase in the number of acres burned, yet compared to parts of the 20th century, there are significantly fewer fires overall. Why? It’s not as simple as blaming man-made global warming. California is home to nearly 40 million people. Many of them are expanding to areas that are historically prone to forest fires. The results are the equivalent of adding millions of people to Florida’s shorelines — a bigger population means bigger impact from natural disasters. Moreover, last winter California experienced a deluge of rain. Oddly enough, this worsens the wildfire outlook. As newly lush undergrowth dries out, it serves as additional fuel. Policymakers consider the repercussions unexpected, but most meteorologists saw the writing on the wall.
Speaking of policymakers, they share some (a lot?) of the blame. For too long they have failed to erect needed dams and routinely waste precious water in the name of preserving smelt (a small fish). And other areas of the West suffer from irresponsible logging practices. While Gov. Brown debates wildfire semantics and blames man-made global warming, the fact of the matter is that infernos are recurrent and always will be. And while natural climate change and population trends may change the overall scope and impact, what’s clear too is that leftist policies have become the “new normal,” as Brown would say. And they deserve at least as much attention, if not more, as any climate finger-pointing.
By Nate Jackson
Back in July, President Donald Trump reversed one of Barack Obama’s most odious military policy decisions — opening the doors for transgender individuals to serve openly in the military. In seeking to undo the damage, Trump rightly said, “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”
Then the judges stepped in, ordering the commander in chief to allow transgenders anyway, and to do so by Jan. 1. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, a Bill Clinton appointee, denied the Trump administration’s request to delay that order. Kollar-Kotelly had initially ruled that Trump’s order violates the Constitution’s equal protection guarantees. Moreover, back in November, U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis, a George H.W. Bush nominee, ruled that the administration can’t stop taxpayer funding for sex-reassignment surgery for these military members.
The Pentagon announced Monday it will comply with all the court rulings. However, Maj. David Eastburn, a DOD spokesman, told the Associated Press “that the new guidelines mean the Pentagon can disqualify potential recruits with gender dysphoria, a history of medical treatments associated with gender transition and those who underwent reconstruction. But such recruits are allowed in if a medical provider certifies they’ve been clinically stable in their preferred sex for 18 months and are free of significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas.”
The whole point of this debate is that transgendered individuals are by definition not clinically stable or free of significant distress. Indeed, gender dysphoria is still classified as a mental disorder according to the World Health Organization. And as we’ve discussed before when it comes to traitor Bradley Manning, transgendered people are at a drastically higher risk of suicide attempts than the general population. How does that serve military readiness? How does outfitting mentally ill people with military weaponry uphold constitutional equal protection? This is why wearing a black robe in a courtroom does not qualify one to set military standards.
In the first such analysis, Treasury says tax-cut plan will more than pay for itself, add $300 billion in revenue (The Washington Times)
Fewer blacks, Hispanics go jobless under Trump (The Daily Signal)
Wife of demoted DOJ official worked for firm behind anti-Trump dossier (Fox News)
CNN walks back Jeff Sessions-Russia bombshell (The Daily Caller)
Women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct speak out (Of all places, NBC News)
5 Democrat senators call on Trump to resign over misconduct allegations (Politico)
Roy Moore, Doug Jones set to face off in Alabama Senate election (ABC News)
Two companies that sold fetal body parts for profit have been put out of business (National Review)
Illegal immigrant found guilty in murder of family of five in San Francisco (Fox News)
Humor: ISIS holds caliphate-wide safety stand-down after botched NYC terror attack (Duffel Blog)
Policy: How affirmative action hurts Asian-Americans in college admissions (The Daily Signal)
Policy: The state of President Trump’s deregulation efforts (American Enterprise Institute)
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MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST
- Litigation — Ecofascists’ New Weapon Against Dissent — In the age of litigiousness, why rebut when you can simply sue? That’s the alarming philosophy adopted by the Left.
- Hate Crime Hoax Hits U.S. Navy — A sailor posted pictures of racist slurs in his rack aboard a carrier, but the Navy found he did it himself.
- Video: Social Security Won’t Give You Security — Even if it weren’t going broke, it couldn’t possibly cover the cost of a decent retirement.
BEST OF RIGHT OPINION
- Stephen Moore: Four Ways to Improve the Tax Bill
- Rich Lowry: Too Anti-Trump to Check
- Cal Thomas: No King but Caesar
- James Shott: When the Rights of One Person Conflict With the Rights of Another
- Tony Perkins: GLAAD’s Tidings Grate Joy
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.
OPINION IN BRIEF
Gary Bauer: “Two weeks ago, the Islamic State threatened a terrorist attack against New York City. ISIS supporters posted a picture of Times Square with the caption, ‘We meet at Christmas in New York … soon.’ Yesterday, Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old wannabe suicide bomber, attempted to make good on that threat. … This bombing comes just six weeks after Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov murdered eight people in New York City with a rented truck. Saipov was in the country thanks to the ‘diversity visa lottery.’ Let me repeat: The worst thing that can happen today is if they Mirandize this jihadist and tell him he has a right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. … Speaking of enemies, the Investigative Project on Terrorism reports that Sheikh Ramadan Elsabagh did not react well to President Trump’s formal recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The imam posted a prayer Thursday on his Facebook page calling on Allah to ‘destroy the Zionists and their allies.’ What makes Imam Elsabagh’s prayer particularly noteworthy is that his mosque is not in Gaza but in Garland, Texas. California. South Carolina. Tennessee. Texas. How many radical imams are preaching such hatred in America? How many more Saipovs and Ullahs must we endure?”
Insight: “It is clear that thought is not free if the profession of certain opinions make it impossible to earn a living.” —Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
Friendly fire, part I: “It is imperative for Americans to remain focused on our priorities and not give way to side shows and antics. I know that Alabamans need an independent voice in Washington. But we must also insist that our representatives are dignified, decent and respectful of the values we hold dear. I encourage you to take a stand for our core principles and for what is right. These critical times require us to come together to reject bigotry, sexism and intolerance.” —Condoleezza Rice opposing Roy Moore
Friendly fire, part II: “I couldn’t vote for Roy Moore. The state of Alabama deserves better.” —Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-AL)
Just like we predicted: “President Trump has committed assault … and he should be fully investigated and he should resign.” —Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Braying Jenny: “Whether we realize it or not, most men hate women.” —Sally Kohn
Non Compos Mentis: “Former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner told a federal court last week that there’s ‘no legitimate’ reason why the public should see her testimony about her role in tea party targeting, pleading with a judge to keep her deposition permanently sealed. Ms. Lerner and her former chief lieutenant, Holly Paz, have said they faced death threats in the past, and say they fear any more attention to their behavior would spur a new round of harassment. They said there’s ‘exceedingly low’ public interest in having their depositions released, and they said tea party groups are pushing for disclosure out of ‘spite.’” —The Washington Times
Broken clock… “It’s true, we’ve NEVER had a president like Trump — he actually keeps his promises. No wonder the liberal media can’t stand him.” —Piers Morgan
And last… “The thing about conceal carry is it’s completely useless to criminals. It’s not like you can rob a liquor store and go, ‘Oh. It’s okay. I have a permit.’” —Frank Fleming
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