While Wimps Tiptoe Around Using the “I” Word…
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I would think that I was the ultimate cynic, except that I'm too cynical to believe something like that.
Mary Beth Romig, a spokeswoman for the FBI in New Orleans, described the shooting as "strictly an act of street violence in New Orleans," and said there was no indication it was an act of terrorism.So there you have it folks. There was no indication it was an act of terrorism. Well except for the fact that there couldn't have been a financial motive because no money was lost or stolen. There couldn't have been a revenge motive because the victims were random strangers. This couldn't have been the result of an unhinged maniac off his medication because there were three or more involved in this conspiracy to commit mayhem and murder. So what does that leave us with? When I first saw this story I knew two things. One: This was an act of terror. Two: Police would move heaven and earth rather than admit that unavoidable fact.
A new Homeland Security report compares terrorism to “ordinary crime” in metropolitan U.S. cities and omits the radical Islamic factor, instead finding “significant variability in the ideologies motivating terrorist attacks across decades.”
This appears to be part of the Obama Administration’s Muslim outreach effort, which includes hiring a special Homeland Security adviser (Mohamed Elibiary) who supports a radical Islamist theologian and renowned jihadist ideologue. The Obama Justice Department also created a special Muslim Engagement Advisory Group to foster greater communication, collaboration and a new level of respect between law enforcement and Muslim and Arab-American communities.
And, in 2010, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano held secret meetings with radical Arab, Muslim, Sikh and South Asian “community leaders.” Judicial Watch uncovered documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that includes a list of the individuals who participated, including radical leaders such as Imad Hamad, outed as a Hezbollah supporter by attorney and investigative journalist Debbie Schlussel, and extremist Salam Al-Marayati, founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
Considering this cozy relationship, the new DHS terrorism report should come as no surprise. It compares terrorist attacks to “ordinary crime” in large, metropolitan areas which is why the nation’s terrorism “hot spots” are Manhattan, Los Angeles County, Miami-Dade County Florida, San Francisco County and Washington, D.C. As if to downplay the distinct difference between crashing a plane into a high-rise and a mugging, the DHS says “terrorism and ordinary crime occur in many of the same areas.”
In fact, the U.S. Treasury Department makes it very clear that they now regard oil and gas production as a problem. In each of the annual budget proposals they have sent to Congress, the Treasury Department calls for higher taxes on domestic oil gas and coal. Their remarkable reasoning is that unless taxes are raised, it will encourage the overproduction of oil gas and coal! For suffering motorists and families and businesses struggling to pay their energy bills, this is a cruel policy.Sometimes you see something that really sets you off. Today I read that a high-school student in Florida was expelled for setting something off and charged with a felony to boot. My friend that I work with—who possesses the same close-minded and intransigent attitude of the progressive crème de la crème—argued that kids who break the rules should get what's coming to them. He further argued that it doesn't matter that no harm was intended nor harm inflicted...rules are rules. He stated categorically that whether or not someone was hurt the possibility existed for someone to get hurt. I.E. a device which could have inflicted harm was used on school grounds and therefore regardless of whatever safety precautions 16-year-old Kiera Wilmot put in place to ensure the safety of herself and her classmates during her impromptu MacGyver-esque experiment, she should experience the complete and utter consequences of her actions. And in this case the consequences are a one-ton rulebook flung into Kiera's face with all the imperious fury that these pedantic officials in Florida can muster.
It’s very apparent that the real intent is to make oil and gas more expensive in order to make the heavily subsidized, unreliable and costly ”renewable” energy programs they are pushing more cost-competitive. This is the Tonya Harding approach to energy… break your opponent’s kneecap if you can’t win fair and square.
Comparing the CDC numbers to terrorism deaths means:
– You are 35,079 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack. You are 33,842 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist attack.
Wikipedia notes that obesity is a contributing factor in 100,000–400,000 deaths in the United States per year. That makes obesity 5,882 to times 23,528 more likely to kill you than a terrorist. The annual number of deaths in the U.S. due to avoidable medical errors is as high as 100,000. Indeed, one of the world’s leading medical journals – Lancet – reported in 2011:A November, 2010, document from the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services reported that, when in hospital, one in seven beneficiaries of Medicare (the government-sponsored health-care programme for those aged 65 years and older) have complications from medical errors, which contribute to about 180,000 deaths of patients per year.That’s just Medicare beneficiaries, not the entire American public. Scientific American noted in 2009:Preventable medical mistakes and infections are responsible for about 200,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, according to an investigation by the Hearst media corporation.But let’s use the lower – 100,000 – figure. That still means that you are 5,882 times more likely to die from medical error than terrorism.
The CDC says that some 80,000 deaths each year are attributable to excessive alcohol use. So you're 4,706 times more likely to drink yourself to death than die from terrorism.
Wikipedia notes that there were 32,367 automobile accidents in 2011, which means that you are 1,904 times more likely to die from a car accident than from a terrorist attack. As CNN reporter Fareed Zakaria writes this week:Since 9/11, foreign-inspired terrorism has claimed about two dozen lives in the United States. (Meanwhile, more than 100,000 have been killed in gun homicides and more than 400,000 in motor-vehicle accidents.)According to a 2011 CDC report, poisoning from prescription drugs is even more likely to kill you than a car crash. Indeed, the CDC stated in 2011 that – in the majority of states – your prescription meds are more likely to kill you than any other source of injury. So your meds are thousands of times more likely to kill you than Al Qaeda.
If you’re mixing up a cocktail and worried about how drunk you’ll feel after finishing it, you might be closely measuring the amount of liquor that you pour in. But recent research suggests that your choice of mixer—whether regular soda or diet—plays a key role in determining how that alcohol affects your body.The theory that the researchers proposed to explain this heretofore unknown alcohol-magnification-effect was that the human body treated the sugar in the regular soda as food and therefore slowed down the absorption process while allowing the diet soda to flow through unimpeded. Well, they always tell you to eat something before you start drinking so perhaps they have something there. Nevertheless, I'm dubious. You'd think they'd have used plain water to test their hypothesis but there's no evidence that they did so. Is it possible that something more interesting is going on? Is the alcohol and the aspartame in the diet Squirt reacting somehow with the acid in the stomach? Something's going on here and at first glance it seems to be something fairly major.
A new study, published by Cecile Marczinski and Amy Stamates of Northern Kentucky University in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research (ACER), indicates that drinking diet soda with liquor causes breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) to rise more quickly than if the exact same amount of alcohol was mixed with regular soda instead. Among the 16 participants who were tested as part of the experiment, those who’d been given diet soda as a mixer had their BrAC peak at levels 18% higher than those whose drink was mixed with regular soda.