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Joe Biden Says He Supports the House Beginning Impeachment Procedures On President Trump

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Yesterday, former Vice President Joe Biden announced he was running for the Democrat nomination to take on Donald Trump in 2020. This morning he was on Good Morning America. The subject of impeachment came up.

There are elements of the report … about seven or eight things that are left undone, he was not within his purview to investigate, he thought. The Congress is attempting to take that up.

If in fact they block the investigation, they have no alternative but to go to the only other constitutional resort they have, [which] is impeachment. But my job, in the meantime, is to make sure he’s not back as president of the United States.

Right now it is pretty obvious that the administration is not going to cooperate with any of the House Democrat investigations. And they shouldn’t. This is not a conflict between two equal branches of government (the term “co-equal” really chaps my ass, what does that even mean?), this is a conflict between the Executive and a handful of House Democrats. President Trump is under no moral or ethical obligation to indulge their little jihad. Whether or not he has a legal obligation to humor them remains to be seen…and the answer to that question will not be apparent until after November 3, 2020.

To a great extent Biden did the Democrat leadership in the House no favors. After Mueller returned a finding that no one in the Trump campaign sought or accepted help from the Russian government and the empirical finding that the Russian interference was not sufficient to change votes (particularly votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin), the Democrats are left with “obstruction.” Their investigations are focused on creating a drumbeat of scandal that increases in volume the closer we get to the 2020 election. They know, and the public is telling them, that no one is interested in impeaching President Trump for merely being angry about the investigation and because of that Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer have been trying to tamp down impeachment talk. But impeachment is very popular with the Democrat’s radical twitterati base and with a handful of far left members of Congress from very safe, deep Blue districts.

Talking up impeachment is just going to make Pelosi’s job all that much harder and it is going to sharpen the divide between Democrats who won Pink-to-Purple districts in 2018 and their Bolsheik brethren.

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Why Is CNN Spouting Russia’s Propaganda About Venezuela

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Right now the protests against the illegal Maduro regime in Venezuela are entering a critical phase. Thousands have taken to the streets of Caracas, demonstrators are being run down in the street by police armored vehicles, and fences around military bases are being breached.

Let’s be clear, the legitimate government of Venezuela is not the Maduro regime. The United States and at least 50 other nations, including the Organization of American States, recognize Juan Guaido as the legitimate leader of the government.

Even Dick Turban has gotten on board:

Regional powerhouses Brazil and Argentina have weighed in on the uprising by the Venezuelan people in very unambiguous terms.

The only outliers are Russia and China.

For whatever reason, CNN has elected to parrot Russia’s propaganda

That’s right. To most of the western world, Maduro is an illegitimate usurper under popular pressure to leave power. To CNN, this is a coup, and they quote Cuba’s Jefe to make their case:

This type of reporting, unfortunately, is par for the course for CNN. Rather than journalism, they deal in whatever propaganda that they think will aid the political opponents of the administration. They spent over two and a half years trying to convince their audience that Russia had elected President Trump. They they turn right around a repeat Moscow’s talking points when the Venezuelan people, with the support of the administration, are about to throw off Maduro’s oppressive government.

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Obama Bro Ben Rhodes Is Still Lying About White House Involvement in Trump-Russia Investigation

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President Barack Obama, third from right, listens during a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Paris, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. The leaders discussed the continuing crisis in Syria, and the fight against the Islamic State group. From left, Charles Kupchan, Senior Director for European Affairs, Brian Deese, Senior Advisor, Secretary of State John Kerry, Obama, Susan Rice, National Security Advisor, and Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Ben Rhodes has a rather tattered history with the truth and that doesn’t appear to be changing.

As part of the “scandal free” Obama White House, he got caught in multiple lies, including about the Benghazi attack, vetting Syrian refugees, and of course his “echo chamber” he created to feed false propaganda to the media. The media were of course happy to be used as pawns, as even after Rhodes publicly admitted to duping them (and joked of their ignorance), they still defend him and the Obama administration vigorously to this day. It must be nice to be a Democrat.

Rhodes did a new interview at Georgetown University and he was asked about many of the issues surrounding the Trump-Russia campaign, including it’s origins.

He had this to say.

“No, no, I cannot be clear enough about this. We didn’t even know there was an FBI investigation of Trump. I didn’t. President Obama didn’t, like, we actually abided by the firewalls between – if there were any investigations that took place, those decisions were made in the Justice Department, in the FBI, not in the White House,”

“They will find nothing that suggests there was any political or White House involvement in any of that. Literally, I learned about the FBI investigation of Trump as a private citizen in the frickin’ Washington Post. So, you have to understand, we actually abided by the longstanding practice of the White House not getting involved in that kind of stuff,” he added.

He would go on to call any investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia hoax a “waste of time.”

There’s a problem though. He’s lying. 

How do we know? Because it’s already been proven that the Obama White House was not only aware of the investigation, they were involved at the highest levels.

While Rhodes maintains the Obama administration’s innocence, unredacted copies of text messages suggest otherwise. Former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page served on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation when their anti-Trump text messageswere leaked. “The White House is running this,” one text read.

It doesn’t get any clearer than that. It’s also beyond belief to think that the Brennan, Clapper, etc. weren’t briefing the President on this stuff given how invested they were in it.

Why would Rhodes lie about their knowledge at this point? The simple answer is that they know a compliant media will dutifully believe it and report it as truth, just as they did with his Iran deal nonsense.

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FBI Investigating Plot By Antifa To Buy Guns & Stage Armed Rebellion At Border

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David Reaboi with the Security Studies Group said it best on Twitter Tuesday morning:

The story, which, as Reaboi implies, is somewhat difficult to find outside this report from The Daily Caller, is a tale of violent protestors — Antifa — seeking ways to take their outrage to the next level by purchasing guns from a Mexican cartel and staging an armed protest at the southern border.

According to documents obtained by The Chicago Tribune and dating back to December 2018, “militant antifa activists [were] planning to ‘disrupt security operations’ at the U.S.-Mexico border. The group allegedly planned to buy guns from a Mexican cartel associate known as Cobra Commander, in order to ‘stage an armed rebellion at the border.’”

The source who provided it to the San Diego Tribune asked the outlet not to publish the six-page document because the investigation is ongoing, and the outlet cited two additional law enforcement officials who confirmed the news. The FBI has warned dozens of law enforcement agencies in both Mexico and the United States of the alleged plot.

Two of the men named in the report told the San Diego Tribune the allegations are absurd.

“It doesn’t make any sense that someone from the United States would purchase guns in Mexico,” Ivan Reibeling, the man known as Cobra Commander, told the outlet. “And the Hondurans certainly didn’t bring money to buy guns. It doesn’t make any sense; in fact it’s extremely absurd to say the Hondurans wanted to attack the United States at the border.

While Mr. Cobra Commander is entitled to his narrative that it doesn’t make sense for Antifa members to purchase guns in Mexico, he’s quite obviously not familiar with Antifa’s antics over the last several years. Almost nothing they’ve done makes sense.

Additionally, the shift to the claim Honduran migrants may have been a part of the plan factors into what Task & Purpose’s report on the story (one of the only other outlets I could find covering it) says is explicitly contained in the FBI report: this is what federal agents were worried about when they began tracking the movements of, and compiling dossiers on, journalists and activists at the border.

When federal law enforcement officials last year began collecting dossiers on mostly American journalists, activists and lawyers in Tijuana involved with the migrant caravan, one part of their investigation focused on an alleged plot by a drug cartel to sell guns to protesters, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation report.

A few names included in the FBI report overlap with names included in a secret database of people being monitored by Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations, originally reported by NBC San Diego and Telemundo 20.

In March, it was discovered that Customs and Border Protection had compiled lists of people it wanted to stop for questioning at the border. Agents questioned or arrested at least 21 of them, according to documents obtained by NBC San Diego. On that list, Reibeling is described as an “instigator,” and [Evan] Duke’s name and picture is also included.

CBP said the names on the list are people who were present when violence broke out at the Tijuana border in November and January, when agents deployed tear gas.

The FBI report states that Reibeling and Duke  — who claim not to have worked together — were procuring weapons, encouraging migrants to bring weapons with them to the border, and setting up training camps that would ultimately become “community defense militias, also known as autodensas.”

“Organizers planned for the camps to be used as staging platforms from which five person units would form to train anarchists in fighting, combat, and conducting reconnaissance, and then launch to disrupt U.S. government operations along the border,” the report states.

Reibeling, who has long rap sheets in both the US and Mexico, admits to having associates within Mexican cartel ranks, but denies being a cartel member himself. While Duke has expressed a dislike of Reibeling and said he was warned not to associate with him. Duke also said it’s possible federal authorities are acting on information provided to them from right-wing conspiracy groups.

However, a house Duke rented with other activists in Tijuana was said to be guarded by armed men.

Despite the protestations from Reibeling and Duke, the FBI apparently considered their report to be credible. They sent it with “priority” to the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Administration, among other agencies.

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Environmentalism Leads to Britain Auctioning Off McDonalds Straws

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Who would pay $1,000 for a plastic straw? The Brits are possibly that desperate.

As some fast food chains have taken up the cause to have plastic straws considered contraband some citizens from the British Empire are offering the desired drinking implements up for sale.

We have become fully accustomed to environmental demands leading to unintended consequences. This is frequently due to calls for action without thinking through the process that is being demanded. This has done little to stem the implementation of garbage policies as a result of demands rooted in junk science.

Over in Great Britain they have been enduring a similar activist outrage about the perceived scourge that is plastic straws that we have been witness to here in the States. Recently we saw that, for reasons few could explain, one group wants to ban plastic straws from emojis. The concern about these purportedly environment-eradicating drinking aids has crossed the polluted Atlantic Ocean, and now the Brits are absorbing a similar idiotic call for action.

Given the tendency of the English towards capitulation the screeching has led to reactions. Ahead of the state government working on a plastic straw ban the McDonalds fast food chain last summer announced it would be enforcing its own removal program of the extruded cylindrical inhalation apparatus in its British restaurants. The company decided it would be opting to replace them with paper straws in its locations.

As a result on eBay a number of auctions have sprouted up, offering what are soon to be novel standard fluid delivery tubes. One such listing has a straw offered up for the head-turning price of one thousand British pounds. This is seemingly done with intent — as part of the listing in the item description is also a plea for viewers to sign a petition to have the straws brought back into stores.

The petition currently stands with tens of thousands of signed, many expressing their dismay with attempting to consume their milkshakes with the paper replacements. The result of the switch leads to a nearly undrinkable condition, requiring either multiple paper straws or resorting to the use of a plastic spoon, which ends up using more plastic as a result. This was seen here in the states as Starbucks boldly announced it would do away with its straws, replacing them with drink lids that have a sippy cup spout using more plastic.

But this novelty auction is hardly a lone example. Multiple listings from Britain can be found on eBay for the deposed potable devices, and some of the bulk product sales are actually receiving bids. Joining in are others who are offering what are promoted as “vintage” McDonalds straws. Many of these are still in the original printed paper wrappers from decades back.

The fervency for these straws may be rooted in a designed phenomenon. One source has claimed that, at least in Japan, the straws have been designed to replicate the sensation of breastfeeding. If true then the food chain should be raising prices on these drinks.

No matter how much the environmental efforts are to mold our existence, as Dr. Ian Malcolm taught us, Life Finds A Way.

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WATCH: Mika and Joe Mock Joe Biden Accuser Lucy Flores, Suggest She’s Delusional

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Joe Biden accuser Lucy Flores, who was the first of seven Democrats to go public in recent weeks with allegations that Biden inappropriately touched them, is not exactly Mika Brzezinski’s favorite person.

Flores penned an opinion piece that appeared in the New York Times on Monday in which she stated she didn’t feel Biden was contrite enough in responding to the allegations against him.

Brzezinski, along with husband Joe Scarborough, jumped to defend Biden this morning in a segment talking about his latest attempts at defending himself, and Flores’s opinion piece.

The Hill reports:

“I can promise you, I know Joe Biden. He went up behind her and took a deep breath because he was about to go on stage,” Brzezinski said during a panel discussion on “Morning Joe.”

“He was going on stage, he took a deep breath before he went on stage and you took it deeply personally, and now you’re writing a New York Times op-ed about it demanding an apology?” she asked, addressing Flores. “This once again is completely ridiculous, and the rest of America thinks it’s ridiculous, too.”

“I’m done. You guys can continue to talk about this, I won’t. I refuse to give it any more time,” the co-host concluded.

Scarborough added:

“If somebody’s uncomfortable with it, they can tell him in real time … but to suggest that there was something malicious in what he was doing, or that he was getting his kicks from doing that? Sorry, there’s about 45 years of public experience that suggests that’s just not true.”

Watch the segment below:

Brzezinski has rushed to defend Biden in a similar manner before. Earlier this month, she suggested that Biden was simply being “extremely flirtatious in a completely safe way” with no ill-intent.

What obnoxious jerks.

As I’ve said previously on this issue, just because one person has had good experiences with someone doesn’t mean the next person has. Your positive anecdotal experiences do not negate someone else’s negative experiences. And while it’s also important to be able to distinguish between inappropriate touching and full-on sexual assault, the fact that one is not as bad as the other doesn’t mean it needs to be dismissed altogether.

It’s also important to note here that Flores and Biden’s other accusers have made it clear they aren’t accusing Biden of sexual assault and don’t think he’s a bad person. They just believe he should apologize for what he’s alleged to have done (and if photos of him in similar situations are any indicator, he’s done these things, folks).

Instead of treating Flores and Biden’s other accusers with respect, Mika, Joe and Biden’s other self-absorbed defenders mock or make light of their stories as if they’re irrelevant and shouldn’t be included as part of the larger conversation.

And to be clear: This is not a “We Must Believe All Women” thing – it just boils down to basic courtesy in listening and acknowledging that someone else’s experiences might have been different from yours.

Mika’s and Joe’s behavior is repulsive and goes contra to everything the MeToo movement was originally supposed to be about: Respecting women, hearing their stories, and holding their abusers accountable.

Shame on them both.

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Eyewitness Describes the Murder of Late Term Abortion Survivors in North Carolina: Babies Were Drowned in Acidic Saline

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As covered by RedState’s Sister Toldjah earlier this month, in North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill designed to protect babies born alive after failed late term abortions.

Take a look, if you will, at testimony given during debate over the legislation.

Representative and former hospital worker Pat McElraft recounted her observations:

“You will hear from opponents of Bill 359 that there is no need for this bill. … I can testify to the fact that infanticide has happened in North Carolina. I’ve been witness to the results of those late-term abortions.…

“There was an abortionist in Jacksonville, North Carolina, who was known nationally for performing late term abortions. We heard of many girls who came from other states to North Carolina — Jacksonville, North Carolina, to have their late-term abortions. Even hitchhiking down from New York, some of them did, to come in…

“Those were the days when saline abortions were performed. The salt content of the saline was so strong that it burned the little baby’s skin.”

Though rarely performed today, saline abortions were commonplace in the 1970s and ’80s.

As reported by LiveAction:

Once committed in the late second and third trimesters, these abortions were done by injecting a caustic saline solution into the uterus. The baby would die over the course of a few hours and then the mother would go through labor to deliver her dead baby. Sometimes the saline failed to kill the baby and the baby was born alive. Melissa Ohden was one child who was born alive after a saline abortion and given care. She is now a mother herself. Gianna Jessen is another saline abortion survivor. Late-term abortions now are done by D&E in which the baby is dismembered in the womb or induction, in which the baby is injected with poison to cause cardiac arrest.

McElraft said babies who were born alive were murdered by drowning:

“Nurses told of stories of the babies that were born alive and [had] been taken by the doctor and turned over with their faces down in the saline to drown. Most of the nurses refused to work with this abortionist. He only did his abortions on the weekends.”

She also described a particularly ghastly sight:

“One day I was on a break, [and] went in to visit with the pathologist in the pathology lab, and I asked him, I said, ‘What are all these little pigs doing in these buckets?’ He told me, ‘Pat, look again.’ And I did. They were perfectly formed little human babies in those buckets. Their skin was even pinker than a normal baby would be, because it had been burned by the saline. Those were the weekend’s abortions.”

Roy Cooper explained his reason for the veto:

“This needless legislation would criminalize doctors and other healthcare providers for a practice that simply does not exist.”

Pat McElraft’s experiences didn’t exist.

Did they not?

Consider this video:

-Alex

 

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Author of Book Entitled ‘Dying of Whiteness’ Warns Us ‘It’s Time To Talk About Being White In America’

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I’ve never thought of whiteness as a malady, something that I’d better take care of – and soon – before it kills me. Jonathan M. Metzl, the author of “Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland,” has penned an op-ed in the Washington Post warning us “it’s time to talk about being white in America” which can be viewed here.

Metzl, who is white, was touting his latest work at a Washington bookstore on Saturday when he was “interrupted by a group of white nationalists.” They paraded through the store chanting, “This land is our land.” He was quite shaken up afterward and sat down to write his op-ed. He began:

For too long, many white Americans have avoided this conversation, and we’ve done so for a reason: We don’t have to see the color white. Race scholars often argue that white privilege broadly means not needing to reflect on whiteness. White is the default setting, the assumed norm. A white American does not have to think about being white when walking down the street — while people marked as not-white are often noticed and surveilled. White people have the superpower of invisibility.

He tells us he has spent eight years studying how “politics of racial resentment have profound negative consequences for working-class white communities.” Imagine spending eight years of your life studying the politics of racial resentment.

During his research, Metzl “saw countless examples of white Americans in the reddest of red counties who were proud of their conservative values but also understood their moral obligation to immigrants and citizens of color. In other words, they were willing to see their privilege and to begin the work of dismantling it.”

He’s even coined a new term, “insecure whiteness,” which he doesn’t quite define. But from his discussion of the “rise of President Trump’s brand of resentment politics” in the preceding paragraph, I think it just means you support Trump.

He ruminates on ways to “reach these voters and wonders what a political appeal to their concerns would even look like.” After all, the 2020 election depends on it.

To refute Trump-style politics, white Americans of conscience have to “see” what their whiteness means. It’s not enough for well-meaning whites to #resist specific policies. They need to contest his very definition of whiteness.

Such a reckoning may not be comfortable. But it is necessary, not just for a more equitable country but also for defeating the politics of racial resentment at the polls.

Interestingly, not once does Metzl consider moderating his position, possibly compromising on any of these issues. He’s trying to find ways to make Trump supporters somehow see the light. We’re the ones who are flawed and need to do the work. What a condescending, spineless, arrogant little urchin.

Then, as Obama often did, he presents us with straw men. Metzl writes:

My research suggests that constantly blaming “others” masks ways that the GOP platform depends on rendering even its working-class white supporters expendable. White Americans are literally dying from Trump’s brand of identity politics. But if whiteness is sick, what’s the cure?

The cure would be to open our hearts to illegal immigrants, hand over our guns to the government and support increased funding for education, transit and health-care delivery systems.

He continues:

That’s the dilemma facing white Americans who recoil from Trump’s cruel politics — and Democratic politicians who wish to speak to conservative white voters. They, too, are often hampered by not seeing whiteness. What’s needed is a language to promote different ways of being white.

And finally, he presents his solution:

Equitable societies are healthier for everyone, and alliances among groups with common socioeconomic interests (rather than identities) are more successful in achieving shared objectives. A white Kansan has more in common with his Hispanic neighbor than with a white Tennessean.

Everything he’s written is a smokescreen. He wants to sell books and to guilt us into voting Democratic next year.

I think I’ll stick with my insecure whiteness, thanks.

Here are some of the responses to Metzl’s op-ed:

 

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition to Feature Hijabs and Burkinis

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This is sure to help sales.

Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition, once a staple of American culture, has been floundering the past few years as the magazine loses subscribers overall. Last year, they tried to capitalize on the #metoo movement to not much success. A few years before that, they started including plus size models.

Even in their normal editions, the magazine has decided that going “woke” about how they cover sports issues is the path forward. They were big on pushing Caitlyn Jenner. This has all predictably led to a drop in subscribers and they’ve had to cut back to only printing a bi-weekly issue now.

But hey, being woke is a tough job and they are committed. So what’s the next logical step?

Putting Muslim women in hijabs and full body “burkinis” in the Swimsuit Edition of course.

This obviously got the left wing media really excited.

I’m not sure I’d call glorifying a symbol of oppression around the globe as “breaking boundaries,” but hey, whatever. The only place the hijab represents freedom is in Muslim countries when women take them off under threat of persecution. In western countries, it’s just another accessory that someone can choose to wear or not. Women that choose to should have the right respected but the glorification of something that’s physically forced on so many abused women across the globe is a little weird.

Look, it’s their magazine and they can do what they want. People also have the right to react as they want. The entire point of the Swimsuit Edition, whether they want to admit it or not, is for a bunch of guys to ogle women in scantily clad clothing. Trying to pretend it’s anything more than that by putting women in full body suits and hijabs on the pages is just delusion on the part of the publishers.

People that buy this stuff don’t want to see burkinis and plus size models. That’s just the reality, even if that offends the sensibilities of some.

The truth is, in today’s culture, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is a relic of the past. Their desperation to remain relevant is palpable and this is obviously a Hail Mary attempt to try to garner some of the sweet, sweet woke cash that flows in when a business does something inter-sectional. The problem is that most sports fans are men who are generally more moderate or conservative in their politics. Your average avocado toast wearing hipster isn’t following the NFL or going to a Braves game.

While this move will garner a few headlines and maybe a couple of left-wing subscribers for a month or two, I doubt it does anything to resuscitate what is dying publication in a dying medium.

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A U.S. Vet Who Recently Converted to Islam Was Arrested. His Terrorist Plot: To Puncture Americans’ Organs With 8 Pounds of 3-Inch Nails

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Here’s a strange and startling one.

On Monday, federal officials announced a man was arrested last week for allegedly planning terrorist attacks around Los Angeles.

Interest added: Suspect Mark Domingo is a U.S. Army veteran who recently became a Muslim.

Mark was taken into custody Friday, according to CBS Los Angeles, “after he received what he thought was a bomb but was actually an inert device supplied to him by an undercover law enforcement officer.”

Doh!

As reported by The Washington Times, the 26-year-old posted an online video professing his belief in Islam. The next day, he declared that “America needs another Vegas event.” Therefore, he’d give “them a taste of the terror they gladly spread all over the world.”

There must be — he posted after the March 15th New Zealand mosques massacre, in which 50 people died (here and here) — retribution.

Mark had intended to bring justice, at least in part, via explosives.

By appearance, he was just a regular dude from Reseda — home of Daniel Laruso (see the video below). But as for his noggin, there were bats in the belfry.

And that crap can make ya batsh** crazy.

From the Times:

U.S. Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers said Monday that Mr. Domingo had “wanted to use improvised explosive devices against innocent civilians and he selected components that would make the bombs even more deadly to the victims he targeted.”

As per a 30-page affidavit, in online posts as well as conversations with an FBI source, Mark endorsed violent jihad and a desire to become a martyr.

As targets, he’d been considering the Santa Monica pier, churches, police officers, and Jews.

And there was this, which sounds awfully destructive and painful:

He ultimately planned to detonate an explosive device packed with “several hundred” three-inch nails at a rally scheduled to take place Sunday in Long Beach, California, according to a Justice Department press release. He had purchased 8 pounds to puncture internal organs and gave them to the bomb maker, though the resulting contraption contained only inert materials, authorities said.

WOW.

Mark had fought in Afghanistan.

What a difference craziness makes — I’d like to contrast Mark against another Middle Eastern vet, 51-year-old Oscar Stewart. Please read his very different story here.

Thank goodness Mark’s plans were thwarted. LA is full of a whole lot of people who could get blown up but don’t want to. Mark was a guy who wanted to kill people but didn’t get to. Let’s hope he continues to not get to, as the justice system does whatever it needs to do to ensure as much.

And federal authorities: We hope you’ve got your eyes on all the other Marks of the world. It is a crazy one indeed.

-Alex

 

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