Monday, October 02, 2017

Oklahoma multiculturalist convicted of murder in beheading case

An Oklahoma man who had converted to Islam was convicted of murder on Friday in the case of a female co-worker who was beheaded three years ago, after the jury rejected his plea of insanity, local media reported.

A jury also found Alton Nolen, 33, guilty of assault crimes after less than two hours of deliberation in Cleveland County criminal court, the Oklahoman newspaper reported.

Nolan had been suspended from his job at a food distribution plant in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, when he carried out the attack on co-workers in September, 2014.

He grabbed Colleen Hufford, 54, from behind and cut her across the throat with a large knife at Vaughan Foods plant in Moore, police said.

He also wounded co-worker Traci Johnson, who survived. The carnage ended when Nolan was shot inside the warehouse by a company executive.

After his arrest, Nolen confessed to investigators, telling them in a recording that he felt oppressed, the Oklahoman newspaper reported.

“You know all I was doing was ... what I was supposed to do as a Muslim,” he said in the recording, which was played for jurors, according to the Oklahoman.

His attorneys asked jurors to find their client not guilty by reason of insanity, the Oklahoman reported, as the lawyers said Nolen had constructed his own religion out of conflicting beliefs.

Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty in the penalty phase of the trial, scheduled to begin next week.

“I‘m definitely pleased with the outcome thus far,” Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn told reporters after the verdict. “Justice for Colleen is what we’re all wanting.”

Nolen has said that he wants to be executed.

In October 2015, a Cleveland County judge dismissed claims that Nolen was mentally impaired and declared him competent to stand trial.


Tim Allen Isn't Welcome in ABC's Sanctuary Network

"There is nothing more dangerous, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative character." 

The last time we heard from ABC, the network was canceling one of its most popular shows — “Last Man Standing” — because the star of the show, Tim Allen, is a little too conservative in the Age of Trump. Allen joked in March, “You’ve got to be real careful around [Hollywood]. You get beat up if [you] don’t believe what everybody believes. This is like ‘30s Germany.” That was more than enough for the corporate ax to fall on his hit show. The sitcom, by the way, averaged 8.3 million viewers on Friday night in its last season.

Months later, Allen is still understandably miffed. He said this week, “There is nothing more dangerous, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative character.” In fact, “[ABC] couldn’t have handled this worse,” he insisted. “Second biggest show. [ABC] hadn’t won a Friday night in 15 years. They put us out to pasture on Friday and we won Friday. Big night for us. Big night for them.” Not good enough for a leftist network.

So what will replace “Last Man Standing”? It may not happen in the same time slot, but “Sanctuary Family” has been given the greenlight. You don’t have to wonder what it’s about — the title says it all. A married couple welcomes their illegal alien nanny and her family to live with them. It’s tough on the families, but ABC’s description gushes that “the differences both families have aren’t as significant as their similarities.” “Sanctuary Family” will join similar-themed shows on CBS, Fox and CW.

Let’s get two things straight. First, many illegals who come to America do work hard and do what’s best for their families. Our convoluted immigration system doesn’t always help matters. Second, that said, this new wave of shows is little more than leftist propaganda. It’s one thing to discuss the merits of one policy or another and to understand the human angle, but it’s something else to fill television with sympathetic characters so audiences develop emotional connections that then influence policy and voting preferences. That’s Hollywood’s true goal — propaganda for the Democrat Party. It is indoctrination through entertainment. And it’s why Tim Allen no longer has a place in ABC’s lineup.

Meanwhile, many American will just keep tuning out of the garbage coming out of Hollywood.


Beating the Left at Its Own Game

For a variety of reasons, President Donald Trump is a problematic individual. Yet singlehandedly, he has managed to do the one thing that both enrages and terrifies American leftists and their corrupt enablers:

Last Friday during a speech in Alabama, Trump changed The Narrative.

For a year, the NFL took its cues from an addle-brained Pied Piper known as Colin Kaepernick, who initiated taking a knee to protest what he called the "systematic oppression" of minorities. During an Aug. 28, 2016, press conference Kaepernick went even further. "There's a lot of things that need to change," he lectured. "One specifically? Police brutality. There's people being murdered unjustly and [police are] not being held accountable. People are being given paid leave for killing people."

What was the genesis of that assertion? The media-driven Narrative emerging from Ferguson that an innocent Michael Brown, holding his hands in the air, was murdered by police officer Darren Wilson. And despite all evidence to the contrary, "Hands Up Don't Shoot" gave the American Left the slogan it needed to fuel the divide-and-conquer identity politics that forms the heart of progressive ideology.

That Kaepernick showed up at another interview wearing a T-shirt replete with photos from a 1960 meeting between Malcolm X and Fidel Castro, and expressed support for one of the 20th century's foremost oppressors? Or that he showed up for practice wearing socks with pictures of pigs dressed like police officers?

None of it mattered to the social justice warriors any more than the inconvenient reality that police officers were not killing black Americans at a rate any higher than whites. Harvard Professor Roland Fryer, a black American who was sure his 2016 study would reveal otherwise, called it "the most surprising result of my career."

Far less surprising? In 2016, police fatally shot 233 blacks, the vast majority of whom were armed and dangerous. That same year, a staggering 7,881 black Americans were murdered — mostly by their fellow black Americans. Police brutality? In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male killed by a police officer. And in the last 10 years, black males have comprised 42% of all cop-killers, despite representing only 6% of the nation's population.

None of it matters. The Left has its agenda, the centerpiece of which is that America is an inherently racist and oppressive nation in need of "fundamental change." Change that now requires a steady barrage of reminders in every aspect of life, even those that ought to be sanctuaries from politics.

As night follows day, hypocrisy abounds. The same NFL Commissioner Roger Goodall that now champions thoughtful dissent is the one who refused to allow Dallas Cowboy players to wear a decal on their helmets commemorating the murder of five Dallas police officers, killed while working to protect people at an organized protest of police brutality. Thirteen years ago the league forced Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer to remove a "40" decal on the back of his helmet that was a tribute to Pat Tillman, an NFLer who quit in his prime to join the Army Rangers and gave his life defending our country. The league even threatened to fine players who commemorated the victims of 9/11 before backing down. And as Jacobson further reminds us, Tim Tebow "was viciously attacked and mocked by the professional media when he took a knee for prayer, yet NFL players are lionized in that same media for taking a knee while the National Anthem is played."

In other words, some "principled" stands are more equal than others.

That goes double for the media. Outlets comfortable with branding Trump as a racist were equally comfortable colluding to suppress stories about Barack Obama's 20-year relationship with the racist Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The media were also comfortable downplaying or ignoring the reality most Americans believe race relations worsened in the eight years Obama was president.

And in a genuine Ministry of Truth effort, networks that decided to air the anthem protests left out crowd shots of angry fans.

Unlike most Republicans, Trump has the ability to flip the script, much like Ronald Reagan did when he reminded Americans the Soviet Union was an "evil empire" and America was a "shining city on a hill." Reagan eviscerated the American Left's Narrative that communist thugs must be accommodated. In doing so he brought the Soviet empire, well, to its knees.

And just like progressives, Trump understands that repetition is key. Thus he has followed his speech with a series of tweets reminding millions of Americans that the progressive worldview does not have to be considered sacrosanct. In short, if Americans cannot be browbeaten into silent acquiescence, or made to feel guilty — and more important, if Trump cannot be successfully painted as the nation's divider in chief — the Left is staring at the edge of the abyss.

That's the real reason the overwhelming majority of anger has been directed at Trump, not his supporters. The Left is keenly aware he is the most forceful anti-Narrative champion a long-suffering Middle America has seen in decades. And not just with regard to football and other sports. Trump has flipped a plethora of progressive Narratives, including the ideas that Hillary was a shoo-in, half of America are "deplorables" who "cling to guns God and religion," the mainstream media is unbiased, and progressives are the most open-minded and tolerant people in the nation.

And the more celebrity players who make millions for playing a game, and owners who often get taxpayer-subsidized stadiums to play them in, choose to pretend they are victims of an unwarranted assault on their constitutional rights, the more Middle America will begin to realize what this fight is really all about:

"It no longer is about kneeling at the start of football games," explains columnist Dov Fischer. "Rather, it is about the soul of America."

It is a soul long-stained by "the progressive attempt to undermine all shared public institutions by turning them into left-wing megaphones and in the process condoning the use of violence, obscenity, and racialism," as historian Victor Davis Hanson aptly describes it.

A Remington Research Group survey reveals that 64% of Americans believe NFL players should stand and respect the National Anthem. And ratings are down another 11% compared to 2016. Thus, despite every effort by the media to frame the argument as one of racism and police brutality, Trump has successfully reframed the argument as one of respect and patriotism. In doing so, he has revealed that the decades-long progressive assumption they could always frame The Narrative to their advantage is no longer a given.

Nothing terrifies the American Left more than that.


Australian Federal Police launches a new recruitment drive – but only WOMEN can apply

What a howl there would be if the advertisement were "men only".  Why must people be hired on the basis of what they have between their legs?

Men wishing to join the Australian Federal Police need not apply - for the next few months at least. The AFP's Acting Commissioner Leanne Close is hoping 1,000 women apply to become federal police officers during the next recruitment round.

But she argued the exclusion of men, as part of the force's first-ever women's-only recruitment round, was not sexist with women making up just 22 per cent of sworn AFP officers.

'What we are not doing is recruiting enough women to reach the targets that we want by 2021 … so we are actively marketing out there to really target those women who would be keen for a great, challenging and really diverse career,' she told a graduation ceremony attended by the ABC.

The AFP wants female representation to jump to 35 per cent by 2021 and is working to employ 600 more women during the next four years.

The women's-only recruitment round, from now until Christmas, will relate to entry-level positions.

The AFP told the ABC women made up just one-third of its staff and a quarter of senior leaders. 

The gender-biased recruitment policy was announced on Thursday the AFP's latest graduation round, of which more than half were women.

Australia has only had one female police commissioner, with Christine Nixon leading Victoria's police force from 2001 to 2009. The senior police commander came under fire in 2010 when a royal commission into the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires found out she was having dinner during a disaster that killed 173 people.



Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the  incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.

American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of  other countries.  The only real difference, however, is how much power they have.  In America, their power is limited by democracy.  To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already  very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges.  They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did:  None.  So look to the colleges to see  what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way.  It would be a dictatorship.

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