But don’t you dare jump to conclusions!
French authorities say that 13 people were injured Sunday when a driver deliberately slammed his car into crowds in several locations around the city of Dijon in eastern France, amid reports that the driver was heard shouting “God is great!” in Arabic.
Sky News reported that witnesses also heard the driver shouting that he was acting on behalf of “the children of Palestine” during the rampage, which lasted approximately 30 minutes. Two of the injuries were described as serious, though no further details were immediately available.
The Interior Ministry told the Associated Press that the driver in Sunday’s car attack, a 40-year-old driving a Renault Clio, was known to police for minor offenses in the 1990s. Eric Delzant, a local police official, told Europe 1 radio the driver, who was detained, suffered from psychological problems.
French officials Monday cautioned against jumping to conclusions about the attacker or his motives. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that the investigation in Dijon was just beginning. […]
The Sunday night rampage came a day after a knife attack on police in the town of Joue-les-Tours in central France that counter-terrorist police are investigating. In that incident, two police officers were seriously injured and the 20-year-old attacker was killed, according to the ministry. Anti-terrorism police are involved in the investigation, and Sky reported that police suspect the attack was motivated by radical Islam. Cazeneuve described the station attack as “very unstable” in an interview with television station TF1.
It was not immediately clear whether the two weekend incidents were connected.
The Islamic State group and other terrorist organizations have repeatedly called for attacks against France, notably because of the French military’s participation in U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq. Some extremists have specifically suggested that anyone angry at the French government could use weapons easily at hand — such as cars or knives — to stage “lone wolf” attacks.
Approval drops to 15%
It’s no secret that President Obama has been an unpopular commander-in-chief with servicemen and -women for a while.
But now, his approval rating among active-duty members of the U.S. military has fallen to an all-time low of just 15 percent, The Military Times reports:
“Obama’s popularity — never high to begin with — has crumbled, falling from 35 percent in 2009 to just 15 percent this year, while his disapproval ratings have increased to 55 percent from 40 percent over that time.”
Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead — execution style — as they sat in their marked police car on a Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, street corner.
According to preliminary reports, both officers were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill when they were shot point-blank by a single gunman who approached their car at the corner of Myrtle and Tompkins avenues.
“It’s an execution,” one law enforcement source told The Post of the 3 p.m. shooting.
The gunman just started “pumping bullets” into the patrol car, another source said.
The suspected gunman fled to a nearby subway station at Myrtle and Willoughby avenues, where he was fatally shot. Preliminary reports were unclear on whether he was shot by police or his own hand.
“They engaged the guy and he did himself,” one investigator said.
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) December 21, 2014
via British news media:
George W. Bush is nothing if not a good sport.
And in no better way was that illustrated when the former President donned a Santa suit for a hospital visit in Dallas.
The 68-year-old was handing out toys at the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas to patients who have to spend Christmas at the facility.
The family that posted the picture of Bush to Facebook lost one of their twin daughters earlier this year to a heart disease called restrictive cardomyopathy.
‘Guess who just came and gave Emily a Christmas present dressed in a Santa suit with Secret Service and all?!?!?………. Pres. George Bush,’ mom Natalie Smith posted to Facebook on December 16.
Her daughter, Shayde, died in January.
Her surviving daughter, Emily, has undergone a heart replacement, but is constantly in and out of hospital as her body rejects the organ.
The family have been raising money for Emily’s medical expenses on GoFundMe.
There were reports on Twitter that Bush’s secret service detail dressed as elves to accompany him.
— Sarah Stevenson (@sarahrstevenson) December 20, 2014
Now there is an actual “good man.”
From the transcript
George Santayana wrote, “In every generation we face a barbarian threat in our own children.” Not a threat TO our children. A threat FROM our children.
From the rioters on the street stealing car rims under the Progressively-sanctioned cover of so-called social justice; to inhuman attention-junkies who are perfectly happy to ruin the lives of people they perceive as political enemies, knowing full well they are innocent; through Leftist college professors who teach them that the truth and the law do not matter so long as the Progressive goals of identity politics are advanced; and right on up to the President and Attorney General, who use IRS intimidation of political enemies and simply dictate laws they cannot get passed – Progressivism is a philosophy of lawlessness, disregard for truth, contempt for individual lives and individual freedom. It is utter, total barbarism.
Obama takes his last day before winging off to a Hawaiian vacation until next year to lecture Sony
The rare presidential criticism of a major corporation was leveled at Mr. Obama’s final news conference of the year on Friday.
Earlier on Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation publicly blamed the North Korean government for an online attack that erased Sony ’s data, leaked embarrassing emails and culminated in a threat of violence to theaters that showed Sony’s “The Interview,’’ a comedy about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
After the threat, major theater chains decided not to show the film, and then Sony pulled it entirely.
Mr. Obama said he sympathized with Sony’s plight, but added, “I think they made a mistake.’’ He also said executives should have checked with him before canceling the movie’s release.
Nothing, it can be noted, in Obama’s lecture indicated anything about holding North Korea responsible beyond a vague “We will respond proportionally“. Indeed, Barry decided to use the opportunity to blame Teh Internets itself
“More broadly, though, this points to the need for us to work with the international community to start setting up some very clear rules of the road in terms of how the Internet and cyber operates. Right now, it’s sort of the Wild West.”
There is no problem in the world that cannot be solved except by MORE GOVERNMENT!
If that wasn’t enough, the most ironic remarks
“We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States. Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary that they don’t like or news reports that they don’t like. Or even worse, imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self-censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities of somebody whose sensibilities probably need to be offended.”
Imagine? Imagine? Where Obama’s Administration has made the use of Fed agencies against his enemies ubiquitous? Where the Left has demanded people be fired for legal political activity? Or for blogging while conservative? The attempts at intimidation towards George Will? or Ayann Hirsi Ali?
Just who has to imagine?
It’s the Hundred Flowers Campaign all the way down.
Jack Davis, the legendary Mad magazine illustrator and movie poster artist, is finally hanging up his pencils.
It’s not that the iconic 90-year-old cartoonist can’t draw anymore—he just can’t meet his own standards. “I’m not satisfied with the work,” Davis says by phone from his rural Georgia home. “I can still draw, but I just can’t draw like I used to.”
Davis has probably spent more time in America’s living rooms than anyone. Mad was a million-seller when Davis was on the mag, and when he was doing TV Guide covers in the 1970s, the publication boasted a circulation of over 20 million. Yet, Davis is largely unaware of his massive cultural significance. “I never really thought about that, but I guess I’m very blessed,” he says. “I’ve been very lucky.”
Whereas Norman Rockwell’s images represented Americana of the 1940s and ’50s with his Boy Scouts and pigtailed girls, Davis’ work epitomized the ’60s and ’70s—the smirking, sardonic face of the emerging counterculture. By the time the Beats and the Hippies (who came of age reading Davis cartoons) took over, he was doing movie posters for Woody Allen’s Bananas, The Long Goodbye, American Graffiti, and others [note: one of those others was the original Bad News Bears, an original one-sheet of which I have a framed copy – ed.]
“Jack Davis is probably the most versatile artist ever to work the worlds of comic books, illustration, or movie poster art,” Scott Dunbier, a former art dealer and current director of special projects at comic book publisher IDW. “He can work in a humorous style or deadly serious style, historical or modern, anything. His work transcends that of almost any other cartoonist.”
A great talent who, along with Mort Drucker, George Woodbridge, and Paul Rickard, taught me to draw as a youngster. His work is most certainly iconic — and for those of us who grew up during the 70s, indisputably unforgettable, as well.
King Barry will not be amused
A federal judge has found parts of President Obama’s new deportation amnesty to be unconstitutional, issuing a scathing memo Tuesday accusing him of usurping Congress’s power to make laws, and dismantling most of the White House’s legal reasoning for circumventing Congress.
Judge Arthur J. Schwab, sitting in the western district of Pennsylvania, said presidents do have powers to use discretion in deciding how to enforce the law, but said Mr. Obama’s new policy goes well beyond that, setting up a full system for granting legal protections to broad groups of individuals. He said Mr. Obama writing laws — a power that’s reserved for Congress, not the president.
“President Obama’s unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the United States Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause, and therefore is unconstitutional,” Judge Schwab wrote.
The judge also said the policy allows illegal immigrants “to obtain substantive rights.”
I hope Judge Schwab has his taxes in order.