Links for 6-12-2016

  • The Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, called 911 during the attack and pledged allegiance to ISIS, and ISIS claimed responsibility. Mateen had concealed carry and security licenses in Florida, where he worked as a security guard for a company with Department of Homeland Security contracts. A former co-worked characterized him as “unhinged and unstable,” and said he frequently made homophobic and racist comments. The FBI was aware of Mateen and interviewed him three times, but took no action. Mateen took hostages during the attack, and SWAT teams waited three hours (!) to storm the nightclub, which certainly contributed to the death toll: at least 50 people. President Obama made a statement about the attack but did not mention Islam or ISIS once – instead he called for more gun control. John Schindler writes that we’re halfway to losing the war if we can’t name our enemy. Ted Cruz released a statement that includes this:

    It is a time for action. We need a Commander in Chief who will speak the truth, and who will unleash the full force and fury of the American military to utterly destroy ISIS and its affiliates. We need to pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act, so that known ISIS terrorists cannot use U.S. passports to return to America and wage jihad. We need a President who is serious – who will identify the enemy by name and do everything necessary to defeat it.

    The next few days will be sadly predictable. Democrats will try to use this attack to change the subject. As a matter of rigid ideology, far too many Democrats – from Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton – will refuse to utter the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’ They will claim this attack, like they claimed every previous attack, was isolated and had nothing to do with the vicious Islamist theology that is daily waging war on us across the globe. And they will try to exploit this terror attack to undermine the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms of law-abiding Americans.

    Enough is enough. What we need is for every American – Democrat and Republican – to come together, abandon political correctness, and unite in defeating radical Islamic terrorism.

  • Mateen’s father Seddique is an immigrant from Afghanistan who hosts a TV show on an obscure network. On at least one occasion he said approving things about the Afghan Taliban. He also thinks he’s running for president of Afghanistan. Very weird.

  • Police in Santa Monica, California arrested someone who was on his way to a L.A. gay pride parade with three rifles and chemicals that can be used to build an improvised explosive device.

  • Republican state politicians in Alaska are preparing to spend more money on subsidies for people enrolled in the state’s ObamaCare exchange, which is down to one carrier (Blue Cross Blue Shield) that’s preparing to increase premiums by 40%.