Friday, August 18, 2017

Jared Tucker, 43, American Man Among the Missing in Barcelona Attack

Jared Tucker and his wife, Heidi Nunez
An American man is among the missing after yesterday's terrorist attack in Barcelona, according to news sources. Today's article from Daily Mail also summarizes yesterday's events:
San Francisco wife in desperate search for her husband in the wake of the Barcelona terror attack - after he went to find a toilet moments before a van rammed into crowds on Las Ramblas
  • Jared Tucker, 43, was in Las Ramblas area of Barcelona during the terror attack
  • 13 are dead, around 100 wounded after van ploughed through crowds of people
  • Tucker and wife Heidi Nunez were shopping for souvenirs when chaos unfolded
  • She fled the area with a friend unscathed but later returned to try and find him
A San Francisco man who was in the Barcelona tourist district when a terrorist ploughed a van through dozens of bystanders has not been seen since.
Jared Tucker, 43, was in Las Ramblas area with his wife Heidi Nunez when they became separated in the chaos of the attack which left 13 dead and more than 100 injured.
Hours after the first attack, five jihadis in fake suicide vests were shot dead by police after launching a second onslaught in Cambrils, 70 miles from Barcelona.
Tucker's brother-in-law Kalani Kalnui says they were buying souvenirs on the sidewalk when the vehicle came rampaging through the street packed with holidaymakers.
He told ABC News: 'He left, and seconds later she was pushed over into the kiosk and she was disoriented trying to find him. Police evacuated... her from the area.'
Kalnui says Nunez was able to flee the area unscathed but went back to try and find her husband.
Nunez is said to have contacted hospitals, temporary rescue centers and the Red Cross to try and find Tucker.
She was able to get out of the area with the friend they were staying with in Barcelona, who came and picked her up.'
'She's not able to find out information,' Kalnui said. '[Officials] haven't posted anything as far as names who are injured or deceased.'
Spanish officials have said the dead and injured from the attack, in which a jihadi drove a van through crowds of people at 60mph, span 24 different countries.
Police are today hunting for Europe's most wanted man Moussa Oukabir, an 18-year-old Moroccan-born teenager believed to have been the driver.
His brother's ID was used to rent up to three vans, including the one in the attack, but he has since handed himself into police and denied any involvement.
Oukabir fled on foot, but it is unclear if he joined the Cambrils attack which police are now linking to the one in Las Ramblas.
Police believe the terror cell lived in the resort town of Alcanar, 120 miles south of Barcelona, where a house-cum-bomb factory packed with gas canisters was destroyed in an explosion on Wednesday killing one man and injuring another.
Catalonia's interior minister, Joaquim Forn, tells Onda Cero radio that the suspects in Cambrils were driving in an Audi 3 and began plowing down people near the boardwalk.
A police car was damaged and an officer was among the six people injured in the second attack.
Forn says the suspects killed in a subsequent shootout with police were wearing fake bomb belts. He says the belts were very well made, and that authorities only determined they were phony after a controlled explosion.
Seven people including a policeman were injured in Cambrils on the Costa Dorada where the Jihadis' Audi A3 car overturned after ploughing through crowds on the seafront.
The terrorists bailed out clutching knives and were seen smiling and shouting taunts at police who shot them dead in the street at around 1am.
Tourists ran for their lives and hid on the beach or in seafront bars as gunshots rang out around them and holidaymaker Fitzroy Davies, from Wolverhampton, described how police gunned down one of the Cambrils attackers but he got up again and started 'ranting and raving'.
He said: 'He must have been on drugs. He was taunting, smiling, laughing and he carried on walking to the police, and then they gave it to him again, a couple more shots and then he fell to the ground'.
  • 13 are dead and at least 100 are injured after an ISIS jihadi used a white Fiat van as a weapon on Los Ramblas, Barcelona at 4pm yesterday
  • The driver flees the scene after driving at 60mph along 500 yards of road swerving to hit men, women and children including dozens of tourists
  • Fugitive Moussa Oukabir, an 18-year-old Moroccan-born teenager, is Europe's most wanted man and is believed to have been the driver of the van
  • He may have rented up to three vehicles using his brother Driss' ID and his 28-year-old older sibling has since handed himself in to police and is among three suspects arrested
  • At 1am a second terror attack takes place in Cambrils, a seaside resort around 70 miles from Barcelona. An Audi A3 with five jihadis injures seven including a police officer as they plough through crowds. Their car turns over and they bail out with knives before being shot dead by police in the street
  • Police say a house in Alcanar, further along the Costa Dorada from Barcelona, exploded in Wednesday killing one. They say it was packed with gas canisters and contained maps of Barcelona and is now understood to be the terror cell's headquarters and bomb factory;
  • A man was shot dead in the town of Sant Just Desvern close to Barcelona after he drove at a road block but police now believe he was a not a terrorist;
  • ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attacks, which are strikingly similar to attacks in London, Berlin, Stockholm and Nice, where rented vehicles were used as weapons

Thursday, August 17, 2017

PBS Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Americans Oppose Removal of Confederate Statues

A mob pulls down a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina. The police did not intervene, but authorities now claim they are trying to identify and charge those involved. 

A PBS poll asked 1,125 Americans what they thought about the Civil War statue removals in Southern states. (The poll result was buried in an article with the headline, "Majority of Americans unhappy with Trump's response to Charlottesville.") Here are the results of the statue poll:
Do you think statues honoring leaders of the Confederacy should:
Remain as a historical symbol? 62%
Be removed because they're offensive? 27%
Unsure? 11%
Even among African-Americans, a slight plurality (44% to 40%) wanted them to remain.

I assume that the pro-statue results would have been even more pronounced within some of the states in question, such as, say, Virginia.

(By the way, if you object to the arguably extraneously benign wording of the first answer - remain as a historical symbol - take that up with PBS, not me.)

So, on the statue issue at least, the vast majority of Americans agree with the "neo-Nazis" in Charlottesville.

The statues are being removed by anti-democratic ideologues in local government, egged on by violent mobs - or, in at least one case, simply by violent mobs. See above.

Fascist mobs, I should add. That they call themselves "anti-fascist" while often dressing in black and attacking their opponents with baseball bats, makes the Orwellian irony all the richer.

Even the right to assemble and oppose the statue removals is being denied, either officially, by government decree - canceling the "Unite the Right" event at the last minute - or unofficially by the ever-present threat of physical violence by the mobs.

Richard Spencer et al. are poseurs, clowns and fringy losers with too much time on their hands. I don't think they're Nazis - though many of them do seem to get their jollies from flirting with Nazi imagery and symbolism (it's "edgy" or whatever). But if they didn't exist, the fascist left would need to invent them.

Or maybe it partly did. The chief planner for "Unite the Right" was an Obama supporter and "Occupy" activist up until quite recently. And many observers have alleged (with what degree of truth it is impossible to determine) that "the Feds" have thoroughly infiltrated the "alt-Reich" ranks.

But there's absolutely no question who the real fascists are.

Charlottesville was their Reichstag fire.

Or, at least, they want it to be.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Not a Parody: Ventura County Nuclear Preparedness Video Advises Bursting Into Song and Dancing

This is a real video put out recently by the Ventura County Health Care Agency on how to survive a nuclear strike nearby. I have idea whether the county is liberal or conservative or whatever.

I do know that if you thought Duck and Cover was silly (or even if you didn't), this is a thousand times that.

As for the advice itself, I think merely staying inside is problematic. Depending on where you are, and the characteristics of the bomb as well as the weather, etc., moving farther away or out of the path of the radioactive cloud might be a better option. It sort of depends. Though perhaps the idea is that by watching the news, you'll know whether to evacuate or not. If your electricity still works.

But I assume that singing and dancing will usually be ineffective.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Cupich Partners With One of the Largest Abortion Funders in the Country - "9:00 am. - coffee and networking reception begins."

Many of you know that Chicago is on track to see 700 murders this year. That number is of course horrific.

Except that the 700 figure is incorrect. The true number will be more like 20,700.

I am of course adding in the roughly 20,000 murders via abortion that will take place this year in Chicago and its suburbs.

This Friday, Chicago's Cardinal Blase Cupich will be hosting a "Conversation" with the president of the MacArthur Foundation Julia Stasch on "Chicago, Violence and the Catholic Church."

According to the web page promoting the event, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is
[t]he largest private grant maker in Chicago...MacArthur supports local efforts to prevent violence, reduce incarceration, build trust between police and the communities they serve, and improve the effectiveness of the criminal justice system.
The site doesn't mention that the MacArthur Foundation is also almost certainly the largest private funder of abortions in Chicago, through its major grants to Planned Parenthood (which operates a downtown abortuary) as well as other organizations - such as the Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW), which feeds much of its monies to greater Chicago abortion facilities. Just a few weeks ago, it was announced that the MacArthur Foundation had awarded the CFW a four-year grant of $1 million.

Outside of Chicago, the MacArthur Foundation has funded abortions throughout the world through its support of International Planned Parenthood. The foundation has also been linked to India's notorious "sterilization camps."

In part, this is not surprising. Most of the largest US foundations are liberal in orientation, and one of the most popular liberal causes or activities is abortion services, or as the foundations often put it, "women's reproductive rights."

That the Catholic Church or any representative of it would partner with MacArthur is obviously sick and evil. And that they're doing so, supposedly in an effort to stop violence in the city, is stomach-turning. MacArthur is funding 95% of the violence in the city.

Unless, sucking a person's brains out with a vacuum mechanism or literally pulling their legs, torso and head apart with a metal instrument doesn't count as violence.

Perhaps someone at the event will ask the cardinal about that.

Cupich tweeted about the event. I tweeted back a reply, asking whether the abortion question would come up in the Q&A. When I looked again, attendance at the event was suddenly closed. (I think that it closed in that short time frame though I can't be 100% sure. In any case, it happened four days before the site said that it would be automatically closed.)

Please, don't say that it's just a "conversation" or an innocuous alliance for a good cause that doesn't imply endorsement of other things. Would the Archdiocese host a conversation with a company that was proud of manufacturing crematoria for the Holocaust?

Every faithful Catholic knows what Cupich is. But this sort of thing goes beyond him. No one else in the Archdiocese bureaucracy thought to oppose this. Or if they did, their efforts were never made public, and were of course in vain.

The Archdiocese of Chicago is in sum no longer any sort of moral force to promote Catholic values. At best, it's just another liberal NGO. At worst, it's culpable in collaborating with some of the worst evils of our time - evils which are still strongly and officially condemned by the greater Catholic Church.

Cupich probably won't change. But every other Catholic involved with this should be very ashamed.