Ignoring the Signs in Alexandria: Baseball, Bullets, and Bloodshed
James “Tommy” Hodgkinson must not have seen the signs. They were hard to miss in the Alexandria, Virginia, neighborhood known as Del Ray where he gunned down Republicans playing baseball.
“Practice Kindness” yard signs are ubiquitous in Del Ray.
If he did see the signs, Hodgkinson must not have taken them very seriously.
Del Ray prides itself on being a diverse and progressive neighborhood. In 2016, Hillary got 4,549 votes in Del Ray and Trump just 883.
Another house (with a United Nations flag and a “Proud Democrat” sign) a few blocks from the baseball diamond has a “Little Free Library,” a birdhouse-shaped hutch where one can take and give books. Next to it is a chalkboard: “Kindness Is Everywhere, I Saw It Today When…” it says, inviting folks to complete the story.
“Traffic stopped for me to cross,” says one answer. “Friends came to my defense when an infernal troll targeted me on FB.”
A good chance that last spat involved politics.
Since Trump’s win, yard signs have sprouted up in front yards all over Del Ray, just blocks from the shooting scene.
“Practice Kindness, Build Communities” is the most common. Here’s another: “Make America Kind Again.”
Then there’s this long-winded cause-cornucopia: “In this House We Believe Black Lives Matter, Women’s Rights Are Human Rights, No Human Is Illegal, Science Is Real, Love is Love, Kindness is Everything.”
Another banner posted at the ball field before the shooting captures lots of causes (some in Arabic), including: “In the Future I Hope That Coming Out Doesn’t Exist Because Everyone is Just Who They Are.” In the photo below you can see the baseball field in the background.
There was also: “No Matter Where You are From, We’re Glad You’re Our Neighbor.” No sign in Del Ray may say more.
Which brings us back to ball field shooter James Hodgkinson, because he was apparently a neighbor to everyone in Del Ray for the last few weeks while living out of his van.
We now also know Hodgkinson was a dedicated soldier in the #Resist movement. His rage at Trump and Republicans led him to abandon his life in Illinois and travel to Alexandria. He lived in this overtly welcoming community in a van loaded with ammo.
We may never know what led him to live a vagabond’s life in Del Ray, but I suspect it wasn’t the custard at The Dairy Godmother.
Hodgkinson had murder on his mind, and his trek to the Washington, D.C., suburbs points at a small universe of targets. He came to kill Republicans — the more conservative, the better.
There’s no disputing that Hodgkinson’s political views were right at home in Del Ray – even the New York Times headline “In Congressman’s Shooting a-Like Minded Gunman Shakes a Liberal Enclave” makes that plain enough.
Nothing was strange enough, it seems, about his daily showers at the Alexandria YMCA, his chats with the ex-mayor, and the fact that he worked on his laptop all day at the Y, to trip any additional scrutiny or questions.
No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.
I also used to live in Del Ray, and I visited the site of the shootings today. An orange pole marks the spot where Representative Steve Scalise fell. The bullets that blasted into the YMCA landed in a pool where I spent many hours.
It’s hard to square all these calls for civility with the bullet holes and blood.
Now instead of just on yard signs in Alexandria, the calls for civility are coming from everywhere, with the loudest on the Democratic side of the aisle.
On the afternoon of the shooting, MSNBC and CNN played what amounted to a tape loop: “Chance to come together. Dial down the rhetoric. Civility, and more civility.”
How many times on June 15 did we hear that the shooting gives us a chance to start again?
Noble aspirations, of course.
So let’s give them one last chance to practice what they started preaching on June 15.
The civility can start the next time they talk about voter fraud.
Of course, the Left doesn’t believe voter fraud is a serious concern. Fine. But they go much further.
I’ll name names in a moment, but the left not only disputes the threat of voter fraud, but demonizes anyone who thinks it is a serious issue. And when I say demonize, I mean demonize.
Take my friend Hans von Spakovsky. It isn’t hard to find articles in purportedly credible left-of-center publications calling him a “vote-suppression guru” or even a Nazi.
The latter attack is particularly repugnant considering his family’s repeated history dealing with the Gestapo. Even the relatively milder charge of “vote-suppression guru” carries with it the connotation that Hans deliberately seeks to prevent eligible voters from voting, and that he teaches others to do the same.
All of this is not only uncivil, it’s defamatory.
The radical writer Ari Berman doesn’t hesitate to demonize anyone who talks about the problem of voter fraud. “Few people in the Republican Party have done more to limit voting rights than Hans von Spakovsky,” Berman writes in a breathless column in the The Nation designed to sabotage Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court – all because the justice said something nice about Hans.
Ari Berman didn’t see the signs in Del Ray either, it seems. And I doubt Berman will end the uncivil personal attacks on von Spakovsky before scorpions start giving rides to frogs.
It’s who Ari Berman is.
Perhaps critics of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will spread kindness and build community after June 15. Kobach is a co-chair of President Trump’s election fraud commission and has been a leading election integrity advocate for years.
Before June 15, to the left that meant Kobach was a Klansman. Before June 15, Kobach was “the most racist politician in America,” the King of Voter Suppression (by Amrit Cheng of the ACLU), shady, and a “hate group figure.” If that wasn’t enough, Kobach was the feature in a Vanity Fair piece headlined “Trump Team Outlines Plan to Turn America Into a Racist Police State.” Naturally, Vanity Fair portrayed Kobach as the architect of the “racist police state” blueprint.
Let’s see what they call von Spakovsky and Kobach after June 15.
Here’s my best guess: the same uncivil things they were called before June 15.
After all, by any means necessary, right? You can’t expect them to stop Rule Thirteening folks just because someone further along the crackpot continuum shot up a ball field and a couple of congressmen, can you?
Don’t expect genuine and civil debates about voter fraud, election integrity, or the very real threat of alien voting in our elections before June 15, or after June 15. Name calling is easier than substantive discussion.
Too bad. It would be a chance for Democrats and the #Resist Left to practice what they preach, even if they preached it for just one day.
Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson questioned Democratic operative James Devine of New Jersey who tweeted an insensitive message after the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.).
Shortly following the shooting of House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), Devine reacted by posting a tweet with the hashtag “#HuntRepublicanCongressmen.”
After several rounds of Carlson questioning Devine’s timing of the tweet and Devine’s justification of it, Carlson ended the interview with his assessment of Devine.
“You know what?” Carlson said. “You’re an unbalanced person. And it’s distressing more Democrats haven’t disavowed you. I hope they will.”
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) told a Fresno, California, radio station on Monday that the shooting that wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and three others was “almost predictable” given the state of political rhetoric in the mainstream media and on the left.
Nunes appeared as the in-studio guest of KMJ’s Ray Appleton and gave an update on Scalise’s condition. He also talked about what may have led to the shooting attack:
Nunes: It’s a horrible situation, but it was almost predictable. I mean, you just saw as more and more activity in terms of, almost, the fake news and fake media continuing to not accept the results of this election, and continuing to incite these so-called protests, and die-ins, and the cutting off of Trump’s head by Kathy Gifford.
Appleton: Really? You thought it would get to this point?
Nunez: Yeah, oh yeah. We could tell by the amount of visceral types of emails and phone calls that we were receiving — and still receive to this day, I mean, they haven’t stopped. And as you know, I’ve been on the news a lot, I’ve been castigated pretty well by the mainstream Democratic media. And so, it’s a daily thing. We’re getting daily threats.”
Appleton: Are you personally worried?
Nunes: I am worried for the country. I am worried about the level of civil discourse in this country, I’ve never seen anything like it.
Appleton: Nor have I.
Nunes: And the curtains have come down off of the, this whole — I always say that 90% of the news media is left-wing. But, you know, a lot of times they could disguise it. But now they don’t even disguise it anymore. You have 90% of the media who is essentially an arm of the Democratic Party and the far-left. You have 5% of the media who I think are legitimate journalists, life the folks you have at the KMJ news stood …not you, of course, but you’re a talk show host — and then there’s five percent that I would consider right, you know, right-wing media. When we’re outnumbered like that, 90% of the media is out spewing what George Soros and the extreme left wants them to spew, bad things will happen.
The Fresno Bee notes that Nunes, who stepped aside temporarily from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election due to complaints from Democrats that he appeared too close to the Trump administration, fielded calls from the public for some 90 minutes.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named one of the “most influential” people in news media in 2016. He is the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.
COLONEL SHAFFER WARNS OF A BLOODY CIVIL WAR
“If government doesn’t stop violence from the left, you’ll see more violence in retaliation. It’s inevitable”
June 20, 2017 by Steve Watson
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer went on Fox & Friends to give the MSM a dose of the truth by exposing the violent left and explaining how they will eventually cause a physical conflict with right-wing Americans.
To read the original article click here.
LONDON TERRORIST FOUGHT FOR MCCAIN-BACKED JIHADISTS
‘Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force’
June 2017 by WND
WASHINGTON – One of the Muslim terrorists who perpetrated the London Bridge attack previously fought in a militia associated with the Free Syrian Army, a group that Sen. John McCain, RINO-Ariz., has worked tirelessly to arm and support.
According to the London Telegraph, terror suspect Rachid Redouane fought first in the Libyan revolution under a group known as Liwa al Ummah. He later joined a militia that deployed fighters to Syria and worked alongside al-Qaida jihadists.
Liwa al Ummah was formed by an underling of Abdul Hakim Belhaj, the former emir of the al-Qaida-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. The Liwa al Ummah in Syria merged with the FSA in 2012 and collaborated with al-Qaida’s Syrian branch, Al-Nusra.
McCain constantly trumpets the FSA as a moderate opposition force to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The senator has parroted Elizabeth O’Bagy, a former director of a Syrian Islamic organization that helped define the Obama-era policy toward Syria.
O’Bagy claimed in a Wall Street Journal column that “Contrary to many media accounts, the war in Syria is not being waged entirely, or even predominantly, by dangerous Islamists and al-Qaida diehards.”
Countless media outlets and politicians dispute that claim.
The New York Times ran a piece in 2013 outlining the dominance of jihadist groups in the fight against Assad’s regime.
“In Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, rebels aligned with al-Qaida control the power plant, run the bakeries and head a court that applies Islamic law,” the Times begins. “Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of.”
A report from the Telegraph echoes the claims, noting that the Syrian jihadists are “now the largest and best armed faction in the opposition.” Consequently, the London paper says, the “more moderate elements have become progressively weaker through a lack of supplies and defection of members.”
The Washington watchdog Judicial Watch, which documented the terrorist’s connections to the group McCain supports, said McCain “was so smitten by O’Bagy that he read a chunk of her Wall Street Journal opinion piece – touting the FSA as a moderate opposition force – during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.”
“In it, O’Bagy makes a case for U.S. military intervention in Syria by asserting that concerns about al-Qaida terrorists running the rebel operations are unfounded. After all, the United States doesn’t want to support the very jihadists that want to murder its citizens.”
McCain said at the hearing: “Contrary to many media accounts, the war in Syria is not being waged entirely, or even predominantly, by dangerous Islamists and al-Qaida diehards. The jihadists pouring into Syria from countries like Iraq and Lebanon are not flocking to the front lines. Instead they are concentrating their efforts on consolidating control in the northern, rebel-held areas of the country. Moderate opposition forces – a collection of groups known as the Free Syrian Army – continue to lead the fight against the Syrian regime.”
Judicial Watch said McCain’s support for FSA is so strong he created an “embarrassing outburst” when Syrian Christians visited Washington.
“The delegation of Syrian clergy went to Washington to raise awareness among lawmakers of the growing crisis among the region’s minority Christian community,” Judicial Watch said. “Christians make up about 10 percent of the Syrian population and they are being targeted and ruthlessly murdered by radical elements of the rebel forces, according to the visiting church officials. Churches have been destroyed or burned, children killed, nuns abducted and countless others abducted by Islamic fighters, the Syrian delegation revealed during the D.C. jaunt.”
McCain, said Judicial Watch, “refused to hear the negative stories about the rebels he’s working to arm and stormed out of a closed-door meeting with the Syrian clergy officials.”
“McCain marched into the committee room yelling, according to a high-level source that attended the meeting, and quickly stormed out. ‘He was incredibly rude,’ the source told Judicial Watch, ‘because he didn’t think the Syrian church leaders should even be allowed in the room.’”
A WND request for a comment from McCain’s office did not get a response.
After a visit to Syria this year, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, sponsored the “Stop Arming Terrorists Act.” The bill’s objective is to stop any federal agency from using taxpayer money to provide aid or support to terrorist groups and countries that support terrorism, which would prevent the United States from supporting the Syrian opposition.
“Our government has been providing both direct and indirect support to these armed militant groups, who are working directly with or under the command of terrorist groups like al-Qaida and ISIS, all in their effort and fight to overthrow the Syrian government,” Gabbard told Russia Today.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has introduced a companion bill in the Senate.
“One of the unintended consequences of nation-building and open-ended intervention is American funds and weapons benefiting those who hate us,” said Paul. “This legislation will strengthen our foreign policy, enhance our national security and safeguard our resources.”
The bipartisan legislation is cosponsored by Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich.; Scott Perry, R-Pa.; Peter Welch, D-Vt.;, Tom Garrett, R-Va.; Thomas Massie, R-Ky.; Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; Walter Jones, R-N.C.; Ted Yoho, R-Fla.; and Paul Gosar, R-Ariz. It has been endorsed by Progressive Democrats of America, Veterans for Peace and the U.S. Peace Council.