There are 13 parts to “Cvilization”. You can find Part 2 [The Great Thaw] here. From there you should be able to find the rest.
An economic consulting firm reported on data last week showing that the approximately $4.5 billion in annual forfeitures now exceeds the $3.9 billion Americans lose in robberies each year. The clear point: Your local police or sheriff’s department is more likely to take your stuff than a robber. The Institute for Justice report found the problem getting worse. “It’s exploding, despite the fact that the issue is getting a lot of attention,” said Dick Carpenter, one of the study’s authors. According to the report, forfeiture revenues have more than doubled between 2002 to 2013. California agencies collected approximately $280 million over the 11-year study period—and an additional $696 million by partnering with federal agencies.
Which is why California and many other states refuse to do anything about unconstitutional asset forfeitures.
Like other criminals, they want the money!
Unlike other criminals, they don’t worry about the downside of getting caught.
It’s been quite a while since I have posted about my dog Coco, but that last post about microaggressions has made me feel particularly remiss, and I’ll have to explain why.
Coco is now 11 years old (almost as old as this blog) making her a little old lady in canine terms. She still has plenty of energy, but in the past year she has been more and more hesitant to go on walks. I like to joke that the problem started over what most people would call a microaggression, and let me pause for a moment to examine something about that word. Every time I type “microaggression” (such as at this very moment), the damn spell check thingie makes it red. Ditto Microsoft Word! I mean really! If even the politically-correct, Seattle-based Microsoft has it in for microaggressions, then there’s a lot of education to be done, especially because once you understand the doctrine, you will realize that any expression of doubt over a microaggression — whether real or perceived — is itself a microaggression, just as taking issue with the concept of microaggression theory is of course a major microaggression. I realize that I could add “microaggression” to my “dictionary,” but then the word would not make me see red, so I’m torn. I’d like to just ignore my predicament and move on, and claim disinterest but may I?
I wonder. If I may be permitted to paraphrase Trotsky’s aphorism about the dialectic: “You may not be interested in microaggression, but microaggression is interested in you.” Yes it is. By definition.
By any measure, microaggression is a growth industry. If you doubt me, consider that the domain name microaggression.com is listed with a $2295 price tag.
I’m tempted to think the whole thing is funny.
If you are not sure that you have been microaggressive, here’s a very good piece indeed by Brendan O’Neill which delineates the sort of thing that might be considered microaggressive by some third-rate academic or the sort of people who run student unions in our universities.
Laugh now. Later microaggression will be an everyday part of our lives. These people are winning.
They may be winning, but their victory may ultimately come back to haunt them, because what they are doing consists of promoting a theory that aims at disempowering people for allegedly disempowering, marginalizing or delegitimizing people. Negating negating, if you will. If I say that someone of a different race/sex/gender/ethnicity looks good or speaks or dresses well, I need to be put in my place. And if I was merely making an honest remark intended as a compliment, turning that into an insult then in turn disempowers, marginalizes, and delegitimizes me. So what we can expect are endless cycles of disempowering, marginalizing, and delegitimizing.
Saying that I am not allowed to complain does not end the inquiry. As Megan McArdle puts it in her brilliant discussion of microaggressions against conservatives:
Deciding who is eligible to complain about microaggressions is itself an act by which the majority imposes its will, and it is felt as alienating by the minorities who are effectively told that they don’t have the same right to ask for decent treatment as other groups.
Complaints about microaggressions can be used to stop complaints about microaggressions. There is no logical resting place for these disputes; it’s microaggressions all the way down.
In the name of safe spaces, no one’s space will be safe.
To return to poor Coco, and how her struggle with microaggressions began, it all started last May 5. (I’d say “Cinco de Mayo” but those who claim legitimate ownership of the term might see that as an act of cultural appropriation). I took her for a walk past a row of heavily student occupied houses when suddenly an intoxicated-looking young man wearing a gigantic sombrero (along with a week-old beard and sunglasses) appeared in the front yard near the sidewalk. Coco almost never has problems with strangers, but the giant hat terrified her completely, and I had never seen her act like that. Even after we were blocks away, she kept turning around, looking, and growling. It was as if she had seen the worst monster imaginable. I figured she just didn’t like large hats on humans, but ever since it happened, she has been fearful of walking on that patch of that street, as she is convinced that “the Sombrero Man” might still be lurking somewhere.
Or is my analysis faulty? Might it be that Coco was actually outraged by what she perceived as a gratuitous act of cultural appropriation by that young man?
Before you laugh, let me point out that over the years poor Coco has been subjected to a long litany of what are clearly microaggressions by any standard. What happens is that Coco is a nice dog with a charming little personality who gets along well not only with people, but with other dogs. So people who stop to pet her are constantly saying things like, “I can’t believe how nice and sweet she is, especially for a pit bull.” I used to think that was a compliment (just as I used to take it as a compliment when lefties would say “I can’t believe” that I’m actually a Republican/libertarian/NRA member), but I now know better! Such remarks are classic microaggressions, implying that pit bulls* are mean, ugly and vicious and thus disempowering, invalidating, marginalizing, and delegitimizing Coco’s ancestry.
So, while it is certain in my mind that Coco has been the victim of microaggressions, the question remains whether she is herself aware of it. But that may not matter. Because, according to the experts on the subject, is it often the case that victims of microaggression are unaware of it!
*Ditto are the implications for pit bull owners.
It’s nice to know that I’m a victim too!
MORE: As if to further illustrate the absurdity of microaggression theory, Harvard recently decided to do away with Israeli-made soda machines:
Harvard University Dining Services has decided stop buying water machines from the Israeli company SodaStream due to concerns that their very presence might be a microaggression against Palestinian students.
“These machines can be seen as a microaggression to Palestinian students and their families and like the University doesn’t care about Palestinian human rights,” Rachel J. Sandalow-Ash, sophomore and member of the Harvard College Progressive Jewish Alliance, told the Harvard Crimson. In the meantime, the school will also be removing the “SodaStream” stickers from any of the existing water machines, just to make sure no student has to see one and have a traumatic experience or something.
Think about that for a moment. Wouldn’t it be just as reasonable to see the removal of the machines as a microaggression against Israeli students? Or Jewish students?
And if products are not to be served lest people perceive them as microaggressions, where does it end? Is the presence of pork a microaggression against Muslims? Should university cafeterias ban pork? And what about meat? There are many vegans who feel terribly aggrieved by seeing people eat meat of any kind, and are deeply offended by seeing it sold, because they consider it to be murder. You think I’m kidding? Read this. By any standard, the public consumption of meat is a microaggression against vegans.
As to where all of this is ultimately headed, I can’t say. I’m hoping that common sense will prevail, at least among the majority of people. The problem is, this madness emanates from an increasingly loud (and increasingly insane, imo) minority.
UPDATE: Many thanks to Sarah Hoyt at Instapundit for the link, and a warm welcome to all. I had not given much thought to the idea of cats being microaggressions, though.
However, before I had Coco (this was back in the days before microaggressions) I had an old named Puff who didn’t especially care for cats, but he was such a gentleman that he learned to tolerate them, much as it pained him. Once when we spent the night at some friends’ farm, their cat decided to get right on Puff’s bed (at least, the bed that was supposed to be for us). As you can see from his expression, Puff felt marginalized, disempowered, invalidated.
Obviously, Sarah is right!
Perhaps taking her cue from Puff’s experiences, Coco also tried the liberal approach, only to be marginalized in return:
Notwithstanding her obvious superiority, Coco wants to let it be known that she favors a policy of civility in these matters, and is against fueling any sort of climate of hate. She considers the traditional animosity between cats and dogs to be grounded in unfortunate stereotypes often promulgated by unthinking humans. In fact, she has many times gone out of her way to try to get to know cats better, but they often arch their backs at her, spit, snarl, and run rapidly away — obviously because they have failed to overcome the residual legacy of the bigotry from the past.
That was five years ago, and how things have changed! Cats would today declare Coco’s attitude to be a microaggression!
Am I allowed to say it’s the pot calling the kettle black?
In case you’re wondering about what exactly is a “microaggression,” wonder no more! A benevolent corporate entity known as MTV has deigned to educate white people by way of illustration:
I watched it avidly, and it made me realize that I too have been the victim of microaggressions. While I have traveled to other countries, until now I had not realized that what I thought were compliments were actually microaggressions.
In Mexico I was repeatedly told that I spoke good Spanish.
I’ll illustrate with a popular “microaggression” meme I altered (and translated) slightly.
Same thing in Argentina.
In Japan I was told that I had nice hair.
In Turkey I was told (swear to God!) that I had a nice wrist.
In Germany I was told that I looked German.
Must have been something to it, because when I was in Spain, some German tourists came up and asked me for directions in German!
Not only did I never take offense at any of these things, I was naive enough to have thought they were compliments.
And if someone were to assume that because of my appearance or race I was good at golf or an authority on NASCAR, I might be amused, but it would never occur to me to feel slighted or insulted in any way.
Failure of education, obviously.
UPDATE: Many thanks to Sarah Hoyt at Instapundit for the link! I’m especially flattered because Sarah is a Portuguese born woman who not only speaks excellent English, but as a prolific and prominent author, is far more sensitive to the nuances of the language than most Americans.
Hmm… Is my pointing that out a microaggression? (Actually, I suspect it’s a macroaggression….)
In my recent article Does PTSD Cause Terrorism? I discussed the relationship between PTSD and suicide bombers. But I think it would be remiss to leave out Western society from the equation. So I thought I’d look at a Western mass murderer. This will not be a dissertation. I’m not going to go all tl;dr on you. So lets start.
First off. What are the relevant symptoms of PTSD? Not all of them. Just the ones that address the topic at hand. The veterans Administration says:
Negative changes in beliefs and feelings
1. You may not have positive or loving feelings toward other people and may stay away from relationships.
3. You may think the world is completely dangerous, and no one can be trusted.
Feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal)
1. You may have a hard time sleeping.
The symptoms have to last more than 3 months for the problem to be considered PTSD. In other words everybody is prone to get it short term after a traumatic event. I have covered it elsewhere, but I want to make the point again. PTSD is in part genetic. If you don’t have the genes you can’t get it.
Make The Connection has a list:
Feeling emotionally cut off from others
Feeling numb or losing interest in things you used to care about
Thinking that you are always in danger
Consider harming yourself or others
Having difficulty sleeping
Help Guide has some more:
Feeling detached from others and emotionally numb
Sense of a limited future (you don’t expect to live a normal life span, get married, have a career)
Difficulty falling or staying asleep
Irritability or outbursts of anger
Hypervigilance (on constant “red alert”)
New phobias and anxieties that seem unrelated to the trauma (such as a fear of monsters)
Irritability and aggression
One thing left out in the articles cited is suicidal thoughts. However, I covered that in my previous article cited above. And I probably should also note that besides war and other similar trauma PTSD can be caused by child abuse.
Well lets look at Hitler. The wiki on the subject covers the essentials.
In 2003, Theodore Dorpat, a resident psychiatrist in Seattle, published his book Wounded Monster in which he credited Hitler with complex post-traumatic stress disorder. He assumed that Hitler not only experienced war trauma, but – due to physical and mental abuse by the father and the parental failure of the depressed mother – chronic childhood trauma, too. Dorpat is convinced that Hitler showed signs of this disturbance already at the age of 11 years. Both traumas explain why Hitler were prepared neither for social nor for intellectual or professional aspirations. According to Dorpat, many of Hitler’s personality traits – such as his volatility, his malice, the sadomasochistic nature of his relationships, his human indifference and his avoidance of shame – can be traced back to trauma.
In the same year, the above-mentioned German psychologist Manfred Koch-Hillebrecht, too, had come forward with the assumption that Hitler had posttraumatic stress disorder from his war experiences.
I think that the above is correct but it fails to give sufficient weight to the fact that his PTSD was already there from his childhood experiences with his abusive father.
Stephen A. Diamond has more details.
Dr. Murray points out that though there is very little information available about Hitler’s childhood, he is said to have been sickly and frail. His father was described as “tyrranical” and physically abusive. According to psychoanalyst Michael Stone, Hitler’s father reportedly beat both Adolf and his older brother with a whip regularly, meting out daily whippings to the more rebellious Adolf, who, by the time he turned 11, “refused to give his father the satisfaction of crying, even after 32 lashes.” Here we can begin see how Hitler as a young boy was overpowered by his father and confronted with a situation he could not control, except by controlling his own emotions and actions
He goes on:
Hitler, like so many victims of physical or sexual abuse during childhood, may have experienced an extraordinary sense of helplessness and powerlessness as a boy, stemming mainly from his poor relatonship with his exceedingly domineering and controlling father.
It is known now that Hitler suffered not only from chronic anxiety, but also insomnia and related somatic symptoms similar to what we today might call irritable bowel syndrome. Once in power, he maintained a very close relationship with his personal physician, who helped manage the Fuehrer’s anxiety symptoms with numerous medications, many of which were highly unorthodox, and are said to have included both sedating barbiturates and stimulating amphetamine on which Hitler came to depend.
Insomnia is a symptom of PTSD as is excessive drug use.
As Fuehrer, Hitler’s neuroses persisted and probably worsened, taking the form at times of intense episodes of “emotional collapse” characterized by violent bouts of furious screaming and crying. Indeed, Dr. Murray accurately identifies Hitler’s characterological core of hatred, rage and resentment as the “mainspring” of his career, describing him diagnostically as a borderline paranoid schizophrenic and hysterical “megalomaniac.” Indeed, it can be argued that perhaps the major component of Hitler’s madness was, well, his mad-ness: his immense anger, embitterment and hatred toward his father and, eventually, Jews and the world at large.
Well I think that is more than enough to paint the picture. If you want to learn more read the linked articles in full. Or do your own research.
This look at Hitler was prompted by a Sam Harris article on jihadis where he described their core psychology. “They are simply evil.” I wanted to look at the source of that evil and Hitler came to mind as a good example. My long interest in PTSD led me in an obvious direction and at least in Hitler’s case that direction has proved fruitful.
PTSD is given far too little attention. That needs to be corrected.
Great piece from David Harsanyi at the often-excellent Federalist, pointing out most Americans have a rational attitude toward global warming — fewer people drive hybrids, carpool, or bike to work than in the past.
And there’s this fun bit:
For us, it inevitable that this whole charade ends up granting more power to central government to micromanage our lives since so few people wish to voluntarily change their behavior, regardless of how much they tell pollsters they care about the issue. This is why Exxon is being sued by the government for retroactively failing to push theories that the state wants it to. Now, fanatics are drafting children to help punish companies for thought crimes. It is one of the most egregious attacks on free speech we’ve encountered yet. But even if the legal effort fails, which it almost surely will, the effort to chill speech by risk-averse Big Business will surely succeed. Which is the point, after all. The end goal isn’t censorship by government; it’s self-censorship by the targets of government.
Exxon had no duty to promote global warming fears, even in the hilariously unlikely event they had (in the 1970s, mind you) the kind of highly reliable climate models that still elude researchers today, or knew what most IPCC drafters in 1995 didn’t when they claimed human influence was still indiscernible – and this is hardly the only effort in this vein. The practical and intended effect of these Lysenkoist tactics is to warn anyone who researches a politically controversial topic that Democrat special interests may drag them through the courts and perhaps try to jail them. As with campaign limits on free speech, their operating assumption is that Americans must be coerced and herded away from the dangerous ideas of private individuals.
Fortunately, Americans have sensibly responded to this kind of legal savagery and attacks on Enlightenment ideals of free inquiry and intellectual tolerance by voting in record numbers of Republicans.
But just to be safe, since we’re really only ever One Election Away, the legal department here at Classical Values has asked that I hereby disclaim any liability if reading this causes them to round you up for the Climate Nuremberg trials, and may God have mercy on your soul.
A supposed intelligence officer for ISIS had this to say.
He also found it remarkable that, for all the many months of the siege of Kobani, ISIS fighters came and went as they pleased across the Syrian-Turkish border. The second-largest army in NATO stationed soldiers, tanks, and armored personnel carriers within spitting distance of one of the most intense war zones of the Syria conflict and did virtually nothing, apart from sometimes firing water cannon at Kurds trying to flee into Turkey.
“I don’t know the relationship between ISIS and Turkey,” Abu Khaled said. “During the Kobani war, shipments of weapons arrived to ISIS from Turkey. Until now, the gravely wounded go to Turkey, shave their beards, cut their hair, and go to the hospital. Somebody showed me pictures in Kobani. You see ISIS guys eating McDonald’s french fries and hamburgers. Where did they get it? In Turkey.”
Abu Khaled has spent plenty of time in southern Turkey and says ISIS sympathizers don’t even try to hide their proselytizing efforts there. In Kilis, a border town, there are two important mosques, he said. “This one [is] for the Islamic State. You go there, everybody says, ‘You want to go to Syria?’ They arrange your travel back and forth. And the other mosque is for Jabhat al-Nusra,” the al Qaeda affiliate in Syria.
Byzantium has Byzantine politics.
Does PTSD cause terrorism? It seems like terrorists have all the symptoms.
Unquenchable anger and the desire for suicide being the chief symptoms in this case. A lack of empathy for others is also a feature.
I’m going to do some further research to see what comes up. So there may be additions to this post. And note: if PTSD is a cause legalizing cannabis and heroin (for more severe cases) is indicated. The Muslim prohibitions against alcohol and other drugs is a way to keep the jihadis angry.
Root Causes of Suicide Terrorism: The Globalization of Martyrdom – Google Books takes a look at the subject. They give hints but nothing definitive.
Nidal Hasan needs to be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted for this despicable crime at Fort Hood but it is important not to use him as yet another excuse for the incredible incompetence of the mental health industry. The most important information from the Generals and mental health professionals about the Fort Hood shooting will not be revealed until the media asks better questions and demands hard evidence in regard to these questions. Four important questions were completely missed.
1) What in your opinion causes some to suffer PTSD and why are others not affected. In other words what in your opinion brings about a human emotion and behavior? (One cannot fix it if one does not know how it works and one does not know how it works if one cannot clearly answer this question)
We do know the answer to that question. It is genetic and some of the genes have been identified.
Who Will Get PTSD? Genetic Breakthrough Brings Us Closer to Knowing. The article leaves out the most important cause of PTSD. Child abuse. Dr. Lonny Shavelson found that 70% of female heroin users had been sexually abused in childhood. It is also pretty well known that cannabis is helpful in treating the symptoms of PTSD. Some medical cannabis states allow cannabis for PTSD treatment.
Researchers at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in New York and the United Kingdom, have identified genetic markers, derived from blood samples that are linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The markers are associated with gene networks that regulate innate immune function and interferon signaling.
The findings, published in the March 10 issue of the journal Molecular Psychiatry, offer novel insights into the pathophysiology of PTSD. In clinical terms, researchers say they could lead to new ways to not just improve diagnosis and treatment of persons with the mental health condition, but predict who might be more susceptible.
Previous genomic studies of PTSD have focused upon identifying differences in gene expression between persons with PTSD relative to a control group. The new study takes a broader “systems-level approach,” using whole transcriptome RNA sequencing, said first author Michael S. Breen, PhD, at the University of Southampton in England.
“By comparing U.S. Marines who develop PTSD symptoms to those who do not, we can measure differences in genes, but also take into consideration the dynamic relationships between and among them, their connectivity,” Breen said. “Because PTSD is thought to be such a complex disorder, measuring these dynamic relationships is crucial to better understanding the PTSD pathology.”
So it is not just genes.
CNN has a tolerably good article on the subject. Is post-traumatic stress disorder in your genes?
PTSD can occur after many types of trauma: rape, torture, child abuse, natural disasters and car, plane, and train wrecks, to name a few. According to the PTSD Alliance, more than 13 million Americans have PTSD and the societal cost is in the billions. Women are about twice as likely as men to develop the disorder.
Symptoms tend to cluster into three areas:
• Reliving the event via nightmares or vivid images, along with an extreme reaction such as uncontrollable shaking, chills or heart palpitations.
• Avoiding reminders of the event, including becoming emotionally withdrawn and detached from friends, family and everyday activities.
• Being hyperaroused, easily startled, irritable, angry, or having difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
Now here is a real kicker. From the VA. Suicide and PTSD.
Studies show that suicide risk is higher in persons with PTSD. Some studies link suicide risk in those with PTSD to distressing trauma memories, anger, and poor control of impulses. Further, suicide risk is higher for those with PTSD who have certain styles of coping with stress, such as not expressing feelings.
Some one wrote a book on the subject. War, Religiosity, Ideology, and PTSD in the Middle East. However the author does not come to any definite conclusion. He does suggest further avenues for study.
A commenter at Reason asks about the “Assassins” who were notorious for hashish use. My response:
Well if heavy cannabis use is a marker for PTSD what better recruiting tool?
And I only looked at the medical aspects. Culture also has an effect. “Feeling like suicide? Kill some infidels. That will solve your problem. The infidels will kill you. After you kill some of them.”
I’ve been watching the Democratic candidates’ debate on an obscure channel, on a Saturday night, in a debate that they surely thought few would watch.
In a complete turnaround from previous debates, now they are debating what to do about terrorism.
They actually used that word.
Artillery Hillary is doing her best to sound like a Republican on this issue.
Utterly, almost bizarrely, surreal. What a difference a day makes.
This puts it pretty well.
So many of the veterans I’ve known are now gone, but this is a good occasion and place to thank M. Simon for his service!
For those of you who may be paying attention, you will recall the incident at the University of Missouri that caused (in part) the university’s president and chancellor to resign. The drawing in feces of a swastika on a bathroom wall. Well there is no evidence that the event ever happened.
Despite that the alleged perpetrator has been named.
No first name given.
You can watch the Senator McCaskill video here. It is not embedable. I wonder why? She says if men will shut up on the topics she says they shouldn’t talk about they will be allowed to voice their opinion on cannabis legalization. Cannabis legalization is now favored by about 58% of the voting population.
I assume she is getting the electorate prepared for the election in November of 2016. I don’t think this will improve Democrat chances. Even if she is just joking.
I have major problems with today’s political spectrum.
One, I don’t believe in restricting economic freedom. I especially hate socialism. This means I hate the views of the Democratic Party.
Two, I hate other forms of restrictions on personal freedom. The latter includes not only sexual freedom, but the right to use one’s body as one pleases. Meaning the ingestion of whatever substances one might want to ingest (even for admittedly harmful purposes), the right to commit suicide, to sell one’s body (or bodily functions), etc. This means I hate the politics of both major parties because restricting sex, drugs, pleasure is a major part of what they’re about. Sure the left plays a bogus game of saying they’re for freedom, but the biggest enemies of sexual freedom today (especially on college campuses) are Democrats.
Three, I do not believe that religious opinions are any more worthy of respect than secular opinions. I think religion, like sex, ought to be a matter of personal autonomy, and I would of course defend anyone’s right to have and hold his or her views. But I also would defend my right not to have or hold the views of others, and it creeps me out to see people demanding that I respect views I do not respect. An opinion I do not respect is no more worthy of respect because it is grounded in religion than is any other opinion, and anyone who tells me that it is I distrust. And, just as I have the right to disagree with the nutcase view that socialism can be made to work, I also have the right to disagree with the nutcase view that evolution did not occur, and/or that the earth is 10,000 years old. Similarly, I have just as much right to disagree with the nutcase idea that if I am not hysterical about global warming I am “part of the problem” and no better than a Holocaust Denier.
In short, I am tired of this creepy feeling that I should tiptoe around, lest my disagreements with nutcases “offend” the nutcases.
What worries me is this. I avoid people of both parties who are so hypersensitive that they require a kid-gloves approach. People who are so insecure as to require trigger warnings or the equivalent are too much trouble. So are nutcases who go bonkers over having their nutcase beliefs so much as questioned.
I hate to say something this silly, but I hope we’re not headed for civil war.
UPDATE: Many thanks to Sarah Hoyt at Instapundit for the link, and a warm welcome to all!
Have a look at my latest update at A Hero In Blue. The sleaze factor just went up by 10X.
The Head of the DEA Chuck Rosenberg says that marijuana is medical. Well not exactly. Here is what he actually said:
Rosenberg also expressed opposition to the marijuana legalization movement in the country, and frustration with efforts to legalize the drug based on highlighting its medicinal properties.
“What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal, because it’s not,” he said, noting however that elements of the plant have promise for medicinal uses.
So can you get those “elements” without growing the whole plant? I don’t think so.
Earlier I read that ISIS publicly praised a Muslim man who went on a California stabbing spree.
A student who ‘smiled’ as he stabbed four people inside a classroom at the University of California, Merced, before he was killed by police has been identified. Faisal Mohammad, a freshman from Santa Clara who majored in computer science and engineering, was shot dead by officers after his violent campus rampage on Wednesday morning, that has reportedly drawn praise from ISIS. The 18-year-old, described as antisocial by his roommate, was supposedly ‘having fun’ as he lunged at his classmates. He is said to have slashed a fellow student in the throat with a hunting knife before a construction worker thwarted the attack. Police are still investigating the contents of a backpack he was carrying at the time, while a witness said a bomb squad detonated something near the scene.
Not to worry. According to police, the stabbing attack was not religious in nature, but personal:
Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said they found nothing in Mohammad’s history, his belongings, or his computer to indicate there was anything other than personal motivations to carry out the attack. He said Mohammad’s backpack contained zip-tie handcuffs, petroleum jelly, a night scope, and a hammer to break windows. There was also a handwritten note that had a list of the items in his backpack, but not explanation for the stabbing incident. Warnke described the petroleum jelly as a “poor man’s C4″ explosive — which is why the bomb squad was called out to neutralize the backpack. Sheriff Warnke said the FBI looked into Mohammad’s background and family and found nothing to indicate terrorist ties. When asked about an ISIS tweet that praised Mohammad’s actions, Warnke said ISIS was most likely just taking advantage of the attacker’s ethnic name to instill terror.
Phew! Obviously, it’s safe to bring thousands more like him into this country. Anyone who thinks otherwise is obviously Islamophobic. And obviously, what we really need is gun control!
Obviously, I’m being paranoid:
According to the sheriff the suspect intended to shoot people, attack a police office and had a specific target in mind who had kicked him out of a study group. The suspect listed students by name. He had planned to tie students to desks and draw out police to steal a gun and shoot people.
The sheriff said this is not terrorism, just a step above a high school grudge, but the suspect did praise Allah in his writings.
And obviously, had the same suspect praised Jesus in his writings, there’d have been no excitement or media interest at all.