We Tell Ourselves Stories

Mairie 2015France’s “September 11” arrived a few months late, on a Friday the 13th. I took the picture a few days afterwards at our city hall because the juxtaposition of the two signs pretty much sums up the ambiguous response of the public at large. The sign on the left—the one with the heart and the Arabic script—says, “My heart is not at war, my heart is for peace. We are all human. No to terrorists!” The sign on the right says “France is at war!” Because this city is both a departmental capital and a university town (and one with a sizable Muslim population to boot), I’m hearing more of the former sentiment than the latter, but of course, it really depends on the person to whom you’re talking. If you asked one of my colleagues at the university what we should do, they would probably respond in a manner similar to your average American professor: we’re all people, we need to let the “refugees” in because they’re running from the same folks who did this to us, and I’m sure you all pretty much know the rest by heart. If you asked my mother-in-law the same question, she would probably blister your ears with a response that would make Marine LePen sound like Barack Obama.

Me, I’m afraid that what is going to happen is that we’re going to repeat the policy failures that came out of the Charlie Hebdo massacre back in January. And apropos of nothing, did you know that the spectacular Charlie Hebdo/Hypercacher Jewish Market attack didn’t exactly come out of the blue? I’m pretty sure that the only people who were surprised about that were our government officials and people who don’t watch the news, because in the six weeks leading up to the attacks, there was a terrorist attack at a police station in Tours on December 20 by a dual national who had recently converted to Islam, followed the next day by an vehicular assault by a man shouting “Allahu Akhbar” in five neighborhoods in Dijon that the government attributed to the driver’s mental illness, followed the next day by a second, similar automobile attack at the Christmas market in Dijon, which the government dismissed as the act of a mentally ill driver while simultaneously proclaiming that France was suffering an unprecedented and “grave danger” from terrorism. Three weeks later, the Charlie Hebdo attack occurred. The government’s response: A national day of mourning, repeated reassurances to the Muslim community, more than 50 arrests and a dozen prosecutions of people charged with being “apologists for terrorism,” and for a while, a more visible military presence in public, primarily protecting government buildings, synagogues, and tourist attractions in Paris.

On the local level, we saw individual schools implementing much tighter security—the gates to my children’s Catholic school are now permanently closed and parents are buzzed in if they arrive at any time other than the beginning or end of a school day; similarly, the lycée where I work part-time shut its gates immediately, but waited until the beginning of this school year to implement a card-entry system for students, teachers, and employees. That’s pretty much it. You can still get on a train going just about anywhere but Britain with zero screening and zero security other than the presence of military in the major cities’ stations (to the dismay of the passengers on the Thalys that was attacked—and saved mostly by Americans—this summer). There is still not much in the way of security in public places such as shopping malls, libraries, and the outdoor markets that the French love so much. Until last week, there was pretty much no security at theaters—something that has now changed, at least at the opera and the larger theaters.

Basically, I hear people throwing around terms like “France’s 9/11” and I get the feeling that we’ve been here before, we’ve done this before. The signs up all over town urging people to fight the terrorists by hoisting a glass of wine in a popular local tourist area reminds me of George Bush telling us to support America by going to the mall. A president with a 16% approval rating before the attacks declares a war on jihadism and calls for a “global military coalition with France at its helm.” “Temporary” governmental powers, such as a ban on public gatherings in Paris, that are now being extended, perhaps to be extended again. Does all of this sound a little bit familiar? Of course, although the United States has experienced a few smaller-scale attacks since 2001 (such as Nidal Hasan’s “workplace violence,” a classification that even Mother Jones disputes), American civilians have, for the most part, remained safe against terrorism. I do wonder if world leaders aren’t just playing a game of whack-a-mole with these guys—cut them off from the United States, boom they start killing people in London, Toronto, Madrid, Paris instead. And the American government’s job is to keep Americans safe, Britons care about Britons, and the next attack is in some city that never expected it.

All that said, Hollande and his government are proceeding to make some new and different mistakes, most notably with respect to our foolish agreement to take 30,000 “Syrian” “refugees” even though we now know that at least two of the attackers traveled to France through Greece, slipping in with the crowd. Even though we know—from the Pew Research Center—that only 20% of the refugees are actually from Syria, that 72% of them are men, and that men aged 18-34 represent 43% of asylum seekers. So we’re planning to let in thousands of military-aged men, most of whom are not escaping ISIS in Syria, and the remainder of whom are apparently mostly content to let their women and children stay in Syria and take their chances. And by the way, you can buy a “Syrian passport” for as little as $250. How is opening the gates a good idea?

To those who say “There were only 8 attackers in Paris! Such a small number compared to the thousands who need our help!”—I respond that this is a country in which 40% of the doctors use homeopathy— the pseudoscience that claims it is possible to obtain a substantial reaction from potions whose active ingredients are diluted to nearly imperceptible levels. Another mistake that we are making relates to militants who are already in the country: unlike in the States, French security services can and often do remove suspected militants from our records of people linked to terrorist organizations. Those files should be permanent. Third, not only did France ignore advance warnings of the possibility of an attack (shades of 9/11 again), we have been sharing essentially open borders with countries such as Belgium, which has a security service that is underfunded and overwhelmed, yet apparently we did not effectively exchange information with that country—which served as a staging area for the Paris attacks, apparently for that very reason. If we want to live in a United States of Europe (me, I’m skeptical), we might do better to listen to Ben Franklin’s warning that “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” (Or, in somewhat stronger language, Bassem Braiki, a Muslim rapper from eastern France who has called for his co-religionists to report extremists.) If we’re going to have open-ish internal borders, Angela Merkel cannot unilaterally decide to invite more than half a million people knowing that there is no way to contain them in her own country. Nor should we continue to consider EU membership applications from countries such as Serbia (home of my ancestors and probably dozens of cousins) and Turkey, both of which are sending a relatively large number of people.

Ultimately, what is the most frightening is the prospect that there is no solution, there is no good answer. Bomb Raqqa this month, get bombed by “homegrown” terrorists next month. Seal our borders for real, kill our economy (well, the part of it that isn’t already dead) and get kicked out of the EU. Extend the current state of national emergency—warrantless searches with few limits, no public gatherings, Internet blocking by the government, house arrest without trial—at at some point, France becomes more like China than, well, France. Live in fear? Same problem. What we tell ourselves is the right and just thing to do for our country, our children, our future—no dithering, no “return to normal” like after Charlie Hebdo—well, that’s going to determine whether this time, things will be different.

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122 Responses to We Tell Ourselves Stories

  1. votermom says:

    Great post Jadzia!

    • cynic says:

      Yes, thank you for enlightening us. We have situations here that are dusted under the rug. The Merced student stabbing sure was lacking for information; just some disgruntled student.

      Besides the mosques, look to the prison system for more radicalization.

      • Jadzia says:

        Ugh, I forgot about that. Actually, I wouldn’t have even known about it if not for TCH. You are probably absolutely right about the prison system.

        • leslie says:

          Yes. Thank you for this great post. It is helpful to know what has actually been going on over there. It’s hard enough to learn about the terrorism around these parts (Because we all know there really isn’t any terrorism in the US. Right?)
          The timeline you gave that preceded the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the Jewish Market is really interesting.

          • Jadzia says:

            Thanks! I think it is so weird that the government classified the attack in my town as “terrorism” (although the guy was a radicalized Muslim shouting the usual battle cry, the entirety of the attack was one guy and a knife–IN A POLICE STATION), but the far scarier events in Nantes and Lyon (the Christmas markets are a big big deal, especially in the east, and I don’t want to think about how many little kids were out) they are trying to say are just random crazy guys. Riiiight.

      • leslie says:

        An excellent point, cynic. IIRC, the prisons turn out even more radicals than the mosques in this country, at least.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Yes it is Thank you, Jadzia. ❤

  2. votermom says:

    I have to be at the kiddies school most of today, so I am dropping this here.
    The writer is an An Ace of Spade regular and needs reviews on Amazon if anyone us interested
    (Any kind of review, even a one liner, is helpful to new writers)


    • cynic says:

      I used your link this a.m. Did a little Christmas shopping.

        • cynic says:

          Did I do it right? I’ll be doing more shopping, and I want to make sure it goes to you.

          • votermom says:

            I see some orders today so I think it did!🙂

          • Jadzia says:

            VM, does going through your site only work for amazon.com? Obviously I usually (okay, WAY TOO OFTEN) use amazon.fr and to a lesser extent, amazon.co.uk; this time of year I do use .com (the American site) to send gifts to family over there. But you could be making bank from me alone (I hate driving to the store) if the .fr also helps you.

          • cynic says:

            Music, Advent wreath, socks

          • votermom says:

            I see the advent wreath and socks! No music – not sure about why. It may show up later?
            I think the general rule is that if you go thru one of the linjs I set up, anything you “add to cart” for that day until you hit check out will count.
            If you use 1-Click ordering that’s considered checkout, so it ends my link. Avoid 1-Click.

            Jadzia, I only get credits for amazon.com. I would have to apply separately to get links from amazon.fr (or any of the others) – and I’d have to be able to read French.🙂
            I might try. The .uk & .ca too maybe.

          • Jadzia says:

            Ha ha. Let me know if you end up doing UK! I buy expensive textbooks and things for my dissertation there.

          • cynic says:

            Oh, I wish I had known that sooner. Hubby put the music in his cart weeks ago. The wreath was done this a.m.

          • votermom says:

            oh yeah, items already in the cart would not count

          • leslie says:

            So if I remove items already in my cart and then add them back in, that would count… yes?

          • votermom says:

            leslie, I think so, or as Spock would say:
            ” That is the logical conclusion.” 😉

  3. Dora says:

    A great post. Thank you.

    Yes, it’s true that we’ve been telling ourselves stories and we continue to do so. There are actually people who believe that all mosques are sacred, holy places of worship. They will only learn when it’s too late.

    Here’s a Map of Nearly 100 Radicalized Mosques in the U.S.

    French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called for the “dissolution” of radical mosques following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. Belgium’s Prime Minister, Charles Michel threatened similar action in his country where the attacks were staged.
    Neither President Obama nor other officials in his administration, however, have spoken of shutting down radical mosques in the U.S. But U.S. reticence about taking actions now being implemented by France and Belgium isn’t for a lack of mosques in this country in which hatred for American values and support for jihad terrorism are regularly heard


  4. elliesmom says:

    A woman sitting on a panel discussion about Benghazi, told a Muslim woman who stood up to defend “peaceful Muslims” that peaceful Muslims were irrelevant. When the Nazis came to power in Germany, most Germans were kind, peaceful people, but still millions of people died, because the kind, peaceful Germans were irrelevant. Before WWII most Japanese people were kind and peaceful, yet the Japanese Army slaughtered its was across Southeast Asia. The kind, peaceful people were irrelevant. She had several other examples of times when a minority of a large group of people were able to wreak havoc, killing millions of people. She didn’t dispute the Muslim woman’s claim that most Muslims are kind and loving people. She just told her to sit down because it didn’t matter.


    • Jadzia says:

      That’s actually pretty depressing. Realistic, but depressing.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        It seems to me that one of the biggest problems both here and in Europe is the inability to discuss these issues openly and honestly. Yes, there are some bigots out there saying bigoted stuff. But just as bad or worse are the people with blinders on.

        We are facing an existential threat coming from the followers of Islam. OTOH, not all Muslims are part of that threat. We want to deal with the threat while still adhering to our principles of freedom and due process.

        But we can’t even get everyone on the same page. So we lurch from crisis to crisis, with no consistency and no real plan.

        • Jadzia says:

          This. Lurching is exactly what we (and I mean everybody, not just France) are doing.

        • elliesmom says:

          Pew research says 13% of American Muslims, not world-wide, right here, think killing civilians is justified to protect Islam. There are 2.6 million Muslims in the US, and the number is growing with or without immigration. That’s 268,000 people already living here who believe, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” Why should anybody be worried?

        • foxyladi14 says:


    • 1539days says:

      Many of the people who start popular revolts are also unfortunately the wealthy and privileged. The idiots who started the Reign of Terror were intellectuals. The people who tried to stop Hitler in Germany were the upper class. Now, the idiots who whine about racist statuary have millionaire parents, Poor people try to keep their head down and make something better of themselves.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Wonderful post Jadzia ! I’ve always wanted to ask you, how is Obama thought of by the French, not the politicians, just the everyday citizens? I’ve always wondered if our allies think of him as a knucklehead like we do.😉

    • Jadzia says:

      Ha ha! We moved here in 2011 and at that point, lots of people seemed to still have a favorable view of him. And I’m sure that is STILL the case among the chattering classes, especially given the fact that non-English speakers are going to have less of an ability to sift through the BS stories that are being told about all of the Republican candidates for truth and probably are going to believe that Trump is a Nazi, Ben Carson is crazy, etc. That said, it’s pretty much like in the States. Conservatives don’t like him. My landlady (who I think is of Lebanese origin, based on her surname) haaaaaates him. He’s not very well thought of by people who are more conservative here; people like Hillary better. Not sure if that will change in light of recent events.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Yep, sure seems left v. right is universal in their thinking. Obama’s wrapping his Hate America Tour telling young Asian children don’t grow up to be meanies like those Republicans treat me. I think Nazi Trump has gotten under his skin and the Omedia is fanning the flames.

        We already have an international registry for the potential trouble makers called a No Fly List. In fact a couple of those Paris terrorists were on it. Maybe they should check that list at the borders now? Oh wait, fake passports with new identities, nevermind😉

  6. Dora says:

    If the French merely think of him as a knucklehead, they are being very polite!

    Obama’s Department of Veterans Affair Bans ‘Merry Christmas’, Christmas Trees and…


  7. Myiq2xu says:

  8. Great post Jadzia. You did a great job expressing the conflict and fear that seems to penetrate the population there. I think it’s similar to what’s happening here, but more intense, which you captured so well. There seems to be a lot of global confusion due to certain power bases seemingly forcing the issue of open borders, and their bossy supporters suggesting that people who’ve worked hard to create a safe space for themselves and are righteously afraid of this new paradigm are racist, xenophobic, etc. It remains to be seen how this works out in the long run.

    I feel as though there’s a major infiltration going on all around the western world, a sort of third world surge. While I do feel that people should have opportunity, I don’t think it should come at the expense of people who are already working hard to maintain security. That’s the point of working hard. It would be different if there was an invitation, but this is being foisted on us by people who have already secured their spaces via their positions of power or inheritance of wealth. They will never have to be exposed like the French people are with refugees, or the American people are with illegal immigrants.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      Fear is a powerful emotion. We are hardwired to react to it. If you want to motivate a bunch of people in a hurry then scare the piss out of them. Anger is a pretty good motivator too, and they usually travel together.

      Some times that fear is unwarranted. Some times it’s not.

      Prior to December 7, 1941 the American people were generally opposed to getting involved in World War 2. Afterwards they were overwhelmingly in favor of going to war.

    • Jadzia says:

      Thanks! I think the feelings are more intense here just because of the geography: the world’s a lot closer when you don’t have a big ocean on each side. I completely agree with you about who favors this invasion and why.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    This is an oldie but goodie, immigration explained with gumballs. So easy to follow his logic even I could understand it. 😛

  10. 1539days says:

    Conservatives have been bringing up a simple concept that no one seems to address. If we’re going to devote resources to refugees, why not clear and hold regions where Syrian refugees can be safe near their own homes?

    Why are we bringing over people who aren’t used to the Western world who don’t really understand our culture and laws? Is it because we think we’re superior to the Arab world that our leaders keep telling us is full of peaceful moderates?

    • You could easily use the old “maintain essential connections” argument from social work to articulate this. The way you’ve phrased it, it reads a little NIMBY. But if you turned it around to what’s “in the best interest of Syrians” instead of us, it could get some traction.

      • 1539days says:

        Given the choice, I’d rather have someone come to the US because they don’t like the restrictions of economics and class in their original home rather than just using this country as a flophouse because their old home got burned down.

        However, there is still something to the argument that we are essentially giving up on Syria and just evacuating the population. Once a country takes refugees, they don’t go back.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Yeah, as gumball guy said above, if we’re only taking in the best, strongest and brightest from ravaged countries then world poverty goes up.

      Isn’t this the premise of the Clinton Global Foundation ? To help people in their home countries?

      • 1539days says:

        The premise is to help make the world better. The purpose is to make the Clintons rich and powerful supervillains.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I read some of the CGI mission and projects at their website. It just seems like a bunch of psycho babble about “their vision” for a better world without actually producing anything with their money. Almost more like a consulting firm? Of course a giant donation page popped up so they can continue this important work. Whaaaa?

    • Jadzia says:

      Kind of a strange “city.” My first guess (before clicking the link) was Detroit, which has a huge Middle Eastern population plus non-immigrants who have converted. Hamtramck is a “city” that’s totally surrounded by Detroit. Still, it sounds like Michigan is becoming a completely different place than where I grew up. (The U.P. will never change, though.)

      • 1539days says:

        Dearborn was actually a concentrated Muslim population for a while.

        • Jadzia says:

          Yep. The last time I went “home” to the UP, I had to fly from LA to Detroit (and then a puddle jumper on to Marquette). Not all that long after 9/11 (2003, I think it was). I am a horrible person for being a little nervous on that flight.

  11. Myiq2xu says:

  12. Dora says:

    Some nice news for a change. Congratulations Lauren Lauren on the birth of your beautiful little boy.

    ‘Welcome to the world sweet baby James!’ Lauren Bush Lauren posts adorable picture of newborn son after giving birth to her first child


  13. So I’ve got a few questions.

    1. What is the difference between ISIS and ISIL? If there’s no difference, why does Obama always say ISIL and the US security apparatus always use IS or ISIS?
    2. Why has there been significant revision in the refugee numbers? A few weeks ago we were reading about millions crossing borders in eastern and southern Europe and into Germany. Now those numbers have been revised down to tens of thousands. Why? Is it because they are now counting only Syrians?
    3. What drove the original wave of refugees? Syrians have been living with civil war for several years, and now suddenly it’s a running game. Why? What changed on the ground?

    • 1539days says:

      1. Obama worships the mighty goddess Isis and feels it is disrespectful to Her.
      2. Refugees are now being melded together into super sized refugees. They will be relocated to old castles and other large structures.
      3. The administration has been supporting the war, making it more destructive than ever. This answer isn’t as joke.

    • Jadzia says:

      1. “L” refers to “the levant,” which I guess is broader than the Iraq and Syria referenced in the “ISIS” name. I think Obama’s use of ISIL can be interpreted in numerous ways (probably depending on your politics). One could be charitable and say well, the use of ISIL indicates an understanding that ISIS’s ambitions are larger than just the two countries in the more commonly used acronym. I think conservatives view it differently but I don’t really get the argument.

      2. I have no idea and actually didn’t hear about this! Who is revising them down? And is the “millions” number that has turned into “thousands” referring to the total number or just how many have arrived more recently? If they were counting only “Syrians” (and I’m sure this has been covered in the American media, but here I’ve seen a bunch of news reports with arriving people accusing others of pretending to be Syrian in the hopes of better treatment) that would reduce the number by 80%.

      3. The Guardian has an interesting discussion of this (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/04/syrian-refugee-crisis-why-has-it-become-so-bad). I’ve also heard about a crackdown by the Assad government that has driven people out (http://www.wsj.com/articles/assad-regime-inflames-refugee-crisis-1442014327) and huge numbers of Kosovars surging into Germany for economic reasons (http://www.wsj.com/articles/germany-grapples-with-surge-of-migrants-from-kosovo-1424381676). The increased opportunities to get here that are referenced in parts of the Guardian article I think apply to many of the non-Syrians (routes opening up, etc.).

      • Jadzia, I knew that L the stood for Levant, but I don’t know why there’s this insistance on using two separate terms by US leadership.

        That said, I can’t find the specific articles right now I was referring to with the millions, (and I may go back through my history later today to find them) but here’s a couple from October that suggest the magnitude has been toned down.

        Croatia & 58,000 refugees: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3287510/Refugee-children-resorting-survival-sex-pay-people-smugglers-claims-record-56-000-migrants-land-Greece-just-six-days.html

        Slovenia has 62,000 in four days: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3289031/The-long-march-Stunning-pictures-thousands-migrants-brave-mud-rain-days-bid-Balkans-western-Europe.html

        Other sources say Germany will absorb 1.5 million this year alone. Greece was taking in 7,000 a day throughout much of October. Sweden and Belgium have complained of high numbers, as well. Turkey, Croatia, Slovenia, eastern EU, all the same. Other sources say that there were 4 million Syrian refugees at the start of the year, and 9 million now. That means 5 million this year alone, much of it since August when the Greek crisis started heating up. Syria only had 20 million. Half the country is gone now. But we’re now reading about these manageable numbers of settled refugees; 10,000 in the US, 25,000 here and there. But that’s a dramatic change from what the EU press, particularly the British press, was reporting in October.

        • Dora says:

          Every time he says ISIL he denies the existence of the State of Israel.

          • Jadzia says:

            I have heard this, but I don’t really “get” why.

          • blowme0bama says:

            I *think* that Levant refers to an area that includes Isreal and it is a term used by Mohammedans. Too lazy to check my work here. But that’s why its considered to be coming from an anti-Israel perspective. It’s like a dog whistle to those who want Israel to not be there.

        • Jadzia says:

          I don’t know. Maybe the super high numbers include Turkey (which does have a crazy number of people) and now we’re not including them anymore? Calais (which is basically a permanent camp; it’s been there for more than a decade) is only about 6000 (per Wikipedia). 9 million sounds to me like it just can’t be right, if we are talking about people who get past Turkey and into Europe. Those small countries in Eastern and Central Europe (Hungary, Croatia, etc.) would have been completely overrun if it had been 9 million–I mean, 9 million is the TOTAL population of Hungary. We all saw the footage at the borders and it was a mess, but just thinking about the size of those countries I can’t see it being multiple millions (even accounting for the multiplicity of routes) this year.

          • Dora says:

            ISIS means the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The Levant is a region on the Arabian Peninsula which includes the area of Jordan and Israel. So, ISIL means the Islamic State of Iraq, Syria and the Levant. It includes Jordan and Israel as part of what they consider the caliphate.

    • lyn says:

      There you go. I also posted your list on Sharyl Attkisson’s Full Measure FB page.

  14. DeniseVB says:

    This made me cry, but am hoping it was just a lost phone in the carnage and that’s mom’s child was okay.

  15. DandyTIger says:

    From George Orwell, Partisan Review (1942):

    Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help out that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, ‘he that is not with me is against me’.

    • 1539days says:

      Pacifism is part of the BS utopia message of socialism. Somehow, if we redistribute everyone’s stuff, no one will ever want more than what the other guy has and we’ll have eternal peace. Usually, the socialists have to kill the people who don’t agree with them.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I’m convinced socialists will never be happy and keep wanting, wanting, wanting. If not their fair share, just more changes for everyone else.

        • 1539days says:

          The whole belief is predicated on misery. It’s the same as SJWs. There’s no possible way to not “offend” someone and still have human relationships. The struggle never ends because no one is ever happy. They’re tilting at windmills.

      • blowme0bama says:

        “kill wrong thinkers” – yup. It’s because socialism run contrary to human nature. Leftists just won’t face reality about much of anything.

  16. Dora says:

    Hubby and I have been concerned about this for some time. Now a well known person has come out and said it. 😦

    Bill Bennett: They will kill Trump before they let him be a president.


    • leslie says:

      I hope you’re wrong, Dora. But I have been thinking about this for quite some time – that GOPE will destroy (by any means possible) Trump before they “allow” him to ruin their “brand”.

    • votermom says:

      That doesn’t sound like Bill Bennett. I’ve listened to his show. He’s a big establishment guy.

  17. leslie says:

    I wish my day (and coming week) weren’t so jam-packed with other things to do. I’ll be back much later today to try to read the rest of this great thread. I learn so much from you all!❤

  18. Dora says:

    • cynic says:

      We woke up to about 5″, and 5 degrees. The beautiful sunrise made the snow on the tree branches look pink, against the cloudy gray sky to the North. The sun made it look like diamond dust in the yard. We both just looked at it in awe.

  19. lyn says:

    If Ezra were named Trayvon or Mike, would this pig be more animated?

  20. cynic says:

    Did anyone else watch This Week with George Stephanopoulos ? He interviewed O’Malley, and it was shameful. He should not be doing the show until after the election, since he was in the Clinton administration. He was doing nothing but protecting Hillary, and when I went to read the transcript, it only said (CROSSTALK). That’s right, you can’t read what George said.

  21. Dora says:

    When Democrat President Harry Truman singled out “ethnic German refugees” for enhanced scrutiny before entry into U.S., nobody complained


  22. votermom says:

    This is also a good post on Paris aftermath by Larry Correia (gun advocate bestselling sf author & sad puppies Evil Overlord)

  23. swanspirit says:

    Thank you so much Jadzia, for this great post. I am so glad you and your family are safe, and I hope for the sake of all the French that they catch the rest of the terrorists before they do any more harm.
    I hope this spurs our governments to make a successful effort to reduce their numbers so they no longer have the power to do harm. But even as I say that, i think of the stabbing attacks in Israel, and how deep seated and entrenched their hatred must be to move people to do such things.
    For all our sakes, I hope someone comes up with a good answer, and that person has the power to implement it.
    I think what galls me is that the people making the decisions to let the refugees in, are for the most part , not the ones who will be at risk. They are so willing to put other people at risk for their “principles” .

    And their principles seem to me to be nothing more that some sanctimonious posturing for political purposes. They certainly weren’t getting so worked up about all the poor dead Syrians that have been killed in such huge numbers thus far. I remember when the count of dead civilians was 1000. No one in our current administration was moved to do much.

    But the people who have reservations about being put at risk are just “racists”, again.

    I hope you continue to post, and not just about terrible events. It is so nice to hear from you.

  24. DeniseVB says:

    Just for fun, MOTUS has a “Talk Like Trump”, inspired by Ace, thread up. Pretty funny …


  25. Dora says:

    I guess we don’t have to worry about an attack in NYC. We’ve got the Mafia to protect us. Only in NY folks. Only in NY. 🙂

    Gangs of New York: Sicilian mafia offers Big Apple protection from ‘psychopathic’ ISIS


  26. alice223 says:

    Excellent and thoughtful post. Thanks.

  27. DandyTIger says:

    Oops, forgot to say, Amazing post. Thanks!

  28. lyn says:

    Great post! We need your perspective, Jadzia!

  29. NewOrleans says:

    Thanks for this post, Jadzia. While scary and sobering, it was more informative than anything I’ve seen on MSM news reports.

    Had to chuckle at your description about your mother-in-law. Would LOVE to hear her thoughts!😛

  30. mothy67 says:

    Jadzia I also say thank you.
    The willfull blindness is what sickens me most. We have it you have it. Pray for you and your’s safety.
    Thanks again for your perspective.

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