A few weeks ago I wrote this piece debunking the claim that Daesh could easily be defeated by bombing oil fields, an idea put forward by, among others, Ben Carson and Donald Trump (whom I have worked into yet another column). And now, another argument against bombing oil fields is manifesting as winter arrives in […]Read more "Yet Another Reason Bombing Oil Fields Does Not Defeat ISIS"
When Christian conservatives express their grave disapproval of gay marriage, they will invariably cite the Bible as a major reason. Kim Davis went to jail this year because gay marriage was against her religion. The owners of a bakery in Oregon payed over $135,000 in damages for refusing to bake a cake for a same […]Read more "ISIS Also Believes in Biblical Marriage"
When there are incidents of Islamic terrorism, demagogues on the right are quick to endorse various measures to clamp down on the freedoms of all Muslims in the name of security. One popular idea is to monitor mosques. Rep. Peter King extolled the virtue of this practice on yesterday’s edition of FOX News Sunday. “[Civil […]Read more "Monitoring Mosques Is Not the Way to Find ISIS Recruitment"
The New York Times yesterday ran an adorable puff piece on its website showing the San Diego Zoo’s polar bears enjoying their early Christmas present: an enclosure full of artificial snow. Thanks to a donor, the bears received nearly 26 tons of the fine powder, in which they happily played and frolicked. While even someone […]Read more "Is It Right to Make Fake Snow During a Drought?"
In a radio interview taped Monday, former NYPD police commissioner Ray Kelly made an unsubstantiated claim that current police commissioner Bill Bratton is using falsified data to show record low crime rates. “I think there is some issue with the numbers that are being put out,” Kelly told the host, IBT Local 237 president Gregory […]Read more "Ray Kelly Has No Right to Condemn Falsifying of Crime Statistics"
Colonel Steve Warren, official spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve (our attack on Daesh), just released a declassified document obtained by the US, which details an egregious plan by the terrorist group: in anticipation of fleeing Fallujah, the document directs its fighters to dress as members of the Iraq security forces (ISF) and the Popular Mobilization […]Read more "The Department of Defense and the News Media Fall for a Fake ISIS Document"
In the past week and a half, this blog has twice covered the Islamic State’s Google+ page (here and here). Although there was no sure way of verifying that it was official, which it claimed to be, nevertheless the page was frequently updated with the latest Daesh propaganda, and was very serious in tone, save […]Read more "Did Thought Front Deal a Blow to ISIS?"