Blame Gun Laws, Defend Islam, Rinse, Repeat: The Terrorist Media Coverage Wash Cycle

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According to the Obama administration and mainstream media with their strings by the same puppet masters, the biggest problem we face is not radical Islamic terrorists but rather weak gun laws. Let’s put aside that California has the toughest gun laws in the country or that the threat of radicalization from the Islamic State’s propaganda and recruitment machine is more powerful than anyone is willing to admit. Instead, let’s focus on why all of this happens.

It goes against the liberal narrative to believe that any one religious group can be more dangerous than others. It also goes against the liberal narrative to think that having more “good guys with guns” hanging around public locations might have more of a positive effect in the fight against rampant crime and growing terrorism than pushing to disarm the good guys and hoping that the bad guys will comply.

The problem isn’t ignorance. It isn’t even a sense of righteousness to believe that radicalization doesn’t happen primarily in Islam or that tightening gun laws will have a positive effect. It all comes down to perpetuating the narrative for the rest of President Obama’s term and the media’s hope that Hillary Clinton will be able to pick up his mantle and carry the agenda forward.

I once felt that the liberal mindset was simply a matter of taking the easier and clearly more destructive path. I thought that the sales pitch sounded good and therefore those who espouse it and those who promote it are doing so because they didn’t think through the implications. I’m now firmly of the belief that politicians and the media are aware that they don’t make sense but they have to continue down this road for a more nefarious reason.

It could be pride. Bad things have happened based upon a stubborn willingness to ignore facts and promote a false ideology. It could be conspiratorial with some hidden “powers and principalities” behind the scenes setting the world down a path to destruction. It’s likely somewhere in between. Regardless of the reason, it’s time for Americans to wake up. The liberal agenda is starting to do serious harm and it’s approaching a point where we have no path to recovery.

Let’s take a look at the narrative versus reality.

Gun Laws

I’m going to make this as simple for even a liberal mind to understand as possible. The increase in violence that we’ve seen in recent years is not the result of lax gun laws. If that were the case, we’d see the numbers leveling out because the gun laws have not been lightened in the time immediately before or during the rise. If the gun laws worked to keep mass shootings down before and they haven’t changed much since, then they are not the core problem. That’s undeniable.

Also, if gun laws equated to safety from gun violence, then New Hampshire with their extremely freedom-oriented gun laws would be a magnet for gun violence while a city like Chicago with Draconian gun laws would be a safe haven of peace and tranquility. We know that the opposite is closer to the truth.

The narrative, as eloquently displayed on today’s NY Times front page editorial, is a perfect example of how false logic is applied to achieve an end even if the means requires subterfuge and deceit. The liberal government and mainstream media need as many people as possible to believe that the solution is with gun laws rather than empowerment of law abiding citizens to protect themselves and their communities. That would make too much sense for liberals to comprehend.

Radical Islamic Terrorism

The narrative as it pertains to terrorism is one that has many points of attack. They can attack the idea that there are Christian, Hindu, and even atheist bad guys out there who do the same type of harm as radical Islam. They can point out that over a billion Muslims are not terrorists. They can look to the Koran and pick out phrases that sound peaceful.

The reality isn’t very far off from the narrative. Most Muslims are not dangerous and do not want to do harm to non-Muslims. However, it doesn’t take a majority to commit jihad. It doesn’t take a large number of terrorists to kill by the dozens, hundreds, or even thousands.

The problem with the narrative is this: it will not protect Muslims from backlash by the bigots. Yes, there are plenty of Americans who would rather the country be completely Muslim-free just as there are plenty of Americans would would rather the country be Hispanic-free. A narrative of peaceful, fun-loving Muslims will not prevent bigotry. It will, however, infuriate the majority of Americans who believe three truths:

  • Most Muslims are not terrorists.
  • Some Muslims are.
  • We need to be diligent and call a spade a spade rather than dancing around the topic with political correctness.

The only way we’re going to be able to maintain safety in this country is to flush the narratives and deal with realities. The truth may offend some people, but hurt feelings are the price that must be paid to keep Americans safe.

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For Beautiful, Perfectly Golden Mushrooms, Don't Wash Them (But Do Clean Them)

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For Beautiful, Perfectly Golden Mushrooms, Don't Wash Them (But Do Clean Them)

Stop washing your mushrooms. I know it may seem counterintuitive to not wash a fungus that grows in the ground before putting it in your mouth, but trust me on this.

Notice I didn’t say “don’t clean your mushrooms.” You should clean them, you should just do it without water. See, once mushrooms are wet, they are nearly impossible to get dry again, and excess water can cause the tasty caps to steam rather than brown. Given the fact that those crispy, savory edges are the best part of sauteed mushrooms (thanks Maillard browning!), it makes sense to avoid water as much as possible.

So how do you clean them? Bon Appetit suggests a “dry-cleaning” method of dusting off dirt and debris with a pastry brush or crumpled paper towel. Given that cultivated mushrooms are grown in sterilized compost, it’s unlikely that anything tagging along will be harmful. If you encounter a stubborn spot that you simply must remove, you can try wiping it away with a slightly damp paper towel, but consider the sink a no-fly zone.

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