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I cannot fathom why the American media isn't making a bigger deal out of this:

The rumble of armored police trucks and the hiss of tear gas filled central Paris on Saturday, as French riot police fought to contain thousands of yellow-vested protesters venting their anger against the government in a movement that has grown more violent by the week. A ring of steel surrounded the president's Elysee Palace — a key destination for the protesters — as police stationed trucks and reinforced metal barriers throughout the neighborhood.

Saturday's yellow vest crowd was overwhelmingly male, a mix of those bringing their financial grievances to Paris — the center of France's government, economy and culture — along with groups of apparently experienced vandals, who tore steadily through some of the city's wealthiest neighborhoods, smashing and burning. Police and protesters also clashed in the southern French cities of Marseille and Toulouse.

Then again, maybe I can: the media would have you believe the rioting is over an increase in the gasoline tax, which it is -- but the tax is in the service of the "green economy." something the French public has as little belief in as the members of any other nation with a median IQ of 100. Take the French national pastime of setting up barricades on the streets of Paris and throw in the usual suspects on the Left (Communists, socialists, and other malcontents) and you have the makings of a genuine political crisis.

Half a century after the riots of 1968, we might be watching French history repeat itself.

Worry not, kids, the FBI is working feverishly to protect us from...blog comments:

From The Verge:

In May 2017, the FCC began accepting comments from the general public regarding its plans, pulling in more than 2.6 million comments, spurred on by television personalities like John Oliver. The agency was inundated with tens of thousands of near-identical comments advocating for the removal of the protections (a study later found that unique comments were overwhelmingly asking for the rules to be left in place), and while those comments were attached to legitimate names and addresses, many of the supposed commenters said that they weren’t the ones who submitted them.

The federal government is never so zealous as when dealing with uppity citizens who don't want the federal government in their business. By the way, this spammy comment offensive is a tactic that the Soros bots have been using online for years, but it's OK then because holy progressives causes and all that.

Trump U.N. appointee made "anti-Muslim comments."

This coming from the organization that branded a Muslim reformer an "anti-Islamic extremist..."

We know Heather Nauert is evil because ... guilt by association. The Huffington Post's Rowaida Abdelaziz has the story:

She mocked Muslims in a 2016 tweet that linked to a New York Times story about Muslims’ concerns over then-presidential candidate Trump. “They should meet ISIS,” she wrote. She also tweeted links to jihadwatch.org, an anti-Muslim hate site run by Robert Spencer, a prominent anti-Muslim activist who is banned from the United Kingdom for his Islamophobic and racist rhetoric.

Nauert’s relationship with Spencer dates back to 2009, when she hosted him and fellow anti-Muslim activists Frank Gaffney, Tarek Fatah and Nonie Darwish to discuss an hour-long segment on “stealth jihad.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled Gaffney “America’s most notorious Islamophobe” and his organization as a hate group. Similarly, the SPLC called Darwish “a staple of the anti-Islam right.” Fatah is a Canada-based columnist and self-proclaimed Muslim reformer who has been criticized for spreading anti-Muslim conspiracy theories and has called for a ban on the face veils.

That same Southern Poverty Law Center paid $3.375 million to settle a defamation lawsuit from Maajid Nawaz, a Muslim who dared to criticize radical Islam. This settlement inspired about 60 organizations falsely branded "hate groups" by the SPLC to consider their own separate defamation lawsuits.

If Heather Nauert is concerned about radical Islamic terrorism and about the horrific mistreatment of women in the Middle East — child marriage, sex slavery, female genital mutilation, and more — that would be more a qualification for U.N. service than a black mark on her record.

As for her "Islamophobic" tweet about Muslims needing to be more concerned about ISIS than Donald Trump, that seems rather prescient. After all, a coalition of female victims of radical Islamic oppression will endorse President Trump this coming Tuesday. His leadership has allowed them to share their stories without being immediately branded "Islamophobic" by discredited smear groups like the SPLC.

Kelly's out:

John F. Kelly, the retired Marine general tapped as chief of staff by President Trump last year to bring order to his chaotic White House, will leave the job by the end of the year, Mr. Trump said on Saturday, the latest departure from the president’s inner circle after a bruising midterm election for his party.

Mr. Trump, speaking with reporters on the White House lawn before departing for the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, said that he would announce a replacement for Mr. Kelly, perhaps on an interim basis, in the next day or two. “John Kelly will be leaving — I don’t know if I can say ‘retiring,’” the president said. “But he’s a great guy. John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year.”

The media's endless fascination with the churn in the White House is a testament to its enduring faith in the "process" model they all learned about at Harvard: that "stability" is a virtue to be prized above all others, and that "chaos," in the form of personnel turnover, is to be avoided. This is one reason, as I noted here, they suddenly became so fond of the orderly G.H.W. Bush, mediocre and ultimately unsuccessful president that he was.

The leading candidate to replace Mr. Kelly is Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff and a Republican political operative, who possesses the kind of savvy about campaigns that Mr. Trump has craved. Mr. Kelly, a career military officer before becoming Mr. Trump’s first homeland security secretary, lacked such experience.

Mr. Ayers, 36, has told Mr. Trump that he would serve on an interim basis through the spring, when his family will return to Georgia, according to people familiar with the discussions. But Mr. Trump, who frets about the image of a White House in constant chaos, wants a full-time replacement and is eager for Mr. Ayers to stay for the duration.

If the president ultimately turns to another candidate, potential choices include the Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin; his budget director, Mick Mulvaney; and the United States trade representative, Robert Lighthizer. Mr. Kelly’s coming departure leaves Mr. Trump with an ever-shrinking team of close advisers as he begins to navigate the new power structure on Capitol Hill that will be ushered in next month when Democrats assume control of the House.

 

 

Guilty:

Charlottesville -- An avowed supporter of neo-Nazi beliefs who took part in the violent and chaotic white-supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in this city last year was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder for killing a woman by ramming his car through a crowd of counterprotesters.

A jury of seven women and five men began deliberating Friday morning and took just over seven hours to reach its decision that James Alex Fields Jr., 21, of Maumee, Ohio, acted with premeditation when he backed up his 2010 Dodge Challenger and then roared it down a narrow downtown street crowded with counterprotesters, slamming into them and another car. Heather D. Heyer, 32, was killed and 35 others were injured, many grievously. Fields was also found guilty on eight counts of malicious wounding.

Everything about the Charlotttesville incident was deplorable, and the fact that it ended with injury and death ought to be a warning sign for both sides in the increasingly heated ideological conflict to cool down and back away. Whether they will is doubtful.