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France is going to fight terrorism with shrinks. From ABC News:

France wants to involve psychiatrists in preventing attacks like the one in which a mentally unstable man drove into two Marseille bus stops, killing a woman, the country's interior minister said Tuesday.

Gerard Collomb said that about one-third of the thousands of people on a French watch list for radicalization are known to have psychological problems. The minister said a philosophy book and a "general book on Islam" were found in the Marseille driver's van.

"We need to protect ourselves," he said in an interview on BFM-TV.

Authorities have ruled out terrorism as a motive for the man who allegedly rammed a van into the bus stops about 5 kilometers (3 miles) apart on Monday. They said the suspect had been undergoing psychological treatment.

In the twisted world of feel-good terrorism fighting, it's OK to extrapolate any motivation that isn't Islam, even imitation Islam!

People suffering from certain psychiatric problems can "imitate" the jihadis who carry out attacks and "can take action" themselves, he said.

Sure, Europe's problem in recent years has been copycat jihadis, not the real ones.

Does everyone feel safer already?

Tiny homes to the rescue for homeless vets?

Fox News has this story about a new approach to helping homeless veterans:

A Philadelphia veteran’s organization is building a community of tiny homes for veterans who struggle with homelessness.

Veterans Place Director Marlon Ferguson told Fox News his organization will turn nearly four acres of land into a livable community for veterans who are looking for permanent housing.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans says veterans make up 11% of the homeless population in the United States. Nearly 40,000 veterans are homeless on any given night according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's 2016 data.

Ferguson says veterans deserve better. “How is it you live in the best country this world has ever produced, and you serve your country, and you come back and you can’t quite make it?” he asked.

Ferguson, a former petty officer in the Navy, looks to help those who served the country transition back to their communities.

“This is one solution for permanent housing for our veterans,” he said of the tiny homes project, which will have up to 17 tiny homes with a community center. The project will use energy efficient technology, Ferguson added.

This is a problem I have been acutely aware of for years. I live a couple of blocks from the massive VA property in West Los Angeles. It is some of the most prime real estate in the city and most of it is vacant. Meanwhile, many veterans undergoing regular treatment there are living in what are essentially a couple of flop house hotels or on the street.

The VA finally built a small facility to provide shelter for a few, but that was only under a court order because they were sued.

Most agree that our veterans deserve better. It's time that those in the government tasked with their care began doing a better job of it.

The city of Charlottesville tried to hold a council meeting last night but members were shouted down by hundreds of people angry at the botched response to the violence two weeks ago and that they allowed neo Nazis and racists to demonstrate.

A snipped from AP of what went on.


A protest erupted inside Charlottesville city council chambers August 21 as councilors held their first meeting since deadly violence played out in city streets on August 12.

The crowd screamed at councilors and eventually took over the meeting, which caused the police that were present to intervene.

The emotional crowd vows to see the statue taken down, even if it is by their own hands.

At one point, councilors and city staff fled the room as protestors jumped up where the council sits. Two protestors held a banner saying "Blood on your Hands."

"You had multiple opportunities to intervene and you did not intervene one time.  We told you exactly what you needed to do and you did nothing," said an unidentified man at the meeting.

The people in the crowd demanded answers about recent events that occurred in the city.

“You want to call yourself the capital of resistance the resistance was the medics that saved lives. The resistance are the citizens who are identifying the perpetrators of hate crimes,” said Emily Gorcenski.

They wanted someone held accountable.

"Somebody has to be held accountable not only for the blood of those three lives but for every injury that happened this past weekend.  And I'll be damned if I see another one of my brothers or sisters get beaten or die,” said Don Gathers.

Charlottesville police officers flooded council chambers in an attempt to keep the crowd calm. Three people were hauled out of the chambers and arrested.

I understand the desire to blame council members for the botched response, but the blame rests almost solely with the mayor and chief of police. There appears to be an effort to blame the council for allowing the Nazis and white supremacists the opportunity to protest. But they had no choice. They were only following the Constitution.

The Phoenix police will almost certainly do a better job tonight when the protests will be much bigger.


President Trump also plans to visit the U.S.-Mexico border while he is in Arizona, reportedly in an area where officials say a border fence has strengthened border security.

Via AZ Central:

Trump will get a first-hand look at issues that were the centerpiece of his presidential campaign: combating illegal immigration and building a "great, great wall" on the southwestern border.

He is scheduled to tour a port facility near the Yuma airport, which is located about 10 miles east of the Colorado River, which separates the U.S. from Mexico along this border city. He'll see a predator drone, Border Patrol river patrol boat, and surveillance truck. It's not known, however, if Trump will actually travel right up to the border.

Customs and Border Protection officials cited Yuma as a "good example" of "securing the border through a wall."

Prior to 2006, the sector had 5.2 miles of fencing. Following the passage of the Secure Fence Act, legislation supported by both Republicans and Democrats such as then-Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, the federal government invested heavily in the area, including building 62 miles of fencing.

 Officials said that infrastructure, coupled with investments in staffing and technology, resulted in an 83 percent decline in Border Patrol apprehensions.


The president has embarked on a trip to Phoenix, AZ, where he will be giving a speech at a rally at 10:00 p.m. ET. in which he is expected to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

He is expected to be met with massive protests:


Meanwhile, Dem elected officials continue to spout extreme anti-Trump rhetoric, which their shock troops on the street see as justification for committing violence against Trump supporters.

Bikers for Trump are on their way to provide a united front for the president and offer protection to supporters:

Stay tuned for PJ Media's continuing coverage.

With a just a few tweaks in their branding and messaging, ISIS could make themselves irresistible to Democrats, The People's Cube submits:

Then there's this:

Opposing Confederate monuments might just sink Democrats.

If the Left is making Steve Bannon happy, the Left is doing something wrong.

Liberals and Democrats have widely criticized President Donald Trump and joined in the efforts to remove Confederate monuments following the events — and Trump's first remarks — in Charlottesville, Va. last weekend. Polling and reporting suggests this might have been a huge mistake, however.

"I want them to talk about racism every day," Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon told the liberal magazine The American Prospect. "If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats."

Bannon's trust in "economic nationalism" might be overly optimistic, but polling backs up the idea that Democrats are falling into a trap on the issue of Confederate monuments.

According to an NPR/PBS News/Marist poll taken this month, a whopping 62 percent of Americans said "statues honoring leaders of the Confederacy" should "remain as a historical symbol." Only 27 percent said these statues should "be removed because they are offensive to some people," while 11 percent said they were unsure.

These people aren't racists. They overwhelmingly oppose white supremacy, but they support Confederate monuments. (Sounds like Nikki Haley...)

If Democrats push on this issue, they're likely to alienate everyone, even 44 percent (!) of African-Americans. Perhaps this was Trump's strategy all along...

Yes, this might be an all-eclipse day for me.