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Donald Trump will be our next president

People were in shock yesterday to learn that Donald J. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States of America.

It seemed even Trump and his people were caught off guard by the news. For a long time now, all the polls pointed to Clinton winning. Then on November 8, the only poll that matters took place and the voters chose Trump over Clinton. Trump garnered 290 electoral votes compared to Clinton’s 232 electoral votes.

A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to become president.

A lot of people seem to be genuinely upset about this. The Twitter hashtag #NotMyPresident almost immediately began trending. The same thing happened eight years ago when Barack Obama won. I don’t remember if there was a Twitter hashtag dedicated to the feeling, but I know a lot of people were saying it. They were wrong back then, and the people expressing it now are wrong too.

Donald Trump will be everyone’s president.

If he turns out to be a terrible president, then historically speaking, he’ll be in good company. Two of the four presidents depicted on Mount Rushmore thought it was morally acceptable to own other people.

Most of the presidents in my lifetime have been bad. I’m old enough to remember Richard M. Nixon and the crap he put our country through. If we can get through the Nixon years, we can surely get through the Trump years.

Contrary to what anyone says, we don’t know what a Trump presidency will look or feel like. We know he campaigned on things like building a wall on the southern border and deporting over 11 million people who are here illegally. We’ve been told this makes Trump a racist.

Under the Obama administration, over 2.5 million people have been deported. Does this make Obama a racist too?  His administration was enforcing existing federal law, just like the Trump administration would be doing if they deported everyone who is here illegally.

When Trump was running for the Republican nominee for president, his campaign released the following statement after the San Bernardino attack:

Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.

Many people reacted negatively to this statement. For years now we’ve clung to the narrative that Islam is a religion of peace and the people who practice the faith, Muslims, are just like everyone else.

The problem with that narrative is that it seems to fly in the face of reality. The perpetrators of the San Bernardino attack, Rizwan Farook, and Tashfeen Malik, attended two mosques in southern California, the Islamic Center of Riverside and the Dar-Al-Uloom Al-Islamia mosque located outside San Bernardino. Both of these mosques are descent and respectable places of worship, not radical hotbeds of hate.

After Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik murdered 14 people and injured another 24, they were killed by the police.  When authorities released their bodies, they received a traditional Islamic burial at the Wal-Hamdu-Lillah cemetery located in Rosamond, California.

The cemetery is owned by the American Islamic Institute of Antelope Valley, a mosque located in Palmdale. This mosque is also a decent and respectable place of worship.

How is it that these two murderous terrorists could attend normal, regular American mosques and then receive traditional Islamic burials at a Muslim cemetery operated by a mosque that neither one of the dead terrorists had ever even attended?

Either Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were Muslims in good standing, or they were not true representatives of the Islamic faith. The fact they received traditional Islamic burials by a mosque they had never attended would seem to indicate that they were thought to be good Muslims.

These are the type of problems we face while fighting a war against Islamic terrorists. Even though we’ve been fighting this war since 2000 when the U.S.S. Cole was attacked, killing 17 American soldiers and injuring another 39, we don’t seem to be any better at differentiating the “good” Muslims from the “bad.” Not because of any prejudices we have, but because the “good” Muslims seem more than willing to embrace the “bad,” both before and after a terror attack. It’s one of the many reasons this war has been going on for so long.

Something has to change. 17 years is far too long to be fighting a war. You may not agree with Trump’s idea of banning Muslims from entering the country until we can figure out what’s going on, but at least he tried to find an answer to the problem. Hillary Clinton, the candidate I voted for both in the primary and in the general election, seemed to have difficulty even saying the words “Islam” and “terror” in the same sentence.

Donald Trump will be our next president - Bent CornerContrary to what you might read on Reddit or The Huffington Post, nobody really knows what type of president Trump will turn out to be. The same people who say Trump is just like Hitler were the same people who said Hillary Clinton was going to be our next president. They were wrong about that. Who knows, maybe they’re wrong about Trump too.

I prefer to take a wait and see attitude when it comes to Donald Trump as president. He wasn’t my choice, but he will be my president.

 

Killed because you do not know the Quran

In Bangladesh, Islamic terrorists seized a restaurant popular with foreigners and executed hostages who couldn’t quote one verse from the Quran.

From USA Today:

By the time the 10-hour siege was over Saturday inside a restaurant in Bangladesh’s capital, 22 people — plus six terrorists — were dead in a bloody attack in which 20 people unable to quote from the Quran were pulled aside and hacked or knifed to death.

There are many ways to die in this thing we call life. Hacked to death because you can’t recite a verse from the Muslim holy book is one of the worst. Islam is a terrible religion practiced by awful people. I’m not saying all Muslims are terrible people. What I am saying is the ratio of good people to terrible people with Islam is the worst out of all the religions. It is not even close.

Another problem with Islam is the severity of its awfulness.The degrees of awfulness with Christianity and Islam are vastly different. A terrible Christian will try to use his religion as an excuse to deny gay people the right to get married. A terrible Muslim will use his religion as an excuse to have rape victims stoned to death.

The assault rifle, the safest of all guns

Assault rifles, semi-automatic rifles designed for use on the battlefield, have been in the news as of late. They were the type of weapons used by Islamic terrorists in San Bernardino and most recently in Orlando. An assault rifle was also used by non-Islamic terrorists in Aurora and Sandy Hook.

Assault rifles are generally easy to use, feature a high-capacity magazine, and can be quite lethal. With that said, the common belief that they are responsible for a large number of gun deaths nationwide is wrong.

According to the FBI, in 2013 (the most recent year reported) there was a total of 12,253 murders. Of that number, 8,454 involved a firearm. A majority of those murders were carried out with a handgun, 5,782 to be exact. That works out to be 68.39% of all firearm murders. When it comes to killing people, handguns are used more than any other firearm.

The assault rifle, the safest of all guns - Bent Corner

What I found quite remarkable with the FBI’s numbers is how few deaths are attributed to assault rifles. They don’t even get their own category. They’re grouped in with rifles. An assault rifle is a rifle, but not all rifles are assault rifles.

Even if you pretend that each and every rifle listed on the FBI crime report is a banana clipped, pistol griped assault rifle, they only account for 3.37% of all murders committed with a firearm.

If you really want to do something to curb gun-related murders, then you have to look at handguns, not assault rifles. Statistically and historically speaking, assault rifles are the safest of all guns in that they pose the smallest threat to public safety.

Sony cancels release of ‘The Interview’

Whatever your plans are for next Thursday, Christmas Day, they won’t include going to the movies to watch a silly Seth Rogen movie. That’s because Sony Pictures Entertainment decided late yesterday to cave to threats form Guardians of Peace, a hacker group believed to be responsible for the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack that took place four weeks ago. Guardians of Peace did not want The Interview, a comedy staring Seth Rogen and James Franco, to be shown in theaters. The Guardians of Peace, or someone claiming to be Guardians of Peace, published a threat invoking the terror attacks of September 11.

According to NBC News, unnamed U.S. officials have concluded that the North Korean government ordered the hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Not that I’m surprised. The attack sees too large-scale for a typical criminal hacking group. The size of it suggests that it was state sponsored. What state would have motive to go after Sony over a movie depicting the assassination of North Korea’s Dear Leader in the name of comedy? North Korea, that’s who.

So now nobody will see The Interview, not because they don’t want to, but because North Korea doesn’t anyone to. That bothers me.

I don’t want the government telling me what movies I can or cannot see, not my government, not any government. I especially don’t want North Korea telling me what movies I can or cannot watch. I don’t want even the illusion that North Korea has any control over me or what I do. By canceling the release of this movie, Sony Pictures Entertainment has done just that.

Congratulations Sony Pictures Entertainment. Way to make us look like a bunch of cowards.

Photo: David Goldman/Associated Press

Theaters cancel showings of ‘The Interview’

In response to threats by a hacker group known as Guardians of Peace, movie theater chains have begun canceling showings of The Interview, a Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy slated to open on Christmas day. In the movie, Rogen and Franco are journalists who travel to North Korea to interview North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. They are also on a secret CIA mission to assassinate the North Korean Dear Leader. Hilarity ensues.

Evidently North Korea has a problem with the movie. It’s believed that they are behind the Guardians of Peace hacker group and are directly responsible for the giant Sony Pictures Entertainment hack that took place four weeks ago. Sony Pictures is the studio behind The Interview.

It’s hard to really understand how North Korea, or more specifically, Kim Jong Un, could have a problem with The Interview. I realize his assassination is the focus of the movie’s plot, but it’s just a silly Seth Rogen movie. Then again, it’s North Korea. They aren’t known for rational behavior.

If I were in charge at Sony Pictures, I wouldn’t have made The Interview. North Korea is a hornet’s nest that I don’t think is worth kicking, at least not for the sake of a goofy movie. I would no sooner make a comedy involving the assassination of Kim Jong Un then I would make a comedy focusing on destroying Mecca.

Not that I have any love for North Korea or Kim Jong Un. I hate communism and the people who practice it. For me, the Cold War still burns hot. Part of me now wants to go see this movie on Christmas day, if for no other reason than North Korea doesn’t want me to.

Then again, if theaters aren’t showing it, I really can’t go see it.

Update: Sony has decided to scrap the release of The Interview.

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