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What If Home Depot Had Refused to Rent A Truck to Sayfullo Saipov?

John Miller, NYPD deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, said Wednesday: “We did extensive outreach to the truck rental business. We visited over 148 truck rental locations in this area. The industry has had a high level of awareness on this matter from the NYPD.” And “Miller said that if a company is suspicious of a would-be renter, they usually delay or simply deny a rental to let police investigate.”

Really? The companies deny rentals to suspicious characters? Is that so?

Sayfullo Saipov, the New York City truck jihad mass murderer, looks like a jihadi. But to acknowledge that would be to engage in racial profiling, and given the decidedly Islamic style of his facial hair (a hadith depicts Muhammad telling Muslims to trim their mustaches but not their beards, because the Jews and Christians trim their beards but not their mustaches), religious profiling, a manifestation of “Islamophobia,” as well.

Imagine now that you were the clerk at Home Depot when Saipov came in to rent his truck. You notice his beard, his demeanor, his overall appearance. The vehicular jihad attacks in London, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Nice, Jerusalem, Ohio State University and so many other places flash across your mind. It occurs to you that the man standing before you wanting to rent a truck could be intending to mow down non-Muslim pedestrians with it. You may even have heard about the Islamic State’s directive to Muslims to use, for vehicular jihad attacks, exactly the kind of truck that Saipov wants to rent.

But then you stop yourself. You admonish your inner voice. “You can’t think this way,” you tell yourself. It’s racist. It’s bigoted. It’s Islamophobic. Just because this fellow looks like a jihadi doesn’t mean that he is one. So what if he is devout and observant in Islam; hundreds of millions of people who will never be terrorists are as well. You’ve got to fight this Islamophobia in your heart.


You watch as Saipov fills out the forms. You run his credit card through the system. You imagine what would happen if you did deny him a rental: tomorrow the Council on American-Islamic Relations would be there, complaining about Islamophobia in Home Depot. Your face would be on NY1, CNN, MSNBC. You might even make the front page of the New York Times: “Home Depot Clerk Denies Service to Man Because He Was Muslim.”

You can see it all, like a dying man seeing his life flash before his eyes. You wouldn’t just lose your job. You’d lose your name, your reputation, maybe even your chances for future employment anywhere. You’d be known and hated nationwide as an “Islamophobe.”

You opt for self-preservation. You rent Saipov his truck.

A farfetched scenario? Hardly. The Fort Hood jihad mass murderer Nidal Hasan frightened his coworkers with his jihad talk, but his superiors didn’t investigate or reprimand him, they promoted him. They didn’t want “Islamophobia in the Military” exposés with their names on them. The neighbors of the San Bernardino jihad murderers saw all kinds of suspicious activity at the murderous couple’s house, but didn’t call the police: they were afraid of being seen as racially profiling the couple. The Fort Dix jihad massacre plot was foiled by a young man who found out about it but at first hesitated to call police for fear of being “racist.”

This is the fruit of the “Islamophobia” propaganda that has been pounded into Americans on a daily basis for years now. People are afraid to “say something” if they “see something,” for fear of the ostracism and career ruin that charges of “Islamophobia” could bring. That is the focus of my new book Confessions of an Islamophobe, which details the full cost of this propaganda initiative: the cost to women, gays, Jews, Christians, secular liberals, secular Muslims, and others. Eight are dead in New York because of the fear of “Islamophobia.” How many more must die before we discard this propaganda straitjacket? Preorder your copy of Confessions of an Islamophobe here now.


China Now Arresting Families for Praying at Home

China Now Arresting Families For Private Christian Worship

Grandmother, daughter, and grandson arrested for Practicing Christianity in their home In the most recent case of religious persecution in China, a house church pastor, Xu Shizhen, her daughter and her 3-year-old grandson were arrested by authorities.
The family was reportedly taken into custody after a month of being found singing and dancing in praise and worship, and preaching the gospel in a public park. China Now Arresting Families for Praying at Home Tweet This It is currently unknown where the family was taken after their arrest, but according to non-profit Christian human rights organization, China Aid, the two women, and the grandson have been separated.
This is not the first time Xu Shizhen has got into trouble with Chinese authorities, who impose strict laws regarding practicing of religion other than those recognized by the state. Five years ago, this particular pastor had a run-in with officials when her then house church was seized and handed over to the control of Three-Self Patriotic Movement Church, a church which is run by the state. It was after this incident she founded her current home church, called Zion Church.
Many believe that this is a move by the Chinese government to show the state and the world just how serious it is about its new rules regarding regulating religion in order to enhance national security, dismantling and preventing extremism, and curbing the practice of faith by organizations which are not approved by the state. Keeping in mind that the arrest of the family happened just two weeks after the state’s new religion regulations came into effect, it is a high possibility.
Currently, it is mandatory for all types of religious institutions to register themselves. However, a lot of “underground churches” choose not to because registering automatically translates to being under the strict control and monitoring of the state. This includes, among many other requirements, submitting sermons to officials, prohibiting children and teens from attending Christian summer camps, Sunday schools and churches. According to Brent Fulton, President of ChinaSource, full enforcement of such government regulations could seriously impact unregistered churches in China, which are many in number.
It could majorly affect not just the church’s practices when it comes to meeting and worship, but also the church’s engagement with other areas like the media, Christian education, and interaction and contact with other churches in other parts of the world. Resources CBN Reuters Christianity Today Christian Headlines

Read more at World Religion News: “China Now Arresting Families for Praying at Home” http://www.worldreligionnews.com/?p=44399


Home Depot Panics Over Millennials; Forced To Host Tutorials On Using Tape Measures, Hammering Nails

As wall street analysts celebrate the coming of age of the millennial generation, a group of young people who were supposed to lead another revolutionary wave of consumerism if only they could work long enough to escape their parents’ basement, retailers like Home Depot are panicked about selling into what will soon be America’s largest demographic…but not for the reasons you might think.

While avocado resellers like Whole Foods only have to worry about creating a catchy advertising campaign to attract millennials, Home Depot is in full-on panic mode after realizing that an entire generation of Americans have absolutely no clue how to use their products.  As the Wall Street Journal points out, the company has been forced to spend millions to create video tutorials and host in-store classes on how to do everything from using a tape measure to mopping a floor and hammering a nail.

Home Depot’s VP of marketing admits she was originally hesitant because she thought some of their videos might be a bit too “condescending” but she quickly learned they were very necessary for our pampered millennials.

In June the company introduced a series of online workshops, including videos on how to use a tape measure and how to hide cords, that were so basic some executives worried they were condescending. “You have to start somewhere,” Mr. Decker says.

 

Lisa DeStefano, Home Depot vice president of marketing, initially hesitated looking over the list of proposed video lessons, chosen based on high-frequency online search queries. “Were we selling people short? Were these just too obvious?” she says she asked her team. On the tape-measure tutorial, “I said ‘come on, how many things can you say about it?’ ” Ms. DeStefano says.


And just in case you think we’re joking and/or exaggerating, here is Home Depot’s tape measure tutorial in all its glory:

 

Meanwhile, Scotts Miracle-Gro has been forced to start training classes to remind frustrated millennials, who can’t seem to keep their flowers alive, that plants need sunlight to grow (apparently not a single millennial ever took biology in grade school).  Commenting on the tutorials, a defeated VP of Corporate Affairs, Jim King, admitted “these are simple things we wouldn’t have really thought to do or needed to do 15 to 20 years ago”…sorry, Mr. King this is your life now.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. has started offering gardening lessons for young homeowners that cover basic tips—really, really basic—like making sure sunlight can reach plants.

 

“These are simple things we wouldn’t have really thought to do or needed to do 15 to 20 years ago,” says Jim King, senior vice president of corporate affairs for Scotts. “But this is a group who may not have grown up putting their hands in the dirt growing their vegetable garden in mom and dad’s backyard.”

 

“They grew up playing soccer, having dance recitals and playing an Xbox,” says Scott’s Mr. King. “They probably didn’t spend as much time helping mom and dad out in the yard as their predecessors or their predecessors’ predecessors.”

 

Companies such as Scotts, Home Depot Inc., Procter & Gamble Co. , Williams-Sonoma Inc.’s West Elm and the Sherwin-Williams Co. are hosting classes and online tutorials to teach such basic skills as how to mow the lawn, use a tape measure, mop a floor, hammer a nail and pick a paint color.

Unfortunately, at least for the Home Depots of the world, millennials now represent the largest demographic in America with 4.75 million 26 year olds roaming the streets of New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles without a clue as to how to use a tape measure.

The biggest single age cohort today in the U.S. is 26-year-olds, who number 4.8 million, according to Torsten Slok, chief international economist for Deutsche Bank . People 25, 27 and 24 follow close behind, in that order. Many are on the verge of life-defining moments such as choosing a career, buying a house and having children.

 

Millennials as a whole are America’s latest demographic bubble, overtaking the baby boom generation and, like them, transforming popular culture, retailing, media and lifestyles. They make up about 42% of all home buyers today, and 71% of all first-time home buyers, according to Zillow Group . Some 86% of millennial home buyers reported making at least one improvement to their home in the past year, more than any other generation, Zillow says.

 

While we have our doubts that it will save their business, retailers like J.C. Penney and West Elm are trying to adapt to the millennial generation by offering basic in-home services like installing televisions or hanging wall art.

J.C. Penney Co. says the group is willing to hire others for projects. The retailer has pushed into home services, including furnace and air-conditioning repair, water-treatment systems and bathroom renovations, and expanded its window-covering installation.

 

“They’re much more of a ‘Do-It-for-Me’ type of customer than a ‘Do-It-Yourself’ customer,” says Joe McFarland, executive vice president of J.C. Penney stores. “You don’t need a ladder or a power drill, you don’t even have to wonder if you measured your window right.”

 

Home-furnishings retailer West Elm offers service packages, which start at $129, to provide plumbing and electrical work, painting, installing a television and hanging wall art and mirrors.

 

All that said, at least some millennials are trying to be more self-sufficient…as an example, the WSJ notes the case of 26-year-old Breanne Loes who recently borrowed her dad’s power tools to craft a wooden headboard…which went really well AFTER she realized the saw blade was on backwards.

Ms. Loes enjoys do-it-yourself projects, and two summers ago built with her now-husband a wooden headboard in her parents’ garage, with help from an online tutorial, her dad, two older brothers and their tools.

 

The saw wasn’t working at first because the blade was backward. “That was embarrassing,” says Ms. Loes.


Las Vegas shooter’s home broken into despite intense FBI, police interest

A Nevada home the Las Vegas shooter used as a stash house for handguns, shotguns and a “plethora of ammunition” was burglarized last weekend in a stunning security breach, and comes as federal and state authorities say they’re still sweeping the scene for clues.

At least one vandal broke in to Stephen Paddock’s Reno-area home through the building’s front door, though detectives still were unsure if multiple suspects were involved, Officer Tim Broadway of the Reno Police Department told the Reno Gazette-Journal Tuesday.

Broadway said police were not immediately aware of anything taken or any damage done to the retirement community home. The FBI was notified of the breach.

This Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 photo shows a home that FBI agents searched Monday in Reno, Nev. The home was owned by Stephen Paddock, who opened fire on a crowd at a country music concert on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, killing dozens of people and injuring hundreds of others. (AP Photo/Jonathan Cooper)

Oct. 4, 2017: Stephen Paddock’s home in Reno, Nev.  (AP)


Federal and local authorities stormed the home on Oct. 3, two days after Paddock killed 58 people, firing down on a concert crowd from his hotel suite in Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Officials found five handguns, two shotguns, several electronic devices and a “plethora of ammunition” at the home, Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said.

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Another one of Paddock’s retirement community homes searched in Mesquite yielded more weapons, explosives and electronic devices, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.

Lombardo told the media Monday that FBI and behavioral analysis agents were actively looking at the Reno home and Paddock’s other properties as the search continued for a motive behind the attack, which was the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

“Is the FBI along with LVMPD revisiting the personal property of the suspect? Yes, that is accurate along with the behavioral analysis detectives,” Lombardo said Monday, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. “They are also present and maybe we can discern additional evidence as a result of that revisit.”

NORTH CAROLINA MAN HAS SURVIVED 9/11 AND LAS VEGAS SHOOTING

Reno police block off the street a half-block away from where authorities searched a home owned by Stephen Paddock on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Reno, Nev. Paddock opened fire on a crowd at a country music concert on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

Oct. 2, 2017: Reno police block off the street a half-block away from where authorities searched a home owned by Stephen Paddock.  (AP)

Lombardo told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that investigators have made contact with all of Paddock’s “family tree,” including his two ex-wives.

“We may never know,” Lombardo said of the shooter’s motive. “All those things that you would expect to find, we have not found.”

The sheriff said an examination of Paddock’s brain, conducted as part of the autopsy, revealed nothing unusual.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal previously reported Paddock was prescribed an anti-anxiety medication in June by a Henderson, Nev., doctor.


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