Oregon scandal, another special election in the offing?

**Posted by Phineas

What is it with congressmen and their evident inability to keep their pants zipped? Now it’s Democrat David Wu of Oregon, who stands accused of making unwanted sexual advances to a teenaged girl:

According to the Beaver State-based outlet, the daughter of a longtime friend and campaign donor accused the Democratic congressman of pursuing an unwanted sexual encounter said to have occurred last year. The young woman reportedly raised the matter in a voicemail left at Wu’s Portland office this past spring. An unnamed source tells the Oregonian that she sounded “distraught” in her message.

This is not the first time that Wu has come under scrutiny over matters unrelated to his work in the political domain. Earlier this year, the congressman found himself combating calls to resign in the wake of demonstrating questionable behavior. In February, Wu cited a reaction to mental health drugs in resisting calls to step down.

Apparently Wu’s behavior has been so erratic that his staff staged an intervention:

Three days before the Nov. 2 election, U.S. Rep. David Wu’s most loyal and senior staffers were so alarmed by his erratic behavior that they demanded he enter a hospital for psychiatric treatment.

Their concern had been spiking for weeks in tandem with the Oregon Democrat’s increasingly unpredictable performance on the campaign trail and in private. He was loud and sometimes angry, some of them told The Oregonian. He said kooky things to staff and — more worrisome with a tough election fast approaching — around potential voters and donors.

Most of all, they were worried for Wu, a 55-year-old single father of two children.

Earlier and gentler efforts had failed, so the tight-knit group of high-level staff took other steps, including quiet inquiries about the availability of beds in hospitals in Portland and Washington, D.C., multiple sources familiar with the effort told The Oregonian.

Several staff members confronted Wu for the final time on Oct. 30. Wu’s psychiatrist was brought into that meeting as well, joining the group at the Portland campaign headquarters by speaker phone. The meeting was held after four consecutive days of troubling behavior that led the staff to agree that Wu needed a higher level of medical care, according to people intimately familiar with the events of that period.

“This is way beyond acceptable levels and the charade needs to end NOW,” wrote Lisa Grove, a senior and long-serving campaign pollster, in an e-mail to colleagues that day. “No enabling by any potential enablers, he needs help and you need to be protected. Nothing else matters right now. Nothing else.”

Wu, however, remained defiant, sources said. He left the meeting and said he was going to a movie.

Oregon Live details further bizarre behavior by Congressman Wu. It seems as if he has serious mental health problems and is in need of treatment; his staff surely thought so. Perhaps the best thing for all concerned would be for him to resign so he can get the help he needs, and so the people of his district can choose a better representative.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Nightmare in Norway: at least 92 dead, and the question of religion

**Posted by Phineas

How awful for them:

Norwegian police said Saturday that the death toll from Friday’s attacks has risen to 92 and confirmed that they have arrested a suspect whom they described as a right-wing Christian fundamentalist.

In a news conference Saturday morning in Oslo, police confirmed that they had arrested Anders Behring Breivik, 32, on suspicion of orchestrating both the Oslo bombing and the youth-camp shooting rampage and had begun searching two apartments that he owns.

Breivik reportedly owns four properties including a farm on the outskirts of Oslo, allegedly to enable him to store legally a large amount of fertilizer.

Police would not comment on whether he acted alone but said no other arrests have been made. They said Breivik had no criminal record.

They would not speculate on his motives, but said, based own his own Twitter and Facebook accounts, he appeared to be a right-wing Christian fundamentalist.

Police say he was arrested by security forces at the Labor Party youth camp on the island of Utoya after the shootings. They said 84 people were killed on the island. At least seven were killed in the Oslo bombing.

Police Chief Oystein Maeland told reporters that they could not confirm the number of victims would stop at 92, adding that the attack had reached “catastrophic dimensions.”

He said officers were still “looking in the water around the island for more victims.”

It appears Breivik stalked the island for an hour-and-a-half, shooting the teens wherever he found them. The survivor accounts in the rest of the article are just horrifying. And there’s something dreadfully wrong with Norwegian law if the worst he can face is only 21 years in prison.

The issue of “why” remains unresolved and it likely won’t be settled for weeks, though it bears resemblances to both the attack on the Murragh Building in Oklahoma City for its anti-government angle and the massacre of children that occurred at Columbine and Dunblane.

The role of religion as motive is obviously going to play a role, however. Yesterday I hypothesized that this might have been an act of jihad — inspired by Islam. I wasn’t alone in my speculation, as the pattern of the attack fit previous jihadist operations: near-simultaneous attacks aimed at mass casualties (Bali, London, Madrid), the focus on children (Beslan), and a history of Islamic terror threats against Norway, including threats to kill government officials. Violent jihad is central to Islam. And lest anyone say that, even if this were an act of jihad, Islam wouldn’t permit the killing of innocent children, let me point out that Muhammad himself defined “innocent child” differently than we.

Now it appears that a narrative is building that this sociopath acted out of “Christian fundamentalism,” whatever that is. If that takes hold, and I say this as a thoroughly secular person, it would be grossly unfair and a slander against religious Christians because, unlike Islam, their faith forbids just this kind of action and makes it a mortal sin. The Fifth Commandment is, “You shall not murder.”

In other words, for Breivik to do what he did here or, more locally, for a Christian to gun down an abortionist, he necessarily acts against his religion. Not so with the jihadist, and I can see another false equivalence being created that needs to be pushed back against for the sake of moral and intellectual clarity and truth.

And the core truth at this time is that Breivik, regardless of whatever reason he did this, is an immensely evil human being, and that our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and the Norwegian nation in this awful time.

LINKS: More from Power Line and Hot Air, and ST. Also The Anchoress.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Weekend Open Thread

Getting ready to go out and try to brave this wicked summer heat. Later. :)

Sprinklers drench the West Lawn of the Capitol ahead of record-high temperatures in Washington, Thursday, July 21, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A friendly reminder about acts of so-called “Christian terrorism”

As Norway tries to pick up the pieces from yesterday’s horrific terrorist attacks that have left at least 91 dead, many of them young people from a youth camp in Utoya, the mainstream media has turned its attention to the suspect the Norwegian authorities have in custody: 32 year-old Anders Behring Breivik.   Of Breivik, CNN reports:

(CNN) — As Norway struggles to come to terms with its greatest loss of life in decades, all eyes are on the man charged in the explosion in central Oslo and the deadly shooting rampage at a youth camp.

While police have not officially named him, Norwegian television and newspaper reports have identified the suspect as 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, of Norwegian origin.

A picture is emerging, gleaned from official sources and social media, of a right-wing Christian fundamentalist who may have had an issue with Norway’s multi-cultural society.

Norwegian and international news outlets have run photographs of a blond man with blue-green eyes and chiseled features, dressed in a preppy style.

The caption on the picture CNN has of him reads, “A picture is emerging of Norway attacks suspect Anders Behring Breivik as a right-wing Christian fundamentalist.”  Is he really? That remains to be seen.  But for purposes of discussion, let’s assume this is a fact.

We all know where this is going.  After the widespread speculation yesterday that the attacks might have been carried out by Islamofascists – and as many pointed out, the speculation was entirely justifiable considering the growing Muslim fundamentalist problem in Norway – as soon as the news media started reporting about an alleged connection between Breivik and “right-wing Christian fundamentalists”, the left – fresh from lecturing people on not jumping to conclusions – smelled blood.   Anytime the left can make any type of parallel between extremist Christians and terrorism, they foolishly believe that negates any valid arguments conservatives have made against radical Islam and the routine deadly attacks that we hear reported about in the media almost as often as we hear about disagreements between Republicans and Democrats.   The common comment is, “Hey, Christians are terrorists, too!

Unfortunately for them, the reality is quite different.  As I’ve explained before:

There is no issue that brings out the blatant hypocrisy, illogic, stupidity, and duplicitous nature of activist liberals more than when it comes to Christianity and the left’s outrageous attempts at equating rare and isolated incidents of extremism committed because of the mistaken belief by a tiny few wackos that the Bible promotes violence against non-believers, to the routine, worldwide Islamofascistic terrorism that is both promoted and mandated by the Koran itself.

I expanded on that in a later post:

Isolated acts of “Christian” extremism are typically committed by loner types or small groups of disturbed individuals who have grossly perverted the word of God into something it is not: A call to arms against non-believers. In the Christian faith, there is no “punisher” of non-believers here on earth.  ”The decider” – so to speak – is God Himself.  There is no growing global, thriving network of Christian extremists plotting, scheming, recruiting by the thousands, intimidating, terrorizing, killing so-called “infidels.” On the other hand, the decades-old organized Islamofascism network has a number of “leaders” worldwide – the most infamous of course being Osama bin Laden, and their bases are scattered throughout Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and most anywhere else the Islamic faith prevails, because the Koran specifically gives the green light to Muslim believers to take up arms against non-believers, using any means necessary.


What global white/Christian terrorist network trained Tim McVeigh?  How many instances can you point to where white Christians have trained to only fly but not land a plane?  How many white Christian terror cells/plots have been busted up worldwide?  What white Christian churches across the US and other countries provide safe havens and planning areas for white Christian terrorists? Who is the OBL equivalent amongst white Christian terrorists around the world?

Moral relativist liberals won’t answer that question  because they can’t.  There is no global organized Christian terrorist network anywhere remotely near close to being on par with the Al Qaedas, Hamas’, Hezbollahs, Talibans, etc of the world.   There just isn’t.  No matter how hard they try to justify in their tiny minds their strained, incredible moral equations between mainstream Christianity and these mainstream Islamofascistic groups, they can’t.  This is something we all need to keep in mind in the coming weeks as hardcore left, in concert with the mainstream media, double down on their efforts to paint the Norway terrorist as representative of Christian beliefs worldwide – something they would never do if the suspect was connected to Islamofascism in any way, shape or form.  We’d be hearing lots of tempered “Let’s not rush to judgment” and “this isn’t representative of mainstream Islam” from mainstream media networks, pundits, commentators, etc.   Yet, oddly enough, when the perp is suspected of having Christian ties, the exact opposite rule applies, as I have written about before:

You read reprehensible [Islamic oppression] stories like this, and you scream out in outrage – yet at the first sound you make about how this is just one more example of the type of “acceptable” behavior that is prevelant amongst Islamists, someone on the left will jump in angrily and demand that you “acknowledge” that morally repulsive behavior like this is not characteristic of Islam on the whole – that acts like these are committed “only by a militant few.” Which is a lie. Yet, you have a few isolated incidents of extremist “Christian/right wing” (or whatever they’re calling it today) violence here in the US this year, and all of a sudden it’s a “widespread problem,” and one that “proves” what “they’ve” been saying all along about us crazy right-wingers, and as a result, we must be “watched a little closer” by DHS.

That the left can’t see the differences between a few acts of radical extremist fringe violence here in the US committed by lone, depraved sociopaths, and the worldwide, almost weekly incidents of Islamofascism committed against innocent civilians – some that are terrorist acts against the west, while others “acceptable” acts of “punishment” for Muslim men and women who allegedly have “broken” Islamic “law” – says a hell of a lot more about the left in this country than it does the right in terms of perspective and the ability to distinguish between good and evil and isolated versus epidemic.

I pray for the families of the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attacks.  I cannot even imagine the horror of thinking your child is safe at a youth camp and then finding out later that they’d been viciously murdered alongside many of their fellow campgoers at a place any person would have naturally assumed was reasonably safe.    I also can’t imagine thinking that when you go to work you have a reasonable expectation of being safe in your place of employment only to cruelly realize later that you were not.   Even if terrorism doesn’t claim your body, it can claim your mind as you are never quite the same once you’ve experienced it – whether directly or indirectly. 

At the same time, I also pray for the people whose heads are buried so deeply into the sand that they either can’t recognize or refuse to admit the difference between isolated acts of terrorism by lone extremists and routine acts of terrorism commited not by “fringe” groups but by mainstream terror groups like Al Qaeda who are getting their direction on terrorism straight from their “holy book” itself.   There really is no moral equation here, and the sooner the left realizes that the more we can work together at combatting the real problem.

I won’t hold my breath on that happening anytime soon, however.  After all, these are the same group of folks who still believe that Jared Loughner was some radical Tea Partier, in spite of the fact that the evidence suggests quite the contrary.  This a group of people who steadfastly refuse to open their eyes and see the light when the facts have interrupted the little narratives they’ve created about conservatives in attempts to marginalize and demonize the political opposition.  Why? Because misleading the American people, winning elections as a result, and getting your agenda shoved through state legislatures and the US Congress is something that must happen at any cost – including, sadly, at the expense of the truth and common sense.

No, Virginia.  Ignorance is most certainly NOT bliss.