Now if they wanted to eliminate Standard Time in California, I’d be all for it. But this is a step too far:
With little debate, a bill to end California’s observance of daylight saving time cleared its first committee on Monday.
Assembly Bill 385 could make California the third state not to observe daylight saving time, in addition to Hawaii and Arizona. If approved by a two-thirds majority of both houses of the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, it would put a measure on the ballot asking voters whether or not the state should eliminate the practice.
I look forward to Daylight Saving Time every year and mourn when we must return to Standard Time. I like the extra hour of light at night, and could not care less when the sun comes up in the morning.
Naturally, California has the opposite opinion that I have, as it does with everything.
One of the sitting members on the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s (HSAC) Subcommittee on Countering Violent Extremism is a 25-year-old immigrant of Syrian heritage who said that the 9/11 attacks “changed the world for good” and has consistently disparaged America, free speech and white people on social media.
Laila Alawa was one of just 15 people tapped to serve on the newly-formed HSAC Subcommittee on Countering Violent Extremism in 2015 — the same year she became an American citizen. Just last week, the subcommittee submitted a report to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, recommending that the DHS avoid using Muslim terminology like the words “sharia” and “jihad” when discussing terrorism.
Here is the tweet in question:
9/11 changed the world for good, and there's no other way to say it. I just hope we keep having open conversations about our differences.
UPDATE: CNN claims that (consistent with nk in the comments) The Daily Caller misread her tweet as “for good” (meaning for the better) when she meant “for good” (meaning for all eternity). That may well be. Perhaps she ought to have made that point when they contacted her for comment, rather than refusing to respond, as she did. By the way, she had some other tweets that supported The Caller’s view of her as someone unsuited to advise Homeland Security:
In one of those tweets, Alawa told Pam Geller to go fuck herself for calling the jihad in Boston during the Boston Marathon “jihad in Boston.” I’m not a big Pam Geller fan, but jihad is jihad . . . and if you’re going to tell people to go fuck themselves when they call it what it is, then I reserve the right to look at you with a jaundiced eye. Best of all is CNN’s claim (echoed by master of overstatement Radley Balko) that the Caller RUINED HER LIFE!!! Ruined her life I say! She got some nasty and harassing tweets. Having received many of those in my life, I can say it’s not pleasant. But “ruined her life”?
From NBC News (hat tip Powerline) comes word that Noor Zahi Salman, the wife of the Orlando Pulse nightclub terrorist Omar Mateen, may have had advance knowledge that her husband had diabolical plans afoot:
Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Zahi Salman, told the FBI she was with him when he bought ammunition and a holster, several officials familiar with the case said. She told the FBI that she once drove him to the gay nightclub, Pulse, because he wanted to scope it out.
USA Todayreports that Ms. Salman tried to talk her husband out of carrying out the attacks, to no avail. Obviously she did not share her concerns with authorities in advance (or is there yet another shoe to drop in this case?), and her husband thus went on to kill at least 49 people during his rampage in the club early Sunday morning. According to the both NBC News and USA Today, Ms. Salman is cooperating with the FBI in its investigation. The couple has three-year-old son together. Ms. Salman is the American-born daughter of a family who emigrated from Ramallah in the West Bank in in the late 1970s and settled in California. Yesterday, the New York Daily Newsalleged that Ms. Salman and the boy had left Mateen and returned to California to live with her family at the end of last year, though there was no divorce record between Ms. Salman and Mateen filed in Florida. The Daily News, for that matter, also failed to find a marriage record for the two filed in Florida. This comes on the heels of Mateen’s first wife, Sitora Yusufiy, characterizing him as abusive and possibly gay.
Again, there is bound to be more information both released and leaking out as law enforcement learns more.
After the meeting, Trump and Ryan issued a perfunctory statement declaring it “a very positive step toward unification,” but Ryan declined to issue a formal endorsement. Trump had put countless Republican lawmakers in excruciating political predicaments. Senator John McCain, who told me last summer that Trump had “fired up the crazies,” now needs Trump’s voters to support his own reëlection in Arizona—a state that Trump won by twenty-two percentage points in the primaries—and has said that he will support him. Marco Rubio, whose last days as a Presidential candidate were spent mocking the size of Trump’s hands and the orange hue of his face, recently apologized for the personal attacks, and said that he would speak on Trump’s behalf at the Convention. Governor Chris Christie, of New Jersey, another of Trump’s opponents early in the campaign, has transformed himself into a sort of manservant, who is constantly with Trump at events. (One Republican told me that a friend of his on the Trump campaign used Snapchat to send him a video of Christie fetching Trump’s McDonald’s order.)
No matter where your politics lie, or how you feel about the vote in November, I think we can all come together and laugh at Chris Christie.
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