Coulter’s Loopy Logic

In her eagerness to defend her indefensible position – (Don’t worry about terrorism in America) – Coulter bungled it yet again.

In the process of exposing the negative aspects of legal and illegal immigration, Coulter expressly denies the presence of ISIS in America – a bald-faced lie.

We have seen, time and again, how Coulter stacks the deck by redefining terms and misusing language. As I noted yesterday,[1] Coulter regards American-born citizens as “immigrants.” This is nonsense.

Loopy

How can we have a rational discussion about immigration if we call citizens “immigrants?” (But, at the very same time, Coulter dismisses the very idea that we are a nation of immigrants. Irrational!)

Coulter incessantly denies the danger posed by ISIS to Americans domestically, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. In her column this week,[2] Coulter ridiculed growing concern over ISIS by contrasting fatalities from ISIS and from immigrants, picking the Fourth of July weekend as her timeframe.

No ISIS Threat?

Her essay title began “ISIS: 0.” Coulter is WRONG – again![3]

According to a Reuters news report, “more than 10 people inspired by the Islamic State’s recruitment online have been arrested over the past four weeks, some of which were focused on attacks around the July 4 holiday.”

FBI Director James Comey “said dozens of people in the United States who are suspected to be under the influence of Islamic State militants have ‘gone dark’ because of encrypted data.”

Were people killed by these terrorists? No. The plots were foiled! If Homeland Security had accepted Coulter’s claims – and if the media had failed to report on terrorist threats – would someone have been killed? Probably.

In defending the Second Amendment, Coulter frequently touts the vast number of criminal attacks which are stopped because the intended victims brandished a weapon. Those stats are, understandably, difficult to obtain because many of those incidents go unreported.

Similarly, with due vigilance by Homeland Security and an informed populace, terrorist attacks can be foiled, as they have been in the past.

Terrorist Kill Count

In recapping “this week’s criminal immigrants,” Coulter includes cases from “last week,” “last January,” and “10 years ago.” Moreover, many of the incidents she describes took place in the distant past but she includes them because the suspects were arrested, indicted, accused of murder, or released from prison during the week.

Using Coulter’s own timeframe, well, then, the terrorist kill count is far from zero.

It seems as if there is a new report every day of threats against Americans in America by ISIS. Pamela Geller is one of those victims who will not cower to Islamist threats despite the daily reality that her life is in jeopardy. Here in America. Anywhere she goes.

Geller is a close friend of Coulter’s. Ann should know better.[4]

On May 3rd, a terrorist plot to kill Geller and her colleagues was foiled just moments before carnage was about to erupt at a Draw Mohammed Contest in Texas. Geller said, “This is a war. This is war on free speech. What are we going to do? Are we going to surrender to these monsters?”

Islamist Attacks in America Under Obama Administration

On June 24th, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death for his part in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

On September 25, 2014, an Islamist beheaded a female co-worker.[5]

On November 5, 2009, Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people, injuring 31, in a terrorist attack in Ft. Hood.

According to a website tracking Islamic attacks, there have been 20 such attacks in America since President Obama took office. 44 people killed. 301 injured.

Date City/State Killed Injured Description
2/12/2009 Buffalo, NY 1 0 The founder of a Muslim TV station beheads his wife in the hallway for seeking a divorce.
4/12/2009 Phoenix, AZ 2 0 A man shoots his brother-in-law and another man to death after finding out that they visited a strip club, in contradiction to Islamic values.
6/1/2009 Little Rock, AR 1 1 A Muslim shoots a local soldier to death inside a recruiting center explicitly in the name of Allah.
11/2/2009 Glendale, AZ 1 1 A woman dies from injuries suffered when her father runs her down with a car for being too ‘Westernized.’ (10-20-09)
11/5/2009 Ft. Hood, TX 13 31 A Muslim psychiatrist guns down thirteen unarmed soldiers while yelling praises to Allah.
12/4/2009 Binghamton, NY 1 0 A non-Muslim Islamic studies professor is stabbed to death by a Muslim grad student in revenge for ‘persecuted’ Muslims.
4/14/2010 Marquette Park, IL 5 2 After quarrelling with his wife over Islamic dress, a Muslim convert shoots his family members to ‘take them back to Allah’ and out of the ‘world of sinners’.
4/30/2011 Warren, MI 1 0 A 20-year-old woman is shot in the head by her stepfather for not adhering to Islamic practices.
9/11/2011 Waltham, MA 3 0 Three Jewish men have their throats slashed by Muslim terrorists.
1/15/2012 Houston, TX 1 0 A 30-year-old Christian convert is shot to death by a devout Muslim.
2/7/2013 Buena Vista, NJ 2 0 A Muslim targets and beheads two Christian Coptic immigrants.
3/24/2013 Ashtabula, OH 1 0 A Muslim convert walks into a church service with a Quran and guns down his Christian father while praising Allah.
4/15/2013 Boston, MA 3 264 Foreign-born Muslims describing themselves as ‘very religious’ detonate two bombs packed with ball bearings at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and causing several more to lose limbs.
4/19/2013 Boston, MA 1 1 Jihadists gun down a university police officer sitting in his car.
8/4/2013 Richmond, CA 1 0 A convert “on a mission from Allah” stabs a store clerk to death.
3/6/2014 Port Bolivar, TX 2 0 A Muslim man shoots his lesbian daughter and her lover to death and leaves a copy of the Quran open to a page condemning homosexuality.
4/27/2014 Skyway, WA 1 0 A 30-year-old man is murdered by a Muslim fanatic.
6/1/2014 Seattle, WA 2 0 Two homosexuals are murdered by an Islamic extremist.
6/25/2014 West Orange, NJ 1 0 A 19-year-old college student is shot to death ‘in revenge’ for Muslim deaths overseas.
9/25/2014 Moore, OK 1 1 A Sharia advocate beheads a woman after calling for Islamic terror and posting an Islamist beheading photo.

Fudging Nexis Searches

In her book, Coulter uses Nexis searches to prove a media conspiracy designed to hide the immigration crisis. She wrote:

“In a search of all transcripts in the Nexis archives in the first eight months of ISIS’s existence as a jihadist group, ‘beheading’ was used in the same sentence as ‘ISIS’ or “ISIL’ 1,629 times. During that same time period, it was used in the same sentence as ‘Mexico’ or ‘Mexican” twice.”[6]

If you choose a time frame which brackets major events or a significant series of events you will, by default, have results containing a preponderance of those events. Distorted criteria will distort results.

Surprise! There are more stories about Santa Claus in December than in July.

Of course, ISIS beheadings were in the news. ISIS was posting, seemingly almost daily, videos of beheadings and other atrocities. If it bleeds, it leads. Journalists, Americans, and allies were kidnapped, tortured, and killed. And videotaped! Children were beheaded!

Of course, ISIS beheadings were in the news!

The unprecedented expansion of ISIS justifiably caught the attention of people all over the free world. ISIS is now a terrorist nation – identifying itself as a new Islamic caliphate with global hegemonic ambitions – and, acting upon its self-proclaimed self-identity, the Islamic State has invaded and impacted nations throughout the Middle East and, with its savvy social media marketing skills (and the West’s failure to decisively oppose it), it has been enormously successful in recruiting Westerners (including many Americans) to its cause. It’s latest strategy is to recruit people as lone-wolf terrorists in their homeland.

Coulter sarcastically concluded her column with “Now go back to worrying about ISIS.”

Coulter accuses the mainstream media of exaggerating ISIS to distract from immigration, whereas, Coulter denies the very existence of ISIS in America to focus exclusively on immigration. Why not do what’s best for America and address both crises?

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s WASP Fantasy” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7H.

[2]               Ann Coulter, “ISIS: 0, Ted Kennedy: Too Many to Count,” 7/8/15.

[3]               See “Ann Coulter … Dangerously Wrong!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7x.

[4]               See “Coulter Denies Islamist Threat” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-69.

[5]               See “OK Beheading? Must be Tea Party Christians!” at http://t.co/JeE8yIckeC

[6]               Ann Coulter, Adios, America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole, Regnery, 2015, pg. 121.

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