Once Soft Target For Terror In Utah Hardens Itself

At the beginning of the year, I put up my (now) annual post warning of the dangers of feel-good gun bans by churches, particularly related to terrorism or mass shooting/casualty situations. As I noted then, the LDS Church was only one of two religious organizations in Utah that advertise they ban lawful citizens from carrying guns. At the time, the only other church to do so was Congregation Kol Ami.

They are now off BCI’s list of those banning a lawful and effective defensive means. It may have something to do with this (Congregation Kol Ami in SLC heightens security after three anti-Semitic incidents):

Congregation Kol Ami says they are increasing security measures in response to several incidents of anti-Semitism that occurred within a short period of time.

I won’t pretend to know much about them, but there appear to be plenty of their faith who advocate for individual defensive means in the face of bigoted threats.

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LDS Church Renews Tempting Soft Target Status For 2018

Last month I posted my annual warning/reminder about staying vigilant when attending services at an LDS church, particularly given the specific Daesh (ISIS) threat against the church. This month, I checked if anything had changed in terms of the church allowing members and visitors to have defensive means. Nope. The LDS church renewed its status as one of two churches in Utah to ban law-abiding citizens from possessing a firearm.

The ban is in effect for another year. Thus, if you attend church (or any ‘gun-ban’ public venue) this year, be sure to click the linked post and review the terrorism defense tips/links at the end of the post. Stay safe and good luck.

Daesh (ISIS) Now Specifically Threatens LDS Church (Annual Threat Update)

Apparently, this is turning into an annual Christmas tradition here. Two years ago, I posted about Daesh (ISIS) stating they would target churches in the US and last year I noted that they had reaffirmed that threat. Both times, I have highlighted LDS churches have been made into tempting soft targets. Just a week ago, Daesh demonstrated their appetite to kill at religious sites and the bloody carnage that results. That brings us to our third anniversary. This year, Daesh decided to not only reissue their threat but treat us with imagery specific to the LDS church (Image with LDS temple, terrorist, circulating online).

(KUTV) A disturbing, concerning image is circulating online claiming that a group is targeting the LDS temple in San Deigo, California. The picture which was allegedly released by a pro-ISIS media group shows a burning temple with an alleged member of ISIS looking on and the bloody words “Coming Soon.”

The FBI says they are “not aware of any specific and credible threat to [the LDS] community”. However, lone wolf and terrorist’s whole purpose is to fly under the radar.  The FBI isn’t able to catch everything; evidenced by recent terror attacks here and the still unresolved Vegas shooting (not to mention Fox 13’s report about Daesh recruiting in Utah). It is still up to individuals and organizations to maintain vigilance and situational awareness and be, preferably, granted a means of defense.

Unfortunately, we’re three years into this and folks are still stripped of the some excellent individual means of defense and a simple means to harden an exploitable soft target (i.e. the church’s firearms ban).

The article concludes with a U of U counter-terrorism expert:

“I think it warrants attention,” Guiora said. “We have a tendency to dismiss things that seem this can’t happen. but I think what we’ve learned in the past period – literally anything can happen. Terrorists say what they mean and they mean what they say.”

At the same time, Guiora said the last thing we want to do is stay home.

“You don’t want people to stay home, because if you stay home then terrorism wins,” he said.

I have to admit that it’s a bit more tempting to stay home when you’re denied a defensive ability and hindered in fulfilling a God-given duty to protect the innocent. It’s not all that fun being told to be a sitting duck. Regardless, to reiterate last year’s conclusion: As you go to church, pray, be vigilant, look for improvised means of defense and be ready to act. Please also review the following (also linked on my prior two posts on this subject):
Recognizing 8 Signs of Terrorism
How Situational Awareness Can Save Your Life In A Terror Attack

Stay vigilant and have a Merry Christmas!

ISIS Reaffirms Attacking You At Church (LDS Church still soft target) (UPDATE)

***See 2017 update below about Daesh now specifically targetting the LDS Church***

Last year, I posted that LDS churches present themselves as a tempting, if not ideal, target for Daesh/ISIS (or any other terrorist group). Bluntly, the church has made decisions to present itself as such a target and is aware of the threat.

Nothing has changed in church policy to reduce this threat and the threat has certainly not diminished. Far from it, today it is reported that Daesh is reaffirming it’s call to target US churches and appears to include an updated list of churches to target:

Exclusive: ISIS Puts Out Holiday Attack List Of U.S. Churches

As I said a year ago:

In the meantime, it would be very wise for members to review the video (Recognizing 8 Signs of Terrorism) published by the Utah Department of Public Safety and carefully watch for the clues presented. Additionally, come up with a survival plan for various attack scenarios (hint: naively going with the instinctual “it will never happen here” is not a plan).

To add to that, don’t just think of ‘traditional’ attacks with explosives/weapons. Up your situational awareness everywhere you go:

How Situational Awareness Can Save Your Life In A Terror Attack

Stay safe and Merry Christmas.

UPDATE (12/23): It’s official, the FBI & DHS have issued a security bulletin: Feds Warn ISIS Sympathizers ‘Continue Aspirational Calls For Attacks’ On Churches, Holiday Gatherings

Update #2 (12/23): No, Daesh isn’t bluffing. From our southern neighbor: Phoenix cops arrest alleged ‘jihadist’ plotting midnight Mass attack: ‘Get down with this ISIS s-t’

Addendum: As an aside, the LDS Church appears unconcerned about basic security but should SJWs clearly take lyrics out of context and get their shorts in a wad, then the church will take action: LDS Church yanks song ‘White’ after lyrics fell flat with Mormons of color

…I suppose I should crack open the hymnbook and look for offensive lyrics too (out of context, naturally).

Update (1/14/17): Something else to consider  from 2015 – FBI director says ISIS recruiting in every state — including Utah

Update (12/2/2017): We’re up to three years in a row of Daesh threatening churches. Now they specifically depict an LDS temple in their imagery. There’s still no change from the LDS church – you’re still denied the right to an effective means of defense and remain a soft target.

Elites With Protection Scoff At The Same For All

It didn’t take long for Obama and his liberal backers to politicize the shooting in Orlando:

Obama calls Orlando shooting “terrorism,” then pivots to…gun control

Here’s the WaPo web front page article:

Orlando shooting: The key things to know about about guns and mass shootings in America

First two notes: The president is clueless on guns (it was not an assault rifle – read the first line of the definition). Next, the treasonous, radical Islamist shooter has a Florida security officer license and a state firearms license and worked for a large security contractor who’s clients include DHS (not your average citizen).

As usual, clueless Obama and his equally ignorant elite companions on this issue immediately want to turn a tragedy into a knee-jerk political opportunity. Par for the course with them. I just want to point out one item of their disgusting abject hypocrisy and condescension. See if you can pick it up in this article: ISIS ‘kill list’ targets Palm Beach, Treasure Coast residents: Ex-FBI agent (via Drudge).

Here’s a hint but please read the entire article:

Former FBI agent-turned lawyer Stuart Kaplan says the threat is especially alarming, because the people on this list are civilians who don’t have the security necessary to protect themselves.

Thus, unlike the defense-grabbing elites, we have limited means of protection. One of the best equalizers (particularly for women) and modern means of personal protection for the common man is a firearm. But no, the elites get their armed entourage but we, the unwashed masses, are simply not worthy of such.

Enough already and enough almost gleefully viewing every tragedy (or vile terrorist act) as a political opportunity to ride emotion to capricious measures intended to curtail inherent individual rights. How about we just focus on things like this for now: Utah’s Imam condemns violent actions of Orlando gunman (edit: and this: AIFD Keeps Victims of Islamist Radicalism in our Thoughts and Prayers, Condemns Pulse Attack).

.UPDATE: Never let a tragedy go to waste: In The Wake Of An Islamic Terror Attack On US Soil, Democrats Plot To Disarm Americans

Various Thoughts Post

I don’t get much time to post anymore so I’m just putting some thoughts down on a variety of issues in what amounts to a first draft with no real review/editing.  Thus the very generic title, no comment section, and uncharacteristic scant source links.

Daesh (ISIS)/War-on-Terror

Obama’s very inept handling of the region helped precipitate this despicable crime group accurately know as Daesh. Right after the success of the Iraq surge, Obama intentionally spiked the SOFA and gave us an arbitrary withdrawl without the residual force to buffer Suni/Shia and keep ISIS-like groups at bay. Later, he pushed for the rebelion against Asad without heed of who would arise in such a power vacuum (McCain get’s credit for this too) meanwhile ignoring the Green Movement in Iran (and subsequently guaranteeing Iran’s ruling regime nukes). Besides Asad he helped screw up Lybia (again with inept handling) and provided an opening for radicals there too where we wound up with a dead ambassador and securtity detail in Benghazi on a September 11 anniversary (Hillary’s State Dept is deserving of blame for awful basic security). As an added bonus, he just about pulled the same thing in Egypt.  He’s practically pulled the same stuff in Afghanistan (already a tougher operation than Iraq) when presented with surge force options for high, medium, and low risk of failure (based on troop numbers).  He opted for the low troop, high rist option and here we are today. Lives have been impacted and allies left twisting in the wind.

Confederate Flag

Some screwed-up guy murders nine people and all the media and people want to do is focus on a flag.  No one seems to want to figure out why this guy snapped or how to prevent/indertict such a person in the future, instead, we’re going to ban Dukes of Hazard memorobelia.  It’s absurd. South Carolina and other ‘flag states’ can deal with the flag (preferably without a frenzied, knee-jerk reaction but thoughtful consideration). Nope, we’re going to focus on a flag and totally ignore the perp and the crime.

Gay Marriage

Government should just get out of the marriage business. My guess is this isn’t over and one gay leader (Takei) is ready for the next step: diluting individual religious right once protected by the First Amendment.  Forcing businesses and laborers to, literally, cater to them when alternatives abound will continue and be expanded upon. No one should be allowed to steal another’s labor or turn them into your forced servant. The ACLU is cool with it apparently deciding the some rights are more equal than others. At the local level, the LDS Church has some complicity in this with the new law they helped pass to force businesses while exempting themselves from the same law. When I called the church on how they could reconcile this, the spokesman noted that they had really taken a beating in the media etc by standing up for traditional marriage. So they threw their members under the bus (who by the way took just as bad a beating and are still expected to stand up for biblical marriage with the bonus of continuing to take the beating).  Anyway, Utah should just get out of marriage, ASAP.  Oh and, yeah, polygamy and other alternatives will be legalized – deal with it.

Obamacare

Twice saved by Justice Roberts, each time with a Constitution crushing decision: First, include a tax in any law and you can do whatever you want no matter how intrusive it may be in an individual life (an anethma to the clear intents and debate into the framing of the constitution found in the Federalist Papers). Second, judges can now moonlight as legislators and re-write legislation even when it was clealy spelled out in black-and-white writing and the intent from those drafting the provision was clear. No need to make the legislators revisit the issue and change it to a new intent, just do it for them (no idea why what point the legislative branch serves now). No do I know what the Constitution is for – it is totally ignored or just twisted in what ever convenient manner is now desired (we don’t no stinkin’ amnedment process!).

Republicans

The useless party with poor leaders beholden to the Chamber of Commerce and other crony capital elites. Besides Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and others they do not serve as an opposition party.  Sure the media hates them and wants to destroy them but they continue to try to curry favor with them so they capitulate more than oppose. Limbaugh nails it when he said they act more to make socialistic policies palatable than oppose them.  Hope that changes and they start talking to the American people instead of continue to try to filter everything through the media and their intere$t groups… Principles should always take precidence over party.

Illegal immigration

More consititutionally destructive stuff from Obama with willing complicity of the Republican establishment elites and their Chamber of Crony Capitalist befactors. They know of the identity theft (SSA says 75% engage in this), document fraud, and tax fraud committed by illegal immigrants and are A-OK with it. Here again, the LDS Church is involved wher it tells members to do the right thing no matter how hard it may be but then gives illegal aliens a free pass on key standards. It’s a clear double standard and shameful. All members, regardless of legal status, should be held to the same standard – either the stated high standard or the seemingly new standard where members get to pick and choose laws to follow (even if it may involve a felony like ID theft and involve victims) so long as some personal hardship can be demonstrated. Seriously, is a cup of tea worse than trashing a child’s identity, credit, earnings, and medical records?

Anyway, one court has stood up to Obama’s massive power grab on arbitrarily making up immigration law (whis is in violation of constitutional separation of powers – not that we really have a guiding constitution anymore) but given the Supreme Court’s record as of late, don’t count on that standing.  Roberts will just pencil something in.

Update: As an added bonus, the Supreme Court is also ok with not requiring anyone to show they are actually a citizen to be able to vote.

OPM Leak

More inept work what will continue with no accountability. OPM’s head made it clear that ‘no one is responsible’ for the massive screw-up. No one will be held accountable of fired just like all the other failures (Benghazi, Fast & Furious, Snowden, Domestic spying, the border crisis, IRS scandal, Healthcare.gov site, on and on). The loss of SF-85 and other sensitive personnel data will have negative implications for many years to come.

Parting thought: The Constitution is effectively dead and not much more than a distant memory. Hopefully, that will change and future generations will recognize its wisdom (including the amendment process) and bring it back to prominence.  One can only pray this happens sooner rather than later or after a very painful experience.

Davis County Veterans, Active Duty, Others: Make Your Voter Records Private

I’ve written about Utah’s roughshod dispensing of the voter list and the security compromise voters are forced to choose in order to simply exercise their right to vote.  Some things improved very slightly but much work remains on the issue.

Fortunately, after contacting the Davis County Clerk’s office to discuss the changes to the law, it appears that they are ready and willing to help those with any reasonable security risk to mark their records private so not everyone an their dog has access to their personal information and voting history.

For the military and those in government, it should be easily to qualify and include their family members as Daesh (the accurate name for ISIS) continues to threaten attacks on US soil specifically targeting the aforementioned groups.  If you live in Davis County, I highly encourage you to contact the clerk’s office and see if you qualify.  They are ready and willing to help (I was impressed by their courtesy, candor, and professionalism when I called to gather information – kudos to the Clerk and his staff!).

If you live in another county, I would still contact your clerk’s office to gather this information.  It serves a twofold pupose – easily protect your identity and you and your family’s safety.