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Chuck Schumer Forces the Question: What to Do with Insane Liberals?


The initial case for housing progressives in internment camps was floated shortly after Trump’s victory by feverish leftist minds convinced that his first presidential act would be to imprison or even kill anyone who stood in the way of his hellacious agenda.  Although President-Elect Trump dismissed the notion, perhaps hopeful that the fire of progressive insanity his election had unleashed would eventually burn itself out, he might be wise to reconsider the idea, as liberal lunacy has gone from flickering to supernova.

The latest blast of Democrat dementia came courtesy of Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, whose descent into madness bottomed out in a New York City restaurant after he spied longtime Democratic Party power couple Joseph Califano and his wife Hilary.

Despite Hilary Califano’s liberal pedigree, she had openly admitted to voting for Trump, an act of progressive heresy so great that the sight of the apostate was enough to prompt the erratic Schumer to go over and loudly berate her, in a scene so unpleasant that it forced the couple to cut short their meal and head for the exit.

Schumer’s harangue was incomplete, so naturally he followed the Califanos onto the sidewalk and began yelling repeatedly, “She voted for Trump!  How could you vote for Trump?  He’s a liar!”

Eerily reminiscent of the scene from Marathon Man – where the Holocaust survivor shouts attention to the Nazi war criminal walking her streets – Schumer’s Trump j’accuse  in midtown Manhattan carried the same potential for street justice as a Nazi accusation delivered in an Hassidic neighborhood.

Thankfully, the Califanos were able to escape mob violence by their refusal to acknowledge the bug-eyed Schumer – a wise decision, considering the inherent suicidal risks in confronting crazy, even if the loon in question is wearing not a tinfoil hat, but instead the crown of the Democratic Party.

To be fair, Schumer has been toeing an emotional line when it comes to Donald Trump, having been driven to public tears only months earlier by the president’s executive order to temporarily restrict immigration from seven terrorist-infested Muslim countries.

While President Trump openly mocked Schumer’s weep-fest, the presidential jab was not delivered on partisan grounds, but rather couched in tough love.  After all, public tears for a man should be used judiciously – for a child’s birth, anything combat-related, or hitting a long odds superfecta – not to protest a ban on ISIS thugs coming into the country to bomb a suburban mall.

Sadly, Senator Schumer’s mental collapse is just one screwy part of a broader liberal crackup that, like watching a Fellini film on acid, offers up a daily montage of vagina-costumed women, gender-confused snowflakes, and other oddities.

The irony is the cast of this progressive carnival sideshow has called President Trump’s mental state into question, which is like the director of a psychiatric facility being clinically diagnosed insane by the patients in the persistent delusional disorder ward.

Despite that odd inconsistency, it’s been fairly easy to this point for the casual onlooker to dismiss the collective liberal nervous breakdown as the product of a frail leftist psyche exacerbated by a lost presidential election, at worst a harmless source of minor irritation and at best a font of great laughter.  Nevertheless, the sight of the Democrat Senate minority leader reduced to a frothing street lunatic raises legitimate concerns that public safety is now in peril – a disconcerting prospect that regrettably warrants serious thought to rounding up the whole unhinged progressive herd.

Now, a few of the weak-kneed may suggest such recourse would trigger a bloody civil war and instead offer up a participation trophy of sorts to mollify progressive angst, like the occasional General Mike Flynn scalp.  Yet, despite the recent spate of leftist street protests, it’s unlikely that the average progressive snowflake’s response to such an action would cause much uproar.  Despite liberal comparisons of Trump to Hitler, it’s hard to imagine them standing up to true despots, like Iranian mullahs, who routinely toss gays off rooftops, or Kim Jong-un, who executes political prisoners with anti-aircraft guns.

The safe bet is that they would quickly get in line to avoid a similar fate, an indication of why they feel free to attack safe targets, like the Amish, and not those who fight back.  In fact, such imaginary fear only reinforces their insanity and heightens the danger they pose, making calls for their imprisonment even more urgent.

In fact, such a call won’t lead to a violent conflagration; rather, it more than likely would be welcomed with open arms by the soon to be captives, as it appeals to the current liberal propensity for safe spaces.  In this Age of Microaggression, where unwanted exposure to people with differing ideas or beliefs triggers the emotionally unstable to seek safe haven, the newly constructed giant psychiatric playpens will support the protection of the hypersensitive.  As such, the camps can be made eco-friendly and diversity-tolerant, all geared to allow the brittle leftists a place to live out their Marxist fantasies in an unblemished utopia without the ugly reality of truth descending on them.

While such a confinement would be a strong first step toward restoring national sanity, some may still insist it to be a bridge too far, given that complete Republican government control has taken the scissors out of Democrat hands, effectively lessening their chances to do any great damage.

Moreover, given the addled legislative Democrat bench, which has former Saturday Night Live comedian and current senator Al Franken widely touted as the premier 2020 Democrat presidential star, their party’s time in the political wilderness could be longer than the ancient Israelites’ circumvention of the Sinai.

The disturbing thought of shaky Democrat hands once more grasping the levers of political power makes the mind reel at the type of legislative changes progressives would enact for their imposed time in the wilderness.  After all, unlike Republicans, who talk a good game about governance but fold when put to the test, Democrats are the kamikaze pilots of political warfare, willing to sacrifice their political fortunes to the progressive cause, evidenced by their fiery implosion to pass Obamacare.  The GOP is ill equipped to match such fanaticism.

Worse, a Democrat return to power would bring with it serious payback – revenge that would most likely find its form in their own efforts to lock up Trump supporters, given that Maoist-style reeducation camps remain a favored progressive staple, one already field-tested by Democrat FDR’s confinement of the Japanese during World War II.

After all, in leftist eyes, Trump’s election was a sign that history had errantly veered from the dead-end wall of Marxism toward the unsettling open road of self-determination.  Progressives are salivating at the chance to set that script right.

With the stakes that high, it’s now well past time to dust off the incarceration playbook and strike while the iron is hot.  After all, it’s better to be safe than to find yourself one day eating a meal in the same restaurant as Senator Chuck Schumer.

Frank Crimi is the author of divine roosters & angry clowns.  He can be reached at frankcrimi@politicallyunbalanced.com.

The initial case for housing progressives in internment camps was floated shortly after Trump’s victory by feverish leftist minds convinced that his first presidential act would be to imprison or even kill anyone who stood in the way of his hellacious agenda.  Although President-Elect Trump dismissed the notion, perhaps hopeful that the fire of progressive insanity his election had unleashed would eventually burn itself out, he might be wise to reconsider the idea, as liberal lunacy has gone from flickering to supernova.

The latest blast of Democrat dementia came courtesy of Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, whose descent into madness bottomed out in a New York City restaurant after he spied longtime Democratic Party power couple Joseph Califano and his wife Hilary.

Despite Hilary Califano’s liberal pedigree, she had openly admitted to voting for Trump, an act of progressive heresy so great that the sight of the apostate was enough to prompt the erratic Schumer to go over and loudly berate her, in a scene so unpleasant that it forced the couple to cut short their meal and head for the exit.

Schumer’s harangue was incomplete, so naturally he followed the Califanos onto the sidewalk and began yelling repeatedly, “She voted for Trump!  How could you vote for Trump?  He’s a liar!”

Eerily reminiscent of the scene from Marathon Man – where the Holocaust survivor shouts attention to the Nazi war criminal walking her streets – Schumer’s Trump j’accuse  in midtown Manhattan carried the same potential for street justice as a Nazi accusation delivered in an Hassidic neighborhood.

Thankfully, the Califanos were able to escape mob violence by their refusal to acknowledge the bug-eyed Schumer – a wise decision, considering the inherent suicidal risks in confronting crazy, even if the loon in question is wearing not a tinfoil hat, but instead the crown of the Democratic Party.

To be fair, Schumer has been toeing an emotional line when it comes to Donald Trump, having been driven to public tears only months earlier by the president’s executive order to temporarily restrict immigration from seven terrorist-infested Muslim countries.

While President Trump openly mocked Schumer’s weep-fest, the presidential jab was not delivered on partisan grounds, but rather couched in tough love.  After all, public tears for a man should be used judiciously – for a child’s birth, anything combat-related, or hitting a long odds superfecta – not to protest a ban on ISIS thugs coming into the country to bomb a suburban mall.

Sadly, Senator Schumer’s mental collapse is just one screwy part of a broader liberal crackup that, like watching a Fellini film on acid, offers up a daily montage of vagina-costumed women, gender-confused snowflakes, and other oddities.

The irony is the cast of this progressive carnival sideshow has called President Trump’s mental state into question, which is like the director of a psychiatric facility being clinically diagnosed insane by the patients in the persistent delusional disorder ward.

Despite that odd inconsistency, it’s been fairly easy to this point for the casual onlooker to dismiss the collective liberal nervous breakdown as the product of a frail leftist psyche exacerbated by a lost presidential election, at worst a harmless source of minor irritation and at best a font of great laughter.  Nevertheless, the sight of the Democrat Senate minority leader reduced to a frothing street lunatic raises legitimate concerns that public safety is now in peril – a disconcerting prospect that regrettably warrants serious thought to rounding up the whole unhinged progressive herd.

Now, a few of the weak-kneed may suggest such recourse would trigger a bloody civil war and instead offer up a participation trophy of sorts to mollify progressive angst, like the occasional General Mike Flynn scalp.  Yet, despite the recent spate of leftist street protests, it’s unlikely that the average progressive snowflake’s response to such an action would cause much uproar.  Despite liberal comparisons of Trump to Hitler, it’s hard to imagine them standing up to true despots, like Iranian mullahs, who routinely toss gays off rooftops, or Kim Jong-un, who executes political prisoners with anti-aircraft guns.

The safe bet is that they would quickly get in line to avoid a similar fate, an indication of why they feel free to attack safe targets, like the Amish, and not those who fight back.  In fact, such imaginary fear only reinforces their insanity and heightens the danger they pose, making calls for their imprisonment even more urgent.

In fact, such a call won’t lead to a violent conflagration; rather, it more than likely would be welcomed with open arms by the soon to be captives, as it appeals to the current liberal propensity for safe spaces.  In this Age of Microaggression, where unwanted exposure to people with differing ideas or beliefs triggers the emotionally unstable to seek safe haven, the newly constructed giant psychiatric playpens will support the protection of the hypersensitive.  As such, the camps can be made eco-friendly and diversity-tolerant, all geared to allow the brittle leftists a place to live out their Marxist fantasies in an unblemished utopia without the ugly reality of truth descending on them.

While such a confinement would be a strong first step toward restoring national sanity, some may still insist it to be a bridge too far, given that complete Republican government control has taken the scissors out of Democrat hands, effectively lessening their chances to do any great damage.

Moreover, given the addled legislative Democrat bench, which has former Saturday Night Live comedian and current senator Al Franken widely touted as the premier 2020 Democrat presidential star, their party’s time in the political wilderness could be longer than the ancient Israelites’ circumvention of the Sinai.

The disturbing thought of shaky Democrat hands once more grasping the levers of political power makes the mind reel at the type of legislative changes progressives would enact for their imposed time in the wilderness.  After all, unlike Republicans, who talk a good game about governance but fold when put to the test, Democrats are the kamikaze pilots of political warfare, willing to sacrifice their political fortunes to the progressive cause, evidenced by their fiery implosion to pass Obamacare.  The GOP is ill equipped to match such fanaticism.

Worse, a Democrat return to power would bring with it serious payback – revenge that would most likely find its form in their own efforts to lock up Trump supporters, given that Maoist-style reeducation camps remain a favored progressive staple, one already field-tested by Democrat FDR’s confinement of the Japanese during World War II.

After all, in leftist eyes, Trump’s election was a sign that history had errantly veered from the dead-end wall of Marxism toward the unsettling open road of self-determination.  Progressives are salivating at the chance to set that script right.

With the stakes that high, it’s now well past time to dust off the incarceration playbook and strike while the iron is hot.  After all, it’s better to be safe than to find yourself one day eating a meal in the same restaurant as Senator Chuck Schumer.

Frank Crimi is the author of divine roosters & angry clowns.  He can be reached at frankcrimi@politicallyunbalanced.com.



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The Secret Service and a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy


Although the Secret Service insisted that the pinched laptop contained no classified information, it nevertheless launched an investigation, which, given its other recent security lapses, added yet another inclusion to an already full investigative docket.

That logbook includes a midnight intrusion onto the White House grounds by Jonathan Tran, a self-described schizophrenic, who managed to scale three separate barriers before reaching the Executive Mansion, where President Trump was home at the time.

Apparently, Tran, like a tourist separated from a guided walking tour, wandered the White House grounds undetected for nearly twenty minutes, going so far as to look through the windows of the residence and “rattle the door knobs” before being detained by the Secret Service.

Despite Tran’s assurances that he was simply at the White House for a scheduled appointment with the president, the midnight hour coupled with Tran’s backpack filled with cans of mace led skeptical agents to skip issuance of a stern warning and instead place him under arrest.

Days later, the near home invasion saw the apprehension of an unidentified person trying to scale a White House barricade, followed hours later by a man who drove up to an Executive Mansion checkpoint claiming he had a bomb in his car.

While the Secret Service firmly maintained that the president’s safety was never compromised, it did acknowledge that it would shore up security at the White House – added precautions that, given the litany of transpired events, could include a request from Mr. Trump that he be equipped with a panic alarm keychain and holstered stun gun.  Such a presidential demand wouldn’t be too unreasonable, especially given the Facebook post in 2016 of Secret Service agent Kerry O’Grady, who said she would rather go to jail than take a bullet for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

To be fair, protecting the life of a president is a daunting task, open to a lot of Monday-morning quarterbacking, especially since the presidency comes attached with a huge bullseye, be it from the stray lunatic loner or the concerted, well-organized hit team.  Unfortunately for President Trump, that stenciled target has been neon-lit by a crazed, hate-filled media narrative fully in play since the day he announced his presidential candidacy.

That media Trump Tale stars a protagonist who is an amalgamation of history’s most vile characters – a mentally unbalanced tyrant imbued with the evil leanings of Hitler, the racist predilections of Simon Legree, and the sexual perversions of Caligula.  From there, the leftist storytelling has the Trumpian character, alternately described as either a drooling imbecile or a cleverly diabolical savant, marshaling a legion of odious white nationalists, aided by the Satanic, barrel-chested Vladimir Putin, in a deadly mission to destroy civilization as we know it.

The progressive story arc concludes with the despotic Trump ousted from office, with impeachment and resignation the most commonly noted means, but given the dire circumstances facing the Republic, deadlier measures necessarily left on the table.

Those lethal progressive fantasies emerged in the first few days following Trump’s inauguration cloaked in “news stories” like the CNN report entitled “What if Trump is assassinated?” and in network family programming storylines filled with presidential assassination.

While the rush to embrace presidential killing has found most attention focused on the utterances by luminaries embedded in the citadels of journalism and entertainment, any average, off-center progressive with a social media platform can spew the same violent stew, demonstrated by the more than 12,000 tweets which called for President Trump’s assassination in the weeks following his inauguration.

Not surprisingly, this full-throated roar of Trump Derangement Syndrome has grown shriller and more effective with each passing day, creating a poisonous landscape where physical leftist fury levied against the president and his supporters is now given a free media pass.

While this is unsettling in its own right, such unchecked destructive insanity  become even more problematic, given that the Secret Service, the Praetorian Guard entrusted with protecting President Trump from this lunatic assault, has been operating at less than full speed for several years.  Whether through overwork, attrition, personal scandals or sheer incompetence, chinks in the Secret Service armor began to publicly show in a 2012 presidential visit to Columbia by then-president Obama, which saw a dozen Secret Service agents become embroiled in a prostitution scandal.  The liquor- and harlot-fueled security detail raised concerns with more sober-minded agency officials, who fretted that agents openly consorting with hookers could open themselves up to blackmail and affect their primary duty of protecting the president.

That dereliction of duty led to an investigation by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee – an inquiry that, by 2015, found that since 2005 nearly 150 “security breaches or attempted breaches” had occurred in facilities supposedly secured by the Secret Service.

Moreover, the report also included other acts of malfeasance, which included a 2014 fence-jumper who entered the White House armed with a knife before being apprehended and a 2015 incident in which two high-level Secret Service agents drove blindly drunk into a White House barricade after a night of partying.

With the public spotlight fully turned on, Secret Service agents began to find other avenues of employment, evidence noted in a 2016 report by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general that cited agents leaving the agency faster than they could be replaced.

Now, amid a politically charged public vendetta being levied against the president, understandable concerns have been raised about the Secret Service’s ability to protect him from a solitary nutcase, a gang of terrorists, or even a badly aging rap star.

That latter threat arose recently in a music video starring Snoop Dogg – a musically instructive skit with cartoonish-sounding gunshot effects that showed him assassinating a clown-faced Donald Trump stand-in.

For some reason, the artistic form of free expression failed to amuse President Trump, who responded by highlighting the utter hypocrisy governing the leftist-fueled orgy of hate by noting  the apocalyptic outrage that would have ensued if a similar stunt had been directed at President Obama.

Naturally, the addled response from the progressive bench was to direct its animus at Trump for attacking his enemies, a sentiment artfully expressed by fellow rapper and deep thinker Shad Bow Wow.  In a tweet that could have been lifted from the pages of Proust, Shad Bow Wow offered a manly defense of Snoop Dogg’s actions by setting his sights on First Lady Melania Trump: “Ayo @realDonaldTrump shut your punk ass up talking [s—] about my uncle @SnoopDogg before we pimp your wife and make her work for us.”

The witty repartee of sexual assault by Shad Bow Wow aside, it makes one pause to consider the inevitable endgame that will occur when these unending and sickening clarion calls land upon the receptive ear of someone unbalanced enough to carry them out.

If that day comes, rest assured that one shouldn’t expect a round of deep reflection and apology from those who have been leading the deadly commands, but instead brace for a simple shrug, followed by a sharp lesson that President Trump had it coming.

Frank Crimi is the author of Divine Roosters & Angry Clowns.  He can be reached at frankcrimi@politicallyunbalanced.com.

A rash of troublesome Secret Service incidents makes for a disaster-filled recipe when placed next to the violence-laced menu offering being served up to President Trump by an unhinged progressive mob.

The latest Secret Service problems surfaced when a laptop stolen from an agent’s car parked in front of her home reportedly contained floor and evacuation plans of Trump Tower, residence to the president’s wife and ten-year-old son.

Although the Secret Service insisted that the pinched laptop contained no classified information, it nevertheless launched an investigation, which, given its other recent security lapses, added yet another inclusion to an already full investigative docket.

That logbook includes a midnight intrusion onto the White House grounds by Jonathan Tran, a self-described schizophrenic, who managed to scale three separate barriers before reaching the Executive Mansion, where President Trump was home at the time.

Apparently, Tran, like a tourist separated from a guided walking tour, wandered the White House grounds undetected for nearly twenty minutes, going so far as to look through the windows of the residence and “rattle the door knobs” before being detained by the Secret Service.

Despite Tran’s assurances that he was simply at the White House for a scheduled appointment with the president, the midnight hour coupled with Tran’s backpack filled with cans of mace led skeptical agents to skip issuance of a stern warning and instead place him under arrest.

Days later, the near home invasion saw the apprehension of an unidentified person trying to scale a White House barricade, followed hours later by a man who drove up to an Executive Mansion checkpoint claiming he had a bomb in his car.

While the Secret Service firmly maintained that the president’s safety was never compromised, it did acknowledge that it would shore up security at the White House – added precautions that, given the litany of transpired events, could include a request from Mr. Trump that he be equipped with a panic alarm keychain and holstered stun gun.  Such a presidential demand wouldn’t be too unreasonable, especially given the Facebook post in 2016 of Secret Service agent Kerry O’Grady, who said she would rather go to jail than take a bullet for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

To be fair, protecting the life of a president is a daunting task, open to a lot of Monday-morning quarterbacking, especially since the presidency comes attached with a huge bullseye, be it from the stray lunatic loner or the concerted, well-organized hit team.  Unfortunately for President Trump, that stenciled target has been neon-lit by a crazed, hate-filled media narrative fully in play since the day he announced his presidential candidacy.

That media Trump Tale stars a protagonist who is an amalgamation of history’s most vile characters – a mentally unbalanced tyrant imbued with the evil leanings of Hitler, the racist predilections of Simon Legree, and the sexual perversions of Caligula.  From there, the leftist storytelling has the Trumpian character, alternately described as either a drooling imbecile or a cleverly diabolical savant, marshaling a legion of odious white nationalists, aided by the Satanic, barrel-chested Vladimir Putin, in a deadly mission to destroy civilization as we know it.

The progressive story arc concludes with the despotic Trump ousted from office, with impeachment and resignation the most commonly noted means, but given the dire circumstances facing the Republic, deadlier measures necessarily left on the table.

Those lethal progressive fantasies emerged in the first few days following Trump’s inauguration cloaked in “news stories” like the CNN report entitled “What if Trump is assassinated?” and in network family programming storylines filled with presidential assassination.

While the rush to embrace presidential killing has found most attention focused on the utterances by luminaries embedded in the citadels of journalism and entertainment, any average, off-center progressive with a social media platform can spew the same violent stew, demonstrated by the more than 12,000 tweets which called for President Trump’s assassination in the weeks following his inauguration.

Not surprisingly, this full-throated roar of Trump Derangement Syndrome has grown shriller and more effective with each passing day, creating a poisonous landscape where physical leftist fury levied against the president and his supporters is now given a free media pass.

While this is unsettling in its own right, such unchecked destructive insanity  become even more problematic, given that the Secret Service, the Praetorian Guard entrusted with protecting President Trump from this lunatic assault, has been operating at less than full speed for several years.  Whether through overwork, attrition, personal scandals or sheer incompetence, chinks in the Secret Service armor began to publicly show in a 2012 presidential visit to Columbia by then-president Obama, which saw a dozen Secret Service agents become embroiled in a prostitution scandal.  The liquor- and harlot-fueled security detail raised concerns with more sober-minded agency officials, who fretted that agents openly consorting with hookers could open themselves up to blackmail and affect their primary duty of protecting the president.

That dereliction of duty led to an investigation by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee – an inquiry that, by 2015, found that since 2005 nearly 150 “security breaches or attempted breaches” had occurred in facilities supposedly secured by the Secret Service.

Moreover, the report also included other acts of malfeasance, which included a 2014 fence-jumper who entered the White House armed with a knife before being apprehended and a 2015 incident in which two high-level Secret Service agents drove blindly drunk into a White House barricade after a night of partying.

With the public spotlight fully turned on, Secret Service agents began to find other avenues of employment, evidence noted in a 2016 report by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general that cited agents leaving the agency faster than they could be replaced.

Now, amid a politically charged public vendetta being levied against the president, understandable concerns have been raised about the Secret Service’s ability to protect him from a solitary nutcase, a gang of terrorists, or even a badly aging rap star.

That latter threat arose recently in a music video starring Snoop Dogg – a musically instructive skit with cartoonish-sounding gunshot effects that showed him assassinating a clown-faced Donald Trump stand-in.

For some reason, the artistic form of free expression failed to amuse President Trump, who responded by highlighting the utter hypocrisy governing the leftist-fueled orgy of hate by noting  the apocalyptic outrage that would have ensued if a similar stunt had been directed at President Obama.

Naturally, the addled response from the progressive bench was to direct its animus at Trump for attacking his enemies, a sentiment artfully expressed by fellow rapper and deep thinker Shad Bow Wow.  In a tweet that could have been lifted from the pages of Proust, Shad Bow Wow offered a manly defense of Snoop Dogg’s actions by setting his sights on First Lady Melania Trump: “Ayo @realDonaldTrump shut your punk ass up talking [s—] about my uncle @SnoopDogg before we pimp your wife and make her work for us.”

The witty repartee of sexual assault by Shad Bow Wow aside, it makes one pause to consider the inevitable endgame that will occur when these unending and sickening clarion calls land upon the receptive ear of someone unbalanced enough to carry them out.

If that day comes, rest assured that one shouldn’t expect a round of deep reflection and apology from those who have been leading the deadly commands, but instead brace for a simple shrug, followed by a sharp lesson that President Trump had it coming.

Frank Crimi is the author of Divine Roosters & Angry Clowns.  He can be reached at frankcrimi@politicallyunbalanced.com.



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Kim Jong-un and the Crazy Kingdom He Leads


While it’s still unclear what transgression his cross-bred relation committed to spark the ordered hit, the bar for indiscriminate killing has been set pretty low ever since Kim Jong-un assumed hereditary control of the Hermit Kingdom in 2011.

To that end, North Korea’s supreme leader has ordered the termination of scores of government officials for committing such damaging state crimes as dining illegally, insufficient funeral grieving, and detrimental “alternative dreaming.”  While on the surface those types of misdeeds might be considered by any sentient being as nonsensical, the punishments exacted are quite serious – a litany of gruesome executions carried out by anti-aircraft guns, mortars, and flamethrowers.

Still, before international outrage could fully play out on the Malaysian gangland slaying, the North Korean despot quickly diverted attention by launching four intermediate-range ballistic missiles toward Japan, three of which landed several hundred miles from the Japanese shoreline.

The rocket salvo served as the latest indicator of North Korea’s growing missile delivery capability, moving the pariah nation one step closer to achieving its articulated goal of fielding long-range nuclear missiles capable of striking the American mainland.

Kim’s provoking actions evinced a clear level of frustration from American officials, irritation best encapsulated by U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who exclaimed, in an understatement for the ages, “This is not a rational person.”

To be fair, given the obsessively secretive nature of North Korea, assigning an accurate psychological assessment of its supreme leader’s mental stability is like gleaning clues of rational soundness from the entrails of a butchered animal.  Nevertheless, it stands to reason that if even a slim percentage of the crazy rumors circulating about the brutally oafish Kim are true, his is an apple not far removed from the genocidal Kim family tree, which has been rooted firmly in North Korean soil since 1948.

At that time, Kim Il-sung’s ascension to power came with his establishment of Juche, North Korea’s official religion, a denomination that required all North Koreans to worship him as a god.  Deity status was handed down to his son, Kim Jong-il, and eventually his now homicidal grandson, Kim Jong-un.

Maintaining the Kim family’s cult of personality has required a pliant, brainwashed citizenry, indoctrination that begins with impressionable school-age minds taught the godlike features of the ruling Kim, lessons centered on his supernatural abilities, such as an ability to control the weather or his not needing ever to urinate or defecate.  From there, the propaganda machine continues through adulthood via a tightly controlled government media narrative that ensures that televisions and radios receive only government programing, coupled with forbidden access to the internet or other international information sources.

Despite a mind-controlling system that would make any American public school official drool with delight, a stick is still needed to keep in line any free-thinking person who chafes at swallowing the whole propaganda pie.  As such, the Kim family has created a network of slave-labor camps, home to more than 200,000 North Koreans, one third of whom are believed to be children, in which their inhabitants are subjected to starvation, torture, and rape.  Moreover, no prisoners are ever released from the death camp system, which often hold up to three generations of North Koreans, many of whom have been born into permanent captivity.

While the overall effect has been to turn North Korea into a Hobbesian nightmare, the totalitarian regime isn’t content to enjoy its gulags and genocidal abuses.  Rather, it exports that misery to the rest of the world through nuclear force.

Like the Little Engine that Could chugging up the hill with dogged determination, North Korea has been on the trek to nuclear statehood for over thirty years.  Admittedly, its initial efforts produced a lot of guffaws, its weapons tests reminiscent of the early American space program.  Failures included rockets drifting far off course and others never making it off the launch pad.

Unfortunately, those halcyon days are now a distant memory, as the communist state has produced some threatening results.  Since 2006, it has conducted six atomic tests, the last of which in 2016 had an explosive force two times the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.  Its nuclear arsenal is now believed to contain 20 similar nuclear bombs, along with enough highly enriched uranium and plutonium to make dozens more.

Adding fuel to the nuclear fire, North Korea is believed to have produced a small compact nuclear bomb capable of fitting into the nose cones of its ballistic missiles, which is particularly worrisome, given that the rogue state can reportedly already target South Korea and Japan with its medium-range ballistic missiles.

With its short game in shape, the North Koreans have now taken out the driver and are focused on shoring up a long-range nuclear arsenal, with reports that the nation is within a year of conducting intercontinental ballistic missile tests and a few years removed from achieving full long-range missile capability.

Not surprisingly, all of this has prompted restrained panic among the United States and its Japanese and South Korean allies over how to slow down North Korea’s expanding armory and keep it from being used by the mentally unhinged Kim Jong-un.

An immediate first step has been to speed up the deployment to South Korea of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) in an attempt to stave off nuclear immolation for the ROK and the thirty thousand American troops stationed there.  Yet the defensive missile system is not scheduled to be fully operational until the end of 2017, making it uncertain to have an effect if the unpredictable Kim employs nukes before THAAD’s installation is complete.  Until that point, some suggest plying the well worn route of imposed trade sanctions and restrictions, joined with very sternly worded diplomatic statements of condemnation, as the most reasonable path, despite decades of similar such actions having failed to whet the insatiable North Korean hunger for nuclear weapons.  

A third avenue of recourse may be an appeal to North Korea’s longtime ally China to rein in the unbalanced Kim, but time has proven China unsuited to the task, whether through simple disinterest or the realization that, like an indulgent parent, it can no longer control its unruly child.

Surrounded by these unlikely solutions, the Trump administration, which has announced that all options remain on the table, may be considering a more dramatic choice, which is to just simply get rid of Kim Jong-un permanently.

Speculation on this front arose during the recent joint military exercises held between the U.S. and South Korea.  According to South Korean news reports, participants in the air, land, and sea drills included Navy SEAL Team 6, these a first-time addition whose inclusion was reported to “simulate a ‘decapitation attack’ on North Korea’s leadership.”

Whether this was a metaphorical or literal description, the Pentagon wasted little time in tamping down speculation that it would lop off Kim’s head by stressing that “the U.S. military ‘does not train for decapitation missions’ of any kind.”

Aside from American military prohibitions, Kim’s sudden removal from the scene by beheading or even a spoiled serving of kimchi may produce only unintended consequences, as was the case with Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi, whose death created a broken state filled with warring militant Islamist factions awash in high-grade weaponry, including chemical weapons.

While such an outcome in North Korea would certainly raise troubling issues, it’s equally certain that a final viable solution to the nuclear-induced madness of Kim Jong-un needs to be addressed before the ticking Doomsday Clock strikes zero.

Frank Crimi is the author of Divine Roosters & Angry Clowns.  He can be reached at frankcrimi@politicallyunbalanced.com.

As frustration mounts over North Korea’s expanding nuclear arsenal, the despotic regime’s latest series of provocations may have placed its demented leader Kim-Jong-un squarely in the crosshairs of Allied retaliation.

Concerns over the North Korean dictator began to percolate in February, when, in a scene lifted out of a James Bond movie, he had his half-brother Kim Jong-nam assassinated in public view at Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Airport by two women who rubbed his unsuspecting face with a highly toxic VX nerve agent.

While it’s still unclear what transgression his cross-bred relation committed to spark the ordered hit, the bar for indiscriminate killing has been set pretty low ever since Kim Jong-un assumed hereditary control of the Hermit Kingdom in 2011.

To that end, North Korea’s supreme leader has ordered the termination of scores of government officials for committing such damaging state crimes as dining illegally, insufficient funeral grieving, and detrimental “alternative dreaming.”  While on the surface those types of misdeeds might be considered by any sentient being as nonsensical, the punishments exacted are quite serious – a litany of gruesome executions carried out by anti-aircraft guns, mortars, and flamethrowers.

Still, before international outrage could fully play out on the Malaysian gangland slaying, the North Korean despot quickly diverted attention by launching four intermediate-range ballistic missiles toward Japan, three of which landed several hundred miles from the Japanese shoreline.

The rocket salvo served as the latest indicator of North Korea’s growing missile delivery capability, moving the pariah nation one step closer to achieving its articulated goal of fielding long-range nuclear missiles capable of striking the American mainland.

Kim’s provoking actions evinced a clear level of frustration from American officials, irritation best encapsulated by U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who exclaimed, in an understatement for the ages, “This is not a rational person.”

To be fair, given the obsessively secretive nature of North Korea, assigning an accurate psychological assessment of its supreme leader’s mental stability is like gleaning clues of rational soundness from the entrails of a butchered animal.  Nevertheless, it stands to reason that if even a slim percentage of the crazy rumors circulating about the brutally oafish Kim are true, his is an apple not far removed from the genocidal Kim family tree, which has been rooted firmly in North Korean soil since 1948.

At that time, Kim Il-sung’s ascension to power came with his establishment of Juche, North Korea’s official religion, a denomination that required all North Koreans to worship him as a god.  Deity status was handed down to his son, Kim Jong-il, and eventually his now homicidal grandson, Kim Jong-un.

Maintaining the Kim family’s cult of personality has required a pliant, brainwashed citizenry, indoctrination that begins with impressionable school-age minds taught the godlike features of the ruling Kim, lessons centered on his supernatural abilities, such as an ability to control the weather or his not needing ever to urinate or defecate.  From there, the propaganda machine continues through adulthood via a tightly controlled government media narrative that ensures that televisions and radios receive only government programing, coupled with forbidden access to the internet or other international information sources.

Despite a mind-controlling system that would make any American public school official drool with delight, a stick is still needed to keep in line any free-thinking person who chafes at swallowing the whole propaganda pie.  As such, the Kim family has created a network of slave-labor camps, home to more than 200,000 North Koreans, one third of whom are believed to be children, in which their inhabitants are subjected to starvation, torture, and rape.  Moreover, no prisoners are ever released from the death camp system, which often hold up to three generations of North Koreans, many of whom have been born into permanent captivity.

While the overall effect has been to turn North Korea into a Hobbesian nightmare, the totalitarian regime isn’t content to enjoy its gulags and genocidal abuses.  Rather, it exports that misery to the rest of the world through nuclear force.

Like the Little Engine that Could chugging up the hill with dogged determination, North Korea has been on the trek to nuclear statehood for over thirty years.  Admittedly, its initial efforts produced a lot of guffaws, its weapons tests reminiscent of the early American space program.  Failures included rockets drifting far off course and others never making it off the launch pad.

Unfortunately, those halcyon days are now a distant memory, as the communist state has produced some threatening results.  Since 2006, it has conducted six atomic tests, the last of which in 2016 had an explosive force two times the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.  Its nuclear arsenal is now believed to contain 20 similar nuclear bombs, along with enough highly enriched uranium and plutonium to make dozens more.

Adding fuel to the nuclear fire, North Korea is believed to have produced a small compact nuclear bomb capable of fitting into the nose cones of its ballistic missiles, which is particularly worrisome, given that the rogue state can reportedly already target South Korea and Japan with its medium-range ballistic missiles.

With its short game in shape, the North Koreans have now taken out the driver and are focused on shoring up a long-range nuclear arsenal, with reports that the nation is within a year of conducting intercontinental ballistic missile tests and a few years removed from achieving full long-range missile capability.

Not surprisingly, all of this has prompted restrained panic among the United States and its Japanese and South Korean allies over how to slow down North Korea’s expanding armory and keep it from being used by the mentally unhinged Kim Jong-un.

An immediate first step has been to speed up the deployment to South Korea of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) in an attempt to stave off nuclear immolation for the ROK and the thirty thousand American troops stationed there.  Yet the defensive missile system is not scheduled to be fully operational until the end of 2017, making it uncertain to have an effect if the unpredictable Kim employs nukes before THAAD’s installation is complete.  Until that point, some suggest plying the well worn route of imposed trade sanctions and restrictions, joined with very sternly worded diplomatic statements of condemnation, as the most reasonable path, despite decades of similar such actions having failed to whet the insatiable North Korean hunger for nuclear weapons.  

A third avenue of recourse may be an appeal to North Korea’s longtime ally China to rein in the unbalanced Kim, but time has proven China unsuited to the task, whether through simple disinterest or the realization that, like an indulgent parent, it can no longer control its unruly child.

Surrounded by these unlikely solutions, the Trump administration, which has announced that all options remain on the table, may be considering a more dramatic choice, which is to just simply get rid of Kim Jong-un permanently.

Speculation on this front arose during the recent joint military exercises held between the U.S. and South Korea.  According to South Korean news reports, participants in the air, land, and sea drills included Navy SEAL Team 6, these a first-time addition whose inclusion was reported to “simulate a ‘decapitation attack’ on North Korea’s leadership.”

Whether this was a metaphorical or literal description, the Pentagon wasted little time in tamping down speculation that it would lop off Kim’s head by stressing that “the U.S. military ‘does not train for decapitation missions’ of any kind.”

Aside from American military prohibitions, Kim’s sudden removal from the scene by beheading or even a spoiled serving of kimchi may produce only unintended consequences, as was the case with Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi, whose death created a broken state filled with warring militant Islamist factions awash in high-grade weaponry, including chemical weapons.

While such an outcome in North Korea would certainly raise troubling issues, it’s equally certain that a final viable solution to the nuclear-induced madness of Kim Jong-un needs to be addressed before the ticking Doomsday Clock strikes zero.

Frank Crimi is the author of Divine Roosters & Angry Clowns.  He can be reached at frankcrimi@politicallyunbalanced.com.



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Emptying the Barbarian Playbook


As ISIS empties a barbaric playbook of chemical attacks, child suicide bombers, and human shields in a desperate attempt to hold onto Mosul, it may also be adding cannibalism to this poisonous script.

The root of the Islamic State’s maniacal desperation stems from a tightening noose being pulled on by Iraq military forces as they attempt to wrest control of the northwestern Iraqi city.

In an offensive begun last October, the five-month-long battle has turned the once entrenched citadel of ISIS control into a modern-day version of Stalingrad, with two highly armed opponents engaged in fierce, bloody street fighting.

ISIS appears to be playing the role of the German army as the U.S.-backed Iraqi troops have dealt a series of devastating blows, leaving a remnant of 2,000 unyielding Islamic State fighters, along with several hundred foreign jihadist allies, holed up in the western half of the city.  With its caliphate metropolis on the verge of collapse, it’s all hands on deck for the sociopathic Islamists, leading them to take any and all brutal measures to desperately stave off defeat.

To that end, ISIS militants have deployed child suicide bombers as part of their battle plan, a youth-centric stratagem that has left more than three hundred ISIS “Cubs of the Caliphate” killed to date.  Unlike Japanese kamakazi pilots plied with sake to garner the courage to undertake their lethal missions, ISIS uses a nonalcoholic method to instill its young wards with suicidal fortitude, relying instead on promises from Allah of a great heavenly reward.

To be fair, ISIS isn’t alone in using children in such a grotesque manner, given the longstanding practice of Islamist terror groups around the world to utilize underage suicide bombers, including those with Down syndrome, making children the Islamists’ favorite choice of human explosive.

Unfortunately for ISIS, exploding children hasn’t been enough to turn the tide of battle, so naturally, its agents upped the ante by employing human shields picked from among the nearly 750,000 Iraqis trapped with them to halt the Iraqi advance.  Those who resist the urge to be used as human armor are eagerly gunned down by ISIS fighters, a chilling fact that still hasn’t prevented nearly 50,000 civilians from fleeing their captors in the last several weeks.

Not to be deterred, ISIS took the next logical step and launched rockets reportedly containing mustard gas against civilians residing in Iraqi-held eastern neighborhoods.  International outrage aside, it was a routine deployment of barbarism for ISIS, given that the group has been suspected of using chemical weapons dozens of times since 2014, including a 2016 rocket-launched chemical attack against American soldiers stationed at the Qayyarah air base near Mosul.

Outside its attempts to turn Mosul into a World War I-style poisonous gas-filled battlefield, it should be noted that ISIS tactics differ little from the global myriad of jihadi-crazed terror groups.  From Boko Haram to Al Shabaab to al-Qaeda to the Taliban and other mutant fanatical outfits, they all use a similar standardized version of Islamist monstrosity.

Yet the decades-long litany of unrelenting atrocities undertaken by these organizations led many in the world to grow numb to their effects, opening the door for ISIS to burst onto the scene and captivate imaginations with new levels of barbarity, like a movie producer who offered added shock value to an Islamist horror genre grown stale.  ISIS fit into this role neatly, given its self-identity as Islam’s really true believers, avid acceptors of a literal translation of the Koran who view many of their fellow Sunni Muslims, let alone the blasphemous Shiites, as less than pure followers of Allah.

That’s why, in its zealous mission to create a 7th-century Islamic caliphate, ISIS separated itself from the other Islamist terror packs by creating its own unique brand.  This included creating such fine tag distinctions as drowning people in cages, dunking people in vats of nitric acid and scalding tar, grinding bodies into meat, burning people alive, and crucifixion.  It should be noted that while ISIS is a committed equal-opportunity anti-apostasy enforcer, targeting fellow Muslims and even its own fighters not fully on board with its medieval agenda, it has reserved most of these heinous punishments for Christians and other religious minorities.

Like any good marketer, ISIS also became adept at using social networking sites to share through video and photographic uploads its jihadi product line of mass killings and executions.

While other Islamist terror groups employed similar media tactics, ISIS efforts have gained better traction, given the more gruesome material it had to offer – in particular, a signature twist of using children as a main subject feature in its promotional catalog of torture and death.

ISIS also offered a more enhanced benefit package to gain better applicants in a crowded jihadi job market by establishing a fully functioning sex slavery system comprising young women and girls, some as young as nine, from Christian and other non-Muslim groups.  Given Islamic taboos against premarital sex and a deeply rooted Islamic attachment to prepubescent girls, offering these children up for systematic rape multiple times a day proved to be a great recruiting tool to entice sex-starved ISIS fighters.

While all these ISIS innovations had the benefit of instilling a lethal dose of fear into anyone who had the misfortune to fall under the organization’s territorial control, they also produced detractors among the group’s jihadi competitors.

An example of that professional dismissal was found in documents taken from Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani compound, which detailed complaints that ISIS savagery was damaging al-Qaeda’s jihadi reputation, which admittedly is akin to Jeffery Dahmer being offended by the excesses of Hannibal Lector and the latter’s potential negative impact on the serial killer community.

Nevertheless, given the ruthless ISIS reputation, it does make one wonder how far ISIS can sink into the slime in its efforts to keep from losing Mosul, a question that may have been recently answered in an instructional handbook taken from one of the jihadi training schools that pepper the ISIS caliphate.  There, a curriculum lesson on how to eat non-Muslims if food supplies run dangerously low was outlined, along with precise instructions on how to prepare a properly cooked human.

The ISIS cannibalism guide gives Koranic justification for consuming non-Muslims, an academic lesson the mentally unhinged Islamists have apparently passed, given their already documented serving of human food, albeit to a welcoming invitee.  That truly horrifying and despicably insane act was committed near Mosul against a Yazidi woman who was starved for several days and then fed the remains of her three-year-old son.  She was told by her deranged captors that it was meat mixed with rice.

In a bit of bad news for ISIS, though, the scarcity of Christians and Yazidis still alive in Mosul due to its genocidal acts means that the jihadis may be forced to go against Koranic strictures and substitute fellow Muslims on the entrée plate.  Even though that gruesome possibility remains on the table, not everyone is waiting to join in, as Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and some of his aides have reportedly fled Mosul to parts unknown.

While, if true, that news may signal the end of the living nightmare that has plagued the people of Mosul, given the inexhaustible cruelty of the Islamic State, the nightmare will continue to play out in what remains of its dying caliphate.

Frank Crimi is the author of Divine Roosters & Angry Clowns. He can be reached at frankcrimi@politicallyunbalanced.com.

As ISIS empties a barbaric playbook of chemical attacks, child suicide bombers, and human shields in a desperate attempt to hold onto Mosul, it may also be adding cannibalism to this poisonous script.

The root of the Islamic State’s maniacal desperation stems from a tightening noose being pulled on by Iraq military forces as they attempt to wrest control of the northwestern Iraqi city.

In an offensive begun last October, the five-month-long battle has turned the once entrenched citadel of ISIS control into a modern-day version of Stalingrad, with two highly armed opponents engaged in fierce, bloody street fighting.

ISIS appears to be playing the role of the German army as the U.S.-backed Iraqi troops have dealt a series of devastating blows, leaving a remnant of 2,000 unyielding Islamic State fighters, along with several hundred foreign jihadist allies, holed up in the western half of the city.  With its caliphate metropolis on the verge of collapse, it’s all hands on deck for the sociopathic Islamists, leading them to take any and all brutal measures to desperately stave off defeat.

To that end, ISIS militants have deployed child suicide bombers as part of their battle plan, a youth-centric stratagem that has left more than three hundred ISIS “Cubs of the Caliphate” killed to date.  Unlike Japanese kamakazi pilots plied with sake to garner the courage to undertake their lethal missions, ISIS uses a nonalcoholic method to instill its young wards with suicidal fortitude, relying instead on promises from Allah of a great heavenly reward.

To be fair, ISIS isn’t alone in using children in such a grotesque manner, given the longstanding practice of Islamist terror groups around the world to utilize underage suicide bombers, including those with Down syndrome, making children the Islamists’ favorite choice of human explosive.

Unfortunately for ISIS, exploding children hasn’t been enough to turn the tide of battle, so naturally, its agents upped the ante by employing human shields picked from among the nearly 750,000 Iraqis trapped with them to halt the Iraqi advance.  Those who resist the urge to be used as human armor are eagerly gunned down by ISIS fighters, a chilling fact that still hasn’t prevented nearly 50,000 civilians from fleeing their captors in the last several weeks.

Not to be deterred, ISIS took the next logical step and launched rockets reportedly containing mustard gas against civilians residing in Iraqi-held eastern neighborhoods.  International outrage aside, it was a routine deployment of barbarism for ISIS, given that the group has been suspected of using chemical weapons dozens of times since 2014, including a 2016 rocket-launched chemical attack against American soldiers stationed at the Qayyarah air base near Mosul.

Outside its attempts to turn Mosul into a World War I-style poisonous gas-filled battlefield, it should be noted that ISIS tactics differ little from the global myriad of jihadi-crazed terror groups.  From Boko Haram to Al Shabaab to al-Qaeda to the Taliban and other mutant fanatical outfits, they all use a similar standardized version of Islamist monstrosity.

Yet the decades-long litany of unrelenting atrocities undertaken by these organizations led many in the world to grow numb to their effects, opening the door for ISIS to burst onto the scene and captivate imaginations with new levels of barbarity, like a movie producer who offered added shock value to an Islamist horror genre grown stale.  ISIS fit into this role neatly, given its self-identity as Islam’s really true believers, avid acceptors of a literal translation of the Koran who view many of their fellow Sunni Muslims, let alone the blasphemous Shiites, as less than pure followers of Allah.

That’s why, in its zealous mission to create a 7th-century Islamic caliphate, ISIS separated itself from the other Islamist terror packs by creating its own unique brand.  This included creating such fine tag distinctions as drowning people in cages, dunking people in vats of nitric acid and scalding tar, grinding bodies into meat, burning people alive, and crucifixion.  It should be noted that while ISIS is a committed equal-opportunity anti-apostasy enforcer, targeting fellow Muslims and even its own fighters not fully on board with its medieval agenda, it has reserved most of these heinous punishments for Christians and other religious minorities.

Like any good marketer, ISIS also became adept at using social networking sites to share through video and photographic uploads its jihadi product line of mass killings and executions.

While other Islamist terror groups employed similar media tactics, ISIS efforts have gained better traction, given the more gruesome material it had to offer – in particular, a signature twist of using children as a main subject feature in its promotional catalog of torture and death.

ISIS also offered a more enhanced benefit package to gain better applicants in a crowded jihadi job market by establishing a fully functioning sex slavery system comprising young women and girls, some as young as nine, from Christian and other non-Muslim groups.  Given Islamic taboos against premarital sex and a deeply rooted Islamic attachment to prepubescent girls, offering these children up for systematic rape multiple times a day proved to be a great recruiting tool to entice sex-starved ISIS fighters.

While all these ISIS innovations had the benefit of instilling a lethal dose of fear into anyone who had the misfortune to fall under the organization’s territorial control, they also produced detractors among the group’s jihadi competitors.

An example of that professional dismissal was found in documents taken from Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani compound, which detailed complaints that ISIS savagery was damaging al-Qaeda’s jihadi reputation, which admittedly is akin to Jeffery Dahmer being offended by the excesses of Hannibal Lector and the latter’s potential negative impact on the serial killer community.

Nevertheless, given the ruthless ISIS reputation, it does make one wonder how far ISIS can sink into the slime in its efforts to keep from losing Mosul, a question that may have been recently answered in an instructional handbook taken from one of the jihadi training schools that pepper the ISIS caliphate.  There, a curriculum lesson on how to eat non-Muslims if food supplies run dangerously low was outlined, along with precise instructions on how to prepare a properly cooked human.

The ISIS cannibalism guide gives Koranic justification for consuming non-Muslims, an academic lesson the mentally unhinged Islamists have apparently passed, given their already documented serving of human food, albeit to a welcoming invitee.  That truly horrifying and despicably insane act was committed near Mosul against a Yazidi woman who was starved for several days and then fed the remains of her three-year-old son.  She was told by her deranged captors that it was meat mixed with rice.

In a bit of bad news for ISIS, though, the scarcity of Christians and Yazidis still alive in Mosul due to its genocidal acts means that the jihadis may be forced to go against Koranic strictures and substitute fellow Muslims on the entrée plate.  Even though that gruesome possibility remains on the table, not everyone is waiting to join in, as Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and some of his aides have reportedly fled Mosul to parts unknown.

While, if true, that news may signal the end of the living nightmare that has plagued the people of Mosul, given the inexhaustible cruelty of the Islamic State, the nightmare will continue to play out in what remains of its dying caliphate.

Frank Crimi is the author of Divine Roosters & Angry Clowns. He can be reached at frankcrimi@politicallyunbalanced.com.



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