Welcome to November. Yeah, it’s November! As in Thanksgiving’s so close you can almost taste the stuffing.
Let’s start off today’s Brew with a huge sigh of thankfulness. Because a Colorado amusement park dodged a bad one.
Thank God. Potential Catastrophic Attack on an Adventure Park Averted. But Why?
A 20-year-old Colorado man was found dead in the restroom of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. The man, identified as Diego Brajas Medina, was heavily armed with an AR-style rifle, handgun and explosives, and clad in tactical clothing and body armor. Further explosives were found in his car.
As Garfield County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Walt Stowe said, Medina “could have implemented an attack of devastating proportions upon our community and first responders.”
And yet, Medina for some reason decided not to strike and instead took his own life. He left behind a baffling note. “I am not a killer, I just want to get into the caves.”
Glenwood Caverns offers three different cave tours. Two are included in the price of admission to the park. Getting into the caves would not be a problem. (Even the more adventurous and strenuous Wild Tour is only about the price of a couple boxes of ammo.) While we grieve with Medina’s family, and hope investigators unlock what was going on in his mind, we are grateful he did not carry out what could have been an awful attack.
Satan at Work: German-Israeli Girl Paraded by Hamas Was Beheaded
We hate to be grim, but we have to be clear-eyed about what we’re dealing with. Shani Louk, the lovely German-Israeli woman whose broken and semi-naked body was paraded through the streets of Gaza, is confirmed dead. IDF discovered her remains. She had been beheaded. Photos had shown her motionless and disfigured in the back of a truck. Video later showed her being spit on and beaten by a mob, by the citizenry.
A point emphasized in an article last week by Andrew Tobin in the Washington Free Beacon. “Ordinary” citizens joined in the attack on Israel. From the article:
‘The second wave of Arabs who came into the country were just as cruel as the terrorists of the first wave,’ Gadi Yarkoni, the mayor of the Eshkol Regional Council, which encompasses most of the Gaza border communities, told the Free Beacon. ‘We saw that it was not only Hamas who came to slaughter us. It was all the residents of Gaza, including people who worked in our kibbutzim.’
D.C. Repaints “Black Lives Matter” Street Mural … After BLM Offers Full-Throated Support for Hamas
Washington, D.C., is refreshing and repainting the massive “Black Lives Matter” mural that covers 16th Street with work scheduled to be finished by Thanksgiving, the city proudly says. The work continues despite BLM’s wholehearted endorsement … can we say “celebration” … of Hamas and its attack on Israel.
Is there a louder way for the District to say “Jews Not Welcome”?
In the wake of the pro-massacre statements by BLM, lawmakers and the Oversight Project called for D.C. to remove the mural and rename “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”
.@MayorBowser, any plans to halt your Department of Transportations refresh of the so-called “iconic” BLM plaza?
— Oversight Project (@OversightPR) October 16, 2023
Mayor Muriel Bowser brushed off the request.
What they should know is that is a public art piece. Artists rendered it, artists painted it, Jews and Gentiles were there to support it. It’s not linked to any particular group or person, but it is an expression of what our city felt and continues to feel.
So “Black Lives Matter” has nothing to do with “Black Lives Matter”? Oh, and this is what BLM feels:
Proud to Have Blood on Their Hands
On Monday, pro-Hamas demonstrators interrupted a Capitol Hill hearing with Secretary of State Antony Blinken. I say pro-Hamas rather than “pro-Palestinian” because of the fake blood on their hands.
Now, they were shouting that Blinken has “blood on his hands.” But is that why their hands are bloody?
Or is it in solidarity with the terrorist who proudly called his mother and father, “Dad, I killed 10 with my bare hands. Their blood is on my hands, let me speak to Mom”?
Before you answer, let’s go back to 2013, when the court released the testimony of Palestinians involved in the 2000 lynching of an IDF soldier. Palestinian Aziz Salha was one of the murderers, and was seen waving his hands, cheering and inciting the crowed that had gathered for the lynching.
Reported the Times of Israel in 2013: “The disturbing image is deeply rooted in the memory of many Israelis and later became a symbol of the horrifying attack.”
If somebody shows up in a white hood and torch, don’t let him tell you it’s because he’s too shy to show his face.
So, I ask again: Is this about Blinken and the U.S. having blood on its hands because it won’t push for a “ceasefire”? Or is it the deliberate use of familiar symbolism by Hamas sympathizers who hail Salha as an inspiration? Psychological warfare as a weapon of terror? A symbolism that would be missed by the American media.
Have You Not Heard?
Talking about the massacre in Israel and the rising flood of anti-Semitic activity, former State Dept. Spokeswoman Morgan Ortegas was overcome, during an appearance on Fox News’ Outnumbered. “It’s just terrifying to be a Jewish parent right now,” Ortegas said. She would hardly be alone in that sentiment. A sentiment known from long ago … as is the answer:
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40: 28-31)
Along The Stream
Stream Contributor Bunni Pounds starts a two-part series on “The State of Evangelism in America.”
Meanwhile, if you are not going to be able to attend Bunni and Christian Engaged’s “Wake Up!” Conference Friday and Saturday, you can still purchase tix for the live stream of the event.
Al Perrotta is the Managing Editor of The Stream, co-author, with John Zmirak, of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration and co-author of the counter-terrorism memoir Hostile Intent: Protecting Yourself Against Terrorism.