Obama Arrives Late for the Moment of Silence for France at the G20 Conference

Leadership: Compare & Contrast

President Obama pauses as he speaks about attacks in Paris from the briefing room of the White House on Friday.

[VIDEO] Brutal: What They’re Saying About Obama’s Defensive ISIS Press Conference 

[PHOTO] U.S. Capitol: Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of the Victims of the #ParisAttacks

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Sen Paul Ryan, Twitter


7 Arrested In Belgium Over Paris Attacks

PARIS (AP) — A Belgian official says seven people have been detained in Belgium linked to the Paris attacks.

The official, who spoke to The Associated Press in Brussels by phone, also said two of the seven attackers who died in Paris on Friday night were French men living in Brussels. He said one of the French attackers was living in the Molenbeek neighborhood, which is considered a focal point for religious extremism and fighters going to Syria….(read more)

Source: AP/Breitbart.com

BREAKING: French Jets Begin Major Airstrikes, Bombing Defacto ISIS Capital of Raqqa, French Defense Ministry Says



France has launched a series of airstrikes on the ISIL-held Syrian city of Raqqa in the wake of the deadly Paris terror attacks.

The French Defence Ministry says 10 jets dropped 20 bombs on the terror group’s de-facto capital.

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The attack included 12 warplanes.

“The first target destroyed was used by Daesh (another Arabic acronym for IS) as a command post, jihadist recruitment centre and arms and munitions depot,” a ministry statement said.


“The second held a terrorist training camp.”

The warplanes left for Syria from Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, the Ministry said….(read more)

Source: 9news.com,au

mirror.co.uk. reports: France retaliated to the Paris terror attack by launching deadly airstrikes on an Islamic State jihadi training camp in Syria tonight.

Yesterday French president Francois Hollande vowed to crush the extremist group who massacred 129 people on Friday night.

Less than 24 hours later, some 10 fighter jets pummeled the ISIS-held city of Raqqa with at least 20 bombs, according to the French defence ministry.

French President Francois Hollande in the security control room at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis

The jets hit command and control center, jihadi recruitment center, munitions depot and a training camp. AFP/Getty

President Hollande was told his country is under attack while watching France take on Germany in a friendly at the Stade de France.

His bodyguard is seen whispering into Francois Hollande’s ear 15 minutes into watching France take on Germany

Mr Hollande was immediately escorted upstairs to a secure area where he was briefed to the full extent of the situation before being scrambled away to a secure location. Read the rest of this entry »

[VIDEO] Not a Drum Solo: Footage Shows Moment Shooting Starts in Bataclan Theatre 

Footage shot by Seb Snow shows the moment the Eagles of Death Metal concert was interrupted by shooting on Friday evening in Paris. The concert hall was the scene of one of several terror attacks to take place across the city on Friday during which a total of 129 people were killed – 89 of whom had been attending the concert at the Bataclan theatre.

Anonymous White House Official Denies that Charlie Hebdo Staff were Invited to See Obama


 “Really, we just don’t understand the French.” 

 — Obama’s staff response, According to Luzier

Chief Washington Correspondent  reports: The White House on Friday denied a report in a French magazine that the administration invited staffers from the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo to meet with and draw President Barack Obama in the aftermath of the bloody terrorist attack on the publication’s offices in Paris.

French President François Hollande, center, is surrounded by heads of state including, from left, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Donald Tusk and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as they attend the solidarity march in the streets of Paris. (Photo: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)

French President François Hollande, center, is surrounded by heads of state including, from left, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Donald Tusk and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as they attend the solidarity march in the streets of Paris. (Photo: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)

“The idea was to have folks from Charlie to the White House. An interview? Awesome.”

Rénald Luzier, better known by his pen name, Luz, told the French magazine Les Inrockuptibles that U.S. officials conceived of the visit as a way to make up for the absence of a top American official at a march in support for Charlie Hebdo on Jan. 11, one week after the attack.

“We would have gone there directly. Except that they wanted to have a cartoonist come to draw Obama. This isn’t Montmartre. I said, ‘If he comes to Paris, I’ll put Budweiser in the fridge and I’ll draw him.’”

— Rénald Luzier

U.S. Ambassador Jane Hartley attended the demonstration, along with leaders of Germany, Israel and the Palestinian Authority.


“We have seen some reports that a Charlie Hebdo staffer claims to have received, and declined, an invitation to the White House. These reports are not true. No such invitation was ever extended.”

— White House official, on condition of anonymity

But the absence of Obama, Vice President Joe Biden or Secretary of State John Kerry led to accusations from American conservatives that the president was turning his back on freedom of speech. The attack, by two brothers of Algerian descent, was in apparent retaliation for cartoons that many Muslims saw as blasphemous. Twelve people were shot to death and 11 injured.

“Obama didn’t send an important representative, and sending John Kerry to see [French President François] Hollande wasn’t enough,” Luzier said. Read the rest of this entry »

Charlie Hebdo Resumes Regular Publication


Charlie Hebdo resumes regular publication after attack



Je Suis Aléatoire



Graffiti of the Day: Charlie Hebdo


Pro-Censorship Lefties Defend Islam



‘French Town Struggles to Understand Radicals’ Pull’: International New York Times Front Page, Friday, January 16, 2015


[PHOTO] Paris Massacre Victim Burial: Charlie Hebdo Cartoonist’s Custom Coffin

[VIDEO] Bill Clinton on Muslim Immigration and ‘The World’s Greatest Double Standard’

Limiting Free Speech: Did The Pope Get It Right? Charles C.W. Cooke Doesn’t Think So


National Review Online

Two Little Girls in Beijing Pen ‘I Am Charlie’

‘I Do Apologize For Any Of Our Viewers Who May Have Been Offended By That’

Charlie Hebdo Writer Holds Up Muhammed Cover on Sky News; Network Cuts Away and Apologizes

Andrew Kirell reports: While several major news outlets in the United States have resisted showing the Muhammed-depicting cover of Charlie Hebdo‘s first issue following last week’s massacre, it appears as though their squeamishness is not nearly as severe as that of media in the United Kingdom.

“I’m very sad, very sad that journalists in UK do not support us, that journalists in UK betray what journalism is about by thinking that people cannot be grown enough to decide if a drawing is offending or not. Because you are not even showing it.”

Hebdo writer Caroline Fourest appeared Wednesday evening on SkyNews to tout her magazine’s hot-selling post-attack issue, with cover art showing Muhammed holding up a “Je Suis Charlie” sign and a caption reading “All Is Forgiven.”

“It is completely crazy that in UK you cannot show a simple drawing as that.”

— Hebdo writer Caroline Fourest

“I’m very sad, very sad that journalists in UK do not support us, that journalists in UK betray what journalism is about by thinking that people cannot be grown enough to decide if a drawing is offending or not,” she said to the hosts of SkyNews Tonight via satellite. “Because you are not even showing it.” Read the rest of this entry »

[VIDEO] Former Charlie Hebdo Writer Blasts Self-Censoring Media As MSNBC Censors Mohammed Drawing on Charlie Hebdo Cover

Former Charlie Hebdo Writer Blasts Self Censoring Media As MSNBC Blurs Mohammed Drawing

Street Art: Charlie Hebdo Grafitti


Waiting for Kiosk to Open: ‘Survivors’ Issue of Charlie Hebdo Selling Out Across Paris


Alexander Marquardt via Twitter

Charlie Hebdo’s New Issue Flies Off Newsstands

PARIS— Into Landrauro reports: French commuters rushed Wednesday morning to newsstands to buy copies of Charlie Hebdo, the first issue of the satirical magazine since eight of its staff members were killed by Islamist gunmen last week.

Even though it has become a cause célèbre, the weekly—known for mocking all forms of authority, including some that have rushed to its defense—stayed true to form by printing a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad holding a “Je suis Charlie,” or “I am Charlie,” sign on its cover. Several cartoons inside the issue mocked Islamist fighters.

As early as 6.30 a.m., it was difficult to find copies of the magazine in the few newsstands already open, even though the weekly’s distributors had said they were ready to print as many as 3 million copies—50 times the normal circulation. Read the rest of this entry »

Where to Buy the New Charlie Hebdo

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[CARTOON] ‘Liberty, Equality…Whatever’



New York Post Front Page: ‘CHARLIE FORGIVES’ Tuesday, January 13, 2015


New York Post front page for Tuesday, January 13, 2015

[VIDEO] Predictably, Jon Stewart Adorably Trashes Obama for Paris Rally Absence, for Easy, Harmless Laughs, Wears Beret

Jon Stewart went after President Obama for his absence at the Paris unity rally yesterday, asking bewilderedly, “Couldn’t Obama have at least sent a friend?




When Cartoon Worries Were Simpler


Freedom of Satire: Who’s Pro-Freedom, Who’s Pro-Censorship? Majority of Republicans Think Media Should Publish Mockery of Religion, Democrats, Not So Much



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Hot Air

‘Mahomet en une du Charlie Hebdo de mercredi’: In Controversial New Cover The Big Mo Himself Holds Sign Saying ‘I Am Charlie’


Translation from French to English:

The next issue of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the first since the terrorist attack that decimated the… writing is completed.


Charlie Hebdo will be well on the newsstands on Wednesday 14th January. As every week. The journalists of the satirical weekly cordoned off around 21:30 Monday their first edition since the attack that killed 12 people, Wednesday, January 7 in Paris. In these exceptional circumstances, the number ( 1178 ) will be drawn 3 million copies.


“All Is Forgiven. I Am Charlie”

Hosted in the premises of Liberation, writing resumed work on Friday with the aim of showing that Charlie Hebdo is not dead. The design of a designed by Luz is the Prophet Mohammed holding a sign “I’m Charlie.” Associated with the drawing, comments: “All is forgiven”.

Note: this is computer-translated from the original French into English, some of the phrasing is irregular, and a few words appear to be missing. I offer it as-is, I think it’s mostly self-evident.

Bravo Charlie Hebdo!

This page in its original French is here, at Libération

[VIDEO] CBS: White House ‘On the Defensive’ Trying to Explain No-Show at Paris Rally

The Australian‘s Unambiguous Headline


‘Truth without Fear” – via Twitter – 

‘SORRY CHARLIE’: New York Post Cover for Monday, January 12, 2015


New York Post front page for Monday, January 12, 2015

The Empire State Building Went Dark For Charlie Hebdo Victims


Gesture of solidarity comes as over a million take to the streets of Paris

The Empire State Building went dark for five minutes at 8 p.m. on Sunday, displaying only red, white and blue lights — the French tricolor — at its pinnacle to show solidarity with the victims of the terror attacks on French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo. Read the rest of this entry »

Memo to New York Times’ Dean Baquet: Don’t Piss On Us And Tell Us Its Raining



Mollie Hemingway writes:

…It’s absolutely not true that the New York Times cares one whit about the religious (or otherwise) sentiments of peaceful families in Brooklyn. If they did, they wouldn’t run so many depictions of anti-semitic caricatures in stories about anti-semitic caricatures. Or of blasphemous anti-Christian art in stories about blasphemous anti-Christian art. Or of gross ethnic and racial stereotypes in stories about gross ethnic and racial stereotypes. When the New York Times wrote about Catholic outrage over an art exhibit that featured a “black Madonna with a clump of elephant dung on breast & cutouts of genitalia,” that story featured a color photo of the art in question. Heck, it still does. Right there on the web site.

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International New York Times Front Page: ‘The World Stands With France’


World Leaders Gather in Paris, Americans Express Anger at U.S. Leadership Vacancy




Hundreds of thousands Millions of French citizens are joined by dozens of foreign leaders, among them Arab and Muslim representatives, in a march in Paris today in honor of the 17 victims of this week’s terror attacks.

Front Pages React to Paris Terrorist Attack on Charlie Hebdo

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Twelve people were killed on Wednesday when police in Paris said three gunmen attacked the office of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. The terrorist attack sent shock waves through the global media community, prompting an outpouring of support for the victims as officials condemned the violence and authorities hunted the assailants. Here is a selection of front pages, set for publication Thursday, that led with the tragedy…(see more)


Sacré Bleu! Robert Crumb Weighs In


‘Paris Est Charlie’: L’arc de Triomphe Tonight






French police said Friday that a gunman who had been holding at least five hostages in a kosher market in eastern Paris was dead, CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports.

French media reported that as many as 10 people ran out of the market after explosions and gunfire were heard near the market.

Earlier, the gunman threatened to kill the hostages if police launched an assault on the cornered brothers suspected in the massacre, a police official told The Associated Press.

Less than an hour after the gunman made his threat, gunfire was heard at the location of the standoff involving the brothers around the town of Dammartin-en-Goële, about 25 miles northeast of Paris.

The police official told the AP several people had been wounded when the gunman opened fire in the market near Paris’ Porte de Vincennes Friday afternoon and were able to flee and get medical care.

Earlier, a police official told the AP that the man declared “you know who I am” when he opened fire.

An Interior Ministry spokesman told RTL-TV that police believe five individuals were taken hostage, possibly including a child. A police union source told the Reuters news organization that one person was seriously wounded.

Paris police believe the suspect is Amedy Coulibaly, 32. Police are seeking information on him and his girlfriend, Hayat Boumeddienne, 26, in connection with the deadly shooting of a police officer on Thursday morning just south of the capital in Montrouge. Both were suspected of being armed and dangerous.

French President Francois Hollande ordered the country’s top security official to the scene of the market, an official in the presidency told The Associated Press. The police official declined to be named when discussing the unfolding situation. Read the rest of this entry »

The Kouachi Brothers Suspected in Charlie Hebdo Massacre were Named in a 2010 Plot to Spring an Islamist from Jail