Badass ‘Grandpa’ Squares Off with Armed Muslim Terrorist in the Philippines

RedState’s Andrea Ruth reported on the horrific acts perpetrated by Islamic terrorists in the Philippines but not all of them are getting away with their atrocities. There is a report from the region of a septuagenarian fighting an Abu Sayef terrorist who entered his home. The terrorist was armed with an assault rifle and the elderly resident only had a machete-like weapon called a bolo.

The 70-year-old Lolo (Grandpa) Peryong confronted Abu Ubayda and engaged him in a hand-to-hand combat in his backyard in the town of Calape. Abu Ubayda was the last of an 11-member Abu Sayyaf team, who clandestinely slipped into Bohol last month with the intention to kidnap victims for ransom.

Captain Jojo Mascarinas, intelligence officer of the Central Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said Lolo Peryong was cleaning his backyard in the afternoon of May 15 when Ubayda, armed with an M16 assault rifle, intruded the perimeter of his house in Barangay Lawis in the town of Calape some 45 kilometers north of this city.

While all his neighbors fled for their lives, Lolo Peryong took a bolo and bravely attacked the bandit.

Ubayda was apparently caught by surprise as Lolo Peryong came swinging his bolo at him.

Ubayda, for whatever reason, did not shoot Lolo Peryong but was able to parry the old man’s non-stop bolo thrusts and hacking. He succeeded in seizing the bladed weapon from the old man, who continued to attack.

Eventually, Ubayda stabbed Peryong, then butt stroke him with his rifle before pursuing Army soldiers arrived and shot the terrorist dead.

Fortunately for Lolo Peryong, the wound was not fatal. He was brought to the hospital, where he is now recovering.

Nice job, Grandpa.

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Laura Ingraham’s Site Peddles Fake News to Defend Candidate Accused of Assault

Obviously the big topic of discussion today is Republican Greg Gianforte’s alleged physical assault of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. As one would expect in the state of political tribal warfare that now exists, there are people defending or even applauding Gianforte attacking Jacobs. Some of that has manifested itself as typical meathead smack talk while some of it is more insidious, like writing deliberately misleading headlines.

Laura Ingraham’s site Lifezette published this piece earlier today:

Montana Assault Witness Changes Story, Says No Neck Grab

Reporter says firsthand account misstated key aspect of Gianforte incident

This isn’t really a change in story if one recognizes that the story here is that a candidate for Congress lacks the self control to answer (or ignore) a reporter’s questions without resorting to physical violence. Nor is the neck grab a particularly “key” aspect of the incident. Saying it is a key aspect of the incident sure seems like a transparent attempt to create the impression that the candidate did nothing wrong. Something was alleged then something was recanted, so this whole incident must be more fake news. (Anyone who has worked in online publishing knows that a sizable chunk of the audience never reads past the headline.)

The Lifezette piece cites Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna’s eyewitness account.

Among the small handful of eyewitnesses was Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna.

Acuna wrote a report published on Fox News that detailed what happened as Jacobs aggressively questioned Gianforte.

“At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him,” she wrote, “Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, ‘I’m sick and tired of this!’”

Acuna repeated her initial version of events during an appearance on Fox News Wednesday evening.

“Gianforte grabbed [Jacobs] by the neck, slid him to the side, and body-slammed him, and then got on top of him and started punching,” she said.

On her radio show, Ingraham apparently grilled Acuna on insignificant details, leading Acuna to clarify the manner in which Gianforte grabbed Jacobs before slamming him to the ground, as if that makes a candidate attacking a reporter more acceptable.

Details from Acuna’s report quickly went viral online, but she said Thursday during an interview on “The Laura Ingraham Show” that she misstated the neck grab.

“One of you guys said last night that he put his hands around his neck,” Ingraham said. “Which, as somebody who’s done a lot of taekwondo and self-defense, to me that seemed, that might not be exactly right.”

“You know, and I’m the one who said that,” Acuna replied, “I saw both his hands go up, not around his neck in a strangling type of way, but more just on each side of his neck, just grabbed him and I guess it could’ve been on his clothes, I don’t know.”

Ingraham asked Acuna if that meant she was changing her story.

“Again, just to clarify, he didn’t grab him by the neck with both hands in the way that was initially described, that’s not quite accurate,” Ingraham asked at the end of the interview.

“No, so it wasn’t like he grabbed him around the neck, he had one hand on each side of his neck,” Acuna confirmed.

WELL THAT CHANGES…absolutely nothing. Acuna still saw Gianforte grab Jacobs and body slam him, which is unacceptable behavior for anyone, let alone someone running for Congress.

Ingraham’s Twitter comments about the incident are equally dismissive, veiled zingers aimed at the attack victim rather than the hot head Republican who lost control. Rush Limbaugh was making similar comments on the radio today, only condemning the assault sarcastically while describing Gianforte as “manly” for reacting to questions with violence.

That’s what high profile conservative media has become in the age of Trump. Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and others like them have voluntarily become little more than the Republicans’ version of MoveOn.org. Deny, deflect, dismiss anything that reflects badly on their team and conversely promote anything that does the opposite (even if it’s a debunked crackpot conspiracy theory).

They have decided that their job is not to defend ideas anymore but to defend politicians, provided those politicians wear the right color jersey. Remember when they all said they cared about a candidate’s character and we fell for it? Good times.

Ask yourself how the coverage of this incident from the right would have been different had Gianforte been a Democrat. Conservatives can’t complain about media double standards when conservative media is just as guilty of them. You don’t defeat fake news with more fake news.

 

 

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Christians Massacred As ISIS Affiliated Insurgents Ravage Southern Philippine Island

Nine people were reportedly tied up and shot dead on Wednesday in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao where ISIS-affiliated group, Maute, has established a stronghold of terror this week.

According to local media reports, Maute terrorists forced a truck filled with civilians off the road and murdered them when they were identified as Christian. The Philippines is majority Roman Catholic.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte — a controversial leader in his own right — said that a police officer was beheaded by the group after being pulled off the road as well.

President Duterte has arrived back in The Philippines since cutting his trip to Moscow short after declaring martial law in the island nation amid the Maute groups uprising in Marawi City on its second largest southern island.

So far at least 21 people have been reported to be murdered by the Islamist Maute group.

President Duterte has deployed 100 U.S.-trained special forces to the area to put down the Maute group and stop its terrorizing and attempted takeover of the island.

The Philippines is the only Christian country in Asia, so it is unsurprising that an ISIS-linked group would set its sights on the islands.

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Trump’s Meeting at NATO Was Cordial and Contentious (VIDEO)

President Trump met with fellow NATO leaders today in Brussels and, according to reports, the atmosphere was a little chilly. Let me use the tweet storm by former US NATO ambassador, Ivo Daalder as a point of departure.

These are my thoughts.

First, not stressing Article 5 is a major missed opportunity. The Baltic States and Poland are really interested in the mutual defense part of the Treaty and they are putting their necks on the chopping block by hosting US armored forces and building up their internal defense capacity. Both Estonia and Latvia have very large ethnic Russian populations and they are afraid the same thing will happen to them that happened to Ukraine if there is no US skin in the game.

Pushing the NATO allies, particularly Germany, on defense spending was the right thing to do. They might not have liked to hear it but they needed to hear it. Reaching a 2006 spending target in 2024 is not a major commitment to European defense by Europeans.

Trump should have talked Russia because Russia was the 800-lb gorilla in the corner at the NATO meeting but Trump was right to talk about things like terrorism and immigration which are the major real-world threats facing NATO. Both of those factors are inextricably linked to the Russian ability to make mischief.

Overall, this was a subpar performance. I think he hit on differences when he could have focused on commonalities and he did little to dispel the anxiety that his campaign rhetoric caused in Eastern Europe.

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Ben and Jerrys’ Absurd and Stupid Gay Marriage Stunt

For the most part, Ben and Jerry’s is a ‘lovable liberal’ kind of company. Their founders, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, are personally far-left in their views, but they make delicious frozen treats, so the world puts up with them. They are based out of Vermont, after all, so it’s not a surprise when they feel the need to make a political statement.

But the political statement they’re trying to make in Australia is more stunt than statement.

Ben and Jerry’s is banning customers from ordering two scoops of the same flavor in its 26 stores in Australia as an act of protest against the country’s gay-marriage ban.

Groan. The stupid stunt is being done in opposition to Australia’s Marriage Act, a federal decree that bans gay marriages, and that Ben and Jerry’s calls “outdated.”

“Ben & Jerry’s has a long and proud history of commitment to social justice, including LGBTQI rights and marriage equality. This commitment is grounded in our company’s core values and an unshakable belief that everyone deserves full and equal civil rights.”

“I”?? Anyway, this might make for some fine, feel-good liberal activism, but it seems awfully lacking in business acumen. Libs will high-tail it to their nearest B&J, while those favoring traditional marriage will just have to make do with the gazillion other ice cream options in Australia.

It’s yet another case of liberals quite literally shoving their opinions down our throats.

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