Oct 01 2014

PJ Media: News Index - 1st October 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 1:05 pm

From PJ Media.Com

Featured Story
Liberals as Low Information Voters
By Roger L. Simon

The liberals we know and love, most of them anyway, aren’t bad people. They’re just so scared of what’s happening they can’t think.

PJ Media
Is the DOJ Correct to Ban Religious and Racial Profiling?
By Walter Hudson

The practice of profiling bears an unfair negative connotation. Profiling has been an integral part of law enforcement and national security operations for as long as such endeavors have existed, and for good reason.


6 Elements of ‘Extremist’ Islam That ‘Moderate’ Muslims Endorsed as They Condemned the Islamic State
By Robert Spencer
At last, moderate Islam! The Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Fiqh Council of North America held a press conference in Washington on Wednesday at which they announced with great fanfare that they had refuted the religious ideology of the Islamic State.

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Movement in Congress Wants to Strip NFL of Anti-Trust Exemption
By Bill Straub
Several members of Congress have expressed disgust with what they view as the lenient way the National Football League has treated players accused of domestic abuse, with one asserting the sport’s anti-trust exemption should be revoked.

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PJTV
ZoNation — Leaving a News Reporting Gig to Run a Marijuana Business…What You Smoking?

This Alaska reporter left a paying news gig, while on the air, to make a statement about weed legalization. Watch Alfonzo Rachel clear the haze of this high stunt.


Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson: How the Libertarian Party Can be Viable
What’s the current state, and future, of the Libertarian Party? Gary Johnson, a 2012 presidential candidate, joins Stephen Kruiser to discuss the movement’s issues and more.

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Feed the Hungry People, Not the Dumpster: Activist Eats Your Garbage
Is it possible to feed every hungry person in America, five times over with what’s thrown in the dumpster? Michelle Fields introduces you to Rob Greenfield, an activist seeking to put food waste into perspective. Tune into this interview, and sound off in the comments section.

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What you May Have Missed
Religion of Peace Iranian Government to Execute Woman for Fighting Off Rapist (Stephen Kruiser)
[VIDEO] The Constitutional Model for Reforming Governance from the Ground Up
Dispatches From the Reality-Based Community (Ed Driscoll)
Dynasty (Richard Fernandez)
How Not to Be Poor (Helen Smith)
The 10 Best Science Fiction Titles in Comics (Pierre Comtois)
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Oct 01 2014

Jihad Watch: News Index - 1st October 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 12:52 pm

From Jihad Watch.Org

Netanyahu: “It’s not militants. It’s not Islam. It’s militant Islam.”

Sep 30, 2014 10:33 pm | Robert Spencer

That statement from Netanyahu seems to mean that the threat is not coming from militants who have nothing to do with Islam, as Obama and Kerry and Cameron and May and all the rest of the witless dupes in Western leadership positions would have us believe, and it is not coming from every last Muslim, […]

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Prosecutor downplays Islamic aspects of Oklahoma beheading

Sep 30, 2014 09:10 pm | Robert Spencer

Lots of people get fired all the time. A small number react violently. An even smaller number start beheading people in that situation. And it just happens that Jah’Keem Yisrael adhered to a religion that directs believers to “strike the necks” of unbelievers (Qur’an 47:4) and that he had photos of jihad beheadings on his […]

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Australia: Pizza man charged with funding U.S. Muslim to join Islamic State

Sep 30, 2014 08:45 pm | Robert Spencer

Your pepperoni dollars at work. “Hassan El Sabsabi charged with funding terror after police raids across Melbourne,” by Shannon Deery, Monique Hore, and Jon Kaila, Herald Sun, September 30, 2014 (thanks to Kenneth): A MAN accused of funding terrorism is being kept in a prison cell on his own following his arrest this morning. Hassan […]

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Rabbi Reuven Firestone, President Elect of International Qur’anic Studies Association, wrongly rebukes Pamela Geller, claims Qur’an not anti-Semitic

Sep 30, 2014 04:59 pm | Robert Spencer

And he twists himself, as well as the Qur’an, into pretzels to make his case. “Rabbi Reuven Firestone is Professor of medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles and Senior Fellow of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California. He is author of Jihad: The […]

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Boston Marathon jihad mass murderer’s sister: “I have people. I know people that can put a bomb where you live.”

Sep 30, 2014 02:50 pm | Robert Spencer

Lots of people have heated words with their former flame’s new girlfriend. That’s not news. But threatening to put a bomb where the new girl lives? That puts a unique jihadi cast on the proceedings, courtesy a notorious jihadi family. “Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s sister appears in court for alleged bomb threat,” by Holly Bailey, […]

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State Department disagrees with Netanyahu’s contention that jihadis aim to “dominate the world”

Sep 30, 2014 01:35 pm | Robert Spencer

To mention just a few of many available examples, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad once said: “Have no doubt… Allah willing, Islam will conquer what? It will conquer all the mountain tops of the world.” Sheik Ali Al-Faqir, former Jordanian minister of religious endowment, said this on Al-Aqsa TV on May […]

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Robert Spencer in PJ Media: 6 Elements of ‘Extremist’ Islam That ‘Moderate’ Muslims Endorsed as They Condemned the Islamic State

Sep 30, 2014 01:16 pm | Robert Spencer

Hamas-linked CAIR and an international coterie of Islamic scholars condemned the Islamic State. In doing so, they endorsed jihad warfare, dhimmitude, stoning for adultery, amputation for theft, the death penalty for apostasy, and the necessity of the caliphate. Not exactly “moderate.” My latest at PJ Media: At last, moderate Islam! The Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic […]

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UK Home Secretary Theresa May: Islamic State’s actions “have absolutely no basis in anything written in the Quran”

Sep 30, 2014 10:16 am | Robert Spencer

The imam Theresa May weighs in on a question about which her fellow imams, Barack Obama, John Kerry, David Cameron, Philip Hammond, Tony Abbot et al, have already spoken — a veritable ulama of renowned Islamic authorities. Her fatwa echoes theirs: The Islamic State’s “actions have absolutely no basis in anything written in the Quran. […]

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Australia: Man refused bail after saying of policeman, “I’m a member of ISIS and next time I see him, I’ll behead him.”

Sep 30, 2014 09:44 am | Robert Spencer

Is Lamin Savage a Muslim who supports the Islamic State or just an idiot who thinks the Islamic State is cool? This mainstream media report does not, of course, bother to clarify that crucial detail. In any case, the advance of this jihad savagery on the international stage is inevitably going to appeal to the […]

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Even in Israel, the media won’t call jihad jihad

Sep 30, 2014 09:23 am | Robert Spencer

Nathaniel Roi Arami fell to his death at a construction site in Israel. An “Arab co-worker” was questioned and released, but now the “incident is now being investigated as a possible nationalistically-related murder.” There is nothing unique about this story. It is one of many just like it that have come before, and many more […]

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Qatar is “a benefactor of the genocidal armies of ISIS, al Qaeda, and Boko Haram”

Sep 30, 2014 07:44 am | Robert Spencer

Ms. Malika Bilal and Ms. Femi Oke Al Jazeera English PO Box 23127 Doha – Qatar Dear Ms. Bilal and Ms. Femi Oke: This letter is being sent to you on behalf of the Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition. The purpose is to inform you and the public of the activities of Qatar, the country which owns […]

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Sep 30 2014

Confucius Shrugged

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From American Thinker.Com

Helen Raleigh’s cleverly titled book Confucius Never Said is an instructional primer in Randian Capitalism contrasted against a bleak mural of Communist ingress. Raleigh, a first-generation American whose great-grandfather was persecuted by the communists in the 1940s, and whose father, in the 1950s, escaped the oppression of his home village, has given us a powerful moral argument for Capitalism in a simple recounting of the human tragedies made possible by its absence.

The power of Confucius Never Said comes from Raleigh’s binding of generations of family memory; the wisdom gained through experiencing the conditions of life prior to and during China’s Communist Era contrasted with with her own experiences as a free woman in America. Ayn Rand would be pleased with Raleigh’s approach to capitalist thought; a cautionary tale documenting the creeping tolerance of collectivism by an easily manipulated population.

A straightforward personal history, Raleigh’s book, her first, begins with the story of her great-grandfather who at the turn of the last century was born in Shandong Province, the ancestral home of the venerated Chinese philosopher, Confucius. The author sets the philosophical stage for 20th century radical socialism by detailing the principles taught by Confucius. Confucianism sets forth strict rules of order and social conduct, which historically provided a point of reference for Chinese culture. Absent the “all men created equal” and “government by the people” ideals of the United States, Confucius nevertheless encouraged respect for citizens by rulers, respect for the rulers by citizens, and respect for the individual duties given to each man to regulate his own actions, thus promoting peace and order for all. One might refer to Confucianism as a sort of benevolent collectivism that, tragically, may have made the Communist victory in China easier than it would have been in a western Democracy.

“An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.” ~Confucius

The Communist takeover of China began with a reordering of class structure; what modern Progressives would refer to as “leveling the playing field.” But in Raleigh’s account of her family’s personal experiences, we see how “collective progress” incrementally strips away class, wealth, property, freedom, and eventually life in its inexorable march to totalitarian government.

Chapter 1 describes how, in the late 1940s, Communists used “Land Reform” efforts to set the land-owner and peasant classes in conflict with one another. Following the Soviet model, villages were controlled by Communist Party members, and land was confiscated from landlords and redistributed among the poor. This subversion of agrarian traditions required a campaign of propaganda that exploited the grievances of the “working class,” thus making hatred, aggression and theft directed at landowners more palatable; what modern Progressives would call “social justice.” It’s believed that during this campaign between 1949 and 1953, at least one million landowners were rounded up and executed.

Raleigh’s great-grandfather, a landowner whose modest holdings were acquired through years of toil, was denounced by the Communists and dispossessed of his private property, but his life, unlike many others, was spared. In the following chapters, the story of Helen Raleigh’s father, the “Landlord’s Grandson,” is traced from his early life before communist rule, through his teenage years during the devastating Chinese famine of the 1950s, which debilitated national morale and left millions dead.

Through a number of fortunate turns, Raleigh’s father was able to escape the hopelessness of his village, and become educated as an engineer in Beijing. The author uses these memories to illustrate how the Chinese Communists supplanted family traditions with state identity. Oral and written genealogy was discouraged. The family structure was weakened through classism and displacement, and the traditional Chinese veneration of ancestors was replaced with fear and obedience to village leaders and the state they represented. Using Marxist devices, familial bonds to past and present generations were obliterated, making the state the ultimate and only authority. Though Raleigh’s father “chose to do whatever it took to change his fate,” she sums up the net effect of China’s experiment in Socialism:

The kind of poverty and subsistence living that my father and millions of other Chinese people grew up with was a direct result of the poor policies driven by the government’s overzealous push for economic equality through command and control. Yet the only thing Chinese people equally shared was misery. (pg. 21, “Food for Thought”)

Each chapter of Confucius Never Said ends with a short postlude that Raleigh calls “Food for Thought.” As the chronologically-ordered chapters relate the author’s family saga, her “Food for Thought” summaries connect the dots between historical events and Marxist principles, as expressed in Chinese social policy, Communist Party machinations, and the punishing government force of the time. Raleigh also draws unpleasant parallels with 21st Century American Progressivism, and the alarming inroads made by Marxists following the election of Barack Obama, whose path to power was paved by the work and philosophies of avowed Communists, from Frank Marshall Davis to Van Jones.

Raleigh confronts the illusory, yet seductive, idea of “fairness,” used universally by Socialists to justify state theft of private property from those who earn to be redistributed to those who do not:

Many people who grow up in this environment don’t realize that government assistance comes with two notable costs: the unfair cost to those whose wealth is confiscated to support the government programs and the cost to those on the receiving end who pay by giving up freedom and dignity. (pg. 21 “Food for Thought”)

Chapter 3, devoted to Mao Tse-tung’s insurgence between 1949 and 1959, describes not only the misery, starvation, and displacement of millions, but the manipulation of information by state propagandists as well. Few were aware of the full scale of the unfolding Communist disaster. Intended treachery and violence were renamed or simply hidden, but inscrutable policies, such as that which lead the government to increase grain exports while its own people starved during China’s worst famine in memory, were never elucidated in any meaningful way.  “In China, official archives about the Famine are still largely sealed by the government and difficult to access. We can only estimate that the death toll of the Chinese Famine ranges between thirty and sixty million.” (pg. 31) In that chapter’s summary Raleigh exposes the way state propagandists successfully hid the horrendous crimes of Chinese Communism, and still do, to this day:

If you google “China’s Famine,” you will see a lot of gruesome images. Yet in China, the Great Famine remains a taboo subject. Some people in China claim that Mao had good intentions. They believe that Mao merely misstepped in his implementation. The government hid official records of the Famine from the majority of Chinese people in order to preserve Mao’s “savior of China” image. (pg. 33 “Food for Thought”)

Raleigh’s sternest warnings follow the chapters recalling the bloody horrors of Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

Tolerance for ever-growing government power:

Mao’s Cultural Revolution might be an extreme case in world history, but that doesn’t mean it won’t reemerge in various degrees, shapes, and forms in other countries. The lesson from the Cultural Revolution has universal implications. Are your forging your own chain right now? (pg. 67 “Food for Thought”)

Dissolution of the traditional family:

It concerns me deeply that one of the most obvious unintended consequences of the welfare policies in the U.S. in the collapse of marriages and families…No one can be truly free if he or she is chained to the welfare system. (pg. 79 “Food for Thought”)

Loss of privacy:

Why do communists hate privacy? Because they want absolute control, and the only way to do that is to control people’s intimate thoughts and behaviors. The totalitarian government in China showed no regard for people’s right to privacy because there is no “individual” in communism. (pg. 94 “Food for Thought”)

Thought control:

It is disturbing how much the socialist ideology emphasizes the virtue of self-sacrifice. Mao promoted selflessness and self-sacrifice through a mass campaign of the make-believe example of Lei Feng. But the real motive of his campaign was selfish, because communism was founded upon the belief that an individual must sacrifice for the collective in order to achieve the common good. Government requirements always took precedence over individual preference. (pg. 103 “Food for Thought”)

Rays of light from the West broke through the fog of communist misinformation with Chinese attempts at economic reform in the 1980s. This was largely due the exposure of images and stories of western wealth and personal freedom to Chinese citizens. The communist government was weakened as people recognized that there was a better way of life, and people in free countries were living it.

Confucius Never Said, like a shadow cast on the American conscience, reminds us that life can be much worse, and is for people in countries where freedom is limited. And it cautions us that a similar fate looms for us if we don’t change our national trajectory now. Despite all of its gentle wisdom for harmonious living, Confucianism lacks the strong individualism of western traditions. America’s fate does not have to be tied to China’s past, present, or future.  The belief that solutions are found with individuals, not the collective, is still America’s defining characteristic.

Confucius Never Said is at once a paean to the morality of genuinely Free Markets and the free exchange of wealth and ideas, as well as an alarm bell. Chinese Communism is again on the move. Once confined by its own stubborn adherence to a rigid state economy, Communist China, thorough corporatism and “economic reforms,” now stretches its arms of influence beyond its own borders and deeply into western economies. China’s allies include sworn enemies of America, and Communist China has never lost its appetite for control of world markets and vast swaths of resource-rich lands. This is why Helen Raleigh’s new book, a cautionary tale of the rise of Communism in 20th Century China, is more important today than ever before.

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Sep 30 2014

PJ Media: News Index - 30th September 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 12:53 pm

From PJ Media.Com

Featured Story
The Moral Failures of Eric Holder
By Victor Davis Hanson

Before Holder, Americans were coming to the point that they did not automatically prejudge interracial violence as a direct consequence of racial bigotry. But thanks to Holder, not so much now.

PJ Media
Obama Cites “Gulf of Mistrust” Between Minorities and Law Enforcement
By Walter Hudson

Evoking the shooting death of Michael Brown and the subsequent unrest in Ferguson, President Barack Obama focused on the intersection of race relations and law enforcement at a Sunday awards dinner hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.


Obama: U.S. Intelligence Agencies Underestimated ISIS
By Rick Moran
In fact, U.S. intelligence agencies received information from Kurdish officials early this year that ISIS was on the march.

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Bleeding Kansas
By Rich Baehr
Republican chances to win control of the Senate in the 2014 midterms, requiring a pickup of six seats, have taken a blow. Kansas, a state no one considered anything other than a safe hold for the party a few months ago, now appears to be slipping away.

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PJTV
After Hours — Who Will be the Next President? (Members Only)

With primaries moved up and fundraising so critical, do candidates need to take the field before the midterms are even over? The game has changed. Hear more on this members-only “After Hours.”


Klavan & Whittle — Barack Obama: Hapless Neophyte or Disillusioned Despot? (Members Only)
Is Barack Obama an academic communist who thinks he can make the world a better place? Hear Andrew Klavan and Bill Whittle answer a topic submitted by PJTV member MaPaWhoopi.

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Up or Down — Paul McCartney Raps to Try to Get You to Stop Eating Meat?!?
The Beatles’ Paul McCartney tries rapping to recruit you for his meatless cause. Hear votes from the “Up or Down” panel about this story and more.

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What you May Have Missed
White House ‘Not Going to Get Ahead’ of Motive Investigation in Oklahoma Beheading (Bridget Johnson)
Strike Two (Richard Fernandez)
And Again: Fired Oklahoma City Nursing Home Worker Threatened Beheading (Ed Driscoll)
The President’s Make-Believe World (Andrew Klavan)
The Fate of Free Speech (Roger Kimball)
Horror as an Instrument of War (David P. Goldman)
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Sep 30 2014

Jihad Watch: News Index - 30th September 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 12:46 pm

From Jihad Watch.Org

Oklahoma beheader wanted to spread message of Islam after release from prison

Sep 29, 2014 11:58 pm | Robert Spencer

And he did. This is the message he ultimately spread: “When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks…” (Qur’an 47:4) “Oklahoma Beheading Suspect Wanted to Spread Message of Islam,” Associated Press, September 29, 2014: OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Alton Nolen told relatives after his release from prison on drug and assault charges last year that […]

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Robert Spencer in FrontPage: The Oklahoma Beheading: More ‘Workplace Violence’?

Sep 29, 2014 08:46 pm | Robert Spencer

In FrontPage today I discuss the latest in an ever-growing string of whitewashes of jihad violence: A convert to Islam who calls himself Jah’Keem Yisrael (formerly Alton Alexander Nolen) beheaded one of his coworkers and was shot while in the process of trying to behead another last Friday in Vaughan Foods, a food processing plant […]

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Hamas-linked CAIR claims situation of Muslims in America similar to that of blacks in segregated South

Sep 29, 2014 03:43 pm | Robert Spencer

The Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is celebrating its twentieth anniversary of deceit, disinformation, defamation and opposition to counter-terror programs by offering up a video full of more of the same. It doesn’t mention, of course, that this “civil rights group” was actually named an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case not […]

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Islamic State jihadis now “at the gates of Baghdad” — a mile from the city

Sep 29, 2014 01:38 pm | Robert Spencer

“Obama says he overestimated what the Iraqi Army could do. Well you only need to be hear a very short while to know they can do very very little.” In that, they are correct. Obama overestimated the Iraqi Army and underestimated the Islamic State — probably at least in part because he couldn’t conceive of […]

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Netanyahu at UN: UN Human Rights Council a “terrorist rights council”

Sep 29, 2014 01:23 pm | Robert Spencer

He showed a photo of “Palestinian” children playing next to a rocket launcher, substantiating his charge that the “Palestinians” use human shields. They try to provoke civilian casualties they can exploit for propaganda purposes. “Today the Jewish state is demonized with the apartheid libel and charges of genocide.” Bravo for calling the liars out. “Abbas […]

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Yemen: Sunni jihad-martyrdom suicide bomber murders 15, injures 50 at hospital used as Shi’te base

Sep 29, 2014 01:10 pm | Robert Spencer

The Shi’ites are considered heretics, and thus have forfeited the right to live. But remember: if you criticize this belief system’s capacity to incite its adherents to endless violence, it is you who are the problem, you racist, bigoted Islamophobe. “Sanaa: Shiite suicide bomb attack leaves 15 dead and over 50 injured,” Asia News, September […]

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McCain on rise of Islamic State: “We predicted this and watched it”

Sep 29, 2014 12:12 pm | Robert Spencer

McCain predicted nothing. There is a strong possibility that in his famous photo with the “moderate Syrian rebels,” he was posing with allies of the Islamic State. Now that there is abundant evidence that the Free Syrian Army is anything but “moderate,” he presses on with his delusions. “McCain: ISIS’ rise like ‘watching a train […]

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Representative James Moran (D-Useful Idiots) donates money to Hamas-linked CAIR

Sep 29, 2014 11:01 am | Robert Spencer

Moran probably dismisses CAIR’s links to Hamas, if he has heard about them at all, as something trumped up by the “right wing.” How many other politicians have Islamic supremacists bought and paid for? “Democrat Rep. Donates Cash To Hamas-Linked Group,” by Neil Munro, Daily Caller, September 28, 2014 (thanks to Jerk Chicken): A Democratic […]

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Obama: U.S. intelligence underestimated the Islamic State

Sep 29, 2014 10:27 am | Robert Spencer

Of course U.S. intelligence underestimated the Islamic State. U.S. intelligence is bound as a matter of policy to pretend that there is no Islamic jihad terrorism, and that when Muslims commit acts of jihad terror, they are misunderstanding their own religion and misapplying its tenets. That means that U.S. intelligence is forbidden to understand the […]

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Qatar: A backer of international jihad terror from Nigeria to Gaza to Syria and Iraq

Sep 29, 2014 09:55 am | Robert Spencer

To the American Public: In light of the wars and violent turbulence that currently engulf the Middle East and parts of Africa, a coalition of concerned citizens, journalists, and activists are launching a campaign to expose a most infamous and pernicious sponsor of Islamic terror: the Gulf state of Qatar. Qatar, (pronounced “cutter,” or “gutter”), […]

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Sep 29 2014

Jihad Watch: News Index - 29th September 2014

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From Jihad Watch.Org

NYU Prof: Myles Standish beheaded too; we’re all as savage as the Islamic State

Sep 28, 2014 11:33 pm | Robert Spencer

In a certain sense it is true: the dividing line between good and evil is not between one group and another; rather, it is within every human heart. This article is trying to make that point, but also to go farther than that, to reinforce the fashionable relativism of the intelligentsia: no moral distinctions can […]

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Australia: Slain jihadi’s family stones media at funeral

Sep 28, 2014 10:49 pm | Robert Spencer

Numan Haider stabbed a police officer and a federal agent. He threatened to kill Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. He was shot dead in the midst of his jihad attack on the police. And apparently, from their actions at the funeral, his family blames the Australian media. Perhaps we should send them some of our […]

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OK beheader was shouting “Islamic phrases” during murderous rampage

Sep 28, 2014 10:37 pm | Robert Spencer

“Islamic phrases”? What could they have been? Maybe “Islam is a religion of peace”? “Islam respects the People of the Book”? “Islam is completely compatible with democracy”? “Concern about jihad terror equals Islamophobia”? “Fired Muslim convert store-worker who beheaded female colleague after losing his job was ‘shouting Islamic phrases’ as he carried out his bloody […]

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OK beheader’s mosque imam says AFDI ads should be outlawed

Sep 28, 2014 10:24 pm | Robert Spencer

Imad Enchassi, imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, posted this on Facebook the day before a member of his mosque, Jah’Keem Yisrael, beheaded one of his coworkers and tried to behead another at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma: “Hate speech and ads that crosses freedom of speech and encouraged violence ought to […]

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Malaysian explains why he joined Islamic State: Muhammad demands it

Sep 28, 2014 08:24 pm | Robert Spencer

“The people who went there didn’t go for fun or adventure, it’s for Islam.” But don’t they know that the Islamic State is not Islamic and has nothing to do with Islam? You mean, they’re misunderstanding Islam even in modern, moderate Malaysia? How could this have happened? Will Obama send Kerry over there to straighten […]

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Oklahoma: Another Muslim threatens to behead coworker

Sep 28, 2014 06:41 pm | Robert Spencer

This happened on Friday, the same day Jah’Keem Yisrael beheaded one of his coworkers and tried to behead another. Both have demonstrated allegiance to the Islamic State — Yisrael with the one-finger signal and Murithi in words. Both were fired from their jobs, which means that both will probably be classified as “workplace violence,” not […]

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White House: Too early to know if OK beheading was terror or workplace violence

Sep 28, 2014 05:58 pm | Robert Spencer

Jah’Keem Yisrael was shouting Islamic phrases as he stabbed and beheaded. He is clearly a devout Muslim. He has photos on his Facebook page glorifying beheadings and showing him giving the one-finger sign of allegiance to the Islamic State. What does all that signify for the Islamic State? Workplace violence, of course! They haven’t ruled […]

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Pro-jihad journalist asked to leave “Palestinian” university because she is Jewish

Sep 28, 2014 05:16 pm | Robert Spencer

Amira Hass is an Israeli journalist for the Leftist publication Haaretz. She is strongly in favor of the “Palestinian” jihad. But she was asked to leave a conference at the “Palestinian” Birzeit University, and warned “This is for your own protection [from the students].” She writes: “And I was at that moment reminded of the […]

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UK: KFC customer refused hand-wipe to avoid offending Muslims

Sep 28, 2014 04:25 pm | Robert Spencer

More absurd self-subjugation in Deranged Britannia. The local Muslim groups haven’t even demanded this; KFC just did it preemptively. Isn’t assuming that Muslims will grow enraged over alcohol-based hand-wipes a kind of “Islamophobia”? “Leicester KFC customer shocked as he is refused hand-wipe because of branch’s halal policy,” by Yasmin Duffin, Leicester Mercury, September 28, 2014 […]

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OK beheader: “Sharia law is coming!” — posted photos of beheadings on FB

Sep 28, 2014 08:47 am | Robert Spencer

While the FBI pretends that Oklahoma beheader Jah’Keem Yisrael’s Facebook page doesn’t exist and goes in search of a motive that the social media page makes abundantly clear, I used the page yesterday to show the dishonesty of the mainstream media and the beheader’s mosque. And now even the mainstream media is having to take […]

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Sep 28 2014

The Number Of Volcanic Eruptions Is Increasing And That Could Lead To An Extremely Cold Winter

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 5:39 pm

From Prophecy News Watch.Com

The number of volcanoes that are erupting continues to rise, and scientists cannot seem to explain why this is happening. In 2013, we witnessed the most volcanic eruptions worldwide that we have ever seen in a single year, and this increased activity has carried over into 2014.

In recent months, we have seen major volcanoes roar to life in Russia, Peru, Hawaii, Reunion Island, Indonesia, and all over Alaska. It is highly unusual for so many volcanoes to all be erupting at the same time. According to Volcano Discovery, a whopping 34 volcanoes are erupting around the globe right now.

This is sending a massive amount of dust and ash into the upper atmosphere, and it may explain why many parts of the planet are experiencing strangely cold weather at the moment. If this trend continues, we could potentially be facing years of crop failures and widespread famines all over the world.

And what we have witnessed already may just be the beginning. There are several more very large volcanoes around the globe that scientists are extremely concerned about right now.

For example, just check out what is going on in the Philippines…

Mayon Volcano in the province of Albay was placed on “Alert Level 3″ on Monday evening, September 15, after showing signs of “relatively high unrest,” the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said.

In a bulletin issued at 10:00 pm, PHIVOLCS observed 39 rockfall events from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm on September 15, symptoms of the build-up of magma at the summit dome. At least 32 low frequency volcanic earthquakes were also recorded, indicating magma intrusion or volcanic gas activity.

PHIVOLCS-DOST raised the alert status of Mayon Volcano from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 3 which is equivalent to a “Critical Alert” in the agency’s 5-level alert system. This means that the volcano is exhibiting relatively high unrest, magma is at the crater, and that an eruption is possible within weeks.

But of even greater concern is Bardarbunga. It is the largest volcano system in Iceland, and a major eruption could potentially be absolutely catastrophic…

This time the threat of an eruption – potentially even more powerful than the one in 2010 – is posed by Bardarbunga, the biggest of Iceland’s 30 or so volcanic systems. Located roughly at the country’s centre, the volcano’s 10-kilometre caldera lies several hundred metres beneath Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier by volume.

Scientists are taking the latest rumblings seriously: roughly 8000 years ago, after all, the volcanic leviathan let rip with the largest eruption of the past 10,000 years.

“It is very difficult to predict exactly what will happen with an eruption,” says Monash University vulcanologist Professor Ray Cas, who is president of the International Association for Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth.
Scientists tell us that over the last 10,000 years Bardarbunga has produced “more lava than any other volcano on the planet.”

If we witness a full scale eruption at Bardarbunga, the cancellation of a few thousand flights may be the smallest of our concerns.

The truth is that we might be looking at the coldest winter that any of us have ever seen in the northern hemisphere.

But don’t just take my word for it. The following is from a British newspaper article entitled “Icelandic volcano could trigger Britain’s coldest winter EVER this year”…

Depending on the force of the explosion, minute particles thrust beyond the earth’s atmosphere can trigger DECADES of chaotic weather patterns.

Tiny pieces of debris act as billions of shields reflecting the sun’s light away from earth meaning winter temperatures could plunge LOWER THAN EVER before while summer will be devoid of sunshine.

The first effect could be a bitterly cold winter to arrive in weeks with thermometers plunging into minus figures and not rising long before next summer.
If this did happen, there is nothing that we could do to change it.

We would just have to deal with it.

This is a kind of “climate change” that everyone can agree on. It is well known that volcanic eruptions can substantially lower global temperatures. In fact, some global warming theorists are already blaming increased volcanic activity for why temperatures have not been rising in recent years…

“In the last decade, the amount of volcanic aerosol in the stratosphere has increased, so more sunlight is being reflected back into space,” said lead author Benjamin Santer, climate scientist at Laurence Livermore National Laboratory, in a press release. “This has created a natural cooling of the planet and has partly offset the increase in surface and atmospheric temperatures due to human influence.”

But if Bardarbunga fully erupts, we could be looking at something a lot worse than a little “global cooling”.

We could potentially be facing winters that never seem to end.

It has happened before in recorded history many times. The following list comes from Wikipedia…

The effects of volcanic eruptions on recent winters are modest in scale, but historically have been significant.

Most recently, the 1991 explosion of Mount Pinatubo, a stratovolcano in the Philippines, cooled global temperatures for about 2–3 years.

In 1883, the explosion of Krakatoa (Krakatau) created volcanic winter-like conditions. The four years following the explosion were unusually cold, and the winter of 1887-1888 included powerful blizzards. Record snowfalls were recorded worldwide.

The 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora, a stratovolcano in Indonesia, occasioned mid-summer frosts in New York State and June snowfalls in New England and Newfoundland and Labrador in what came to be known as the “Year Without a Summer” of 1816.

A paper written by Benjamin Franklin in 1783 blamed the unusually cool summer of 1783 on volcanic dust coming from Iceland, where the eruption of Laki volcano had released enormous amounts of sulfur dioxide, resulting in the death of much of the island’s livestock and a catastrophic famine which killed a quarter of the Icelandic population. Northern hemisphere temperatures dropped by about 1 °C in the year following the Laki eruption.

In 1600, the Huaynaputina in Peru erupted. Tree ring studies show that 1601 was cold. Russia had its worst famine in 1601-1603. From 1600 to 1602, Switzerland, Latvia and Estonia had exceptionally cold winters. The wine harvest was late in 1601 in France, and in Peru and Germany, wine production collapsed. Peach trees bloomed late in China, and Lake Suwa in Japan froze early.
The possibility of volcanic eruptions substantially cooling our weather is the biggest “climate threat” that we are facing by far.

Without warm summers and plenty of sunshine, our crops will not succeed.

And global food supplies are already stretched to the limit. Just this week we learned that one out of every nine people in the world does not have enough food to eat.

What would happen if global food production was cut by 10 or 20 percent for a few years?

So keep an eye on Bardarbunga and the other major volcanoes around the planet that are rumbling right now.

They may just play a major role in our immediate future.
Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2014/September24/243.html#5LPS46fJIAu0VC35.99

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Sep 28 2014

Jihad Watch: News Index - 28th September 2014

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From Jihad Watch.Org

FBI: Motive for Oklahoma beheading not yet determined

Sep 27, 2014 06:30 pm | Robert Spencer

“When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks…” (Qur’an 47:4) Nah, that can’t be it. It’s a Religion of Peace! Meanwhile, mosque spokesman Saad Mohammed “said Nolen had attended services where sermons were delivered condemning such attacks.” I hope that even the clueless, politically correct and willfully ignorant FBI won’t just take his word for […]

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Islamic State overruns Iraqi army base near Baghdad, executes 300 soldiers

Sep 27, 2014 05:58 pm | Robert Spencer

Clearly the Islamic State is reeling from Obama’s airstrikes. “ISIS Overruns Iraqi Army Base Near Baghdad, Executes 300 Soldiers,” by Christopher Harress, International Business Times, September 25, 2014 (thanks to Pamela Geller): Militants from ISIS have overrun an Iraqi military base near Baghdad and executed 300 soldiers, according to a breaking news report from CNN. […]

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Australia: 9-year-old Muslim boy praises Islamic State jihadis in mosque

Sep 27, 2014 05:43 pm | Robert Spencer

Is this mosque being investigated? Is it under surveillance? Why hasn’t it been shut down? The boy also praises “Palestinian” and other jihadis. “Baby-faced weapon: Boy, 9, heaps praise on ‘martyrs’ and ‘mujahideen’ engaged in bloody jihads throughout the Middle East,” by Taylor Auerbach, The Daily Telegraph, September 27, 2014 (thanks to Kenneth): HE is […]

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Al-Qaeda fires rocket on U.S. embassy in Yemen, two injured

Sep 27, 2014 05:27 pm | Robert Spencer

So many fronts in this war. Such unanimity and clarity about the enemy’s motives and goals. And in the U.S., denial, evasion, willful ignorance, pandering and half-measures. “Al-Qaeda fires rocket on U. S embassy in Yemen, two injured,” AGI, September 27, 2014: (AGI) Sept 27 – AQAP (al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula), which formed […]

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Oklahoma beheader’s mosque once led by imam of Boston jihadis’ mosque

Sep 27, 2014 05:03 pm | Robert Spencer

Vaunted Boston “moderate” Suhaib Webb is amassing quite a record of connections to bloody jihad terrorists. Maybe it’s time for his local Useful Idiot, the Boston Globe’s Lisa Wangsness, to do another puff piece on how wise, witty and wonderful Webb is. She has done at least of these in the past; the third should […]

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Al Qaeda urges jihadis to “rescue the ship of jihad” from the Islamic State

Sep 27, 2014 04:22 pm | Robert Spencer

This will become the foundation for more mainstream media stories about how the Islamic State is “too extreme” even for al Qaeda, as if it were evidence for the Obama/Kerry/Everyone claim that the Islamic State is misusing and misrepresenting Islam. In reality, it is nothing of the kind. Al Qaeda and the Islamic State do […]

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3 suspected Syria jihadis face terrorism charges after returning to France

Sep 27, 2014 04:06 pm | Robert Spencer

“Djebali’s lawyer, Pierre Dunac, told The Associated Press that three returned after growing disillusioned about jihadist groups — including their mistreatment of civilians. He said they denied having terrorism plans in France.” Oh, well, then there is no problem. Release them, and go back to sleep. “3 suspected Syria jihadis face terrorism charges after returning […]

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Oklahoma beheader’s mosque leaders say he was “searcher,” “far away from Islam”

Sep 27, 2014 10:45 am | Robert Spencer

The imam claims never to have known him and implies that he was not a Muslim at all, but someone who frequented many different houses of worship. Another mosque leader says he didn’t know basics of Islam, and that “he is as far away from Islam as he can be.” Yet on his Facebook page, which […]

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Oklahoma beheader’s mosque takes extra precautions against retaliatory violence

Sep 27, 2014 10:28 am | Robert Spencer

Here again we see the same old pattern: whenever there is a jihad attack or plot, area Muslim leaders don’t say they’re going to redouble efforts to teach against the beliefs and attitudes that give rise to this sort of thing. Instead, they say that they’re victims and are guarding against retaliatory attacks from enraged […]

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Oklahoma beheader’s mosque taught caliphate, destruction of US and Israel

Sep 27, 2014 09:53 am | Robert Spencer

The Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City is in full damage-control and victimhood mode, saying they hardly knew Oklahoma beheader Jah’Keem Yisrael, and asking for protection against “backlash.” But here is a look inside that mosque, courtesy an ex-Muslim who attended there and still lives nearby, and who sent me this information directly: I went […]

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Sep 27 2014

Are bird-watchers racist?

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 11:21 am

From American Thinker.Com

The National Geographic Magazine, a publication heretofore not noted for satirical excellence, has published an article that easily could have appeared in The Onion. In fact, it begins by quoting that satirical publication as an authority. In Colorful World of Birding Has Conspicuous Lack of People of Color, author Martha Hamilton engages in hand-wringing and navel-gazing (yes, they can be done simultaneously, and for all I know, this might be good exercise) over the relative lack of “people of color” (as opposed to the colorless majority) out looking for exotic avian life. I kid you not:

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in 2011, 93 percent of American birders were white, 5 percent were Hispanic (which includes both blacks and whites), 4 percent were black, 1 percent were Asian American, and 2 percent were “other.”

The horror! If people do not do every recreational activity in exactly the same proportions, we are suffering from racism. For some reason, people who claim to “celebrate diversity” want every group to behave exactly the same. And we know who is at fault. Naturally, there have been groups formed, meetings held, and activism activated in order to combat the racism and microaggressions which surely must account for statistical disparities:

The meetings have covered a range of reasons why minorities may find it hard to embrace birding, including concerns about how onlookers might react to seeing a black or Hispanic man with binoculars wandering the woods—or a suburban neighborhood—at dusk, dawn, or night. (snip)

Conference speakers have also cited lingering fears about racism in the U.S.—like whether it’s safe to go to areas where the Ku Klux Klan had been strong, or where militias still thrive—and, for some who grew up in cities or suburbs, a fear of the unfamiliar woods, full of critters.

Hamilton manages to connect this phenomenon to…wait for it…global warming!

But at a time when birds are facing unprecedented challenges to their existence from climate change and increased urbanization, developing more diversity among birders will broaden support for measures needed to protect birds—plus the nesting grounds, woodlands, meadows, wetlands, and other habitats in which they thrive, and in which birders delight—while also helping to create more citizen scientists, which would be a boon for everyone.

Wind farms and solar power stations are conspicuously absent from Hamilton’s list of threats to birds. Given the vast numbers of our avian friends chopped into pieces and incinerated by these tax-subsidized boondoggles, that strikes me as dishonest.

But then again, I must be a racist and a denier.

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Sep 27 2014

PJ Media: News Index - 27th September 2014

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From PJ Media.Com

Featured Story
Family of Imprisoned Marine Tries ‘to Get to the Ears’ of Iranian Delegation at UN
By Bridget Johnson

As world leaders converged upon New York this week for the 69th United Nations General Assembly, the sister and brother-in-law of a U.S. Marine held for more than three years by Iran came to town to ask members of the P5+1 for help.

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Iran’s Rouhani: West to Blame for Globalization of Terrorism
By Stephen Kruiser

The only thing the West has done to help spread terrorism is educate the terrorists and teach them to fly and funnel money internationally.


Bill de Blasio and the Great Groundhog Murder Caper and Cover-up
By Jazz Shaw
Clearly the mayor of one of the largest cities on the planet can get away with bloody — or at least internally bleeding — murder. Small wonder, when the governor himself can be in the midst of a wide ranging ethics scandal and still somehow maintain a 25 point lead in the polls over the only Republican we could find who was willing to run against him.

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Dosvedanya, Holder: America’s First Soviet Attorney General Steps Down
By Roger L. Simon
It’s not by accident black America is suffering under Obama/Holder.  At least subconsciously, it’s by design.

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After Hours — Time to Die, Geezers! Signs of the Death Panels to Come?

A major architect of Obamacare says people should die at the age of 75! Is this the first step on the road to death panels? Hear Ezekiel Emanuel’s own words, and watch the “After Hours” panel discuss the issue.


Confronting Rep. John Lewis: Progressive Policies Are Working in Chicago & Detroit?!?
Congressman John Lewis says progressive policies are helping African Americans in cities like Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles. But he backpedals when Michelle Fields presses him on the facts. Watch the video.

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Trifecta — Obama v. The Generals: Can He Learn from Lincoln, LBJ & Bush? (Pt. 3 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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President Barack Obama isn’t the first president to struggle with wartime leadership. Will he learn from a frustrated Lincoln, a meddling LBJ and a decisive G.W. Bush? Tune into this members-only video — the third and final segment of a special “Trifecta” series.

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What you May Have Missed
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Bug-outs, Then and Now (Ed Driscoll)
The End of Eric Holder (Richard Fernandez)
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Will Advances in Radar Make Stealth Jets Obsolete? (Stephen Green)
Tar Sands Messiah Says ‘Thank You’ To PJ Media Readers (Kathy Shaidle)
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