Oct 17 2014

PJ Media: News Index - 17th October 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 11:18 am

From PJ Media.Com

Featured Story
Houston’s Mayor Backtracks on Church Subpoenas, Tosses Her Own Lawyers Under the Bus
By Bryan Preston

Houston’s power-mad Mayor Annise Parker has backtracked on those subpoenas that she had the city issue to five city pastors, at taxpayer expense.

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Could It Possibly Get Any Worse?
By Roger L. Simon

It’s not all bad. At least Valerie Jarrett isn’t running for president in 2016….Or is she?


Wargaming the 2014 Midterms
By Stephen Green
Campaigning for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in blue states does not indicate a position of strength when control of the Senate is in play.

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How Does Islam Determine What Is ‘Islamic’?
By Raymond Ibrahim
In the context of jihad, all that the Islamic State is doing — beheadings, crucifixions, massacres, enslavements, and subjugation of religious minorities — is Islamic.

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PJTV
Hot Seat — Should We Be Worried About Ebola? (Members Only)

At what point should we be deeply concerned about Ebola? Are Americans finally realizing that President Obama can’t handle the world’s chaos? Hear Bill Whittle give his take on these topics and more on this members-only “Hot Seat.”


Trifecta — G.I. War Crimes: Should Brad Pitt’s WWII Tank Commander Trigger Fury?
In the WWII film ‘Fury’, Brad Pitt’s ‘Wardaddy’ character commits atrocities, and pushes men to do so too. Do filmmakers have a moral obligation to show the dark side of things? Hear what Scott Ott, Stephen Green and Bill Whittle think on this “Trifecta” segment.

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The Rundown — Marriage Rates Drop Across America
A new Census Bureau study reveals that young people are delaying marriage. The economy, shifting attitudes and high unemployment rates have been listed as reasons for this trend. Hear about this story and more on this episode of “The Rundown.”

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What you May Have Missed
New Name for Battle Against Islamic State: Operation Inherent Resolve (Bridget Johnson)
In Other Bad News: It’s Been 6 Months Since Boko Haram Kidnapped Those Girls (Stephen Kruiser)
The ‘Bam Who Fell To Earth (Ed Driscoll)
Stop the Hate!!! (Andrew Klavan)
Fusion (Richard Fernandez)
What Can We Learn From the Last Days in Vietnam? (James Jay Carafano)
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Oct 17 2014

Jihad Watch: News Index - 17th October 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 11:10 am

From Jihad Watch.Org

Christian convert’s Muslim family hunting him down, hopes to cut his throat

Oct 17, 2014 02:08 am | Robert Spencer

Just today some Twitter clowns (including a professor of Islamic Studies) were claiming yet again that Islam actually has no death penalty for apostasy. Funny how so many Muslims didn’t get the memo. Muhammad commanded: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57), and the alleged “numerous verses in the Koran” that “guarantee […]

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Egypt: Another Coptic Christian female is kidnapped, Muslim police ignore, complain about how “millions of Muslims are dying in Palestine and Syria”

Oct 16, 2014 12:51 pm | Raymond Ibrahim

Another Coptic female was kidnapped by Muslims in Egypt earlier this week. The 20-year-old Christian youth was on her way to St. George Church in Sohag governate during the early morning but never returned, according to her brother during a video interview. The family later received a phone call from a certain “Muhammad” who said […]

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Islamic State: “We will chop off the heads of the Americans”

Oct 16, 2014 12:46 pm | Robert Spencer

This threat has nothing to do with Islam, of course. Everyone knows that “when you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks” (Qur’an 47:4) means “when you meet the unbelievers, engage in interfaith dialogue over coffee and doughnuts.” Only greasy Islamophobes think it means “when you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks.” Ask John Kerry! Ask […]

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“Islam turned out to be the religion that appealed to my feminist ideals”

Oct 16, 2014 12:37 pm | Robert Spencer

Would CNN ever run an article entitled, “I’m a feminist, and I converted to Christianity”? Or “I’m a feminist, and I converted to Judaism”? You know the answer. As far as the mainstream media is concerned, proselytizing is only acceptable from one religion only. Anyway, as for feminism in Islam, here is a small sampling: […]

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Pakistani Christian loses appeal against death sentence for “blasphemy”

Oct 16, 2014 12:18 pm | Robert Spencer

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are a massive human rights abuse, used to destroy the lives of countless numbers of people, including Asia Bibi. But the world takes little notice. After all, no “Islamophobia” is being committed, so what’s the big deal? “Pakistani Christian loses appeal against death sentence for blasphemy,” by Mubasher Bukhari, Reuters, October 16, […]

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Shi’ite imam: Islamic State sold thousands of women to Jews in Israel

Oct 16, 2014 12:00 pm | Robert Spencer

“Even if we accept everything else – what kind of religion allows the capturing of a Muslim woman, and on top of that, allows her to be sold to a Jew?!” Good question! Anyway, this repulsive little imam demonstrates that Jew-hatred is not limited to Sunni Muslims, but is found among Shi’ites as well. After […]

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Jihadis train openly in French park

Oct 16, 2014 11:29 am | Robert Spencer

“When officers pulled up they were greeted with cries of ‘infidels’ according to French media reports. The leader of the group told police they were training to ‘avenge the deaths of their Muslim brothers’…One of the men involved later denied the men were trainee jihadists and insisted they were just taking part in a self-defence […]

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US found chemical weapons in Iraq – many are now in hands of Islamic State

Oct 16, 2014 11:15 am | Robert Spencer

The Times hastens to assure us that these chemical weapons do not constitute a vindication of the Bush Administration’s claims regarding Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, and that is probably true: if these weapons really did validate the Bush claims, then it would have been suicidal for the Bush Administration to have kept them […]

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“Scholars” Reza Aslan and Mia Bloom unwittingly endorse killing non-Muslims and apostates from Islam

Oct 16, 2014 10:55 am | Robert Spencer

Islamic scholars Reza Aslan (a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside) and Mia Bloom (a professor of security studies at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell) are rudely contemptuous of anyone who would dare question their knowledge of Islam, but both have just made the same spectacular error — the kind of error […]

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Islamic State leader is a former Muslim Brotherhood member

Oct 16, 2014 08:37 am | Raymond Ibrahim

In a new video interview, Shiekh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the most respected clerics in the Muslim community and spiritual father of the Muslim Brotherhood, confirmed that the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was once a member of the Brotherhood. But he was always “inclined to be a leader,” so after he […]

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Raymond Ibrahim: Muhammad and Islam’s Sex Slaves

Oct 16, 2014 07:36 am | Raymond Ibrahim

[Via FrontPage Magazine] Once again, Islamic State Muslims are pointing to Islam in order to justify what the civilized world counts as atrocities. According to an October 13 report in the Telegraph, Islamic State jihadists have given detailed theological reasons justifying why they have taken thousands of women from the Iraqi Yazidi minority and sold […]

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Oct 16 2014

What My Polish Mother-in-Law Taught Me about Ethnicity

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 5:33 pm

From American Thinker.Com

I have a Polish mother-in-law.  This is not the beginning of a politically-incorrect ethnic joke. It reflects belated recognition that Stanisława’s — now Stella’s — ethnicity has been a source of pride and identity to her, and has provided impetus for tolerance and good works throughout her entire life.

As a teen-aged victim of the Nazis during WWII, Stella sacrificed her adolescence to protect her father. She spent years in slave labor in exchange for her father’s release from an SS jail, where he had been held for refusing to aid the Nazis.  When she married, she sacrificed her attachment to Catholicism to proffer respect to her husband’s Eastern Orthodox rituals, reasoning that both communities worship the same unique God, and that family integrity mattered more than church-specific forms of liturgy.  She seems well satisfied with her life and continues to give endlessly of herself to help friends, neighbors, family, and her community.  Even now, at 89 years old (and she doesn’t cringe to hear her age spoken of, another ego-less attribute I admire in our youth-worshipping culture) she still gardens, takes in stray cats, delights in her grandchildren, hosts family and friends at gatherings, cooks up a storm of unpronounceable delicacies, participates in neighborhood functions, knits and crochets beautiful gifts for lots of people, and generally lives a life which is as exemplary as it is rare.

Stella blessed my wife’s choice of becoming Jewish, in a whimsical, heavily-accented, brief but powerful speech just before our wedding.   “Olgitsa (the diminutive nickname, used often when addressing my wife, who is, after all, still Stella’s little girl), don’t forget that Richard is now going to be your husband.  You must always do what he wants.”   I immediately, enthusiastically agreed.  Unfortunately, my wife-to-be understood the unarticulated central subtlety contained in her mother’s coarse message.  Olga translated it for me in its totality. “My mother means that just as she adopted my father’s religion, she is delighted that I have chosen to follow yours, now ours.”   I tried to broaden the meaning of this wonderful piece of pre-marital advice to include all of my whims, but my bride calmly smiled and assured me that this was all that my mother-in-law had intended.  Nonetheless this was not a trivial message, even in its limited interpretation.  It was the message of Ruth to Naomi: “Wither thou goest, there will I go… Thy people will be my people, and thy G-d my G-d”  (Ruth 1-16 [show/hide]Ruth 1-4 Naomi Widowed [1:1]In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. [2]The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. [3]But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. [4]These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years, [5]and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband. Ruth's Loyalty to Naomi [6]Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the LORD had visited his people and given them food. [7]So she set out from the place where she was with her two daughters-in-law, and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. [8]But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go, return each of you to her mother's house. May the LORD deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. [9]The LORD grant that you may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband!" Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. [10]And they said to her, "No, we will return with you to your people." [11]But Naomi said, "Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? [12]Turn back, my daughters; go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night and should bear sons, [13]would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the LORD has gone out against me." [14]Then they lifted up their voices and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. [15]And she said, "See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law." [16]But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. [17]Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you." [18]And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more. Naomi and Ruth Return [19]So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them. And the women said, "Is this Naomi?" [20]She said to them, "Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. [21]I went away full, and the LORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the LORD has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?" [22]So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabite her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest. Ruth Meets Boaz [2:1]Now Naomi had a relative of her husband's, a worthy man of the clan of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. [2]And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, "Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor." And she said to her, "Go, my daughter." [3]So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech. [4]And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem. And he said to the reapers, "The LORD be with you!" And they answered, "The LORD bless you." [5]Then Boaz said to his young man who was in charge of the reapers, "Whose young woman is this?" [6]And the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered, "She is the young Moabite woman, who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. [7]She said, 'Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves after the reapers.' So she came, and she has continued from early morning until now, except for a short rest." [8]Then Boaz said to Ruth, "Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. [9]Let your eyes be on the field that they are reaping, and go after them. Have I not charged the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn." [10]Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, "Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?" [11]But Boaz answered her, "All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. [12]The LORD repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!" [13]Then she said, "I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, though I am not one of your servants." [14]And at mealtime Boaz said to her, "Come here and eat some bread and dip your morsel in the wine." So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed to her roasted grain. And she ate until she was satisfied, and she had some left over. [15]When she rose to glean, Boaz instructed his young men, saying, "Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. [16]And also pull out some from the bundles for her and leave it for her to glean, and do not rebuke her." [17]So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley. [18]And she took it up and went into the city. Her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. She also brought out and gave her what food she had left over after being satisfied. [19]And her mother-in-law said to her, "Where did you glean today? And where have you worked? Blessed be the man who took notice of you." So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked and said, "The man's name with whom I worked today is Boaz." [20]And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, "May he be blessed by the LORD, whose kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead!" Naomi also said to her, "The man is a close relative of ours, one of our redeemers." [21]And Ruth the Moabite said, "Besides, he said to me, 'You shall keep close by my young men until they have finished all my harvest.'" [22]And Naomi said to Ruth, her daughter-in-law, "It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, lest in another field you be assaulted." [23]So she kept close to the young women of Boaz, gleaning until the end of the barley and wheat harvests. And she lived with her mother-in-law. Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor [3:1]Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, should I not seek rest for you, that it may be well with you? [2]Is not Boaz our relative, with whose young women you were? See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. [3]Wash therefore and anoint yourself, and put on your cloak and go down to the threshing floor, but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. [4]But when he lies down, observe the place where he lies. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down, and he will tell you what to do." [5]And she replied, "All that you say I will do." [6]So she went down to the threshing floor and did just as her mother-in-law had commanded her. [7]And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. Then she came softly and uncovered his feet and lay down. [8]At midnight the man was startled and turned over, and behold, a woman lay at his feet! [9]He said, "Who are you?" And she answered, "I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer." [10]And he said, "May you be blessed by the LORD, my daughter. You have made this last kindness greater than the first in that you have not gone after young men, whether poor or rich. [11]And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman. [12]And now it is true that I am a redeemer. Yet there is a redeemer nearer than I. [13]Remain tonight, and in the morning, if he will redeem you, good; let him do it. But if he is not willing to redeem you, then, as the LORD lives, I will redeem you. Lie down until the morning." [14]So she lay at his feet until the morning, but arose before one could recognize another. And he said, "Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor." [15]And he said, "Bring the garment you are wearing and hold it out." So she held it, and he measured out six measures of barley and put it on her. Then she went into the city. [16]And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, "How did you fare, my daughter?" Then she told her all that the man had done for her, [17]saying, "These six measures of barley he gave to me, for he said to me, 'You must not go back empty-handed to your mother-in-law.'" [18]She replied, "Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest but will settle the matter today." Boaz Redeems Ruth [4:1]Now Boaz had gone up to the gate and sat down there. And behold, the redeemer, of whom Boaz had spoken, came by. So Boaz said, "Turn aside, friend; sit down here." And he turned aside and sat down. [2]And he took ten men of the elders of the city and said, "Sit down here." So they sat down. [3]Then he said to the redeemer, "Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, is selling the parcel of land that belonged to our relative Elimelech. [4]So I thought I would tell you of it and say, 'Buy it in the presence of those sitting here and in the presence of the elders of my people.' If you will redeem it, redeem it. But if you will not, tell me, that I may know, for there is no one besides you to redeem it, and I come after you." And he said, "I will redeem it." [5]Then Boaz said, "The day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the widow of the dead, in order to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance." [6]Then the redeemer said, "I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I impair my own inheritance. Take my right of redemption yourself, for I cannot redeem it." [7]Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging: to confirm a transaction, the one drew off his sandal and gave it to the other, and this was the manner of attesting in Israel. [8]So when the redeemer said to Boaz, "Buy it for yourself," he drew off his sandal. [9]Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, "You are witnesses this day that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and to Mahlon. [10]Also Ruth the Moabite, the widow of Mahlon, I have bought to be my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brothers and from the gate of his native place. You are witnesses this day." [11]Then all the people who were at the gate and the elders said, "We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman, who is coming into your house, like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you act worthily in Ephrathah and be renowned in Bethlehem, [12]and may your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring that the LORD will give you by this young woman." Ruth and Boaz Marry [13]So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son. [14]Then the women said to Naomi, "Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! [15]He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him." [16]Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her lap and became his nurse. [17]And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, "A son has been born to Naomi." They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. The Genealogy of David [18]Now these are the generations of Perez: Perez fathered Hezron, [19]Hezron fathered Ram, Ram fathered Amminadab, [20]Amminadab fathered Nahshon, Nahshon fathered Salmon, [21]Salmon fathered Boaz, Boaz fathered Obed, [22]Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered David. (ESV)
This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
.)  There are lots of commentaries on this verse.  It has great meaning to many, but is particularly personal to us given that it was my Mother-In-Law’s pre-nuptial blessing.

Through the years, our visits to Stella have elicited frequent references about people who are Jewish.  She might comment to me about a neighbor, “She’s Jewish”, or about a shop, “It’s run by an old Jewish man”, or reminisce about the neighboring village from her home in Poland, “They were all Jewish farmers and shop-keepers”, and ponder aloud about the similarities and differences between the observances and practices of her church and our synagogue.  All these years I was made uncomfortable by Stella’’s emphasis on ethnic and cultural identity, having been thoroughly indoctrinated by politically-correct American ideals which insist that difference is divisive, evil, repugnant, and to be eradicated.  While I loved and still love Stella, and euphorically remember her advice to us before our wedding, I perceived this one quirk as bigoted and isolating, circumscribing me as “Jewish” and herself as “Polish-Catholic/Serbian Orthodox”.   I had dutifully assimilated the notion that we must pretend not to notice differences among our population.  Congress and even Supreme Court actions have made distinguishing people on the basis of “race, color, creed, national origin, or ancestry” a crime only slightly less anti-social than espionage.  The disquiet that I felt has been more than compensated for by Stella’s warmth, generosity, good-humor, affection for people, and generally awe-inspiring attitude concerning life.  I just kept learning new Polish expressions with which to surprise and please her, and tried my best to ignore what I perceived as this one peccadillo.  I long ago convinced myself to try to dismiss her determined ethic labeling as having originated in her painful childhood influences.  (I apparently read way too much psychology at an easily-influenced age.)

On a Thanksgiving a few years ago, I had an epiphany: Stella is not bigoted.  Her references aren’t subtle denigratory allusions to underlying differences which separate one group from another.  Stella so enjoys her heritage that she cannot help but assume that all of us must be infused with that same love of our heritage as she is with her own.  She doesn’t reject difference.  Far from it.  She delights in difference.  Stella sees the potential for the same joy of self, the same life affirmation for others in their tribal allegiances as her own identity provides her.  When she tells me about her Jewish neighbor, she is doing so to allow me to participate in whatever connections I might desire so as to maintain the spiritual and ceremonial ties to my own personal and religious background.  That doesn’t mean that such group identification makes me any less a participant in our national “melting pot” (or as my friend Barbara puts it, “it’s not a melting pot, it’s a salad”), despite the angst I’ve always felt.  As Stella apparently sees it, and as I have belatedly recognized, to love one’s own traditions, to delight in one’’s origins, does not intrinsically detract from loving others.  To passionately recognize our own roots can also enable us to accept and respect the roots of others as having emotional origins, depths, and meanings similar to what we ourselves experience.  The introduction of such group identification into our life joins us to others rather than isolating us from others, if only we allow it to do so.

Diversity is a highly regarded value in Judaism. The Talmud articulates that all good people have a share in the world to come.  The Rabbis taught that there are only seven requirements (the seven Noachite Laws) for non-Jews to receive God’s highest blessing, and that it is unnecessary to be Jewish to be so blessed.  Jews, on the other hand, because of our contract with God, are obligated to adhere to the higher standard of 613 mitzvot.  While some of these commandments are arcane, technical, and relate to ritual that is no longer possible to perform, many are moral strictures and still have great relevance to leading a good life.  Many non-Jews, like Stella, have found their way beyond the seven Noachite laws to this higher morality without having ever even stumbled across Talmud.

So here I am, finally getting it.  Stella has taught me much over the years about the joys of family.  Now I’m learning that my delight in being Jewish shouldn’t in any way isolate me from other social groups in which humans thrive, any more than loving my family would somehow detract from participating in my neighborhood and community.  As the Pennsylvania Dutch say, “We grow too soon old, and too late smart.”  Dziekuje, Stella, for teaching me such an important lesson.

Richard Collier is a founder of Chavurah Piscataqua. He can be reached at kallir@myfairpoint.net

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Oct 16 2014

PJ Media: News Index - 16th October 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 10:29 am

From PJ Media.Com

Featured Story
5 Key Implications if Baghdad Falls to ISIS
By Patrick Poole

The possible fall of Baghdad could be the most significant development in the War on Terror since 9/11. And yet many among the D.C. foreign policy “smart set” were not long ago mocking such a scenario.

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Six Months After Girls’ Kidnapping, White House Says It’s Backing ‘Holistic’ Strategy Against Boko Haram
By Bridget Johnson

Six months after Boko Haram terrorists seized more than 200 girls from the Chibok Government Secondary School, the Nigerian government is claiming it’s still trying to bring them home and the White House says it’s still helping the effort.


UCLA’s New Cover Girl. Guess which Far Leftist it is!
By Ron Radosh
To herald Angela Davis as a person who questions anything reveals the mindset of our university administrators, and is itself more evidence of the decline of standards at our major colleges and universities.

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Community Activists, Former Gang Members Mull Solutions for D.C. Violence
By Rodrigo Sermeño
Following a series of gang-related incidents this summer, residents of D.C.’s 8th Ward gathered at a local church to discuss the causes of gang violence and what to do about it.

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Trifecta — FBI Director Worried That Your Data is Encrypted, But Who Can Peek?

Do you have the right to lock the FBI out of your smartphone through encryption? The director of the agency says you’re making the world a more dangerous place. Don’t miss what the Trifecta crew has to say about this issue!


Trifecta — War on Warming: U.S. Defense Secy Declares DEFCON 1 on Climate Change
According to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, global climate change is the next big war. Is this really a war on capitalism? Hear from the Trifecta crew.

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Klavan & Whittle — Is Christianity the Unique, Essential Basis for Freedom and Prosperity? (Members Only)
Does Christianity provide the best basis for a free and prosperous society? Join Andrew Klavan and Bill Whittle as they tackle a question from PJTV member “Will Do Math for Food.”

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Oct 16 2014

Jihad Watch: News Index - 16th October 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 10:17 am

From Jihad Watch.Org

Washington Times claims Islamic State “struggles” to reconcile its tactics with Sharia

Oct 16, 2014 12:50 am | Robert Spencer

More deceptions, half-truths, and comforting fictions, this time in a conservative publication, showing yet again that the cluelessness on this issue is bipartisan. Comments interspersed below. “Islamic State struggles to reconcile terrorist tactics, Muslim law,” by Andrea Noble, The Washington Times, October 15, 2014: The Islamic State is increasingly struggling to justify its sanctioning of […]

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Turkish football coach attacked by fans after trainer’s anti-Islamic State tweets

Oct 15, 2014 11:53 pm | Robert Spencer

Everyone knows that every Muslim around the world rejects and abhors the Islamic State. Everyone knows they aren’t Islamic in the slightest degree. So the people who attacked Turhan Özyazanlar must have been a cadre of greasy Islamophobes who traveled to Istanbul just to make Islam look bad. “Turkish football coach attacked by fans after […]

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Saudi Arabia sentences Shiite cleric to be crucified

Oct 15, 2014 11:41 pm | Robert Spencer

Everyone knows that when the Islamic State crucifies people, it is practicing a bizarre extremism that has nothing to do with Islam. Oddly enough, our friends and allies the Saudis have succumbed to the same misunderstanding of Islam. Could it be that both have read this? “Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against […]

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Islamic State: Sotloff not innocent, “for this man was a Jew”

Oct 15, 2014 11:20 pm | Robert Spencer

“You will surely find the most intense of the people in animosity toward the believers to be the Jews…” (Qur’an 5:82). So how could Sotloff have been innocent in their eyes? “ISIS Magazine Justifies Murder of Steven Sotloff ‘The Jew,’” by Ari Soffer, Arutz Sheva, October 14, 2014: The Islamic State terror group (also known […]

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Houston: Muslim pledges allegiance to Islamic State in front of cop

Oct 15, 2014 11:09 pm | Robert Spencer

It is good that he is being put of the mosque. Is anyone at this mosque teaching against the ideas represented by the Islamic State? “Video: Houston Man Pledges Allegiance to ISIS in Front of Cop,” by Ryan Mauro, October 15, 2014: A shocking video has been posted online showing a Muslim-American in the Houston […]

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Qatar paid for Hamas’s rockets and jihad terror tunnels

Oct 15, 2014 10:22 pm | Robert Spencer

The United States must designate Qatar a state sponsor of terrorism. Join our Stop Qatar Now coalition to call upon Western groups and individuals to stop aiding and abetting the world’s largest financier of jihad. Sign the Petition Visit www.stopqatarnow.com Facebook: Stop Qatar Now Twitter: @stopqatarnow The Stop Qatar Now coalition is identifying and contacting […]

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UK Muslim Abu Baraa defends dhimmitude and sex slavery

Oct 15, 2014 08:26 pm | Robert Spencer

Abu Baraa, a supporter of the Islamic State, explains in this MEMRI video how the Infidels must be humiliated in the Islamic State, with their subjugation to the Muslims manifested in numerous ways. He also says that now that the caliphate has been reestablished, the Muslims can start having sex slaves again. Once again, it […]

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UK: National Union of Students move to condemn Islamic State fails amid claims of “Islamophobia”

Oct 15, 2014 10:43 am | Robert Spencer

As I have noted many times, “Islamophobia” is a charge used to intimidate people into thinking there is something wrong with opposing jihad terror and Islamic supremacism. Here we have a textbook case of how true that is. The motion failed because some thought it would promote “interventionism” — as if it would suffice to […]

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Video: Michael Loftus interviews ex-Muslim cartoonist Bosch Fawstin

Oct 15, 2014 10:28 am | Robert Spencer

Michael Loftus interviews cartoonist Bosch Fawstin on The Infidel, Pigman, Islam and the comic book industry.

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Swedish Muslim minister who invited jihad preachers: give more money to mosques, or else

Oct 15, 2014 09:53 am | Nicolai Sennels

Translated from Avpixlat, via 10news.dk (click to subscribe and support): The female Socialist member of Parliament Nalin Pekgul claims that Islamists are gaining more influence in the Överjärva area in Stockholm. And in a debate article in Dagens Industri (Today’s Industry), she accuses the Housing and Urban Development Minister Mehmet Kaplan (MP) of having a hidden agenda, and calls Kaplan an Islamist. Kaplan said in Turkish media that the reason why so […]

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Sweden: Record amount of political violence, especially against Islam-critical party

Oct 15, 2014 09:47 am | Nicolai Sennels

(Swedish police talking with participants of anti-Swedish Democrats demo) When I gave a speech at a Swedish Democrats meeting some years ago, we were protected by a dozen armed police men and women inside the building, and outside there were also a dozen police cars blocking and patrolling the area. Reading the Swedish news, there is no […]

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Oct 15 2014

Another Look at Abstinence and Declines in Teen Sexual Activity

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 2:43 pm

From American Thinker.Com

I suppose the reactions are predictable: the data are clear that pregnancy rates, birthrates, abortion rates, and sexual activity among teens have all declined. Now, liberal researchers are torturing the data to make it confess to their desired conclusions as to what is producing these dramatic and desired outcomes. Interestingly, The Guttmacher Institute highlights the increased age of marriage but downplays the downturn of age at first sex. Also, Guttmacher headlines in their recent “Update” that “contraception drives” the declines. But facts are facts: among sexually active teens (those who reported having had sexual intercourse in the last 3 months), 18.2 percent of teens did not use contraception in 1991 compared to 15.7 percent who did not use any form of contraception in 2013. Guttmacher’s researchers want us to believe that this slight 2.6 percentage point decline in “unprotected’ sex is responsible for a 79 percent reduction in the under-15 birthrate, a 62 percent decline in the 15-17 birthrate, and a 39 percent decline in the 18-19 birthrate.

The Heritage Foundation’s just-released 2014 Index of Culture and Opportunity provides a compendium of analyses and charts of “The Social and Economic Trends that Shape America.” Their report includes a chart labeled “Abstinence among High Schoolers,” but for some reason they provide no accompanying analysis. The only observation accompanying the chart is the statement that “from 2001 to 2011 the percentage of 12th grade students who had ever had sex increased by 2.6 percent. Unmentioned is the fact that the standard errors of the 2001 and 2011 estimates are so large (due to the obviously large random variations in these data) that the 2.6 percentage change is not statistically significant at a 95 percent confidence level. Plus there is no mention of the overall decline and the dramatic declines in some populations and age groups.

Look at the long-run trends in the percentage of high school students who had ever had sex broken down by race and ethnicity shown in Figure 1. These encouraging trends beg for a cogent, believable explanation of their causes, particularly the dramatic decline in the sexual activity by non-Hispanic blacks. (Note, the slope coefficients for the trend lines for the data series in Figures 1, 2 and 3 below are all statistically significant.)

If we look at the indicator for early onset of sexual activity (the percent of high school students who have ever had sexual intercourse before age thirteen), the downward long-run trend is likewise heartening (see Figure 2), especially among males. This measure is of particular significance since early initiators have an increased likelihood of having multiple sex partners which increases the risk of becoming pregnant and/or contracting an STD.

In addition to the data in Figures 1 and 2 (which is based on self-reporting survey responses), there is also “hard” birth data from the National Center for Health statistics which shows the dramatic consequences of the changes in adolescences’ sexual behavior. In Figure 3 we see how the birthrates for females under 15 years of age during the period from 1970 to 1990 — when comprehensive sex education was the strongest voice influencing values and behavior — compare to those during the period from 1990 to 2012 when the abstinence movement became an effective counter influence. The white under-15 birthrate increased by 64 percent from 1970 to 1990 but has since decreased by two-thirds. The black under-15 rate see-sawed in the 1970-1990 period but has since decreased by 85 percent.

It appears patently obvious that the reductions in early childbearing has been primarily (if not exclusively) the consequence of the reduction in the percentage of youths having sexual intercourse before age 13. While the data are not available to empirically confirm this assertion, it defies common sense to expect that preteen and early teen adolescents might be making effective use of contraception regardless of the degree to which birth control technology has advanced.

Of particular note is the fact that the changes in values and concomitant behavioral changes of young adolescents revealed by these trends are not peculiar to one socio-demographic group’s culture. This testifies to the widespread appeal and effectiveness of the abstinence message as an influence on different cultures. One could hardly have hoped 25 years ago that the abstinence movement would be able to mount an effective campaign to change the culture in the face of the relentless messaging of comprehensive sex educators telling children that they cannot control their hormones and hence their only recourse was the use of condoms to prevent becoming pregnant or contracting an STD; if the condom broke, they were assured there was the failsafe option of abortion. On top of this has been the avalanche of explicit depictions of sexual activity in the entertainment media. Figure 4 makes it obvious that the reductions in the birthrate have not been the product of greater resort to abortion.

It’s a David versus Goliath battle but despite the billions spent inundating our youth with encouragement to experiment sexually, it is clear that they are rejecting the message to “just do it . . . but with a condom.”

Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., former Presidential Speechwriter for Bush 41, is a cultural commentator, columnist and author of two books that examine the cultural impact of the decline in family formation and the breakdown of the family: Children at Risk (2010) and Marriage Matters (2012), both published by Transaction Publishers, the publisher of record for international social science research.

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Oct 15 2014

PJ Media: News Index - 15th October 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 11:06 am

From PJ Media.Com

Featured Story
Midterm Campaigns in a Money Race to the End
By Bill Straub

With control of the U.S. Senate at stake, the waning days of the 2014 campaign are getting down to the really important part of American politics – raising money.

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Ferguson Protestors Are Deluded Fools
By Jack Dunphy

They took to the streets in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, coming by the thousands to march in protest.  And what was the festering grievance that cohered these marchers, the noble cause that brought them from every corner of the country to the Gateway City?


5 Islamic Scholars Who Say They’d Demolish Me in Debate – But Don’t Dare Try
By Robert Spencer
With the world on fire from Islamic jihad, the proclamations from Barack Obama, John Kerry, David Cameron and so many others that the Islamic State’s atrocities have nothing to do with Islam, “a religion of peace,” are looking increasingly ridiculous.

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CDC Director on Lack of Travel Ban: ‘The Bottom Line Is Reducing Risk to Americans’
By Bridget Johnson
President Obama added an afternoon Ebola meeting to his otherwise open Columbus Day schedule after a nurse was confirmed to have contracted the virus from a now-deceased Liberian patient in Dallas.

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ZoNation — Stupidity, Not Race, Made Police Break a Car Window and Tase a Black Guy

As a black man, Alfonzo Rachel is worried that other black men’s actions are putting him at risk. Walk through one incident on this “ZoNation.”


The Rundown — Could Private Sector Wipe Out ISIS?
Can the private sector defeat ISIS? A former Blackwater chief thinks mercenaries should take on the Islamic State. Hear about this story and more on this episode.

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Klavan & Whittle — What Do (and Don’t) Klavan & Whittle Actually Know? (Members Only)
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Oct 15 2014

Jihad Watch: News Index - 15th October 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 10:58 am

From Jihad Watch.Org

Denmark: Man threatened with beheading for “support our troops” sticker

Oct 14, 2014 07:27 pm | Nicolai Sennels

(Left: “Support our troops” bow, right: Benjamin O. Yeh) We all heard about the warning against wearing military uniform in public in Denmark, but when I went training as a volunteer in our National Guard this Sunday, I decided to keep my military uniform on and bicycled 15 km across Copenhagen just to show people on the street that […]

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Downfall of Islamized Sweden: Borrows 10,000,000 kroner per hour to finance Muslim immigration

Oct 14, 2014 07:10 pm | Nicolai Sennels

Also watch comedian Pat Condell’s video, “Sweden – Ship of fools”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZsvdg1dkJ4 News clip – “We are borrowing 10 million kroner per hour”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6F6FpLZ7LM&feature=youtu.be Former Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said: “It will cost you money, we will not be able to afford much else, but it’s really people fleeing for their lives.”… “Open your hearts!,” exclaimed Reinfeldt in his speech. Quite interesting article on Sweden’s new Donald […]

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UK: Six more Muslims arrested by counter-terror police

Oct 14, 2014 02:55 pm | Robert Spencer

Good thing jihad terror has nothing to do with Islam. Imagine what the situation would be like if it did: British police would be making counter-terrorists on a nearly daily basis. Oh, wait… “Six arrested by counter-terror police,” by Danny Boyle, the Telegraph, October 14, 2014: Six people have been arrested on terror charges after […]

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Pakistan: Six top Taliban commanders pledge allegiance to Islamic State

Oct 14, 2014 01:21 pm | Robert Spencer

The caliphate is a might-makes-right proposition, and has been throughout Islamic history. If the Islamic State can hold power for a sustained period, more and more Muslims will pledge allegiance to it. “Six top TTP commanders announce allegiance to Islamic State’s Baghdadi,” by Zahir Shah Sherazi, Dawn, October 14, 2014: PESHAWAR: Six top commanders of […]

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US “ally” Turkey bombs Kurds opposed to the Islamic State

Oct 14, 2014 11:13 am | Robert Spencer

The old Cold War web of alliances is badly outdated. Rapidly re-Islamizing Turkey is no friend of the United States. But to admit the patently obvious reality would be “Islamophobic.” Turkey wants to take advantage of the chaos to reestablish its own caliphate, and for that goal the Islamic State may be useful. “Mideast crisis […]

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Islamic State jihadists using U.S. tents in jihad training camp

Oct 14, 2014 10:55 am | Robert Spencer

Your tax dollars at work. The foolish and wrongheaded venture of arming “vetted moderates” against the Islamic State is inevitably going to result in this, either because of those “moderates”‘ ineptitude or their complicity. “Islamic State terrorists using U.S. tents in jihad training camp,” by Cheryl K. Chumley, The Washington Times, October 14, 2014: A […]

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Robert Spencer in PJ Media: 5 Islamic Scholars Who Say They’d Demolish Me in Debate – But Don’t Dare Try

Oct 14, 2014 10:40 am | Robert Spencer

The mainstream media, American academia and even much of the public discourse are for the most part a one-party state. Dissenting ideas are not allowed to be discussed. Instead, academics and media analysts only consider a very small spectrum of opinion, and either ridicule and disparage views that fall outside that spectrum without refuting them, […]

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Malaysia: Muslim group demands ban of publications promoting religious pluralism

Oct 14, 2014 09:45 am | Robert Spencer

How did the Selangor Fatwa Council get this idea in modern, moderate Malaysia? How did Muslim clerics who have dedicated their lives to studying Islam and understanding it properly, and who are now in a position to issue religious rulings, get the crazy idea that “liberalism and pluralism in religion is against the teachings of […]

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UK: Six months after Islamization of state schools reported, nothing has changed

Oct 14, 2014 09:31 am | Robert Spencer

Students have to teach themselves about religions other than Islam. Boys and girls are segregated. Students took a mysterious trip to Saudi Arabia. The attempt to Islamize these state schools was revealed six months ago when the damning “Trojan Horse” plot was released. Since then, nothing has been done, as Absurd and Suicidal Britannia circles […]

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UK: Qur’an-quoting Muslim plotted to murder Tony Blair

Oct 14, 2014 07:20 am | Robert Spencer

Clearly Erol Incedal has trouble distinguishing friends (or Useful Idiots) from enemies. Ironically in light of Blair’s fulsome praise for the Qur’an, Incedal’s note is an amalgamation of these Qur’an passages (not that this has anything to do with Islam): “O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and […]

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The top 10 Qur’an verses to understand the Islamic State — on The Glazov Gang

Oct 14, 2014 07:08 am | Robert Spencer

The Redoubtable Russian of Renown never disappoints, but this edition of Glazov Gang is one for the ages, as the Glazovian One was joined by none other than Dr. David Wood, host of the Trinity Channel’s live talk show, “Jesus or Muhammad?” Dr. Wood has been in more than 40 public debates with Muslims and […]

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Video: Robert Spencer on Sun TV on West’s willful ignorance about jihad

Oct 14, 2014 07:02 am | Robert Spencer

Last Friday, on my regular spot on Michael Coren’s show The Arena, we discussed: 1) Canadian security organizations are tracking up to 90 jihadis who have returned from abroad. 2) The U.S. State Department give their seal of approval to a Muslim handbook first embraced then later rejected by Canada’s RCMP. 3) Possible jihadi plans […]

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Bangladesh lowers minimum age for marriage to accord more closely with Sharia

Oct 14, 2014 06:48 am | Robert Spencer

Few things are more abundantly attested in Islamic law than the permissibility of child marriage. Islamic tradition records that Muhammad’s favorite wife, Aisha, was six when Muhammad wedded her and nine when he consummated the marriage: “The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with […]

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Islamic State says sex slavery is justified under Islamic law

Oct 14, 2014 05:19 am | Robert Spencer

Is a moderate spokesman going to step up and refute the Islamic State’s case? Attempts to do so up to now have avoided addressing the salient points, thus leaving the Islamic State’s case untouched. According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Qur’an says: “O […]

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Oct 14 2014

PJ Media: News Index - 14th October 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 1:00 pm

From PJ Media.Com

Featured Story
Gaza to ISIL: How Anti-Semitic Is the State Department?
By Roger L. Simon

It’s easier (safer) to attack the Jewish state, which is democratic and often wildly self-critical itself, than it is to be honest with totalitarian nations that are truly dangerous.

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From Comedy to Farce
By Victor Davis Hanson

We have forgotten two truths about the Obama administration. No president in recent memory has so hectored the American people on the dangers of elites, and no president in the last half-century has so enjoyed the perks and culture of the elite.


NIH Official: ‘The System Worked’ on Ebola
By Rick Moran
I think it’s pretty obvious by now that everyone in the executive branch who is going to go before the media and talk about Ebola has been instructed to deliver nothing but happy-talk pronouncements and soothing bromides about how the government has everything under control.

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Gardner Pulls Away from Udall as Colorado Democrats Face Upset
By Rod Kackley
Obamacare, birth control, abortion and personhood have emerged as emotional issues that could swing a Senate seat Democrats thought was safe to the GOP side of the aisle.

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Klavan & Whittle — What Do (and Don’t) Klavan & Whittle Actually Know? (Members Only)

Andrew Klavan and Bill Whittle are quite knowledgeable, but do they know more than the folks in Washington? Hear their thoughts as they answer a question from PJTV member Mark Alexander in this members-only video.


Up or Down — Nobody Knows Who Joe Biden Is…
Late night television host Jimmy Kimmel asked people on the street if they knew who Joe Biden is. Do you know more than them? You won’t want to miss the “Up or Down” panel’s take on the results! Sound off on this story and more.

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Trifecta Extra — Sim City Politics and Thurston Whittle’s AR-15 (Members Only)
Does Scott Whittle really bring you greetings from Texas? Does SimCity prepare you for elected office? Plus, you have to hear about the new parts for Bill Whittle’s AR-15! Tune into this new members-only Trifecta Extra!

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Michelle Obama Flubs Candidate’s Name and Fibs About His Background (Jennifer Hanin)
‘An Uprising of Facts Is Making the Management of the News Cycle Impossible’ (Ed Driscoll)
Time Waits For No One (Richard Fernandez)
Chinese Officials: U.S. And UK Behind Hong Kong Protests (Stephen Kruiser)
Did Critics Attack The Judge for Its Politics? (Andrew Klavan)
How Informed Is Informed Consent and Does It Matter? (Theodore Dalrymple)
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Oct 14 2014

Jihad Watch: News Index - 14th October 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 12:52 pm

From Jihad Watch.Org

The UK has effectively given up trying to stop jihadists from being created

Oct 13, 2014 06:27 pm | Robert Spencer

The witless dhimmi Brits are placing all their hopes for a peaceful future in these de-radicalization programs, as they are going to force British jihadists returning from the Islamic State to attend them. De-radicalization programs have been implemented elsewhere, notably in Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. Let’s look at how they fared. From the Jihad Watch […]

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UK Parliament votes 274-12 in favor of recognizing “the state of Palestine”

Oct 13, 2014 05:59 pm | Robert Spencer

As long as the hopelessly compromised and abjectly surrendering Brits are recognizing terror states that do not exist, why don’t they recognize Nazi Germany and Democratic Kampuchea along with “Palestine”? A “Palestinian” state would not make for a peaceful resolution of the jihad against Israel. It would simply become a new jihad base for newly […]

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UK: Rotherham child sex abuse files “go missing from council archive”

Oct 13, 2014 05:28 pm | Robert Spencer

1,400 British non-Muslim children were gang-raped and brutalized by Muslims in Rotherham, and “several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought as racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so.” And now four years of key files are missing. Has anyone checked […]

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New York Daily News: “The hijab is hot!”

Oct 13, 2014 04:05 pm | Robert Spencer

This fatuous New York Daily News puff piece and the even more repulsive project it covers both glorify a primary vehicle for the oppression of women. It’s also remarkably ignorant: there are three photos accompanying the article, and all three show women wearing niqabs, not hijabs, yet the article and the project organizers speak only […]

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Islamic Republic of Iran’s Supremo: US and UK created al-Qaeda and the Islamic State to fight against Iran

Oct 13, 2014 02:15 pm | Robert Spencer

What? Not the Zionists? Is Khamenei becoming moderate? “Iran’s Supreme Leader Says US, Britain Created IS Terrorist Group,” RIA Novosti, October 13, 2014: MOSCOW, October 13 (RIA Novosti) – The Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei claimed Monday that the United States and the United Kingdom were responsible for the creation of the […]

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Robert Spencer in FrontPage Mag: The Diversity of Islam? A Response to Nicholas Kristof

Oct 13, 2014 11:38 am | Robert Spencer

In FrontPage today I respond to Nicholas Kristof’s bizarre recent column in the New York Times about the glories of Islam. Kristof, of course, will not see this or respond to it in any way if he does — or to any other critique of his column by anyone else who doesn’t share his world […]

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Islamic State’s magazine shows its flag flying over the Vatican

Oct 13, 2014 10:50 am | Robert Spencer

The Islamic State — extremists! No other Muslims think this way, right? Sheik Ali Al-Faqir, former Jordanian minister of religious endowment, said this on Al-Aqsa TV on May 2, 2008: “We proclaim that we will conquer Rome, like Constantinople was conquered once…” Hamas MP and Islamic cleric Yunis Al-Astal said this, also on Al-Aqsa TV, […]

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Video: Robert Spencer on Fox News discussing Islamic State’s recruitment of U.S. Muslims

Oct 13, 2014 10:37 am | Robert Spencer

I was on America’s News HQ on Fox News on October 11, 2014, to discuss Islamic State recruitment of Muslims in the U.S.

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Islamic apologist Zakir Naik: “The best form of Jihad is to strive and struggle against non-Muslims, using the teachings of the Quran”

Oct 13, 2014 10:15 am | Robert Spencer

“The best form of Jihad is to strive and struggle against non-Muslims” in order to “make the society better” — ultimately by imposing Sharia upon it. Zakir Naik travels the world debating non-Muslims; it would be interesting to see him debate a Muslim spokesman in the West who denies that jihad means any kind of […]

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Why the Islamic State beheads — on the Glazov Gang

Oct 13, 2014 05:04 am | Robert Spencer

No, the Islamic State is not actually beheading people on the Glazov Gang (yet). This week’s Glazov Gang is just focused on that topic — why the Islamic State beheads. Yes, it’s in the Qur’an (47:4), but there’s more. On this show, the Redoubtable Russian was joined by Dawn Perlmutter, the Director of the Symbol […]

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