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[Satire] Al Qaeda Jihad magazine ‘Inspire’ publishes its first swimsuit issue

YEMEN – In an apparent attempt to escalate worldwide interest in the holy war against infidels, Inspire, al Qaeda’s Internet propaganda magazine, published its first swimsuit issue this week.

In a teleconference call from an unknown location in Yemen, a spokesperson for the magazine, someone who called himself Larry, told reporters that Inspire’s swimsuit issue had created such a buzz with jihadists around the globe that the website crashed several times from the overwhelming number of visitors.

“We’ve been swamped with thousands of emails from militants around the world,” Larry gushed. “Men in caves with Internet access are going crazy looking at our swimsuit models. In just a few days we’ve already received enough donations to purchase ad space on the Huffington Post. It’s a very exciting time. There’s a feeling in the air of impending bloodshed and carnage. It’s beautiful. Praise Allah”...

h/t mauser 98


How do you fix a problem like immigration?

The headline is tongue-in-cheek because really, the first step towards “fixing” immigration is to realize the immigration program as a whole, and even our temporary foreign worker program, in part, are not necessarily broken...

In other words, don’t change anything unless it is really glaring. We lawyers are making lots of money from immigrants now - a veritable gravy train - and we really would appreciate being able to continue this.   I am sure you understand.


The scourge of Islamophobic Muslims

Recent events in Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey have unearthed deep-seated Islamophobic attitudes among a sizable segment of the population claiming the “nationalist secular” mantel and asserting the exclusive “sacred” right to undemocratically contest power on this basis.

...[T]he common thread at present is the re-emergence of a distinct anti-Muslim and anti-Islamic attitude that conflates contestation of political policies and programs with its supposed origination in a “backward” and “religiously authoritarian” paradigm located in a distant “pre-modern” system.

According to this belief Islam itself is the problem, as well as anyone epistemologically identified with it. In this context, Islam is viewed as backward, traditional, irrational and opposed to modern civilization, the same attitudes and perspectives held by the colonial powers in the not-so-distant past and contemporary Islamophobes in the West.

The purported spokespeople have recycled every negative orientalist trope directed at Islam and Muslims over the past 250 plus years.

blah blah hegemonic blah epistemological blah deconstructing ...

By everyone’s favourite author Hatem Bazian, currently not living in Egypt, Tunisia or Turkey but holed up at U.C. Berkeley, California.


Man Takes Pregnant 12-Year-Old He Raped to Three Abortion Clinics, None Report the Abuse

As Life Dynamics reports, according to court documents, 40 year-old Joseph Coles (pictured right), began having sex with his stepdaughter when she was 10-years-old.


You have bigger things to worry about Princess, ISIS will be rocking your palace soon enough.

PRINCESS HAYA AL HUSSEIN - Israel is quickly closing the door to peace

The Princess is a UN Messenger of Peace. Whatever the hell that is. Why the Globe publishes Hamas apologist tripe like this is beyond me.


Obama planning to give ‘millions of illegal immigrants work permits and save them from deportation’

Activist Ingrid Vaca of Arlington, Virginia, who is originally from Bolivia, participates in an United We Dream rally in front of the White House yesterday

Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United States without threat of deportation, according to advocates and lawmakers in touch with the administration.

Such a large-scale move on immigration could scramble election-year politics and lead some conservative Republicans to push for impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama, a prospect White House officials have openly discussed.
Obama announced late last month that congressional efforts to remake the nation’s dysfunctional immigration system were dead and he would proceed on his own authority to fix the system where he could...


Fmr. Shin Bet Chief Warns: ‘If European Countries Fail to Protect Their Jews, the State of Israel Will’

Can You Say Target Rich Environment?


14 Ways Hamas Weaponizes Women, Children, Animals Against Israel

Via Ed Driscoll at PJMedia...


How Olivia Chow's Willful Blindness/Dhimmitude "Eids" and Abets the Jihad

Both Olivia Chow and John Tory showed up for yesterday's Eid festivities at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, apparently unaware...


'This is Toronto on a summer weekend in 2014'

Mark Steyn writes:

As it happens, in the three "human rights" suits the Canadian Islamic Congress brought against me, one of the complaints was that I'd quoted the Ayatollah.

In the famous edition of TVO's "Agenda", in which I wound up meeting the three sock puppets face to face, Khurrum Awan took the same line as Ms Eliadis - that Khomeini was an "obscure figure", and by quoting extremists I was implicitly linking them to Canadian Muslims.

Yet here are Canadian Muslims explicitly linking themselves to Ayatollah Khomeini. Nor was he the only Iranian bigshot on display at Queen's Park. Among the others was Khomeini's successor as Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khameini.


How government should work

It's time to take power from unelected bureaucrats and bring power back to the people.


Israel must defend itself

Serious question: If Hamas terrorists in Gaza were to build Auschwitz-style ovens to burn Jews like the Nazis did, would the world still demand that Israel stop attacking them?


'...when you Google 'bigotry,' that search engine supreme helpfully returns a definition...'

 ...that includes the word “right-wing.”


You can always tell when Kathy is guest posting for Arnie...

I suggested this movie for the Dark Corners' treatment, and they said yes:


First Nation chiefs' salaries due to be posted under Transparency Act

As of Monday night, on the eve of the deadline, the government confirmed that 20 First Nations out of more than 600 had complied with the new rules.


IRELAND: Israeli Embassy outrages Muslims and Leftist sympathizers with campaign that warns “You’ll be next!”

From the Israeli embassy in Dublin's Facebook Page


Bloody Ramadan from Gaza to Caliphate of Mosul

(by Elisa Pinna) (ANSAmed) - ROME - A Middle Eastern Ramadan of blood and war ended on Monday, the rise of the new moon, with the festival of Eid el Fitr, when over 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide celebrated the breaking of the fast and prayer.

In several parts of the Middle East, the atmosphere was far from joyous. From the war in Gaza to the new Caliphate in Syria and Iraq, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which started around June 27-28, did not bring meditation nor forgiveness - as recommended by the Koran - but rather death and a wave of conflicts and violence of unpredictable outcome, which could change the very identity of this region.


HuffPo Should Sack Mehdi Hasan for anti-Israel Lies and Misdirection

The Huffington Post’s extremist speech giver and ‘Political Director’ Mehdi Hasan has gone to great lengths today to try and dispel what he claims are pro-Israeli myths about the current conflict between Israel and Hamas.


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This was evidently the image in question.
Facebook has since taken the page down.


Jerusalem Imam: Egypt Should Annex Gaza, Lead Arab Armies in Annihilating the Jews


Sitting down with Dinesh D'Souza

Author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza tells us about his latest movie 'America' and why he tries to engage the left.


Must be France... Christianophobes and sons of whores


Stranger than fiction: Muslim Brotherhood, Jamaat-e-Islami and global jihad (parts 2 and 3)

From Part 2, about the Muslim Brotherhood:

The MB is very different from other political parties. One just cannot become a member without going through a five/eight-year stringent indoctrination process to prove one's loyalty and commitment to its ideology.

Very similar to the Jamaat-e-Islami, the MB believes in gradual infiltration of its ideology among the masses and portrays itself a believer in democracy.

During the anti-Mubarak movement in Egypt, “far from emulating Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, they [MB leaders] channeled Thomas Paine, calling for civil liberties, religious equality, and an end to Mubarak's dictatorship.”
In other word, lying.

From Part 3, about Jamaat-e-Islami, which is huge in Asia but gets little attention in the MSM:
Maulana Abul Ala Maududi (1903-1979), an Indian-born madrassah-educated journalist, author and political thinker was the founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami or Party of Islam. It came into being in 1941 in British India. Maududi started the organisation with a view to promoting Islamic values and practices in the light of his way of interpreting the Quran and hadis. He was a maverick. His ideas were quite radical and different from the mainstream Sunni ulama or clerics in the Indian Subcontinent.
We find ideological similarities between the MB and JI. Like Qutb, Maududi also strove for God's sovereignty. Maududi, however, came up with a new theory of democracy. It was “theo-democracy” or a theocracy run in a democratic manner. He also wanted to establish a caliphate to run the “Islamic system of governance.” In his “theo-democratic” caliphate, minority non-Muslims would remain as zimmis* or protected people with inferior rights.
*Zimmis = dhimmis (the Arabic “dh” sound seems to have come across as “z” in the subcontinent. One also sees Ramadan written as Ramazan.)


Still torn by factional fighting, post-revolt Libya is coming undone

Flames and smoke billow from an oil depot where a huge blaze started following clashes around Tripoli airport, Libya. Picture: MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP

CAIRO — For weeks, rival Libyan militias had been pounding one another’s positions with artillery, mortar rounds and rockets in a desperate fight to control the international airport in the capital, Tripoli. Then suddenly, early Saturday morning, the fighting just stopped.

The pause came as United States military warplanes circled overhead, providing air cover for a predawn evacuation of the American Embassy’s staff. Apparently fearing the planes, the militias held their fire just long enough for the ambassador and her staff to reach the Tunisian border — a reminder to Libyans of how even their most powerful allies were incapable of putting out their incendiary feuds.

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Rob Ford Comes Out On Top (Again) at Tonight's Debate in Toronto

You want to know one of the signs that Rob Ford is going to be re-elected?

Because real people, not the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail pseudo-intellectuals whose faces have a permanent sneer caused in part by the bugs up their asses that are eating their way up to their brains, but real people like him.


Evening photo: Mist and reflections in the Grand Tetons, Wyoming

In Grand Teton National Park.  Photo by Gary Rowe.  Found on the US Dept of the Interior Tumblr Site.

Why doesn’t Canada have such a site?  We have plenty of beautiful scenery.

If you go the website for Parks Canada, they suggest you “Explore Canada’s natural and historic treasures with Street View for Google Maps.”


#DiversityIsOurStrength in Denmark: Tougher integration requirements needed for Muslims says ‘centre-right’ Venstre party spokesman

Støjberg said that calls to “kill Jews” by a Danish Imam are proof some do not integrate (Photo: Wikipedia)

Immigrants from non-Western countries create the most integration problems in Denmark, so they should face tougher demands, according to Venstre* spokesperson Inger Støjberg.

Støjberg wrote in a Berlingske editorial that Muslim immigrants have the hardest time integrating in Denmark and that it should be an iron-clad requirement that they are either getting an education or have a job before they can stay in the country.

Støjberg pointed to Imam Abu Bilal, a regular speaker at the Grimhøj Mosque in Aarhus, and his statement that Muslims should ask for the help of Allah to kill Jews as evidence that some Muslims are not integrating well.

“That's outrageous, and it casts shame on Islam,” Støjberg wrote in Berlingske.

Støjberg acknowledged that her statements are controversial, “But if I, as a politician, won’t say it, I do not know who will.”

Venstre hopes to introduce specific requirements for Muslims in Denmark this coming autumn.

*“Venstre: Danmarks liberale parti” means literally “Left: Denmark’s Liberal Party.”  Wikipedia describes it as “centre-right, conservative-liberal.”  Very confusing!  Whatever it is, it has the largest number of representatives in the current Danish government.

The thing to note it that it is not the much derided “far-right” Danish People’s Party (Dansk Folkeparti).

See list of Denmark’s parties here.


#DiversityIsOurStrength in England: Cricketer Moeen Ali faces probe after wearing ‘Free Palestine’ and ‘Save Gaza’ wristbands

Cricketer Moeen Ali is being investigated for improper conduct after wearing “Save Gaza” and “Free Palestine” wristbands as he batted for England in a Test Match against India.

The 27-year-old all-rounder from Birmingham wore the wrist bands while at the crease today - allegedly against International Cricket Council (ICC) rules.

The ICC last night confirmed they were investigating the incident.

The body’s code reads: “Players and team officials shall not be permitted to wear, display or otherwise convey messages through arm bands or other items affixed to clothing or equipment unless approved in advance by the player or team official’s Board.

“Approval shall not be granted for messages which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes”...

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So this player of Pakistani descent has given up on “Free Kashmir”? I doubt it, but right now it is not a “trending cause.”


Australian writer Andrew Bolt: Tribes mean sharing a territory not a culture

Adam Dahman on his Facebook page.

Australia now boasts an amazing new export: suicide bombers and men who hack off the heads of infidels.

Adam Dahman, 18, a graduate of Northcote High, this month reportedly became our second suicide bomber, killing three people in Baghdad. (His family denies it.)
Also starting in this new export drive are Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar, whose Twitter accounts last week showed them mugging with the severed heads of Iraqis... [Elomar’s] wife’s lawyer claims were just “Photoshopped.”
Sharrouf, who served time in an Australian jail over a terrorist plot before moving to Syria, meanwhile brags: “Few more heads how lovely bludy amazing stuff abuhafs u keep on cutting those infidel throats but the last 1 is mine!”

...[T]he very idea that Australians travel the world cutting off heads or blowing themselves up would have been inconceivable a generation ago.

How stupid we have been. Our immigration programs seem to have operated under the conceit that we could import people without the culture which shaped them — or at least not the nastier bits.

That was always a fraud but is even more so now that immigrants have come in such numbers that some form colonies here, whole suburbs bonded by ethnic and religious ties and connected back to the source country by cheap travel, internet access and satellite television...

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It doesn’t help that the families are denial and are refusing to admit what it going on.

h/t Marvin


Fear of Ebola breeds a terror of physicians

Villagers watch as workers from Doctors Without Borders finish disinfecting a clinic in Teldou, Guineu

KOLO BENGOU, Guinea — Eight youths, some armed with slingshots and machetes, stood warily alongside a rutted dirt road at an opening in the high reeds, the path to the village of Kolo Bengou.

The deadly Ebola virus is believed to have infected several people in the village, and the youths were blocking the path to prevent health workers from entering.

“We don’t want any visitors,” said their leader, Faya Iroundouno, 17, president of Kolo Bengou’s youth league. “We don’t want any contact with anyone.” The others nodded in agreement and fiddled with their slingshots.

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Pro-Israel march brings out thousands in French city of Marseille

Thousands took to the streets of Marseille in the south of France on Sunday to show their support for Israel, the first such demonstration in the country since the start of the recent fighting in Gaza, organizers said.

Some 2,000 pro-Israeli demonstrators, carrying French and Israeli flags, were separated by riot police from a few dozen pro-Palestinian protesters chanting anti-Israeli slogans in Marseille's Old Port in the center of the Mediterranean city.

"We are here to show our solidarity with Israel, which has been attacked and has a right to defend itself," William Labi, head of the body governing Jewish congregations in Marseille, told Reuters. The protest was also organized by the community's umbrella group CRIF.

Pro-Palestinian protesters clashed with police in central Paris on Saturday when thousands of protesters defied a ban by French authorities to rally against Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip. Police made about 70 arrests...


Going home for Eid: The trains in Bangladesh ARE rather crowded

Bangladeshis board a packed train on Monday as they rush home from Dhaka to be with their families ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr. Munir Uz/AFP/Getty Images

Do you need a ticket to ride on top, I wonder?


Bild, Germany's biggest newspaper asked to apologize for telling truth about Islam

Politicians demand apology from Germany's biggest-selling newspaper for editorial comment piece criticising Islam and accusing it of 'murderous contempt for women and homosexuals'


Gaza War Update - The Latest

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu blasted the UN statement calling for an unconditional ceasefire, and with good reason.


Pelosi: 'Qatar told me Hamas is a humanitarian organization'

"And we have to confer with the Qataris, who have told me over and over again that Hamas is a humanitarian organization..."


#DiversityIsOurStrength in Bangladesh: Youth held for ‘posting anti-Islam photo’ that resulted in a mob attacking four Hindu houses

Police yesterday (July 25, 2014) arrested a college student for “posting an anti-Islam” photo on Facebook, an allegation over which a mob attacked four Hindu houses in Fatikchhari upazila of Chittagong on Friday.

The 22-year-old, a resident of Brindabanpara village in the upazila, was held in Panchlaish, Chittagong, around 12:30pm, said Mofiz Uddin, officer-in-charge of Fatikchhari Police Station.

Hundreds of people vandalised the Hindu houses, including that of the youth, in Brindabanpara in the early hours of Friday, saying he had posted on Facebook a photo “belittling Islam”.

On Friday night, Fatikchhari police filed a case against him under the Information and Communication Technology Act, 2006.

Asked whether the photo had indeed been posted by the detainee, the OC said intensive investigation was needed to find it out. The arrest was made based on primary investigation, he added.

However, no case had been filed against the attackers as of 10:30pm.

Since the incident, family members of the youth have been in custody at Fatikchhari Police Station. They will be kept there until the situation becomes normal, said the OC.


Now, here's what I don't get. You live in a crap hole.

A dusty, hot, nasty place where plumbing is optional and violence is mandatory.

Your political leadership is quantifiably insane.

When you flip a switch in your home, there's a good chance the light won't come on because the politicians in charge of your country are so mad at the country next door, they won't allow fuel to be shipped through it.

That's right. The energy to power your home is readily available ... but your politicians won't let it get to you.

And oh, yeah - those same politicians store military hardware like rockets in your houses of worship, hospitals and schools. And then they fire those rockets at the country they're mad at next door, a country infinitely more powerful than the sliver of land you live on.


PA minister: Western Wall ‘belongs exclusively to Muslims’

h/t GR.


U.N. warns of alarming malnutrition rates in Somali capital: Total fertility rate in Somalia is six kids per woman

A woman holds her malnourished child in Sirlaabe IDP camp in Mogadishu June 28, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

(Reuters) - The United Nations has reported alarming rates of malnutrition in the Somali capital where aid agencies cannot meet the needs of 350,000 people due to insufficient funds, drought and conflict.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the Somali government had compared the situation to the run-up to a 2011 famine that killed 260,000 people.

The United Nations has sought to improve its early warning mechanisms after its failure to spot indications of crisis in 2010 was blamed for the scale of the famine that followed in a nation torn apart by years of conflict.

“Alarming rates of malnutrition have been observed among displaced communities in Mogadishu,” OCHA said in a report released at the weekend, citing a study by a unit of the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organisation.

It said aid agencies were unable to meet the needs of 350,000 people who had fled to Mogadishu, saying the aid organizations faced a shortage of funds and violence in the capital that could restrict deliveries...

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The top 10 countries by Total Fertility Rate in the World. CIA World Fact Book.

Just thought I would draw this to your attention.


Hundreds attend pro-Israeli demonstration in Toronto

TORONTO - A tension-filled demonstration denouncing the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza hit downtown Toronto Sunday with pro-Israeli protesters accusing Hamas of ignoring recent declarations of a ceasefire.

Thousands of pro-Israeli demonstrators - many hoisting blue-and-white Israeli flags - gathered at Queen's Park to protest what they called punitive aggression on the part of Hamas. They blamed the militant Palestinian group for perpetuating the deadly conflict which has been raging since early July.


US border crisis: ‘There were 150 women and children, lined up there, just waiting to be picked up’

Mothers from Honduras traveling with their children prepare to get into a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Services agent's truck after crossing the Rio Grande near McAllen, Texas. Photo: AP

Illegal immigrants crossing the river that divides Texas and Mexico would once have tried to disappear into the thick vegetation on the US side to avoid arrest.

But in a striking twist to the migrant crisis that is overwhelming the US border authorities, tens of thousands of Central Americans streaming across the border are surrendering to US border officers as soon as they can.

Human smuggling gangs are spreading the word that unaccompanied minors and mothers with children escaping the gang violence and poverty of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala will no longer be deported.
Mason Goff was working on a bird research survey in the thorny bush of a Texas nature reserve along the Rio Grande when he found himself conducting a very different count. As he drove over the brow of a hill, he saw a long line of women and children filing along a dirt track near the small town of Mission while a US border patrol vehicle came round a bend in the other direction.

“I started to count and there must have been 150 of them, all children, teens and young women, no men, and the remarkable thing was that they were just lining up and waiting to be picked up,” said Mr Goff, a college student. “I’ve had people come up to me in my pickup truck and just say 'border patrol, border patrol’,” said Mr Goff. “One time, four teenage males jumped into the back and wouldn’t get out until I drove them to find the nearest patrol.

“They just got out and put their hands behind their backs to be cuffed. Border patrol has been turned into a militarised taxi service for these people”...


Hey Ladies! ISIS fighters open ‘marriage bureau’

The radical Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which advocates public stoning for adultery, has opened a “marriage bureau” for women who want to wed the group’s fighters in territory they control in Syria and Iraq, AFP reported.


IDF: Mortar round landed in empty UNRWA yard, did not kill Gazans

An Israeli army inquiry into fighting at a UN facility in Beit Hanoun Thursday found that IDF mortars did not play a role in the killing of 16 people in the school courtyard, dismissing claims that the military was responsible for their deaths.

The army admitted that an IDF-fired shell did hit the UN-run school’s yard, but at a time when there were no people in the area.

“A single errant mortar landed in the school courtyard, injuring no one,” Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said Sunday in a conference call.

Lerner described a scene of “intense fighting” in the vicinity of the school last Thursday afternoon, including volleys of anti-tank missiles fired at soldiers, who responded with live fire. The militant fire, Lerner said, came from the areas “adjacent to, and in the vicinity of, the school.”

Palestinian accounts said 16 people were killed in the school as a result of the fighting, with initial reports blaming Israel for the deaths.

Lerner suggested that the 16 dead and dozens of wounded could have been caught in the crossfire and brought into the courtyard, perhaps for treatment, or may have been hit by rockets or mortars fired by the militants themselves.

He said he had “no idea” where the dead had come from, and stated that it was “extremely unlikely” that anyone had been killed by the single mortar round that fell in the empty yard...

UNRWA Premises Incident


#DiversityIsOurStrength in Australia: Sydney Jewish leader resigns government post over Gaza conflict

Vic Alhadeff, chief executive of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies and chair of the Community Relations Commission (screen capture: YouTube/desitvaustralia)

SYDNEY, Australia — A senior Jewish leader in Sydney resigned from a high-profile government post amid a furor over the Gaza conflict.

Vic Alhadeff, the chief executive of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, stood down on Sunday as the part-time chair of the NSW Community Relations Commission two weeks after an email he sent accusing Hamas of “war crimes” triggered outrage among Arab and Muslim organizations.

“It is with considerable regret that I have decided to resign from my position as chair of the NSW Community Relations Commission,” Alhadeff said in a statement issued Sunday. “I have chosen to do so in the interests of the CRC and its important work in fostering social harmony within our society”...


At least 19 killed in attack in the southern Philippines

Abu Sayyaf terrorists Reuters

Manila, July 28: At least 19 people were killed and 13 others injured on Monday in an ambush staged by members of the militant group Abu Sayyaf in the southern Philippines province of Sulu, the military said.

The Abu Sayyaf gunmen, estimated at around 50, waylaid about 40 people, including children, who were on board two vehicles at around 8.30 a.m. in Lumapid village in Talipao town of Sulu, said Martin Pinto, commander of the Sulu-based 2nd Marine Brigade of the government troops.

Marker shows Talipao in Sulu Province, Philippines

The victims, accompanied by 10 Barangay (village) Police Action Team (BPAT) members, were on their way to a nearby village to celebrate the Eid ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the observance of Ramadan.

The 19 fatalities included 13 females and six males, including some children, Xinhua reported.

Pinto said marine soldiers reached the scene of the incident and helped in extricating the dead and wounded victims. Soldiers were also deployed to conduct pursuit operations...

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Another case of Muslims killing other Muslims.

It appears that the dead Muslims were not supportive of Abu Sayyaf’s plans for a caliphate in the Philippines.


Qatar World Cup: Migrants wait a year to be paid for building offices

The Al Bidda Tower, Doha, Qatar

Migrant workers who built luxury offices used by Qatar’s 2022 football World Cup organisers have told the Guardian they have not been paid for more than a year and are now working illegally from cockroach-infested lodgings.

Officials in Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy have been using offices on the 38th and 39th floors of Doha's landmark Al Bidda skyscraper – known as the Tower of Football – which were fitted out by men from Nepal, Sri Lanka and India who say they have not been paid for up to 13 months' work.

The project, a Guardian investigation shows, was directly commissioned by the Qatar government and the workers’ plight is set to raise fresh doubts over the autocratic emirate’s commitment to labour rights as construction starts this year on five new stadiums for the World Cup.

The offices, which cost £2.5m to fit out, feature expensive etched glass, handmade Italian furniture and even a heated executive toilet, project sources said. Yet some of the workers have not been paid, despite complaining to the Qatari authorities months ago and being owed wages as modest as £6 a day...


Vomit Inducing: ‘Hug a Terrorist’ video in Toronto praised and derided

Two Canadian schoolgirls described as Palestinian-Syrians received an apparently warm embrace from strangers in downtown Toronto recently when they held out a simple sign which said, “HUG A TERRORIST.”

The simple 2:27 video was produced by social media activist group Like For Syria and created by 18-year-old York University student Omar Albach in an attempt to call attention to civilian victims in Gaza.

No mention of Syria, or Iraq or Afghanistan or Nigeria, or Pakistan etc etc etc, nope just blame Israel, so typical of Hamas supporters to exploit children.


Jewish Defence League eyes setting up Montreal chapter

An ultra-nationalist and controversial Jewish-rights organization wants to establish a new chapter in Montreal, citing an increase in physical attacks against Jews.

The national director of the Jewish Defence League (JDL), an international organization “committed to the restoration of pride and integrity to the Jewish People," says he has been contacted by Montrealers who would like to see a chapter set up in the city.

Meir Weinstein told CBC News he’ll be in town next week to meet Montrealers interested in establishing a new chapter of the organization, which already has a Canadian presence in Toronto.

The CBC, loves Khadr...


Historic Chinese church gutted by fire: Xinhua

This combo shows an undated overhead view (L) of Ningbo cathedral and another image (R) taken on July 28, 2014 after a fire gutted the structure in Ningbo, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on July 28, 2014. AFP Photo

A fire largely destroyed one of China's oldest churches early Monday, state media reported, gutting the inside of the late 19th century structure.

“The inside of the building is totally destroyed,” a firefighter told the official Xinhua news agency after the blaze at the gothic-style Jiangbei Cathedral in Ningbo, in Zhejiang province.

“It’s a great loss. The church is such a beautiful building.”

No casualties were reported, the report said, and an investigation was under way.

It comes after authorities in April demolished a church in a heavily Christian area of Wenzhou, also in Zhejiang, in eastern China, after they said it was an illegal structure.

The Ningbo cathedral, constructed by a French bishop in 1872, is an important cultural relic protected by the state “for its great historical and architectural value,” Xinhua said...

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What a coincidence.  Or maybe not.  Maybe the Commies are just as barbaric as the Islamic State in Iraq?  Just a thought.  The article concludes, referring to an earlier event:
Overseas-based campaign group China Aid said last week that 14 members of a Wenzhou-based church were injured Monday morning when government officials stormed its gates to try and destroy its cross.



I WASN'T PREPARED FOR JUST HOW SHORT HE WAS. I knew that Mickey Rooney was not a tall man; in heels, Judy Garland almost towered over him, and she didn't top five feet. He was, to be sure, a little fella, and for as long as I was in his hotel room at the Royal York, I was trying to wrap my head around the undeniable fact that this tiny, anxious old man was the biggest movie star in the world several years running.


Pew Research: Majority Of Blacks & Hispanics Polled Blame Israel For Current Gaza Violence

Oh and the majority of "Young people", those under 30, also blame Israel.

The Good news, the overall majority have common sense enough to recognize Hamas as the bloodthirsty terrorists they are.


More Islamic lunacy: Commonwealth Games Scottie dogs are ‘disrespectful to Muslims’ - especially during Ramadan!

The Commonwealth Games opened in Glasgow five day ago. Scotties were part of the opening ceremonies

Malaysian politicians and religious leaders have attacked the use of Scottie dogs during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, claiming it was disrespectful to Muslims.

Around 40 Scottie dogs were used in the opening ceremony in Glasgow last Wednesday to lead teams around Celtic Park.

The dogs, which all wore tartan dog coats with the name of each team on them, were widely praised on social media, with many people stating they thought they had “stolen the show.” Hamish, who led out the Scotland team, received one of the biggest cheers of the night.

Judy Murray tweeted after the ceremony: “Scottie dogs in tartan coats at CG opening ceremony. Barkingly brilliant.”

However, not everyone was as impressed. Political and religious leaders in Malaysia have claimed the use of dogs connected to Muslim countries was “disrespectful.”
Mohamad Sabu, the deputy president of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party said: "Malaysia and all Islamic countries deserve and apology from the organiser.

“This is just so disrespectful to Malaysia and Muslims – especially as it happened during Ramadan. Muslims are not allowed to touch dogs, so the organiser should have been more aware and sensitive on this issue.

“It is hoped this incident can teach other Western countries to be more respectful in the future”...

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My response to the Malaysians is unprintable.


Taking Back Calgary From the Jew Hating, Pro-Hamas Thugs @nenshi

I got an e-mail out of the blue last week from a non-Jewish Canadian from Calgary.

I was so moved by the e-mail that I asked for permission to share parts of it here on my blog. I was impressed by the moral courage expressed, and simply by the fact that an individual wanted to do something about the antisemitism in Calgary. I urged this citizen not to act alone as we have seen that the pro-Hamas hot heads have no compunction whatsoever about beating up women and older people.

It is also important to connect good people so that together, they can make things happen. That means making public officials accountable, making police do their jobs as well.

Here is some of what was sent to me. Remember, I do not know this individual personally. We have never met, yet we are united by so many moral concepts. I feel very privileged that this person decided to reach out to me, and even more grateful that I could make a connection for this person to other like-minded Calgarians.


Today's Dose Of Enrichment: Ahmad Waseem Named As Latest Muslim Terrorist Export

A Windsor, Ont., man who returned to Canada last year to recuperate from an injury he received while fighting with extremist groups in Syria rejected outreach from family, community and police who tried to convince him to stay home.

Ahmad Waseem, 26, had returned to the southwestern Ontario city after getting injured in the field in Syria.

“That’s the point at which members of the community, members of his family, of the police said, ‘Maybe this is our rare chance to pull him back from the brink and convince him not to go back to this place to kill and be killed,” CBC’s Adrienne Arsenault said.

Let him go, with luck he'll get killed. Just don't let him back.


More Muslims killed in 2 days in Syria than in entire Hamas Gaza war

If only Assad had converted to Judaism, maybe there would be just as much outrage...

h/t Marvin


Huge blaze spreads at fuel storage depot in Tripoli

Libyan officials have called on local residents to leave the area within a perimeter of 5km

A huge blaze engulfing Libya's biggest fuel storage facility in the capital, Tripoli, has spread to a second tank.

Libya's National Oil Company (NOC) has described the fire as "out of control".

It comes hours after the authorities appealed for international assistance to try to contain the blaze.

The government blames clashes between rival militias for starting the fire, which it says may cause a humanitarian and environmental disaster.

At least 97 people have been killed in fighting between rival militia groups battling for control of Tripoli's main airport in the past week.

Firefighters almost managed to put out the blaze when it took hold of a first tank but had to withdraw after fighting resumed in the area, Libyan oil company spokesman Mohamed Al-Harrai told the BBC.

He said shrapnel hit the second fuel tank, igniting it, and the fuel compound was still being hit...
(Video at link)


Is the Left anti-Semitic? Sadly, it is heading that way

London protests (Photo: Getty Images)

There has been a lot of talk over the past two weeks about whether it is anti-Semitic to oppose Israel’s attack on Gaza.

Radical Leftists and liberal commentators have insisted (perhaps a bit too much?) that there is nothing remotely anti-Semitic about their anger with Israel or their fury on behalf of battered, bruised and bombed Palestinians.

And of course they are right that it is entirely possible to oppose Israel’s militarism without harbouring so much as a smidgen of dislike for the Jewish people. Some will oppose the war in Gaza simply because they are against wars in general, especially ones that impact on civilians.

Protesters take part in a “Stop the War” demonstration march from the Israeli Embassy to the Houses of Parliament on July 26, 2014 in London. (Photo: Getty)

However, it seems pretty clear to me that much of the left in Europe and America is becoming more anti-Semitic, or at least risks falling into the trap of anti-Semitism, sometimes quite thoughtlessly.

In the language it uses, in the ideas it promotes, in the way in which it talks about the modern world, including Israel, much of the Left has adopted a style of politics that has anti-Semitic undertones, and sometimes overtones.

The key problem has been the Left’s embrace of conspiratorial thinking, its growing conviction that the world is governed by what it views as uncaring “cabals”, “networks”, self-serving lobbyists and gangs of bankers, all of which has tempted it to sometimes turn its attentions towards those people who historically were so often the object and the target of conspiratorial thinking – the Jews...

h/t Marvin


More details and photos on the Pakistani mob that killed a woman and her two young granddaughters for ‘blasphemy’

Police arrive after the houses of Ahmadis were torched by a mob following accusations of blasphemy, in Gujranwala, Pakistan

A Pakistani mob killed a woman and two of her granddaughters after a member of the religious minority group she belonged to was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook, police have said.

Rioting erupted in the city of Gujranwala late last night following claims that an Ahmadi Muslim had posted a blasphemous photo on to the social networking site.

The dead, including a seven-year-old girl and her baby sister, were Ahmadis, who consider themselves Muslim but believe in a prophet after Mohammed...

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More photos and details at the link.

Whether or not you particularly care about Ahmadis, this event shows what crazed Muslims are like: raving lunatics.

I do not want them living in my country.


Two dead after female suicide bomber targets Nigeria petrol station

A bomb hidden in a refrigerator killed one and wounded eight at the crowded bus park in northern Nigeria’s biggest city of Kano last week. REUTERS Photo

A female suicide bomber blew herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria’s biggest city of Kano on Monday, killing one other person, a military source said.

The source gave no other details about the attack. It was the third bomb attack in Kano in just 24 hours.

On Sunday, a bomber hurled explosives at worshippers in a Catholic church, killing five and wounding eight. Also on Sunday, a female suicide bomber killed herself while trying to target police officers. Nobody else died in that attack.

There have been no claims of responsibility for any of the blasts, but the prime suspect is likely to be the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which is fighting for an Islamic state in religiously-mixed Nigeria...


'I also want to say that calling President Obama a 'subhuman mongrel' does not make Ted Nugent a racist.''

Good for him.

(I must say, I like the cut of this fellow's jib!)


#DiversityIsOurStrength in Iraq: Another unacceptable mosque destroyed in Mosul

People inspect the destroyed old Mosque of The Prophet Jirjis in central Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, July 27, 2014. AP Photo

Militants from the Islamic State group blew up a mosque and shrine dating back to the 14th century in Mosul on July 27, local residents said, the latest casualty in a week that has seen a half dozen of the Iraqi city's most revered holy places destroyed.

Mosul residents said the Prophet Jirjis Mosque and Shrine was bombed and destroyed by the radical jihadist group. They spoke anonymously to The Associated Press for fear of reprisal.

The complex was built over the Quraysh cemetery in Mosul in the late 14th century, and included a small shrine dedicated to Nabi Jerjis, the Prophet George...

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Do not forget that the Wahabbi Saudi’s did the same in Mecca in the 1920’s.

Something puzzles me.  Why are there no outraged Muslims writing about this?  I have yet to see a single op-ed piece on it.

I can see that those living in Mosul are scared for their lives.  But why are Muslims in safety of the West not all over this?

It is like they cannot bring themselves to criticize other Muslims no matter what they do, aside from the pro forma statements about “rejecting terrorism.”

Can you imagine the uproar if a Western terror group started destroying historic places?  It would be a huge scandal. Yet Muslims are blandly accepting this.  Anyone else have an ideas why no one speaks out?


How "Five Old Men" Started the Roll-Back of Hiroshima Revisionism

From HNN:

In my own case, and following the books of these scholars, I produced a study in 1997 that examined the methodologies used to produce casualty estimates from the Enlightenment and American Revolution through World War II.

It included precisely what was estimated as the Pacific war came to its bloody conclusion, and a sort-of “who knew what-when” for Truman and his senior advisors.

Oddly, such a thing had not been produced before by a military historian, apparently because everyone alive when the war ended understood that a land invasion of Japan would have generated enormous casualties. No one had suspected that this was something that would later be seriously questioned. 

Said Dr. Michael DeBakey who put one of his students to work helping me locate certain documents: “It’s like having to prove that slamming someone’s head with a meat axe will kill him.”


France says ready to facilitate asylum for Iraq’s Christians

Christian women pray during Sunday mass at the Virgin Mary Chaldean church (Church of Our Lady of Sacred Heart) in the Karrada neighborhood of the capital Baghdad on July 27, 2014. AFP Photo

France said Monday it was ready to help facilitate asylum for Christians in Iraq displaced by a jihadist onslaught, saying it was “outraged” by their persecution.

Thousands of Christians and other minorities have fled the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and other areas after Islamic State insurgents led a sweep across Iraq’s north and west last month.
The militants had ordered Christian families to convert to Islam or leave the city, prompting the mass exodus.
“France is outraged by these abuses that it condemns with the utmost firmness,” Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a joint statement.

“We are ready, if they so desire, to help facilitate asylum on our territory,” they added.

“The ultimatum given to these communities in Mosul by ISIL (militants) is the latest tragic example of the terrible threat that jihadist groups in Iraq, but also in Syria and elsewhere, pose to these populations that are historically an integral part of this region.”


'Every time I hear that we live under a 'patriarchy...''

... I close my eyes, click my heels, snap my fingers, and wish that it were true.


And now... Europe’s Kristallnacht

They carried banners saying, "Stop Israeli State Terror," but some went off-message, deciding, apparently, that it did not matter if their targets were Israelis or not.

In the Netherlands, fresh from a pro-ISIS rally in Amsterdam, the home of the Chief Rabbi -- not Israeli, just Jewish -- was attacked twice in one week.

We live in a rightful disgust for racism of any kind. And yet here we see -- and nowhere more clearly than in Germany -- the new racist nightmare for Europe...


Muslims in India boycott Coke and Pepsi in silent protest against Gaza attacks

Members of the Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association have decided to take Coca-COla andPepsi off their shelves in a silent protest against Israel’s bombing of the Gaza Strip. Seen here is a street vendor selling Coca-Cola Co. products on a cart in New Delhi, Indiaa on July 28, 2012. Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

What’s his excuse, the evil traitorous street vendor? Not a Muslim, maybe...but he better watch out

NEW DELHI: A group of Muslim restaurant owners in Mumbai has boycotted American colas such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi, in protest against United States support of Israel during its recent attacks on the Gaza Strip.

The restaurateurs belong to the Chiliya community of Muslims, whose origins lie in the state of Gujarat and who run hundreds of eateries in Mumbai.

“We have taken a collective decision to boycott these products as a silent protest to the bombings that are killing so many innocent people, including children,” Omaer Sheikh, managing director of the Shalimar hotel, in Mumbai’s Muslim-dominated Bhendi Bazaar neighbourhood, told the Mumbai Mirror newspaper last week. “We will continue this protest until the bombings are stopped”...

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It would be nice to boycott something until the Hamas rockets and tunnels must stop.

But we cannot boycott things from Gaza since there is virtually nothing from Gaza to boycott.


Shocking racism: US official mistakes Indian-Americans for Indians from India

Whiteness Is Still a Proxy for Being American

<--Evil racists who don’t like Obama

Anyone can make a fool of himself. So it’s tempting to dismiss last Thursday’s mega-gaffe by Florida Representative Curt Clawson as indicative of nothing more than the fallibility of the human brain.

But think about the nature of Clawson’s goof. Sitting across a congressional hearing room from Nisha Biswal, an official at the State Department, and Arun Kumar, who works at the Department of Commerce, Clawson addressed the two Indian-Americans as if they were representatives of the government of India. Which is to say: He had trouble recognizing that two Americans who trace their ancestry to the developing world are really American.

In today’s Republican Party, and beyond, a lot of people are having the same trouble. How else to explain the fact that, according to a 2011 New York Times/CBS poll, 45% of Republicans think President Obama was born outside the United States? Is it because they’re well versed in the details of which kind of birth certificate he released and when? Of course not.

It’s because they see someone with his color skin and his kind of name and think: Doesn’t seem American to me...

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Let’s consider this scenario: An Englishman has moved to America and taken up US citizenship but still speaks with an English accent.  Some people who do not know him well make mistakes and think he is still a citizen of the UK.

Massive scandal, right?, I highly doubt it.

The search for “racism” and “white privilege” in every microscopic mistake is becoming ridiculous.

The left has been banging on about racism for decades now and instead of any improvement, they are doubling down and picking stupid things like this and making into a huge deal, which it is not.

This is despite the fact the people are in general less racist than when the whole game got started in the 1960’s.

It is a game we can never win.  The leftists, indeed, do not want to end it.  They want to keep on with their endless accusations.

It’s the like the hysteria over sexism and homophobia.  People have grown ever more tolerant yet the left simply will not shut up.


Shocka! Hundreds march in Dearborn, Michigan against Israeli crimes - World Socialist Web Site

As part of the global protests against Israel’s invasion of Gaza, hundreds of workers and young people attended a rally called by Muslim-American groups in front of the city hall in Dearborn, Michigan. Many came to express their outrage at Israeli war crimes as well as complicity of the US government in the ongoing slaughter...

The rally was held directly across the street from the Arab American National Museum. Many in the crowd led chants denouncing the war on Gaza including, “from the river to sea, Palestine will be free” and “Gaza, Gaza, don’t you cry, Palestine will never die.”

Islamic prayers in Arabic were sung, poems were read, and a moment of silence was held.

However, the political perspective of the organizers and many of the speakers was one of pressuring the Obama administration, which has backed the slaughter throughout.

Imam Mohammad Mardini, a religious leader from the American Muslim Center, called on the demonstrators to “pressure the decision makers to stop” the war and urge Secretary of State John Kerry to “stand tall against aggression.”

The general sentiment among the demonstrators was to the left of the speakers. Many were explicit that their hostility was not directed at Jews or the American people, but at Zionism and the governments of Netanyahu and Obama.

Many also called not just for a “two-state solution” but an end to nationalism in general.

Zana Makki and her sister Maya are students from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. “There is a second holocaust going on against the Palestinians.” Zana said. “We are saying no Anti-Semitism, just anti-Zionism. There is a lot of protest in Canada, on social media; it’s all over the world.”

“Instead of going to education, money is going to Israel’s military,” Zana said. When asked about anti-war protests in Israel she remarked, “I don’t think it’s the whole population of Israel that supports the invasion, just the government”...


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