Great Idea, Ibrahim Hooper!

"Please find something that CAIR has done or said in those 20 years that you find either extreme, objectionable, intolerant, whatever," Hooper said.


Letter to Jews in Ukraine fake but anti-Semitism is not

In Donetsk, Ukraine, masked men reportedly handed out a letter requiring Jews to register with the government, report all their property or they would lose their citizenship and be deported. Thankfully, by all accounts, the letter is a fake.
The fact that there is no official movement by the government to persecute the Jews in the Ukraine is a relief, however the anti-Semitism and urge to resort to the old familiar scapegoating does exist and is worrisome.

Who actually came up with this plan to harass the Jews of Donetsk?


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Freed terrorist: Israel interfered with my stamp-collecting

Issa Abd Rabbo speaks about the murder he committed during an interview on Ma’an TV

Palestinians have long accused Israel of a range of human rights violations. But recently freed Palestinian terrorist Issa Abd Rabbo came up with a new one - infringing on his philatelic rights while he was incarcerated, keeping him from attaining high quality stamps and “special albums.”

Abd Rabbo was released from an Israeli prison in October 2013 as part of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. He was serving two life sentences for murdering two Israelis, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, as they were hiking south of Jerusalem in 1984

Abd Rabbo happened upon the two university students as they rested under a pine tree. He tied them up at gunpoint, covered their heads with bags and fatally shot them both.

According to a Palestinian Media Watch translation, Abd Rabbo told Al Hayat al Jadida, a PA daily newspaper, in an April 8 interview, ‘I’m proud of the stamps I collected in prison, but it was difficult for me to pursue [my] hobby in prison, because there were many restrictions, few letters arrived, and the quality of the stamps. Prison also affects our hobbies, and I had no special albums to put the stamps in properly, so I put them in an envelope – the same one that left prison with me...’”


Weird Easter Traditions



Watch as Anti-NRA Protester Explains Why You Shouldn’t Be Able to Protect Yourself With a Gun If Your Life Is in Danger

Soon all the ugly, weird, geriatric hippies will be dead. Of course by then it will be too late.

via The Blaze

(Dan Joseph is hilarious, BTW.)


Iran gets an unlikely visitor, an American plane, but no one seems to know why

Despite complex trade rules against doing business with Iran, a corporate jet with a small American flag turned up in Tehran

President Obama has warned that Iran is not open for business, even as the United States has loosened some of its punishing economic sanctions as part of an interim nuclear pact.

Yet, on Tuesday morning, Iran had an unlikely visitor: a plane, owned by the Bank of Utah, a community bank in Ogden that has 13 branches throughout the state. Bearing a small American flag on its tail, the aircraft was parked in a highly visible section of Mehrabad Airport in Tehran.

But from there, the story surrounding the plane, and why it was in Iran — where all but a few United States and European business activities are prohibited — grows more mysterious.

While federal aviation records show the plane is held in a trust by the Bank of Utah, Brett King, one of its executives in Salt Lake City, said, “We have no idea why that plane was at that airport.”

He said that the Bank of Utah acted as a trustee for investors who have a financial stake in the plane and that the bank was investigating further.

UPDATE from Al-Monitor, thanks to Drunk by Noon.
The mystery of a US-registered plane spotted at a Tehran airport this week and reported on by the New York Times has apparently been solved.

The US-registered Bombardier corporate jet, carrying the registration number N604EP, is owned and operated by a Ghana-based engineering firm, an aviation expert said Friday. The visitors it bought to Iran last week were senior Ghanaian officials, an Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman said Friday.
The US plane seen in Iran was chartered by Ghanaian officials, no American was on board, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told Iranian media Friday, Mojtaba Mousavi and Shargh newspaper reported.

Tyler Bowron, an aviation expert at Cerretanni Aviation group in Boulder, Colorado, told Al-Monitor that the company that in fact owns and operates the plane is called Engineers and Planners, based in Accra, Ghana.

The Ghana firm “owns and operates” the plane, Bowron told Al-Monitor. “They are the owners of the airplane.” Bank of Utah, which is listed on Federal Aviation Agency documents as the trustee for the 22-seat corporate jet, “is just the trustee,” Bowron said. “They have nothing to do with it.”

The New York Times first reported Thursday on the mystery of the US “N-registered” plane seen by the paper at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport on Tuesday. The Blaze first reported Bowron’s identification of the Ghana firm that owns and operates the plane.
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There is no fun in Islam

Must be a couple of apostates.


Islamophobes show off severed Muslim heads

Oh wait a minute...


Avalanche kills 12 in single deadliest accident on Mount Everest

Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) -- A high-altitude avalanche Friday killed 12 Sherpa guides and seriously wounded three in the single deadliest accident on Mount Everest, officials said.

Four others are missing, said Madhu Sudan Burlakoti of Nepal's Tourism Ministry, adding that six people were injured in total.

A group of about 50 people, mostly Nepali Sherpas, were hit by the avalanche at more than 20,000 feet, said Tilak Ram Pandey of the ministry's mountaineering department.

The avalanche took place just above base camp in the Khumbu Ice Fall.

The climbers were accounted for, Pandey said. "Rescue teams have gone ... to look for the missing..."


UK: Ed Miliband calls in Obama's election guru David Axelrod to lead 2015 campaign, spells his name wrong

Labour website misspells new strategic adviser's name - it named his as Alexrod, instead of Axelrod

Labour have hired a spin doctor credited with masterminding Barack Obama’s election victories but in an embarrassing blunder misspelled his name on the press release announcing his appointment.

David Axelrod, a former top political adviser to Bill Clinton who helped propel the current US President into the White House and keep him there, confirmed his surprise new job with the Labour Party last night.

In a brief interview yesterday Mr Axelrod indicated he had signed up to Ed Miliband’s message about the ‘cost of living crisis’ and believed the Labour leader had a chance of winning next year’s General Election.

The move will be seen in some quarters as a last roll of the dice for Mr Miliband, whose lead in the polls has fallen in recent weeks...


U.S. extends Keystone XL comment period, delaying final decision

(Reuters) - The U.S. State Department announced on Friday it is extending the government comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline, a move that likely postpones a final decision on the controversial project until after the November 4 mid-term elections.

President Barack Obama has said he will make a final decision on whether to allow the pipeline connecting Canada's oil sands region to Texas refiners and several government agencies had been given until the end of May to weigh in. This had raised expectations of a final decision by mid-year.

However on Friday officials cited uncertainty stemming from a dispute in Nebraska over the proposed route of the pipeline as reason to keep the federal agency comment period open longer, throwing into doubt the timing of a project that has been awaiting a U.S. permit for more than five years...


Does traditional college debate reinforce white privilege?

Members of the Wiley College debate team present arguments during a practice session

It used to be that if you went to a college-level debate tournament, the students you’d see would be bookish future lawyers from elite universities, most of them white. In matching navy blazers, they’d recite academic arguments for and against various government policies. It was tame, predictable, and, frankly, boring.

No more.
“Separating debate is a bad move,” she said. “With the increase in minority participation came a range of different types of argument and perspectives, not just from the people who are in debate, but the kind of scholarship we bring in.” Her debate partner Ameena Ruffin agreed: “For them to tell us that we can’t bring our personal experience, it would literally be impossible. Not just for black people—it is true of everyone. We are always biased by who we are in any argument.”

Liberal law professors have been making this point for decades. “Various procedures—regardless of whether we're talking about debate formats or law—have the ability to hide the subjective experiences that shape these seemingly ‘objective’ and ‘rational’ rules,” said UC Hastings Law School professor Osagie Obasogie, who teaches critical race theory. “This is the power of racial subordination: making the viewpoint of the dominant group seem like the only true reality...”

h/t Rosenmops


Mohammed Whitaker - Suspect in KC-area highway shooting charged with 18 counts in 9 incidents

Mohammed Whitaker, suspect in the Kansas City-area highway shootings, is charged with 18 felony counts covering nine incidents, Jackson County's prosecutor said Friday. Two counts are "A" felonies alleging he shot someone by firing into a motor vehicle. Seven are "B" felonies alleging he fired into a motor vehicle. The other nine counts accuse him of armed criminal action, Jean Peters Baker said.

h/t Bob


US: Regulating hateful speech won’t stop hateful crimes

First the terrible crime, then the terrible idea. In the wake of the Overland Park shooting spree of April 13, in which a neo-Nazi killed three people at a Jewish Community Center and a Jewish retirement home near Kansas City, the notion is being floated, yet again, that we might be able to stop such crimes if only we were less rigid about the Bill of Rights.

The shooter, who has gone by various names over the years but has usually been known as Glenn Miller, has a long history as a vocal white supremacist and anti-Semite.

This background prompted Emily Bazelon to write an essay in Slate headlined “A History of Hate” and subtitled “Could anything have been done to stop Frazier Glenn Miller?” Miller, she notes, posted frequently on Vanguard News Network, a website so drenched in malice toward nonwhites and Jews that it makes Stormfront look like Shalom Sesame.

Comparing America's legal tolerance for hateful speech with the more restrictive rules found in many other nations, Bazelon writes: “If you think we have the balance wrong, you have company...


Pakistan: Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) names library after Osama bin Laden

In this picture taken 28 March 2007, shows cleric Abdul Aziz (2-R) surrounded by guards as he stands on a roof of the Lal Masjid during a protest in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Jamia Hafsa, a religious school for women in the Pakistani capital Islamabad connected to the notorious Lal Masjid has renamed its library in honour of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The seminary is run by controversial hardline cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz, the imam of the city's Lal Masjid (Red Mosque), once infamous as a hideout for hardliners with alleged militant links.

A student leaves a library named after slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at a Jamia Hafsa seminary in Islamabad on April 17, 2014

The mosque was the scene of a week-long military siege against radicals during former military ruler Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s regime in 2007 which left more than 100 people dead and unleashed a wave of terrorist attacks across Pakistan.

Now the Jamia Hafsa seminary connected to it has named its small library, stocking Islamic texts, in honour of bin Laden, who masterminded the 9/11 attacks in the United States...


Blogwrath attended Rob Ford's Campaign launch

Looks like a fun time was had by all.


Scenarios of possible Canadian involvement in Syria revealed

Soldiers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad pose with their weapons as they celebrating taking control of al-Sakhra village.

Internal documents obtained by a Canadian newspaper show that Ottawa has drawn up at least five scenarios in which it could be involved in the three-year Syrian conflict, including the deployment of Canadian Forces.

The Ottawa Citizen paper said on Monday that while Canada’s federal government has no official plans so far for the country to be dragged in the conflict, the National Defense has developed five scenarios to address the problem of “rapidly deteriorating conditions in Syria, its impact on neighboring countries and … the importance of Middle East stability.”

Military intervention is included in one of the potential scenarios, per the existence of is “a legitimate armed opposition group has been recognized” by Canada.

The scenarios rest on the several assumptions, such as the Syrian government remains “defiant,” and include possible outcomes for each plan, including those “most likely” and the “worst case...”


Teachers are the sort of people who shouldn't be allowed near kids

I ain't no fancy big-city psychiatrist (thank God), but I'm sure of this: telling a child that s/he is not allowed to feel anger is a spectacularly efficient way to f*ck him/her up.

I mean really, what is with these weirdos and "bullying" all of a sudden?


Cody Wilson: Happiness is a 3-D Printed Gun

"Legal encapsulation is not effectively possible," declares Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed, makers of the world's first gun made via 3D printing technology. "So it's fun to kind of challenge the state to greater and greater levels of its own hyper-statism."


I really feel like knife skills – not just in the kitchen, but in life – are really critical. — Timothy Ferriss

Humans have survived and become the dominant species on Earth as they are living, intelligent beings who apply their ingenuity in making and using tools. From the Stone Age on, humans fashioned an array of tools, of which blades were and are a primary implement. In the Stone Age, there were individuals who mastered the craft of knapping flint to form knives, spears and arrowheads for hunting and butchering game. In time, humans mastered metallurgy, fashioning knives, swords, spears and arrowheads first from bronze and finally iron. In ancient Mesoamerica, Mayans, Aztecs, Incas, fashioned blades from obsidian. In the present day, knives are mostly made from a blend of carbon steel and stainless steel. Knives are a common household item found in the kitchens in every home. Together with their use as common household items, knives are still used for hunting and warfare. With a sharp edge and pointed tip, the knife has to be handled with care. It can inflict a nasty wound if handled carelessly or with malice.


Pope washes feet of disabled, including elderly Muslim

Pope Francis (L) kisses the foot of a man as he performs a traditional ceremony as part of the Holy Week on April 17, 2014 in Rome.

Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen elderly and disabled people including a Libyan Muslim during an Easter ritual in Rome on Thursday imitating Jesus Christ’s humility.

The 77-year-old bent down with difficulty to wash and kiss the feet of the nine Italians and three foreigners aged between 16 and 86 years old at the Don Carlo Gnocchi foundation’s Santa Maria della Provvidenza centre.

Francis arrived in a Ford Focus to cheers from crowds and stopped to speak with elderly and disabled people gathered at the center’s modern Church in Rome’s suburbs, before picking up a silver urn of water and a white towel, and kneeling in front of the chosen 12.


Honey Badger Don't Care For ChowTory - How Toronto Mayor Rob Ford could win again

Ford supporters are just like Honey Badger, we hate Toronto's leftist council spendthrifts so much We don't Care. 


TorStar: Human smuggler or modern-day Robin Hood?

ISTANBUL—In the Aksaray neighbourhood of Istanbul, in one of the countless Turkish coffee shops crammed into one of the countless winding streets, you can meet with Abo Khalil and buy your new identity.
He began our meeting by voicing his negative opinion of western governments. The West, he says, has stood by complicit and watched as Syrians have engaged in a bloody civil war that has left more than 150,000 dead and displaced millions. Another 180,000 are missing inside Syrian prisons.

If America and Canada won’t help stop the conflict, at least they could open their borders to Syrians and offer them all asylum, not just the educated ones, he argues.
“Your governments — America and Canada — your leaders, they are warlords. They operate like the mafia, but with permission,” says Khalil, a Syrian...

h/t Marty P


Idiot Oxford City Councillor apologises after Passion Play it 'mistook for live sex show' is cancelled

The council’s licensing team leader, Julian Alison, said he was sorry this year's event had been cancelled, the Oxford Times reported.

“I would like to apologise for a wrong decision that I made late on Friday afternoon in relation to the planned Passion Play on Cowley Road,” he said.


FBI uncovers Al-Qaeda plot to just sit back and enjoy collapse of United States [satire]

A recent al-Qaeda video shows a militant training to carry out his mission of lying back and watching America’s status as a superpower erode

WASHINGTON—Putting the nation on alert against what it has described as a “highly credible terrorist threat,” the FBI announced today that it has uncovered a plot by members of al-Qaeda to sit back and enjoy themselves while the United States collapses of its own accord.

Multiple intelligence agencies confirmed that the militant Islamist organization and its numerous affiliates intend to carry out a massive, coordinated plan to stand aside and watch America’s increasingly rapid decline, with terrorist operatives across the globe reportedly mobilizing to take it easy, relax, and savor the spectacle as it unfolds...

h/t to...I can’t remember, leave a comment


Video - Well targetted mortar round...I think he lost more than his hat



Alabama State Rep. Alvin Holmes (D) who said Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is an ‘Uncle Tom’ for being married to a white woman believes men should be allowed to marry mules

Alabama State Rep. Alvin Holmes

I’m for same-sex marriage. I’m the one that introduced the bill to have same-sex marriage. I don’t care who marry [sic] who.

If a man meet[s] a little mule and he wanna get married to the little mule, as long as he and the little mule get along all right, that’s fine with me. It doesn’t bother me any kind of way.

I think Justice Thomas on the United States Supreme Court is an Uncle Tom.

A black man allowed himself to be used to carry the message of a white man, which is against the interests of black people in America. In my opinion, that’s an Uncle Tom. In my opinion, Clarence Thomas is a very prolific Uncle Tom...

h/t *✿*Blueburb*✿*


Anti-Semitic Violence, Neo-Nazis and the Anti-Israel Left

A Neo-Nazi site might seem like a surprising place for a Nation Institute fellow, but there was plenty of overlap between VNN and the Anti-Israel left when it came to the Jewish State. It would be easy to dismiss the collision between the radical son of Bill Clinton’s senior advisor and a violent extremist, but the popularity of Blumenthal’s work at VNN was not accidental.

Blumenthal is mentioned over 300 times at VNN; mostly for his attacks on Jews and Israel. VNN members eagerly ate up Blumenthal’s conspiracy theories about Israel and every bit of negative reporting about Jews. One Blumenthal video even suggested that Rabbis were plotting to kill non-Jewish children.


Rev. Franklin Graham: Those who want to practice Sharia law, ‘go back to where you came from’

“And I would say to Muslims in this country, if they want to practice Shariah law, go back to where you came from, to those nations that recognize Shariah law,” Graham said. “But we have our own laws here.”


Happy Easter! Muslim-majority nations are doing to followers of Jesus what they did to the Jews.

The Middle East may be the birthplace of three monotheistic religions, but some Arab nations appear bent on making it the burial ground for one of them.

 For 2,000 years, Christian communities dotted the region, enriching the Arab world with literature, culture and commerce. At the turn of the 20th century, Christians made up 26% of the Middle East's population. Today, that figure has dwindled to less than 10%. Intolerant and extremist governments are driving away the Christian communities that have lived in the Middle East since their faith was born.

h/t TON


Can we ditch Multiculturalism already? - Alleged Canadian citizen, Mahmoud Ahmed Abdou reported killed in Syria

The Syrian army reported (April 8, 2014) that military forces operating in the southern rural area of the district of Idlib (ريف إدلب الجنوبي) in the villages of al-Hamidiya (الحميدية) and Kufr Sajanah (كفرسجنة), managed to kill several insurgents, including the following foreigners: the Turkish Ali Ibrahim (علي إبراهيم), the Afghans Taysir Muhammad al-Hamed (تيسير محمد الحامد), Yahya Mahmoud al-Namal (يحيى محمود النمل) and Ahmed Nimr al-Shawish (أحمد نمر الشاويش), the Canadian Mahmoud Ahmed Abdou (محمود أحمد عبدو) and the Chadian Juma’a Ali Hubaish (جمعة علي حبيش). Three other persons, most probably Syrian nationals, were also reported killed in this operation: Ahmed Omar Bakour (أحمد عمر بكور), Tard Musarat (طرد مصرات) and Ahmed Muhammad Alwani (أحمد محمد علواني).

Source link using Google translate - "The source said that the units of the Army and Armed Forces ruled on a number of foreign terrorists by targeting their hideouts in Hamidiya and Kvrsjna Idleb countryside south.

The source said that among the terrorists killed Ali Ibrahim Turkish nationality and facilitating Mohammed Hamed and Yahya Mahmoud ants and Ahmad Nimer Shawish "Afghans" and Mahmoud Ahmed Abdo Canadian citizenship and F Ali Hubaysh Chadian nationality..."


Interviewing Kathy Shaidle About Her New Ebook, “Confessions of A Failed Slut”

John Hawkins interviews K here.

Captain Capitalism here.

Redmond Weissenberger here.


JDL Hosts Moshe Feiglin May 6 2014

Details and tickets here.


Canada concerned about Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Canada on Thursday said it was concerned about the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt following the military-backed ouster of President Mohamed Mursi last July Al Arabiya reported


Thai plot foiled: Hezbollah-linked man planned to attack Israelis


The poster girls for jihad: Interpol searches for two Austrian teens 'who went to Syria to fight for Islamic rebels'

Interpol is searching for two Austrian teenage girls who they believe were tricked into going to Syria to fight for Islamist rebels.

Samra Kesinovic, 16, and Sabina Selimovic, 15, vanished from their homes in Vienna on April 10.

But the first hint their parents received as to where the girls might have gone was a spate of social media posts claiming they had gone to fight a 'holy war'.

Sorry parents but your girls are now the "Holy Whores" of Mohammed.


Report - Alleged Canadian Khaled al-Qazzaz arrested in Egypt was under surveillance by intelligence agencies

Egyptian born Khaled Adly Mustafa al-Qazzaz (خالد عدلي مصطفى القزاز) studied engineering in Canada and obtained Canadian citizenship before returning to Egypt. It was reported that during his stay in Canada Khaled al-Qazzaz was under surveillance of the Canadian and American intelligence agencies.


Party Drug Boy Smitherman Applies For Pot Farm License

It’s no joke: Ex-health minister George Smitherman, a retired deputy chief and a Markham druggist are applying to open a medical marijuana facility in Durham Region.


'My son is a martyr,' says father of British teenager, 18, killed as he fought 'jihad' in Syria with his two brothers, 16 and 20

A British teenager whose uncle was held at Guantanamo Bay has died while fighting in Syria


Happy Easter! Rate of Christian girls abducted and attacked by extremists on the rise in Egypt

Young Christian women are facing a greater risk of being kidnapped by extremists, tortured, and even forced to convert to Islam since the Arab Spring ended in 2011.

This year already has seen a spike in the incidents, according to a report by the non-profit advocacy group International Christian Concern. It has been estimated by the ICC and other watchdog groups in the region that there have been 500 reported cases of young women being attacked by Muslim men since 2011, but unreported cases could send the figure much higher.

h/t Del




Alleged Canadian teenager arrested in Egypt, suspected of being a member of a “terrorist cell”

Jonathan Halevi reports...

"According the media report, the Egyptian Police arrested Muhammad Z. (محمد. ز), 20, student at Faculty of Law in Cairo University and Suliman M. (سليمان.م), 15, Canadian national, student at the middle school Azhari Sheikh Zayed Institute for Boys (معهد الشيخ زايد الأزهري), who lives in neighborhood no. 6 ward no. 2 (الحي السادس المجاورة 2) in 6th of October City. In their possession were found 4 tear gas, a gas mask, several banners of the sign of “fourth”, and membership card of the Freedom and Justice Party (Muslim Brotherhood) that belonged to his father (probably Suliman’s father)."

h/t Sassy


UK: Multiculturalism vs. Islamism

In the West, the Arabization of Muslim communities has occurred with government assistance, which, through imposed policies of multiculturalism in the name of diversity, has effected the destruction of South Asian culture.

h/t Waffle


Why Westernized Muslims Become 'Radicalized'

A new Danish statistical study finds that “Muslims [are] 218 percent more criminal in second generation than first.” While some of these crimes are clearly related to Islam – such as attackson Muslim apostates to Christianity – others, such as rampant theft against non-Muslims, would appear banal, until one realizes that even robbery and plunder are justified by Islamic doctrine– as one U.K. Muslim cleric onceclearly said.

The interesting question here is why second-generation Muslims, who are presumably more Westernized than their Muslim parents, are also more “radical.” Lest one dismiss this phenomenon as a product of economics or some other “grievance” against European host nations, the fact is, even in America, where Muslims are much better assimilated than in Europe, young Muslims are turning to “radicalism.”


Wynne’s libel claims filled with political and legal risks, experts say

In the Yellow Pages of libel lawyers, you can do worse than Mark J. Freiman, former deputy Attorney General of Ontario. As an authority on the legal proscription of hate and contempt, there are few better.

But the gambit he launched by filing a libel suit on behalf of Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, alleging she was unfairly exposed to public ridicule and contempt by Progressive Conservative Opposition Leader Tim Hudak, is unusually risky to his high-profile client. Like many libel claims by politicians, it risks ridicule itself.


“Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine”

Jews emerging from a synagogue (in Donetsk) say they were handed leaflets... (by) pro-Russian militants who have taken over a government office in an attempt to make Ukraine part of Russia, ...(ordering) the city's Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated".


Egyptian Magazine: 'The Jews Can Rejoice In Their Holidays Only If They Eat Matza Laced With The Blood Of Non-Jews'

"The draining of the victims' blood is done in [several ways. One method is] by means of a barrel lined with needles. This is a barrel the size of the victim's body, with sharp needles that stick into all his limbs when he is placed in it, so that his blood slowly trickles down from every part of his body. This entails excruciating torment, which gives pleasure to the Jews who become drunk with joy at the sight of the blood..."

Along with being an evil moron,
Firnas Havzi has Josephus all wrong.


Evening post: Giraffes at sunset

The sun sets on the savannah after six days of constant rain - creating a radiant pink cloud above a small herd of giraffe in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.  Picture: Michael Poliza


Equal ≠ The Same: Sex Differences in the Human Brain

For a long time, for most aspects of brain function, sex influences hardly mattered to the neuroscience mainstream. The only sex differences that concerned most neuroscientists involved brain regions (primarily a deep-brain structure called the hypothalamus) that regulate both sex hormones and sexual behaviours.

Neuroscientists almost completely ignored possible sex influences on other areas of the brain, assuming that the sexes shared anything that was fundamental when it came to brain function.

Conversely, the neuroscience mainstream viewed any apparent sex differences in the brain as not fundamental - something to be understood after they grasped the fundamental facts. By this logic, it was not a problem to study males almost exclusively, since doing so supposedly allowed researchers to understand all that was fundamental in females without having to consider the complicating aspects of female hormones. To this day, neuroscientists overwhelmingly study only male animals.

To make matters worse, studying sex differences in the brain was for a long time distasteful to large swaths of academia.

Regarding sex differences research, Gloria Steinem once said that it's “anti-American, crazy thinking to do this kind of research.” Indeed, in about the year 2000, senior colleagues strongly advised me against studying sex differences because it would “kill” my career...

h/t hbd* chick


NATO member Turkey ‘seeking free trade deal with Iran’

Turkish PM Erdogan and Iranian President Rouhani

Turkey has started to work on a deal with Iran to ease business between the two nations with the ultimate goal of having a full free-trade agreement, Turkey's Development Minister has said.

Speaking at a business forum in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Wednesday, Cevdet Yilmaz said: “The two countries complement each other. Turkey is the gateway for Iran to the west and Iran is to the east for Turkey.

“If the two nations cooperate more, it has the potential to affect the entire region. We can use this potential more accurately by not only increasing trade between two nations, but also by increasing mutual investments - especially in the fields of tourism and services.”

He said bilateral trade last year was about US$15 billion - down from US$22 billion in 2012.

“This was due to the unfair embargos and sanctions against Iran. Rouhani's government will solve these problems with international initiatives. I want to emphasize that Turkey was with Iran in the difficult times, and it will be with Iran in the easy times,” he said...


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Singing nun strikes again with 80s classic


Former CST boss will help Tell Mama battle Islamophobia

Former CST chief executive Richard Benson

British Jewry’s leading communal security expert has explained why he felt obliged to help a Muslim group tackle Islamophobia.

Richard Benson, who retired as chief executive of the Community Security Trust last year after 12 years at the helm, was appointed co-chair of the Tell Mama group this week.

Tell Mama — the Mama stands for “measuring anti-Muslim attacks” — was set up to help British Muslims report discrimination and monitor incidents in a similar way to the CST’s recording of antisemitism. CST has worked closely with the group.

Mr Benson said Fiyaz Mughal, the anti-extremist campaigner who helped set up the group, had approached him to help take Tell Mama “to the next level, to have more success and ensure it has a future”.

“They wanted professional support and that’s why I considered it,” said Mr Benson. “I wanted to be a co-chair with someone from the Muslim community and that’s being finalised now. This won’t be a Muslim organisation led by someone from the Jewish community. My role is to take the expertise I’ve got from CST and give those tools to Tell Mama.”

In the part-time voluntary, role, Mr Benson will concentrate on forming an advisory board and recruiting trustees. Efforts will also be made to secure donations from the Muslim community.

Mr Benson, who remains on CST’s board, said: “I took this on in the best interests of the Jewish community as well. I felt this was part of the work CST does with engaging in other communities. It is part of our obligation to help.”

Mr Mughal was last year engaged in a legal battle with an Israel supporter who he claimed had defamed him on Twitter. He threatened the Jewish woman with libel proceedings after she allegedly criticised Tell Mama on the social networking site...


When Muslims renounce their faith

Turning away from Islam? No, she couldn't discuss the subject now, Minna Ahadi said quietly. The phone line faded in and out as her train went from one patchy wireless coverage area to the next. Yet it was not the bad connection that made Ahadi reluctant, but the subject. In a few hours she would be home, where she could talk openly. "But now, in the train, I cannot."

Later, back in her apartment, she apologizes and explains that she does not feel safe when she uses her name or the term "ex-Muslims" in public - even in Germany. She believes this fear is justified: Ahadi continues to receive anonymous letters threatening to shoot her, or warning she will die in a car accident.


Kassim Alhimidi Found Guilty in Honor Killing of Wife Shaima Alawadi

Shaima Alawadi was brutally murdered by her husband Kassim Alhimidi for seeking a divorce. Yet Alhimidi was smart enough to use the media's obsession with "Islamophobia" to deflect attention from his guilt.



But groggy... got back this afternoon, promptly collapsed, just woke up...

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Trojan horse: Letter to the editor of the UK Times

Sir, The alleged “trojan horse” plot in Birmingham is an instance of the problems arising from Britain being a multifaith society and attendant high levels of segregation by religion across the country (“More schools are investigated over claims of Islamic takeover”, Apr 15).

Claims include the segregation of girls from boys, the withdrawal of girls from sex education, PE and music lessons, the treatment of female staff and bullying of non-Muslim staff. That Mark Rogers, the city council’s chief executive, seems unworried by these phenomena — because they do not demonstrate “radicalisation” — is worrying.

These phenomena are already present in faith schools, and religious free schools, such as Al Madinah Free School, Derby, and Madani High School, Leicester, (where an advert for a science teacher stated that only men need apply).

The Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, stressing that “we are a Christian nation”,  only invites faith groups to retort “We are most definitely not”.

For these religious-ethnic minorities, faith is by far the most important determinant of identity, and “leaders” of these groups do everything they can to ensure their flock remains wedded to beliefs and customs of their religion and culture. So, the “trojan horses” in Birmingham schools are no surprise — they flow from misguided government policies.

Dr Rumy Hasan
University of Sussex


Turkey greets Twitter delegation with a list of demands

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has tried to block Twitter in his country, despite having more than 4 million followers

ISTANBUL — Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has called Twitter “the worst menace to society” and a tool of foreign conspirators. For good measure, he has also accused it of evading taxes.

After ordering the social media site to be blocked in March, he reluctantly turned it back on for Turkey’s millions of Internet users two weeks ago, only because the country’s highest court demanded that he do so. But his office has stopped posting Twitter messages in his name, even though he has 4.2 million followers, almost as many as the White House.

That was the atmosphere that a delegation of Twitter officials stepped into when it arrived in Ankara, the capital, this week for a series of meetings with Turkish officials to smooth things over.

The Turks came to the table with a list of demands: that Twitter open an office in Turkey, that it reveal the identities of those posting leaks from a continuing corruption investigation, and that it pay taxes on revenue it earns from advertising in Turkey.

Twitter agreed to prevent some posts from being seen in Turkey, although they will still be viewable in other parts of the world. It will not, however, open an office in Turkey, although it did appoint a local representative to handle complaints from the Turkish government. The company did not comment on the government’s request for user identifications, but in the past, Twitter has refused to provide Internet data that would allow a government to identify a user.

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Turkey’s EU minister calls for ‘realism’ from the EU: Stop being so racist and xenophobic

Turkey’s EU minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu

Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s EU minister, has asked for “sincerity” and “realism” from the EU in regards to the opening of new chapters for Turkey’s accession to the 28-member bloc.

The chapters form the basis of accession negotiations for each country to the EU. They focus areas which require reforms in order to meet the accession conditions.

“Preventing the opening of Chapters 23 and 24 on ‘judiciary and fundamental rights’ and “justice, freedom and security’ respectively for which Turkey has been criticized is not a realistic and sincere approach,” Cavusoglu said at the EU-Turkey town twinning conference held in Ankara Monday.

Cavusoglu said the EU-Turkey Town Twinning Project was a cultural activity and would help overcome prejudices in the EU, adding that “today, one of the biggest problems of the EU is racism and xenophobia.”

“35 towns from 18 EU countries are here today with representatives from 20 provinces in Turkey to discuss what kind of projects they could be conducting together,” Cavusoglu continued...


Brunei introduces death penalty for declaring oneself a non-Muslim

Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque: with stone boat in the lagoon (a replica of a 16th-century mahligai barge).

Geneva (AFP) - The UN human rights office on Friday criticised Brunei's planned introduction of the death penalty for a raft of new offences, as part of a shift to harsh Islamic punishments in the oil-rich sultanate.

"We are deeply concerned about the revised penal code in Brunei Darussalam, due to come into force later this month, which stipulates the death penalty for numerous offences," said Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN high commissioner for human rights.

He told reporters these offences include rape, adultery, sodomy, extramarital sexual relations for Muslims, but also crimes such as robbery and murder.

The death sentence could also be imposed for defamation of the Prophet Mohammed, insulting any verses of the Koran and Hadith, blasphemy, and declaring oneself a prophet or non-Muslim, he said.

"Application of the death penalty for such a broad range of offences contravenes international law," he added.

Brunei has not carried out any executions since 1957, but Colville said that rather than adding new capital crimes to its books, the sultanate should be working to abolish the death penalty outright.

Brunei's all-powerful Sultan, Hassanal Bolkiah, announced last October that the country would phase in Islamic sharia law punishments such as flogging and death by stoning...


Iran says it’s entitled to enrich uranium to 90%

Bushehr reactor

Iran’s nuclear chief asserted that the Islamic Republic has the right to enrich uranium to 90% grade. He said Tehran was only voluntarily limiting enrichment to 5% percent, based on its interim nuclear deal with the P5+1 powers.

“Firstly, we believe that we are entitled to any right that any Non-Proliferation Treaty and [International Atomic Energy] Agency member has, which means that enrichment from 1% to 90% is our right,” Ali Akbar Salehi said in an interview Sunday, according to a translation provided by the Iranian Fars News network.

Salehi, who serves as the Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, added that his country was also considering building four more nuclear power plants in the coming years, with the help of Russian experts.

In a separate interview, Salehi raised concerns for the fate of the country’s only running atomic power plant amid talks with the West about a final deal to curb Tehran’s controversial nuclear program, a newspaper reported on Monday...


Survey: Most Arabs want more censorship of film and TV

The majority of Arabs want tighter censorship of films and TV shows, according to a six-nation poll.

Around 69% of respondents felt there should be greater regulation of romantic content, while 74% said more should be done about on-screen violence, according to a survey by Northwestern University in Qatar in partnership with the Doha Film Institute.

68% of respondents said films or other entertainment programs should be banned altogether if they are found offensive.

Most of those surveyed said Arab films and television are good for morality, while just 15% said the same about films from the United States. Over a third said they thought Hollywood films and TV shows are harmful for morality...


Saudi conservatives protest against Westernization

Photo from al-Hayat

(Reuters) - Saudi Arabian conservatives have staged a rare protest outside the Royal Court in Riyadh against "Westernizing" reforms including moves to allow physical education for schoolgirls, local media reported on Thursday.

Photographs in the Saudi edition of pan-Arab daily al-Hayat showed dozens of men in traditional garb walking towards the court, the seat of government, and sitting on the grass outside as they demonstrated against social change.

Last week the consultative Shoura Council decided to urge the government to look into allowing sports classes for girls in state schools, something that many conservatives have long opposed. Most private schools for girls already offer physical education.

Some powerful clerics, conservatives and their supporters fear the kingdom is losing its Islamic values in favor of Western ideas.

In Saudi Arabia, women are banned from driving and must gain the approval of a male "guardian" to work, open a bank account, travel abroad or even to undergo some forms of voluntary surgery.

The newspaper quoted one of the men as saying they had come to the Royal Court to meet officials and discuss decisions that they regarded as a step towards Westernization, particularly the move towards allowing girls' sports classes...

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I think this is al-Hayat article (in Arabic) here.  The home page for al-Hayat is here.


When Muslims renounce their faith

Fearing ostracism by their family, or even death, many former Muslims keep their disbelief secret. A German organization offers support to people who leave Islam for another religion, or for none.

Turning away from Islam? No, she couldn't discuss the subject now, Minna Ahadi said quietly. The phone line faded in and out as her train went from one patchy wireless coverage area to the next. Yet it was not the bad connection that made Ahadi reluctant, but the subject. In a few hours she would be home, where she could talk openly. "But now, in the train, I cannot."

Later, back in her apartment, she apologizes and explains that she does not feel safe when she uses her name or the term "ex-Muslims" in public - even in Germany. She believes this fear is justified: Ahadi continues to receive anonymous letters threatening to shoot her, or warning she will die in a car accident.

The reason is that in 2007, Ahadi was one of the founders of the Central Council of Ex-Muslims, an association for people in Germany who have renounced their Islamic faith. By doing this, she says, she wanted to take a "provocative stand" against the label "Muslim," which is applied almost automatically to immigrants from Arab countries - regardless of whether they are now Christian, atheist, or indeed Muslim...


Israel: Palestinians stockpiling rocks inside al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli police clash with Palestinians outside the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem on April 16, 2014

Israeli security officials said on Wednesday evening that they would ultimately have to force their way into al-Aqsa mosque, atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, because hundreds of young Palestinian men are now routinely stockpiling large quantities of rocks and slabs of stone there to attack security forces.

The unnamed officials, quoted by Israel’s Channel 2 news, were speaking hours after dozens of Palestinian protesters and an Israeli policeman were wounded on the Mount when clashes broke out soon after the holy site was opened to Jewish visitors on Wednesday morning.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Palestinians threw “stones and firecrackers” at police when they opened the walled compound’s gates.

Police responded with stun grenades, Rosenfeld said, and closed the complex to the Jewish visitors after a small number had toured the site...


More kuffarphobia: Displaced Syrian Christians dream of return to Maaloula

A general view taken on April 14, 2014 shows the destroyed Al-Safir hotel in the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, northeast of Damascus

In the Bab Tuma district of Syria's capital Damascus, Fadi Mayal dreams of returning home to the ancient Christian town of Maaloula which was retaken by government forces this week.

But he and many other residents chased out when rebel forces including jihadists entered the town in September fear it may still be too early to go back.

The Syrian army recaptured Maaloula on Monday, saying it had restored "security and stability" to the picturesque hamlet where 5,000 people lived before the war began in March 2011.

“I would love to go back and celebrate Easter there, but it's still a bit early,” said Mayalm in the capital's Christian district of Bab Tuma.

“I’ll go back, that's for sure. My father is buried there,” added the 42-year-old building contractor.

“But there are still sleeper cells in Maaloula...”

On Monday, as the army worked to recapture the town, three employees of Al-Manar, the television channel of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, were killed there.

An AFP correspondent who was in the town on Monday saw widespread destruction.

The Al-Safir hotel, which rebels had used as a base, was almost completely destroyed, its facade collapsed.

Downhill from the hotel, the Mar Sarkis Greek Catholic monastery was also damaged, its walls pierced by mortar rounds, and icons and other religious objects strewn on the ground inside...


Tunisian Hackers Threaten the U.S. with "Week of Horror" in July


Kathleen Wynne is trying to sue her opposition into silence.


David Cameron says Britain should be ‘confident about status as Christian country’

Prime Minister David Cameron, is pictured speaking at the Conservative Party Spring Forum in central London earlier this month

David Cameron called on Christians to be ‘more evangelical’ about their faith last night as he admitted he has felt the ‘healing power’ of the Church.

In an Easter article for the Church Times, the Prime Minister said Christians should be ‘more confident’ in talking up their beliefs.

Blending his faith and his pet political project the Big Society, Mr Cameron asked Christians to volunteer and ‘get out there and make a difference to people’s lives’...


Islamist rebel head killed in Syria, watchdog says

Members of the Jabhat al-Nusra organization, which is an affiliate of al-Qaeda and one of the stronger opposition groups in Syria

BEIRUT — Jihadist militants of the Islamist State of Iraq and the Levant have killed the head of the Al-Nusra Front and his family in northern Syria, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a four-man ISIL unit killed Abu Mohammed al-Ansari, his wife, daughter, brother and niece in a house in Ras al-Hosn late on Tuesday.

Ansari headed the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front in Idlib province.

His killing was the latest since January in clashes between the two extremist groups as they strive for supremacy in areas of northern Syria under rebel control.

The Observatory said that after Tuesday’s murders, Al-Nusra fighters killed one attacker and captured two more, while the fourth blew himself up...


Al-Qaeda leadership seen holding bold meeting in open

A large contingent of al-Qaeda fighters were videotaped meeting in the Yemen desert for a conclave aimed at strategizing for the future and rallying their ranks.

The video of the rendezvous, which was released onto Jihadi web forums and screened on CNN this week, shows a large group of armed men seemingly unconcerned by the possibility that they might be targeted from the air.

Many of the terror group’s leadership in Yemen have been targeted by American drones, making the meeting, with a number of high-ranking terrorists, all the more extraordinary.

In the video, the fighters are greeted by the man considered al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, according to a CNN report. Although some of the more than 100 al-Qaeda operatives in the video kept their faces covered, Wuhayshi is clearly seen as he addresses the men. The footage was edited in places to blur out the faces of some of those present, to hide their identities.

As he speaks to the gathering, Wuhayshi is seen labeling the US as a target for destruction.

“We must eliminate the cross,” he said. “The bearer of the cross is America!”


Sweden: Muslims set up homemade traffic control, stopped cars in Skäggetorp

Police have received indications that criminals have set up their own roadblocks in connection with the riots in Skäggetorp.

According to Thomas Agnevik, police spokesman, there is evidence that criminals have stopped the car in Skäggetorp both Sunday night and Monday night. This was reportedly on Nygårdsvägen, at the entrance to Skäggetorps center.

“It’s very serious, of course, people are becoming terrified. It is a way to elevate themselves, to gain respect, intimidate people and have their way. It is their tactics. We see how they work,” says Thomas Agnevik.

Several sources of Corren [the news site] saw masked Black Cobra members completely unperturbed as they set up their own traffic controls and significantly frightened visitors arriving by car to Skäggetorps centre.

“I’ve seen a lot in my life, but this was among the craziest thing I’ve seen: hardened criminals who do the police's job! And it went on for a long time without the police interfering,” says a source, who also says that the incident has strengthened the Black Cobra and weakened the police position.

According to a police spokesman the police should have been in place when the illegal roadblocks were established.

Are you going to step in if it happens again? [asks news site]

“Yes, but only if people call us and tells us when it happens. Then we will intervene directly.”


France: Barbarous gang rape in Évry

Some crimes have a wide-ranging impact. This is one of them, not by its atrocity, since our daily lives are full of it, but by its significance. It occurred on March 30, a little past midnight, in a park in Évry, the administrative center of Prime Minister Manuel Valls' district.
That night, an eighteen-year-old girl got off the regional rail at Évry station, and made a call on her cell phone. Four individuals jumped on her, and dragged her to a near-by park. They stripped her of everything, then they undressed her and raped her, taking turns.
The four rapists are minors: two of them are thirteen, one fifteen, and one seventeen. Three Turkish brothers, one Moroccan. Special facts: the eldest, seventeen, had been released six months earlier after serving two thirds of a two-year sentence for the rape of the son of a gendarme sub-officer...


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