I got wished into the cornfield!

Back soon. Than Frau Black Mamba and BD for their fine work.

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Rising anti-Semitism

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How Gaza takes center stage in the Muslim world

At the drop of a hat, the Muslim world has dropped its focus on the uprisings, wars, killings and violence in the Middle East, and instead, drew its attention to the war in Gaza.

Why? The short answer is that Muslim-on-Muslim violence draws less outrage than non- Muslim-on-Muslim violence.

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Last surviving member of crew that dropped atomic bomb on Hiroshima dies in Georgia at age 93

The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died in Georgia.

Theodore VanKirk, also known as 'Dutch,' died Monday of natural causes at the retirement home where he lived in Stone Mountain, Georgia, his son Tom VanKirk said. He was 93.

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Armadillo Love

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Beheadings of Infidels, Halal Sex Products and "Muslims Don't Like Dogs" A Month of Islam in Europe: June 2014

In the Czech Republic, President Miloš Zeman refused to apologize for comments he made during a speech at the Israeli Embassy in Prague on May 26 at a reception to celebrate Israel's Independence Day.

Quoting several verses from the Koran that call on Muslims to kill Jews, Zeman said that Islam was to blame for the attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels that killed four people. He also said:


"There is a term, political correctness. This term I consider to be a euphemism for political cowardice. Therefore, let me not be cowardly."

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Amnesty International is driving people of the same gender to ‘kiss against homophobia’ in digital collages

Amnesty International Hungary has launched a provocative campaign aimed to take on negative attitudes towards LGBT community across the globe.

The new effort dubbed “Kiss Against Homophobia” is rolling out through October 11, the International Coming Out Day...

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A spoof guide to Hamas tunnels

A spoof map that uses a London Underground-style diagram to depict the web of tunnels leading from Gaza into Israel was recently posted on online image hosting service Imgur.

The Israeli Defense Forces is currently engaged in a campaign to eradicate these attack tunnels, as well as to stem rocket fire from Gaza against Israel’s south and center.

The tunnel network is thought to have been built over years through the Gaza Strip and under the border into Israel. At least five times in the past two weeks, Hamas fighters have used the tunnels to execute deadly infiltrations into Israeli territory, most recently on Monday evening, when five soldiers were killed at an army position near Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

Imgur, pronounced “imager,” describes itself as the home of “the most viral images on the internet, sorted by popularity.” Users post their images and then can watch as views build up.

The Gaza Underground Map, posted on Sunday, had racked up a modest 2,500 views as of Tuesday, and didn’t list any information about its creator...

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Hamas Wants Us to Care about Palestinian Children, Even if They Don’t

Israel Defense Forces shared this photo on Facebook, along with the caption: “Hamas continues to use its people for terrorist purposes: two days ago, we found explosive devices adjacent to a baby’s cradle. This is the true face of Hamas.”

Hamas sacrifices Arab children and celebrates the victory. Then we are supposed to cry over the very same children...

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“Mild pedophilia is bad. Violent pedophilia is worse. If you think that’s an endorsement of mild pedophilia, go away and learn how to think.”

It's not exactly that he's wrong. It's that noone would normally find himself arguing about this. If anything, I suspect he's a victim. I mean, more than he's let on.

And don't say it's just an English thing, please.

R.S. McCain

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IDF: Palestinian casualties at Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital, Al-Shati Camp from terrorists’ rockets falling short

Nick Casey, The Wall Street Journal's Middle East Correspondent, posted a photo to Twitter of a Hamas spokesman being interviewed on camera at Gaza's Al Shifa Hospital, which Hamas uses as a base. The photo has since been removed. Photo: Nick Casey / Twitter.

The Israeli army said it was not operating in the vicinity of Shifa Hospital in northern Gaza on Monday, where an explosion reportedly killed and wounded dozens of Palestinians.

“A short while ago Al-Shifa Hospital and Al-Shati Refugee Camp were struck by failed rocket attacks launched by Gaza terrorists,” the army said in a statement sent to reporters.

The failed attempt to fire the projectile apparently hit a car near the center, according to Israel’s Channel 2 News, causing the casualties.

The station said that a “Hamas Fajr-5 rocket aimed at central Israel, which was fired from a playground outside the Shifa hospital and exploded on the site causing casualties, had at least a 100 kg (220 lbs) warhead,” according to The Times of Israel.

Reporter Nir Devori of Channel 2 and analyst Ehud Yaari confirmed the carnage was most likely the result of a failed Fajr rocket launch — aimed at central Israel.

Palestinian reports are claiming at least seven dead and dozens wounded in a “failed rocket launch” by terrorists from the vicinity of the medical compound, according to Israeli Channel 1 reporter Yoram Cohen.‏

Palestinian sources at the Al-Shati Refugee Camp, said an airstrike killed children, a claim the army denied...

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Evening photo: Natural light show

This breathtaking natural light show illuminating waters off the British coast looks like something out of hit film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

Photographer Adrian Campfield was having dinner at a restaurant at Beachy Head, East Sussex, when the rays suddenly appeared. The 59-year-old and his wife Louise rushed outside onto the 535ft high cliffs to watch the spectacle, capturing this beautiful photo of a seagull at the same time.

From the UK Telegraphs Pictures of the Day collection.

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China removes crosses from two more churches in crackdown

The Wuxi Christian Church in China's Zhejiang Province. The authorities have issued demolition notices to more than 100 churches in the area. Credit Didi Tang/Associated Press

BEIJING — In another sign of the authorities’ efforts to contain one of China’s fastest-growing religions, a government demolition campaign against public symbols of the Christian faith has toppled crosses at two more churches in the coastal province of Zhejiang, according to residents there.

On Monday, public security officials in the city of Wenzhou used a crane and blowtorch to cut loose the red, 10-foot crucifix that had adorned the Longgang Township Gratitude Church, witnesses said. Unlike in previous confrontations between the police and parishioners that have unfolded in recent months, the congregants did not offer resistance.

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Bret Stephens: Palestine makes you dumb

Of all the inane things that have been said about the war between Israel and Hamas, surely one dishonorable mention belongs to comments made over the weekend by Benjamin J. Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications.

Interviewed by CNN’s Candy Crowley, Mr. Rhodes offered the now-standard administration line that Israel has a right to defend itself but needs to do more to avoid civilian casualties. Ms. Crowley interjected that, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Jewish state was already doing everything it could to avoid such casualties.

“I think you can always do more,” Mr. Rhodes replied. “The U.S. military does that in Afghanistan.”

How inapt is this comparison? The list of Afghan civilians accidentally killed by U.S. or NATO strikes is not short. Little of the fighting in Afghanistan took place in the dense urban environments that make the current warfare in Gaza so difficult. The last time the U.S. fought a Gaza-style battle—in Fallujah in 2004—some 800 civilians perished and at least 9,000 homes were destroyed. This is not an indictment of U.S. conduct in Fallujah but an acknowledgment of the grim reality of city combat.

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Martin Kramer on Facebook lists readers increasingly disenchanted with the New York Times, and links to their stories


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After Iraqi army crumbles, Maliki turns to Saddam-style propaganda on state TV

BAGHDAD, July 28 (Reuters) - State television is working overtime to persuade Iraqis to help Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki confront an al Qaeda offshoot that has seized wide tracts of the country, but its unifying call has been blunted by his sectarian reputation.

Since the humiliating loss of much of Iraq’s north to Islamic State insurgents, the official Iraqiya channel has been churning out patriotic videos of marching soldiers, heavily-armed commandos and even singers and actors to rally the public behind the government.

The theatrics are reminiscent of life under Saddam Hussein, whose propaganda machine put a positive spin on disasters like his 1990 invasion of Kuwait or 1980-88 war with Iran.

Instead of increasing confidence in Maliki, the campaign has highlighted what critics say is the Shi’ite Muslim premier’s failure to unite Iraq against Islamist insurgents who have put the country’s survival as a unified state in jeopardy.

“We laugh, of course with pain, when the government repeats the same bullshit as Saddam,” said Qassim Sabti, a 60-year-old artist.

Mohamed Abdul Jabar al-Shaboot, head of the Iraqi Media Network that broadcasts Iraqiya, said feedback on the videos had been generally good across Iraq's communal spectrum.

“There have been some voices that did not approve of these kind of activities, saying they recalled the patriotic songs that filled TV screens under Saddam Hussein,” he told Reuters...

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A bad sign indeed.

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UT Mississauga students call for increased course diversity, academic students’ union

Some UTM students are calling for increased course diversity in light of a decision by university administration to remove HIS367, “Diasporic Canada,” from UTM’s 2014–2015 academic calendar.

In April, the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) created a petition that called on the university to relist the course, investigate the circumstances that led to its removal, and introduce more diverse courses at UTM. As of press time, the petition had 280 signatures.

In a written response to the petition, Amy Mullin, UTM vice-principal academic and dean, along with professors Shafique Virani and Andreas Bendlin of the Department of Historical Studies, reassured students that the course is on rotation for the year and is not cancelled.
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Hassan Havili, UTMSU president, and Walied Khogali, UTMSU executive director, maintained that the decision reflects a lack of course diversity. Without an academic-focused students’ union at UTM, the academic needs of UTM students are not adequately represented, Havili and Khogali said...

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‘Compelling evidence’ for Kosovo Liberation Army crimes

A Serbian boy walks near the ''Missing'' monument covered with pictures of missing Serbs, in Gracanica near the capital Pristina April 22, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Hazir Reka

In a statement made on Tuesday (29.07.2014), the European Union Special Investigative Task Force (SITF) announced its findings on the alleged crimes committed by members of ethnic-Albanian rebel organization Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which sought Kosovo’s separation from Serb territories in the 1990s. According to the SITF’s chief prosecutor, Clint Williamson, some of the KLA’s senior officials committed crimes against humanity and war crimes following the end of the Kosovo War in 1999.

The SITF says it found evidence “that certain elements of the KLA intentionally targeted the minority populations with acts of persecution that included unlawful killings, abductions, enforced disappearances, illegal detentions in camps in Kosovo and Albania, sexual violence, other forms of inhumane treatment, forced displacements of individuals from their homes and communities, and desecration and destruction of churches and other religious sites.”

Williamson underlined that the victims of these crimes were mainly Serbs, Roma and other minorities, but also Kosovo Albanians who were labeled as either collaborators with the Serbs or political opponents of the KLA leadership...

See also: Inquiry finds ‘indications’ of organ harvesting in Kosovo conflict

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This is Islam. Make no mistake.

The Islamic State Killing Fields: Terror group releases horrifying video showing drive-by shootings, suicide bombings and dozens of other victims rounded up and executed

Warning graphic. The full length version is here.



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ISIS defends demolition of Iraqi shrines

People walk through the rubble of the Prophet Younis Mosque after it was destroyed in a bomb attack by militants of the Islamic State, in the city of Mosul, July 24, 2014. (Reuters)

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria defended Tuesday its destruction of religious sites in the Iraqi city of Mosul on the grounds that the use of mosques built on graves amounted to idolatry.

“The demolition of structures erected above graves is a matter of great religious clarity,” the jihadist group said in a statement posted on one of its main websites.

“Our pious predecessors have done so ... There is no debate on the legitimacy of demolishing or removing those graves and shrines,” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) said.

It cited the demolition by Mohammed bin Abdel Wahhab -- founder of the puritanical Wahhabist brand of Islam followed by jihadists -- of a dome erected above the tomb of Zaid ibn al-Khattab.

Khattab’s reputedly heroic death on the battlefield earned him a posthumous following which Abdel Wahhab argued was tantamount to polytheism.

ISIS, which announced the restoration of the caliphate last month by declaring its sovereignty over land it has seized in Syria and Iraq, has levelled several of Mosul’s most prominent religious landmarks...

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Uttar Pradesh, curfew imposed after violence between Sikhs and Muslims

Three killed, 20 injured and 38 arrests. According to the authorities the Muslims started the riots.

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Dozens of knife-wielding 'Muslim terrorists' shot dead by police as they attacked government buildings in China

Chinese police shot dead dozens of knife-wielding 'terrorists' dead yesterday after they attacked two towns in the country's western Xinjiang province.

A gang armed with knives assaulted a police station and government offices in the town of Elixku, in Shache county, according to local police.

Some then moved on to the nearby town of Huangdi, attacking civilians and smashing and setting fire to six vehicles.

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Libya’s capital on the brink of environmental disaster

A picture taken on July 28, 2014 shows flames and smoke billowing from an oil depot where a huge blaze started following clashes around Tripoli airport, in southern Tripoli (AFP)

Rising temperatures from a flaming oil depot may ignite nearby reserves containing 90 million liters of fuel which will lead to a “catastrophe” affecting a radius of three to five kilometers, Libyan officials warned on Tuesday according to Al Arabiya News Channel.

The Buraiqa fuel depot continues to burn out of control after it was set ablaze on Monday, Reuters reported. A missile hit the depot during fighting between rival militias, which enters its third week, igniting more than one million liters of benzene. Combat has claimed more than 100 lives and wounded 400 others.

Firefighters were forced to withdraw from attempts to extinguish the fire due to fighting over control of a nearby airport. In a statement, the Libyan government appealed to the international community to aid in extinguishing the fire, which reached another oil depot nearby.

The Buraiqa depot houses all fuel and gas reserves consumed by the city’s population.

As a result of the turmoil, fuel and gas shortages, in addition to frequent electricity cuts, have affected life in in Tripoli. Water pumping stations stopped operating and in consequence many do not have access to running water...

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Turkey: 'Women Shall Not Laugh in Public' says Erdogan's Deputy

Praising traditional values, the 66-year-old politician listed some rules women should abide to, saying: "She will not laugh in public. She will not make display of her attractiveness."

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Hamas Sermon from the Gaza Strip: Our Doctrine Entails Exterminating the Jews

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Hamas goes postal? Only in Canada

Would you want a terrorist sympathizer coming to your door every day?

Apparently, that may already be happening.

A pro-Palestinian rally in Ottawa last week demonstrated more than just support for the average Palestinian mother and child.

Among the protesters were those carrying the flag of Hamas, a group recognized officially by the Canadian government as a terrorist organization.

Next to those flags, flew the flag of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).

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Comic-Con, Cosplay, and Self-Expression

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'Jihadist' books on sale in French supermarkets

Books preaching violent jihad and urging Muslims to set up arms factories are reportedly on sale openly in French supermarkets and bookshops, sparking thousands of complaints and fresh debate over the limits of free speech.

Publishers have defended the works, claiming only a few pages are contentious, while authorities say it would be difficult to ban them.

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The Religion of Peace Bombathon Scorecard

Says it all.

Thanks to Daniel9vs2 for reminding to check this!

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#DiversityIsOurStrength in Germany: Molotov cocktails thrown at synagogue in Wuppertal

Molotov cocktails in front of the synagogue

The synagogue in Wuppertal has become the target of an arson attack. Three men threw several Molotov cocktails at the entrance of the building on Gemarker Straße on Tuesday night, the police reported. The attackers then fled.

The police said that a resident discovered burning parts on the street and raised the alarm.

Two of the men have escaped. An 18-year-old suspect was arrested nearby, the police said.

There are no details of the alleged perpetrators so far.  No one was injured.  The synagogue is still checking for damage.

Searching for clues at the synagogue in Wuppertal

According to the public prosecutor’s Office, during the interrogation of the young man, he said that he had nothing to do with the incident.  The nationality of the suspects is unclear.

“He himself says he is a Palestinian,” said a spokesman of public prosecutor's Office.

The 18-year-old possesses something called a “aufenthaltsrechtlichen Duldung,” [a legal term that does not translate very well] that permits his nationality to be indicated as “unknown.”

Plot against the old synagogue in Essen

The old synagogue in Essen - today a municipal cultural institute - was the object of another planned attack, according to the police.  Two weeks ago, prior to a demonstration against the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, 14 people were taken into custody in Essen.

The police suspect that they wanted to take advantage of the rally for an action against the old synagogue. A few days later the police arrested four men who had threatened on Facebook to take action against the building. The seriousness of the threat is still unclear.

Repeated anti-Semitic slogans

In recent weeks at Gaza protests more and more anti-Semitic slogans are heard.  Federal President Joachim Gauck has sharply condemned this and demanded more civil courage of Germans.

There is also increasing aggression towards Jews. “We are seeing a huge spike of anti-Semitic writing,” said the linguist Monika Schwarz-Friesel at the Technical University of Berlin.

Increased attacks on mosques

An inquiry by the Linksfraktion (Left Party) in the Bundestag revealed that the number of attacks on mosques in Germany has increased. As the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung reported, citing figures from the federal government, 22 attacks per year occurred in 2001-2011 on average. In 2012 and 2013 there were 35 and 36 respectively.

The Chairman of the Central Council of Muslims, Aiman ​​Mazyek, sees this as a sign of rising anti-Muslim sentiment.  In the newspaper report he said that “the establishment of an independent and specialist department in the administration of the country in order to capture and observe anti-Muslim racist offences could [be considered].”

The political spokesperson of the Linksfraktion in the Bundestag, Ulla Jelpe, spoke out in favour of detecting Islamophobic crimes statistically, and as precisely “as is already the case with crimes of Nazis.”

She warned: “There is a dangerous mix of racism and social Darwinism on the rise, and it increasingly manifests itself in violence against Muslims.”

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Rather slapdash translation, but I believe everything except the mysterious legal term is accurate, even if the English could be better written.

You can read a short report in English at Pam Gellar’s site here.  It does not have anything about the possible attack planned for Essen nor the whining by Muslims and leftists.  

The demand of the German President (a ceremonial position) for Germans to be more courageous is rather amusing.  It would appear the problem is largely coming from people who are not of German descent (but leftists of every nationality are crazy).

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What First Amendment?

Jury Rules Widow of Slain SEAL Chris Kyle Must Pay $1.8 Million To Jesse Ventura In Defamation Case



"The jury told the judge Monday that it didn’t believe it could reach a unanimous verdict, but the judge instructed them to continue. On Tuesday, attorneys for both sides agreed that the verdict did not need to be unanimous and would allow a verdict if only eight of 10 jurors agreed."

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Twelfth lesson of Gaza War: The Israeli left is waking up

Those who follow Israeli politics never would have imagined a day when the leading voices of the Israeli Left would praise Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, call for crushing Hamas, and admit that the Palestinians in general do not really want peace with Israel. But that’s exactly what is happening.

On July 6, just before the Gaza war began, Tzipi Livni, leader of the leftwing Hatnuah Party and current Minister of Justice, told Israel Army Radio: “There is no hope for peace [with Hamas]; it is an organization that does not accept our existence here and has terror against Israeli civilians as part of its worldview.”
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Another leftwing minister in Netanyahu’s broad coalition, Science Minister Yaakov Peri (of the Yesh Atid party), has likewise changed his tune. “I can only compliment him [Netanyahu], unfortunately,” Peri, a former head of the Shin Bet (General Security Services) told the New York Times on July 27. “It seems the steering is in the right hand in this conflict”...

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#DiversityIsOurStrength in South Africa: ANC distances itself from ‘kill Jews’ tweet

Johannesburg - The ANC has been asked by the Jewish community to act against hate speech following a Twitter post saying "Keep calm and kill Jews", The Star reported on Tuesday.

The SA Jewish Board of Deputies wrote a letter to the African National Congress on Sunday to act against hate speech on a Twitter account that was believed to belong to the ANC Youth League.

"We were appalled to learn that earlier that day (Sunday) via a Twitter site presumably used by the ANCYL, namely @ANCYLVote2014, a message calling for the killing of Jews was tweeted," the board said in its letter.

The board of deputies added that the propagation of such appalling hate speech was generating distress among its communities...



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Prime Minister Erdoğan ‘glad’ to return award given by American Jewish Congress

Turkey’s ambassador to Washington has written a letter to the American Jewish Congress after the organization asked Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to return an award he was given in 2004, saying the leader would be “glad” to return the honor.

“In view of the foregoing as well as the regrettable stance adopted by the present leadership of the American Jewish Congress vis-à-vis the recent attacks on the innocent civilians in Gaza, Prime Minister Erdoğan will be glad to return the award given back in 2004,” said the letter from Ambassador Serdar Kılıç.

The president of the American Jewish Congress, Jack Rosen, penned an open letter to Erdoğan on July 24, asking him to return the award it gave him in 2004 and accusing the Turkish leader of “dangerous rhetoric” and “inciting violence against the Jewish people.”

“Your request for the return of the aforementioned award actually constitutes an unfortunate testimony to the stance adopted by the present leadership of the American Jewish Congress regarding the Israeli government’s ongoing policies of occupation and atrocity,” said Kılıç’s letter...

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The TTC - The Better Anti-Semitic Way

TTC employee in hot water for anti-semitic comments

It took eight decades to rival Toronto's worst incident of anti-Semitism, but mark July 26, 2014 on your calendar.

What happened Saturday at Queen's Park in Ontario will sit in the same repugnant category as the other day in Toronto history that lives in infamy.


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“We are Hamas” Muslims threaten to kill Jewish reporter (video)

Violent Muslims? Well I never!

h/t MP

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NYT: The tunnels of Gaza

Lt. Col. Oshik Azulai, the deputy commander of the Israeli military’s Southern Gaza Division, inside a tunnel that stretches most of a mile from Gaza into Israel, ending near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha. Credit Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times

NEAR THE ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER — The curved concrete top of the tunnel grazes the dark-brown buzz cut of Lt. Col. Oshik Azulai, putting it 5 feet and 7 inches above the sand floor. The walls are about 30 inches apart — wide enough for two people to squeeze past each other, unless both are in body armor. It is cool in the tunnel, 46 feet under, and dark, of course. Cellphones do not work.

Colonel Azulai, deputy commander of the Israeli military’s Southern Gaza Division, said this tunnel stretched eight-tenths of a mile into Israel, next to a field filled with watermelon, ripe but unpicked because of the war. It ended about 600 yards from Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, a rural enclave of 325, but was unfinished: Unlike the tunnels used to infiltrate Israel from Gaza in recent days, this one still had electric lines along the wall and carriage tracks used to ferry out dirt.

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Ayatollah Khamenei’s Ramadan message: Calls Israel ‘rabid dog’, urges arms for Palestinians

(Reuters) - Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called Israel a “rabid dog” for its attacks on Gaza, and urged Muslims to arm Palestinians to enable them to counter what he termed genocide.

About 1,087 Gazans, most of them civilians, have been killed in 22 days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. As well as 53 Israeli soldiers killed, three civilians have died as a result of Palestinian shelling.

In a speech marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Khamenei criticized the United States and European countries for what he said were their efforts to limit the military capacity of Palestinian fighters in the enclave.

Of Israel, he said: “This rabid dog, this rapacious wolf, has attacked innocent people and humanity must show a reaction. This is genocide, a catastrophe of historical scale.”

“They have been pounding innocent people day and night and these men women and children are defending themselves with minimum means, and now Americans and Europeans want to take even that away ... so that those merciless beasts could pound without qualm.”

Khamenei denounced what he said was a ruling by U.S. President Barack Obama to disarm Palestinians - an apparent reference to U.S. opposition to efforts by Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, to obtain weapons such as missiles and rockets. Washington views Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Khamenei said Iran took the opposite view about arming Palestinians.

“Everyone, whoever has the means, especially in the Islamic world, they should do what they can to arm the Palestinian nation ... the Zionist regime deeply regrets starting this (war) but has no way out”...

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Blatant lying loses family its citizenship — but earns them a $63K bill from Canadian government

Ottawa has stripped a Lebanese family of their Canadian citizenships — and handed them a $63,000 bill — after they were caught blatantly lying about living in Canada, part of a government crackdown on bogus citizens that could extend to thousands of cases.

The family — a father, mother and their two daughters — signed citizenship forms claiming they lived in Canada for almost all of the previous four years when they really lived in the United Arab Emirates, a fact even posted online in the daughters’ public résumés on LinkedIn.

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In rare move, Canada accuses Chinese of trying to hack govt network

(Reuters) - Canada on Tuesday took the unusual step of singling out Chinese hackers for attacking a key computer network and lodged a protest with Beijing, raising tensions at a time when Ottawa wants to boost oil sales to China.

Officials said “a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor” had recently broken into the National Research Council. The council, the government’s leading research body, works with major firms such as aircraft and train maker Bombardier Inc.

Canada has reported hacking incidents before but this was the first time it had singled out China...

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B.C. deal with China - Another temporary foreign worker debacle?

Tumbler Ridge, in northern BC

BURNABY, BC, July 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney should nix the B.C. Liberal government's plan to use temporary foreign workers to develop the province’s liquefied natural gas industry, says the United Steelworkers (USW).

In signing a memorandum of understanding with the People’s Republic of China, B.C. Premier Christy Clark appears set to repeat the mistakes from the HD Mining debacle of hiring temporary foreign workers (TFWs) instead of British Columbians, the USW says.

Clark's deal pledges that B.C. and China will “work together with the appropriate authorities to secure and facilitate the entry of foreign workers” to develop B.C.’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry.

“History is repeating itself,” says Stephen Hunt, the USW’s Western Canadian Director.

“In the HD Mining case in Tumbler Ridge, the company claimed it couldn’t find any qualified Canadians and hired miners from China,” Hunt says. “In fact, hundreds of Canadians had applied for positions, including many with several years of mining experience.”

It took a Freedom of Information request by the USW to reveal the level of collusion between the B.C. and Chinese governments in the use of TFWs at HD Mining, Hunt notes...

See also commentary here:
SFU professor and energy expert Mark Jaccard says there are some problems with Clark’s LNG plan. He says China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan have a lot of options for getting gas.

“That is going to create this ‘gas-on-gas’ competion that will lower prices over time,” says Jaccard. “The Chinese can develop their own huge shale gas resources or connect by pipeline to Russia or other central Asia countries.”

Jaccard says prices are likely to fall over time, and the huge profits that the government is predicted could be in jepoardy.

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Eid messages from the governments of Canada and the US

From the White House (h/t Jihad Watch - see his commentary here):

As Muslims throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to them and their families. This last month has been a time of fasting, reflection, spiritual renewal, and service to the less fortunate. While Eid marks the completion of Ramadan, it also celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other, especially those impacted by poverty, conflict, and disease.

In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy. That is why we stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to their communities.

On behalf of the Administration, we wish Muslims in the United States and around the world a blessed and joyous celebration. Eid Mubarak.
From Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism:
“Today, Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Fitr. It is known as the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast to mark the end of Ramadan, a month-long spiritual journey of fasting and prayer.

“Eid al-Fitr brings followers of Islam together in a spirit of gratitude and harmony. In Canada and around the world, Muslims will offer congregational prayers, make charitable donations, visit friends and family, and enjoy festive meals.

“As Minister for Multiculturalism, I encourage all Canadians to reflect on the many contributions that Canadian Muslims have made to our country, and I extend my best wishes for a happy and peaceful Eid al-Fitr to all Canadian Muslims.

“Eid Mubarak. Eid Sa‘īd.”
What contributions, exactly?

Obama is slightly more over-the-top but Kenney added a cool “Eid Sa‘īd” with a strange character: “ī”.

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Karzai cousin killed in Afghan suicide attack: officials

Members of Afghanistan's president guard of honour, together with a boy, offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

A suicide attacker killed a cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai near the volatile southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday, officials said, raising tensions during a struggle over the contested election result.

Hashmat Karzai was a campaign manager in Kandahar for Ashraf Ghani, one of the two presidential candidates involved in a bitter dispute over fraud that threatens to pitch the country into worsening instability.

Hashmat Karzai, who famously owned a pet lion, was killed by a man with explosives hidden inside his turban when visitors arrived to celebrate Eid, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

“A suicide bomber disguised as a guest came to Hashmat Karzai’s house to greet him,” Dawa Khan Minapal, the Kandahar provincial governor’s spokesman, told AFP.

“After he hugged Hashmat, he blew up his explosives and killed him”...

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#DiversityIsOurStrength in Denmark: ‘F**king Jews’ (F**king Jøder)

YouTube description: Young Muslims trying to access and attack a peaceful Pro-Israel demonstration in the center of Copenhagen held by Jews, Zionists and a Iranian dissident and refugee group.

When met by riot police, they shouted “F**king Jews,” “F**king Police, man” and “F**k you” to the photographer. In a nearby street I heard this same group chant “Death to the Jews.”



It is a short vid, but shows not just Jew-hatred (by now, barely a story) but also their extremely cocky and rude attitude towards the police.

These are dreadful examples of immigrants (or their children)--Europe could scarcely have chosen worse if it went looking for them on purpose.

See further coverage on Denmark from Daniel Greenfield who describes how a pro-Israel rally was shut down.

h/t Nicolai Sennels

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Women should not laugh in public, Turkish deputy PM says

Women should not laugh out loud in public, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç (pictured) has said while complaining about “moral corruption” in Turkey.

Speaking during an Eid el-Fitr meeting on July 28, Arınç described his ideal of the chaste man or woman, saying they should both have a sense of shame and honor.

“Chastity is so important. It is not only a name. It is an ornament for both women and men. [She] will have chasteness. Man will have it, too. He will not be a womanizer. He will be bound to his wife. He will love his children. [The woman] will know what is haram and not haram. She will not laugh in public. She will not be inviting in her attitudes and will protect her chasteness,” Arınç said, adding that people had abandoned their values today.

People needs to discover the Quran once again, Arınç said, adding that there had been a regression on moral grounds.

“Where are our girls, who slightly blush, lower their heads and turn their eyes away when we look at their face, becoming the symbol of chastity?” he said...

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Why are the sluts even out in public without a niqab or burka plus their male guardian?

The scary thing is that his party, AKP, is very popular.   Despite the presence of many seculars in Turkey, when it comes to voting, AKP carries the day.

Excellent addition to the increasingly Islamic European Union!

Update: Hurriyet reports that his remarks have caused a Twitter storm and women are posting pics of themselves laughing. (The photo at the link certainly does not look like a religious woman).

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Good news duck story

Smart Duckling Figures Out Way Home

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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...

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

Can You Say Target Rich Environment?

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14 Ways Hamas Weaponizes Women, Children, Animals Against Israel

Via Ed Driscoll at PJMedia...

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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...

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'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.

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How government should work

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

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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?

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

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

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

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




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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.

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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

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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.

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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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We reviewed your report of Death to zionst (sic) baby killer israeli jews. Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the Page you reported for containing hate speech or symbols and found it doesn't violate our Community Standards.


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

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

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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.

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Must be France... Christianophobes and sons of whores

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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.
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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.)

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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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