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  • U.S. Unveils comprehensive new adult vaccination plan

    02/28/2015 11:47:08 AM PST · 85 of 107
    wtd to machogirl
    As a vaccine-agnostic, I hesitated watching the video documentary "Bought" when I first came across the link to it today. In my area there is a lot of money going into facilities for autism related needs. My neighbor has an autistic child and very close friends of ours is a state specialist for autism related court cases. I decided to watch this documentary this morning and it certainly provided food for thought. The number, frequency and combination of vaccinations our children (babies - adolescence) are subjected to today - as compared to decades past - is outrageous.

    My own children are grown with only one son (17) still being actively pursued by his pediatrician for the Gardisil vaccine - which I absolutely refused and will continue to refuse. If any of my adult children prefer to accept this vaccination, they will each make that decision of their own free will. The two youngest children 17 & 24 have severe allergies to nuts and shellfish - the first allergies in this family going back several generations.

    I'm glad I watched the documentary and recommend it for consideration

  • Dozens of CPAC Attendees Walk Out on Jeb Bush

    02/27/2015 1:42:59 PM PST · 78 of 113
    wtd to Regal
    Quote:
    "...“Bush’s comments attracted cheers from some parts of the ballroom, which was more packed than it had been at any other point in the conference...”" -Regal

  • White House: Seven in Ten Doctors Say Climate Change Is Harming Patients

    02/27/2015 6:59:29 AM PST · 24 of 54
    wtd to PROCON
    Quote:
    "In a new blog post, the White House declares that "7 out of 10 Doctors [say] Climate Change Is Already Harming Patients’ Health."

    Doctors of what? Are these the same scientific PhD signatories to the AGW non-peer reviewed, hockey stick hoax?

    What/who/where are these 'doctor's' 'patients'? Are they

    • animal or
    • vegetable or
    • mineral?
  • Tony Abbott leadership under threat, ministers talk resignation (Australian leadership crisis)

  • Report: Defense cuts degrading military, US no longer able to fight 2 wars at same time

    02/25/2015 4:24:22 PM PST · 22 of 30
    wtd to EagleUSA
    • Heritage Foundation: 2015 Index of US Military Strength video: 1:27:58 length

      The first dozen minutes is an intro w/impressive background info of each of the contributors to report.

      This alarming report is "DEscriptive" of the current situation of our diminished military capability. These same folks are also working on a PROscriptive report coined...RAMP- Renewing America's Military Project

      At around the 27 minute mark, discussion of availability/placement of military assets mentions the regions which our assets have no presence. He mentions Russia's increased efforts in the Arctic to secure shipping lanes. ..triggering a historic reminder of Europe's reasons for seeking secure commerce routes across little explored western seas - away from Barbary treachery. Given his remarks @ Africa security concerns...hmmmm.

  • U.S. military decimated under Obama, only ‘marginally able’ to defend nation

    02/25/2015 10:58:56 AM PST · 28 of 39
    wtd to bestintxas
    • Heritage Foundation: 2015 Index of US Military Strength video: 1:27:58 length

      The first dozen minutes is an intro w/background info on contributors to report.

      This depressing - if not alarming report is "DEscriptive" of the current situation of our diminished military capability. These same folks are also working on a PROscriptive report coined...RAMP- Renewing America's Military Project

      At around the 27 minute mark, discussion of availability/placement of military assets mentions the regions which our assets have no presence. He mentions Russia's increased efforts in the Arctic to secure shipping lanes. ..triggering a historic reminder of Europe's reasons for seeking secure commerce routes across little explored western seas - away from Barbary treachery. Given his remarks @ Africa security concerns...hmmmm.

  • No Mr. President … Our Founders Were Not That Fond Of Muslims

    02/24/2015 5:32:14 AM PST · 16 of 18
    wtd to Ray76; All
    Since I don't use any of the social networking tools, like Facebook, I could not link to this in the comments at MAD WORLD NEWS for their post, though they may find it of interest.

    David Barton has a knack for teasing out the sequence of interactions which tell a much more accurate history than presented by current PC/MC 'historians' bent on rewriting our past to suit their nefarious end game.

    Anyway, the link to the following article has changed at least once, possibly twice, since I intially read it a couple of years ago...so, I will post the content as well:

    • "Mellimelli: A Problem for President Jefferson in North African Diplomacy" - By Julia H. Macleod, via VQR a National Journal of Literature and Discussion...16-MINUTE READ ISSUE: Autumn 1944

      Having read this piece a few years ago, I tend to recall it's title by the word association "Smelly Melli", which will become clear once one reads of the diplomatic affairs involved with this Muhammedan's dealings with our founding fathers here in the US.

      *****text follows below:

      16-MINUTE READ ISSUE: Autumn 1944

      The Virginia Quarterly Review

      Issue: Autumn 1944 Volume 20 # 4

      Published: March 31, 2010

      The recent political tribulations of the Department of State in dealing with North Africa must have stirred the ghosts of early Secretaries to ironic laughter. If Mr. Hull thought he had a headache in Algiers, Tunis, or Tripoli, he might have taken grim comfort in contemplating the greater trials of his predecessors; for the pirate states of the Barbary Coast were an unmitigated nuisance to the governments of the first four Presidents of the United States, and they drove more than one Secretary of State to profane and undiplomatic language. Compared with the irritations endured by Secretary James Madison, for example, Mr. Hull’s troubles were but as the buzzing of gnats; and President Roosevelt’s problems in North Africa may be complex and disturbing, but President Jefferson often found diplomacy with that area a downright personal annoyance.

      As long as the American colonies were a part of the British Empire, merchant ships from Boston, New York, or Philadelphia enjoyed the protection of His Majesty’s royal navy. But after the Fourth of July, 1776, American merchantmen found themselves fugitives from countless perils on the high seas. The Barbary pirates were a particular menace to commerce in the Mediterranean. In 1799 President John Adams sent out consuls to Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli and began a long and costly sequence of diplomatic horse trades designed to buy off the pirates. Eventually, as all the world knows, the American navy resorted to arms and won at the point of its guns what the infant nation had been unable to purchase—immunity from piratical depredation.

      But the African corsairs were slow to learn even the lessons of force. Although a war with Tripoli had brought that power to terms in the summer of 1805, its neighbor Tunis continued to bluster and threaten armed hostility unless the American government produced a satisfactory amount of tribute. The Bey of Tunis was in a fine fume, moreover, because the Americans had intercepted blockade-running Tunisians off Tripoli. He swore by the beard of Mahomet that his corsairs’ vessels must be restored or Tunis would go to war.

      The answer he received from the Americans was not to his liking. On August 1, a formidable American squadron calmly dropped anchor in Tunis harbor and Commodore John Rodgers demanded that the Bey immediately state his intentions concerning war or peace. Faced with an unexpected dilemma, the Bey squirmed and played for time. Many unsettled difficulties between the United States and Tunis required discussion, he purred, and he proposed to send an ambassador to the great ruler in Washington. Meanwhile, would the squadron please go away?

      The upshot was that Commodore Rodgers and the Consul General for Barbary, Tobias Lear, agreed to postpone operations against Tunis while an ambassador negotiated directly with President Jefferson and Secretary of State Madison. The Bey appointed one Sidi Soliman Mellimelli (as his name was usually spelled) to proceed to the United States on a returning American warship.

      The frigate Congress with the minister aboard arrived off Hampton Roads on November 4, 1805, but because of foul weather she did not make her way up the Potomac for three weeks. At last, on November 30, the minister and his retinue came ashore in Washington amid booming cannon and the cheers of an astonished crowd. His arrival inaugurated the most bizarre diplomatic season that the new capital had yet witnessed.

      Among other exotic diplomats with whom the State Department was trying to do business at the moment was a delegation of Cherokee Indian chiefs wdio camped in Washington for the better part of the winter and developed a liking for the society—or the rum—of politicians. Presently Washington receptions were gaudy with Cherokee and Tunisian visitors in their native regalia.

      The pomp and glitter of Sidi Soliman Mellimelli and his people left Washingtonians pop-eyed with astonishment. The severe republican simplicity of President Jefferson— who, on the very day of the Tunisian’s arrival, had dressed in his old clothes and “ragged slippers with his toes out” to receive senatorial visitors—provided small opportunity for colorful show. The oriental gorgeousness of the Tunisian mission naturally created more than a nine days’ wonder.

      The ambassador’s retinue consisted of two officers and a secretary (who wrote semi-literate English), a cook, a barber, a steward, three huge black bodyguards, and one or two others of doubtful function. When the Tunisians appeared in public, Washington’s gray autumnal streets lighted with color. The black bodyguards were clothed in scarlet, Mellimelli himself, tall and black-bearded, was resplendent in scarlet and gold. Twenty yards of fine white muslin were coiled about his head. Long white silk hose encased his legs, and he wore Morocco shoes of bright yellow.

      The brilliant raiment of the retinue dazzled drab Congressional callers, and Mellimelli’s diamond snuffbox excited their envy. Even more fascinating and strange was his four-foot tobacco pipe. At once the Tunisian mission became the talk of the town, and curiosity led government officials and Congressmen to call upon the emissary of the corsair Bey with more zeal than they had ever shown an ambassador from the greatest state. Senator William Plumer of New Hampshire was so impressed that he wrote pages about Mellimelli in his diary and expressed pleasure that His Highness had ordered an Italian fife and drum band to play in an adjoining room in honor of the senatorial call.

      Statesmen were not the only ones impressed. The populace of Washington who had seen nothing to match Melli-melli’s splendor stormed his gates. Negro servants slipped away from their masters to peep in at the windows of Stelle’s Hotel, which the State Department had rented for the Tunisians, and small boys swarmed about the place and even sneaked in at the doors. President Jefferson finally had to order a corporal’s guard to stand watch at every entrance.

      Americans, who had never seen a Moslem, showed an unholy curiosity about the strangers’ religion. As it happened, Mellimelli arrived in the month of Ramadan and, as a faithful follower of the Prophet, he scrupulously observed the hours of fasting and prayer. When Robert Smith, Secretary of the Navy, made his first call on the diplomat, he found him on his hands and knees, praying toward Mecca. Smith waited out the prayers and invited Mellimelli to a formal dinner, but learned that during Ramadan a Moslem could not eat until after sunset. He would, however, come and take coffee in the evening with officials of the government.

      Later in the same week President Jefferson invited him and his officers to dine—after sunset. John Quincy Adams, one of the guests, observed that the Tunisian’s manners were courteous, that his snuff was flavored with attar of roses, and that his secretaries surreptitiously took a drink of wine when their master wasn’t looking.

      Mellimelli himself displayed considerable curiosity about the religion of the Cherokee Indians, who paid him an official visit. Through an interpreter he questioned them closely about their faith. Did they believe in Mohammed, Abraham, or Jesus? When he found that they worshipped only a Great Spirit, he pronounced them all vile heretics. “He soon after related it to Mr. Jefferson and inquired how he could prove Indians were the descendants of Adam,” Senator Plumer wrote in his journal. “The President replied it was difficult.”

      When Ramadan was over, Mellimelli and his retinue began to circulate more freely in Washington—-and troubles for the government multiplied. His Highness had come without a harem and now he requested the State Department to make some temporary arrangement to supply this deficiency. That august agency of the government, trained never to be surprised at anything, must have been startled at this unusual demand, but we have the word of Senator Plumer that it rose to the occasion, and that “our government has, on his application, provided him with one or more women, with whom he spends a portion of the night.” In the records of the State Department in the National Archives there is a list of Mellimelli’s suite, including a certain “Georgia, a Greek, taken into service at Washington.” Possibly Georgia was the discovery of some harassed undersecretary charged with providing the Tunisian ambassador with all the comforts of home.

      The relaxation of ascetic discipline wdiich Mellimelli allowed himself after Ramadan was not confined to the master alone. Members of his household, in flagrant violation of the Koran, took to strong drink, fought among themselves, and made trouble, then and later, for everybody concerned. Mellimelli, who had foreseen this possibility, wrote President Jefferson ten days before the end of Ramadan asking him not to pay to his steward, Hadgi Mahomet, the money which the government supplied for the expenses of the embassy. This money, the ambassador craftily suggested, might be put directly into his own hands and he would buy what was needed. But this piece of forethought did not keep the steward sober. He celebrated the end of the month of fasting with a roaring brawl and a fight with the hotei barber. After that, Mellimelli dismissed him and notified Secretary Madison that henceforth Hadgi Mahomet would be the Secretary’s responsibility, subject to the laws of the United States.

      By the New Year the novelty of the visiting Tunisians was beginning to wear off. Even the small boys and Negroes who had at first swarmed about the hotel no longer considered the ambassador’s retinue worthy of their interest, and some members of the government were already convinced that the visitors were a pest. From this time onward, Mellimelli and his suite were an increasing nuisance, The thrifty Treasury was casting a fishy eye over their mounting expense accounts. A question had arisen over what to do with four horses which the Bey had sent as a gift to the president. Mr. Jefferson tactfully explained that he could not with propriety accept them as a personal gift, but he expressed the hope to Senator Plumer that the Congress could receive the horses and apply their sale price to the expenses of the mission. Meanwhile, the animals—which Plumer says were not remarkable—had displayed a remarkable appetite for government oats and had run up a monstrous bill for their keep.

      Senators who at first had been vastly entertained by the foreign visitors began to be bored and irritable. When the Tunisian ambassador announced bis intention of paying an official visit to the Senate at noon on January 2, several senators objected to a resolution giving him the privilege of the floor. John Quincy Adams observed sourly to his colleagues that ambassadors from the greatest nations had never received such marks of distinction, and Dr. Samuel L. Mitchill complained because the American government had “given this half-savage the dignified title of ambassa- dor.” That an emissary from a nest of rogues and pirates should be honored by the Senate galled James Hillhouse of Connecticut: “I consider this Tunisian in the same character as I do the Indian chiefs,” he declared, “and I would treat him accordingly.”

      To solve the problem, the Senate voted to adjourn for the day, and left a committee to receive Mellimelli in the Chamber. He sat for about twenty minutes and listened to a little speech in Italian on the greatness of America delivered by Senator Buckner Thruston of Kentucky. Mellimelli had just been in the House of Representatives where he had heard the debates and had come away immensely puzzled. “If each Representative has a right to debate on each question,” he remarked to Senator Thruston, “it will require a year to come to a result.”

      The slowness of results was beginning to trouble Mellimelli. It was about time, he decided, for his visit to produce something more tangible than speeches in bad Italian, and he pressed Secretary Madison for the restoration of captured Tunisian vessels, for the presentation of an armed frigate to his master the Bey, and for the promise of periodic gifts of certain military stores to Tunis. If the government did not accede to these requests, his master might unleash his cruisers against American shipping.

      In reply, Mr. Madison pointed out that the United States had a strong squadron in the Mediterranean and he trusted that the Bey would not be so rash as to risk a disastrous war.

      Throughout the winter and spring, Mellimelli and Madison kept up a desultory correspondence on this theme. The State Department had decided to hold the ambassador in the country until good weather would permit a grand tour of the principal cities so that he might carry home a proper impression of the extent and strength of the American nation.

      By the end of May, plans for Mellimelli’s grand tour were complete and all Washington anticipated his departure with pleasure Mr. Madison appointed James Lean-der Catheart, former consul at Tripoli, as guide and keeper of the Tunisians and instructed him to make certain that they saw the right sights and took ship from Boston at the earliest possible moment. A certain Carlo went along as interpreter.

      Catheart, a bustling and immensely conceited busybody, started briskly on his journey northward, pleased to have an opportunity of being in the public eye, but before he and his charges had cleared Baltimore he was sick of his task. Baltimore innkeepers showed a reluctance to receive the dusky ambassador and his strange entourage, but finally the Columbian Inn grudgingly found them quarters. Mell-imelli’s cupidity having been aroused by the commercial activity of Baltimore, Catheart soon found himself serving as the ambassador’s agent in the purchase of huge quantities of loaf sugar, coffee, and other commodities highly prized in Tunis. If the government presented the Bey of Tunis with a brig, as the State Department had finally promised, Mellimelli intended to take advantage of his diplomatic immunity to ship out a handsome cargo of dutiable goods. Throughout the first week of a hot June, therefore, Catheart sweated from one Baltimore shop to another trying to find the right purchases for his bargain-driving charge.

      Wearily he concluded his duties in Baltimore and set out for Philadelphia on June 7. A week in that city was enough to give the ambassador a sufficient view of the largest city in America, but Catheart reported to Madison on June 15 that he was obliged to spend an extra day lest a solar eclipse on the scheduled day of departure alarm Mellimelli, for “then there would be no knowing to what extravagance his superstition might lead him.”

      Troubles increased after their arrival in New York. There three members of the party—Mahomet Choux, an officer, Soliman the barber, and Mustapha the cook—deserted and refused to go any farther. Moreover, they announced their intention of remaining in the United States where the drinks were good and the government paid for their keep. Merrily they charged their expenses to the account of the United States, and New York tavern keepers duly presented the bills to Catheart, official caretaker of the diplomatic party. That worthy argued and pleaded with the recalcitrants to no avail, and Mellimelli’s own threats fell on deaf ears.

      Abandoning the three riotous Tunisians, the rest of the party proceeded to Boston, where they arrived on July 15. Cathcart’s most fervent hope was that the ambassador’s ship would be ready and that he could soon be rid of his charges. As it turned out, he had to endure Mellimelli for more than two months longer.

      Meanwhile, President Jefferson, Mr. Madison, and De-Witt Clinton, mayor of New York, busied themselves in an effort to persuade the three errant Tunisians in New York to abandon their rakes’ progress and rejoin the diplomatic party in Boston. Even this formidable battery of persuasion failed. Apparently, some unexplained concern for diplomatic precedent prevented Mayor Clinton from ordering their summary arrest. At the end of September the mayor paid their debts on the promise that they would take ship for England or France whenever the government would pay for their passage.

      Whatever may have been Cathcart’s impatience, Mellimelli himself was in no hurry to leave the United States. His harassed guide and director had with enormous difficulty succeeded in loading the brig Franklin with the ambassador’s freight and the gifts intended for the Bey and his officers. The government had decided to present the Franklin to the Bey. When that vessel docked in Boston on July 25, all ready to depart except for its passengers, Mellimelli went into a rage. He would not accept the ship as a gift, and he would not return in it. Was it not an old prize long1 since captured by Tunis and sold off by his master? Some better vessel must be found.

      Swearing sorrowfully and taking a pull at a bottle for comfort, Catheart set out to find a more acceptable craft After some difficulty, he procured the Two Brothers of Salem, and after still further trouble, he transferred the Franklin’s cargo to the substitute. At last Catheart found a place for tons of loaf sugar, innumerable bags of coffee and rice, two barrels of rum, two cases of china, a parcel of logwood, ten sacks of ginger, and a variety of objects which had taken Mellimelli’s fancy, not to mention live stock consisting of chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, goats, and sheep, as well as miscellaneous supplies including six boxes of ’ “kite foot segars.” Worn out with his labors and sick of his job, Catheart then sat down and wrote to the Secretary of the Navy that he hoped soon “to deliver the United j States from this political pest of society,” and to Mr. Madison he sighed that he would sooner “make an India voyage than undertake such a journey again.”

      But Mellimelli was still not satisfied. Certain export j duties incurred he now refused to pay and threatened re- prisals on American shippers in Tunis. Catheart reeom- mended that the government remit the duties in order to get rid of the ambassador sooner. Mellimelli quibbled over every transaction. To Mr. Madison he wrote that Cath-cart had cheated the government in buying the ship’s supplies and the presents for the Bey. Furthermore, the American agent had often been drunk and bad had “the audacity to be disrespectful to me.” “If I bad known that he was capable of such conduct I would never have placed myself in his charge on my journey,” Mellimelli complained.

      At long last the Two Brothers was laden, the diplomatic mission (except the three strays in New York) was on hoard, and Catheart and Mellimelli parted company, hating each other thoroughly and vigorously calling names, During the last days of September the vessel eased out of Boston harbor and disappeared in the mists. Our diplomat from North Africa was on his way home, to the great joy of President Jefferson, Secretary Madison, and James Leander Catheart. The visit had accomplished precisely nothing, and the government was out of pocket many thousands of dollars.

      Perhaps Mellimelli’s report of the strength of the United States influenced his master to be more careful about threatening our commerce. At any rate, in 1807 the Bey compromised his demands by accepting $10,000 in cash. But the end of our troubles with the Barbary pirates was in sight. By 1815 we were strong enough to dispense with the appeasement of North African rogues and leave the settlement of our difficulties to the navy. After that, our shipping in the Mediterranean was safe.

  • Al Shabaab calls for attack on Mall of America in new video

    02/22/2015 8:35:21 AM PST · 31 of 44
    wtd to high info voter
    related to your link:

    • How Jerusalem was made so holy for Muslims

      Dr. Mordechai Kedar, Jerusalem, Arabic-studies scholar Bar ilan University, Jerusalem, Israel

      To a degree that its viewed as the third place in sanctity after Mecca and Medina.

      The question is it more obvious when everybody knows that Jerusalem is not mentioned in the qu’ran even once in either of its names, meaning Al-Quds (القدس) and Bayt Al-Maqdis (بيت المقدس), or Elia which is short for Aelia Capitolina (Eliyya Qappitolina)and Uru-Shalem keshenem,

      How Jerusalem became so holy for Muslims? Since the qur’an does not mention Jerusalem, we have to go to the hadith, the secondary oral tradition. There we find many things about Jerusalem. First of all, Muhammed, the prophet of Islam, used Jerusalem as a direction for his prayer for a year and a half when he was in Medina after 632, after he emigrated to Medina. He tried to drag three groups of Jews who were living near Medina by directing his prayers towards Jerusalem, just like them. They didn’t buy this. He got angry with them. He slaughtered them and took the women, wives and girls, even one of his wives was Jewish from that tribe. After there were no more Jews, so there was no point to pray to Jerusalem, he turned the prayer to the south, to Mecca – thus turning his back to Jerusalem – claiming that the kaabah, the idol of the Arabs for a century before Islam, is actually a stone, a gift which allah gave to Abraham as a reward for his willing to sacrifice his son, Ishmael. Everybody understands where this story came from. This Jerusalem finished it’s role in Islam.

      Doing things in the way of Mohammed, there were near, not far from Mecca, a village named Al Gwei'iyyah Near this village there were two mosques – one was closer and was named masjid al madna, the other one was a bit far from the village and was called al masjid Al-Aqsa (means the further mosque). Everybody knew that. Prophet Mohammed even prayed in these mosques, masjid al madna & al-masjid Al-Aqsa.

      In the qur’an it mentions that allah took his servant at night from the holy mosque, which is in Mecca, to the further mosque in this further village, Al Gwei'iyyah and there allah showed him his wonders. This is chapter 17, verse 1.

      After Mohammed passed away, the caliphs gradually moved the Islamic capital to Damascus, thus leaving Mecca as a remote place, only a place for pilgrimage. In the year of 682, fifty years after the prophet passed away, there was a rebellion in Mecca, because of various reasons. Mainly because of the moral level of the behavior of the people in Damascus who were behaving freely with the wives of the mujahideen, those who were fighting in Persia and those towards Spain in the west. Since they went to Mecca every year, in order to cleanse their sins, somebody from Mecca, named Abdella abuZubair declared a rebellion against the caliph and against those who lived in Damascus and prevented them from coming to Mecca to clean their sins in Mecca.

      So the caliph, since he could not do anything about this because he had no soldiers, at that time, in the year of 682, because the soldiers were fighting in Persia and Morocco, he, for eight years, looked for another place, an alternative place for pilgrimage. So, if Jerusalem was holy for Jews and Christians- let is also be holy for Muslims. Then they took this story about allah which took his servant from the holy mosque to Al-Aqsa mosque, and they imported the Al-Aqsa mosque to Jerusalem and said that Jerusalem is their Al-Aqsa mosque, the real one, and concocted a whole series of stories how Jerusalem is holier than Mecca only in order to establish the idea that the pilgrimage should be to Jerusalem and not to Mecca.

      Of course this was a lie, this was a whole bunch of concoctions. These stories which the ulama, the wise people of the caliph made up those days. There are Islamic scholars like Ibn Taymyyah who knew about this and tried to put Jerusalem in its original status, which is like every other city. However, since it was a political issue – it is a political issue until today. By the way, Saladin in the twelfth century also used these stories to enflame his soldiers against the Christian Crusaders towards the end of the twelfth century.

      Today, also, Jerusalem is nothing but a political issue which is colored by religion no more, after all religion and politics in Islam are the two sides of the same coin.

  • Yeah, About Those ‘Muslim Human Chains’ Around Synagogues and Other Staged Photo Ops

  • Islamic leaders of burned center ask prosecutors to drop arson charge

    02/20/2015 7:53:02 PM PST · 15 of 40
    wtd to SSS Two

    Anyone else suspect this alleged “homeless” man may have been involved beyond just the ‘arson’ with such forgiving members of this mosque? These masters of deception have been caught damaging their own establishments, more often than not, in repeated failed attempts at building false cases of Islamophobia. A homeless man’s services can be bargained for...no?

  • Fire rips through Dubai skyscraper

    02/20/2015 7:42:56 PM PST · 11 of 38
    wtd to The_Media_never_lie
    BBCNews: 'Towering Inferno' fears for Gulf's high-rise blocks Report dated May 1, 2013
    "The Arab Gulf states are home to some of the most spectacular high-rise towers in the world. But some building experts say that many of those towers are sheathed in a highly flammable material that puts occupants at risk. One expert in the UAE has estimated that 70% of the high-rise buildings there have panel facade cladding made of a combustible thermoplastic core held between two sheets of aluminium.

    When the panel ignites, fire spreads rapidly, racing to the top of the building and sending flaming debris hurtling to the streets below. "Like a Roman candle" is how one observer described it.

    The initial cause of the fire can be something as simple as a discarded cigarette butt or a charcoal barbecue left unattended on a balcony.

  • Obama: 'Islam Has Been Woven Into the Fabric of Our Country Since Its Founding'

    02/20/2015 4:24:48 PM PST · 58 of 86
    wtd to LeoWindhorse
    Sure it has, Barry. That's why the first "known and documented" mosque was in Ross, North Dakota in early 1900's by Lebanese Muslims followed by Polish-Tatar Muslims in Brooklyn in the 1920s.

    But it doesn't surprise me since as a young boy, you received your education in Indonesia, not in America, and therefore have no loyalty to this nation or its actual history.

    The interactions this country had with Islam began with Barbary pirate raids and one Mellimelli character who dined with Jefferson and had the audacity to request whores to sate his appetite. Ah yes, the splendour of mahomet in the US during the nineteenth century - reminiscing smelly-Melli.

    • 16-MINUTE READ ISSUE: Autumn 1944

      The Virginia Quarterly Review

      Issue: Autumn 1944 Volume 20 # 4

      Published: March 31, 2010

      The recent political tribulations of the Department of State in dealing with North Africa must have stirred the ghosts of early Secretaries to ironic laughter. If Mr. Hull thought he had a headache in Algiers, Tunis, or Tripoli, he might have taken grim comfort in contemplating the greater trials of his predecessors; for the pirate states of the Barbary Coast were an unmitigated nuisance to the governments of the first four Presidents of the United States, and they drove more than one Secretary of State to profane and undiplomatic language. Compared with the irritations endured by Secretary James Madison, for example, Mr. Hull’s troubles were but as the buzzing of gnats; and President Roosevelt’s problems in North Africa may be complex and disturbing, but President Jefferson often found diplomacy with that area a downright personal annoyance.

      As long as the American colonies were a part of the British Empire, merchant ships from Boston, New York, or Philadelphia enjoyed the protection of His Majesty’s royal navy. But after the Fourth of July, 1776, American merchantmen found themselves fugitives from countless perils on the high seas. The Barbary pirates were a particular menace to commerce in the Mediterranean. In 1799 President John Adams sent out consuls to Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli and began a long and costly sequence of diplomatic horse trades designed to buy off the pirates. Eventually, as all the world knows, the American navy resorted to arms and won at the point of its guns what the infant nation had been unable to purchase—immunity from piratical depredation.

      But the African corsairs were slow to learn even the lessons of force. Although a war with Tripoli had brought that power to terms in the summer of 1805, its neighbor Tunis continued to bluster and threaten armed hostility unless the American government produced a satisfactory amount of tribute. The Bey of Tunis was in a fine fume, moreover, because the Americans had intercepted blockade-running Tunisians off Tripoli. He swore by the beard of Mahomet that his corsairs’ vessels must be restored or Tunis would go to war.

      The answer he received from the Americans was not to his liking. On August 1, a formidable American squadron calmly dropped anchor in Tunis harbor and Commodore John Rodgers demanded that the Bey immediately state his intentions concerning war or peace. Faced with an unexpected dilemma, the Bey squirmed and played for time. Many unsettled difficulties between the United States and Tunis required discussion, he purred, and he proposed to send an ambassador to the great ruler in Washington. Meanwhile, would the squadron please go away?

      The upshot was that Commodore Rodgers and the Consul General for Barbary, Tobias Lear, agreed to postpone operations against Tunis while an ambassador negotiated directly with President Jefferson and Secretary of State Madison. The Bey appointed one Sidi Soliman Mellimelli (as his name was usually spelled) to proceed to the United States on a returning American warship.

      The frigate Congress with the minister aboard arrived off Hampton Roads on November 4, 1805, but because of foul weather she did not make her way up the Potomac for three weeks. At last, on November 30, the minister and his retinue came ashore in Washington amid booming cannon and the cheers of an astonished crowd. His arrival inaugurated the most bizarre diplomatic season that the new capital had yet witnessed. Among other exotic diplomats with whom the State Department was trying to do business at the moment was a delegation of Cherokee Indian chiefs wdio camped in Washington for the better part of the winter and developed a liking for the society—or the rum—of politicians. Presently Washington receptions were gaudy with Cherokee and Tunisian visitors in their native regalia.

      The pomp and glitter of Sidi Soliman Mellimelli and his people left Washingtonians pop-eyed with astonishment. The severe republican simplicity of President Jefferson— who, on the very day of the Tunisian’s arrival, had dressed in his old clothes and “ragged slippers with his toes out” to receive senatorial visitors—provided small opportunity for colorful show. The oriental gorgeousness of the Tunisian mission naturally created more than a nine days’ wonder.

      The ambassador’s retinue consisted of two officers and a secretary (who wrote semi-literate English), a cook, a barber, a steward, three huge black bodyguards, and one or two others of doubtful function. When the Tunisians appeared in public, Washington’s gray autumnal streets lighted with color. The black bodyguards were clothed in scarlet, Mellimelli himself, tall and black-bearded, was resplendent in scarlet and gold. Twenty yards of fine white muslin were coiled about his head. Long white silk hose encased his legs, and he wore Morocco shoes of bright yellow.

      The brilliant raiment of the retinue dazzled drab Congressional callers, and Mellimelli’s diamond snuffbox excited their envy. Even more fascinating and strange was his four-foot tobacco pipe. At once the Tunisian mission became the talk of the town, and curiosity led government officials and Congressmen to call upon the emissary of the corsair Bey with more zeal than they had ever shown an ambassador from the greatest state. Senator William Plumer of New Hampshire was so impressed that he wrote pages about Mellimelli in his diary and expressed pleasure that His Highness had ordered an Italian fife and drum band to play in an adjoining room in honor of the senatorial call.

      Statesmen were not the only ones impressed. The populace of Washington who had seen nothing to match Melli-melli’s splendor stormed his gates. Negro servants slipped away from their masters to peep in at the windows of Stelle’s Hotel, which the State Department had rented for the Tunisians, and small boys swarmed about the place and even sneaked in at the doors. President Jefferson finally had to order a corporal’s guard to stand watch at every entrance.

      Americans, who had never seen a Moslem, showed an unholy curiosity about the strangers’ religion. As it happened, Mellimelli arrived in the month of Ramadan and, as a faithful follower of the Prophet, he scrupulously observed the hours of fasting and prayer. When Robert Smith, Secretary of the Navy, made his first call on the diplomat, he found him on his hands and knees, praying toward Mecca. Smith waited out the prayers and invited Mellimelli to a formal dinner, but learned that during Ramadan a Moslem could not eat until after sunset. He would, however, come and take coffee in the evening with officials of the government.

      Later in the same week President Jefferson invited him and his officers to dine—after sunset. John Quincy Adams, one of the guests, observed that the Tunisian’s manners were courteous, that his snuff was flavored with attar of roses, and that his secretaries surreptitiously took a drink of wine when their master wasn’t looking.

      Mellimelli himself displayed considerable curiosity about the religion of the Cherokee Indians, who paid him an official visit. Through an interpreter he questioned them closely about their faith. Did they believe in Mohammed, Abraham, or Jesus? When he found that they worshipped only a Great Spirit, he pronounced them all vile heretics. “He soon after related it to Mr. Jefferson and inquired how he could prove Indians were the descendants of Adam,” Senator Plumer wrote in his journal. “The President replied it was difficult.”

      When Ramadan was over, Mellimelli and his retinue began to circulate more freely in Washington—-and troubles for the government multiplied. His Highness had come without a harem and now he requested the State Department to make some temporary arrangement to supply this deficiency. That august agency of the government, trained never to be surprised at anything, must have been startled at this unusual demand, but we have the word of Senator Plumer that it rose to the occasion, and that “our government has, on his application, provided him with one or more women, with whom he spends a portion of the night.” In the records of the State Department in the National Archives there is a list of Mellimelli’s suite, including a certain “Georgia, a Greek, taken into service at Washington.” Possibly Georgia was the discovery of some harassed undersecretary charged with providing the Tunisian ambassador with all the comforts of home.

      The relaxation of ascetic discipline wdiich Mellimelli allowed himself after was not confined to the master alone. Members of his household, in flagrant violation of the Koran, took to strong drink, fought among themselves, and made trouble, then and later, for everybody concerned. Mellimelli, who had foreseen this possibility, wrote President Jefferson ten days before the end of Ramadan asking him not to pay to his steward, Hadgi Mahomet, the money which the government supplied for the expenses of the embassy. This money, the ambassador craftily suggested, might be put directly into his own hands and he would buy what was needed. But this piece of forethought did not keep the steward sober. He celebrated the end of the month of fasting with a roaring brawl and a fight with the hotei barber. After that, Mellimelli dismissed him and notified Secretary Madison that henceforth Hadgi Mahomet would be the Secretary’s responsibility, subject to the laws of the United States.

      By the New Year the novelty of the visiting Tunisians was beginning to wear off. Even the small boys and Negroes who had at first swarmed about the hotel no longer considered the ambassador’s retinue worthy of their interest, and some members of the government were already convinced that the visitors were a pest. From this time onward, Mellimelli and his suite were an increasing nuisance, The thrifty Treasury was casting a fishy eye over their mounting expense accounts. A question had arisen over what to do with four horses which the Bey had sent as a gift to the president. Mr. Jefferson tactfully explained that he could not with propriety accept them as a personal gift, but he expressed the hope to Senator Plumer that the Congress could receive the horses and apply their sale price to the expenses of the mission. Meanwhile, the animals—which Plumer says were not remarkable—had displayed a remarkable appetite for government oats and had run up a monstrous bill for their keep.

      Senators who at first had been vastly entertained by the foreign visitors began to be bored and irritable. When the Tunisian ambassador announced bis intention of paying an official visit to the Senate at noon on January 2, several senators objected to a resolution giving him the privilege of the floor. John Quincy Adams observed sourly to his colleagues that ambassadors from the greatest nations had never received such marks of distinction, and Dr. Samuel L. Mitchill complained because the American government had “given this half-savage the dignified title of ambassa- dor.” That an emissary from a nest of rogues and pirates should be honored by the Senate galled James Hillhouse of Connecticut: “I consider this Tunisian in the same character as I do the Indian chiefs,” he declared, “and I would treat him accordingly.”

      To solve the problem, the Senate voted to adjourn for the day, and left a committee to receive Mellimelli in the Chamber. He sat for about twenty minutes and listened to a little speech in Italian on the greatness of America delivered by Senator Buckner Thruston of Kentucky. Mellimelli had just been in the House of Representatives where he had heard the debates and had come away immensely puzzled. “If each Representative has a right to debate on each question,” he remarked to Senator Thruston, “it will require a year to come to a result.”

      The slowness of results was beginning to trouble Mellimelli. It was about time, he decided, for his visit to produce something more tangible than speeches in bad Italian, and he pressed Secretary Madison for the restoration of captured Tunisian vessels, for the presentation of an armed frigate to his master the Bey, and for the promise of periodic gifts of certain military stores to Tunis. If the government did not accede to these requests, his master might unleash his cruisers against American shipping. In reply, Mr. Madison pointed out that the United States had a strong squadron in the Mediterranean and he trusted that the Bey would not be so rash as to risk a disastrous war.

      Throughout the winter and spring, Mellimelli and Madison kept up a desultory correspondence on this theme. The State Department had decided to hold the ambassador in the country until good weather would permit a grand tour of the principal cities so that he might carry home a proper impression of the extent and strength of the American nation. By the end of May, plans for Mellimelli’s grand tour were complete and all Washington anticipated his departure with pleasure Mr. Madison appointed James Lean-der Catheart, former consul at Tripoli, as guide and keeper of the Tunisians and instructed him to make certain that they saw the right sights and took ship from Boston at the earliest possible moment. A certain Carlo went along as interpreter.

      Cat-heart, a bustling and immensely conceited busybody, started briskly on his journey northward, pleased to have an opportunity of being in the public eye, but before he and his charges had cleared Baltimore he was sick of his task. Baltimore innkeepers showed a reluctance to receive the dusky ambassador and his strange entourage, but finally the Columbian Inn grudgingly found them quarters. Mell-imelli’s cupidity having been aroused by the commercial activity of Baltimore, Catheart soon found himself serving as the ambassador’s agent in the purchase of huge quantities of loaf sugar, coffee, and other commodities highly prized in Tunis. If the government presented the Bey of Tunis with a brig, as the State Department had finally promised, Mellimelli intended to take advantage of his diplomatic immunity to ship out a handsome cargo of dutiable goods. Throughout the first week of a hot June, therefore, Catheart sweated from one Baltimore shop to another trying to find the right purchases for his bargain-driving charge.

      Wearily he concluded his duties in Baltimore and set out for Philadelphia on June 7. A week in that city was enough to give the ambassador a sufficient view of the largest city in America, but Catheart reported to Madison on June 15 that he was obliged to spend an extra day lest a solar eclipse on the scheduled day of departure alarm Mellimelli, for “then there would be no knowing to what extravagance his superstition might lead him.”

      Troubles increased after their arrival in New York. There three members of the party—Mahomet Choux, an officer, Soliman the barber, and Mustapha the cook—deserted and refused to go any farther. Moreover, they announced their intention of remaining in the United States where the drinks were good and the government paid for their keep. Merrily they charged their expenses to the account of the United States, and New York tavern keepers duly presented the bills to Catheart, official caretaker of the diplomatic party. That worthy argued and pleaded with the recalcitrants to no avail, and Mellimelli’s own threats fell on deaf ears. Abandoning the three riotous Tunisians, the rest of the party proceeded to Boston, where they arrived on July 15. Cathcart’s most fervent hope was that the ambassador’s ship would be ready and that he could soon be rid of his charges. As it turned out, he had to endure Mellimelli for more than two months longer.

      Meanwhile, President Jefferson, Mr. Madison, and De-Witt Clinton, mayor of New York, busied themselves in an effort to persuade the three errant Tunisians in New York to abandon their rakes’ progress and rejoin the diplomatic party in Boston. Even this formidable battery of persuasion failed. Apparently, some unexplained concern for diplomatic precedent prevented Mayor Clinton from ordering their summary arrest. At the end of September the mayor paid their debts on the promise that they would take ship for England or France whenever the government would pay for their passage.

      Whatever may have been Cathcart’s impatience, Mellimelli himself was in no hurry to leave the United States. His harassed guide and director had with enormous difficulty succeeded in loading the brig Franklin with the ambassador’s freight and the gifts intended for the Bey and his officers. The government had decided to present the Franklin to the Bey. When that vessel docked in Boston on July 25, all ready to depart except for its passengers, Mellimelli went into a rage. He would not accept the ship as a gift, and he would not return in it. Was it not an old prize long1 since captured by Tunis and sold off by his master? Some better vessel must be found.

      Swearing sorrowfully and taking a pull at a bottle for comfort, Catheart set out to find a more acceptable craft After some difficulty, he procured the Two Brothers of Salem, and after still further trouble, he transferred the Franklin’s cargo to the substitute. At last Catheart found a place for tons of loaf sugar, innumerable bags of coffee and rice, two barrels of rum, two cases of china, a parcel of logwood, ten sacks of ginger, and a variety of objects which had taken Mellimelli’s fancy, not to mention live stock consisting of chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, goats, and sheep, as well as miscellaneous supplies including six boxes of ’ “kite foot segars.” Worn out with his labors and sick of his job, Catheart then sat down and wrote to the Secretary of the Navy that he hoped soon “to deliver the United j States from this political pest of society,” and to Mr. Madison he sighed that he would sooner “make an India voyage than undertake such a journey again.” But Mellimelli was still not satisfied. Certain export j duties incurred he now refused to pay and threatened re- prisals on American shippers in Tunis. Catheart reeom- mended that the government remit the duties in order to get rid of the ambassador sooner. Mellimelli quibbled over every transaction. To Mr. Madison he wrote that Cath-cart had cheated the government in buying the ship’s supplies and the presents for the Bey. Furthermore, the American agent had often been drunk and bad had “the audacity to be disrespectful to me.” “If I bad known that he was capable of such conduct I would never have placed myself in his charge on my journey,” Mellimelli complained.

      At long last the Two Brothers was laden, the diplomatic mission (except the three strays in New York) was on hoard, and Catheart and Mellimelli parted company, hating each other thoroughly and vigorously calling names, During the last days of September the vessel eased out of Boston harbor and disappeared in the mists. Our diplomat from North Africa was on his way home, to the great joy of President Jefferson, Secretary Madison, and James Leander Catheart. The visit had accomplished precisely nothing, and the government was out of pocket many thousands of dollars.

      Perhaps Mellimelli’s report of the strength of the United States influenced his master to be more careful about threatening our commerce. At any rate, in 1807 the Bey compromised his demands by accepting $10,000 in cash. But the end of our troubles with the Barbary pirates was in sight. By 1815 we were strong enough to dispense with the appeasement of North African rogues and leave the settlement of our difficulties to the navy. After that, our shipping in the Mediterranean was safe.

  • God gave the Jews the Temple Mount, not Copenhagen's cafés" [Jesus or Barabbas]

    02/20/2015 4:13:42 PM PST · 12 of 34
    wtd to Jan_Sobieski
    How Jerusalem was made so holy for Muslims (Video & transcript)

    • Dr. Mordechai Kedar, Jerusalem, Arabic-studies scholar Bar ilan University, Jerusalem, Israel

      To the degree that its viewed as the third place in sanctity after Mecca and Medina, the question is more obvious when everybody knows that Jerusalem is not mentioned in the qu’ran even once by either of its names, meaning Al-Quds (القدس) and Bayt Al-Maqdis (بيت المقدس), or Elia which is short for Aelia Capitolina (Eliyya Qappitolina)and Uru-Shalem keshenem, (Spelling?).

      How Jerusalem became so holy for Muslims? Since the qur’an does not mention Jerusalem, we have to go to the hadith, the secondary oral tradition. There we find many things about Jerusalem. First of all, Muhammed, the prophet of Islam, used Jerusalem as a direction for his prayer for a year and a half when he was in Medina after 632, after he emigrated to Medina. He tried to drag three groups of Jews who were living near Medina by directing his prayers towards Jerusalem, just like them. They didn’t buy this. He got angry with them. He slaughtered them and took the women, wives and girls, even one of his wives was Jewish from that tribe. After there were no more Jews, so there was no point to pray to Jerusalem, he turned the prayer to the south, to Mecca – thus turning his back to Jerusalem – claiming that the kaabah, the idol of the Arabs for a century before Islam, is actually a stone, a gift which allah gave to Abraham as a reward for his willing to sacrifice his son, Ishmael. Everybody understands where this story came from. This Jerusalem finished it’s role in Islam.

      Doing things in the way of Mohammed, there were near, not far from Mecca, a village named Al Gwei'iyyah Near this village there were two mosques – one was closer and was named masjid al madna, the other one was a bit far from the village and was called al masjid Al-Aqsa (means the further mosque). Everybody knew that. Prophet Mohammed even prayed in these mosques, masjid al madna & al-masjid Al-Aqsa.

      In the qur’an it mentions that allah took his servant at night from the holy mosque, which is in Mecca, to the further mosque in this further village, Al Gwei'iyyah and there allah showed him his wonders. This is chapter 17, verse 1.

      After Mohammed passed away, the caliphs gradually moved the Islamic capital to Damascus, thus leaving Mecca as a remote place, only a place for pilgrimage. In the year of 682, fifty years after the prophet passed away, there was a rebellion in Mecca, because of various reasons. Mainly because of the moral level of the behavior of the people in Damascus who were behaving freely with the wives of the mujahideen, those who were fighting in Persia and those towards Spain in the west. Since they went to Mecca every year, in order to cleanse their sins, somebody from Mecca, named Abdella abuZubair declared a rebellion against the caliph and against those who lived in Damascus and prevented them from coming to Mecca to clean their sins in Mecca.

      So the caliph, since he could not do anything about this because he had no soldiers, at that time, in the year of 682, because the soldiers were fighting in Persia and Morocco, he, for eight years, looked for another place, an alternative place for pilgrimage. So, if Jerusalem was holy for Jews and Christians- let is also be holy for Muslims. Then they took this story about allah which took his servant from the holy mosque to Al-Aqsa mosque, and they imported the Al-Aqsa mosque to Jerusalem and said that Jerusalem is their Al-Aqsa mosque, the real one, and concocted a whole series of stories how Jerusalem is holier than Mecca only in order to establish the idea that the pilgrimage should be to Jerusalem and not to Mecca.

      Of course this was a lie, this was a whole bunch of concoctions. These stories which the ulama, the wise people of the caliph made up those days. are Islamic scholars like Ibn Taymyyah who knew about this and tried to put Jerusalem in its original status, which is like every other city. However, since it was a political issue – it is a political issue until today. By the way, Saladin in the twelfth century also used these stories to enflame his soldiers against the Christian Crusaders towards the end of the twelfth century.

      Today, also, Jerusalem is nothing but a political issue which is colored by religion no more, after all religion and politics in Islam are the two sides of the same coin.

  • Romanian spy chief warns of ‘threat for EU from Hungary’

    02/20/2015 3:27:20 PM PST · 16 of 17
    wtd to Mastador1
    Filtering through an old photograph album with personal family memorabilia, I came across a few pages of a very delicate, brittle and yellowed newspaper article dated Dec. 9, 1956.

    The article detailed certain events which took place during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution from the first hand perspective of a Russian Security Police Captain.

    Not sure if this 58 year old article is of any interest to FR readers, however, given the situation in the Ukraine, it may provide some interesting historic details.

    Source is a NY Paper: The Sunday News, December 9, 1956, Page 112

    It is titled "I Herded Hungarians"

    "In the weeks since the Russians crushed the rebellion in Hungary, reports of mass deportations of Hungarian patriots persist in spite of Soviet denials. From a source which THE NEWS considers reliable comes a firs-hand account of how the Red terror operates when its authority is challenged. Anatoli Privalkin, who was a captain in the Soviet security forces, was assigned to the first prison train of deportees sent from Hungary to Russia. Sickened by what he saw, Privalkin defected on a subsequent assignment to Sofia, Bulgaria and fled to Yugoslavia. His eyewitness story follows. "
  • Today In U.S. Military History - 16 February 1804

    02/20/2015 2:33:26 PM PST · 8 of 9
    wtd to archy

    Good to know ...thanks!

  • In November 1938 ‘Homes and Gardens’ Visited Hitler’s Home in the Bavarian Alps

    02/20/2015 7:43:41 AM PST · 16 of 35
    wtd to P.O.E.
    FWIW:

    At the bottom of the page with the text of this article the following note is posted © Focal Point 2003 write to "David Irving" (English Holocaust denier and author who has written several books on the military and his political history of World)

  • Video: ISIS Leader Admits: We Are Being Funded By The Obama Administration

    02/20/2015 7:00:01 AM PST · 1 of 42
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  • 371 Attacks on French Soldiers

    02/20/2015 5:37:31 AM PST · 11 of 11
    wtd to faithhopecharity
    subtitled video: Marine LePen suggests ANTIFA responsible for cemetary desecration in France: Marine Le Pen It would appear that government thugs, Cossacks essentially, are responsible for the cemetery desecration in France this week.
  • 371 Attacks on French Soldiers

    02/19/2015 9:47:39 PM PST · 1 of 11
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  • Utah Court Allows Woman To Sue Herself For Wrongful Death Of Her Husband

    02/19/2015 12:49:46 PM PST · 27 of 40
    wtd to MeshugeMikey
    My two favorite comments at the link:

    • If it were me, she would be awarded a dollar. That would put a stop to this nonsense

    • If the insurance company has to pay the victim her, can the insurance then sue the responsible party her to recover the money they paid to the victim her?
  • Today In U.S. Military History - 16 February 1804

    02/16/2015 1:40:12 PM PST · 6 of 9
    wtd to ConorMacNessa
    Also related to the beachside beheadings of Christians...mentioned at The Conservative Treehouse by Aslans Girl:
    "I think this is the first time ISIS has murdered on the shore… it made me think of the Marine hymn’s line “to the shores of Tripoli”. I did some research and found out that Derna, where these murders took place today, is a Tripolitan city and it’s where the US won their first military victory on foreign soil. I know today ISIS was sending a message to Egypt, but I can’t help but wonder if there’s a message to America due to the location."
  • Rash of anti-Semitic graffiti includes at least 30 complaints (Madison,WI)

    02/16/2015 8:09:57 AM PST · 13 of 27
    wtd to jalisco555
    Around the 01:48 in the linked video, the blonde reporter suggests one of the homeowners she identifies as "Jim" was concerned the perpetrator may have targeted the wrong house - a neighbor just across the street - 'on accident'.

    Such a statement, repeated on air by this bimbo suggests the effort would have been acceptable/understandable if the perpetrator got the right house? Unbelievable.

  • ( Kayla Mueller) Dead US aid worker forced to marry Isis commander

    02/16/2015 7:06:09 AM PST · 21 of 33
    wtd to george76

    Any word on whether the ‘military commander’ survived, given ISIS was the target?

  • 'Islamist terror threat' shuts down largest festival in northern Germany

  • 'Islamist terror threat' shuts down largest festival in northern Germany

    02/15/2015 8:07:27 AM PST · 1 of 31
    wtd
    IIRC, this parade had some unique animated floats with political themes which featured Presidents Bush, Clinton and Carter as well as the muhammedan prophet in the recent past. Photos of these floats are not easily found online today. Go figure.
  • Prime Minister Abbott promises crackdown on ‘bad people’ who may turn to terrorism

    02/15/2015 7:33:46 AM PST · 16 of 21
    wtd to ilovesarah2012
    Now this is a LEADER who LOVES his country on Valentines Day!

    • A Message from the Prime Minister (Australia) Published on Feb 14, 2015

      Earlier this week, the hostages of the Lindt café, as well as the families of Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson were welcomed to this Parliament.

      We acknowledged the atrocity that took place in Sydney’s CBD and we pledged to keep our country as safe and as secure as we humanly can.

      Both the Commonwealth and State Governments are currently considering the joint review into the Martin Place siege and we will shortly release the report publicly, along with our response.

      We are both determined to learn the lessons of this attack and will promptly take any necessary remedial action.

      I will also be making a national security statement on Monday week.

      It’s clear to me, that for too long, we have given those who might be a threat to our country the benefit of the doubt.

      There’s been the benefit of the doubt at our borders, the benefit of the doubt for residency, the benefit of the doubt for citizenship and the benefit of the doubt at Centrelink.

      And in the courts, there has been bail, when clearly there should have been jail.

      We are a free and fair nation. But that doesn’t mean we should let bad people play us for mugs, and all too often they have: Well, that’s going to stop.

      The rise of the Islamist death cult in the Middle East has seen the emergence of new threats where any extremist can grab a knife, a flag, a camera phone and a victim and carry out a terror attack.

      As a nation we are responding to this threat. Abroad, Australia is working with allies to disrupt and degrade the Islamist death cult.

      At home, we have provided our security services with more powers, more resources and stronger laws.

      We are currently considering additional legislation on data retention that’s before the Parliament – and this will make it easier to keep you safe and we want to get this legislation passed as quickly as we can.

      I give you this assurance: As a country, we won’t let evil people exploit our freedom.

      *****

      Also consider:

    • Behind the left's push to remove Abbott

      Lord Monckton reveals the behind the scenes efforts to affect elections and the elected standing in the way of progressive one world order.

  • Russians Say They Fear Hunger, Unemployment and Nuclear War

    02/15/2015 7:23:44 AM PST · 2 of 6
    wtd to WhiskeyX

    It is Russian committing aggression against Ukraine today, the same country upon which Russia imposed the HOLODOMOR famine. Talk about extreme CHUTZPAH!

  • Eyewitness: Copenhagen Gunman Yelled What Sounded Like Arabic

    02/15/2015 6:14:20 AM PST · 21 of 21
    wtd to 2ndDivisionVet
    The first victim of Saturday's shootings in Copenhagen was the 55 year old film director finn Norgaard

    • JyllandsPosten.dk (google translate)

      *****

      From the blog page linked from above:

      "According to Ekstra Bladet Two men arrested in Copenhagen. They arrived at the place in the car when police were investigating an apartment - they were arrested, and the police investigated the car. Police have still not confirmed whether the arrests on Oesterbro related to shooting attacks."

      *****

    • (googletranslate) PET known suspected terrorist in advance

      PET chief Jens Madsen says that PET knew of the alleged perpetrator hehind Saturday's terror in Copenhagen.

      PET has had prior knowledge of the alleged perpetrator behind Saturday's terror attack in Copenhagen early Sunday afternoon.

      -It is a person who has been in PET's radar, says Jens Madsen

      The police can not yet say anything well proven on the motive behind the attack, but you are working from a theory that the attacks on Krudttønden and synagogue can be inspired by the terrorist attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January.

      After the attack on Krudttønden where the man initially hijacked a VW Polo, which he fled, he took a taxi to the settlement Mjølnerparken in Nørrebro in Copenhagen. Here he arrived at 16:17, and 20 minutes later he left the place again. Meanwhile, he had changed clothes. The new clothes he was wearing when he around one o'clock Sunday night struck against the synagogue in Krystalgade.And when the man was shot and killed near Nørrebro Station early Sunday morning, he was wearing the same clothes as the synagogue attack.The investigation continues into the future. Here, the police must clarify the man's whereabouts up to the attacks, between the attacks and after the attacks in detail.

      In addition, a number of technical studies conducted to finally be able to establish that the alleged offender is actually the perpetrator.

      For the sake of the investigation, the police will therefore not currently say more about the man's identity.

  • Free speech in Britain: Police tracking people who bought Charlie Hebdo

    02/14/2015 4:08:35 PM PST · 2 of 9
    wtd to 2ndDivisionVet

    The alleged “CiC” should recognize that he is setting precedent for a response against a similar attack on the White House while he is in residence. After all, doesn’t his SS take the same oath that our military does?

  • Bombers make it onto Iraq base used by U.S. troops

    02/13/2015 6:59:35 AM PST · 3 of 19
    wtd to rey

    I was following this last night and found nothing updating the seriousness of the situation till this post. Thanks.

  • Public official stands in the way of police and woman who fears she’ll end up dead

    02/12/2015 5:45:10 AM PST · 3 of 25
    wtd to SWAMPSNIPER

    When that councilwoman was caught perjuring herself to a court (policeman’s cell phone records proved he was 5 miles away), the court should have charged her with perjury.

  • Op-Ed: EXPOSÉ: Belgium is Committing Suicide

    02/12/2015 5:26:16 AM PST · 1 of 3
    wtd
    Op-Ed: EXPOSÉ: Belgium is Committing Suicide

    As the capital of the European Union goes, so goes Europe. And the details are worse than you can imagine.

    Belgium has the highest per capita number of Islamic terrorists gone to fight in Syria and Iraq than any other European country. Brussels is the capital of the holy war, as well as of the European Union.

    The first European citizen to die on the battlefields of jihad was Muriel Degauque, a Belgian Catholic girl. Originally from Charleroi, she converted to Islam, changed her name to Myriam and died near Baghdad as a human bomb.

    Two days before September 11, two Tunisians recruited in Belgium managed to kill the Afghan commander Massoud, enemy of al Qaeda and the Taliban.

    And the terror cell of Madrid's 2004 bombings came from the town of Maaseik.

    How could Maaseik, the city of the Christian painter Van Eyck, become the center of Islamic terrorism in Europe?

    They call it "Belgistan", it is the sad evolution of a wealthy, bored and skeptical country, a world of cafes, theaters, municipal clubs, wine, witty conversations, carillons, libraries, prosperous cooperatives.

    Brussels was destined to become, like London, Paris or Athens, the place par excellence of Europe's national merger. Homo Belgicus should have been the highest example of synthesis of the European everyman. Yet, the country is sick.

    Belgium doesn't only hold the record for jihadists in Europe, it is also the European country with the highest suicide rate. The most notorious suicide is the Nobel Prize laureate in Medicine, Christian de Duve, who, two years ago, killed himself in front of his four children. Six suicides a day. With a suicide rate estimated at more than 20 per 100,000 inhabitants, Belgium breaks all records in Western Europe. The world average is 14.5 per 100,000 inhabitants. Suicide is indeed the first cause of mortality among Belgians between 25-44 and the second leading cause, after vehicle accidents, between 15-24.

    The tragic statistic would grow if we counted the thousands of deaths that occur under the law of euthanasia, with six deaths per day. Belgium is also the site of the first "supermarket of death." In Flémalle, a Belgian town not far from Liege. The tombstones? In the fourth row. The crowns? In the right corner. The coffins? To the left.

    A country dominated by nihilism, where Islam is already the first religion. In the schools of the capital of Europe, the teaching of the Muslim religion has exceeded that of students of Catholic faith. A full 43 percent is studying Islam, and the same figure stood at 41.4 in high schools; 27.9 percent are following courses of "secular morality" (atheism), and only 23.3 percent opted for studies in the Catholic faith.

    Already today, in Brussels, one in three people is Muslim, the most common name is Mohammed, and by 2035 it will be a city with a Muslim majority.

    The great moments of life, such as baptisms, weddings and funerals in Belgium are no longer tied to Christianity, this in a country whose symbols have long been the cathedral of Antwerp, the dog of St. Hubert and the University of Leuven (founded by Pope Martin V).

    In Brussels today only 7.2 percent of marriages are Catholic, only 14.8 percent of children are baptized, and there only 22.6 percent of funerals were Catholic.

    It is the end of Catholicism.

    Recently, the Belgian authorities decided that the cornerstone holidays of European culture, such as All Saints' Day, Christmas and Easter, had to be replaced by the more neutral "Holiday Autumn", "Winter Holidays" and "Spring Break ". And two years ago, the new secularized Christmas tree made its debut, a symbol of a country which has become transparent, soulless. An Xmas Tree of steel, lights and video projections.

    At the same time, Belgium adopted the most radical form of multiculturalism that Europe has ever known. In 1974, the Belgian government officially recognized the Islamic religion. The first result of this recognition was the adoption, in 1975, of the inclusion of the Islamic religion in the school curriculum. Muslims in Belgium are 75 percent fundamentalist.

    "A radicalized youth, which rejects Western values", writes the Flemish journalist Hind Fraihi: "In Brussels, there are islands such as Molenbeek, where it is hard to believe that it is Belgium."

    Proselytism, meanwhile, flourishes. The total number of Belgians who converted to Islam is estimated at 20,000. In the courts, the sharia interferes insidiously in judgments of judges and in Antwerp the first court that legislates with Islamic law has been established. Public schools also distribute halal meals.

    In recent years in many areas of Brussels women have disappeared and reappeared under their full veils. A stone's throw from the European institutions, the imams preach against Brussels, the "capital of the infidels."

    The Jews are under attack everywhere. Many churches remain the same outside. But inside many have become mosques, such as the Lady of Perpetual Help.

    In a church at Bruges the "Holy Blood" which a Count of Flanders brought from Palestine after the Crusades is kept. But the "miracle of the liquefaction", say the guides, doesn't take place anymore and hasn't for several centuries.

    It has withered. The symbol of a dried and lost Europe.

  • New study says UK Muslim population increases sharply

    02/12/2015 4:07:34 AM PST · 3 of 10
    wtd to Gaffer
    It already is a really big problem . . .but dismissed as "random":

    • Kosher restaurant attacked near London

      Police are investigating an attack on a kosher restaurant in Edgware, northwest of London on Wednesday in which the front window of Orli Caffe was smashed while diners were eating. Aside from the damage caused by the smashed window, no injuries were reported.

      According to a report by The Jewish Chronicle, eyewitnesses originally thought that shots were fired, though a spokeswoman for London's Metropolitan Police said they do not believe there was gunfire.

      Barnet police said there have been four recent incidents of "windows being randomly shattered, possibly by marbles."

      Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

      *******same incident - different source*******

    • Windows of Orli Caffe, in Hale Lane, Edgware, smashed in ‘random’ attack

      Windows were smashed at a kosher restaurant in a series of apparently "random"attacks in Edgware.

      Orli, in Hale Lane, had objects - believed to be marbles - thrown at it around 5pm today, along with another building and two vehicles which were also damaged.

      Initial reports on social media suggested shots had been fired, but the Metropolitan Police and the Community Security Trust (CST) have confirmed no firearm was used.

      A police spokesman said the incidents appeared to be “completely random” and that there was no obvious motive.

      The CST, a Jewish security charity, also tweeted that the incident may be linked to non anti-Semitic incidents in the area.

      Further investigations are underway.

  • New study says UK Muslim population increases sharply

    02/12/2015 3:35:43 AM PST · 1 of 10
    wtd
    Quote from above:

    "The "British Muslims in Numbers" report indicates that more than half were born outside Britain but 73 percent regard themselves as British."

    Bet the percentage of these invaders wanting to impose shariah upon the non-muslim British is about that high as well.

  • Chapel Hill police arrest man in triple homicide (NC)

    02/11/2015 5:15:32 AM PST · 9 of 19
    wtd to Bushbacker1
    One of the early comments at that link:
    "Karen Hoffman · Top Commenter · Ashland, Wisconsin

    Another faux news zombie whipped into a frenzy by Hannity and O'reilly to go out and kill himself some non Christians in the new 21st century crusade. It's great that in the USA we have freedom of religion but heaven help you if your anything but Christian.

    44 minutes ago

    Won't those like her be surprised to discover via PJMedia:
    "A review of the Facebook page of the man charged in these murders, Craig Hicks, shows a consistent themes of anti-religion and progressive causes. Included in his many Facebook “likes” are the Huffington Post, Rachel Maddow, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Freedom from Religion Foundation, Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” Neil deGrasse Tyson, Gay Marriage groups, and a host of anti-conservative/Tea Party pages.
  • Kayla Mueller Family Press Conference LIVE THREAD

  • Drone Scare For LAX-Bound Flight Reignites Safety Debate

    02/10/2015 9:40:42 AM PST · 3 of 20
    wtd to C19fan

    Several years ago, a commenter at LGF revealed the existence of large fortified mosques popping up near CA airports including LAX.

  • Could students' art solve mystery of unidentified bodies?

    02/09/2015 7:37:14 PM PST · 3 of 6
    wtd to BBell
    You saw this forensic art exhibit in The Gorky Park film or the actual Gorky park in Moscow?
  • Could students' art solve mystery of unidentified bodies?

    02/09/2015 7:27:16 PM PST · 1 of 6
    wtd
  • ‘Nightly News’ Takes Ratings Hit During Brian Williams Crises (all three newser nitworks hit hard)

  • Was Brian Williams terrorized by gangs at the Ritz-Carlton during Katrina?

  • Rush Caller: Using Sea Salt Threatens Environment. And is Racist.

  • [Palestinian Authority] PA Prisoner Salaries: Kill More Israelis, Get More Cash

    02/09/2015 2:08:05 AM PST · 5 of 8
    wtd to Olog-hai
    Similar payoffs for Guantanamo ...
    "Aamer, a Saudi Arabian citizen, had been living in London prior to travelling to Afghanistan with his family in 2001. He insists he went there to open a school and run a charity while the US authorities have accused him of being a senior al-Qaeda figure, who acted as a ‘special interpreter’ for Osama bin Laden, was trained in the handling of explosives, and with had alleged links to terror networks both in the UK and US.

    When he is finally freed, Aamer will be entitled to a compensation payment of about £1 million. Similar sums were given to other British detainees of Guantanamo in a scheme agreed by the Government to head off what it believed would be costly and embarrassing court cases that would drag UK intelligence services into the dock.

    a lot more on the page : Telegraph: Last British prisoner in Guantanamo in line for £1 million payout
  • See the Detroiter with 21-mile walking commute get a surprise new car

    02/06/2015 3:31:54 PM PST · 33 of 45
    wtd to cripplecreek
    I missed the Utash story back in April due to family health issues.

    And I too noticed the lack of ebonics. We need many more strong black men of integrity like him throughout the states to set the example for the next generations.

    He reminds me, in personality and stature of my dad, an immigrant refugee who earned every modest possession he has. Too proud to accept handouts and refusing to retire at 76 despite his health concerns.

  • B Franklin Wrote 4 The National Gazette, Quoting the Koran & Calling 4 Enslavement of Christians

    02/06/2015 2:18:46 PM PST · 16 of 18
    wtd to Albion Wilde
    Indeed, irony abounds.

    There are also those migrants/invaders who arrive with no intention of breaking a sweat to attain the American dream (irony of Obama's lexicon "dreamers").

    As well as the migrants who deceptively arrive on legal visas with NO intention of leaving, chosing instead on colonizing with their mosques and Islamic centers - a slave of a different kind, who also and demand

    "we maintain them as beggars in our streets; or suffer our properties to be the prey of their pillage; for men accostomed to slavery, will not work for a livelihood when not compelled."

    -not to mention the grievance industry having bought the propaganda of CAIR's apostles in places like Ferguson, Sanford, St. Louis, Detroit etc.

  • See the Detroiter with 21-mile walking commute get a surprise new car

    02/06/2015 2:09:47 PM PST · 9 of 45
    wtd to Kartographer
    He is modest, has a great sense of humor and a drive/work ethic deserving the attention and reward.

    Bravo.

    Perhaps his story will inspire the next generation...we can certainly use a lot more like him!

  • B Franklin Wrote 4 The National Gazette, Quoting the Koran & Calling 4 Enslavement of Christians

    02/06/2015 1:33:54 PM PST · 9 of 18
    wtd to livius
    The summary is there in one simple sentence:

    "The first thing we need to understand is Ben Franklin was petitioning Congress for the abolition of slavery in the USA:"

    As well as in the last two paragraphs of Theodore Parkers quotes:

    "This petition was the last public act of Franklin, the last public document he ever signed. He had put his hand to the Declaration of Independence; to the treaties of alliance with France and Prussia; to the treaty of peace with Great Britain, now he signs the first petition for the abolition of slavery. Between 1783 and 1790 what important events had taken place! For three years he had been President of Pennsylvania, unanimously elected by the Assembly every time save the first, when one vote out of seventy-seven was cast against him. He had been a member of the Federal Convention, which made the Constitution, and, spite of what he considered to be its errors, put his name to it. Neither he, nor Washington, nor indeed any of the great men who helped to make that instrument, thought it perfect, or worshiped it as an idol. But now, as his last act, he seeks to correct the great fault, and blot, and vice of of the American government – the only one which, in seventy-six years, has given us much trouble. The petition was presented on the 12th of February, 1790. It asked for the abolition of the

    Page 35

    slave trade, and for the emancipation of slaves. A storm followed; the South was in a rage, which lasted till near the end of March. Mr. Jackson, of Georgia, defended the “peculiar institution.” The ancient republics had slaves; the whole current of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, proved that religion was not hostile to slavery. On the 23rd of March, 1790, Franklin wrote for the National Gazette the speech in favor of the enslavement of Christians. He put it into the mouth of a member of the Divan of Algiers. It was a parody of the actual words of Mr. Jackson, of Georgia, as delivered in Congress a few days before; the text, however, being taken out of the Koran. It was one of the most witty, brilliant, and ingenious things that came from his mind. This was the last public writing of Dr. Franklin ..."

  • B Franklin Wrote 4 The National Gazette, Quoting the Koran & Calling 4 Enslavement of Christians

    02/06/2015 1:26:33 PM PST · 5 of 18
    wtd to WayneS

    Exactly. The suggestion that Franklin quoted the ‘koran’ is an interpretation from the author “Theodore Parker”. All links are provided to the sources.

  • B Franklin Wrote 4 The National Gazette, Quoting the Koran & Calling 4 Enslavement of Christians

    02/06/2015 1:09:02 PM PST · 1 of 18
    wtd
    Another quote from the author Theodore Parker (often mis-attributed to Martin Luther King) is woven among the five quotes on the carpet made specially for the Oval Office...

    • “The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, But It Bends Towards Justice.” via CNN September 4th, 2010

      "(CNN) – Remember the big makeover the Oval Office got last week while President Obama was on vacation?

      Well, there’s a problem with the presidential rug.

      The floor piece has quotations from four U.S. presidents and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. — or does it?

      One quote reads, “The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, But It Bends Towards Justice.”

      As the Washington Post’s Jamie Stiehm points out, the quote attributed to King is not really King’s quote at all.

      It’s Theodore Parker’s.

      King often quoted and paraphrased Parker, an abolitionist and minister from Massachusetts, who in 1853 proclaimed, “I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one ... And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice."

  • Experts raise alarm as plague kills dozens in Madagascar

    02/06/2015 12:34:18 PM PST · 41 of 41
    wtd to vetvetdoug

    I was not aware of the difference in sensitivity to OTC flea control preparations between dogs and cats . . .interesting. Thanks for posting.