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  • Islamic State Fighters Reportedly Run Away from a Certain Type of Soldier.

    09/21/2014 11:40:07 AM PDT · by dvan · 66 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sept. 21, 2014 | Sharona Schwartz
    Islamic State Fighters Reportedly Run Away from a Certain Type of Soldier. Radical Islamists who decide to embark on suicidal missions often do so with the expectation they will be rewarded with 72 virgins if they die in battle; however, it turns out there is one major caveat to the scenario, according to a U.S. lawmaker. That is, if they are killed by a woman, the deal is off. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), chairman of the House International Relations Committee, told the New York Post, These ISIL [Islamic State] soldiers apparently believed that if they were killed in battle, they...
  • Did Jesus go to hell between His death and resurrection? (Dispensational Caucus)

    04/13/2014 11:16:00 AM PDT · by wmfights · 111 replies
    Question: "Did Jesus go to hell between His death and resurrection?" Answer: There is a great deal of confusion in regards to this question. This concept comes primarily from the Apostles' Creed, which states, He descended into hell. There are also a few Scriptures which, depending on how they are translated, describe Jesus going to hell. In studying this issue, it is important to first understand what the Bible teaches about the realm of the dead. In the Hebrew Scriptures, the word used to describe the realm of the dead is sheol. It simply means the place of the dead...
  • The pictures Putin doesn't want you to see: Photographers reveal their pictures

    01/19/2014 6:42:46 AM PST · by rktman · 57 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 1/18/2014 | Zoe Szathmary
    Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen spent 5 years in region photographing ordinary life Say Sochi is unlikely spot for Winter Games...because there's no snow Photos include portraits of strippers and children holding Kalashnikovs Say area is plagued with various problems and that 'There's a big chance terrorists will try to disrupt these Games
  • Greetings From Poyais, 19th Century Con Man Bilks Investors In Made-up Central American Paradise

    11/03/2013 5:55:58 PM PST · by Son House · 7 replies
    SFGate ^ | Published 4:00 am, Sunday, January 18, 2004 | Reviewed by Peter Lewis
    Never heard of Poyais? That's because you weren't living in Great Britain in the early 1820s, when newspaper advertisements, promotional brochures and the ubiquitous street singers broadcast the country's limitless opportunities to potential investors. There was a snake in the garden, though, writes David Sinclair in "The Land That Never Was," a striking and colorful history of Poyais. The glitch: Poyais was a fiction, the brainchild-turned-hell-spawn of Gregor MacGregor -- fantasist, confidence trickster, dandy and bon vivant with a taste for titles and palms itching for lucre. Mostly, MacGregor sat on his hands. When roused, he made tactical and logistical...
  • Brooklyn Resident from Albania Sentenced to 15 Years'...

    01/08/2013 5:04:21 PM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies
    FBI.gov - New York - Press Release ^ | January 8, 2013 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Brooklyn Resident from Albania Sentenced to 15 Years’ Imprisonment for Attempting to Support Terrorism U.S. Attorney’s Office January 08, 2013 Eastern District of New York Earlier today, at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, New York, Agron Hasbajrami, an Albanian citizen and Brooklyn resident, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to terrorists. Hasbajrami will be removed from the United States at the conclusion of his sentence. The sentence was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for...
  • Some labeling Hasan terrorist [Fort Hood massacre]

    08/13/2012 1:33:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    San Antonio-Express News ^ | August 13, 2012 | Sig Christenson
    FORT HOOD A string of witnesses in an evidentiary hearing identified Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan as the triggerman at a Fort Hood deployment center that left 45 dead and injured. As his trial nears almost three years later, few here argue over his guilt. They wonder why a psychiatrist would gun down fellow soldiers. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock can explain it. He calls Hasan a domestic terrorist, something prosecutors have never claimed, and says those avoiding the term are indulging in political correctness. Believe me, my friend, if somebody had jumped up and said, Praise God and...
  • Jim Jones Sinister Grip on San Francisco (Peoples Temple Cult Leader Ensnared Harvey Milk, Dems)

    05/06/2012 1:34:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 71 replies
    Salon.com ^ | Tuesday, May 1, 2012 | David Talbot
    Jim Jones sinister grip on San Francisco How the Peoples Temple cult leader ensnared Harvey Milk and other progressive icons Season of the Witch, the new book by Salon founder David Talbot, tells the story of the wild and bloody birth of San Francisco values. The following excerpt Part 1 in a three-part series -- recounts one of the darker dramas before the ultimate triumph of those values. Jim Jones, the strange and charismatic leader of Peoples Temple, proved a master at politically wiring San Francisco in the mid-1970s. The driven preacher had begun his climb up the political...
  • Genetic Study Uncovers New Path to Polynesia

    02/05/2011 4:22:23 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies · 1+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Thursday, February 3, 2011 | University of Leeds
    The islands of Polynesia were first inhabited around 3,000 years ago, but where these people came from has long been a hot topic of debate amongst scientists. The most commonly accepted view, based on archaeological and linguistic evidence as well as genetic studies, is that Pacific islanders were the latter part of a migration south and eastwards from Taiwan which began around 4,000 years ago. But the Leeds research -- published February 3 in The American Journal of Human Genetics -- has found that the link to Taiwan does not stand up to scrutiny. In fact, the DNA of current...
  • Oregon Caroler Attempts 'O Tannenbomb,' or, Paradise or Bust!

    11/28/2010 8:08:20 PM PST · by TR Clancy · 1 replies
    Dearborn Underground ^ | 11/28/10 | TR Clancy
    Mohamed, (the MSA president), told the media that It doesn't take much thought from a reasonable person to see that his actions and behavior in this instance are not very reflective of Islam. The MSA president also says Mohamud wasnt known for being pious. From what I understand, he wasn't the most religious person. He didn't regularly go to mosque. Thats as may be. But then its not really mosque attendance that the really popular firebrand preachers are pushing as the express route to a hot tub in Paradise splashing with 72 virgins, is it? Thats what jihad is for.
  • How Does Allah Reward Female Suicide Bombers? (w/Video)

    07/31/2010 5:20:23 PM PDT · by Tom Hawks · 10 replies · 2+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 7/31/10 | Chuck Wolk
    On July 1st I wrote about the increased chatter by Muslim terrorists about a possible suicide bombing. In the article, I asked if our Independence Day celebrations could be disrupted by one or more female suicide bombers. Well just three days later on July 4th a female suicide murderer blew herself up in the Iraqi city of Ramadi. Along with herself, she killed 4 and injured 23 men, women, and children. I was wrong about America being targeted, but right about the female suicide attack. While the use of women by terrorists to commit suicide murder is nothing new,...
  • Mel Gibson Tirades are the Distilled Violence, Cruelty, & Bigotry of Right-wing Catholic Ideology

    07/19/2010 5:44:38 PM PDT · by Dr. Scarpetta · 154 replies
    Slate ^ | 7/19/10 | Christopher Hitchens
    Here is a man whose every word and deed is easily explicable once you know the single essential thing about him: He is a member of a fascist splinter group that believes it is the salvation of the Catholic Church. This schismatic crackpot sect is headed by Mel Gibson's father, Hutton Gibson, a nutty autodidact with a sideline in Holocaust denial. Like many ultra-conservative Catholics, the Gibsons, pre et fils, have never forgiven the Vatican for lifting the charge of deicide against the Jews in 1964. Less well-remembered, perhaps, is the interview in which he announced that his wife of...
  • Idealists, Intellectuals and Other Dangerous Characters

    02/10/2010 9:11:45 PM PST · by stolinsky · 3 replies · 181+ views
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 02-11-10 | stolinsky
    Most people live in the real world. They have to. But some people have the luxury of living in their heads. They have the leisure time to imagine an ideal world organized in an ideal way and run by ideal officials − in other words, themselves. These people went to a university, and perhaps graduate school. They studied gurus from Plato to Marx, who fantasized their own version of the ideal. They were taught by professors who often had done nothing outside the university, and who looked down on ordinary working people.
  • The Obama White House: Bundlers' Paradise

    10/29/2009 10:43:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 374+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 10/30/09 | Michelle Malkin
    Like Capt. Renault in "Casablanca," I am shocked, shocked to discover that access peddling is going on in the Obama White House. Perks for deep-pocketed donors? Presidential meetings for sale? The stale Chicago odor of pay-for-play wafting from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Knock me over with a feather. Despite the president's claimed distaste for the campaign finance practice known as "bundling" (rounding up aggregate contributions from friends, business associates and employees), the House of Obama has been a campaign finance bundlers' paradise from Day One. A new report by Matthew Mosk of The Washington Times just confirms the gob-smackingly obvious: It's...
  • Report: Paradise Hotel Bomber Among Dead in Somalia

    09/14/2009 10:29:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 665+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 9/14/09 | Maayana Miskin
    (IsraelNN.com) Wanted Al-Qaeda terrorist Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan was killed Monday in an airstrike in southern Somalia, local civilians have reported. Nabhan is wanted for multiple terrorist attacks, including a 2002 hotel bombing and attempted attack on an airplane that targeted Israeli citizens. Nabhan was wanted by the United States FBI for both the 2002 attacks and possible involvement in 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in which hundreds of people were killed.
  • The Knotheads and the LEFTPAPASANE's in Paradise Estates

    03/28/2009 9:31:52 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 1 replies · 265+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | March 28, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Excerpt from the book by Scott H. Moore, The Limits of Liberal Democracy, 2009 Walker Percy's 1971 novel Love in the Ruins is set "in these dread latter days of the old violent beloved U.S.A..." Narrator Dr. Tom More begins with his delightfully disturbing description of life in the Paradise Estates suburb, just before the "end of the world." More tells us that: [start quote}...the scientists, who are mostly liberal and unbelievers, and the businessmen, who are mostly conservative and Christian, live side by side in Paradise Estates. Though the two make much of their differences -- one speaking of...
  • Paradise Residents Pack Up And Evacu

    07/10/2008 9:48:38 PM PDT · by finch · 10 replies · 146+ views
    Paradise Post ^ | 7/10/08 | Paul Wellersdick
    Sprinklers ran on rooftops while the Camp Fire blazed only a half mile away from some Ridge residents who packed their vehicles preparing to leave at a moment's notice. Rex Boylan lives on Lunar Lane on the east side of Pentz Road. His home was one of the first to be put under immediate threat evacuation notice. "I'm packed and it's just one of those things we'll wait and see," he said. "We'll leave when we have to or when we're told to." Immediate threat is the strongest word firefighters can say, CAL FIRE public information officers say. And in...
  • Thompson calls gun show 'paradise'

    11/25/2007 6:48:48 AM PST · by Leisler · 33 replies · 77+ views
    CNN ^ | November 24, 2007 | CNN staff( infection )
    LADSON, S.C. (AP) — White House hopeful Fred Thompson called his trip down aisle of rifles, shotguns and pistols at a gun show "a day in paradise," and said he wished he could come back to spend more time and money. It was the former Tennessee senator and "Law and Order" actor's second trip to a gun show since launching his late bid for the GOP nomination in September. He reached out and picked up an old M-1 Garand rifle and raised an over-and-under Winchester shotgun suitable for the skeet shooting he's been known to do as he made his...
  • Migrant hidden in dashboard (Chinese illegal alien caught)

    02/07/2007 1:50:35 AM PST · by dennisw · 16 replies · 909+ views
    www.news.com.au/ ^ | February 07, 2007 12:00
    BORDER inspectors in the US found an undocumented Chinese immigrant wedged into the dashboard of a car crossing from Mexico, US authorities said today. US Customs and Border Protection said inspectors found the 40-year-old man crammed into the dash of a Mercury Sable mid-size car during a routine inspection at the Calexico port of entry in southern California on Saturday. "Inspectors referred the vehicle for secondary inspection after the driver gave inconsistent answers to their questions," said Vince Bond, the CBP spokesman in San Diego. "They discovered a specially constructed compartment underneath the dashboard area of the car and officers...
  • School Shooting:Multiple Deaths in Lancaster, PA Amish School, Shooter Kills Self

    10/02/2006 9:16:45 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 1,862 replies · 94,907+ views
    Fox News Alert ^ | 02 OCT 06
    <p>Hostage situation may be developing.</p> <p>Not many details available yet, but an incident has been reported from Mine Rd. in Bart Township in Lancaster County involving multiple gunshot victims. Dennis Buterbaugh reports live from our newsroom. abc27 has a news crew on the way. We will update with details as they become available.</p>
  • Zarqawi in Paradise

    07/19/2006 11:18:14 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 9 replies · 649+ views
    July 19,2006 | swampsniper
    Only the first, of 72!
  • 77 die from rare tropical disease on island paradise

    07/17/2006 12:50:52 PM PDT · by wouldntbprudent · 23 replies · 1,155+ views
    News-Medical.net ^ | July 17, 2006 | Staff
    Travellers to an exotic island in the Indian Ocean have been issued with warnings against a rare tropical disease. Seventy seven people have already died in Mauritius from the rare chikungunya virus which is carried by mosquitoes. Mauritius, an island paradise particularly popular with honeymooning couple has about 700,000 visitors annually, generating more than 400 million. Following the outbreak the number of French tourists who normally account for about a quarter of the total, plummeted.
  • Paradise lost in the Netherlands : Dutch Parliamentarian Resigns and Migrates to America.

    05/20/2006 9:07:38 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 15 replies · 982+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 05/19/2006 | Bruce Bawer
    Paradise lost in the Netherlands Maybe America can provide Ayaan Hirsi Ali the true freedom she yearns for. By Bruce Bawer OSLO If there's anything in Europe today that's more alarming than the number of European Muslims who hold radically undemocratic views (40 percent of British Muslims would like to see Britain under sharia law), it's the feckless way in which government officials tend to respond to those views. Particularly if they include explosions of public complaints and protests. More often than not, most officials choose appeasement over standing up for democratic values. The exceptions are rare. One of...
  • All aboard 'The Da Vinci Code' Express

    Tom Hanks and other stars of "The Da Vinci Code" left London for the much-anticipated movie's premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in France, aboard a special Eurostar train. The train, repainted with the face of the Mona Lisa, was hoping to enter the record books by making the longest international non-stop rail journey on the 1,421-kilometre (883-mile) route. Dan Brown, who wrote the best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code", joined the film version's director Ron Howard and actors Hanks, Ian McKellen, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina and Paul Bettany on the journey to the southern French coast. The film was...
  • Bill to ban 'mom, dad' from texts advances

    05/04/2006 5:04:33 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 139 replies · 19,786+ views
    A bill requiring students to learn about the contributions homosexuals have made to society and that would remove sex-specific terms such as "mom" and "dad" from textbooks has passed another hurdle on the way to becoming the law of the land in California. Having already been approved by the state's Senate Judiciary Committee, SB 1437, which would mandate grades 1-12 buy books "accurately" portraying "the sexual diversity of our society," got the nod yesterday of the Senate Education Committee. The bill also requires students hear history lessons on "the contributions of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender to...
  • Alleged Hate Crime in Paradise

    04/11/2006 2:31:00 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies · 1,808+ views
    ABC News ^ | April 11, 2006 | JEFFREY KOFMAN
    April 11, 2006 They were six friends on vacation in the Caribbean, escaping the last bluster of the New York winter on the easygoing island of St. Maarten. One of them, Ryan Smith, 25, and 6 feet 7 inches tall, had the resume of a rising star: a graduate of Columbia University, a former White House intern, a former intern at the David Letterman Show, and now a researcher at CBS News. His mother, Patricia Smith, was at home in Sandusky, Ohio, last Thursday morning. She had just sent an e-mail to her son asking him how his vacation...
  • Cigar lovers get whiff of paradise at Havana festival

    02/27/2006 9:34:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 687+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/27/06 | AFP
    HAVANA (AFP) - More than a thousand cigar lovers from 60 countries ringed the center of the cigar universe in Havana, comparing notes and celebrating Cuba's finest smokes. Distributors, specialists and simple aficionados packed opening day of the Eighth Habanos Festival, an annual event sponsored by Habanos, a global distributor of the esteemed Cuban cigar. British actor Joseph Fiennes was among a hundred celebrities on hand for the festivities, dedicated this year to Habanos' leading brand, Cohiba. The presence of the 36-year-old actor at the event, who played the lead of Will Shakespeare in the 1998 film comedy "Shakespeare in...
  • Nazi hunter brands Austria a "paradise" for Nazis

    02/01/2006 10:42:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 894+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/1/06 | Reuters
    VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's legal system and its insufficient zeal in investigating alleged crimes committed under Hitler's Third Reich make it a "paradise for Nazi war criminals," a top Nazi hunter said on Wednesday. Frustrated at slow progress in finding suspected war criminals in Austria and bringing them to court, Simon Wiesenthal Center director Efraim Zuroff came to Vienna for talks with ministers aimed at accelerating the process. "The law in this country does more to protect Nazis than to bring them to justice," Zuroff told reporters after talks with Austria's ministers for justice and the interior. "There is a...
  • State asked to probe Seneca election flap (Democratic Corruption in Upstate NY?)

    11/23/2005 11:44:43 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 12 replies · 1,502+ views
    Finger Lakes Times Geneva NY ^ | Wednesday, November 23, 2005 | By DENISE M. CHAMPAGNE
    WATERLOO The state Commission of Investigation will be asked to look into allegations of inappropriate activities by Democrats prior to the Nov. 8 general election. The Seneca County Board of Supervisors Government Operations & Technology Committee voted 4-1 Tuesday to consider four specific points Committee Chairman David Kaiser of Romulus brought up Nov. 7, when the measure was tabled because it was the night before the election and two of the committees members were facing a challenge. Kaiser, a Republican, alleges county property may have been illegally used for political purposes. He specifically cites the listing of Democratic Elections...
  • What Makes Bombers Tick in Paradise?

    10/28/2005 2:55:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 1,017+ views
    The Jewish Journal ^ | 2005-10-28 | Marc Ballon
    In his riveting new film, Paradise Now, Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad paints an ugly picture of Israeli occupation and the harsh consequences he believes flow from it, namely suicide bombers. The movie, which won the Blue Angel Award for best European film at this years Berlin Film Festival, explores the friendship between Said (Kais Nashef) and Khaled (Ali Suliman), and their transformation from unremarkable auto mechanics into would-be bombers. Underlying Abu-Assads movie is a chilling but powerful message: Decades of illegal and brutal Israeli rule, he argues, have wiped out hope among young Palestinians and created a growing pool of...
  • Interview with Pierre Rehov, documentary filmmaker, on psychology behind suicide bombings-(OUCH!)

    07/27/2005 4:29:09 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 339+ views
    THE COUNTER TERRORISM BLOG.COM ^ | JULY 27, 2005 | ANDREW COCHRAN
    On July 15, I appeared on MSNBC's "Connected" program to discuss the 7/7 London attacks (you can see video of the segment on the linked page). One of my fellow guests was Pierre Rehov, a French filmmaker who has filmed six documentaries on the intifada by going undercover in the Palestinian areas. Pierre's upcoming film, "Suicide Killers," is based on interviews that he conducted with the families of suicide bombers and would-be bombers in an attempt to find out why they do it. Pierre agreed to my request for a Q&A interview here about his work on the new film....
  • Easter Island, Fools' Paradise

    11/21/2004 12:48:29 PM PST · by blam · 91 replies · 4,300+ views
    TLS ^ | 11-18-2004 | Roland Wright
    Easter island, fools' paradise Ronald Wright 18 November 2004 The greatest wonder of the ancient world is how recent it all is. No city or monument is much more than 5,000 years old. Only about seventy lifetimes, of seventy years, have been lived end to end since civilization began. Its entire run occupies a mere 0.002 per cent of the nearly 3 million years since our first ancestor sharpened a stone. The progress of man the hunter during the Old Stone Age, or Palaeolithic his perfection of weapons and techniques led directly to the end of hunting as...
  • Surrender to Wildfire

    09/14/2004 7:11:26 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 12 replies · 420+ views
    Advance Bulletin ^ | Sep 13, 2004 | Dr. Madeleine P. Cosman, Esq.
    Summary: SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- What you havent heard about the San Diego Wildfires and how changed policies have destroyed lives, property and nature. Full text: Philosophy matters. Ideas have consequences. San Diego's fire-ravaged neighborhoods exemplify a collectivist worldview, ethics, politics, and policy. Wildfires named Cedar, Paradise, and Otay ignited within 12 hours on October 25-26, 2003, incinerating 383,269 acres, destroying 2,453 homes, 22 commercial buildings, 763 outbuildings, and burning 17 people to death, including one firefighter. The Cedar fire started as a tiny 20-acre blaze and roared that night into an inferno fanned by ferocious Santa Ana winds gusting...
  • Camera rolls as sandbar visitors hang from hooks

    07/19/2004 3:17:13 AM PDT · by Elle Bee · 15 replies · 1,816+ views
    Camera rolls as sandbar visitors hang from hooks BY STEVE GIBBS Upper Keys Staff Writer ISLAMORADA Now they're hanging themselves by meat hooks at the sandbar. On July 12, officers from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, two Islamorada paramedics and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a call at the Whale Harbor sandbar, a popular party hangout with a reputation for sometimes over-the-top behavior. What they saw shocked them. Five young people had erected a bamboo tripod, consisting of 15-foot-long poles with a block and tackle attached to the apex. A line extended...
  • Show me heaven

    01/27/2004 9:35:43 AM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 28 replies · 556+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | Monday, January 26, 2004 | By Amanda Hancox
    As more and more people come forward with accounts of near-death experiences, new research is about to examine the out of body experience to see whether mind and body really do separate at the point of death. It is only 30 years ago that the term near-death experience was coined. An American researcher, Raymond Moody, used it to describe the reports of a large number of people who, whilst apparently dead, had seen deceased relatives, tunnels of light, life reviews and felt an overwhelming sense of peace, before being resuscitated. Recent studies have shown that one in 10 people who...
  • Quo Vadis? (A Travel Guide to Heaven)

    12/30/2003 8:35:03 PM PST · by Choose Ye This Day · 5 replies · 163+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 30, 2003 | Kathryn Jean Lopez/ Anthony DeStefano
    Quo Vadis? Planning for eternity. Q&A by Kathryn Jean Lopez Anthony DeStefano, executive director of A Travel Guide to Heaven. He discussed his first book just before Christmas with NRO. Kathryn Jean Lopez: However do you know enough about heaven to write a travel guide? You get some special deal with God that eludes the rest of us? Will you get a professional discount when your time comes? DeStefano: I don't care about getting a discount, I just hope He lets me in! What I really want is for the book to do so well and for it to help...
  • Bush Has Thrown Open Pandora's Box In A Paradise For International Terrorists

    12/23/2003 5:29:23 PM PST · by blam · 32 replies · 182+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 12-23-2003 | David Hirst
    Bush has thrown open Pandora's box in a paradise for international terrorists 2003 has been a crucial year for the Middle East, with war in Iraq and the continuing intifada in Israel. The Guardian's acclaimed commentator on the region assesses what happened, what it means, and where it might lead next year David Hirst Tuesday December 23, 2003 The Guardian (UK) This was the year the Middle East became the undisputed, tumultuous centre of global politics. When, at dawn on March 20 the US and its British ally went to war against Saddam Hussein's Iraq, they were intervening in the...
  • WHO WINS PARADISE HOTEL???

    10/01/2003 8:58:15 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 7 replies · 309+ views
    10-1-03 | DFU
    Mrs. DFU enjoys watching reality shows while she is in the quilt room. I prefer talk radio. Since she gets up really early in the morning, will an East Coast FReeper please tell me who wins on the show so she can get to bed? Thanks.
  • Paradise for 'martyrs' on display

    05/11/2003 1:11:10 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 12 replies · 250+ views
    AP ^ | May 11, 2003 | Mohammed Daraghmeh
    NABLUS, West Bank Plastic trees, goldfish swimming in a generator-powered fountain, posters of the dead on the wall: This is a model of the paradise Islamic militants say awaits those killed in fighting with Israel, including suicide bombers. The display at the West Bank's largest university, An Najah, was assembled by supporters of the violent Hamas group who said they wanted to raise students' morale after 31 months of fighting with Israel. The university a hotbed of Palestinian nationalism and a Hamas stronghold said it officially opposes bombings but didn't want to stifle the students' views. Israel...
  • Islamic paradise according to the Koran (my title)

    04/19/2003 2:17:50 PM PDT · by miltonim · 5 replies · 473+ views
    hinduunity.org ^ | 04/16/00 | hinduunity
    In this article I shall describe the Islamic Paradise or Jannat which was invented by Prophet Mohammed to bribe the Arabs into committing hedious crimes by promising them materialistic things which they couldn't obtain in the harsh desert. The paradise contains six important items: beautiful virgins, young boys, water, wine, fruits and wealth. To prove my point I have taken verses from the Koran and quotes from the Hadiths. VIRGINS (HOURIS) Mohammed knew that sex would sell very well among the group of his lecherous followers who were motivated to fight battles by the promise of sex slaves and booty....
  • Are there airports and airplanes in Paradise? (ISLAM)

    03/10/2003 9:45:05 AM PST · by Salman · 17 replies · 236+ views
    Islam Q & A ^ | 10 March 2003 | Supervised by Shaikh M. S. Al-Munajjid
    Question: This might sound very childish but I would like to know if someone likes something on earth very much , like an airplane for example , can he get one in heaven ? can he get an airport as well ?. Answer: Praise be to Allaah. This question is not childish, rather it is prescribed for the intelligent person to ask questions, seek benefits and look for that which will increase his longing for Paradise and make him strive harder to reach it. Some of the Companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) asked...
  • Science, Soul, Heaven and Supreme Mind

    01/10/2003 5:40:38 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 19 replies · 323+ views
    Pravda On-line ^ | January 8, 2003 | Alexander Bolonkin
    Russian scientist Alexander Bolonkin develops artificial intelligence in the USA It was shown in my previous articles about the artificial intelligence and human immortality that the issue of immortality can be solved fundamentally only with the help of changing a biological bubble of a human being to an artificial one. Such an immortal person made of chips and supersolid materials (the e-man, as it was called in my articles) will have incredible advantages in comparison with common people. An e-man will need no food, no dwelling, no air, no sleep, no rest, no ecologically pure environment. Such a being...
  • 3 broken utility poles were due to be replaced

    09/17/2002 9:17:44 PM PDT · by Vidalia · 3 replies · 174+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser ^ | Tuesday, September 17, 2002 | Mike Gordon and Curtis Lum
    <p>Three utility poles that broke and leaned dangerously across Farrington Highway yesterday originally had been scheduled for replacement next week, a Hawaiian Electric. Co. spokesman said. When the poles broke yesterday, they knocked out power to 5,000 customers and created a massive traffic jam for hours. Workers spent all night repairing the damage, said Fred Kobashikawa, spokesman for Hawaiian Electric Co.</p>
  • Oahu woman tells police she smoked ice before crime spree

    08/17/2002 9:28:39 PM PDT · by Vidalia · 290+ views
    Maui News ^ | Saturday ....8/17/2002 | LILA FUJIMOTO
    WAILUKU An Oahu woman told police she had smoked crystal methamphetamine the morning she and her boyfriend were arrested for a series of crimes on Molokai. Dorcelyn N. Amina, 44, who is also known as Dorcelyn Ching, implicated Kurt N. Ishikawa and another man in burglaries and thefts that began when the three arrived on Molokai for a vacation July 25, said Maui police officer Christina Williams. Testifying Wednesday at a preliminary hearing in Wailuku District Court, Williams said she questioned Amina following her arrest Aug. 8. At 8:42 that morning, Williams and officer Ryan Pursley went to the...
  • Ice, cash help convict Kihei man of drug dealing

    08/17/2002 9:12:21 PM PDT · by Vidalia · 503+ views
    Maui News ^ | 8/17/2002 | LILA FUJIMOTO
    WAILUKU A package of crystal methamphetamine, several empty plastic packets and $1,551 cash added up to evidence of attempted drug dealing by a Kihei man, who was convicted of that and other charges. Reynaldo Ugalino, 38, was taken into custody when his bail was doubled to $250,000 after the 2nd Circuit Court jury returned the guilty verdicts Thursday afternoon. He faces a 20-year prison term as well as a mandatory minimum sentence on the most serious charge of attempted first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug. This verdict sends a strong message to drug dealers in this community that the...
  • State investigating prison after escapes

    08/17/2002 8:43:48 PM PDT · by Vidalia · 3 replies · 258+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser ^ | Saturday, August 17, 2002 | Brandon Masuoka
    <p>Waiawa Correctional Facility has for years struggled to adequately staff some work shifts, but the minimum-security prison had enough guards last Saturday and Tuesday nights when three inmates escaped, the warden said this week.</p> <p>Some work shifts at the facility have dipped to minimum staffing levels within the last three or four years, and that has curtailed weekend visitations, but it has not jeopardized safety at the facility or contributed to escapes, said Waiawa warden J. Phillip Tumminello.</p>
  • Privatization of jail concerns prison official

    08/16/2002 8:20:18 PM PDT · by Vidalia · 2 replies · 285+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser ^ | Friday, August 16, 2002 | Johnny Brannon
    <p>State public safety director Ted Sakai said he has strong reservations about allowing a private company to operate a new jail planned for Halawa Valley, but that the facility is sorely needed to replace the O'ahu Community Correctional Center in Kalihi.</p>
  • Union OKs hotel strike

    08/15/2002 8:42:53 PM PDT · by Vidalia · 2 replies · 231+ views
    Honolulu Star Bulletin ^ | Wednesday, August 14, 2002 | Tim Ruel
    Unionized hotel workers voted 2,045 to 501 yesterday to authorize a strike against Hilton and Sheraton hotels in Waikiki, while hotels still struggle to bring in revenue in the aftermath of Sept. 11. "The members have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike," said Eric Gill, Local 5 financial secretary-treasurer. "I'm overjoyed with that." The vote, taken at the Hawai'i Convention Center, covers 4,000 workers at Hilton Hawaiian Village and Sheraton's four Waikiki hotels. A strike authorization vote does not mean there will be a strike. That's up to union officials to decide. Gill said the union will attempt to reach...
  • Liquor inspector admits to taking bribes

    08/15/2002 8:35:32 PM PDT · by Vidalia · 5 replies · 229+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser ^ | Thursday, August 15, 2002 | David Waite
    <p>The third of eight Honolulu Liquor Commission inspectors or supervisors indicted in May on federal racketeering charges has pleaded guilty to taking bribes.</p> <p>William B. Richardson, 48, told federal Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren on Tuesday that he "took money not to do my job."</p>
  • Big donors got big contracts

    08/15/2002 8:24:25 PM PDT · by Vidalia · 6 replies · 223+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser ^ | Thursday, August 15, 2002 | Johnny Brannon and Robbie Dingeman
    <p>Two of the Honolulu companies whose officials have been subpoenaed to testify before an O'ahu grand jury next month were awarded numerous non-bid city design contracts worth millions of dollars during Mayor Jeremy Harris' tenure, city purchasing records show.</p> <p>R.M. Towill Corp. and Park Engineering/Paren Inc. employees and their relatives also donated a total of more than $120,000 to Harris' 2000 re-election campaign, state Campaign Spending Commission records show, and the agency has long been investigating whether those donations were improper.</p>
  • Grand jury looking into city finances, contracts

    08/14/2002 7:07:30 PM PDT · by Vidalia · 201+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser ^ | Wednesday, August 14, 2002 | Robbie Dingeman and Johnny Brannon
    <p>Key witnesses who were subpoenaed Monday to testify before an O'ahu grand jury next month include current and former members of Mayor Jeremy Harris' administration who oversaw city finances and the awarding of city contracts.</p> <p>Prosecutors have been investigating Harris' campaign fund-raising practices since January, including allegations that campaign officials circumvented contribution limits by attributing donations to people who never made them. Investigators also want to know whether city contracts were awarded in exchange for campaign contributions.</p>