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  • Kerry: Ben Franklin Could Not Be Confirmed to Office If He Lived Today

    05/25/2015 12:28:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 25, 2015 | 11:03 AM EDT | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    At a reception at the State Department that marked the U.S. taking over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, Secretary of State John Kerry said that if Benjamin Franklin lived today and was nominated for office he would never be confirmed. […] “(T)here is, of course, a second connection between Franklin and this reception,” Kerry said. “And that is that he liked to have a really good time, folks. And he didn’t spare the booze, and while he was in Paris he led a life that clearly meant that had he lived today and been nominated, he would never have...
  • Eiffel Tower shuts as staff walk out in protest over pickpockets ( Paris )

    05/22/2015 7:12:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    AFP ^ | 22 May 2015
    Paris's iconic Eiffel Tower was shut to tourists on Friday as staff walked off the job to protest a surge in gangs of pickpockets roaming around the monument. ... They said they wanted "formal guarantees from management that lasting and effective measures will be taken to end this scourge to which numerous tourists fall victim every day". One of the striking workers told AFP that pickpockets "form a gang of 4 to 5 people ... sometimes there can be around 30"... the pickpockets sometimes "fight among themselves". Another worker said he had been threatened while chasing away a pickpocket. "He...
  • Scientists Investigate a Medieval Mass Grave Under a French Supermarket

    05/17/2015 10:14:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | 5-13-15 | Marissa Fessenden
    hen the Monoprix Réaumur-Sébastopol supermarket in Paris, France, decided to renovated their basement to get more storage space, they probably didn’t expect to uncover hundreds of human bones. But when they dug into the basement floor, that's exactly what they discovered. The human remains are, apparently, the legacy of a cemetery from a medieval hospital, reports Aurelien Breeden for The New York Times. Since the find in January, France’s National Institute for Preventive Archeological Research, or Inrap, has been excavating the site. The institute knows that the hospital itself was the Hôpital de la Trinité, built in the early 13th...
  • U.S. Muslims ask why their religion's condemnation of violence often goes unheard

    05/10/2015 7:11:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 05/10/2015 | SARAH PARVINI
    Saaliha Khan scrolled through her Facebook feed and pored over posts expressing sadness, dismay and disapproval, the kind of messages that always appear after an attack carried out in the name of Islam. It was just past midnight on Monday, and two Muslim gunmen had been killed about six hours earlier in a shootout outside a controversial cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, which featured images of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. “If you want to defend the honor of the Prophet, do so in a way that is consistent with prophetic manners and ethics, not violence,” Omid Safi, director Duke University’s...
  • US strike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Yemen

    05/08/2015 1:00:46 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12:28AM BST 08 May 2015 | By AFP
    A US air strike in Yemen has killed the senior Al-Qaeda official who appeared in a video claiming the deadly January attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, who was killed in the April strike along with his eldest son and other fighters in the port city of Mukalla, also appeared in Al-Qaeda videos claiming the holding and death of US hostage Luke Somers, SITE Intelligence Group said. The announcement of his death came in a video posted on Thursday on Twitter by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula - which Washington considers the international terror network's deadliest...
  • Guns: The Difference Between Garland And Paris

    05/04/2015 6:54:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 4, 2015 | Awr Hawkins
    When armed terrorists attacked Charlie Hebdo headquarters over Muhammad cartoons on January 7, unarmed police officers were forced to flee for their lives. When armed men attacked people gathered in Garland, Texas, on May 3 over Prophet Muhammad cartoons, armed police cut them down — and the Daily Mail reported that the body of one was left lying the street while police searched for explosives.
  • 40 Person Mob Assaults 2 Jews on Paris’ Boulevard Voltaire

    05/02/2015 4:07:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | MAY 1, 2015
    The gang of attackers were associated with anti-Israel groups Gaza Firm and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, said security personnel responsible for protecting the Jewish community. The attack marks the latest in a growing antisemitic trend in France and Europe as a whole. Earlier this year, Islamist gunmen seized a Kosher supermarket in Paris and killed four Jewish hostages. Just a few weeks later, a security guard was killed in Copenhagen when a lone gunman opened fire in front of the city’s Great Synagogue. In 2006, a French Jew was kidnapped from his cell phone store from the same...
  • Tolerance? Liberals want to kill conservatives

    04/30/2015 12:18:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 29, 2015 | Phil Elmore
    The immediacy of social media, particularly Twitter and Facebook, offers us a window into the prejudices of others that is unprecedented in the history of our society. Not a day passes in the United States when some person does not commit career suicide, achieve viral fame, or both by posting to Twitter or Facebook. A hundred and forty characters or less can make a hero or freshly mint a villain. All it takes is an ill-chosen word or, perhaps more accurately, a moment of honesty. We are all creatures of prejudice to one degree or another; we all harbor likes,...
  • Humanities Professor: “Christianity” Just Another Name for “White Supremacist Patriarchy”

    04/24/2015 10:47:26 AM PDT · by rightistight · 37 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/24/15 | Aurelius
    Dr. Adam Kotsko, an assistant professor at Shimer College in Chicago, Illinois, believes that there is no such thing as sexism against men and that Christianity is just another way to say "White Supremacy." Voicing his opinion on twitter, Dr. Kotsko has repeatedly slammed Christianity, going so far as calling it another name for "White Supremacist Patriarchy." Here is just a small sample of his tweets and retweets on the subject:
  • French police foil 'imminent' terror attack in Paris

    04/22/2015 11:52:55 AM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4/22/2015 | Kim Willsher
    <p>French security services have prevented an “imminent” terrorist attack in Paris and arrested a suspected Islamic extremist, according to the interior minister.</p> <p>The suspect, a university student who appeared to have shot himself in the leg, was taken into custody on Sunday after an arsenal of weapons was found in his car and his lodgings.</p>
  • French Police Foil Imminent Armed Attack on Paris Churches

    04/22/2015 6:36:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/22/15 | Staff Reporter
    An alleged Islamic extremist planned to attack two churches, according to reportsFrench police have arrested a man allegedly planning to launch an armed attack on two churches in Paris, the country’s top security official has announced. A number of news agencies have described the man as an Islamic extremist. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the man, a 24-year-old Algerian computer science student, was arrested on Sunday in Paris. He is said to have lived in France for a number of years. The man, who had been flagged by security officials last year, was arrested after he apparently accidentally shot himself...
  • Paris extremist's misfire thwarts imminent attack on church

    04/22/2015 3:29:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 4/22/15 | LORI HINNANT
    <p>An Islamic extremist with an arsenal of loaded guns was only prevented from opening fire on Sunday morning churchgoers because he accidentally shot himself, French officials said.</p> <p>The 24-year-old computer science student, who was also suspected in the death of a young woman whose body was found on Sunday just ahead of his arrest, had been flagged as a risk last year and earlier this year but there was no specific reason to open a judicial investigation, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Wednesday.</p>
  • Christians in Niger Forgive Muslims Who Burned Churches and Killed Believers...

    04/17/2015 2:02:16 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 19 replies
    The Gospel Herald ^ | 4/16/15 | Leah Marieann Klett
    Full title: Christians in Niger Forgive Muslims Who Burned Churches and Killed Believers: 'We Want Them to Know Jesus Christ' Christians living in Niger, West Africa have offered Christ-like forgiveness to the radical Muslims who destroyed their homes and churches, are are continuing to share the Gospel in the region. On January 17, hundreds of Muslims, angered by the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad published by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, destroyed 69 churches and 11 Christian homes. Ten Christians lost their lives and hundreds more were injured in the wake of the deadly rampage. "They took pews, Bibles, chairs...
  • Video: Israeli TV Reporter Harassed in Paris

    04/16/2015 4:48:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    inn ^ | 4/16/15 | Gil Ronen
    Israeli Channel 10's reporter in France, Miri Michaeli, used her Facebook page Thursday to publish video documentation of an anti-Semitic assault she experienced in central Paris. The incident occurred just as she was about to report on camera about the Germanwings passenger jet disaster in the Alps three weeks ago. "I did not mean to upload this video,” she wrote. “It is not possible to understand what exactly happened there, in that short scene, and I do not look too good there, either. But after the report yesterday, which presented worrisome statistics about anti-Semitism in Europe, I received some questions...
  • Fixing the Cobblestone Roads of the Paris-Roubaix

    04/12/2015 7:09:59 AM PDT · by PeteB570 · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/11/2015 | WSJ
    The Paris-Roubaix bicycle race in northern France features 32 teeth-chattering miles of cobbled roads. Landscaping apprentices help repair potholes along the way.
  • Paris subway firm under fire over Christian ad censorship

    04/05/2015 3:00:32 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    The firm operating the Paris subway has come under fire for apparently pushing France's beloved secularity too far with its refusal to display an ad with the mention "Christians of the East." French music group "The Priests" had planned to advertise their upcoming June concert in Paris with a poster sporting a banner that said proceeds would go towards the cause of Christians persecuted in places such as Iraq and Syria.But the state-owned RATP firm that operates the subway and its advertising agency Metrobus ordered the group's producers to take off the banner, pointing in a statement issued last week...
  • ‘Wrong’ kind of hero: Why feminists diss Hirsi Ali

    03/29/2015 10:52:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 27, 2015 | Rich Lowry
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali should be the perfect feminist hero. In theory, she fits the role on multiple levels: She’s an escapee from an abusive patriarchy. She’s an African immigrant who made her own way in a Western country, the Netherlands. She’s a fierce advocate for women’s rights. She’s a target for deadly violence by angry men who want to shut her up. She left her religion and became a scourge of its repressive practices. Except for the blemish on her record: Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a dissident from the wrong religion. Raised a Muslim in Somalia, subjected to genital mutilation...
  • Jewish School Evacuated in Paris on Anniversary of Toulouse Killings

    03/19/2015 6:33:55 PM PDT · by Nachum
    Algemainer Journal ^ | 3/19/15 | Chris Coffey
    A Jewish school in Paris was evacuated on Thursday — three years to the day after the brutal massacre at a Jewish school in Toulouse, French news website JSS News reported. The evacuation follows disturbing instances of increased antisemitic violence throughout France and Europe. Police searched the classrooms and common areas at the Ecole Alliance Gustave Leven in Paris using bomb-sniffing dogs. Though the report did not indicate whether the police found any explosives, sources did tell JSS News that it was a fairly serious threat. The evacuation at the French school occurred on the third anniversary of the horrific...
  • Ali Sina: The Dilemma of Islamic Terrorism

    03/17/2015 4:05:46 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 4 replies
    Ali Sina ^ | 1/29/15 | Ali SIna
    The recent massacres in Paris of the staff of Charlie Hebdo and the Jews in a kosher supermarket, and the increasing incidences of butchering young people coming out of pubs have made more people concerned about the rise of terrorism. Tens of thousands have come out to demonstrate. Since the 9/11 attack on New York and the Pentagon in 2001, there have been close to 25,000 terrorist attacks worldwide, all of which were perpetrated in the name of Islam. That is about 5 terrorist attacks every day. So far two million people have been killed and a similar number are...
  • Opinion: Sex Charges Cast a Chill on Climate Cause

    03/10/2015 12:28:00 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 19 replies
    Vancouver Desi ^ | March 10, 2015 17:20 GMT | Donna Laframboise
    Rajendra Pachauri, one of the world’s most famous climate officials, is being investigated under three sections of the Indian Penal Code relating to sexual assault, harassment, and stalking. He has resigned as longtime chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), resigned from the Indian Prime Minister’s climate council, and has been disinvited from speaking at a conference at Harvard University. Currently on leave from The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), the New Delhi-based entity he has led for three decades, Pachauri has been banned by the courts from entering TERI facilities and from contacting anyone who works...
  • 371 attacks on French soldiers guarding Jewish schools and synagogues

    02/26/2015 5:59:35 AM PST · by CondorFlight · 31 replies
    Gallia Watch ^ | 2/22/15 | Gallia Watch
    Since January 15 the French army’s “Opération Sentinelle” has protected 722 Jewish schools and synagogues, some 24/7 even when the establishments were empty. The operation came to be regarded as too dangerous for the soldiers who were regularly targets of attacks. Over time the men were worn out. (snip)
  • Paris landmarks targeted in French night drone mystery

    02/24/2015 7:57:35 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24 February 2015
    Drones have been seen flying over several sensitive landmarks in Paris in a night-time mystery that French police say is being taken seriously. At least five of the unmanned aerial machines were spotted between midnight on Monday and 0600 on Tuesday, and none of the operators has been caught. The first appeared over the US embassy and there were later sightings near the Eiffel Tower and Place de la Concorde. French police believe the drone flights could be linked. Small drones are easy to buy but their appearance in recent months over sensitive locations has worried French authorities.
  • Urban planning can help curb violence (Marie Harf isn't the only idiot)

    02/19/2015 6:45:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | February 20, 2015 | Renée Loth
    Can better urban planning help prevent terrorist attacks? The idea sounds fanciful, even disrespectful to victims of extremist violence. But officials in Paris, still reeling from last month’s deadly terrorist attacks on a satirical magazine and a kosher deli, are putting some hope in a plan to re-zone the city and annex the notorious inner suburbs, or banlieues, where the terror plot was born. In what would be perhaps the greatest redesign of Paris since Baron Haussmann laid out its famed boulevards in the mid-19th Century, the “Métropole du Grand Paris” would attempt to bring the poor, heavily immigrant neighborhoods...
  • Hidden camera shock: Jewish man spit on, cursed as he walks in Paris [VIDEO](strong language)

    02/18/2015 6:53:23 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 10 replies
    Allen B. West ^ | 2/17/15 | Alen B. West
    Inspired by a YouTube video in which a New York woman filmed all the sexist remarks she experienced while walking through the streets of her city, Zvika Klein, a reporter for Jewish news outlet NRG decided to walk the streets of Paris. In the wake of the attack on the kosher supermarket last month, Klein wanted to see if anti-Semitism was really just “random” (as President Obama would have us believe). Klein wore a yarmulke (skullcap) and tzitzit (ritual tassles) as he walked around Paris with a bodyguard while photographer Dov Belhassen documented his day using a GoPro camera hidden...
  • Why Can't White House Just Say ISIS Beheaded Christians?

    02/17/2015 3:38:48 PM PST · by raptor22 · 49 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 17, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    errorism: As in Paris, where the White House insists four Jews in a kosher market were randomly selected for slaughter, the statement condemning IS beheading 21 Egyptians omits a key fact: all were Christians. Speaking of the Chapel Hill, N.C., murder of three Muslims, President Obama, as his FBI began an investigation into whether it was a "hate crime," issued a statement saying that "no one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like or how they worship." Indeed not. Yet, we could find no such sentiment or statement...
  • Five French teens held for vandalising Jewish graves

    02/16/2015 1:38:13 PM PST · by grundle · 22 replies
    yahoo.com/AFP ^ | February 16, 2015 | Cedric Simon
    Saverne (France) (AFP) - French prosecutors said Monday they had taken five teenagers into custody suspected of vandalising hundreds of Jewish graves, an act that prompted fresh pleas for Jews not to turn their back on France. The boys are aged between 15 and 17 and all come from Sarre-Union in Alsace, eastern France, where around 300 tombs were defaced and damaged on Thursday. The youngest came forward after seeing the scale of the reaction across the country to the vandalism, prosecutor Philippe Vannier said. "Apparently, he was very, very affected by the scale of the reaction to this affair,...
  • Five Held After Jewish Cemetery Defiled in France

    02/16/2015 1:35:44 PM PST · by grundle · 3 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | February 16, 2015 | Jason Chow
    PARIS—French police detained five teenage boys for questioning in relation to the desecration of a Jewish cemetery in the eastern part of the country, an incident that has raised anxiety among French Jews about their security. Philippe Vannier, a French state prosecutor in Saverne in the Alsace region, told a news conference on Monday that one teen had turned himself in, which then led the police to four others who are suspected of knocking over and vandalizing about 250 out of the 400 tombstones at the cemetery. Mr. Vannier said the five youths “had no known ideological views that could...
  • French PM Slams 'Islamo-Fascism,' is 'Under Jewish Influence'

    02/16/2015 9:54:53 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    inn ^ | 2/16/15 | Ari Yashar
    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday slammed the attacks in Denmark by Islamist terrorist Omar Abdel Hamid Hussein on Saturday, in which two people were murdered, as being an act of "Islamo-fascism." Responding to the attacks in Copenhagen and the attacks on Paris last month, Valls said "to combat Islamo-fascism, for that is what it should be called, our strength must come from unity," reports AFP. Valls also responded to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's call for European Jews to come home to Israel in the face of widespread anti-Semitism and violence on the continent, noting Netanyahu is "in the...
  • France: 5 Arrested over Shocking Vandalism of 300 Jewish Graves

    02/16/2015 10:04:51 AM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    inn ^ | 2/16/15 | Ari Soffer
    Five adolescents aged 15 to 17 have been taken into custody in eastern France for questioning over a massive vandalism attack against Jewish graves, a local prosecutor said on Monday. All five are from the region of Sarre-Union in Alsace, where around 300 tombs were defaced over the weekend. The youngest came forward after being shocked by the massive reaction across the country to the vandalism, prosecutor Philippe Vannier said. "Apparently, he was very very affected by the scale of the reaction to this affair, including the statements from the highest state authorities," Vannier told reporters. The boy, who was...
  • Hundreds of tombs defaced in French Jewish cemetery

    02/16/2015 9:11:56 AM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Guardian ^ | 2-16-15
    France’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve described act in Sarre-Union as “despicable” France’s interior minister said several hundreds of tombs had been defaced at a Jewish cemetery in the east of the country, in what he called “a despicable act”. “The country will not tolerate this new injury which goes against the values that all French people share,” said Bernard Cazeneuve, without giving further details of the incident in the town of Sarre-Union. “Every effort will be made to identify, question and bring to justice the person or persons responsible for this ignominious act,” he added. France’s prime minister Manuel Valls,...
  • 10 Hours of Walking in Paris as a Jew (short video)

    02/16/2015 9:22:38 AM PST · by Salman · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | Feb 15, 2015 | nrg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AltyhmrIFgo
  • Islamic State’s Plans/Justifications: “DABIQ” Magazine & Its Strategic Outlook

    02/14/2015 7:56:21 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 6 replies
    Adinakutnicki.com ^ | 2/14/2015 | Adina Kutnicki
    ...Al-Muhallab said, “You must use deception in war, for it is more effective than reinforcements.” Some methods of deception include: a. Planting spies. b. Reconnaissance. c. Feigning an intent to attack an area other than the actual target, for when the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) wanted to attack one area, he would give his army the impression they were going to attack another. “If a man’s chest is too narrow to hold his own secret, then the chest of the one with whom he stores the secret is even narrower” [Poetry]. And be on guard against your enemy at...
  • For Whom the Minaret Tolls ... Mark Steyn

    02/13/2015 5:41:31 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 9 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 11 Feb 2015 | Mark Steyn
    I'm coming out of a week-and-a-half of sub-par health, and playing catch-up on the last few days' news. Much of it is just new trees in the same old forest: the remorseless retreat of American power in the world - ie, "Yemen Rebels Seize U.S. Embassy Vehicles As Diplomats Flee". But some of it is almost too cute. In Paris, the street artist Combo has been beaten up by four "young people" who objected to his "Co-Exist" poster: Combo declined to discuss the identity of his assailants. "It would only add fuel to the fire," he told the French newspaper......
  • Folks Do the Randomest Things

    02/11/2015 12:34:13 PM PST · by mojito · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/11/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    I don’t understand why folks are giving President Obama and his spokes-minions such a hard time over his insistence that Ahmedy Coulibaly, the terrorist who just happened to be Muslim committing terrorism that had nothing to do with Islam, was just “randomly” picking out folks in Paris to kill when he randomly came upon a grocery that just happened to be Jewish and, coincidentally, to have Jews in it, whom he randomly killed. Sure, we know Coulibaly called a French TV station during the siege, said he was loyal to the Islamic State that has nothing to do with Islam,...
  • Obama tries to walk it back

    02/10/2015 7:50:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 2/10/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Josh Earnest        ✔ @PressSec Follow Our view has not changed. Terror attack at Paris Kosher market was motivated by anti-Semitism. POTUS didn't intend to suggest otherwise. 1:30 PM - 10 Feb 2015 So now Obama is trying to walk back his foolish statement that the Paris Kosher supermarket terror attack was a 'random' attack. Does he really mean it? Or was the outrage over such an obviously anti-Semitic and wrong statement too much for the Obama PR machine to leave it out there? I'm inclined that he meant to say 'random' just like he meant to compare 'Palestinian suffering' since...
  • France is examining terrorist recruitment propaganda

    02/10/2015 7:04:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 10, 2015 9:06 PM EST | Edith M. Lederer
    France is looking at the sophisticated propaganda, indoctrination and other methods used to recruit terrorists, including social media and video games, as part of its wide-ranging campaign to eradicate “the devastating force of terrorism,” the country’s justice minister said Tuesday. Christiane Taubira told an open meeting of the U.N. Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee that following last month’s attacks on the Charlie Hebdo weekly newspaper and a kosher supermarket that killed 20 people, including three gunmen, France is also asking what draws recruits to view terrible violence as “a noble cause.” And it is examining the fascination with crime and death,...
  • White House struggles with Obama comment on Paris attack

    02/10/2015 4:03:00 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 38 replies
    Assoc. Press ^ | 02/10/2015 | JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and State Department struggled Tuesday to clarify President Barack Obama's suggestion that last month's deadly shooting at a kosher deli in Paris was random, despite the administration's earlier assertions that the attack was anti-Semitic. Obama, in describing terror threats during a lengthy interview with the online news site Vox, said the American people were right to be concerned "when you've got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris." Administration officials at first defended Obama's comments, with White House spokesman Josh...
  • White House Says Shooting at Kosher Market in Paris Was 'Random'

    02/10/2015 3:29:33 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 10, 2015 | By JONATHAN KARL
    President Obama has raised some eyebrows by suggesting that the shooting at a Kosher supermarket in Paris last month was “random.” It was a comment the president made in making the case that the media overstates the terrorist threat and that his job fighting terrorism is akin to a big-city mayor fighting crime. Asked about the president's suggestion that the market was not targeted by the group because it was Kosher, White House spokesman Josh Earnest doubled down on Obama's characterization that the selection of target was "random." Here's my exchange with Earnest at today's White House press briefing:
  • Obama Calls Terror Attack on Paris Jews ‘Random’ Shooting

    02/09/2015 1:02:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 70 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/9/15 | Joel B. Pollack
    President Barack Obama has called the terror attack on Jews in a kosher supermarket in Paris last month an act of random violence, rather than a terror attack or an antisemitic attack. Obama’s remark appears in an interview with Matt Yglesias of Vox.com. The president calls the attackers “violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.” He elides past the religion of the attackers or the victims in an attack that claimed four innocent lives. Obama was responding to a sympathetic question by Yglesias about whether “the media sometimes overstates...
  • Oh... My... God... Obama calls Paris supermarket massacre 'random shooting'

    02/09/2015 12:38:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 65 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 2/9/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
      Daniel Drezner @dandrezner Follow Dear Obama: on this, stop saying "folks." Or "random." Yours, Dan. RT @JGreenDC: This is odd http://www.vox.com/a/barack-obama-interview-vox-conversation/obama-foreign-policy-transcript … So what would he rather the world be talking about instead? What would Obama prefer the media talk about instead of Islamic terrorism?  The more legitimate threat – climate change. “The news media ‘absolutely’ overstates the risks of terrorism because stories about things like climate change aren’t ‘sexy’ and don’t drive ratings.” Two more years.... 
  • Rice: US not facing 'existential' threats

    02/06/2015 3:10:37 PM PST · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 6, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    Susan Rice pushed back on critics of President Obama's foreign policy Friday as she unveiled the White House’s new national security strategy. Rice, the White House's national security adviser, said in a speech at the Brookings Institution that the nation is “stronger than we have been in a very long time” despite the bitter debates raging in Washington. “Too often, what's missing here in Washington is a sense of perspective. Yes, there is a lot going on. Still, while the dangers we face may be more numerous and varied, they are not of the existential nature we confronted during World...
  • Influential AQAP ideologue killed in US drone strike (southern Yemen on Jan. 31)

    02/05/2015 12:49:26 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | February 5, 2015 | By Thomas Joscelyn
    Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, a senior AQAP sharia official, was killed in a US drone strike on Jan. 31. A US drone strike in southern Yemen on Jan. 31 killed Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, a senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) sharia official. Nadhari's death was confirmed in a "martyrdom" statement issued by the group via Twitter and other web sites earlier today. Nadhari praised the attack on Charlie Hebdo's offices just days after the massacre on Jan. 9. He did not claim responsibility for the operation, but another senior AQAP official subsequently did. The...
  • Paris: French soldiers on anti-terror patrol attacked by man with knife

    02/03/2015 8:28:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    CBS News ^ | 02/03/2015
    PARIS -- An attacker with a knife hidden in his bag attacked three soldiers on an anti-terror patrol in front of a Jewish community center in southern France on Tuesday, two police officials said. Sarah Baron, a police union official in the city of Nice, said the attacker was detained after the attack near the Galeries Lafayette department store. Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said the attacker had an identity card with the name Moussa Coulibaly. The surname, which is relatively common for families of Malian descent, is the same as that of the man who seized hostages in a kosher...
  • 300 Armed Muslims Attack Christian Boys' School in Pakistan in Retaliation to Charlie Hebdo

    01/30/2015 7:14:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/30/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Close to 300 Muslim students armed with iron bars and sticks attacked a Christian boys' school in northern Pakistan, reportedly in retaliation to French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's controversial drawings of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. The attack left four Christians injured. "It is very sad that Islamic radicals attack Pakistani Christians because of Charlie Hebdo. Christians condemn the blasphemous cartoons. It is a shame that even after 67 years since the birth of Pakistan, Christians have not yet been considered Pakistani citizens, but are seen as 'Western allies,'" Nasir Saeed, director of the NGO Center for Legal Aid Assistance &...
  • Front National’s Le Pen Consolidates Lead in First Presidential Poll Since Charlie Hebdo

    01/30/2015 8:50:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | January 30, 2015 | Oliver Lane
    A new poll commissioned by French magazine Marianne reveals that if presidential elections happened today, Le Pen would gather the most votes and France’s unpopular incumbent President Hollande would be knocked out in the first round. It’s the first opinion poll on voting intentions this year, and the solid advantage enjoyed by Le Pen and her traditional-conservative Front National (FN) party appears to have been confirmed in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris earlier this month. Front National is the only mainstream French political movement that shows willing to tackle the problem of rising Islamism, and this...
  • German carnival drops Charlie Hebdo-inspired float after Paris attack

    01/30/2015 3:52:26 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Jan 29, 2015 | Matthias Inveradi (Reuters)
    A German carnival has dropped plans to build a "Charlie Hebdo" float with a cartoonist forcing a pencil into the barrel of a terrorist's gun, after receiving messages from locals worried about safety if the float went on show. * snip * The Charlie Hebdo-inspired float had been chosen through an Internet vote.
  • Thomas Roberts: Jeb Will Be Tied To Charlie Hebdo Because Abu Ghraib

    01/30/2015 5:51:43 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 11 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    You say "Jeb Bush," Thomas Roberts says "the Kouachi brothers." It's got to be one of the strangest political Rorschach test results of all time. MSNBC's Roberts believes that Jeb Bush would have a "big onus" around his neck if he runs for president "because if we hear 'Bush' we're automatically going to go to people bringing up the Kouachi brothers and their photos of Abu Ghraib that radicalized them about Iraq." View the video here.
  • ‘Blasphemous’ artwork removed from Paris exhibition (Islamic Hecklers Veto)

    01/28/2015 10:12:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 28, 2015 | David Chazan
    An artwork depicting high-heeled shoes on Islamic prayer mats has been removed from an exhibition after a Muslim group warned of possible violence in the wake of the Paris attacks. The French-Algerian artist, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, withdrew the work from an exhibition in a northern Paris suburb with a large Muslim population after an Islamic group told local authorities it could provoke “uncontrollable, irresponsible incidents”. It is considered disrespectful to step on Muslim prayer maps with shoes.
  • No More Mosques in Lombardy Region, Italy, from Today

    01/27/2015 4:01:48 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 15 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 27 January 2015 | Enza Ferreri
    Victory! Something is changing. Some positive effects of the Charlie Hebdo atrocities are felt in Italy, with crackdown on the cult of Islam. First Massimo Bitonci, the mayor of the city of Padua, in the region of Venice (Veneto), Northern Italy, simply and clearly said: "No more mosques in Padua. The city council will not grant any more public space for the building of mosques and Islamic places of worship." Padua's councillor Marina Buffoni sent the city's police to Muslim meeting places, to confiscate posters and images of women in burka. She said: "These posters showed women completely covered...
  • U.S. NATO ‘Ally’ Turkey Providing Safe Harbor to Muslim Leader of Foreign Terrorist Organization

    01/26/2015 4:20:51 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | January 26, 2015 | Ben Barrack
    It’s been formally acknowledged that U.S. NATO ‘ally’ Turkey is providing safe haven to leaders of Hamas, a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) so designated by the U.S. State Department. By its very definition, an FTO should be considered declared enemy of the U.S. Despite this, Turkey doesn’t appear to be paying any price. Another player in all this is the small nation of Qatar. It is desperately trying to play both sides of a political fence as leaders of Hamas – to include the terrorist organization’s political leader Khaled Meshaal – has been forcibly relocated to Turkey. The reason these...