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Drones Flying Over French Nuke Sites

Don’t worry; be happy.

Unidentified drones big enough to carry explosives have flown over as many as seven nuclear power plants around France in the past three weeks, it has emerged.
Electricité de France (EDF), the state-owned operator of France’s 58 nuclear reactors across 19 sites, has filed a legal complaint against persons unknown following the flights over seven sites.
Sparking fears that the country’s reactors are unsafe from airborne attack, none of the drones were intercepted and their origins remain a mystery.

It is forbidden to enter airspace within a five kilometre perimeter around nuclear sites or to fly over them at an altitude of below 1,000 metres.
Yet, on October 5, a drone flew over the nuclear plant at Creys-Malville in Isère, southeastern

This was followed by airspace incursions in Gravelines, in the north, Cattenom, in eastern Moselle, Le Blayais in the western Gironde area, Bugey in eastern central, Chooz in the northeastern Ardennes and Nogent-sur-Seine southeast of Paris.

In one case, on October 19, drones were flown at the same time over several sites hundreds of miles apart. At least one of the unmanned aircraft was big enough to carry a bomb, experts said.
“We’re not talking about just one type of drone identified, but several,” a nuclear expert told Le Parisien
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Hmm. Sounds like a great thriller plot. Arab terrorist group (ISIS, Hamas, whomever..) decides to destroy France by making it radioactive. Pepe Le Pew has to rescue his country from the evil geniuses. Can he succeed? With the help of Barack Obama’s fearless dog, Bo, anything is possible. Let’s hope The White House doesn’t get skunked.

– Aggie

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Scandinavian Chicks Do it in Parliament

Arab chicks don’t do it at all:

BEIRUT: Lebanon is the world’s eighth worst country in terms of gender equality and ranks second worst for women’s participation in politics, according to a recent report by the World Economic Forum.

Lebanon ranked 135 out of 142 surveyed countries, with only the Ivory Coast, Iran, Mali, Syria, Chad, Pakistan and Yemen scoring lower on the 2014 Gender Gap Index.

Although Lebanese women are often considered privileged compared to those in other Arab countries because of the liberties they enjoy, they are far behind in terms of their participation in politics.

There were no female ministers in the previous government and women hold a mere 3 percent of seats in Parliament. Lebanon’s ranking for equal political participation was 141 out of 142, behind Brunei. Although all Arab and Gulf countries did better than Lebanon, they too scored very low in terms of women’s political participation.

Since 2010, Lebanon’s ranking has sunk from 116 to 135.

The top 10 countries for gender equality in the Middle East are, in order: Israel, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Tunisia, Bahrain, Algeria, Oman, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

At the other end of the list were Scandinavian countries, which surpassed all other regions in respect to the involvement of their women in public life and their treatment.

Iceland topped the list, followed by Finland, Norway, Sweden and then Denmark.

I know we’re not supposed to generalize about Islam, but what are we to say when said religion is the dominant (or a dominant) faith in all the countries most hostile to women?

I’m waiting.

And how bad is it when Saudi-[bleeping]-Arabia makes the Middle East’s top ten? Pretty [bleeping] bad.

I don’t want to contradict my nations’s leaders, but it looks to me like Islam is not only a religion of violence (not least to other Muslims), but also a religion of misogyny and certainly a religion of homophobia.

Correct me if I’m wrong.

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Is This the Little Girl I Buried?

Despite my carefully crafted, jealously guarded, image as a Neanderthal, I don’t really dig snuff films.

But I love the scripts!

A video posted on the Internet shows the stoning of a woman accused of adultery in the Hama area in Syria. In the video, an official from the Islamic State is shown administering the proceedings, at the end of which, the woman is led to a hole in the ground, where she is stoned to death by her father and other men present.

ISIS Member: […] This punishment is the result of the actions you did of your free will. Nobody forced you to do this. Therefore, you should be satisfied with the ruling decreed by Allah, and submit to Allah. Islam means submission and obedience to Allah, okay? Are you pleased with the punishment decreed by Allah?

Woman nods her head

Good.

He turns to the father of the woman

Is there anything you would like to say to your daughter?

Father: No.

Woman: Ask him to forgive me.

Father: I won’t!

[…]

I am not your father anymore.

I’ll spare you the family melodrama and cut to the chase:

ISIS Member: Tie her up. Put the blanket on her head. Sheik, tie her up.

Say that there is no god but Allah. Say that there is no god but Allah. Say: There is no god but Allah, and I ask forgiveness from Allah. We now begin the implementation of the first stoning punishment for adultery in the rural area east of Hama.

The woman is pelted to death with large stones by her father and the men surrounding her

Don’t confuse this with Islam. Islam is a religion of peace. Not the same thing at all.

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“Islam is a World Religion That Teaches Tolerance, Justice and Honor and Promotes Patience, Modesty and Balance” Watch

Yesterday, we shared a piece with you by a woman who converted to Islam—two months after the Islam-inspired atrocities of 9/11. She assured us that she condemned those acts, indeed all acts, of terrorism, bigotry, intolerance, and dishonor committed by “a few” that besmirched her newly-adopted faith.

I said then, and repeat now, that a person’s faith is of no concern to me. Just don’t pi** on my head and tell me it’s holy water.

Today’s example:

The Lahore High Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence of Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy four years ago, as her lawyers vowed to appeal.

Bibi, a mother of five, has been on death row since November 2010 after she was found guilty of making derogatory remarks about Islam’s Prophet during an argument with a Muslim woman. “A two-judge bench of the Lahore High Court dismissed the appeal of Aasia Bibi but we will file an appeal in the Supreme Court of Pakistan,” said her lawyer Shakir Chaudhry.

Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive issue in Pakistan where 97 percent of the population is Muslim and unproven claims regularly lead to mob violence.

Two high-profile politicians—then Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer and minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti—were murdered in 2011 after calling for reforms to the blasphemy law and describing Bibi’s trial as flawed.

Blasphemy, injustice, mob violence, assassinations—are we to blame these acts of intolerance on the 3% who are not Muslim? They are certainly only “a few”.

But no:

Over a dozen religious clerics, including Qari Saleem who brought forward the initial complaint against Bibi, were present at the court Thursday. “We will soon distribute sweets among our Muslim brothers for today’s verdict, it’s a victory of Islam,” said Saleem from outside the courtroom as the clerics congratulated each other and chanted religious slogans.

It’s Halloween in Lahore! Candy for all in this “victory of Islam”!

In a last effort to understand, what was the original charge?

I, Asia Bibi, have been sentenced to death because I was thirsty. I’m a prisoner because I used the same cup as those Muslim women, because water served by a Christian woman was regarded as unclean by my stupid fellow fruit-pickers.

That day, June 14, 2009, is imprinted on my memory. I can still see every detail.

That morning I got up earlier than usual, to take part in the big falsa-berry harvest. I’d been told about it by Farah, our lovely local shopkeeper. “Why don’t you go falsa picking tomorrow in that field just outside the village? You know the one; it belongs to the Nadeems, the rich family who live in Lahore. The pay is 250 rupees.”

Because it was Sunday, my husband Ashiq wasn’t working in the brickworks. While I was getting ready to go to work he was still fast asleep in the big family bed with two of our daughters, who were also worn out after a long week at school. I looked at them with love before I left the room, and thanked God for giving me such a wonderful family.

When I got to the field, around 15 women were already at work, picking away, their backs hidden by the tall bushes. It was going to be a physically exhausting day in such heat, but I needed those 250 rupees.

Some of the women greeted me with a smile. I recognized my neighbor, Musarat, who was the seamstress in my village. I gave her a little wave, but she turned back to the bushes again at once. Musarat wasn’t really an agricultural worker and I didn’t often see her in the fields, so I realized times must be hard for her family. In the end, it was just our lot to be poor, all of us.

A hard-faced woman dressed in clothes that had been mended many times came over to me with an old yellow bowl.

“If you fill the bowl you get 250 rupees,” she said without really looking at me.

I looked at the huge bowl and thought I would never finish before sunset. Looking at the other women’s bowls, I also realized mine was much bigger. They were reminding me that I’m a Christian.

The sun was beating down, and by midday it was like working in an oven. I was dripping with sweat and I could hardly think or move for the suffocating heat. In my mind, I could see the river beside my village. If only I could have jumped into that cool water!

But since the river was nowhere near, I freed myself from my bushes and walked over to the nearby well. Already I could sense the coolness rising up from the depths.

I pull up a bucketful of water and dip in the old metal cup resting on the side of the well. The cool water is all I can think of. I gulp it down and I feel better; I pull myself together.

Then I start to hear muttering. I pay no attention and fill the cup again, this time holding it out to a woman next to me who looks like she’s in pain. She smiles and reaches out . . . At exactly the moment Musarat pokes her ferrety nose out from the bush, her eyes full of hate:

“Don’t drink that water, it’s haram!”

Musarat addresses all the pickers, who have suddenly stopped work at the sound of the word “haram,” the Islamic term for anything forbidden by God.

“Listen, all of you, this Christian has dirtied the water in the well by drinking from our cup and dipping it back several times. Now the water is unclean and we can’t drink it! Because of her!”

It’s so unfair that for once I decide to defend myself and stand up to the old witch.

“I think Jesus would see if differently from Mohammed.”

Musarat is furious. “How dare you think for the Prophet, you filthy animal!”

Three other women start shouting even louder.

“That’s right, you’re just a filthy Christian! You’ve contaminated our water and now you dare speak for the Prophet! Stupid bitch, your Jesus didn’t even have a proper father, he was a bastard, don’t you know that.”

Musarat comes over as though she’s going to hit me and yells: “You should convert to Islam to redeem yourself for your filthy religion.”

I feel a pain deep inside. We Christians have always stayed silent: We’ve been taught since we were babies never to say anything, to keep quiet because we’re a minority. But I’m stubborn too and now I want to react, I want to defend my faith. I take a deep breath and fill my lungs with courage.

“I’m not going to convert. I believe in my religion and in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for the sins of mankind. What did your Prophet Mohammed ever do to save mankind? And why should it be me that converts instead of you?”

Ohhh!! Why didn’t you say so? Now I understand. Tolerance and justice practically waft off the page. But to be serious for a moment, all it takes is the bigotry of “a few” for the “honor” of Islam to be sullied.

PS: I’ll keep tabs on this theme.

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How Do You Get to Mecca?

Take a wrong turn at Baton Rouge [kidding!]:

I am a Muslim, but I wasn’t always. I converted to Islam in November 2001, two months after 9/11.

Okay, I’ll give her credit. She got my attention.

I was 21 and living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was a bad time to be a Muslim. But after four years of studying, poking and prodding at world religions and their adherents, I decided to take the plunge.

I am the product of a Creole Catholic and an Irish atheist. I grew up Catholic, then was agnostic, now I’m Muslim.

My journey to Islam began when I was about 15 years old in Mass and had questions about my faith. The answers from teachers and clergymen — don’t worry your pretty little head about it — didn’t satisfy me.

So I did what any red-blooded American would do: the opposite. I worried about it. For many years. I questioned the nature of religion, man and the universe.

After questioning everything I was taught to be true and digging through rhetoric, history and dogma, I found out about this strange thing called Islam. I learned that Islam is neither a culture nor a cult, nor could it be represented by one part of the world. I came to realize Islam is a world religion that teaches tolerance, justice and honor and promotes patience, modesty and balance.

Believe me, I wanted to edit this, but if this is her story, I owe her the space to tell it. I just wonder how a woman so full of questions came to the belief that “Islam is a world religion that teaches tolerance, justice and honor and promotes patience, modesty and balance” two months after 19 Muslims, inspired and sponsored by other Muslims, almost all of whom hailed from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques (Mecca and Medina). How did that happen?

As I studied the faith, I was surprised many of the tenants resonated with me. I was pleased to find that Islam teaches its adherents to honor all prophets, from Moses to Jesus to Mohammed, all of whom taught mankind to worship one God and to conduct ourselves with higher purpose.

I was drawn to Islam’s appeal to intellect and heartened by the prophet Mohammed’s quote, “The acquisition of knowledge is compulsory for every Muslim, whether male or female.”

I was astounded that science and rationality were embraced by Muslim thinkers such as Al-Khawarizmi, who invented algebra; Ibn Firnas, who developed the mechanics of flight before Leonardo DaVinci; and Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi, who is the father of modern surgery.

Here was a religion telling me to seek out answers and use my intellect to question the world around me.

With respect to those Muslim scholars of the Middle Ages, does her description sound anything like Islam as it is observed today in many (if not all) places, at least by some? For every Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi she cites, can’t we throw an Ayman al-Zawahiri (a doctor, no less) back in her face? If Mohammed really said “The acquisition of knowledge is compulsory for every Muslim, whether male or female”, how come Boko Haram and the Taliban, more Muslim than the Caliph, say otherwise, vehemently?

She gets to that, sort of, eventually:

It was 2001, and I had been putting off converting for a while. I feared what people would think but was utterly miserable. When 9/11 happened, the actions of the hijackers horrified me. But in its aftermath, I spent most of my time defending Muslims and their religion to people who were all too eager to paint a group of 1.6 billion people with one brush because of the actions of a few.

It enrages me to know there are some who call themselves Muslims and who distort and misappropriate Islam for political gains.

The difference is, when she gets “enraged”, she blames Americans for their prejudice and boorishness. (Paragraphs fill—and follow—the space between the ellipses.) She has nothing else to say about the “actions of a few” who “distort and misappropriate Islam for political gains”. You should see them when they get “enraged”.

My quarrel is not with a woman who found spiritual fulfillment. It is with a woman who has not been honest with herself, and certainly not with us, about what else her adopted faith preaches (“O Muslim there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”) and who else preaches it. I don’t know what percentage of 1.6 billion Muslims tend toward the Islamic State view of Islam, but it is more than “a few”. Just start counting.

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What the Saudis Don’t Get

You’d need the Library of Congress to catalog it all, but this is the latest:

Ebola fears have stopped more than 7,000 West African Muslims attending an annual pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia implemented a travel ban.

The measure affects some 7,400 would-be pilgrims from the West African countries, which have been the hardest hit by the virus that is estimated to have killed more than 3,400 people.

‘That will continue until further notice until we are comfortable that it is not anymore an epidemic in these countries,’ Mr Faqih said.

About 12 per cent of the population of Liberia is Muslim, while more than a half are part of the religion in Guinea and Sierra Leone, reported Al Jazeera.

Silly Saudis, don’t you know that shutting the borders, banning travel, looking out for the health and safety of your own citizens is counterproductive? That’s what our health officials tell us. What are you, stupid?

That’s the least of your problems. Backward, inbred, psychotic, your intellect is hardly the issue. Just take it from your wiser Uncle Sam: when you see haggard, sunken-eyed zombies barfing a your border, throw open the gate and let them in. That’s how you cure this thing. Quarantine, bad; open borders, good.

M’kay? There’s a good little Wahabbi.

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Whose Caliphate Is It, Anyway?

Or is it one at all?

A campaign to unite Australians against hatred, racism and bigotry and say “not in my name” has drawn bipartisan support, but the organiser warns that political rhetoric is part of the reason it’s needed in the first place.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied, president of the Youth Without Borders organisation, said the European “not in my name” campaign, in which Muslims publicly state their opposition to the actions of Islamic State (Isis), resonated with her “because it was about taking ownership a little bit.”

“People are doing things in the name of Islam and Islamic State, but it’s neither Islamic nor are they a state,” Abdel-Magied told Guardian Australia.

So you say.

This guy says differently:

A man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has appeared in a video, just a week after the Nigerian military reported that he had been killed.

The video that emerged yesterday shows a man purporting to be Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, surrounded by other Boko Haram soldiers mocking the Nigerian government and military.

In the video he says: “Here I am alive, you talk so much about your killing of me but that is not the point, we are still in our Islamic caliphate, reigning, we are doing the teachings of the Qu’ran.”

No, they don’t act in your name, Yassmin, they act in the name of Mohammed. And while they might not be a state, no state dares go where they are.

The Nigerian government and military continue to struggle to control Boko Haram, with attacks, killings and kidnappings becoming commonplace in the north of the country as the militant group work towards achieving their goal of creating their own Islamic caliphate.

The group whose name translates directly as “Western education is forbidden”, caused international outrage in April when they kidnapped 276 girls from a school in the northern town of Chibok.

Following the kidnapping, Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, promised that he would find the girls and “crush” Boko Haram.

Nevertheless, the majority of kidnapped girls are still missing and the ill-disciplined Nigerian army seem to be making little progress.

Within the last month, Boko Haram have stated that they now control of remote areas on the Nigerian border with Cameroon.

If having a fearsome military makes one a state, Boko Haram is a state, and most of Western Europe is not. As for being Islamic or not, I think a fearsome military decides that too.

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Muslim Humor

What’s with the oxymoron, BTL? Jumbo shrimp? Military intelligence?

No, seriously:

Muslims around the world have been posting sarcastic messages on social media, in a bid to counter a wave of hostility towards Islam.

First came #NotInMyName, a hashtag popularised by moderate Muslims to denounce terrorist groups, and their actions. “Al-Qaeda, Taliban, ISIS and 9/11… do not represent me bec my religion doesn’t teach hate & murder,” read a typical message on Twitter. The hashtag has been used almost 50,000 times in the last week alone, and is still gaining momentum.

The earnest campaign didn’t sit easily with everyone, however, and some felt it pandered unnecessarily to the Western media. “I’m tired of seeing Muslims rip themselves apart in apologies to prove their humanity to Islamophobes with campaigns like #notinmyname,” said one.

Soon enough, the hashtag’s satirical counterpart emerged. On Tuesday #MuslimApologies appeared, and quickly gathered pace. It has been used almost 30,000 times in the last 48 hours.

“Sorry for Algebra, cameras, universities, hospitals, oh and coffee too,” wrote one. “I’m so sorry for coffee, cheques, parachutes, chemistry, inoculations, soap, shampoo, cameras,” said another, and “I’m sorry it was a Muslim woman, Fatima Muhammad Al-Fihri, that established the world’s first university,” said a third. They soon spun out into the absurd. “I’m sorry he took his shoes off,” and “Sorry for inventing /discovering everything you can’t imagine living without,” were both retweeted hundreds of times.

Ha-ha. Okay, very funny. While you’re apologizing, my Mohammedan friends, perhaps you could express your regrets for razing all the temples in the lands you conquered (or otherwise defiling their faiths) and building mosques on their holy sites. Then maybe say sorry for mutilating females’ genitals—before or after you stone them, or kill them out of “honor”. You might then spare a remorseful thought for child brides and statutory rape. A few of you could express contrition over slavery.

Ubiquitous antisemitism? Isn’t that worth a “my bad”?

I get that you don’t want to be associated with terrorists, goons, and thugs—who would? But you name the place where blood is being spilled and the odds are overwhelming that it’s Muslims spilling the blood (and often Muslim blood being spilled). As long as we’re keeping it real.

But thanks for coffee!

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Oklahoma Beheader Has Ties To Al Qaeda, Also To Boston

Small world.

PS – do not open link anywhere you don’t want noise.

Suhaib Webb, an Imam with ties to former Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki, had also previously been the leader of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, which had been attended by Alton Nolen — the man who on Thursday beheaded a former coworker after recently converting to Islam, Breitbart News has learned. Webb now serves as Imam of the sister organization of the mosque attended by Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Imam Suhaib Webb has a history of ties to radicalism. FBI surveillance documents found that he was a known confidant of Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki. Just two days before the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, Webb spoke at a fundraiser with Awlaki with hopes to raise funds for Atlanta-based H. Rap Brown, a man that shot and killed two police officers. The FBI documents also found that “Webb and Awlaki may be associated with the Muslim American Society,” which is a group described by the Investigative Project on Terrorism as being “founded as the United States Chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Boston, beware:

Imam Webb’s bio from his new place of employment, the Islamic Society of Boston, states:
While pursuing his bachelors degree Imam Webb studied privately with a renowned Muslim Scholar of Senegalese descent. After intense private training in various Islamic sciences, Imam Webb was hired as the Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, where he not only provided Khutbas (Sermons) and religious classes but also counseled families and young people.
The Islamic Society of Boston, which was attended by the Tsarnaev brothers during his tenure as Imam, has several within their ranks who have been charged with committing acts of Islamic Radicalism. The founder of the Mosque, Abdulrahman Alamoudi, was sentenced to 23 years in prison for his role for financing terror.

Boston is foolish enough to be hit again.

– Aggie

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House of Worship or House of Correction?

I neglected to mention the other day the main exhibit in our Beantown Terror Tour. We’ve already staked out the malt shop in Cambridge where Tamerlan and Dzokar Tsarnaev hung out after school (carrying girls’ books for them); we sit in the very seats at the gate where Mohammed Atta et al waited to board their final flights; we pass the house where the Times Square bomber plotted his scheme of mass murder on an unimaginable scale.

But I forgot the most important one:

When it was revealed that the Boston Marathon bombers attended a Cambridge, Mass., mosque, its leaders were quick to disavow their actions.

Elder brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s ideology was not their own, the leaders of the Islamic Society mosque claimed. In fact, he was admonished for an extremist outburst he made during one sermon.

So, one crackpot in a congregation. Who can blame the mosque?

But what about eight — including a prominent member of ISIS?

As it turns out, worshippers at the Islamic Society have included:

Abdurahman Alamoudi, the mosque’s founder and first president who in 2004 was sentenced to 23 years in prison for plotting terrorism. In 2005, the Treasury Department issued a statement saying Alamoudi raised money for al Qaeda in the US.

Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT scientist-turned-al Qaeda agent, who in 2010 was sentenced to 86 years in prison for planning a New York chemical attack. Known as “Lady al Qaeda,” she is related to 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed. ISIS has tried to trade her release for journalist hostages.

Tarek Mehanna, who in 2012 got 17 years in prison for conspiring to use automatic weapons to murder shoppers in a suburban Boston mall.

Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a mosque trustee and Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader banned from the US after issuing a fatwa that called for the killing of US soldiers.

Jamal Badawi, another former trustee who in 2007 was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a plan to funnel more than $12 million to Palestinian suicide bombers.

Now it can be revealed that another regular worshipper at the Islamic Society mosque was Ahmad Abousamra, who is now the top propagandist for ISIS.

Abousamra’s father, a prominent doctor, even sat on the board of directors of the Muslim organization that runs the mosque. He stepped down after the FBI began questioning his son.

Hey, what do I know? Maybe every mosque has this many sworn jihadists among its parishioners. It would fit the available evidence.

The Islamic Society insists it’s moderate — that these extremists were fed by online forums. But Charles Jacobs, head of Boston’s Americans for Peace and Tolerance, says the mosque has hosted pro-jihad speakers and has stocked its library with classic jihadi texts — including writings by Osama bin Laden mentor Syed Qutb.

And Islamic Society leaders have openly defended their worshippers convicted of terrorism — including Siddiqui and Mehanna — despite overwhelming evidence against them. At their hearings and trials, officials have sought their release or lenient sentences. They have also held fund-raisers and rallies for the terrorists.

Recently, investigators found a mosque prayer card for Mehanna tucked in a Russian dictionary in Tsarnaev’s Cambridge apartment.

As for the Islamic Society, it insists it isn’t preaching hate.

But how many terrorists does it take before people are convinced it isn’t a coincidence?

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen! Take a gander at the incubator of ISIS, the terrarium of terrorism, Mohammed’s pied á terror. That’s right, this is little mosque harbored not one, not two, not three, but eight—eight—Islamist scumbags. Step lively, though, we have many stops to make!

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Michelle Says: PleaseStopBeheadingOurBoys#

Feeing safer now?

Don’t you remember all those get-togethers, circa 2008,2009,2010 when your friends droned on about how much safer they felt now that Obama is President and how much respect we have regained, worldwide? Where are all those guys? Discussing their gluten-free diets? Investing in a brew pub? In any case, they seem to have changed the subject.

ISIS has released a video that it claims shows the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff and says the murder is retaliation for the Obama administration’s continued airstrikes in Iraq.

Sotloff is the second American journalist to be killed by ISIS, and his death comes two weeks after James Foley was executed in a similar video.

In the video entitled ‘A Second Message to America,’ Sotloff appears in a similar jumpsuit before he is beheaded by an Islamic State fighter.

The executioner appears to be the same man who killed Foley – known as ‘Jihadi John’ and tells the camera: ‘I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State.”

Sotloff calmly read a statement moments before his murder: ‘I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing.

He tells the camera: ‘Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for preservation of American lives and interests, so why is it that I am paying the price of your interference with my life?’

While he speaks, a militant calmly holds a knife at his side and stands next to Sotloff.
The man believed to be Jihadi John also says: ‘As your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike necks of your people.’
Prime Minister David Cameron said the Islamic State video showing an apparent beheading was an ‘absolutely disgusting, despicable act’, and he would be making a statement later.

Foley’s family released a statement after Sotloff’s execution, calling it ‘just horrific,’ according to WHDH-TV.
On Thursday, Sotloff’s mother Shirley Sotloff went on television to make a direct appeal for her son’s life. She addressed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-claimed caliph of ISIS.

At the link, you can watch a very sad video that his mother made last week, begging for his life, if you’re so inclined.

– Aggie

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Foley Murdered By Brit With London Accent

Because British culture produces the best butchers.

British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond says that the government is “urgently investigating” the identity of the apparently British executioner of US reporter James Foley, whose death was shown in a video released by members of the self-declared Islamic State in Syria. The IS member’s apparent ties to Britain highlight increasing concern in the West about the radicalization of European and American nationals by jihadi groups and the threat they pose if they return home.

The video published overnight on YouTube shows the hooded, black-clad IS member speaking extensively in both English and Arabic before killing an orange-jumpsuited man described as “James Wright Foley, an American citizen.” In what the Daily Telegraph describes as a London accent, the executioner says that the US has “been at the forefront of the aggression towards the Islamic State,” before killing Foley.

But at least David Cameron takes this seriously:

Over there: “U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer vacation to return to London and chair urgent meetings on the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, calling the video ‘shocking and depraved.’”

Over here:

President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.

Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning, and joining Vice President Biden to huddle with members of his economic team in the afternoon.

Administration officials have insisted for weeks that the president just wanted to return to the White House for a series of meetings, but the explanation was met with a healthy dose of skepticism, since Obama rarely interrupts his vacations.

Oh, Obama did make a statement about the beheading, before heading off to play a round of golf:

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the entire world is “appalled” by the brutal death of American journalist James Foley, who was shown in a video released by the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq being beheaded.
“No faith teaches people to massacre innocents,” Obama said in his statement. “No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day.”

“People like this ultimately fail because the future is won by those who build and not destroy,” Obama said.
Obama also called Foley’s parents to offer his condolences and told them that a nation was heartbroken for their loss.
According to a pool report obtained by Politico, Obama went to the Vineyard Golf Club following his statement.

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