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Brandeis reneges on promised honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali

This is shameful.

After growing criticism, Brandeis University cancelled its plan to present an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a fierce critic of Islam, reported The New York Times.

Hirsi Ali, also a women’s rights activist, has called the religion “a destructive, nihilistic cult of death” in the past.

“We cannot overlook that certain of her past statements are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values,” the university said in a statement.

The decision came eight days after the university had announced that Hirsi Ali would be honored at its commencement ceremony on May 18.

Unlike inviting a speaker with provocative views to lecture for the sake of diversity, awarding an honorary degree implies endorsement of the recipients views and work.

Criticism of the plan to honor Hirsi Ali grew among a handful of bloggers, and was then picked up by a Brandeis student who started an online petition on Change.org. The petition garnered thousands of signatures, reported the Times.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations then encouraged its members to complain to the school, and sent a letter to the university president Frederick Lawrence, calling Hirsi Ali a “notorious Islamophobe.”

In its statement Brandeis apologized for any offense caused, saying they “were not aware of” her statements on Islam.

Hirsi Ali is a Somali native who has spoken out against the practice of female genital mutilation – a procedure she underwent as a child – and about an arranged marriage she was almost forced into by her family.

She later received political asylum in the Netherlands and was elected to the Dutch Parliament. She is currently a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali wrote her autobiography, Infidel, in which she describes growing up in Somalia and later in Mecca, the genital mutilation she suffered as a little girl at the hands of her grandmother, the life she lead as a refugee in Europe and her eventual ascension to the level of Parliament in The Netherlands. She worked on the movie, Submission, with Theo Van Gogh, you remember, the one that got him butchered in broad daylight on the streets of Amsterdam by an Islamic lunatic. He was nearly decapitated. After that, she underwent 24 hour security. But her lovely Dutch neighbors complained about the disruption the security forces were causing, and the Dutch government responded by revoking her citizenship. I kid you not.

This is her latest venture:

Brandeis, I have never been so disappointed in you.

- Aggie

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This Isn’t Terrorism.

Putting a bomb on a drone and flying it into a school isn’t terrorism, but might be a immigration violation.

FBI officials say they’ve arrested a Moroccan national in Connecticut in an alleged plot to fly bombs on drone-like devices into a school and a federal building.

Authorities say they arrested 27-year-old El Mehdi Semlali Fahti on Monday and found wires and tools in his Bridgeport apartment. The Connecticut Post first reported the arrest.

Fahti hasn’t been charged with terrorism, but authorities say that could come later in the investigation. He’s charged with immigration-related crimes for allegedly staying in the U.S. for seven years after his student visa expired after flunking out of Virginia International University.

The FBI says Fahti targeted an out-of-state school and a federal building in Connecticut. The exact locations weren’t released.

Hmm. I wonder what school he wanted to bomb with a drone? Just curious. Not worried about terrorism or anything.

- Aggie

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Terrorism In Venice?

Seriously?

Italian police on Wednesday arrested 24 people involved in a campaign to demand independence for Venice and its surrounding region and seized a tractor that they said the activists had tried to convert into a sort of tank.

The surprise arrests came just two weeks after activists held an online vote calling for the Veneto region, which encompasses the lagoon city, to break away from the rest of Italy and declare itself the “Repubblica Veneta”.

The authorities accused the 24 separatists of being involved in “terrorism”, “fabrication of weapons of war” and “subversion of the democratic order”.
The activists were part of a “secessionist group that was planning various initiatives, some of them violent, aimed at pushing for the independence of Veneto and other parts of the national territory of the Italian State,” the paramilitary Carabinieri said.

The activists were allegedly planning to use the “tank”, which was armed with a makeshift cannon, to stage a protest in Venice’s St Mark’s Square, 17 years after a similar stunt in which Veneto separatists drove a home-made armoured car into the famous square.
Police claim the makeshift tank was in good working order and was capable of firing projectiles from its barrel.
Those arrested included Franco Rocchetta, a former MP and the founder of the Liga Veneta, or Veneto League, one of several separatist movements calling for independence for the affluent north-eastern region.
In last month’s unofficial referendum, organisers claimed that 56 per cent of registered voters in the region cast a vote online and that an overwhelming majority supported secession from Italy.
They said that out of a total 2.36 million votes cast, 2.1 million voted for independence.
Critics, however, questioned the reliability of the referendum, saying that some votes appeared to have been cast from overseas and that some people may have voted more than once.
The drive for independence is supported by Veneto’s most powerful politician, Luca Zaia, who is president of the region and a member of the separatist Northern League.

Mr Zaia leads a regional assembly which is debating holding an official referendum on the issue, just as Scotland secured the right to hold September’s vote on seceding from the UK. He says there are powerful economic and cultural reasons for Veneto to strive for independence.
Venetians and the people of surrounding cities such as Padova and Vicenza deeply resent the fact that each year Rome takes 20 billion euros of their tax revenue.
They feel that the money is squandered on corrupt and dysfunctional parts of Italy, particularly in the crime-ridden south.

Imagine that! They are upset about taxes. The Venetian Tea Party. Too bad because it is a really fun city. I hope they don’t get nutty.

- Aggie

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Give This Guy A Posthumous Darwin Award!

Bomber blows self up because he forgot about Daylight Savings Time.

A mix-up with daylight saving time may have caused a car bomb to blow up in the face of a bumbling bomber in Dublin.
The unidentified bomber was seen fleeing from the wreckage of a ruined Volvo SUV on Sunday evening, while “dripping in blood” after the device that was attached to the vehicle went off early.
Clocks in Ireland were turned ahead on Sunday night.
“It would appear that the bomber got his timings wrong. It could be a case where he didn’t put his watch forward on Sunday [at 1am] and the timer went off too soon,”

There’s more at the link, but, unfortunately if you click it a video about the incident plays. So NSFW.

- Aggie

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Everything’s Up To Date In Kansas City

Terror plot unfolding

Of course, Ft. Hood was workplace violence, not terror…

The FBI is searching for a recent Army recruit believed to be planning a “Fort Hood-inspired jihad against U.S. soldiers,” FoxNews.com has learned.

The alert, whose legitimacy was confirmed by military and law enforcement officials, stated that a man identified as Booker had told friends of his “intention to commit jihad.” Booker, who is also known as Muhammad Abdullah Hassan, was recruited by the U.S. Army in Kansas City, Mo., in February 2014 and was scheduled to report for basic training on April 7. But he was discharged last week, apparently after law enforcement authorities learned of his alleged plan.

Both the FBI and the 902d Military Intelligence Group at Fort Leavenworth are involved in the hunt.

The alert, a copy of which was obtained by FoxNews.com, was sent out by the FBI’s Kansas City Division on Friday and distributed through the U.S. Marine Corps. The portion obtained by FoxNews.com did not include Hassan’s photo or age. It was also sent to the Kansas City Police Department, which could indicate authorities believe he may have remained in the area where he was recruited.

The alert is titled, “Planned Fort Hood-inspired Jihad against US Soldiers by Army Recruit” and was issued “to inform and protect officers who may encounter this individual or others exhibiting the same aspirations.” The source of the information contained in the alert was listed as “An FBI agent.”

More at the link.

- Aggie

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British Telegraph Reports Plane Crash “A Suicide Mission”

Interesting to call it “suicide” rather than “terrorism”

Flight MH370 crashed into the Indian Ocean in an apparent suicide mission well-placed sources revealed last night as Malaysia’s Prime Minister announced that everyone on the missing aircraft had died.
The team investigating the Boeing 777’s disappearance believe no malfunction or fire was capable of causing the aircraft’s unusual flight or the disabling of its communications system before it veered wildly off course on a seven hour silent flight into the sea. An analysis of the flight’s routing, signalling and communications shows that it was flown “in a rational way”.
An official source told The Telegraph that investigators believe “this has been a deliberate act by someone on board who had to have had the detailed knowledge to do what was done … Nothing is emerging that points to motive.”
Asked about the possibility of a plane malfunction or an on-board fire, the source said: “It just does not hinge together….. [The investigators] have gone through processes you do to get the plane where it flew to for eight hours. They point to it being flown in a rational way.”
Yesterday the worst fears of the families of the 239 people on board were realised when Najib Razak, Malaysia’s prime minister, announced that no one could have survived.

Again, why “suicide” rather than “terrorism”? It is so much easier to commit suicide than by doing what was done. Furthermore, there were three Iranians on board, two with false passports, and all three tickets were one-way, paid in cash. Weird, and we will never know the truth. Here’s hoping it wasn’t just a dry run.

- Aggie

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More Flight Stuff

Files missing from pilots in-home flight simulator

Investigators are trying to restore files deleted last month from the home flight simulator of the pilot aboard the missing Malaysian plane to see if they shed any light on the disappearance, Malaysia’s defense minister said Wednesday.

Hishammuddin Hussein told a news conference that the pilot, Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, is considered innocent until proven guilty of any wrongdoing, and that members of his family are cooperating in the investigation. Files containing records of simulations carried out on the program were deleted Feb. 3, Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu said.

It was not immediately clear whether investigators thought that deleting the files was unusual. They will want to check those files for any signs of unusual flight paths that could help explain where the missing plane went.

I listened to an interview with the former head of El Al security. He points out that there were two Iranians on board with stolen passports. Their tickets were purchased by a third Iranian, who was also apparently on the plane. He paid cash for all three tickets, one-way. The security specialist was far past dismissive of Malaysian security, truly disgusted. He wonders how in the world, in this day and age, someone can pay cash for a one-way ticket and not be questioned, at a minimum. He can’t figure out why this isn’t being investigated more thoroughly.

And someone I think is very clever believes that the plane landed in Somalia. I think that the plane probably landed somewhere, but I can’t figure out why. If Iran wants a plane for terrorism, they have planes. Seems too complicated. In any case, my nightmare scenario is that the hostages are onboard, that the plane, loaded with a bomb, flies near or into Israeli airspace, forcing them to shoot it down. Or, it isn’t weaponized and they shoot it down. Probably silly, but I think that’s how really evil people think.

- Aggie

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Liberal Fascist Professor Wants Climate Deniers In Jail

This will happen someday.

The importance of clearly communicating science to the public should not be underestimated. Accurately understanding our natural environment and sharing that information can be a matter of life or death. When it comes to global warming, much of the public remains in denial about a set of facts that the majority of scientists clearly agree on. With such high stakes, an organised campaign funding misinformation ought to be considered criminally negligent.


Many scientists recognize these civic and moral obligations. Climatologist Michael Mann is a good example; Mann has recently made the case for public engagement in a powerful New York Times opinion piece: If You See Something Say Something.

[Here he is discussing the Italian earthquake in 2009, in which scientists were imprisoned for failing to warn the public that a devastating earthquake was possible - Aggie]
If those with a financial or political interest in inaction had funded an organised campaign to discredit the consensus findings of seismology, and for that reason no preparations were made, then many of us would agree that the financiers of the denialist campaign were criminally responsible for the consequences of that campaign. I submit that this is just what is happening with the current, well documented funding of global warming denialism.

More deaths can already be attributed to climate change than the L’Aquila earthquake and we can be certain that deaths from climate change will continue to rise with global warming. Nonetheless, climate denial remains a serious deterrent against meaningful political action in the very countries most responsible for the crisis.

Climate denial funding

We have good reason to consider the funding of climate denial to be criminally and morally negligent. The charge of criminal and moral negligence ought to extend to all activities of the climate deniers who receive funding as part of a sustained campaign to undermine the public’s understanding of scientific consensus.

Criminal negligence is normally understood to result from failures to avoid reasonably foreseeable harms, or the threat of harms to public safety, consequent of certain activities. Those funding climate denial campaigns can reasonably predict the public’s diminished ability to respond to climate change as a result of their behaviour. Indeed, public uncertainty regarding climate science, and the resulting failure to respond to climate change, is the intentional aim of politically and financially motivated denialists.

My argument probably raises an understandable, if misguided, concern regarding free speech. We must make the critical distinction between the protected voicing of one’s unpopular beliefs, and the funding of a strategically organised campaign to undermine the public’s ability to develop and voice informed opinions. Protecting the latter as a form of free speech stretches the definition of free speech to a degree that undermines the very concept.

What are we to make of those behind the well documented corporate funding of global warming denial? Those who purposefully strive to make sure “inexact, incomplete and contradictory information” is given to the public? I believe we understand them correctly when we know them to be not only corrupt and deceitful, but criminally negligent in their willful disregard for human life. It is time for modern societies to interpret and update their legal systems accordingly.

We are turning into a fable about a society that destroyed itself through its own stupidity. The Little Red Hen or something out of Aesop. Just imagine a professor writing something from a conservative perspective (I know – that will never happen) and suggesting that the other guys be tossed in jail. We are living the Salem With Trials. I keep assuming that this craziness will pass, but I have had to accept that it won’t until things get even crazier.

- Aggie

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About That Plane…

We haven’t really said much, perhaps wisely.

What do you think? If it was an act of terrorism – I always assume terrorism when something weird happens – then what do you think The Unitarian Universalists are up to this time? And aren’t you just sick to death of that crowd?

Or, do you believe that the plane was taken by Space Aliens. Believe it or not, I heard that today from a genuine grown-up. “There are more advanced civilizations out there and this is not the first time it’s happened.” I kid you not.

Those seem to be the two big theories: Terrorism or Space Aliens. What do you think? Maybe Islamic Terrorists have converted Space Aliens to The Religion of Peace™?

- Aggie

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Public Enemy

A violent terrorist in Hawaii? What are they implying?

The FBI’s decade-long hunt for a suspected environmental terrorist believed to have bombed two buildings in California has narrowed to Honolulu, where authorities are aggressively advertising a $250,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

Daniel Andreas San Diego, 36, a Berkeley, Calif.,-born hard-core vegan and self-styled “animal liberationist,” is believed to have headed a domestic terror cell that bombed a California biotech corporation in August 2003, then set off a nail bomb a month later at a nutritional products corporation in the state.

Whatever a “hard-core vegan” is, we know who it isn’t:

And something tells me he’s not an animal liberationist either:

But he’s smart enough to hide out in Hawaii every chance he gets.

Do not be fooled by the pleasant demeanor: he’s dangerous.

“He may or may not actually be on Hawaii Island, but we are taking this lead seriously out of genuine concern for local residents,” said Honolulu FBI Special Agent Tom Simon. “It’s important to recognize that this guy is considered armed and dangerous. If you know where he is, please just call it in. We don’t want anyone getting hurt trying to be a hero.”

I’ll say “armed and dangerous”!

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Bibi Cites Reality

But Western antisemitism is a stronger force than reality

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu blasted the world’s hypocrisy on Monday, saying there is a wave of condemnation of Israel when it “builds a balcony in Jerusalem,” but only a drizzle of censure when Iran tries to smuggle long-range missiles into Gaza.

Hmm, we should do a pool on the first city to host one of those exploding suitcases. My bet is Washington, DC. Why? Because the Iranians hate us and because the terror experienced by career politicians will bring America to her knees.

Of course, it could be NY or Paris or London, but I’m betting on DC. You know, that might be wrong… DC probably has better security than London. Perhaps they’ll begin there.

- Aggie

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Why Does Egypt Hate These Guys?

They know how to live…in a manner of speaking:

An explosion Saturday in the southern Gaza Strip killed at least one terrorist and wounded nine more, medical sources said.

“The explosion occurred during a training session in bomb-making,” said a statement from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamist Hamas movement that controls Gaza.

Source have identified the dead man as Ibrahim al-Ghoul, a local Hamas commander.

His name cannot seriously be al-Ghoul. Ghoul by name, ghoul by nature, I guess.

In what may be a related story:

Two people listed as being on a missing Malaysia Airlines jet weren’t on the flight, and their passports had been stolen in Thailand, authorities and family members said Saturday.

The search for the plane, which disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, centered on waters off Vietnam after Hanoi said it had spotted what appeared to be large oil slicks.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, with 239 people aboard, lost contact with the airline shortly into the flight early Saturday. Government and airline officials said they weren’t ready to speculate about what caused the Boeing 777-200 to disappear from radar sometime after it flew away from peninsular Malaysia’s east coast. Aviation analysts noted that accidents at cruising altitude over water were rare.

All dead, presumably. By the hand of terrorists, also presumably.

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