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Palestinian terror cell planning a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv and other attacks was thwarted over the last several months, the Shin Bet security service said Monday.

Five suspects hailing from Jenin and the village Attil in the Tulkarem area of the West Bank planned to infiltrate into Israel by acquiring a permit for the female member of their group to receive medical care in Israel.

She was then to dress as a pregnant Jewish woman and detonate an explosive belt in Tel Aviv, the Shin Bet said in a statement.

The cell members admitted under Shin Bet interrogation to planning to carry out shooting attacks, detonate a mine next to a bus carrying soldiers, and kidnap a soldier as well, according to the internal security agency.

Nice touch trying to use a medical exemption to get into Israel, thereby assuring that others, those who are truly sick, won’t be able to—or not without great difficulty. But then, what have Arabs not used for terror purposes? Ambulances, baby carriages, donkeys, the developmentally disabled—if they can exploit a humanitarian weakness in their intended victims, they will. They already have.

Isn’t it about time France recognized their dusty little spread a state?

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Not-Islam Watch

Out: Little Orphan Annie.

In: Mrs. Annie al-Shabaab.

Can you take non-Muslim women and children captive? Yes, says ISIS.

Can you have sex with them, even prepubescent girls? Yes, according to the Islamist extremist group.

Can you sell them or give them as gifts to others? The answer is yes, once again.

People in Mosul — the Iraqi city now under control of the group calling itself the Islamic State — got these and other messages loud and clear after sunset prayers Friday, when armed men handed out a color-printed pamphlet “Question and Answers on Female Slaves and their Freedom,” three residents told CNN.

And that’s the thing about ISIS: Its militants have justified their actions — like the beheadings of journalists and aid workers — in God’s name.

Which, as we all know, is absurd, crazy, just wrong. The nerve of these guys!

“Female slaves are the women that Muslims took from their enemies.”

Much of the pamphlet talks about ISIS’ policy on having sexual intercourse with a female slave, something that the group cites the Quran to justify.

“If she was a virgin, he (the owner) can have intercourse with her immediately after the ownership is fulfilled,” ISIS explains. “If she was not a virgin, her uterus must be purified (wait for her period to be sure she is not pregnant.)”

There are other rules as well, like that two men who co-own a captive can’t both have sex with her and that a man can’t have intercourse with his wife’s slave.

As to girls: “It is permissible to have intercourse with the female slave who hasn’t reached puberty if she is fit for intercourse,” the document reads. “However, if she is not fit for intercourse, he (the owner) can only enjoy her without intercourse.”

Beating a female slave for discipline is OK, but beating her for pleasure or as a form of torture is not.

It’s in the Koran, but it’s not Islam. Just remember that.

Time and again, the group cites the Quran and its view of Sharia law.

“ISIS is drawing these rulings from ancient Middle Eastern and Mediterranean codes of conduct for war and prisoners,” said Abbas Barzegar, professor of religious studies at Georgia State University.

“Muslim leaders and lay practitioners the world over continue to condemn ISIS and find its alien interpretation of Islam grotesque and abhorrent. Unfortunately, in the context of failed states and civil wars most sane voices are often the most drowned out.”

None of ISIS’ rationalizations hold up, Seton Hall University law school Professor Bernard Freamon wrote on CNN.com last month.

“This argument is plainly wrong, hypocritical and astonishingly ahistorical, relying on male fantasies inspired by stories from the days of imperial Islam,” said Freamon. “It is also an affront to right-thinking Muslims everywhere and a criminal perversion of Islamic law, particularly its primary source, the glorious Quran.”

There, see? Slavery, child rape, sex trafficking, and beatings are both in and not in the Koran—not to mention “inspired by stories from the days of imperial Islam”.

Nothing could be clearer.

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Justice4Barry!

Not to make light of a violent crime, but I’m starting to feel violated myself:

Following the book’s release, some publications, including conservative websites Breitbart and Nation Review, sought to identify the Oberlin alumnus who raped the writer, using details from the book to narrow down the list of possible attackers.

Both Brietbart and National Review were led by their research to a man named Barry, who was a prominent campus Republican when Dunham attended the institution. They looked for men named Barry, since Dunham did not explicitly state that the attacker’s name was changed, as she did for other stories in the book.

The man Breitbart identified as ‘Barry One’ (to protect his real name) vehemently denied ever meeting Dunham, and says his reputation has now been tarnished because of the book.

He told the National Review that the experience of being connected to the attack was the ‘most unfortunate coincidence of my life’.

But in the Buzzfeed article published Tuesday, Dunham confirmed that ‘Barry’ was not the name of her attacker, and that she’s sorry someone else has been falsely tied to the crime.

‘To be very clear, “Barry” is a pseudonym, not the name of the man who assaulted me, and any resemblance to a person with this name is an unfortunate and surreal coincidence. I am sorry about all he has experienced.’

Dunham went on to explain her reason for writing about the rape, saying she never meant for her rapist to be identified and she does not plan to press charges.

‘Speaking out was never about exposing the man who assaulted me. Rather, it was about exposing my shame, letting it dry out in the sun.

‘I did not wish to be contacted by him or to open a criminal investigation. I am in a loving and peaceful place in my life and I am not willing to sacrifice any more of it for this person I do not know, aside from one night I will never forget. That is my choice.’

We’re happy for you, Lena, much as we wish we’d never heard of you.

But…

You don’t explain why you all but named a real person in your exposing your shame. Actually, you did name a real person: the above campus Republican named Barry. You named him as your rapist. You named him not in anger or in haste, but in writing and in rewriting and in editing and in galleys and finally in print—and then even on audiobook! If we had the stomach, we could hear you name a very recognizable Barry (not least because he was named Barry) as your rapist in your own voice.

Only to say never mind? That when you named your brutal assailant “Barry”, and described someone by that name, you were just letting your shame dry out in the sun? No wonder your lawyers and your publisher’s lawyers moved your hand across the page to pen this cringe-inducing apologia. Talk about reckless disregard for the truth.

I believe Lena Dunham was raped—because she says so. And if she wants to let it go, so do I. It’s her unbelievably good fortune that Barry does too. Considering her career, the “kind of girl” she has been is lucky.

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Rape or Rape Rape?

“Hands up, don’t shoot” never happened.

Shouting “I can’t breathe!” means you can.

Whatever happened at University of Virginia, it was nothing like Rolling Stone reported.

Now, Lena Dunham (rather, again Lena Dunham).

I’m starting to believe in the innocence of Bill Cosby:

It has been more than 4 days since Breitbart News published a detailed investigative report debunking Lena Dunham’s claim in her memoir that as an Oberlin college student she had been raped by a mustachioed campus Republican named Barry. Thus far, the reaction from Ms. Dunham and her numerous representatives has been total silence despite inquiries from numerous media outlets.

The afternoon prior to publishing our report, Breitbart News reached out to Dunham and her publisher with a detailed message left for Dunham’s publicist at Random House. We left the same message for the person described as the publicists back-up.

As of yet, no one has responded to those inquiries.

Thursday, the Daily Mail also attempted to reach both Random House and Dunham’s representatives: “Calls to Random House, the publisher of Not That Kind of Girl, and to Dunham’s literary agent by MailOnline were not immediately returned Thursday.” As of Saturday evening, the Daily Mail reports, those calls remain unreturned.

Breitbart News can also confirm that a major entertainment publication has not heard back from the Dunham camp in reference to queries about our investigative report.

It is unusual for Dunham and her representatives to be silent in the wake of negative stories. Recently, Dunham herself publicly lashed out at National Review and Truth Revolt over two separate unflattering stories. In the case of Truth Revolt, within hours of publishing a story about Dunham’s bizarre behavior towards her younger sister, the Website (run by our own Ben Shapiro) received a cease and desist letter and threat of suit from Dunham’s high-powered attorney.

In today’s journalism, fact-checking is denialism. Libel law may be the only check on rampant, unchecked journalistic malpractice.

Dunham received upwards of $3.7 million for Random House for her memoir. According to Saturday’s statement, Barry One, who has a young family, has burned through a large part of his savings due to the legal fees he’s incurred while trying to protect his name.

Barry One is considering filing a libel suit against Dunham.

Lena?

Lena Dunham @lenadunham · 14h
Superpower: she can quickly locate the available Xanax in any foreign country

Looks like you’ll need ‘em, honey. Better Xanax than cake.

God knows why your editor didn’t query your accusation, why Random House’s lawyers didn’t give you the third-degree, why you decided to libel “Barry” in the first place. But it’s going to cost you. We suggest Hostess pastries if you can no longer afford whole cakes.

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Toward a Kinder, Gentler BTL

In an attempt at self-improvement, to drag myself out of the La Brea tar pits of ignorance and prejudice, I have attempted to engage with the contemporary world.

Hence my following of Lena Dunham on Twitter:

Bitch is so stupid she doesn’t even know her favs are public

(Nothing yet on the refutation of her spurious rape charge while in college, but I’ll keep checking!)

And, of course, my ongoing and uphill battle to understand contemporary Islam.

The role of women, for example:

The Jordanian parliament is no stranger to screaming matches but a recent incident was so controversial that it provoked people to poke fun at their MPs online.

Earlier this week, during a heated argument over the Muslim Brotherhood, independent MP Yehia al-Saud was cut off by one of his female colleagues, Hind al-Fayez.

“Sit down Hind!” al-Saud yelled several times.

When al-Fayez ignored him, al-Saud turned his gaze and hands upwards and shouted “May God have his revenge on whoever brought quota to this parliament!” – a reference to female parliamentary quotas.

Local media reported that al-Saud later made another comment that women were created to put on make-up and cook for their husbands.

The earlier, unevolved BTL would have made a juvenile remark about an attractive woman named Hind, but that’s…behind me now.

Good for Jordan, as this al-Saud fellow is now a national joke.

Or is he?

Women’s rights groups responded angrily Tuesday to comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that women and men are not equal “because their nature is different.”

Eight groups signed a statement condemning his remarks as violating the national constitution and international agreements, saying he aimed to “denigrate decades of effort by women’s movements for gender equality.”

“Equality is turning the victim into an oppressor by force or vice versa. What women need is to be able to be equivalent, rather than equal, so it is justice. That is what we need,” he said.

“You cannot bring women and men into equal positions; that is against nature because their nature is different.”

Erdogan also told the event, organized by the Women and Democracy Association, that a woman cannot do every job that a man can do because “it is against her delicate nature.”

According to Turkey’s semiofficial Anadolu news agency, Erdogan also insisted his government has always been behind women in their struggle for equal rights….

I’ll bet you have, you randy old goat!

What?! So I made a little joke. There’s only so evolved I can get. You feminists need a sense of humor.

Stay with me for the further adventures of BTL trying to get hep to the modern age. This’ll hurt me more than it will you.

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On Second Thought, Keep the Girls

At least, keep these girls:

Two female suicide bombers killed at least 44 people on Tuesday in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, at the heart of a militant Islamist insurgency, medical officials said.

Four witnesses told Reuters near the scene a woman had entered the roadside trading area behind the city’s main market before blowing herself up.

“While the people were trying to help the injured, the second bomb blasted,” witness Sani Adamu told Reuters. “I saw lots of bodies.”

A nurse at Maiduguri General Hospital said 42 bodies had been received from the twin blasts. In the Maiduguri University teaching hospital in a different part of town, a staff member said two of a dozen wounded brought there for treatment had so far died.

Nigerian authorities did not respond to requests for comment. There was no claim of responsibility, but suspicion is likely to fall on violent Islamist group Boko Haram, whose five-year-old campaign for an Islamic state has killed thousands.

The group has increasingly used female suicide bombers.

In June, there were four attacks by female bombers in the largely Muslim north, including one targeting a school in Kano, the region’s biggest city. A woman blew herself up at a teacher training college in Nigeria’s central Niger state on Nov. 12, killing at least one other person.

Boko Haram has stepped up assaults in the northeast of Nigeria, showing it remains the biggest security threat to Africa’s biggest economy and top oil producer.

Oh well.

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War on Women Watch

Huh?

CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC: The GOP’s right-wing clown car returned to DC today, it was full of familiar faces like the Senate’s #1 troublemaker Ted Cruz…

But at least one new passenger has arrived, Joni Ernst of Iowa, the castrator.

Clown car is fine, almost funny. But “castrator”? Sounds like somebody missed therapy this week. What is it with Democrat men? Tom Harkin called her a hottie, Matthews calls her a castrator.

Why not just call her Senator?

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How to Succeed in Self-Promotion

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You may not recognize her with clothes on. Or without an entire cake in her gob.

After Truth Revolt published an article claiming she sexually abused her little sister when they were children, Lena Dunham has been laying low while speaking out to discredit the right-wing website.

But the actress made her first public appearance since the controversy on Tuesday, at the PEN Center USA’s 24th Annual Literary Awards Festival, honouring TV writer Norman Lear in Beverly Hills.

[T]he Girls creator and star appeared to be hoping to put it all behind her as she walked the red carpet at the event on Tuesday.

After a brief stint with green hair, Lena had gone back to platinum blonde and wore her locks in a sleek ponytail.

The 28-year-old wore a black and white 1950s style frock to the event, along with black pumps by L.K. Bennett, a Perspex Charlotte Olympia clutch bag with fingers printed on it, and dramatic winged black eyeliner.

Fabulous!

Lena was joined by Girls co-creator Judd Apatow, and the pair took home the Best Teleplay award for their show’s season two finale, Together.

Lena’s back on Twitter, too:

We are coming back, and with slightly different hair! Girls Season season FOUR premieres January 11th.

Sounds like we’ll be seeing a lot more of Lena. [Shudder]

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A Prophylactic Loss

Sandra Fluke ran for Congress in California, and lost—to another Democrat!

The face of the Obamacare contraception mandate has lost her bid for state Senate in California’s 26th Congressional District.

Sandra Fluke was facing off against another Democrat, Ben Allen, who is a board member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

The women’s rights activist received 39 percent of the vote while Allen won with 61 percent.

In the War on Women, sweetheart, you just became France! That was a spanking.

I had forgotten she was running for office, as indeed did many liberals.

I wonder what her pitch was?

My career has always been devoted to the public interest and fighting for social justice.

Career? What career? She came to the public eye only because she had the ‘nads to demand that a Catholic institution at which she was a mere student pay for her birth control. If that’s a “career” what box does she check on the census under “Profession” (other than “professional”—sorry, sorry, bad joke)?

I believed it was my responsibility to use the microphone I was given to advocate for the progressive policies I’ve always fought for: affordable health care, access to a quality education, LGBTQ rights and economic justice.

What, no rubbers?

Sandra graduated cum laude [wipe that smirk off your face] from Georgetown University Law Center as a Public Interest Law Scholar with a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies. In 2003, she received a B.S. [wipe that one off too] from Cornell University in Policy Analysis and Management, as well as Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies [I’ll bet she did]. Sandra and her husband, Adam, live in West Hollywood with their dog, Mr. President.

No kids, huh? Well, give those two lovebirds time. Can’t keep their hands off each other.

For more than two years, Sandra worked with a grassroots coalition to pass the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, which was signed into law by Governor Brown in 2013 and is designed to ensure domestic workers have the same protections that other workers enjoy. At the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking in Los Angeles, Sandra is one of the longest running volunteer attorneys representing victims of human trafficking. She has advocated for student loan debt relief, access to early childhood education and for raising the minimum wage.

I stand corrected. If “volunteer attorney” at the “Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking” isn’t partnership track, I don’t know what is. Her dog may be Mr. President, but alas she will not be Congresswoman Fluke.

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Why is This Woman Not Smiling?

Care to give us a victory dance, Lena?

What’s the matter, dear? The prospect of Mitch McConnell as Senate President doesn’t make you want to tap dance in your skivvies?

Just don’t let yourself go, honey:

Oh, go ahead. Lena has more to worry about than the loss of Mark Uterus:

I am dismayed over the recent interpretation of events described in my book Not That Kind of Girl.

First and foremost, I want to be very clear that I do not condone any kind of abuse under any circumstances.

Childhood sexual abuse is a life-shattering event for so many, and I have been vocal about the rights of survivors. If the situations described in my book have been painful or triggering for people to read, I am sorry, as that was never my intention. I am also aware that the comic use of the term “sexual predator” was insensitive, and I’m sorry for that as well.

As for my sibling, Grace, she is my best friend, and anything I have written about her has been published with her approval.

I’m glad you two girls are close. Well, not too close.

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Warning: Another Lena Dunham Post

I’m sorry.

This is going to hurt me more than it is you:

Still, to dismiss Lena Dunham as an insulated and spoiled child of Manhattan’s ruling class is to misunderstand her story entirely. If there is such a thing as actually abusing a child through excessive generosity and overindulgence, then Lena Dunham’s parents are child abusers. Her father, Carroll Dunham, is a painter noted for his primitive brand of highbrow pornography, his canvases anchored by puffy neon-pink labia; her photographer mother filled the family home with nude pictures of herself, “legs spread defiantly.” Self-styled radicals from old money, they were not the sort of people inclined to enforce even the most lax of boundaries. And they were, in their daughter’s telling, enablers of some very disturbing behavior that would be considered child abuse in many jurisdictions — Lena Dunham’s sexual abuse, specifically, of her younger sister, Grace, the sort of thing that gets children taken away from non-millionaire families without Andover pedigrees and Manhattanite social connections. Dunham writes of casually masturbating while in bed next to her younger sister, of bribing her with “three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds . . . anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying.” At one point, when her sister is a toddler, Lena Dunham pries open her vagina — “my curiosity got the best of me,” she offers, as though that were an explanation. “This was within the spectrum of things I did.”

I limited the damage to one paragraph, though—whew!—what a paragraph. This is Kevin Williams of National Review earning combat pay. He’s read Lena Dunham’s book, and evidently watched her show. I can’t. I won’t.

So why do I care? Why spend time on it? Consider it rubbernecking along the highway of life. Lena Dunham’s exhibitionism may be distasteful, unpleasant, gross, and I try not to look (it’s not that hard), but I can’t completely avoid glimpses of her ample flesh splayed out like a rotting humpback carcass.

Until now, I felt like a prude. A square. A tight-assed old man. You just don’t get it, BTL. She’s not ashamed of her body or her sexuality; what’s your problem? Now I feel sorry, almost, for her. The problems are hers, and they are myriad and messy.

My parents were not hippies themselves, but they counted a few among their friends. When these hygienically-challenged creatures managed to overcome the repulsiveness of their mates to engage in physical relations (sorry! sorry!), and bear offspring (the horror! the horror!), it fell to me, on occasion, to spend time in the company of the little sh*ts. I’ve known Lena Dunhams. They were not happy, they were not nice, they were no fun to be around. They might be smart, even talented, but they were monsters. I wondered what would happen to them when they grew up, if they grew up.

In Lena Dunham, I have my answer, poor girl. I’ve seen enough. Any more is voyeurism.

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Should We Send a Gift…Gifts?

Now, this sounds like the Boko Haram I know:

The leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has denied agreeing to any cease-fire with the government and said more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls all have converted to Islam and been married off.

In a new video released late Friday night, Abubakar Shekau dashed hopes for a prisoner exchange to get the girls released.

“The issue of the girls is long forgotten because I have long ago married them off,” he said, laughing.

Ha-ha-ha. Only not everyone is laughing:

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Nigeria’s chief of defense staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, on Oct. 17 announced that Boko Haram had agreed to an immediate cease-fire to end a 5-year-old insurgency that has killed thousands of people and driven hundreds of thousands from their homes in northeast Nigeria.

But attacks and abductions have continued with the extremists this week seizing Mubi, a town of more than 200,000 people. Fighting also continued Friday in Vimtin, the nearby village where Badeh was born.

Shekau in August announced that Boko Haram wanted to establish an Islamic caliphate, along the lines of the IS group in Syria and Iraq. Fleeing residents have reported that hundreds of people are being detained for infractions of the extremists’ version of strict Shariah law in several towns and villages under their control.

The government had said it had negotiated with two Boko Haram leaders in Chad, with talks hosted by President Idriss Deby, and that it was confident the girls would be freed soon. But Boko Haram has many factions.

Shekau’s announcement further discredits the government of President Goodluck Jonathan, who on Thursday formally announced his candidacy for elections on Feb. 14, 2015 in Africa’s most populous nation. Nigeria, with some 160 million people, is divided almost equally between Muslims who dominate the north and Christians in the south.

Sounds like the Muslims rather dominate the South, too. But then, I’m not supposed to call them Muslims, am I? Our leaders tell us this is not true Islam. This is some cheap knockoff Islam as you might see peddled like “Rolexes” and “Guccis” on the sidewalks of midtown Manhattan. It’s just that these false prophets have so much product!

With regards to the president’s reelection chances, I hope you’ll forgive me for this: good luck Jonathan.

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