Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Islamic State takes it to a new level in "strike terror into the hearts of the enemy"

Horrific: As the water begins to enter the cage, the victims panic and start praying and pacing the cell

Not content with burning alive a Jordanian pilot, the Islamic State once again redefines barbarity, courtesy Islamic texts and teachings.

"We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which He had not sent down [any] authority. And their refuge will be the Fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers" Qur'an 3-131

We continue to live in our little fruitfly worlds, ignoring the elephant and instead focusing on the mouse.

"Vile jihadis fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq have brutally murdered five prisoners by locking them in a metal cage and lowering them into a swimming pool. Elsewhere in the video, ISIS militants are filmed brutally killing prisoners by locking them in a car and shooting them with a grenade launcher, while another group of jihadis chain a set of prisoners together with explosive necklaces which are then detonated."

And the world yawns.

From the Daily Mail June 23 by John Hall

Sickening new ISIS video shows caged prisoners lowered into a swimming pool and drowned, shot with an RPG and blown up with explosive-filled 'necklaces'

Vile jihadis fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq have brutally murdered five prisoners by locking them in a metal cage and lowering them into a swimming pool.

Filmed in the ISIS stronghold of Mosul, the sickening seven minute long video uses expensive underwater cameras to film the terrified men as they sink below the surface with no hope of escape.

Shortly afterwards the cage is lifted back out of the water, with the dying men - who are understood to have been accused of spying - seen foaming at the mouth as they lie motionless on the floor of the cage, piled on top of one another.

Elsewhere in the video, ISIS militants are filmed brutally killing prisoners by locking them in a car and shooting them with a grenade launcher, while another group of jihadis chain a set of prisoners together with explosive necklaces which are then detonated.

The barbaric video is a new low for the terror group, whose catalogue of horrific filmed murders includes the savage beheading of several British and American hostages, the burning to death of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh and numerous clips of people being shot and stoned to death.

The main section of the film begins with the stomach-churning sight of five men being locked in a tiny metal cage that has been suspended above a luxury swimming pool somewhere in the ISIS-held city of Mosul in Nineveh province.

Standing up straight with their legs bound, the men look reasonably calm until the moment the cage begins to be lowered into the pool.

As the water begins to enter, the victims start to panic, praying and pacing the tiny metal cell.
Once completely submerged, the video cuts to the high-tech underwater cameras, which show the men thrashing around until they appear to lose conciousness and fall to the floor.

The cage is then removed from the pool, with the dying men seen foaming at the mouths as they lie piled on top of one another under the blazing Iraqi sun....

There is much more, read it all

The full Islamic State video can be seen here but be warned, it is as brutal as anything previous.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Oregon: jihadist gets 87 months for supporting Pakistan homicide bombing that killed 30, wounded 300

The jihad is advancing globally, but no one will address the problem, for to do so would be "Islamophobic."  Jihad is everywhere, even in bucolic Oregon.

From Reuters/Yahoo June 20 by Courtney Sherwood

Oregon man sentenced for helping people linked to Pakistan suicide bombing

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - A former Portland city worker was sentenced on Friday to 87 months in federal prison for providing support to people linked to a suicide bomb attack on the headquarters of Pakistan's intelligence service in 2009 that killed about 30 people.

Reaz Qadir Khan pleaded guilty in February to paying $2,450 to one of the suicide bombers responsible for the attack in Lahore and to providing assistance to the bomber's surviving wives after the bombing, which also wounded some 300 people.

Prosecutors argued in court that by helping the bomber's wives Khan, a naturalized U.S. citizen, hindered their investigation.

Defense attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

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Islamic State hangs two teen boys for eating during Ramadan

"A placard was attached to the bodies reading 'They broke the fast with no religious justification'"

Of course they did, otherwise they would have been left alone.  The sharia law must be upheld at all costs, and if teenage boys need to be killed to make that point, so be it.  After all, it's not like this behavior by the Islamic State goes against anything said or done by Muhammad or Allah.

From AFP/MSN June 22

IS hangs 2 boys for eating in Ramadan: monitor

The Islamic State group hanged two youths Monday after accusing them of eating during daylight hours in the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said.

"Residents of the village of Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor province reported that IS hanged from a crossbar two boys aged under 18 near the HQ of the Hissba", the jihadist police, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

"The children have been suspended by ropes from a pole since noon, and they were still there in the late evening," he said.

"Apparently, they were caught eating."

A placard was attached to the bodies reading "They broke the fast with no religious justification".

Throughout the month of Ramadan, which began on Thursday, believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex from dawn until sunset....

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Islamic State booby-traps ancient city of Palmyra, destruction imminent

For Islam, the period before 610AD is considered the time of darkness, a pre-Islamic era called jahiliya where everything must be destroyed, in order to remove the temptation of idolatry.

"Many were the Ways of Life that have passed away before you: travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those who rejected Truth" That is Qur’an sura 3, verse 137.  The Islamic State is following the orders and actions of Muhammad so there is no negotiating, no compromise, no agreement to be had.  Palmyra will soon, I fear go the way of Ninevah, Mosul, Raqqa and a multitude of small Biblical villages and archaeological sites.  Ashes to ashes,  dust to dust.  What a waste of civilizational history.

From AFP/Guardian June 21

Islamic State lays explosives in Syria's Palmyra ruins

Islamic State jihadis have mined the spectacular ancient ruins in Syria’s Palmyra, according to an antiquities official and monitor, prompting fears for the Unesco world heritage site a month after the extremist group overran the central Syrian city.

Syria’s antiquities chief, Maamoun Abdulkarim, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said on Sunday that the group had placed mines and explosives in Palmyra’s Greco-Roman ruins. The observatory, which relies on a network of sources on the ground, said the explosives were laid on Saturday.

“It is not known if the purpose is to blow up the ruins or to prevent regime forces from advancing into the town,” said the observatory’s director Rami Abdel Rahman. He said regime forces had launched heavy air strikes against the residential part of Palmyra in the past three days, killing at least 11 people.

“The regime forces are to the west outside the city, and in recent days they have brought in reinforcements suggesting they may be planning an operation to retake Palmyra,” he added.

A political source told AFP that a leading commander had been dispatched to the region to organise an offensive to recapture and secure Palmyra and several key gas fields nearby.

Abdulkarim also said he had received reports from Palmyra residents that the ruins had been mined. “We have preliminary information from residents saying that this is correct, they have laid mines at the temple site,” he told AFP. “I hope that these reports are not correct, but we are worried.”

He urged “Palmyra’s residents, tribal chiefs and religious and cultural figures to intervene to prevent this … and prevent what happened in northern Iraq”, referring to Isis’s destruction of heritage sites there. “I am very pessimistic and feel sadness,” he added.

Isis captured Palmyra, which is famed for its extensive and well-preserved ruins, on 21 May. The group has regularly heavily mined its territory to make it more difficult to recapture.

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Islam State gives female sex slaves as first prize in Qur'an contest

Not one, but three sex slaves for the top three finishers, the remaining seven winners get cash money.

Isn't Islam wonderful?

"According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war” (33:50). 4:3 and 4:24 extend this privilege to Muslim men in general. The Qur’an says that a man may have sex with his wives and with these slave girls: “The believers must (eventually) win through, those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess, for (in their case) they are free from blame.” (Qur’an 23:1-6)"  Thanks to Robert Spencer for the above quote.

From MEMRI June 19

ISIS Offers Female Slaves As Top Prizes For Koran Competition

According to an image that was circulated on Twitter today, the Islamic State (ISIS) is supposedly offering female slaves as top prizes in an upcoming Koran memorization competition in Syria.

The statement, whose authenticity couldn't be verified, was issued by the Da'wa and Mosques Department in Al-Baraka (Al-Hasaka) province in Syria.

It begins with congratulations to ISIS soldiers and departments in the province upon the beginning of the month of Ramadan. It then announces the upcoming Koran memorization competition, at which it says participants will be tested and given prizes accordingly.

The statement lists the prizes planned for the top ten competitors, with the top three to each be awarded a female slave....

Monday, June 15, 2015

Gaza jihadi says death to America...wait, what?

Stated Al-Ansari: “Our goal is to bring Islam, to bring Sharia all around the world. And we will not rest until we see our flag raised in the United States, raised upon the White House and everywhere there are Crusaders who are fighting our people.”

Nuff said.

From WND June 14

White House hit with jihad threat on U.S. radio

Terrorist threats against anti-jihad activist Pamela Geller are apparently spreading to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Weekend talk-radio host Aaron Klein today conducted a pre-recorded interview with Abu Al-Ayna al-Ansari, a leader of a Salafi group in the Gaza Strip that is allied with Islamic State ideology.

Al-Ansari’s organization has been battling Hamas for influence in Gaza.

Ansari previously has granted interviews with Arabic-language news media outlets. Klein told the radio audience he decided to not conduct the interview live for fear the jihadist may issue direct threats against individuals or countries.

“My purpose in conducting this interview is to give Americans a window into the mind set of ISIS,” Klein announced. “What do they really want? What’s their expansive agenda? Can there ever be peace or compromise with ISIS? However, this radio show will not be used by any jihadist as a platform to spew specific threats.”

Indeed, Klein said that during the pre-recorded interview, Al-Ansari issued direct threats against Geller that needed to be edited out.

The threats, the radio host said, came when Klein asked Al-Ansari about ISIS intentions inside the United States.

The portion of Al-Ansari’s response that did air included Al-Ansari declaring ISIS will not stop until its flag is raised over the White House.

Stated Al-Ansari: “Our goal is to bring Islam, to bring Sharia all around the world. And we will not rest until we see our flag raised in the United States, raised upon the White House and everywhere there are Crusaders who are fighting our people.”

“We are sure that our Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in spite of all the international military campaign that is targeting the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will bring his revenge to all those who are humiliating our prophet and humiliating Islam.”

“I call you to follow Islam,” he continued, “and I call you not to confront the Muslims because there is no choice but to see Islam ruling all around the world.”

Al-Ansari warned, “Our prophet is the prophet of mercy, is the prophet of humanity. But he is also the sword upon those who will try to humiliate Islam.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

73 airport workers failed to be spotted as supporting terrorism by TSA

They cannot identify weapons smuggled in suitcases or on a person, they cannot properly vet airport and airline workers, so what are they?  A modern version of the Keystone Kops?

From FoxNews June 8

IG report: TSA failed to identify 73 workers 'linked to terrorism'

On the heels of Transportation Security Administration workers flunking a security test at airport checkpoints, the results of a new audit show that -- while the agency keeps a robust system for screening commercial airport workers -- it still failed to flag 73 airport workers "linked to terrorism."

Apparently, TSA does not have access to all the terror watchlist information it needs to make those judgments.

“The TSA did not identify these individuals through its vetting operations because it is not authorized to receive all terrorism-related categories under current interagency watch-listing policy,” the June 4 Inspector General report stated.

According to TSA data, the people in question were working for major airlines, airport venders and other employers.

The agency acknowledged that individuals in these categories “represented a potential transportation security threat,” according to the report.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Islamic State tweet: when no women, young boys permissible

Yet the sharia law demands that homosexuals are to be murdered, usually by tossing off a high building.

This ruling by the caliph al-Baghdadi is supported by Qur'an sura 52 verse 24.

This is Islam, coming to the West faster and faster each day.

From Jihad Watch June 3 by Raymond Ibrahim

“It Is Permissible for the Mujahid to Enjoy Young Boys in the Absence of Women”

Recently a number of Arabic language websites posted the following picture which is attributed to the official Twitter account of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Caliph Ibrahim of the Islamic State....

Read it and see the pictures at the link above.

Boston jihadist killed by police while brandishing knife wanted to behead Pamela geller

Police released this image of a knife Usaama Rahim allegedly waved at officers before being fatally shot.

Instead he found it easier to go after the "boys in blue", thus assuring his 72 virgins.

We will see more of these kinds of attacks as the days pass.  Jihad is here in America, we better wake up now or we will not survive the future.

From CNN June 3 by Ray Sanchez, Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz 

Boston shooting: Suspect plotted to behead Pamela Geller, sources say

(CNN)Usaamah Rahim, who was fatally shot after waving a military knife at law enforcement officers in Boston, was originally plotting to behead Pamela Geller, an activist and conservative blogger, law enforcement sources told CNN on Wednesday.

But Rahim, a 26-year-old security guard who officials believe was radicalized by ISIS and other extremists, decided instead to target the "boys in blue," a reference to police, according to court documents.

"I can't wait that long," he said of the original beheading plan, according to an FBI affidavit filed in federal court in Boston.

Geller drew national attention last month after an off-duty police officer working security thwarted an attack at her organization's contest for Prophet Mohammed drawings in Garland, Texas. She's president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which includes subsidiary programs Stop Islamization of America and Stop Islamization of Nations.

"They targeted me for violating Sharia blasphemy laws. They mean to kill everyone who doesn't do their bidding and abide by their law voluntarily," Geller told CNN's Erin Burnett after learning of the alleged plot.

"This is a showdown for American freedom. Will we stand against this savagery or bow down to them and silence ourselves?"

Geller said that she's had an "army of security" since last month's Texas incident.

"This is what is required just to show a cartoon in America, 2015," she said. "It's striking. It's devastating, and people need to understand what's at stake. I mean, if we surrender on this point, what will we surrender next?"

'The easiest target'

About two hours before Rahim's confrontation Tuesday with officers on a Boston street, he allegedly told an associate he was "going to ... go after them, those boys in blue. 'Cause ... it's the easiest target," the documents say.

Rahim's alleged associate, David Wright, 25, appeared in U.S. District Court in Boston to face a charge of obstructing a federal investigation by destroying electronic evidence on Rahim's smartphone. A detention hearing was scheduled for June 19 after prosecutors said he was a flight risk.

Wright allegedly attempted to destroy Rahim's cell phone and conceal evidence of their plans, according to the documents. Wright faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison if convicted.

Rahim purchased three military fighting knives with blades longer than 8 inches on, the court documents said.

"I just got myself a nice little tool," Rahim allegedly told his associate, according to the court documents. "You know it's good for carving wood and ... carving sculptures."

In a recorded conversation, the two men are then heard laughing. They apparently share some history.

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Oregon: Islamic State graffiti seen at elementary school

Most likely juveniles defacing a blank surface, not actual Islamic State jihadists "striking terror into hearts" of the populace.  Still, authorities are well advised to keep a sharper eye open.  You never know where Islam will strike.

From KPTV June 1 by Joe Raineri

'ISIL we R here' graffitied at elementary school playground in Salem

SALEM, OR (KPTV) -Salem police reported that someone painted alarming graffiti at Miller Elementary School this weekend.

Officers said "ISIL we R here" was spray-painted under a play structure. The graffiti was quickly cleaned up Monday morning.

Salem police said there is no known ISIL activity in the area.

This is also the first time they have seen graffiti like this.

"Of course it's alarming," Miller Elementary School Principal Jessica Brenden said. "It was a big surprise that it happened here at Miller."

Brenden was disappointed someone would do this at her school.

"It's unfortunate we had to put resources into cleaning it up when the resources could be spent in the classroom," Brenden said.

Salem police said there is not much to go on in this case. Officers do not have any suspect description and only know that the crime was committed sometime over the weekend.

Investigators ask that anyone with information about the graffiti call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

5 US flights threatened, grounded Tuesday morning

Couple this with the latest revelation that the TSA missed almost all of the weapons passed through their hands during the latest round of security testing and the recipe for disaster increases.  Was anything said in the MSM about this, or was their something much more newsworthy to report on, say the revelation of the new Caitlyn Jenner and "her" debut on the cover of Vanity Fair.

If 5 US flights were threatened today, one can assume there have been others in the past, also not reported.  To report on these incidents would most likely scare passengers, maybe to the point where airlines are financially impacted, and we cannot have a cut in profits, can we?  It may also be that since the media are the first and foremost apologists for Islam, no news that denigrates their future masters will pass to the public sphere, at least not on their watch.

Whatever the reasoning, I will never fly commercially again.  The train is still nice, but that will not last.  One attack against freight or AmTrak by jihadists and that's it, end of peaceful train travel.  Enjoy it while you can.

From the New York Post June 2 by Sophia Rosenbaum

Bomb threats ground 5 US flights

Bomb threats grounded multiple flights leaving from various destinations throughout the US on Tuesday morning.

Five flights were threatened, with four of them landing safely.

A fifth flight, Korean Air Flight 23, was still en route to the West Coast from Seoul. It was scheduled to land at San Francisco International Airport at 11:17 a.m. Pacific time.

Around 7 a.m., police swarmed US Airways Flight 648, which had just landed in Philadelphia, to check for any explosive devices.

Supreme Court rules in favor of Muslima in EEOC lawsuit against Abercrombie&Fitch

Why would a Muslim apply at a business where the entire atmosphere, clothing and advertising is anathema to Islamic values in the first place?  Why not find another line of work, or a business that more closely reflects your own personal beliefs?  Maybe she was doing what Muslims are supposed to do; force Western businesses to acquiesce to Islamic norms through lawsuits, or sometimes the threat of legal action gets the job done.

A&F declined to hire her because her hijab violated the company "look" yet her lawsuit now forces A&F to change their "look" in order to accommodate this Muslima.  I guess it's true, one Muslim can change the business model.

From the Guardian June 1 by Jana Kasperkevic

Top US court rules for Muslim woman denied Abercrombie job over hijab

The US supreme court on Monday ruled in favor of Samantha Elauf, a Muslim woman who was denied a job at an Abercrombie & Fitch clothing store in Oklahoma because she wore a headscarf for religious reasons.

The justices decided the case, which united Christian, Muslim and Jewish and other religious organizations, with an 8-1 vote, ruling in favor of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which sued the company on behalf of Elauf.

“The EEOC applauds the Supreme Court’s decision affirming that employers may not make an applicant’s religious practice a factor in employment decisions,” said EEOC chair Jenny Yang, in a statement.

“This ruling protects the rights of workers to equal treatment in the workplace without having to sacrifice their religious beliefs or practices.”

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In a statement to the Guardian, an Abercrombie & Fitch spokesperson said: “While the supreme court reversed the tenth circuit decision, it did not determine that A&F discriminated against Ms Elauf.

“We will determine our next steps in the litigation, which the supreme court remanded for further consideration.”

In 2008, when she was 17, Elauf was denied a sales job at an Abercrombie Kids store in Tulsa. The legal question before the court was whether Elauf was required to inform the potential employer of a need for a religious accommodation in order for the company to be sued under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bans employment discrimination based on religious beliefs and practices.

When attending her job interview, Elauf was wearing a headscarf, or hijab, but did not specifically say that as a Muslim she wanted the company to give her a religious accommodation that would allow her to wear it. She was denied the job because her hijab violated the company’s ‘look policy’ in two ways: it was black, and it was considered to be headwear.

During the 25 February hearing of the case, Justice Elena Kagan compared the situation to an employer deciding it did not want to hire Jewish people and then looking out for names that appeared Jewish as a way to screen applicants.

Not even close.  A&F did not see her as a Muslim with a headscarf to be discriminated against, it was a company policy decision based in a company image which is highly successful.  Justice Kagan is wrong in making this comparison.

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US bombers only fire 25% of the time, lack of on the ground intel blamed

Hamstringing our military but expecting them to do their job.  Without eyes on the ground to provide needed intel on targets, our planes are flying with one eye blind.  Not an effective way to win a war, but then again neither is ignoring the motivation of the enemy, which in this case is Islam, which you cannot say on pain of being called "Islamophobic".

From the Washington Times May 31 by Jacqueline Klimas

U.S. bombers hold fire on Islamic State targets amid ground intel blackout

Nearly 75 percent of U.S. bombing runs targeting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria returned to base without firing any weapons in the first four months of 2015, holding their fire mainly because of a lack of ground intelligence and raising questions about President Obama’s key tactic in pushing back an enemy that continues to expand its territory in the war zone.

Key lawmakers are growing increasingly frustrated by the slow rate of U.S. bombing sorties, a frustration shared by a former Navy pilot who said in an interview that U.S. forces are clearly needed on the ground in Iraq to help provide targets for these pilots to hit.

Without ground forces, argues Cmdr. Christopher Harmer, a retired Navy helicopter pilot, U.S. airmen are essentially flying half-blind and, as a result, are returning to base with their bombs still in the bay.

“As long as the body politic or president or whoever is making decisions absolutely refuses to put American air controllers on ground, essentially pilots are flying with one eye closed,” Cmdr. Harmer said. “It’s almost impossible for pilots to designate between [Islamic State] fighters and coalition fighters.”

The U.S. conducted 7,319 sorties over Iraq and Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve in the first four months of 2015. Of those, only 1,859 flights — 25.4 percent — had at least one “weapons release,” according to data provided by United States Air Force Central Command. That means that only about one in every four flights dropped a bomb on an Islamic State target.

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Diet Coke Jihad

Is this a made-up story to further the propaganda that Muslims are discriminated against, or is it a real case of "Islamophobia" so rampant against Muslims, as is claimed?

You decide.  I feel it is a ploy, there is too much that doesn't make sense for me to believe it as a whole.

From ABC News June 1 by Emily Shapiro

Muslim Woman Says She Faced Discrimination on Flight, United Airlines Calls It 'Misunderstanding'

After a Muslim woman accused the crew of a United Airlines flight of discrimination, the company has apologized for what it called a "misunderstanding."

The passenger said a United attendant on the flight from Chicago to Washington on Friday refused to give her an unopened can of coke, allegedly telling her it could be used "as a weapon."

"The flight attendant brought over an open can of diet soda, so I requested, for hygienic reasons, a closed can of diet soda," Tahera Ahmad, a chaplain at Northwestern University, told ABC's Chicago station WLS on Sunday. "And so she said, 'Well, no one has consumed from this can.' And I said, 'That's fine but I would really prefer for hygienic reasons and health concerns.' ... She said, 'Well, it is against our policy to give people unopened canned beverages.'"

"And then she said, 'No diet coke for you,' and she picked up the beverage from my tray table and took it back," she said.

Ahmad said the same flight attendant then served an unopened can of beer to another passenger.

When she confronted the attendant, "She said it is against our policy to give people unopened can beverages because they may use it as a weapon."

"So I said, 'Well I think that's strange because you're discriminating against me because clearly you gave the passenger next to me an unopened beverage can.' And so she looked at that, picked it up, opened it and put it back. And as she was putting it back she said, 'It's because you would use it as a weapon.'"

"At that point I was in utter shock," she told WLS. "I was almost tearing up."

Ahmad said she then asked the other passengers, "Did you all just witness this discrimination?" and she claims another passenger muttered "you Muslim" and told her to shut up.

"And he said, 'You know you would use it as a weapon,'" Ahmad recounted.

"I just couldn't believe what he had said," Ahmad said. "I was in tears."

The attendant apologized after the flight, Ahmad said, but she told the attendant that her actions made her feel "very threatened."

"I was the one who felt very unsafe," Ahmad said.

United Airlines said today in a statement to ABC News: "United is a company that strongly supports diversity and inclusion, and we and our partners do not discriminate against our employees or customers. The flight attendant onboard Shuttle America flight 3504 attempted several times to accommodate Ms. Ahmad's beverage request after a misunderstanding regarding a can of diet soda."

"The inflight crew met with Ms. Ahmad after the flight arrived in Washington to provide assistance and further discuss the matter," United added. "Additionally, we spoke with Ms. Ahmad on Saturday to get a better understanding of what occurred and to apologize for not delivering the service our customers expect when traveling with us."

Ahmad confirmed the airline called and apologized, but she also said the company "trivialized" the incident.

United "failed to recognized discrimination when it happened," she said. "I was really hoping that United would acknowledge discrimination and bigotry when it happens and then talk about how they're going to correct it."

The Islamic State begins "Beard Patrol"

As per the sharia law and the behavior of Muhammad, men in the caliphate are now required to grow their beards unencumbered by shaving or trimming.  Violators will be fined and flogged.

Woe to those who cannot grow a beard.

From Yahoo News June 1 by Jean-Marc Mojon

Men brace for 'beard patrols' in Iraq's IS-held Mosul
Baghdad (AFP) - Every time he looks in a mirror, Laith Ahmed is worried. As of Monday, the young Iraqi's hopelessly hairless chin could land him in an Islamic State group jail.

The jihadist group has handed out leaflets in their stronghold of Mosul in recent weeks announcing that full beards become compulsory on June 1 and explaining why shaving is punishable.

"My facial hair is just slow to come out for my age," said the 18-year-old, who like others in this story did not give his real name for fear of retribution.

"I'm scared because they deal ruthlessly with anyone who opposes or ignores their instructions," he told AFP from Mosul, the de facto Iraqi capital of IS's self-proclaimed caliphate.

"My work in a bakery means I have to leave home every day and interact with Daesh militants," he said, using an Arabic acronym for the jihadist group.

Mosul is Iraq's second city and used to have a population of around two million before IS swept in a year ago and made it their main hub.

Unlike some of the other cities IS conquered in Iraq, Mosul still holds a large civilian population, making any air campaign difficult.

The group made Mosul a laboratory for its state-building experiment, not just a military bastion but a city where it regulates everything from education to the opening hours of shops.

"What hairdressers do today, shaving and trimming men's beards, is an accessory to sin," reads the leaflet, which quotes a selection of hadiths, or sayings of the Prophet Mohammed, supporting the claim that he banned shaving.

"Thanks to our brothers from the Islamic police, an order has been issued for the shaving of beards to be banned and violators to be detained," it says.

Nadhim Ali, a 30-year-old taxi driver from the eastern side of the city, said he has never been able to grow a beard or even a moustache because of the bad skin rashes he gets.

He said he submitted medical reports on the matter to the religious police. "They didn't care... One of them told me I'd better stay at home if I shaved."

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

The White House knew the Islamic State was going to take Ramadi, did nothing to stop it

Amazing.  The Obama White House knew, up to 16 months in advance that the Islamic State would try to take Ramadi.  The WH watched as Islamic State jihadists massed on the edge of Ramadi, knew there were hundreds, if not thousands and did...nothing.  No action, no decision, nothing.

This is a disgrace, a dereliction of duty by the president of epic proportions.  Clearly Obama wants nothing to do with actually defeating the Islamic State.


From Bloomberg/Yahoo May 28 by Eli Lake

U.S. Saw Islamic State Coming, Let It Take Ramadi

The U.S. watched Islamic State fighters, vehicles and heavy equipment gather on the outskirts of Ramadi before the group retook the city in mid-May. But the U.S. did not order airstrikes against the convoys before the battle started. It left the fighting to Iraqi troops, who ultimately abandoned their positions.

U.S. intelligence and military officials told me recently, on the condition of anonymity, that the U.S. had significant intelligence about the pending Islamic State offensive in Ramadi. For the U.S. military, it was an open secret even at the time.

The Islamic State had been contesting territory in and around Ramadi for more than a year and had spoken of the importance of recapturing the city. The U.S. intelligence community had good warning that the Islamic State intended a new and bolder offensive on Ramadi because it was able to identify the convoys of heavy artillery, vehicle bombs and reinforcements through overhead imagery and eavesdropping on chatter from local Islamic State commanders. It surprised no one, one U.S. intelligence official told me.

Other observers were willing to speak on the record about how many had seen the Islamic State's assault on Ramadi coming. "The operations on Ramadi have been ongoing for 16 months," said Derek Harvey, a former intelligence adviser to David Petraeus when he commanded the counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq. Harvey said many observers had seen the Islamic State's series of probing attacks and psychological operations aimed at the Iraqi army and local tribes: "Everyone knew that Ramadi for some reason was a major focus." He conceded that he did not know the exact timing of the Ramadi offensive beforehand and acknowledged that he was surprised at how effective the operations were.

The Institute for the Study of War, a Washington think tank, had also been warning in policy papers that the Islamic State had set its eyes on Ramadi. Kim Kagan, the think tank's president, told me her institute "assessed that ISIS would undertake tactical offensives in different areas of Iraq in April and May in order to disperse the Iraqi Security Forces and prevent them from consolidating their gains after the fall of Tikrit." She said that "ISIS began alternating attacks between Anbar and the Baiji oil refinery in mid-April," which prompted General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to say in Congressional testimony that the U.S. was prioritizing the defense of Baiji over Ramadi. Kagan said the Islamic State's attack on Ramadi was not a "strategic surprise."

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Islamic State travelogue: Palmyra today but not tomorrow

The one and a half minute video doesn't feature any fighting in and around the city of Palmyra, which was captured by ISIS militants last Thursday following a lightning advance

A chilling look at what may be the last pictures from the Biblical city of Palmyra before the Islamic State reduces it to piles of rubble.  The city is "jahiliya" or pre-Islamic, therefore it must be eliminated in order to reduce idolatry.

And the world yawns...

From the Daily Mail May 26 by John Hall

Inside Palmyra: ISIS releases taunting tourist board-style video showing smoke rising from ancient ruins as fears grow that the jihadis are preparing to lay waste to the captured Syrian city

Chilling video footage has emerged showing the interior of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra after it was captured by militants fighting for the Islamic State terror group.

A short video released by the local pro-ISIS media company Aamaq News shows thick black smoke rising over Roman ruins that have stood for thousands of years in the central Syrian desert city.

Heavily armed jihadis can be seen patrolling the steps of Palmyra's ancient amphitheatre as the high-definition camera pans around to capture streets lined with ancient monuments that now face destruction at the hands of ISIS and its history-erasing bulldozers and sledgehammers.

The one and a half minute video doesn't feature any fighting in and around the city of Palmyra, which was captured by ISIS militants last Thursday following a lightning advance.

Instead it looks almost like a tourist video - capturing the beautiful sand-coloured Roman ruins in the kind of slick high-definition footage now synonymous with ISIS propaganda releases.

It seems increasingly likely that the video could turn out to be one of the final documents of the ancient city, as the jihadis are expected to raise much of it to the ground in the same way the bulldozed the equally historic city of Nimrod and destroyed ancient artifacts in Mosul museum.

Even if ISIS decide not to destroy the ruins, their destruction may well come about from the battle to force the jihadis out of the city.

Just this morning separate video footage was released showing the destruction of ancient buildings in Palmyra's rubble-strewn suburbs following intense airstrikes by Syrian regime warplanes.

Majority Democrats favor censorship in the guise of banning hate speech

Frank Zappa was right when he said, in front of a congressional panel that if we create the "piss police" to monitor what people put in their bodies, next we will ban smoking outdoors.  He was absolutely right, and today we have the "thought police" where what you think is punishable on a greater scale than what you do.

This poll shows Democrats over Republicans believe we should have laws that punish "hate speech" more severely than just plain old angry speech.  Now we enter the realm of who decides what is hate speech.  First we must define the question "what is hate speech?"  A good number of Americans believe it should be a criminal offense to "make public statements which would stir up hatred against particular groups of people."  What constitutes stirring up hatred?  This leaves the interpretation of hate speech up to the receiver, which would allow for hate speech charges for just about any kind of speech.  Even the most innocuous speech will insult someone, somewhere, at sometime so where exactly is the defining line?  

Any banning or criminalizing of speech that does not directly advocate violence is the slippery slope that will eventually end with no liberty or freedom, except that granted by the tyrant who is now in control.  To even entertain the idea that speech needs restrictions because it might offend or insult is more than anathema to our ideals, it is an attack on the very foundation of all rights guaranteed by our constitution.  

Shame on those Democrats (and Republicans) who consider it a good idea to stifle speech that they, and a good number of Americans find repulsive.

From YouGov May 20 by Peter Moore

Half of Democrats support a ban on hate speech

Since 1994 people convicted of federal crimes motivated by the 'actual or perceived' identity of victims have faced tougher sentences. Many other states had passed 'hate crime' statutes in earlier years, and in recent years many states have been adopting laws which make crimes motivated by the victim's sexual orientation of gender identity hate crimes which face tougher sentences, something the federal government did in 2009. Unlike much of the rest of the developed world, however, the United States does not make it a criminal offense for people to make statements which encourage hatred of particular groups. For example a prominent British columnist, Katie Hopkins, is being investigated by the police for referring to African migrants crossing the Mediterranean as 'cockroaches'.

YouGov's latest research shows that many Americans support making it a criminal offense to make public statements which would stir up hatred against particular groups of people. Americans narrowly support (41%) rather than oppose (37%) criminalizing hate speech, but this conceals a partisan divide. Most Democrats (51%) support criminalizing hate speech, with only 26% opposed. Independents (41% to 35%) and Republicans (47% to 37%) tend to oppose making it illegal to stir up hatred against particular groups.

Support for banning hate speech is also particularly strong among racial minorities. 62% of black Americans, and 50% of Hispanics support criminalizing comments which would stir up hatred. White Americans oppose a ban on hate speech 43% to 36%.

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No Kuwait citizenship if Christian, says the Kuwaiti Constitutional Court

This is not unique to Kuwait, virtually all Islamic countries deny citizenship to non-Muslims.  The important question to ask, which makes one an Islamophobe is; why is it only Islamic countries legally discriminate against non-Muslims?

The answer can be found in the Qur'an and the hadiths of Muhammad, yet no one in power will bother to read the texts or try to understand the motivation of Islam in context with the rest of the world.  With that blindness firmly in place, we are doomed.

From Jihad Watch May 26 by Raymond Ibrahim

The Islamic prerequisite of Kuwaiti citizenship

On May 11, the Kuwaiti Constitutional Court rejected an appeal by MP Nabil al-Fadl to adjust citizenship laws in order to allow Christians to become citizens.

The current law, according to Article 4.5 of the Citizenship Act of Kuwait, holds that he [a potential citizen] be an original Muslim by birth, or that he has converted to Islam according to the prescribed rules and procedures and that a period of at least 5 years has passed since he embraced Islam before the grant of naturalization.  Nationality thus acquired is ipso facto lost and the Decree of naturalization rendered void ab initio if the naturalized person expressly renounces Islam or if he behaves in such a manner as clearly indicates his intention to abandon Islam. In any such case, the nationality of any dependant of the apostate who had acquired it upon the naturalization of the apostate is also rendered void.
Such is the idea of “nationality” in Muslim countries—one that is antithetical to Western notions of citizenship, where freedom of religion (and conscience) are paramount.
This also sheds light on why Muslim “apostates,” especially those who convert to Christianity, are regularly seen as traitors: abandoning Islam is synonymous with treason.
Finally, it is a reminder why the modern day rise of Islam is reminiscent of the 20th century rise of European nationalism in nations like Germany and Italy  – and resulting in the same fascism.

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Islamic State now knocking on Israels door

The Islamic State has repeatedly tried to take the Golan Heights, they have always been driven back by Syrian rebels, also known as the Free Syrian Army.  If they succeed in taking the high ground of the Golan, Israel could retaliate in ways that we have yet to see.  This is a dangerous situation, one to watch carefully.  This could be a flash point for the "clash of civilizations" Huntington spoke of back in 1994.

From IBT May 20 by Morgan Winsor

ISIS Approaches Israel: Islamic State Loyalists Thwarted By Syrian Rebels Along Golan Heights Border

Islamic State loyalists in Syria have made attempts in recent weeks to expand the extremist group’s territory near the border with Israel, but have been twice thwarted by Syrian rebels along the Golan Heights. Israel has not yet responded to the incidents, even as mortar shells from the battles with ISIS fighters landed across the border into Israeli territory, Israeli news site Ynetnews said.

In the past, Israel has increased its forces in the Golan Heights near the Syrian border when shells fired by the Syrian army spilled over into Israeli territory, the Jerusalem Post said. However, Israel has remained quiet during the past two weeks as rebel fighters from Syria repelled militants loyal to the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

The ISIS-loyalists have so far failed to gain foothold on the Golan Heights border, which would allow the Islamic State to set up a base for operations against Israel, Ynetnews said. Their attacks have been thwarted by the Free Syrian Army, which reportedly receives Israeli humanitarian aid, in cooperation with the Nusra Front, a Sunni Muslim branch of al Qaeda operating in Syria and Lebanon.

Israel views al Qaeda-affiliated groups as enemies but is far more hostile with Iran and its allies. Earlier this year, Israel opened its borders with Syria to provide medical treatment to the Nusra Front and al Qaeda fighters wounded along the Golan Heights, the Wall Street Journal said.

Nusra Front, which has referred to the United States and Israel as enemies of Islam, is fighting the Iranian-backed alliance of Syrain President Bashar Assad and Hezbollah. Nusra Front seized the border area last summer but hasn’t attacked Israel.

“There is no doubt that Hezbollah and Iran are the major threat to Israel, much more than the radical Sunni Islamists, who are also an enemy,” Amos Yadlin, the former head of Israel’s military intelligence, told the Wall Street Journal in March. “Those Sunni elements who control some two-thirds to 90 percent of the border on the Golan aren't attacking Israel. This gives you some basis to think that they understand who is their real enemy—maybe it isn’t Israel.”