Nov. 5, 2009, dawned like most any other day for Pvt. Alan Carroll. The 20-year-old native of Anchorage, Alaska, had recently finished combat engineer training and was assigned to the 510th Sapper Company, 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas.
“There was nothing real significant about the day,” Carroll said. “Just a normal day.”
But by day’s end, it would be anything but insignificant as Carroll and more than 40 of his friends, fellow soldiers and Army civilians would be wounded by Maj. Nidal Hasan in a shooting at the sprawling post in central Texas.
On May 21, Staff Sgt. Alan Carroll was awarded the Purple Heart during a ceremony at Fort Polk for the wounds he received in the shooting on Nov. 5, 2009, based on recent legislation that authorized those injured in the attack to receive the medal.
Carroll recently reflected on the day that changed his life. His unit was preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan that day, and he and some of his buddies were waiting to be checked by medical personnel after receiving their smallpox vaccinations. At about 1:30 p.m., their lives would change forever.
Read the rest at the link. The top brass owe tremendous apologies to hard-working soldiers for all the negligence they caused that led to this tragedy.
According to a recent report at Judicial Report (viaLevant Report):
Astoundingly, the newly declassified report states that for “THE WEST, GULF COUNTRIES, AND TURKEY [WHO] SUPPORT THE [SYRIAN] OPPOSITION… THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A DECLARED OR UNDECLARED SALAFIST PRINCIPALITY IN EASTERN SYRIA (HASAKA AND DER ZOR), AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE SUPPORTING POWERS TO THE OPPOSITION WANT, IN ORDER TO ISOLATE THE SYRIAN REGIME…”.
The document shows that as early as 2012, U.S. intelligence predicted the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), but instead of clearly delineating the group as an enemy, the report envisions the terror group as a U.S. strategic asset.
While a number of analysts and journalists have documented long ago the role of western intelligence agencies in the formation and training of the armed opposition in Syria, this is the highest level internal U.S. intelligence confirmation of the theory that western governments fundamentally see ISIS as their own tool for regime change in Syria. The document matter-of-factly states just that scenario....
Women in ISIS strongholds are routinely raped, tortured, enslaved, and murdered by the Islamic extremists, who have made the brutalization of females a central element of their ideology, according to Zainab Hawa Bangura.
The U.N’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict this week spoke with Middle East Eye about her recent tour of refugee camps across the region, where she interviewed officials, social workers, and sexual violence survivors.
“It was painful for me,” the experienced sexual violence investigator said. “I never saw anything like this. I cannot understand such inhumanity. I was sick, I couldn’t understand.”
Bangura’s research, which will form the basis for an upcoming U.N. report, paints a horrifically detailed picture of how women are treated when ISIS seizes a town.
“After attacking a village, [ISIS] splits women from men and executes boys and men aged 14 and over,” Bangura told Middle East Eye.
“The women and mothers are separated; girls are stripped naked, tested for virginity and examined for breast size and prettiness. The youngest, and those considered the prettiest virgins fetch higher prices and are sent to Raqqa, the [ISIS] stronghold,” she said.
(Telegraph) – The chances of Islamic State jihadists smuggling a nuclear weapon to attack the United States have risen “infinitely”, John Cantlie, the British journalist the group is holding hostage, claims in a new article.
Mr Cantlie’s article appears in the new edition of Dabiq, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s English-language online magazine.
Mr Cantlie, whose fellow journalist hostages have all either been released or beheaded, has appeared in the group’s propaganda videos and written previous pieces.
In his latest work, presumed to be written under pressure but in his hall-mark style combining hyperbole, metaphor and sarcasm, he says that President Obama’s policies for containing Isil have demonstrably failed and increased the risk to America.
He raises a “hypothetical” possibility under which Isil operatives in Pakistan bribe an official to provide them with a nuclear device which is smuggled into America via Libya, Nigeria, South America and Mexico.
The English-language bookshelf in Usama bin Laden’s personal library featured a collection of anti-U.S. polemics and left-wing conspiracy theories from some celebrated darlings of American academia, according to critics who analyzed the terror mastermind's reading list. Anti-American conspiracy tomes on everything from the CIA to the Federal Reserve were among the 39 English books seized from the Al Qaeda leader’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where a team of Navy SEALs took him out in May 2011. [...]
Noam Chomsky, William Blum and Bob Woodward appeared to be among the terrorist kingpin’s favorite authors to curl up with. Chomsky, the liberal icon and MIT professor known for his disparaging view of the U.S., had two of his works in the Bin Laden collection, "Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies" and "Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance."
Depending on the situation, there's a very probably chance these crazies may have influenced autocrats overseas with their horrific viewpoints. Is it any wonder they're such a bad lot?
Editor’s Note: Trigger warnings for sexual assault. To find out more about support options available for survivors of sexual abuse, visit the official website for RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.
Those hopes crumbled into a million pieces last night, when Sansa was raped by Ramsey as Theon/Reek was forced to watch.
Using rape as the impetus for character motivations is one of the most problematic tropes in fiction. Rarely is it ever afforded the careful consideration it deserves. Was there more gravity given to the act on Game of Thrones than in the past on the series? I would say yes; however, it took Sansa from her growing place of power, cut her off at the knees, and put the focus on Theo'’s ordeal, instead.
After the episode ended, I was gutted. I felt sick to my stomach. And then I was angry. My next thought was, "I'm going to have to spend part of the next six months explaining why this was a bad move over and over."
The Daily Mail, a journal about things that actually happened in the real world:
[no trigger warning included]
Stripped naked and sold to the highest bidder: How ISIS is sending the 'prettiest Yazidi virgins' it abducts to slave markets in Syria
ISIS committing horrific sex crimes against girls, United Nations has found
'They are sold naked to Islamic State leaders and soldiers at slave markets'
Terror group is targeting young girls from Iraq's minority Yazidi community
It has previously abducted hundreds of Yazidis from across northern Iraq
The HuffPo, a website for people to read while folding sweaters at The Gap:
Why Talking About 'Game Of Thrones' Rape Is Important For Feminism
By Emily Tess Katz
Dr. Michele Polak, an English professor at Centenary College, shares The Mary Sue's reservations, arguing that the rape served more to advance a male character's storyline rather than that of the Sansa Stark, who was raped.
"I think it was there to move the narrative of her brother," Polak told HuffPost Live on Thursday. "I think that really did great for his narrative more than it did for Sansa's."
Slate contributor Amanda Marcotte and contributing editor to Washingtonian magazine, Hilary Kelly, joined the discussion of what is meant by a "gratuitous rape scene" and whether "Game of Thrones" can depict rape in service to a broader, important cultural conversation.
The Washington Post, a journal of things that really happened in the real world (though they have plenty of She the People bloggers who prefer to talk about things that happen on TV shows):
[no trigger warning provided]
Hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian school girls reportedly sold as brides to militants for $12, relatives say
The news of the mass marriage come from a group of fathers, uncles, cousins, and nephews who gather every morning to pool their resources, buy fuel, and journey unarmed to forests and border towns in search of the missing girls. They learned this week, they said, that mass wedding ceremonies had occurred on Saturday and Sunday. The insurgents reportedly shot their guns into the air after taking their new brides, and split them into three groups. They were then reportedly moved out by truckload.
"It's a medieval kind of slavery," village leader Bitrus told the BBC.
n. The philosophy, art, and science that values, promotes and protects majority
(cǔl-chər-ǐst) n. 1. An advocate of
culturism. 2. One who engages in the arts or sciences of managing and
protecting majority cultures. 3. Adj. Of or pertaining to culturism, culturists
or culturist policy.
Culturist education is traditional education.It tells students that the West is the
best.As such, it aims to unify
the West via instilling pride.
Multicultural education teaches an anti-western narrative.
As such it seeks to instill anger at the West and foments division.
Multiculturalism is worse than it sounds.It does not only seek to celebrate
cultures.It includes a nefarious
Marxist ‘social justice’ agenda.
The term “social justice” implies that an injustice has
occurred against social groups.In
short, multiculturalism promotes the idea that whites and the West been unjust
to ‘people of color.’
Multiculturalism thereby pushes an entire anti-Western
narrative wherein it is noble to resent and struggle against western
When multiculturalists see educational and economic
achievement gaps, they immediately announce that it proves western nations are
racist.They use it to further
their anti-western narrative.
Culturists take cultural diversity seriously.Culturists know that achievement gaps
show that some cultures value education more than others.Rather than showing that the West is
racist, achievement gaps show that cultural diversity is real.
Culturist educators would ask ethnic groups to use their
shortcomings to reflect on the cost of their values and behaviors.
Multiculturalism is subtly destructive by announcing that
all cultures are equally worthy of praise. Its celebrating all cultures implies
that western culture has no particular merit.
Via Socrates and Jesus, the West invented valuing the
individual.This history allowed
the West to invent democracy and free inquiry.Western culture’s resulting social structures and technology
have built the entire modern world.
Mexico has invented nothing. Islam suppresses free
to make cultural judgment undermines pride in the West.
May 23, 2015: The “peace talks” with Iran remain stalled, this time because Iran refuses to allow inspections of military facilities.
The Iranian military leadership considers such inspections a legal excuse to spy on Iranian military operations.
Iran also wants 24 days’ notice before any inspections to verify that a treaty (that would halt Iranian nuclear weapons development and lift sanctions) was being followed.
Moreover the ruling clerics of Iran have come right out and said all sanctions must be lifted as soon as a deal is signed.
In the West getting the currently negotiated proposed deal approved is more complicated because of democracy and divisions in the leadership between those who want to do any kind of deal (just to be done with the economic and political problems caused by the sanctions) versus those who demand proof (intrusive and unscheduled inspections) of Iranian compliance.
What makes a nation great, is being lost, if has not already been lost. ICON=TRADE BILL
The Senate voted, 62-37, to approve a six-year renewal of trade
promotion authority (TPA), which provides an expedited process to submit
trade pacts to Congress.
Barack Obama, and the
MAJORITY IN CONGRESS are telling us to trust them on a trade bill which
is more top secret than what makes the F-35 a failure, or a success, or
how deep the Virginia Class Subs can dive, or how quiet they can be.
Obama’s numbers remain inexplicably in the 40‘s (and let’s be realistic
and all admit they have a bottom at present in the low 20′s
..#HOWITIS), they should be right where Congress’ number ARE, and
deserve to be.
Obama has treated us all to DIVISIVENESS whenever
there was a chance to bring us together to act. This is true on issues
of RACE (Cambridge, the execrable Zimmerman, Ferguson, etc), Economy
(Joe the Plumber, Obamacare INCOMPETENCE, direct subsidization of
manufacturing instead of pouring all resources into R&D-SOLYNDRA is
the icon for that), Foreign Policy (favoring the Muslim Brotherhood
EVERYWHERE they exist, serial apologies, and actions towards our allies
which strengthen ALL THOSE inimical to our way of life), ET CETERA. And,
by the way, if you like your doctor….
Congress BOTH with
unstoppable Democratic Majorities, and now Republican majorities has
FAILED UTTERLY by in the former case not INSISTING major and painful
compromises be made with the R’s on Obamacare, thus investing the
opposition in a successful plan,, and now and SIGNIFICANTLY passing this
TOP SECRET trade bill.
Well, I don’t trust them. In fact I now
have been compelled to think FIRST that whatever Obama and or
Congressional leader R OR D say, the opposite is true.
If a trade bill must be secret, it CANNOT benefit the people. PERIOD.
bill, unless proven otherwise will therefore be another to benefit
giant corporations by granting ever more power to the fleeing of jobs,
production, resources, expertise, and finally R&D to the lowest
labor, and total overall costs. We cannot blame industry for the physics
of profit. We can blame them for not insisting those physics benefit
the USA. We CAN blame them for taking the new, and greater profits from
lower costs overseas and putting too much of it into executive
salaries, bonuses, and Board rewards, a bit into lower prices, and a
token into the pockets of the middle class. Has anyone looked at the
ratio of earnings of the CEO of corporations like Kaiser in/around WW2
compared to companies like GE now?
I can believe I am with Joe Manchin. I am trying to fathom my COMPLETE agreement with Liz Warren.
truth here is that personal freedom and economic freedom are one and
the same. The latter has suffered greatly, and the former is always
weakened when that happens (NSA ANYONE? IRS/DHS seizure of
personal/small biz deposits).
The military budget, no matter WHAT you think of it, is a direct derivative of our economic well being.
amount of funds dedicated to medical research (FOR INSTANCE) is a
SOCIETAL LUXURY. I never did a demonstration/consult in central africa, a
lot of asia, etc
Space program, you say? Oh, you FORGOT about that.
I find that Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and the leadership of both houses are every bit as loathsome as Pelosi and Reid.
was a time in the 60′s I HELPED ORGANIZE anti Vietnam War
demonstrations. There was a time I was active in the Primaries in NH
when we lived in Manchester, having D workers live in our home for
months, and there was a time I volunteeered OVER AND OVER for the other
party after 2001.
It’s impossible to vote for a
entitled ciphers like Clinton or Bush. It’s impossible to imagine Mr.
Rove’s Crossroads has any benefit except to be better than a Bernie
Sanders (sorry Bernie, but I remember you as Mayor of Burlington and
essentially the CPUSA.. a lot different from being pres).
all our freedoms - economy and personal, or position in the world to
UNDERWRITE those freedoms, military, engineering, research, education,
are built on a growing economy, then THAT must be what is the first
consideration in deciding on the next president.
I lost a lot of trust in the office of the president after the Gulf of Tonkin.
lost MORE when W did not fire EVERYONE responsible (CIA) for lack of
foresight in 2001, and thsalen AGAIN when it became obvious that Iraq did
not have the WMD capabilities we had been told they had.
DISGUSTED by Congress recording that less than 20 of 535 members went to
read the National Intelligence Estimate of 2003 before voting for war.
pages for Obamcare, ANOTHER self expanding, self authorizing federal
empire? Even I don’t expect any normal person to read and understand such
We are in REAL, EXISTENTIAL TROUBLE.
are responsible, not aliens crossing the border, not Russians sending
TU-95′s near Norway or Iceland or Backfires in the Baltic, not the
Chinese who, BENEFITING FROM THEIR ECONOMY OF LOW COSTS, are building
LITERALLY Chinese Island in the Pacific to base their military and
expand even further economically.
WE HERE are responsible.
time for a 3rd AND 4th party in the USA to express those thoughts of
conservative-libertarian values, and liberal-progressive values.
2 party system HAS FAILED US, as evidenced by what has happened in
median income. But make no mistake, the first concrete evidence of decay
was was US Steel’s failure in the late 70′s to Japanese imports, and
then the rush to ‘free trade’ which benefited businesses that could run
their cost structure from places like Indonesia where workers were glad
to have any job while living in cardboard boxes (Nike, 1996).
Ahmed Mohammed, Hot Dog Vendor At NYC Ground Zero Memorial, Charges $30.00 For A Hot Dog With Mustard, Only Charges $3 When NBC Shows Up
Ahmed Mohammed, only charges $3 to take foot-longs down his throat in bathroom stalls
Meet Ahmed Mohammed. He might be the most expensive hot dog vendor in New York, especially if he thinks you’re a tourist.
NBC 4 New York cameras recently captured him trying to charge a man named David $15 for a hot dog and a pretzel near the World Trade Center.
“I said, ‘What are you, a crook?'” David later told NBC 4 New York. “I’m not a tourist, so I know the price in New York.”
Customer after customer recounted how the vendor tried to charge them $20 to $30 for a hot dog.
“I just felt like I was getting ripped off, and it’s just making the 9/11 grounds like a big tourist trap,” one woman said.
Ben from New Jersey left his bitten hot dog behind when he was told the price.
“He was like, ‘Fifteen, maybe 10,'” he said. “And I left my bitten hot dog there. That was it.”
Jessica Lappin of the Alliance for Downtown New York said “it gives New York a bad name.”
“To rip-off somebody, to charge them $35 for a hot dog and a pretzel, that leaves a terrible impression,” she said.
Lappin learned about Mohammed when fights started breaking out last week over his prices.
When a self-identified NBC 4 New York reporter asked the price of a hot dog, Mohammed said $3. When asked why the price changes, he claimed not to speak English — even though cameras had captured him speaking English earlier, asking customers: “Yes, guys. Yes, sir, you need anything to eat or drink? Have a good day, guys.”
Part of the problem is that Mohammed’s prices aren’t posted, as required by the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs. At a hot dog cart around the corner, for example, there’s no question how much a hot dog costs — it’s listed at $1.
Prediction: if the Islamic State gets into a position to threaten Israel in any serious way, we will start seeing the mainstream media grow markedly sympathetic to it, with a spate of articles hailing the new “maturity” and “moderation” of the Islamic State.
SKOPJE, Macedonia – A bloody confrontation this month between Macedonian police and Albanian Muslims has touched off widespread protests and threatens to ignite a geopolitical powder keg whose effects could be felt well beyond the impoverished Balkan nation, warn analysts.
More than 20 people, including eight police officers, were killed in the May 9 police raid and ensuing riots in the northern city of Kumanovo’s ethnic Albanian neighborhoods, where Skopje officials say Muslim groups are training terrorists and seeking to secede. On Sunday, tens of thousands of protesters waving Macedonian and Albanian flags marched in Skopje in a powerful show of ethnic unity against a reeling and scandal-scarred government. Experts say the raid and ensuing protests could imperil the regime of Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.
“If the conflict escalates in Macedonia, it could produce a domino effect, transferred to the Balkans, or the other former Yugoslav republics in which the security situation is bad,” said Ivan Babanovski, a former Macedonian intelligence officer and a professor at Skopje’s Faculty of Security.
World powers — including the U.S., Europe, Russia and Turkey — are monitoring the complex situation closely, issuing warnings and pointing fingers Russia, thwarted repeatedly by the West in its bid to pipe natural gas to Europe, has settled on the so-called “Turkish Stream,” a route that passes through Turkey and Macedonia. Moscow suspects the U.S. and Europe, opposed to its plans to supply energy to Europe, is fomenting unrest in a bid to change the Russia-friendly regime of Gruevski and scuttle the pipeline.The U.S. has been lobbying Greece to support an alternative pipeline project that would receive gas from Azerbaijan rather than Russia.The West denies playing a role in the uprising, which, coupled with political scandals involving secret audio of Gruevski and resignations of government officials, has Moscow fearing a replay of last year’s toppling of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Yanukovych’s ouster ended one version of Russia’s pipeline plan/b>, and Bulgaria was later pressured by the West to block an alternativethat would have passed through its territory. The current plan would be to pipe Russia’s natural gas under the Black Seat, through northwestern Turkey and to a hub in Greece, from which pipelines leading to southern Europe would extend, including a key segment running through Macedonia.
“Macedonia is the weakest link in Turkish Stream that needs to go through Russia, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary,” Macedonian military analyst Miroslav Lazanski told FoxNews.com. “Here it is most easily cut.”
Russian leaders, as well as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, say Macedonia’s Albanian Muslims are being used in a bid to undermine the pro-pipeline government in Skopje. Erdogan warned that heavy-handedness in putting down protests could lead to more regional religious conflict.
Meanwhile, Skopje is scrambling to put the incident behind it and show the world that Macedonia, a poor, landlocked Balkan country of 2 million, is safe for investment.
“The terrorist incident on Saturday and Sunday is certainly a one-off isolated incident,” Viktor Mizo, CEO of the Macedonian Free Zone Authority, told Emerging Markets. “We do not foresee, and don’t expect, any influence on normal activity in the Macedonian economy, nor on the plans of foreign investors in our country.”
The European Union’s delegation to Macedonia and the U.S. Embassy in Skopje issued a joint statement following the violence in Kumanovo urging calm.
“We also hope that this will be the moment in which the country’s leaders will engage together in dialogue on all issues facing the country, including the long-running political crisis and the necessary reforms,” said the statement.
While protests in the capital have been peaceful, Muslim separatists have vowed to avenge the deadly raid. And Gruevski pledged to deal swiftly with any coming violence.
“If I back down it would be a cowardly move,” he told pro-government Sitel TV. “I’ll face down the attacks.”
“Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ruled out Australia resettling any Rohingya refugees, warning that asylum seekers who take to boats must not be rewarded with a new life in a Western country.
“Nope, nope, nope,” Abbott told reporters Thursday when asked if Australia would resettle any of the thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and Bangladeshis landing on shores of Southeast Asian countries.
“We are not going to do anything that will encourage people to get on boats. If we do the slightest thing to encourage people to get on the boats, this problem will get worse, not better,” he added.
Australia is a signatory to the United Nations Refugee Convention and is one of the world’s most generous countries on a per capita basis in taking in refugees, resettling 13,750 a year. But it refuses to accept asylum seekers who attempt to reach its shores by boat.
“Our role is to do everything we humanly can to stop people smuggling and the best way to do that is to make it absolutely crystal clear that if you get on a leaky boat, you aren’t going to get what you want, which is a new life in a Western country,” Abbott said…..”
Spokeswoman Marie Harf said early Thursday Thailand time that the US is prepared to take a leading role in any multicountry effort, organized by the United Nations refugee agency, to resettle the most vulnerable refugees.
In the past three weeks, more than 3,000 people - Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and Bangladeshis trying to escape poverty - have landed in overcrowded boats on the shores of various Southeast Asian countries.
Aid groups say thousands more are stranded at sea after human smugglers abandoned their boats because of a crackdown by authorities.
Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have been reluctant to let the Rohingya in and have turned boats full of hungry, thirsty people away, because they fear a flood of unwanted migrants. But on Wednesday, they relented.
Ms Harf welcomed the governments' decision "to uphold their responsibilities under international law and provide humanitarian assistance and shelter to 7,000 vulnerable migrants."
The US would consider requests from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and International Organization for Migration for funds to help receive and screen refugees as they come to shore.
Ms Harf said that since last Oct 1, the US has resettled more than 1,000 Rohingya.
"I think the Malaysians and the Indonesians have requested some help resettOne must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing.ling people. We're taking a careful look at the proposal," the spokeswoman told reporters in Washington. "It has to be a multicountry effort. We obviously can't take this all on ourselves. But we are prepared to play a leading role in this effort."
It's just so horrible what all the thuggish Global Warming Deniers of the world are doing to those poor Muslims.
One must have a heart of stone to read the oppression of these poor innocent Muslims without rolling on the floor and laughing your ass off.
AND THEN THERE'S THIS:
‘A Rohingya boy who recently arrived in Indonesia holds a ball adorned in international flags’, in a shaft of sunlight no less, in the photo accompanying this Guardian ‘analysis’ (acute nausea warning):
Sad little Muslim boy lives alone on the street, his only friend a brightly colored ball
There will be much more blood if the Burmese government is not stopped in its tracks‘Our research makes clear that to equate the suffering of the Burmese with the suffering of the Rohingya is risible.’
Judicial Watch President Says, The Question Is Whether or Not Hillary Clinton Stays Out of Jail
Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch:
“The ironic thing is she has all these records. And, if they are quote, “State Department records,” then why did she keep them in her home or wherever she was keeping them until someone asked them for them and sort of forced her response.
The fact is that she deleted records. And she turned over records with no oversight that supposedly are government records. And now she says she wants them released as soon as possible.
You know, for instance, on her Clinton Foundation records, we asked for those records in 2011. We waited two years and had to sue in 2013 and only got the records last year.
So the idea that she wants these records out as soon as possible is belied by the facts and it shows you that politicians like Hillary Clinton who are corrupt depend on making, or saying big lies and just powering through the oversight and accountability the rest of Americans face when they violate the law.
You know, my view the discussion about Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be about whether or not she wins the primary but whether or not she stays out of jail.“
Physicist, child of Soviet dissident from satellite state of the former Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, and Canadian blogger for freedom, Alexandra Belair, granted an interview to describe exactly what happened when the event she had advertised for Parliament Hill on May 20th 2015 was first cancelled by Heritage Canada, and then after some publicity came out about the event cancelation, Heritage Canada claimed they had never granted her a permit in the first place.
ISIS Releases "Cubs of the Caliphate" Photo of Children Parading a Severed Head
From Faith Freedom International:
The Islamic State social networking site has a photo showing a child holding a severed head amid a gathering of other children, which was tweeted and went viral with an attached phrase that said “This is how the cubs of the Caliphate are raised up”, boasting of this heinous act.
It should be noted that it is not the first time that such boast is made in which the heads of victims are being carried by children. An Australian Muslim child held in his hand the heads of severed Syrian troops.
The head of the Shariah judge of the General brigades “Hawks of Sham,” had been carried by children after the ISIS killed him.
This image comes after the disclosure that the children are being trained to kill in the name of religion, in the framework of the preparation of the Islamic state raising a generation of fighters to rid the world of “infidels”.
Five years ago, a cartoonist with The Seattle Weekly, shocked by the way Comedy Central had censored "South Park" after the usual threats from violent Muslims, proclaimed May 20th as "Everybody Draw Mohammed" Day. What was novel about this particular promotion was that the cartoonist, Molly Norris, was not a "right-wing" "Islamophobe" but a liberal progressive, and therefore a rare if not all but unique example of a feminist leftie recognizing that the Islamic enforcers were a threat to her way of life. This was a very welcome development.
Unfortunately, Miss Norris was not so much recognizing reality as blissfully unaware of it. When the backlash against her idea began, she disassociated herself from it and signed off with - Lord help us - a peace symbol. We had some correspondence on the matter, and I write about her in The [Un]documented Mark Steyn(personally autographed copies of which areexclusively available and help to prop up my own free-speech campaign against the climate mullahs) in a chapter entitled "There Is No More Molly":
'You may have noticed that Molly Norris' comic is not in the paper this week. That's because there is no more Molly.' On the advice of the FBI, she's been forced to go into hiding. If you want to measure the decline in western civilization's sense of self-preservation, go back to Valentine's Day 1989, get out the Fleet Street reports on the Salman Rushdie fatwa, and read the outrage of his fellow London literati at what was being done to one of the mainstays of the Hampstead dinner-party circuit. Then compare it with the feeble passivity of Molly Norris' own colleagues at an American cartoonist being forced to abandon her life: "There is no more Molly"? That's all the gutless pussies of The Seattle Weekly can say? As James Taranto notes in The Wall Street Journal, even much sought-after Ramadan-banquet constitutional scholar Barack Obama is remarkably silent:
'Now Molly Norris, an American citizen, is forced into hiding because she exercised her right to free speech. Will President Obama say a word on her behalf? Does he believe in the First Amendment for anyone other than Muslims..?'
No one should lose his name, his home, his life, his liberty because ideological thugs are too insecure to take a joke. But Molly Norris is merely the latest squishy liberal to learn that, when the chips are down, your fellow lefties won't be there for you.
And as I added:
Four years later, there was not much left of "Everybody Draw Mohammed" Day, but there was even less left of Molly Norris. As the website Blogwrath put it:
'Because of the Muslim death threats, Molly Norris, who started the event, had to go into hiding and change her name. She disappeared completely and nobody knows whether she is dead or alive.'
Renald Luzier was running late on the January day when two gunmen burst into the satirical magazine's offices and killed the other five cartoonists who worked for Charlie Hebdo. Luzier then drew the French satirical magazine's first front cover image after the deadly Islamist terror attack, showing the Prophet Mohammed weeping and saying "All is forgiven." The cartoon prophet held a sign saying "Je suis Charlie," the slogan of those who stood up for the magazine after the killings. Luzier, who draws under the pen name Luz, said in an interview with French newspaper Liberation that continuing to work at Charlie Hebdo had become "too much to bear." "There was hardly anyone left to draw," he said in the interview published on the newspaper's website late Monday. "I found myself doing three front pages out of four..." Luzier, 43, told Liberation that the decision to leave was "very personal" and that he wanted "to rebuild myself, to regain control of my life." "Finishing each edition is torture because the others are gone. Spending sleepless nights summoning the dead, wondering what Charb, Cabu, Honore, (and) Tignous would have done is exhausting," he said, referring to some of his murdered colleagues.
Luz was the cartoonist who gave Mohammed his visual style. It was Luz that the Berliner Kurier artist was mimicking in their front-page response to the massacre at top right. Under the headline "NO! You cannot murder our freedom", there was, for once, a cartoon that lives up to it: the Prophet gleefully bathing in blood.
But, one by one, our freedom does get murdered. I don't begrudge Luz his wish to "regain control of my life". To be the lone survivor because you were running late is a blessing but also a curse and a burden. So there is no more Molly, and no more Luz, and no more Lars - not since the post-Charlie attack on Lars Vilks' free-speech event in Copenhagen forced into hiding a splendidly brave artist who had borne the weight of his courage alone for too many years.
Until the 21st-century Islamization of the west got underway, there was a modest but long established tradition in western art of depicting Mohammed. He is shown in Dante's Inferno - in hell, with his entrails hanging out. And any number of artists from Giovanni da Modena to Salvador Dali have offered their own renderings of the scene. He appears carrying a sword and the Koran with Moses, Confucius, Hammurabi and other law-givers in Adolph Weinman's frieze at the US Supreme Court, although since the Council on American-Islamic Relations complained about it the Court's official position is that, yes, that's Moses and Confucius and the rest of the gang up there but this is just some bloke who "bears no resemblance to Mohammed".
One day that excuse will no longer suffice, and the frieze will be hacked apart. Already representations of Mohammed in western art galleries are being carted off to the basement. In the near future, if your local library still carries an edition of Dante's Divine Comedy, it won't be with William Blake's or Gustav Doré's illustrations of Mohammed in the torments of hell.
In Dante's day (circa 1315) and Weinman's day (1935), Muslims who disliked depictions of Mohammed did not generally slaughter artists, writers and publishers. That changed with the Danish cartoons. Once they started killing people for drawing Mohammed it became necessary for everyone to draw Mohammed - to show that there are too many to kill, and thus to teach Islam that, whatever its own proscriptions, they do not and will never apply to non-believers. Once you make drawing Mohammed a capital crime, it is necessary to make drawing Mohammed so universal that it's no crime at all. If you claim the right to kill because you're offended, then it is necessary to offend you all the time - until you accept the messy norms of pluralistic societies.
To be sure, in the scheme of things, it's no big deal not to be able to depict Mohammed - except that small losses lead to other small losses and eventually to greater losses. So certain types of great art become problematic for museums - and thencertain types of museum become problematic.
So I was heartened to see in my own country this event scheduled for today in Ottawa:
Come and join us in drawing Muhammed, the Pope's Mother, Buddha with headphones and or any other religious/political figure! Let's exercise our freedom to blaspheme — while we still can!!! We will meet by the East entrance of The Hill Where the October 22nd shooter entered The Hill) at 1 pm and walk to the North-East corner of the lawn, so we are very close to the route the shooter took. There, I will set up the table (and tent, if it rains) and we can get down to some blasphemous art! Please, spread the word as far and wide as you can. Alexandra
After having been given (last week) the go ahead with the Draw Muhammed Day on Parliament Hill for tomorrow, 20th of May, by the RCMP security people, I have just received a phone call (at 5:25 pm) from Canadian Heritage cancelling the event due to 'security concerns'.
And to reprise Laura Rosen Cohen's line "security concerns" are the new shut-up. As a commenter at Vlad Tepes' blog writes:
This is exactly the modus operandi employed by France's government – to kill off any initiative by our friends at Riposte Laique – they give the permission for a demonstration, assembly etc. and then, when everything is organised, like 5 minutes before the event is supposed to start, they cancel it for "security reasons".
So don't worry, you still have freedom of speech - until five minutes before you're scheduled to exercise it.
Meanwhile, on June 14th, the New York Theatre Workship is presenting a benefit for the National Coalition Against Censorship, under the title Playwrights For A Cause, an evening of three one-act plays. It would have been four one-act plays, but Neil LaBute's work, Mohammed Gets A Boner, will not now be staged because of its "clear offense to Muslims".
No word yet on whether the evening's title will be changed to Playwrights For A Cause, Up To A Point, a benefit for the National Coalition For Self-Censorship.
I think a lot about my poor clueless leftie chum Molly Norris. Where is she? And what did she do to deserve having her life erased? And why do none of her liberal friends ever mention her? There can be no pictures of Mohammed, and so there can be no pictures of Molly, nor Lars, nor Luz, nor of freeborn Canadians at Parliament Hill. Mohammed has his India rubber out, and is erasing us all.
All of us, every single man, woman, and child on the face of the Earth were born with the same unalienable rights; to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And, if the governments of the world can't get that through their thick skulls, then, regime change will be necessary.
“We spend millions of dollars studying the problems in the black community ..... mainly to come up with ways to avoid concluding the obvious.
The answer is usually more money. And when that proves to be ineffective ..... the answer is more money."
-- Redneck Texan”
"An Islamic regime must be serious in every field," explained Ayatollah Khomeini. "There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humour in Islam. There is no fun in Islam."
"I want to be very, very clear, however: I understand and agree with the analysis of the problem. There is an imminent threat. It manifested itself on 9/11. It's real and grave. It is as serious a threat as Stalinism and National Socialism were. Let's not pretend it isn't." ~~~~~Bono~~~~~