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Saturday, April 23, 2011

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A piece of short fiction from Neil Gaiman:
“Time is fluid here,” said the demon. He knew it was a demon the moment he saw it. He knew it, just as he knew the place was Hell. There was nothing else that either of them could have been.

The room was long, and the demon waited by a smoking brazier at the far end. A multitude of objects hung on the rock-gray walls, of the kind that it would not have been wise or reassuring to inspect too closely. The ceiling was low, the floor oddly insubstantial.

“Come close,” said the demon, and he did. The demon was rake-thin, and naked. It was deeply scarred, and it appeared to have been flayed at some time in the distant past. It had no ears, no sex. Its lips were thin and ascetic, and its eyes were a demon’s eyes: they had seen too much and gone too far, and under their gaze he felt less important than a fly.

“What happens now?” he asked.

“Now,” said the demon, in a voice that carried with it no sorrow, no relish, only a dreadful flat resignation, “you will be tortured.”

“For how long?”

But the demon shook its head and made no reply. It walked slowly along the wall, eyeing first one of the devices that hung there, then another. At the far end of the wall, by the closed door, was a cat o’ nine tails made of frayed wire. The demon took it down with one three-fingered hand and walked back, carrying it reverently. It placed the wire tines onto the brazier, and stared at them as they began to heat up.

“That’s inhuman.”

“Yes.”

The tips of the cat’s tails were glowing a dead orange.

As the demon raised his arm to deliver the first blow, it said, “In time you will remember even this moment with fondness.”

“You are a liar.”

“No,” said the demon. “The next part,” it explained, in the moment before it brought down the cat, “is worse.” Then the tines of the cat landed on the man’s back with a crack and a hiss, tearing through the expensive clothes, burning and rending and shredding as they struck and, not for the last time in the place, he screamed.
There were 211 implements on the walls of that room, and in time he was to experience each of them. When, finally, the Lazarene’s Daughter, which he had grown to know intimately, had been cleaned and replaced on the wall in the 211th position, then, through wrecked lips, he gasped, “Now what?”

“Now,” said the demon, “the true pain begins.”

It did.

Everything he had ever done that had been better left undone. Every lie had told – told to himself, or told to others. Every little hurt, and all the great hurts. Each one was pulled out of him, detail by detail, inch by inch. The demon stripped away the cover of forgetfulness, stripped everything down to truth, and it hurt more than anything.

“Tell me what you thought as she walked out of the door,” said the demon.

“I thought my heart was broken.”

“No,” said the demon, without hate, “you didn’t.” It stared at him with expressionless eyes, and he was forced to look away.

“I thought, now she’ll never know I’ve been sleeping with her sister.”

The demon took apart his life, moment by moment, instant to awful instant. It lasted a hundred years, perhaps, or a thousand – they had all the time there ever was, in that grey room – and toward the end he realised that the demon had been right. The physical torture had been kinder.

And it ended.

And once it had ended, it began again. There was a self-knowledge there he had not had the first time, which somehow made everything worse.

Now, as he spoke, he hated himself. There were no lies, no evasions, no room for anything except the pain and the anger.

He spoke. He no longer wept. And when he finished, a thousand years later, he prayed that now the demon would go to the wall, and bring down the skinning knife, or the choke-pear, or the screws.
“Again,” said the demon.

He began to scream. He screamed for a long time.

“Again,” said the demon, when he was done, as if nothing had been said.

It was like peeling an onion. This time through his life he learned about consequences. He learnt the results of things he had done; things he had been blind to as he did them; the ways he had hurt the world; the damage he had done to people he had never known, or met, or encountered. It was the hardest lesson yet.

“Again,” said the demon, a thousand years later.

He crouched on the floor, beside the brazier, rocking gently, his eyes closed, and he told the story of his life, re-experiencing it as he told it, from birth to death, changing nothing, leaving nothing out, facing everything. He opened his heart.

When he was done, he sat there, eyes closed, waiting for the voice to say, “Again.”, but nothing was said. He opened his eyes.

Slowly he stood up. He was alone.

At the far end of the room, there was a door, and as he watched, it opened.

A man stepped through the door. There was terror in the man’s face, and arrogance, and pride. The man, who wore expensive clothes, took several hesitant steps into the room, and then stopped.
When he saw the man, he understood.

“Time is fluid here,” he told the new arrival.
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Terry Jones judged wrong kind of Christian

More about the judge in the Terry Jones/Dearborn, Michigan mosque case:

http://nodhimmitude.blogspot.com/2011/04/terry-jones-judged-wrong-kind-of.html

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Nice going there, Russia

A demonstration against Islam in Russia took place in Moscow, and as you'll see at The Jawa Report, a picture even shows some using nazi salutes.

Now, it could be that the AFP exaggerated that part, and the majority of the demonstrators didn't espouse in nazism. But if they did, then that's a textbook example of how not to lead a protest against Islam, and considering that the nazis did ally themselves with the ummah, it seems absurd that they would want to use anything connected to such a repulsive ideology.

And many Muslims have condoned socialism - what the nazis built their ideology on - if that's what'll help to achieve their vile goals, so why don't the Russians consider how this long time concept they've supported is just what's helping many Islamists?

Using fascist tactics is exactly what the MSM is hoping to see, so they can undermine the fight against the very fascist ideologies we're concerned about. Those Russians who did that are not helping the western case against Islamofascism one bit.
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Avenging Apostate Replies To An Anonymous Commenter Who Is Smarter Than All The Rest Of Us COMBINED

Recently, we had an Anonymous commenter who believed and so proved, that he is certainly smarter than everyone else at this website, COMBINED. No doubt about it. Nope. No doubt.



Avenging Apostate replies:

Anonymous,

Alright. Clearly you’re too dumb and immature to understand that it is considered civil to not leave someone hanging and to inform people that you have read their comments or will read their comments and will come back and write a reply. You just showed your ignorance and lack of civility by replying to my two lines pre-maturely. Oh and before I continue, I just want to ask, were you trying to be funny with what you said? Because if that’s what you wanted to achieve or insult as a whole was your point, all you managed to show was that you are, at best, a dimwit idiot.

Anyway, let us get to your comments. Even though they aren’t worth replying to, I just want to have fun with them here a little bit. I am not going to respond every single word of yours because it is so intellectually low in quality that even a chimp can do better than what you did. I will just address the things that pertain to our blog.

“I would prefer if Europeans (and Black Africans and Native Americans and such) follow their rich pagan roots rather than some perverse, barbaric Semitic desert cults.”

So, what exactly are those “rich pagan roots”? Are they where people are killed for believing there is only one god and not a pantheon of gods (Socrates, through Plato)? Or are the roots that you talk about the barbarism of Germanic tribes where human rights were non existent and looting, murdering and raping were some of the ways they “earned” their living? Or more peaceful ways of congregation like putting your head under the cows right when they are about to piss, because of the belief that cow piss makes your hair healthier. Or men standing and pissing in a pond full of fish to marinate the fish in it and eat after some months (the last two things that I mentioned still happen in Iceland, maybe you’d like to drink piss here and there and move to Iceland, you got your pagan culture still in place in that country). It is funny when people like you talk about “rich pagan roots” and all you think it means is “peace on earth forever” yet you idiots have no idea how the European pagans lived and treated others.

And what rich roots in Africa? Drinking of animal blood to pass into adulthood? Killing of the strongest male to take over the tribe and women? Cannibalism?

And Native Americans—if you think bathing in each other men’s sweat is such a grand idea and a rich ritual to do (and you call us closet faggots, ha! funny), why don’t you join them and stop whining on this blog?

It shows extreme ignorance on your part when you complain about wars started by Christians, yet you are all for pagan religions. Do you really think Europeans, North Africans and Native Americans never fought? Do you really, honestly think that there was eternal peace before these religions came along? You have got to be the most ignorant person on the planet if you think that way. You might want to pick up a history book or two and learn about these “rich pagan roots” of these cultures before you start telling others to go back to them.

“I admire the Chinese and the Hindus because they kept their ancestral religions for the most part rather than worship a sick, bloodthirsty, demonic desert deity invented by the Hebrews in their own image.”

So you like the Hindu ancestral religion where a widow is burned alongside her dead husband? Nice!


“from Greco-Roman Europe and Zoroastrian Persia, through to Hindu India and Egypt and tropical Africa and the Americas and the Oceania”

Pederasty was the most common form of homosexuality in both Ancient Greece and Rome. Today it would be considered pedophilia—is that what you are trying to promote? I , personally, don’t care if someone is homosexual. People can do whatever they want with their lives but pedophilia is something I will not tolerate, whether bigots like you have a problem with that or not, I don’t give a damn!

As for other religions you mentioned, fire-worship, burning of widows, cannibalism, human sacrifices and worship of gods of war was part of the cultures you just mentioned. Shows us what kind of person you are. You have a perception of Christianity and Judaism, and you criticize these religions for the beliefs you think exist in these religions yet you are completely unfamiliar about the pagan religions that you are trying to promote here.

“But the fundamental problem with the Abrahamic cults (aside from the fact that they are founded on lies)”

This cracked me up! You are a person of contradictions. You want people to go back to the pagan MYTHOLOGIES and you have no problem with that but Abrahamic religions? Oh no no, they are based on lies.

“For the Jew, this question is irrelevant, but the Jew defaults to the former position (there is no inherent morality, only God's fiat), and this much is true (to a slightly lesser extent) for the Mohammedan as well.”

How do you mean “to a slightly lesser extent”. You really don’t know anything about Islam, do you?


“Yahweh was a pagan god in the Semitic Canaanite pantheon who craved human blood”

I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and say that maybe you didn’t mean to say “Yahweh” here because, sorry to burst your idiotic little bubble but Yahweh does not appear in any Canaanite writings or history. But I am sure you just made a mistake here, just like the rest of your comment, I am sure, is a mistake.

“Of course I can despise these religions without any ill feelings towards their followers. If you see anything "moral" in the barbarous Old Testament then you are beyond human decency…”

But its fine if you think pagan religions of the past were super awesome? Where human sacrifice, drinking of blood, pedophilia etc were instituted as a daily or weekly ritual? Yeah, shows who’s really beyond human decency.

Further ignorance on your part:

“Christianity: over 1 billion worldwide
Islam: over 1 billion worldwide”

Can’t you do research before you start typing? Christianity (with all its sects): 2.2 Billion and Islam (with all its sects, including Ahmadiyyah): 1.2-1.3 Billion

And if you are now going to start whining that you don’t call Atheists Christians then I just want to remind you of your own comment that said: “Christians: Most of them are nominal believers, atheist or at least deist in all but name. Or they pick and choose what to follow.”


“Muslims had no such process [i.e. enlightenment], for reasons that are not entirely clear.”
Its pretty darn clear to me and others that know Islam. Clearly you don’t know a thing about what you’re saying.

Just for kicks, the following:

“Revolutionary movements such as the American War of Independence and the French Revolution, lead by such figures as Voltaire, Paine, Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Napoleon, Lincoln”

I didn’t know Lincoln was part of either the American War of Independence or the French Revolution. Time travel is possible!

“If you were true to your pretension of being an "Infidel" Blogger's Alliance, you can rightfully criticize Islam along with the other poisonous Abrahamic doctrines.”

Of course you are too much of a moron to know that the reason the word Infidel is used in this blog is because that is what Muslims call non-Muslims. Simple! And we “can” rightfully criticize? Who the hell are you to dictate what we can or can’t do? Get your own blog!

“Also, since you mention the Talmud, it is nothing more than sick, racist hate literature. Consider the genocidal Noahide laws!”

While ignoring the same crap that you keep repeating (rich pagan cultures, blah blah blah), I came across this gem from you. Genocidal Noahide laws. Let’s see what these horrific laws are: Prohibition of Idolatry, prohibition of murder, prohibition of theft, prohibition of sexual immorality, prohibition of blasphemy, prohibition of eating flesh taken from an animal while it is still alive, establishment of courts of justice.

I got to tell you man, I really want to annihilate some people after I read these GENOCIDAL NOAHIDE LAWS!

“The figure of Jesus Christ (who is revered by both Christians and Muslims but despised by pious Jews), was probably the only good thing about those traditions. Ironically he can be seen as going *against* the Abrahamic tradition (i.e. the nascent Jewish religion, which was of course the only thing going on in his day) in many ways. It is unfortunate that he had such great teachings yet Christians do not really pay much attention to him.”

It is strange that you think Christ’s teachings were “great” on the one hand but on the other you think the Tanakh, the Old Testament, is despicable. Funny though because Jesus said that whoever teaches anyone to not follow even the tiniest bit of THE LAW will be the least in the Kingdom of God. Most of what Jesus says is from the Tanakh, guess wikipedia didn’t tell you that fact about the Gospels. I do agree with you, however, that Christians don’t pay much attention to him. It is because of that that Christianity is a separate religion and not a sect of Judaism. Oh and on the note of you hating Talmud so much and declaring Christ’s teachings as “great”, um the golden rule that Jesus told his followers comes from Hillel (his silver rule), he is one of the Talmudic rabbis.

“"Jesus Christ... Isaiah and latter Prophets," also figure in Islam. Muslims revere those aforementioned figures as prophets as part of a succession in a line of prophets from Adam, Noah, Moses... down to Muhammad.”

I know wikipedia says so. And I know a lot of Muslims in the West say so too. But first off, Jesus is not even mentioned in the Quran. It is Isa who is mentioned. Now you and other idiots might jump up and say “Isa is Jesus in Arabic” and to that I will just say, “since you don’t know Arabic, shut the hell up!” because Jesus in Arabic is “Yesu’” not Isa. Isa is closer to Esau not Jesus (or Iesous or Yeshua or Yehoshu’ah). Second, Isaiah is not mentioned in the Quran nor the Hadiths. Ibn Kathir later accepted him as a prophet but he is nowhere to be found in authoritative Islamic writings.

Now that we are past the technicalities, I want to talk about Jesus or Isa in Islam. Muslims say they revere and love all the prophets including Isa. That’s a grand statement but it is simply not true. Isa stands against everything Jesus stands for in the Bible. Muslims don’t know about the prophets or Jesus to be able to revere them. They revere a version of these figures that is not found anywhere but in the Quran. It is like this, I can create a figure in my head and say that its you. I name that figure Andy and give that figure a personality that I think it should have. Just because I imagined you in a certain way, doesn’t really make you so. And then if I proceed to say that you are my best friend, would you agree with that claim just because I claim so?

Why is it that people like you lose common sense when it comes to dealing with Islam? Muslims claim a lot of things but those claims are either not true or are half truths. For example, the statement that they revere all the prophets is half of what they believe. The truth would be that they revere all the prophets AS THEY ARE PRESENTED IN THE QURAN. So in reality, when compared with the Bible, they don’t revere any of the prophets, they corrupt their “biographies” and use them for their own good. Another example of such half truths is the statement that Islam is a religion of peace. It is half true because Muslims don’t go ahead and explain that you will be at peace if you accept Islam as the only religion, otherwise you will be dead.

“And there is the CRUX of the problem! You criticize Christian behavior but you mentally divorce such behavior from the religion. You do not give Muslims the same treatment. When a Christian behaves in a manner consistent with a literal reading of his book of Leviticus, that is "abberant behavior" but if a Muslim acts similarly, he is simply behaving in accordance with Islam. Double standard much?”

Actually, yes. That is how it is. But again, you’re too dumb to know the difference. Let’s take the example of the Crusades. Crusades and the idea is not found in the Bible. “Fight the unbelievers and get your sins forgiven.” Yeah, not part of the Bible. (By the way, I am not against the Crusades politically. They had to be fought after 400 years of onslaught by Muslim barbarians!) So from a religious point of view, any Christian will tell you that the Crusades were either wrong or not Biblical. Because (and I am repeating myself, knowing that you are slow of mind) fighting wars to get your sins forgiven is not part of the teachings of the Bible (no not even in the Tanakh).

Now, let us take the example of Jihad. Which in Arabic, literally, means Struggle but in the Quran it is always used in the context of war. The idea of spiritual jihad is both laughable, in the way the West has been taught it, and ridiculous. “Spiritual Jihad” is only performed in case there is a Muslim who is unable to go to war either because of his own health reasons or his parents’. That is it! Otherwise, you have to go to war for Allah whether you like it or not and if you don’t then you are a hypocrite who will be punished both in this world and the one hereafter.

So, to get to the point, when Muslims blow up crap, or when they murder innocent people, it is because that is what they are supposed to do according to the Quran. People usually say, “Yes, but they kill other Muslims, surely that is not part of Islam”. Well, dimwits out there, it is! Because when terrorist Muslims blow up street stores or shopping malls or buses, they are doing so believing that the people they are killing are befriending non Muslims (since they are not out fighting them) and according to the Quran, if you befriend non Muslims then you are one of them. And so killing these treasonous Muslims is a duty instituted by both Allah and Mohammed.

We do mention on this blog and make it clear when a practice by Muslims is not according to Islam. For example, Female circumcision, even though the practice is deeply rooted in Islam culture, it is not instituted in either the Quran, the Sira, or the Hadiths (not even any of the older commentaries). Of course, you are, again, too blind to notice all of that.

The problem with Muslims, and this goes against your argument, is that they do follow their religion to the letter. And it is their religion, which gave birth to their culture, that tells them to go and kill those that don’t follow Islam (except the people of the Book who should pay the Jizya, i.e. pay tribute and if they don’t, then they should be killed). You and your type just have a hard time accepting that. Because hey, only Christians and Jews can be evil, pagans, and everyone else just wants to live peacefully. Get a clue!

“After all, Adolf Hitler was a devout Roman Catholic. (FACT!) Does Hitler's reprehensible behavior speak for all of Catholicism?”

Adolf Hitler broke away from the Church (FACT!) and in fact loudly wished that Germans were Muslim instead of Christian (FACT!). Yes, he did still think that he was Christian and that God had chosen the Arian race to rule the world. And you’re right, that does not speak for the Catholic Church because it is not in either the Bible or their Catechisms but the Quran does teach that everyone who is not a Muslim is an enemy of Allah and has in effect to be killed. Your analogy fails right away when you look at the Quran and compare that with the Bible.

Muslims and their actions represent Islam because they FOLLOW ISLAM. Please show me a specific verse that Hitler followed that helped him annihilate about 12-14 million people (Jews and others). With idiots like you, I always have to repeat myself. Its frustrating!

“What about other Wahabbists, or the Shi'ite fascist clerics in Iran? Are they loathesome?”

This is another example that shows you know nothing about Islam. People that are called Wahabis are actually Salafis. Salafis are the first 3 generations of Muslims (including Mohammed) and they followed Islam perfectly. So that is what they are doing. Following Islam to the letter. That is why they are loathsome.

“Yes. But is it fair to tar all of Islam with that brush?”

Yes it is. Because Islam has not changed either in its interpretation or practice. There are people that either don’t practice all of it or they do and those that do, they blow up crap!

“In a limited sense the Muslims have science on their side…”

Everything that you said, the statement above was the most interesting from you. Muslims have science on their side. I would really love to know what science you are talking about. Did you happen to read Maurice Bucaille recently? Oh no wait, you don’t read books. Maybe you read it on wikipedia (since you link to it so much).

"Are you yourself a Muslim? Haha! No. Are you RETARDED?"

I think the reason Pastorius asked that question was because you do talk like a Muslim. You don’t make sense and you throw around a lot of angry words and think that does the magic. Muslim tricks, dude. Learn new ones!


“For the record, notwithstanding what you THINK, do Muslims follow the example of Jesus? Most do not,”

None do actually, if they follow the Quran. Because they don’t know what he did!

“"They don't believe He was the Prophesied God Messiah of Isaiah and Psalms."
Actually Pastorius, your blatant lies notwitstanding, Muslims do believe that Jesus was the Messiah, or at least a messiah. Look it up! (Or are you to lazy to use Google?)”

I think reading and understanding are not your strong suits. Pastorius clearly said that they don’t believe Jesus is the Prophesied GOD MESSIAH OF ISAIAH AND PSALMS. That is an accurate statement about Muslims. They do not believe that Jesus is God, period! (Actually they don’t talk about Jesus, Yesu’, as I said before. But I am going to let that go for now). Why can’t you read? Your vision blurry and red with anger?

“"They believe that, in the End Times, the Jews must be killed before Allah can restore the world."
Christians have similar End Times beliefs. Just swap "Allah" with "Christ."”

BAHAHAA!!!!!!!!!!!! I think that’s enough of a reply to your idiotic statement.

“"Christians simply have not done the rampaging, raping and pillaging that Muslims have."
Btw, your usage of the past tense…”

Where the hell’s the past tense Sherlock!? I only see Present Perfect. Don’t know English either then?

“I actually agree with you much of the way with regards to Islam, I just do not spare its similarly vile cousins from similar criticism.”

That’s great. Start your own blog.

“Personally, I do not see the need for the Abrahamic religions in the modern world.”

That’s not for you to decide, now is it. Frankly, you don’t even matter in the grand scheme of things (especially because of your reasoning which is worse than an infant’s at times).

Lastly I wanted to talk about your following comments:

“With such mental midgets on this big gay blog (really why so many team members on one blog? I don't mean to be homophobic, but so many men sharing a blog, it's a little gay…
But thanks for trying, fag!
You closet faggot neoconservatives crack me the hell up!”

All of that comes from you, yet you have the audacity to say the following:

“The Abrahamic religions managed to bulldoze indigenous "pagan" cultures (from Greco-Roman Europe and Zoroastrian Persia, through to Hindu India and Egypt and tropical Africa and the Americas and the Oceania), they spread homophobia.”

If you’re so worried about homophobia, you halfwit moron, then fix yourself first and then point your finger at others.

Feel free to reply to whatever I said. I will reply (even though I will take my time) only if your comment is worthy of a reply.


PASTORIUS CUTTING IN: Just for the record, when our Anonymous commenter writes that Yahweh was a Canaanite deity, it is information such as this to which he is referring:

The hypothesis of a Canaanite deity named Yahweh or Yahwi is accepted by some Ancient Near Eastern scholars, although no direct evidence from archeology has been found. The name Yahwi may possibly be found in some male Amorite names. Yahu may be found in a place name.
 It is interesting that people who defend Pagan religion are attempting to suggest that the God of the Bible grew out of Canaanite religion. The truth is, the Canaanites worshiped the bloodthirsty god Ba'al, who demanded child-sacrifice and ritual prostitution to keep himself satiated.

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TSA Porn Kings Update

Philly Inquirer:

Airport passenger screener charged in distributing child pornography
By John Shiffman

Inquirer Staff Writer


TSA officer Thomas Gordon Jr. is being held. (Image: Government Employees (AFGE) union website)

TSA officer Thomas Gordon Jr. is being held.
(Image: Government Employees (AFGE) union website)

A passenger screener at Philadelphia International Airport is facing charges that he distributed more than 100 images of child pornography via Facebook, records show.

Federal agents also allege that Transportation Safety Administration Officer Thomas Gordon Jr. of Philadelphia, who routinely searched airline passengers, uploaded explicit pictures of young girls to an Internet site on which he also posted a photograph of himself in his TSA uniform.

Homeland Security agents arrested the TSA officer March 24, and he is being held without bail.

Although the case was unsealed Thursday, neither the indictment nor the news release mentioned Gordon's job searching airline passengers for TSA.

The arrest comes as TSA grapples with several other incidents involving screeners, including a YouTube video posted last week by parents angry about the pat-down their 6-year-old daughter received at an airport in New Orleans. TSA officials said the pat-down was proper; the parents said the girl was "groped."

Citing privacy rules, TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis would not say if Gordon has been suspended from his job, but noted that he had been in federal custody since his arrest.

"We can assure the public that he is no longer working at the airport," Davis said.

Gordon began working as a TSA screener at the Philadelphia airport in December 2005, Davis said. The airport has 900 screeners, she said.

If convicted of the child pornography charges, Gordon, 46, faces a minimum mandatory sentence of five years. The maximum prison term is 250 years and the top fine is $3.2 million.

Gordon is paid $37,000 annually as a TSA screener, records show. He has no prior criminal record, officials said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Levy, chief of his office's child exploitation unit, declined to comment Friday.

Gordon's lawyer, Elizabeth Toplin, an assistant federal public defender, could not be reached for comment via e-mail or phone late Friday.

Tipped by the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, federal agents began investigating Gordon on March 10, according to an affidavit from a Homeland Security Investigations agent.

The tip allegedly included evidence that Gordon had uploaded five explicit photographs of young girls onto the web site Photobucket.

The federal agent alleged that Gordon's Photobucket account also included a picture of him wearing his blue TSA uniform.

The indictment alleges that Gordon used at least six Facebook accounts and employed multiple names "to upload and store images of sexual exploitation of minor children."

The charges detail 104 illicit photographs allegedly uploaded over four weeks in February.

Authorities also seized from Gordon an HP laptop and a four-gigabyte flash drive that they say contained more than 600 images or movies containing child pornography, according to court filings.

Gordon's job as a TSA screener was in jeopardy last year for unrelated reasons, according to an online newsletter of the American Federation of Government Employees.

Citing a family issue, it said Gordon was having "difficulty maintaining his work schedule." The union lawyer helped convince TSA officials that a change in shift schedule resolved the problem, the newsletter said, and Gordon returned to work.

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Reuters:

US launches first Predator drone strike in Libya

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States launched its first Predator drone strike in Libya on Saturday, the Defense Department said in a statement.
It did not provide details on the target of the strike, saying only that it occurred in the early afternoon local time in Libya.

Gates announced on Thursday that the unmanned aircraft would be used in Libya for Hellfire missile attacks on the forces of leader Muammar Gaddafi.

General James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the U.S. plan called for keeping two patrols of armed Predators above Libya at any given time, permitting better surveillance -- and targeting -- of Gaddafi's forces. The drones are based in the region but typically flown by remote control by pilots in the United States.

The U.S. military has been using other drones to target militants along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan. The drones in Libya were not taken from Afghanistan, U.S. officials said.

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Syria

The Canada Press:

Death toll hits 120 after 2 days of unrest in Syria, human rights group says

..BEIRUT - The death toll from two days of violence in Syria reached 120 Saturday as security forces fired on tens of thousands of mourners who shouted for the regime's downfall during funeral processions, a human rights group said.

The mounting death toll prompted two Syrian lawmakers to resign in disgust over the killings. More than 300 people have been killed since the uprising against autocratic President Bashar Assad began more than five weeks ago.

The lawmakers, Nasser Hariri and Khalil Rifai, are from the southern region of Daraa that unleashed the protest movement in mid-March after teenagers were arrested there for scrawling anti-regime graffiti on a wall.

"If I cannot protect the chests of my people from these treacherous strikes, then there is no meaning for me to stay in the People's Assembly. I declare my resignation," Hariri told Al-Jazeera in an interview.

The resignations were exceedingly rare in Syria, where nearly all opposition figures are either jailed or exiled.

Ammar Qurabi, the head of Syria's National Organization for Human Rights, said 112 people were killed Friday and at least eight on Saturday. Friday was by far the deadliest day of the uprising.

But the bloodshed so far has only served to invigorate protesters whose demands have snowballed from modest reforms to the downfall of Assad. Each Friday, growing numbers of people in multiple cities have taken to the streets despite the near certainty that they would come under swift attack from security forces and shadowy pro-government gunmen known as "shabiha."

The heavy security crackdown on Friday and Saturday came after Assad warned a week ago that any further unrest would be considered "sabotage" after he made the gesture of lifting long-hated emergency laws, a step he ratified on Thursday.

It was a clear sign that regime was prepared to escalate an already bloody response, with nearly 300 already dead in more than five weeks.

The increasing bloodshed has drawn international condemnation.

In Washington on Friday, President Barack Obama condemned the latest use of force by Syria against anti-government demonstrators and said the regime's "outrageous" use of violence against the protesters must "end now."

Unrest was reported Saturday in Douma, a suburb of the capital, the southern village of Izraa and the nearby village of Sheikh Miskeen. The witness account could not be independently confirmed because Syria has expelled journalists and restricted access to trouble spots. They spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

"They prevented us from continuing our way to the cemetery," said the witness in Douma, who said he was among at least 50,000 people taking part in the funerals there.
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The Age:

11 mourners shot dead as Syrians bury their dead
April 24, 2011 - 12:34AM

At least 11 mourners were shot dead on Saturday as Syrians swarmed the streets to bury scores of demonstrators killed in massive protests and two MPs resigned in frustration at the bloodshed.

Activists said the death toll from Friday's nationwide protests could top 100, pending confirmation of a list of names, and expected fresh protests to form after the funerals.

Two independent MPs from the protest hub city of Daraa, Nasser al-Hariri and Khalil al-Rifai, on Saturday told Al-Jazeera television they were quitting parliament in frustration at not being able to protect their constituents.

Friday's deaths signalled no let-up from President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces used live ammunition and tear gas against demonstrators nationwide, witnesses and activists told AFP.

The bloodshed erupted as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets for "Good Friday" protests to test long sought-after freedoms a day after Assad scrapped decades of draconian emergency rule.

The Syrian Revolution 2011, a driving force behind the protests, marked the tone on Saturday by posting on its main Facebook page a black banner with the word "Mourning" in English and Arabic.

It came as tens of thousands of mourners packed buses and headed for the southern town of Ezreh for the funerals of 18 people killed the previous day, a rights activist told AFP by telephone.

Another activist later said "12 martyrs were buried in Ezreh" and that two men -- Yasser Nseirat and Jamal Qanbar -- who were part of the funeral cortege heading for the town were shot dead by security forces.

Other activists spoke of five mourners killed in Ezreh and outside a hospital in Daraa, with the toll expected to rise.

"More than 150 buses left from Daraa and neighbouring villages to attend the funerals of 18 martyrs killed Friday in Ezreh," in Daraa province, an activist requesting anonymity said.

Daraa has been an epicentre of protests against the regime of Assad, who also scrapped the feared state security court on Thursday and signed a decree "to regulate" peaceful protests in the autocratic country.

Snipers also pinned down mourners in the northern Damascus suburb of Douma, killing at least five people on Saturday, a witness and a human rights activist there told AFP.

They opened fire from roof-tops as mourners marched from a local mosque to a cemetery, the sources said, adding that tens of thousands of people took part in the procession.

Activists also reported at least one person shot dead by security forces in the Barzeh district of Damascus.

A group called the Committee of Martyrs of 15 March Revolution issued a list of 82 names of people killed on Friday, but said the toll from the "massacre" could reach 100 as it tried to confirm more deaths.

Amnesty International, citing Syrian activists, said at least 75 people were killed when the "government launched its deadliest crackdown yet on demonstrators" seeking reform.

Friday's toll compared with killings on March 23 in the southern town of Daraa, when activists said 100 people died, Amnesty said.

The largest number of people were killed in Ezreh outside Daraa, and activists expected Saturday's funerals to be followed by a "huge rally against the regime."

Officially, Syria has blamed "armed gangs" for Friday's bloodshed, and state-run SANA news agency said security forces intervened using only tear gas and water cannon to prevent clashes between protesters and passers-by.

Eight people were killed on Friday in Ezreh and 20 others wounded "including security forces in an attack by criminal gangs," SANA said, adding that two policemen had died in Damascus and the central city of Homs.

The violent crackdown drew an international outcry.

Russia, Italy and Greece joined the chorus of condemnation from Washington, Paris, London, Brussels and UN headquarters in New York.

US President Barack Obama blasted Syria's "outrageous" use of violence, accusing Assad's regime of seeking Iran's aid in the brutal crackdown on the pro-democracy movement that erupted in Damascus on March 15.

"Instead of listening to their own people, President Assad is blaming outsiders while seeking Iranian assistance in repressing Syria's citizens through the same brutal tactics that have been used by his Iranian allies."

But a senior official in Damascus, quoted on SANA, rejected the charges, saying Obama's condemnation was "not based on an objective vision of the reality on the ground."

Iran also denied any involvement in putting down the protests.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Assad's government must "respect international human rights" and called for an independent probe into the killings, as France urged Syria to launch a "political dialogue without delay."

Russia, the first of Syria's allies to speak out, urged Damascus to accelerate "broad-scale political, social and economic reforms," saying Moscow views Damascus as its "friend."

Thousands of protesters chanting "freedom, freedom," and calling for the fall of the regime swarmed cities across Syria on Friday from Qamishli in the northeast to Daraa, witnesses said.

Protesters have said the decrees issued on Thursday were insufficient, insisting on the release of political prisoners and dissolution of Syria's security apparatus.

Asia One:

Two Syrian MPs quit parliament over bloodshed
AFP

DAMASCUS - Two Syrian MPs from the protest hub city of Daraa on Saturday told Al-Jazeera television they were quitting parliament in protest at the bloodshed in their country.

"I announce my resignation from parliament," Khalil al-Rifai, a deputy from the southern city said in remarks broadcast by Al-Jazeera.

The satellite channel said he became the second MP from Daraa to quit after Nasser al-Hariri, who earlier announced his resignation also on Al-Jazeera, saying he was frustrated because he could not protect his constituents.

Rifai echoed the sentiment, saying he could not "protect the people who brought me to parliament."

"I urge the president to intervene immediately," said Rifai, who became the first MP to quit since anti-regime protests in the country erupted on March 15.

At least eight people were killed on Saturday in Syria, activists and witnesses said, as tens of thousands took to the streets again to bury scores of people killed in massive anti-regime protests the previous day.

Many of those killed Friday and Saturday fell in the region of Daraa, in the south of the country.

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ACLU files brief supporting Koran-Burning Pastor Terry Jones


Christine Ferretti / The Detroit News
Dearborn— The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan has weighed in on the Terry Jones saga, filing a brief supporting the controversial pastor's right to protest this afternoon in front of a mosque.

In the eight-page brief to the 19th District Court, the ACLU argued that efforts to make Jones pay a peace bond to protest outside the Islamic Center of America constitute prior restraint of his rights to free speech and assembly.

"The ACLU vehemently disagrees with the content of Pastor Jones' speech, but we feel equally strongly that if the First Amendment is tohave any meaning, it must mean that the government cannot suppress free speech because it, or anyone else, disagrees with that speech," ACLU Staff Attorney Jessie Rossman told The Detroit News today. "While we are not representing Pastor Jones, we filed this friend of court brief to help provide additional analysis with respect to the critical constitutional issues at stake here."

Staffers for Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy declined comment.

But prosecutors argued in court today that Jones' protest could compromise public safety because the Ford Road mosque is located in a heavily trafficked area near churches, a senior center and schools. Police also argued that Jones — who has burned a Quran — has had threats against his life.

The city has said Jones can move the protest to other "free speech zones" elsewhere in the city or pay a peace bond — as much as $100,000 — to cover police costs if he demonstrates at the mosque. He refused, setting up today's court battle.

The ACLU's brief argued that the government cannot suppress speech by making Jones pay a bond based on the cost of police services necessary for anticipated actions of others, calling it an "unconstitutional prior restraint of free speech." The group also cites a 1992 Supreme Court ruling that said it's unconstitutional to have a group bear the cost of police protection due to the content of their message.

Former Macomb County Prosecutor Carl Marlinga agreed the procedure being used against Jones runs contrary to Supreme Court precedent.

"There appears to be no evidence, no allegation even that Rev. Jones has made a threat against a person or has made a threat against the property of another," Marlinga said. "The Dearborn Police and Wayne County prosecutor are mixing apples and oranges."

Marlinga said regardless of the outcome of today's trial, Jones will have grounds for legal action. The city is better off if it loses in court today, because they "won't have this mistake to be looking at," Marlinga said.
"Even if you think someone will say something that will inflame a crowd, you cannot use the court process in advance to rule on whether or not a person can speak," he said. "Constitutionally, you just can't do it. You can't say if you don't put up money for a bond we're not going to let you speak."

The fact that the city's ordinance does provide "free speech zones" for people who want to speak out does put them on "stronger ground," he said, but added appellate case law makes it clear they "cannot pigeonhole someone into a free speech zone if they have a valid reason for wanting to conduct speech in a different public place."

Dearborn has tangled with the civil liberties group in the past.

The ACLU sued over a 1989 ordinance that required protesters to secure permits 30 days in advance. The state Court of Appeals sided with the ACLU in 2005.

Several portions of the ordinance have since been changed.
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How To Get McDonald's To Stop The Beating Of White Patron's and Employees Within Their Restaurants

Pick up a phone and tell them you plan on coming in and ordering some food, but first you want to know, "Are there any white people being beaten there currently?"



If enough people do this, I can guarantee you McDonald's will get serious about putting a stop to such violent behavior.
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Terry Jones jailed.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Shariah4America.com - Advocating an American 'Islamic State' and Shariah Law in the United States. 

From Will at The Other News, via Memri:

The English-language website shariah4america.com is a website advocating the establishment of a global Islamic caliphate and shariah law in the United States. It features articles and graphics detailing the dismantling of American and international institutions, such as the United Nations and the White House; American monuments, such as the Statue of Liberty and the Washington Monument; and details the various steps that will take place in economics, law, and foreign policy after the establishment of an "Islamic state."


The website is apparently run by the British Islamist Sheikh Anjem Choudary, who is prominently featured on the various pages. Choudary headed the British group "Islam 4 UK" until it was proscribed as a terrorist organization in 2010. He has also taken part in the activities of "Shariah 4 Belgium," an Islamist group calling for the establishment of Shariah law in Belgium and Holland.The website also features Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad, a Syrian born Islamist cleric who lived in the U.K. for nearly 20 years before leaving for Lebanon. He is currently banned from returning.Following is a description of the website's content:
Home Page
The website's home page includes a banner featuring the text: "Shariah 4 America. A call for revolution" and an image of the American flag in the shape of the continental U.S. being taken over by the banner of Islam. The bottom part of the page features the text: "Communism is dead. Capitalism is dying. Islam is the solution."Below the banner, there is a rotating graphic of featured articles, including "Shariah 4 America Demonstration postponed," a picture of British Islamist Sheikh Anjem Choudary standing in front of the White House, with the banner of Islam hanging from it, and "Fatwa on U.S. intervention in Muslim Lands By Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad," including a picture of U.S. soldiers pointing a gun at the Ka'aba in Mecca.The site currently features 10 articles broken down into sections titled "Shariah," "New York," and "Washington," dealing with the steps that will be taken after the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate in the U.S.

Shariah Section
The "Shariah" section features, among others, the following articles:
- "The End of Israel's U.S. Funding" – discussing the steps to be taken vis-a-vis Israel by the future caliphate. The article includes images of an Israeli submarine flying the banner of Islam, crates of weapons intended for "Palestine," and an eviction notice posted at the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC.
- "Do NOT Obey the Law of the Land" – calling on Muslims to obey shariah law, and not the law of the countries in which they reside, if the former contradicts the latter.

- "The Islamic State: 24 Hours after Implementation" – discussing specific steps that the future Islamic state will take in terms of economics, industry, and foreign policy.

New York Section
The "New York" section of the website includes the following articles:
- "International Shariah Court of Justice (New York)" – An article describing the formation of a future International Islamic court on the site of the "obsolete United Nations." The article features a picture of the U.N. flying the banners of Islam, a picture of the Shariah Court in session – with the banner of Islam and the text "Sovereignty is for none but Allah" and an Islamic speaker on the podium, flanked by armed guards - and a picture announcing the future trials of world leaders like Barack Obama, David Cameron, Benjamin Netanyahu, Hosni Mubarak, and Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi on the charge of "Terrorist War Crimes."

- "The Islamic Demolition of the Statue of Liberty" – An article announcing the demolition of the Statue of Liberty and the construction of the "New York Minaret" – a massive mosque. The article features pictures of the Statue of Liberty wearing traditional Muslim garb, with a picture warning the public that "demolition of the Statue of Liberty is due to begin soon. Explosive charges will be used and so all visitors are advised to steer clear of the building site," and a photo of blueprints for the future "New York Minaret."
Washington Section
The "Washington" section of the Website includes the following articles:
- "The Islamic Punishment for Paedophiles" – An article advocating the Islamic punishment for pedophiles, wherein the accused are "impaled on a sharp spike... and left until death overcomes them... on public display as a vivid warning..." The article features pictures of the Washington Monument, renamed "Paedophile Point … By order of the Islamic Caliph, 2011."
- "The White Masjid" – An article advocating the transformation of the White House into a mosque. The article features pictures of the White House as a mosque, with minarets and domes.Additionally, the website offers a "Media enquiries" contact number (the same number as Anjem Choudary's), and a "Contact" section for individuals or groups interested in participating in a rally for Shariah law outside the White House.Hmmmmm......We don't want to take over your country"?yeah whatevah!Read and see the full story here.
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The Government Can

Catchy little tune with revised lyrics (hat tip to LA Sunsett), but the message is depressing when you think about it:



But who listens to the message or thinks about the consequences anymore? Instead, Americans are all caught up in catchy sound bytes, which serve to dumb down the electorate. And that's how Obama got elected and continues to have adherents.

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Blasphemy Trial For Kurt Westergaard? In Jordan?

Apparently, the possibility exists.

From Vlad Tepes, citing a translation by Fjordman:
Kurt Westergaard could be handed to Jordan for blasphemy trial

...[I]f cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who currently lives virtually as a prisoner in his own home where he has earlier been attacked with an axe by a Muslim man, can potentially be handed over to Jordan if he loses the blasphemy case against him there a few days from now....According to this Arrest Warrant, which very few Europeans have even heard of, a citizen of one European country can be handed over to another country if he is involved in a “serious crime” like racism. This was originally intended as an internal EU thing, but as Bat Ye’or keeps reminding us, these regulations are often expanded to include the EU’s Mediterranean “partners,” that is, the Muslim countries of the Middle East and North Africa, Jordan included....

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Front Page Mag:

About the Birth Certificate
Posted by Benjamin Shapiro

Two days ago, Matt Drudge linked to a new book by Jerome Corsi, unflinchingly titled Where’s the Birth Certificate? The book immediately leapt to number one on Amazon.com, where it has remained ever since. The media has shown its usual incredulity at the indisputable stupidity of the American people. How could so many people question President Obama’s birthplace? How could they wonder about his origins? Are they all simply racist?

The answer, of course, is that Americans are desperately seeking an answer to a simple question: why does President Obama appear to be so un-American? The term un-American here is not synonymous with anti-American (though Obama has been that on occasion); instead, it merely signifies that President Obama is unconcerned with typical American principles and traditions. He sees capitalism as selfish and evil, religion as dangerous and oppressive; he sees the Constitution as antiquated and entrepreneurialism as exploitative. He is the representative of the Fareed Zakaria ideology at work, celebrating the post-American world.

When America elects a president like this, many Americans begin wondering how it happened. There are always two answers to such difficult questions: the first is optimistically externally-oriented, while the second is realistically reflexive. It is far easier to believe that the problem of un-Americanism lies outside our borders, that within we are unified. Hence the oddly persistent belief that politics stops at the water’s edge, that our politicians unify around foreign policy. But that belief has been obsolete since the 1960s; hence the persistent outrage when certain politicians (see Pelosi, Nancy) travel abroad and then criticize their fellow American officeholders (see Bush, George W.). We like to think that if we hang together, we will not hang separately.

Thus the stubborn belief that President Obama is born outside the United States. If he was, the unspoken logic goes, we can understand where he picked up his un-American philosophy. He is not one of us – he is rather a member of the same global community that despises America and tolerates Islamism, that slams American consumerism and praises Chinese communism, that rips evangelical Christianity while ignoring Muslim-imposed clitorectomy. We need not worry about our domestic institutions, goes the line of thought – instead, we must focus on protecting ourselves from foreign infiltration.

More realistically, however, President Obama is the culmination of a century of foreign infiltration already in place. The turning of America’s institutions of higher education took place decades ago; it is too little too late to focus on such infiltration now. Beginning in the early 20th century, America’s colleges and universities were infiltrated by German thought, then thought to be the most sophisticated in the world. That school of thought, a merger of Hegelian utopianism and Marxist classism, quickly infected America’s halls of power. Theodore Roosevelt, always trendy, bought into the new “progressivism” with alacrity, jettisoning the Constitution and capitalism in the process. Bringing this perverse ideology to American shores, Teddy announced, “We of to-day who stand for the Progressive movement here in the United States are not wedded to any particular kind of machinery, save solely as means to the end desired.” This was the philosophy of incipient dictatorship. It was brought to its near-term apex under a college professor, Woodrow Wilson, who thought that the Constitution itself needed to be stripped away.


Even as Wilson and Roosevelt began implementing German philosophy in American government – with disastrous results including the decimation of growing American industries and a bizarre foreign policy focused on global institutions rather than American interests – Europeans abroad began to plan the next step of the American takeover. Members of the Frankfurt School, German philosophers who recognized that class conflict would not take place openly, traveled to the United States, where they proceeded to agitate for an even more extreme version of German Hegelian-Marxism.

Frankfurt School philosophers believed that Marxism had failed to produce widespread transnational class uprisings because societies were already too ensconced in a culture of capitalism. Culture and society themselves had to be destroyed in order to make way for a new brand of equality. And the first step toward such a revolution was destruction of traditional logic, destruction of traditional mores, and destruction of America’s homegrown culture. Men like Herbert Marcuse led the charge here, telling members of President Obama’s generation to make love, not war, and to fight the powers that be. America was cruel, and only by indoctrinating Americans in a new way of thinking could that cruelty be fought.

The philosophy of the Frankfurt School, making an alliance with trendy French post modernism, spread like wildfire through the academic world. Traditional history courses were torn down in favor of “queer” studies, black studies, Asian studies, women’s studies; language was deconstructed in order to remove its capitalistic foundations; traditional sexual mores were torn asunder in the name of “tolerance.”

President Obama was the result. He grew up abroad, to be sure, but he spent most of his educational career right here in the United States, indoctrinated in the traditions of the progressives and the Frankfurt School. Ironically enough, the biggest problem for America arises if President Obama was born here – because if he was, the problem of un-Americanism is now internal rather than external. Perhaps that is why so many Americans wonder about the birth certificate – they hope against hope that President Obama is a symptom of a foreign ill rather than a domestic one. No matter whether Jerome Corsi comes up with evidence of Obama’s foreign birth, however – it is clear that the problem of Obama-esque un-Americanism is now endemic to American culture herself. We have an ideological problem in our midst, and no amount of digging in Kenya and Indonesia is going to solve a problem that now starts right here.

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Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Yemen army officers arrested for backing protest
By AHMED AL-HAJ
The Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen — Authorities in Yemen have moved against military figures who defected from the camp of the country's embattled president to join the opposition, arresting several officers on Friday, according to a military official.

The detentions reflect President Ali Abdullah Saleh's defiance in the face of two months of protests demanding he relinquish power and growing defections by loyalists, tribal allies, ranking government officials and military figures.

The arrests followed a demonstration at al-Anad air base in the southern Lahj province on Tuesday, where dozens of soldiers and airmen joined the calls for the president to step down, said the military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

The official, who holds the rank of a colonel, said several senior officers were detained but would not elaborate.

Human rights groups have said that at least 58 activists and opposition supporters have been detained in the past three weeks, including more than 20 protesters who were injured in clashes with police in Sanaa on Saturday.

Lawyer Abdel-Rahman Berman from the HOOD rights group said two women protesters were abducted on Tuesday by female security agents who forced them into a black car without license plates but a government symbol on its rear window.

Meanwhile, opponents and supporters of Yemen's embattled president marched in cities and towns across the nation for rival rallies after Friday prayers.

In the capital Sanaa and elsewhere, hundreds of thousands chanted against Saleh, while renegade military troops made up defectors provided security to the opposition demonstrations.

Outside the presidential palace in Sanaa, a mass crowd of Saleh's supporters carried banners reading: "Friday's Reconciliation."

The demonstrators wore loyalists badges depicting Saleh, or showing the president and his son who runs the Republican Guard, or badges of Saleh and a nephew who commands the special presidential forces.

Rival rallies for and against Saleh have taken place every Friday since massive street protests against his 32 years in power broke out in mid February, inspired by uprisings across the Arab world.

In the southern city of Taiz — an opposition hotbed — a massive crowd also gathered Friday to demand Saleh step down.

Reinforcements of Republican Guard units and special forces were deployed in positions overlooking the protest in Sanaa, as well as around the Foreign Ministry and sensitive military headquarters.

Opposition activist Walid al-Ammari said Friday's demonstration, with the participation of huge number of women, was "a message to this ruler (Saleh) to step down immediately without any promises of immunity from trial."

Saleh and the opposition are considering a Gulf Arab nations' proposal to end the country's crisis.

The draft calls on Saleh to hand over power to a successor of his choice and leave within a month, safe from the possibility of prosecution. The opposition wants him to leave immediately and the talks with the Gulf Cooperation Council representatives have failed to break new ground.

Saleh has over the past two months used violence to try to quell the unrest, with his security forces killing nearly 130 protesters so far. He has also offered concessions, including a pledge not to run again for president or allow his son to succeed him, but to no avail.

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Voice of America:

25 Killed After Syrian Forces Fire on Protesters

Witnesses and rights activists say at least 25 people have been killed in Syria after security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters in several cities Friday.

The reports say the majority of deaths occurred in the southern Daraa region, a hotbed for recent demonstrations. News agencies say witnesses have also reported deaths in the region of the capital, Damascus, and in the central city of Homs.

Thousands of protesters across the country took to the streets after Friday prayers, and security forces responded by firing tear gas and live ammunition.

The rallies against President Bashar al-Assad's government came one day after the president signed a decree ending almost 50 years of emergency rule. The decree was part of his effort to end anti-government unrest.

Witnesses say protesters at some rallies chanted "freedom" as they called for an end to Mr. Assad's rule.

Syria's state-run news agency says police and security forces responded with tear gas and hoses on Friday after "scuffles" erupted between demonstrators and citizens.

A Facebook page calling for people to join the rallies called them the "Good Friday" protests, a reference to the holy day when Christians believe Christ was crucified and died in Jerusalem. A website image shows Christian and Muslim images together with the words "one heart, one hand, one goal."

Amnesty International said Friday's demonstrations could be the largest yet in Syria. The group says a government crackdown on protests has killed at least 228 people since last month.

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Two Black Women Beat White Woman Until She Has a Seizure - Not One of the Black People In The Restaurant Show The Least Bit of Concern

This is a hate crime. Sickening to witness. The commentary is almost as horrifying as the beating itself.

"She's bleeding, Yo! She's having a fucking seizure on the fucking floor. Y'all better go before the Police come."



I'm sure I will be criticized with the requisite, "But Pastorius, the Manager tried to help out."

But, let's face it, that Manager acted like he was trying to help. I do not believe, for a second, that he could not have stopped those two women if he had really wanted to do so. In the end, it was not his actions, but the threat of the Police coming which caused the two women to leave.

This woman had no hope of anyone seeing her as an equal human being deserving of protection.

Do I think all the people in this restaurant hate white people? No. I don't. However, I do believe Group Think is very big in the Black Community. I think Black People perceive themselves as a group apart, and have an us against the world mentality.

This mentality is, I am sure, the result of many years of oppression, and the lack of trust in others which would naturally come from having the rug yanked out from underneath oneself, personally and as a group, many times over.

However, no amount of oppression gives one license to stand by and watch a fellow human being while they are mercilessly beaten into a seizure.
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If the treatment of blacks isn't bad enough, then there is this. Libyan rebels chanting Allahuackbar as they saw off a Libyan soldier's head.

You may want to consider this as you escalate and send in the drones Mr President.

THESE are what you are protecting.

h/t Jawa

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So now the Fed decides where you can build a plant

Washington Examiner:

Federal labor board seeks to ground Boeing
Examiner Editorial 04/21/11 8:05 PM

Can federal bureaucrats tell a private company where to build a factory?

Members of President Obama's National Labor Relations Board think they can. In a decision that even the New York Times is describing as "highly unusual for the federal government," Lafe Solomon, who was appointed to the board by Obama, filed a complaint on behalf of the NLRB on Wednesday seeking to force the Boeing Co. to build an assembly line in Washington state instead of South Carolina. The NLRB action stems from Boeing's October 2009 decision to build a new factory for its new 787 Dreamliner airplane near Charleston, S.C. Boeing first sought to build the new plant near its existing facility in Puget Sound, but negotiations with the International Association of Machinists broke down when the union refused to agree to a long-term no-strike clause. The IAM had struck four times since 1989, costing Boeing at least $1.8 billion in revenue.

That's when Boeing chose South Carolina, a right-to-work state where, unlike Washington, workers are not forced to join unions. As a result of this policy, only 6.2 percent of South Carolinians belong to unions. Construction of Boeing's new Charleston factory is nearly complete, and the company has already hired more than 1,000 new employees, drawn mostly from within the immediate region. And back in Washington, Boeing has actually increased employment at its Puget Sound plant by 2,000 workers. But that isn't good enough for the IAM or the Obama White House. After suffering major defeats in Wisconsin and Ohio, the labor movement is looking for a scalp. Obama's NLRB is trying to turn Boeing into one.

The NLRB is hanging its case on a senior Boeing official's statement to the Seattle Times that "The overriding factor [in transferring the line] ... was that we cannot afford to have a work stoppage, you know, every three years." The NLRB absurdly claims this is "unlawful employer speech" that infringes on "a worker's fundamental" right to strike. But the Supreme Court has long held that firms may consider the economic effect of strikes when making business decisions. Also, Boeing's existing collective bargaining agreement with the IAM allows Boeing to build facilities at other locations. An administrative law judge will hear Boeing's objection to the NLRB's complaint June 14, so there still is hope sanity will prevail. But a decision in favor of the IAM would be a disaster not just for Boeing, but for American workers everywhere. A ruling in favor of Obama's NLRB would make it presumptively illegal for any unionized firm to invest in a right-to-work state.

At first, this would mainly hurt right-to-work states, as they would no longer be able to lure new businesses from existing unionized firms. But over the long run, this policy would hurt unions and all Americans. Why would any domestic company choose to build a factory in a forced-union state if it knew that meant it could never expand to a right-to-work state? Why would any international firm invest anywhere in this country if it knew the White House would favor political allies?

The NLRB isn't protecting workers, it is setting them up for eventual unemployment.

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Islamophobes in Michigan Assert Muslims More Violent Than the Rest of Us

From Rusty at The JawaReport:

I am constantly being called an Islamophobe because I don't like religious law and I have the audacity to suggest that political Islam might be a causal factor in the majority of today's terrorism.Okay, if I get this story right then:
A) Terry Jones, the Quran burning pastor is holding a protest in Dearborn, Michigan, a city with one of the highest Muslim populations in the US.
B) The city is worried that Muslims might riot in response.
C) So, the city says it will only give Jones a permit if he posts a bond to cover additional security measures.
D) Jones is refusing to pay the bond and faces jail time.
So, if I'm reading all of this right .....Then the City of Dearborn is saying that Muslims are like children in that they can't help but rioting when they get offended? Jones is following the law and exercising his right to protest, while those he's protesting against can't be trusted to do the same? 
The city is in fact asserting as a matter beyond dispute that Muslims are less responsible than other citizens. If this is the case, then why isn't the so-called "Muslim community" being forced to pay the bond? They are the ones the city alleges will be breaking the law, so why shouldn't they be the ones paying for extra police protection?
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Irony

The Truth of Islamic Slavery, it's practices, beliefs and attitudes it engenders toward blacks, is well known by anyone who bothers to read beyond the MSNBC and their minions. Certainly by anyone who reads IBA or JihadWatch or Atlas.

But our worldly low-level socialist agitator in chief knows nothing of it. And so U.S. forces protect the very people who would believe he is less than them because of his skin tone.

Tell me America, and all you idiots who think we belong in Libya, on top of everything else. . .

. . .didn't we already fight a war to abolish this sort of thing?

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Libyan Rebels Terrorize Black Africans

Posted by Stephen Brown

One of the least known aspects of the current Libyan conflict is its brutal, racial component. Media reports claim Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is using black African mercenaries in his war against the rebels. In retaliation, the insurgents have targeted in violent attacks African immigrant workers living in Libya, from whom, the rebels believe, Gaddafi is recruiting his mercenaries. Before the uprising began, an estimated 1.5 million Africans resided in Libya, many as low-paid labourers, but the violence has caused a large number to flee the country or to go into hiding.

Beatings, kidnappings, robbery and even executions are among the crimes the rebels are accused of committing against immigrant Africans and suspected black mercenaries. Videos have emerged showing the rebels’ irrational and inhuman cruelty towards Africans. One is of a beheading in Benghazi, the rebel stronghold, of a blood-covered man “suspended upside-down.” Hundreds of onlookers are cheering and filming the savagery to shouts of “Allahu Akbar.” One is heard commenting on the victim’s African looks. Another video shows an alleged African mercenary being mercilessly beaten.

“Thousands of Africans have come under attack and lost their homes and possessions during the recent fighting,” a human rights official told the Los Angeles Times. “A lot of Africans have been caught up in this mercenary hysteria.”

But another, more sinister motive lurks behind the current rebel “African hunt” than just Gaddafi’s disturbing use of African mercenaries to put down the rebellion. The ferocious animosity Libyan rebels are showing toward black Africans is actually rooted in a deeply embedded, centuries-old Arab racism the war has inflamed.

This racism has its roots in the institution of Islamic slavery. From the seventh century to the twentieth, it is estimated 14 million black Africans were violently enslaved and transported under harsh conditions to countries around the Islamic world. Due to the blackness of the slave’s skin combined with his menial work and chattel status, Africans became synonymous in Arab eyes with inferiority and even something less than human. And since the Islamic world experienced no abolition movement, let alone a civil war like America’s, that attempted to establish the black slave’s humanity, he continued to remain sub-human in the Arab world view — as Africans today often point out.

One of these Africans is Dutch-Somali writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali. In her highly acclaimed book, Infidel, Ali experienced the Arabs’ persistent and dehumanizing racist attitude toward black Africans and its Islamic slavery base when attending school in Saudi Arabia. Her Egyptian teacher, Ali recounts, would always hit her, the only African child in the class, with a ruler, calling her “aswad abda,” black slave-girl. Ali writes: “To be a foreigner (in Saudi Arabia), and moreover a black foreigner, meant, you were scarcely human, unprotected: fair game.”

Even the word Arabs use today for black Africans, both Muslim and non-Muslim, is ‘abeed’, or slave. Besides serving as an Arab insult for Africans, this derogatory term reflects the thinking on the part of some Arabs that blacks are still fit only for slavery.

The treatment of Africans in other Arab countries besides Saudi Arabia almost corresponds to that of an “abeed.” African columnist Naiwu Osahon writes: “In Algeria, Arabs throw stones at black people, including diplomats, in market places.”

“In Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Mauritania and the rest of the Arab world, Africans are treated like scum,” Osahon continues. “…Blacks in those countries cannot aspire to positions of respect or authority. There are hardly any Africans in high government positions in Arab governed countries…It is simply a way of life that’s all. Blacks do not really exist or at best are not human.”

But Arab racism today takes its strongest and cruelest form towards Africans in the form of the slave trade. In Mauritania, for example, slavery has been abolished about six times, but everything stays the same. An estimated 500,000 Africans still remain the property of Arab masters. Sudan also saw several hundred thousand black Africans enslaved in southern Sudan by northern Arabs during the jihad that lasted from 1989 until President Bush negotiated a peace agreement in 2005.

One of these “abeed,” Francis Bok, was captured as a seven-year-old boy in a slave raid. Bok served a brutal Arab master for ten years before escaping and eventually making his way to freedom in the United States.

“They (the Arabs) attacked villages of the south with the kind of ferocity and cruelty that only religion can inspire, enslaving and killing people like me and my family as if we were not human,” Bok wrote in his memoir, Escape From Slavery.

Yemen and Mali also have slave trades. In northern Mali, the Berber-descended Touareg tribe has black slaves it has inherited “from one generation to the next.” In Yemen’s interior, tribes there also possess African slaves. Again, some are descendants of “abeed” bought generations ago, while others are recent arrivals. In Mali, the government has signed international agreements on slavery but with little obvious effect.

And this abomination of Islamic slavery, upon which Arab racism rests, will be difficult to eradicate. It is an ingrained, centuries-old institution that is also legal under sharia law and, according to historian Bernard Lewis, “elaborately regulated.” The case of Cairo University professor Dr. Abu Zayd, an Islamic theologian, indicates the dangers and complications of challenging sharia law’s slavery provisions. When Zayd contended that “keeping slave girls and taxing non-Muslims” was contrary to Islam, he was declared an apostate and a sharia court forcibly divorced him from his wife. He later fled to Europe to escape Islamic extremists who now wanted to kill him because of his apostate status.

The current “mercenary hysteria” does not represent the first outburst of Arab racism resulting in the deaths of Africans in Libya. In 2000, blamed by officials for the high crime rate, dozens of Africans “were targeted during street killings.” In response to the killings, the Libyan government was censured by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination over “Libya’s practices of racial discrimination against dark-skinned migrants and refugees.”

Although he is using black Africans to stay in power, Gaddafi has himself treated Africans appallingly in the past. At one time, he had 200 Nigerians on death row in his prisons. When he was chairman of the African Union, Gadaffi was also accused of the extra-judicial executions of 40 other Nigerians. The victims apparently were not tried in a proper court and were subjected to torture. In Benghazi, the rebels’ home base, guards in a Libyan prison were accused in 2009 of opening fire on Somali prisoners, killing 20.

The latest horrific persecution of black Africans in Libya will most likely cause a loss of sympathy for the rebels in sub-Saharan Africa despite the African Union’s silence. There is already a dislike among Africans for Arabs due to Islamic slavery’s cruel past and present-day Arab racism. An irony is the black mercenaries the rebels are persecuting may not even be foreigners but rather dark-skinned Libyans from southern Libya. But that probably wouldn’t make any difference, since the kind of savagery the rebels are visiting on black Africans is not based on politics but rather on an irrational and bestial racist hatred for a category people that have been dehumanized.

Even worse for the rebels, present and past Libyan racism may cause some Africans still in Libya to heed Gaddafi’s hiring call for mercenaries, if they haven’t already, and pick up a gun both for both personal gain and revenge. Beaten, robbed and humiliated, their hatred for the Arab Libyan would make them just the kind of people Gaddafi wants to deal with the rebels. They will need no urging to return cruelty for cruelty.

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