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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Ahmed Mohammed and The Flying Imams - Everything You Wanted To Know About Ahmed's "Clock"


Click on the titles to get everything you need to know:

Terrible, Mean, Ignorant Infidels Arrest Young Innocent Muslim Boy Over Nothing But Making a "Clock" ... That Just So Happened to Look Like a Bomb - OBAMA INVITES THE LITTLE PRICK TO THE WHITE HOUSE


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Washington Post: Obama says he supports Ahmed Mohamed, but his policies don’t


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Hoax Bomb: Here's the Statute Ahmed Mohammed Was Suspected of Having Violated, and Why Pastorius is a "Racist"


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Cowboys and Muslims


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Bill Maher - Ahmed's "Clock" Block


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Moshe Gafni doesn't like the Temple Mount

Or, put another way, you could say he's a Haredhimmi:
The ultra-Orthodox chairman of the Knesset’s Finance Committee, Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) on Thursday sharply criticized Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home), calling him “a real damage” for having visited Temple Mount this week.

Speaking at a session of the committee held in Kfar Hamakabiyah, in central Israel, Gafni said “I protest his going up to the Temple Mount. He should start tending to the issues of his ministry instead of going to the Temple Mount.”

“With such an agriculture minister I feel I’m in the Diaspora. [He’s] totally redundant. A real damage,” Gafni said.
I think Gafni himself is redundant, and has been for a long time. He clearly sees Jews as the problem, and not Islamofascism. This is classic victim blaming in motion.
According to ultra-Orthodox news website Kikar Hashabat, Jewish Home officials said in response that Gafni “should do what he does best, that is being a schnorrer.” The term, which means scrounger, was an apparent reference to the assertion that many in the ultra-Orthodox community do not do national service and are heavily supported by state benefits.
Gafni is a disgrace, representing the kind who won't serve in the military or show any appreciation to the men and women working hard for his security. He does not belong in the Knesset. IMO, he disrespects the Temple Mount, and clearly sees nothing wrong with having Islamofascists up there who're doing everything they can to destroy the Jewish heritage there.
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Ahmed’s Family And Activists Create Fund Seeking $100,000, Despite The Fact That His Father Owns Four Businesses


Link:
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, an avid inventor and robotics enthusiast, brought a home made clock to school to impress his engineering teacher. Instead of receiving praise, Ahmed was escorted out in handcuffs after school officials alerted the police of a suspicious device they thought looked like a bomb. 
The funds will be used to help Ahmed further his education and to help other curious students like him interested in STEM fields have access to MakerSpaces where they can use high tech equipment like 3D Printers, CNC Machines, and all sorts of other cool stuff. 
We cannot undo the the fear and frustration Ahmed felt when being interrogated by police and walking out in handcuffs. This moment will forever impact his life. But let’s show him that he is not alone and we support his love for engineering and inventing. 
At a time when our nation lags behind the world in math and sciences, these funds will help him continue his education and reach his potential. Young curious minds are not a threat. 
As a nation, let’s support our youth in increasing their competitiveness in science and technology development because this is what will make out country strong.
All this despite the fact that Ahmed's father, Mohammed Elhassan is a successful businessman.

From Okay Africa:
In Texas, he started out as a pizza delivery man before becoming a taxi driver and ultimately launching his own business ventures– he owns a computer repair shop in Irving, Texas (perhaps where his son gets his tech acuity from), a cab company called Jet Taxi, a medical emergency transport company called Paradise Prime Investments, and the solar energy business AlSufi International in Sudan. He also served as self-elected president of the small Sufi Muslim AlSufi center in Irving.
In fact Mohammed Elhassan's company Jet Taxi was comprised of 200 TAXIS.

That's a pretty fucking successful Taxi company:
Mohamed’s journey in America has taken him from selling hot dogs on the street corners of New York City to driving cabs in Dallas before he went on to own a cab company. The company grew to 200 drivers in the ranks before he sold Jet Taxi to Yellow Cab.
Remember what I said: Ahmed Mohammed and his "Clock" are the equivalent of the Flying Imams
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UPDATED TWO SUSPECTS WITH MUSLIM FACIAL HAIR ARRESTED - Suspect Arrested In Arizona Freeway Shootings - Weapon That He Owns Is "Forensically-Linked To the Shootings"

Leslie Allen Merritt, Jr. 

From CNN:
A SWAT team arrested a suspect in Phoenix's highway shootings after investigators connected his handgun to four of 11 incidents, authorities said. 
The suspect has been "forensically linked" to the first four shootings along Interstate 10 in downtown Phoenix, said Col. Frank Milstead, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. 
"The weapon and the man we believe to be responsible for what started this spree in Arizona is in custody," Milstead said. 
Authorities got a break in the case after a 9 mm handgun was pawned, City Councilman Sal DiCiccio said. 
The pawnshop's owner alerted authorities after he realized it was the same type used in the highway shootings. Lab results showed it was the same gun used in four shootings, authorities said.
UPDATE - Thanks to Anonymous:

The grooming pattern of his facial hair... Notice the lack of mustache while a beard is visible.
******
FWIW:

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Trim closely the mustache, and let the beard flow (Grow).” [Narrated Ibn Umar (R.A), Sahih Muslim, Hadith no. 498]
“Rasulullah (PBUH) ordered us to trim the mustache closely and spare the beard” says Ibn Umar.– Muslim, Hadith no. 449-

prophet Muhammad (PBUH)said: “Act against contrary to the polythesists, trim closely the mustache and grow the beard.”– Reported by Ibn Umar (R.A.) in Muslim, Hadith no. 500

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said “Trim closely the mustache and grow the beard.”– Reported by Abu Hurairah (R.A.) in Muslim, Hadith no. 501

Abu Hurayrah said: I heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “The fitrah is five things – or five things are part of the fitrah – circumcision, shaving the pubes, trimming the mustache, cutting the nails and plucking the armpit hairs.”
Bukhari 5891; Muslim 527

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UPDATE II 



Heavy: Another Suspect,Oscar De La Torre Munoz, Was Arrested On Unrelated Charges But Later Let Go
(note: same facial hair pattern)

Merritt's dad vehemently denies his sons involvement. I'd like to know if Munoz and Merritt are acquainted and how...and if they are acquainted with any local dawa centers recently. Merritt has children & a criminal record that includes a restraining order. Did he seek answers to dealing with 'uncooperative' spouses/gf under the misogynist tent?


UPDATE III - This is the same man who was detained and released several days ago.
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Bill Maher - Ahmed's "Clock" Block



Bill Maher agrees with me.

Mark Cuban agrees with me.

Hell, even Chris Matthews agrees with me.
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Hungarian gov spokesperson "Migrants are not peaceful, they carry a very clear danger"

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Cowboys and Muslims


This is a comment AOW read on another blog and sent to me. I think it is an important idea to understand and consider:
Ahmed is playing Cowboys and Indians variant called Muslims and Infidels. 
(IT COULD VERY WELL BE THAT) An adult built the device which is why Ahmed couldn't explain it. 
The Hoax IED is routine part of the IED cycle of recon and test defenses and response, also routine part of Arab's taunting the enemy with fakes, feints and above all- Soccer Mom's - by sending children to play at war with the Infidel. We dealt with this daily overseas. 
The equivalent - Soccer Mom's - would be sending American kids to wave toy but realistic looking pistols at the police. Here we see strong cultural differences. Must mention their culture is stronger in this regard. 
The price of inclusiveness in for instance the precious schools of Ahmed and the Jihad Little Rascals is Ahmed will be playing Cowboys and Muslims. 
Most children's games are to prepare for adulthood and the Muslim kids no different. 
The positive side in all this is your kids will learn to play Cowboy side of Cowboys and Muslims at an early age. In a way this is nature's corrective to Soccer Mommy-ing. With some attrition of course they'll be much tougher. 
If you think I'm cynical wait until you hear your Sons explaining this to you. Just wait.
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Band of Horses Live

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Wilco Live

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Hoax Bomb: Here's the Statute Ahmed Mohammed Was Suspected of Having Violated


"Suspicious" "Threat"

From Ben Shapiro:
Here’s the statute Ahmed Mohammed authorities originally suspected Mohammed of violating (Texas Penal Code Section 46.08): 
(a) A person commits an offense if the person knowingly manufactures, sells, purchases, transports, or possesses a hoax bomb with intent to use the hoax bomb to: 
(1) make another believe that the hoax bomb is an explosive or incendiary device; or 
(2) cause alarm or reaction of any type by an official of a public safety agency or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies. 
(b) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor. Nobody said Mohammed built an actual bomb. 
They suspected that he had wanted to frighten or alarm officials with a hoax-bomb. When they found out he didn’t intend to do that, they released him. Given the limited evidence available, this is not far-fetched. 
Again, where was the engineering teacher to vouch for Mohammed’s story? 
Why didn’t Mohammed simply explain himself? 
The police said that initially, it was “not immediately evident” that the clock-in-a-case was a class experiment – perfectly plausible, given that Mohammed built the clock-in-a-case voluntarily, without assignment, and in conjunction with no science fair. 
According to the cops, Ahmed was significantly more cooperative with friendly media than with the police who came to ask some simple questions. That’s probably not a coincidence. Ahmed’s father, as Pamela Geller points out, is an anti-Islamophobia media gadfly. He routinely returns to Sudan to run for president; he has debated anti-Koran Florida pastor Terry Jones, partially in order to bring his children to Disneyworld. 
In 2011, the Washington Post wrote of him: 
Elhassan, a native of the Sudan who is now an American citizen, likes to call himself a sheik. He wears a cleric’s flowing white robes and claims hundreds of followers throughout Egypt, Sudan and in the United States. But he is unknown as a scholar or holy man in the state he has called home for two decades. Religious leaders in Texas say they have never heard of Elhassan, including the imam at the mosque where he worships.   
It’s no surprise that Ahmed Mohammed’s dad ran to the cameras at the first opportunity. It’s also no surprise that the terror-connected Council on American-Islamic Relations arrived to push the Islamophobia narrative immediately.
Ahmed is working on his next "invention": He calls it,

"A Lunch Box"

Islamophobes like Pastorius call it a "Suitcase Nuke"
Just so you know, that's cuz Pastorius is a racist. 

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OBAMA PICKS OPENLY GAY MAN TO LEAD ARMY


From the Washington Post:
As Army secretary, Fanning will be teamed with Gen. Mark Milley, who took over in August as the Army’s top general, the chief of staff. The two men will assume responsibility for the Pentagon’s largest and most troubled service.
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Washington Post: Obama says he supports Ahmed Mohamed, but his policies don’t



Epa? Are you starting to understand?

From the Washington Post:
What happened to Ahmed Mohamed could happen to any American Muslim. 
On Monday, the 14-year-old was surrounded by five uniformed police officers, handcuffed and sent to a detention center after he brought a homemade clock to his high school in Irving, Tex. He had previously built radios, and even a Bluetooth speaker. 
But this time, his creativity was rewarded with a three-day suspension from school, a sentence decried across the nation: Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton encouraged Ahmed to keep innovating. Technology titans Google, Facebook and Twitter invited Ahmed to their headquarters. 
And President Obama invited Ahmed to the White House. 
But the counter-extremism policies that Obama supports seem to encourage such severe responses to normal behavior in Muslim youth. While it’s easy to dispel Ahmed’s case and what happened in Irving as an aberration, fear and demonization of American Muslims is the norm. 
At a White House summit in February, Obama championed the Department of Homeland Security’s “countering violent extremism” program, which calls on teachers, faith leaders and neighbors to suss out early indicators of extremism and report them to law enforcement. 
This federal initiative, which largely targets Muslim communities, was piloted in Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Boston, and it is now proliferating across the country.
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Hungary is OFFICIALLY Charging the Croatian Government with Human Smuggling



From Sky News:
Hungary has confiscated a Croatian train that tried to transport 1,000 migrants into the country - describing its arrival as a breach of EU law. 
Budapest said 40 police officers accompanying the 1,000 migrants were disarmed and sent back to their homeland during the "major, major incident" - though Croatia denied weapons had been taken. 
The migrants are being transferred from the town of Magyarboly to a reception camp, while Hungary claimed it had arrested the train driver. 
Hungary has stated repeatedly that it will charge such migrants with illegal entry and expel them back to the country from which they arrived. 
The train's seizure is the latest development in a spat between Croatia and Hungary which has left the fate of thousands of migrants uncertain. 
Croatia's foreign minister, Vesna Pusic, had told Sky News that the countries had agreed "to provide a corridor", adding that "all these people want to go to Germany or northern Europe". 
But Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs told Sky News' Mark Stone this was a "lie". More than 4,000 migrants were sent from Croatia to Hungary on Friday after officials in Zagreb said the country did not have capacity to accommodate the 17,000 who had arrived since Wednesday.
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Friday, September 18, 2015

Drive By Truckers
Never Gonna Change



The Righteous Path



Panties In Your Purse


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UPDATED - Ahmed Mohammed Did Not "Invent" a Clock - He Didn't Even Build a Clock - He Just Took a Clock Apart and Put It Part of the Way Back Together



An Engineer breaks down Ahmed's clock:
This story about a 14 year old boy in Texas that was arrested on suspicion of creating a bomb hoax (who, apparently just wanted to show off his latest electronics project to his teachers) that has blown up (no pun intended) all over the news and social media, caught my attention immediately. Not because of his race, or his religion, the seeming absurdity of the situation, the emotionally charged photo of a young boy in a NASA t-shirt being led off in hand cuffs, the hash tags, the presidential response… no, none of that. 
I’m an electronics geek. I was interested in the clock! I wanted to figure out what he had come up with. 
I found the highest resolution photograph of the clock I could. Instantly, I was disappointed. 
Somewhere in all of this – there has indeed been a hoax. Ahmed Mohamed didn’t invent his own alarm clock. He didn’t even build a clock. 
Now, before I go on and get accused of attacking a 14 year old kid who’s already been through enough, let me explain my purpose. I don’t want to just dissect the clock. I want to dissect our reaction as a society to the situation. Part of that is the knee-jerk responses we’re all so quick to make without facts. So, before you scroll down and leave me angry comments, please continue to the end (or not – prove my point, and miss the point, entirely!) 
For starters, one glance at the printed circuit board in the photo, and I knew we were looking at mid-to-late 1970s vintage electronics. Surely you’ve seen a modern circuit board, with metallic traces leading all over to the various components like an electronic spider’s web. You’ll notice right away the highly accurate spacing, straightness of the lines, consistency of the patterns. That’s because we design things on computers nowadays, and computers assist in routing these lines. 
Take a look at the board in Ahmed’s clock. It almost looks hand-drawn, right? That’s because it probably was. Computer aided design was in its infancy in the 70s. This is how simple, low cost items (like an alarm clock) were designed. Today, even a budding beginner is going to get some computer aided assistance – in fact they’ll probably start there, learning by simulating designs before building them. You can even simulate or lay out a board with free apps on your phone or tablet. A modern hobbyist usually wouldn’t be bothered with the outdated design techniques. There’s also silk screening on the board. An “M” logo, “C-94” (probably, a part number – C might even stand for “clock”), and what looks like an American flag. More about that in a minute. Point for now being, a hobbyist wouldn’t silk screen logos and part numbers on their home made creation. It’s pretty safe to say already we’re looking at ’70s tech, mass produced in a factory. 
So I turned to eBay, searching for vintage alarm clocks. It only took a minute to locate Ahmed’s clock.

See this eBay listing, up at the time of this writing. Amhed’s clock was invented, and built, by Micronta, a Radio Shack subsidary. Catalog number 63 756. 
The shape and design is a dead give away. The large screen. The buttons on the front laid out horizontally would have been on a separate board – a large snooze button, four control buttons, and two switches to turn the alarm on and off, and choose two brightness levels. A second board inside would have contained the actual “brains” of the unit. 
The clock features a 9v battery back-up, and a switch on the rear allows the owner to choose between 12 and 24 hour time. (Features like a battery back-up, and a 24 hour time selection seems awful superfluous for a hobby project, don’t you think?) 
Oh, and about that “M” logo on the circuit board mentioned above? Micronta. 
For one last bit of confirmation, I located the pencil box Ahmed used for his project. During this video interview he again claims it was his “invention” and that he “made” the device – but the important thing at the moment, at 1:13, we see him showing the pencil box on his computer screen. Here it is on Amazon, where it’s clearly labeled as being 8.25 inches wide. Our eBay seller also conveniently took a photo of the clock next to a ruler to show it’s scale – about 8 inches wide. The dimensions all line up perfectly. 
So there you have it folks, Ahmed Mohamad did not invent, nor build a clock. He took apart an existing clock, and transplanted the guts into a pencil box, and claimed it was his own creation. 
It all seems really fishy to me. 
me> If we accept the story about “inventing” an alarm clock is made up, as I think I’ve made a pretty good case for, it’s fair to wonder what other parts of the story might be made up, not reported factually by the media, or at least, exaggerated. 
I refer back again to this YouTube video interview with Ahmed. He explains that he closed up the box with a piece of cord because he didn’t want it to look suspicious. I’m curious, why would “looking suspicious” have even crossed his mind before this whole event unfolded, if he was truly showing off a hobby project, something so innocuous as an alarm clock. Why did he choose a pencil box, one that looks like a miniature briefcase no less, as an enclosure for a clock? 
It’s awful hard to see the clock with the case closed. On the other hand, with the case open, it’s awful dangerous to have an exposed power transformer sitting near the snooze button (unless, perhaps his invention was to stop serial-snooze-button pressers by giving them a dangerous electrical shock!) 
So again, I’m pointing all this out – about the specifics of the clock – not to pick on the poor kid. I’m picking on us, our culture, and our media. I don’t even care about the clock itself at this point. 
If we stop and think – was it really such a ridiculous reaction from the teacher and the police in the first place? How many school shootings and incidents of violence have we had, where we hear afterwards “this could have been prevented, if only we paid more attention to the signs!” Teachers are taught to be suspicious and vigilant. 
Ahmed wasn’t accused of making a bomb – he was accused of making a look-alike, a hoax. 
And be honest with yourself, a big red digital display with a bunch of loose wires in a brief-case looking box is awful like a Hollywood-style representation of a bomb. 
Everyone jumped to play the race and religion cards and try and paint the teachers and police as idiots and bigots, but in my mind, they were probably acting responsibly and erring on the side of caution to protect the rest of their students, just in case. 
“This wouldn’t have happened if Ahmed were white,” they say. We’re supposed to be sensitive to school violence, but apparently religious and racial sensitivity trumps that. At least we have another clue about how the sensitivity and moral outrage pecking order lies. Because, is it possible, that maybe, just maybe, this was actually a hoax bomb? A silly prank that was taken the wrong way? 
That the media then ran with, and everyone else got carried away? Maybe there wasn’t even any racial or religious bias on the parts of the teachers and police. I don’t know any of these things. But I’m intellectually mature enough to admit I don’t know, and to also be OK with that. 
I don’t feel a need to take the first exist to conclusionville. But I do like to find facts where I can, and prefer to let them lead me to conclusions, rather than a knee jerk judgement based on a headline or sound bite. 
I think the whole event – and our collective response, with everybody up to the President chiming in, says a whole lot about us. We don’t care that none of us were there and knows what happened, we jump to conclusions and assume we’re experts. 

EPASEZ:

PASTORIUS SAYS:


UPDATE 

Here’s another interesting factoid, from Jonathan Langdale. The Micronta clock has previously been used as the clock part of a bomb in bombings in the past, for example this bombing of, an Air India flight on the way to Canada killing 329 people.
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Where Holocaust Denial is legal, but Doubting Climate Change shall not be

Since 2010 we have seen repression, American style via the IRS actions over the Tea Party’s success at the voting booth and at the grassroots level. The IRS punishes by process, trials not needed.
And now we take that which is supposed to honor fact and data taking the part of those curing by force those who find the theories of climate change to be short of the definition of the word, THEOREM.


The science on global warming is settled, so settled that 20 climate scientists are asking President Barack Obama to prosecute people who disagree with them on the science behind man-made global warming.
Scientists from several universities and research centers even asked Obama to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to prosecute groups that “have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change.”
RICO was a law designed to take down organized crime syndicates, but scientists now want it to be used against scientists, activists and organizations that voice their disagreement with the so-called “consensus” on global warming. The scientists repeated claims made by environmentalists that groups, especially those with ties to fossil fuels, have engaged in a misinformation campaign to confuse the public on global warming.
“The actions of these organizations have been extensively documented in peer-reviewed academic research and in recent books,” the scientists wrote.
But these riled up academics aren’t the first to suggest using RICO to go after global warming skeptics. The idea was first put forward by Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who argued using RICO was effective at taking down the tobacco industry.
“In 1999, the Justice Department filed a civil RICO lawsuit against the major tobacco companies… alleging that the companies ‘engaged in and executed — and continue to engage in and execute — a massive 50-year scheme to defraud the public, including consumers of cigarettes, in violation of RICO,’” Whitehouse wrote in the Washington Post in May.
This year has been a trying one for global warming skeptics. Earlier this year, Democratic lawmakers began an investigation into scientists who disagreed with the White House’s stance on global warming. Many of these skeptical scientists were often cited by those critical of regulations to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Arizona Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva went after universities employing these researchers, which resulted in one expert being forced to get out of the field of climate research altogether.
“I am simply not initiating any new research or papers on the topic and I have ring-fenced my slowly diminishing blogging on the subject,” Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. of the University of Colorado wrote on his blog.
“Congressman Grijalva doesn’t have any evidence of any wrongdoing on my part, either ethical or legal, because there is none,” Pielke wrote. “He simply disagrees with the substance of my testimony – which is based on peer-reviewed research funded by the US taxpayer, and which also happens to be the consensus of the IPCC (despite Holdren’s incorrect views).”
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/09/17/scientists-ask-obama-to-prosecute-global-warming-skeptics/#ixzz3m6vBDe8o
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"Syrian Refugees" Terrorize Locals In Greece

"Syrian Refugees" means members of the Muslim Umma.



The person who posted this video on Youtube added the following:
"Those are the "refugees" we receive daily in Europe. They're destroying our islands in greece. 
They fight every day and terrorize locals and tourists. They already run the place and police aren't allowed to do anything about. 
DO NOT listen to liberal media lies. They will not show you what we see every day here. Almost all of those "refugees" are military-aged men. We're under occupation."
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We all knew Ronnie, Mr. Obama, and you’re no Reagan

Obama Blocks Navy from Sailing Near Disputed Chinese Islands


Failure to assert passage rights in South China Sea bolsters Beijing’s illegal maritime claims

In 1986 Libya announced that the entire Gulf of SIdra was their territorial waters. Reagan then did what every commander has done since 1789, he ordered the US Navy to sail directly across the international waters claimed to ENFORCE freedom of the seas.
But not Mr Obama, whose mantra is to AVOID anything uncomfortable like confrontations based in American interest, or our allies NEEDS.
Hello Japan.
Hello Israel,
Hello Australia (who now openly discus whether China is more important to them than the USA and who thinks WE are the biggest threat to peace)

Just THIS LAST WEEK, the Chinese military asserted that the entire SOUTH CHINA SEA was CHINESE



GERTZ:
The Obama administration has restricted the U.S. Pacific Command from sending ships and aircraft within 12 miles of disputed Chinese-built islands in the South China Sea, bolstering Beijing’s illegal claims over the vital seaway, Pentagon leaders revealed to Congress on Thursday.
“The administration has continued to restrict our Navy ships from operating within 12 nautical miles of China’s reclaimed islands,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) said in opening remarks criticizing the failure to guarantee safe passage for international commercial ships in Asia.
“This is a dangerous mistake that grants de facto recognition of China’s man-made sovereignty claims,” he said.
The South China Sea is a strategic waterway used to transport $5 trillion annually in goods, including $1.2 trillion in trade to the United States.
David Shear, assistant defense secretary for Asian and Pacific affairs, sought to play down the restrictions on Navy ship transits close to the islands. According to Shear, a regional freedom of navigation exercise took place in April and the tactic is “one tool in a larger tool box … and we’re in the process of putting together that tool box.”
Shear acknowledged that “we have not recently gone within 12 miles of a reclaimed area,” noting the last time a Navy ship sailed that close to a Chinese-built island was 2012.
The disclosure undermines statements made Wednesday by Defense Secretary Ash Carter who said the United States would not be coerced by China into not operating ships or aircraft in Asia. Carter said the United States “will continue to protect freedom of navigation and overflight.”
Shear insisted that in recent years the U.S. military has challenged “every category of Chinese claim in the South China Sea, as recently as this year.”
Blocking China from militarizing the new islands could include a range of options, including freedom of navigation operations, he said.
McCain, however, noted that the U.S. restrictions on close-in island military flights and ship visits were continuing despite the provocative dispatch of five Chinese warships in an unprecedented deployment to waters within 12 miles of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands—at the same time President Obama was concluding a recent visit to the state earlier this month.
A visibly angered McCain told Shear the best way to assert that international waters around the islands do not belong to China would be for American ships to make 12-mile passages by the disputed islands. “And we haven’t done that since 2012. I don’t find that acceptable, Mr. Secretary,” he said.
Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, was asked if he is authorized to order ships to travel within 12 miles of any of the man-made islands and answered, no. Harris also said no U.S. surveillance aircraft have flown directly over any of the islands.
Asked why not, Harris stated: “I’ll just [say] that Pacom presents options, military options to the secretary. And those options come with a full range of opportunities in the South China Sea, and we’re ready to execute those options when directed.”
The restrictions appear to be an element of the Obama administration’s conciliatory policies toward China that have increased in the months leading up to the planned visit to Washington next week by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The administration also has not taken steps to penalize China for large-scale hacking of U.S. government and private sector databases, although sanctions are planned.
China has been building islands on several reefs within the South China Sea for the past several years near the Paracels, in the northwestern sea, and near the Spratlys, near the Philippines. Several nations, including Vietnam, Philippines, and Malaysia have challenged Chinese claims to maritime sovereignty.
After ignoring the island building for several years, the Obama administration earlier this year began pressing the Chinese to halt the construction. The U.S. appeals were ignored.
A Chinese admiral recently declared that the entire South China Sea is China’s maritime territory.
“The South China Sea is no more China’s than the Gulf of Mexico is Mexico’s,” said Harris, who described himself as critic of China’s maritime behavior and large-scale military buildup.
Harris made clear implicitly during the hearing he did not agree with the restrictions on transit near the disputed islands but has been overruled by the president and secretary of defense.
“I think that we must exercise our freedom of navigation throughout the region …,” Harris said.
Pressed for his views on whether close passage of U.S. ships in the sea should be permitted, Harris said: “I believe that we should [be] allow[ed] to exercise freedom of navigation and flight—maritime and flight in the South China Sea against those islands that are not islands.”
Asked if he has requested permission for close-in island transits, Harris would not say, stating only that he has provided policy options for doing so to civilian leaders.
Harris said Pacific command surface ship commanders and crews, as well as Air Force pilots and crews, have orders when operating near China to “insist on our right to operate in international airspace and maritime space” and to respond professionally when challenged by Chinese warships or interceptor jets.
The four-star admiral warned that more incidents, such as the dangerous aerial intercept of a P-8 surveillance jet by a Chinese jet in 2014, are possible after China finishes building runways on Fiery Cross Reef and two other reefs.
With missiles, jet fighters, and warships stationed on the islands, “it creates a mechanism by which China would have de facto control over the South China Sea in any scenario short of war,” he said.
In a conflict the sites could be easily targeted, but “short of that, militarization of these features pose a threat, and certainly it poses a threat against all other countries in the region,” he said.
Shear also said the island militarization is a concern.
“The Chinese have not yet placed advanced weaponry on those features and we are going to do everything we can to ensure that they don’t,” Shear said. “This is going to be a long-term effort. There are no silver bullets in this effort. But we’re certainly complicating Chinese calculations already.”
Shear said U.S. forces are continuing to operate freely in the region and have deterred Chinese coercion of regional states.
“That we freely operate in the South China Sea is a success? It’s a pretty low bar, Mr. Secretary,” McCain said.
China’s dispatch of five warships to waters near the Bering Strait followed recent joint exercises with the Russians, after which the Chinese ships sailed near Alaska to demonstrated the ships’ ability to operate in the far north, Harris said, noting that he viewed the timing to the president’s Alaska visit as “coincidental.”
Sen. Dan Sullivan, (R., Alaska) said the Chinese action was a “provocation” and criticized the administration’s weak response. The Pentagon dismissed the Chinese ship transit as legal under international law.
“I thought it was more of a provocation and a demonstration of their interest in the Arctic,” Sullivan said. “I’m not sure that this White House would recognize a provocation if it was slapped in the face, and we need to be aware of that.”
Harris also said he is concerned by China deploying submarines, including nuclear missile submarines, further from its shores.
“We’re seeing Chinese submarine deployments extend further and further, almost with every deployment,” he said. “It has become routine for Chinese submarines to travel to the Horn of Africa region and North Arabian Sea in conjunction with their counter piracy task force operations. We’re seeing their ballistic missiles submarines travel in the Pacific at further ranges and of course all of those are of concern.”
China’s claims to have halted island construction and militarization on some 3,000 acres are false, McCain said.
“Recently released satellite images show clearly this is not true,” the senator said. “What’s more, China is rapidly militarizing this reclaimed land, building garrisons, harbors, intelligence, and surveillance infrastructure, and at least three air strips that could support military aircraft.”
Surface-to-air missiles and radars also could be added enabling China “to declare and enforce an air defense identification zone in the South China Sea, and to hold that vital region at risk,” McCain added.
Shear said the island building is nearly completed.
Meanwhile in the House, Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R., Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on seapower, led a group of 29 members of Congress in writing to President Obama and Carter, the defense secretary, urging the lifting of the restrictions on naval and air operations near the disputed islands.
“The longer the United States goes without challenging China’s unfounded claims to sovereignty over these artificial formations—and to territorial waters and exclusive economic rights in the surrounding water—the greater the consequences will be for regional security,” the lawmakers stated in the Sept. 17 letter.
“It is our belief that the Defense Department should act immediately to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to freedom of navigation and the rule of law.”
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John Hinderaker: More Bullshit From Bernie

God Damn It, I Know My House Is Around Here Somewhere

John Hinderaker: More Bullshit From Bernie
Bullshit. What does Sanders want to do about the fact that the people who founded Facebook have made a lot of money? Prohibit innovation? Limit the number of people who can access popular web sites? Make it illegal to sell advertising if the owners of the web site are already rich? 
The only "remedy" he can come up with is higher taxes, but America already has the most progressive income tax regime of any developed country-more progressive than Sweden, Denmark, you name it. 
And yet Democrats like Sanders keep telling us how awful things are for most Americans. 
Maybe we should try lower taxes on the "rich," since the world's highest taxes evidently haven't worked. 
By the way, when Democrats talk about rich people, they always use Mark Zuckerberg-a Democrat, no doubt-as an exemplar, but when I read the fine print, I always find that they mean me.
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Hungary's MIgrant Crisis: "This Is The Demography of An Invading Army"

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Jamey Johnson
I'll Have A Beer



Mowin' Down The Roses



& Lee Ann Womack
Give It Away



Redneck Side Of Me


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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Democrats Explain Why They Support the Iran Deal




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The One Where you find out Ann Coulter wants Bernie Elected - UPDATE - The Ayatollah Khameini Weighs In












ANY QUESTIONS?

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UPDATE

PASTORIUS CUTTING IN - The Ayatollah Khameini weighs in with his support for Ann Coulter's statement:


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FAA Grounds All American Airlines Flights Nationwide After “Glitch”




Glitch, huh?


I don't know about you, but I have not heard a single "update".
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UK: Judge rules it is right that child molester who abused ethnic minority girls got longer sentence because Asian sex crime victims suffer more than whites


A senior judge has ruled a child molester was rightly given a tougher than normal sentence because his victims were Asian and so suffered more from his crimes.
Jamal Muhammed Raheem-ul-Nasir was jailed for seven years at Leeds Crown Court last year for sex attacks on two girls, aged nine and 14.
But the paedophile took the case to appeal, with his lawyers complaining that his sentence was unfairly inflated and ‘excessive’.
Senior judge Mr Justice Walker has now thrown out those arguments after hearing that the victims’ families feared they would struggle to find future husbands because of the abuse.
The move has been criticised by children’s charity the NSPCC, who insist justice should be blind to the race of victims.
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Husband Uses Islamic Law To Stop His Soccer Star Wife From Competing


From Front Page Magazine:
With bold brown eyes, smooth tan skin, and a flawless athletic frame, it is hard not to notice her on the soccer field. Her determination is revealed with every kick of her foot. She is not an average person; Niloufar Ardalan is known as the “Lady Goal” due to her swift moves, talent on the field, and the goals and victories that she has helped win for her team. 
Niloufar, an aspiring and courageous young Iranian woman, is a dedicated and talented player for the soccer team “Zob Ahan Banovan.” Despite all the restrictions she has faced in Iran, including the imposed Hijab that she must wear even when she plays sports, she has made it to Iran’s national soccer team, not just as a player, but as a captain. 
Playing on the national team is the ultimate dream of any woman who plays soccer. She is quite close and hopes that soon she will live her dream. She is only a few steps away from experiencing the achievement of her lifetime. But there is one stumbling block that prevents her from reaching her life-awaited goal.
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This Week On The Gathering Storm: Midnight Rider!

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch.

The show broadcasts live for 30 minutes every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

Our scheduled guest today is IBA's own Midnight Rider.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870. Callers welcome!

Listen to the September 18, 2015 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.

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“We thought it would strengthen Obama and it didn’t have this effect”

The former director of Norway’s Nobel Institute describing how the Norwegians involved were trying to WARP US domestic and foreign policy by using POTUS as an agent of influence.

NO, REALLY

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People Are Starting To Notice


Thanks to our Anonymous commenter for the following information:

Yes, Fiorina is worthy of a Toastmasters honor for her ability to speak on point. However...she's no conservative and the office of the POTUS is not HP...we can't afford to elect another mistake for this office based on her record: 
"there is no job that is America's God-given right anymore."  
if you don’t have a room full of “diversity” when making an important decision, you will not get the decision right. (ff 9:43 - 13:00) 
Fiorina said she supports the DREAM Act  
Fiorina said there is scientific consensus that climate change is real and caused by humans 
Supports Common Core / No Child Left Behind was positive 
Audio And Video Of Carly Fiorina’s Forceful Praise Of Hillary Clinton In 2008  
Fiorina majored in medieval history at Stanford yet weeks after 9/11 claimed in a direct quote of Fiorina's text comprising the last 500 words of a 3,600-word speech given on September 26, 2001 about Islamic civilization - "There was once a civilization that was the greatest in the world."
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WHITE HOUSE INVITES SEVERAL OPPONENTS OF CATHOLIC TEACHING TO GREET POPE FRANCIS


Breitbart calls it "political indecorum."

I don't buy it.

Obama wouldn't do this if he had not cleared it with the Pope first.

From Breitbart:
President Obama will apparently test just how far Pope Francis’ notorious tolerance will go by inviting a rogue’s gallery of people opposed to Catholic teaching to greet the pontiff at the White House during his visit next week. 
In a stunning show of political indecorum, Obama has invited a series of individuals who publicly flout Catholic teaching, including a pro-abortion religious sister, a transgender woman and the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, along with at least two Catholic gay activists.
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THE CRUSADES - MYTH AND FACT


Crusade History


“The Crusades” generally refers to the set of seven distinct campaigns over a 150 year period (A.D. 1099 to 1254) that were enacted to liberate the Holy Land from Muslim control. Since the birth of Islam under Muhammad, Muslims had fought to bring the world under their control. Islam got off to a weak start under Muhammad until violence became the modus operandi. After a few centuries of conquest, though, Islam had spread to North Africa, the Middle East, Asia Minor, and into Spain. By the 11th century, the Seljuk Turks had taken control of Palestine and closed Jerusalem to both Jews and Christians. The Muslim invaders attacked Constantinople (the capitol of the Eastern Roman Empire and the Eastern Church), and were headed into Europe, before the first Crusade was called by Pope Urban II in 1095 to defend the Christian West.
The word “Crusade” was not actually used during this time, now was “war” since these campaigns were considered more of a religious pilgrimage. After the 12th century, the word was used to designate those fighting on “croisade” – a French term meaning “the way of the cross." During theFirst Crusade, Jerusalem was successfully recaptured. Crusader territories were established that the Second Crusade (1147-1149) was called to reinforce. By 1191, Jerusalem and many of these Crusader territories had fallen back into Muslim hands, so a Third Crusade was called to attempt recovery. This led to the famous clash between the Muslim leader Saladin and Richard the Lionhearted (who was not able to regain Jerusalem from the Muslim forces).
The Fourth Crusade was launched in 1202, but, for various reasons, ended up coming against Constantinople itself. This divided both Empire and Church, and the East would never forgive the West for the atrocities that occurred (which sadly mirrored previous atrocities from the East). TheFifth Crusade started in 1217 in Egypt – largely going nowhere. The Sixth Crusade in 1228 was directed back toward Palestine. It was successful, but short-lived. The and Seventh Crusade lasted from 1248-1254, with Islamic forces destroying the remnants of the Crusader territories. Crusading came to an end shortly thereafter.

Urban Legends


The major issues people cite concerning the Crusades (when they can cite any at all) often involve some of the urban legends surrounding them. It is thought that Muslims were the innocent party and the Crusades instigated their hatred of the West, that Crusaders massacred innocent Jews and even other Christians, that children were sent to war, and that all of this was done to get rich. Perhaps worst of all, the Crusaders thought they would get away with it because the Pope promised them forgiveness of any sin committed while on Crusade. Like most urban legends, these falsehoods are based on only barely true, mostly misunderstood or misrepresented grounds.

Aggression


The Crusades were not simply unprovoked aggression – as noted above, they were defensive moves to protect Christendom from Muslim invasion. Muslims had been attacking Christians for more than 450 years before the First Crusade. Further, the idea that the Crusades also sparked Muslim hatred of the West is a historical falsehood. the Crusades did not do much damage to the Islamic forces, and not much notice was given to the Crusades by Muslims for several centuries. Muslims did not even seem to take active interest in the Crusades until the early 20th Century.

Massacres


It has been said that when the Crusaders captured Jerusalem in 1099 they massacred every man, woman, and child in the city until “the streets ran ankle deep with the blood.” History and science show this to be poetic hyperbole. A contemporary Muslim source has been discovered that puts the number of the slain at three thousand. Was there violence? Absolutely. In that time, a city that had to be taken by force belonged to the victorious invaders – including people. This barbaric idea actually helped lessen damaging resistance (read Josephus for what happens when this goes wrong) and so served something of a cultural purpose. Thus, while it was a tragedy by today’s standards (although one might wonder at what people in that time might think of our war tactics today), it was not uncommon back then. Further, Muslim cities that surrendered to the Crusaders were left untouched, the people retained their property, and they were allowed to worship freely.

Anti-Semitism


No Crusade was ever called against the Jewish people. Sadly, there were unprovoked attacks on Jewish settlements by some rogue Crusaders, but the Church actually spoke out against them and some local bishops, clergy, and laity attempted to defend the Jews against them. Again, this is comparable to modern warfare – sometimes soldiers go off and commit horrible acts during war – but that is not an indictment on the legitimacy of the war itself, nor of the ruling authority (provided it did not command nor overlook such acts).

Riches


Christians did not go on crusade in order to plunder Muslims or get rich. Becoming a soldier was extremely expensive, and claiming an enemy’s treasure was the usual way of financing war in that day. Many crusading knights ended in bankruptcy. The failure of the Fourth Crusade is often claimed to have been caused by lack of funds. The Seventh Crusade cost more than six times the annual revenue of the crown. Moreover, the casualty rate for crusaders were very high – some say as high as 75 percent. The prospects for survival were low, much less getting wealthy.

Children


Ironically, the so-called “Children’s Crusade” of 1212 was neither a crusade nor was it made up of children. Due to religious enthusiasm, some German youth (most what 20th Century westerners would call “adolescents”) proclaimed themselves “Crusaders” and began a march to the Mediterranean sea. Fortunately for them, the sea failed to miraculously dry up to allow them to cross over to the Holy Land for free. The Pope responded that he did not call this “Crusade,” and told them to go back home.

Indulgences


Another famous urban legend surrounding the Crusades is even found among Christians. Evangelical scholar Ergun Caner criticizes the Pope for promising, “If you go and kill the infidel, you will be forgiven immediately — Paradise,” and concludes that, “There is fundamentally, no difference between bin Laden, in that case, and the Crusades.” This is a gross misrepresentation.
A Bull of the Crusade granted indulgences to those who took part in the crusades for “all penitential practices incurred by the crusaders provided they confess their sins.” These indulgences were similar to those that had historically been granted to the faithful for helping to build churches, hospitals, orphanages, and monasteries. Unlike the Muslim’s guaranteed “ticket to Paradise” for dying in jihad, an indulgence is “not a permission to commit sin, nor a pardon of future sin; neither could be granted by any power. Indulgences cannot get anyone out of Hell. It is not the forgiveness of the guilt of sin; it supposes that the sin has already been forgiven.”* Rather, indulgences are given for the remission of the temporal punishment due for sin that has been forgiven but not yet expunged by penance. Thus it was the temporal penances associated with forgiveness that were to be remitted.
The promise of ultimate forgiveness of sins required a contrite heart and was offered ahead of time as an assurance that should a faithful Crusader die while on Crusade, his final absolution (“last rites”) was already in place. The characterization of the remission of temporary, purgatorial sufferings of an already-forgiven and Heaven-bound Christian to the singular guarantee of Islamic Paradise for a Muslim assassin who dies in Jihad is fundamentally flawed. The Crusades were presented as penitential acts of devotion, not “get-out-of-hell-free cards.

Holy War?


To even tacitly admit that the Crusades were actions motivated by loyalty to Christianity, rewarded by papal indulgences, and sometimes led by the Church, may seem incredible to our modern Western mindset, but it was not unusual at the time. The Church at that time had the political authority and responsibility to protect the West. By the time of the first Crusade, Muslims had already been attacking the Christian West for many centuries. Something eventually was going to be done.
But were the Crusades really “religious wars”? Clearly not all battles between religious groups are over religion, any more than they are battles over language. Much like the Catholic-Protestant battles in Ireland, it simply is the case that some territories are nearly coextensive with certain faith groups (or linguistic groups, or racial groups, or political groups). If the Muslims had invaded India, perhaps we’d be discussing the “Hindu Crusades” – but they invaded the Holy Land and had their sites set on Christian Europe. Religious motivation was involved in a big way, of course, but the Crusades were not violent means of spreading religion – they were responses to Islam’s actions. Further, not all battles are “wars.” If a city gets attacked by invaders, the people can protect themselves and their city, or help may be sent from another city, without a formal declaration of war.

Just War?


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