http://pjmedia.com/spengler/2013/01/03/insoluble-syria/ Let’s cut through all the pious pronouncements about the horrible Assad regime in Syria. We err when we apply majoritarian democratic criteria to tribal societies. There is a reason that Syria has labored under brutal minority regimes for half a century, since the Ba’ath Party coup of 1963 led by the Christian Michel Aflaq, [...]
2013.01.04 (Garissa, Kenya) – Two refugees bleed to death after al-Shabaab cadres toss a grenade into their camp.
2013.01.03 (Baghdad, Iraq) – Sunnis target a minibus carrying Shia pilgrims, managing to kill just four.
2013.01.03 (Swabi, Pakistan) – A prayer leader is assassinated by sectarian rivals.
2013.01.03 (Nawa-i-Barakzayi, Afghanistan) – A cleric is gunned down in his own mosque by religious hardliners.
2013.01.03 (Musayyib, Iraq) – Twenty-eight Shiite pilgrims are blown apart by a Shahid suicide car bomber.
2013.01.03 (Song, Nigeria) – Four people are burned to death by Religion of Peace radicals, including a child.
THIS APPALLING “OUTREACH TO MUSLIMS” STARTED LONG BEFORE OBAMA EVEN DREAMED OF THE PRESIDENCY…. ONLY MONTHS AFTER 9/11 PRESIDENT BUSH INVITED THE SAUDI KING…FUNDER AND ENABLER OF TERRORISM AND ENFORCER OF CRUEL SHARIA LAWS TO HIS RANCH IN TEXAS AND THEN PROMOTED THE THUG’S “PEACE PLAN FOR THE MIDDLE EAST”…..RSK
Which raises some questions about why he was allowed to roam free that long.
The FBI suspected within days of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that the American Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki had purchased tickets for some of the hijackers for air travel in advance of the attacks, according to newly released documents reviewed exclusively by Fox News.
The purpose of these flights remains unclear, but the 9/11 Commission report later noted that the hijackers had used flights in the lead-up to the attacks to test security and surveillance.
The heavily redacted records – obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of information Act request – show the FBI holding evidence tying the American-born cleric to the hijackers just 16 days after the attack that killed nearly 3,000 Americans.
This gets stranger when you consider what Anwar Al-Awlaki was up to during that time.
http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/ There was a time when the United States government ran on hooch. Hard up for cash, taxes on whiskey and beer funded the Civil War. With 40 percent of government revenues coming from liquor taxes, alcohol made the dramatic post-war expansion of government possible so that by the 20th Century, the Federal government would [...]
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/the-political-superstorm-that-devastated-new-york?f=puball “Superstorm” Sandy killed more than 100 people, destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, and left millions without food, water, electricity, sanitation or shelter for days or even weeks. Our thoughts and prayers remain focused on its victims, many of whom are still grieving as they struggle with the storm’s wintry aftermath and try to [...]
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/our-zombie-culture Without going much into the lore, literature, and filmography of zombies, there is an appropriate analogy to be drawn between the notion of the “living dead” and the living that deserves to be illustrated. Metaphorical zombies rule our current political culture, as well. At least, that is how I often feel when engaging others [...]
I HAD THE HONOR OF INTERVIEWING REP. SUE MYRICK FOR FAMILY SECURITY MATTERS:
An Interview With Rep. Sue Myrick (R), North Carolina District 9
WASHINGTON – Just hours before a group of U.S. lawmakers were scheduled to hold a press conference to blow the whistle on a secret plan by the radical Council on American-Islamic Relations to infiltrate sensitive committees dealing with homeland security on Capitol Hill, lawyers for CAIR contacted the group’s leader and tried to intimidate her into canceling the news conference.
CAIR’s threatening tactics, which had worked on countless other officials, did not work this time, however.
The leader of the group, Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., co-founder of the bipartisan House Anti-Terrorism/Jihad Caucus and a member of the House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence, went ahead with the event, showing again an intrepid spirit that has marked the retiring congresswoman’s 18-year career in Washington.
At the 2009 press conference, Myrick revealed an internal CAIR memo written in 2007 that called for infiltrating the “judiciary, intelligence and homeland security committees” by, among other things, “placing Muslim interns” in those offices.
The memo was obtained by the authors of “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret World That’s Conspiring to Islamize America,” which also uncovered new evidence that CAIR directly funded Hamas and al-Qaida terrorist fronts.
Fight back against CAIR’s attack on First Amendment by making a contribution to WND’s “Legal Defense Fund.” Donations of $25 or more entitle you to free copy of “Muslim Mafia” – the book so devastating to CAIR the group is trying to ban it.
ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Israeli neurologist discovers positive side effect. A study by Israeli neurologist Dr. Rivka Inzelberg has identified that patients taking dopamine-stimulating medication (to control symptoms of Parkinson’s disease) have contracted artistic or literary creative skills. Reducing the medication suppresses these new skills.
Calcium control prevents brain diseases. Hebrew University researchers have discovered that the protein Calphotin regulates the amount of Calcium contained in the body’s cells. Loss of Calphotin (e.g. due to aging) causes Calcium levels to rise and accelerates cell death. In the brain this leads to diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Approval for Israeli tumor test. The US Food and Drugs Administration has approved the MarginProbe breast cancer test from Israel’s Dune Medical. Surgeons performing lumpectomy operations use MarginProbe to ensure that the whole tumor has been removed, thus avoiding the need for further operations.
More power to the brain. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Max Planck Society of Germany are to build a 3 million euro Brain Research Center on the Hebrew U’s Givat Ram site in the nation’s capital. It is hoped that the research will lead to improved treatment for destructive neurological diseases.
New vaccine for dogs. (From Israel21c) Two Hebrew University veterinary scientists have developed the first vaccine effective against canine monocytic ehrlichiosis (CME), a sometimes fatal tick-borne disease in dogs.
ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL
More help for educating minorities. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is creating a program for students from minority backgrounds to encourage access to higher education. To lead these efforts, the University has appointed Prof. Nayef Jarrous as the Minority Affairs Advisor to Hebrew U President Menahem Ben-Sasson.
Penny gets Queen’s honor for the Queen’s English. (Thanks to Israel21c) English-born teacher, lecturer and writer Penny Ur from Moshav Amnon has just been awarded the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for her work promoting English language-teaching methodologies. Penny made Aliya in 1967.
Asperger’s Birthright tour. 20 young North American Jews with Asperger’s Syndrome have just experienced Israel together on a special Taglit-Birthright tour. They also met Israelis with Asperger’s at Shekel, an umbrella organization for Israelis with special needs.
Arab states love Israeli produce. A major Lebanese supermarket chain is selling Israeli goods, contrary to the 64-year-old Arab boycott of the Jewish State. Amazingly, according to a Tel Aviv University report, Israel’s exports to Middle Eastern markets in 2011 were over $6 billion, about 13 percent of overall Israeli exports.
Only Israel. Excellent article that sums up the upside-down world we live in.
Israel is one with Newtown. The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School invoked much empathy from Israeli leaders and organizations. Both President Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu sent condolences. Israel Humanitarian Aid donated boxes of fresh food to first responders in Newtown. And Hadassah has raised funds to plant a grove of 3,000 trees in Beersheva River Park, Israel, in memory of the 26 victims.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Two Israeli apps are among Apple’s “Best of 2012”. Two Israeli applications have made the Apple App Store’s Best of 2012 list. Any.Do allows users to manage a task list using voice commands or touchscreen technology. GroupShot allows group photos to be edited so that everyone looks their best.
Israel introduces “perceptual computing”. Using a unique platform developed at Intel’s Haifa center, it will soon be possible for computers to anticipate the needs of their owners. Intel is offering developers $1 million in prizes to come up with the software of tomorrow, in the Intel Perceptual Computing Challenge.
Waze can help reduce accident numbers. Ben Gurion University researchers have analyzed data from Israeli GPS navigation application “Waze “to highlight traffic trouble spots where police can be deployed more effectively. The data highlighted slow police response times and unmonitored busy intersections.
Singer Stevie Wonder agreed to perform at the 2012 winter gala of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, until anti-Israel groups pressured him to cancel. Stevie caved.
Take a look at this response. It is cool.
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Description: Author, Islam, Middle East, and Sharia Law expert Andrew G. Bostom, M.D. joins Host, Lee Lazerson for a very candid discussion on Islam, Sharia Law, Jihad and his conviction that Islamic “Extremism” is more in the mainstream than people want to believe. Dr. Bostom is author of The Legacy of Jihad, The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism, and Sharia versus Freedom – The Legacy of Islamic Totalitarianism. To Life, L’Chaim airs Tuesday’s at 8pm ET/PT on Jewish Life Television – JLTV. (The interview was originally conducted in the Fall of 2012.)