CHECK OUT VIN IENCO’S NOTES Media in Denial: Anjem Choudary Shocks the Brits, Again Media in Denial: Anjem Choudary Shocks the Brits, Again: Murdered soldier Lee Rigby will ‘burn in hellfire’ and those who killed him should be considered martyrs, hate preacher Anjem Choudary has said in another poisonous rant on film. The extremist maintains that despite being […]

ANDREW HARROD: DEVLISH DETAILS PART ONE **** The Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding (ACMCU) at Georgetown University hosted on April 24, 2013, a conference on “The Boundaries of Religious Pluralism & Freedom: The Devil is in the Detail” (conference video here). Conducted within the framework of the six-year old “A Common Word” initiative of international Christian-Muslim dialogue, this […]

DANIEL PIPES: THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S READING LIST ON ISLAM DISCOUNTS THE MENACE At this moment of sequestration and belt-tightening, the U.S. government has delivered a reading list on Islam. The National Endowment for the Humanities has joined with two private foundations, Carnegie and Duke, to fund “Muslim Journeys,” a project that aims to present “new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices and […]

ALL THE THINGS WE DO NOT KNOW: ALAN CARUBA On January 8, 1959 as Fidel Castro was entering Havana after the dictator, Fulgencio Batista, fled the revolution that Castro had led there was much joy among the Cuban people except for those closely allied with the Batista regime and those who saw Fidel as a communist. Many of them fled and Miami would […]

ISLAM ON MY MIND:EDWARD CLINE **** I’ve been criticized by some readers as having “Islam on the brain.” It’s not a very kind criticism considering the seriousness of the Islamic jihad against them and me and everyone else in the West. Why, my critics ask, don’t I devote myself to more important topics such as President Barack Obama’s assault on […]

DANIEL GREENFIELD: LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN IN SYRIA….SEE NOTE PLEASE HAVE WE, AS GREENFIELD SAYS, GONE FROM A WAR AGAINST ISLAMIC TERRORISM TO ARMING TERRORISTS?….RSK Back from his trip to Syria, Senator John McCain is insisting that the United States should implement a no-fly zone and provide heavy weaponry to the Syrian Sunni rebels. “They just can’t fight tanks with AK-47s,” Senator McCain said. […]

STEPHEN PLAUT: THE ISRAELI LEFT’S HYPOCRITICAL CAMPAIGN FOR UNIVERSAL MILITARY SERVICE The last Israeli election was bizarre.  In a country facing existential threats to its existence from across its borders and massive jihadi genocidal terrorism, the largest election issue was the conscription of religious yeshiva students into the army.  This became the main issue of the election thanks to the success of Yair Lapid’s Yesh […]

JONAH GOLDBERG: THE HOLLOW CORE OF OBAMAISM Longtime readers of mine will recall that one of my bugaboos is the liberal obsession with the “moral equivalent of war.” Ever since William James coined the phrase, liberalism has essentially become a cargo cult to the idea. The core idea, expressed in myriad different ways, is that normal democratic capitalism is insufficient. Society […]


Obama and the Arrow 3 debacle

For all its ineptitude, the Obama administration has proved itself capable of closing ranks where lies and cover-ups are concerned. The three major scandals in which it is currently embroiled — Benghazi, the Justice Department, and the Internal Revenue Service — are the major cases in point. But other examples abound.

Such fiascoes aside, Israel has been counting on Washington’s penchant for the “covert” these days, as Iran sails toward nuclear armament and the rest of the Middle East is in the throes of radicalization. Though U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry keeps making trips to the region to pressure Israel and the Palestinian Authority to negotiate a two-state solution, the assumption on the part of those who believe that the White House “has Israel’s back” is that there is much behind-the-scenes military cooperation going on that we don’t know about.

Imagine Israel’s dismay, then, when Uncle Sam pulled a stunt of truth and transparency this week at the worst possible juncture for the Jewish state.

As was reported by McClatchy’s Sheera Frenkel on Monday, the Israeli defense establishment is in an uproar over U.S. government revelations of an American-Israeli project that was supposed to be kept top-secret.

Israel’s outrage is warranted.


Seven dead as prohibition leads to moonshine illnesses
Seven deaths and 300 illnesses have been reported after Iranians brewed homemade alcohol in the southern city of Rafsanjan

Seven people have died, several been made blind, and over 300 have been reported sick after ingesting illegally brewed alcohol in Iran’s southern city of Rafsanjan.

Local hospitals have reported a high number of patients complaining of loss of vision adn other symptoms consistent with alcohol poisoning, according to a recent New York Times report.

The victims were all young men. “All those who died were men under the age of 27,” said Dr. Hamid Najmedin of the Rafsanjan Medical Science University, the Ebtekarnews website reported Sunday.

Seventy-five patients in Rafsanjan and 109 sickened in other parts of Kerman province underwent dialysis, but were later released from the hospital, the Associated Press reported.

Local doctors say the victims drank concoctions containing high levels of methanol — a simple alcohol used as an antifreeze and also for biofuels — mixed with energy drinks.