Good Riddance to “Ungrateful Volcanoes”
Written by:Diana West 11/27/2011 8:55:00 AM
The last hot meal to be served at Camp Victory, the largest of 505 military bases once operated by the United States in Iraq, was a Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 20. Cooks served more than 2,000 pounds of turkey and more than 3,000 pounds of mashed potatoes to 6,000-plus military personnel.
Doing the dishes this time also meant shutting down the kitchen. That’s because Camp Victory, one of only 10 U.S. bases still in operation, will be closed soon. According to the agreement signed in 2008 by President George W. Bush and implemented by President Barack Obama, the U.S. military in Iraq is coming home.
Praises be. So what if the U.S. withdrawal comes only after Obama was unable to convince Iraq to extend its welcome under tenable conditions? I’ll take it, and give thanks. I am very sorry Camp Victory troops are on cold rations until they finally return stateside next month, but I am thankful to be able to see the day when they will have left Iraq – taking all of their Christian religious posters and symbols from base chapels with them, according to the New York Times.
Air Force Academy adapts to pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans – latimes.com
Air Force Academy adapts to pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans
Officials say an $80,000 Stonehenge-like worship center underscores a commitment to embrace all religions.
In the still of a cold November evening, a small gathering of pagans, led by two witches, begins preparations for the coming winter solstice. But these are not just any pagans, and this is not just any setting. They are future officers of the United States Air Force practicing their faith in the basement of the Air Force Academy’s cadet chapel.
Their ranks are slim. According to the academy’s enrollment records, only three of 4,300 cadets identified themselves as pagans, followers of an ancient religion that generally does not worship a single god and considers all things in nature interconnected.
Still, the academy this year dedicated an $80,000 outdoor worship center — a small Stonehenge-like circle of boulders with propane fire pit — high on a hill for the handful of current or future cadets whose religions fall under the broad category of “Earth-based.” Those include pagans, Wiccans, druids, witches and followers of Native American faiths.
An intense, two-year investigation ends with the arrest of Jose Pimentel, a declared enemy of America.
Inspire magazine—the now-defunct al Qaeda glossy published for English-speaking militant Muslims—didn’t send out rejection letters. So we’ll probably never know why it ignored a 20-page ode to Osama bin Laden submitted by an aspiring young writer in New York. But the writer’s intentions were clear.
“I will, God willing, destroy America in writing, until I can do so in the field,” he wrote last April in an email accompanying his article.
Law enforcement officials say the writer was Jose Pimentel, aka Muhamad Yusuf, whom the New York Police Department had been monitoring since May 2009. This week Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. charged Mr. Pimentel with building pipe bombs to blow up police cars, post offices, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, and other targets.
The email, described by law enforcement officials in interviews, is part of a vast investigative file containing over 400 hours of surveillance audio and video tapes, interviews and other material amassed by the NYPD. Prosecutors will use it to try to convict the 27-year-old Mr. Pimentel—a Dominican Republic-born American citizen and convert to Islam—on terr
http://www.americanthinker.com/printpage/?url=http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/../2011/11/scientists_in_revolt_against_global_warming.html Global warming became a cause to save life on earth before it had a chance to become good science. The belief that fossil fuel use is an emergency destroying our planet by CO2 emissions took over the media and political arena by storm. The issue was politicized so quickly that the normal scientific process […]
A new batch of leaked emails again shows some leading scientists trying to smear opponents.
Last week, 5,000 files of private email correspondence among several of the world’s top climate scientists were anonymously leaked onto the Internet. Like the first “climategate” leak of 2009, the latest release shows top scientists in the field fudging data, conspiring to bully and silence opponents, and displaying far less certainty about the reliability of anthropogenic global warming theory in private than they ever admit in public.
The scientists include men like Michael Mann of Penn State University and Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia, both of whose reports inform what President Obama has called “the gold standard” of international climate science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Election results for the first 78 seats in Morocco’s parliament announced by the state news agency early Saturday suggest a moderate Islamist party is taking about 36 percent of the seats.
With just a fraction of the results for the 395-seat Parliament reported, the opposition Justice and Development Party looks to have dramatically increased its share.
Party Secretary General Abdelilah Benkirane said late Friday that by its own estimates, his party had come in first.
A coalition of eight liberal, pro-government parties led by Finance Minister Salaheddine Mezouar have amassed slightly more seats so far than the Islamists in the preliminary results, but according to the new constitution the party with the most seats gets first crack at forming a new government.
If the trend continues, the Islamists must find coalition partners willing to work with them.
In recent years Morocco’s Islamists have cultivated an image as honest outsiders battling corruption and seeking to improve services, rather than focusing on moral issues such as the women’s headscarf.
According to Saudi Arabian Law it is illegal for any non-Muslim to step foot in the cities of Mecca and Medina. In Medina however, non-Muslims are allowed to enter the Sheraton hotel on the outskirts of town. The Islamists allow a man made exception in their divinely inspired Shariah for the Sheraton Hotel Corporation, yet they make no exception for anyone else.
The equivalent of the Mecca/Medina Apartheid would be the Vatican issuing a decree excluding all non-Catholics/Christians from entering Vatican City, at threat of arrest and imprisonment. The Vatican however, welcomes all people without regard to race, religion, or national origin. Israel also welcomes all faiths, including Muslims, to their most holiest of places, the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Conversely, during the period of Jordanian occupation from 1948 to 1967, all Jews were barred entry into the entire Old City and the Wailing Wall was desecrated by the Islamists.
So what it is about non-Muslims that Muslims find so revolting that it is illegal for them to step foot inside the city limits of Islam’s two holiest cities, Mecca and Medina?
http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2011/11/oops-new-study-shows-co2-not-likely-to.html?utm_source=The+Lid+List&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=eaaa956418-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN I had an interesting climate change discussion over turkey dinner yesterday my cousin claimed that the climate change skeptics have to prove that man-made global warming was false. I on the other hand argued the proponents of the great hoax have to prove that global warming was really happening, that it was caused by […]
The International Union of Muslim Scholars Wishes You a Happy “Save al-Aqsa Friday” (while Pushing for War with Israel)
Posted by Translating Jihad
The International Union of Muslim Scholars is headed by the highly-popular cleric, Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who is also the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Point being, when these guys issue a statement, you can pretty well consider it the view of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Here they warn the Israelis that any stone disturbed on al-Aqsa will be met with “heavy bloodshed”; they call for the Palestinian factions to unite against Israel; they call for the withdrawal from any peace initiatives with Israel; and they call for Muslims to revive the duty of jihad and prepare for victory against Israel.
David Brooks, Thomas L. Friedman, and the banal authoritarianism of do-something punditry
That Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back, by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum, Current Affairs, 380 pages, $28
Consider for a moment the paradoxical pain of being a best-selling political pundit so successful that American presidents don’t just seek but heed your advice. You have lobbied in your columns for the commander in chief to deploy your signature catch phrases, and he has. You have, in times of both crisis and sloth, advocated robust federal action in the name of national “greatness,” and the people in power have mostly followed suit. You have been flattered by invitations to the White House and pecked at by lesser partisans, yet you’ve maintained your critical distance in the patriotic spirit of post-ideological problem solving. All this influence and success, and somehow the country still sucks.