JED BABBIN: THE GOOD NEWS 2011 IS OVER…THE BAD NEWS 2012 IS UPON US….READ IT ALL

http://spectator.org/archives/2011/12/30/2011-the-year-the-wheels-fell The good news is that 2011 is finally over. The bad news is that 2012 is upon us. The coming year will not give us a break from the steady stream of political knavery, green graft and governmental stupidity that 2011 delivered, though it will surely provide a flood of politically-induced comedy. JANUARY: An […]

ADRIAN MORGAN:Burning Issues: Islamism, Intolerance, Iconoclasm Part One (of Two) *****

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.11133/pub_detail.asp
A week before Christmas, an event occurred in Egypt that is only now being acknowledged as a cultural disaster, a tragedy for Egypt and for the world. The Egyptian Institute, or Institut d’Egypte, which lay in the Qasr el-Aini Street beside Tahrir Square in Cairo, became another casualty of Arab Spring politics. On Saturday, December 17th, the building was firebombed.

The Institute of Egypt was founded in 1798 by Napoleon Bonaparte as a research center. It was his intention to collate scientific data on Egypt,as well as to assemble for the purposes of study, papyri and historic information gathered during his conquest of Egypt. This institution would utilize this data to form a new science of learning that would establish the foundations of Egyptology. The institute published its own journals and a newspaper, and when the French were officially driven out in 1801 the scholars of the institute spent twenty years compiling their data into a massive work called “The Description of Egypt.” This was issued in 23 volumes between 1809 and 1821. An original handwritten version of the Description was housed in the Institute when it was burned on December 17th, 2011. The unique edition – whose massive maps were once exhibited in the Louvre – is believed to have been burned beyond repair.

JOHN BERNARD: US WILLFUL IGNORANCE IS COSTING SOLDIERS’ LIVES

http://bigpeace.com/jbernard/2011/12/29/the-united-states-government-is-being-willfuly-ignorant-in-the-current-middle-eastern-war/

Herschel Smith and I have had some lengthy conversations about this current war, the disposition of the enemy, their relationship with the civilian populations amongst whom they operate, and the substance of the religion they all claim to adhere to.

Fundamentally, we agree. We have had some minor disagreements about strategy selections from time to time but agree that an unintended consequence of “giving the nod” to the “innocent population” in the AO (Area of Operation) is more dead American servicemen. For me, that is intolerable! As far as I am concerned, the number one responsibility of an American administration, American elected “servants”, Sec Def, the Pentagon, and the entirety of upper echelon military circles is to declare the security of the United States, its citizenry, and its Warrior community as primary before choosing which strategy to employ and govern our use of force in the AO.

NEWS AND BUZZ FROM 24/7

NIH grants $374k to study healing power of lemons
The Washington Examiner
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Commentary

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine received a $374,000 National Institutes for Health grant to study whether inhaling lemon and lavender scents helped to heal bodily wounds. Read more…

Read more at: http://times247.com/
Tourist jailed after trying to check gun at 9/11 site
The Daily Mail
Thursday, December 29, 2011
News

A tourist from Tennessee thought she could check her loaded gun at New York City’s September 11 memorial — but ended up being hauled off to jail instead. Read more…

Read more at: http://times247.com/
U.S. mulls releasing high-risk terrorist to Afghanistan
Reuters
Thursday, December 29, 2011
News
The Obama administration is considering transferring to Afghan custody a senior Taliban official suspected of major human rights abuses as part of a remote bid to improve the prospects of a peace deal in Afghanistan, Reuters has learned. Read more…

Read more at: http://times247.com/

REZA KAHLILI: THE COMING WAR WITH IRAN

KAHLILI: The coming war with Iran Regional chaos might count as a win for the mullahs http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/dec/29/the-coming-war-with-iran-191694701/print/ Iran’s tyrannical leaders, determined to make the Islamic regime a nuclear-armed state, are preparing for war. That’s exactly what the United States and Israel might have to deliver, and soon. @-Text.rag:Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the […]

INTERPOL WARNS GLARING FAILURE IN PASSPORT SECURITY LEAVES ALL EUROPE VULNERABLE TO TERROR ATTACK

http://times247.com/articles/interpol-chief-all-europe-at-risk

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/exclusive-interpol-chief–close-eu-border-loophole-or-risk-attack-6282991.html
Exclusive: Interpol chief – close EU border loophole or risk attack
Alarm raised over gap in European passport security that could ‘lead to another September 11′
A glaring failure by almost all European countries to check passports against an international database of lost and stolen travel documents is leaving the Continent vulnerable to a terrorist attack on the scale of the Madrid train bombings, the head of Interpol has warned.

In what he said he hoped would not be his “last interview”, Interpol’s Secretary General, Ronald Noble, told The Independent that nearly all EU members are failing to make crucial checks against the agency’s database of 15 million suspicious passports – allowing potential terrorists to enter Europe and cross multiple borders undetected.

“So many basic steps aren’t being taken, which could lead to another September 11, another July 7 [the 2005 London Underground bombings], another March 11 in Madrid,” Mr Noble said.

Speaking almost two decades after a terrorist used a stolen Iraqi passport to enter the US and bomb the World Trade Centre, killing six people and injuring 1,042, he added: “The lesson that should have been learnt… is that people carrying stolen travel documents, if they are not stopped, can enter your country and mastermind a horrible attack.”

The former head of the US Secret Service also revealed that last year 500 million flights were not screened against the Interpol database. “My hope is that it won’t take another September 11, July 7 or March 11, where someone enters one of these countries carrying a stolen passport and masterminds a terrorist attack, before all countries begin systematically screening passports,” he said.

MUSLIM LEADERS DECLINE BREAKFAST WITH MAYOR BLOOMBERG…

http://news.yahoo.com/muslims-upset-nypd-boycott-mayors-breakfast-233518085.html

NEW YORK (AP) — Several Muslim leaders have declined invitations to the mayor’s annual year-end interfaith breakfast, saying they’re upset at police department efforts to infiltrate mosques and spy onMuslim neighborhoods.

The imams and activists said in a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg that they’re disturbed at his response to a series of stories by The Associated Press detailing New York Police Departmentintelligence-gathering programs that monitored Muslim groups, businesses and houses of worship.

Bloomberg has defended the NYPD, saying last week it doesn’t take religion into account in its policing.

Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser acknowledged Wednesday that about a dozen people turned down the breakfast invitation. But he said “a couple dozen” more said they plan to attend.

ED ZIEGLER: AMERICA UNDER SIEGE

American senior citizens still envision war where, for the most part, soldiers wear a uniform while shooting at their enemy as in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. In the modern age this concept has been drastically changed by the Islamic Jihadists. Americans must awaken to the non uniformed and non violent fanatic Jihadists techniques used in “Warring on America”.

The main-street media and our Government have not seen it fit to inform us as to how we are being attacked on US soil. Thus, most Americans tend to be Il-informed and assume the Islamic Jihadists are not active enough to be a danger. Even people who are aware that there is a War On America do not realize the number and type of attacks that have been attempted or have been committed on our soil over the past 35 years.

According to TheReligionOfPeace.com, as of November 20, 2011, Islamic Terrorists have carried out more than 18,003 deadly terror attacks since 9/11 and counting. From the first page of TheReligionOfPeace.com you can link to each attack in each year and you will realize the magnitude of the attacks abroad and in the USA.

SARAH HONIG: OBAMA’S DAUGHTER DOING THE “BAR/BAT MITZVAH CIRCUIT?

http://sarahhonig.com/2011/12/29/another-tack-banana-noses-and-freckles/

“I found myself asking that very same question, with as much bewilderment, after the current White House resident informed the whole world about his daughter Malia’s busy schedule on the bar/bat mitzvah circuit. That was somehow supposed to prove that Obama is the most pro-Israel president ever, endear him to American-Jewish hearts and win him political support, campaign contributions and crucial votes….Malia’s dad pulled out all the stops when appearing at the recent Union for Reform Judaism Biennial in Maryland. His cliché-ridden routine wouldn’t have shamed any campy stand-up comedian in the intensely embarrassing era of Catskill overkill.”

NICK SQUIRES: 99 YEAR OLD MAN DIVORCES HIS WIFE AFTER HE DISCOVERS HER INFIDELITY IN 1940

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/8982958/99-year-old-divorces-wife-after-he-discovered-1940s-affair.html

An Italian couple are to become the world’s oldest divorcees, after the 99-year-old husband found that his 96-year-old wife had an affair in the 1940s.

The Italian man, identified by lawyers in the case only as Antonio C, was rifling through an old chest of drawers when he made the discovery a few days before Christmas.

Notwithstanding the time that had elapsed since the betrayal, he was so upset that he immediately confronted his wife of 77 years, named as Rosa C, and demanded a divorce.