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These are all the Blogs posted on Monday, 25, 2013.
Monday, 25 February 2013
Cops halt hate preacher Choudary’s rally over jihad call

From The Sun

ANTI-terror cops broke up a rally by vile hate preacher Anjem Choudary after one speaker called for a holy war. Convicted terrorist Abu Izzadeen ranted that anyone who was not part of jihad was “nothing”.

As up to 150 people roared their approval, Choudary was seen arguing with cops (picture left). Saturday’s rally in Birmingham was stopped soon after.

The rally took place three miles from the district where three British terrorists plotted to bomb last year’s Olympics and Jubilee celebrations.

Last night it was revealed the cops were West Midlands Police “security partnership officers” attached to the counter-terrorism command. A spokesman said no arrests were made.

Posted on 02/25/2013 2:51 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 25 February 2013
Egyptian Playwright Ali Salem
Egyptian playwright Ali Salem on the peace treaty: Israel is not our enemy.
Posted on 02/25/2013 8:47 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 25 February 2013
Egyptian Nubian Leader: We Will Fight Muslim Brotherhood's "Colonialism"
Watch here.
Posted on 02/25/2013 9:18 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 25 February 2013
A Spate of Jihad Murders in America?

Yusuf Ibrahim, apprehended New Jersey

Coptics Jihad murderer.

Daniel Pipes article on “Jihad and Criminality?” in National Review Online’s blog, The Corner draws our attention to the grisly and savage spate of recent Jihad by Muslims against non-Muslims.  The immoral imperative for this barbaric conduct can be found in Qur’anic Sura 8:12, “I shall cast terror into the hearts of Infidels. Strike off their heads strike off the very tips of their fingers”. The murder, grisly beheading and mutilation of the remains of two Coptic Christians immigrants in Jersey City by Indiana resident and wanted criminal Yusuf Ibrahim didn’t crack the pages of the New York Times. 

Watch this WABC TV news report and interview with a Coptic friend of the victims:

It jarred our memories of the massacre of the Coptic Arminius Family in Jersey City eight years ago in January 2005 amidst allegations that all five members of the family, trussed up in Jihad fashion, were murdered by a tenant, a drug dealer and a parole violator Edward McDonald and an accomplice, Hamilton Sanchez who used an ATM card of one of the victims and withdrew $3,000.  It took the Hudson County prosecutors three years to bring the case to trial, McDonald the perpetrator was sentenced in 2008 to 5 consecutive terms of 75 years each for a total of 255 years.  Charges against Sanchez were dropped.   Even after the initial disclosures in December 2005, Pipes still listed the Arminious Family murders as Jihad victims.  It is not lost on many of us who wrote about the Arminious Massacre and this latest episode of Jihad against Copts in America  that Hudson and Passaic Counties in New Jersey had radical Mosques with Imams preaching Jihad including one, Mohammad Qatanani, praised by Governor Chris Christie.

Here is Pipes latest additions of the Jihadi perpetrators rogue gallery.


Jihad or Criminality?


Daniel Pipes

NRO, The Corner

 A recent spate of killings in the United States of non-Muslims by Muslims has gone unnoticed by the major media. Here are four cases I know of:

February 5: Yusuf Ibrahim, 27, Egyptian born and living in Jersey City, stands accused of shooting, then cutting off the heads and hands of two Copts, Hanny F. Tawadros and Amgad A. Konds, and burying them in Buena Vista Township, N.J. He is charged with two counts of murder and with desecrating human remains. He is also wanted for a September 20, 2012, armed robbery in Jersey City in which a victim was shot in the foot.

February 18Ali Syed, 20, of Ladera Ranch, Calif., went on a shooting rampage in Southern California, killing Courtney Aoki, Mel Edwards, and Jeremy Lewis, then committed suicide. The Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman, Jim Amormino, said Syed, described as an unemployed part-time student at Saddleback College who lived with his parents and a loner who “spent a lot of time alone in his room playing video games,” and left “no evidence, no note, nothing that would explain this very bizarre, violent behavior.”

February 21: Ammar Asim Faruq Harris, 26, killed three people on the Las Vegas Strip and fled, is called armed and dangerous. He apparently got into an argument with Ken Cherry, shot Cherry as Cherry was driving, which led to a collision that killed a taxi driver and his passenger. Harris has a long criminal record that includes kidnapping, sexual assault, and robbery.

Additionally, although the murder took place on July 31, 2012, only at his court hearing on February 21 did public attention focus on Ali Salim, 44, a medical doctor born in Pakistan and living in New Albany, Ohio, who is accused of raping and killing nine months’ pregnant Deanna Ballman, 23,  by injecting her with a lethal dose of heroin. He is charged with two counts of murder (Ballman and her unborn baby) as well as rape, felonious assault, corrupting another with drugs, kidnapping, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.

Because the media, law enforcement, and elected officials are so reluctant to give out information about the attackers’ religion, much less their motives, it’s basically impossible to tell from the outside if they represent a wave of jihadi attacks by Islamists or are just a bunch of criminals who happen to be Muslim, or a bit of both. The most the media will concede is that in the Ibrahim case “privately some wonder if it had something to do with the victims’ [Christian] religion.” When will journalists, police, and politicians end their efforts to hide key information that the public needs and deserves? 

Posted on 02/25/2013 9:23 AM by Jerry Gordon
Monday, 25 February 2013
Muslim Men In Mobs, And What They Do To Women

From Reuters:

Cairo sex attack victims reveal horrors of Tahrir Square gangs

February 22, 2013

By Maria Caspani


By Maria Caspani

The accounts of women sexually assaulted during protests in Egypt’s Tahrir Square are horrific not just for their sheer brutality but for the apparent level of organisation among huge gangs of assailants.

The degree of premeditation was revealed this week when state-run Ahram Online reported [2] shocking details of mob assaults in the Cairo square where the country’s uprising began two years ago.

“All I remember is hands all over my body, grabbing under the layers of pullovers I was wearing, touching my breasts, opening my bra,” Ahram Online quotes an unidentified woman as saying.

“More hands on my back and legs, my trousers being pulled down … my empty hand tried to pull my trousers back up when I felt fingers inside my butt and shortly after in my vagina,” said the woman who reported her attack to the activist group OpAntiSH [3].

Finger-rapes appear to be common during attacks on women protesters in Cairo.

They are part of a recurrent pattern the Egyptian news site called the “circle of hell”. A mob of 200 or more men forms two lines and advances through the square, in search of one or two isolated women.

Once the “preys” have been singled out, the group surrounds them, locking them inside a three-line human circle.

“The men in the circle immediately surrounding the woman begin to strip the girl, the second circle includes men who claim that they are helping the girl (while) the third circle try to distract the people in the square from what is happening,” Hatem Tallima, an activist and member of the Revolutionary Socialists organisation, told Ahram Online.

As the mob gets bigger and messier, the assailants mingle with men who are genuinely trying to rescue the woman. This is meant to confuse the victim so that she can’t distinguish between who is trying to harm her and who is trying to help her.

Since the Egyptian revolution erupted on Jan 25, 2010, episodes like this have become fairly common during demonstrations and public gatherings in and around Tahrir Square, the most iconic symbol of the uprising, according to Ahram Online.

OpAntiSh, which sends activists into the square to rescue victims of sexual assaults, is one of several organisations born since the revolution– sometimes saving their lives.

It reported that, during the Jan 25 demonstrations, women were attacked with blades, some were bitten, and one woman was raped with a knife.

Hundreds marched in Cairo and outside Egyptian embassies in several countries last week to protest against sexual harassment [4] and violence against women in Egypt. Women also gathered on Wednesday outside the office of the prosecutor general in Alexandria to protest against misogynist comments made by some high profile figures, according to the online Daily News Egypt [5].

Recently, some members of the Shura Council – Egypt’s upper house – made comments that were interpreted as implying that women protesters were responsible for sexual attacks on them during demonstrations, and suggested women should have designated areas to voice their discontent.

In a statement on its Facebook [6] page, OpAntiSH strongly criticised the council’s remarks, saying  they reflected “the ideologies and politics of a regime which provides apologies and political rationalisations for these heinous crimes, which in some cases constituted attempted murder”.

It also added that the attacks “lie at the surface of a deep and complicated pattern of harassment which clearly and persistently takes place during holiday celebrations and non-political gatherings”.

In its report, Ahram Online said not one arrest had been made in the numerous cases of sexual harassment and assault.

A few months ago, Heba Morayef, Egypt’s director at Human Rights Watch, told me that impunity for cases of violence against protesters – both men and women – has always been a major problem in the country.

The fact that many of the victims have reported the same pattern of attack has led some to believe that the episodes might not only be organised, but might also be a method of political repression.

The lack of investigation and prosecutions is certainly alarming. There is one positive fact though: Egyptian women are speaking out, and the attacks are widely reported in both international and national media. This suggests the overall climate is democratic enough to allow criticism.

Women are also taking practical steps to protect themselves when the state isn’t there to help. Another activist organisation, Tahrir Bodyguard [7], has recently launched a free self-defence course at a Cairo gym.

According to Egypt Independent [8], 30 women took part in the first sessions.

Posted on 02/25/2013 9:43 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 25 February 2013
"Try Doing That Day In, Day Out, Working With Child Molesters...With People Who Are Robbing People, Murdering Them"

From The BBC:

Afghan police accused of corruption and child abuse

Ben Anderson witnessed corruption and criminality among the Afghan police

BBC Panorama reporter Ben Anderson spent five weeks with US Marines working to advise Afghan security forces in Helmand province. While he was there, he witnessed corruption and criminality among the Afghan police force.

Most police forces investigate crimes like corruption, kidnapping, drug use, murder and child abuse. But in Sangin - the most violent district in Afghanistan - these are crimes that some of the police commit.

Politicians insist the handover to the Afghan security forces is going smoothly and that they will be able to maintain security as the allied forces withdraw.

On a recent visit to Helmand, UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the "transition is proceeding very well - it is on track.

"The Afghans are developing capabilities faster than we expected and we have every reason to believe that they will be able to maintain security as the Isaf forces draw down," he added.

The outgoing commander of Nato forces, Gen John Allen, is even more ebullient: "Afghan forces are defending Afghan people and enabling the government of this country to serve its citizens. This is victory. This is what winning looks like, and we should not shrink from using these words."

Ben Anderson
Ben Anderson has travelled to Helmand province many times since 2007

The reality in Sangin is very different.

I spent five weeks embedded with US Marines, who took over the region from British troops in 2010. I hoped to gain a true sense of what progress has been made in readying the Afghan forces to secure the area.

During my time in Sangin, just two teams of 18 US Marines went out every few days to advise the Afghan army and police across the district.

The remaining American forces have withdrawn to the main forward operating base, which they rarely leave.

Because of the growing risk of deadly insider - or "green on blue" - attacks, the Americans live completely apart from their Afghan counterparts. Whenever the Americans enter the Afghan side of the base, they have their weapons cocked, ready to fire.

When they did go out, what the marines saw was far from encouraging. At one checkpoint, the Afghan police were openly smoking marijuana. Two other police officers, assigned to fill sandbags to fortify a watchtower, were high on something stronger - probably opium or heroin. When one of the police commanders was shot, three weeks after I left, the American medics who saved him found a bag of heroin in his pocket.

Major Bill Steuber is leading the police advisory team, and spends much of his time at headquarters with the police leadership.

Major Bill Steuber, US Marines

There's false imprisonment... they'll wait for the families to come and pay them money to release them ”

He said corruption is rampant, and even compared it to the American television show The Sopranos.

"It's vast," he said, "everything from skimming ammunition off their supplies to skimming fuel off their shipments.

"There's false imprisonment - they'll take people during an engagement, and they'll just wrap everyone up, then they'll wait for the families to come in and pay them money to be able to release them."

He said the police sometimes sell ammunition and weapons in the local bazaar, including rocket-propelled grenades. So weapons paid for by the allied forces could well be ending up in the hands of the Taliban.

In one instance, a patrol base was deemed unsafe to stay in because the Afghan police were selling off the security walls as scrap metal.

Major Steuber said the foreign military working here have to accept the limitations on what they can hope to achieve.

He said that because the Afghan police were unable to sustain themselves, sometimes corruption was the only way they could function.

"If we were to go in and shut down all of their schemes, all of their corruption schemes, you would render them completely ineffective," he said.

But there are issues Major Steuber said need to be tackled head-on - including the sexual abuse of young boys by local police commanders.

On every police base I visited in Sangin, there were young boys: some were armed, and some looked like servants. They are known as "chai boys".

Major Steuber says they are often sexually abused.

The problem is widespread. While I was in Sangin, four boys were shot while trying to escape police commanders, three of them fatally. None of the commanders responsible were arrested.

Sangin Deputy Police Chief Qhattab Khan admitted this abuse is taking place, and promised to take action.

He told Major Steuber: "The kids themselves want to stay at the patrol bases and give their bodies at night… There is no humanity. There is no military command".

Mr Khan retired before any action was taken to free the chai boys. To date they have not been released.

"Try doing that day in, day out," said Major Steuber, "working with child molesters, working with people who are robbing people, murdering them. It wears on you after a while."

The Afghan government says it is fighting corruption and that the police and armed forces are ready and willing to take full responsibility for the security of their country.

Ministry of Interior Spokesman Sediq Sediqi, said the Afghan Government would investigate the claims of corruption and abuse, highlighted by Panorama.

But from what I saw, corruption and criminality are widespread among the police in Sangin. This is exactly the kind of behaviour that led many Afghans to welcome the Taliban when they swept to power in 1996. Is this what all the fighting and bloodshed has been for?

Ben Anderson has travelled to Helmand province many times since 2007. He has written a book about his experiences there - No Worse Enemy.

Posted on 02/25/2013 9:48 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 25 February 2013
Muslim Arab ("Palestinian" Division) Propaganda Film-- Jihad Of "Pen, Tongue" -- "Five Broken Cameras" And Its Sequel

From Israel Hayom:

IDF reservists fight back against 'inciting' Oscar-nominated film

Pro-Israel Defense Forces group uploads "5 Broken Cameras — The Real Story" to expose the alleged bias of the directors and some in the movie industry against Israel • Group head: We want the creators of the movie charged for incitement.

Israel Hayom Staff
A screen grab from the web video "Five Broken Cameras - the real story."
Photo credit: YouTube

Posted on 02/25/2013 11:37 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 25 February 2013
Note To Erdogan: The Kurdish Claim To Part Of Turkey Is Stronger Than Any Arab Claim To Any Part Of Israel

From Al-Monitor:

Part of Turkey's Territory is Kurdistan


Türkçe okuyun

As it happens every time I travel to the southeast corner of Turkey, this time too I had the feeling that I wasn’t only in another land but in another planet. The heaviest snowfall of last 20 years had covered the entire region with purest white, filling one with incredibly enchanting and mystical sensations.

This is what happens every time I travel to Hakkari. Hakkari is the only Turkish province that has common borders both with Iran and Iraq. It wouldn’t be out of place to call this province, “the hotbed of Kurdish insurgency.” The first bullet of the PKK’s armed struggle that began in 1984 was fired in this province’s town of Semdinli that abuts both Iran and Iraq. Even today, the province the most troubled corner of Turkey.

What makes Hakkari so special, more than its geopolitics and historical background, is its topography. Some 88% of its area comprises mountains. Flat plains are but 2%. The remaining 10% consists of high plateaus. When you say mountains, we are speaking of those above 3,000 meters, some even 4,000 meters.

The nearest airport to Hakkari is 200 km away at Van. It takes about four hours of driving to get to Hakkari. The topography of Van and its environs are similar to that of Hakkari. Your first sensation that you are in the different land and even in a different planet overcomes you after about an hour and a half of driving from Van, once you drive through the Guzeldere Pass at 2,740-meter altitude.

The other day when passing through Guzeldere [which means Beautiful Creek] I realized that there was no creek to see and that the name was affixed to as a matter of routine without any creativity whatever it as it was done with many Kurdish location names. I said to my Kurdish friends from Hakkari who were with me that Guzeldere Pass must have had a Kurdish name. It did. It was called Gedika Chux. Chux was the name of a village a bit below the pass. Nobody in the region ever calls it the Guzeldere Pass.

Anyone who lives in Hakkari city calls it Colemerg. The most populated town of the province and perhaps the zenith of Kurdish militancy in Turkey we call Yuksekova, but the Kurds call it Gever. For them Cukurca and Semdinli, the two towns known for frequent attacks on border outposts, are known as Cele and Semdinan, respectively.

After you drive through the pass, the horizon is a series of mountains lined up like a wall. Beyond them is Iran. Once you take the Iran border to your left and drive toward Hakkari city, you are engulfed by one of the most spectacular sceneries of the world. The Zap River that enters Iraq at Cukurca and links up with River Tigris near Mosul meanders through wadis and canyons overlooked by majestic mountains.

The region’s distinctive ethnic and geographical identity that sets it apart from other regions of Turkey  continues unchanged in Iran in the East and Iraq in the South. That is the heartland of the region called Kurdistan. Hakkari’s topography is similar to Iran and Iraq. Their common feature is being the land of Kurdistan. On these lands live the Kurds with their tribal ties and kinships.

The people of the region have never acknowledged the borders imposed on them.  You can’t have natural borders on such high mountains. There are also no ethnic boundaries. Borders are easily traversed by the Kurds who don’t use passports. Kurdish armed movements in all three countries have routinely used the land of each other as hinterland of their area of operations.

Those who live inside the borders of Turkey refer to neighboring countries without using their official designations. For them Iran is Rojhilat and Iraq is Bashur, that is East and South respectively in Kurdish language, just as they are now referring to Kurdish areas adjacent to Turkish border in Syria as Rojava, that is, the West.

These identifications are based on their perception of Kurdistan. With feel they live in Kurdistan. For them the part of their geographical and ethnic entity that on paper remains in Iran is the East, those parts in Iraq is the South and the parts in Syria is the West, hence the labels East Kurdistan, South Kurdistan et al. Bakur, that is North, is where they live, hence North Kurdistan.

We reached he city of Hakkari, that is Colemerg, talking  about all these with Kurdish academics of the Hakkari University.

A surprise was waiting for me in Hakkari that evening.It was an article by Mustafa Akyol in Al-Monitor’s Turkey Pulse titled, ‘’Is There a Turkish Kurdistan?’’

The introductory paragraph of the article was especially stunning: “If you follow the Turkish media, and especially focus on news related to Turkey’s southeastern neighbors, you will notice an interesting nuance: The autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of is almost never referred to with its official name. Most Turks rather simply call it ‘Northern Iraq’ with clear intention to avoid the K word. Others who try to be more realistic speak of ‘the Kurdish Regional Government.’ They, in other words, prefer the word ‘Kurdish’ to ‘Kurdistan,’ because the latter is quite toxic for most Turkish ears.”

Allergy of Turks to the word “Kurdistan” is at times unnerving and at times amusing. While I was reading these lines I remembered an incident with an Iraqi young girl who entered Turkey from the border of Kurdistan in Iraq. In 1991 after Saddam Hussein lost his sovereignty beyond the 36th parallel, marking the actual emergence of a Kurdistan region, many babies were named Kurdistan and that was how they were recorded in population registers. This young girl, almost a teenager when the Americans invaded in 2003, entered Turkey through the Habur border crossing in the southeast. The official studying her passport gave her a long look and asked: “What is your name?” After hesitating a bit, she answered: “Northern Iraq.”

Akyol’s points were on the mark, provided if you read this part of it from the end: “The reason for this widespread Turkish sensitivity is not hard to see: The geographic area that historically has been called ‘Kurdistan’ is divided since World War I between four countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey, the last of them having the largest share. Moreover, groups among Turkey’s Kurds have launched almost two dozen rebellions against Ankara in the past 90 years. This had led successive Turkish governments –and especially the bureaucratic establishment, which was politely called ‘the regime’ – to try to ‘Turkify’ the region.”

What I mean by reading from the end is this: “Because  successive Turkish governments — and especially the bureaucratic establishment, which was politely called ‘the regime,’ tried to ‘Turkify’ the region, that led groups among Turkey’s Kurds to launch almost two dozen rebellions against Ankara in the past 90 years.”

And I can add the following “As long as the identity of Turkey’s Kurds are denied including the avoidance of the K word, Kurds will never feel reconciled.”  Because the Turkish allergy to the word Kurdistan brings with it the fear of division of Turkey. For Kurds, this means rejections of their quest and demands for equality.

The problem with the word ‘’Kurdistan’’ is not solvable by citing claims that the borders are not precisely defined, therefore it has the potential of causing problems in the Turkish administrative structure.  While there is Kurdistan in Iraq, a province with that name in Iran was allowed to keep it both under monarchy and then the Islamic Republic, there is now the possibility of another one emerging in Syria, to think that there has never been an area called Kurdistan in Turkey only attributes sacrosanctity to the superficial, illogical and abnormal borders drawn after World War I to define Turkey’s southern frontier.

This can no more be possible in the second decade of the 21st century.

Akyol’s remark that “if there is a Kurdistan in Turkey, it is the whole country and its capital is Istanbul” sounds pleasing to the ears. His intention with that description is subtly pleasant but not in full harmony with historical and physical facts and the direction developments are heading toward nowadays. Akyol’s words, “Kurds should be made more at home in every inch of Turkey,” are entirely justified.

But this will be impossible, if the name of their homeland is denied or considered as dangerous for the unity of the people and country or as ‘sinful’.

The proper response to the question “Is there a Turkish Kurdistan?” that will also satisfy the concerned parties could well be: ”Part of Turkish territory is Kurdistan.”

Cengiz Çandar is a contributing writer for Al-Monitor's Turkey Pulse. A journalist since 1976, he is the author of seven books in the Turkish language, mainly on Middle East issues, including the best-seller Mesopotamia Express: A Journey in History. He contributed to two Century Foundation publications: Turkey's Transformation and American Policy and Allies in Need: Turkey and the U.S. He is currently senior columnist of Radikal in Istanbul. Çandar was a special foreign policy advisor to Turkish President Turgut Özal from 1991 to 1993.

Posted on 02/25/2013 11:51 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 25 February 2013
Girl was "whipped, gagged and handcuffed" by rapists, Old Bailey hears

From the Oxford Mail

A CHILD was gagged, whipped, and tied up while she was made to act out "sexual fantasies" for groups of men, the Old Bailey heard this morning.

A young woman, giving evidence at the Oxford sex exploitation trial, said she was driven to High Wycombe up to three times a week to have sex with up to seven men.

Known as Girl 4 as she cannot be named, she said: "I have been horse-whipped, I have been cuffed, and I have been tied with a shirt tie." The witness claims she was raped and sold for sex by brothers Mohammed and Bassam Karrar between the ages of 11 and 15.

The woman said if she refused to have sex with men Mohammed Karrar would get "mad". She said: "I would get slapped. I would get kicked or sometimes I would have a pillow over my face."

The court heard how, when aged 12, the witness was taken to an Oxford flat and Mohammed Karrar put "toys" inside he and told her he was "preparing" her.

According to the live blog 11.43am: Witness describes how Mohammed Karrar assaulted her aged 12 with "toys". "I said please don't, it really hurts."
Karrar told the child: "This will help you take more."

Later she was raped by at least five men on a kitchen table, the jury heard. She cried as she told the court in video link: "I just wanted it to stop." She said she was abused at hotels, house, and a "closed down shop" in High Wycombe.

All nine defendants deny the 51 counts against them. The trial continues.

Posted on 02/25/2013 1:39 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 25 February 2013
Texas students dress in burqas, taught to call Muslim terrorists ‘freedom fighters’

From the Washington Times

A Texas lawmaker is launching an investigation after a high school teacher reportedly invited her female students to dress in burqas and refer to Muslim terrorists as “freedom fighters.”

State Sen. Dan Patrick told Fox News he is very disturbed by a Facebook photograph posted by one of the students in a world geography class at Lumberton High School, which showed them in Islamic garb. He also is investigating reports that the students were forced to write an essay based on an article in The Washington Post that blamed Egypt’s turmoil on democracy rather than the Muslim Brotherhood.

“I felt like the line had been crossed,” a parent of the daughter who posted the Facebook photo told Fox. “Christian kids who want to pray have to do it outside of school hours — yet Islam is being taught to our kids during school hours.”

The girl’s father is confused why a geography class is teaching religion at all. “She went from learning about Mexico to learning about Russia to learning about Islam,” he told Fox. “Islam is not a country. Islam is not a continent.”

The parents contacted the principal, who defended the program required under CSCOPE, a controversial electronic curriculum system that provides online lesson plans for teachers. “The lesson that was offered focused on exposing students to world cultures, religions, customs and belief systems. The lesson is not teaching a specific religion, and the students volunteered to wear the clothing.”

“This is the normal answer from every school using CSCOPE,” said Janice VanCleave, the founder of Texas CSCOPE Review, which monitors what is being taught in the state’s schools. “They are definitely promoting the Islamic religion.”

Posted on 02/25/2013 2:08 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 25 February 2013
"Their Passions Form Their Fetters" So They Must Listen To Their Betters

"Men are qualified for liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites,—in proportion as their love of justice is above their rapacity — in proportion as their soundness and sobriety and understanding is above their vanity and presumption — in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters."

                                                                                                                   --Edmund Burke

Posted on 02/25/2013 2:26 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 25 February 2013
Six Men Plead Not Guilty to Plotting Terrorist Attack Against EDL

From the International Business Times

Six men have pleaded not guilty to allegations they were planning a terrorist attack against the English Defence League last year.

The men, from Birmingham. are accused of preparing acts of terrorism between 1 May and 4 July against the pro-English and anti-Islamic organisation.

Mohammed Hasseen, Jewel Uddin, Omar Mohammed Khan, Anzal Hussain, Zohaib Ahmed and Mohammed Saud all appeared via prison video link at Woolwich Crown Court in London to enter their not guilty pleas.

The six are charged under the Terrorism Act 2006, accused of preparing for an act or acts of terrorism with the intention of committing such acts. They are accused of manufacturing an improvised explosive device, as well as acquiring firearms and other weapons, and vehicles connected with their alleged plans. Uddin, Khan and Hasseen were arrested in June after police allegedly found guns, knives, machetes and a home-made bomb in a car during a routine stop.

A trial is due to begin on 7 May.

Posted on 02/25/2013 4:41 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 25 February 2013
A Musical Interlude: That's Why The Lady Is A Tramp (Sophie Tucker)
Listen here.
Posted on 02/25/2013 9:25 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

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