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The Oil Cringe of the West: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J.B. Kelly Vol. 2
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Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Boy Returns To Yemen To "Get In Touch With His Roots"
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Posted on 10/22/2014 7:52 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
A Musical Interlude: The Varsity Drag (Penny Singleton)
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Listen (and watch) here

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Posted on 10/22/2014 6:17 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
In The Islamic State, The Diwan Of Knowledge Goes To Work
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In the Islamic State, the Diwan of Knowledge issues its curriculum guidelines and dress code.

Details here.

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Posted on 10/22/2014 6:13 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Bill Maher On Asya Bibi's Death Sentence In Pakistan
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It was not a lone killer, Maher notes, but the High Court of Pakistan, enforcing the law of Islam, the Shari'a, which Pakistani law takes as a model (though it does not yet coincide completey with it), that reaffirmed the death sentence for a Christian woman who was accused of saying something bad about Islam.

 

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Posted on 10/22/2014 12:07 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
ISIS Graduation Ceremony, Graduates Trained In Three Things
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You can view the graduation ceremony here. No speeches were given by someone telling the graduates to "follow their bliss" and  to "give something back." They're already following their bliss. And soon enough, all over the Middle East and the Western world, just like those who graduated before them, or as adept auto-didacts needed no further training, they'll be giving something back.

There are three equally indispensable parts to that training. The first two will be familiar to those who have undergone basic training in any military, but take careful note of the third:

1. Physical figtness.

2  Weapons training

3. Shari'a.

 

Got that? Shari'a. That is the constitution of the Caliphate, of any Caliphate. And since Obama, and Kelly, and Cameron, and so many other Western leaders, and so many Muslim leaders and spokesmen and propagandists, too, have told us that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam, then when a carefully-crafted law is passed that will allow us to declare war on the Islamic State, and on those who give aid and comfort to the Islamic State's sole goals -- the removal of all obstacles to the spread of Islam, in order to make sure that the Shari'a, sooner or later, is imposed everywhere -- they will not be able to call this an attack on Islam, because nothing that the Islamic State wants, they are all repeatedly on record as declaring, has "anything to do with Islam."

The proposal I made earlier today at NER, about the careful crafting of a Declaration of War,  was important. I think it deserves attention elsewhere. Please help to disseminate the idea.

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Posted on 10/22/2014 11:34 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Muslim Killers Attack Parliament Building And Other Targets In Ottawa
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Breaking story here.

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Posted on 10/22/2014 11:21 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Ottawa:Shots fired on Parliament Hill, multiple injuries reported
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From Canada.Com

Shots were fired on Parliament Hill and at the nearby Canadian War Memorial on Wednesday morning, and one uniformed soldier guarding the cenotaph was injured and taken to hospital.

A dark-clothed gunman fired the shots just before 10 a.m. at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and  is still on the loose, according to multiple reports. He is said to have fled for Parliament Hill, where more shots were heard in Centre Block. Shots were also heard within the main legislative building that includes the Peace Tower, near the Library of Parliament.

Ottawa police have tweeted confirmation shots were fired near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. One person was injured, a soldier who has been taken to hospital. CPR was being performed on the victim at the war memorial before he was taken to hospital. Soldiers post guard at the war memorial 24 hours, seven days a week.

There are multiple reports the active shooter is dead, though amid all the confusion there’s concern of a second shooter.

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Posted on 10/22/2014 9:50 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
A Musical Interlude: The Little Things You Used To Do (Helen Morgan)
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Listen here.

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Posted on 10/22/2014 7:39 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Trying To Remember Not To Forget
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I used to be able to remember everything, about everything. I could recall everything, always, no matter what. But that's not true anymore.

Last night I tried to remember the name of a female professor I had seen, not a week ago, at a symposium I crashed. I had disliked her for decades, but mainly by reputation, and when I saw her, and heard her speak, gesticulating with both hands, I had further reason to dislike her. So I ought to have remembered her name last night. And when I couldn't, this sent me into a frenzy. But I read Peter De Vries -- there is no frigate like a book, to take us lands away -- and went to sleep.

But I didn't forget my ordeal. Just a few minutes ago, I remembered that last night I couldn't remember something. But I couldn't remember exactly what it was that I had been unable to remember. Then, magically, I suddenly remembered what it was I had been trying to remember ("name of obnoxious professor at symposium") and then, a second later, I managed somehow, squeezing the meninges, to remember her name.

If you are of a certain age, and worried about such things, you'll know how relieved I was.

Whew.

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Posted on 10/22/2014 7:29 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Why A Declaration Of War, Carefully-Drafted, Is Needed
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What is the Islamic State? It is an incomplete embodiment of, and a complete representative of, an idea: the idea is that of a Caliiphate, a unification under one rule of all Muslims. And in that Caliphate, the Sharia (Islamic law) will be imposed. The Sharia requires, among other things,  the permanent subjugation of all non-Muslims (or, if they are not Christians or Jews, like the Yazidis, or Hindus, or Buddhists, or atheists, should be killed) .

The governments of the Western world, beginning with the American government, ought to declare War, not against the Islamic State alone, but against all those who give aid or comfort in any way to those who wish to bring about that Caliphate, or wish to create the conditions which will enable the spread of the imposition of the Sharia.

Such a declaration of war, including the description of the enemy as being all those who work for the imposition of the Sharia, must be carefully crafted. Clever legislative drafters exist; they will know what to do. 

And then Article 3, Section 3, Clause 1 may be properly applied:

 

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

 

And similar laws can be passed in Canada, in France, in Great Britain (which has an unwritten Constitution, but one whose contents, including the definition of treason, are well known), Italy,  the Netherlands, Belgium, and the rest of the civilized non-Islamic world. The non-civilized parts of the non-Islamic world will know what to do, and do it, without the need for such considerations.

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Posted on 10/22/2014 6:40 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Caliphate Dreams In Tunisia
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Several things to note:

1) the theme of unifying all of the Arabs, in the Caliphate, supports the understanding of pan-Arabism not, as it was always presented, an altnerative to pan-Islamism, but as an initial version of it. d pan-Arabism, now seen as what it always was, not an alternative to Islam's dream of a universal caliphate, but or pan-Arabism was always

2) the desire to give meaning to  miserable lives, made miserable by the economic, political, and social conditions that Islam itself causes, even in Tunisia, a state that, thanks to Bourguiba and others who shared and share his attempt to constrain Islam (as Bey Essebsi), by going off to join the Caliphate about which tales have been told, and there is no horror expressed at what goes on in the Islamic State (and the reporter naively takes at face value those who claim they believe the stories of atrocities toward non-Muslims and women are false, which is what they would tell a reporter, rather than admit that they know or suspect them to be true, and are indifferent, or even approve).

3) the scariest, for Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Kuwait, and Qatar is the thought expressed that under a Caliphate the rich Arabs of the Gulf will have to share their trillions with all the others in that Caliphate. And after their fear about their own survival as ruling familities, that is the second main reason for the Gulf states (with Qatar still an outlier, having supported the fanatics of the Muslim Brotherhood and their ilk, in Libya, in Egypt, in Syria, and in Gaza) to oppose the Islamic State. It certainly has nothingto do with surprise or shock at the killing of Yazidis, or the enslavement of women "taken in battle" (massacres), or the stoning to death of women, or anything that shocks non-Muslims.

The story here.

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Posted on 10/22/2014 6:13 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
The Convert To Islam Offers Islam Undiluted
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And while Muslims will wince at the spectacle --to be repeated over and over again -- of the convert to Islam (and converts to Islam are almost all from the socially and psychically marginal, for they are exactly the kind of people attracted to a Faith that is full of violence and aggression, that justifies their own behavior against the circumambient Infidels, and that provides a Total Explanation of the Universe and a Complete Regulation of Life. That's exactly what such people want. Solemn studies, with multi-million dollar government grants, not always handed out to the right people  (see Mia Bloom, who has tripled her salary, as one more "terrorism expert" (because she wrote an idiotic book, that makes her an expert), now getting in on that just-awared government grant to a center at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell ) will eventually have to come to this understanding and conclusion. But anyone should be able to figure it out.

 

And meanwhile there is nothing those born into Islam, who want to stay in the West, and whom there is no reason to trust will not continue to defend Islam by misrepresenting it to non-Muslims, will have to see convert after convert kill or attempt to kill, and have to issue or utter those same statements, that no longer fool anyone, of horror and shock, and incomprehension, as to how anyone might think Islam has anything to do with this.

But it won't end.
And even the dullest and the most resistant -- save for the most fanatical of those who insist that we must, at all costs, be "tolerant" no matter what it means for our own safety, or our own laws and customs, or our own understanding of history, or our own cultural coherence --will begin to see Islam as the quickest-minded, even if they had not made Islam their sole or main subject of study,  did long ago.

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Posted on 10/22/2014 5:44 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Baby killed as car rams crowd in Jerusalem terror attack
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From the Times of Israel

A three-month-old girl was killed Wednesday afternoon and eight others were injured when a car crashed into a crowd at a light rail station in Jerusalem in what officials said was a terrorist attack.

The suspect, identified by an Israeli official as a member of terror group Hamas, attempted to flee the scene on foot and was shot and badly hurt by police, a police spokesperson said.  “A private car which arrived from the direction of the French Hill junction hit a number of pedestrians who were on the pavement and injured nine of them,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement. “Initial indications suggest this is a hit-and-run terror attack,”

The baby, Chaya Zissel Braun, died at the nearby Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus a few hours after the incident. A spokesperson for Israeli rescue service Magen David Adom said a 60-year-old woman and seven other people, including the baby’s parents, were also lightly and moderately wounded in the attack.

Prime Minister’s Office spokesperson Ofir Gendelman wrote on his official Twitter feed that the suspect was a Hamas member. The alleged attacker is Abdelrahman al-Shaludi, a former Palestinian prisoner from the flashpoint neighborhood of Silwan. Police confirmed that the suspect was from Silwan and had previously served in Israeli prison.

A Hamas spokesperson said in response to the reports that if indeed it was a terrorist attack, then it was a natural response to Israel’s actions in Jerusalem,

The light rail has in recent months been repeatedly attacked by stone-throwing Palestinians in the neighborhood of Shuafat, located just north of where Wednesday’s incident took place.

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Posted on 10/22/2014 5:06 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Canadian Convert Suspected In Parliament Attack
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From Sky News and the Toronto Star

A Canadian man said to be a convert to Islam is being investigated as a possible suspect after a soldier was shot and killed at a war memorial and dozens of shots were fired inside the country's parliament.Police are hunting two gunmen after another was shot dead inside the parliament building.

They are investigating a man named as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who US agencies have been advised is a Canadian convert to Islam, as a potential suspect, a source told the Reuters news agency.

At one stage police told the AFP news agency that possibly up to three shooters were feared to be on the roof of the building, which remains in lockdown.

Minister Julian Fantino told the Toronto Sun that parliament's head of security, Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, had shot a suspect dead inside the building. Ottawa Hospital has received three patients, two of whom are in a stable condition.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned the attack. (which of course, has nothing to do with Islam)

The soldier shot dead while guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa Wednesday is Corp. Nathan Frank Cirillo. Cirillo, who was a corporal with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was an active social media user and photos on various sites show he was a young father and a dog lover. 

Kevin Vickers, Parliament Hill's sergeant-at-arms and former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, shot and killed the suspect, Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino told the Toronto Sun"All the details are not in, but the sergeant-at-arms, a former Mountie, is the one that engaged the gunman, or one of them at least, and stopped this," Fantino said. "He did a great job and, from what I know, shot the gunman and he is now deceased."

Vickers, a 57-year-old New Brunswick native, was appointed sergeant-at-arms in the House of Commons in 2006. Before that, Vickers, a 29-year veteran of the RCMP, served as director of security operations for the House of Commons, providing security services for dignitaries, including Prince Andrew and members of the Canadian royal family. Which sounds slightly odd to an Englishwoman but of course The Queen is also Queen of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and elswhere in the Commonwealth. I must not be arrogant and forget that.

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Posted on 10/22/2014 4:29 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
When You Think Of Canada, Don't You Want To Think Of Kevin Vickers?
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Here.


 

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Posted on 10/22/2014 4:38 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
So Few Muslims, And Late, And Mild, Condemn The Persecution Of Christians
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An article from lefigaro.fr that appeared in August; I had overlooked at the time, but having just read it, think it worth posting now.

Here.

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Posted on 10/22/2014 3:07 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
An "Explosive" Report On Islam In French Prisons
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At lefigaro.fr, here.

In prison the converts are made. How does it happen? Well, first you need to belong to a group or gang that will protect you. There is the gang of Corsicans. There is the gang of blacks, Africans and Antillais. There is the gang of Muslims. If you are a non-Corsican white, you cannot make yourself Corsican, or black. But you can make yourself a Muslim, and now your Muslim brothers will protect you. And Islam jsutifies everything bad you've been doing, or will want to do -- go ahead, steal from, attack, rape, do whatever you want to those Infidel French. They refuse to recognize the superiority of Islam and of Muslims, refuse to allow themselves to be subjugated, refuse to let Muslims impose a Jizyah So take that Jizyah, any way you can, despite what the man-made laws of Infidels might say. 

That's by way of a gloss on the report.

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Posted on 10/22/2014 3:00 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Should Muslims Be Allowed To Drive?
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The latest attempt at mass murder using a car took place in Jerusalem, where eight Israelis were deliberatey run down by a young male Muslim, a member of Hamas. A baby was killed, the others wounded. This comes a week or two after a Muslim commandeered a truck; other cases in Israel involved tractors.

In the United States, where so many of our taxidrivers are Muslims, who knows what a suicide-driver could do, if willing to die himself, not only to a crowd, but to his passengers. But dare anyone discuss this, at all? So many find it preferable to pretend it hasn't happened -- it has -- or that it won't happen -- it will -- or that, in any case, they wail, "but we just can't do that." Lots of things that were once unthinkable can be done in wartime, even if that wartime is permanent (for there is no end to Jihad) to protect yourself.

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Posted on 10/22/2014 1:44 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Canadian soldier has died.
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A nation is in shock, a soldier reported dead, a gunman slain and at least one other person injured after multiple shootings in the nation’s capitol Wednesday morning.

Postmedia has confirmed the soldier, shot while guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa, has succumbed to his injuries.

A dark-clothed gunman fired the shots just before 10 a.m. at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa, where a uniformed soldier was shot. The gunman then fled for Parliament Hill, where he unleashed more gunfire inside Centre Block. A security guard was injured before the sergeant-at-arms shot the suspect dead. 

Police suspect there are still one or two shooters on the loose, officials have told the Canadian Press. The RCMP are asking people not to share officers’ locations on Twitter. Ottawa police have tweeted confirmation shots were fired near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 9:52 a.m.The RCMP are asking people to stay away from the scene, remain in doors, away from windows and roofs.

Shots were also heard within the main legislative building that includes the Peace Tower, near the Library of Parliament. As many as 50 shots rang through the building. Snipers are keeping watch from roofs around the Capitol region, where government buildings as far as Hull, Quebec, and even the CBC studio are on lockdown. Multiple bridges in the capitol are also closed. Ottawa Police stations, RCMP buildings and anything related to the military is also on lock down or high alert, as are provincial legislatures across the country.

A witness reported that a man drove up in a black vehicle, got out carrying a rifle and ran into the Centre Block. Witnesses heard shots in several different corridors. The prime minister cancelled a planned event in Toronto on Wednesday evening, where he was to bestow honorary citizenship on Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

Chuck Bronley of Ottawa said he was near the memorial when he heard four shots and saw a man running away carrying a rifle. A tourist from the Netherlands was also nearby when he heard four shots, and saw an armed man with long, dark hair fleeing. Police were yelling at bystanders, shouting that there was still a shooter on the loose. “DND member is down,” one officer was overheard saying.

The incident comes just two days after two Canadian soldiers were run over — and one of them killed — in Quebec by a man with jihadist sympathies.

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Posted on 10/22/2014 1:10 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Islamic State's Sleeper Cells In Turkey
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Story here.

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Posted on 10/22/2014 1:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Was it Terrorism or “Senseless Violence” that occurred in Canada?
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