Wynne’s Ontario Liberals masters of debt

If there's one thing Ontario's Liberal government is good at, it's racking up debt.

Under Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne, Ontario's net debt soared by 89% from 2007-08 to 2013-14.

According to the Fraser Institute, that's the fastest growth rate by far among all of the provinces and the federal government. (The next highest is Alberta at 68.4%.)

Ontario's public debt in 2013-14 was $269.1 billion, up $126.7 billion from $142.4 billion in 2007-08.

This year, Ontario's deficit is projected at $12.5 billion, higher than the combined deficits of all the other provinces and the federal government.


Tory push to Corporate Canada is out of left field

The feds, led by Leitch, are going to require federally regulated companies to file regular reports declaring what their goals are for women on their corporate boards. What percentage? When? And what are those companies doing to recruit more female directors?

At the moment, Leitch says her hectoring is intended only to "compel them to think about this." She will only nag companies to appoint more women to their boards, she won't make it a legal requirement as the governments in Norway and France have done.

But once governments begin down a path, they almost never go back.

This is nutty. It's only a few short steps from being commanded to wear a tin foil hat on Tuesdays.


Norwegian-Somali teenager dies of tuberculosis: fourth such case in 40 years

A student at an intermediate school in Oslo died this summer after having been sick with tuberculosis, Norway’s public health institute reported this week. The death is only the fourth of its kind in the country in 40 years.

“It’s extremely unusual that children or youth under the age of 20 die of tuberculosis, or from another disease tied to tuberculosis,” Trude Arnesen of the public health institute (Folkehelseinstituttet) told news bureau NTB this week. “We have only registered three such cases since 1972.”

The institute registers around 350 to 400 cases of tuberculosis in Norway every year. Around 85% of those ill were born outside Norway. The teenage boy who died was from a Somalian family.

“The danger of infection is low and medicines are good,” Arnesen said. “Those who get tuberculosis in Norway today can expect to recover. This particular case is an exception. It won’t lead to any changes in our recommendations regarding tuberculosis in Norway, but it shows how important it is to maintain the control systems we have.”


Obama's Ferguson Remarks Ignore Bloody Chicago Weekend

Malignant Neglect: The president talks about Ferguson, Mo., but not about a Chicago weekend where three dozen people were shot, seven of them killed, including a 16-year-old black girl who wanted to be a doctor.

To his credit, President Obama was more judicious than usual talking about the shooting of Michael Brown outside St. Louis. He did not say the police acted stupidly. He actually made a rare attempt at acknowledging individual responsibility when he said that when young black men "commit a crime, they need to be prosecuted, because every community has an interest in public safety."

One of those communities is Chicago, about whose routine carnage the president has said little of substance, and where last weekend, as the fires of looted stores in Ferguson burned, seven people were shot dead and 29 were wounded. No need to put out the fires of perceived racial animosity or place special focus on the situation when it is young blacks routinely killing other young blacks.


Corruption coming to a country near you -- UK: Islamic TV channel let mayor sing his praises

Lutfur Rahman was allowed to discuss his record in glowing terms without being challenged

A Muslim TV channel has been admonished by Ofcom, the media regulator, for giving biased coverage to a controversial mayor during a local election campaign.

The Islam Channel, which reaches up to 60% of Muslim households in the UK, breached broadcasting rules by screening an interview in which Lutfur Rahman, the mayor of Tower Hamlets in east London, discussed his record in glowing terms without being challenged, the regulator said.

It is the latest in a succession of cases in which Ofcom has found that TV channels aimed at Muslim audiences were excessively positive in news or political programmes about Mr Rahman, Britain’s first directly elected Muslim mayor.

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Russia wants Bulgarians to stop vandalizing Soviet monuments

Figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of a Soviet Army monument were previously transformed into superheroes in Sofia, Bulgaria. Ignat Ignev / Wikicommons

Russia is demanding that Bulgaria try harder to prevent vandalism of Soviet monuments, after yet another monument to Soviet troops in Sofia was spray-painted, ITAR-Tass reported.

The Russian Embassy in Bulgaria has issued a note demanding that its former Soviet-era ally clean up the monument in Sofia's Lozenets district, identify and punish those responsible, and take "exhaustive measures" to prevent similar attacks in the future, the news agency reported Monday.

The monument was sprayed with red paint on the eve of the Bulgarian Socialist Party's celebration of its 123rd anniversary, the Sofia-based Novinite news agency reported...

h/t Rosenmops


Record number of out-of-state students are a jackpot for University of California (you can bet it is for Canadian universities too)

UC Berkeley

The University of California continues to increase its numbers of out-of-state and foreign students to pay full tuition.

Each non-Californian pays an extra $23,000 annually, and the UC bean counters like that.

Monday’s Los Angeles Times article did not mention one unsightly ball and chain on UC’s finances, namely the subsidies provided by unwilling taxpayers to illegal alien students.

In 2013, more than 20,000 illegal alien students applied for direct financial aid when the state’s DREAM Act became operative. The aliens already qualify for in-state tuition as long as they attended a California high school for three years and graduated...


UK: NHS boss suspended over anti-gay posts on Islamic charity website

Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex Photo: Alamy

A senior NHS boss has been suspended after it emerged he runs an Islamic charity whose website carried articles suggesting that gay people should be “destroyed by fire” and “stoned to death”.

Shahid Sardar, head of public engagement at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, has been reported to police by his employers over his trusteeship of the Islamic Network.

Pages, now deleted, on the website of the charity, based in Whitechapel, East London, contained posts that anti-extremists say could constitute hate speech, according to an investigation by the BBC.

Homosexuality was labelled “a sick disease” and were “against human nature” and “evil and filthy”.

The article referred to medieval Muslim teachings that gay people should be "destroyed by fire", "executed by being thrown from a great height" and "stoned to death".

Other articles on the charity’s website advocated killing apostates and that “Jews scheme and crave after possessing the Muslim lands, as well as the lands of others”...

Update: Story has been pulled from the Telegraph and the BBC, here is a full version at Stand for Peace.


Seventy-five organizations demand White House end bigoted trainings

Muslim Advocates along with a diverse coalition of 75 organizations, including the NAACP, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Lambda Legal and other leading civil and privacy rights organizations, sent a letter to Lisa Monaco, the President’s counterterrorism advisor, demanding immediate attention to the ongoing problem of anti-Muslim training materials and practices by federal agencies.

The letter comes on the heels of a July report in The Intercept that highlights systemic discriminatory practices by federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies, including the use of racist slurs in official documents.

“We have been asking the White House to end bigoted trainings and practices by law enforcement for years, were assured the problem would be addressed with a keen sense of urgency, but now learn that the administration fell far short of fixing the problem,” said Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy and educational organization.

“Bigotry cannot be tolerated at any level of government, and the administration needs to take decisive steps to eradicate bigoted training once and for all”...


Cherson & Molschky: Boko Haram kills nearly 1,000 Christians -- Where is the media?

The smoldering wreckage of St. Theresa Catholic Church at Madalla, Suleja, just outside Nigeria’s capital of Abuja on Dec. 25, 2011 (Photo: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters)

As Hamas breaks yet another ceasefire, the mainstream international media remains intent on focusing on the “poor” Palestinians and the Gazan casualties.

Celebrities, easily conned by heartbreaking propaganda in the form of Pallywood, come out against Israel and demonstrate their anti-Semitic tendencies. The entire world, it seems, is fixated on Israel.

Yet when Boko Haram kills nearly 1000 people in a Christian town in a matter of days, it does not make the headlines...

CASE IN POINT: Story from today in the rather obscure Morning Star News: Muslim Herdsmen in Nigeria Kill 18 Christians in Plateau, Kaduna States:

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – The 14 people killed in an attack by Muslim Fulani herdsmen last week in Plateau state were Christians killed for their faith, not cattlemen slain for their livestock, area Christians said.

In Yelwa, where Muslim Fulani cattlemen have largely replaced Christian ethnicities over the years by means of slash-and-shoot attacks, a throng of heavily armed herdsmen attacked the remnant Christian community in the early hours of Aug. 11, the sources said.

“These Muslim Fulani gunmen were more than 150, and they were armed,” a 40-year-old Christian from the village who fled to Jos told Morning Star News. “They attacked us in Yelwa. Many of the members of our community were killed by them. And they also burned down our houses. Those of us who survived had to run out of the village, some to Shendam town and others to places like Garkawa, Langtang, Pankshin or Jos.”


Séléka declares independent state in northern CAR

A leader of the predominantly Muslim Séléka militia on Sunday declared an independent state in the northeastern region of the Central African Republic (CAR).

“A free, independent secular state has been established in the northeastern region of CAR,” Noureddine Adam, the deputy head of the militia, said in a statement.

He added that the new “state” would be based in the Birao region, some 800 kilometers north of CAR capital Bangui, and that it would be led by former CAR president Michel Djotodia, a Muslim.

Adam also announced the creation of an interim government under Djotodia in which he would serve as minister of state for defense and national security.

He said the secession move came in response to what he described as “planned genocide” and “hostage-taking” of Muslims; the destruction of mosques; and the desecration of Quran by Christian militias, including the anti-balaka...


Dear Western World, Islam is NOT behind ISIS

Header illustration on the blog of Brendan Robertson, who published this piece

These past few weeks all eyes have been on the Middle East. ISIS and Hamas have owned the summer headlines as gruesome photos spill out from daily recurrences of violence.

Unfortunately, so many cameras pointed at so-relatively-few religiopolitical extremists can tend to skew our understanding of Islam as a whole. On behalf of the tragedies done in its name, it becomes easy to dismiss Islam as a religion that desires worldwide domination through violence. Many Christians think this way, and we can hardly blame them as the media and popular entertainment make it all too easy to believe.

Yet, Christ calls us to more. As Christians, we must rise above this media-based misunderstanding to offer both dignity and love to our Muslim neighbors around the world. Of course, this begins with understanding: getting to know Islam beyond the faulty caricatures that demean its adherents and put up barriers between us and them.... blah blah blah

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Fighting back against aggressors is permitted in Christianity: we are not required to be martyrs or “new reverts” to Islam.


‘The insanity of blaming Islam’

Mark Ambinder, who is editor-at-large at The Week and a contributing editor at GQ and The Atlantic, posted an opinion piece in April which has been picked up by numerous webmags including Politico, The World Muslim Congress and Islamicity. It is titled, “The Insanity of Blaming Islam”...

He writes that he finds “the quick and easy conversation” blaming Islam for Muslims being radicalized in America “to be so illogical and laced with bigotry.”

On the other hand he writes:

Of course, there is a global violent jihadist movement, loosely organized, that wants to recruit young men to influence policies at home and abroad and perhaps usher in the global caliphate. That ideology motivates some Muslims to kill innocent people.
...Mr. Ambinder fails to explain in any detail just what it is about America that drives people to radical acts of terrorism like the Boston bombers he cites.

He merely trots out the usual suspects: America’s gun culture, “gaps in the mental health system” and of course, “the way that Americans are uncomfortable with people who are different.

He then avers that if Islamic doctrine is to blame there would be many more such acts of terrorism. Would it not rather be the case that if America’s gun culture is to blame along with gaps in the mental health system together with American xenophobia that violent acts of terrorism would be more common? Only ~.6% of Americans are Muslims...


Pakistan: Sikhs complain over targeted killings; Ahmadis fear violence against them

A member of Sikh community speaks at a seminar in Peshawar on Monday. (White Star photo)

PESHAWAR: Speakers at a seminar here on Monday expressed grave concern over the targeted killing of several Sikh traders and demanded of the government to protect minorities and remove the unrest among them.

The seminar titled “Stop violence against minorities” was organised by Commission for Peace and Minorities Rights (CPMR).

The seminar was addressed by CPMR representative Sardar Charan Jeet Singh, member of Hindu community Haroon Sarb Diyal and some members of Christian community. The event was also attended by the relatives of the slain Sikh traders.

The speakers said that they felt insecure in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province owing to targeted killings of Sikhs. They said that they had no trust in the rulers as they were negligent...

A padlocked gate at the home of one People’s Colony resident (an Ahmadi)

Meanwhile, Ahmadis on the run: Fearing death in People’s Colony:  GUJRANWALA: A pall of fear hangs thick over Gujranwala’s now eerily silent People’s Colony.

It has been weeks since an enraged mob set fire to five homes belonging to members of the Ahmadi community, resulting in the deaths of two girls and an elderly woman.

Since the ill-fated Sunday when the incident came to light, police officials have sealed several homes in the area and warily patrol the locality lest a similar episode erupts.

Like many stories that pertain to the persecuted community, it is difficult to find people who will speak to journalists without requesting anonymity.

It is no different in People’s Colony, where terrified residents from the community are desperate for their plight to come to a logical end, but afraid to be named for fear of being persecuted further.

Only the dead are identified, because they no longer have to live in fear...


The Michael Brown "Narrative" Goes To Hell At Light Speed!

Called it!
Now, the last time we talked, old D.B. explained to you kiddies some of the problems with the MSM narrative of the Michael Brown shooting.
I tell you, it feels cool to be right, so tonight, I'm sporting my favorite pair of retro vintage shades.

But enough about me, let's talk about some other things that seem to be crashing toward Earth at something approaching terminal velocity.
The damn Michael Brown shooting narrative!

The first crack in the dam was the release of the security footage.
The second crack was the recovered audio from the cell phone video with a witness (prior to being interviewed by the Police) voluntarily giving a fairly accurate description of events that tell of Michael Brown going for the officer's gun and then charging at the officer before he was shot.

The cracks grew larger and faster with the release of the autopsy report that showed Saint Michael of the O.G. took all of his rounds from the front, and most certainly was not holding his hands up when he was shot.
Then the release of the Police Officer's X-Rays showing that he was indeed attacked by Michael Brown and that he did suffer serious damage at the hands of the now very carbon neutral Mr. Brown.

Then the cracks seems to spider outwards in all directions with the disclosure that Michael Brown was higher than John Lennon when he was sent to meet his maker.

Now we have a RECANTATION by Michael Brown's literal partner in crime Dorian Johnson! He has just recanted his earlier testimony and struck a plea deal for either crimes committed in this event, or for previous outstanding warrants that he has.
Which it is, I'm just not sure.

So prepare for more instances of spontaneous demands for justice in the form of burning and looting when this get officially disclosed sometime tomorrow.

As an added bonus, and maybe even a retro preview of tomorrow, I share with you the 1992 L.A. Riots as viewed by someone that lives very near Florence and Normandy, the flash point of the 1992 Riots, and whom was outside playing (he was 6-years-old at the time) and caught the very beginnings of the whole thing.


Evening photo: Wildlife refuge, Missouri

Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge covers 3,750 acres of Mississippi River floodplain and was established to provide a feeding and resting area for migratory birds. Nearly 300 species of birds visit the refuge during their journeys.

From US Dept of the Interior Tumblr site.  Photo by Carmen Cortelyou/USFWS


#DiversityIsOurStrength in the UK: Imam quits over pro-Isis preacher’s welcome

The Jalalia mosque in Cardiff -- that looks like an old church, does it not?

The imam of a leading Welsh mosque has resigned after he claimed that it invited a guest preacher from a sect that inspired local students to fight alongside the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

Imam Mohammad Bashir Uddin said his position was untenable after the Cardiff Jalalia mosque invited a speaker he believed was from the extremist Salafi sect. Its followers include Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan, both 20, who featured in a recent recruitment video for the Islamic State. Mr Muthana last month posted pictures of homemade bombs on Twitter and said Britain should be afraid of his return.

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Ummah über alles: Muslim Labour MP accused of encouraging 'mob rule' after joining anti-Israel Sainsbury protest

Shabana Mahmood: ISIS Says She's 
Too Ugly To Be A Jihad Whore
A Labour frontbencher was accused of encouraging mob rule last night after she boasted of taking part in an anti-Israel protest that forced a supermarket to close.

Shabana Mahmood lay in the street outside a Sainsbury’s store in Birmingham alongside dozens of pro-Palestine campaigners, protesting against the fact that it was ‘stocking goods from illegal settlements’.

Her ‘direct action’ forced the supermarket to close for several hours on a busy Saturday. She then used YouTube to brag about her actions, calling for a boycott of Israeli goods – in direct contravention of Labour policy.

h/t Marvin



By Jerry Lodriguss

Explanation: Big, bright, and beautiful, a Full Moon near perigee, the closest point in its elliptical orbit around our fair planet, rose on August 10. This remarkable picture records the scene with a dreamlike quality from the east coast of the United States.

The picture is actually a composite of 10 digital frames made with exposures from 1/500th second to 1 second long, preserving contrast and detail over a much wider than normal range of brightness.

At a perigee distance of a mere 356,896 kilometers, August's Full Moon was the closest, and so the largest and most super, of the three Full Moons nearest perigee in 2014 now popularly known as super moons.

But if you missed August's super supermoon, the next not-quite-so supermoon will be September 8. Then, near the full lunar phase the Moon's perigee will be a slightly more distant 358,387 kilometers. That's only about 0.4 percent less super (farther and smaller) than the super super moon.


Pakistan: Islamist group exhibits photos of alleged ‘Israeli barbarism’ -- while their own government conducts airstrikes against the Taliban in North Waziristan

A boy looks at photographs said to depict the plight of Palestinians. PHOTO: EXPRESS

A day-long exhibition titled “Israeli terrorism and barbarism” was organised by Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) on Monday to shed light on the plight of Palestinians.

Photographs stated to be of Palestinian women and children bathed in blood and weeping over the death of their loved ones were on display, evoking a strong emotion from visitors.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development and Jamaat-e-Islami leader, Inayatullah Khan said tens of thousands of innocent Palestinians, including children, have been killed while many more have been disabled or rendered homeless in the ongoing Israeli aggression.

Condemning the brutal killing of the people of Gaza, Khan said his party organised rallies in Karachi, Islamabad and other parts of the country to mobilise people for the cause.

He added efforts to muster international support in order to end the carnage were in full swing, claiming they have written a letter to rulers of Muslim nations, asking to convene a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)...

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I am sure their one-day exhibit follows the highest standards in verifying the displayed photos. Not!


Report: UN Palestinian Refugee Body Under Complete Control of Hamas, Islamic Jihad

The UN Palestinian refugee body (UNRWA) is under the complete control of Gaza-based terror groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad, a Center For Near East Policy Research report concluded.

The report, titled “The UNRWA-Hamas Axis,” said:

Over the years, UNRWA has become a convenient surrogate for terrorist organizations, led by Hamas, which unrestrictedly dominates the UNRWA workers union, and its men — along with educators from the Islamic Jihad and other groups — are the ones who educate generations of descendants of Palestinian refugees about the values of jihad against Israel and all infidels...


Twelve things white people can do now because Ferguson

...says Janee Wood, former attorney who is working for a nonprofit focused on supporting community engagement, strengthening democracy and fostering racial equity:

Outpourings of rage and demands for justice were voiced by black people, Latinos, Asian Americans, Arab American Muslims.

But posts by white people were few at first and those that I saw were posted mostly by my white activist or academic friends who are committed to putting themselves on the frontlines of any conversation about racial or economic injustice in America.

And almost nothing, silence practically, by the majority of my nonactivist, nonacademic white friends—those same people who gleefully jumped on the bandwagon to dump buckets of ice over their heads to raise money for ALS and those same people who immediately wrote heartfelt messages about reaching out to loved ones suffering from depression following the suicide of the extraordinary Robin Williams, may he rest in peace.

But an unarmed black teenager minding his own business walking down the street in broad daylight gets harassed and murdered by a white police officer and those same people seem to have nothing urgent to say about pervasive, systemic, deadly racism in America?

They have nothing to say?

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Der Spiegel: ‘The Caliphate of Fear’

A girl from the minority Yazidi sect can be seen fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar. Here, she rests at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Faysh Khabur.

In Raqqa, Syria, the Islamic State’s “caliphate” has already become a reality.

All women in the city are required to wear the niqab veil and pants are banned. Thieves have their hands hacked off and opponents are publicly crucified or beheaded, with the images of these horrific acts then posted on social networks.

The few hair salons that are still open are required to black out the pictures of women on the packaging for hair dye solutions. Weddings are only permitted to take place without music.

And at livestock markets, the hindquarters of goats and sheep must be covered in order to prevent men from viewing their genitalia and having uncomely thoughts.

Any person caught out on the street during the five daily prayer times is risking his or her life.

The jihadists with the Islamic State, or IS, are acting out their fantasies of omnipotence in the name of God.
But how are things looking inside the Islamic State? For three weeks, the journalist Medyan Dairieh was allowed to stay in Raqqa, the capital city of the caliphate.

IS fighters themselves determined what he was allowed to see and what he was allowed to film. The result is a 45-minute film that sometimes seems like propaganda but which nevertheless provides the first real view of life inside the caliphate. It shows a world of fanatical people in which adolescents shout into the camera, declaring war on infidels...


Sunk World War II cruiser USS Houston finally found in Java sea

The USS Houston during WW II

A sunken vessel in the Java Sea has been confirmed as the wreck of the USS Houston, a cruiser sunk by the Japanese during a ferocious Second World War battle.

It serves as the final resting place for about 700 sailors and Marines.

The wreck has long been a popular recreational diving site, but has been confirmed by US and Indonesian Navy divers as being the remains of the Houston, nicknamed The Galloping Ghost Of The Java Coast...


Homophobic donut bistro in LA forced to close?

The most popular donut shop in LA? Well, not for long.
Then there were the concerns about Ben-Zvi’s alleged homophobia that were raised by three former employees, who asked that their names not be used.

Another employee, who was willing to speak on the record, is Bernie Guzman, a former chef at Glazed. Guzman said that Ben-Zvi and his father opened the restaurant without realizing it was in a gay neighborhood.

Guzman said Ben-Zvi upset the largely gay staff with some of his remarks. For example, he said, when the song “Dancing Queen” came on the radio, Ben-Zvi made a joke about it being the WeHo “theme song.” Guzman said that Ben-Zvi also made fun of transgender people and said they were mentally challenged.

“They didn’t really belong in that community,” said one former employee of Ben-Zvi and his father. “He [Ben-Zvi] wasn’t careful about things he said … I just don’t think they belonged in West Hollywood”...


Islamic State repels Iraqi military’s 3rd attempt to retake Tikrit

One day after suffering a defeat at the Mosul dam by the Peshmerga and US and Iraqi forces, the Islamic State and its allies beat back an Iraqi Army assault that was designed to retake control of the central city of Tikrit. The Islamic State and its allies have now repelled three Iraqi military attempts to regain Tikrit, the capital of Salahaddin province, which has been out of government control for more than two months.

Earlier this morning, Iraqi forces launched “a wide military campaign to liberate the city of Tikrit from the Islamic State,” All Iraq News Agency reported. “The security forces will liberate the city and eliminate the ISIL [Islamic State] terrorists,” an Iraqi official told the news agency.

But the Iraqi forces, which attacked Tikrit from several directions, broke off their assault by the afternoon after taking “heavy machine gun and mortar fire” from the south, and encountering “landmines and snipers” west of the city, Reuters reported...


Gaza tunnel

A Palestinian fighter from the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, gestures inside an underground tunnel in Gaza.  Mohammed Salem/Reuters


CBC: Ferguson, racism and ‘The Talk’ parents are forced to have

The fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., has prompted continent-wide conversations about race relations and police use of force in the U.S.

For Auriel Brown (no relation to Michael), many of those “uncomfortable” discussions have taken place inside her own home, with her 12-year-old son.

A former resident of St. Louis, the Wichita, Kan., mother spoke with the CBC’s Keith Boag in Ferguson on Sunday about “The Talk” many black parents are forced to have with their children, particularly their boys...

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No mention of “The Talk” non-blacks living in the U.S. are forced to have about black violence, of course.


Missouri racial violence recalls apartheid, says idiotic UN rights chief

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay speaks during a news conference for a report on “the right to privacy in the digital age” at the United Nations in Geneva, July 16, 2014.

(Reuters) - Clashes between police and protesters in the U.S. town of Ferguson are reminiscent of the racial violence spawned by apartheid in her native South Africa, the top U.N. human rights official said on Tuesday.

Navi Pillay, who is due to step down at the end of the month after six years in the U.N. hotseat, urged U.S. authorities to investigate allegations of brutality and examine the “root causes” of racial discrimination in America.

U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday called for calm and a change in police tactics in Ferguson, Missouri, which has been rocked by racially charged clashes and riots after a white officer killed an unarmed black teenager 10 days ago.

“I condemn the excessive use of force by the police and call for the right of protest to be respected. The United States is a freedom-loving country and one thing they should cherish is people's right to protest,” Pillay said in a wide-ranging interview in her office along Lake Geneva.

“Apart from that, let me say that coming from apartheid South Africa I have long experience of how racism and racial discrimination breeds conflict and violence,” she said.

“These scenes are familiar to me and privately I was thinking that there are many parts of the United States where apartheid is flourishing”...


Ebola survivors face fearful relatives and neighbours; MSF criticizes global response

Jattu Lahai, 26, in her room in Daru, Sierra Leone, after completing two weeks of successful treatment for the Ebola virus. Credit Samuel Aranda for The New York Times

DARU, Sierra Leone — The neighbors lined up, smiling and mouthing soft congratulations when the van pulled in bearing Jattu Lahai and her 2-year-old daughter.

No one moved to embrace them. Nobody stepped out of the line of 30-odd people as Ms. Lahai, an Ebola survivor, walked to the room she shares with her husband. A conspicuous space formed around the smooth-faced 26-year-old woman and her baby, also a survivor, as she sat on a bench.

“When I fell sick, everybody abandoned me,” said Ms. Lahai, in her darkened room for the first time since the ambulance whisked her away two weeks ago on a trip most do not return from. Crying softly, she wiped her tears with the hem of her dress and spoke a quiet prayer. “I didn’t think I was going to come home again,” she said, cradling her daughter, Rosalie.

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Just as Mohammed envisioned... Lesbian Muslims Married By Gay Imam

The Imam works at a 7-11 I guess
Lesbian Muslim couple from Iran tie the knot in Stockholm... and the delighted imam is gay too!


ISIL Beheads American Photojournalist James Foley

A video posted by ISIL terrorists purports to the show the beheading of an American photojournalist who has been missing since 2012. The group claims the beheading is a message to President Obama to end the American intervention in Iraq.

''I call on my friends, family members and loved ones to rise up against my real killers, the U.S. government.'

Warning - graphic content Video Link


Misleading Initial Narrative of Zimmerman-Martin Case Applied in Ferguson

The fatal shooting of the Mike Brown by police officer Darren Wilson has raised a hue and cry about a wide variety of social issues, among them the increasingly vitriolic nature of American race relations, the astonishing militarization of the police (or, perhaps more accurately, their equipment), and the curious (to me, at least) degree to which the rioting, looting, and arson that followed the shooting was rationalized as “wrong, but understandable.”

h/t DR


Fight Club: Is the JDL now mainstream?

Overall not a bad article, with the single most stupid comment left to Bernie "Too stupid to really be Jewish" Farber.


Compare Bardot in a Bikini to a Burqa Bather and Watch Sparks Fly – as Politician Discovers

Angered by what she considered a further affront to France’s 100-year old commitment to secularism, conservative French politician, former cabinet Minister for the Family and MEP Nadine Morano posted a long essay on her Facebook page about her experience on a French beach at the height of summer, suggesting that those who consciously flout the law should either integrate or emigrate.


York Student President Endorses FBI Most Wanted Terrorist

August 19, 2014, TORONTO — B’nai Brith Canada calls on Jewish students at York University to be on alert this coming school year, as the incoming President of the York Federation of Students (YFS), the York University student government body, has uploaded material promoting a Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Most Wanted Terrorist.

Faouzi Mohamad Ayoub was reportedly killed in May while fighting against the Free Syrian Army. He is wanted by the FBI for attempting to use a false passport to conduct terrorist activity with the Lebanese Terrorist organization Hezbollah. Posting his image alongside quotations of Faouzi Ayoub, being described as a “martyr”, is a clear endorsement of a terrorist.

B’nai Brith Canada notified Commissioner Bob Paulson of the RCMP, and are calling for an investigation regarding these recently exposed issues before school opens for the coming year. Minister of Justice and Attorney General, The Honourable Peter MacKay has also been notified by B’nai Brith Canada about these issues.

“To endorse a known and wanted terrorist is a cause of fear and concern,“ said Frank Dimant, CEO, B’nai Brith Canada. “This sort of idealizing of terrorists by student leaders should be of great concern to the York University administration, as it creates a toxic environment for Jewish and pro-Israel students on campus.

“The Honourable Mr. MacKay and Commissioner Paulson have been notified of this problem, and we hope to see immediate investigation. It is integral for the safety and security of Jewish and pro-Israel students on campus that endorsement of terrorists does not cause an environment of fear, G-d forbid resulting in any sort of violence or harassment.

"The B'nai Brith Canada anti-hate hotline is available to pro-Israel Jewish and Christian students, where they can report any incidents of antisemitic activity. In addition to this resource, B'nai Brith Canada will be exploring legal actions in order to ensure safety of these students on campus."


Federal government press release brags: Welcoming the 150,000th new citizen of 2014

August 19, 2014 — Scarborough, ON — Today, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that Canada has welcomed its 150,000th new citizen of 2014. This is double the number of new citizens compared to the same period in 2013 and thanks to the action taken by the government to reduce backlogs and improve processing times.

Alexander attended a citizenship ceremony in Scarborough and welcomed the country’s newest Canadians. At the event, Alexander highlighted the government’s recent changes to the citizenship system, which have led to improved processing times and an eight percent reduction to the citizenship backlog.

Recent changes to the Citizenship Act, which received Royal Assent on June 19, 2014, will allow for further improvements to the efficiency of the Citizenship program. The new streamlined decision-making process and other changes to the Citizenship Act are expected to bring the processing time for citizenship applications down to under one year, reduce the citizenship application backlog by more than 80 percent and achieve a working inventory of applications in fiscal year 2015-2016.

Quick Facts
  • Since 2006, Canada has enjoyed the highest sustained levels of immigration in its history ¾ an average of one quarter-million newcomers each year.
  • For new Canadians, the citizenship ceremony marks their formal entry into the Canadian family. A citizenship ceremony is a unique part of Canadian civic life. It is one of the formal occasions when we reflect on the rights, responsibilities and exceptional privilege of being a Canadian citizen.
  • Since 2006, Canada has welcomed over 1,300,000 proud new Canadians.
  • Newcomers can learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and more, in the Discover Canada guide.
“Our government is proud to welcome more new citizens to the Canadian family. The increased number of new Canadians in 2014 is an indication that our government’s changes to the citizenship system are working. With our recent changes to the Citizenship Act, we will see improved processing times and high numbers of new Canadians taking on the rights and responsibilities that come with citizenship.”

--Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister
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Islamic State recruits at record pace in Syria: monitor

This image appears to show militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) leading captured Iraqi soldiers after taking over a base near Tikrit, Iraq. The photo was posted on a militant website June 14, 2014.

(Reuters) - Thousands of new fighters joined Islamic State in Syria last month in its fastest expansion to date, a body monitoring the war said on Tuesday.

Now in control of roughly a third of Syria and large areas of Iraq, Islamic State has been seizing territory from rival Islamist groups in a belt of territory north of Aleppo, threatening rebel supply lines into the city where President Bashar al-Assad's forces are seeking to encircle the insurgents.

Islamic State recruited at least 6,300 men in July, Rami Abdelrahman, founder of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told Reuters - a big expansion from early estimates suggesting the group numbered around 15,000. Around a thousand of the new fighters were foreign, and the rest Syrian, he said.

The surge followed Islamic State's rapid advance in northern Iraq in June, where its capture of the city of Mosul furnished it with new weaponry and resources, some of which were diverted to Syria. The group, now the target of U.S. air strikes in Iraq, has declared an Islamic caliphate in areas under its control.

Much of the recruitment has taken place in Islamic State's stronghold of Raqqa. The city on the Euphrates river in northeast Syria has been the target of dozens of air raids by government war planes in recent days.

Anecdotal accounts have also suggested a rapid increase in the group’s numbers...


Speaking Truth to Crap

I've been home from participating in Operation Protective Edge for about a week. I am in uniform no more, though I still wear my dog tags in solidarity with my brothers in arms, who, like all citizens of Israel, await the outcome of cease-fire talks in Cairo. Because we never wanted this war. It was forced upon us by Hamas. The current cease-fire is set to expire Monday at Midnight Israel time. Hamas has repeatedly rejected and/or violated each past cease-fire, so no one knows what will happen with this one.

I admit to being a bit cranky.


‘My flag is the flag of Allah,’ says Sydney-based friend of vile ‘severed head’ dad as he denounces Australian flag

Khaled Sharrouf, Australian father-of-five turned Islamic extremist, shared this photograph online of his young son holding up a severed head

An Islamic leader has denounced the Australian flag, saying it does not represent him as a Muslim following a call from Prime Minister Tony Abbott to “put this country first.”

Wissam Haddad, head of the Al Risalah Islamic Centre in Sydney, has said he follows the black and white Shahada flag, the same as the one used by extremist group Islamic State, rather than the national flag.

His comments came after Mr Abbott called on Muslims in the country to stand up to extremists and “be on Team Australia” as he attempts to bring in new laws aimed at stopping Australian militants fighting overseas.

Asked about reports that shops in Sydney’s southwest were flying black and white Islamic State flags, the Prime Minister had said: “I don’t know what the legal position is, but frankly, the only flag that should be flying is the Australian national flag.”

However, following Mr Abbott’s comments, Mr Haddad, a friend of convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, said he favoured the Shahada, and that his group is entitled to fly the symbol.

“I’m not comfortable personally holding the flag because this flag does not represent me as a Muslim. My flag is the flag of Allah. That's my flag,” Mr Haddad told the Daily Telegraph.

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..orbital blowout fracture...

Michael Brown was a big boy...


The Real Villain of Ferguson

It’s hard to have sympathy for anyone in the Ferguson affair — the cops, the demonstrators, the pontificating politicians, the exploitative media or we its pathetically loyal audience that keeps tuning in. The whole event plays out like the umpteenth rerun of the famous quote from Marx about history repeating itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.

By that accounting we should all be at Aristophanes, Moliere or Groucho (pick your favorite farceur) times ten by now.

Unfortunately, however, it’s farce with virtually no comedy, no humor.


Student kept as sex slave by violent McDonald's worker

McDonald's Turned Him Into Violent Slaver
Abdul Hanif. Wonder why they decided to highlight his employment at McDonald's?

In other news... 'Drunk' Belgium diplomat specialising in protocol is arrested for tearing full-face veil off a Qatari princess


Iran, Egypt take potshots at the US over Ferguson

Screen shot of video offering by PressTV (at link below)

PressTV [Iranian government mouthpiece]: People in the United States are suffering from ‘institutionalized racism’ and the rise of violence in the country, an analyst tells Press TV.

“America is full of institutionalized racism. The proof is that Afro-Americans come [at the] bottom of statistics for health, housing, education and unemployment. But they come top of the statistics for being shot whilst unarmed,” Rodney Shakespeare, a professor of economy from London, told Press TV in an interview on Saturday.

He added that the situation in the United States is getting worse “because the poor as a whole in America, really white or black, are viewed as being subhuman and therefore they can be killed”...

Meanwhile, Egypt urges U.S. restraint over Missouri unrest: (Reuters) - Egypt on Tuesday urged U.S. authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri - echoing language Washington used to caution Egypt as it cracked down on Islamist protesters last year.

U.S. foes Iran and Syria also lambasted the United States, but while they are frequent critics of Washington, it is unusual for Egypt to criticize such a major donor. It was not immediately clear why Egypt would issue such a statement.

Ties between Washington and Cairo were strained after Egyptian security forces killed hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters following the army's ousting of freely elected President Mohamed Mursi in July 2013.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s statement on the unrest in Ferguson read similarly to one issued by U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration in July 2013, when the White House “urged security forces to exercise maximum restraint and caution” in dealing with demonstrations by Morsi supporters...


Academic bias is widely acknowledged

Harvard University

Dissident conservatives have long bemoaned the prevalence of academic bias against them. The bias, indeed, has become so prevalent that liberal politicians are starting to notice.

“Liberals, especially in universities, profess ‘diversity’ and ‘tolerance’,” Grove City College professor Paul Kengor said during an interview with the Young America’s Foundation.

“In truth, they only tolerate things they agree with—which, of course, isn’t really tolerance. What liberals really practice is, at best, a selective tolerance and a selective diversity.” Kengor is the author of a number of books, the latest of which is entitled 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative.

Surprisingly, similar observations have been made on the other side of the aisle. In a recent commencement address at Harvard University, former New York mayor and publisher Michael Bloomberg made a compelling argument against politically homogenous university faculties and partisan indoctrination...

h/t Marvin


Fanatic Uthman Badar loses another forum to spout h̶i̶s̶ ̶b̶r̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶h̶a̶t̶e̶ authentic Islam

CONTROVERSIAL Islamic activist Uthman Badar has been banned from speaking at the University of WA after outrage over his links to ­extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Just a reminder, Farzan Hassan let us know that Hizb ut Tahrir is active in Canada, holding a recent talk here in Toronto. They had gone to ground after a speaker's event was made to be cancelled several years back.

Hizb is an especially vile group of honest Muslims who will contribute much to our mosaic of diversity, but it's all good, thanks to our betters in Ottawa, who after all, always know what's best for us.


Swedish woman viciously beaten for wearing Star of David necklace

Anna Sjögren before her attack. Photo: NRG.

A Muslim mob in Uppsala, Sweden last week set upon and severely beat a Jewish mother of four, for wearing a Jewish Star of David necklace, Israel’s NRG News reported Sunday.

“One of the attackers signaled me to ‘Shut up or we’ll kill you,’” Anna Sjögren, in her 40s, said of the ordeal, which transpired on Thursday. So far, she said she’s too traumatized by the assault to file a police complaint.

While walking in one of the city’s largely Muslim populated neighborhoods, “A Muslim girl saw that I was wearing the Star of David on my neck and she started swearing at me and spat in my face. I got very upset and pushed her off” Sjögren told the World Zionist Organization Center for Countering Antisemitism.

Anna Sjögren after her attack. Photo: NRG.

Sjögren said that someone standing next to the girl then threw a sharp object at her face. “I’m not sure who it was. Everything happened so fast,” she said.

“There were at least ten witnesses to the attack. All ten of them were wearing hijabs or scarfs in the colors of the PLO. Some surrounding witnesses claim that I ‘tripped’ and fell and that no one hurt me. It’s just unbelievable.”

Sjögren’s jaw was severely damaged, her eyes swollen, and she sustained injuries all over her body, according to the report...


Saudi Arabia Beheads Four Brothers For Smuggling Hashish Despite Pleas From Amnesty International

Reenactment may not have actually happened
Our Muslim ally.


Moderate Ansar Bait al-Maqdis execute 5 Egyptian soldiers and civilians in Farafra Egypt

That's what this site says... SyrianFight


'No' from one Iraq villager triggered Islamic State mass killings

DOHUK Iraq (Reuters) - When Islamic State militants stormed into a northern Iraqi village and ordered everyone to convert to Islam or die only one person refused. But that did not satisfy the Sunni insurgents who are even more hardline than al Qaeda.

The militants, who have seized much of northern Iraq since arriving from Syria in June, wasted no time after the village's leader, or sheikh, stood up for his ancient Yazidi faith.


Bret Stephens: Of Ferguson and Fallujah - WSJ

Bill Bratton has no doubt as to what went wrong with policing in the U.S. in the bad old days of the 1970s and '80s. "The biggest mistake," he insists, was too much "focus on response to crime and not enough focus on trying to prevent it."

In a lengthy Monday morning interview with The Wall Street Journal, New York's top cop refuses to be drawn into second-guessing his colleagues in Ferguson, Mo. When I ask about the seeming militarization of police forces in the U.S., he replies that each community "equips its police based on the needs for its city." If people can lawfully own Kalashnikov-style weapons, the cops inevitably are going to go one better.

What Mr. Bratton mainly wants to underscore is that crime in the Big Apple continues to plumb historic lows, never mind recent tabloid headlines. He wants to underscore, also, the reason for it: broken-windows policing methods. Such is his belief in broken windows that he comes to the meeting flanked by the man who helped come up with the idea: George Kelling, the legendary criminologist.

Broken windows stresses that endemic criminality is not primarily a function of the usual "root causes"—poverty, racism, bad schools, broken families and so on. The real problem is disorder itself.

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Khurram Sher not guilty in al-Qaeda-linked terror trial

Bullshit verdict reached
Justice Charles Hackland was damning of Sher's character in the Ottawa court, saying Sher was "naive" and "immature," but has an "impressive professional and academic record."

Hackland told court the crucial meeting between the three people accused in the case produced no plan of action or timeline, and that there were no further actions by Sher after the meeting.

Hackland also said the evidence showed Sher was sympathetic to jihad.


The bizarre – and costly – cult of Richard Dawkins

From the comments... JamesChambers123: "Andrew Brown writes on religion for the Guardian." Also known as "The Guardian (of Islam)" to everyone outside of a burka...

It's funny how much the Guardian (of Islam) has fell out of love with Dawkins; it was all fun and games when he was sticking the boot into Catholics, Christians and Jews (especially fun when it was the Jews, naturally as this is the Guardian we're talking about), but now he's turned his attention to other religions, Islam and feminism in particular, he's suddenly become their #1 bête noire. The feminists seem particularly shocked and outraged to discover that the vast majority of their beliefs are based on air as thin as that which flows between the ears of their Islamist bedfellows. Their outrage at being held to account for, and to justify their beliefs, is palpable in the myriad of comments that read very similar to "Look at him, stood there with his polite manner, white-skin, testicles, penis and university education; how dare he oppress my human rights holding an opinion like that?! I personally fell pregnant 10 times by accident due to no fault of my own; if he'd have been pregnant just once he'd know that all men are misogynistic rapists! The proper place for a woman is on generous "living wage" benefits (for life), maternity leave (for life) or as a CEO of a bank/multinational (for "equality"), preferably all at once. Now, please read my tiresome blog where I lay out in excruciating depth every paranoid fantasy present in my persecutory delusions on the sexuality of everyday objects, situations and turns of phrase..."

h/t DS


Insanity is...

doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Family attempts to load a sofa into car - Hilarity ensues


Britain’s anti-Semitic whiff of Weimar

Shelves in Sainbury's, Holborn, emptied of kosher foods
There is a whiff of Weimar in the air in Britain. Barely a week now passes without some further denigration caused by anti-Semitic, sorry, pro-Palestine demonstrators targeting businesses run by Jews/stores selling products produced by the Jewish state. You know, like Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Marks and Spencer, Starbucks and so on. Most of this fairly random targeting of whatever business sounds a bit Jewish goes unnoticed.


“The idea that the people who commit terrorist acts...have no connection with the broader Islamic community and the broader beliefs of the Islamic community is just delusional,”

Psychiatrist Dr Tanveer Ahmed has an insight into the psychology of the rage-filled young Muslim men he visits in NSW jails. And he sees Islamist terror and the new-found religiosity of Australian-born Muslims as two ends of the same spectrum. “The idea that the people who commit terrorist acts or commit violence have no connection with the broader Islamic community and the broader beliefs of the Islamic community is just delusional,” he says. Growing up Muslim in Sydney’s Bangladeshi community, Dr Ahmed, 39, was struck by the extreme religiosity of his Generation X counterparts.

Almost every other ethnic group which immigrates to Australia becomes less religious in successive generations. But he says second and third generation Muslims here are more religious than their parents.


Solyent Green Is Racoons!

Solution to city's raccoon problem at your fork tip?


The MSM's and Left's Racism on Parade in Ferguson

Michael Brown Community Organizing
Talk about deja vu Trayvon Martin spin all over again! I could hardly believe my eyes. During a discussion on CNN about the shooting of Michael Brown by a white police officer, in the background was a photo of Brown in a school graduation cap and gown. Give me a break!

Where was the picture from the surveillance video of the 6'4”, 290 pound thuggish Brown grabbing the store clerk by the throat after stealing cigars?


That's racist! 'You don't migrate to this country unless you want to join our team'

'You don't migrate to this country unless you want to join our team': Tony Abbott renews push on national security laws

Sorry Tony, it's Ummah Uber Alles for that set.


'Stop the Mosque in Bendigo' reinstated

FB is to blame as always.


'How is democracy treating you guys?' Islamic ISIS militants t̶a̶u̶n̶t̶ recruit Ferguson protestors on social media

ISIS militants and their supporters are using social media to encourage protesters in Ferguson to embrace radical Islam and fight against the U.S. government.

Jihadists in Syria and Iraq and their sympathisers in the West have taken to Twitter to send messages of support to hundreds of demonstrators taking part in a ninth night of angry protests in the U.S. city following the shooting by police of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

The militants' tweets denounce local officers for the way they have attempted to quell the violence, make reference to historic acts of police brutality, and even use the hashtag #FergusonUnderISIS in an attempt to get angry young men in the city to declare allegiance to the Islamist group.


IDF says 3 Gaza rockets land in Beersheba despite cease-fire

Reports say Netanyahu has ordered strikes against Hamas terrorists.

Netanyahu Pulls Israeli Delegation from Cairo Talks


UK delays report into whether the Muslim Brotherhood should be classed as terrorist group to appease Muslims

The publication of a Government report into the Muslim Brotherhood has been delayed amid fears the findings will upset Britain’s allies in the Middle East.

David Cameron ordered the investigation into whether the hardline Egyptian political group should be classified as a terrorist organisation.

The Prime Minister asked Sir John Jenkins, the UK’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, to carry out the inquiry after coming under pressure from Gulf states including Egypt and Saudi Arabia to ban the group.


What's the biggest threat to global security? You won't believe what Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has to say.


OH OH! ISIS Doing A Better Job Than Obama In Administering Government Services

From Electricity to Sewage, US Intelligence Says the Islamic State Is Fast Learning How to Run a country

The Obama administration's escalating air war against the Islamic State is running up against a dispiriting new reality: The militants are becoming as good at governing territory as they are at conquering it, making it considerably harder to dislodge them from the broad swaths of Syria and Iraq that they now control.

U.S. intelligence officials say the leaders of the Islamic State are adopting methods first pioneered by Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based Shiite militia, and are devoting considerable human and financial resources toward keeping essential services like electricity, water, and sewage functioning in their territory. In some areas, they even operate post offices.

Obama & ISIS


Anti-Israel shop protests risk bringing Middle Eastern violence to High Streets – Jewish leaders

Protest groups targeting supermarkets over the sale of Israeli products risk importing Middle Eastern violence to British high streets, Jewish have leaders insisted.

In a joint statement the leaders of Britain’s main Jewish community organisations condemned a series of incidents at shops selling Israeli goods and kosher food accusing the organisers of intimidation and stirring up tensions.

That Horse has left the barn  h/t ZD


Here Comes the Mob (Again)!

ThoughtCatalog.com has had a crappy week.

Many people are suddenly hearing about that upstart online magazine for the first time, on account of not one but two “controversies” of the sorry sort we’re all too familiar with.


Why are they still rioting in Ferguson?

Beats me. Sorry but I simply can't get concerned about a "community" that won't shout down and remove as their "spokesman" the likes of Al Sharpton or have the guts to address Black on Black violence.

They should be rioting about this.

A 2007 special report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, reveals that approximately 8,000 — and, in certain years, as many as 9,000 African Americans are murdered annually in the United States. This chilling figure is accompanied by another equally sobering fact, that 93% of these murders are in fact perpetrated by other blacks. The analysis, supported by FBI records, finds that in 2005 alone, for example, African Americans accounted for 49% of all homicide victims in the US — again, almost exclusively at the hands of other African Americans.


Blonde Like Me...

Swedes slam 'racist' art show from Denmark


Robert Fulford: Slavery’s modern face in the Middle East

Some workers are so desperate to get back their passports that they sign false statements that they have received their wages

...There are employers who don’t like their nannies to have separate lives. Some forbid them to leave the house, even on their breaks

h/t ontario john


Obama’s Hubris is His Undoing

Historians will have the rest of the century to unravel the mess that is the Barack Obama presidency. While they can explore these years of foreign policy disaster and domestic malaise at leisure, the rest of us have 29 more months to see just how awful things can get before he slides off to a lucrative retirement. But those who want to start the post-mortem on this historic presidency would do well to read Jackson Diehl’s most recentWashington Post column in which he identifies Obama’s hubris as the key element in his undoing.

I don't think Obama's regard's his foreign policy to be in error, I believe it's deliberate, especially in the ME, he is withdrawing.


Funny, he doesn't look Austrian

Austrian jihadist on Interpol's wanted list


Hezbollah lowers fighting age as it takes on Islamic State

Hezbollah Gay Pride March
LABWE, LEBANON — Lebanon’s militant Shiite Hezbollah organization has begun sending fighters as young as 16 to the battlefields of Syria, an indication that the Shiite army is being stretched between fighting Sunni jihadis in Syria and a desire to keep a cutting edge in reserve for a possible future showdown with Israel.

h/t Marvin


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