|Bilal Hadfi, 20, was one of three Islamists who detonated their suicide vests outside the Stade de France last Friday. (Source). Note the single raised index finger.|
- "Obama Continues Angry Rant Against Republicans For Blocking Refugees"--Breitbart. This is more about his wanting to "dissolve" the electorate and replace them with one more to his liking than his wanting to help people.
- "Video: Turkey Fans Boo Moment of Silence for Paris Attacks, Then Break Out Into This Chant"--The Blaze. "Reuters reporter Ece Toksabay tweeted that the fans booed the minute of silence before breaking out into a chant of 'Allah Akbar.'" Nice.
- "Blonde female suicide bomber screamed ‘Help me, help me’ to police then blew herself up: Witness reveals woman detonated device when snipers opened fire… as bodies are removed from apartment."--Daily Mail.
More than 100 armed officers stormed a flat in Saint-Denis this morning believing Paris massacre mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, was inside with six other terrorists - but the French authorities will not say if he was there or if he is dead or alive.
Security sources said earlier today it prevented a new ISIS double terror attack on Paris.
Unconfirmed reports suggest the name of the female terrorist, believed to be Abaaoud's jihadi bride or cousin, is Hasna Aitboulahcen.
She blew herself up and another jihadi was killed by a grenade during a six-hour siege where five people were taken alive and arrested. Two more suspects were held 'nearby'.
State broadcaster France 2 has claimed the group was a 'fourth unit' on top of the three who killed 129 on Friday and were planning simultaneous attacks with AK-47s and bombs on Charles de Gaulle airport and the Quatre Temps shopping centre in the city's business district, Le Défense.
The Saint-Denis siege started at 4.25am when SWAT teams and special forces surrounded the building after security services hunting for Abaaoud spent days watching flats and tapping phones.
Kalashnikovs were being used against the security forces, but after an an hour and a half of furious exchanges, there was a lull in the fighting.
It was then that a woman 'with long blonde hair' appeared at a third floor apartment window.
- "America's enemies within: How nearly SEVENTY have been arrested in America over ISIS plots - including refugees who had been given safe haven but 'turned to terror'"--Daily Mail.
- "Why Islam is a Religion of War"--Sultan Knish:
... When Muslims succeed in killing non-Muslims, they prove the truth of their religion.
That is why Muslim terrorists shout, "Allahu Akbar", "Allah is greater." The old Mohammedan taunt aimed at Jews was then directed at Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and all the world's religions. By killing their non-Muslim victims, the Muslims proved that Allah was greater than their gods.
Forcing non-Muslims into a submissive position affirms the truth and power of Islam. By causing infidels to "lose face", the Muslim fulfills the Koranic verse which promises that Allah had sent Mohammed to make Islam supreme over all religions. By contrast when Islam "loses face", an act of blasphemy has been committed, which can only be righted religiously by killing the non-Muslims, thereby forcing them to lose face and once again affirming the physical superiority of Islam.
This creates the cycle of violence, which is not the result of Christian or Jewish oppression, but of the need for Muslims to validate the truth of their faith by oppressing non-Muslims. To co-exist with non-Muslims is blasphemous for a Muslim, when his Koran proclaims "Do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends" (Koran 5:51). Mohammed's final command was to ethnically cleanse the Jews and Christians of the Arabian Peninsula. ISIS sees itself as completing the work that he began.
Islam does not co-exist, for its followers its truth can only be found in conquering non-Muslims.
- "Refugee Policy, or Assisted Suicide?"--The Diplomad:
Islam is not a religion like any other. It is a violent, totalitarian, political-social-economic creed which abhors independent thought, sees women as essentially worthless, murders gays without a thought, and sees us non-believers as worthy only for conversion, enslavement, or death. There is no tolerance, no peace, no love for the other preached or practiced in Islam. It has had no enlightenment and what reformation it has had has pushed it back ever closer to its 7th century origins in the Arabian peninsula. As I have seen throughout my career abroad, a person born in a Muslim culture has the choice of being a good Muslim or being a good person. The two sets do not overlap. Where Islam establishes itself, freedom disappears.
- "War Is The Answer"--Maurice Montaigne:
The militarist cultures of Japan and Germany were not ended with candlelit vigils, Twitter hashtags, and peace signs. They were ended with bombs and tanks. Germany’s war dead are estimated at 7.4 million out of a population of 70 million – more than 10%. Japan lost an estimated 4.5 million out of 71 million. It would have lost more, but the Emperor surrendered when a pair of atomic bombs convinced him that we were willing to do whatever it took to win.
Let us not fool ourselves into thinking that a similar defeat could not be inflicted on the Islamic State, on Iran, and any other nation that treats the West as an enemy. War, real war, is decisive.
- "Cubans Flood Mexico in Bid to Reach U.S."--Wall Street Journal:
- "New flying drone 'for everybody' lands in S.F."--USA Today. "The 17.6-ounce device, from drone-making pioneer Parrot, soars to 330 feet in 18 seconds and travels 33 feet a second. It can fly as long as 25 minutes and sports a 14-megapixels camera with fish-eye lens in its plastic beak. The consumer-oriented drone is available Dec. 14 for $549.99 ($799.99 with controller), and works with iPhone and Android devices."
- "Overstock.com Has $10 Million In Gold And Silver Hidden Somewhere In Utah"--Buzz Feed. "[CEO Patrick] Byrne said the company maintains a 30-day supply of food, and has a distribution system to pay and feed employees in case the banking and payments systems collapse."
- "In a Tooth, DNA From Some Very Old Cousins, the Denisovans"--New York Times.
Cuban migrants, fearing the gate will soon close on their easy access to legal U.S. residency, have been surging by the thousands through Mexico in a bid to touch soil in southern Texas.
The surge was prompted by the detente between Washington and Havana, which restored diplomatic relations in December.
Cubans arriving on Mexico’s southern border say the change they consider most imminent is an end to the fast track to legal U.S. residency that their compatriots have enjoyed for generations. The so-called dry foot provisions of the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act allows migrants fleeing the island who make U.S. landfall to apply for asylum and all but certainly obtain a green card in only a year.
“There are thousands more on the way behind us,” said a 38-year-old father of three who was among a dozen young Cubans who turned themselves into Mexican immigration officials last week in Tapachula, a city near the Guatemala border, to obtain papers allowing them to continue northward toward the Rio Grande.
“Everyone wants to go now while it is possible,” he said.
Cubans continue heading by raft or boat to South Florida—the U.S. Coast Guard detained nearly 3,000 of them at sea in fiscal year 2015—or near Cancún on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. But most now opt to travel by land into southern Mexico, having started their journey in Ecuador and made an arduous weekslong journey overland.
More than 28,000 Cubans requested asylum in southern Texas in the 12 months ended Sept. 30, according to the U.S. government’s count. They represented about two-thirds of all Cuban asylum seekers in that period and an 80% increase over the previous year.
A tooth fossil discovered in a Siberian cave has yielded DNA from a vanished branch of the human tree, mysterious cousins called the Denisovans, scientists said Monday.
Their analysis pushes back the oldest known evidence for Denisovans by 60,000 years, suggesting that the species was able to thrive in harsh climates for thousands of generations. The results also suggest that the Denisovans may have bred with other ancient hominins, relatives of modern humans whom science has yet to discover.
- Obama and Taqiya. Roger Simon has attempted to explain why the President cannot admit that Islam motivates terrorists. He explains:
... I think Obama's true motivation is overweening personal shame about Islam and what it has wrought in the modern world.
He's not a Muslim himself. ... But he is a Muslim by emotion, by childhood attachment to his days in an Indonesian madrasa when his father, and later his mother, abandoned him. The morning cry of the muezzin, he has told us, is the most moving sound on Earth to him. It undoubtedly reassured him.
Unfortunately, what soothed Barack as a youth turns out to be a death scream of seventh century tribalism for the rest of us. He can't countenance that, so he has to disconnect the carnage of ISIS, etc. from the ideology that drives it. It can't be that the Islamic State is Islamic. That would mean there is something wrong with him. But it is. Indeed it is an orthodox form of Islam with roots going back to the Medina Koran.
Most Muslims know this (and Obama undoubtedly knows it too on some level); so when these Muslims hear the president deny that ISIS is Islamic, they know he is lying and dismiss what he is saying. He isn't fooling anybody except his liberal/progressive clientele at home. It's a form of taqiyya for local consumption -- permissible lying in defense of the faith -- one he doesn't actually believe, but identifies with.
Simon's article came to mind when I read other pieces about Obama's statements regarding free speech on campus. The American Interest noted the other day that "President Obama—for the second time in three months—has emphasized the importance of free and open debate at U.S. universities." The article goes on to criticize Obama for not acknowledging "the very substantial role his administration has played in fomenting the PC movement, by using federal equal protection laws to order universities to restrict due process and freedom of speech (however much it may later have walked some of those efforts back)." But I think it misses the point. Michael Hiteshew, writes at Chicago Boyz:
A question I keep asking myself: Is this sudden explosion of campus activism related to larger political trends in the USA? Has the Obama White House and the Democratic Party looked out at the unfolding political landscape and surmised that a year from now the Democrats may have less political power than anytime in the last 75 years, and decided stir up trouble? In other words, if they can’t succeed via the ballot box, can they succeed through intimidation, social upheaval and violence? Are these professors and students their Brownshirts? Are the campuses both the ignition points and rally points? Consider, universities are the one social structure almost completely under Leftist control, and they have in their hands freshly indoctrinated young people under their control and authority.
As evidence, I read stories like this Top UM Race Activist…Made Several Visits to White House and wonder if these people are being manipulated, encouraged, or organized at a national level.
I think the concept of taqiya applies here, as well. Obama can make these platitudes about protecting free speech because the BLM and its supporters know the statements are lies and they ignore them; Obama's public comments are merely to allay the fears of the general public, but don't reflect his actual goals or position.