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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Rabbi Defends Husain Abdullah's Moment Of Prayer On The Field

In an opinion piece on the New York Observer, orthodox Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has come to the defense of Muslim footballer Husain Abdullah- who was penalized by the NFL for praying during a recent game.

There are far more important things to be concerned with than a footballer kissing the ground in prayer. Now if he was praising ISIS, different story.

The Rabbi, who ran for congress as a Republican in 2012, supports gay marriage, and was pals with Michael Jackson, has some interesting things to say.

With the penalizing of Husain Abdullah of the Kansas City Chiefs for a gesture of Muslim prayer after picking off Tom Brady and scoring a touchdown, the NFL has reached a level of schizophrenia that is truly troubling.

Here is a league being universally condemned for its soft approach to domestic violence and the Ray Rice incident. Here is a league besot by scandal over the Adrian Peterson corporal punishment episode. And here is a league engulfed in controversy over Commissioner Roger Goodell’s response to both.

You’d think that a league which is being accused of looking the other way in order to generate bucket loads of cash would appreciate the morality of players who believe in God, lead religious lives, and offer harmless gestures of faith in a game.

You’d think that a league being accused of amorality would treat religious players like Husain Abdullah as a godsend and celebrate rather than penalizing them.

I have loved football since I was a boy. Growing up with my father thousands of miles away, I actually took myself to Miami Dolphin games on a bus most Sundays during the season from the age of perhaps twelve.

I love the game but I also love the celebrations of faith, which seem unique to the NFL, or at least most pronounced. The beautiful prayer circles that one sees after NFL games where players of opposing teams who moments ago were crushing each other’s bones now kneel together in prayer. Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts winning the Super Bowl and immediately ascribing the glory to God. Tim Tebow wearing his religious convictions on his sleeve and coining a new phrase in his humility before God.

And for those of us who found Tebowing to be inspirational, how dare we employ a double standard and not salute the demonstration of faith by Husain Abdullah?

We in the West who continually reach out to our Muslim brothers and sisters asking them to ensure that extremists not take over their religion should be cheering and applauding special men like Abdullah who are a phenomenal credit to their faith and inspire Americans to give gratitude to God.

What was the officiating team on Monday night thinking when they penalized an absolutely innocent demonstration of worship?

For those who believe that God has no place in the NFL, I ask them, Really? So the only thing that should be allowed are truly dignified displays like women jumping up and down in lycra with pompoms and cleavage, and bare-chested, pot-bellied men with their teams written across their stomachs? Wearing a cheese hat is OK but not a yarmulke?

America is a religious country and sincerely so. Ninety-two percent of the population believes in God, who is even on our money. But for all that, America also loves compartmentalizing religion. Keep it in the Church, not in the schools. Put God in political campaigns but not in the popular culture. Aside from those who pay for their air time like Joel Osteen, notice that you rarely ever see religion on TV.
The rest of the story on New York Observer.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Professor Claims Climate Change Created ISIS

Global warming (and overpopulation) is responsible for the creation of the Islamic State (ISIS), according to a professor at an American college.

Charles Strozier, Professor of History and the founding Director of the John Jay College Center on Terrorism and Kelly Berkell, research assistant at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, wrote a blog piece in the Huffington Post called “ How Climate Change Helped ISIS,” where they argue that a four-year drought in Syria, from 2006 through 2010, “devastated the livelihoods of 800,000 farmers and herders; and knocked two to three million people into extreme poverty.”

"If more Americans knew how glacial melt contributes to catastrophic weather in Afghanistan—potentially strengthening the Taliban and imperiling Afghan girls who want to attend school—would we drive more hybrids and use millions fewer plastic bags? How would elections and legislation be influenced?" Tweet This

“As the Obama administration undertakes a highly public, multilateral campaign to degrade and destroy the militant jihadists known as ISIS, ISIL and the Islamic State,” the two write, “many in the West remain unaware that climate played a significant role in the rise of Syria's extremists.”

“Many became climate refugees,” Strozier and Berkell write.

He believes Climate Change is also is contributing to the strengthening of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

In other words, extreme weather causes extremism.  Yep.

The rest on Campus Reform.

Iraqi TV Show- Victims Confront ISIS Terrorists

Forget "Cops", Iraqis have their own popular TV reality/documentary show that features captured terrorists (most members of ISIS) being driven to the scenes of their crimes and asked to explain what they've done. Survivors of bomb attacks around Baghdad are then allowed to confront the responsible individuals.

The show is titled In The Grip Of Justice, and airs every Friday night. The host and producer is Ahmad Hassan. He works closely with the Iraqi Justice Department and anti-terrorist services.

British Hostage John Cantlie- Lend Me Your Ears, Part Two- More Video Propaganda

British war photographer John Cantlie who has had the misfortune of being captured twice by the Islamic State (IS) has been starring in some slick propaganda videos produced by ISIS to persuade the Western world not to engage them.  They want free reign to take over the world and establish their Islamic Caliphate, starting in the Middle East and environs.

He was captured with John Foley in November 2012, and while Foley was beheaded, Cantlie is still alive.

It started with this video "Lend Me Your Ears" where Cantlie criticizes the British government for abandoning him and not negotiating with IS for his release.  He tells us he will "show us the truth" in subsequent videos about the Islamic State, and the truth about how the Western media can "twist and manipulate that truth."

In "Lend me Your Ears- Episode 2," he gives a critical run down of Barack Obama's strategy to defeat ISIS.

Criticising the US air strikes in Iraq, Cantlie said: “Air power is good at taking out specific targets, but it is not much use at taking and holding ground. For that you need effective and disciplined troops and it is hard to see how this hotch-potch army with a long history of underperforming is going to be any form of credible infantry.”
He also described the Free Syrian Army as an “undisciplined, corrupt and largely ineffective fighting force”, adding that arming Syrian rebels with western weapons was “largely useless” because many end up in the hands of Isis fighters.
It looks as if he is reading from a TelePrompTer or cue cards, and it's hard to tell if these are actually his words, or a speech written by his captors.

We can expect more videos from him.

Who knows what his fate will be, considering neither Britain nor the U.S. negotiate with terrorists.

I have a feeling he will end up like John Foley.

Moroccan Soccer Fans Cheer On ISIS and Jihad

A week after a French tourist was beheaded in Algeria, a video uploaded by MEMRI  shows Moroccan soccer fans of the Raja Club Athletic in Casablanca allegedly chanting "ISIS! ISIS!"  Towards the end of the snippet they are heard chanting "Allahu Akbar. Let's go on jihad!"

And this in a moderate Muslim nation.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Why Malaysians Fighting For ISIS- Mohammed Demands It

From all over the world foreign jihadists have been traveling to Syria in droves to join the Islamic State aka ISIS aka ISIL.  Ordinary people who have turned radical.

Take Ahmad Salman Abdul Rahim who doesn't believe he's a terrorist but rather doing Allah's will. Quitting his construction job in Malaysia, he made the trek to Syria to join the fighting.

Muhammad, the founder of Islam, once advised a companion to fight in the area that makes up modern-day Syria and predicted that Allah would send an “army of mujahideen” to the region, Ahmad said. He said he’s there to avenge Muslims tortured and killed by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
“We are portrayed as terrorists but I don’t care as this affair is between me and God,” UK-educated Ahmad, 38, said via Facebook messages from near Kfar Zeta in Syria’s Hama region. “Many of the end-of-times battles will happen around Syria. That’s among the reasons why I am here.”

Southeast Asia, like other regions, fears the return of jihadists.

 They could return and breathe new life into militant groups in a region with a history of extremism and occasional large-scale terror attacks, and they could radicalize friends and family at home via social media, aided by slick Islamic State promotional videos.
“It is not IS per se that might pose a danger to the region but rather its extreme militant ideology as well as the skills, battleground experience and international networks that Southeast Asian jihadists got from Syria and Iraq,” said Navhat Nuraniyah, an associate research fellow at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies who looks at terrorism and radicalization.
“If even a small minority of them do return, they will be highly respected by existing local groups,” she said. “If they do intend to continue their mission they will have no problem finding recruits and support.”

Then there's Akel Zainal, another Malaysian fighting in Syria. He used to be the drummer with some 1990s pop group.

 From Syria he solicits requests from Facebook followers to write their names on mortar shells, printing their names ― as many as five per shell ― next to the words “Malaysian Citizens Together with the Islamic Revolution.”
“US soldiers and other infidel armies usually write down names on bombs that they use on Muslims as a taunt,” Akel wrote on his Facebook page, which showed photos of him walking through the rubble of buildings destroyed by Syrian forces, a gun slung across his back. “Is it wrong then for me to want to taunt them back, these enemies of Allah? It’s my idea, it’s my way of sharing the fervour of the battlefields with my friends. Eat. Pray. Jihad.”
There are estimated to be about 40 Malaysians over there, but that's not definitive.

Malaysia fears the return of jihadists could re-inspire local extremist groups like  Jemaah Islamiyah.

More interesting information on The Malay Mail Online.

Feds Waste $300,000 On How Humans Interact With Bicycles

Taxpayers just wasted $300,000 on a research study of how "humans interact with bicycles," because it's oh so important to know how to lower our carbon footprint.

Think this was sourced from The Onion or from one of the myriad of other satire sites? Nope.  It's woefully true. The National Science Foundation (NSF)  conducted the study from October 2009 through June 2013.

The premise for the project, which was conducted between October 2009 and June 2013, was that bicycle dynamics are “poorly understood,” and researchers set out to come up with new designs to encourage more Americans to bike to lower their carbon footprint.

“Although human operator control models exist for numerous aircraft and other vehicles, the bicycle with a rider is a human-vehicle system whose dynamic behavior is poorly understood,” researchers at the University of California, Davis said in a paper publishing their interim results.

The paper said the authors had “deeper questions” about how people control bikes, and argued that no designs in the last century have been made with “desired handling qualities.”

“Even the simplest models of a bicycle with a rigidly attached rider have yet to be completely understood,” the researchers wrote.

“If successful, this research will improve the fundamental understanding of how humans interact with bicycles and will help pave the way to the design of bicycles for a wider population and for a wider range of tasks,” they added.

The rest on the Washington Free Beacon

Another Oklahoman Muslim Threatened To Behead Co-Workers

Slowly information is surfacing regarding 30-year-old Alton Nolen aka Jah'Keem Yisrael , the Muslim who beheaded that poor woman at Vaughan Foods in Oklahoma.

Apparently, Nolen converted to Islam during his time in the penitentiary in 2011, tried to convert co-workers at the food processing plant where he worked, was fired after he argued in favor of stoning of women, and then returned to the plant where he attacked several women until he was shot by the COO Mark Vaughan.

Walid Shoebat has some interesting info on Nolen, including the fact that he was initially with the Black Israelite cult.

More on Nolen on and his posts on Facebook on Daily Caller.

Now we hear about this, also out of Oklahoma. Jacob Murithi who threatened to behead a co-worker and was fired, was arrested the same day that Alton Jones was. He had told the co-worker that he "represented ISIS and that ISIS kills Christians."  He's in jail on terrorism charges.  At least they didn't categorize it as workplace violence.

You have to wonder if this has anything to do with, or was inspired by the thwarted terrorist plot in Australia to behead random people.