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  • Why Hamas “Loves Death”—And Cease-Fires

    11/24/2012 5:16:36 AM PST · by arthurus · 19 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 22 November 2012 | Andrew Bostom
    Nearly six decades ago (in 1956), Arthur Jeffery, a great modern scholar of Islam, reviewed Guillaume’s magisterial English translation of Ibn Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah, the oldest and most important Muslim biography of Muhammad. Jeffery’s review included this trenchant observation: Years ago the late Canon Gairdner in Cairo said that the best answer to the numerous apologetic Lives of Muhammad published in the interests of Muslim propaganda in the West would be an unvarnished translation of the earliest Arabic biography of the prophet. W. H. T. (Canon) Gairdner, in 1915, highlighted the dilemma posed by Islam’s sacralization of Muhammad’s timeless...
  • DAKAR, WEST AFRICA JOIN ALLIES; AIR ACTION SLOWS TUNISIA PUSH (11/24/42)

    11/24/2012 5:14:17 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 6 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 11/24/42 | Raymond Daniell, F. Tillman Durdin, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Giving Obama What He Wants

    11/24/2012 5:03:40 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 30 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 11/24/12 | LD Jackson
    A few days ago, I wrote a post about the campaign of rhetoric that is underway. It is a campaign to convince as many Americans as possible that the only possible way out of the fiscal condition we are in is to raise taxes. The only thing standing between Obama and his achieving the liberal dream of higher taxes is the Republicans in Congress and I'm not even sure they have the political will or capital to hold their ground. Some of them are already backing down, saying something has to be done to avert the fiscal catastrophe that is...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- NGC 1365: Majestic Spiral with Supernova

    11/24/2012 4:51:09 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | November 24, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365 is truly a majestic island universe some 200,000 light-years across. Located a mere 60 million light-years away toward the chemical constellation Fornax, NGC 1365 is a dominant member of the well-studied Fornax galaxy cluster. This sharp color image shows intense star forming regions at the ends of the bar and along the spiral arms, and details of dust lanes cutting across the galaxy's bright core. At the core lies a supermassive black hole. Astronomers think NGC 1365's prominent bar plays a crucial role in the galaxy's evolution, drawing gas and dust into a star-forming...
  • Chambliss latest US Republican to break with anti-tax lobbyist

    11/24/2012 4:48:30 AM PST · by tobyhill · 37 replies
    reuters ^ | 11/24/2012 | Kim Dixon
    U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss this week became the latest Republican lawmaker to loosen his ties to Grover Norquist, the anti-tax lobbyist famous for getting elected officials to sign a "taxpayer protection pledge." The rebellion, albeit a modest one, comes as Republicans prepare to negotiate with Democrats and President Barack Obama on a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff - some $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts set to start jolting the economy at the beginning of 2013. "I care more about this country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge," Chambliss told Georgia television station WMAZ on...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/24/12)[Prayer]

    11/24/2012 4:45:38 AM PST · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/24/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Elohei Avraham....The God of AbrahamExodus 3:15 God also said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers--the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob--has sent me to you.' This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.
  • Operation Pillar of Defense: In Support of a Ground Offensive

    11/24/2012 4:23:33 AM PST · by forty_years · 8 replies
    BESA Center Perspectives Paper ^ | November 19, 2012 | Efraim Inbar and Max Singer
    For nearly a week, Israel has been under attack from terrorist elements in Gaza, primarily Hamas. As the Israeli air force and navy respond with surgical, targeted strikes on Hamas facilities, the government is weighing the possibility of ordering a ground offensive too.In our view, an armored push into Gaza in order to deal the Hamas military wing a decisive blow is necessary. From a strategic, long-term perspective, Israel cannot avoid confronting Hamas head-on, and must take action sooner rather than later. For Israel to restore quiet to its borders and ensure its survival in the new Middle East, Arab...
  • How the 'Fiscal Showdown' Impacts Gay and Transgender Americans

    11/24/2012 4:23:28 AM PST · by Salman · 22 replies
    Center for American Progress (leftist think tank) ^ | November 20, 2012 | Andrew Cray, Crosby Burns, and Erin Fitzgerald
    Avoiding sequestration remains a critical policy goal for Congress. Doing so is important for all Americans, including gay and transgender Americans and their families. As this report details, many federal programs, both directly and indirectly, function to support and serve the gay and transgender population. If across-the-board budget cuts go into effect, this population will experience a host of negative outcomes, including the following: Sequestration would hurt gay and transgender workers and threaten their employment security because federal agencies would have fewer resources to investigate claims of employment discrimination. Sequestration would compromise gay and transgender health by reducing programmatic funding...
  • 4 Reasons The GOP Would Be Foolish To Dump Social Issues

    11/24/2012 4:19:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 90 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2012 | John Hawkins
    Win, lose or draw, we're always supposedly hitting a tipping point where social issues just no longer work for the Republican Party. At first glance, this would appear to be a rather puzzling sentiment. After all, in 2010, despite the fact that the GOP was just as socially conservative as we were this year, the Republican Party had its best year in half a century. Furthermore, in 2008 and 2012, the GOP lost despite running moderate candidates who were soft on social issues and who barely brought them up at all. If anything, you'd think that seeing two non-social conservatives...
  • Radical Islamist turns ardent Zionist: The story of Kasim Hafeez

    11/24/2012 4:18:45 AM PST · by forty_years · 13 replies
    netwmd.com ^ | 11/23/12 | Fern Sidman
    On Thursday evening, November 15th, an audience of several hundred people sat in rapt attention at Temple Israel on New York City's Upper East Side, as they heard the compelling narrative of a most unusual man. Kasim Hafeez, 28, is a British born Muslim of Pakistani descent whom was raised in an environment where he was taught that, "Jews control the world, and Israel is at fault for just about everything." As many other young Muslims in the United Kingdom, he embraced the teachings of radical Islam and internalized the visceral hatred for Israel that is endemic to this philosophy....
  • Navy Releases Major Updates to Service Member HIV Policy

    11/24/2012 4:15:43 AM PST · by Salman · 13 replies
    OutServe (gay military magazine) ^ | 19 Nov 2012 | Katie Miller
    Military policy prohibits HIV-positive service members from being stationed outside the United States. But on Aug. 13 the Pentagon quietly released a revision to the Department of the Navy policy, which now allows HIV-positive Sailors to be stationed at U.S. military installations outside of the country and on select large ship platforms. The policy change, listed under Secretary of the Navy Instruction (SECNAVINST) 5300.30E, is intended to “reflect current knowledge” of HIV and marks the biggest change in military HIV policy since the late 1980s when mass testing for HIV went into effect. Though the update removes logistical barriers to...
  • Cleared of Ethics Charges, Maxine Waters Ready to Write Bank Laws

    11/24/2012 4:06:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2012 | John Ransom
    The last time we met “This Old Socialist,” Congresswoman Maxine Waters, (D-Delusional), she was being probed for “ethics violations,” which is fed-speak for “things for which you and I go to jail, but which is legal for congress.” Waters, then, was gamely trying to vie for a leadership position on the Financial Services Committee despite a dogged investigation regarding her finances and influence peddling that had dragged out for months. She was doing so in the wake of the announcement that the committee’s ranking Democrat, Barney Frank (D-Dope) (pun intended) was leaving congress to fulfill his lifelong dream of getting...
  • Crushing Ambition

    11/24/2012 3:57:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    The left-wing media went wild after the election when analysis showed that many poorer Americans supported President Obama and entitlements could have been a major reason why. Liberals always like to think of themselves as noble, and the thought that some vote-buying could have occurred is deeply offensive to them. Nevertheless, the facts speak for themselves. Americans earning less than $30,000 a year gave the president about 7 million more votes than Gov. Romney. All told, Obama defeated Romney by 3.5 million votes. The math is clear. But what about motivation? How can you assign entitlements as a voting factor?...
  • The LIVING HELL of Socialism- in Photos

    11/24/2012 3:30:19 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 37 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 24 November 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    History lesson here for shallow, reality-TV-generation  'progressive' idiots who think socialism's cool  (no worries- there's pictures)  East Germany (DDR = Deutsche Demokratische Republik)  blamed capitalists for everything,  nationalized industry,  suppressed dissent,  glorified a (paranoid) leader,  spied on their own citizens, hated Israel, supported Palestinian radicals,  and did it all the name of the 'common man'  -sound familiar, Obammunist tools? Stasi chief Erich Meilke (center) oversaw 1M full-time officers and 500Kpart-time informants. Their loyalty lay 100% with the Communist Party, and the utterly ruthless and unaccountable organization had it's tentacles stuck-into every element of society: it was said one in every 63 DDR citizens...
  • Foster parents 'stigmatised and slandered’ for being members of Ukip

    11/24/2012 3:23:34 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 55 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 10:00PM GMT 23 Nov 2012 | By Sam Marsden
    A couple had their three foster children taken away by a council on the grounds that their membership of the UK Independence Party meant that they supported “racist” policies. The husband and wife, who have been fostering for nearly seven years, said they were made to feel like criminals when a social worker told them that their views on immigration made them unsuitable carers. Nigel Farage, the leader of Ukip, described the actions of Rotherham borough council as “a bloody outrage” and “political prejudice of the very worst kind”. The husband was a Royal Navy reservist for more than 30...
  • Spain fears break-up as Catalonia votes - "We're sick of being robbed...."

    11/24/2012 2:43:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    DNA - Daily News Analysis ^ | November 24, 2012 | Fiona Govan | The Daily Telegraph
    In Madrid, the central government of Mariano Rajoy has pledged to fight any move towards independence. There are fears that fellow separatists in the Basque region and even Galicia will follow suit, provoking a constitutional crisis. One association of retired and active members of the military even warned that war should be declared on Catalonia if the region broke away and others have suggested Mas [ Artur Mas, the incumbent regional president and leader of the centre-Right Convergence and Union Party (CIU)] should be tried for treason. Something is missing at the top of the flagpole outside the town hall...
  • Friday Afternoon Roundup - Rumors of Ceasefires

    11/24/2012 1:21:13 AM PST · by expat1000 · 5 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | November 23, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    From The People's Cube ABOUT THAT WAR II Here's what I wrote in last week's roundup about the war that wasn't a war. 3. This is still not a war. What will most likely happen is that Israel will carry out some more air strikes and possibly even a limited ground operation. Some Hamas terrorists will die along with some Israeli civilians. 5. Phone calls from Washington and London will warn Netanyahu to wind down the operation. Turkey or Egypt will offer to negotiate a truce. Israel will pull out. Hamas will celebrate the usual victory of insurgencies, that...
  • The Democrats' Big Problem

    11/24/2012 12:38:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 95 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 24, 2012 | Bruce Walker
    The left's post-election celebrations are wholly unwarranted. Consider.................................. In fact, every other Republican seat is in a state which Romney carried handily, while four other Democrat seats -- in New Hampshire, Virginia, Iowa, and Colorado -- came from states in which Romney ran close to Obama. That translates in 2014 into gains, and very likely gains which will translate into a Republican Senate majority. That very fact -- because Senate Democrats can do the math -- means that Harry Reid's plan to make filibusters harder will almost certainly fail: in two years, and perhaps for years thereafter, Republicans may control...
  • Hindu-Americans Rank Top in Education, Income

    11/24/2012 12:20:22 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 57 replies
    Hindu-Americans have the highest socioeconomic levels among all religions in the United States, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life. Experts say U.S. immigration policy is the main reason Hindus do so well. Both the 1965 Immigration Act and the more recent H1-B visa program set the table for Hindus to succeed. The former encouraged the immigration of professionals, particularly doctors and engineers, while the latter was designed to encourage the immigration of highly skilled “guest workers.” The number of H1-B visas issued to Indians grew steadily in the late 1990s...
  • Gay Celebrities: Who Is Out? [Pics in URL]

    11/23/2012 11:18:49 PM PST · by Steelfish · 49 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 23, 2012
    Gay Celebrities: Who Is Out? Once it was considered a potentially career-ending acknowledgment, but a growing number of celebrities have come out with relatively little fanfare. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Anderson Cooper, 2012 Until July, Anderson Cooper had never publicly confirmed he was gay, but he'd never denied it, either. Cooper's sexual orientation has long been an open secret, but it took an Entertainment Weekly cover story about gay celebrities to prompt the newsman to finally come out. Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan, another openly gay newsman, wrote to Cooper asking...