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  • Supreme Court Decision Will Lead to Gay Marriage in Five States. Why That’s Wrong. [actually 30]

    10/06/2014 11:52:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 10/6/2014 | Ryan T. Anderson
    Today the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review appeals from Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin on the definition of marriage. This means that lower court rulings that struck down state marriage laws now will go into effect, forcing the redefinition of marriage in these states and potentially in other states in the 4th, 7th, and 10th circuits.This is an unfortunate setback for sound constitutional self-government and a setback for a healthy marriage culture.The truth of the matter is that the marriage laws in these five states—as in many states across our nation—are good laws that reflect the truth about...
  • AQAP releases video of coordinated attacks in Shabwa [Yemen]

    10/06/2014 10:16:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 10/6/2014 | OREN ADAKI
    On Oct. 3, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released the latest installment of its video series documenting attacks, "From the Battlefield." This most recent episode, "Coordinated Attacks on Several Military Locations," includes footage of a number of AQAP attacks in the Mayfa'a region of Yemen's southern Shabwa province. Although the video does not specify when the attacks took place, the targets and details of the operations appear to show a coordinated attack on military installations in Shabwa that was carried out on Aug. 31. The video begins with an on-screen message providing a justification for AQAP's continuing...
  • Exclusive: Top Secret Service agent had gun stolen from car [how 'bout a TS/SCI Service agent?]

    10/06/2014 10:08:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/6/2014 | Susan Crabtree
    A top Secret Service agent who has regularly served on President Obama’s protective detail had his gun stolen out of his car at his house after leaving it there overnight and was never disciplined for it, according to two sources with detailed knowledge of the incident.Internal Secret Service records show that the agency reported that the agent in question lost a semi-automatic handgun in 2009, but he was never punished for it, the two sources said.At the time of the gun theft, the agent was assigned to the Secret Service’s inspection division, which collaborates with the Office of Professional Responsibility...
  • 154 churches deserted over Borno, Adamawa attacks -Catholics

    10/06/2014 9:59:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Daily Punch (Nigeria) ^ | 10/6/2014 | Kayode Idowu
    The Catholic Church in Nigeria on Monday alleged that it was presently facing great persecution in the three North-East states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, which have been under emergency rule since December, 2013, with 154 of its churches in the state deserted. The church, in a statement titled, ‘While Our People Perish’ signed by the Director of Social Communication, Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, Rev. Fr. Gideon Obasogie, said, “As a church, we are really going through a severe moment of persecution. The ecclesial circumscription is facing sharp disintegration. In the last few weeks our churches, numbering 154, have been...
  • [IL] Bolingbrook man faces terrorism charges, allegedly tried join ISIS

    10/06/2014 9:44:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    WLS ^ | 10/6/2014
    Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 19, of Bolingbrook was arrested by the FBI at O'Hare International Airport after allegedly supporting overseas terrorism. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, he was attempting to join ISIS. Khan was arrested by the Chicago FBI's Joint Terrorism task force without incident on Saturday night. He was charged in criminal court Monday morning with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. He remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing Thursday morning. According to the complaint affidavit, law enforcement agents observed Khan pass through security at O'Hare on Saturday afternoon. The...
  • Pedophilia: A Disorder, Not a Crime [Barf Alert]

    10/06/2014 9:36:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/5/2014 | MARGO KAPLAN
    THINK back to your first childhood crush. Maybe it was a classmate or a friend next door. Most likely, through school and into adulthood, your affections continued to focus on others in your approximate age group. But imagine if they did not. By some estimates, 1 percent of the male population continues, long after puberty, to find themselves attracted to prepubescent children. These people are living with pedophilia, a sexual attraction to prepubescents that often constitutes a mental illness. Unfortunately, our laws are failing them and, consequently, ignoring opportunities to prevent child abuse. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental...
  • The Silent Intifada

    10/06/2014 4:48:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 10/6/2014 | Arlene Kushner
    The perpetrators in the main of the new silent intifada are male Arabs, mostly young, with Jerusalem residency cards. They have the right to live in Jerusalem, and receive the perks of citizens, but – tellingly – for political reasons have declined to become full citizens. With increasing frequency in recent weeks, they are out on the streets of eastern Jerusalem and at key eastern Jerusalem locations, actively participating in violent and destructive behaviors. Sometimes they wrap scarves around their faces so they cannot be identified.Some Arab “unrest” occurs from time to time in the city. Perhaps a demonstration protesting...
  • Indian jihadist group calls for attacks on non Muslims

    10/06/2014 4:46:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/6/2014
    A group of Indian Islamic militants, operating out of Pakistan, has called for attacks on non Muslims in the region in retaliation for U.S.-led air strikes on ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The head of the little-known Ansar al-Tawhid fi'Bilad al-Hind urged Muslims to kill foreigners and other infidels in mainly Hindu India where Muslims have largely stayed away from global jihad. "If you are in the fortunate position to kill an American or European, whether French or Australian or Canadian, or other unbelievers who have declared war on the Islamic State, then do so," said Maulana Abdul Rehman al-Nadwi...
  • Turkish army uses tear gas to move press, Kurds from border

    10/06/2014 3:57:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | 10/6/2014
    The Turkish security forces Monday used tear gas to push dozens of reporters and Kurdish civilians away from the border zone close to intense fighting for the besieged Syrian town of Kobani. The armed forces employed tear gas for the second day in a row to push people back from the border area which has become increasingly dangerous owing to mortars fired from Syria, an AFP correspondent reported. "Leave or else we will intervene," the security forces ordered through loudspeakers on trucks.
  • A Culture of Incompetence

    10/06/2014 3:52:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/6/2014 | Bruce Walker
    Obama’s left never accepts responsibility for anything. Weaned on the sour milk of thuggish, tenured academicians and marinated in the surreal stew of lawyer-land, the odd creatures that infest our White House have no notion of work or honor or duty. This manifests itself in different ways. Mendacity has been elevated almost to a secular religion. Obama, his officials, his armies of minor minions prevaricate with such aplomb that one wonders if they truly know when they are lying or telling the truth. The disgraceful trail of obfuscations, dissimulations, and quarter-truths are invariably defended by the administration’s flacks with the...
  • INSIGHT - Crime and gangs: the path to battle for Australia's Islamist radicals

    10/06/2014 3:47:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/6/2014 | Matt Siegel
    The children of refugees who fled Lebanon's civil war for peaceful Australia in the 1970s form a majority of Australian militants fighting in the Middle East, according to about a dozen counter-terrorism officials, security experts and Muslim community members. Of the 160 or so Australian jihadists believed to be in Iraq or Syria, several are in senior leadership positions, they say. But unlike fighters from Britain, France or Germany, who experts say are mostly jobless and alienated, a number of the Australian fighters grew up in a tight-knit criminal gang culture, dominated by men with family ties to the region...
  • Democrats start to point fingers

    10/06/2014 3:38:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/6/2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats are starting to play the blame game as they face the possibility of losing the Senate in November. Tempers are running high a month out from Election Day, with polls showing Democratic candidates trailing in the crucial battleground states that will decide whether the Congress flips to Republican control. The behind-the-scenes tension broke into the open last week when former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) questioned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) decision not to endorse Democrat Rick Weiland in South Dakota’s Senate race. Pro-immigrant advocacy groups, meanwhile, are saying Democrats should not blame them if Hispanic voters...
  • Failure of the Feminist Word Police

    10/06/2014 3:34:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/6/2014 | Katherine Timpf
    Modern feminists seem dedicated to teaching us uncultured regular people that many of our favorite common expressions are actually offensive slurs. “You guys.” “Oh, man!” “Man up!” They say these phrases create a male-centric society that oppresses women sexually and professionally, whether we intend them to or not. You might think that these language-vetting philosopher-cops would make sure that their movement’s own language was coherent and appropriate. But you would be wrong. As part of its “Sex Week,” the Women’s Resource Center at the University of New Mexico invited a “sex and relationship expert” slash pornographic puppeteer to teach workshops...
  • The Navy is building robotic weaponized boats

    10/06/2014 3:29:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Computerworld ^ | 10/6/2014 | Sharon Gaudin
    As a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, loaded with 60 aircraft and more than 6,000 sailors, heads toward port, it's protected by a group of 10 or more small boats.The boats move around the ship, scanning for suspicious and potentially hostile vessels coming too close. If they spot a potential adversary, they race toward the intruder, working together to swarm around it and block it from getting any closer. If necessary, they can destroy an attacking vessel.What makes this scenario unique is that these small boats are unmanned. No one's driving them or on the look out. No one's manning the...
  • Egypt jihadist group releases video of beheadings

    10/06/2014 2:44:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    AFP ^ | 10/5/2014
    An Egyptian jihadist group released a video Sunday showing the execution of four men, including three being beheaded, accused of spying for the army and for Israel's Mossad intelligence service. It is the second time such gruesome footage has been released by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem), the deadliest militant group based in Egypt's insurgency-hit Sinai region. A similar video of beheadings was released by the group on August 28, showing the decapitation of four men also accused of being "Israeli informants". Ansar Beit al-Maqdis says it supports the Islamic State (IS) group which has seized swathes of territory...
  • ‘Once a Spy, Always a Spy’ [How Putin's KGB past shapes his autocratic rule]

    10/06/2014 2:42:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 10/6/2014 | Daniel Wiser
    It was January of 1990, and a middle-aged, overweight Vladimir Putin was depressed.Working as a paper-pushing KGB intelligence officer in Dresden, Germany, Putin spent most of his time attempting to recruit undercover foreign agents and writing reports. News from back home in the Soviet Union caused great concern.Mikhail Gorbachev had ascended to the head of the Communist Party and was pushing liberalizing policies, and by 1989 the KGB leadership had begun to back some of his reforms. Hundreds of thousands protested in the streets of Communist East Germany for reunification—culminating in the fall of the Berlin Wall in November.On January...
  • Superbugs spread across US

    10/06/2014 2:17:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/6/2014 | Brian Hughes
    As Americans worry about Ebola, the swiftly spreading virus that has traveled from West Africa to Texas, a more silent killer poses a greater danger. It sounds pedestrian, easy to dismiss.That’s what makes it so devastating.The U.S. health system is now under assault by antibiotic-resistant superbugs.Drug-resistant bacteria killed 23,000 people in America last year and caused 2 million illnesses. It is getting worse, health experts say.Fears of Ebola have ratcheted up since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week that the first case of the disease had been diagnosed on U.S. soil. But unlike Ebola, which officials...
  • High risk Ebola could reach France and UK by end-Oct, scientists calculate

    10/06/2014 2:09:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/6/2014 | Kate Kelland
    Scientists have used Ebola disease spread patterns and airline traffic data to predict a 75 percent chance the virus could be imported to France by October 24, and a 50 percent chance it could hit Britain by that date. Those numbers are based on air traffic remaining at full capacity. Assuming an 80 percent reduction in travel to reflect that many airlines are halting flights to affected regions, France's risk is still 25 percent, and Britain's is 15 percent. "It's really a lottery," said Derek Gatherer of Britain's Lancaster University, an expert in viruses who has been tracking the epidemic...
  • Ebola As ISIS Bio-Weapon?

    10/06/2014 2:07:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 79 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/5/2014 | Bruce Dorminey
    ISIS may already be thinking of using Ebola as a low-tech weapon of bio-terror, says a national security expert, who notes that the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” and terror groups like it wouldn’t even have to weaponize the virus to attempt to wreak strategic global infection.Such groups could simply use human carriers to intentionally infect themselves in West Africa, then disseminate the deadly virus via the world’s air transportation system. Or so says Capt. Al Shimkus, Ret., a Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College.“The individual exposed to the Ebola Virus would be the...
  • Islamic State withstands bombing campaign, plots Baghdad invasion

    10/06/2014 1:54:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/5/2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Islamic State holds just about the same number of towns in Iraq today as it did two months ago, when the U.S. began a bombing campaign to whittle down the terrorist army and support Iraqi ground troops trying to retake territory. More troubling, analysts say, is that the Islamic State, also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL, is ramping up what appear to be operations designed to one day invade Baghdad. Its objective is to take the international airport and begin conquering the capital, section by section. The Islamic State is continuing its urban attacks with car bombs,...
  • How Obama’s Arab Spring Created the Islamic State

    10/06/2014 1:35:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Raymond Ibrahim ^ | 10/5/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Over a decade ago, the U.S. conquered Iraq; its military and intelligence were on the ground for years with autonomy. In other words, U.S. influence and authority was more pronounced in Iraq than probably any other Muslim country in the world.And yet it is in this one Muslim nation, where the U.S. had most authority, where U.S. blood and treasure were spent, that the absolute worst Islamic terrorist group—the Islamic State—was born.Coincidence?Or is this too related to the great “Arab Spring” failures of the Obama administration?Consider: Obama was repeatedly warned that withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq would lead to something...
  • Whence these wild grapes? A Consideration on Rebelliousness in the human heart

    10/06/2014 1:24:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10/5/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Among the issues that stands out in yesterday’s (Sunday) Gospel about the vineyard, is the wild and strange over-reaction by the tenant farmers that the landowner was owed anything in terms of the fruits of the harvest. Notice that they beat, stone and kill the servants sent to collect the owners portion. They do the same with a second wave and then even end up killing the landowner’s son!And this is not mere story. It was born out time and time again in Israel’s history in the shameful rejection, hatred, improsonment and killing of the prophets. It was about to...
  • Pakistani Taliban declare allegiance to Islamic State and global jihad

    10/05/2014 3:43:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/4/2014
    The Pakistani Taliban declared allegiance to Islamic State on Saturday and ordered militants across the region to help the Middle Eastern jihadist group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate. Islamic State, which controls swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, has been making inroads into South Asia, which has traditionally been dominated by local Taliban insurgencies against both the Pakistan and Afghanistan governments. The announcement comes after a September move by al Qaeda chief, Ayman al-Zawahri, to name former Taliban commander Asim Umar as the "emir" of a new South Asia branch of the network that...
  • Deadly Marburg hemorrhagic fever breaks out in Uganda

    10/05/2014 3:40:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Shanghai Daily ^ | 10/6/2014 | Ronald Ssekandi, Samuel Egadu
    Uganda is grappling to contain the deadly Marburg hemorrhagic fever after confirmatory laboratory tests turned positive. The outbreak of the viral hemorrhagic fever which was announced here on Sunday by Elioda Tumwesigye, the minister of state for health, has left one person, the index case dead, one person in isolation and over 80 others being monitored both in central and western Uganda. "The Ministry of Health would like to inform the country of an outbreak of Marburg which has so far killed one person," Tumwesigye told reporters here at the ministry of health headquarters. According to the ministry of health,...
  • Religious teacher rapes seven kids

    10/05/2014 3:36:54 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | 10/5/2014
    Moroccan police arrested a Koran teacher on charges of raping seven boys studying at his centre in the north African Arab country. Medical tests on his latest victim showed the 11-year-old boy was raped by the 36-year-old teacher at the centre in the northern town of Tetouan. Newspapers said the teacher confessed during interrogation that he had molested and raped six other boys.
  • Woman doctor among 22 Malaysians with IS in Syria [recruited girls for harem]

    10/05/2014 3:34:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Zee News ^ | 10/5/2014
    A 26-year-old woman doctor was among the 22 Malaysians in Syria reportedly involved in the activities of terrorist group Islamic State (IS), police here confirmed on Sunday. The doctor was married to a Malaysian, who was a member of the IS group, police counter-terrorism official Ayub Khan Mydin Pitchay said. "We are trying to establish her identity and obtain more information about the woman's family. We are investigating how she could have been influenced to go there (Syria)," Khan was quoted as saying by official Bernama news agency. Khan said the doctor was very active on social media and was...
  • Biden Apologizes to Islamist Leader of Turkey for Linking Him to ISIS

    10/05/2014 3:30:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 10/4/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Under the Islamist AKP, Turkey has become a state sponsor of terror. Its links to ISIS are the worst kept secret in the region as ISIS fighters treat Turkey as a gateway to the ISIS Jihad.But Biden made the mistake of quoting Erdogan and had to apologize for it. Vice President Biden on Saturday apologized to Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for saying the Turkish leader admitted his country made mistakes by allowing foreign fighters to cross into Syria.Biden spoke directly to Erdogan to “clarify” comments made on Thursday at Harvard University and apologized for “any implication” that Turkey or...
  • So-Called ‘Biblical Scholar’ Says Jesus A Made-Up Myth

    10/05/2014 3:53:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 86 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10/4/2014 | Candida Moss
    Michael Paulkovich, author of No Meek Messiah, has proclaimed that Jesus never existed. In his book, the author details his shocking discovery of “one-hundred-twenty-six authors from the time of Jesus who should have, but did not record anything about the Christian godman.” Paulkovich’s case rests on three main pillars. First, the discovery that no ancient writers from the first few centuries CE mention Jesus. Second, the assumption that most writers should have mentioned Jesus, since he was the Son of God and all that. Third, the keen observation that Jesus never wrote anything himself. Although an undeniably compelling trinity of...
  • Tales of torture, mutilation and rape as ISIS targets key town of Kobani [As Turkey watches]

    10/05/2014 3:44:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/4/2014 | Catherine James
    As Islamic State militants closed in on the besieged Syrian city of Kobani on Saturday, Turkey lined up its soldiers near the border but continued to refuse to intervene to repel the extremist advance.On a day that should have been one of the happiest in the Muslim calendar, the festival of Eid al-Adha, hundreds of Turks and refugee Kurds spent the morning at the border with Syria, watching helplessly as shells rained down on a city many once called home.Turkish police appeared uneasy at the size of the crowd gathered near a fragile border fence and fired teargas grenades to...
  • Is the CDC Playing Immigration Politics with Ebola?

    10/05/2014 3:39:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/5/2014 | Jason Kissner
    Astoundingly, CDC Ebola screening/isolation standards issued following the Duncan Dallas Ebola case still do not properly contend with cases like Duncan’s -- and who knows how many of those there now are in America? The CDC’s new policy guidelines will be documented shortly. First, though, let’s quickly discuss the problem Duncan’s case presented, and cases like his will continue to present. During his first visit to the Emergency Room of Texas Presbyterian, Duncan’s condition was such that he “presented with low-grade fever and abdominal pain. His condition did not warrant admission. He also was not exhibiting symptoms specific to Ebola.”...
  • Marriott Pays $600,000 For Jamming WiFi Hotspots

    10/05/2014 3:34:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Information Week ^ | 10/5/2014 | Thomas Claburn
    Marriott International has agreed to pay a $600,000 penalty for jamming guests' mobile WiFi hotspots at a hotel and conference facility in Nashville, Tenn.In a consent decree filed with the Federal Communications Commission, Marriott acknowledged that "one or more of its employees used containment features of a Wi-Fi monitoring system at the Gaylord Opryland to prevent consumers from connecting to the Internet via their own personal Wi-Fi networks."At the same time, the FCC says, the hotel was charging consumers, small businesses, and exhibitors from $250 to $1,000 per device to access Marriott's WiFi network."Consumers who purchase cellular data plans should...
  • Pakistani Taliban group urges jihadists in Iraq and Syria 'to reconcile'

    10/05/2014 3:27:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 10/5/2014 | Bill Roggio
    A senior leader of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, urged the Islamic State and the Al Nusrah Front, "and other mujahideen of the region" to put aside their differences and fight together against the US and allied countries that are launching airstrikes against jihadists in Iraq and Syria. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar is the latest al Qaeda-linked group to call for reconciliation between jihadist factions in the region. Omar Khalid al Khorasani, who is on the executive ruling council of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, released a videotape "suggesting Islamic State (IS,ISIS), Jabhat al Nusrah (JN) and other mujahideen of...
  • Report: ISIS plots to seize Iran’s nuclear secrets

    10/05/2014 3:20:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 10/5/2014
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group is planning on seizing Tehran’s nuclear secrets and urging its fighters to plan for war with Iran, UK weekly newspaper The Sunday Times reported.The group urged its members to help them reach their ambitions in a manifesto which was allegedly written by Abdullah Ahmed al-Meshedani, a member of the group’s highly secretive six-man war cabinet.In the document, which has been examined by western security officials - who believe it to be authentic - Meshedani wrote that ISIS is aims to get hold of nuclear weapons with the help of Russia,...
  • Is ISIS Close Enough To Attack Baghdad? Islamic State 'Operating' In Abu Ghraib: McClatchy Report

    10/05/2014 3:16:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 10/5/2014 | Alessandria Masi
    The Islamic State group is reportedly in shooting distance from Baghdad, specifically the Baghdad International Airport, according to a recent report from McClatchy DC news. Militants from the Sunni extremist group are now moving freely in Abu Ghraib, only around 40 km from the Iraqi capital, forcing Iraqi forces to remain inside the 10th Division base, the report said. “Daash (Islamic State) is openly operating inside Abu Ghraib,” an Iraqi soldier told McClatchy. “I was at the 10th Division base there two days ago, and the soldiers cannot leave or patrol. “Daash controls the streets.” Militants from the group formerly...
  • Israel to Summon Sweden Ambassador Over Palestine

    10/05/2014 3:12:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    AP ^ | 10/5/2014
    Israel's Foreign Ministry says it will summon Sweden's ambassador following that country's decision to recognize a Palestinian state. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a statement that he "regrets" that Sweden "rushed" to make its decision without properly understanding the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. On Sunday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the ambassador would be summoned Monday.
  • Sinner Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass – A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year

    10/05/2014 2:30:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10/4/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There is an urgency and clarity about today’s Gospel that is often lacking in modern Christians, including the clergy. In this Gospel, the message is urgent, provocative, and clear: there is a day of judgment coming for every one of us and we simply must be ready. The message is a sobering one for a modern world that is often dismissive of judgment and certainly of Hell. Yet Jesus says clearly that the Kingdom of God can be taken from us for our refusal to accept its fruits in our life.Parables used by Jesus to teach on judgment and the...
  • How ISIS Films Beheading Videos: An Account From An Islamic State Film Set

    10/03/2014 7:57:47 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 10/3/2014 | Alessandria Masi
    An anti-militant activist group in Syria says it has seen the Islamic State group film a beheading video in the militant group's stronghold of Raqqa, Syria. A spokesman from Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently spoke to International Business Times just hours after the Sept. 20 beheading. An Islamic State miliant dressed in black and holding a knife took a man wearing an orange jumpsuit to the place “where they beheaded James Foley,” the first U.S. journalist to appear in the militants’ brutal beheading videos, the spokesman for the anti-militant group said. At the time he spoke to IBTimes, the spokesman...
  • Immigrants from Ebola outbreak nations caught along the border

    10/03/2014 7:41:54 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    KGBT ^ | 10/3/2014 | Nadia Galindo
    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level three warning for US citizens to avoid traveling to West African countries experiencing an outbreak of Ebola. Immigrants from West African countries have entered the US illegally, according to Chris Cabrera with the National Border Patrol Council. "Not too long ago we did catch some people, I believe, from Liberia," he said. During the 2013 fiscal year, statistics from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website show Border Patrol agents apprehended 112 immigrants from Guinea, 231 from Liberia and 145 immigrants from Sierra Leone, which are the three...
  • Cardinal Kasper: Adultery language is offensive, insulting [Smarter than Jesus...just ask him]

    10/03/2014 7:30:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 59 replies
    CNA ^ | 10/3/2014
    In recent interviews, German Cardinal Walter Kasper suggested that while Church doctrine cannot change, it can be adapted and interpreted in different ways, and language can be softened when it is deemed offensive. If an individual divorces their spouse and enters a new civil marriage without an annulment, the second union is “not a sacramental one,” Cardinal Kasper acknowledged. “That’s clear. It’s not of the same level as the first one,” he said in a video interview with Catholic News Service, released Oct. 2. However, he continued, it is still “a new situation of marriage” in which a couple is...
  • 7 Reasons Why the Oklahoma Beheading Has Everything to Do with Islam

    10/03/2014 6:43:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/3/2014 | Robert Spencer
    A convert to Islam who named himself Jah’Keem Yisrael (formerly Alton Alexander Nolen) beheaded one of his coworkers and was shot while trying to behead another on September 26 at his place of work, Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma. Despite the numerous indications that Yisrael was inspired to choose his manner of murder and to carry it out by his immersion in Islam, authorities profess to be puzzled as to why he did it, or at least certain that his actions had nothing to do with that most misunderstood of religions, Islam.The UK Daily Mail reported Tuesday that “while the...
  • Politico Ridiculously Accuses 2016 GOP Hopefuls of Fomenting Ebola Panic

    10/03/2014 6:31:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/3/2014 | Stephen Kruiser
    Nice try. The likely 2016 Republican presidential candidates — except for Perry — are practically lining up to warn that the Obama administration isn’t doing enough to keep Ebola out of the United States, now that Dallas is dealing with the nation’s first confirmed case.Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky declared on “The Laura Ingraham Show” that “this could get beyond our control” and worried, “Can you imagine if a whole ship full of our soldiers catch Ebola?”Sen. Ted Cruz — Perry’s Texas colleague — raised the prospect of restricting or banning flights to the West African countries that are hardest...
  • Wait, There's a Problem with Christian Medical Missionaries?

    10/03/2014 6:16:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/3/2014 | David French
    Let me begin by confessing my biases right away. Kent Brantly — the American missionary who contracted Ebola while treating patients in Liberia — isn’t just one of my heroes, he’s also (distantly) family. He’s my uncle’s nephew. I’m not sure if that makes us some form of cousin, but it feels family-ish. And let me confess more bias. That same uncle served for years as a medical missionary in Nigeria and Tanzania, and my brother-in-law (also a doctor) has taken multiple medical mission trips. Heck, as a lawyer I feel near-useless (completely useless?) by comparison. So, given this background,...
  • Islamic State reportedly on Baghdad’s outskirts after week of victories

    10/03/2014 6:12:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 10/3/2014 | Mitchell Prothero
    <p>Islamic State militants have taken control of key cities in Iraq’s western province of Anbar and have begun to besiege one of the country’s largest military bases in a weeklong offensive that’s brought them within artillery range of Baghdad.</p> <p>The Islamic State and its tribal allies have dominated Anbar since a surprise offensive last December, but this week’s push was particularly worrisome, because for the first time this year Islamist insurgents were reported to have become a major presence in Abu Ghraib, the last Anbar town on the outskirts of the capital.</p>
  • Immigration officer sentenced for taking bribes [egg rolls for green card]

    10/03/2014 6:09:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 10/3/2014
    An immigration officer has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for taking bribes in cash and egg rolls from immigrants seeking green cards and citizenship. The U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles says 48-year-old Mai Nhu Nguyen was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Staton. Prosecutors say Nguyen took 200 egg rolls from a citizenship applicant and $1,000 from an immigrant seeking a green card between 2011 and 2013.
  • Escaping ISIS: Iraq's Christians find refuge at Jordan church

    10/03/2014 6:06:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/2/2014 | Jomana Karadsheh, Samira Said and Chelsea J. Carter
    They arrived at the church with only what they could carry: clothes, pictures and a few family heirlooms. It's all that is left of a life before the Islamic State terror group swept into northern Iraq, giving the Christians of Qaraqosh and Mosul an ultimatum: Convert, leave or die. Most, like Ammar Zaki and his family, fled first to the relative safety of Iraq's Kurdish capital of Irbil and then made their way to Amman, Jordan, where they found sanctuary in a church. Roughly 100 Iraqi Christians are being sheltered at St. Mary's Church in the Marka neighborhood of Amman....
  • Animals Australia release shocking footage of livestock being abused in Kuwait [Eid Al Adha]

    10/03/2014 3:53:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies (AU) ^ | 10/3/2014
    THESE are the graphic and confronting images that are enough to put you off your food. But this footage, shot by Animals Australia activists on the ground in Kuwait, reveal the shocking treatment and illegal slaughter of Australian sheep in a market notorious for cruelty. And it is far from pretty. According to the animals group, hundreds of Australian sheep are being sold illegally from a notoriously cruel livestock market in Kuwait, which is just five minutes down the road from Meat and Livestock Australia inspectors. Animals Australia say the shocking breach of practice is of more concern as the...
  • Islamic State Video Calls Western Jihadists To Attack At Home

    10/03/2014 3:39:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | 10/3/2014 | John Rossomando
    A new Islamic State video released titled "Message of the Mujahid" Friday calls on Western jihadists unable to travel to territory controlled by the terrorist group to conduct attacks at home. The message also offers a pointed rebuke of British Prime Minister David Cameron and the U.S.-led bombing campaign."A message to all of the brothers who cannot do Hijrah, I advise you to respond to the call of the sheik, the mujahid (Holy Warrior) Mohammed al-Adnani, to cause terror in the hearts of the kuffar (unbelievers)," the unidentified Islamic State spokesman said. "You are living in the West, you can...
  • Video purports to show ISIS beheading British hostage

    10/03/2014 3:35:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    CBS ^ | 10/3/2014
    An Internet video released Friday purports to show a fighter for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) beheading British hostage Alan Henning and threatening yet another American captive, the fourth such killing carried out by the extremist group now targeted in U.S.-led airstrikes. The video mirrored other beheading videos shot by ISIS, which now holds territory along the border of Syria and Iraq. It ended with an Islamic State fighter threatening a man they identified as an American named Peter Kassig. "Obama, you have started your aerial bombardment of Shams (Syria), which keeps on striking our people, so...
  • Black Pro-Lifers: Black Caucus Aids Black Genocide

    10/03/2014 1:07:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 10/3/2014 | Paul Bois
    On Thursday, LifeSiteNews reported that several black pro-lifers have spoken out in outrage over the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's (CBC) all too "friendly" relationship with the abortion conglomerate Planned Parenthood, accusing them of aiding in a genocide against their own people. The harsh reactions came in response to the CBC's recent annual legislative conference where "black activists teamed up with Planned Parenthood to host a panel promoting contraception and increased access to abortion for African American women." The CBC-hosted panel, titled “Sex, Politics, and Black Women: A real talk about what reproductive freedom means in the wake of Hobby Lobby,”...
  • Drumbeats Of War Between Syria And Turkey And The U.S. Is Sending More Troops To Oust Bashar...

    10/03/2014 1:03:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 10/3/2014
    When Bashar Al-Assad of Syria warned of the true intentions behind the 2011 Arab Spring, that it will turn into an Islamic winter, few in the west were listening. Now, the story is repeating when Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad just accused Turkey’s military intervention in Syria as “an act of aggression” and “a front to helping ISIS”. All this while the US military has even deployed more Marines to the Middle East, the Pentagon revealed Wednesday with the ultimate goal of the US intervention, as Obama administration spokesmen have repeatedly declared, is “the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad,” who is...