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  • Former Imam Of Mecca's Grand Mosque: There Is No Escaping Reform To Bring Islam Back...[taqiyya]

    06/02/2015 9:20:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 6-2-15
    In a February 22, 2015 article in the Saudi daily Al-Riyadh, Sheikh 'Adel Al-Kalbani, the former imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, attacked the extremism of the Islamic State (ISIS) and groups like it. He said that it takes more than mere words, condemnation, and even fatwas to halt the spread of ISIS's ideas and prevent young people from joining its ranks – it requires reform in Islam that will restore its original tolerant character. Stating that Islam is fundamentally tolerant and that the Prophet and his Companions were lenient with those who disagreed with them, Al-Kalbani added that...
  • NSA Creates 'CareerBuilder' for Spies

    06/02/2015 4:55:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Nextgov ^ | 6/1/15
    The National Security Agency is building a one-stop digital hiring portal for the entire intelligence community. Between stiff competition with the private sector and hiring processes that can sometimes last a year or more, the intelligence community has been working on a steep incline when it comes to attracting top technology talent. NSA wants to change this, the agency’s human resources director Kathy Hutson said in a recent Federal News Radio interview. The hiring site is scheduled to launch in the fall, according to Hutson. The new site will include a job exploration tool for applicants and will enable them...
  • New Locality Pay Areas Will Give 102K Feds a Raise

    06/02/2015 4:51:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Government Executive ^ | 6/2/15 | Eric Katz
    The Obama administration made official on Monday its proposal that 102,000 federal employees receive a significant raise in the near future, as it moves forward with its decision to create 13 new locality pay areas. The Office of Personnel Management published a proposed rule spelling out the reasons for and impact of the change, and asking for comments from the public in the next month. OPM did not propose the exact amounts for each locality percentage, saying the president would determine those rates “at a later date.” The cost of the new locality changes will be offset with lower pay...
  • SCOTUS rules Muslim headscarf must be accommodated at Abercrombie & Fitch

    06/02/2015 4:48:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6/2/15 | Rosslyn Smith
    Two takes on the ruling. Rosslyn Smith writes: In a ruling Monday, the Supreme Court held that the chain of Abercrombie & Fitch, which is known for some pretty scanty outfits, must accommodate a sales employee who wears a head scarf in accordance with her Muslim faith. In this the Court was being consist with rulings about Jewish men who wear yarmulkes and Sihks who wear turbans. What may be the twist here is that Abercrombie & Fitch is very vocal about its inclusive policies. Here are the qualifications for the three in-store positions listed on the Abercombie & Fitch...
  • [AZ] ‘Draw Muhammad’ organizer goes into hiding as Americans debate free speech anew

    06/02/2015 4:45:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 6/2/15 | Jon Dougherty
    The onetime U.S. Marine who organized the latest “Draw Muhammad” protest event outside a Phoenix mosque Friday has a message for America: “Tyranny” has already come to America. In comments to the media after the event, Jon Ritzheimer said he planned to go into hiding after the demonstration was over because of death threats he says have already been made against him. “I’m having to go into hiding after this because they are calling lone wolfs to come in and behead me,” he said. “That’s tyranny. That’s terrorism right here in America.” “I’m going into hiding. I hope more patriots...
  • CNN Poll Shows Hillary Clinton ‘Shine Has Tarnished,’ Losing Support Of Independents

    06/02/2015 4:41:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    A new CNN poll out Tuesday shows Hillary Clinton’s shine has been “tarnished” and she has lost support from independents. The poll showed that 50 percent of respondents have an unfavorable view of Clinton. That is the highest unfavorable number for her since 2001. The number of people that say Clinton is not honest and trustworthy has also increased to 57 percent. Daily Beast columnist John Avlon said that Clinton has had a rough start to her campaign. “She’s had a rough, rough couple of weeks. There’s incoming about the foundation, about emails, Republicans getting some confidence hitting her on...
  • DVD defending traditional marriage sent to every priest in Britain and Ireland [Card. Burke, et al]

    06/02/2015 4:17:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Every priest and parish in Britain and Ireland is to receive a copy of a DVD defending traditional Catholic teaching on marriage, the family and human sexuality. With contributions from Cardinal Raymond Burke, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury and Edmund Adamus, Westminster Director of Marriage and Family, the DVD has been launched as the Church prepares for the Synod on the Family in October. The DVD comes from the British Confraternity of Catholic Clergy in collaboration with St Anthony Communications, which specialises in catechetical video presentations. It covers such challenging topics as cohabitation, homosexuality, divorce and re-marriage, and features lay...
  • Bruce Jenner and the culture of insanity

    06/02/2015 4:12:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 77 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6/2/15 | Matt C. Abbott
    The current main pop-culture headline involves former Olympian Bruce Jenner “transitioning” into a woman. He’s on the cover of Vanity Fair as “Caitlyn,” and he’ll be receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPY Awards. Sadly, a large segment of our culture celebrates that which shouldn’t be celebrated. Jenner needs compassion — he obviously has a significant mental affliction — but he certainly doesn’t deserve an award for courage. There’s nothing courageous about a man living as a woman. On a related note, transgender activists in Canada are now lobbying to abolish gender references from birth certificates. From...
  • Pope Francis: "Continue the good work in the liturgy begun by Pope Benedict XVI."

    06/02/2015 4:07:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The much-anticipated Sacra Liturgia USA conference in New York City began yesterday. Its proceedings can be followed on the official Facebook page for the event. That page has also posted Robert Cardinal Sarah's Message to the Conference (link), in which argues strongly for the importance of liturgical sanity to any renewal in the Church: 2. Because the Sacred Liturgy is truly the font from which all the Church's power flows, as the Second Vatican Council insists (cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium, 10), we must do everything we can to put the Sacred Liturgy back at the very heart of the relationship between...
  • ISIS fighter was trained by State Department

    06/02/2015 4:04:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/30/15 | Dugald McConnell and Brian Todd
    An ISIS fighter who calls for jihad in a new online video was trained in counterterrorism tactics on American soil, in a program run by the United States, officials tell CNN. The video features a former police commander from Tajikistan named Col. Gulmurod Khalimov. He appears in black ISIS garb with a sniper rifle and a bandolier of ammunition. He says in the video that he participated in programs on U.S. soil three times, at least one of which was in Louisiana. The State Department has confirmed this claim.
  • ‘Run Warren Run’ campaign calls it quits

    06/02/2015 3:58:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    PMSNBC ^ | 6/2/15
    Six months after launching a high-profile attempt to push Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into the 2016 presidential race, the campaign to draft Warren is calling it quits, according to officials with the two groups that founded the effort. With Warren no more likely to enter the race today than she was in December — when Democracy for America (DFA) and MoveOn.org started their “Run Warren Run” campaign — the two major liberal groups have decided to suspend their efforts. On Monday, the groups will “rest their case” by delivering to Warren more than 365,000 petitions they collected encouraging her to...
  • Hillary allows men at ‘women-only’ event amid weak turnout

    06/02/2015 3:50:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Page Six ^ | 6/1/15 | Ian Mohr
    Hillary Clinton had trouble attracting high-powered women to a New York talk hosted by Silda Wall Spitzer two weeks before her campaign officially kicks off. Sources said that after ticket sales fizzled for an intimate $2,700-per-person, “just for women” meeting on Monday, the event was thrown open to men at the 11th hour, and the deadline extended to buy tickets. The “Conversation With Hillary Clinton” event at Midtown law firm Akin Gump was originally aiming to attract 125 women. An e-mail invitation seen by Page Six said the event is “just for women.” But by Friday, “They’d only sold 50...
  • Transgender employees get OSHA backing on bathroom access [OSHA?????]

    06/02/2015 2:51:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/1/15 | Jay LeBlanc
    <p>The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued guidelines Monday suggesting that employers allow transgender employees access to the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity.</p> <p>The four-page “Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers” was created at the request of the National Center for Transgender Equality.</p>
  • How some Armenians are reclaiming their Christian faith

    06/02/2015 2:39:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | 6/1/15 | Sibel Hurtas
    Armenians in Turkey who opted to live as Muslims to avoid mistreatment are recovering their true identities in collective baptisms. The latest such baptism came in May when 12 Armenians from Dersim (Tunceli) recovered their identities. The saga of Armenians who were compelled to live as Muslims goes back to 1915 massacres. Armenian children were adopted by Muslim families, women married Muslim men and some families converted to Islam to save their lives. These Armenians, who for a century were forced to conceal their identities, are trying to return to their roots. This activity is more prevalent among Anatolian Armenians,...
  • Belgian Cop Writes on Facebook: I Would Kill Each and Every Jew ["Mohamed N."]

    06/02/2015 2:27:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/1/15 | Matt Wanderman
    A Belgian police officer has come under criticism after expressing his desire to "kill each and every Jew." The officer, identified only as Mohamed N., works in the city of Molenbeek, near the capital city Brussels. Molenbeek Mayor Francoise Schepmans has already told the Le Soir newspaper that he will be dismissed from the police. The comment came during a discussion about a Brussels MP of Turkish origin who was excluded from the Human Rights Council for not acknowledging the Armenian genocide. Mohamed attempted to divert the conversation over to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but was reprimanded by the thread's initiator....
  • Radical Hindus to India's Christians: Convert ‘Or Get Ready to Die’

    06/01/2015 7:53:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6-1-15 | Patrick Goodenough
    Radical Hindu nationalists closely aligned to the Indian government warned Christians in Punjab state late last year to prepare to convert to Hinduism “or get ready to die,” according to a complaint before a U.S. federal court. A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York calls on the U.S. government to designate as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) a radical Hindu organization with close ties to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling party. Late last week attorneys filed an amended complaint in a case brought by an advocacy group called Sikhs for...
  • Arizona Muslim group: “The Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam” [taqiyya]

    06/01/2015 3:56:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 5/31/15 | Robert Spencer
    Well, this is reassuring — and we’ve certainly never heard it before! There’s just one catch (well, maybe a few catches): note, first of all, that Ahmidiyya leader Shahzad Amjad, at least as far as this story goes, doesn’t offer a single specific example of how the Islamic State is misrepresenting the teachings of the Qur’an and Muhammad. Second, it is risible for Amjad to present himself as a representative of mainstream Islam, when the Ahmadiyya represent no more than three percent of Muslims worldwide, and are violently persecuted as heretics by Sunni Muslims in Pakistan and Indonesia. In Pakistan,...
  • Men brace for 'beard patrols' in Iraq's IS-held Mosul

    06/01/2015 3:44:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    AFP ^ | 6/1/2015 | Jean-Marc Mojon
    Every time he looks in a mirror, Laith Ahmed is worried. As of Monday, the young Iraqi's hopelessly hairless chin could land him in an Islamic State group jail. The jihadist group has handed out leaflets in their stronghold of Mosul in recent weeks announcing that full beards become compulsory on June 1 and explaining why shaving is punishable. "My facial hair is just slow to come out for my age," said the 18-year-old, who like others in this story did not give his real name for fear of retribution. "I'm scared because they deal ruthlessly with anyone who opposes...
  • Morning prayer held before Hagia Sophia to demand re-conversion into mosque

    06/01/2015 3:35:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | 5/31/15
    A group of devout Muslims from across Turkey prayed before the city’s historic Hagia Sophia on the 562nd anniversary of the Turkish conquest of Istanbul, demanding that the site be turned back into a mosque. Men and women from across the country gathered before the Hagia Sophia museum early May 31, as part of an event organized by the Anatolian Youth Association (AGD) with the motto “Break the chains, Open Hagia Sophia,” and prayed the morning prayer with a call for the reconversion of the museum into a mosque. Designed as a Christian basilica in the sixth century by Anthemios...
  • Jihad in Sheep’s Clothing

    06/01/2015 3:29:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 6/1/2015 | William Kilpatrick
    Suppose you are the pastor of a large suburban parish and suppose further that several members of your parish want to invite a well-known speaker to talk about the threat from militant Islam. You check the Internet and find that the speaker is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as the head of a hate group. Upon further checking, you find that this speaker has had speaking invitations rescinded by four different bishops. You doubt that the man is really a hater and you’re disposed to hear what he has to say. At the same time, you realize that...
  • Father Fights For Soldier To Be Buried At Arlington Cemetery [LA ARNG]

    06/01/2015 2:47:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/31/15 | Heather Smith
    Former Green Beret Stephen Florich cannot understand why his son, a soldier who was killed during a helicopter training crash, cannot be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.“My son was in uniform. My son was serving in the capacity as a crew chief and a door gunner. And in adverse weather conditions, he accepted a mission to train people for combat in the future. And in that, he gave all and lost his life,” the father told Fox News Channel.Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich was a Louisiana National Guard flight mechanic aboard an Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter when it crashed in the Gulf...
  • Islamic State's Saudi branch calls for clearing Arabian Peninsula of Shi'ites

    05/30/2015 6:18:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/30/15
    Saudi Arabia's branch of militant group Islamic State has said it wants to clear the Arabian Peninsula of Shi'ite Muslims and urged young men in the kingdom to join its cause, the U.S.-based SITE monitoring center has reported. Islamic State claimed two suicide bombings carried out on May 22 and May 29 on Shi'ite mosques in eastern Saudi Arabia, where the bulk of the Saudi Arabia's Shi'ite minority lives. The attacks killed 25 people. In the 13-minute-long recording, the speaker said Islamic State had ordered its followers everywhere to "kill enemies of Islam, especially Shi'ites", according to SITE. "What then...
  • Swedish broadcaster sends porn to children

    05/30/2015 5:59:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Sweden's tax-funded public broadcaster SVT has apologized to parents after it accidentally sent an SMS to 60 children which included a link to a pornographic site. Every week, SVT's kids' show 'Rea' sends a question via text message to 60 children voluntary 'mobile reporters' aged between 10 and 13 who then answer the query on camera. This week the junior reporters were asked to name their favourite ice cream, but a typo in the text message instead directed the youngsters to a web page featuring a video of two men having sex and the words “gay sex is the answer”....
  • Russian police detain gay activists at unauthorized rally [Orthodox hold counter demo]

    05/30/2015 5:53:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | 5/30/15
    Russian police Saturday detained several gay rights activists for attempting to stage an unauthorised pride rally in central Moscow, AFP journalists reported. Police officers seized the activists - one of whom tried to unfurl a rainbow flag - and loaded them into waiting vans as around 30 nationalist counter-demonstrators in camouflage hurled eggs at the activists and attacked them. Several of the Orthodox counter-demonstrators were also detained by police as a large crowd of Russian and international journalists looked on. "Arrested and beaten at 10th Moscow Pride. We are arrested! They probably broke my left hand finger," leading gay rights...
  • Baltimore police report 5 shootings Friday [99 shootings so far in May]

    05/30/2015 5:50:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 5/30/15 | Jessica Anderson and Kevin Rector
    Five people were shot in Baltimore on Friday, one fatally, pushing the total number of shootings this month to 99 and the number of homicides to 39. The man who was killed was 19 years old, police said. He was not identified. Also Friday, members of the Baltimore Police marine unit discovered the body of a female in water under the Interstate 395 overpass into the city after being called there about 5:15 p.m. The manner of death was not yet determined Friday evening, but homicide detectives were called to the scene. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-396-2100....
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Bergoglio Effect in Ireland: “The Mass has ended”

    05/30/2015 5:42:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Lo Straniero via From Rome ^ | 5/24/15 | Antonio Socci
    That Ireland, ancient fortress of Catholicism, has gone over to the people of “gay” marriage (“and who am I to judge”, as the Bishop of Rome is want to say), is a historical event. If this sounds like the profound rumble of an avalanche, as in the collapse of a mountain falling down, it is just to ask, “Is this an Bergoglio effect?”Besides, in South America, the Church has already been crumbling for years (the statistics are horrible); now in Europe, the heart of Christendom.That which renders secularism dominant — as Cardinal De Lubac used to say — is the...
  • Let’s see if the Left will punish Bernie Sanders for his ’72 rape essay

    05/30/2015 5:34:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 5/30/15 | Jon Dougherty
    Left-wing Marxist Sen. Bernie Sanders penned a disgusting anti-woman ‘rape’ screed in ’72, but he’ll probably get away with it because, after all, he’s not a conservative It will be interesting to see what the mainstream media will make of an essay written by avowed socialist (and Democratic presidential contender) Sen. Bernie Sanders in 1972, in which he claimed, among other things, that a woman “fantasizes being raped by three men simultaneously.” Here’s a forecast: Sanders, because he’s on the Left side of politics like the mainstream media, will get a pass. Still, his campaign has already begun trying...
  • Baltimore's Marilyn Mosby and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake have blood on their hands

    05/30/2015 5:31:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/30/15 | M Catharine Evans
    Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, once tagged "the worst mayor in America" by an online transportation blog, is a complete incompetent tool , personally responsible for the post-riot reign of violence now engulfing her city. (Watch her get her groove on here.) Rawlings-Blake needs to be impeached, charged, and indicted for incitement of looting and destruction of property along with her partner-in-crime, Baltimore City state's attorney Marilyn Mosby. These two have blood on their hands – the blood of Baltimore residents. Instead of working to keep violent criminals off the streets, Mosby and Blake gave rival gangs carte blanche to wreak...
  • US support for Iranian-backed Shiite militias ‘should not alarm us,’ General Allen says

    05/30/2015 3:55:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 5/29/15 | Bill Roggio
    In an interview with CBS News, General (retired) John Allen, the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition To Counter ISIL, or the Islamic State, attempted to assure Americans that they should not be concerned with the US providing military and other support for Shiite militias, many of which are backed by Iran. Allen attempts to separate the “extremist elements” from the Popular Mobilization Force (or Committee), when the distinction is practically meaningless. From the interview, which was published on the US State Department’s website (emphasis is mine): With regard to militias, it’s really important to understand that the militias...
  • Swedish pensioners evicted so as to make room for asylum seekers [accommodating the Amish]

    05/30/2015 3:52:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    400 pensioners in Munkedal are being thrown out from “the Peoples House” after a so-called asylum baron decided to buy it and convert it to a home for new Swedes from the third world. Local Social-Democratic politician Ĺsa Karlsson looks forward to the new citizens.“It’s an income for the municipality to get new citizens” – she saysThe Peoples House in Munkedal has for years been a meeting spot for pensioners and several hundred engage in the associations and activities but now its time for them to pack their bags and move out so that an asylum baron can profit (at...
  • Northwestern Professor: Faculty Now Fear Students Demanding ‘Safe Spaces’

    05/30/2015 3:43:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Big Government ^ | 5/29/15 | John Sexton
    A Northwestern University professor was accused of retaliation and investigated after students claimed an article she had written had a “chilling effect” on students’s ability to report sexual misconduct.Writing on Friday in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Laura Kipnis describes an academic climate in which professors lay awake at night in fear of losing their careers over a single careless word or missed trigger warning. A new academic culture is rising in which hurt feelings are considered evidence of an attack. This hypersensitivity is being abetted by an expanding process of Title IX charges which allow anyone with an agenda...
  • Mary painting again, won’t run Muhammad cartoons

    05/30/2015 3:34:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 5/30/15 | Robert Spencer
    The hypocrisy is stark and absolute: “Under Times standards, we do not normally publish images or other material deliberately intended to offend religious sensibilities” — unless it offends a group that is not committing mass murder and threatening more over such images. This is, as I wrote yesterday, still more mainstream media canonization of the assassin’ veto. The mainstream media is signaling that terrorism works: threaten to kill us, and we will do what you want. That will only bring more terrorism.“NYT’s Artistic Display of Religious Hypocrisy: Runs Offensive Virgin Mary Painting Once Again,” by Clay Waters, Newsbusters, May 29,...
  • Massive Numbers Of Chinese Students Expelled From US Schools

    05/29/2015 7:33:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/29/15 | Blake Neff
    An estimated 8,000 Chinese students studying in America were expelled last year for cheating or for extremely poor academic performance, a survey by a company catering to Chinese students has found.The report was put together by WholeRen Education, which served the Chinese market, and was originally written in Chinese. It was translated by The Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time blog, which noticed the big expulsion figure. Of the approximately 8,000 expulsions, more than 80 percent were due to poor academic performance or cheating.According to the International Institute of Education, there were 274,439 Chinese students attending U.S. universities in the...
  • Report: US cyberattack on North Korea was ineffective

    05/29/2015 7:29:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/29/15 | Mark Hensch
    An American cyberattack on North Korea half a decade ago was fruitless overall, sources say. The National Security Agency (NSA) led a mission in 2010 to damage North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, Reuters reported on Friday. Operatives tried using a variant of the Stuxnet computer virus deployed against Iran that same year, the news service said, with developers crafting a version that would activate once it reached Korean-language settings on targeted machines. Operatives hoped the virus would disable centrifuges for enriching uranium, much like it had when used against Iran, Reuters said, but the cyberattack stumbled when it encountered North...
  • Defense Department: More labs affected by anthrax than previously reported

    05/29/2015 7:24:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/29/15 | Tara Copp
    The Department of Defense has ordered a review of all labs following revelations that the number of labs that received live anthrax samples is larger than first reported."As of now, 24 laboratories in 11 states and two foreign countries are believed to have received suspect samples. We continue to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who is leading the ongoing investigation pursuit to its statutory authorities. The Department will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to the public," Defense Department said in a statement.The Defense Department had previously reported labs in nine states...
  • For seeking answers on Islam, Muslim gets charged with blasphemy

    05/29/2015 7:03:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Malay Mail ^ | 5/29/15 | Zurairi AR
    “I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah,” is the shahadah, a declaration of faith for Muslims considered as one of the key pillars of Islam. But how did this practice come about? This was among the questions on the mind of Wan Sulaiman Wan Ismail, 53, when he sought clarification in 2013 from religious teachers. Wan Sulaiman wanted to know why are there differences between some of the rituals Muslims currently practice — like the shahadah — and what was mentioned in the Quran. The former...
  • Iraq exhumes 470 bodies from mass graves near Tikrit

    05/29/2015 6:57:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    The National ^ | 5/28/15
    Iraq has so far found the remains of nearly 500 people believed to have been executed by ISIL near Tikrit last year in what is known as the Speicher massacre. “We have exhumed the bodies of 470 Speicher martyrs from burial sites in Tikrit,” health minister Adila Hammoud said on Thursday. Ms Hammoud said the figure of 470 was not final. “The work to exhume Speicher victims continues.” Last June, armed men belonging or allied to ISIL abducted hundreds of young, mostly Shiite recruits from Speicher military base, just outside the city of Tikrit. They were then lined up in...
  • Man accused of vandalizing Mississauga church told police he wanted to hurt a priest

    05/29/2015 6:54:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | 5/28/15 | Louie Rosella
    A Mississauga man accused of committing crimes that targeted a Catholic church near his home told police he was thinking of killing or hurting a priest the night he's alleged to have broken into the place of worship, a Brampton court heard today. Iqbal Hessan, 22, was released on bail Thursday by Justice of the Peace Gerry Manno after a lengthy hearing that lasted two days. He has been charged with breaking and entering, commiting an indictable offence and five counts of mischief over $5,000, in connection with numerous incidents at St. Catherine of Siena Church over the past five...
  • Four killed in foiled Saudi mosque blast

    05/29/2015 4:29:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 5/29/15
    Four people were killed when a car exploded near a mosque in Saudi Arabia’s eastern city of Dammam, on Friday, the Saudi Press Agency reported, adding that militants failed in their bid to hit the mosque after secuirty officials foiled the attack. The attack targetted worshippers in al-Anoud mosque during Friday prayers, a ministry spokesperson said, quoted by the Saudi state news agency SPA. Security forces became suspicious of a car parked near the mosque which exploded as they walked towards it, killing four people and setting surrounding cars on fire, SPA said. One of those killed is suspected of...
  • The Left’s Reign of Terror Continues in Baltimore

    05/29/2015 4:26:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 5/29/15 | Matthew Vadum
    As Maryland’s largest city grieves for a mother and her 7-year-old son found shot to death, it is becoming clear that criminals emboldened by left-wingers are terrorizing the people of Baltimore like never before.The city’s radical, left-wing, thug-loving mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), has emasculated the local police she despises and abandoned her constituents by giving criminals a green light to do as they please. Police officers have been ordered not to do their jobs which is just as well because many of them are quite justifiably terrified of doing their jobs in the current environment. Mobs of as many as...
  • Cruz: Universities that boycott Israel should lose federal funding

    05/29/2015 4:21:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/28/15 | Katie Zezima
    Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday that universities that boycott Israel should lose their federal funding. Cruz's remarks were aimed at the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which is gaining traction on college campuses. It calls for U.S. companies and universities to divest from Israel. Cruz has spoken against BDS but sharpened his tone Thursday. The nation needs a president who will ensure that "if a university boycotts the nation of Israel then that university will forfeit federal taxpayer dollars," Cruz said at the Champion of Jewish Values International Awards Gala here, where he received the Defender of Israel Award....
  • Erdogan vs. the New York Times, and Democracy

    05/29/2015 4:06:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | 5/28/15 | Abigail R. Esman
    For 13 years, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has worked to impose his Islamist vision on Turkey's proud secular democracy, reshaping the country into a neo-Ottoman republic. His success can be credited in no small measure to his manipulation and intimidation of the press, and the occasional censorship of social media and the Internet overall. Now, in a gesture that betrays either Islamist imperialism, sheer ignorance of Western democracy, or both, Turkey's president and former prime minister is expanding his reach, raising his fist – and, he hopes, his influence – at the West, using the New York Times as his target.Infuriated...
  • Turkey accused of sending arms to Syrian jihadis

    05/29/2015 4:00:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | 5/29/15
    ISTANBUL: Images and video footage allegedly showing trucks belonging to Turkey's state intelligence service carrying weapons en route to jihadist rebels in Syria were published Friday in a Turkish daily. The Turkish government has vehemently denied earlier claims that it is arming rebels fighting in Syria and accused dozens of prosecutors, soldiers and security officers involved in the searching of trucks of attempting to bring it down by suggesting that it is doing so. Earlier this month, Turkey arrested four prosecutors who ordered searches in a similar incident in January 2014 and they are now in prison pending trial. More...
  • CDC investigates shipments of live anthrax

    05/29/2015 3:55:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 5/29/15
    The U.S. Army’s top general said Thursday that human error probably was not a factor in the Army’s mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples from a chemical weapons testing site that was opened more than 70 years ago in a desolate stretch of desert in Utah. Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, told reporters the problem may have been a failure in the technical process of killing, or inactivating, anthrax samples. The process in this case “might not have completely killed” the samples as intended before they were shipped, he said. Odierno said the Centers for Disease Control...
  • Five Reasons to Use Linux

    05/29/2015 3:37:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    FOSS Force ^ | 5/28/15 | Christine Hall
    I might be wrong, but I get the impression that my Windows friends — which would be most of the people I see on a daily basis — think of Linux as this incredibly geeky system from another planet. I think most of them don’t understand why I use it and why I don’t just stay in the known world — which to them would be Windows. Paradoxically, however, they do get why some folks use Macs.Quite simply, most of us use desktop Linux because it’s superior to all other brands, including Windows and OS X — even including Unix...
  • Obama Is Suspending the Law Designed to Deter Illegal Immigration

    05/29/2015 3:17:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/29/15 | Ian Smith
    A key part of the Fifth Circuit’s decision to keep the freeze on President Obama’s amnesty programs was the 25-page dissenting opinion written by the panel’s lone Obama appointee. Not only does it point to how the bloc-voting liberal justices of the Supreme Court will ultimately treat the case, it almost wholly focuses on the threshold issue of “prosecutorial discretion”: an executive-branch power that, if expanded to include mass grants of amnesty, would remove the last vestige of authority that Congress and the courts have in preventing immigration anarchy at our nation’s southern border. The “essential point of disagreement” that...
  • President Of Turkey’s Fascism Against Critics Is Getting INSANELY OUT OF CONTROL

    05/29/2015 3:11:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 5/28/15
    The President of Turkey’s obsession with his critics is getting so out of control that a woman from the opposition MHP party was detained by police and her party headquarters raided by Erdogan’s government for simply making an innocent ‘grey wolf’ party hand gesture at him while he was greeting the public: TODAY’S ZAMAN – A Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) provincial official was briefly detained for making a “wolf” sign, a Turkish nationalist hand gesture associated with her party, while President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s convoy was passing in front of the party’s building in the western province of Uşak on...
  • Islamic Jizya: Fact and Fiction

    05/29/2015 3:06:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 5/29/15 | Raymond Ibrahim
    The Return of JizyaMuslim demands for non-Muslim “infidels” to pay jizya on pain of death are growing, even as the West fluctuates between having no clue what jizya is and thinking that jizya is an example of “tolerance” in Islam.In the video where the Islamic State slaughters some 30 Christian Ethiopians in Libya last April, the spokesman repeatedly pointed out that payment of jizya (which the impoverished Ethiopian migrant workers could not render, nor the 21 Copts before them) is the only way for Christians around the world to safeguard their lives: But whoever refuses [to pay jizya] will...
  • Elderly face NHS discrimination under new UN death targets [coming soon!!]

    05/28/2015 4:58:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/29/15 | Sarah Knapton
    The NHS will be forced to discriminate against the over 70s to meet ‘highly unethical’ UN health targets which seek to reduce premature deaths in younger people, senior medics have warned. Under the proposed Sustainable Development Goals, UN member states must cut the number of deaths from diseases like cancer, stroke, diabetes and dementia by one third by 2030. However because many are age-related illnesses people who succumb to those diseases from the age of 70 are not deemed to have died prematurely and so are not included in the target. In an open letter published in The Lancet, an...
  • Islamic State destroys famous lion god statue in Palmyra

    05/28/2015 4:53:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 72 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 5/28/15 | Robert Spencer
    Still pursuing al-Lat after all these years. “The statue was dedicated to the pre-Islamic Arabian goddess Al-Lat, who was one of the three chief goddesses of Mecca along with Manat and al-Uzza.” The Qur’an says: “So have you considered al-Lat and al-Uzza? And Manat, the third, the other one? Is the male for you and for Him the female? That, then, is an unjust division.” (53:19-22) This passage is ridiculing the idea that these three goddesses are the daughters of Allah, for that would mean that the deity only had daughters while human being have sons, who were assumed to...