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  • Baroness Token Resigns. Never Buy the First Pony You See

    08/05/2014 5:48:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/5/2014 | James Delingpole
    Saaeda Warsi - aka Baroness Warsi; aka Baroness Token - has announced her resignation from the Cabinet in a style entirely becoming her class, intelligence and sophistication: on Twitter.
  • In honor of Peter Francisco Day [225th Battle of Guilford Courthouse Anniversary]

    03/15/2006 1:44:38 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 9 replies · 901+ views
    SouthCoastToday ^ | 3-15-06 | JORGE S. MEDEIROS
    Today, March 15, 2006, marks the 225th anniversary of one of the most decisive battles of the American Revolution. The battle of Guilford Courthouse was fought on March 15, 1781, in a small hamlet in North Carolina. It was considered the largest, most hotly-contested action of the Revolutionary War's climactic southern campaign. The British, led by Gen. Charles Cornwallis, defeated the Americans, but at a large cost to their army. Cornwallis would then return to Virginia and eventually capitulated to the Americans on Oct. 19 of that same year. In the battle of Guilford, there was a young soldier of...
  • Michelle Obama visits Granada with youngest daughter [Former seat of Muslim rule]

    08/05/2010 8:40:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    US First Lady Michelle Obama and her nine-year-old daughter Sasha on Thursday visited Granada, the former seat of Moorish rule in Spain, during the second day of her holiday in the country. The two had ice cream in the centre of the southern city as dozens of cameramen and local residents looked on before they began their tour of Granada amid temperatures that soared to nearly 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). Michelle Obama smiled and waved to the crowd before entering the city's imposing cathedral, which contains the tombs of Spain's king Ferdinand of Aragon and queen Isabella of Castile,...
  • Cast Away

    01/30/2010 6:11:44 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies · 1,080+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 31, 2010 | Andrew Wheatcroft
    Who remembers the last survivors of Muslim Spain, whom Spaniards contemptuously called Moriscos (“little Moors”)? Impressive research on them has appeared in the last 30 years, yet until now, none of it has escaped beyond the walls of the academic ghetto. Matthew Carr’s well-balanced and comprehensive book brings the story of their tragic fate to a wider public. “Blood and Faith” is a splendid work of synthesis. The story begins with the 10-year war — a crusade — to conquer the Moorish Kingdom of Granada. The Christian victory in 1492 signaled the beginning of the long ethnic cleansing of Holy...
  • Barack Obama and Slavery

    09/26/2008 7:09:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 1,123+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 26, 2008 | Bill Warner
    Slavery still stalks the American consciousness, its wounds yet festering in many hearts. If Barack Obama were to set his mind to it, he could heal much of the damage this peculiar institution wrought on our national soul. This great and tragic error that must be given justice. Obama is the best person in the world who can recognize, remember and honor the deaths of 125 million and the enslavement of tens of millions of people. His unique qualifications can be found in his names. Until he was 20 years old, he went by the first name Barry. Then he...
  • How a townie took to the moors and vowed never to grouse about shooting again (City lady's epiphany)

    08/16/2008 2:25:07 AM PDT · by Stoat · 18 replies · 332+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | August 16, 2008 | Amanda Platell
    Like many townies, my prejudices about the Glorious Twelfth were well and truly fully formed. The official start of the shooting season was nothing more than an ancient ritual to massacre thousands of defenceless birds. So it was with some cynicism and not a little trepidation that I agreed to take part in the Glorious Twelfth last Tuesday, the traditional start of the shooting season, on a moor on the Durham/ Northumberland border. (edit) Having missed my first bird and about to hand over my place to the next gun, I looked back at the group. Mums with red-faced...
  • Spanish drop exploding Mohammed from festivities

    10/02/2006 1:18:57 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 38 replies · 1,188+ views
    Spanish villages are toning down traditional fiestas, in which dummies representing the Prophet Mohammed are blown up, for fear of offending Muslims. One eastern Spanish village, Bocairent, decided to abandon the custom of packing the head of a dummy representing Mohammed with fireworks after seeing the angry Muslim response to a Danish newspaper's publication last year of cartoons of him. Spanish newspaper El Pais also found that several other villages in the Valencia region had also held back on celebrations this year. It carried out the investigation after a Berlin opera house decided last week to cancel performances of Mozart's...
  • Math institute's working space will multiply

    08/16/2006 9:19:03 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 19 replies · 524+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 8/15/06 | Katherine Conrad
    For the past 12 years, the American Institute of Mathematics has succeeded in luring mathematicians out of their garrets and into a Palo Alto warehouse next to Fry's Electronics. On July 19, the Morgan Hill City Council approved the institute's request to build a 168,000-square-foot replica of the Alhambra, a massive citadel the Moors built seven centuries ago on the hills of Granada, Spain.Morgan Hill will join the three other [math] institutes in Oberwolfach, Germany; Luminy, France; and most recent, Bamff, Canada.It is almost completely funded by John Fry, president of Fry's Electronics, and his company. The castle -- with...
  • Terror Ties Of Miami, Florida Muslim Group Go Deep

    06/29/2006 6:40:42 AM PDT · by Lando Lincoln · 13 replies · 1,196+ views
    Pipeline News ^ | 26 June 2006 | Beila Rabinowitz & William A. Mayer
    June 26, 2006 - Philadelphia, PA - PipeLineNews.org - The arrest of 7 Miami residents in a domestic terrorism case has spawned abject disbelief among the left - "What's gone down in Miami the past few days is a sham, pure and simple," "a phony Al Qaeda connection and trumped up “terror plot." The Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] the Saudi funded Wahhabi pressure group trods similar ground, below culled from terrorist mouthpiece al-Jazeera: "Given that the reported beliefs of this bizarre group have nothing to do with Islam, we ask members of the media to refrain from calling...
  • Don't Burn Muhammad

    02/17/2006 2:39:04 PM PST · by Anne_Conn · 37 replies · 1,317+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Friday, February 17, 2006 | Paul Belien
    In 711 Muslim armies crossed the Strait of Gibraltar. They took Spain by force and remained there until they were thrown out during the reconquista in 1492. Every year, in a tradition that goes back to the 16th century, Spanish villages still celebrate the liberation from the Moors (as the Muslims were locally called) during “Moros y Cristianos” festivals in which effigies of the prophet Muhammad – the so-called “la Mahoma” – are mocked, thrown out of windows, and burned.
  • Growth in Spain Threatens a Jewel of Medieval Islam [Christian settlers alert]

    08/17/2005 4:51:39 PM PDT · by SJackson · 27 replies · 897+ views
    Muslim America Society ^ | 8-17-05 | Renwick McLean
    MEDINA AZAHARA, Spain - To hear historians tell it, this buried city three miles west of Córdoba was the Versailles of the Middle Ages, a collection of estates and palaces teeming with treasures that dazzled the most jaded traveler or world-weary aristocrat. Pools of mercury could be shaken to spray beams of reflected sunlight across marble walls and ceilings of gold, according to contemporary records. Doors carved of ivory and ebony led to sprawling gardens full of exotic animals and sculptures made of amber and pearls. "Travelers from distant lands, men of all ranks and professions in life, following various...
  • Spain and Islam

    08/03/2005 12:16:58 PM PDT · by Alex Marko · 11 replies · 759+ views
    Fear of Islamist terror casts shadows on the country that expelled the Moors ALL of Europe, it seems, is fretting about its Muslim population. Spain's is relatively small—less than a million—yet no country has a more complex relationship with Islam. Until two years ago, the muezzin's cry “Allahu akbar” had not been heard in Granada since the reconquista and the expulsion of the last Moorish king in 1492. But then a mosque was erected in the Albaicin quarter near the Alhambra. For the mainly Spanish converts to Islam who built it, this was the dawn of a new era: as...
  • Zapatero: Catholics Out, Islam In

    09/25/2004 7:38:56 AM PDT · by JesseJane · 76 replies · 2,006+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | 09/25/04 | Isambard Wilkinson in Madrid
    The Spanish appeasement government of Zapatero is now planning to drastically cut ties with the Roman Catholic Church, slashing current funding in half: Funding for Church to be slashed by Spanish. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/09/25/wspain25.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/09/25/ixworld.html) The Spanish government sparked a furious row yesterday after it emerged that it had drawn up a timetable to halve state funding of the Roman Catholic Church and to ban crucifixes from public buildings. The Socialist government has already pedged to confront the Church ideologically and fiscally and to transform Spain into a fully secular society by scrapping the Church’s “privileged position in society”. The newspaper El Mundo...
  • Borders Folks May Be Descended From Africans (Hadrian's Wall)

    06/13/2004 2:15:19 PM PDT · by blam · 61 replies · 1,694+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-11-2004 | David Derbershire
    Borders folk may be descended from Africans By David Derbyshire (Filed: 11/06/2004) Families who have lived in the English-Scottish Borders for generations could be descended from African soldiers who patrolled Hadrian's Wall nearly 2,000 years ago. Archaeologists say there is compelling evidence that a 500-strong unit of Moors manned a fort near Carlisle in the third century AD. Richard Benjamin, an archaeologist at Liverpool University who has studied the history of black Britons, believes many would have settled and raised families. "When you talk about Romans in Britain, most people think about blue eyes and pale complexions," he said. "But...
  • Spanish Moor-killing saint is given the chop (Might offend muslims)

    05/02/2004 3:35:38 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 122 replies · 1,018+ views
    The Times ^ | 3 May, 2004 | From David Sharrock in Madrid
    Santiago cathedral is to lose its politically incorrect sculpture A STATUE of Spain’s patron saint, Saint James “the Moorslayer”, is to be removed from one of the country’s most famous cathedrals and pilgrimage centres in case it offends Muslims. The decision, announced by Santiago Cathedral’s church authorities, has outraged traditional Catholics, many of whom still light candles and pray to the 18th-century statue in the tiny chapel inside one of Christendom’s three greatest pilgrim places of worship. Although the cathedral’s spokesman insisted the decision was taken four months ago to remove the Moorslayer sculpture — which depicts the sword-wielding apostle...
  • Seeking Madrid motives in a cradle of Muslim glory

    04/29/2004 4:54:18 PM PDT · by MegaSilver · 2 replies · 137+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 28 March 2004 | Charles M. Sennott
    GRANADA, Spain -- In the long shadows of the Alhambra, the palace of the Muslim kingdom in Andalucia in the Golden Age of Islam, a steep, narrow road winds its way up to a new mosque. -snip- Perched on a cliff overlooking the majesty of the ninth-century Alhambra palace in southern Spain, the new mosque's location also reflects a modern yearning -- and an ancient resentment -- among many Muslims for the return of the Golden Age, according to historians and investigators who follow trends in militant Islam. Their desire is to recover the "Ummah," or nation of Islam, that...
  • The Moor's Last Laugh

    03/27/2004 10:39:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 295+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 28, 2004 | FOUAD AJAMI
    <p>In the legend of Moorish Spain, the last Muslim king of Granada, Boabdil, surrendered the keys to his city on Jan. 2, 1492, and on one of its hills, paused for a final glance at his lost dominion. The place would henceforth be known as El Ultimo Suspiro del Moro--"the Moor's Last Sigh." Boabdil's mother is said to have taunted him, and to have told him to "weep like a woman for the land he could not defend as a man." An Arab poet of our own era gave voice to a historical lament when he wrote that as he walked the streets of Granada, he searched his pockets for the keys to its houses. Al Andalus--Andalusia--would become a deep wound, a reminder of dominions gained by Islam and then squandered. No wonder Muslim chroniclers added "May Allah return it to Islam" as they told and retold Granada's fate.</p>
  • The Moor's Last Laugh: Radical Islam finds a haven in Europe.

    03/27/2004 9:15:40 PM PST · by quidnunc · 7 replies · 255+ views
    The Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal ^ | March 27, 2004 | Fouad Ajami
    In the legend of Moorish Spain, the last Muslim king of Granada, Boabdil, surrendered the keys to his city on Jan. 2, 1492, and on one of its hills, paused for a final glance at his lost dominion. The place would henceforth be known as El Ultimo Suspiro del Moro — "the Moor's Last Sigh." Boabdil's mother is said to have taunted him, and to have told him to "weep like a woman for the land he could not defend as a man." An Arab poet of our own era gave voice to a historical lament when he wrote that...
  • The Moor's Last Laugh

    03/21/2004 11:39:39 PM PST · by xJones · 32 replies · 393+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 22, 2004 | Fauad Ajani
    <p>In the legend of Moorish Spain, the last Muslim king of Granada, Boabdil, surrendered the keys to his city on January 2, 1492, and on one of its hills, paused for a final glance at his lost dominion. The place would henceforth be known as El Ultimo Suspiro del Moro -- "the Moor's Last Sigh." Boabdil's mother is said to have taunted him, and to have told him to "weep like a woman for the land he could not defend as a man." An Arab poet of our own era gave voice to a historical lament when he wrote that as he walked the streets of Granada, he searched his pockets for the keys to its houses. Al Andalus -- Andalusia -- would become a deep wound, a reminder of dominions gained by Islam and then squandered. No wonder Muslim chroniclers added "May Allah return it to Islam," as they told and retold Granada's fate.</p>
  • Islamic Roots Run Deep in Spain's History

    03/21/2004 2:48:16 PM PST · by quidnunc · 8 replies · 187+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | March 21, 2003 | Henry Kamen
    The relationship is marked by centuries of periodic conflict and uneasy intimacy. Madrid – The train-bombing massacre carried out by Islamic terrorists in Spain on the eve of a general election had clear motives: to force a change of government, which it achieved; and to get Spanish troops out of Iraq, which it will certainly achieve. How to account for this astonishing success of the Islamic fundamentalist cause in Spain? More than any other Western country, Spain has lived on intimate terms with Islam. For 700 years, from the 8th century to the 15th century, Muslims ruled the greater part...
  • Return of the Moor

    03/19/2004 6:27:44 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 19 replies · 206+ views
    Asia Times ^ | Mar 18, 2004 | Pepe Escobar
    The Spanish press has finally confirmed it: the outgoing government of premier Jose Maria Aznar - just like the Bush administration and the British government in relation to the non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq - lied and manipulated information concerning responsibility for the Madrid bombings. Since the morning of March 11, hours after the bombings took place, journalists at the Spanish news agency EFE knew that the official version blaming Basque separatists from ETA was false. According to the journalists, "already in the morning, EFE learned about the existence of a cellphone configured in Arabic, the van found...
  • Loss of Spain hurts still, centuries after Moors' last sigh

    03/13/2004 11:25:59 AM PST · by GulliverSwift · 97 replies · 763+ views
    theage ^ | March 14, 2004 | Isambard Wilkinson
    Iberia looms large in Islamist ambitions and regrets, writes Isambard Wilkinson in Madrid. Thursday's bombings have raised an uncomfortable question for Spaniards. Is Osama bin Laden dreaming of exacting revenge for the loss of Al-Andalus, the ancient Moorish kingdom in Iberia? A group said to be close to bin Laden's al-Qaeda, the Brigade of Abu Hafs al-Masri, sent a message to a London-based Arabic newspaper saying: "This is part of settling old accounts with Spain, the crusader and America's ally in its war against Islam." While the authenticity of the message is open to doubt, there is no question that...
  • History points finger at revenge for lost Moor kingdom

    03/13/2004 3:41:42 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 45 replies · 320+ views
    Telegraph ^ | Filed: 13/03/2004) | Isambard Wilkinson in Madrid
    New forensic evidence on the bombings has raised an uncomfortable question for Spaniards. Is Osama bin Laden dreaming of exacting revenge for the loss of Al-Andalus, the ancient Moorish kingdom in Iberia? A group close to bin Laden's al-Qa'eda network, the Brigade of Abu Hafs al-Masri, sent a message to a London-based Arabic newspaper explaining the reasons for attacking Spain. "This is part of settling old accounts with Spain, the crusader and America's ally in its war against Islam," the statement said. While the authentiticy of the message is open to doubt, there is no question that it reflects the...
  • Spain Forced To Face Past 'Evil' Of Expelling Moors

    11/14/2003 4:53:34 PM PST · by blam · 35 replies · 1,709+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-15-2003 | Isambard Wilkinson
    Spain forced to face past 'evil' of expelling Moors (Filed: 15/11/2003) Very little has changed in Spanish attitudes towards the non-Christian, non-European aspects of its heritage, writes Isambard Wilkinson Leaning against a farm outbuilding with his large, swarthy hands jammed into the tops of his trouser pockets, Jose Antonio Lopez was disgusted. "No! For God's sake!" he exploded at the suggestion that he could be descended from North African Moors, despite his dark olive complexion. "We did not have any moro in the family. We drove them all out centuries ago." The farmer's outright denial of a mixed or mestizaje...
  • Where the Moors Held Sway, Allah Is Praised Again

    10/21/2003 2:46:27 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 9 replies · 244+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 21, 2003 | CRAIG S. SMITH
    RANADA, Spain — Muslims are back in this ancient Moorish stronghold, the last bastion of Islam in Spain before the 15th-century emir Boabdil kissed King Ferdinand's hand and relinquished the city with a legendary sigh.But the row of men kneeling in prayer at the city's new mosque, the first built here in more than 500 years, are not modern-day Moors; they are well-educated European converts."We've come to offer society the only alternative that exists to lead it out of chaos," declared one of the community's founders, Hajj Abdulhasib Castiñeira, a tall, bearded Spaniard in a glen plaid jacket and suede...
  • Was the Islam of Old Spain Truly Tolerant? (The Religion of Peace™ and its idea of inclusiveness)

    09/27/2003 1:05:33 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 125 replies · 1,678+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Septermber 27, 2003 | Edward Rothstein
    Granada, Spain – A dispenser of iced lemonade sits invitingly by the door of the newly whitewashed building — hospitality for summer visitors coming to the first mosque built in Granada in over 500 years. But looming over the freshly planted garden, seeming to quiver in the furnacelike heat, is another image: the Alhambra, a 14th-century Muslim fortress of red-tinted stone that is everything this mosque is not: ancient, battle-scarred, monumental. It seems at once a reminder of lost glories and a spur for their restoration. It may also inspire darker sentiments. For it was from the Alhambra's watchtower that...
  • (Spanish) Troops Bear 'Moor Killer' Badges (Crosses In Iraq)

    07/24/2003 8:34:35 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 663+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 7-25-2003 | Giles Tremlett
    Troops bear 'Moor Killer' badges Giles Tremlett in Madrid Friday July 25, 2003 The Guardian (UK)A row broke out in Spain yesterday after the country sent its first troops to patrol Iraq wearing on their shoulders the Cross of St James of Compostela - popularly known in Spain as "the Moor Killer". Patches bearing the cross, the symbol of a saint who allegedly guided the medieval Christian re conquista of Spain from the Muslims, are to be worn by a 2,000-strong Spanish brigade in central Iraq, who will patrol the sacred Shia city of Najaf. While newspapers and radio stations...
  • Back Again, After 500 Years

    07/18/2003 7:41:11 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 13 replies · 227+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday, July 18, 2003 | MELIK KAYLAN
    <p>For the first time in six centuries the muezzin's cry echoed over Spanish Granada with the inauguration in that city of a new mosque last week. The call to prayer hadn't been heard in the old capital of Moorish civilization since the last Muslim king was expelled by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492.</p>
  • New mosque signals 'return of Islam' to Spain

    07/14/2003 8:17:32 PM PDT · by Destro · 41 replies · 720+ views
    hipakistan.com ^ | July 15 2003 | Hi Pakistan
    July 15 2003 Headline: New mosque signals 'return of Islam' to Spain -- Detail Story GRANADA :It is more than 500 years since the Spanish reconquered the Iberian peninsula, killing or expelling every confessed Muslim who could be found and conclusively ending 800 years of Islamic rule. But on Thursday, a "muezzin" (Man who calls for prayers) is calling Spanish Muslims to pray at the first mosque to be opened in Granada since the reconquista, the culmination of a 22-year-old project that has been plagued by controversy. For those who built the Great Mosque of Granada, which looks out onto...
  • First Mosque Opens in Spain in 500+ Years

    07/10/2003 10:03:57 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 72 replies · 661+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday July 10, 2003 | DANIEL WOOLLS
    Spain Opens First Mosque in 500 Years Thursday July 10, 2003 2:39 PM By DANIEL WOOLLS Associated Press Writer GRANADA, Spain (AP) - An imam recited verses from the Quran on Thursday as the former seat of Moorish rule in Spain unveiled its first mosque in more than 500 years. Dignitaries from Arab and Muslim countries worldwide attended the opening of the Great Mosque of Granada for prayer, crowning a fitful and emotionally charged project that began in 1981. The hilltop mosque commands a sweeping vista of one of history's prime pieces of real estate: the Alhambra, the reddish 14th-century...
  • After 500 years, Granada's Muslims get their mosque

    07/07/2003 6:43:26 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 31 replies · 348+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 07/08/03 | Isambard Wilkinson
    After a wait of more than 500 years, Spanish Muslims have finally succeeded in building a mosque of their own in the shadow of the Alhambra, once the symbol of Islamic power in Europe. The opening, by Muslim and Spanish officials on Thursday, will be rich in symbolism. As Al-Jazeera television broadcasts the event live, a muezzin will climb the minaret of Granada's Great Mosque and call the faithful to prayer for the first time in half a millennium. It is, say its builders, the symbol of the revival of Islam in Europe and Spain's "glorious Islamic heritage". For that...