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The following was originally published on September 8, 2014, in Russian at Pravoslavie.ru.

The Russia They Lost

Author: Dimitriy Sokolov-Mitrich
Translated by: George Gerich

We had, after all, loved America. I clearly remember that we loved America. When we were growing up in the early 1990’s, the majority of my friends had no doubt as to how we related to western civilization. And we related well, how else?

Unlike our granddads and even our fathers, we saw “the great geo-political catastrophe of the 20th century” as not a catastrophe at all. For us it was the beginning of a great, new direction. Finally, we are bursting out of our Soviet cocoon in to that big, cool and real world. Finally, we are able to satisfy our sensual hunger. We were born, we thought, perhaps not in the right place but, absolutely at the right time. Today it is hard to believe, but even the Church, having been freed from communist oversight and control, was now perceived on the same semantic level as the triumph of western values in general. The celebration of the 1000th year anniversary of the Baptism of Russia and the first concert of the “Scorpions” singing “Winds of Change” – were equal in nature.

The wars in Iraq and even in Yugoslavia somehow passed by unnoticed. And it wasn’t just because we were too young and carefree. I, for example, was already an apprentice at the “Komsomol” paper in the foreign news department. I was watching the English language newswire full of references to Izetbegovich, Mladich, Karadjich, but for some reason didn’t see that as being significant. That was happening somewhere else, far away from our region. And, of course, the Balkan War, for me, did not represent some kind of anti-western logic. What did this have to do with America?

In the 1990’s we voted for the “Yabloko” Party, demonstrated at the parliament building for democracy, watched the newly formed television station NTV and listened to radio station “The Echo of Moscow”. In our first journalistic writings we would use most any reason to refer to a certain “civilized world” and believed deeply that it was in fact civilized. By the mid 1990’s in our ranks we began to notice the first “euro-skeptics”, but they were mostly seen as paganeers. I spent an entire year living in a student dormitory with Peter – the communist, and Arseniy – the monarchist. My friends from other dorm rooms would let me leave at night with these words of empathy: “ Go ahead, go back to your nuthouse”.

The first serious blow dealt to our pro-western orientation was Kosovo. It was a shock. Our rose-colored glasses were gone. The bombing raids on Belgrad became for my generation the same thing as the attack on the Twin Towers was for Americans. Our consciousness took a 180 degree turn; along with the airplane carrying the, then, premier Eugene Primakov flying from Ireland to the USA over the Atlantic Ocean who, when hearing about America’s aggressive action, gave the command to turn the plane around and return to Russia.

At that time there wasn’t really any kind of anti-western propaganda in our media. Our own NTV explained to us on a daily basis that though dropping bombs on a major European city was…well, excessive, but after all, Milosovich was repulsive beyond anything the world had seen, so we just have to grin and bear it. The satirical cartoon program “Dolls” presented it as a common disagreement in one of our communal housing units where a drunken neighbor is torturing “Citizen Kosovo” and no one can do much about it except her boyfriend – with a powerful torso and the face of Bill Clinton. We took it in, but, already, didn’t believe it. It wasn’t funny anymore. By that time we understood that Yugoslavia conflict was a precursor to what could happen to us in the future.

The second Iraq conflict, Afghanistan, the final separation of Kosovo, the “Arab Spring”, Libya, Syria, though somewhat surprising events, did not shock us. All our illusions were gone: we more or less knew with whom we are sharing our planet. But despite all of that, the entire time we still maintained our Western orientation. The myth of an evil America, but a benevolent Europe continued. The Kosovo fears gradually lost their edge and our compromise position looked this way: yes, of course, we can’t stand shoulder to shoulder with these players, but we can play the big game. After all, whom else can we compete with?

Even the parade of several multi-colored revolutions appeared as somewhat minor delinquencies. But then came Evro-Maidan and the subsequent brutal civil war: demonstrating with absolute clarity that absent all procedures and rules, with the “democratic process” lightly sprinkled on the enemy’s territory, we are now up against something more than mere geopolitical toys, but, rather, very real weapons of mass destruction. And it’s the only type of weapon that can be applied against a country that possesses a nuclear shield. It’s all very simple: when you press a button and send a rocket overseas, in response you’ll get back the same massive rocket. But when you deploy a chain reaction of chaos in to the territory of your enemy, you don’t have to prove or justify anything. Aggression? What aggression? This is a natural democratic process! A people’s age-old aspiration to be free!

We see blood and military crimes; we see corpses of women and children. We see an entire nation returning to the 1940’s, while the western world, which we loved since we were children, is telling us that we are just seeing things. The generation, which produced Jim Morrison, Mark Knopfler and the colorful Beatles are not seeing these things. The Woodstock generation and their offsprings, aging hippies who have sung, “Can’t buy me love” a thousand times are not seeing these things. The thoughtful post-war baby boomer Germans, who have been banging their heads to receive absolution for the sins of their fathers, are not seeing these things.

This shock is much deeper than Kosovo. For me and the many thousands of “thirty-somethings” who came into the world with the American Dream on the brain – the myth of a “civilized world” is gone forever. My ears ring from this horror. The civilized world no longer exists. This is not just a moment of melancholy or sour grapes, but a time of serious danger. Humanity having lost its moral values is becoming a brood of predators and the possibility of a large war – is just a matter of time.

Twenty years ago we were not defeated, we were subdued. We did not lose in a war; we lost in a cultural sense. We simply wanted to be like THEM. Rock and roll contributed more towards that end than nuclear warheads. Hollywood turned out to be more powerful than any threats or ultimatums. The racket of Harley Davidsons during the Cold War was more effective than the roar of fighter aircraft or bombers.

America, how stupid you are. Had you waited 20 years we would have been forever yours. Twenty years of vegetarianism and our politicians would have given up our nuclear weapons in the form of a gift and shook your hand long and hard in gratitude for accepting it. What a blessing it is that you turned out to be so stupid, America!

You have no idea who we are! These are, by the way, words that we were yelling at the Kremlin just two years ago. Since then and because of you, America, there are a lot less of us demonstrating in the public square. You say foolish things about us; think foolish things about us and as a result you continue making one mistake after another. There was a time when you were the coolest country, America. After the First World War you morally rose above Europe and became even stronger after the Second. Sure, you had Hiroshima, Vietnam, Ku Klux Klan and a full closet of skeletons, as would any empire. But all in all, all of that stuff didn’t make up a critical mass, which could turn a wine into vinegar. You showed the entire world how one should live with purpose: constructively with creativity and freedom. You created many miracles developing the world in countries like West Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore. But since then you’ve changed. For some reason you stopped writing the songs that the whole world was singing. You have squandered your main capital investment – morality, which has a very bad inherent quality – it is not easily restored.

You are slowly beginning to die, America. And if you think I’m just gloating, you’re wrong. Major changes of any era are accompanied by large amounts of blood and I don’t like blood. We, who have ourselves gone through a loss of an empire, could try to explain what it is you are doing wrong. But we won’t. You figure it out.

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Daily Mail (UK): Not so carbon neutral now! New eco-friendly £15million university laboratory built out of wood goes up in flames

  • The Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry at Nottingham University caught fire at 8.30pm Friday
  • The £15million wooden structure has been completely destroyed in the blaze which needed 60 firefighters to control 
  • Nottingham University held an open day for prospective undergraduates today despite the fire continuing to blaze
  • Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said they expected the fire would continue for at least another 24 hours
  • An investigation into the cause of the blaze has not yet started as the building is still too dangerous to examine 
  • University Registrar Dr Paul Greatrix said the college would be working with its partners to rebuild the structure 
  • At the height of the blaze people could see the flames from seven miles away across the city 

Complete story, video, and photos here.

Don’t build a chem lab at home…

…or at school, or at work, unless you know what you’re doing! For some surprisingly entertaining reading, South Carolinian Max Gergel offers a wealth of good reasons to exercise extreme caution in the planning, construction, and setup of procedures in chemistry facilities. Derek Lowe and John D. Clark offer many more. These are all good reads that don’t require any knowledge of chemistry to enjoy.

If you can ignore the “climate change” guff, some good science education comes from Nottingham:

https://www.youtube.com/user/numberphile/videos (Mathematics)
http://www.youtube.com/periodicvideos (Chemistry stuff)
http://www.youtube.com/sixtysymbols (Physics and astronomy)
http://www.youtube.com/DeepSkyVideos (Space stuff)
http://www.youtube.com/nottinghamscience (Science and behind the scenes)
http://www.youtube.com/foodskey (Food science)
http://www.youtube.com/BackstageScience (Big science facilities)
http://www.youtube.com/favscientist (Favourite scientists)
http://www.youtube.com/bibledex (Academic look at the Bible)
http://www.youtube.com/wordsoftheworld (Modern language and culture)
http://www.youtube.com/PhilosophyFile (Philosophy stuff)

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Daily Caller has the story:

(h/t: Pat Dollard

Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick offered Islamic religious phrases and insisted that Islam shares foundational rules with Christianity, during a Sept. 10 press conference in D.C.

“In the name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate,” McCarrick said as he introduced himself to the audience at a meeting arranged by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. That praise of the Islamic deity is an important phrase in Islam, is found more than 100 times in the Koran, and is akin to the Catholic prayer, ”In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

McCarrick next claimed that “Catholic social teaching is based on the dignity of the human person… [and] as you study the holy Koran, as you study Islam, basically, this is what Muhammad the prophet, peace be upon him, has been teaching.”

McCarrick was 71 when 19 Muslims brought Islam to the public eye by murdering 3,000 Americans on 9/11. He is one of the 213 Cardinals of the Catholic church, but is too old to vote in church debates.

“Either the cardinal has studied the whole thing and does not know what he’s talking about, or he is making a somewhat misleading statement,” said Michael Meunier, head of the U.S. Copts Association. “The practice of the Muslim majority people that adhere to the Koran… have proven that [claim of equivalence] is not correct,” he told The Daily Caller during a Sept. 11 trip to Jordan.

“Has Cardinal McCarrick converted to Islam?” asked a scornful critic, Robert Spencer, the best-selling author of many books on Islam.

“‘Peace be upon him’ is a phrase Muslims utter after they say the name of [their reputed] prophet… [so] probably he is unaware of the unintended Islamic confession of faith he has just made,”said Spencer, who runs the Jihadwatch.org website.

McCarrick is wrong to say “that Islam teaches the dignity of every human person,“ Spencer said. “Actually it teaches a sharp dichotomy between the Muslims, [who are called] ‘the best of people’ and the unbelievers [are called] ‘the most vile of created beings,’” Spencer told TheDC.

Much more here.

Blog admin 1389AD commented thus:

I’m an Orthodox Christian. Because of the decentralized, consensus-based way in which our Church is structured, it is literally IMPOSSIBLE for a bishop or anyone else to change our doctrine from what it was in the days of the Apostles. We can attend services in any part of the world, in any century, and, other than the fact that the services are offered in different languages, we know we’ll always get the very same thing. Anybody attempting to recognize Muhammad as a prophet would be anathematized and drummed out as a heretic, forthwith.

No, we don’t burn heretics…but we do firmly label them as such so that nobody will confuse the heterodox with the Orthodox.

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Ammoland News has the story:

Washington, DC -(Ammoland.com)- Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act (S.231).

Clearing the way for it to be signed into law and requiring the U.S. Postal Service to resume sales of the Save Vanishing Species Stamp; also known as the Tiger Stamp for the image it bears, for at least another four years.

The Senate had unanimously passed the bill on July 31st. The stamp functions as a regular postal mail stamp that sells at a small premium, the additional money going to fund conservation efforts of some of the world’s most at risk species.

“I congratulate Congress for passing this reauthorization bill,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “In particular, I would like to applaud the leadership of Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representatives Michael Grimm (R-NY), Jose Serrano (D-NY) and Ander Crenshaw (R-FL). Funds from the sale of the Save Vanishing Species stamp are vital to saving some of our fastest disappearing and most treasured species, such as elephants, rhinos, tigers, marine turtles and great apes. These funds are also empowering and equipping people in local communities to help conserve key habitats and form innovative partnerships for conservation worldwide.”

The tiger stamp has already generated more than $2.5 million dollars for international conservation from the sale of 25.5 million stamps, leveraging an additional $3.6 million in matching funds for forty seven projects in 31
countries. Examples of projects include:

  • In the Democratic Republic of Congo, funding is enabling the training and deployment of a team of five bloodhounds and handlers in Virunga National Park. These teams are specifically trained to track poachers, and have already been successful in locating poachers and black-market ivory.
  • In Vietnam, funding is reducing the demand for tiger products by strengthening efforts by law enforcement agencies to combat illegal trade.
  • In Costa Rica, funding is supporting efforts to conserve leatherback marine turtles by conducting nest surveys and nest protection activities at Playa Langosta.
  • In Indonesia, grant funding is reducing human-elephant conflict by promoting a conflict hotline to report incidents, which will help local police departments track the illegal killing of elephants.
  • In Cameroon and Nigeria, funding is supporting increased patrols, camera trapping and completion of a conservation action plan to ensure the survival of the critically endangered Cross River gorilla, which is the most endangered subspecies of gorilla on Earth.
  • In Russia, grant funding is enhancing anti-poaching efforts of the Amur tiger by developing and implementing a camera trap surveillance system to help monitor and combat poaching in critical tiger habitat. The surveillance system will allow monitoring of human behavior and illegal activity, and record any suspicious activity.

The Save Vanishing Species stamp will be available in U.S. post offices and at USPS. To learn more about the Wildlife Without Borders Multinational Species Conservation Funds and the Save Vanishing Species stamp, visit: TigerStamp.

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By pure chance my weekly day off from work happened to fall on 9/11/2014. My husband and I, for the most part, have kept the television off today and instead have spent our time on prayer and Bible reading, on preparing very spartan meals, on running vitally important errands, and on attending to the needs of others.

What I would have preferred to see in the news on 9/11/14 was the successful capture, demise, or decisive defeat of the ringleaders among the Islamic militants who threaten the entire civilized world (or what remains of it). I was especially hoping for an all-out attack on ISIS, not that I expected any such thing.

Instead, in the mainstream media, it’s all grim retrospectives on the 9/11/01 attack – which I am old enough to remember all too well. The mainstream media is not about to expose the true root cause of 9/11/01, the 2002 Bali bombings, 7/7/2005, the murderous Beslan attack, and innumerable other evil deeds – namely, Islamic doctrine itself. Even self-styled conservatives in the alternative media mindlessly deflect the blame for the abject failure of US and EU foreign policy against any scapegoats they can find – against Russia and Vladimir Putin, against Israel and the Jews (or their supposedly powerful lobby in DC), against Bible-believing Christians, and even against the Tea Party, of which I have been a supporter since its inception.

Back to work tomorrow. I am growing old and I am exhausted physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, financially, and in every other possible way. By now I probably know more people who are departed than who are living, and I have cause to envy them. When it comes time for me to go, I will be more than ready. Until then, I will use what remains of my dwindling time and strength to attempt to communicate the truth.

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Independent (UK) has the story:

British jihadi Aqsa Mahmood
Aqsa Mahmood

As many as 60 British women have joined an all-female sharia police unit for the Islamic State (Isis), reprimanding those who fall foul of the jihad’s strict rules.

The al-Khansaa brigade is believed to be operating in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which is controlled by Isis militants and works as their Syrian headquarters.

According to the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC), the militia group was established earlier this year to help expose male activists who attempt to disguise themselves in women’s clothing to avoid detention.

A prominent figure in the police force, according to the UK-based International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), is Aqsa Mahmood, a privately-educated Glaswegian 20-year-old who fled to Syria last November.

Most of the British women who have travelled to the war torn region to fight, are between the ages of 18 and 24, the Daily Telegraph reports, a further three of whom are believed to have joined the military unit.

The ICSR says it monitors 25 British female jihadists who have left their lives in the UK to support Isis.

The brigade’s women are reportedly paid a monthly salary of 25,000 Syrian Pounds (roughly £100), says TRAC, for duties that are not involved with acts of terror – instead insurgency operations.

They are not the only all-female brigade, either, with another – Umm Al-Rayan – also created around the same time.

Security services believe that it is likely that the women will know the true identity of ‘Jihadi John’, the Isis fighter believed to be the person responsible for the beheading of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

According to Syria Deeply, the al-Khansaa brigade has also been tasked with cracking down on civilian women who fail to abide by the ultra-strict brand of sharia law implemented by Isis, including that women be fully covered in public and be chaperoned by a male.

An Isis official in Raqqa reportedly said: “We have established the brigade to raise awareness of our religion among women, and to punish women who do not abide by the law.

“There are only women in this brigade, and we have given them their own facilities to prevent the mixture of men and women.”

On Thursday, the parents of Ms Mahmood made an emotional plea for their daughter to return and claimed that she had “betrayed” not only them but their community and “the people of Scotland” when she left to fight.

“Our daughter is brainwashed and deluded and helping those engaged in genocide,” her parents said.

Melanie Smith, a research associate at ICSR, said: “The British women are some of the most zealous in imposing the IS [Islamic State] laws in the region. I believe that’s why at least four of them have been chosen to join the women police force.”

The identities of the other three women are current unknown, however a small contingent of female Britons have flown over to the region to fight in some capacity.

Twin 16-year-old sisters Zahra and Salma Halane left their Manchester home on 26 June to join the conflict – it is believed they married Isis militants, with terrorist chiefs investigating whether the men paid for their travel.

Muslim convert Sally Jones, a mother of two from Kent, is also believed to have fled to Isis from her life in the UK after meeting a computer hacker turned jihadi online and later marrying him.

More here.

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Daily Mail (UK) has the story:

ISIS infant
Innocent: Arguably the most shocking image is one of a baby – who appears to be less than six months old – lying on its on back on the black flag now associated with the group terrorising the Middle East
  • Shocking photos show youngsters posing with guns and giving ISIS salute
  • They were posted on Twitter accompanied by chilling messages in English
  • They were taken by children’s parents and other fighters in Syria and Iraq
  • A number of images appear to have been posted by British fighters abroad
  • Among most worrying is photo of baby lying on flag surrounded by weapons

Read and watch it all here.
 

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…Mr Baryalei was from an aristocratic Afghan family who came to Australia as refugees when he was a child…

Sydney Morning Herald has the story:

Mohammad Ali Baryalei
Recruiter: Mohammad Ali Baryalei. Photo: ABC

A former Kings Cross bouncer and part-time actor has been identified as the most senior Australian member of the terrorist group Islamic State.

The group has been recruiting young Australians to fight in Iraq and Syria.

Authorities believe Mohammad Ali Baryalei, 33, has recruited at least half of the 60 Australians currently fighting with ISIL and has a trusted position in the operational command of the al-Qaeda-linked group, according to an investigation by the ABC.

The ABC’s 7.30 reported on Monday night that Mr Baryalei was from an aristocratic Afghan family who came to Australia as refugees when he was a child.

Mr Baryalei worked as a security guard in Kings Cross in Sydney, and was also an aspiring actor, appearing in the television series Underbelly: The Golden Mile. He was listed as playing a “paramedic” in the seventh episode’s credits.

But his true passion was his faith, and he became a leader of the “Street Dawah” movement, in which members proselytised on the streets of Sydney and tried to convert Australians to Islam.

In April 2013 police say Mr Baryalei travelled to Syria to fight with ISIL, which is classified in Australia as a terrorist organisation, the ABC reported. He soon began luring young Australians to the Middle East to fight for ISIL.

Among the Australians he has recruited to fight for ISIL, according to the ABC, are former Sydneysiders Khaled Sharrouf, who has posted images on social media himself executing prisoners in Iraq and having his young son pose with a severed head in Syria, and Mohamed Elomar, a former boxer who was also photographed holding the decapitated heads of his “enemies”.

Mr Baryalei also allegedly recruited a young Sydney couple, 22-year-old Yusuf Ali (also known as Tyler Casey) and his wife, Amira Karroum, 22. They were killed in their home in the Syrian city of Aleppo during fierce fighting earlier this year. Mr Baryalei is believed to have met Mr Ali when he was a leader of the Street Dawah movement in Sydney.

Both the Australian Federal Police and ASIO are believed to have identified Mr Baryalei as a person of major concern.

Earlier this year, Mr Baryalei was listed in court documents when another man, Amin Mohamed, 23, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court charged over his alleged attempt to join the war in Syria.

Police alleged Mr Mohamed had obtained the contact details of Mr Baryalei, also known as Abu Omar, in Turkey to help him travel from Turkey to Syria.

Video and more here.

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Nobody seems to have a clue as to Shukrijumah’s whereabouts. He speaks English and could be lurking anywhere on the eve of 9/11/2014.

Michelle Malkin has the story:

Black caliphate flags flap in the open air. Islamic head-choppers wreak bloody havoc around the world. Nearly a dozen commercial airliners disappear in Libya. And America’s immigration and entrance systems remain in shambles.

Now is a good time to ask a question I first posed 10 summers ago: Where is Adnan Shukrijumah? A decade later, the question is still unanswered. The FBI has yet to track down this homicidal plotter. Have you forgotten?

Saudi-born Shukrijumah, billed as the “next Mohammed Atta,” has been a fugitive since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. His father, Gulshair, was a Wahabi cleric funded by the Saudi government. The elder Shukrijumah headed mosques in New York and Miami, consorted with Israel-bashing black Muslim agitators, and also served as one-time interpreter for convicted 1993 World Trade Center mastermind Omar Abdel Rahman (the Blind Sheik). The radical Muslim apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

The younger Shukrijumah has been tied to al-Qaida training camps in Afghanistan and reportedly met convicted Muslim convert “dirty bomb” plotter Jose Padilla overseas. Gitmo detainee and jihad overlord Khalid Sheikh Mohammed identified Shukrijumah as a fledgling new cell leader. He allegedly trained under alleged terror financier Ramzi bin al-Shibh.

In September 2003, the feds put a $5 million bounty on Shukrijumah’s head. The FBI “Most Wanted Terrorists” bulletin warns he is “armed and dangerous.” Aliases: “Adnan G. El Shukri Jumah, Abu Arif, Ja’far al-Tayar, Jaffar al-Tayyar, Jafar Tayar, Jaafar al-Tayyar, Hamad.” The translation of Ja’far al-Tayar, Jaffar al-Tayyar, Jafar Tayar and Jaafar al-Tayyar? “Jafar the Pilot.”

One of these aliases linked the enigmatic man to the same Oklahoma flight school attended by convicted “20th hijacker” Zacarias Moussaoui. Shukrijumah reportedly undertook flight training in the late 1990s or early 2000 in Florida and secured a flying license for light aircrafts. He is rumored to have acquired bomb-making expertise, as well. Somehow and somewhere along the way, Shukrijumah obtained a legal U.S. green card.

Among the nightmare activities Shukrijumah has reportedly coordinated, according to the FBI:

“Conspiracy to Use Weapons of Mass Destruction; Providing Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization; Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization; Receiving Military-Type Training From a Foreign Terrorist Organization; Conspiracy to Commit an Act of Terrorism Transcending National Boundaries; Attempt to Commit an Act of Terrorism Transcending National Boundaries; Use of Destructive Device.”

In 2007, Shukrijumah’s name surfaced in wiretaps related to a busted New York City subway bombing plot. (Colorado jihadist Najibullah Zazi pleaded guilty to terrorism charges related to the “martyrdom operation” in 2010.)

In 2010, Shukrijumah was indicted in the Eastern District of New York for his alleged role in a terrorist plot to attack targets in the United States and the United Kingdom. According to the charges, senior al-Qaida leadership in Pakistan oversaw the conspiracy and a larger scheme by al-Qaida in Pakistan to use Western operatives to attack a target in the United States.

Law enforcement sources have placed Shukrijumah on the southern border, in Guyana, at a Trinidad jihadi compound, and at a meeting of Latin American gangs

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IBD has the story:

War On Terror: Reports that Barack Obama received detailed information on the virulent Islamic State terror group in his daily briefings for over a year and did nothing makes him officially our “being there” president.

Leading from behind once again, as he flew to Estonia to draw a red line that Russia shouldn’t cross after it finishes gobbling up Ukraine, President Obama told reporters, “We will not be intimidated” by the second beheading of an American journalist and warned that we would “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State.

For the record, we condemn the Russia-bashing that was thrown into this IBD article. It is unwarranted and unfounded. That said, the rest of the article makes a valid point.

Degrade? Degrading has been the foreign policy of a president who recently said that he didn’t have a strategy yet for dealing with the Islamic State’s butchery after watching it train and prepare for a year in its Syrian base before its “sudden” expansion into Iraq.

A former Pentagon official told Fox News that Obama received specific intelligence in daily briefings about the Islamic State’s rise. The information was said to be “granular” in detail, laying out IS’ intentions and capabilities for at least a year before it seized big chunks of Iraqi territory and started beheading Americans.

Obama’s indifference to the briefings was an issue during the 2012 campaign, when former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen observed that Obama personally attended only 44% of them. Obama’s perceived lack of interest in a terror war, which he claimed was won prior to the Benghazi attack, mirrors his reported lack of interest in the rise of the Islamic State.

At the time, National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told Thiessen that Obama’s attendance at the briefings was “not particularly interesting or useful.” Later, when questioned about the lead-up to the Benghazi fiasco, Vietor said: “Dude, this was two years ago. We’re still talking about the most mundane thing.”

Terrorism and the neglect that creates the vacuum in which it thrives are not mundane things. Terrorism killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, Ty Woods, Glen Doherty and Sean Smith at Benghazi. The terrorists of the Islamic State decapitated Steven Sotloff and James Foley. They’re the same group that Obama recently referred to as the “JV” team.

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God cares…

by 1389 on September 7, 2014

in 1389 (blog admin), icons, Orthodox Christianity

Orthodox Christian icon: Rachel weeping for her children
Orthodox Christian icon: Rachel weeping for her children

A loving note from Father Nektarios Serfes:

Icon of Rachel weeping for the children. It’s time for us all as Orthodox Christians to pray for and we must indeed do so with all our mind, heart, and soul. Especially we need to pray for peace in the world and love for one another, as well as our love for the Lamb of God. Humbly we need to pray for suffering mothers and fathers who have lost their children due to so many wars almost that is filling the earth with bombs and destruction of the earth our God created for us. We have to pray for those who are suffering and still struggling from hunger as we have made war a priority instead of peace. More wars are at our door and we don’t realize how many more innocent souls will suffer and will perish. Doesn’t anyone care? God cares and wants us to begin to love one another. We must pray, pray, pray, pray, pray, pray, pray, pray, and offer our loving prayer with humility before God in beseeching Him to forgive us! Let us speak of peace and about love! Peace to your soul!

+Archimandrite Nektairos (Serfes) Who prays for you and with you!

O Lord Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on me a sinner!
- The Jesus Prayer

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Peace to your soul!

God love and bless you!

Humbly in Christ our Lord,

+ Very Reverend Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes

Who prays for you and with you!

O Lord Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on me a sinner!
- The Jesus Prayer

See us at http://facebook.com/orthodoxchurchboise and http://serfes.org.

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#Caturday: Secret Edition

by 1389 on September 6, 2014

in 1389 (blog admin), Caturday

The Science of Cats

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CATS!!!!

Written and created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (twitter @whalewatchmeplz).

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11 Secrets Cats Don’t Want You To Know

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“Blowing Blackberries”
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Credits:

“Playful Caden” by maddhat
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“Catsitting Tusique” by Chad Amadilo
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“Is there a Cat hiding in my Drawer?” by Mariana Roberts Photography
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“Mouser” by Adam Quirk
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“Two cats meeting for the first time!” by Robotvirgin
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“Darla in HD – Vimeo 1 Minute Project” by Zachary Hetlage (vimeo.com/hetlage)
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“Les chats de l’ile de Santorin – The cats of Santorini Island” by Philippe LAVAUX
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“Our Cat Sleeps (A Slider Test)” by Brad Holt
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“aime” by clàudia girau
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Sources:

http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-cats.html
http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/cat-facts.htm
http://chemistry.about.com/od/weirdscience/fl/Why-Does-Urine-Glow-Under-a-Black-Light.htm
http://www.critters360.com/index.php/why-do-cats-spend-so-much-time-grooming-themselves-580/
http://voices.yahoo.com/25-strange-yet-interesting-facts-cats-6357612.html?cat=53
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-much-do-cats-sleep.html
http://www.omg-facts.com/lists/818/15-Strange-Facts-About-Cats-That-Actually-Exist/1
http://www.livescience.com/13884-kitty-kitty-10-facts-cat-lovers.html

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Raymond Ibrahim has the story:

Muslim rape gang exploited English girls as young as 11 in Rotherham
Not only in the UK!

As shocking as the Muslim-run sex ring in Rotherham, England may seem to some—1,400 British children as young as 11 plied with drugs before being passed around and sexually abused in cabs and kabob shops—the fact is that this phenomenon is immensely widespread.  In the United Kingdom alone, it’s the fifth sex abuse ring led by Muslims to be uncovered.

Some years back in Australia, a group of “Lebanese Muslim youths” were responsible for a “series of brutal gang rapes” of “Anglo-Celtic teenage girls.” A few years later in the same country,four Muslim Pakistani brothers raped at least 18 Australian women, some as young as 13.  Even in the United States, a gang of Somalis—Somalia being a Muslim nation where non-Muslims, primarily Christians, are ruthlessly persecuted—was responsible for abducting, buying, selling, raping and torturing young American girls as young as 12.

The question begs itself: If Muslim minorities have no fear of exploiting “infidel” women and children in non-Muslim countries—that is, where Muslims themselves are potentially vulnerable minorities—how are Muslims throughout the Islamic world, where they are dominant, treating their vulnerable, non-Muslim minorities?

The answer is a centuries-longcontinents-wide account of nonstop sexual predation.  Boko Haram’s recent abduction and enslavement of nearly 300, mostly Christian, schoolgirls last April in Nigeria is but the tip of the iceberg.

The difference between what happens in Nigeria and what happens in Western nations is based on what I call “Islam’s Rule of Numbers.”  Wherever Muslims grow in numbers, Islamic phenomena intrinsic to the Muslim world—in this case, the sexual abuse of “infidel” children and teenagers—comes along with them.

Thus in the United Kingdom, where Muslims make for a sizeable—and notable—minority, the systematic rape of “subhuman infidels” naturally takes place.  But when caught, Muslim minorities, being under “infidel” authority, cry “Islamophobia” and feign innocence.

In Nigeria, however, which is roughly 50 percent Islamic, such “apologetics” are unnecessary.  After seizing the nearly 300 schoolgirls, the leader of Boko Haram appeared on videotape boasting that “I abducted your girls. I will sell them on the market, by Allah….  There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell.”

It’s the same in Pakistan—the nation where many of the United Kingdom’s Muslims, including the majority involved in the Rotherham sex ring, come from.  See this article for a long list of Christian children—as young as 2-years-old—who were targeted by Muslim men for abduction, enslavement, and rape.  In every single case, police do nothing except sometimes side with the Muslim rapists against their “infidel” victims.

For example, last Easter Sunday, four Muslim men gang-raped a 7-year-old Christian girl named Sara, leaving her in “critical condition.”  According to Asia News, “the police, instead of arresting the culprits, helped the local clan to kidnap the girl’s father… to ‘force the family not to report the story, to reach an agreement with the criminals and to avoid a dispute of a religious background.’”

As for systematic child grooming, in 2010, Kiran George, a Christian girl who was “enslaved by a woman, Sama, a dealer of youth to be sold as prostitutes or slaves to wealthy Muslim families,” was doused with gasoline by a police officer involved in the sex ring, set on fire, and burned to death.

And a recent report confirms that “an estimated 700 cases [of abduction, enslavement, and/or rape in Pakistan] per year involve Christian women, 300 Hindu girls”—very large numbers when one considers that Christians and Hindus each make for one percent of the population of Pakistan, which is about 97 percent Muslim.

One can go on and on.  In 2011 a Christian group in Muslim-majority Egypt

exposed a highly organized Muslim ring centered in the Fatah Mosque in Alexandria. The investigation also uncovered a systematic “religious call” plan, where young Muslim males in high school and university are urged to approach Coptic girls in the 9-15 age group and manipulate them through sexual exploitation and blackmail. The plan … aims at sexually compromising Christian girls, defiling them and humiliating them in front of their parents, thereby forcing them to flee their homes, and use conversion to Islam as a “solution” for their problems.

Approximately 550 Coptic Christian girls have been abducted and sexually abused by Muslim men during the last three years—especially under the Muslim Brotherhood’s aegis, when sexual crimeswere particularly widespread.

So what animates this phenomenon of Muslim on non-Muslim rape?  And we must call it Muslimrape since Islam is the common denominator in all these cases from otherwise diverse nations that have little in common except for large numbers of Muslims.

As for the pedophilia aspect, Muhammad—the prophet of Islam whom the Koran exhorts Muslims to emulate in every possible way—was “betrothed” to a six-year-old girl, Aisha, “consummating” their marriage when she was nine-years-old.   Accordingly, Islam’s clerics routinely defend child “marriage”—sometimes even if the girl is still in the cradle—based on the example of the prophet.

As for the subhuman treatment of “infidel” children, this is seen as a right by supremacist Muslims.  Discussing the 2010 rape of a 9-year-old Christian girl, local sources in Pakistan put it well: “It is shameful. Such incidents occur frequently. Christian girls are considered goods to be damaged at leisure.  Abusing them is a right. According to the [Muslim] community’s mentality it is not even a crime. Muslims regard them as spoils of war.”

“Spoils of war” is quite correct. Here is how the late Majid Khadduri, “internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on Islamic law and jurisprudence,” explained the idea of “spoils” in his War and Peace in the Law of Islam:

The term spoil (ghanima) is applied specifically to property acquired by force from non-Muslims. It includes, however, not only property (movable and immovable) but also persons, whether in the capacity of asra (prisoners of war) or sabi (women and children). … If the slave were a woman, the master was permitted to have sexual connection with her as a concubine.

Nor is this limited to academic talk.  Last year, Jordanian Sheikh Yasir al-‘Ajlawni  said Muslims fighting to topple “infidel” president Bashar Assad in Syria are permitted to “capture and have sex with” all non-Sunni women, including Shia Muslims, Alawites, Christians, Druze, and Yazidis.

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