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Palestinians slaughter innocent Israelis and our President feels the need to tell both sides to “lower tensions and reject violence” He needs a lesson in the difference between terrorism and self defense.

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Published on Nov 19, 2014 by securefreedom
Fox News’s Megyn Kelly and Trace Gallagher file a report on Muslim Brotherhood coordination and exploitation regarding the Ferguson protests ostensibly devoted to finding justice for Michael Brown. American Muslim Brotherhood groups have used the protests as an opportunity to promote their anti-police and Anti-American agenda.

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Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Harry Richardson at The Pickering Post has the story:

All of today’s Australians (even the Aboriginal people) are either migrants, or descended from people who migrated here from overseas. From the founding of the modern Australian State at Federation, until the early 1970’s, the basis of our immigration policy was more or less the same as that of the United States.

This was articulated clearly in the following letter from Theodore Roosevelt to the American Defense Society:

In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American. There can be no divided allegiance here.

Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.

This policy worked because our earliest immigrants worked hard to become Australians. The great majority were from Europe and the UK, whose cultures were quite similar to ours. Cultural harmony is no problem with harmonious cultures. Children of immigrants were almost indistinguishable from their school mates.

These immigrants turned Australia into one of the most prosperous and successful countries in the world. Sometime between the early 1970s and the early 1990s however, every “Western” nation around the world (excluding wealthy “non Western” countries such as Japan) decided to implement a previously unheard of doctrine known as multiculturalism.

In Australia, this policy was introduced in 1973 by controversial Whitlam Minister and suspected Mafia collaborator Al Grassby. The public was never consulted about this policy, and the concept of “culture” was never defined.

If you have ever been to a “cultural” festival or celebration, you would most likely have found it full of exotic spicy foods, ethnic people doing lively, interesting dances and wearing unusual and brightly coloured clothing. When we hear the term “culture,” these days, this is what immediately springs to mind.

If this were all that was meant by the term “culture,” then a multicultural human society might exist in peace and harmony. What is there NOT to like about that?

However, the flaws in this policy come into stark relief when we understand the deeper meaning of the word “culture”. This meaning is far less visible and will never be on display at any “cultural” festival, but is in fact, far more important. Culture in its deepest sense, refers to the set of values which are used by a society to determine its ethics. It is those things which a society, as a whole, considers to be right or wrong.

An example: Hindus consider it very wrong to kill a cow, whereas most Westerners are happy to enjoy a nice rump steak. For this reason, India may have laws outlawing the killing of cows, whilst we have no such law.

This has nothing to do with ethnicity or race. If you or I had grown up in a Hindu family in India then we would also probably consider killing a cow to be morally wrong. This is the basis of any culture, a set of shared beliefs in what constitutes right and wrong which are shared by one group but not another.

These values are passed on from one generation to the next by parents, religious institutions, media, schools, peers and other institutions.

Each of the different cultures has its own concept of right and wrong. There is no universal definition of what is right and what is wrong. We in the West tend to rather arrogantly assume that the Ten Commandments’ principles of not to kill, steal, cheat, or lie etc. exist in every culture but this is demonstrably not true.

In the past (and probably even today in remote areas) there have been warrior societies where killing was considered a rite of passage for all males. The Vikings were somewhat famous for glorifying rape, pillage and plunder and there are numerous examples of cultures which considered particular Western (Judeo/Christian based) “sins” to be virtues.

Going back to our original example, we cannot say that all Westerners will agree to killing cows for food, or that no Hindus will ever have a sneaky t-bone steak. However most Hindus would consider eating beef to be “wrong” and for most Westerners it is “OK”.

The doctrine of “multiculturalism” as opposed to “multi ethnicity,” dictates that groups of people with different cultures will live in one society and retain their culture, rather than trying to assimilate into the culture of the host nation.

The first problem with this lies in the fact that the laws which a society makes, and agrees to be governed by, are simply an extension of the culture of that society.

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Weekly Standard: Gitmo ‘Poet’ Now Recruiting for Islamic State

An ex-Guantanamo detainee based in northern Pakistan is leading an effort to recruit jihadists for the Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that controls large portions of Iraq and Syria.

Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost, who was detained at Guantanamo for three years, has sworn allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Dost’s oath of allegiance was issued on July 1, just two days after Baghdadi named himself “Caliph Ibrahim I” and declared that his Islamic State was now a “caliphate.”

Pakistani officials have accused Dost of recruiting jihadists for Baghdadi’s organization. He is thought to be behind a graffiti campaign, which aims to spread pro-Islamic State messages throughout northern Pakistan.

According to Dawn, a Pakistani newspaper, Dost has even been named the head of the Islamic State’s presence in the “Khorasan,” an area that covers much of Central and South Asia, including Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.

U.S. officials have confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD that Dost is recruiting for the Islamic State. It is not clear how effective his efforts have been, given that Dost and his supporters are operating in areas that are strongholds for al Qaeda and the Taliban, both of which are opposed to Baghdadi’s “caliphate” project.

Thus far, the Islamic State has had only limited success in Pakistan and elsewhere in attracting established jihadists to its cause. However, Dost, who is in his 50s, is a veteran jihadist leader.

Dost was originally detained in Pakistan in late 2001. He was transferred to U.S. custody and detained at Guantanamo for three years. Dost was already a veteran jihadist with a thick dossier at the time.

But U.S. officials transferred Dost from Guantanamo to Afghanistan in April 2005. Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO), which oversees the detention camps, recommended that he be released or transferred due to his health problems. Dost “poses a low risk, due to his medical condition,” JTF-GTMO concluded in a memo that was subsequently leaked. A combatant status review tribunal (CSRT) at Guantanamo also concluded at some point that Dost was no longer an enemy combatant.

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…thirteen years after it was destroyed in the 9/11 attack.

New St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero

HuffPo has the story.

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According to Christian Today, “St Nicholas has raised $7 million of the $38 million needed to rebuild the church. Donations can be made on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website.”

Designboom has more photos and a video.

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Published on Oct 15, 2014 by securefreedom
Recorded at Center for Security Policy’s National Security Group Lunch on Capitol Hill on October 3, 2013

John-Clark Levin, Author, Private Anti-Piracy Navies: How Warships for Hire Are Changing Maritime Security

Topic: Deterring Maritime Terrorism

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Conversion to Islam, for any reason, is a devil’s bargain.

Washington Post has the story.

 

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Daily Mail (UK): Welcome to Hotel Sharia: No more bacon or booze as trendy venue bought out by a Muslim multi-millionaire

  • Strict Islamic policy is imposed at London’s Bermondsey Square Hotel
  • Bar and grill at hotel previously run by Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace
  • New Middle Eastern owner wants to run it ‘in accordance with Sharia law’
  • Drinkers were offered only non-alcoholic beer and elderflower cordial
  • Diners denied dishes that used traces of alcohol such as beer-battered fish
  • Nearby restaurants said they saw a surge in business when customers walked out of the hotel’s grill on Tuesday

Story here.

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Coffee Break 3: A 2-minute Reflection

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Published on Nov 17, 2014 by Coffee with Sr. Vassa
A 2-minute Christian reflection, hosted by Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin of the University of Vienna in Austria.

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Three of the things Robert O’Neill has done have already been made into movies:

Zero Dark Thirty
Captain Phillips
Lone Survivor

I have seen them all. I think the fact that the film crews were allowed to see documents with no security clearance gives him enough reasons to do it.

The secrecy of the SEALs was broken by the Obama administration. No doubt on purpose.

Tulsa World has the story:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill, who says he fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden, played a role in some of the most consequential combat missions of the post-9/11 era, including three depicted in Hollywood movies. And now he’s telling the world about them.

By doing so, O’Neill has almost certainly increased his earning power on the speaking circuit. He also may have put himself and his family at greater risk. And he has earned the enmity of some current and former SEALs by violating their code of silence.

But O’Neill, winner of two Silver and five Bronze Stars, makes no apologies for any of that. In a wide-ranging interview Friday with The Associated Press, he said he believes the American public has a right to more details about the operation that killed the al-Qaida leader and other important military adventures. And he insisted he is taking pains not to divulge classified information or compromise the tactics SEALs use to get the drop on their enemies.

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It may be a long time before we find out whether former ambassador to Pakistan – and former Pakistan lobbyist – Robin Raphel actually committed crimes of espionage. But it is no secret that she was a longtime fervent advocate for Pakistani jihadi interests and even for the Taliban itself.

As we have said many times, both Washington DC and the US State Department are crawling with jihadi moles.

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For those interested in the technical background, we have uploaded a new version of the Thesis theme that is compatible with WordPress 4.0.

 

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Published on Nov 14, 2014 by Coffee with Sr. Vassa
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I am moving on with the second part of Vespers, after the prayer “Vouchsafe, O Lord,“ – we mentioned that prayer last week – after this prayer we hear a series of hymns on the topic of the upcoming liturgical day, called the Aposticha (Stchiri na stichovne in Slavonic); this is followed by a Canticle, taken from the Gospel, of St. Simeon the Godbearer – the very old man who greeted Jesus when Jesus was brought as a baby into the Temple soon after His birth. This prayer begins with the words, “Now You dismiss…“ (Lk 2:29-32) – this is the “Nunc dimittis“ (for all you Latins out there). Thus, after the first parts of Vespers were dominated by elements from the Old Testament, like remembering God‘s creation of the world and many different Psalms, we now hear this prayer of St. Simeon, signalizing a transition from the Old Testament to the New. This also introduces another topic, – of death, actually, because, according to Tradition, St. Simeon said these words shortly before his repose. But we will talk more about this in future episodes. The final major element of Vespers is the final Troparion or Apolytikion. This is a brief hymn, usually of the feast or saint of the day. But at Sunday vespers it is the hymn to the Mother of God, “Rejoice, o Virgin, Mother of God,“ which also reminds us of the very beginnings of the New Testament, – more precisely, of the greeting of the Archangel Gabriel to the All-Holy Virgin at the Annunciation. Thus Vespers helps us to redirect our thoughts, in the evening, inspiring us for a new day tomorrow by reminding us of our beginnings: from God‘s creation of the world, as a gift to us, to the good news of Christ‘s entrance into our history. I have not yet mentioned that Vespers also contains several litanies, what the Russians call “Ektenii,“ a series of petitions read by the deacon or priest, followed by a response of the choir, usually “Lord have mercy,” (Kyrie eleison) or “Grant this, O Lord.” These litanies, in which we pray together for all of us, as a community, and for various people and groups of people who particularly need our prayers, like the poor and the sick, – these commemorations are a very ancient part of Christian evening services, as I already mentioned, because really it is the most natural thing in the world to pray for one another before we go to bed. It‘s as natural as kissing your children good-night. From ancient times, these litanies offer prayers for the church and civil authorities – for our bishop, our president, and so on. – And let‘s face it, we often do a better job criticizing those in positions of authority than we do praying for them.

But now let‘s go back to one of these parts of Vespers, and talk about the Prokeimenon. This is he short Psalm-verse that is repeated several times in the middle of Vespers. At Sunday Vespers, celebrated on Sa-turday evening, when we begin the weekly celebration of the Resurrection, the Prokeimenon is “The Lord is King, He is clothed in beauty (majesty).“ (Ps 92/93:1) This verse is taken from Psalm 92/93, and it is sung several times, with the deacon or priest proclaiming other verses from the same Psalm in between the repetition, by the choir, of the main verse, the Prokeimenon. The Greek word προκείμενος means that which precedes or lies before, because the Prokeimenon, you see, sometimes precedes – and in ancient times always preceded, readings from the Bible.

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Go to Vespers whenever you have the opportunity. It’s worth it.

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