Sick: Syrian Kids Play ISIS Execution Game…
Sick: Syrian Kids Play ISIS Execution Game…
I could have sworn I saw Israel kicking the crap out of Hamas day after day.
Hamas’s Qatar-based political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal on Thursday vowed that his terrorist organization would not agree to Israel’s demands for a disarmament of Gaza.
“The weapons of the resistance are sacred and we will not accept that they be on the agenda” of continuing negotiations with Israel to be held in under a month, Mashaal said in Doha. “The issue is not up for negotiations. No one can disarm Hamas and its resistance.”
The call for a disarmament is the lone demand Israel made in the ceasefire deal Tuesday, and will be discussed in a month along with Hamas’s demands for a sea and airport, as well as a swap of terrorists for the bodies of two fallen IDF soldiers.
Mashaal went on to make an outrageous comparison, saying “the enemy (Israel) harmed everyone – women, children and the elderly, those who sought shelter at UNRWA schools and hospitals. The enemy leaders committed a Holocaust double that of (Nazi leader Adolf) Hitler.” [...]
Mashaal reiterated “commanders of the resistance factions, led by (Hamas’s) Al-Qassam Brigades, managed the campaign effectively until reaching a victory against Israel.”
“We will rebuild all they have destroyed. That is our job. And that is the role of the Arab world and of the unity government. Gaza has dazzled the world with her victory,” added the Hamas leader.
Hurricane Katrina relocated her house to DC.
Via The Hill
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is facing questions over whether she really lives in her home state since she doesn’t own a home there.
The questions are similar to ones that have contributed to the defeat and difficult reelection fights of senators this cycle and last, adding to an already heavy load of obstacles that make Landrieu perhaps this cycle’s most vulnerable Democratic incumbent.
The Washington Post is reporting that Landrieu doesn’t own a home in Louisiana, but is registered to vote at her parents’ home in New Orleans.
She does, however, own a $2.5 million house in Washington, which she and her husband built. That address is listed on the statement of candidacy she filed with the Federal Election Commission in January, but the senator listed her parents’ New Orleans home when she submitted forms to qualify for the ballot last week.
Landrieu told the Post in a statement that she stays at her parents’ home when she’s not in Washington.
“I have lived at my home on Prieur Street most of my life and I live there now, when not fulfilling my duties in Washington or serving constituents across the state,” she said.
A limited liability corporation that Landrieu and her eight siblings all hold stakes in owns a house on Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana, and Landrieu owns two plots of land in the state, but the Post found no evidence the senator and her husband own a home there.
Via Fox News:
A new English-language Al Qaeda magazine features a how-to article on making car bombs and suggests terror targets in the United States, including casinos in Las Vegas, oil tankers and military colleges, and implies that an attack is imminent.
The online publication, called “Palestine-Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem” and put out by the media arm of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, calls for Muslims around the world to follow “the recipe” provided to set off car bombs in crowded venues. It includes a timeline of “selected jihadi operations” that the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which first flagged the slickly-produced latest edition of the terror publication, finds chilling.
“The timeline concludes with the date 201?’ and blank spaces and question marks for the photo and information of the next attack — implying that it is coming soon.” said MEMRI Executive Director Steve Stalinsky.
There is a suggested list of targets for lone-wolf, or individually executed, terror attacks, including New York’s Times Square, casinos and night clubs in Las Vegas, oil tankers and trains, the Georgia Military College, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and General Atomics defense contractor in San Diego.
“This recipe gives you the ability to make a car bomb even in countries with tight security and surveillance,” one article reads, before providing a “shopping list” of supplies needed to make such a bomb, including cooking gas, oxygen gas, a barometer, decoration lamps and matches.
Europe circling the drain.
OSLO – For the first time in the capital city’s history, Mohammed is the common name for boys and men, said a study on Thursday.
Statistics Norway (Statistisk Sentralbyrå – SSB) has counted the population of Oslo and found that Mohammed is the most common male name in Oslo for the first time ever.
Jørgen Ouren of SSB said to NRK: “It is very exciting.”
Altogether 4,801 boys and men are named Mohammed or variations of Mohammed as their first name, and Mohammed has thereby passed both Jan (4,667) and Per (4,155).
The name has spent four years in a row at the top of the list of baby names in Oslo, but this is the first time that Mohammed tops the men’s name list for Oslo.
In “solidarity” with those peace-loving Palestinians.
Update to this story.
Global warming alert.
Via Baltimore Sun
Baltimore still hasn’t hit 90 degrees this month, despite forecasts it might have Wednesday. With perhaps one more chance to hit the mark, it could be the first August without 90-degree temperatures here in 30 years.
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the point of record for Baltimore, peaked at 89 degrees Wednesday afternoon. Forecasters had suggested it might reach the lower 90s. (Temperatures meanwhile peaked at 90 degrees at the Maryland Science Center downtown.)
Temperatures have failed to hit 90 for 35 straight days, since July 23. On average, eight days hit the 90s in Baltimore each August.
While the world recoils in horror at the brutality shown by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, an attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) apparently gave serious consideration to a wild conspiracy theory alleging that ISIS is a Mossad and CIA “proxy force.”
Lena Masri, a CAIR attorney in Detroit, linked from her Facebook page Aug. 22 to an article by Iran’s official news agency, IRNA, about ISIS and its rise to prominence. Among its claims, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State, “is really Simon Elliot, a Jewish agent for the Zionist intelligence agency Mossad.”
The notion rated a “pants-on-fire” from fact-checking site “Pundit Fact,” three days earlier, but Masri chose instead to put the question out to her Facebook friends. “Any truth to this???” she wrote.
Other perks include beheading infidels, mass-murder, and raping non-Muslims.
Muhammed Jamal can understand why many want to join ISIS.
“You get paid the most, you have the most weapons, you are with the most powerful group,” said Jamal, who as a Sunni Iraqi would have little trouble joining up with the group. ISIS has openly welcomed Sunni Muslims into its self-declared “Islamic State,” stretching 12,000 square miles through Syria and Iraq. “I’m not a fighter, but if I was that is who I’d join.”
Jamal fled Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city, when ISIS militants captured it in early June. “I left Mosul when ISIS came because I thought it would be bombings and war there and I wanted to protect my family,” said Jamal, 31, who is now sheltering with several other Sunni families near the Kurdish city of Irbil. “But now I do think about going back. I don’t agree with their position on religion, but if they have money and can give us jobs … that would be more than anyone else has given us in years.”
At nearly $400 a month, ISIS pays its fighters nearly double what other groups in the region pay — from the moderate Free Syrian Army, to militant group Hezbollah, to even the Iraqi army — according to intelligence groups.
ISIS has grown from being a small offshoot of al-Qaeda in Iraq into the wealthiest terror group in the world, with revenue streams that have grown and matured as the organization has expanded its reach. Once reliant on handouts from wealthy donors in the Gulf, it is now believed to be wholly self-sufficient, garnering millions by trading in crude oil, selling artifacts on the black market, and running racketeering and kidnapping schemes. It is believed to have built itself a total wealth of over $2 billion — far beyond what any terror group before it has managed to muster. Western intelligence agencies, once focused on donors and looted cash from Iraq banks, now believe that ISIS has created a model that will ensure that the group can remain self-sustaining billionaires. Its wealth, say experts, is almost entirely produced locally, and therefore not as vulnerable to outside influence or sanctions.
“They did not get like this by accident,” said Luay al-Khateeb, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Doha Center in Qatar and director of the Iraq Energy Institute. ISIS looked at other groups — al-Qaeda strategy of levying local taxes, Boko Haram in Nigeria’s use of local resources, and FARC in Colombia’s kidnapping of wealthy locals and foreigners — and then tried to perfect it.
Then again, she doesn’t even pretend to be impartial.
President Barack Obama is slated to attend the wedding of his personal chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner on Saturday.
Kass and Wagner, dubbed by Vogue the political “‘It-couple’ of the year,” are getting married at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. Kass is the Obama family’s personal chef and the president’s senior policy adviser for nutrition policy. He is also the executive director of “Let’s Move.” Wagner hosts the MSNBC weekday program “Now with Alex Wagner.”
Both Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will be in attendance at the wedding, a source with knowledge of the president’s plans confirmed. Their attendance was first reported by the New Rochelle news website Talk of the Sound.
Oh, and he thinks the Bush administration’s reaction to 9/11 is worse than anything Osama bin Laden did.
Via Free Beacon:
U.S. government had prior knowledge of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and has kept this information hidden in a classified section of the 9/11 Commission report.
Paul, who made the comments during a radio interview last Friday, also argued that the crimes of Osama bin Laden were “minor” compared to the harm the U.S. government has caused since the 2001 attacks.
“I believe that if we ever get the full truth [about 9/11], we’ll find out that our government had it in the records exactly what the plans were, or at least close to it,” said Paul, during the interview with Money and Markets host Charles Goyette. “You already mentioned that [the U.S. government] had been warned that something was going to happen.”
However, Paul said he doubted that Bush administration officials personally helped plot the attacks.
No rush, ISIS only seized Mosul in early June.
Via Business Insider:
President Barack Obama addressed a pair of escalating world crises Thursday afternoon, blaming Russia for escalating violence in eastern regions of Ukraine and discussing a still-developing strategy to confront the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. [...]
Obama is also scheduled to meet Thursday evening with members of his National Security Council, as well as Vice President Joe Biden, on a strategy to further confront the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL) in Iraq and Syria. A White House official said no new decisions are expected on how to proceed Thursday.
“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” Obama said, when asked about the next steps in confronting the group. “We don’t have a strategy yet.”
Update: Damage control.