With extra credit courses such as, “the art of self-detonation.”
Islamic State (IS) militants have issued a new set of retrograde academic guidelines as schools reopened in cities controlled by the jihadist group in Syria and Iraq.
According to a new curriculum imposed in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, art and music are now banned subjects and all classes about history, literature and Christianity have been cancelled.
Teachers and pupils are ordered to avoid any reference to the republics of Iraq or Syria, as the region should be now called Islamic State.
Although not previously taught in Iraqi schools, Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution is also explicitly banned and so are patriotic songs and textbook photos deemed offensive to Islam.
The new rules have been laid out in a two-page bulletin that was nailed to the wall in public spaces across the city, which fell to the group previously known as Isis in June.
The document says that the school programme was drafted by IS’s leader, the self-styled caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with the aim to “eliminate ignorance, to spread religious sciences and to fight the decayed curriculum.”
Errr, Lurch, ISIS is already doing that.
Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that to counter the ideology of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its claim of a “religious foundation” for its actions, part of the strategy of the international coalition he is attempting to assemble must be to “begin to put real Islam out there.” Kerry, in Paris for talks with various world leaders to build that coalition, further said that all of the Arab leaders he had spoken with earlier concurred about their focus on “real Islam and how important the Friday sermons are.” The secretary of state recently said that ISIL’s ideology “has nothing to do with Islam” and President Obama echoed these words, saying that “ISIL is not ‘Islamic.'”
Kerry’s remarks about “real Islam” came during a “roundtable discussion” with the press after the secretary met with representatives from twenty-six countries to discuss how to confront the threat posed by ISIL. In recent days Kerry has alternated between calling the action against ISIL “war” and “counter-terrorism,” but in any case he downplayed the military aspect of the operation. The military piece, he said, is a “critical component”, but “probably far more important” will be the effort to “start drying up this pool of jihadis who get seduced into believing there’s some virtue in crossing into Syria to fight or to join ISIL.”
Does being a life-long hack prepare you for the presidency? Pelosi seems to think so.
Via PJ Media:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she believes Hillary Clinton would be one of the best prepared candidates for the presidency, who “just happens to be a woman.” [...]
“First of all, we have to find out if Hillary is going to run. She seemed very ready in Iowa at the steak fry,” Pelosi told MSNBC today.
“If she decides to run, which I think she will, she would be one of the best qualified people to enter the White House,” she said. “Really, she has been a senator and she has seen firsthand as first lady what the job entails. She has been secretary of state. She really brings so much experience to it.”
Jumping on the al-Baghdadi bandwagon.
ALGIERS, Sept 14 (Reuters) – A new armed group calling itself the Caliphate Soldiers in Algeria has split from al Qaeda’s North African branch and sworn loyalty to the radical breakaway group Islamic State fighting in Syria and Iraq.
A breakaway of key Algerian commanders from Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, known as AQIM, would show deepening rivalry between al Qaeda’s core command and the Islamic State over leadership of the transnational Islamist militancy.
In a communique, AQIM central region commander Khaled Abu Suleimane, whose real name is Gouri Abdelmalek, claimed leadership of the new group, joined by an AQIM commander of an eastern region in Algeria, where the al Qaeda wing has its base.
“You have in the Islamic Maghreb men if you order them they will obey you,” Suleimane said in reference to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State. “The Maghreb has deviated from the true path.”
A feel good story for the homeowner, no cleanup required.
Via Columbus Dispatch
A 17-year-old boy was burglarizing a house in Prairie Township when the homeowner shot and killed him early on Saturday, Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott said this afternoon.
Reb Barbee was armed with a knife and wearing an Insane Clown Posse mask when he was shot in the living room of 8798 Hubard Dr. S, investigators said.
The homeowner, Heather Tackett, didn’t call 911, Scott said. She told investigators she didn’t realize she’d hit someone.
Tackett and Barbee knew each other from the neighborhood, Scott said.
Barbee, shot in the shoulder, and three other youths ran about a half-mile to Barbee’s home on Dovalon Place, and waited an hour before calling for help around 6 a.m., investigators said. [...]
Scott said murder charges will be filed against the three this afternoon. Ohio law allows co-conspirators to be charged with murder if someone dies while committing a first-or second-degree felony such as robbery or burglary.
Obama reported to be jealous.
Via Brenda StoterBoscolo:
This will take the Dillon Taylor shooting off of the front page.
Via Salt Lake Tribune
Darrien Hunt’s family says it can figure only one reason that Saratoga Springs police would shoot to death a “timid” 22-year-old in the back, even if he had what they call a “toy” sword: He was black, and treated with extra suspicion because of it.
“It’s difficult to make any sense out of the situation any other way,” said Cindy Moss, the aunt of Hunt and acting family spokeswoman, on Saturday.
Saratoga Springs police issued a written statement saying claims that its officers’ actions were a result of Hunt’s race “are completely unfounded and speculative. Our officers responded to a call for service and addressed the situation that was presented to them.”
The Utah County Attorney’s Office, which is investigating the incident, also issued a statement saying, “There is currently no indication that race played any role in the confrontation.”
The family’s assertion comes amid still-ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the police shooting of an unarmed young black man — and cries that blacks are still treated differently by law enforcement. But it also comes as former Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love is the favorite to become the first black Republican woman ever elected to Congress.
Hunt was the son of a white mother and a black father. Moss, a white aunt, said she has tended not to believe stories by her sister’s family of mistreatment of blacks in today’s world, “and I don’t like it when the race card is played. It’s easy for us as whites to dismiss it.”
But Moss says her view changed in recent days as the family has tried to figure out what happened in the shooting, and she watched personally how some of her black nephews and nieces are treated.
HT LA Mom
You know things are out of control in jihadi land when al-Qaeda is the voice of reason.
Via The Independent:
Al-Qaeda appealed to Isis to release the British hostage Alan Henning because it believed he was an innocent aid worker who was genuinely trying to help suffering Muslims, it can be revealed.
In evidence that the depravity exhibited by Isis is now repelling Muslims of all views and backgrounds, even the terrorist group behind the 11 September attacks on the US in 2001 decided that kidnapping the aid-convoy volunteer was a step too far.
Mr Henning, a taxi driver from Eccles, Salford, was so moved by the plight of Muslims in Syria that he decided to miss last Christmas with his wife and two children and travel 4,000 miles to deliver medical equipment to refugees holed up in the town of Al-Dana.
A local commander – or emir – of Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, visited his then-allies in Isis four days after Mr Henning, 47, was captured. The emir confronted the kidnappers, arguing that their actions were “wrong under Islamic law” and “counter-productive”, according to a journalist who interviewed the man immediately after the encounter.
Mr Kareem said: “I spoke to the emir from Jabhat al-Nusra after he came back. Initially, he was confident that Henning would be released because that is what Isis was saying. But then Henning was removed from his prison in Al-Dana and never heard of again.”
Obamaville themed floor is outside.
From Harry Potter to the “Herbifloor,” campus housing is becoming increasingly specialized at Dartmouth College.
Students this fall could choose among three new residences designed as “learning communities” plus 10 “design-your-own” communities set up as blocks of rooms interspersed within general campus housing.
The new options are in addition to a dozen affinity communities the college already had, such as the Chinese Language House.
The design-your-own communities are for groups of 9-18 students who submitted applications describing their chosen themes. The results include special blocks of rooms focused on healthy living, modern music and political pragmatism.
“Ethical and plant-based eating,” is the focus on the new “Herbifloor,” while the Harry Potter area is called “Muggles for Magical Awareness.”
The new learning communities are focused on international issues, entrepreneurship and other topics. The largest is the Global Village, involving about 160 students, and is affiliated with the college’s foreign language programs. In that community and others, faculty members will work with the students and develop writing courses and other activities specific to the communities.
Apparently Ayatollah Khamenei wasn’t clear enough when he said no the first time they offered.
PARIS (AP) — As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington’s earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ruled out any military coordination with Iran, which in the end was not invited to Paris.
“That doesn’t mean that we are opposed to the idea of communicating to find out if they will come on board, or under what circumstances, or whether there is the possibility of a change,” Kerry told a small group of reporters.
France and Iraq see Shiite-powerhouse Iran as an interlocutor who could bring its influence to bear in the region against the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group, but some Arab states, like Saudi Arabia, disagree.
The U.S. opposed a place for Iran at the conference. But Tehran, which has political and military influence with its neighbor Iraq, still managed to be part of the conversation.
The absence of Iran underscored the conflicting sensitivities and complex politics in the region as Western countries seek to battle the Islamic State group, which has taken control of large parts of Iraq and Syria.
We’re basically training and arming al-Qaeda (via Al Nusra Front) to take on ISIS, how Pelosi and House Republicans could think this is a good idea is beyond me.
Via Washington Examiner:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi applauded Republicans for a bill that would approve President Obama’s request to support Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
“What we’ve seen so far of the bill is, it responds to the president’s request in a substantive way — not completely, but in a good way,” the California Democrat said Monday afternoon on MSNBC’s “Ronan Farrow Daily” program.
Pelosi said she expects the measure to pass the House this week “overwhelmingly.”
“This is a very discrete piece [of legislation]. It’s about giving the authority to the president for him, for us, to engage in training the responsible Syrian rebels … outside Syria,” she said.
She downplayed concerns regarding the potential effectiveness of the Free Syrian Army, which even the president questioned earlier this year, saying they would be properly vetted to ensure the rebels “are there for the purpose that we are training them to do the job.”
Hmm, I wonder where her loyalties lay?
PHOENIX – Today Robert Graham criticized Democrat Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona’s CD 1 for flying the Flag of Mexico during her parade in Eloy, Arizona this morning.
“Arizona voters already know Kirkpatrick has been doing a poor job representing her constituents while she continues to support Obama’s failed policies, but flying the Flag of Mexico alone with no sign of the Flag of the United States is offensive and hurtful not just to our veterans but to every American,” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.
Kirkpatrick (@Ann_Kirkpatrick) tweeted out images of her official parade float which appear to have cropped away much of the Mexican flag, but other images of the float clearly show the Mexican flag displayed prominently.
Australia: Ready for war and not hiding behind a veil.
Via CNS News
Arab and European countries have yet to state publicly what military contributions they may make to the coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL), which Secretary of State John Kerry is cobbling together, but Australia showed no such reluctance Sunday, announcing that troops and aircraft will be deployed to the Middle East within days.
Kerry said earlier more than 40 countries had “offered assistance of one kind or another” to the anti-ISIS coalition but declined several times over the weekend to give details.
In response to what he said was a specific request from the U.S., Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said 600 personnel, including a Special Forces contingent, as well as eight fighter planes, an early warning and control aircraft and an air-to-air refueling aircraft were being prepared.[...]
We’ve seen the beheadings, we’ve seen the crucifixions, we’ve seen the mass executions, we’ve seen the blood curdling threats, and indeed the murders directed towards Westerners. And we know that there are at least 60 Australians fighting mostly with this particular group. These are people who have murderous intent towards everyone who doesn’t share their particular ideology and that includes us.”
Abbott said the operation against the jihadists could last “many months.”
The mission could be considered to success, he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, if the Iraqi government and Kurdish regional authorities “are able to maintain reasonable control over their substantial towns, reasonable protection for their own people.”
Coming from the Queen Elitist.
Via College Fix:
A recently published study claims that the push for healthy, home-cooked family meals – pressure coming from famous “foodies,” public health officials and First Lady Michelle Obama – is actually a “moralistic … elitist … burden” on poor and working-class mothers.
First Lady Michelle Obama has made health food and exercise programs for children her signature issue. The study says she has been “influential in popularizing public health messages that emphasize the role that mothers play when it comes to helping children make healthy choices,” but that advice shames mothers into “unrealistic standards of ‘good’ mothering.”
The North Carolina State University study contends the notion of healthy, home-cooked meals is an “alluring” but “tasty illusion, one that is moralistic, and rather elitist, instead of a realistic vision of cooking today.”
The study further contends home cooking represents an “elite foodie standpoint,” as many of the working-class families the authors spoke to lacked necessary kitchen space, reliable transportation to the grocery store and functional appliances.
It’s also sexist, the study’s authors suggest, noting that “intentionally or not, it places the burden of a healthy home-cooked meal on women.”
Researchers spent 18 months conducting in-depth interviews with 150 black, white, and Latina mothers, as well as spent more than 250 hours in observation of 12 working-class and poor families to determine their results.
Pelosi showing all these wannabe hacks how it’s done.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tied the Republican Party to Ray Rice on Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Ronan Farrow Daily.”
When asked about Rice and the Democratic Party’s domestic policy agenda, she stated “the issue is about respect or disrespect for women. Whether it’s respect for their ability to make their own choices in terms of their reproductive health, whether it’s equal pay for equal work honoring the value of work that people bring to the table, whether it’s meeting the needs of women in terms of affordable quality childcare, which are for families and not just women.”
Farrow also asked Pelosi whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should resign, she declared “I do not know. I think the investigation is really important. I understand now that he is appointing some women, which I think is very positive, to review what happened.”
Pelosi then pivoted to criticizing the Republican Party, arguing “it’s important to note that the Violence Against Women Act, we celebrated, observed the 20th anniversary, this past week on Saturday, the 20th anniversary. It has really helped women tremendously. If there is any good thing that could come out of all of this horror, it is that women know that something is there for them, that they do not have to put up with this.
If Obama hadn’t thrown every U.S. ally he’s worked with under the bus he might have a better chance at building an alliance.
Via Daily Caller:
White House spokesman Josh Earnest ducked and dodged today when he was pressed by reporters to detail which U.S. allies have promised to join the pending military campaign against ISIS’s forces in northern Iraq and Syria.
“There are no specific public commitments for me to make from here right now,” Earnest said.
However, “at some point we’ll be able to announce important commitments from our allies and regional governments,” he said.
But Earnest did admit that the U.S. is talking to the United States’ long-standing enemy, the Shia theocracy of Iran.
“There is a reason for us to have conversations with Iran on this topic, because we do have shared interest in degrading and destroying ISIL… [and] that shared interest has been discussed,” he said.
But, he added, the U.S. won’t be coordinating military operations or sharing intelligence with Iran.
These limited “offensive” strikes will not dislodge ISIS, but the White House thinks they will take the heat off Obama.
Via NBC News”
The U.S. carried out an airstrike near Baghdad on Monday in what a defense official described to NBC News as the beginning of intensified action against ISIS militants in Iraq.
U.S. attack aircraft hit an ISIS fighting position southwest of the capital in support of the Iraqi security forces, defense officials said. There was also at least one airstrike near Mount Sinjar in northwestern Iraq, the officials said.
The military has been pounding ISIS targets from the air since Aug. 8. President Barack Obama announced last week that a broader campaign, including the authorization of strikes inside Syria, would seek to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS.
In Iraq, the earlier airstrikes were mainly to protect important sites, like Mosul Dam and the city of Erbil, or to break the seize on Mount Sinjar, where thousands of religious minorities had been trapped by the militants.
The airstrike Monday near Baghdad was more offensive in nature and was not triggered by any advance of ISIS toward the Iraqi capital, the official said.