Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One-party state

If I never hear the names Reza Aslan and Bill Maher again, that would be just fine with me, but nonetheless, this ongoing controversy is highly illuminating in numerous ways. One thing it exposes is how absolutely one-sided the mainstream media is: after Maher left the reservation, mainstream media publications vied with one another to condemn him, putting out an avalanche of articles about how he was wrong about Islam. Nary a single article appeared in any mainstream outlet saying yes, Maher is right, there is a problem with Islam. Nary a one. We ostensibly have a free press, and yet again and again on this issue and others it marches in absolute unbroken lockstep. The media storm over our latest AFDI bus ads was the same way: there was a blizzard of articles all over the world about our ads, and not a single one in any mainstream publication was favorable.

For whatever reason, we do not have a free press. On the issue of Islam and jihad the mainstream press is a one-party state, with a few dissenting voices allowed now and again on Fox. Another aspect of this is that what the mainstream does present about Islam is very often flatly false, as here. Aslan claims that "the very first thing that Muhammad did was outlaw slavery." Let’s look at the record....

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Deceit and corruption at the DOJ

The New York Observer reports that two former Assistant United States Attorneys say the Holder Justice Department engaged in deceit and corruption of justice in connection with the DOJ’s litigation against Sierra Pacific Industries, a California lumber company.

As a result of the allegations, a federal district judge has ordered the recusal from the case of every judge in the Eastern District of California. He reasons that the court may have been defrauded by the government, thus requiring the appointment of an outside judge to handle the matter going forward.

The Holder DOJ brought the case against Sierra Pacific for allegedly being responsible for a wildfire that destroyed 65,000 acres in California. Sierra Pacific maintained that the fire started elsewhere and that state and federal investigators and DOJ attorneys lied about the origin of the fire so they would have a "deep pocket" from which to collect millions of dollars.

Nonetheless, as litigants confronted by the power of the federal government are wont to do, the company settled the case. It agreed to pay $55 million to the United States over a period of five years and to give up 22,500 acres of land.

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Quote of the day

"It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled." --Mark Twain
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Filth

Since the beginning of time, the sentient, civilized person has strived to distance himself from filth, and for unarguably rational reasons. Filth is parasites, dysentery, disease, decay, putrescence all of which shorten lifespan and infuse what lifespan there is with misery.

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Canada's summer of pension discontent

This summer, Montreal residents witnessed a strange sight: local police abandoned their traditional uniform pants and instead donned casual attire, ranging from camouflage and fluorescent-colored trousers to multicolored slacks. Some cops bizarrely even donned skirts. The dressing down was all done to show cops’ anger at the Quebec provincial government’s proposals to cut the costs of municipal pensions by getting workers to contribute more toward their retirement.

Call it Canada’s summer of pension discontent. Governments throughout the country are grappling with as much as $300 billion in unfunded government-worker retirement debt. In a country of just 38.5 million people, that’s a pension problem roughly equivalent to the one that California faces. And it’s widely shared.

Municipalities throughout Quebec, for instance, owe some $4 billion in retirement promises that have yet to be funded, prompting the province’s new Liberal government to demand this summer that workers pay more to bolster the system. A new report on the finances of Ontario’s government-owned utilities revealed their pensions to be unsustainable without deep subsidies from Canadian electricity customers. For every dollar that workers contribute toward their retirement, government-owned utilities now spend on average about four dollars, raised through electric billsthough the cost is even higher at some operations. The news is even bleaker at the federal level, where Canada faces more than $200 billion in total retirement debt for public workers, when the cost of future health-care promises made to public-sector workers is combined with pension commitments. One big problem is pension debt at Canada Post, whose budget is so strained that the federal government gave the mail service a four-year reprieve on making payments into its pension system, even though it’s already severely underfunded.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Abortion, the great equalizer

You would think, from reading the extensive debate about Facebook's and Google’s decisions to subsidize any female employee who wants to freeze her eggs, that the companies were trying to correct an error in nature.

Some might say that they are playing God and trying to correct a design flaw, but, for the purposes of this post, we will say that, from a feminist perspective, egg freezing corrects an injustice that is written into the natural order.

By all evidence, God is not a feminist.

For reasons that continue to escape me, feminists seem to believe that men and women cannot be truly equal until they are exactly the same. In part, this explains why they insist on abortion on demand. They are sorely offended to know that a man can walk away from the reproductive consequences of coital act far more easily than can a woman. Abortion on demand will, to their minds, even things out.

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Rising electric bills, thanks EPA

Complying with the EPA’s proposed carbon emission rules would likely cost Dominion Virginia Power customers alone an extra $5.5 billion to $6 billion, the State Corporation Commission’s staff said in an unusually bluntly worded statement.

The EPA’s proposed regulations would "increase substantially" the bills that all 3.6 million Virginia electricity customers pay for their power, the commission staff said, and could significantly affect the reliability of electric service.

The SCC staff anticipates electricity bills would go up significantly because the federal rules would require much of today’s electricity production be replaced with costly generation and expensive programs to decrease energy use.

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Dirty coal vs non-working renewables

Oh, this is precious. In Madison, Wisconsin, demonstrators gathered outside the Public Service Commission to protest against a requested rate structure change by the local utility company, Madison Gas and Electric (MG&E). During the protest, they decried the use of "dirty coal" and called for more renewable energy. To make their point, they had a blow-up coal power plant that was running on a fan powered by wind and solar charged batteries. Before the protest was over, however, the batteries died and their solar panel could not produce enough energy to keep the power plant standing upright.

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In the Navy

Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden was discharged from the Navy in February after testing positive for cocaine, a person familiar with the case confirmed to ABC News.

The person said Biden had failed a urinalysis test administered in June 2013 before he was discharged from the Navy.

"It was the honor of my life to serve in the U.S .Navy, and I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge," Hunter Biden said in a statement distributed through his lawyer. "I respect the Navy's decision. With the love and support of my family, I'm moving forward."

The person familiar with the case said he "was treated no different than any other sailor."

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Recently seen on the net....

Edward Gibbon noted five signs that presaged the collapse of the Roman Empire...

1) Ostentatious displays of wealth.

2) A preoccupation with sex.

3) A huge gap between the rich and the poor.

4) Freakishness in the arts and outlandish enthusiasms pretending to be creativity.

5) A strong desire to live off the state.
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Is there a difference between Islam and Islamism?

Thirteen years after 9/11, after some 24,000 terror attacks perpetrated by Muslims since that fateful date, after the atrocities carried out and still being carried out by Caliphate-aspiring terrorist militias, after civil wars, incursions, the mass extermination and eviction of Christian populations in Muslim lands and territories, hostage-takings, kidnappings, beheadings, bombings, missile barrages after all this, many Westerners still appear to endorse a strict distinction between Islam and Islamism. The former, we believe or have been led to believe, is a "religion of peace" whose doctrines have been twisted and misinterpreted by a cadre of extremists. Islam, according to this perspective, cannot be held accountable for a band of criminals willfully violating the tenets and premises of a venerable Abrahamic faith.

The claim is unsustainable. Where it is not advanced disingenuously for profit, power or position it is plainly a function of culpable or lazy ignorance or, at best, of a desire to be (or to seem) tolerant and supremely civil. I suspect that the majority of such Western apologists have not cracked a single page of the Koran or perused even a scattering of the ahadith and sirah, where the chasm on which they insist between Islam and Islamism is nowhere to be found. The Koran, in particular, brims with exhortations to violence against unbelievers, which the 1400-year imperial history of Islam has honored to the letter. The religious mandate as well as the empirical practice are undeniably Islamic, not "Islamist" a concept that has no meaning in the theological literature.

Far too many of us cannot bring ourselves to understand that the enemy we are facing is not some fringe minority of "radicals" who are abusing not only their victims but the principles of the faith they proclaim. For one thing, the jihadists and their enablers may be a "minority," but they number in the millions the lowball figure of 1% of the ummah yields 15-16 million; a not unreasonable estimate of 10% gives 150-160 million. Any way you look at it, that’s a lot of people determined to kill you. When one considers that this number amounts to half the population of the United States out for one’s blood, it puts the issue into perspective. For another thing, the shahids and mujahidin know perfectly well how to read their sacred texts, far better than their victims, dupes, extenuators and fellow-travelers who neglect to study either the scriptures or the history of Islam in order to gain a more acute and comprehensive knowledge of the enemy who plots their destruction. Others, of course, have been bought, suborned by donations or bribes and subsidized by petrodollars, or they are trimmers who have capitalized on business interests and opportunities.

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Quote of the day

"Tell the infidels in public we respect your laws and your constitutions, which we Muslims believe that these are as worthless as the paper they are written on. ... The only law we must respect and apply is the Sharia." --Tariq Ramadan
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Rant from 1878

Something ought to be done to Mr. EDISON, and there is a growing conviction that it had better be done with a hemp rope. Mr. EDISON has invented too many things, and almost without exception they are things of the most deleterious character. He has been addicted to electricity for many years, and it is not very long ago that he became notorious for having discovered a new force, though he has since kept it care- fully concealed, either upon his person or elsewhere. Recently he invented the phone- graph, a machine that catches the lightest whisper of conversation and stores it up, so that at any future time it can be brought out, to the confusion of the original speaker. This machine will eventually destroy all confidence between man and man, and render more dangerous than ever woman's want of confidence in woman. No man can feel sure that wherever he may be there is not a concealed phonograph remorseless gathering up his remarks and ready to reproduce them at some future date. Who will be willing, even in the bosom of his family, to express any but most innocuous and colorless views and what woman when calling on a female friend, and waiting for the latter to make her appearance in the drawing-room, will dare to express her opinion of the wretched taste displayed in the furniture, or the hideous appearance of the family photographs ? In the days of persecution and it was said, though with poetical exaggeration, that the walls had ears.

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Amish science

"In the Second World War," Samuel Zook began, "my ancestors were conscientious objectors because we don’t believe in combat." The Amish farmer paused a moment to inspect a mottled leaf on one of his tomato plants before continuing. "If you really stop and think about it, though, when we go out spraying our crops with pesticides, that’s really what we’re doing. It’s chemical warfare, bottom line."

Eight years ago, it was a war that Zook appeared to be losing. The crops on his 66-acre farm were riddled with funguses and pests that chemical treatments did little to reduce. The now-39-year-old talked haltingly about the despair he felt at the prospect of losing a homestead passed down through five generations of his family. Disillusioned by standard agriculture methods, Zook searched fervently for an alternative. He found what he was looking for in the writings of an 18-year-old Amish farmer from Ohio, a man named John Kempf.

Kempf is the unlikely founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, a consulting firm established in 2006 to promote science-intensive organic agriculture. The entrepreneur’s story is almost identical to Zook’s. A series of crop failures on his own farm drove the 8th grade-educated Kempf to school himself in the sciences. For two years, he pored over research in biology, chemistry, and agronomy in pursuit of a way to save his fields. The breakthrough came from the study of plant immune systems which, in healthy plants, produce an array of compounds that are toxic to intruders. "The immune response in plants is dependent on well-balanced nutrition," Kempf concluded, "in much the same way as our own immune system." Modern agriculture uses fertilizer specifically to increase yields, he added, with little awareness of the nutritional needs of other organic functions. Through plant sap analysis, Kempf has been able to discover deficiencies in important trace minerals which he can then introduce into the soil. With plants able to defend themselves, pesticides can be avoided, allowing the natural predators of pests to flourish.

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A long, full life

Hollywood tends to rehash the same old tales when there are so many amazing stories untold, so many lives unremembered, so many deeds that happened in a vacuum of time. This is one Hollywood missed.

I can’t really tell Bullard’s story here because it is too big. It is a story about a life lived so large, so bravely, so creatively that one would be hard put to find a more interesting one. So I want to introduce you a story not so much about a warrior, but of a man who lived a life uniquely, was so successful at so many things that he fit in with one historic crowd after another, and had skills from combat pilot, to jazz drummer, to boxer, to spy. The precise history of Eugene Bullard is still a mystery as the precise facts are in dispute. Did he shoot down five enemy aircraft or two? Was his father a French speaking slave from Martinique and was his mother a Creek Indian? Did he really travel with an English band of troubadores doing pickaninnie performances? Was he a professional boxer and a professional and influential jazz drummer? The answers are generally "yes" but also depend on whom you ask; but no matter the degree to which he participated in these activities, it is a testament to this Renaissance man.

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The new Luddites

Very few of us can be sure that our jobs will not, in the near future, be done by machines. We know about cars built by robots, cashpoints replacing bank tellers, ticket dispensers replacing train staff, self-service checkouts replacing supermarket staff, telephone operators replaced by "call trees", and so on. But this is small stuff compared with what might happen next.

Nursing may be done by robots, delivery men replaced by drones, GPs replaced by artificially "intelligent" diagnosers and health-sensing skin patches, back-room grunt work in law offices done by clerical automatons and remote teaching conducted by computers. In fact, it is quite hard to think of a job that cannot be partly or fully automated. And technology is a classless wrecking ball the old blue-collar jobs have been disappearing for years; now they are being followed by white-collar ones.

Ah, you may say, but human beings will always be better. This misses the point. It does not matter whether the new machines never achieve full human-like consciousness, or even real intelligence, they can almost certainly achieve just enough to do your job not as well as you, perhaps, but much, much more cheaply. To modernise John Ruskin, "There is hardly anything in the world that some robot cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this robot’s lawful prey."

Inevitably, there will be social and political friction. The onset has been signalled by skirmishes such as the London Underground strikes over ticket-office staff redundancies caused by machine-readable Oyster cards, and by the rage of licensed taxi drivers at the arrival of online unlicensed car booking services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam

President Obama’s recent claim that Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam was nothing new. Since 9/11, we have heard from both ends of the political spectrum that jihadist terror has material causes and psychological conditions created by social, political, or economic dysfunctions. This argument is an old one, and was common in the aftermath of 9/11. Typical of such thinking was Bill Clinton’s claim that "these forces of reaction [al Qaeda] feed on disillusionment, poverty, and despair." Left unexplained is the fact that billions of other people around the world even more impoverished and hopeless have not created a multi-continental network of groups dedicated to inflicting brutal violence and mayhem on those who do not share their faith or who block their visions of global domination.

Such materialist analyses ignore or rationalize the historical and theological context of modern Islamic violence. As a result, well into the second decade of our war against jihad we are still misdiagnosing the problem and hamstringing ourselves by resorting to democracy-promotion or economic development, solutions that have nothing to do with the root of the problem––the theologically sanctioned violence, intolerance, and totalitarian universalism that define traditional Islam.

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Banning bestially, finally


Denmark is planning to ban bestiality after long-running international pressure over animal welfare.

Denmark is one of the few European countries which still allows bestiality. Norway, Sweden and Germany have all banned the practice, leading to a rise in the underground animal sex tourism in Denmark.

Minister of Food and Agriculture Dan Jørgensen, who is planning an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act for next year, said to Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet: "I have decided that we should ban sex with animals."

He indicated the damage done to Denmark’s reputation by allowing animal sex was a factor in his decision, but added: "The most important is that in the vast majority of cases it is an attack against the animals.

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Quote of the day


"You cannot have a conservative government with a liberal culture." --Mark Steyn

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American's opinion of Islam

YouGov's latest research shows....

47% of Americans think Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence.

63% of older Americans think Islam is more likely to encourage violence.

Republicans (69%) are more than twice as likely as Democrats (32%) to say that Islam encourages violence.

59% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Islam, only 18% have a favorable view.

74% of Republicans have an unfavorable view of Islam.
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Ebola

Comment by a reader on a story about Ebola in the New York Daily Post....

"Does no one remember the Zero Population Growth movement of the late '60s and early '70s? Well the hippies behind that movement are running the show in Washington now. If they can accomplish their goals of reduced population by importing some diseased Africans into our nation then they will celebrate and high-five each other at the end of the day for a job well done."

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

War on women

The Democrats’ "war on women" strategy has always been frivolous and intellectually dishonest, and it is now being revealed as ineffective, too.

Let us call the roll: Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state hoping to oust Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is trailing in the polls in spite of being a cause célèbre for the Hollywood Left Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Katzenberg have lavished Manhattan and Beverly Hills money upon her race even after having engaged in such questionable shenanigans as attempting to portray Senator McConnell, an original cosponsor of the Violence Against Women Act, as an opponent of the law. In New Hampshire, where incumbent senator Jeanne Shaheen leads Republican challenger Scott Brown by a hair, Democrats have been reduced to braying that Brown is a sexist because he keeps running against female opponents, as though he had somehow ensured that Elizabeth Warren secured the Democratic nomination in his lost 2012 Massachusetts race. Colorado’s Senator Mark Udall, not content to let the ladies enjoy all the ill-gotten benefits of the so-called war on women, has deployed similar measures against his Republican challenger, Representative Cory Gardner, but is trailing in the polls and just witnessed the Denver Post, no Republican stronghold, endorsing his opponent. In Texas, Wendy Davis’s increasingly distasteful abortion-based hate parade is making the wheelchair from which Republican Greg Abbott performs his public duties the central image of its attack ads, and Davis is at the moment positioned to suffer a resounding rejection.

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Isolated events and workplace violence

As Obama and many on the left continue to dismiss killings taking place in America at the hands of Muslims as just "isolated events," let’s take a quick politically incorrect rewind and examine just how many incidents have actually occurred since Obama took office in 2009....

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Ebola czar in hiding?

The government’s confused response to the Ebola epidemic has had some calling for the appointment of an Ebola czar to head the United States’ response to the crisis. As Mollie Hemingway writes in The Federalist today, however, the country already has an Ebola czar: Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Her job?
…as National Journal rather glowingly puts it, "Lurie’s job is to plan for the unthinkable. A global flu pandemic? She has a plan. A bioterror attack? She’s on it. Massive earthquake? Yep. Her responsibilities as assistant secretary span public health, global health, and homeland security." A profile of Lurie quoted her as saying, "I have responsibility for getting the nation prepared for public health emergencieswhether naturally occurring disasters or man-made, as well as for helping it respond and recover. It’s a pretty significant undertaking." Still another refers to her as "the highest-ranking federal official in charge of preparing the nation to face such health crises as earthquakes, hurricanes, terrorist attacks, and pandemic influenza."
So, hands up: who knew we had an Ebola czar named Dr. Nicole Lurie? And where is she?

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Feminist sex shaming

Any delusion I might have harbored that a world where women have a bigger voice than Rush Limbaugh's would be less ugly was shattered this week. In responding to my column about the idiocy of California’s new affirmative consent law, feministas at Jezebel and Wonkette demonstrated one thing loud and clear: When it comes to talking about issues concerning their lady parts, they turn into bigger dicks than Limbaugh. These ladies ejaculated expletives such as "fuck" on their screens several times, speculated about my personal sex life, and called me namesall of which one would have chalked up to girls having fun if they'd actually managed to sneak in an argument or two.

But they didn’t.

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Global warming?

Lakes Superior and Lake Michigan are currently six degrees colder than last year. If the water continues to remain colder than normal, it could have an impact on Michigan’s winter in several ways.

The average water temperature on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan is currently colder than both last year and the long-term average.

Currently Lake Superior has an average surface water temperature of 47.6 degrees. Last year on this date Lake Superior was at 53.7 degrees. The long-term average water temperature on Lake Superior for October 11 is 51.1 degrees.

So Lake Superior is 6.1 degrees colder than this time last year, and 3.5 degrees colder than normal.

Lake Michigan has an average surface water temperature of 56.0 degrees, while last year at this time it was 62.1 degrees. The long-term average water temperature on Lake Michigan for October 11 is 58.4 degrees.

Lake Michigan is also 6.1 degrees colder than this time last year, and 2.4 degrees colder than average.

Lake Huron is 5 degrees colder than last year, and only 1.5 degrees colder than normal.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Budget cuts caused the Ebola crisis

A second case of Ebola has been confirmed in Dallas, Texas. Somehow, despite medical training and top-of-the-line protective gear, one of the nurses who treated the first patient has contracted the terrible disease. The increasingly overwhelmed head of the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Tom Frieden, mumbled something about a "protocol breach," although no one is saying what protocol got breached, or indeed what the "protocols" are.

This is not the response expected from their multi-trillion-dollar super-government by the American people, especially not for a highly-publicized problem everyone could see coming from 5,700 miles away (give or take whatever diversions might add to the precise total of air miles from Monrovia, Liberia to Dallas, Texas.) But it’s exactly what every student of the Ineptocracy was expecting, and so is the next step taken by liberals to defend the shabby performance of the Leviathan they love. Overnight, in unison, as though a switch had been thrown on their messaging machine, the Left stopped saying that Ebola is a nothingburger blown out of proportion by the rubes in flyover country… and started telling the dupes in their voting base that Ebola is a horrifying crisis caused by Republican budget cuts.

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Hate preacher straight out of central casting

As British war planes arc through Middle Eastern skies and security services race to unravel terrorist plots at home, the nation’s most prominent propagandist for the Islamic State sits in a London sweets shop, laying out his radical vision between bites of dessert.

Iraq and Syria, Anjem Choudary says confidently, are only the beginning. The Islamic State’s signature black flag will fly over 10 Downing Street, not to mention the White House. And it won’t happen peacefully, but only after a great battle that is now underway.

"We believe there will be complete domination of the world by Islam," says the 47-year-old, calmly sipping tea and looking none the worse for having been swept up in a police raid just days earlier. "That may sound like some kind of James Bond movie you know, Dr. No and world domination and all that. But we believe it."

With such grandiose proclamations, it is tempting to dismiss Choudary as a cartoonish hate preacher straight out of central casting. Many do. But harder to ignore is his record of inspiring impressionable young men to carry out violence in the name of Islam both in Britain and overseas.

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CO2 absorbed by plants

Global climate models have underestimated the amount of CO2 being absorbed by plants, according to new research.

Scientists say that between 1901 and 2010, living things absorbed 16% more of the gas than previously thought.

The authors say it explains why models consistently overestimated the growth rate of carbon in the atmosphere.

But experts believe the new calculation is unlikely to make a difference to global warming predictions.

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Joys of diversity

Two teenagers from Guatemala, who were seeking asylum in the U.S., broke out of an Illinois detention center and carjacked an elderly Navy veteran.

The veteran, who is 91-years-old, was picking up a prescription at Walmart at the time of the car jacking, according to the Daily Mail. The incident reportedly occurred on Wednesday morning in Moline, Illinois.

According to reports, the two migrants, ages 16 and 17, forced the veteran out of his car by threatening him with violence. They then drove away in the vet's car, and hit one vehicle as they left the Walmart parking lot; police eventually found the two more than 200 miles outside of Iowa City.

The two teens were previously apprehended by authorities after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexican border, according to the Daily Mail. Authorities brought the two Guatemalans to Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, Illinois after they had requested asylum in the United States.

Despite the incident, federal authorities refuse to deport the teens before giving them a refugee hearing. This process can take months, due to how clogged he immigration courts currently are; taxpayers will be subsidizing the two teen's needs for months until their hearings occur.

The carjacking calls into question how secure immigrant holding facilities currently are. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have entered the U.S. illegally since the new year. Most of them were transported to facilities around the U.S. where they received taxpayer-subsidized benefits such as clothing, food, education, and English lessons.

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WWII Soviet female pilot

Lydia Vladimitovna Litvyak was a Soviet flight instructor who had trained 45 pilots by the German invasion of Russia. She began flying at 14 and had her first solo flight at 15 yard of age. Of course when Barbarossa broke out and the massive Wehrmacht was making its way into the interior of the country, she tried to fly for the Soviet Air Force. After several turndowns she eventually was allowed not the 586th Fighter regiment, the famed Soviet all female regiment formed by Marina Raskova. She began training on the Yak-1, the Soviet’s scrappy and reliable small single seat fighter.

She was called the “the White Rose of Stalingrad”, or the white Lily.
 
During her combat dories, she claimed 14 kills give or take a few that may be in dispute. It is not in dispute that she was an aggressive and highly skilled aviator who was obsessed with flying infighting the Nazis. She claimed Me-109s and Focke Wolfe 190s and Junkers 87 Dive Bombers. There is a story that she ws taken captive an confronted by the german officer she downed. She shot down General Wolfram Freiherr Von Richtofen, a relative to the Red Baron who was also a German Ace who shoot down 11 fighters and was award the Iron Cross three times.She also shot down Staff Sergeant Erwin Maier, another German ace. He parachuted down and was taken prisoner. He asked to see if it was true that he was best by a woman and he allowed to meet her. She accurately described all the maneuvers in the flight and therefore he knew it was true.

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A force for good, haha

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addressed the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas on Monday, unveiling a comprehensive plan for how the U.S. military will address the effects of climate change.

Rising global temperatures, increasing sea levels and intensifying weather events will challenge global stability, he said, and could lead to food and water shortages, pandemic disease and disputes over refugees and resources.

The Pentagon’s "2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap" describes how global warming will bring new demands on the military.

Among the report's conclusions: Coastal military installations that are vulnerable to flooding will need to be altered; humanitarian assistance missions will be more frequent in the face of more intense natural disasters; weapons and other critical military equipment will need to work under more severe weather conditions.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The naming of America

Everyone knows that Columbus "discovered" the New World in the 15th century. So why is our continent named America instead of Columbia? It might have to do with a universal truth: sex sells better than God.

When Italian explorer Christopher Columbus first arrived in the Caribbean in 1492, he thought that he had landed on the Indie islands off the coast of Cathay, and it was only a matter of time before he’d find the gold mines and pleasure palaces of the Kublai Khan. As he island-hopped for the next few months, however, none of the native inhabitants of the island seemed to know what he was talking about. On subsequent voyages between 1493 and 1504, Columbus became more and more desperate, insisting not only that he had found Asia, but also more grandiosely claiming he’d discovered the mythical Garden of Eden. He even declared himself a harbinger of the Second Coming of Christ and the End of the World, circulating his ideas in a book called the Book of Prophecies.

At the same time Columbus’ book was making the rounds of Europe, another very different pamphlet was also circulating. This one, written by Columbus’ fellow Italian Amerigo Vespucci also claimed to have discovered a passage to Asia during voyages between 1497 and 1504. However, it went further to describe new lands in the Southern Hemisphere that had never been described before. Vespucci was particularly explicit about the native inhabitants of these landsespecially the women, whom he said "go naked and are exceedingly lustful," adding tantalizingly, "I have deemed it best (in the name of decency) to pass over in silence their many arts to gratify their insatiable lust." Of course, that only led readers to speculate further, causing the pamphlet to be in hot demand across Europe (even though today scholars debate whether Vespucci ever even made the voyages he claimed). Columbus’ increasing delusions of grandeur, meanwhile, alienated him from his peers; he died obscure and impoverished in 1506.

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Fleet Week

Yesterday, as part of San Francisco's Fleet Week festivities, the US Navy had a high-profile commissioning ceremony for the USS America LHA-6, the fourth US Navy ship to bear the name and the first in a new class of amphibious assault ships that are really more like aircraft carriers, yet somehow, compromised as both.

Although her maiden voyage a delivery cruise from Louisiana to her home port in San Diego went well, the America Class remains a controversial defense program that is tied directly to two of the most controversial defense programs of all time. Those being V-22 Osprey and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

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Quote of the day

"The Left has the amazing ability to morph itself every couple of decades, bringing the same poison in a new package that promises a better product." --Henry Makow
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Chickens coming home to roost?

It was tragically comical that the commander in chief in just a few weeks could go from referring to ISIS as "jayvee" and a manageable problem to declaring it an existential threat, in the same manner he upgraded the Free Syrian Army from amateurs and a fantasy to our ground linchpin in the new air war. All that tragic comedy was a continuance of his previous untruths, such as the assurance that existing health plans and doctors would not change under the Affordable Care Act or that there was not a smidgeon of corruption at the IRS.

But lately the Obama confusion has descended into the territory not of tragedy or even tragic comedy, but rather of outright farce.

Last week we learned from the Washington Post that an investigator looking into the Secret Service prostitution scandal was ordered by the inspector general "to withhold and alter certain information in the report of investigation because it was potentially embarrassing to the administration." The "embarrassing" information was the allegation that a member of the White House staff advance team had solicited a prostitute while prepping Obama's Colombia visit a fact denied by then-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in April 2012, when he assured the press that no one from the White House was involved in the scandal that brought down lots of Secret Service and military personnel.

But here is where the farcical kicks in. The squelched investigation was focused on White House staffer Jonathan Dach. And who is Dach? He was at the time a young Yale law student and White House staffer, and is now a State Department activist working on what else? "Global Women’s Issues."

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And now fruit juice is bad for you

Researchers have found that those who regularly enjoy the popular breakfast drink have significantly higher blood pressure than those who only have it occasionally.

Scientists found people who had a daily glass of juice had significantly higher central blood pressure. This is pressure in the aorta, the large artery into which the heart pumps oxygen-rich blood to spread around the body.

High central blood pressure can increase the risk of problems such as a heart attack or angina.

Lead author of the study, Dr Matthew Pase, from the Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn, Victoria, in Australia, said: "The findings suggest the daily use of fruit juice may increase central blood pressures, which are known to be associated with cardiovascular disease risk and cognitive impairment problems with mental functioning.

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