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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Humpday Blues

Eddie C. Campbell
Santa's Messin' With The Kid



William Clarke
Please Let Me Be Your Santa Claus


 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

EU court orders removal of Hamas from terror blacklist

Hamas Nazi Salute

From Agency French Press:
Luxembourg (AFP) - The Palestinian Islamic militant group Hamas must be removed from the EU's terrorism blacklist, but its assets will stay frozen, a European court ruled on Wednesday. 
The original listing in 2001 was based not on sound legal judgements but on conclusions derived from the media and the Internet, the General Court of the European Union said in a statement. 
But it stressed that Wednesday's decision to remove Hamas was based on technical grounds and does "not imply any substantive assessment of the question of the classification of Hamas as a terrorist group." 
The freeze on Hamas's funds will also temporarily remain in place for three months pending any appeal by the EU, the Luxembourg-based court said. 
Hamas's military wing was added to the European Union's first-ever terrorism blacklist drawn up in December 2001 in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States.   
The EU blacklisted the political wing of Hamas in 2003. 
"The General Court finds that the contested measures are based not on acts examined and confirmed in decisions of competent authorities but on factual imputations derived from the press and the Internet," the court said. 
Instead, such an action had to be based on facts previously established by competent authorities. it said.
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75% of Germans Agree With PEGIDA Anti-Islam Demonstrations



I posted on these demos two days ago. Here's the other post.

Only 13 percent of Germans completely disagree with theh PEGIDA anti-Islam demonstrations. 75 percent agree fully or to some degree


The latest PEGIDA demonstration in Dresden had 15,000+ participants, and the Danish state tv, Danmarks Radio, noted that “It was the German middle class, who demonstrated today.
Germany is finally waking up, after being paralyzed by the burden of bad conscience from the 2nd WW, general political correctness, and cowardice. Criticising the power of religion, standing up for the equality of women and fighting for the freedom to express oneself – even if it insults others or opposes the “normal” – used to be the Left’s key issues. Today that same Left call it racist, Fascism or even Nazism. But standing up against Islam has nothing to do with racism (as far as I know, nobody changed color after converting) and the mudslinging Socialists who do nothing else than name calling should know that Fascism and National Socialism (Nazism) are both Leftist political ideologies.
Standing up against Islam’s soldiers and against political correctness activates and increases the most noble human qualities: honesty, bravery, gut feeling, cooperation, hard work, intelligence, and compassion. It is no surprise that one meets the best people in the counter-Islam movement.
I assume that the 13 percent who completely disagree with the PEGIDA demonstrations are mainly Muslims. 75 percent are either partly, mostly of completely sympathise with the PEGIDA demonstrations.
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65% of America's Children Live in Households on Federal Aid Programs


How's that Socialism working out for you, Obama voters?
The Census Bureau reported in a study released this week that 65 percent of American children lived in households taking aid from one or more federal program as of the fall of 2011. 
"Almost two-thirds (65 percent) of children," said the Census Bureau, "lived in households that participated in at least one or more of the following government aid programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Medicaid, and the National School Lunch Program." 
How to be dependent on government is now one of the earliest life lessons America is teaching nearly a supermajority of children.
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Fuk No Ko: New York Premiere of The Interview Cancelled Due To Terrorist Threat

What a sad place we've come to as a world that I may have to go see a Seth Rogen movie, ON CHRISTMAS DAY, to make a stand for Freedom of Speech.



Back when George Bush named North Korea one of the Axis of Evil, I must admit, I thought it was hyperbole. 

As evil as North Korea is, as a nation, to it's people, it has not caused worldwide problems on the level of Islam.

But now, North Korea has threatened terrorist acts on Christmas Day, against theaters which show The Interview.

I don't know about you, but I see that as a challenge.

Fuk No Ko. I'm going to walk into the local theater with a big fucking American Flag and big fucking Popcorn, and a god damned tanker of Coca Cola, and I'm going to laugh my fucking ass off, even if the movie isn't funny for a second.

It's the least we can do.

From the BBC:
The New York premiere of The Interview, a comedy about the assassination of North Korea's president, has been cancelled amid threats from hackers. 
A spokesman for the cinema chain due to host the screening said it had been shelved. Hackers targeting Sony Pictures had threatened to attack US cinemas showing the studio's film. 
They belong to the same group which has released emails and data stolen from Sony. Calling themselves Guardians of Peace, the hackers mentioned the 9/11 attacks in a recent warning, claiming "the world will be full of fear". 
"Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time," the hacker group wrote in a message on Tuesday. "If your house is nearby, you'd better leave," they add. 
"Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment."
Anyway, it would be advisable for the CIA to make this movie become a prophetic piece of cinema.

It is time to assassinate the entire leadership of the Potemkin nation of North Korea.
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Smoke And Mirrors


Two proverbs: "A rose by any other name smells as sweet" and "A rotten mackerel by moonlight still stinks."

From Obama issues 'executive orders by another name' (USA Today, December 16, 2014):
...Obama has made prolific use of memoranda despite his own claims that he's used his executive power less than other presidents. "The truth is, even with all the actions I've taken this year, I'm issuing executive orders at the lowest rate in more than 100 years," Obama said in a speech in Austin last July. "So it's not clear how it is that Republicans didn't seem to mind when President Bush took more executive actions than I did."

Obama has issued 195 executive orders as of Tuesday. Published alongside them in the Federal Register are 198 presidential memoranda — all of which carry the same legal force as executive orders....


Read the entire article HERE. Then retrieve your jaw from the floor.

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Snoopy's Christmas


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

IS OBAMA CULPABLE IN TODAY'S MURDER OF 141 PEOPLE (MOSTLY CHILDREN) AT THE SCHOOL IN PAKISTAN?


From the BBC:
The US military confirmed it "transferred custody" of three Pakistanis, but did not reveal their identities. 
The Afghan government was not involved in the transfer, the US said. 
Correspondents say the repatriation of a senior Taliban figure is extremely unusual. 
It could relate to attempts to improve Afghanistan-Pakistan ties, they say.   
While the US did not confirm Latif Mehsud was among those transferred, Pakistani officials said Latif Mehsud had been "released". 
Several senior officials said that the commander had been secretly flown to Pakistan earlier this week. 
The identity of the other two men is not yet known. The three men had been held by the US at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan. 
The office of the US Forces in Afghanistan said that the transfer took pace after talks between the US and Pakistan. 
"In making a decision to transfer a detainee, we take into account the totality of relevant factors relating to the individual and the government that may receive him, including but not limited to any diplomatic assurances that have been provided," the US military said in a statement.   
Latif Mehsud was second-in-command to the former Pakistan Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike last year. 
He was seized by the Afghan army in October 2013 in eastern Afghanistan, close to the Pakistani border, then held by US forces at Bagram airbase.
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Pakistan: Muslims Successfully Murder 120 People For Allah - Motive Not Yet Known


From the Associated Press:
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing 126 people, officials said, in the worst attack to hit the country in years. 
The overwhelming majority of the victims were students at the army public school, which has children and teenagers in grades 1-10. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the assault and rushed to Peshawar to show his support for the victims. 
The horrific attack, carried out by a relatively small number of militants from the Tehreek-e-Taliban, a Pakistani militant group trying to overthrow the government, also sent dozens of wounded flooding into local hospitals as terrified parents searched for their children.= 
"My son was in uniform in the morning. He is in a casket now," wailed one parent, Tahir Ali, as he came to the hospital to collect the body of his 14-year-old son Abdullah. "My son was my dream. My dream has been killed."
Allah, the murderer of dreams.
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RISE OF NATIONALISM IN GERMANY (Germans Who Don't Want Islam to Take Over Their Country) SETS OFF ALARMS


It was bound to happen, eventually.

You can't just have a pseudo-authority like the EU, or UN, dictate to nations around the Western world, how they will run their countries. Eventually the people of one of those countries is going to get angry.

In fact, they have a right to be very angry.

But the thing is, when some people get angry, they are rational.

While Germany is a highly rational country, in it's intellectual tradition, it has not been highly been highly rational when it has gotten angry.

Good job, EU.

Good job, UN.

You guys stirred up the hornet's nest. Now let's see how history reacts:
Pegida holds ‘Islamisation’ protest, using slogan from 1989 campaign against East German government. Its members have been dubbed the “pinstriped Nazis” and they refer to their demonstrations as “evening strolls” through German cities. 
But on Monday night, an estimated 15,000 people joined Pegida, or Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the West, in a march through Dresden carrying banners bearing slogans such as “Zero tolerance towards criminal asylum seekers”, “Protect our homeland” and “Stop the Islamisation”. 
Lutz Bachmann, the head of Pegida, a nascent anti-foreigner campaign group, led the crowds, either waving or draped in German flags, in barking chants of “Wir sind das Volk”, or “We are the people”, the slogan adopted by protesters in the historic “Monday demonstrations” against the East German government in the runup to the fall of the Berlin Wall. 
Associating themselves with the freedom demonstrations has given Pegida protests an air of moral respectability even though there are hundreds of rightwing extremists in their midst, as well as established groups of hooligans who are known to the police, according to Germany’s federal office for the protection of the constitution. 
“The instigators are unmistakably rightwing extremists,” a federal spokesman said.
Are they?

I hope not.

Given the Guardian's track record of calling everyone who cares about the Western Tradition a "Right-Wing Extremist", I actually doubt these people are extremists of any sort.

The Guardian are anti-Western extremists. Yes, of that there is no doubt.

But we shall see how this turns out in Germany.

And, if it turns out badly, the fault lies solely with the Left, who have enforced an untenable situation vis a vis Muslim immigration.

Check out the comments in reaction to this hail of ignorance at the Guardian:

DOUGTHEAVENGER SAYS:
How about facing the threats of our time instead of fighting the NAZIs who were vanquished by a previous generation. Cowards want to fight old battles that have already been won and where they think the outcome is certain. Man up and face the real enemies of today.
MEGAWURST SAYS:
The Pegida has nothing to do with Nazi ideology and "pure blood". The demands of the Pegida people are written down and are reasonable. You could not be more wrong about Germany and the aims of the Pegida movement.
ROBERT88871 SAYS:
If you don't want your country over run by a bunch of Islamo-fascists, you're a "nazi". And why should private Christian schools be controlled by the government just because a bunch of radical Islamists who may teach violence against non-Muslims? The left wing so desperately wants to eliminate borders and culture that they are willing to destroy a nation.
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Sydney Jihadist Wrote Day Before Attack “Islam Is The Religion Of Peace”

The Muslims Are Restless
(14 December 2014) – MONIS: Islam is the religion of peace, that’s why Muslims fight against the oppression and terrorism of USA and its allies including UK and Australia. 
If we stay silent towards the criminals we cannot have a peaceful society. The more you fight with crime, the more peaceful you are. 
Islam wants peace on the Earth, that’s why Muslims want to stop terrorism of America and its allies. When you speak out against crime you have taken one step towards peace.
Back in October he said Islam is Peace, and then called on Muslims to become "Peace Activists".
A message apparently sent by Monis in October to members of the Muslim community and published on his personal website voiced support for non-violent activism. 
“Islam is the religion of peace and a Muslim should be a peace activist,” Monis wrote in a letter he signed “Sheikh Haron”. 
“Islam is against oppression and any unfair violence. Islam is against terrorism.
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GOOD! MOVE ALL THE FRIGGIN' JIHADISTS TO VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis Being Fitted For His Death Shroud

From Yahoo News:
Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the Holy See welcomed recent signs President Barack Obama appears to have accelerated efforts to close the controversial facility where some detainees have been held for more than a decade without charge and tortured. 
He said the Vatican stood ready to "help find adequate humanitarian solutions through our international contacts" in order to help place detainees, adding that Parolin and Kerry had discussed the issue in depth. 
Obama came to power six years ago promising to close Guantanamo, but has been frustrated in his efforts by a combination of opposition from Congress and the difficulties involved in finding homes for prisoners who are often unwanted by their home states and/or suspected of involvement in terrorist actions, including the September 11, 2001, attacks in some cases. 
The pope made clear his feelings on the kind of abuses associated with Guantanamo in October, when he railed against the "penal populism" that led to countries facilitating torture, using the death penalty and incarcerating people without trial. 
"These abuses will only stop if the international community firmly commits to recognising... the principle of placing human dignity above all else," he said.
This Pope loves to shoot his mouth off about things over which he has no control or responsibility.

His big idea is, "Hey Kids, let's send the Jihadists to ..." (plug in the name of this or that Catholic Country, apparently). Screw that.

The truth is, Pope Francis is a Head of State. The Vatican is it's own country, with it's own state, recognized by the United Nations.

So, send the Jihadists to the State over which the Pope REALLY HAS CONTROL: VATICAN CITY.

Pope Francis can take care of them. He can bathe them, and feed them, and rub their tummies. He can fantasize that he's as Peaceful as Francis of Assisi. He can dream of how one day he'll be the fucking Pope of the Kingdom of Heaven, because he was such a good man on Earth, taking care of all the evil Jihadists.

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Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Marz turns Australian terror siege into gun control mishmash

Ron Marz puts on his know-it-all acts again, addressing the terrible hostage crisis caused by an Iranian jihadist that went on for 16 hours at a chocolate store in Sydney:

Curious how Marz can't at least argue that, if less Islamofacists were allowed into countries that value civility, there'd be less situations of the sort that plagued Sydney today. The jihadist, who can now rot in hell, was arrested earlier this year for sexual assault, was also arrested as an accessory to his ex-wife's murder, and faced punishment for sending obscene letters to the widows of soldiers who died in Afghanistan. And the authorities let him walk around free. Why doesn't Marz rail against an incompetent, kowtowing justice system?

Once again, Marz misses the chance to make arguments with more sense.
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New York City Mayor De Blasio Uses the Word “Allegedly’’ to Describe Vicious Mob Attack on Two NYPD Lieutenants



Mayor de Blasio has again spit in the face of city cops — using the word “allegedly’’ to describe the vicious mob attack on two NYPD lieutenants, outraged police reps said Sunday.
Bending over backward to praise the city’s anti-cop protesters for their “peaceful’’ behavior — even as some chanted on Saturday night, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!” — the mayor said the attack was “an incident . . . in which a small group of protesters allegedly assaulted some members of the NYPD.”
“When cops are the accused, the word ‘alleged’ never enters into the discussion,” fumed Michael Palladino, president of the NYPD Detectives’ Endowment Association.
Ed Mullins of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, called de Blasio a “total nincompoop” for his handling of the situation.
“His actions are contributing to the injuries that are being received by the NYPD,” Mullins said.
“Maybe he should be out there to take the broken nose for the lieutenant. Ask him if he’d be willing to stand out there and take the punches for the cops,” he added.
Some cops were even comparing de Blasio to his political mentor, ex-Mayor David Dinkins, who was reviled for apologizing to the family of a drug dealer killed while resisting arrest, and then paying for the thug’s funeral, in th early 1990s.
“[De Blasio] is at a crossroads right now where he’s going to have to figure out what side he’s standing on,” a source said. “With cops ending up in hospitals, he can’t play both sides forever.”
The two lieutenants who were beaten on the bridge work in the department’s Legal Bureau — and were on the scene to ensure that protesters’ civil rights were respected by cops.
They were punched and kicked in their faces and heads when they went to arrest a CUNY professor, Eric Linsker, 29, of Brooklyn, as he tried to heave a garbage can onto other cops from an elevated walkway.
Nice to see a so-called “professor” assaulting cops, huh?
Linsker, of Crown Heights, is an adjunct professor teaching an English composition course at Baruch College in Manhattan, according to a statement released by the college.
Linsker was arraigned Sunday evening on a single count of second-degree assault, three counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and one count each of resisting arrest, first degree rioting and unlawful possession of marijuana, court records show.
Meanwhile, the “mostly peaceful” protesters egged on by Obama pal Al Sharpton called for thedeath of police Saturday. Charming:

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Then She Did

"If you keep it up, you'll be born ..."


But you won't ever listen, 
I'll bet... 

Burnt out, grass scorched by the sun. 
The buildings remain. 

We will beat them all to dust, 
I'll bet...

Pulled from a headless shell
That blinked on and off, Hotel.
Now the nameless dwell. 

They hold your key and turn your knob, 
I'll bet... 

Will you say hello to my ma? 
Will you pay a visit to her? 
She was an artist, just as you were. 
I'd have introduced you to her. 

She would take me out on Sundays. 
We'd go laughing through the garbage. 
She repaired legs like a doctor
On the kitchen chairs we sat on. 

She was unhappy, just as you were. 
Unhappy, just as you were. 
Unhappy, just as you were. 
Unhappy, just as you were...
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Breaking... Hostages Taken in Sydney Cafe, Islamic Flag Reportedly Flown

Daily Mail:

ISIS terrorists take Australian cafe customers hostage: Crying women forced to hold black flag against the window as world watches terrifying stand-off
  • Armed men walked into the Lindt café in Sydney's Martin Place at 9.45am
  • Up to 20 people including staff and customers are being held hostage
  • A black shahada flag is being held up in the window
  • Reports that hostage-taker has a shotgun and possibly an explosive device
  • Heavily armed police have sealed off area around the café
  •  Martin Place station is currently closed and buses have been diverted
  • The Opera House has been evacuated after reports of a 'suspicious device'
  • Siege comes just hours after suspect, 25, was arrested in terror raids 

Terrorists are today holding up to 20 hostages in an armed siege in a cafe in Sydney where a black Islamic flag was being held up in a window.
Witnesses reported seeing staff and customers sobbing as they were forced to stand with their hands pressed against the windows of the Lindt cafe, in Martin Place 
Up to two gunmen are involved in the siege but dozens of armed police have sealed off the streets surrounding the site. One gunman is believed to have a shotgun and possibly an explosive device.
The incident began just hours after a 25-year-old suspect was arrested in a terror raid in Sydney.
Officials have also evacuated the Opera House after reports of a suspicious device. 
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Terrorists were today holding hostages in an armed siege in a cafe in Sydney where an extremist flag was held up in the window
Terrified customers and employees were among those standing with their hands against the window at the Lindt cafe in Sydney
Martin Place has been shut down and scores of police are surrounding the building after the alarm was raised about 9.45am. 
Journalist Chris Kenny, who was in the shop about 20 minutes before the siege began, said he understood the automatic glass sliding doors had been disabled.
'I did speak to a couple of people who saw a bit more of this unfold than I did,' he said.
'One woman said she tried to go into the shop just after I came out with my takeaway coffee but the doors wouldn't open.
'So obviously whoever is doing this has disabled the automatic glass sliding doors to stop anyone else going in and she said immediately she could see there was a weapon. 
'The woman was quite frantic but very clear what she was telling (the police).
'I know the faces of the people who are sitting there enjoying a morning coffee.'
The Seven Network newsroom, which is in a building opposite the cafe, has been evacuated.
Other buildings in Martin Place, including the nearby Westpac building, have been cleared.
'We're just recommending no one go near Martin Place at the moment,' a NSW Police spokeswoman said. 
Martin Place train station has been closed and public buses are being turned away.
A staff member at the Reserve Bank told Daily Mail Australia they were unable to be evacuated because Martin Place had been closed. Staff have been told to move away from the windows.
Another woman who works in the government building opposite the cafe tried to call her her office to say she couldn't get past cordons and all the phone lines were down.   

Hostages: People could be seen with their hands pressed against the window of the Lindt cafe in Sydney
Martin Place has been shut down and scores of police are surrounding the building after the alarm was raised about 9.45am
It is unclear how many people are involved in the siege in a Lindt cafe in Martin Place but people could be seen with their hands pressed against the windows
It was alleged that Omarjan Azari, the 22-year-old Sydney man arrested on terrorism charges in September, was planning a public beheading in Martin Place.
The alleged terror plot, mentioned in a conversation between Australian terrorism recruiter in Syria, Mohammad Ali Barylei and Azari, involved selecting a member of the public at random, beheading them and then covering their body in a flag.
The whole incident was going to be filmed, and then used as propaganda for the ISIS cause.
Federal prosecutors said the alleged terror plot was 'clearly designed to shock, horror and terrify the community'
NSW Police are telling people to stay away from the area as the train station in Martin place has been closed
Armed NSW police officers surrounded the busy cafe following reports of armed gunmen inside
Police Prosecutor Michael Allnutt said that Azari had made a threat which involved a 'random selection of persons to execute' during a telephone conversation with Baryalei.
Azari was arrested on September 18 and charged with preparing for an act of terrorism.
He is due in court this week for a bail application.
The flag being held up in the window of the cafe is believed to be a Shahada flag, which is used by the group, Jabhat al Nusra.
At least two gunmen are involved in the siege but dozens of armed police have sealed off the streets surrounding the site
At least two gunmen are involved in the siege but dozens of armed police have sealed off the streets surrounding the site


Jabhat al Nusra was formed in January 2012, in the Syrian civil war to fight the Syrian government forces. 
Jabhat al Nusra, or JN, aims to overthrow the Assad regime and replace it with a Sunni Islamic state.
Although the group is affiliated with al-Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra does not emphasize Western targets or global jihad, focusing instead on the 'near enemy' of the Syrian state.  
Martin Place is one of Sydney's busiest streets and is at the centre of the CBD. The Lindt cafe where the hostages are being held specialises in chocolate and has a number of branches across the city. 
The flag being held up in the window of the cafe is believed to be a Shahada flag, which is used by the group, Jabhat al Nusra
The Lindt cafe where the hostages are being held specialises in chocolate and has a number of branches across the city

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Jane's Addiction

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Al Azaar, the #1 Sunni Islamic authority in the world, has declared that you cannot call Takfir on the ISIS


Al Azaar, the #1 Sunni Islamic authority in the world, has declared that you cannot call Takfir on the ISIS/Islamic State

From Vlad Tepes blog:

... meaning no muslim can claim that they are not practicing the true Islam.


(Remember that Obama gave his first major foreign policy speech as president to Al Azaar in Cairo. So he recognizes, and specifically acknowledges during that speech, that Al-Azaar is the authority in Sunni islam. So it would be difficult for him to pretend now that the Islamic State is not authentically Islamic. Below, a short critique of his speech I did in 2012)

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Scuzlims Do Scuzlim Stuff in Austalia

The Muslims Are Restless

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#BREAKING: The beheadings of members of the public were to be filmed and the recordings sent to the #ISIS media unit in the Middle East
(The Groups appears the be called, ‘Islamic Shahada’ according to RT. The flag is the flag of that group)







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Hostages Taken in Sydney Cafe, Islamic Flag Reportedly Flown...



Hostages Taken in Sydney Cafe, Islamic Flag Reportedly Flown

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    • Heavily armed police have taken up position around the Lindt cafe in central Sydney
    • Hostages have been seen inside the cafe with their hands in the air
    • Black flag with white Arabic writing reading "There is no God but Allah" and "Mohammed is the messenger of God" waved behind the hostages
    • Martin Place and Sydney Opera House have been evacuated
    • Lindt Australia executive says there are about 10 staff and up to 30 customers trapped in the cafe
    • National Security Committee of Cabinet has convened; Prime Minister Tony Abbott described incident as "deeply concerning" and offered NSW all assistance possible.
    • Updates on road closures and public transport
    by Luke Royes 4:21 PM
  • Transport authorities have urged people to stay away from Sydney's CBD due to the ongoing siege in Martin Place. The ongoing security situation is causing widespread delays.

    Read more about the transport delays here.
    by Luke Royes 6:33 PM
  • ABC reporter Peter Lloyd has spoken to The World Today program from the scene in central Sydney.

    "I'm standing in Chifley Square, as you say, the heart of Sydney. The RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) is just a short walk away; Parliament House, the Governor Macquarie Towers where the Premier and Ministers work from, law firms; there's a lot of high-end retailers for the well-heeled. 

    "All this money, power and influence in the centre of Sydney has now been completely shut down. The crowd's are being pushed back; I'm standing, as I said, in Chifley and I'm on the very edge of the police perimeter that's been set up by the riot squad.

    "There's a wall of blue at every street around the precinct and the perimeter of the cafe. Behind that is a series of banks of cameras and live AV trucks, and even 12-13 metres behind that, curious onlookers who are, at this point, being told by the police they can stay, but they are being cautioned that this is an operation that's unfolding; the threat assessment is being made minute-by-minute.

    "There's been unconfirmed reports of sightings of bombs and other devices around the city. Nothing's been confirmed but the police are going around looking at drainage pipes, drainage holes.

    "The streetscape is basically under complete suspicion as police try and get an assessment of whether this is just that cafe or is there something else going on here."

    "Inside the cafe, we believe there are 13 people and possibly one gunman. I heard reports from other journalists that it's a pistol, but these are unconfirmed reports; we don't know what it is yet, and we don't know who it is and we only know the association to the Islamic State because of the reports about the flag, the jihadist flag being draped in windows.

    "And that's the flag that's been appropriated by ISIS. They grabbed it and put it across all of their marketing and advertising as you've seen this year in the Middle East."
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