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Friday, August 28, 2015

Islamic State takes new ground near Turkish border

Intense attacks began overnight and on Thursday morning IS fighters had mostly encircled the rebel-held town of Marea, some 20 km (12 miles) from the Turkish border, a rebel leader fighting against the group in the area said. 
Another insurgent commander battling Islamic State said his men were fighting back in earnest to stop the jihadists from taking Marea, in clashes that had killed at least two dozen fighters on each side. 
IS used "toxic gases" while shelling the town, he said. Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres recently said it had treated a family from Marea suffering symptoms of exposure to chemical agents. 
The assault on Marea could prove disastrous for rebels fighting Islamic State, which has overrun swathes of Iraq and Syria over the past year. 
"If its progress continues, the northern countryside of Aleppo could fall," one rebel told Reuters. 
"If Marea falls, it means the fall of an important symbol of the groups fighting Daesh," he said, using an Arabic acronym for the group. 
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group tracking the war, said IS had wrested control of five villages from other insurgents, including two near the Turkish border. 
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Reuters on Monday his country and the United States would soon launch "comprehensive" air operations to flush IS fighters from the border region.
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French intelligence fears Islamist ‘missile strike on airliner’ or 9/11-style attack

French intelligence fears Islamist ‘missile strike on airliner’ or 9/11-style attack

Army prepares for civil unrest as Islamist threat grows amid fears of September 11-style attack or missile strike on passenger airliner
French security forces are bracing for the eventuality of civil unrest and fear there could be a missile strike on a passenger airliner or a September 11-style attack, according to sources close to French intelligence.
“Airlines have been warned of a possible attack on a plane with an anti-tank missile,” a source told The Telegraph. “But pilots are unsure how to take evasive action.”
After Friday’s thwarted attempt to massacre passengers on an Amsterdam-Paris train and a series of terrorist attacks and attempted killings in France this year, President François Hollande warned the nation to prepare for more violence, considered inevitable as the Islamist threat grows.
The army has made contingency plans for the “reappropriation of national territory”, meaning to win back control of neighbourhoods where the population become hostile to the security forces and where guns are easily obtainable, according to the source.

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Full Metal Jacket: The Culturist Implications

Here is my problem: I am promoting a culturist version of Darwinian literary studies and very few political activists see an urgent and vital connection between Darwinian literary studies and their patriotic cause.  Fortunately, Stanley Kubrick’s powerful Vietnam War film, Full Metal Jacket, makes the connection clear.

Kubrick’s film follows the career of one recruit ‘Joker’ (Matthew Bodine) go from boot camp to the war, wherein he works as a reporter / propagandist for the military newspaper.  In this position, Joker sardonically parodies the war. But, after the Tet offensive, the propaganda chief panics that newsman Walter Cronkite will go say the war is unwinnable.  At this point, the chief stops humoring Joker and sends him into combat.  
We all know how disagreement over the Vietnam War’s meaning tore up the United States.  But, we must also come to see the importance of narrative in current politics.  Black Lives Matter, foreign aid, and the resettling of refugees into the West are justified by a narrative that paints the West as having sins for which to atone.  These would all come to a halt if the publicly largely believed the West were a unique cultural gem that needed protection.

Famously, Full Metal Jacket portrays raw indoctrination in boot camp.  The opening shot shows the recruits getting their heads shaved: their old self is to die, so that they might be reborn.  The drill instructor then proceeds to call them ‘gay,’ ‘ladies,’ and ‘fat bodies,’ while mercilessly running them through drills and routines. This continues until the recruit called ‘fat body’ kills the drill instructor and himself. 

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ISIS Hacker Involved in Garland Attacks on Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and Bosch Fawstin KILLED DEAD BY US DRONE STRIKE

A US drone strike in Syria Tuesday reportedly killed a fugitive British computer hacker who had become one of ISIS’ top online recruiters. 
The Wall Street Journal reported the death of Junaid Hussein late Wednesday, citing two people familiar with the operation. 
The officials said Hussein was killed by a targeted airstrike near the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS’ self-proclaimed “caliphate.” 
Hussein was a native of Birmingham, England, who fled Britain for Syria in 2013 after serving prison time for hacking the email of a former aide to British Prime Minister Tony Blair and publishing Blair’s personal information online. 
Adopting the name Abu Hussain Al Britani, he repeatedly called for young, computer-literate Muslims to come to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS. 
“You can sit at home and play call of duty or you can come here and respond to the real call of duty… the choice is yours,” Hussein tweeted in 2014, referencing the popular video game. 
In recent months, officials told the Journal that Hussein had tried to use social media to recruit would-be jihadis to carry out attacks against US service personnel. 
The paper reported that Hussein would frequently post the names, addresses and photos of US troops on his Twitter feed and urge his followers to find the serviceman or servicewoman and kill him or her. 
US officials believe Hussein was also involved in plotting terror attacks over this past July 4 holiday.
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Water's Edge

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

US and Canada ONLY Developed Nations to Offer Birthright Citizenship, UK, France, Ireland Threw Out the Law

No European country grants birthright citizenship to any person born on its soil.
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EVEN more on the Iranian detente and a more moderate Iran

U.N. Nuclear Watchdog: Iran May Have Built Extension at Disputed Military Site

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a report on Thursday delving into a major part of its inquiry into possible military dimensions to Tehran’s past atomic activity.
A resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Parchin file, which includes a demand for IAEA access to the site, is a symbolically important issue that could help make or break Tehran’s July 14 nuclear deal with six world powers.
The confidential IAEA report, obtained by Reuters, said:
“Since (our) previous report (in May), at a particular location at the Parchin site, the agency has continued to observe, through satellite imagery, the presence of vehicles, equipment, and probable construction materials. In addition, a small extension to an existing building appears to have constructed.”
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More on the NEW DETENTE with a changed, happy Iran

Senior Iranian Official Says ‘Israel Must Be Annihilated’

The Iranian parliament speaker’s international affairs adviser has said that his country’s “ultimate slogan” is that “Israel should be annihilated.”

“Our positions against the usurper Zionist regime have not changed at all; Israel should be annihilated and this is our ultimate slogan,”

Hossein Sheikholeslam told reporters on Tuesday, Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency reported.
The Iranian official was protesting the British foreign secretary’s contention earlier this week that Iran’s position on Israel had changed.
According to past media accounts, Sheikholeslam was among those who took American diplomats hostage in Tehran in 1979.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly pointed to the Iranian leadership’s aspirations to destroy the Jewish state as one of several reasons he believes the Iran nuclear deal spearheaded by President Barack Obama is dangerous.Indeed, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei earlier this month tweeted his support for “resistance groups” fighting Israel, a euphemism for armed groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.
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Jorge Ramos’ Daughter Works For Hillary Clinton, Univision’s Chair Pledged ‘All Might’ To Help Hillary

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Christianity Is The Religion of War

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Hungarian police fire tear gas at migrants to prevent them leaving refugee processing centre

Hungarian police fire tear gas at migrants to prevent them leaving refugee processing centre
Hungarian security forces have fired teargas to prevent around 200 migrants leaving the country’s main refugee processing centre near the southern border with Serbia, a police spokesman says. 
Key points 140,630 migrants have crossed into Hungary this year Barbed wire, four-metre high fence used to stop refugees ‘Border hunters’ to patrol Hungary’s southern border Germany’s Angela Merkel booed by far-right protesters. 
The spokesman, Szabolcs Szenti, said police used the tear gas to disperse migrants who had refused to be fingerprinted and tried to leave the processing centre at Roszke near the southern border, along which Hungary is erecting a fence. 
“Police are trying to calm the situation, but the migrants are continuing to shout,” Mr Szenti said.

Bulgaria: Soldiers deployed to block refugees at Macedonian border
Dozens of heavily armed Bulgarian soldiers and a Humvee were deployed to the Macedonian border near the Gyueshevo checkpoint, Wednesday to prevent refugees and migrants entering the country.

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Samantha Power: “No religious beliefs justify throwing individuals off of buildings or stoning them to death because of who they love”

From Jihad Watch:

Samantha Power is Obama’s Ambassador to the United Nations. At the first UN Security Council meeting on LGBT rights, she did the absolutely predictable thing: dissembled about the root causes of why the Islamic State persecutes gays. “No religious beliefs,” she asserted confidently, “justify throwing individuals off of buildings or stoning them to death because of who they love.”
Oh really? Here is a quote from a manual of Islamic law, al-Siyaasah al-Shar’iyyah, as reproduced atIslamQA.com:
Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Abbaas said: The highest point in the town should be found and the homosexual should be thrown head first from it, then stones should be thrown at him.
Ibn ‘Abbaas derived this hadd punishment from the punishment that Allaah sent upon the homosexuals of the people of Loot.
“Loot” is the Biblical figure Lot. When this says that the punishment of throwing homosexuals off high places and stoning them is derived from the punishment of Allah upon the homosexuals of the people of Lot, it is referring to this Qur’an passage:
“And Lot when he said to his people, ‘Do you commit such immorality as no one has preceded you with from among the worlds? Indeed, you approach men with desire, instead of women. Rather, you are a transgressing people.’ But the answer of his people was only that they said, ‘Evict them from your city! Indeed, they are men who keep themselves pure.’ So We saved him and his family, except for his wife; she was of those who remained. And We rained upon them a rain. Then see how was the end of the criminals.” (Qur’an 7:80-84)
This “rain” that Allah rained down upon them is generally understood by Islamic authorities as referring to a rain of stones, as per this Qur’an passage:
“By your life, indeed they were, in their intoxication, wandering blindly. So the shriek seized them at sunrise. And We made the highest part its lowest and rained upon them stones of hard clay. Indeed in that are signs for those who discern. And indeed, those cities are on an established road.” (Qur’an 15:72-76)
Samantha Power ignores this, and probably doesn’t know about it. But the Islamic State does.
“Making History: The First UN Security Council Meeting on LGBT Rights,” by Samantha Power,Medium.com, August 24, 2015 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
…But crucial and unprecedented as this step is, condemning ISIL’s violent and systematic targeting of LGBT individuals is the easiest step we can take today. Because while today’s session is focused on the crimes against LGBT persons committed by ISIL, we know the scope of this problem is much broader. Consider the report released in June by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights — a report that found that thousands of people have been killed or brutally injured worldwide because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. According to the report, “the overall picture remains one of continuing, pervasive, violent abuse, harassment and discrimination affecting LGBT and intersex persons in all regions…often perpetrated with impunity.”
We are all horrified by ISIL’s videos of men being thrown to their death. But what is it about these crimes that so shocks our collective conscience? At its essence — it is the denial of a person’s most basic right because of who they are. It is ISIL deciding that, because of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, they do not deserve to live.
Yet if these crimes feel utterly unjust and wrong to us, we must also ask: Why is it acceptable to deny LGBT persons other human rights? Why should LGBT persons be imprisoned for who they are? Why should police be allowed to refuse to investigate attacks or threats against LGBT persons? Why should we accept LGBT persons being turned away from schools or jobs or social services because of who they love? The answer to all of these questions is the same: We should not accept it. But too often we do.
No religious beliefs justify throwing individuals off of buildings or stoning them to death because of who they love.
No cultural values excuse refusing to investigate a killing, assault or death threat because the victim is gay. These are not Western-imposed rights, or the North trying to force its values on the South.
Yet in too many parts of the world, denying LGBT rights is still seen as moral and just. Laws are used to criminalize LGBT persons, rather than to prosecute the people who violate their rights. That must change.
That change begins by working to stop attacks against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. And by taking steps to ensure that those who commit these heinous and brutal crimes are held accountable, whether the perpetrators belong to ISIL or police forces or are members of our own communities….
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Train Gunman Watched Jihadi Video Before Attack: French Prosecutor

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Humpday Blues

Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Born With A Broken Heart

Shotgun Blues

Shame, Shame, Shame

Midnight Rider

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It would be bad if Daniel Barenboim played music in Iran

The Israel-hating musician Barenboim might be allowed to enter Iran just so he can play philharmonics with a German group:
Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev demanded on Wednesday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel cancel talks of a possible performance in Tehran staged by the Berlin Philharmonic and its musical director, the world renowned pianist Daniel Barenboim.

Barenboim, the Argentinian-born Israeli, has earned a reputation in recent years as one of the harshest critics of government policies in the territories. [...]

"The conductor, Daniel Barenboim, a citizen of Israel, will perform in Iran together with the Berlin Philharmonic," Regev wrote. "Barenboim has taken an anti-Israel stance and he makes sure to slander Israel while using culture as leverage in order to state his political opinions against the State of Israel." [...]

"Daniel Barenboim's concert in Iran hurts Israel's efforts to prevent the nuclear agreement and boosts the delegitimization efforts against Israel," Regev wrote.

"Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism," she wrote. "It supports Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and Hamas, and its leaders have blood on their hands. I believe that Germany would do the right thing if it would cancel the performance."
That any German medium would willingly go to Iran at a time like this when they're still dominated by pure evil only says they haven't learned a true lesson. Their association with monsters like Barenboim speaks volumes.
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Mike Grell's uninformed view of Islam and Yugoslavian war

I found an old interview Westfield Comics did in late 2001 with artist/writer Mike Grell on the Internet Archive, from the time he'd written Iron Man for about a year - and a very poor job at that - where he wrote up a story that whitewashed Islam. It was in issue 50 of the second volume (post-Heroes Reborn), and what he had to say was pretty distasteful:
Westfield: What can we look forward to in upcoming issues?

Grell: Storywise, the angle I'm taking is I want to, first of all, deal with the character. To me, the stories are not necessarily secondary, but the character development itself is always the important thing and the stories build around the character. So, one of the first things that I'm doing is restoring the human frailty aspect of Tony Stark having to recharge his heart on a regular basis, or an irregular basis, which is even more alarming for him. Depending on how much energy he uses during the course of the day, he gets somewhere between a 24 and 48 hour charge on his heart before he begins to weaken. So we're adding that one aspect back into his character. Then, going on from there, one of the things that I'm dealing with is the fact that Tony's spent an awful long time involved in one aspect or another of weapons development. Basically what he's done is, he's developed this super powerful weapon that, if it were to fall into the wrong hands or if it were to be misapplied, could cause more harm than good. It's one thing when you're young and you're approaching things from an academic standpoint, more or less on the angle of a mental exercise, "can I do this?" as opposed to "should I do this?" It's quite another thing when something you might have developed in the past jumps up and bites you in the butt. That's the direction that I've taken him in the very first storyline that I'm doing. In issue #50, I'm very pleased to say, given the state of the world and everything else, I took the problems in Eastern Europe of Kosovo and Bosnia and rolled them into a situation with a character that I call Milos Radanovic (a very, very slight take off on Slobodan Milosevic), and put Tony Stark into the situation where he has to deal in a country where the leader is conducting ethnic cleansing, which is a thinly veiled term for genocide, against the Muslim population. At this stage in the game, given recent events, I think a lot of the readers are gonna be surprised and a little startled to find that my romantic lead in here is a Muslim woman, which I'm actually very pleased about. (Of course this story was written months before the 9/11 attack.) I took Tony over there with the express intent of separating him from his armor and forcing him to deal with the issues at hand as an ordinary man. The way the story develops from there, I think, is both logical and interesting for the reader to see what happens when a guy who's come to rely on this super powerful armor, this ace in the hole that he always has, is forced to deal with it on a one-to-one human basis.
Boy, this man sure didn't sound like he wanted to be informed at the time, and no telling if he's changed even now. Milosevic may not have been a saint, but if he thought the Serbians started the Yugoslavian war, he should take a look at the following info by Andy Wilcoxen:
...Alija Izetbegovic, the war-time President of the Bosnian-Muslims, and his Defense Minister, Hasan Cengic, were both outspoken jihadists.

Izetbegovic is the author of a book entitled the Islamic Declaration, which he wrote in 1970 and published in 1990. In his book, Izetbegovic advocates Sharia law, asserting that “the Islamic movement should and can, take over political power as soon as it is morally and numerically so strong that it can not only overturn the existing non-Islamic power, but also build up a new Islamic one.”

Izetbegovic brands Western feminists “a depraved element of the female sex” and says, “There can be neither peace nor coexistence between the Islamic faith and non-Islamic social and political institutions.” Izetbegovic asserted that “means of mass influence — the press, radio, television and film — should be in the hands of people whose Islamic, moral, and intellectual authority is indisputable.” And he advocated banning “casinos, night clubs, dance halls and all other forms of entertainment incompatible with the moral tenets of Islam.”

In 1983, Izetbegovic and Cengic were tried and convicted by the Yugoslav authorities for attempting to incite an Islamist uprising similar to the Islamic Revolution that gripped Iran in 1979.

According to the 1983 trial judgment, “Alija Izetbegovic asserted that Islam must be a state system or social system in all countries where the population is Muslim, and that the necessary conditions should be created to turn Bosnia and Herzegovina into an Islamic republic with Islamic laws.”

The judgment also quoted Izetbegovic as saying “Our imams should be armed and they should interpret and apply Islam following the example of Iran’s Shiite imams.” The judgment quoted Cengic saying, “The goal of the Islamic revolution in our country is the creation of a unified Islamic state comprising the area of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sandzak, and Kosovo.”

The judgment went on to quote Cengic’s view that “Jihad should be pursued to its final outcome in order to exterminate the enemy and the infidels.” He said, “We should not wait for a challenge or a provocation. Muslims must invent a challenge. They must be the ones who produce the challenge, and the goal will then come by itself.”

Cengic believed that “The Muslims should be prepared for self-sacrifice to achieve their goals.” The judgment quoted him admonishing Muslims, “do not take an infidel as your friend. Do not be friends with your fathers or your brothers if they favor the absence of our faith.” He said, “A Muslim woman should not nurse the children of a non-Muslim woman. A Muslim cannot receive the blood of or give blood to a non-believer. Muslims must be superior to all others, and every effort should be made to create an environment in which everyone will be of pure Muslim blood.”
So who really started the war and held the most morally reprehensible visions? A few years ago, a Bosnian woman was arrested in Kentucky for torturing/murdering Serbs (H/T: Pamela Geller):
According to court documents, [Azra] Basic is charged with fatally stabbing a prisoner in the neck in 1992 during the bloody conflict in the Balkans.

Court documents accuse her of numerous other atrocities, including: Setting a prisoner ablaze, pulling out prisoners' fingernails with pliers, ripping off a man's ear with pliers and carving crosses and the letter "S" into another man's flesh.
The federal courts have ruled last month that Basic can be extradited for her repulsive crimes. Gee, these are the kind of people Grell thought were perfect saints? I lost respect for Grell after he penned his propaganda piece in Iron Man, which conflicts with the premise he wrote for Jon Sable, who witnesses the terrorist atrocities at the 1972 Munich Olympics in the titular series from the mid-80s. What if it turned out Grell even bought into all the anti-Israel propaganda depicting Israel as "aggressor" against the so-called palestinians? The PLO, the very terrorist gang who conducted the invasion at the Olympics, takes its name from the "race" even Golda Meir said was non-existent. I found his bragging about being "pleased" with the setup he wrote insulting too. He just proved himself another leftist who always goes for the easiest path.

Still, he got punished in a way: the overall writing in his run was very sloppy, including the storyline where Tony Stark unmasks and goes public about his identity as IM, which involved getting into armor so he could rescue a cat. IM is the kind of heroic role whose wearers like Tony I don't think should go public about their IDs. The run also saw a weak battle between Tony and the son of the Mandarin, who fought without rings. It was pretty lame too. And the unmasking was all but ignored soon after. Also, the story with the Muslim woman named Aisha (which was the name of the child bride of Muhammed), was soon forgotten too, though not before Grell insulted everyone's intellect. As noted, his run was only a year at best and then he was let go.

He also defended his angle in an interview posted at Alvaro's Comic Boards. First though, here's something he had to say about the delay of a new Jon Sable story:
Q: There was some potential movie stuff with your character Jon Sable, but then that got placed to the side due to 9-11 stuff. Has that situation changed?

A: Not anything right at this moment, but there is continued interest. Sept 11 did factor in there. We were close to a green light in March of 2001, and the company was trying to push production ahead in light of the potential Screen Actors Guild strike. They would have had to start shooting March 15 so that they could have it in the can to have it released in October of 2001, but when it became a tight fit, they decided that rather than rush it into production they would wait. If you saw some of the movies that came out around that time you can tell they were rushed and not great movies. They felt Sable was a good enough project that they wanted to spend the right amount of time on it so they put it on hold and planned to start shooting parts of it in October.

Then 9-11 happened and the funding for the features just evaporated. Lots of the capitalization was European and it just vanished, it wasn’t anything personal and it certainly wasn’t anything against the character. The producer, Gene Simmons of KISS, was a big admirer of Sable and loved the character for years and years and felt really bad that it happened, but Sable wasn’t the only project of his that got axed. So we are still looking.
And still are; I don't think there's ever been a Sable movie, and with the dominant politics today, there's no chance there ever will be. Now for the part about his propaganda part in IM:
Q: Does fan reactions and comments factor into what you decide to do with the titles you are on?

A: I think it effects the editors more than the writers, because when I have a character and story in mind--when I have formulated the plot and the relationships and decided the direction everything is going and begun that journey--by the time it gets to the fans I have already gone 5 steps beyond. My lead time on most of those stories was around 5 months. As a matter of fact issue 50, where I featured a Muslim woman as the primary romantic interest and made her into a reoccurring character, had nothing to do with 9-11. I had no political axe to grind whatsoever. In hindsight people would look at that and the timing- especially since the issue that followed that involved firefighters trapped in a burning building- and say, “It is all connected to 9-11”. Nothing could be further form the truth. It was a story line that was pursued for the drama of it and the development of the character. It had nothing to do with what was going on in the world because I was already so far ahead at that time. What the reader reaction does effect on a very quick ongoing basis is other directions publishing companies elect to take from the stand point of sales.
"Nothing to do with 9-11", yet everything to do with his perception of the Yugoslavian war, which was doubtlessly informed only by mainstream papers who long made up their minds they were on the side of the Islamofascists. It makes no difference whether it was before or after 9-11; what he wrote would've been ludicrous and galling anytime, and an insult to many innocent victims of jihad past and present. Grell did nothing more than reveal himself as somebody with a bad grip on reality and no interest in doing deeper research on challenging issues.

And interesting that a Jon Sable movie would be shelved, but his IM story was given full approval. This certainly says a lot about how mainstream editors (and film producers) are thinking. And it likewise tells how questionable Grell's view of the 1972 Olympic massacre could be. I hope he's learned his lesson since then. But chances are he didn't.
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Real Signs of DETENTE in a changing Iran

Iran unveils extended range Fateh ballistic missile
Iran has made significant progress in its ballistic missile programme if its new Fateh-313 ballistic missile has a range of 500 km as claimed.
The missile was unveiled during a 22 August Defence Industry Day ceremony attended by President Hassan Rouhani. The Iranian media reported that it has a range of 500 km, is highly accurate, has been successfully tested, and would enter mass production.
Despite the new designation, the Fateh-313 is a continuation of the Fateh-110 series. The early versions of the Fateh-110 had a range of 200 km, but this was extended to 250 km and then supposedly 300 km for the third-generation model that was unveiled in August 2010. The fourth-generation Fateh-110-D1 unveiled in August 2012 was said to have a more accurate guidance system, but the same range.
A 67% increase in range from 200 km to 500 km would be a major step forward for Iran’s missile programme. It would allow Iran to target more military facilities in the Arab Gulf states with solid-fuel short-range ballistic missiles, allow targets to be attacked from different angles, and/or increase the amount of Iranian territory from where the missiles could be launched, making their transporter-erector-launcher (TEL) vehicles harder to locate and destroy.
Given that Iran claims to have developed an anti-ship missile variant of the Fateh-110, the unveiling of the Fateh-313 raises the possibility that it will be able to field an anti-ship ballistic missile with a range of 500 km.
The limited amount of imagery of the Fateh-313 suggests it is the same size as the Fateh-110. If this is the case, the additional range must have been achieved by improving the missile’s flight characteristics so it benefits from more aerodynamic lift; using a more powerful and efficient propulsion system; and/or reducing its weight, with the most obvious savings coming from decreasing the size of its warhead and constructing its airframe from a lighter material.
The available photographs of the Fateh-313 displayed on 22 August shows the missile is different in several aspects to previously displayed Fateh-110s. The rear fins are shorter and the finlets in front of them are a different shape.
The guidance unit appears to be larger, but this has come at the expense of the nose section that carries the warhead, not the propulsion section. This would suggest the Fateh-313’s payload is less than that of Fateh-110, which is generally said to be 500 kg.
In one of the photographs the Fateh-313’s nose cone appears to be made of a composite material that is different from the metallic material used for the rest of the missile’s body, but that could be attributable to the use of a dummy warhead section for the ceremony.
President Hassan Rouhani and other senior Iranian officials stand in front of a Fateh-313 during the missile’s unveiling ceremony. (Iranian President’s Office)
President Hassan Rouhani and other senior Iranian officials stand in front of a Fateh-313 during the missile’s unveiling ceremony. (Iranian President’s Office)
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UPDATE -NOT ISLAM - Bearded Man Murders News Reporter Live On Air at Obscure Small-Town Station in Virginia, Stations Across the Country Go On High Alert

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Hispanic-American Real Estate Mogul Defends Donald Trump

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Now Megyn Kelly Attacks Ted Cruz

So, she attacks the only candidate I, and other Conservatives, like.

And she attacks the American people's favorite candidate.

She is not attempting to have a reasonable conversation.

She is attempting to take them down.

It's time for another vacation for Megyn Kelly. A very, very long vacation.
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The New Dangers of Immigration: Are Muslim Immigrants Different?

From Mark Nuckols at Town Hall:
Immigration has been part and parcel of American history and society from the origins of our country. But the nature of immigration has changed dramatically in recent years, and with it entirely new challenges and dangers that the United States has not confronted before. 
As it has been getting easier and easier to come to our shores, more and more new arrivals have brought with them venomous political and religious doctrines with them that pose grave dangers for our nation. 
Immigrants have always been an important source of strength, and a source of concern for America. As the American Industrial Revolution got under way, more and more immigrants came to the Land of Opportunity. 
These immigrants seemed to be increasingly alien in philosophy and religious belief, Catholics coming from Ireland, Italy, and the Hapsburg Empire and Jews from Germany and the Russian Empire. 
Assimilating these disparate peoples into the American melting pot was not always easy. It is not merely a stereotype that they were usually poorly educated, and often prone to clannish group loyalties and corruption, and even criminality. 
After the Russian Revolution a very few were even committed to a Bolshevik coup in America. But they were also very often the people from their relatively backward and poor countries who had the ambition to leave behind their old village and its settled traditions and cross the Atlantic in search of a dream. And they were part of a larger European and Judeo-Christian civilization. 
The next wave of immigrants have come from Mexico and further south. For the most part these new arrivals have also brought both ambition and a desire for a better life. But modern day Mexico and Central America are also failing states, engulfed by uncontrolled violence and criminal gangs that dwarf earlier undesirable immigrant elements. The task of distinguishing between modern model citizens and vicious thugs has gotten harder. (That said, my own personal impressions of Hispanic immigrants has been exceptionally positive: hard working people grateful for the chance to live in this great country.) 
The even more recent wave of immigrants from the former Soviet Union has been yet even more problematic. Russia is a hopelessly corrupt society and some Russians have brought that mindset with them. Social Security and Medicare fraud are rampant among the Russian immigrant community, and among my numerous contacts in the Russian-American community, a disturbingly large percentage seethe with contempt for the United States. 
But the most problematic group of immigrants, by far, are Muslims from Africa and the Middle East. Senior al-Qaeda recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki was an American citizen of Yemeni descent. Nidal Hassan, who killed 13 people at Ft. Hood, is an American of Palestinian descent. Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who murdered five people in Chattanooga, was a naturalized American citizen of Jordanian descent. The list goes on and on, and will get longer with time. 
In the 19th century, an immigrant from southern or eastern Europe would have spent a month or more to get to Ellis Island, and would have been gladdened by the sight of the Statue of Liberty. They brought no particular ideology with them, other than a devotion to the social traditions of the old country. And once they arrived, they were by and large transplanted in a new land. 
Today’s immigrants from the Middle East and Africa are only a ten-hour flight from what many may naturally consider their true homeland. If Italian Catholic peasants came from a very different culture from America, these immigrants come from very nearly a different world. 
I have spent a lot of time in the Middle East and can have some respect for its cultural traditions, but far too many in this benighted corner of the planet have no respect for the United States, but rather bitter hatred. 
This most recent wave of immigrants are often more resistant to easy assimilation and more reluctant to accept this country as truly their own. It is a ridiculous and dangerous myth that possession of American citizenship automatically means loyalty to America. 
And in our modern internet connected world, not only is communication a hundred fold easier, so is command, control and even more dangerous, exhortation to jihadist terrorism. 
I do not mean to suggest that a majority of Muslim immigrants are disloyal to America or a threat to our national security. I do wish to suggest that the nature of immigration today is very different from past times, and that we carefully consider those differences as we debate who should be allowed to come to our country and to whom we should confer the benefit of American citizenship.
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Frank Luntz on the Hatred of the Establishment Revealed by a Pro-Trump Focus Group: "This is real. I'm having trouble processing it. Like, my legs are shaking."

I Have One Word To Describe Them: FUCKIN' FAGGOTS!

From Ace of Spades:
"You guys understand how significant this is?" Luntz asked the press breathlessly when he came back into the room behind the glass. "This is real. I'm having trouble processing it. Like, my legs are shaking." 
"I want to put the Republican leadership behind this mirror and let them see. They need to wake up. They don’t realize how the grassroots have abandoned them," Luntz continued. 
"Donald Trump is punishment to a Republican elite that wasn't listening to their grassroots." 
The group said Trump has their best interests in mind, while other Republicans are looking out for themselves. 
"We've got to show the Republicans that we've had it with them, that we will not be there every single time. They treat us like crap and they lie to us and promise us things and then they expect us to vote again," said a Republican woman.... 
Much of Trump’s support in the room seemed to stem from a weakness in the Republican party. The 2014 midterms did not usher in the conservative renaissance Republicans expected. Obamacare has still not been repealed, Congress is looking less likely to override a veto on the Iran deal, and there are still 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States. 
The group of 29 went around the room, each supplying a single adjective for the legislative body that let them down after the 2014 elections. Congress "does nothing." It's "too old." "Useless." "Lame." "Inept." "Wrong party." "Cocktail party." "Gridlock." "Costly. "Sold out." "Sucks." "Douchebags."
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All I Wanna Do

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

This Week On The Gathering Storm: Midnight Rider?

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch.

The show broadcasts live for 30 minutes every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

We do not have a scheduled guest this week, but Midnight Rider will phone in if he is able to do so.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870. Callers welcome!

Listen to the August 28, 2015 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.

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How will our 21st Century Civilization be judged by History?

Remember those warm and fuzzy SyFy movies where the nations of the earth, drop their petty differences and came together to defend civilization from extraterrestrial aliens?

If we were again faced with the destruction of our civilization, would we join together the way we did in those movies?

Based on what our 21st Century Civilization’s response is to ISIS – I call bullsheet!

Whatever religion you believe in - or not, any gods you worship, ethnic group you belong to, culture you practice, or country that you are, ISIS is a threat to your contribution to our civilization’s past, present and future.

Islamic State (ISIS) militants have destroyed a temple at Syria's ancient ruins of Palmyra, activists said Sunday, realizing the worst fears archaeologists had for the 2,000-year-old Roman-era city after the extremists seized it and beheaded a local scholar.

The horrid and disgusting acts of ISIS and those that pledge themselves to them are not just uncivilized - but inhuman. Their actions make the Nazis look like boy Scouts!

There is no excuse against an immediate response of millions of troops, thousands of planes and hundreds of ships of the entire world to execute organized military action wherever ISIS is found.

History will judge civilization on how it responds to this plague. If civilization ignores ISIS or responds with feeble attempts, it is History that will judge us and find our 21st Century Civilization lacking in courage and morality.


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Continue Birthright Citizenship?

(This blog post is lengthy and, therefore, will remain here for several days so that readers will have time to consider the topic before leaping to taking a position. Also, please see the blog post published on Saturday, August 22, 2015; I am seeking advice about a personal matter)

Donald Trump's immigration plan has ignited a firestorm of discussions about the matter of illegal immigration, a problem that can and should be laid at the feet of both the Democratic and Republican Parties. Stories such as this one add more fuel to the fire: DHS Kept Secret the Release Of Violent Criminal Illegal Immigrants: Local law enforcement ‘perplexed’ over controversial policy.

Trump's published statement about immigration reform contains the following:
End birthright citizenship. This remains the biggest magnet for illegal immigration. By a 2:1 margin, voters say it’s the wrong policy, including Harry Reid who said “no sane country” would give automatic citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants.
Read Trump's entire statement HERE

What, exactly, does the Constitution say about birthright citizenship? Section One of the Fourteenth Amendment reads as follows:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
What does jurisdiction entail? According to this (emphases mine):
...It should be noted that the condition of the father is what determines whether someone is born an alien or not because under U.S. law citizenship of wives and children always followed that of the father. And of course the status of the father was what determined the citizenship of a child born under law of nature.


...[C]itizenship by birth is established by the sovereign jurisdiction the United States already has over the parents of the child, and that required that they owe allegiance exclusively to the United States – just as is required to become a naturalized citizen. It does not require a leap of faith to understand what persons, other than citizens themselves, under the Fourteenth Amendment are citizens of the United States by birth: Those aliens who have come with the intent to become U.S. citizens, who had first complied with the laws of naturalization in declaring their intent and renounce all prior allegiances....


...There is no way in the world anyone can claim “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” affirms the feudal common law doctrine of birth citizenship to aliens because such doctrine by operation creates a “double allegiance” between separate nations.

If there is one inescapable truth to the text and debates, it is this: When Congress decided to require potential citizens to first be subject to the complete jurisdiction of the United States they by default excluded all citizens of other nations temporarily residing in the U.S. who had no intention of becoming citizens themselves or, disqualified of doing so under naturalization laws. This was no oversight...
Read the rest HERE at my blog, where discussion of this topic is ongoing.

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It always seems impossible until it’s done. - Nelson Mandela

Secure Borders

The illegal aliens already here

Free trade

Income inequality from loss of manufacturing, education, tech, AND NOW R&D CAREERS to low cost foreign labor, and NOW university growth

Islamism, ISIS, Al Nusra

Iran's unstopping terror, Hezballah

Russian Expansion

Chinese Expansion

Loss of  American confidence

Inability to pay for social programs

Lack of ANY manned space program (forget that one?)

Out of control federal govt growth and authority

Ineffective education system


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Side Deal Update: Iran to skirt side deal of nuclear agreement, hold missile drills -DUH!

Iran will resume long-range ballistic missile drills in coming months despite a UN stipulation in the recent nuclear deal that Teheran halt nuclear-capable ballistic missile activity.
According to Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency, Teheran believes that wording in the nuclear accord is non-binding in that it merely “calls” on Iran to stop its missile activity.
Following the nuclear framework with world powers, there has been a push in Iranian parliament to resume ballistic missile drills, said to be a military deterrent against the U.S. and Israel. According to the nuclear arrangement, the ban on the Iranian ballistic missile trade is only to be lifted after eight years.
Annex B of UN Resolution 2231, which adopted the Iran nuclear deal, reads: “Iran is called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology, until the date eight years after the JCPOA Adoption Day or until the date on which the IAEA submits a report confirming the Broader Conclusion, whichever is earlier.”
The U.S. has stressed ballistic missile activity is forbidden by the clause, while Iran says it has not accepted the annex, and claims its missiles are not designed for nuclear payloads meaning the paragraph is irrelevant in any case. A key army commander has confirmed that Iran’s domestic long-range ballistic missile are in fact nuclear capable, particularly the Shahab 3 and Sejjil 2.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry reacted to the annex in a statement, saying that its ballistic missile program will not be harmed by the resolution.
Iranian Ground Force Commander Brig. Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan announced on Aug. 19 that six specialized military drills testing domestic rocketry are to be held by next March, Fars reported.
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Obama’s REAL DAMAGE to security begins: Europeans scrambling to resume trade with Iran

What nukes? Europeans scrambling to resume trade with Iran
By Jack Caravelli*
The July 14 signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between major nations and Iran on its nuclear program is months from being implemented, but European nations already are moving forward with plans to resume trade with Iran as the process of lifting sanctions unfolds.
Those sanctions had reduced Iranian oil and gas exports by at least 50 percent and crippled badly needed investment in the aviation and automotive industries.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif with Belgium’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders.  Reuters
On Aug. 12 the Swiss Federal Council released a statement from Bern that the nuclear agreement “opens up new political and economic prospects with Iran, including bilateral relations. Given the important turning point in the 12 year nuclear dispute, the Federal Council decided on 12 August to lift the sanctions against Iran.”
The Swiss statement added that it seeks “to promote a broad political and economic exchange with Iran.”
During a meeting in June at the Italian Foreign Ministry in Rome, senior ministry officials described their government’s decision to move as quickly as possible to resume trade ties with Iran.
According to The Economist, French automakers Renault and Peugeot for years had a strong market presence in Iran. They are seeking to return to that highly profitable market position by working with local automakers.
Peugeot, for example, has agreed to restart production with Iran Khodro, its former partner, says the magazine.
Low labor costs in Iran over time also could induce European automakers to build production plants there as well as Peugeot has done in Morocco and Renault in Algeria.
Looking to move beyond the European Union’s (EU) policy of financial confrontation with Iran, the French government is actively promoting in Teheran the business goals of two of its most prominent companies.
European attitudes toward resuming trade with Iran were confirmed last month in Washington when Tedo Japaridze, former Foreign Minister of Georgia, said that in the three trips he has made to Iran this year he has seen “scores” of Europeans around Teheran preparing for the end of international sanctions on Iran.
The Europeans and Iran see mutual benefit in resumed trade and an overall improvement in relations.
Most European nations are not as concerned about the details of the nuclear deal as the United States or Israel, focusing on the economic opportunities of resuming trade.
The practical effects are apparent. In addition to the tens of billions of dollars that are scheduled to be released to Iran in coming months, Iran can begin to address critical needs in parts of its economy.
The most obvious and important for Iran’s hard currency earnings is modernizing the infrastructure in the oil and gas industry. Italy, for example, is highly energy dependent and sees resumed trade with Iran, which has significant energy reserves, as a way to address those needs.
Italy will increase its purchases of Iranian oil, as will other European nations along with past customers such as India and Japan, a financial windfall that if applied efficiently will improve the energy infrastructure.
Many commentators have pointed out that once sanctions imposed by the U.S., EU and UN are lifted, Iran will reclaim tens of billions of dollars in assets that had been frozen.
At present Iran is estimated to be spending annually about 6-16 billion dollars in support of terrorist operations in the region, including funding support to Hizbullah and Hamas according to a former U.S. Department of the Treasury senior official.
Iran can be expected to use some of the forthcoming funds to increase its support to terrorist operations around the Middle East.
At the same time, and no less important to Iran, the lifting of sanctions is likely to be a financial boon to what for years has been a stagnant and even crippled economy described by President Barack Obama as headed “to the Stone Age.”
Iran will be able to sell oil on the international market, participate in the international financial system and resume international trade with the Europeans and other trading partners. Such are the significant rewards for the nuclear negotiations.
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IRS finds yet another Lois Lerner email account, Alias "Toby Miles"

From the Washington Times:
Lois Lerner had yet another personal email account used to conduct some IRS business, the tax agency confirmed in a new court filing late Monday that further complicates the administration’s efforts to be transparent about Ms. Lerner’s actions during the tea party targeting scandal. 
The admission came in an open-records lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm that has sued to get a look at emails Ms. Lerner sent during the targeting. 
“In addition to emails to or from an email account denominated ‘Lois G. Lerner‘ or ‘Lois Home,’ some emails responsive to Judicial Watch’s request may have been sent to or received from a personal email account denominated ‘Toby Miles,’” Mr. Klimas told Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who is hearing the case.
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Two Michigan Cities Plan To Celebrate "Ramadan Unity Dinner" on 9/11

This despite the fact that Ramadan took place on June 17 this year.

In other words, this is just an outright statement of Islamic Supremacy. It's meant to be an insult. It's meant to be utterly offensive. It is meant to humiliate and denigrate infidels.

And, of course, we won't do shit about it. Especially those of us who call ourselves "Christians".

From Biz Pac Review:
The Democratic mayors of two Michigan cities plan to celebrate September 11th this year by honoring Sharia and hosting their “9th Annual Ramadan Unity Dinner.” 
Ramadan ended in July, but the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing has scheduled its dinner at the city-owned convention center on the very day when 19 Muslim terrorists killed 2,977 innocent victims at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and three crashed airliners, 14 years ago. 
In an almost unbelievable act of callousness and dishonor of those victims, Mayors Virg Bernero and Nathan Triplett of Lansing and East Lansing, respectively, will host a dinner themed “Hope, Not Hunger.” 
The event’s poster features an Islamic crescent and a skyline of mosque-styled buildings.

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Chattanooga Woman Fired From Her Job, and Banned From Mall, Because of Private Conversation Calling Chattanooga Jihadist Murderer a "Piece of Shit"

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EXPOSED: Secret White House Strategy Document Outlines Obama Campaign To Advance The Muslim Brotherhood

Excerpted from The Washington Times: President Obama and his administration continue to support the global Islamist militant group known as the Muslim Brotherhood. A White House strategy document regards the group as a moderate alternative to more violent Islamist groups like al Qaeda and the Islamic State.
The policy of backing the Muslim Brotherhood is outlined in a secret directive called Presidential Study Directive-11, or PSD-11. The directive was produced in 2011 and outlines administration support for political reform in the Middle East and North Africa, according to officials familiar with the classified study.
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Britain’s embassy in Iran re-opens with ‘Death to England’ still graffitied above Queen’s portrait

Britain’s embassy in Iran re-opens with ‘Death to England’ still graffitied above Queen’s portrait
Britain’s vandalised embassy in Iran reopened on Sunday – with graffiti stiill daubed above a portrait of the Queen saying “Death to England”. 
The graffiti, one of numerous slogans sprayed across the embassy in Tehran when it was ransacked by a mob four years ago, had not been removed for the grand-reopening of the embassy, despite the attendance of VIPs including the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond.
England doesn't even have enough pride to paint over this abominable insult?!?
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Lindsey Stirling
Phantom of the Opera

My Immortal

Moon Trance

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Los Angeles Times Says, Record Number 50K Migrants Crossed Into Greece From Turkey Last Month

An exodus of Syrians and Afghans fleeing conflict in their home countries has escalated the Mediterranean migration crisis to record numbers, with the Greek coast guard picking up more than 1,400 refugees from the sea in the past three days. 
In July, the United Nations refugee agency recorded almost 50,000 migrants arriving on European Union territory through Greek borders -- more than arrived in the country during all of 2014.


Meanwhile, uninvited muslims march and demand things across Europe. In Italy:

In Milan, uninvited North Africans appear to have blocked the streets demanding pizza and burgers as they do not like the food they are being served.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Poland, Czech Republic Join Slovakia Will Only Accept Christian Migrants From Syria

Good news:
As hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and poverty in Africa risk their lives to reach the safety of Europe, some eastern European states are embarking on a contentious strategy of selecting only Christian refugees for resettlement. 
Poland agreed to accept 50 Christian families from Syria under an initiative led by a private organisation and agreed by the prime minister. 
Slovakia has said it will take 200 refugees from the war-torn country, but only if they are devout churchgoers. 
The Czech Republic applied the same criteria to 70 families granted asylum this year. 
“They [non-Christian refugees] can be a threat to Poland. I think it is a great way for Isis to locate their troops . . . all around Europe,” said Miriam Shaded, head of Estera, the Polish foundation that arranged the selection and immigration of Mr Saad’s and 49 other families into Poland. 
“And if these people are not Isis representatives, [in Syria] their lives are not in danger, so then it is labour migration. If they are Muslim, they will not be killed because they are Muslims, because they believe in the same as Isis.” 
The war in Syria, which began in 2011, has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions more, contributing to a surge in refugees that saw 110,000 enter Europe in July alone, the highest ever monthly total.
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Multiple Explosions At U.S. Military Base In Kanagawa, Japan - Update: Army Statement: Don’t Know Cause, No Ammo Stored

Last week there was a HUGE EXPLOSION AT A PORT IN CHINA.

Then Another major explosion in Chinese chemical plant.

And now these explosions on a American Military base in Japan.

Are they all related?

There are a lot of explosions in that video.


From Fox News:
DEVELOPING: An explosion has been reported at the U.S. military facility in Sagamihara, Japan, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, citing the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation. 
Sagamihara is a city in the Japanese prefecture of Kanagawa, which borders Tokyo. 
“Fire from the American military base has occurred,” the Sagamihara Fire Department said, according to JBC. The Sagami General Depot houses storage for petroleum products and ammunition. 
Video and photos began streaming in from social media shortly after noon (EST), showing a large explosion, several loud booms, sustained flames and billowing smoke rising from a structure. 
No injuries have been reported. A bare warehouse is currently burning on the site, 
The Daily Mirror reported, citing Japanese broadcasters. Helicopters have been spotted in the area and emergency vehicles are en route to the scene. 
Three explosions linked to a left-wing extremist group were reported in the vicinity of the base in April, according to the Wall Street Journal.
My guess is this actually really does have nothing to do with Islam.





Possible radiation leak?

Coincidence factor - Tianjin (22:50) and Japan (shortly before 1:00am) explosions took place near midnight.
UKMirror: The military zone is part of a huge US complex that has three bases and terrorism experts have said it's "plausible" it was a deliberate attack.


This makes no sense at all. NY Post is reporting:
A statement issued by the Army in Japan said there are no indications of injuries, and the cause of the explosion is unknown. The building was not a hazardous materials storage facility, and the depot does not store ammunition or radiological materials, the statement said.

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