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Video: Comedy then – reality now?

From several years ago by the ‘Half-Hour, News Hour,’ a skit on trying to figure out what some  London “terrorists” had in common.  With recent headlines this may not be as much a parody as originally intended …

Sam Sorbo: Co-Existence is Futile

For all you bozos out there driving around with those co-exist stickers, you can’t coexist with someone who wants you dead, has the capacity to ensure that, and remains convicted that you lack any rights whatsoever.
Sam Sorbo

The following is a monologue from the opening of  The Sam Sorbo Show on Nov. 16, 2015.

To listen to the segment, click HERE.

Not 10 hours before the attacks in Paris that killed 129 people and left 352 injured, President Obama claimed he had “contained” ISIS.

Now his apologists are rushing in to defend his misinformed assertion with explanations that he was referring to ISIS’ geographical containment, that they aren’t gaining more ground in Syria. But I’m fed up with this word play. Geographically, they are bigger than ever before, having now advanced as far as FRANCE! Let me ask you this, you forked-tongued, logic-lacking sycophants. Would he repeat his  assertion – that ISIS is contained – today, after the attacks in Paris? NO!

We currently face two threats on our way of life in a country that has offered mankind the most technological advances and created the most prosperity the world has ever seen: Political correctness, or secularism, and Medieval Islamists.

Medieval Islam seeks to challenge us, violently. They don’t just disagree with self-governance and this country’s dedication to the God of Abraham and our Judeo-Christian morals. If they did, those insipid, moronic bumper stickers would be true, and we would all co-exist. For all you bozos out there driving around with those co-exist stickers, you can’t coexist with someone who wants you dead, has the capacity to ensure that, and remains convicted that you lack any rights whatsoever. You can only shoot back in self-preservation. Co-existence is not an option because the other sides reject it outright. And by the way, those victims in the theater and restaurants in France complied with the restrictive gun laws, and were unable to shoot back. Their right to co-exist was summarily terminated by those lunatic jihadis who instead chose co-non-existence.

Full text at Breibart can be read at:
http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/11/18/sam-sorbo-co-existence-is-futile/

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COMMENT:  We’ve repeatedly said that political correctness is used as a weapon against us and the rest of the west.     Sam Sorbo’s commentary is excellent food for thought.  Her website can be reached at www.samsorbo.com

Boston: the good, the bad and the ugly

If it wasn’t for the surveillance video that showed Usaama Rahim charging JTTF members, Imam Ibrahim Rahim’s  claim that his brother was shot in the back  would have probably set off a repeat of what was seen in Ferguson and Baltimore.

As the trial and sentencing of Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev fades from the headlines, the shooting of suspected terrorist Usaama Rahim by Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) members, brings the city of Boston and Islamic terrorism back into the spotlight. 

The old adage of “where there’s smoke there’s fire” seems to certainly apply with Islamic related terror activities and Boston.

The good . . .

The top brass overseeing the FBI/JTTF in Boston apparently learned a very expensive lesson in the wake of the 2013 Boston bombing.   Surveillance and collection activities in regards to suspected Islamic terrorists in the Boston area must be a priority.  It takes just one major terror incident to slip by to attract all the critics and have operations placed under a microscope for review.

In a report we made in 2013, reference was made to an article by Bill Gertz of the Washington Beacon where he wrote:

Critics said the FBI’s failure to properly investigate Tsarnaev was a repeat of the bureau’s lapse in missing advance signs of the Islamist radicalization of accused Fort Hood massacre shooter, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan.

Details about the shooting of Usaama Rahim and the Boston terror probe are still coming in, but it is obvious that the JTTF had obtained information about a potential threat  and was actively conducting surveillance of the subject.

The bad . . .

Some policy makers at the federal and local levels of government still want to embrace Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) progams such as the one promoted by the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) – Safe Spaces.    Such programs hamper proven counter-terror techniques, relying instead on Muslim community/mosque leaders to identify “misguided individuals” and contact the authorities when these leaders feel the threat warrants it.

The recent Boston incident provides an excellent example of why such CVE initiatives, like MPACs Safe Spaces, generally do not work:

  • Usaama Rahim’s brother, Imam Ibrahim Rahim, is a leading Islamic leader in Boston and claims he was not aware of his brother’s radicalization.  The Rahim family’s attorney told reporters that the family was completely unaware of any radicalization or ties to ISIS.
  • Imam Ibrahim Rahim claimed on twitter that his brother was shot three times in the back by authorities.  This has been shown to be a fabrication based on official reports and statements by community leaders that viewed surveillance footage of the incident.

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  • Another Boston Islamic community leader,  Imam Abdullah Faaruuq was quoted in the Boston Herald saying:

If they thought he was a very dangerous person, they should have taken precautions in approaching him. I would. I wouldn’t approach a wild animal or anything I thought was dangerous without being fully prepared if I wanted to capture him and keep him alive. I don’t think they wanted to keep him alive.

As was shown with Boston Bombing case, Islamic community leaders are probably not the best source of to be relied on to identify radical elements and notify authorities.   If it wasn’t for the surveillance video that showed Usaama Rahim charging JTTF members, Imam Rahim’s claim that his brother was shot in the back would have probably set off a repeat of what was seen in Ferguson and Baltimore.

 The ugly . . .

As we have noted in the past, expect an apologist and misinformation campaign by Islamists that spins the shooting into a victim-hood portrayal of Muslims.   Since Usaama Rahim was black, race will be highlighted to gain sympathy from minority communities.

In short – the facts be damned.

Canadian paper trashes blog site in defense of Islamist

Earlier this month we mentioned  the Canadian website Point de Bascule in our report,  Islamist Propaganda: The Montgomery County Model, WORDE and the Muslim Brotherhood .  It was regarding Hussein Hamdani, an advisor to a Canadian security agency, who has been suspended pending an investigation into his alleged ties to Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas related organizations. 

The Canadian National Post (NP) just published an article by Catherine Solyom that focuses on possible motivations behind Hamdani’s suspension titled, “Hero or extremist.   It devotes a good amount of time on attempting to discredit the credibility of Point de Bascule’s author, Marc Lebuis.   It fails to fully explore the validity of reports that Hamdani has ties to Islamist groups,  relying instead on statements made by Hamdani that he is simply a victim. 

Another version of the article appears in the  Montreal Gazette titled, “Hussein Hamdani: Vetted by the feds, felled by a blog with additional references to Pamela Geller and Steven Emerson along with an expanded history of Hamdani’s community involvement.   This version also includes a statement by researcher Seigfried Mathelet calling  Lebuis a “militant”.

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The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch (GMBDW) has labeled the NP article a “hit piece” and we agree.  GMBDW defends Lebuis, responding in depth to the four issues Solyom raises.  Recommended reading.

A key point to all this:  Hamdani was not suspended until after a televised report by French language TVA network journalist Michel Jean was made about Hamdani’s questionable ties.   Solyom  acknowledges this in her article yet makes no attempt to question any motives that TVA or Michel Jean might have pertaining to the broadcast.

The article includes:

Seigfried Mathelet, a post-doctoral researcher at the Université du Québec à Montréal, said he knows of Lebuis as a “pseudo-expert” who has worked for years to gain influence with political decision-makers and the mainstream media, even though he has no links to academic research.

His modus operandi, like that of numerous anti-Islam bloggers and organizations based in the U.S., Mathelet explained, is to take anything problematic associated with Islam – like the Boko Haram or ISIS attacks – and link them to people in Canada.

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Matthew Duss, the lead author of Fear, Inc. 2.0. — a report published by the Centre for American Progress on anti-Islam organizations and their sources of funding – says Muslim-bashing is a very lucrative business in the U.S., and it may be in Canada, too.

Duss believes Point de Bascule may be part of an international “Islamophobia network.”

These two above sections are mentioned to highlight the fact that even so called “experts” miss the mark when dealing with these terms …

  • Islamist – a supporter or advocate of Islamic fundamentalism, striving to remove non-Islamic systems and replace with those in accordance with laws prescribed by Islam
  • Islamic: pertaining to Islam, the religion
  • Muslim: a follower of the religion of Islam

To make it simple, calling all Muslims as Islamists would be the equivalent of calling all Christians to be Puritans.

The Point de Bascule describes itself as,  “an independent and non partisan website describing the means and methods used by Islamist organizations and leaders in order to further their program in Canada.”  

Immigration – an Islamist social tactic?

The following opinion piece provides some interesting “food for thought” in regards to current events impacting the Middle East and Europe, particularly the flood of refugees from North Africa.    In the U.S., similar concerns have been voiced regarding refugee immigrants as we reported in  Resettlement: an Islamist path to the west?.  

Some view these concerns as being far fetched conspiracy theories promoting bigotry and are simply dismissed as Islamophobia.  Others point to the social problems affecting some European nations that have experienced an influx of  Muslim immigrant populations attracted by liberal social programs.

Islam lies in wait for Europe

From: Israel Hayom
By: Dr. Ephraim Herrera, May 21, 2015

The demographic trends are clear: Europe is committing suicide. The fertility rate to maintain a country’s population, known as the replacement rate, is generally considered to be 2.1 births per woman. The average fertility rate in Europe is 1.6. In Germany and Italy, it is 1.4. To increase its population, Europe has let in immigrants, to the point that they comprise some 10 percent of the population in Spain, the U.K., the Netherlands and Germany. In Austria, their proportion is 15 percent.

A significant number of those immigrants are Muslim. They hail from the lower rungs of society in their countries of origin and decided to leave in search of a life of comfort in the West.

But the influx of millions of immigrants from Asia and Africa is more than just about their socio-economic plight. Islamic thinkers have tried to capitalize on this wave. Although these thinkers are still lying in wait, they hope they can eventually use the immigrants as a means of conquering Europe. This strategy has been propagated by Islamic theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi for the past 30 years. Qaradawi has tremendous clout in the Sunni Arab world, to the point that his rulings are considered authoritative by the Muslim Brotherhood. The strategy is terribly simple: Tap into the local Muslim community and lure its teens to the “real” Islam, then go up the rungs of power in the major parties and seize the reins of government through the democratic process.

Rest of Article: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=12655

RECOMMENDED READING: ” Draw Mohammed and Reform Islam”

Either Islam will reform, or it will be in constant conflict with the West until one side or the other gives up. 
– Jonathan Keiler

In a May 9, 2015  American Thinker blog post,  Jonathan Keiler writes that Islam needs to reform and drop taboos that place it at odds with Western culture: 

Pamela Geller’s “draw Mohammed” contest in Texas was provocative, but the problem is not with Geller or the contest organizers, it is with Muslims who insist that they were provoked because it violated a Muslim taboo against representational art.   Muslims should not have been provoked by a contest that was about free speech.  In the West free speech and activities that are offensive but don’t infringe the rights of others, are not only tolerated, but often celebrated.  They are part of the fundamental fabric of society. 

Muslims are entitled to their taboos; every religion has them.  Religious taboos emerge, evolve, change or dissipate over time, and Islam is no exception to this process.   Islam began without an accepted taboo requiring women to veil themselves, the practice becoming widespread only after the conquest of Mesopotamia.  And over time, and depending on place, that taboo has waxed and waned. 

Art has always been a part of religion, and beliefs about art within religions are not static.  Western Christian iconography changed dramatically over time as Christianity grew from a small Jewish cult to an imperial faith.  Byzantium celebrated icons, broke them, and celebrated again.  In Buddhism, as the faith moved along the Silk Roads from India to China, Buddha changed from an aesthetic priest into a chubby party animal.

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COMMENT/ANAYLSIS:  Keiler further points out that the common trend of taking a politically correct apologist stance with Islam needs to stop:

Western pundits and politicians ought to do what they can to encourage reform, not hinder it by parroting Islamist positions in an attempt to assuage Muslims. This not only leads to moral absurdities — like blaming the victims of the terror attack in Texas instead of the perpetrators and their sympathizers — but it gives Muslims little reason to reform their religion.

We agree.  Appeasing Islamists only bolsters their influence within Muslim communities, lessening chances for meaningful reform.  As we pointed out in a follow-up to the Garland terror attack, this type of stance is simply a “win” for Islamists in using fear and intimidation to silence those that oppose them.

Related article by Keiler: An Islamic Reformation?, Jan 19, 2015

RECOMMENDED READING: “In Pam Geller’s World, Everybody Jihads”

… treating Islam as a monolith, denying the possibility of reform, and demonizing Muslims en masse is not the answer. 
Cathy Young

In a May 10, 2015 article published in the Daily Beast, columnist Cathy Young offers a pragmatic take regarding Islam,  the recent Garland attack and criticism of Pamella Geller:

Pam Geller and Robert Spencer are being viewed as free speech champions for their “Draw Muhammad” contest, which turned tragic in Dallas last week. But once a moderate Muslim begins speaking, they quickly turn into what they hate.

The day after two gunmen were killed by police while trying to shoot their way into a Garland, Texas community center hosting a Mohammed cartoon contest, reformist American Muslim activist Zuhdi Jasser appeared on Fox News not only to condemn the attack but to unconditionally affirm the right to free expression—including the right to insult Islam—and praise defiance against blasphemy bans.

What Jasser graciously did not mention was that the people whose speech he was defending—contest organizers and anti-Islam polemicists Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer—had viciously attacked him in the past. In a 2011 article published by the right-wing website The American Thinker in response to Geller’s screed on the same site, Jasser documented the duo’s smear campaign in which he was sometimes dismissed as a faux Muslim and sometimes denounced as a camouflaged extremist practicing taqiyya, the doctrine which supposedly allows Muslims to lie in the cause of Islam.

This sordid episode is typical of the way Geller and her comrade-in-arms Spencer, co-founders of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, conduct their misnamed “anti-jihadist” battle. It is also a good example of why the two are no heroes for free speech. No, Geller did not “provoke” the terror attack in Garland, as a number of pundits (and even the New York Times editorial board) have deplorably suggested; her cartoon contest is not the moral equivalent of the attack, and she does not need to apologize for the exercise of her First Amendment rights or for the terrorists’ actions. She does, however, have to answer for a lengthy record of peddling anti-Muslim hysteria, targeting Muslims’ First Amendment right to worship, smearing innocent people as jihadists, and even excusing the slaughter of Muslims in the former Yugoslavia.  We cannot allow terrorists to curb our speech; but we also cannot allow them to turn hatemongers into heroes.

Whatever valid concerns Geller, Spencer, and their allies may raise about political Islamism wind up being eclipsed by the fact that they not only conflate Islamist radicalism with all Islam but make disturbingly little distinction between criticism of Islam and hostility toward Muslims.

Read the rest of the article at: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/10/in-pam-geller-s-world-everybody-jihads.html

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  Young points out that, “… , what’s obfuscated by the hate is that some “anti-jihadists” do have legitimate points that are too often dismissed by liberal commentators in debates over Islam and Islamophobia”.  We couldn’t agree more.

Garland Texas Shooting – Six degrees to the Muslim Brotherhood?

With this past weekend’s shooting  outside Culwell Event Center in North Garland, TX,  several reports have been quick to  link the the two dead shooters to U.S. Muslim Brotherhood (MB) interests.   Some are even implying that the MB may have provided support for the shooting through the Islamic Community Center (ICC) of Phoenix.

The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch (GMBDW) is probably the leading source for information regarding the activities of the MB.  We frequently cite it here as do many others.  Law enforcement/intelligence/security agencies use it as a reliable reference.    In regards to the Garland shooting,  the GMBDW writes:

Of these reported links, the strongest is the ownership of the ICC mosque by the NAIT. We should point out that the GMBDW is quite  familiar with the NAIT and the GMBDW editor has published a report on the history of the US Muslim Brotherhood which includes detailed information on the organization some of which can also also be found on the GMBDW NAIT Wiki page. However, as noted, at last count the NAIT held title to some 332 mosques in the US, estimated to be about about 27 percent of the estimated 1200 mosques in the United States. Knowing what we do about the NAIT, we can assume that the majority of these mosques, if not all, are somehow tied to the US Muslim Brotherhood as NAIT itself is an integral part the Brotherhood as documented in the report referenced above. However, we have no idea how many individuals are attending NAIT mosques but the number surely runs into many many thousands or hundreds of thousands given that a number of these are surely very large mosques. Whatever any given mosque leadership knows or believes about NAIT, it is beyond any credibility to suggest that every Muslim worshipping at a NAIT-owned facility is somehow also tied to the US Muslim Brotherhood. Therefore, until such time that reliable sources report that the Garland shooters had some demonstrable and substantial connection to the ICC leadership or that they were somehow radicalized at the mosque itself, the GMBDW will not be reporting that the shootings were “tied to the Muslim Brotherhood.” Should such evidence emerge, of course we are prepared to alter that conclusion.

We agree.  There simply is not enough evidence to promote the claims of MB involvement and/or operational support..  As the GMBDW notes, it would be unrealistic and irresponsible to claim every Muslim attending a NAIT-owned facility is part of the MB.

A similar “linking” was done  in trying to tie The Moore, OK beheading by Alton Alexander Nolen to Boston Iman Suhaib Webb.  See our report Beheading in OK – media fails the “facts”? where we provided a timeline that pretty much dismissed the possibility.   At that time we related a tweet made by Mohamed Elibiary:

 @MohamedElibiary
Priceless to watch the Islamophobic #RtWing camp. They are truly #ISIS’s best propagandists inside US. #oklahomabeheading #Oklahoma #Tragedy – 4:27 PM – 26 Sep 2014

MB operations in the U.S./Canada  primarily focus on fundraising in support of causes outside overseas (i.e. Palestinian, Bosnia, Syra, etc.).    North America is a cash cow and it simply doesn’t make sense for the MB to promote something like the Garland shooting.

For those that are lost with the “Six degrees to ..” reference, see this link.

Recommended Reading: Texas Attack Is Yet Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorism…

In a May 4, 2015 response to the recent Islamic terror attacks in Garland Texas, Patrick Poole writes (PJ Media) … 

It appears that this attack is yet another case of what I have termed “known wolf” syndrome, when the suspect is already known to law enforcement and intelligence. Virtually every terror attack in the West over the past year has been by one of these “known wolf” suspects.

Some additional articles by Poole covering what he coins as “Known Wolf” incidents:

 COMMENT/ANALYSIS: The “Lone Wolf”  label provides wiggle room for agencies like the FBI.   Terrorists that slip through the investigative crack, demonstrate the shortcomings of our counter-terror operations as noted by Poole in Oct 2014.  For Islamist groups in the U.S., the term helps add another layer of deniability, just like “self- radicalization”
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