James Foley Murderer Identified: London Rapper Turned jihadist Believed to be Under Investigation for Beheading Journalist in SyriaPosted: August 24, 2014
The Independent‘s Lizzie Dearden reports: A former rapper fighting with the Islamic State (Isis) in Syria is believed to be one of several British jihadists under investigation following the beheading of James Foley.
Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 24, was known as L Jinny or Lyricist Jinn at home in London, where his rising music career saw him appear in videos and have his singles played on BBC Radio in 2012.
He came to national attention earlier this year, when he posted a picture of himself holding a severed head on Twitter after resurfacing in Syria.
The gruesome picture, believed to have been taken in the Isis stronghold of Raqqa, was captioned: “Chillin’ with my homie or what’s left of him.”
Bary reportedly travelled to the country last year from Maida Vale, west London, where he lived with his mother and five siblings.
His father Adel Abdul Bary, an Egyptian refugee thought to be one of Osama Bin Laden’s closes lieutenants, was extradited from Britain to the United States on charges of terrorism in 2012 for his alleged roles in the bombings of two US embassies in east Africa in 1998. Read the rest of this entry »
The Rock Squirrel has been raiding our bird feeder, carrying away pounds of seed. Nancy figured a quick solution. I don’t know which is funnier, the squirrel or Nancy’s narration.
For anyone who is concerned about the squirrel, he still raids our other two feeders and the vegetable garden. The tiny amount of Vaseline used is non-toxic…He quickly learned that this feeder was not worth the trouble…(read more)
Prefer something a little more militant? In this marvel of modern aviation, witness this highlight reel of theft-prevention techniques involving what we charitably call “involuntary squirrel flight.”
Ultimate Squirrel-Launching Compilation
They didn’t…they didn’t…oh yes they did.
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[VIDEO] Tom Rogan: Obama White House ‘More Concerned with Domestic Popular Opinion Rather Than Foreign Strategic Threat’Posted: August 21, 2014
See Tom Rogan’s recent piece on the Islamic State and James Foley’s murder, “A Man of Courage and ISIS’s Face of Evil.”
The Independent‘s Heather Saul reports: A militant from the Islamic State (Isis) who appeared to have beheaded American journalist James Foley has threatened to kill another journalist, believed to be Steven Sotloff, whose life the fighter said depends on how the US responds.
In a video posted on YouTube, entitled ‘A Message to America’, the man purported to be Mr Sotloff was filmed being held by the militant who had apparently executed Foley.
The footage claimed Foley’s death is a revenge killing for the ongoing US air strikes in Iraq.
The jihadist, who speaks with a British accent, then addresses the US President, saying: “The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.”
The man is wearing an orange shirt similar to that worn by the executed man.
Mr Sotloff, from Miami, was kidnapped near Aleppo in August 2013 and was believed to be held in Raqqa. His family was reportedly made aware of his disappearance but had chosen not to go public on the advice of officials.
He has worked for TIME, the National Interest, Media Line and the Christian Science Monitor and had apparently gone missing near the Syrian-Turkish border. His Twitter bio suggests he was based in Libya before his disappearance.
“My girlfriend Lauren Sotloff’s brother Steven Sotloff was taken hostage by ISIS on August 04 2013 and up to this point it has been all under wraps as due to a media blackout.”
This morning, his sister Lauren Sotloff’s boyfriend released a Facebook post urging people to sign a White House petition calling on the US government to “do everything possible to free American reporter Steven Sotloff from ISIS in Syria and save his life”.
“My girlfriend Lauren Sotloff’s brother Steven Sotloff was taken hostage by ISIS on August 04 2013 and up to this point it has been all under wraps as due to a media blackout,” his post reads.
“People please not only sign the following petition, but PLEASE SHARE so the more the better. Thank you in advance and pray for his safe return home.”
Report: Eric Holder Heading to Ferguson to ‘Personally Perform Autopsy’, Dismissing Objections from Medical CommunityPosted: August 19, 2014
“Any attorney general who is not an activist, even in matters of medical inquiry, is not doing his or her job.”
– Attorney General Eric Holder
FERGUSON, Mo. —Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will travel to this embattled St. Louis suburb to personally perform an autopsy on Michael Brown, dismissing charges that he’s interfering with the investigation by injecting himself into an examination for which he has no medical qualification.
“We’ve all heard the rumor that Holder removed his own gall bladder with a pocket knife, without anesthesia, without pain medication. Utter nonsense. I happen to know that Mr. Holder did, in fact, use pain medication before that procedure.”
– National Review’s Jonah Goldberg
Holder didn’t confirm the self-surgery rumor, but defended his decision, insisting that his critics are misguided. “An autopsy is not that hard. It’s a critical part of an investigation like this, one that requires the full attention of this office. If you want to call me a renegade, I will proudly accept that label. Any attorney general who is not an activist, even in matters of medical inquiry, is not doing his or her job.”
“I am on record strongly advising against it. I have urged Mr. Holder to reconsider.”
— Acting Surgeon Genreal Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H
In what has already become a politically-charged investigation, Holder’s decision to perform a medical autopsy on the victim has raised further concerns about violations of constitutional authority, and have renewed charges of professional misconduct.
“Watching reruns of ‘Law and Order Special Victims Unit’ does not qualify anyone to perform a legitimate medical examination. This is preposterous. Eric Holder is not a medical officer. ”
—Dr. Charles Krauthammer
Republican leaders immediately took steps to remove Attorney General Eric Holder from office. Emergency meetings on Capitol Hill were rumored to run late into the night. Senior Democrat officials stood by Holder, accusing Republicans of attempting to capitalize on the tragedy in Ferguson.
“Is it beyond the traditional scope of the office of the Department of Justice? Absolutely. Do I apologize for it? Absolutely not.”
– Attorney General Eric Holder
“The allegations against the Attorney General are nothing more than a political stunt”, said Nancy Pelosi, adding, “It’s part of a racist attempt to smear Holder, it’s obvious to everyone that his skin color is the primary reason Republicans object”.
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“Getting smacked in the face by Ichiro is the best thing that ever happened to me!”
A team of engineers at Harvard and MIT have designed and built a flat-packed robot that assembles itself and walks away. Learn more at http://hvrd.me/A2mM9
[VIDEO] Hubris: Obama Taking Credit for Iraq Troop Withdrawal Over and Over in 2012, Ducking Responsibility for it in 2014Posted: August 12, 2014
President Obama took credit for Iraq troop withdrawal over and over in 2012 before ducking responsibility for it in 2014. The first 3/4ths of this is predictable grandstanding, electioneering, credit-taking, campaigning, boasting, signature Obama. The sweet spot starts at around 46 seconds.
CNN broadcast a video showing the daring helicopter rescue of about 60 Iraqi refugees threatened with genocide on Monday, capturing the desperation of religious minorities in northern Iraq as murderous Islamic jihadists continue to advance despite U.S. airstrikes.
CNN reporter Ivan Watson traveled with Kurdish soldier on an Iraqi military helicopter loaded with aid to Mount Sinjar, where tens of thousands of Yazidi people are trapped by terrorists from the Islamic State…(read more)
Unfortunate to hear a great artist lay out a thoughtful, passionate, lucid description of the problem– the decline of jazz in the U.S.–then offer a predictable, depressingly misguided solution: “make the government subsidize it!”
Did the Mahavishnu Orchestra depend on taxpayer subsidies? Did Miles Davis need a government check in order to flourish? Unthinkable. If music is dynamic and alive, people will beat down the doors to go see it. If it’s boring, people will ignore it.
What Is the Future of Jazz in New York? (punditfromanotherplanet.com)
Who Should Pay for the Arts? (city-journal.org)
If it’s waning, drained of its creative force, or is replaced by other artistic innovations, people will look elsewhere. Should it be put on life support? Kept alive artificially? Turned into a social program for talented but neglected musicians? There are technical revolutions, new media disruptions, that are still unfolding, that influences these outcomes, more than lectures about taste, or lowering standards just to get a gig.
The End of Jazz (punditfromanotherplanet.com)
Islam and American Jazz (punditfromanotherplanet.com)
He’s right, jazz one of America’s great original art forms. And he’s right that should be supported, not neglected. It’s part of our history. (though what kind of future it has, organically, is questionable) Foundations, philanthropy, and so on, absolutely, if that’s required to preserve it as a museum piece, or classical artifact. Or, if cities and states have the popular will to support it with government arts funding, then let public policy respond to that. But it won’t make audiences love it, it won’t lure them come see it. Only the music itself can do that. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] MSNBC: Andrea Mitchell Ponders Soul Loss, Suffers Existential Confusion in Interview with Israeli Ambassador Ron DermerPosted: July 30, 2014
MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell to Israeli Ambassador: ‘Israel May Be Losing Its Soul’ Over Gaza
[Also see: MSNBC Falls to 4th in Cable News Ratings...]
MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell sat down today with Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, and asked him a provocative question: is Israel “losing its soul [and] may be losing the war because of the political impact of what is happening on the ground” in Gaza?
Mitchell brought this up in the context of images depicting wounded and killed Palestinians, in those conditions as a possible result of Israeli bombing.
“The difference is Hamas is using their civilians as human shields. They’re placing missile batteries in hospitals, they’re putting weapons depots in mosques. They’re storing rockets in UN schools. This is sick and grotesque.”
Dermer insisted, “Israel is not losing its soul. We are upholding our values under the most extreme circumstances.” Read the rest of this entry »
Reason TV ventured to Comic-Con International in San Diego to check out the booming culture of cosplay, in which people dress up as their favorite superheroes, literary figures, or fantasy icons. Why do cosplayers dedicate so much time, money, and energy to their alter egos? Its fun, they say, and its a powerful form of self-expression…(read more)
Album : Call It 95
Herbie Hancock – Piano
Omar Hakim – Drums
[VIDEO] ‘For the sake of Palestine and its children, allow me to burn this filthy flag of the Zionist entity for the whole world to see”Posted: July 25, 2014
GLOBAL PANIC OF JULY 2014 TELEVISED IN JORDAN
“We must demand that all Arab peoples expel them from their countries, starting with Jordan…I spit on this flag!”
For Breitbart.com, Nick Hallett reports: In a clip posted to YouTube by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Zoher Al-Azzeh burned the flag on Jordan’s 7 Stars TV while also calling for the US embassy in Jordan to be shut down, accusing America of using it as a “centre for spying”.
Describing the Israelis as “occupiers”, Al-Azzeh apologised to viewers for earlier having shown them graphic images of injured Palestinians, and then said: “For the sake of Palestine and its children, allow me to burn this filthy flag of the Zionist entity for the whole world to see”, before holding what appears to be an A4 paper print-off of the Israeli flag and setting light to it with a cigarette lighter…(read more)
A great find. For Reason.com, Emily Ekins writes:A 1940s capitalism cartoon is making a comeback with over 7 million views on YouTube. The cartoon “Make Mine Freedom” was produced by Harding University, a private university in Arkansas in 1948 extolling the virtues of free-market capitalism and inveighing against “isms” particularly communism and statism more generally.
The cartoon mixes humor with serious philsophy as it defines what freedom means: “America is the freedom to work at the job you like, freedom of speech and to peacefully assemble, freedom to own property, security from unlawful search and seizure, the right to a speedy and public trial, protection against cruel punishments and excessive fines, the right to vote, and worhip God in your own way.” Read the rest of this entry »