President Obama appears more and more shrill and more and more suspect as he continues to insist that everything Islamic is not Islamic in front of audiences that are increasingly aware, and perhaps more importantly, increasingly willing to open their eyes and look at what is in front of them. At the end of the day, one has to wonder if Obama’s presidency was bought for him by Saudi interests on the condition that he continue to shill for Islam even while fighting all its various components which are a direct threat to the Saudi royals. It sure would explain a lot about his obscene denials of reality as well as his bizarre energy policies that seem designed to crush North American energy independence to the benefit of the Saudis.
1. SUN media puzzled over Obama’s speech.
2. A fairly funny ice bucket challenge in the UK;
It is worth trying to follow what happens to this man. I wager the police will use public resources to find him, arrest and charge him for some kind of race crime. The channel it is up on is clearly publicizing the event as if it was a bad thing and added titles to say that even though technically the act wasn’t racist, its still racist. When it isn’t.
I need to say that thing that needs saying at this point.
The most important aspect of freedom of speech is freedom to criticize religious and political authority. In fact it is the only aspect of freedom of speech that matters at all.
The enhanced presence in the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Bahrain would enable the armed forces to conduct more training exercises with friendly militaries in the region as part of a long-term plan to stabilise an area that is considered a growing threat to the West.
(Sam Harris is a wonderful thinker and deserves to be read and considered even if you don’t agree with him. There is value even in his process. He is also one of the few outspoken atheists who is sufficiently nuanced that he understands that while many things may be equally untrue, this does not make them have equal affect.)
As an atheist, I cannot help wondering when this scrim of pretense and delusion will be finally burned away—either by the clear light of reason or by a surfeit of horror meted out to innocents by the parties of God. Which will come first, flying cars and vacations to Mars, or a simple acknowledgment that beliefs guide behavior and that certain religious ideas—jihad, martyrdom, blasphemy, apostasy—reliably lead to oppression and murder? It may be true that no faith teaches people to massacre innocents exactly—but innocence, as the President surely knows, is in the eye of the beholder. Are apostates “innocent”? Blasphemers? Polytheists? Islam has the answer, and the answer is “no.”
More British Muslims have joined the ranks of ISIS than have volunteered to serve in the British armed forces. In fact, this group has managed to attract thousands of recruits from free societies throughout the world to help build a paradise of repression and sectarian slaughter in Syria and Iraq. This is an astonishing phenomenon, and it reveals some very uncomfortable truths about the failures of multiculturalism, the inherent vulnerability of open societies, and the terrifying power of bad ideas.
6. I don’t post music videos as a rule but it is the anniversary of the 911 attacks and I think this expresses something that needs expressing.
The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply with a broad demand to hand over user data that the company believed was unconstitutional, according to court documents unsealed Thursday that illuminate how federal officials forced American tech companies to participate in the NSA’s controversial PRISM program.
Scandal: Despite the administration’s claim, the CIA operatives who fought for their lives and others’ from a rooftop say that a stand-down order may have cost four Americans their lives while their ignoring it saved others.
Kris Paronto, Mark Geist and John Tiegen, three CIA contractors who on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, battled with terrorists from the roof of the CIA’s Benghazi annex building, would beg to differ with the Obama administration, the CIA and several congressional committees. They say there was an order to stand down that delayed their response and possibly cost the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
9. Frankly I am pretty sick of Choudary. I have however, wanted to see him interviewed by someone who actually was on to him instead of smug arrogant either leftist media who just want to force Choudary into their mold of Islam or attack him as not genuinely Islamic when they realized he isn’t what they need him to be, or smug right wing media celebrities who know nothing of Islam or Choudary and end up letting him use their platform for Choudary’s own purposes to great advantage.
Ezra does much better than other interviewers but Anjem recognizes the optics of potential answers he gives to Ezra’s, better-than-average questions and slides out of them like ball bearings on a hockey rink.
Thank you M, Yucki, Richard, Wrath of Khan, actually a large number of people who I have lost track of frankly, sorry about that, over the day in Email, twitter feeds and so on.
More to come.