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Friday Leftovers

It’s another Friday, and it’s another week of the overflowing refrigerator of bookmarks. First, a couple of cartoons — life is short, eat desert first.



Can the state remain completely neutral in the discussion between religion and irreligion? In other words, can you remove morality from legislation? The first problem we should note is that this is a false dichotomy — for atheism is a religion just as much as any other belief system. The second problem is the nude beach problem, as outlined at The Public Discourse.

Those who work hard to getting us all to fritter our time away on social media are working hard to keep their children from… frittering away all their time on social media. I wonder why that might be? Perhaps its because they know how social media affects the mind of their children. Or perhaps its because they know that the media at large (and hence the culture at large) lies to our children about the value of hard work. Or perhaps its because they know what they do with the data they, themselves, collect and sell.

Wonder what the effect of third party payment is on the cost of health care? In the primary medical market, other people decide what will be paid for in terms of care. In the cosmetic surgery market, the patient does. This chart explains the difference.


No, the same sex marriage thing won’t ever come to the point of being ridiculous. Promise. Really. Never, ever. Can’t happen. Move along now, there’s no slippery slope here.

If you invite someone to dinner who claims to have no respect for moral values, hide the silver. If you invite someone to a parade who claims to have to absolute moral standards, don’t expect to be treated any better. Did you expect a progressive to actually follow a promise made, when progressives loudly proclaim that morality is old fashioned and counter-evolutionary in every venue they can.

Environmental justice? Yeah, right.


Notable: Middle East Revolutions

From Inspire, the Al-Qaeda magazine:

The biggest barrier between the mujahidin and freeing al-Aqsa were the tyrant rulers. Now that the friends of America and Israel are being mopped out one after the other, our aspirations are great that the path between us and al-Aqsa is clearing up.

There could be no freeing of Palestine with the presence of the likes of King Abdullah to the East, Hosni Mubarak to the West and al-Saud to the South. Now that Hosni is gone, we heard the Imam of the Friday prayers praying: “O Allah we ask you to allow us to meet in al-Aqsa,” and the millions inTahrir square roared with one voice: Âmîn.

The issue of Palestine is central to the Muslim ummah and now that the masses have spoken, there is no doubt that it will be back to the forefront.

The friends of the West are leaving, the issue of Palestine will be back on the table, the preaching of jihad for the defense of the Muslim ummah will be heard publicly in societies that have freed themselves from the tyrants, and we pray that the heavy handed security measures imposed by the despots to keep America and its allies safe and keep their populations terrorized will be over.

The West has publicly stated its support for the revolution of the masses. But do they really mean it? Or is it because they do not realize the reality of what is happening? Or is it just because they feel that they must join the bandwagon?

The West also believes that the revolts are bad for al Qaeda. This is not the case. Why would the freedoms being granted to the people be bad for al Qaeda? If freedom is so bad for al Qaeda, how come the West has been practicing a restriction on the freedoms of expression when it comes to the message of the mujahidin? Why does the West ban the spread of books and talks of the al Qaeda leadership and in some countries consider it to be a crime to be in possession of such material? Why did the U.S. request from a site such as YouTube to take off lectures by Shaykh Anwar al-Awlaki?

Another line that is being pushed by Western leaders is that because the protests in Egypt and Tunisia were peaceful, they proved al Qaeda – which calls for armed struggle – to be wrong. That is another fallacy. Al Qaeda is not against regime changes through protests but it is against the idea that the change should be only through peaceful means to the exclusion of the use of force. In fact Shaykh Ayman al-Zawahiri spoke in support of the protests that swept Egypt back in 2007 and he alluded to the fact that even if the protests were peaceful, the people need to prepare themselves militarily.

The accuracy of this view is proven by the turn of events in Libya. If the protesters in Libya did not have the flexibility to use force when needed, the uprising would have been crushed.

It is our opinion that the revolutions that are shaking the thrones of dictators are good for the Muslims, good for the mujahidin and bad for the imperialists of the West and their henchmen in the Muslim world.

We are very optimistic and have great expectations of what is to come.

New Zeal


Another Storm Gathering

The Turkish National Security Council approved a few days ago significant changes in a document which contains threats against Turkey claiming that Israel is now a major threat to the country, Turkish media reported Saturday. Israel was redefined as a “major threat” in the document called “The Red Book.” … At the same time the Council decided to remove Syria, Bulgaria, Georgia and Armenia from the list of countries that pose a threat to Turkey. Iran, which was previously a major threat to Ankara was also removed from the list of countries. –JPost

Another storm is on the horizon —as if the results of the worldview war, a probable economic collapse, and all our other problems aren’t enough. There is a war coming, probably to start in the Middle East. Turkey is re-aligning itself with the Islamic world, rather than the western world, as we watch. This realignment, along with the EU’s continuing failure on the world scene, the ebbing of US influence, the fall of Lebanon to Islamic forces, and rise of Iran as a regional nuclear bully unafraid to use its power, all spell trouble of a major kind.

I won’t make too many inroads into prophecy here, but it does have the smell of Ezekiel 38.

Christians in the Middle East already feel the coming problems, and are aligning themselves with those they perceive to be the victors.

On October 15, Emmanuel III Delly, the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, said this about the Christians in Iraq at the Vatican’s Synod on Christians in the Middle East: “The population of this country, crossed by two famous rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates, is 24 million, all Muslims, with whom we live peacefully and freely….Christians are good with their fellow Muslims and in Iraq there is mutual respect among them.” On October 31, jihadists stormed a church in Baghdad and murdered over thirty people. This was, of course, just the latest of a large number of jihad attacks against Christians in Iraq over the last few years. –Jihad Watch

And there is the issue of the fourth turning. We’re just at the end of what should be a world war cycle. Keep your eyes on this space —expect major developments.

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