Archive for 09/24/2012

‘Illegitimate’, ‘Bastard’: Grand Ayatollah Denigrates The Biblical Jesus As Unworthy Of Heaven, Elevates Mohammed Above Christ

09/24/2012 3 comments

In Hebrew, the name “Lucifer” is “heylel,” which means “light-bearer.” The Arabic equivalent is “hilal,” which means “crescent moon.”  Revealing the adversary’s corrupted ambitions, the Prophet Isaiah writes how Satan has said in his heart that “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation … I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”  Through “the man of sin”, he will magnify himself above everything that is called god, even above God Himself. He will, until the bitter end, continue to pursue the iniquity of his disdain, to exalt his throne upon the mount of his own congregation, the Ummah of Islam, a religion which derogates all other faiths and all other gods — even the God of Abraham and Ishmael — in order to honour its own. It is therefore no surprise that the “Takbir” of Islam — “Allahu Akbar” — doesn’t really mean “Allah is great”, as it is often translated in the West, but rather “Allah is greater” …

Isaiah 14:12-14, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! … For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend [alah] into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation … I will ascend [alah] above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

Daniel 11:36-38, “… and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished … Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god … But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour …”

By REZA KAHLILI – “Iran’s mullah-dominated regime, even as it was damning the recent video on the Prophet Muhammad as an insult to the sanctity of Islam, has unleashed a ferocious attack on Christianity.

Grand Ayatollah Vahid Khorasani, a prominent Shi’ite source of emulation and a Twelver, in condemning the insult to the Prophet, not only insulted Pope Benedict XVI but also Jesus and Miriam, stating that if it were not for the Quran, Jesus would not be worthy of God’s heavens.

Khorasani, in a long statement quoting several verses from the Quran published Friday in Hawzah News, the official site of the seminaries in Qom, Iran, claims the only reason Jesus is regarded as holy is due to the Quran and Muhammad.

‘Hey, clueless pope who has chosen silence (on the Muhammad video), answer this: If there was no Quran, then as the Bible and the Torah have it, Jesus the son of Miriam is a bastard and a bastard will be forbidden from the heavens of God, and so the high place of Jesus is due to the existence of the Prophet Muhammad as the last prophet by God,’ Khorasani said.

The grand ayatollah likened Muhammad to the sun that shines on humanity and cannot be diminished.

‘The Prophet is the light of God and everlasting and that Allah, among all of His prophets, only compares himself to Muhammad and clearly calls him the last of His prophets with the most complete and righteous religion,’ Khorasani said.

The Quran, the last book of God, removed the burden of ‘adultery’ from Miriam and sanctified the birth of Jesus, Khorasani said. ‘The ignorant Christians burn the Quran and don’t understand that the result will be that Jesus becomes an illegitimate child.’

Khorasani had previously called the Bible wrong and unjust, a book that does not reflect the words of God but rather one that has been altered.” Read more.

Arizona: Bubonic Plague Suspected After Hundreds Of Prarie Dogs Found Dead In Concho Valley

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RSOE EDIS – “Residents in the Concho Valley area off of Highway 61 noticed hundreds of prairies dogs had died in a short span of time. Prairie dogs are considered sentinel animals to the fact that plague is in the area. Officials with Arizona Game and Fish were notified by an alert resident and further contact was made with health officials from Apache and Coconino counties, the state health department, as well as experts at Northern Arizona University. NAU is home to the Microbial Genetics and Genomics Center and has been a key player in testing for plague for the past 10 years. The lab sent a team to the area to trap fleas in the prairie dog holes that had recent die-offs. The team’s first visit was on August 27 and results from the lab testing showed positive for plague.” Read more.

Flashback: Colorado: 7-year-old Girl Contracts “Black Death” Bubonic Plague – “A 7-year-old girl is recovering in a Colorado hospital after being diagnosed with the Black Death, scientifically known as the bubonic plague. The parents of 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing thought she had the flu when she felt sick days after camping in southwest Colorado. When she had a seizure, her father rushed her to the local hospital in Pagosa Springs. The emergency room doctor who saw Sierra Jane for the seizure and a 107-degree fever late Aug. 24 wasn’t sure what was wrong either, and called other hospitals before the girl was flown to Denver. A pediatric doctor racing to save the girl’s life at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children got the first inkling that she had bubonic plague. Dr. Jennifer Snow first suspected the rare disease after factoring in the girl’s symptoms, a history of where she’d been and an online journal’s article on a teen with similar symptoms.” Read more.

Flashback: Plague Confirmed in Oregon Man – “Health officials have confirmed that an Oregon man has the plague after he was bitten while trying to take a dead rodent from the mouth of a stray cat. The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, remained in critical condition Friday at a Bend hospital. His illness marks the fifth case of plague in Oregon since 1995. State public health veterinarian Dr. Emilio DeBess says the man was infected when he was bitten by the stray his family had befriended. The cat died and its body is being sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing.” Read more.

Flashback: Friend of Oregon Man Diagnosed With Plague Also Becomes Infected – “An Oregon woman was diagnosed with the bubonic plague, once called “black death,” over the summer and has since recovered. The woman tried to help her friend save the life of a choking cat, health officials said Friday. Her friend Paul Gaylord, also made headlines in June for contracting the rare, dangerous disease. The central Oregon woman, who asked not to be identified, has recovered since contracting the disease in June. She was treated after showing early symptoms.” Read more.

Flashback: California: Campground Squirrel Tests Positive for Plague – “A ground squirrel found at the Cedar Grove Campground on Palomar Mountain recently tested positive for plague, according to County of San Diego vector control officials. The squirrel was trapped during routine monitoring at the campground. Environmental health officials are now warning the public to take precautions to protect themselves from possible exposure to the disease when camping and visiting parks. ‘Set up tents away from squirrel burrows, do not feed the squirrels and warn your children not to play with squirrels,’ said Jack Miller, Director of the Department of Environmental Health.” Read more.

Categories: Pestilence

America: 2012 On Track To Become The Worst Year On Record For West Nile Virus

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By Amy Maxmen – “This year is on track to be the worst on record for West Nile virus in the United States. As of 11 September, more than 2,600 new cases, including 118 deaths, had been reported from across the country to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Symptoms of the mosquito-borne disease range from none (in most people) to life-threatening brain inflammation, and it can leave survivors with long-term disabilities including paralysis and fatigue. Researchers are now investigating suggestions that even mild infections may leave another lasting burden — kidney disease.

‘We are early in our understanding, but this really worries me,’ says Kristy Murray, an epidemiologist and clinical researcher at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, who has found hints that the virus may persist in the kidney long after the initial infection. This week she is moving her work on the long-term consequences of West Nile to a new biosecurity-level-3 laboratory at nearby Texas Children’s Hospital, where she will explore a link between the virus and kidney disease.

Researchers agree that the claim needs to be investigated. ‘If Murray’s findings are true, we have to think about what to do with all of these people with mild infections,’ says William Reisen, an entomologist at the Center for Vectorborne Diseases at the University of California, Davis. But Murray is also facing scepticism, which she hopes to address in the latest phase of her research.

Murray’s quest began at a meeting of West Nile survivors in Texas in 2009, where a man in his early fifties who had recovered from a 2003 infection announced that he had kidney disease. He was dead within a year. To Murray, his illness brought to mind studies in which researchers had detected and cultured the virus in kidney tissue from laboratory animals long after they were infected with West Nile.

Murray collected urine samples from 25 survivors of West Nile and found that five had viral RNA in their urine well after they had been infected1, suggesting that the virus might have established itself in their kidneys. To examine whether the virus might harm kidneys over time, Murray’s team then looked for indicators of long-term kidney disease, such as excess protein in the urine, in samples from 139 people, most of whom were infected with the 2003 strain of the virus. She reported2 in July that 40% of that group showed signs of long-term kidney disease.” Read more.

Categories: Pestilence

Colorado: Dead Crows Littering Lawns And Streets In Denver’s Crestmoor Park Neighborhood

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CBS4 – “Dead crows are littering some Denver neighborhoods. Homeowners first thought someone poisoned the birds, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that’s not the case.

The area affected is Crestmoor Park located around 6th and Monaco in southeast Denver. CBS4′s Suzanne McCarroll first reported on the story a week and a half ago, and the birds continue to turn up dead.

It’s a neighborhood with birds, bunnies and squirrels. Unfortunately it is also an area with crow carcasses littering the lawns and streets.

‘I have found at least two dead crows in my backyard and the reason it’s disturbing is I have small children,’ a Crestmoor Park resident said.

Right next door there was a dead crow Monday morning, and yet another on Tuesday morning.

‘This is a crow that just passed away overnight,’ resident Julie Mackay-Percy said. ‘He’s one of the sick ones I’ve seen the last couple of days, and they keep going until they can’t.’

Mackay-Percy now refers to herself as the crow lady. When McCarroll first interviewed her she said about 36 crows died along her street this summer. In the last week alone nine more have died and neighbors say many more are sick.

‘They get slower and slower … you can tell it’s a struggle for them to move, it’s a struggle for them to fly,’ Mackay-Percy said.

Representatives for the CDC have made frequent trips to the neighborhood to test the birds. What continues to turn up is West Nile virus.” Read more.

Australia: Scientists Investigate Cause Of Thousands Of Catfish Deaths In Brisbane River

09/24/2012 1 comment

By Tony Moore – “Scientists are investigating whether a virus is the cause of the deaths of thousands of catfish in the Brisbane River.

A major clean-up is happening in Lowood today, west of Ipswich, with Somerset Regional Council staff helping scientists and rangers clean the Brisbane River of thousands of decaying catfish.

Crews began removing dead fish at Twin Bridges, Wivenhoe Pocket and intend to work their way towards Lowood.

Somerset mayor Graeme Lehmann said the dead catfish were still being been found in a stretch of the Brisbane River between Lowood State High School and the Lowood Water Treatment Plant, run by Queensland Urban Utilities.

He said scientists had told him this morning they believed “something natural, perhaps a virus” had triggered the fish kill.

Now the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is checking to see if there have been previous fish kills in the area. understands dead fish were first located last Tuesday, but the issue was only brought to the the council’s attention this week.

A spokeswoman for Seqwater, which monitors water quality, said they had not been notified of any unusual discharges from the water treatment at Lowood to the Brisbane River.

“Seqwater has no knowledge of any issue at Lowood Water Treatment Plant and is co-operating with the state government in any investigations into the fish kill,” she said last night.” Read more.

South Africa: Farmers Shocked After Hundreds Of Cows Drop Dead From Cold, Disease

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By Sphiwe Masilela and France Nyaka – “Farmers in the Thembisile Hani municipality are reeling from shock after the death of 588 cattle due to very cold weather and disease.

The department of agriculture in the area has warned people not to eat meat from the dead animals.

Department veterinarians have been sent to various municipalities to monitor the situation. It was the Thembisile Hani municipality which suffered the most, with a very high number of animal deaths.

The agriculture department’s chief director for research and structural training, Stemmer Ndala, said his team had discovered tuberculosis (TB) and pneumonia in some of the cows.

‘Lack of rain last summer had an impact on this as well.

‘This year we had harsh winter spells coupled with cold hailstorms at times and this affected the cows,’ said Ndala…

In the Kwaggafontein and KwaMhlanga areas, 29 cattle died and forming part of the 588 reported dead in the province.

Agriculture department spokesperson Bheki Nyathikazi said the cattle deaths were a source of concern to the provincial department.

He said farmers had realised that something was wrong with their animals.

‘The cattle reportedly displayed nervous signs like tremors, ataxia and paresis, prior to death.

‘Investigations are already underway and samples have since been collected from the dead animals to establish the exact cause of death,’ said Nyathikazi.

He said his department was not yet sure of the exact number of deaths as this information was still being collated.

‘We want to ensure proper disposal of carcasses to reduce environmental contamination and public health risk.’

A few days ago The New Age reported that 48 pregnant cows died at the government farm in Ermelo. The livestock died of hunger after the farm management allegedly failed to provide sufficient feed.” Source – TNA.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander: An Israeli Strike Against Iran Would Mean ‘World War III’, The Annihilation Of Israel

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AFP – “Iran could launch a pre-emptive strike if Israel prepares to attack it, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander told broadcaster Al-Alam on Sunday, a day after his boss warned that conflict was inevitable.

Should Israel and Iran engage militarily, ‘nothing is predictable… and it will turn into World War III,’ Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh told Iran’s Arabic-language television network.

Hajizadeh, who is in charge of Revolutionary Guards missile systems, said: ‘In circumstances in which they (the Israelis) have prepared everything for an attack, it is possible that we will make a pre-emptive attack. But we do not see this at the moment.’

He added that Iran would deem any Israeli strike to be conducted with US authorisation, so ‘whether the Zionist regime attacks with or without US knowledge, then we will definitely attack US bases in Bahrain, Qatar and Afghanistan.’

He warned that Israel ‘cannot imagine our response — and it will sustain heavy damage and that will be a prelude to its obliteration.’

On Saturday, the head of the Revolutionary Guards, General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said war between Iran and Israel ‘will eventually happen, but it is not certain where and when.’

It was the first time a senior Iranian official had acknowledged a probability of war breaking out between the two arch-foes.

Jafari, quoted by the ISNA and Fars news agencies, also said such a conflict would lead to the annihilation of Israel.” Read more.

Athens: Muslim Violence Over Anti-Islam Film Spreads To Greece

09/24/2012 5 comments

By DEMETRIS NELLAS, Detroit Free Press – “ATHENS, Greece — Greek riot police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse Muslim protesters who clashed with officers Sunday during a rally against a film produced in the U.S. that denigrates Islam’s prophet. No injuries were reported.

A general strike in Bangladesh shut down schools, transportation and businesses, while a few hundred people peacefully marched in Pakistan. Iranian students burned flags in Tehran to protest the publication of lewd caricatures of Mohammad by a French satirical weekly…

In Athens, six people were detained during the demonstration at a central square, police said. About 600 people attended the rally, which featured heated speeches, but was mostly peaceful. Some in the crowd then wanted to march to the U.S. Embassy, about 2 miles away. They tried to break through police lines several times, but riot officers pushed them back.

The violence occurred at the end of the rally, when small groups of protesters threw objects at police. Three cars were damaged and three storefronts smashed.

In Bangladesh, schools and businesses were closed Sunday and transportation was disrupted across the south Asian country as hard-line Islamic groups protesting the film enforced a general strike.

The strike was called in response to police action Saturday against supporters of the groups who rallied in the capital, Dhaka, to denounce the film. Dozens of people were arrested and scores injured Saturday as protesters clashed with police. Several vehicles were burned, including a police van.” Read more.

China: Thousands Of Hong Kong Muslims Denounce Free Speech, Clash With Police During Protest Of Anti-Mohammed Film, Cartoons

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AFP – “Thousands of Muslims in Hong Kong protested against an anti-Islam film and French cartoons Sunday, briefly scuffling with police as they tried to deliver a letter to the US consulate.

The protesters, who numbered more than 3,000 according to police and organisers, held up banners to denounce the film and cartoons as they marched through the city chanting ‘Allahu akbar’ or ‘God is greater’.

The group, including women in headscarf and children, briefly clashed with police as they tried to break through a cordon outside the US consulate to deliver a petition letter, according to an AFP reporter at the scene.

‘Freedom of speech should not be used against any religion,’ Saeed Uddin of the Incorporated Trustees of the Islamic Community Fund of Hong Kong, a group that claims it represents some 300,000 Muslims in the city, said before the march.

‘This is not the first time that our Holy Prophet has been insulted and attacked,’ he said, branding the cartoons and the film as ‘malicious, disrespectful and derogatory’.

Uddin, a Pakistani who has lived in the southern Chinese city for 35 years, urged the American and French governments to take action against the filmmaker and cartoonist who are behind the controversial works.” Read more.

Obama Cancels Election-Season Meeting With Egyptian ‘Jihad-Is-Our-Path’ President Morsi

09/24/2012 5 comments

At least temporarily. In light of the burning chaos throughout the Muslim world, which is now calling for the death of America and the death of freedom, it wouldn’t be politically expedient at home to meet with a “death-in-the-name-of-Allah-is-our-goal” Islamist president who wants to destroy Western civilization from within. Because that would raise an eyebrow or two. Again. But if Obama is re-elected, expect the meeting to be rescheduled …

By Neil Munro, The Daily Caller – “President Barack Obama has quietly cancelled a politically risky plan to meet this week with Egypt’s new Islamist president.

The plan was cancelled amid a wave of riots and attacks in Arab countries that have damaged Obama’s campaign-trail claim to foreign policy competence.

In 2011, Obama had ‘bilateral’ meetings with 13 Arab and world leaders during the annual U.S. summit. This year, amid the foreign policy meltdown, his schedule shows no so-called ‘bilats’ with any foreign leaders.

The cancelled visit with Morsi was mentioned in a Sept. 23 New York Times article about Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, an Islamist who now governs the Arab region’s most important country.

Despite critical 2011 support from Obama for the revolt that removed Hosni Mubarak, Morsi is now demanding restrictions on U.S. free speech that is critical of Islam, demanding more U.S. support for the anti-Israeli Islamist governments in Gaza and the West Bank, and more financial aid to help the cash-strapped Egyptian government buy food and fuel for its population of 82 million people.

These Islamist demands clash with Obama’s promise of good U.S.-Arab relations made in his June 2009 ‘New Beginning’ speech in Cairo.

That controversial speech reversed President George W. Bush’s policy of opposition to Islamists’ demands for theocratic governments in Egypt and other Muslim-majority states.

To emphasize the reversal, Obama even invited some members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood movement to his Cairo speech.

Following elections in 2011 and 2012, that Islamist movement now controls Egypt, and is taking steps to end the 1979 peace deal between Egypt and Israel.” Read more.

Flashback: Obama To Palestinians: Delay Next Bid For Statehood Until US Election Is Over – “Things that make you go ‘Hmmm.’ If President Barack Obama — who has never made a single visit to Israel during his first term — is re-elected in November then chances will be better than ever for the Palestinians to succeed where they failed last year. What could possibly go wrong? …” Read more.

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