Archive for 10/02/2012

Afghan Senators Want ‘Friendship’ Axed From ‘Friendship And Cooperation Treaty’ Signed With France

10/02/2012 1 comment

In 2001, Afghanistan was lead by hardline Muslim extremists. They hated the West. In 2012, Afghanistan is lead by hardline Muslim extremists. They hate the West. I’d hate to imagine what Afghanistan would look like today if we all hadn’t spent billions and lost thousands of lives liberating it …

Qur’an Sura 5:51, “O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.”

AFP – “KABUL — Afghanistan’s senate voted to cut the word ‘friendship’ from a pact with France because Islamic texts say it cannot be used to describe relations between Muslims and infidels, senators said Tuesday.

France, which has seen 88 of its troops killed as part of the NATO coalition backing the Afghan government against Taliban insurgents, signed the 20-year ‘friendship and cooperation treaty’ earlier this year.

‘Some senators said that based on Sharia rulings we cannot use the word friendship with infidels, so after voting the word friendship was replaced with relationship,’ Senator Zahra Sharifi told AFP.

The move, which amounts simply to a recommendation as the senate has the power only to approve or reject the document, not to amend it, apparently embarrassed some senators.

‘We argued, we said that France has been a close friend of Afghanistan for a very long time,’ said Mohammad Alam Ezedyar, who chaired the senate session.

‘Some senators disagreed, but the important thing is that the pact was approved, and will be sent to the foreign ministry.'” Read more.

Taliban Openly Supported by Clerics in Afghanistan – “Mawlawi Ataullah Faizani took time out from teaching Islamic studies at a girls’ school in Kabul to explain why Afghans have a duty to resist the occupation of their country. He quoted sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, spoke of foreign troops humiliating civilians, and ridiculed the corruption that runs through the heart of the government. ‘This anarchy has been created by the West,’ he told GlobalPost. ‘The West is never happy to let Muslims be united.’ Faizani’s views are common among members of the powerful religious establishment here. Clerics and scholars now openly sympathize with the Taliban …” Read more.

Flashback: Afghan President Hamid Karzai: If America and Pakistan Go To War, Afghanistan Will Back Pakistan – “Afghanistan would support Pakistan in case of military conflict between Pakistan and the United States, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in an interview to a private Pakistani TV channel broadcast on Saturday… ‘God forbid, If ever there is a war between Pakistan and America, Afghanistan will side with Pakistan,’ he said in the interview to Geo television. ‘If Pakistan is attacked and if the people of Pakistan needs Afghanistan’s help, Afghanistan will be there with you.’” Read more.

Gog Of Magog: Destroyed On The Mountains Of Israel?

10/02/2012 1 comment

By Joel Richardson – “In several previous articles, I have argued that the infamous ‘Gog’ and his hordes of Ezekiel 38-39, are one and the same as the Antichrist / Beast figure of the New Testament and other Old Testament passages. Of course, many students and teachers of prophecy disagree with this view. Among the primary arguments used to support the two being distinct, one argument in particular, although widely accepted, is demonstrably not in accord with the greater context of Ezekiel’s language.

This particular argument holds that Gog and his hordes will be killed literally and specifically on the ‘mountains of Israel’, whereas Antichrist and his armies will specifically be killed either in the Valley of Jezreel, near Megiddo, or the valley of Jehoshaphat just outside Jerusalem, depending on who you ask. As such, it is claimed, the two eschatological figures and their armies cannot be the same.

This argument was popularized by Hebrew scholar Arnold Fruchtenbaum in his book, Footsteps of the Messiah. According to Fruchtenbaum, the prophetic/poetic description of the destruction of Gog and his hordes ‘upon the mountains of Israel’, means that they will literally die exclusively on top of the actual mountains of modern day Israel.

Numerous prophecy teachers have since followed Fruchtenbaum’s line of argumentation on this matter. Nathan Jones of Lamb Lion Ministries, for example, says:

The locations described for the two battles [the Battle of Gog of Magog and the Battle of Armageddon] do not match. Armageddon takes place in a valley — the Valley of Jezreel by the plain of Megiddo (Judges 5:19; 2 Kings 23:29; 2 Chron. 35:22; Zech. 12:11). Ezekiel 38:8 describes the Gog-Magog Battle taking place on the mountains — the “mountains of Israel.”

Numerous other prophecy students and teachers alike could be cited making identical claims. What then is the problem with this view? Well, simply put, the term, ‘the mountains of Israel’ is simply an Read more…

Too Radical For Four More Years: Obama Still Wants To ‘Fundamentally Transform America’

10/02/2012 3 comments

By David Horowitz, The Washington Times – “An American compound in Libya is invaded by al Qaeda terrorists and an American ambassador is purportedly tortured before being killed. Muslim mobs attack American embassies in 27 countries chanting, ‘Death to America.’ The White House response? A statement blaming the outrages on a filmmaker in the United States, along with apologies to the Muslim world.

The American economy languishes with millions unemployed in the worst times since the Great Depression. Yet the president spends his first years in the White House focusing on a plan to create a trillion-dollar socialized health care system opposed by a majority of Americans. Then he campaigns for re-election on a platform blaming rich Americans for the economic woes.

What’s going on here?

The answer lies in a famous statement the president made on the eve of his election, when he told a crowd of cheering supporters: ‘We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.’ These are not the words of a traditional, pragmatic-minded American politician. A practical politician attempts to address problems and fix them, not to fundamentally transform an entire nation. Transforming nations is what radicals aspire to do. But Mr. Obama’s actions in the past four years — beginning with putting Obamacare in front of the economic crisis — are nothing if not radical.

Radicals are sometimes referred to as ‘liberals in a hurry.’ They share goals but not means. Both Mr. Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, expressed early sympathy for the Occupy Wall Street movement, whose rage at the American social order quickly turned violent and destructive.

But while Mr. Obama and Mrs. Pelosi may pursue their agendas through the traditional process of democratic government, ends still determine means. The radical nature of the goals they pursue does have consequences, the first of which is to Read more…

‘Judgment Day Is Coming’: Stock Market May Be Headed For A Rude Shock This Month

10/02/2012 1 comment

By Maria Bartiromo, CNBC – “The focus on fundamentals is about to begin.

For the last three months, investors have been ignoring the weak economic backdrop and plowing money into stocks because of the cheap money swirling from central banks around the world. Investors are searching for yield in an environment of rock bottom rates.

But judgment day is coming.

The fourth quarter has begun and the third-quarter earnings will start to flow, giving us a window on just how anemic the last three months have been in the real economy.

That doesn’t mean the chasing of the highly volatile big performers will let up. But it does mean selectivity when buying stocks will be more important than ever. And the risks of a big sell-off are higher.

Big institutions and other deep pools of capital, such as pension funds, have been playing catch up, chasing stocks even in the face of anemic economic growth, stubbornly high unemployment, and a mess in Europe that has yet to be resolved.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up more than 10 percent year to date, 4.3 percent in the third quarter. The S&P 500 index is more than 15 percent year to date, and 5.8 percent in the past quarter, and the Nasdaq Composite Index, the big winner of all is up nearly 20 percent year to date and 6.2 percent in the third quarter.

But as money has flowed into stocks, the backdrop for corporate earnings has worsened. Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the economy, was revised downward to show a slow 1.3 percent growth versus an earlier estimate of 1.7 percent.

Earnings for the third quarter are seen contracting — S&P Capital IQ is expecting a negative showing for third-quarter numbers, with profits down 1.9 percent. It would be the weakest earnings picture since the second quarter of 2009, smack dab in the middle of the recession.

Revenue is seen growing just 1.4 percent. To put that in context, historically over the last 10 years, revenue has grown some 7 percent.” Read more.

Flashback: On The Verge Of Major Financial Chaos On a Global Scale, Investors Nervous – “Is the stock market going to crash by the end of this year? Are we on the verge of major financial chaos on a global scale? Well, this is the time of the year when investors start getting nervous. We all remember what happened during the fall of 1929, the fall of 1987 and the fall of 2008. However, it is important to keep in mind that we do not see a stock market crash in the fall of every year. Some years the stock market cruises through the months of September, October, November and December without any problems whatsoever. But this year conditions certainly seem to be right for a ‘perfect storm’ to develop.” Read more.

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Nigeria: At Least 26 Students Murdered After Suspected Islamists Attack Mubi College With Guns And Knives

10/02/2012 1 comment

The Times of India – “OHIA ABUJA: At least 26 students were killed and several others injured when unidentified gunmen wearing military uniform attacked a hostel in northern Nigeria on Monday.

Gunmen invaded the hostel of Mubi Polytechnic in northern state of Adamawa, killing 26 students, police sources said.

A lecturer told reporters that the number of dead could be as much as 40. He said that the gunmen wore military attire and told the students to identify themselves by name.

According to him, some of them were spared after mentioning their names but no reason was given by the assailants for the identification process.

The invaders used guns and knives in killing the students.

The spokesman of the oil-rich African country’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Yushua Shuaib said he cannot say whether the assailants were members of a violent sect that is notorious within the region.

‘I also do not have the total casualty figure but would make it available soon,’ he told PTI.

A curfew has been imposed on the city but that did not deter the frightened students from fleeing the place in droves.

Several killings in the state have been carried out by a Muslim militant sect called Boko Haram which wants to convert the people of northern Nigeriato Islam by force and install a Sharia government.” Read more.

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