Archive for 03/03/2013

Texas: Muslims Rally For Islam In Austin, Boldly Claim ‘We Are Above The Law Of The Land’

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The Pledge of Allegiance is officially all for a dhimmi show when spoken by practising Muslims, even if recited in Arabic

Jihad-286x275By JOHN GRIFFING, WND – “A leader for the Texas branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations has told a crowd at a rally for Islam that members of the faith really shouldn’t be bound by American law.

‘If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land,’ said Mustafa Carroll, the executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth CAIR branch, a keynote speaker as the recent rally.

The event was a rally in Austin, a part of the nationwide effort to hold ‘Muslim Capitol Day’ events.

CAIR itself has been under investigation for its documented ties to terrorist organizations in the past. Some details revealed by Daniel Pipes are that:

  • CAIR funded the Holy Land Foundation, which was used to funnel money to Hamas. President Bush shut down Holy Land Foundation, which CAIR called ‘unjust’ and ‘disturbing.’
  • CAIR denied Osama Bin Laden was behind 9/11, even though Bin Laden said so on camera.
  • CAIR demanded removal of a billboard in Los Angeles in 1998 that described Osama bin Laden as ‘the sworn enemy,’ saying that this description was ‘offensive to Muslims.’ [Osama had by this point released his Declaration of War on the United States.]
  • CAIR called the conviction of the 1993 WTC bombers ‘a travesty of justice.’
  • CAIR called the conviction of Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind sheikh who planned to blow up New York City landmarks, a ‘hate crime.’
  • CAIR labeled the extradition order for suspected Hamas terrorist Mousa Abu Marook ‘anti-Islamic’ and ‘anti-American.’

CAIR also had on its advisory board Siraj Wahhaj, an unindicted co-conspirator in the attempted 1993 WTC bombings. It was the same Siraj Wahhaj who was asked to deliver the ‘Juma,’ or invocation at the Democratic National Convention for President Obama. He also once remarked, ‘It is my duty and our duty as Muslims to replace the U.S. Constitution with the Quran.’

According to the website about the event, Muslims from around Texas went to the Capitol in Austin to ‘promote civic and political activism throughout the wider Muslim community.’

The organization reported, ‘One major issue discussed was the recent House and Senate bill proposals involving the implementation of ‘anti-Shariah’ legislation, where the First Amendment rights and freedoms of Muslims would ultimately be hindered.’

Critics allege that Shariah prohibits other faiths from free exercise when enforced, and would actually invalidate the American First Amendment, unless practitioners were Muslim.

Carroll’s statement was similar to a statement made by CAIR Chairman Omar M. Ahmad, who is on record saying, ‘Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Quran…should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth.’

Carroll began joking about the widespread concern surrounding Shariah, the religious code that governs all Muslim civil and political life, saying Read more…

Bright Comet Pan-STARRS Intensifies Over The Australian Sky

03/03/2013 Leave a comment – “Comet Pan-STARRS (C/2011 L4) is now inside the orbit of Mercury, brightening as it plunges toward the sun. Observers in the southern hemisphere report say they can see Pan-STARRS with the unaided eye in the evening sunset sky. Carl Gruber photographed the comet on March 2nd over the city lights of Melbourne, Australia:

‘Despite bad light and smog pollution, the comet’s nucleus was clearly visible to the naked eye as well as a small part of the tail,’ says Gruber. Light curves show the comet is approaching 2nd magnitude, about as bright as the stars of the Big Dipper.

Several important dates are approaching. On March 5th, Comet Pan-STARRS makes its closest approach to Earth (1.09 AU), followed on March 10th by its closest approach to the sun (0.3 AU). As Comet Pan-STARRS passes the sun, solar glare will make it difficult to see even as the nucleus vaporizes and brightens. By March 12th and 13th, the comet will reappear in the sunset skies of the northern hemisphere not far from the crescent Moon; think photo-op! Check the realtime comet gallery for the latest images.” Source –

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Close Shave: Newly Found Asteroid To Pass Within Moon’s Orbit On March 4, 2013

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By NANCY ATKINSON, Universe Today – “A newly found asteroid will pass just inside the orbit of the Moon, with its closest approach on March 4, 2013 at 07:35 UTC. Named 2013 EC, the asteroid is about the size of the space rock that exploded over Russia two and a half weeks ago, somewhere between 10-17 meters wide (the Russian meteorite is estimated to be about 15 meters wide when it entered Earth’s atmosphere). 2013 EC was discovered by the Mt. Lemmon Observatory in Arizona on March 2. . There is no chance this asteroid will hit Earth.

2013 EC will come within 396,000 kilometers from Earth, (246,000 miles, or around 1.0 lunar distances, 0.0026 AU.

The Moon’s distance from the Earth varies between 363,104 km (225,622 miles) at perigee (closest) and 406,696 km (252,088 miles) at apogee (most distant point).

Gianluca Masi from the Virtual Telescope Project had a live view of the asteroid when it was about twice the distance of the Moon, and a replay of that webcast is available below.

‘That we are finding all these asteroids recently does not mean that we are being visited by more asteroids,’ Masi said during the webcast, ‘just that our ability to detect them has gotten so much better. Our technology has improved a lot over the past decades.’

More info about 2013 EC on the JPL Small Body Database.Source – Universe Today.

Categories: Cosmic Craziness

Plague Of Biblical Proportions: Massive Swarm Of Locusts Descends Upon Egypt Ahead Of Passover (Video)

03/03/2013 5 comments

Plagues of locusts? Meh. US Secretary of State John Kerry just announced that he’ll be handing over $250 million to Egypt in support of it’s beautiful democratic future, so all is well. Or is it? …

By STUART WINER, The Times of Israel – “An enormous swarm of locusts is plaguing Egypt, in a development that agricultural authorities admitted they failed to predict.

Egyptian Agricultural Minister Salah Abad Almoman said the swarm, comprising an estimated 30 million insects, descended on Giza, near southern Cairo, where it is causing great damage.

‘The armed forces and the Egyptian border units are trying to battle the swarm with various means at their disposal,’ Almoman said, according to a report in Maariv, but the report did not detail what action was taken. The minister appealed to local residents to refrain from attempting to deal with the ravenous horde themselves.

‘I ask the families living in the area afflicted with the swarm to not light car tires,’ he said. ‘It doesn’t drive the locusts away, it only causes damage, and it could start a fire that will take human life.’

A ministry official said crop-spraying aircraft will be deployed to tackle the insects, which are a seasonal phenomenon in Egypt — albeit not in such large quantities.Read more.

Egypt Struck by Swarm of Locusts Ahead of Passover – “As a reminder to those who thought the account related in the Passover Haggadah might have been an exaggeration – think again. Millions of locusts have swooped down in a swarm from the sky on to the land of Egypt… Residents were warned not to try to drive away the locusts themselves in order to avoid creating further damage. Instead, ‘Egyptian armed forces and border guards are attempting to fight the swarm with all means at their disposal,’ said Egyptian Agriculture Minister Dr. Salah Abd Al Mamon.” Read more.

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At Least 700 Homes Destroyed In China Earthquake, Thousands More Damaged

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By Chana Ya’ar, INN – “At least 700 families lost their homes in an earthquake that rocked Yunnan province in southwest China at 1:41 p.m. local time on Sunday.

Another 2,500 homes were damaged in the quake, which struck 51 kilometers (32 miles) from Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, close to the Maynmar border.

The epicenter of the quake was detected at a depth of nine kilometers, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. The quake registered as deep as 33 kilometers below the surface of the planet, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

More than 20 people were hurt in the temblor, which registered at 5.5 on the Richter scale. Three of the injured sustained serious wounds.

Last September, twin earthquakes in the same province triggered landslides that killed at least 80 people. The region is prone to earthquakes.

The area in which the quake occurred in considered fairly remote.

Although Jews travel to China on business, they are generally not found in such remote areas, and none were reported injured or missing in the quake.” Source – INN.

Categories: Earthquakes

Newly Discovered Comet May Be On Explosive Collision Course With Mars In October 2014

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Just in time for the Feast of Tabernacles 2014 and less than one year after another comet is scheduled to swing by in late 2013 during Hannukah that may, according to reports, blaze brighter than the full moon, becoming one of the greatest in history

By Nancy Atkinson, Universe Today – “There is an outside chance that a newly discovered comet might be on a collision course with Mars. Astronomers are still determining the trajectory of the comet, named C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring), but at the very least, it is going to come fairly close to the Red Planet in October of 2014. ‘Even if it doesn’t impact it will look pretty good from Earth, and spectacular from Mars,’ wrote Australian amateur astronomer Ian Musgrave, ‘probably a magnitude -4 comet as seen from Mars’s surface.’

The comet was discovered in the beginning of 2013 by comet-hunter Robert McNaught at the Siding Spring Observatory in New South Wales, Australia. According to a discussion on the IceInSpace amateur astronomy forum when the discovery was initially made, astronomers at the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona looked back over their observations to find ‘prerecovery’ images of the comet dating back to Dec. 8, 2012. These observations placed the orbital trajectory of comet C/2013 A1 right through Mars orbit on Oct. 19, 2014. However, now after 74 days of observations, comet specialist Leonid Elenin notes that current calculations put the closest approach of the comet at a distance of 109,200 km, or 0.00073 AU from Mars in October 2014. That close pass has many wondering if any of the Mars orbiters might be able to acquire high-resolution images of the comet as [it] passes by.

But as Ian O’Neill from Discovery Space points out, since the comet has only been observed for 74 days (so far), so it’s difficult for astronomers to forecast the comet’s precise location in 20 months time. ‘Comet C/2013 A1 may fly past at a very safe distance of 0.008 AU (650,000 miles),’ Ian wrote, ‘but to the other extreme, its orbital pass could put Mars directly in its path. At time of Mars close approach (or impact), the comet will be barreling along at a breakneck speed of 35 miles per second (126,000 miles per hour).’

Elenin said that since C/2013 A1 is a hyperbolic comet and moves in a retrograde orbit, its velocity with respect to the planet will be very high, approximately 56 km/s. ‘With the current estimate of the absolute magnitude of the nucleus M2 = 10.3, which might indicate the diameter up to 50 km, the energy of impact might reach the equivalent of staggering 2×10¹º megatons!’ An impact of this magnitude would leave a crater 500 km across and 2 km deep, Elenin said.” Read more.

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Latest Edition Of Al-Qaeda Magazine Includes Assassination Hit List, Torching Terror Tips

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By LEON WATSON, Mail Online – “Al Qaeda has released the latest edition of its English-language propaganda magazine advising would-be militants on how to torch parked cars and cause traffic accidents.

The Islamist movement’s most active branch Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, published the tenth edition of its glossy quarterly called Inspire on militant websites this month.

Along with tips on terrorism, it also warns France to pull back from Mali and lists 11 public figures in the West, including author Salman Rushdie, who it says are ‘wanted dead or alive for crimes against Islam’ and carries articles commemorating ‘martyrs’ who have died for its cause…

In a section entitled ‘open source jihad’, the magazine gives tips on how to set fire to parked cars, including advice such as ‘don’t get petrol on yourself’, and suggests spilling oil on road bends to cause crashes…

The magazine also called on militants to attack 11 public figures in the West, including Rushdie, whose 1988 novel The Satanic Verses was seen by many Muslims as blasphemous.

Among others are Dutch politician Geert Wilders and Canadian-Somalian activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, both strong critics of Islam, and U.S. pastor Terry Jones, who staged a public burning of copies of the Koran.

In a prominent feature, titled ‘No Parking! Are There Any Safe Parking Lots Out There,’ an author identified as Ibnul Irhab lays out step-by-step procedures for lighting multiple cars in the same, vacant parking lot ablaze, turning it into a massive explosion.

‘The West should taste some burning. They should pay for bombarding and burning our Muslim brothers and sisters’ homes and our Holy (Koran). For burning down forests, plantations and houses, please refer to Issue 9,’ the author writes.

‘All you need is cooking oil, this tip-sheet says, to wreak havoc on a curvy highway.

‘Today we have something new for you, VEHICLES. Vehicle are easy to torch. And the easy part is, vehicles need to be parked somewhere, right? How safe is that somewhere, especially in deserted areas? How much more safe will the West feel parking their vehicles, when they know they’re up for a TORCHING.'” Read more.

Flashback: Islamists Prepare for ‘Paradigm Shift’, Declare Jihad Inside America by Setting Forest Fires in Nevada Followed by Possible Attacks ‘Elsewhere’ – “Allah have granted a group of our brothers from the lions of Masadat Al-Mujahidin … to set fire in the forests of Nevada in the Reno region. And we by this great event and paradigm shift declare the following: 1. we declare our full responsibility of setting fire in the Nevada forests in America. 2. we declare widening the area of war and transferring it currently to inside America and soon to elsewhere… ” Read more.

Flashback: Latest Al Qaeda Magazine Calls Upon American Muslims To Launch A ‘Firebomb’ Campaign Inside The US – “The men who launched al Qaeda’s English-language magazine may have died in a U.S. missile strike last fall, but ‘Inspire’ magazine lives on without them — and continues to promote jihadi attacks on Western targets, offering detailed advice on how to start huge forest fires in America with timed explosives and how to build remote-controlled bombs.” Read more.

‘Religion Of Peace’ Clerics In Pakistan Reject Peace, Embrace Suicide Bombings

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In other words, peace and life is bad, war and death is good …

Isaiah 57:21, “‘There is no peace,’ Says my God, ‘for the wicked.'”

By LISA LUNDQUIST, The Long War Journal – “The tortuous path of the Afghan government’s plan for a regional ulema conference that would issue a fatwa condemning suicide attacks reached a new impasse yesterday when the head of Pakistan’s ulema council stated that suicide attacks are permissible. The proposed conference, originally put forward by Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, was agreed to by Pakistan in November, and then hit a series of snags as it was condemned by the Taliban in late December and early January.

The conference, which had been scheduled for January, was postponed; its agenda grew murky, the venue changed from Kabul to various other locations, and its fate became uncertain. It has been termed variously a ‘peace conference’ and a conference on the issue of suicide bombings.

In an interesting twist, last month the Taliban changed their stance from condemning the proposed conference to demanding to take part in it. Reports suggested that Pakistan’s position on the proposed conference mirrored that of the Taliban, which remained steadfastly opposed to a gathering that would potentially outlaw the tactic of suicide bombing. [See LWJ report, Karzai presses for fatwa on suicide attacks.]

Afghan officials have resisted the Taliban’s demand to be included in the conference, suspecting no doubt that the Taliban would subvert the original goal of obtaining a fatwa against suicide bombings, and the event has appeared to be destined for limbo. Meetings between Afghan and Pakistani religious scholars on the proposed conference have reflected division between the two groups, and as of a few weeks ago they had apparently agreed only to hold a joint conference in March on the issue of attacks on civilians, according to Xinhua.

The picture became much clearer yesterday, however, when the head of Pakistan’s ulema council announced that suicide attacks are permitted in Afghanistan so long as US forces remain in the country.

‘Palestine is occupied by Israel, Kashmir by India, and Afghanistan by the US. So if the Muslims don’t have the atomic bomb, they should sacrifice their lives for God,’ Tahir Ashrafi, the head of the Pakistan Ulema Council, told TOLOnews.

Significantly, Ashrafi’s rhetoric on suicide attacks is identical to that of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. In January 2009, the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan released a propaganda tape in which a jihadist said that ‘suicide bombers are the atomic weapons of Muslims.'” Read more.

Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 45 in Pakistan, Officials Say – “A suicide bomb explosion in Pakistan killed 45 and injured more than a hundred in Karachi, senior city official Hashim Raza told Reuters. The attack happened Sunday in a neighborhood dominated by Shiite Muslims in the southern city of Karachi. The bomb exploded outside a Shiite mosque as people were leaving evening prayers, said police official Azhar Iqbal. Men, women and children were among those killed and wounded, he said.” Read more.

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