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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Taming The Shadows
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by Dilip Mohapatra (October 2014)


Strangely

your own shadows

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and mostly disloyal.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 9:05 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Looking East From Mt. Scopus
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by Steven Sher (October 2014)


From this overlook, we can see beyond Maale Adumim

to the Dead Sea and as far as Amman.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 9:01 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
"The Evening Comes" by Sangram Jena
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translated by Bibhu Padhi (October 2014)


The evening comes.

Your memory returns

like the day’s last tiredness.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:58 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Fun Time
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by Robin Hirsch (October 2014)


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We're off, Argentina kicking off and moving the ball out to the right, just inside their half after recycling it across the back four and Zabaleta launches a 40-yard pass down the inside right channel that skips into Cillessen's hands as he races to the edge of his area. Saved!

At the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village, New York City
perhaps a dozen people
are watching the World Cup semi-final  more>>>
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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:54 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Musings #4
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by Hannah Messinger (October 2014)


I fell for a feeling you never had,

That type of “how do you do” that kind of

Went straight through my soul and onto my pillow,  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:48 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Gaza Strip: The Window
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by Bibhu Padhi (October 2014)


What do your eyes find outside

those window-bars, across

the afternoon road, daughter?  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:44 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Viewing a War Map From the Sky by Miklós Radnóti
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Translated from the Hungarian & edited by Thomas Ország-Land (October 2014)

      

        1.

        HOW OTHERS SEE...

 

How others see this region, I cannot understand:

to me, this little country is menaced motherland  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:39 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Perchance To Dream
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by Sam Bluefarb (October 2014)
 

She told him that it was all over between them--they would not marry in the spring. She'd given him the news quietly, matter-of-factly, a stunning contrast to those ardent protests of love throughout the previous year. But for weeks after, as though unable to let go of him completely, or perhaps out of some vain, sadistic streak, she still kept him on a string.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:33 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Piling on Ray Rice
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by Richard Kostelanetz (October 2014)


I find it profoundly disturbing that an American professional football player should be suspended, perhaps permanently, for knocking unconscious a woman who initially had slugged him. A surreptitious videotape shows him dragging by her hair the woman who, incidentally, became his wife. The motive for killing his athletic career is purportedly teaching other athletes first and then men in general about the possible costs of domestic violence.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:26 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
For the Future of Florida
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A Proposal for A Study Abroad Program for Canadian College Students

by Geoffrey Clarfield (October 2014)


Preface-Why Study the Future of Florida?

There are numerous studies that show that young American and Canadian students have a diminishing understanding of geography. They often do not know the names of the state capitals of the United States or Europe or (in the States) think that Toronto is the capital of Canada. And so, when I read these kinds of reports I often scan the Internet for the kinds of courses that could remedy this lack of important knowledge.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:22 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Sister Rose and Sea Wife
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by G. Murphy Donovan (October 2014)


“No one ever looks at a nun’s face.” – JM Scott

Nuns are a curiosity today. In another time, girls for whatever reasons were given over to convents for a life of prayer or good works. If the candidates were young enough, notions of choice were probably very elastic. Vocations are few in the modern cloister - and few orders of good sisters would tolerate or encourage any coercion by families or sponsors anyway.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:17 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
US Foreign Policy and The Evil Dictator
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by Richard Butrick (October 2014)


“If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.” Most admirable. But it doesn’t mean using the very same approach again and again. It means reassessing the situation, trying to learn what went wrong and adjust the plan accordingly. To the contrary, failing to adjust a problem solving strategy which repeatedly fails is a sign of a fixation disorder. As Einstein quipped, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is a sign of insanity.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:13 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
The War against ISIS, Syrian Opposition and Middle East Christians: A Discussion with M. Zuhdi Jasser, Walid Phares, John Hajjar
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by Jerry Gordon (October 2014)


President Obama’s eve of 9/11 speech in which he declared "war" on the Islamic State, formerly ISIS, contained a commitment to arm and support so-called moderate Syrian opposition to assist in “degrading and ultimately destroying” the Salafist Jihadist self-declared Caliphate. That commitment Obama made clear did not include any a commitment to put US “boots on the ground.” Instead his plan relies on air attacks, training and support of Iraqi military forces, Kurdish peshmerga and Free Syrian Army contingents.  more>>>
 

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:08 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Verse Satire
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by David Hamilton (October 2014)


T.S. Eliot's inspiration, John Donne, was very influential in Verse Satire as Ben Jonson was in poetry. Verse Satire began as a poetic form in the 1590s, spread and influenced dramatists. This is a literary tradition, which far from being outdated shows continuity through time, and like a thread holds literary change together. It is rooted deep in our cultural origins. Culturally it is another example of the need to encourage the teaching of Latin and Greek in the schools.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:56 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
The Meaning of Life
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by Theodore Dalrymple (October 2014)


It always intrigued me when I practised as a doctor to observe how Man is always but a slight injury or biochemical disturbance away from paranoia. It is almost as if paranoia were always bubbling away under the smooth surface of normal social relations, like lava below the earth’s crust, waiting just some slight crack or fissure for the opportunity to emerge and cover everything. The list of possible physiological causes of paranoia is legion.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:41 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
A Raid on the Articulate: G. Wilson Knight and the Battle of Elsinore
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by David P. Gontar (October 2014)


“And so each venture / Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate / With shabby equipment always deteriorating / In the general mess of imprecision of feeling, / Undisciplined squads of emotion.”
                     -- T.S. Eliot 

 

Introduction

What Eliot says so well about the fashioning of poetry applies also to its reception by readers and audiences. Where the richest tropes are concerned, rarely are we equal to the task. Outnumbered by words, we leap from book-strewn trenches when exegetical duty calls to try to gain a few hundred yards of insight before we are tossed aside by winds of doctrine. Indeed, the bones of many a once-renowned littérateur lie bleaching in the sun. Among those forgotten heroes is G. Wilson Knight (1897-1985), in his day the prolific doyen of belles-lettres and Shakespearean exposition. Knight rests now, buried in footnotes and interminable bibliography.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:35 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Are We Making Progress? – A Conservative Estimate
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by Graham Cunningham (October 2014)


A chance conversation with a colleague, a few days ago, about some latest manifestation of political correctness: “The trouble with you conservatives” he said “is that it’s all doom and gloom with you. You’re addicted to it.” My initial reaction: “Me?..gloomy!...Breath of Spring, Me.” But then, on reflection, the thought occurred that maybe he had a point.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:30 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Assuming We are Dealing with Men: Taking Nietzsche Out of Context
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by Mark Gullick (October 2014)


The French philosopher René Descartes was a worried man. His concern was that his memory resembled a sheet of paper which was constantly being written over with his experiences, with facts and events. Realising that it is in the nature of paper eventually to become filled with writing, he avoided wherever possible being told extraneous facts for fear that insufficient room would remain in his mind for things of importance to this polymath. Thus, he hoped to avoid the fate of Homer. Homer Simpson, that is. The yellow father of three noted the same phenomenon, cheerfully asking of wife Marge whether she remembered ‘that time I learnt how to make tequila and forgot how to drive’.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:26 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Death in Benghazi, Part 3: the Web of Deception; an Interview with Ken Timmerman
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by Jerry Gordon and Mike Bates (October 2014)


The House Select Benghazi Committee Hearings chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) opened on Wednesday, September 17th. The House GOP leadership requested initial funding of $3.3 million in support of investigations  and hearings. According to an AP report, the 12 member panel (seven Republicans and five Democrats with a staff of 30) focused on the issue of embassy security. Chairman Gowdy said, “the U.S. must learn from past violence on U.S. facilities from Beirut to East Africa to Benghazi to prevent repeat attacks.”   more>>>
 

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:21 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Shakespeare’s Double Play
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by David P. Gontar (October 2014)


In which we hoist a dram of eale with Messrs. Frank Kermode and Ted Hughes, and Prof. J.E.G. Dixon joins in.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:16 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Serial Killers and Serial Explanations
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by Theodore Dalrymple (October 2014)


A friend of mine, who shall of course remain anonymous, is a great expert on the pharmacological aspects of serial killing by doctors and nurses. The cases are not many, but they are dramatic; and in the near future he will appear as an expert witness for the prosecution in a case in which a nurse is accused of killing several patients by poison. I am thinking of attending the trial to write about it.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:12 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Independent Muslim schools in London to face new 'Trojan Horse' inquiry amid claims extremists are promoting hardline views in classroom
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From the Mail on Sunday and the East London Advertiser

Independent Muslim schools in London are being investigated amid fears that hardline Islamic extremism is being promoted among pupils and staff, 

As many as a dozen private schools in Tower Hamlets, east London, are being looked into by officials over reports that fundamentalism is being spread, MailOnline can reveal.

A Whitehall source said while investigations are in 'their very early stages', there is concern within the Department of Education over a number of fee-paying Muslim schools in the borough which has one of the strongest Muslim communities in the capital. 

Unlike the 'Trojan Horse' scandal which saw secular schools in Birmingham being infiltrated by extremists, the affected institutions in Tower Hamlets are all thought to be Muslim.

Tower Hamlets council has strongly denied (the) claims …It said there is “no evidence” that the next “Trojan Horse” scandal is to be uncovered in the borough, despite one of its schools being subject to a recent unannounced inspection by Ofsted.

A statement from Tower Hamlets said: “Tower Hamlets council has some of the best urban schools in the world due in part to an unrivalled partnership between headteachers, parents, governors, local politicians and the local education authority over a 20-year period. For instance, 17 out of 18 secondary schools are rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding. The model we have adopted is based on early intervention and where problems have arisen in terms of performance or standards we have acted swiftly to address any concerns.”

Regarding the “Trojan Horse” allegations, it said: “We have no evidence of such practices in our maintained schools.” It said Marner Primary School, which was subjected to a “snap check” by Ofsted, was expected to be given the all-clear.

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Posted on 09/30/2014 5:51 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Belgium launches its biggest Islamist extremist trial
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(Reuters) - Belgian prosecutors accused 46 members of Islamist group Sharia4Belgium on Monday of belonging to a terrorist organization and brainwashing young men in Belgium into fighting a holy war in Syria.

Only eight of those charged were present in the heavily secured court room in the northern Belgian port city of Antwerp on Monday. The others were still said to be in Syria.

Belgium's biggest case against Islamist extremism highlights its status as a fertile recruiting ground for militants. About 300 fighters in Syria have come from Belgium, the highest per capita level among western European countries, according to the International Center for the Study of Radicalisation.

Prosecutors said the group was led by 32-year-old Fouad Belkacem, the spokesman of Sharia4Belgium, a now disbanded Salafist organization that wanted sharia law adopted in Belgium. While he did not fight in Syria, unlike most other defendants, prosecutors said he was the main driver behind the organization.

"Belkacem's words can only be interpreted as a call to violence and jihad," said public prosecutor Ann Fransen, listing a long line of speeches and videos in which he equalled military jihad to praying and fasting.

Belkacem, currently serving a jail term for inciting hatred against non-Muslims, listened closely as the long indictment was read out, at times smiling and whispering to other defendants.

Prosecutors detailed how Sharia4Belgium members approached young men, and a few teenage women, on the streets of Antwerp and Vilvoorde, north of Brussels, to invite them to their center in Antwerp where they were indoctrinated and readied for their trip to Syria.

"The clear aim was to prepare them for armed combat," substitute prosecutor Luc Festraets said. 

Belkacem, who was born in the small Belgian town of Rumst, halfway between Brussels and Antwerp, was among the founders of Sharia4Belgium in 2010. Prosecutors said he cooperated closely with British Salafist activist Anjem Choudary, the former head of the now banned organization al-Muhajiroun, who was arrested by British authorities last week. 

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Posted on 09/30/2014 4:04 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 29 September 2014
Police Raids in Australia: Melbourne-Resident Muslim Accused of Funding Jihad in Syria
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The story broke this morning.

Two reports from the ABC online.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-30/counter-terrorism-raids-afp-and-victoria-police-melbourne/5778116

"Counter-terrorism raids carried out in Melbourne by AFP and Victoria Police'.

'Officers from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Victoria Police are carrying out counter-terrorism raids across several suburbs in Melbourne.

'The AFP said it was conducting search warrants in Seabrook, Kealba, Meadow Heights, Broadmeadows and Flemington.

Flemington is better known as the location of the Flemington Race-course where the Melbourne Cup is run each year. - CM

'One man has been arrested at a property in Seabrook as part of the operation.

'The AFP said the raids were not related to last week's stabbing of two police officers and subsequent shooting of Numan Haider.

"This operational activity is not in response to a threat to public safety nor is it related to last week's incident at Endeavour Hills", the AFP said in a statement.

However: Numan Haider is a Muslim who attacked two non-Muslim police officers and tried to kill them; those whose plot to behead Australian infidels was - so we hope - disrupted and foiled, in the past two weeks, were all Muslims and their hatred of Infidels was in accord with the core teachings of Islam; and the man who has just been arrested was, as we shall see, engaged in supporting the bloody Jihad in Syria.  All these "incidents", though not formally related to each other - at present it appears that the various Muslims involved may not have known each other nor been consciously coordinating their efforts - are the fruit of the same tree: Islam. - CM

"The Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police Joint Counter Terrorism Team can confirm that a number of search warrants are being conducted as part of an operation in the following suburbs: Seabrook, Kealba, Meadow Heights, Broadmeadows and Flemington.  While this activity is continuing no further comment will be made".

'Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Graham Ashton and AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan are expected to hold a press conference about the raids later this morning.

'The raids came less than three weeks after Australia's terrorism alert level was raised to high, meaning an attack is likely, though authorities said they did not know of a specific threat.

'Prime Minister Tony Abbott said security agencies had recommended the increased threat level because of the number of Australians (sic: he should have said, "Australian-passport-holding Muslims" - CM) "fighting with and supporting" terrorist groups in the Middle East.

'Earlier this month more than 800 police conducted synchronised raids of houses and vehicles in Sydney and Brisbane.

'Around eight plain and uniformed officers, mainly from the AFP, as well as a sniffer dog (Infidel man's best friend - CM), were involved in today's operation at Seabrook.

'Meanwhile, Federal Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt said he was seeking a briefing about the raids, which happened in his electorate of Flemington.  "If those raids took place where I suspect they might have, it's potentially within 500 metres from my house", Mr Bandt said. "I want to find out what is happening in Melbourne".

It gets personal when it's that close to home, doesn't it, Mr Bandt?  Now, do please open up a Quran, Mr Bandt.  The old Yusuf Ali translation, or N Dawood's (Penguin books) will do as well as any, for now.  Start with Surahs 8 and 9 - note especially 9.5, sometimes called "the verse of the sword", and 9.29 - then skip to Surah 47.4, and observe the command to "strike at their necks" - and then you could have a look at 3.28 which forbids friendship with non-Muslims unless it is feigned, for Muslim self-protection, and at 48.29, which says Muslims are "harsh" to the unbelievers - that's you and me, Mr Bandt, you and me - and "compassionate" (sic: though the bloodbath in Syria between Sunnis and Shiites isn't much of an advertisement) only to one another. 

And now to report number 2, on the arrest that has taken place, with an obligatory soundbite from a shocked non-Muslim neighbour who is insisting that the arrested man was such a nice fellow!

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-30/counter-terrorism-raids-afp-and-victoria-police-melbourne/5778116

'Anti-Terror Raids, Melbourne: Man Accused of Sending Funds to Syria Fighter'

'A man is to be charged with making funds available to a terrorist organisation after more than 100 federal and state officers raided properties across Melbourne.

More than 100, eh?  Raids in five suburbs. If one site raided per suburb, that's twenty men assigned to each job.  Sudden deployment of overwhelming force, that's the way to head off trouble from the Mohammedan Mob. - CM

'Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan said the 23 year old man was arrested for allegedly providing $12,000 to a US citizen fighting in Syria.

"I can confirm a 23 year old man from Seabrook will be charged with intentionally making funds available to a terrorist organisation, knowing that organisation was a terrorist organisation", Assistant Commissioner Gaughan said.

'The Assistant Commissioner said the arrest came after a tip-off from the FBI.

Thank you, Uncle Sam.  Looks as though not everyone in your intelligence and law enforcement has entirely lost the plot. - CM

"The search warrants were the culmination of an 8-month investigation which began following information provided by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation", he said.

'The AFP said it had been conducting seven search warrants in Seabrook, Kealba, Meadow Heights, Broadmeadows and Flemington...

"There is no information or intelligence to indicate that this man was involved in planning an attack, nor are there any known links to the 18 year old man involved in last week's Endeavour Hills incident," the Assistant Commissioner said.

"There can be no doubt that law enforcement and security agencies are currently operating in a complex environment and there has been heightened operational activity in the last 12 months".

The Jihad, both without and within, is hotting up. - CM

'Assistant Commissioner Gaughan said police had confiscated electronic evidence as part of the raids.

I wonder how many beheading videos they'll have to wade through?  - CM

"there was a large amount of electronic evidence seized during the search warrants and that will be analysed by our investigators in the coming months to get more evidence in relation to the commission of this offence", he said.

"For privacy reasons, we won't go into the details of the background of the gentleman (sic - CM) involved this morning"...

I can, however, confidently predict that he is not an atheist, nor an agnostic, nor a Jew nor a Christian nor a Buddhist nor a Hindu.  He will be a Muslim. - CM

"About eight plain and uniformed officers, mainly from the AFP, as well as a sniffer dog (excellent; always check for explosives and illegal drugs - CM) were involved in today's operation at Seabrook.

'Forensic officers arrived at the Seabrook property just before 11 am (AEST).

'Neighbours said the man who was arrested had lived in the neighbourhood for two or three years.

'Herve Du Buisson Berrine, who has lived in Seabrook for 16 years, said he was very surprised by the arrest of his neighbour.

You should not be, mate.  Your neighbour was a Muslim..- CM

"They're very friendly neighbours and he's a friendly guy too, he speaks to me almost every day, says hello", he said.

Nobody these days seems to know their Chaucer - "the smyler with the knyf under the cloke" - or their Shakespeare - "a man may smile, and smile, and smile, and be a villain".  And people have forgotten their Bible, which warns of "wolves in sheep's clothing" and reminds us that "Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light".  If they did, they might be less gullible, less naive - and less prone to being surprised and shocked when a seemingly nice, smiling neighbour turns out to have been, say, sending money off to the kinds of people who enjoy beheading bound captives whilst shrieking "Allahu akhbar".  - CM

'He also said the raids have had an impact on the neighbourhood...".

It is the currently-still-increasing influx of Muslims into that neighbourhood, and into many others around Australia, that is having an "impact"...and not for the better. 

Final thought: of late, there have been police raids on private homes of jihad plotters or jihad supporters, and an Islamic bookshop was raided.  But when will AFP and our metropolitan police find that loose thread that, when pulled, leads straight to the mosque/s?  And if it did, would they be brave enough to follow that lead... and raid the mosques (and shut them down, after?).  There are - so it was casually mentioned in another news item I read lately - 250 mosques in Australia at last count. All over the country.  I wonder how many of them, behind closed doors, when the kuffar are not listening, are preaching the duty of jihad and the duty of observing - and imposing - the sharia, "commanding right and forbidding wrong" (wrong, and right, being Islamically defined; which means they have little congruence with what non-Muslims think of as right and wrong).  This man who has just been arrested...what mosque or mosques has he attended, in the course of his 23 years?   And is that mosque - or those mosques - being investigated?  - CM

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Posted on 09/29/2014 9:06 PM by Christina McIntosh
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Monday, 29 September 2014
A Crazy Danish Program To Tend (And Win Over) Those Who Return From Violent Jihad
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Posted on 09/29/2014 8:45 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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