Friday, February 27, 2015

American blogger hacked to death by jihadis in Bangladesh

Oddly enough, the blogger wrote about the violence of radical Islam was murdered by two men who proved his point.

From CNN:
Prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger Avijit Roy began one of his final articles by writing that January's Charlie Hebdo massacre in France was "a tragic atrocity committed by soldiers of the so-called religion of peace."

He recalled the case of another secular blogger, Ahmed Rajib Haider, who was hacked to death outside his home in Bangladesh in February 2013 by assailants with machetes.

"The virus of faith was the weapon that made these atrocities possible," Roy wrote in the article, which is to be published in Free Inquiry magazine in April.

On Thursday night, the engineer and writer known for speaking out for secular freedom died after being attacked by machete-wielding assailants in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, a local police official said.
No one of course was forced to read Roy's blog--as no one is compelled to read mine.

Third World: Putin opponent shot dead at Kremlin

Only cold weather is preventing Russia from being called a banana republic. Russia's former deputy prime minister, Boris Nemtsov, was murdered tonight.

From the BBC:
An unidentified attacker in a car shot Mr. Nemtsov four times in the back as he crossed a bridge in view of the Kremlin, police say.

He died hours after appealing for support for a march on Sunday in Moscow against the war in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned the murder, the Kremlin says.

In a recent interview, Mr Nemtsov had said he feared Mr Putin would have him killed because of his opposition to the war in Ukraine.
His fears were well founded.

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Russian military conducts drill on Estonian and Latvian borders

Bumper sticker photo: Putin Huilo (Putin is a dickhead)

"Jihadi John" identified--a middle class man from London

The knife-wielding executioner with the English accent in the Islamic State videos, nicknamed "Jihadi John," has been identified--he's Kuwaiti-born Mohammed Emwazi, who grew up in London. And he's not an impoverished Muslim described as the typical ISIS member described by clueless State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf who only needs a job to be pacified.

From CNN:
Emwazi was born in Kuwait in 1988 and moved to the United Kingdom when he was 6 years old, CAGE said on its website.

He studied at the University of Westminster in London and graduated in 2009 with a degree in computer programming, the group said.

Emwazi, according to CAGE, "hoped that with this degree, he could build a successful career in Arab countries, as he was fluent in Arabic, English and had a British accent."

Treasury official on IRS targeting scandal: "There is potential criminal activity"

Earlier this month President Obama's Svengali, David Axelrod, made the amazing claim that there have been no major scandals during the Obama presidency.

He is wrong. Way wrong.

From Katie Pavlich of Townhall:
Last night Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Russell George and Deputy Inspector General for Investigations Timothy Camus updated the House Oversight Committee on the status of Lois Lerner's "missing" emails surrounding the IRS targeting of conservatives.

In an exchange with Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Camus revealed there is "potential criminal activity" involved in the disappearance and hiding of emails belonging to IRS officials involved in the targeting of conservatives between 2010 and 2012.

"There is potential criminal activity," Camus said.

Last year Obama told Fox News' Bill O'Reilly that there was "not even a smidgen of corruption" in regards of the IRS scandal. The IRS targeting of conservative groups hampered their effectiveness during the 2012 presidential election--arguably tilting the race to the Obama-Biden ticket.

Islamic State beasts holding over 200 Syrian Christians hostage

The barbarity continues.

From Fox News:
Activists monitoring the conflict in Syria said Thursday that the number of Christians kidnapped by ISIS terrorists in their most recent offensive has risen to at least 220.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the militant group has captured Assyrian Christians from 11 villages near the town of Tal Tamr in Hassakeh province.

The province, which borders Turkey and Iraq, has become the latest battleground in the fight against the ISIS in Syria. It is predominantly Kurdish but also has populations of Arabs and predominantly Christian Assyrians and Armenians.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Climate expert Prince Charles calls Earth "sick patient," warns of "death certificate"

Chicago's Burnham Harbor in 2014
Prince Charles--note climate change expert and a genius in everything else--warned in 2009 that humans had "less than 100 months" to save Earth from global warming. That means the sun would set--metaphorically at least--on the planet in 2017.

HRH didn't set a date in his latest planetary forecast--but he's still a global warming believer.

From the Guardian:
Speaking to health experts at the Royal Society in London on Wednesday, Charles said: "We can only pray that our sick planetary patient might be placed on a road to recovery, in the process bringing gains for human well-being.

"Failure to write the prescription, however, might leave us contemplating the death certificate instead.

"So, my fervent hope is that you can find the means to make the difference that our world so desperately needs."
Meanwhile, for the second year in a row, the Great Lakes are almost completely frozen over, despite human-caused global warming. A record for most Great Lakes ice could be set this weekend.

Related post:

Prince Charles: "Less than 100 months" to save planet

Leftist takeover of the internet

The internet since its invention by Al Gore has worked wonderfully. But today Barack Obama's left-wing FCC voted to regulate it like a utility--putting into force the Orwellian-named concept called net neutrality.

Now the federal government will pick winners and losers for the internet. This is another Obama failure.

The net neutrality regulations comprise 332 pages--it's what they call in Washington a good start.

Deer bones

Late last year I found these deer bones in the woods.

Chicago aldermanic campaign accused of buying votes for $10

Chicago's West Side
Another Chicago corruption allegation comes our way from Fox 32 Chicago:
The Cook County State's Attorney is looking into allegations that an aldermanic campaign spread money around on the streets.

"I was coming down the street, going to the house. And there was a gentleman who approached me," said Willie Allen.

Allen said he was on the 1500 block of South Homan last week when he got the offer from a man he knew from the neighborhood.

"He asked me do you want to vote for this certain person? I said what you talking about? He said you could make ten dollars. Just vote for this here person," Allen said.
That particular person was Vetress Boyce, who received the second-most votes in Tuesday's election for alderman in the West Side 24th Ward.--she will face the top-vote getter in a runoff race in April. Boyce of course denies the allegations. Allen received the $10 for his vote for Boyce.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Russian military conducts drill on Estonian and Latvian borders

Saulkrasti, Latvia
Certainly President Obama and his inept Secretary of State, John Kerry, will say, "Nothing to see here, move along."

From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Up to 2,000 Russian soldiers took part in drills in the country's western Pskov region which borders EU members Estonia and Latvia on February 25 as Moscow conducted an inspection of its paratrooper units.

The drills, which will see some 1,500 paratroopers parachute en masse, were to continue until February 28, and will include soldiers capturing and destroying a fictional enemy's airfield.
Does anyone expect Latvia (population 2.1 million) or Estonia (population 1.2 million) to attack Russia (population 142 million)?

Roughly one-quarter of the people living in the two Baltic States are ethnic Russians.