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The eyes of Texas are upon you, all the live-long day.
The eyes of Texas are upon you, you cannot get away.
Do not think you can escape them, at night or early in the morn.
The eyes of Texas are upon you, till Gabriel blows his horn.

Sing me a song of Prexy, of days long since gone by.
Again I seem to greet him and hear his kind reply.
Smiles of gracious welcome before my memory rise,
Again I hear him say to me “Remember Texas‘ Eyes”.

Islamic State and Pakistan Connections

Can Daish flourish in Pakistan?
Or does Pakistan just doesn’t offer the public sympathy it needs?

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also widely known as Daish, is finally in Pakistan. Can it strike roots here and undertake the type of activities it is conducting in Iraq and Syria? What has led a group of TTP commanders to renounce Fazlullah and declare allegiance to Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi? Read more of this post

Fleet Exchange

The Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is now taking over station in the Persian Gulf, ready to harrass the Islamic State terrorists. The San Diego-based Vinson is accompanied in the region by the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill and the guided-missile destroyers USS Gridley, USS Sterett and USS Dewey. The entire strike group left home Aug 22. with about 6,200 sailors for its scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific and the Middle East. Read more of this post

Terrorists dislike women

New coed guard duty causing ruckus at Guantanamo high-value prison

MIAMI (MCT) — The military now has female soldiers escorting former CIA captives around Guantanamo’s high-value prison, an apparent personnel change that defense lawyers say is causing an uproar over religious insensitivity. Read more of this post

Vice President’s Son on Cocaine

Hunter Biden, VP’s son, booted from Navy after testing positive for cocaine

WASHINGTON — Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden, has been kicked out of the military after testing positive for cocaine, two people familiar with the matter said Thursday. Read more of this post

Meet My Ancestors

 

In a 7,000-year-old town in Bulgaria, over 100 graves have been uncovered, revealing skeletons with stakes through their hearts and mutilated bones. Meet the vampires that almost were.
Vampires may be greeted with swoons today, but in medieval Eastern Europe they were dealt a metal spike through the chest. Read more of this post

Islamgesetz – Brauchen wir eine Neuauflage?

Das Islamgesetz aus dem Jahre 1912 (RGBl 159/1912) ist – was heute kaum mehr möglich wäre – ein einfaches Gesetz, ohne Schnörkel. Kaum einer kennt den Inhalt, darum wird es auch oft falsch interpretiert. Durch das Gesetz wurden alle Anhänger des Islam hanefitischer Richtung als Religionsgesellschaft anerkannt. Der Verfassungsgerichtshof kippte später die Einschränkung auf hanefitisch (BGBL 164/1988). Allen Moslems in Österreich, gleich welcher Richtung, kommen daher ad personam (!) die Rechte einer Religionsgesellschaft zu. Im Islamgesetz war keine Organisation vorgesehen. Read more of this post

Israel issues travel warning for western Europe

In light of the return of many jihadists from fighting in Syria and Iraq to their home countries, counter-terrorism unit advises Israelis use caution when traveling abroad during High Holy Days.
Israelis and Jews in western Europe could be the target of terror attacks from global jihadists, the National Security Agency’s counter-terrorism unit said Monday, as it issued travel warning for Europe ahead of the High Holy Days. Read more of this post

Muslim Brotherhood Party in USA

The Muslim Brotherhood Launches it’s own Political Party in US, Just In Time for 2016
Ready for more Hope & Change?

With an eye toward the 2016 election, the Muslim Brotherhood has built the framework for a political party in America that seeks to turn Muslims into an Islamist voting bloc. Read more of this post

I’m thinking of writing an opera called “Why Michael Brown Deserved to Die.”

What do you think? Do you think if I write a thought-provoking, probingly-artistic contemporary opera on the subject of Michael Brown’s untimely shooting, it will be met with critical acclaim?
Maybe it will be performed by the New York Metropolitan Opera during its 2015 season, and will be described as “dialogue” on a difficult subject. Read more of this post

Die Zentrale der Extremisten

In Österreich geht eine sogenannte Islamische Glaubensgemeinschaft um, die unter ihrem Dach den Großteil der extremistischen und terrornahen Gruppen und Grüppchen vereinigt. Bemerkenswert, aber wenig beachtet: Die Islamische Glaubensgemeinschaft ist weder als Religionsgesellschaft anerkannt noch als Verein registriert. Read more of this post

Is Starbucks anti-semitic?

The global coffee company STARBUCKS released a statement this week to clarify apparent misconceptions about the company’s patronage of Israel, Huffington Post reports.
In a fact sheet updated August 5, Starbucks notes it does not support any political or religious causes, adding that neither Starbucks nor its CEO, Howard Schultz, provides any financial support to the Israeli government or Israeli military. Read more of this post

Obama praises Ho Chi Minh

Vietnamese Dictator Responsible for Torture of American POWs

On 25 July, Barack Obama met with the current dictator running Vietnam. During a statement, though, Barack Obama issued praise for Ho Chi Minh, who lead the North Vietnamese against the United States and was responsible for the torturing of American POWs, including the late George Day and Senator John McCain (R-AZ). Read more of this post

Federal judge rules D.C. handgun ban unconstitutional

WASHINGTON — A federal judge struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying guns outside of a person’s home, concluding it violates Second Amendment rights.
The ruling from U.S. District Judge is the latest in a protracted fight over gun laws in the District; In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision striking down the city’s 32-year-old ban on handguns. Since then, the city has rewritten its laws, lawsuits have been filed and even Congress has waded into the fight. Read more of this post

Al-Baghdadi, the caliph, and Pakistan

Who will bell the cat?

The ISIS, which broke all records of brutality set by previous militant organisations, has decided to call the areas under its control the “Islamic State”. It has also anointed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as caliph for the entire Muslim world. Once the Islamic State has stabilised itself in the swathes of the Syrian and Iraqi territory, it will seek the allegiance of all Muslim states, organisations and leaders for the new caliph. In the primitive days the custom was to send a messenger carrying the Holy Koran in one hand and a sword in the other and the ruler was asked to choose one of the two. In the modern world the same message can be sent even more effectively. The ISIS has been aptly described as a social media powerhouse. Read more of this post

Up to 120 US troops training Somali forces

WASHINGTON — New details are emerging about the U.S. military mission in Somalia, where it was revealed that up to 120 U.S. special operators are training and advising local Somali forces in their fight against the Islamist insurgent group al-Shabab.
Defense officials speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed that teams of advisers have been deploying to the country since 2007 for noncombat missions, and that the numbers have gradually grown over the years. Read more of this post