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Etta on an Open Thread

Etta James died today. It wouldn't be fitting to play anybody else's music but Etta's, a frequent artist featured on our Friday Night Music threads. Here's Etta is singing, "I'd rather go blind" (I'd rather go blind than see you walk out on me ....) This one is for all you blind girls out there .....

Etta James wrote in her autobiography Rage To Survive that she heard the song outlined by her friend Ellington "Fugi" Jordan when she visited him in prison.[2] She then wrote the rest of the song with Jordan, but for tax reasons gave her songwriting credit to her partner at the time, Billy Foster.

Etta James recorded the song at the FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. It was included on the album Tell Mama and as the B-side of the single of the same name which made number 10 on the Billboard R&B charts and number 23 on the pop charts. The song is also on the 1978 Jerry Wexler-produced album Deep In The Night but it is titled Blind Girl (track 10).[3] Some critics have regarded "I'd Rather Go Blind" as of such emotional and poetic quality that it makes that release one of the great double-sided singles of the period.[4]

My favorite personal anecdote of the legendary James was this pearl from 2009:

At a concert of hers in Seattle, Etta unleashed her hidden anger to the crowd, saying:

"You know, YOUR President, the one with the big ears-he ain't MY President-had that woman singing for him at his Inauguration. She's going to get her a** whooped."

"How dare Beyonce sing MY song that I been singing forever. Now I'm going to sing it for y'all."

..... you can listen to, here.

Etta James, RIP.


Muslim Mobs Beat Civil Servant for Facebook Remark, "God doesn't exist," Victim Arrested for Blasphemy

Atheist faces jail after Facebook remark | The Australian (hat tip Kenneth)

AN Indonesian civil servant who declared himself an atheist on Facebook was arrested and is now facing jail for blasphemy after being attacked by an angry mob, police said today.

Alexander An, 30, who wrote "God doesn't exist" on his Facebook page, was beaten by a mob of dozens on Wednesday in his hometown in Pulau Punjung, West Sumatra province.

"He is suspected of having blasphemed against Islam," local police chief Chairul Aziz told AFP.

"The man told police investigators that if God really exists and has absolute power, why didn't he prevent bad things from happening in this world."

An said on his Facebook page that he was brought up as a Muslim, like the vast majority in Indonesia, where blasphemy is a punishable crime carrying a maximum five-year prison term.

Dozens of locals stormed into his office after a heated debate with them on Facebook over religion, police said.

An was also an administrator of a Facebook group promoting atheism with 1243 followers. His postings no longer appeared online following his arrest.


Now Tweeting: Ansar Al-Mujahideen English Forum (AMEF) - The Main Al-Qaeda English-Language Forum Spreading Online Jihad - Inciting and Instructing Activists To Carry Out Terrorist Acts, Obstructing Counter-Terror Measures in the West

Joining Hamas, CAIR and the global jihad movement on twitter, now Tweeting:

Ansar Al-Mujahideen English Forum (AMEF) – The Main Al-Qaeda English-Language Forum – Spreading Online Jihad, Inciting and Instructing Activists To Carry Out Terrorist Acts, Obstructing Counter-Terrorism Measures in the West:

Steve Stalinsky has it all at MEMRI:


Vitally important to Al-Qaeda and its Western sympathizers and recruits, and aimed at audiences both Muslim and non-Muslim, the Ansar Al-Mujahideen English Forum (AMEF),, is considered the primary English-language jihadi forum, disseminating the majority of Al-Qaeda's propaganda for the English-speaking West. It is currently hosted by Softronics in Switzerland, and registered to Mr. Ali Mahmoud, Postbus 291, Brussels, Belgium, phone +32-6293343078,

AMEF was established in 2008 in Arabic, and later launched multiple language pages, including English; it has thousands of threads and individual messages.

Problems that have plagued most jihadi websites, such as interruptions in provision of website services and/or removal, have largely not affected AMEF. Although the host and location are known, AMEF maintains a steady online presence, enabling it to continue operating as a tool of Al-Qaeda in the West even though it has been at the center of multiple terrorism cases.

On December 27, 2011, AMEF, which had until then been partially closed to public readership, opened registration for new members and released a statement warning readers of "traps" laid by "the infidels" for "would-be Jihadis," to apprehend them "before they are actually able to involve themselves in any serious activity... before they get in contact with true Mujahideen." It noted, "Not only does this occur in Masjids [mosques], but also online. Our beloved forum was used more than once in this manner..." (As of January 4, 2012, registration had closed.)[1]

AMEF Incites and Instructs Activists to Carry Out Terrorist Acts

Multiple individuals connected with the Arabic page of Ansar Al-Mujahedeen were arrested worldwide in 2011, in Germany, Belgium, and elsewhere and even killed in jihadi fronts.[2]

In the U.S., 22-year-old Penn State University student Emerson Winfield Begolly was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 14, 2011 for allegedly acting as an AMEF moderator. According to the indictment, beginning in July 2010  Begolly posted a number of items on AMEF encouraging attacks in the U.S., including the use of firearms, explosives, and propane tanks against targets such as police stations, post offices, synagogues, military facilities, train lines, bridges, cell phone towers, and water plants.

Following October 2010 shootings at the Pentagon and at the Marine Corps Museum, Begolly posted a comment praising the shootings and expressing his hope that the shooter had acted in accordance with his previous postings encouraging similar acts of violence that, he wrote, might "seem small, but cause big damage."

Then, on Dec. 28, 2010, Begolly posted links to a 101-page document with instructions for setting up a basic laboratory to manufacture explosives.

In June 2011, in response to the killing of Osama bin Laden, AMEF posted what it called an "Al-Qaeda Hit List" of 40 Americans, including President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, and Department of Defense and Bush administration officials. U.S. government agencies concerned about the post included the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the Secret Service, and the Department of Justice.

October 27, 2011: AMEF Begins Tweeting

On October 27, 2011, AMEF opened a Twitter account, and has since then posted over 850 tweets, approximately a dozen a day. The majority of the tweets include links to its main website.

AMEF Tweets News From Jihad Fronts

The AMEF tweets focus on jihad news, from fronts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Russia, Kazakhstan, Dagestan, Syria, Somalia, Kenya,  Libya, Uzbekistan, Albania, Bosnia, and the West. They include links to speeches and videos of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and of Abu Yahya Al-Libi, Anwar Al-Awlaki, Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi, and other jihadist leaders.

Groups tweeted about by AMEF include: Al-Qaeda Central, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Al-Shabab, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Taliban, Tehreek e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), ISI, Jund Al-Khilafa, Abdullah Azzam Brigades, Boko Haram, Fath Al-Islam, Ansar al-Jihad in the Sinai Peninsula, Abu Sayyaf Brigades in the Philippines, Islamic Party of Turkestan, and Western Islamists such as Anjem Choudary of Sharia4UK, Muslims Against Crusaders, Shariah 4 Belguim, Hani Sibai, and others.

AMEF Tweets Al-Qaeda Propaganda

The AMEF Twitter account follows and helps disseminate the propaganda of Al-Qaeda and its affiliate groups, as well as of other supporting online jihad groups. These include other jihad forums such as Shumoukh Al-Islam forum, Al-Qimmah forum, and Ansar Al-Mujahideen in Arabic, as well as As-Sahab, Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen, Al-Ma'sada Media, Minbar, GIMF, Al-Fajr Media, Al-Malahim, Al-Andalus Media, Umar Media, Abna-e-Hafsa Studio, Islamic Emirate Afghanistan press releases, Jundullah Media (IMU), Kavkaz Center, Mada News Agency, Khilafat Media, Al-Kataib Media, IMAM TV, Badr At-Tawheed Studio, Dar al-Jabhah Publications and Distribution, Sawt al-Islam, Al-Yaqin Media Center, Al-Furqan Media, and others (to read examples of these tweets, see Appendix II).

AMEF Tweets News of Western Jihadist and Occupy Wall Street

AMEF also tweets news of attacks on U.S. and NATO forces and of Western hostages held by jihadi groups, including U.S. citizen Warren Weinstein held by Al-Qaeda in Pakistan and U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl held by the Taliban, and others. Other tweets are about "American detainees" such as Tarek Mehanna, convicted in December 2011 by a federal jury in Boston of supporting Al-Qaeda,[3] and other American Al-Qaeda sympathizers such as Walli Mujahid and Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif,[4] convicted and accused respectively of planning an attack in Seattle. Additionally, some tweets have included links to articles written by Revolution Muslim founder Younes Abdullah Mohammad. Another topic of AMEF tweets is current events such as the Occupy movement in the U.S.

AMEF Tweets News of Latest Counterterrorism Efforts

AMEF Counters DHS Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program

AMEF3 |For The Individual Mujahid |DHS Bomb Making Materials Awareness Program: 
*بسم الله    الرحمن الرحيم* ... #JIHAD, 4 Nov

AMEF also follows and spreads news about security affairs in the West, including at airports and other potential terrorist targets. One notable tweet, above, addressed to "The Individual Mujahid," linked to a thread on the AMEF website concerning a bulletin issued by the FBI-DHS as part of the DHS Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program and advising potential terrorists on avoiding detection (for the entire post see Appendix II, below). The thread that the tweet linked to on the AMEF website dealt with each individual point in the bulletin, which focused on recognizing suspicious behavior, and also referred to instructions for making bombs published in Al-Qaeda's English-language Inspire magazine.

APPENDIX I: AMEF Tweets Advice to Potential Terrorists on Avoiding Detection

The following is the thread on the AMEF website linked to by AMEF tweet titled "For The Individual Mujahid| DHS Bomb Making Materials Awareness Program,"[5] as it appears on the AMEF website. The thread included the original FBI-DHS bulletin.

"As a part of their 'counter-terrorism' efforts, the Department of Homeland Security, USA has been running a Bomb Making Material Awareness Program targeted at US citizens in general and US private business sectors in particular. As a part of this program DHS is circulating fliers and user guides to businesses and asking them to report any suspicious activity. Given below is one such poster on 'Suspicous [sic] Behaviour Indicators' which asks some key questions for the businesses to consider and which would give an indication of a terrorism suspect.

"We have been observing a pattern among the arrests of the individual mujahids (may Allah reward them and hasten their release) – most of them were undone by the businesses where they purchased the materials. Therefore, as a part of our counter-counter-terror efforts, following is a detour to the above questions for the aid of the Individual Mujahid.

"# Have any customers attempted to purchase unusual or large quantities of peroxide products, acetone or strong acid products (Muriatic Acid, drain cleaner, etc.)?

"Ans. Never purchase bulk quantities of raw materials for explosives. Go drop by drop. And never purchase direct raw materials online.

"# Have any customers displayed nervous or evasive behavior when purchasing or attempting to purchase peroxide products or unusual quantities of acetone or acids?

"Ans. Research well with Improvised Explosives Manuals to improvise the materials needed from household items. There are many bomb making recipies which do not need acids or peroxide or acetone. The INSPIRE recipe is the easiest. And when buying the raw materials shop cleverly. Say for INSPIRE recipe you need matchsticks....then buy charcoal too. Or say you want to buy floor cleaner for improvisation.....then buy the mop...the bucket and the scrub too. Drown the required product in compatible products. Do not let it stand out.

"# Is the customer a regular customer, is this the first time he/she has visited your store?

"Ans. If you stick to improvisation from household materials, you can get it from the mart you frequent.
"# Did the customer give evasive responses when questioned?

"Ans. Always have a cover story before you buy the materials. Research well and expect the unexpected questions. Read the manual by GIMF on how to do secret work for more information(hxxp://
"# Did the customer lack the knowledge of the product's proper use?

"Ans. You should have the answer for this.

"# Did the customer refuse to purchase a substitute product?

"Ans. This is to trap you. In such a situation, follow his lead and don't resist the alternate product. Learn about its cons and you will have a reason to resist the alternate product. Patience is the key.

"# Did the customer insist on in-store pick up rather than delivery to a specific address?

"Ans. This should not arise if you go drop by drop.

"# Did the customer insist on cash payments?

"Ans. If you purchase small quantities this should not be a problem. Have a believable cover story always for pro and con situation and practice it well before the mirror until it comes naturally. Or you can follow his lead and open your wallet to take out the credit card and pretend to have forgotten and offer to pay cash or come back with the card. Or if its common household item, it should not be a problem to pay with the card.

"# Did the customer have any burns or unusual discolorations on his/her hands or arms?

"Ans. Don't do anything or appear to stand out from the crowd. Prepare yourself for this. Don't don yourself with unseasonal clothing or the likes of which would make you stand out.

"# Did the customer emit any unusual odor or chemical smell?

"Ans. Take care of this. Even in such a situation, have a good cover story.

"# Would you recognize this person if you saw him/her again?

"Ans. If you would have taken care of the above points and would have a believable cover story for everything you did, you shouldn't be paranoid about being recognized. Don't go overboard to disguise yourself in such a way that would make you standout. Better shop at a mart which is always crowded or at the peak time. The cashier or the salesman will not be able to have a second glimpse at you. Be calm and normal. Be confident while relying on Allah, you will succeed.

"Finally, remember the saying of the Prophet pbuh that a Believer is never stung twice from the same hole. Learn from the mistakes of others and let not the obstacles unnerve you. May Allah grant you victory for you have chosen to retaliate against the aggression and oppression of the Crusader enemy.....ameen


Appendix II: AMEF Tweets Al-Qaeda Propaganda

AMEF Twitter

AMEF: Al Qaeda in Yemen targets more American recruits: Anwar Al-Awlaki may have been killed in a drone s...  #JIHAD
January 12, 2012

AMEF: News about the release of sheik Abu Musab Al-Suri: Image: #JIHAD
January 11, 2012

AMEF: Ex-US soldier charged with trying to join Shebab: #JIHAD
January 9, 2012

AMEF: Feds charge ex-Kosovo man in Florida Islamic plot: As'Salaamu alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.... #JIHAD
January 9, 2012

AMEF: Gunman in Afghan uniform kills US soldier on base: As'Salaamu alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.... #JIHAD
January 9, 2012

AMEF: ::: Commander ::: New Images of Sheikh Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki | 2012 | (May Allah protect him): Imag...  #JIHAD
January 7, 2012

AMEF: Al-Farouq Media :: A Book Written by Sheikh Ahmad Ashoush H.A :: Bilal Fadl is a Muadzin of Shaytan...
1 Jan

AMEF: As-Sahab Media -presents- Wonderful Video Release :: Daily Life of a Mujahid (5): *بسم الله الرحمن ... 

AMEF: |For Dissemination| Al-Fajr Media presents a New Book entitled: “Abu Dujana al-Khorasani: The Full ...
1 Jan

AMEF: Ansar Al-Islam: Detonating two IED'S... Resulted in the killing and wounding of approximately 150 a...
31 Dec 

AMEF: Statement from the Judicial Council of Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahidin :: Announced the Establishmen...
30 Dec 

AMEF: Ibn Taymiyyah Media: Presents the First Documentary Released || Free the Prisoners from the Tight B...
30 Dec 

AMEF: new:::: shoumoukh islamic forum is back: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الحمد لله ربّ العالمين the broth...
30 Dec 

AMEF: ::: Member ::: Martyred member of Ansar Al-Mujahideen network (May Allah accept him): " وَلاَ تَقُو...
30 Dec 

AMEF: Sawt al-Islam :: present :: A Video Lecture Entitled :: Reason of The Victory: *بسم الله الرحمن الر...
30 Dec 

AMEF: Harakaat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen: Voice Recording of the Burundi PoW (12/27/2011): **بسم الله الرح...
28 Dec 

AMEF: Al Masadh Media :: The English Translation of the Speech by Mujahid Sheikh Ayman Al-Zawahiri Messag...
 28 Dec 

AMEF: Statistics of the Jihad in the Caucasus Emirate for the month of Muharram 1433 (November 27to Decem...
27 Dec 

AMEF: Islamic State of Iraq: Statement regarding the expedition of Thursday in Baghdad (12-27-2011): *بسم...
27 Dec 

AMEF: Abdullah Azzam Brigades || Statement regarding the "Damascus bombings": **بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم I...
27 Dec 

AMEF: Wilayah Dagestan - Statement from the Dagestani Mujahideen: "Be vigilant!": Wilayah Dagestan - Stat...
26 Dec 

AMEF: IslamDin : Brief message from the Amir of the South-Western sector, Abu Hassan (ha): *بسم الله الرح...
25 Dec 

AMEF: Compilition of all Sheikh Atiyyatullah al Libi's lectures and messages: السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبر...
24 Dec 

AMEF: al-Yaqin Media Center and al-Furqan Media — “Methodological Expertise in the Collection of Informat...
22 Dec 

AMEF: Sawt al-Islam :: present :: Lovers of Paradise # 6 (Uyghur Language): [بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم * ال...
22 Dec

AMEF: # New Jihadi Front # Ansar al-Jihad in the Sinai Peninsula - Statement No. (#1) “The Establishment ...
21 Dec

AMEF: Sawt al-Islam :: present :: Lovers of Paradise # 5 (Uyghur Language): بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم المر...
20 Dec

AMEF: GIMF & Dar al-Jabhah Publications and Distribution: Presents a New Book: “Bilal Fadl: Muezzin (Call...
19 Dec 

AMEF: Glad Tidings and Vexation for the Enemies of Allah: Statement Announcing the Establishment of al-Ib...
19 Dec 

AMEF: Statement of Jund Al-Khliafa regarding the events of Zhanaozen: “Overthrow the tyrant”: Image: http...
18 Dec

AMEF: shariah4belgium with Islamic Flag opposite royal palace: "Our Flag Will Soon Be Flying on Top of Al...
18 Dec 

AMEF: Ansar Al-Sharia launches a local radio in Shabwa: Image: Locals in t...
18 Dec 

AMEF: Ansarullah Bangla ::Presents:: Audio Conversion of Ustad Ahmed Farooq's (Hafizallahu) Interview ...
18 Dec

AMEF: GIMF ::Important and Urgent warning to our members:: Statement regarding the distribution of corrup...
15 Dec

AMEF: Badr Al-Tawheed ::: presents ::: Lessons of Jihaad 2 ::: Sheikh Mujaahid Abu Yahya Al-Leebi (Hafidh...
15 Dec

AMEF: Badr Al-Tawheed ::: presents ::: Islamic Jihaad Union (IJU) Operations 1431: اصدار جديد من اتحاد ال...
15 Dec

AMEF: TTP :: An Amazing Operation to Destroy the Vehicle of the Special Security Paramilitary Forces in ...
15 Dec

AMEF: Al-Fajr :: Lesson in Incitement to Jihad by Sheikh Attiyatullah R.A: *بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم* ...
13 Dec

AMEF: Islamic State of Iraq (Unofficial Video) ::: Gift for the Brothers of Tawheed ::: The Blessed Opera...
13 Dec

13 Dec

AMEF: Brigades Abu Sayyaf :: Ambush Philippine's Soldeirs in Basilan (YouTube): *بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم ...
12 Dec

AMEF: ..::.. Muslim Prisoners Presents ..::.. Letter from Rahin Ahmed: ..::.. Muslim Prisoners ..::.. Ne...
12 Dec

AMEF: AQIM :: The Adoption of Kidnapping Two French Spies and Three Europeans in Mali: *بسم الله الرحمن ا...
11 Dec

AMEF: 'Al-Qaeda splinter group' claims kidnap of Westerners: 'Al-Qaeda splinter group' claims kidnap of W...
10 Dec

AMEF: Abdullah Azzam Brigades: On the Martyrdom of the Mujahid Scholar Shaykh Atiyyatullah al-Libi: بسم ا...
10 Dec

AMEF: Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan military operations against the kafirs, munafiqs and t...
8 Dec

AMEF: GIMF- General Command:: Statement on the Martyrdom of One of Its Commanders and Knight of Knights T...
8 Dec

AMEF: Masadah al-Mujahideen in Palestine :: Eulogy for the Striving Scholar Sheikh Attiya Allah al-Libi: ...
7 Dec

AMEF: IslamDin : Mujahideen Operations in Wilayah KBK - Part 2: *بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم* Image:
6 Dec

AMEF: :::IMPORTANT::: Al-Qaeda Demands for the Release of Warren Weinstein: Image:
4 Dec

AMEF: Message From Dr Nassar Al-Awlaki(Imaam Anwar Al-Awlaki's Father):
3 Dec

AMEF: Islamic Nigerian group declares capture of a British citizen: Image:
3 Dec

AMEF: Dr. Aymen Al-Zawahiri declares the capture of the Zio-Crusader Warren Weinstein: Image: ....
1 Dec


Whistling Past the Graveyard

Watch it and weep. Then get angry. He's singing? Apparently, Obama hopes the cult of celebrity will transform the gravest presidential election since Lincoln into an American Idol face-off. Winner at eleven.

Let them eat cake, indeed.


Muhammadan Military Commander: 'the Islamic Caliphate is coming'

An AQAP commander says 'the Islamic Caliphate is coming.'

The message is always the same, the motive is always the same, the playbook is always the same. 1,400 years of ...... relentless, bloody imperialism.  Islam is Islam.

Where are the millions and millions of Muslims in the worldwide ummah population of 1.5 billion denouncing  this, denouncing the military wing of Islam, denouncing jihad, denouncing the slaughter of non-Muslims, etc.?

Silence speaks volumes.

And the leader of the free world say, "Respect it!"

AQAP commander says 'the Islamic Caliphate is coming'

By Bill Roggio, January 20, 2012
The al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula commander who took control of a town in central Yemen late last week has released a short videotape urging Muslims "to unite and be patient" as "the Islamic Caliphate is coming."

Tariq al Dhahab, the leader of the al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula forces that seized the town of Rada'a in Baydah province last weekend, made the statement in a 54-second-long video on YouTube that was released on Jan. 18. The statement was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.

"So, be patient, perseverant, and stationed," Dhahab told the "Muslim Ummah," or community. "The Islamic Caliphate is coming, with permission from Allah, and it will be established, even if we sacrifice our own skulls, money, children and homes."

Dhabab's forces seized control of Rada'a last weekend after more than 200 of his fighters stormed the city, took over government buildings and a historic fort, and freed more than 250 prisoners, including many al Qaeda fighters, from a jail. Dhahab's fighters raised the black banner of jihad over the fort and swore allegiance to al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri.

Two policemen were killed during the brief assault. Some residents of Rada'a said the government put up little resistance. Others, including Dhabab's own brother, Sheikh Khalid al Dhahab, accused the Yemeni government of supporting AQAP's takeover of the town.

Baydah province is the home of Nasir al Wuhayshi, who was Osama bin Laden's personal secretary and was instrumental in founding al Qaeda's branch in the Arabian Peninsula.

There's more.


Bankrupt Solyndra Caught Destroying Brand New Parts

And the enemedia is is obsessed with Romney's tax returns and Newt's 13-year-old divorce.

A M E R I C A, you are under attack from within.

The O-thugcracy continues to stonewall Congress on this. And the Republicans are trying to find their voice, their testicles, their spine ..... what we have is an abject failure of party leadership. Where is the force of good to battle the forces of darkness?

There was a recent story out there last week that there are at least a dozen more "Solyndra"-type fiascos -- similar, Obama-financed green companies in the same situation, i.e., looting and burning through American taxpayer dollars. It got NO press.

Bankrupt Solyndra Caught Destroying Brand New Parts hat tip Van

FREMONT (CBS 5) — After filing for bankruptcy last year, Fremont solar company Solyndra still owes American taxpayers half a billion dollars. But CBS 5 caught them destroying millions of dollars worth of parts.

At Solyndra’s sprawling complex in Fremont, workers in white jumpsuits were unwrapping brand new glass tubes used in solar panels last week. They are the latest, most cutting-edge solar technology, and they are being thrown into dumpsters.

Forklifts brought one pallet after another piled high with the carefully packaged glass. Slowly but surely it all ended up shattered.

And it’s not a few loads. Hundreds of thousands of tubes on shrink-wrapped pallets will meet a similar demise.

Solyndra paid at least $2 million for the specialized glass. A CBS 5 crew found one piece lying in the parking lot. Solyndra still owes the German company that made the tubes close to another $8 million.



Shiz libs say:

hat tip Breitbart via Shawn


Fox News Hires Soros Subversive

Unbelievable. Rational voices are continually given the shaft, prohibited from the airwaves, and these agitators and subversives are given respect, salaries and the imprimatur of legitimacy.

The right does not have ONE network. Not one.

Fox News Hires Soros-funded Activist Cliff Kincaid, AIM (hat tip Trevor Loudon)

Sally Kohn, a former senior strategist at the Soros-funded Center for Community Change, has been hired as a Fox News Contributor. Soros is the controversial hedge fund billionaire, convicted of insider trading in France, who finances the “progressive” movement in the U.S.

It is significant that Kohn is now a regular paid commentator on Fox News, while Glenn Beck, the one-time archenemy of George Soros, was ousted from the channel last year and now hosts an Internet TV show.

An open lesbian who shuns feminine attire and frequently wears a suit jacket, Kohn is joining Fox News after being a regular on such programs as “The Ed Show” on liberal rival MSNBC. SorosShe is now officially part of the “Fox News Family,” as she puts it, and has been making appearances on the channel for several days.

The selection of Kohn raises disturbing questions about the direction of Fox News in a critical election year. Kohn worked at the Center for Community Change, one of the leading Soros-funded groups, for six years, from 2004—2010. During this period, the group received $5.8 million from Soros’s main vehicle, the Open Society Institute (OSI).

The former chair of the board of the Center for Community Change, Cecilia Munoz, was recently named the Director of the Domestic Policy Council in the White House, a position that makes her one of Obama’s top aides. She had been serving as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. A White House press release about her appointment notes that she previously served on the U.S. Programs Board of the OSI and was Senior Vice President for the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation at the National Council of La Raza.


..... Fox News fired Beck, even while calling it a mutual decision and promising collaboration on “a slate of projects for Fox News Channel and Fox News’ digital properties” that have yet to materialize.

Kohn herself narrated a video making fun of Beck, insisting that he was spouting misinformation about fascism and communism being extreme left-wing ideas and implying that he was the real fascist. She said that liberals like President Obama and herself favor “democratic capitalism,” not any kind of state control of the economy.

The reality, however, is quite different.

“Sally Kohn makes the world safe for radical ideas,” her website says. In fact, Kohn is a far-left radical who attended the 2003 World Social Forum in Brazil, a meeting place for groups which say they are opposed to capitalism and U.S. imperialism. The 2011-2012 “Calendar of Struggles” for the World Social Forum includes:

  • Global week of actions in support to the freedom of the Gaza Flotilla II.
  • International Conference on the impact of the North American invasion in Iraq.
  • International Solidarity Day for the Palestinian and African peoples.

Not only is Kohn now on Fox News, where she can demonstrate the channel’s “fair and balanced” commitment by championing radical Arab and pro-Marxist causes, she is being given open access to the influential website, where she writes articles praising the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The Kohn bio at the end of her Fox News columns says she is the founder and Chief Education Officer of the Movement Vision Lab, “a grassroots think tank,” but clicking on the organization’s website takes you to Kohn’s personal page. It appears that the Movement Vision Lab was a project  of the Center for Community Change that has since been discontinued.


Both Kohn and Rashad Robinson, executive director of a group called Color of Change, have attended the Soros-funded event known as the “Creative Change Retreat,” described as a place where “arts and social justice” come together.

Color of Change was co-founded by Van Jones, the former Obama official who lost his job after Beck, then on Fox News, highlighted his radical communist connections by drawing on material from anti-communist blogger Trevor Loudon and others.

Jones had the last laugh, noting during an appearance at the Campaign for America’s Future conference that Beck had lost his job at Fox.

Soros’s Open Society Institute had provided $300,000 to Color of Change and its parent entity called the Citizen Engagement Laboratory. Executive director Robinson had previously worked as Senior Director of Media Programs for GLAAD, where he apparently learned the techniques of protesting the presence of conservative voices in the media.


Romney's National Lead Down to 10 Points

And I'm glad. GO NEWT!

Gallup Poll: Romney's National Lead Down to 10 Points Romney 30%, Gingrich 20% in the latest Gallup Daily tracking by Frank Newport

PRINCETON, NJ -- Mitt Romney is a considerably weaker front-runner among Republican registered voters nationally than he was at the beginning of the week. Romney now leads Newt Gingrich by 30% to 20%, with Rick Santorum and Ron Paul tied at 13%. At the beginning of the week, Romney had a 23-percentage-point lead over Gingrich and Santorum.

Republican Preferences for 2012 GOP Presidential Nomination -- Recent Trend

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The latest results, based on Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted Jan. 15-19, only partially reflect the potential impact of the dramatic events that have roiled the GOP presidential race this week. These include the withdrawal of two candidates (Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry) from the race, a televised interview given by Gingrich's second wife in which she discussed her former husband's extramarital affair, the continued focus on Romney's tax returns, the announcement that Santorum rather than Romney apparently won the Iowa caucuses, and a lively debate in South Carolina Thursday night in which Gingrich lashed out at the news media, and the CNN moderator in particular.

Polls in South Carolina suggest that Gingrich has a good chance of winning that state, and if so, the race could tighten further in the coming days.

The Republican race has been marked so far by unprecedented volatility. The latest chapter appears to be the remarkable ups and downs in support for former Speaker of the House Gingrich, who went from a solid front-runner status in early December to a badly trailing second-place position, to now perhaps another upward swing in momentum.


Stop Islamization of Nations (SION) Calls On UN to Protect Christians of Syria

Stop Islamization of Nations (SION) Calls on UN to Protect Christians of Syria - Reuters

NEW YORK, January 19, 2012: A prominent international human rights organization is calling upon the United Nations and the international human rights community to act quickly and decisively to save the Christians of Syria, who are being increasingly threatened and victimized by Islamic supremacists.

Stop Islamization of Nations (SION) notes with sorrow the one hundred dead in Syria in the recent and Syriac easterongoing series of kidnappings and murders of Christians. SION President Pamela Geller said in a statement: “We deplore the manifest lack of respect for human life and the dignity of the human person. We call upon the United Nations Security Council and UN Commission on Human Rights to schedule an immediate meeting to discuss how to protect the Christians of Syria.”

Geller added: “We call upon Muslim groups in the U.S. and the Middle East to condemn these killings in word and deed, instituting programs in mosques and Islamic schools to teach Muslims that the lives of non-Muslims must be respected as equal in dignity and value to those of Muslims. We call upon the centers of Islamic authority and education to repudiate the specifications in Islamic law that set the value of a non-Muslim’s life as less than that of a Muslim, and call upon the international human rights community to focus on those inherently discriminatory laws as a human rights abuse.”

SION is an international umbrella organization dedicated to defending human rights, religious liberty, freedom of conscience and the freedom of speech against Islamic supremacist intimidation and attempts to bring elements of Sharia to the West.

The confirmed list of Board of Advisors for SION currently includes Dr. Ali Sina, the renowned ex-Muslim author and founder of; Dr. Wafa Sultan, the ex-Muslim human rights activist and author; the German pro-freedom activist Stefan Herre of Politically Incorrect; the Israeli author Dr. Mordechai Kedar; the Hindu human rights activist Babu Suseelan; and Anders Gravers of Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE). More prominent pro-freedom activists will be added to the Board shortly.

A worldwide summit of SION freedom activists is currently being organized; location, date and other details will be announced in the coming weeks.

SION establishes a common American/European coalition of free people determined to stand for freedom and oppose the advance of Islamic law, Sharia. Islamic law is not simply a religious system, but a political system that encompasses every aspect of life; is authoritarian, discriminatory, and repressive; and contradicts Western laws and principles in numerous particulars. SION respects Muslims as fellow human beings and rejects Islamization as a comprehensive political, religious, cultural and social system of behavior and ideology.

SION stands for:

  • The freedom of speech – as opposed to Islamic prohibitions of “blasphemy” and “slander,” which are used effectively to quash honest discussion of jihad and Islamic supremacism;
  • The freedom of conscience – as opposed to the Islamic death penalty for apostasy;
  • The equality of rights of all people before the law – as opposed to Sharia’s institutionalized discrimination against women and non-Muslims.

A foremost objective of SION is to establish a network of free nations that work to free the oppressed and to call worldwide attention to the persecution, slaughter and subjugation of non-Muslims and free women enslaved by the Sharia. SION will act only through democratic and non-violent means, and categorically rejects all acts of violence and vigilantism. It aims to preserve the fundamental freedoms and rights articulated in the Constitutions of the Western democracies, the U.S. Bill of Rights, and the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

SION will also work to winning back the culture, with a particular focus on the academic world, as the Islamic teaching of history is based on faith and Sharia, not on the Western objective criteria of truth. In the West, history must be taught according to the truth, not according to the dictates of ideology.

SION also offers diversity and sensitivity training to corporations and government agencies at the local, state and national levels. This diversity training is designed to help these entities understand the jihad threat in all its different manifestations, including Islamic supremacist cultural initiatives to assert Islamic law and practice in the American workplace. It helps them protect their business practices in the face of demands for special accommodation for Muslim employees

To schedule a session, please write to

Join the SION Facebook group here.

For more information, contact Pamela Geller at

SOURCE: Stop Islamization of Nations


Bulletin of the Oppression of Women Dec. 16, 2011 - Jan. 18, 2012


Bulletin of the Oppression of Women Dec. 16, 2011 - Jan. 18, 2012 (thanks to Political Islam)

December 14, 2011 - January, 18, 2012

December 14, 2011
A top Islamic scholar objects to women running in elections. The Head of Sharia Scholars League in the GCC countries Dr Ajeel Al-Nashmi maintains that women have the right to participate in political issues by expressing their opinions or demanding their rights in the media.

Women from the physical point of view are not fit to practice politics that requires debating, staying awake for long hours at night, appearing before men and mingling with them, Al-Nashmi indicated. Update HERE.

December 15, 2011
Norway (translation by IslamInEurope)
"70% of the increase in crime and domestic violence at Christmas are of families of non-Norwegian background. The cultures we speak of drink little alcohol and don't celebrate Christmas," Stein Erik Olsen told Nettavisen. "What we've seen in Stovner (borough) is that the number of cases goes down during Ramadan."

Olsen says one of the challenges with other cultures is that they have their own laws and a different attitude towards women than what is accepted in Norwegian society. "In the worst of our cases it's quite extreme who the culture rules the family, and how laws and regulations different than the Norwegian ones apply.

Pakistan (hat tip to AtlasShrugs)
Kashmala Bibi (a false name used to protect the woman) says her cousin's breasts were cut into pieces when five militants walked into their house and saw the woman breastfeeding her child. One of the insurgents then asked the other women around to eat the pieces.

This is one of the many tales of horror recorded in a report titled "Impact of crisis on women and girls in Fata". The report, released by human rights organisation "Khwendo Kor" (Sisters' Home in Pashto) with financial support from UN-women, is based on case studies of women from the tribal belt living in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's IDP camps.

Forced marriages, honour killings, exchange of women between tribes and marriages with first cousins resulting in disabilities of offspring have made the women in the tribal areas increasingly dependent. The role of women in society has decreased from 39% to 19%.

Bangladesh (hat tip to Atlas Shrugs)
Human rights groups in Bangladesh have demanded a severe punishment for the husband of a young woman who allegedly cut off most of her right hand. Police say Rafiqul Islam, 30, attacked her because she pursued higher education without his permission. The incident is one of a number of acts of domestic violence targeting educated women in recent months.

December 18, 2011
Egypt (hat tip to American Thinker)
Egyptian soldiers beat female protesters with metal poles as they dragged the women through the streets.

Clashes with security forces continued for a third day yesterday near Egypt's parliament. Soldiers erected huge concrete barricades, but an exchange of stones and firebombs continued. The army also used water tanks to spray the crowd and fired gun shots in the air.

At least ten have been killed in the violence, including two children aged 12 and 13. Two died after their skulls were fractured by stones thrown during the battles and at least six were shot dead, despite army and government claims that no live fire was being used. Update HERE.

December 19, 2011
Pakistan (hat tip to TheReligionOfPeace)
A teenage Pakistani woman on Monday told of her terror as her husband chopped off her nose and lips in a furious marital row, and threatened to kill herself unless the police brought him to justice. The horrifying case underscores the brutal violence suffered by some women in Pakistan, where a domestic violence bill lapsed in 2009 after being held up in the Senate due to objections from religious parties.

December 20, 2011
Egypt - Libya - Tunisia
The Arab Spring revolutions put women's rights in the spotlight. The tendency toward fundamental Islam rule in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia will be detrimental for equal rights for women.

"I think where the Islamic laws will eventually bite is the rights of women. They already have declared (in Libya) that polygamy rules will be relaxed and who knows where that is going to go," said Laleh Khalili, senior lecturer in Middle East Politics at the University of London.

December 21, 2011
At least 675 Pakistani women and girls were murdered during the first nine months of 2011 for allegedly defaming their family's honor, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan report said Tuesday. "Some victims were raped or gang raped before being killed, he said. At least 19 were killed by their sons, 49 by their fathers and 169 by their husbands," he added.

The report underscores the pervasive violence against women in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where there are no domestic violence laws and authorities faced with 'honor killings' prefer to leave such matters in the hands of local elders.

December 22, 2011
An adviser to Egypt's military rulers said in a newspaper interview published on Thursday that a brutal attack on a female protester by Egyptian soldiers on Saturday was justified because the woman had insulted the army.

Thousands of Egyptian women took to the streets of Cairo this week to protest the beating of the woman, whose black abaya was stripped back to reveal her underwear during the attack. Asked about video and photographs of soldiers hitting and kicking the woman, Gen. Abdel Moneim Kato, a retired officer who advises the ruling military council in Cairo, told the Arabic-language newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat that the female activist "had been insulting the army through a megaphone" before she was stripped and beaten.

Canada (hat tip to Vladtepesblog)
A video interview with Ezra Levant: "The War on Muslim Women and Girls." (warning: graphic images)

December 25, 2011
Sri Lanka (hat tip to TheReligionOfPeace)
A Muslim extremist style killing has been reported from Sammanthurai of Ampara district of Sri Lanka's Eastern Province, police say. According to the police, a Muslim father has allegedly beaten his underage daughter to death yesterday evening. The 17-year-old daughter was killed by father allegedly for having a relationship with a person belonged to another religion

Authorities in Iran said Sunday they are again moving ahead with plans to execute a woman sentenced to death by stoning on an adultery conviction in a case that sparked an international outcry, but are considering whether to carry out the punishment by hanging instead. More HERE.

Read an exclusive interview with Asia Bibi by Pam Geller. Asia Bibi, a Christian woman, has been sentenced to death under Pakistan's notorious blasphemy law for insulting Islam. She is now in prison. The law is often used to settle grudges, persecute minorities and fan rage of the Islamic devout.

December 26, 2011
Israel (hat tip to TheReligionOfPeace)
Bedouin and other Arabs in the northern Negev are increasingly involved in predatory relationships with young Jewish girls, according to Voice of Israel government-run radio. The relationships sometimes begin as romantic involvements, often with under-aged minors, and develop into rape, abductions and abuse.

Seven victims last month alone are aged 11-18. These are only cases that were reported to police, but many others are believed to have taken place without being reported. Complaints were filed to the police in four cases of such abductions last month in Kiryat Malachi alone, and a fifth case of rape.

December 28, 2011
Britain (hat tip to Atlas Shrugs)
The number of women from Britain's ethnic communities coming forward to report so-called "honour" attacks has more than doubled in three years, new figures show

December 29, 2011
Turkey (hat tip to Atlas Shrugs)
In the wake of a report that 160 women were murdered in Turkey in 2011 by male partners or relatives, some are calling for women at risk to be given free guns and lessons in how to use them.

The new statistics, released by the group "We Will Stop the Murders of Women", paint a dire portrait of the state of women's rights in Turkey, as the Istanbul newspaper Today's Zaman writes.

Afghanistan (hat tip to TheReligionOfPeace)
Sporting or extra-curricular activities have become a new Taliban-imposed taboo for tribal students as militants targeted two schools in the Khyber tribal region for letting students, including girls, compete in sports or cultural events.

"Girls' education is also considered un-Islamic by these self-proclaimed champions of the religion of Islam. … They have now started targeting schools where students, particularly girls, had participated in any extra-curricular activities."

December 30, 2011
Afghanistan (hat tip to TheReligionOfPeace)
A video shows the extent of the injuries suffered by a 15 year-old Afghan child bride Sahar Gul who was locked up and tortured by her husband. According to officials in northeastern Baghlan province, Gul's in-laws kept her in a basement for six months, ripped her fingernails out, tortured her with hot irons and broke her fingers - all in an attempt to force her into prostitution. Police freed her after her uncle called authorities. (Warning: graphic images) More HERE. And HERE.

January 2, 2012
Ten percent of the seats in a proposed Libyan constituent assembly will be reserved for women, a draft electoral law published on Monday said, triggering harsh reaction from a human rights watchdog.

The Libyan Human Rights Alliance strongly criticised the proposed bill. "As it is now, Libyan women currently make up over 50% of the population in Libya, and the idea that they will be strictly limited to only 20 seats is extremely outrageous," said the alliance in a statement released in English.

January 3, 2012
A number of religious leaders in Gambia have called for a ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) which is widely seen as an obligation for Muslim women in the country, Gambia's Daily Observer newspaper reports. Imams and traditional chiefs have joined women's groups in calling for a law against FGM (also known as female circumcision), which they say puts women's reproductive health at risk.

This is a short "must-see" video of a Catholic nun who works with Iraqi Christian girls who have been raped and tortured by Muslim men. The title is "This Is What Islam Does" [to Kafir women].

All sexual assaults involving rape in past 5 years were committed by "non-Western" males. In this video, the politically correct Norwegians never identify the men as Muslims but will only call them, "Asian."

Pakistan (hat tip to TheReligionOfPeace)
Three men entered the home of a married Pakistani woman named Jameela's and tried to assault her. When Jameela put up resistance, they beat her black and blue before tearing her clothes off.

A total of 6,616 women fell victim to repression across the country last year, says the report. Of them, 1,014 women were victims of stalking, 96 were killed after rape and 38 died after being set on fire. Moreover, 81 women were acid burnt while two of them died following the attacks.

January 5, 2012
Pakistan (hat tip to TheReligionOfPeace)
A woman was beaten with a stick allegedly by her husband for threatening to leave him.

Pakistan (hat tip to TheReligionOfPeace)
A Pakistani woman was attacked and killed by her brother-in-law. Zahida, 37, was reportedly strangled, shot and then burned to death in her house by her sister's husband, Muneer Ahmed.

January 4, 2012
Norway (Hat tip to AtlasShrugs)
A Norwegian girl was brutally attacked by her boyfriend as she refused to marry him. Twenty four year old Sulvy Leopreez Sakkur was severely beaten by her Egyptian millionaire boyfriend.

The lady confirmed the news in an interview with Al Wafd newspaper. She identified her boyfriend as Ahmed AL Ajati, the son of Egyptian millionaire Yahiya Al Ajati. She said, "The reason behind this was because I refused to marry him and asked him to end our relationship".

January 6, 2012
India (hat tip to TheReligionOfPeace)
Junior girls in Muslim Orphanage, the state's biggest orphanage run by the Waqf Board, have been found to be sexually abused by their seniors under the patronage of some of the orphanage staffers.

"Several junior inmates of the orphanage confirmed that they were not only sexually harassed by their seniors but were also forced to witness homosexual acts. Instances of senior girls torturing and beating their juniors if their demands were not met, too, came to light."

Pakistan (hat tip to TheReligionOfPeace)
A mother of six was smothered to death by her husband after 17 years of marriage on Wednesday evening, allegedly for refusing to take a divorce. The woman had allegedly had a relationship with another man. The husband said he had no regrets as he had saved his family's 'honour' by punishing a woman who was disloyal to her husband.

January 7, 2012
Kuwait (hat tip to InfidelsAreCool)
A Kuwaiti man shaved the head of his sister who he thought was indulging in immoral acts, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily. The man discovered a series of 'love messages' on his sister's phone and decided to teach her a lesson. Sources say the girl tried in vain to convince her brother that the messages were sent by her friends in school.

January 9, 2012
Britain (hat tip to AtlasShrugs)
A devout Muslim held his ex-wife prisoner on the toilet for an hour and physically assaulted her as punishment for wearing Western clothes.

Khalique Miah has been jailed for 18 months for the attack on Zahanara Begum.She was on the loo when her former husband burst in dressed in black, wielding a hammer and referring to her underwear as 'Satan'. Miah, 35, covered her mouth with a gloved hand to stop her screaming, punched her in the chest and stomach, then climbed on top of her, holding her in place, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

(hat tip to TheReligionOfPeace)
An overwhelming majority of men convicted of rape in Stavanger in the last three years come from first and second-generation immigrant communities, a review of the city's court rulings has shown.

Turkey (Hat tip to WomensNewsNetwork)
Women's rights groups are preparing for a meeting this week with Family and Social Policy Minister Fatma Sahin, who drafted a new bill to address cases of violence against women in Turkey, where almost half of all women say they have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of their husbands or partners.

Female demonstrators have suffered sexual assaults at the hands of Egyptian soldiers protected by military courts. Human rights groups say they have documented the cases of at least 100 women who were sexually assaulted by soldiers or the security police during the time of military rule.

January 10, 2010
Pakistan (hat tip to TheReliginOfPeace)
Police officials claim to have arrested Waqas Bajwa, suspected of slaughtering his wife and child, from Quetta. According to police officials Bajwa was implicated for killing his wife, infant daughter and a neighbour on December 18, 2011. The suspect allegedly fled the scene after committing the triple murder.

The rights organization Oxfam International reports that 87 percent of Afghan women have experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence, as well as forced marriage, which Amnesty International says account for 80 percent of all marriages. According to the UK-based charity, Womankind, more than half of all girls married are not yet 16.

January 13, 2012
Switzerland (hat tip to JihadWatch)
A Swiss prosecutor has described as a "veritable slaughter" the vicious axe murder of a 16-year-old girl by her 53-year-old Pakistani father, who believed his daughter had tarnished her family's honour

January 16, 2012
Within the past three months, nine women have been abducted and forcibly converted to Islam. MPA Javed adds that the purpose is not to gain good deeds, but to sell them. A majority of the Christian girls converted are married, he says.

January 17, 2012
A leading Sudanese opposition figure is under heavy criticism for proposing that women be allowed to lead prayers in mosques. Sadiq Al-Mahdi, who is a former prime minister in the government, has also been pushing for the abolition of the niqab, the female face veils, as a way of 'freeing' Muslim women in Sudan.

Reacting to the proposals, the Shari'a Association of Scholars and Preachers of Sudan denounced the comments as "blasphemy" and demanded the opposition leader atone or face trial. The association is charged with the responsibility of defending Islam, a religion that has strict guidelines for women, especially on dressing.

January 18, 2012
An increasing number of Muslim women activists are receiving death threats, fatwas and even hate-mail from extremist male and female Muslims. Their crime: Rescuing fellow Muslim women from violent and life threatening situations.

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Etta James, RIP

Legend Etta James died today due to complications from leukemia. I loved her. She was ballsy and beautiful and nobody sang like her. Nobody.


Muslims in Egypt Burn Christian Homes and Shops, Attack Church Screaming Allahu Akbar

Obama was only too happy to help the Islamic supremacists overthrow Mubarak, but has been criminally silent on the persecution and slaughter of Christians in the wake of his post-American foreign policy.

The "freedom movement" prohibits Christians from voting "because they intended to vote for two moderate Muslims and not the Salafi candidates. 'No Copt from Rahmaniya-Kebly was able to vote, so the Salafists will win the elections.'"

Obama say, "Respect it!"

Muslims in Egypt Burn Christian Homes and Shops, Attack Church AINA (hat tip Daryl)

(AINA) -- A Muslim mob attacked Copts today in the Upper Egyptian village of Rahmaniya-Kebly, Nag Hammadi, Qena province, destroying and torching their homes, straw huts and shops, while chanting Allahu Akbar. No one was reported killed or injured (video). According to reports, security forces were present but did not intervene and the fire brigade arrived 90 minutes late.

An eye-witness said that a straw hut belonging to a Copt was torched to clear the area for a mosque. There are more than 300 mosques in the village and one church.

According to Coptic residents, the reason behind the violence was the parliamentary elections. The Salafists wanted to prevent Copts, who number more than 50% of the inhabitants (20,000), from voting because they intended to vote for two moderate Muslims and not the Salafi candidates. "No Copt from Rahmaniya-Kebly was able to vote today, so the Salafists will win the elections," said a witness. Copts were forcefully prevented from voting.

US-based WAY TV, which covered live today's Rahmaniya attacks, called commander Osama, head of security at Rahmaniya, who said "everything was OK" -- despite live pictures on TV of the burning homes. Joseph Nasralla of WAY TV spoke to security and made them aware that the videos of the fires were being broadcast in the U.S. and Middle East, which caused the immediate dispatch of security vehicles. By late evening the violence had stopped.

Joseph Nasralla spoke at our 911 Ground Zero mosque rallies. He is a champion of human rights.

In another incident today, a large number of Salafis and members of the Muslim Brotherhood entered the Abu Makka church, in Bahteem, Shubra-el-Khayma, Qaliubia province, and informed the congregation that the church has no licence and no one should pray in it. One Muslim said the 1300 square meter church would be suitable for a mosque and a hospital.


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