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Marvel Comics introduces new Ms. Marvel, a Muslim American teenager

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NY Daily News: Marvel Comics is adding some needed color to the world of costumed  superheroes.

The publisher announced it’s introducing a new Muslim superheroine, a  revamped Ms. Marvel, whose secret identity is that of a Pakistani-American  teenager from Jersey City.

Sixteen-year-old Kamala Khan is the brainchild of writer G. Willow Wilson,  an Islamic convert herself, and Muslim editor Sana Amanat in an effort to reach out to segments of the comic book reading public that haven’t had their own  heroes.

“At her core, Kamala is just a 16-year-old girl, exploring the many facets  of her identity when she is suddenly bestowed with super-human powers that send her on the adventure of a lifetime,” Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso  said in a release.

Khan will debut in January’s “All-New Marvel NOW! Point One Comic Book”  before kicking off her own “Ms. Marvel” series a month later. The creators  promised the title would focus as much on her interaction with her more traditional parents as it would with battles with super villains.

“Any time you do something like this, it is a bit of a risk,” Wilson told the New York Times. “You’re trying to bring the audience on board, and they are used to seeing something else in the pages of a comic book.”

Khan’s introduction comes a year after rival publisher DC Comics introduced  its own major Muslim character — a Green Lantern from Dearborn, Mich., named  Simon Baz.

“It continued to reinforce that our readership is extremely diverse, so we  want to continue to diversify the characters in our universe,” creator Geoff  Johns, himself a Lebanese American from Dearborn, told the Daily News at the  time.

From the NY Times:

Kamala, whose family is from Pakistan, has devotedly followed the career of the blond, blue-eyed Carol Danvers, who now goes by Captain Marvel, a name she inherited from a male hero. When Kamala discovers her powers, including the ability to change shape, she takes on the code name Ms. Marvel — what Carol called herself when she began her superhero career.

Kamala will face struggles outside her own head, including conflicts close to home. “Her brother is extremely conservative,” Ms. Amanat said. “Her mom is paranoid that she’s going to touch a boy and get pregnant. Her father wants her to concentrate on her studies and become a doctor.” Next to those challenges, fighting supervillains may be a respite.

Gee, I wonder if her super powers will include fighting the challenges against rape, acid throwing, honor killings, forced marriages, forced prostitution and the buying and selling of women? Somehow I doubt it.

DCG

Reggie Love: Obama and I played cards during raid on Osama bin Laden

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In May 2011, the White House released the above photo when it declared, with great fanfare, that a team of Navy SEALS had broken into Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden’s secret compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan, and assassinated the nefarious terrorist. The picture supposedly was taken in a “Situation Room” in the White House, where Obama and his key military and civilian advisers watched, in real time, the take-down of Osama.

Obama had always maintained that he watched the raid in real time in the Situation Room with members of his national security team. In fact, a year after the raid, the POS told NBC News “This was the longest 40 minutes of my life,” referring to the amount of time the Navy SEALs had to complete their mission after landing at the bin Laden compound in Abbottabad.

At the time when the pic was released, many of us gleefully observed how dwarfed Obama appeared, like a chipmunk in a small chair, next to the other individuals seated around the table.

A year later, Swedish news agency Afton Bladet was the first to cast doubt on the authenticity of the photo. Then, Mara Zebest – a graphic artist and co-author for a number of Adobe product books, including the Inside Photoshop series, which has been published in at least ten different languages around the world — also expressed skepticism about the pic, noting a number of anomalies — including the dwarfed Obama — which point to the pic having been “manipulated.” (See “Is the Obama ‘Situation Room” photo a fake?“)

We now have the testimony of a percipient witness (or eyewitness) that Obama indeed was not in that Situation Room.

He is none other than Reggie Love, 32, who has worked for the POS as a personal assistant since Obama was a junior senator, and continuing as his personal aide and “body man” in the White House.  At the end of 2011, Reggie left the White House  to complete his MBA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, but he’s still seen with the POS on occasions, like this pic below.

Obama-with-Reggie-LoveObama & Reggie Love strolling like two lovers by the seashore.

Last month, July 2013, Reggie was invited to a forum in Los Angeles hosted by the D.C.-based Artists and Athletes Alliance to reflect on his time as one of Obama’s closest aides — a “private briefing on decision making in the Oval Office.” The forum was moderated by Jim Newton, editor at large of The Los Angeles Times.

Reggie said he and Obama played cards during part of the raid: “Most people were like down in the Situation Room and [President Obama] was like, ‘I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing.’” 

So Obama, Reggie, White House photographer Pete Souza, and another Obama aide Marvin Nicholson, gathered in the private dining room to play a couple rounds of cards. “We must have played 15 games of spades,” Reggie said.

H/t Daily Mail and Obama Release Your Records

See also:

UPDATE (Aug. 15, 2013):

Team Obama is now furiously doing damage control on Reggie Love’s intemperate remarks.

Not long after the video with Reggie surfaced and started to spread like wildfire, it was removed by Artists and Athletes Alliance (AAA). Fortunately, the video posted above was made by Obama Release Your Records and is not subject to AAA’s deletion!

~Eowyn

Families of Navy SEAL Team 6 to expose Obama regime in deaths of their sons

The Navy SEAL is the elite of our military’s elite corps who have the respect and admiration of even fighter pilots, who themselves are elite Top Guns. SEAL Team 6 is the informal name of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG), commonly known as DEVGRU — one of America’s four secretive counter-terrorism and Special Mission Units.

It was the Navy SEAL Team 6 who, on May 2, 2011, broke into Osama bin Laden’s secret compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan, and assassinated the Al Qaeda leader.

Three months later, on August 6, 2011, 22 members of Team 6 were killed when their Chinook helicopter was shot down by Taliban “rebels” in Afghanistan.

At the time, the downing of the Chinook helicopter already was met with skepticism (see here and here). Among the skeptics was D.C. investigative reporter Wayne Madsen, a former U.S. Navy officer. According to Madsen, his sources in Navy SEAL Team 2 told him that “many SEALs believe the SEAL Team 6 members were sacrificed for political reasons because they ‘knew too much’ about the Abbotabad raid.”

Almost two years later, we may finally learn the truth about that Chinook “crash.”

On Thursday, May 9, 2013, the families of three members of Navy SEAL Team 6 will convene a press conference to reveal the Obama regime’s culpability in the death of their sons in that fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Here’s an announcement of that press conference from Freedom Watch:

DATE: May 9, 2013

PLACE: National Press Club (Holeman Lounge)
529 14th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20045

TIME: 10 am – 11 am

(Washington, D.C.). Three families of Navy SEAL Team VI special forces servicemen, along with one family of an Army National Guardsman, will appear at a press conference on May 9, 2013, to disclose never before revealed information about how and why their sons along with 26 others died in a fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011, just a few months after the successful raid on the compound of Osama Bin Laden that resulted in the master terrorist’s death.

Accompanying the families of these dead Navy SEAL Team VI special operations servicemen will be retired military experts verifying their accounts of how and why the government is as much responsible for the deaths of their sons as is the Taliban.

The areas of inquiry at the press conference will include but not be limited to:

  1. How President Obama and Vice President Biden, having disclosed on May 4, 2011, that Navy Seal Team VI carried out the successful raid on Bin Laden’s compound resulting in the master terrorist’s death, put a retaliatory target on the backs of the fallen heroes.
  2. How and why high-level military officials sent these Navy SEAL Team VI heroes into battle without special operations aviation and proper air support.
  3. How and why middle level military brass carries out too many ill-prepared missions to boost their standing with top-level military brass and the Commander-in-Chief in order that they can be promoted.
  4. How the military restricts special operations servicemen and others from engaging in timely return fire when fired upon by the Taliban and other terrorist groups and interests, thus jeopardizing the servicemen’s lives.
  5. How and why the denial of requested pre-assault fire may have contributed to the shoot down of the Navy SEAL Team VI. helicopter and the death of these special operations servicemen.
  6. How Afghani forces accompanying the Navy SEAL Team VI servicemen on the helicopter were not properly vetted and how they possibly disclosed classified information to the Taliban about the mission, resulting in the shoot down of the helicopter.
  7. How military brass, while prohibiting any mention of a Judeo-Christian God, invited a Muslim cleric to the funeral for the fallen Navy SEAL Team VI heroes who disparaged in Arabic the memory of these servicemen by damning them as infidels to Allah. A video of the Muslim cleric’s “prayer” will be shown with a certified translation.

“This press conference takes on special significance given that our government has over the last twelve years since September 11 committed brave American servicemen to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which, in large part as a result of politics, were poorly conceived of and implemented, resulting in the deaths of thousands and the maiming of tens of thousands of our brave heroes. To make matters even worse, America has effectively lost these wars,” stated Larry Klayman, legal counsel for the families.

For more information, contact Freedom Watch at daj142182@gmail.com or Tel: 424 274 2579.

A big h/t to my bud Mark S. McGrew

Update (May 9, 2013):

For the press conference today, see “Families of Navy SEALs killed in downed Chinook blame Obama and military brass“.

~Eowyn

The “religion of peace” strikes again…

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Pakistani soldier stoned to death over romance

KOMO News: Tribesmen tied a Pakistani soldier to the hood of a car and stoned him to death in the country’s restive northwest for allegedly having a romantic relationship with a local woman, government officials and a tribal elder said Wednesday.

The grisly incident took place Tuesday in Parachinar, the capital of the Kurram tribal area. Kurram is part of Pakistan’s semiautonomous tribal region, which runs along the country’s border with Afghanistan and is dominated by conservative Pashtun tribesmen.

The soldier, Nooruddin Aalam, allegedly began his relationship with the woman during a previous posting in the area, said a local government official. He was transferred elsewhere three months ago but returned to see the woman in recent days, said the official.

Residents allegedly caught the couple dating, said a local tribal elder. Leaders of various tribes met Monday and decided the soldier should be executed according to Islamic law, said the elder. A second government official said locals took Aalam to a graveyard, tied him to the hood of a car and stoned him to death, then shot him.

One resident also shot the soldier, said the tribal elder. The woman allegedly involved in the incident is with the family of a local tribal elder, and her fate will be decided later, he said.

The government officials and tribal elder spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution from local tribesmen. A military official confirmed the death of the soldier but did not provide any additional details. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with official policy.

It is quite rare for people to be stoned to death in Pakistan, but when it does occur, the victim is more often a woman than a man.

Also Wednesday, police in a southwestern province announced the arrest of 11 children and teenagers between the ages of 11 and 18 for allegedly having planted bombs for a violent separatist group. Eight of the 11 were presented to the media to be photographed.

The children were arrested Tuesday evening after a shootout in a park in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, said the city’s police chief, Zubair Mehmood. Eight people got away during the gunfight, he said.

The children, who come from poor families, have confessed to planting bombs for the United Baluch Army in return for up to about $50 each time, said Mehmood. At least 12 people have been killed in Quetta since December because of these bomb attacks, he said.

Baluch separatists have been fighting a bloody insurgency against the Pakistani government for decades.

I have no tolerance for these evil people. This is just wrong on so many levels.

DCG

Persecuted by militant Islam, Christianity is close to extinction in Middle East

Nothing can be sadder in this Christmas season than the news that Christianity is facing imminent extinction in the land of its birth.

And the cause is the systematic and mounting persecution of Christians by militant Muslims. In fact, persecution by the “religion of peace” is now the greatest threat to Christians across the world.

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reports for The Telegraph, Dec. 23, 2012, that a new report entitled Christianophobia, by the think tank Civitas says “It is generally accepted that many faith-based groups face discrimination or persecution to some degree. A far less widely grasped fact is that Christians are targeted more than any other body of believers” and suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group. As many as 200 million Christians, or 10 per cent of Christians worldwide, are “socially disadvantaged, harassed or actively oppressed for their beliefs.”

The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam. The “lion’s share” of persecution faced by Christians is in countries where Islam is the dominant faith. “Muslim-majority” states make up 12 of the 20 countries judged to be “unfree” on the grounds of religious tolerance by Freedom House, the human rights think tank.

Quoting estimates that between a half and two-thirds of Christians in the Middle East have left the region or been killed in the past century, the Civitas report concludes “There is now a serious risk that Christianity will disappear from its biblical heartlands.”

The report identifies a fear among oppressive regimes that Christianity is a “Western creed” which can be used to undermine them. The report catalogs hundreds of attacks on Christians by religious fanatics over recent years, focusing on seven countries: Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria, India, Burma and China.

  • Converts from Islam face being killed in Saudi Arabia, Mauritania and Iran, or risk severe legal penalties in other countries across the Middle East.
  • In Iraq, the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq left Iraqi Christians “more vulnerable than ever”, highlighted by the 2006 beheading of a kidnapped Orthodox priest, Fr Boulos Iskander, and the kidnapping of 17 other priests and two bishops between 2006 and 2010. “In most cases, those responsible declared that they wanted all Christians to be expelled from the country,” the report says.
  • In Pakistan, the murder last year of Shahbaz Bhatti, the country’s Catholic minister for minorities, “vividly reflected” religious intolerance in Pakistan. Shortly after his death it emerged that Mr Bhatti had recorded a video in which he declared: “I am living for my community and for suffering people and I will die to defend their rights. I prefer to die for my principles and for the justice of my community rather than to compromise. I want to share that I believe in Jesus Christ, who has given his own life for us.”
  • In India, Christians have faced years of violence from Hindu extremists. In 2010 scores of attacks on Christians and church property were carried out in Karnataka, a state in south west India.
  • In Burma, while many people are aware of the oppression faced in Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi and other pro-democracy activists, little exposure has been given to targeted abuse of Christians. In some areas of Burma the government has clamped down on Christian protesters by restricting the building of new churches. Christians employed in government service who openly profess their faith “find it virtually impossible to get promotion.”
  • In China, where more Christians are imprisoned than in any other country in the world, state hostility towards Christianity is particularly rife. Ma Hucheng, an advisor to the Chinese government, claimed in an article last year that the US has backed the growth of the Protestant Church in China as a vehicle for political dissidence. Writing in the China Social Sciences Press, Ma claims that “Western powers, with America at their head, deliberately export Christianity to China and carry out all kinds of illegal evangelistic activities. Their basic aim is to use Christianity to change the character of the regime…in China and overturn it.”

But the persecution and oppression of Christians in Muslim countries is often ignored by the media because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”. Politicians, too, have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Rupert Shortt, journalist and author of the Civitas report who’s a visiting fellow of Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, says:

“Exposing and combating the problem ought in my view to be political priorities across large areas of the world. That this is not the case tells us much about a questionable hierarchy of victimhood. The blind spot displayed by governments and other influential players is causing them to squander a broader opportunity. Religious freedom is the canary in the mine for human rights generally.”

~Eowyn

Ben Swann Reality Check – Obama’s Drones = Hypocrisy

Ben Swann is news anchor and investigative reporter for Channel Fox 19 in Cincinnati.  In story after story, he lays out the facts so clearly they’re undeniable. If the national MSM had his intelligence, integrity and courage, this country would be a far better place.

Editor of Foreign Policy says Obama was born in Kenya

On November 13, 2012, Benjamin Pauker, the senior editor of Foreign Policy magazine, was interviewed on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” about Obama being reelected for a second term.

Beginning at around the 1:15 mark, Pauker was extolling Obama and claimed that a recent “comprehensive” survey of 18 countries found that “across the board there’s still enormous popular support for Obama,” whom Pauker calls “really a transformational figure, a hopeful figure.” Except in two places: Pakistan and Kenya.

Pauker attributes Obama’s unpopularity in Pakistan to the raid and killing of Osama bin Laden.

Then things got really interesting.

Beginning at the 1:43 mark, referring to Obama’s unpopularity in Kenya, Pauker said, “…and in Kenya, which is funny, because it’s Obama’s birthplace.”

Pauker then realized what he has just said, so he scrambled, “… because it’s [Kenya] homeland for him. I think in Kenya, which is sort of interesting, there’s a feeling among the public that they wanted him to focus more on his ancestral home.”

H/t ObamaReleaseYourRecords

See also FOTM’s previous posts on Obama being born in Kenya:

~Eowyn

Pakistan can suck it!

Anti-Islam film: Amid protests, Rs10 million bounty offered for filmaker

Express Tribune: Jamiat Ittehadul Ulema (JIU) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chapter President Abdul Akbar Chitrali declared a bounty worth Rs10 million on the head of the film’s producer. Addressing a rally at Ring Road, he urged the government to expel the US ambassador to Pakistan if the US does not impose a ban on the film.

Meanwhile, religious parties, Christian minority groups, traders and civil society members staged protests condemning the movie that has been deemed offensive by the West and the Muslim world alike. They rebuked the filmmaker for hurting the sentiments of Muslims and sabotaging interfaith harmony across the world.

Members of JIU accused the US and Israel of conspiring against Islam and portraying Muslims as terrorists and extremists. They also set fire to American and Israeli flags.

Local traders, under the leadership Tajir Insaf Traders Union, held a rally from Ashraf Road towards Qissa Khwani Bazaar. Vendors closed shops and participated in the rally which passed through several small markets in the city, hampering business activities for a couple of hours.

The Insaf Lawyers’ Forum (ILF), the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawyer’s body, demanded of the federal and provincial governments to take up the issue of the film with the United Nations.

The Federally Administered Tribal Areas Student Federation (FSF) staged a demonstration outside the Peshawar Press Club, as did the Christian Coordination Council (CCC), a minority representative organisation.

Shehzad Ahmad, the Peshawar District president of Shabab Milli, the youth wing of Jamaat-e-Islaami, threatened to stage a sit-in outside the American Consulate in Peshawar.

Pakistan can suck it.  We have a little thing called the First Amendment in this country.  Although this administration is working hard to destroy it.

And any wonder why we consider Muslims extremists and terrorists?

Maybe putting a bounty on a film maker might have something to do with it.

DCG

Prayers for this Pakistani woman

Photo courtesy The Daily Telegraph

Acid victim Fakhra Younus’ suicide shames all Pakistan

The Daily Telegraph:  Fakhra Younus, 33, leapt to her death from a sixth floor building in Rome on March 17, almost 12 years after the attack which she said left her looking “not human”.

At the time of the attack, her ex-husband Bilal Khar was accused of entering her mother’s house and pouring acid over her face as she slept.  The attack, in front of her then five-year-old son, left her unable to breathe and fighting for her life. She underwent 39 surgical procedures to repair her face in the past decade.

The acid almost completely corroded her nose, burned off her hair, fused her lips, blinded her in one eye, destroyed her left ear and burned her breasts.  After being rushed to hospital she said “My face is a prison to me”, while her distraught son said at the time “This is not my mother”.

Ms. Younus moved to Italy to continue treatment in Rome. She left a suicide note complaining of legal indifference to such atrocities and insensitivity by Pakistan’s rulers. Bilal Khar was arrested in 2002 and charged with attempted murder after the attack, only to be released on bail after five months.

The ex-parliamentarian and son of a wealthy Pakistani governor was eventually cleared of the attack, though many believe he could have used his family connections to escape conviction.

Since news of Ms. Younus’s suicide emerged, Khar has continued to deny any part in the attack. He has claimed in a television interview that a different man with the same name carried out the crime.

Khar claimed that his ex-wife killed herself because she did not have enough money, not because of her injuries.

More than 8,500 acid attacks, forced marriages and other forms of violence against women were reported in Pakistan in 2011, according to The Aurat Foundation, a women’s rights organisation.

The Pakistani government introduced new laws last year criminalising acid attacks and stating that convicted attackers would serve at least 14 years in jail.

Tehmina Durrani, the ex-wife of Bilal Khar’s father, had become an advocate for Younus after the attack, and said Younus had pledged to bring her attacker to justice when she had recovered.  Ms. Durrani urged the Pakistani government to do much more to prevent violence against women.

“I think this whole country should be extremely embarrassed that a foreign country took responsibility for a Pakistani citizen for 13 years because we could give her nothing, not justice, not security,” she said.

This not only shames Pakistan, it shames the so-called “religion of peace”.  Prayers for this woman and her son she left behind.

H/t beloved Grouchy

DCG

“Religion of Peace” had increase in honor killings

Australia Network NewsAlmost 1,000 Pakistani women and girls were murdered last year for allegedly defaming their family’s honour, according to the country’s leading human rights group.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan annual report said around 595 of the women killed in 2011 were accused of having “illicit relations” and 219 of marrying without permissionSome victims were raped or gang raped before being killed, the Commission said. Most of the women were killed by their brothers or husbands.  Only 20 of 943 killed were reported to have been provided medical aid before they died, the Commission wrote.

The Commission reported 943 ‘honour killings’ in 2011, 152 more than the previous year.  Despite the rising number of reported killings, activists have praised parliament for passing laws aimed at strengthening women’s protection against abuses.

The activists praised the parliament while the number of honor killings increased?  And how can you praise a country that still allows this to happen?

Congratulations Pakistan.  You prove that your barbaric religious followings truly make Islam the “religion of pieces”.

DCG