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Shocker, not: Refugees eyed in British subway terrorist attack

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From Fox News: Authorities named one of two Middle Eastern refugees believed to be responsible for last week’s London subway bombing, as new details emerged about their troubled time being fostered by a British couple previously honored by Queen Elizabeth II.

Yahyah Farroukh, 21, was identified as one of the suspects being held by London police, Sky News reported. Farroukh was arrested at a fried chicken shop, where he worked, in Hounslow in west London Saturday night. Suleman Sarwar, 43, who owns the chicken shop, said the 21-year-old suspect was arrested after he finished his shift.

“He was very normal,” Sarwar told Sky News. “I don’t know how long he worked here. It was surprising seeing him on the news.”

Farroukh’s Facebook profile indicated he was from Damascus and studied English in West Thamas College between 2013 and 2015. He was living in Stanwell, Surrey, where officials conducted a search on Sunday, but also most recently was registered to live with Penelope and Ronald Jones, who were honored by the queen for fostering more than 200 children – including refugees from Middle Eastern countries affected by conflicts. Another unidentified 18-year-old man who was arrested earlier in the day at Dover ferry port, where boats to France leave, was also fostered by the couple.

Both men are being held under the Terrorism Act and questioned by London police about Friday’s attack, when an improvised explosive device partially detonated aboard a subway train at Parsons Green station during morning rush hour, injuring 30 people.

But trouble with the couple’s foster children was reportedly visible beforehand – when police visited the Sunbury house two or three weeks ago, according to neighbor Stephen Griffiths.

“The police were there multiple times over the span of about a month — a few times a week,” Griffiths said. “You always think foster kids are going to have a bit of trouble, but you don’t think terrorism.”

The 18-year-old man is believed to be an Iraqi orphan who moved to the United Kingdom when he was 15 years old, after his parents died. The man was reportedly a “problem” for the foster parents and they had been contacting officials before the attack, according to the Telegraph. He lived with the Joneses, but hadn’t been arrested “in the last couple of weeks” despite the police activity at the Jones house, a Metropolitan Police spokeswoman told Sky News.

The news of frequent police visits could shed light on a tweet sent soon after the attack by President Trump in which he appeared to criticize British authorities for not acting sooner to prevent the attack.

“Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!” Trump wrote.

Images of the 18-year-old suspect, who is believed to have planted the bomb, have not emerged.

ITV News, however, obtained CCTV footage showing a man near Joneses’ Sunbury house Friday morning carrying a bag from Lidl supermarket. Images after the device detonated on Friday showed it was carried in a Lidl bag.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, but British officials said there’s no proof yet the terror group was actively involved in the planning, preparation or carrying out of the attack. British Prime Minister Theresa May raised the city’s terror threat level to “critical” – meaning an attack is imminent – but downgraded it Sunday to “severe” – meaning an attack is highly likely.

“Severe still means that an attack is highly likely, so I would urge everybody to be vigilant but not alarmed,” Home Secretary Amber Rudd said.

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UK Islamic school: Kill apostates, transgenders, homosexuals, adulterers!

The video above was taken surreptitiously in an unnamed Islamic school — one of 126 full-time Islamic schools in England. (The number, of course, is even larger for all of the UK.) The video confirms what we know about Islam:

  • It is blood thirsty: The punishment for apostate Muslims, homosexuals and adulterers is death.
  • Muslims don’t believe in friendship or co-existence with non-Muslims. There is only “hatred and hostility forever,” until all non-Muslims are converted to Islam.
  • Christians are vile and disgusting.

This is what the female teacher in a burqa said:

(1) About apostate Muslims who want to “get out of Islam,” the woman asks “What are we going to do?” and answers her own question:

We kill him. Kill the one who rejects Islam. Yeah, kill him. You have to kill him, do you understand?”

(2) About adulterers, the teacher asks “The judgment for adultery, what is the law?” and answers:

Stone him, until he dies. And the one who is not married? Lash him lash him. Yes, with 100 lashes.”

(3) About transgenders and homosexuals:

“If someone makes themselves like a man — a woman like a man — the punishment is kill. Kill them. Throw them for the highest place. We are not going to be like animals, living like animals. Or to be like . . . homosexuals. We have to take the judgment. The judgment is to kill them. The punishment for homosexuals is to throw them from the highest point and then stone them. So if you throw someone off a mountain, you are reducing them to the lowest of the low, because they are falling off the highest place.”

(4) About non-Muslims:

“It is not enough that you worship Allah. We have to also in our heart hate what displeases Allah and love what Allah loves. You have to hate what displeases Allah, especially when living in this country with non-Muslims. Vanity, we are free from you, and whatever you worship beside Allah, we have rejected you and there has appeared between us and you hostility and hatred forever, until you believe in Allah alone. You understand, sister? Islam is keeping away from disbelief and from the disbelievers — the people who disbelieve. Any questions? To be a good friend, to give them all our secrets? No, you understand? You don’t have to be friends with them. That is not allowed, because loyalty is only to the Muslim, not to the kaffir [non-believer; non-Muslim].

(5) About Christians:

“The message the Quran came to confirm the truth in the previous scriptures. We feel nothing sometimes going past the church. We look at it in disgust and think, ‘What are those people doing in there? What they say with their tongues is so vile and disgusting. It’s an abomination.‘ He [A Muslim] shouldn’t be indifferent and say things like ‘You go to church, I go to the mosque. Let’s all stay together like one big happy family and all be united as humanity.’ This is false! It doesn’t work. This concept is a lie, it’s fake and it is a farce.”

(6) During the discussion portion of the class, a young woman in the audience said:

The Quran says we made people different to know one another. And if you communicate with the other and you show the beauty of Islam, then maybe people could come into Islam.”

The teacher’s response:

“It does not mean that we should oppress them. It doesn’t mean that we don’t give them rights. It doesn’t mean that we don’t help them. But it doesn’t mean we should befriend them.

Another woman said:

There are some conditions that can take you into disbelief — to take the British citizenship. Whether you like it or not, for these people, you are selling [out] your religion. It’s a very serious thing. It’s not allowed to give allegiance to other than Allah.”

The teacher said:

“It is not befitting for a Muslim that he should reside in the land of evil, the land of the kaffir.”

To that, I say:

“If it’s not befitting for Muslims to live in the land of non-believers, then why don’t you just leave? Go back to your Muslim country!”

If YouTube takes down the video, you can watch it on Live Leak.

~Eowyn

Germany will be a white-minority country in one generation

Dr. Adorján F. Kovács

Adorján F. Kovács, 54, is an M.D., D.M.D. and Ph. D. in clinical trials, oncology and facial surgery, affiliated with the Goethe University Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany. Since 2008, he has also been working as a magazine journalist.

In a Dec. 28, 2015 German-language article for The European, “Truths about the refugee crisis,” Dr. Kovács warns that the demographics of the “refugees” and “migrants” coming into Germany mean whites will become a minority in just one generation.

Dr. Kovács explains:

In 2015, about one million people entered Germany, whom the government euphemistically calls “protected seekers” instead of “refugees” or “asylum seekers”. In August 2015, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel stated that “the absorption of 500,000 refugees per year is feasible” and that “I have no doubt” Germany would continue to take in an annual half a million or “perhaps more” refugees “for a few years”.

At that rate, this means that in five years, by 2020, 3 to 4 million “refugees” would have entered Germany.

German Angela Merkel has made light of the flood of “refugees,” saying that one, two or even three million are few compared to the 79 to 80 million people currently living in Germany. But her argument is flawed for the following reasons:

  • According to figures published by Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), the “refugees” are almost exclusively people between the ages of 20 and 35 — the prime reproductive ages — or younger, numbering 3.5 million.
  • There are 15 million Germans aged 20 to 35.
  • Furthermore, the “refugees” are mostly male, i.e., young, reproductive-age men.
  • The young male “refugees” would increase their numbers via “family reunion visas,” swelling the number of young immigrants to 8 million by 2020.
  • In other words, by 2020, 8 million of Germany’s 23 million people aged 20 to 35 would be migrants.
  • Given the higher birth rates of the migrants and the attrition (deaths) of Germans, in 30 years, by 2045, white Germans will be a minority.

Dr. Kovács wrote the above in 2015. What happened since is even worse than the numbers he gave.

Chris Tomlinson reports for Breitbart London, August 2, 2017, that new data from Germany’s Federal Statistical Office show that in 2016, almost a quarter (22.5%) of people living in Germany had a migrant background  — either first or second generation immigrants  — marking a rise of 8.5% from the previous year.

Meanwhile, Germans seem oblivious to the demographic reality.

A recent survey conducted by the Kantar Emnid opinion research centre found that 71% of Germans listed climate change as their greatest cause of personal concern. Just 45% of Germans named the massive influx of “refugees” seekers as a cause for concern. (Breitbart)

See also:

~Eowyn

Higher education: Chelsea Manning named visiting “fellow” at Harvard

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Harvard: Enabling a convicted traitor

I’m sure students will look forward to the lecture on turning a penis into a vagina!

From Yahoo: Chelsea Manning will be joining Harvard University as a visiting fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, according to the school’s website.

Manning will speak on issues of LGBTQ identity in the military, Institute of Politics Fellows co-chairs Emily Hall and Jason Ge wrote in an announcement posted Wednesday.

“We welcome the breadth of thought-provoking viewpoints on race, gender, politics and the media,” Bill Delahunt, IOP acting director, said in the announcement.

Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, was convicted in 2013 for leaking a huge cache of classified and sensitive documents. She was sentenced to 35 years in prison after a military judge found her guilty of six Espionage Act violations and multiple other charges relating to the dissemination of more than 700,000 classified military and State Department documents to WikiLeaks.

Manning was acquitted on the most serious charge of aiding the enemy.

After President Barack Obama commuted her sentence before leaving office, Manning has worked to re-brand herself as an activist for queer and transgender rights. She also speaks on topics related to artificial intelligence through op-ed columns for The New York Times and The Guardian, according to Harvard’s website.

Harvard’s IOP also announced three other visiting fellows: former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, CNN political commentator Robby Mook and Kansas City Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James Jr.

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George Clooney: “Houston is Syria post Hurricane Harvey”

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Riiiiight. Because Syrian refugees and victims of Hurricane Harvey have so much in common.

Bonus: Not only does Julianne Moore want “re-education for everyone,” she also wants to “eradicate all these borders.”

From Hollywood Reporter: As George Clooney joins efforts to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey, and Hurricane Irma rips through Florida, the Hollywood star on Sunday likened Americans left homeless by catastrophic weather events to Syrians caught up in their country’s civil war.

“It’s going to take a long time … and we’ll all have to be involved, because Houston is Syria,” the multihyphenate said during a press conference for his film Suburbicon, which is screening this week at the Toronto International Film Festival after bowing in Venice. “People in Houston are now refugees based on something that had nothing to do with them. They didn’t do anything. They’re now victims and they’re out of their homes and they will be suffering for a very long time,” he added.

Harvey slammed into Texas’ Gulf Coast on Aug. 25 as a Category 4 hurricane. It was soon downgraded to a tropical storm but lingered for days, dropping up to 50 inches of rain on Houston and the surrounding area before moving eastward to Louisiana.

“We’re going to have to find ways to get involved — that’s our jobs as citizens of the world,” said Clooney. The Hollywood star directed Paramount’s Suburbicon, which features Matt Damon and Julianne Moore as a couple in over their heads with a dastardly plan in a caustic satire penned by Joel and Ethan Coen, Clooney and Grant Heslov.

Moore, also in Toronto to help promote the film, said humanitarian crises like in Syria and hurricane-ravaged Texas and Florida remind Americans they need to come together to help one another. “This is happening everywhere, with people being forced out of their homes and their nations and are looking for places to go. The only way we can help each other is by eradicating all these borders and thinking globally,” said the actress.

Damon said Suburbicon, a drama about very flawed people making very bad choices in a seemingly idyllic 1950s community, also has resonance with the Trump era. “You never know when you’re making a movie. A lot of these current events, we couldn’t have predicted,” said the actor.

A movie inspired by the true-life story of African-Americans who were harassed by their white neighbors to get them to move out of their Levittown, Pa., community in the 1950s, Suburbicon will inevitably be overshadowed by recent events in Charlottesville, Va., Damon suggested.

“Everything was there, but the lid hadn’t been torn off yet. And it seems like this presidency has reinvigorated this certain element, and emboldened them to step out into the open,” the actor said of Donald Trump’s defiant comments about alt-right provocateurs in the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy.

The U.S. president stirred controversy when he initially declined to single out the white supremacists and neo-Nazis whose demonstration against the removal of a Gen. Robert E. Lee statue had led to violence and the death of a counter-protester in Charlottesville.

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Marine veteran amputee reaches summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

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Jake Rath (l) and Marine Kionte Storey (r)/Photo courtesy of Jake Rath

Hoorah!

From Fox News: Waking up around midnight on Aug. 25, Marine Cpl. Kionte Storey began his final trek up Mount Kilimanjaro, the culmination of months of rigorous training that led him to the top of Africa’s highest peak.

With every step he took, the 29-year-old veteran climbed higher than he ever had before. At 10:45 a.m. local time, Storey made it to the summit, 19,341 feet up – a feat made more outstanding by the fact he achieved it with a prosthetic leg.

The view, he said, was simply “amazing.”

“You look down and you are above the clouds,” he told Fox News on Tuesday. “I keep saying it was the closest thing to getting to heaven, and then the sun comes out and you can see everything.”

The trip to Africa was part of a campaign by the Bob Woodruff and Steven & Alexandra Cohen foundations called #Give2Veterans.

For the journey, Storey was joined by Jake Rath, 25, of the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, who documented the entire trip with a DSLR camera and 360-degree photo.

“The photos don’t do it justice,” he said, adding that seeing the night sky with only miles and miles of stars was breathtaking.

“To see the mountain in the starlight, thousands of stars, that was an amazing sight to see,” he added. “I was amazed by Africa.”

Storey, who joined the Marines in 2007, lost his right leg below the knee after stepping on an IED while deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. Part of his physical and mental recovery after the injury included training at Paralympic camps and hiking.

In 2013, he became the first African-American and first amputee to reach the summit of Antarctica’s Mount Vinson. “I didn’t know how my body was going to respond [in Africa],” Storey said. “My leg did well all the way up – it did a lot better than I expected.”

Both men said they had to pace themselves while on the climb, not trying to rush and give their bodies time to acclimate. Trekking through the different terrains – from jungle to savannas and finally glacier-covered stone peaks – made for a more interesting climb.

“We both trained a good amount – we were fit. The hardest was the mental challenge,” Rath said. “For each step you take, it’s the highest step you have taken.”

Through #Give2Veterans, the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation is giving away up to $500,000 to help veterans. The foundation will give the Bob Woodruff Foundation $1 every time a social media post is shared using the hashtag. The campaign ends on Sept. 30.

The California native said the final push to the top of Kilimanjaro was the make-or-break moment for them because it was the point in the journey when they started questioning everything.

“You start asking yourself ‘why’ – ‘why am I doing this when I could be doing better things?,’” he said. “And then I started to think about the whys and I remembered my friends serving overseas who aren’t alive. I started thinking about amputees and showing them through my experience that anything is possible.

He added: “For us know that we were doing it for something bigger than ourselves, [we thought], ‘we are getting to the summit and that’s it.’ That’s how big our reason was for getting to the summit.”

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Though hit by tomato, Angela Merkel will be reelected German Chancellor

Given the many problems Germany has with Muslim “refugees” and “migrants,” readers of FOTM have wondered why German Chancellor Angela Merkel is still in power. See:

Merkel’s unpopularity is evidenced in a recent incident when she was hit by a tomato during an outdoor campaign rally of about 3,000 people in Heidelberg, a university city in southern Germany.

Bloomberg News reports, Sept. 5, 2017, that according to Germany’s DPA press agency, two tomatoes were thrown, one splattering rally moderator Claudia von Brauchitsch, the other hitting Merkel on her left hip, in “an unusually rough moment in a campaign that has been punctuated by occasional vociferous protests.”

Merkel was also jeered by a small group of protesters on the edge of the crowd, who blew whistles and called her a “liar” and “betrayer of her people.”

Merkel appeared unruffled by the tomato-throwing incident and offered von Brauchitsch a tissue. In fact, the tomato didn’t even leave a stain on Merkel’s trademark tomato-red blazer. She wore the same outfit at a second campaign event in Stuttgart later that day.

Merkel has faced down demonstrators in previous campaign events, defending her open-borders refugee policy and saying that right-wing protesters “can only shout.”

So does this mean Merkel will lose the chancellorship in Germany’s upcoming federal election on September 24?

Sadly for Germany, the answer is “not likely”.

Here’s why.

The Chancellor is the head of government of the Federal Republic of Germany. Unlike the selection of the U.S. president, however, the German chancellor is not elected by the people, but by the Bundestag or Parliamen. This means that the individual who is elected Chancellor typically is a member of the majority party of the Bundestag.

In the upcoming election, voters will elect members of the Bundestag.

Merkel’s party is the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU), the majority party in the Bundestag with 309 seats. Her three rivals and their respective political parties are (Wikipedia):

  • Martin Schultz, Social Democratic Party (SPD), 193 seats.
  • Sahra Wagenknecht and Dietmar Bartsch, of Die Linke or the Left Party, 64 seats.

According to the latest polling data on September 8, 2017, Merkel’s CDU/CSU is ahead (FT):

Even if Merkel’s CDU/CSU isn’t ahead in the polls, the two main opposition parties are no better and arguably even worse, when it comes to Germany’s open-door policy toward Muslim refugees:

  • The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) is a non-revolutionary leftwing party favoring “democratic socialism” and “progressive” values, much like the U.S.’s Democratic Party.
  • The Left Party ( Die Linke) was formed in the 1990s by the more extreme, i.e., more leftist, members of SPD. Called “far left” by The Guardian, Die Linke contains outright Marxist-Leninist communists.

~Eowyn