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Laura Ingrahams Anti-Immigrant Rant Was So Racist It Was …

Fox News anchor Laura Ingrahams Wednesday night monologue about immigrants destroying America was so racist it got the endorsement of David Duke, the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

During the opening to her primetime show The Ingraham Angle, Ingraham complained that the America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people, she said, in the form of documented and undocumented immigrants.

Minutes later, Duke tweeted praise for Ingraham.

One of the most important (truthful) monologues in the history of MSM, he wrote above a clip of Ingrahams rant. He later deleted the tweet.

It should be no surprise that Ingrahams rhetoric got the endorsement of an open white supremacist. Ingrahams fellow Fox News host Tucker Carlson also echoed white nationalist rhetoric when he said immigrants were leading to the collapse of the American family in June.

Ingraham and Carlsons monologues borrowed the rhetoric of what white nationalists falsely call white genocide, an innuendo that refers to racist fears about people of color coming to outnumber white people in the United States. A large segment of white nationalists also hitch their fears to the claim that the left and/or Jewish people are encouraging immigration to dilute the white race.

White supremacists talk a lot about the inherent threat posed by immigrants and refugees, particularly those of color, she previously told The Daily Beast. This is obviously a shout-out to the sense that white supremacists have of being under siege. Its a shout-out to the concept of white genocide, which is a popular trope among white supremacists and its something they use as a recruiting tool: a sense of fear of the other.

Duke has accused Zionists of planning to ethnically cleanse Europeans and Americans and even said Anthony Bourdain wanted to exterminate the white race.

Ingraham blamed the left for pushing out whites.

From Virginia to California, we see stark examples of how radically, in some ways, the country has changed, Ingraham said. Now, much of this is related to both illegal and in some cases legal immigration that, of course, progressives love.

Ingrahams remarks came during a riff on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist who recently won a Democratic primary in New York for a seat in Congress. Ocasio-Cortez, a young Latina progressive, had appeared on a podcast where she discussed the collapse of Americas middle class. Ingraham claimed the nations real troubles came from the lefts effort to remake America by allowing more immigrants into the country.

Later in the program, Ingraham dismissed structural racism in the criminal justice system (an objective fact measurable in disproportionate policing and prosecution of black Americans) by asking about black-on-black crime (a conservative cliche used to demonize the black community).

But is black-on-black crime, for instance, right now, in Chicago a bigger problem for the community than just the racism that you claim is in the criminal justice system? she asked when a guest mentioned recognizing racial bias in the countrys courts.

In four days, white supremacists are scheduled to rally in Washington, D.C. to mark the one-year anniversary of Unite the Right, last years deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Permit applications show Duke is expected to be a featured speaker.

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Connecticut: Bill Prohibiting Female Genital Mutilation Dies in State Senate

Why is this only in a letter to the editor? It should be front-page news in every newspaper in the country.

When we went to Columbia University for our video series, we asked students if Planned Parenthood should fund female genital mutilation. The overwhelming response was yes. That should frighten every rational human in America.

Any society that tolerates the deliberate mutilation of women and girls can no longer call itself part of the civilized world.

Where are the feminists? What a phony movement.

Dissemblers and deceivers claim that FGM is cultural phenomenon, not religious. FGM is an Islamic cultural phenomenon. FGM is found only within and adjacent to Muslim communities. (source: Gerry Mackie, “Ending Footbinding and Infibulation: A Convention Account,” American Sociological Review).

Unlike male circumcision, female genital mutilation has no health benefits for girls and women.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves partial or total removal of the clitoris, causing injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

Female genital mutilation removes all possibility of sexual pleasure. It is the worst kind of misogyny.

Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.
More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, where FGM is concentrated.

FGM is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15.

FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

“A Law Against Female Genital Mutilation,” by Kristine Cheruk, Hartford Courant Letters to the Editor, August 13, 2018 (thanks to Creeping Sharia):

An important bill died in the legislature this year, “An Act Prohibiting Female Genital Mutilation.” Senate Bill 190 would have made it a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, to perform female genital mutilation on a person under 18.

FGM is outlawed federally, and 26 other states in the United States also ban it. Connecticut needs to join them to put this terrible practice on the radar of schools, clinics, courts and police. Connecticut lawmakers need a zero-tolerance law banning FGM to protect young women and girls.

FGM is a barbaric procedure, affecting up to 140 million women and girls worldwide. Alarmingly, the Population Reference Bureau indicates that 2,658 women and girls are at risk in Connecticut.

FGM is a human rights violation and a terrible crime against girls and women. The time is now to prevent FGM and stand with victims.

Kristine Cheruk, Cheshire

The writer is a registered nurse.

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Sessions urged not to go after social media companies by technology activists

“With regard to alleged anti-competitive behavior, the activists write that ‘the degree of a media company’s market power does not change its protection by the First Amendment.’” What Orwellian garbage. What about the First Amendment rights of the people they are deplatforming, shadowbanning, and silencing in all kinds of ways? What about their systematic denial of First Amendment rights to those who dissent from their far-left agenda?

We were the first to sue the social media giants for our First Amendment rights. In light of that fight, I began to focus AFDI activism to pursue anti-trust laws be used to break up social monopolies and duopolies. The Wall Street Journal now is suggesting the same thing, albeit for the wrong reasons. For the WSJ, it’s all about the Benjamins, but for principled Americans, it’s all about freedom. Please contribute to that fight here. Make no mistake, it is the most pressing issue of day. If we are going to fight against the forces of far-left authoritarianism, and we must, freedom of speech in the social media public square is essential. Freedom of speech is the foundation of a free society. Without it, these leftist tyrants can and are wreaking havoc unopposed, while we are silenced. I have written extensively on this here.

Quick synopsis here: Pamela Geller, American Thinker: Urgent Case for Legislation against Facebook and Google

Here is what I argued back in 2016:

If the US government could break up Ma Bell, the USG can break up Facebook. Today’s IP address is yesterday’s phone number. It’s how we communicate today — whether by FB comment, messenger, Twitter DM etc.

Facebook adhering to the most extreme and brutal ideology on the face of the earth should trouble all of us, because Mark Zuckerberg has immense power. He controls the flow of information. He controls what you see and don’t see on Facebook. We did not give him the power to abridge our unalienable freedoms.

The US government used anti-trust laws to break up monopolies. They ought to break up Facebook. Section 2 of the Sherman Act highlights particular results deemed anti-competitive by nature and prohibits actions that “shall monopolize, or attempt to monopolize, or combine or conspire with any other person or persons, to monopolize any part of the trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations.” Couldn’t the same be applied to information? The United States government took down Standard Oil, Alcoa, Northern Securities, the American Tobacco Company and many others without nearly the power that Facebook has.

I do not know how far my lawsuit against the social media giants will get but I do know that something must be done. Whether through legislation or anti-trust lawsuits, the chokehold that the uniformly leftist corporate media managers at social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google have on our means of communication must be broken.

Facebook, Google search, AdSense, Twitter, YouTube have banned, blocked, shadowbanned and scrubbed my site, my work, from their platforms and my millions of followers. And I am hardly alone. It is now standard operating procedure to silence conservatives and counter terror activists.

“Sessions urged not to go after social media companies by technology activists,” by James Rogers, Fox News, September 21, 2018 (thanks to Mark):

A group of technology activists and think tanks is urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to go after social media companies.

Companies such as Facebook and Twitter are firmly in the spotlight at the moment amid allegations of anti-conservative bias.

The Justice Department recently confirmed that Sessions has convened a meeting with a number of state attorneys general to discuss “a growing concern that these companies may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms.”

The meeting will take place this month, according to officials. The announcement came in the wake of a recent Senate Intelligence Committee hearing attended by top executives at Facebook and Twitter.

In a letter sent on Friday, tech policy think tanks TechFreedom, which describes itself as “liberty oriented,” Lincoln Network and Copia Institute called on Sessions to rethink his pursuit of these companies. Other signatories include tech entrepreneurship group Engine Advocacy, Iain Murray, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, American Legislative Exchange Council CEO Lisa Nelson and law professor Eric Goldman.

“It is unclear what lawful action could result from your planned meeting. Indeed, we fear that the effect of your inquiry will be to accomplish through intimidation what the First Amendment bars: interference with editorial judgment,” the letter states.

With regard to alleged anti-competitive behavior, the activists write that “the degree of a media company’s market power does not change its protection by the First Amendment.”

The signatories also urge Sessions to call on the Federal Trade Commission in the event of an investigation. “We do not believe that the Department of Justice, as an arm of an Administration that has so consistently attacked social media companies (as well as traditional media companies), has the independence to act in the neutral, apolitical fashion required by the First Amendment,” they write. “The FTC has already handled multiple investigations into social media companies, and thus already has the relevant expertise in this area.”…

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Robert Spencer: UKIP’s Gerard Batten Dares to Link Muslim Rape Gangs to Islam

Over in Britain, UKIP leader Gerard Batten has this week grasped the third rail of politics in the West, venturing where no other British or American politician has yet dared to go. According Sky News, Batten “has linked Islam to the ‘industrialised sexual exploitation’ of girls across the country.”

This connection ought to be blazingly obvious, but it isn’t, and the fact that there is even any controversy over Batten’s remarks indicates how much of a fix Britain – and the West in general – is in.

Said Batten: “The ideology of the religion does actually traditionally throughout its history make sex slaves legitimate. Their prophet had sex slaves.” This was too much for Sky News presenter Gillian Joseph, who has no doubt spent years studying the Qur’an and Sunnah. But when Joseph challenged Batten, Batten refused to back down, declaring: “It’s in the Hadith and the Koran. It’s a tradition that that’s okay to do that. People take their prophet as the model for all time and the perfect human being, so if he did something then it’s okay for other people to do it.”

To the inevitable charge that Batten is “anti-Muslim,” he responded in advance: “The problem is with the ideology, not individuals. I have never attacked individuals. I always talk about the ideology, and the ideology is the problem.”

Joseph claimed that Batten was “attacking the entire religion of Islam” (How? When? Where?), to which Batten responded: “It does allow their followers to take sex slaves who are not of the same religion. It is no good telling me and the world it doesn’t happen because everybody knows it does happen. It is predominantly people who follow that religion who are causing this problem – on a national scale – which is the industrialised sexual exploitation for money and for their own perverted purposes. That happens to be a fact.”

Determined, as are all establishment media “journalists,” to defend Islam at all costs and absolve it of all responsibility for the crimes done in its name and in accord with its teachings, Joseph brought up the Catholic Church and its pandemic and ever-growing pedophilia scandal. Batten was ready: “I am happy to condemn paedophilia and child abuse and sexual abuse wherever it occurs – it is reprehensible whoever commits it.”

Why is stating the obvious – that the rape gangs that have exploited and destroyed thousands of British girls have been overwhelmingly made up of Muslims — even remotely controversial? Because the denial and willful ignorance regarding the Muslim rape gangs’ connection to Islam is nigh universal in Britain today. But to deny this is to deny an ever-growing mountain of evidence. One survivor of a Muslim rape gang in the UK said that her rapists would quote Quran to her, and believed their actions justified by Islam.

And there is indeed an Islamic theological foundation for this behavior. The Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified.

But you simply can’t say this in shattered, staggering, dhimmi Britain today. When Labour MP Sarah Champion wrote something far less politically incorrect than what Batten has now said — “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls” — Labour expelled her from the Shadow Cabinet.

Sarah Champion was axed from the Shadow Cabinet even though she repeated the politically correct fictions about the rape gangs having nothing to do with Islam, even as she dared to note that the perpetrators were Pakistani: “The real frustration is that I don’t know what motivated these gangs. Other than being of Pakistani heritage, what is the commonality? It might be that they went to the same school. People sloppily call them ‘Muslims’ but are they Muslims? I don’t know. They could be Pakistani Christians.”

No, they couldn’t be. The names of the perpetrators alone indicate that they’re Muslims. There are no Pakistani Christian rape gangs. It is a shame that Sarah Champion has now received death threats for her tepid and half-true remarks, but she is actually an indication of the terrible state Britain is in today. Everyone is willfully blind, and one person with one eye is lauded as far-seeing.

So Batten has now stated what no one else dares to say in Britain today, for fear of committing political suicide. And Britain is so far gone today that Batten’s hope of having a political future may be as dim as the prospect of Britain surviving as a free society.

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His new book is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

 

 

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*GRAPHIC* VIDEO: Iranian military parade is attacked by gunmen, 29 dead

Getting a taste of their own. Four gunmen dressed in fatigues opened fire at a military parade in southwestern Iran, killing at least 29 people. The brutal terrorist Iran’s Revolutionary Guards targeted in the Ahvaz military parade.

The murdering mullahs are teetering the brink, despite Obama, Kerry and the party of treason’s best efforts to save these devout, brutal Nazis.

Four gunmen dressed in fatigues opened fire at a military parade in southwestern Iran, killing at least 29 people.

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iran military parade attacked by gunmen in Ahvaz

Gunmen have opened fire on an Iranian military parade in the south-western city of Ahvaz, killing at least 25 people, including civilians, and injuring 60, state media say.

The attackers shot from a park near the parade and were wearing military uniforms, reports say.

An anti-government Arab group, Ahvaz National Resistance, and Islamic State (IS) have both claimed the attack.

President Hassan Rouhani has vowed a “harsh response”.

“The response of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the smallest threat will be harsh, but those who sponsor the terrorists must be held accountable,” he said in a statement.

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif blamed “terrorists paid by a foreign regime”, adding that “Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable”.

Iran has previously accused its regional rival, Saudi Arabia, of supporting separatist activity amongst Iran’s Arab minority.

Meanwhile, an Iranian military spokesman claimed the attackers were not from IS but “were trained and organised by two Gulf countries”, and had ties to the US and Israel.

What happened?

Fars news agency said the attack started at 09:00 local time (06:30 BST), lasted about 10 minutes, and appeared to involve four gunmen.

The attackers fired at civilians and attempted to attack military officials on the podium, Fars reports.

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Image caption At least one child was injured in the attack
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Image caption Soldiers ducked for cover as shots were fired

Nearly half of those killed were members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, reports say.

A number of civilians, including women and children, who were watching the military parade, were also among those killed, Irna news agency said.

However Irna said no journalist was among those killed, contradicting earlier reports.

There were also conflicting reports about the four attackers, with state media saying all four had been killed after local deputy governor Ali Hosein Hoseinzadeh said two of the four had been arrested.

Iran is marking the anniversary of the beginning of the 1980-88 war with Iraq with several military parades across the nation.

How will the US react?

By Siavash Mehdi-Ardalan, BBC Persian

There have been two conflicting claims of responsibility: one from a low profile Arab militant group in Iran’s Khuzestan region and one from IS. It makes some difference.

The former would suggest a resurgence of separatist militancy after a seven-year lull. If it was IS, it would represent a failure by Iran’s intelligence community to prevent a second major IS attack in its soil.

Iran has not provided any evidence of foreign collusion but has vowed revenge. The Saudi reaction and more importantly the wording of the US administration’s response may prove important as leaders of all three countries are set for a possible diplomatic clash at the UN General Assembly next week.

Who is behind the attack?

There have been conflicting reports.

A spokesman for the Ahvaz National Resistance, an umbrella group that claims to defend the rights of the Arab minority in Khuzestan, said the group was behind the attack.

The spokesman did not say whether the group had links to other countries.

IS’s Amaq agency has also claimed it carried out the attack. However the group provided no evidence that it had been involved.

IS has carried out a major attack in Iran before. In June last year, suicide bombers attacked parliament and the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic’s founder Ayatollah Khomeini, killing 18 people.

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Google staffers talked of manipulating search results to combat Trump’s travel ban, claim they didn’t do it

Google says that this manipulation wasn’t implemented. Who are they kidding? There is longtime, documented manipulation of Google search results. For years, Geller Report has been reporting on Google scrubbing and censoring any criticism of Islam, jihad and sharia. A handful of my brave colleagues and I have been reporting on this dangerous development since 2010. We were shouting into the wilderness, much the same way our banning, suspending and blocking on all social media platforms fell on deaf ears. The left applauded it. The right abandoned us, as they do with anyone whom the left deems too this or too that or “extreme” (as if defense of freedom and individual liberty were “extreme”). The RINOs and the spineless, gutless wonders on the right shrugged. They were never going to stand up for those braver then they were, and those of us with the courage of our convictions. Appeasers thought feeding us to the crocodiles would keep them safe, “in with the in crowd.” But of course, it had the opposite effect. Once the left saw they could take down the most effective voices on the right, the lily-livered were a piece of cake.

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“Google staffers wanted to manipulate search results to combat Trump’s travel ban, emails show,” by Brian Flood, Fox News, September 21, 2018 (thanks to Mark):

Google is in the spotlight after internal emails show conversations between employees highlighting a desire to manipulate search results on the heels of President Trump’s controversial travel ban in order to mute conservative viewpoints and push ways to combat the ban.

Like many Silicon Valley titans, Google has drawn the ire of conservatives who feel right-leaning views are condemned from within. But internal company emails made public by Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Thursday appear to show employees wanted to curate Google’s algorithm to boost left-leaning political views on immigration.

The emails were written on Jan. 29, 2017 — two days after Trump signed the initial travel order that resulted in protests across the country. The emails indicate that Google employees suggested ways to “leverage” the search engine to combat what the tech giant staffers considered anti-immigration rhetoric and news. The email chain, which was first obtained by “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and quickly matched by the Wall Street Journal, shows Google staffers admitting to colleagues that action must be taken immediately to rally against the travel ban.

“Overall idea: Leverage search to highlight important organizations to donate to, current news, etc. to keep people abreast of how they can help as well as the resources available for immigrations [sic] or people traveling,” an email sent by a marketing employee said.

“I know this would require a full on sprint to make happen, but I think this is the sort of super timely and imperative information that we need as we know that this country and Google, would not exist without immigration,” a product manager responded.

According to “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” responses from other Google employees included comments such as, “we’re absolutely in,” and “excellent initiative.” Other emails reveal an employee called the situation a “highly political issue,” while a separate email detailed a “large brainstorm” that was apparently taking place throughout the company.

The emails show Google staffers chatting about methods to alter the company’s algorithm to point users to pro-immigration organizations, lawmakers and agencies that fit the staffers’ political beliefs. Google didn’t deny the validity of the emails and provided the same response to both “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and the Wall Street Journal.

“These emails were just a brainstorm of ideas, none of which were ever implemented. Google has never manipulated its search results or modified any of its products to promote a particular political ideology — not in the current campaign season, not during the 2016 election, and not in the aftermath of President Trump’s executive order on immigration. Our processes and policies would not have allowed for any manipulation of search results to promote political ideologies,” a Google spokesperson said.

A Google insider echoed the company spokesperson and said the ideas mentioned in the emails weren’t even close to being put into action.

Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor told Fox News that the scandal would be more significant if there was evidence that the Google staffers had “actually taken action on this left-wing insanity,” but “it is scary that manipulating the search to push a liberal agenda was even discussed.”…

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Saturday Night Cinema: To Catch A Thief

Tonight’s Saturday night Cinema classic is quite the departure from Hitchcock, Master of Suspense — actually suspense is too limiting, Hitchcock is the Master.

To Catch a Thief is the direct opposite of, say, Psycho. It is a wonder both these films emerged from the same mind. But then , he’s the Master.

To Catch a Thief is light and clever, sexy and sophisticated, full of sunny innuendo. It doesn’t take itself seriously for a moment. It’s gorgeous, visually dazzling.

“It may occasionally be guilty of coasting on pure charm, but To Catch a Thief has it in spades — as well as a pair of perfectly matched stars in Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. The two seductive stars playing cagey characters who play at romance with all of their charm.”

A bubbly and effervescent Alfred Hitchcock romantic-suspenser that finds the Master in a relaxed and purely entertaining mood.

Screen: Cat Man Out ‘To Catch a Thief’; Grant Is Ex-Burglar in Hitchcock Thriller

By Bosely Crowther, New York Times archived pages August 5, 2018:

IT takes a thief to catch a thief. That’s the old saying, anyhow. And that’s the thesis Alfred Hitchcock is exhibiting in his new mystery-thriller-romance at the Paramount. With Cary Grant playing the catcher and Grace Kelly playing—well, we won’t say!—”To Catch a Thief” comes off completely as a hit in the old Hitchcock style.We’re not saying much about Miss Kelly, other than to observe that she is cool and exquisite and superior as a presumably rich American girl traveling with her mother in Europe in quest (her mother says) of a man. To say more might tip you as to whether she is what you suspect her to be—the jewel thief whom Mr. Grant is stalking through the lush gambling-rooms and gilded chambers of French Riviera villas, casinos and hotels.As a matter of fact, we shouldn’t even tell you that you may rest entirely assured Mr. Grant himself is not the slick cat-burglar he says he is out to catch, as a matter of self-protection and to help an insurance man from Lloyds. What with his being an acknowledged old gem thief, living in a villa high above Cannes and chumming with a covey of ex-convicts, he could be almost anything.Well, he isn’t the thief. That much we’ll tell you. He’s the fellow who genuinely tries to use his own knowledge of cat-burglary to nab the thief who has been terrorizing Cannes and causing hysterics and conniptions among the always ineffectual police. But then there are enough other suspects — ex-convicts, French thugs and pretty girls, not to mention that nervous Lloyds fellow—to let us write off Mr. Grant.In his accustomed manner, Mr. Hitchcock has gone at this job with an omnivorous eye for catchy details and a dandy John Michael Hayes script. Most of his visual surprises are gotten this time with scenery—with the fantastic, spectacular vistas along the breath-taking Cote d’Azur.As no one has ever done before him, Mr. Hitchcock has used that famous coast to form a pictorial backdrop that fairly yanks your eyes out of your head. Almost at the start, he gives you an automobile chase along roads that wind through cliff-hanging, seaside villages. The surprise is that it is seen from the air! If you have ever been on the Riviera, you can imagine how brilliant this is, in color and VistaVision, splashed on that giant screen.All the way through the picture, he gets this sort of thing — shots from great heights down yawning chasms, glimpses of ruins high on hills, views across Mediterranean harbors and, usually, in the background, the blue sea. And he winds up with a surge of production—a costume party at a villa outside Cannes—that should make the Marquis de Cuevas turn green.True, there are times when the color is not Iways so good as it should be, and Mr. Hitchcock’s camera man (or somebody) has a bad time with slow dissolves and fades. He has not mastered VistaVision. It has almost mastered him.But the script and the actors keep things popping, in a fast, slick, sophisticated vein. Mr. Grant and Miss Kelly do grandly, especially in one sly seduction scene. If you’ve never heard double-entendre, you will hear it in this film. As the chap from Lloyds, John Williams is delightfully anxious and dry, and Jessie Royce Landis is most amusing as Miss Kelly’s low-down American mom. Brigitte Auber is fetching and funny as a frightfully forward French girl, and Charles Vanel has the air of a rascal as a local restaurateur.”To Catch a Thief” does nothing but give out a good, exciting time. If you’ll settle for that at a movie, you should give it your custom right now.

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Foussard . . . . . Jean Martinelli
Germaine . . . . . Georgette Anys
Claude . . . . . Roland LesaffreMercier . . . . . Jean Hebey
Lepic . . . . . Rene Blancard
Big Man in Kitchen . . . . . Wee Willie Davis

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Fake miniatures depicting Islamic science are now found in the most august of libraries and history books

Wow. Be sure to read all of this extraordinary article. Islamic fakery has made its way into some of the most respected museums and libraries in the Western world. It just points up the intellectual poverty of the Islamic world yet again, that all this has to be faked — they don’t have enough genuine achievements to tout. And many of the inventions the Muslims take credit for are the inventions of the peoples, countries and lands they conquered. The booty from their conquests wasn’t only tangible gold, women, and monies, but intellectual theft as well.

Here is the reality: Oriana Fallaci wrote:

Islam has always persecuted and silenced its intelligent men. I remind you of Averroes who for his distinction between Faith and Reason was ‘ of heterodoxy by the caliphs and forced to flee. Then, imprisoned like a criminal. Then, confined to his home and humiliated to such a degree that when rehabilitated he no longer had any desire to live and died within a few months. Not without good reason, in his famous lecture held in 1883 at the Sorbonne, Ernest Renan said that attributed the merits of Averroes to Islam would be like attributing the merits of Galileo to the Inquisition.

“Forging Islamic science: Fake miniatures depicting Islamic science have found their way into the most august of libraries and history books. How?” by Nir Shafir, Aeon, September 11, 2018 (thanks to Steve):

As I prepared to teach my class ‘Science and Islam’ last spring, I noticed something peculiar about the book I was about to assign to my students. It wasn’t the text – a wonderful translation of a medieval Arabic encyclopaedia – but the cover. Its illustration showed scholars in turbans and medieval Middle Eastern dress, examining the starry sky through telescopes. The miniature purported to be from the premodern Middle East, but something was off.

Besides the colours being a bit too vivid, and the brushstrokes a little too clean, what perturbed me were the telescopes. The telescope was known in the Middle East after Galileo developed it in the 17th century, but almost no illustrations or miniatures ever depicted such an object. When I tracked down the full image, two more figures emerged: one also looking through a telescope, while the other jotted down notes while his hand spun a globe – another instrument that was rarely drawn. The starkest contradiction, however, was the quill in the fourth figure’s hand. Middle Eastern scholars had always used reed pens to write. By now there was no denying it: the cover illustration was a modern-day forgery, masquerading as a medieval illustration.

The full image of the 21st century fake Ottoman miniature, purporting to be from the 17th century. Allegedly from the Istanbul University Library. Photo by DEA/Getty

The fake miniature depicting Muslim astronomers is far from an isolated case. One popular image floating around Facebook and Pinterest has worm-like demons cavorting inside a molar. It claims to illustrate the Ottoman conception of dental cavities, a rendition of which has now entered Oxford’s Bodleian Library as part of its collection on ‘Masterpieces of the non-Western book’. Another shows a physician treating a man with what appears to be smallpox. These contemporary images are in fact not ‘reproductions’ but ‘productions’ and even fakes – made to appeal to a contemporary audience by claiming to depict the science of a distant Islamic past.

A fake miniature depicting the preparation of medicines for the treatment of a patient suffering from smallpox, purportedly from the Canon of Medicine by Avicenna (980-1037). Allegedly in the Istanbul University Library. Photo by Getty

From Istanbul’s tourist shops, these works have ventured far afield. They have have found their way into conference posters, education websites, and museum and library collections. The problem goes beyond gullible tourists and the occasional academic being duped: many of those who study and publicly present the history of Islamic science have committed themselves to a similar sort of fakery. There now exist entire museums filled with reimagined objects, fashioned in the past 20 years but intended to represent the venerable scientific traditions of the Islamic world.

The irony is that these fake miniatures and objects are the product of a well-intentioned desire: a desire to integrate Muslims into a global political community through the universal narrative of science. That wish seems all the more pressing in the face of a rising tide of Islamophobia. But what happens when we start fabricating objects for the tales we want to tell? Why do we reject the real material remnants of the Islamic past for their confected counterparts? What exactly is the picture of science in Islam that are we hoping to find? These fakes reveal more than just a preference for fiction over truth. Instead, they point to a larger problem about the expectations that scholars and the public alike saddle upon the Islamic past and its scientific legacy….

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White House Drafts Antitrust Order to Investigate Google and Facebook’s Business Practices

Bravo. Having been one of the early targets of social media censorship on Facebook, YouTube et al, I have for quite some time advocated for anti-trust action against these bullying behemoths. Read my article about this at The American Thinker. We are seeing an unprecedented erosion in our First Amendment rights, increasingly prohibiting the flow of ideas and free expression in the public square (social media). Run by left-wing self-possessed snowflakes, social media giants are indulging their worst autocratic impulses. And because they can, it is getting worse. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Having grown up in the 1970s, I can tell you it was a vastly different country then. It was free. But we aren’t any no longer, and it is time we took back what is ours — our unalienable freedoms.

“White House Drafts Antitrust Order to Investigate Google and Facebook’s Business Practices,” by Ben Brody and Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg, September 22, 2018 (thanks to Mark):

(Bloomberg) — The White House has drafted an executive order for President Donald Trump’s signature that would instruct federal antitrust and law enforcement agencies to open investigations into the business practices of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc. and other social media companies.

The order is in its preliminary stages and hasn’t yet been run past other government agencies, according to a White House official. Bloomberg News obtained a draft of the order.

The document instructs U.S. antitrust authorities to “thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws.” It instructs other government agencies to recommend within a month after it’s signed actions that could potentially “protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias.”

The document doesn’t name any specific companies. If signed, the order would represent a significant escalation of Trump’s antipathy toward Google, Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies, whom he has publicly accused of silencing conservative voices and news sources online.

“Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices,” Trump said on Twitter in August. “Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others.”

Social media companies have acknowledged in congressional hearings that their efforts to enforce prohibitions against online harassment have sometimes led to erroneous punishment of political figures on both the left and right, and that once discovered those mistakes have been corrected. They say there is no systematic effort to silence conservative voices.

The draft order directs that any actions federal agencies take should be “consistent with other laws” — an apparent nod to concerns that it could threaten the traditional independence of U.S. law enforcement or conflict with the First Amendment, which protects political views from government regulation.

“Because of their critical role in American society, it is essential that American citizens are protected from anticompetitive acts by dominant online platforms,” the order says. It adds that consumer harm — a key measure in antitrust investigations– could come “through the exercise of bias.”

The order’s preliminary status is reflected in the text of the draft, which includes a note in red that the first section could be expanded “if necessary, to provide more detail on role of platforms and the importance of competition.”

The possibility of an executive order emerged as Attorney General Jeff Sessions prepares for a Sept. 25 briefing by state attorneys general who are already investigating the tech firms’ practices.

The meeting, which will include a representative of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, is intended to help Sessions decide if there’s a federal case to be made against the companies, two people familiar with the matter have said. At least one of the attorneys general participating in the meeting has indicated he seeks to break up the companies….

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Laura Ingrahams Anti-Immigrant Rant Was So Racist It Was …

Fox News anchor Laura Ingrahams Wednesday night monologue about immigrants destroying America was so racist it got the endorsement of David Duke, the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan. During the opening to her primetime show The Ingraham Angle, Ingraham complained that the America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people, she said, in the form of documented and undocumented immigrants. Minutes later, Duke tweeted praise for Ingraham. One of the most important (truthful) monologues in the history of MSM, he wrote above a clip of Ingrahams rant. He later deleted the tweet. It should be no surprise that Ingrahams rhetoric got the endorsement of an open white supremacist. Ingrahams fellow Fox News host Tucker Carlson also echoed white nationalist rhetoric when he said immigrants were leading to the collapse of the American family in June. Ingraham and Carlsons monologues borrowed the rhetoric of what white nationalists falsely call white genocide, an innuendo that refers to racist fears about people of color coming to outnumber white people in the United States. A large segment of white nationalists also hitch their fears to the claim that the left and/or Jewish people are encouraging immigration to dilute the white race. White supremacists talk a lot about the inherent threat posed by immigrants and refugees, particularly those of color, she previously told The Daily Beast. This is obviously a shout-out to the sense that white supremacists have of being under siege. Its a shout-out to the concept of white genocide, which is a popular trope among white supremacists and its something they use as a recruiting tool: a sense of fear of the other. Duke has accused Zionists of planning to ethnically cleanse Europeans and Americans and even said Anthony Bourdain wanted to exterminate the white race. Ingraham blamed the left for pushing out whites. From Virginia to California, we see stark examples of how radically, in some ways, the country has changed, Ingraham said. Now, much of this is related to both illegal and in some cases legal immigration that, of course, progressives love. Ingrahams remarks came during a riff on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist who recently won a Democratic primary in New York for a seat in Congress. Ocasio-Cortez, a young Latina progressive, had appeared on a podcast where she discussed the collapse of Americas middle class. Ingraham claimed the nations real troubles came from the lefts effort to remake America by allowing more immigrants into the country. Later in the program, Ingraham dismissed structural racism in the criminal justice system (an objective fact measurable in disproportionate policing and prosecution of black Americans) by asking about black-on-black crime (a conservative cliche used to demonize the black community). But is black-on-black crime, for instance, right now, in Chicago a bigger problem for the community than just the racism that you claim is in the criminal justice system? she asked when a guest mentioned recognizing racial bias in the countrys courts. In four days, white supremacists are scheduled to rally in Washington, D.C. to mark the one-year anniversary of Unite the Right, last years deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Permit applications show Duke is expected to be a featured speaker.

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Connecticut: Bill Prohibiting Female Genital Mutilation Dies in State Senate

Why is this only in a letter to the editor? It should be front-page news in every newspaper in the country. When we went to Columbia University for our video series, we asked students if Planned Parenthood should fund female genital mutilation. The overwhelming response was yes. That should frighten every rational human in America. Any society that tolerates the deliberate mutilation of women and girls can no longer call itself part of the civilized world. Where are the feminists? What a phony movement. Dissemblers and deceivers claim that FGM is cultural phenomenon, not religious. FGM is an Islamic cultural phenomenon. FGM is found only within and adjacent to Muslim communities. (source: Gerry Mackie, “Ending Footbinding and Infibulation: A Convention Account,” American Sociological Review). Unlike male circumcision, female genital mutilation has no health benefits for girls and women. Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves partial or total removal of the clitoris, causing injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Female genital mutilation removes all possibility of sexual pleasure. It is the worst kind of misogyny. Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths. More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, where FGM is concentrated. FGM is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15. FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women. “A Law Against Female Genital Mutilation,” by Kristine Cheruk, Hartford Courant Letters to the Editor , August 13, 2018 (thanks to Creeping Sharia ): An important bill died in the legislature this year, “An Act Prohibiting Female Genital Mutilation.” Senate Bill 190 would have made it a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, to perform female genital mutilation on a person under 18. FGM is outlawed federally, and 26 other states in the United States also ban it. Connecticut needs to join them to put this terrible practice on the radar of schools, clinics, courts and police. Connecticut lawmakers need a zero-tolerance law banning FGM to protect young women and girls. FGM is a barbaric procedure, affecting up to 140 million women and girls worldwide. Alarmingly, the Population Reference Bureau indicates that 2,658 women and girls are at risk in Connecticut. FGM is a human rights violation and a terrible crime against girls and women. The time is now to prevent FGM and stand with victims. Kristine Cheruk, Cheshire The writer is a registered nurse.

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Sessions urged not to go after social media companies by technology activists

“With regard to alleged anti-competitive behavior, the activists write that ‘the degree of a media company’s market power does not change its protection by the First Amendment.’” What Orwellian garbage. What about the First Amendment rights of the people they are deplatforming, shadowbanning, and silencing in all kinds of ways? What about their systematic denial of First Amendment rights to those who dissent from their far-left agenda? We were the first to sue the social media giants for our First Amendment rights. In light of that fight, I began to focus AFDI activism to pursue anti-trust laws be used to break up social monopolies and duopolies. The Wall Street Journal now is suggesting the same thing, albeit for the wrong reasons. For the WSJ, it’s all about the Benjamins, but for principled Americans, it’s all about freedom. Please contribute to that fight here. Make no mistake, it is the most pressing issue of day. If we are going to fight against the forces of far-left authoritarianism, and we must, freedom of speech in the social media public square is essential. Freedom of speech is the foundation of a free society. Without it, these leftist tyrants can and are wreaking havoc unopposed, while we are silenced. I have written extensively on this here. Quick synopsis here: Pamela Geller, American Thinker: Urgent Case for Legislation against Facebook and Google Here is what I argued back in 2016: If the US government could break up Ma Bell, the USG can break up Facebook. Today’s IP address is yesterday’s phone number. It’s how we communicate today — whether by FB comment, messenger, Twitter DM etc. Facebook adhering to the most extreme and brutal ideology on the face of the earth should trouble all of us, because Mark Zuckerberg has immense power. He controls the flow of information. He controls what you see and don’t see on Facebook. We did not give him the power to abridge our unalienable freedoms. The US government used anti-trust laws to break up monopolies. They ought to break up Facebook. Section 2 of the Sherman Act highlights particular results deemed anti-competitive by nature and prohibits actions that “shall monopolize, or attempt to monopolize, or combine or conspire with any other person or persons, to monopolize any part of the trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations.” Couldn’t the same be applied to information? The United States government took down Standard Oil, Alcoa, Northern Securities, the American Tobacco Company and many others without nearly the power that Facebook has. I do not know how far my lawsuit against the social media giants will get but I do know that something must be done. Whether through legislation or anti-trust lawsuits, the chokehold that the uniformly leftist corporate media managers at social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google have on our means of communication must be broken. Facebook, Google search, AdSense, Twitter, YouTube have banned, blocked, shadowbanned and scrubbed my site, my work, from their platforms and my millions of followers. And I am hardly alone. It is now standard operating procedure to silence conservatives and counter terror activists. “Sessions urged not to go after social media companies by technology activists,” by James Rogers, Fox News , September 21, 2018 (thanks to Mark): A group of technology activists and think tanks is urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to go after social media companies. Companies such as Facebook and Twitter are firmly in the spotlight at the moment amid allegations of anti-conservative bias. The Justice Department recently confirmed that Sessions has convened a meeting with a number of state attorneys general to discuss “a growing concern that these companies may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms.” The meeting will take place this month, according to officials. The announcement came in the wake of a recent Senate Intelligence Committee hearing attended by top executives at Facebook and Twitter. In a letter sent on Friday, tech policy think tanks TechFreedom, which describes itself as “liberty oriented,” Lincoln Network and Copia Institute called on Sessions to rethink his pursuit of these companies. Other signatories include tech entrepreneurship group Engine Advocacy, Iain Murray, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, American Legislative Exchange Council CEO Lisa Nelson and law professor Eric Goldman. “It is unclear what lawful action could result from your planned meeting. Indeed, we fear that the effect of your inquiry will be to accomplish through intimidation what the First Amendment bars: interference with editorial judgment,” the letter states. With regard to alleged anti-competitive behavior, the activists write that “the degree of a media company’s market power does not change its protection by the First Amendment.” The signatories also urge Sessions to call on the Federal Trade Commission in the event of an investigation. “We do not believe that the Department of Justice, as an arm of an Administration that has so consistently attacked social media companies (as well as traditional media companies), has the independence to act in the neutral, apolitical fashion required by the First Amendment,” they write. “The FTC has already handled multiple investigations into social media companies, and thus already has the relevant expertise in this area.”…

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Robert Spencer: UKIP’s Gerard Batten Dares to Link Muslim Rape Gangs to Islam

Over in Britain, UKIP leader Gerard Batten has this week grasped the third rail of politics in the West, venturing where no other British or American politician has yet dared to go. According Sky News , Batten “has linked Islam to the ‘industrialised sexual exploitation’ of girls across the country.” This connection ought to be blazingly obvious, but it isn’t, and the fact that there is even any controversy over Batten’s remarks indicates how much of a fix Britain – and the West in general – is in. Said Batten: “The ideology of the religion does actually traditionally throughout its history make sex slaves legitimate. Their prophet had sex slaves.” This was too much for Sky News presenter Gillian Joseph, who has no doubt spent years studying the Qur’an and Sunnah. But when Joseph challenged Batten, Batten refused to back down, declaring: “It’s in the Hadith and the Koran. It’s a tradition that that’s okay to do that. People take their prophet as the model for all time and the perfect human being, so if he did something then it’s okay for other people to do it.” To the inevitable charge that Batten is “anti-Muslim,” he responded in advance: “The problem is with the ideology, not individuals. I have never attacked individuals. I always talk about the ideology, and the ideology is the problem.” Joseph claimed that Batten was “attacking the entire religion of Islam” (How? When? Where?), to which Batten responded: “It does allow their followers to take sex slaves who are not of the same religion. It is no good telling me and the world it doesn’t happen because everybody knows it does happen. It is predominantly people who follow that religion who are causing this problem – on a national scale – which is the industrialised sexual exploitation for money and for their own perverted purposes. That happens to be a fact.” Determined, as are all establishment media “journalists,” to defend Islam at all costs and absolve it of all responsibility for the crimes done in its name and in accord with its teachings, Joseph brought up the Catholic Church and its pandemic and ever-growing pedophilia scandal. Batten was ready: “I am happy to condemn paedophilia and child abuse and sexual abuse wherever it occurs – it is reprehensible whoever commits it.” Why is stating the obvious – that the rape gangs that have exploited and destroyed thousands of British girls have been overwhelmingly made up of Muslims — even remotely controversial? Because the denial and willful ignorance regarding the Muslim rape gangs’ connection to Islam is nigh universal in Britain today. But to deny this is to deny an ever-growing mountain of evidence. One survivor of a Muslim rape gang in the UK said that her rapists would quote Quran to her, and believed their actions justified by Islam. And there is indeed an Islamic theological foundation for this behavior. The Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified. But you simply can’t say this in shattered, staggering, dhimmi Britain today. When Labour MP Sarah Champion wrote something far less politically incorrect than what Batten has now said — “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls” — Labour expelled her from the Shadow Cabinet. Sarah Champion was axed from the Shadow Cabinet even though she repeated the politically correct fictions about the rape gangs having nothing to do with Islam, even as she dared to note that the perpetrators were Pakistani: “The real frustration is that I don’t know what motivated these gangs. Other than being of Pakistani heritage, what is the commonality? It might be that they went to the same school. People sloppily call them ‘Muslims’ but are they Muslims? I don’t know. They could be Pakistani Christians.” No, they couldn’t be. The names of the perpetrators alone indicate that they’re Muslims. There are no Pakistani Christian rape gangs. It is a shame that Sarah Champion has now received death threats for her tepid and half-true remarks, but she is actually an indication of the terrible state Britain is in today. Everyone is willfully blind, and one person with one eye is lauded as far-seeing. So Batten has now stated what no one else dares to say in Britain today, for fear of committing political suicide. And Britain is so far gone today that Batten’s hope of having a political future may be as dim as the prospect of Britain surviving as a free society. Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad . His new book is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS . Follow him on Twitter here . Like him on Facebook here .    

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*GRAPHIC* VIDEO: Iranian military parade is attacked by gunmen, 29 dead

Getting a taste of their own. Four gunmen dressed in fatigues opened fire at a military parade in southwestern Iran, killing at least 29 people. The brutal terrorist Iran’s Revolutionary Guards targeted in the Ahvaz military parade. The murdering mullahs are teetering the brink, despite Obama, Kerry and the party of treason’s best efforts to save these devout, brutal Nazis. Four gunmen dressed in fatigues opened fire at a military parade in southwestern Iran, killing at least 29 people. Scroll down for video. iran military parade attacked by gunmen in Ahvaz Gunmen have opened fire on an Iranian military parade in the south-western city of Ahvaz, killing at least 25 people, including civilians, and injuring 60, state media say. The attackers shot from a park near the parade and were wearing military uniforms, reports say. An anti-government Arab group, Ahvaz National Resistance, and Islamic State (IS) have both claimed the attack. President Hassan Rouhani has vowed a “harsh response”. “The response of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the smallest threat will be harsh, but those who sponsor the terrorists must be held accountable,” he said in a statement. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif blamed “terrorists paid by a foreign regime”, adding that “Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable”. Iran has previously accused its regional rival, Saudi Arabia, of supporting separatist activity amongst Iran’s Arab minority. Meanwhile, an Iranian military spokesman claimed the attackers were not from IS but “were trained and organised by two Gulf countries”, and had ties to the US and Israel. What happened? Fars news agency said the attack started at 09:00 local time (06:30 BST), lasted about 10 minutes, and appeared to involve four gunmen. The attackers fired at civilians and attempted to attack military officials on the podium, Fars reports. Image copyright AFP Image caption At least one child was injured in the attack Image copyright AFP Image caption Soldiers ducked for cover as shots were fired Nearly half of those killed were members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, reports say. A number of civilians, including women and children, who were watching the military parade, were also among those killed, Irna news agency said. However Irna said no journalist was among those killed, contradicting earlier reports. There were also conflicting reports about the four attackers, with state media saying all four had been killed after local deputy governor Ali Hosein Hoseinzadeh said two of the four had been arrested. Iran is marking the anniversary of the beginning of the 1980-88 war with Iraq with several military parades across the nation. How will the US react? By Siavash Mehdi-Ardalan, BBC Persian There have been two conflicting claims of responsibility: one from a low profile Arab militant group in Iran’s Khuzestan region and one from IS. It makes some difference. The former would suggest a resurgence of separatist militancy after a seven-year lull. If it was IS, it would represent a failure by Iran’s intelligence community to prevent a second major IS attack in its soil. Iran has not provided any evidence of foreign collusion but has vowed revenge. The Saudi reaction and more importantly the wording of the US administration’s response may prove important as leaders of all three countries are set for a possible diplomatic clash at the UN General Assembly next week. Who is behind the attack? There have been conflicting reports. A spokesman for the Ahvaz National Resistance, an umbrella group that claims to defend the rights of the Arab minority in Khuzestan, said the group was behind the attack. The spokesman did not say whether the group had links to other countries. Iran voices: ‘We have the right to protest’ IS’s Amaq agency has also claimed it carried out the attack. However the group provided no evidence that it had been involved. IS has carried out a major attack in Iran before. In June last year, suicide bombers attacked parliament and the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic’s founder Ayatollah Khomeini , killing 18 people.

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Google staffers talked of manipulating search results to combat Trump’s travel ban, claim they didn’t do it

Google says that this manipulation wasn’t implemented. Who are they kidding? There is longtime, documented manipulation of Google search results. For years , Geller Report has been reporting on Google scrubbing and censoring any criticism of Islam, jihad and sharia. A handful of my brave colleagues and I have been reporting on this dangerous development since 2010. We were shouting into the wilderness, much the same way our banning, suspending and blocking on all social media platforms fell on deaf ears. The left applauded it. The right abandoned us, as they do with anyone whom th e left deems too this or too that or “extreme” (as if defense of freedom and individual liberty were “extreme”). The RINOs and the spineless, gutless wonders on the right shrugged. They were never going to stand up for those braver then they were, and those of us with the courage of our convictions. Appeasers thought feeding us to the crocodiles would keep them safe, “in with the in crowd.” But of course, it had the opposite effect. Once the left saw they could take down the most effective voices on the right, the lily-livered were a piece of cake. Related: American sharia: Google bows to Muslim pressure, changes search results to conceal criticism of Islam and jihad Google partners with Jew-hating, pro-Hamas Muslim group Google Facebook Censorship Internet Censorship: Tech Giants’ War on Free Speech YouTube jihad “Google staffers wanted to manipulate search results to combat Trump’s travel ban, emails show,” by Brian Flood, Fox News , September 21, 2018 (thanks to Mark): Google is in the spotlight after internal emails show conversations between employees highlighting a desire to manipulate search results on the heels of President Trump’s controversial travel ban in order to mute conservative viewpoints and push ways to combat the ban. Like many Silicon Valley titans, Google has drawn the ire of conservatives who feel right-leaning views are condemned from within. But internal company emails made public by Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Thursday appear to show employees wanted to curate Google’s algorithm to boost left-leaning political views on immigration. The emails were written on Jan. 29, 2017 — two days after Trump signed the initial travel order that resulted in protests across the country. The emails indicate that Google employees suggested ways to “leverage” the search engine to combat what the tech giant staffers considered anti-immigration rhetoric and news. The email chain, which was first obtained by “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and quickly matched by the Wall Street Journal, shows Google staffers admitting to colleagues that action must be taken immediately to rally against the travel ban. “Overall idea: Leverage search to highlight important organizations to donate to, current news, etc. to keep people abreast of how they can help as well as the resources available for immigrations [sic] or people traveling,” an email sent by a marketing employee said. “I know this would require a full on sprint to make happen, but I think this is the sort of super timely and imperative information that we need as we know that this country and Google, would not exist without immigration,” a product manager responded. According to “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” responses from other Google employees included comments such as, “we’re absolutely in,” and “excellent initiative.” Other emails reveal an employee called the situation a “highly political issue,” while a separate email detailed a “large brainstorm” that was apparently taking place throughout the company. The emails show Google staffers chatting about methods to alter the company’s algorithm to point users to pro-immigration organizations, lawmakers and agencies that fit the staffers’ political beliefs. Google didn’t deny the validity of the emails and provided the same response to both “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and the Wall Street Journal. “These emails were just a brainstorm of ideas, none of which were ever implemented. Google has never manipulated its search results or modified any of its products to promote a particular political ideology — not in the current campaign season, not during the 2016 election, and not in the aftermath of President Trump’s executive order on immigration. Our processes and policies would not have allowed for any manipulation of search results to promote political ideologies,” a Google spokesperson said. A Google insider echoed the company spokesperson and said the ideas mentioned in the emails weren’t even close to being put into action. Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor told Fox News that the scandal would be more significant if there was evidence that the Google staffers had “actually taken action on this left-wing insanity,” but “it is scary that manipulating the search to push a liberal agenda was even discussed.”…

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Saturday Night Cinema: To Catch A Thief

Tonight’s Saturday night Cinema classic is quite the departure from Hitchcock, Master of Suspense — actually suspense is too limiting, Hitchcock is the Master. To Catch a Thief is the direct opposite of, say, Psycho . It is a wonder both these films emerged from the same mind. But then , he’s the Master. To Catch a Thief is light and clever, sexy and sophisticated, full of sunny innuendo. It doesn’t take itself seriously for a moment. It’s gorgeous, visually dazzling. “It may occasionally be guilty of coasting on pure charm, but To Catch a Thief has it in spades — as well as a pair of perfectly matched stars in Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. The two seductive stars playing cagey characters who play at romance with all of their charm.” A bubbly and effervescent Alfred Hitchcock romantic-suspenser that finds the Master in a relaxed and purely entertaining mood. Screen: Cat Man Out ‘To Catch a Thief’; Grant Is Ex-Burglar in Hitchcock Thriller By Bosely Crowther, New York Times archived pages August 5, 2018: IT takes a thief to catch a thief. That’s the old saying, anyhow. And that’s the thesis Alfred Hitchcock is exhibiting in his new mystery-thriller-romance at the Paramount. With Cary Grant playing the catcher and Grace Kelly playing—well, we won’t say!—”To Catch a Thief” comes off completely as a hit in the old Hitchcock style.We’re not saying much about Miss Kelly, other than to observe that she is cool and exquisite and superior as a presumably rich American girl traveling with her mother in Europe in quest (her mother says) of a man. To say more might tip you as to whether she is what you suspect her to be—the jewel thief whom Mr. Grant is stalking through the lush gambling-rooms and gilded chambers of French Riviera villas, casinos and hotels.As a matter of fact, we shouldn’t even tell you that you may rest entirely assured Mr. Grant himself is not the slick cat-burglar he says he is out to catch, as a matter of self-protection and to help an insurance man from Lloyds. What with his being an acknowledged old gem thief, living in a villa high above Cannes and chumming with a covey of ex-convicts, he could be almost anything.Well, he isn’t the thief. That much we’ll tell you. He’s the fellow who genuinely tries to use his own knowledge of cat-burglary to nab the thief who has been terrorizing Cannes and causing hysterics and conniptions among the always ineffectual police. But then there are enough other suspects — ex-convicts, French thugs and pretty girls, not to mention that nervous Lloyds fellow—to let us write off Mr. Grant.In his accustomed manner, Mr. Hitchcock has gone at this job with an omnivorous eye for catchy details and a dandy John Michael Hayes script. Most of his visual surprises are gotten this time with scenery—with the fantastic, spectacular vistas along the breath-taking Cote d’Azur.As no one has ever done before him, Mr. Hitchcock has used that famous coast to form a pictorial backdrop that fairly yanks your eyes out of your head. Almost at the start, he gives you an automobile chase along roads that wind through cliff-hanging, seaside villages. The surprise is that it is seen from the air! If you have ever been on the Riviera, you can imagine how brilliant this is, in color and VistaVision, splashed on that giant screen.All the way through the picture, he gets this sort of thing — shots from great heights down yawning chasms, glimpses of ruins high on hills, views across Mediterranean harbors and, usually, in the background, the blue sea. And he winds up with a surge of production—a costume party at a villa outside Cannes—that should make the Marquis de Cuevas turn green.True, there are times when the color is not Iways so good as it should be, and Mr. Hitchcock’s camera man (or somebody) has a bad time with slow dissolves and fades. He has not mastered VistaVision. It has almost mastered him.But the script and the actors keep things popping, in a fast, slick, sophisticated vein. Mr. Grant and Miss Kelly do grandly, especially in one sly seduction scene. If you’ve never heard double-entendre, you will hear it in this film. As the chap from Lloyds, John Williams is delightfully anxious and dry, and Jessie Royce Landis is most amusing as Miss Kelly’s low-down American mom. Brigitte Auber is fetching and funny as a frightfully forward French girl, and Charles Vanel has the air of a rascal as a local restaurateur.”To Catch a Thief” does nothing but give out a good, exciting time. If you’ll settle for that at a movie, you should give it your custom right now. Danielle . . . . . Brlgitte Auber Foussard . . . . . Jean Martinelli Germaine . . . . . Georgette Anys Claude . . . . . Roland LesaffreMercier . . . . . Jean Hebey Lepic . . . . . Rene Blancard Big Man in Kitchen . . . . . Wee Willie Davis

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Fake miniatures depicting Islamic science are now found in the most august of libraries and history books

Wow. Be sure to read all of this extraordinary article. Islamic fakery has made its way into some of the most respected museums and libraries in the Western world. It just points up the intellectual poverty of the Islamic world yet again, that all this has to be faked — they don’t have enough genuine achievements to tout. And many of the inventions the Muslims take credit for are the inventions of the peoples, countries and lands they conquered. The booty from their conquests wasn’t only tangible gold, women, and monies, but intellectual theft as well. Here is the reality: Oriana Fallaci wrote : Islam has always persecuted and silenced its intelligent men. I remind you of Averroes who for his distinction between Faith and Reason was ‘ of heterodoxy by the caliphs and forced to flee. Then, imprisoned like a criminal. Then, confined to his home and humiliated to such a degree that when rehabilitated he no longer had any desire to live and died within a few months. Not without good reason, in his famous lecture held in 1883 at the Sorbonne, Ernest Renan said that attributed the merits of Averroes to Islam would be like attributing the merits of Galileo to the Inquisition. “Forging Islamic science: Fake miniatures depicting Islamic science have found their way into the most august of libraries and history books. How?” by Nir Shafir, Aeon , September 11, 2018 (thanks to Steve): As I prepared to teach my class ‘Science and Islam’ last spring, I noticed something peculiar about the book I was about to assign to my students. It wasn’t the text – a wonderful translation of a medieval Arabic encyclopaedia – but the cover. Its illustration showed scholars in turbans and medieval Middle Eastern dress, examining the starry sky through telescopes. The miniature purported to be from the premodern Middle East, but something was off. Besides the colours being a bit too vivid, and the brushstrokes a little too clean, what perturbed me were the telescopes. The telescope was known in the Middle East after Galileo developed it in the 17th century, but almost no illustrations or miniatures ever depicted such an object. When I tracked down the full image, two more figures emerged: one also looking through a telescope, while the other jotted down notes while his hand spun a globe – another instrument that was rarely drawn. The starkest contradiction, however, was the quill in the fourth figure’s hand. Middle Eastern scholars had always used reed pens to write. By now there was no denying it: the cover illustration was a modern-day forgery, masquerading as a medieval illustration. The full image of the 21st century fake Ottoman miniature, purporting to be from the 17th century. Allegedly from the Istanbul University Library. Photo by DEA/Getty The fake miniature depicting Muslim astronomers is far from an isolated case. One popular image floating around Facebook and Pinterest has worm-like demons cavorting inside a molar. It claims to illustrate the Ottoman conception of dental cavities, a rendition of which has now entered Oxford’s Bodleian Library as part of its collection on ‘Masterpieces of the non-Western book’. Another shows a physician treating a man with what appears to be smallpox. These contemporary images are in fact not ‘reproductions’ but ‘productions’ and even fakes – made to appeal to a contemporary audience by claiming to depict the science of a distant Islamic past. A fake miniature depicting the preparation of medicines for the treatment of a patient suffering from smallpox, purportedly from the Canon of Medicine by Avicenna (980-1037). Allegedly in the Istanbul University Library. Photo by Getty From Istanbul’s tourist shops, these works have ventured far afield. They have have found their way into conference posters, education websites, and museum and library collections. The problem goes beyond gullible tourists and the occasional academic being duped: many of those who study and publicly present the history of Islamic science have committed themselves to a similar sort of fakery. There now exist entire museums filled with reimagined objects, fashioned in the past 20 years but intended to represent the venerable scientific traditions of the Islamic world. The irony is that these fake miniatures and objects are the product of a well-intentioned desire: a desire to integrate Muslims into a global political community through the universal narrative of science. That wish seems all the more pressing in the face of a rising tide of Islamophobia. But what happens when we start fabricating objects for the tales we want to tell? Why do we reject the real material remnants of the Islamic past for their confected counterparts? What exactly is the picture of science in Islam that are we hoping to find? These fakes reveal more than just a preference for fiction over truth. Instead, they point to a larger problem about the expectations that scholars and the public alike saddle upon the Islamic past and its scientific legacy….

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White House Drafts Antitrust Order to Investigate Google and Facebook’s Business Practices

Bravo. Having been one of the early targets of social media censorship on Facebook, YouTube et al, I have for quite some time advocated for anti-trust action against these bullying behemoths. Read my article about this at The American Thinker. We are seeing an unprecedented erosion in our First Amendment rights, increasingly prohibiting the flow of ideas and free expression in the public square (social media). Run by left-wing self-possessed snowflakes, social media giants are indulging their worst autocratic impulses. And because they can, it is getting worse. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Having grown up in the 1970s, I can tell you it was a vastly different country then. It was free. But we aren’t any no longer, and it is time we took back what is ours — our unalienable freedoms. “White House Drafts Antitrust Order to Investigate Google and Facebook’s Business Practices,” by Ben Brody and Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg , September 22, 2018 (thanks to Mark): (Bloomberg) — The White House has drafted an executive order for President Donald Trump’s signature that would instruct federal antitrust and law enforcement agencies to open investigations into the business practices of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc. and other social media companies. The order is in its preliminary stages and hasn’t yet been run past other government agencies, according to a White House official. Bloomberg News obtained a draft of the order. The document instructs U.S. antitrust authorities to “thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws.” It instructs other government agencies to recommend within a month after it’s signed actions that could potentially “protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias.” The document doesn’t name any specific companies. If signed, the order would represent a significant escalation of Trump’s antipathy toward Google, Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies, whom he has publicly accused of silencing conservative voices and news sources online. “Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices,” Trump said on Twitter in August. “Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others.” Social media companies have acknowledged in congressional hearings that their efforts to enforce prohibitions against online harassment have sometimes led to erroneous punishment of political figures on both the left and right, and that once discovered those mistakes have been corrected. They say there is no systematic effort to silence conservative voices. The draft order directs that any actions federal agencies take should be “consistent with other laws” — an apparent nod to concerns that it could threaten the traditional independence of U.S. law enforcement or conflict with the First Amendment, which protects political views from government regulation. “Because of their critical role in American society, it is essential that American citizens are protected from anticompetitive acts by dominant online platforms,” the order says. It adds that consumer harm — a key measure in antitrust investigations– could come “through the exercise of bias.” The order’s preliminary status is reflected in the text of the draft, which includes a note in red that the first section could be expanded “if necessary, to provide more detail on role of platforms and the importance of competition.” The possibility of an executive order emerged as Attorney General Jeff Sessions prepares for a Sept. 25 briefing by state attorneys general who are already investigating the tech firms’ practices. The meeting, which will include a representative of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, is intended to help Sessions decide if there’s a federal case to be made against the companies, two people familiar with the matter have said. At least one of the attorneys general participating in the meeting has indicated he seeks to break up the companies….

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