Speaking before Al-Azhar and the Awqaf Ministry on New Year's Day, 2015, and in connection to Prophet Muhammad's upcoming birthday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a vocal supporter for a renewed vision of Islam, made what must be his most forceful and impassioned plea to date on the subject.
Among other things, Sisi said that the "corpus of [Islamic] texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the years" are "antagonizing the entire world"; that it is not "possible that 1.6 billion people [reference to the world's Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world's inhabitants—that is 7 billion—so that they themselves may live"; and that Egypt (or the Islamic world in its entirety) "is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost—and it is being lost by our own hands."
The relevant excerpt from Sisi's speech follows (translation by Michele Antaki): more >>
A whopping 71 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the direction the country is going in, and less than half of those polled, 49 percent, believe this year will be better than 2014, while 42 percent actually believe it will be worse.
"The public remains deeply dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country. Just 26 percent are satisfied with national conditions, while 71 percent are dissatisfied," according to a poll released by the Pew Research Center this week. "The current ratings are more pessimistic than in recent years, as the public generally takes an optimistic view of the year to come."
News isn't any better for both political parties, as Pew found that the percentage of Democrats who believe the new year will be better than the year before has taken a nose dive. more >>
Earlier we looked at "How Western mainstream media enable Islamic terrorism," specifically by employing an arsenal of semantic games, key phrases, convenient omissions, and moral relativism to portray such violence as a product of anything and everything—political and historical grievances, "Islamophobia," individual insanity, poverty and ignorance, territorial disputes—not Islam.
Another strategy that recently came to the fore consists of highlighting Islamic terror attacks that target other Muslims. The logic here is clear: How "Islamic" can such Islamic groups be if they attack and kill fellow Muslims? In other words, whatever the motivation, it surely cannot be Islam, since those being killed are themselves Muslims. This suggests that the terrorists themselves cannot be true Muslims since Muslims are generally forbidden by Islam to kill other Muslims (caveats exist).
A recent example of this is the December 16 Taliban attack on an army public school in Peshawar, where 145 people were killed, the majority being schoolchildren age 18 and under. This incident was reported all over the mainstream media, and rightfully so. more >>
Mike Myers' infamous villain persona took over the set of "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, interrupting the opening sketch to bring a message to North Korea and Sony Pictures.
Dr. Evil, the antagonist of the Mike Myers' comedic film franchise "Austin Powers," interrupted the opening sketch of "A Very Somber Christmas With Sam Smith."
After receiving a strong ovation from the live studio audience, Myers as Dr. Evil expressed his protestations against all the parties involved in the recent decision by Sony to pull the film "The Interview" from various theaters over a hacker threat. more >>
"Obama gives the Castro regime in Cuba an undeserved bailout." Was that a headline from Ronald Reagan's favorite conservative weekly, Human Events? Or, perhaps a stiff rejoinder from the up-to-the-minute reporting of The Weekly Standard?
No! That's the headline in an editorial in—can you believe—The Washington Post! It gets better. The Post flays President Obama's rationale for lifting the embargo on Cuba (the incoming GOP Congress will have something to say about this) and it dissects the President's White House statement.
The administration's policy is so bad that even The Washington Post has been forced to go to the ramparts in defense of truth and good policy. more >>
Constantly second-guessing and blaming the previous administration have been taken to un-presidential depths by Obama.
Democrats decide to spend $40 million taxpayer dollars to contrive a one-sided report questioning the tough post-9/11 decisions by George Bush and our CIA on methods of interrogating captured terrorist masterminds. True to form, the Dems release the report in one of their last acts while they still control the Senate.
Democrat Senate staffers did not even talk to the heads of the agencies that oversaw the programs. It took seven years and was a hatchet job targeted at Bush. The 6,000-page report was slightly longer than a Tom Cruise pre-nup. more >>