Some news/promo/propaganda video out of Iran touting their Ra’ad-85 UAV/PGM drone aircraft, meant to crash into things and blow itself up (yes, a truly innovative idea to come out of the Middle East). As mentioned at length HERE, one amusing feature of the design is that it seems to be held together with tape.
American Bible scholar claims ancient ‘confessions’ prove story of Jesus Christ was entirely fabricated by Roman aristocrats
Short form: Some Guy has read the same stuff scholars have been reading for millenia (“The Jewish War” by Titus Flavius Josephus) and has concluded that Jesus Christ, and thus Christianity, was invented out of whole cloth by Roman aristocrats.
The argument goes:
First Century Roman #1: “Hmm. These Judean Jews are troublesome. Constantly rebelling, won’t pay their taxes. Every time we lay a military beatdown on them, they just get snippier. What to do?”
First Century Roman #2: “Hey, don’t the Jews have some sort of a legend about a forthcoming messiah? What say we invent one for them, one that says to ‘turn the other cheek’ and to pay your taxes?”
First Century Roman #2: “Sounds good, but won’t they notice that this guy doesn’t actually exist?”
First Century Roman #1: “Well, what if we say they guy has *already* lived and died and performed a bunch of miracles? It’s not like the Judeans can look up his death certificate on Google.”
First Century Roman #2: “Brilliant!”
First Century Roman #: “Brilliant!”
While an interesting hypothesis, from my reading of the admittedly Daily Mail article what I get is that the guy came to this conclusion by reading something you can buy on Amazon and seeing something that two thousand years of readers haven’t seen before. While it is of course possible that these confessions could have gone unnoticed by everybody for this long, it seems at best very unlikely. Sadly, we’ve reached a point (or, perhaps just as likely, we’ve always been there) where someone can pull something like this directly out of their keister and get taken seriously. Perhaps even get a recurring “guest expert” spot on a show on a reputedly respectable TV network.
Perhaps shockingly, the guy has a book.
It seems 21 students at the College of Agriculture Gujba were gunned down by members of Boko Haram. BH, as I’m sure you’ll all be stunned to hear, is a jihadist organization devoted to imposing sharia. Their full name, translated into English, is Congregation and People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad; Boko Haram itself basically translates into “Western education is sinful” (“haram” is the Arabic word for “sin,” while “boko” is derived from the English word “book,” which has come to represent “western learning”). So, yeah. In Africa, a continent famous for its famines and plagues, a bunch of idiots gun down a bunch of students trying to learn how to grow food.
Prior to 9/11/2001, the accepted wisdom was that if you were on a plane being hijacked, you just sat there and waited for it to be over. If you tried to do something, you’d only make it worse. But on 9/11, people began to realize that not fighting back *was* the worst thing they could do. Kenya, it seems, has reinforced the importance of this lesson:
Hostages were mutilated, castrated, beheaded. Infants were stabbed to death, eyes were gouged out, noses ripped off with pliars.
The lesson: when faced with jihadis… surrender is not an option. Fight to the death. Preferably theirs, but better to die fighting and earn a spot in Valhalla than to end up as a jihadis plaything. Given how the media in the US has been going bonkers in the last few days talking up how vulnerable US shopping malls are, it’s not unreasonable to expect that home-grown jihadis might try the same thing here.
Short form: Some Danes are getting sick and tired of immigrants telling them what they can’t eat, so some of them are proposing laws where 20% of all menu items would have to have pork in them. Consider that, in contrast, one Danish hospital was reported to serve on halal meat, even to those people who *don’t* want extra suffering in their food (see Dhabihah), I guess it should be obvious that a backlash was bound to happen.
… until International Blasphemy Day.
For those offended at the idea, keep in mind that “Jesus is Lord” is *every* bit as blasphemous as “Jesus is not Lord.” Because there are religions that believe firmly that Jesus was not the son of God, but just another prophet. And these other religions can be testy.
So if you want to
have keep the right to not only believe what you believe, but *say* what you believe, you’d damned well better come to understand that “blasphemy” is something you should fully support the right of people to express.
Numerous news sources are reporting (read: probably “speculating”) that the Kenyan mall massacre was masterminded by someone the British tabloid press seems to have dubbed “the White Widow.” Specifically, one Samantha Lewthwaite, a 29-year-old British woman who converted to Islam and married a Muslim feller who thought it would be a fun lark to blow himself up in the 7/7 attacks. Apparently in the years since her husband fast-tracked himself to Náströnd, the “White Widow” has taken it upon herself to become quite the troublemaker. It seems she *may* have been in the mall running the show and got killed in the process, or it may be that a female hostage was killed and dressed up in the uniform of evil to serve as a distraction, or it may be another female jihadi entirely.
If there’s anything worse than an adherent to a whackadoodle ideology, it’s a recent convert to said whackadoodle ideology.
A whole lot of photos showing what’s happened in Kenya:
‘Five of the Kenyan mall massacre gunmen are American’: Special forces storm in to free ‘most’ hostages following two-day stand-off with Muslim terrorists that has left 68 dead and wounded 175 more
Five of the jihadis might be Americans. Wonderful. We’ll have o wait to find out of they’re converts or imports. My guess would be that, if it’s true that Americans were involved, they were originally Somalis who came to the US as refugees, gained citizenship, then went back to Africa. In any event, a bullet is too good for ‘em, but let’s hope they all catch a few.
Go ahead and guess what links ‘em.