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Blog Smith is inspired by the myth of Hephaestus in the creation of blacksmith-like, forged materials: ideas. This blog analyzes topics that interest me: IT, politics, technology, history, education, music, and the history of religions.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Freedomworks: Chicago Empower

Dogs vs. Puppet


Islamist Clergy Advocates Beheading


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Islam Knows No Borders Saudi Dictator Warns


Federal Judge Grants Relief Against Islamists in Michigan

Friday, August 29, 2014

Celebrate John Locke's Birthday by Reading

Happy Birthday

Left Says ISIS No Threat

Obama Has No Strategy to Defeat Islamists

Islamists Beheading Children

Beheading Children

Imminent Islamist Attack


Islamists Attack Jews in Canada

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Professor on ISIS Threat


Suspicious Death of Jewish Student


Imam Says Jews and Christians Dirty

Shirk Imam Defense

Common Core Toxic

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

China Bans Ramadan

Rand is Right on Hillary


300 Islamists from the U.S.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Free Speech

Obama Aiding Enemies

Obama's Chilly Veteran Reception

Tepid 20 Deaths

Taxpayers Pay for Islamist Terrorist Trip

Obama: Anti-Veteren

Audio of Ferguson Shooting

Monday, August 25, 2014

Concealed Carry Driving Down Crime


Racist Prof Preaches Every Day at UPenn


Egyptian Feminist Protests Against ISIS


Local Police Track Cell Phones Intrusively

Ahmad Jebril Islamist in Detroit Recruiting for Jihad


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Judicial Reform: Freedomworks

Lincoln vs. Obama: So Help Us Golf

So Help Us Golf

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Language of Despotism

St. Louis Cop Relieved of Duty for Exercising Free Speech

Free Speech

Friday, August 22, 2014

Jackson Sellout in Ferguson


Ferguson Conversation That Won't Happen


Hamas Background

Jersey Jihad: Black Muslim Kills White Guy

Jersey Jihad

State Department Spokesperson Denies ISIS is Islamist

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), (Arabic: الدولة الإسلامية‎ ad-Dawlah al-ʾIslāmiyyah), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is an unrecognized jihadist state in the heart of Middle East, widely regarded as a terrorist organisation by western governments and their allies. In its self-proclaimed status as a caliphate, it claims religious authority over all Muslims across the world and aspires to bring much of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its direct political control.

“ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents." Barack Obama

State Department Spokesperson Denies ISIS is Islamist

The "I" stands for what?

21 August 2014


State Department Spokesperson

Trucker Informs Trooper that he is not above the law

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Catholic is Our Core, Cardinal Newman Society


Message to ISIS from an American Vet

Pamela Geller on Foley Beheading


Obama Breaks Law to Free Islamist Traitor Bergdahl

ISIS and War

Islamist Jihadi Porn: Celebration of Gore and Brutality

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

St. Louis Police Shoot Knife-wielding Man


Race Debate and Ferguson

Race and Ferguson

Obama Failed to Rescue Beheaded Journalist

Failed rescue mission just like Carter.

Jihadist Gear for the Kids

Ferguson Police Threaten to Kill Journalists

When the police in Ferguson decide they are done showing off their militarized outfits for the night, they demand compliance and submission, especially if you are a member of the press. The Police State is alive and well in Ferguson, MO.

Ferguson, Missouri (POLICE) I'm Going To KILL YOU!

Ferguson Police Threaten To Shoot Reporter On Video

Raw footage provided by We Act Radio/CREDO and KARG Argus radio of a police officer appearing to threaten to shoot a reporter.

May 4, 1970 Kent State Shootings

Mott The Hoople Ohio 1970 with lyrics

Teaching Hate in Schools: Teacher Has 6th Graders Re-enact Ferguson Shooting


ISIS Beheads, Brit Cancels Vacation: Obama Parties


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Obama-like Community Agitators Descend on Ferguson

Community Agitators

Obama Vacations While American Reporter Beheaded


Facebook Conducted Secret Psychology Experiment on Users

Boycott Israel, Love Hitler

Love Hitler

17 August 2014 Pro-Israel Rally

Rally Simon Deng Yazidi Persecuted Minorities Pamela Geller Robert Spencer Copts Kurdish Spokesperson Palestinian Christian Indian American Israeli Scholar Closing Remarks Closing Songs

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ferguson Cops Threaten Press

Cop's Threaten Reporters in Ferguson.

Palestinian Baby Saved to be a Suicide Bomber


Common Core

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PA. Common Core from an Educational Consumer Perspective

How many consumers would ever consider purchasing a car without seeing it, or test driving it?  For smart consumers that would never be an option, but that is exactly what was done with the implementation of the Common Core Academic Standard’s framework within Pennsylvania and other states. The states jumped on board and committed to the standards sight unseen in order to receive federal dollars. What kind of educational consumer does that make a state like Pennsylvania? The Common Core movement clearly places money and control before a quality education for each of our students. This national academic initiative is a massive experiment with students across Pennsylvania, and the country being the guinea pigs.

Common Core is not a state initiative. A real state initiative would have involved the use of the existing state standards, which had a track record in the classrooms across this country. The states could have shared this information with each other and learned from
what the other states were doing.  That did not happen, and instead they agreed to a set of Common Core Standards that have no track record, or research to back them up.  Pennsylvania hired the University of Pittsburgh to do an alignment and integration of the National Common Core framework with our previous state academic standards. 85% of our standards were required to be in alignment to Common Core. In order to say the states had some say in this movement, the states were given 15% flexibility in the standard changes. This is more about semantics and marketing than what good state standards really should look like.  Besides a flawed process that gives us PA Common Core Standards (states have changed the name of the standards in order to sell them to the public), the real question should be are these standards best for all students?

Pennsylvania had existing educational standards, and when looking at the record of those previous standards they were deemed rigorous by the state.  Now we are being told they were not. Meanwhile we now are being told we have rigorous academic standards due to the integration of the Common Core framework. Thousands of students were educated under those old standards with many students being successful while clearly some students were not as successful. This begs the question does the state know what real rigorous standards look like given they use that term for marketing purposes every time they want to make a change, and are standard changes the answer for students struggling in school?

One of the selling points used by the National Common Core supporters, and our own
Pennsylvania Department of Education is these standards are now supposed to be internationally benchmarked. What country are we benchmarked to?  Germany and China use a national school to work model where students are channeled very early towards specific jobs. Canada and Australia have provincial systems similar to what we had when states controlled their own academic standards. Finland gives the teachers a generic outline of expectations allowing them the flexibility to teach to the individual needs in their classroom with very few state or national assessments. Clearly countries vary with what they do in their schools, so internationally benchmarked is nothing more than Common Core supporters using words that sound good in order to sell their agenda.


One of the major flaws in Common Core stems from the lack of consideration for how young children learn, and also the needs of students with learning issues.  No early learning experts were part of the writing of the National Common Core Standards. All early learning specialists refer to the developmentally appropriate practices based on the cognitive development of young children (K to 3rd grade). In simple terms, young children’s brains are developing. Certain educational concepts can, or can’t be processed and mastered by the average early learner at varying times based on that development. There is also research that indicates boys’ brain development happens at a slower rate than girls. Even a boy’s senses respond differently. Technology, such as the MRI, gives us a better understanding of a child’s development, which impacts their ability to learn. That is why many early learning educators across the nation and state have expressed deep concerns with these standards. The architects of the Common Core framework, which PA used to align their standards, were not teachers, curriculum, or standard experts. The standard and testing changes drive curriculum no matter what the supporters of Common Core/Pa Common Core say.

There are also people stepping forward expressing the same concerns with these standards and children with learning issues. More is happening than just the standards.
The process by which subjects like math are being taught is also changing, and then there are the assessments, which are being aligned to the standards. During the summer of 2012, the Pennsylvania Department of Education submitted to the US Department of Education a transition report showing the rollout schedule of the changes to the PSSA, the Keystone Exams, and the embedding of the standard changes into the tests. In the beginning of the report, Pennsylvania is asking the federal government for permission to make these changes. Children with special needs must have the flexibility to learn the best way they can, which does not mean they need a rigid bureaucratic system designed by people who know nothing of their needs. As these standard changes are showing up in our schools, more and more people involved with children with special learning needs are expressing concerns. Students with school anxiety do not need further stress placed on them by these poorly implemented and poorly researched standards.

One of the selling points to the business community is the standard changes are college and workforce ready. There is no research to indicate that a set of standards can be both college and workforce ready at the same time. Common sense will tell us the requirements to be accepted by the College of Engineering at Penn State are not the same as the requirements for a community college. The job requirements to be an electrical engineer are not the same as the requirement to be a technician working for the cable company. This does not mean both jobs are not important, but they both require a different type of post-secondary training and workforce skills. The Common Core/ PA.Common Core Standards are not being sold as minimal acceptable standards. They impact every student no matter what their abilities, or future interests.

While attending an Allegheny Intermediate Unit presentation, their staff tried to explain the standards as they relate to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Teaching less levels of math, as they indicated in their presentation, is not going to produce more physicists or medical researchers. They also agreed with the proposal by David Coleman (one of the architects of Common Core and the head of the College Boards) to eliminate the AP Calculus test, since Calculus is not part of the Common Core math sequence. This decision does not help to produce more engineers or scientists either.

At the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania mayors last summer, it became clear that these standard changes are not going to correct many of the problems businesses are having in their communities. Consider some of their expressed concerns, and how that relates to standards.
  • How will these standard changes teach a student that showing up to work on time is critical?
  • How will this correct the problem of people not being able to pass drug testing?
  • How will these changes advance vocational training when public schools are promoting college as the best choice for almost everyone?
  • How will these standards teach students what it means to dress for success, or how to speak correctly in an interview?
  • How will these standards help children already struggling in poorly performing and unsafe schools in the Commonwealth?
  • Are the current changes promoted by people like Bill Gates a business move given education is a billion dollar a year industry?
  • Do we want the German or Chinese model of education, school to work, where students are tracked into career paths by bureaucrats, which is known to stifle
      creativity, allows for fewer personal choices, and does not promote innovation?
  • Should education be about the agenda of adults, or the needs of students to reach their highest potential?

                                                WHAT ABOUT FUNDING ?

Lastly, there is the issue of funding.  Education spending is a major part of Pennsylvania’s budget. As we continue to spend more in education, we are getting less for our tax dollars. The legislators did not vote on these standard and testing changes, yet they will be expected to appropriate education funds to help subsidize these changes.  Meanwhile, many of the legislators continue to be clueless about the ramifications of these standards.

These changes are called Chapter 4 regulations, and went through a regulatory process. The PA Independent Regulatory Review Commission submitted questions after their review, and noted the cost to implement these changes are not cost neutral as indicated by the Department of Education and State Board of Education. The initial costs for implementation and ongoing execution of the standards and assessment will be prohibitive, resulting in massive unfunded mandates at a time when our Commonwealth is facing severe budgetary problems, including an unresolved pension problem. Some of these costs will involve the hiring of countless additional staff, extensive training of both  new hires and current teachers, purchasing new instructional materials and additional technology., developing and aligning curriculum to these changes, providing remediation and project-based assessments for struggling students, and administering and grading the innumerable mandated tests. Many of these costs will become the responsibility of the already cash strapped school districts.

The Senate Education Committee asked the PA. Secretary of Education about the costs to implement the PA Common Core and related assessment changes during two hearings. Not once did the committee receive a precise answer. Why is it that changes like this can come through the Department of Education/State Board of Education without a comprehensive cost analysis for their own department and the 29 Intermediate Units, including an additional cost impact study on the school districts?

Before making such a massive shift in the direction of education in this country, should there not have been a more transparent debate about these standards and the direction they are taking our students? This conversation should have happened both nationally and within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to any changes being made. Does anyone wonder what Bill Gates ( he has spent $200 million to promote Common Core nationally with some of his grants coming into PA.) would say if we defined the direction of education for his three children, and we used our money to influence that direction?
                                        WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP ?           

Talk to your schools and find out how they are handling these changes?  Talk to your school board members, and legislators!  Contact the Governor’s office!  Contact the State School Board Association and express your concerns! Contact your US Congressman and Senators! Become better informed, and help to educate your friends and neighbors!  You have every right to ask questions, and to expect good answers! You have every right to express your thoughts and concerns! Remember these are our children, our schools, and our tax dollars!
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Barney Fife Meets the Delta Force

Islamists Demand Israel Boycott, Demand Met, Trash Store, Attack Police

Islamist Rage

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Immigration Bad for the Americans

Friday, August 15, 2014

Drunk Stays, Perry Indicted

Drunk Booking Perry was indicted on abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony, and coercion of a public servant, a third-degree felony. The first charge carries a punishment of 5-99 years and a fine of up to $10,000. The second charge is punishable by 2-10 years and a fine of up to $10,000. Perry punished? Axelrod, Looks Sketchy

William Buckley, God and Man at Yale

March of progressivism

Krauthammer on Obama Smackdown

Ferguson Robbery Suspect, Later Shot by Police

Ferguson Robber Video Video of witness vindicating officer#1 How’d he get from there to there? #2 Because he ran, the police was still in the truck – cause he was like over the truck {crosstalk} #2 But him and the police was both in the truck, then he ran – the police got out and ran after him {crosstalk} #2 Then the next thing I know he doubled back toward him cus - the police had his gun drawn already on him – #1. Oh, the police got his gun #2 The police kept dumpin on him, and I’m thinking the police kept missing – he like – be like – but he kept coming toward him {crosstalk} #2 Police fired shots – the next thing I know – the police was missing #1 The Police? #2 The Police shot him #1 Police? #2 The next thing I know … I’m thinking … the dude started running … (garbled something about “he took it from him”) The account offered by the alleged eyewitness seems to echo an account given by an alleged friend of the officer, Darren Wilson, who shot Brown.

Robin Williams, RIP, Anti-Jihad

Thursday, August 14, 2014

ICloak Privacy Device for the Internet

Anti-rioter Ferguson On Tuesday, Johnathan Gentry became an Internet sensation when he went on rant against the black community following the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Friday, he doubled down in a passionate appearance on Fox News, calling out everyone from President Obama to the NAACP and Al Sharpton. “I hate to say this, but I’m going to tell you what you need to hear as opposed to what you want to hear!” Gentry, identified by Fox as a minister and who is based in Los Angeles, said earlier in the week. “All we know how to do is blame the police and white folks for our actions. That’s all we know how to do is blame police and white folks.”

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Reporters Arrested in Ferguson

Reporters Arrested in Ferguson

Ferguson Gun Sales

Ferguson Gun Sales

Iowa Ditches Common Core


Economics and Several Related topics

Palestine in Illinois

Palestine, Illinois

Jersey Jihad

Jersey Jihad 117 Winslow Place Garwood, New Jersey

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Militarization of the Police

Viral MOOC video, Everyday Economics, Don Boudreaux

Chronicle of Higher Education

In this series, Professor Don Boudreaux explores the question economists have been asking since the era of Adam Smith -- what creates wealth? On a timeline of human history, the recent rise in standards of living resembles a hockey stick -- flatlining for all of human history and then skyrocketing in just the last few centuries. Without specialization and trade, our ancient ancestors only consumed what they could make themselves. How can specialization and trade help explain the astonishing growth of productivity and output in such a short amount of time—after millennia of famine, low life expectancy, and incurable disease?

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Ian Hunter, Mott The Hoople, The Collection

Walkin' With a Mountain is the entire track edited on the Live LP. Also, All The Way From Memphis includes some stage banter clipped out of the Live release as well.

Lawless Swarm Police to Stop Illegal Immigrant Arrest

Believe Your Eyes? your eyes?

Optical Illusion

Ferguson, St. Louis Violence: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

7 Year Old Islamist Poses with Severed Head

7 Year Old Islamist Poses with Severed Head

Osama Bin Laden Crosses US Border with Mexico Twice

Osama Bin Laden Crosses US Border with Mexico Twice

Armored Vehicles, Tanks Deal with Protest

Sharia Law Enforced in Bay Ridge, Not Saudi Arabia, New York

Obama: Promise to Leave Iraq But Not My Fault it Collapsed

Islamists Flash Jihadi Flag at White House

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Hillary Looking Presidential, Bill Looking Pasty

IRS Targeted Republican Senator;_ylt=AwrBEiKHOqtTER4ARUnQtDMD

Media Anti-Israel Bias

Religious Slaughter

Caliphate in America

CAIR Organizes Anti-Semitic Rally: Rabbi Killed WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Children of Islamism Are Our Future

UC Prof Warns: Illegal Immigration to Re-Educate Society

Obama Bombing Iraq

Friday, August 8, 2014

Worst Economy in Five Years

Democratic Cop Imitating His President Resigns

Obama Imitates Bush

Thursday, August 7, 2014

ISIS: No Separation of Church and State

Immigration: The Arroyo Trailer

Ian Hunter, The Mouth interview

Minority Religious in Iraq Slaughtered by Islamists: Parliament

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cop: Obama "Decimated" the Constitution, No Longer Enforeceable

A police officer in Helmetta, New Jersey, told a citizen that because Obama has “decimated” the Constitution, he no longer has to comply with the founding document. The incident began as resident Steve Wronko brought a camera inside a municipal building while “investigating” alleged problems with the Helmetta Animal Shelter. A police officer, identified as Richard Recine, eventually stopped Wronko and demanded to know who he was and what he was doing filming in the building.

What in the HELLMETTA is going on? "Full Version" 5:13

Victor Davis Hansen, Obama's World Disorder

Dear President Obama: Please help bring our daddy home

Please help Jacob and Rebekka's letter reach the White House. On September 26, 2012, Pastor Saeed Abedini, their father, was imprisoned in Iran while working with the Iranian government to start an orphanage. He is being held because of his Christian faith.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ian Hunter and the Rant Band, Live in the UK 2010

Ian Hunter and the Rant Band Live in the UK 2010 In 2010 Ian Hunter and The Rant Band embarked upon an UK tour, accompanied by a string quartet. The shows were recorded professionally using a 32 track mobile, and the songs are completely live with no overdubs or fixes. The finished CD was mixed and mastered by Peter Moshay (Shrunken Heads, Man Overboard and When I’m President). The track listing mixes fan favourites from the Mott era – Seadiver, Waterlow, All The Young Dudes – with songs from throughout Ian’s solo career – Irene Wilde, Michael Picasso, Wash Us Away, Flowers. Ian has decided to release these recordings himself, eschewing the traditional record company process. Both he and Trudi have been involved in every aspect of putting this CD together, from track and running order selection, through to artwork and mixing / mastering. They have crammed the maximum music possible onto a single cd, running as it does to 75 minutes. Hunterphiles who have had a sneak preview of the CD describe it as stunning … you can judge for yourselves by clicking the links on the front page for 30 second previews. The CD will be for sale through the normal channels (i.e. Amazon and iTunes) later in the year, but we are offering you the chance to purchase in advance from Ian Hunter directly, as more of the proceeds from each sale will end up with him. The advance CD will be released through Ian Hunter on the 1st September, but anyone who pre-orders the CD will receive an immediate hi-res download of the complete album (plus artwork), ahead of the physical CD.

Calumet County Deputy with Rifle During Lawful Conceal and Carry

Indian TV Crew Captures Islamist Hamas Operatives Planting Rocket in Civilian Area

Indian TV Crew Captures Islamist Hamas Operatives Planting Rocket in Civilian Area

Supreme Court Bans NSA Snooping

Major General Killed by Afghan Ally®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=1

Obama on Guns: Politics over Policy In “The Future of the Gun,” New York Times bestselling author Frank Miniter reveals that two of the country’s leading gun lobbies stood ready to work with the White House, but instead were pushed away by an administration that wrongly thought the country was on their side in banning assault weapons.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Israel Dennis Prager

Israel Dennis Prager

Thomas Sowell on Thinking

Justice Department Memo Approving Targeted Killing of Anwar Al-Awlaki

Cornell West Whips Up Hate: Pro Israel Puerto Rican Marine Attacked

Japan for Israel

Jews Targeted in NYC Diamond District: Spontaneous Peaceful Response

Patriots Convoy Guarding Border Run Off Road

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Obama 7 Trillion Debt

Anti-Semites Shut Down L.A. Streets

Obama Imports Ebola and Islamists Over the Border

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Romney Right

Obama: More Abortions than Jobs Created

The Man With the Golden Guitar

Gary Kemp marks the 20th anniversary of the death of his guitar hero Mick Ronson with a celebration of his career. With a stellar guest list of musicians and fellow Ronno fans including Chrissie Hynde, Tony Visconti, Ian Hunter, Trevor Bolder and Woody Woodmansey, Gary explains why Mick is such an important figure in British rock n roll, highlighting the important contribution Mick made to some of the most acclaimed albums in rock history and why his talent deserves to be celebrated. Mick rose to fame as lead guitarist and music arranger on David Bowie's albums, The Man Who Sold The World, Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and Pin Ups. Through his work with Bowie, Mick came to the attention of and subsequently worked with some of the biggest names in rock. Mick co-produced Lou Reed's Transformer album, enjoyed a stint with Mott the Hoople and then became a long-time collaborator with Mott's former leader Ian Hunter. Mick was also a member of Bob Dylan's 'Rolling Thunder Revue' live band, and can be seen both on and off-stage in the film of the tour. He also made a connection with Roger McGuinn during this time, which led to his producing and contributing guitar and arrangements to McGuinn's 1976 solo album Cardiff Rose. Roger Daltrey employed Ronson's guitar on his 1977 solo release One of the Boys, and in 1979 Ronson and Hunter produced and played on the Ellen Foley debut album, Night Out, with 'We Belong To The Night' and the hit single 'What's a Matter Baby'. In 1982, Ronson worked with John Mellencamp on his American Fool album, and in particular the song 'Jack & Diane'. In 1992 Mick produced Morrissey's album, Your Arsenal. The same year, Ronno's final live performance was at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Protest Hillary

Islamists attack Jews in Washington DC: police have to rescue

Daily Shenanigans in D.C.

Obama Death Trains to Border

Friday, August 1, 2014

Clinton Conflict of Interest

Real Life in Texas 70 miles north of the Border, Chris Burgard, The Border

Real Life in Texas 70 miles north of the Border

While the tidal wave of women and children surrendering to Border Patrol has captured America's attention, this is what life is like for regular Americans who have to deal with the greater majority of traffic that is not being apprehended.


Chicago Imam Calls for Jihad against Israel Cites Quran Chapter and Verse

Pamela Geller used the same quote in a jihad awareness campaign last year and was widely criticized.

The Friday sermon delivered by Sheik Mohamed Elimam at the Chicago Islamic Center on July 18-25, 2014.

Mohamed Elimam: Oh, those of you who want to wage Jihad for the sake of Allah, Palestine is calling you and Gaza is crying out for your help. If you are true believers, real mujahideen, hasten to Palestine. However, if you are collaborators with those who give you weapons and money, then keep indulging yourselves with this money of yours. […] Where are the Muslim rulers? Where are all those deadbeat regimes? Where are all those stray [Jihadi] groups? Return to the battle of Jihad in Palestine. Jerusalem is calling you. The children of Gaza are crying for your help. I say to all the honorable mujahideen, to any believer who has ever waged Jihad for the sake of Allah, and to every child who was killed for the sake of Islam… Let the whole world know that the Zionist enemy is not fighting a well-armed army. Rather, it is fighting a defenseless people. It is killing children, and destroying homes. This is how they behaved towards the prophets of Allah as well. […] July 25, 2014 This enemy was planted in the midst of the Arab nation – and they chose Jerusalem, Palestine, the most important area – in order to be a thorn in the side of the Arab and Islamic nations. May Allah pull this thorn out, and stick it down their [Western] throats. May they be sent back to their countries in shame and disgrace, Allah willing. […] Know that “Paradise lies beneath the shade of the swords.” Paradise belongs to you, oh martyrs, oh fighters, oh mujahideen, in our beloved Gaza and wounded Palestine. Stand fast in the face of this enemy.[…] “Paradise lies beneath the shade of the swords” is a statement attributed to Muhammad in the Hadith (Bukhari 4.52.73). There is a difference between Jews and Zionist Israelis. Global Zionism is unadulterated evil besetting all people. The [Zionists] hide behind religion, but religion has nothing to do with them. They have no religion, no morals, and no humanity. […] [The Koran says:] “Prepare for them what force and steeds of war you can, to strike fear in the hearts of the enemy of Allah and of your own, and others besides them, whom you do not know, but Allah knows.” All the Arabs have abandoned our brothers in Palestine, and the Muslims are oblivious to them, but Allah supports them. They have prepared for battle. Even if the resistance cannot match [Israel] in numbers and equipment, it does in spirit and steadfastness, as mothers sacrifice their sons and wives sacrifice their husbands for the sake of Allah.

Anti-Semitic Hate: Raw Footage of the Israel Discount Bank Die-In and Arrest NYC 7/25/14

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