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What ISIS Really Wants

This lengthy article is making the rounds online.  Writer Graeme Wood notes “We are misled … by a well-intentioned but dishonest campaign to deny the Islamic State’s medieval religious nature.”  Later:  “One way to un-cast the Islamic State’s spell over its adherents would be to overpower it militarily and occupy the parts of Syria and Iraq now under caliphate rule. Al‑Qaeda is ineradicable because it can survive, cockroach-like, by going underground. The Islamic State cannot. If it loses its grip on its territory in Syria and Iraq, it will cease to be a caliphate” (The Atlantic).

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Shirley McClaine: Holocaust Victims May Be to Blame

From the story:  The veteran Hollywood actress suggests the six million Jews and millions of others systematically murdered in Hitler’s death camps in the 1940s were ‘balancing their karma’ for crimes committed in past lives.  From her book:   What if most Holocaust victims were balancing their karma from ages before, when they were Roman soldiers putting Christians to death, the Crusaders who murdered millions in the name of Christianity, soldiers with Hannibal, or those who stormed across the Near East with Alexander? The energy of killing is endless and will be experienced by the killer and the killee.’ (Daily Mail)

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Pope Says “the Choice to not have Children is Selfish”

Uh-oh, he’s at risk of not being the favorite pope of the left with that kind of talk.  He elaborated:  “A society with a greedy generation, that doesn’t want to surround itself with children, that considers them above all worrisome, a weight, a risk, is a depressed society” (Washington Times).  The left is already upset.  From NPR:  The pontiff’s remarks come just weeks after he seemed to send a contradictory message, telling Catholics that they don’t need to breed “like rabbits” (NPR).

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Army to Pay for Sex Change of Criminal

Instead of using that money to defend our country.  From the story:  Chelsea Manning, the convicted national-security secrets leaker, has been approved for hormone therapy for transition to a woman at the Army’s Fort Leavenworth prison.  Against all science, the USA Today story is already calling him a “her.” (USA Today)

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NY Times: US Fighting “Secretive War in Afghanistan”

From the story:  The spike in raids is at odds with policy declarations in Washington, where the Obama administration has deemed the American role in the war essentially over. But the increase reflects the reality in Afghanistan, where fierce fighting in the past year killed record numbers of Afghan soldiers, police officers and civilians (NY Times).  Meanwhile, “Reuters reports that the Islamic State has taken over most of the Western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, putting them dangerously close to the Ain al-Asad air base, where 320 U.S. Marines are engaged in training soldiers from the Iraqi 7th Division” (Breitbart).  An ISIS lead terror attack in Belgium was foiled (CNN).  Another story notes “The White House’s top counterterrorism official admitted Thursday that the overthrow of Yemen’s government by Shiite rebels last month caught U.S. intelligence off guard” (Fox News).  Of the President’s request, Hugh Hewitt explains how Congress can “Use this moment to educate the American public about the enemies we face and the nature of the conflict we are in” (Hugh Hewitt).  From Charles Krauthammer:  This passivity — strategic, syntactical, ideological — is more than just a reaction to the perceived overreach of the Bush years. Or a fear of failure. Or bowing to the domestic left. It is, above all, rooted in Obama’s deep belief that we — America, Christians, the West — lack the moral authority to engage, to project, i.e., to lead (Washington Post).

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