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Name: Maria Hond
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Hometown: Chicago
Home country: USA
Current location: Chicago
Member since: Fri Dec 11, 2015, 01:19 PM
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Bernie Sanders: Electible in a General Election or Not?

After watching Bernie in several debates now, I am very impressed. He answers questions really well, knows his stuff, and is passionate in his positions. He is not afraid of labeling or apologetic for his positions. His personality comes through and he seems very real.

I have to say that I believe he is electable in a general election and more Americans will vote for him than any republican candidate.

Bernie Sanders: Electible in a general election or not?

After watching Bernie in several debates now, I am very impressed. He answers questions really well, knows his stuff, and is passionate in his positions. He is not afraid of labeling or apologetic for his positions. His personality comes through and he seems very real.

I have to say that I believe he is electable in a general election and more Americans will vote for him than any republican candidate.

Her Father Shot Her in the Head, as an ‘Honor Killing’

Source: NY TImes

WHETHER it wins or not, the Oscar nominee with the greatest impact — saving lives of perhaps thousands of girls — may be one you’ve never heard of.

It stars not Leonardo DiCaprio but a real-life 19-year-old Pakistani woman named Saba Qaiser. Her odyssey began when she fell in love against her family’s wishes and ran off to marry her boyfriend. Hours after the marriage, her father and uncle sweet-talked her into their car and took her to a spot along a riverbank to murder her for her defiance — an “honor killing.”

First they beat Saba, then her uncle held her as her own father pointed a pistol at her head and pulled the trigger. Blood spewed, Saba collapsed and her father and uncle packed her body into a large sack and threw it into the river to sink. They then drove away, thinking they had restored the family’s good name.

Incredibly, Saba was unconscious but alive. She had jerked her head as the gun went off, and the bullet tore through the left side of her face but didn’t kill her. The river water revived her, and she clawed her way out of the sack and crawled onto land. She staggered toward a gasoline station, and someone called for help.

About every 90 minutes, an honor killing unfolds somewhere in the world, usually in a Muslim country. Pakistan alone has more than 1,000 a year, and the killers often go unpunished.


Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/31/opinion/sunday/her-father-shot-her-in-the-head-as-an-honor-killing.html?WT.mc_id=2016-FEBRUARY-OTB-INTL_AUD_DEV-0201-0229&WT.mc_ev=click&ad-keywords=IntlAudDev&_r=0

Biggest losers last night: Jeb!, Christie and the Republican party

Those are the biggest losers of the evening.

The bush dynasty is suffering the fate it deserves.

Christie bullshit bullying personality is hurting him at last.

The republican party is arguably the biggest loser - their frontrunner in iowa is hated by everyone in their party. There second place winner is not the invincible superman he was being portrayed to be. This should lead to months of nastiness that will push them more to the right. The eventual winner should not stand a chance against either Hillary or Bernie.

ISIS warns of severe attack on Britain that will 'turn children's hair white'

Source: The Times of India

The Islamic State terror group has warned Britain of an attack more severe than the Paris strikes, saying the country will receive the "lion's share" of the slaughter for its "declaration of war against Muslims".

In the latest edition of its Arabic newspaper 'al-Naba' (The News), ISIS warns that the UK should be prepared for an attack more severe than in Paris last November which claimed 130 lives.

According to 'The Sunday Times', the article eulogises Mohammed Emwazi, the British national dubbed Jihadi John who was killed by a US drone strike.

It said "his words will never die" and that his message of slaughter did not end "with the blood of the soldiers of the caliphate who sent it to France in their own special way".

Britain will receive the "lion's share" of the slaughter "in response to its declaration of war against the Muslims", the group said in reference to last month's UK Parliament vote on airstrikes against ISIS in Syria.

An attack on Britain will be so severe, it claims, "that it will turn children's hair to white". The warning refers to a Quranic verse outlining the horrors of the Judgement Day.

ISIS had released a video last week that featured nine of the Paris attackers, including ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

By examining the montage frame by frame, 'The Sunday Times' has identified a string of potential targets, including Buckingham Palace and the National Gallery in central London.


Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/ISIS-warns-of-severe-attack-on-Britain-that-will-turn-childrens-hair-white/articleshow/50795939.cms?utm_source=TOInewHP_TILwidget&utm_medium=ABtest&utm_campaign=TOInewHP

For people feeling sorry for Megyn Kelly

Where was she and the people feeling sorry for her when the Dixie Chicks were being destroyed?



FBI: Milwaukee man planned mass shooting at Masonic temple

Source: CNN


CNN)—A 23-year-old Milwaukee resident charged with illegally possessing machine guns had planned a massacre at a Masonic temple in the city, federal officials said Tuesday.

Samy Mohamed Hamzeh was arrested Monday after buying two automatic weapons and a silencer from undercover agents, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin said in a statement.

The investigation thwarted an attack "that could have resulted in significant injury and/or loss of life," FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Shields said in the statement announcing the arrest.

It was not immediately clear whether Hamzeh has retained legal representation.

A criminal complaint released by prosecutors alleges that Hamzeh toured a Masonic center in Milwaukee earlier this month with two FBI informants and then detailed plans for an attack in a meeting with them later that night.

Hamzeh allegedly said he was defending Islam and that he hoped to kill at least 30 people, according to the complaint.

The complaint contains chilling excerpts of comments allegedly made by Hamzeh, captured in a recording and translated from Arabic into English.

"If I got out, after killing thirty people, I will be happy 100% ....100% happy, because these 30 will terrify the world," he said at one point, according to the complaint.

At another point in the conversation, Hamzeh allegedly discussed the roles he and other attackers would play.

"One of us will stay at the door at the entrance and lock the door down, he will be at the main door down, two will get to the lift up, they will enter the room, and spray everyone in the room. The one who is standing downstairs will spray anyone he finds. We will shoot them, kill them and get out," Hamzeh said, according to the complaint. "We will walk and walk, after a while, we will be covered as if it is cold, and we'll take the covers off and dump them in a corner and keep on walking, as if nothing happened, as if everything is normal."


Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/26/us/milwaukee-masonic-temple-mass-shooting-planned-charges/index.html

Proud of all three Candidates

After watching the townhall last night, I am proud of Martin O'Malley, Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton. I would be proud and relieved if ANY of them become President and will 100% support whichever one wins the nomination.

I have my favorite, but all three of them impressed me and any of them would make this country and world a much better place than any of the republicans (all of whom are disasters for the country and humanity).


ISIS calls for more couples to carry out terror attacks in US and Europe after praising San Bernardi

Source: The Times of India

SIS has encouraged more couples to carry out terror attacks in America, Europe, and Australia after praising the San Bernardino shooters as "righteous" martyrs.

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik massacred 14 people at a conference centre in California on 2 December after apparently being motivated by the terrorist group's propaganda.

They killed in a shoot-out with police, who found 5,000 rounds of ammunition, 12 pipe bombs and equipment to make more at the home they shared with their baby daughter.

In the latest issue of its propaganda magazine, Dabiq, ISIS praised Farook and Malik for attacking the "American-led crusaders" waging war against its "caliphate".

Calling the husband-and-wife attack "unique", the group claimed it had answered leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's calls for supporters to commit massacres in the West.

"How much more deserving of Allah's blessing are a husband and wife who march out together to fight the crusaders in defence of the (Caliph)," an article said.

"The brother's blessed wife accompanied him despite the fact that combat is not even obligatory upon her, but she did not want to lose the opportunity for shahadah (martyrdom) at a time when many "men" of the Ummah (Islamic community) have turned away from the obligation of jihad."

ISIS claimed that more militants were joining its ranks in Syria and Iraq, while others were planning to "defiantly terrorise the crusaders in their very strongholds".

"The believers who do trade with Allah will never lose, rather, they only stand to profit," the group said. "May Allah accept the sacrifices of our noble brother Syed Rizwan Farook and his blessed wife, accept them among the shuhada (martyrs), and use their deeds as a means to awaken more Muslims in America, Europe, and Australia."


Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/ISIS-calls-for-more-couples-to-carry-out-terror-attacks-in-US-and-Europe-after-praising-San-Bernardino-shooters/articleshow/50657180.cms

Islamic State Militants Destroy The Oldest Christian Monastery In Iraq

Source: Huffington Post

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet another victim of the Islamic State's relentless destruction of ancient cultural sites.

For 1,400 years the compound survived assaults by nature and man, standing as a place of worship recently for U.S. troops. In earlier centuries, generations of monks tucked candles in the niches and prayed in the cool chapel. The Greek letters chi and rho, representing the first two letters of Christ's name, were carved near the entrance.

Now satellite photos obtained exclusively by The Associated Press confirm the worst fears of church authorities and preservationists — St. Elijah's Monastery of Mosul has been completely wiped out.

In his office in exile in Irbil, Iraq, the Rev. Paul Thabit Habib, 39, stared quietly at before- and after-images of the monastery that once perched on a hillside above his hometown of Mosul. Shaken, he flipped back to his own photos for comparison.


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/christian-monastery-destroyed-iraq_us_569f3dcce4b0875553c2595f?utm_hp_ref=canada&ir=Canada§ion=canada&adsSiteOverride=ca
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