Thursday, 14 November 2013

Fwd: PURE USMC









 

 PURE USMC

 

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Is anyone surprised Obama forced this General out of Service?


His last quote is his best! 

 


 

March 18, 2013 

Gen. James Mattis, known to his troops as "Mad Dog Mattis," is retiring after 41 years of military service. The Marine Corps Times is calling Mattis the "
 most revered Marine in a generation."
 

Mattis has been commander of the United States Central Command since 2010 and led the 1st Marine Division into Iraq in 2003. 
According to reports, 
President Barack Obama decided to force the Marine Corps legend out early because he rubbed civilian officials the wrong way, and forced them to answer tough questions regarding Iran.  Mattis was an inspirational leader of men and his powerful words will go down in history.  Here are some of the best words the "Mad Dog" has had to offer…
 

1. "I don't lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word."

(
 San Diego Union Tribune)

  


 

2. "The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot."

(
 Business Insider)

  
3. "I come in peace. I didn't bring artillery. But I'm pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you screw with me, I'll kill you all."

(
 San Diego Union Tribune)

  
4. "Find the enemy that wants to end this experiment (in American democracy) and kill every one of them until they're so sick of the killing that they leave us and our freedoms intact."

(
 San Diego Union Tribune)
 



  
5. "Marines don't know how to spell the word defeat."
(
 Business Insider)

 
6. "Be polite, be professional but have a plan to kill everybody you meet."
(
 San Diego Union Tribune)

7. "The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears."
(
 San Diego Union Tribune)

8. "You are part of the world's most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon."
(
 Mattis' Letter To 1st Marine Division)



Gen. Mattis in 2006 

9. "There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim."
(
 Business Insider)

 
10. "No war is over until the enemy says it's over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote."
(
 Defense News)

11. "There is nothing better than getting shot at and missed. It's really great."
(
 San Diego Union Tribune)

12. "You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it's going to be bad."
(
 San Diego Union Tribune)

   



Gen. Mattis and Gen. Dempsey

13. "You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually it's quite fun to fight them, you know. It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up there with you. I like brawling."
(
CNN)

14. "I'm going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years."
(
San Diego Union Tribune)


15. "Demonstrate to the world there is 'No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy' than a U.S. Marine."
(
 Mattis' Letter To 1st Marine Division)
 
16. "Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit"
(
 Mattis' Letter To 1st Marine Division)





 
 And one final quote for returning Veterans...




Is anybody surprised President Obama forced this man to retire early?    



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Fwd: Remaking the Military in the Image of Obama








November 14, 2013

Remaking the Military in the Image of Obama

By J. Robert Smith

Comrade Obama and the Politburo, both conveniently located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, are in the midst of overhauling the nation's military. Radically so, as befits the nation's most radical president. Downsizing the armed forces is the cover, in part.

The people's savior is giving the heave-ho to military brass who can't quite get with the program, which might be described as inflicting a smothering political correctness on the nation's armed forces. Political correctness is actually too charitable. What Comrade Obama is committing is ideological warfare on the traditions and virtues that are at the core of the armed forces -- and, in fact, the nation's core. Part and parcel of this war against the traditional military is the mainstream media-neglected war on faith -- Judeo-Christian faith, that is -- among our men and women in uniform.

Reported The Blaze in late October:

"Obama will not purge a civilian or political appointee because they have bought into Obama's ideology," [Retired Army General Paul] Vallely said. "The White House protects their own. That's why they stalled on the investigation into fast and furious, Benghazi and Obamacare. He's [Mr. Obama] intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged."

And one more morsel from The Blaze's story:

A Pentagon official who asked to remain nameless because they were not authorized to speak on the matter said even "young officers, down through the ranks have been told not to talk about Obama or the politics of the White House. They are purging everyone and if you want to keep your job -- just keep your mouth shut.

Nothing to see here, you say? The subversion of the military has been underway at least since our most degenerate president, William Jefferson Clinton, held sway. Bill forced upon the military the same credo he either imposed on, or agreed to with, his winsome bride, Hillary (one tends to think it was a devil's pact).

"Don't ask, don't tell, sugar," Bill doubtlessly cooed to Hill when it came to his many dalliances, before, during, and, one supposes, after his two terms in the White House. Nor would Bill speak of hers.

As is Comrade Obama's wont, he's upping the ante, putting the pedal to the metal in left-wingizing American institutions (see the prez's latest on the courts), thus ensuring himself an "historic" presidency. Give the president his due: accelerating liberty's ruin is quite historic, if not outright epic.

Trumping the rascally Bill, Mr. Obama says: "We'll ask and you'll tell your sexual preferences, and if your fellows in uniform demur, we'll boot 'em. Oh, and you Jews and Christians in uniform, keep those beliefs to your lonesome. Or else."

Our president -- beloved a
little less daily -- is busting a smart move. Get the guys with the guns and bombs and drones under thumb. The military has long been a redoubt for the conservative and traditional-minded. American stalwarts, from Bangor to Fresno, took mom and apple pie to heart, and brought homely values and virtues with them into the services. They, whom on bended knees, prayed to God before battles, whom as Lincoln famously said, acted "with firmness in the right as God [gave them] to see the right" just can't be trusted to carry forward a secular leftist revolution.

Judeo-Christian faith, and its expressions, are particularly juicy targets for the administration's dicta. The military is as good a place as any to drop-kick crosses and make confetti of the Torah. It's a damn good place to start, in fact. The president as commander-in-chief has top-down authority. It says so in the Constitution, which comes in handy for lefties at times.

Go to the news archive at Military Freedom. See with your own eyes accounts of growing oppression toward Christians and Jews.

"Air Force cracking down on Christians," reported Fox News on September 6.

This headline from an August 27 Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty press release: "Documents confirm DoD taught that Catholics, Evangelicals, Jews, Mormons are religious 'extremists' like Al-qaeda."

CNSNEWS ran this story on October 15: "DOD Bars 50 Priests from Administering Sacraments, Locks up Eucharist; Priest Sues," this during the government shutdown -- or the pretense of a shutdown.

Jewish and Christian persecution is the way of the statists, loosely defined, since the Romans, who had more than a few nits to pick with the Jews in Palestine and Christians everywhere. Jesus Christ's crucifixion began a few hundred years of persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire. One could say that Comrades Lenin and Stalin resumed the work of Rome's old pagan emperors. Comrade Obama and his leftist acolytes (and we can lump in many an atheist) are in the communist tradition, though they lack the Slavs' gift for smash-mouthing their rivals. But who knows what the New Year brings?

Note that no offense is given to Islam. In the name or fairness and inclusion, one suspects that primitive Islam serves as a potent weapon to crush the statists' chief rivals in the West, i.e., Moses, Jesus Christ, and the old and new testaments. But Islam, prone to its own chauvinism and aggressiveness, isn't to be trifled with. Islam is a scimitar glad to be wielded to conquer Christians and eradicate Jews, but once dispatched, Islam will be its own sword again, turning on the godless left with bloody vengeance. Muslims have a greater disdain for the godless.

This from the Qur'an, via a website called "godlessgeeks.com":

3.151 Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority: their abode will be the Fire: And evil is the home of the wrong-doers! [Italics in the text]

Wrote Jerry McConnell for the Canada Free Press last May:

"For some bizarre reason, probably this Muslim outreach again of Barack Obama, they had a Muslim cleric give a prayer. Why the heck you would have a Muslim prayer and the servicemen are Christian is beyond imagination. So it has to come from the top down. And this cleric then proceeded in Arabic. No one understood it at the time, but we have a video of it and it was translated by certified translators. It proceeded to damn my clients' sons, and others who died, as infidels and that they should go to Hell under Allah, the Muslim god," said [Larry] Klayman, [who founded Freedom Watch].

Isolated incidences, say Obama loyalists. Yet the evidence is easy to find: President Obama and the left are hostile to Judeo-Christianity and are seeking to expunge it from the military (or, minimally, quarantine the faithful like smokers, bullied into little hermetically sealed rooms out of sight).

A revival of the Church Militant is in order -- with a new emphasis on "militant." Jews and Christians on these shores are challenged by enemies seen, and unseen, as never before. Godly men and women need to boldly proclaim their right to the free and open practice of their faiths. They mustn't be cowed and driven from our public squares or the institutions that comprise our government, especially the military. The faithful must reinvest our government and the armed forces, unapologetically.

The fight is on. The Obama of Lies cannot be permitted to make the military an adjunct of his plan to strip America of much of what underpins our liberty. Without God, there is no liberty -- tyranny, first; chaos, later. But liberty, no. 


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Fwd: Government Has Weaponized the Internet









 

http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/11/this-is-how-the-internet-backbone-has-been-turned-into-a-weapon/

Our Government Has Weaponized the Internet. Here's How They Did It

The internet backbone — the infrastructure of networks upon which internet traffic travels — went from being a passive infrastructure for communication to an active weapon for attacks.

According to revelations about the QUANTUM program, the NSA can "shoot" (their words) an exploit at any target it desires as his or her traffic passes across the backbone. It appears that the NSA and GCHQ were the first to turn the internet backbone into a weapon; absent Snowdens of their own, other countries may do the same and then say, "It wasn't us. And even if it was, you started it."

If the NSA can hack Petrobras, the Russians can justify attacking Exxon/Mobil. If GCHQ can hack Belgicom to enable covert wiretaps, France can do the same to AT&T. If the Canadians target the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Chinese can target the U.S. Department of the Interior. We now live in a world where, if we are lucky, our attackers may be every country our traffic passes through except our own.

Which means the rest of us — and especially any company or individual whose operations are economically or politically significant — are now targets. All cleartext traffic is not just information being sent from sender to receiver, but is a possible attack vector.

Here's how it works.

The QUANTUM codename is deliciously apt for a technique known as "packet injection," which spoofs or forges packets to intercept them. The NSA's wiretaps don't even need to be silent; they just need to send a message that arrives at the target first. It works by examining requests and injecting a forged reply that appears to come from the real recipient so the victim acts on it.

In this case, packet injection is used for "man-on-the-side" attacks — which are more failure-tolerant than man-in-the-middle attacks because they allow one to observe and add (but not also subtract, as the man-in-the-middle attacks do). That's why these are particularly popular in censorship systems. It can't keep up? That's okay. Better to miss a few than to not work at all.

Nicholas Weaver is a researcher at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley and U.C. San Diego (though this opinion is his own). He focuses on network security as well as network intrusion detection, defenses for DNS resolvers, and tools for detecting ISP-introduced manipulations of a user's network connection. Weaver received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley.

The technology itself is actually pretty basic. And the same techniques that work on on a Wi-Fi network can work on a backbone wiretap. I personally coded up a packet-injector from scratch in a matter of hours five years ago, and it's long been a staple of DefCon pranks.

So how have nations used packet injection, and what else can they do with it? These are some of the known uses.

Censorship

The most infamous use of packet injection prior to the Snowden leaks was censorship, where both internet service providers (ISPs) and the Great Firewall of China injected TCP reset packets (RST) to block undesired traffic. When a computer receives one of these injected RST packets, it closes the connection, believing that all communication is complete.

Although public disclosure forced ISPs to stop this behavior, China continues to censor with injected resets. It also injects the Domain Name System (DNS) — the system all computers use to turn names such as "www.facebook.com" into IP addresses — by inserting a fake reply whenever it sees a forbidden name. (It's a process that has caused collateral damage by censoring non-Chinese internet traffic).

User Identification

User cookies, those inserted by both advertising networks and services, also serve as great identifiers for NSA targeting. Yet a web browser only reveals these cookies when communicating with such sites. A solution lies in the NSA's QUANTUMCOOKIE attack, which they've utilized to de-anonymize Tor users.

A packet injector can reveal these cookies by replying to an unnoticed web fetch (such as a small image) with a HTTP 302 redirect pointing to the target site (such as Hotmail). The browser now thinks "hey, should really go visit Hotmail and ask it for this image". In connecting to Hotmail, it reveals all non-secure cookies to the wiretap. This both identifies the user to the wiretap, and also allows the wiretap to use these cookies.

So for any webmail service that doesn't require HTTPS encryption, QUANTUMCOOKIE also allows the wiretap to log in as the target and read the target's mail. QUANTUMCOOKIE could also tag users, as the same redirection that extracts a cookie could also set or modify a cookie, enabling the NSA to actively track users of interest as they move across the network — although there is no indication yet that the NSA utilizes this technique.

User Attack

The NSA has a collection of FOXACID servers, designed to exploit visitors. Conceptually similar to Metasploit's WebServer browser autopwn mode, these FOXACID servers probe any visiting browser for weaknesses to exploit.

All it takes is a single request from a victim passing a wiretap for exploitation to occur. Once the QUANTUM wiretap identifies the victim, it simply packet injects a 302 redirect to a FOXACID server. Now the victim's browser starts talking to the FOXACID server, which quickly takes over the victim's computer. The NSA calls this QUANTUMINSERT.

The NSA and GCHQ used this technique not only to target Tor users who read Inspire (reported to be an Al-Qaeda propaganda magazine in the English language) but also to gain a foothold within the Belgium telecommunication firm Belgicom, as a prelude to wiretapping Belgium phones.

One particular trick involved identifying the LinkedIn or Slashdot account of an intended target. Then when the QUANTUM system observed individuals visiting LinkedIn or Slashdot, it would examine the HTML returned to identify the user before shooting an exploit at the victim. Any page that identifies the users over HTTP would work equally well, as long as the NSA is willing to write a parser to extract user information from the contents of the page.

Other possible QUANTUM use cases include the following. These are speculative, as we have no evidence that the NSA, GCHQ, or others are utilizing these opportunities. Yet to security experts they are obvious extensions of the logic above.

HTTP cache poisoning. Web browsers often cache critical scripts, such as the ubiquitous Google Analytics script 'ga.js'. The packet injector can see a request for one of these scripts and instead respond with a malicious version, which will now run on numerous web pages. Since such scripts rarely change, the victim will continue to use the attacker's script until either the server changes the original script or the browser clears its cache.

Zero-Exploit Exploitation. The FinFly "remote monitoring" hacking tool sold to governments includes exploit-free exploitation, where it modifies software downloads and updates to contain a copy of the FinFisher Spyware. Although Gamma International's tool operates as a full man-in-the-middle, packet injection can reproduce the effect. The injector simply waits for the victim to attempt a file download, and replies with a 302 redirect to a new server. This new server fetches the original file, modifies it, and passes it on to the victim. When the victim runs the executable, they are now exploited — without the need for any actual exploits.

Mobile Phone Applications. Numerous Android and iOS applications fetch data through simple HTTP. In particular, the "Vulna" Android advertisement library was an easy target,  simply waiting for a request from the library and responding with an attack that can effectively completely control the victim's phone. Although Google removed applications using this particular library, other advertisement libraries and applications can present similar vulnerabilities.

DNS-Derived Man-in-the-Middle. Some attacks, such as intercepting HTTPS traffic with a forged certificate, require a full man in the middle rather than a simple eavesdropper. Since every communication starts with a DNS request, and it is only a rare DNS resolver that cryptographically validates the reply with DNSSEC, a packet injector can simply see the DNS request and inject its own reply. This represents a capability upgrade, turning a man-on-the-side into a man-in-the-middle.

One possible use is to intercept HTTPS connections if the attacker has a certificate that the victim will accept, by simply redirecting the victim to the attacker's server. Now the attacker's server can complete the HTTPS connection. Another potential use involves intercepting and modifying email. The attacker simply packet-injects replies for the MX (Mailserver) entries corresponding to the target's email. Now the target's email will first pass through the attacker's email server. This server could do more than just read the target's incoming mail, it could also modify it to contain exploits.

Amplifying Reach. Large countries don't need to worry about seeing an individual victim: odds are that a victim's traffic will pass one wiretap in a short period of time. But smaller countries that wish to utilize the QUANTUMINSERT technique need to force victims traffic past their wiretaps. It's simply a matter of buying the traffic: Simply ensure that local companies (such as the national airline) both advertise heavily and utilize in-country servers for hosting their ads. Then when a desired target views the advertisement, use packet injection to redirect them to the exploit server; just observe which IP a potential victim arrived from before deciding whether to attack. It's like a watering hole attack where the attacker doesn't need to corrupt the watering hole.

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The only self defense from all of the above is universal encryption. Universal encryption is difficult and expensive, but unfortunately necessary.

Encryption doesn't just keep our traffic safe from eavesdroppers, it protects us from attack. DNSSEC validation protects DNS from tampering, while SSL armors both email and web traffic.

There are many engineering and logistic difficulties involved in encrypting all traffic on the internet, but its one we must overcome if we are to defend ourselves from the entities that have weaponized the backbone.

 



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Fwd: If You Like Your Food, You Can Keep Your Food






If You Like Your Food, You Can Keep Your Food

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On November 14, 2013

Food prices have been steadily rising under Obama. The price of a pound of potatoes has gone up by a third, the price of a gallon of milk has increased by a fifth and the price of a 5lb bag of flour has gone up by a dollar.

Bacon was at $3.60 a lb under Bush. It's now up to $5.60 a lb under Obama. The price of a whole frozen Thanksgiving turkey was at $1.32 a lb under Bush. It's up to $1.81 under Obama giving Americans that much less to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

The price of a tub of margarine went up from $1.50 to $2.10. But that won't be a problem for long because thanks to Obama it may soon become hard to get margarine at any price.

Obama's FDA is considering a ban on trans fat in foods. Like incandescent bulbs and cheap free market health insurance, margarine may become one of those things that you can no longer buy anymore.

It will also mean that many other foods will either be banned, become more expensive or taste worse.

The FDA had already mandated trans fat labeling on products. The new ban would not protect anyone; instead it would take away the right of Americans to choose what they eat. Under the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, the FDA was created to prevent "the manufacture, sale, or transportation of adulterated or misbranded or poisonous or deleterious foods, drugs, medicines, and liquors."

Its claim that trans fat in foods make them adulterated is a deliberate misinterpretation of its powers.

The FDA's food policing powers do not give it the right to ban unhealthy foods. If they did, the FDA could outlaw every kind of junk food. And it has begun doing that with its argument that trans fats are unsafe because they are unhealthy; building up plaque in arteries and increasing the risk of heart attacks.

Here's a short list of foods that build up plaque in arteries and increase the risk of heart attacks.

Milk, butter, cheese, ice cream, hot dogs, salami, French fries and eggs. The FDA has given itself the authority to ban everything from a glass of milk to a carton of eggs. And that's not an exaggeration.

Last year a new study came out whose author claimed that eating eggs was as bad for the heart as smoking cigarettes, compared the egg industry to the tobacco industry and was followed by suggestions that egg cartons should carry health warnings like tobacco cartons.

Every time you see another one of those contradictory health warning stories, imagine that they can lead to a ban on everything from wine to chocolate to eggs.

Bloomberg, who pushed through a trans fats ban in 2006, is celebrating that Obama has caught up to him. The question is which element of Bloomberg's food fascism will Obama adopt next? Will it be his ban on salt or on large sodas?

Many of the largest junk food companies are as cheerful about the ban as Bloomberg.

The ban on trans foods will make everything from doughnuts to popcorn to cookies taste worse. That's bad news for working moms who like their frozen pizzas, movie lovers who like their microwave popcorn and Vegans and Kosher Jews who use margarine instead of butter in their cooking.

But it is good news for big food companies which have the cash to sink into R&D for new techniques; some of which may even be patentable. Smaller manufacturers will be squeezed out as their doughnuts suddenly start tasting oily and consumers switch to the big budget brands which become the only game in town.

In the age of Obama, rent seeking is one of the most effective ways to compete. Regulatory barriers favor big companies over small ones. The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which is spending a lot of money to fight genetically modified foods labeling, cheerfully welcomed the trans fat ban. The GMA wouldn't be doing that if it weren't profitable

GMA members welcomed Michelle Obama's call for "healthier food" with a standing ovation at their convention; understanding the competitive advantages that added regulatory barriers would bring. The big companies have already slashed trans fats in preparation for what they no doubt knew was coming. Now they get to watch their smaller competitors desperately scramble to hold on to their customers.

The products of the smaller local manufacturers may even be healthier overall, but health has nothing to do with this. Like everything that this government does; it's about power. The power to move money out of less politically connected pockets into more politically connected pockets.

The FDA is making an aggressive power grab into an area that most people pay very little attention to. Bloomberg started with trans fats before moving on to more familiar targets like soda and salt. If the FDA succeeds in banning a food because it clogs up arteries, it will pave the way for unlimited bans. And those bans will also serve the interests of crony capitalist food firms with ties to the Democratic Party.

All this would be bad enough in a healthy economy, but when American families are already worrying about how to put food on the table; it's downright criminal.

Marie Antoinette at least allowed the peasants to eat cake; if they could find it. Barack Obama isn't just starving Americans of food money with his economic policies; he is now taking food out of their mouths.

The price of a frozen pizza went up by 33% under Obama. Now due to his trans fat ban, it will increase even more and taste worse.

That may be Obama's legacy. That he made Americans poorer and worse off, forced them to spend more and get less for their money. That he deprived Americans of every basic necessity, made it more expensive for them to drive to work, to see a doctor and to eat a meal.

And when they did sit down at a table to eat; Obama even made the food in their mouths taste worse.

During the Great Depression, Herbert Hoover campaigned on a promise of a chicken in every pot. During his own economic depression, Obama celebrated Thanksgiving by signing a bill legalizing the slaughter of horses for human consumption. According to nutrition experts, horse meat is healthier than beef.

Forget your hot dogs, doughnuts and popcorn. Start eating your horse.

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Fwd: GO BACK TO SUCKISTAN: Muslim Minority in Maryland Fails to Force Holidays on Everybody Else









http://clashdaily.com/2013/11/go-back-suckistan-muslim-minority-maryland-fails-force-holidays-everybody-else/#D1Q7t6srR17sYjhq.99

GO BACK TO SUCKISTAN: Muslim Minority in Maryland Fails to Force Holidays on Everybody Else

Posted By Eric Owens On 10:46 AM 11/13/2013

Public schools in Montgomery County, Maryland won't close for two major Muslim holy days because attendance records show the increase in absences among all students on those days is completely negligible.

The issue has been festering for several weeks now. On Tuesday, a group of Muslim families spoke at a meeting of the Montgomery County Board Of Education, reports CBS DC. They and other supporters of the calendar modification want to add Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr as official school holidays.

Eid al-Adha occurs in the fall and honors Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son on God's command. As part of the holiday, Muslims who can afford it are expected to sacrifice their best domestic animal (cow, goat, camel, sheep, etc., depending on the region).

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and has no set date.

Both holidays change dates every year because they follow the lunar calendar of Islam.

Muslim speakers at the meeting compared Eid al-Adha — the Feast of the Sacrifice — to Yom Kippur or Christmas — two of the holiest days in the other Abrahamic religions.

School board members said they approved a 2014-2015 calendar which doesn't give students the day off for Eid al-Adha because public schools can only close for religious holidays if problems such as absenteeism would otherwise arise.

This year, Eid al-Adha occurred on Oct. 15, a school day. The district monitored student absences for several days before and after that date, according to The Gazette, a local newspaper.

The absentee numbers were very low.

A letter from school district superintendent Joshua P. Starr to a county councilman indicated that approximately 5.6 percent of students and five percent of teachers took Eid al-Adha off this year. On the same day of the week the previous week, just over three percent of all students and just over four percent of all teachers were absent.

Numbers for the day before the Muslim holiday this year were 5.5 percent of students and 6.3 percent of teachers. The day after Eid al-Adha, the numbers were about four percent of students and 4.6 percent of teachers.

Another reason that students won't be missing any school days next year for Eid al-Adha, by the way, is that it occurs on a weekend. (Eid al-Fitr occurs in the summer in 2014.)

As The Gazette notes, Montgomery County schools accommodate Muslim students already by prohibiting testing on Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr, and by excusing Muslim student absences.

Some members of the Muslim population in Montgomery are not satisfied with this policy or the school board's decision.

"An excused day off is not the solution," said Amal Muhtaseb, a mother of three, according to CBS DC. "My children have to come back and make up tests and homework. They will miss valuable time of classroom instruction."

Muhtaseb added that she wants her children "to be treated in the same way their Christian and Jewish classmates are."

Obviously, Muhtaseb's comments seem to contradict the district's explanation of the accommodations it makes for Muslim students.

Montgomery County schools close on some major Jewish holidays and apparently have done so for the last 40 years.

School board vice president Phil Kauffman produced a Nov. 5, 1973 memo recently showing that the decision to close on Jewish holidays was made — back in the day — in response to an unusually high level of absences on those days.

In that memo, five years of data revealed that approximately 15 percent of students as well as teachers and staffers took the day off on the first day of Rosh Hashanah.

It's unclear if the population of Jewish students and employees is still around 15 percent, or higher, or lower.

CBS DC says the Muslim population in Montgomery County is estimated to be around 12,000 people.

The total population of Montgomery County is about 1.005 million people.

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Carnival Parade in Germany


 




Subject:: Carnival Parade in Germany
 Nice to know we are now the laughing stock of the world.
 
 
 
 


 

 

 

And here the libs want a Rodeo Clown investigated!!!!

 

These floats were part of the annual Carnival Parade in Germany watched by an estimated three million people in three German cities including Düsseldorf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can bet the pro-Obama media will never print these pictures!!
Send this to all your friends.....


Doesn't it make you so proud that the whole world is laughing at our Country?

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

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