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Michael van der Galien

September 27, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 3 plus ones
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Ello is coming.

Simple, beautiful & ad-free.

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August 27, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 1 plus ones
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I don't feel sorry for Douglas McAuthur McCain, but my God, are all the groups fighting in Syria barbaric?

"Mr. McCain moved back and forth from Minneapolis to San Diego and then abroad. Officials now know he ended up in Syria, where three days ago, Mr. McCain became the first American to die while fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. He was 33.

"The rebels who killed him were fighting for the Free Syrian Army, a rival group backed by the United States, and they went on to behead six ISIS fighters — but not Mr. McCain — and then posted the photographs on Facebook."

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/27/world/middleeast/american-fighting-for-isis-is-killed-in-syria.html?_r=0

American Fighting for ISIS Is Killed in Syria - NYTimes.com

Douglas McAuthur McCain’s death is an early clue for American officials as they try to identify the Americans who have joined ISIS.

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August 27, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 3 plus ones
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An important report by TheBlaze's For The Record. Minnesota has a very serious problem with radical Somali Muslims.

"For The Record" Update: Minnesota Martyrs

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August 22, 2014 0 comments 1 shares 2 plus ones
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A very good article about anger in politics. And I'm not talking about angry politicians, but about angry news consumers/tax payers/social media users.

"I think people have to be very, very careful when they rationalize to themselves what they know in their hearts (or souls) to be bad behavior with easy, glib, self-flattering excuses like 'Well, I'm angry, and justly angry, so every angry outburst is justified!'

"It's not. And it's not just that it's unjustified; it's selling ourselves short as human beings."

It isn't easy, but it's important to remain calm. There's so much real hatred going on nowadays while you're only hurting yourself with it.

We can disagree with each other, but let's not hate anyone for having different views.

http://minx.cc:1080/?post=351308

Evening Dump

In the past several months there have been three incidents that have solidified for me that my faith and my politics are starting to collide. While I am a firm believer in the idea of a conservative populism, I see a dangerous trend within the mix of unfortunate shrillness and hostility.

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August 22, 2014 2 comments 0 shares 5 plus ones
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Another (self-proclaimed) Islamic leader distances himself from ISIS: Fethullah Gülen, the islamic scholar who was an ally of president-elect Erdogan for years, until the two declared war on each other (over power and over the best way to govern).

Not a big fan of Gülen, but it's important that he and others like him distance themselves from ISIS. In the end, the battle against radical Islam can only be won *by enlightened Muslims." 

http://www.todayszaman.com/_islamic-scholar-gulen-rebukes-isil-for-brutal-atrocities_356381.html

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Islamic scholar Gülen rebukes ISIL for 'brutal atrocities'

Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has strongly condemned a campaign of »»

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August 22, 2014 1 comments 1 shares 7 plus ones
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August 22, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 2 plus ones
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Het is vreselijk voor de ontvoerde mensen, maar dit is dus waarom we geen losgeld moeten betalen. Gemiddeld wordt per ontvoering 7,5 miljoen euro betaald. Dat geld wordt vervolgens gebruikt om ISIS sterker te maken, om meer wapens te kopen, en natuurlijk om meer mensen te ontvoeren. Het is een vicieuze cirkel waar we niet in mee mogen gaan.

It's terrible to say for those who have been kidnapped by ISIS and other radical islamist organizations, but this is exactly why we should not pay randsom. On average, ISIS is paid 7,5 million euro (that's about 10 million dollar) per hostage. That money is then used to buy weapons (enabling ISIS to conquer more cities and villages) and to... kidnap new victims. It's a vicious circle we can't allow ourselves to be drawn into.

http://www.dagelijksestandaard.nl/2014/08/uw-belastinggeld-wordt-uitgegeven-aan-al-qaeda-en-isis

Uw belastinggeld wordt uitgegeven aan al-Qaeda en ISIS |

De overheden van Europese landen blijken veel geld over te hebben voor ontvoerde inwoners. De gemiddelde prijs voor het terugkopen van je eigen mensen is inmiddels € 7,5 miljoen. "We do not negotiate with terrorists," was één van de adagia die het premierschap van Margaret Thatcher bepaalden en ...

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August 20, 2014 1 comments 1 shares 14 plus ones
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August 19, 2014 4 comments 0 shares 1 plus ones
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Nederlandse jihadist Khalid K. uit Almere hartstikke dood |

Goed nieuws: de uit Almere afkomstige ISIS-aanhanger Khalid K. is tijdens gevechten in Noord-Irak omgekomen. Allereerst een waarschuwing: als u niet tegen beelden kunt van afgehakte hoofden, lees dan niet verder. Khalid K. de verschrikkelijke alias Abu Abdulrehman al Iraki alias Emir van de ...

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August 17, 2014 0 comments 1 shares 11 plus ones
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Most fantastic, hilarious and heartwarming video I've seen in a long, long time. Mom and daughter lipsyncing "Open Doors." 

Teigan and mom singing open doors

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