Missy: …Now, if the Doctor assumes he’s going to die, what happens then?
Clara:   We do.
Missy: He’s trapped at the heart of the Dalek empire. He’s a prisoner of the creatures who hate him most in the universe. Between us and him is everything the deadliest race in all of history can throw at us. We, on the other hand, have a pointy stick. How do we start?
Clara: We assume we’re going to win.

Doctor Who  The Witch’s familiar 2015

[said to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev] This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.

President Barack Obama March 27th 2012

Nature abhors a vacuum and with the US withdrawing from the world other are starting to assert themselves.  We saw an example of it over the last 30 days.

Back at the beginning of Sept the Russians started deploying forces to Syria

Russia has begun to deploy an air force contingent to Syria in order to undertake air attacks against the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL) and other Islamic groups battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, according to the Israeli news site, Ynet.

Citing western diplomatic sources, Ynet reported Tuesday that an advance Russian party has already arrived in Syria and will be followed in the coming weeks by thousands of military personnel, including members of an “aerial protection division.” This presumably is a force to protect the air contingent, which is to include fighter jets and attack helicopters, from ground attack. The Russians will reportedly be making use of an existing Syrian air force base in the Damascus area.

A week ago CNN was talking about it:

Russia may be preparing to station troops at two new sites in Syria as it continues its rapid military buildup in the conflict-ravaged nation, a research firm says.

IHS Jane’s said Tuesday that it had spotted two previously unreported sites in satellite imagery of western Syria where steps appear to be being taken to receive Russian forces.

And lo and behold just hours after Barack Obama met Putin and later said this:

defeating ISIL requires — I believe — a new leader and an inclusive government that unites the Syrian people in the fight against terrorist groups.  This is going to be a complex process.  And as I’ve said before, we are prepared to work with all countries, including Russia and Iran, to find a political mechanism in which it is possible to begin a transition process.

Russia said this

Russia has demanded that American warplanes exit Syrian airspace immediately, a US official told Fox News on Wednesday.  

The official said that Russian diplomats sent an official message to the US ordering American planes out of Syria, adding that Russian fighter jets were now flying over Syrian territory, according to the report. 

US military sources told the news outlet that US planes would not comply with the Russian demand.

And did this:

While Moscow’s stated purpose in Syria is to fight Islamic State militants, Russian warplanes and helicopter gunships dropped bombs north of the central city of Homs, in an area held by rebel groups opposed to Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, a Russian ally. The attacks were unleashed hours after Mr. Putin pushed a measure through the upper house of Russia’s rubber stamp Parliament authorizing the use of force abroad.

John Kerry said this:

If Russia’s recent actions represent a genuine commitment to defeating Isil then we welcome those, and will find a way to multiply it.

But we must not and will not confuse in our fight against Isil with support for Assad.

He then says it depends where Russia has hit – and that if they have hit anti-Assad positions, it would send a bad sign.

Strikes of that kind would question Russia’s real intentions: fighing [sic] Isil, or supporting the Assad regime.

But the funniest thing I read was this line from an excellent piece at the telegraph

All of the targets were non-Isil rebel groups, including those supported by the Western powers. The SU-24s were in action not in Isil’s stronghold in eastern Syria or against Raqqa – the movement’s de facto capital – but in areas where Assad’s forces have been under severe pressure from the insurgents.

The suspicion immediately arose that saving Assad – not destroying Isil – was Russia’s main objective.

Furthermore on The Lead one of the worries was that by giving only one hour notice the Russians were acting “unprofessional”.

Really!

I think the Russians are acting very professional, they have a professional army and they are using it to support their allies.

Now I know that to this White House a country using their military might to actually support their interests and their allies is a concept completely foreign but in the real non obama world that’s how things work.

The reality is a person with a pointy stick with the will to use it is more powerful than a person with an army without the will to use it.

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With the resignation of John Boehner a lot of pundits are talking about the GOP “crazies” who forced him out and even some members of congress are talking along those lines.

While all that spleen venting must feel good for them it’s a spectacular lesson on the difference between groups who vote for the GOP and groups who vote for Democrats this week.

With the resignation of Boehner the GOP is on notice that there are consequences for attacking the voters and the base. It demonstrates that if one decides to abandon the principles that the voters who elected you hold, there is a cost.

Meanwhile contrast this lesson with the following news out of the Southwest:

The president of the Navajo Nation slammed President Obama and Democrats for deserting the tribe’s 300,000 people after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accidentally polluted a river the tribe depends on, leaving one-third of the reserve’s drinking water unsafe.

In an exclusive interview with The Hill, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye again called on Obama and administration officials to declare the San Juan River a disaster zone.

In August, an EPA accident resulted in 3 million gallons of contaminated water flowing into the Animas River, which runs into the San Juan River. One-third of the Navajo Nation’s people rely on the Animus for water.

Mind you this isn’t a question of some abstract principle or deeply held belief, this is the drinking water of a population, a basic necessity for survival.

“We are asking the Democratic Party to have President Obama declare the river a disaster area — and we haven’t gotten anything. Nothing,” he said. “The Democrats? I don’t know what happened. We basically are Democrats. We always vote Democrat. But it seems like they’ve just walked away. And we’re not hearing anything that’s of value to us from the Democrats.

emphasis mine, you mean to say that you always vote Democrat and the people who you vote for without questioning take you for granted? Who woulda thunk it!

“With Obama, we’ve been asking for him to at least give us a call and tell us you are there to help us and walk with us. But we have heard not a word. It seems like they’ve just closed the doors and walked away,” Begaye said. “We were the swing vote for them for years and they haven’t done a thing.”

Let me offer a suggestion. At the Senate hearings Mr. Begaye said:

We don’t know whom to trust anymore.

Forgetting for a moment that these hearing were launched by a Republican Senate let me simply remind you that since the 60’s the Black community has completely embraced the Democrat party to the point where democrats have no fear of the black vote going GOP.

Ask how well that’s worked out for them.

Update: At the atlantic, via Instapundit my point about the black America & Democrats is made:

For the black voters who saved Barack Obama in 2012, the Great Recession and the slow recovery have been one long continuing catastrophe. Between 2007 and 2009, black homeowners were 70 percent more likely to suffer foreclosure than whites. Higher-earning black families were 80 percent more likely to lose their homes than their white counterparts.


and for the kids it was worse

Despite three years of supposed economic recovery, black children were as likely to be poor in 2013 as in 2010—and more likely than at any time since the early 1990s. Almost four out of 10 black children are now growing up in poverty, as against one in nine white children. More than 25 percent of the black poor now live in areas of concentrated poverty, triple the rate for poor white people.

Update 2: Missed a link fixed

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I know you can get the MSM for nothing, but that’s pretty much what most of them are worth.

Yesterday when the Pope made remarks on Climate Change the Networks trumpeted it from the highest heights.

However this was not the only newsworthy thing he did:

Given the Obamacare mandate lawsuit and the President’s statement to the Pope concerning religious freedom, the fact that his government is suing them to force them to violate their faith is ironic, so the Pope’s visit would seem quite newsworthy.

Unless you are NBC

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Or CBS

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or MSNBC

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or CNN

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ABC found it much more newsworthy than the others. They decided it was worth two whole sentences!

-NOTED: Yesterday, Pope Francis made an off-the-record visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor to show his support for their fight against the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act, ABC’s MEREDITH MCGRAW notes. In late August, the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Little Sisters of the Poor a short-term shelter from the mandate.

That is considerably less coverage that Twitchy managed to give it by 9:51 PM last night.

Given that the idea of the Pope making the republicans uncomfortable has been a constant theme of media coverage you would think that this symbolic move of support for Nuns being sued by the US government might be a tad more newsworthy.

One would almost think the MSM had an agenda when it comes to their coverage of the Pope and this particular Pontifical visit doesn’t fit it.

Update: Somehow Aleteia found time to cover it

The meeting, which was not on the pope’s publicly-released schedule of events, was held just hours after the pontiff met with President Obama at the White House. Father Lombardi did not say where, but he noted that the Little Sisters have a convent near the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where Pope Francis celebrated a late afternoon Mass. It is likely that he visited the order just after celebrating the liturgy.

If ONLY the msm had access to the same resources as Aleteia does.
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There are some Unexpectedly Chronicles post that you need to explain to readers and some that you don’t.

Yeah especially for those who destroy evidence or lie to grand juries?’

If I was Hillary Clinton I’d hat this tweet it’s a meme all in itself

The latest in our series of posts that should surprise nobody who is paying attention

Today’s blog is Elder of Ziyon writing about CAIR.

He compares and contrasts a pair CAIR statements on terror attacks:  (all bolding in original)

And here is CAIR’s condemnation of the beheading of Peter Kassig by ISIS:

Just as we have denounced previous killings of innocent civilians by the ISIS terrorist group, we condemn the barbaric murder of Peter Kassig and once again repudiate the anti-Islamic ideology that produces such brutality. We also offer our sincere condolences to Mr. Kassig’s family and loved ones.

Not bad uses all the right adjectives.  A proper sentiment concerning the murder of a fellow American.

However when the targets are Jews and the attack is in Israel and the attackers are palestinians,  well…

Now, compare those condemnations with what CAIR wrote about the slaughter of Jewish worshippers on Tuesday:

We condemn this and any other attack on a house of worship and urge all parties in that holy city to refrain from actions that further inflame religious tensions.

The attack isn’t “barbaric” or “un-Islamic” or “despicable,” the victims aren’t “innocent civilians” and the murderers aren’t “terrorists.” In fact, there aren’t even any victims – they are only condeming an attack at a house of worship, not of the worshippers!  The word “Jews” is too odious to be written in context of their condemnation. 

Yeah it’s not like this was violent or bloody was it?

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Apparently as long as the target is an American Jew such an attack isn’t Un-Islamic at all.

Basil Fawlty:Can’t we get you on Mastermind, Sybil? Next contestant: Mrs. Sybil Fawlty from Torquay. Specialist subject – the bleeding obvious.

Fawlty Towers  Basil the Rat 1979

The latest in our series of posts on subjects that should surprise nobody who is paying attention:

Today’s piece highlights the blog Israel Matzav and both Jeffrey Goldberg and Hamas & Fatah

At first glance it would seem that Jeffery Goldberg’s piece in the Atlantic this week concerning the attack on Jews at worship in Jerusalem would be our primary argument but a closer examination of it shows that he doesn’t quite get it.

One of the most shocking aspects of the murderous attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this morning by men with guns and axes is not the attack itself—we’ve seen, from time to time, this sort of sectarian barbarism take place in places like Jerusalem, and Hebron. The most shocking aspect is the wholesale endorsement of this slaughter by Hamas, a group that, during this summer’s war in Gaza, half-succeeded in convincing the world that it wasn’t what it actually is: a group with actual genocidal intentions.
There is an inherent contradiction in that paragraph, in the same sentence that he notes that Hamas is a bunch of murderous bastards, he expresses shock that said murderous bastards expressing the opinion expected of murderous bastards:
This is how a Hamas spokesman reacted to the massacre of Jews at prayer: “The new operation is heroic and a natural reaction to Zionist criminality against our people and our holy places. We have the full right to revenge for the blood of our martyrs in all possible means.”
I suspect  he is speaking in a PR sense.  He’s shocked they’re not playing the game that has fools his readers and friends in the media.  Yet he himself  is falling for that very same game when it comes to the Palestinian Authority:
The Palestinian Authority leader, the more moderate Mahmoud Abbas, has condemned the attack, but it is also fair to say that he helped create the atmosphere in which attacks like this one become more likely.
Goldberg implies that the PA & Abbas are moderates.  They would certainly would NEVER celebrate the massacre of Jews at prayer, and they certainly would never say one thing for western consumption & something different to their own people.
And above all they certainly wouldn’t post an explanation on Facebook to explain their condemnation are just for show , would they?

Following the Palestinian Authority’s condemnation of this morning’s terror attack in which 4 Jews were murdered while praying in a Jerusalem synagogue, Abbas’ Fatah showed on its official Facebook page that Abbas’ condemnation is not sincere.

Fatah explained Abbas’ condemnation of the murders by using Palestinian Media Watch documentation showing Arafat’s bodyguard explaining that Arafat would lie and condemn terror attacks due to international pressure to do so, but that “it wasn’t true.”

via Israel Maztav who notes:
Until Goldberg and his friends in the media are willing to be honest about all the ‘Palestinian’ leadership’s genocidal intentions, those who depend on the media for their news will not understand the true nature of the threat facing us. The Temple Mount is just a sideshow. If it weren’t that, it would be something else.
Goldberg willingness to continue to play this game while Fatah’s military continues to train for war costs lives.

The latest in our series of posts that will not surprise any person who has been paying attention.

Today’s installment comes a post from Robert Spencer’s Jihad’s Watch on a case in England from this story in the Indian Express

An Indian-origin Islamist activist facing trial on terrorism charges skipped bail and fled the country with his family on Wednesday, headed through Paris to the Islamic State, British media have reported. The escape, first revealed by The Daily Mail, came after Abu Rumaysah failed to surrender his passport, a condition of his bail, and has led to opposition charges of police incompetence.

Seriously, they didn’t get the passport first before they let him out on bail?  Well it must be because he wasn’t charged with anything series lie inciting terrorist, oh wait….

Born Siddhartha Dhar, to a family Indian diplomatic sources in London told The Indian Express was of Bihar-Bengal origin, Abu Rumaysah had been arrested in September along with nine others, on charges of inciting terrorism, as part of an ongoing investigation of the London-based pro-jihadist group al-Muhajiroun.

Well nobody finds this more unexpected that Robert Spencer who writes…

He was forbidden to leave the country; Britain wants to keep its jihadis. But he eluded authorities, which is no doubt very easy to do in Clueless Britannia, and fled to the Islamic State. But not to worry, Abu Rumaysah, if you have “good intentions,” you can come back whenever you wish and be showered with goods by the Ministry of Appeasement.

The real question what is the source of this story’s place in the “Unexpectedly Chronicles”, that a supporter of Jihad in the west flouts law or that a bureaucracy is this inefficient?

FYI have you seen Robert Spencer’s latest book?

Or perhaps some of his other ones?

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

Lt. Col John McCrae In Flanders Fields Stanza 1 1915

The latest in our series of posts that will not surprise any person who has been paying attention.

Today’s installment comes from Pam Geller concerning Islamists in England, but before we get to the piece some necessary background

Since John McCrae wrote his poem In Flanders Fields from the front lines of World War I the red remembrance day poppy has been a symbol throughout first the British Empire and then the British Commonwealth of nations to remember those who have died in war.  It has been a sacred symbol in those nations for almost a century.

In that time this has never happened.

An Army cadet suffered burns in an unprovoked attack after selling poppies for Remembrance Day.

The 15-year-old boy was waiting at a bus stop in his camouflage uniform when a man holding an aerosol can and cigarette lighter approached him.

He then sprayed the terrified boy with blazing fumes before walking off without saying a word.

Police report this was done in broad daylight:

‘This happened at a very busy time in the city centre, near a main bus route, and there could be lots of people who saw this man staggering around.’

What kind of person does something like this?

The attacker, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, was described as black or Asian, 5ft 8in tall and wearing a dark hooded top.

While Asia is a pretty big place, Pam reminds us that while in the USA “Asian” generally refers to those from China or Japan in England “Asian” is “media sharia-speak for Muslims” .

Furthermore in the 100 years that such sales of poppies have taken place, an age when heavy drinking was common, somehow no other drunk has torched a person selling Remembrance Day poppies.

Who would have thought those sympathetic to Islamists trying to kill soldiers might target the most visible symbol of western forces?

HT Live at five

The latest in a series of regular posts containing stories that should surprise nobody who is actually paying attention.

This entry is concerning a source of frustration for a Massachusetts parent highlighted by the web site Fix This Nation.

For years, liberals have done everything in their power to make sure Christianity is kept out of the public school system. In this, they’ve largely been successful, erasing school prayer, condemning student Bible readings, and even crushing private clubs that hold meetings on school property.

After all we wouldn’t want exposure to Christianity, a religion that was intimately involved in the building and development of this country to be mentioned in a public school as it might offend the delicate sensibilities of non-Christians.

But when it comes to Islam, they’re predictably less concerned about appearances.

Apparently those worried about non-Christians getting the vapors over a hint of the cross believe Christians are made of sterner stuff

At least one parent in Revere, Massachusetts is concerned about how his son’s history book teaches about Islam. Anthony Giannino told a local news outlet that, “No religion should be taught in school. It says Allah is their only God. That’s insulting to me as a Christian who believes in just Jesus only.”

While the textbook in question stops short of endorsing Islam, it portrays the religion in an overly-celebratory context that might run at odds with how many view it in light of recent events. It reprints the Muslim Call to Prayer in full, which includes such statements as “I bear witness that there is no god but Allah.” It also includes a rather biased overview of Muhammad’s life. “Muhammad never expected to change the world,” the book tells us. “He had a strong sense of right and wrong.”

The lack of a formal endorsement of Islam was almost enough to disqualify this story from the #UNEXPECTEDLY series but given Massachusetts status as the father or gay marriage that might be a bridge too far even for us.

More here.

The first in a series of regular posts on stories that should surprise nobody who is actually paying attention.

This entry concerning a source of Frustration for Elder of Ziyon:

A UN agency with a billion dollar budget is covering up information about its teaching hate to hundreds of thousands of students, and I cannot get a single mainstream reporter to cover this.

It’s worth noting that the Jihad promoting UN web sites all were “disappeared” shortly after he highlighted them.

 

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