Thursday, April 17, 2014

N.J. Professor Suspended Over "Threatening" Game Of Thrones T-Shirt Photo

Francis Schmidt, a professor at a community college in Bergen, New Jersey, was recently suspended soon after he posted a photo on Google+ that some (including a dean at the college) felt was a "veiled threat."  The art and animation professor posted a pic of his young daughter in a t-shirt with the tagline from the TV show Game of Thrones:

"I will take what is mine with fire and blood."
Why would people find anything threatening about the post? Apparently Schmidt had been denied a sabbatical and had filed a grievance with his union. The union itself is also having trouble with the administration regarding tenure and promotions.

After the post on Google+, Schmidt was immediately called in to meet with administrators.

At the meeting, Schmidt explained the shirt in the context of Game of Thrones and showed Miller that the "fire and blood" tagline has 4 million results on Google. The professor asked why his photo had caused such a reaction, and was told that "fire" could be a metaphor for "AK-47s."
Schmidt was placed on administrative leave without pay later that week, and told he would have to pass a psychiatric evaluation before he could return. He says he passed that same evaluation in 2007 after being diagnosed with depression.
Sounds pretty crazy to suspend someone for a photo of his child in a Game of Throne t-shirt?  Right? But Bergen Community College admin issued this statement:

"The referenced incident refers to a private personnel matter at Bergen Community College. Since January 1, 2014, 34 incidents of school shootings have occurred in the United States. In following its safety and security procedures, the college investigates all situations where a member of its community – students, faculty, staff or local residents – expresses a safety or security concern."

Almost every mass shooting incident has been the result of some mentally ill individual going off the deep end, and yes depression is a mental illness. Are people with depression dangerous, the majority are not, but some are. Was the college justified in suspending him out of fear?  Suspension certainly wouldn't prevent Schmidt from going postal, if that's what they feared. But they are obviously operating on a 'better safe than sorry' mode.

I'm not sure what I think.

Source: Gawker

UPDATE: Jews Must "Register" In Pro-Russian East Ukraine Or Face Deportation

If things aren't bad enough in the Ukraine, Jews are now being told by pro-Russian militants who have taken control of the government in Donetsk to "register" or get out.

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city's Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated," reported Ynet News, Israel's largest news website.


The leaflets bore the name of Denis Pushilin, who identified himself as chairman of "Donetsk's temporary government," and were distributed near the Donetsk synagogue and other areas, according to the report.
Pushilin acknowledged that flyers were distributed under his organization's name in Donetsk, but denied any connection to them, Ynet reported in Hebrew.

Every Jew over the age of 16 will be required to register with the Commissioner for Nationalities.

They claim the reason for demanding Jews register is because of their support for Stepan Bandera, who led the fight for Ukrainian independence after WW II, and their current opposition to the pro-Russian militants in East Urkaine.

What about all the others who oppose a pro-Russian annexation? Why single out the Jews?

The Jews need to pay a $50.00 registration fee and  provide:

 "ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles."

No-one seems clear as to the origins of the leaflet- whether it originated from the pro-Russian camp or a "splinter group."

Any of this sound familiar? What next, yellow star patches?

More on the story here.

UPDATE 4/17- 5:18 pm:

There are some who believe this might be fake.  Of course, those happen to be people like Denis Pushilin, aka the “people’s governor" of Donetsk, whose signature was on the pamphlet, but who swears he was not involved, and blames it on provocateurs. Time will reveal who is really behind it. Point is it happened.  Doesn't matter who.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Taliban Marriage Counseling- Joke of the day

Taliban marriage counseling.

Islamization Of Birmingham Schools Trojan Horse Plot Expands To 25

There's an alleged plot by Muslim extremists to take over public schools in Birmingham, England, and even some Muslim parents are concerned.

The plot came to light after a document was anonymously sent to teaching unions and the Birmingham City Council that shared tactics on how to take over school leadership, and how the Islamists had already managed to do that at four of the targeted schools. Former staff and parents have been complaining about anti-Western teachings, segregation of boys and girls, and banning of sex education at many Birmingham schools.  Non-Muslim staff have also complained about being bullied.

So as a result of what is being called Operation Trojan Horse, the former head of the Metropolitan Police's anti-terror unit has been chosen to investigate the alleged plot to Islamize public schools. There are now 25 possibly targeted schools, up from 15. The P.C. folk have naturally balked at the appointment of Clarke, claiming it could send the wrong message to the Muslim community, but when an al-Qaeda-linked preacher is being praised during class, then those schools deserve to be investigated.

There have been at least 200 complaints since the plot to force out head teachers was made public.   Mind you, these are secular, public schools.

More on the story here.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Police Drop Attempted Murder Charges Against Baby Musa In Pakistan

I missed the story about the Pakistani baby boy who was arrested and charged with attempted murder. The 9-month-old faced a jail sentence along with four adults after participating in a protest against the gas company that was disconnecting the service of poor folk in a Lahore slum after they had failed to pay their bill. Musa Khan was taken to the protest by his father and grandfather, it turned violent (no surprise there), stones were hurled at gas workers, and the 3 were arrested.

After global outrage, Pakistani authorities have dropped the charges against baby-Musa.

Critics say the charges reflected the tendency of the Pakistani police to lodge exaggerated complaints against poor families.

On Saturday, though, the police withdrew the charges against Musa, the baby’s lawyer, Irfan Tarar, told The Associated Press.

The case against the baby led to widespread ridicule being heaped against the Pakistani legal system, particularly after little Musa was photographed crying while being fingerprinted — and he then had to be comforted with a bottle of milk. His family subsequently moved him out of Lahore to Faisalabad, citing safety reasons.

Yep, for years Osama Bin Laden had safe-haven in Pakistan, the same goes for members of al-Qaeda, and a toddler is arrested because his dad and grandad allegedly threw stones during a protest.

Way to go Pakistan.

Source: NY Times

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Danish Muslim Lab Techs Could Be Fired For Refusing To Wear Short Sleeves

Two female Muslim lab technicians at a hospital in Denmark are about to lose their jobs because they refuse to wear short sleeves- a dress-code requirement at the Hvidovre Hospital near Copenhagen. The dress-code is a measure the hospital has implemented for sanitary reasons.

According to the hospital Deputy Director, Torben Mogenson, this has been an ongoing issue since last fall:
"Short sleeves are part of the Capital Region's dress code. This is in the interest of our patients. You can not wash your hands with long sleeves. We do a lot for people with different ethnic backgrounds. But when it comes to hygiene we do not compromise the safety of the patients. We have fought for years to get doctors to use short sleeves."

This is the first case where someone could be fired because of their religious practices.

Both of the women are on sick leave, and one of them explained that she'd visited with several imams who told her that good Muslim women must always wear long sleeves at work. In other words, health of the patients be damned

I guess they don't have an equivalent of CAIR (Council on Islamic American Relations) over in Denmark, because you know if that happened here they'd be on the case in a flash, and those lab techs would be working with their long sleeves, happily compromising the health of patients and others.

Original story in Danish.

From Jihadwatch.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Microsoft Support Phone Scammer Mohammed Khalid Jamil Fined In The U.K.

I'm sure you have all received that call from some heavily accented individual claiming to be from Microsoft telling you they've detected some problem with your computer.  I've had a slew of them over the past few years.  The first one started during a time I was dealing with Dell overseas tech support and in my confusion let them take control of my laptop. Thankfully I stopped before any damage could be done, but I can see how some gullible person might just fall for the scam. They've now changed their story and don't claim to be from Microsoft, but it's the same old scam- something's wrong with my computer and they need to check it. I usually just tell them I know they're scammers and hang up. A few times I've told them I don't own a computer and they've hung. But the calls keep coming, and telling them to stop is futile. In fact, I received one yesterday.

So I was heartened to read that we're not the only country targeted for such scams and that some scammers have actually been caught. The U.K. finally nabbed one of those reprobates, but he's only facing a small fine and suspended jail sentence. Which means the scumbag will probably be at it again in no time.

Mohammed Khalid Jamil ran a gang that managed to turn over £1million a year by phoning people at home and convincing them that their computers had a virus which urgently needed tackling.

Despite using cold callers in India and operating out of Dubai “for tax reasons”, the crook was caught when experts in online crime followed the money trail to companies he’d set up in the UK.

Now the 34-year-old, who also lives in Luton, Beds, has been given a suspended jail sentence after being nailed by the National Trading ­Standards eCrime Team.

“This is a landmark case, as we believe it may be the first ever successful ­prosecution of someone involved in the Microsoft scam in the UK,” said Lord Toby Harris, chairman of the National Trading Standards Board.

“It’s an important turning point for UK consumers who have been plagued by this scam, or variants of it, for several years.

“Many have succumbed to it, parting with ­significant sums of money, their computers have been compromised and their personal details have been put at risk.

“Now that one of the many individuals who’ve been operating this scam has been brought to justice, it’s a stark warning to anyone else still doing it, that they can be caught and will be ­prosecuted.”
It won't be a deterrent, since Jamil continued his operation in spite of numerous warnings over the years. He just changed the name of his business. And what he will owe as restitution, the paltry sum of:

 a fine of £5,000, costs of £13,929 and ­compensation of £5,665.

Jamil's gang - Smart Support Guys- would apparently call people and tell them that they had a nasty virus, remotely take control of the victim's computer, install free anti-virus software, and then charge them anywhere from £30 and £150.  But it's not just parting with your money for something you didn't need in the first place that's troubling, it's the fact that they can upload malicious software that can compromise your personal information.  When I finally figured out what was going on, my fear was that they had actually uploaded a virus. I immediately ran a series of different A.V. scans and thankfully it came up clean.

Other scammers have said they were from: Windows Helpdesk, Windows Service Center or Microsoft Support. I've had calls from all of them.

Source: Mirror.UK

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Unhappy North Koreans At A Photo Exhibit

This is what passes for a national photo exhibit in North Korea. Mostly photos of Kim Jong-un. But look at the faces of the people attending. They look as if they're at a funeral or about to be executed.