More controversial anti-Islamic advertisements are scheduled to be coming to Muni buses, with the new messages quoting anti-gay rhetoric from Islamic leaders. The head of the initiative said local gay leaders’ criticism of previous ads led to the latest effort. Read More
Seth McFarlane might have been a sucky Oscars host, but it’s not like he writes all the jokes. Jesse Joyce scribes a large bulk of them and has made a tradition out of tweeting the ones the Academy rejected:
“Brokeback was abt gay lovers & in Life of Pi Ang champions the lesbian cause b/c the main character’s afraid of dying alone w/ a cat.” Read More
The Republican National Convention was my first national convention, so its my only reference point to describe the Democratic National Convention. The first thing that stands out to me is the fact that Obama is everywhere. Barely a surface goes unmolested by an O, his picture or his name. This is in stark contrast to the Republican Convention, where the gift shop contained lots of elephant and GOP sweaters, visors and jewelry. Read More
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Take a good look at the USS Carl Vinson as it sails through the Golden Gate on its way home today — the ship is about to undergo a radical makeover for a historic basketball game. Read More
When al-Qaida was just a startup terrorist enterprise, the Sudanese government offered the group safe harbor. But after a few years, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United States began to take notice of what was going on in that little incubator. They turned up the heat.By 1996, Osama bin Laden was looking to relocate. No longer feeling safe in Sudan, he moved al-Qaida headquarters to Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Read More
WHAT: At Pakistan’s prestigious 30,000-student Punjab University, posters of the burning World Trade Center towers advertise a contest for essays and poems glorifying U.S.-slain al-Qaida terrorist chief Osama bin Laden.
WHO: Contest organizers are keeping their identities hidden. But many suspect the sponsor is Islami Jamiat Talaba, a powerful Islamist student group that increasingly enforces its conservative views on the rest of the campus. Read More
About one third of Americans think al Qaeda is as strong today as it was before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey.
Some 11 percent of people polled said they think the terrorist organization is stronger today than it was before the attacks, despite the recent death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. In a poll last September, 36 percent of people said the organization had strengthened. Read More
Osama bin Laden’s final letters reveal he was worried that al-Qaida had a marketing problem. The terrorist leader was thinking a lot about relabeling al-Qaida for a fresh start under a new name. He didn’t like that his organization’s full name, al-Qaida al-Jihad (The Base of Holy War) had become shortened to al-Qaida. He suggested a more religious title would help convince worldwide Muslims they really are in a holy war against America. Read More
The new leader of al Qaeda is nothing like Osama bin Laden, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday.
Egyptian surgeon Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took over the No. 1 spot in the terrorist organization Thursday, is already facing challenges from those within his own ranks, Gates told reporters. Read More