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September 24, 2010

Leading Indicators? Cyber, Yemen, and how Islam is portrayed in Texas textbooks

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on September 24, 2010

According to the BBC:

One of the most sophisticated pieces of malware ever detected was probably targeting “high value” infrastructure in Iran, experts have told the BBC. Stuxnet’s complexity suggests it could only have been written by a “nation state”, some researchers have claimed. It is believed to be the first-known worm designed to target real-world infrastructure such as power stations, water plants and industrial units.  MORE

SUNDAY UPDATE: “The Iranian government agency that runs the country’s nuclear facilities, including those the West suspects are part of a weapons program, has reported that its engineers are trying to protect their facilities from a sophisticated computer worm that has infected industrial plants across Iran. The agency, the Atomic Energy Organization, did not specify whether the worm had already infected any of its nuclear facilities, including Natanz, the underground enrichment site that for several years has been a main target of American and Israeli covert programs. But the announcement raised suspicions, and new questions, about the origins and target of the worm, Stuxnet, which computer experts say is a far cry from common computer malware that has affected the Internet for years. MORE FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES

According to CNN:

Yemeni forces have laid siege to a southern town believed to be a militant stronghold in what amounts to an intensified effort to combat terrorism, a senior defense official said Thursday… In an exclusive interview with CNN, Rashad al-Alimi, Yemen’s deputy prime minister for defense and security, said Yemeni forces have surrounded the village of Hawta in southern Shabwa province, a stronghold for the offshoot terrorist group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. MORE

SUNDAY UPDATE: Yemeni security announces end of clashes in Huta, militants manage to escape.  MORE FROM NewsYemen and the Associated Press.

According to the Houston Chronicle:

As a Muslim who grew up going to Texas public schools — and sees challenges facing today’s Muslim students — Imam Islam Mossaad said he was taken aback by a resolution to be considered Friday by the State Board of Education asserting the need to fend off a pro-Islamic, anti-Christian bias in textbooks.

“There are Muslim students who even feel they have to change their name. They have to create some other ethnicity, so that their classmates don’t say, ‘Oh, here comes Osama,’ or ‘Watch out, he’s got a bomb,’ ” Mossaad said at a Monday news conference with other clergy members against the proposed resolution. Critics say it inaccurately describes current social studies texts. MORE

SATURDAY UPDATE:  “Publishers were put on notice on Friday when a divided State Board of Education vowed to reject textbooks with a pro-Islamic and anti-Christian slant, sending a message that critics say promotes fear and prejudice. The resolution, approved by a 7-6 vote, says that multiple world history textbooks are tainted with views that demonize Christianity and favor Islam.” MORE FROM THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE

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September 24, 2010 @ 3:28 am

Girlfriend wants a hotel on Park Place. I’m like whatever for the love of A. Lincoln. Cross Go collect two hundred dollars and we’ll play with real money so watch your charts. I’m playing with Rockets the cat needs fed and the kids need shoes. Crack the books kids and where’s my reading glasses. Have a glass of bourbon and read the evening papers. I’m building a house on the Boardwalk and the board is happy, so all is right with the world until it’s wrong and I’ll read about it when I get a second. Chance credit cards are maxed and she’s on another shopping tour of duty. What’s this going to cost?


September 24, 2010 @ 4:10 am

Couldn’t do cash for clunker deal. Purple plate problem. Sticking with cash for bomb in the present. Kid got a bomb, will travel. Bigger engine could result in 1/4 mile drag car. We don’t need a drag queen in Texas. Looking for a four speed gearbox and pedal setup. Have nitrous hope well hardware for laughing gas. It’s football season.


September 24, 2010 @ 4:30 am

Dirty white boy racing ops. Black ops does the erasing and does it slow. Use white-out and drink white lightning. You’ve been thunderstruck.

Keep rolling and keep your baby rocking.

Comment by John Comiskey

September 25, 2010 @ 6:56 pm

High School textbooks in the US were/are Texas-centric. This obscure fact is rooted in the high school textbook industry’s need to provide a USA-friendly textbook (reduces costs). Texas was/still is to a lesser degree the largest consumer of textbooks. Texas’s textbook legacy is dwindling due to some states’ now state-centric requirements e.g. NYS emphasis on NYS history. But, not so for World, Global, and European History. In addition, current issue textbook 2003-present are typically more politically correct and provide female and minority role antidotal that relate the respective roles of each in the chapter/unit subject matter.

Textbook authors typically attempt to provide a concordance of historical fact that sometimes require interpretations. Might some of those interpretations be USA and Euro-centric -probably. I imagine we will see greater sensitivity toward the Muslim community in future textbooks.

Comment by No To Islamic Sensitivity Versus Christianity

September 26, 2010 @ 12:40 am

I and many others don’t feel a sense of having to have a greater sensitivity toward the Muslim community whatsoever – Listen, my Greek Orthodox church stood at Ground Zero for 100 years and it was destroyed and for the last eight years, the reply ffrom the mayor and others – No – to amy rebuild, but all the noise about the Muslim mosque – give us all a break will ya! The French and English have tolerated the Muslim in their neighborhoods and shortly they will get the boot as the Muslim imposes his way on others with little respect for another’s beliefs –

As for the Koran and the Muslims and the Islamic fundamentalists and the intolerance these groups have towards Christians, never mind their Hebrew brethren….We are after all, the infidels – Imagine this all still going around after all these past generations and this the 21st century – the dysfunctions of both sides, the misunderstandings, the lack of will to allow anyone and everyone to choose whatever spiritual path in prayer to God and observing respective religious practice.

Don’t kid yourself as we here on Main Street are tired of the illegal immigrants, the Muslim so willing to harm anotherat his whim, the manner in which women are treated as the men shake in their boots when they see a woman with lipstick on and running of to get educated….having to varry on with their multi-tasking while the guys go out and stoop down throw rock and rockets with intent to kill!

This is America and to all from all of us on Main Street USA, moderate Mulims like anyone else comprise America and are no differemt than another, however those that profess violence which God is witness to, there is no place here – get out! we’re sick of this other part of the world where we have given riches in coffers for so many gallons of gas we have guzzled down, yet the Middle East with all its precious youth is wasted and sits amidst hopelessness, unable to compete against the student from India or China.

I (we) live in Boston and we say, let the Texans tell ya all that living in Texas is far different than parking your car in Harvard yard! The textbooks in Texas probably are different to an extent…They play better football so their textbooks are probably more accurate! How’s that! Not far down the road in P Town they want to hand out condoms to Middle schoolers…damn liberals ruining our beloved country and the family is newly defined while babies months old are killed in the womb….

The Moderate Islamic citizen who walks to mosque with Koran in hand is no different nor better than anyone else. We are all God’s children and we are all equal.

This outrageous behavior in killing another for a differeing perspective, it has no place in America for everyone has a choice, yet if one threatens another or our beloved Republic, watch out for you have no idea the extent of wrath an American will carry…

God Bless America – a nation founded on Judeo-Christian principles. There is a place here for the Bible, the Koran and other, yet not the continued intolerance and disrespect of another!

Christopher Tingus


Comment by Terry O'Sullivan

September 27, 2010 @ 11:41 am

Sorry, Christopher, but this country was NOT founded as a Christian theocracy, but on post-Enlightenment “damn liberal” (as you call them) principles that very strongly insisted on a separation of Church and state and a right to religious freedom.

The Constitution also was very insistent on protecting minorities from the tyranny of the majority, and this is one such case that illustrates the Founders’ wisdom in spades. This is not a “Christian” nation, or a Protestant one. It is one which has a majority of Christians, and many other religions represented here. Many of its original settlers were themselves religious refugees from persecution in Europe (the Pilgrims, Puritans, etc.), and because of that, this country is unique in history for its tolerance toward ALL religious beliefs that do not impinge on the rights of others.

Because of your First Amendment right to free speech, you’re welcome to your prejudicial perspective. But bear in mind that it is contrary to the American way of government and freedoms which made this country great to allow you or anyone else to act on that prejudice. To cede your claimed right to discriminate against Muslims would make us no different that the Taliban. Is that what you’re seeking?

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