May 5th, 2012
03:29 PM ET

Rebels burn Timbuktu tomb listed as U.N. World Heritage site

Elderly men were keeping watch Saturday over Timbuktu's main library after Islamists burned down a tomb listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The attacks Friday were blamed on Ansar Dine, a militant group that seeks to impose strict Sharia law.

The ancient city in Mali was captured by at least two separatist Tuareg rebel groups in an anti-government uprising in the northern part of the country that began in January.

The rebels burned the tomb of a Sufi saint where people come to pray, said Sankoum Sissoko, a tour guide familiar with the place. He said the library and other heritage sites remained under threat.

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  1. ♚Mmmmm♛


    May 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BAnasy

    why do you care? are you some Sufi saint? or just another hot air balloon of the obsolete U.S. educational system like Herman Cain

    May 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    @ bobcat (in a hat) ©
    🙂 You did just fine. I am of the belief that one who is seeking the truth as if it were gold is the correct way in going about finding Gods word and his meaning.
    You are also correct on the fact that many religions believe they have the answers, when in fact Jehovah witnesses are the closest to transcribing the the Bible most accurately from hewbrew (old testiment) greek (new testiment) to english

    May 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      you've got to beeeekidding...!

      May 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      @ Mary

      You are correct about the JW's. They do have a very pure message. But, as with all of the many religions I've studied with, I have one problem that sticks in my craw. The belief is if you are not baptized into christianity, you will not go to heaven. I, in my lifetime, have known many people who have never had religion, yet are some of the finest people who ever walked this earth. On the other hand, a great deal of the people I've met who claim to be christian are some of the nastiest and mean people I've ever met. How can it be that people who are pure gold would be denied the honor, yet the ones who are iron would be accepted with open arms. That just doesn't make sense to me.

      May 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      you gotta sound like mitt romney supporter...

      May 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      So true bobcat. Religious people are usually the ones to cast the first stone. On the other side of the coin tho at least they believe in something......

      May 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BAnasy

    > marking a shift to the left at the heart of Europe and heralding a fight back against German-led austerity.

    what if it was sarah palins tomb? any complaints on that?

    May 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |

    > marking a shift to the left at the heart of Europe and heralding a fight back against German-led austerity.
    > what if it was sarah palins tomb? any complaints on that?

    May 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Sarah Palin might have a complaint or two, as she's still alive...

      May 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    @ bobcat (in a hat) ©, Sorry to hear your not feeling well today, but it just goes to show the person you are when putting aside your own problems to give some light to anothers day. 🙂 thanks my friend.

    May 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    @ bobcat (in a hat) ©, I can only go by what I know so far. That being said, The baptism is and should only be done at and age of consent and is syblolizing a persons devotion to God... like a vow you are giving yourself to the other in marriage for ever.
    As for the question on a specific religion one belongs to and their treatment of others, it is the person whom will be judged, therefore all religions are made up of people who are inperfect.

    The religion and a person with in that religion are two seperate enit ities, some follow the "fruitages" some only bost of following.

    And yes, we ALL fall short of the glory of God.

    May 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      ...i guess when the canonical books of the new testament said whole households were baptized...that excluded babies.......NOT!...but what can you say when one like mary belongs to a religion who fabricates their own texts...

      May 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Religion = doctrine
    Person = congregation member
    Those who follow the doctrine of God and those who do not but claim they do, yet both will fall short of the glory of included.
    Gotta go to work
    see ya 🙂

    May 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      look imma baby advocator...these children and the unborn are blessings from women should dedicate these children from the womb and baptized them as soon as possible after birth...consecrating them to god's quickly you protest this holy dedication...but are slow to condemn when their life is offered to the icy cold metallic abortion table: an altar of death and destruction: a dedication that curses its blessings of life...that you support...women reject these notions and baptize your children away from this culture of
      death and demons...

      May 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Hello. Welcome to the Psychiatric Hotline

    If you are obsessive-compulsive, please press 1 repeatedly.

    If you are co-dependent, please ask someone to press 2.

    If you have multiple personalities, please press 3, 4, 5, and 6.

    If you are paranoid-delusional, we know who you are and what you want. Just stay on the line so we can trace the call.

    If you are schizophrenic, listen carefully and a little voice will tell you which number to press.

    If you are manic-depressive, it doesn't matter which number you press. No one will answer.

    If you are anxious, just start pressing numbers at random.

    If you are phobic, don't press anything.

    If you are anal retentive, please hold.

    May 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      righteous people don't need a psychiatric hotline for their moral compass...

      May 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      It depends on how righteous one may think they are.

      May 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      NO IT DOES NOT...your relativitism is a snake that utilize facade to REJECT absolute truth...drink your own poison serpent...!

      May 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      You would condemn a man who brings levity to an unwinnable argument? You speak for no one but yourself, heathen.

      May 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      @Lou, whom or what do you speak for? do you know me? when you condemn someone to an unknown route, in all graciousness, the guide should have tread first to assured a safe outcome...your advice is treacheous and guide one to a path full of murderers and robbers...what? you hide your wounds and your loss so others can share in your misery? i stand by my advice...if your cup of poison is soooo healthy drink it yourself!

      May 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      Do you know anyone here? Yet you condemn. You have been drinking from your own cup of self righteousness. You are an object of pity.

      May 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      i condemn what is spoken here...on this blog...on this thread...why would you have a problem with that? where's your protest lou...with the off topic poop are just a hypocrite...who want to control and intimidate a view that support TRUTH!

      May 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      Have you taken a bunch of words and thrown them together to try and write a sentence that has big words but no substance? You make no sense with your gibberish. You worship at the altar of Mmmmm.

      May 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      you worship the altar of lou!

      May 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    I got the one ...(Psychiatric Hotline) , love it 🙂 have a good day bobcat (in a hat) ©

    May 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      love the truth more...contrary mary!

      May 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      Again, that would depend on ones perception of which truth is the actual truth.

      May 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛ cup is still full...stop offering to others and drink your own poison...

      May 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      No poison is being served, just ones perception of righteousness. Only the lord can make the choice of who is truly righteous. We Can't Fool God About What is in Our Heart – Psa. 64:5-6.

      May 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      well now...mighty nice of you to bring the lawd in as jerge and jury...but has spoken to your heat regarding all matter: with the testament of his teaching, his commandments, his word as recorded in the bible, with the apostles and saints, his churches and temples, his priest, deacons, religious, and their respective authority...but y'all have rejected all of this for your on don't even believe he died for your sins
      nor that he rose in victory over death...what more do you want god to do???can you answer that Lou?

      May 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      heat...meant heart

      May 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lou

    The self righteous are the most insidious of all. LOL.

    May 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      your rhetoric is the one most deceptive and deceitful...for what you say in jest you trully mean...and your duplicitious statements and winks serve only to cause confusion of the ignorant and unwised...for fools serve your trechery and lies willingly...

      May 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      You speak the language of gibberish fluently, heathen.

      May 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      @ Mmmmm

      Not to be callous, but in your response to mine and Marys comment about the jehova witnesses, you showed an intolerance for that paticular sect that leads me to believe that your particular sect is in fact the only way. That appears to show a tendency of self-righteousness.
      As all I said in the begining was, It depends on ones perception as to what is the real truth.
      See, no offering of poison. Just that everyone chooses which way they want to believe. It is not our place to tell them they are wrong, as they believe as strongly tn their way as you do in yous.

      May 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      Bobcat is most wise, charlatan. Listen to sage advice, heaten, for you fool nobody with your false piety.

      May 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      Jeehovi-people do not believe jesusis god...mary is deceptive for she does not share this information before she criticizes...

      May 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      Jeehovi-people are not christian...they address themselves as more than m0re m0ns are christian for m0re m0ns are not...both of these religions deny that jesus is god...

      May 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      ...and they don't believe he died for their sins and they don't have regard for the canonical bible but rather hold other text as written by the hand of their founders whom they themselves accredited these writings as coming from other sources aside from inspirations of the holy spirit or experiences of jesus himself...

      May 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RUFFNUTT ( beer drinking , turkey hunting , trailer trash from belton missouri )

    where's billy idol when you need him...

    May 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      It's a nice day for a white wedding. It's a nice day to start agaaaaain.

      May 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      @bob....WHACK!...not intolerant just making my point feelme?

      May 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      @ Mmmmm

      Yes my friend, I feel you. I too am just making my point felt.

      May 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      'Eyes Without A Face' would propbably be more apropos for this thread.

      May 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      No Macarena and Electric Slide?

      May 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©


      Great discussion though.

      May 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      Shoot. With as many TWISTS as this thread took, we need to go with Chubby Checker.

      May 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I would pay good money to watch you alligator!
      I don't do those new-fangled dances, either...

      May 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Nah, I tend more towards the classic swing-type-o-dancing...but I'd be very happy to watch and it, baby!

      May 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Nothing quite that extreme, Mmmmm....the drawers stay hidden...I don't swing •that•

      May 6, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    @bc(iah) ©
    Your phone menu is still hysterical.

    May 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. raven

    This thread is the reason I avoid organized religion. It causes more divide than unity.

    May 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      @ raven

      That was exactly my point. I would much rather have my beliefs and not be hypocritical. I deny no the inherent right to believe as they will. I have learned much from many different religions, and form my own opinion.
      I guess you could call me a realist. I wake up each morning and look at the world for what it is.

      May 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      My belief system is mine.
      I own it.
      The end.


      May 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. raven

    Amen, bobcat. Amen. I belong to the churcha raven, but it's all inclusive, brother.

    May 6, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
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