August 31, 2004

Murdered Hostages Count: 31

I have come across the names of the 12 Nepali hostages. The post about their murder is here. Their deaths put the murdered hostage count at 31. May God send your killers to the torment that they deserve. Their names are below.

1) Daniel Pearl (Feb. 2, 2002)

2) Martin Burnham (June 7, 2002)

3) Fabrizio Quattrocchi (April 16)

4) Nick Berg (May 12)

5) Hussein Ali Alyan (June 12)

6) Paul Johnson (June 18)

7) Kim Sun-il (June 22)

8) Keith M. Maupin (June 28)

9) Ivaylo Kepov (presumed dead) (probably July 14)

10) Georgi Lazov (July 13) (rant)

11) Sajad Naeem (July 28)

12)Raja Azad (July 28)

13) Murat Yuce (Aug. 1)

14) Uknown Egyptian National in Iraq (Aug. 11)

15) Mohammed Fawzi Abdaal Mutwalli (Aug. 13)

16) Khaled Abdul Messih (aka, Jamal Tewefic Salman) (Aug. 25)

17) Enzo Baldoni (Aug. 26)

18) Abdullah Ozdemir (Aug. 27)

19) Ali Daskin (Aug. 27)

20) Mangal Bahadur Limbu (Aug. 30)

21) Gyanendra Shrestha (Aug. 30)

22) Manoj Kumar Thakur (Aug. 30)

23) Bishnu Hari Thapa (Aug. 30)

24) Sanjay Kumar Thakur (Aug. 30)

25) Jit Bahadur Thapa Magar (Aug. 30)

26) Prakash Adhikari (Aug. 30)

27) Bodhan Kumar Sah Sudi (Aug. 30)

28) Bhekh Bahadur Thapa (Aug. 30)

29) Ramesh Khadka (Aug. 30)

30) Rajendra Kumar Shrestha (Aug. 30)

31) Lalan Singh Koiri (Aug. 30)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:47 PM | Comments |

French Hostages Executed

I just thought I'd better get the post ready. The deadline has past.

UPDATE: The deadline has been extended one more day. Thank you Hamas. See, having terrorists openly support you can pay off.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:10 PM | Comments |

Hamas Strategery

Headline: Hamas appeals for French hostages

Between the Lines: The Palestinian Islamic militant group, Hamas, called on Tuesday for the release of two French journalists held hostage in Iraq, saying it could add to the isolation of Israel and the United States.

Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas in the Gaza Strip, said that France has adopted “a positive stand,” over Iraq because it opposed the US-led war to topple Saddam Hussein.

Paris has also shown an “understanding position” toward the Palestinian cause, he said.

“Releasing the two French journalists would increase the isolation of hostile American and Israeli attitudes toward the Arab and Muslim nations, and would boost French support for our aspirations,” Abu Zuhri added.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:01 PM | Comments |

Electoral Vote College: Bush Winning

Screenshots taken from one site that is openly pro-Bush, and another that is openly pro-Kerry. Dr. Chaos pointed these out to me.

Election Projection

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Electoral Vote

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Update: Steve Green has been predicting this for some time, too.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:25 PM | Comments |

Jessica Cutler, Butt Ugly

The thing about Jessica Cutler posing nude in Playboy is, well, she's just not that attractive. In fact she's butt ugly. Don't they have, like, airbrushes or something to fix that? Ok, no more Washingtonienne posts. I promise...er, at least not until the Hustler pictoral, cause, well, you know.....

[My eyes!! They burn!!! Damn you Kevin for the link]

UPDATE: Yikes!! What some people will do for hits. (NSFW--I'd also recommend not looking, ever. Seriously)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:46 PM | Comments |

Iraqi Spy Arrested in Chicago

Nope, no WMD found in his apartment. Also, if you are a lefty just remember that this post is not happening. Disregard what follows because, as we all know, there is no link between Saddam and terrorism. None.

CNN:

An Iraqi-born man who federal prosecutors say was a "sleeper agent" for Saddam Hussein's spy agency was arrested Monday for allegedly lying on his application to become a U.S. citizen....

The indictment concerns Latchin's 1998 application for citizenship. Asked to list any organizations to which he belonged, he failed to put down Saddam's Baath Party, according to the indictment.

He also did not list that he had been a member of the Iraqi Intelligence Service, the foreign intelligence arm of the Iraqi government, and said three overseas trips he made were vacations when in fact he met with his intelligence handler, according to the indictment. [more]

Hat tip: Ace

Captain Ed and Instapundit late on the scene....but, at least word is getting out.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:33 PM | Comments |

8 Killled in Moscow Metro Bombing

I used to ride this metro system everyday. I have friends in Moscow. I'm pissed. I'll update this post later. Via Jeff Quinton.

According to Itar-Tass, the blast was just outside the Rizhskaya metro station. Below is a map of the Moscow metro system. Rizhskaya is on the light orange Kaluzhkaya-Rizhkaya line. It is near the center of the city, just one stop North of the ring line. To put this in perspective, I used to live near Belorusskaya on the brown ring line.

Update: Via McQ at QandO it appears that it was a Chechen Woman who was responsible. Also, via Ace, the evidence now seems to confirm earlier reports that pointed to Chechen women being behind the Russian airline explosions a few days ago. The women, it seems, hid the explosives in a very, er, "awkward place".

Others: Jeff Quinton (aka, the Detective), James Joyner , In the Bullpen

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:31 PM | Comments |

Bonfire of the Vanities 61: I Love the '80s Edition

This week's Bonfire of the Vanities asks the blogosphere: Where were you in 1987? Forget the worst of the worst for the past week, this week's Bonfire spotlights the worst of the worst from 1987! A bad year in a bad decade.

If you would like to participate in future Bonfires, check out this post for details.

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Ahhhhhhh 1987, I remember it well. A young Teddy Kaczynski, inspired by Porky's III: Porky's Revenge pulls another one of his classic pranks. John "Ivan the Terrible" Demjanjuk got suspended for that whole holocaust hazing thing. And while the Tower Commission was busy fretting over Iran Contra, the nation's prayers were with President Reagan's prostate. We were pulling for you Ronnie!

War Heros of the 1980s.Rambo? Yeah, we'll give him credit where credit is due. He served in Vietnam, and for this he deserves our utmost respect and admiriation, but come on, you're telling me he spent Christmas 1968 in Cambodia? And those Purple Hearts? Half of those wounds were from Washington State Troopers, and therefore don't even qualify! And that Vice President we had back in the 80s. Sure, he was the youngest pilot in WWII, but that didn't stop Sid Blumenthal from questioning his record either. And Paulie should know, cause way back when he was there man. I mean, he actually shook the guys hand. Bush's, not Rambo's. And remember the 80s when Ratt refered to a band and not to a certain scumbag mullah in Iraq fighting against our real American Heros, GI Joe? Well, Incite tests your knowlege of appropriate scavenger that best describes al Sadr. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle. Bitchin!

The Cold War.Back in the 80s we had this little thing called The Cold War. You may remember it from such memorable experiences as the Invasion of Grenada or the Olympic Boycott. And who can forget when Ted Turner officially ended the hostility between the Soviet Union and America by sponsoring the Goodwill Games? Of course, not everyone was as enthusiastic as Mr. Jane Fonda when it came to ending the Cold War. In January of 1987, Ronald Reagen challenged Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. Little did he know that Gorbi was really the anti-Christ! Of course, had Uncle Ronnie been watching more PTL Club and less Cosby he would have know this. And speaking of the PTL Club, I think Norman must have gotten his fair share of Jimmy Swaggert in 1987. How else would he be so familiar with the terms hypocrisy, fraud, and slander? Like, totally hypocritical dude!

1987 High School Yearbook.----
Dear Flea, I'm so glad to have gotten to know you this year in Coach Allen's history class. That tape you mixed for me was rad. That Cure band was, like, great--if not a little wierd. It's totally different than the Wham album I usually listen to (can you believe that hunky George Michael left the band?). I'm sorry I haven't called you back since the midterm, but you know, I have my friends, and you have---well, you have that one guy you play D&D with. Thanks for helping me with my homework and that special night we spent studying together. I'll never forget it. Please don't tell any of my friends what we did that night. That will be between you, me, the fifty bucks you slipped me, and my diary. You understand, I have reputation to uphold.

Hugs and kisses,
Jess Cutler

Rad Collectibles. What would the 80s be without Cabbage Patch Kids? I had one. And not one of those gay ones. Mine had a masculine football theme going on. What could be more not-gay than a 14 year old kid carrying around a doll wearing a William "the Fridge" Perry Bear's uniform? There is absolutely no homoerotic imagery to one guy admiring another guy so much that he carries a doll around as an homage! I am not gay, dad! I like football. All those guys in those tight, tight, uniforms.....No, I don't need to see a shrink. How about getting me a Pepsi? All I want is a Pepsi....Whoa. Sorry. Flashback. Where was I? Oh, yeah. Cabbage patch dolls. Kinayda on this bizarre couple who raised a Cabbage Patch kid as one of their own. I wish this was a joke. It's not. And as long as we're on the subject, what was so wrong with Teddy Bears that the 80s had to go all doll crazy anyways? See, that's what I like about the new millenium--Teddy Bears are enough, damnit! How do I know? Well Andrew has sold all his Teddy Bears out, but you might want to rush and order one of his bands thongs before they're all gone. Gag me with a spoon!

Totally Rad Movies Sure, the whole world remember 1987 as the year Oscar Arias Sánchez received the Nobel Peace Prize. And every third grader is required to know the date Rudolph Hess finally realized his life-long dream of brokering peace between Stalin and Hitler from a safe location in Hell, but let's not forget the movies! Oh, remember the movies. Years from now, cino-archaeologists will recall 1987 as the Year of the Corys. For it was that year that Corey Haim and Corey Feldman made the classic Lost Boys--which introduced us to the phenomenon of homo-erotic-pedophelic-coked-up-vampire-chic. Boy, those were the days! They were also the days when a double-feature starring the Coreys went for 5 pongos, a price the starstruck Susie could readily afford. Awesome!


1980s Alcohol. Most people remember the 80s as the decade of excess, but not me. I remember it as the decade of Xs. INXS taught me there was more to the land down-under than toilets that flushed the wrong way and Olivia Newton John in leg-warmers. My first X rated movie. And my first swig of alcohol, Dos Equis beer down on Mission Bay, San Diego. Oh, and while I'm thinking about it, back in the 80s all music beamed from Southern Cal was outsourced to Tijuana. And no, back then we wouldn't let any of this leftist trash on the air. What happened to you, oh beloved San Diego, that you would let Air America ruin your grand vistas? The American Mind has the scoop. But what other alcohol was big in the 80s? You'd think the big hair decade would give us big booze, right? Nope. The 80s were actually the decade that made it ok to be a girl-drink drunk. There's nothing that says cool better than sipping a Bartles and Jaymes while watching Who's the Boss. Had the internet been around then, I think That 1 Guy's advice might be well taken. Just remember, back in 1987 Alyssa Milano was still jailbait---and a Bartles and Jaymes buzz is no excuse in court. Radical!


Eddie Murphy, Superstar. Not content with a platinum album produced by Rick James (bitch), Eddie Murphy took on the Hollywood establishment with Beverly Hills Cop II. Winner of the Sundance Film Festival, this heartwarming film continues the story of the love that dare not speak it's name between Axil Foley (Eddie Murphy) and Det. William 'Billy' Rosewood (Judge Reinhold). Winner of five Golden Globes and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (Brigitte Nelson), the film explores the existential meaning of class, power, and love in an age of oppression. The film has been called 'Kafkaesque' and is said to be the last film viewed by Andy Warhol before his tragic and untimely death later in the year. Much like this greeting card in Brian's post, it's the understated subtly of the humor presented therein that is the true mark of this film's genius. As long as we're on Eddie Murphy, can we all just admit right here and now that he may be the greatest actor of our generation? And it all started with Gumby on SNL. That reminds me, had SNL used their 'Fun with Real Audio' segments in the 1980's, they probably would have sounded something like Aaron's post.Brilliant!


Babes of 1987.The 80s were the big hair decade. As a matter of fact, it was the 80s that saw the first wave of metrosexuals. Come on, you're telling me Poison, Ratt, and those Nelson dudes weren't just a little bit too pretty for comfort? There is a direct correlation between gay chic in the new millenia and teenage boy sexual confusion because of the glam-rock bands of the 80s. Those teenagers are all grown up and working for Act Up! The 80s also gave us scandal babes Jessica Hahn, Donna Rice, and the star of the popular Proctor & Gamble produced daytime soap opera, Iran/Contra, Fawn Hall (pictured). But let's take a moment and compare the three biggest sex symbols of 1987. Yeah, Fawn Hall was the hottest, but you have to give credit where credit is due: Jessica Hahn's D cups were mahvelous...absolutely mahvelous. Spirit Fingers might recommend a set of silicone bra implants for Fawn to level the playing field with Jessica. I think the word to describe Donna is 'titpaved', or at least it is if Mad Anthony gets his way. Like, "Fawn Hall is hot, but that Donna Rice is totally titpaved, dude!" Speaking of hot makes me think of my first case of crabs--and no, contrary to the advice given in The Last American Virgin, you cannot drown crabs. Why, because according to Classical Values some crabs such as Coenobita clypeatus can use their gills as lungs. Instead, try Oprah Winfrey's personal butt itch cream. Interested Participant has been using it for years! Dorkwad!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:00 AM | Comments |

12 Nepalese Hostages Killed, 1 Beheaded

For original post on the 12 Nepalese Hostages, Links to Video, and Images, please scroll down past this brief update section.

UPDATE: 10/02: For the latest information, links to video, and images on hostages in Iraq please check the main page by CLICKING HERE.

Here is a list of all the victims of Islamic Beheadings since late July this year.

10/02 Iraqi Victim Barie Nafie Dawoud Ibrahim Beheading Video and Images Here
9/22 American Hostage Jack Hensley Beheading Video and Images Here
9/20 American Hostage Eugene Armstrong Beheaded on Video Here
9/13 Turkish Hostage Beheaded on Video Here
9/08 Three Muslim 'Informants' Beheaded by the Religion of Irony
8/31 12 Nepalese Hostages Killed, 1 Beheaded Here
8/26 Italian Hostage Enzo Baldoni Murdered Here
8/25 Alleged CIA Agent Beheaded in Video Here
8/13 Another Alleged CIA Agent Beheaded on Video Here
8/11 CIA Agent Executed: Another Beheading Video
8/09 Another Bulgarian Beheading Video
8/02 Turkish Hostage Murdered
7/28 Bulgarian Beheading Video
7/27 Kashmir Rebels Bomb Hospital, Behead Three
7/27 Paul Johnson Beheading Video and Images Here
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12 Nepalese hostages have been executed. In the video released by the Army of Ansar al-Sunna, one hostage is seen beheaded with a knife as he struggles with his captors. The other 11 are seen lying down, and then one by one shot in the back of the head. Nepal is not a member of the Coalition Forces nor is it involved in any way in Iraq. The twelve came to Iraq to work, nothing more. The same group has threatened to kill two French hostages if the Chirac government, which opposed the invasion of Iraq, does not lift a ban on the Islamic head-scarf in schools. This is Islamic law:

We have carried out the sentence of God against 12 Nepalis who came from their country to fight the Muslims and to serve the Jews and the Christians...believing in Buddha as their God," said the statement by the military committee of the Army of Ansar al-Sunna.
Remember the words of the Quran:
Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is forgiving, merciful" (Sura 9:5)
Pictures from the video can be found below. I will update the murdered hostages count as soon as I find the names of the Nepalese victims.

Jeff Quinton first notified me of the gruesome news.

Chris Short has the video, which is truly horrific.

Others blogging: On the Third Hand, M.H. King, In the Bull Pen, Say Anything, Cranky Neocon (funny), Diggers Realm, James Joyner, Drink This

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:01 AM | Comments |

August 30, 2004

Hostages Beg France to Surrender

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News.co.au:

TWO French journalists held hostage by militants in Iraq today said a French ban on Islamic headscarves in schools would cost them their lives.

The pair were shown in a video broadcast by Al-Jazeera television urging the French Government to revoke the ban.

"I call on President (Jacques) Chirac and the French Government to show good will toward the Arab and Islamic worlds by revoking the ban on wearing the hijab immediately," said Mr Chesnot, speaking in English.

"I also urge all French citizens to demonstrate against this law and demand its annulment because it is unfair and wrong.

What do you do when the cheese-eating surrender monkeys actually have a good point?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:27 PM | Comments |

Soldiers Remember 9/11

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Dr. Leopold Stotch forwared this to me this. The e-mail that went along with it reads:

The proud warriors of Baker Company wanted to do something to pay tribute To our fallen comrades. So since we are part of the only Marine Infantry Battalion left in Iraq the one way that we could think of doing that is By taking a picture of Baker Company saying the way we feel. It would be awesome if you could find a way to share this with our fellow countrymen. I was wondering if there was any way to get this into your papers to let the world know that "WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN" and are proud to serve our country." Semper Fi
1stSgt Dave Jobe

The attached photo was forwarded from one of the last U.S. Marine companies in Iraq. They would like to have it passed to as many people as possible, to let the folks back home know that they remember why they're there and that they remember those who've been lost.

You know what to do.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:12 PM | Comments |

Murdered Hostage Count: 19

Somehow I missed the fact that two Turkish hostages were found shot two days ago. Other er bloggers have been on the case for days. There names were Abdullah Ozdemir and Ali Daskin. That brings the total number of hostages killed by the Religion of Peas to 19 since 9/11. Their names are below.

1) Daniel Pearl (Feb. 2, 2002)

2) Martin Burnham (June 7, 2002)

3) Fabrizio Quattrocchi (April 16)

4) Nick Berg (May 12)

5) Hussein Ali Alyan (June 12)

6) Paul Johnson (June 18)

7) Kim Sun-il (June 22)

8) Keith M. Maupin (June 28)

9) Ivaylo Kepov (presumed dead) (probably July 14)

10) Georgi Lazov (July 13) (rant)

11) Sajad Naeem (July 28)

12)Raja Azad (July 28)

13) Murat Yuce (Aug. 1)

14) Uknown Egyptian National in Iraq (Aug. 11)

15) Mohammed Fawzi Abdaal Mutwalli (Aug. 13)

16) Khaled Abdul Messih (aka, Jamal Tewefic Salman) (Aug. 25)

17) Enzo Baldoni (Aug. 26)

18) Abdullah Ozdemir (Aug. 27)

19) Ali Daskin (Aug. 27)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:47 PM | Comments |

Jewish Anti-Semite Arrested

Didn't Dave Chappelle already do this one? VOA:

French police have announced the arrest of a Jewish man in connection with what was first suspected to be an anti-Semitic arson attack on a Jewish center in Paris last week.

Police have not publicly identified the suspect, but investigators say he is associated with the center. Earlier reports had termed him a recently laid-off center employee. Investigators now describe the suspect as "mentally unstable" and "more or less homeless."

The arson attack on August 22 destroyed the Jewish center, and anti-Jewish slogans and swastikas were scrawled inside. Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, who visited Paris shortly after the fire, urged harsher punishments in France for perpetrators of anti-Semitic attacks.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:38 PM | Comments |

"Accident"

I question the timing of this 'accident'. [/DU mode]

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:55 AM | Comments |

I see dead people...

...Iowahawk style.

Indymedia style (via Charles Johnson)

Headless French style. Strike that, make that French Secularism mourning style.

PS-I'm black, I can feel it.

(In class)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:50 AM | Comments |

August 29, 2004

RNC Convention Coverage

I'm in a pickle of a dilly here (said in Ned Flanders' voice). On the one hand, I don't want to write anything about the convention because its a serious non-event and makes me snooze just thinking about it. On the other hand, I have several blog mentors, friends, associates, and colleagues who are going to be there and I feel this pull to check in on what they're writing. What's a blogger to do?

Kevin, who is a fellow-traveller of sorts, will be there and has set up a website to aggregate the convention blogging experience.

Captain Ed, who I actually forked over some dough to this month (scroll down his right side-bar),will be there and is already anticipating the non-news coverage of the non-event.

Dean sometimes makes it over here to drop a comment or two, and I frequent his blog, but it seems the QOAE won't let him out of her sites. Instead he is sending the always prompt Karol who is doing her best reenactment of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.

Roger L. Simon and Hugh Hewitt are more like mentors than peers. When I grow up, I want to be just like you. Only in the case of Roger, with more hair, and in Hugh's case sans the MN accent.


Scott
, who I play TrackBack ping-pong with on occasion, is already photoblogging the pre-convention moonbat scene. It's a pity that Bill isn't going to be there to join in the fun. I wish Bill the best and hope whatever is going wrong in your private life will be righted.

Ok, so that will be the first and last post on the RNC. Good luck to all the bloggers who are going. Just remember, when you get caught between the barking-moonbat and NY City, the best that you can do is fall in love....or something like that.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:48 PM | Comments |

NYC Bomb Plotter, Illegal Alien

This one's for you Dr. Chaos. Michelle 'de-link Rusty's brilliant Drudge-like post' Malkin:

You've heard about the two men who were busted for allegedly plotting to bomb the Herald Square subway station. You may not have heard that one of the men, Shahawar Matin Siraj, a 22-year-old Pakistani national living in Jackson Heights, New York, had run into problems with immigration authorities.
Digger's realm (surprise) also pissed off.

On a related note, my sister told me on the phone yesterday that the INS swept through Temecula the other day. Apparently they raided a residential neighborhood, which is something you never hear of these days. You never will again, because she says (this is all second hand) that Homeland Security stepped in and stopped the raids. Temecula is Republican California and the locals got pissed off when the raids stopped, or so my sister says. Can anyone confirm this or know of any newspaper stories about the incident?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:16 PM | Comments |

Bush Wins

I've been saying this for months. I notice Steve doesn't put Wisconsin in the Bush camp, either. And if Norm Coleman can get his wife to stump for Bush, you can chalk up MN too.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:05 PM | Comments |

Kerry Tolerance Police vs. Brownshirted Nazi

I'm not sure which bugs me worse, the fact that one of Kerry's tolerance police throws the first punch or that one of our jackbooted comrades turns the other cheek. Scroll down and play the video.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:42 PM | Comments |

August 28, 2004

Ironical

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:52 PM | Comments |

David Hicks: Australian Taliban

You know what's sad? When you find out your son is a terrorist. First comes denial. After that, more denial. Then, you blame the US. After that, you look for meaning in your sons admission to being a terrorist by seeking out his Islamofascist friends. Then, you enter into some more denial. After that, you blame the US again. Finally, you get it right. Your son was just a misunderstood idealist fighting for his vision of the ideal world.

Unfortunately for you, your son's vision of the ideal world is one where women are not allowed to go to school, Jews and Christians are second-class citizens, blasphemers are stoned or beheaded, and American civillians are the intentional targets of murder.

I heard about this on NPR today. NPR Online:

Among the four suspects is 29-year-old David Hicks, an Australian who was captured by the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan in 2001. A convert to Islam, Hicks had gone to Pakistan to study the religion and ended up in Afghanistan, where he joined the Taliban. At the tribunal, Hicks pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, conspiring to commit war crimes and aiding the enemy. His trial is set to start in January.

Terry Hicks, David's father, traveled to Cuba for the tribunal and had an emotional reunion with his son, whom he had not seen in five years. When Hicks was first transferred from Afghanistan to Guantanamo, his father decided to retrace David's steps through Pakistan and Afghanistan to try to find out what had happened along the way. A camera crew accompanied him and produced The President Versus David Hicks, a documentary that examines Hicks' tangled journey.

Terry Hicks speaks with NPR's Jennifer Ludden about the trip and what it taught him about his son. "He always tried to help out where he could," says Hicks, "in his own way, that was probably what he was doing."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:44 PM | Comments |

Dyke accuses Blair over Iraq war

I just like the headline. 'Dyke'.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:33 PM | Comments |

Two Women Suspected of Russian Airline Bombings

Chechen ERA:

Russian investigators announced today explosives were found on both planes that crashed with the loss of 90 lives, as attention focussed on the roles of two dead female passengers believed to be of Chechen origin.

The Russian press was quick to paint the pair as the latest in a line of female suicide bombers from the strife-torn Caucasus republic to strike, citing their suspected ethnic origins and the fact no relatives have come forward to claim their remains.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:26 PM | Comments |

Lying is bad, mmm-kay

A guy get's fired because he lied about an affair he had ten years ago so he must be lying about John Kerry too, right? But I thought lying about extra-marital affairs was the one kind of lie that was ok?Oliver Willis:

But people are trusting this guy and his pals more than the US Navy? For shame.
Right, the US Navy is backing up Kerry's version. What was that Superman metaphor again?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:24 PM | Comments |

If we weren't in Iraq, there would be no hostages....

...right? Wapo:

An Iraqi militant group has kidnapped two Frenchmen and given the French government 48 hours to end a ban on Muslim headscarves, Arabic television station Al Jazeera said on Saturday.
Now, is that the same France I'm thinking of? Because, to be honest, I'm a bit confused.

Of course, there would be less hostages if we had not invaded Iraq. But, that's just like saying "if people would stop going into the Bear's den, then the Bear would stop killing people in the Bear's den." Yup, true. But the bear is a bear, no matter where he is. We are in a war. We can let the enemy choose the battlefield, or we can choose it ourselves.

(Hat tip: AIR)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:59 PM | Comments |

My 3 Year Old is the Mack Daddy

My friend Henry Hill wore something like this once.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:16 PM | Comments |

Kerry's 1971 Senate Testimony Online

Jeff Quinton has it. And to the trolls who think that serving in the military makes you immune from criticism, please watch the video then tell me John Kerry is a hero. Also here is what one POW confronted while in the Hanoi Hilton:

The interrogator went through all of these statements from John Kerry. And he starts pounding on the table, "Well see here is this Naval officer, he [John Kerry] admits that you are a criminal and that you deserve punishment."
Just remember, John Kerry did not say that some had committed war crimes and should be punished, but that:
I would like to talk, representing all those veterans, and say that several months ago in Detroit, we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged and many very highly decorated veterans testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia, not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command.
Yeah, some war hero.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:54 PM | Comments |

August 27, 2004

Blogroll

So many people have added me to their blogroll as of late, that I haven't been able to keep up. If you've added me to your blogroll, and you don't see your site listed in mine, please drop me an e-mail at mypetjawa-at-yahoo-dot-com.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:45 PM | Comments |

Al Qaeda Downed Flight 587?

Bizarre if untrue. Holy fu**ing sh*t if true!!! Story below.

Nationa Post:

A captured al-Qaeda operative has told Canadian intelligence investigators that a Montreal man who trained in Afghanistan alongside the 9/11 hijackers was responsible for the crash of an American Airlines flight in New York three years ago.

Canadian Security Intelligence Service agents were told during five days of interviews with the source that Abderraouf Jdey, a Canadian citizen also known as Farouk the Tunisian, had downed the plane with explosives on Nov. 12, 2001.

The source claimed Jdey had used his Canadian passport to board Flight 587 and "conducted a suicide mission" with a small bomb similar to the one used by convicted shoe bomber Richard Reid, a "Top Secret" Canadian government report says.

But officials said it was unlikely Jdey was actually involved in the crash, which killed 265 people and is considered accidental. The fact that al-Qaeda attributed the crash to Jdey, however, suggests they were expecting him to attack a plane.

"We have seen no evidence of anything other than an accident here," said Ted Lopatkiewicz, spokesman for the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. "There has been no evidence found, from what I can tell -- at least that's been relayed to us -- that there was any criminality involved here. It appears, at least the evidence we have, is that a vertical fin came off, not that there was any kind of event in the cabin."

Jdey, 39, came to Canada from Tunisia in 1991 and became a citizen in 1995. Shortly after getting his Canadian passport, he left for Afghanistan and trained with some of the Sept. 11 hijackers, according to the 9/11 commission in the United States.

He recorded a "martyrdom" video, but was dropped from the 9/11 mission after returning to Canada in the summer of 2001. The planner of the World Trade Center attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, claims Jdey was recruited for a "second wave" of suicide attacks.

The FBI issued an alert seeking Jdey's whereabouts in 2002. John Ashcroft, the U.S. Attorney-General, told a news conference in May that Jdey was one of seven al-Qaeda associates "sought in connection with the possible terrorist threats in the United States."

The information on Jdey's alleged role in the plane crash is contained in a memo on captured Canadian al-Qaeda operative Mohammed Mansour Jabarah. The Canadian government memo was written in May, 2002, and was based on information provided by a "source of unknown reliability."

Jabarah is a 22-year-old from St. Catharines who allegedly joined al-Qaeda and convinced Osama bin Laden to give him a terror assignment. He was tasked with overseeing a suicide-bombing operation in Southeast Asia, but was caught and has since pleaded guilty in the United States.

The report, which was sent to the Philippine National Police intelligence directorate, recounts what Jabarah said he was told about the U.S. plane crash by Abu Abdelrahman, a Saudi al-Qaeda member who was working for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

"In discussions, Abu Abdelrahman mentioned AL QAIDA was responsible for the assassination of Massoud, the Northern Alliance leader," the report says. "According to the source, Abu Abdelrahman added that the 12 November 2001 plane crash (btb American Airlines flight 587) in Queens, New York was not an accident as reported in the press but was actually an AL QAIDA operation. [More]

Hat tip: Ace of Spades Headquarters

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:03 PM | Comments |

Group Claims Russian Airliner Responsibility

It looks like the original source for this story was posted at an Islamic bulletin board. We'll see if it pans out. This group or another, though, Islamists are behind it. Newsday:

A claim of responsibility for the downing of two Russian planes appeared on a Web site known for militant Muslim comment Friday.....

"We in the Islambouli Brigades announce that our holy warriors managed to hijack two Russian planes and were crowned with success though they faced problems at the beginning," the statement said without elaborating on the problems.

Friday's statement said five mujahedeen (Islamic fighters) were on board each plane and their wills will be published soon.

Hat tip: Ace of Spades Headquarters

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:53 PM | Comments |

Al Sadr's Justice, 10 25 Bodies Found


Hooray! We let this guy go. Nice freaking work. Update: A more recent report has the number at 25.

Xposed:

Iraqi police discovered on Friday at least 10 bodies in a building housing a maverick religious court run by rebel Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's followers here Friday.

Police said they were victims of the court's summary brand of justice, but al-Sadr's followers said they had died in the three weeks of fighting in Najaf between al-Sadr's militiamen and U.S.-Iraqi forces.

An Associated Press reporter saw about 10 charred and bloated bodies covered in blankets, including one of an elderly woman. It was not immediately clear how they died, but they appeared to have been killed by shrapnel, with large gaping wounds.

The stench of the corpses led police, who were deployed Friday in Najaf's Old City, to the bodies, said Brig. Gen. Amer al-Daami, Najaf's deputy police chief.

We found bodies, burnt and rotten," he said.

Al-Daami said some of the bodies were those of police officers, and others belonged to civilians. Before the fighting began Aug. 5, authorities accused the militants of taking police hostage in the city and of killing and mutilating some of them.

Al-Sadr's office in Najaf had set up the court, which ordered arrests and meted out punishments outside of religious and legal authorities. Local Iraqi officials have in the past demanded it be shut down and all its prisoners freed.

Police said the bodies belonged to the victims of the court. But a court official, who identified himself only as Hashim, said the corpses belonged to militants killed in the recent fighting in the city.

The two-story courthouse is made up of 15 rooms filled with desks, computers and books. The bodies were located in an open air area within the courthouse compound.

Half the skull of one of the dead men was missing and another man appeared to have suffered massive wounds to his stomach. None of the bodies was dismembered, save one, which had been beheaded, though it was unclear how.

During the fighting, the militants had set up their own informal health clinics and morgues. The U.S. military has said it killed hundreds of militants in the fighting, though the militants say their casualty figure was far lower.

The courts have arrested and interrogated hundreds of people on charges including selling alcohol and peddling music deemed immoral. Punishments included flagellation.

Al-Sadr's followers have been accused of using the court to settle scores with opponents or to threaten people.

PS-This is Islamic Law.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:10 PM | Comments |

Vote Norm Coleman!!

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Mrs. Norm Coleman (R-MN)

Do you really need another reason to vote Coleman? I mean...dude!!! What is the deal with Republican politicians? First, Jack Ryan and Seven of Nine and then Norm 'Bet-You-Never-Heard-Of-Me-Before' Coleman and Laurie Coleman? Henry Kissinger was right, "Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac."

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:50 AM | Comments |

In Class and No Class

I'm in class. Deal with it. In the meantime here's some linkage that should keep you occupied. Call it homework....

News Junkies: Russia, News fit for Jews, Bush will win, The skinny on the Skinnies
Science: 2001 A Space Odyssey revisited
Bloggage: Military Crackdown on Bloggers, Blog Buddies (not gay), (good) Advice to new bloggers, and old
Theology: Sabbath Declared, Could it be...Satan?, J-O-Os
Poetry: JFK Sonnets
Food: Man does not live by...
Social Studies: The Sociology of Retards
Just funny: One man race, Gay pride

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:42 AM | Comments |

August 26, 2004

Murdered Hostages Count: 17

One more for the count. May God bless you and bring swift justice to those that murdered you.

1) Daniel Pearl (Feb. 2, 2002)

2) Martin Burnham (June 7, 2002)

3) Fabrizio Quattrocchi (April 16)

4) Nick Berg (May 12)

5) Hussein Ali Alyan (June 12)

6) Paul Johnson (June 18)

7) Kim Sun-il (June 22)

8) Keith M. Maupin (June 28)

9) Ivaylo Kepov (presumed dead) (probably July 14)

10) Georgi Lazov (July 13) (rant)

11) Sajad Naeem (July 28)

12)Raja Azad (July 28)

13) Murat Yuce (Aug. 1)

14) Uknown Egyptian National in Iraq (Aug. 11)

15) Mohammed Fawzi Abdaal Mutwalli (Aug. 13)

16) Khaled Abdul Messih (aka, Jamal Tewefic Salman) (Aug. 25)

17) Enzo Baldoni (Aug. 26)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:30 PM | Comments |

Italian Hostage Enzo Baldoni Murdered

For the latest news on hostages in Iraq please go to the MAIN PAGE HERE.

UPDATE: Italian hostage Salvatore Santoro Murdered by Terrorists in Iraq. News, information, and images here.
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benzo1.gifBastards. Fu**ing bastards. Can't they let one freaking day go by without murdering another hostage??? To make it worse, Enzo Baldoni was there with the Red Cross trying to help Iraq heal. I let my class out early for what? This story via M.H. King:

The hostage takers who grabbed Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni on the road between Baghdad and Najaf in Iraq have killed him, the Italian government confirmed Thursday.

"We can confirm it was him, unfortunately," a spokesman for Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said.

Arabic language television channel Al Jazeera said Baldoni's kidnappers killed him because Italy refused to heed their earlier deadline to withdraw troops from Iraq.

"The group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq said they executed the Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni because Italy did not respond to their demand to withdraw troops from Iraq within 48 hours," the Arabic language channel Al Jazeera said.

Al Jazeera showed a video of Baldoni, 56, speaking to the camera in front of the group's banner, but no audio could be heard. The television said it would not air footage showing Baldoni's dead body out of respect for his family.

Berlusconi responded quickly with a statement reiterating his determination to keep Italian forces in the U.S.-led coalition and condemning Baldoni's killing.

"There are no words for an act lacking any humanity and which at a stroke cancels out centuries of civilization and takes us back to the dark ages of barbarity," he said.

Italian newspapers said Baldoni and his driver-interpreter were caught in an ambush between Baghdad and Najaf, scene of a Shi'ite rebellion. His driver was found dead Saturday.

Tuesday, the Islamic Army in Iraq gave Italy 48 hours to withdraw its 2,700 troops from Iraq or Baldoni would be killed.

Italy, which has the third-largest foreign military contingent in the country, refused to bow to the kidnappers' demands.

As well as a reporter for the Milan-based weekly "Diario," Baldoni was volunteering for the Red Cross while in Iraq, his daughter, Gabriella Baldoni, told Italian television on Wednesday.

"He was trying to save human lives in Najaf by helping a Red Cross convoy in a spirit of solidarity which has always underscored his thinking and his actions," she told RAI television.
Four other Italians have been taken hostage in Iraq since militants began employing the technique in April to pressure U.S. allies and businesses to leave the country.

One of them, civilian security guard Fabrizio Quattrocchi, was shot dead. The three others were released unharmed.

The Islamic Army in Iraq claimed responsibility for the death of an Iranian diplomat in Iraq earlier this month and showed the man in a videotape. It also was reported to have killed two Pakistani hostages in July.

Just two days ago Burlesconi told the terrorist vaffanculo! Italy reemphasized that stance today. Expect updates.

Others Blogging: M.H. King, Jane, Diggers Realm, Jeff Quinton

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:01 PM | Comments |

Gandhi proposes new Palestinian resistance

Advice taken, now pass the ammunition.

PS-Your grandfather is in hell.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:46 PM | Comments |

POWs: John Kerry's Anti-War Rhetoric Used to Justify Torture

patriotism-no-questions.jpgA new documentary is coming out. Needless to say, buy your tickets early. Some of the clips show what are clearly political judgments by Vietnam Veterans--that the anti-war movement had prolonged the war needlessly, that John Kerry was only in Vietnam four months and thereby could not claim war hero status, or that John Kerry's voting record is anti-military. However, the most striking clip was from a POW who claimed his interrogator used John Kerry's testimony as justification for not giving the prisoners the rights accorded to POWs under the Geneva Conventions.

UPDATE: Via Glenn Reynolds I learn that Kerry's 1971 Testimony Before Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be on C-Span. If it is already 8:05 PM EST when you read this, you can click here to view the video over the internet. His own words will condemn him.

Here is a transcript of a clip found at the Stolen Honor website.

James Warner, POW

After we had talked for quite sometime the interrogator showed me a transcript of testimony that my mother had given at something called the winter soldier hearings...which I had no idea what these were. I read her testimony, and it wasn't damning, but then I saw some of the other stuff that had gone on at this winter soldier hearing and I wondered how did somebody get my mother persuaded to come, uh, appear at something like this.

And then shortly thereafter he [his interrogator showed] showed my some statements from John Kerry. He said that John Kerry had helped to organize the winter soldier hearings because he was so motivated because he had been an American officer served in the US Navy...and...then he started reading some of the statements that John Kerry made.

I'm sorry I can't quote them, but essentially he accused all of us in Vietnam of being criminals. That everything we had done was criminal. Therefore, of course, the North Vietnamese had told us from the time they got their hands on us that we were criminals, we're not covered by the Geneva Conventions, so it was ok for them to do whatever they wanted to us.

And they told us that they were going to put us on trial, and some of us would be executed....

The interrogator went through all of these statements from John Kerry. And he starts pounding on the table, "Well see here is this Naval officer, he [John Kerry] admits that you are a criminal and that you deserve punishment."

Well, look they told us this was a camp for punishment. We're in solitary confinement. The last time I had been tortured was, started on the 5th of May and lasted until the 2nd of September, in '69. And after it ended they kept me in this box until November the 10th. I was in the box from June the 1st to November the 10th.

When a guy starts pounding a table and you can spot this in them when they start...the voice starts to rise, their face gets red, that's usually a sign that something bad is about to happen. So it made me very uneasy as this interrogator is pounding on the table, looking at me, saying, "These words [John Kerry's] prove that you deserve punishment." I didn't know what was gonna come next and I was, for the rest of the time we were in that camp, I was very ill at ease.....

Here's a Naval Officer who comes home and leaves active duty and reports seeing events that he clearly did not see. And reports participating in actions that he clearly did not participate in. And he says them in criticism, not just of the government of the United States, but of the men he left behind when he came home. And of us who were being held prisoner in North Vietnam, he was criticizing us. He was saying we had done these things, and he was saying things that he knew to be false. And knew would harm us, that means he abandoned his comrades. He burned up his broth-...his band of brother’s membership card when he did that.


An overview of the film, from the Stolen Honor website:

But, perhaps, more than any living group of combat veterans, it was the America ’s POWs who suffered most, forced to endure the immediate consequences of Kerry’s treacherous falsehoods. In 1971, some 700 of these men were reported as captured or missing in action, most presumed held prisoner by the North Vietnamese Communists in such places as the notorious Hanoi Hilton. Already subjected to years of torture, solitary confinement and unspeakable psychological and physical abuse, their lives were literally hanging by a thread when Kerry issued his damning testimony. In mere moments, Kerry had willingly given the Vietnamese Communists what they had spent years of torture and blood-letting to drag out of their American hostages, an unqualified “confession” they were all war criminals.
Hat tip: Kevin Aylward

In the Bullpen, Bill at INDC, and Florida Cracker also on the case

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:16 PM | Comments |

Yes, I'm al Qaeda. So what?

Yemeni Poet Says He Is al-Qaida Member. I am told the confession was written in iambic pentameter.

Update: a poem by Dr. Chaos, with revisions by Keith:

There once was a man from Yemen
Whose breath always smelled of semen
a sign on the door
said, "Come back after 4:00...
I'm out giving head to bin Laden."
Senator Phil goes for broke with an haiku:
Although our man love
Is condemned by the Koran
Osama mounts me.
Apparently the Irish just can't get enough of this poetry stuff:
The al Qaeda poet was sodden
He rhymed to inspire the downtrodden
But a sign on his door
Said come come here no more
It's my duty to die for bin Laden

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:04 PM | Comments |

Idiocy on Display in Media

Headline: Attack Ads May Be Hurting Kerry, LA Times Poll Shows

Problem: Has anyone actually seen one of these ads on TV? The people in this poll who claimed to have seen the ad are either lying or are recalling news clips of the ad---usually with the most damning parts being left out. Unless of course the sample was skewed towards the internet savvy--the only place I've ever seen the ad. Unlike Ace, I just don't think these ads have been viewed widely enough to have impacted the polls. People know of the ad, but have not seen it.

Freaking brilliant analysis.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:55 AM | Comments |

Adam Sandler, Republican?

Oxymoron: Popular Jewish Actor in Hollywood is Republican.
(via Llama Butchers)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:44 AM | Comments |

Bloggers in WSJ

bloggers_aylward08232004155645.jpgThe Wall Street Journal Online has a profile of all the accredited bloggers at the RNC. Included in the list are blogging comrades Bill from INDC, Scott from Slant Point, and Kevin of Wizbang. Bill gets the money quote:

What's the biggest gap in convention coverage by mainstream media in prior election years?

The "wakefulness gap."

For some strange reason, now that I have seen Kevin's bio (pictured right), his babe posts seem less endearing scamp and more--hmm, what's the phrase? oh, yeah: creepy old man.

PS-I'm in class all day. Blogging will be light.

Double-lizzle PS-If you saw my pic you would think less sardonic college professor and more lame ass DNC photo op of Timmy and Lords of the Underworld.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:58 AM | Comments |

August 25, 2004

Take me back 'Blogger'...

....I'll change. I swear. All that time I spent with those mu.nu whores, I was thinking about you. I love you baby. Take me back!!

(speaking of whores: whorishly linked to the Traffic Jam)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:06 PM | Comments |

Kerry Needs Mojo the Helper Monkey

Please Dana, tell us what you really think of John Kerry's performance on The Daily Show:

Kerry's charisma was less than zero: It was negative. He was a charm vacuum, forced to actually borrow mojo from audience members. He was a dessicated husk, a tin man who really didn't have a heart. His lack of vibrancy, his utter dearth of sex appeal made Al Gore look like Charo.
(Hat Tip: Llama Butchers)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:04 PM | Comments |

Best of the Worst or Worst of the Best?

This weeks Bonfire of the Vanities is up. I will be hosting next weeks, so start writing your worst post of the upcoming week now!

Might I suggest this post over at Beautiful Attrocities for next weeks Bonfire? Jeff is hereby elevated to Sith Master and required to read this post before he goes accusing me of being a Star Wars fanatic again--and instead think more along the lines of South Park! (the Natalie Portman thing, though, is correct)

I also nominate Gordon the Cranky Neocon for not kissing but and not trying to score with blog-sista Jane (she's married dude). Jane, of course, doesn't qualify for the Bonfire because her recently published op-ed in the Lebanon Daily Star is brilliant.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:43 PM | Comments |

Alleged CIA Agent Beheaded

UPDATE: If you are looking for news, images, and links to the latest beheading video released by the monsters who claim they kill for Allah, please go to my MAIN PAGE HERE and scroll down for more recent entries.

UPDATE: I have the photos. Do not proceed. They are very graphic. They depict the victim, who's name is alleged to be 'Jamal Tewefic Salman' or 'Khaled Abdul Messih', being executed by a knife to the neck. His head is sawed off. They are at the end of this post.

For original post and images, please scroll past this update section

UPDATE: 10/02: For the latest information, links to video, and images on hostages in Iraq please check the main page by CLICKING HERE.

Here is a list of all the victims of Islamic Beheadings since late July this year.

10/02 Iraqi Victim Barie Nafie Dawoud Ibrahim Beheading Video and Images Here
9/22 American Hostage Jack Hensley Beheading Video and Images Here
9/20 American Hostage Eugene Armstrong Beheaded on Video Here
9/13 Turkish Hostage Beheaded on Video Here
9/08 Three Muslim 'Informants' Beheaded by the Religion of Irony
8/31 12 Nepalese Hostages Killed, 1 Beheaded Here
8/26 Italian Hostage Enzo Baldoni Murdered Here
8/25 Alleged CIA Agent Beheaded in Video Here
8/13 Another Alleged CIA Agent Beheaded on Video Here
8/11 CIA Agent Executed: Another Beheading Video
8/09 Another Bulgarian Beheading Video
8/02 Turkish Hostage Murdered
7/28 Bulgarian Beheading Video
7/27 Kashmir Rebels Bomb Hospital, Behead Three
7/27 Paul Johnson Beheading Video and Images Here
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Origina post:

Reuters:

An Islamic militant group posted pictures on its Web site Wednesday of what it said was the beheading of a man it called a Central Intelligence Agency spy in Iraq.

Army of Ansar al-Sunna's site showed five sequential photographs of the apparent beheading and threatened the same fate for other people who it caught spying.

It was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of the pictures.

The group said in an accompanying statement that Jamal Tewefic Salman, who became an U.S. citizen in 1980, confessed to be masquerading as a journalist in Iraq to spy on Islamic fighters for the CIA.

"A group of mujahideen were able to kidnap a spy called Jamal Tewefic Salman, who got U.S. citizenship in 1980. He changed his name to Khaled Abdul Messih," it said.

"We have implemented God's judgment on him and the accompanying pictures show his beheading. We call on those living off the blood of the mujahideen to repent to God and stop what they are doing ... or else the mujahideen's and God's hands will reach their necks one by one," it added.

Ansar al-Sunna has claimed many attacks since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq last year, but no official link has been made between the group and the attacks it has claimed.

The group Sunday showed individual pictures of 12 Nepalis it said it was holding in Iraq.

Militants in the country have waged a campaign of kidnapping aimed at driving out individuals, companies and troops supporting U.S.-led forces and the new Iraqi interim administration.

Scores of hostages have been taken. Some have been released but at least nine have been killed.

Updates as they happen.

(Hat tip: Chad Evans who first noticed a spike in Google searches)

Before you proceed--if you must--please take a moment to look at the names of hostages murdered by Islamic terrorists since 9/11. The list only includes the names of those who were first captured, then murderd while in captivity.

1) Daniel Pearl (Feb. 2, 2002)

2) Martin Burnham (June 7, 2002)

3) Fabrizio Quattrocchi (April 16)

4) Nick Berg (May 12)

5) Hussein Ali Alyan (June 12)

6) Paul Johnson (June 18)

7) Kim Sun-il (June 22)

8) Keith M. Maupin (June 28)

9) Ivaylo Kepov (presumed dead) (probably July 14)

10) Georgi Lazov (July 13) (rant)

11) Sajad Naeem (July 28)

12)Raja Azad (July 28)

13) Murat Yuce (Aug. 1)

14) Uknown Egyptian National in Iraq (Aug. 11)

15) Mohammed Fawzi Abdaal Mutwalli (Aug. 13)

16) Khaled Abdul Messih (aka, Jamal Tewefic Salman) Aug. 25

Last Warning: Do Not Proceed!!!

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:01 AM | Comments |

411 on Russian 9/11

****Exclusive Analysis****

After careful research (meaning me looking at a map and slapping forehead) Dr. Rusty Shackleford retracts his earlier statement that the bombing at a bus station two days ago in Moscow was probably unrelated to yestereday's downing of two Russian Airliners. My Pet Jawa has learned that the two are probably connected.

From the Moscow Times:

An explosion went off at a bus stop at 30 Kashirskoye Shosse on Tuesday, injuring four people, a Federal Security Service spokesman said.
Initially, my thoughts were that the bus bombing was not terrorist related, or if it was, that this act of terrorism was not connected to the airplane bombings because this particular location is nowhere near any logical terrorist targets. However, it turns out that the both planes that went down took off from Moscow's Domodedovo airport which is 22 km south of Moscow on Kashirskoye Shosse.

So, we have two planes going down from the same airport. The day before, a bus bomb went off on a bus line that leads to that airport. Is it a coincidence? Not likely. Further, more recent reports reveal that the bus stop was located across the street from a police station and went off at a time when police shifts were changing, hence a motive for this particular location.

Further, this is not the first act of terrorism on Kashirskoye Shosse. On September 13, 1999 a bomb went off in a residential apartment building located on Kashirskoye killing 19 people.

Added together, we have a strong case that the bus bombing was related to airplane attrocities committed the next day. It is even possible that the same person/persons committed both acts given the close proximity of the airport.

Updates are being kept by Jeff Quinton, Michelle Cantalano, and Blogs of War

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:42 AM | Comments |

August 24, 2004

Two More to go and Bush wins

Two words: Florida, Ohio.

Boo-hooo-hoooo!!!! (Hat tip: Dr. Chaos)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:37 PM | Comments |

Berlesconi to Terrorists: Vaffanculo! (India to supply own KY, sadistic Kenya lookng to make it a gang rape)

Eastday:

The Italian government said Tuesday it would maintain its 3,000 troops in Iraq despite an ultimatum from a radical Muslim group holding an Italian journalist and demanding that Rome withdraw its forces within 48 hours.

A statement from Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's office said the government is prepared to make every effort to secure the release of Enzo Baldoni, a 56-year-old journalist who disappeared last week, but insisted Italian troops would remain in Iraq to help maintain order and security.

The statement said Baldoni was in Iraq in "a private capacity as a journalist and was absolutely not connected to the Italian government."

It said Italy "would abide by its commitments toward the provisional Iraqi government which was legitimized by a United Nations resolution approved unanimously in June."

Italy did not participate in the war on Iraq but now has some 3, 000 troops serving there, mainly as part of a British-led multinational stabilization force in the southern part of the country.

Earlier, Arabic news channel Al-Jazeera broadcast a video of the journalist with a statement from a group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq, which gave Rome 48 hours to announce a troop pullout from Iraq.

Vaffanculo, jawas!

Oh, and what is the Hindi phrase for I'm the Bitch? And are the terrorists really aware of the AIDS problem in Africa and how the HIV is spread?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:56 PM | Comments |

12 More Face Beheading

UPDATE: The hostages have been murdered. This post has the details, photos, and link to video.

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ABC News:

Twelve Nepalese workers were confirmed kidnapped on Monday, August 23, by the Nepalese Foreign Ministry. They were in Iraq working for a Jordan-based construction company. The workers were traveling in two cars on August 19, when they disappeared after crossing the border from Jordan. The following day, an Iraqi militant group posted a statement on its Web site claiming to have kidnapped the Nepalese workers. On Sunday, the site showed photos of 12 men it claimed were the hostages. The group has been linked to past unfounded claims of kidnappings.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:09 PM | Comments |

Russian Airliner Down, Another Missing (Update: Hijack Signal Sent)

My regular readers know I follow Russian politics fairly closely. This just in from Jeff Quinton, news of two airplanes:

Air controllers on Tuesday lost contact with the second airplane with 44 passengers on board, Interfax news agency reported.

It quoted Emergencies ministry as saying contacts with Tu-154 flying from Moscow to the Black Sea resort of Sochi were lost at 3 p.m. EDT when it was expected to be 90 miles from the southern city of Rostov-on-Don.

Earlier Russian news agencies said that around the same time one more Russian passenger plane with more than 40 people on board went missing near the town of Tula south of Moscow.

When I was in Russia, some 9 years ago, it was not an uncommon experience for Aeroflot (the national airline) to land midway between destinations on domestic flights such as these. The crew would then tell the passengers they were out of gas, and unless the passengers forked over some cash they would be stuck. That was the sorry state of Russian airlines, but surprisingly crashes were few and far between.

One Russian airplane going down would not surprise me. Two, and I'm thinking terrorism. Remember, the Russians are fighting a hot war in Chechnya and a cold war against Georgia over South Ossetia. Updates in extended entry.

Update: A few thoughts

1) Chechnya. There is an election in Chechnya Sunday. While Spain continues to deny that the Madrid bombing affected elections, terrorist organizations assuredly read the elections that way. They bomb, Spain elects a government wishing to pull out of Iraq--no brainer. For liberals making their way to this blog for the first time and who have been led to believe that war in Chechnya is a simple war of liberation unrelated to the War on Terror, I would ask them to look at this pic of what Chechens 'freedom fighters' do to Russian soldiers they capture (Warning: Very Graphic!!!). There is a vast army of jihadis in the world stretching from the Phillipines to the Balkaans and connected by common ideology, tactics, and goals.

2) While I suspect Chechens are behind this, let's not forget that Russia is involved in another war in Georgia's South Ossetia. Ossetians are ethnically Russian and have been fighting a low intensity war of independence for the past decade. In the past two-weeks, the new Georgian Prime Minister vowed to take South Ossetia back and the shooting began again. The Georgian government has accused Russia of supporting the rebels (--probably true) and both governments have warned that there could be international consequences for the escalating violence. It is not likely that these planes were brought down by Georgians, but it remains a remote possibility. Background on the fighting in Ossetia can be found in this post.

3) A bomb went off at a bus stop in Moscow yesterday. Allah in public and Jeff Quinton in a private correspondence wondered if there was a connection since the Moscow Police have stated they think the bomb was the work of terrorists. While not ruling out the possibility, it should be noted that the bus stop where this bomb went off is on the outskirts of town--or at least, not in the central district in Moscow. It would be an odd location for a terrorist to set off a bomb. Moscow is not set up like New York of Los Angeles. There are no real 'suburbs' as we think of them and the farther you get from the center the farther you get from everything. Unless the Chechens are adopting Hamas style bus bombing tactics, it seems an odd location. My experience is that the Moscow Police are quick to shoot off their mouths and to blame anything out of the ordinary on Chechens or other 'undesirables'. Think Sherrif Roscoe P. Coletrain, only a heavy drinker, slightly corrupt, and a whole lot more of a biggot--that's your average cop in Russia.

Also blogging: Command Post, In the Bull Pen, Allah, Blogs of War, Jane, Athena, Chris Short, Michelle Malkin, Freedom of Thought, M.H. King, LGF, Wizbang, James Joyner, Juliette

Channel News Asia:

One Russian airliner has crashed in southern Russia and another in the centre of the country, news agencies reported early Wednesday.

A Tu-134 aircraft with 34 passengers and eight crew on board was en route to Russia's southern city of Volgograd when it disappeared off radar screens late Tuesday, emergency officials said as quoted by the ITAR-TASS news agency.

It was later found near the village of Buchalki in Tula region some 180 kilometers (108 miles) south of Moscow, officials said. The fate of passengers and crew was unclear.

In a separate case, a Tu-154 airplane with 44 people on board crashed near the southern city of Rostov-on-Don while on the way to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, officials said.

Guardian:
The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, last night ordered the FSB security services to begin an investigation after one passenger plane with 42 people on board crashed and another aircraft carrying 52 went missing within minutes of each other after taking off from Moscow.

The involvement of the FSB and an order for airport security to be tightened suggested the possibility that the incidents could have been caused by terrorism.

The emergencies ministry confirmed that one plane had crashed and that the second was missing after both had left Moscow.

A ministry spokeswoman said a two-engine Tupelov TU-134 with 34 passengers and eight crew flying from Moscow to Volgograd crashed after contact with it was lost at 10.56 Moscow time (7.56 BST). She said the wreckage was found near the town of Tula.

Just three minutes later, air traffic controllers lost contact with another passenger plane - a three-engine TU-154 with 44 passengers and eight crew on board - flying from Moscow to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where Mr Putin is holidaying, the spokeswoman said.

Confusion surrounded the fate of the second plane last night, though Itar-Tass news agency reported emergency officials as saying that it had crashed. Quoting an unnamed air traffic official in Moscow, the agency said the authorities were not ruling out terrorism.

There was also a report last night on Interfax that witnesses near the scene of the crash of the plane bound for Volgograd had seen an explosion on board the Tupolev 134 before it hit the ground. Local officials told the agency the crash did not harm the local population.

Its wreckage was found near the town of Tula, about 100 miles south off Moscow.

Itar-Tass said the Tupolev 154's wreckage had yet to be found, raising the possibility of a mix-up. The agency added that the authorities had said terrorism could not be ruled out as a reason for the crash.

An official in the town's emergency situations department said wreckage of the 134's fuselage was scattered across the region.

Both planes were en route to southern Russia, a region under the threat of terrorist attack in the run up to elections for a new president in the war-torn republic of Chechnya. On Sunday voters will be asked to approve a replacement for Akhmed Kadyrov, former president who was assassinated in May.

Earlier this week, Mr Putin made a whirlwind visit to Chechnya, laying flowers at the grave of the Mr Kadyrov. He was in Chechnya for a few hours before returning to the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

In a separate incident earlier yesterday, a bomb went off at a southern Moscow bus stop, injuring four people, a spokesman for the capital's federal security service said.

The four injured included a woman stated to be in a serious condition at a Moscow hospital, the authorities said. A Moscow police spokesman said officials were investigating the attack as hooliganism.

A series of explosions in recent years has claimed hundreds of lives, in blasts that have been blamed mostly on Chechen separatist rebels.

In Washington, a senior US state department official said of the crash: "We are obviously concerned by the news. We are following developments closely and trying to determine the facts."

UPDATE II

ABCNEWS: Report: Russian Jet Sent Hijack Signal

The Russian plane that went missing around the time as another jet crashed issued a siugnal indicating a hijacking or seizure before disappearing from radar, the Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed government source as saying Wednesday.

The signal came at 11:04 p.m. Tuesdau (sic) from the Tu-154 airliner that went missing in southern Russia's Rostov region, Interfax quoted the source in Russia's "power structures" as saying.

Channel News Asia verifies:
An alarm went off aboard a Russian airliner just before it went missing in southern Russia, signaling that the plane had been hijacked, a Russian official told the Interfax news agency Wednesday.

According to the source, the hijack alarm went off at 11:04 pm Tuesday (1904 GMT), as the Tupelov Tu-154 aircraft, which took off from Moscow, was flying over Millerovo near Rostov-on-Don, with the aircraft dropping off radar screens shortly after.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:19 PM | Comments |

Bush Twin Powers, Activate

I got this e-mail this morning from the Bush campaign.


You know who I'm voting for now, right?

JenandBarb-photo.jpgDear Rusty,

We're sure that you have no doubt who we'll be voting for in November. But you should also know that we would be voting for our Dad in this election even if he had not raised us, loved us, tutored us, coached us, and even listened to a few excuses from us for late curfews. We have been privileged to know our President personally and we know he is the right person to lead our country - especially when there are so many important issues at stake.

Our Dad has qualities that are needed in a good President - loyalty, humor (embarrassing as it sometimes may be), compassion, and, most importantly, integrity. We're not the only ones who see it. In fact, our friends - from varying political backgrounds - are supporting our Dad in November. Not only because of his decisions to liberate the women of Afghanistan or bring freedom to the people of Iraq, but because during the last ten years they met a man whose title was Governor or President, but who was always happy to be known as "our Dad." He made everyone feel welcome and comfortable in our house (except for the occasional boyfriend) and our friends got to know him as a really good guy.

We know that when you get to know his record as President, you too will feel compelled to participate in this year's election - and hopefully get involved in the campaign, too. We know it can be hard to find time to think about politics. We just graduated from college and are perfectly aware that schoolwork, parties, and extra-curricular activities keep students busy, away from campaigns and voting booths. In the last election, less than half of 18- to 24-year-olds were registered to vote, and only 32% of them actually did vote. Sadly, many Americans our age did not take advantage of their right to vote.

We are asking you to get involved with this campaign not only because it is the most critical election of our lifetime, but also because we have the ability to positively change our future. Please encourage your friends to sign up on the campaign's web site (www.GeorgeWBush.com) and register to vote online. At the web site you'll also find a lot of information about how to get involved in our Dad's re-election campaign. It's an easy process, and it's the best way to have a say in this year's election.

Thanks for taking a few minutes to think about some big issues. This is a really important election, and we know that with your help our Dad will win in November.

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Jenna and Barbara Bush

For those of you who think the Kerry girls are hotter, one word: HOMOSEXUALS!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:47 PM | Comments |

Students, blah-blah-blah!

Stupid students....coming between me and my blogging!! If it weren't for this stupid job I could actually get some work done. I'll be over advising incoming freshman if you need to find me.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:11 PM | Comments |

Persians vs. Trolls

Let's compare the level of class and clear thinking between a Persian reader and a troll.

Persian reader on Another Egyptian 'CIA Agent' Beheading Video:

I am a muslem from Iran. Sitting here cold and horrorstricken after seeing these horrified pictures of beheading a Egyptian man! I apologise to human race regardless of their religion, color or their nationality in the name of Millions of true and decent Muslems around the world.
Troll on 'Torture' vs. 'Torture':
What you haven't included are the pictures of American soldiers gloating over the body of an Iraqi detainee that they had beaten to death. Let's compare that to Berg's death: Both men are unarmed and handcuffed, one is beaten to death, the other had his head cut off with a knife. I think the only main point for arguing in this case is which is worse:
getting beaten to death or having your head cut off with a knife. I don't think either should be accepted.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:46 AM | Comments |

Efforts Based Grading

Jeff Quinton alerted me to this alarming not surprising news:

Benedict College has fired two professors who refused to go along with a policy that says freshmen are awarded 60 percent of their grades based on effort and the rest on their work's academic quality.

Benedict President David Swinton says the Success Equals Effort policy gives struggling freshmen a chance to adapt to college academics. He expects students to improve - the formula drops to 50-50 in the sophomore year and isn't used in the junior or senior year. But he says he's "interested in where they are at when they graduate, not where they are when they get here."

Students "have to get an A in effort to guarantee that if they fail the subject matter, they can get the minimum passing grade," Swinton said. "I don't think that's a bad thing."

This is the most idiotic policy I have ever heard of...and I've heard of a lot of idiotic policies!

I know individual professors who give effort points (mostly in the School of Edumacation), but to make this policy? At most institutions the faculty would throw a serious fit over this. One tidbit of information students are often not aware of is that most universities have faculty governance of some sort or another. What this means is that the faculty themselves, not the administration, usually writes the rules. Either the faculty at Benedict is full of crap, or the university is an outlier, not following the normal faculty governance arrangement.

Science professors Milwood Motley and Larry Williams defied that policy and Swinton dismissed them. Neither had tenure, which could have protected them from firing.

Motley, a veteran five years at Benedict, said he didn't like concept from the beginning but went along with it grudgingly. Then he faced an academic dilemma of passing a student he thought had not learned course material. In his case, giving a C to a student with a high exam score of 40 percent was too much.

"There comes a time when you have to say this is wrong," he said.

Motley said he started in the Spring awarding grades strictly on academic performance. But the historically black college "told us to go back and recalculate the grades, and I just refused to do it," he said. A letter in June, informed Motley and Williams they were fired. Williams would not comment to The State newspaper for its story on the situation.

Fellow political scientist Steven Taylor had this to say:
Well, yes it is if the point of grades is to measure the degree to which students have mastered the material. And how does one measure “effort” anyway? Surely the best test of how hard one has worked is how well one has mastered the material–and yes, some people have to work harder than others. Such is life, I’m afraid.
Why do I have the feeling Dr. Taylor and I would get along splendidly?

The article continues:

A faculty grievance committee voted 4-3 vote to reinstate Motley, but Swinton overruled that, dismissing Motley's claim that his academic freedom had been violated.

"The record makes it abundantly clear that Dr. Motley has committed this infraction," Swinton wrote in a July 13 letter to the committee's chairwoman. "Moreover, the transcript of the hearing reveals that he admits to refusing to comply with college policy and states that he would not comply if reinstated."

The professors "were not dismissed because they did not follow the policy," he said. "They were dismissed for insubordination. They were openly defiant and in some cases hostile."

This is why the faculty at my, or any university that I have been associated with, would go nuts. Academic freedom is sacrosanct. Academic freedom is normally construed to mean more than the freedom to say what you want in class (and out--especially in your role as an academic researcher) but also the freedom to do what you want in class.

Another colleague, Dr. James Joyner, had a different take on the academic freedom angle:

Well, clearly, this isn't an academic freedom issue; this isn't a debate over contending theories in science. It is, however, a manisfestly idiotic policy. Indeed, aside from a student's performance on exams and other graded events, it is not clear to me how it is that a professor would assess "effort." Further, effort is an entirely meaningless concept if it doesn't translate into performance.
I disagree. This is about academic freedom, unless one construes academic freedom so narrowly as to only apply the term to research and speech issues.

To further complicate matters, the Benedict College is an historically black college (HBC). Unfortunatly, HBCs have acquired a reputation for less than stellar academic standards. Morris Brown and Barber-Scotia recently lost accreditation, and let me tell you it takes a lot of hard work to actually lose accreditation!! In the case of Barber-Scotia the underlying reason for losing accreditation was "a fundamental issue of integrity" including degrees "being offered without students having completed work, and that sort of thing". I'd be worried if I was at Benedict that these types of shenanigans would affect the College's accreditation.

HBCs were once important institutions committed to educating African-Americans in the face of the hardships of segregation. Booker T. Washington's autobiographical Up From Slavery recounts the history of the Tuskegee Institute and the strict demands that institution made on its students. Even Washington's arch-nemesis W.E.B. Dubois would be rolling over in his grave--from what I understand his courses at Atlanta College were not especially easy nor did he grade on effort.

One of the major problems faced by smaller universities (which most HBCs are) is the dominance of Ed. Ds over Ph. Ds. An Ed. D. is a Doctor of Education and is trained much like your normal high school or elementary school teacher. Ph. Ds are not trained teachers, rather, they are trainded in a specific academic discipline to pursue scientific knowledge. Imagine the local high school social-studies teacher, but in charge of a university--that is how Ed. Ds tend to run things. See the problem? They actually tend to believe the university is an extension of the public school system. They tend to believe that every one ought to get a college degree. The tend to think effort is just as important as achievement....etc.

In my estimation, the problems facing HBCs have their underlying causes not in the ethnic make-up of faculty and students, but in the academic preparation of faculty. The education establishment has a hard enough time running our nation's schools, they should never be put in charge of running our universities.

These are the same people that want to do away with using red-ink in elementary schools, for fear of emotionally scarring students.

It's crap like this that scares me into blogging anonymously. Tenure is how far away???

UPDATE: James "I left my job in academia for more money and prestige than you'll ever have Rusty" Joyner resorts to the AAUP (American Association of University Professors) definition of academic freedom and says:

If a professor decided that he wanted to call his black students "niggers," for example, he would not ordinarily be covered by academic freedom (although I can think of narrow pedagogical exceptions). If he wanted to argue that affirmative action is a policy harmful to blacks, it would. Even then, the topic should be appropriate for the course content and the professor's expertise.
I disagree with James and the AAUP. I do not advocate dropping the 'N' bomb on students, but there is a serious question of who decides what the exception to the rule is. If the academic freedom policy is a general rule which allows professors the leeway to express unpopular ideas except when those ideas may be offensive--well then the rule has no meaning whatsoever. Why? Because the except whens are purely subjective and are therefore are at the whim of some group of people or another. Hence, academic freedom is a farce unless it completely covers all situations--even when professors utter idiotic and even hurtful drivel.

Otherwise, I fear, professors can (and have) be censured for saying idiotic things which the academic community disapproves of (for instance, racist ideas), but will receive no such censure for saying equally idiotic things which the academic community has no problem with (for instance, Marxist philosophy). When you carve out exceptions to rules you are allowing a group of people to decide when the exception is valid and when it is not. The same problem arises with Constitutional Law. Freedom of speech, except when, is nothing more than freedom of speech as long as the Supreme Court doesn't mind what you are saying. I would reject the AAUP standard as too narrow, and would have a much broader standard in it's place.

(PS-I'm waiting to hear from fellow political scientists Dr. Choas (also untenured and anonymous) and the not so anonymous but ever mysterious Steve the Llamabutcher)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:13 AM | Comments |

August 23, 2004

Kill Baby Kitties

Come on you wimps. You know you want to kill cats. And not just the annoying ones in the alley that keep you up all night. The newborn kittiess too. One week old, eyes not open, suckling their mommy kitty's teet--you want to grab them and throw them down on the ground, then step on them and watch their brains ooze out. Cowards. Admit it, you love to kill kittens!

And while you're looking down at their brains on your jackboots, ask yourself this question--Can a kitty killer really love America?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:10 PM | Comments |

Sith Mind Trick

Using an old Sith mind trick, I was able to convince the powers that be to put me on the Academic Appeals Committee. Students with weak minds and lame excuses beware! Blogging will be light.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:50 PM | Comments |

Zarqawi Website Back Up (Updated)!!

UPDATE: Due to a high volume of requests for Zarqawi's URL, I am unable to give it out anymore. Sorry, just taking up too much of my time. Please check my MAIN PAGE HERE for updates on what Zarqawi's evil minions are posting. If they post a threat or another beheading snuff film, I will let you know along with links and pics.

UPDATE: It appears that the hosting company has taken down the site for good! Less than half an hour after this post went up, the URLs for at least half a dozen terrorist sites hosted by Hosting Anime were shut down. As of this writing, the internet addresses are not valid. Apparantly, the notoriety caused by my previous post forced the host to yank the sites. Thanks to Michelle Malkin and the dozen others (see their referring TrackBacks in my previous post) for getting the word out. Way to go!!

UPDATE II: Nope, up again. Wishful thinking on my part? Well it was completely down for awhile. Did I mention the name of the company that hosts at least a dozen terrorist websites is called Hosting Anime and is an American company? I might have failed to mention that abuse of their servers can be reported to them here. Terrorism is abuse, right?
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An internet website with ties to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is back up. The site was hacked over the weekend, as first reported here. The site is used by Zarqawi for propaganda purposes, most notably to release images and video of beheading victims.

Yesterday, the site featured images of an American flag and a crossed-out picture of Ossama bin Laden. A captured image of the webpage can be found in my earlier post. The hacked page featured a warning from the internet hacking group, calling themselves "TeaMz UsA", which read "HoSt Em?....Watch out...wE B ...Cominz 4 U", an apparent message to the company providing hosting to the terrorist web site. The company, Hosting Anime, is reported to rent space on servers owned by Everyone's Internet (EV1), a Houston based company.

Today, surfers reaching Zarqawi's site find downloads of religious fatwas issued against the United States and images of Kim Sun-il and Georgi Lazov, both beheaded by the group. The video of several executions is also available on the site today along with an explanation in English of why Kim Sun-il's execution was justified:

Kim's parents had urged the Seoul government to do
everything to save their son, who had a degree in theology as well as Arabic and had hoped to be Christian missionary in the Arab world.

Yonhap said the president was a devout Christian and the name of the company, which donated 10 percent of its profit for missionary work, was a biblical reference.

Links to the site are not posted here. Please e-mail me for links.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:22 AM | Comments |

August 22, 2004

Micah Garen Released

One down, thank goodness...but there are at least three other Westerners and dozens of others still in Iraq with the threat of beheading looming over them. They are: Christian Chesnot, Georges Malbrunot, and Enzo Baldoni. (Hat tip: Wizbang)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:41 PM | Comments |

Al Zarqawi's Website Hacked!!

*******My Pet Jawa Exclusive*************

UPDATE 8/23: The site is back up. See this post for details.

Making the rounds today I was checking out Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's (you may know him from such beheadings as Paul Johnson and Kim Sun-Il) website. Guess what...it was hacked!!! GOOD RIDDANCE!!

The CIA/FBI are making a major mistake allowing these sites to be kept up. The reason? This is war. In a war you take away propaganda outlets from the enemy. Yes, they may help us track down al Qaeda elements, but that is just the point. Tracking down and arresting al Qaeda is a police function. Treating the War on Terror as a police matter is Clintonesque and is what got us 9/11. We need to shut all these sites down. They are valuable tools for the enemy.

Here is what Zarqawi's site looked like as of a few minutes after midnight. The hackers left a tag, but their site http://hostinganime.com/teamusa/ only displays the hacker tag 'TeaMz UsA'. Praise Allah for hackers!!! Click the image for larger pic.


I didn't link to the site intentionally, for fear that it might come back online at some point in the future. E-mail me if you want the URL. It's not a big secret, but we don't need to be giving an al Qaeda linked website any more traffic than necessary.

UPDATE: Thanks to Michell Malkin for linking this post. I am now getting the most vile e-mails by people who think they are mailing her. A) It shows what morons they are B) I feel very sorry for her. I knew there was a lot of hate out there, but some of this is just psycho. PS-The trolls are also out...don't feed them after midnight.

PS-Unfortunately the crew at 'TeaMz UsA' missed a page. I have the URL and am more than glad to share it with any hacker who thinks they can take down the page. Just e-mail me anonymously at mypetjawa-at-yahoo-dot-com.

UPDATE: Due to a large number of requests and my personal time constraints I am unable to give out the URL any longer. To date no hacker has taken down Zarqawi's backup site, even though his original site is down. Please go to my MAIN PAGE HERE for updates on what Zarqawi is posting. I often post still images from his website and links to the various beheading films he releases there.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:16 AM | Comments |

August 21, 2004

Olympic Blog Ban

When the left starts talking about corporate censorship, and I read this story, I start thinking they have a point. USA Today:

Athletes may be the center of attention at the Olympic Games, but don't expect to hear directly from them online — or see snapshots or video they've taken.
The International Olympic Committee is barring competitors, as well as coaches, support personnel and other officials, from writing firsthand accounts for news and other Web sites.

An exception is if an athlete has a personal Web site that they did not set up specifically for the Games.

The IOC's rationale for the restrictions is that athletes and their coaches should not serve as journalists — and that the interests of broadcast rightsholders and accredited media come first.

Participants in the games may respond to written questions from reporters or participate in online chat sessions — akin to a face-to-face or telephone interview — but they may not post journals or online diaries, blogs in Internet parlance, until the Games end Aug. 29.

PS-Just to piss the IOC off, why not visit pole vaulter Jillian Schwartz's blog? Or swimming relay bronze metalist Nate Dusing's blog? Maybe Team USA racewalker Phillip Dunn's photoblog is more your style? Or you can see the results of the ban at steeplechaser Anthony Famiglietti's former blog......

FASCISTS Pigs

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:36 PM | Comments |

Bush to Attend Iraqi Soccer Game at Olympics?

That's Drudge's story and he's sticking to it:

PRESIDENT BUSH PLANS TRIP TO OLYMPICS, SOURCES TELL DRUDGE. MAY ATTEND IRAQI SOCCER GAME. 'TRIP BEING PLANNED IN SECRET'... SECURITY CONCERNS AND 'DISRUPTION' OF GAMES AT ISSUE... 'THE PRESIDENT WILL NOT GO, IF IT BECOMES TOO MUCH OF A DISTRACTION,' TOP SOURCE REVEALED LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON... TOP BUSH SOURCE CAUTIONS PLANNING FOR TRIP IS BEING RESEARCHED AND IS IN PRELIMINARY STAGE. TRIP WOULD BE FOR FINALS AUG 28 [SATURDAY]... DEVELOPING...
I question the timing of this trip...and of Drudge's report...and of the Iraqi win....and of the Olympics!!!

PS-The all caps thing IS annoying.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:14 PM | Comments |

Zanzabar bans gay sex....AS blames fascist Bush regime

Ok, well, AS is still silent, but silence is consent under the law (or so I am told). I guess his Club Med vacation was not in Zanzabar. Either that, or it was in Zanzabar and AS is in a whole lotta trouble and may not be returning any time soon---say, 25 years. This Guardian story via Robert Spencer:

A law banning gay sex has come into effect in Zanzibar, with homosexual men threatened with 25-year jail terms and lesbians facing seven-year sentences.

"This is what we have been aspiring for. If the government takes such steps, the country will really move ahead," said Sheikh Muhammed Said, a local Islamic leader.

Notice how lesbos only get seven years....even the Religion of Peas recognizes there is good gay and bad gay I guess. Do lipstick lesbos just get, like, community service or probation or what?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:30 PM | Comments |

Women's Lib, Islamic Style

Did I say Islamic? I meant Llama Style.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:04 PM | Comments |

It's the connections, man

Blogs for Bush is turning out to be a better assett than I had foreseen. Where did the dark-side fail me?

I don't go in for this conspiracy stuff, but it is fun to see how connected individuals and groups tend to be. Remember the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon theory you learned in Sociology? Surely Kerry's own camp is no less 'connected' to MoveOn.org than Bush is to the Swifties.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:50 PM | Comments |

John Kerry Announces Al Gore Strategery

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John Kerry assumes the Al Gore Florida strategery. When you look like you're going to lose, hire a lawyer. Via Blogs for Bush this CNN story:

John Kerry has hired an Internet-savvy Democrat to run his presidential campaign's online communications, a move that raises new questions about the link between his campaign and the independent groups that run TV ads on his behalf.
Zach Exley, the director of special projects for the MoveOn PAC, is going to the Kerry campaign to become its director of online communications and organization.

Exley also worked during the Democratic presidential primary for Howard Dean, helping Dean set up his web-based organization.

Since Kerry became the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee in early March, the MoveOn PAC has spent more than $2.5 million on TV ads that attack President Bush.

But under the new campaign-finance law, those efforts cannot be coordinated with the Kerry campaign.

A MoveOn statement said Exley and the staff of all MoveOn entities have agreed that they will not be in contact through the election period to avoid the appearance of coordination, "even though federal election rules permit some forms of communication."

Just remember, it's all about connections--hidden and unhidden (that was my inner DU speaking).

Via James Joyner news that Kerry is also calling on book retailers to recall Unfit for Command. The Al Gorization of the Kerry campaign thus being completed since there was no call for book retailers to witdthdraw Kerry's official bio Tour of Duty. This doesn't smack of Gore's strategery of demanding vote recounts only where beneficial to him---no, this is the same strategy.

Beck, over at INCITE, has this to say about the dueling ads of MoveOn and SBVT:"there's so much shit on TV these days that scientists are on the brink of a massive breakthrough of using radio waves to fertilize crops." Hip-boots for me, but I think John Kerry needs some mouthwash.

Beth Donovan really makes the most thorough case as to why JFK-lite is full of crap on this issue: "He does not respond to the accusations in the ads - he simply attacks the Veterans as liars." Would I sound too geeky if I quoted Gandalf here? "You seem to be very comfortable using the word liar."

Kate believes this is such a massive mistake as to accuse JFK-lite of being a Rove operative. DU theory noted, and duly approved!!

Jeff Soyer goes so far as to call Kerry a traitor for pissing on the 1st Amendment. I wouldn't go that far, and let's remember the it was Bush who signed McCain/Feingold and is also condemning independent organizations right to free speech.

Finally, In the Bullpen notes that a quick visit to the local bookstore shows that retailers are already burying Unfit for Command on the backshelves....not the usual place for bestsellers which are promulently displayed up front. Of course, I can't check out the theory...Arlen has no real bookstores, unlessing you count the "Grace and Blessings Books and Gifts" on third street, or the "Christian Science Reading Room" as a bookstore.

These and other links stolen borrowed from Jeff Quinton.

PS-"You are not seeing this post. This post is not happening."--says John Kerry's new spokesman.

PSS-QandO reminds me that Media Matters is behind the campaign to have the Swifties book pulled from shelves. Need I remind you, dear readers, that Olliver Willis works for Media Matters?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:32 PM | Comments |

Congrats to Simon!!

Blog buddy and Imperial Undersecretary of Asian Affairs (Hong Kong Bureau), Simon, has had a new baby!! Congratulations!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:01 PM | Comments |

August 20, 2004

In Meetings...

I'd pull an INDC best of, but the premise is all wrong for this site. Can you believe I'm going to a 'retreat' but not actually leaving town? If they ask us to start doing trust exercises I'm bolting.

PS-In case I bolt the meeting, I'm going Bigfoot Hunting. I'm serious. I really have gone Bigfoot Hunting. (read, snipe hunt)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:44 AM | Comments |

Al Sadr to recieve Nobel Peace Prize; Turkish Company Caves to Terrorist's Demands

Buried deep in a story about how Franco-American journalist Micah Garen was to be freed because of the relentless efforts of the peace-loving Muqtada al Sadr (future Nobel Laureate), I found a single paragraph about a Turkish company caving to demands that it leave Iraq or one of their employees would be beheaded.

The only good I can see coming out of this is that at least this poor guy won't die. And, at least it was a private corporation--not a government (I'm looking in your direction Spain and Phllippines). Record-Journal:

Also Thursday, a Turkish company announced it was withdrawing its employees from Iraq in an effort to save the life of a worker taken hostage by Iraqi militants. Turkish media said the kidnappers have threatened to kill the hostage if the company didn't leave within three days.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:21 AM | Comments |

August 19, 2004

Turkish Hostage Threatened with Death

UPDATE 9/13: Another murdered hostage, this one Durmus Kumdereli from Turkey, was released today. News, pics, and video here.

Another one. Murat Yuce was the name of the Turkish hostage executed last month. He was shot, rather than beheaded.

Al Jazeera:

A Turkish television channel aired footage of a Turkish hostage in Iraq who said that his captors had given two Turkish companies 72 hours to quit the country in exchange for his life.

The NTV news channel identified the man as Aytullah Gezmen, who went missing in Iraq last month together with another Turk, Murat Yuce.

More in extended entry

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Al Jazeera:

Yuce was seen shot in the head by his kidnappers in an Internet video on August 2. Yuce was the first Turkish hostage to be executed in Iraq.

Gezmen, who was working as a translator, has been on the list of Turkish hostages held by rebels since the killing of Yuce, a foreign ministry source said.

NTV cited Gezmen as saying that he had been held hostage for 24 days and that his abductors were threatening to kill him if the Bilintur and Tepe companies did not pull out of Iraq in 72 hours.

He also called for help from his family and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

However, the Turkish TV channel did not show the part of the video which included those remarks.

It was not known when the video was taped. It was sent to the Turkish Ihlas news agency, NTV said.

The footage showed Gezmen sitting on a coach, holding a passport. No one else was seen in the video.

"I was together with Murat when we went out of the military (base) to go to another camp to take supplies. While on our way we were captured by Iraqi mujahedeen," Gezmen was heard saying.

Following Yuce's killing, the Ankara-based Bilintur catering company, the employer of the two Turkish men, said it was pulling out all its personnel from Iraq in order to save Gezmen.

The company was delivering services to the U.S. army.

Bilintur, a sub-division of the Tepe company, said Tuesday it had completed the withdrawal on August 15.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:34 PM | Comments |

The 'Retreat' Post

I'm going to a 'retreat' tomorrow. Worse than a regular retreat, this one doesn't even have the charm of going out of town. Instead, the powers that be rented out a bed and breakfast in town. Charming, they say. I say bah-humbug!! Posting will be light or non-existent. Stupid meetings.....

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:16 PM | Comments |

I'm bigger than Chomsky!!

Did you know Noam Chomsky has a blog? Ghost of a Flea is in an all out race to beat Chomsky in the TTLB Ecosystem, begging for linkage. I just checked my own TTLB rating, and I beat Chomsky by a full 192 blogs!!! Just two days ago I was another 20 blogs ahead (see what happens when you don't post for two days).

Since I'm sure Chomsky will begin to climb as soon as word gets out about his blog, here are my two goals:

a) never link Chomsky again. The TTLB Ecosystem is based on number of unique incoming links. NEVER link Chomsky. If you want to say something about his blog, don't link it. Why? This post explains it with a follow up post here.

b) get banned at Zmag, where Chomsky's blog has a home. You can wear that as a badge of honor. "I was banned at Zmag!" No, I take this one back. Zmag wants you to front $3 bucks for the honor of comenting. No wonder Chomsky has zero comments to his posts. You think any of his readers even has a job?

Those are my goals, and should be yours too!!!

UPDATE: Tuning Spork more thoroughly fisks Chomsky and doesn't drop a link!

Also, kudos to Mark and Comrade Rusty (wink) for also taking the pledge!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:59 PM | Comments |

Pakistan's Most Wanted

Pakistan released it's list of most wanted terrorists today. Below is a picture. In the top center slot is Amjad Hussain 'Farooqi', wanted for the grizzly beheading execution of Daniel Pearl. Not shown is center square, Whoopi Goldberg.

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PS-'Beheading is un-Islamic'

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:05 PM | Comments |

Last Call

Yawn. I've heard this one before. Will somebody wake me up when Sadr is dead please?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:40 PM | Comments |

Got One

Is it better to be loved or feared? Remember, John Kerry thinks the former, G.W. Bush the latter. Pakistan helps us because they fear us. VOA:

Pakistani police say they have arrested a suspected Arab al-Qaida member following a shootout in the western city of Peshawar.

PS-(OT)Llamma Butchers (that ought to put you back onto the TTLB Ecosystem)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:19 PM | Comments |

Ironical

The Australian:

A PUSH by South Korea's accident-prone President Roh Moo-hyun to identify aged former collaborators with the Japanese occupation forces has netted its first victim -- the leader of his own party. Uri Party chairman Shin Ki-nam was forced to resign yesterday after admitting his father collaborated with the Japanese as a military policeman.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:16 PM | Comments |

Ossetia Rebels on the Run

Once again, this is not looking good. I have no bone to pick with Georgia, I just worry this could lead to a regional conflict. Background here. More below.

Channel News Asia:

Georgia admitted for the first time that its troops were on the offensive in South Ossetia and said they were poised to seize the entire rebel province after fierce fighting left dead and wounded on both sides.

"We took control of various strategic heights (in South Ossetia)," President Mikhail Saakashvili told reporters in the Georgian capital Tbilisi.

Saakashvili said Thursday that the hills captured by Georgian forces "really have strategic significance" and their possession would allow the troops "to quickly take control of the whole territory".

Georgia previously said that fighting involving its troops -- officially peacekeepers -- was limited to defensive return of fire in response to attacks. Saakashvili's remarks were the first admission that they had seized territory.

The 36-year-old Georgian leader, backed by the West in his drive to reassert control over the entirety of a country that splintered after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, said he would return the land only as part of a peace deal.

"We are prepared to hand over this territory to the peacekeepers," Saakashvili said.

The peacekeeping force currently deployed in the region includes troops from Georgia, South Ossetia and Russia. But Tbilisi has accused the Russian forces of bias in favor of the separatists and has called for their withdrawal.

The dispute has become a major sore point in relations between Georgia and Russia, which seeks to retain its historic influence in the volatile Caucasus and which eyes US intentions in its own strategic backyard with deep suspicion.

Reports of dead and wounded in the fighting Thursday fluctuated throughout the day. Georgian officials announced that three Georgian servicemen had been killed and 10 wounded. South Ossetian officials said four South Ossetian civilians had died in the fighting.

A Georgian official also said eight Cossacks -- ethnic Russians who have fought wars in the Caucasus since Tsarist times -- fighting in the ranks of the rebel forces were killed.

South Ossetian officials denied that claim and Georgia did not produce the bodies for independent verification. If confirmed however, it would provide proof of involvement, albeit unofficial, by Russian irregulars in the conflict.

South Ossetia falls within Georgian borders but is inhabited mainly by ethnic Ossetians. The adjacent province of North Ossetia, also dominated by Ossetians, is part of Russia. South Ossetia has demanded either independence or rule from Moscow.

Saakashvili, a US-trained lawyer elected in January after leading a bloodless revolution that forced the resignation of his predecessor, Eduard Shevardnadze, has vowed to restore the unity of Georgia.

In June, he successfully brought another pro-Russian breakaway region, Adjara, back under the authority of Tbilisi and forced its independence-minded leader to flee to exile in Moscow.

But that move, and the current campaign in South Ossetia, has stoked anger among Russian nationalists, who believe their country has a right to some measure of control over parts of Georgia.

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the conflict in South Ossetia was the result of a "stupid decision" by Georgia's parliament in the early 1990s to revoke the autonomous status the region enjoyed during Soviet times.

But the speaker of Georgia's parliament dismissed the comment.

"I wouldn't even like to respond to Putin in the tone that he used," speaker Nino Burjanadze said.

This is Russia's response, as told by Xinhuanet:
Russia on Thursday warned Georgia of not using force in settling its breakaway province of South Ossetia, saying such attempts are "impermissible."

"Tbilisi should realize that such attempts are impermissible," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

"Georgia has begun military actions, the bloodiest and more large-scale ones that upset the latest agreement," the statement noted.

"Tough measures must be applied to those who have purposefully gone about violating existing agreements and understandings, and it is necessary to return to the sphere of law," the statement said.

Russia's warn came after Georgia claimed earlier on Thursday that its troops had seized some strategic heights around breakawaySouth Ossetia's main city of Tskhinvali.

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili told reporters in the capital Tbilisi that Georgia is ready to transfer control over these heights the joint peacekeeping force in an attempt to bring about peace in the region.

"The elevated areas, which have been seized today, enable us to regroup forces in the conflict zone, but we will not do that for the sake of peace," Saakashvili was quoted by Interfax news agencyas saying.

The proposal "is the last chance for peace," he added.

A joint peacekeeping contingent composed of Russian, Georgian and South Ossetian troops have been patrolling the conflict zone between Georgia and South Ossetia since 1992 when South Ossetia won de-facto independence after defeating Georgia in a bloody war.

Georgia accuses Russia of backing the two renegade regions while Russia has called for the settlement of the crisis by peaceful means.

Fighting continued into the sixth straight day between Georgianand South Ossetian troops in contravention of a ceasefire agreement reached on Aug. 13.

Georgian officials said that their troops had killed eight Cossack fighters in capturing the hills.

They also said that three Georgian servicemen were killed in last night fighting.

South Ossetia has refused to bow to the Georgian government and sought to integrate into the neighboring Russia despite Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili's pledge to reunited the country by taking the region and another breakaway republic, Abkhazia, back under central control.

The simmering tensions between Tbilisi and South Ossetia erupted in late May when Saakashvili briefly sent troops into the region.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:11 PM | Comments |

Why I am Basically Pro-Life

This. That is more than mere potential life--it is a human being.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:05 PM | Comments |

I'm a neolibertarian

Kenneth Silber has an interesting piece over at TCS in which he proposes a new word to describe libertarian leaning conservatives--fusionists:

Fusionism is the idea, named and developed decades ago by Frank Meyer of National Review, that conservatism and libertarianism share a common agenda. Thus, the fusionist believes that conservatives and libertarians ought to be allies -- and indeed that their respective philosophies are largely or essentially combinable into a coherent body of thought.
John Henke, over at QandO, agrees with the general gist of Silber's article but prefers the term neolibertarian over the awkward sounding fusionist.

Might I second the motion for neolibertarian? The term flows better than fusionist, which makes me think of the music of Kenny-G or Chuck Mangione more than any thing else.

Other than the problem of coming up with a new term to describe the right-libertarian phenomenon, I wholeheartedly agree with John Henke and Ken Silber. In fact, the term neolibertarian describes most right-leaning bloggers much more accurately than does the term 'conservative'.

I have actually been thinking of this for awhile, musing with the philisophical implications of libertarianism and conservatism in a few e-mail exchanges with the Demosophist. Is it philisophically possible to be both? George Will thinks not:

Columnist George F. Will once wrote that people calling themselves libertarian conservatives have embraced "a label a bit like 'promiscuous celibates.'"
But I disagree with Mr. Will on several fronts. First, George Will is a Burkean conservative. Burke, as you may recall from political philosophy, was most famous for his simultaneous defense of the American Revolution and his condemnation of the French Revolution. The key difference to Burke was the fact that the American Revolution had the limited goal of changing who ruled (that is, it preserved the basic institutions of civil society and government that existed prior to the Revolution in the colonies) whereas the French Revolution was a revolution in the complete sense of the word. It sought to change all levels of social order in France--from the Monarchy all the way to the distribution of property. The French Revolution was dangerous, in Burke's assessment, because it overturned social institutions which represented the accumulated wisdom of the ages. When one suddenly releases humanity from constraints, anarchy will inevitably follow.

But Burke's ideas about anarchy flowing from revolution are based upon an assumption. There seems to be an epistemological assumption that people cannot know for a certan the consequences of their actions, especially at the social level. In other words, the French Revolutionists seemed to think, like Plato before them, that philosophy could impose a rational order on society. Hence, to Burke, true knowledge was not something that was gained by philosophers, but rather was gained through trial and error and incremental adjustments. This is not necessarily in contradiction to libertarianism.

F. A. Hayek was definitely a proponent of this same epistemelogical framework. This is one of the main reasons that libertarians oppose government regulations. Government regulations reflect expert opinions, not trial and error reflected in custom. To both the libertarian and the conservative, the notion that a panel of experts could ever have enough information to rationalize the flow of goods and services is utter nonsense. And to both, the notion that governments ought to impose a reordered social hierarchy is dangerous. I believe George Will is just dead wrong here.

Second, George Will seems to think that libertarians wish to overthrow the current social order. This is not necessarily the case. Libertarians want less government, especially at the Federal level, but government does is not the same thing as society. We do not wish for a wholesale revolution. Our goal is not to change society, but to let society evolve naturally--without the artificial constraints of conservatism or the social engineering of liberalism.

Last, Burke's conservative ideal is less about a particular direction for change, as it is about the need for change to come in increments rather than wholecloth. If my reading of Burke is correct, than conservatism is less a philosphy of ends and more a philosophy of means. Under this reading, it would be possible to be both a Burkean and a liberal. Why? Because the Burkean liberal would want to change society in a certain direction--only more slowly than a radical liberal. The Burkean libertarian wants individuals to be more free, but undestand the need to make slow adjustments over time.

To this end, neolibertarians (if I can use the word) would like to see much of the Libertarian party's platform enacted (with the exception of their foreign policy). That is, we believe in the ends (mostly) as advocated by libertarians. On the other hand, we do not necessarily agree with the means of implementing those ends. We would like to see an end to Social Security--but are also cogent of the fact that millions of Americans were made certain promises that are obligitory. We would like to see an end to income taxes--but are quite happy with less as a stepping stone in that direction.

For this reason, many libertarians--myself included--will vote for George Bush. We see much stronger ideological ties with the Republican party than we do with the Democrats. Being pragmatic, we do not expect radical or rapid change all at once, nor would we welcome it. Indeed, if you look closely at the rhetoric of the Republican party you would find that libertarians are not that different.

Neolibertarians criticize Republicans because they don't do what they say they are going to do--even when it is a minor move toward the libertarian ideal. For this reason, we feel uncomfortable being associated with that party. If Republicans were only half as heartless as they are made out to be in the media I think a whole bunch of us would jump on board the party bandwagon with both feet.

Neloibertarians criticize Democrats because far too often they do the things they say they are going to do. Republicans we are annoyed with, Democrats we fear.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:33 PM | Comments |

Where to start?

You don't post for two days and the whole world falls apart. First, you get the Swifties being fisked all over the mainstream media while they let Kerry get away with murder (and I mean that literally, if you take Kerry at his word that he was a war criminal). This is what Noam Chomsky calls the 'selection bias' or something to that effect (yes, I'm too lazy to pop open my copy of Manufaturing Consent!)

On another front you have a (yet another--what is the plural form of truce?? tuces? truci?) truce with al Sadr being brokered and broken twice since my last post. Didn't any one at State ever read The Boy Who Cried Wolf?

So, I'm going to just ignore everything that has happened in the last 72 hours. Tuesday and Wednesday didn't happen. Ah, this is what it feels like to be a Democrat! It's not as bad as I expected.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:09 AM | Comments |

Wictory Wednesday...er, Thursday

I wasn't in yesterday, but I better follow through on my commitment. The blogroll is in the extended entry.

Remember, give til it hurts!

Other Wictory Wednesday Bloggers


By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:32 AM | Comments |

I'm back

Went fishing yesterday. Sorry, a guy has to have his priorities.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:13 AM | Comments |

August 17, 2004

Going Home Post

Screw you guys, I'm going home!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:50 PM | Comments |

The In Between Meetings Post

Meetings all morning. One good thing is that I grabbed one of the precious back-row chairs. What was the meeting about? No idea. I did get a chance to read chapters one and two of Campaigns in the 21st Century, by Richard J. Semiatin, though. The book is assigned reading for my Campaigns and Elections class I'm teaching this fall. So far, so good. The author seems pretty fair and picks on Dems and Reps pretty equally.

One interesting bit from chapter 1 was the way the author characterized Karl Rove vs. Dick Morris. Dick Morris is said to be a professional opportunist who works for the money. Karl Rove, on the other hand, is described as a loyal friend of the Bush family who turned down opportunities to make millions in the private sector for a White House appointment. Interesting.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:37 AM | Comments |

The Seven Deadly Sins of Blogging: 3-D

Like the famed Phoenix of Arizona, this post is reborn out of the ashes of my archives. What started as a silly post to indulge my vanity has made the internet rounds.

Like a DJ at a top-forty station I will suck every last hit out of this post until the public cries in unison, "Enough! Away with your foul reposting!!" Besides, with mucho responsibilities around the Ivory Tower and with the relatives in town, I really haven't had time to sit down and write anything meaningful. Not that I ever write anything meaningful....

If you've already read it, act like you're at a party. You know, they start playing Nelly's It's Gettin Hot in Here and someone invariable says what a cool song it is, but you can't really say anything about how that song was interesting the first bajillion times you heard it.....Act like that.
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You miss a day blogging. No time for a serious hard-hitting post. Hits are down. What do you do? Engage in the blogosphere's oldest vice: Link dropping!!!

But that's just one of the mortal vices of blogging. What are the others?

Rusty Shackleford presents: The Seven Deadly Sins of Blogging: a brief guide.*

1) The Link Drop Post: Steven Taylor and I prove kindrid souls on this one. Don't think this one works? Do you actually believe Glenn Reynolds was born Satan's right-hand man or had to work on it?

2) Search Terms Post: Google not treating you right? BRD has a full discourse on the merits of porn and conspiracy theories. Sure fire way to up the ol' sitemeter .....and send your soul right to Beelzebub's dominion.

3) The Re-post Post: Had a popular post in the past? Hits down? Ace re-introduces us to one of his greatest hit-jobs. Remember, this sin sometimes counts double.

4) The Blogroll Post: Get bloggers attention fast! The Llama Butchers are ordered to do 5 Hail Mary's and an Our Father for jeapordizing their immortal souls.

5) The Breaking News Post: The blogger ethos requires a link to the first person breaking the story. MH King, Amanda Doerty, Jeff Quinton, James....I say to you repent!!

6) The Caption Contest Post: Win the caption, get a link. See how this works? This sin seems to be reserved for Fridays. Shame on you Kevin!

7) The Recipricol Link Post: Want to up your TTLB Ecosystem rating? Easy. Start an 'Alliance' of 'like-minded bloggers' to recipricate links. (via Commissar) Jessica and Boi From Troi are warned that this mortal sin will not go unpunished!!

In the Name of He Who Rules the Blogosphere I Warn All of You to Repent! Any other Bloggers who engage in these sins have been forwarned. Hell-fire and brimstone await if you do not change your wicked ways!

*Mia Culpa. Yes, I have been guilty of all these vile acts in the past. I have seen the light! I once was lost, but now I'm saved.....

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:46 AM | Comments |

Bloggage

Blog daughter Jane has one-upped me and bought a .com domainL. Go visit her new site.

Also, the Crack Young Staff over at the Hatemonger's Quarterly are having a worst song ever contest. I'm thinking anything from Don Henley qualifies, but I'm sure at least one of you disagrees.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:30 AM | Comments |

August 16, 2004

Light Blogging

A) Back to work.
B) Planned system downage, so no internet access tomorrow.
C) Relatives in town.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:06 PM | Comments |

Paul Krugman's Credibility: RIP

Mr. Henke over at QandO rips Paul Krugman a new one. An incredible Thou Sayest piece that used Paul Krugman's own words to condemn his extreme punditry. Go read it.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:03 PM | Comments |

What's wrong with this headline?

Michael Jackson in face-off with prosecutor at court

Sorry. Back to our regularly scheduled programming.....

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:48 PM | Comments |

Hostage Execution Watch

Two from Turkey kidnapped today. One American Journalist (with dual French citizenship) and his Iraqi Translator also nabbed.

Luckily, two more Lebaneese hostages were released--they were both truck drivers.

In other hostage related news, India is frantically negotiating with terrorists. And a woman, held hostage in the Muslim state of Kashmir relates her story of torture and rape by the Religion of Respecting the Dignity of Womanhood.

Posted at Jeff Quinton's terrorism round-up and at James Joyner's daily Traffic Jam.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:21 PM | Comments |

Ossetia Ceasefire Broken

Thanks to Jane for e-mailing me about a surprisingly cogent analysis of the crisis that looms between Georgia and Russia over Ossetia--found in all places the Arab News. Unfortunately, it looks like the cease-fire brokered over the weekend may already be collapsing. Story in extended entry.

Background on the conflict here. For other Russia related news, see Winds of Change which has a monthly roundup on the region.

VOA:

Officials in the former Soviet republic of Georgia say two of their peacekeepers have been killed in the breakaway region of South Ossetia, threatening a cease-fire agreed last weekend. The violence is the latest in a series of outbreaks that have severely strained relations with Russia.
The Georgian servicemen were reported killed early Monday in clashes near separatist South Ossetia's border with the rest of Georgia.

A Georgian military spokesman says the men died after "irregular forces" fired mortars and automatic weapons inside the pro-Russian region.

South Ossetian officials, in turn, accused the Georgians of shooting first, against several villages and the region's capital city, Tskhinvali.

The renewed violence has all but shattered a fragile cease-fire agreed to on Saturday by the two sides along with Russia, under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Russia is a key player in the region, as it has backed South Ossetia since it broke away from Georgia more than a decade ago after a brief but bloody rebellion.

A peacekeeping force including Georgian and Russian troops has patrolled the area since then, and until recently managed to maintain an uneasy but quiet calm.

The province is inhabited mostly by Ossetians, who say they want either full independence or to reunite with their ethnic brethren in North Ossetia, just across the border in Russia.

South Ossetians have Russian citizenship, use the Russian ruble and have vowed never to come under Georgian control again.

But new Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili is equally firm in his stated determination to reassert control over the rebel region, as well as the much larger breakaway province of Abkhazia, on the Black Sea.

Mr. Saakashvili came to power last November by leading street protests against longtime leader Eduard Shevardnadze, and earlier this year he managed to oust another regional leader who had also threatened to break away from Georgia.

The Georgian president now says he wants to regain control over South Ossetia as well as Abkhazia peacefully.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:04 PM | Comments |

State Dept: Heads in Asses, Iraq Govt: Heads in Sand

Another delegation goes to negotiate with Muqtada al-Sadr?? Are you kidding me? Is this the most insane idea you've ever heard? Two lessons in life you should have learned in kindergarden: 1) Germans love David Hasselhoff. 2) Muqtada al-Sadr uses negotiations to buy time to rearm and reposition himself. Letting him leave is just letting him regroup in another city is not what we want. We want him dead. This is FUBAR.

Via Command Post, a CNN atory:

Iraq's National Conference agreed on Monday to send a delegation to Najaf to meet with Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and encourage him and his Mehdi Army militia to withdraw from the Imam Ali Mosque.

According to delegation member Rajaa Khuzaie, delegates will arrive in Najaf no later than Tuesday morning.

Al-Sadr's Mehdi Army has been battling U.S. and Iraqi forces in Najaf for more than a week and a half. The huge mosque compound is surrounded by Iraqi forces, but authorities have said there is no plan to storm the site, considered one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines.

The Iraqi Interior Ministry said Sunday 25 heavily armed foreigners are holed up inside the mosque south of Baghdad and have rigged it with explosives, threatening to blow up the building if attacked.

Khuzaie said the delegation will ask al-Sadr and his militia to leave the shrine, lay down their weapons and reconfigure themselves as a political group.

After efforts to reach a truce with al-Sadr's militia failed over the weekend, Iraqi National Security Adviser Mouwaffaq al-Rubaie declared that military operations would resume to "return the city of Najaf to normal city functions and to establish law and order."

Al-Rubaie also said the government has "left no stone unturned" in its efforts to peacefully resolve the standoff in Najaf.

According Khuzaie, the delegation has a better chance of success where others have failed, because it represents the National Conference, which she said represents all of the people of Iraq.

At the Iraqi National Conference, 1,500 Iraqi leaders will choose a 100-person interim body that will advise and oversee the newly installed interim government.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:49 PM | Comments |

Carter endorses Chavez win in Venezuela

You know, when Jimmy Carter speaks I am always reassured. Seattle Post Intelligencer:

Directing his remarks at opposition figures, Carter called on all Venezuelans to accept the results.

"Now it's the responsibility of all Venezuelans to accept the results and work together for the future," said Carter.

Never mind the strong-arm tactics employed by Chavez to silence his opposition....you know, like shooting people.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:30 PM | Comments |

Arab? No man, I'm from East L.A.

Just in case you didn't catch the link from my earlier post, there was a report out in the Telegraph (UK) that caught my attention (hat tip: whoever it was that sent me the link---oops, forgot, sorry!!):

President Bush has launched a drive to halt illegal immigration across America's porous southern border, amid growing fears that terrorists may be using Mexico as a base camp before heading to Arizona, Texas and California.

A string of alarming incidents has convinced Bush administration officials that lax immigration rules, designed to cope with the huge numbers of illegal entrants from Mexico, have become a significant loophole in the war on terror.

Over the past month, border agents from Arizona and Texas have anonymously reported recent encounters with dozens of Arab men, who have made their way across the 2,000-mile Mexican border.

The good news is it appears we have begun to crackdown on the border. The bad news is that for every illegal caught, another one gets in unnoticed. More in extended entry.

Patrol agents told one Arizona newspaper that 77 males "of Middle Eastern descent" were apprehended in June in two separate incidents. All were trekking through the Chiricahua mountains and are believed to have been part of a larger group of illegal immigrants. Many were released pending immigration hearings. According to Solomon Ortiz, the Congressman for Corpus Christi in Texas, similar incidents are "happening all over the place. It's very, very scary".

The two groups of Arab males were discovered by patrol guards from Willcox, Arizona. "These guys didn't speak Spanish," said one field agent, "and they were speaking to each other in Arabic. It's ridiculous that we don't take this more seriously. We're told not to say a thing to the media." A colleague told the paper: "All the men had brand-new clothing and the exact same cut of moustache." Local ranchers have also reported a rise in the sightings of large groups of young males.

Last month, border patrol agents at McAllen airport, Texas, arrested a woman believed to be Pakistani, who was carrying a false South African passport. The woman, Farida Ahmed, is still being questioned by the FBI. She was travelling to New York, and admitted to having illegally crossed the Mexican border. She was still carrying a pair of wet jeans in her travel bag.

More than 1.2 million people attempt to cross US borders illegally each year. The vast majority are Mexicans who are immediately repatriated. But under existing laws, which take account limited detention facilities, many non-Mexican illegal immigrants are released prior to a hearing with an immigration judge, which most fail to attend. Almost 22,000 non-Mexican immigrants have been released pending a hearing since last October. Once released, they are free to travel on their own throughout the United States. According to one Texas immigration official, those who slip through the net come "from all over the world".

"If you want to enter the US illegally," said the official, "the way to do it is to get to Mexico first." The possibility of a southern border loophole for potential terrorists was recognised as early as last year. In testimony before Congress, Steve McCraw, the assistant director of the FBI's Office of Intelligence, stated that "the ability of foreign nationals to use [the hearings procedure] to create a well-documented but fictitious identity in the United States, provides an opportunity for terrorists to move freely within the US without triggering name-based watch lists. It also enables them to board planes without revealing their true identity".

According to new laws, approved by President Bush and announced last week by the Homeland Security Department, illegal immigrants who are not Mexican will be repatriated within days, without a hearing. The effort comes in response to a prolonged campaign by Texas congressmen, who have argued that the president's home state was in danger of becoming a gateway to America for terrorists.

In a letter to President Bush last week, Mr Ortiz wrote: "Law enforcement agencies across the south-west border are alarmed that the US is releasing thousands of OTMs [Other than Mexicans]. Those released include individuals from nations the US defines as state sponsors of potential terrorism, or from those nations that have produced large numbers of al-Qaeda militants."

Mr Ortiz also claims that immigration officials have privately warned him that a number of suspicious foreigners have been detained on the Mexican border and then released, including some who claimed to have travelled from South and Central America but were unable to speak Spanish.

The rules are to be tried out first in Tucson, Arizona, and Laredo, Texas. Any non-Mexican illegal immigrant found within 100 miles of the border, within 14 days of their arrival, will be immediately expelled. D'Wayne Jernigan, a sheriff in Del Rio, Texas, believes that the rule change should be immediately implemented across the entire Mexican border. Last month, immigration authorities told Sheriff Jernigan to release 17 Brazilians from his jail, before the FBI had located an interpreter in order to interview them.

"My concern is, are we serious about terrorism?" said Sheriff Jernigan. "Or about homeland security? Because we're turning loose non-Mexicans by the thousands. Entering this country illegally is a crime, and we're turning our heads and ignoring it."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:17 PM | Comments |

Iraqi WMD in Syria

Via Dr. Chaos, this link to a Washington Times piece that suggests that Iraqi WMD have been moved to Syria. Just to give props where props are due, Dr. Chaos has been convinced that WMD are in Syria for months. I remain skeptical.

Washington Times:

Two defense sources told The Washington Times that the ISG has interviewed Iraqis who told of Saddam's system of dispatching his trusted Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS) to the border, where they would send border inspectors away.

The shift was followed by the movement of trucks in and out of Syria suspected of carrying materials banned by U.N. sanctions. Once the shipments were made, the agents would leave and the regular border guards would resume their posts.
This is by no means a slam dunk, but it is further evidence that Saddam Hussein was up to no good. Further, if you think the burden of proof rested on the US to prove that Iraq had WMD before the invasion, you are a fool.

Also on the case: In the Bullpen, Power Line

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:08 PM | Comments |

Morning Propaganda

Good morning sunshine. Work starts again today, even though students don't come back for another week and a half. My day? Meetings, meetings, meetings, etc. My pre-work morning routine went something like this.

Morning Caffeine: check
Morning Hug: check.
Morning Cereal: check
Mornig News: check.
Morning Editorial. check (finally!!).

Hey, didn't post until AFTER meetings ended. How did they go? Splendid. And by 'splendid' I mean 'ended early'!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:31 AM | Comments |

Oops, one last thought

Just a reminder that Gordon is pretty funny. Now go to bed!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:07 AM | Comments |

Reporters ordered out of Najaf

Last, some good news via Wretchard that all reporters were ordered out of Najaf. Let the bombing begin! I will sleep better tonight.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:01 AM | Comments |

August 15, 2004

WaPo on Jessica Cutler: Genius, Martyr

Just wait til Ace and Bill hear about this. Via nTodd who dropped a comment to me comes word that Jessica Cutler is back in the limelight. Before I go on, can I just ask how Washingtonienne is 'news', but the fact that John Kerry was never in Cambodia is 'not news' according WaPo?

WaPo (subscription):

Jessica's blog (short for "Web log") was the online diary she had been posting anonymously to amuse herself and her closest girlfriends. In it, she detailed the peccadilloes of the men she said were her six current sexual partners, including a married Bush administration official who met her in hotel rooms and gave her envelopes of cash; a senator's staff member who helped hire her, then later bedded her; and another man who liked to spank and be spanked.
Wait, the nation's premier politcal news source is talking about spanking???? More in extended entry. But I warn you, this reads like a lurid novel.

Rob, James, David, Eric Scoles, and (shock) Kevin already on the case.

UPDATE: Why is it that when we think Washingtonienne or Jessica Cutler we think of Bill at INDC? The Llamma Butchers are officially Munuvians, and they get the ball rolling right! And when Jeff Goldstein thinks of sex-for-money blogging, he also thinks of Bill.

Remember, this is 'news'. WaPo (subscription):

The messages warning Jessica that her private little joke had just gone very public came from a girlfriend over on the House side. Reading it, Jessica says, she was too stunned to wonder how Wonkette had discovered her blog. Instead, the portion of Jessica's brain that had evolved to help humans survive marauding mastodons screamed: Kill the blog! Kill the blog!

Typing and clicking her mouse at a desperate pace, Jessica logged on to blogger.com, the electronic bulletin board where she'd posted her sexploits under the pseudonym Washingtonienne, and deleted her blog, hoping she'd blown her diary into oblivion. She says she barely breathed as she closed out blogger.com and summoned Wonkette.com onto her screen. There it was: a teasing item noting that an unnamed staffer for a certain Midwestern senator was surely going to get a book contract out of her X-rated blog. The gossip columnist offered her readers a link so they could read the sex diary for themselves.

Jessica clicked on the link. "Page not found," came the reply.

A reprieve. Maybe nobody on Capitol Hill had read or copied her blog before she'd deleted it. Maybe nobody would figure out that Jessica was the staffer who wrote it. Maybe this was no biggie.

Or maybe she needed to start looking for a new job right now.

Jessica tried opening and sorting mail. That's what she was paid to do as a staff assistant for Sen. Mike DeWine, a Republican from Ohio. She liked to joke that her job was really to throw out the mail, the stacks of letters from earnest voters who believe members of Congress actually care what they think.

Too jittery to work, Jessica dumped her stack of unopened mail on the two new interns in her office. She figured they'd still be filled with youthful enthusiasm for serving their government, seeing as how it was only their second day on the job.

Just then, Jessica says, the office door swung open. Framed in the doorway was the man she'd chronicled on the blog as her latest and favorite paramour -- a serious committee staffer more likely to be featured in some wonk newsletter than an online sex diary. He didn't look happy.

He asked her to step into the hallway, Jessica says. He was clutching a printout of her blog. "I have nothing to say to you about this," Jessica recalls him saying before he walked away.

"Okay, bye," Jessica said. She slunk back to her desk thinking, "Boy, am I getting off easy."

A few minutes later, she noticed one of the senator's senior aides standing a few feet away, glaring. This was the woman Jessica says set her up on her first date with the committee staffer. In her blog, Jessica breezily referred to her as a pimp. Now, the senior aide Jessica had called a pimp looked as if she wanted to rip Jessica's head off.

"You are the sorriest excuse for a human being," Jessica remembers the woman shouting. "You are worthless."

The woman and the committee staffer both declined to be interviewed for this article through Mike Dawson, DeWine's director of communications. Dawson declined to publicly discuss the accuracy of Jessica's blog or her account of what happened after it became public.

But, according to Jessica, the woman continued berating her until Jessica asked meekly, "What should I do?"

The woman told Jessica she should pack up and leave before she had her thrown out. "You better hope I never see you outside this building," Jessica recalls her saying.

This was turning out to be a really lousy 26th birthday.

Jessica tottered down the Russell Building's marble hallways atop the cute, nude-colored sandals that she liked to think made her legs look longer and sexier. She tugged forlornly at the cardigan she wore to cover her strapless pink birthday-girl-going-out-tonight dress. She felt ill, she says. By the time she reached her girlfriend's office on the House side, her stomach was heaving and her throat was so constricted she could barely speak.

"I'm fired," she mouthed silently at her friend.

"Oh my God, you need a drink."

A few minutes later, Jessica and her friend slid onto stools in the cool dimness of Bullfeathers, a popular Capitol Hill watering hole. Jessica ordered a Southern Comfort. It was the middle of the afternoon on May 18.

"What happened to you today?" the bartender asked.

"I got fired. I lost my boyfriend and my job, and it's my birthday," Jessica remembers telling him.

"How did you get fired?" the bartender wanted to know.

"I wrote an X-rated blog," Jessica said.

The bartender looked puzzled.

"What's a blog?" he asked.

Soon, the answer to that question would be writ large, not only across Washington, but around the world. The Times of India dubbed her the "New-insky." Jessica's unapologetically snarky chronicle of her busy sex life, her audacious refusal to keep the pawing patriarchy's dirty secrets, her contempt for honest but unglamorous public service, her cynical wit and sexy looks would combine with the power of the Web to launch her into low-orbit celebrity.

She posed for Playboy in a pictorial that will run this fall, just in time for the election. Book agents pursued her, and a literary bidding war netted her a six-figure book deal. "It's more than I probably deserve," she says. "Ha! I'm sure a lot of people will agree."

The tittering hordes vilified Jessica even as they pursued her, denouncing her online, around office coolers and in commentaries from the left and right. Jessica thinks she knows why. In a culture increasingly nervous about its own values, numbly sinking into the sofa at night to watch trash reality TV shows and wondering if our own 14-year-old sons and daughters are casually "hooking up," it's satisfying to have a bona fide blog slut to flog.

The story just goes on and on like this. It's really too much to bear. Jessica Cutler, martyr. Just for the record, I was intrigued by Jessica and ribbed other bloggers who I thought secretly lusted after her while denouncing her slutty trists. But honestly, this is too much, even for me:
"I was watching the movie 'Scarface' the other night, and I was like, Oh my God, this is exactly how I feel," Jessica says. "There is that scene where [the gangster played by Al Pacino] was in a restaurant. He was all coked up. He gets thrown out. He tells everyone in the restaurant, 'You need me. You need me. You need me so you can point at me and say that's the bad guy.' "
I can't put any more up. Go read the story yourself. If you've got the stomache. Wait, one more bit:
JESSICA CUTLER, THE MOUSE-CLICKER THAT ROARED, is a smart, subversive waif with a certain South Park charm. She's 5 feet 2, weighs about 100 pounds, wears hoop earrings as big as her fist and has a higher IQ -- she says she's been twice tested at more than 140 -- than the average medical student.
Martyr and genius.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:35 PM | Comments |

UN Expresses Outrage At Massacre: Sends help in form of condolences

I wish it were a joke. It sounds like a joke. It's not. Remember, this is the same U.N. that John Kerry wished to wait for approval from before invading Iraq. All italics are mine. VOA:

The U.N. Security Council has strongly condemned the massacre of ethnic Tutsis at a U.N. refugee camp in Burundi. The Council issued a statement during a rare Sunday evening session.

France called the emergency session to express outrage at the massacre, which took place Friday night at a refugee camp not far from Burundi's border with Congo.

More in extended entry.

VOA:

The victims, most of them women and children, were ethnic Tutsis who had fled fighting in Congo's troubled border province of South Kivu.

A statement adopted by the Security Council calls on the governments of Burundi and Congo to assist the United Nations investigation into the slaughter. The statement was read by the Council's president, Russian Ambassador Andrei Denisov.

"The Security Council requests the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Burundi, in close contact with the Special Representative of the Secretary General for the Democratic Republic of Congo, to establish the facts and report on them to the Council as quickly as possible," he said.

The statement does not, however, address the issue of blame for the killings.

A Burundian Hutu rebel group, the Forces for National Liberation, took responsibility for the slaughter. But diplomats said the Security Council statement deliberately avoided the issue of blame pending the results of an independent investigation.

U.N. officials in Burundi and the Congo, as well as local and regional authorities, have suggested other groups may have participated in the attack.

Also Sunday, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan expressed shock and outrage at the massacre. He called on the transitional governments in Congo and Burundi to exercise restraint and to establish a joint verification mechanism to assist in curbing the actions of armed groups operating along their border.

The Security Council authorized a peacekeeping force for Burundi last May. The force is still being formed, but is expected to be more than 5,600 strong when it is up to full strength.

Another peacekeeping force has been in operation in Congo since 1999. The Security Council is due to hold its regular review of the Congo mission's operation this week.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:02 PM | Comments |

Blogging for Charity

I'm on board, are you? Let's pitch in to help victims of Hurricane Charley. (via NZ Bear)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:10 PM | Comments |

Chavez Recall: 1 Dead, 13 Wounded

Please, please, please be on your way out Mr. Chavez. I know a family from Venezuela. In their opinion the Chavistas are nothing more than Chauvanistas. Bullies who use paramilitary tactics to force their will on the rest of the country. If Chavez survives the recall effort, it will be largely because of his army of Brownshirts in the slums. More in extended entry. (hat tip: Instapundit)

AP:

Summoned by bugle calls and huge firecrackers, Venezuelans turned out in unprecedented numbers to vote on whether to force leftist President Hugo Chavez from office.

The first recall vote for a president in Venezuela's history is aimed at putting a lid on years of often violent political unrest and comes after a lengthy and complicated process of mass signings of petitions.

Some lines at polling places today extended for two kilometres, stunning even veteran election monitors. Election officials twice postponed the closing of the polls - now open until midnight (2 pm Monday AEST) - and assured they would be kept open even longer until everyone in line voted.

Opposition leaders appealed to Venezuelans to bring food and water to those in line. A seven-hour wait to vote was common.

"This is the largest turnout I have ever seen," exclaimed former US President Jimmy Carter, who monitored the vote. "There are thousands of people in line."

Venezuelans tend to love or hate Chavez, a 50-year-old former paratroop commander, with sentiment drawn along class lines. Activists from both sides urged voters to the polls, but they needed little pushing.

Lines snaked for blocks in upscale neighbourhoods, where suspicion is high that Chavez plans a Cuba-style dictatorship, and in the slums, where support for his "revolution for the poor" is fervent.

Lula Golding, 54-year-old Chavez opponent, awoke to earsplitting fireworks in Caracas' trendy Chacao district today, then voted when polls opened three hours later.

"The hate that the president has sown among Venezuelans is unacceptable," said Golding, who accused Chavez of dividing Venezuela along class lines.

Across the capital in the La Pastora slum of brick shanties, thousands of Chavez supporters rose before dawn to bugle calls from loudspeakers. Hours later, many were still waiting to vote under a radiant Caribbean sun.

Chavez has directed spending from government coffers, beefed up by huge oil revenues, to pay for literacy programs, scholarships and free medical care for Venezuela's majority poor. Thousands of Cuban doctors, dentists and nurses, sent by Chavez's friend Cuban President Fidel Castro, work in poor barrios across the South American nation.

Chavez has often lashed out at the rich, even referring to them as "devils".

Uncertainty about the future of the world's fifth-largest oil exporter has contributed to record high oil prices, which have reached more than US$46 a barrel.

Chavez called on the opposition to accept the results, and pledged that he would also do so.

"We are waiting calmly and are preparing mentally, and with a lot of joy, to accept the result, no matter what the result will be," Chavez said after casting his ballot in a poor Caracas neighbourhood.

Venezuelans could either vote "no" to allow Chavez to serve out the remainder of his six-year term, which began in 2000, or "yes" to recall him. For Chavez to lose, more must vote against him than the nearly 3.8 million who voted for him in the 2000 presidential elections, and there must also be more "yes" votes than "no" votes.

Gunmen, meanwhile, fired from a vehicle into a line of voters in suburban Caracas, killing a 28-year-old woman and wounding 13 people, authorities said. Police said the shooting stemmed from a dispute between rival gangs and was not directly linked to the elections.

If Chavez loses, he would immediately step down and Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel would take over until an election is held within 30 days. Chavez has said he planned to run in the new election if he was ousted in the referendum.

The referendum comes after a two-year drive to oust Chavez, which included a short-lived 2002 coup, a devastating two-month strike and political riots last March that claimed a dozen lives.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:03 PM | Comments |

Kerry/O'Neill Debate on C-Span

C-Span ran a 1971 episode of The Dick Cavett Show earlier this evening. The show featured a young John O'Neill, looking like a clean-cut young man fresh out of the military, debating a young John Kerry, looking just a little too rich to pull off the long hair. C-Span ran the show several months ago and I caught most of it. Tonight, I only caught about five minutes. What struck me most about the show, this evening, was not so much John Kerry's smug patrician tone as he spoke to the obviously much less-educated John O'Neill, but rather Kerry's pronunciation. I'm not sure exactly how to describe what he sounded like. But think Hanoi Jane meets Thurston Howell III. Yeah, something like that.

If the Bush campaign could use that footage in an advertisement......well, think landslide. Kerry does not come off as anything but an arrogant prick. That would be before the "W" campaign ran any of the slander and anti-war BS. Include that, and Kerry might just carry MA and NY. Maybe.

PS-Look at pic in extended entry....now imagine the voice I described....that is John Kerry.

(Salute: Slant Point)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:38 PM | Comments |

Swiftboat Meme Intercepted from Politburo

Most of you know I am guest blogging over at the Politburo Diktat while the Commissar is off to the gulag. Checking the Commissar's daily e-mail, I came across the following meme. Proceed at your own caution. Posession of this meme is said to carry an instant death sentence.


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XXXXXXXXXX Top Secret XXXXXXXXXX

From: Atrios, MiniTru Undersecretary for Propaganda
To: Commissar, Washington Post, NY Times, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, Reuters, AP Affiliates Listserv
CC: Kos, Drum, Marshall, Jesse Taylor, Oliver Willis,
BCC: AS (aka, The Mole), DA (aka, The Costa Rican), JG (aka, The Moderate)
RE: New Kerry Campaign Photo.

Comrades,

Fraternal Socialist Greetings! It has come to MiniTru's attention that counter-revolutionary elements have been distributing unapproved memes on the life and times of a high placed sleeper agent (codename: Manchurian Candidate). While MiniTru's crack legal team is doing all it can to stop this reactionary propaganda and other lies about Manchurian Candidate's efforts to further worldwide peace, we believe more can be done on this front.

Therefore, with the assistance of tavarisch emigre, Mini Tru has produced the following meme. It should be distributed immediately:

PS-The following is an example of Trotskyite propaganda. All copies are to be destroyed immediately.


(via reactionaries at Iowa Pres Watch)

Please include appropriate support in weekly editorials discrediting reactionary Swift Boat Veterans. These veterans are Party approved, are more representative of veterans in general, and may be used for guest editorials.

Your fraternal socialist brother,
Atrios, MiniTru Undersecretary for Propaganda

XXX Destroy all copies of this meme after receipt XXX

__________________________________________________________________

Clenched fist salute: emigre. He designed the meme. In spite of his tireless efforts at producing Party approved photo, he is right-wing reactionary. Do not inspekt his site!

PS-


(spasebo bolshoi Allah)

(Cross-posted at The Politburo Diktat)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:44 PM | Comments |

August 14, 2004

Uber-Aryans: Swedes, Germans, Jews

"Today, among the 13th Jewish tribe, there are those who say that the Jews are Aryans."---Milhem Karam, president of the Lebanese Editors' Association on why he is not an anti-Semite.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:12 AM | Comments |

Typhoon Rananim vs. Hurricane Charlie

Typhoon Rananim: 115 killed; 16 missing; 1,800 injuries; 40,000 buildings down
Hurricane Charlie: 'significant' loss of life=one mobile home park destroyed: $15 billion in property damage.

The difference? Wealth via capitalism.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:56 AM | Comments |

160 killed in UN refugee camp

John Kerry wanted to wait for THIS UN's approval? Maybe he meant some other UN. In related news: Rwandan's Say They Will Protect Sudanese Villagers. Right. Stories in extended entry.

The Age:

Nearly 160 people were shot, hacked and burnt to death at a Tutsi refugee camp in Burundi in an overnight attack the country's president blamed on elements from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

At least 159 people were killed and 110 injured in an attack last night on the Gatumba refugee camp, which lies just inside the border with the DRC, near the capital Bujumbura, the military said.

"We have counted 159 dead," spokesman Major Adolphe Manirakiza said. "What has happened is abominable," he said.

Burundi's Hutu rebel National Liberation Forces (FNL) immediately claimed responsibility for the raid, but President Domitien Ndayizeye insisted it had been carried out by foreign assailants.

"Our country has been attacked, our border has been violated by elements coming from the DRC to massacre Congolese civilians who had asked for asylum," he told reporters at the Gatumba camp.

"At the government level, we are obliged to take steps to ensure that justice is done, for those who have committed this crime to be punished."

Reuters:
Rwandan troops will intervene to protect civilians in danger when they are deployed in west Sudan's troubled Darfur region, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said on Saturday.

Rwanda says the world's slow response to the Darfur crisis echoes its own experience during a 1994 genocide, and Kagame's latest comments follow confusion over the exact powers and role of the troops being sent to Sudan.

Some 154 Rwandan troops are being sent to Darfur this weekend as apart of an African Union (AU) force to protect observers monitoring a ceasefire between the Sudanese government and western rebels.

The United Nations calls Darfur the worst humanitarian crisis in the world and says 50,000 people have been killed and at least 1 million more displaced since two rebel groups took up arms against the government in February last year.

"The most important thing is to give a sense of security to the citizens of Sudan," Kagame told journalists at a farewell ceremony for the Rwandan troops, who are expected to be airlifted fro Kigali to Darfur on Sunday.

"They would certainly do that (intervene if civilians are threatened), otherwise they would have no business being there. It is implied in their presence," he said at a military base.

Kagame acknowledged the AU force had a limited mandate, especially to intervene, but said the troops should be seen as the vanguard of a more robust mission.

"That's how it should be seen and understood," he said, adding that while his troops were protect civilians, the mission would be limited not only by its mandate, but also by its small size in the Darfur region, which is the size of France.

A Dutch plane airlifted Rwandan supplies, including several armoured personnel carriers and crew to Sudan on Saturday and was expected to return to transport the 154 troops on Sunday, said army spokesman Patrick Karegeya.

The AU is sending 274 Rwandan and Nigerian troops to protect 60 AU ceasefire observers in Darfur.

The 53-member AU has said it wants to boost the number of troops to Darfur to 2,000 and broaden the original mandate of the AU force to including a peacekeeping role as well as protecting the ceasefire observers.

That plan awaits approval by the head of the AU's security body and no agreement has been reached with Sudan over the deployment of a much larger force. Sudan says it has no problem with African ceasefire observers or African troops to protect those observers, but that peacekeeping is its responsibility.

In the 1994 Rwanda genocide, state-sponsored Hutu militias slaughtered some 800,000 Tutsis and Hutu moderates in 100 days.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:37 AM | Comments |

Will it ever stop? Yo, I don't know...

...turn out the lights, and his nose will grow. Yo, will you stop kicking a brotha when he's down?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:28 AM | Comments |

Hostage List

Via Slant Point I found this Guardian Article attempting to list hostages held or killed in Iraq, something I have been trying to do for awhile. Unfortunately for them, the list of hostages killed is incomplete. For a complete list, see my post on the subject. If I am missing any names, please e-mail me or drop a comment.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:18 AM | Comments |

War On! Sadr Peace Negotiations Fail, Baffles State Dept.

Fool me once: shame on you. Fool me twice: shame on me. Fool me forty-seven times: business as usual at the State Department.

What numbnut bureaucrat thought holding peace negotiations with Moqtada al Sadr was a good idea? Reuteres:

Talks to end the conflict in Najaf between U.S. and Iraqi forces and radical Shi'ite militiamen have collapsed, Iraq's national security adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie said Saturday.
"The talks have failed. All efforts to end this have not succeeded," he told reporters.

Militants loyal to radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have been battling U.S. and Iraqi forces in the sacred city of Najaf for 10 days in fighting that has killed hundreds and sent thousands of protesters to the streets.

A truce has held since Friday but tensions remain high.

If that weren't bad enough, Sadr used the time to reinforce. Who could have seen that coming? Xinhuanet:
Thousands of Sadr supporters flock to Najaf....

VOA:

Talks to end nearly two weeks of violence between U.S.-backed Iraqi forces and Shi'ite rebels in the holy city of Najaf have broken down.

Iraq's national security advisor said the government's effort to negotiate a political solution has ended in failure.

Eight days of fighting eased Friday, as the negotiations opened in Najaf. Saturday, thousands of Moqtada al-Sadr's supporters converged on the Shi'ite holy city to show their support for the renegade cleric.

Meanwhile, north of Baghdad, there was heavy fighting in the mainly Sunni city of Samarra. The U.S. military says it killed about 50 insurgents in bombing raids on their positions.

And in the southern city of Hilla, supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr clashed with Iraqi police backed by multinational forces. Iraq's interior ministry says 40 fighters and three police officers were killed.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:12 AM | Comments |

Iraq's Olympic Chief Survives Assasination Attempt

Hmmm. It must be those evil Americans again just shooting at civillians for the heck of it. Or maybe another Zionist plot?

ESPN:

Iraq's Olympics chief said he survived an assassination attempt when attackers threw grenades and fired automatic weapons at his car in Baghdad after a roadside bomb failed to kill him.

Ahmed al-Samarrai said he was unhurt after the Monday ambush on his two-car convoy, adding he had no idea why anyone would target him. He said he was traveling to a television interview when his convoy came under attack.

The attack wounded one of his guards and damaged a car before his convoy sped to safety, he said on Tuesday.

"I am surprised at this attack because the Olympic Committee has nothing to do with politics. This committee belongs to all Iraqis, regardless of their political, religious or ethnic origins," al-Samarrai told reporters.

"This was an assassination attempt."

Al-Samarrai is responsible for getting Iraq's fledgling team of athletes ready for the Olympic Games in Athens next month, a mammoth task for a country gripped by insurgency and violence in the wake of the U.S.-led war to oust Saddam Hussein last year.

Iraq is sending a small team of athletes to the Athens games, including track and field competitors, its under-23 soccer team and a tae kwon do champion.

Attacks on prominent Iraqis are common, especially those seen as cooperating with the United States.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:51 AM | Comments |

Oppressed Iraqis Show Hate of Great Satan

"The new Iraq looks just like the old one....We replaced one brutal dictatorial regime with another brutal dictatorial regime."--kos.

Proof below.

(Lightsaber salute: Allah and Dean Esmay)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:45 AM | Comments |

August 13, 2004

Georgia and Separatist S.Ossetia Agree Cease-Fire

I know I may be the only blogger out here who cares about this. What can I say? Ya za Rossii. If you are one of the three readers who have been following this, go to the extended entry for some good news. Hopefully, this is not the calm that preceeds the storm.

Reuters:

Georgia and its separatist province of South Ossetia agreed a cease-fire Friday, Deputy Security Minister Gigi Ugulava said, hoping to reverse the violent escalation of their dispute over the region's status.

The breakaway region's leader Eduard Kokoity signed the cease-fire in South Ossetia's capital Tskhinvali late Friday, Ugulava said, after two days of fighting culminated in Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania's convoy coming under fire.

"At this very moment Minister of State Georgy Khaindrava is taking the document from Tskhinvali to Tbilisi to present it for signature by Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania," Ugulava told Reuters. "I think this document will be signed by Georgia."

The cease-fire was brokered at an all-day meeting between representatives from Georgia, South Ossetia, Russia and the Russian region of North Ossetia, and observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:08 PM | Comments |

al Qaeda Op Spilling the Beans

Vee have our vays of making you talk! Remember, this is the same guy who's mother claimed he had to be innocent because he was so quiet, well mannered, and religious. Because, as we know, terrorsts are usually atheists. And Himmler--very loud chap, or so I hear.

USA Today:

A newly arrested al-Qaeda operative is providing valuable insight into the inner workings of Osama bin Laden's network as the United States remains on alert for attacks, U.S. officials and a diplomat in Africa told The Associated Press.

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a Tanzanian wanted in the deadly bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa, has much to say. His life has tracked al-Qaeda's evolution from a tightly organized network assaulting prominent U.S. targets to a looser group struggling to maintain momentum.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:54 PM | Comments |

Another Egyptian 'CIA Agent' Beheading Video

UPDATE: For latest news, information, images, and links to video on the hostage situation in Iraq PLEASE GO TO THE MAIN PAGE BY CLICKING HERE than scroll down.

Update 9/20/04: American Hostage Eugene Armstrong Beheading Video here.

Graphic pics posted in extended entry. In the Bullpen has graciously offered to host the video. Go HERE for video.

AP:

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — An Islamic Web site posted still pictures Friday that purportedly show Iraqi militants beheading an Egyptian man they claim was spying for the U.S. military.
The pictures are posted at a web-site connected to terrorist zombie numero uno, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The pictures strike me as being in the same location as the last Egyptian 'CIA Agent' was murdered. (See previous posts: Beheading Victim Egyptian, Not American, Beheaded man 'not CIA agent', CIA Agent Executed: Another Beheading Video)

The victim and the alleged proof that he was wired.

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More below, including graphic pics. Please do not proceed if you do not want to see how horrible our enemies our. These are sick bastards we are fighting.

Also on the case: Jeff Quinton, Gordon, James Joyner, In The Bullpen

EXTENDED ENTRY: Pics below news items. Last Warning

AP:

There was no way to verify the authenticity of the images, and there was no record that the man, identified on the Web site as Mohammed Fawzi Abdaal Mutwalli, had been kidnapped. The pictures are apparently stills from a video on the site that could not be accessed.

A second Web site, an English-language site that does not appear to have political links, carried the video of the beheading. Neither site gave a date for the killing.

The pictures and video were not connected to a video that emerged Wednesday purporting to show Iraqi militants beheading a man they alleged was a CIA agent. The victim in Wednesday's tape has not been identified.

Reports that Mutwalli had been killed first surfaced Wednesday, but Egyptian government officials have not confirmed his death. Mutwalli's family said they had not heard from him for 15 years.

Police officials said Mutwalli, 45, went to Iraq in 1986 to work as a car mechanic. He comes from the village of Saqr in Dakahlia province in the Nile Delta, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

His father, Fawzi Mutwalli, a 67-year-old watchman, said he only heard news of his son's purported killing from journalists Thursday.

"I have no idea. If he is dead, let me know, and send me his body," he said.

He said Egyptian security officials came Thursday to get information about his son but did not confirm the killing.

Although the family had not heard from Mutwalli for more than 15 years, the father dismissed suggestions his son could be a spy.

Mohammed is not educated. He can't speak English. How can he be a spy?" the elder Mutwalli said Friday.

There was no immediate comment from U.S. officials.

Until Friday, there had been no evidence of an Arab hostage having been beheaded by Iraqi militants acting for political motives. A Lebanese Muslim hostage, Hussein Alyan, was killed this year, but his kidnappers may have had criminal motives because they made no political demands to spare his life.

The latest images show three masked men standing in front of a banner carrying the name and golden-sun logo of Tawhid and Jihad, the group led by Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi that has claimed responsibility for beheading other hostages in Iraq, including American Nicholas Berg and South Korean translator Kim Sun-il.

The pictures show a man, with a mustache and wearing an Arabic robe, sitting in front of the three masked men with his hands tied behind his back. Captions on the pictures of the hostage say: "From the Arab Republic of Egypt. Mohammed Fawzi Abdaal Mutwalli. I was working as a spy with the Americans in Iraq."

A statement that appeared on the Web site alongside the pictures said: "This is the story of the Egyptian traitor spy."

"This criminal confessed that he was taking electronic devices from the Americans to throw them into the Mujahedeen's (holy warriors') locations so the Americans could identify the targets and raid them with planes and missiles," it said.

The sequential pictures then show the man lying on the ground. A militant decapitates him with a knife and places his severed head on his back.

In the video shown on the second Web site, the militant who kills the hostage says in Arabic: "Today we are executing God's punishment on this criminal by beheading him."

Pics Below. Before viewing the pics, answer me this: Are these beheading against the teachings of Islam?? Via Robert Spencer's Jihad Watch (please, read the whole thing), responding to a NRO article:
But is Akyol correct at least that Islam forbids the killing of captives? No:

When an adult male is taken captive, the caliph considers the interests ... (of Islam and the Muslims) and decides between the prisoner's death, slavery, release without paying anything, or ransoming himself in exchange for money or for a Muslim captive held by the enemy. [o9.14]

The caliph? But there is no caliph. Is that a way out? Probably not. The manual says that "It is offensive to conduct a military expedition against hostile non-Muslims without the caliph's permission," but "if there is no caliph, no permission is required" (o9.6).....

It's interesting that he quotes 47:4, because that verse contains one of the Qur'an's justifications for beheading:

Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens.

This is the key to Akyol's whole argument: he says that "after the war, they should be released for free or ransomed," in line with this verse's call for "generosity or ransom" at the point when "the war lays down its burdens." But the jihadists in Iraq do not believe that the war is over; far from it. They just declared jihad anew. As such, they would argue that it is not time for "generosity or ransom," but for the smiting "at their necks."

The legal manual 'Umdat al-Salik actually bases its choices on this verse: the Muslims may decide to kill, ransom or release prisoners based on what is best for the Islamic community. And that decision will no doubt be made on the basis of judgments about the status of the war and the prospects for a cessation of hostilities, however temporary.

Again, I suggest reading the whole thing.

Warning: Very Graphic!! Do not proceed!!! However, if you are an adult and wish to be reminded of 9/11--reminded of the sickness you felt--reminded of the anger you felt--go on.

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The video these stills are from can be found at In the Bullpen who has offered to host it.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:29 PM | Comments |

It's All About the Hidden Hands, Man

I think Noam Chomsky would say something like, "Find out who benefits, and you'll find the motivation."

So, who is behind QandO's Jon Henke? I bet it's GE's War Making Division.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:47 PM | Comments |

Feel the love

I'm fooling around with my site's look. Trying to add a right sidebar. So if it looks funky, excuse the mess.

In the meantime, check out Allah. Man, I gots to get a copy of photoshop! Kevin also has the goods on NBC's terrorism pranks. Perhaps GE's wholly owned subsidiary has been taking cues from Benjamin Vanderford?

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Murdured Hostages Count: 15

I've been trying to keep the hostages executed count accurate, but may be off. E-mail me or drop a line in the comments box if I'm missing anyone. Please, I want names. Names are important in remembering the individual dignity inherent in each of these victims. The list only includes hostages/prisoners murdered, not total victims of terrorism.

1) Daniel Pearl (Feb. 2, 2002)

2) Martin Burnham (June 7, 2002)

3) Fabrizio Quattrocchi (April 16)

4) Nick Berg (May 12)

5) Hussein Ali Alyan (June 12)

6) Paul Johnson (June 18)

7) Kim Sun-il (June 22)

8) Keith M. Maupin (June 28)

9) Ivaylo Kepov (presumed dead) (probably July 14)

10) Georgi Lazov (July 13) (rant)

11) Sajad Naeem (July 28)

12)Raja Azad (July 28)

13) Murat Yuce (Aug. 1)

14) Uknown Egyptian National in Iraq (Aug. 11)

15) Mohammed Fawzi Abdaal Mutwalli (Aug. 13)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:54 PM | Comments |

Ossetia: Impending War, Georgia vs. Russia

The fighting between ethnic Russians in Ossetia and Georgia is escalating. This is not good. Up til now, Russia has fought this war through it's proxies in the Ossetian resistance. If Russia refuses to withdraw it's 'peacekeepers', this could escelate from civil war to full fledged international conflict. Further, other regional actors could get drawn into the fight in an effort to exploit the instability.

I have been speculating for some time that the reason Putin suddenly decided to improve relations with the US, by backing our pre-war claims of WMD in Iraq, was that he wanted a free hand in dealing with the Chechen rebels. I now wonder if Ossetia was part of his calculations? It should be noted that Georgian troops are US trained, while Ossetian rebels are backed by Russia. News and other info in extended entry.

The Australian:

HEAVY exchanges of gunfire between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in Georgia's South Ossetia region have left at least seven people dead and dozens wounded, according to both sides.

The night-time fighting, involving 120mm mortars and cannons mounted on armoured vehicles, marked a sharp escalation after weeks of sporadic gunfights mostly with small arms and often without casualties.

Both sides -- which include US-trained Georgian troops and what Georgia says are Russian-trained South Ossetian fighters -- accused each other of firing first.

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has warned against the onset of "ethnic cleansing" and a spokesman for the South Ossetians said the separatists' 50 casualties were mostly civilians.

The Georgian Prime Minister, Zurab Zhvania, left for the conflict zone and called for urgent internationally backed talks. Action was concentrated on the outskirts of the province's capital, Tskhinvali, which is overwhelmingly populated by ethnic Ossetians, and around nearby ethnic Georgian villages....

Georgian officials said three civilians had been killed and a woman wounded in the villages of Achabet and Tamarasheni. "Until two days ago there were only provocations," said Colonel Alexander Kiknadze, commander of a Georgian battalion that is supposed to be keeping the peace alongside Russian and Ossetian battalions.

"Yesterday and the day before it was war."

Xinhuanet:
The Georgian parliament called Friday for the suspension of the mandate of Russian peacekeepers in the conflict zone between Georgia and the separatist region of South Ossetia, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.

"It has become obvious over the past 13 years that the Russian peacekeeping forces are not capable of accomplishing their mission," the Georgian parliament said in a statement.

"It is unacceptable to entrust this peacekeeping mission to a country whose political interests run counter to any fair and final settlement," the statement noted.

Georgian deputies also accused Russia of representing "one of the conflicting parties" and of "doing everything in its power to maintain this dangerous status quo."

The deputies called on the international community "to use its political and legal mechanisms to help Georgia find a fair and peaceful solution to the conflict."

The parliament also said that in the near future it would raise the issue of withdrawing Russian peacekeeping forces from Abkhazia,another autonomous region seeking independence from Georgia.

Russian peacekeepers along with Georgian and South Ossetian troops have been patrolling the conflict zone since 1992 when South Ossetia won de-facto independence after defeating Georgia ina bloody war.

Konstantin Kosachyov, head of the Russian Duma's committee for international affairs, described the statement as "illogical."

"If the Russian peacekeepers' mandate is unilaterally suspended,the situation in the conflict zone may dramatically worsen and then the responsibility for it will fully rest on Tbilisi," Kosachyov was quoted as saying by Interfax.

Georgia recently repeatedly called for an expansion of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) mandate in the conflict zone.

On Thursday, Georgian Foreign Minister Salome Zurabishvili saidshe had asked ambassadors of EU countries to Tbilisi to expand the mandate and increase the number of OSCE observers in the conflict zone.

Russia dismissed Georgia's call.

"There is no need to increase the OSCE presence in South Ossetia or geographically expand its operating zone," Mikhail Mayorov, head of the Russian delegation to the Joint Control Commission for settling the conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia, was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying earlier Friday.

South Ossetia, which borders Russia's North Ossetia, has repeatedly refused to bow to the Georgian government and has sought to become part of Russia.

Tensions have remained high between Tbilisi and South Ossetia since May when Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili briefly sent troops into the region.

Saakashvili, who took office in January, has vowed to reunify the country by bringing South Ossetia and Abkhazia back under Tbilisi's control.

Georgia accuses Russia of backing the two renegade regions while Russia has called for the settlement of the crisis by peaceful means.

Reuters:
Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania said his convoy had come under fire on Friday in the breakaway region of South Ossetia where a dispute between separatists and central government has turned violent.


No one was injured in the shooting during Zhvania’s visit to Georgian-populated villages of the region, which is resisting President Mikhail Saakashvili’s bid to take it back under central control after 12 years of effective independence.

“Everyone knew my route and everyone knew what my cortege looked like but still they opened fire,” Zhvania said on television, without specifying who had opened fire.

But parliamentary speaker Nino Burdzhanadze was fast to blame separatist forces and Russian peacekeepers, deployed in the region under a deal that ended bloody conflict in 1992.

“This will have a large international significance and retaliatory measures will follow,” she said. “We will see what the reaction of the international community is to this shooting by Ossetian separatists with the help of Russian peacekeepers.”

The march toward war continues....

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:52 AM | Comments |

August 12, 2004

Kerry Half Way Across Country

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5 miles, 50 miles....what does it matter?

Kerry now claims he was not in Cambodia, but near it on Christmas. Near being 50 miles away. Pretty close if you're in Texas, but not in Vienam. Sa Dec, where Kerry was stationed, is LITERALLY halfway across the country!! (Source)

Captain Ed has the complete story.

QuandO also spanking the Kerry campaign.

UPDATE: The Instapundit ripped off my idea...but has a better map.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:48 PM | Comments |

ORTHODOX Christmas in Cambodia

Did you know that the Orthodox church celebrates Christmas two weeks after we do? That's what John Kerry meant by Christmas in Cambodia.....Orthodox Christmas

Drudge flash: Kerry has turned to author Brinkley for a "modification" after it was exposed that Kerry was not in Cambodia during Christmas of 1968, as he once claimed from the Senate floor.

The Brinkley piece for the NEW YORKER will now say that Kerry was not in Cambodia during Christmas, but rather in January, publishing sources tell DRUDGE.

This gets stranger and stranger.

Capatain Ed has the lowdown on it.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:09 PM | Comments |

Iranians, Palestinians, Saudis Captured in Najaf

Via Glenn Reynolds, Hammorabi is blogging from Najaf:

Many Groups of Sadr Militia surrendered to the Iraqi Police and Coalition forces after they gave up their arms. Among them are children less than 12 years old given RPG 7 and Kalashnikovs?....

Iran frustrated by the news of thousands of the militia it trained started to surrender and among them many Iranians, and Arabs. This makes an Iranian top leader to announce that the US will soon face a similar defeat like Vietnam War! A clear sign indicating the involvement of Iran in what is going on in Najaf and the Iraq...

The Iraqi Police arrested in Baghdad Iranians, Palestinians and Saudi criminals today!

Go read the whole thing, he is constantly updating the post.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:54 PM | Comments |

War Looms Between Russia and Georgia

From Xinhuanet:

Three people have been killed and several others wounded in an overnight shelling in Georgia's separatist region of South Ossetia.

Irina Gagloyeva, head of the South Ossetian Information and Press Committee, says Tskhinvali, the capital of Ossetia, and surrounding Ossetian villages were heavily shelled by Georgians the previous night.

Earlier on Thursday, the leadership of self-run South Ossetia issued an ultimatum to Georgia, demanding that it stop the shelling at Tskhinvali within 30 minutes, or they would eliminate the armed forces that had filtered into the conflict zone between South Ossetia and Georgia.

Tension has been high between Tbilisi and South Ossetia since late May over the status of the breakaway region.

Remember this word: Ossetia. Ossetia is a province of Georgia (the country, dumbass) that is ethnically Russian--a result of Tsarist Russian Imperialism, Stalin's Russification policy (ironic, because Stalin was a Georgian not a Russian), and borders drawn under the Soviets. Ossetia has been functionally free from Georgia since the collapse of the USSR.

I went to college in Russia for a year and can tell you that there is a deep feeling of solidarity between citizens of Russia and Russians living abroad. Russian nationalism is not based entirely on ethnicity. Rather, to be truly Russian you must be Orthodox as well. One can be ethnically Russian, and still be considered an outsider. This is why Jews never really fit in. In fact, Russians feel a much deeper solidarity with Serbs, who are also Slavic and Orthodox, than they do with Jews, Gypsies, and Asians living in Russia proper. This explains why Russia would not allow approval of a UN resolution authorizing force in Yugoslavia. To Russians, an attack on Yugoslavia is nearly an attack on the motherland itself.

So, the fact that a tense ceasefire has been broken in Ossetia's civil war with Georgia, means that a broader regional war could break out. Georgia also has had long standing border disputes with it's other neighbors. This is bad.

More info below.

VOA:

The United States is in diplomatic contact with the Georgian and Russian governments, seeking an end to the flare-up of violence in the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia. Georgian and separatist forces in the area traded heavy gunfire for a second day Thursday.
The United States has been using its good relations with both Georgia and Russia to try to ease the situation in South Ossetia, and officials say new appeals were made to government officials in Tbilisi and with the Russian embassy in Washington amid the latest fighting.

Reports from the area say three Georgian soldiers were killed and at least 40 South Ossetians wounded in two days of clashes in the South Ossetian regional capital and nearby towns.

The region, which borders Russian territory and has a large Russian population, has been semi-independent since a separatist conflict in the early 1990s.

The government of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has vowed to bring South Ossetia and another breakaway region, Abkhazia on the Black Sea coast, back under central control.

The United States has strongly supported Mr. Saakashvili and the principle of Georgian territorial integrity. At a news briefing, State Department Deputy Spokesman Adam Ereli said U.S. officials expressed condolences to Georgian officials over the casualties among their security forces, while also urging both Tbilisi and Moscow to work to end the fighting.

"We are urging Georgian officials to move quickly to avoid further conflict. We're also making the point with Russian officials that it's important to work with the South Ossetian authorities to end hostilities immediately. I would also note that Russia has called for an emergency meeting of the Joint Control Commission, and we support that call," he said.

The joint control commission was created in 1992 after the earlier conflict and includes representatives from Russia, Georgia, South Ossetia and the Russian region of North Ossetia.

Russia has maintained a peacekeeping force in the area under a cease-fire arrangement, though Georgia has said it is disproportionately large.

Local authorities in South Ossetia allege that this week's fighting was the beginning of a "well planned aggression" by the Tbilisi government, while Georgian officials denied an attack and accused South Ossetians of shelling villages populated by ethnic-Georgians.

Secretary of State Colin Powell discussed the South Ossetia and Abkhazia tensions only a week ago in a meeting here with Mr. Saakashvili, saying the United States was eager to help calm the situation down and avoid provocations by the various parties.

Channel News Asia:
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili warned against "ethnic cleansing" in the separatist Georgian region of South Ossetia after fighting there left four Georgian soldiers dead and other people hurt.

"We must not allow for ethnic cleansing of the Georgian population or a humanitarian catastrophe" in the territory, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili told reporters as he entered a meeting of the Georgian security council here Thursday.

He spoke after another Georgian official announced that four Georgian soldiers had been killed in mortar and gunfire exchanges with Ossetian separatist forces and an Ossetian spokeswoman said 17 Ossetian civilians were hurt in the fighting.


We must not permit outside forces to create a scenario that would drag Georgia into a large-scale military conflict," the Georgian president said.

He did not specify which outside forces he meant. But South Ossetia has demanded either full independence or else direct rule from Moscow, and a senior Russian official also sounded an alarm over the latest developments in the region.

"The situation is worsening by the hour and could spin out of control at any moment," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Valery Loshinin said in a ministry statement.

Itar Tass:
Georgian armed groups intensified gunfire on South Ossetia's territory after the ultimatum time expired, a high-ranking source in the republic's Interior Ministry told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

The South Ossetian president overnight presented an ultimatum to Georgian authorities, warning about a retaliatory strike.

"The Georgian administration and the Georgian Interior Ministry in a talk with us admitted the fact of firing at South Ossetia's territory and assured that an order was given to armed groups and Georgian servicemen in Georgian villages to stop fire," the source said.

Nevertheless, an hour after the ultimatum time expired at 03:00 a.m. Moscow time, machine gun, mortar and antiaircraft gunfire on South Ossetia's territory resumed from the side of the Georgian village of Tamarasheni.

Under the fire were the South Ossetian villages of Sarabuk, Dmenis and Tsinagari and the northern and southern suburbs of the capital, including the area of the municipal hospital, the source said.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:39 PM | Comments |

Not All the Way Gay

I just had to get that out. (apologies to Silent Bob)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:23 PM | Comments |

Iraq Wins, Players Not Tortured

The Old Iraq: Following a defeat for Iraq's football team, star player Sharar Haydar was dragged along a hot pavement, rolled in sand, then forced to leap into a sewage pit so that his wounds became infected.

The New Iraq: Iraq Beat Portugal!

Maybe Kos should watch more ESPN: The new Iraq looks just like the old one....We replaced one brutal dictatorial regime with another brutal dictatorial regime.

Yup, Just like it.

UPDATE: Kevin summarizes the opening ceremonies nicely:

Regardless of the outcome in their respective events, the Iraqi Olympic delegation are winners since they no longer face torture or death upon their return home.
(Related Post: 'Oppressed' Iraqis Show Hate of Great Satan and Iraq's Head of Olympics Survives Assasination Attempt)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:16 PM | Comments |

Beheading Victim Egyptian, Not American

Notice they're called The Green Brigade. I assume it has something to do with the sacred color of the Religion of Peas. More below.

UPDATE: Just as I posted this I found another story from the Hindustan Times:

One Islamic Web site carried the video with the headline: "Beheading an Egyptian agent of the CIA."

One commentator on another forum cited reports of the beheading of an Egyptian spy and asked if this was the same man. ....

On the tape, a man was heard telling the captive in Arabic "put down your hand, this is the last time, next time I will gouge your eyes out." Then in English, he tells the captive, "open your eyes, open your eyes."

I had earlier speculated that the victim was an Iraqi local, probably Kurdish. The note around the victims neck was a dead give away, at the least, that he was not a CIA agent.

VOA:

A little-known Iraqi militant group has claimed responsibility for the apparent beheading of a captive the group identified as an American C.I.A. agent.

In a statement posted on an Islamist website, the group called "The Green Brigade" said it takes full responsibility for the capture and slaying of the captive. "The Green Brigade" claimed to be a splinter movement from the militant group led by Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

A video posted on the Internet Wednesday purportedly shows Iraqi militants beheading a man identified as a C.l.A. agent. But U.S. officials say the Central Intelligence Agency has accounted for all its agents and that none are missing. U.S. officials say they are investigating to determine the identity of the apparent victim and if the video is authentic.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:43 PM | Comments |

3 Fav Blogs, Jawalaunch

It's called killing two birds with one stone. This weeks favorite blogs:

1) Brian B's Momento Moron
2) Johnny Walker Red's Right-On-Red
3) Gordon's The Cranky Neocon

Why these blogs? All are frequent guests here at MPJ. Hits are thicker than water. All three also have the funny--something in short supply these days. Don't believe me? Check out Gordon's Reiner-o-meter (although, I must interject that since Uncle Shackleord had some hand in Stand By Me some adjustments are in order). Johnny always has some great take on important events. And Brian? Fuhget about it!

Linked with Patriot Paradox's Link Carnival. If you would like to link to this weeks Carnival, simply follow the intstructions at this post.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:59 PM | Comments |

Don't Blame Me, I Voted Kodos

Ironbear welcomes our new overlord at Dean Esmay's request.

What will I do? If Kerry is elected I will move out of the country to avoid his fascist regime. I'm thinking New Mexico.
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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:11 PM | Comments |

Hamster Killer Arrested

Where is John Kerry when you need him most?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:59 PM | Comments |

I'm Black. I can feel it.

(Except Rick James)

Well known 'African-Americans'

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:49 PM | Comments |

New Party Meme

Check it out.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:26 PM | Comments |

Car Bombings 'Not Beneficial'

The headline is Palestinian PM Criticizes Militant Car Bombing, but what qualifies as criticism in Tattooine?

Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia, in a rare criticism of Palestinian militants, has denounced a car bombing that caused both Israeli and Palestinian casualties.

Mr. Qureia told reporters in Ramallah Thursday that the bombing was not beneficial to the Palestinian people.

At al Reuters the headline is "Qurie Condemns Bombing". This is how followers of the Religion of Peas condemn murder:
Such operations at this time and under these circumstances are not good for the Palestinian people. On the contrary they will negatively affect the Palestinians
Right, that sounds like condemning to me.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:30 AM | Comments |

Al Sadr's House Stormed, Najaf Battle Rages

Forget Charlie--like you've never seen rain before--this is news. Pray that this is the beginning of the end.

Update: Unfortunately, Sadr wasn't home. (via Command Post)

Update II: 1,200 SOBs captured!!!!!

Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition forces in Najaf have captured weapons and about 1,200 militiamen as they battle with insurgents loyal to Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al- Sadr for an eighth day, Iraqi defense and interior ministers said in a televised press conference in Baghdad.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:15 AM | Comments |

Why I blog?

Blogito ergo sum

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:58 AM | Comments |

Bush Wins Florida

Yesterday, before Ed Koch endorsement: Florida $12

Today, after Ed Koch edorsement: Florida $34.80

The Jewish vote is in play.

(Light Saber salute to Dr. Stotch who alerted me via e-mail)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:40 AM | Comments |

Apologies to Friends

Just a note to frequent readers, posters, and friends. Let me apologize en masse for not responding to e-mail and comments like I used to. Read on if this applies to you.

In the past several weeks my little site has seen a huge surge in traffic. More important, the average stay of visitors keeps going up. Which means I'm getting a lot of e-mail. I used to pride myself with being right along side everyone else in the comments section, but now the time factor has really chipped into that.

A good chunk of you guys found this site through the Politburo Diktat, so you also know that the Commissar asked me to take over while he's on vacation. In keeping with the spirit of that site I pulled that whole Blog Stamp stunt. You won't believe it, but that post is one of the to 20 most referred blog posts on the internet!

When things cool down over at the Commissar's place I'll try to get back to responding to comments and e-mails. So if I respond to your e-mail with a one word reply, please bear with me.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:22 AM | Comments |

Koch Endorses Bush: Sites Terrorism/Growing Anti-Semitism

For a long time I've argued with Jewish blog-buddies that the day a Republican get's 30% of the Jewish vote is the day Elijah comes to the seder. Folks, you did remember to put some food in front of that extra seat, right?

Man, I never liked this guy...til now!

Newsmax:

My decision to vote for the re-election of President George W. Bush, despite the fact that I am a lifelong Democrat, has caused some to call me a turncoat. But am I really? Or am I moving in a direction the Democratic Party itself should be going?....

Why have I endorsed George W. Bush when I don't agree with him on a single domestic issue? Because I believe the issue of international terrorism trumps all other issues. I don't believe the Democratic Party has the stomach and commitment to deliver on this issue.

Over the years, I have expressed my anxieties at the escalating worldwide anti-Semitism that now abounds in Western European countries such as France, England, Germany, Belgium, Holland and throughout Eastern Europe, including Russia. We haven't seen the likes of this rising tide of hatred directed at Jews since the 1930s. So, of course, I am interested in the views of the two presidential candidates toward Israel and its security.

President George W. Bush has amazed me. Bush 41, the father, was not particularly good on this issue. I do not believe that he is anti-Semitic, but his secretary of state, James Baker, perhaps summed up the attitude prevailing in that administration when he said: "F--- the Jews. They don't vote for us anyway."

Bush 43, the son, has fallen far from that tree. I believe most Jewish leaders will concede that of all U.S. presidents, Bush 43 has been the most supportive and protective of the security of the State of Israel.

Jews have priorities and are entitled to them just like every other ethnic group in America....

"For Jews, it is the security of the State of Israel. When 200 French Jews recently left France out of fear of persecution by Muslim toughs in that country, they knew that Israel would take them without condition, which was not the case when Jews were fleeing Germany before World War II.

"However, you are misinformed on my position as to why I support President Bush for reelection. I support him because of the Bush Doctrine, "we will go after the terrorists and the countries that harbor them." He has demonstrated that he means it by invading Afghanistan and Iraq, both threats to their regions and to the U.S. I do not believe that the Democratic Party, which is now dominated by those who preferred Governor Dean for president, but decided he could not win, has the stomach to take on worldwide terrorism. Indeed, a New York Times-CBS poll of the delegates at the Boston Convention demonstrated their opposition to John Kerry's position which is not to get out of Iraq now. It is the party activists who the candidate has to rely on to get elected and whose positions generally prevail.

"I have held public office for 23 years. I was elected five times as Congressman and three times as Mayor with super majorities after the first election for each office. New Yorkers trusted my insights and common sense, and I believe they still do. The Islamic terrorists, in the words of Lee Hamilton, "want to kill us," and there are hundreds of millions of them. I want a President who is willing to go after them before they have the chance to kill us.

"There is nothing wrong with American Jews, concerned for the safety of all Americans, to be grateful that President Bush supports the State of Israel when European states in fear of terrorism capitulate to the demands of the terrorists and are hostile to Israel.

That sound you hear is me eating crow. If Bush can just get 10% more of the Jewish vote in Florida than in 2000....well, the party is over. Bush wins.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:19 AM | Comments |

August 11, 2004

Kerry Has Two Daddies

Iowahawk + Allah = Funny

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:21 PM | Comments |

Mark My Words: Bush Wins

Spoons asks how could Bush win? He points to this site for the electoral college breakdown.
Here is how that site has the count now: Bush 242, Kerry 296

Ok, so how can Bush win?

First, West Virginia. I know current polling has Kerry ahead, but mark my words. WV goes Bush. This is the New South. The New South is Republican in national elections. Once you had a piece of red meat, you never go back to tofu baby. Bush carried WV 52% to 42% in 2000. Nothing drastic has changed. WV + 5 votes.

Math time: Bush 247, Kerry 291

Bush loses NH this time, or that's how I see it. Why? It's the Northeast. It's Kerry country. It's becoming more liberal over time. The power of inertia.

So, where does Bush get the win from?

New Mexico. Bush lost by under 400 votes last time. New Mexico is becoming more Republican over time. For every new hispanic voter (who trend D) two more refugees move in from California. This is white flight. R voters, for the most part. There is a reason CA is becoming more D over time...all the Rs are moving out (partial explanation)! Bush + 5

That's 252 Bush, 286 Kerry.

Iowa: Kerry is ahead, and he might win. But Iowa? Come on. Bush might pull this one off. It is Iowa after all. Bush +7

That's 259 Bush, 281 Kerry.

So, in the end...IA and NM don't mean squat. Kerry can have them

It's all about Florida. Everything depends on Florida. Everything.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:07 PM | Comments |

Beheaded man 'not CIA agent'

See this post in which I speculated that the man being beheaded in the al Qaeda snuff film was probably not a CIA operative. There is no doubt that the beheading film is real, but the victim was most likely not CIA.

Agence France Presse:

A US official denied today that a CIA agent had been beheaded in Iraq, as claimed by an Islamist website that broadcast a video purporting to show the decapitation.

"The man depicted in the video is not a CIA official," the official said, on condition of anonymity.

"No CIA official is missing," the official said, adding that the Central Intelligence Agency knows the whereabouts of everyone on its payroll....

During the four-minute video, an identity card is shown with the purported American's photograph and the mention "visitor".

But the gunmen's words are unintelligible, apart from their cry of "Allah Akbar" (God is great) when the head is cut off.

Like I said, that was the giveaway. But someone died in that video. When we learn of his name, we'll add him to the list of victims.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:56 PM | Comments |

Al Qaeda Recruitment Film

Am I the last one to see this (hat tip Dr. Chaos) ?? (Warning: Do not drink milk while watching)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:15 PM | Comments |

Michael Moore On Goss Appointment

"Now that Michael Moore has spoken, I've decided to withdraw my support for Porter Goss as CIA director," says Bush clone in alternate parallel Universe:

"You'd think the person who was the head of the intelligence committee would ask a few more questions," said Moore.

"The reality is that Porter Goss was in charge of the oversight of the CIA during a time when the CIA didn't do its job, which in part resulted in the loss of lives of 3,000 people," he said via telephone from New York.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:47 PM | Comments |

Iran Demands EU Give Them Nukes

Telegraph:

Iran has issued an extraordinary list of demands to Britain and other European countries, telling them to provide advanced nuclear technology, conventional weapons and a security guarantee against nuclear attack by Israel.Can you say, backfire? How did I overlook this story? More below.

Teheran's request, said by British officials to have "gone down very badly", sharply raises the stakes in the crisis over Iran's nuclear programme, which Britain and America believe is aimed at making an atomic bomb.

Iran's move came during crisis talks in Paris this month with senior diplomats from Britain, France and Germany.

The "EU-3" were trying to convince Iranian officials to honour an earlier deal to suspend its controversial uranium enrichment programme, which is ostensibly designed to make fuel for nuclear power stations but could also be used to make fissile material for nuclear bombs.

Iranian officials refused point-blank to comply, saying they had every right under international law to pursue "peaceful" nuclear technology.

They then stunned the Europeans by presenting a letter setting out their own demands.

Iran said the EU-3 should support Iran's quest for "advanced (nuclear) technology, including those with dual use" - a reference to equipment that has both civilian and military applications.

The Europeans should "remove impediments" preventing Iran from having such technology, and stick to these commitments even if faced with "legal (or) political . . . limitations", an allusion to American pressure or even future international sanctions against Iran.

More astonishingly, Iran said the EU-3 should agree to meet Iran's requirements for conventional weapons and even "provide security assurances" against a nuclear attack on Iran.

This is a reference to Israel's nuclear arsenal, believed to include some 200 warheads and long-range missiles to deliver them.

The EU-3 are still debating over how to respond, but British officials said the Iranian letter was "extremely surprising, given the delicate state of process". Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, will have to decide whether to adopt a more confrontational policy.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:42 PM | Comments |

Irony Update: 150 Rwandan troops to deploy in Darfur

IHT:

The first half of a 300-member African protection force will deploy in the Sudanese region of Darfur this weekend, an African Union official said
150???? 150 troops are going to stop genocide? Wait, more troops on the way:
The pan-African force will consist of 150 Rwandan troops and 150 Nigerian soldiers who will be tasked with protecting an AU team of observers monitoring a ceasefire between Khartoum and Darfur rebels.
300. Yeah, that will do it.

Do you think those Rwandan troops will get a giggle out of the irony of it all? I would....if I could just get past my feelings of deep despair and uncontrollable urge to cry.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:29 PM | Comments |

Terrorism Wrap Up

Jeff Quinton has the terrorism wrap-up for today.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:43 PM | Comments |

CIA Agent Executed: Another Beheading Video

UPDATE: For the latest news, information, links to videos, and images on the hostage situation in Iraq, please go to the MAIN PAGE BY CLICKING HERE, then scroll down for updates.

Reuters (hat tip LGF):

A Web site used by Islamic militants carried a video on Wednesday purporting to show militants beheading a "CIA agent" in Iraq.

The four-minute long footage showed a Western-looking man sitting on a chair surrounded by armed masked men. One of the men struck the captive's neck repeatedly with a sword, severing his head amid shouts of "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest).

A militant later held up the severed head for the camera.

An Arabic sign placed around the man's neck identified him as a "CIA agent." The video, which could not be immediately authenticated, showed what seemed to be the captive's picture identification card with the caption "visitor."

The Web site did not say which group issued the video, nor did the masked men identify themselves or make any political statements as previous kidnappers in Iraq had.

The men could be heard speaking in the background but the audio quality was too poor to understand.

The tired-looking captive was wearing a plain shirt and trousers.

Militants in Iraq have waged a campaign of kidnapping aimed at driving out individuals, companies and troops supporting U.S. forces and the new Iraqi interim administration.

Scores of hostages have been kidnapped by armed groups. Some have been freed but at least nine have been killed -- including an American, a South Korean and a Bulgarian

Developing....

UPDATE: The website has been shut down, but the URL included ansarnet in it. Possibly linking it to Ansar al Islam. You remember them, don't you? They are the al Qaeda branch that isn't in Iraq, because as we all know, there was not al Qaeda connection.

UPDATE II: May I just also ad, that the so-called proof that the man was a CIA Agent was that he had a VISITOR ID tag on him. Can anyone imagine a real CIA Agent hanging around Northern Iraq carrying his VISITOR tag? I'm going to go out on a limb here--no, this mere speculation, nothing more--the victim here might well have been a local with some contact with the provisional government. Since Ansar al Islam has their stronghold in what is now Kurdish occupied territory, chances are this man has some connection to the Kurdish government. It should also be remembered that the CIA has been operating in Kurdistan since the end of the Gulf War. It is also likely that hundreds, if not more, Kurds have been taken out of country for CIA backed training over the last dozen years. This would go a long way in explaining why the CIA is denying reports that one of their agents is missing and the VISITOR ID on the victim.

The video is real. Someone died. The hoax may be that he was a CIA officer.


I'm no expert, but the victim appears to either be unconscience or already deceased.


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Above: Alleged Proof of Victims Identity

Further pictures are very gruesome. Proceed with extreme caution to extended entry below.

Also on the trail: Jeff Quinton, Command Post, Slant Point, MH King, In the Bullpen, Rooftop Report, Amanda Doerty

Warning, these are very offensive and graphic. They show the kind of enemy we are dealing with.
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I have the entire video, but it is too long for my host. Below, you will find links to three horrible clips. The first is of the terrorists posing in a kind of yearbook photo, right before they behead the victim. The second and third one are truly awful and should make you mad. Very mad.

Download file 1
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Full video can be downloaded from NIN

Slant Point also hosting full video here.

Amanda Doerty has more pics.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:13 PM | Comments |

I'm John Kerry, Bitch!

Doesn't that just about sum up Kerry's response to the Swifties? QuandO and Balloon Juice completely devestate J Freakin K's responses. James Joyner does clean up. After all, JFK is no Rick James.

PS-BRD kicks JFK when he's down.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:42 PM | Comments |

Why I am Voting for Bush

Not that this will come as a shocker for anybody, but I plan on voting for Bush in the fall. I am not a hardcore Republican. In fact, if there was a real choice, I would say I am closer to the Libertarian Party than I am to the Republican Party. I almost ran as a Libertarian for Congress, but the state I live in has pretty high hurdles for getting third-party candidates on the ballot.

There are many key areas which I disagree with the Republican Party on. (yes, I ended that sentence with a preposition... sue me). Read the extended entry if this really interests you.

If not, then let me just remind you that today is Wictory Wednesday. Yup, I'm on board.

Remember, give til it hurts!

Other Wictory Wednesday Bloggers


The War on Drugs: I am against it. Drugs should be legal. I am also not in agreement with liberal Democrats on this one. Drugs should be legal, period. I don't want public funding for rehabilitation. People who take drugs are stupid. Let them deal with the consequences of their actions.

Prostitution: Let the sluts and the pervs get together. Also, when they get the clap or worse, let them live with it. Idiots.

Abortion: State issue exclusively. No Constitutional Amendment (with the exception to one that would take this out of Federal Courts). Having said that, I will also say I hate abortion and that most abortions ought to be outlawed. There is a serious epistemological problem for me in knowing exactly when a fetus becomes a human being. However, in order to avoid a Type II error, I would ban (except for the normal disclaimable reasons: e.g., life of mother) all abortions after the first trimester, possibly earlier in that trimester--but only at the state level. I would also ban all public funding of abortions. This isn't saying much, though, since I would ban most public funding of most things.

Other things: A lot of the other problems I have with the R's is that they are too willing to be like Democrats. So, in sum, most of the problems I have with the R's are that they often do not live up to the evil stereotype that the D's give them. If they did, I might actually join the party.

So, why will I vote for Bush? Well, because he is not John Kerry. That's it. I use an economic model when thinking about who to vote for.

The first assumption my own perverted version of the real model (yeah, I know, but this is a Blog, do I really need to cite sources here?) is that I have preferences. I've already told you some of them, but needless to say my preferences are aggregated into an overall political preference matrix--something akin to ideology. Ideologically speaking, I am a libertarian. My ideal preference would be to elect the libertarian candidate for Pres.

The second assumption is that my preferences are ordered. Remember, just because I prefer steak doesn't mean I don't enjoy a good burger now and then. Using this system you cannot order your preferences on a nominal scale, only on an ordinal scale. Here is my preference order:

1) Libertarians
2) A number of other weird third parties with no chance of winning
3) Republicans
4) A number of even more obscure third parties with no chance
5) Democrats
6) Greens
7) Nutty third parties, like Natural Law and Peace and Freedom
8) Commies/Nazis (6 of one, half dozen of the other)

Ok, so why not just vote Libertarian? Easy, the Libertarian candidate for Pres. will not appear on the ballot in this state. The same rule applies to #2. But even if they did appear on the ballot, I would not vote for them. There are other rational reasons to vote for Bush.

Let's face it, in a winner take all system there can only be two candidates with even the remotest chance of winning. And when we speak of remote here, we are not talking about come-from-behind-victory remote; we are speaking of remote as nearly impossible. In fact, the only reason I use nearly as a qualifier is because on a metaphysical level, all things are possible. But that is just philosophy. In reality, none of the third parties have any chance. None.

Hence, voting third party is akin to not voting at all. It may have some therapeutic value or serve some quasi-religious value of personal morality (for people who see voting for a candidate as a moral act--they don't want to be 'unclean' and vote for someone who isn't in near perfect agreement with them--they also tend to like to look down their noses at the rest of us. For a good read on why politics is not the realm of the moral, see Augustine's City of God) but it is a waste if voting is about electing somebody.

The state I live in is competitive. It leans Bush, but it went Clinton twice. I think Bush has it wrapped up here, and odds are pretty good he will, but there is a chance Kerry could pull it off. Chance here is a real chance. I say there is a 70% chance that Bush will win (he is polling at something like 49 to 43 for Kerry here). Hence, however miniscule my vote is, it does have some marginal impact on the outcome of the race.

So, the result of all this is that since my first preference has no chance, and my second preference has no chance, why not just stay home and not vote? Again, I like steak--preferably a nice aged ribeye--but I also like burgers.

I don't hate Bush. In fact, I quite like him. The thing I like best about him is we share a similar philosophy of acting in the face of uncertainty. We also share the same notion of which is the greater risk error. Type II, of course. John Kerry, on the other hand does not seem to understand that we must sometimes act, even in the face of uncertainty. Also, that even when information later disproves an assumption, that the initial act was still rational. Why? Because in risk analysis, under conditions of uncertainty, you should always choose to avoid the costlier risk of being wrong!

This is just a long-winded way of saying that even though no major (yes, there are WMD in Iraq, but nothing like I expected them to find) caches of WMD were found in Iraq, going to war was still the right thing to do. Why? Because both going to war and not going to war were made on assumptions. Assumptions ALWAYS must be made when information is not perfect (and information is almost never perfect). Hence, one side assumed that Saddam had WMD-unless he proved otherwise. The other side assumed that Saddam had no WMD-unless WE proved otherwise. Since the UN inspectors were no longer in Iraq, one assumption had to be made over the other. But which is the better assumption? Laying aside the logical reasons to choose one over the other, there are reasons of risk aversion that bring me to the unavoidable conclusion that the former assumption was the only rational response.

If that assumption turns out to be wrong, what is the worst case scenario? Saddam is ousted, a few thousand American soldiers die (worst case), and American troops are no longer needed in Saudi Arabia. Oops, we were wrong.

If the second assumption turns out to be wrong, though, what is the worst case scenario? WMD deployed by allies of convenience (al Qaeda) on US soil. Hundreds of thousands of American civilians killed. Oops, we were wrong.

This is why I will vote for George Bush. Because he understands the risk of terrorism is real. Terrorism kills people. Frances arrogance and spite does not.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:27 AM | Comments |

British Jihadis in Iraq

Read the whole story in the extended entry. I especially love the part where the Muslim Council is confused as to why taking up arms against ones own country could be considered treason. From the Guardian (via Robert Spencer):

British Muslims who take up arms against UK and US forces in Iraq could face treason charges on their return, the Home Office said today.

The warning was prompted by a Guardian report that two Britons had travelled from their homes in London to join the Mahdi army, a militia loyal to the radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. The men arrived in Najaf, where fierce fighting has been raging for seven days, earlier this week.

The two men who travelled to Najaf from the UK were both born in Iraq - one in Najaf and the other in Baghdad - but had lived in Britain since they were children and held British passports. This was the first time they had returned to Iraq, the Guardian reported.

Asked why they had travelled to Najaf, one - calling himself Abu Haqid, replied: "Our brothers are fighting down here. They are not eating well, they are not sleeping well - we have to be in the same position as them.

"We all have a belief, me and my family, when it comes to jihad. We asked our families and they said yes. It is good to protect your country and be there with your brothers."

A spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain today said he expected the men would not be the only two Britons to take up arms against US-led forces in Iraq.

A Home Office spokesman said British citizens or residents considering joining the militia should be aware that anyone taking up arms against a British soldier or US-led forces could be prosecuted for treason. The maximum sentence would be life imprisonment.

Depending on their actions, UK citizens fighting for a foreign army could be tried for a range of other offences, including terrorism. It would be for the police and the crown prosecution service to decide what action to bring in individual cases, the Home Office spokesman said. They could also face prosecution in Iraq if the interim government there chose to take action.

"It is wholly unacceptable, even if it is only a few individuals taking such an action," the spokesman said. "It could have an impact on British Muslims in this country, and the majority of British Muslims do not want any part in this type of activity."

The Muslim Council of Britain's spokesman, Inayat Bunglawala, said any future prosecutions for treason would strike many Muslims as "bizarre", given that the two men felt they were defending the country of their birth against an occupying force.

"The way the US has surrounded Najaf with tanks and attack helicopters is very provocative, especially to the Shia, as Najaf is a holy place for them," Mr Bungawala said.

"These men clearly do not believe the position of the US and British governments that this war was fought to liberate Iraq. They believe the US is occupying their country illegally," he said.

Mr Bungawala said he would advise British Muslims to lobby the government here to change its policy, rather than joining a militia in Iraq.

How exactly is this position different than the one taken by Noam Chomsky?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:40 AM | Comments |

John Kerry's Real Cambodian Visit Revealed

Win-win. Win, no problem.

Lose, kill Bush. Kerry takes the fall. Activate super-sleeper agent, codename 'Halliburton'.

Why is no one looking into the Halliburton-Cambodia ties? Everyone knows Nixon lied about the reason he bombed Cambodia. It's always about corporate interests, man. Corporate interests!

Why can't Kerry keep his Cambodia story straight? Brainwashing will do that to you, man.

PS-When it's not about corporate interests, then it must have something to do with the timing. The timing, man.

From DU (hat tip: Wizbang):

Why would they leak this? I don't like this at all.

it is called fear factor

Well it's working this time, and it's not Al Qaeda that scares me.

[Bush] can continue his long legacy of running away. He can justify his disappearance because he would be a "target". Wonder if they will keep him at Cheney's undisclosed location?

You list many successes and attribute them to terrorist. Look at them again - who's best interest are all those successes in? There's your real terrorists.

how many times....will the Vast Right Wing Echo Chamber get away with planting this kind of crap? Crap!


So Bush is planning to kill John Kerry or John Edwards..Let the world know

are you reading my mind?

Great minds think alike.

Here's a headline; Bush Shot in Head; Bullet in Critical Condition

I made the suggestion a while ago that this would probably happen. If you think about it, what could be better for * if they 'foil' this plot at the last moment, but publicize the notion that the 'terrorists' were planning an attack on *, but not Kerry, because they are more afraid of * and his determination to 'Git 'em'. That exactly how it will be spun, mark my words.

yep

Al Qaeda is just about the only entity other than Halliburton to benefit from the Boosh pResidency. They might FAKE an assassination attempt on Bush* to help him get re-elected, or they might kill our candidate if they can't stop him from being elected any other way. Bush* is to the Bin Ladins as Professor Quirell was to Lord Voldemort. Did you ever wonder why you never see the back of Bush*'s head?

this "anybody but bush" comment is so totally partisan that it's sickening whoever planned that little tidbit is working directly with rove. "The goal of the next attack is twofold: to damage the U.S. economy and to undermine the U.S. election," the official said. "The view of al Qaeda is 'anybody but Bush.' " in reality the implication is to assassinate "anybody but bush." bin laden NEEDS bush to further his agenda. once Kerry gets things going smoothly over in Iraq and has cooperation from everyone, the terrorist cells training and being recruited in Iraq will be threatened. right now, with bush's mayhem, Iraq is going to be set to export a whole new crop of energized, willing fundamentalist youth, courtesy of bush jr.

Hey, maybe we should not be so hasty in judging Al Qaeda.....I will tell you something: if Al qaeda does make good on this threat, there will he a large segment of the population who will not shed a tear....

Ladies and germs, the Howard Dean wing of the Democratic Party!

PSS-That last little quote, and several others, were made by a guy who uses a pic of Noam Chomsky to identify himself. Go figure.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:03 AM | Comments |

August 10, 2004

Gostinitza Rossiya to be Levelled

Boy, this brings back memories. Just waxing nostalgic.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:44 PM | Comments |

Al Qaeda Planning Major Assasination

This just in from Drudge, so hot off the presses that Drudge hasn't even corrected typos (I've updated the quote, as Drudge has changed it somewhat)

U.S. intelligence officials say a high-profile political assassination, triggered by the public release of a new message from Osama bin Laden, will lead off the next major al Qaeda terrorist attack, the WASHINGTON TIMES has learned.

The assassination plan is among new details of al Qaeda plots disclosed by U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports who, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the killing could be carried out against a U.S. or foreign leader either in the United States or abroad.

The new details of al Qaeda's plans were found on a laptop computer belonging to arrested al Qaeda operative Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan of Pakistan, Bill Gertz is set to report in a page one blockbuster.

'We're talking about planning at the screwdriver level,' one official said. 'It is very detailed.'

More as it develops. Possible big news, possible the usual Drudge MO of hyping things up.

UPDATE: Reuters

A high-profile political assassination, triggered by a new message from Osama bin Laden, will lead off the next major al Qaeda attack, The Washington Times reported in Wednesday editions, citing U.S. intelligence officials.

U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports, speaking on condition of anonymity, disclosed that the assassination plan was among new details of al Qaeda plots and would target a U.S. or foreign leader either in the United States or abroad, according to the newspaper.

Planning for the attacks to follow involves "multiple targets in multiple venues" across the United States, one official was quoted as saying.

"The goal of the next attack is twofold: to damage the U.S. economy and to undermine the U.S. election," the official told the newspaper.

The officials said there are intelligence reports, some of them sketchy, that a new tape from bin Laden would surface soon, the newspaper reported.

"The message likely will be the signal for the attack to be launched," one official said.

A second U.S. official was cited as saying that one intelligence agency was aware of unconfirmed reports of a new bin Laden tape.

"There may be such a tape, but it hasn't surfaced and we haven't seen it," the newspaper quoted the official as saying.

The Washington Times reported that the plot was among detailed al Qaeda plans found on a laptop computer belonging to captured al Qaeda suspect Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan.

Information from Khan, a computer expert, prompted the United States to issue a new security alert for financial institutions in Washington, New York and New Jersey and led to the arrest of a dozen al Qaeda suspects in Britain.

Khan's capture was part of a Pakistani crackdown, which began a month ago and has dealt al Qaeda a major blow.

UPDATE: Dead Pool. I disagree.

Also on the case: Kevin Aylward, Jeff Quinton, Blogs of War, Speed of Thought, Evil White Guy, Joe Gandalman, OTB, Discount Blogger

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:35 PM | Comments |

Islamic Beard Discrimination Case

Come on, are you kidding?

Britain's first-ever suit by a man claiming he lost his job because of religious discrimination centers on the Muslim man's beard, The Sun said Tuesday.

Mohsin Mohmed, 22, said he had been humiliated by his bosses at Richard Branson's Virgin Trains, and they fired him for refusing to trim his 8-inch beard.

Who is the defendant in the case? Richard Branson. Yes, THAT Richard Branson.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:33 PM | Comments |

Two Jordanian Hostages Freed

Thank goodness. But in all fairness, to execute these guys would have been terrible PR. Make no mistakes, the hostage taking phenomenon is all about PR. Different publics.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:28 PM | Comments |

Cat Attacks Pilot

Cats are evil. No, not just evil...evil incarnate. From the Guardian:

A Belgian aeroplane made an emergency landing after a cat got into the cockpit and attacked the co-pilot, it was revealed yesterday.
Obviously an al Qaeda scheme to circumvent post 9/11 security procedures.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:25 PM | Comments |

Football Bonfire of the Vanities

Check out this week's Bonfire of the Vanities hosted by Kevin Donahue. I seriously forgot I had sent in an entry. I will be hosting the Bonfire the week of August 31.

PS-Which college team is ranked #1?? Say it........

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:04 PM | Comments |

Honored Irish Dead

As many of you know, I keep a running count of hostages that are executed by the Religion of Peas. My criteria for adding names to the list is simple: the victims must have be executed some time after being captured. FYI-14 hostages have been murdered by terro-zombies since 9/11.

A reader, from Ireland, sent me an e-mail reminding me of the names of the two Irish victims of Islamic extremism. Both murdered in cold blood. While not officially going on the list, let us not forget their names. From that e-mail:

1 - Tony Higgans - Age - 63 - Shot dead in his place of
employment by masked militants - 08/03/04

2 - Simon Cumbers - Age - 34 - Shot dead while working as a BBC
cameraman outside the house of a prominent militant - 06/06/04

May God Speed You to Eternal Bliss

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:49 PM | Comments |

Allah Descends from on High

Allah to John Kerry: "Many many moons ago, in Cambodia, I f**k buffalo. I think your my son."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:38 PM | Comments |

Guest Blogging

Why aren't you reading my guest blogging posts over at the Politburo Diktat?

Go on, click over there. NOW.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:50 PM | Comments |

Bjorn Lomborg: Good Gay

I didn't know he was gay!! That changes everything. He must be right then.

Both my long-term readers may know that my real professional interest is in environmental policy. Seriously. I'm a wuss greeny at heart. But what is a greeny to do when he also hates government? To paraphrase my illustrious namesake, Dale Gribble, "People don't ruin the environment, governments do."

Dr. Lomborg's book, The Skeptical Environmentalist, sits on that portion of my office shelf within quick reach. What can I say? I'm a fan.

So when I read this post by Diogones over at anti-com I was--how you say in English?--oh yeah, happy.

If Lomborg's book is too thick, Ronald Bailey basically has the same thesis, but is easier reading. Further, Lomborg doesn't argue that global warming isn't real. His major thesis is that the costs of addressing the problem far exceed any benefits. Since global warming will primarily hurt people in developing nations, there are far more important things to address. Oh, you know, like AIDS, malaria, clean water...........

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:57 PM | Comments |

Jawa Philatelia

Have you collected your MPJ stamps yet??

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Lightsaber salute: Sharp as a Marble and Jeff Jarvis

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:45 PM | Comments |

Rodney Alexander Switches Parties

Rodney Alexander has long been a little pet peeve of mine. During the 2002 campaign he ran a series of television spots that were so obtuse that none of my students could identify to which party he belonged. This ad has become a staple in my introductory American National Governmnet course as a way to show how politicians use symbols that can be interpretted in a variety of ways.

My favorite part of the ad? The fade out shot of Rodney Alexander walking through a field with what is allegedly his family. His 'wife' is clearly 20 years younger than him and his 'children' are toddlers. Throw in some oblique references about 'protecting our children and our senior citizens' and you have an A+ thirty second political ad that tells you absolutely nothing about the candidate.

For once I am inclined to agree with David Anderson that Mr. Alexander is 'self serving'. However, calling a politician self-serving is like calling an In-n-Out Burger Double-Double 'tasty'. It's definitional. Also, I predict Mr. Alexander wins handily and remains in office indefinitely. He switched because his district is increasingly becoming Republican.

Lightsaber salute: Kevin Aylward

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:24 PM | Comments |

They've Got THE FUNNY

Surfing using bloglines is definitely the way to go. The problem with using it is that you get to read so much stuff in so little time. Nay, TOO MUCH stuff. Hence, how to share with your good readers the most important news of the day? And by important, I mean funny.

Warning: Do not drink milk while reading.

-Bill left out the ever important jawa slur. Look it up and then you'll see why my blog ought to offend you.
-Speaking of racial slurs.
-Iowahawk, finally, takes off the gloves and makes Kerry's Vietnam record his bitch.
-Gordon becomes William F. Buckley's bitch in his exclusive interview with the erudite and double-lizzle conservative.
-Ted Rall, makes John Kerry his bitch. (can't remember where I picked up link)
-Ace has some advice for PP, bi-yatches!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:51 AM | Comments |

Suspect Arrested Taping Landmarks

Highly political move. I question the timing.

Might I also suggest to Dean Esmay this: Yes, the government of Pakistan is a close ally. No, the people of Pakistan are not our allies. And unfortunately government offices in Pakistan are filled with Pakistanis.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:24 AM | Comments |

August 09, 2004

When Women Were Women

Decadent capitalist Dean Esmay has been having quite a bit of fun over a report by the Instapundit on the merits of porn.

After careful examination of the pics Dean linked to I can definitely say that none of them can even compare to the beauty of Fay Wray. Alas, the world will be a lesser place in her absence. Via Jeff Quinton, I learned of her demise. Unlike Dean's, my tribute is safe for work. *sigh* I long for the days when women were women and apes were a thinly veiled metaphor for the lustful nature of men.

Fay Wray 1907-2004. RIP.


By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:57 PM | Comments |

Jews Attacked at Auschwitz

Via the Omniscient Allah this JPOST story:

While on a tour of the museum at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland on Sunday, a group of around 50 Jewish university students from Israel, the U.S. and Poland were verbally attacked by a three-member gang of French male tourists.

Evidently incited by the presence of an Israeli flag wrapped around the shoulders of Tamar Schuri, an Israeli student from Ben Gurion University, the first assailant ran at the group while its members were being guided through a model gas chamber and crematoria and began swearing and hurling anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli insults.

"He told us to go back to Israel and said that we were stupid and should be ashamed to walk around with an Israeli flag," testifies Maya Ober, a 21-year-old Polish student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan and member of the Polish Union of Jewish Students (PUSZ), which organized the 16-day summer learning program along with the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS).

After the initial altercation, a second assailant
grabbed Ober by the arm. "One of the guys held me by the arm and wouldn't let go," says Ober, who lost several members of her family at Auschwitz. "I was afraid. I couldn't move and I didn't know what he was going to do.

"I was shocked. Although I have met anti-Semitism many times, I never expected to meet it at Auschwitz, where so many of my relatives were killed," she says she spoke to the assailants in French and that in addition to being "brutish and vulgar," their sentiments "made absolutely no sense."

Weinbaum, who has been to Poland more than 30 times on educational tours, says he never before saw anything like what happened, happen. "It was simply shocking," he says. "In some way, I felt that these men were satisfied to visit Auschwitz. This was another reminder that in Western Europe there is sympathy for dead Jews; it's just the live ones that they cannot tolerate."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:07 PM | Comments |

Kerry's Main Swiftboat Defender Served With Him Less Than a Week!

Captain Ed has been following this one pretty closely and pretty much demolishes Kerry's rejoinders to the Swifties. NZ Bear thinks the Swiftie campaign would be the undoing of the Kerry candidacy--this was BEFORE NZ Bear knew about this. Novak knocks one out of the park:

O'Neill told me that these former sailors served with Kerry no more than five weeks. Jim Rassmann, now part of the Kerry presidential campaign, was a Special Forces lieutenant spending a few days with Kerry when he fell or was knocked off the swift boat while under fire and was fished out of the Mekong River by the future candidate.
Wait a second, let me get this straight, the main defender of Kerry's 'band of brothers', the man who viciously attacks the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth for not serving on John Kerry's boat, only served with him for a couple of days!!!!!!!! Are you kidding me? All the reports I had ever seen about this man was that John Kerry had saved his life--not that they only served together a couple of days.

This is a totally devestating revelation to me and completely undermines the Kerry camp's assertions.

Shamelessly linked at the Beltway Traffic Jam.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:52 PM | Comments |

Another Bulgarian Beheading Video

For original story, images, and links to video on this Bulgarian who was beheaded please scroll past updates section.

UPDATE 10/08: Kenneth Bigley executed in Iraq by Zarqawi terrorist organization. The story is developing, but sources in Fallujah claim Bigley beheaded. For the latest information, links to video, and images on the Kenneth Bigley murder please go to the MAIN PAGE or by CLICKING HERE for the 10/08 report.

For the latest information, links to video, and images on hostages in Iraq please check the main page by CLICKING HERE.

Here is a list of all the victims of Islamic Beheadings since late July this year.

10/08 Kenneth Bigley Executed in Iraq Images and Video Here.
10/02 Iraqi Victim Barie Nafie Dawoud Ibrahim Beheading Video and Images Here
9/22 American Hostage Jack Hensley Beheading Video and Images Here
9/20 American Hostage Eugene Armstrong Beheaded on Video Here
9/13 Turkish Hostage Beheaded on Video Here
9/08 Three Muslim 'Informants' Beheaded by the Religion of Irony
8/31 12 Nepalese Hostages Killed, 1 Beheaded Here
8/26 Italian Hostage Enzo Baldoni Murdered Here
8/25 Alleged CIA Agent Beheaded in Video Here
8/13 Another Alleged CIA Agent Beheaded on Video Here
8/11 CIA Agent Executed: Another Beheading Video
8/09 Another Bulgarian Beheading Video
8/02 Turkish Hostage Murdered
7/28 Bulgarian Beheading Video
7/27 Kashmir Rebels Bomb Hospital, Behead Three
7/27 Paul Johnson Beheading Video and Images Here
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Begin original post:

AP:

CAIRO, Egypt - Four masked, black-clad men who said they belong to a group that has claimed responsibility for kidnappings and killings in Iraq (news - web sites) beheaded a man identified only as a Bulgarian in a video posted on the Internet Monday....The militants in the video said they were from the Tawhid and Jihad group, which had claimed to have kidnapped two Bulgarian truck drivers June 29 and demanded Iraqi detainees be released in exchange for their lives.

The beheaded body of one of the drivers, Georgi Lazov, was found in the Tigris River in Iraq in mid-July and a tape was released showing his death. An announcement late last month of the discovery of a second decapitated body in an orange jumpsuit and a head in a bag near the Tigris River had prompted fears that Ivaylo Kepov too had been killed, but there was no video of his slaying.

Updates as they happen.

I previously posted about this here.

UPDATE I: The problem with blogging is you often write something before thinking too hard. This is NEW video. What I had before was not VIDEO, only still images from the video. Zarquawi's group had posted a message saying they would release the video in the future, along with some vidcaps they posted the day of the announcement. This is the video they announced.

UPDATE II: In the Bullpen has graciously offered to host the video in .zip format.

UPDATE III: Just to reiterate--this is new VIDEO, not a new beheading. The video shows either Georgi Lazov or Ivaylo Kepov who were both murdered sometime around July 13 or 14. See this post for a list of the 14 hostages murdered since 9/11.

UPDATE IV: Wizbang also has the video--but server is slow.

UPDATE V: Chris Short has also graciously offered to host the video (very fast), and has a good blog roundup. The version I sent him is the Real Video Version, and therefore does not need to be unzipped when downloaded. Scroll to bottom of post to get video.

Others on the trail: Jeff Quinton, James Joyner, In the Bullpen, Command Post, On the Third Hand, Wizbang

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:30 PM | Comments |

Kerry's 'Secret Plan' Revealed...sort of

John Kerry laid out his heretofore 'Secret Plan for Bringing Home the Troops' in an op-ed in USA Today. James Joyner does a first-rate job of deconstructing the plan, as does McQ. My thoughts run along similar lines, but I wanted to add a few sentiments:

• Lead NATO to make the security of Iraq one of its global missions and to deploy a significant portion of the force needed to secure and win the peace there. NATO participation will open the door to greater international involvement from non-NATO countries.
I love this one. File this under the Personality Theory of International Relations. Kerry is an absolute idiot. He believes the reason NATO isn't more involved is because George W. Bush (or his administration) doesn't have the leadership capacity to get NATO on board. McQ, rightly, notes that most NATO countries are already on board and James sarcastically asks if this is the same NATO with Germany and France in it? Also, is this the same NATO that is fudging out of it's commitments in Afghanistan--a war that NATO supported (link via Right on Red):
[there is] confusion and delay [over] Nato's provision of extra troops it promised to bolster security for the landmark presidential elections due on 9 October.... there has still been no announcement of when they [the fresh NATO troops] are coming. Meanwhile, the security situation has deteriorated, with mounting attacks on election workers registering voters.
What Kerry is really saying is that Germany and France would cooperate, if only a different President was in office. This theory of international relations completely overlooks the notion of national interest---that nations act in certain ways because it is in their interest to do so. So why would a Kerry administration somehow change the national interests of France and Germany? This is a naive theory of how the world works...and dangerous!!
• Internationalize the reconstruction efforts in Iraq to end the continuing perception of a U.S. occupation and help coordinate the rebuilding.
Since we have already done this, and continue to do so, this is a non-sequitor. This is the I will do what Bush is doing, but since I'm not Bush I will do it better theory of public administration. John Kerry must believe he has super-human powers. It's like saying a new coach could bring more wins over the last one, however the new coach will use the same playbook. Again, file this under a theory in which personality is the driving force behind public policy. Same policy + different administration = success. Again, naive and dangerous.
• Launch a massive and accelerated training effort to build Iraqi security forces that can provide real security for the Iraqi people, including a major role for NATO. This is not a task for America alone; we must join as a partner with other nations.
Again, somehow NATO would get more involved if only there was a different administration. Utterly stupid. Also, if Kerry wants more training to be given to the new Iraqi forces, why the hell isn't he in the Senate authoring a Bill that would fund this project of his--if it is something different than what the administration is already doing? Oops, I forgot, Kerry is too busy to try to get his 'new' not-really-a-plan-plan going in the Senate. How many Bills has Kerry voted on this year, anyway?
• Plan for Iraq's future by working with our allies to forgive Iraq's multibillion-dollar debt and involve our allies in the development of a new Iraqi constitution and the political arrangements needed to protect minority rights. At the same time, we should convene a regional conference with Iraq's neighbors to secure a pledge of respect for Iraq's borders and non-interference in Iraq's national affairs.
Err....again, what is new about this? Kerry's plan is to impose his will on the Saudis or the Kuwaitis, both of which have said they will not forgive Iraq's debt. How about France? Does he know something about France that I don't? Somehow France will be forgive Iraq's debt--the same France that loaned Iraq money, even during the embargo, so that Iraq could buy French goods prohibited them under US law!!!!!!!!!!!!

People, Kerry is more dangerous than I thought. His is a classic example of an ego run amuck. He believes that his personality can somehow change the course of history and the interest of nations. This is not a 'realistic plan' as he claims. It is sheer fantasy.


By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:09 PM | Comments |

Who Outted Khan?

Jay Tea blames the NY Times. Atrios blames......can you guess? Look for the answer below.

George W. Bush!!! Surprised?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:46 PM | Comments |

Planned Parenthood Superhero: 'Choice Chick'

I have a feeling she won't make the cut down at the Hall of Super-Best Friends. This is too funny to even comment on. However, notice that she wears glasses while in her superhero uniform--the exact opposite of those symbols of patriarchal oppression Superman and Spiderman, who wear glasses to conceal their true identities.

PS: Just when we thought PP couldn't get any sillier.....

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:32 PM | Comments |

Don Henley Must Die

Mojo Nixon was right. Inspired by Gleeful Extremist and Dr. Chaos.

On second thought, the lyrics don't need any changes whatsoever. Read them in the extended entry. Also, instead of buying Don Henley's newest crap, why not go down to your local store and buy an old Mojo Nixon album? And if they don't have Mojo Nixon...well, then their store could use some fixin!!!!

This is the sound of my brain
Then I said -This is the sound of my brain on Don Henley
Then I said -One two three four

He's a tortured artist
Used to be in the eagles
Now he whines like a wounded beagle

Poet of despair
Puffed up with hot air
He's serious, pretentious and I just don't care

Don henley must die
Don't let him get back together
With Glenn Frey, Don Henley must die

Cut on the TV
And what did I see
This bloated hairy thing winnin' a grammy
Huah

Best rock vocalist
Compared to what
Bunch of pseudo-serious Kraft angst-a-matic
Satanic plot

Don Henley Must die
Put a sharp stick in his eye, don henley must die
Ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya
Oh

Quit playin' that crap
Youíre out of the band

I'm only kidding, can't you tell?
I love his sensitve music
Idiot poetry swell

You and your kind
Are killin' rock and roll
It's not because youíre o-l-d
--Cause you ain't
Got no soul

Don't be afraid of fun
Loosen up your ponytail
Be wild, young
Free and-a
Get your head
Outta your tail

Don Henley
Must die
Donít let him get back together
With Glenn Frey

Don Henley
Must die
Put him in the electric chair
Watch him fry, Don Henley must die

Don Henley must die
Ah ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya

No Eagles reunion
The same goes for you too Sting
Ah
Oh

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:18 PM | Comments |

John Kerry Named First Metrosexual President

As long as I'm thinking about Senator Kerry, his colleague Senator Pundit found an interesting article in the Toronto Sun.

Two questions: 1) Aren't Canadians gay by definition, and hence people who read Canadian papers metrosexuals themselves? 2) Why stop at metrosexual, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say Kerry is all the way gay. I yield the floor.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:57 PM | Comments |

Orwell Alert: John Kerry

Methinks Texas Native is on to something here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:50 PM | Comments |

Fear and Loathing in Iraq

This blog rocks:

Right now Lt Armeni is in critical condition in Germany. He was wounded on that attack on 05 AUG 04. I received a e-mail from his father thanking me for this site which allowed him a little more insight to the event that critically wounded his son on that day, and to continue praying for him. I am asking everybody to please include Lt Armeni and his family in their prayers. It would mean a lot. To me, and everybody else here. I know of at least five guys here who are alive today because of his actions on that day.
Indeed, let's pray for Lt. Armeni.

PS-unlike that Johnny Depp film with a similar name about that nutjob Hunter Thompson, this blog is not gay.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:43 PM | Comments |

Right Wing Blogger Arlert

As long as I'm on Atrios and Kos I might as well throw Willis in there.

Just remember, it's not about the facts. It's about the timing, man. The timing.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:23 AM | Comments |

Right-Wing Media Alert!

According to Atrios, that is:

There's something we used to hear a lot -- that incumbents with under 50% approval ratings are in deep deep trouble. We haven't heard it much since Bush dropped below 50.

In national polls, Kerry is almost always ahead. In electoral vote analysis, Kerry has consistently been ahead.

In another year, the press would be (rather unfairly) writing Bush's epitaph and painting him as an inevitable loser. I'm not suggesting that's the appropriate way to cover this (or any) campaign, but they do seem to be doing a pretty good job of not mentioning the obvious -- right now, Kerry's ahead, and that isn't good news for that other guy.

Kerry is ahead???? I hadn't heard that one before!! Thanks for your amazing insight.

Moron.

Is he watching the same 'media' I am watching? Because if he is, then perhaps he can explain how just about every story covering the campaign brings up the fact that Kerry is ahead?

Oh, more on that right wing media from Captain Ed.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:40 AM | Comments |

Kos--Insane, Stupid, or Traitor?

When you equivicate between beating prisoners, which is routinely practiced in just about every country in the world--even in places which aren't 'brutal dictatorships'--then you are either insane, stupid, or a traitor (traitor here defined as giving comfort to the enemy). Kos may be all three:

The new Iraq looks just like the old one....

We replaced one brutal dictatorial regime with another brutal dictatorial regime.

Yup. Just like it.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:32 AM | Comments |

Marine in Al Jazeera Documentary

I may not have mentioned it in awhile, but why haven't we bombed al Jazeera? This is not a joke. We should completely oblitirate that organization. This is war. In war, propaganda outlets are legitimate targets.

Needless to say, I support the Interim Government's decision to close it down. But why for only a month?

Via Joe Gandalman (Dean Esmay is probably in the gulag, too) this link to a Boston.com article:

WASHINGTON -- For most of the central figures in the Arab-produced documentary film "Control Room," the grisly images that emerged from the US invasion of Iraq last year were no cause for a change of opinion

Jehane Noujaim, the producer, gives an inside look at the war through the eyes and lenses of Al Jazeera's journalists, based at US Central Command headquarters in Doha, Qatar. And over the length of her film, the chasm only widens between US military officials who speak about the "liberation" of Iraq and the Al Jazeera reporters skeptical of the invasion.

The exception is a Marine lieutenant named Josh Rushing.

Rushing, who was a Central Command spokesman assigned to escort the documentary makers during their time in Qatar, is among the film's most sympathetic characters. He is portrayed as a thoughtful young man moved over time by the grim reality of war.

At no point is he shown doubting the justness of the US effort in Iraq, yet the film documents a friendship between Rushing and an Al Jazeera reporter, Hassan Ibrahim. There are also moments on camera when Rushing is wrestling with the film's central themes: war, bias and the Arab world's strongest media outlet.

The article is a two-part series. I highly recommend it. Apparently, some of the brass were a little peeved at a Marine in an al Jazeera produced film and Rushing is thinking about not re-upping. Of course, most Marines don't re-up for a variety of reasons. I don't blame the brass for being peeved or Rushing for wanting to get out.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:24 AM | Comments |

Troll Alert?

Just the other day me and the regular crew were wondering why there were no trolls around here. I even told Brian B. that I was thinking of dropping some trollish comments, just to spark some debate. Then I get this (scroll down to comments):

Bu zalim insanlar gün gelecek Türk milletinin ayaklarını öpmeye kalkacaklar. Ama Türk oğlu Türk olan, asil kan Türk askeri başlarındaki puşileri Gözlerine bağlayacak ve o 3 kurşunu birer birer yavaş yavaş can cektirerek sıkacak. Bunu ya o Türk askeri yapacak yada BEN !!!!... Ne mutlu Türk'üm diyene, Ne mutlu Türkiyeliyim diyene, ............ Bir Gün..... O gün de gelcek ElbeTTttt....
Anyone speak Turkish?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:02 AM | Comments |

August 08, 2004

'Worst Recovery Ever' III

Is the Kerry camp stupid or a bunch of liars? From the Business Times

George Miller, chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee, said: “We’ve had nearly four years of failed economic policy that has led to declining wages, rising costs and the worst job record since Herbert Hoover.”
I also heard John Edwards repeat the same 'worst job record since Herbert Hoover' mantra on CNN last night. But is it true? Since this is an empirically verifiable statement, let's see.

Not satisfied with disproving it here, here, or here, I set off to crunch a few numbers again.

First, why do they use Herbert Hoover as a baseline? Obviously, it is because that name is associated with the Great Depression. However, the Department of Labor Statistics did not even begin to keep unemployment numbers until the Truman administration. Of course, FDR definitely left office with less unemployment than what he inherited....then again, he died at the height of WWII---the lowest unemployment period (estimated) our country has EVER gone through!

Laying that aside, let's look at the numbers. All numbers were gathered from the official Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

The following graph represents the difference in official unemployment between the month a Presidential term began, and the month it ended (Jan-Jan). Needles to say, George W. Bush's numbers are not complete--and with the economy still producing new net jobs, his performance will improve.


George W. Bush does not have the 'worst job record since Herbert Hoover'. His father left office just as a recession was ending. Both of Nixon's terms were characterized by wild swings in the economy, with his second term (completed by Ford) in worse shape than the present recovery. In fact, even with the disappointing job numbers just released, le't remember that we still had a month of net gains. Even if that slow rate of growth were to continue (presuming the job numbers are accurate), Bush's job record should exceed that of Nixon I and Eisenhower II by end of this Presidential term. Let's lay this to rest. Please.

When the Democrats repeat the falsehood that this is the 'worst recovery since the Great Depression' or whatever variation they are using this week of that sentiment, remember that it is wrong. And by wrong I mean a lie.

I hate to use that word. Democrats fling it around so much these days that it has become utterly devoid of it's true meaning. When you and I disagree over whether Iraq posed a threat to our national security, this is a difference of opinion. It is an empirically unverifiable statement to say the 'Iraq posed a danger' or that 'Iraq didn't pose a dangger'. Why? Because danger is a subjective term. Some people swim with Great Whites, others won't go in the water at all. Difference of opinion over what is a danger.

But job numbers--those are matters of public record. Job numbers are empirically verifiable. The Kerry camp is simply not telling the truth.

Now, I know what Democrats might say. Even if this isn't the worst recovery ever, it is still pretty bad. Losing jobs on your watch isn't something to be proud of. And they are right, it isn't something to be proud of. But neither is it something to necessarily be ashamed of.

You see, what the President does has very little affect on the economy. Sure it can help or hinder, but in only marginal ways and only over a very long period of time. The economy moves up and down. Politicians can only hope that the business cycle times nicely with the election cycle. Sometimes it does. Sometimes it doesn't.

It just so happens that Bush came into office at the beginning of a recession, and we are just now pulling out of it. In one way Howard Dean is right-- it is all about the timing.

Let me leave you with this graph that I nabbed from a NY Times op-ed and a quote from George Schultz, the author of that piece.



Source: NY Times

"When you look at the record, a quick summary is this: President Clinton inherited prosperity; President Clinton bequeathed recession."

QED

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:19 AM | Comments |

August 07, 2004

Launch a Jawa for Peace Campaign

I just have to thank Gordon the Cranky Neocon one more time for starting the Launch a Jawa for Peace Campaign. He even designed a cool logo for the campaign! What is the Campaign? Go to his site to find out.

(PS: For all you new bloggers, here is a lesson in blog etiquette.

When linking to another blogger's post, keep the information to a minimum. Why? Because if you give too much information about the post you are commenting on then why would your reader take the time to go to the original? This is an oft violated norm of the blogosphere, but one which bloggers ought to follow more faithfully. Yes, you want readers to spend as much time on your own site as possible, but on the other hand do you want another blogger to simply blockquote your whole post onto their site so their readers don't need to see the original? Etiquette and manners are about reciprical relationships. Without them, social disorder ensues. And yes, the blogosphere is a society---of sorts.)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:40 PM | Comments |

Religion of Beheadings Update: Benjamin Vanderford, Asshat

UPDATE: For the latest news, information, links to videos, and images on the hostage situation in Iraq, please go to the MAIN PAGE BY CLICKING HERE, then scroll down for updates.

Via Paul at Wizbang this report:

A video aired today that purportedly showed an American being decapitated was a hoax.

The man from San Francisco, said he videotaped the staged beheading at his friend’s house using fake blood.

On the tape, Benjamin Vanderford, 22, sat on a chair in a dark room, his hands behind his back, trembling and rocking back and forth.

The tape showed a hand with a knife cutting at the motionless man’s neck but did not show any militants.

I'm glad I added the caveat that this may be a hoax at the end of this post. The sad thing? This guy may actually win the seat he's running for in the upside-down world of San Francisco!!

No, his name is not Benjamin Ford, it is Benjamin Vanderford. Remember that name. This guy deserves far worse than losing his seat. This is the kind of guy who you SHOULD spit on if you meet him in the street. No, this is the kind of guy that you punch in the face should you meet him in the street.

Imagine the widow of Paul Johnson watching this dickhead? The grievous sympathy. The tears. Then to find out it was an anti-war hoax?

Words cannot describe this guy.

The original post (luckily made only five minutes ago), is below.

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Add one more to the list of the victims of the Religion of Peas. That makes fourteen hostages murdered in cold blood since 9/11. There names can be found at the end of this post. From ABC News:

New video aired Saturday purportedly shows a San Francisco man being depacitated moments after he urges the United States to end its occupation of Iraq.
Lest we forget, it is SOP for the terro-zombies to force their victims to make such statements. It is possible, though, that he really believes this.
The man on the tape identified himself as what sounds like Benjamin Vanderford, from San Francisco. He sat on a chair in a dark room, his hands behind his back, trembling and rocking back and forth.

The tape showed a hand with a knife cutting at the motionless man's neck, but did not show his head actually removed from the body.

The man on the tape says he lives at 1510 Eddy Street in San Francisco. A Ben Vanderford listed at that address has a Web site in which he says he is running for supervisor of San Francisco's District 5. The picture of Vanderford on the Web site closely resembles that of the man on the video.

"We need to leave this country alone. We need to stop this occupation," he said, adding that he had been offered for exchange with prisoners in Iraq.

"We need to leave this country right now," he said. "Everyone's going to be killed this way."

Unlike in previous videos of hostage killings, no militants were seen on the footage. He was clad in a t-shirt, not the orange jumpsuit that other hostages have been dressed in.

The video was titled "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Slaughters an American" and had no indication of when, or where, it was made. Zarqawi is an al-Qaida linked militant whose group, Tawhid and Jihad, has claimed responsibility for numerous deadly attacks across Iraq, including the beheadings of U.S. businessman Nicholas Berg, South Korean translator Kim Sun-il and a Bulgarian man, Georgi Lazov.

Ok, so it is possible that this is a hoax. At least, that is how I read the report. [he, he...also in the original post. What can I say? This kind of stunk]

Updates will be frequent.

Also on the scentfooled: James at OTB, M.H. King, Command Post

Not fooled: Leather Penguin, Michelle at A Small Victory, Kevin McGehee, Is Full of Crap, Dean Esmay, Jeff Quinton

UPDATE: Wild Bill has the video at his site.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:56 PM | Comments |

August 06, 2004

Except Rick James

Bill brought me the bad news.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:37 PM | Comments |

Secret Intelligence Intercepted

Via our vast army of paid informants, the following memo was intercepted. Please do not distribute this unecessarily.

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****TOP SECRET****
**FOR YOUR EYES ONLY**

FROM: Oliver Willis, CPRF (NKVD Station Chief, Boca Raton Consulate)
TO: Politburo, CPUSA
CC: Kos, Atrios, Drum, Marshall, Jesse Taylor
BCC: AS (aka, The Mole)

RE: Trotskyite Infiltrator & Other Surveillance Matters

Comrades,
Fraternal socialist greetings!

In response to your Aug. 1 memo on Comrade Commissar's suspiciously decadent activity, a number of NKVD agents were asssigned to monitor his suburban NY safe-house. As a result, our agents have gathered the following information. His Trotskyite and Bukharinite activities are listed in chronological order.

Aug. 2: Comrade Commissar failed to meet contact from 'Operation Mayhem' thus thwarting our best opportunity to intervene in the reelection of Criminal Reactionary Bush. As a result, three years as a sleeper agent in the targetted building have gone to waste.

Aug. 4: Published photos making agent 'Manchurian Candidate' look foolish.

Aug. 4: Publicly confessed that earlier meme on Party approved line that widow of War Criminal Reagan supports sleeper agent was actually challenge to loyal Party member Tex.

Aug. 5: Publicly denounces Secretary General of CPUSA with bourgoise rant.

Aug. 6: Contrary to tenants of objective Scientific Socialism, confesses adherence to tenants of opiate of the masses.

Comrades, other evidence has been found that Comrade Commissar has been subverted by decadent capitalist influences. Our recent secret raid of his personal belongings reveals tendencies towards bourgoise tastes and Trotskyite notions.

However, in light of Comrade Commissar's past loyal service to Party, it is the hope of the NKVD that he can be salvaged. Further, in the expert opinion of NKVD psychological profiler J. Bradford DeLong, Comrade Commissar shows all the underlying tendencies of being susceptible to reeducation.

Action Recommendation: Reeducation camp, two-weeks minimum.

Your Fraternal Socialist Brother,
Olliver Willis

PS-
RE: Surveillance Update Querry

The following reactionaries have been under surveillance, as per CPUSA Pollitburo request for CPRF-NKVD resource exchange:

Gordon-conspiring to enlist the help of arch-reactionary Glenn Reynolds for benefit of unknown capitalist blogger
Matthew Yglesias-former CIA operative (undercover)
Simon-advice contrary to fellow-travellers in feminist movement
Johnny Walker-anti-minitruth activist
Ace-supports capitalism and anti-proletariat tendencies
James Joyner-counter MiniTru memes on operation 'Rodent CPR'
Dean Esmay-attempts to reveal operation 'Manchurian Candidate'
Kevin Aylward-revealing secret plan for US infiltration of NKVD operatives
Dan Drezner-working to make CIA more effective against NKVD operations
Captain Ed-aware of operation 'Secret Plan'
BRD-reveals secret of operation 'Value-Menu'
Pixy Misa-outting operation 'Bronze Star'
Chris Cross-meme contrary to MinTru standards
Spoons-use of bourgoise word 'retarded'
Michelle Catalano-reveals Oliver Willis' (me) true identity!
Dr. Stotch-decadent alcohol abuse
Allah-revealing operative "Manchurian Candidate's" Freudian slip
Senator Pundit-bourgoise potty humor

PSS-From the above leaks it is apparent that a mole has penetrated the innermost circle of the CPUSA Politburo. We recommend an immediate collaboration between CPUSA and CPRF resources to find said mole.

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Note to Commissar: Do you believe me now? Watch your back.

I'll try to hack into your server and take over for awhile at the Politburo Diktat if they get to you first.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:44 PM | Comments |

Searching Bobby Fischer's Citizenship

Bobby Fischer has officially declared his intent to renounce his US citizenship. I hope that trip to see the Yugo factory was worth it. To make this a fair trade, though, I say we get Kasparov and the choice of two draft picks.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:16 PM | Comments |

300 Terro-Zombies Down, Sistani's Health Failing

300 Fighters Killed in Najaf Battle:

NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. marines have killed an estimated 300 fighters loyal to a firebrand Iraqi Shi'ite cleric in fierce clashes around the holy city of Najaf in the past two days, a senior U.S. officer said Friday....

The fresh fighting, which still raged Friday, marks a major challenge for the interim government of Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and appears to have destroyed a two-month-old cease-fire between U.S. forces and Sadr's Mehdi militia.

"The number of enemy casualties is 300 KIA (killed in action)," Lieutenant Colonel Gary Johnston, operations officer for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, said at a military base near the city, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad.

Johnston told reporters the Mehdi fighters were badly coordinated and shot at random against the heavily armed marines who were backed up by helicopter gunships and fighter planes.

Now this is the kind of news I like to hear.

While their were some flare ups in violence yesterday, it seems almost certain that this major offensive is related to news that Grand Ayatollah Sistani's, who has called for cooperation with the new government, health is failing:

LONDON (Reuters) - Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has arrived in London for treatment for a heart condition.

The influential cleric, who has been a voice of moderation in postwar Iraq, landed at Heathrow airport on Friday aboard a scheduled flight from Beirut....

The reclusive Iranian-born Sistani holds huge sway over Iraq's 60 percent Shi'ite majority despite rarely speaking in public and not having left Najaf, south of Baghdad, for years.

He played a leading role in striking a ceasefire that halted fighting in April and May between the Mehdi Army militia of firebrand Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and American troops across southern and central Iraq.

Updates as they happen.

Also zombie hunting: Cameron

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:56 PM | Comments |

'Torture' vs. 'Torture'

Three British nationals recently released from Guantanamo Bay have claimed they were tortured. The ICRC goes so far as to say that what is going on at Gitmo may be a war crime. Many involved in the Abu Ghraib torture scandal now stand trial for their crimes. In fact, Islamist websites routinely use pictures of 'torture' at Abu Ghraib to justify their jihad against the US.

But what exactly does 'torture' mean? Is what was done at Abu Ghraib torture? Laying aside the fact that most of what is being said by the released Gitmo prisoners is rubbish--also, suspend for a second your knowlege that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to non-uniformed enemy combatants---what about the more credible claims of 'torture'?

I offer the following photo essay. Us vs. Them. Our 'torture' vs. their torture.

WARNING: Extremely graphic. You must be an adult to see this!! The images below are extremely violent and ought to make you sick.

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Exhibit 1: What our prisoners have to look at vs. what their prisoners have to look at. Ok, it's a tie. [note: humorous on purpose. Last chance to bail on this post]

Lynndie England vs. Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi

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Exhibit 2: Guards practicing psychological torture vs. guards practicing psychological torture.

Below: Guards at Abu Ghraib tell a prisoner the wires he is holding are electric---they aren't, he get's scared then they take him back to his cell (this picture is the most frequent image found at terrorist websites. It passes for 'torture'.)

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Kim Il-Sun's guards (Zarqawi and co.) threaten him with death by beheading----then they behead him.

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Exhibit 3: Sensory deprivation vs. sensory deprivation.

Below: American soldiers cover Afghani POWs heads in transport.

vs.

The Saddam Hussein regime randomly drips nitric acid on a prisoner, forcing him to contantly move--this causes severe sleep deprivation and disorientation.


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Exhibit 4: Cultural insensitivity as a form of torture vs. cultural insensitivity as a form of torture.

Below: Corporal Lynndie England, on trial for abuse, leads a naked Iraqi prisoner around on a leash.

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Captured US soldiers in Fallujah are murdered, their bodies burned, then hung from wires while 'freedom-fighters' celebrate.


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Exhibit 5: Death threats as torture vs. death threats as torture.

Below: Guards at Abu Ghraib threaten a naked prisoner with their dogs. (note: the dogs are only used to scare him, they are not released on him)

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The Abu Ghraib cemetery yielding it's victims from the Saddam Hussein Regime.


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Exhibit 6: Blows to the head vs. blows to the head.

Below: Mr. Sadiq, recently released from Abu Ghraib, shows his head injury allegedly received at the hands of his guards. He claims he has been tortured.

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A Russian soldier receives a 'head injury' from a Mujuhadin in Chechnya. Remember, this is a 'war of liberation'--religion has nothing to do with it.


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Exhibit 7: Pure torture vs. pure torture.

Below: Lynndie England tortures prisoners by pointing at their tiny little peckers---how humiliating!!

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A member of Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi's organization holds up the head of Turkish prisoner Ivaylo Kepov.



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Exhibit 8: Head injuries, done in a certain way, are torture when people see the images (because it's humiliating) vs. Head injuries, done in a certain way, are torture when people see the images (because it's humiliating).

Below: A prisoner is rounded up after a firefight in Iraq.

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PERSPECTIVE PLEASE

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:35 AM | Comments |

August 05, 2004

Comment Problem: Duct Tape

Ok, I just wasted the last five hours or so trying to get the problem in the comment pop-up window fixed. For some odd reason, when you click on the 'remember info' button, it won't remember anyone's info. Of course, this ONLY apllies to the pop-up window.

Anyone got any quick an easy fixes?

If not, for my regular commenters, a temporary solution would be to click on the permalink and then comment from there. Think of it as duct-tape for the busy blogger.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:02 PM | Comments |

Kerry: War Criminal, Animal Killer (Updated)

Via Drudge:

A veterans group seeking to deeply discredit Democrat John Kerry's military service will charge in the new bombshell book UNFIT FOR COMMAND:

"Kerry earned his Silver Star by killing a lone, fleeing, teenage Viet Cong in a loincloth."

"And if Kerry's superiors had known the truth at the time, they would never have recommended him for the medal."

The book also claims to detail how Kerry personally ordered the slaughter of small animals at a small hamlet along the Song Bo De River.

I guess he just lost PETA's endorsement.

Was his incredible feat of saving a hamster motivated out of guilt? (from Jane, in comments)

UPDATE: James Joyner responds to Drudge's story by saying that the allegations are a bit over the top and says that the people in the group behind the book Unfit for Command are increasingly sounding "like lunatics." I disagree.

I haven't read the book yet, but the excerpts that Drudge quotes don't sound anything at all like lunacy. In fact, the only lunacy I find here is the way Drudge sensationalizes elements of the story. For instance, the headline at Drudge (a few minutes ago):

VETS CHARGE: KERRY KILLED FLEEING TEEN; LIED FOR MEDAL
Which makes it sound as if the book charges Kerry with killing some poor kid as he ran away. In fact, the book simply says that Kerry killed a young Viet Cong soldier, who was fleeing a raid. So, I lay the blame on Drudge, not John O'Neil or the other veterans out to expose John Kerry's 'war hero' image for the fraud that it is.

Since I no longer watch TV (except Rick James) I hadn't seen the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth advertisement until moments ago. The ad is posted at Human Events and can be viewed online. I find nothing offensive about it. Nothing at all. If JFK is going to travel around with a troupe of Vets lauding his heroism, this is par for the course.

UPDATE II: Beldar agrees, and has some first-hand knowlege.

UPDATE III: QandO has chapter 3 of Unfit for Command available if you want to check it out. It's title? The Purple Heart Hunter.

UPDATE IV: Glenn (I make $13k a month in Blogads) Reynolds notes that Kerry is threatening to sue over the advertisement. Commissar offers an out-of-court settlement

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:51 PM | Comments |

Zombie Reagan Endorses Bush

Just say no to Worcester sauce!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:31 PM | Comments |

Dead Man Walking: Richard Shelby

Shelby is toast. Gone. Sianora. It doesn't matter how unimportant whatever information it is that he leaked out. He is a Southern Republican. There is nobody--no one, nada, nichevo, zilcho--hated more by the coastal media establishment. Remember what happened the last time a Southern Republican complimented a demented old ex-segregationalist? I give him thirty days, tops.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:20 PM | Comments |

Kos Practices Censorship, Commissar Gulag Watch Begins

Commissar has a first rate rant today. Check it out. Apparantly, Tavarisch Kos practices censorship at his site, which the Commissar opposes.

My inside contacts at the CPRF are not at all pleased. My sources say that the Commissar may be in for an extensive vacation at an exclusive 'Re-education Resort' on Lake Baikal.

More on the Commissar gulag watch as it develops.......

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:12 PM | Comments |

Manufacturing Dissent

When talking to lefties about media bias, their number one argument seems to be that "Yes, the reporters may be liberal, but the corporations. It's the corporations man." In essence, this is Chomsky's argument in Manufacturing Consent. Now, would any lefty--any at all--argue that Fox News had a left-wing bias?

Via M. H. King, I learn that the President of News Corp. (parent company of Fox News) is a Kerry supporter:

According to the Kerry for President campaign, News Corp. President and chief operating officer Peter Chernin has endorsed the Democratic presidential candidate.
What is so interesting about this news, to me, are its implications on the media bias debate.

On the one hand, you have conservatives who argue that anchorman (e.g., Dan Rather) inject their bias into the reporting process. On the other hand, you have liberals who argue that corporate executives inject a conservative bias into the reporting process (most notably by weeding out stories they don't like in the editing process).

In my mind, this is solid evidence that higher-ups have very little to do with the content of everyday news delivery. In fact, most editorial decisions are made at a low-level. If any bias is injected into the news, most likely it comes from the personal world-view of individual reporters.

Take that Chomsky!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:55 PM | Comments |

It's all France's Fault

Everything. All of it.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:37 PM | Comments |

Feds Nab 2 Terrorists in Methodist Church Raid

Sorry, messed up the headline. I meant the other Religion of Peace. From Fox News. Terrorist suspects attempted to fund a man they thought was out to buy shoulder-held rocket launcher--in fact, he was a G-Man. The fact that the financial transactions were made on the good ship Abscam, should have tipped them off to the sting.

Michelle Malkin on the suspicious timing of the sting.

As always, Jeff Quinton, the Command Post, and Blogs of War are on the case for updates.

UPDATE: Jeff Quinton reports the who the intended target was. Holy Schneike!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:56 PM | Comments |

August 04, 2004

Wars of Necessity

Matthew Yglesias makes a profound point:

Near as I can tell, the United States has fought one war of necessity -- the second world war. Since the country wouldn't have existed without the Revolution, you can add that in. Beyond that, the US has fought for a variety of more-or-less abstract principles and more-or-less concrete material interests (often mixed together as in the Civil War), but never for its survival as a nation or in response to direct aggression.
What, exactly, is meant by 'War of Necessity' anyway? For example, can anyone really argue that the actions taken by the Jefferson administration against the North African city-states were 'necessary' for the survival of the country? Was that not a 'war-of-choice' and not of 'necessity?

Unless we define choice and necessity in some way that the definitions only fits on partisan grounds. For instance, the war in Iraq was one of 'choice' because Bush chose to go there, even though it was not 'necessary'. Or, the war in the Balkaans was 'necessary' because Clinton had to go there and therefore did not have any real 'choice'. See how this works?

UPDATE: Chris Cross has a great take on this. Exactly what I was thinking!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:27 PM | Comments |

Flip-Flop Defined

Today Atrios points out an apparent inconsistency in the 'Bush Doctrine', juxtposing Bush Then with an extended quote about denying Taliban fighters a refuge to regroup with an NPR report from yesterday that Hamid Karzai was thinking about letting some Taliban officials serve in government posts. According to Atrios, this is a 'flip-flop.' Is it?

Normally, I don't check out his site--but I do hit it from time to time. Is he serious in calling this a 'flip-flop'? I presume he is saying that Bush has somehow changed his position on an issue. Isn't that what a 'flip-flop' is? For instance, opposing the death penalty one day and then supporting it the next might be a good example of a 'flip-flop'. Or is that just called 'nuanced'. Maybe I'm just mistaken on what the term 'flip-flop' means? Having a clearly defined stance on an issue, and then turning around and changing that stance, that's a flip-flop.

In any event, how does the fact that Hamid Karzai wants to vent a certain number of Taliban officials make George W. Bush a 'flip-flopper'? The quote that he uses to make his case only refers to stopping terrorist fighters from regrouping, not about letting former Taliban officials serve in some capacity in some future administration. This makes absolutely no sense. Honestly, can anybody make heads or tails of it?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:52 PM | Comments |

Moussaoui Calls His Mother

Yup, I'm sure that was what it was. This just in from fellow munuvian M.H. King:

WMAL Radio Washington is reporting this afternoon that the man known as the "20th hijacker," Zacharias Moussoui, was allowed access to a cell phone by a jail guard in the facility where he is being held in Alexandria, VA.
Or maybe he was calling one of those 'for entertainment purposes only' numbers? It does get awful lonely in those max-security doo-dads.

Linking to JQ's Update site too.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:52 PM | Comments |

Glenn Reynolds, Please Have Pity

I just did the math. The Instapundit is clearing $13k a month in Blogads alone. That's right, $13k a month!!! $3k (x2) for slot one, $2k (x1) for slot two, $1k (x5) for slot three!!

This is on top of his already hefty salary as a tenured professor in a decent law school.

Me: $0 from blogads + a crappy salary as an untenured assistant professor at a not-so-prestigious regional school.

Jealous? Yes. Miffed? Not quite.

Man, what does a guy have to do to get an Instalaunch around here?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:40 PM | Comments |

Happy B-Day Mr. Arafat

Arafat turns 75, IDF celebrates with firework show.

Update: In response to Jeff's comment, I figure the least we could do is get Mr. Arafat a gift. We think a pizza would be fitting, say, one with ham, sausage, and Canadian bacon?

Since I seemed to have misplaced Yassir's address, maybe we can get the IDF to deliver it? Yeah, I hear those guys know where he lives. But I also hear he's a lousy tipper.

Send an IDF Soldier a pizza by clicking here!

And if you forgot about today's special occasion, never fear....the IDF delivers belated gifts too.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:36 PM | Comments |

Kerry, the Vampire Slayer

Not satisfied with being credited with killing countless women and children in Vietnam, John Kerry's history is about to be rewritten (once again) to include his heroic deeds battling the most dastardly terrorist of all: Nesfaratu!

From the Seattle Times (via FARK):

John Kerry in the latest issue of "Sword of Dracula"....The Democratic presidential candidate turns up for a sighting of the fanged one in an unusual place: Vietnam, 1968, where Kerry served in the U.S. Navy....his appearance as a swift-boat skipper in the Mekong Delta is just a flashback within the modern-day "military horror" story — in which writer Jason Henderson reimagines Drac as the world's foremost terrorist.
Wow, John Kerry battles Dracula!!! But don't worry, this isn't an endorsement or anything silly like that
"I didn't put Kerry in to push a leftist doctrine. I just thought people deserved to remember that this man, when he was a young man, actually walked away from a wealthy and comfortable life and went to a place where there were pieces of metal flying around that could tear you apart."
Hold on a second here! You mean John Kerry was in Vietnam? That's news to me.

It's times like this that I wish I knew how to photoshop.

Other vampire slayers: James Joyner

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:59 PM | Comments |

'Death Group' Releases Hostages

Thank goodness...four less victims for my 'hostages murdered' count. I take this as a sign that the Murat Yuce execution didn't go over all that well with the locals.

(Also at Wednesday's Terrorism Wrap-Up)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:42 PM | Comments |

The Wizbang Seven

Kevin Aylward has a brilliant idea. Give til it hurts baby. Redstate has a similar plan. PS-Screw you Kos.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:20 PM | Comments |

Homophobics...

...say alright! (AS conveniently on vacation)

UPDATE: Scott Talkington (First class blogger, let me add) reminded me that we homophobes win some and we lose some. In a democracy, judges are supposed to make the law.....right? Now, remind me again why the gay marriage ammedment thingy is not necessary?

UPDATE II: Scott Ott shows why fiction is sometimes the best indicator of truth.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:00 PM | Comments |

Clinton 'Miracle Economy' v. Bush 'Jobless Recovery' 3-D

Jane points out that Ronald Reagan's former Secretary of State, George Schultz, is a frequent visitor to this site and occasional plagiarizer. The evidence? This NY Times Op-ed piece (sorry, subscribers only) that Jane pointed me too:

These charts [reproduced below] show the rate of change in real gross domestic product and in employment from 1990 to last June. The shaded areas show recessions. The vertical lines show when President Bill Clinton took office and when he left. Because the economy has momentum, it's useful to look carefully at the trends in evidence at the time of presidential transitions.When you look at the record, a quick summary is this: President Clinton inherited prosperity; President Clinton bequeathed recession.
Here is the chart, click it for a larger view:


Source: NY Times

George Schultz is expelled for plagiarism. Jane is given detention and three demerits for ratting out a fellow student.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:32 PM | Comments |

Egalite, Fraternite, Caliphe

French dhimmi watch: Vive Oussama ben-Laden!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:06 PM | Comments |

Bush Lackey's Manipulate Poll

Who did Rove bribe (or kill) this time? (via Paul at Wizbang)

Or, maybe it was just Bush's new blog that turned the tide. (via Glenn Reynolds)

Update: What I didn't know was that Bush really has a blog. Even better, so do Jenna and Barb! (via Slantpoint)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:45 PM | Comments |

Moorish Spain Watch

Via Robert Spencer and Doug Harper comes news that Spain is about to officially make Islam a state-sponsored religion. Does it surprise anyone that the new Socialist Government thinks the best way to fight terrorism is to go after 'root causes' and throw money at these Mosques?

Just one step closer to this....one step at a time.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:34 AM | Comments |

Carl Rove Shamelessly Ordering Terrorists Nabbed During Election Season!!

First this, then this, and then this. Now this. Does Carl Rove have no shame in ordering all these terrorists nabbed this close to the election!!!!!!! Remember, it's all about the timing.

Timing-gate Update!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:09 AM | Comments |

August 03, 2004

Electoral Vote Fraud

Matthew Yglesias and James Joyner both have pretty good posts today on Pres. Bush's hopes of winning the all-important Electoral College vote.

Matthew says:

If you look at the latest state by state numbers, Kerry's actually doing well enough that he could drop Florida and Pennsylvania (he's already losing in Ohio) and still win the election based on the other states where he's leading.
James, is a little more optimistic than that, but:
Still, I agree with Matt: the math favors Kerry
But, where exactly are they getting their state-by-state poll numbers and why should that matter? They both site electoral-vote.com as their source of information. But is that site a reliable source of information?

A scan of the site reveals that it is a highly partisan front in favor of the Kerry campaign. For instance, on one page President Bush's record is examined with links to a site accusing the Bush family of ties to the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. It also links to an article on how Bush stole the election. Electoral-vote.com is more than a partisan front--it is run by nutjobs!

A better analysis of the state-by-state electoral numbers can be found at election-projection.com. This site is run by Scott Elliot who is up front about his partisan leanings. But what makes Scott's site so good is that his electoral college vote count predictions are made using a publicly available formula. To add credence to his site, his prediction now is that Kerry wins.

These differences are very important. For instance, Scott's numbers show that Bush is ahead in several states that election-projecton show in Kerry's camp. These include TN, AZ, OH, WV, & NV. Update: Matthew Yglesias just e-mailed and, as a result I had to go back and change this--see why we use peer review in academia?). In fact, it seems that Scott has both OH and NV in Kerry's camp--the exact opposite of electoral-votee.com. It turns out, the differences aren't as important as I earlier suggested--both polls yield almost identical results! (hat tip to Matthew Yglesias for pointing that out)

The moral of this story is not to trust just any website. Yes, Kerry is slightly ahead in some state-by-state polling numbers but the race is still early. My own prediction is that Bush wins with either the exact same electoral margin as before, or slightly ahead, this time carrying MN and NM. Just a guess, but it is at least as well informed as those of election-projection.com---and probably a whole lot closer to the target.

UPDATED MORAL OF THE STORY: Blogs can be and often are wrong. This one included. Especially when writing in the heat of the moment. Ok, so both sites have similar outcomes, but I am still sticking with my original charge the electoral-vote.com is a DU fringe front and should not be the source of any credible information.

Why would I stick to this, even after my glaring mistakes were pointed out? Because, I just don't trust someone who is so far out in left field that he would actually site material linking Bush to the Nazis!!! That is beyond partisanship, that is wacko land. Our biases come out in many ways, especially when we select pieces of information used in analysis. I can't but help to think that someone who thinks Bush stole the election (literally) won't have some major data selection biases.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:19 PM | Comments |

Classmates.com Infiltrated by Communists

Classmates.com has moved. All the big bloggers seem to have been members of the class of 1965. Go see if you're there too?

Update: Bill (not gay) at INDC has the signatures page from our yearbook. I think he caught more than the HIV from Anna-Marie--he also caught the funny.

Update II: Nerds!!!!!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:24 PM | Comments |

Kerry Saving Hamster Video

Available at Aarons Rantblog or find the link in this post.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:45 PM | Comments |

Plastic Surgery for Bloggers

So this is what it feels like when the doves cry? Some important linkage for the day. Since my sitemeter is in spike mode, might as well practice Reaganomics and see if the trickle down theory works for my buds who deserve some traffic.

Bloggers who have had plastic surgery:
Professor Chaos (third nipple removed) on the Two Americas.
James Joyner (buttock implants) with some practical advice for Bush.
Senator Pundit (testicle reconstruction) about to pop the question.
Kevin (penis extension) on Michael Moore's chances of an oscar.
Chris Cross (laser hair removal at bikiniline) on NY Times terror reporting.
Ace (liposuction) on Alan Keyes vs. Obama bin Laden.
Cameron's (hair plugs) neighbor is no Joey Ramone.
Robert (false calfs) on classical music or some such crap.
Commissar (botox) on the inevetable consequences of liberalism.
BRD (multiple moles removed) on the Sistani fatwa.
Jeff Quinton (tummy tuck) gives Senior Spielberg the cyber finger.
Scott (collagen injections) has the goods on UN/Darfurgate.
Scott Talkington (otoplasty) has more on the Kerry bounce.
The Air Marshal (eyelid surgery) has a nuanced opinion of the war in Iraq.
David Anderson (skin bleaching) on negro conservatives.
Simon (facelift) says China is going to help him with the results of his enemablogs.
Captain Ed (browlift) has more on the Kerry secret plan to end the war.
Johnny Walker's (chin extension) good news @ Chappelle (except Rick James).


Bloggers who I've seen naked (and don't need plastic surgery!):
Jane is ready to invade Israel
Michelle Malkin defends internmentss.
HAC is going hightech with Blogger.
Allah got himself 72 virgins with his bod, so he won't need Kerry's new book.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:10 PM | Comments |

Bush's Pakistani Lackeys Pull Election Year Shenanigan....

...is what the headline will read over at Talking Points Memo. But Jeff Quinton has the goods on the real story:

Pakistan has arrested two more foreigners believed to be members of al Qaeda in the last 24 hours, local intelligence officials said Tuesday.
Didn't Pakistan get the memo? These arrests weren't supposed to come until October!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:47 PM | Comments |

Bonfire of the Vanities

Go check out this weeks Bonfire being hosted by Cold Beer 4 the Soul. My entry, Blogophobes: The Blog Marriage Debate is linked in this weeks bonfire.

Shout out to Mister and Kevin for including my post.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:26 PM | Comments |

Dude, Where's My Blog?

Our network has been mostly down since yesterday. I blame the terrorists. Just a quick post in case it goes down again. I may be blogging today--or maybe not.

If this is my only post for the day, why not click through my ever expanding blogroll?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:32 PM | Comments |

August 02, 2004

Bush 'Jobless Recovery' vs. Clinton 'Miracle Economy'

Kerry's official campaign website says "America is still in the worst job recovery since the Great Depression...". Big claim, but is it true?

Last week I offered this post as evidence that the claim is a lie. Thanks to the many readers who gave such good input on how the post could have been improved.

As further evidence that the Kerry campaign is lying, and since the media continues to ignore the obvious, I offer the following graphs. All data was gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The first graph shows the total number of people officially listed as unemployed (x 1000). The second graph shows the unemployment rate. Both graphs show a 13 month period. For Clinton this was from Jan. 1992 to Jan. 1993. Even though the the economy was recovering before he took office, I chose that month because Clinton cannot be credited with any jobs prior to his coming to office. For Bush, the graphs show June 2003 (peak unemployment) to June 2004 (latest data available).

I'll let you be the judge on which recovery is better.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:25 PM | Comments |

Got Al Sadr?

Via Wizbang, the Telegraph is reporting that al Sadr's house was surrounded earlier today, that there was a gun-battle, and that US Troops have withdraws.

Keep fingers crossed!!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:49 PM | Comments |

Live Blogging From Ground Zero

Holy Schneike! My Blogfather, the Commissar, is blogging live from the Citigroup Center---which was listed as a specific target in the latest terrorist alerts. This guy has one giant set of cajones!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:50 PM | Comments |

Turkish Hostage Murdered

UPDATE 9/13: Another Turkish hostage, Durmus Kumdereli, murdered today. The post, pics, and video can be found here.

Update: I have the video linked. Scroll down.

Via Jeff Quinton I learn the sad news that my running count of murdered hostages since 9/11 is up by one. I'll update the list as soon as I learn his name. Let us never forget the victims of the Religion of Peas.

I've checked the website where Zarquawi's group usually posts their videos, but no pics are there. I'm assuming that they have opened up a new sub-domain extension for the video. I'll post it when I find it.

Update: I just saw the video. It's posted at Ogrish (no link on purpose--it's a snuff site). Can somebody tell me why we haven't carpet bombed Falujah again?

Update 2: Right on Red asks why Murat Yuce was shot rather than beheaded and wonders if it is because he was a Muslim. Possibly. Many fatwas have been cited in the mainstream press that condemn the beheadings. What is usually not reported is that if you read the fatwas carefully, the condemnation is often not about killing infidels per se, but about defiling the bodies.

Since this is all PR for the jihadis, they have a vested interest in not pissing off their audience.

Update 3: I found the video on a site that looks like they deserve some traffic. You can see it by clicking here or going to the Liberty Unites article (although the page says you must register to view video, if you click on the link under the pic and to the right it will take you directly there).

Update 4: I have also posted a shortened version of the video here.

No, I do not encourage wathcing this kind of thing for titilations sake. Why watch it? See this post.

Update 4: Sober reminder from Kevin Aylward that "They're still another Turkish hostage being held by the group."

Lest we forget, his name was Murat Yuce. His name was Murat Yuce.

I've been trying to keep the hostages executed count accurate, but may be off. E-mail me if I'm missing anyone. The list only includes hostages murdered, not total victims of terrorism.

1) Murat Yuce (Aug. 1)

2)Raja Azad (July 28)

3) Sajad Naeem (July 28)

4) Georgi Lazov (July 13) (rant)

5) Ivaylo Kepov (presumed dead) (probably July 14)

6) Keith M. Maupin (June 28)

7) Kim Sun-il (June 22)

8) Paul Johnson (June 18)

9) Hussein Ali Alyan (June 12)

10) Nick Berg (May 12)

11) Fabrizio Quattrocchi (April 16)

12) Martin Burnham (June 7, 2002)

13) Daniel Pearl (Feb. 2, 2002)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:08 PM | Comments |

Kerry's Secret Plan

My patented John Kerry's Secret Plan to End the War in Iraq® is getting some serious attention (and I'll forgive the copyright violations). People at the WaPo must be reading this blog. Captain Ed and Glenn Reynolds both notice the similiarites, too.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:52 PM | Comments |

War on Terror: Bigger, Longer, Uncut

My heroes, the creators of South Park, are at it again, but this time it's the War on Terror. You can check out the trailor for Team America:World Police here.

Drudge reports that the White House is not happy:

I really do not think terrorism is funny, and I would suggest PARAMOUNT give respect to those fighting and sacrificing to keep America safe," a senior Bush adviser told the DRUDGE REPORT this weekend...

"This is just unconscionable. Not funny. And I believe it makes fun of everyone in law enforcement... and in the armed services who work tirelessly to keep us safe from harm."

I think the White House has it all wrong. They just don't get it. Trey Parker and Matt Stone are hardcore hawkish libertarians, just like me. If anything, this film will serve as an antitode to F/911.

Also, if you can't laugh at the War on Terror, what can you laugh at? The reason I started this blog was because of a SP episode called "Osama bin Laden has farty pants," which is Stone and Parker's tribute to WWII propaganda cartoons. Comedy can be an essential tool in the War on Terror inasmuch as it makes fun of our enemies.

Listen to this clip of Osama wooing the love of his life--a camel! Does that sound like anti-war Bush bashing? They may bash Bush, on occasion, but not over the war.

The trailor only lists one Republican who, it claims, will be mad over the film: George W. Bush.

But let's look at all the D's and lefties the film will piss off (again, according to the trailor and in order):

Alec Baldwin
Sean Penn
Tim Robbins
George Clooney (who I suspect is in on the joke)
Liv Tyler
Susan Sarandon
Martin Sheen
Janeane Garofalo
Michael Moore
John Kerry
Kim Jong Il

The film appears to be a play on the new Thunderbirds movie, set for release this week---only Trey and Matt stick with the original puppet format.

From the trailor, the following things can be seen which will definitely cheer up the Bush people. First, there is a quick blurb of a puppet (Kerry or Edwards?) getting what appears to be a botox injection. Second, there is a Michael Moore puppet. What is in his hand? A hot dog. Third, several shots are of places/people in France getting blown up.

From an article about some clips that were shown at this years Comic-Con we also learn that, " the opening of the film in which France is obliterated by Team America" got a loud applause.

Now, does that sound like an anti-war movie to you?

Drudge, to his credit, saves this for last:

Parker and Stone save most of the mocking for left-wing pundits and Michael Moore.
Just remember the South Park formula: Tragedy + Time = Comedy

As for me, I'm going to buy my ticket early and make sure the theater has stadium seating and THX sound!

This site has a cool poem marking the occasion!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:39 AM | Comments |

Iraqi commandos free Lebanese hostage

Wow, I didn't even know there was such a thing as an Iraqi Commando! Via SMH:

"Iraqi commando forces carried out a military operation on the kidnappers of Vlad Damaa and released him half an hour ago," the source said in Beirut, declining to give any more details.

Damaa was seized at gunpoint on Friday from a construction concern he runs with a brother that sells prefabricated buildings to US forces in Iraq, his family said.

On a less optimistic note, a second Lebaneese truck driver is still missing.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:24 AM | Comments |

Prague Bombed...

...but don't worry (al Reuters) officials declared:

This was not a terrorist attack, it was not a bomb
Of course it wasn't a terrorist attack. How silly. Terrorists would never think of using something other than a bomb. Further:
The pedestrian district was teeming with thousands of tourists enjoying a sunny afternoon in the area
And Xinhuanet reports:
The British Foreign Office confirmed that three of the Britons were men and two women
Because we all know that terrorists don't target civillians, or tourists, or especially British tourists.

Oh, and also file this under 'definitely not terrorism' because, according to Reuters:

...the blast occurred near a casino and may have been a robbery attempt as an armored security vehicle was parked by the Israeli-owned Royal Casino.
Yup, couldn't have been terrorism. Nothing to see here, move along.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:03 AM | Comments |

DNC Officially Didn't Happen!

Remember my thoughts on Kerry's speech and my nihilism toward's the whole DNC?

There is nothing to make fun of. Nothing worthwhile is being said. It's worse than that, there is nothing un-worthwhile being said either. The convention is not happening to me. It is not there and no one is writing about it. I feel nothing.
Well, apparently I was right. Kevin & Paul at Wizbang have two posts (No Bump For Kerry/Edwards & DNC Bump = 4pts -- For Bush!) about two seperate polls, both of which show that the nominating convention had absolutely no effect for John F. Ferry.

Combine that with the Newsweek Poll, which will be released tomorrow, showing J Freakin K with a measly four-point bump and I think the obvious conclusion is that the American people just didn't give a rat's ass. The speech didn't matter, Michael Moore didn't matter, Ben Damon or Matt Affleck or whatever gettin it on with JK's daughter didn't matter....even that hottie Sarah Bender didn't matter.

Like I've been saying to everybody: The convention didn't happen.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:37 AM | Comments |

Finally, something worth reading in the Arabian News

I can't believe the official organ (emphasis on 'organ') of the House of Saud publishes blog-friend Jane's op-ed. Go read it and then read her blog. What is especially interesting are these two paragraphs that I can't believe got past the censors. Perhaps there is some hope in the Kingdom, after all:

Republicans see the greatest challenge elsewhere. Vice President Cheney articulates their vision that “the enemy America faces today is every bit as intent on defeating us as were the Axis powers were in World War II or as the Soviet Union in the Cold War.” This view holds that the goal of the jihad is not to change US foreign policy but to destroy the US itself in a quest to establish a global caliphate. The 3/11 massacre in Spain they see as part of a larger effort to reclaim Al-Andalus. Republicans believe Al-Qaeda terrorists understand better than Democrats the historic stakes in Iraq and the major blow that would be dealt to their ideology by a self-governing Iraq.

Republicans, contrary to the prevailing international view, are not comprised of a cabal of neocons, Evangelicals, Zionists, oil barons and warmongers. Rather a portion of Bush’s base consists of ex-Democrat voters, prior liberals and other middle Americans disgusted with the Democrats reaction to the challenges America faces from radical Islamists.

Way to go Jane!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:01 AM | Comments |

August 01, 2004

Orange Alert in NYC

Commissar's response to terrorists? F**k You!

To Spoons: What the hell does Commissar living his life have to do with Sep. 10th thinking? It is possible to be both vigilant in the face of our enemies and live our lives normally. I just don't see the connection between someone's personal activities (such as going to work) and his vigilence?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:51 PM | Comments |