October 31, 2004

Brinkley/O'Neill on CSPAN (by Demosophist)

Well, it was billed as a show featuring Douglas Brinkley, the author of Tour of Duty, and John O'Neill, the author of Unfit for Command. I figured it'd be great to see the two of them get together and debate the facts so that I could make a more informed judgment from their presentations in a point/counterpoint format. But alas, it wasn't a point/counterpoint, but a 75 minute interview with Douglas Brinkley followed by a 15 minute speech by O'Neill given not in rebuttal, but taped some months earlier. I felt suckered.

For Brinkley's part, he responded to questions posed by the moderator entirely by slandering the Swiftvets, calling them "the right of the right" and "racists" as well as war criminals. At one point he said that to ignore the atrocities in Vietnam would be the moral equivalent of ignoring the Holocaust. But not once did he present a single fact or reference a single document to disprove or counter an allegation made in Unfit for Command. I can be objective and open minded. Why wasn't I, the viewer, given the benefit of the doubt?

Now, I still don't know what to think about the allegations that were made in Unfit for Command, but I have noticed this extremely consistent pattern among the Kerry supporters (of whom Brinkley is clearly one) that they respond to argumentation about facts with character assassination, of the most vile sort. For all I know, the accusations Brinkley levels at Admiral Hoffman and Jerome Corsi are true... but surely their motives aren't the only thing that's important? And what facts does Brinkley provide upon which to hang his accusations about their motives and character? Well none, actually. He just intimates darkly that such evidence exists in abundance. If the accusation is important enough to make, isn't it important enough to prove?

I want to be open-minded, and I'd like to think the best of John Kerry, but just how do I do that when his defenders are so... non-empirical and unconvincing? Ironically, at one point in the interview Brinkley states that in his work as an historian the rule he follows is to recount the acts of men, rather than attempt to glean their intent. Perhaps he does that in his books, but he certainly didn't do that in this interview.

At the very end of the interview he expressed dismay at the pattern of character assassination taking place over this controversy. I simply had to regard such a statement as ironic, under the circumstances.


(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia, Anticipatory Retaliation and The Jawa Report)

By Demosophist at 05:06 PM | Comments |

Trick or Terror? (Or Just Tinfoil)

by Bravo Romeo Delta

Just food for thought - when the Madrid bombings, and the subsequent defeat of Aznar occurred, I was telling friends and family that the decision of the Spanish made it a near certainty that more Americans would die before 11/2.

I then recalled that the Madrid bombings were three days before their election. Three days before 11/2 is 10/31. The odd coincidence is that, if you recall, after 9/11, there was a concern that Al Qaeda would attack the US that Halloween (which were later debunked).

I know this is fever swamp territory. Let me rephrase that... let's just say that I hope it really is tinfoil-hat grade reasoning.

(Simultaneously launched by Bravo Romeo Delta from Demosophia and Anticipatory Retaliation)

By Bravo Romeo Delta at 03:31 AM | Comments |

Iraqi Endorsement Roundup

(By Bravo Romeo Delta)

In all this hubub, one set of voices I think needs a bit more exposure - the selfsame Iraqis who have borne the brunt of America's foreign policy choices over the last 18 months or so. We've all heard approximately 9.4 million reasons to vote one way or the other, so another 2 or 3 won't stop the election in its tracks. But hearing these (quite often eloquent) voices, from a different culture, who have seen, up front and personal, the outcomes of the decisions being made, is an enlightening experience. Regardless of whether or not you agree with their arguments, hearing new and fundamentally different arguments is refreshing with less than 96 hours to the election of the President of the United States of America.

Perhaps two of the best ways to see what the situation on the inside is like is with this 2003 film, About Baghdad (which I highly recommend - I was going to link to the trailer, but the trailer is a biased travesty and doesn't give any insight into the true range of complex messages that can be drawn from the film itself) and this recent project, Voices of Iraq (trailer), which I haven't yet seen, but hope to quite soon.

But for those of you unable to view the films prior to the elections, nearly as good a glimpse can be garnered through a review of the Iraqi voices we now hear from the blogosphere. So without further ado...

Alaa, of the Mesopotamian writes a post and a post-script containing this gem:

My apology to the half of America who may disagree; and I address them with respect and fondness, but with pain in the heart. Do you really want to give satisfaction to the be-headers, kidnappers and child murderers; and the perpetrators of 9/11? Do you want to hear their savage shouts of victory? This is no reflection on the merit of your man. He may indeed be a paragon of virtue, but that does not change one little bit anything about the situation.

The Messopotamian's longer post is here:

Thus, regardless of all the arguments of both candidates the main problem is that President Bush now represents a symbol of defiance against the terrorists and it is a fact, that all the enemies of America, with the terrorists foremost, are hoping for him to be deposed in the upcoming elections. That is not to say that they like the democrats, but that they will take such an outcome as retreat by the American people, and will consequently be greatly encouraged to intensify their assault. The outcome here on the ground in Iraq seems to be almost obvious. In case President Bush loses the election there would be a massive upsurge of violence, in the belief, rightly or wrongly, by the enemy, that the new leadership is more likely to “cut and run” to use the phrase frequently used by some of my readers. And they would try to inflict as heavy casualties as possible on the American forces to bring about a retreat and withdrawal. It is crucial for them to remove this insurmountable obstacle which stands in their way.

We then move to Iraq the Model, a group blog by a bunch of medical professionals in Iraq. One of the bloggers, Omar, provides a translation from the BBC Arabic Forum on the upcoming American election. Interesting insights and a heck of a glimpse of the "Arab Street." Too many quotes to provide here, but here is a representative item:

“Bush is a better choice than Kerry. Regardless of the reasons behind the war in Iraq, I’m hearing news about Iraqis happy with the liberation and frankly speaking, some of the Arab media are very hypocritic when it comes to the situation in Iraq and they exaggerate things greatly. We-the Arabs-are getting to understand many new subjects”-- Mohammed Kerim Al Sabti - Oman.

Although not an Iraqi blogger, we do have the Egyptian over at the Big Pharoah blog, with this post:

If Bush lost then all what America had done over the past 3 and half years will be in vain. The liberating war of Iraq will look as if it was all a huge fiasco and all those who sacrificed their lives to plant a decent country within the Middle East sacrificed it for nothing. How do I know that? I knew that by listening to how John Kerry heinously played with Iraq just to reach the White House. Mr. Kerry had a lot to play with: taxes, health care, gay rights, stem cell research, and even the Bush administration post war planning. Yet he chose to raise doubts about going to Iraq after watching the perceived mess there and seeing how Howard Dean capitalized on that during the primaries.

The blog, Iraq and Iraqis has this post relating to the upcoming election:

For all that, either you thought this or that, you should think you are obligated to continue helping us. I say that to those American who are willing to vote for the person who are planning to give up the war against terrorism and stay home waiting for them to come after him and act at then.

A Kurdish blogger has this classic, which, regardless of one's politics, is just too funny to pass up (and we've all had conversations like this with our grandparents at one time or another Feel free to insert your own Clinton joke at the end:

ME: This is about the US elections.
Old Man: So, we will stay the same. No changes for us.
ME: Yeah true.. but still..it is fun to see who wins.
Old Man: I Know BOSH (Bush), who is his opponent ?
ME: KERRY (In Kurdish sounds KIRI (means "his d*ck")
Old Man: Akkkkk dawsheyt basha... KIRI ke ? (shame on you) who's KIR ?
ME: NO NO NO....Kerry u Bush (Kerry & Bush).
Old Man: Bosh's one ?
ME: NO NO that is a name KERRY.
Old Man: KIRI is a name ? It is the end of the world.
ME: Why ? He is American not Kurdish.
Old Man: Oh whatever. I will vote for BOSH.
ME: You can't vote. You are not American.
Old Man: Next time I see an American I tell him/her to vote for BOSH.
ME: Why?
OLD MAN: I don't want my face to go red every time I say the name of the US president.

The Iraqi Spirit blog is pretty ambivalent, and, interestingly, not directly at odds with the other Iraqi bloggers - the distinction seems to be one of what items deserve more emphasis, rather than the nature of the concerns themselves:

Both candidates seem to be adopting the same kind of politics when it comes to Iraq, the only difference is that Kerry has promised to pull back in 4 years time. I’m all for that, give back responsibility to the Iraqis to manage their own affairs. I would slightly lean towards Kerry because of that, but I’m not expecting much.

Next we have Loser's Blog, with his endorsement of Bush:

For me I Prefer Bush for many reasons, one of them that he was fighting in the past four years and took one of most boldness decisions, it's not fair that some one else inherit the success that might be achieved later, I know the situation here is foggy and hard, it's as if someone one want Iraq to remain as a battle for ever, but I have the feeling that's it's going to end in a moment or another…

Riverbend, who I gather has been unrelenting in her protest of the war and unstinting in her desire for the days of Saddam, has endorsed Kerry by way of Anybody But Bush:

So is Kerry going to be much better? I don’t know. I don’t know if he’s going to fix things or if he’s going to pull out the troops, or bring more in. I have my doubts about how he will handle the current catastrophe in Iraq. I do know this: nothing can be worse than Bush. No one can be worse than Bush. It will hardly be fair to any president after Bush in any case- it's like assigning a new captain to a drowning ship. All I know is that Bush made the hole and let the water in, I want him thrown overboard.

(Simultaneously launched by Bravo Romeo Delta from Anticipatory Retaliation and Demosophia )

By Bravo Romeo Delta at 02:53 AM | Comments |

October 30, 2004

Beware the Bunnies (by Demosophist)

Yah see? What'd I tell yah?

Big Jerk Jerk in Bunny Suit

It's Kerry with a fake beard.

By Demosophist at 08:26 PM | Comments |

Swiftvets Will Announce 'October Surprise' at Rally in Washington on Sunday, All Invited

Yesterday I reported that theSwifties were going to make a major announcement, and hinted at what it might be. A fellow blogger e-mailed me privately and confirmed, from an independent source, what that news would be. The Swifities now say they will make the announcement at this rally. Since a number of readers have asked me to pass the word along, here is the flyer from Pajama bin Bloggin's site. Scroll through it and see which piece of new information the Swifties now say they have confirmation of. Another hint: they claim a former Secretary of the Navy has confirmed what until now has been only speculation:

STOP THE MADNESS- LEARN THE TRUTH

MARCH ON WASHINGTON
TO STOP JOHN KERRY

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2004
1 PM * Naval Archives
2 PM STEPS OF THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL

Join the thousands of veterans, active duty
and every day warriors in a

MARCH FOR TRUTH

JOHN KERRY HAS LIED
HIS LAST LIE!

We call upon every citizen who cares about the
FUTURE of our Nation
to join us in an informational rally about the

REAL JOHN KERRY

Learn about his LESS THAN HONORABLE DISCHARGE FROM THE NAVY
Learn about his CONNECTIONS AND ALLEGIANCE TO HANOI
Learn about TREASON, DECEPTION, SLANDER, AND FRAUD
Learn about the man WHO WANTS TO BE COMMANDER IN CHIEF


HE IS UNFIT TO COMMAND,
UNFIT TO CALL HIMSELF AN AMERICAN


This man should not be seeking to enter the White House-
he should be seeking counsel to stay out of the Big House.

SEE YOU ON THE STEPS!!!

Pajama's Optional

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

October 29, 2004

Bin Laden is Pro-Bush (by Demosophist)

Not really, but he seems as dumb as a bag of rocks to try to play the Madrid game with Americans. There are LOTS of blue collar Democrats who will vote for Bush now simply to get the vicarious and perverse pleasure of confounding what appears to be Bin Laden's attempted manipulation. Well, not just blue collar types. Lots of Americans who don't feel strongly about supporting Kerry will have that impulse. So, you'd think UBL would know that right? Which would be an argument for that "reverse psychology" hall of mirrors referenced in the title.

Except for a couple of things:

1. Totalitarians really are that ignorant about the way free people think, and what motivates them... especially Americans, and

2. It probably doesn't make that much difference to him who wins, since he's confident he has the "method of Muhammed" and can't lose. Which means:

3. There is all up side and no down side, for UBL, to put out this tape. It's pure rational opportunism. In the unlikely event that Kerry does win Bin Laden can now claim to have influenced even the mighty Americans... which gives him enormous prestige where it counts: in the Arab world. True that scenario isn't very likely, but the payoff is huge and the risk is small (from his in-the-hand-of-Allah perspective).

Vote for Bush. It's the right thing to do. There's nothing wrong with the impulse of those blue collar voters. They're totally dialed in.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia, Anticipatory Retaliation and The Jawa Report)

By Demosophist at 09:07 PM | Comments |

New bin Laden Tape Good News for Bush: Segments of American Public Call for al Jazeera to be bombed

Al Jazeera's airing of a new video taped message from Osama bin Laden is good news for President Bush's campaign hopes. Al Qaeda and their media allies at al Jazeera have pulled out all the stops they can in influencing the American elections. Unfortunately Osama bin Laden, al Jazeera, and the al Qaeda network do not understand the American people.

Al Jazeera's English language homepage has changed all of their headlines to reflect this last ditch effort by the Islamists to influence the elections. Their main headline story passes on the message from bin Laden that Bush reacted slowly to the events of 9/11 without any mention of the quick fall of the Taliban and bin Laden's own forced exile from Afghanistan.

Al Jazeera then follows this by running a discredited story written in April that President Bush was warned prior to September 11th of the impending attacks on the World Trade Center. Thus, they attempt to link bin Laden's accusation that Bush was uncaring with evidence that the President knew of the attacks in advance and did nothing.

If this were not enough, they then follow by posting a link to another old story. Those who do not bother to read the date would assume that the US Congress doubled the reward on bin Laden as a response to today's videotaped message. An attempt to show signs of fear and weakness on our part.

Following this post is a bone thrown to our European allies with an old story that bin Laden is willing to declare a truce with them if they will just stop supporting the US. While al Jazeera does not understand the American mind, they do understand the Europeans.

And what series of links at al Jazeera would be complete without the obligatory Abu Ghraib story?

The terrorists believe the American people are as weak as the Spanish, who they view as caving to their demands. The terrorists believe that bin Laden's criticism of Bush can only hurt him. The terrorists believe that the reason John Kerry has escalated his criticisms of the President is because they have sufficiently scared the Senator--something which is not true, but which they believe anyway. The terrorists believe that by escalating the threat of a near-term attack they will sway the elections towards Bush.

They are wrong on all points.

The American people will not give in to terrorism.

The American people will take any criticisms given by Osama bin Laden as a compliment to the President.

John Kerry may have escalated his criticisms of the President because he is a political opportunist, but not because he is afraid of terrorists.

Poll after poll show that the American people trust President Bush over Senator Kerry to handle terrorism. Any escalation in that threat will only help Bush.

Al Qaeda is attempting to alter the outcome of this election, just as they did in Spain, and al Jazeera is doing their best to help them. A recent videotaped message by American born al Qaeda operative Adam Yahiye Gadahn reveals the extent of the problem of the Islamists' propaganda outlet.

In the video, California native Gadahn spews forth virulently anti-American propaganda. He accuses Americans of killing innocent Muslims around the world and that we have blood on our hands. There is no insincerity in his voice. He believes that al Qaeda represents the good guys and the US represents the bad guys.

Why do so many around the world hate America? We can start with al Jazeera. Al Jazeera, and media outlets like it, blame all the world's ills on the United States. The context they provide for all images has a single unifying theme: the US is the cause of so much suffering in the world. When a picture of a dead child in Fallujah is shown, the context is that the US deliberately killed the child. When an image of a dead terrorist is shown, the context is that a freedom fighter met his fate at the hands of Imperialist aggression.

There is a reason that Osama bin Laden hates America, he believes us to be evil. There is a reason that Zarqawi murdered Japanese hostage Shosei Koda, he believed he was a spy sent by the evil Imperialist's ally. There is a reason that the Army of Ansar al-Islam murdered eleven Iraqi National Guardsman, they truly believed them to be collaborating with an enemy that routinely murders Iraqi civilians. There is a reason terrorists are demanding the release of female prisoners in Iraq in exchange for Polish hostage Teresa Borcz-Kalifa, they actually believe reports in the Arab press that American GIs are holding hundreds of woman in prison and that rape is routinely practiced by our soldiers.

In other words, many in the Muslim world are victims of the propaganda put forth by outlets such as al Jazeera. Al Jazeera and al Qaeda also believe they can foist this worldview upon the American people. They are wrong.

What will our response be to this propaganda effort? I am more confident now than I was just hours ago that President Bush will win reelection.

What should our response be to al Jazeera's propaganda efforts? Bomb al Jazeera now. Take it off the air. Destroy it.

Al Jazeera is directly responsible for the death of innocent Americans.

Al Jazeera is directly responsible for reinforcing the morale of our enemies in Iraq.

Al Jazeera is directly responsible for helping create an atmosphere of sympathy for terrorists around the world.

Al Jazeera is an enemy to the United States of America and a direct threat to our national securty. It is time we start treating them as such.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:59 PM | Comments |

Problems with the KSTP Video (by Demosophist)

Hindrocket, at Powerline, is all over the KSTP Channel 5 video story. Powerline is highly skeptical of the claims made in this morning's NYT piece that: "... the videotape and some of the agency's photographs of the HMX stockpiles "were such good matches it looked like they were taken by the same camera on the same day."" According to a munitions expert who contacted Powerline, the material depicted in the video could hardly have been RDX or HMX:

As a retired Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer I have some problems with the Channel 5 story. It appears to me that they are in a bunker filled with blasting agents (slower detonation rates for moving rock, see link below on detonation rates) . First we see boosters, (they would commonly be inserted into a bag of ANFO (ammonium nitrate fuel oil) or nitro starch for blasting. Then we see what is described as dynamite but is more likely TNT or wrapped nitro starch (see GI story below) and lastly those big cardboard barrels which appear to be a white powder. Note the number beside the 1.1D placard on the barrel, it says 239. Now 239 may very well be the U. N. number system for ammunition and explosives (see first link below). The U. S. does not utilize the U. N. system nor does the former USSR or its satellites. When I was in Bosnia we put the Bosnians on the UN system to get some organization established for safety purposes. Please note the first site below from Australia and we can see they are most probably on the UN system: (239 NITROSTARCH, dry or wetted with less than 20% water, by mass). Common sense to me would be that HMX, one of the most powerful and expensive explosives WOULD NOT BE PACKAGED IN CARDBOARD BARRELS! Furthermore one of the barrels is already open as we see. The two "experts" certainly did not add ANYTHING to this story.

In other words, this isn't the missing high explosives. Rather, it's conventional blasting agent commonly used for construction and demolition.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia, Anticipatory Retaliation and The Jawa Report)

By Demosophist at 02:38 PM | Comments |

Al Jazeera to Broadcast Osama bin Laden Video

UPDATE: An update on my thoughts are posted here.

A number of e-mails have come in in the past few minutes, including one from M.H. King who is following the story, alerting me to a story that al Jazeera will be running a new video featuring Osama bin Laden. The video is purported to show bin Laden directly addressing the American people. Let's just say I'm a bit skeptical that the voice on the tape is bin Laden. Despite what they show you on CSI, voice recognition is less science than it is art. If it turns out to be a video, I will want to see some references to recent events in order to be convinced that bin Laden is still alive. A number of sources have claimed to have positively identified bin Laden in the region of South Waziristan which borders Pakistan and India, some of them even claiming bin Laden had crossed into India proper, but I did not run the story for lack of credibility. As I told one person who ran with it, "Bin Laden is the Elvis of South Asia." MSNBC:

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden tells the American people that “Bush cannot protect you” in a new taped message received by the Arab satellite television station Al-Jazeera, U.S. officials told NBC News on Friday.

Al-Jazeera said the tape, to be aired at 4 p.m. ET, dealt with the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and their consequences. While the announcer said the message was an audiotape, the station’s Web site called it a video.

Mike sent me a link to this Fox News analysis. I am not saying that the voice on the tape is not necessarily bin Laden, but how recent can this really be? I want something more than just a video of bin Laden lecturing on the evils of Bush. I want something, anything, that shows this video is more than two years old.
Multiple sources told FOX News that the 18-minute videotape is authentic and said its release was timed to coincide with Tuesday's presidential elections. Bin Laden makes reference to recent conflicts in Iraq and addresses the American people directly, sources said.

U.S. officials said the tape appears to have been made recently.

I might remind my readers that the Army of Ansar al Sunnah recently praised John Kerry for his criticisms of George Bush. The same message also noted that Kerry's criticism is a result of his fear of terrorism--a sign that terrorist tactics are working. For the record, I do not believe Kerry's criticisms are the result of his fear of terrorism. However, a Kerry victory would clearly be interpreted by the terrorists themselves as a sign that they are winning this war.

Critical Update I:CTV Canada adds this tidbit to the mix, which means I may be wrong: "Despite entering the fourth year after Sept. 11, Bush is still deceiving you and hiding the truth from you and therefore the reasons are still there to repeat what happened," bin Laden tells Americans. Holy schneike!! My lefty readers are already jumping on this as evidence of George Bush's failures.

Three things: 1) Al Jazeera released the video--an obvious ploy to affect the outcome of the elections. 2) When bin Laden criticizes you that's not exactly a bad thing. 3) To reiterate--since the polls consistently show the American people trust George Bush on terrorism more than Kerry, well, you do the math.

UPDATE: Many of you may be watching the Fox News broadcast of the tape. Digger is doing live updates as they happen.

UPDATE II: Contrary to the Rooftop Report's speculation, this tape can only help President Bush. By all measures, the American people believe Bush is better equipped to handle terrorism than John Kerry.

John at the Command Post makes the error of believing that the reports that bin Laden is alive are true. It is possible, I guess I'll find out in a few hours, but I still remain skeptical.

Rob at Say Anything is on the same page as me.

Hmm, Slant Point also buying that bin Laden is alive. We'll see, but he rightly sees the consequences of Kerry trying to use this against Bush.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:19 PM | Comments |

Swiftvets about to reveal something BIG....

Apparently, the Swiftvets have an October surprise of their own, and it's going to be big. This should break before the evening news cycle, but I'll give you this hint---John Kerry, about that 'honarable discharge'............If what I'm hearing is true, then be prepared to watch the Sunday talking heads be very uncomfortable.

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

Interview with Swiftvet Troy Jenkins

Chad at In the Bullpen interviews Swiftvet Troy Jenkins on the circumstances surrounding his discovery of documents at Texas Tech University linking John Kerry's Vietnam Vetrans Against the War to the governments of North Vietnam and the Provisional Government of South Vietnam (Viet Cong). Here's a teaser: Jenkins claims to have 175 documents which also connect Kerry to the Viet Cong.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:23 PM | Comments |

Japanese Hostage Shosei Koda Reported Dead in Iraq

This is an archive page. For the latest news on terrorist groups in Iraq please go to the MAIN PAGE HERE.

UPDATE 5/10: Army of Ansar al-Sunna website releases images of Japanese hostage Akihiko Saito. Images, story, and link to website.
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One of my readers in the UK just informed me that Ch. 4 has just reported Japanese hostage Shosei Koda has been killed in Iraq. Shosei Koda was captured by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terrorist organization two days ago and threatened with beheading if Japan did not pull all of its forces out of Iraq.

Reuters:

A Japanese man taken hostage in Iraq has been killed, Kyodo news agency says, citing information obtained by the Japanese government.
The Courier-Mail Australia, which identifies Koda as "a backpacker":
THE Japanese Government was told early today that a Japanese man taken hostage by militants in Iraq had been killed, the Kyodo news agency reported.

A body found near the Iraqi town of Tikrit was identified as that of Shosei Koda, a 24-year-old backpacker captured by militants, the news agency said.

Interesting that his body was said to have been found in Tikrit. Earlier reports today had denied that the body of an "Asian man" found in Tikrit was not that of the Japanese hostage.

Developing.....

Previous posts: Deadline Passes for Japanese Hostage: Body of Asian man found in Tikrit, Zarqawi Threatens to Behead Japanese Hostage

(Initial reports identified the man as Akio Koda, but later reports identified him as Shosei Koda. This post has been updated to reflect that)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:38 PM | Comments |

Tin Foil Comments: Jews Control The World

Sometimes comments are so funny, they just have to be shared. From my Video Shows American Terrorist post:

For the last few hours this tape has been credited by the
zionist/neocon media as being the work of the "dangerous" "Al Qaieda" (read -

Al Mossad / Al CIAda) "media-relations agent" Pearlman. Then all of a sudden
the CIA say it might not be authentic and no mention of Pearlman! ...
What?! Did that little diversion fu*k up you muppets ...

There is no "Al Qaieda" ... ONLY AL MOSSAD AND AL CIAda ...

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:07 AM | Comments |

Lancet Report Claims 100,000 Dead as Result of Iraq War

A bogus report published in the British Medical Journal The Lancet claims that more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians, mostly women and children, have died in Iraq as a result of the US led occupation. The bogus report concluded that death from violence was up 58% since the occupation began. Violence, concluded the mentally retarded and methodologically challenged authors, was now the number one cause of death in Iraq. Most of those deaths, said Timmy, were caused by coalition forces.

When asked about the methodological soundness of using a self-report survey of a population that believes Yassar Arafat is a hero, Jews control the world, the US is in Iraq to steal oil, beheading videos are sexier than porn, and that whenever Abu Musab al-Zarqawi kills a hostage 'it's the Yankee imperialist's fault', the authors responded by saying, "Timmy."

The bogus report goes on to claim that since the Iraqi Ministry of Health reported that the leading cause of death before the invasion was heart attack, this proves that John Kerry ought to be President rather than evil Bush-Hitler. Former officials in the Iraqi Ministry of Health could not be reached by The Jawa Report to confirm or deny whether heart attack induced by torture and/or Mustard Gas were included in the pre-war figures.

According to the BBC:

Lancet editor Richard Horton said: "Democratic imperialism has led to more deaths, not fewer. This political and military failure continues to cause scores of casualties among non-combatants."

He urged the coalition forces to rethink their strategy to "prevent further unnecessary human casualties".

Ladies and gentleman Brittain's premier unbiased journal of medical sciences.

UPDATE: Tim Worstall chimes in with a piece at Tech Central Station, and notes it in his blog today. His statistical analysis is wrong, but the rest of his article is right on. Let me just put on my methodology wonk's hat and add a couple of things. The 95% confidence level only means that assuming the method of data collection is valid, that the sample taken actually represents the population as a whole. After looking at their method of data collection and the baseline which with to compare the data I can state categorically that the study is completely bogus. The confidence level thus becomes meaningless.

As Sydney Smith noted in TCS two years ago, "The Lancet seems to have confused itself with a political organization. This is bad news for all of us. We already have newspapers, radio, and television to give us a biased view of the news. If we allow our scientific journals and professional associations to follow suit, then we lose the fundamental basis of freedom - the truth."

James at Outside the Beltway adds: ...contrary to the assertions of the researchers, of course people have an incentive to lie about civilian casualties. If nothing else, the Coalition will likely compensate them without much show of proof. And, of course, inflating the figures of civilian casualties obviously serves the cause of the insurgency. I also simply do not believe that the greatest cause of death to civilians has been Coalition air strikes, given their incredible precision and the indiscriminate violence of the terrorist elements.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:22 AM | Comments |

New Kerry Anti-Logic: The Timing Doesn't Matter (by Demosophist)

As though the public would regard as seamless a shift in rhetoric as monumental as the Great African Rift, the Kerry team now holds that the actual date at which the Qaqaa explosives went missing is of no importance whatever. Which, of course, is like saying that the US was responsible for Saddam's weapons (all of them, not just WMD) before it wasn't responsible for them.

What could dramatize the essential temporal and scale confusion of John Kerry, and the left in general, any more clearly than to now say that the case it has insisted upon for five days, against all logic and evidence, doesn't matter?

Kerry now claims that the essential failing isn't that the US lost the explosives after it had secured the country (because it now appears that they were in Syria by that time), but that the weapons facility was left unguarded at any time. So, reduced to its particulars, the Kerry argument is now that we ought to have used troops already thinned by Turkey's refusal to pass the 4th ID, to guard an empty chicken coop.

This is a campaign whose central feature is the absence of thought and the avoidance of coherence. Of course they don't have a plan. The Kerry Campaign is The Anti-Plan.

Meanwhile it illogically claims that it is not casting aspersion on the military itself, in a 2004 rerun of Winter Soldier. For unless you believe that it's the President's job to micromanage every wrench and screwdriver in the war, the notion that the Kerry campaign could isolate responsibility to the President alone, is like my five-year-old nephew claiming that his hand was in the cookie jar because he was checking the availability of cookies for the rest of the family.

The question is, is anyone actually buying this nonsense? A quick straw poll of Fox's Dayside program yesterday suggests the whole Kerry onslaught over Qaqaa smells like caca. Of course the audience could be biased, but the polls should start pulling the rug from beneath Kerry's feet by the end of the weekend, and after the Sunday Talks it'll be a completely different race. Stay tuned.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia, Anticipatory Retaliation and The Jawa Report)

By Demosophist at 09:45 AM | Comments |

Deadline Passes for Japanese Hostage: Body of Asian man found in Tikrit

The deadline set by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terrorist organization before they threatened to behead Japanese hostage Akio Koda has expired. Internet sites tied to Zarqawi have made no announcement of Koda's impending murder. However, since US forces stepped up their efforts at capturing or killing the terrorist, many of the websites normally used by Zarqawi seem to have been abandoned. Some suggest this is a possible sign that Zarqawi is feeling the increased pressure and may be on the run. In the past six weeks Zarqawi has changed his MO, opting to post messages and videos to an Islamic bulletin board.

The Japanese government, for their part, is taking the lack of any announcement on Koda's fate as a sign of hope. Reuters reports:

"We are making every effort to rescue him on the premise that he is alive," Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura said.

In Tikrit, the body of an Asian man was found this morning causing early speculation that the victim was Koda. However, an AFP report in ABC News Australia suggest that the body does not match the description of Koda.

"The body is for someone with a large build, dark skin and a black moustache. He was wearing a white shirt and pants and he is between the age of 35 and 40," said Duraid al-Tikriti at Tikrit general hospital.

He added the man had gunshot wounds to the head and body.

Other sources suggest the victim was probably either from Pakistan or India.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:13 AM | Comments |

October 28, 2004

Iraqi WMD in Syria

Via Robert Spencer these Satellite images of possible WMD sites in Syria. An accompanying article by a Syrian journalist suggests that the WMD were moved from Iraq to three locations. It is an old report, but worth the read.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:04 PM | Comments |

3 Hostages Taken in Afghanistan, Two More Missing

Three of the hostages are UN workers. The Guardian identifies the victims as "Annette Flanagan, from Richhill, Co Armagh, who has dual British-Irish citizenship, Angelito Nayan, a junior Filipina diplomat seconded to the UN, and a woman from the Balkans."

Two cameramen have also gone missing in Afghanistan in recent days. Najibullah Quraishi and Aslamouddin Mael were both cameramen working on a documentary in the country.

The NZ Herald reports that following the kidnapping of the Western election workers:

A massive manhunt was immediately launched throughout Kabul, with NATO helicopters hovering above the city and roadblocks set up. One British UN official said: "After the election went so peacefully foreigners here became complacent. First of all there was the suicide bomb attack, now this."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:43 PM | Comments |

Video Shows American Terrorist

Segments of a controversial al Qaeda video were shown on ABC today in which a man who identified himself as 'Azzam the American' warns of an impending terrorist attack in the United States. ABC aired the video today after news leaked out by Matt Drudge that the organization was holding the story until after Tuesday so as not to sway the election. The implication from Drudge was that any heightened terror threat would only benefit President Bush in the waning days of the close election. Surveys consistently show that the American people trust President Bush more than John Kerry on who is better equipped to handle terrorism.

While 'Azzam the American's' face is covered in the video, one prominent terrorism expert told the Jawa Report that the man on the tape was probably California native Adam Yahiye Gadahn. The FBI website lists Gadahn as a man 'being sought in connection with possible terrorist threats against the United States.' The FBI further warns Gadahn, 'SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS'.

Gadahn attended a mosque run by extreme Wahhabist, Muzammil Siddiqi, but his views became too radical even for the extreme Wahabbists running the mosque and Gadahn was expelled from the congregation.

According to Reuters:

In the portions of the tape shown by ABC, the speaker, whose face is cloaked and who has a slight accent, says he is a follower of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. He denounces Americans as "guilty, guilty, guilty."

"You are as guilty as Bush and Cheney," he said.

The speaker vows new attacks worse than the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. "After decades of American tyranny and oppression now it's your turn to die. Allah willing, the streets of America shall run red with blood matching drop for drop the blood of America's victims," he said.

The AP reports that Gadahn's parents are cooperating with the CIA, but they have been unable to identify the masked voice on the tape.

ABC, for it's part, claimed that it was waiting for verification on the tape's authenticity before running with the story. However, The Jawa Report was able to authenticate the video within minutes of learning of the story, but due to an server outtage, we were unable to run the story. While it was not known how serious the threats made on the tape were, the tape was authentic. According to the Northeast Intelligence Network the tape was distributed by the media arm of the al Qaeda network, al Sahab Enterprises.

While the Mainstream Media continues to play up stories which might be damaging to the Bush reelection, they choose to suppress or ignore stories that would help. For instance, bad news coming out of Iraq, such as the recent slew of kidnappings or reports on missing weapons at al Qaqqa, recieve headline news. These stories are usually put into the context of the 'Is Bush losing the War in Iraq?' angle. The news of Polish hostage Teresa Borcz-Kalifa and Japanese hostage Akio Koda have both been run by the MSM within the caveat that the overwhelming majority of Poles and Japanese oppose the Iraq war. The news that eleven Iraqis were murdered by another terrorist organization was also accompanied by similar gainsaying.

Rarely does the MSM put such stories within the larger context of the Global War on Terror. Even more rare still is the MSM's willingness to address the issue of global terrorism as primarily routed in the teachings of Islam.

UPDATE: Via James Joyner I learn that Drudge is now reporting that "ABCNEWS withheld portions of an alarming new al Qaeda videotape which warns the next terror attack will dwarf 9/11 from the CIA when they submitted the video for analysis". Amazing if true.

Previous post on Gadahn: Ratt Lead Singer Wanted on Terrorism Charges

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:31 PM | Comments |

Vote Bush....

...he's not a pansy.

PS-How did Bill and Jeff get production credits on this?

PPS-This is how much guys with pretty hair bug me: my head, it's shaved. Call it latent homophobia, but any dude who spends more than thirty seconds on their hair has crossed a line....(apologies to Kevin Smith)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:29 PM | Comments |

Blast Rocks American Hotel in Pakistan

An explosion at the American owned Marriott Hotel in central Islamabad injured at least seven people today. The Pakistani government has denied any terrorist involvement in the blast. MSNBC reports that at least 11 US officials were staying at the hotel and one US diplomat was reported among the injured by Channel News Asia. The manager of the hotel claims that this was probably just an accident caused by bad-wiring, but the convergence of coincidences seems very suspicious. Other hotel employees interviewed by Agence France Presse claimed that they believed the explosion was the result of a bomb. The explosion was in the lobby area of the hotel, a place frequented by Westerners.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:49 PM | Comments |

Dying Anti-American Arafat Flown to Home of Anti-Americanism: France

This photo, released by the Palestinian Authority shows an ailing Yasser Arafat shaking hands with terrorist sympathizers of all stripes. When asked to comment on his condition Arafat could only shout the word "Timmy" over and over.

According to World Net Daily, sources in Israel claim that Arafat 'could be faking it'. Could Arafat's sudden handicap have something to do with the upcoming Paris Special Olympics? No word yet but sources close to Arafat call the trip "Project Cartman".

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:17 PM | Comments |

No one move, or the Commie gets it

The Commissar remakes the funniest scene from the second-funniest movie of all time. Mel Brooks would be proud, Zarqawi would be doubly mad (once for the parody and once to learn that Mel Brooks was a Jew).

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:53 PM | Comments |

Eleven Iraqi Hostages Murdered by Ansar al-Islam: One hostage beheaded in video

This is an archive page. For the latest news on The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah, an offshoot of the Army of Ansar al-Islam, and other terrorist groups in Iraq please go to the MAIN PAGE HERE.

UPDATE 5/10: Army of Ansar al-Sunna website releases images of Japanese hostage Akihiko Saito. Images, story, and link to website.
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The Army of Ansar al-Islam has murdered eleven Iraqi National Guardsman in a video released by the group today. Two days ago the same group had released a video showing the captured Iraqis, accusing them of collaboration with the enemy. Ten of the victims are seen shirtless and kneeling in the video before they are shot in the back of the head by one of the terrorists with an AK-47. The video also shows the grisly beheading of one of the Iraqi victims.

iraqi-americans.jpg[Right: An image from the video showing the Eleven Iraqi National Guardsman-- Each hostage is told to state his name.

Left: An image from the video used for propaganda purposes showing the relationship between the Iraqi National Guard and American troops.]

The AP reports this translation of the voiceover on the video warning Iraqis who 'collaborate' to "Repent to God. ... Abandon your weapons and go home and beware of supporting the apostate Crusaders or their followers, the Iraqi government, or else you will only find death."

The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah website also carried the following warning ``We will not forget about the blood of our elderly, women and children that are shed daily in Fallujah, Samarra, Ramadi and elsewhere on your hands and the hands of those you work with.'' and according to the AP it said that the 11 slain men were ``responsible for guarding the Crusader American troops in the Radwaniya area'' in Baghdad.

Executing those accused of collaboration is a common tool of intimidation used by other Islamist terrorists in Palestine, Chechnya, and Kashmir.

A graphic video of the execution can be found at the Terrorist Media site.

WARNING: Graphic images from the video posted below.

In related hostage news, a video aired by al-Jazeera shows of a woman of Polish ancestry (possibly Polish-American), Teresa Borcz-Kalifa, held hostage by a previously unknown terrorist organization [more information here]. The group, calling itself the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Fundamentalist Brigades, says that she will not be released until Polish troops leave Iraq and all women are released by the Coalition. The Coalition is only holding two women, both of whom worked on Saddam Hussein's WMD program.

As reported here yesterday, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of the group formerly knows as Tawhid wal Jihad and now renamed 'Al-Qaida's Committee in Mesopotamia', has also released a videotape of a Japanese hostage. Zarqawi has threatened to behead 24 year old Japanese civilian Akio Koda within the next 24 hours if Japan's small contingent of non-combat engineering troops are not pulled out.

The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah murdered an Iraqi citizen named either Yassar Musil or Seif Adnan Kanaan on Oct. 23rd [information, images, and links to video here]. During the taped beheading of Turkish truck driver Ramadan Elbu on October 15th by the Army of Ansar al-Islam, one of the murderers identified himself as a follower of Zarqawi [information, video, and images here]. On October 11th, another individual claimed to be a member of Zarqawi's Tawhid and Jihad group on a beheading video released by the group--the victims were a Turkish truck driver and his Iraqi translator [information, video, and images here]. The Army of Ansar al Sunnah murdered an Iraqi named Barie Nafi'a Daoud Ibrahim on Oct. 2nd [images, link to video, and information here]. The same group murdered three Iraqis on September 16th (information, links to video, and images here). On August 31st, these terrorists executed 12 hostages from Nepal, one of them by beheading (information, links to video, and images here). On August 11th the group beheaded a man they claimed was a CIA agent (information and images here) and on August 25th the group beheaded a second alleged CIA agent (information and images here).

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

New Corroboration of Kerry "Caca" Claims (posted by Demosophist)[Humor]

Ironically, reported by Right Wing News:

ANALYSIS: IRAQ EXPLOSIVES EASILY MOVED BY 'WORLD'S STRONGEST MAN' CONTESTANTS

A new scientific study by the French Ministry of Sport and Jejune Ennui reported today that the 380 tons of high explosives missing from an Iraqi site "could have easily been looted by a team of specially trained burly Scandanavian strongmen with 'roid rage.'"

In a controlled experiment broadcast at 3AM on ESPN-6, researchers determined that a team of 12 Euro champions were able to move over 415 tons of explosives, packaged as granite boulders and Volvo semi trucks, in less than 20 minutes with commercial breaks.

The study casts new doubt on NBC News claims that deadly RDX explosives had already been moved by the time US soldiers arrived at a suspected site in Al-Qaqaa, and that removing the materials would have been difficult with a US military presence.

"Ya yiminy, Olaf move the heavy bombs," said Icelandic team member Olaf Magnussnnarddsson, who suffered a minor hernia and a burst temple vein in the experiment.

An independent study by physicists at FermiLab reached similar conclusions, noting that "extrapolating from the hit 1961 single 'Sixteen Tons,' the entire arms cache could have been lifted in only 23.8 Tennessee Ernie Ford-Days, with a minor increase in debt to the Company store."

"Ya yimminy?" That's Icelandic? Something's rotten in the state of Denmark. That definitely sounds Swedish/Yiddish to me.

Ed note: This was an excerpt picked up by RWN but was originally posted by Iowahawk.

By Demosophist at 11:19 AM | Comments |

More Documents Reveal John Kerry-Viet Cong Links

A third document has surfaced linking John Kerry's anti-war activities to the North Vietnamese and Vietcong. The documents were found in the Virtual Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech University and reveal some amount of coordination between John Kerry's Vietnam Vetrans Against the War, Ho Chi Minh's North Vietnamese government and the Provisional Government of South Vietnam--better known as the Viet Cong.

The latest document can be found online at a website set up to handle inquiries at the Virtual Vietnam Archive. The website was set up after Chad Evans of In the Bullpen contacted the director of the archive questioning the authenticity of the documents. Chad's analysis of the current document can be found here.

World Net Daily claims that the new document provides context for why John Kerry would adapt the Seven Point Plan of Viet Cong leader Madame Nguyen Thi Binh. Kerry has denied any coordination with the North Vietnamese or Viet Cong.

Chad at In the Bullpen is following this closely and will have updates.

Let me just state, for the record once again, that these documents show that the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong believed they were influencing John Kerry's group. They also show that John Kerry and the Viet Cong had the same goals and the same solution to the problem of how to bring peace to Vietnam. What they do not show is that John Kerry took marching orders from Ho Chi Minh. As I said in my post on this subject yesterday:

I do not believe [John Kerry] was directed by [the Viet Cong]. They didn't have to. John Kery was on board the ship regardless of who was steering. If the North Vietnamese told John Kerry to jump, yet he was going to jump anyway that says nothing about control or power.
Why would John Kerry need to take orders from people who were working out of the same playbook?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:06 AM | Comments |

Terrorists Take Polish (possibly Polish-American) Woman Hostage in Iraq (UPDATED)

Al-Jazeera, the virulently anti-American Arabic satelite network, has broadcast a video of a previously unknown terrorist group holding a Polish woman hostage in Iraq. The group, calling itself the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Fundamentalist Brigades, says that she will not be released until two demands are met. Al-Jazeera denies that the group has threatened to kill her but has not yet released the entire video.

First, the group demanded that all female Iraqi prisoners be released. The Coalition, though, has consistently denied holding more than two women since that demand was first made by The Army of Ansar al-Zawahiri, a group that had kidnapped the now released Italian aid worders Simona Pari and Simona Torretta.

The second demand by the group was that Poland withdraw it's troops from Iraq. According to Middle East Online news service Polish Defense Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski has said "The Polish government is not in the business of meeting kidnappers' demand."

The name of the woman is not yet known, but Polish commanders on the ground say she was not attached to any of Poland's military units in any civilian or other capacity. Polish officials also say that the woman may be a US citizen of Polish ancestry.

The AP reports that a spokesman for the Iraqi Interior Ministry believes that "the woman was a longtime Iraq resident with Iraqi citizenship and was believed to have been abducted Wednesday night from her home in Baghdad. Abdul Rahman did not release her name."

Polish media reports that the woman was a long-time resident of Baghdad and may have lived across the street from the Palestine hotel. The BBC reports that the woman had worked for the Polish embassy for about a year in the 1990s.

The woman has now been identified as Teresa Borcz-Kalifa. Like kidnapped director of the Care International, Margaret Hassan, this victim was a long-time resident of Baghdad and married to an Iraqi national.

Care International announced today that it would suspend all operations in Iraq. In a simple message to Margarat Hassan's kidnappers, the Care UK website posted the following statement

CARE has closed down all operations in Iraq. Please release Mrs. Hassan to her family and friends in Iraq.
As reported here yesterday, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of the group formerly knows as Tawhid wal Jihad and now renamed 'Al-Qaida's Committee in Mesopotamia', has also released a videotape of a Japanese hostage. Zarqawi has threatened to behead 24 year old Japanese civilian Akio Koda within the next 24 hours if Japan's small contingent of non-combat engineering troops are not pulled out.

In other hostage developments, a new tape released by the Army of Ansar al-Islam shows the murder of eleven Iraqi National Guardsman [more info here]. In the tape, ten of the victims are shot while the video shows the gruesome beheading of one of the victims.

Developing....

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

Apparently There Was a Looted Weapons Cache (Posted by Demosophist)

But it wasn't in Iraq. And guess who dropped the ball? (Hint: It wasn't George Bush.)

PS-Rusty, always on the cutting edge, first reported this in his October 19th popst: France Junior (Belgium) Supplying Weapons to the Taliban?

By Demosophist at 01:50 AM | Comments |

October 27, 2004

Bottom Line on Al Qaqaa (Posted by Demosophist)

Although neither the 3rd ID nor the 101st Airborne found evidence that the 308 tons of explosives were intact when they conducted their searches of al Qaqaa, it is also a fact that they weren't looking for it. It's not entirely clear, either, that all of the material was there when the IAEA made its final inspection before the war, because they didn't actually check the containers, and just assumed that the seals they had placed earlier were sufficient evidence that the material had not been tampered with. I don't know how "safe" this assumption was, but for the purpose of analyzing the credibility of the Kerry attack, that doesn't matter.

What we know is that since the items were found to be missing in May, by the Iraq Survey Group, the material must have been taken out prior to that date. And according to the defense department it would have been nearly impossible to remove the material once US forces arrived on the scene, because within a short span of time all of the available roads were choked with US transport traffic, and heavily monitored.

So it really doesn't matter whether the 3rd ID or the 101st can specifically verify that the explosives were no longer at the site, because they could not have been moved during the period between their inspections (however brief) and the Survey Group's findings in May. The volume is just too large not to have been noticed.

So, how to explain the Kerry campaign's continued harping on the issue, as well as Josh Marshall and others? (Kos' intransigence doesn't really require an explanation.) It has to be the case that they see defeat looming, and they have no alternative. It has come down to this.

The bottom line: This is the opportunity granted George Bush on a silver platter not to merely win, but to obtain a mandate. He can win BIG by riding this counter-attack all the way to Nov. 2. Basically, he can close Kerry down.

Update: Well, I don't know. I just listened to a Bush campaign advisor who was on Hardball (Richard Falkenrath, I think) specifically to respond to charges about al Qaqaa, and he nearly put me to sleep. In a monotone delivery he simply refused to respond to Reuben's outrageous charges that the looting after the fact had virtually been proved. (It now appears that the Russians, along with Iraqi Intelligence, may have moved the stuff. (hat tip: Ramblings Journal))

Instead of getting with it he simply kept saying, with nauseating repetitiveness, "we don't know what happened and it's irresponsible to say we do." Yeah Dick, it's real irresponsible... but you're not a moralist, your a political operative. So tell us why Rueben is full of crap. We all know, so why don't you?

So these geniuses have settled on a line, and they're not only not going to counter-attack effectively, but are apparently going to lay back and rest on their laurels.

Hell, they're so politically incompetent it almost convinces me to vote for Kerry... except that he's the one who opened himself in the first place. So we have two fighters, one who habitually drops his guard as he lashes out blindly and recklessly, while spending most of his time hiding in the corner, and the other who also likes the opposite corner, and who refuses to take the opening to counter-punch when he has the golden opportunity. How the hell did we end up with these sorry losers? I really don't know what's going to happen... and I'm close to not caring. I'm really not sure Bush has what it takes to be President. He talks tough, but he plays like Fauntleroy.

There's no reason this even needs to be close!

Man, I'm gonna need medication by Tuesday.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia, Anticipatory Retaliation and The Jawa Report)

By Demosophist at 05:56 PM | Comments |

Rusty's Blog Law

Anything that can go wrong on Rusty's blog will go wrong on Rusty's blog. Not only did this site go down, but my backup site here was down too.

And it came back up, literally, minutes before I was walking out the door! It's all George Bush's fault!!!!

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

D'Souza's Advice to John Edwards: Vote for Bush

Great group interview with Dinesh D'Souza in the Washington Post. He gets the prize for most compassionate campaign advice:

Florida: What advice would you give the Bush-Cheney campaign in the waning days of the election?

Dinesh D'Souza: The Democrats think the terrorist threat is confined to Al Qaeda and "the guys who did 9/11." Reminder to John Edwards: the guys who did 9/11 are dead. If you understand that the battle is much broader, if you understand that the problem of terrorism is partly in the bad regimes (Syria, Iran, Saddam's Iraq) that dominate the Muslim world, if you understand that terrorism arises out of the dysfunctional societies of the Middle East, if you see the importance of establishing a democratic example in the Arab world--then vote for Bush.

OK, so he probably didn't hear the question, and I'm taking a few liberties interpreting the response. It's still a good answer. Read the whole thing.

(Simultaneously beamed by Demosophist to Demosophia, Anticipatory Retaliation and The Jawa Report)

By Demosophist at 12:14 AM | Comments |

October 26, 2004

Note to Karl Rove: Use the Death Penalty Card--it's a litmus test

Did you know that John F. Kerry opposes the death penalty? I didn't until a few days ago. It's true. Check it out at the NY Times. Now, I may not know much about how to run an election and all that, but will somebody please tell Karl "Goebbels" Rove about this. Cause where I'm sitting, not a single one of my 'moderate' friends would vote for a guy who opposed the death penalty. NONE. This is the a litmus test for most people. A guy who doesn't support the death penalty is a liberal to us here in flyover country. More than that, soccer-moms, housewives, blue-collar workers, every one but a bunch of coastal elites all think the same thing. THIS IS THE ISSUE YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN HAMMERING ON FOR THE PAST MONTH. It's not too late Mr. Rove. Please come up with one more ad. You could have won 45 states had you done so earlier.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:30 PM | Comments |

Zarqawi Threatens to Behead Japanese Hostage

UPDATE: Updated post "Zarqawi Releases Beheading Video of Japanese Victim" here. If you are looking for the latest news and information on a more recent beheading/ murder video released by the terrorist bastards, PLEASE GO TO THE MAIN PAGE HERE.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of the group formerly knows as Tawhid wal Jihad and now renamed 'Al-Qaida's Committee in Mesopotamia', has released a videotape of a Japanese hostage. In the video, Zarqawi threatens to behead the Japanese hostage "if Tokyo did not withdraw its troops" within 48 hours. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has stated that all Japanese troops would remain in Iraq and Japan has denied that any members of it's military are missing.

[Right: Image from the video courtesy of Reuters]

According to Reuters, the terrorist group gave "...the Japanese government 48 hours to withdraw its troops from Iraq or this infidel will meet the same fate as [Nick] Berg ... and the other infidels." The man on the video does not appear to be a member of the military and it is unknown at this time what he was doing in Iraq. Japan has about 550 troops in Iraq, all of which are engaged in non-combat infrastructure building activities.

According to Channel News Asia via Simon, Japanese TV station NHK is reporting that the hostage is 24 year old Akio Koda. It is not known why Koda was in Iraq. NHK describes him as a drifter who has been out of contact with his parents for months. In the hostage video, the terrorists claim to have evidence that Koda had recently been in Israel and in Jordan recently.

Developing......

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

STOP THE PRESS: Jawa Report now on Google News

It's true. The Jawa Report is now a source for Google News.

Rob at Fine? Why Fine? dropped a comment notifying me. I laughed as I typed in "oil for food", ha-ha, funny Rob. *Astonishment* Go look for yourself!! It links to this post.

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***Thanks everyone!!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:15 PM | Comments |

Newly Uncovered Documents Link John Kerry to North Vietnamese/Vietcong (UPDATED)

Via Paul at Wizbang a World Net Daily article reports that recent documents have been uncovered which show that John Kerry's Vietnam Veterans Against the War were being directly directed by the North Vietnamese Communists. The documents were said to be found in archives at Texas Tech Univiersity as part of that university's Vietnam-era archive which holds more than 2 million documents. Some of the documents are translations of intercepted NV/VC communiques.

The first document can be found here. The Winter Soldier Website describes the document as "a 1971 "Circular" distributed by the Vietnamese communists within Vietnam." From the document:

The spontaneous antiwar movements in the US have received assistance and guidance from the friendly ((VC/NVN)) delegations at the Paris Peace Talks.
John Kerry has admitted to meeting with the Vietcong shadow government during the Paris Peace Talks, though he insists the meeting was simply part of his effort to end the war and that he met with both sides. What was it that Jesse Jackson said when asked if he would go to Afghanistan and negotiate with the Taliban? Oh yeah, that that would be "tantamount to treason."

The second document is described as "a communist Directive designed to motivate discussions within Vietnam about promoting the ongoing antiwar activities in the United States." It can be found here. In the document NV sympathizers are urged to step up propaganda activities that demoralize US troops. The document cites John Kerry's denunciation of 'war crimes' and the staged event where he 'gave back' his medals as examples that would help demoralize the troops.

Kevin follows up that post with a NY Sun article which claims that the NV simply looked favorably on Kerry's activities. Paul also muses that the document "smacks of Bill Burkett written all over it" and that the left will cry foul and forgery.

Let me start off by saying the documents appear real to me. But having said that, do we really learn anything new? I'm just not so sure this is the smoking gun that it is alleged to be. In 1995 I attended a May Day rally in Moscow's Red Square. At that rally I heard the head of the Communist Party USA as he denounced Yankee Imperialism, mourned over the loss of the Soviet Union, and lied about how Soviets once had a greater standard of living than Americans. Did the CPUSA have direct links to the Soviet Union? Of course. Did this guy actually believe the vile garbage spewing from his mouth? As far as I could tell, yes.

The phrase Stalin used for people like this was 'useful idiots'. These were people who thought they were doing what was in the best interests of their own country by betraying that country. It always fascinates me when I hear or read what traitors write. Very rarely does a traitor think of what he is doing as treason. Rather, the common thread among traitors is that they believe that they are smarter than officials in government. They believe that their acts of betrayal are in fact acts of patriotism. So when traitors gave away nuclear secrets to the Soviets at the start of the Cold War, they rationalized it as a higher form of patriotism. If the people in the State Department were only as smart as me they would realize that the only way to gaurantee our nation's safety is if the Soviets also have a bomb.

I look at John Kerry's anti-Vietnam War activities in much the same way. The fact that he adopted line for line the policy prescriptions of the Vietcong is enough for me. I do not believe he was directed by them. They didn't have to. John Kery was on board the ship regardless of who was steering. If the North Vietnamese told John Kerry to jump, yet he was going to jump anyway that says nothing about control or power.

Most members of the CPUSA probably did not know that they were being funded and directed by the Soviets. Most members of the German Bund did not know they were being funded and directed by the Nazis. That's besides the point. The point is not who directs you but who you sympathize with. If you go to a football game and route for the visiting team expect a few glares. When your country is in a war and you route for the enemy, expect to be called a traitor. Not because we want to demean you and call you names, but because that is exactly what you are--a traitor. If the shoe fits, wear it.

Critical Update: Chad at In the Bullpen just e-mailed with this, and he has posted it at his site here. Here's a tidbit, there's more that you should read, and from what he says you should expect an update later in the day:

I just got off the phone with a worker at the Vietnam archive. She informed me of the following. There were two people from the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth at the Texas Tech University archive within the last two to three weeks specifically looking for documents pertaining to John Kerry's anti-war movmement Vietnam Veterans Against the War. She told me there has been a bit of a buzz around there as of late after these two individuals claimed they found something huge. She would not give me any more information and was pretty nervous concerning the questioning.

Critical Update II: Chad at In the Bullpen has his INDC moment. He picked up the phone and called the head of the archive. The documents are real. The head of the archive vouches for them, and he and several of the employees at the archives saw the Swifties looking for them.

Further, the archive has the documents online. Rob at Say Anything has the links so that you can see the original documents yourselves.

Critical Update III: The director of the Virtual Vietnam Archive has set up a webpage where you can download the documents here. As I just told Chad in an e-mail, it looks like the blogosphere is doing some real journalism again. You'll take note that the director of the archive told Chad that not a single journalist has yet talked to him about the authenticity of the documents yet.

Critiical Update IV: As you can probably tell, Chad at In the Bullpen has been keeping me in the loop so to speak, but I'm just a sideline to his main show--a show I should add started with an e-mail I got from Paul at Wizbang. Well Chad has this critical update, and all of you need to spread the word on this--the director of the archive has actually found one of the original captured Vietnamese documents in their microfilm collection. What we saw earlier was the military translation of the document, now we have the original. The authenticity of the document should no longer be in question. However, I would still be cautious about jumping to the conclusion that John Kerry knowingly worked for the North Vietnamese/Vietcong.

Critical Update V: Mark at Tempus Fugit also does some real journalism and has also communicated with the archives and received this e-mail further verifying the authenticity of the documents: "Adding to the authenticity of these documents, they are also available as part of the Combined Document Exploitation Center Collection at the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, MD...These documents are also part of the CDEC Collection on Microfilm " Although the archive director notes it might take some time to locate them at either of those locations, the rest of the e-mail seems to add further evidence that these are real.

UPDATES: I'm surfing around, trying to get a feel for what other bloggers are saying and thinking. Here's some of the reaction:

Michelle Malkin: JOHN KERRY, COMMIE TOOL

Frank J: his whole presidency may be a Commie Vietnamese plot of revenge. (humor for those unfamiliar with IMAO)

Jeff G: John Kerry always has been fond of international alliances....

Ed Morrissey (still not returning calls): The best one can conclude from the record is that the VC used Kerry as a pawn to undermine American resolve to fight the war, which allowed them to push the US out of Southeast Asia and eventually resulted in a Communist bloodbath in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

Right on Red: I’m afraid this might actually be good news for Kerry. If it turns out his antiwar activities really were “guided” by the Communists, he might win over the remaining few Nader voters.

In the Bullpen: if it's true, it's over for Kerry, not only as President, but as a Senator as well. (Chad also 'donated' money for the Texas Tech archive back when he was an undergrad)

Kevin McGehee: if it pans out, would qualify as “huge.”

AIR: We wonder if Hanoi will extend political asylum to their star player?

Blogs of War: Come on John, I know you want to say something on this!!

On the Third Hand: I’m just going to watch this one carefully.

My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy: suffice it to say if Hanoi John's goose isn't cooked, well...I don't know

TacJammer: This could be interesting.

Swanky Conservative: It's so shocking that it reads like a paranoid conspiracy...

Conservative Revolution: if he was working as a Communist man slave during Vietnam, is it any wonder he was so against fighting the USSR during the Cold War?

Pajama Journalist: This is truely astonishing evidence of a conspiracy to manipulate U.S. policy and John Kerry was the vessel by which the communists delivered the poison.

Jeff Quinton: No word. Hey Jeff, what do you think?

Trying on the Glasses: Will the REAL October surprise please stand up?

Voices in My Head: At best John Kerry is a political opportunist with sociopathic lying tendencies. At worst, he is a traitor to his country, a war criminal and the worst hypocrit to ever ascend to political office in the history of America.

Right Wing Nut House: Think of it...a man who betrayed his country in his youth by working with an enemy during war time to ADVANCE THE CAUSE OF THAT ENEMY ON THE BATTLEFIELD AND AT THE CONFERENCE TABLE MAY COULD HOLD THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THE UNITED STATES IN HIS HANDS.

Small Town Veteran: I've been up all night and I'm too tired to pick out the best part to excerpt right now

Airborne Combat Engineer: Until I see solid evidence, I'm not going to believe this. For all his faults, I don't believe Kerry was an enemy agent....Besides, the statute of limitations on being a traitor has probably already been exceeded.

Modular Parrot: We’ll see where this goes.

Ace of Spades HQ: "I actually supported my country during the Vietnam War, before I aided the enemy's propaganda efforts"

Editor's in Pajamas: Admission time: I HATE COMMIES!!!

Politicker: I am more than a bit skeptical.

Ben's World: Senator Kerry, this time we are questioning your patriotism.

Phony Kerry: it seems plausible enough to merit a look by somebody with more journalistic pull.

Flash Bang: My suggestion - Pussygate

Slant Point: Looks like the Vietnam Story isn't over.

Powerline: Thomas Lipscomb [author of the NY Sun piece] is an old Timesman who puts his former employer to shame.

Synthstuff: This is like watching a train-wreck in slow motion — what was the Democratic Party thinking when they pushed Kerry as their candidate…

T.C. Leather Penguin: You want high explosives? This sounds like the SwiftVets are about to unleash a friggin' nuke!

Resistance is Futile: if it turns out to be true, John Forbes Kerry's political career is over.

Generation Why: John Kerry's activities during the Vietnam war may provide valuable insight into his current activities and hunger for political power.

Charles Johnson: John Kerry—the man who wants to be President of the United States—worked directly with the Communist North Vietnamese regime to bring about the defeat of the US in Vietnam

Jane: Come on Jane, inquiring minds want to know!

Laughing Wolf: I am not terribly surprised

Antiprotestor: Don't expect the mainstream leftist press to pick up on this, they're much too busy trying to destroy Bush's chances for re-election.

Left Coast Conservative: You know, it would be galling if they would just say, "We are liberals and Kerry's our biatch." But that would take balls and wouldn't be in keeping with the Marxist teachings.

Freshwater Blog: This story is huge if true, not to mention Kerry's goose will be cooked (no pun intended)

Junkyard Blog: All that the new stories and newly found documents prove is what has been obvious for quite a while: John Kerry was North Vietnam's man in Washington.

Electric Venom: for as long as I’ve been alive John Kerry has sought to undermine the United States on the global stage. This Hanoi thing? It’s just another in a long list.

DGCI: think he's perfectly fit to serve. Time, that is, in a Federal lockup.

Digger: I'm sure the left will come out and blab once again about how "this is nothing, just more slanderous items".

ISOU (our favorite lefty): I see no clear evidence of anything other than what has been known for 30 years, that the Vietnamese Government encouraged and supported the anti-war movement...

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

UN Oil For Food Money Funded Terrorists

Notice when John Kerry talks about Iraq that he always says 'there was no al-Qaeda connection' but he never says 'there was no terrorist connections'?? Ever wonder why that is? Simple, because Iraq was a state sponsor of terrorism and John Kerry knows it.

This MEMRI report, via Jane at Armies of Liberation, reveals that under the UN Oil For Food program Saddam Hussein gave Abu al-Abbas vouchers worth 11.5 million barrels of oil, of which Abbas sold nearly 1.5 million barrels of oil.

Who is Abu al-Abbas? Captured in Iraq during the war, he was the leader of the Palestinian Liberation Front, a group listed as a terrorist organization by the US State Department and the group responsible for the murder of an American citizen on the Achille Lauro cruise ship.

The MEMRI report continues:

Abu Al-Abbas was first mentioned in a “top secret and personal” letter (No.110/2/43 of 25 January 1993) from the Iraqi intelligence service to the secretary of the president of the republic. The letter listed the terrorist organizations that could be employed by Iraq to carry out sabotage and terrorism activities against American interests in the Arab world.
Now what was that again about using the UN to solve the Iraq problem instead of invading?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:14 PM | Comments |

Best Bonfire Ever

And it's 69.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:30 PM | Comments |

Terrorist Group Releases Video of 11 Captured Iraqis

captured.jpgA new video released by the Army of Ansar al-Sunnah shows 11 Iraqi National Guard soldiers being held hostage by the group. The video can be downloaded here. The video shows the eleven men sitting in what appears to be the same courtyard the group has used to murder several other hostages. The video shows each soldier dressed in various Iraqi National Guard uniforms or in 'LSF' shirts and each soldier is asked to state his name for the camera. [Right: image from the video showing the hostages]

While this Boston Globe article claims that 'the authenticity of the posting cannot be confirmed', let me just put that to rest. This is authentic. The saddest part is that these men are dead already. The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah has murdered all of their hostages, including several Iraqi nationals and those who appeared to 'repent' of their collaboration with the US. All of their earlier victims have been civilians. Further, as reported here earlier, the group has deepened it's ties to al Qaeda in the past few weeks.

The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah murdered an Iraqi citizen named either Yassar Musil or Seif Adnan Kanaan on Oct. 23rd [information, images, and links to video here]. During the taped beheading of Turkish truck driver Ramadan Elbu on October 15th by the Army of Ansar al-Islam, one of the murderers identified himself as a follower of Zarqawi [information, video, and images here]. On October 11th, another individual claimed to be a member of Zarqawi's Tawhid and Jihad group on a beheading video released by the group--the victims were a Turkish truck driver and his Iraqi translator [information, video, and images here]. The Army of Ansar al Sunnah murdered an Iraqi named Barie Nafi'a Daoud Ibrahim on Oct. 2nd [images, link to video, and information here]. The same group murdered three Iraqis on September 16th (information, links to video, and images here). On August 31st, these terrorists executed 12 hostages from Nepal, one of them by beheading (information, links to video, and images here). On August 11th the group beheaded a man they claimed was a CIA agent (information and images here) and on August 25th the group beheaded a second alleged CIA agent (information and images here).

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:58 PM | Comments |

Al Qaqaa in Perspective (Updated)

Josh Marshall presents a case that supposedly refutes NBC's story that the explosives thought to have disappeared from al Qaqaa were, in fact not there when the first US forces arrived. The trouble with Josh's case is that there's just not much to it. Besides the claim that the NBC team and others who support their version of things simply weren't sufficiently expert to have known what was or wasn't there, his primary argument is that the sheer volume of explosives could not have been moved without being noticed. The flaw in this argument is conceptual. It presumes 380 tons were moved against a placid background of inactivity, mirroring the conditions of our present fixation. It confuses time and circumstance in the classic self parody of the left's argumentative style. It unconsciously assumes that 40 trucks we retrospectively consider important would have been easily noticed, in the midst of 64,000 trucks frenetically transporting similar material of equal or greater importance all over the country of Iraq, during the fog of war.

First, it's important to note that Josh's case assumes two facts he doesn't bother to document. The first is that UN inspectors found the explosives in question on their last visit to al Qaqaa on March 8, 2003. If true that would have left a little less than a month for the 380 tons to have been removed, during a week prior to the invasion and three weeks after. Josh doesn't link or cite anything that supports this claim, but let's assume it for the sake of argument. The second is the claim that "skies were positively crawling with American aerial and satellite reconnaissance," especially during the week or so leading up to the invasion. I think we can assume that there was a good deal of recon going on, but the question is what were they looking for, and with how many eyes? "Positively crawling," isn't a quantitative term... and that's the central problem with Josh's scenario. It's not very sensitive to scale or magnitude.

Wretchard's War Plan Orange scenario presents a devastating obstacle to Josh's argument. Namely, it's that the sheer volume of the total tonnage moved in the period preceding, and shortly after, the invasion was about 1600 times as large as the small amount of high explosives that currently have us fixated. Josh is making the classic "Monday morning quarterback" mistake, that what is obvious now would have been obvious then. To quote Wretchard:

...the loss of 380 tons of RDX is similar to worrying about a toothache after being diagnosed with AIDS and Ebola. Some 600,000 tons of explosive are said to have been dispersed throughout Iraq prior to the conclusion of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In other words, the biggest problem with Josh's imagined scenario is that he presumes that the transport of the explosives would have taken place in high relief. But the fact is that it would have taken place in the midst of an environment so inundated with similar activity that it would simply have disappeared. To spot the transport of a mere 380 tons, in the midst of 600,000 tons of similar activity, would have literally been like finding a needle in a haystack.

One might say that this sort of cognative flaw pervades the arguments of the left. With impressive alacrity they mistake hindsight for foresight and confuse large with small. And we're supposed to have confidence that this provides evidence of competence during wartime. It's not unlike the notion that a professional dissenter is qualified to become Commander in Chief.

Update 1: Josh has posted a follow-up which relates an interview with NBC's embed to the effect that the "search" by the 101st Airborne was really just a 'pit stop" and that the US forces had previously verified the presence of the explosives in a prior visit, anyway. I would note that the latter claim is based not on any direct assessment of the contents of the site, but on the observation that certain cannisters of the right dimension had been obverved during the earlier "search" (which was also, undoubtedly no more than a pit stop). The upshot of all this is that giving Josh's latest argument the most liberal possible interpretation, we simply can't be sure whether the high explosives were there at the time, or not.

But one thing is certain: Compared to the total loss of material during the prolonged runup to the war, the loss of such a small amount of high explosive is just not momentous. And if Josh is wrong about the timeline and the benchmarks he has contrived, which isn't an unreasonable conjecture given the temporal confusion that pervades much of this rhetoric, the loss of this RDX "provides indirect confirmation of the preemptive dispersal of war materiel by the Saddam regime while the US was trying to negotiate UN permission to topple him for six months, compounded by Turkey's refusal to allow the 4ID to attack south into the Sunni Triangle" (Wretchard). This is hardly a case that Iraq was "the wrong war at the wrong time," except in the sense that it didn't take place soon enough.

Update 2: A Fox News reporter, Dana Lewis, was also embedded with the 101st Airborne, and backs up NBC's contention that the exlposives were gone by the time the US forces arrived. Lewis says that there was no sign of high explosives or of the IAEA tags that would have indicated their presence.

Update 3: Wretchard recounts further evidence that the missing explosives were already gone when US forces arrived. He goes further, however:

The accusation that America failed in its custodial duties has now been categorically denied, at least by some quarters. What plausibly remains to the critics is the charge that America "could have done more" to reach explosives magazines, which brings us right back to the missing 4ID and the bitter irony that the agency which did the most to prevent this powerful unit from reaching the scene, namely the UN, should now extend the finger of accusation for the absence which they caused.

(Simultaneously cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia, Anticipatory Retaliation and The Jawa Report)

By Demosophist at 12:52 PM | Comments |

October 25, 2004

Bingo Moment

In case you missed it, Beldar has a pretty good rationale for arguing that the story about Kerry's recent exaggerations concerning his imaginary consultations with the UN Security Council will have some impact on the election. The thing is, I've seen nothing about this on major media. Not even Fox. Had I not heard of it on the blogosphere, I'd never have known. Is there a will to put some mass on this story?

(Simultaneously cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia, Anticipatory Retaliation and The Jawa Report)

By Demosophist at 10:32 PM | Comments |

Why we must win the War in Iraq

Ace has a great essay. Here is a teaser:

I cannot recognize the position of Andrew Sullivan, and John Kerry, as legimiate or honorable. Their shared position is unserious, highly partisan, and morally obscene. Those who would urge the nation into a war, or vote the nation into war, without contemplating the possible difficulties and pain of the struggle are cowards-- and worse than cowards. A man who would send another man to his death for a cause he does not think is important is a villain. [empahsis mine] What else can one call it?
That about sums up my feelings toward John Kerry. Assuming that John Kerry's nuanced position on the war in Iraq is coherent (which I doubt) then he is worse than a flip-flopper--he is morally bankrupt. He supported a war in which he knew Americans would die, and now argues that this war was a mistake. In his view, American soldiers who have died have done so in vain. The sacrifice of so many thus deprived of any greater meaning. There is something worse than losing a son or daughter in war--losing a son or daughter in a war that is not for a great and noble cause.

Can someone tell me why the war would have been moral had the UN agreed to back it? Either fighting in Iraq was good or bad. The morality of the action is independent of popularity. And please don't start with the legality argument. Legality and morality are not equivalent.

Can someone give me the material support cost-benefit formula Kerry would have used to determine this war's morality? Either fighting in Iraq was good or bad. The morality of the action does not depend on material support from allies. Kerry seems to think of war in mathematical terms. If the sum of X number of allies giving Y amount of material aid is greater than Z amount-- then W war is justified. [ W if X(Y) +X²(Y²) + X³(Y³)....>Z ]

I could go on and on, but Ace has reminded me once-again of the utter immorality of John Kerry's position.

Was Great Brittain's entry into WWII wrong simply because it had few allies? Was Great Brittain's entry into WWII wrong because the British Empire had not been attacked by Germany? Was Great Brittain's entry into WWII moral simply because it was defending a fellow member of the League of Nations? Had Poland not been a member, than perhaps the war would have been less moral? Would Great Brittain's entry into WWII been any less moral had they known that 326,000 British soldiers would die? Was WWII immoral because of the atrocities committed by Allied troops? Was WWII wrong because 3.8 million German civilians died?

All of the above questions seem like they have fairly self-evident answers, but I am amazed at how many frequent visitors here argue exactly the above--most of whom would not hesitate to defend WWII as 'the good war'.

They argue:

That the war is wrong because of few too allies--ignoring that the British valiantly fought the Nazis while the rest of the world looked the other way.

That the war is wrong because the US was not directly attacked by Iraq--ignoring that it was the Poles who were attacked by Germany and not the British.

That the war is wrong because Iraq had not attacked another country--ignoring the fact that Iraq had done just that (twice) and that an ongoing low-level war with Iraq had continued since their invasion of Kuwait. Hitler violated the Treaty of Versailles with impunity. Had Chamberlain invaded Germany for it's repeat violations of the earlier treaty would those actions have been immoral?

That the war is wrong because too many people are dying. In WWII 61 million people died. Let me repeat that for the hard of hearing: 61 MILLION PEOPLE DIED IN WWII.

That the war is wrong because of Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, alleged civil rights abuses in the US, or the various murders committed by US soldiers in Iraq. As if somehow WWII would have more or less justified had the US not interned Americans of Japanese ancestry. As if somehow WWII would have been more or less justified had occupation forces not murdered suspected Wafen-SS members without giving them a trial. As if somehow WWII would have been more or less justified had Allied forces not summarily executed those caught behind our lines committing acts of sabatoge.

That the war is wrong because so many civillians have died. As if the firebombing of Dresden somehow nullified the morality of the entire Allied effort. Or that Hiroshima and Nagasaki are moral blemishes of such dire consequence that America would have been better off not fighting Imperial Japan.

All of the above are primae facie poor arguments. And the argument that the war would be moral if only things were done differently is simply idiotic. As if the way the war started really matters now. As if wars are only worth fighting if you can be assured every battle will be a victory. As if wars are only ok if the crystal ball can predict every potential setback so that no mistakes are made. As if wars are only ok if you can assure that no civillians will be hurt. I got news for you: these are not arguments against this war--they are arguments against war in general. Unless you are a pacifist you can go to hell and take John Kerry with you.

Last rant: The one argument that pisses me off more than any others is the one that goes something like, "Since we were mislead into war than the war is bad." A) We were not misled into war. There was not one single reason to go to war, there were multiple reasons. B) Who the hell cares?

Why did the US join WWII? We were attacked, right? Well, no, but for the sake of brevity I'll concede that. The US entered WWII because we were attacked.

But when you or I think of why every one agrees that WWII was so moral, why is that? Why is it that we can all argue about the morality of the Spanish-American War, or of WWI, or of the Mexican-American War but all of us agree that WWII was the good war? Was it because 'we were attacked'??

What makes WWII the war by which all other wars are compared?

WWII is the 'good war' not because of the way it started. Remember, the British were not attacked and the Germans did not attack us.

WWII is the 'good war' because of the way it ended. The more I read about WWII the more fuzzy the reasons appear for either Great Brittain or the US to have entered that war. Yet, the more I learn about WWII the more convinced I am that that war was indeed moral.

You see, the reason it was moral is that we were the good guys and we were fighting the bad guys. And the reason it was the 'good war' is because the good guys beat the bad guys.

Eisenhower called his military adventure the Crusade in Europe. But Crusade against what? From the evils of Nazism. In Shirer's classic The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich one theme is emphasized over and over again--that the fight with the Nazis was a Civilizational battle. To Shirer, the fight against the Third Reich was that of Western liberalism vs. the Nazi's pagan barbarism.

When we entered WWII we did not do it to stop the holocaust, but the holocaust has become the reason that fighting the Nazis was so moral. When we entered WWII we did not do it to stop the rape of Nanking, but it and the Bataan death march became the reason for destroying the barbarity of Japanese Imperialism.

Each day the reason for entering this war become more and more fuzzy to me--you might even say forgotten. But with each day I learn of another act of depravity done by our enemies. With each day I am reminded of their barbarity. And with each day I am awakened with a renewed sense that this is the right war, in the right place, at the right time--regardless of the reasons that it started.

This is a civilizational battle. This is a crusade of Western liberalism vs. a pagan barbarity that we in the West thought we crushed with Hitler and Tojo. And with the collapse of Soviet Communism the last vestiges of evil were thought to have all but disappeared in the end of history. We were wrong. The evil still lingers, and it is incarnate in Ba'athist nationalism and Islamist fascism.

This war is just because we are the good guys and they are the bad guys. When the good guys are fighting the bad guys, it is an immoral position to say that it's ok to fight--but only if we can be assured of victory. When the good guys are fighting the bad guys, it is an immoral position to say that it's ok to fight, but only if it is popular. When the good guys fight the bad guys you route for the good guys, not bicker over whether or not the good guys should be using a Winchester or a Colt.

We are the good guys and the forces of evil are pitted against us. We must win this fight.

GO BRONCOS.

(cross-posted at Anticipatory Retaliation)

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

Separated At Birth???

by Bravo Romeo Delta

Separated at Birth?

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Scott Peterson and Jeremy Piven

We report... you decide.

(Cross posted at Anticipatory Retaliation & Demosophia)

By Bravo Romeo Delta at 04:53 PM | Comments |

The Hitch in Getalong

Christopher Hitchens' final article in The Nation: "Why I'm (Slightly) for Bush." Key passage:

In Kabul recently, I interviewed Dr. Masuda Jalal, a brave Afghan physician who was now able to run for the presidency. I asked her about her support for the intervention in Iraq. "For us," she said, "the battle against terrorism and against dictatorship are the same thing." I dare you to snicker at simple-mindedness like that.


Back in the Age of Reagan I was a "progressive activist" whose roommate had once been a chief organizer for ACORN. I've raised tens of thousands of dollars in small increments of $10 to $50 donations going door to door for these "progressive" causes. During that time it never even occurred to me that these people would adopt a position that betrayed their anti-authoritarian ideals as thoroughly as they have done since Noam Chomsky wrote his infamous indictment of America as the "real" cause of the 9-11 attack, becoming a traitor not only to the nation that give him the latitude to secure his illustrious career, but to the very ideals that he and others claim define their virtuous identities.

And I remained a Democrat, even while disagreeing with my former "progressive" friends about Afghanistan and later Iraq, until the Left universally excused Dan Rather's perfidy on Sixty Minutes on the grounds that "there was a deeper truth beneath the forgeries." Like hell there was. That "truth" was as naked as God's children in the Garden.

(Simultaneously cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia, Anticipatory Retaliation and The Jawa Report)

By Demosophist at 04:14 PM | Comments |

Dean Esmay, aliens, bioduplication, nude conspiracy....

...oh my G*d, Lyndon LaRouche was right!!!***

As both Professor Chaos and Bill Dauterive can attest, I came this close to punching a few LaRouchies in the face back in the day. I suggest Dean Esmay ought to do the same. Eric at Classical Values has a few thoughts too.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:12 PM | Comments |

Watch 'Stolen Honor' Online--yes cheapskates, it's free!!!

Washington Times:

The controversial documentary on Sen. John Kerry's anti-Vietnam War activities will be made available free to the public, it's producer said Friday.
The New Soldier blog provides the following links. I recommend right-clicking then downloading the entire video by clicking "save as". I downloaded the entire 42 minute documentary in about two minutes!!

Stolen Honor Video Download Here
Or Here
Larger, better quality version here (slower download)

HT: AIR

Spread the word.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:41 PM | Comments |

Interpol: If you buy faux Gucci bags, the terrorists have already won!

Via Simon, this Reuters story. You can't make this stuff up:

Before you buy that fake Armani T-shirt or knock-off Gucci bag, remember that you could be lining the pockets of mobsters and terrorists.

That was the warning from Interpol during a global conference on counterfeiting on Thursday...

"When you buy for example a counterfeit watch, the money is channelled into the pockets of Mafia groups, terrorist groups," said Jean-Michel Louboutin, executive director of police services at Interpol.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:24 PM | Comments |

Foreign Fighter Killed in Iraq--and he's FRENCH!!

What is disturbing is that the French are not troubled that some of their citizens are fighting their NATO ally in Iraq--but that once the jihadis come home they may fight the French. NY Times via Lucianne:

France's antiterrorist police on Friday identified a young Frenchman killed fighting the United States in Iraq, the first confirmed case of what is believed to be a growing stream of Muslims heading from Europe to fight what they regard as a new holy war.

Redouane el-Hakim, 19, the son of Tunisian immigrants, died during an American bombardment of insurgents in Falluja on July 17, according to an intelligence official close to the case....

"We consider these people dangerous because those who go will come back once their mission is accomplished," the intelligence official said. "Then they can use the knowledge gained there in France, Europe or the United States. It's the same as those who went to Afghanistan or Chechnya."...

French intelligence officials say they know of at least two other Frenchmen in Falluja and believe that there are at least 10 others in Iraq, mostly of Tunisian origin from working-class suburbs of Paris.

Jane has some thoughts on this too.

Intelligence officials fear that for a new generation of disaffected European Muslims, Iraq could become what Afghanistan, Bosnia and Chechnya were for European Islamic militants in past decades: a galvanizing cause that sends idealistic young men abroad, trains them and puts them in touch with a more radical global network of terrorists. In the past, many young Europeans who fought in those wars came back to Europe to plot terrorist attacks at home....

Hundreds of young militant Muslim men have left Europe to fight in Iraq, according to senior counterterrorism officials in four European countries. They have been recruited through mosques, Muslim centers and militant Web sites by several groups, including Ansar al-Islam, the Kurdish terrorist group once based in northern Iraq.

French officials emphasize that there is not yet evidence of a broad French network funneling fighters to Iraq, and terrorism experts say the vast majority of foreign fighters there come from other countries in the region. But past experience with returning fighters from other Muslim holy wars is causing anxiety in Europe.

Virtually all of the major terrorists arrested in Europe in the past three years spent time in Bosnia, Afghanistan or Chechnya. Two years ago, the French antiterrorism police broke up a cell of Chechen-trained militants who they believe were plotting a chemical attack in Paris. Those arrests triggered an investigation that is still active into what French counterterrorism officials call "the Chechen network."

"Now, the new land of jihad is Iraq," the intelligence official said. "There, they're trained, they fight and acquire a technique and the indoctrination sufficient to act on when they return."

A network of recruiters for Iraq first appeared in Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Norway within months of the United States-led invasion, officials said. Some officials said the recruitment effort had now spread to other countries in Europe, including Belgium and Switzerland. The network provides forged documents, financing, training and information about infiltration routes into the country.

The movement to Iraq has increased in recent months, officials say, but they decline to provide specifics.

One senior European intelligence official said there was evidence that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born militant believed to be operating in Falluja, has established a sophisticated network that has helped recruit nearly 1,000 young men from the Middle East and Europe. "These young men know where the action is - they easily cross the borders of Syria or Turkey, and they go directly to Falluja," the official said.

The French official said many people en route to Iraq were passing through Britain, once the major staging point for Muslims going to Afghanistan, or through Saudi Arabia, using the cover of a pilgrimage to Mecca to enter the Saudi kingdom before making their way across the border.

In June, French news organizations reported that Syria had stopped two French citizens from entering Iraq and had expelled them to Turkey. A Tunisian who left from the southern French port of Marseille was also reported to have died last year in a suicide bombing in Iraq.

That man, Lofti Rihani, had links to a terrorist cell now on trial in France for plotting to attack a market during the Christmas holidays in the eastern French city of Strasbourg in 1999, according to a report in the French newspaper Le Figaro.

Last year, German news media quoted the president of Germany's Federal Intelligence Service, August Hanning, as saying Germany had evidence that some Islamic militants had left Germany to fight in Iraq. He said fighters were also being recruited in Britain and Bosnia.

Seven men arrested in northern Italy last year were accused of providing false passports and money or other support to an Islamic network smuggling fighters to Iraq.

More recently, Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed, known as Muhammad the Egyptian, who is facing charges of orchestrating the March 11 train bombings in Madrid, was recorded on wiretaps boasting in Italy that he was about to send a team of suicide bombers to Iraq.

Little is yet known about the man recently killed in Falluja, Mr. Hakim, other than that he left France earlier this year ostensibly to study in Syria. Intelligence officials say that he flew to Damascus with his brother, Boubaker, 21, who is wanted for questioning by the French antiterrorist police because of his association with a group suspected of terrorism-related activities in France. Boubaker was detained in Syria and is still in custody there, but Redouane Hakim continued on to Iraq.

Officials say they became aware of Mr. Hakim's death while questioning his family about the activities of his brother, Boubaker.

In June, the investigation in which Boubaker was identified led to the arrest of a dozen people in nine locations north of Paris on suspicion of terrorist-related activities. The 12, including an Islamic cleric, were associated with a small mosque in the Parisian suburb of Levallois-Perret.

The group, identified as Irqa by Le Figaro, had taken control of the mosque and was using it to collect money and recruit volunteers for holy war, the newspaper said. The police say wiretaps picked up conversations that indicated some associates of the group were traveling through Syria to fight in Iraq.

According to Le Figaro, the group's leaders, a Tunisian and an Algerian identified only as Adnen T. and Djamel D., were well known to France's intelligence services. Adnen T. had been questioned during the investigation of the 2002 bombing of a synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba, in which 19 people died. Djamel D. was close to a group that provided logistical support for Djamel Beghal, arrested in 2001 for plotting to blow up the American Embassy in Paris.

Le Figaro reported that on June 11 police found a text message from Iraq on the cellphone of a third member of the group, identified as Toufik T. The message said: "The group has arrived. I will contact you if I need help." Le Figaro reported that the police believe that the message was sent by Greg, a French convert to Islam who had previously worked for a security company at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris and was known to have gone to Iraq.

A National Police official on Friday confirmed the accuracy of Le Figaro's report...

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:13 PM | Comments |

Muslims Massacre 'Zionist' Pigs--literally

This is just too funny to go unnoticed. AP via Robert Spencer:

Muslims armed with machetes attacked several pig farms in Indonesia, slaughtering around 20 swine they claimed were giving of "offensive" odors, The Jakarta Post reported Thursday.

Police did nothing to stop the attack Wednesday in South Tatura, central Sulawesi province, the paper reported. The farms belonged to local Christians.

"The farms give out a bad odor and this is offensive, especially during Ramadan," said local Muslim leader Abdul Haris, referring to the Islamic fasting month where religious feelings often run high.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:55 PM | Comments |

Zarqawi's al-Qaeda Group Behind Iraq Massacre

Many of my readers try to equivocate between what was done at Abu Ghraib and what Zarqawi does. After all, isn't making guys pleasure themselves and humiliating them in front of girls the same as shooting 50 people in the back of the head? The Age:

Jordanian extremist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has escalated the Iraq insurgency crisis by claiming responsibility for the massacre of more than 50 members of the Iraqi national guard.

Zarqawi's group, Jamaat al-Tawhid wa al-Jihad [note: Zarqawi has officially changed his group's name to 'Al-Qaida's Jihad Committee in Mesopotamia'], said on an internet site that it had carried out the apparently execution-style killings. The bodies of at least 51 new recruits were found on a remote road in eastern Iraq....

Iraqi officials said the national guard victims, who had just finished three weeks' training at the Kir Kush military base near the Iranian border, were ambushed on Saturday evening at a bogus checkpoint between Balad Ruz and Qazaniya in Diyala province, 80 kilometres north-east of Baghdad...

A senior defence ministry official, Brigadier Salih Sarhan, said the soldiers, who were unarmed and wearing civilian clothing, "were ordered from their buses by men in police uniforms, told to lie face down on the ground, and then shot in the back of the head". He said the attack appeared to have been well planned and indicated the growing confidence of insurgents in the restive Sunni Triangle.

Evan F. Kohlman confirms that Zarqawi's group was behind the massacre. The entire translated communique can be found here. Here is an excerpt:
Several sons of Al-Qaida’s Jihad Committee in Mesopotamia have succeeded in killing 48 corrupt heads, members of the pagan Iraqi guard, as a group of them was departing the Kirkush training camp located between the cities of Balad Ruz and Mandali in the eastern part of the country. [They were] en route to the southern part of the country on vacation in four vehicles, numbering a total of 48 apostates. Allah enabled the mujahideen to kill them all, and [the mujahideen] stole two vehicles and the salaries that the soldiers had just received from their masters, praise be to Allah for his blessing.”

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:19 PM | Comments |

Eugene Armstrong Beheading Video Pulled from College Art Show

Scroll down to the end of the story. You can show a guy jacking off--that's art--but you can't show the Islamofascists doing what they do best. Oh, and notice that the artists are 'almost as inhuman as' the terrorists who beheaded Armstrong. Right. Cutting a hostages head off and showing images or video in a concerted efforted to show the terrorists for what they really are is pretty much the same thing. Oh, FYI-Information, images, and links to the Eugene Armstrong beheading video can be found here. Sorry, no images of guys jacking off. Jackson Sun News:

Outrage from the Michigan family of beheaded hostage Eugene ''Jack'' Armstrong prompted Watkins College of Art & Design to pull a controversial video installation Friday from the Nashville exhibit in which it won first prize.

''We're so angry right now that we're about ready to jump in a car and come down there,'' said Cyndi Armstrong, the slain engineer's cousin by marriage, from her office in Hillsdale, Mich....

The school's decision to pull the work came against the wishes of Watkins students Elvan Penny and Scott westboro, whose ''Fearful Symmetry'' features a 40-minute video with audio that includes footage of Armstrong's beheading in Iraq late last month. Juxtaposed with images of American popular culture, including TV commercials, the footage is intended to jolt the viewer out of complacency and toward a greater awareness of violence in the world....

''We don't want to pull the video. We stand behind the work. But if the college pulls it, we're not going to fight their decision.''...

Armstrong charged that Penny and westboro are ''almost as inhuman as those people who did what they did to Jack.'' [nice comparison, and I guess Steven Spielburg is 'almost as inhuman as' the Nazis he portrays in Schindler's List]

The rest of the Watkins show is scheduled to reopen Monday. The other controversial work, Penny's photograph of a man masturbating, was originally to be draped in the main gallery, with a warning sign posted. The latest word is that it will not be draped. Instead it will be placed away from the show in an administrative area that's off limits to the public. Visitors will have to ask to see it. [story conitnues... ]

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:03 PM | Comments |

Voter Fraud Update: 60,000 registered to vote in 2 states

Via Jeff Quinton: As many as 60,000 people may be registered to vote in both North and South Carolina, according to an investigation by The Charlotte Observer and WCNC-TV.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:43 AM | Comments |

Kerry Lied, Jawas Died!!!

Wait, so the "big news" was that Kerry lied about meeting with the UN Security Council? I thought news, by definition, had to be--you know--sort of "new" or something, or at least something out of the ordinary. The video over at Daily Recycler is good for a few chuckles. Bill at INDC has some pretty interesting thoughts.

As for me, I'm not so troubled by Kerry's alleged meeting. Far more troubling to me is his naive belief that if only we had a different President, the UN Security Council would have acted different. This personality theory of foreign policy is unprecedented and dangerous. Instead of assuming that nations act out of their own national interests, it assumes that nations do each other favors based on personal relationships. Yeah, the French may be John Kerry's homies, but they aint gonna do him no props. Cause when it gets down to it they gots to get paid and national interest is thicker than malt liquor.

PS-my prediction on the left blogosphere reaction: Yeah, Kerry lied, but the TRUTH writ large is more important than the truth of the details. Oh, and at least when Kerry lied no jawas died!! (that and a week of scrambling showing how Kerry didn't really lie because, you know, he was in New York and did have beers with the ambassador from Zimbabwe).

Double-PS: Best photoshop ever!!

At what point does it stop being a PS?? Aylward and Spoons equally underwhelmed, but Bill and Kevin both pointed me to NZ Bear's reaction which is making me rethink this.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:02 AM | Comments |

October 24, 2004

Commissar Turns One!!!

My wife is having a girls-only party at the house-- presumably all her gal pals are pillow fighting in their see-through nighties right now (that's how I imagine it at least)--so she kicked me out of the house for the evening. I've been pretty busy lately and haven't checked any other blogs in a couple of days let alone my e-mail. If you've e-mailed me in the past couple of days, sorry, but this is what it's like around here (gentle reminder, new address is mypetjawa[at]gmail[dot]com):

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Does anyone know how to turn off the comment forwarding for MT?

Anyhoo, where was I? Let's see--nighties, e-mail, oh right, blogs. Haven't read any blogs lately. So, I finally had a minute to check what is going on in the blogosphere and lo and behold what do you know? It's the Commissar's blog anniversary and here I am worrying about stupid e-mails going unanswered!!!

Let me just say the Politburo Diktat is one of the finest blogs out there. The Commissar not only encouraged me in the early days of my blogging career, he took the time to give me pointers and has kept me out of trouble when a few of my gimmicks went bad. And truth be known, it was my time as a guest-blogger over at his site that really put my blog on the map [even though Captain Ed. has stopped returning my e-mails--what up with that?].

If I have a blog-father, than the Commissar is it. So let me just say to him:

Ya zhelaiou bac bcevo xoroshovo c dnem rozhdenya!!!

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

Bush/Kerry IQ Comparison

Steve Sailer has an exhaustive analysis of standardized tests taken by the two candidates, including SATs and officer candidate aptitude tests, to conclude that, if anything, George Bush is probably a little smarter than John Kerry. The article wanders a great deal, and never quite gets down to claiming a direct comparison, but if I read it right the conclusion is that both men have IQs of 120 or higher, and that Bush's is probably in the range 125-130. In other words both are above the 90th percentile in IQ, but Kerry's is probably in the low 90s and Bush's in the mid 90s. Sailer also draws some conclusions about the differences between how the men are likely to use their gifts: " The subtle difference between Bush and Kerry in two words: Bush is competitive and Kerry is ambitious." Read the whole thing.

(Cross-posted to Anticipatory Retaliation and Demosophia.)

Note: This post submitted by Demosophist

By Demosophist at 01:35 PM | Comments |

October 23, 2004

Iraqi Murdered by Army of Ansar al-Sunnah in New Beheading Video

iraqiansar.jpgUPDATE: If you are looking for the latest news and information on a more recent beheading/ murder video released by the terrorist bastards, PLEASE GO TO THE MAIN PAGE HERE.

UPDATE 5/10: Army of Ansar al-Sunna website releases images of Japanese hostage Akihiko Saito. Images, story, and link to website.
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Graphic images and link to video below. Conflicting reports indicate that the man murdered by the Army of Ansar al-Sunnah in a new beheading video was named either Yassar Musil or Seif Adnan Kanaan. The following AP story, as well as the Reuters story in the extended entry, also miss some other crucial facts about the Army of Ansar al-Sunnah. For instance, just yesterday I reported that the Army of Ansar al-Sunnah praised John Kerry for his criticisms of the Bush administration. In the same communique, the group calls Osama bin Laden 'our sheik'--a reference of devotion and loyalty indicating an al Qaeda connection. Further, the group has solidified it's ties to Musab al-Zarqawi's Tawhid and Jihad terrorist organization which has recently pledged loyalty to al Qaeda. During the taped beheading of Turkish truck driver Ramadan Elbu on October 15th by the Army of Ansar al-Islam, one of the murderers identified himself as a follower of Zarqawi [information, video, and images here]. On October 11th, another individual claimed to be a member of Zarqawi's Tawhid and Jihad group on a beheading video released by the group--the victims were a Turkish truck driver and his Iraqi translator [information, video, and images here].

iraqiansar2.jpg[Images: Top right, an image from the video. Left, the hostage is accused of the crime of 'collaboration' by the terrorists.]

The Army of Ansar al Sunnah murdered an Iraqi named Barie Nafi'a Daoud Ibrahim on Oct. 2nd [images, link to video, and information here]. The same group murdered three Iraqis on September 16th (information, links to video, and images here). On August 31st, these terrorists executed 12 hostages from Nepal, one of them by beheading (information, links to video, and images here). On August 11th the group beheaded a man they claimed was a CIA agent (information and images here) and on August 25th the group beheaded a second alleged CIA agent (information and images here). May God speed the victims' souls to heaven, and may His wrath reign down upon the spineless terrorists in the form of a MOAB or other appropriately large ordinance.

AP:

Iraqi militants beheaded a man, presumably Iraqi, who said he worked for the US military in the northern city of Mosul for the past 10 months, a videotape posted on Islamic web sites showed.

The killing was claimed by the Ansar al-Sunnah Army, a group that has taken responsibility for the beheading of a Turkish driver and Arab Shi'ite Muslim in two tapes that surfaced earlier this month and 12 Nepalese construction workers, whose killing was shown in a video posted on August 31.

In the latest tape, a man wearing what appeared to be a US-military issue brown T-shirt and speaking in Arabic described himself as Seif Adnan Kanaan, adding that he worked as a vehicle mechanic and drinks deliverer for US forces based at Mosul airport.

The tape showed him with his hands tied behind his back seated in front of three armed, masked militants and a black banner with white Arabic script bearing the militant group's name.

The tape did not specify the man's nationality, but he appeared to be Iraqi. It was also not clear when he was captured or killed.

One militant described Kanaan as a "crusader spy recruited by the American troops to follow and carry information about the mujahedeen in Mosul." The militant also accused the captive of cursing Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

"I am telling anybody who wants to work with Americans to not work with them," Kanaan said shortly before being killed. "I found out that the mujahideen have very accurate information (and) strong intelligence about everything. They are stronger than I thought."

The tape then shows a militant slitting the victim's throat before severing his head and placing it on his back.

In their campaign to force US-led forces out of Iraq, insurgents have targeted people, including Arabs, they regard as supporting the American military.

The video can be downloaded at the Terrorist Media site, but free registration is required. The site is an essential resource, and if you can find it in you to donate to them I'm sure they would appreciate it.

Others on the scene: Straight Banana, who first saw the news on an internet forum; M. H. King, who rightly calls the purps 'monsters'; Sorta Pundit. See also the fatwas issued below for other commentary.

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES FROM THE VIDEO POSTED BELOW

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Reuters:

An Iraqi militant group says it has beheaded an Iraqi man it accused of collaborating with U.S. forces and posted pictures of the killing on the Internet.

The Army of Ansar al-Sunna said in a statement posted on its Web site on Saturday it had captured the man in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul where he was working at a U.S. base.

The site showed a photograph of the man with his throat slit but an attached video tape could not be immediately accessed.

"The mujahideen in the city of Mosul succeeded in capturing a weak-willed individual living off the blood of the mujahideen who was recruited as a crusader spy by the American forces," said the statement dated Saturday.

WARNING: LAST CHANCE!!! WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE IS DISGUSTING. MUST BE 18 TO VIEW.

Why do I show these images? These images are designed by the terrorists to make you afraid. Instead, let them enrage you and stiffen your resolve to fight.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:00 PM | Comments |

October 22, 2004

O'Donnell vs. O'Neill

MSNBC's Scarborough Country was co-hosted tonight by Pat Buchanan and Larry O'Donnell, and their guest was Swiftvet John O'Neill. I just came in toward the latter part of the interview, but was treated to quite a show. Instead of allowing O'Neill to make a point O'Donnell deliberately yelled over him: "Don't let him talk! He's a liar. Everything in his book is a lie, and it's all been disproved! Liar, liar, liar, liar, etc., etc." It was quite awe-inspiring to see someone who supposedly has press legitimacy, and whose face most people identify as at least superficially objective simply doing his best to prevent a guest from making a point by drowning him out. During the exchange O'Neill calmly, and politely, asked if he was going to be allowed to finish his statement, and finally, after an intervention by Buchanan, made his point about evidence that Kerry was the author of his own (unsigned) "after action reports."

The effect of the exchange really went far beyond the claims and statements about Kerry themselves, however, because O'Donnell (as one might expect) did nothing to back up his accusations against O'Neill and the other Swiftvets, as though the volume of his voice alone were enough proof. It was, perhaps, one of the strangest and most extraordinary displays of incivility by a "news person" that I have ever seen. Right off the scale.

I'd suggest that the Swiftvets run part of the sequence in one of their ads to demonstrate the real quality of their opposition. Many of these men earned medals more impressive than Kerry's (including one Medal of Honor), and most served far longer in harm's way. This sort of treatment is simply disgraceful. There's no excuse for it.

Update: Daily Recycler has a video excerpt. (Hat tip: Cap'n Ed)

Note: This item was submitted by Demosophist

By Demosophist at 10:51 PM | Comments |

Army of Ansar al Sunnah Praises John Kerry for Criticizing Bush--claim proof terrorism works

This is an archive page. For the latest news on The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah and other terrorist groups in Iraq please go to the MAIN PAGE HERE.

UPDATE 5/10: Army of Ansar al-Sunna website releases images of Japanese hostage Akihiko Saito. Images, story, and link to website.
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The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah has sent out a message congratulating Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Tawhid and Jihad movement's addition to the US State Department's list of terrorist organizations, reports Evan F. Kohlman. In the message, they praise John Kerry for criticizing the President, imply that terrorism has struck fear into John Kerry's heart, and that his election would signal that terrorism is working.

Special congratulations from the Ansar al-Sunnah Army to the Tawhid wal-Jihad Movement, on the occasion of its addition to the list of terrorists.....

Our congratulations should not be a surprise to anyone who understands the true nature of our Islamic religion, which is based n verses from the noble Quran and the words of the noble prophet. We are optimistic that this recent declaration by the evil Bush government [adding Zarqawi's Tawhid and Jihad group to the list of terrorist organizations] will only bring us joy and happiness....

Praise be to Allah, it increased the joy in our hearts that John Kerry, the presidential candidate criticized the Bush governmentfor taking so long in making this declaration. The one who may be president of America [John Kerry] is already struck with terror by our brothers from the Tawheed wal-Jihad Movement [Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's group]. The repeated atacks that have targetted the evil Bush are now echoing on Kerry, even though he is not yet a president. This is what Allah means when he commands us to 'terrorize your enemy and the enemy of Allah."

The full document may be downloaded here. I do not believe that if the American people elect John Kerry it will be because we have caved to terrorism. However, it is clear to me that Kerry's election will be interpreted this way by the Islamist movement and their terrorist allies.

(Cross-posted at Anticipatory Retalliation)

To check what others are saying, click on the fatwas issued below. A lot of fine input.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:38 PM | Comments |

Alfred E. Neuman Endorses Bush, F.A.G. endorses Kerry

You MUST see this photoshop!!

My first memory of a Presidential election was a 1980 issue of Mad Magazine.

Also, why am I voting Bush? *Easy, cause he's a dick willing to take on the assholes of the world. Oh, and because John Kerry is clearly a pussy what with the F.A.G endorsement and all.

*Super-secret Team America: World Police code talk.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:50 PM | Comments |

Random Check of Bumber Stickers in Faculty Lot...

...on a slow Friday afternoon. Yeah, I know it's not scientific. Maybe 30 or so cars

Kerry/Edwards=6, including one "Enron/Haliburton '04"
Nader/Camejo=1
Bush/Cheney=0

PS-This post dedicated to Professor Peter Von Nostrand, who apparently teaches at Johnsonrod U and who I hear has 'dreamy eyes' or something like that. Or maybe it was that he taught at IU and had a dreamy.....

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

New Video Threatens Hostage Margaret Hassan with Beheading: She pleads for Blair to cave to terrorist demands

UPDATE 11/16: Margaret Hassan has been executed on video. Check this post for 11/16 update or go to MAIN PAGE for news, links to video, and images of hostages in Iraq.

This is eerily reminiscent of Kenneth Bigley's ordeal. Now the terrorists are demanding that the British must not move troops into Central Iraq, as Tony Blair pledged to do just yesterday. Earlier I had speculated that Hassan would be released unharmed. Today, I am not so sure. ABC News:

Margaret Hassan, the kidnapped director of CARE International in Iraq, appeared on a videotape aired Friday, weeping and pleading with British Prime Minister Tony Blair to withdraw troops from Iraq "and not bring them to Baghdad" because "this might be my last hours."

"Please help me. Please help me," said a terrified Hassan, breaking down in tears and burying her face in a tissue. She said she might be killed like British hostage Kenneth Bigley, who was beheaded by his captors earlier this month.

"This might be my last hours," she said in the video aired by the Arabic television station Al-Jazeera. She begged the British people to "ask Mr. Blair to take the troops out of Iraq, and not to bring them here to Baghdad. That's why people like Mr. Bigely and myself are being caught. And maybe we will die like Mr. Bigley. Please, please, I beg of you."

Hassan an Irish-British-Iraqi national who has been doing humanitarian work in Iraq for 30 years, including distributing medicine and food appeared haggard, her eyes baggy as she stood alone in front of a bare wall....

Blair's government agreed Wednesday to move some 850 troops from the southern Basra region to more dangerous central Iraq despite opposition within his own Labour Party, where some believed the move puts Britons in greater danger and serves to boost President Bush ahead of November elections.

The U.S. military requested the British redeployment to allow American forces to launch a new offensive to put down Sunni insurgents who control swaths of central Iraq ahead of Iraq's crucial elections, scheduled for January.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:58 AM | Comments |

October 21, 2004

Black in the Saddle!!

Hey, my site is back up!! Thanks for all of you who visited my backup site. Yes, I do have a backup. You can SEE IT HERE. Bookmark it. If this site ever goes down again you can always check to see what I'm up to over there. I actually posted over there today, even if it was mostly moaning and bitching and a whole lotta link whoring. Back to my regular routine tomorrow.

UPDATE: I just checked the sitemeter--OUCH!!

PS-Today is the third anniversary of the release of Rusty Shackleford v. 2.0. He's three years old today and Papa Shackleford couldn't be more proud. I love you son. Happy birthday!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:43 PM | Comments |

October 20, 2004

The Petition No One On My Floor Will Sign

The Crack Young Staff are at it again. Here's a petition you'll never see signed by any of my colleagues:

“The Hatemonger’s Quarterly” Official Academics Against Remote Oppression that in No Way Affects Them Manifesto (THMQOAAROTINWATM):

We, the undersigned, are deeply troubled by manifold injustices: Capitalism, democracy, &c. Yet we wish to announce that we are untroubled by various issues that would normally trouble such beacons of “social justice” as ourselves.

We hereby declare that the following things do not in any way bother us:

1. The fact that numerous professors at our universities are offered starvation wages and no health-care. As long as they teach the classes we don’t want to bother with, that’s fine by us. [ed. Note: Stotch, you reading this?]
2. The fact that our graduate students live in abject poverty. As long as they teach the classes we don’t want to bother with, that’s fine by us.
3. The fact that our parking spots are far, far better than those held by lowly service employees. Sure, we’re Marxists and all, but we don’t want to take this “fairness” stuff too far.
4. The fact that some students want a balanced liberal arts education, instead of four years of left-wing agitprop. [ed note: don't let the Social Work department get a hold of this!]

HT: Llama Bitchers

PS-I would pay to see Steve put this up on his office door!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:00 PM | Comments |

When Spam Goes Bad II

Here is some spam I got today. Funny that they would send it to moi? Yes. A scam? Probably. But the fact that people will probably send in money to these guys is scary on so many different levels. Just what we need in this world, more followers of the Religion of Peas.

Begin letter:

ISLAMICAL PROJECT

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TEACHING YOUTHS OF AFRICA CONTINENT ISLAMIC WAYS OF LIFE,TELLING THEM THAT ONLY '' ALLAH '' CAN SAVED.

BEFORE I PROCEED , I WILL LIKE TO INTRODUCE MYSEIF AS ABDUL-JIMOH OLOYE, THE ZONAL CO-ORDINATOR OF AHMADIYA ISLAMIC INT'L SOCIETY.

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MAY YOU RECEIVE THE WORK HOLY PROPHET MOHAMMED .....INSHA ALLAH

THANKS FOR GENEOUS DONATION.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:25 PM | Comments |

Zarqawi on the Run, Changes Terrorist Name

Last week the press reported that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had formally pledged his Tawhid and Jihad terrorist organization's loyalty to Ossama bin Laden's al Qaeda network. Chad Evans at In the Bullpen informs me of a press report that Zarqawi's group has changed names. His new al Qaeda linked organization will be callled "al-Qaida of Jihad in the Land of Two Rivers"--proving once again that terrorists think of the worst names.

Also, there seems to be some evidence that Zarqawi is receiving aid from Iran. Which points out one of the problems with Pat Buchanan's theory of isolating terrorist supporting states in much the same way that we isolated states in the past: it assumes that Islamic states will act just like any other state--rationally. I actually heard Pat say once that the Mullahs in Iran would not do anything stupid that would threaten their own national existence. You mean do something stupid like support a terrorist organization with official ties to al Qaeda?

So, what's in a name? Nothing, oh, except if your a Democrat who think this is the Global War on bin Laden not the Global War on Terror. Is it just me, or do the rest of you almost puke when you hear Kerry try to invoke bin Laden's name as if al Qaeda were the only terrorist organization bent on global jihad in the world? So now that Zarqawi is officially linked to al Qaeda maybe the Democrats will support his extermination. Now if only Arafat would change his party's name to "Fatah and al Qaeda in the land of Zionist pigs" .....

In related news, check out this al-Reuters article. First, notice the headline: "Iraq Rebels Betraying Zarqawi". Betraying? WTF? The rest of the article is better than the headline might suggest.

Iraqi guerrillas resentful of Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's growing influence are giving the government information putting security forces hot on his trail, a senior official said Wednesday....

Staring at a photograph of the elusive Zarqawi, Rubaie said the interim government was closer than ever to tracking down the most wanted man in Iraq, to its unlikely allies.

Chad at In the Bullpen notes that "various reports...indicate that [Zarqawi] might indeed be dead." I'll add speculation to those rumors that if he's not dead, he is indeed on the run and his unification with al Qaeda may be a last desperate attempt to matter. The websites he usually uses to distribute his snuff films has not been updated in almost a month. The only word we've had from him is through his proxies on Islamic Bulletin Boards. However, in the past, after statements are made on these bulletin boards, the group usually confirms them as official by posting them to at least one of a dozen or so websites. In the past month, nothing. A sign? I sure hope so. Keeping my fingers crossed.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:54 AM | Comments |

Help a Brotha help a Brotha out

Sortapundit is helping raise money for a school in Bangalore, India. If you can spare the change, why not donate to his brother's marathon for charity this weekend. He has a pay-pal button and all!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:17 AM | Comments |

Zogby speaks on the 'Armageddon' election in Hong Kong

Simon was there and reports:

Blogs: Zogby saw these as important, with each having its own constituency. However they are unlikely to change minds; instead "they serve to stoke the fires of anger." In other words, blogs are preaching to the converted.
Using my Sith mind powers, I command you to go read this!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:13 AM | Comments |

Team America: World Police Blog Reviews (UPDATED)

I saw Team America: World Police last night with the only other Bush supporter on the floor and a Chomsky loving lesbo (the real kind, not the hot ones on TV)--what better way to spend a night out on the town with the guys? No small task for a guy with three kids, but Mrs. Shackleford was so impressed by my birthday gift that she yielded to my endless whining about the movie. As I've already noted so many times, I've been waiting for this movie for months.

What did I think of Team America: World Police? One of the funniest movies ever made. The funniest movie ever.

I laughed so often and so hard that today I have a laughing hangover. I'm being totally seriously here. My body is literally--physically-- sore this morning. I don't think I'll be able to smile for a week.

I'm not much of a list maker, but I've been axing myself how Team America: World Police compares to other movies? Here's my top five list of all time funniest movies:

1) Team America: World Police "F**k yeah!"
2) Blazing Saddles "The sherrif is a ni--"
3) Animal Crackers "How the elephant got in my pajamas I'll never know."
4) The Jerk "I was born a poor black child."
5) Pearl Harbor "I think World War II just started."

Here's what the right blogosphere is saying about Team America: World Police:

Sullie-"Parker and Stone are now indisputably the comic geniuses of their generation. The point of the movie is not nihilism - it's sanity. Sanity against the moronic ra-ra pro-Americanism of many in the Bush camp...."
-Demosophist-"It's like [Sullie] saw a different movie than I did."
-Roger L. Simon-"...loved the film."
-Russell Wardlow-"High art, it ain't, but I've never laughed so hard in a movie theater before."
-Charles Johnson-"I highly recommend Team America. It’s a technical tour-de-force, with deliberately retro-cheesy puppets and incredible sets, and a decidedly anti-idiotarian take on the major issues."
-John Hawkins-"I can tell you that this is a dream movie for South Park Republicans who support fighting the war on terrorism & love to watch liberals being mocked mercilessly"
-Fritz Schranck-I haven’t laughed that hard in a good while....Go see this movie--for America.
-Leopold Stotch-"Trey Parker and Matt Stone have done it again in what I say without hyperbole is one of the finest films ever made. I'm seriously."
-Flea-"You know you are in the right place when the first words to scroll across the screen are "Paris, France" and everybody starts laughing. "
-Jon of Aaargh!-"Now, if you haven't already, go see the movie.
-Pink Kitty-"The Empress gives it all paws up (but not in that French surrender kind of way.) Funniest movie of 2004. "
-Lord Floppington- "I thought it was great....Unlike Micheal Moore, you get the feeling Parker and Stone actually love this country, even when they take jabs at our foreign policy."
-Dean Esmay-"Team America: F*** Yeah! Can't. Stop. Laughing."
-Sean Hackbarth-"The Michael Moore antidote...hysterical..."
-Ian S.-"In terms of raw laughs per minute it’s easily the funniest movie I’ve ever seen."
-Citizen Smash-"Even funnier than Pearl Harbor!"
-Leftorium-"...unbelievably hilarious."
-BummerDietz-"It's funny. A Hollywood crowd guffawed throughout."
-Cigarette Smoking Man from the X-Files-"I made the mistake of bringing a large coke in there with me and couldn't drink a drop for fear of it coming out my nose, I was laughing so hard."
-Pennywit-"Go see Team America."
-Peter at SFSignal-"After watching this movie, it was some time before I stop saying my Ls as Rs..."
-Kate at Texas Gary-"The whole shebang was beyond awesome..."
-SondraK- "I recovered quickly from my shock and proceeded to laugh my ass off."
-Matt at Overtaken by Events-"Funny as hell."
-Rita at Res Ipsa Loquitur-"Oh. My. God. I laughed so much my face hurts."
-Laurence Simon-"Three word movie review: America, f*ck yeah!"
-Sissy Willis-"Four paws for 'Team America'"
-Bloodspite-"anything that makes Mikey Moore to be a hot dog cramming fat blob can't be all bad!"
-Cranky Neocon-"..it was Airplane! style farce with with enough over-the-top shock value to bring my inner 14 year old back to life."


PS-When I first started this roundup I didn't know Smash and Bloodspite over at Techography were also doing roundups. Thanks to both of them for providing some of the links.

(Cross-Posted at Anticipatory Retaliation)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:17 AM | Comments |

October 19, 2004

Team America: World Police in 2 Hours

I've got tickets for the 7 p. m. show. To say I'm excited would be an understatement. I haven't been this giddy with anticipation since my wedding night. I have an updated roundup of the blogosphere's reaction to the movie here.

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

France Junior (Belgium) Supplying Weapons to the Taliban?

Yeah, I sort of blew the headline out of proportion to the actual story--but just remember my home-town paper is the L.A. Times! Here is a Toronto Sun article describing what happened when some Canadian troops came across a large ammunition dump in the Belgian controlled zone. Notice the reaction of the French, German, and Swedish officers. "A Frog, a Kraut, and a Swede walk into an ammunition dump....":

Canadian soldiers attached to the Afghan National Army (ANA) have stirred up a hornet's nest in Kabul by being too efficient.

They've "discovered" a huge Soviet ammunition dump a few kilometres from Camp Julien with the potential of obliterating the camp, as well as most of Kabul....

Many of the rockets, missiles and shells had been pried open for the explosives, which are used peacefully to blast mountain rock into gravel, and by those who want to make bombs that disrupt Kabul....

I've never seen anything like it. The feeling is that AMF soldiers were selling access to the dump or permitting friends to enter it.

Littered with burned out Soviet military vehicles, the whole area is a junk pile strewn with every sort of live ammunition, fuses, unexploded shells, rockets, etc., all supposedly under the authority of Belgian troops (at the moment), who ignored it.

In the midst of examining the bunkers and taking photos, a Swedish UN guy, a French major and a German colonel arrived to make a fuss and order the Canadians to leave. The French major insisted his government had a deal with the Afghan government for the area, and ISAF had no business being there.

And as long as I'm in the mood to rail on the French I might as well direct your attention to Erik the Mad Monk's latest ploy. It seems that he and his fellow ex-pats at No Pasaran! infiltrated a protest rally in Paris over the weekend. Needless to say, hilarity ensues.

PS-Super-secret memo to INDC BILL. I'll see your .wav/.gif and raise you twenty. Oh, I also agree with Citizen Smash--Oh to have seen that, even if it meant breaking my vow never to buy anything French again!!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:27 PM | Comments |

Muslim Cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri Charged With Incitement to Murder in UK

Hallalujah!!!! ABC News:

British authorities pre-empted a U.S. bid to extradite radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, charging the fiery preacher Tuesday with urging followers to kill non-Muslims, in some case specifically targeting Jews.

On what was scheduled to have been the first day of his extradition hearing, al-Masri, 46, sat in court to face 10 charges of soliciting or encouraging the murder of others, "namely a person or persons who did not believe in the Islamic faith." Four of the charges added: "in particular Jewish people."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:57 PM | Comments |

*Shock* Syria Still Occupying Lebanon, Won't Leave Despite Mean UN Threat

NEWS HERE. Richard Gere begins hunger strike in protest. Volvos across nation don new 'Syria out of Lebanon' stickers. Worker's World Party begins massive letter writing campaign to key Congressman. Security Council passes 137 resolutions condemning Syria's illegal occupation, sets up special refugee task force to aid fleeing Maronites. International ANSWER to stage massive 'No blood for Lebanese Cedar Trees' rally on Washington Mall. CARE director Margaret Hassan unavailable for comment.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:50 PM | Comments |

Yes dhimmis, they KILL YOU for for blasphemy

Every day I get e-mail from readers who say pretty much the same thing, "Yeah, but aren't all religions just basically the same?"

The answer, of course, is NO. Ever hear of a fundamentalist Amish ordering the death of a wayward soul because they became one of those blesphemous Mennonites? Under Islamic law blasphemy is punishable by death.

Asia News:

Hamid Pourmand is a Protestant minister of the Assemblies of God Church. He converted from Islam several years ago. Since September he has been held in prison at an undisclosed location and under Iranian law he can be put to death for “apostasy against Islam”. He was arrested on September 9 in Karaj, a town 30 km west of the capital Tehran during a police raid against the annual General Council of the Assemblies of God Church.
BBC News:
A Pakistani man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for burning a copy of the Koran. A court in Lahore found Mehdi Hassan, 36, guilty under Pakistani laws covering offences against Islam, the prophet Mohammed or the Koran.
Let me just throw this one in for good measure--Aus. Bahai Faith:
The Australian Baha'i Community has spoken out against the destruction of sacred and historic sites in Iran. In a statement released today, the Baha'i Community describes a series of demolitions that point to a campaign of "cultural cleansing" by Iran's ruling authorities, who are determined to remove all traces of the Baha'i Faith, the country's largest religious minority.
Hat tip: Robert Spencer

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:39 PM | Comments |

Dear Limey assholes

That's the actual title of this Guardian article which has responses to the Guardian's efforts to meddle in the Presidential election:

Have you not noticed that Americans don't give two shits what Europeans think of us? Each email someone gets from some arrogant Brit telling us why to NOT vote for George Bush is going to backfire, you stupid, yellow-toothed pansies ... I don't give a rat's ass if our election is going to have an effect on your worthless little life. I really don't. If you want to have a meaningful election in your crappy little island full of shitty food and yellow teeth, then maybe you should try not to sell your sovereignty out to Brussels and Berlin, dipshit. Oh, yeah - and brush your goddamned teeth, you filthy animals.
Read the rest. Not funny, funnay! Hat tip: Mr. K

Editorial note: This and the other letters printed here were responses to something the Guardian was doing. The online version of the Guardian had started an online campaign to get British citizens to write voters in Ohio urging them to vote for John Kerry. This explains the tone of some of the responses. Also, notice the title of the article? A ploy by the Guardian to explain how we 'tards and rednecks could actually vote for that mean and stupid Bush-Hitler.

PS-Now I know why the Guardian is so pro-Kerry.

Double-lizzle PS-Bill say's the Guardian got "Not exactly the results that they expected." Nope, not exactly. And Kevin is wringing his hands in anticipation of Ohio districts to start voting. Yeah, I can't wait either!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:10 AM | Comments |

Welcome Aboard Bravo Romeo Delta and the Demosophist

Bravo Romeo Delta, the Domosophist and yours truly, Dr. Rusty Shackleford, have decided to do something never before done in the history of the blogosphere: cross-posting. Yeah, I know it's a radically new concept, and something sure to generate a lot of copycatting, but I own the patent on this one and I know a good attorney.

So why did we do this? I dunno. Seems pretty fun-kay, and after all isn't the funk all that matters?

Just to clarify, these guys aren't 'guest bloggers' or whatever, these guys are now part of Team Sancrawler, and vice versa---er, I guess I'm part of Team Nuk-em and Team Dead Greek Philosophers or something??

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

CARE Director Margaret Hassan Taken Hostage In Iraq

UPDATE 11/16: Margaret Hassan has been executed on video. Check this post for 11/16 update or go to MAIN PAGE for news, links to video, and images of hostages in Iraq.

UPDATE 10/22: A video showing Margaret Hassan pleading for her life has been aired on al-Jazeera TV. Update here.

Via Digger's Realm this ironical news:

The director of CARE International's operation in Iraq [Margaret Hassan] was kidnapped early Tuesday in Baghdad, the organization said.
Why ironical? Because Margaret Hassan was active in the movement both to end sanctions against Iraq and actively involved in the anti-war movement. CARE was also the only international relief organization to have a national presence during the entire course of the sanctions regime and dring the war. Let's hope whoever took her has access to Google and does a simple search. Word is an Australian hostage was released after the terrorists did just that.

M. H. King says "Just damn."
Jeff Quinton notes that the hostage video has now been shown on US TV.
Michele at the Command Post is also covering this.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:39 AM | Comments |

The Willie Hortons of Guantanomo Prison

James Joyner links this article about freed Guantanamo Bay prisoners who return to a life of jihad and terrorism. According to the article, of the 146 who were released from Guantanamo "after U.S. officials had determined that they no longer posed threats and had no remaining intelligence value" at least seven have returned to their former goal of bringing about the global Caliphate. None, as far as I can tell, has actually disavowed the Islamist ideology. Forget what the politicians are saying--this is not just a war against terrorism it is a war against an ideology that is every bit as evil as Nazi fascism, Japanese Imperialism, or Soviet Communism.

The article only includes this little tidbit about what the seven have been up to:

One released detainee killed a judge leaving a mosque in Afghanistan...
I have been posting on the ex-Gitmo terrorists for awhile now and have some knowledge of what the others are up to.

Maulvi Abdul Ghaffar was killed by Pakistani troops in South Waziristan on Sept. 26th after he rejoined the Taliban.

Slimane Hadj Abderrahmane went back to Denmark where he initially threatened to sue the US over 'unlawful detention'. However, he has recently announced his intentions of dropping the suit and leaving Scandinavia to join the Chechen jihadis fighting in Russia.

Abdullah Mehsud returned to Pakistan where he recently mastermined the kidnapping of two Chinese nationals. Both hostages were killed and the Pakistanis are presently in an intense manhunt trying to capture him.

If any of you knows the fate of any of the other released prisoners, I'd love to hear from you.

Other bloggers running the Willie Horton of Gitmo story: (Hat tip to James Joyner) Steve Green, Sean Hackbarth, Digger, Right on Red, Six Meat Buffet, Llama Butchers

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

October 18, 2004

Electoral Vote Predictions

(Post by Bravo Romeo Delta)

So far, you've probably are already familiar with some of the more popular electoral vote predictors and election guesstimation sites. Two of the bigger ones are Election Projection (pro-Bush), and Electoral Vote (pro-Kerry). While both these sites seem to be making a solid effort to be, like, fair and stuff, they aren't bastions of statistical accuracy.

But there are some places to get much more accurate and thoroughly reasoned analysis of the elections with some links and current predictions, based on current polling data.

Prof. Andrea Moro, of the University of Minnesota gives Bush a 39.3% chance of winning the electoral vote, versus a 59.4% for Kerry.

Prof. Sam Wang of Princeton pegs the most likely outcome being Kerry with 257 EV, versus Bush with 281 EV.

The Federal Review, gives current chances of a Bush win at 81.7 % (expected to get 291 EV as of right now) versus Kerry at 17.2% (expected to get 247 EV as of right now).

Matthew Hubbard's binomial thingy at CSU Hayward gives us this breakdown: Kerry wins with 281 EV, versus Bush at 257 EV.

Then there's Larry Allen at Arrowhead Engineering, with this thing, chock 'full of graphs, which gives the odds of victory at Bush 77.7% (274 EV) to Kerry 22.3% (244 EV).

Finally, there's this bit of pro-level tea-leaf reading over at USS Clueless. Personally, I find this one to be pretty interesting, by virtue of the fact that the election is being analyzed as a system, rather than a pure stats exercise.

Long and short of it all, nobody's walking away with anything less than 240 electoral votes, and past that you can't predict the future. Except for one thing, given a lot of the crowing and expectations of victory I see on some websites, this is going to hit the press a lot like the Fall of Baghdad hit the Arab street - like a Mack Truck hitting a blind ferret.

(Cross-posted at Anticipatory Retaliation)

By Bravo Romeo Delta at 05:41 PM | Comments |

Putin says what everyone is thinking

Via the Commissar and Kevin this novestiy Putin: International terrorists have set as their goal inflicting the maximum damage to Bush, to prevent his election to a second term. If they succeed in doing that, they will celebrate a victory over America and over the entire anti-terror coalition

Let me just gloat for a minute and remind y'all that I've been saying that Putin was our ally for awhile. I wish some out there would stop there bitching and realize that, yes Putin is a flawed autocrat with anti-democratic tendencies, but so the freak what?!?! He's our ally. Allies are built on mutual interests. Who cares if Putin appoints governors or if Yukos has to sell off a few assets? Hell, if appointing governors was akin to fascism then half the unitary states on earth would qualify. After Beslan, Putin woke up and realized what a tragic mistake he had made in Iraq. He believed, wrongly, that by appeasing Muslims by opposing the Iraq war he would by some sympathy. How wrong was that? It is only a matter of time before Islamic terrorists massacre French school children. When that time comes, France will be lucky that Americans have such a short memory span and we are willing to forgive so quickly.

Related posts:
Media should be allies in war on terror says Putin
Russia's New Foreign Policy: Preemptive Attacks

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

Video Shows Beheading Murder of Two Macedonian Hostages

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Developing....The murdered hostages were Dalibor Lazarevski and Zoran Naskovski. May God speed your souls.Reuters:

A militant group in Iraq said it had killed two Macedonian hostages it accused of spying for the United States, Arabic television Al Jazeera reported Monday. Al Jazeera said it had received a video tape showing the killing of the two men accompanied by a statement from the Islamic Army in Iraq stating it had seized the men a few days ago as they were leaving a U.S. base. [story continued below]
Others: In the Bullpen, Sorta Pundit, Straight Banana

But Macedonian television, which aired footage of the men's passports also broadcast by Al Jazeera, said the hostages were among a group of three men kidnapped in August.

The passports identified the men as Dalibor Lazarevski and Zoran Naskovski from the impoverished northern city of Kumanovo, who had signed up for jobs as construction workers in Iraq.

Al Jazeera did not show the killing nor did it name the men. The fate of the third hostage, Dragan Markovic, was not immediately clear.

A Macedonian foreign ministry spokesman said the government had seen the pictures but refused to comment further.

"We can't comment until we get formal confirmation. We're trying to establish contact with the Iraqi government," he said.

Militants have kidnapped and killed several foreigners in Iraq to pressure their governments and private companies to end cooperation with the U.S.-led forces.

Macedonia has 32 soldiers in Iraq. The three Macedonians worked for United Arab Emirates-based Soufan Engineering, catering to the needs of the U.S. military and its private contractor firms.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:50 PM | Comments |

I Just Voted, early but not often

My state allows 'early voting' which started today. This is where you mosy on down to the County Courthouse and vote in the two weeks prior to the actual election. I'm not so sure if this is good news or bad news for Bush, but I had to wait in line to get my ballot. If there is an easy way to distinguish between Bush and Kerry voters, I don't know it. However, I will say that most of the people there were older--whatever that might mean. Also, the ballot had Bush's name on top and the Senate race also had the Republican on top. Which might seem insignificant until you remember the 'tards who voted for Buchanan in 2000 because they were confused.

Who did I vote for? Kodos.

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

Team America Blog Reviews (UPDATED)

I saw Team America: World Police last night with the only other Bush supporter on the floor and a Chomsky loving lesbo (the real kind, not the hot ones on TV)--what better way to spend a night out on the town with the guys? No small task for a guy with three kids, but Mrs. Shackleford was so impressed by my birthday gift that she yielded to my endless whining about the movie. As I've already noted so many times, I've been waiting for this movie for months.

What did I think of Team America: World Police? One of the funniest movies ever made. The funniest movie ever.

I laughed so often and so hard that today I have a laughing hangover. I'm being totally seriously here. My body is literally--physically-- sore this morning. I don't think I'll be able to smile for a week.

I'm not much of a list maker, but I've been axing myself how Team America: World Police compares to other movies? Here's my top five list of all time funniest movies:

1) Team America: World Police "F**k yeah!"
2) Blazing Saddles "The sherrif is a ni--"
3) Animal Crackers "How the elephant got in my pajamas I'll never know."
4) The Jerk "I was born a poor black child."
5) Pearl Harbor "I think World War II just started."

Here's what the right blogosphere is saying about Team America: World Police:

Sullie-"Parker and Stone are now indisputably the comic geniuses of their generation. The point of the movie is not nihilism - it's sanity. Sanity against the moronic ra-ra pro-Americanism of many in the Bush camp...."
-Demosophist-"It's like [Sullie] saw a different movie than I did."
-Roger L. Simon-"...loved the film."
-Russell Wardlow-"High art, it ain't, but I've never laughed so hard in a movie theater before."
-Charles Johnson-"I highly recommend Team America. It’s a technical tour-de-force, with deliberately retro-cheesy puppets and incredible sets, and a decidedly anti-idiotarian take on the major issues."
-John Hawkins-"I can tell you that this is a dream movie for South Park Republicans who support fighting the war on terrorism & love to watch liberals being mocked mercilessly"
-Fritz Schranck-I haven’t laughed that hard in a good while....Go see this movie--for America.
-Leopold Stotch-"Trey Parker and Matt Stone have done it again in what I say without hyperbole is one of the finest films ever made. I'm seriously."
-Flea-"You know you are in the right place when the first words to scroll across the screen are "Paris, France" and everybody starts laughing. "
-Jon of Aaargh!-"Now, if you haven't already, go see the movie.
-Pink Kitty-"The Empress gives it all paws up (but not in that French surrender kind of way.) Funniest movie of 2004. "
-Lord Floppington- "I thought it was great....Unlike Micheal Moore, you get the feeling Parker and Stone actually love this country, even when they take jabs at our foreign policy."
-Dean Esmay-"Team America: F*** Yeah! Can't. Stop. Laughing."
-Sean Hackbarth-"The Michael Moore antidote...hysterical..."
-Ian S.-"In terms of raw laughs per minute it’s easily the funniest movie I’ve ever seen."
-Citizen Smash-"Even funnier than Pearl Harbor!"
-Leftorium-"...unbelievably hilarious."
-BummerDietz-"It's funny. A Hollywood crowd guffawed throughout."
-Cigarette Smoking Man from the X-Files-"I made the mistake of bringing a large coke in there with me and couldn't drink a drop for fear of it coming out my nose, I was laughing so hard."
-Pennywit-"Go see Team America."
-Peter at SFSignal-"After watching this movie, it was some time before I stop saying my Ls as Rs..."
-Kate at Texas Gary-"The whole shebang was beyond awesome..."
-SondraK- "I recovered quickly from my shock and proceeded to laugh my ass off."
-Matt at Overtaken by Events-"Funny as hell."
-Rita at Res Ipsa Loquitur-"Oh. My. God. I laughed so much my face hurts."
-Laurence Simon-"Three word movie review: America, f*ck yeah!"
-Sissy Willis-"Four paws for 'Team America'"
-Bloodspite-"anything that makes Mikey Moore to be a hot dog cramming fat blob can't be all bad!"

PS-When I first started this roundup I didn't know Smash and Bloodspite over at Techography were also doing roundups. Thanks to both of them for providing some of the links.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:39 PM | Comments |

Terrorist Sympathizer Mahathir Endorses Kerry

Can someone please tell me how Kerry gets the both the Jewish vote and the Neo-Nazi vote. Doesn't cognitive dissonance mean anything to American Jews? The Straits Times:

Malaysia's former prime minister has urged Muslims in America to vote for US Senator John Kerry in the Nov 2 presidential election, saying President George W. Bush has been 'the cause of the tragedies' across the Muslim world.

'Vote Bush out of office,' Dr Mahathir Mohamad said in an open letter dated Oct 15 to America's Muslim community. 'It is truly an ibadah (act of devotional worship) that you perform.'

'In the past four years, during the Presidency of George W. Bush, the Muslims and their countries have suffered oppression and humiliation as never before in the history of Islam,' he said in the letter published on IslamiCity.com, a California-based website. ...

'There is an obvious connection between the sufferings of the Muslims and the policies and thinking of Bush,' the letter said.

'Bush has shown that despite his protests, he is the cause of the tragedies in Afghanistan, Palestine and Iraq,' he said.

'I would like to appeal to you, the Muslim citizens and voters of America, to be united and to cast your votes against Bush, in the name of justice, in the name of Islam.' ....

Dr Mahathir retired last year mired in a controversy after telling a summit of Muslim leaders that 'Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them'.

The real quote from Mahathir is "The Nazis killed 6 out of 12 million Jews" then followed by "The Jews [still] rule the world by proxy." Later, Mahathir elaborated by saying this small kabal of Jews could not stand up to the force of a billion Muslims if Muslims would just unite in their opposition to the Hebrews.

Hat tip: Bill Dauterieve

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:23 PM | Comments |

Tales of Interest!

After a long-weekend of no posting what's a guy supposed to do? That was a rhetorical question.

-Saddam Hussein's attorney met with Osama bin Laden? Whoa! Let's be cautious about this one.
-Label Club. I wonder if they'll be a folow-up post "Operation Mayhem"?
-Asian blog roundup. So are all those other countries Chinese or Japanese?
-Fake document alert. Ok troops, let's call some experts up.
-Mount St. Helens lava pics. Just cool.
-Pat Buchanan to endorse Bush? It looks like Pat is an avid Prof. Chaos reader.
-Zarqawi-bin Laden connection. I've been reporting this for awhile.

Ok, off to edumacate the masses.

*Last link. If you notice, if I took down those other blogs I would still be in the top 100 in the TTLB. In fact, as of today I'd be 74 instead of 69 (I said....). The thing I resent about this the most is that emigre e-mailed me about this and I responded BEFORE he put up the post, yet in his post he does not mention that. As I told him the reason I put up those other sites was because of Google (the Google savvy will understand this). None of those blogs are anonymous and all of them are up front about where the real main page is. And the Hot Iraqi Blonde thing? That was done as a blog experiment to test one of the Commissar's blog theories out. That is, if I posted two identical posts which would get the most hits? Funny how it turns out that a hot chick serving in Iraq would get more hits.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:03 AM | Comments |

Democrats Disenfranchising Soldiers?

James Joyner:

So, to recap, the Democratic Party is:

1. Trying to disenfranchise Nader supporters
2. Effectively disenfranchising American soldiers in harm's way

It makes you wonder why they call themselves the "Democratic" Party, no?

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

October 15, 2004

Team America: World Police Review

No, I haven't seen it yet, but my friend Prof. Chaos has. He says:

... this movie offers a more sophisticated understanding of US foreign policy than you find even in academic journals. I will likely require this film in my IR courses once the DVD is out.
Lucky jerk. I'll see it in a month, if I'm lucky.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:13 PM | Comments |

Kerry's Worst Lie--The bad job market debunked

(This post will stay on top for awhile)

I was stunned last night as John Kerry continued to retell a falsehood over and over and no one called him on it. In fact, it was the biggest whopper of the night. His lie was not a simple twisting of words. His lie was not a faulty memory. It was a down and dirty lie. What was it? From the WAPO transcript:

And this is the first president in 72 years to preside over an economy in America that has lost jobs, 1.6 million jobs.

Eleven other presidents -- six Democrats and five Republicans -- had wars, had recessions, had great difficulties; none of them lost jobs the way this president has.

In a number of earlier posts I thought I had disproved this myth, but perhaps John Kerry just hasn't gotten word yet. So, let me restate some of the conclusions drawn in those earlier posts. Also, will the rest of the blogosphere do their damn jobs and call Karl Rove, Fox News, and the rest of the VRWC so we can finally put the 'worst job recovery ever' lie to rest!

Let's look at the numbers, keeping in mind that the job numbers have improved since I last analyzed them. If we were to include the latest numbers, Bush's record would look even better. All numbers were gathered from the official Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

The above clearly shows that Bush is not the only President to preside over an economy that has lost jobs. In fact, only by manipulating the data could John Kerry even come close to turning his statement into a half truth. For instance, one could argue that Ronald Reagan created jobs in his Presidency while G. W. Bush has not. Technically, that might be true. But notice how I worded that statement. Reagan's Presidency was eight years long, Bush has yet to complete four. How can you compare eight years to less than four? If you were to look at Ronald Reagan's job creation record at a similar point in his Presidency, you would see that he also was Presiding over an economy that had lost net jobs.

The thing that miffs me the most about John Kerry's statement is that it is empirically falsifiable. This is not opinion, this is fact. Why isn't the MSM calling him on it? They seem eager to challenge both candidates on their misstatements and memory lapses, but not when John Kerry repeats a falsehood over and over and over again which is easily disproved.

Now, one might argue that sure, other Presidents have presided over job losses, but that still doesn't reflect well on Bush. Point well taken. But by repeating the lie that Bush is the only President in our nation's recent history to have such bad luck is, well, repeating a lie. Again, do you recall Ronald Reagan as the jobs loss President or as the President that oversaw the 1980s boom? If current trends in GDP growth and job creation continue, the same thing will be said about G. W. Bush. Give him another four years, you'll see.

Another point before moving on. One of the reasons the unemployment numbers seem to look so bleak to so many, hence their willingness to accept the Kerry lie, is that they fundamentally misunderstand the nature of the economy and unemployment numbers. When G. W. Bush came into office he inherited an economy that was just beginning to slide from an artificially low employment level. During the late 1990s, the unemployment level was much lower than at any time in the past 30 years. So, even though present unemployment levels are also below the historic averages--even lower than unemployment during the Clinton years--they are higher than the extreme lows.

What does this mean? Well, imagine a baseball player who is batting .350 for 7 years. Pretty darn good average to me!! Now, in his eighth and ninth year he bats .400. Wow, now that is more than impressive. Now we're talking Hall of Fame. In his tenth and eleventh year he bats .360. Still pretty good, right? Now imagine a sports broadcaster calling his newer average a slump. Would that be fair? He defends his use of the word slump by saying, "look, this ballplayer is hitting far worse today than he was just last year!"

That is exactly the situation we find ourselves in today. It's not really as bad as Kerry and the MSM want you to think it is--it's just that the last few years of under the Clinton administration were unusually good economic times. In fact, you might say that we were on a hitting streak in the economy, but that now we've come down from the high. Were still doing much better than average, just not as good as we did while the economy was on steroids.

The average unemployment rate during Clinton's first four years was 6.4%. Not spectacular, but the trend was good in that it steadily improved over time. The average unemployment rate for the G.W. Bush Presidency is (through Sept. 04) 5.5%--and still improving. Today's 5.4% unemployment number is also lower than the average for the past 30 years.

So, why does it seem to so many people that the unemployment situation is bad? Well, laying aside the media's tendency to repeat Kerry's lies and also their fascination with bad economic news amidst a sea of good news, let's go back to the baseball analogy. The unemployment rate was lower in the Clinton administration, but only if you do not include the first four years of his eight year Presidency. Do you get it now? Clinton was in office nearly four years before the unemployment rate fell below 5.4% and stayed there. How long has Bush been in office again? Less than four years.

Further, most economists would argue that an unemployment rate of anything lower than 5% is simply unsustainable. It will lead to inflation and eventually to a recession--exactly what began to happen in the months previous to Clinton leaving office.

Last, let me show you some numbers I ran a few months ago, keeping in mind that unemployment is lower today than when I initially ran them. John Kerry keeps invoking the economy that Clinton presided over as his model of how he thinks today's job market ought to look. Let me show you a couple of graphs that very few in the MSM want you to see.

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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Last, let me remind my readers--once again--that Bush inherited a recession and Clinton inherited a recovery. This is fact, not opinion.

This NY Times Op-ed piece (sorry, subscribers only) by former Secretary of State, George Schultz is helpful in proving this point:

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
Folks, please get the word out to your liberal friends that Kerry is lying about the economy. Get the word out to your liberal friends that the MSM cannot be trusted to point out that all the doom and gloom about the economy is just plain wrong. John Kerry and his willing allies in the MSM cannot be trusted to get the truth out there. That, my friends, is a burden we are going to have to bear.

Check out my previous posts on the subject:
'Worst Recovery Ever' III
Clinton 'Miracle Economy' v. Bush 'Jobless Recovery' 3-D
Bush 'Jobless Recovery' vs. Clinton 'Miracle Economy'
'Worst Recovery Ever' and Other Lies

PING: Politburo Diktat's show trial.

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

Mrs. Shackleford's Birthday

Today is my lovely wifes birthday. Let me just say one thing: she still has a fine can--for a woman of any age--let alone one with three kids.

No more blogging today. If there is a blog emergency just e-mail me.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:08 AM | Comments |

Another Beheading Video from the Religion of Peace: Turkish Truck Driver Murderd

iraqtruckid.jpgThe videotaped beheading murder of Turkish truck driver Ramadan Elbu can be dowloaded at the Terrorist Media website. Graphic images from the video are posted below. The image to the right is also from the beheading murder video.

This video is the second to be posted to the Ansar al-Sunnah website, but in which at least one of the murderers identified themselves as a member of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Tawhid and Jihad terrorist organization [earlier post here]. More to come as time permits. NY Post:

An Iraqi militant group has beheaded a Turkish driver it was holding hostage, according to a video posted on the group's Web site yesterday.

The Army of Ansar al-Sunna said in a statement that it had killed the driver because he worked with the U.S.-led forces in Iraq.

"We warn all those who cooperate with the occupying crusaders to repent and return to the faith or else blame only themselves for their fate, which is death," one of four masked gunmen said, before decapitating the hostage with a knife. The video showed the gunmen standing in front of a black banner bearing the name of Ansar al-Sunna.

They were surrounding the hostage, who was seated on the floor in an open courtyard. He gave a brief statement in Turkish and then was shown blindfolded.

"I want my voice to be heard by all my driver friends and by Turkey. No one should bring goods into Iraq, they shouldn't come to Iraq. That's all I have to say," said the gray-haired hostage, holding up his identity cards.

Hat tip: Jeff Quinton and James Joyner.

iraqtruckblind.jpgABC News ads this important piece of information:

The video appeared on the Web site of the Ansar al-Sunnah Army, an Iraqi militant group. A statement read out said the kidnappers belonged to the Tawhid and Jihad group's "Qaqa Brigade," a reference to a commander who served Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
Images to follow later today.

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

Let Freedom Ring

Frustrated with the coverage of the MSM, John Little, of Blogs of War, has a new feature that takes his readers directly to Iraqi sources. Go check out Freedom's Voices. I guarantee that it will cheer you up.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:40 AM | Comments |

Light Saber Posting

Posting will be light today. Duty calls.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:06 AM | Comments |

Lucas, I am your father!

Who's your daddy George? You biyatch.

On a related note Jeff Quinton pisses me off this morning with this post: After initially indicating there might be a Star Wars-themed television show in the future, George Lucas has backed off reports that a Skywalker-centered television show was in development, according to T.V. Guide (can't find an article online yet to any report of this.)

Ok, so the first few seconds of the post I'm thinking, "Awesome, there's going to be a Star Wars TV show!! Something better than those lame-o shorts on Cartoon Network, I hope."

Then you get to the second part of the sentence, and I'm thinking, "What?!? I get all excited only to be told that Lucas is not going to do a Star Wars TV show!!!!"

Two immediate analogies come to mind:

1) Draft-gate. You know, a story about a non-story. "After 25 years Lucas still has no plans for TV show despite the buzz from Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) that with the present dearth in network programming production of the show was inevitable and, after all, weren't all these Sci Fi reruns and Buck Rogers remakes just a back-door way of making the Tatooine Chronicles a reality without letting the American viewing audience understand the full extent of the ratings war?"

2) "Can I come up to your room and use the bathroom." Then, it turns out she really has to use the bathroom. "Could there be a Star Wars themed TV show?" Come on into the room baby. Bathroom is right over there. Let me just slip into something more comfortable. Go on into the bathroom. That's right, make yourself at home. Viagra kicking in. Toilet flushing. Viagra working. Water running, wash up good baby. Anticipation. Come on out baby. I'm ready to go. "Star Wars themed movie? No. Thanks for the toilet. Toodles." Aaaaarrrrrrgggggghhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!

We have a name for a post like that: C*ck tease!!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:59 AM | Comments |

October 13, 2004

Beheading Video: Zarqawi Murders Two Iraqis

iraqiintelpic.jpgUPDATE: This is an archive page. For the latest information on terrorist communiques and videos, please go to the MAIN PAGE here
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All pictures in this post are from the video. Link to the video is below. As you can see, those who wish to minimize the Iraqi involvement in fighting terrorists in their own land are sorely mistaken. Most of the recent hostage murders have been Iraqis themselves. Those who are involved in building a modern state in Iraq do so at the risk of their own lives.

Disclaimer: When I started posting about this subject I never expected the terrorists to begin beheading people on a daily basis. I am saddened to keep posting on this subject. However, I still feel strongly that most Americans have forgotten what it was like to watch the Twin Towers fall. They have forgotten what it was like to watch people jumping out of those buildings. Many claim to remember, but an intellectual understanding of such attrocities is not enough. Let the images and video posted below remind you of the sick SOBs we are fighting. We fight for our secularism, we fight for religious choice, and we fight for our civilization. AP:

A videotape that was posted Wednesday on an Islamic Web site showed militants affiliated with wanted Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi beheading two Iraqis purported to be intelligence officers...

iraqiintel2pic.jpgThe 10-minute videotape showed two captives, Fadhel Ibrahim and Firas Imeil, identifying themselves as Iraqi National Intelligence officers and saying they were captured in Baghdad's Haifa Street on Sept. 28.

The tape showed four masked gunmen standing behind Ibrahim and then Imeil, with one militant describing the blindfolded captives as "criminals."

The militant speaking in the tape mentioned the recent U.S.-led attacks against militants in the Iraqi city of Samarra and appeared to acknowledge a setback for insurgents in the city.

"Let America and those behind it know that what had happened in Samarra was a mere labor pain," the militant said, adding that "war has its ups and downs." U.S. and Iraqi troops claimed success earlier this month when they swept into Samarra, an insurgent stronghold northwest of Baghdad.

"It is a disgrace that such a criminal is considered as a member of our nation," the militant said. Then two other masked men held down Ibrahim and a third severed the captive's head with a knife before holding it up to the camera.

Imeil, who said he joined the Iraqi intelligence services four months ago and attended a training course in Jordan, was killed in identical fashion.

Before being beheaded, both victims advised fellow Iraqis working in the intelligence, police, national guard and other services to quit their jobs and "repent to God."

The video can be downladed at the Terrorist Media website, but there is a subscription required.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:53 PM | Comments |

Forget an Instalanche, I want an Instant Lunch!!

Well, my little Pet Jawa has been amongst the top 100 blogs for months now. I'm getting a lot more traffic than I ever dreamed of. A lot of that traffic is by repeat customers and I'm getting so many comments that a number of people have suggested opening a Jawa discussion forum.

So, why am I still so blue? All this and still no Instalanche!! Validation in the blogosphere, we all know, comes from one source alone.

Well, I'm through with you Glenn Reynolds. No more will I seek the much coveted Instalanche. Instead, I'm going after the much yummier Instant Lunch.

How do the two compare?

Instalanche-immediate spike in traffic, lasting up to 48 hours.
Instant Lunch-immediate spike in sodium level, MSG headache up to 12 hours.

Instalanche-expect at least two or three bloggers to get a kick out of your post and add you to the blogroll.
Insant Lunch-expect at least two or three co-workers to get a kick out of you eating the sh*t they swore they'd never touch again their first day out of college.

Instalanche-a sudden feeling of self-satisfaction knowing that somehow your post drew the attention of the right-blogosphere's top blogger.
Instant Lunch-a sudden feeling of stomach-satisfaction, with the caveat that the empty calories you just scarfed down will leave you lethargic for the rest of the day.

Instalanche-with the sudden spike in traffic you can now up your Blog Ad rate to just under covering your total monthly ISP and blog host bill.
Instant Lunch-with the money you saved by eating cheap MSG laden quasi-Asian food you can now afford to run to the video store and rent the latest Adam Sandler film--only to find that you remember neither the food nor the film in the morning.

*UPDATE: Flea tells me it's an 'Instalanche'. What the h*ll is a lanche anyway? Sounds French.....or Canadian....either way, it does have a very Thurston Howell III air about it. Anyway, I've corrected it.

*the truth is I really did eat ramen-in-a-cup for lunch today. Not kidding. Three words: dee-li-cious!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:41 PM | Comments |

France/Germany Don't Want NATO in Afghanistan

So, Senator Kerry, what was that again about building another coalition like the one we had in Afghanistan? Seattle Post Intelligencer:

France and Germany spoke out Wednesday against a U.S. proposal to put NATO in charge of the military and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, but U.S. and other officials said the alliance would go ahead and develop options for merging the missions.
What worries me most about Kerry is his immature view of world politics. He seems to have no conception of nations acting in their own interests. Rather, he seems to think that nations act out of friendship. Day one of Intro. to IR: nation's have allies not friends. And alliances--those are forged out of mutual interests.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:03 PM | Comments |

US Senator Mark Dayton (D-MN) Closes Offices Amid Terrorism Concerns

WAPO originally broke the story:

Sen. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.) said yesterday that he was closing his Capitol Hill office because of security concerns in what appeared to be an atypical response to intelligence information that has been shared with senators about terrorist threats....

"I do so out of extreme, but necessary, precaution to protect the lives and safety of my Senate staff and my Minnesota constituents, who might otherwise visit my office in the next few weeks," Dayton said in a statement announcing the closure.

Dayton said he could not disclose the contents of what he described as a "top-secret intelligence report" presented to senators by Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.). But he added that he based his decision on a "careful review of all available documents" and decided to act on his own after Frist declined to convene a meeting of all senators to discuss the subject.

NEIN, which the nowhere to be found Allah calls 'the world's most alarmist website', cites Dayton as saying: "I would not bring my two sons to the Capitol between now and the election." Many of the news sources I found also connect Dayton's decision leave DC to the revelation that as many as 25 suspected Chechen terrorists have crossed the Mexico-US border.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:19 PM | Comments |

Dean Esmay Swiftie Interview

Check it out:

DW: Would you use the word "treason" to describe [Kerry's activities]?

GE: No I wouldn't go that far, but in my own mind it comes damned close....

....Where are his discharge papers? He has not put up a copy of his discharge from the naval reserve. That should have taken place in 1978 when his service in all forms was completed.

The press seems to have no interest in this.

Speaking of Kerry's discharge papers....and here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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

Kerry's Diplomacy Requires KY

...and how do I word this and still keep this post PG-13? It's for us.

Image from Down For Repairs who also has this post. Hat tip: Leopold Stotch [Bush supporter]

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:52 AM | Comments |

Star Wars 4:20--Chronic

Funny. Via Flea.

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

Iraqi SWAT Team

NRO:

When Iraqi SWAT commandos hit a target, they hit it hard. Racing forward in white pick-up trucks emblazoned with the unit's emblem — a black scorpion and dagger (an emblem designed by the Iraqis) — the raiders leap from the vehicles and rush toward their objective almost before the enemy has time to panic. The attackers — primarily in their early to mid-twenties — are armed with a variety of personal weapons including AK-47s and SIG Sauer assault rifles, shotguns, pistols, and grenades. They all wear khaki-colored assault suits (similar to zip-up flight suits) with an Iraqi-flag patch stitched on the shoulder. Khaki or black balaclavas cover their heads, concealing their faces. "The Iraqis like wearing balaclavas," says Douglas. "It makes them look fearless, and terrifies the enemy."

While the team is kicking in doors, observation helicopters are thundering overhead watching for bad guys attempting to escape or enemy reinforcements moving up. Attack helicopters and jets are flying on-station ready to suppress any resistance or a counter-attack. And within a few hundred yards of the assault, U.S. Marines are poised to move-in should the raid begin to unravel.

Over the past several days, this "swarming" technique has netted numerous enemy prisoners and weapons caches in the 24th MEU's area of responsibility. And the speed with which they attack actually keeps casualties low.

The success of the new unit has instilled "great confidence" in both SWAT-team members and regular Iraqi soldiers, says Col. Salaam Abdul al Kathom, the commander of the Iraqi SWAT team. It has also increased pride and a greater sense of security for the Iraqi people.

"With the Americans, we're the same team, no difference," Col. Kathom says, through an interpreter. "The training is very good. I am very, very happy with the progress. We will destroy the bad guys."

Jeff Quinton has an exclusive poster of these guys. Check it out. The NRO story + that poster gives me some hope--and let me tell you, these guys look like some BAMOFOs.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:14 AM | Comments |

Saint Edward's Healing Magic

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Image via Cranky Neocon

John Edwards yesterday: "We will stop juvenile diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other debilitating diseases. ... People like Chris Reeve will get out of their wheelchairs and walk again."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:59 AM | Comments |

Mount St. Helens Oozing Lava

I don't know why I find this so fascinating. It might be the sheer raw power of a volcano or it might be my geeky obsession of all things National Geographic. Either way, the latest info is that lava has reached the surface of Mount St. Helens. To see the latest image from the USFS Mount St. Helens live cam just check below.

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

Reason #5,432 That the Border Needs to be Closed

From the people who brought you such acts of terrorism as Moscow Theater Massacre and Downing Two Russian Planes comes the long-awaited sequel to their recent blockbuster: Beslan II: American Bombing Bugaloo

U.S. security officials are investigating a recent intelligence report that a group of 25 Chechen terrorists illegally entered the United States from Mexico in July.

Members of the group, said to be wearing backpacks, secretly traveled to northern Mexico and crossed into a mountainous part of Arizona that is difficult for U.S. border security agents to monitor, said officials speaking on the condition of anonymity.
(Hat tip: Michelle Malkin and John Little)

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

Iraq's Killing Fields: Mostly Women and Children

Washington Times:

Investigators have unearthed a mass grave in northern Iraq containing hundreds of bodies of women and children believed killed in the 1980s.

"It is my personal opinion that this is a killing field," Greg Kehoe, a U.S. investigator working with the Iraqi Special Tribunal, told reporters in Hatra, south of the city of Mosul.

Nine trenches have been located containing hundreds of bodies believed to be Kurds executed and then bulldozed into trenches during Saddam Hussein's repression of 1987-88.

"Someone used this field on significant occasions over time to take bodies up there, and to take people up there and execute them," Kehoe said.

The body of one woman was found still clutching a baby. The infant had been shot in the back of the head and the woman in the face, the BBC reported.

Iraq's human rights ministry has reportedly identified 40 possible mass graves across the country.

Note to uninformed readers who think the US was a major backer of Iraq in the 1980s:

Imported weapons to Iraq (IRQ) in 1973-2002

Country $MM USD 1990 % Total
USSR 25145 57.26
France 5595 12.74

China 5192 11.82
Czechoslovakia 2880 6.56
Poland 1681 3.83
Brazil 724 1.65
Egypt 568 1.29
Romania 524 1.19
Denmark 226 0.51
Libya 200 0.46
USA 200 0.46

(Source: Parapundit--I have verified these numbers)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:24 AM | Comments |

Pay Pal Update

Yesterday I complained that Pay Pal was acting screwy. Rick from Vices and Virtues e-mailed me this article this morning: Problems With Online Payment Service PayPal Persist for Fifth Day

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:12 AM | Comments |

When Spam Goes Bad

I thought you guys might get a kick out of this spam e-mail I got. Note to self: If you dont want people to stereotype you it's probably not a good idea to act exactly like the stereotype. Also, from my good friend Bill Dauterive, "The only reason stereotypes last so long is 'cause their mostly true."

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:10 AM | Comments |

October 12, 2004

No Blood for Oil: Mordor invaded for Aragorn-Haliburton contracts

Go check out Fellowship 9/11 over at IFILMS:

Michael Moore's searing examination of the Aragorn administration's actions in the wake of the tragic events at Helms Deep. With his characteristic humor and dogged commitment to uncovering - or if necessary fabricating - the facts, Moore considers the reign of the son of Arathorn and where it has led us. He looks at how - and why - Aragorn and his inner circle avoided pursuing the Saruman connection to Helms Deep, despite the fact that 9 out of every 10 Orcs that attacked the castle were actually Uruk-hai who were spawned in and financed by Isengard.
TC Leather Penguin dubs his link to the film Strider Lied, Orcs Died while Rob at Say Anything wants to blame Gandalf. Who do I think is to blame for Middle Earth's illegal invasion of the sovereign country of Mordor? It was all a conspiracy started by Bilbo Baggins, the well known war-profiteer.

UPDATE: Treebeard, man. It's all Treebeard!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:51 PM | Comments |

Welcome to the Dark-Side: Paleo-Con Endorses Bush

Long-time friend Professor Chaos has endorsed Bush. I think it was the sheer brilliant weight of my arguments for Bush that overpowered his puny objections. Either that or he is finally seeing Kerry for the warmed over hippie that he really is. Either way, I'm happy. Welcome aboard!! Expect your Rove/Haliburton checks to be deposited in your Swiss account ASAP.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:32 PM | Comments |

Nigerian Court Sentence Two Women to Death by Stoning for Having Sex

Earlier today I reported that a band of rebels calling themselves The Taliban want to break free from Nigeria and set up their own Islamic state because, you know, stoning women to death for fornicating just isn't Islamic enough for the purists. Folks, this is Sharia law (Hat tip: Cindy).

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

New Beheading Video from Army of Ansar al-Sunnah: Shiite Follower of Muqtada al-Sadr Beheaded for 'Working with US'

shiiteintro.jpgThis is an archive page. For the latest news on The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah and other terrorist groups in Iraq please go to the MAIN PAGE HERE.

UPDATE 5/10: Army of Ansar al-Sunna website releases images of Japanese hostage Akihiko Saito. Images, story, and link to website.
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Very very odd. The man who is murdered is identified as a Shiite cleric named Al-Sayed Alaa al-Malki, a follower of the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Perhaps there are other, less apparent, reasons that al-Sadr has made this latest deal with the Alawi's Provisional Authority? Is it possible that al-Sadr's Shiite Muqti Army is already engaged in sectarian violence against the Sunni Army of Ansar al-Sunnah and Zarqawi's Tawhid and Jihad group? Just yesterday I reported a new beheading video released by the Army of Ansar al-Sunnah included one man who identified himself as a member of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Tawhid and Jihad terrorist organization. Both are Sunni based terrorist organizations. Yahoo News:

A videotape surfaced on the Internet Tuesday showing what was said to be the confession and beheading of an Arab Shiite Muslim, presumably Iraqi, who was accused of serving the U.S. Army by "assassinating Sunni leaders."

The video's authenticity could not be verified, but it was posted in the name of the Ansar al-Sunna Army, on a Web site where such militant content is often released. It showed a man, who identified himself as Al-Sayed Alaa al-Malki, kneeling in front of two masked gunmen.

Two identification cards were hanging from the man's gray shirt. One of them bore the name al-Malki and said "local sheik." It also had a photograph that showed him wearing a black robe and a white turban similar to those worn by Shiite clerics.

With a bruised face and dark circles beneath his eyes, the bearded, heavyset man spoke in a shaky voice of ties to a Shiite militia and to a former U.S. military commander in Iraq. Then, he was shown held down on his back, his face covered with a white sheet and his head being cut off. Afterward, the sheet was removed to show his face....

In the video posted Tuesday, the man, whose accent was Iraqi, said he was a follower of Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. He said he "had close relationship with the Sadr army ... and relations with political leaders such as the (Lt. Gen. Ricardo) Sanchez."...

The video also showed the man confessing to working with an American military officer named Paul, with whom he allegedly established a "Citizens Claims Office" that was used as a cover "to collect and buy weapons from the street, and sell them to the American army."

A statement purportedly from Ansar al-Sunna Army that accompanied the video said al-Malki was killed because "he used the Citizens Claims Office as an underground tunnel — during his work with the American forces — to assassinate a number of Sunni leaders."

I have the video and images from it are posted below. You can download it from the Terrorist Media website, but there is a subscription required. Chad Evans at In the Bullpen is also hosting the video, just CLICK TO THIS POST and scroll down for it.

And if one more person e-mails me explaining that beheading is 'un-Islamic', I'm going to pop a nut. Seriously, beheading is a prescribed and accepted method of execution in Sharia law. Perhaps it went out of vogue for awhile, but it's back and with all the force of an Islamic pop-culture revolution. How else do you explain a ten year old Muslim boy in England playing the beheading game?

shiiteid.jpgIn addition to the videotaped murder of an Iraqi Shiite cleric released today and the videotaped murder of a Turkish reconstruction worker and his Iraqi translator yesterdy [information, links to video, and images here], the Army of Ansar al Sunnah murdered an Iraqi named Barie Nafi'a Daoud Ibrahim on Oct. 2nd [images, link to video, and information here]. The same group murdered three Iraqis on September 16th (information, links to video, and images here). On August 31st, these terrorists executed 12 hostages from Nepal, one of them by beheading (information, links to video, and images here). On August 11th the group beheaded a man they claimed was a CIA agent (information and images here) and on August 25th the group beheaded a second alleged CIA agent (information and images here). May God speed the victims' souls to heaven, and may His wrath reign down upon the spineless terrorists in the form of a MOAB or other appropriately large ordinance.

Images: Above right: An image of Al-Sayed Alaa al-Malki 'confessing' to cooperating with the Coalition Authority. Left: An image from the beheading video showing the man's name and identifying him as a "local sheik".

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What follows are graphic images from this beheading video. Why do I show them? To provide context. We are not fighting a 'resistance movement' in Iraq. We are fighting terrorists bent on dominating the world and restoring the world-wide Islamic state.

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

Team America: I am Jawa Hunter

I have been saying for months that the election will not turn on Michael Moore's F-9/11 as the fat man has planned for so long. No, this election will be won by Bush because of another, much more important, film. Team America: World Police. This site basically says the same thing, only better. Bill at INDC has the DU reaction to the upcoming flick. It's funny because it's true.

The dating game question for Dr. Rusty Shackleford: Bachelor #2, if you were any character from Team America: World Police, which one would you be.

Rusty Shackleford's answer: Jawa Hunter.

On an semi-related note, Cameron asks this great question: If the fringe (I'm looking at you Michael Moore) becomes the norm, do we redefine the fringe? I told my upper division students that Michael Moore was, and I quote, "Full of shit and a purveyor of the kind of conspiracy theories that would normally get your ass kicked." They were shocked. They had never heard one of their Profs say anything bad about Michael Moore. Never.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:38 PM | Comments |

Irrelevant Question

Not that anybody except Gordo the Cranky Neocon cares, but is paypal down across the blogosphere or are they just screwing with me? Oh, FYI--MPJ has collected almost $8 in total contributions this year!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:18 PM | Comments |

Troll Hunting

I've already mentioned that I forwarded some e-mails to various law enforcement agencies, including one that threatened the President's life. I also e-mailed several host companies in the UK letting them know some of their subscribers are violating terms of usage. I really didn't expect to get anything back, but the webmaster over at NTL got back to me within hours and is busy hunting down one of the culprits. Thanks for everyone's input and advice.

On a related note, Jane pointed me to this great article by American Warmonger on how to hunt trolls the right way. The good news is that no dogs, tree stands, or orange vests are required! One advantage of MT over Blogger is that it records IP addresses of everyone who comments.

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

Game On! TTLB Ecosystem Back Up

NZ Bear is now declared Sith Lord and Imperial Undesecratary! Have you guys seen the new ecosystem design? It is truly amazing, awesome, cool, neet-o, etc. The Commissar describes the enhancements this way:

- a graph showing your rank and # unique links over time

- an expandable tree menu showing the links which the blog has received from other blogs

- an expandable tree menu showing the blog's ten most-linked-to posts and who linked to them

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:49 AM | Comments |

Too Hot for the UK: Steyn's Censored Column

Mark Steyn's publishers at the Telegraph thought that readers in the UK couldn't handle this piece of solidly British advice. Here's a tidbit.

I’d written about Kenneth Bigley, seized with two American colleagues but unlike them not beheaded immediately. Instead, sensing that they could exploit potential differences within “the coalition of the willing”, for three weeks the Islamists played a cat-and-mouse game with Mr Bigley’s life, in which Fleet Street, the British public, governments in London and Dublin and Islamic lobby groups in the United Kingdom were far too willing to participate. As I always say, in this war the point is not whether you’re sad about the dead people, but what you’re prepared to do about it. What “Britain” – from Ken Bigley’s brother to the Foreign Secretary – did was make it more likely that other infidels will meet his fate.
It gets better from there. I echo his sentiments that we do not honor the memory of Kenneth Bigly by mourning for him, we honor his memory by hunting down and killing those that murdered him in cold blood. (Hat tip: James Joyner)

Also bitching about this: James Joyner, Michelle Malkin, Kevin Aylward, Spoons, Fresh Bilge

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

J-Dawg's Lost Dog

Any readers in the Plano, Texas area? Jeff Quinton has lost his dog.

UPDATE: Slapping forehead!! Jeff lives in South Carolina. Trust me, I knew that. We've had many a discussion on who the real 'SC' is!!! It was actually Chad Evan's dog. Chad was just guest blogging over at Backcountry Conservative. The good news is that Chad found his dog!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:19 AM | Comments |

African 'Taliban' Take Hostages

Holy shiite!! There's a freaking 'Taliban' in Africa? All Africa:

ISLAMIST rebels have attacked a police patrol and taken a number of hostages at Kala-Balge in Borno State close to the Cameroon border, according to the police. The state Police Commissioner Ade Ajakaiye said he could not yet confirm the number of casualties among the 60-man squad which was attacked on Friday, but that some policemen were known to have been taken prisoner.

"We received information that members of the Taliban group attacked our men on patrol around Kala-Balge bushes," he said on telephone. The self-styled "Talibans" are a small group of militant Islamists who were inspired by their Afghan namesakes and who claim to be fighting to create an independent Muslim state in that part of the country. "The nature of the attack and the fact that our men were taken hostage clearly show that this must be the handiwork of the Talibans," Ajaikaye said.

Ajakaiye said military and police reinforcements backed by two military helicopters had been dispatched to the area to investigate. The Talibans first came to public notice in December last year when they launched a short-lived rebellion, seizing control of a small area of farmland and semi-desert on Nigeria's northern border with Niger.

They attacked several police stations, raised the Afghan flag and declared independence, but the uprising was put down within weeks by the military.

Last month, the group appeared again, attacking police posts in Borno State and killing four officers and a civilian in raids from bases on the Cameroonian border. The insurgents took seven people hostage, two of whom they killed.

Cameroonian and Nigerian forces have since been cooperating and several rebels have been shot or arrested. Security patrols have been stepped up in the border area and Cameroon is due to extradite five suspected militants.

Nigeria's Talibans are thought to be led by a clique of university graduates from Maiduguri, some of them from the region's most influential political families. Officials have claimed that they received training and funding from Islamic bodies and charities in the Middle East. Although as no prosecutions have yet begun, evidence as to their origins is sketchy. US officials have recently expressed concern that the remote areas of central north and West Africa, where state authority is weak, could become breeding grounds for extremist groups.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:10 AM | Comments |

Bali Bombing Anniversary

Today is the second anniversary of the Bali nightclub bombing which killed 202 people, including 82 Australians. This was Australia's 9/11. May the victims of Islamic fascism rest in peace, and may those who committed this act die a terrible death and then spend the rest of eternity in the lowest ring of hell.

To Australian readers: We will never forget what your country has gone through nor will we forgive. May God bless your land and your brave people!

UPDATE: Kevin Reminds me that it is also the fourth anniversary of the USS Cole bombing (seeing a pattern here?) and Citizen Smash reminds us what is at stake in the upcoming election on this anniversary day.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:03 AM | Comments |

Chinese Hostages Update: the Gitmo Connection

Three days ago I reported that two Chinese nationals were taken hostage in Pakistan's South Waziristan province--you may recall South Waziristan from such incidents as hiding fleeing al Qaeda leaders and Osama bin Laden's corpse is here. What I did not know was that the leader of the terrorists who had taken the hostages was one of those innocent victims who had been illegally held at Guantanamo Bay until all those great human rights activists and Geneva Convention conscience governments shamed the Bush administration into letting him go.

Get this:"Pakistan officials said the kidnappers were taking orders from [Abdullah] Mehsud, a former inmate of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, who now heads tribesmen fighting alongside al Qaeda fighters in South Waziristan..."

Go check out Simon's post on the subject. He has the goods on Abdullah and some of the other released Gitmo prisoners.

Note to self: Could Abdullah be one of my many Muslim fans?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:43 AM | Comments |

October 11, 2004

Indiana Jones Moment

Remember that scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark where Dr. Jones is teaching and the one student has 'love' and 'you' on each of her eyelids? I had a similar experience today--only the 21st-century-post-MTV-way-dirtier version of that.

Querry: When a female student does something like that, what is the proper response? (keeping in mind that the Prof. is happily married and looking to stay that way)

UPDATE: Just to clarify, I am wondering how to handle the situation--NOT WONDERING HOW TO GET SOME ACTION W/O GETTING CAUGHT!!!!!! Yes, I'm sort of flattered. But I'm also embarassed, sickened, worried that when the chick forgets to take her lithium I'll find a dead rabbit on the stove, etc.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:09 PM | Comments |

Hey Rusty, why the light blogging today?

Sorry, I had to clean out my inbox. I probably read like 100 messages, banned at least 5 readers, and deleted about 30 or so comments. I'll blog more tomorrow, I promise. Also, if you sent me an e-mail and I didn't respond I apologize--another victim of the collateral damage of a Google bomb. Traffic seems to be getting back to normal so I'll respond to any new e-mails you send my way.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:56 PM | Comments |

Reader Love Mail and Help

I've been getting a lot of 'love mail' as of late, and thought I'd share one of the comments with you. Some of it is too sick to pass along, some predictable, and one that I forwarded to the FBI. Maybe a techie out there could help me figure something out: is there an easy way to locate a person through their IP address?? Not necessarily their physical address, but maybe their ISP? How do I do that?

Ok, here's some reader mail:

Ahmad: We will kill more and more of you american pigs. Die all western pigs in the land of Allah.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:24 PM | Comments |

Note to Readers/Friends: G-mail vs. Yahoo

mail_2.gifAs you can see, My Pet Jawa is growing up. Most of the 374 e-mails that I found in my mailbox today are the comments you leave which are forwarded to my old Yahoo account. I've asked friends to start e-mailing me on my G-mail account because at some point it just becomes unmanagable to sort through 300+ e-mails. Here's the dilema: since I use Yahoo messenger I am alerted whenever a message comes into the Inbox--I love this feature of Yahoo mail. On the other hand, last Friday I got slammed with well overn 45k hits and 100k page views--this translates into a lot of comments and a lot of e-mails. After awhile I just tune out and ignore e-mails in my Yahoo box. On normal days it's not that big of a problem, but when the Google bomb goes off my Yahoo account becomes a graveyard of unread messages (which is why sometimes I get right back to readers/blog friends and other times I never reply).

My G-mail account is much more managable. Only people I have e-mailed or who take the time to look up my e-mail account on this page write me there. The disadvantage? No way to let me know when I get a new e-mail--I have to refresh the page just to check. When a blog friend or reader e-mails me with a breaking news tip I sometimes don't get the message for awhile.

So, here's the question: does any one know of a G-mail plug in that will notify you when a new message is received? That feature would be very helpful.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:25 PM | Comments |

Iraqi, Turk Beheaded by Army of Ansar al-Sunna

turk_2.jpg>UPDATE: If you are looking for the latest news and information on a more recent beheading/ murder video released by the terrorist bastards, PLEASE GO TO THE MAIN PAGE HERE.

The Army of Ansar al-Sunna released the videotaped beheading of a Turkish civillian working on reconstruction efforts and his Iraqi translator. In the video, both men are forced to confess that they are cooperating with the coalition, then they are brutally beheaded. The video may be downloaded at this site (subscription required at that site) or at In the Bullpen where Chad has graciously offered to host the video with no strings attached.. I have the video, but not the bandwidth to host it. Please e-mail if you would like to host the video on your site. I have posted graphic images from the beheading video in the extended entry below.

In the videotape, one of the hostage takers identifies himself as a member of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Tawhid and Jihad terrorist organization. Both the Army of Ansar al Sunna and Tawhid and Jihad are believed to be looseley connected to al Qaeda. This video is further evidence that the organizational structure of al Qaeda has shifted. While never a strict hierarcy, al Qaeda is increasingly becoming a loose network of like-minded jihadis. Also, this is further evidence that the hunt for Ossama bin Laden should not be a priority in the GWOT. Much more important is stopping the spread of the Islamist ideology behind the network of terrorists who are seeking an immediate restoration of the Islamic Caliphate and it's eventual world-domination.turk2intro_2.jpg
[Pictured above right, Turkish hostage. To the left is his Iraqi translator.]


The Army of Ansar al Sunnah murdered an Iraqi named Barie Nafi'a Daoud Ibrahim on Oct. 2nd [images, link to video, and information here]. The same group murdered three Iraqis on September 16th (information, links to video, and images here). On August 31st, these terrorists executed 12 hostages from Nepal, one of them by beheading (information, links to video, and images here). On August 11th the group beheaded a man they claimed was a CIA agent (information and images here) and on August 25th the group beheaded a second alleged CIA agent (information and images here). May God speed the victims' souls to heaven, and may His wrath reign down upon the spineless terrorists in the form of a MOAB or other appropriately large ordinance.

VOA:

A militant group in Iraq is reported to have beheaded a Turkish hostage and his Iraqi translator because they worked with U.S. forces.

The al-Jazeera television network aired scenes of a video showing masked men holding the two men. The station said the video was found on a militant-linked Web site and was purported to be from the al-Qaida-linked Army of Ansar al-Sunna group. The video reportedly showed militants killing the hostages after they confessed to working with U.S. forces, but al-Jazeera did not air the video.

Also today, the al-Arabiya station broadcast video showing militants threatening to behead another Turkish hostage.

In the footage, one gunman identified the kidnappers as members of Tawhid and Jihad - a group led by wanted terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Reuters:
militant Iraqi group said it had beheaded a Turkish contractor and his Iraqi translator as punishment for working with U.S. forces in Iraq, television channel Al Jazeera television said on Monday.

The station aired scenes from a video by the Army of Ansar al-Sunna group showing the Turk standing between two masked militants. Al Jazeera said the group killed the two men after they "confessed" to have cooperated with U.S. forces.

The television said they would not air the beheading video, which it said it had obtained from a Web site, because it was too gruesome.

I have tried to enlarge the video enough to be able to read both hostages identification, but the resolution is too poor. If any of you find out their names, please let me know. These victims deserve to be remembered by name. UPDATE: The Interested Participant writes: "The Turk's name is Maher Kemal and the Iraqi's name is Lukman Hussein." Thanks for the heads up.


Below: The victims' ID badges 'proving' that the two were cooperating with the Coalition Authority. In the Palestinian territories, Chechnya, and Kashmir summary execution of 'collaborators' is common.

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Others: Chad at In the Bullpen has the video; Jeff Quinton at Backcountry Conservative; MH King at Ramblings' Journal; James at Outside the Beltway


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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:45 PM | Comments |

Good News Everyone: Jacques Derrida is Dead!!

Unless death is simply a social construction, Jacques Derrida is dead. Why am I glad? French and postmodern.

Kevin the Big Hominid talks about the time he met Derrida and says: Derrida the man isn't a problem; it's Derrida the movement that worries me. The money quote on Derrida goes to Brian Leiter: Alas, he is being referred to as a philosopher.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:52 AM | Comments |

Christopher Reeve: Down Like a Clown Charlie Brown

Christopher Reeve dead? No. He joins the ranks of Elvis, JFK, and Sasquatch in their banishment. His crime? Look, it's not so much that he was a smoothe criminal as the fact that he was a selfish prick who became a martyr, a hero, and a poster child for the Oprah-ization of America. You're next Michael J. Fox. Can I make another inappropriate observation here? I suspect that the amount of grief suffered by the average American citizen in learning that Reeve is dead is proportionately related to their probability of voting for John Kerry.

Related:
Q: "What do you call an able bodied guy on your doorstep?"
A: Click here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:33 AM | Comments |

Is American William Bradley a Hostage in Iraq?

Interesting article, sent to me by reader Cindy, about an American civillian kidnapped back in April. His whereabouts are still unkown. Newsday:

In the six months since truck driver William Bradley
disappeared in Iraq, his relatives say they're frustrated by their
countless efforts to find out what happened to him.

"I haven't heard one thing," Bradley's sister, Donna Cureton, said from
her home in Carlsbad, N.M. "My phone bill looks like the national debt,
but nobody will talk to you."

Bradley, 50, of Chesterfield, went missing April 9, when insurgents
attacked his fuel convoy outside Baghdad. Two others in the convoy -- Army
Spc. Keith M. Maupin of Ohio, and Timothy Bell of Mobile, Ala., who
like Bradley worked for a subsidiary of energy giant Halliburton Co. --
are also still missing. Thomas Hamill of Macon, Miss., managed to escape
the Iraqis who captured him.

Bradley's son, Jackson Bradley, is not commenting on the search for his father, Cureton said. Attempts to call Jackson Bradley were unsuccessful. As for Cureton, she gave up calling Halliburton and the Defense Department for updates.

"Since I'm not a wife or child they seem to think I'm not entitled to
any news," she said.

Halliburton too would like more news about Bradley and Bell, but
details are limited because the search is being conducted by the military in
an active combat area, said spokeswoman Wendy Hall. Forty-eight
Halliburton employees have died in Kuwait and Iraq since fighting began.

"We wish we could help with more information, but we don't have it,"
Hall said, adding the men's names are included in President Bush's daily
briefing, "so their situation is known at the highest level of our
government."

Bradley, who has an outgoing personality and a passion for
Harley-Davidson motorcycles, spoke to his sister on his last night in the United
States.

"I told him, 'Don't go. If you get in any kind of trouble, our
government's not going to help,' "Cureton recalled. "He said well, he had
signed the contract to go, he gave his word to go and he wanted to see the
country and meet the people."

Cureton said Bradley, who spent four years in the Marines, told her he
planned to use some of his money to go on a bike trip through Europe.
On Sunday, members of Bradley's New Hampshire bike club, plan to pass
out magnetic POW-MIA ribbons, which they will display on their bikes in
his honor.

"He was going to go France, places like that," she said. "Take his bike
and go."

According to friends, Bradley left New Hampshire in February, traveling
to Wichita, Kan., where he left his Harley with his son for
safekeeping. He then headed to Houston-based Halliburton. His group of contractors
arrived in Kuwait on March 14. Less than a month later, Bradley's
convoy was ambushed in Iraq.

Friends said Bradley's decision to go to Iraq was another instance of
his free spirit and curiosity.

"About every two years he would take off and he would go," said Suzanne
Behringer, 46, of Galveston, Texas, who said she is Bradley's
common-law wife.

"I begged him not to go ... because it was just so volatile," she said.
"He was going over there he said for adventure and to rebuild the
country."

After the attack, Behringer said Halliburton asked her if Bradley had
any reason to stay in Iraq. She could only think of one: "All I could
say to them was, 'Is there a Harley-Davidson T-shirt shop?' It'd be the
only reason he would stop, I swear to God."

Behringer and Bradley met in 1995. Although they split in 2001,
Behringer said the two stayed in touch, even after he moved to New Hampshire
and began another relationship.

Behringer also said calls she made to get updates on the search were
useless.

"Nobody says anything, nobody knows anything and that's including
Halliburton and the Army and the Department of Defense," she said. "They say
they're looking for him but they won't say where."

This is little comfort to Wilma Procter, Bradley's girlfriend. "I check
with them all the time. So far there is no official military report on
him," she said. "I am aware of every single day that I do not speak
with him."

Those close to Bradley say the combination of no news and video of
hostage beheadings has them wishing for closure.

"I get really antsy when they go to showing these guys getting their
heads chopped off," Cureton said. She believes her brother is dead, even
though his body has not been found.

"You get a little feeling," she said. "I'm hoping I'm wrong."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:17 AM | Comments |

October 10, 2004

Kenneth Bigley Beheading Video Released

bigley1.jpgPictured right: Image from the videotaped beheading of Kenneth Bigley.

The Beheading video of Kenneth Bigley was posted to an Islamic bulletin board today. Images from the video and information on this sad news can be found at my original post and can be viewed by CLICKING HERE. The following are two links to the video, both are horribly graphic and should not be seen by minors. You can view the video in Real Player format by clicking here (courtesy of the Northeast Intelligence Network). The video can also be downloaded in Windows Media format by going to the Terrorist Media site, although you must sign up for a free password. Transcripts of Ken Bigley's last plea can be found at Blogs of War or Digger's Realm. The video is truly gruesome. In the video, Bigley seems unaware of his impending death. Instead, he pleas one last time for Tony Blair to give the terrorists what they want. Unfortunately for Ken Bigley, what the terrorists want is a world-wide Islamic state. A state where freedom of religion is a thing of the past. A state where Hindus and Buddhists are forced to convert or be killed. A state where Christians and Jews are second class citizens, what Muslims call dhimmis. [Hat tip: Digger, who e-mailed me about this.]

Images from the video and news updates can be found by CLICKING HERE.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:44 PM | Comments |

October 09, 2004

Suicice Bomber in Kashmir

Last post, I swear. One guess as to what certain Religion of Irony dominates in Kasmir? Here's a hint: the MSM likes to call their terrorists militants. ABC News:

A suicide car bomber rammed into an army convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday, triggering an explosion that left four people dead and 22 wounded, the army said.

Two soldiers, a civilian and the bomber were killed in the attack on a highway connecting Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu-Kashmir state, with the frontier town of Uri, an army garrison, said Lt. Col. V. K. Batra.

Twelve soldiers and 10 civilians were injured in the blast.

Shortly after the attack, a local news agency in Srinagar said it received a telephone call from the Jaish-e-Mohammed militant group claiming responsibility for the attack. The Current News Service said the caller identified himself as Abu Jindal and claimed to be a spokesman for the Pakistan-based militant group.

The Jaish-e-Mohammed is one of more than a dozen Islamic militant groups fighting for Kashmir's independence from India or its merger with neighboring Pakistan. The group, also known as the "Army of Mohammed" is considered by the United States to be a terrorist group.

More than 65,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the conflict over Kashmir since 1989.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:13 PM | Comments |

Two Chinese Nationals Kidnapped in Pakistan

South Waziristan, you may recall, is the province where many in the al Qaeda leadership are said to be holed up. Daily Times:

Two Chinese engineers working at the Gomal Zam Dam project in South Waziristan Agency were kidnapped along with a security guard and a co-worker on Saturday morning.

The men left for work early in the morning and their abandoned vehicle was later found at Tormandi. DIG Police Habibur Rehman told reporters in Dera, 160 miles south of Peshawar, that the Chinese engineers and the two Pakistanis were kidnapped 10 kilometres inside South Waziristan Agency at 7:00am.

Officials said that security forces were chasing the kidnappers and had sealed the area.

Sources said the authorities had asked Muttahdia Majlis-e-Amal MNA Maulana Mirajuddin to negotiate the release of the Chinese workers. Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao told reporters in Peshawar that all channels were being explored to secure the release of the abducted men. “We are leaving no stone unturned to ensure the safe release of the Chinese men and two Pakistanis,” he said. Brig (r) Mehmood Shah, FATA security chief, told Daily Times that two foreigners and one Pushto-speaking tribesman were involved in the kidnapping.

“The authorities are negotiating with the kidnappers as they have threatened to blow up themselves and the hostages if the security forces try to carry out a rescue operation,” Brig Shah said. He said the kidnappers had so far made no demand for the release of the hostages but sources in Dera said that the kidnappers had demanded to be “taken to the ameer.” But they would not elaborate who the ameer was. Military helicopters were hovering over the Gardoway area near Tank district, a source in Wana said. “They are walking on foot. Paramilitary troops are following them,” an intelligence source said.

I just popped in for a minute to print up something for my wife and I saw this. Madness. Absolute madness.

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

Second Presidential Debate, my take

The debate? Who the hell cares. I didn't watch it. The debates are unimportant. All they show is who is the best debator. We are not electing the Debator in Chief. The clips I saw showed John Kerry lying and trying to come off as a moderate when he's really an anti-death penalty, radical abortion supporting (he voted against partial birth), anti-military, maggot infested Yale version of a hippie. And yes, he is a great actor. He sure knows how to act like a moderate.

I have only seen one post on the debate, no time right now to get the blogosphere reaction. Let me just plug the one post I have seen. Professor Chaos introduces a first to the blogosphere: crackblogging. Drunkblogging is just so last year, and liveblogging? Fahget about it!

Go check out the post: Crackblogging the Debate

Much more important news than last night's non-event is that the Afhanistan elections are on and the Conservatives have won again in Australia. Way to go!

I'm going to spend the rest of the day with my family. I suggest you do the same.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:55 AM | Comments |

Kenneth Bigley Escape Attempt Confirmed

Yesterday I played down reports that Kenneth Bigley had attempted to escape before he was murdered by the terrorscum[original Kenneth Bigley post here]. Today, multiple sources confirm that Bigley had attempted to escape before Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Tawid and Jihad terrorist organization beheaded him. The interesting question, here, is how did the Iraqi authorities and MSNBC, who carried the story yesterday, get this information? Washington Times:

The British engineer who was held three weeks by Islamic extremists in Iraq before being beheaded managed to escape shortly before his video-taped murder.

Apparently, one of his captors helped Ken Bigley escape in the town of Latifiya, southwest of Baghdad, where he was being held, the BBC reported Saturday.

But he was recaptured about 30 minutes later and soon thereafter beheaded while a video camera taped the killing, Iraqi officials told his family.

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

October 08, 2004

Mount St. Helens May be Heading for the Big One

Seattle's KIRO:

Scientists said the earthquakes and explosions at Mount St. Helens could lead to an eruption as powerful as the one in 1980, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reported.

The volcano reportedly spewed more steam overnight, but earthquakes continued to be fairly light, striking about once a minute and registering about magnitude one.

Meanwhile, the speculation continued about what exactly is happening underneath the mountain.

Scientists said part of the lava dome in the volcano's crater has risen 50 to 100 feet since Tuesday, a sign -- along with mild earthquake activity -- that molten rock may be moving toward the surface without much resistance.

Live picture of Mount St. Helens and links to live video here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:40 PM | Comments |

Religion of Peace and Other Happenings

My Pet Jawa is getting slammed today, but there is other Religion of Peace news going on out there.

Al Qaeda may be behind yesterday's massacre of vacationing Jews in Egypt, says Israeli Intelligence Chief.

Indonesian Embassy in Paris Bombed and now Islamic group claims responsibility.

Allah's will is that Iran obtain at least two nukes by January

Shiites vs. Sunnis in Pakistan. 42 dead in yesterday's bombing. Despite declaration of martial law, violent protests erupt.

After months of US-led effort, UN finally to begin investigating genocide in Darfur. Star Wars Episode I replayed in real life!

Beslam victim update.

First Afghani elections EVER tomorrow. Hooray!!! What was that about the US being Imperialist and imperialism is bad, mmm-kay? Expect violence.

Oil for food scam getting more coverage. For complete coverage I suggest Friends of Saddam.

Cool pic of our boys hunting down the scum bastards in Iraq.

*Schtick Copyright Infringement Alert* (via Leather Penguin)

FBI siezes Indy media servers.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:16 PM | Comments |

Kenneth Bigley Beheaded in Iraq

bigley1.jpg>UPDATE: If you are looking for the latest news and information on a more recent beheading/ murder video released by the terrorist bastards, PLEASE GO TO THE MAIN PAGE HERE.

Pictured right: Image from the videotaped beheading of Kenneth Bigley.

UPDATE 10/10: Kenneth Bigley beheading video was posted today. I have seen it. It is horrible. Links to the video and images from it below.

Abu Dhabi Television reports that British hostage Kenneth Bigley has been 'executed' by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Tawid and Jihad terrorist organization. Reuters claims that UK government sources have confirmed Bigley's murder. On September 25th a message was posted on an Islamic message board claiming Ken Bigley had been beheaded [information here], but the report turned out to be false. However, today's report would be the first time a major media organization has claimed to have confirmation of Bigley's death. UPDATE: Video emerges of Bigley beheading. Links to video and images soon. Scroll down for updates.

Developing.....Expect frequent updates.

UPDATE I: Sources in Fallujah claim that Kenneth Bigley has been beheaded. Expect the release of a beheading video within the next 24 hours. Reuters:

British hostage Kenneth Bigley has been beheaded near Baghdad, insurgent sources in the rebel-held town of Falluja say. The sources said Bigley was killed on Thursday afternoon in the town of Latifiya, about 22 miles southwest of the Iraqi capital. They declined to say how they had got their information.
UDATE II: MSNBC (via Jeff Quinton) has a conflicting report about how Bigley was killed and that others might also have been killed. Is this an allusion that US or other Coalition Forces could hav been involved in a rescue attempt?
At the Pentagon, meanwhile, U.S. military sources told NBC News that they have reports from Iraq that Bigley might have been killed while trying to escape. The reports indicate that a number of "others" who might have been trying to help Bigley escape were also killed, the sources said.
UPDATE III: Al Jazeera also claiming Bigley was beheaded.

UPDATE III: Video surfaces of Bigly beheading. Reuters:

A video released by Muslim militants shows them beheading British hostage Kenneth Bigley, a Reuters witness says.

Bigley was shown making a statement as six militants stood behind him before one cut his head off with a knife.

UPDATE IV:Abu Dhabi television obtains Bigley beheading videotape. Bloomberg:
Abu Dhabi television has obtained a videotape that it says shows Bigley being beheaded by his captors, and it has decided not to broadcast the tape of the killing, said a network spokesman who asked not to be identified.
UPDATE V:Kenneth Bigley's brother blames Blair, has "blood on his hands." Reuters:
The brother of British hostage Kenneth Bigley said on Friday that Prime Minister Tony Blair had "blood on his hands".

In a statement to anti-Iraq war activists, issued after he had heard reports of his brother's apparent death, Paul Bigley said: "Please, please stop the war and prevent other lives being lost.

"It is illegal, it has to stop. Mr Blair has blood on his hands."

UPDATE VI: Bigley's family has proof that Ken is dead. What is so odd about this is that the British government cannot yet confirm Bigley's death, yet his family ca. The victim's younger brother, Paul Bigley, recently had his home Dutch Intelligence officers and his computer was siezed [details here] amidst allegations that Bigley's family was communicating with the terrorists. Reuters:
His brother said on Friday that Bigley had been killed, confirming earlier reports coming out of Iraq. "We can confirm that the family has now received absolute proof that Ken Bigley was executed by his captors," Phil Bigley, Ken's younger brother, said in a televised statement.
UPDATE VII: Blair reacts. No matter how much revulsion you think you feel upon hearing the news, when you see the video or images of it your revulsion level will reach unimaginable heights. Reuters:
"I feel utter revulsion at the people who did this, not just at the barbaric nature of the killing but the way frankly they played with the situation over the past few weeks," Blair told reporters on Friday. "I feel a strong sense, as I hope others do, that the actions of these people whether in Iraq or elsewhere should not prevail over people like Ken Bigley."
UPDATE VII: Allawi reacts. Reuters:
"This is a horrible, barbaric act," Allawi told Reuters. "We are determined to pursue those terrorists who killed Mr Bigley and put them on trial as soon as possible."

Allawi said there had been intense efforts to secure the release of the 62-year-old engineer, but no attempt to rescue him by force.

Asked if he knew why the kidnappers had chosen to kill Bigley at this time, he said: "Their intention from the start was to kill him, but they were trying to exploit this matter for a long time for publicity. Their intention was to kill him."

UPDATE VIII:Allawi claims no rescue attempt, but admits that security forces were sweeping area where Bigley was being held. Jon, of Gam Blog, tells me that British media are reporting that Coalition forces were getting near the safe-house Zarqawi was holding Bigley in. It is also being reported that a US bomb may have struck a Tawid and Jihad meeting in the neighborhood. These events may have scared Zarqawi enough that he decided to execute Bigley on the spot.

But make no mistake, Zarqawi would have killed Bigley sooner or later. The only reason Bigley lasted the 22 days in captivity that he did was because Zarqawi found the Brittish public so easily manipulated by his propaganda. Bigley's life was a propaganda tool in Zarqawi's hands. His death must not be forgotten, and his murderers hunted down like the vermin they are.

UPDATE IX: Straw confirms Biglye death, admits that contact had been made with terrorists, refuses to comment when asked if more than Bigley dead. Scotsman:

Four days ago, an individual approached the British Embassy in Baghdad, presenting himself as a potential intermediary with the captors,” he said.

“It was very clearly in Mr Bigley’s interest that we should do all we could to establish contact.

“Messages were exchanged with the hostage-takers in an attempt to dissuade them from carrying out their threat to kill Mr Bigley.

“But at no stage did they abandon their demands relating to the release of women prisoners, even though they were aware that there are no women prisoners in our custody in Iraq.

“Both the Prime Minister and I approved these communications and endorsed their content, which was in line with the public statements which both of us had made.

“Ken Bigley’s family in Liverpool and his wife in Thailand were kept fully aware of our communications with this intermediary.

“This afternoon, as you all know, the intermediary has provided us with proof beyond reasonable doubt that Ken Bigley’s captors have carried out their threat.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to Ken Bigley’s family, his colleagues and friends.”

UPDATE X: Requium Mass held for Kenneth Bigley in Liverpool.

UPDATE XI--Oct. 9th: Yesterday I played down reports that Kenneth Bigley had attempted to escape before he was murdered by [original Kenneth Bigley post here]. Today, multiple sources confirm that Bigley had attempted to escape before Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Tawid and Jihad terrorist organization beheaded him. The interesting question, here, is how did the Iraqi authorities and MSNBC, who carried the story yesterday, get this information? Washington Times:

The British engineer who was held three weeks by Islamic extremists in Iraq before being beheaded managed to escape shortly before his video-taped murder.

Apparently, one of his captors helped Ken Bigley escape in the town of Latifiya, southwest of Baghdad, where he was being held, the BBC reported Saturday.

But he was recaptured about 30 minutes later and soon thereafter beheaded while a video camera taped the killing, Iraqi officials told his family.

UPDATE XII--Oct. 9th: Neither Abu Musab al-Zarqawi nor Islamic bulletin boards have posted the Kenneth Bigley beheading video yet. What is unique about this particular video is that the terrorists did give the video to al-Jazeera, their normal method of disseminating the initial video. Their normal MO is to then post the video to one of several Islamic bulletin boards, followed by posting the video to one of several websites closely associated with Zarqawi. Is this a good sign that Zarqawi is on the run and unable to take the time to get the video online? I hope so. Better yet, I hope he's dead.

UPDATE XIII--Oct. 9th: Bigley body found? One report says his body was found, but it conflicts with all other reports.

UPDATE XIV--Oct. 10th: Beheading video of Kenneth Bigley was posted to an Islamic bulletin board today. I have posted images from it below. The following are two links to the video, both are horribly graphic and should not be seen by minors. You can view the video in Real Player format by clicking here (courtesy of the Northeast Intelligence Network). The video can also be downloaded in Windows Media format by going to the Terrorist Media site, although you must sign up for a free password. Transcripts of Bigley's last words can be found atDiggers Realm or Blogs of War. The video is truly gruesome. In the video, Bigley seems unaware of his impending death. Instead, he pleas one last time for Tony Blair to give the terrorists what they want. Unfortunately for Ken Bigley, what the terrorists want is a world-wide Islamic state. A state where freedom of religion is a thing of the past. A state where Hindus and Buddhists are forced to convert or be killed. A state where Christians and Jews are second class citizens, what Muslims call dhimmis. [Hat tip: Digger who e-mailed me about it.]

Below: Images from the video. Graphic images in extended entry.

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GRAPHIC IMAGES OF THE VIDEO ARE BELOW. Warning, do not proceed. What follows will make you angry. Very angry.
Other information: Digger's Realm, Backcountry Conservative, Blogs of War, Six Meat Bufet, I Love Jet Noise, Outside the Beltway, Classical Values, ConsterNations, Wizbang, Rooftop Report, The Laughing Wolf, In the Bullpen, Rambling's Journal, Marrtini Pundit, Gam Blog UK, In Search of Utopia, Passionate America, Slant Point, Right on Red

Images follow the timetable. Last chance. Do not proceed further!!

Kenneth Bigley hostage timetable, as reported by the Telegraph:

Thursday, Sept 16: Kenneth Bigley and two Americans - Jack Hensley and Eugene Armstrong - are seized by militants in a dawn raid in the wealthy Al-Mansour district of Baghdad.

Friday, Sept 17: Mr Bigley's family release a statement speaking of their grief at his abduction and begging the kidnappers to release the 62-year-old from Liverpool.

Saturday, Sept 18: Muslim extremists threaten to kill Mr Bigley and his two American colleagues within 48 hours if their demands are not met to free women prisoners in Iraq.

Monday, Sept 20: Mr Armstrong is executed. The militants delay their threats to kill Mr Bigley and Mr Hensley for a further 24 hours.

Tuesday, Sept 21: Mr Hensley is beheaded.

A Foreign Office spokesman says the Government will not change its stance and give in to the kidnappers.

Liverpool's Muslim and Christian leaders join forces in an urgent mercy appeal for Mr Bigley and his American colleague not to be executed - an appeal echoed by the Muslim Council of Britain.

Wednesday, Sept 22: A video of Mr Bigley making a direct plea to Mr Blair to save his life is posted on an Islamic website.

Thursday, Sept 23: Mr Bigley's wife, Sombat, and elderly mother, Lil, appear for the first time to make personal appeals for his release.

Friday, Sept 24: Thousands of leaflets carrying heartfelt written pleas for help from Mr Bigley's family are distributed in Baghdad.

Saturday, Sept 25: Reports on an al-Qa'eda-linked group website claiming that Mr Bigley had been killed are dismissed by the Foreign Office as coming from a "discredited" source.

A two-man Muslim Council of Britain delegation lands in Iraq aiming to meet religious leaders and urge the community to put pressure on the kidnappers.

Tuesday, Sept 28: Two Italian women aid workers held hostage for three weeks in Iraq are freed.

Wednesday, Sept 29: The Prime Minister insists he is doing "absolutely everything" to secure the release of Mr Bigley.

A communique posted on the website Al Qalah.com claims that Mr Bigley is to be freed imminently.

A tearful Mr Bigley appears kneeling behind bars in a new video recording shown on al-Jazeera and claims his captors do not want to kill him. He accuses Mr Blair of doing nothing to secure his release and brands him a liar.

Friday, Oct 1: More than 100,000 leaflets, each containing a personal plea from Mr Bigley's family, are distributed in Baghdad.

Saturday, Oct 2: Paul Bigley says he is looking into reports that a new Iraqi militant group has intervened to help negotiate the engineer's release.

Sunday, Oct 3: Members of the Gaddafi family pledge to support efforts to free Mr Bigley.

Tuesday, Oct 5: The Irish Government issues Mr Bigley with an Irish passport in an attempt to secure his release.

Friday, Oct 8: British Diplomats say they are investigating reports that Mr Bigley is dead following reports on Abu Dhabi Television that he had been killed by his captors.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:04 AM | Comments |

October 07, 2004

She Wore a Rasberry Bomb Belt: new Prince video blames American intolerance for terrorism

I just got finished watching Prince's newest video for Cinnamon Girl (via NEIN). You can view the video by clicking this link.

Let's just say you're not going to believe what the man who used to party like it was 1999 has to say about the GWOT. Some of you may already know that Prince gave up his little red Corvette to become one of Jehovah's Witnesses. That's cool. I respect a faith where extremism is limited to pacifism and the occasional refusal to give blood. You ever hear of an extremist Jehovah's Witness blowing people up? No. That's funny, I thought all religions were basically the same?

Anyway, with his new found insight into God Prince has produced a disgusting song with an equally disgusting video. The story line goes something like this:

Normal looking American girl, happens to be Arab. 9/11. Arab girl gets harassed by intolerant classmates. Arab family gets harassed by intolerant neighbors. Arab family demands Arab girl dress more like an Arab. Arab girl turns to Allah. Arab girl walks in through the out door. Arab girl gets harassed by Homeland Security at airport. Arab girl blows up self and everyone at airport up.

Moral of the story: Intolerant Americans to blame for cycle of violence.

And to think I once thought Prince was cool--not da bomb like the greatest band that ever was, you know, Morris Day and the Time--but cool nonetheless.

Allah has the photoshop, Malkin has the commentary.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:29 PM | Comments |

Muslim Cleric Issues Fatwa: Kidnapping is fine, and the occasional beheading too

Sheik Youssef al-Qaradawi, once called a moderate by MSNBC, has condemned the murder of hostages in Iraq. The catch? It's ok to take hostages, just not kill them. I think the ol' Sheik is kinda missing the whole point about hostage taking. Like when Sheriff Bart took himself hostage in Blazing Saddles, the people of Rock Ridge really had to believe that he was crazy enough to blow the hostages head off. Ok, so al-Qaradawi is a moron, I can live with that. At least he's sort of changed his position on the whole kill all the infidels question. Notice the wording of the article, though. Only governments have the authority to kill the infidels. Nice, so I guess if Allawi is replaced by al Sadr then that sort of changes everything. Seattle Post Intelligencer:

An influential Sunni Muslim cleric who once condoned attacks on U.S. civilians in Iraq has issued a religious edict saying it is permissible under Islam to kidnap in wartime - but not to kill the hostages.

Hostages should be accorded good treatment as prisoners of war and only government courts have the authority to order executions, according to the fatwa, or edict, issued by Sheik Youssef al-Qaradawi, head of the London-based International Association of Muslim Scholars.....

Those who actually take them as prisoners or keep them do not have any authority over them and cannot determine their fate," the edict said.

Although the edict cites Quranic verses and Islamic traditions that say killing captives is prohibited, it says a captive can be killed in "exceptional circumstances, by an order of the head of the Muslim state made on the basis of a court sentence."...

It urged Muslims to maintain "the upper moral ground and not lower our ethical conduct to the wanton level of the occupation forces in Iraq."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:27 PM | Comments |

Hostages Recite Koranic Versus to be Released

How do you say, "I'm a Muslim, I swear" in Arabic. Oh wait, that one doesn't always work--ask Frank Gardner. The Jakarta Post:

In order to prove that the two hostages were Indonesian Muslims, the kidnappers asked them to recite the Koran, and they passed this test.

The kidnappers also accused the women of being the wives of Western men. "I don't know who were the men they were referring to. Luckily, I brought a photo of my husband. I showed them his picture and they believed me," Istiqomah said.

After being convinced, the captors treated them well. Istiqomah said she and Casingkem were released after the kidnappers saw President Megawati Soekarnoputri make an appeal on Al-Jazeera.

Maybe we can get the good Pres to put in a good word for some of the other hostages on al Jazeera, too?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:14 PM | Comments |

Hotel Explosion in Egypt Kills Vacationing Israelis

I would note that today is the 60th anniversary of the Auschwitz uprising. Half a century after the Halocaust and Jews are still the victims of those that wish to see a final solution.

UPDATES ONGOING: 23 Dead 29 DEAD 35 Dead and rising

JPOST: Dual homicide bombing at one bombing location. Over 100 wounded. Doctors being flown in from around Israel

Ha'aretz (via Brain Shavings): 10 floors of hotel collapse, still digging people out. Pic of what the hotel looked like pre-explosion here.

Daily Telegraph, AU (via Michele Catalano): Jamaa Al-Islamiya Al-Alamiya (World Islamist Group) claims responsibility for the explosion using car bomb.

Israel Insider (via Darleen): Street celebrations in Gaza and in Cairo.

Channel News Asia: After first trying to blame the explosions on a gas leak (see below) Egypt now admits probably a bomb.

3 Explosions in different locations. Reuters:

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Explosions rocked two resort towns in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, shortly after a massive blast in the Hilton Hotel near Israel killed at least 23 people, Israeli radio stations reported.

The radio stations reported explosions in the Egyptian resorts of Nueiba and Ras al-Sultan dozens of kilometers (miles) to the southwest of Taba where the first explosion occurred. Thousands of Israelis have been vacationing in the Sinai Peninsula over the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

Notice how this, the first Reuters report, goes out of it's way to mention that it might have been a gas leak. UPDATE: Al Jazeera repeating al Reuters party line: "Police sources said that a car bomb caused the blast, however the Egyptian television reported that a gas leak caused the explosion." Reuters:
An explosion has torn through an Egyptian hotel used by many vacationing Israelis at the Red Sea border resort of Taba and Israeli witnesses reported seeing dozens of bodies from a possible bomb attack.

Israeli media said the blast could have been caused by suicide bombers or a gas leak.

"I heard a huge explosion. The wall near me collapsed and people began to run. There were many casualties ... The explosion was outside. When we went out we saw the shops and the internal wall of the hotel had collapsed.

"Some people said it was a gas canister explosion and others said it was a terrorist attack. There are a lot of people (lying on the ground). There is a lot of blood, a lot of screaming," a witness called Yigal told Army radio on Thursday.

A large number of people were wounded in the blast, the radio stations said, and many were being evacuated to a hospital in Eilat. Witnesses at the scene reported seeing part of the hotel on fire and said that a ceiling may have collapsed.

Israeli security forces had warned Israeli travellers against visiting Egyptian resorts on the Red Sea, saying they might be targeted by Islamic militants.

Thousands of Israelis have travelled to Egypt's Sinai peninsula, a popular holiday destination, during the Sukkot holiday.

Witnesses said there were also many Russians at the hotel.

"The hotel is on fire on the eastern side, the entry point, the lobby. People are trying to get out," a reporter for Israel Radio said from the scene in Taba.

Also on the case: Chad Evans

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:55 PM | Comments |

Homeland Security After Beslan: Keep an Eye on Schools

AP via Robert Spencer:

The Education Department has advised school leaders nationwide to watch for people spying on their buildings or buses to help detect any possibility of terrorism like the deadly school siege in Russia.

The warning follows an analysis by the FBI (news - web sites) and the Homeland Security Department of the siege that killed nearly 340 people, many of them students, in the city of Beslan last month.

"The horror of this attack may have created significant anxiety in our own country among parents, students, faculty staff and other community members," Deputy Education Secretary Eugene Hickok said in a letter to schools and education groups.

The safety advice is based on lessons learned from the Russia incident. But there is "no specific information indicating that there is a terrorist threat to any schools or universities in the United States," Hickok said.

Federal law enforcement officials also have encouraged local police to stay in contact with school officials and have encouraged reporting of suspicious activities, the letter says.

In particular, schools were told to watch for activities that may be legitimate on their own — but may suggest a heightened terrorist threat if many of them occur.

Among those activities:
*Interest in obtaining site plans for schools, bus routes and attendance lists;
*Prolonged "static surveillance" by people disguised as panhandlers, shoe shiners, newspaper or flower vendors or street sweepers not previously seen in the area;
*Observations of security drills;
*People staring at or quickly looking away from employees or vehicles as they enter or leave parking areas;
* Foot surveillance of campuses involving individuals working together.

The effort is the latest by the Education Department and other federal agencies to encourage school officials to maintain and practice a plan for responding to emergencies.

After the terrorist takeover of the Russian school, President Bush (news - web sites) asked his top advisers to review their strategies for dealing with hostage situations, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has said.

The federal government is advising schools to take many steps to improve the security of their buildings. Those include installing locks for all doors and windows, having a single entry point into buildings and ensuring they can reach school bus drivers in an emergency.

The Education Department sent its letter by e-mail Wednesday to school police, state school officers, school boards, groups representing principals and many other organizations.

The Homeland Security Department also sent a bulletin Wednesday to federal, state and local emergency officials to provide fresh guidance based on the review of the school siege in Russia.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:49 PM | Comments |

Electoral-Vote.com Hacked?

I snapped this photo from electoral-vote.com earlier. It seems that they got hacked. The map shows a clear Bush lead, but if you look at the total it shows Kerry every electoral vote.

Charles over at LGF theorizes that the site got hacked. My theory? Let's just say I'm not ruling out a prank by the leftist asshat who runs the site. Note to Charles: the person/persons who run the site make Michael Moore look mainstream. Just click around the links some and you'll see why. I also have an earlier post on the site's moonbattishness here.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:39 PM | Comments |

We've got a piper down!

Yes, the blog was down all day. No idea what happened. Just found out the server went down. See what happens when you move to a more powerful server with a bigger pipe.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:21 PM | Comments |

The utes of America are getting me down

Light posting--stupid job wants me to work for my money! Just graded tests. Only half of students could identify the Attorney General of the US. One student thinks the Sec State is 'Colin Pile'. These are all Juniors and Seniors. I've decided to stop passing out voter registration cards to all my students. Seriously.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:51 AM | Comments |

BIG MISTAKE: Sadr Aide Freed

Sadr aide freed as Iraq seeks pre-election calm. Remember the whole 'fool me once' thing? Now, change that to 'fool me umpteen times'. I swear, if we 'loose the peace' or whatever in Iraq it will be because of bunch of tools in the State Department believed the piles of crap their IR Profs doled out on a daily basis. If this was the decision of a military leader then God help us.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:07 AM | Comments |

Ha-Ha, funny guys (not)

Come on, fess up. Which one of you signed me up for this? Copy of the e-mail I got this morning:

Hello mypetjawa@yahoo.com,

We have received your request to join the haltWAR group hosted by Yahoo! Groups, a free, easy-to-use community service.


By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:41 AM | Comments |

October 06, 2004

The Case for Nuking Mecca

In this post I make the case that nuking Mecca would be a rational deterrent to radical Islamists bent on using WMD against American civilians. However, even if there is no deterrent effect, attacking Mecca and wiping out the central locus of Islamic ritual worship may be in the long-term interests of the US and Occidental world.

Ace: What would we do if we get nuked? Continue to "hunt down the terrorists" who nuked us? At what point does the desire to survive outweigh the desire to be merciful and sparing in the use of force?

Bill Whittle: If a suitcase nuke detonates in Times Square, or Long Beach harbor, or outside the Capitol building, what do we do? Nuke Mecca? Incinerate Damascus? Because – so help me God, I tremble to say it – that is exactly the response our enemies would hope for. They care not a whit about their own people because they have no allegiance to anyone but themselves and their vision of a vengeful and bloodthirsty Allah.

In response to Bill Whittle's and Ace's considerable thought on how you deter terrorists, I thought I'd add a couple of thoughts that have been ruminating between my ears for awhile now.

Let me make a couple of points first. One: I do not advocate using nuclear weapons. Two: I do not advocate killing Muslims or any other follower of any religion. Three: I do not imagine in any way possible the US government actually doing this--or even thinking it. Four: These are rudimentary thoughts. This post is used as a sounding board only. Much of what I say may be wrong and all is subject to revision. The purpose of this post is to start a conversation.

First point: Bill's major argument about deterring terrorists is well taken and mostly on the money. I think he's right, for the most part: you cannot deter these guys, only defeat them. And if incinerating Damascus were the only threat we could use to deter terrorists then certainly a MAD scheme would not work in this new Cold War we find ourselves in.

However, Mecca is not Damascus. It plays a central role in Muslim worship. Five times a day Muslims pray toward it. All Muslims who have the means are expected to make the Hajj--a pilgrimage to Mecca which revolves around the Kaaba stone. The Kaaba stone is really the reason Mecca is considered holy. Muslims believe the site was used for worship as far back as Adam and that the shrine around the stone was first placed there by Abraham (Ibrahim). There is a 12 mile zone around the stone that infidels are restricted from entering. It's that holy. No non-Muslims near it. In fact, without Mecca and the Kaaba stone, Islam would be very different.

Mecca, then, is quite unlike any other place in the world for Muslims. It is an entire city dedicated to Muslim worship. A place set apart. A holy place. It is an entire city that is thought to be the Temple of God.

Islamist terrorists also consider Mecca the holiest place in the world. It is central to their mode of worship. They face it when they pray. They too believe they must make the hajj. If we take them at their word, then the reason they commit terrorist acts is because they take their religious convictions so seriously. When they kill us, it is because they believe that this is what their God wants them to do.

So, ask yourself the question again: Can terrorists be deterred from using WMD against American targets?

Maybe they can. If Islamic extremists really love their religious institutions in the way that they claim they do, then pointing an ICBM at Mecca may not be the most irrational thing to do. They may not care if the rest of the world goes up in a nuclear mushroom cloud, as Bill points out, but Mecca is not the rest of the world. Would they really risk blowing up New York City if they believed the consequences of such an action would be a 30 kiloton nuclear explosion over the Kaaba stone? After all, the nuclear destruction of Mecca would end Islamic forms of worship as they presently exist.

If I might misquote Sting for a moment, "Is it such a crazy thing to do, if the Terrorists love their Mecca too?"

Second point: Why would destroying Mecca have potentially beneficial long-term affects to US and Occidental interests?

I have already made the case that Mecca is central to Islamic forms of worship. Mecca, I have argued, is a Temple City. Although many Muslim theologians will deny that any place is holy in Islam, there is at least a de facto holiness ascribed to the area surrounding the Kaaba stone. In many ways the city of Mecca is central to Islam in just the same way that the Temple of Solomon was central to ancient Judaism. It is this similarity which is so striking, and why the destruction of Mecca might do to Islam what the final destruction of Herod's Temple in Jerusalem did to Judaism. While the bloody events surrounding Rome's sacking of Jerusalem are indeed disgusting and tragic, that event forced Jews to rethink their relationship with God. More importantly, that event forced Jews to rethink their relationship with their fellowman.

Without wishing to reduce all of Jewish history or life to one paragraph, and thus leaving out the many facets of ancient Hebrew worship, let me go ahead an do that anyway (with many apologies up front--and welcoming any corrections or differing opinions). Ancient Judaism had a legal structure which was similar to Islamic sharia in that they both unify the religious codes thought to be handed down by God with secular authority. In fact, the Old Testament laws seem just as draconian as any I would find in sharia. There is just something about stoning adulteresses that I kind find of harsh, that's all. I know such applications of Mosaic law were probably rare, but Muslims would argue the same thing about the strict application of sharia law in the ideal Islamic state.

Ancient Judaism also had another commonality with Islam: worship was centered on a holy place of ritualistic practice. After the destruction of the Temple, though, Jews had to ask new questions about the meaning of being holy. Stateless, they found that strict religious codes of conduct could not be enforced in the same way as before. While the Jewish Diaspora had already begun the process of transforming Judaism, the final destruction of Temple centered worship forced this transformation on a broader scale.

Jews found that God no longer had a place to reside in. Jews found that they could no longer perform the rituals required by God to be purified. Jews found that they could no longer enforce God's law. Jews found that their specialness was different than they had previously supposed. Worship changed. Everything changed.

What I propose is simply this. Would destroying Mecca begin a similar process for Muslims? Perhaps only the threat of destroying Mecca would be enough.

Radical Muslims believe they are in a race to bring about the world wide Caliphate. They believe that Muslims are destined to rule the world. What I propose is simple: show them that they cannot rule the world. Show them that Allah is not on their side--at least, not in the way that they believe.

Osama bin Laden once famously said that people will choose the strong horse over the weak horse. What if Islam is shown to be the weak horse? What if one of the central tenants of Muslim worship, the hajj, was gone? Would this not force some serious rethinking in the Islamic world?

Today we are told by Muslims that the true meaning of jihad is internal struggle. Unfortunately, the actions of too many Muslims shows that they believe jihad means armed struggle against the infidels. Destroying Mecca may have the long-term affect of convincing radical Muslims that Allah really doesn't want sharia law around the world. That all that stuff about killing the infidels in the Quran--that's all metaphor.

After all, if Muslims can be convinced that the whole hajj thing is just metaphor, then what else might they consider as metaphorical? Perhaps jihad. Perhaps sharia. Perhaps the global Caliphate.

These are just some thoughts. No one should take them too seriously.

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

Beslan Terrorist's Mother Banished from Village

Mosnews:

A people’s gathering in the village of Elkhotovo in the Russian internal republic of North Ossetia, has ruled that Aleksandra Samoshkina, the mother of Vladimir Khodov, must leave the village where she lives as well as the republic, the Itar-Tass news agency reports.

Russian media reported earlier that Vladimir Khodov had been among the gunmen who held children and parents hostage in the town of Beslan in early September.

Aleksandra Samoshkina moved to North Ossetia from the Russian city of Voronezh in 1979 after marrying local resident Anatoly Khodov. Her son Vladimir was put on the wanted list in 1998 after being accused of rape in nearby Krasnodar Region. In February 2004 Vladimir Khodov was charged with taking part in a terrorist attack in North Ossetia’s capital of Vladikavkaz.

After the end of the Beslan hostage crisis, some Russian media reported that Khodov was among the gunmen who had seized the school.

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

French Hostages now in Syria?

WashTimes:

The French Democratic Union Party said Wednesday the French government fears two French nationals kidnapped in Iraq may have been taken to Syria.

Update: Leopold Stotch reminds me that hostages aren't the only things terrozombies are good at moving from Iraq to Syria.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:38 PM | Comments |

Kos flunks my Introduction to American National Government Class

Note to my students: the 'President of Senate' doesn't really do anything. He doesn't even preside. When he does show up, he bangs the gavel and then gives it to a Senator chosen to preside for the day.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:35 PM | Comments |

Zarqawi in the News

Leaders of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terrorist organization bombed during meeting (via Matt Cardens). Let's just hope Zarqawi didn't draw the short straw and was out getting the pizza.

Zarqawi's Tawid and Jihad group targetting Jewish sites and discos in Germany. That whole appeasement strategy is really working out for Germany I'd say.

Sympathy for al-Zarqawi grows among Iraqis amid US airstrikes. This after a report yesterday that Zarqawi was becoming more unpopular.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:59 PM | Comments |

British Author Proclaims Hatred for America

How did I miss the original Guardian piece? Thanks to reader JSmith for pointing this Jewish World Review article out. In the original article Margaret Drabble says:

"My anti-Americanism has become almost uncontrollable. It has possessed me, like a disease. It rises up in my throat like acid reflux, that fashionable American sickness. I now loathe the United States and what it has done to Iraq and the rest of the helpless world. I can hardly bear to see the faces of Bush and Rumsfeld, or to watch their posturing body language, or to hear their self-satisfied and incoherent platitudes."
Mona Charen, the author of this article, adds:
Drabble is right to compare her America-hatred to a disease. There is something sickly about the European approach to the world. There may even be something suicidal in it. Europeans excoriate America even as they stand on quicksand. In what Middle Eastern scholar and JWR columnist Daniel Pipes calls the biggest story of our time, Europe is disappearing.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:47 PM | Comments |

Republicans Glad to Lose on Bill to Start New Draft

Actual headline over at the LA Times. Amazing.

Bloggers with more to say than me:

Charles Johsnon: The LA Times has exactly reversed the truth, in best Orwellian fashion.

Commissar: ...even Charlie Rangel the author of the bill, votes against it. Got it? Rangel introduces a bill that is so bad that even he votes against it. He undeniably introduced it to make a political point, but should the House leadership force the thing to a vote, well ... that is a "cheap political ploy."

Digger (crossposted): So why, I ask did Charlie Rangle not vote for his own bill that he introduced into the house? Maybe because he was full of crap?

California Yankee: I'm glad that the Dems' Despicable Draft Deception has been defeated. Young people of draft age and their parents can rest easier.

Ubique Patriam Reminisci: (funniest take) Besides, do you know how many kittens died while Rangel was originally pushing this needless piece of zebu refuse legislation? ONE PER MINUTE! I mean, come on New York! Why isn’t your guy actually tackling the issues? RANGEL LIED, KITTENS DIED!

Chad (here and here): Despite numerous attempts by the Democrats to paint the issue of the military drafy upon Republicans, the only two who voted for the draft were Jack Murtha, D-PA and Pete Stark, D-CA. Of course this bill was introduced by Charles Rangel, D-NY and Fritz Hollings, D-TN

Cranky Neocon: Hopefully, this well backfire on the Dems. Where is Karl Rove when you need him? What's that? He just ducked into a phone booth. We're all saved!

Say Anything: The bias in this article is absolutely amazing.

MuD and PhuD: Will everyone now drop all this draft talk?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:30 PM | Comments |

Asian Athlete Marries Hot Supermodel

Golf legend Tiger Woods, America's most famous Asian athlete, marries Swedish supermodel Elin Nordegren in Barbados. News here. Images and pictures of Elin Nordegren here.

I think Tiger must have just got through reading this book.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:49 AM | Comments |

Mount St. Helens Update

I just checked the latest live pic from Mount St. Helens. Either she's blowing her top again, or it's really-really foggy.

UPDATE: Ricky V. drops this comment: I found this at the bottom of the volcano cam picture...

Weather Note - October 06, 2004 at 9:00 am PDT - There is nothing wrong
with the above image. You are viewing rain and clouds at Mount St.
Helens right now as a weather front moves through the Pacific Northwest.

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

Muslim Colonial Imperialism

What is that tired Santayana line about repeating history and such? Richard C. Csaplar in CBN News:

Imperialistic

The Muslim wars of imperialist conquest have been launched for almost 1,500 years against hundreds of nations, over millions of square miles (significantly larger than the British Empire at its peak). The lust for Muslim imperialist conquest stretched from southern France to the Philippines, from Austria to Nigeria, and from central Asia to New Guinea. This is the classic definition of imperialism -- "the policy and practice of seeking to dominate the economic and political affairs of weaker countries."

Colonialist

The Muslim goal was to have a central government, first at Damascus, and then at Baghdad -- later at Cairo, Istanbul, or other imperial centers. The local governors, judges, and other rulers were appointed by the central imperial authorities for far off colonies. Islamic law was introduced as the senior law, whether or not wanted by the local people. Arabic was introduced as the rulers' language, and the local language frequently disappeared. Two classes of residents were established. The native residents paid a tax that their colonialist rulers did not have to pay.

Although the law differed in different places, the following are examples of colonialist laws to which colonized Christians and Jews were made subject to over the years:


Christians and Jews could not bear arms -- Muslims could;
Christians and Jews could not ride horses -- Muslims could;
Christians and Jews had to get permission to build -- Muslims did not;
Christians and Jews had to pay certain taxes which Muslims did not;
Christians could not proselytize -- Muslims could;
Christians and Jews had to bow to their Muslim masters when they paid their taxes; and
Christians and Jews had to live under the law set forth in the Koran, not under either their own religious or secular law.

In each case, these laws allowed the local conquered people less freedom than was allowed the conquering colonialist rulers. Even non-Arab Muslim inhabitants of the conquered lands became second class citizens behind the ruling Arabs. This is the classic definition of colonialist -- "a group of people who settle in a distant territory from the state having jurisdiction or control over it and who remain under the political jurisdiction of their native land."

There is more. Read it. Hat tip: Robert Spencer

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:33 AM | Comments |

What movie did the Veepbate most remind you of?

Wall Street, Cheney as Gecko; Rocky, it's a draw; Rocky III, Cheney as Clubber Lang; Star Wars, Cheney finds Edward's lack of faith in the Dark Side of the Force disturbing; The Empire Strikes Back, evil wins--but only temporarily; Return of the Jedi, Cheney takes off mask; Spaceballs, Cheney as Dark Helmut; Turner and Hooch, aka Cheney and Edwards; Happy Gilmore; Godzilla vs. Bambi; Terminator, and not the gay part 3; The Godfather;Godfather II; Vision Quest, VP wrestler barely outmaneuvers skilled opponent; Jaws, Edwards as the Mayor; Alive, Cheney eats Edwards. A little salty; Memento; Being John Malkovich, puppetmaster he aint; The Day After, Cheney as da bomb; Used Cars, Edwards as Rudy Russo.

And what movie did the debate remind me of the most? The Big Sleep.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:00 AM | Comments |

Former hostage sues al-Jazeera

The former hostage claims that it was an al Jazeera cameraman who actually shot video of him while in captivity. News24:

A Saudi truck driver who was kidnapped and released by a militant Iraqi group in June has sued al-Jazeera television for "moral" damages and is demanding compensation, a lawyer said on Tuesday.

Saydan Saadun Saydan charged before Kuwait's lower court that a cameraman from the television station shot a video of him while reading a statement during captivity, al-Jazeera's lawyer in Kuwait, Ali al-Nimesh, said.

"As the kidnappers asked me to read a statement, I saw a photographer and a reporter from al-Jazeera entering the place. They started shooting the video," Saydan said in his complaint.

But Nimesh said Saydan had not told the court how he recognised that the team belonged to al-Jazeera.

On June 5, al-Jazeera aired a video showing Saydan reading a statement warning lorry drivers not to work for the US-led occupation forces.

Need we any more pretense to bomb al Jazeera?

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

Llamas on Fire

This week's Bonfire of the Vanities is up over at the Llama Butchers place. Forget all those stupid blog carnivals featuring the best of the best. The Bonfire features the worst of the worst! My entry? Let's just say Swedish chicks aren't all they're cracked up to be.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:32 PM | Comments |

Glenn Reynolds income watch

Holy schneike! You mean people actually get paid to do this?? And here I've been giving it away for free!

Ok, so Glenn Reynolds gets $4k a month for a premium blogad.
His 'second slot' blogad goes for $2k a month (x2).
For 'regular' blogads you pay $1k a month (x5)

Pop quiz cowboy: How much does Glenn Reynolds get paid to blog a month?
Answer: $13k a month!!!

What change since August 4th, when I first ran the numbers? Reynolds raises his slot one price by a grand a month, and this is enough to make up for losing one advertiser in the regular slot. Total revenue change: none.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:58 PM | Comments |

National Cyber Security Director Resigns

Took me awhile to get around to linking this. But Sparse Matrix has the goods.

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

Haitians Learn From Terrorists, Begin Beheading Opponents

Remember the good old days when followers of ousted Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide terrorized their opponents with the more civilized lacing (that's where they put a tire around your neck and then light it on fire)? Yes, this is the same ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide that Clinton restored to power by invading Haiti--without going to the UN for authorization. CBC News:

Supporters of ousted Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide have begun to imitate the insurgency in Iraq, using machetes to decapitate officers in their clashes with police.

Seven police officers are among at least 18 killed in violence that broke out in the capital Port-au -Prince last week, said judicial police chief Michael Lucius. Another officer is in hospital with a gunshot wound to the head.

Three of the killed police officers were shot then decapitated during clashes last week with pro-Aristide demonstrators.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:58 PM | Comments |

Religion of Beheadings: 5 More Iraqis Murdered

Via the Command Post this news:

Police have found five decapitated bodies of Iraqis in northern Iraqi cities, police and hospital officials said.
They said two decapitated bodies were found dumped separately in central Mosul on Tuesday, two days after another was discovered near a bus station.

Two had been identified and the third was also believed to be an Iraqi.

There was no immediate word on who had beheaded the three men or on the motives for the killings.

In Kirkuk, Lieutenant Colonel Awaad Jibouri said the corpse and head of a former Iraqi army officer, identified as Ali Hussein, was found in a town south-west of the city.

Mr Hussein had worked at a United States military base in Kirkuk.

A second Iraqi, identified as Taha Abdullah, who worked at a US barracks near Baiji, was also beheaded and his body was found on Monday night, Lieutenant Colonel Jibouri said.

Also blogging: Chad Evans at In the Bullpen and Alan at the Command Post

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:44 PM | Comments |

Terrorists on the Run

Zarqawi becoming unpopular, even among jihadis.

Zarqawi wants to release Bigley, but fears Coalition pinpointing him during transport.

Israel kills Islamic Jihad leader. Hooray!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:39 PM | Comments |

Karl Marx Beheads Journalist

Yesterday I ran with this story about the murder of Bangladeshi journalist Dipankar Chakrabarty. Since Bangladesh is a Muslim country, and beheading has long since been used as a form of punishment under Sharia law, I jumped to the conclusion that this was the work of radical Islamists. Jane points out that Rezwan of 3rd World View blogs from Bangladesh and notes that several other journalists in the area have been murdered by Marxist rebels. My bad. I'll have to add Commies to my list of suspects the next time another beheading video emerges.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:22 PM | Comments |

Iraqi-Italian and Turk Murdered on Video

Video of the grisly murder of Iraqi born Italian immigrant Iyad Anwar Wali and an Turkish hostage Yalmaz Dabja was released today by Iraqi terrorists. I now have a copy of the video and images from it are posted below. The video can be downloaded here. Information on their murders was first reported yesterday. Reuters:

The video, dated October 2, shows one of the militants reading a statement accusing the men of spying. The men are then shown blindfolded and kneeling in front of a ditch before being shot.

"This is the punishment for the enemies of God and his prophet and God is greatest," said the militant before the men were killed.

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Also blogging: Chad Evans (crossposted at J-Dogs)

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If you wish to see the video, e-mail me and I will send you a copy of it.

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

Bigley gets Irish Passport

Reuters:

Ireland has granted British hostage Ken Bigley a passport following calls from his family who hope that stressing his Irish connections will persuade his kidnappers in Iraq to release him.
"Mr. Kenneth Bigley's family has asked for an Irish passport to be issued in order to help convince his kidnappers of his Irish citizenship," Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern said in a statement.
Apparently the only Jew the terrorists like is Mel Brooks. Terrorists to World:"We'll kill the Sand Ni**ers and the Ch*nks, but we don't want the Irish!"

Hat tip: Derek

Also blogging: Jeff Quinton

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:55 PM | Comments |

Mount St. Helens Erupting, yet again

I just got back from class and checked the lates pic from the volcano cam in my earlier post. The pic in that post is updated every time the Forest Service updates refreshes the live cam pic. Pretty cool, eh? She's steaming again, and the Seattle Times reports "Mount St. Helens blew off a spectacular cloud of steam and ash this morning, the latest indication that a larger eruption may be in the works."

Other posts: Mount St. Helens Erupting
Mount St. Helens Erupting. Awesome, totally awesome!
Mount St. Helens Volcano May Erupt

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:19 PM | Comments |

Name Change

Just got bored and changed the blog title. What say? (PS-Might be temporary, don't change links just yet)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:54 AM | Comments |

N Korea’s computer hackers target US

Financial Times:

North Korea has trained as many as 600 computer hackers to be capable of launching a cyber-war on South Korea, the US or Japan, South Korea’s defence ministry said on Monday....

North Korea’s military command has 500 to 600 hacking staff who have undertaken a five-year university programme, the report said. Their main task is to gather intelligence from - or launch a cyber attack on - the US, Japan and South Korea.

Hat tip: Big Homminid & linked w/ morning news roundup.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:49 AM | Comments |

Believing Truth Makes One "Anti-Muslim"

Thanks to McQ at QandO for bringing this to my attention. AP:

About one in four Americans holds anti-Muslim views, such as a belief that the religion teaches violence and hatred, according to a survey an Islamic advocacy group released Monday....
I wonder if the German Bund ever ran telephone surveys of Americans in the 1930s asking if people erroneously thought Nazis taught violence and hatred?
The telephone survey of a random sample of 1,000 American adults found that just over one in four people somewhat or strongly agreed with a series of anti-Muslim sentiments including: the Muslim religion teaches violence and hatred (26 percent agreed);
"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 [monotheistic] worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is forgiving, merciful" (Koran Sura 9:5)
Muslims value life less than other people (27 percent agreed);
"Our suicide operations are a message...that our people love death. Our goal is to die for the sake of God, and if we live we want to humiliate Jews and trample on their necks." ---Jamal Abdel Hamid Yussif.
and Muslims want to change the American way of life (29 percent agreed).
"Working for Islam means to reform oneself so that one’s life teaches others true belief and Islamic behavior. Working for Islam equally means to form a society that is committed to the Islamic way of thinking and Islamic way of life, which means to form a government that implements principles of justice embodied in the shariah [Islamic law] to guard the rights of every person and community, and establish truth and justice, and at the same time call others toward Islam - truth, peace, and justice.

These three responsibilities are obligatory not merely for the entire Muslim community but for every individual Muslim until we have established a system of governance adequate to the task. Until the nations of the world have functionally Islamic governments, every individual who is careless or lazy in working for Islam is sinful. These sins of omission will not be forgiven until they take a quick action to carry out all their responsibilities and Islamic duties.

These responsibilities to change both oneself and the world are binding in principle, in law, in self-defense, in community and as a sacred obligation of jihad, as explained in this chapter."--Muslim American Society.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:39 AM | Comments |

Moscow police intercept car bomb, suspect beaten to death.

When I lived in Moscow, the cops would carry around these funky looking paddle things. It turns out these things were kind of like tazers, only you could get some swinging action into it. Now I see their usefulness. Mosnews:

Moscow police intercepted a car packed with explosives in central Moscow on Saturday and said they had thwarted a terrorist attack, Russian media reported.

Police found a 200-gram block of TNT, two anti-personnel landmines and a 20-liter canister with gasoline along with detonators and an electronic operating device in an old Lada....

Pumane died in hospital six hours after questioning. Initial reports said the man had suffered a heart attack, but shortly afterwards it was reported that he had bean beaten to death, apparently during the interrogation.

Ace and Six Meat Buffet both have interesting takes on the incident.

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

Kill an Animal, it's for the children

I'm not a hunter, but I might become one after reading this.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:57 AM | Comments |

Little Miss Attila Scores Medved Interview

I've met Michael Medved on a number of occasions. No need to bore you with the details here. Of course, I never thought to open my piehole and ask him some really interesting questions. Little Miss Attila, on the other hand, does just that. But let me get one thing straight: there are Jews in Hollywood? Wonders never cease to amaze!

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

Wizbang Should Be Sued!!

Forget the whole Haileygate thing. It's passed, over, kaput. This is the blogosphere and the news cycle has been reduced to approximately 53 minutes, give or take a nanosecond.

So why should the illustrious Kevin Aylward and Co. (I'm looking at you Paul) be sued?

-Defamation of character.
-Hitting easy targets.
-Link dropping.
-Science porn.
-Classic babe porn.
-Paris Hilton porn.
-Chess porn.

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

John Kerry's Lice Infested Hippies on Parade

I just got through reading John Kerry's 1971 book The New Soldier. You can download the whole thing for free in PDF at Free Kerry Book. The thing that struck me most wasn't all of the upside down American flags. No, it was the hair. The hippies in the photos have the most disgusting, lice infested, matted, hemp-smelling gross hair I've ever seen. Check out all the photos of John Kerry in the book and one theme emerges: he's always at least a foot away from from a potential lice infestation. One photo shows a fellow 'new soldier' saying something in JFK's ear, but if you look closely you will notice that this isn't one of the unbathed tools--no, the one guy Kerry gets close to appears to be a fellow blue-blooded Yalie, recently washed.

Now excuse me while I go wash my hands. I sort of got the heebie-jeebies from looking at all that stuff. Hat tip: Charles Johnson

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

October 04, 2004

Apologies to Readers

Very busy around here, sorry for not responding to all cmments or e-mail. Believe it or not, I have a real job too. One that, like, keeps my three kids fed and what not. I do appreciate your comments and e-mail, I do read every single one of them--just no time to answer them all.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:22 PM | Comments |

Kerry's Plan for Iraq: Tooth Ferry Diplomacy

John Kerry is dangerous. I'm not joking. John Kerry's official "Plan" to "Win the Peace in Iraq"

-Persuade NATO to make the security of Iraq one of its global missions and to deploy a portion of the force needed to secure and win the peace in Iraq.

-Convene a summit of the world's major powers as well as states in the region....

-Give other countries a stake in Iraq's future by encouraging them to help develop Iraq's oil resources.....

It goes on and on like this. He either tells us he will do the same thing Bush is doing, only somehow France will give a rat's ass because it's John Kerry doing the talking, or he tells us that he will do the same thing Bush is doing, only somehow the fit won't hit the shan because it's John Kerry doing it. I have criticised Bush for his venture away from realpolitik toward something that increasingly looks like utopianism. But Bush's fantasy about a democratic Muslim state aint got nothing on John Kerry's megalomania. His view of international relations would make my college freshman blush.

To recap Kerry's plan: a) call meetings b) do same thing as Bush only better cause I'm not Bush

Tooth Ferry Diplomacy indeed.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:10 PM | Comments |

Christmas in Sweden

I went to Sweden once. Really. It was the middle of winter. We took the slow boat from Riga, Latvia, on Christmas day 1995. We then took a train from Stockholm up to some town in northern Sweden. Oh, the joy of spending Boxing Day at IKEA and eating $10 burgers in the land where the sun never rises!

So, on the way back to Stockholm, this time on a bus, we sit next to this lady. Young, maybe mid-thirties. She invited us to stay at her house rather than at the youth hostel we were booked in. Then she starts crying, literally, because the government was going to stop paying her workers compensation claim. What was her injury? I quote: "Working makes me nervous." We turned down her invite. That youth hostel was the best investment I ever made.

And in case you're wondering--four hours on the bus and every song was ABBA. Serious. It was on a loop. You ever hear ABBA in the original Swedish?

So to recap: Northern Sweden, in the dead of winter, on a student budget, ABBA in Swedish, and welfare moms.

Let's just say I didn't have the highest opinion of Sweden going into this post by Jeff (via Brian B.).

I might just add that Canada has a similar censorship law. It's the PC domino affect.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:38 PM | Comments |

Journalist Beheaded in Bangledesh

To all my readers who keep saying that all religion is basically the same thing, I would just note that Dipankar Chakrabarty wasn't murdered because of his controversial stance on giving the Eucharist to divorcees. The story is here with more here (via Jane).

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:20 PM | Comments |

Note to Malaysian Government: Eat Shit and Die!!

Let me clarfy my thoughts on Islam just in case the Malaysian government is monitoring this site: Islam sucks. That is all.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:21 PM | Comments |

Mount St. Helens Erupting,

Information and links to live feed by clicking here. Duane is reporting another eruption happening during a USGS press conference. Below is a real time image of the volcano. Check for updated images by clicking 'refresh' or 'reload' on your browser. 12:24 CDT: I'm no expert, but that looks pretty big to me! 1:05 CDT: This was just a burp, as they say. But the eggheads are predicting a bigger one "within hours or days-- not weeks".

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:06 PM | Comments |

Italian/Turkish Hostage Executed on Video; Indonesian Hostages Released

The original post about Ajad Anwar Wali is below the update 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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AP reports a positive ID on one of the victims. His name is Ajad Anwar Wali. He was an Iraqi expat who had lived in Italy for the last 20 years. His wife is an Italian citizen. Wali had applied for Italian citizenship and was kidnapped from his office in Baghdad last month. Yahoo News:

Islamic militants distributed a video to an international news agency showing the killings of two men who identified themselves as an Italian of Iraqi origin and a Turk. A militant who appeared in the video accused the two of spying.

They were shown blindfolded and kneeling in front of a ditch before being shot, a scene likely to raise fresh concern over the fate of foreign hostages in Iraq (news - web sites). They include British engineer Ken Bigley and two French journalists.

There was some positive news on the hostage front. An Iraqi militant group has released two Indonesian women hostages who were handed over on Monday to the United Arab Emirates embassy in Baghdad, Abu Dhabi Television reported.

More. Reuters:
Islamic militants on Monday distributed a video in Iraq showing the killings of two men who identified themselves as an Italian of Iraqi origin and a Turk.
The video, dated October 2, shows one of the militants reading a statement accusing the men of spying. The men are then shown blindfolded and kneeling in front of a ditch before being shot.

"This is the punishment for the enemies of God and his prophet and God is greatest," said the militant before the men were killed.

The Italian-Iraqi, who identified himself as Iyad Anwar Wali, said he met a man in Baghdad who introduced him to Iranian spies and then later met Turkish, American and Israeli agents.

Hat tip: Cindy

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:57 AM | Comments |

Reformers on Trial in Saudi Arabia

In a MPJ exclusive, Dr. Rusty Shackleford discusses the trial of three Saudi dissidents arrested for calling for more openness in the Kingdom. Yesterday, a Saudi court ordered further proceedings against the activists closed to the public [story here]. Dr. Shackleford's reaction:

"I am shocked that the Saudi court would close further proceedings to the public. Saudi Arabia has a long-standing tradition of fair, free, and open trials. The Kingdom has long been known for it's progressive stance on a variety of issues. This move is a step back for the Saudi government. It's almost like they want to return to some Midievel society or something."

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

Decapitated Body Found in Iraq, Possible Westerner

Fox News is reporting that two bodies, one a man and one a woman, were found 12 miles south of Baghdad today. The man a beheading victim, and his head was tied to his body. Police report that the two appeared to be Westerners. No identification of the corpses yet.

Hat Tip: Jeff Quinton and reader Cindy

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

Bomb Threat: NY Bound Airplane Diverted

AP:

A Singapore Airlines passenger jet bound for New York was diverted to Manchester Airport in northern England on Monday after a bomb threat, police said. The Frankfurt to New York flight landed safely at 11 a.m. without a military escort, Greater Manchester Police said.

The pilot of Singapore Airlines flight SQ26 declared a "full emergency" mid-flight, a spokesman for Manchester Airport said. The Boeing 747-400 was carrying 293 passengers and 19 crew.

"Early indications are that it could be a hoax but we cannot confirm that one way or another until full checks are carried out," a spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:27 AM | Comments |

French Hostages Would be Free, if it weren't for those meddlesome GIs

Why are the French hostages, journalists Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot, still being held by France's greatest ally--the terrorists? It's all America's fault, of course! Several reports emerged Friday from French Member of Parliament Didier Julia, and his envoy Philip Brett, that a deal had been reached to release the two French hostages. Saturday, when the hostages failed to be appear, Julia tried to blame the hostages' continuing ordeal on American troops. Arabic News:

the two French journalists held in Iraq were released but their procession was exposed to an American bombardment while they were on their way to Damascus and as a result of that six persons of the guarding team escorting them were killed.

In a press conference in Damascus, Julia explained that the two hostages George Malberno and Christian Shino are safe and it was not possible to transport them to Syria because of the intensive American bombardment and the security barriers on the road. Julia is making a private initiative to liberate the two hostages.

The only good news here is that the Chirac government is skeptical of Julia's reports and today blasted him for his private negotiations with the terrorists. You see, in France negotiating with terrorists best monopolized by the government.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:18 AM | Comments |

October 02, 2004

Evacuation Ordered for Mount St. Helens Area

USGS now raises threat level to 'red'. Duane has the updates. My original post here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:39 PM | Comments |

New Beheading Video Emerges

Scroll past update for information on Barie Nafi'a Daoud Ibrahim (Barie Nafie Dawoud Ibrahim) beheading video.

This is an archive page. For the latest news on The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah and other terrorist groups in Iraq please go to the MAIN PAGE HERE.

UPDATE 5/10: Army of Ansar al-Sunna website releases images of Japanese hostage Akihiko Saito. Images, story, and link to website.

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Here is a list of all the victims of Islamic Beheadings since late July this year. (UPDATE: The list is no longer complete because the terrorist bastards have killed too many people for me to document now)

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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The Army of Ansar al Sunnah has released the videotaped murder of another hostage. This time, it's an Iraqi who is the victim. His name is Barie Nafi'a Daoud Ibrahim (Barie Nafie Dawoud Ibrahim). Video available at NEIN, or by clicking here (Warning: Graphic images of subhuman vermin murdering helpless victim). A better resolution copy of the video can be found here (subscription). Images from the video are in extended entry.

The Army of Ansar al Sunnah murdered three Iraqis on September 16th (information, links to video, and images here). On August 31st, the same group executed 12 hostages from Nepal, one of them by beheading (information, links to video, and images here). On August 11th the group beheaded a man they claimed was a CIA agent (information and images here) and on August 25th the group beheaded a second alleged CIA agent (information and images here). May God speed the victims' souls to heaven, and may His wrath reign down upon the spineless terrorists in the form of a MOAB or other appropriately large ordinance.

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Reuters:

An Iraqi Islamist group beheaded an Iraqi contractor it said was working for U.S. forces, a video on an Islamist Web site showed Saturday.

The footage from the group, Ansar al-Sunna, showed a militant beheading the man, identified as Iraqi national Barea Nafea Dawoud Ibrahim.

The group said in a statement accompanying the video that Ibrahim was an "apostate" (a person who abandons their faith). It was dated Oct. 2.

"I have set up three telecommunications networks for the Iraqi National Guard. I have been working in Taji since June 2004," a frightened-looking Ibrahim told the camera. He was wearing an access badge issued by the U.S. forces around his neck.

Two men later held him down and one proceeded to behead him, before placing his severed head on top of his body.

"We say to all those who even consider working with the crusader forces that they should repent," the group warned.

Militants have kidnapped dozens of Western, Arab and Iraqi hostages. Most have been freed, but many have been killed, often by beheading.

The same group beheaded last month three Iraqi Kurds who were members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party.

Hat tip: John Little

Also on the case: Blogs of War, Steve at Poliblog, Chad at In the Bullpen & at Backcountry Conservative, James Joyner atOutside the Beltway, M. H. King at Rambling's Journal, Joe Gandelman at Dean's World, Interested Paricipant, Mike at Sworn Enemy.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:13 AM | Comments |

Dutch Intelligence Raids Bigley Brother's Home

Very strange, via M. H. King this story. If you read the story, though, the gist of it is that the terrorists are using Bigley's ordeal to manipulate British public opinion. Something I've been saying for awhile now (see here and here). Telegraph:

Dutch intelligence officers raided the home of Kenneth Bigley's brother last night. An intelligence officer from the Foreign Office is understood to have accompanied them to Paul Bigley's home in Amsterdam.

The raid came amid claims that the British hostage was free to roam his kidnappers' home in Iraq and was "caged" only for terrorist videos.

Paul Bigley's computer was seized and he was interrogated about his alleged contact with the Tawhid and Jihad group, which yesterday claimed responsibility for Thursday's killing of at least 35 children in Baghdad.

Material from his computer was downloaded and sent back for analysis in Britain as he was forced to make a five-page statement.

Mr Bigley has been an outspoken critic of the Government's handling of his brother's case and has established his own contacts in the Middle East but denies being in direct contact with the kidnappers.

In Fallujah, Mohammed Kasim, an Iraqi-born gunman with a British passport, said the latest video of Mr Bigley showing him shackled in a cage had been staged to "terrify" the British public. There was no way of verifying the claim, particularly in a country awash with rumour and conspiracy theories.

Two of Mr Bigley's American colleagues were beheaded by the captors, believed to be the group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Gruesome footage of the murders was transmitted on the internet.

The Bigley family will take renewed hope from the account offered by Kasim.

"If they wanted to kill him they would have done this immediately after they kidnapped him," said Kasim.

"Instead they want to use him to press on the British kingdom." Kasim, 35, is one of two Britons believed to have joined the "resistance" in Fallujah, a stronghold of armed opposition to the US-led presence in Iraq.

An Iraqi translator met him in a coffee shop close to Hamid al-Hamoud mosque.

Kasim spoke fluent English, but refused to show his passport. He also declined to provide any details of where he lived in London, saying: "I want to keep my family safe."

He said he spent the mornings translating websites of foreign newspapers on behalf of the "resistance" and the afternoons manning checkpoints on the main street.

Kasim said he did not belong to Zarqawi's group, Tawhid and Jihad. But the resistance, organised under an 11-member "Mujahideen Shura council", has close ties with Zarqawi and is believed to be protecting him in Fallujah.

Kasim claimed he heard news of Mr Bigley "every day". He said the cage and chains were set up only for the video recording.

"They made this video for two reasons. They wanted to scare Tony Blair. They also wanted revenge for Saddam Hussein for the way in which he was displayed by the US military after his capture."

According to his account, Kassim was born in Fallujah and is a member of the dominant Dulaimy tribe.

He moved to Britain 12 years ago to study at a university, and says he married an Englishwoman who converted to Islam and bore him two children.

Kasim said he returned to Fallujah six months ago and said he had taken part in a raid on a US convoy.

"I am born in Iraq and I should fight with my tribe. I cannot see my town under siege and destroyed so I came from the UK to Iraq to fight.

"I was crying every night when I saw the news. I will go back to my family when the occupation ends and Iraq gets its freedom."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:06 AM | Comments |

French Prime Minister:"We Love You Terrorists."

NY Post: French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin say's "The Iraqi insurgents are our best allies."

More here and here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:47 AM | Comments |

All Men Descended From Common Slutty Ancestor

Scientist say she probably lived in Asia 3,500 years ago. For my part, I'm betting she's from West Virgina. Joe Gandelman has the goods.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:24 AM | Comments |

Terrorists Demand Release of Indonesian Jihadi in Exchange for Hostages

Al Jazeera reports that a group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq has demanded the release of the spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiah, Abu Bakar Bashir (Ba'asyir), in exchange for two Indonesian women being held hostage in Iraq. The two women were siezed on August 30th along with six Iraqis and two Lebanese men (report here). All of the hostages worked for an electronics firm under contract to help rebuild the war-torn state. The Islamic Army in Iraq is the same group that took French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot hostage last month.

Abu Bakar Bashir (Ba'asyir) has been indicted by the Indonesian government several times on terrorism related charges, including once for his role in the Bali bombings which killed 200 and injured more than 300. Bashir denies any role in terrorist activities. He is currently being held on minor immigration charges. According to the VOA, Bashir's lawyers, claiming to speak for him, condemned the kidnappings as a violation of Islamic principles. Bashir is said to be refusing any swap deal.

Bashir is head of the Mujahideen Council in Indonesia which seeks to set up an Islamic state based on strict sharia law. In the past he has been accused of orchestrating bombings against Christian churches in the mostly Muslim nation and plotting assasination attempts against Indonesian politicians. Bashir is also virulently anti-Semetic. More on Bashir's background HERE.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:10 AM | Comments |

October 01, 2004

Mount St. Helens Erupting. Awesome, totally awesome!

10/15 UPDATE: Mount St. Helens continues it's slow eruption. Magma is oozing out of cone, but slowly. A live pic from Mount St. Helens is posted below along with links to live video feed.

10/08 UPDATE: Scientist preparing for major eruption that could rival 1980 event!

10/05 UPDATE: Another day, another eruption. Live video feed of the USFS Mount St. Helens cam here. A real time image of the Mount St. Helens volcano is below.

10/04 UPDATE: She's erupting again!!! Live video links, live images, and information below.

10/02 UPDATE: New eruption imminent, USGS raises alert level to 'red'.

News reports indicate that Mt. Saint Helens has started to erupt. I have been posting about this for days, not really believing it would happen. Well, I was wrong! My previous post has been updated daily and is located here. For your convenience, I have reposted it in the extended entry below. Thanks for Digger for notifying me. He's also on the case. UPDATES BELOW

Below is a real time image:


Whoa!! Check out that pic above from Fox News. Awesome! And by awesome I mean I am truly awestruck by the pics, not Spicolli awesome. The pic below is from the Seattle Post Inetlligencer via M.H. King. It's from earlier and only shows the steam

Click here for live video provided by KGW-TV/DT Portland & KING-TV/DT Seattle. You'll have to sit through a commercial before the video starts, but give it a second (link also via M.H. King).

Duane the Forester is pretty close to the volcano and he's liveblogging it. If you can't wait, he reports "At 40 miles away I didn't feel anything rumbling, sorry but this is one of those cases where MSM has an advantage. The ash is headed my way, however so if we get ashfall here I'll photoblog the event."

KGW-TV/DT Portland reports that there were three large bursts, than the eruuption tapered off. No lava in site. Ash and steam from the eruption have caused several flights to be cancelled out of Portland and Seattle.

UPDATE 4:30 EDT: Watching USGS press conference. Eruption at 12:03 PST--lasted 24 minutes, plume went to 10,000 ft. They report no lava flow. Some glacier melt being detected and elevated waterflow. No mudslides detected. The USGS guy says that there have been half a dozen of these types of eruptions since the last big one. The difference between this eruption and those other small eruptions is that the seismic activity was way larger this time. In fact, the seismic action (those are earthquakes folks) this time is GREATER than the big blow. However, experts still don't expect as large an eruption this time. Yeah, this is the inner geek coming out in me.

New favorite quote from Duane who is liveblogging this thing from ground zero: "John Kerry calls it the "wrong eruption at the wrong place at the wrong time"

One expert is now claiming that he is noticing mud flow coming down the mountain.

Mount St. Helens Live Webcam Here. Very Cool. (site down due to volume)

John Little is also covering this and has some good resources linked in this post which he has been updating. Rob at Say Anything also covering with some cool pics. Daily Recycler has some online news footage, but the link to the live feed above is to a Portland station live covering it and they have some excellent close-up footage. Crazy Gator also has some wicked cool pics. Brian B. is blogging from Eugene and says he might get some of the ash. James Joyner finds an updated story on my earlier report of the morons flocking to Mount St. Helens as tourists. I didn't know Scott was an expat from the area--I guess NY takes in all sorts.

UPDATE 9/30: 70% Chance of Eruption

UPDATE 9/29 Scientists Predict Small or Moderate Eruption at Mount St. Helens in Next Few Days From the article: Mount St. Helgns began rumbling more intensely Wednesday, prompting scientists to warn that a small or moderate eruption could happen in the next few days.

Earthquakes ranging from magnitude 2 to 2.8 were coming about four times a minute, possibly weakening the lava dome in the crater of the 8,364-foot mountain, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Whoa!! This is going to get interesting.

UPDATE 9/28: File under dumbasses. Shaking on Mount St. Helens attracting tourists

CASTLE ROCK, Wash. -- The rumbling at Mount St. Helens is drawing tourist interest back to the volcano.

Mike Moss said sales doubled last weekend at his espresso stand at the Silver Lake visitors' center.

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I was young enough when Mount St. Helens blew the first time that the concept of surreal hadn't quite sunk in. I do remember seeing pictures of the volcano erupting and thinking how cool it would be to see it up close and personal. Now, the prospect of being anywhere near it doesn't seem so nice. The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument has a photo gallery of the last time she blew.

Terra Daily:

Mount St. Helens, a volcano that devastated swathes of the US northwest when it erupted 24 years ago, has rumbled back to life, raising fears of a fresh explosion, seismologists said Monday.

Experts believe that a sudden and potentially dangerous event could be on the way after a wave of nearly 100 small earthquakes began hitting the area in the states of Washington and Oregon in recent days.

"We have had small swarm of earthquakes that begun last Thursday and are worried that a small explosion may occur without warning," said Peter Frenzen, a scientist from Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

"The earthquake activity is occurring below the dome -- all this could increase the likelihood of small rock slides from the lava dome," he said, adding that the mountain had not been hit by waves of quakes since 2001.

Trails up the mountain were closed to climbers and hikers after quakes measuring between two and to 2.8 on the Richter Scale shook the area amid fears of mud and rock slides over an eight kilometer (five mile) area around the peak.

The area north of the peak was hard hit in the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens that left 57 people dead, devastating hundreds of square kilometers (miles) and spewing ash over much of the Pacific Northwest region.

The mountain's top lies around 88 kilometers (55 miles) northeast of the Oregon's main city of Portland, which was also covered in a thick layer of ash in the 1980 eruption.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:30 PM | Comments |

War between Russia and Georgia in South Ossetia still looms

Georgian troops are massing around rebel strongholds in South Ossetia in what appears to be a buildup in readiness for a final leap into full scale war. Interfax reports that two Georgian army groups have surrounded several key cities and appear to be cutting off the main highway between South Ossetia and North Ossetia. North Ossetia is part of the Russian Federation and was the scene of last month's bloody school hostage massacre in Beslan. South Ossetia is located in the nation of Georgia, but it's inhabitants have religious and ethnic ties to Russia. Georgia accuses the Russian government of supporting the decade old rebellion.

As Georgia edges closer to breaking the cease-fire and ending the civil war, South Ossetia's self-proclaimed President Eduard Kokoity has called for unification with Russia. Mosnews reports that Kokoity argues that since 98% of South Ossetians are citizens of Russia:

It’s time we get rid of the ’north’ and ’south’ — there is one Ossetia, and it will be united within Russia.
Meanwhile, diplomats in a joint Russian/Georgian commission on resolving the crisis peacefully report that the atmosphere has grown tense, ITAR-TASS reports. At issue is the proposal to move a joint security force of the OSCE into the Roki Pass which links South Ossetia with North Ossetia. With the South Ossetians rejecting international security forces in the region, it appears that Georgia has decided to send it's own troops to cut off the rebels' support from sympathetic Russians in the North. Such a move could draw Russian regular troops into the conflict and lead to an all out regional war.

Background on the Ossetian crisis can be found in these previous posts:
War Looms Between Russia and Georgia
Ossetia: Impending War, Georgia vs. Russia
Georgia and Separatist S.Ossetia Agree Cease-Fire
Ossetia Ceasefire Broken
War Imminent Between Georgia and Russia

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:41 PM | Comments |

Chechen Propaganda Film Used by Jihadis

A group linked to Chechen terrorists responsible for the attrocities at Beslan in Russia's North Ossetian district, have released a propaganda video. The entire video can be downloaded at Terrorist Media (see Russian Hell Full Video). In it, viewers are introduced to the life of a Chechen rebel, and various images of Russian soldiers being killed. One scene, which shows two Russian soldiers strolling along an alley only to step on a land mine, is looped several times while Arabic jihadi music plays in the background [images below]. The entire video is overlayed with various Islamist and Jihadi themes and is narrated in Arabic.

Many in the Western media refuse to link the Chechen rebellion to the overall Global War on Terror. Instead, they prefer to call what is happening in Chechnya 'ethnic conflict' or a 'war for independence'. While both terms are technically accurate, they both mask the underlying religious nature of this war. The Chechens rebels are not seeking to leave Russia to set up an independent secular state. Their demands are clear and straightforward--they wish to replace Russian secularism with a Taliban like state. A state which will differ from the Saudi regime only in it's anti-Western orientation.

We must recognize the Russians as strategic allies in the GWOT. This war is civilizational, and it's battles will be fought along Islam's borders. Unfortunately, Russia is part of those borderlands. And Islam's borders are indeed bloody.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:53 AM | Comments |

Al Qaeda to France: You're still a target you ZOG bitch!

Al Qaeda's number two man, Ayman al-Zawahiri has released a taped message calling on young Muslims to rise up against Western powers. I had seen this yesterday on a number of blogs but had missed this one important point. Hey France. I'm talking to tyou. That appeasement strategy still working out for you? Middle East Online--Zawahiri can be heard saying:

It's the era of Muslim resistance, after the Arab governments submitted to the Zionist occupant. We should learn the lesson of Chechnya, Afghanistan, of Iraq, of Palestine.

"Don't wait for the American, British, French, South Korean, Hungarian and Polish forces to enter Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen and Algeria to start the resistance"

First time I've ever heard of the French being accused of being a ZOG.

Others blogging: Chad cross-posting at J-Dog's place, Joel of No Pundit Intended, Matt Cardens and Charles 'double-lizard' Johnson who see the message as more evidence that bin Laden is worm-food.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:19 AM | Comments |

French Hostage Release Imminent

Notice that the French negotiator was with the hostages. Call me old fashioned, but if France insists that they are an ally then they have an obligation to tell us where our enemies are. Cheese-eating-surrender-bastards! AP:

An unofficial French negotiator told a radio station Friday that two journalists held for more than a month in Iraq could be released within hours.

Philippe Brett told Europe-1 radio he was with the two Frenchmen and negotiations were being finalized for their release. The journalists, Christian Chesnot, 37, and George Malbrunot, 41, and their Syrian driver disappeared Aug. 20 while apparently driving toward Najaf.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:41 AM | Comments |

US Troops Free Turkish Hostage

A Turkish hostage was freed by US troops during a major offensive (also here) in Samarra today, Reuters reports. Yahlin Kaya was in Iraq working for a construction company building infrastructure projects. No reports as to how long Yahlin Kaya was held hostage.

Several groups have taken Turkish hostages in the past. Some of these groups, while claiming to be part of a larger network of 'resistance', seem to be no more than criminal gangs attempting extort ransom money. Others demand that Turkish companies leave Iraq, and some companies have.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Tawhid wal Jihad group has also kidnapped Turkish citizens in the past. On September 13th they released a video of the beheading of Turkish truck driver Durmus Kumdereli while releasing a fellow Turk Mustafa Koksal [details, link to video, and images here]. On September 2nd, Zarqawi's group executed three Turkish hostages [images and details here]. On August 19th they shot Turkish citizen Aytullah Gezmen in the head [details and images here]. Mr. Gezman was kidnapped with another Turk, Murat Yuce, who was beheaded by Zarqawi a month before [details, links to video, and images here]. On August 2nd a murder video of Turkish truck driver Durmus Kumdereli being shot in the back of the head was released by Zarqawi's group [details, images, and links to video here].

This is the same Zarqawi who has now claimed responsibility for killing 34 children yesterday in Baghdad. The same Zarqawi that some on the far left insist on calling a freedom fighter.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:23 AM | Comments |

Debate Summary: I'm still John Kerry, bitch!

Bush response: WTF?

Political scientists analyze, sort of.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:30 AM | Comments |