February 28, 2005

Alleged Terrorist is "Rosa Parks" of Muslim Community

The Washington Times runs a story today about something we reported on last Friday. Ahmed Omar Abul Ali met with Zubayr Al-Rimi, al Qaeda's #2 man in Saudi Arabia. Zubayr Al-Rimi was wanted in connection with the murders of nine Americans in Saudi Arabia before he was shot by Saudi police in a September shootout.

Meanwhile the New York Times runs an article yesterday in which Muslim-Americans compare the would-be Presidential assassin to Rosa Parks:

Our whole community is under siege," said Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, a spokesman for the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, where Mr. Abu Ali and his family worshiped. "They don't see this as a case of criminality. They see it as a civil rights case. As a frontal attack on their community."...

"The feeling I get here on a daily basis must be what it was like to be a member of Martin Luther King Jr.'s church following the case of Rosa Parks," said Imam Abdul-Malik. "People always ask, 'What is the latest from the courthouse?' "

Even as Mr. Ali's parents feign that their son couldn't be a terrorist, the article also goes on to describe the mosque attended by the family as Wahhabi. Nope, never heard of a pious Wahhabi wanting to kill Americans or anything.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:29 PM | Comments |

Zarqawi Planning Attack in US

Fox News is reporting that intercepted communications between Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi indicate that Zarqawi has been urged to focus his efforts on attacking the US. The report also indicates Zarqawi may also be on the verge of getting caught and that this strategy might come because of increased pressure in Iraq. (ht: Ace of Spades)

UPDATE: More from USA Today which doesn't name Zarqawi, but which alludes to it when it says:

"A U.S. counterterrorism official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the "very vague" information alluded to moving forward on planning for operations outside of Iraq.
Meaning, al Qaeda is part of the planning of operations in Iraq now. Meanwhile Zarqawi's group has claimed several attacks ain Iraq over the past few days. Notice how fewer and fewer of these attacks are aimed at Americans?

UPDATE Something or other: Other recipients of KKKarl Rove al Qaeda Meme *: Jeff 'I'm not an online terrorist posing as a Jew' Goldstein, Steve 'Allahu-Akhbar Jew-dog' Green, Speed of 'Only Zionist pigs can think that fast' Thought, Shape 'not a Jew, but a Zionist nontheless' Days, Jeff 'Son of a Pig' Quinton

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:11 PM | Comments |

Yes, I Like Killing Bad Guys: A reply to Duncan Black

The problem with Duncan "Atrios" Black is that he believes he knows what the real motivations of Conservatives are. For instance this from his blog today:

But, the more interesting question is why conservatives aren't jumping up and down about [Egypt's announcement that they will allow multi-party Presidential elections] . I think it's pretty obvious -- most aren't particularly concerned with spreading Democracy around the world. George Bush might actually be sincere in his new mission, though I don't think he has a deep grasp of what "democracy" is, but most of the rest of them aren't.

Republicans have never stopped being isolationist and anti-nation building (true of most of the US population, actually). They don't think tyranny leads to terrorism (nor am I claiming there's necessarily a strong connection), and don't really want to expend any treasure helping out "the other." What they do like is killing bad guys, and when George Bush says "spreading freedom and democracy" what they hear is "killing bad guys." They like killing "bad guys," and they're a bit lost without an enemy, so the actual spreading of democracy just doesn't excite them that much.

Duncan has caught the 'I know you better than you know yourself' disease so often seen on the hard right and hard left. He believes that we on the Right have ulterior motives--which is not so much different than my Buchannanite friends who believe the real motives of our Middle East policy is in bolstering Israel.

In fact, many of my friends on the Right think the same thing about the Left. They have ulterior motives--communism, world-government, whatever.

I suspect that Atrios is right to some extent. The ulterior motive for the war in Iraq was not the spreading of democracy, it was protecting national security. But arguing cause is not the same thing as arguing affect. Spreading democracy was never a reason to go to war, it is only the affect.

Further, unlike our friends on the Left we do like killing bad guys. That is to say, unlike Atrios I believe it is a moral imperetive to distinguish between killing bad guys and good guys. Kill all the bad guys, that's fine with me.

But asserting that the Right needs an enemy is a little weird. The Right no more needs and external enemy than the Left needs an internal enemy. Yes, the Right thinks that there are external threats to our national security--but to assert that we need them is to assert that these threats are not real.

Worse than that, it is to assert that they are made up for the sake of political expediency. That is paranoia.

As for Duncan's claim that the Right is not overly happy about the announcement that Egypt may hold multi-party elections, he makes that assertion based on a claim made by Matthew Yglesias in a post which praises Bush. Had either of them been paying attention they would have seen that a lot of Right bloggers had noticed and were engaged in some pretty heavy patting themselves on the back. Take for instance Glenn Reynolds and the moderate Jeff Jarvis.

Today's Right of center blogosphere word is: domino effect.

As far as I can tell, they really believe that Democracy will lead to less terrorism. Personally, I'm not so optimistic--but I have been wrong before.

The present stance of the Bush administration is, as far as I can tell, the same as that of Natan Sharanski. (ht: the semi-retired Allah)

Last, had the 'realitity based' community actually bothered to read what the Right's reaction was they would have seen that we too are cautiously optimistic about the success of democracy in Egypt. Today's Right blogosphere is abuzz with self-congratulations, I told you so's, and celebration as if the Berlin wall was coming down.

Unlike the Left, though, we are willing to give credit where credit is due. To imagine that the events unfolding in the Middle East would have happened without the Iraq invasion is to create a counter-factual devoid of all historical context.

Our motive in invading Iraq was not to begin the domino effect of democracy, however that is the result of our actions. Bush is responsible for this. And for this the neo-cons are celebrating--and rightly so.

Perhaps Duncan and Matthew ought to listen to what the Right is really saying, rather than doing a quick scan of The Corner for all things right-of-center as proof positive of what we are up to. If anything, the reason that the buzz over Egypt is so mild is that events in Lebanon and Syria have overshadowed them.

More importantly, the gang at Media Matters ought to rely less on the mind-reader Chomsky [who knows the real reasons why American foreign policy is what it is] for theoretical explanations into our motivations and and focus more on listenning to what we are actually saying. To do so might be a little more reality based.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:34 PM | Comments |

American Hostage Rescued in Iraq (and it's a child!)

The terrorists have resorted to holding children hostage. This is the only information I could gather about Hussein al Saadi. How many more American hostages are there in Iraq? From the AP:

US citizen Hussein al-Saadi, 10, who was kidnapped for a ransom of 150,000 US dollars two weeks ago, is kissed by his father Saadi Abdul-Aziz as they are reunited in the southern town of Basra in Iraq Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, after he was rescued by the Iraqi police who raided the kidnapper's hideout.

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

Online Jihadis Using Jewish Names

I was beginning to wonder why the majority of my hate-mail and death threats were coming from some guy named Goldstein. From SITE:

A popular jihadi message board, affiliated with al-Qaeda, had provided “how-to” information on “penetrating Jewish email addresses”. The author of this posting instructed members to use Jewish-sounding names and Western, including Israeli, domain addresses when registering for free email accounts such as Hotmail.com and Yahoo.com. The author also provided examples of such possible names and addresses.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:51 PM | Comments |

Jawa to Go: PDA Version Now Available

The Jawa Report is now available in PDA Version. Now you can read The Jawa Report at your next staff meeting. Just pretend like your taking notes on whatever it is your CFO is blathering on about while getting the skinny on the GWOT. Just don't let him catch you while looking at images from the latest Zarqawi produced snuff video. That, would not be good. Orgle!

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

10 Year Old American Hostage Rescued in Iraq

The terrorists have resorted to holding children hostage. This is the only information I could gather about Hussein al Saadi. How many more American hostages are there in Iraq? From the AP:

US citizen Hussein al-Saadi, 10, who was kidnapped for a ransom of 150,000 US dollars two weeks ago, is kissed by his father Saadi Abdul-Aziz as they are reunited in the southern town of Basra in Iraq Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, after he was rescued by the Iraqi police who raided the kidnapper's hideout.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:33 PM | Comments |

Anti-Syrian Forces in Lebanon Win!

Wow, it's like a neo-cons wet dream come true. AP:

With shouts of "Syria out!," more than 25,000 flag-waving protesters massed outside Parliament today in a dramatic display of defiance that swept out Lebanon's pro-Syrian government two weeks after the assassination of a former prime minister.

Cheering broke out among the demonstrators in Martyrs' Square when they heard Prime Minister Omar Karami's announcement on loudspeakers that the government was stepping down. Throughout the day, protesters handed out red roses to soldiers and police.

Blog Roundup: Jeff Goldstein, LGF, Vodkapundit, Instapundit, Captain Ed, Roger L. Simon, Slant Point, Dean's World

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:20 PM | Comments |

Putin Wonders Why Bush Fired Dan Rather

One of the interesting things about foreign governments is that they think we do things in the US just like they do. For instance, when President George W. Bush was elected the natural reaction of many in the world was to write this off as dynastic succession. After all, that is the way things are done in their country.

Time:

But when Bush talked about the Kremlin's crackdown on the media and explained that democracies require a free press, the Russian leader gave a rebuttal that left the President nonplussed. If the press was so free in the U.S., Putin asked, then why had those reporters at CBS lost their jobs? Bush was openmouthed. "Putin thought we'd fired Dan Rather," says a senior Administration official. "It was like something out of 1984."

The Russians did not let the matter drop. Later, during the leaders' joint press conference, one of the questioners Putin called on asked Bush about the very same firings, a coincidence the White House assumed had been orchestrated. The odd episode reinforced the Administration's view that Putin's impressions of America are often based on urban myths fed to him by ill-informed aides.

Hat tip Confederate Yankee who wonders if it was Oliver Willis who is advising Putin.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:15 PM | Comments |

Terrorists Behead Another Woman; second beheading victim this week and third woman

Iraqi police found the beheaded body of a woman in Baghdad's al Adl district today. The woman was the second beheading victim in the past week. This also marks the third time in a week a woman had been murdered in Iraq, apparently for 'collaboration'.

Various news sources, including al Jazeera, report that the woman was dressed in black, her body wrapped in a carpet. A note attached to the corpse simply read: "Spy".

It is quite common for Islamic terrorists to accuse their victims of being a spy or collaborator. Hostages are often forced to make confessions before their captors murder them--whether they are beheaded or shot. Usually, working in any capacity with the Iraqi government is enough to convince terrorist forces that a person is a spy. [hat tip: Paul at Wizbang who e-mailed this to me]

Last week the body of a woman was found in the Northern Iraqi city of Irbil [story here]. Our earlier report speculated that the body was that of a pro-American Iraqi reporter who had been captured by hostages. However, today Raiedah Mohammed Wageh Wazan's body was found in Mosul [via Interested Participant]:

The body of a female news anchor was found in Mosul Saturday, six days after masked gunmen kidnapped her, reports her family.

The husband of Raiedah Mohammed Wageh Wazan said her body was dumped along a street. She had been shot four times in the head.

More here and here.

Also blogging: Chad at In the Bullpen & Interested Participant

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:51 AM | Comments |

Mass Murder by Terrorists in Iraq Kills 100+

The latest estimate of the car-bombing mass murder in Hilla Iraq is 110. The number climbs with each new report. The mass murders continue in Iraq as a result of the combination of Islamist rhetoric against the 'Crusader Forces' and the Leftist media reinforcing the Americans as agressors and brutal occupiers. The terrorist murderers justify such homicide bombings as legitimate resistance to occupation and their targets as collaborators.

NDTV:

A massive car bomb blast killed over 110 people and wounded as many as 130 in the central Iraqi town of Hilla.

The attack is being described as the single deadliest in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

The explosion took place when a suicide car bomber drove into a crowd of people who had lined up to outside a medical centre to get their medical certificates required for government jobs.

Hundreds of people were ferried to the hospital and many of the injured are reported to be in a serious condition.

Devastated scene of crime

The number of dead and injured is particularly high because there was also a crowded market place nearby.

Several shops and parked cars were also destroyed in Hilla, which is located 95 kilometres south of capital Baghdad.

It's primarily a Shia town, and the blast comes at a time when Iraqi groups are holding talks to form a new Shia-dominated government following last month's historic general elections.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:02 AM | Comments |

Yes, the site was down...

...sorry about that. I wish that it was because of a massive burst of traffic, but it wasn't. Just one of the normal every day glitches so common on the internet. The cause? Orgling Gremilins---yips!

Will return to blogging as soon as I get done edumacating the masses.

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

February 26, 2005

Blog Sabbath

Remember that tomorrow is the blog Sabbath. I urge all to observe.

But Rusty, you say, I don't believe in your Sabbath day observance mumbo and/or jumbo.

Just remember folks, blogs were made for bloggers and not bloggers for the blog.

Seriously, the more I know my site is read the more I obsess about it. I think about what I'm going to write next constantly. How to get more links. How to piss Duncan Black off again. How to increase Google hits.

The past few weeks traffic has been on the upswing. I find myself obsessing about keeping it up. Was Marx really thinking about bloggers when he spoke of the bourgoise obsession with falling back into the ranks of the proletariat? My nightmares revolve around death threats from followers of the Religion of Peace and becoming a Large Mammal again.

I wake up sweating, with an uncontrolable impulse to check the doors to see if they are locked and check Technorati to see if any one has linked me lateley.

Bloggers need breaks. A day to connect with real people. A day to devote to family. A day to do something other than blog and read other blogs. Sunday will be that day for me.

People, get a life. The next Rathergate can wait a day!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:58 PM | Comments |

Jeff Gannon

Jeff Gannon is evidently running a bit short on cash, although the goatee works for him. So help a guy out.

Since the link seems to be uncooperative, here's a screen capture:

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As the texdt seems to be aq bit hard to read, here's the description: "I will totally punch myself in the FACE for the highest bidder. on tape, i will hit my self about 7 to 22 times, depending on how stupid i feel, for you then i will have my friend hit me with a cinder block in the head, and then i will eat a ketchup sandwich. this is the real thing, don't be fooled by amateurs."

Launched simultaneously by Bravo Romeo Delta at Anticipatory Retaliation and the Jawa Report.

By Bravo Romeo Delta at 10:38 PM | Comments |

Florida Judge Orders Pope Removed from Life Support*

Clearwater, Fla. In a shocking development in the Terri Schiavo case today, a Florida appeals court ordered Vatican doctors to remove all life support from the ailing Pope John Paul II.

In a decision sure to have international repercussions, Judge George Greer ruled that although Terri Schiavo's lawyers had provided substantial evidence that the Pontiff responded to external stimuli by doing such things as "eating, talking, praying, and blessing the faithful," that such behaviors were simple auto-responses that in no way proved any type of self-awareness. Despite plans to attend Sunday prayers tomorrow, the judge proclaimed the Pope to be in a "constant vegetative state".

"We understand and sympathize with the feelings that Catholics, Christians, and humanitarians of all stripes have for the Holy Father," Judge Greer announced from the bench, "but this is a nation of laws. As such we must not let any moral considerations, whatever their source may be, interfere with justice."

The judges order would require doctors at Rome's Gemelli hospital to withhold all medical care from the Pope, including food & water and strapping the Pope down if he reflexively objects that he is hungry and/or thirsty. However, the Court's order will not take affect until March 18th allowing time for the case to be appealed.

"We will appeal the case all the way to the Supreme Court," Terri Schiavo lawyer David Gibbs III said in a press conference immediately following the unexpected ruling.

NARAL, the ACLU, and attorney's for Michael Schiavo, Terri's husband, have already begun work on amicus curae briefs in support of the judges decision to euthenize the Pope. "The right to die is an essential aspect of human dignity," said George Felos, Michael Schiavo's attorney and spokesman, "and the right to kill those who no longer have any value and are a drain on the economy is unseperable from this right."

"The legal principle of convenience," he added, "has triumphed today over the arcane remnants of religious bigotry which threaten to shake the very foundations of our secular society had the judge not ruled in our favor."

Reactions from the Vatican were swift. An emergency meeting was called for all available ranking Church officials and thousands gathered for a candle-light vigil in Saint Peter's Square. A spokesperson for the Papal state immediately denounced the ruling as contrary to the teachings of the Church and said the Vatican would join the appeal to judge Greer's ruling.

Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC strongly condemned the ruling. When asked what the Church would do if John Paul were to lose the appeal, McCarrick said, "As Catholics we believe that preserving the sanctity of life is the first duty of governments and of individual followers of Christ."

"What judge Greer has done today is essentially to sanction the murder of the Holy See," he went on, "and we cannot and will not stand for this! We must protect the life of the innocent at all costs--even if that means a non-violent protest or fast of some kind. Maybe even a prayer vigil--a long one. I really hope that works."

Today's ruling came as a shock to many legal experts who claimed that the Pope had no standing in the Schiavo case and the court no authority to make the ruling. Even so, Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe announced his support of the decision as the logical extension of the application of internationl law in the US.

"Besides," said Tribe, "the guy is really old."

The Pope is expected to make a statement about the case tomorrow.

*satire

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:13 PM | Comments |

Is American Hostage in Iraq Keith Maupin Alive?

Let's hope so. Keith Maupin is the only American serviceman still considered 'captured' by the Army. A video was released shortly after he was taken hostage showing a man being executed. However, the video was of very poor quality and the Army has not been able to confirm the victim on the video was Maupin.

Let's not forget that there are at least four other Americans hostages in Iraq: Roy Hallums, Dean Sadek, Tim Bell, and Bill Bradley. We urge our troops in Iraq to continue the search for their comrades. The fight will not be over until all American civilians held hostage come home. Roy Hallums and Dean Sadek are known to be alive as both were shown in videos pleading for their lives. Tim Bell and Bill Bradley's fate are unknown.

Cincinnati Enquirer:

For Keith and Carolyn Maupin, there can be no closure as long as their son remains missing....

Throughout Greater Cincinnati, and particularly near his home in Clermont County, yellow ribbons adorn trees, cars and mailboxes as reminders of Matt Maupin. In August, the Maupin family said they had received 10,000 letters of support from around the country, sometimes 500 a day. A store in Batavia reported selling out of yellow ribbon. There have been rallies, vigils and calls from President Bush.

The memories of Maupin are not of a soldier, but of a young man working to build a life. He graduated from Glen Este High School and enrolled at University of Cincinnati's Clermont College. He joined the reserves to help pay for school. And then his unit was called up and life changed for him, as it has for so many other young men and women in the past few years...

Their concern remains our concern. Their son is our neighbor. He represents the sons and daughters of all our neighbors who are serving their country.

This community has shown its heart to the Maupin family and will continue to do so. We will help them maintain their vigil. This community's watch will remain until Matt Maupin finally comes home.

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

Rusty Shackleford is a Little Eichmann: Ted Rall edition part II

Hey Ted Rall, here is a comment I recieved from one of your brothers-in-arms today:

hwahaha....goddamn assmerican!!! after the cruelty you've done, you're still sayin' that you're good??!! or f*ckin innocent??! it's a pleasure to kill person like you and your f*ckin conservative catholic-jew
president!!!!
Indeed.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:29 AM | Comments |

February 25, 2005

Hizbullah Bombs Tel Aviv Nightclub

The group that the European Union recently claimed 'is not a terrorist organization' is responsible for tonight's bombing of a Tel Aviv nightclub which killed at least four and injured scores more. The Jerusalem Post and the AP report that a senior Palestinian security official lays the blame for the bombing sqarely on the shoulders of the Lebanese based Hizbullah.

While the individual who carried out the suicide attack was a leader of the al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in the West Bank town of Tulkarm, the PA denies that the military branch of Yassir Arafat's Fatah movement had anything to do with the attack. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the Palestinian official claims that Hizbullah recruited and paid for the homicide mission.

Other media reports that factions within the al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade and Islamic Jihad claimed joint responsibility for the attack, but leaders of al Aqsa later denied involvement. The Associated Press also speculates that certain cells within al Aqsa are receiving money and orders from Hizbullah. If that is the case, than the Palestinian Authority's ability to control militants within its ranks may be severely limited.

Hizbullah has recently made threats against leaders in the anti-Syrian uprising in Lebanon. Syria has occupied Lebanon for over a decade and allowed Hizbullah freedom to launch attacks against Israel from Lebanese territory. Hizbullah is a recognized political party in Lebanon with strong ties to both Syria and Iran.

Despite Hizbullah's known connection to the murder of American soldiers and Israeli civilians, the European Union has been reluctant to formally declare the group a terrorist organization.

Leaders of Hizbullah in Lebanon have disclaimed the attacks calling the accusation that they were behind the mass murder "lies."

Initial reports from Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas are encouraging. The NY Times quotes Abbas as saying, "The Palestinian Authority will not stand silent in the face of this act of sabotage. We will follow and track down those responsible and they will be punished accordingly."

The J Post reports this from the scene of the mass murder:

About 20 to 30 people queued up outside the "Stage" club on the generally packed Herbert Samuel Boulevard shortly after 11 pm Friday night when the bomber, dressed as a reveler himself, struck. As he reached the front of the line he detonated a nail-packed device just before being searched by one of the club's guards. The force of the blast ripped cars open like cans, and sprayed the victims' blood onto the club's smashed front fa ade. Shops and windows of nearby buildings were obliterated.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:28 PM | Comments |

Need Help

I need help doing a couple of things with the blog. If you can help please e-mail me at: mypetjawa*at*gmail*dot*com.

Regular readers know why I blog anonymously. I would like to keep things that way. Here's what I need to do, but don't know how to do it.

a) set up a pay-pal and amazon honor account, but do it in such a way that would protect my privacy. I don't even want my city to be seen by those donating. Yes, I'm that paranoid.

b) get a blog ads thingy going. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how to start with blog ads.

All this because I want a little bit of that crazy blog money I keep hearing about!

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

Founder of anti-Iraq War Movement in Britan Now Pro-War

Harry Barnes, a Member of Parliament and one of the founders of Labour Against the War has defected. It seems the Iraq War was worth it after all. Times Online:

An MP who was a founder member of Labour Against the War has quit the group, saying that after last month’s elections in Iraq he now believed Allied troops should remain in the country, it emerged today....

The North-East Derbyshire MP, who is stepping down at the election, accused his former colleagues in the anti-war movement of retailing "simple-minded" claims about the extent of civilian casualties in Iraq since the war....

He could no longer support the anti-war camp’s demands for withdrawal of troops of the US-led coalition, which he said should be a decision for the Iraqi people....

Mr Barnes accused the anti-war movement of offering a "one-sided" view of life in Iraq, endlessly repeating the 100,000 casualty estimate produced in an analysis of deaths caused by the conflict, published in the academic journal The Lancet.

"That analysis said it could be anything between 2,000 and 198,000," he said. "Some things are just over-the-top and simple-minded."

Thanks for the tip from Dr. Leopold Stotch via e-mail.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:52 PM | Comments |

Blame Canada

In light of Canada's withdrawal for any more participation in the US missile defense program--an announced withdrawal, I might add, coming the same day a succesful test of the system was made--our friends over at Six Meat Buffet have come up with the following alternate missile defense schematics for the Canadians. Click the image for larger image.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:35 PM | Comments |

Rusty Shackleford is a 'Little Eichmann' (Updated for Ted Rall)

Reader comment:

Wake up. You are just one more "little Eichmann" who is day by day destroying our freedoms and drawing this country closer to its destruction.

Pay back is a bitch.

And we wonder why people like Ahmed Omar Abu Ali feel justified in planning the murder of our President?

UPDATE: I'll contribute that as my Exhibit A in refuting Ted Rall's stupid assertion that the Right is meaner than the Left. Since that is a reader comment from TODAY, I'll take it as qualifying for his challenge.

Others taking up the challenge:

John Henke's comments: "I hope you all die, die painfully."

Decision '08 finds this nugget: "'an event like this [the assassination of Bush] could be just what this country needs'."

Polipundit has this from Dick Gephardt:“[Bush has] declared war on the American people.”

John Hawkins has a photo at an anti-war protest which reads:"We support our troops when they shoot their officers."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:20 PM | Comments |

$10,000 Reward Offered for Proof Helen Thomas Slept With Eleanor Roosevelt: A counter-factual analysis

No, not really. But now that the left-wing-it's-not-about-gay-sex-blogosphere has offered a $10,000 reward for any physical evidence that would prove Jeff Gannon / James Guckert slept with adminstration officials I just thought we'd play a little hard ball too.

Too low-brow you say?

Ok. Since women obviously don't produce the kind of DNA evidence the left is searching for we'll have to settle for a good old fashion counter-factual analysis.

Counter-factual analysis?

Sorry. Forgot to take off my methodology hat.

Counter-factual analysis is when we compare what actually happened to what would have happened if one variable was changed.

For instance, had Hitler (no, not Bush-Hitler, the real one) decided not to order the Luftwaffe to stop bombing the port at Dunkirk we might imagine that England would have been forced to capitulate soon after the Battle of Brittain was launched.

That is counter-factual analysis.

The Soros funded Media Matters blogosphere crowd keeps making this counter-factual claim, or something like it: Had Jeff Gannon been a Democratic partisan during the Clinton administration you know this would have turned into a major scandal.

Maybe or maybe not. Just as in the same way we cannot know that if the Nazis had cut off the retreating British at Dunkirk what the final outcome of the war would have been, we cannot really know what the reaction would have been if had the Jeff Gannon affair happened during the Clinton administration.

But what the left is missing here is that the Jeff Gannon affair, or something quite like it, may have already happened and it may have happened during the Clinton Administration. In fact, how do we know that it did not? The only reason that we know so much about Jeff Gannon is that the left blogosphere has placed his life under a microscope.

Have they bothered to put Helen Thomas's life under that same microscope?

John Hawkins does a bang-up job in this post of comparing Helen Thomas's 'thoughtful, provocative, and non-partisan' questions to Jeff Gannon's alleged soft-balls.

Read all of the Helen Thomas quotes. If this is how the objective non-partisan media acts, then give me the partisan media any day. At least with the partisan media you know where they are coming from. There is no illusion of neutrality.

Hawkins ends the comparison with this bit of advice that I reprint for you. Willis, Atrios, and Kos would do well to heed it:

Of course, Thomas hasn't been accused of any sexual misconduct, but how would anyone know unless Helen Thomas' sex life is given the same exacting scrutiny that Jeff Gannon's was? Is it possible that Thomas might be a lesbian? Could she have worked for an escort service on the side? Has she ever had an affair with a married man? Most conservatives, myself included, don't think those are relevant questions to ask of reporters, but since the left doesn't seem to share our opinion, perhaps there's an intrepid liberal blogger out there who wants to dig into Helen Thomas' sex life? Just look at the traffic that has been generated on the left by dragging Gannon's sex life through the mud -- who's to say it would be any different with Thomas?

Let me close with a warning that bloggers on the left should take to heart: the precedent you are setting by dragging a minor media figure's sex life (and even rumors about his sex life) into the public domain may come back and bite you. After all, if it becomes accepted that Jeff Gannon's sex life is fair game, then why wouldn't the sex life of major media figures or even big name bloggers be fair game as well? Let's hope that the left side of the blogosphere -- in a desperate attempt to keep a small, insignificant scandal alive -- has not created a "Gannon Standard" that will be used to justify this sort of public sliming for years to come. [READ THE WHOLE THING]

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:14 PM | Comments |

MSM, thy name is 'Blogger'

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Screenshot taken from Google News front page moments ago.......

UPDATE: Google, you are a harsh lover. Removed after about 5 minutes on the front page.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:18 PM | Comments |

Ahmed Omar Abu Ali's Terrorist Connections Revealed

Evan Kohlman of the Counterterrorism blog has uncovered more connections between Ahmed Omar Abu Ali and an al Qaeda plot to assassinate the President of the United States. Ali's parents own words also reveal the extent to which the family was involved in the Islamist movement.

The USDOJ alleges that Abu Ali along with "Co-Conspirator #2" plotted to either shoot the President or use a car-bomb to kill him. But who is "Co-Conspirator #2"? His name is Zubayr Al-Rimi.

You can read how Evan linked the two here.

According to the FBI, "Zubayr Al-Rimi is being sought for questioning in connection with possible threats against the United States."

Apparently Reuters picked up on Evan's line of reasoning:

The man, identified only as co-conspirator No. 2, was on a list of 19 suspects in suicide bombings at housing compounds in Riyadh in May 2003 that killed 35 people. Saudi officials have said the 19 had contacts with al-Qaida.

Among those killed in a raid in September 2003 was Zubayr al-Rimi, also known as Sultan Jubran Sultan al-Qahtani. Saudi officials described him as the second-ranking al-Qaida member in Saudi Arabia. The raid came after a tip from the FBI, part of heightened cooperation between the United States and Saudi Arabia following the May attacks.

Meanwhile, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali's parents continue to feign that they knew nothing of their sons jihadi ties and are bringing suit against the United States. This despite the fact that they sent their son to a Wahhabi school funded by the Saudis and attended a Saalifiyah mosque. ABC News:
The family of a 23-year-old accused of plotting with al-Qaida to kill President Bush said Thursday they want to pursue a lawsuit accusing the administration of being behind their son's detention and alleged torture in a Saudi prison.

Ahmed Abu Ali "was tortured on orders of the USA; they are monsters," his mother, Faten, said outside a federal courtroom.

And how does Faten, who is from Jordan yet wears the veil so common in Saudi Arabia, know? She knows it because the US is the puppetmaster of Saudi Arabia. This is what her husband claims:
The young man's father, Omar, said, "The Saudi government are slaves of the Americans" and the U.S. government is lying when it says his son was under Saudi control for the 20 months before he was flown to the United States and charged.
Oddly enough, this is the same thing the jihadis in the Muslim Brotherhood believe. The organization with ties to the mosque that the Ali family attend. The Muslim American Society, the US branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, organized the press conference and rally that the Ali couple made the accusation.

Coincidentally, the al Qaeda Organization on the Arabian Peninsula also believes that the Saudi government is a slave of the Americans. The younger Ali is accused of being a member of that organization.

Whether or not the parents openly support violent jihad against the US and Saudi government is irrelevant if they believe that the US and their Saudi puppets are evil and corrupt governments. If the son also believed what was being taught in the home, in school, and in the mosque than it is predictable that he would follow his conscience and plan war against those he was taught to hate.

Abu Ali the elder also claims that his son was tortured in Saudi Arabia at the behest of the CIA. How does he know?

Outside the courtroom, Omar Abu Ali said he knew his son was being tortured at the Alhair prison in Riyadh because of the words the young man blurted out in his first phone call home after being arrested.

"I've been on a long trip in a wild jungle," Omar Abu Ali said his son told him. The father said he was terrified by the call because he knew it was code that he was being tortured.

Sounds like code for "I was tortured" to me. However, from the motion filed by the DOJ over bail we learn:
An American doctor gave the defendant a thorough physical examination on or about February 21, 2005, after the defendant had been transferred by the Saudi Government to U.S. custody. The doctor found no evidence of any physical mistreatment on the defendant’s back or any other part of his body. Moreover, the doctor specifically asked the defendant if he had been abused or harmed in any way, and the defendant said no.
During the initial hearing, you will recall, that Abu Ali's lawyer blurted out that Ali had been beaten and exclaimed he wanted to show the judge. The lawyer, of course, knew that the judge would not allow that to be done. Further:
The Consul at the U.S. embassy in Riyadh, an employee of the Department of State, met
personally with the defendant on several occasions during his detention in Saudi Arabia.
On no occasion did the defendant complain of any physical or psychological
mistreatment. To the contrary, the defendant advised the Consul – to whom he could have confided claims of mistreatment to prompt intervention on his behalf by the U.S. Government – that he was being well treated. For example, during the Consul’s initial visit with the defendant on July 8, 2003, the defendant used the words “excellent,” “kind,” and “humane” to describe his treatment. During a subsequent visit in August 2003, the defendant remarked that he had access to a gym with fitness machines and was permitted to play soccer with other inmates in a gym area. The Consul routinely recorded after each visit that the defendant “was in good health and spirits. There was nothing in his physical appearance, demeanor, or speech to indicate mistreatment or abuse.”
It goes on, but the most telling part from the DOJ motion is this:
Not until his initial appearance, with members of the news media present, did the defendant claim that he had been physically mistreated while in Saudi custody.
Indeed.

We have been leading the fight to uncover the conncections between the Ali family and the jihadi ideology. If any readers have more information, please send it to me at me e-mail address shown in the left side-bar.

Other related stories:
Would Be Assassin's Jihadi Connections
The Muslim Brotherhood Connection to Bush Assassination Plot
More Revelations About "Terror High"
Terrorist Son of Saudi Embassy Worker Attended Saudi Run School
Man Charged in Presidential Assassinination Attempt Valedictorian of Radical Islamic School in Virginia Supported by Saudi Government

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

Pimp My Tank

Funny. Beyond words, funny. (via Flea)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:48 AM | Comments |

Verb Conjugation: Orgle (Update:Chewebacca Orgles)

We orgle. They orgle. You (plural) orgle. I yip. You (singular) yip.
Thus: When I saw them orgling I went to me room and yipped.

UPDATE: Thanks to Dave at Garfield Ridge this link to The Facts of Life theme sung (or should I say orgled) by Chewbacca.

WARNING: Put all fluids down before clicking link.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:21 AM | Comments |

Iran Gives Rape Victim 100 Lashes for Sex

At least this teenage girl didn't get the maximum sentence for sex outside of marriage which is the death penalty. Under sharia law, a rape victim must prove that they sufficiently struggled against her attackers. If a woman claims rape and there are no male witnesses to testify on her behalf she is subject to penalties such as this.

Robert Spencer notes that "How did they establish that she consented? This article doesn't say, but it was probably from the testimony of the men involved. Traditional Islamic law disallows a woman's testimony in such a case."

Further, note the discrepency between the girls punishment and the boys involved. BBC:

The court dismissed the girl's claim that she was raped. It said she had sex of her own free will, the official Iran Daily newspaper reported.

The girl was sentenced to 100 lashes because her accusations of rape and kidnap could have landed her partners a death penalty, the Tehran judge said.

Sex outside marriage is illegal in Iran and capital punishment can be imposed.

The young men in the case were sentenced to 30 and 40 lashes each.

Under Iranian law, girls over the age of nine and boys over 16 face the death penalty for crimes such as rape and murder, while capital punishment can be imposed in certain cases of illegal sexual relationships....

Yes, let's let these people develop nukes. More evidence the once progressive Persian state has become deeply perverted by the Islamic Revolution.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:39 AM | Comments |

Saudi Connection to Presidential Assassination Suspect Getting MSM Coverage

Fox and Friends ran a lengthy segment this morning discussing connecting Ahmed Omar Abu Ali's motivation for plotting to assassinate Pres. Bush with the al Qaeda network to the Saudi funded Islamic Institute. The hosts brought up the Wahhabi curruculum at the school and seemed genuinely concerned that there are thousands of similar schools funded by the government of Saudi Arabia. The three also promised a lengthier report this weekend. As of this morning, no print articles can be found on the subject at FoxNews.com.

Where are the trio (or their producers) getting this information? You be the judge.

*Good morning Fox producers. Glad to have you as part of our growing readership.

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

Another Top Zarqawi Aide Captured

Mohamed Najam Ibrahim, a top leader in Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al Qada in Iraq network has been captured in the city of Baqouba. According to the AP, Ibrahim was personally involved, along with his unnamed brother, in beheadings. Iraqi officias say he is being interrogated by authorities for information they hoped would lead to other arrests.

Who the Ibrahim brothers' beheaded victims were was not reported by Iraqi officials.

In the past several weeks a number of top Zarqawi aides have been captured or killed. With each new arrest information is gathered and more arrests are made. Are we getting closer to capturing Zarqawi? I certainly hope so.

UPDATE: It looks like we nabbed two Zarqawi aides in the same day.

Let me quote Ice Cube for a moment, "Today was a good day."

Others: Backcountry Conservative, Captain Ed

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

February 24, 2005

Al Jazeera Cartoon Calls Jihadis to Arms

A country invades a nearby nation, rapes its women, murders its children, and tortures its citizens. How do you react? Would you think yourself justified in fighting this evil country?

That is exactly the way many Muslims see us. You would too if your only source of television were al Jazeera.

Take for instance this animated cartoon which is supposeed to be a criticism of Syria. It begins by showing how nobody wants the poor incompetent Syrians. It is even funny for a moment. Of course, it wouldn't be al Jazeera if it didn't end on this frame posted below.

hateuscartoon.gif

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

$10,000 Reward Offered for Proof Gannon Slept With Top Officials (UPDATE: Gannon-Rather-KKKarl-Rove-Gate)

Blogger Kelly Ann Collins has teamed up with a 'source' to offer a reward for any one that had GAY KINKY-SEX with top-ranking (read: ANY Republican) government (read: or any one who has ever shaken a Republican's hand) official. None of this is about sex, of course, but did we forget to mention the fact that Jeff Gannon / James Guckert was a GAY KINKY-SEX PROSTITUTE & ESCORT and that we're looking for DNA evidence? From the post:

A wealthy Washington socialite is offering a $10,000 reward for proof that Jeff Gannon (pictured), an allegedly gay kinky-sex prostitute / escort / white house reporter / GOP operative, has had sexual relations with top-ranking government officials....

So, I ask again -- have you seen this man? Have you slept with this man? Do you know this man?

A local socialite, who wishes to remain anonymous, has teamed up with this site to offer a $10,000 reward to anyone that can provide hard proof (photos, phone pictures, locks of hair, DNA on a suit) that Jeff Gannon had ANY sexual -- or romantic -- relationship with any top-ranking officials here in Washington.

HT to Wonkette who adds:
Huh. Since when is Matt Drudge a "local socialite"? Also: expect giggling over the definition of "top-ranking." Heh.
Update: Goldstein and Ace offer their commentary.

UPDATE II: Jeff Gannon has his own blog (ht: Hubris in PW comments)

UPDATE SO CRITICAL I'M STRIKING ALL THE NONSENSE I WROTE BELOW ABOUT HOW THE WHOLE JEFF GANNON THING WAS REALLY NO BIG DEAL:

In a revelation so shocking that it will bring the citizen-journalist phenomenon to a halt and will no doubt usher in the era of the politician-journalist, Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) has revealed that Jeff Gannon was responsible for breaking Rathergate which proves once and for all the KKKarl Rove did forge those documents in a grand conspiracy (no doubt orchestrated by Shrimp-Chub-Bush's masters in the Illumnati-Trialateral-Zionist-Haliburton-Mossad Commission).

How does he know? He can feel it, man. He can feel it.

Charles Johnson first broke this amazing revelation which is sure to break my spirits and lead me to volunteer for the Media Matters empire which, incidentally, is run by David Brock the man who was deceived--just like I have been--by the vast right--wing-Christian-Coalition conspiracy into writing the journalistic masterpiece and Pulitzer nominated books The Real Anita Hill & The Seduction of Hilary Rodham before he saw the light and joined the left-wing-gay-outting integrity filled and Soros funded empire of Media Matters and wrote the classic and acclaimed The Republican Noise Machine: The Right-Wing Media and How it Corrupts Democracy.

Ace and Rob have more. Both obviously still deceived by the corporate media.

Instapundit chimes in on KKKarl Rove-Gannon-Rathergate, kinda. Did you know Glenn Reynolds writes for MSNBC, a subsidiary of NBC, a subsidiary of General Electric which also happens to build the jet engines for the US war machine. Who profitted from the Iraq war? Follow the money, man. Follow the money.

UPDATE III: On a serious note, the other day MSNBC ran every single question asked by Gannon in news conferences. Not a single one seemed out of the ordinary. Not a single one seemed any less inane and trite than ones offered by legitimate reporters. None.

But what about all the softball questions?

The hard questions are the ones you want asked. It's all subjective. To the folks at Media Matters the hard questions are never asked.

I take it anything short of 'Ari, when is Bush-Hitler going to admit he lied to lead us into war so that we could steal oil for Haliburton and murder innocent Iraqi children and torture prisoners at Abu Ghraib?' would suffice.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:11 PM | Comments |

Would Be Bush Assassin's Jihadi Connections

The Justice Department's motion to detain Ahmed Omar Abu Ali is full of interesting facts that show a deep connection between the man and the jihad ideology. The motion can be downloaded from this post. For instance, the following describes a book found by the FBI links Ahmed Omar Abu Ali to the Muslim Brotherhood.

You will recall from this post that Ahmed Omar Abu Ali attended a mosque with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Although the official stance of the Muslim Brotherhood has been to renounce violence in pursuit of their political goals, it is the nature of the political goals themselves that are troubling. The Muslim Brotherhood wishes to restore the global calilphate and impose sharia law. The Muslim Brotherhood is in fact the ideological parent of al Qaeda.

If The Muslim Brotherhood sounds so familiar it is because Lynne Stewart was recently convicted of passing information from her terrorist client Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman to the radical Egyptian Brotherhood, an offshoot of the larger group. The Sheik was a key figure in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

From the Defense Department's motion recounting material found in Ahmed Omar Abu Ali's Fairfax, Virginia home:

A book in Arabic written by senior al-Qaeda official Ayman al-Zawahiri, Usama bin Laden’s deputy, in which al-Zawahiri characterizes democracy as a new religion that must be destroyed by war, describes anyone who supports democracy as an infidel, and condemns the Muslim Brotherhood for renouncing violent jihad as a means to establishing an Islamic state.
In another document we hear the standard Islamist rejoinder against the US toppling of the Taliban regime and praises the Sept. 11th attrocities. Notice how jihadis both deny that bin Laden was responsible for the attacks yet praise him for doing so:
Nearly ten months ago, the World was witness to a momentous attack against the greatest Empire of modern times. On September 11, 2001, a little past nine in the morning, time stood still. In a brief moment, the United States of America suffered the pain the people of Iraq and Palestine endure on a daily basis . . . .

In one of the most sophisticated, well-planned attacks seen in modern times, the
Twin Towers, the source of providing $5 Billion in annual aid to Israel, were destroyed. And what is often conveniently forgotten is that the third plane turned
the Pentagon, the symbol of American military supremacy, into a rhombus, whilst the fourth plane was shot down by the US themselves. In barber shops, cafes, markets, everywhere people were whispering celebrations . . . .

Within days of the attack, without a shred of evidence, the blame was laid firmly and squarely on one man, Usama Bin Laden. The US in its arrogance demanded that Mullah Omar, the Leader of the Believers hand Usama Bin Laden over to them, r face the consequences.

Clearly George Bush has never met Mullah Omar; had he done [so] he may have realised that the Prince of Believers fears no one but Allah, Lord of the Worlds. Mullah Omar would rather walk through a blazing fire than betray his friend and guest. . . . Mullah Omar, the Mujahideen of both Al-Qaida and Taliban chose to endure the pain of 15,000 lb ‘Daisy Cutter’ bombs in order to protect their friend and hold fast to the principles of their religion. Men with this courage, honour and integrity are indeed diamonds amongst the rocks . . . . Will the mothers of theUmmah raise more men of this calibre?

As reported by us here, the MSM left out the fact that tapes found in Ahmed Omar Abu Ali's house promoted violence against Christians as well as Jews. Oddly, press accounts mentioned the tapes promoted violent jihad against Jews, but left out Christians. This bolsters Ali's innocence claims because many on the American left believe that fighting jihad against Zionists is a legitimate use of violence:
Audio tapes in Arabic promoting violent jihad, the killing of Jews, and a battle by Muslims against Christians and Jews.
This last bit from the motion sums it all up:
The defendant’s possession of these items at his residence makes it clear that even before he departed the United States for Saudi Arabia in September 2002, he already had come to embrace and support the violent ideology and objectives of al-Qaeda.
It should come as no surprise that the Valedictorian of a school with a Wahhabi curriculum--a school entirely funded by the Saudi Arabian government--who attended a mosque with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, who's family calls on the help of the Muslim American Society--the American arm of the Muslim Brotherhood--would actually believe what he was being taught and attempt to act on those beleifs.

The objection might be raised that since the Muslim Brotherhood has parted with al Qaeda by renouncing violence that these connections are meaningless. Possibly, however the renouncement of violence was a tactical move on part of the Muslim Brotherhood. They did not renounce violent jihad in principle, rather, they say violent jihad is not necessarily the best tactic.

More evidence that Ahmed Omar Abu Ali hated his country of birth comes from the motion. We reported early on that the indicted suspect's father and mother, Omar and Faten Ali, are Jordanian by birth (after correcting an error that we made that they were Saudi). While Omar has become a naturalized citizen of the US, his wife Faten is still a Jordanian. Because of this, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali was a dual citizen of Jordan and the US.

What would you do if you had dual citizenship and yet believed that one of these two nations was guilty of being the equivalent of Nazi Germany? From the motion:

The government proffers that the defendant lived in Jordan from 1993 to 1997, and that he has close family members residing in Jordan. Indeed, the defendant has admitted that he possesses Jordanian citizenship in addition to his U.S. citizenship10 and, in a
November 2003 meeting with the U.S. Consul in Riyadh, inquired about the procedures for renouncing his U.S. citizenship.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:00 PM | Comments |

Duncan "Atrios" Black Asks for a logo....

...so I give him one. Although, it might be more appropriate for Americablog but I think the folks at the Museum of Left Wing Lunacy will like it.


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

Atrios (finally) has some good advice

Probably of no interest to non-bloggers, but Atrios dishes out some good advice to the would-be-blogger:

1) Don't send me an email saying "read my blog." I won't. If you want to get my interest, send me something interesting. If you have something interesting, it'll get noticed and linked. Have enough interesting things, people will start coming back on their own to look for it, and you'll have a larger regular readership.

2) What's interesting? Your opinion on stuff by itself isn't really interesting to anyone except your friends. If you're funny, or you write well, or you actually know something, or can make a good argument, or are good at unearthing interesting and relevant tidbits, that's interesting.

3) One things blogs do is act as news aggregators/filters and places for discussion. You may be an excellent news aggregator/filter, but that's a pretty crowded market. That's one place where being an early entrant helps. If you want to distinguish your blog, you need to have some additional interesting original content.

4) Don't create a spam list and send out every blog post to the list. We all get too much email. Send me something you think that I would be interested in. It's personal. I don't cover every issue under the sun. Nobody else does either.

5) Don't just focus on trying to get a link from me, or Kos, or Instapundit, or whatever. If you have something good, send it to blogs with somewhat less, but still decent traffic. They probably get less email than we do. s

6) Establishing a large regular readership takes a lot of time, no matter how brilliant and persistent you are. And, persistence is key. While some fairly popular bloggers post inconsistently, most people with a large regular readership post at least daily. People will click on your site more often if they think there's a good chance there will be something new to look at.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:52 PM | Comments |

Online Jihadis: "Chop off the head of Guiliana Sgrena"

From the SITE Institute's translation of an onile discussion about Guiliana Sgrena at an Islamist bulletin board:

...Guiliana Sgrena should be "slaughtered" in order to teach the Europeans in general and the Italians in particular a lesson as a result of their support to the "crusaders"...

"My brothers in Al-Qaeda, kill this ugly old woman and do not show any mercy towards her. Do not forget that the Italians, as a people and as a government, hate Islam and the Muslims."...

"Chop off the head of Guiliana Sgrena"

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:20 PM | Comments |

Canadian Islamic Congress Praised Saddam Hussein, Syrian Dictator-Condemns US

Check out this Canandian Islamic Congress letter in support of Syria's occupation of Lebanon. After condemning the US for ousting Hussein's model administration and calling the Syrian occupation of Lebanon a 'peace-keeping mission' guess what it blames the real motivation for the US invasion of Iraq? It's the Jews, stupid.

In a letter today to Prime Minister Paul Martin, the Canadian Islamic Congress said it endorses yesterday Martin's characterization that Syrian troops are in Lebanon as peacekeepers, not invaders. "The withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon should be left up to those two countries to negotiate," said the CIC....

To date, the American-led invasion of Iraq has resulted in the deaths of more than 100,000 Iraqis and thousands of Americans. Iraq has been transformed from country with 100% employment and a stable public service infrastructure, into an impoverished nation in disarray, with more than half of its adult workforce jobless. From being one of the leading Middle East states in administration, education and health care, Iraq has fallen to one of the world's most disadvantaged societies.

The CIC is charging that America's aggressive Middle East policies are designed primarily to shore up Israel's military power and economic advantages in the region, while attempting to divert world attention from Israel's territorial expansion into the West Bank through illegal Jews-only settlements.

(ht: James Joyner and Via Kate at Small Dead Animals)

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

Ward Churchill Asks the Important Questions

"And why by the way did it take Arabs to do what people here should have done a long time ago?"--Michelle Malkin has the rest.

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

Terrorists 'Dissatisfied' by Negative Media Attention

Hostage taking does two things for terrorist networks. First, it serves as a source of revenue for the organization--for instance the Maoist FARK rebels of South America have kidnapped and ransomed thousands of hostages in the past 30 years. Second, it serves as a form of propaganda to demoralize political opponents foreign and domestic.

But propaganda is a two-way street. Media images can also serve to discredit our enemies, the Islamist extremists who wish for the return of the Caliphate and the imposition of sharia law. Hence, the following message from the terrorist through two Indonesian reporters recently released comes as no surprise. Reuters:

Two Indonesian television reporters who had been held captive by Iraqi guerrillas said on Tuesday their kidnappers asked them after their release to warn foreign journalists not to come to the conflict-ridden country.

"They told us we should tell journalists they should not enter Iraq and that it is not a safe place for them and they also said they were dissatisfied by reports that discredited them," Meutya Hafid, 26, told reporters after her arrival in Amman from the Iraqi border with cameraman Budiyanto, 38, a day after their release.

Yeah, and I'm sure all those beheading snuff videos did wonders for their credibility.

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

Let's see a Leftist score with a hottie police officer after a Bush=Hitler rally!

I think not!

Above: Blogger Erik Svane of No Pasarin makes nice with the local hottie police officers in Mainz, Germany. The pro-American rally was organized by David of the Medienkritik blog who has lots more pics here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:25 AM | Comments |

Australian Jihadi Held in Iraq

Ahmed Aziz Rafiq from Adelaide was arrested by Kurdish authorities late last year. He told his parents he was off to Iraq to find a wife before he turned up as a mujahadin fighter. US authorities had planned to turn him over to Australia, but they are now seeking 'clarification' on the man. More here. Of course, that story mentions the Mr. Rafiq was held in the 'notorious' Abu Ghraib prison. Do you think maybe he found a bride there and if so was he the bitch?

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

Beheaded Body of Woman May be that of Iraqi Journalist

Via Chad at In the Bullpen this Novinite article. The body of the woman maybe that of Raaeda Al-Wazan who was abducted on her way to work at a US funded television station [background here]. This is the first time I have heard that her son was also taken hostage. As of this morning, not a single major media outlet has carried the story:

The beheaded body of a woman has been discovered in the suburbs of the town of Erbil, Northern Iraq, the Iraqi daily Sabah reported. Police say the body might of the journalist who was kidnapped two days ago in the town of Mosul. Raeda Wazzan, a journalist working for a government-funded television station, was kidnapped along with her son, aged 10.

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

February 23, 2005

Christian Sentenced to Seven Years in Pakistan for Tearing Up Quran

Our allies, those loveable Pakistanis, are at it again. Remember, Pakistan is a moderate Islamic country. At least this poor man didn't get the maximum sentence. The maximun sentence for blasphemy is death under all systems of Islamic law.

Daily Times via Jane:

Chishtian Civil Judge Muhammad Ashraf Bhatti on Wednesday sentenced Bashir Masih, 30, to seven years rigorous imprisonment on charges of desecrating the Quran.... A court official alleged that Bashir Masih was a magician cum exorcist and police had caught him tearing a copy of the Quran in Chak No 109/Fateh in Bahawalnagar district last year. Bashir was tried under Section 295-B of the Blasphemy Law. The convict confessed to the crime, saying tearing the Quran was part of the magic he was doing.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:00 PM | Comments |

Syrian Officer Admits Training Terrorist to Behead on Video

Just when you thought all of the beheading posts had ended, Iraqi television broadcasts a confession of a man who trained the mujahadin to behead their victims. There's more: he's a Syrian military offier.

A little birdie keeps telling me that the reason there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction found in Iraq was because they were moved to Syria. I have tended to downplay that suspicion. Oddly, with each passing day that theory seems more and more plausible---even likely.

AP:

Iraqi state television aired a video Wednesday showing what the U.S.-funded channel said was the confession of a captured Syrian officer who said he trained Iraqi insurgents to behead people and build car bombs to attack American and Iraqi troops.

The video also showed an Iraqi who said the insurgents practiced beheading animals to train for decapitating hostages.

It seems that this is just one in a series of videos [background here] made by the new Police Chief in Mosul [background here] as a counter-propaganda measure to all the beheading videos being produced by the terrorists.
In the video, the man, identified as Lt. Anas Ahmed al-Essa of the Syrian intelligence service, said his group had been recruited to "cause chaos in Iraq … to bar America from reaching Syria."

"We received all the instructions from Syrian intelligence," al-Essa, 30, said on a video broadcast by state-run Iraqiya TV, which can be seen nationwide.

The tape was apparently made in the northern city of Mosul but no date was provided.

[ht: Charles Johnson]

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:52 PM | Comments |

Democratic Underground Ouija Board

Iowahawk forces me to break out the gaybell!!! More Gannon-bell, please!!!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:41 PM | Comments |

Editorials Unclear on the Concept

JS Online Editorial Headline:

"No need to fear Islamist"

Right.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:36 PM | Comments |

Allawi Challenging Al-Jaafari for PM Job

Via VOA news this interesting development. I was under the impression that al-Jaafari was a shoe-in for the PM post. I guess I was wrong:

Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi announced he is forming his own coalition to challenge Ibrahim al-Jaafari for the prime minister's job. Mr. Al-Jaafari is one of the interim government's two vice presidents and head of the conservative Shi'ite Muslim party, Dawa.

The party won the most seats in the January elections, but still needs support from other electoral groups if it hopes to place Mr. Al-Jaafari in the prime minister's chair. Dawa has a more forthright religious orientation, while Mr. Allawi's party, the Iraqi List, is secular in tone. The minority Sunnis, in large part, boycotted the elections.

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

Rusty Shackleford Being Targetted by Online Jihadis? Cool

It's not that I don't appreciate the hits coming from Pal Talk any less than the hits coming from Front Page Magazine. I value all hits equally. It's just that, you know, since the mass murder of the Armanious family in New Jersey I've been taking the death threats a little more seriously.

Pal Talk is the online forum which Hossam Armanious, a Coptic Christian, would discuss theology with members of the Religion of Peace. It's also the place where death threats were issued against him. Many now suspect the murder of Hossam Armanious, his wife, and two daughters were related to those chats.

Does any one have access to Pal Talk? For all I know I'm getting compliments on my Gannon related satire and not on my criticisms of Islam.

Maybe somebody could let me know what they're saying about the Jawa over there? I have no idea how to use the service.

And if I have finally had a fatwa issued against me, let me just say, it will be time for some serious cowbell !!!

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

You know what this site needs? More Gannon-bell!!!

I think I've found the perfect animation to replace Ace's cowbell. Call it Goldstein inspired. I'm not sure whether to call it gaybell or Gannon-bell? Either way, some one really ought to forward it to the Media Matters gang.

While your thinking about the deep significance Gannongate has on the structural dominance embedded in the pseudo-imperialist capitalism of the right-wing military-industrial MSM, why not pay Goldstein a visit and give him some cash? No cash? Why not do him a solid and click on some of his advertisors?

And if you have any questions for Jeff Gannon you might want to drop them in Ace's comments. Now that is going to be a post in need of some Gannon-bell!!

Warning: Not Safe For Work

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:17 PM | Comments |

The Muslim Brotherhood Connection to Bush Assassination Plot

omarfatenali.jpgDid Omar and Faten Ali and know of their sons jihadism?

The jihadi connection only gets deeper. From this NY Times article (ht: Katherine) we learn that Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, the man indicted on charges of working with al Qaeda to plot the assassination of the President of the US, taught Islamic studies to children at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center while still in high school. According to the Washington Post, the Center has been a gathering place for Islamist and jihadi activity in the US.

Two of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers worshiped at the mosque and several of the group's founders were active in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. It is no surprise that the Muslim American Society pushed for Ahmed Abu Ali's release and its members showed up in force to laugh at the judge during Ali's indictment. The Muslim American Society is also associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Muslim Brotherhood is the original al Qaeda. Al-Ikhwan, as it is known in Arabic, was started in 1928 as an Islamist organization with the goal of seeting up the world-wide Islamic state. The radical goals of the Muslim Brotherhood and the political teachings of its founder were the inspiration behind Ossama bin Laden's al Qaeda organization.

Are we to believe that Mr. Omar Abu Ali was not aware of the Salafiyya dogma being taught at the Mosque he attended? A dogma which calls for the introduction of sharia law into the Muslim world? A dogma which calls for violent jihad against regimes in the Middle East?

And is it just a coincidence that Faten Ali, [pictured above] hides behind a veil?

Please!

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

WTW: Jerry Springer Interviews Incestious Luke and Leia Skywalker (Updated)

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What better way to celebrate White Trash Wednesday than to share this vidcap I took of the lost Star Wars incest episode of Jerry Springer? Jerry interviews galactic white trash, Luke and Leia Skywalker. Sparks fly as Jerry brings Leia's secret lover, Han Solo, on to the stage to confront Luke in a battle for Leia's heart.

Classic Springer. Classic white trash.

UPDATE: Jerry Springer, Luke, and Leia now speak on today's news and blogosphere events. If you would like Jerry, Luke, or Leia to comment on one of your posts, just link this post and send a trackback. If you are not trackback enabled, drop me a line.

Luke Skywalker on Hincheypalooza:"Right! Next you'll be telling us that Darth Vader is our father."

Jerry Springer on effigy maker Steve Pearcy:"Do they have an agent? We're doing a confrontations show: Effigy Makers Meet US Soldiers."

Jerry Springer on "intersex" individuals:"Where can I find some for a show?"

Visit these other sites celebrating White Trash Wednesday:

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:30 PM | Comments |

More Revelations About "Terror High"

Yesterday we broke the story of the connection between would-be Presidential assassin Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, the Islamic Saudi Academy, and the Royal Saudi Embassy. Those ties run deep.

Today, the MSM begins to pick up the story. A couple of stories of note follow.

This Philadelphia Daily News story uses the catchy phrase of 'Terror High' to describe the school. An added bonus is that the astute reporter thought to give Daniel Pipes a call. Here are some highlights:

The school's former comptroller, arrested last year after videotaping the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland, has been labeled by federal agents as a high- ranking member of the terrorist group Hamas....

Daniel Pipes, director of the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum and a well-known advocate of aggressive anti-terror policies, said the school is like "having a little piece of Saudi Arabia" in northern Virginia. He claimed the Islamic Saudi Academy is a classic case of pitting free speech against protection from future attacks.

"It's like the Nazis having little Hitler schools in America during the 1930s," Pipes said last night. Fifteen of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers were Saudi, although the oil-rich nation is a close ally of the Bush administration....

In March 2002, another graduate of the school, Mohammad Usman Idris, then 24, was charged with lying to a grand jury probing plots against Israel.

Pipes said last night that the fact that the school is funded by the Saudis does not seem to give the United States much leverage in dealing with it.

He noted that the oil kingdom "is not really a friend and not really an enemy" and that "we need to sort it all out."

From another article in Karala Next:
The private school's teachings have come under scrutiny since the Sept. 11 attacks. Federal court documents in a case against another academy graduate suspected of terrorism indicate that student discussions following Sept. 11 took an anti-American bent and that some students considered the attacks legitimate "payback" for American mistreatment of the Muslim world.

UPDATE: Northern Virginiastan has more background.

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

February 22, 2005

Terrorist Son of Saudi Embassy Worker Attended Saudi Run School (UPDATED

The connection between indicted terrorist Ahmed Omar Abu Ali and the Saudi government grow deeper with each new revelation. Abu Ali was indicted in a federal court today on six charges linking him with an al Qaeda plot to assassinate the President of the United States.

While an American citizen by birth, his father Omar Abu Ali is a naturalized US citizen but works as a systems analyst at the Royal Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington, DC. Further, the web page of the school attended by Ahmed Omar Abu Ali indicates that admissions priority is given to the children of Saudi diplomats (h/t: Kevin Aylward).

I have written the Saudi Embassy and asked two questions.

1) Does Mr. Omar Abu Ali carry diplomatic credentials?
2) Does Mr. Omar Abu Ali carry a valid Saudi Arabian passport, making him a dual citizen?
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CRITICAL UPDATE: No answer from the Saudi Embassy, but this NY Times article (ht: Katherine) claims that Omar Abu Ali and his wife are from Jordan, and not from Saudi Arabia as other reports had indicated.

Scroll to the bottom for more updates
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The Royal Saudi Embassy is also connected to the Virginia high school which Ahmed Omar Abu Ali was valedictorian of. The school is linked at the Saudi Embassy's web page here. A webpage since removed by the Saudi Embassy but which was cached by Google also claims "The Academy is an independent, non-profit educational institution, funded by the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

Various press accounts have overlooked the Islamic Saudi Academy's ties to the Saudi Embassy. Further, press reports have overlooked that school's long history of teaching radical Islamist doctrines to its pupils.

Could Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, the man accused of being involved in an al Qaeda plot to assassinate President Bush be simply following the dictates of a conscience tempered by a radical Islamic education in suburban Virginia?

Was the Saudi government reluctant to press charges against Abu Ali because his father was a diplomat?

Was the Saudi government so slow in turning the suspected al Qaeda member over to American authorities for so long because of the embarassing connections between the Embassy, the school, and the House of Saud?

An investigagion of the Islamic Saudi Academy reveals that the following.

From the Islamic Saudi Academy website. Here is a portion of their Mission Statement:

The Academy’s educational mission is threefold: 1) to develop all students in mind, body, and character enveloping Islamic values and the Arabic language and culture; 2) to prepare students for further education both in the United States and abroad; and to prepare them to be contributing and responsible citizens of the world.
From their About Us page:
Since its establishment, the Islamic Saudi Academy has viewed its relationship with the community and culture as vital to the mission of the school. ISA not only promotes respect and mutual understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims, Arabs and Americans while keeping within the Muslim faith, it strives for its staff and students to uphold tolerance, honesty, integrity and compassion, qualities that represent the best of both American and Arabic cultures.
Tolerance in Saudi Arabia is expressed by not allowing freedom of religion. The death penalty is prescribed for those who leave Islam for another religion and for those who preach Christianity.

You'd think that the Valedictorian would have learned the core values of the school? From the school's course of studies you might realize why the man turned out to be a jihadi:

The Islamic Studies Program is unique and comprehensive. It stresses Islamic culture, tradition, heritage, and identity. It challenges the students academically and fosters an atmosphere conducive to the development of Islamic morals, values and ideals. With this foundation, students will continually seek knowledge, think critically, and become active learners. The program prepares students for the challenges they will face as they proceed in their educational and professional careers.

The Islamic Saudi Academy believes that it is important for all students to learn Arabic. Arabic is the language of the Holy Qur'an and Muslims are expected to be well versed in it and fully aware of its usage. Fluency in Arabic keeps students in close contact with their Arab heritage and culture through written and oral communication. The Arabic language is becoming more and more popular in cultural, political and economic world events; moreover, it has become one the major languages used at the United Nations. In general, the Arabic program follows the curriculum, syllabus, and materials established by the Saudi Ministry of Education.

There is also a link to al-Islam with an entire section devoted to The Superiority of Jihad:
Let those fight in the cause of Allah who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter, To him who fighteth in the cause of Allah - whether he is slain or gets victory - soon shall We give him a reward of great (value)....

Not equal are those Believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) hath Allah promised good: but those who strive and fight hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward.

and on the Superiority of the Mujahadin:
And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah, and make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction; but do good; for Allah loveth those who do good.

Those who spend their substance in the cause of Allah, and follow not up their gifts with reminders of their generosity or with injury, for them their reward is with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

From the Saudi Institute:
Saudi School in Alexandria Promotes Religious Intolerance"

By Erik Ruselowski - The Saudi Institute

“For the teacher: Explain that all religions, other than Islam, are false, including that of the Jews, Christians, and all others.” Not a good example of tolerance and freedom of religion as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and echoed in classrooms across America! However, at the Islamic Saudi Academy, hostility toward Jews and Christians is embedded in the curriculum. The opening line is taken from a book given to first graders at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, Virginia....

The Islamic Academy is a private institution wholly financed by the Saudi government. The director, Ibrahim Al-Gosair, and his Saudi staff are given diplomatic status. In fact, because of diplomatic immunity, the school lies only under the jurisdiction of the State Department. Saudi citizens constitute 50 percent of the student body while the remaining half includes Arab and Muslim-Americans. The Saudi Academy teaches an intolerant form of Wahhabi Islam to young Muslim children.

From Campus Watch reprinting a WND article:
A top textbook consultant shaping classroom education on Islam in American public schools recently worked for a school funded and controlled by the Saudi government, which propagates a rigidly anti-Western strain of Islam, a WorldNetDaily investigation reveals.

The consultant, Susan L. Douglass, has also praised Pakistan's madrassa schools as "proud symbols of learning," even after the U.S. government blamed them for fueling the rise of the Taliban and al-Qaida.

Douglass, routinely described as a "scholar" or "historian," has edited manuscripts of world history textbooks used by middle and high school students across the country. She's also advised state education boards on curriculum standards dealing with world religion, and has helped train thousands of public school teachers on Islamic instruction.

In effect, she is responsible for teaching millions of American children about Islam, experts say, while operating in relative obscurity.

WorldNetDaily has learned that up until last year Douglass taught social studies at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, Va., which teaches Wahhabism through textbooks that condemn Jews and Christians as infidels and enemies of Islam. Her husband, Usama Amer, still teaches at the grades 2-12 school, a spokeswoman there confirmed. Both are practicing Muslims.

The Saudi government funds the school, which has a sister campus in Fairfax, Va.

"It is a school that is under the auspices of the Saudi Embassy," said Ali al-Ahmed, executive director of the Washington-based Saudi Institute, a leading Saudi opposition group. "So the minister of education appoints the principal of the school, and the teachers are paid by the Saudi government."

He says many of the academy's textbooks he has reviewed contain passages promoting hatred of non-Muslims. For example, the eleventh-grade text says one sign of the Day of Judgment will be when Muslims fight and kill Jews, who will hide behind trees that say: "Oh Muslim, oh servant of God, here is a Jew hiding behind me. Come here and kill him."

Al-Ahmed, a Shiite Muslim born in predominantly Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, says the school's religious curriculum was written by Sheik Saleh al-Fawzan, a senior member of the Saudi religious council, who he said has "encouraged war against unbelievers." Al-Fawzan has authored textbooks used in Saudi schools.

Warriors for truth reports:
Eleventh-graders at the elite Islamic Saudi Academy in Northern Virginia study energy and matter in physics, write out differential equations in precalculus and read stories about slavery and the Puritans in English.

Then they file into their Islamic studies class, where the textbooks tell them the Day of Judgment can't come until Jesus Christ returns to Earth, breaks the cross and converts everyone to Islam, and until Muslims start attacking Jews....

"I wouldn't be surprised if some teachers are sometimes anti-American or anti-Semitic," said Abdulwahab Alkebsi, whose 12-year-old daughter attends the Islamic Saudi Academy. "But I don't want it to be that way....

The Islamic Saudi Academy does not require that U.S. history or government be taught, offering Arabic social studies as an alternative. Officials there said that only Saudis who intend to return home do not take U.S. history, though a handful of U.S.-born students who plan to stay in this country said they opted against it, too.

School officials would not allow reporters to attend classes. But a number of students described the classroom instruction and provided copies of textbooks.

Ali Al-Ahmed, whose Virginia-based Saudi Institute promotes religious tolerance in Saudi Arabia, has reviewed numerous textbooks used at the academy and said many passages promote hatred of non-Muslims and Shiite Muslims.

The 11th-grade textbook, for example, says one sign of the Day of Judgment will be that Muslims will fight and kill Jews, who will hide behind trees that say: "Oh Muslim, Oh servant of God, here is a Jew hiding behind me. Come here and kill him."

Several students of different ages, all of whom asked not to be identified, said that in Islamic studies, they are taught that it is better to shun and even to dislike Christians, Jews and Shiite Muslims.

Some teachers "focus more on hatred," said one teenager, who recited by memory the signs of the coming of the Day of Judgment. "They teach students that whatever is kuffar [non-Muslim], it is okay for you" to hurt or steal from that person.

Other teachers present more tolerant views, students said. Usama Amer, a veteran math teacher, is popular not only for his math skills but also for regularly allowing students free debate about topics within Islam.

Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs also points out this Front Page article:
The Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA) in Northern Virginia forthrightly states that even though it exists on U.S. soil, it is "subject to the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

Students at ISA are not required to study U.S. history or government. They do, however, receive instruction in Wahhabism.

Outsiders are not permitted to observe Wahhabism lessons or any other classes at ISA. But early this year, students at the academy told two Washington Post reporters some of the things they learn at school. Among other things, students discover the intricacies of Judgment Day.

One event on that formidable day will be that Muslims will fight and kill Jews. The cowardly Jews will seek refuge behind trees. Much like the trees in the forest scene from the Wizard of Oz, these trees will become animated and aggressive. They will call out to the righteous: "Oh Muslim, Oh servant of God, here is a Jew hiding behind me. Come here and kill him."

Students also said they are taught "it is better to shun and even to dislike Christians, Jews and Shiite Muslims." Furthermore, students learn, it is okay to hurt or steal from a non-Muslim.

The Saudi-supplied textbooks at this and other Wahhabi schools state that Muslims are obliged to consider all infidels the enemy. Certain enemies are not even acknowledged in geography class. Wahhabi schools in America are notorious for doctoring maps of the Middle East, and hanging them in classrooms - with Israel blotted out.

While the Saudi government has instituted reforms in their education system in the past two years, it will be noted that Ahmed Omar Abu Ali is 23, thus he would have gone through the system before any such reforms.

UPDATE 2/23 AM: I have a new post up in which Daniel Pipes chimes in. Since so many of you are new to The Jawa Report and may not be familiar with site navigation, I will include the full text of that post below.

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Yesterday we broke the story of the connection between would-be Presidential assassin Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, the Islamic Saudi Academy, and the Royal Saudi Embassy. Those ties run deep.

Today, the MSM begins to pick up the story. A couple of stories of note follow.

This Philadelphia Enquirer story uses the catchy phrase of 'Terror High' to describe the school. An added bonus is that the astute reporter thought to give Daniel Pipes a call. Here are some highlights:

The school's former comptroller, arrested last year after videotaping the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland, has been labeled by federal agents as a high- ranking member of the terrorist group Hamas....

Daniel Pipes, director of the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum and a well-known advocate of aggressive anti-terror policies, said the school is like "having a little piece of Saudi Arabia" in northern Virginia. He claimed the Islamic Saudi Academy is a classic case of pitting free speech against protection from future attacks.

"It's like the Nazis having little Hitler schools in America during the 1930s," Pipes said last night. Fifteen of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers were Saudi, although the oil-rich nation is a close ally of the Bush administration....

In March 2002, another graduate of the school, Mohammad Usman Idris, then 24, was charged with lying to a grand jury probing plots against Israel.

Pipes said last night that the fact that the school is funded by the Saudis does not seem to give the United States much leverage in dealing with it.

He noted that the oil kingdom "is not really a friend and not really an enemy" and that "we need to sort it all out."

From another article in Karala Next:
The private school's teachings have come under scrutiny since the Sept. 11 attacks. Federal court documents in a case against another academy graduate suspected of terrorism indicate that student discussions following Sept. 11 took an anti-American bent and that some students considered the attacks legitimate "payback" for American mistreatment of the Muslim world.
Update 2/23 PM: New post up on the Ali family. Did Omar and Faten Ali and his wife know of their sons jihadism?
Here is the text of that post---
omarfatenali.jpgDid Omar and Faten Ali and know of their sons jihadism?

The jihadi connection only gets deeper. From this NY Times article (ht: Katherine) we learn that Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, the man indicted on charges of working with al Qaeda to plot the assassination of the President of the US, taught Islamic studies to children at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center while still in high school. According to the Washington Post, the Center has been a gathering place for Islamist and jihadi activity in the US.

Two of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers worshiped at the mosque and several of the group's founders were active in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. It is no surprise that the Muslim American Society pushed for Ahmed Abu Ali's release and its members showed up in force to laugh at the judge during Ali's indictment. The Muslim American Society is also associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Muslim Brotherhood is the original al Qaeda. Al-Ikhwan, as it is known in Arabic, was started in 1928 as an Islamist organization with the goal of seeting up the world-wide Islamic state. The radical goals of the Muslim Brotherhood and the political teachings of its founder were the inspiration behind Ossama bin Laden's al Qaeda organization.

Are we to believe that Mr. Omar Abu Ali was not aware of the Salafiyya dogma being taught at the Mosque he attended? A dogma which calls for the introduction of sharia law into the Muslim world? A dogma which calls for violent jihad against regimes in the Middle East?

And is it just a coincidence that Faten Ali, [pictured above] hides behind a veil?

Please!

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

Man Charged in Presidential Assassinination Attempt Valedictorian of Radical Islamic School in Virginia Supported by Saudi Government

Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, the man charged with plotting an assassination attempt against President George W. Bush was the valedictorian of a radical Islamic school in Virginia supported by the Saudi government.

According to the Washington Post and reprinted in the NY Times, he attended the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria Virginia. While family and friends feign that he is the victim of anti-Muslim discrimination, the Jawa Report can reveal that the school in question follows the radical Wahhabi curriculum of the Saudi Ministry of Education. Until recent protest by the US goverment, this curriculum has included anti-Semetic and anti-Christian bigotry and overt calls to jihad. Thus Ahmed Omar Abu Ali is likely to be an ideologue who actually believed what he was taught at school

From the Islamic Saudi Academy website. Here is a portion of their Mission Statement:

The Academy’s educational mission is threefold: 1) to develop all students in mind, body, and character enveloping Islamic values and the Arabic language and culture; 2) to prepare students for further education both in the United States and abroad; and to prepare them to be contributing and responsible citizens of the world.
From their About Us page:
Since its establishment, the Islamic Saudi Academy has viewed its relationship with the community and culture as vital to the mission of the school. ISA not only promotes respect and mutual understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims, Arabs and Americans while keeping within the Muslim faith, it strives for its staff and students to uphold tolerance, honesty, integrity and compassion, qualities that represent the best of both American and Arabic cultures.
Tolerance in Saudi Arabia is expressed by not allowing freedom of religion. The death penalty is prescribed for those who leave Islam for another religion and for those who preach Christianity.

You'd think that the Valedictorian would have learned the core values of the school? From the school's course of studies and you might realize why the man turned out to be a jihadi:

The Islamic Studies Program is unique and comprehensive. It stresses Islamic culture, tradition, heritage, and identity. It challenges the students academically and fosters an atmosphere conducive to the development of Islamic morals, values and ideals. With this foundation, students will continually seek knowledge, think critically, and become active learners. The program prepares students for the challenges they will face as they proceed in their educational and professional careers.

The Islamic Saudi Academy believes that it is important for all students to learn Arabic. Arabic is the language of the Holy Qur'an and Muslims are expected to be well versed in it and fully aware of its usage. Fluency in Arabic keeps students in close contact with their Arab heritage and culture through written and oral communication. The Arabic language is becoming more and more popular in cultural, political and economic world events; moreover, it has become one the major languages used at the United Nations. In general, the Arabic program follows the curriculum, syllabus, and materials established by the Saudi Ministry of Education.

There is also a link to al-Islam with an entire section devoted to The Superiority of Jihad:
Let those fight in the cause of Allah who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter, To him who fighteth in the cause of Allah - whether he is slain or gets victory - soon shall We give him a reward of great (value)....

Not equal are those Believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) hath Allah promised good: but those who strive and fight hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward.

and on the Superiority of the Mujahadin:
And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah, and make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction; but do good; for Allah loveth those who do good.

Those who spend their substance in the cause of Allah, and follow not up their gifts with reminders of their generosity or with injury, for them their reward is with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

From the Saud Institute:
Saudi School in Alexandria Promotes Religious Intolerance"

By Erik Ruselowski - The Saudi Institute

“For the teacher: Explain that all religions, other than Islam, are false, including that of the Jews, Christians, and all others.” Not a good example of tolerance and freedom of religion as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and echoed in classrooms across America! However, at the Islamic Saudi Academy, hostility toward Jews and Christians is embedded in the curriculum. The opening line is taken from a book given to first graders at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, Virginia....

The Islamic Academy is a private institution wholly financed by the Saudi government. The director, Ibrahim Al-Gosair, and his Saudi staff are given diplomatic status. In fact, because of diplomatic immunity, the school lies only under the jurisdiction of the State Department. Saudi citizens constitute 50 percent of the student body while the remaining half includes Arab and Muslim-Americans. The Saudi Academy teaches an intolerant form of Wahhabi Islam to young Muslim children.

From Campus Watch reprinting a WND article:
A top textbook consultant shaping classroom education on Islam in American public schools recently worked for a school funded and controlled by the Saudi government, which propagates a rigidly anti-Western strain of Islam, a WorldNetDaily investigation reveals.

The consultant, Susan L. Douglass, has also praised Pakistan's madrassa schools as "proud symbols of learning," even after the U.S. government blamed them for fueling the rise of the Taliban and al-Qaida.

Douglass, routinely described as a "scholar" or "historian," has edited manuscripts of world history textbooks used by middle and high school students across the country. She's also advised state education boards on curriculum standards dealing with world religion, and has helped train thousands of public school teachers on Islamic instruction.

In effect, she is responsible for teaching millions of American children about Islam, experts say, while operating in relative obscurity.

WorldNetDaily has learned that up until last year Douglass taught social studies at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, Va., which teaches Wahhabism through textbooks that condemn Jews and Christians as infidels and enemies of Islam. Her husband, Usama Amer, still teaches at the grades 2-12 school, a spokeswoman there confirmed. Both are practicing Muslims.

The Saudi government funds the school, which has a sister campus in Fairfax, Va.

"It is a school that is under the auspices of the Saudi Embassy," said Ali al-Ahmed, executive director of the Washington-based Saudi Institute, a leading Saudi opposition group. "So the minister of education appoints the principal of the school, and the teachers are paid by the Saudi government."

He says many of the academy's textbooks he has reviewed contain passages promoting hatred of non-Muslims. For example, the eleventh-grade text says one sign of the Day of Judgment will be when Muslims fight and kill Jews, who will hide behind trees that say: "Oh Muslim, oh servant of God, here is a Jew hiding behind me. Come here and kill him."

Al-Ahmed, a Shiite Muslim born in predominantly Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, says the school's religious curriculum was written by Sheik Saleh al-Fawzan, a senior member of the Saudi religious council, who he said has "encouraged war against unbelievers." Al-Fawzan has authored textbooks used in Saudi schools.

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

Unclear on the Concept: Palestinian Man Celebrates His Brother's Release from Israeli Jail by Shooting Bystanders

In the air. Shoot in the air. JPost:

According to a preliminary investigation conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, the incident occurred when Eyad Tawfiq, 30, arrived at his house in the village after he had been released from jail.

His brother-in-law, 28-year-old Haibat Taha, welcomed him by firing into the air from his M16 rifle. When he put the rifle back on his shoulder, a number of live bullets hit four men standing nearby. One of them, Salah, was killed by a live bullet in the abdomen.

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

Muslim-American Indicted for Bush Assassination Plot (UPDATED)

American born Muslim goes to Saudi Arabia to study Islam. While there he becomes converted to Jihad. Joins al Qaeda. Plots to kill President Bush. For now his only defense has been that the Saudis tortured him and he is the victim of religious persecution. Typical.

His family had been circulating this petetion to free him from Saudi jails.

The full indictment can be read here.

UPDATE: From the indictment, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali is charged with:

1) Conspiracy to provide material support and resources to foreign terrorist organizations (al Qaeda)

2) Providing material support and resources to foreign terrorist organizations (al Qaeda)

3) Conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

4) Providing material support to terrorists.

5) Contribution of services to al Qaeda.

6) Receipt of funds and services from al Qaeda.

Another Update from the indictment: Left out of the Fox News are several key things. For instance, Fox says that Ahmed Ali was found with "Audio tapes in Arabic promoting violent jihad and the killing of Jews". The actual indictment reads, "Audio tapes in Arabic promoting violent jihad, the killing of Jews, and a battle by Muslims against Christians and Jews."
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Fox News:

An American citizen was charged Tuesday with conspiring to assassinate President Bush and with supporting Al Qaeda .

If convicted of all the charges, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, 23, faces a maximum sentence of 80 years in prison....

An indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Alexandria on Feb. 3 was unsealed Tuesday. There are 10 alleged co-conspirators in the indictment.

Abu Ali faces six counts n the indictment: conspiracy to provide material support and resources to Al Qaeda; providing material support to Al Qaeda; conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists; providing material support to terrorists; contribution of services to Al Qaeda; and receipt of funds and services from Al Qaeda.

The federal indictment said that in 2002 and 2003 Abu Ali and an unidentified co-conspirator discussed plans for Abu Ali to assassinate Bush. They discussed two scenarios, the indictment said: one in which Abu Ali "would get close enough to the president to shoot him on the street" and, alternatively, "an operation in which Abu Ali would detonate a car bomb." ...

Abu Ali was born in Houston and later moved to Falls Church, Va., where he was valedictorian of his high school class. He allegedly went on to pursue religious studies in Saudi Arabia in 2000 and federal prosecutors say Abu Ali joined an Al Qaeda cell in Saudi Arabia in 2001. The alleged Bush plot occurred while he was studying in that country, the indictment says.

Sometime around September 2002, Abu Ali allegedly returned to Saudi Arabia (search) and told an unnamed co-conspirator that he was interested in joining Al Qaeda. The indictment alleges that Abu Ali intended to become a planner of terrorist operations like Muhammad Atta and Khalid Sheik Muhammad.

Abu Ali allegedly decided at one point to go to Afghanistan to take part in a violent jihad against American military personnel there. He applied for a visa to travel to Iran as a means to enter Afghanistan but his application was denied, according to the indictment.

Abu Ali also received money from another co-conspirator and Al Qaeda member to buy a laptop computer, a cell phone and books, the indictment says. Abu Ali is said to have purchased all the equipment.

At some point, this alleged Al Qaeda member who gave him the money discussed with Abu Ali establishing an Al Qaeda cell in the United States. Abu Ali received training in weapons, explosives and document forgery from Al Qaeda members, the indictment says.

According to the indictment, Abu Ali obtained a religious blessing from another unidentified co-conspirator to assassinate the president. One of the unidentified co-conspirators in the plot is among 19 people the Saudi government said in 2003 was seeking to launch terror attacks in that country, according to the indictment.

He was arrested in Saudi Arabia on June 9, 2003.

h/t: First Broken Angel

UPDATE: (via Charles Johnson) Not surprisingly, the Muslim American Society calls for his release. Would it be possible for Muslim groups to just once support the detention of a terrorist? MAS:

"We're deeply grateful to the Almighty for the return of Abu-Ali the United States of America," said Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation Executive Director Mahdi Bray. "However, I am still greatly troubled and concerned about the manner in which our government has dealt with Abu Ali and his family.

"Nothing short of his release and return to his family is acceptable to us," stated Bray.


Update: In answer to Number 2 Pencils question. NY Times:
The Washington Post reported in 2003 that Mr. Ali was valedictorian of his 1999 high school class at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, where school officials described him as "an exceptional student," with special talent in mathematics and science.
UPDATE: Aylward notes this article which suggests his father might work for the Saudi Embassy. That would explain why he went to the Islamic Saudi Academy.

UPDATE: Andrew Cochran confirms Abu Ali's father worked for Saudi Embassy.

Another Update: From the Islamic Saudi Academy website. Here is a portion of their Mission Statement:

The Academy’s educational mission is threefold: 1) to develop all students in mind, body, and character enveloping Islamic values and the Arabic language and culture; 2) to prepare students for further education both in the United States and abroad; and to prepare them to be contributing and responsible citizens of the world.
From their About Us page:
Since its establishment, the Islamic Saudi Academy has viewed its relationship with the community and culture as vital to the mission of the school. ISA not only promotes respect and mutual understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims, Arabs and Americans while keeping within the Muslim faith, it strives for its staff and students to uphold tolerance, honesty, integrity and compassion, qualities that represent the best of both American and Arabic cultures.
They keep using that word tolerance, I do not think that word means what they think it means.

You'd think that the Valedictorian would have learned the core values of the school? Check out the rigorous course of studies and you might realize why the man turned out to be a jihadi:

The Islamic Studies Program is unique and comprehensive. It stresses Islamic culture, tradition, heritage, and identity. It challenges the students academically and fosters an atmosphere conducive to the development of Islamic morals, values and ideals. With this foundation, students will continually seek knowledge, think critically, and become active learners. The program prepares students for the challenges they will face as they proceed in their educational and professional careers.

The Islamic Saudi Academy believes that it is important for all students to learn Arabic. Arabic is the language of the Holy Qur'an and Muslims are expected to be well versed in it and fully aware of its usage. Fluency in Arabic keeps students in close contact with their Arab heritage and culture through written and oral communication. The Arabic language is becoming more and more popular in cultural, political and economic world events; moreover, it has become one the major languages used at the United Nations. In general, the Arabic program follows the curriculum, syllabus, and materials established by the Saudi Ministry of Education.

There is also a link to al-Islam with an entire section devoted to The Superiority of Jihad:
Let those fight in the cause of Allah who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter, To him who fighteth in the cause of Allah - whether he is slain or gets victory - soon shall We give him a reward of great (value)....

Not equal are those Believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) hath Allah promised good: but those who strive and fight hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward.

and on the Superiority of the Mujahadin:
And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah, and make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction; but do good; for Allah loveth those who do good.

Those who spend their substance in the cause of Allah, and follow not up their gifts with reminders of their generosity or with injury, for them their reward is with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

Last Update: More on in this post 'Man Charged in Presidential Assassin Attending Radical Islamic School Supported by Saudi Government'

Others with a great deal more to tell: James Joyner, The Baron, Number 2 Pencil, In the Bullpen, Wizbang, Josh Poulson, White Pebble, Truth Quante-fied, Jane at Armies of Liberation, Joe Gandelman, Rob at Say Anything, The Political Teen, A little about everything, La Shawn Barber, Lorie Bird

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:02 PM | Comments |

C-3PO Comments On Paris Hilton and Other News

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If you would like C-3PO to comment on one of your blog posts, just send a trackback or e-mail me.

C-3PO comments on images found on Paris Hilton's hacked Sidekick: "Oh my!"

On Jeff Ganon/James Guckert's plans to sue Media Matters: "R-2 says the chances of winning are seven-hundred and twenty-five to one."

On Bill Burkett plans to sue CBS News for publishing his phony memo:""Sometimes I just don't understand human behavior."

On the USA Next advertisement: "Good heavens, gay you say?"

On former Kerry advisers working for the UN and making anti-Fox News ads:"I believe they think I'm some sort of god."

On Taliban giving up in Afghanistan:""Wait a minute! Where are you going!"

On the British Navy recruiting the gays:"Are they in need of a protocol robot?"

On Congressman Hinchey's retreat from reality: "Oh switch off!"

On Elizabeth Hurley in new Harry Potter movie: "Fabulous."

On Japan considering outlawing knives: ""Are you sure this thing is safe?"

On ex-Turkish PM on trial for fraud and corruption: "I believe it's some sort of Jawa dialect, sir."

On Simon's Asian blog roundup: "I am programmed in over 6 million languages, sir."

On the New Blog showcase:"We have found the computer outlet sir."

On the Llama Butchers:"The above photo-shop is designed primarily for Steve's screensaver? I'm not telling him that."

Update: On the Earthquake in Iran: "It's against my programming to impersonate a deity."

Update II: On efforts to remove life support from Terry Schiavo:"See above."

On Ward Churchill getting tenure by mistake:"I'm sorry, sir, my irony circuits seem to be on overload."

Update III: On the Editor's engagement to be married:"I say, good show."

On Hawaii outlawing the consumption of dog and cat meat:"Oh no the Rancor!"

Update IV: On Bush efforts to reforge old alliances: "Do take good care of yourself."

On President's day:"R2d2 You know better than to talk to a strange computer."

On Democratic Underground Hunter S. Thompson conspiracy theories:"Good heavens, no!"

UPDATE 2/23: On Michael Schiavo's attempts to kill his wife Terry: Click to here

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:39 AM | Comments |

Al Jaafari Shiite's Nominee for PM

The AP reports that Interim Vice President Ibrahim al-Jaafari was chosen as his Shiite ticket's candidate for Iraq's next prime minister Tuesday, after Ahmad Chalabi dropped his bid.

Al-Jaafari has sent mixed signals about his Islamist ties. He is brother-in-law to the Grand Ayatollah Sistani, the most powerful cleric in Iraq. His ties to Iran are also deep. After a failed rebellion against Saddam Hussein in the 1970s, al-Jaafari fled to Iran in 1980 where he lived in exile until 1989. He then moved to London where he became the chief spokesman for theh Dawa party in exile until the US led ouster of the Baathist regime. His wife and children remain in London.

On the one hand he has stated that he believes Islam should be the only source of Iraq's fundamental law. A chilling statement for Iraq's Christian minority who would be forced to live in legal dhimmitude--or second class citizenship--if even moderate sharia law were imposed. For instance, Islamic law forbids the free expression of religion and prescribes the death penalty as the maximum sentence for Muslims who leave the faith. But even if the maximum penalty were not given any society that forbids apostasy as a matter of law is not free.

On the other hand Al-Jaafari has been generally supportive of Kurdish autonomy. He is expected to become Prime Minister with the support of the Kurdish ticket which came in second in the elections. He has also been a critic of Wahhabi style laws which restrict women from voting or even driving. He supported the US invasion and was part of the original governing body appointed by the Coalitin Authority.

More from Wikipidia and BBC.

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

February 21, 2005

The REAL MEDIA MATTERS Agenda

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Markos 'Screw Them' Zuniga takes offense at the above advertisement by USA Next running at The American Spectator, former home of one David Brock--the man who owns Media Matters and employs a number of prominent left-wing bloggers.*

Apparently his readers take offense, too, and he has inspired a number of 'clever' photoshops. The America(it's all about the gay cock)blog actually has a funny photoshop (inspired by Atrios) and is the least offensive. Dohiyi Mir and Suburban Nomad so 'cleverly' comes up with a photoshop of Bush's 'real agenda' of torturing prisoners at Abu Ghraib and stomping out the Constitution, inspired, no doubt by Kos' use of the word fascist to describe the GOP today.

I, on the other hand, propose this less offensive photoshop that Kos, Atrios, and Media Matters in general has inspired.

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UPDATE: Kevin Drum and Digby chime in on those Swift Boat liars. (via Meme Random)

UPDATE II: James Joyner has a good run-down on the controversy.

*For the record the banner ad is pretty lame and inflamatory. But mostly it's just gay.

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

Jeff Gannon/James Guckert to Sue Media Matters?

UPI is reporting that Newsweek says Gannon/Guckert plans to sue Media Matters. Yes, that Media Matters. UPI:

Former Talon News writer Jeff Gannon has threatened to sue the liberal groups and blogs who exposed his lack of credentials, Newsweek said Monday....

Gannon told Newsweek he was the victim of a "political assassination" committed by groups like Media Matters for America, a cyberspace watchdog organization founded by former investigative journalist David Brock, and is considering bringing suit against them, though the group does not seem concerned.

"Everything we wrote about him came from the public record," Brock said.

Was this a political assassination? Yes. Is there cause for a lawsuit? I don't think so.

Reporting that Guckert was a gay prostititue, that's a fact. Reporting that he was a schill, that's an opinion. You can't sue because some one has a poor opinion of you.

RELATED!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:28 PM | Comments |

Yoda Editorializes (Update)

On Hunter S. Thompson Suicide: "Fear and loathing emanate from the dark-side."

On Paris Hilton phone hack: "Not the only Hilton you are. Another sister you have."

On Hugo Chavez's claims Bush is out to kill him:"True, it is not. True, it should be."

On Cartesian philosophy: "Be or be not. There is no think."

Update:
On Bush admitting to have smoked weed: "Adventure. Heh! Excitement. Heh! A Jedi craves not these things. Pass the fritos."

Update II: On man getting penis cut off in Alaska: "Concentrate...feel the Force flow. Oh, sorry, I forgot about that whole 'got my penis cut off' thing. My bad."

Update III: On advice to Democratic Congressman Maurice Hinchey: "Ohhh! Great warrior! Lies not make one great.

Update IV: On the burden a national ID card would place on 'transgendered' persons:"--------. Wait. ------. On, hold please. -----. -----. -----. Laugh, must not. ----"

Update V: On declining civility in Congress: "Stopped they must be; on this all depends."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:29 PM | Comments |

GOP Targets AARP in Conspiracy Orchestrated from the Top

Thanks to Joshua Micah Mellancamp Boutros-Boutros Marshall, Duncan 'Atrios' Black, and dKos for pointing out that conservative lobbying group USA Next is going after the AARP (American Association of Retarded People). Something Kos calls "a knife in the back" because the AARP "dance[ed] with the devil" (Atrios' words) by supporting Bush's drug plan and Marshall characterizes as a 'scam' orchestrated by KKKarl Rove.

I am reassured by Marshall, dKos, Atrios, and Cousin Oliver that the left-wing MSM is just an illusion. That's good to know. For a minute there I thought the fact that the first paragraph of this NY Times piece tries to claim that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth were a front for an "orchestrated attack." Must be one of those illusions.

Speaking for myself, I'd love to see the AARP fall and not get up. They are the largest and most powerful special interest group in the nation and their members are the recipients of the largest entitlement program in the US--Social Security.

So, what is the connection between the Swifties and USA Next? USA Next is hiring the same firm, Creative Response Concepts, that the Swifties hired for their advertising. Do you see the deep dark connection here? They're hiring the same advertising firm.

It gets worse than that, oh yes the evil roots of this conspiracy run deep, you see the people that work for that advertising firm are all Republicans. Yes, you heard me right, Republicans.

Not like at a place like Media Matters or the NY Times where there are an equal number of Republicans and Democrats.

Sounds like the kind of connection that is so important that the NY Times feels it has to run an article about it. Not that there is any agenda at the NY Times. That would be an illusion.

The fact that the NY Times goes on to list the names and incomes of people who were associated with the Swifty ads, and does so in five paragraphs of text, is practically overshadowed by the one sentence that mentions that the AARP has already spent $5 million on anti-Social Security reform advertisments.

See how fair the NY Times is?

And just to show how fair the Times is, they let the unsubstantiated allegation made by unnamed sources that the White House is actually coordinating the attack juggernaut. To their credit, the Times did not ask Carl Rove how long had it been since he stopped beating his wife.

I call that fair and balanced.

I just hope that the USA Next attack dog is somewhat more masculine than Josh Marshall's.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:34 PM | Comments |

Al Jazeera Now Quoting NY Times

An editorial in al Jazeera today quotes Jesus Christ as the basis for why Christian fundamentalists are just like Muslim fundamentalists. The gist of the editorial is that all religious fundamentalism is basically equivalent.

Citing religious scriptures serves as an illustrative example. Prophet Jesus said: "Blessed are the peacemakers" (Mathew 5:9), but he also warned his disciples: "Do not think that I have come to bring peace on Earth, I have not come to bring peace, but a sword" (Mathew 10:34). Prophet Muhammad affirmed: "I am the Prophet of Mercy", but he also said: "I am the Prophet of War".

Most Christians the world over, view Jesus as the Prince of Peace, a belief shared also by Muslims, but Christian fundamentalists in America look at him differently.

In their view, he is not the Jesus known for turning the other cheek (Matt 5:39) but a Jesus "from whose mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations; he will rule them with an iron sceptre" (Revelation 19:15).

As I have argued for some time now, there is a link between Islamic fanaticism and the American left. Not that the left agree with the remedies of Islamism, but they do share the same belief about the source of the world's problems. Hence, it is not surprising that many Islamist diatribes attempt to link the criticisms of the American left with their own. See, they say, even many in America agree with us. The editorial goes on to quote Nicholas Kristoff (who is called a 'courageous journalist) in the New York Times:
We have quite properly linked the fundamentalist religious tracts of Islam with the intolerance they nurture, and it is time to remove the motes from our own eyes. We should be embarrassed when our best-selling books (the Left Behind series) gleefully celebrate religious intolerance and violence against infidels.
The piece really gets silly from there claiming that since Jimmy Carter taught Sunday School that his rule was no different than that of Mullahs in Iran.
If a professor of tafsir (exegeses of the Quran) becomes a president of any Muslim country today, the American media would fiercely condemn him and his rule as a "regime of mullahs", and the French media would condemn him as a "regime des barbus" (regime of the bearded ones).

But President Jimmy Carter was teaching tafsir (exegesis of the Bible here) in one of the churches of Washington DC during his White House years. Carter's book, Source of Strength, is a collection of his biblical lectures at that church; another instance of how religion and politics are intermingled in America today.

The silliness continues as he takes a Baptist minister out of context. The words of Charles Colson which show how Christians do not believe in forced faith are at odds with Islam's explicit fascist tendencies are used to warn Muslims against Christian fanatacism.
While Islamists want to enforce a theocracy, most Christians live peacefully with competing value systems. Christians believe in winning people through love, not conquest.
Right. Equivalence.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:29 PM | Comments |

Are we getting close to Zarqawi?

Clue #1) Ansarnet, the radical Islamist webforum, is down. Since Zarqawi's Tawhid and Jihad sites were taken down this is where his al Qaeda in Iraq group has been posting.

Clue #2) Three Zarqawi aids killed--allegedly responsible for web-based propaganda. When I first challenged hackers to take down Zarqawi's site (which they did) I got a lot of e-mails from people saying, "Dude, don't you know they can track Zarqawi through his postings?" I never really believed them, as Zarqawi's folks had to be smart enough to mask their IPs....Maybe I was wrong.

Clue #3) Police seem to be capturing Zarqawi aids on a daily basis now. Take for instance this news from yesterday.

Final Clue) US launches major offensive against terrorist forces in operation River Blitz.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:42 PM | Comments |

Oliver Willis Was Jeff Gannon's John

*****Exclusive*****Must Cite Jawa Report****

Oliver Willis admits to first-hand knowledge of Gannongate. How else could he have known?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:02 PM | Comments |

Jeff Gannon NOT Seen at CPAC

Despite the disappointment that our crack young reporter Ace failed to get a pic of Gannon/Guckert at last weekends CPAC, the Llama Butchers pulled through and were able to uncover this photo of Bill of INDC Journal, Gordon the Cranky Neocon, and former White House frontman and gay icon Ari Fleishcer after one too many jello shots from Ann Coulter's belly-button. Needless to say, Matt Drudge was not amused.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:43 PM | Comments |

Pro-American Iraqi Reporter Taken Hostage in Iraq

Centcom press release:

MOSUL, Iraq – An Iraqi Media Network worker was kidnapped by terrorists in Mosul Feb. 20.

Iraqi Media Network reporter Raaeda Al-Wazan was abducted while on her way to work. Terrorists contacted the station and threatened to continue to target employees.

The Mosul IMN station has been targeted by terorrists several times in the past week because they have been broadcasting programs that highlighted the negative effects of terrorist activity. Those programs have had rapidly growing support from Iraqi citizens and therefore have caused the station to be targeted.

Terrorists continue to disregard their fellow citizens, as Iraqi Security Forces and Multi-National Forces continue to perform operations to ensure the safety of Iraqi citizens.

Chad at In the Bullpen speculates this is the work of the Islamic Army in Iraq. Hat tip: reader Sparky

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:21 PM | Comments |

European Elections Watch

Medien Kritik notes that Germany's left-leaning anti-American party loses ground in a regional election. Mixed results in Europe this weekend, though, as the Socialist party wins 120 out of 230 seats in Portugal. Incoming Socialist Prime Minister Jose Socrates was against the US led invasion of Iraq. He replaces pro-American Pedro Santana Lopes.

Others: Vodkapundit, Peaktalk

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

Effigy Makers Car Pics

Digger has some exclusive pics of the car belonging to Steve and Virginia Pearcy, the couple responsible for hanging an effigy of a US soldier at their Sacramento, CA home. No surprises here.

The car is a Porsche. Remember, Sacramento is their second home. Their first home is in Berkeley.

A placard on the high-priced car reads:

F*ck Bush
F*ck the Police
F*ck the US Government
F*ck Israel
F*ck SUVs
Burn American Flags

Remember, it's the Red Staters who are mean and intolerant.

Related: Soldier's Uniform Hangs From Noose In Front Of Home, Effigy Maker on US Troops: "I hope they all die"

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:53 AM | Comments |

COPS in Iraq: Terrorist Confessions Shown on Iraqi Television

In every single beheading and murder video produced by the jihadis in Iraq, the victim is first forced to confess. Earlier this month we reported how the new Chief of Police in Mosul was taping confessions from those responsible for murder and broadcasting them. Images of the terrorists murdering helpless victims are juxtaposed with the same men, now broken and seemingly penitent. It seems the show is a big hit in Iraq and is in syndication. This week the national Iraqiya television station began running taped confessions of terrorists following the same format. Notice that Syria plays a prominent role in the confessions.

Reuters:

Iraq's U.S.-backed interim government is stepping up its propaganda war with insurgents by broadcasting videotaped interviews with suspects who appear to confess to killings, rape and theft on the orders of guerrillas.

The offensive was launched in recent weeks on state-run Iraqiya television, which broadcast lengthy interrogations of Iraqis it said had carried out terrorist acts under the direction of "Abdullah", described as a criminal with close ties to Syria.....

Before each man spoke, Iraqiya showed images of masked insurgents in black throwing a kidnapped hostage to the ground before beheading him.

One suspect questioned on Sunday, identified as Saad Ghanim, said he was paid $500 (260 pounds) to help steal $30,000 and then kill the owner of the cash. He said insurgents took the rest of the money to finance their activities.

"They told me I had to fight a holy war against the Americans. Abdullah told me my children would be killed if I did not obey," he said.

"I used the stolen money for gambling."

The interviewer encouraged the men to speak about "filthy crimes" and constantly mentioned Syria.

"So were these goods smuggled with the knowledge of the Syrian government?" he asked.

A suspect named Farhan first said yes and then no....

Ghanim described how he and several other people, including Abdullah, kidnapped a 20-year-old woman, put her in the trunk of a car and then raped and killed her.

"Don't you have a conscience?" asked the interviewer.

The men replied that intimidation and poverty had driven them to join the insurgents and kill and steal from innocents.

"I and someone else held the girl and then Abdullah slaughtered her," said Farhan.

Bad muj, bad muj, what'chya gonna do? What'chya gonna do when we come for you?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:42 AM | Comments |

Al Qaeda Linked Terrorists Killed in Russia

Despite the many differences we have with Russia over Iran, the fact remains that they are a key ally in the War on Terror. The reason Russia supports the Iranian nuclear program is it is because it is in their national interest to do so--they are the ones that sold Iran their reactors. The Russians might be induced to support our policy of Iranian containment if we were more vocal in our support of Russia's fight against the jihadis in Chechnya. Our criticism of the harsh tactics used by Russia in that fight is a major source of tensin between the two countries.

MosNews:

An al Qaeda member known as Abu Dzeit has been killed in the Russian internal republic of Ingushetia, Russian authorities said Monday.

“A joint operation with the Interior Ministry was conducted in a private house in a village in Ingushetia on February 16,” spokesman for the Federal Security Service Sergei Ignatchenko told reporters on Monday.

“The operation first resulted in the death of two of his accomplices. Abu Dzeit hid in a special bunker built under the house. When the entrance was discovered, he blew himself up,” Ignatchenko said.

He said investigators identified the body as Abu Dzeit’s.

A source in the FSB, Russia’s domestic security service, told RIA-Novosti that Abu Dzeit, eliminated in Ingushetia, was the leader of the so-called Ingush Jamaat and an emissary of the international terror network al Qaeda. He was also known as little Omar, and Abu Omar of Kuwait.

Abu Dzeit reported directly to Abu Havs, a purported coordinator of all terrorist activities on Russian territory, a source said. Abu Dzeit had received special training in al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan. Later he was appointed al Qaeda’s envoy to Ingushetia.

He was in charge of distributing cash funds provided by al Qaeda to radical Islamists in the Northern Caucasus.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:32 AM | Comments |

Zarqawi Propaganda Chief Killed in Iraq

Al Qaeda in Iraq's propaganda chief has been killed in Iraq! You may know Adel Mujtaba's work from such blockbuster hits as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Cuts Off the Head of Paul Johnson & Kenneth Bigly Execution: The Video. The best part of Mujtaba's death is that he was apparently in charge of the now defunct websites which Tawhid and Jihad used to run. News24:

Iraqi security forces have killed a propaganda chief of al-Qaeda's frontman in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the government said on Sunday.

Security forces "killed the terrorist Adel Mujtaba, known as Abu Rim, who disseminated propaganda for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terrorist network", it said in a statement.

One of Abu Rim's associates, Abu al-Izz, was also killed in the same raid on February 11, it added, without saying why it was only now releasing news of the raid.

"Abu Rim specialised in creating terrorist websites which encouraged terrorism," the statement said.

"He glorified the murder of innocent people and published images which included terrorists torturing hostages."

Abu Rim is the third Zarqawi propaganda chief to be killed or detained after the alleged first and second in command, Abu Sufiyan and Husam Abdullah Muhsin al-Dulaymi, were respectively killed and detained, the statement added, without providing further details.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:25 AM | Comments |

Server problems

It's not just you. The mu.nu server seems to be cutting in and out. Sorry.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:15 AM | Comments |

Indonesian Hostages Released on Video

Two Indonesian journalists have been released by their captors. A video and still photographs were delivered to the Associated Press today showing the hostages receiving gift baskets, books, and shaking hands with the terrorists who had threatened to murder them only days before.

The two, Meutya Hafid and her cameraman known only as Budianto, were captured on January 31st, but Indonesia did not report their plight until last week [background here]. A hostage video then emerged two days ago and aired by the openly pro-terrorist al Jazeera televison [background here].

The AP reports that one of the masked terrorists in the video says:

"For reasons of suspicion, these two journalists were arrested. Based on the goodwill they showed, and respecting the feelings of brotherhood and Islam between the two countries, and respecting the Indonesian anti-occupation role, we decided to release the two journalists without any conditions or ransom."
Had the two been found guilty of 'collaborating with the Zionist-Crusader forces' they would have been killed. Instead they recieved the consolation prize of not being beheaded and an array of valuable gifts. Included in the gift basket were a copy of the Quran, prayer beads, a skull cap, a pen, and a lovely scarf.

Apparently, their sympathy with the terrorists saved their lives. Those worried about Giuliana Sgrena might be somewhat relieved to hear that.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:40 AM | Comments |

Happy President's Day, Biyatches (except Rusty Shackleford)

How does the Department of Political Science at Tattooine University celebrate President's day, you ask?

Wait, TODAY is President's Day? Is that, like, a holiday? You mean the rest of you get A DAY OFF?

Not around here. No-sir-ree-bop. Today is a WORK DAY for me. So if I'm a little more mean-spirited today you know why. Sour grapes.

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

February 19, 2005

Terrorists Release Indonesian Hostages Video

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Two Indondesian hostages, Meutya Hafid and her cameraman known only as Budianto, appeared in a new video released by a group calling themselves Jaish al-Mujahidin, or Army of Warriors, al Jazeera reports. However, the Associated Press reports that a voice can be heard on the video claiming the group is called Mujahedeen in Iraq.

The AP reports that a voice on the video says, "We are now investigating the reason they are in the country, and we ask the Indonesian government to clarify their position and tell us the reason they are in the country. Otherwise we will kill them."

In response, Indonesia has issued several statements clarifying their anti-war stance. Family members have also emphasized that the journalists were in the country to report on the plight of the Iraqi people.

Image: al Jazeera

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

Italians Lobby for Release of Hostage by Calling for End to Occupation

What could possibly motivate a left-wing anti-American Italian journalist to stage her own kidnapping by terrorists in Iraq? Perhaps she knew that left-wingers around the world would blame the USA for her plight. AP:

Thousands of people marched in Rome today to demand the release of an Italian journalist kidnapped in Iraq.

"Free Iraq, Troops out of Iraq," read one banner as the crowd made its way from Rome's main train station along a boulevard skirting the Colosseum.

AP:
Many marchers waved rainbow-colored peace flags, which were draped on windowsills and balconies throughout Italy in the months leading up to the war. Other participants twirled the red flags of Italian Communists.

Another marcher, Irene Corradino, 38, said she came from Milan on behalf of Sgrena and "to deliver a protest message to our leaders who support the war."

Public opinion surveys have indicated widespread Italian opposition to the invasion.

Let me emphasize, again, that this is mere speculation and the larger part of me rejects it. However, some small part of me still thinks this whole thing is a sham.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:21 AM | Comments |

WaPo: Gannon/Guckert Is a Gay Prostitute

Here is the scorecard:

Number of times 'gay' appears in the article: 10
Number of times 'escort' appears in the article: 3

The man that sent the left into the frenzied hope that they, like we in the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, could have some influence in affecting the MSM has spoken out in his own defense at the Washington Post. Unfortunately for the left, Gannon/Guckert is no Dan Rather or Eason Jordan. Here are a few nuggets from the story. Notice how the very first sentence in the WaPo article mentions Gannon's sexuality? Just remember, this is not about the sex you wingnuts!!

Jeff Gannon, the former White House reporter whose naked pictures have appeared on a number of gay escort sites, says that he has "regrets" about his past but that White House officials knew nothing about his salacious activities.
Howard Kurtz does a poor job of defending Guckert-Gannon, if that was his intent. Why does he feel the need to put that front-and-center in the article? I'd expect that in a blog to show the irony of it all, but not in the WaPo. Oops, my bad. I was assuming for a second that there was a difference between a hack like me and Howard Kurtz. Bad assumption.
Gannon chastised his critics, breaking a silence that began last week when liberal bloggers disclosed his real name, James Dale Guckert, and a Web page, which he paid for, featuring X-rated photos of himself. "Why would they be looking into a person's sexual history? Is that what we're going to do to reporters now? Is there some kind of litmus test for reporters? Is it right to hold someone's sexuality against them?"
Sorry if I don't feel too bad for you Gannon, because you are a slime-ball. But Gannon is right, are reporters lives to be scrutinized as if they were public officials.

The WaPo piece seems to be doing little more than rehashing of a press release issued yesterday and published here. Sure they got Gannon to respond to allegations, but some of the allegations are so preposterous that the very fact that they would be taken seriously by a legitimate member of the MSM is telling. Like the press release, it recounts Gannon's sordid past, paints Gannon out to be a self-hating gay hypocrite, and then attempts to link him to the Valerie Plame.

The WaPo article even recounts an accusation that Gannon-Guckert was such an important member of the media with access at the highest levels, that he was privy to Top Secret information:

Aravosis wrote yesterday on his blog that an unnamed television producer says Gannon told him the Iraq war was going to begin four hours before Bush announced it.
If Kurtz was trying to simply refute the moonbat accusations coming out of left-wing sites he could have done some research other than a proven liar's word. The Gannon story was blown way out of proportion in the left-wing blogosphere, but let's not forget that in the end Gannon-Guckert is not the most credible source of information.

I just have to disagree with Paul at Wizbang on this one and find myself in the frightening position of agreeing with the Americablog (in spirit, not on the 'facts'). The article does nothing to refute any allegations made--even the tin-foil ones! Worse, it emphasizes exactly those things which the moonbats have been barking about: gay sex, prostitution, lying, and hidden connections between Gannon and the White House.

Brilliant work Kurtz.

UPDATE: Charles Johnson has more.

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

Bad Naked

There is an old stereotype about nudists. Stereotypes are not always true, only mostly true. That is why they tend to be so long-lasting. Here is the evidence. (safe for work)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:13 AM | Comments |

Iran's 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Policy

I've known for a long time about tolerance in the great land formerly known as Persia. In Iran, the maximum penalty for being gay is death. But the Religion of Tolerance does allow you to be a Christian. See, tolerant. However, if you try to practice your Christianity and follow the Great Commission you will be thrown in jail. And if you happend to convert to Christianity? Jail--or worse. The maximum sentence for conversion to Christianity in Iran is death.

Today a knew one for me. In Iran, it appears Christians are also barred from military service. Compass Direct:

Yesterday a Tehran military court sentenced Iranian Christian pastor Hamid Pourmand to jail for three years, ordering his immediate transfer to a group prison cell in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.

The former army colonel was found guilty of deceiving the Iranian armed forces by not declaring when he acquired officer rank that he was a convert from Islam to Christianity. Under the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran, it is illegal for a non-Muslim to serve as a military officer.

During yesterday’s hearing, Pourmand’s lawyer produced several documents in which his client’s military superiors had acknowledged years ago that the colonel was a Christian. He had even been excused by his commander from observing the Muslim month of fasting, an exemption granted only to non-Muslims.....

The next part sounds eerily similar to the way in which Muslim states treat Jews. Jews are routinely accused of being spies for Israel and are forbidden from making any contact with family members in 'The Zionist Entity. The mass migration of 500,000 Jews out of Muslim dominated countries to Israel can be partially blamed on this scapegoating of Jews as 'Zionist spies'.
During the hearing, prosecutors also questioned Pourmand closely on accusations that he had been involved in spying against his country. “They have nothing at all to prove this,” one acquaintance of the lay pastor told Compass. “He denied it, because he really had no contact with foreigners at all. He is not that kind of person.”

In 1990, the Iranian regime used trumped-up spying charges as a pretext to arrest, try and execute a convert Christian pastor from Mashhad for alleged “treason.” ...

A lawyer acting on behalf of Pourmand’s family said he will appeal the verdict to the Supreme Court. Simultaneously, he hopes to block efforts to put Pourmand on trial before a sharia court of Islamic law, where under charges of apostasy and proselytizing he could be sentenced to death.

ht: Robert Spencer

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:51 AM | Comments |

February 18, 2005

Is Brit Hume a Gay Prostitute?

Having taken down the highly influential and powerful media figure of Jeff Gannon, the left takes on the VRWC's #2 man--Brit Hume.

Sources inside Media Matters have revealed that Brit Hume misquoted FDR and is really a gay prostitute name 'Joe Hung'. He also likes gay sex, with gay men.

When asked about the matter, Duncan 'Atrios' Black said:

You wingnuts just don't get it. This is not abut sex, this is about Brit Hume lying about the icon of heterosexual masculinity's, FDR's--a real ladies man, a man who was schtooping some really fine secretaries (not like that bull-dyke, Eleanor!!)--view of Social Security. FDR felt the same way about Social Security as Bill Clinton, who as we all know banged a lot of chicks in the White House. This is not about the sordid details of Brit Hume's secret gay life as a gay prostitute with gay men. Nor is it about all the gay sex he was having with those hypocritical and biggotted Republican Nazis who hate gays because they secretly are gay in the White House. It's not even about whether or not the President knew Hume was probably having gay sex with Andy Card for money. No, this is about lying.

Why do you wingnuts always focus in on the sex? Homophobes.

Bill at INDC has the Oliver Willis wing of Media Matters reaction after he stopped taking his meds.

Goldstein has the vital background info here. He also has an important poll up here.

Kevin at Wizbang offers a blow by blow smack down of Gannongate (via TxFx). Meanwhile, I received this informative press release letting me know of the importance of Gannongate:

WHITE HOUSE SCRAMBLES TO EXPLAIN
FAKE REPORTER IN ITS PRESS CORPS

Feb.17, 2005 -Internet researchers have uncovered new evidence that contradicts the Bush Administration's claims about James Guckert, a Republican activist allegedly involved in criminal activities [ed note: italics added]and linked to an incident involving a major breach of national security [update: added the bold] . Guckert, operating as "Jeff Gannon," was granted daily access to White House press briefings for more than two years as a "reporter" [ed note: the quotes are original, but I wish I had added them]for Talon "News" [update: added "" around News for dramatic affect].

White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan stated that Guckert was granted access in part because he was affiliated with a news organization that "publishes regularly." But yesterday, bloggers discovered video footage suggesting this standard was not applied to Guckert. Video footage of a Feb. 28, 2003 White House press briefing shows Guckert, apparently unaffiliated with any news organization [ed note: how does video suggest this, er...???], asking former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer a question. It is unclear why Guckert was granted any pass at this time, since the Internet-based Talon News did not register its domain name until March 29, 2003. [ed note: plant!!! See, Bush=Hitler, chimp-shrub-Bush is a liar, thousands died because Bush lied!!]

Maureen Dowd, a Pulitzer Prize [update: italics added] winning columnist for the New York Times, reported today she was denied press credentials at the start of the Bush administration in 2001. Yet Guckert, whose only journalistic training was derived from a $50 weekend seminar, was repeatedly granted access. [ed note: $50 gained by renting his cornhole out to the highest bidder (not that there's anything wrong with that)0

Despite calls from Congress for the White House to disclose its standards for entrance to the briefing room, the Bush administration has yet to reveal its credentialing standards or details surrounding the scandal, including: specific dates when Guckert was admitted to the briefing room, how many passes he was issued, as well as how he cleared a Secret Service background check while owing the state of Delaware over $20,000 in back taxes (penalties and interest) and possibly engaging in prostitution, as revealed by Americablog.org. [ed note: but this is not about gay sex. Those nude gay pictures of Guckert with a gay erection on Americablog is just incidental to the story]

Guckert has also been implicated in a leak of federal classified information that revealed the identity of CIA undercover agent Valerie Plame [update: italics added--unfortunately, no tinfoil available in html]. Revealing the identity of an undercover agent is a federal crime [ed note: what did Bush know, and when did he know it?? Bush lied thousands died!!].

White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan has insisted that President Bush will do anything he can to assist the Plame investigation. But the White House has not answered questions about the role of Guckert in the Plame investigation [ed note: namely, did President Bush have gay sex with Guckert and reveal Plame in a moment of passion?] or his inexplicable access to White House Press Corps briefings.

More on Hume at Rob at Say Anything, Secure Liberty, Confederate Yankee, Villainous Company, and others from Instapundit.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:27 PM | Comments |

Iraqi Born Swedish Man Threatened With Beheading on Video (Images)

alyusifi.jpgA new video has been released of a Christian Iraqi who had returned to Iraq, from which he had fled to Sweden in 1984, to run for pollitical office. He is a naturalized Swedish citizen. Minas al-Yusifi is the leader of the Christain Democratic party in Iraq and was taken hostage in Northern Iraq three weeks ago by a group calling itself Martyr al-Isawy Brigades.

The group has threatened to behead al-Yusifi if any security forces were contacted by the family, have demanded ransom, and that US forces be replaced by UN forces.

UPDATE: The video may be downloaded from the Expressen, a Swedish news service here. The video runs about two minutes and is in Arabic. Although fairly low-quality, Mr. al-Yusifi can be seen visibly flinching and recoiling from his captors rifle.

From Local, a Swedish source:

A video of the Swede who was kidnapped in Iraq three weeks ago was released by his captors on Thursday. With a machine gun to his head, Minas Ibrahim al-Yousifi appealed to the international community to help free him.

"I beg everyone to do their utmost to free me," he said on the film, which lasted for just over two minutes....

"I appeal to His Majesty Carl XVI Gustav, Sweden's king, and Queen Silvia, Pope John Paul, the international federation of Christian parties, the Muslim clerics in Iraq and Iraq's constitutional assembly to work for my freedom," he said.

On Saturday Mr al-Yousifi made a telephone call to his family in which he explained the kidnappers' demands. According to Expressen, they have requested around 28 million crowns and for US troops to be replaced by UN troops in the Iraq.

Developing......

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:13 AM | Comments |

Left Wing Rebels Blamed in Kidnapping/Murder of Former South American President's Daughter

Did you think that the many Marxist/Maoist inspired rebellions in South America were over? Think again. I hadn't heard about the kidnapping, torture, and then murder of Cecilia Cubas until today. From today's NY Times:

The authorities in Paraguay said Thursday that a small left-wing political party with links to guerrillas in Colombia was responsible for the kidnapping and killing of the daughter of a former president whose body was found late on Wednesday in the capital, Asunción.

The victim, Cecilia Cubas, 32, was abducted by several gunmen in a rapid commando-style operation on Sept. 21 as she drove in a suburb of Asunción. The police said Thursday that her body, recovered from the back yard of an abandoned house in a residential area, showed signs of torture. They said that she had been dead about a month.

Senior government officials said Thursday the kidnapping had been organized by a political party called Patria Libre, or Free Fatherland, which works mostly in peasant and worker communities across Paraguay, a landlocked South American nation. The police said that Osmar Martínez, a member of a dissident faction of the group, has been in custody since early this week and that they were looking for other party members and associates.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:37 AM | Comments |

Indonesian Journalists Taken Hostage in Iraq

Two Indonesian journalists have been taken hostage in Iraq, one of them a woman. Meutya Hafid (pictured right), a female television reporter for Metro TV, and her cameraman Budianto have been missing since January 31st.

The Associated Press reports that according to an Indonesian Foreign Ministry Spokeperson, the two were heard from shortly after they crossed the border from Jordan into Iraq. When contact was attempted, someone other than the two answered the telephone. The person claimed that the pair had been stopped near Ramadi by people wearing 'uniforms'. However, there have been no reports from either the Coalition Authority or the Iraqi government that the two had been detained.

Al Arabiya television has reported that the two have been taken hostage.

ht: Jeff Quinton

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

February 17, 2005

X-Wing Fighter Lands On Jimmy Carter

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:59 PM | Comments |

Religion of Peace Update: 'Democracy is No Tea Party' edition

The man I am most jealous of in this world*, NJOW I UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY, gives us today's theme:

The idea that any kind of free society can be constructed in which people will never be offended or insulted is absurd. So too is the notion that people should have the right to call on the law to defend them against being offended or insulted. A fundamental decision needs to be made: do we want to live in a free society or not? Democracy is not a tea party where people sit around making polite conversation.
ht: Simon who's Asian blog roundup is up.

CIA finally admitting that border security is part of national security, and not a moment too late after Mexico decides not to require visas from Middle Easterners.

Joseph Braude reminds us in his New Republic Online post that the goal of American foreign policy ought not to be simply 'democracy', but liberal democracy. He notes that a leading member of those agitating for more democracy has written "Yes, we have the right to celebrate [the September 11 attacks]. This was the first step in a thousand-mile journey toward defeating America in a knockout blow." Read the rest.

Is the back-stabbing sick-man of Europe, Turkey, the best we can hope for in the Middle East? New Sisyphus says yes. (via Bill's Comments)

From Dhimmi Watch:
The 'Secular' Palestinian Authority forbids Christians and Jews from praying on Temple Mount. Also, Germany is finally deporting a radical Imam that calls (like Noam Chomsky and Edward Said) the US the real terrorist in the world.

And via Jihad Watch: Palestinian Authority to integrate wanted terrorists into ranks.

Like the terrorists in Iraq who behead known 'collaboraters', Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas gives the thumbs up to collaborater execution. (via LGF)

Shiite crowd in Iraq kill suspected suicide bomber. (via Emperor Misha and Elliot)

France proves once again that they are the dhimmi bitches we all knew they were by failing to condemn Hezbollah because, you know, we wouldn't want to offend Syria. I got news for you France: The Nazis were a political party too. (via Cranky Neocon)

Shocker: Anti-war activist and former US weapons inspector Scott Ritter now working for al Jazeera. And guess what? His writing fits right in! (ht: Michelle Malkin who still hasn't blogrolled me)

Pantano beheading video hoax uncovered. (via Chad at ITB)

John at Crossroads of Arabia notes the 'Riyadh Declaration' on Terrorism. Is it just me, or when I hear about the right of 'resistance' am I supposed to be reading 'the right to resist, you know, Jews and Americans--but, no one else.' It's kind of like the 'right of return' means 'the right of Palestinians to return' but not, say, the right of Prussians to return to the Baltic states.

*For the record, I'm not a fan of his fiction, which I find boring, but I am jealous of his being the recipient of a death fatwa. For the love of all that is holy, what does one have to do to get a fatwa issued against him around here!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:56 PM | Comments |

State of Denial

Actual comment from reader: I see that your suffering from ignorance, dont worry tis very common....I have nbever come across a race that is more Hostile towards muslims then christian Lebanese and maybe they should blame themselves, or the Zionists they have a hand in everything.

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

Two Lebanese Hostages Freed: Four Americans Still Held Hostage

Two Lebanese hostages, Hassan and Ghazi Haydar have been freed in Iraq. At least four American hostages are still being held Roy Hallums, Dean Sadek, Tim Bell, and Bill Bradley. Two journalists, Italian Giuliana Sgrena and Frenchwoman Florence Aubenas are said to be captive.

Meanwhile, a former Turkish hostage, Kahraman Sadikoglu, released last week admitted to paying a ransom of $500,000. Some hostage takers, it would seem, are nothing more than common criminals.

AFP

Two Lebanese businessmen kidnapped in Iraq and set free after almost 50 days of captivity prepared to head home to Beirut on Thursday, a Lebanese diplomat said.

“We’re heading for the airport,” the diplomat told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“They are in good health and were freed after negotiations,” he added, refusing to specify if a ransom had been paid.

A government source in Beirut said Wednesday that the two men, Hassan and Ghazi Haydar, had been freed after 49 days in captivity. It was not clear if the two men were related.

In a videotape broadcast on January 4, the businessmen called on the Beirut government to help free them. They were being held by a group calling itself the Mussab bin Omeir Brigades for Islamic Jihad, according to the video.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:37 PM | Comments |

What do 'Journalistic Credentials' Have to do with Good Journalism? CBS News and Eason Jordan

I am a citizen journalist, hear me roar. Why should the old-media be considered more reliable than me? Is it because they have 'credentials'? The Wall Street Journal seems to think so. The gist of this editorial seems to be that the MSM is the grown up media, while we bloggers are the immature. I'll take that as a compliment.

What are Eason Jordan's credentials? What journalism school did Dan Rather go to? How about Josh Howard, Betsy West and Mary Murphy? Did Leslie Moonves go to Harvard? Does any of that make them more 'mature' as journalists?

And the WSJ is up front about its fears: what happened to Eason Jordan could happen to us.

It could. It might. Watch out.

Hugh Hewitt's column in today's online edition of the Weekly Standard (via Michelle Malkin) completely misses the mark before redeeming himself in the end. What was Hugh's mistake? He played the MSM game. He attempts to refute the 'bloggers aren't qualified' accusation by listing the qualifications of a number of prominent bloggers.

That misses the whole point. If what I have to say is informative, credible, well-written, inciteful, etc, then what does it matter what my 'qualifications' are? This is the logical fallacy of resorting to authority.

Believe us, says the MSM, because we are the MSM. Look at our degrees! Columbia, Harvard, Berkeley, etc. Don't take the bloggers too seriously, because they are not qualified like us.

Do any of my readers know where I went to graduate school? Do you care?

I have gone out of my way not to mention it. The only time I mention my profession is when I am blogging on something personal (such as what it is like from the professor's point of view to give a test).

Let what we write be judged according to its merit, not by our 'credentials'.

Hugh, after playing the MSM's game, finally nails it on the head:

redentials, of course, have little to do with facts--either they are facts or they aren't. And one man's opinion, no matter who signs his paycheck, should be judged by the same standards of logic and persuasiveness as all others, regardless of the letterhead on which it arrives.
Peggy Noonan also gets it (also via Michelle).
Blogging changes how business is done in American journalism. The MSM isn't over. It just can no longer pose as if it is The Guardian of Established Truth. The MSM is just another player now. A big one, but a player.
Your monopoly is over, MSM. The free market in journalism has finally arrived.

To Peggy's predictions I would also ad this, and it goes to the core of why the MSM is afraid and should be. When Oligopolies finally are faced with real competition the inevitable result will be that some of the companies will go out of business.

Which media news empire will be the first to fold? To early to tell definitively, but my money is on CBS.

Credibility? Downward spiral. Market share? Downward spiral. Ad that to a fixed cost structure and you have a recipe for disaster. Either CBS will learn quickly from their mistakes, or they will become the victim of changing market forces.

All early signs, though, point to CBS not having a steep enough learning curve. They play the role of JP Morgan against the blogosphere's trust busting hordes of Teddy Roosevelts.

Two days ago RatherBias broke a story about the continuing troubles at CBS. Josh Howard, Betsy West and Mary Murphy were not going to accept the role of fall-guy for the memogate scandal and go quietly. A New York Observer article on the same subject also seems to indicate that CBS president Leslie Moonves believes that by simply shuffling a few cards around the deck will take care of the whole mess. That deck, though, has been used to build a house of cards, and it is about to fall.

What Moonves does not realize is that the problem is no longer memogate, nor is it simply a matter of a botched report on memogate, it's much bigger now. The problem is the arrogance of the MSM. The problem is that we have seen the inner workings of the 'mature media' and have found that despite their 'credentials' they are no more qualified to be the caretakers of the Fourth Estate than I am.

They pretend to be better than you and me when in fact they were you and me.

Eason Jordan's recent comments reveal what we in Red State America have suspected for years: the MSM is full of bias, and it's not the kind of bias we like.

All people have biases. Most Americans have biases. We are biased toward America. We are biased toward believing our troops. We are biased toward believing the purity of our own motivations. My own blog shares those biases.

The Muslim world also has biases. They are biased against America. They are biases against believing our troops. They are biased against believing the motivations of the US. Al Jazeera shares those biases.

Eason Jordan revealed his biases when he is reported to have said that American troops target members of the media. This is something al Jazeera has been saying for years. They were no doubt very happy to have learned that an influential American journalist agreed with them, so they ran this cartoon.

CNN firing Eason Jordan (or him resigning, conflicting reports) tells me that CNN gets the totality of the threat of the citizen-journalist to some extent. CBS does not.

Yes, we bloggers are biased but I think that can be a source of our power. Why? Because to say you are biased is to be honest. To say that you are unbiased is to tell a lie. If the media is about any one thing it ought to be about truth. In this, bloggers hold a distinct advantage.

UPDATE: John at Metallicity has more.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:58 PM | Comments |

Moonbats Speak Out at the Post that Generated 373 Comments (and climbing)

Who would have thought that a silly little post making fun of Duncan 'Atrios' Black would generate nearly 400 comments? The first 100 or so are almost exclusively from Eschaton readers and I've got to say something about them--it's not so much the vitriol or the threats of legal action against me that I mind, it's the smugness.

Big shout out and thank you to all the wingnuts (as we are apparently called by the moonbats, this means you wine-aholic and other minions) who rushed to the comments section to defend my honor. For your courage, each of you will receeve 72 virgins!

Jeff Goldstein, though, gets the pick of the virgins litter for rushing into the comments section early on and pointing out the hypocrisy of the whole thing. He was completely right when he said to me in an e-mail:

Atrios doesn't have "readers" so much as he does run a clubhouse for lefty cranks who fancy themselves intellectual attack dogs.
Don't believe Jeff? Just read the comments in this post. Since I know my readers, unlike Eschaton's, have jobs and therefore can't spend all day lurking on my blog, I've reposted some of the highlights of the moonbattery. I honestly haven't read them all. Feel free to pick out any choice nuggets and post them again here.

You don't get it, do you? Even if Atrios WERE gay, his politics don't depend on gay-bashing. I don't recall his proposing an AMENDMENT to the CONSTITUTION, for chrissakes...to "strengthen traditional marriage" [geez, why don't they outlaw divorce if they're so concerned?]

You just can't see the hypocrisy of preaching "traditional family values" and being a hooker?

Outting a guy isn't gay bashing, I'm sure.
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You little piggies are squirming. Your boy sucked cock and fucked people in the ass for money. Take it like a man.

The tolerance is so impressive.
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Why are Republicans all hypocrits. If Clinton had allowed a male prostitute into the press corps, they would have gone crazy. But somehow they feel that if Bush does it, well then, heck, it's all right by them.

(And by the way, the issue isn't that Gannon/Guckert is gay. No one except the Repugs cares about that. It's that he's an active protistute which, you might remember, is illegal.)

Two words: Barney Frank
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The problem with Atrios is he is not a Rove sucking neo-con troll!!

Touche!
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If giving White House press credentials to a fake reporter with a fake name who was planted in order to lob softballs at Scott McClellan isn't a big deal, tell us why it's not.

Then tell us how important the 4th Estate is to a functioning democracy.

CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN....
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Grow up. Jeezus. No one "outed" Gannon/Guckert.

Right.....
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Now, lil' Scottie McClellan and Ken Mehlman are probably gay. But, if that's revealed as true, they will have been outed: why? Because they don't have a public life where, say, they engage in homosexual sex for money.

Hell, who even knows if Gannon/Guckert's gay. We know he engages in gay sex for money, but, news flash, a lot of the lesbian sex you people see in porn? Many of those women are not actually lesbians! Gee whillikers! Really? This guy owes $20,000 in back taxes: maybe he decided to take his 8" woody and try to make a little cash, regardless of his sexuality.

But, as other people have pointed out, the point is that the WH, whose background checks are probably the most thorough in the country, certainly knew this hooker was a hooker.

Ladies and gentleman, I think we hava a winner!!
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It's not about Guckert (that's his real name - start using it and stop with the denial already) being gay.

It's about the White House rewarding a gay prostitute with access for being a Republican shill, all while the same White House is attacking homosexuality.

It's really a simple concept. In fact, when you phrase it the way you all did a few years ago, it becomes even simpler:

It's not about the sex, it's about the lying.

Ouch, you got us on that one!! Cause, you know, Gannon-Guckert is such a top White House official and all. Er, I mean, he's such an important media powerhouse....
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Additionally there is the whole Plame/CIA memo thing that no one seems to be willing to explain.

What about the Mossad?? Never forget the Mossad!!!!!
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Jeff Gannon outed? He publically advertised his prostitution price list, the size of his penis, pictures of himself peeing, as a gay hooker. He made all this widely available to the public via the web. "Outed by liberal blogs" -- is this the best you can come up with?

The pure hubris of the right will be its demise.

Hubris. Right.
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Well, if you consider that the hack of a reporter may have exposed a CIA agent that was engaged in critical counter-terrorism work is trite, well, my only question to you is "Why do you hate America so much?"

*******Cough*******
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I see your problem. You don't know how to analyze a situation for its import. Let me help you out.

Wait, am I too late to stop you???
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You know Rusty, it's not the sex, it's the lying.

Is that a member of the House Impeachment team posting???
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This is how the rest of America thinks? Does that mean the rest of America is as stupid and juvenile as you are?

Yes, in the Red States we watch Beavis and Butthead marathons. Sorry, we don't get Pacifica radio.
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This would be funny, except that discovering high-ranking, gay Rethuglicans is relevent because, oh, right, YOU ARE THE ANTI-GAY PARTY and YOU USE THE ISSUE TO COURT BIGOTS!

Bush-Hitler, etc.
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You know, I'm a little surprised that a Star Wars fan (as I can only assume you are, what with the whole Jawa thing) would be a Republican. I mean, the Rebellion were definately Left-wing radicals, what with the whole species-equality, democracy through force of arms, women in high positions of command thing. Seriously, why support the Empire in real life, only to fantasize about the Rebellion (who are, let's not forget, the heroes of the story) on one's website? It seems a little odd, is what I'm saying.

Of all the comments, this one hurt the most......
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who vetted this guy?

connect the dots.....

Mossad, definitely...
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It goes on like this. And on. And on....

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

February 16, 2005

Blogroll Calling

Am I on your blogroll, but you're not on mine? Let me know and we'll fix that.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:45 PM | Comments |

Has the whole world gone gay? Not Oliver Willis too??

oliverwillisatrios.jpg

Behind the scenes at Media Matters.

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

How does Al Gore know Jeff Gannon? Al Gore Outted

Former Vice President Al Gore dropped a Jeff Gannon reference in a conference call about Global Warming today, reports ABC News (Via Geraghty and Ace): we L-O-V-E-D Gore's unbidden, unprompted reference to Jeff Gannon — made with barely contained fascination and glee

How did Al Gore know Jeff Gannon? We sent our crack team to investigate, and found out what could be a major story.

Was Al Gore a Jeff Gannon John?

The Al Gore-Leif Garrett connection??

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:50 PM | Comments |

Italian Hostage Video Released (UPDATE)

GiulianaSgrenahostagevid.jpgA new video has surfaced of Giuliana Sgrena. In the video she claims the only way her life will be saved is if the occupation of Iraq ends.

Sgrena pleas are heard in both Italian and French. The video also superimposes the Arabic words "Mujahadin Without Borders" on the video.

The Associated Press translates her pleas:

You must end the occupation, it's the only way we can get out of this situation...

I ask the Italian government, the Italian people struggling against the occupation, I ask my husband, 'Please, help me You must do all you can to end the occupation. I'm counting on you, you can help me'...

Show all the pictures I have taken of the Iraqis, of the children hit by the cluster bombs, of the women. I beg you. Help me, help me to demand the withdrawal of the troops, help me spare my life.

These people don't want foreigners here, nobody should come to Iraq at this time. Not even journalists. Nobody.

Thousands of people are in prison, children, the elderly, women are raped, people die because they have nothing to eat, no electricity, no water.

What is interesting about the plea is that Giuliana Sgrena was already trying to end the occupation before she was kidnapped. Further, the Mujahadin Without Borders group is previously unknown and is a different organization than the Islamic Jihad Organization that initially claimed her abduction. Moreover, her claim that the jihadis do not want foreigners in the country is simply empirically false. What the jihadis do not want is non-dhimmi infidels in the country. Foreigners who wish to fight the 'Zionist-Crusader Forces' are always welcome.

While Sgrena seems to be visibly shaken in the video, the fact that she believes exactly what the terrorists believe, namely that the US is an evil aggressor, makes it somewhat difficult to swallow that she would actually be killed. Unlike other hostages, Sgrena was in Iraq for the sole purpose of producing anti-American propaganda.

Still, the video does seem to be authentic. Our initial reaction that this possibly could be a hoax seems less plausible now. Even so, it seems unlikely that she will be killed. In any event, anti-American activist with an agenda or not, we pray for her safe return.

However, we would also remind readers that several Americans are still being held hostage in Iraq. They are: Roy Hallums, Dean Sadek, Tim Bell, and Bill Bradley.

Update: Confederate Yankee chimes in with this:

A vigorous anti-war protestor, Sgrena's video was shown just hours before Italy's Senate started voting on extending the nation's 3,000-member military mission in Iraq until June.
He also points out this MSNBC story and notes that Sgrena seems to be directing the video:
At one point, her eyes watering as she struggled to recite her message, she waved the camera to stop.
If the intent of the video was to influence today's vote in Italy, it failed. BBC:
The Italian Senate voted by 141 to 112 to extend the country's 3,000-strong military presence in Iraq until June.

(Photo: Reuters. Sources: Agencies)

Bloggers react: Digger on the fact that 3 organizations have now taken credit--Most of these organizations don't seem to want to take credit for taking Mrs. Sgrena hostage and that may be because she was an outspoken anti-war advocate against the Iraq war.

Likwidshu at Say Anything--The people who kidnapped her don’t care that she’s against this war. They care about the propaganda aspect of her saying what they want her to say. She’s what is called a “useful idiot”.

Chad at ITB thinks the video strengthens the case of this being a hoax.

Others: Command Post

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:43 PM | Comments |

Syria and Iran Form Anti-US Alliance

The Axis of Evil decided to replace Iraq with Syria today. Iran announced they will put up a united front against the US with their Muslim brothers in Syria. While both Syria and Iran have opposed the two year old US occupation of Iraq, the latest diplomatic maneuvering came after the US objected to the nearly 30 year old Syrian occupation of Lebanon. BBC:

Iran has vowed to back Syria against "challenges and threats" as both countries face strong US pressure.

"We are ready to help Syria on all grounds to confront threats," Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Aref said after meeting Syrian PM Naji al-Otari....


"Our Syrian brothers are facing specific threats and we hope they can benefit from our experience. We are ready to give them any help necessary," Mr Aref said.

Syria, for its part, backed away from the Iranian threats:
However, Syria's ambassador in the US denied that the common front was an alliance against Washington.

"We are not the enemies of the United States, and we do not want to be drawn into such an enmity," Imad Moustapha told CNN.

Others:Wizbang

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:08 PM | Comments |

Muslim Websites Still Targettting Christians

A week ago we reported on an internet site that was tracking Christians who were bold enough to say things that Muslims believe is blasphemy. It seems that this thing is a bit more common than we had originally thought. Another site is now doing the same thing. From Internet Hagganah commenting on a page that lists targets:

...each paragraph starts with the target's chatroom nickname, followed by whatever personal information has been gathered about the target, e.g.

- one is a Taxi driver who used to live in Egypt but he left the country

- another is believed to be a dentist, likes to argue with Hamas sympathizers

- one lives in America and he is "worse than the Americans themselves..."

- two others are "Christians from Syria"

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on why this is so frightening:
Another page on Barsoom features rulings on those who curse God's prophet....For example, the page of religious rulings states that "the one who curses God deserves death." Another ruling states, "The one who curses God, his Prophet and [the Prophet's] companions or successors has denied the Qur'an and should be killed. Also anyone who defames Aisha, the Mother of the Believers. And they should have their heads cut off."
In light of the mass murder of a Coptic Christian family in New Jersey, web threats which target individuals need to be looked into by law enforcement agencies. Hossam Armanious, his wife, and his two daughters, age 16 and 8, were found brutally murdered in their home on Jan. 14th. Mr. Armanious was an Egyptian Christian who spent his spare time at the PalTalk website speaking out against Muslim persecuation of Christian Copts in Egypt. He had been singled out and threatened online for his criticism.

In the last several days the family and their representatives have spoken out. The NY Sun (via Robert Spencer) reports today that the families believe the most probable method and motive for the slayings is a ritual murder for religious reasons. And yesterday a spokesperon for Christian Solidarity International issued the following statement on the Armanious family murder:

From the perspective of ethnic and religious minorities who have fled religious persecution and violence by Jihadists in their native countries, this case is unnerving. Many non-Muslim immigrants have told me that they believed that when they fled to the United States from these pressures, they would be safe. This case has made them feel vulnerable. More than any other group, the Coptic community hopes that their fears are proven wrong, and that this was not religiously motivated or an act of micro-terrorism by extremists.
To show my solidarity with those who are being hunted down by good Muslims bent on following Allah's will by killing those that blaspheme Allah, Muhammed, or Aisha I offer the following statement.

There is no god named Allah and Muhammed is not a prophet. In fact, Muhammed was a child-molesting mass murder. Aisha? Nothing more than the victim of pedophelia with a bit of Stockholm syndrome.

Issue a fatwa against me. I dare you.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:45 PM | Comments |

White Trash Wednesday: Glenn Reynolds Edition

Howdy folks. Today is White Trash Wednesday.

For today's edition of WTW I sent my pet Jawa poking around Glenn Reynolds' garbage to see what I could come up with. Why pick on Glenn Reynolds? Well, yesterday amidst all the major linkage from certain lefty site Glenn gave the Jawa Report an Instalanche. Then Glenn decided to 'fix' the link. That giant sucking sound you heard was all the traffic going away. You might just say Rusty is a bit pissed off.

Sour grapes? Maybe. But I guess after getting so many links in the past 24 hours you'd think I was satisfied? Isn't a link from Hugh Hewitt, Jeff Jarvis, Charles Johnson, Pandagon, and Eschaton enough? No!!!

Now, some may say that's a sure sign of an Indian giver. But did you ever pause to think who made up that term Indian giver? Yup, white trash.

Does Glenn Reynold's come from a long line of people of the earth? That's what we sent our crack reporters to find out.

Here is the evidence.

Exhibit A: Glenn Reynold's teaches in Tennessee. That's right, Tennessee. You don't get more bubba than Tennessee.

Exhibit B: We sent out our young intern Clarice to interview famous psychologist and serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. "Was our hunch about Glenn right?" she asked. In the process, we uncovered a little more information than we were after. But hey, I hear that in the hills it is considered perfectly normal for young boys to experiment with each other--as long as they are kissin cousins. This is what he had to say about Glenn Reynold's roots:

You know what Glenn looks like to me, with his good blog and his cheap shoes? He looks like a rube. A well scrubbed, hustling rube with a little taste. Good nutrition has given him some length of bone, but he's not more than one generation from poor white trash, is he, Instapundit? And that accent he's tried so desparately to shed? Pure West Virginia. What's his father, dear? Is he a coal miner? Does he stink of the lamp? You know how quickly the boys found him... all those tedious sticky fumblings in the back seats of cars...while he could only dream of getting out... getting anywhere... getting all the way to the University of Tennessee.
Exhibit C: Our young Paduan learner followed Glenn around for bit and snapped these photos. Damning, to say the least.

Image 1: Here is a candid shot of Glenn in his office at UT. Notice the NASCAR screensaver? A sure sign of his white-trash roots.

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Image 2: Here is a photo taken by Alex Singleton of Samizdata when Glenn was on the other side of the pond. In spite of being in a fashionable London pub, what does Glenn drink? Yes, the beer of choice for white-trash--Bud.

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Image 3: Our last image just about says it all. Many people may be aware of the famous image of Glenn Reynolds wearing his 'celebrate diversity' gun tee shirt. What most people don't realize is that was a photoshop. My pet Jawa found the original in Glenn's garbage.

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....and that, my friends, just about says it all. Now excuse me, I have to get ready for this Sunday's Daytona 500. What? You thought I wasn't white-trash, too?

In the meantime, go visit these fine bloggers who are also celebrating White Trash Wednesday!


By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:57 AM | Comments |

Anti-War Activists Kicked Out of Career Fair

Sounds shocking? Well, it turns out the career fair was on a military base. (ht: Jeff Quinton)

The State:

Several activists were told to leave a middle school career fair at Fort Jackson on Tuesday because they were handing out brochures promoting peaceful alternatives to the military.

The group from Carolina Peace Resource Center was asked to leave because it had misrepresented its intentions, said Karen York, a spokeswoman for Richland District One, the group that sponsored the event. Military police escorted them from the event.

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

O'Reilly's Hard Hitting Yoda Interview

"Smoke, I did. Inhale, I did not."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:04 AM | Comments |

February 15, 2005

Effigy 'Vandal' Charged: Candlelight Vigil Tonight

The effigy that offended me so much that I publicly called on the good people of Sacramento to commit an act of vandalism is down again.

Digger tells me that the first 'vandal' has been charged after he turned himself in. That man is a great American.

Digger has more.

Let me make myself clear: I consider the act of vandalism which took down that effigy an act of courage and an act of civil disobedience.

A candlelight vigil is planned
tonight by Move America Forward to protest this outrage.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:58 PM | Comments |

Hamas Funds Unfrozen by Palestinian Authority

While the Palestinian Authority gives the terror group Hamas their blood money back, the US is busy freezing terrorists assets. JP:

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has agreed to unfreeze Hamas funds held in a number of Palestinian banks, Palestinian sources in Gaza City said Monday....

One source said the move was taken to encourage Hamas to abide by the truce declared by Abbas recently. He noted that Hamas was facing a severe financial crisis as a result of the decision to freeze its funds.

Wasn't the Bush doctriine supposed to be that we will no longer distinguish between terrorist and the states that sponsor them. Since the PA is now sponsoring terrorism that would make them??? Nevermind. Xinhua:
The US Treasury Department ordered on Tuesday to freeze the assets of a Kuwaiti man suspectedof providing financial support to insurgents in Iraq as an al Qaeda operative.

The Treasury Department said it had added Mohsen al-Fadhli to its list of terror suspects. This moves means that all his bank accounts or financial assets in the United States would be blockedand Americans are barred from having financial transactions with him.

It also means the US government would ask other United Nations member countries to cooperate in freezing his assets.

The department said al-Fadhli was an al Qaeda leader in the Gulf region and had fought with militants in Afghanistan and Chechnya.

It said al-Fadhli also provided financial and material support to insurgent networks in Iraq led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who has declared loyalty to al Qaeda. He requested that tapes be made showing evidence of successful attacks in Iraq, the department said.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:42 PM | Comments |

Sgrena Update: Where is the Outrage Over Roy Hallums?

The Pope prays for Giuliana Sgrena: "While I am continuing to pray for peace in the Middle East, I address a heartfelt appeal for the release of Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena and for all the people who have been kidnapped in Iraq"

French musicians sing for the release of left-wing journalist Florence Aubenas: Around 30 singers put on a free concert in Paris on Monday in a show of support for a French female journalist and her Iraqi translator, missing in Iraq and believed to have been kidnapped.

Italians march to free Sgrena.

Arab media up in arms over Sgrena's kidnapping.

Arab media, European media on Roy Hallums, held hostage since Nov. 1, 2004: Silence.


FREE ROY NOW!!!!!!!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:29 PM | Comments |

Turkish Hostage Released After Ransom Paid

AP:

Kidnappers have released a wealthy Turkish businessman after holding him hostage in Iraq for two months, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

Kahraman Sadikoglu, president of the Istanbul-based Tuzla Shipyard, was released late Monday, and flown to Baghdad after spending the evening at a British base in southern Iraq, a Foreign Ministry official said. He was scheduled to return to Turkey later Tuesday through Jordan.

The ministry official did not give further details, but newspaper reports said Sadikoglu was released after his family paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in ransom.

It must be a terribly difficult situation to be in having a loved one held hostage. On the one hand, there is the need of the family to see their family members returned home safe and sound. On the other hand, the act of paying ransom may have the effect of inspiring other groups to try the same tactic.

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

Al Jazeera's Eason Jordan Inspired Cartoon

This cartoon was featured today at al Jazeera's website. It is titled The Price of Iraq Policy.

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

Outting Bloggers: Atrios' Gay Singles Ad Revealed

***EXCLUSIVE*** ***MUST CITE THE JAWA REPORT***

Duncan Black seems to be obsessed with outting gay Republicans. I haven't spoken on the outting of Jeff Gannon because so many other bloggers have been doing a good job of following the story. Bill at INDC offers a comprehensive roundup of the story here. Captain Ed and Ace put it all into perspective.

Kevin at Wizbang offers the excellent insight that Duncan "Atrios" Black's employer, Media Matters, is also obsessed with outting gay Republicans. But is the political angle the real reason why Atrios is so obsessed? Maybe something else is going on here? Something far more personal?

With this in mind I sicked The Jawa Report's gay intern, Bill Dauterive, on the case. He found this at Gay Singles Online. Is the following link to an ad by Duncan Black? You be the judge.

Atrios' online gay singles advertisement? CLICK HERE

Critical Update 2/17: From this post---Is Al Gore Jeff Gannon's gay hooker John?

Critical Update so Critical that it is Critical that I put it right smack in the middle of the post: Sobekepundit, as the responsible citizen journalist that he is responds to Goldstein's call for 'MORE GAY PORN' has uncovered the original photo, which 'proves' that Atrios is gay!!

Bill at INDC also uncovers this super-secret DaVinci code revelation. Why did I do this post? Because Goldstein asked for MORE GAY WITCH HUNTING! THE FUTURE OF THE REPUBLIC DEPENDS UPON IT!

UPDATE: Commissar chimes in. Pennywit has more (via Bill)

UPDATE II: Linked by Duncan "I'm not obsessed with outting gay Republicans 'Atrios' you're the one who is obsessed" Black. Update within and update: And now by Pandagon. Welcome leftwingers! Yes, this is how the rest of America thinks......

UPDATE III: Check out comments by the many Eschaton readers and tell me which side of the blogosphere is more uptight?

UPDATE IV: For those of you who are new here, howdy from Jesus-land!! Yes, this is pretty jeuvenile humor. One might even call it trite. I wonder which is more trite? Outting an insignificant gay hack of a reporter, or poking fun at Atrios??????

UPDATE V: Since so many of have said that I 'just don't get it' and this whole thing is really about 'hypocrisy', Jeff G is spot on with this answer (READ IT ALL):

This is about nothing more than hypocrisy (though don’t press me on specifics, because I’m not sure how, exactly, opposing gay marriage and hating gays are equivalent) and an orchestrated hit on Valerie Plame—and of course making sure those who have access to the White House press room are PURE AND OBJECTIVE—PARAGONS OF JOURNALIST VIRTUE!

Yet another update: Identity theft & satire--related.

CRITICAL UPDATE: Eschaton readers threaten lawsuit against Jawa Report!!

I would get ready for a lawsuit sir. Your attempt to discredit Atrios by manufacturing a online ad was a really dumb move on your part. This is easily traceable and its already been placed on you. Thats clearly a defamation suit. Its coming sir.
Um, attention idiots. Last time I checked humor and satire were protected speech---even if done in poor taste. Duncan 'not gay' Black's name is not even used in the advertisement. His e-mail is not used either.

What a bunch of whiny little bitches for readers.......I'm not trying to discredit Atrios by this ad. What I'm attempting to do is make fun of him and all of you who think it is the height of muckraking to out someone.

Another critical update: Atrios e-mails me:

they have no standing to sue you
Thank you Duncan, who I might ad is NOT GAY!!!

Critical Snarky Sarcasm Update: *Disclosure for Eschaton readers--the following is offered by Ace of Spades Headquarters and is 'satire'. Read the whole thing:

Let me tell you something: Jeff Gannon is the straightest, most masculine man I've ever met. He is all-man, straight as an arrow (a very heterosexual arrow, let me add), even when he pounds me up the man-pooter every alternate Thursday.
Critical Snarky Sarcasm Update Within a Snarky Sarcasm Update: Jeff G has more on Gannon-Cock-Gate
THE WASHINGTON POST IS AN ORGAN OF THE RIGHT WING! TOM MAGUIRE IS A ROVE-CREATED CYBORG! BUSHCO WANTS TO INTER THE GAYS SO THAT JOHN DERBYSHIRE CAN BEAT THEM WITH A BIBLE!
STOP THE MADNESS!Update for the Eschaton reader who just signed me up on about 50 different spam sites and openned a Netflix account in my name. Thanks a lot, I sure hope they have that gay-porn director's cut of F-911!Critical Postscript to the Critical Updates to the first PS--thanks to all the commenters who have attempted to 'keep it real'!! (Traffic Jam!)

Last Update Before I Go Home and Order Me Up One of them Gay Prostitutes: All of the lefty commenters keep telling me that I 'just don't get the significance of the thing'. Press release from Democrats.com telling me the significance (via Instapundit):

Did George W. Bush Have S*x with That Man, James Guckert?
Because serious journalists want to know........

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:27 AM | Comments |

Holder of Edward Said Chair to Lecture NY Children

Edward Said was the man most responsible for making anti-Semitism acceptable among the intellectual elite. NY Sun:

A Columbia University professor who has called Israel a "racist" state with an "apartheid system," and who has supported attacks by Palestinian-Arabs on Israelis, is scheduled to lecture a group of New York City public school teachers on how to teach Mideast politics to schoolchildren.

The professor, Rashid Khalidi, is director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University. His professorship is named in memory of Edward Said, a divisive scholar, and is paid for in part with a donation from the United Arab Emirates. ht:Robert Spencer

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

February 14, 2005

Happy Valentine's Day!!

I'm off to make sure Mrs. Shackleford is a happy camper. Let me just leave you with this history lesson.

Can you tell me which factoid reminds me of the Religion of Peace? From Catholic.org:

Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St. Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. He was apprehended, and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him renounce his faith in effectual, commended him to be beaten with clubs, and afterwards, to be beheaded, which was executed on February 14, about the year 270.
Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.....

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:55 PM | Comments |

Did the Founding Fathers Warn us Against the Jews?

One of the myths propogated by the Arab press is that Benjamin Franklin was an anti-Semite. In fact, the famous document known as "The Franklin Prophecy" was a fabrication of the Nazis. It first appeared in the book A Handbook on the Jewish Question in 1935. There is a good debunking of the myth here.

I have seen the quotes attributed to Franklin from a number of Islamist sources. MEMRI has the latest on the vile distortions latest iteration:

"Noble readers, this document exposes the truth. Had the rulers of America been a good second generation to their predecessors, America would not today have become hostage to the Jews' policy, and Washington would not be aiding Tel Aviv in its satanic spirit.

"I have no more accurate explanation [for what is happening today] than the content of this document, which spells out America's situation with the Jews today with great accuracy, letter by letter and moment by moment.

"O late American president [Benjamin Franklin]! If only you could see what has happened to your people, and how your prophecy – about the establishment of a country of devils at the expense of your wretched people – has come true!"

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:14 PM | Comments |

Libertarian Girl's True Identity Found

****Exclusive**** ***Must Cite Jawa Report****

I have found an actual pic of Libertarian girl!!!

I've been saying for over a year now that the best way to get readers is to blog as if you're a woman. But not just any woman, a hot woman. My now defunct Hot Iraqi Chick blog was proof that geeky men on computers are suckers for a blogger with boobs.

'Amanda Doerty', of Hot Abercrombie Chick fame, originated the scam. Recently I accused Witty Sex Kitten of running the same scam, but a buddy of mine assured me that she was real and says 'and I should know', wink-wink.

It turns out that an on again off again commenter here at the Jawa, Libertarian Girl, is also pulling the old "Hot Lesbo Star Wars Chick Pundit" scam. Remember, boobs = clicks. Catallarchy (via Wizbang) did some digging. The image on the left is of "Libertarian Girl" and the one of the right is from a Russian Mail Order Bride service. The thing is, I actually tried to get a buddy of mine to hook up with 'her'!!

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Using the infinite resources of the VRWC, I have uncovered the true identity of both Libertarian Girl and the Mail Order Bride!!!

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Others who need therapy because we had certain unmentionable 'thoughts' about Libertarian Girl:

Tim the Movementarianneeds Luvox.
Stephen Van Dyke has many more pics and obviously needs shock treatment.
The Collosus needs Prozac.
SJKSenior needs lithium.
Myopic Zeal needs Zoloft.
Chris Lawrence needs Wellbutrin.
Hengineer needs Paxil.
Dadahead needs Lexapro.
Eric needs Celexa.
John needs Serzone.


Real Hot Lesbo Star Wars Abercrombie Witty Sex Kitten Libertarian Girls???
Jacqueline Mackie Paisley Passey

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

Sgrena Hostage Hoax Update

As predicted, Giuliana Sgrena's Italian Communist newspaper Il Manifesto condemns hostage taking. Yes, taking their employee was bad. Of course, that is not nearly as bad as the US occupation. Background on why this whole thing is a farce here. Translation from the terrorist supporting site Uruknet:

"Truly moving is the involvement of the Iraqi people in Giuliana Sgrena's ordeal," writes Il Manifesto's correspondent from Baghdad, Stefano Chiarini. "Suffering daily abuses and violence from occupation forces or their proxies, the Iraqis themselves are subjected to routine hostage-taking by the occupiers. If the father is not at home, they arrest his son, or brother, or other relative. Under the pretext of looking for arms, American soldiers and their Iraqi trainees look for jewels and money . And, yet, the whole country has mobilised for the liberation of Giuliana."
Sgrena comes from a long line of anti-Americans. As reported in the previous story, her father is a member of the Communist party. The report also confirms that she was a sixties radical opposed to all US efforts since her days in college.

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

Blast in Phillipines Kills Seven

The Religion of Peace sends a Valentines gift to the good people of Manila. Reuters:

Explosions in the business district of the Philippine capital and two southern cities have killed at least seven people and wounded more than 100, with besieged Muslim rebels claiming two of the attacks.

The three blasts came within an hour of one another on Monday as people were leaving work or going out for a romantic meal on Valentine's Day.

"The ground was shaking," said a man in the southern city of General Santos after four people were killed in a blast at a shopping mall.

"The people were screaming and running in all directions."

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

Effigy Maker on US Troops: "I hope they all die"

The effigy of a US soldier hanging in front of a Sacramento home is back. Digger has some exclusive details. Here is a shocker: Steve and Virginia Pearcy, the couple responsible for this vile act, actually reside in Berkeley. This is a second home. More from Digger:

When confronted on whether he hopes all the soldiers over there are killed Steve was shown on video saying sarcastically "of course I hope they die, I hope they all die".
Tearing down an effigy on someone else's property is vandalism. Hanging an effigy of a US soldier on your property is treason. Which is the worse crime?

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

Carnival of the Newbies

Simon is hosting a new carnival aimed at showcasing new blogs.

"The idea is simple: give blogs less than 3 months old a chance for greater exposure. Please check them out and let people know about this new carnival. The Showcase website will be updated with the latest information."

Check it out.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:38 AM | Comments |

NZ Bear Sends Me A Valentine

Ok NZ Bear...but it's gonna take a lot of beer.......

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Seriously, though, something screwy in the Ecosystem today.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:33 AM | Comments |

February 13, 2005

Media Bias: An Overview

In the wake of the Gannon and Jordan affairs, there has been a resurrection of discussions about media bias: whether it exists, and its nature if it does exist.  For myself, this examination began recently with my post on the Fourth Estate in which I evidently forgot to code my html for hyperbole for calling journalists Stalinist, and was fairly called out on it by Rick DeMent of Unspecified Chatter (nee, the Rant).

More broadly, two recent blog posts have provided a reasonably cogent defense of the so-called Mainstream Media (MSM) from folks sitting within the game itself; the first, from Steve Silver (courtesy Michael Totten) gets what appears to be a fairly solid fisking from commenter JBP at February 10, 2005 09:30 AM in Michael Totten's thread.  The other is by one Derek Rose, who is also a 'member' of the media, and takes the form of a rebuttal of an open letter by a Marine in Iraq.  In this one, Mr. Rose is deserving of credit, if nothing else, by sticking around in the comments and replying to his detractors.


But unfortunately, neither of these defenses or much of the immediate response provides much more than a he said, she said approach and fails to apply much thought to the problem.  This is, to a certain extent, to be expected since folks on both sides of the aisle seem to think that the day-to-day conduct of major media outlets is, in and of itself, prima facie evidence of bias of some sort or another.

So, let's go back to the data, and some of the probable responses to the data.

First, we've got a collection of large number of studies on media bias cataloged by the Media Research Center.  Without drilling down through each of them individually, we can get a generalized sense of what they're driving at by noting the general trend of the reports.  In terms of both party identification and voting behaviors, the journalistic corps is roughly as far to the left as an average Berkley, California; Cambridge, Massachusetts; or, a Washington, DC.  More or less, journalists who report at the national level tend to vote Democrat by something like a 10-to-1 margin with party identification to match.

The counterargument to this might be related to something along the lines that political leanings don't a reporting bias make.  Folks may have all manner of political leanings without making that a pre-eminent focus of their work.  After all, we look to judges to rule without bias.  Whether or not the folks on the Supreme Court do so or not, we certainly do not go into a court for a traffic ticket and immediately ask how the judge voted in the last election.  Besides which, if reporters go into the game with a full intention to report the truth wholly, why is it that one would assume that they are incapable of reporting without bias any more than one might have problems assuming that a doctor act within the guidelines established by the Hippocratic Oath?  If nothing else, wouldn't it be much more likely to assume that the news media are beholden to corporate interests, rather than purely political motives?

We can approach the question of bias by looking at what news outlets use for information in an effort to see if their sources reflect a non-partisan selection.  A study done at Stanford and later posted by Yale (link now expired, new link appreciated) notes that media outlets tend rather strongly toward citing the same bits of information heavily preferred by Democratic politicians.  Absent the actual study, I have been able to find a few key paragraphs from an article about the study (Courtesy Protein Wisdom):

"Our results show a very significant liberal bias," they write. "One of our measures found that The Drudge Report is the most centrist of all media outlets in our sample. Our other measure found that Fox News' Special Report is the most centrist." And all three papers, plus NBC and CBS, "were closer to the average Democrat in Congress than to the median member of the House of Representatives." Fair and balanced, anyone? To use a simplified example, they say, suppose there were only two think tanks, and The New York Times cited the liberal one twice as often as the conservative one. Then the newspaper's ADA score would be the same as that of a member of Congress who did the same.

The estimated ADA score for Fox, based on citations, was 35.6. That puts it in the company of Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and a few points below the House median, 39.0. The two highest were The New York Times, at 67.6, and CBS Evening News, at 70.0. The average Republican in Congress has an ADA score of 11.2, and the average Democrat 74.1.

The authors say they expected to find that the mainstream media leaned to the left, but they were "astounded by the degree." So when people say, for example, that The New York Times may be tilted left, but people can compensate for that by watching Fox News, they don't take into account that the Times is much further from the center than Fox. "To gain a balanced perspective, one would need to spend twice as much time watching Special Report as he or she spends reading The New York Times."

But rather than trying to read statistical tea leaves, we can look at the stories covered by the media.  The coverage of the Iraq War is an obvious place to start.  One of the constant cries from the right is that news coverage about Iraq is hopelessly biased on disaster and therefore is relentless in it's effort to paint the Bush effort in the worst possible light.  Rather than take that assertion at face value, one of the most astute experts on news coverage in Iraq, Arthur Cherenkoff, has tallied a sample of news reports about Iraq.  By his count, there are 10,877 stories damaging to Bush, 123 neutral stories, and 407 that could be seen to be in Bush's favor (or 95%:1%:4%).  The first line of response normally heard in response to something like this is that the situation in Iraq really is that dire, and even in cases where it's not, bad news sells.  A fair enough response, so let us look at a narrower set of Iraq-related news in an effort to at least see if Iraq news itself reflects an undue focus on disaster, without respect to the broader question of whether Iraq is a mess in its entirety.

Some good research on coverage of the Iraqi museum looting after the fall of Baghdad has been done by Jeffery, at Iraqi Bloggers Central.  He follows the evolution of the looting story quite closely, and notes, essentially, that the original claims that the entire inventory of 170,000 artifacts had been looted, turned out after saner heads compared notes, that some 2% of a total of 501,000 items have yet to be accounted for.  No small difference that.  So, while this might seem to confirm the thesis that stories of mayhem, death, and destruction.  But before we use these anecdotes as a demonstration that the "drama sells" thesis is a lock, let's take a deeper look.

If we examine reporting on Joesph Wilson and the subsequent coverage of the fact that he lied about his allegations regarding Iraqi attempts to purchase Uranium in Niger.  Rather than looking it as the number of stories about Wilson's veracity, we can flip it back around and look at it as the number of stories backing up the allegation that "Bush Lied"™ versus the number of stories exonerating the sitting President from behavior bordering on treason.  In either case we get a range of ratios between the two categories of stories ­is from 48:1 to 18:1 (for individual outlets: the total cited was 302:9 or about 33:1) on stories about Bush's perfidy, versus the willing distortion of the truth in an effort to unseat the President.

Here we have two ways to parse this. On one hand we get an a convincing demonstration that bad news sells - 33 stories of Bush scandal to every story clearing things up.  But flip that around to look at how the stories were originally sold: 33 stories of good news (or certainly good news to those who were seeking proof of Presidential perfidy) to every counter story.  Does this support the notion that perceptions of bias only derive from the natural tendency of the media to focus on disaster? Much of bias is in the eye of the beholder and I leave it to the reader to review some of the specifics.  Does the disproportionate interest reflect an interest in selling stories, or tarnishing the president?

It must be noted that the media certainly didn't wear kid gloves when following the Lewinski affair.  Perhaps it's just that Presidential scandal attracts the eye more quickly than other sorts of bad behavior.  But with respect to Lewinski, some on the right might point out that the interest in marital infidelity, rather than the more serious charge of perjury.  However the centrist explanation about the coverage of Lewinski ties in directly to the centrist explanation of why the focus wasn't on perjury: scandals, particularly those related to sex, sell.  So, with this, we have nothing particularly conclusive one way or the other.  Further, it's certainly difficult to compare metrics on "scandal" since not all scandals are made alike.

One of the blog links that I've been trying to find recently, but have been unable to find was one that I felt gave a reasonable comparison of how the media deals with differing Presidents.  Specifically, it addressed the historical mandate debate by comparing when the media felt that the elected (or re-elected) President really had a mandate.  Some of the more interesting points made notes that Clinton was granted a mandate by the press in 1992 with his 43% win, while there was some significant noise about Reagan not having a mandate, despite his 49 state win in 1984.  I was, however, able to find this bit:

When the Republicans took over control of congress in 1994, Peter Jennings said that this was not really a "mandate for change" ..."It's clear that anger controls the child and not the other way around," stated Mr. Jennings. "The voters had a temper-tantrum...The nation can't be run by an angry 2-year-old." (The actual statement was said on a radio commentary in 1994, and reported again in the South Jersey Courier Post on November 27, 1994.) The Republican victory was also stated by Steve Roberts, a US News and World Report writer on CNBC's Equal Time - "They (voters) are not voting Republican...They are voting against a lot of unhappiness in their own lives."

Funny - the same media was hailing Clinton's 1992 victory as a "mandate for change" (with a whopping 43% of the vote) and that Republican ideas were dead, that the Democrat ideas were what the people wanted. So, when the voters vote Republican they don't know what they are doing, but when they vote for a Democrat they have more credibility?

So, with this and my memory we may have evidence that on a directly measurable basis, that the news media may actually have a bias.

But, if all I have is a set of empirical data, that does not a bias make.  Correlation does not imply causation.  So, what theory do I have that would tie this bits of observation together in a coherent whole?  Well, the idea was first brought to my mind in another blog post about (as I recall) "moment media".  Alas, this is a post that I cannot find either, but the gist of it was that journalism was, for decades, a profession built around the objection recording of truth - sort of stenographers of record, if you will.  In the post-Watergate era, not only did advocacy journalism start to rise to the fore, but so did "moment journalism."  The explanation given is that not only did the media have an obligation to report the news, but should also try to create an emotional "moment" with each news story.  In an effort to make the news relevant and real for the news consumer, journalists started looking for a hook, a story, something to rouse hearts and minds - not just a dry recitation of facts.  I was able to find a few articles speaking to how journalists view their own responsibilities with respect to creating a narrative:

Some city room diehards may still deem narrative journalism’s concern with voice and theme, protagonists and story arcs, mere staff-draining, news hole-eating incursions onto fiction’s traditional turf.

But Mark Kramer, who brought his annual conference to Harvard’s Nieman Foundation last year, said tough economic times have made editorial management more receptive to some aspects of narrative because they see it as a way to attract and hold readers.

Or, as is noted here:

Hardboiled reporters don't routinely seek to engineer the sequential emotional responses of readers. They don't mess much with their readers at all. Storytellers do. The two roles are in conflict. But the conflict has often been resolved, even by some of those hard-boiled reporters.

So it would seem that this increasing tendency to look for the engaging emotional hook and the resonant story, journalists first look for the sensational.  This is reasonable as the sensational story is an easier one to write - it takes a lot more work to make a story about a family returning home after a mediocre vacation than it does to create a gripping narrative about a Peace Corps volunteer lost in a tsunami.

But past that, does narrative focus lead to bias?  I would say yes, in those cases when the profession itself has a strong set of political leanings.  In that kind of environment when editors and reporters are looking to pick out the point of interest and refine the gripping details that breath life into otherwise "hardboiled" reporting, they have only one reliable metric to work with - whether or not they themselves are interested in the story.  Does a given presentation of data generate outrage, move one to tears, or cause a sense of warm satisfaction?  Well, that would depend on the people reading the story.  And, in the case of journalists, the people making the first call on whether or not a story gets written, and if it does, how it is presented, would be people who will be (at least at the national level) overwhelmingly left-leaning.

But why is this?  This, in my estimation is a perverse result of the attempt of media itself to be objective.  Without delving into the origins of an objective media in America, one will note that an objective media implies a role for media in the democratic process.  Specifically, an objective media takes on the responsibility for educating and drawing the public's attention to those items which are most relevant and important for their democracy.  In other words, in this world view, the media provides a role which augments the role of government in a patriarchal system.  But why doesn't this show up as right-side social patriarchialism?

It's because the left and right are not mirror image political philosophies.  The left has, among its intellectual foundations, the idea of Marxist "false consciousness." This is the catalyst that really makes the concept of narrative journalism really react so very dynamically with the idea of objective media as a necessary component of democracy.  A philosophical underpinning of many of those folks who make up the left today is that the people are mislead by those who would take advantage of them, and that it is the responsibility of those on the soapbox to speak truth to power.  And the new mission of media is to tell the story compellingly and steer clear of a simple recitation of data that won't engage people in critical discussions about their own fate at the hands of corporations and theocrats.

So does this pan out as a viable theory?  Hard to say, but in closing I would note what it is that journalists themselves have to say about the state of their profession.  Well, Christopher Hitchens would seem to agree with the assertion that the proclivities of the press made the prospect of a Vietnam-like quagmire and exciting prospect indeed:

There were no more than three Bush-Blair sympathizers in the Kuwait Hilton during the days of the "southern front" in last year's Iraq war, and I know this because I was in that case in the minority. One doesn't have to be an "old hand" to detect the signs of a conscience collective or, if one doesn't care for it, a "herd mentality."

It's now fairly obvious that those who cover Iraq have placed their bets on a fiasco or "quagmire" and that this conclusion shows in the fiber and detail of their writing.

But past that, how about someone a little bit less of a firebrand, how do they see the same things in Iraq coverage?  Strangely enough, highly-respected reporter John Burns goes beyond my argument of an unintentional drift towards the tantalizing to something a bit more insidious and more than a bit disheartening.  Especially in light of Eason Jordan and his revelations about CNN's behavior in Iraq.

Although I could make the case that this kind of pandering to dictators is simply a manifestation of the effort to destroy a false consciousness through aggressive pursuit of narrative.  But really, come on now, at what point do I have to keep making excuses for some of those sorry sons-of-bitches simply in an effort to appear even handed.

And oh, by the way, don't even think about picking up bias in talk radio as a worthwhile counterpoint to bias in the MSM.  Or at least until you start showing me how people rely on talk radio for their news.

(Simultaneously launched by Bravo Romeo Delta from Demosophia, The Jawa News, & Anticipatory Retaliation)

By Bravo Romeo Delta at 10:57 PM | Comments |

February 12, 2005

News Flash

Eason Jordan quits.

By Bravo Romeo Delta at 09:50 AM | Comments |

February 11, 2005

Star Wars 'Chowda' Blogging

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:25 PM | Comments |

Whose Side Are They On? The Lynne Stewart Conviction

by Demosophist

Wretchard has a post up about Lynne Stewart's conviction wherein he makes the observation not only that the compassion of the left is selective, but that it's conditioned by the Left's "refusal to acknowledge anything smaller than a mass noun." The essence of this perspective concerns the evidence that Stewart, along with some co-conspirators, sought to use the leverage of the kidnapping of civilians, including "poor" Filipinos and children as well as the sick and elderly, to leverage their negotiations for the Sheik's treatment and release. In essence it concerns a defacto alliance with the Al Qaeda-affiliated kidnappers. It's instructive to consider just how the Left and Stewart's team are spinning this story, including the presentation of their attempts to employ the leverage of the kidnappings.

I just watched a rather longish and in depth interview on LinkTV's Democracy Now "news" program with Lynne Stewart, Ramsey Clark, and Stewart's lawyer (whose name I can't recall). It's clear that the Left is presenting this conviction as a tragedy, taking full advantage not only of Stewart's "Mother-Hubbardish" physical characteristics (which I'm sure have served her well in the courtroom) but also the symbolism of the fact that she was convicted in the same courtroom as the Rosenbergs, and lives in a neighborhood where the streets are named for the victims of a "similar" miscarriage of justice in the 18th century. But apart from all this emotional and symbolic appeal the essence of their spin is that Stewart simply wanted to keep Rahman's name before the public; that she feared should he fade from the media consciousness he would be stuffed down a "memory hole." This is a preposterous interpretation, for a number of reasons.

First, it would seem a long shot that the public in the US would ever develop, from media exposure, significant sympathy for the Sheik and his predicament to put pressure on the judiciary in the US. That cannot have played any part in her thoughts, or the thoughts and actions of her confederates, unless they were simply crazy. Stewart is considered a rather shrewd lawyer, so it's unlikely that she's crazy in that particular sense. No, what she wanted Americans to be aware of was not the Sheik's predicament, but the fact that the predicament and fate of the hostages were contingent on that of the Sheik. To put it in the simplest terms, she wanted Americans to notice that there were guns pointed at the heads of these innocents and that the price for lowering those arms involved setting the Sheik (and others like Ramsey Youssef) free. The text of the exchange concerning their dismay at absence in the NYT piece about the Abu Sayyaf kidnappings of any mention of the Sheik, which I will not reproduce here, but which can be found on the Belmont Club, makes it clear that their concern was that the public was unaware that the fingers on the triggers of those guns were connected by a line of intent to the Sheik in his cell, and that his release would be theirs.

Now, there is one interpretation of this concern that could mitigate against the interpretation of their unwavering cold-heartedness. It is simply that she feared that the death of those innocents was a certainty unless the public were made aware of these "conditions." That would seem to make some sense. But interestingly it is not the case that Stewart and her team have presented, possibly because to do so she'd have to abandon the fiction that there was any moral legitimacy attaching to the Sheik, or to the Jihadist movement in general. In other words, to make a case for her own humanity she'd have to abandon the claim to theirs... which would betray the Left's entire strategic position. What is that, you ask?

The reason why this position makes sense to the Left is the subject for a later post, but suffice to say that, however much they may despise the barbaric acts of these zealots, they're able to suppress that revulsion because ultimately, when the time comes, they believe the Jihadists can be controlled. It's not so much that they're on the side of the Jihadists as that they believe the Jihadists are strategically (and perhaps unwittingly) on theirs.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia and Anticipatory Retaliation)

By Demosophist at 12:11 PM | Comments |

Ligers, and tigons, and bears

oh my!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:40 AM | Comments |

Certifiable

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Ironical.

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

Blame Canada

Sharia at out borders...(via Llama Butchers)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:32 AM | Comments |

What the world needs now.....

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...like I need a hole in my head. (pic via: no pasaran)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:19 AM | Comments |

He lives

The Commissar speaketh.......

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:08 AM | Comments |

Zarqawi Mistakingly Released

Wow, talk about incompetence.....but at least were still hot on the trail. Kuna:

Eyewitnesses Thursday reported to the authorities and claimed terrorist leader Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi was seen in Kirkuk this morning, Kirkuk Police Commander Sarhat Qader told reporters.

The official said "still unconfirmed" information suggested Al-Zarqawi was seen in Kirkuk today in a white vehicle.

This after interior ministry investigations showed Al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian, was actually captured and released after security personnel failed to recognize him. The US prize for his head or assisting in his capture stands at USD 10 million.

Hat tip: Reliapundit

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

February 10, 2005

Lawyer Convicted of Helping Terrorist Clients

Win one for the good guys! Lynne Stewart has been convicted of passing information from her terrorist client Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman and the radical Egyptian Brotherhood. The Sheik was a key figure in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman was serving a life sentence in a Minnesota jail under a court order that he was to have no contact with the outside world (except for his wife and lawyer) when Stewart passed a message that the jailed cleric no longer supported a cease-fire with the Egyptian government. 'The Blind Sheik' had also been convicted of plotting to assasinate Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Stewart now faces up to twenty years in prison. Let's hope she gets the maximum sentence.

More: CNN, Reuters

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

Little Eichmanns Falling

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Background... ...Great analysis (via Dean)..

UPDATE: Kevin has more today in his WND piece:

In 2001 Colorado University, "professor" and chairman of its ethnic studies department, Ward Churchill published a 10-page, single-spaced, incoherent rant against America. In it he states that the events of 9-11 were the "chickens coming home to roost." He stated that the 3,000 lives lost should be considered legitimate military targeting. He stated that the terrorists had given testament to great patience since their failed efforts in the 1993 bombing. He favorably compared those who were killed in the Twin Towers to Adolph Eichmann of World War II's Nazi Germany....

A perfect storm in favor of those who wish to slaughter Americans is forming, and it is being escalated by the terrorists, Eason Jordan and Ward Churchill. They may not claim to all be on the same team, but it sure looks to me like they use the same playbook.

Ace has more on the Indian angle.....and Jeff G.

*for Allah....

OTB

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

Another Bogus Sgrena Threat

Yawn. The reliability of statements made at the Ansar.ws bulletin board has now dropped to nearly zero. Our in house experts have serious doubts as to the authenticity of this latest statement. Giuliana Sgrena was taken hostage last week. From day one our analysts have predicted Sgrena would be released unharmed and live to write about her 'ordeal'. This is the second time a group calling itself the Muhahadin Brigades has threatened to kill Sgrena if Italy did not withraw its troops.

News24:

AN Islamist group which has claimed to be holding an Italian hostage in Iraq and threatened to kill her gave Rome 48 hours today to announce a troop pullout before disclosing the abducted journalist's fate.

“We give the Italian Government 48 hours to announce a withdrawal from Iraq and that is the condition for disclosing the fate of the Italian journalist called Giuliana Sgrena,” said the Organisation for Jihad in a statement posted on the internet.
“The mujahideen (fighters) are now addressing a new message to the Italian Government to say that keeping Italian forces in the Land of the Two Rivers (Iraq) will lead to a bloody war,” it said.

“And the criminal (Italian Prime Minister Silvio) Berlusconi and his government will not be happy as long as a single Italian soldier remains in the Land of the Two Rivers,” it said.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:16 PM | Comments |

Great Point

dKos:

Here's the deal -- a war is worth fighting if you would sacrifice everything you hold dear to fight it.
John Hawkins:
"Oh, well if you're not willing to charge into a burning building to try to put out a fire, then you shouldn't expect a fireman to do it. Same goes for cops. How can you ask a policeman to risk his life enforcing the law if you're not willing to grab a shotgun, kick in the door of a crackhouse, and start making citizens arrests?"

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

February 09, 2005

Soldier's Uniform Hangs From Noose In Front Of Home

The sign reads "your tax dollars at work"

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WARNING: Graphic reminder of why this pisses me off.

Makes me happy. Sacbee:

An effigy of a soldier hanging from a house in Sacramento's Land Park neighborhood that sparked controversy over freedom of expression is now gone.

An unknown person tore down part of the camouflage soldier fatigues Wednesday morning, and later someone on a motorcycle took the rest of the political protest, according to neighbors. Throughout the day, people from outside the neighborhood drove by to see it or take it down themselves.

Can you imagine someone doing this in say 1943? You can be assured that the Left's iconic savior, FDR, would have sent in the Feds to arrest the bastard. No, take that back. A few neighbors would have 'paid the person a visit' as the police looked the other way. Then the FBI might stop by for questioning.

Mike King has more.

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

Target Rich Environment

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:05 PM | Comments |

Hakeem Olajuwon Named in al Qaeda Funding Probe

AP:

A mosque established and funded by basketball star Hakeem Olajuwon gave more than $80,000 to charities the government later determined to be fronts for the terror groups al-Qaida and Hamas, according to financial records obtained by The Associated Press.

Olajuwon told the AP he had not known of any links to terrorism when the donations were made, prior to the government's crackdown on the groups, and would not have given the money if he had known

h/t: Venom

Moral of the story: Don't give to an Islamic charity, you never know where it's going to end up.

Tamar Tesler has some more thoughts at the Counterterrorism blog.

Others: Blogs of War, TBTN

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:31 PM | Comments |

Iranian Blogger's Ordeal

"Do you accept the charges?" the interrogator asked.

"What charges?"

"That you have written things in your Web log that go against the Islamic system and that encourage people to topple the system," he said. "You are inviting corrupt American liberalism to rule Iran."

Read the whole thing. I especially like how that guard asks for suggestions on improving jail conditions after she had been held for 36 days.

Via Kevin Drum who says: Would Stalin have been so droll?

Others commenting (via memeorandum):
Obsidian Wings:I can just imagine the totalitaritan prison guard saying "have a nice day" after her five-week stay in the Iranian reeducation center.

Ezra Klein: publishing this critique in a major American newspaper (which the American-obsessed Iranians surely keep tabs on) seems like a bad idea, but no one can doubt its courage

Presto Pundit: AND THE CRIME IS BLOGGING

Spare White Guy: The next time that I hear some jackoff saying something about Bush taking away our freedoms, I'm just gonna lean over and knock their f**king teeth out.
Jenniebee: The whole thing is written in a style that heightens the drama of every moment, but it simultaneously stresses the politeness and civility of almost everyone involved--WTF??

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:48 PM | Comments |

Al Qaeda Operatives Arrested in Iraq

Note that it was the Iraqis who caught these Abu Musaab al-Zarqawi aides with the aid of the local population. Zarqawi's organization, previously known as Tawhid and Jihad, is now al Qaeda in Iraq. Zarqawi's terrorist group is behind many of the beheading murders in Iraq. Yesterday another Zarqawi aid was arrested in Tikrit on suspicion of being involved in beheadings. Very good news indeed. Via the Reliapundit this article:

Iraqi security forces arrested several assistants to Abu Musaab Al-Zarqawi after storming hideouts in Al-Ramadi, said the Iraqi government in a statement Tuesday.

The statement said the Iraqi forces arrested in Al-Ramadi a group of terrorists including Adnaan Al-Delimi, 34, who is also known as Abu Abdulrahman.

It added, forces arrested another assistant to Al-Zarqawi in the city named Abbas Al-Obaidi, 39, who is also known as Abu Ali.

They also detained Adnan Al-Saadawi, 38, known as Abu Ahmad, who is a suspect of planning and financing several terrorist attacks within Al-Zarqawi network.

The Iraqi government also announced the arrest of Abu Waleed, the military advisor of Al-Zarqawi, also known as Enaad Al-Qaisi.

A statement issued by the Iraqi cabinet said, Abu Waleed, a 41 years old Jordanian, "provided facilities for Al-Zarqawi network which is tied to Al-Qaida terrorist network".

Spokesman for Iraqi Premier Thaaer Al-Naqeeb said in a statement that the Iraqi security arrested Basheer Al-Takriti near Mousel.

He said, the detained is relative of the defunct Iraqi regime leader and suspected for supplying terrorists with weapons and money.

The Iraqi cabinet allocated today one million dollar for anyone who provides the authorities with information that lead to arrest of Muhammad Yunus Al-Ahmad who is suspected for supporting terrorist attacks against the Iraqi people and authorities.

The cabinet added in a statement that officials of the Iraqi government expect Al-Ahmad to be in Syria.

Powerline offers a translation from an Iraqi newspaper provided to them by a reader of the same event:
Iraqi security forces arrested Adnan Muhamed Hamed Alqeisi also known as Abu Walied, during surprise operation in southern Baghdad. Abu Walied, and Iraqi of 41 years of age, was a facilitator for the terrorist group led by Alzarqawy who is tied to Alqaida. He was also in contact with Abu Omar, Hassan and Abu Seif who Zarqawy named commander of Baghdad; those were arrested earlier last month.

The Iraqi vice president Dr. Berhem Saleh said that Abu Walied was working as a military advisor to the top leaders in Zarqawy’s terror group, and he also supplied terrorist activities in Baghdad. The vice president also said that Zarqawy is loosing his battle against the Iraqi people and his organization of terrorists and criminals is loosing its main leaders over the last few weeks. This is to the credit of the Iraqi security forces and tips from the population.

Others: Right Pundit

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:26 PM | Comments |

Prof. Joseph Woolcock Responds to Student's Allegations

Prof. Joseph Woolcock was accused by Kuwaiti student Ahmad al-Qloushi of ordering him to seek psychological counseling for his pro-American views.

Professor Woolcock responded to the accusation by dropping a comment in this post written at The Jawa Report by Gordon. After doing an initial IP search and contacting him, Prof. Woolcock confirmed that he had left the comment and had sent the same as a press release to the various MSM outlets. Ok, so we're not exactly the MSM---but I guess we'll do in a pinch! Here is what he says in his defense:

I have been asked by a number of news organizations about my interaction in late November 2004 with a Foothill College student Ahmad al-Qloushi. This is my response.

In mid-November 2004, Ahmad al-Qloushi came to see me at my request to discuss the outline of his Final Research Paper assignment in the course : “Introduction to American Government & Politics.” He had failed to write the mid-term assignment and had chosen to write his final paper on a topic we both agreed would be a challenge for him. Recognizing that he would have difficulty completing the assignment, I offered him the opportunity to write his paper on a less challenging topic from the mid-term assignment list of topics. We agreed that should he take up the offer, I would not only discount the points he failed to earn at mid-term, but I would also work with him on the outline, and on the review of a draft copy of the paper before he submitted it for grading. Mr. al-Qloushi agreed to do that. However, he turned in his final written assignment without returning for the assistance which we had agreed on earlier. When I read the paper, it became clear to me that it did not respond to the question.

In late November, after grading all final papers, I asked Mr. al-Qloushi to come
and discuss with me the grade. During this meeting, I sought from him his
reasons for reneging on our earlier agreement. In response, he expressed in
great detail, concerns and feelings of high anxiety he was having about certain
developments which had occurred over ten years ago in his country. Some aspects of his concerns were similar to certain concerns expressed in his paper.

Based on the nature of the concerns and the feelings of high anxiety which he
expressed, I encouraged him to visist one of the college counselors. I neither
forced nor ordered Mr. al-Qloushi to see a counselor; I have no authority to do
so. My suggestion to him was a recommendation he freely chose to accept and
which he acknowledged in an e-mail message to me on December 1, 2004.

Foothill College counselors are competent and highly respected professionals
capable of providing professional services to students, and faculty members are
always encouraged by the college administration to make such referrals to
college counselors as the need may arise.

In my conversation with Mr. al-Qloushi, I did not make any reference, explicitly
or implicity, to the Dean of International Students or to any other Dean. In my
conversation with Mr. al-Qloushi, I did not make any reference, explicit or
implicit, to Mr. al-Qloushi’s status as an international student. At the time of
our conversation, Mr. al-Qolushi was still enrolled in my class, but after he
met with the counselor, he never returned to the class.

I deny unequivocally all the allegations Mr. al-Qloushi has attributed to me
regarding my suggestion to him that it might be helpful for him to discuss his
long-standing concerns with a college counselor, as I have described here. All
the other allegations made are false and have no basis whatsoever in fact.

Professor Joseph A. Woolcock

As a college professor let me make two observations in defense of both al-Qloushi and Woolcock.

First, students have a tendency to blow things way out of proportion, take professors the wrong way, or misinterpret what the professor is saying. Here's an example. On Tuesday I was describing an upcoming trip to D.C. and told the students how we would not be going on the White House tour. After class a student accused me of not going to the White House because I was a liberal Democrat. "If your man Bill Clinton were in the White House I bet you'd go," she said. Either I'm doing my job way too well and disguising my political beliefs or this student was just psycho.

This happens all the time. In fact, not a semester goes by where at least one student doesn't accuse me of giving them an F because I don't like their politics or have some personal vendetta against them. The fact is that neither is true.

The reason I give so many students an F is because there is no lower grade to give.

Second, it is understandable why this student might perceive bias in an Introduction to American Government class, especially one that uses Dye and Ziegler's The Irony of Democracy. There is a definite leftist bias on American campuses. In my own department the biases are rarely overt, but come out in the snide remarks, jokes, or what passes as irony by the faculty. Because we are so insulated, most professors are not even aware of their own biases. To their credit, when these biases are pointed out to most of my colleagues they at least make an attempt at fairness.

On top of these biases Dye and Ziegler prove difficult reading for students. You see, The Irony of Democracy is written from an elitist point of view. Elitism rejects pluralism in favor of a model of democratic participation where the few lead the many. The problem for students is that they do not understand the difference between a normative model and an empirical model. Dye and Ziegler do not argue that elites should lead, but that this is simply the nature of social relations. It is neither bad nor good--it simply is. In fact, if my reading of Dye is correct then he is a Conservative Republican. But students just have a difficult time seeing this and think the book bashes the Founders. It does not.

Since facts are in dispute in this controversy I am not able to say which are true. However, my own experience suggests that Professor Woolcock's version of the events are probably accurate. Students often mistake the intentions of their professors.

Further, students have the tendency to think that we really give a rat's ass what their political beliefs are. We don't. In fact, there is nothing personal about the grading process at all. We don't give you an A if we like yo and and F if we don't. We rarely think of you at all.

It's not that we don't feel for you, we do. It really breaks my heart to have to give the number of Fs that I do. It's just that we don't care.

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For more background on the Ahmad Al-Qloushi allegations see this article written by the student.

For other professor's takes see:
James Joyner
Steve Taylor
Betsy Newmark
Northern Alliance

For blogosphere reaction to the initial accusations see:
Michelle Malkin
Wizbang
Pandagon
Blackfive
Hyscience
California Yankee
Samizdata

(Cross posted at Anticipatory Retaliation and Demosophia)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:36 AM | Comments |

Giuliana Sgrena Alive and Well

Yesterday a group claimed to have killed Sgrena, although our resident experts at The Jawa Report accurately called the internet posting a hoax. Today Sgrena's employer claims to have seen her and she is alive and well. Notice how Il Manifesto, which is an Italian leftist paper, calls Giuliana's captors the "resistance". AFP

The Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena, who was kidnapped in Baghdad last week, has been seen and is in good health, her employer said on Wednesday.

“A person has been able to see Giuliana twice, first on Monday then on Tuesday morning, and has indicated that she is in good health,” the left-wing daily Il Manifesto, which employs Sgrena, wrote in its Wednesday edition.

The journalist is being “held by the Sunni resistance in a zone outside of Baghdad,” the paper said, without specifying who had visited the reporter.

I've been saying from the beginning that Sgrena will be released unharmed. It is people like Sgrena who give terrorists the intellectual fuel that feeds their anti-Americanism. She is on their side and you don't kill an ally. That, or the whole thing was a hoax......

Chad also has some thoughts.

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

White Trash Wednesday: Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con Edition

Unknown to many amateur Trashologists, the common scrota albeo (or 'the trash that is white') is divided into many subspecies. The Trailor Parker (double-widus hortus) is only the most visible, but the genus takes in at least 14 distinct varieties.

Today's subject of study is the cellarius matera, or "the one who dwells in mother's basement".

Four distinct features distinguish cellarius matera from other scrota albeo:
a) Rearing time. Unlike other scrota albeo, who are thrown out of the nest some time between their 14th and 17th birthday, cellarius matera needs an additional 20-30 years before it leaves it's close family unit.
b) Social structure: Unlike other scrota albeo, cellarius matera leads a solitary life. Don't go looking for cellarius matera at the annual NASCAR migration.
c) Mating habits: Unlike other scrota albeo, cellarius matera does not mate until its thirty-fifth year and never with its cousin. Mating is such a rare occurence that some have speculated that cellarius matera dies after its first mating but no evidence exists of this phenomenon.
d) Sex ratios: For every 20 male cellarius matera there is only one female. This might explain their strange mating habits.

Recently I was on a stakeout when I was able to snap a shot of this fine specimen. Notice how the cellarius matera camaflouges itself to look like the much more common nerdicus physiologia? But there is no camaflouging this speciman. This one is definitely from Jesus Land!

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Hat tip: Professor Chaos. Related. For more Trashology visit the other bloggers celebrating White Trash Wednesday!

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

Czechs Refuse North Korean Demands to Ban Team America: World Police

Czech Republic, F-Yeah, Coming to Save the MoFo World Again!! Via Simon who has, as always, an excellent roundup of all the news fit for blogging in Asia. AP:

North Korea (news - web sites)'s embassy in Prague has demanded that the film "Team America: World Police" be banned in the Czech Republic, saying the movie harms their country's reputation, a report said Saturday.
North Korea has an ambassador to the Czech Republic? Man, I bet he's so ronery. The Czechs, for their part, told the NK ambassador to go jump in a shark tank.

More from North Korea Zone and The Marmot

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

February 08, 2005

Iraqi Police Arrest Beheading Suspect

Xinhua: "Iraqi security forces in Sherqat area in Salahudin province captured Khaled Zakiyah who was suspected of involving in terroristacts and beheadings," and it looks like Zarqawi was just missed in Tikrit.

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

The post in which I propose the word "bitch" be used instead of "gate" for all future political scandals (except Rick James)

Water-"bitch", Iran-Contra-"bitch", Dan Rather-"bitch", Memo-"bitch", Whitewater-"bitch", Eason-"bitch", etc....

Related. And more. Also.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:23 PM | Comments |

Peace in Our Time

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More...Still More.....Yet more.....

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:50 AM | Comments |

Another Hoax? Website Claims Italian Hostage Dead

The last time a group with a name like "Mujahedeen Brigade" claimed to be holding a hostage, it turned out to be a G.I. Joe doll. Yesterday, the "Jihad Organization" said it would release the Italian hostage, Giuliana Sgrena.

Besides the name of the terrorist organization claiming to have killed Sgrena, there are a few other oddities about this message. Notice, for instance, that the "Mujahadeen Brigade" writes the message as if it is refuting the one posted yesterday. The Jihad Organization claimed yesterday that they had determined that Sgrena was NOT working for US troops. This message claims that the Mujahadeen Brigade was certain she was working for the "American Crusader Troops."

The next few hours will tell which message is the hoax. Unless, of course, the whole incident is a hoax......

Fox News:

A Web posting in the name of a militant group in Iraq (search) claimed Tuesday to have executed an Italian female journalist, but there was no way to determine the report's credibility.

The posting was signed by a different group than the one that had earlier claimed to have kidnapped Giuliana Sgrena (search). Both statements were posted on a Web site used as a clearing house for militants.

The Jihad Organization had earlier claimed responsibility for Friday's kidnapping of Sgrena, 56, but Tuesday's statement was signed by the Mujahedeen Brigade in Iraq (search).

"Your brothers in the Mujahedeen (holy fighters) Brigade have executed the Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena after making sure that she has spied on the mujahedeen for the American Crusade troops," said the statement.

It said the killing was a message to the American government "that this would be the destiny of agents and spies." It was also warning to Italy against continuing with America in its war on Iraq and a message to the holy fighters to "carry on that path until the liberation of the last spot from Muslim land, and know that the occupation of Iraq is the beginning of the end of America, God willing."

More. And more again.

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

Ward Churchill Threatened, Speech Cancelled

No surprise here. Nor is it surprising that it is a bunch of 'ethnic studies' students who are up in arms over the cancellation. Oh, and when they say they don't wish America to be attacked they aren't lying. Committed pacifists on the Left always deplore violence, even violence against the US. It is not terrorism, per se, the Left hates--it is violence. "9-11 was tragic," and ethnic studies major might say, "but an even bigger tragedy was the US invasion of Iraq, Bush lied, no blood for oil, blah, blah..." See how this works.

hat tip: Jeff Quinton

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:41 AM | Comments |

Did Michael Schiavo cause his wife's injuries?

Terri Schiavo is the woman in the vegetative state who's husband, Michael Schiavo, wishes to euthenize. Her parents wish to keep her alive. The controversy is at the heart of several lawsuits and special legislation in Florida passed to protect Terri. Empire Journal:

The family believes that Michael Schiavo and Terri had a violent argument earlier in the evening she collapsed and the medical evidence seems to support, that Terri Schiavo may have been a strangulation victim that evening.
Hyscience has much more.

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

US Troops Free Egyptian Hostages

Thank you Team America...coming to save the mother f***ing world again!! Let's hope Roy Hallums and Dean Sadek are next. Reuters:

U.S. forces in Iraq stormed a house in Baghdad on Monday and freed Egyptian telecommunications engineers kidnapped since Sunday, the head of their Egyptian parent company said. Naguib Sawiris, chairman of Egypt's Orascom Telecom, said U.S. forces raided a villa, possibly in the mainly Sunni al-Aadhamiya district, and freed two of the four Egyptians. The other two managed to escape on their own from a car they had been locked in, he added.
hat tip: James Joyner

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

February 07, 2005

Andrew Sullivan Found!!

Scroll down for AS secret location....but in the meantime did you watch The Simpsons last night?? I mean, come on, they gave Comic Book Guy a name!!!

Oh, and speaking of Andrew Sullivan

f(x,y) = esin(50x) + sin[60ey] + sin[70sin(x)] + sin[sin(80y)] - sin{10(x + y)] + 1/4(x2 + y2) =

Looking for more fun?

Cranky Neocon has exclusive video of Eason Jordan being targetted by U.S. troops.

What? My Pet Jawa isn't one of the 50 worst blogs?? I'm incredulous! (via Dean)

Where is Captain Ahab when you need him?

Hidden Antarctic Nazi flying saucer bases.

And Wizbang has 10 more.....

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:11 PM | Comments |

Christian Reporter Tracked & Threatened on Islamist Website

Something I picked up over at Internet Haganah today. Hey terrorists, when are you going come after me??

Jeremy Reynalds has been a source for The Jawa Report from way back when. We wish him all the best but would suggest he get a concealed gun permit.

In a thread on the Houston-based site, the person who ran the now-defunct mawsuat.com site starts by blaming Reynalds for the site's demise, posts a POBox address for Reynalds, and asks if anyone else has more information about him.

In the discussion that follows, the Islamists first post Reynald's home address so that he might be "visited", then a picture of him and a wish that his ribs should be broken, and finally they offer their prayers to Allah that He should deliver to them Reynald's "fatty neck" - a clear reference to the current fad of decapitating anyone deemed to be a critic of the more lethal forms of Islam.

The thread closes with a heartfelt "amen".

UPDATE: Related-- Coptic Leader Calls for FBI Unit to Investigate Slayings:
Monir A. Dawoud, M.D., acting president of the 31 year old American Coptic Association, is urging officials investigating the Jersey City murders to call in the hate crime unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Yesterday, a web site was named that tracks and reveals identifying information of Christian users of Pal Talk, active in religious discussions. In some cases their photos were also posted.

Five law enforcement agencies have been investigating this case; The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office, The Jersey City Police, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, The Immigration and Naturalization Service, and The Federal Office of Immigration and Customs. According to an FBI spokesperson the Federal authorities were called in under the doctrine of "domestic police cooperation". The lead on the case is the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.

"Adding the FBI Hate Crimes Unit to the investigation would make us feel that nothing was being overlooked," said Dr. Dawoud.

It's been three weeks since the Armanious family was killed in their home; and no leads have been reported in the case. The family was Egyptian born Christians, known as Copts. Mr. Armanious was fervent in his religious beliefs, and it was reported that he spent time in internet chat rooms promoting Christianity, proselytizing, and publicizing the discrimination and persecution Christians suffer in Egypt.

"We have faith in the American system of justice, but the initial conflicting reports and the lack of progress have caused fear to overtake our community. Children are afraid to sleep alone. People are installing double locks on their doors, bars on their windows and sophisticated alarm systems.

The discovery of a web site where Christians had their identities revealed, and were targeted for voicing their religious beliefs makes us, as Christians, fear for our safety, and contributes to the speculation that this was a hate crime."

(ht:Robert Spencer)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:15 PM | Comments |

The 4th Estate

In all the hullabaloo about exactly how depraved a bunch of Stalinists the Main Stream Media (MSM) are, the actual concrete impact of media bias has not received as much attention as I think is warranted.

Sure, we've got the attempt to swing a presidential election, or the handling of the Tet Offensive, but these are pretty visible first-order effects.  The implications for Open-Source research and the subsequent effect on the policy community do seem to have gone largely unacknowledged.

Open-source intelligence (OSI), as the term is used here, is the synergistic use of unclassified and non-sensitive materials to draw conclusions and uncover data about a subject for analysis.  OSI is used by think tanks, academia, and other policy generating and policy-analysis generating organizations as the raw data for reports, open testimony, and any one of a number of other critical functions in the public policy community.

In OSI, a great deal of emphasis is placed on information generated by the MSM for two reasons.  First, a government (or organization) may wish to make something publicly known to inform or influence discussion on a given subject.  Thus, governments may leak something through the media that they want to make known without having to put it out into the world on their own letterhead.  Second, the MSM provide (at least in theory) a very large, well-funded intelligence gathering organization that provides (hypothetically) unbiased, factual information about events going on around the world.  A classic example of this is the Early Bird, a document culling some of the significant stories of the upcoming day and distributing them around Washington and the world.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Early Bird, it is generally accepted that the Early Bird provides the minimum daily requirement of relevant foreign policy news for consumers from the Oval Office, to combatant commands, to think tanks, to talking heads.  On a broader basis, many of the positions and reports generated by think tanks (and presented later as analysis) are informed very heavily by OSI, and by extent, the MSM.

OSI does have some sort of self-correcting component to it.  A news source that, over time, repeatedly trends towards inaccuracy becomes a less valuable and reliable source of OSI.  Thus, a source like Bloomberg doesn't really have a very strong following - their reports tend to be far more geared towards being first, rather than being right, and as a result, are more likely to report unconfirmed initial information, rather than well-researched reporting.  This rating of sources goes down to individual writers and producers - no reputable outfit will take a position on Robert Fisk's say-so.

However, if the bias in reporting becomes pervasive, then we end up with a problem.  If errors in reporting are not exposed later by other outfits, then we have no efficient way of knowing that any given source or sources are unreliable.

To take this a step further, we can include things like official government reports as part of our OSI data stream.  If, for sake of argument, the government report is 100% on the level, and the press report disagrees with it, we have no metric to determine the veracity of either report.  Naturally the tendency is then to assume that the government report is slanted as much (but in the opposite) direction of the MSM report.  Or even that the MSM report is valid, while the government report is a white-wash.

Ultimately, as we might already suspect, the media creates "news," the problem is however, not only does it affect our elected representatives by applying pressure through their constituencies, but also directly changes the way that Washington makes policy.  DC is still built on the notion that descriptions like "The Newspaper of Record" actually have some weight.  And unfortunately the massive private sector human intelligence operation we call journalism has turned into a mouthpiece for an ideology - and this will continue to put a hand on the tiller of the ship of state.

(Simultaneously launched by Bravo Romeo Delta from Demosophia, The Jawa Retailer, & Anticipatory Retaliation)

By Bravo Romeo Delta at 02:00 PM | Comments |

Italian Hostage Hoax: Terrorists to Release Giuliana Sgrena

As predicted, Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena is to be released:

Since it has become absolutely clear that the Italian prisoner is not involved in espionage for the infidels in Iraq, and in response to the call from the Muslim Clerics Association, we in the Jihad Organization will release the Italian prisoner in the coming days
I've been saying that this was either a hoax or that the terrorists will let her go once they find out she's an anti-American activist from the begining. To quote myself earlier today:
Just be sure to cite The Jawa Report when she is released, writes an exclusive story about her 'ordeal', and then slams the US in it for forcing the poor innocent mujahadin to resort to such tactics.
Hat tip: Chad Evans and Kevin Aylward.

Chad has more. So does Digger. Shamelessly linked at OTB.

Related posts: Italian Hostage: Hoax or the Fruits of anti-American Activism?
Italian Woman Taken Hostage in Iraq

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:55 PM | Comments |

The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah Kills Iraqi Translator (video, images)

translator1.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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The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah released a gruesome videotape of the execution of an Iraqi translator. Images and links to the video are posted below. This came only a day after the group released a video of seven Iraqis being murdered.

The hostage identifies himself as Safad Mohammed Hassan from Mosul. The video is in three parts. The victim is first forced to 'confess' to the 'crime' of working with Americans. Next, a close-up of his identification badge shows that he is a translator. Last, a lone gunman stands behind the blindfolded victim then fires a single shot into the back of his head.

These are the people we are fighting. They are not freedom fighters. They are not fighting to liberate Iraq. They are fighting to set up an Islamic state patterned after the Taliban.

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES FOLLOW

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I show these images so you will have no illusion about who we are up against. This is not an EXECUTION, it is MURDER. These people MURDER all who they capture.
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The video may be downloaded here via Infovlad.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:33 PM | Comments |

The Jawa Report IS a Google News Source

You know, just in case Michelle, Charles, Jeff G., Rob, Wayne, this chick, Basil, Spacemonkey, Confederate Yankee, Jeff, Zonker, David, Uncle, etc...were wondering. (Not a joke: click)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:35 PM | Comments |

Italian Hostage: Deadline Passes Without Word of her Fate

The deadline set for Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena by her captors has passed. The Organization for Jihad gave the Italian government 48 hours to pull out of Iraq last Saturday, or else:

"we will announce the fate of (Giuliana Sgrena) in the imminent future".

"We are still questioning the hostage, and the Sharia (religious) committee will soon present its verdict," the group said.

"We consider that this is the last message for the Italian
government, and there will be no safety or stability as long as there is one Italian soldier on Iraqi soil," said the group.

Deadline: passed and she's not dead yet??? Hmmm, I wonder if the 'Sharia committee' is having second thoughts about killing a woman who is on their side.......Just be sure to cite The Jawa Report when she is released, writes an exclusive story about her 'ordeal', and then slams the US in it for forcing the poor innocent mujahadin to resort to such tactics.

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

Iraqis Videotape Terrorist Confessions as Propaganda Tool

It's about freaking time we started using the enemies propaganda tools against them. The confessions also show the extent to which former regime elements work with the terrorists. The terrorists, it seems, also kill any one they even suspect of working with the Coalition, including a man they murder simply because they see him with a bottle of mineral water. I mean, nothing says American-Jew-infidel-dog more than Evian. (Hat tip Fredy)

NY Times:

In one scene, the videotape shows three kidnappers with guns and a knife, preparing to behead a helpless man who is gagged and kneeling at their feet.

In the next, it is one of the kidnappers who is in detention, his eyes wide with fear, his lips trembling, as he speaks to his interrogators.

"How do I say this?" says the kidnapper, identified as an Egyptian named Abdel-Qadir Mahmoud, holding back tears. "I am sorry for everything I have done."

In the first week after the elections, the Iraqi Interior Ministry and the Mosul police chief are turning the tables on the insurgency here in the north by using a tactic - videotaped messages - that the insurgents have used time and again as they have terrorized the region with kidnappings and executions.

But this time the videos, which are being broadcast on a local station, carry an altogether different message, juxtaposing images of the masked killers with the cowed men they become once captured.....

Mr. Mahmoud's segment is especially dramatic. At one point it shows three masked kidnappers dressed in black, standing over their victim. The two on the sides point weapons at the victim's head as the man in the middle reads a statement.

When he is finished, he hands the paper to someone off camera and, without hesitation, draws a knife and grasps the victim's chin, pulling it to the side to expose his neck. The other two lean forward to help.

Then the video pauses. The voice of an Iraqi security official comes on. "That is Abdel-Qadir Mahmoud on the left," said the official, referring to one of the masked men. "And that is Mohammad Hikmat on the right."

The man identified as Mr. Mahmoud had been shown earlier in the video in a very different way than when he was displayed masked, armed and acting with bravado as he helped to kill a man on his knees.

"The coalition forces arrested me last April as one of Saddam's special forces," he said, sporting a scraggly beard, his eyes wide and a crease furrowing his brow. He was shown from the neck up, a plastic sheet forming a backdrop behind him.

"I met a man named Sheik Mahdi in jail," Mr. Mahmoud said. "When I was released, we met again. He was organizing four groups. They hung out at a pool hall."

He coughed a few times, then leaned his head on his right hand and put a finger to his temple as if trying to appear sincere or thoughtful.

"The operations were in the Mahmudiya area," he said, referring to a town south of Baghdad where guerrilla attacks are frequent. "They killed someone named Metwalli al-Masri, along with four engineers."

In another scene, a man who gave his name as Muataz Jawba sat in front of a tiled wall. The camera was fixed on him from the shoulders up. He was heavyset and had a thick moustache.

The commentator said he was part of a gang led by the "prince" of terrorists, Khaled Zakia, who was a colleague of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, an associate of Al Qaeda.

Mr. Jawba's heavy-lidded eyes darted nervously from side to side. Whispering into a little microphone held to his lips, he said he had pointed out to the gang a Christian man who worked for the Americans.

"They chose a day to kill him," Mr. Jawba said.

The gang went to the man's restaurant and shot him. But they found out he survived after they sent a scout to the hospital pretending he wanted to donate blood. They then demanded a $10,000 ransom from the family, which the family paid, Mr. Jawba said.

"As a group, did you fast and pray?" the questioner said, referring to two requirements of practicing Muslims.

"Khaled came and fooled us," said Mr. Jawba. "He said it's jihad, it's occupation, come help us."

"Do you call this jihad?" the interrogator said.

"No," Mr. Jawba replied meekly.

"Is Khaled Zakia a religious man?" the questioner asked.

"He brainwashed us," Mr. Jawba said.

Another man was identified as one who pumped bullets into the head of a prone man with his hands bound behind his back. The commentator said insurgents thought the victim worked for Americans because a mineral-water bottle was found in his car.

In another segment, after mentioning that Iraqi security forces had engaged in a gun battle, an Iraqi official says, as if making a grim public service announcement: "This is how we will treat the people beheading you." The video then showed what appeared to be a body covered by a sheet. ..

Wow. Just, wow.

Other bloggers on it: Bill at INDC & Florida Cracker

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:56 AM | Comments |

Army of Ansar al-Sunnah Murders 7 on Video (Images)

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The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah has posted a video of the murder of seven Iraqis. Images and links to the video are posted below.

In a statement released Saturday, the group claimed that the seven had been captured in a raid near Abu Ghraib. The victims were called "apostates" and forced to confess to the "crime" of cooperating with American forces.

The video shows several clips which have been edited together. The first two clips show two different groups of men 'confessing'. Three are dressed in civilian clothes while the second four are in military fatigues. Next the video shows three men being gunned down by two men with AK-47s. A second murder scene follows. All the victims lay in the dirt, face down, and are shot in the back. The last clip shows a single individual being shot at for a lengthy period of time as the shooter misses over and over.ansarmurder2.jpg

The Islamic Army in Iraq also released a video of three Iraqi National Guardsman claiming that the three had been captured in the same raid. Further evidence that terrorist organizations are cooperating in Iraq.

In a seperate video posted by the Ansar al-Sunnah today, a translator begs Iraqis not to cooperate with Coalition Forces before he is shot.

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES FROM THE VIDEO POSTED BELOW!!!!!

The video may be downloaded here. There is a free registration requirement, however, if you have some money to donate I would encourage you to do so.

Why do I post these images? You would be surprised at how many people think the 'opposition' in Iraq is some sort of freedom movement. These people think that the sophomoric pranks pulled by US soldiers in Abu Ghraib (which consisted mainly of 'humiliating' Iraqis by stripping them naked in front of women) is somehow equivelent to what terrorists do.

I show these images so you will have no illusion about who we are up against. This is not an EXECUTION, it is MURDER. These people MURDER all who they capture.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:22 AM | Comments |

Hostage Hoax Uncovered

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Hat Tip: Beth at MVRWC

I, for one, am still not buying it. I'd be less surprised to find the hoaxter in Berkely than Baghdad.

UPDATE: I hate being so right. Confederate Yankee uncovers the hoax behind the person confessing to the hoax.

Site translation

Following is the translation of the hoaxter’s apology message, written on February 2, 2005:

In the name of God, the Most Merciful and Most Compassionate,

Soldier John Adam is [only] a toy.

I am a 20-year old Iraqi young man. I am unarmed, independent and do not belong to any party or group. I apologize to all the parties and everyone, for I meant nothing by that [no harm].

The picture was a scheme that I made up with a toy that I bought with $5.

Today I am announcing that this news was made up, and that the picture was of a toy that I worked on with the help of some children.

I cannot provide any information about me because, as I mentioned earlier, I am unarmed, and any information about me might jeopardize my life and the lives of my family [members].

My apologies to everyone.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:48 AM | Comments |

Calling Anti-Euthenasia Bloggers

Hyscience is preparing a series of articles on Terri Schiavo and a blog-burst aimed at influencing the upcoming legislative session in Florida.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:35 AM | Comments |

Micro-divestment of Pali Activists

Vic over at anti-com has a new idea. Instead of divesting in Israel, why don't we 'micro-divest' the jobs of pro-Palestinian activists? You know, since the J-O-Os sort of control everything, maybe we can get them to fire their anti-Semitic activist employees. It's a thought.

So all you powerful J-O-Os in the media, banking, etc....why not help a brotha out and publish the names of those calling for the destruction of the state of Israel. Yes, a black-list.

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

February 05, 2005

Italian Hostage: Hoax or the Fruits of anti-American Activism?

UPDATE 2/07/05: Italian Hostage Hoax: Terrorists to Release Giuliana Sgrena
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The mystery surrounding the abduction of Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena deepened today as Italy promised to negotiate with terrorists for her release. Yesterday we reported that something seemed a little odd about her abduction.

First, she was abducted while conducting interviews with refugees from Fallujah in Baghdad. Having read some of Sgrena's work in the past, there is very little doubt that the emphasis of the story would be on the horrors inflicted on that city by the American troops. Ms. Sgrena is an anti-war activist with journalistic credentials.

Second, she just happened to be on the phone with another journalist Barbara Schiavulliduring the abduction. Ms. Schiavulli recently interviewed the terrorist Abu Abid in the Gaza strip. Today, Schiavulli received this mysterious phone call. Reuters:

A friend of Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena, who was kidnapped in Baghdad on Friday, received a call on Saturday from Sgrena's telephone but it was unclear who was at the other end of the line. Barbara Schiavulli, a correspondent for Italian radio news agency GRT, saw Sgrena's number appear on her telephone screen but when she answered she heard only Arab music and no one spoke, an editor at GRT in Rome said.

"The call lasted only a short moment and then the line was cut off. Barbara tried to call back but she couldn't get through. It was impossible to know if the call was intentional or if it was an accident," Simona D'Alessio told Reuters.

Then there is this report that two Iraqis working with Ms. Sgrena are being held by the police. News 24:
Iraqi police are holding two companions of kidnapped Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena for questioning about her abduction, officials said Saturday.

Interior Ministry official Sabah Khazim said that the two were held for questioning "so that we can have a clear idea about the circumstances of the abduction of the Italian journalist and they will be released soon".

Colonel Adnan Abdul Rahman, another Interior Ministry official, said authorities wanted to gather as many details as possible from the two.

The officials would not identify the pair but sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they included her driver and interpreter.

There is also the generic name of the terrorist group said to be holding Sgrena, The Islamic Jihad Organization.

From Ms. Sgrena's history two things become clear. One, she has a long history of opposing U.S. military force and chooses to emphasize the innocent casualties of war rather than the innocent casualties of the evil regimes these wars topple. Two, her anti-war focus brings her into close proximity with terrorists and their sympathizers.

What kind of people, exactly, did Giuliana Sgrena think she was hanging around with? Unlike hostages such as American Roy Hallums or Italian reporter Enzo Baldoni, Sgrena was not in Iraq to help with reconstruction and abducted from her home. She was interviewing people who think that the Americans were the bad guys.

The leftist world-view is unified by only one theme: America is the bad guy. When seen from this view then it is perfectly logical to see terrorists in Iraq as 'partisans' or 'resistance fighters'. Sgrena seems to be the victim of her own naivity about those who are resisting America's efforts to build a democratic Iraq. Or worse.

Could her own sympathies with the 'resistance' lead her to stage her own abduction? The coming weeks will tell.

More on Sgrena from the pro-terrorist al Jazeera:

Giuliana Sgrena, 56, a veteran Middle East correspondent for the leftist Il Manifesto daily...

Within hours, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said talks had begun to try to secure her release, as the so-called Islamic Jihad Organisation handed him a chilling 72-hour deadline to pull his 3000 troops out of Iraq.

"The negotiating machinery has been set in motion," Berlusconi told a meeting of his ruling party, Forza Italia, hoping that it would be possible "to achieve a solution quickly". ...

Sent to Baghdad to cover Sunday's elections, Sgrena was described by colleagues as an Arabic-speaking feminist with a passionate interest in Islam...

"Giuliana is petite, reserved and the complete opposite of what you'd image a war correspondent to be, but she fears nothing," said her editor Loris Campetti.

"She has very good contacts in Baghdad, including with the ulamas [Muslim clergy], and is against the war, in keeping with the Manifesto line. She was never embedded and wrote very personal and documented reports."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:25 AM | Comments |

February 04, 2005

Italian Woman Taken Hostage in Iraq (Updated)

The hostage is named Giuliana Sgrena and works for Rome daily Il Manifesto. She was abducted as she conducted interviews near Baghdad University.

Update II: Terrorists claim abduction. Reuters:

A little-known Iraqi group said on Friday it had taken an Italian journalist hostage and set a 72 hour deadline for Italy to remove its troops, but did not make a specific threat to kill her, a Web statement said.
"We in the land of Islam, Iraq, give the Italian government 72 hours to get out of Iraq, otherwise the squadrons will have something else to say in the coming days," said a statement from the Islamic Jihad Organisation titled "about the imprisoning of the Italian journalist".

It was not possible to verify the statement, which first appeared on a site not used by the main Iraqi insurgent groups.

A group using the same name said in September it had killed two abducted Italian aid workers who were subsequently released by another group.

Reuters:

Gunmen have kidnapped an Italian journalist in Baghdad, the latest in a series of brazen abductions but the first since Iraq's election...

Gunmen pulled up alongside her vehicle, forced her driver and an Iraqi journalist with her out of the vehicle at gunpoint and then drove off with Sgrena, the sources said.

Original Story---Scotsman:
Gunmen seized an Italian woman journalist in Baghdad today in a hail of gunfire after she had been interviewing people who fled the US assault on the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Fallujah....

Italian radio journalist Barbara Schiavulli said Sgrena called her on her mobile phone while the assault was underway.

“I heard shots and people running but I did not hear her speak,” Schiavulli said. “I only heard pistol shots ... I heard shots and began to shout Giuliana, Giuliana, but she did not reply.”

Iraqi police said Sgrena was accompanied by two Iraqi reporters and an Iraqi driver when several armed men stopped their vehicle. The gunmen released the Iraqis and took Sgrena in her own car.

UPDATE I: The Religion of Irony never ceases to amaze. Here is a translation of a report by Giuliana Sgrena in the German liberal weekly Die Zeit. It seems the terrorists have taken another anti-war reporter hostage. In it, she refers to the accidental bombing of a market by the US as a "massacre"and refers to the bombing of Baghdad as an attempt to "terrorize the population".

Guess where else her work has been published? Z-mag. Yes, the magazine for aging Communists run by Howard Zinn. Yes, that Howard Zinn.

My spidey senses are beginning to tingle here folks. Two possibilities:

a) She will be released after a concerted campaign to pressure the hostage takers to release her from Arab dicatators, Islamists, and European leftists. After all, when the Left pushes for the release of a hostage the Islamofascists listen. They would hate to lose their closes allies in the West.

b) Folks, there is something fishy about this.....on the phone as she's being abducted?

In either case expect a series of stories arising out of her ordeal in which she recounts the attrocities of the Americans in Iraq which forced the 'freedom fighters' to capture her.........

Developing.....

Several Italians have been abducted in Iraq, including two women. The two aid workers, Simona Pari and Simona Torretta, were abducted on Sept. 7th by a group calling itself Ansar al Zawahiri. The group initially threatened to behead the two, but later they were released.

Two other Italian hostages were not so lucky. Salvatore Santoro was murdered by the Islamic Army in Iraq some time around December 16th. The terrorists delivered a video to al Jazeera, but the station deemed the footage too gruesome to air.

Enzo Baldoni was another Italian reporter who met the fate of so many hostages in Iraq. Baldoni was in Iraq with the Red Cross when he was abducted by the Islamic Army in Iraq. He was later murdered by that group because Italy refused to remove its troops from Iraq. Al Jazeera aired a tape of Baldoni shortly before he was murdered.

To the terrorists who have taken Giuliana Sgrena I say vaffanculo!!!

PS-Because of a DNS attack on the mu.nu domain, trackbacks have been temporarily disabled. Sorry. E-mail me and I'll manually link you.

Others on the case: Cranky Neocon, Chad Evans, Digger, Michele Catalano, TBTN, Hyscience, MVRWC, Spoons, .....

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:07 PM | Comments |

DoS Attack & Trackbacks

The entire mu.nu domain has been the victim of a DoS attack. Some one is trying to shut us down. Because of that our fearless leader Pixy Misa has had to disable the trackbacking function. Sorry about that. E-mail me and I'll manually link you.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:12 AM | Comments |

Iraqi Villagers Take on Terrorists

File under good news. When more of this starts happening, we'll know we have won. Via Paul at Wizbang this ABC (Aus) article:

The Iraqi police have investigated a case in the village of al-Mudhariya, which is just south of Baghdad. The villagers there say that before the election insurgents came and warned them that if they voted in last weekend's election, they would pay.

Now the people of this mixed village of Sunni and Shia Muslims, they ignored the threat and they did turn out to vote.

We understand that last night the insurgents came back to punish the people of al-Mudhariya, but instead of metering out that punishment the villagers fought back and they killed five of the insurgents and wounded eight. They then burnt the insurgents' car. So the people of that village have certainly had enough of the insurgents.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:51 AM | Comments |

Pimp My Landcruiser

You too can get your own Landcruiser Tank, just $19,999.00!!!

Now the Llama-bitches can finally put their "My other car is a Landcruiser" bumper stickers on their Volvos.

Hat tip: Jeff Quinton who stole the idea from the Instapundit.

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

New 'Talibanization' in Pakistan

(Peshawar, Pakistan) According to a report in the Frontier Post, the North-West Frontier Province Assembly has unanimously passed Women Photographs Prohibition Law, Amendment Bill 2005, which outlaws photographs of women in any notice, circular, or other document, displayed on any house, building, wall, signboard, or published in any newspaper or periodical.

Also included in the Amendment Bill 2005 is the Women Ownership Rights and Prohibition of Dance and Music Law which bans the use of women's photographs for any commercial or advertising purpose or in dance or music. It is considered derogatory to human dignity to use a woman's photograph for these purposes.

Opposing the bills, parliamentary leaders Bashir Bilour and Abdul Akbar Khan stated that "both the bills were indicating that the province was moving towards Talibanization." They fear that foreign investment will be affected if women are excluded from being shown on products and advertising.

The Taliban needs to be chased into the mountains, again. Women are voting in Afghanistan as the country moves forward with democracy and, meanwhile, Pakistan is going backwards with a resurgence of the Taliban. Sheesh! They're like athlete's foot. You can get rid of it but it always is lurking, ready to cause problems.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

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February 03, 2005

My Wife is the Victim of Identity Theft

Just got a call from Princess Leah. She just got off the phone from a collection agency. It seems someone used her name and Social Security number to get a cell phone. Now Cingular wants two grand from us. So far every one has been pretty understanding at both Cingular and the collection agency. I'll keep you updated if things go sour. Haven't even begun the process of letting the credit agencies know.

How could it be that easy to steal someone's identity? You mean all that it takes for some crack whore to abuse my wife's good name is her Social Security number? That's it? The person used a different address than ours, just the same name and Soc. to establish a line of credit. That's insane!!!

Excuse me for the rest of the evening. I'll be out buying a shredder---and a gun!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:23 PM | Comments |

American Defector: "Kim Jong Il is an evil person"

Former soldier and defector to North Korea Charles Jenkins had the following to say in an interview with Japanese media about the Great Leader. The Daily NK:

“I believe Kim Jong Il is an evil person. He is exploiting and oppressing the (North Korean) people,” Jenkins answered the reporters who asked him what he thought.

Jenkins was an American soldier stationed in South Korea, Compound 8, but crossed the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea for fear of being sent to the Vietnam during the war, in January 5, 1965. However, he lived in misery ever since. With three other American soldiers who defected to North Korea, he survived torture and hunger and was obliged to study about Kim Il Sung ten hours per day. He was expelled from Pyongyang for secretly listening to BBC broadcasts by changing the fixed radio stations, and got into trouble by requesting defection to the Soviet Embassy in Pyongyang. One time, a North Korean doctor cut out his skin on his shoulder where he had a tattoo that read, “U.S. Army” without anesthesia. In 1980, He married his wife Soga who was an abductee from Japan, kidnapped by North Korean spies. They gave birth to two daughters, Mika(22) and Brinda(20).

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:06 PM | Comments |

My thoughts on Ayn Rand's 100th Birthday

Dyke, but not the good kind.

Cathy Young at Reason has more.

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

State of the Union Speech: My thoughts?

I think I'll have a Double-Double, hold the onions, with a side of fries and a strawberry milkshake.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:41 AM | Comments |

Chechen Terrorist Vows More School Massacres on Video

In a video interview, Shamil Basayev claims that the Beslan massacre was a mistake. No, not like you think. He was hoping his terrorist followers would be able to take two schools full of children hostage. Oh, and yes, he probably will be forced to massacre more school children in the future. But it's not his fault. It's the Russians fault.

Russia, for their part, has asked the British TV station Channel 4 to refrain from broadcasting the video.

In related news, rumors have begun circulating that Basayev is dead. No tears shed here if true. A web-site linked to the Chechen terrorists has also called for a cease-fire, bolstering claims of the terrorist chief's death.

And what does the MSM call the man?

Australia's ABC News calls the man a Chechen warlord. The Canadian Globe and Mail calls him a Chechen leader.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:29 AM | Comments |

Israel to Release 900 Palestinian Prisoners, Withdraw from West Bank Towns

As part of a cease-fire deal in preparation for the upcomig summit between Prime Minister Arial Sharon and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Israel promised to Release 900 Palestinian Prisoners and withdraw from Jericho and five other West Bank towns.

Exactly how releasing 900 suspected terrorists and their sympathizers could possibly help a cease-fire was not explained by either the PA or the Israeli cabinet which approved the deal.

AP:

The ministers approved the release of 500 Palestinian prisoners immediately after next Tuesday's summit, an official in the meeting said on condition of anonymity. An additional 400 prisoners will be freed within three months.

In addition, the ministers decided the army would pull out of the West Bank town of Jericho in the coming days, the first of five cities to be vacated by the army in the coming weeks.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:00 AM | Comments |

Georgian PM Found Dead of Gas Poisoning

The reformist Prime Minister of Georgia, Zurab Zhvania, has been found dead. Media sources indicate that the 44 year old's death was likely due to a gas leak at a friend's home. Russia has denied any involvement in the Prime Minister's death.

The friend was also found. Apparently the two were drinking and playing backgammon. Security forces broke down the apartment door when Zhvania did not answer a cell-phone call.

Zhvania serves as President Mikhail Saakashvili Prime Minister and was one of the key leaders involved in overthrowing Eduard Shevardnadze, a former Soviet leader, from the Georgian Presidency.

Zhvania was a U.S. trained lawyer who sought to make Georgia a more Western leaning democracy. He was also seen as a moderating force between Georgia and pro-Russian seperatists in South Ossetia [info here].

Russia and Georgia have been involved in a low-intensity war in South Ossetia for some time. The province has been in a de facto state of independence and has declared its intentions to join with the Russian Federation. Georgia has refused to recognize independence and is engaged in military operations to cut the rebel province off from North Ossetia, which is in Russia.

Beslan, in North Ossetia, was the scene of a bloody hostage crisis ending when Russian forces stormed a school where terrorists were holding hundreds of children hostage [info here].

The Georgian Prime Minister's death comes shortly after the newly elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned with dioxin. Many suspected that the Russian backed opponents to the then Presidential candidate were behind the attempted murder. Others suspect the Russians were directly involved in the poisoning.

Given the conflict between Russia and Georgia it is inevitable that many Georgians would suspect Russian foul play. At least one member of Georgia's Parliament has already expressed that opinion.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov categorically denied Russian involvement in Zhvania's death. He described statements made by Georgian politicians that “certain forces in Russia” could be behind the Prime Minister’s death as politically motivated. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sent his condolences.

Compiled from: Xinhua, UNA Georgia, SMH, Jawa Report

Others: James Joyner, Jeff Quinton

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

February 02, 2005

The American Way

You'll want to see this....

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

Abu Ghraib Guards Plea Guilty, Sentenced

Two soldiers plead guilty yesterday to crimes against prisoners in Iraq.

US Army Reserve Specialist Roman Krol, 23 from Massachusetts, was sentenced to 10 months yesterday for his role in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal.

What were his offenses?

He forced prisoners to crawl around on the ground. He threw a Nerf football at prisoners. He poured water on prisoners.

Sounds more like any high school football program in Texas than 'torture'. No, that anology doesn't quite do justice to the rigors of high school football. After all, Krol had the decency to use Nerf.

The second guard's crimes were more heinous. Javal Davis, 27 from New Jersey, admitted to stepping on the fingers and toes of a group of prisoners. He is to be sentenced today.

Stepping on fingers and toes? I guess my big brother is a 'War Criminal' too. And trust me, my big brother did much worse.

Notice the words used to describe what these two men did:

Zaman (Turkey): US Soldiers Confess to Abu Ghraib Torture

Torture?

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

Quentin Walker's First Pic

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:32 PM | Comments |

Law Professor: Muslim Apostates Should be Punished

No not in Saudi Arabia where the punishment for leaving the faith is death, nor Pakistan, nor Iran--Muslims in the US should be punished for converting to other faiths. Commentary:

A still more original apologist for the harsh treatment of apostates who reside in the West is Ali Khan, a law professor at Washburn University in Kansas. In a recent issue of the Cumberland Law Review, Khan suggested that Islam can be seen as a form of intellectual property, and Muslims as “trustees” who have vowed to protect their faith’s “knowledge-based assets.” ...

The key point, however, is not the outlandish substance of Khan’s argument. Rather, it is the fact that he was able to use an American law review as a soapbox from which to advocate the licensed punishment of apostates—and that his grossly illiberal views were never rebutted in its pages.

Read the whole thing. The rest of the story describes the constant fear of Muslim apostates. Even those who fled to the West are not immune from the murderous hands of sharia law.

And for our Canadian readers, never fear, there is Syed Mumtaz Ali, the president of the Canadian Society of Muslims. Mr. Ali is a lawyer and the man behind Canada's move to recognize sharia courts. Don't worry, unlike Muslim lawyers in the Middle East, he doesn't advocate killing apostates. He's a moderate, you see. Moderates just want to put you in jail or fine you for turning your back on the umma.

In fact, in a long essay (see Conclusions) by Mr. Ali, he explains to Canadians why they are bigots and illiberal if they do not let Muslims in Canada punish blasphemers and apostates.

Nothing says moderation more to me than that. (h/t: Robert Spencer)

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

State of the Union to Feature Sharansky's Philosophy

I have long been an admirer of Natan Sharansky. It seems I am in good company.

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

Jesse Jackson to Intervene on Behalf of US Hostage Roy Hallums

Unfortunately for the family, I do not believe that the Rev. Jackson's intervention will greatly affect the release of Roy Hallums [background on Roy Hallums here]. We are not dealing with heads of state here but either a) Islamofascist terrorists or b) common thugs bent on getting money. The latter seems more likely.

Jackson ought to be applauded for his efforts despite the slim chance of success. Let's hope and pray this can make some difference.

AP:

The Rev. Jesse Jackson will try to help negotiate the release of a kidnapped American contractor who was snatched in Baghdad three months ago and recently appeared pleading for his life at gunpoint.

Susan Hallums, 52, turned to the founder and president of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition after calling on politicians and President Bush to help free her ex-husband, Roy Hallums, 56, who was kidnapped Nov. 1 at his office with another man.

"I feel so drained, and this has given me more strength again to have more hope and faith," she said.

The United States government has a policy of not negotiating with terrorists or insurgents.

Jackson, who has successfully secured the release of hostages on several occasions since the 1980s, said he was confident the captors would cooperate.

"We hope that the captors will pick up on the spirit of what has happened the last few days in Iraq and not use Roy as a trophy," Jackson said, referring to Sunday's election in Iraq. "While our government can't negotiate, someone who can ought to."

Jackson said he will appeal to religious leaders who know the hostage takers.

Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi has already called for Roy Hallums release. It is not clear what appeal Jackson, an infidel, would have with 'religious leaders' that Arab statesmen would not.

Susan has been hitting all the media she can to try and get Roy's plight some publicity. I'm not sure what more we can do other than offer our moral support to her and her family. Any one with media connections or their own blog might also help by keeping Roy in the headlines. Below is a picture Susan sent me at an interview with Paula Zahn on CNN. From left to right: Carrie Hallums Cooper, Paula Zahn, Susan Hallums.

h/t: Chad Evans

Related: Terrorists Release Video of American Hostage Roy Hallums, Tribute to American Hostage Roy Hallums, Remembering the Forgotten American Hostages in Iraq

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

Still Not Gay

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:09 PM | Comments |

The First-Best Option

by Demosophist

A link to an article in a left-leaning paper, in a left-leaning area of a left-leaning country, sent to me today by a left-leaning friend. In his words: "All I want is a good outcome. I don't have to have been right."

Admit It: Bush Was Right About Iraq. Excerpt:

But on the defining, fundamental question, Bush was right.

He understood that to defeat an idea, no matter how perverse and brutal it might be, it was necessary to have an opposite and superior idea.

He understood, in other words — instinctively rather than intellectually — that the only way to win a war against terrorism was to turn it into a war for democracy.

This is now happening. Against the quest of ordinary Iraqis for dignity and self-respect and freedom, the terrorists in Iraq had nothing ultimately to offer, except blood and hatred.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia and Anticipatory Retaliation)

By Demosophist at 05:02 PM | Comments |

More Hoaxes: Experts Doubt Authenticity of British Plane Downing Video

This is an archive page. For the latest news about communiques and videos coming from terrorists in Iraq, please go to the MAIN PAGE HERE.
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First, the Jawa report debunked Ansar al-Islam's claim to have downed a British plane yesterday. Then, we help the blogosphere debunk the claim that the Mujahideen Squadrons captured a US soldier in Iraq today. (Incidentally, both claims were made on the same Islamist bulletin board, meaning whoever is behind the claims speaks Arabic.) Today, there is word that the video released by the 1920 Revolution's Brigade and shown on al Jazeera, of the British C-130 being shot down is also a hoax.

AFP in Turkish Press:

Francis Tusa, editor of Defence Analysis, said the footage contained numerous discrepancies, noting that it was taped in broad daylight while the crash took place early evening.

There was also no direct image of the supposed attack, simply three different clips edited together. One showed a finger pressing a button to launch a rocket, followed by a fireball and finally the wreckage of what was alleged to be the British plane.

"At the moment there is no evidence they have shown that shows that is the RAF aircraft," Tusa told AFP.

If the militants had really put all the camera gear in place, you would have expected to see more of the action, he said.

"The other thing is that it took them over a day to get that video out, which we think was because they were taking time to try to edit footage to make it look right."

The wreckage of an engine shown in the film could have come from a Hercules but "it also bears some similarity to a large helicopter engine," said Tusa, referring to a Sea Stallion such as the one that crashed in Iraq last month, killing all 31 US marines aboard.

Allahu-akhbar!!!

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

Terrorists Threaten to Behead US Soldier John Adam (Update: HOAX!!)

johnadam.jpgWe will post video as soon as it becomes available. Reuters:

A little-known Iraqi insurgent group said on Tuesday it was holding a U.S. soldier and threatened to kill him within 72 hours if Iraqi prisoners were not released, according to an Internet statement.
"Our mujahideen ... have managed to capture the American soldier John Adam after killing a number of his colleagues," said the Mujahideen Squadrons in the undated statement.

It carried a picture appearing to show a U.S. soldier sitting in front of a black banner with a rifle pointed at his head. The authenticity of the claim, which did not say where the man was seized, could not be verified.

"We will cut his throat in 72 hours if our male and female prisoners in the occupation jails are not released," it said.

A group using the same name, Mujahideen Squadrons, last month claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of a Brazilian engineer in Iraq.

Developing....

Update: Kevin Aylward chimes in

If you think that there's something odd about the picture you're not alone. My bullshit meter went off immediately. The size of the head looks all wrong, like the picture was created in Photoshop.
Let me just ad this: Why isn't the "terrorist" holding an AK-47?? Let's hope Kevin's hunch is right....

Update II: Evan Kohlman writes:

1.) The soldier is seen seated in front of the trademark rising sun banner of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Al-Qaida faction in Iraq. Yet, this was not the group that took credit for the kidnapping. In fact, no credible representative from Zarqawi's group has yet taken credit for this kidnapping.
2.) As pointed out by several colleagues, the boots and uniform worn by "John Adam" are not U.S. military issue. For that matter, where is John Adam's name patch on his uniform?
UPDATE III: CNN (h/t: Venom)
Marks, a retired Army general, said he has several questions about the photograph's authenticity.

A flak jacket the man is wearing in the picture has an unfamiliar kind of piping or trim along its edges, Marks said. The man's open-legged pants, as opposed to gathered hems, seem odd, he said.

Marks also questioned what appeared to be camouflage paint on the man's face. "We have not used camo paint with conventional forces serving in Iraq," Marks said.

UPDATE IV: Bloggers expose the hoax!!! I knew this was a fake, but a freaking G.I. Joe doll???

Click for bigger image

I'm happy to have been in on this expose from the beginning. Jeff Quinton has a good run down of the progression, starting with Kevin Aylward, my own, and Evan Kohlman's (who e-mailed me early about the hoax and who will be on MSNBC's Keith Olbermann @ 8:00 p.m.) questions. Others involved in the expose seem to be Michelle Cantalano (who gives the credit to Total Farkers).

Something seemed fishy from the start. I started looking through my photo archives to see if I could match the banner. Unfortunately I had this thing called 'a job' where I had to be in class to 'teach'. Damn, the blogosphere works fast!!

UPDATE V:

Note to self:

Calculate probability that the hoax was generated by an American--very likely because this is, after all, a G.I. Joe doll.

Next, calculate probability that an American would have the wherewithall to post the 'hostage photo' at a website run entirely in Arabic---hmm, very unlikely.

Last, calculate probability that the culprit is an Arab-American..........

All the blogs below are also on the story. I got to hand it to Preston Taylor Holmes, Ace, Powerline, and
GOP & the City for making reality even funnier.

(h/t: Jeff Quinton & M.H. King)

Others: Wizbang, Moderate Voice, Counterterrorism, OTB, ITB, SondraK, Ace, Instapundit, M. H. King, Cynical Nation, Blogs for Bush, Charles Johnson, and a billion more......

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:20 PM | Comments |

Jihadi Love Mail from UK

Here's a first at the Jawa. In the past reader love mail has ranged from supporting the actions of terrorists to the occasional death threat. Reader 'kaka' writes and tells me--among other things--that he will be joining the Mujahadin in Iraq this summer. What other amazing things do my Jedi powers tell me about 'kaka'? Well, he logged in from the City of Westminister College in London, where he is presumably a student (WARNING: Foul Language):

u mother fucker i will fuck all u american boys in the ass i will cut your heads off like sheep u fucking dirty amrericans bacon red smelly sweaty cunt you all fat u fat fuckers u fat jew fuckers i will go to my country july 17. u fuckers i cant wait to fuck u americans in the ass you will all die i cant wait to shoot u fucking americans pigs u will all die i swaer u will all die
By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:28 AM | Comments |

Egypt Attempts Cover Up of Christian Murders in New Jerssey

In yesterday's Religion of Peace Update we told you of a website where Muslims were tracking Christians who had the cajones to speak out against repressive Islam. Today, more info from Robert Spencer who has the exclusive:

A close friend of Hossam Armanious and relatives of the family murdered in New Jersey [background info here] have revealed the following:

Shortly after the murders, members of the Egyptian consulate went to visit the family to encourage them to keep quiet. And many family members have obeyed, saying nothing to reporters or anyone else....

Though the family wants to reserve judgment until the results of the case are released, they did say that the way the four family members were bound and gagged and the way their throats were slit with holes carved is similar to executions that are shown on al-Jazeera. The American public is not aware of this because the details of the executions are not often described in news accounts.

The Egyptian government goes out of its way to put on a secular face. The myth they attempt to reinforce is of the happy Christian community in Egypt. While the government officially denies it, persecution of Christians is routine in Egypt.

Thus, it comes as no surprise that the Egyptian government wants to keep reports of a possible religiously motivated mass murder out of the headlines of American newspapers. That, after all, would not look good for the Religion of Peace. I'm paraphrasing here but remember: It is better to look good than to be good.

(h/t: Tim at Opinion Bug)

Others: Michelle Malkin, Double Toothpick, Pink Flamingo Bar & Grill, MythoPoet, Angry in GWN, Powerline, Cassandra Page, Jack Lewis, Kelli Pundit

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