June 30, 2005

Taking Academic Freedom Too Far?

By Demosophist

The Academic Left's poster boy, Ward Churchill, advocates fragging "for peace." Well, we know there's no shame. But this can't help CU's fundraising or student recruitment very much. Are there any boundaries at all? I don't know, perhaps we don't want to stand in the way of people making complete fools of themselves and their ogranizations? But at some point won't well-meaning people start to think that if we don't draw the line somewhere, then maybe there's some flaw in the notion of patriotism, or the fight against totalitarianism? Won't they be justified in thinking we're not really serious? Is this a case of boiled frogs?

The irony is that I'll bet if someone advocated just beating the snot out of the guy he wouldn't hesitate to sue. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia and Anticipatory Retaliation)

By Demosophist at 04:30 PM | Comments |

Puke Blogging (UPDATED)

I'm getting sick. RS v. 1.5 has been throwing up for the past 4 days. Looks like it's my turn. If I'm not back in a couple of days notify the authorities. Tell them Scott Baio has pinkeye and is on the loose.

UPDATE 6/30: I'm feeling much better now. Thanks for all the well wishes. But last night..........

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......so I'm thinking either food poisoning or Beelzibub.

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

Baptism by fire : part II

Well first of all I would like to thank everyone bloggers and readers who took the time to send links and ideas. For me this site is all about getting to read Rusty and also read the comments of some of the brightest people I've seen. I started as a reader and I still consider myself to be just that. While I've been posting up here really it is all of you out there that make the site fun. So before I go a big thanks to everyone who has supported me. Rusty we all hope for your swift recovery.

Now one last thing. YBP wishes to discuss the very foundations of civilization. Since he sent links today I will oblidge him. And remember everyone watch the BP. It's the discussion that makes it cool. Let's not give ourselves a stroke now. I've got to go and do some real work too. I've been jumping back and forth so good afternoon all and....

Have a good one.

Link to the very foundations of civilization

Hat tip :YBP


Guest Posters: A big thanks to you too and feel free to continue as this will be the end of me for today.

Also for those bloggers that I referenced today. I'm still not up to speed on pings and trackbacks so my sincere apologies if I missed anyone or failed to do it correctly.


Updated : Rusty lives. I did get an email and Rusty says he feels a little bit better. I take that as was able to pull my head out of the bucket long enough to send an email. He says he probably will not blog today. Speedy recovery my master.

By Howie at 02:28 PM | Comments |

Muslim nations vow to help end Iraq insurgency

I'll just say it's about time. I hope this comes to fruition.

"Ministers of member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) meeting in Yemen agreed to help "rebuild Iraq and enabling the Iraqi government to maintain security and stability," Yemeni Foreign Minister Abubakr al-Qirbi told reporters."

Full story here.


Hat Tip: YBP

By Howie at 02:04 PM | Comments |

Time to release reporter notes

Also today we have the fact that Time magazine is going to turn over reporter notes. While the journalists have refused to reveal their source their employer has caved.

Hat Tip: See Dubya (your advice did help)

Atricle here.

Also blogger John Cole has a post on the issue.

By Howie at 01:16 PM | Comments |

Ground zero reconstruction

Also today Michael L. Siegel has a discussion on the rebuilding in NY. Thanks Mike for sending the link. Osama may be interested. I'm trying to go quickly here as lunch is about over. Still more to come bit by bit.

Link to lawhawks post

By Howie at 01:02 PM | Comments |

Baptism by fire

Whew where is Rusty when you need him huh?? Thanks for all the links and suggestions. I think I have enough to maybe get us through the day.


Michelle Malkin has a post on a Democratic poll showing that public support for Democrats is slipping faster than for Republicans.

Washington post story here.

Personally for me I think they pick the wrong arguments. The DSM issue for one makes me feel better. It's kind of like a space shot. You had better be thinking about it ahead of time. You can always abort at the last minute. And once the candle is lit, well there is no turning back. So the discussion of if would should have or not is dead to me. The candle is lit people.


Rusty seems to like Michelle so I think he would approve.

By Howie at 12:38 PM | Comments |

Democrats Continue to Harp on 'The Day Which We Shall Not Mention'

It should be perfectly clear by now that Democrats hate it when President Bush, or any Republican for that matter, mentions 9/11. For Democrats the the words September 11th or 9/11 are about as worthy of mentioning in public discourse than the hundred or so 'four-letter' words all of our parents tought us not to say.

The fallout among Democrats following President Bush's speech last night has been very interesting to watch as Democrats try to salvage their reputation as being weak on national security. Of course their actions and words do not strengthen their cause, but I cannot think of one more plausible scenario why Democrats are spewing venom just over the mention of that tragic day . . . errr 9/11.

The Democrats have compiled a page of sorts with different spokesmen being outraged, outraged I tell you, over the mention of 'the day we shall not mention' and it's quite interesting as it s the normal Democratic nonsense.

In the President's speech last night, he clearly linked the 9-11 attacks with the war in Iraq, implying that Saddam Hussein was involved and responsible for September 11th.

[snip]

"I was troubled and offended by the regularity of coming back to 9/11, because as you say, none of the terrorists were linked to Saddam and there has been this myth for a long time that is not true that Saddam is somehow responsible for 9/11 . . . " [said David Gergen.]

Now let's look back through the transcript a bit and see what mentions of 'the day we shall not mention' were said in the President's Speech.

The troops here and across the world are fighting a global war on terror. This war reached our shores on September 11, 2001. The terrorists who attacked us – and the terrorists we face . . .

Ok, this quote is slightly inaccurate as the terrorists which we are fighting in Iraq actually declared war against us long ago, but we did very little about it. Bush is still correct that we are fighting radical Islamic terrorists in Iraq of the same ideology as Al Qaida. One of the groups is even a branch of Al Qaida. As a quick refresher course for Democrats, Al Qaida attacked us on 'that day we shall not mention.'


After September 11, I made a commitment to the American people: This Nation will not wait to be attacked again. We will take the fight to the enemy.

Thus far that commitment has held true and, God willing, it will continue to hold true. In the months following 'the day we shall not mention,' the nation was relatively united behind taking the fight to the terrorists, yet, strangley, now that the terrorists are in Iraq many in this nation want to retreat. I will not go as far as say detractors wish attacks occured in this country, but right now the only military strategy in the GWOT is to confront terrorists abroad so we do not have to at home.

How many military strategies have come from the Left side of the aisle? (crickets)


The only way our enemies can succeed is if we forget the lessons of September 11 … if we abandon the Iraqi people to men like Zarqawi … and if we yield the future of the Middle East to men like Bin Laden. For the sake of our Nation’s security, this will not happen on my watch.

'The day we shall not mention' awoke the nation that we are not invencible and that the virtual pacifism ways of the Clinton Adminstration were not the way to prevail against radical Islam. Yet here we are, less than four years after, and a good portion of this country wants to retreat from fighting people with the same ideology that killed nearly 3,000 Americans on 'the day we shall not mention.'

If the United States were to leave Iraq when the Iraqi military cannot secure its own country, there would certainly be a radical Islamic threat especially now that Iran has a new hard-line president wanting to rejuvenate the Islamic Revolution. As always, this is an easy concept to comprehend, yet much of the Democratic caucus can't figure this out for the life of them.


They are trying to shake our will in Iraq – just as they tried to shake our will on September 11, 2001.

For the reading impaired, they means radical Islamic terrorists. You know, the same kind we're fighting in Iraq!


After September 11, 2001, I told the American people that the road ahead would be difficult – and that we would prevail. Well, it has been difficult. And we are prevailing.

Democrats though fail to understand the war in Iraq is part of the GWOT. Saddam did harbor, train and finance radical Islamic terrorists prior to the invasion. This is not a war in which you can kill Bin Laden, freeze his carcass on ice to display to the world, and proudly project "We've won!" It is an ideology we are fighting, not a singular mass of people sitting in some far-away country.

The long hall will be tough. It is tough. There is still a war being waged in Afghanistan on the fields and throughout the world with minds. A retreat will only signal one thing to the millions living under tyranny, our enemies, our allies and other nations; we cannot carry through to our promises.

Total mentions = 5
Direct implications Saddam was involved with the attack on 'the day we shall not mention' = 0

Cross-posted at In the Bullpen

By at 12:08 PM | Comments |

Howie gets new email

Well Rusty has convinced me to try out Gmail. I have a new address there mchlhwrd@gmail.com. I have not dropped my mchlhwrd@yahoo.com but may in a few weeks. Also I see below that Rusty is sick and I've emailed but no response. So I guess he is out for the day at least. I'll put a few links that seem to be good stories for today. Pick the subject y'all like best and have at it. Also Guest Posters help us you are our only hope.

Thirteen Bodies recovered in Afghanistan 7 Missing.

Army will meet recruiting goal after slump.

Pilot violates DC airspace and causes minor evacuation.

Gaza pullout sparks unrest.

If you see a good link or story, drop it by me at either address. I will have just a smidgen of time to add a couple new threads this afternoon.


Updated: All soldiers on the transport are accounted for and all 16( revised figure) were killed

ABC news link

By Howie at 11:05 AM | Comments |

June 29, 2005

Lawsuit: Iraq Involved In 9/11 Conspiracy (Updated with counter-arguments)

Hold on, There was no connection between Saddam Hussein, al Qaeda and the 9/11 attacks, Nancy Pelosi told me so.

CBS) Over a thousand victims and family members of those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks sued Iraq and its leader Saddam Hussein Wednesday alleging there is evidence of a conspiracy with Osama bin Laden to attack the United States.

The lawsuit alleges that Iraqi officials were aware, before Sept. 11, of plans by bin Laden to attack New York and the Pentagon.

The suit, filed Wednesday on behalf of 1,400 victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and their families, also claims Iraq sponsored terrorists for a decade to avenge its defeat in the Gulf War.

"Since Iraq could not defeat the U.S. military, it resorted to terror attacks on U.S. citizens," said the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.

The suit names bin Laden, al Qaeda and Iraq as defendants and seeks more than $1 trillion in damages. It was brought by Kreindler & Kreindler, a New York law firm specializing in aviation disaster litigation.

The left has been berating George Bush for inferring such a connection in his speech last night. They wouldn't lie about such a thing, would they?

Posted by Traderrob

DISCLAIMER FROM RUSTY: Traderrob posted this, and I think it's an important piece of news. Jason at Texas Rainmaker elaborated on this some time ago. However, I do not now nor have I ever believed there was any direct connection between Saddam Hussein and 9/11. While there may have been an occasional meeting between the Baathists and al Qaeda, I have never seen anything like compelling evidence of Iraq's involvement. It looks to me more like mutual support for anti-Israel and anti-Kurdish activities than anything else.

Did the Baathists really support an al Qaeda that was fighting their own regime through their allies in Ansar al-Islam in Kurdistan along the Iranian borders? I doubt it, although it is possible that some sort of truce was called between the two groups. But most of these theories rely on connecting a lot of disparate pieces of information--the classic logic of the conspiracy theoriests.

Sorry, I don't believe it. Not yet anyway.

UPDATE #2: Ok, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, let me address Reliapundit's points that he makes here. He notes that the Declaration of War against Iraq included two 9/11 references.

Whereas members of al Qaida, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq;
True, but so what? So Saddam a) doesn't go after members of Ansar al-Sunnah who are in control of a small area of Kurdistan along the Iranian border and who are horboring al Qaeda refugees from the successful campaign in Afghanistan. b) harbors, for very brief periods of time, a handful of other al Qaeda operatives. Harboring a fugitive is not the same as helping him commit the crime. It may be cause for war (please see Grotius) but it does not mean Hussein helped al Qaeda plan 9/11.

Point 2:

Whereas Iraq continues to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations, including organizations that threaten the lives and safety of United States citizens
Hussein did support terrorism. Hamas, Islamic Jihad, al Aqsa Martyr's Brigade, PFLP, PLO, etc....maybe even some minor contributions to al Qaeda. These groups, active against Israel, have killed a number of American citizens. This has nothing to do with Hussein actually planning 9/11. Hussein made som MAJOR miscaculations in his time, but he wasn't an idiot.

Point 3:

Whereas the attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, underscored the gravity of the threat posed by the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by international terrorist organizations
Yes, it most certainly did. And every one in 2002-3 believed this, other than the extreme Left who don't believe anything the U.S. government EVER says. Further, 9/11 showed us that we could not simply take Hussein's word for it that he had no WMD--he had told us that in 91 and when his son-in-law defected we learned otherwise. 9/11 taught us that we cannot wait until proof positive of a threat, but must act even in the face of uncertainy.

This does not mean the war in Iraq was unjust, only that we did not invade because Saddam was responsible for 9/11.

So, John Cole is right, in my opinion, and SoCal Pundit wrong. Sorry, that's how I sees it.

By at 04:37 PM | Comments |

State Sponsor of Terror Has Terrorist as President: President Elect of Iran Involved in U.S. Embassy Hostage Takings (UPDATED)

CRITICAL UPDATE 7/01: Have we been looking at the wrong man in the photos below? New information suggests that this may be the case. See this post here.
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President Elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran today.

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President Elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran in 1979 with an American hostage.

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UPDATE: Let's just put the photoshop argument to rest. Tim of Four Right Wing Whackos drops this link in the comments to a book about the Hostage Crisis.

If you have any more photos, please send them to me or e-mail me a link.


Iran Focus:

The identity of Ahmadinejad in the photograph was revealed to Iran Focus by a source in Tehran, whose identity could not be revealed for fear of persecution.
Some are questioning the authenticity of the photos, saying that they are photoshopped. However, given the fact that they are from multiple sources and that multiple biographies of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad all claim he was a leader in the group that masterminded the hostage takings, these gainsayers' objections should be dismissed.

Who is Ahmadinejad? Iran Focus:

After finishing high school, Ahmadinejad went to Elm-o Sanaat University in 1975 to study engineering. Soon the whirlwind of Islamic revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini swept him from the classroom to the mosque and he joined a generation of firebrand Islamic fundamentalists dedicated to the cause of an Islamic world revolution.

Student activists in Elm-o Sanaat University at the time of the Iranian revolution were dominated by ultra-conservative Islamic fundamentalists. Ahmadinejad soon became one of their leaders and founded the Islamic Students Association in that university after the fall of the Shah’s regime.

In 1979, he became the representative of Elm-o Sanaat students in the Office for Strengthening of Unity Between Universities and Theological Seminaries, which later became known as the OSU. The OSU was set up by Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, who was at the time Khomeini’s top confidant and a key figure in the clerical leadership. Beheshti wanted the OSU to organise Islamist students to counter the rapidly rising influence of the opposition Mojahedin-e Khalq (MeK) among university students.

The OSU played a central role in the seizure of the United States embassy in Tehran in November 1979. Members of the OSU central council, who included Ahmadinejad as well as Ibrahim Asgharzadeh, Mohsen (Mahmoud) Mirdamadi, Mohsen Kadivar, Mohsen Aghajari, and Abbas Abdi, were regularly received by Khomeini himself.

According to other OSU officials, when the idea of storming the U.S. embassy in Tehran was raised in the OSU central committee by Mirdamadi and Abdi, Ahmadinejad suggested storming the Soviet embassy at the same time. A decade later, most OSU leaders re-grouped around Khatami but Ahmadinejad remained loyal to the ultra-conservatives.

Iran focus again:
Former OSU officials involved in the takeover of the U.S. embassy said Ahmadinejad was in charge of security during the occupation, a key role that put him in direct contact with the nascent security organizations of the clerical regime and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, which he later joined....

Defectors from the clerical regime’s security forces have revealed that Ahmadinejad led the firing squads that carried out many of the executions. He personally fired coup de grace shots at the heads of prisoners after their execution and became known as “Tir Khalas Zan” (literally, the Terminator).

Hat tip: Ron

Al Jazeera:

As a young student, Ahmadinejad joined an ultraconservative faction of the Office for Strengthening Unity, the radical student group spawned by the 1979 Islamic Revolution and staged the capture of the US Embassy.

According to reports, Ahmadinejad attended planning meetings for the US Embassy takeover and at these meetings lobbied for a simultaneous takeover of the Soviet Embassy.

Fjordman:
In 1986, Ahmadinejad became a senior officer in the Special Brigade of the Revolutionary Guards and was stationed in Ramazan Garrison near Kermanshah in western Iran. In Kermanshah, Ahmadinejad became involved in the clerical regime’s terrorist operations abroad.
And if that isn't enough, there is this from The BBC yesterday:
As soon as I saw a picture of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's new president, I knew there was something faintly familiar about him.

And it was not because he was mayor of Tehran, because, like many other Western journalists, I have been barred from visiting Iran in recent years.

Then, when I read a profile of him in the English-language Tehran Times, I realised where I must have seen him: in the former American embassy in Tehran.

Ahmadinejad was a founder of the group of young activists who swarmed over the embassy wall and held the diplomats and embassy workers hostage for 444 days.

Somewhere in the BBC archives is the interview I recorded with him and his colleagues, long after the siege was over. They all seemed rather similar - quiet, polite, but with a burning zeal.


UPDATE: The evidence just keeps pouring in. Pikamax over at Free Republic posts this link to an Editor & Publisher article (yeah, I linked them, even though they've dissed me in the past--I'm nice men):
A quarter-century after they were taken captive in Iran, five former American hostages say they got an unexpected reminder of their 444-day ordeal in the bearded face of Iran's new president-elect.

Watching coverage of Iran's presidential election on television dredged up 25-year-old memories that prompted four of the former hostages to exchange e-mails. And those four realized they shared the same conclusion -- the firm belief that President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been one of their Iranian captors.

"This is the guy. There's no question about it," said former hostage Chuck Scott, a retired Army colonel who lives in Jonesboro, Ga. "You could make him a blond and shave his whiskers, put him in a zoot suit and I'd still spot him."

Scott and former hostages David Roeder, William J. Daugherty and Don A. Sharer said on Wednesday they have no doubt Ahmadinejad, 49, was one of the hostage-takers. A fifth ex-hostage, Kevin Hermening, said he reached the same conclusion after looking at photos.

Not everyone agrees. Former hostage and retired Air Force Col. Thomas E. Schaefer said he doesn't recognize Ahmadinejad, by face or name, as one of his captors.

Several former students among the hostage-takers also said Ahmadinejad did not participate. And a close aide to Ahmadinejad denied the president-elect took part in the seizure of the embassy or in holding Americans hostage.

Ahmadinejad, though, denies the allegations, even though he was a top official in the organization that led hostage standoff. Other hostages don't recall seeing Ahmadinejad. But here's more:
"I can absolutely guarantee you he was not only one of the hostage-takers, he was present at my personal interrogation," Roeder said in an interview from his home in Pinehurst, N.C.

Daugherty, who worked for the CIA in Iran and now lives in Savannah, said a man he's convinced was Ahmadinejad was among a group of ringleaders escorting a Vatican representative during a visit in the early days of the hostage crisis.

"It's impossible to forget a guy like that," Daugherty said. "Clearly the way he acted, the fact he gave orders, that he was older, most certainly he was one of the ringleaders."

Oh there's more, much much more......

Another update: MSM now reporting this. I'm listenning to the radio and ABC News is reporting that hostages recognize the man in photo as Iran's President-elect.....

Apparently, the Editor and Publisher piece is really an AP news story. Here is some more of it as reported by The Guardian:

``He kind of stayed in the background most of the time,'' Scott said. ``But he was in on some of the interrogations. And he was in on my interrogation at the time they were working me over.''

Scott also recalled an incident while he was held in the Evin prison in north Tehran in the summer of 1980.

One of the guards, whom Scott called Akbar, would sometimes let Scott and Sharer out to walk the narrow, 20-foot hallway outside their cells, he said. One day, Scott said, the man he believes was Ahmadinejad saw them walking and chastised the guard.

``He was the security chief, supposedly,'' Scott said. ``When he found out Akbar had let us out of our cells at all, he chewed out Akbar. I speak Farsi. He said, `These guys are dogs they're pigs, they're animals. They don't deserve to be let out of their cells.'''

Scott recalled responding to the man's stare by openly cursing his captor in Farsi. ``He looked a little flustered like he didn't know what to do. He just walked out.''

Roeder said he's sure Ahmadinejad was present during one of his interrogations when the hostage-takers threatened to kidnap his son in the U.S. and ``start sending pieces - toes and fingers of my son - to my wife.''

``It was almost like he was checking on the interrogation techniques they were using in a sort of adviser capacity,'' Roeder said.

Hermening, of Mosinee, Wis., the youngest of the hostages, said that after he looked at photos and did research on the Internet, he came to the conclusion that Ahmadinejad was one of his questioners.

Hermening had been Marine guard at the embassy, and he recalled the man he believes was Ahmadinejad asking him for the combination to a safe.

``His English would have been fairly strong. I couldn't say that about all the guards,'' Hermening said. ``I remember that he was certainly direct, threatening, very unfriendly.''

More from Gateway Pundit and Charles Johnson who it looks like found the first pics.

Moon reminds us: "Now, how quickly do you think the Ted Kennedy's and Diane Feinstein's will start complaining about Bush's inability to deal with this guy?"

Thanks to Captain Ed for the link, and check out his spot on analysis:

With all of this already out in the open, having the mullahcracy twist the recent election to put an experienced terror operative as their head of state really doesn't amount to a big surprise. And given Hashemi Rafsanjani's track record, that result was inevitable anyway.
Ace has similar thoughts:
Eh. Not too surprising coming from Iran.
Oh, and this is classic from MJ Pechar:
It would be hard to dispute the contention that Iran is a terrorist nation when the "population" just elected a known terrorist as president. By any reasonable measure of justice, Ahmadinejad should be in prison, not the presidential palace.
Of course, that's assuming that the population really elected this guy. Remember, it's who counts the votes that matters in the end.

Others: Hal.co.net, Dr. Zin, All Things Conservative, Jimgoism, Iran News Blog, Watcher Magazine, Solomania, Polipundit, Oxrant, Emergent Chaos

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:22 PM | Comments |

Muslims Demand Permanent Seat on UN Security Council

(Sanaa, Yemen) There are 57 countries represented in the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) which meets regularly to discuss solidarity and mutual interests. Yesterday, the organization met, opening with a statement by Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. Salient points include:

Honourable Ministers,

In the face of the intensification of Islamophobia in the West, I have seen it as a duty to launch a campaign against this detestable phenomenon, and We have approached the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva in this connection. We succeeded to have the Committee adopt a resolution prohibiting defamation of religions, in particular Islam, as well as linking it with terrorism. We also took the campaign to the United Nations General Assembly asking it to make efforts in this regard. In the same vein, we went to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and managed to convince it to place the matter in its agenda and admitted that defamation of Islam has become a fundamental challenge in the field of human rights in Europe.

Since the enlargement of the Security Council has become a pressing issue in the agenda of the United Nations, we have made extensive efforts in concert with the Islamic Group at the United Nations in New York to ensure a permanent representation for the Muslim world in the Security Council. For the Muslim world, that is one fifth of the world's population, cannot remain excluded from the activities of the Security Council which assumes a fundamental role in keeping security and peace in the world.

In summary, the OIC has proposed to the UN and the European Organization for Security and Cooperation that measures be legislated to prohibit people from voicing a dislike for Islam coupled with a demand for permanent Muslim representation on the UN Security Council.

Interestingly, the 'Islamophobia' that the Secretary-General discussed was also addressed recently by Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar at a seminar on Islam and international politics in Kuala Lumpur. It's notable that in neither speech was there a hint that Islamophobia is the direct result of actions by the followers of Islam. All dialogue regarding Islamophobia ignores terrorism, Wahabism, Sharia law, honor killings, and the lack of freedom and democracy while pointing to a perception problem among Western nations that must be prohibited. A campaign to outlaw Islamophobia has been launched. No mention has been made about the possibility that Islamophobia is a perception with a sound basis.

At the same time, the Secretary-General demands a "permanent representation for the Islamic world on the UN Security Council." No specific countries, however, were identified as candidates for the permanent seat.

It's encouraging that the people of Islam recognize and are concerned that they are seen negatively by the West. However, my take is that no rules or laws will ever impact the level of Islamophobia as long as the Muslim world views terrorism as an integral aspect of diplomacy. It also seems illogical to award a permanent seat on the Security Council to any country that silently, without condemnation, accepts terrorism as a substitute for statesmanship.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 12:16 PM | Comments |

Internet Scammers Funding Terrorists

It has long been known that terrorists raise funds through hostage-taking, drug-trafficking, Islamic charities, state-sponsors, and direct donations from the Salafist networks. However, The Jawa Report and its readers have recently uncovered what may be an important source of jihadi funding: e-mail and internet based scams.

Shortly after The Jawa Report began publishing the e-mails of individuals linked to terrorist supporting websites, we began to notice an upsurge in the number of e-mail scams. Most of these were the typical "African Prince" scam, e-mails allegedly sent by the son, daughter, or widow of a deposed African dictator urging help in retrieving frozen assets by the victim or some variation on this theme. However, a large number of e-mails began to come in shortly after we began doing this with an Islamic variation to the theme. Further, one of the more popular scams that I receive these days deals with Islamic investing, charities, and missionary work.

All of this could be a coincidence. Often times we make the error of ascribing a cause to a variable simply becauses of timing. In this case, for instance, our initial suspicions were aroused because we received a slew of e-mail scams shortly after readers began e-mailing a known al Qaeda supporter yesterday.

However, there is more to this. Many of the IPs trace to Middle Eastern origins. That, in and of itself, may be meaningless as there are many common criminals all around the world. However, given the recent upsurge of these scams, especially ones with Islamic themes, within minutes of us e-mailing known terror supporters, it appears likely that the two are connected.

Further, we are not the only ones to have noticed this phenomenon. Doing a quick Google search I found a number of news articles which raised the same suspicions. For instance, this from NEIN. The author shares our concerns but also worries about the potential for terrorists to use these scams as a way of harvesting information for :

While it seems that as the federal government has clamped down on many of the more obvious terrorism funding methods in this country and abroad, the volume of email schemes and scams (for both funds and data) has actually increased at an incredible rate as terrorists scramble to create new avenues of income and opportunity....

Using e-mail scams as detailed above, the terrorist are becoming more adept at not only generating income, but exploiting other avenues to facilitate terrorism activities. Unknowingly, the personal data you input, perhaps long forgotten absent of any perceptible financial loss, might serve as the basis for identity theft by a terrorist in need of a legitimate identity to enter the country illegally, using your credentials to obtain a passport, assume your banking and a credit history and ultimately, a life in this country as though they were you while avoiding the watchful yet limited eyes of the federal government.

Further, I also found this from Technology Review making the same warning:
Law enforcement authorities say evidence collected from Samudra’s laptop computer shows he tried to finance the Bali bombing by committing acts of fraud over the Internet. And his new writings suggest that online fraud—which in 2003 cost credit card companies and banks $1.2 billion in the United States alone—might become a key weapon in terrorist arsenals, if it’s not already. “We know that terrorist groups throughout the world have financed themselves through crime,” says Richard Clarke, the former U.S. counterterrorism czar for President Bush and President Clinton. “There is beginning to be a reason to conclude that one of the ways they are financing themselves is through cyber-crime.”

Online fraud would thereby join the other major ways in which terrorist groups exploit the Internet. The September 11 plotters are known to have used the In­ternet for international communications and information gathering. Hundreds of jihadist websites are used for propaganda and fund-raising purposes and are as ­easily accessible as the mainstream websites of major news organizations...

Here is this from The Detroit News:
They [the FBI] also believe terrorist sympathizers, possibly operating out of Africa and the Middle East, have also begun using phishing schemes to steal identities and make fast cash after being shut out by counterterrorism measures from their traditional avenues of funding such as bogus charities.
And this one from USA Today, which quotes friend of The Jawa Report and terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann:
Terrorist organizations have graduated to the Internet to steal because it reaches more potential victims and is harder to trace, says Evan Kohlmann, an international terrorism consultant who runs the Web site Globalterroralert.com.

Previously, militants used more conventional ways for funding, Kohlmann says. The Roubaix gang in France robbed armored cars to help fund terrorist activities in the mid-1990s. And the group behind the abortive millennium attack on the Los Angeles airport robbed supermarkets in Canada and engaged in traditional credit card fraud, he says.

Do not give any personal or financial information out from e-mail solicitations, even if they appear to be from legitimate businesses. If you do, you may be both the victim of fraud and inadvertantly funding terrrorist activities!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:42 AM | Comments |

It's hot Don: WTW

It's White Trash Wednesday.

Yes it's been hotter than a firecracker on the fourth of July. Blackberries are getting ripe and I had best get out and pick some if I want to try out making some blackberry wine. I just pulled 3 fifths from the grape I had going and I must say it's pretty dawgone good. It went a little faster because the tin box I live in gets a little hard to keep cool when the old sunball starts shining on it. Speaking of blackberries I got my first chigger of the season this week. It's right on back of the old knee. Talk about itch. Whew!!. Hey the best over the counter remedy is Benadryl liquid or spray. I guess this weekend I'll have to strip down nekkid and apply deet. Then you put on your socks and underwear and apply more deet. Then you put on your jeans and a long sleeve flannel shirt and apply more deet. You are now ready to pick blackberries. Remember though strip and bathe right afterwards because chiggers love tender places if you know what I mean.

Well I had intended to put up our Friendly Wayne Co Sheriff but while WTVW blared on about the arrest of this fine gentleman they ignored my request to post a link and the story. Just want the Sheriff and his buddies to know we know what he is dealing with. I hope they change their tune and fess up the mistake and set a good example. Yes your right Sheriff every one is looking at you and you probably feel picked on. What a good time to set an example by taking responsibility and I'm sure you will be better for it and if you do I hope you all get to keep your jobs. I'll put a link to WTWV in case they ever decide to put up that story. Be nice guys because the little weather girl. Well she's my sweety I like to get up to the TV and pinch them little cute cheeks. pinch em pinch em pinch em. I bet she had a rough childhood. She says a big cool down for this weekend. I hope so.

Also this week I pledged to WKMS because well this blogging stuff kind of makes you put your money where your mouth is huh. I've seen some things on Public TV lately that would make YBP jump up and yell foul and me too. But overall I get a lot from NPR and PBS. I suggest we split the leadership two ways one left and one right to rebalance the programming. But I did get to listen to part of 102 Minutes last night. Well my mind did wander a bit during the show and also during the Speech. This blogging kind of takes a lot of my weak little brain's time.

This here is what we all call a Mitsibitchi. And yes it runs I drove the younguns down to have a look at them there cows the other day. Got cool comments like. They smell like poop. That's just the smell of money honey. So if you guys see bad behavior you would like to spotlight. Comments are welcome.


"What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts......"

More rednecks and people of the soil participating in White Trash Wednesday below:

By Howie at 10:01 AM | Comments |

Gods Slay Titans: Natalee Hollo-who?

I'm really happy for Dan Riehl and Tom and Red of Scared Monkey's. Seriously. And by happy I mean pissed off and jealous. Despite the fact that every bone in my body says, "Blog on Natalee Holloway, because of the hits, man, THINK ABOUT THE HITS!" I just can't bring myself to do it.

Why? I agree with Michelle Malkin, "I just wish there were a way to take this story's magical ingredients and add them to neglected threats that affect far more people."

How about this for a headline:

Pretty blonde Alabama girl in Marine corps goes missing in Iraq. Jordanian police detain father of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi for questioning.

Would somebody please remind the American people that THERE'S A F*CKING WAR ON!!

Ok. Got that out of my system. Now, where was I? Oh, yeah. Hey Dan, Red, or Tom, how about throwing us a link............

UPDATE: Thanks to Tom for throwing us the link. In case you can't tell, we go way back and I see he can still take a joke. I agree, his stories are not my stories, and my interests not necessarily his. And we are still just effing bloggers and not Dan Rather anchors, so I guess I'll lighten up on you guys. They've found a cause and a niche--most people only find niches and never causes--good on you.

My own cause and niche are American hostages still in Iraq. And Red, Tom, Dan Riehl are right: bloggers like us have made contacts and have sources that the MSM are oblivious to. My posts on these hostages and their posts on whats-her-name in Aruba a case in point.

Anyway, my criticism still applies to the MSM. Yes, the Halloway story is important to some people--those in Aruba, in Alabama, or among those who knew Natalee personally. Very important. But why is it on all three news 24 hr news networks every day? This story is not worthy of being in national headlines for weeks. It is worthy of bloggers and local news outlets, but certainly not the national news.

UPDATE 2:*** MPJ EXCLUSIVE *** MUST CITE MY PET JAWA ***

Dan Riehl uses 'erudite' and 'ardent' in same sentence without belching.....

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

President Bush speaks full transcipt

Well I watched the presidents speech last night on my local Fox station who I may mention later. Well pretty good speech I think the President understood the importance of the speech. He seemed just about ready to break down a few times. I think it was genuine by the way he jumped off camera at the end and seems to not quite know where he was going for a minute there. Very emotional he was. I'll take that as an "I really care". So here is a link to the full transcript from CNN. It may take me a bit to get that WTW for you guys I did not get out quite as early as I'd hoped this AM

Full Transcript of President Bush's Speech.


Just saving you a click.

By Howie at 07:54 AM | Comments |

Wednesday's Blast Around the Blogosphere (UPDATED: Awesom-O Edtion)

Round the Reader for today is up. Need something to blog about? Go and see the myriad of topics you can discuss either there or on your blog.
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UPDATE: Can I dump a few links here Chris? Because my e-mail is pretty much full up with requests for links today......Be sure to check out Chris's Blast Around the Blogosphere, then check out the links below.

Dave at Garfield Ridge must have his own Awesom-o unit. Check out the funny.

Awesom-o warns you not to go here unless you are into sick humor at the expense of the Religion of Peas. Warning: NC-17 Rated--NSFW.

Ever wondered what happens to jihadis when they get out of their yards? They go feral, that's what happens. Please have your jihadis spayed or neutered. The Ebb and Flow Institute take us through feral jihadi control methods.

John Hawkins as Right Wing News interviews Mark Steyn. Steyn, perhaps the best anti-idiotarian columnist out there, names his favorite bloggers and includes the lovely and talented Kate McMillan of Small Dead Animals. Awesom-o!

Awesom-o just went down to Gitmo with a bunch of Democrats---it turns out that most of them had pretty good things to say about the 'gulag of our times'.

Simon has an awesom-o column on the prospects of post-Communist China.

Confederate Yankee has moved to the mu.nu conspiracy. Welcome aboard!

By at 07:01 AM | Comments |

June 28, 2005

Do-it Yourself Fatwa Festival: A fatwa on your house!

Yesterday's do-it-yourself fatwa festival was a big hit, so why not go two days in a row? Plus, I'm sort of on vacation with no time to do my usual blogosphere surfing in search of the most fatwa worthy posts! Have an interesting link? Want me to issue a fatwa against you? Just make sure you link this post and then send a trackback here.

Ok, so it's not an Instalanche, but it might get you a little notice. Plus, remember that part of the secret of Goolge hits is to have incoming links. A trackback sent here shows up as a link to you, hence, helps you out with the long-term hits. Win-win.

Check out the fatwas issued below.

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

Liveblogging the Fort Bragg Speech

By Demosophist

Good opening. Thanking the right people (our military services). GWOT reached our shores on 9/11. "Murder in the name of a totalitarian ideology... they have continued to kill." Yup.

"They believe we're corrupt. They are mistaken." (Well, not totally.)

"ONLY ONE COURSE OF ACTION: To defeat them abroad before they attack us at home!"

Yeah, baby!

"We are removing a source of violence and instability and establishing a foundation for peace... is the sacrifice worth it."

Well, what will you ask of us?

The bad guys in Iraq are making common cause with similar ne'er-do-wells in Libya, etc. They see the abyss.

"Among the terrorists there is no debate that Iraq is central to the War. The outcome will leave them either emboldened or defeated."

Clearer one could not be.

"They failed to stop the transfer of sovereignty."

They failed to stop the formation of OUR VANGUARD. They cannot stop the advance of freedom. "This will not happen on my watch."

"Defeat an enemy and give strength to a friend."

The VANGUARD!

Iraqi responsibility. We have made siginificant progress. THE ELECTION. They rebuild. Progress is uneven, but real.

30 nations have troops in Iraq. The UN is there. 40 countries have pledged $34 Billion for reconstruction. The Donar Countries.

Iraq is critical. Iraq is critical. Iraq is critical.

Numeber and quality of Iraqi security forces has improved. Operation Lightning. Iraqis want to be defended by their own countryment.

OUR VANGUARD. (Who are we?)

"Our strategy has both a military and a political track... As [they] stand up, we will stand down!"

Good enough. Not complicated. Nancy Pelosi take note.

"NATO is establishing a military academy near Baghdad." Yikes! THE VANGUARD!

Three new steps:

Partnering with Iraqi units.

Embedding coalition teams in Iraqi units.

Working with Iraqi ministries to manage their forces.

(See Mont Ventoux)

Deadlines serious mistake. Wrong signal to allies, our troops, and to the enemy. We need to complete the mission. More troops? If needed.

[But it's not more troops that we need.]

Emerging from tyranny into a democracy. Our VANGUARD. ("We" includes the Arab Middle East.)

Transitional National Assembly must draft a robust and fair constitution, to be ratified by the people, and will then "bind their multi-ethnic society into a democracy."

Wouldn't that be a hoot?

Libya knuckles under. Our strategy to defend ourselves and expand freedom IS WORKING. There will be tough moments that test our resolve. They don't respect sanctuary. They create chaos. They will fail to shark our will. (Probably, most of us.) We're in a confliect that demands much of us. Demands the perseverence of our citizens.

"The rise of democracy will be the ultimate ... victory. We will stay in the fight until... the fight is won."

APPLAUSE APPLAUSE

Our troops can know our people are behind them. At every outpost across the world. FLY THE FLAG.

[OK, he's finially asking something of us. Propagate it. Ring the bell. Let's get it done.]

Loss. "The best way to honor the lives that have been given in the struggle is to complete the mission." Service.

"They" are no match for the United States of America.

Well, keep banging the drum. Good start. Finally asked us for something!

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia and Anticipatory Retaliation)

By Demosophist at 07:35 PM | Comments |

good news

Click here to read what I've been waiting to here for 8 months.

Oh, never mind. I can't wait for that, half of you never click the links anyway. I'll post it here:

TORONTO - The United States, Canada and Mexico pledged Monday to shore up security by integrating their terrorist watchlists and beefing up joint protection of borders and bridges.

At the same time, they promised to expand what is already the world's largest trading partnership by developing a single program to facilitate the free flow of people and goods across their shared borders.

"We are three countries, three friends living in the same neighborhood, so we have a common interest in our mutual security and our mutual prosperity," Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told a news conference in Ottawa after he and his Canadian and Mexican counterparts unveiled their list of targets and initiatives.

"We want to confront external threats; we want to prevent and respond to threats to North America and we want to facilitate the flow of traffic across our borders," Chertoff said. "The more secure our region is, the more our prosperity will flourish."

Like music to my ears. It's about time.

Cross-posted to Suzanne's blog

By at 04:00 PM | Comments |

Scientists piss off PETA by reanimating dead dogs

Some scientists have discovered a way to re-animate dead dogs.

They drain the dogs of all their blood, preserve all their organs, and then bring them back to life by putting their blood back in their veins.

Supposedly the goal of these scientists is to save the lives of crime and war victims.

Needless to say, PETA is outraged.

In the unsettling tests, dogs of all breeds and sizes are put under, their veins drained of blood and filled with an ice-cold salt solution which drops their body temperature from a normal 101 degrees to near freezing. That puts them in a state of extreme hypothermia, making them scientifically dead — with no breathing, heartbeat or brain activity. But their tissues and vital organs are preserved.

The corpses are then brought back to life by returning the blood to their bodies, giving them pure oxygen and applying electric shocks to restart their hearts.

For a long time, the test subjects couldn't be brought back to life after more than two hours. But recently, the researchers added glucose and more oxygen to the blood and have pushed the maximum time the dogs can be dead to three hours.

"We've tried to get it to four hours, but we just haven't been able to do it," Kochanek told The Post.

The lucky ones turn out to be perfectly normal with no brain damage — although other dogs are stricken with serious physical or behavioral problems.

"We do not in any way say that every outcome is normal," Kochanek said.

He said his goal is to be able to put humans, such as critically wounded soldiers or stabbing or shooting victims, in a state of suspended animation for a few hours until they can receive proper medical help.

And his team is now in talks with hospitals about starting trials for trauma patients.

Interesting.

I did some research of my own, and sent my very own highly reliable and anonymous source to the press conference:

"Uh yes, you in the back" "Dr. Kochanek, is it true that you are secretly creating a race of zombie dogs fit for a Stephen King novel?" "Well, frankly, yes, son, that's exactly what we're doing here. We haven't discussed things with Mr. King yet, but we think the deal will work out. And if he doesn't want to pay us for book rights for this material, we will sic a pack of zombie dogs on him."

Stephen King was unavailable for comment
due to being underneath a pack of zombie dogs.

By at 03:24 PM | Comments |

Ironical: Taking Souter's House for Hotel

I'm thinking we could use Ginsburg's place for a new multiplex, Souter's pad for a new Bed Bath and Beyond, Kennedy's house might be converted into a Starbucks, and maybe Breyer won't fight the eminent domain eviction order that will soon turn his loft-space into a Barnes & Noble. Check out this press release that Drudge is linking to and which Leopold Stotch e-mailed me about:

On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road. This is the present location of Mr. Souter's home.

Clements, CEO of Freestar Media, LLC, points out that the City of Weare will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits with a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road than allowing Mr. Souter to own the land.

The proposed development, called "The Lost Liberty Hotel" will feature the "Just Desserts Café" and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon's Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."

Clements indicated that the hotel must be built on this particular piece of land because it is a unique site being the home of someone largely responsible for destroying property rights for all Americans.

"This is not a prank" said Clements, "The Towne of Weare has five people on the Board of Selectmen. If three of them vote to use the power of eminent domain to take this land from Mr. Souter we can begin our hotel development."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:46 PM | Comments |

True Support for the Troops

The on vacation Rusty has asked me to mention an article I've written over at Conservative Thinking:

... I'm sure every soldier, sailor, Airmen, and Marine wants the MC (mission complete) in the final block in section 15, column d of their DD Form 1351-2 (travel voucher) to mean more than, "Our politicians told us to tuck tail and run." I know us troops don't want our fallen brothers and sisters to have died for absolutely nothing. Please, support the troops and our wishes.

If you don't mind, head over to Conservative Thinking and read the whole thing.

By at 12:40 PM | |

King of the Hill Republicans

Patent. Can I just say that Matt Bai's essay in the NY Times magazine is patently idiotic. Only somebody writing for the NY Times could hope to believe that the Democratic party would ever appeal to Southerners like Hank Hill in some idealistic future. As Hank would tell Mr. Bai, "Son, I'm gonna kick your ass."

If anything Hank Hill is the symbol of the King of the Hill REPUBLICANS. The King of the HIll Republican is the mainstream of the Republican party. From his identity as a Methodist, President Bush's faith, to his idealization of Ronald Reagan, Hank is the typical Republican. He worries about family values and property values.

The problem with Mr. Bai is that he wouldn't know a typical Republican if his life depended on it. To Mr. Bai and the rest of the liberal elite, the typical Republican is Thurston Howell the III. That is, they have an image of what a Republican should look like. Hank Hill must be an independent--despite countless references to him being a Republican including an entire episode in which he second guesses his support for George W. Bush based on the fact that Bush had a weak handshake--because, you know, he's not rich.

What Hank Hill does not represent is the libertarian wing of the Republican party---the so-called South Park Republicans. But surely he doesn't represent anything like Democratic governor of North Carolina Mike Easley's brand of politics. Easley is Bill Clinton redux--a liberal with a Southern accent and an army of poll watchers--and if there is one President lampooned more than any other on King of the Hill it is William Jefferson Clinton.

Man this pisses me off. And I say that as a South Park Republican who is an avid King of the Hill fan. To quote Hank again, "I don't have an anger problem, I have an idiot problem."

Hat tip to James Joyner, another Republican of the South Park and not KoH strain.

PS-I disagree with Half Bakered here. Dale Gribble is not a libertarian. Dale Gribble is a Lyndon LaRouche Democrat and on his more lucid days he might be a Pat Buchanan Republican. Trust me on this one.......I should know.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:14 PM | Comments |

President Bush as Nick Berg

Found this image at a terrorist supporting website. Yes, that is Nick Berg shortly before al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi slowly cuts his head off--only in this image, President Bush's head replaces Berg.

Are the American people so blinded as to who it is we are fighting now in Iraq? The propaganda of the mainstream media is to call these people insurgents and rebels and for the Left to think of them as the resistance.

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E-mail a terrorist supporter: mojahid_mouslim@yahoo.com

(If terror supporter responds, please forward e-mail to me ASAP)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:40 AM | Comments |

Die Troll, Die

You-know-who has been banned. Let the celebrations begin!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:47 AM | Comments |

A few links and a Presidential pep talk.

Well the president will give us all a pep talk tonight. I would encourage everyone to watch for those who don't or can't I'll try to post a transcript in the morning. While it may not be as good as say a Clinton or Reagan speech the President has gotten a bit better. Since we are at war I think we should at least give Mr. Bush our attention.

Also see this Stars & Stripes article on training of soldiers in Iraq. The interesting part is that pay scale for Iraqi soldiers in the window with the article. I think we should consider ways to improve the pay as it makes bribery by the other side awful cheap.

The looser in the Iranian election rails against that country's ruling clerics. Watch your head dude.

Our brave Marines start another offensive in Western Iraq.

As always you should look for other sources, argue like crazy, post links and have a good time ladies and gentlemen. I have not had a lot of time to search for other links. And remember while the President and our government can start a war, make strategy, give us pep talks he is powerless to win the war. The power to win the war rests with all of us, especially men and women like this. Now comes the hardest part, just keeping it up.

By Howie at 09:21 AM | Comments |

June 27, 2005

Luke, I am your father...

One of my blog sons, Brian B., tells me there is a new satire blog he's involved in--The Constitution Death Pool. Personally I'm betting on October 5th, 2034 as the official date for the Constitution's demise. Anyhow, go check it out.

Do I have any more blog children? A couple that I know of, but hey, Rusty gets around.........

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:16 PM | Comments |

See-Dubya: slowin' it down

I'll be out of pocket for a couple days, after which both my posting and my internet access will be much diminished for a couple weeks. (I'll be delivering arms to the Khmer Rouge in Southern California.) But I have a few ideas for posts in the meantime and you haven't heard the last of me yet.

BTW, Rusty says I don't have to put "See-Dubya" in the title of my posts, like I started doing over at Patterico's to keep me separate from the other guest bloggers. Well, I don't want Rusty stuck with the fallout from my ramblings--especially the anti-drug stuff, since that'll get him kicked out of the South Park Republican club! Anyway, I'll stop doing it, because many people who link to my posts and many commenters continue to attribute my stuff to Rusty anyway.

Y'all have a good one, and thanks for checking in.

--See Dubya

By See-Dubya at 05:23 PM | Comments |

Do-it Yourself Fatwah Festival

Have an interesting link? Want me to issue a fatwa against you? Send a trackback here. Ok, so it's not an Instalanche, but it might get you a little notice. Plus, remember that part of the secret of Goolge hits is to have incoming links. A trackback sent here shows up as a link to you. Win-win.

Plus, I just don't have time to link any one today. So check out the fatwas below.

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

90 students abducted by Maoists in Nepal

h/t World Mag Blog.

CNN:


The children were taken from a remote mountain village about 300 kilometers (185 miles) from Kathmandu, according to the Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) in a statement released late Sunday.

They were abducted on Wednesday from Nepal Rashtriya Secondary School in Amrahi village of Gulmi district and taken in the direction of the village of Darling.

Their current condition and whereabouts are unknown. But according to The Associated Press, there are no army or police bases near the village.

The Maoists have not responded to the army accusations, but rebels have regularly seized students in areas where they maintain control.

Last year, rebel leader Baburam Bhattarai took exception to the word "abduction," saying the children are taken for cultural campaigns and indoctrination sessions, and usually sent home in a few days.

But in this instance they have been missing for five days.

Nepal has been in the grips of a violent Maoist insurgency since February 1996. It has worsened since King Gyanendra seized absolute power in February promising to quell the insurgency.

Posted by Suzanne

By at 12:18 PM | Comments |

BTK Describes Gruesome Murders on Live TV: Outrageous

I was watching TV this morning as I got ready to leave for work. On all three cable news stations they had the same thing. The BTK killer was describing in gruesome detail how he had systematically tortured and murdered his victims.

Am I the only one appalled that Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC chose to air this live and unedited?

I'm obviously not squeamish about this sort of thing, as showing images of our enemies murdering people in Iraq is kind of what made us famous, but there is something sick about seeing this on TV. At least my posts always warn the readers away from graphic images. And I do those posts as anti-terrorist propaganda.

What possible motivation could the news networks have other than a kind of sick voyeurism? Has American culture sunk so low that we now find the graphic details of murders to be acceptable content for the news?

BTK killer confesses to murders is news. The details of those murders, is not.

Ok, no more posts from me today, I promise.

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

Is that a RINO in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

The first edition of the RINO Sightings festival is up. Fatwas forthcoming.......

For those that care, I'm around. I've been chained to my computer in the fetal position by my editor and he's threatened to turn the air way up and begin playing Christina Aguilera's Genie in a Bottle at 20 decibels above legal if I don't crank out 5 pages a day. Torture indeed.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:57 AM | Comments |

Interview With Ed Klein

Rusty dropped me an email this am and asked if see dubya or I could get this up this am. I will past in a few parts of Rustys email as well as the kinks he sent.

From: John Hawkins

This is John Hawkins from Right Wing News & Conservative Grapevine and
I've done an interview with Ed Klein, author of "The Truth About Hillary:
What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She'll Go to Become President".

This is a blockbuster interview that covers: Bill Clinton's affairs,
whether Hillary had an affair, Hillary's role in the Clinton White House, her
"anti-military" views, and Ed Klein's reaction to the less than
enthusiastic conservative support for his book among other things. We also had some controversial "off the record" comments that were put back on the
record. What was said there alone is worth the read.

Here are some short excerpts from the interview to give you an idea of
what it was like:

** Ed Klein On Hillary's threats against the network to get his book
blackballed **

"For instance, because of my book, Hillary and her war machine have
called every major television network in the United States and suggested to
them that if they have Ed Klein on to discuss his book, they can forget
about Hillary being a guest on their network.

As a result, the entire mainstream media – NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and
MSNBC – have blanked me out. This is my 5th best seller in a row.
I’ve been on all of those networks for all my books up ‘til this
one book. I’ve been a constant guest on the Today show, the Good
Morning America show, you know, the Chris Matthews show, etc. Suddenly
I’m anathema and the reason I am is because the Clintons, Hillary in
particular, have threatened all these mainstream media outlets."

** Tell us what you really think about Hillary, Ed **

"All I’ve done is find a lot of new things and important things to
reinforce what everybody really knows about her, which is that she is a
congenital liar, as Bill Safire has called her –- and an ultra-liberal
and a militant feminist."

** Ed Klein on the conservative reaction to his book **

"...I just assumed that, you know, the conservatives would rally to my
support – and, as you say, I’ve had some problems in that area."

You can read the entire interview at the following address:

Full story here

By Howie at 10:35 AM | Comments |

See Dubya: FBIanetics

Ever wonder what was in Church of Scientology founder L.Ron Hubbard's FBI file?

So did the folks at The Smoking Gun. So they filed a FOIA request and got to see it.

Their conclusion? Nut. Fraud. Paranoid.

But just like with my John Kerry post below, I'm probably not breaking new ground with most of you.

By See-Dubya at 04:02 AM | Comments |

See-Dubya: These Rectums Dang Near Killed'im

We cultural conservative types take a lot of heat for being uptight. My buddy Dawn Eden, for example, got smeared (along with religous conservatives in general) by the enlightened progressives at Pandagon as a sex-hater; and this bit of uninformed, deceptive bile from the Nation's Katha Pollitt says we just hate women:

...right-wing Christians increasingly reveal their condescending view of women as moral children who need to be kept in line sexually by fear.

Yes, grown-up people actually believe that stuff.

So we're condescending? The funny thing is how often leftists like Pollitt turn out to be exactly the sort of shrill, uptight moral scolds that they make us out to be. Exhibit A is the recent Larry Summers fiasco at Harvard, where a university president was nearly fired for suggesting a controversial hypothesis about the differences in men and women, and only escaped after a 50 million dollar ransom to the aggrieved constituency. Academic freedom is alive and well there at Cambridge Community College, where academics are free to say exactly what the leftist and feminist pressure groups allow them to say.

Exhibit B just arrives from Australia. Douglas Wood, in a press conference about his ordeal as a captive of Iraqi insurgents until he was freed, referred to his barbaric captors as "assholes". Aussie blogger Tim Blair tells us that didn't sit too well with Andrew Jaspan, editor of a Melbourne paper called the Age, who said:

"I was, I have to say, shocked by Douglas Wood’s use of the a---hole word, if I can put it like that, which I just thought was coarse and very ill-thought through and I think demeans the man and is one of the reasons why people are slightly sceptical of his motives and everything else.

"The issue really is largely, speaking as I understand it, he was treated well there. He says he was fed every day, and as such to turn around and use that kind of language I think is just insensitive."

Insensitive? Insensitive? You mincing, useless Ayyyy-hole! He was fed well! Well, shut your sensitive mouths about Guantanamo Bay by all means, for those poor lost lambs are fed better than our own troops!

Criticize the coarse language of a rock star, a rapper, or a comedian and you're a philistine and a prude. But call those terrorists (who just kidnapped you and held you for months and forced you at gunpoint into making propaganda films for their murderous nihilistic cause) "assholes"* and you're coarse and insensitive.

There is a time and place for foul language. Primetime TV isn't it, and I'm insulted when Janet Jackson thinks she can just flap her Bedazzler'ed mammary at me when I'm trying to watch a football game, or some cosmically insignificant Cristal-addled rock star decides to drop the ol' f-bomb in an awards show. But Mr. Wood, on the other hand, has earned full leave to call those murdering bastards whatever he wants, whenever he wants. (His fellow kidnap victim, a Swede, has gone even further in expressing his displeasure and offered a $50,000 reward for the death of the kidnappers.)

There's a great scene in Aliens where the Marines are defending themselves deep inside a base overrun by unseen, creeping, face-sucking beasts, and orders come down from above that due to the risk of accidentally setting off the base's reactor, they can't fire their weapons.

"What are we supposed to use?" one Marine pipes up. "Harsh language?"

If the candyass bluenose sensitivity police like Jaspan have their way, then no. Not even that.


*Counting the number of hyphens--or are those dashes, Jeff?-- in Jaspan's quote, it is possible that Wood actually said "arsehole" instead of the more American "asshole". Both terms refer to the type of posterior orifice in which Mr. Jaspan's head is irretrievably impacted in ostrichlike oblivion.

By See-Dubya at 03:25 AM | Comments |

June 26, 2005

Helping Isabel

Charlotte Observer/The State

For now, Isabel Jurado walks and runs, plays and laughs like most 3-year-old girls.

But only for now — because if she doesn't get medical help, her world likely will go silent, speechless and immobile in a matter of years.

A day after her third birthday on May 22, doctors first diagnosed Isabel with a rare, 1-in-70,000 disorder called Sanfilippo syndrome, or MPS III.

She needs a stem-cell transplant to block the advancing disease. Duke Medical Center's pediatric bone marrow division has performed more transplants for MPS children than any other hospital in the country.

The problem is the Duke division is not a network provider for the Jurados' insurance company, and the operation and treatment could cost more than $1 million.

So as Isabel's parents, Jimmy and Leslie, negotiate with their insurer, their friends and relatives — and strangers — are coming to the rescue, unwilling to wait for bureaucratic decisions.

A website (including a blog authored by Isabel's mom) has been set up at HelpIsabel.com. There is donation information here including Paypal (click on the handprint graphic near the bottom of that page.)

There are some events in the Rock Hill, S.C. area for those of you up that way and there may be some other fundraising events later this year elsewhere in S.C.

Originally written by Jeff Quinton

By at 11:01 PM | Comments |

Dhimmicracy Rejoices in Iranian Elections

By Demosophist

I was willing to give this guy the benefit of the doubt, but is there anything more damning to be said about an intelligence analyst like Larry Johnson than that he's eager to take "elections" in a totalitarian society at face value just to "prove" the neocons wrong?

Because, you know... if Persians really are longing to be free, as some fairly reliable polls have suggested, then won't he feel silly? And could one's self esteem really abide feeling silly about selling freedom short?

Are "liberals" going nuts, or something? (ed. They aren't really liberal, you know, in the classic sense. Yeah, I know. Slushy reactionaries is more like it.)

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia and Anticipatory Retaliation)

By Demosophist at 09:18 PM | Comments |

Happy 83rd Birthday Shorty Healy

Well I worked my tail off last week. I’m so mentally exhausted. I had a few ideas saved up for today but have decided to put them on the back burner for a few days until I get some time to rest up. I had intended to replace those with some story about how Grandpa has taught me so much.

A little background on this. I live in the sticks. The kind of place where. If you don’t waive when you meet people on the road they will be upset with you. Grandpa is a WWII vet of the 251st Station Hospital. He served in the Philippines, Marshall Islands, and New Guinea. I had intended to write some kind of story about how hard he worked me and how much his teaching means to me as a gift for his birthday. However events of the day gave me a thought that maybe the following story is just as good.


Today my son and I left to go to Grandpa’s birthday party. We got about two miles up the road and there was a lone woman walking north carrying a stick and a small sack. I had a minute or two where I was not sure if I should turn back or not. I make it a point to try and help people by giving rides when I can because I know just how it feels to be walking and have people in king cab pickups drive right on by and never give you a second look. Not even offer you a place in the bed of the truck. Usually I get turned down but sometimes I end up helping out and have never regretted even one single ride I have given.

So I turned around and sure enough this poor woman had been walking since 6:30 in the morning. She had a lapse in judgement and went with some “friends”. Somewhere along the line she had decided that these people were so bad she had to get away even if she had to walk. Her phone had gone dead on her and she was just about in tears telling me how exhausted and hot she was. She also told me she had been praying to God for quite a ways hoping that someone, anyone would give her a ride. So when I asked she readily accepted.

Turns out she lives quite a distance from where we were and it was quite out of my way. So I took the time and got her well over half way home. I dropped her at Hardee’s and gave her a twenty-dollar bill. I told her to take her time and get some food and rest until she felt able to continue on her journey home. Kristal (I’m really not sure how she spells her name) was very grateful and gave me a big hug and a kiss on the cheek as I left her there and continued on my way. Yes I was still able to make the party in time. I’m sure I will get that $20 and my time back tenfold. I left her my phone number at work and told her if she needs to talk just give me a call. Again with tears streaming she thanked me over and over.

Some times rewards are very slow in coming. I have faith that all these 50 to 60 hour weeks will pay off. I also have faith that for helping this lost woman I will be rewarded. I also have faith that this exercise in blogging, while the rewards may not be apparent to me now, will at least teach me a few things. There may be days when it seems like there is every reason to quit. Just like my job. It’s tough and there were times when I thought I should just throw in the towel.

It is the same with my support for the war as it stands now. There will be days when it seems we have fouled the whole thing up. There will be days when it may seem that we need to pack it up and go home. But I really believe that in the long run. And it may be quite a long run. The values that we as Americans hold so dear will win out over all the mistakes we make. We are all being tested to see if we still really hold those values. In the long run it will be quite obvious that we were right to hang in there. But the rest of the world is watching us to see if we really mean it. So hang on people, we may not see it now but I have every reason to think it may work out.


I’ll leave you with a few questions.


I wonder how many Christians will pass Kristal on the road today and “tsk tsk” as they speed by on their way to wherever they are going? I hope that at least one other person will help her, Christian or not.

I wonder how many of the 1700+ brave man and women who have given their lives for this conflict were Democrats.

I wonder how many times I will read the words “leftard” and “Bushbrain” this week. Probably many.

I wonder how many times one of our soldiers this week will make a mistake and alienate an Iraqi for life. I hope it’s very few.

I wonder how many times one of our soldiers this week will demonstrate the values I just described above and win a life long friend of the American people. I hope many, many times.


I’ll be pretty scarce most of the week but will try and come up with a little post for WTW so tune in and….


All of you have a good one.

See Dubya thanks for the advice. I’m not sure what I’ll fall into while blogging but your advice is appreciated.

By Howie at 05:42 PM | Comments |

See-Dubya: Yet Another Kerry Cambodia Story Surfaces

One of the strangest episodes of the 2004 election was John Kerry’s insistence that he had gone on a covert mission to Cambodia in 1968 or 1969. At one point he showed a reporter a moldy old “lucky hat”, squirreled away in a secret compartment of his briefcase, which he said was given to him by a CIA agent on the (one of the?) mission(s?). But he kept changing the facts of the story; at one point he just went “near” the Cambodian border, it wasn’t at Christmas, there were three or four trips, etc., etc. Much of the story began to sound like a politically convenient fabrication, and the constant revisions and defensiveness about the details undermined Kerry's credibility for many voters—especially vis-a-vis the accusations of the Swift Vets for Truth.

“No s---, See-Dub, thanks for the enlightenment,” I can hear you lovely readers saying. Fine. We are revisiting this because I just found another version of Kerry’s story. It’s a little late to the game, sure, but I’m all about getting to the bottom of mysteries rather than just about scoring political points.

First, some context for this new stuff. In 1988, dashing young Senator Kerry convened a Senate subcommittee to look at the drug problem, especially as it related to Latin America and the Caribbean. The hearings went on for a long time and thousands of pages of testimony were taken before the final report was issued. Anyway, one of the witnesses was a guy named Franklin Camper, who ran a paramilitary training camp in Alabama and trained, well, mercenaries and foreign terrorists. He testified about goings-on in Noriega’s Panama. As his testimony wrapped up, Kerry sort of gave a retrospective and then said the following:

And you’ve referred to Vietnam. This Senator is also painfully aware of the trafficking that took place at that period of time, of the Golden Triangle, as it was referred to, and of the use of heroin, poppy, and so forth to buy weapons, transfer information, deal with the Khmer Rouge, among others.

And I personally went on one clandestine joint CIA mission into Cambodia in which we delivered weapons. So, I am very familiar with it.

Source: Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International Operations of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, part IV. 100th Congress. July 14, 1988. p.319.

Much analysis and commentary on this after the jump.

What’s new about this?
What’s new here is that this is a different reason for the trip. Before he was dropping off personnel, according to Kerry biographer Douglas Brinkley:

He [Brinkley] said: "Kerry went into Cambodian waters three or four times in January and February 1969 on clandestine missions. He had a run dropping off US Navy Seals, Green Berets and CIA guys." The missions were not armed attacks on Cambodia, said Mr Brinkley, who did not include the clandestine missions in his wartime biography of Mr Kerry, Tour of Duty.

"He was a ferry master, a drop-off guy, but it was dangerous as hell. Kerry carries a hat he was given by one CIA operative. In a part of his journals which I didn't use he writes about discussions with CIA guys he was dropping off."

But in 1988, he’s delivering weapons, not personnel. Either Brinkley made that up, Kerry made that up, Kerry lied to Brinkley about what the purpose of the Cambodia voyage was supposed to be, or Kerry lied in this statement before the Senate.

To whom would he have been delivering weapons?
Beats the crap outta me. Here’s a wild guess. Cambodia’s Prince Sianhouk refused American offers of aid in the form of helicopters and communications equipment because accepting American aid might upset the Russians, according to State Department “Cambodia Guy” Andrew Antippas. If Kerry had all this to tell again, he might make a case that he was delivering a covert shipment of arms to Prince Sianhouk’s government in a way that would avoid causing an international incident, I guess.

Do you actually believe that?
Not for a minute. Because I can construct a faintly plausible interpretation of these facts doesn’t mean it was actually true--even Kerry says otherwise. He certainly wasn’t delivering helicopters in his swift boat, and he spoke of “weapons”, not “communications equipment”. And anyway, if you wanted to drop off a package of arms for Prince Sianhouk discreetly, you could just send stuff over the border in a truck. No reason to use a boat.

More importantly, the Cambodia story changed around so much under scrutiny of the campaign that I don’t think even Kerry really knows what happened. There’s a lot of evidence that the whole trip to Cambodia was manufactured and this is just one more cockeyed version of it.

Why didn’t this come up during the campaign?
Maybe it did and it just never came to my attention. But I suspect it didn’t, because this arose spontaneously in an unrelated hearing about Latin America, and not in a place where you would expect to find a statement about Cambodia. It’s just one aside in a thousand or more pages of testimony, which is not electronically searchable, and I just happened across it. (Funny, I’d have thought opposition research would have done this, though.)

Why in the hell were you reading it?
Look at my posting times. I obviously suffer from acute insomnia. Transcriptions of Kerry speeches and hearings do the trick.

What about that drug stuff? He sounds like he knows a lot about that.
I wouldn’t put too much weight on it. He probably read Alfred W. McCoy’s 1972 book about the CIA and drug dealers in SE Asia, a perennial favorite among moonbats, which details pretty much everything he said. You could read that statement to read that he has personal knowledge of drug traffic in SE Asia, but that’s not quite what he said. He just said he’s familiar with it.

On the other hand I would say his choice of words does nothing to dispel that. It almost sounds like he wants to create the impression that he was involved in some shady Special Ops-drugs-for-arms scheme or some dodgy CIA-arms-for-drugs racket or some illicit NSA-blackmail-for-murder-for-hire-for-meth-for-oil-for-food-for-transvestite-mercenary-spanking-for-a-speaking-part-in-the-Beverly-Hillbillies-remake-for-Stinger-missiles-for-guns-for-butter-for-hot-hot-hiney-sex-with-Washingtonienne kinda black–op, Mack Bolan-bad-ass-pulp-novel-plot, but he doesn’t want to quite come out and say that.

Especially since it never actually happened.

You get paid by the hyphen?
The Jawa Report is proudly sponsored by Acme Hyphen and Em-Dash, for all your compounding needs.

Dude, the election’s over. Your guy won. Can’t you just let it go?
What, did I twist your arm and make you read this far? Look, I think there’s a legitimate historical interest in establishing whether or not there were covert US boat runs into Cambodia during the Johnson presidency. It’s nice to be able to do that without the clamor and partisanship of an election going on. Plus it’s an interesting gloss on the election and the loyalties and assessments of the pundits and personalities involved (especially the Swift Vets and Douglas Brinkley). Kerry may not run again, but who else told the truth and who lied or got it wrong? Were the accusations against Kerry baseless electioneering? Or was John Kerry a serial fibber, who was inconsistently spinning a bogus yarn to elevate a carefully filmed and stage-managed, though honorable, tour of duty into an Apocalypse Now fantasy with him in the Martin Sheen role? (or more correctly, the Lawrence Fishburne role?)

This new fact edges the balance of history a little bit more toward the latter. The American public’s judgment is to be commended.

By See-Dubya at 02:49 AM | Comments |

June 25, 2005

Michael Moore's Minutemen Murder Civilians in Iraq (images/video)

No comment. Video can be found here (see June 25th update). Graphic images below.

No, wait, I will comment.

These are the people we are fighting in Iraq. See the face of those the Left calls 'the resistance' or the media call 'insurgents'. When they capture any one, evenn civilians, thought working with the Iraqi government they murder them. If we pull out, they will have won.

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First, the calling card .....

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Next, the hostages are accused of crimes under Islamic law. The specific crime is of apostasy. Working with Iraqi government is seen as apostasy. Apostasy is a capital offense under Islamic law. Yes, that means they kill you for leaving the faith.......

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The hostages are then forced to 'confess' their crimes.

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After confession, it is time to take the hostages outside to murder them. These men were lucky. Sometimes the terrorists saw their heads off. The terrorists have lately abandoned the practice. Bad press perhaps? Most murders are now done with AK-47s.

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Now, upload video to internet. Warn Iraqis that this is the fate of those who cooperate with the apostate government.

Yes, these are the 'freedom fighters' of the Left...........

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:21 PM | Comments |

Washingtonienne: Who dat?

****EXCLUSIVE****MUST CREDIT JAWA REPORT*******

Who is Jessica Cutler, the Washingtonienne? No one, that's who. Surprised to find that Kevin Aylward is still following the story. Yawn.

If you must know a little about her and her relationship to Ana Marie 'Wonkette' Cox, check out Aylward's post. I'm sure he'll have more sordid details in the next installment.

When the story first broke the South Parkosphere (that's the South Park Republican blogosphere) had quite a fun time with this. I did, at least. There's just something intrinsically funny about a blogger who gets famous from linking to another blogger who's actual claim to fame is that she had anal sex with a Captial Hill staffer.

The real story goes something like this:

Girl writes blog: nobody notices.
Girl links other blogs: nobody notices.
Girl links blog of Capital Hill staffer, complete with sordid details of ass-sex for money: every one notices.
Girl continues writing blog, a lot more butt-sex references: MSM falls over self loving girl's blog, put her up as poster-child of blogosphere.
Nick Denton buys girl's blog: girl now hires interns to write for her.
Capital Hill whore poses for Playboy, gets book deal: a lot of Google hits for South Parkosphere because they all link to pics.

The rest of the story will read something like this:

World forgets whore, blogger still considered legitimate media voice: rumors of VH1 Surreal Life deal for forgotten whore, rumors of New York Times deal for blogger who got famous for linking to whore's story.

Yeah, that about summarizes it.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:30 PM | Comments |

51% of Democrats Believe America Responsible for 9/11

When Reliapundit sent me an e-mail telling me 51% of Democrats thought the U.S. might be partially to blame for 9/11 I thought it had to be a mistake. Nope.

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Remember the list of 'wrongdoings' given by Osama bin Laden were things like supporting Israel against nihilistic terrorism, trying to prevent warlords in Somalia from committing genocide, and being too infidelish on holy Saudi Arabian Soil. The irony of ironies, though, is the complaint by UBL and co. that Clinton had been busy bombing poor Iraqi and starving them to death with sanctions.

Maybe al Jazeera and Noam Chomsky have a larger following among Democrats than I thought?

More over at The Astute Blogger.

Blogs for Bush, too.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:51 PM | Comments |

Roy Hallums Vigil Images

KG from California Mafia attended a vigil held in honor of American hostage in Iraq Roy Hallums. If you missed the last post then you'll be happy to know that new evidence suggests that Roy Hallums is still alive in Iraq.

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You can see more images from the vigil here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:36 PM | Comments |

Liberals Decide to Show Their A$$

Last night a handful of us conservative bloggers were spinning trying to confirm or deny an Arianna Huffinton story that said that Vice President Cheney was rushed to a Vail, Colorado hospital for heart problems.

Apparently, that story was poppycock. But, that's not stopping those darn liberals from saying that the White House isn't telling the truth and wishing death on the Vice President.

Despite the only facts in the case that Arianna Huffington could muster are highly speculative and also despite the fact that the VP was on a scheduled visit there these liberals still think the White House is lying.

This is a significant problem in liberalism today; throw out logic and only listen to stories that can be so easily dispelled that you have to attack others to maintain the fraction of an ounce of credibility the story had.

Fact of the matter is I think Arianna Huffington blew it on one of her first attempts to cover or create news. This could be a trend in the future for her (the next memogate starts at The Huffington Post?) and I wouldn't be surprised if she kept to her word despite the obvious fallacies in her story.

One thing is for sure, don't expect an actual apology.

UPDATE 1332 MDT: The Huffmeister has removed the comments from her site. That's really good and bad. It's good because it shows a higher moral ground than what I was expecting. It's bad because those peaceful liberals won't be able to spit their venom there anymore.

Have no fear. I have the entire page saved to my hard drive the last comment that I captured is timestamped at 1355.

UPDATE by Rusty: Yeah, it's kinda late, but Jeff Quinton wanted me to let y'all that he's following this too.

By at 11:10 AM | Comments |

Irish Prison Reform

With worldwide attention being directed toward the prison at Guantanamo Bay, the hardships endured by prisoners in other countries are ignored. Take for example the reforms currently underway in Ireland which are destined to increase prisoner punishment.

From News.com.au:

PRISONERS in Irish jails will no longer be permitted to hire servants or order in private supplies of food and alcohol under new draft rules published today by the justice ministry.

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The new rules will remove outdated references to penal servitude and imprisonment with hard labour.

On the flip-side, for those on the inside at least, a provision that prisoners can use private furniture and bedding and employ an assistant to perform housekeeping tasks is also going.

They will also no longer be permitted to order in private food or alcoholic drinks.

Regulations governing prison life, such as accommodation, visiting rights, discipline, health and education, have been revamped. In addition, compulsory drug tests will be allowed.

Think about it. No pizza, no beer, and no chambermaid -- it's inhumane! It's barbaric! Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, where are you?

Companion post with prison maid pic at Interested-Participant.

By at 07:42 AM | Comments |

See Dubya: The Streets of Laredo

I should be in bed but I found this post entitled Nunc Dimittis, through the Anchoress. If you know someone in the clergy, remember what a tough job they have and tell them you appreciate their sacrifices.

Go fetch me some water, a cool cup of water
To cool my parched lips, the poor cowboy said
Before I returned, the spirit had left him
And gone to its Maker; the cowboy was dead.

We beat the drum slowly, and played the fife lowly
And bitterly wept as we bore him along.
For we all loved our comrade
So brave, young, and handsome
We all loved our comrade although he'd done wrong.

--Francis Henry Maynard

By See-Dubya at 05:20 AM | Comments |

See-Dubya: The Italian Job, Part II

As I explain below, the capture of Abu Omar right before the war was pretty dag-blasted crucial because he was recruiting terrorists for combat in Iraq. This is a guy we need to A: stop and B: interrogate. And the only way to do that was, apparently, to kidnap him from within an allied country. Italy claims they were investigating him as well, but I can see how, with the urgency of the invasion drawing near, it wasn’t feasible to leave the timing of his arrest to the Italian justice process.

I’m sure this decision wasn’t made lightly. If a covert operation goes awry in Syria or North Korea, well, who’s really going to be surprised? Oh, no, Syria’s going to be mad at us! Doing something like this within an allied nation, however, is really tricky. Imagine how freakin’ nuts everyone here would go if, say, the Mossad or MI6 snatched a refugee off the streets of New York City. And after the Sgrena affair, this is especially troublesome for Italy.

It’s funny how prosecutors and judges can influence foreign policy. Back in the late eighties, a Florida US Attorney named Dick Gregorie indicted Manuel Noriega for drug trafficking. The CIA and State Department went spastic, since they considered Pineapple Face a valuable ally in the Cold War and were quite willing to overlook his drug dealing. But with that indictment hanging out there it became impossible to overlook it and America began moving toward the invasion of Panama.

The kidnapping is embarrassing enough, but then there’s the fact of Abu Omar’s rendition to his home country of Egypt where he claims he was tortured—like real torture, involving electric shocks, not fake Gitmo Dick Durbin torture. (Bear in mind, this is all just according to a phone call Abu Omar made. Apparently they just stopped and took the cables off and said, hey, you wanna call your family? Cause you’re going to be here a while, dude.) Now, unlike some conservatives, I don’t have much of a problem with the rendition of terrorists, or for that matter, with the rending of terrorists, or even with the rendering of terrorists in a Hormel plant where potted pork products are prepared. This case, however, kind of surprises me.

Why would we trust the interrogation of this guy to the Egyptians? Well, this is an important prisoner. We need to squeeze this dude fast because the invasion starts in about a month. We need actionable intelligence about foreign fighters as soon as we can so it can be incorporated into the war plans, and their communications, supply lines, caches, etc. can be shut down. Ordinarily, I say if you want to see something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself. But maybe we knew that our techniques at Gitmo were so hampered by concerns about the ACLU that we couldn’t trust our own interrogators to get the job done in time. I don’t know; that’s just speculation.

As for what we do now, I’m just not sure. We’ve got indictments on thirteen of our spooks, and we’ve got to get them out of Italy, if they’re still there, and beyond the reach of Italian law. Italy has a lot of info on these guys, including pictures, but I wonder whether the names they have are real or just covers. If it’s just cover, this whole thing will blow over. But if not, and they’ve got a line on our guys, then this will be trouble. Will we honor extradition requests? Not in this matter, I hope. Our guys in the field need to know that their government and their president back them up. None of this “deny all knowledge of your actions” crap. We’ve got to protect our people who were engaged in a mission authorized under US law.

But that’s going to hurt us even more with Italy. They’re a valuable ally and a good friend to the USA. We’ll need to find a way to smooth things over with them, if one exists. I just hope Abu Omar was worth it.

By See-Dubya at 04:39 AM | Comments |

See Dubya: The Italian Job, Part I

So the CIA or some American spooky group allegedly plucks this Egyptian terrorist and terrorist recruiter named Abu Omar off the streets of Milan, and flies him to Egypt where his treatment has been less than civil. Now an Italian judge has issued warrants for the arrest of the 13-man CIA team. This is worrisome, and I’ll tell you why in another post. But first, this important message:

What was Abu Omar doing?

“When he disappeared, he was under investigation in Italy for suspected ties to terrorism, including recruiting militants for Iraq.”
When was he caught doing it?
…was grabbed off a Milan street on Feb. 17, 2003 and stuffed into a white van.

In other words, here’s a guy recruiting Islamic “militants” for Iraq a month before we invaded. No wonder it was so important to snatch him! We needed to know what he knew. And we had to stop him from doing what he was doing.

Anyway, as if you needed more evidence of the fact, here’s another pre-war link between the “secular” Saddam and religious Islamic terrorism. And it’s also more evidence that the Iraqi insurgency was part of their original battle plan—to fall back and win through attrition what they could never win through open battle.

I’m tucking away a note on blogging, news aggregators, and the wire services after the jump, since I figure not everyone will care as much about that sort of thing.

Memeorandum.com is a useful service that aggregates the stories major blogs are talking about and updates the list hourly. It does so by counting links to a particular article or blogpost from an (arbitrary but I think reasonably representative) sample of major blogs. It's very good (even if you don't have a blog) for spotlighting hot stories, and I check it once or twice a day. As I write this, the version of this story getting linked on Memeorandum is the AP version in the NYT.

But I found this story through Drudge, and he links the Reuters version of the story. The Reuters story mentions the Iraq tidbit; the AP version does not. (Neither story says which group Abu O was with; AP just says he belonged to “an Islamic terrorist group”.) But the blogs are chasing the AP version.

You might notice I did the same thing on my “medical” marijuana post below. Different hard-news sources reported different facts that, pieced together, show just how removed from the medical marijuana movement’s goals these criminal enterprises actually are.

Blog swarms are fun but there’s often extra information available to a patient blogger willing to sift through different primary reports before piling on. The flip side of this is that relying too much on aggregators (like Drudge or Fark or Memeorandum or Technorati) or other bloggers can just increase the echo chamber effect as eight million people give their take on exactly the same story. Without considering these different sources, the bias or omissions of a single story can be magnified throughout the Immedia.

By See-Dubya at 03:39 AM | Comments |

June 24, 2005

Women attacked by insurgents

Today in iraq the insurgents attacked a convoy of marines that contained women that are used to search muslim women coming and going from Fallujah.

Yahoo news story

I guess that accusation that we always attack women and children is like the pot calling the kettle black. But four of these women are still missing and presumed to be dead. I sure hope they are alive but if so I can only wonder what kind of treatment they are getting. Let's keep them and all their families in our prayers.

Also looks like Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will win that countrys election. Duh.

CNN story on this one


By Howie at 08:38 PM | Comments |

Religion of Decapitations Update: Eight Beheaded Bodies Found in Iraq

Disgusting. AP:

Iraqi security forces discovered the bodies of eight beheaded men Friday in two villages north of Baghdad, army officers said.

Six of the bodies belonged to Shiite farmers taken from their home in Hashmiyat, 10 miles west of Baqouba, by an armed group wearing Iraqi army uniforms late Thursday, army Capt. Hashim Amer said.

They were discovered more than a mile away from the house.

"All the corpses were dumped in a deserted area, and the knife which was used to slaughter them was placed near one of the bodies," Amer said.

The other two bodies were found in al-Nahrawan district, about 12 miles southwest of Baqouba, army Maj. Fadhil al-Timimi said.

And from the book I am currently in the process of defiling:

5:33-“The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution (by beheading), or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter;”

8:12- “I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off.”

47:4- “Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), strike off their heads; at length; then when you have made wide Slaughter among them, carefully tie up the remaining captives”: thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens.”

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

Going on Vacation With Feisty Republican Whore

Your host, Sith Master and Ph.D. of Funkology Dr. Rusty Shackleford, is going on vacation once again. This time it's a working vacation. So, I'll be here, but I just won't be here--if you get my drift.

So, I won't be able to surf around for the latest headlines and see what other bloggers are up to for the next month or so. If you see something interesting in the news, have a question, or maybe a post you want plugged just e-mail me and I'll throw something up quick. Otherwise I leave the keys to the kingdom in the competent hands of Howie, See-Dub, Mike, Chris, and Traderrob to keep you entertained.

In the meantime, I'll be preoccupied with newest sensation in the blogosphere Feisty Republican Whore who has me on 'her' People I'd like to do list.......let's just hope that when we hook up she doesn't turn out to be another Hot Abercrombie 'Chick' or Libertarian 'Girl'! Trust me, that was embarrassing.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:53 PM | Comments |

Mmmmm, Whaleburgurs!!!

homer_simpson_drooling.gifIs there anything the Japanese can't improve? One day I hope the Japanese figure out how to flash-fry a buffallo in 30 seconds. Until then, we'll have to settle for whale burgers! Al Jazeera:


The 380-yen ($3.50) slice of fried minke whale in a bun went
on sale on Thursday at Lucky Pierrot, a restaurant chain in the port city of Hakodate on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido.

"We have decided to add a whale burger to our menu due to strong demand from our customers and feel very thankful to the whales for allowing us to make the burgers," said Lucky Pierrot manager Miku Oh.

"The taste and texture are somewhere between beef and fish," she said, adding: "People in Hakodate have a long history of eating whale, so customers are looking forward to trying it."

But customers wanting to try it better get there fast, the chain is currently producing only 200 burgers a day spread out over its 10 outlets.

I'm on the next plane!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:39 PM | Comments |

Google News: US Soldier Kills Little Girl To Win Bet

Yeah, I know I linked the article in the last post but this is so outrageous..........

The article is from the openly pro-terrorist website, Jihad Unspun. Here is the disgusting article:

US Soldier Kills Little Girl To Win Bet; Fighting Continues Across Iraq

By Muhammad Abu Nasr, Free Arab Voice; Edited For Publication By JUS

US forces shot and killed a nine-year old Iraqi girl as she came out of her school following final exams in Baghdad. A medical specialist in Baghdad’s al-Yarmuk General Hospital told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam that an American sniper opened fire on ‘A’ishah Ahmad ‘Umar, killing her.

For its part, the US military occupation forces announced that they had begun an investigation of the Marine who shot the little girl and promised to punish him if he is found guilty.

A source in the Iraqi puppet army told Mafkarat al-Islam that the American soldier was very drunk at the time of the killing and that he was withdrawn from his observation post after the incident.

The father of ‘A’ishah, who works for the Railroad Department said that residents in the area where his little daughter was killed told him that the American had been betting with his buddies whether he could hit the little girl who had come out of the school some 700 meters from the US observation post.

For its part, the American propaganda TV station called “al-‘Iraqiyah” blamed what it called “terrorists” for the shooting of the little girl, but subsequent statements by the US military and the Iraqi puppet forces exposed the “al-‘Iraqiyah” story to be a lie.

Note to CIA/FBI: What dumbf*ck isn't doing their job and shutting sites like this down? If it is not the official policy of the U.S. government to covertly/overtly shut these kind of sites down, it ought to be.

Further, is Google News, a San Francisco based company, committing an act of treason by providing an outlet for the propaganda of an enemy that we are currently in a shooting war over?????? If this isn't 'giving aid and comfort' to the enemy, then I don't know what the hell is!!!!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:57 AM | Comments |

Me Chinese, Me Play Joke, Me Put Pee-Pee in Your Coke

It seems that our allies prefer this to this.

Poll: China Viewed More Favorably than USA

And why do so many people hate the U.S.? Because of shit like this:

US Soldier Kills Little Girl To Win Bet

And remember, that last link was from a Google News source. Google News banned The Jawa Report for 'hate speech'.

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

If Bush=Hitler, then wouldn't Bush's killer be a hero? (Reader threatens President)

Words have meaning. If Gitmo=gulag then anything less than armed rebellion against the United States government would be immoral.

This is why you have to chose your words carefully so that what you say actually is the same as what you mean to say. Most people who say Bush=Hitler don't actually believe that. They use the term as a rhetorical device to draw attention to what they believe are abuses by the current administration which could, using slippery slope logic, lead to fascism.

On the other hand, there are those on the Left, like Noam Chomsky, who actually believe their own inflated rhetoric. This is why I have been predicting for some time that Bush would be assasinated. Because if only half of what the Left says about Bush were true, he would deserve it.

So why is Bush still alive and kicking? Three basic choices:

a) Very few people on the Left really believe their own rhetoric. If they don't really believe it, though, they ought not write it. As I tell my students, I'm not grading you on what you intended to say, but on what you actually say. We are at war. Inflated analogies actually lead to the deaths of American soldiers in times of war. This is why Chomsky is so popular among terrorists. They have the gall to actually believe the words he writes!

b) The secret-service does a very good job. Maybe there are daily attempts to assasinate the President and they are foiled.

c) The Left is full of cowards. This is my bet.

Which leads us to this. Here is a comment left by a reader in this thread. He attempted to mask his IP, but he seems to be in Marina del Rey, CA--a fairly exclusive locale:

Dear Secret Service,

If any of you were worth your salt, you'd stop protecting George W. and consider ways of eliminating him. Think of the fame, every American knowns the names of John Booth, Lee Harvy Oswald, and John Hinkley. You'd go down in history and your name and story will be remembered. You'd be a hero and inspiration to billions of people on planet earth. What's the alternative? Dying a forgotten nobody who actually worked to protect a global tyrant? You are in a unique position to the single most important thing that you could do with your life. Rise to the occasion! Meet your destiny! Get Cheney too please!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:33 AM | Comments |

American Hostage Roy Hallums: ALIVE!!

Yesterday was American hostage Roy Hallums' 57th birthday. A candlelight vigil was held in his honor in Huntington Beach, CA yesterday. Today, we learn that he is definitely still alive.

Do not give up hope. Remember, some of the hostages in Lebanon were held for years. The Hallums' familye-mailed me expressing their thanks to our Jawa Report readers for all your support. Keep the prayers and good vibes flowing people! Xinhua:

An American, who has been kidnapped with a Filipino overseas work in Iraq, is still alive, a Philippine foreign affairs official said Friday.

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for special concerns Rafael Seguis said at a press conference that Roy Hallums, the American kidnapped along with Filipino accountant Robert Tarongoy, is still in captivity alive.

"We were focusing on Bobby (Robert Tarongoy's nickname). But I was told that he (Hallums) is still alive. You can ask Bobby," Seguis said.

And here from a Filippino newspaper:
"He said he heard him and could feel him," Seguis quoted Tarongoy as saying about Hallum (sic), who he said was likely kept in the same room....

Seguis said Filipino officials tried to negotiate freedom for both men, but the abductors told them to pursue only Tarongoy.

"We told them, include Hallum, (but) they said, 'Let the Americans be the ones to talk to us,' " he told reporters.

That last statement is fine by me. The last time I checked, the U.S. has freed hundreds of hostages--most of the time shortly after killing the hostage takers in a brief and one sided firefight.

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

I'm not against the troops, I just want them to lose (Religion of Peace Update)

anti_kos_logo.jpg Thanks to Eric at Vince aut Morire for e-mailing me the logo to the right, which was designed by Patrick at Clarity and Resolve.

Is it me or has the entire Leftosphere forgotten that a majority of them opposed the war in Afghanistan? Personally, I think that KKKarl Rove was wrong when he said liberals:

saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers.
Most liberals supported swift retributive action against al Qaeda and the Taliban. It needs to be remembered that a liberal is not the same as a Chomskyite Leftist.

Unfortunately, a large part of the Left blogosphere is made up of Chomskyites who say they are liberals, when actually they are far to the left of most of the Democratic party. They are no more liberals than I am a conservative. They are Leftists, or to use their own lingo, they are Progressives.

Anyway, it's the Religion of Peace Update--featuring the dhimmis on the left.

Duncan Black lied, soldiers died, er, or something like that.

Who is funding the insurgency? Leftists in Europe!

Jihad, jihad, everywhere. Either the terro-zombies are spreading, or our partners in the GWOT are finally getting serious.

Taliban sets fire to girls school (via Charles Johnson)

Pakistan sponsored terrorists blow up bus. Our allies at work.

Iranians vote in democratic election today. Can choose between guy who wants to oppress pretty much everyone in the world and kill heretics and another guy who just wants to oppress Persians and put heretics in jail.

Hey, they found the Koran I desecrated! I guess my plan worked.

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

Watcher of Weasels Council Has Spoken: I'm a Wiener!!

Thanks to the Watcher of Weasels Council for finally giving me the prestigious post of the week award for my Kos Says U.S. Torture 'Equal' To that of Saddam Hussein (A comparison) photo essay! And a reminder to weasels everywhere, when it comes to Macktastik Rusty Wicked, remember, he's watching you.

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

See-Dubya: Bolivian Unrest Spreading?

Keep your eye on Latin America. The Wash Times reports that after the success of the recent riots and revolution in Bolivia, the armed indigenous movement might spread to Peru, with a little help from Chavez.

By See-Dubya at 04:37 AM | Comments |

See-Dubya: Organized Crime behind SF "Medical" Marijuana (UPDATED)

Seems San Francisco's "medical" marijuana clubs (hey, if everyone puts "War on Drugs" in smartass quotes then I can do it too) were actually just illegal drug clearing houses and money-laundering schemes for the Asian mob. The DEA busted three of them and found they were also distributing, um, "medical" ecstasy.

I'm flabbergasted. Speechless, really. You mean to tell me that this wasn't just a virtuous, earnest effort to reach out to troubled, anguished souls?

"An affidavit unsealed Thursday said that one of the suspects, Enrique Chan, 26, described in detail how the clubs were used as "a backbone" for illegal sales. The affidavit said Mr. Chan estimated that only half of the people who bought medical marijuana were really sick.

"You'll get busted, but you remember, you got to beat the prosecution in court," Mr. Chan told an undercover agent, according to the affidavit. "So if it comes down to a battle in court, what are you gonna do? You're going to bring patients in court, like really sick patients with cancer, have them sit on the stand for you. And no jury is gonna try, is gonna convict you."

In other words, organized crime is cynically going to hide behind cancer patients to protect its business. Not only was half of the marijuana used in the stores not for sick people, but the warehouses that grew the stores' ganja grew far more than the stores even needed:

"One warehouse in Oakland that federal agents raided earlier this month was capable of growing $3 million worth of marijuana annually, investigators said.

The marijuana ostensibly was for cannabis clubs, but the amount being grown was far more than needed to supply the dispensaries, authorities said.

I am just shocked and appalled at this blatant disruption of these kindly hippie/ Tong bagmen's shiny, happy lifestyles. In fact I'm so shocked and appalled that I'm going to go have me a big glass of "medical" bourbon and smoke a "therapeutic" Partagas.

UPDATE: Now, with new Blockquotes (tm) Technology! Here's another thing to keep in mind. There's no suggestion here of how many of these people actually suffer from, say, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and are unresponsive to other treatments like marinol, which I think are the real hard cases here. In fact, this AP account suggests some of the ailments may be a smidge less horrific:

"I'm scared," said Kathleen Prevost, who said she uses marijuana to control her post-traumatic stress disorder. "All I want to do is have access to my medicine."

Now if you'll excuse me, my ADHD is acting up, and I need some "Medical Cocaine". Oh, and that reminds me: I wrote a little about medical methamphetamine and the Commerce Clause right after the Raich decision.

By See-Dubya at 04:12 AM | Comments |

June 23, 2005

Rove Comment Theory

Does anyone here think that Rove might have made his comments the other night so soon after Durbin's inflammatory comments to prove how hypocritical liberals are?

That is a possibility I think.

Cross posted at Conservative Thinking

By at 09:44 PM | Comments |

so this is what "jimmie" is blabbering about

Well I can only say it sucks and if this is true he should take his medicine like everyone else does.

Congressman & MZM

See you learn a few things every day if you really try. Comment away says Howie as his ignorance fades slightly.


Updated :

Hat tip : "Jimmy???"

Well after the long drive home and a nice cold beer and taking some time to read the story. I See we have some comments already but have not read them yet. But from what I know so far I'm going to have to type his name as DUKE just like I did DICK. But you know DICK just shot off his mouth and then at least apolgized for it. Hey I can relate to that. But this is much worse.

I've been commenting for a while that the Republican party was on a Casey Jones run. When everybody thought that the 14 Senators who shut down the rules changes were being called traitors to their party. I was thinking that there were only 14 left with any sense. Fourteen of one Hundred that had not been so influenced by $$$$ that they still had a few scruples yet. Sad to say this is more evidence that I was right. If this turns out to be what it looks like DUKE unlike DICK probably should be recalled. Bad for my Party indeed. I can't in any way call for everybody to be fair and then defend this.

By Howie at 04:49 PM | Comments |

Porn Star Discusses Supreme Court Eminent Domain Case

When I first saw this article by porn star Mary Carey over at Tech Central Station discussing the New London eminent domain case, I thought, this has got to be a joke.

Check it out though . It seems real enough.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:19 PM | Comments |

Chutzpah: Torturers at U.N. Accuse U.S. of Torture?

This is an outrage. Media reports say that four special representatives of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights have condemned the United States for alleged torture of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

Need I remind you that the Chair of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights is Makarim Wibisono, of Indonesia. A guy from Indonesia is questioning our human rights record?

Other member countries of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights include (WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS IN LINKS):
Sudan
China
Congo
Cuba
Saudi Arabia
Zimbabwe

And these guys have the gall to call anything done at Guantanmo torture?

The actual report, found here, does not at any point actually formally accuse the U.S. of torture. Instead, the report says that the four requested a visit to Guantanamo Bay, and that:

Such requests were based on information, from reliable sources, of serious allegations of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees, arbitrary detention, violations of their right to health and their due process rights. Many of these allegations have come to light through declassified Government documents.
What the Commission condemns the U.S. for is non-cooperation in the investigation into abuse at Gitmo.

However, here is the AP headline via Charles Johnson: U.N. Uncovers Torture at Guantanamo Bay

The AP then reports:

The failure of the United States to respond is leading the experts to conclude that Washington has something to hide, said the specialist on torture, Manfred Nowak, a professor of international law in Vienna, Austria.

"At a certain point, you have to take well-founded allegations as proven in the absence of a clear explanation by the government," he said, though he also noted: "We are not making a judgment if torture or treatment under degrading conditions has taken place."

So, the fact that there have been allegations means that these allegations are true, unless proven otherwise??

That's logic for you.

And where are these allegations coming from? As far as I have been able to conclude, all of the allegations of 'torture' have come from freed prisoners from Gitmo. However, according to an al Qaeda training manual:

If captured, the manual states, "At the beginning of the trial ... the brothers must insist on proving that torture was inflicted on them by state security before the judge. Complain of mistreatment while in prison."
As far as the alleged abuse that has come from declassified documents I know of no torture. What I do know of is harsh treatment that idiots on the Left have characterized as torture.

The specific allegations:
-detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor
-detainees who had defecated/urinated on themselves
-no air conditioning
-too much air conditioning
-loud music

Torture. Right. These are the allegations of torture that these clowns from the U.N. are taking seriously? While many of their own countries are engaged in genocidal pograms ans systematically torture prisoners??

Give me a break!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:57 PM | Comments |

Sorry Folks, It Will be REHNQUIST

I'm not sure who William Kristol's little birdie is that told him that it would be Sandra Day O'Conner retiring, and not Rehnquist, but another little birdie tells me that Kristol is full of crap. My little birdie's name? My own two eyes.

Last month, as some of you know, I went to the Supreme Court and sat in on a session. Let me tell you something about Rehnquist, he is in bad shape. No, very bad shape.

Not to sound too disrespectful to the Chief Justice, but he sounded very much like Darth Vader. No, not his voice, which was weak and could only be heard through many long pauses. Whatever breathing apparatus he had on, when combined with the microphone, really made me feel like I was in the presence of the Sith Master himself. Is there a way to type out that sound?

So, is it possible that Rehnquist is deluding himself into thinking he has a few more good years? Sure, anything is possible. I'ts just not likely.

This seems much more reliable:

According to a source very close to the Bush administration, US Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist has submitted his resignation to President Bush. Apparently they are waiting
until the Supreme Court's term ends this week to make this announcement .
Confirm Them deconstructs Kristol's odd theory here and conclude:
It is simply a wild guess.
Exactly. His speculation doesn't seem all that well-informed to me.

Anyway, I'm not all that worried about Rehnquist's succesor. In fact, I hope it's not Alberto Gonzales. He's way too big of a personality and seems to have a lot of self-confidence. The Court is now full of people who actually believe the total garbage that they are taught in law school about it being a 'co-equal' branch of government. Utter hogwash! A branch, yes, but certainly none of the founders thought of it as coequal.

No, what I would like to see on the Court is someone who is not all that confident, sits in awe of the other two branches of government, and who is easily bullied. I'm thinking maybe Dick Durbin?

Anyhoo, John Hawkins takes a good look at this, as does The Commissar who has a few more suggestions on a possible replacement. And consider this an official prediction.

UPDATE: Steven Taylor, who is much more of a Court follower than me, says:

On a side note: this is not the first place I have read that Rehnquist might not retire as predicted.
Care to elaborate on your other sources Dr. Taylor?

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

Top al Qaeda Leader Killed in Iraq (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Full translation of communique here and here is a video (with subtitles) of the daisy pusher spouting off his fanaticism. Notice how he accuses the J-O-Os of trying to distort the meaning of jihad into something other than killing people for Allah.

Another one bites the dust. And another one's gone, and another one's gone, another one bites the duest. Hey, were gonna get you too, another one bites the dust....

Word on the anti-jihadi sites is that al Qaeda in Iraq released a communique announcing the death of a senior leader. Evan Kohlmann of The Counterterroism blog has a full translation of the communique over at his personal website here.

UPDATE: Warning--Beavis moment: Here is a line from the communique, "He immigrated and declared jihad with his tongue and his spearhead...." I see child molestering should be added to his list of crimes.

Via Jihad Watch here is an MSM report on it:

The Web statement said Abdullah Mohammed Rashid al-Roshoud was killed in fighting near Qaim, on the border with Syria. It was signed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most notorious terrorist leader in Iraq.

The statement did not say when al-Roshoud was killed, but U.S. forces have launched a series of offensives near Qaim in past weeks against militants coming across the border.

Al-Roshoud slipped into Iraq in April, according to the posting, the authenticity of which could not be confirmed.

The Saudi militant and a group of mujahedeen "killed some of the Crusaders until the enemies of God had to withdraw."

"When the Crusaders could not enter the area, the only thing they could do was bombard the mujahedeen with warplanes," it said. "Our sheik (al-Roshoud) got what he wished" - martyrdom.

Al-Roshoud had been No. 24 on a list of the 26 most-wanted terrorist leaders put out by Saudi Arabia two years ago and was one of only three militants on the list still at large. He was one of the main theologians for al-Qaida's network in Saudi Arabia, calling for a holy war against the Saudi royal family and Western interests in the Persian Gulf...

Check out Joyner's comment after the excerpt here....

On the wish for martyrdom, Ed ads, "May those wishes come true, and quickly." Amen, brotha

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:43 AM | Comments |

KIDNAP AND DECAPITATION MANUAL FOUND IN HIDEOUT

We have manuals on how to properly handle the Koran and humanely treat prisoners paying respect to their cultural sensitivities, they have manuals on how to properly torture and decapitate hostages.

Baghdad, 23 June (AKI) - US Marines have found manuals on taking hostages and decapitation during a raid on a guerrilla hideout in the Iraqi village of Karabla, near the town of Qaim, close to the Syrian border. The Arab newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat reports that in the hideaway the troops also found several hostages who were being held there by Islamic militants. The hiding place was being used as a centre for the interrogation and torture of hostages, and contained electrodes and other instruments of torture.

The manuals found were used as Jihad (Holy War) handbooks. The first was titled: "How to choose the best hostage", the second covered decapitation and was called: "Rules for cutting off the heads of infidels", and the third manual, "principles of the philosophy of the Jihad", was more theoretical.

The three documents, the last of which is 574 pages long, carry the name Abdel Rahman al-Aliya, which the newspaper says is probably a cover name to hide the identity of the real author. The hideout - in the volatile western Anbar province which has been the scene of fierce fighting between insurgents and the US-led forces - is believed to have been used by the group led by the Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. He is credited with introducing the practice of decapitation to the activities of the Jihadist movement.

Who are the barbarians Sen Durbin?

Posted by Traderrob

By at 10:24 AM | Comments |

Oriana Fallaci: Europe is doomed, Doomed, DOOMED!!

Unlike Kent Brockman, Oriana Fallaci will not be the first to welcome her new Muslim overlords. You will recall Ms. Fallaci has been indicted by an Italian court for telling the truth about Islam, which is now illegal in many of the more dhimmifide countries of the world. In the spirit of solidarity with Ms. Falluci let me just say that Muhammed was a rapist and piss be upon him!

She sees the decline of Europe in almost absolutist terms. Let's hope she is wrong. WSJ:

Ms. Fallaci speaks in a passionate growl: "Europe is no longer Europe, it is 'Eurabia,' a colony of Islam, where the Islamic invasion does not proceed only in a physical sense, but also in a mental and cultural sense. Servility to the invaders has poisoned democracy, with obvious consequences for the freedom of thought, and for the concept itself of liberty."....

Such words--"invaders," "invasion," "colony," "Eurabia"--are deeply, immensely, Politically Incorrect; and one is tempted to believe that it is her tone, her vocabulary, and not necessarily her substance or basic message, that has attracted the ire of the judge in Bergamo (and has made her so radioactive in the eyes of Europe's cultural elites).

"Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder," the historian Arnold Toynbee wrote, and these words could certainly be Ms. Fallaci's. She is in a black gloom about Europe and its future: "The increased presence of Muslims in Italy, and in Europe, is directly proportional to our loss of freedom." There is about her a touch of Oswald Spengler, the German philosopher and prophet of decline, as well as a flavor of Samuel Huntington and his clash of civilizations. But above all there is pessimism, pure and unashamed. When I ask her what "solution" there might be to prevent the European collapse of which she speaks, Ms. Fallaci flares up like a lit match. "How do you dare to ask me for a solution? It's like asking Seneca for a solution. You remember what he did?" She then says "Phwah, phwah," and gestures at slashing her wrists. "He committed suicide!" Seneca was accused of being involved in a plot to murder the emperor Nero. Without a trial, he was ordered by Nero to kill himself. One senses that Ms. Fallaci sees in Islam the shadow of Nero. "What could Seneca do?" she asks, with a discernible shudder. "He knew it would end that way--with the fall of the Roman Empire. But he could do nothing."

Hat tip: Ron

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

See-Dubya: Lee Harris and the Future of Tradition

I mentioned Lee Harris below. I'm a big fan. His long essay on Al Qaeda's Fantasy Ideology and its derivative book, Civilization and Its Enemies, are really surprising and interesting takes on the terror war and its stakes that I've passed along to numerous friends and correspondents.

Harris has a new long, long essay in Policy Review that I bookmarked a while back and just now got around to plowing through. It's worth it. Basically, this is a criticism of three defenses of tradition, and an attempt at surpassing them. In his view, progress is guaranteed by tradition, which sounds like a paradox until you consider the role of tradition is (for him) to set an ethical baseline for civilized behavior.

Much of it is dense and he throws around smart-guy names like Popper, Durkheim and Hayek; at the same time it's got light spots which deal with gigantic incestuous cockroaches and Julia Child's recipe for bouillabaise. It's great stuff if you're a brandy-snifter conservative, interested in the pedigree of ideas; but it's also just a useful, accessible introduction into what smart people are saying about tradition and why they think it matters (though Edmund Burke gets short shrift). If that's not your cup of tea, at least skim on down to the last couple sections, starting at "Death to the Exemplary."

Because here's the strange thing: you're not quite sure where this is all going as you read it, but then all of a sudden you realize you're reading a very smart gay man launching a secular, articulate defense of the traditional definition of marriage.

I'll leave you for a while with this great excerpt:
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If the reflective class, represented by intellectuals in the media and the academic world, continues to undermine the ideological superstructure of the visceral code operative among the “culturally backward,” it may eventually succeed in subverting and even destroying the visceral code that has established the common high ethical baseline of the average American — and it will have done all of this out of the insane belief that abstract maxims concerning justice and tolerance can take the place of a visceral code that is the outcome of the accumulated cultural revolution of our long human past.

The intelligentsia have no idea of the consequences that would ensue if middle America lost its simple faith in God and its equally simple trust in its fellow men. Their plain virtues and homespun beliefs are the bedrock of decency and integrity in our nation and in the world. These are the people who give their sons and daughters to defend the good and to defeat the evil. If in their eyes this clear and simple distinction is blurred through the dissemination of moral relativism and an aesthetic of ethical frivolity, where else will human decency find such willing and able defenders?
___

By See-Dubya at 03:41 AM | Comments |

See-Dubya: Hezbollah--Drugs for Bombs (BIGGER, LONGER, UNCUT!)

Sometimes when I discuss my odd--for the blogosphere--opinions about drug legalization with people (I'm against it), I get told, "Dude, you clearly lack a basic grasp of fundamental economics."

For today, I'll save my several retorts to that in favor of an observation. Did you notice that no one ever says, on this issue or any other, "Dude, you clearly lack a basic grasp of fundamental sociology"? Why is that?

Anyway, this is just a prelude to a link to Captain Ed's spot on comments on that Hezbollah cocaine smuggling ring they busted in Ecuador and the US: "Snort Cocaine and Fund More Bombings".

Pretty much, yeah.

UPDATE: Rusty responds. One-two-three-four I declare a blog war!

So, I don't get the logic in See Dubs post? On the sociological implications I have no argument other than people ought to be able to poison themselves as a fundamental aspect of human liberty. However, to the larger point. The reason Cocaine is being used to fund terrorists is that Cocaine is very profitable. The reason Cocaine is very profitable is that it is illegal. Unless you want to argue that Phillip-Morris contributes to terrorism.......

Any thoughts y'all??


UPDATE II SEE DUB'S SALVO: What's a blog war and how do I fight it? Who is the enemy? I think we should end the costly and unproductive War on Blogs.

(BTW the sociology comment was purely a throwaway line about the irrelevance of sociology, not a response to the economics point.)

NOW: Rusty, citing Philip Morris, has swallowed the treble hook way back into his gills. Let's set it with a sharp upward twitch of the rod:

Alleged Donors To Hezbollah Facing Trial
By Gordon Fairclough
Staff Reporter of The Wall Street Journal

12/03/2001
The Wall Street Journal
B1
(Copyright (c) 2001, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On Thursday nights, the eve of the Islamic Sabbath, a group of Lebanese immigrants, all Shiite Muslims, would assemble at Mohamad Hammoud's house in a quiet, middle-class neighborhood on the eastern edge of town.

Neighbors didn't pay much attention to the weekly get-togethers, but federal prosecutors say they had a purpose beyond socializing and prayer: Members of the group were also helping to raise funds for Hezbollah, which the U.S. government has branded a terrorist organization.

Earlier this year, a federal grand jury in Charlotte indicted Mr. Hammoud, fellow immigrant Said Harb and seven others on charges they conspired to smuggle millions of dollars of cigarettes and divert part of the profits to the Beirut-based terrorist group.

Mr. Harb and three other men were also charged with trying to procure specialized equipment for Hezbollah, including night-vision goggles, global-positioning systems, laser range-finders and advanced aircraft-analysis software.

Today, a judge in the U.S. District court here is scheduled to hear arguments on a critical aspect of this closely watched case: whether the government can use wiretaps collected by Canada's intelligence agency as evidence in the defendants' criminal trial. The Charlotte case is the first big test of a 1996 law that prosecutors hope will be a major tool in Washington's legal war on terror. The law, known as the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, makes it illegal to provide funding or material aid to foreign terror groups.

Conversations between Mr. Harb and an alleged Hezbollah operative in Canada that were intercepted by intelligence agents are central to the government's claim that he provided "material support" to Hezbollah. Mr. Harb's lawyer, Christopher Fialko, says that the wiretaps should be thrown out, claiming that they were obtained in violation of Mr. Harb's constitutional rights.

(SNIP)

By the mid-1990s, prosecutors say, Messrs. Hammoud and Harb were involved in a large-scale cigarette-smuggling operation that was initially discovered by a local sheriff's deputy, Bob Fromme. Mr. Fromme and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms pursued the smugglers for years as they plied the roads between North Carolina and Michigan, where they delivered their cigarettes to gas stations owned by another Lebanese immigrant.

In North Carolina, the state cigarette excise tax is just 50 cents a carton. In Michigan, it is $7.50 a carton, enabling the smugglers to pocket much of the difference, law-enforcement officials say. Between 1996 and 1999, the group funneled millions of dollars of cigarettes to Michigan, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars for themselves, according to investigators' estimates.

By the summer of 1999 -- when the ATF and the U.S. attorney's office in Charlotte were ready to seek indictments in the case -- the FBI stepped in. Agents said they had been investigating members of the smuggling ring for possible involvement with Hezbollah. FBI counterterrorism agents had been watching suspected Hezbollah members in the U.S. for years. The radical Shiite Muslim group was implicated in the 1983 bombing of a U.S. Marine barracks outside Beirut that killed 241 people, among other attacks. Three alleged Hezbollah members also are on the list of most-wanted terrorists assembled by the FBI in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Prosecutors allege that significant sums of money generated by the Charlotte group's smuggling operations were sent to Lebanon by courier and wire transfer for use by Hezbollah. They cite letters from a person they say is a Hezbollah member in Lebanon that were sent to Mr. Hammoud in Charlotte. "The group thanks you a lot on your contributions and may Allah reward you," the Hezbollah official writes in one exchange.

Mr. Harb's lawyer, Mr. Fialko, says in a court filing that Hezbollah was "founded and run by Shiite Muslim clerics" and that Muslims "have an obligation under Islamic law to provide financial support to religion, including entities such as Hezbollah." Mr. Fialko says that the government's ban on contributions to Hezbollah violates his client's rights to freedom of speech and religion. [SEE DUBYA: I love that part!]

The suspects in Charlotte apparently weren't waiting until judgment day to reap their rewards. Prosecutors say the defendants bought houses and cars and invested substantial amounts of their allegedly ill-gotten gains in legitimate businesses. Embracing the American way of life, Mr. Harb even arranged for some of his relatives to marry Americans so they could get U.S. citizenship.

Messrs. Harb and Hammoud, who pleaded "not guilty" to all charges, are in custody awaiting the start of their trial, now set for April. Even if Mr. Hammoud, who isn't a U.S. citizen, is acquitted, prosecutors say he could be deported for allegedly lying to immigration authorities. Mr. Harb, however, has been a citizen since the mid-'90s. In a November 2000 letter headed "In the Name of God," Mr. Harb wrote from jail to the federal judge presiding over his case: "I want you to know that I love this country."
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So: cigarettes are legal and taxed, and yet they're also smuggled to support Hezbollah. The reason cigarettes and cocaine are profitable is partially because they're illegal, yes, but mostly because they're so addictive people will pay nearly anything to get them. Cocaine's extremely addictive properties are, not incidentally , why it is illegal.

UPDATE III: (See-dubya)--Another one on the line. Pixy Misa writes:

"In North Carolina, the state cigarette excise tax is just 50 cents a carton. In Michigan, it is $7.50 a carton, enabling the smugglers to pocket much of the difference, law-enforcement officials say.

Well, don't do that then."

Of course not. These differences in state taxation are an incentive to smuggle. Obviously the Federal government should maintain uniform levels of taxation on controlled substances throughout the states.

Surely these individual tax assessments of sovereign states affect interstate commerce. We can justify it through the Commerce Clause!

Oh, wait a minute...

Blog War II: The Rusty Strikes Back

Again, the reason cigarettes are being smuggled is because taxation at such a high rate in some states makes them de facto illegal. Anyway, my main argument for ending the war on drugs is a moral one: liberty. Liberty implies the right to choose to do stupid things, like take drugs. There is no need for government to try to discourage people from doing stupid things. Natural selection kinda has a way of taking care of that.....

Jeff at Shape of Days decided to get in on the blog war........

By See-Dubya at 03:16 AM | Comments |

See Dubya: Fly the Iraqi Skies

Last night I watched an old, kinda crappy John Wayne film called Brannigan about a Tough Chicago Cop who goes to England to extradite a fugitive mob boss. I stopped and froze the DVD in place when they showed the Heathrow terminal signboard with the arrival times of various airlines.

"Iraqi Air" jumped out at me. 1975, and there they were flying into Heathrow. Huh.

And then today, courtesy of the Corner, I see this. Weird.

Well, Godspeed.

By See-Dubya at 12:06 AM | Comments |

June 22, 2005

See-Dubya: Marx v. Mormons

I'm a big fan of Lee Harris, as I've mentioned before here. This is a bizarre subject for a column but he doesn't disappoint: evaluating the legacy of Brigham Young versus that of Karl Marx.

By See-Dubya at 11:32 PM | Comments |

Why this is an opportunity I just can't pass up

Why this is an opportunity I just can’t pass up.


Well I see it’s still Wednesday so what the hell. I must say I’m having a good time posting stuff. I got to figure out how to make a link work. I got to play around on the net. Pretty cool stuff. Plus I got to post, just what I wanted on a web site that gets 40,000 hits per week. So you know if I’m willing to oblige your entertainment the least you could do is ANSWER THE DAMN QUESTION!

I really don’t care if I’m a character or not but don’t think I’m so ignorant as to not know WTF or WTW or WZW(god that one was lame). You can depend on me to post some kind of trash each Sunday and Wednesday for as long as Rusty allows me to. So eat your heart out boys. Because like Rusty always says “Words mean something”. And if I have to play a character to get this platform then let it be so. You don’t have to look much past DICK Durbin to see the power the blogs have. For me to waste that power by not taking this opportunity is just stupid. But don’t think I’m going to fall for those lame comments on my earlier post. It takes pros like Rusty, Greg, and Osama to really get me, the rest of you mostly suck, except you YBP.


When Rusty asked me if I wanted to post a few things well I was a little nervous because I figured well you know, what does a moron like me have any business doing this for? A little suspicious too. So if I get labeled white trash that is both fair and fine by me because it could not be more truthful. But in my email I marveled about how “nobody” from “nowhere” could post a comment and speak over all the things that are supposed to keep me and others like me in our place, well I would like to think that has something to do with it too. So A BIG “LICK ME” TO JIMMY, JIMMY, LICK ME. I’m here as long as Rusty will allow me to post. I’m on the front page and you don’t have to click to see what I have to say. I’ll stay there till knocked down or shouted off.

A lot of you guys should think seriously about what you post. I mean what if Greg turned his enormous talent and energy to exposing our enemy? What if he spent just 10% of this energy on that just for us his fellow Americans? Not saying I want Greg or any of you to change one bit. I like you or I would not be here. Also those who read but don’t post, speak the hell up. I’m just saying what a powerful platform to be given and what an opportunity to speak. Never before in all history that I know of. Don’t freaking waste it because I spent way over half of my life wasting it and I’m not going to do it anymore. People face the death penalty in Iran for this shit. Now if you will excuse me I have to save some ranting for next week.

By Howie at 09:20 PM | Comments |

Jack Kilby 1923 -2005

(Dallas, Texas) Born in Great Bend, Kansas, in 1923, Jack St. Clair Kilby was an engineer, scientist, and inventor. For many years, he worked for Texas Instruments and, in 1959, he patented an integrated circuit device made with germanium. His legacy is the explosion in Information Technology we now enjoy. Yesterday, Texas Instruments CEO Tom Engibous said,

"In my opinion, there are only a handful of people whose works have truly transformed the world and the way we live in it - Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers and Jack Kilby."

"If there was ever a seminal invention that transformed not only our industry but our world, it was Jack's invention of the first integrated circuit."

For his creation, Kilby was deservedly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2000.

Jack Kilby died Monday at his home in Dallas. He was 81.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 05:00 PM | Comments |

See-Dubya: Kofi's chutzpah

Others have posted on this, but I think it's really pretty brassy of Kofi to come in and take credit for the success in Iraq.

What's that they say? Success has a thousand fathers?

Recall that after the horrific UN HQ bombing in August 2003, the one that killed Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 others? The UN bugged out after that, and left the dirty work to the coalition. They've trickled back in since then, and they've probably done some good here and there, but the notion that because they had observers at the election they are driving the democratization of Iraq is ludicrous.

There's only the faintest mention in this editorial of the violence and security problems that plague Iraq. There is no mention of the daily, dirty, dangerous efforts of Coaliton forces to stabilize the country. He might as well be writing about post-tsunami Aceh.

Hell, Halliburton's for-profit contracting has done ten times the good in Iraq that the UN has.

Don't let the pressure slip. We need us some Bolton up there, kicking the UN in the patootie every time they do something stupid.

By See-Dubya at 04:43 PM | Comments |

Ha-ha: Leftists Go Apeshit Over Durbin Apology

William Teach, of the Pirate's Cove, invited us to put on our hip-boots and wade on over to dKos's place to see what the Bush=Hitler/loud-music=torture crowd is saying. But it's not the soul of Markos 'everything=torture' Zuniga I'm worried about. It's the normally lucid John Cole:

So Senator Durbin was forced to go to the well of the Senate to offer up a blubbering 'apolocorrection' after being cut off at the knees by Mayor Daley of Chicago. This was his second attempt to apologize for telling the truth...
The truth. Right. And the truth about my brother is that he was a sadistic follower of Pol-Pot who treated the lower bunk in our bedroom like Stalin did the gulags, what with the Hitleresque wedgies and all......

And yes, John, Durbin's remarks 'really are that offensive' for those of us who have a connection to the tens of millions killed in the gulags, were the victims of Nazi extermination plans, suffered the fate of being an enemy of Saddam, or have friends with relatives massacred in Pol Pot's killing fields.

Anyway, as one of a minority of right-of-center bloggers who accepts Durbin's apology at face value let me also add that no such pass will be given to the unapologetic America haters, such as Kos who says:

Torture isn't a partisan issue. And by apologizing, Durbin caved to those who worked their best to turn it into one.
Of course torture isn't a partisan issue, but as far as I can tell nothing that was done at Gitmo even comes close to 'torture'. Not every act of abuse is an act of 'torture', otherwise hundreds of thousands of prison guards in the U.S. would be guilty of said offensive.

I would also suggest reading this interview with a Gitmo interrogator. As Bluto observes, the interview calls into question the accuracy of the information Durbin used as the basis of his accusation. Even so, I believe there is a legitimate discussion to be had on the proper limits of interrogation methods. However, you cannot have such rational discussion with the blame America first crowd which jumps to the worst conclusions at the slightest accusation of impropriety--especially when no consensus has been established on what exactly is an acceptable interrogation method when Americans are still in the line of fire.

I'm not against Congressional oversight of military prisons, as is their Constitutional duty in Section I, only partisan ploys to overhype with disgusting equivication instances of abuse with institutionalized genocidal mass-murder.

Kos finishes his post by seconding Steve Gilliard who says:

But Dick Durbin can go f*ck himself.
Same to you Steve and Markos. Same to you.

UPDATE: Risking the chance that I'll lose readers to a better blogger, here is a taste from a post Ace does in response to Andrew Sullivan. The argument is equally applicable to all the Leftists who are hyping alleged abuse at Gitmo. But seriously, you have to read the whole thing:

But he refuses to address the central question: If you're not going to employ any coercive tactics against terrorists, how the hell do you expect to elicit information from them -- information, mind you, that will often (if not always) save innocent human lives?

Are there any coercive tactics he approves of? If so, it is his duty as someone who fancies himself an intellectual braveheart and straight-shooter to announce what levels of coercion he's comfortable with and would approve of. The tactics he is currently so, well, gob-smacked about -- denying air conditioning, chaining to the floor, playing loud rap music -- seem fairly mild. So it does seem, at least by implication, that Excitable Andy approves of no coercive tactics against terrorists whatsoever during interrogations, apart from raised voices and lots of cursing.

File under, man I wish I had said that......

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:34 PM | Comments |

Filipino Hostage Released in Iraq

This is VERY good news. Not only for the family of Robert Tarangoy, but because Tarangoy was taken hostage along with Roy Hallums. As you know, I've developed something of a relationship with the Hallums family. Keep Roy in your prayers, there is still hope. FYI--if you are in the Southern California area, there will be a candlelight vigil for Roy tomorrow in Huntington Beach. Details here. CNN:

Robert Tarongoy, a Filipino citizen taken hostage in Iraq almost eight months ago, has been freed, Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said Wednesday.

In a phone interview with Philippines' GMA television station, an emotional Tarongoy thanked Arroyo, The Associated Press reported. "She did not neglect me," he said, also thanking diplomats who helped win his freedom.

Asked how he was treated by his captors, Tarongoy said, his voice cracking: "You know how long I was kept there. It was difficult," AP reported.

In a written statement announcing his release, Arroyo said: "Robert is now safe in the hands of the Iraq hostage crisis team led by [Foreign] Undersecretary Rafael Seguis who is making the necessary arrangements to bring him back to the Philippines."....

The AP also reported that Seguis told GMA that no ransom was paid and several Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan -- along with Muslim clerics -- helped secure Tarongoy's release.

Seguis said Tarongoy could be home as early as Thursday, according to the AP.

Tarongoy's wife -- in the Filipino city of Davao -- told AP her husband's release coincided with their third wedding anniversary.

"It's a very wonderful gift for both of us," she said. "I'm very happy."

It sounds good, so far, that no money was paid. However, there is this from Forbes:
The government of the Philippines secured the release of one of its nationals held hostage in Iraq after agreeing to set demands, the previously unknown armed group which claimed to have held him said, as reported b, Al-Jazeera television reported.

The Doha-based channel broadcast a videotape showing the hostage held by two armed men, reading what they claimed to be a statement by the Philippine foreign ministry, saying it has banned its nationals from travelling to Iraq and adopted a new law to punish those who disobeyed the order.

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

Porn Star's Hot Lesbian Sex Fantasy With Bush Twins

When you read a story like this, the headline just sort of makes itself up! Tim at Opinion Bug was cruising the blog of the man I claim is the 14th most destructive in America (hey, somebody has to keep an eye on that gay-outing asshole) and found this little mini-interview with porn-star Mary Carey. Before you go on, remember that Marey Carey claims she is a believing Christian:

"Oh my God, his [Bush's] daughters! I’d LOVE to party with his daughters. I’d love to meet them. I totally want to have sex with them.
Yowza!! That's one of those kind of mental images that you know you shouldn't have, but, you know, isn't all that unpleasant either......

UPDATE: From WND:

She made no secret prior to the event of wanting to have sex with Karl Rove, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Pat Buchanan and Alan Colmes – in addition to at least one player from every team in the NBA.
No comment from Glenn Reynolds or Wonkette on Ms. Carey's other fantasy of a top-blogger three-way followed by group hugs and prayers to her Lord and Savior.......

Joyner Joyner Joyner, gotta link for Google hits......

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

Die space bastards die

Well Rusty emailed this AM. Howie, no posts? Well to tell the truth I'm busy as a beaver here. I have been reading and making an occasional comment as time allows. Thought about doing a post or two last night but a technical glitch forced me to play Galaga for about 2 hours. I think I was able to relieve some of my stress because things "moved" well this A.M. if you get my drift. In case you're wondering 330,000 stage 30ish Pretty good for no play in about 6 months. I could roll it over a few times in college.
Last year I fooled around with it for a while but only got to 940,000.

I do have a couple links for you today let's hope they work.

Dick Estell will read "102 Minutes" by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn next week starting Monday on NPR stations. God now you all know I'm a geek. I've not read the book myself so maybe I can catch at least some of it.

Also beer trail vacations in NY. Sounds fun but let the wife drive.

And Lions save girl from kidnappers and forced wedding.

Good news from Afghanistan. Well that link is dead already.

I'll replace with this fresh one from CNN about hostage release.


Also please comment on the Future of NPR and PBS. I get a lot from watching /listening and can we exclude Bill Moyer just because he's already gone and I feel that issue just covers over the real value PBS and NPR gives to our kids and to us. Yes total space bastard killing geek I am and proud of it. I'm really interested in the thoughts of those of you who are in education. I get WKMS out of Murray State. I worry about the children's programs and educational value being cut. I'm going to do a pledge and I know several conservatives around here who contribute and support WKMS.


DIE SPACE BASTARDS DIE. I'm just getting in the right mood to face them. Also I may have some posts this late this weekend. Hopefully as time goes by I'll get better and will be able to contribute more.

YBP: Wine will be 4 weeks this Saturday. It bubbles about every two minutes and seems to be clearing better with less sugar. Two to three weeks left. Everybody have a good one.

By Howie at 11:29 AM | Comments |

Interview With A Gitmo Interrogator

Very cool. Right Thinking Girl has an interview with an anonymous source who claims to be an interrogator at Camp X-Ray. Here is a little taste:

RTG: Okay, the report goes on to say that in “most times” the detainees have urinated or defecated on themselves and left for 18-24 hours or more. How accurate is this?

Smith: Patently false. We don’t leave them unattended for that long. If they defecate or urinate, well, we can’t be held responsible for that. If it comes to our attention, we let them take care of that and clean themselves up. I would also like to note that they do get regular bathroom breaks. They are also given some exercise, and their health is constantly monitored.

Hat tip to Jeff at Shape of Days.

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

Nationalism = Suicide Bombs (Religion of Peace Update)

New motto for The Jawa Report, thanks to Professor Chaos and Thomas Mann:

Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.

Via the New Editor (thanks for link Basil) we learn that al Qaeda has finally been able to convince a few native Iraqis to blow themselves up for Allah and for 72 Virgins. Evan Kohlmann has a translation of the communique.

Sept. 11th co-sonspirator acquitted in Germany, deported--will either be rearrested and thrown in real gulag as he gets off the plane, or will return to jihadi brothers to kill infidels.

Is the U.S. at fault for suicide bombings? Yes, says one newspaper. Is there any bad thing in the world that can't be blamed on the U.S?

Yes, every detainee at Gitmo has had a hearing. This is why I love Michelle Malkin. And here is a Nazi-Gitmo analogy that actually works. Because of the hypocrisy.....

Did Pol Pot have one of these signs in the killing fields???

Sir George finds a photo of the latest effort by Syria to keep terrorists out of Iraq. Apparently they hired the US Border Patrol to build it.

It's like Tom Clancy is a modern prophet or something: Drug money used to blow up Jews. Columbia may be doing their part to end this, but the PA certainly isn't. I have a novel idea, why don't we legalize drugs and put these guys out of business?

Dhimmis in the Academy: An organization that claims to speak for me defends an accused terrorists right to indoctrinate your children.

Dhimmis eating Vegamite: Australians put Christians on trial for telling the truth about that child molester and mass-murderer Muhammed.

If this is a consular ship, then where is the Ambassador? Al Qaeda not rolling out red carpet for new U.S. Ambassador.

Christopher Hitchens is a Jawa Reader: The Downing Street Memo and the Conspiracy Theories of the Moonbat Left (via QandO)

Leftards are idiots. Nuff said.

An interview with Thomas Lippman of The Middle East Institute on his recent visit to Saudi Arabia.

Boo-hoo: Islamaphobia.

Non-Religion of Peace:

Save our State to rally againts Mexican fascist landmark in Baldwin Park, CA--my old digs.

Brain Dead woman being kept alive to save baby, no comment from NARAL.

The only reference to Jennifer Wilbanks you'll ever see at the Jawa. Click here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:26 AM | Comments |

Can the NEA Nab Terrorists?

Ace says no, but Sobek says yes. Either way, just offending them would be good enough to try Sobek's idea in my book....

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:22 AM | Comments |

June 21, 2005

Durbin's Apology: I accept (UPDATED)

Jeff Quinton notified me that Dick Durbin has publicly apologozed. Ian from the Political Teen has the video. When I first saw the video, I thought, just like Charles Johnson seems to be thinking, wait, this isn't an apology at all. This is an I'm sorry I got caught and you took me wrong non-apology. However, after reading a more thorough account of his apology, the apology does seem genuine.

Ok, here is some of what he says. AP:

Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line," the Illinois Democrat said. "To them I extend my heartfelt apologies."
This is not really an apolgy.

I'm sorry that you believe my remarks crossed the line.

Then he goes on to what seems to be a non-apology to the soldiers he offended:

They're the best. I never, ever intended any disrespect for them,"
As my wife tells me when I try this kind of apology, "Whether or not you intended to be disrespectful, you were disrespectful."

And if that was all he said, then I would be forced to conclude, as Rob Porter does, that this was no apology at all.

However, at one point he does fess up and realize just how morally depraved his remarks were.

Via Will Collier this from Yahoo News:

During his apology, which Durbin delivered while looking directly into a TV camera broadcasting the proceedings, the senator said: "I made reference to Nazis, to Soviets, and other repressive regimes. Mr. President, I've come to understand that's a very poor choice of words."

He also reached out directly to Holocaust survivors, adding: "I'm sorry if anything that I said caused any offense or pain to those who have such bitter memories of the Holocaust, the greatest moral tragedy of our time. Nothing, nothing should ever be said to demean or diminish that moral tragedy."

Let me disagree with Will Collier and others who I'm sure will say this is insincere. I, for one, cannot judge sincerity. Given that judging sincerity is very difficult at best and more than likely impossible, my personal preference is to assume that a person is sincere. I have no idea, as Alexander McClure suggests, whether or not he apologizes simply to get fellow Democrats off his back.

Further, iff Durbin is sincere or not is not important to me. What was offensive was not whether or not he actually believed his disgusting analogy, but rather that his made the analogy.

Durbin has apologized. I'm with Chris Short and Citizen Smash on this. I accept the apology at face value. Now let us see him try and undo all the damage that has been done.

UPDATE: Funny. No, very funny. And funny again!

Oh, and as long as we're talking Gitmo. Hey, Kos. Read this.

UPDATE II: No wonder I'm a RINO. I guess I'm going to feel the wrath of angry readers on this one. But look, seriously, this seems to be a legitimate apology. Trust me, I've said equally stupid things in the past and I hope that when I try to correct them and apologize people will be somewhat charitable. If Durbin's deeds in the following months indicate otherwise, we will hold his feet to the fire again. Until then, chill.

UPDATE III: I guess I disagree with Captain Ed and Ed Driscoll and think that M.H. King accepts the apology.

UPDATE IV 6/22/04: I knew I would be in the minority on this one, but that doesn't bother me. There is a solid argument against giving Durbin a pass. Further, just because I accept Durbin's apology does not mean that he should not be censured. I think he still should be censured. Whether or not he should resign or be forced out of his role as Minority Whip is inconsequential to me. That's just politics. I'm interested in people doing the right thing, not politics.

As you may recall, I was personally offended and outraged by his remarks. And now, I personally forgive him for offending me.

A lot of great points made below in the comments section and also by checking the fatwas issued below. Michelle Malkin also has a good roundup.

I'm also glad to see I agree with Dean Esmay.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:54 PM | Comments |

When The Mind Goes Blank

From SouthCoastToday:

New research indicates parts of the brain that govern fear and anxiety are switched off when a woman is having an orgasm but remain active if she is faking.

In the first study to map brain function during orgasm, scientists from the Netherlands also found that as a woman climaxes, an area of the brain governing emotional control is largely deactivated.

This explains the bumping-into-walls behavior that I've repeatedly seen over the years. I always thought it was just something quirky and unexplainable.

By at 05:41 PM | Comments |

See-Dubya: Chicago Style--Catch It!

A while back I cross-posted this long post about how the accusations of "torture" at Gitmo would soon rebound on the accusers, since most of America is just flippin' fine with fighting this war "the Chicago Way". And just as importantly, because what was alleged to be torture is no worse than what happens to new pledges in fraternity houses across America.

I had given some anecdotal support for this claim here, but now the lovely, the talented, the Malkin has poll data backing me up.

Gitmo's a loser for the left. "Set the terrorists free!" loses elections for them. Hopefully they won't learn this too quickly.

By See-Dubya at 03:15 PM | Comments |

Are Political Orientations Genetically Transmitted?

A recent article in the American Political Science Review (APSR) by John R. Alford, Carolyn L. Funk, and John R. Hibbing claims that political orientation is, to some extent, genetic. The New York Times reviews the APSR piece here. A number of bloggers are also commenting on the piece, however, what they respond to is not the APSR article, but the New York Times review of the article. Since I am a subscriber to the APSR (yes, I know, hard to believe) I thought it might be worth something to throw in my two cents. After all, I seem to be the only blogger who's actually read the study (although I can't say this definitively, e-mail me or send a trackback if you also have read it).

I normally avoid this kind of discussion at this blog, but the topic was just so compelling.

The purpose of the article is summed up by the authors:

"In this article, we combine relevant findings in behavioral genetics with our own analysis of data on a large sample of twins to test the hypothesis that, contrary to the assumptions embedded in political science research, political attitudes have genetic as well as environmental causes."

The literature review for the piece sums up what all political scientists already know, namely that:

"Conspicuously absent is consideration of the possibility that certain attitudes and behaviors may be at least partially attributable to genetic factors."
The worry from many quarters from this type of research would be that to say genetics has something to do with political leanings would be deterministic. This troubles our Western sensibilities which are based upon the assumption that choice is an inherent attribute of humanity. However, the authors caution against reading determinism into genetic analysis:
Still, the connection is rarely so simple that a given genetic allele can be seen as causing a certain behavior. More typically, findings in modern behavioral genetics reveal the effect of genes to be interactive rather than direct, let alone determinative.
In other words, genetic predispositions are by no means deterministic. Genetics influences the way we think about the world, but does not determine our outlooks. As the authors summarize the argument:
The issue is not nature versus nurture but the manner in which nature interacts with nurture.
Next the authors move on to methodology. Julian Sanchez, who I presume has not read the actual research study, critiques it this way:
Count me a little skeptical: For one, unless these are studies on twins raised apart, you need to account for the fact that being raised as someone's identical twin is a difference in family environment that could conceivably shape one's attitudes in various subtle ways.
Very good criticism. However, the authors anticipate this objection and respond in kind:
Other evidence against the exclusive environmental argument is that the empirical results suggest MZ twins reared together are often less likely to share behavioral traits with their twins than are MZ twins reared apart, presumably because of extra efforts to establish distinct identities when the twins live together. In addition, as adult MZ [identical] twins living apart age, they tend to become more, not less, similar (Bouchard and McGue 2003), a finding that is difficult to reconcile with the belief that only the environment matters.
Further, since most parents are not aware whether their twins are identical or fraternal (controlling for sex, of course) then if MZ twins are closer politcally than DZ [fraternal] twins, genetics might be responsible.

The authors do not argue that genetics makes one a Republican or Democrat. Indeed, people like me who are Libertarian with Republican leanings may not fit at all into the study if such were the assertion. Rather, they base the study on the notion that certain character traits are to some extent inherited. Character traits such as openness in turn are translated into social attitudes. These social attitudes are then transformed, to some extent, into political attitudes and later into political behavior. The genetic component, they predict, should be an important factor but certainly not the only one or even the most important one.

The image below is Table 1 of the study (I have the study in both .PDF and .html versions). Click on the image for a larger version. The variables are controlled for sex since obviously fraternal twins sometimes are of opposite sex.

As you can see, genetics seems to account for a high of percentage of the correlations between twins.

One very interesting piece of information is the difference in correlation between Republicans and Democrats among fraternal and identical twins. While identical twins opinions about Republicans and Democrats is almost precisely the same (.48 correlation for Republicans .47 correlation for Democrats), the same does not hold true for fraternal twins (.30 correlation for Republicans and .34 correlation for Democrats). Using the authors' methodology, inherited traits account for a whopping .36 for attitudes people have of Republicans, while only .26 for attitudes people have of Democrats!

Why genetics would affect attitudes people have of Republicans more than Democrats beats me. Such inconsistencies obviously must be either explained or are evidence of a major flaw in the study.

Further, the data pokes serious holes at the author's underlying theory. The theory, you will recall, is based on the notion that certain personality traits, such as openness, would eventually translate into political attitudes. However, when one looks at the data one immediately notices the apparent random nature of the distribution of attitude correlation.

Why, for instance, would genetics account for a large portion of people's attitudes towards property taxes but not for divorce or gay marriage?? What inherited attitude would have anything to do with mundane taxation issues, yet not account nearly as much for issues of serious social change?

The authors further analyze genetic influences by coding each response as either "conservative", "neutral", or "liberal". An addidive scale is created using the 28 questions on the survey. The higher the score the more conservative, and vice versa. Table 2 below is obtained by running a standard Pearson's correlation coefficient. Click on the image for a larger view.

The above Table indicates that heredity seems to account for correlations on the constructed conservatism scale far more than the enviroment. What is even more shocking is that heredity seems to be even more important in explaining variation than educational attainment or party identification!

A not-so-surprising finding is the opinionation variable. Opinionation was measured by how often a respondent chose either the liberal or conservative response--in other words, opinionated people rarely are 'neutral' on these types of questions. Heredity seems to explain why some people are far more opinionated than others!

Another not-so-surprising finding is that party identification cannot be explained by the genes, scoring the lowest (.14) correlation.

One other observation made by Julian Sanchez is also explained by Table 2. Speaking of the NY Times article which he read, Sanchez notes:

The article closes with the chilling observation that, since people tend to seek out ideologically congenial mates, genetic concentration of this sort may well be increasing. Yep, the zealots you see on the party convention floors? They're breeding.
And that is, indeed, the inference the NY Times makes from the second set of numbers in the above Table. However, that is not exactly what the table means.

Using identical surveys filled out by a subset of the twins' parents, they attempt to control for 'assortive mating'. Assortive mating happens when you marry some one with similar political views. For instance, Frank J. married Sarah K. not only because she's cute and is great at cleaning showers, but because of similar beliefs about gun control. Same goes for Mike Williams and her Sporkness.

Unfortunately for the New York Times, though, the authors do not conclude that assortive mating is having a huge impact (I'll return to this later). They describe the affect as 'moderate'. So, no mutant uber-consrvatives walking the moonless nights seeking liberal brain should be expected in the near future.

However, the socialization effect + the genetic affect does lead to a cumulatively important influence. But if one were to seperate future IMAO twins at birth and raised by adoptive parents, there might be some reason to hope they may turn out semi-normal!

Table 3 below uses data from twin studies in Australia to see how valid the results would hold across cultures. Click on the image for a closer view.

While most of the items show similar patterns of correlation between U.S. and Australian twins, two do not. Immigration produces a very large correlation in U.S. twins but a rather weak one (non-white immigration) among Australians. The same is true of the socialism variable.

If genetics predisposed one to political attitudes how can that be explained?

Conclusion:

The article is a seminal one in that it, for the first time, raises the possibility of exploring genetic reasons for political attitudes and behaviors. For years, political scientists have speculated that genetics played a component in political behavior. However, such conversations were often held behind closed doors and never in a peer reviewed journal--especially the flagship journal of the field.

Why? You recall the outcry against Larry Summers, the President of Harvard University, when he merely brought up the subject that genetics may partially explain why there are less women in the hard sciences. The world of political science is far more politically correct and twice as quick to condemn any notion of genetics in slippery-slope arguments that inevetably lead to holocaust comparisons.

Trust me, within the week we will see a number of political scientists compare this research to Spencer's Social Darwinism, reinforcing dominate patriarchal paradigms, eugenics, and as the kind of thinking that led to the holocaust. Yes, it is that bad.

For instance, in the work's concluding remarks, the authors use several hypotheticals for explaining how genetics can influence political opinions by operating at the 'gut level'. Notice how they charaterize 'conservative' gut reactions in negative terms, but 'liberal' gut reactions in positive terms:

One is characterized by a relatively strong suspicion of out-groups (e.g., immigrants), a yearning for in-group unity and strong leadership, especially if there is an out-group threat (“Do not question the President while we are at war with terrorists”), a desire for clear, unbending moral and behavioral codes (strict constructionists), a fondness for swift and severe punishment for violations of this code (the death penalty), a fondness for systematization (procedural due process), a willingness to tolerate inequality (opposition to redistributive policies), and an inherently pessimistic view of human nature (life is “nasty, brutish, and short”).

The other phenotype is characterized by relatively tolerant attitudes toward out-groups, a desire to take a more context-dependent rather than rule-based approach to proper behavior (substantive due process), an inherently optimistic view of human nature (people should be given the benefit of the doubt), a distaste for preset punishments (mitigating circumstances), a preference for group togetherness but not necessarily unity (“We can all get along even though we are quite different”), suspicion of hierarchy, certainty, and strong leadership (flip-flopping is not a character flaw), an aversion to inequality (e.g., support for a graduated income tax), and greater general empathic tendencies (rehabilitate, don't punish).

It's as if the authors, knowing the reaction of their colleagues, hedge their bets against the worst accusation that can be made in the field: conservative.

And just to show that they are legitimate researchers, they spend a whole paragraph of their conclusion making sure the reader understand they hate President Bush and disdain Republican voters:

Similarly, if a Republican president had committed adultery with a young intern or if a Democratic president had dramatically worsened the deficit and taken the country to war in a far-off land on the basis of undeniably incorrect beliefs about the opponents' nuclear and chemical weapons capabilities, the positions of most voters on the acceptability of these conditions would be completely reversed. Issue positions generally reflect divisions; they do not create them.
Are you starting to get why I blog anonymously?

The authors also add this idiotic assessment to an otherwise fairly written analysis:

If anything, the heritability of orientation in combination with assortative mating may exacerbate the current divide.
This despite the fact that human evolution did not begin a single generation ago? If such assortive mating were to have any long-term political impact then the current divide that many pundits see between liberals and conservatives (who the authors claim are related to 'absolutists' and 'contextualists') then we should have killed each other long ago. If these two phenotypes, as they are called by the authors, have such inherently different views of the world then we would expect that over the very long term, that the world should be getting more violent...and not on account of better weapons, but because of genetics.

The only explanation I have that the authors concluding remarks were able to get through both the peer review and editorial process is that the editors and peer reviewers didn't think to question the odd logic based on the false assumption that America has never been more partisan than now. I'm afraid that those 500,000 Americans who died in the Civil War might beg to differ.....

While the article brings up some very interesting questions, finally liberated from backroom discussion, it should be seen as a beginning point and not an end. Such research in the future, I should hope, will avoid the type of liberal steryotyping used by the authors here in their concluding remarks.

All in all I am left agreeing with Pejman Yousefzadeh who says:

Genetics may very well influence how one behaves in the political sphere, but I think it is unwarranted for people like me to think that we are libertarian-conservatives because of something in our DNA.
NRO's The Corner is having a pretty good back and forth discussion on the study as well, although it is apparent none of them have read beyond the NY Times article either.

Hat tip: Memerandom

UPDATE: Shrink Wrapped has a good analysis of the NY Times reporter's misunderstanding of the underlying science.

Also, since Demosophist is a trained methodologist with a subscription to the APSR maybe he would like to add a few comments here? Same goes for Steve-oh-face and the other Steve, the Poliblogger.....

UPDATE II: Neuro Con has a pretty good analysis here as well.

UPDATE III: Charles Johnson notices this interpretation of the study by the MSM:

It’s not that conservatives mean to favor the rich over the poor and middle class.

And it’s not that they’d rather drill for oil than preserve the environment.

Because it’s not really their fault.

They’re just born that way.

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

Punk's Not Dead, Oh No!! (Religion of Peace Update)

For the last year burning your wife and daughter alive in an honor killing has been illegal in Pakistan. Hey, at least it's illegal.........

What's white and red and kills while surrendering? French suicide bomber.

Most suicide bombers in Iraq NOT French.

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Spain arrests 5 more misunderstanderers of the Religion of Peace.

New terms set for Gitmo detainees. Heh.

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Syria?? Letting people finance terrorism??? Are you sure we're talking about the same Syria here????

Coming soon to NBC Wednesday nights: Rafsanjani Based on the stand up comedy of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Don't miss the pilot where Rafsanjani's quirky neighbor, Achmed, loses the 'master of his domain' bet and gets his hand chopped off.

UPDATE: e-mail a terrorist!! Click here to e-mail site owner of The Official Jihad Support Group.

UPDATE II: Preston has the funny, even if that pic is a little, you know, G-A-Y...

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

Andrew Sullivan: The Left's Bitch

Sullie was kind enough to throw me a link last week in a rare show of solildarity with those who think clearly, understand that words mean things, and that the rhetoric coming out of the Left is dangerous to the lives of our soldiers. He now backtracks and says he supports Dick Durbin's disgusting and immoral comments.

It is this administration that has brought indelible shame on America, and it's people like Dick Durbin who prove that some can actually stand up against this stain on American honor and call it what it is. Good for him. Thank God for him.
Kevin Aylward, on hearing the news, changes the Sullie Meter to Disgusted.......

Related graphic.

Hat tip Unconventional Wisdom who sent the TB with no *cough* link.....

UPDATE: Slublog also taking Sullie to task. And as long as we're on the subject of criticizing other bloggers, The Commissar takes Cousin Ollie to task here and Kevin Drum here........

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

Who's Screwing America Up? Top 20 List

Who do I think is screwing up America? Last week John Hawkins of Right Wing News e-mailed 200 right-of-center bloggers asking them to come up with a list of the 20 people most responsible for screwing up America. 57 bloggers responded, including myself.

Here is the list I sent John. You can check out the results of John's poll here.

1 George Soros
2 Michael Moore
3 Noam Chomsky
4 Ted Kennedy
5 Nancy Pellosi
6 Oprah Winfrey
7 Simon Cowell (of reality TV fame)
8 Markos Moulitsas 'Kos' Zunigas
9 Jesse Jackson
10 Marie F. Smith (President of AARP)
11 Howard Dean
12 Howard Zin
13 John Aravosis (Americablog)
14 Anthony Romero (ACLU Executive Director)
15 Ruth Bader Ginsburg
16 Stephen Breyer
17 David Souter
18 John Paul Stevens
19 Sandra Day O'Conner
20 Harry Reid

Any disagreements or people I left out?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:25 AM | Comments |

See-Dubya's back

Howdy folks.

Check out Evan Coyne Maloney's fine little point here. Why isn't the ACLU all upset about taxpayer dollars funding those Korans in Gitmo?

I mean, if there was a state-funded program to distribute bibles to every prisoner in a state prison, they'd blow a gasket.

By See-Dubya at 04:58 AM | Comments |

June 20, 2005

Koran Abused by Nazi Guards in Miami Gulag

Quick!! Somebody call the ACLU!!! Get Senator Durbin on the line!!!! Before Bush-Hitler's Rethuglican forces torture more innocent followers of the Religion of Peace!!!!!!!!

Via LGF this from the Miami Sun Sentinal:

Attorneys for two terrorism suspects tied to an alleged al-Qaida dirty bomb suspect are asking for the dismissal of a federal indictment against them based on a jailer's mishandling of a Quran and intimidating jail cell searches that removed handwritten papers in Arabic.

The defense claims the seizures from the cells of Adhan Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi in May and June amount to government misconduct and an unconstitutional intrusion on trial preparation.

Jailers also disrespectfully tossed Hassoun's Quran on his bunk and left 8,000 pages of trial papers in disarray, his attorney Kenneth Swartz said in motions filed Friday....

On the Quran, a jail officer took a piece of paper with Arabic writing, but Hassoun explained that he had copied an excerpt from the holy book and showed him the matching text. The officer returned the paper and tossed the Quran on the bed.

BECAUSE IF THIS TORTURE IS NOT STOPPED THEN OSAMA BIN LADEN HAS ALREADY WON!!!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:26 PM | Comments |

What, Me Jealous?

Austin Bay:

We picked up GEN John Abizaid, who was already in Djibouti, and flew from East Africa to Afghanistan. While waiting for a chinook (Ch-47) helicopter to pick us up, I got a chance to check out the flight line. That included a quick look at the Dutch Air Force F-16s deployed to Afghanistan. At the moment I am north of Kabul at Bagram Air Base. The flight to Bagram is spectacular. At the moment the central valley is lush with crops. The Himalayas literally wall the valley, quickly leaping from rough, brown cliffs to the snow-capped peaks.
And I spent the day dreaming about that one time I was at the movies and Lakers' head coach Pat Reilly was right behind me. Man, I bet Austin Bay would trade his trip for my moment of glory in a heart beat......

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:20 PM | Comments |

Kos: Defeatist Asshole Who Needs Ass Kicked

Kos--"So we are stuck in an unwinnable war, with a Right Wing that's increasingly shrill as they hold on desperately to the what last straws they have ("they hate America!" "Last throes!")."

Kos--"The insurgency is becoming more deadly, more effective, and it's nowhere near being defeated."

Kos readers, see this for debunking of claims terrorists, who you, like the MSM, like to call 'insurgents' are getting more effective.

Kos--"Yet the same idiots who now claim Saddam's torture rooms gave them justification to invade Iraq (while ignoring torture rooms in allied countries, like Uzbekistan), they now claim torture by our side is no big deal."

What TORTURE asshole? We are not claiming 'torture is no big deal', what we are claiming is that almost every single case of 'torture' you cite is not, in fact, torture. Abuse, maybe, but not 'torture' you fool!

The American military is in the business of rescuing prisoners from torture chambers, not in the business of putting prisoners in them. Example here (hat tip: Tim at Opinion Bug).

These are fighting words. The kind of words that in previous wars would have been censored (yes, there used to be actual, real, honest to goodness censorship during WWII). The kind of words that would land you in jail during times of total war.

If I sound shrill, it's only because I am tired of Kos and company. While they claim there is nothing worse than a soldier dying they forget there is one thing worse: a soldier dying in vain. To claim the Iraq war is lost is to turn the self-sacrifice of our brave soldiers into a futile mockery. Kos even goes so far as to make the claim that the Afghanistan war may have been a mistake since the insurgency is still very much alive there. As if we hadn't already won the Afghanistan campaign.

Kos is a disgusting human being, with no realization that the GWOT will never be won in the conventional sense. There is no nation-state the terrorists belong to to sign a cease-fire with. The truth is that we have already won in Iraq and Aghanistan. What we are fighting now is not the same war. Now it is a war against terrorist forces.

Wait. Maybe Kos does understand this. Maybe he just wishes we would surrender?

[Yes, this post keeps getting longer the more I think about it]

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:59 PM | Comments |

Iranian Threatened with Beheading on Hostage Video

An al Qaeda linked group has threatened to behead a captive Iranian security officer named Shahab Mansouri if the new President did not release all members of 'The Organization of God's Soldiers' from Iranian jails. Al Arabiya television ran parts of the video in which the group is described as saying:

....it would send the hostage's head as a gift to the elected president if its demands are not met,
One should remember that Salafist groups such as al Qaeda are both anti-Shia, which Iran's ruling clerics are, and opposed to democracy in any form--even pseudo-democracies such as The Islamic Republic.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:28 PM | Comments |

Uh-oh: Nuke Plant Compromised by Illegal Immigrants

It's stories like these that make me want to become an anti-immigration advocate. WaPo:

Sixteen foreign-born construction workers with phony immigration documents were able to enter a nuclear weapons plant in eastern Tennessee because of lax security controls, a federal report said Monday.

Controls at the Y-12 weapons plant have since been tightened and there was no evidence the workers had access to any sensitive documents, said the National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees nuclear weapons facilities for the Department of Energy.

However, the DOE inspector general's office said in the report issued Monday that its field agents found "official use only" documents "lying unprotected in a construction trailer which was accessed by the foreign construction workers" at the plant.

"Thus, these individuals were afforded opportunities to access ... (this) information," the inspector general wrote. "We concluded that this situation represented a potentially serious access control and security problem."

The report, initiated by a tip in 2004, said the workers had fake green cards that certified them to work in the United States. Their cases were turned over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for deportation.

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

Nepalese Civilian Murdered by Ansar al-Sunnah (UPDATED)

UPDATE 6/21/05Yesterday we reported that Bilprasad "Binkumar" Gurung was Japanese. The name did not sound Japanese, but all media reports were that the victim was from Japan. Today, thanks to Chad Evenas for e-mailing me the story, we learn that Bilprasad "Binkumar" Gurung was probably from Nepal.

The Army of Ansar al-Sunna murdered 12 Nepalese civilians in August of last year. If you can stomach scrolling passed the images from the snuff-murder video made by the jihadis, take a minute to check out all the comments from Nepalese readers. The Nepalese may be Buddhist, but they certainly are not pacifists.

Khaleej Times:

Japan said Tuesday that a man Islamic extremists in Iraq said they had killed in an ambush on a convoy serving US-led forces was not Japanese, as stated by the militants.

“The name of the individual is clearly not Japanese. We believe the person was from another country,” said an official with the foreign ministry’s terrorism prevention division....

Gurung is a common name in Nepal.


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The only group of terrorists worse than Abu Musab al Zarqawi's al Qaeda in Iraq are The Army of Ansar al Sunnah. These are some evil sadistic dudes. While they don't get as much press as Zarqawi's group (and they actually are loosely linked with Zarqawi) they do just as much damage and specialize in murdering Kurds and Turkish civilians. They announced today that they murdered a Japanese man Bilprasad "Binkumar" Gurung.

This is the same group that murdered Japanese hostage Akihiko Saito. It was Zarqawi who personally beheaded Japanese hostage Shosei Koda.

Developing.....

SITE:

Ansar al-Sunnah claims responsibility for the murder of Bilprasad (alias Binkumar) Gurung, a Japanese contractor for the America-Iraqi Solutions Group, and six of his guards who worked for the same corporation. The ambush of this convoy was executed yesterday, as the group was coming out of al-Walid Base near Ramadi, west of Baghdad.

According to the message, Gurung and his bodyguards were ambushed and the ensuing battle “killed them all, and also this dirty Westerner.” Two of the guards were indicated to have been captured and an “investigation” divulged that Gurung and the guards were on a “mission to distribute the non-believers’ guards (National Guards) salaries.” [SITE has more for subscribers]

He was apparently an employee of The American-Iraqi Solutions Group. From their website:
American-Iraqi Solutions Group (AISG) is a specific grouping of international firms within Iraq and consists of a core American-Iraqi team all under Iraqi and American ownership. AISG is an assembly Iraqi and international firms that have come together to jointly work towards the reconstruction of Iraq.....

Due to security issues that currently exist in Iraq we are obligated to protect the safety and well being of our Iraqi staff, teams, and personnel. So as you read and learn more about AISG, please remember that some facts, names, pictures and specifics have been intentionally left out to protect our Iraqi staff who place their lives on the line to be partners in the reconstruction of their nation. We work hard towards the day when the security Iraq is stabilized and this concern will no longer be an issue.

And from another page at their website this interesting tidbit:
AISS built an organization of professionals with cross cultural diversity who have years of experience in multiple levels of security development. AISS employs over 250 foreign professional security operators and managers. They coordinate missions with over 2000 personally trained Iraqi security forces making AISS the most unique security provider in Iraq. AISS tactfully designed a "Low Profile" mission attitude, there achieved goal allows them to move in and about Iraq with the least amount of attention with the greatest success. They designed 200 "Low Profile" vehicles for a varying number of missions each day.
Here is a media report on what looks to be the same incident. It apparently happened last Sunday:
Chijan said the badly decomposed bodies of another seven men, including one Iraqi and six believed to be "Asians," were brought to the hospital after being killed in a convoy ambush several days ago. Most had been shot in the face.

The slain Iraqi was identified as Ahmed Adnan, said his cousin, Hussein Ali.

Ali told the AP his cousin worked for the U.S.-owned American-Iraqi Solutions Group, a large company dealing in Iraqi reconstruction projects, with its headquarters in Carson City, Nev.

The company later sent the AP a statement saying 11 of its employees were killed Sunday when one of its five-vehicle supply convoys was ambushed east of Ramadi, 110 kilometres west of Baghdad, by up to 20 heavily armed bandits firing from an overpass.

And from the AP today:
In the Internet claim, the militant group Ansar al-Sunnah Army said its fighters attacked a convoy leaving a base near the town of Ramadi, killing the seven men and capturing two other Iraqi guards. The statement did not say when the attack took place.

The claim could not be confirmed. The statement, posted on a web forum often used by Ansar al-Sunnah and other militant groups, included pictures of the contractor's identification cards.

The cards identified him as Binkumar Gurung, working for the American-Iraq Solution Group, contracted by the Pentagon. The cards included a licence to carry weapons.

The statement said the contractor was Japanese, but no passport was included and his picture and name appeared to be South Asian. One of the cards also gave his name as "Gurung Bilprasad, alias Binkumar."

Ansar al-Sunnah, unlike al Qaeda in Iraq which uses Islamic bulletin boards, often uses a number of free servers to host their websites. This means their websites tend to get taken down fairly quickly. We'll let you know if we find their site.

UPDATE: Apparently, Ansar al-Sunna is using an e-mail list these days. Vlad has a copy of the original posting here if you speak Arabic. Below are images posted along with the communique. Besides Bilprasad "Binkumar" Gurung, the following men were also murdered by Ansar al-Sunnah and photos of their identification badges posted by the terrorists:
Mahmoud Yasin Mahdi
Omar Khaery Haren
Farook Jamal Helal
Ahmed Adnan
Mohaned Khddayer Abbas


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

CIA Chief on bin Laden Whereabouts: Sovereignty, Just War, and the GWOT

Ok, I'm not 100% sure how to take Porter Goss' cryptic allusions to bin Laden's whereabouts. Here's the question: If the U.S. knows where bin Laden is yet refuses to bomb his location for fear of violating 'sovereignty', then haven't we already abandonded the Bush doctrine of making no distinction between terrorists and the nations that give them refuge?

Further, let us suppose bin Laden is in, say, Iran, and the Iranians would nab him if they could but bin Laden is in an area which is not fully under government control. Would bombing said area really be a violation of 'sovereignty' if the nation is not actually in control of the area? I recall that Grotius uses just such a circumstance in his defense of just war. Further, the case of U.S. troops going into Mexico after Pancho Villa is another example.

NY Times via Polipundit (subscription):

The director of the CIA says he has an ''excellent idea'' where Osama bin Laden is hiding, but that the United States' respect for sovereign nations makes it more difficult to capture the al-Qaida chief...

''When you go to the question of dealing with sanctuaries in sovereign states, you're dealing with a problem of our sense of international obligation, fair play,'' Goss said. ''We have to find a way to work in a conventional world in unconventional ways.''

Asked whether that meant he knew where bin Laden is, Goss responded: ''I have an excellent idea where he is. What's the next question?''

From the link given by Michelle Malkin the allusion is being interpreted by the media as meaning that Osama is in the tribal areas of Pakistan. BBC News:
Bin Laden, wanted for the 9/11 attacks, is believed to be hiding in Pakistan's tribal region bordering Afghanistan.
However, there have been several alleged sightings of Osama bin Laden in Iran where recent Arab uprisings against the Persian majority have occured.

My own gut feeling is that bin Laden is somewhere in Africa. I have speculated in the past that bin Laden, who is a mystical believer in his own prophetic powers, would return to the scene where his first 'vision' became a reality: Somalia. However, the recent upsurge in violence in the Western Sahara has led me to rethink that position. Al Qaeda in Iraq recently congratulated the SCMP for the expanding of their terrorist activities out of Algeria and into Mauratania. It is very possible that bin Laden, then, has found refuge with the SCMP.

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

Dogs and Cats, Sleeping Together...

The end is near, James Joyner is engaged. Congrats dude.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:43 AM | Comments |

Hostage William Bradley Dead, Two Unknown Hostages Murdered

Two important updates to our Iraq hostage watch. First, several people made me aware some time ago that hostage William Bradley's body was discovered earlier in the year. Boston.com:

The body of a civilian truck driver missing since April in Iraq has been found near the place where his convoy was ambushed nine months ago.

William Bradley, 50, lived in Chesterfield before going to Iraq nearly a year ago to drive trucks for Texas-based Halliburton Co., which on Thursday announced the discovery of his remains.

The former Marine was in a fuel truck convoy that was ambushed near Baghdad on April 9.

Rest in Peace Mr. Bradley. May your murderers burn in hell after a slow painful death.

Second, a little noticed blurb from Douglas Wood. It seems that Mr. Wood barely escaped death but that two other hostages being held in the same room were not so lucky. The Sunday Mail:

DOUGLAS Wood has revealed he feared he was next to die after two fellow hostages were executed by his kidnappers in Iraq.
I first learned about this last week but did not want to bring it up until we learned who the hostages were. Unfortunately, though, I have heard no news on exactly who the victims were.

From what I have been able to deduce from published reports, the two hostages would have been murdered sometime between May 6th and May 9th. Yet no hostage murder videos or statements appeared during this time frame.

If any one has information on who the two victims were, please e-mail me.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:44 AM | Comments |

Freed Hostage Apologizes to Bush

Call former hostage Douglas Wood the 'anti-Sgrena'. Unlike that Communist serial liar and terror supporter who decided on her own it would be a good idea to shoot a video and beg the Italian people to pressure the Berlusconi government to withdraw troops from Iraq, Douglas Wood only made similar pleas because an AK-47 was pointed at his head.

Yesterday, in a brief interview with the press, Wood apologized to President Bush, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Prime Minister Howard. He also reiterated his support for the no negotiations with terrorists policy of the Allied governments. Melbourne Herald Sun:

"Frankly I'd like to apologize to both President (George W.) Bush and Prime Minister (John) Howard for the things I said under duress," said Mr Wood "I actually believe that I am proof positive that the current policy of training the Iraqi army ... works because it was Iraqis that got me out," he added.
Douglas Wood is proof positive all hostages in Iraq don't get Stockholm syndrome.

In the original hostage video, which I transcribed here, Wood can be heard saying:

President Bush, Prime Minister Howard, Governor Schwarzenegger, family, friends, please help take the American troops, the Australian troops, the British troops out of here and let Iraq look out for itself.
When asked who his captors were, Wood ruled out al Qaeda since his head was still connected to his neck. No joke. Yahoo News (with link from Howie below) :
"I didn't know whether it was al-Qaida or who it was," he said. "My head is intact, so it wasn't al-Qaida."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:25 AM | Comments |

Into the West

By Demosophist

I'm slowly becoming enraged as I watch Stephen Spielberg's latest epic Into the West, which purports to recount the history of a family in Virginia as they migrate westward and merge with the native Americans they encounter. It's hard for me to put my finger on what it is that bothers me about Spielberg's tale, but the essence of the problem is that it's inauthentic. And it's not one single thing that gives me that impression, but more like the fact that I grew up in a family in which the pioneering generation was only once removed from my own. Therefore, the stories really weren't that old when I heard them recounted by people who actually knew the principals. I actually knew my great grandmother, who had become the matriarch of the family by the time I was old enough to toddle around. I actually touched the bridge to that past so inauthentically recounted by Spielberg.

My great great grandfather was born in 1831 in Hemstead County Arkansas, into a family of eleven children. He lived with his parents on the farm until 1854 when he got a job as a "bull-whacker" driving an ox team to California. In the sanitized version of the story he simply returned to Arkansas in 1860, without explanation. According to my grandfather, however, he had fallen in with another Arkansan who was making his living as a "horse thief," and when the predation business got too tough this fellow convinced my ancestor to return to Arkansas with him, on the promise that if he did so he could have his pick of a litter of the fellow's sisters. In reality they weren't his sisters, but wards of his parents. The girls had lost their parents during a migration from Tennessee to Arkansas, and had been informally adopted by this fellow's family. So in his mind they were, sort of, his property and he could dispense them as assets.

At any rate my forbear ultimately made his choice, a stern young woman named Rebecca, whom he married in 1861. Shortly after that he and three brothers were conscripted by force into the Confederate Army: the 35th Arkansas Regiment. They served grudgingly, to say the least, until during the middle of January in 1863 one of the brothers was killed. It's not clear whether he died during a battle, but at any rate the three surviving brothers decided they'd had enough fighting for the Confederacy, and lit out with the army in hot pursuit. And I do mean hot. Apparently one of the three, John, was wounded during the chase and died a short time later at his home, at the age of 18. Two of their sisters, ages 16 and 17, were apparently killed during the same violent encounter with the Confederate establishment, but he and Rebecca escaped and headed to Washington State, where they became homesteaders. My grandfather said that the old fellow was "the most hard working man I have ever known." My guess is that he wasn't exaggerating, and that my great great grandfather was really running from that disaster he had barely escaped, for the rest of his life. No doubt he considered hard work a small price to pay.

There's a lot to this story, and I suspect it's not atypical. It's paralleled by many others of the time, but there really isn't much grist for a "politically correct" yarn. When you look at pictures of Joseph and Rebecca it's clear that they were rather stern folk to say the least. Their religion is listed in a number of documents as "evangelical," so I don't imagine that would pass Hollywood's ancestral heroes standard either. And though "decent," the life they led was hardly idyllic. Homesteaders of that era tended to just work themselves to death... which is what one had to do just to keep from going under. One could lose everything with a single bad crop. There aren't many people around now with much appreciation for what that was like, but I know a few hippies who tried homesteading in the '60s and they starved and froze for over a decade before they achieved any sort of stability in their lives. And homesteading in the 1860s must have been considerably more difficult than homesteading in the 1960s, one would imagine.

Into the West is supposedly about a kind of multigenerational, multi-ethnic family epic that must have been a rare exception, if it ever happened at all. Not that there weren't examples of intermarriage between native Americans and white settlers, but the conditions of such merges must have been incredibly difficult and they hardly coursed through the vital guts of either culture. They were fringe histories, and to learn the lessons that such stories have to tell us it's important to represent them accurately. To look at Spielberg's depiction of the Lakota and Cheyenne one would think that the two cultures would have met on equal footing had it not been for the intervention of a few evil men. But the unfortunate truth is that both cultures were naturally brutal, and of the two the native American culture had no moral advantage. It just wasn't as lethal, in the end. When, for instance, the Lakota managed a victory over Custer they savagely mutilated "survivors" leaving them to die in agony, with their scalps, genitals, arms and legs removed.

This is not the stuff of which great PC myths are made. Nor did my great great grandfather desert the Confederacy out of any sense of affiliation for the noble Union cause, although it was no accident that the South filled its ranks with abductees. That was, after all, the nature of the virus. (It's what the "insurgents" are currently doing in Iraq.) Of late the fashion has been to paint the Confederacy in mellower tones, if only to avoid the implication that there's such a thing as a "just war." How convenient. If we understood the Civil War on this level it would become difficult to avoid comparing the anti-war Democrats of that day, the Copperheads, with our present antiwar movement. And it would be impossible to avoid the insight that both seem to suffer from the same lack of moral clarity about the great evil of their own era. There is simply no way to give this story the PC slant it needs, without perpetrating a deep lie.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia and Anticipatory Retaliation)

By Demosophist at 01:03 AM | Comments |

June 19, 2005

OK, So I Was Born Yesterday

By Demosophist

Honestly, I'm so naive. I figured the story about the Downing Street Memos that fueled the make-believe Conyers hearings was just another in the long list of controversies over interpretation that plague the ideological divide, like the fracas over "imminent threat." It never entered my head that the memos are actually no more real than the Rathergate fakes. What's a creative new word for "surprised," now that Sullivan has violated the term "gobsmacked?" Yeah I'm that, and then some.

Update:

Captain Ed has more.

David Kopel has some sobering and valid thoughts about the Durban fiasco, comparing Gitmo to the UK detention of IRA prisoners which was deemed "inhuman and degrading" (but not "torture") by the European Court of Human Rights:

The European convention obviously does not apply to the American interrogation of Arab or Afghan terrorist suspects at a military base in Cuba, but there are still plausible objections that can be raised against coercive interrogations, even when the persons being interrogated are terrorists. Serious discussion about Guanatamo would be enhanced by looking to appropriate historical analogies (such as the U.K.'s self-defense in the 1970s against the I.R.A.), rather than to absurd analogies, such as those drawn by Senator Durbin, which trivialize the Holocaust, the Soviet genocide, and the Pol Pot genocide.

By Demosophist at 10:17 PM | Comments |

A couple links

Man I'm nervous as a girl with a bad reputation on Easter Sunday. Here are a couple links to GWT stories this Sunday. I doubt that anyone will have to suffer through more of my opinions until next week.

Happy Fathers day all.

Car bomb exploded in resturant

Douglass Wood returns home

And for perspective on what we could be dealing with.

YBP you have got to see the image in the story.

By Howie at 06:53 PM | Comments |

Senator McCain on MTP

I spent some time watching the interview of Senator John McCain's on NBC NEW'S MEET THE PRESS. I had few thoughts afterward. About party, the war, and politics in general.

link to MTP transcript

If you are a Republican trying to Casey Jones the Democrats and change the rules of the Senate so that the President can get every judge he wants. If you take advantage of our majority and use it to pay back every contributor and push everything past the minority. You put yourselves before our party and before our country.

If a Democrat, filibustering every judge that comes across your desk. Spouting terms like Nazi and Gulag to try and make your point on GITMO. Playing politics with the war and failing to support the President. If you think this war is that trivial. You are putting your party before your nation.

If you are right or left wing and you bite on all the wedge issues like abortion and stem cell research or other moral distractions that never die and then vote for President based on these alone. You are putting your ideals before your duty.

If you are a moderate of either party, or an independent, or just a citizen, and you failed to vote for whom you thought might be a good candidate in a primary or general election because of party or laziness. Well just shut up about George Bush and get behind him. For if you had voted John McCain may have been President right now. The far right and left all vote, blame you.

Also for those who bother to read the transcript and I know it's hard. Just read some. The next President of the U.S.A., uh I mean Senator McCain gives a great example of the manner in which these issues should be dealt with. Some things are just above politics and I think he knows what those things are. Let's not start playing politics and forgetting there is a war on. That is exactly what the enemy is counting on. It's not fair to the people of this country, it's not fair to the men and women serving and dying, and it's most unfair to the people of Iraq who are depending on us to stick with them.

I like quotes, so here's what I feel is his best one of the interview.

But you know what I've found out? That every time I've done something for what may have been influenced by political reasons, I've regretted it. Every time that I've done something that I think is right, it's turned out OK in the end. I've got to do what I think is right. And if it offends a certain political constituency, I regret it, but there's really nothing I can do about it.

Sen. John McCain R, AZ from NBC NEWS' MEET THE PRESS aired 06/19/05.

Another link to the transcript

I'm so jealous of Arizona.

By Howie at 06:34 PM | Comments |

Howie trys blogging

Well Rusty has allowed me to post a few things when I can find them. So I’ll try and add a few relevant links during the week. I also may express an opinion or two. But I’ll try to save making an ass out of myself for the comment sections. Rusty and I have the same problem we have real jobs too. So there will be no way I could possibly answer a whole lot of email should that happen. But I’ll try and skim it for links and stuff to post up. Maybe some of you regulars here can help with that. Please send links to either Rusty or myself but not both so we can avoid duplicate posts. Rusty allows links in the comment sections as well. The object from my perspective is to give Rusty more time to do whatever he does like write meaty opinions. Possibly I might learn a bit from the process. I have no idea what he’s thinking, he tells me nothing. Please post responses and argue as always as I think we all get a lot out of that. And now….

ISSUE ONE, PATRIOT ACT.

See this Yahoo story

Text of patriot act here.

The House last week passed an extension of the “Patriot Act” which makes searches of library records and such more difficult. The President has vowed to veto it. Some civil liberties groups have hailed this as a major improvement. Also the new bill would make the law Permanent and would require further action by Congress to repeal.


QUESTION?

What are the pros and cons of the new Patriot Act and should it be passed? What changes, etc, etc? And should anyone think that this “concession” is better than a simple extension with an expiration date?


I ask you, my fellow civil libertarian and recently reformed, Greg?


Eleanor? Uh I mean Filthy?


Sorry, I know I shouldn’t have. But I always wanted to do that.

By Howie at 06:19 PM | Comments |

June 18, 2005

The Enemy Among Us: The Islamic Thinkers Society of NY

The Islamic Thinkers Society are part of a vangaurd of fifth columnists who are enemies of the United States of America. While they may disclaim the methods which Osama bin Laden uses, they do not disclaim his goals. The group wishes to install Taliban like government in all Muslim countries unified under a single Caliphate. Eventually the group wishes to see a global Caliphate replacing the nation-state system.

We have documented the anti-American and pro-jihadi activities of The Islamic Thinkers Society over the past year. For instance, in April they were seen on the streets of New York with signs saying or depicting (as described by Kristine Withers):

US the real terrorist, oppose the war on terror, God hates the US because they have Homosexuals, restoration of the Caliphate, pictures of Abu Gharab, 9/11 pictures saying it was justified, etc.

They were telling me how wicked America and I was. A
member of the group was also telling me, "we will kill you", and "next time we will get all of NYC".

A video of the group shouting anti-American slogans, calling on Muslims to oppose the U.S., and desecrating the American flag can be found in this post which describes the event. In the same video members of the Islamic Thinkers Society shout:
Oh Muslims! Do you know your enemy? Isn't it obvious?...

The so-called terrorists are the only people who truly fear Allah. ... They are the only worthy causes, and the mighty superpower only fears them

The group, then, is fairly open about their support of enemies of the United States during a time of war.

Now the group is claiming there is an organized smear campaign out to distort their peaceful message and give Islam a bad name.

But even as they attempt a propaganda campaign out to rehabilitate their name, they reveal the truly evil nature of their goals.

From their website, with commentary in brackets:

Our objective is to resume the Islamic way of life to which will fulfill the purpose of the aim. Our objective is to bring back the apparatus that was destroyed in 1924 i.e. Khilafah [ie, Caliphate which united Sunni Muslims until the end of the Ottoman empire]. Indeed it was the Khilafah that united the Muslim Ummah under one flag, one land, one border, and one leader [This, of course, is not true since Shia Muslims did not recognize the same succession of Caliphs as did Sunnis]. It was the Khilafah which served as the appartus to make sure that Tawheed ['unification', used here to indicate the oneness of faith in the umma, or Islamic nation, under a single religious head] manifested in all ascpect [sic] in the Muslim Ummah's affairs. Surely, anyone who accepts any other system than Allah's Shari'ah is worshipping the one who has put his laws in place of the laws of Allah [in other words, democratic lawmaking with it's assumption that power derives from the people is un-Islamic]. This is a major form of shirk and anyone who commits a major shirk has left Islam. [Remember, the maximum penalty for leaving Islam is death. Therefore, any Muslim who advocates Western style liberal democracy is a heretic, according to the Islamic Thinkers Society. This is essentially the same argument used by Osama bin Laden in his justification for attacking states like Saudi Arabia. It is exactly the same arguement used by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi when he attacks the Iraqi government. It is exactly the same argument used when Ansar al-Sunnah beheads Turkish truck drivers. They are heretics and deserve death.].....

Having given these few evidences, is just to show the importance of having an Islamic State where it will serve as the mechanism to protect & nurture the Muslim Ummah with the correct understanding as well as the correct practicality of Tawheed. [Like most utopians, Salafists like the Islamic Thinkers Society believe that with the renewing of the Caliphate and the subjegation of the Islamic world to a single authority, the Caliph, will usher in a golden age. Like the Communist utopians before them, though, such a state would obviously be horribly oppressive.] This all goes towards purifying Tawheed as well as fulfilling the aim of every Muslim which is to do ibadat to Allah s.w.t. This is what we, as part of Islamic Thinkers Society strive for. To create the ideal Islamic society, where the furqan(criterion) for the individuals as well as the rulers will be the Qur'an & Sunnah [sayings of the Prophet] and the Qur'an & Sunnah only [that is to say, not only are individuals required to follow Islam as a form of personal adherence to righteousness, in the way that other religious people might, but legal authority must be derived from the Quran as well. eg, all forms of government other than Taliban like states based on Islamic Law are illegitimate] . As always, our struggle is intellectual & political. [First, they disclaim violence...but then....] To us, this is a matter of life & death. A matter of jannah [paradise, eg, heaven] & jahannam [hell-eg, those opposed to the Salafist paradigm are heretics and going to hell]. It requires seriousness, dedication, & sabr [uncomplaining dedication].

While the Islamic Thinkers Society may claim they are a peaceful organization, one cannot adhere to their belief system and come to any other conclusion then that reached by Osama bin Laden. We are at war with the comrades of The Islamic Thinkers Society. I hope their activities are being closely monitored by the FBI.

Hat tip: Aaron over at Internet Haganah.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:44 PM | Comments |

Fatwas, Fatwas Everywhere and Not a One For Me! (Religion of Peace Update)

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There was an election in Iran yesterday, or what passes for an election in a country that proclaims my toilet paper (the Quran) to be the highest law of the land. Persians were asked to vote either for hard line Mullahs who want severe oppression or moderate Mullahs who only want a moderate amount of oppression. Either way, the fatwas are to keep on a rolling against every one and everything (but me!). What type of drugs do you have to be on to describe Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as a reformist or a moderate when the guy supports terrorism and a Jew free Middle East?

Oh, and check this out from Will Franklin who almost gets himself arrested for attempting to report on the Iranian elections in Houston. Yes, a nation that we have no formal diplomatic ties to and which is a state sponsor of terrorism was allowed to run polling places on U.S. soil. Gateway Pundit reports on a polling station in St. Louis and Publius Pundit from another location.

Check out what the grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini says to Christopher Hitchens:

I stand," he tells me calmly, "for the complete separation of religion and the state." In terms that would make the heart of a neocon soar like a hawk, he goes on to praise President Bush's State of the Union speech, to warn that the mullahs cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons, and to use the term "Free World" without irony: "Only the Free World, led by America, can bring democracy to Iran."

Zawahiri crawls out of his cave to announce to the world his NAMBLA membership will be renewed.

The Taliban didn't get that memo from Howard Dean in which they directed to lay down their arms and give us no more problems since the U.N. approved that invasion and is in charge of rebuilding there. Yup, their still at it and have taken 18 police hostage.

The lunatics in the Arab world are at it again: Zarqawi is an American agent.

Hi, I'm Bono and I didn't know all that Muslims took that stoning shit seriously.

KG over at the California Mafia notices that one of the men arrested in the Lodi al Qaeda ring was seen at a 9/11 peace service. Not strange at all if one knows about the Islamic practice of taqiyah, or permissible lying. It also could be explained by the fact that many radical Muslims do believe in world peace and unity. Remember Darth Vader's dreams were of peace and order for the galaxy--which could only be insured by a heavy handed tyranny. So to many MUslims believe that once Islam dominates the world then love, peace, and joy. The utopian caliphate is the long-term strategic goal of al Qaeda and other Salafist groups.

And would it shock you to find out that the head of The Islamic Center of El Paso was taken into custody for an 'administrative immigration violations'?? Remember, 'lying about belonging to a terrorist organization' is not the same as 'belonging to a terrorist organization'......

In Yemen 11 al Qaeda terrorists were just sprung by an appeals court. This is the place where the USS Cole was attacked and is an 'ally' in the GWOT.

Two jihadis in Michigan to be sentenced and a grad student at The University of Arkansas arrested for his plans to do exactly what Edward Said, Noam Chomsky, and a majority of his professor's rhetoric (if believed) compelled him to do--become a Jew killing terrorist.

Cassandra, over at Villainous Company, has decided that terror is not the enemy, but ignorance, and has put the MSM in the crosshairs.

John from Crossroads of Arabia notes that some in Saudi Arabia are looking to Iraq as a success story.

The guys over at Move America Forward have started an I Heart Gitmo campaign. I love it. Slap that bumper sticker on and where this t-shirt to your next poli sci class....

A former gulag prisoner speaks out against Amnesty International, Dick Durbin, and the idiots of the Left drawing comparisons to gitmo.

Durbin sort of apologizes, but not really......CENSURE NOW!! Speaking of, a new alliance has formed called Blogs for Censure. Needless to say, I'm a charter member.

Confederate Yankee on Dick Durbin alienating the dead vote. (SFW: no gay porn in post)

Lileks is, well, Lileks.

Dave Burge, known to the rank-and-file as Iowahawk, is back and he has found some of the personal correspondence of Dick Durbin.

Cameron has penned a poem in Dick's honor.

And for the definitive last word on Durbin, you have to see Cox and Forkum.

John Conyers (Moonbat-MI).

Let the analogies to the Greek gods killing their Titan parents begin. Blog-son Dan Riehl is set to be on Fox News tonight. If you are interested in the you-know-who missing in Aruba case you'll do no better than checking in with Dan over at Riehl World View or with Red and Tom over at Scared Monkeys. These two blogs consistently beat the MSM to breaking news in Aruba.

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

June 17, 2005

Alien NYC Girl, 16, Forced to Leave U.S.

(Queens, New York) Updating a story from April when two 16-year-old illegal alien girls were arrested for terrorism and immigration concerns and held for several weeks. One of the girls, Tashnuba Hayder, was forced to return to her native country of Bangladesh after the FBI discovered she visited "an Internet chat room where she took notes on sermons by a charismatic Islamic cleric in London, a sheik who has long been accused of encouraging suicide bombings."

Apparently, the other 16-year-old girl, name withheld, was not considered to be a potential threat and, although she is also an illegal alien, she was released from custody and allowed to go home to Queens. Go figure.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 06:58 PM | Comments |

Do You Think I Might Have Said Something That Resonated?

Whoa! Just took ten minutes to check in on the blogosphere today, really busy with the family, and lo and behold the damn that was the pent up anger at the Leftosphere's moral equivocation has burst.

Big thanks for the resounding show of support.

64 Trackbacks went through. I actually had so many trackbacks that our system thought we were getting spammed and shut the trackback function down several times. Dozens of other links with no trackbacks, including Glenn Reynolds, Hugh Hewitt, Roger L. Simon and Andrew Sullivan......thanks for forwarding the post to the bigwhigs folks!

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Technorati lists the post as the third most cited on the blogosphere today.....

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TTLB lists the post as the most cited in the blogosphere today......

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Two lessons to be learned from this. First, a lot of people are fed up with the Left's comparisons of the U.S. to genocidal regimes and are outraged at their moral equivocation.

Second, even though the Llama Butchers mounted Wonkette first, it took a Jawa to make Kos the bitch.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:09 PM | Comments |

Hot Topic: Jeb Bush continues to investigate Schiavo case

Rusty, I hope you don't mind my posting on this...

h/t World Magazine Blog.

Via AOL news, we learn that Jeb Bush has gotten a prosecutor to investigate the causes behind Terri Schiavo's collapse 15 years ago.

Gov. Jeb Bush said Friday that a prosecutor has agreed to investigate why Terri Schiavo collapsed 15 years ago, citing an alleged time gap between when her husband found her and when he called 911.

Bush said his request for the probe was not meant to suggest wrongdoing by Michael Schiavo.

''It's a significant question that during this ordeal was never brought up,'' Bush told reporters.

Michael Schiavo's attorney has said his client called for help right away.

In a letter faxed to Pinellas-Pasco County State Attorney Bernie McCabe, the governor said Michael Schiavo testified in a 1992 medical malpractice trial that he found his wife collapsed at 5 a.m. on Feb. 25, 1990, and he said in a 2003 television interview that he found her about 4:30 a.m. He called 911 at 5:40 a.m.

Yeah, I'd say that's a disparity. Wouldn't you call 911 right away if you found your wife collapsed at that late hour? And why wasn't she in bed with him where she belonged?

Many questions still remain unanswered about this case, in my opinion. It'll be interesting to see what this prosecutor finds.

For the record, though, I'd also like to say that if this isn't an attempt on Jeb Bush's part to curry favor with the evangelical voters, I don't know what is. Too bad he didn't think of this before Terri died.

Visit Suzanne's blog

By at 01:38 PM | Comments |

The Naive Fox

By Demosophist

The Glittering Eye made the following comment about my distributed post comparing Wretchard's contention that we're approaching a "Hansell-Lemay moment," with Larry Johnson's contention that we're approaching a "looming debacle:"

I think the most important implied point in AR's post [I cross-post to AR as well as the Jawa Report] is the need for the political leadership here to shore up morale and public opinion. This is an area in which the Bush Administration has been consistently weak.

Just to be clear, I'm not sure that all we need is a better sales job by the Bush administration, because part of the ineffectiveness of the current effort is that the administration is afraid to ask very much of the US public, which misleads them into believing that the threat is far less grave than it is. This, in turn, leaves the public open to a certain "degradation of moral clarity" such that we start worrying more about the way we handle the Qu'ran than whether we're defeating a pack of fanatical cutthroats bent on our destruction. If we could manage to get the job done by just using our pinky finger then that'd be fine, but one ought to recognize that the outcome is less certain and the cost may be much higher (in terms of American lives) than we thought. On the other hand, if we act decisively now and keep up the pressure there's every chance that we'll utterly destroy the enemy. That's the real implication of the good news we've been hearing.

There's an old Chinese story about a foolish immature fox who ran across a frozen lake in mid-winter and then, just as he was about to reach shore, relaxed and allowed his tail to get wet. The tail froze fast in the lake and he starved to death, unable to move. It seems to me that this story applies, or could apply, to Israel's recent indulgence of the Palentinian leadership, as Bill Roggio points out in his excellent piece: Abandoning Success. For seduced yet again by the lust for peace they seem to have stopped short of utterly annihilating Hamas and IJ, as though they could trust the newly elected Palestinian leadership to finish the job seemingly only a short hop away.

But the parable could also apply to the US effort, which seems to be a little complacent as it registers some encouraging trends toward democratic reform as outright victories. Meanwhile the enemy successfully appeals to the more foolish of our citizens, convincing them to legitimate the enemy's own propaganda. And make no mistake, they're mainly concerned with the impact that this retenchment of purpose on our part has on their own "strategic rear." In a word, the faithful repetition of the "Qu'ran flushing" and "Gitmo gulag" themes not only undermines our sense of purpose, but more importantly it freezes public will in the Middle East regarding democratization, and gives anti-democratic and totalitarian forces there an opportunity to regroup, recruit, and redeploy.

At some point Americans in general, and not just the military, are going to have to make a few sacrifices in order put totalitarianism under our feet for good, and the sooner we realize what that will take the better. Otherwise, even with all our success, we could end up like that foolish fox, wasting away in sight of shore.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia and Anticipatory Retaliation)

By Demosophist at 10:15 AM | Comments |

Sexy Teacher Debra Lafave Offered Plea Deal

(Tampa, Florida) According to attorney John Fitzgibbons, former teacher and sex kitten Debra Lafave, 24, has been offered a plea deal by the prosecution that would resolve the court cases in both Hillsborough and Marion Counties.

Lafave (photo) and her attorney appeared in court Thursday morning to discuss the possible plea agreement. The state's psychological evaluation of Lafave was given to Fitzgibbons and will be reviewed prior to deciding on whether to accept the offer. It's believed that Lafave may be facing some serious jail time even though she claimed to be insane when she committed the sex crimes with the 14-year-old boy.

Last November, Lafave pleaded not guilty to four counts of lewd and lascivious battery and one count of lewd and lascivious exhibition. Each carries a possible 15-year prison term. Ouch! Another hearing has been scheduled for July 18.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 01:35 AM | Comments |

June 16, 2005

No Posts on Friday

If any one else wants to post on Friday, feel free. I'm going to spend the day doing other things.

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

Bob Not Smilling Any More: States Sue Enzyte Makers

enzyte _bob.jpgThere goes my last chance of happiness! Not that I know what Enzyte is....er...I'm not even sure what it's for....I'm telling you, those aren't my 'natural male enhancement' pills....that's not my bag, baby....

Star Telegram:

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott joined five other states Wednesday in suing Steve Warshak, an Ohio businessman who owns a collection of dietary supplement and drug companies. Abbott's suit, filed in state District Court in Dallas, alleges fraudulent advertising and deceptive billing practices.

One of Warshak's supplements is Enzyte, advertised as "the once-a-day tablet for natural male enhancement." The ads feature a blissful Bob, smiling in gratitude to Enzyte.....

Warshak's ads resemble pharmaceutical ads, but the attorney general's office said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved any of the products.

"This guy is making a lot of money off of claims that are simply untrue," said Tom Kelley, a spokesman for Abbott....

No, ya really think it's a scam?

And here should have been clue #1. You know that little Latin phrase in the commercials they run in small print and in parenthesis? It says suffragium asotas. It's just a gimmick to make it look legit, like it's a real drug. It's not. Actually suffragium asotas simply means enhanced sexuality and it's not even proper Latin.

I guess it's back to the old pump....

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

Two in Lodi al Qaeda Plot Indicted

What's wrong with this picture? When WWII was declared the overwhelming response of the German community was to condemn en masse the Nazi front of the German Bund. Even though Japanese Americans were treated far more poorly than the Germans, the response from that community was to enlist in the Army in an effort to prove their loyalty to the nation and ease the oversuspicious among us.

How does the Muslim community respond to any and every indictment against suspected terrorists? By screaming intimidation and ethnic profiling.

Via the California Mafia we learn that two indictments have been handed down in the Lodi al Qaeda ring and how the Muslim community responds to finding out about the traitors living among them. Sacramento Bee (subscription):

Two Lodi men accused by the government of connections to terrorist training in Pakistan were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Sacramento.
Humid Hayat is charged with two counts of making a false statement to FBI agents, and his father, Umer Hayat, is charged with one count of making a false statement to FBI agents.

The indictment says Hamid Hayat was lying when he denied being with any type of terrorist organization and denied attending any type of terrorist training camp.

The indictment says Umer Hayat was lying when he denied having any first-hand knowledge of terrorist training camps in Pakistan.

Of course, if you've seen the Hayets' lawyer on TV he is quick to remind you that his clients were not indicted on terrorism charges, but on charges of lying. Which is technically true if not utter nonsense and sophistry since they are charged with lying about their ties to terrorism. I have yet to hear a reporter challenge their lawyer on this.

And which two groups are filing the complaint? Come on....do I really have to even say?

Also on Thursday, a coalition of Muslim civil rights groups and other organizations announced they were filing complaints of "intimidating tactics" against the FBI along with a formal request for records of its investigation into possible terrorist connections in Lodi....

The tactics involve denial of medical treatment, threats of arrest or deportation to coerce people, and denied access to legal representation, said Basim Elkarra of the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Sacramento Valley.

"This must be done in the way that respects people's rights," said Mark Schlosberg of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.

More at California Mafia.

Our Lodi al Qaeda cell archives are here and continually updated.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:08 PM | Comments |

I've so had it with the Gitmo argument

If you haven't figured it out already, I'm a bit pissed today. Has the Left completely gone insane? Have the forgotten the kind of people we are fighting?

Perhaps we have made some mistakes along the way in our fight against nihilistic Islamofascists, but so the f*ck what? It's like the words of Jesus turned upside down. These asswipes are so focused on the microscopic motes in our own eyes that they ignore the 30 foot beam sticking out of our enemies'.

It's as if 9/11 never happened, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi never sawed anybody's head off, and Saddam Hussein was just your every day run-of-the mill dictator that the U.S. hadn't been at war with for 11 years.

I've had it.

Please see this post by Ace on why the prisoners at Gitmo aren't criminals and shouldn't be treated as such.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:45 PM | Comments |

Heroes

The heroes of Raven 42 all received medals for their heroic action in fighting off a contingent of Michael Moore's Minutemen as they attacked a civilian convoy in Western Iraq in March. You can read about their exploits here. The seven ten (thanks Barb) members of Raven 42 (three of whom were wounded), the MP unit guarding the convoy, who survived the initial attack by between 40-50 terrorists saved the convoy from sure extermination. If this is the same attack that was claimed by al Qaeda in March, the civilians and every one else would have been surely murdered. These soldiers killed 24 terrorists, wounded 6 more (two who later died), and captured one.

Way to go troops. America, f*ck yeah!

UPDATE: Citzcom reminds us that a woman of the 617th, noted above, was awarded a Silver Star for her valour. The first Silver Star given to a female soldier, ever.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:26 PM | Comments |

Kos Says U.S. Torture 'Equal' To that of Saddam Hussein (A comparison)

Will somebody please punch Markos Moulitsas 'Kos' Zunigas in the mouth? I'm not kidding (although I may be speaking in haste and out of anger). Some remarks are so disgusting that they are fighting words. Kos hides behind the fact that he was in the military as if it gives him license to level any criticism he wishes on the armed services of the United States. Via my blogfather Charles Johnson over at LGF this from Markos Moulitsas Zunigas who has clearly gone beyond the pale:

The torture that was so bad under Saddam, is equally bad under U.S. command. And Dick Durbin had the balls to say it so on the Senate floor.
Will someone please grab Kos head, pull it out of his ass, and force him to please see below.

Almost all of the accusations of 'torture' are NOT REAL TORTURE. Instead, they are minor instances of harsh treatment--the kind of treatment you probably wouldn't want to be subjected to--but they aren't TORTURE.

There are some instances of abuse and perhaps even the occasional act of real torture, these, of course should be investigated. But to say that the occasional abuse is somehow equal to the institutionalized and routine torture of the Saddam Hussein regime is disgusting, immoral, and anti-American.

If even the worse accusations turn out to be true, which I do not believe for an instance they will be, they would be nothing compared to what Saddam Hussein routinely did and on hundreds of thousands of victims.

You, Kos, are a certifiable idiot whose blind partisanship is disgusting and unethical.

Warning: Graphic images follow.

The picture below is of a prisoner at the Abu Ghraib prison being tortured by dripping nitric acid on him. This was a matter of routine under the Saddam Hussein regime. Tens of thousands were subject to similar torture methods.

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Below is a picture of a family member of a Kurd who finds the remains of a loved one in one of the hundreds of mass graves in Iraq. Most of these victims would have been tortured in prison before taken to an open pit and then shot. For a recounting of the horrors of the Hussein regime, see the Iraqi Truth Projects excellent documentary WMD: The Murderous Reign of Saddam Hussein.


The Kurds in Northern Iraq have opened a museum dedicated to the victims of Saddam Hussein. This is one of the exhibits showing how the Baathists routinely tortured their victims.

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While not a victim of Saddam's torture chambers, this little child was targetted by the Hussein administration in an act of collective punishment. Chemical weapons were used to destroy this child's village.

While Kos complains that letting a prisoner urinate on himself is 'torure', perhaps he should check out the kinds of torture instruments used by the Baathists. Notice the saw?

Here is a victim of Saddam Hussein's torture chambers. Remember, Kos says,
"The torture that was so bad under Saddam, is equally bad under U.S. command."

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Another torture victim of Saddam. This one did not escape with his life.

These three victims of Saddam Hussein did not survive to complain about the air conditioning at Camp X-Ray or that guards there desecrated the Koran.

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Below is a finger vice used by Uday Hussein to torture members of sporting teams who didn't win.

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This iron maiden was used for the same purpose. The interior is full of spikes

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Please pass the word along.........

For other assessment of our 'torture' vs. our enemies TORTURE see our previous post 'torture' vs. 'TORTURE' or an animated version of the same theme from Rocco DiPippo here.

UPDATE: Grapevine's Ramblings adds three more photos grabbed from an A&E documentary for your conideration.

Bill Quick has another photo of one of Saddam Hussein's not so lucky victims here.

The Headmistress reminds us with the photo that made Kos say 'screw them' in the first place.

Jeff G. has a great essay here.

UPDATE: Donald Sensing on comparing Gitmo to the Nazis with graphic images...

[UPDATE: Trackbacks seem to be down again. Try it again later and they should be working....]

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:50 AM | Comments |

Dick Durbin Compares My Brother to Adolf Eichmann (and should be censured)

I've said a lot of idiotic things in my life, but at least I usually have the class to apologize. As I've written an umpteen bajillion times, to make comparisons between [insert perceived problem here] and Communist and/or Nazi attrocities is immoral. First Dick Durbin makes this idiotic comparison (hat tip to dozens of readers and other bloggers, but I grabbed the quote from Frank J.):

If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime--Pol Pot or others--that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.
And what was so bad that we have to bring in the Nazi and gulag comparison?
On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold. ..... On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor.
Right. My brother, just like Adolf Eichmann, once gave me a super-atomic wedgie.

And one time my sadistic Scoutmaster, who would make Stalin's head of the KGB Lavrenti Beria blush, made us camp next to the Colorado River out by Needles, and it was like 100 degrees at night!

The only thing more morally inept then comparing what is happening at Guantanamo to the tens of millions of people killed in the gulags, is to not back down once you've been called on it.

Via Bill Quick this news that Dick the Dick Durbin won't back down from his disgusting comments:

CHICAGO Illinois Senator Dick Durbin says he won't apologize for comments comparing American interrogators at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Nazis and Soviet gulags.

News of the Democrat's comparison created a buzz around the Internet today, fueled by sound bites of yesterday's Senate floor speech on radio talk shows. By this afternoon, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna asked Durbin to apologize.

Durbin says the Bush administration should apologize for abandoning the Geneva Conventions.

Had chief Dick of the U.S. Senate bothered to read the Geneva Conventions he would learn that enemy combatents caught without a uniform are not subject to the Conventions safeguards. This is why a major subplot in movies such as The Great Escape was that the escapee had to wear his uniform under his civilian clothes for fear of being shot as a spy. Get it? No uniform no Geneva Convention protection. As such, any terrorists caught are subject to summary execution. Anything short of summary execution is us simply being nice for its own sake!

Dick Durbin ought to be immediately censured by the U.S. Senate for his disgusting remarks. Any comparisons to the mass murders committed by the Soviet Communists is an insult to the memory of the tens of millions who died.

Paul says Durbin should resign:

Dick Durbin is ignorant of history, a complete jackass, and owes everyone in uniform an apology -- then he should resign.

Baldilocks agres Durbin should resign.

Mike over at Froggy Ruminations has the same idea, "I want Durbin’s job, and I want it now."

UPDATE: Charles Johnson notes that Al Jazeera resoundingly approves of Durbin's remarks. An important note here is that the jihadis fight because they actually believe that the U.S. is no different than the Nazis. Durbin's idiotic words do not help in the war on terror. It's the kind of stuff the jihadi propogandists like to use, "See, even your Senator Durbin believes you are just as bad as the Nazis......" Nice going, jackass.

Related:
The Gulag Archipelego vs. Amnesty International's 'Gulags'
Hithchens: AI's Broken Moral Compass
The Horrors of the Gulags
Amnesty International Calls for Arrest of Bush, Bono to be named Czar of World
MSM Ignoring Real Human Rights Abuses

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

Religion of Peace Beheads Retired Buddhist Teacher

I have a friend who spent some time living as a missionary in Thailand. Whenever the subject of Southern Thailand came up, he would just say, "Oh, no, couldn't go there. They're Muslim." He couldn't even travel to that area for fear of life and limb. This was before there was any sort of organized Islamist rebellion from Southern Thailand. Among the Buddhist majority, though, he was perfectly safe. All religions are basically the same, huh?

BBC:

A Buddhist man has been found beheaded in the majority Muslim province of Pattani in southern Thailand.

A note found next to the man's head claimed the murder was carried out in response to last week's arrest of a prominent Muslim student leader.

It was the fifth decapitation in a conflict that has claimed more than 700 lives in the past 18 months.

The note next to the severed head of retired teacher Kamol Chuneth carried a message obviously intended for police.

The note said that the authorities had arrested the wrong man.

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

Al Qaeda Leader Captured in Mosul

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A man described as a leader of al Qaeda in Iraq has been captured in Mosul. The image to the right is from Evan Kohlmann's organizational chart of al Qaeda in Iraq which can be found here. Abu Talha seems to have been al Qaeda's key man in the city of Mosul, long a strong hold for the terrorists. Notice that he was turned in by locals and that although he sent suicide bombers to their deaths he wasn't so brave himself. CNN:

The U.S. military on Thursday reported the capture of a man described as al Qaeda's leader in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Donald Alston identified him as Abu Talha -- whose actual name is Muhammad Khalaf Shakar -- and said he was captured on Tuesday.

"Talha has been one of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's most trusted operations agents in Iraq," Alston said. "This is a major defeat for the al Qaeda organization in Iraq."

"Numerous reports indicated he wore a suicide vest 24 hours a day and stated that he would never surrender. Instead, Talha gave up without a fight," Alston said.

Talha surrendered to multinational forces in a quiet neighborhood in Mosul, Alston said, after information from Iraqi civilians contributed to his capture.

Civilians providing such information indicates they are taking steps against the "increasingly unpopular insurgency," he said.

Hat tip: Howie

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

The Jawa Report is NOT a Google News Source

A few newer readers may not know that for a few brief months The Jawa Report was a Google News Source. Why not now? We were kicked off for alleged 'hate speech' violations.

Since then a number of blogs have noticed a definite Left leaning bias in the way Google does it's business. For instance, dozens of terrorist supporting publications are listed as Google News sources, including The Electronic Intifada and worse-- such as Jihad Unspun.

Google also disclaims any bias in which political advertisors to reject and which to accept, which is clearly not the case.

Google, you guys are full of crap.

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

Sheikh Alhilali's Role in the Douglas Wood Rescue

We've been saying all along that the Grand Mufti of Australia is more than a little full of shit. Over and over we were promised by him that Douglas Wood's release was imminent and that it was all his doing. So when he comes out and claims it was he that got Douglas Wood released, excuse us for being a little skeptical. Mad Dog Vinnie notes about Taj Aldin Alhilali:

It's starting to seem as thought the mufti has been studying at the University of Al Sharpton, with a major in Jesse Jackson Publicity Stuntism. All in the name of making the Religion of Peace seem, well, peaceful, I bet.
Indeed. Check out the rest of this excellent fisking here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:27 AM | Comments |

June 15, 2005

What, Me Guilty? Mounties Nab al Qaeda Cache

Ok, every once and awhile you have to ignore our usual Blame Canada attitude and give our neighbors in the Great White North some credit where credit is due.

First this from The Toronto Star (via James Joyner):

The RCMP and Canadian military believe they've discovered a vital cache of information on Al Qaeda that includes the whereabouts of wanted members and details of attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan.

The information is allegedly contained in a laptop, dozens of DVDs, audiocassettes and the pages of diaries, seized by the RCMP officers who met Zaynab Khadr at Pearson airport with a search warrant as she arrived back in Canada in February, court documents state.

Who is Zaynab Khadr? From The Toronto Free Press we learn that her family is good buddies with the bin Ladens. The bin Ladens throw the most fabulous dinner parties, dahling! Oh, and Osama just happened to show up at her wedding. How utterly inappropriate--he wasn't even dressed for the occasion:
Zaynab Khadr claims she didn’t know that terrorist Osama bin Laden would attend her wedding in Pakistan....

"I mean we don’t even write invitations for weddings," Khadr told the Toronto Star in a sympathetic interview shortly after her return to Canada. "We just say there’s a wedding and everybody’s invited and everybody passes it on."

And it was just a coincidence that she's been swapping Osama bin Laden MP3s for her iPod:
Now the 25-year-old says she didn’t know clips of bin Laden’s voice calling for the killing of Americans were on the laptop computer seized by the RCMP at Pearson airport when she returned to Canada last February.
Hey, who doesn't have the latest bin Laden podcast?

And check out what else is on her computer. I mean, is it possible that she somehow broke into my office and swapped out my C drive? Cause, it's like a freakish coincidence that we have all the same files on our computer:

Alleged to be among Khadr’s RCMP-confiscated possessions are downloaded clips of bin Laden’s voice and songs–one entitled "I Am a Terrorist". On the laptop is also a video clip of a 2003 attack on a compound used by Westerners in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and cassettes about insurgent attacks in Afghanistan. Canada, Khadr’s adopted country has troops stationed in Afghanistan.
Eeeerie.

Oh, and about all those innocent victims down there in Guantanomo. Yep, how could this not be an al Qaeda post without some sort of reference to Camp X-Ray?

When a chador-clad Khadr quietly slipped back into Toronto on February 17, 2005, she said she had returned to Canada to lobby for the rights of her two brothers, 18-year-old Omar, who is Canada’s only known detainee at Guatanamo Bay and her brother, Abdullah, whose whereabouts have been unknown since October, 2004.
So, we have a Canadian chick with ties to Osama bin Laden trying to help her terrorist brother get out of Guantanamo? Sounds innocent to me!

Oh, and it's not just her brother. It seems jihadism runs in the family:

Her father, the late Ahmed Said Khadr, officially identified as Canada’s highest-ranking member of Al Qaeda, was sprung from a Pakistani prison when former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien successfully intervened on his behalf through then Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
Gotta love it when Canada intervenes on behalf of one of its fine outstanding citizens like that.

Oh, and just in case you want to e-mail Zaynab Khadr you can reach her at: zak79up@yahoo.ca

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:56 PM | Comments |

Zarqawi Linked Terrorists Arrested in Spain

Good news, some of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's buddies from back in the day when he was kicking it old school style with the Ansar al-Islam crew have been arrested in Spain. I'd say send them to Gitmo, but these guys might just be into Christina Aguilera. More here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:16 PM | Comments |

Flag Desecration Amendment: BAD IDEA

Morality cannot exist without choice. One who is compelled to do good is a slave. As Aristotle argued, slaves cannot be citizens of a society because they are not autonomous and therefore not moral agents. The good society is the one which is given the choice between good and bad, yet chooses the good.

Utopian societies are evil because they force men to do what is seen as proper action. Communism compelled redistribution of wealth by murdering millions. Islamists compel proper religious duty through force of law and penalty of death.

What makes America the last best hope on Earth is that we compel so little of our proper action. As Dinesh D'Souza so forcefully argues in What's So Great About America:

The radical Islamists hate us not because they misunderstand us, but because they understand us all too well. They know that "America is a subversive idea" -- and that the spread of American ideals such as democracy, capitalism, and individual rights will undermine their efforts to establish theocracy. [source]
To pass an Amendment outlawing flag desecration is to take away a little of America's greatness. I am against any efforts to ban flag desecration. USA Today:
The Senate may be within one or two votes of passing a constitutional amendment to ban desecration of the U.S. flag, clearing the way for ratification by the states, a key opponent of the measure said Tuesday.
Being against a flag desecration amendment, though, does not mean I support desecrating the flag. I agree with Rob of Say Anything:
The flag is a symbol. A powerful and sentimental symbol, but ultimately a symbol none-the-less. If people feel the need to make statement by destroying that symbol, then so be it. Its a rather ludicrous statement because the symbol they’re destroying stands for the very freedom that allows them to destroy it in the first place. After all, such open dissent against the government would not be tolerated in a lot of places on the globe. But whatever, that’s their stupidity and not mine.
Having come out against a Constitutional Amendment outlawing flag desecration, let me just add that there may be certain contexts in which such desecration could give rise to acts of treason or violence. But it is the context in which the act is done, not the act itself, which should be the guiding principle in which the law should be invoked. Inciting to treason is what ought to be outlawed, therefore, and not 'flag desecration'.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:33 PM | Comments |

Bin Laden Alive and Well

If a TV reporter can interview a guy who says he knows where bin Laden is, why can't the CIA?

Bin Laden alive and well (thanks readers):

Osama bin Laden is alive and in good health, as is fugitive Taliban chief Mullah Mohammed Omar, a purported senior commander of the ousted Afghan religious militia said in a TV interview broadcast Wednesday. Pakistan's Geo television broadcast the interview with a man it identified as Taliban military commander Mullah Akhtar Usmani, a former Afghan aviation minister who said he still receives instructions from Omar.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:26 PM | Comments |

Rape Victim Ordered to Marry Rapist Father-in-law

This is almost indescribably sick: "An Indian woman who was allegedly raped by her father-in-law is now being ordered by a Muslim council of community elders to marry him."

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

The Hansell-Lemay Turning Point

By Demosophist

It's compelling to compare the analyses of two popular bloggers who are frequently at odds, and both of whom think the current effort in Iraq may be falling short of expectations: Wretchard, at The Belmont Club and Larry Johnson, at the Counterterrorism Blog. These represent, at least superficially, somewhat differing perspectives on strategic policy. On the one hand Johnson depicts US policy in the Middle East as a "looming debacle." These are words that we tolerate only if their justification is obvious and irrefutable, for good reason: because they can become a self-fulfilling prophesy. We might be better disposed to such language if the ideas they expressed contained clear alternatives that led to some conclusion other than "debacle," but we still tend to distrust them because they belie what appears to be a short-sighted insensitivity to the public good, whether that perception is actually true or not.

Larry starts and finishes his critique of US policy in his post by observing that Lebanon is set to break our hearts, and then suggests supplemental material that recounts the history of failed British and French attempts to bring self-government to Arab populations. This may not seem like a critique of US policy in Iraq, but it is... and not just because Larry has described Iraq as a civil war elsewhere. The reason is that both Wretchard and Larry are concerned about the "strategic rear," of the enemy.

Wretchard's assessment of the situation in Iraq, somewhat different than Larry's, is directly informed by an analogy with a famous turning point in WWII. He feels that we're approaching a "Haywood Hansell-Curtis Lemay moment." His assessment may be more palatable because he doesn't tout the altenative as a "debacle," but just as a rather costly and drawn-out campaign of attrition that sells short our service men and women. And he begins by observing that the level of combat intensity in Iraq is increasing overall, rather than diminishing. That is, the level of intensity confronted by US forces is about the same as it was a year ago, but the intensity faced by Iraqi forces is much greater. This is less significant in itself than in its implications about the success of our overarching strategy: democratization of the Middle East. From Wretchard:

But the constant rate of casualties in Iraq is an objective reminder that however successful US attempts have been within the theater [and we've had some significant successes that he recounts], the enemy strategic rear -- especially in Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia -- has been merely damaged -- not destroyed.

What he doesn't say, and what might be equally relevant, is that the intensity level in Iraq might very well be part of the enemy's efforts to impact our strategic rear, a design with which it has recently had some success in the holy-book-flushing and "American gulag" departments. Keep your engines running.

And, as Johnson points out it's not just the effect of our policies in Syria, Iran and S.A., but also in Lebanon, that are disappointing. Both writers are concerned about the "strategic rear" of the enemy, though Wretchard is a bit more clear about expressing that in detail. The consequence would be a "debacle" only if we've read the trend correctly and either do nothing or do the wrong thing about it. But even Johnson sees some change:

Wishful thinking is no substitute for empirical analysis and a policy grounded in reality. The Bush Administration is coming slowly and uncertainly to this realization, particularly in Lebanon. Now that the premature euphoria about the birth of democracy has collapsed under the weight of the political realities of that godforsaken country we will now see whether the Administration can keep its counter terrorism policy intact.

In a war that has no strategic front it's not surprising that the policies dealing with the strategic rear take on special importance. So, I want to be clear about something. Unless we have a policy that promotes democratic and "liberal" reforms (the rule of law, free press, markets, etc.) in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East we have no effective policy to engage the strategic rear of the enemy. We're stuck in some version of attrition, with a strategy directly analogous to the high altitude bombing employed by Curtis Lemay's predecessor, General Haywood Hansell, during WWII. Moreover, it appears that the "realism" promoted by some in the "foreign policy establishment" is more directly analogous to a "hands off" policy that accepts the inevitability of authoritarian rule. In terms of the analogy with the WWII bombing campaign, we'd be increasing the altitude of the bombing runs, and attacking with less discrimination and effectiveness, rather than more. Can there be any doubt that if we pursued such a "realistic" course we'd be mired even deeper in attrition? By reestablishing the old status quo that gave birth to the modern totalitarian movement during the post-colonial period one could hardly say that we'd be placing much stress on the enemy's strategic rear. Effectively, we'd be admitting that such a strategy is impossible.

I'm not saying that this is what Larry thinks appropriate. Indeed, he gives some evidence of understanding that we need "boots on the ground" whose sole purpose is to secure the civil society necessary to nurture a turn toward self government. If I have a difference with him it involves that knee jerk distrust of the Ellsberg-like use of the term "debacle," because I think we could probably reap a costly and less certain success by simply pursuing our present course. This is no longer the Arab world of T.E. Lawrence or of the Algerian revolution, nor are we the British or the French empire. But it seems to me that both Johnson and Wretchard are right in their observation that there's another course of action that involves more than the superficial mobilization of the US power and ingenuity we've seen so far. That course of action, to "get down an all fours" with the detailed and sometimes messy business of nation-building, creating both military and civilian career archs, and cadres of professionals with expertise in such a project, seems the better approach if we really want to ensure that this alternative to "total war" succeeds.

My uncle served under the command of Curtis Lemay during WWII, and on his General Staff at Scott AFB during the Cold War. He passed away a month after we invaded Iraq in 2003. I know what the Lemay strategy would really entail, and it's not Wilsonian. For if our Sharansky-inspired benevolent advance on the enemy's strategic rear fails then I'm afraid we'd be left only with the Lemay paradigm as a last resort: no longer a mere analogy, but the strategic reality of a carefully constructed, targeted and implemented annihilation. That's the reality that lies behind the talk of realism and freedom. That's the real cost of failure, the real "debacle." And my imagination falls far short of doing it justice.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia and Anticipatory Retaliation)

By Demosophist at 12:50 PM | Comments |

Former Bush Official's 9/11 Conspiracy Theory

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Is this guy for real?? Washington Times:

former Bush team member during his first administration is now voicing serious doubts about the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9-11. Former chief economist for the Department of Labor during President George W. Bush's first term Morgan Reynolds comments that the official story about the collapse of the WTC is "bogus" and that it is more likely that a controlled demolition destroyed the Twin Towers and adjacent Building No. 7. Reynolds, who also served as director of the Criminal Justice Center at the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas and is now professor emeritus at Texas A&M University said, "If demolition destroyed three steel skyscrapers at the World Trade Center on 9/11, then the case for an 'inside job' and a government attack on America would be compelling." Reynolds commented from his Texas A&M office, "It is hard to exaggerate the importance of a scientific debate over the cause of the collapse of the twin towers and building 7. If the official wisdom on the collapses is wrong, as I believe it is, then policy based on such erroneous engineering analysis is not likely to be correct either. The government's collapse theory is highly vulnerable on its own terms. Only professional demolition appears to account for the full range of facts associated with the collapse of the three buildings."

Kevin Aylward notes:
Of course to really earn his tin-foil hat he has to attempt to make the case that no planes hit the twin towers, or the Pentagon, or the field in Pennsylvania
How did that go again? Place tinfoil on head, like so. Alien brain scanning now blocked......

UPDATE: Goldstein: "“Which, where do think the technology for the universal remote came from—humans? Please...”

Ace: "She's on the roof."

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

Australian Hostage Douglas Wood Rescued in Iraq

Douglas Wood, an Alamo, California, resident with Australian citizenship, has been rescued by Iraqi forces backed by U.S. troops from his terrorist captors.

Developing. Check back later for updates.......

News.com Australia:

AUSTRALIAN hostage Douglas Wood is well and undergoing medical checks following his rescue more than six weeks after being kidnapped in Iraq.

The 63-year-old engineer, with numerous health problems, was in good health in Baghdad tonight, and he was under the protection of an Australian taskforce sent to Iraq to negotiate his release, Prime Minister John Howard told Parliament.
Mr Wood was freed this afternoon by Iraqi and US troops in Baghdad, Mr Howard said.

"I am delighted to inform the house that the Australian hostage in Iraq Mr Douglas Wood is safe from his captors," he said to cheers in Parliament.

"Mr Wood was recovered a short while ago in Baghdad in a military operation that I'm told was conducted by Iraqi forces."

Mr Wood was well and was undergoing medical checks while in the care of the Australian emergency response team, Mr Howard said.

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer meanwhile said Mr Wood was in good shape, if mentally exhausted.

He said he had called the Wood family with the good news at 6pm.

A family spokesman said: "They are elated.

"They haven't spoken to him yet but I understand that all of the family know in all parts of the world."

Mr Wood, a US-based Australian with an American wife, Yvonne, and a daughter, Christina, has brothers living in Australia

UPDATE: John Little of Blogs of War points us to this article in The Australian:
Seventeen days later Iraq security forces stumbled by chance on the house where he was being held during an early-morning search in a northern suburb of Baghdad.

In an operation codenamed Lightning and supported by US advisers, the Iraqis were conducting "snap, cordon and search" raids from house to house.

"They just happened to get lucky," a coalition defence source in Iraq said last night. Australian commanders, who had no advance knowledge of the operation, were caught by surprise.

If you are at all interested in the lies being told by the Islamofascist apologist and Grand Mufti of Australia, then you have to read this post by Tim Blair. Sheikh al-Hillali is claiming that it was he who arranged for Wood's release.

UPDATE II: KrilliX adds, "Con un’operazione militare. Senza pagare riscatti e finanziare i terroristi. Evidentemente si può fare anche così." Indeed.

Related posts from The Jawa Report:
Family of Australian Hostage Starts a Blog
Time Running Out for Duglas Wood
Terrorists Issue 72 Hour Ultimatum to Aussies
The Life of a Hostage in Iraq
Australian Douglas Wood in Hostage Video, Appeals to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bush, Howard

Resources:
The Wood family blog--blog started by Douglas Wood's family in an effort to convince the terrorists to let him go.

Others: John Little at Blogs of War, Tim Blair blogging from Australia, Captain Ed, Red at Scared Monkeys, see fatwas issued below for others....

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

June 14, 2005

EFF-protecting blogger rights

My darling husband found this website and the accompanying picture:

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Cute, eh?

Anyway, if you care at all about blogger rights you should definitely visit this site. It's worth a look around. Here's an exerpt:

Other ways we're fighting for your rights:

Bloggers can be journalists (and journalists can be bloggers) - We're battling for legal and institutional recognition that if you engage in journalism, you're a journalist, with all of the attendant rights, privileges, and protections. (See Apple v. Does.)

Bloggers are entitled to free speech - We're working to shield you from frivolous or abusive threats and lawsuits. Internet bullies shouldn't use copyright, libel, or other claims to chill your legitimate speech. (See OPG v. Diebold.)

Bloggers have the right to political speech - We're working with a number of other public-interest organizations to ensure that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) doesn't gag bloggers' election-related speech. We argue that the FEC should adopt a presumption against the regulation of election-related speech by individuals on the Internet, and interpret the existing media exemption to apply to online media outlets that provide news reporting and commentary regarding an election -- including blogs. (See our joint comments to the FEC; [PDF, 332K].)

Bloggers have the right to stay anonymous - We're continuing our battle to protect and preserve your constitutional right to anonymous speech online, including providing a guide to help you with strategies for keeping your identity private when you blog. (See How to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything Else).)

Bloggers have freedom from liability for hosting speech the same way other web hosts do - We're working to strengthen Section 230 liability protections under the Communications Decency Act (CDA) while spreading the word that bloggers are entitled to them. (See Barrett v. Rosenthal.)

Check it out, kids.

Cross-posted at Suzanne's blog

By at 07:14 PM | Comments |

Former Iraq Hostage Says Captors Gave her Rings and Perfume

And from the "Isn't That Special" file.....

Former hostage Florence Aubenas says her captors gave her gifts of two rings and a bottle of perfume when they released her at the weekend after more than five months of captivity in Iraq.

She told her newspaper, Liberation, that one of her guards said, “We have prepared some presents for you” just before she was freed on Saturday. “They gave me two rings and a bottle of perfume.”

Her captors also returned her handbag, which still contained her identity papers and money, and served her tea and roast chicken, she said.

Heartwarming indeed. Just goes to show that even brutal murdering beheading terrorist scumbags can effectively bullsh!^ the press.

BTW, Grundgy Islamofascists who haven't seen a bathtub in months think the French stink too.

Posted by Traderrob

By at 04:44 PM | Comments |

It's official: Christina Aguilera's Music is Torture

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Ok, I now admit that interogation methods used at Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were in fact torture. Ananonva:

Christina Aguilera's music has reportedly been used to interrogate a leading al Qaeda suspect at Guantanamo Bay.

Time magazine says her songs were played to try to break down Mohammed al Qahtani who is believed to be the so-called 20th hijacker.

Qahtani is thought to have tried to enter the US in August 2001 as part of the team which took part in the September 11 attacks.

That's cruel and unusual in my book....

UPDATE: Whoever is in charge over at The Superficial has similar thoughts (and headline...ahem...cough...):

Thanks a lot pussy liberals. This could have been an awesome report if not for you, and they could have replaced the words “dripping water onto” with “slammed a hammer into” and “playing Christina Aguilera music” with “execute”. Honest to God, once I'm in charge, if I see any electronic equipment brought into a room with a guy involved with 9/11, I better hear the phrase, “Red is positve, black is negative” and “don't bother with any KY.”

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

Unanswered Questions in the Florence Aubenas Hostage Saga

Were the hostages captives of a criminal gang or terrorists? What was Didier Julia's role? Was a ransom paid? The Bad Hair Blog has the details.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:36 PM | Comments |

Porn Star Mary Carey's Dinner with President Bush

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Maybe I'm the last blogger on earth to hear that former California gubernatorial governor and porn star Mary Cary is scheduled to have dinner with President Bush tonight, but no one is going to accuse Rusty Shackleford of not doing his utmost to get to the bottom of this story! Oh Infinite Zeuss, why do you mock me?? Why could I have not been in D.C. this week!!

Via Wonkette and the America Blog I learn that Mary Cary is set to be at National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) fundraiser tonight as the guest of pornographer and president of Kick Ass Pictures president Mark Kulkis.

As we speak Kulkis & Carey are scheduled to be having lunch with Karl Rove. At 3:00 p.m. Eastern, Carey will be at The Coyote Ugly Saloon in Washington, DC, for a pre-dinner press-conference where she will be showing off her dress for this evening's festivities with the President. Mary Cary is going to announce her candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of California at the conference.

If you are in the D.C. area, grab a digital cam and get on over there (you have all of 5 minutes to get there). If you need some press credentials I'll be happy to provide you some on condition that you bring a digital cam!

Of course, the mavens over at Wonkette are publishing this because they think it is so ironical. And the gay-outing thugs over at America Blog want to show the hypocrisy of the Republicans inviting a pornorgrapher to a fundraiser. And no doubt this will become something of a minor embarrasment for the administration among inside the beltway pundits tomorrow morning. The kind of story where no one will actually talk about what happened, but all will pause to speak of the effect of what happened on the President's poll numbers, support among Christians, and so forth.

On behalf of all South Park Republicans everywhere let me be the first to say, Mr. President, have an enjoyable dinner with that porn star!

marycareyunclesam1.jpgOn a serious note, there is no way that President Bush knows that Mary Cary is going to be there. It's also very unlikely that KKKarl Rove or any of the Bush people know what Kick Ass Productions is or that Mark Kulkis is an adult film producer. I was never one of those right-wingers who got all over Clinton for having drug dealers in the White House or who got all upset about Gore's campaign fundraising troubles. The reality is that modern campaigns are run like very large corporations, with the people at the top knowing very little about the day to day operations of the organization.

Further, neither she nor Kulkis is actually having dinner with the President as their press release implies. Hundreds of people will be at that dinner. If being in the same room with the President while you put food in your mouth counts as 'having dinner', then I've dined with Senators, had brunch with Kings, and even had tea with the first lady. You know, cause I was in the same room and all....

Anyway, I have no objections to a porn star going to a Republican fundraiser. Heck, I want more porn stars at Republican fundraisers! But this will be a minor embarassment tomorrow if word doesn't get out and Kulkis's invite isn't cancelled in the next few hours, so heads up on this.

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UPDATE: I didn't notice this last week on WND. In it, Cary claims she is a Christian. Ok, maybe Cary doesn't understand what it means to be a Christian or maybe she's just a bad Christian, but that just seems like one of the most idiotic statements ever. Or maybe she read the part about Jesus saving the adultress from those who would stone her Taliban style, but forgot to read on to the next part where he says, "Go and sin no more."

I love this one:

When asked about Bible verses condemning adultery, she responded, "Bill Clinton committed adultery. [Doing] adult movies is acting, portraying a role. It's not Mary Ellen Cook, the real me."
Acting, right. *cough*

Anyway, from the WND article we already get a preview of the brew-ha-ha that's coming down:

"The reason these people are doing this is for publicity and to embarrass Bush," Wildmon told WND. "I think the Republicans can survive this, but they need to go public with an explanation. They need to exclude them or withdraw the invitation. Just doing nothing is the worst thing they can do."
True that. My explanation would be to point out that Jesus also like to dine with sinners. That's the excuse Carter used. After all, if Jimmy Carter can admit to having 'unclean thoughts' in a Playboy interview and still escape with a squeaky clean image, I'm sure President Bush can survive this.

And yes, I'm both a blog pimp and a link whore.....

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:54 PM | Comments |

Chicago Style

I looked over the account of the suspected twentieth hijacker’s (wait? wasn’t that Moussaoui? Or is he now the 21st hijacker?) interrogation at Guantanamo. Someone leaked a document to Time, which ran to publish its breathless handwringing gotcha scoop. (The whole story is only available to Time subscribers; but here’s a press release; here are excerpts from the log; and here’s Brother Lileks’ incomparable japery.) I can’t compete with Lileks on this one, but let me throw a thought at you:

Time got played. If this thing wasn’t leaked by Karl Rove himself, it shoulda been.

Y’all remember that movie, the Untouchables? Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner) and Malone (Sean Connery), couple other guys go after the oily, brutal Al Capone, played by Robert DeNiro. And the Untouchables quickly realize that the regular methods of police work just don’t apply to this war. When they go on a raid of a liquor warehouse, Capone is tipped off and clears his booze out. And he tips off the media so when Ness opens what he thinks is a crate of liquor bottles, and he pulls out a parasol, a cameraman is there to record his mistake. A picture of Ness looking stupid is on the front page the next day.

It’s funny, when you think about it, how the press were portrayed in that film: they were staunchly anti-crime and kept hassling the cops to end this horrble crime wave–while at the same time they never missed a chance to make the cops look stupid and Capone look ten thousand feet tall and unbeatable. Though they would deny it, they were complicit in Capone’s power. They fawningly took down every single word he said at press conferences, printed his lies, and laughed at his jokes. It was easy to do that. Capone would kill you, the cops wouldn’t. It was easy for the press to swim with that current. Swim against it, prick the ego, tarnish the myth, look too deeply into the abyss, and you would sleep with the fishes.

Sound familiar?

Anyway, Ness is dejected about being set up and at some point early on in the movie, Malone, the gruff Irish beat cop, gives him one of the greatest movie speeches ever:

If you open the can on these worms you must be prepared to go all the way because they’re not gonna give up the fight until one of you is dead…Do you want to know how to get Capone? You’ve got to do it the Chicago Way. He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one o’ yours to the hospital, you send one o’ his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way. And that’s how you get Capone.

The first step in their Chicago-way pursuit of Capone is an interception of a liquor shipment at the Canadian border. Ness shoots a bootlegger outside a small cabin while the other Untouchables, with the help of the Canadian mounties, win a huge firefight nearby. One of the bootleggers is captured alive and brought to the cabin, where he refuses to translate the ledger that conceals Capone’s accounts. Malone grows frustrated with the interrogation and walks outside, picks up the dead bootlegger and slams him against the window of the cabin. He puts his pistol in the dead body’s mouth and yells, “I’ll give you to the count of three to tell me what I want to know!”

Of course the dead bootlegger, he say nothin’, and Malone blows the dead body’s head off, spraying the horrified captive inside with gore. He falls all over himself trying to talk. Malone comes in and says “And don’t let him clean himself until he tells you everything you want to know.”

At this point the prim captain of the Canadian Mounties puffs up and tells Malone indignantly, “I do not approve of your methods!”

Elliot Ness replies, “You’re not from Chicago.”

Now then. Check out the Time piece, where they have an actual log of what we do in Gitmo. Not what we tell the press, but the notes the US government keeps for its own use. The Nazis kept notes, you know, and it hung a bunch of them at Nuremberg. Ours exonerate us.

An interrogator sits on this guys head and reads him the news of the death of Al Qaeda figures. They call him worse than a dog, since dogs at least protect the innocent instead of killing them. They wake him up with pop music and they give him dancing lessons. They hang pictures of nekkid women on his clothes. They monitor his health and try to keep him hydrated despite his refusal to drink enough water. Blackjacks and rubber hoses? No, but they touched an inflated latex glove to his face.

This is, remember, the twentieth hijacker.

The man is being humiliated, not tortured. I’ve had worse in high school. I’ve had worse at church camp.

The tone of the memo is of professionals doing their best to get information from this guy without hurting him. They are exercising enormous restraint and care for his well-being. They even note how often he goes to the bathroom. I guaran-damn-tee you that better men who have done far less are being treated far worse right now, in Lompoc or San Quentin or Soledad prisons, right under the nose of the press and in the custody of the State of California. Bill Lockyer admitted as much in 2001.

This is the twentieth hijacker, and there are no rapes, no whips, no severed tongues, no battery cables, no kicks to the head. There are MRE Boxes with smiley faces placed on his head. And everyone’s going to realize this. Everyone sees that this is barely even a Chicago Rules interrogation.

Most people realize that the War on Terror must be fought the Chicago Way.

Most people, that is, except the press. They’re not from Chicago. After being tricked into publishing this exoneration of Guantanamo Bay, however, they are holding a parasol.

UPDATE: Here’s another comparison between the Terror War and the hunt for Capone–this time looking at the multi-agency task forces and prosecution strategy.

UPDATE II: Now I remember where I’ve heard about these tactics before.

UPDATE III: Geraghty at TKS agrees: this story is now a gift to the GOP.

(Cross posted from Patterico's Pontifications where I'm still posting till Thursday.)

By See-Dubya at 11:52 AM | Comments |

Hithchens: AI's Broken Moral Compass

As an ex-member of Amnesty International I can only say 'aye' to Christopher Hitchens in Slate:

About Amnesty International's disgraceful performance, however, I can tell as well as ask. I was at one point quite close to its London headquarters, and I used to both carry and return messages for the organization when I went as a reporter to screwed-up countries. The founding statutes were quite clear: An Amnesty local was to adopt three "prisoners of conscience," one from either side of the Cold War and one from a "neutral" state. Letters were to be written to the relevant governments and to newspapers in free countries. Though physical torture and capital punishment were opposed in all cases, no overt political position was to be taken. (I remember there was quite a row when an Amnesty "country report" on Argentina went so far as to describe a guerrilla raid as "daring.") By adhering to these rules, AI became a credible worldwide group to which even the most repressive governments sometimes had to pay attention. All honor to its founder Peter Benenson, who died earlier this year.

And now look. I think it is fairly safe to say that not one detainee in Guantanamo is there because of an expression of opinion. (And those whose "opinion" is that all infidels must die are not exactly prisoners of conscience.) Morally neutral on this point, apparently, Amnesty nonetheless finds its voice by describing the prison itself as "the gulag of our times." No need to waste words here: Not everyone in the gulag was a "prisoner of conscience," either. But if an organization that ostensibly protects the rights of prisoners is unaware of the nature of a colossal system of forced labor and arbitrary detention—replete with physical torture, starvation, and brutal execution—then the moral compass has become disordered beyond repair. This is not even neutrality between the fireman and the fire. It surely expresses a covert sympathy with the aims and objectives of jihad and an overt, if witless and sinister, hatred of the United States. If only this were the only symptom of that tendency.

Hat tip: Steve Green.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:45 AM | Comments |

Online Instructions: How to get into Iraq and Become a Terrorist

iraq_jihad_routes.jpg Jihadweb has published an online guide on how to become a terrorist in Iraq. The instructions (in Arabic) can be downloaded here by clicking the image to the right. I'm making it available since I have an odd feeling this site won't be up very much longer ;-) [UPDATE: DOWN LIKE A CLOWN CHARLIE BROWN]

After describing how to mentally and physically prepare for becoming a terrorist in Iraq (including the instructions that you should never turn down a suicide mission) the author goes on to give advice on how to get into Iraq. First, get in touch with your local Salaafist group. This would be any mosque with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood or other Islamist groups.

Next, get yourself into Syria. From SITE's translation include:

After providing guidelines through which a potential mujahideen should mentally prepare himself for battle, the author supplies information on how to reach Iraq and the mujahideen. He states that " Salafist jihadists are in most of the Arab countries…most of these have good relations with the mujahideen groups in Iraq and, through these groups, hundreds of thousands have reached the land of the two rivers." Meanwhile, the author urges readers to be cautious, warning that "…getting near some of them may lead to you getting persecuted. Try to get in touch with them in a very secret way…."


Once the potential mujahid is ready to enter Iraq, the author suggests entering into Iraq "…via the Syrian lands." He notes that while "There is a saying that the Syrian regime turns their face [away] from the mujahideen who take secret roads" Syrian authorities are nonetheless "…complicating things at the entry and exit front, so make your entry to Syria via Turkey, or for a good reason. Your parents should know the reason [by which you are professing to enter Syria]… and it is good if you have your passport with an entry via to Turkey, so you can pretend that you’re in transit to Turkey." One a further note, he suggests that potential insurgents "wear jeans and eat donuts and use a walkman which has a tape of any singer" in order to appear westernized, and thus less of a threat. [full translation available by subscription at SITE]

Just to show you where these guys stand, and to avoid the frequent charge made against me that I don't really know the website in question is pro-terrorist, here is a screenshot of one of their many banners. Any questions?

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:16 AM | Comments |

Duct Tape Insurgency

Apparently duct tape isn't just for fixing loose tailpipes, repairing broken glasses, or plugging up holes in the trailor roof. It's also great for making sure suicide bombers don't chicken out at the last minute.

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

The Mosul Campaign, Reporters, and Your Chance to Help

Frequent commenter Jeremy pointed Michael Yon's website out. Yon is currently in Iraq and makes this great point in his description of the battle for Mosul:

journalist not wishing to embed with US forces is free to apply for an Iraqi visa, fly to Baghdad, and hire a car and an interpreter who can drive them around town. They can knock on doors and talk directly with people; visit hospitals, talk with doctors; stop by the side of the road and talk with shepherds; or even hang out in a village and help make the goat cheese. Iraqi people are generally polite and usually more than willing to offer opinions about what's happening in their neighborhood.

Of course, the major problem with eschewing a close military presence is the enemy's proclivity to kidnap and behead journalists whose reports portray insurgents in a negative or violent way. This puts ethical journalists in a tight spot where they have the freedom to roam but not to report the truth; whereas journalists who embed with US forces often report very negatively.

Couldn't have said it better myself. But isn't the very act of embedding with the terrorists an act of treason? Imagine a reporter from Life magazine deciding to hang out with the Waffen SS, just to get their point of view. There was an age when reporters understood their first allegiance was to their country and not the story. We seem to have forgotten that at some point.

Now, here is your chance to help out. I'll just quote Jeremy's description of what is going on here. Yon describes a 5 year old little girl with a heart condition that can be treated back in the States:

The short version is, the soldiers want to help her, but are being held up by red tape. I have emailed our state's Senators concerning the matter, and thought that perhaps other readers might want to do the same.

I don't imagine myself much of a writer, but I will paste my letter below, in case anyone would like to use what I wrote in whole or in part.


Senator XXXX,

In the Isla Zeral area of Mosul, Iraq, there is a 5 year old girl desperately in need of help. Her name is Rhma Taha Ahmed and she suffers from a heart condition. In mid-May, her father flagged down a passing US Army patrol from the 1-24th Infantry Regiment of the 25th Infantry Division and asked them to look at his daughter. Captain Paul Carron, the Bravo company commander of this unit, decided to take action to help this little girl get the medical attention she so urgently needs. While many American doctors have pledged money or free treatment, this young girl's chance for life is being delayed by bureaucratic snags and red tape. Senator XXXX, our great country has the means to help this young girl before it is too late. We have doctors willing to help her; we have soldiers, in harm's way in the defense of freedom and the Iraqi people, reaching out to a sick child, far above the call of duty. We have every thing we need, let’s not let red tape stand in the way. Senator, you are in the position to expedite the process of bringing Rhma here for treatment. I ask that you help our soldiers and our nation demonstrate their compassion for people everywhere.

Sincerely,
YYYY

To find out your Senators e-mail address, go here.

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

June 13, 2005

Jawa Report Podcast?

A buddy of mine and I are thinking of doing a podcast. Any one out there ever produce one of these? Need a little help if you can.

Test ping.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:34 PM | Comments |

You live in a zoo, you smell like a monkey

Michelle Malkin's blog turns one. Congrats Michelle! Michelle is an example of a media figure doing a blog right.

Now excuse me if I punch out of here early. They painted the hallway here and I'm totally getting high off the fumes.......

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

The Horrors of the Gulags

As I've said many times, the main problem with comparing Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo, Cuba, to the Soviet gulags is not so much that it drastically overstates what is happening to prisoners in the US War on Terror, but that it such comparisons minimize the utter horror of the Soviet gulags. My post on the subject is here.

The same minimization occurs when you compare [insert unliked political figure here] to Hitler or [insert perceived problem here] to the holocaust. Some crimes and criminals are so far beyond infamy that to compare any one or any thing to them does a grave injustice to their victims. Comparing Camp X-Ray to gulags is immoral and disgusting because it is an insult to the tens of millions of victims who died under the horrible opression that was the gulag system.

UPDATE: Let me also add that using such terminology is also immoral for consequentalist reasons. If you really believe that Bush = Hitler then, as a moral being, aren't you compelled by conscience to do something about that? Isn't it your moral obligation then to attempt to assasinate the President? If you answer no, then either a) you don't really believe Bush = Hitler or b) you are a moral idiot. But if you answer yes....You see where this is going?

For this reason I have, in the past, called on the government of the U.S. to bomb al Jazeera and have called Noam Chomsky a traitor. If you wish to make the case that the U.S. has some sort of equivelancy to the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany then you are also making the moral case for war against the United States. The reason the jihadis fight the U.S. is not that they simply hate us, but that they believe the lies told to them by al Jazeera and the Leftist Western press. That is, they believe they are engaged in a moral struggle. They are the freedom fighters, we are the Hitlers!

Again, words have consequences. The gulags were genocidal. If the U.S. is actually engaged in such a genocidal endeavor, then it would be the duty of all moral beings to resist--with force. Unless AI is willing to call for war against the U.S., I'd suggest they shut their pie holes.

I've known R.J. Rummel's work for some time in my professional capacity. His specialty is documenting state-sponsored genocide. Thanks to Dean Esmay for pointing out that Rummel is also a blogger. Here is an excerpt from his must read post on the subject of the gulags:

Overall, from 1917 to 1987, Gulag, including transit deaths, probably killed about 39,464,000 Soviet citizens and foreigners. Compare this 6,228.5 mile stack of corpses (assuming each corpse has a width of 10 inches), each a loving, self-conscious human being like you and I, to these totals:

Gulag = 39,464,000 murdered (democide/genocide);
All American executions 1864-1982 = 5,753 killed;
All the Americans killed in all its wars up to the Gulf War = 1,177,936 killed;
The killed in battle in World War I = 9,000,000;
Of World War II = 15,000,000;
All 20th Century international and domestic wars = 35,654,000 killed;
And all major wars 1740-1997 = 20,000,000 killed.

Now tell me again, Irene Khan and William Schulz of AI, that Guantánamo is like Gulag

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:28 PM | Comments |

Don't all the French look like 15 yead old boys?

The funny thing is that the twits at the BBC report this as if it was shocking that 31 year old Frenchman easily pass for young boys. As if we needed the BBC to tell us that!

BBC News:

A 31-year-old serial impostor who passed himself off for a whole month as a schoolboy - aged 15 - is being questioned by police in France.
Frederic Bourdin, nicknamed "the Chameleon", attended the Jean Monnet school in Pau posing as "Francisco Hernandez-Fernandez", a Spanish orphan.

A teacher unmasked him last week after having watched a television programme about his exploits.

Bourdin was jailed in the US in 1997 for posing as a couple's long-lost son.

The Texas couple's 14-year-old blue-eyed son had disappeared three years earlier and they travelled to the US embassy in Spain to meet "Nicholas Barclay".

Bourdin convinced them that he was their son, despite his brown eyes and strong French accent.

He lived with them for three months before his deception was exposed by a journalist and confirmed by a DNA test. He was jailed for six years.

Attention-seeking

Commenting on his latest exploit, Bourdin said that in Pau he got what he wanted.

"I loved the kids and the people looking after them, they treated me as one of them," he said.

Quoted by the French news agency AFP, he said he sought "love and affection" by assuming false identities.

The school head was quoted as saying Bourdin "appeared a bit older than his pals - two or three years at most".

France's Le Figaro newspaper reports that Bourdin is an excellent actor who dresses as a teenager, uses depilatory face creams and adopts a convincing youthful walk.

He is said to have assumed numerous other identities.

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

TerrorCamp Director with Ties to Lodi al Qaeda Cell Goes Into Hiding

You will recall that the original affidavit used to obtain an arrest warrant for Hamid Hayat claimed that he attended a terror training camp run by Maulana Fazlur Rehman. This article from the SF Gate notes that the FBI may have mistaken Maulana Fazlur Rehman for Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil, who was recently released from jail in Pakistan after doing eight months--that's right eight months--on terrorism related charges.

Reading the SF Gate article is like reading a press release from the ACLU, isn't it? Notice all the meme-like qualities of the article? The way the FBI is made to seem like they screwed the pooch, how very few terrorists have been convicted, yada, yada.

But even as the SF Gate goes out of its way to discredit the arrests of the al Qaeda suspects in Lodi, this news from Pakistan. Tell me, if the FBI simply mixed the names up, what is the real Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil doing on the run?? Pakistan Daily Times:

Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil, former chief of Jamiatul Ansar (JA), has gone into hiding after the arrest of Hamid Hayat and Umer Hayat who told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that they received training from a Pakistani Al Qaeda camp allegedly run by Khalil.

Security agencies have begun efforts to arrest Khalil after Hamid Hayat and Umer Hayat were arrested in Lodi, California.

Sources said he was earlier released by security agencies after eight months’ detention. “Khalil was released on the condition that he separate himself from his militant activities but after this new development security agencies have resumed efforts for his arrest,” sources said.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:33 PM | Comments |

THE Problem in America Today

I just put this up at Conservative Thinking and would like to share it with you folks here:

Yesterday I experienced a problem that is happening more and more in America today; laziness overcoming the need to provide an appropriate level of customer service. This also goes hand-in-hand with work ethic and personal responsibility.

Sunday is my typical laundry day no matter what part of the world I'm in. This past Sunday I happened to be in a hotel with coin operated washers and dryers. I didn't have the five or so dollars in quarters that I needed on me so I called the front desk of the hotel; there was no answer. This leads me to believe that whoever was working the front desk had something more important to them going on other than answering a phone call from one of their guests. So much for customer service and this lack of answering the phone (a very simple task) shows the work ethic of whoever was working the desk at that time.

Whenever I do anything I always have a Plan B. Plan B was to go to a local gas station, buy a two-liter of Coke with a $20 bill, and ask for five dollars in quarters. That seemed like a fool-proof plan and if the cashier didn't have it in the register they could easily get a roll out of their safe and split it with me.

That didn't go as planned. Why? Because the cashier was lazy and had a poor work ethic.

I walked up to the register, paid for the two-liter, and asked for $5 in quarters as part of my change. The cashier informed that she didn't have it. I was about to chime in with, "Get a roll out of your safe," when a manager of some sort went ahead and took care of that for me. She told a manager of the store she was working in that she didn't want to do that because she was getting off in fifteen minutes and didn't want to count the money.

If you could have seen me at that moment there was a big, red exclamation point over my head as I stared at the manager.

The manager informed the cashier that she couldn't read a clock because she wasn't getting off in fifteen minutes but an hour and fifteen minutes. The lady chuckled and proceeded to get a roll of quarters out of the safe. As she put the roll of quarters on the counter she asked me if I wanted to buy the whole roll. I'm sure I looked completely disgusted at this point and my blood pressure was rising due to her total lack of customer service. I tossed a $10 bill on the counter, took the roll of quarters, and popped smoked.

I was totally baffled. The lady is a cashier at a gas station and doesn't show an energy level that indicated to me that she wasn't content with her job and trying to move up in the world. She was totally satisfied with doing whatever it took just to slide by at work and move on to the next day of her existence.

This is an increasingly apparent problem in America and truly shows why there are jobs that have to be filled by illegal immigrants. Americans don't have the work ethic they used to have. Whether it be answering a phone, making requested change, or taking care of problems Americans have become to lazy and honestly don't care enough about the customers they server, themselves, and their future. Americans don't take enough responsibility for themselves to even make a run at the "American dream". That, in my opinion, is going to truly become a big problem in America in the very near future.

Cross-posted at Conservative Thinking

By at 12:30 PM | Comments |

The Odd Paranoia and Conspiracy Theories of Leftist Bloggers over the Iraq War

Conspiracy theories begin with a premise and then search for evidence of that premise. But as any C+ student of basic methodology can tell you, evidence does not equal proof. There is some evidence that the moon-landing was fake, yet such evidence is overwhelmed by masses of counter-evidence. At some point the evidence becomes such that any still believing in the conspiracy have gone beyond all rational discussion, are no longer involved in a search for the truth, and have become faith-based zealots believing in a premise that gives their lives meaning.

The Left's obsession with the Downing Street memo is a perfect example of a faith-based conspiracy theory in search of proof. This faith begins with the assumption that the war in Iraq could not have been for the stated reasons but rather that there is a hidden agenda to the Iraq conflict. From what I gather, the Left is divided over the specifics of this hidden agenda (the theories, though, usually center on some sort of Imperialistic grab for power in the Middle East, which will eventually lead to a US war against Syria and/or Iran) but they do agree that a conspiracy existed at the highest levels to lie to the American people as to the real reasons for going to war.

Via Duncan 'Atrios' Black this post by Digby is indicative of such conspiracy theories:

I honestly don't know why there is any question that the Downing St Memo is the most important historical document to emerge showing that Bush and company took us into Iraq on false pretenses. It's true that there have been many hints --- the biggest of which is that, uh, there weren't any f*cking WMD --- but this is clear proof that they lied prior to that....

It is a full-on game plan for obfuscation and "rolling out the product" that proves they knew that Iraq wasn't a threat. ....

They may never be able to admit all that. But in that it officially documents the fact that the administration knew there was no threat and knew there was no connection to terrorism, the Downing Street Memo gives the press the chance to ask, finally, why we really invaded Iraq.

Digby then goes on to offer a number of odd speculations as to the real reason we invaded Iraq.

Another part of this particular conspiracy theory is the notion that it's not enough that members of the Bush and Blair administration are involved but that leading news organizations, such as The New York Times, are also part of the plot to mislead the American people. For instance this post by Kevin Drum and this one by Nico over at Think Progress. Both begin with the premise that the conspiracy has objectively (I mean objectively in the epistemelogical sense, that is that the authors believe as an objective fact rather than as a matter of opinion this view) been proved in the Downing Street memo. Thus with the conspiracy proved, anything short of front-page coverage at The New York Times is evidence that the publication is part of the conspiracy.

The problem with Digby, Atrios , Nico, and Kevin Drum's assesment of the Downing Street memo is the same as with all conspiracy theories: they begin with the conspiracy premise, selectively use evidence, and disregard any evidence to the contrary. So, the Downing Street Memo is seen by these conpiracy theorists as 'the smoking gun' which 'proves' that Bush has ulterior motives for going to war.

Such thinking disregards hundreds if not thousands of statements, both public and private, that the reasons (there were multiple reasons, if you don't have amnesia) for going to war were exactly as stated. Further, such thinking disregards hundreds if not thousands of statements, both public and private, that the decision to go to war was not finally made until shortly before the invasion.

This does not mean that most people, President Bush and Tony Blair included, did not think that the invasion was not inevetable. To assume that Blair and Bush did not believe war was coming is to think that they were idiots. Of course they thought war was coming and were making the necessary arrangements. Duh, this is what governments do! A conspiracy theory about the real reasons for going to war is not needed to explain the Downing Street memo, as Michael Kinsley, to his credit, points out here:

But even on its face, the memo is not proof that Bush had decided on war. It states that war is "now seen as inevitable" by "Washington." That is, people other than Bush had concluded, based on observation, that he was determined to go to war. There is no claim of even fourth-hand knowledge that he had actually declared this intention. Even if "Washington" meant administration decision-makers, rather than the usual freelance chatterboxes, C was only saying that these people believed that war was how events would play out.
The Downing Street memo might be used as evidence that the stated reasons for going to war were not the same as the real reasons for going to war. The same memo can also be used as evidence that our leaders weren't utter morons to believe that the UN could actually enforce it's will on Saddam Hussein.

Did the Bush and Blair administrations believe that a day of reckoning was coming with Saddam Hussein? All indications say yes. But so what? Plenty of times in history the same sort of writing has been on the wall. In June of 1941 did the Roosevelt administration believe a conflict would soon be coming between the U.S. and Japan? Of course it did! Sanctions were not working to get the Japanese out of China and there was a lot of saber rattling on both sides. But that is not proof that some sort of grand conspiracy existed to start a war with Japan. Did Lincoln believe that a war was coming between the North and the South? Yes! Fifty years of history all pointed to such a conflict. But that is not proof of some sort of grand conspiracy by Lincoln to start a war.

The Left's obsession with The Downing Street memo is not borderline paranoia, it is has become full on paranoia. The truth of the matter is that the paranoid obsession with the grand Bush conspiracy theory runs so deep among the Left today, that no amount of evidence to the contrary could make them disbelieve.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:24 PM | Comments |

On that whole Sean Penn thing

A picture is worth a thousand words.........

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:45 AM | Comments |

Candlelight Vigil for American Hostage Roy Hallums

I just got an e-mail from a friend if Roy's, Butch Conner, letting me know that a candlelight vigil will be held for American hostage in Iraq, Roy Hallums. Roy's daughter Carrie says, "It will probably be held in the Huntington Beach area. Please join us on this evening so we can show our support for my Dad and to let him know that we care! June 23rd is my Dad's Birthday, which is why we chose that day. He will be 57 years old."

We'll announce further details later or check Carrie's website here. If you're in the Orange County, CA, area it would be nice if you could show your support.

UPDATE: From Roy's daughter Carrie:

Hi Rusty,
We are going to have it next to the Huntington Beach Pier (off of Main
Street) at 6:45 on Thursday June 23rd. Thank you so much for your help! I
hope you are doing well!!
Take care,
Carrie

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:36 AM | Comments |

No Bias At NY Times: Abu Ghraib on Cover of New York Times for 34 days straight!

Charles Johnson over at LGF points out this old post from the Free Republic. What is so interesting about this is that all weekend long I kept hearing media pundits bring out that old tired Chomskyian lie that the New York Times is some sort of right-wing propaganda machine. That kind of stupid arguement can only be sustained if you are so far to the left, as many reporters and academics are, that you think the Democratic party is right-wing.

April 29: TREATMENT OF PRISONERS; G.I.'s Are Accused of Abusing Iraqi Captives

May 1: CAPTIVES; Bush Voices 'Disgust' at Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners

May 2: DETAINEES; OFFICER SUGGESTS IRAQI JAIL ABUSE WAS ENCOURAGED

May 3: PRISONERS; COMMAND ERRORS AIDED IRAQ ABUSE, ARMY HAS FOUND

May 4: PUNISHMENT; ARMY PUNISHES 7 WITH REPRIMANDS FOR PRISON ABUSE

May 5: INMATE; Iraqi Recounts Hours of Abuse By U.S. Troops

May 6: THE PRISON GUARDS; Abuse Charges Bring Anguish In Unit's Home

May 7: THE SOLDIER; From Picture of Pride to Symbol of Abuse

May 8: COMBAT; G.I.'S KILL SCORES OF MILITIA FORCES IN 3 IRAQI CITIES
[NOTE: Abu Ghraib mentioned in first paragraph ]

May 9: THE MILITARY; In Abuse, a Portrayal of Ill-Prepared, Overwhelmed G.I.'s

May 10: PROSECUTION; FIRST TRIAL SET TO BEGIN MAY 19 IN ABUSE IN IRAQ

May 11: THE REPORT; Head of Inquiry On Iraq Abuses Now in Spotlight

May 12: Afghan Gives Own Account Of U.S. Abuse

May 13: PRISON POLICIES; General Took Guantánamo Rules To Iraq for Handling of Prisoners

May 14: THE WHISTLE-BLOWER; Accused Soldier Paints Scene of Eager Mayhem

May 15: MISTREATMENT; Earlier Jail Seen as Incubator for Abuses in Iraq

May 16: THE COURTS-MARTIAL; ACCUSED G.I.'S TRY TO SHIFT BLAME IN PRISON ABUSE

May 17: PRISONERS; SOME IRAQIS HELD OUTSIDE CONTROL OF TOP GENERAL

May 18: INTERROGATIONS; M.P.'s Received Orders to Strip Iraqi Detainees

May 19: ABU GHRAIB; Officer Says Army Tried to Curb Red Cross Visits to Prison in Iraq

May 20: THE COURT-MARTIAL; G.I. PLEADS GUILTY IN COURT-MARTIAL FOR IRAQIS' ABUSE

May 21: THE INTERROGATORS; Afghan Policies On Questioning Landed in Iraq

May 22: THE WITNESSES; Only a Few Spoke Up on Abuse As Many Soldiers Stayed Silent

May 23: SUSPECT; Translator Questioned By Army In Iraq Abuse [Page 12]

May 24: ABUSE; Afghan Deaths Linked to Unit At Iraq Prison

May 25: ARMY SHIFTS; No. 2 Army General to Move In As Top U.S. Commander in Iraq

May 26: INVESTIGATION; ABUSE OF CAPTIVES MORE WIDESPREAD, SAYS ARMY SURVEY

May 27: Three Accused Soldiers Had Records of Unruliness That Went Unpunished

May 28: U.S. Releases More Prisoners From Abu Ghraib

May 29: Cuba Base Sent Its Interrogators to Iraqi Prison

May 30:Scant Evidence Cited in Long Detention of Iraqis

May 31: Army Is Investigating Reports of Assaults and Thefts by G.I.'s Against Iraqi Civilians
[NYT Memorial Day Special]

June 1: Searing Uncertainty for Iraqis Missing Loved Ones

June 2: Afghan Prison Review
[Not on Front Page!]

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:17 AM | Comments |

Left-Wing French Journalist Freed, Was Held with Romanian Hostages

Very good news to hear the left-wing French journalist Florence Aubenas has been set free from her hostage ordeal. France, for what it's worth, denies paying a ransom for the journalist.

Why is it that the terrorists continually target left-wing journalists? Is it a) because the vast majority of journalists are leftists and therefore chances are if you take a journalist hostage he'll more than likely be a left-winger? Or is it b) because left-wing journalists are stupid enough to believe their own propaganda about the so-called 'insurgency', thinking that the 'freedom fighters' are really no threat until one day they find themselves hostage?

I'm leaning towards b myself, but there is a good arguement to be made for a.

Our man on the streets in Romania, Adi, points out one of the most fascinating aspects of Florence Aubenas release is that she was held captive for almost two months with three Romanian journalists who were also being held hostage. As you may recall, an American citizen has been formally accused by the Romanian government of setting up the kidnapping of the three Romanians. If the four were held together by the same group of terrorists, why was the French hostage not released until now?

Notice from the article below that the left-leaning French Liberation, for whom Aubenas worked, can't find anything bad to say about the men who held their employee hostage for close to half a year. I can understand how a hostage might develop Stockholm syndrome, but not the employer of a hostage. It never ceases to amaze how far the left-leaning press will go to apologize for the attrocities committed by their terrorist allies.

Guardian:

The French government today insisted it paid no ransom for the release of a journalist held in captivity for five months in Iraq.
Michel Barnier, a former foreign minister who worked on the case until leaving the government this month, said no money had changed hands to get Florence Aubenas freed.

Current minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said he could give no information about the hostage-takers, apart from saying there were other hostages being held where Aubenas had been detained.

Aubenas returned to France yesterday and was met by friends and family at Villacoublay airport, outside Paris.

She had spent 157 days of captivity after going missing on January 5. Although she spoke briefly to reporters, Aubenas has yet to provide information about the identity of her kidnappers or details about her release

Three Romanian journalists who were held in Iraq for nearly two months have said they were kept for 51 days in a cellar alongside Aubenas.

"If there was a hero in this whole story, it was Florence," Marie-Jeanne Ion, one of the Romanians, told Liberation. "She encouraged us all during the moments of depression."

The editorial director at Liberation, Antoine de Gaudemar, said the journalist apparently suffered no ill treatment or harassment while in captivity.

I wonder if she, like Giuliana Sgrena before her, had a good time watching soccer with her terrorist captors?

Others: Chad at In the Bullpen notes that Liberation claims the French journalist was freed because of a military operation involving a high-speed chase. French-military.....that's one of those oxymorons, right?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:24 AM | Comments |

Iraqi Terror Group, U.S., Blamed for Iranian Bombings (UPDATED)

Four bombs killed at least eight people in Iran over the weekend. The bombs went off in a predominately Arab community targetting buildings associated with the Persian dominated government. Here is the kicker: Iran is blaming a terrorist organization in Iraq that was initially supported by Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath party during the long years of conflict between the two nations. However, the fall of the Hussein regime means those funds dried up.

So now that Iran is busying itself supporting the insurgency in Iraq, at least some of that money is being used for acts of terrorism against the Iranian government. Ironical.

As Ward Churchill would say: "It's just the hens coming home to roost."

UPDATE: I've found a few more articles in which the Iranians blame the US for being linked to the terror attack. After reading that I'm much more inclined to believe that elements within the Iranian government itself is to blame for the bombings in an effort to garner public support for a more hardline candidate than Hashemi Rafsanjani who leads in the polls. Yes, it's a conspiracy theory, but such conspiracies are much more likely to exist in closed societies with formal media controls such as in Iran.

Here is the article from Townhall:

Iran's fundamentalist government has blamed U.S.-sheltered terrorists for a series of bomb blasts on Sunday that killed at least nine people, less than a week before voters choose a new president...

But a spokesman for Iran's Security Council accused groups linked to the ousted Baathist regime in Iraq.

A senior national security official was quoted as blaming Arab separatists whom he said were being trained under the protection of U.S. forces in neighboring Iraq.

The official, Ali Agha Mohammadi, said British forces based in southern Iraq may also be linked to the attackers.

"We call on the Americans and the British to condemn these attacks and hand over the terrorists in Iraq. Sadly, they have so far not said anything," he said.

UPDATE II: Roger L. Simon points to a DEBKA report which ties the White House to the group responsible for the bombing. It is DEBKA, which for those of you who don't know, is kind of like the Israeli version of Matt Drudge, only with a focus on terrorism, and a lot less reliable:
On April 22, DEBKA-Net-Weekly 203 lead article explored Khuzestan Arab Spring offensive and its Kurdish Iraqi backing. On May 6, DNW 204 revealed Khuzestan Front’s No. 2 leader Said Taher Naama paid secret visit to White House April 23

CNN:

Bombs killed eight people and wounded 75 in Iran on Sunday in a rare string of attacks five days before a presidential election.

Security is tight in the Islamic republic, where bombings have been almost unheard of in the past decade.

Four bombs in Ahvaz, capital of the partly Arabic-speaking province of Khuzestan, where most of Iran's oil reserves lie, targeted government buildings, killing seven people, provincial officials said.

Hours later, a bomb in the capital Tehran killed one person.

In the Ahvaz blasts, two of the dead were women, and 70 people were wounded, the officials said. Ethnic unrest claimed five lives in Khuzestan in April.

The Popular Democratic Front of Ahvaz, which is campaigning for an independent Khuzestan, denied it was behind the attacks, but it said another Arab group calling itself the Ahvazi Revolutionary Martyrs' Brigades had claimed responsibility....

About 150 demonstrators protested outside the governor's office in the evening, waving Iranian flags and chanting "Death to the hypocrites" -- a term used for the exiled opposition People's Mujahideen Organization.

"Based on intelligence we received, a network was trying to create problems before the election," Aghamohammadi said.

He blamed unidentified opposition groups who had called for a boycott of the elections and suggested infiltrators had come from parts of neighboring Iraq under U.S.-British control.

Aghamohammadi said it appeared that some of the infiltrators belonged to the People's Mujahideen. U.S. forces took control of the group's bases in Iraq after the 2003 invasion.

Hat tip: Howie

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

June 12, 2005

Firing Up The Trackback Debate

A year ago I started a brief debate regarding trackback etiquette. James McGovern has given me some inspiration and I'd like to rekindle that debate. My thoughts, ideas, and opinions have been posted over at Lockergnome.

Let's create a standard for blogs and trackbacks; let's end this debate and move along effectively.

By at 05:16 PM | Comments |

Insurgent attacks decreased in Baghdad due to Operation Al-Barq -- Sulagh

First I have heard these statistics.....

Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabr Sulagh said on Saturday that insurgent attacks in Baghdad have dramatically decreased since launching Operation Al-Barq, asserting that Iraqi security forces will establish full security in Baghdad within the next six months.

In a press conference in Baghdad, the minister said that the number of car-bomb attacks in Baghdad have decreased from 14 attacks a day to one or two attacks only, while the number of arrested insurgents increased from 10 to 85 a day, noting that Operation Al-Barq has a 90 percent success rate.

Sulagh added that the number of detainees was 219 before launching the operation and increased to 1318 detainees during the operation, noting that the number of insurgents killed in the operation reached 36 insurgents, while detainees include four Sudanese, two Jordanians, one Egyptian, and one Syrian.

He said that the Iraqi security forces seized eight ready-for-use car bombs in Baghdad, and seized 27 other car bombs in gunmen hideouts.He added that the forces seized six million US dollars, 52 mortar rounds, 37 missiles, 325 Kalashnikovs, 13 RPG-7 launchers, 36 guns, and 37 grenades. - The minister noted that four Iraqi policemen and army men were killed and 17 others were wounded in Operation Al-Barq, while 35 civilians were killed and 87 were wounded in the operation.

Posted by Traderrob

By at 08:48 AM | Comments |

Queen Elizabeth Knights Muslim

(London) Yes, it happened. Queen Elizabeth bestowed knighthood on a Muslim. I don't know if there have been others, but I'd surely like to see a photo of the new British Muslim Knight, Sir Iqbal Sacranie, standing between his brothers of the realm, Sir Elton John and Sir Mick Jagger, arguably two people who warped past infidel status decades ago.

The freshly-minted Muslim Knight is said to be in favor of a law "to create an offence (sic) of incitement to religious hatred." I'm not sure if that means he's for or against religious hatred. The Religion of Peace hasn't been all that clear on the subject in recent years.

Note that when a Muslim places a sword next to the neck of an infidel, it's a beheading, but when an infidel places a sword next to the neck of a Muslim, it's a bestowing. The difference between Islam and anything else is not strictly philosophical.

What are the chances that the King of Islam will make the Queen a mullah? Or a mufti?

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 08:07 AM | Comments |

June 11, 2005

Al Qaeda Threatens to Murder 36 Hostage

Abu Musab al Zarqawi's al Qaeda in Iraq has claimed to have taken 36 Iraqi soldiers hostage and threatened to murder them unless Muslim women are released from Iraqi jails in a series of communiques posted at an Islamic message board. The Iraqi government places the number of hostages as 22. The deadline, and the extention given in a later communique, has run out.

This type of threat is typical of the al Qaeda in Iraq group, but up until now the threat has usually been that hostages would be executed (many by beheading) if the US did not release women prisoners. This threat is indicative that the insurgency in Iraq is now between secularists in governmnet and religious fanatics who's aim is to install a Taliban like government.

In the past, al Qaeda in Iraq (formerly known as Tawhid and Jihad) has followed through with these types of threats by murdering their victims. The group, in an attempt to legitimze their crimes, first forces the victims to confess to various crimes against Islam before murdering them. A video is usually posted some time later. As soon as a video is released, we will post links and images of the crimes committed by the 'insurgents' in Iraq.

The Geo TV:

The Al Qaeda group in Iraq has said that it was holding 36 Iraqi troops hostage and demanded the government free all women prisoners within 24 hours, according to a Web statement.

The statement addressed to Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari 24 hours to free all Muslim women prisoners held in Interior Ministry jails.

The statement said the group was holding 36 National Guards after raids in Western Iraq, and not 22 as reported by Iraqi police on Wednesday.

The Sunni Muslim group, which has often abducted and killed officials and soldiers, said the 36 were being questioned about their "crimes against Sunnis".

Hat tip: Chad at In the Bullpen

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

2,000 US Troops Dispatched to Mauritania

So far, I've only seen this AKI report which claims the US has dispatched 2,000 troops to the small Western Sahara nation of Mauritania. Last week, members of the Salafite Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), an al Qaeda linked group which has been fighting secularists in Algeria for some time, killed 17 Mauratian troops.

I know I've said it a dozen times, but if you want to find the hot bed of Islamic radicalism look to Africa. Also, the 2,000 US troops might also want to keep an eye out for Osama bin Laden while they are there. If I had to make a bet on where he is, I'd place it on Africa.

Via Open Source Intelligence this AKI story:

Following the recent slaying of 17 government soldiers in a terrorist attack on a military base in northern Mauritania, the United States has sent a contingent of 2,000 soldiers, as well as helicopters, to the area, the United Arab Emirates daily 'Al-Kalheej' reported on Friday. The US troops will use military bases set up in the desert in Mauritania and Mali three years ago as part of the war on terror.

The US battalion's mission is to help Mauritanian troops patrol the country's northern border with Algeria, where militants from the Algerian extremist formation, the Salafite Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), have been entering the country. The GSPC claimed responsibility for last Saturday's deadly attack on the remote military base, although the Mauritanian authorities maintain the attack, in which 17 soldiers were killed, was the work of Mauritanian and Mali extremists, linked to a few GSPC and smugglers operating along the borders between Algeria, Mali and Mauritania.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:47 PM | Comments |

Natalee Holloway (Wait, you mean there's OTHER news? Religion of Peace Update)

Natalee Holloway. Syria has hit list of Lebanese politicians. Natalee Holloway. Pakistan court orders 12 freed in 'honor' gang-rape. Natalee Holloway. Founder of Ansar al-Islam praises bin Laden in Norway. Natalee Holloway. Mother of rape victim may have helped 'honor' rapists. Natalee Holloway. Genocide in Zimbabwe. Natalee Holloway. Al Qaeda being helped by Iran. Natalee Holloway. 5 Marines killed in Iraq. Natalee Holloway. 'Moderate' Muslims call for death penalty for all who defame that child rapists and goat-f*cker Muhammed. Natalee Holloway. Saudis hold woman as slave in Colorado. Natalee Holloway. Two more Marines killed by terrorists breaking Geneva convention in Iraq. Natalee Holloway. Darfur genocide continues as peace talks stall. Natalee Holloway. Coup rumors in the Philippines while misunderstanderers of the ROP call for unification of church and state in South. Natalee Holloway. Ansar al-Sunnah murders Iraqi General. Natalee Holloway. Hamas won't give up weapons, will continue to murder children. Natalee Holloway. Muslim victims of violence in Bosnia again (but by more 'righteouss' Muslims). Natalee Holloway. As predicted, Muslims and their leftist allies already seething over proposal that NATO help end genocide in Sudan. Natalee Holloway. Los Alamos whistleblower getting beat up in order to intimidate him looks phony. Natalee Holloway. Nazi sex dolls discovered. Natalee Holloway. A history of the world (with commentary). Natalee Holloway. A big 'amen' from Michelle Malkin. Natalee Holloway. And Try Jackson. Natalee Holloway. And La Shawn Barber. Natalee Holloway. Oh, and me, like a week ago.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:35 PM | Comments |

Islamists in New York Flag Desecration, Anti-American Video

Thanks to Shawn at Bare Knuckle Politics for finally (we went back and forth trying to figure out how to do this) getting the video of The Islamic Thinkers Society of New York desecrating the American flag and openly supporting the enemies of the US hosted. You can view the video here or download it here. Our post about the fifth column that is The Islamic Thinkers Society of New York is here along with images from the video. But, trust me on this, you need to see the video and hear the words coming out of these people's mouths.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:23 AM | Comments |

June 10, 2005

"We weren't asked to detain him"

This will chill the very marrow of your bones.

A young Canadian man murdered an elderly couple, then tried to escape across the US border. He was already on the run from the law, scheduled to appear in court that morning for sentencing. With him he carried a flak jacket, a homemade sword, some knives, and a bloodied chainsaw. He told the border officials he was in the US military.

The worst part? US OFFICIALS LET HIM THROUGH.

"Nobody asked us to detain him," said Bill Anthony, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

"Being bizarre is not a reason to keep somebody out of this country or lock them up. We're governed by laws and regulations, and he did not violate any regulations," Mr. Anthony told the Associated Press.

Neither had Mohammed Atta when he attempted to enter the US.

Eddie Young, a 38-year-old fish-plant worker, sat next to Mr. Despres in the customs office at Calais, Maine, while the agents processed them. Mr. Young was on his way to catch a flight to Mexico with friends, but was detained when the officers noticed on his file a 20-year-old drug conviction in Ottawa.

"When he come in, they opened his bag up and they took out," Mr. Young said in an interview. "It looked like large bayonets to me, but they could have been a little bit longer for swords, and then two pairs of brass knuckles fastened to his bag, a chainsaw and what looked like a flak jacket."

Mr. Young said the U.S. customs agents appeared to be joking around.

"I watched the customs guys fling the swords around in the back room," he said. "I mean, wouldn't the evidence be ruined with their fingerprints?"

Mr. Young said Mr. Despres was treated better than he was.

"When I come back in (to the room) they were giving him a coffee," he said. "He got processed faster than I did."

Let me remind everyone here that this guy already had a criminal record. He was due in court that morning to be sentenced for threatening to kill the elderly couple's son-in-law. It wasn't like he'd never committed a crime before.

It seems to me that in order to protect our country from unwanted intruders, we're going to have to start taking a little more initiative with detaining people. What is it going to take to get our borders secured?

h/t World Mag Blog.

Cross-posted at Suzanne's Blog

By at 07:41 PM | Comments |

So, Will Andrew Sullivan Change His Mind Now?

By Demosophist

As I've observed before, Andrew Sullivan's argument in support of gay marriage has been inconsistent. On one hand he argues that it's a matter of fundamental right, on par with opposition to the anti-misogenation Jim Crow laws. But on the other hand he argues that it's a matter of federalism, and that adoption of gay marriage in Massachusettes or California imposes no institutional onus on other states to honor such marriages. Objections to this soft-pedaled federalism ran along the lines that gay marriage could not be extended via the Commerce Clause, because the clause was about regulation of commerce, not regulation of everything that effects commerce. It seems to me that the implications of marriages in one state have a far more significant and certain effect on interstate commerce than six home-grown marajuana plants, so if the intervention of the federal government has already been justified on those grounds the precedent has been set. Once gay marriage is officially recognized and sanctioned in one state it automatically becomes a federal issue.

No, Andrew won't change his mind. He may have been logically inconsistent, but he always knew what he wanted.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia and Anticipatory Retaliation)

By Demosophist at 03:18 PM | Comments |

“Camp al-Lodi”: Just The Tip Of The Iceberg: FBI Terror Probe Moves South to San Francisco Peninsula. As Islamists say, "First the Saturday people - then the Sunday people," and Sunday's getting closer!

Get use to it - it's not just Lodi folks, it's all around us where ever Muslims congregate. Again, we're seeing only the tip of the iceberg. And I'll keep saying it until you hear me. Remember - first the Saturday people(Jews), then the Sunday people(Christians), and during the process, there go our freedoms.

Islamdom

Of the image, not exactly what we want to allow to happen. "It's not just the mosques, it's their schools, youth groups, community centers, political organizations, professional associations, and commercial enterprises also tend to share a militant outlook, hostile to the prevailing order in the United States and advocating its replacement with an Islamic one" (Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, of the Islamic Supreme Council of America)."

Californtia Conservative(CC) posts on the S.F. Chronicle report:

“Federal officials investigating possible terrorism links in a Lodi case involving five men are questioning members of a Northern California Islamic group, apparently with an eye to linking it with possible extremist activities.

CC correctly notes - "Getting closer to home." That reference is to his home, but his comment should strike a nerve in every non-Islamic household in America and Europe. Islamofascism is getting ever closer to 'all of our homes'.

“FBI agents interviewed an official of the Farooqia Islamic Center in his East Palo Alto home this week and suggested that other leaders of the group had made inflammatory speeches about terrorism, the official said Thursday. In Lodi, agents went door to door conducting more interviews of Pakistani Americans in the investigation.

In San Francisco, FBI spokeswoman LaRae Quy acknowledged that agents from her office had been drawn into the investigation. She would not speculate about whether the Farooqia center was a front for extremists, but said, “Many legitimate organizations are hijacked for sinister reasons, for criminal activity.

FBI agents interviewed Mohammed Hakik on Tuesday at his house in East Palo Alto. Hakik, who is of Fijian descent, is listed in state records as president of the Farooqia Islamic Center.'’

CC appropriately provides the "Politically-correct" disclaimer: "The E. Palo Alto Islamic center is under investigation; no arrests have been made." Yes, in America we have a system of laws and we function under the premise that someone is innocent until proven guilty.

But let's realize too, that the Muslims are exploiting this and consider it one of our weaknesses. Have you asked yourself yet just where are the voices of so-called moderate muslims? Whether and to what degree the Muslim community as a whole subscribes to the Islamist agenda are open questions. "But what is not open to question is that, whatever the majority of Muslim Americans may believe, most of the organized Muslim community agrees with the Islamist goal—the goal of building an Islamic state in America. To put it another way, the major Muslim organizations in this country are in the hands of
extremists."

Do you think that this is just a bit of a reach, stepping from terrorism to the Muslim street? One need only look to what a Muslim who is not among the Islamists has to say on the issue of the Muslim agenda in America. Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, of the Islamic Supreme Council of America. According to Daniel Pipes, "in Kabbani's reliable estimation, such "extremists" have "taken over 80 percent of the mosques" in the United States. And not just the mosques: schools, youth groups, community centers, political organizations, professional associations, and commercial enterprises also tend to share a militant outlook, hostile to the prevailing order in the United States and advocating its replacement with an Islamic one."

So one more time! "... not just the mosques: schools, youth groups, community centers, political organizations, professional associations, and commercial enterprises also tend to share a militant outlook, and are hostile to the prevailing order in the United States and advocate its replacement with an Islamic one".

Continuing from CC's post:

In an affidavit made available to reporters Tuesday, the FBI said Hayat had attended a training camp that was “operated by Maulana Fazlur Rehman. " The FBI deleted all references to Rehman in a revised affidavit released Wednesday but did not remove the reference to the camp."

Rehman is actually Fazlur Rahman Khalil, according to Haqqani.

In 1998, Khalil was one of the three signatories of Osama bin Laden’s “fatwa calling for a jihad (Muslim holy war) against Jews and crusaders and the United States,” Haqqani said. He has since operated within plain sight of Pakistan’s government, which periodically reins him in and lets him return to action months later, Haqqani said.”

CC asks, "A jihad against Jews and the United States; who are the “crusaders?” And why isn’t Pakistan doing something about this?;"

Troubling times in California? Yes, and very troubling times in America!

But not everyone feels the same way. There are many liberal dhimmis among us who are the early sufferers of "Stockholm syndrome."

(From CC) LGF reports: "The Oakland Tribune has a soothing, go-back-to-sleep piece about the Lodi Islamic terrorist arrests, and amazingly, appallingly, they quote as an impartial, reliable source none other than UC Berkeley lecturer Hatem Bazian: Area Muslims say mosques should not engender fear

“Hatem Bazian, is the same person who, on April 10, 2004, told an “anti-war” rally that we need An Intifada in This Country

Here’s a question for the day from California Conservative: "If Christian groups ever committed terrorist acts in the Middle East, publicly declared “jihad”-equivalent against these nations and desecrated their flags, what people and organizations residing therein do you think the Muslim authorities would "investigate?" (In quotes, because they would more likely throw them out of their countries, pronto, if not doing far worse)

Point being: It is entirely reasonable to investigate the breeding pools for religious extremists in the United States.

Related:

AmeTrican Jihadists Caught In California: Sleeping Cells, Muslim Plans For Terrorizing America, And "The Islamic Agenda" (Updated)

Onward the Caliphate: Iraq's 'insurgency' -- anything but!

Terrorists In California: al Qaeda’s “Camp Lodi”

Flag Desecration Images From the Religion of Patriots

Background:

The Danger Within: Militant Islam in America

Militant Islam Reaches America

First The Saturday People(then the Sunday people-Christians)

The Sword of Islam (not exactly academic quality but nevertheless, interesting information to check with other sources)

Cross posted by Hyscience

By at 03:09 PM | Comments |

Gallup: Public Confidence in Newspapers, TV News Falls to All-Time Low

No surprise, but interesting nonetheless.

Public trust in newspapers and television news continued to decline in Gallup's annual survey of "public confidence in major institutions" in the United States, reaching an all-time low this year.

Those having a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in newspapers dipped from 30% to 28% in one year, the same total for television. The previous low for newspapers was 29% in 1994. Since 2000, confidence in newspapers has declined from 37% to 28%, and TV from 36% to 28%, according to the poll.

However, some other institutions fared far worse this year, suggesting a broad level of distrust, cynicism or malaise.

Confidence in the presidency plunged from 52% to 44%, with Congress and the criminal-justice system also suffering 8% drops. Confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court fell from 46% to 41%. The 22% confidence rating for Congress is its lowest in eight years, and self-identified Republicans have only a slightly more positive view of the institution than do Democrats.The military topped the poll with a 74% confidence rating, with the police at 63% and organized religion at 53%. Big business and Congress (both at 22%) and HMOs (17%) brought up the rear.

On the flip side, the Jawa Report enjoys a whopping 98% confidence rating up from 92.5% a year ago.

Posted by Traderrob

By at 03:02 PM | Comments |

Iranian blogger facing the death penalty for insulting the prophets

Check this out and spread the word. Public outcry can help save these men.

Cross-posted at Have I got a story for you...

By at 12:41 PM | Comments |

Dean spanked for inflammatory comments

LA Times:

WASHINGTON — When Howard Dean was chosen to head their party, Democrats looked forward to the benefits of his bristling energy and zest for political combat.

But at a private meeting Thursday on Capitol Hill, a number of worried Senate Democrats warned Dean that he had been going overboard and needed to choose his words more carefully.

The former Vermont governor and unsuccessful presidential candidate recently referred to the GOP as "pretty much a white, Christian party" and declared that a lot of Republicans have "never made an honest living in their lives."

Sen. Russell D. Feingold (D-Wis.) said that at the Capitol Hill meeting, "there couldn't be any doubt that there was some concern, even by Dean himself," about how his comments had been received.

The meeting had been scheduled to discuss party strategy before Dean's controversial comments.

Also Thursday, two Democrats seen as rising stars — Rep. Harold Ford of Tennessee and Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner — made a point of distancing themselves from Dean's remarks.

Ford, who plans a Senate run next year, said on the Don Imus radio show that if Dean could not "temper his comments, it may get to the point where the party may need to look elsewhere for leadership, because he does not speak for me."

Ford later told The Times that Dean was "leading us in a direction that makes it difficult to win…. His leadership right now is not serving any of us very well."

Keep it up, Dean!

Cross-posted at Suzanne's Blog (please note the name change)

By at 12:33 PM | Comments |

Germans Let Terrorist Walk, Blame U.S.

While the U.S. detains terrorists until they are no longer considered a threat, Germany gives them lawyers, subject them to trials, and releases them based upon insufficient evidence. And when all is said and done, the German courts blame the U.S. for not providing the information necessary to convict them.

The presiding judge of the German Federal Court of Justice, Klaus Tolksdorf, announced that the verdict in the acquittal of Abdelghani Mzoudi would stand and he was now a free man. Mzoudi was accused of training at an Al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan and paying bills of the terrorist cell in Hamburg that was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Mohammed Atta, the mastermind behind 9/11, was Mzoudi's roommate in Hamburg.

The decision by the German high court is likely a harbinger for the outcome of the appellate proceedings against Mounir El Motassadeq, a terrorist buddy of Mzoudi, who was convicted and had his verdict overturned on appeal because judges decided he didn't get a fair trial because a witness in U.S. jurisdiction was not allowed to testify.

Evidently, the German judicial system is ineffective because the U.S. is unresponsive. Of course, blaming the U.S. for every conceivable problem anywhere has become sport.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 11:51 AM | Comments |

NEVER Call Your Pastor Back (Help me guest posters, you're my only hope!)

NOTE: Boring personal info below explaining why blogging will be light and why I need my guest-posters and collaborators to pick up the slack today.

Yeah, I go to church. Think of my as a Universalist, but without all the Korean mass-marriages and wussy pacifism. You wanna fight about it? Anyway, last night my wife and I got a sitter and went out to dinner. When we got back I noticed that our pastor had called and wanted me to call him back.

Of course, I didn't call him back. Duh, what do I look like, an idiot? When your pastor calls it can only be bad news. Either he's looking for someone to do a job in the church (and we have several vacancies that I absolutely don't want to do which is why I didn't call him back) or he's looking to help someone move-in or move-out and knows you're one of 3 people who has a flexible work schedule.

I thought the bullet was dodged, I could, after all, blame the whole not calling him back thing on the sitter. But nooooooo. The guy is three steps ahead of me! He gets a friend from church to call me knowing I would take his call.

So, if I'm not around much it's because some one is moving into the area from an affiliated church and they need some help. *Sigh*

Here's a moral question: It appears that the family moving in rarely attended at their old church. That is, they were members of the congregation in name only. Their old pastor asked my pastor to help them out. Now, I'm all about that whole helping people out thing that the dude Jebus I keep hearing about on Sunday talked about, but I feel a little bit of resentment here.

It seems to me that at some level (I'm sure there are tons of other reasons) the reason for organized religious bodies is to establish voluntary mutual aid societies. But isn't helping out those who are members in name only kind of defeating the 'mutual aid' part of the equation? That is to say, I never see slackers like this helping out the regular attendees when they move, but I always see the regular attendees helping the slackers out when they are moving or have other needs like that.

Am I being selfish for begrudging them?

Anyway, I'm off to help move them in. But I swear to Allah that if there isn't a pizza and a six-pack of ice-cold Dr. Pepper waiting for me than I will issue a fatwa against helping slackers move!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:45 AM | Comments |

Fatwa-Fatwa Jihad Muka-luka (PLEASE!!)

Every one is getting a damn fatwa but me! Let me make my position on Quran desecration clear. I am for it.*

Congrats to Robert Spencer for gettting the fascists over at the Islamic Thinkers Society to notice him.

If you want to see what these guys really think, I encourage you to watch the five minute video of them desecrating an American flag. Listen carefully to the words they use. (They took the video link down, but I have it if some one can host it--too long for my server).

Thanks to Mike at WunderKraut for e-mailing me about this and about Malkin's link.

*Ok, all kidding aside, I'm not really for Koran desecration only for the right to desecrate a Koran.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:55 AM | Comments |

Grace

By Demosophist

maudlin gal

The epitome of being cute and ghastly at the same time. Thank God the long national nightmare of the Jackson trial is almost over, and we can get back to more conventional sappistry.

Update--the "why" of this post:

For the "huh?" people: There's a "bread and circuses" feel to the Nancy Grace/Greta VanSustern phenomenon (except that the power offering the distraction is the ancien regime of the mainstream media). How do people like this maintain celebrity status? I watch these maudlin women spew their slushy pseudo-professional claptrap and it makes me even more acutely aware of the fact that the media aren't covering some of the most critical news about the project to rescue civilization, and what they do cover they nearly always do so badly.

I also, for the life of me, can't figure out how any of the stuff these queens of ghoul cover is even interesting. How the deuce does anyone watch the Jacko coverage and stay off life support? I nod off so quickly I'm afraid of a neck injury. And just for the sake of gender-correctness I feel exactly the same about Larry King. I think he even puts himself to sleep.

By way of what ought to be a shameful comparison for the folks above, consider Linda Vester's Dayside. The woman even has a decent blog!

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia and Anticipatory Retaliation)

By Demosophist at 08:57 AM | Comments |

June 09, 2005

AI Gets One Right: Report on Human Rights and the Blogosphere

Ok, surfing around the Amnesty International website I came across this: Press Freedom Day: Human rights in the Blogosphere. It's good to know that between their idiotic Chomsky inpired anti-Americanisms that they have some concern about bloggers getting locked up in countries where real human rights abuses are commonplace.

Here's an excerpt:

Anyone can start a blog, comment on one and, usually, say whatever they want. Blogs effectively sideline the normal publishing process: there is no editorial control; rarely even a pretence at balance or impartiality; and quite often, no respect for the rules of traditional media, such as fact-checking, confidentiality or adherence to the law.
I assume that by 'adherence to the law' they mean copyright violations and such and not following immoral speech regulations. Or am I giving them too much credit? Does AI support hate speech laws?
This is not necessarily always a bad thing. Human rights and freedom of speech activists in many countries use blogs in an attempt to get around censorship laws and other restrictions. Blogs also offer a degree of anonymity for users who are usually afforded the opportunity to post material without identifying themselves. People in Iran and China have used blogs to expose violations by their governments and provide the outside world with information that otherwise might not have been available.
'Not necessarily always a bad thing'?? Okee-dokey. And of course we're exposing human rights abuses by governments around the world. We also expose the lunacy of leftists who can't see the difference between a real human rights abuse and an ACLU case. We are the samizdata of the 21st century, baby!

Here is an example of the kind of work AI ought to be focusing on:

Bloggers in Iran set out ideas and advocate policies that are widely regarded to be a step ahead of current social, political and human rights debates. Bloggers' sites addressing women's rights in Iran provide a platform -- or tribune -- for pushing forward women's social, political and economic rights. The persistent pressure exerted by bloggers in the case of Afsaneh Norouzi, who was convicted of murdering a high-ranking security and intelligence official who had tried to rape her, played no small part in her recently being spared the death penalty and finally released from prison after more than seven years' detention.
And another case of a real human rights abuse:
Electronic civil disobedience is not without risk. In both Iran and China, the authorities have increasingly targeted bloggers to stifle dissent. Bloggers are sometimes arrested and sites discussing political or social issues shut down or redirected to entertainment forums. In one recent case highlighted by Reporters sans frontières, an Iranian blogger, Mohamad Reza Abdollahi, was sentenced on appeal to six months in prison and a fine of 1 million rials for supposedly insulting the country's leaders and making anti-government propaganda. Police subsequently arrested his wife, another blogger whom they accused of "defending her husband too openly". Najmeh Oumidparvar, who was four months pregnant, spent 24 days in detention before being released on 26 March.
Anyway, it's good to know that AI isn't all the way idiotic these days.

Here, though, is where we see the greatest piece of irony:

This is one downside; another is the amount of information presented as fact. Blogs are individual expressions of opinion. Where "facts" are cited, they should be treated with healthy scepticism. As long as the reader makes his or her own judgments about the information, the fact that blogs do not purport to provide a balanced view can be refreshing, as there is little risk of a hidden agenda or bias.
Blogs are in fact superior to the MSM and organizations like AI who hide their biases and proclaim neutrality. And like the MSM, AI does not even recognize its own anti-American bias. Instead, like many deceived by their ideologies, they believe they see the world 'as it really is'.

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

BIG Media FINALLY Givin' Me R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Man, it's not every day that you get mentioned in The Lodi News Sentinel! I have finally made it.

Hat tip to California Conservative who I hear is a regular subscriber to the Lodi News Sentinel.

UPDATE: Which came first, that CCR song or the obscure faux homosexual WCW wrestler Lodi (pronounced Low-Dee)?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:41 PM | Comments |

Amnesty International Calls for Arrest of Bush, Bono to be named Czar of World

I used to belong to Amnesty International. No joke. During my lunch break in high school I would sit under a big U2 poster writing letters to South Africa begging the release of this or that jailed activist. But not now, oh no, not now.

First the leader of Amnesty makes the disgusting and immoral comparison of Camp X-Ray to Soviet gulags (which I debunked here), next they decide to call on Noam Chomsky of all people to defend their position (check out the video link on the right of the page), and now John Leo (Via Mighty Righty who got it from Captain Ed with a big hat tip to Filthy Allah) notices something I had forgot: this is the same group that wishes the Zeropeans to nab top officials and try them for crimes against humanity.

Man, am I glad I let my membership dues go unpaid for so long.........I'm totally on for the The Bipartisan Anti-Inflammation Pledge of 2005, but I reserve the right to call people I disagree with 'ca-ca heads' at will!! Seriously, some words are bad, but others are fighting words.

Anyway, here is what AI says (via Captain Ed again). It's not exactly a call for kidnapping, as Ed kinda makes it out to be, but it is the type of hyperbole that makes these guys look like the fools they are:

If the US government continues to shirk its responsibility, Amnesty International calls on foreign governments to uphold their obligations under international law by investigating all senior US officials involved in the torture scandal. And if those investigations support prosecution, the governments should arrest any official who enters their territory and begin legal proceedings against them. The apparent high-level architects of torture should think twice before planning their next vacation to places like Acapulco or the French Riviera because they may find themselves under arrest as Augusto Pinochet famously did in London in 1998. ...
By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:25 PM | Comments |

Italian Hostage in Afghanistan Freed

Clementina Cantoni, the CARE International aid worker being held by Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan since May 3oth has been released. Our earlier post about Clementina Cantoni is here. Thank God she did not meet the same fate as CARE International worker in Iraq, Margaret Hassan.

The Guardian:

An Italian aid worker held hostage for more than three weeks in Afghanistan has been released in good health, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.

Clementina Cantoni, 32, was safely at the Interior Ministry and has spoken to her mother by telephone, Interior Ministry spokesman Latfullah Mashal told The Associated Press.

Cantoni ``is in good health, given the 24-day ordeal she went through,'' he said later at a news conference.

No ransom was paid and no concessions were given to her kidnappers, he said.

Combined pressure from the Afghan public, President Hamid Karzai, tribal leaders and Muslim clerics helped win her release, Mashal said.

Another ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Cantoni was set free in Logar province, just south of Kabul, where police picked her up.

Cantoni was abducted by armed men May 16 as she was being driven to her home in the capital, Kabul, where she was working for CARE International on a project helping Afghan widows and their families.

Hat tip: Buzzurro in Italy.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:36 PM | Comments |

Hostage Jeffrey Ake Safe in Iraq?

The Jawa Report is suddenty getting a number of hits for people looking for news about American hostage in Iraq, Jeffrey Ake. Our earlier reports about Jeffrey Ake are here (news of the abduction along with silence from the State Department) and here (video released). As with the other hostages being held in Iraq, such as Roy Hallums, we pray that Mr. Ake is alright and that his captors meet a swift and gruesome end at the hands of a very pissed off Marine.

A few days ago a rumor began to circulate that Jeffrey Ake had been released and was in Iraq. Perhaps similar rumors are circulating today? Let's hope this time the rumor turns out to be true. Any one with news about the status of Jeffrey Ake is urged to e-mail me.

Here is a story that ran a few days ago about Jeffrey Ake from the La Porte County Herald Argus:

Widespread rumors began circulating around town this week that LaPorte businessman Jeffrey Ake is safe in Iraq where he was abducted nearly two months ago.

The Ake family says as far as they know the reports are not true.

“There is no new information that they know of, but they are looking into it,” said a family friend who returned a phone call to the Herald Argus on behalf of the family Wednesday afternoon.

The man, who asked not to be named, said the family wanted the community to know what was going on, “because everyone has been so caring,” since Ake’s disappearance April 11....

The U.S. Embassy would not confirm or deny Wednesday if Ake had been freed by his captors.

“There is no new information I can release,” said State Department Spokesman Edgar Vasquez.

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

E-mail an al Qaeda Fan! (Updated with more e-mails)

Chad Evans has found an al Qaeda support group masquerading as an X-Box club. The best part is he churns up this e-mail address for one of the members who also runs a little Yahoo Group of jihadi supporters. How about signing him up for the pork product daily e-mail list?

UPDATE: One of our friends who wishes to remain anonymous does some digging and comes up with the following e-mails for members of the al Qaeda Yahoo group:

abo0jehad@yahoo.com
kashmirmujahideen@yahoo.com
mahmood_aljaboori@yahoo.com
mullahxxx@yahoo.it
tamim7007@yahoo.com
fasadalsaud@hotmail.com
alqa3edaah@yahoogroups.com

Try to keep track of who you e-mail. Filthy Allah has been going back and forth with one particular vile piece of scum lately and for the likes of us we can't figure out which terrorist supporting organization he belongs to.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:14 PM | Comments |

US Led NATO to Save Muslims from Mass Starvation (once again, but don't expect any credit)

It looks like US led NATO forces will finally begin to do something about the mass-starvation induced by Islamist militants in the Sudan's Darfur region. It's been way too long in the making, and let's hope whatever planning needs to be done gets done quick. Children in the region are dying today thanks to the relentless onslought of Islamist militia forces and their supporters in Khartoom.

Do you think the US or its European allies will get credit for, once again, coming to the aid of Muslims? Don't hold your breath. Expect the reaction from the Islamic world to be a) too little too late. The US let tens of thousands of Muslims die (ignoring the fact that they died as a result of other Muslims actions) b) the US is once again invading a Muslim country in a Zionist inspired crusade (remember, it was the 'victory' over US forces trying to end mass-starvation in Somalia that inspired Osama bin Laden to take his war against us up a nocth).

The Dread Pundit Bluto asks if this signals the end to the UN since NATO seems to be doing pretty much all of what the UN was supposed to be doing.

Here is the press-release:

NATO will support the African Union with airlift support into the war-torn region of Darfur, Sudan, alliance officials announced here June 8. Ethnic violence between Arabs and black Africans has left an estimated 180,000 dead and 2 million more homeless in the area, and the African Union is working to send in a peacekeeping force.

NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer called the situation in Darfur "appalling." NATO must do all it can to assist, he said today during opening remarks at a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at NATO headquarters here. NATO defense ministers, including U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, are attending the meeting.

Details are still being worked out, but NATO and U.S. officials said the NATO portion of airlift support will be coordinated through the Supreme Allied Headquarters Europe, in Belgium. The European Union also will work to coordinate airlift support through existing mechanisms at Einhoffen, Netherlands.

"We knew this was an area in which NATO had considerable experience and capability, and we today decided on an arrangement that'll take advantage of that," a senior NATO diplomat said June 8.

The diplomat noted the AU had made no request for troops for a quick-reaction force.

This marks the first time NATO has deployed forces into Africa. The diplomat said it's significant for several reasons.

"We think, given the common security issues of the 26 allies in NATO and the proximity of Africa and the security implications of developments of Africa, it makes sense for NATO to be interested in what happens in Africa," he said.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:42 PM | Comments |

Office Space, the next Rocky Horror Picture Show?

Let the pop-culture theme continue! Professor Chaos has the details. But does one dress up as Samir Nagheenanajar or Bill Lumbergh? And do you throw Swinglines at the screen, or what?

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

Angelina Jolie's Hot Lesbian Sex Expertise

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In an ongoing series of posts designed to support anti-dhimmitude as well as give concrete examples of 'good gay', The Jawa Report presents the following from 'good gay' goddess Angelina Jolie via the Imperial Minister of Pop Culture studies Ghost of a Flea. Warning: Extremely PG-13 material follows.

Ever want to know how to please a woman? Angelina Jolie has the answer, and it's not good news for us guys. In order to please a woman you have to be a woman. angelina_jolie_lesbian_kiss.jpgSky News:

Hollywood beauty Angelina Jolie has boasted that she is an expert in lesbian sex.

Tomb Raider star Angelina, who is bisexual, says she knows what women like.

She told OK! magazine: "I absolutely love women and find them incredibly sexy.

"I have loved women in the past and slept with them.

"I think if you love and want to pleasure a woman, particularly if you are a woman yourself, then certainly you know how to do things a certain way."....

"I have these great friends who cross over to be lovers and there's no reason why there can't be more than one."

"Brad is a married man. I wouldn't sleep with a married man. I have enough lovers. I don't need Brad," she said.

My bet is that Brad is just bad gay and Angelina is just making excuses...

UPDATE: Those link whores the LLama Butchers (who learned the fine art of link-a-whoring from the now-back-to-a-whoring Commissar)make me reexamine this post by Bill at INDC (who he got from Florida Cracker), which I somehow missed because of the truncation done by Bloglines, where he notices that the DUers are all up in arms about dKos running that one blogad that every one is getting (except me) of the hot-lesbo-Gilligans-Island pie fight girls. Now, is it just me or does it seem that the left side of the blogosphere really needs to loosen the pucker on their corn-holes? And these are the people in 'the reality based community' who like to call us 'The American Taliban'?!?!

Because if you don't think hot chicks in lesbo action isn't hot (even if you think it's wrong), then you must be gay!

Speaking of link whoring.......

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

Marines Detain 16 American Security Contractors in Iraq

Marines in Fallujah are now reporting an odd incident in which 16 American and 3 Iraqi security contractors were detained for firing at US soldiers and Iraqi defense forces last month. Some may jump to the conclusion that this is evidence of a 'shoot first, ask questions later' mentality among these paramilitary forces, but I would caution against that. Friendly fire incidents are very common in combat situations (think back to Pat Tillman), especially in places like Fallujah that have been hotbeds of terrorist activity in the past.

Still, the fact that the Marines detained the men for some time does indicate that they were, at the very least, royally pissed at getting shot at by Americans.

CNN:

U.S. Marines detained 16 American and three Iraqi security contractors in Falluja last month, according to a Marine statement released Wednesday.

The Marines said the contractors fired at them and at civilians, a charge the contractors deny. The security workers said they were mistreated while in custody; the Marines denied the accusations.

"The Americans were segregated from the rest of the detainee population and, like all security detainees, were treated humanely and respectfully," the Marine statement said.

The dispute began May 28 when Marines in the city in Anbar province said they were shot at by men in trucks and SUVs, according to the military statement.

The Marines said the men were also firing "at and near civilian cars."

Three hours later, another Marine post said it took fire from a convoy matching the description from the first incident.

Marines used spike strips to stop the trucks and the 19 men were taken to Camp Falluja, just outside the city.

The Marines said the men were held for three days before being taken to their compound in Baghdad, where they were released without their weapons and vehicles.

The Americans are employees of Charlotte, North Carolina-based Zapata Engineering, which has been hired to destroy weapons caches found in Iraq, said Mary Richards, Zapata's senior vice president for operations.

The group that was detained was part of a security convoy, she said.

Hat tip: Jim

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

Fifth Man Detained in CA al Qaeda Case, More Arrests to Come

Multiple news agencies reporting that a fifth man has been detained in the Lodi, CA, al Qaeda cell investigation. Broadcast media is also reporting that the FBI expects to make more arrests. Further, search warrants have been executed on the Farooqia Islamic Center and the Lodi Muslim Mosque.

Reports also indicate that officials are backing off of earlier claims on the specificity of targets. Yesterday, an affidavit used to obtain the arrest warrant noted that potential targets included "hospitals and large food stores". The amended affidavit makes no such claim. Further, the FBI is backing off of the claim as to the location of the terrorist training camp and that photos of high-ranking US officials including President Bush were used for target practice.

Yesterday a number of pundits, including myself, questioned whether the fact that the US had intelligence reports indicating the location of jihadi training camps was evidence that Pakistan was being less than 100% cooperative in the Global War on Terror. Could pressure from the State Department, hoping to avoid a potential diplomatic fiasco with Pakistan, have forces the change?

Among the changes was the charge that one of the training camps was near Rawalpindi. Because Rawalpindi is the headquarters of the Pakistani military, it would be difficult to believe that the Pakistani military was not complicit in the camps.

I'm going to cross post this update here and in include it in my post from yesterday here. That earlier post will serve as an archive on this case.Fox News:

Five men, including two father and son pairs, have now been arrested as federal law enforcement officers try to determine whether they have uncovered a network of Al Qaeda (search) supporters in Northern California.

Father and son Umer and Hamid Hayat were arrested over the weekend in Lodi, Calif., on criminal charges. Three Pakistani citizens are also being held on immigration violations. Lodi is an agricultural community 40 miles south of Sacramento.

Two law enforcement sources have confirmed to FOX News that there is a connection between the Hayats and the Pakistani citizens....

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents also have arrested Mohammed Adil Khan, Shabbir Ahmed and Khan's 19-year-old son, Mohammad Hassan Adil, for immigration violations. All three are citizens of Pakistan and Khan is affiliated with the Farooqia Islamic Center near Lodi, Calif. Ahmed is a citizen of Pakistan who currently functions as the Imam of the Lodi mosque.

Those three men are expected to eventually appear before an immigration judge.

An FBI affidavit says Hamid Hayat first denied any link to terror camps, but then told agents he attended an Al Qaeda camp in Pakistan for six months.

A law enforcement source confirmed to FOX News that search warrants have been executed at two mosques, homes of the Hayats, as well as that of the Lodi Muslim Mosque's imam. The case is now described as "ongoing investigation by the JTTF," the joint terrorism task force. FOX News was told that the connection between the Hayat's and Khan Ahmed "is more than just a meeting, there are many connections, here and possibly Pakistan."

California Mafia seems to have noticed this last night as well as other late-night West Coasters.

Annika reports from CA: "The late local news on at least two of the tv stations here in Sacramento was very irritating. They seem much more concerned about the possibility of anti-muslim "hate-crimes" than they are about the possibility that some terrorists might have been PLANNING TO BLOW UP HOSPITALS AND SUPERMARKETS!

The media are on the side of the enemy. (That means you KCRA and News 10.)"

UPDATE: Evan Kohlmann has video of a jihadi training camp in Pakistan here.

UPDATE PM: From the Lodi News Sentinel:

One of two Lodi men suspected of having ties to an al-Qaida terrorist camp was once accused of attempted kidnapping in a case that ultimately led to a misdemeanor conviction and an order to attend anger management classes.

Umer Hayat, 47, was arrested in 2001 for allegedly assaulting two children. Hayat and his 22-year-old son, Hamid Hayat, are now behind bars, accused of lying to federal agents who were questioning them about their links to terror training camps in Pakistan.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:26 AM | Comments |

June 08, 2005

Flag Desecration Images From the Religion of Patriots

Images from a video of the jihadis of the Islamic Thinkers Society below. This is the group that, at an earlier protest, had said about 9/11, "Next time we'll get all of New York,"

[UPDATE: You can view the video online here (with thanks to Shawn at Bare Knuckle Politics for uploading it) or you can download the entire video here (a little inconvenient becase of the wait time for free members, but the quality is better).

I had seen this story earlier at Jihad Watch, but didn't see the video until Michelle Malkin linked it. Michelle says "jump", I say "how high?" Also, you might want to follow her e-mail advice. Anyway, after seeing the video I'm disgusted. Since I know some people don't actually click the video links, I went ahead and took some screen shots of the video. If ever there was a clear 'fighting words' defense for assault, here it is.

Rob at Say Anything on the irony of it all (yes, this is true irony since words are being intentionally misused):

You know what I find amazing? The fact that the protesters are shouting about injustices done to Islamic people by the Americans, yet one of them about halfway through the video gets on the microphone and talks about how Islam is going to take over the world.
UPDATE: Thanks to Wunderkraut for pointing to this post by Jay Tea over at Wizbang. He makes a good point about our reaction to flag desecration vs. the childish actions of Muslims over Koran abuse. However, he is way off the mark in the rest of the post. As a loyal follower of the Commissar (who advocates vigorous debate amongst ourselves), I must stand up and point out that my right-wing friend at Wizbang makes a serious logical error.

No freedom or liberty can be understood as anything but ordered and contextual. What this means is that what is thought of as a liberty in one context must be weighed against other liberties, and that sometimes these acts may be even considered criminal. From the Schenck (1919) case, for insance, comes the famous (if not discredited) example that people generally have the liberty to say whatever they wish, but they cannot yell fire in a crowded theater. The context of the theater changes the permissible action of shouting fire.

War also changes the context. We are in a war with jihadi inspired terrorists. In the context of war, embedded in the further context of a community which may have at least some minor percentage of those that are sympathetic to the cause, then advocating for the cause of the enemy ceases to be protected speech. In fact, this is a classic example of of the exception carved out in Brandenburg v. Ohio (1969): "Freedoms of speech and press do not permit a State to forbid advocacy of the use of force or of law violation except where such advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action"

I would argue that the word imminent ought to be dropped from the legal rule set up in Brandenburg. If 9/11 has taught us anything it is that terrorist acts may take years of planning. It has also taught us that our freedoms and liberties may be used against us in order to destroy those very liberties.

So, do I want flag desecration to be forbidden? No, of course not. What I do want is for incitement to take up arms against the US to be forbidden when the US is in a shooting war.

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At about this point in the video the speaker actually used the word 'loophole' to describe the First Amendment right to desecrate the flag. These Islamists use our freedoms to further their anti-American agenda in exactly the same way the German Bund and the Communist Party USA did.

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Here's the WND article that describes the video and rally.

In the video, released by the New York-based Islamic Thinkers Society, one of the Muslims is shown placing a sign on the flag that says, "Oh Muslims! Do you know your enemy? Isn't it obvious?"

The five-minute piece begins with a man speaking in clear English: "Just to show where our loyalty belongs to -- you see this flag here? It's going to go on the floor [sic]. And to us, our loyalty does not belong to this flag, our loyalty belongs to Allah ... ." ...

Another speaker refers to the mandate for "Islam to dominate over all other religions, to dominate the world, even though the non-Muslims may hate it." ...

At one Al-Muhajiroun event at Queensborough Community College sponsored by the MSA and attended by WND, a Muhajiroun speaker working with Yousuf said, "We reject the U.N., reject America, reject all law and order. Don't lobby Congress or protest because we don't recognize Congress! The only relationship you should have with America is to topple it!"

The speaker continued, "The so-called terrorists are the only people who truly fear Allah. ... They are the only worthy causes, and the mighty superpower only fears them."

In a private interview with WND, a Queens based Al-Muhajiroun leader said he would be "absolutely honored" to give up his life in a "martyr operation" against American civilians. The leader warned that "a jihad is coming to America because of the moves of the Bush administration."

Last year, Al-Muhajiroun planned a convention in London titled, "The Choice is in Your Hands: Either You're with the Muslims or with the Infidels," to mark the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

In 2003, the group had planned a similar anniversary event called "The Magnificent 19 [Suicide Attackers]," but canceled it at the last minute. /blockquote>

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

Spanish Judge Wants to Question US Soldiers

Why does the US not want to have anything to do with international tribunals? Namely, because anti-Americanism in the world leads to acts of judicial tyrrany, such as this. Spain seems to be the worst of the lot these days. Make sure you check out the military reaction to the Spanish inquiry. Kind of makes you proud to be an American.

Swiss Info:

A Spanish judge wants to question three American soldiers as suspects in the death of a Spanish cameraman who was killed when a U.S. tank fired on a hotel housing foreign journalists during the 2003 assault on Baghdad....

The American soldiers would be questioned as suspects for murder and crimes against the international community, which carry sentences of 15 to 20 years in jail and 10 to 15 years respectively.

Pedraz is prepared to send a request for U.S. cooperation in the investigation, but is still in the initial stages of the investigation and is several steps away from bringing charges.

Here is the money quote, though:
"It would be a very, very cold day in hell before that would ever happen," said a State Department official, who asked not to be named. "I just cannot imagine how any U.S. soldier can be subject to some kind of foreign proceeding for criminal liability when he is in a tank in a war zone as part of an international coalition."
Cases like this are also why many conservatives in America worry about recent Supreme Court cases in which the rulings of international courts were used as precedent.

UPDATE: I just found this post at The White Peril which has a pretty cogent analysis.

Mark Noonan over at BFB also has some interesting thoughts. Sir George's thoughts, over at AIR, are more along the lines of kick-ass than interesting.

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

Ansar al-Sunnah Terrorists Nabbed

Can you imagine a terror organization worse than Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al Qaeda in Iraq? The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah is such a group. These guys specialize in killing any and every Kurdish leader, Turkish truck driver, Shia cleric, and Iraqi government official.

Here is a press release from Task Force Freedom as published by the Stryker Brigades in Northern Iraq:

Iraqi Army troops alongside Stryker Brigade Soldiers detained Mullah Mahdi, leader of the Ansar Al-Sunnah terror cell based in Mosul, and four associates during cordon and search operations in Mosul. Mahdi is wanted by Iraqi authorities for a number of terror acts conducted in Mosul including multiple kidnappings, attacks on polling stations, mortar attacks on Multi-National Forces, and the likely murdering of a local government officials.

Along with local terror leaders, ISF and MNF have recently captured a number of foreign fighters from Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco who have revealed during interviews that they have been lied to and deceived by terror leaders to get them to fight in Iraq. Foreign fighters were told MNF Soldiers were raping women and destroying Iraq. They were also told by terror leaders inside Iraq that they would be asked to fight and kill Americans, but once they arrived were ordered to kill innocent Iraqi civilians instead.

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

Syria and the Insurgency

Syria is knee-deep in the shiznick that is the Iraqi insurgency. When leftists speak of 'the right of Iraqis to resistance', exactly which Iraqis are they talking about? Are they the Kurds in the North that won't let American GIs pay for anything? Are they the Shia majority which now controls the country though its first democratic elections ever? No, says Darleen Click,

they are less the French Resistance and more representative of the German Resistance -- the Werewolves who launched attacks, post WWII, against Americans and other Germans.

In addition, much of the Iraq insurgency doesn't even involve Iraqis, but a myriad of Islamists from well outside Iraq's borders.

Both she and Glenn Reynolds point us to this Washington Post article on the connection of Salaafists in Syria to the jihad in Iraq. Very informative in that it makes clear that Wahabism is just a small subset of Salaafism, and it is Salaafism which is the bigger problem, that the 'insurgency' is just part of a larger global jihad set on restoring the global caliphate, and that at least some segment of the Syrian military has aligned their interests with the jihadis:

Syria's role in sustaining and organizing the insurgency has shifted over time. In the first days of the war, fighters swarmed into Iraq aboard buses that Syrian border guards waved through open gates, witnesses recalled. But late in 2004, after intense pressure on Damascus from the Bush administration, Syrian domestic intelligence services swept up scores of insurgent facilitators. Many, including Abu Ibrahim, were quietly released a few days later.

In the months since, the smugglers have worked in the shadows. In a series of interviews carried out in alleyways, a courtyard, a public square and a mosque, Abu Ibrahim was being visibly followed by plainclothes agents of the security service, Amn Dawla. In December, the service confiscated his passport and national identity card. His new ID was a bit of cardboard he presented each month to his minders; the entries for April and May were checked....

At a private Saudi production company that specialized in radical Islamic propaganda, he said, he learned video editing and digital photography. The work channeled the rage of young Arab men incensed by the situation in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, angered by U.S. foreign policy and chafing under the repression of secular Arab rulers.

Their goal, he said, is restoration of the Islamic caliphate, the system that governed Muslims before the rise of nation states. Abu Ibrahim said he regarded Afghanistan during the Taliban rule as one of the few true Islamic governments since the time of Muhammad.

"The Koran is a constitution, a law to govern the world," he said...

Jihad was being allowed into the open. Abu Ibrahim said Syrian security officials and presidential advisers attended festivals, one of which was called "The People of Sham Will Now Defeat the Jews and Kill Them All." Money poured in from Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.

"We even had a Web site," Abu Ibrahim said.

The young men around the cleric found themselves wielding a surprising amount of power. They were allowed to enforce their strict vision of sharia , or Islamic law, entering houses in the middle of the night to confront people accused of bad behavior.

In a dictatorship infamous for its intolerance of political Islam, such freedom made some of the cleric's lieutenants suspicious.

"We asked the sheik why we weren't being arrested," said Abu Ibrahim. "He would tell us it was because we weren't saying anything against the government, that we were focusing on the common enemy, America and Israel, that beards and epaulets were in one trench together."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:18 PM | Comments |

WTW: Chav

Ok, so I've kinda let White Trash Wednesday fade away into oblivion. Sorry. I blame my short attention span on TV. Oh, and Bush. In lieu of a WTW post of my own, go check out Jeff at Beautiful Attrocities who has the goods on the British equivalent of white-trash: chav.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:35 PM | Comments |

Al Qaeda in California Arrests: Ties to Radical Mosques, Jihadis and Religious Schools Revealed [UPDATED]

UPDATE 6/16/05: Scroll down for more information.

What's wrong with this picture? When WWII was declared the overwhelming response of the German community was to condemn en masse the Nazi front of the German Bund. Even though Japanese Americans were treated far more poorly than the Germans, the response from that community was to enlist in the Army in an effort to prove their loyalty to the nation and ease the oversuspicious among us.

How does the Muslim community respond to any and every indictment against suspected terrorists? By screaming intimidation and ethnic profiling.

Via the California Mafia we learn that two indictments have been handed down in the Lodi al Qaeda ring and how the Muslim community responds to finding out about the traitors living among them. Sacramento Bee (subscription):

Two Lodi men accused by the government of connections to terrorist training in Pakistan were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Sacramento.
Humid Hayat is charged with two counts of making a false statement to FBI agents, and his father, Umer Hayat, is charged with one count of making a false statement to FBI agents.

The indictment says Hamid Hayat was lying when he denied being with any type of terrorist organization and denied attending any type of terrorist training camp.

The indictment says Umer Hayat was lying when he denied having any first-hand knowledge of terrorist training camps in Pakistan.

Of course, if you've seen the Hayets' lawyer on TV he is quick to remind you that his clients were not indicted on terrorism charges, but on charges of lying. Which is technically true if not utter nonsense and sophistry since they are charged with lying about their ties to terrorism. I have yet to hear a reporter challenge their lawyer on this.

And which two groups are filing the complaint? Come on....do I really have to even say?

Also on Thursday, a coalition of Muslim civil rights groups and other organizations announced they were filing complaints of "intimidating tactics" against the FBI along with a formal request for records of its investigation into possible terrorist connections in Lodi....

The tactics involve denial of medical treatment, threats of arrest or deportation to coerce people, and denied access to legal representation, said Basim Elkarra of the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Sacramento Valley.

"This must be done in the way that respects people's rights," said Mark Schlosberg of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.

More at California Mafia.

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[UPDATE 6/09 AM: Fifth suspect arrested, more arrests expected in Lodi. Go the most recent post here, the Main Page, or scroll down for latest information. This post will be updated as more information is gathered and will serve as an archive for the al Qaeda cell in Lodi.]

Whoa, this puts a whole new spin on that CCR song. Four men have been arrested in Lodi California, two on suspicion of aiding al Qaeda and two on immigration violation charges. One of the most worrisome aspects of this story is that the two arrested on immigration charges were in the process of starting a religious school. Guess which religion?

I have a feeling when they say 'immigration charges' that the specifics of the charges will be 'lying about ties to al Qaeda training centers in Pakistan or Afghanistan'.

I'll have more on this later, I'm sure. [UPDATE: I'm surfing the sphere and not seeing much on this. What gives? Has the arrest of another Muslim in America with ties to radicalism become so commonplace that it is no longer 'news'? Another Update: Story seems to be picking up steam. If you have info on this case, please e-mail me]

Here's what a local paper has to say about the arrests. Tracy Press:

Federal authorities have arrested two men and detained two others who they believe are linked to an al-Qaida terror cell in Lodi, The Sacramento Bee reported on its Web site Tuesday night.

Hamid Hayat, 22, and his father, Umer Hayat, 47, were arrested over the weekend on charges of lying to federal agents, and both made a brief appearance in U.S. District Court in Sacramento on Tuesday, FBI special agent John Cauthen confirmed to The Associated Press. The two men, who are both U.S. citizens, are being held in Sacramento County Jail.

Hamid Hayat is accused in a federal complaint of training in an al-Qaida camp in Pakistan to learn “how to kill Americans,” and then lying to FBI agents about it.

His training included explosives and weapons instruction and using photographs of President Bush as targets, court documents indicate.

Umer Hayat, a Lodi ice cream truck driver, is charged in the complaint with lying about his son’s involvement and his own financing of the terror camp.

Both men made brief initial appearances in U.S. District Court in Sacramento on Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter A. Nowinski. Both are being held in Sacramento County Jail pending further court proceedings.

Two other men were detained over the weekend for questioning, area residents said Tuesday. The men were identified by one source as Muhammed Adil Khan and Shabbir Ahmed, and are being held on immigration violations.

The two were believed to be working to open a religious school in Lodi to teach young Muslims. Both were detained after they met separately with Umer Hayat in the predawn hours Saturday.

Neither man was arrested on any criminal charges, according to Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Kice would not disclose where Ahmed and Khan are being jailed. Sacramento County Jail records indicated a Shabbir Ahmed was in custody. No record of Khan could be found.

Ahmed is the imam and Khan is the former imam of a mosque in Lodi.

Khan represented the Lodi Muslim Mosque for three years as imam, equivalent to the Christian term “pastor.” Khan’s former role at the mosque is not clear. Mohammad Shoaib, who took over as mosque president in November 2003, said he fired Khan in January. Others at the mosque claim that Khan was never the imam in the first place.

Khan is now the leader in the effort to build the Farooqia Islamic Center, including a school for children up to fourth grade, south of Lodi on Lower Sacramento Road.

Ahmed has been imam of the Lodi mosque since Khan left the mosque leadership.

FBI agents descended on a house next door to the Lodi Muslim Mosque about a day after two of Lodi’s top Muslim leaders were arrested.

“It’s unfortunate,” Nasim Khan, former mosque president, said after hearing about the arrests. “These are guys who’ve been doing good work in the community.”

On Tuesday, FBI agents searched Ahmed’s house on Poplar Street, next door to the Lodi mosque, and another house on the 300 block of Acacia Street, about four blocks from the mosque.

One of the suspects has already confessed. Fox News:
According to an FBI affidavit, Hamid Hayat first denied any link to terror camps, but then told agents he attended an Al Qaeda camp in 2003 and 2004.

"Hamid advised that he specifically requested to come to the United States to carry out his jihadi mission," according to the affidavit. "Potential targets for attack would include hospitals and large food stores."

The California Mafia is blogging locally. This is what they have to say:
From the local news, we find out, "Shabbir Ahmed, imam of the Lodi Muslim Mosque, and Mohammad Adil Khan were arrested either late Sunday or early Monday morning". The two reports seem to conflict about charges against these two, one says no charges the other says immigration violations. But, according to the Bee, they met with the young Hayat before being arrested.
Check out the Sacremento Bee story [registration] on how the Pakistani community is simultaneously shocked & cooperating with authorites but already complaining about 'civil rights violations' and refusing to cooperate with authorites. First:
"The Muslim community in Lodi supports any efforts to find people who are trying to hurt us or destroy the United States," he said. "People have been living here for 80 to 90 years, and we've always cooperated with local law enforcement authorities and will continue to do so."
But then:
Some of those questioned by FBI agents say their civil rights have been violated. Zafar Mohammad Khan, 19, said he is Hamid Hayat's cousin and was at a local grocery store Monday with Hayat's younger brother and an uncle when four FBI agents began questioning them. "These guys were following us everywhere," Zafar Khan said.

He said he refused to answer the agents' questions. But he told The Bee that the FBI sweep "was all because of a stupid phone call someone made against the Hayat family. Hamid told me someone called the FBI to make up a story because they have something against him."

This despite the fact that the man's cousin has already confessed to being an al Qaeda agent!!!Because, you know, he couldn't be guilty because he's a Muslim and no good Muslim could ever be tied to al Qaeda.

And of course CAIR just wouldn't be CAIR if they didn't come to the defense of every single terrorist arrested in America:

Basim Elkarra, executive director of the Sacramento Valley chapter of CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), said Khan was one of several local Muslim leaders who previously met with the FBI to discuss security issues. "They've got nothing on those guys," Elkarra said. "This has happened before - if they don't like them, they'll get them on immigration violations. We will fight to make sure that everyone's civil liberties are upheld."
The Farooqia Islamic Center, which lists Muhammed Adil Khan as the President has a webpage here. From their 'Word from the President [Khan]' page:
United we can build our centers, masjids and schools everywhere.
Scary thought. And what is the goal of the center:
The main goal of Farooqia Islamic Center is to spread the education of Quran and Sunnah.
Fine, but who's interpretation of the Quran and Sunnah's? What is the Saudi connection to this (potential, it's still being built apparently) mosque, if any? What is the connection to the Muslim Brotherhood, if any?

Oh it gets worse, much worse. In June of 2002 the center sponsored a fundraiser and conference. Headlining the conference was Imam Siraj Wahaj:

'In a similar vein, CAIR board member Imam Siraj Wahaj calls for replacing the American government with a caliphate, and warns that America will crumble unless it "accepts the Islamic agenda." Wahaj, it should be noted, served as a character witness for Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the Muslim cleric convicted for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.'
And:
Siraj Wahaj, a member of CAIR’s Board of Advisors, was listed as a potential unindicted co-conspirator in the World Trade Center bombing case (List of unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators in United States versus Omar Ahmad Ali Abdel Rahman, Mary Jo White, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, February 2, 1995). He is the imam of the al-Taqwa mosque in Brooklyn, where he provided a platform for Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman. He later served as a defense witness for the Sheik in the World Trade Center bombing trial. In September 1991, Wahaj stated the following:

"…And he [Allah] declared ‘Whoever is at war with my friends, I declare war on them.’ Who is a friend of Allah? [He chants a passage in Arabic] Allah. Your true friend is Allah, the messenger, and those who believe. Americans and Canadians. Hear it well. Hear what I’m telling you well. The Americans are not your friends, hear what I’m telling you, hear it well. The Canadians are not your friends, hear what I’m telling you, hear it well. The Europeans are not your friends. Your friend is Allah, the Messenger and those who believe. These people will never be satisfied with you until you follow their religion. They will never be satisfied with you…"

Another speaker at the conference was Imam Abdul Malik.
Hillel students reported that speaker Imam Abdul Malik Ali, a spiritual leader at Oakland's Masjid Al-Islam mosque, urged the crowd of roughly 500 to 800 to 'stop calling them suicide bombers. When a person commits suicide, they are oppressed, without hope, depressed. Palestinian mothers are supporting their children who are suicide bombers, saying, 'Go honey, go!'

Michelle Malkin has links to stories on hospital and school based terror plots. UPDATE: Michelle also has a copy of the affidavit used to secure the arrest warrent in PDF format. Check this part out:

After a brief
interview with an FBI agent who showed Hamid some photographs, the polygraph examination was administered and and his answers to the relevant questions were found to be indicative of deception.
Whoa! So does this mean we have photos of Hamid at the terrorist camp or if we just have photos of the camp? Either way, I wonder along with Bill Kristol who said it earlier today on Fox News, if we know where these jihadi camps are in Pakistan then how come our allies haven't shut them down?? More:
Hamid admitted that he attended a jihadist training camp in Pakistan for approximately 6 months in 2003-2004. Hamid stated that Al-Qaeda supports the camp and provides instructors for the camp. Hamid later confirmed this camp was run by Al-Qaeda. Hamid described the camp as providing structured paramilitary training, including weapons
training, explosives training, interior room tactics, hand to hand combat, and strenuous exercise.....

Hamid stated that during his weapons training, photos of various high ranking U.S. political figures, including President Bush, would be pasted onto their targets. Hamid further stated that he and others at the camp were being trained on how to kill Americans...

Hamid advised that he specifically requested to come to the United States to carry out his Jihadi mission. Potential targets for attack would include hospitals and large food stores.

Traitor, indeed. Bad enough, but look what else al Qaeda is teaching their devotees these days:
Classroom instruction included ideological rhetoric detailing opposition towards the United States and other non-Muslim countries.
And why did he want to become a jihadi? It couldn't have anything to do with Islam, could it??
Umer Hayat described Hamid Hayat as first being interested in attending a jihadi training camp during his early teenage years, and being influenced by a classmate, Sadr Yaqoob (phoenetic spelling), at the madrassah (religious school) Hamid attended in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Haven't we learned enough about Pakistani Madrasas to come to the conclusion that they are terrorist breeding ground?

But wait, there's more. It seems that jihadism runs in the family:


The madrassah was operated by Hamid Hayat's grandfather, and Umer Hayat's Father-in-law, Qazi Saeed Ur Rehman. According to Umer Hayat, Qazi Saeed Ur Rehman sends the students from this madrassah to jihadi training camps in Pakistan. After completing his education at the madrassah, Hamid Hayat went to the Tamal training camp near Rawalpindi, Pakistan, which is operated by Maulana Fazlur Rehman. Umer Hayat stated that Maulana Fazlur Rehman is a close personal friend of Saeed Ur Rehman, Umer Hayat's father-in-law.
Another story of a quiet, good mannered, proclaim- himself-a-patriot Muslim immigrant. I'm serious, either the Muslim community begins to root out the jihadists themselves or we will be forced to assume the worst about them.

If one good thing can come out of this it is that it seems at least two of the men arrested are now cooperating with the FBI. Each of these men seems to have some fair abount of knowledge of the jihadi network in Pakistan.

California Conservative chimes in with this:

In many ways, Lodi is the perfect location. It’s a very small town and out-of-the-way, yet close enough to major airports and big cities like San Francisco and Sacramento, California’s capitol.

On the other hand, it’s the kind of place a terrorist would stick out. And, hopefully, that helped in uncovering the case here.

The Political Teen has a video of a live news conference by the leader of the Farooqia Islamic center. Any guesses on what he has to say? On the one hand he proclaims loyalty to America and its interests and then goes on to say how the two clerics could not be guilty of immigration violations. One interesting aspect of this story is that it seems that at least one of the suspects is being sued by the Lodi Muslim Mosque.Modesto attorney Gary Nelson, who is representing Mohammed Khan and others affiliated with Farooqia Islamic Center in a civil suit filed against them by the Lodi Muslim Mosque, said late Tuesday afternoon he was unaware of the arrests. I found a link to an old story about it, but it was dead. I'd be interested to find out if the falling out between the founders of the Farooqia Islamic Center and the Lodi Muslim Mosque had anything to do with a difference in views over jihad?

Is Goldstein ever not funny?:

Evidently, one of those arrested had been using photographs of President Bush for target practice—virtually assuring himself of legal representation by the ACLU on First Amendment grounds.

Others: Charles Johnson, Chad Evans, Robert Spencer, Captain Ed (who thinks the men ought to be tried as traitors, agreed), The Pirate's Cove, Strata-Sphere, Fraternitas Vitae, Dread Pundit Bluto (taqqiyeh indeed), Rantingprofs, Ian at The Political Teen, Huffington Post, Abu David, Take Back The News, Bloggeldygook, Roughstock Journal, Stained Glass Soul, Clarity and Resolve, National Terror Alert, Synthstuff, Mover Mike, Daily Polemic, Hyscience, Uncooperative Blogger, Scared Monkeys, Imaginary Conversations,

UPDATE: 6/09 update below. Fifth terror suspect arrested, more arrests expected.

Multiple news agencies reporting that a fifth man has been detained in the Lodi, CA, al Qaeda cell investigation. Broadcast media is also reporting that the FBI expects to make more arrests. Further, search warrants have been executed on the Farooqia Islamic Center and the Lodi Muslim Mosque.

Reports also indicate that officials are backing off of earlier claims on the specificity of targets. Yesterday, an affidavit used to obtain the arrest warrant noted that potential targets included "hospitals and large food stores". The amended affidavit makes no such claim. Further, the FBI is backing off of the claim as to the location of the terrorist training camp and that photos of high-ranking US officials including President Bush were used for target practice.

Yesterday a number of pundits, including myself, questioned whether the fact that the US had intelligence reports indicating the location of jihadi training camps was evidence that Pakistan was being less than 100% cooperative in the Global War on Terror. Could pressure from the State Department, hoping to avoid a potential diplomatic fiasco with Pakistan, have forces the change?

Among the changes was the charge that one of the training camps was near Rawalpindi. Because Rawalpindi is the headquarters of the Pakistani military, it would be difficult to believe that the Pakistani military was not complicit in the camps.

I'm going to cross post this update here.

< href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,159002,00.html">Fox News:

Five men, including two father and son pairs, have now been arrested as federal law enforcement officers try to determine whether they have uncovered a network of Al Qaeda (search) supporters in Northern California.

Father and son Umer and Hamid Hayat were arrested over the weekend in Lodi, Calif., on criminal charges. Three Pakistani citizens are also being held on immigration violations. Lodi is an agricultural community 40 miles south of Sacramento.

Two law enforcement sources have confirmed to FOX News that there is a connection between the Hayats and the Pakistani citizens....

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents also have arrested Mohammed Adil Khan, Shabbir Ahmed and Khan's 19-year-old son, Mohammad Hassan Adil, for immigration violations. All three are citizens of Pakistan and Khan is affiliated with the Farooqia Islamic Center near Lodi, Calif. Ahmed is a citizen of Pakistan who currently functions as the Imam of the Lodi mosque.

Those three men are expected to eventually appear before an immigration judge.

An FBI affidavit says Hamid Hayat first denied any link to terror camps, but then told agents he attended an Al Qaeda camp in Pakistan for six months.

A law enforcement source confirmed to FOX News that search warrants have been executed at two mosques, homes of the Hayats, as well as that of the Lodi Muslim Mosque's imam. The case is now described as "ongoing investigation by the JTTF," the joint terrorism task force. FOX News was told that the connection between the Hayat's and Khan Ahmed "is more than just a meeting, there are many connections, here and possibly Pakistan."

California Mafia seems to have noticed this last night as well as other late-night West Coasters.

UPDATE: Evan Kohlmann has video of a jihadi training camp in Pakistan here.

UPDATE PM: From the Lodi News Sentinel:

One of two Lodi men suspected of having ties to an al-Qaida terrorist camp was once accused of attempted kidnapping in a case that ultimately led to a misdemeanor conviction and an order to attend anger management classes.

Umer Hayat, 47, was arrested in 2001 for allegedly assaulting two children. Hayat and his 22-year-old son, Hamid Hayat, are now behind bars, accused of lying to federal agents who were questioning them about their links to terror training camps in Pakistan.

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

June 07, 2005

Seeking the Adrenalin-Junkie Tourist

Sidney Morning Herald:

It was once called the Venice of the East and with imagination you can still see why: boats skim across lagoons, golden domes glint in sunshine, coffee shops abound in the old quarter.

Stroll down the corniche at sunset and you can stop for a kebab and ice-cream, smoke a hubble-bubble, play chess and listen to the water lapping below. And then, if you are a westerner, you can check you have not been followed, adjust your disguise, and signal to your bodyguard that you want to return to the hotel.

Basra declared itself open to foreign visitors this week but instructed them to be vigilant, dress like locals and hire armed escorts. "Then there is a 70 to 80 per cent chance you will be OK," beamed Abdul Razuqi, the head of the tourism office in Iraq's second city.

Those odds are set to be tested if Iraqi Airways succeeds in running regular commercial flights between Basra and Heathrow, the first direct civilian air link between Iraq and the west. The airline plans to seek a slot at Heathrow within two months.

To accommodate the adrenalin-tourist, repairs to the gutted five-star Basra Sheraton are scheduled to commence this month. Tour planners suggest that visitors dye their hair and wear traditional robes to look like mid-Easterners.

With the ever-present threats of kidnapping and assassination, Basra is surely a thrilling destination, however, tourists are cautioned that they will find the city's "museums gutted, theatres shut, streets reeking with rubbish and sewage and waterways littered with capsized vessels, including Saddam Hussein's yacht."

I think I'll pass. It sounds too much like Detroit.

Companion post and pic at Interested-Participant.

Tipped by Ozguru.

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Rapping About Iraq: Dead Terrorists, F*ck Yeah!

Q: What do you get when you combine hard-core gangsta rap with soldiers returning from Iraq?

A: 4th25

These guys are the real deal. To understand where there coming from, go check out the groups website here and surf around.

My favorite song? Integrity (first 2 minutes of song). The song is about a soldier charged with shooting a captured terrorist in cold blood. Let's just say these soldiers are a tad bit pissed off at the brass and liberals in Washington calling it murder.

How the fuck can you charge a soldier with doing anything but doing his job?
I don't think y'all understand what this is.
This is war and whether we'll ever see our loved ones again?

And there's a lot of y'all out here who I could never forgive.
And I could never understand why y'all fuckers did what y'all did...

But I could see through the smoke that's how I know you a bitch.
You shouldn't ever let none of that come through between your lips,
cause out here it's not murder, it's jus our desire to live.

Cause you're all out here with your cape on, clueless and shit
Say you saw the whole thing and he aint have to do what he did.

No, he aint have to go and kill him, he could have let him live
But you must have forgot how many people here will see you dead.

And I don't care if he was handcuffed then shot in his head,
all I know is dead bodies can't fuck with me again.

Hell ya!

You can listen to the first 2 minutes of each song at cdbaby here.

While I'm not sure the album is 'the event of a lifetime' as the group proclaims, it's a must listen to hear some soldiers perspective on the war in Iraq. This is not raw-raw propaganda, but presents the good, the bad, and the ugly. For instance, one of the songs questions why we're in Iraq when they really couldn't give a shit about the Iraqis. Another song, though, tells a liberal loved one back home to shut their cake-hole and stop questioning the war. Now that's honest confliction.

Here's an AP article about the group:

As Staff Sgt. Terrance Staves dodged bullets recovering a burned-out Humvee in Baghdad's Sadr City, he heard a rocket-powered grenade zooming toward him.

All he could do was hold his breath, he recalled, when it crashed into the armored Bradley vehicle sitting just feet in front of him.

Back at camp, Staves went to his makeshift recording booth to vent his anger and fear by spitting rap lyrics.

Some of those lyrics were used on "Live From Iraq," an album he and a few other Fort Hood soldiers wrote, recorded and produced while on a one-year deployment in Iraq.

On the 15-track album, soldiers voice frustration at what they call shabby equipment and the lack of support they feel from the American public. The album vigorously defends soldiers charged with crimes for actions committed during the conflict.

"I was outside the gate a lot and had a lot of stuff happen to me," said Staves, 26, of Houston. "So for me to ... be able to get in the booth and let all my anger out was wonderful. Because sometimes you can't let all your anger out there because you might endanger yourself, your brothers or do something you're not supposed to do. It was a beautiful outlet."

The group, led by Sgt. Neal "Big Neal" Saunders, includes Sgt. Edward "Greg-O" Gregory, Staves, Spc. Michael "Paperboi" Davis, Sgt. Ronin Clay and Spc. Michael Thomas.

They were deployed with Taskforce 112 of the 1st Calvary Division at Fort Hood on March 12, 2004, and returned exactly one year later.

Within two weeks, the CD was mastered and the group had 2,000 copies made. The group has sold about 1,000 copies through its Web site and a regional music store chain has agreed to sell it.

Saunders, who spent nearly $35,000 on the project, said the soldiers don't have a group name and didn't include their names or pictures on the CD because they wanted to focus on their comrades, both dead and alive.

The album opens with "The Deployment," a heartbreaking tale of the moments before they left and their emotions as they approached Iraq. Several soldiers' wives cried when they heard the song, Saunders said.

"You would have really thought the world was coming to an end and for some of us it was," Saunders says in the song. "You were literally prying your loved ones off of you so you could make it out the door to the bus. I've never seen so much emotion in one place before."

Another track, "Holdin' My Breath," discusses how they conceal the horrors of war from their families and a song called "Dirty" is about a soldier dealing with a cheating spouse back home.

"`Live from Iraq' is the writing on the wall," said Davis, 21, of Lanett, Ala., "It's that magnifying glass to that huge picture that's been painted since this whole thing has begun. It's the attention to detail that has been overlooked in everyday life."

Saunders, from Richmond, Va., said the soldiers often found inspiration for their music during missions. But some of the songs recorded immediately after battle had to be redone after the men had cooled down.

"A lot of times the first draft might not have been what you really wanted to say," he said. "You may come off stupid because you didn't have your thoughts together and you're just kind of rambling. So we would take time to think because we didn't want to put out a stupid album."

The album's title track recounts a particularly bloody day last April when eight of their fellow soldiers were killed in a fierce gunbattle:

"This here is blood of soldiers of which the streets are paved ... And there is no reimbursement for the price that we pay."

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

Appeals Court Overturns Zarqawi Financier Conviction

This is grand news from our allies in Jordan. An appeals court has just overturned the terror funding conviction of Bilal Mansur al-Hiyari. Here's the kicker: Bilal Mansur al-Hiyari already served his six-month sentence for giving financial support to America's number one enemy Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

AP:

The Oct. 31 conviction of Bilal Mansur al-Hiyari by the military State Security Court "fell short of adequate justifications and causes," the Court of Cassation said in the March 20 ruling.

The United States has accused al-Hiyari of financing al-Zarqawi, a fellow Jordanian who leads the most active insurgent group in Iraq. Washington said in April it would freeze any assets al-Hiyari may have in the United States and was asking U.N. members to do likewise.

The court demanded a retrial for al-Hiyari, who had already served his six-month jail sentence and has been released. He is believed to be in Jordan, but his whereabouts were not known Tuesday.

Hat tip: Vlad

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

Iranian Opposition Website Shut Down

The Student Movement Coordinating Committee for Democracy in Iran's(SMCCDI) website at Daneshjoo has been shut down again. Since the Iranian elections are just days away, Aryo Pirouznia is pleading for help in finding a new hosting company ASAP. E-mail Dr. Zin right away if you can help find them a new hosting company.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:19 PM | Comments |

Monkey Prostitutes

Don't panic! When the monkey-overlords come to power there won't be all that many changes....And as a libertarian can I say that while I do not support monkey prostitution I do support a monkey's right to become a prostitute. NY Times magazine:

Something else happened during that chaotic scene, something that convinced Chen of the monkeys' true grasp of money. Perhaps the most distinguishing characteristic of money, after all, is its fungibility, the fact that it can be used to buy not just food but anything. During the chaos in the monkey cage, Chen saw something out of the corner of his eye that he would later try to play down but in his heart of hearts he knew to be true. What he witnessed was probably the first observed exchange of money for sex in the history of monkeykind. (Further proof that the monkeys truly understood money: the monkey who was paid for sex immediately traded the token in for a grape.)
Hat tip:Digger who got it from Just One Minute

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

Terror Groups Close To Reaching Peace Deal in Iraq

I cannot begin to tell you the depths of my disgust on hearing that Sunni leaders in Iraq are trying to negotiate a truce with the mass murderers and al Qaeda linked terrorist of the Islamic Army in Iraq.

And the Sunnis in Iraq wonder why they are being 'picked on' by the government? The very fact that any politician has open lines of communications with a group that intentionally murders hundreds of civilians, sometimes by beheading them, makes my head spin. If this guy has any knowledge of who these terrorists are shouldn't he be reporting that to the authorities?

Below the story you will find a photo compilation of the crimes of this group. Warning: Graphic images of the 'insurgency' as it truly is. You may recall that the Islamic Army in Iraq is the group that murdered Italian hostage Enzo Baldoni. But their crimes do not end there.

The Mujahidin Army, on the other hand, is likely made up of Baathist remnants and nationalist Sunni forces, and might be reasoned with. These guys are more interested in political power than in setting up the next Taliban like state.

BBC:

A prominent Iraqi Sunni politician has said that two insurgent groups are ready to disarm and begin talks with the Iraqi government.
Former minister Ayham al-Samarie said the Islamic Army in Iraq and the Mujahideen Army represented more than 50% of the resistance.

He said he began contacting the groups' political leaders five months ago.

The Islamic Army has claimed responsibility for several attacks and for taking hostages.

It was not possible to independently verify Mr Samarie's claim and the government would not comment on the matter, the Associated Press news agency reports.

The disclosure follows reports last week that Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari had opened indirect channels of communication with some militant groups, urging them to lay down their weapons.

UPDATE: I wanted to let Joyner know a little bit more about these 'insurgents' that he might not be aware of. so I thought I'd ping him. This is not 'good news' if these guys reach a political compromise (even though Joyner remains skeptical of the veracity of the report) nor can they be compared to al Sadr's thugs who are choir boys by comparison.

Below, The Islamic Army in Iraq shoots down a helicopter and then murders it's only survivor in cold blood.

Below: Image of Italian Red Cross worker Enzo Baldoni shortly before he was murdered by The Islamic Army in Iraq

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Below: Italian hostage Salvatore Santoro shortly before he is murdered by either the Islamic Army in Iraq or the Mujahidin Army.

Below: Macedonians Dalibor Lazarevski and Zoran Naskovski shortly before they are murdered by The Islamic Army in Iraq.

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The group also murdered 2 Pakistani civilians and scores of others.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:52 PM | Comments |

Al Jazeera: Beheading Infidels, Yes; PETA Ads, No

******Massive Irony Alert*****Please Switch Brain Irony Filter On To Prevent Overload******

Seriously, you can't make this shit up. Al Jazeera will show clips of infidels getting beheaded by 'resistance forces' but won't run ads from PETA calling into question the handling of sheep imported from Australia because those images are just too cruel.

WND:

Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based Arab television network famous for airing images of beheadings and mutilated bodies, rejected a 30-second commercial from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals showing abuse of Australian sheep.

The sheep, raised for wool, are later shipped alive to the Middle East for slaughter. The footage shows lambs partially skinned alive during a procedure called "mulesing." Sheep are repeatedly kicked as they are loaded onto what PETA calls "death ships." Other sheep are are shown being dragged and kicked in the head as their throats are slit while other sheep watch.

Now I hope you'll excuse me as I go break several federal laws. Cause if this isn't a case where medical marijuana is the cure for what ills me, I don't know what is! Hat tip: M.H. King

Others on the ironicalness of it all: QandO, Myopic Zeal, Say Anything

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:18 PM | Comments |

John 'Brilliant' Kerry vs. George 'Slacker' Bush

Thanks to Flea for sending me this link to this Boston Globe article that questions the assertions made by partisans on the Left that George Bush is so much duller a light than John Kerry. It turns out they are equally dull. In fact, John Kerry may be a notch duller than George W. Bush. An earlier IQ comparison had shown that George W. Bush was slightly higher on the scale than Kerry.

Anyway it just goes to show that speaking ability is not a very good measure of intelligence. It is said that James Madison was a horrible speaker with a squeaky little voice. I take it we all can agree that Madison stands only next to Jefferson in terms of pure political genius?

Yes, George W. Bush is a horrible, horrible speaker, but even if Daddy Bush got him into Yale it was still Shrimp-Chub-Bush who managed to get out of Yale and then go on to Harvard for an MBA. Me? I just went to the local community college for awhile, then on to a small state college, before moving on to a large private university known primarily for their football team and toga parties. And I think we can all agree that I'm no genius despite my excellent speaking abilities. Oh, wait. None of you have heard me speak. *sigh* That'll have to wait for The Jawa Report podcast.

UPDATE: Apparently I'm the last blogger on earth to here about this. That's only because my wards keep me in a hermeutically sealed room in an ongoing experiment to test Schroedinger's 'jawa in box' experiment. Does Rusty really exist in such a state? Quantum physics says both yes and no at the same time, but I'm not so sure.

Anyway, Ace gave me a chuckle with this one, "Shockingly enough, one of Kerry's highest grades (and yet still not all that good) was in... French."

Oh, and The Ankle Biting Pundits manage to use the word tergiversations in a sentence, "Of course, during the campaign, his staff went the extra mile to say that his frequent tergiversations were due to his superior intellect. We can all have a good laugh now."

On a more serious note, Aylward chimes in, "Evidently the erudite persona Kerry has worked tirelessly over the years to create wouldn't allow him to acknowledge his own failures. He paid a hefty price for his stubbornness - the Presidency."

Michelle Malkin has a much more complete roundup, as I'm desperately needed elsewhere and don't have the time right now to see where this thing is going.

It looks like all you guys are going to have to take down your 'Sign the SF-180 Form' banners.

Llamas make me yip, orgle, and laugh!

UPDATE: Holy shit, Kos says something that is both reasonable and remarkably intelligent for once!! (well, a single sentence, but I'll take it) "Why the hell didn't he release these documents earlier?"

UPDATE II: Whoa. Check out what John O'Neil from the Swifties says to Matt Margolis about Kerry's less than forthcoming release of his records.

We called for Kerry to execute a form which would permit anyone to examine his full and unexpulgated military records at the Navy Department and the National Personnel Records Center. Instead he executed a form permitting his hometown paper to obtain the records currently at the Navy Department. The Navy Department previously indicated its records did not include various materials. This is hardly what we called for. If he did execute a complete release of all records we could then answer questions such as (1)Did he ever receive orders to Cambodia or file any report of such a mission (whether at Christmas or otherwise); (2) What was his discharge status between 1970 and 1978 (when he received a discharge) and was it affected by his meetings in 1970 and 1971 with the North Vietnamese? (3)why did he receive much later citations for medals purportedly signed by Secretary Lehman who said he did not know of them; (4) Are there Hostile Fire and Personnel Injured by Hostile Fire Reports for Kerry's Dec. 1968 Purple Heart (when the officer in charge of the boat Admiral Schacte, the treating Surgeon Louis Letsos, and Kerry's Division Commander deny there was hostile fire causing a scratch) awarded three months later under unknown circumstances.

During last year's presidential campaign, John F. Kerry was the candidate often portrayed as intellectual and complex, while George W. Bush was the populist who mangled his sentences.

But newly released records show that Bush and Kerry had a virtually identical grade average at Yale University four decades ago.

In 1999, The New Yorker published a transcript indicating that Bush had received a cumulative score of 77 for his first three years at Yale and a roughly similar average under a non-numerical rating system during his senior year.

Kerry, who graduated two years before Bush, got a cumulative 76 for his four years, according to a transcript that Kerry sent to the Navy when he was applying for officer training school. He received four D's in his freshman year out of 10 courses, but improved his average in later years.

The grade transcript, which Kerry has always declined to release, was included in his Navy record. During the campaign the Globe sought Kerry's naval records, but he refused to waive privacy restrictions for the full file. Late last month, Kerry gave the Navy permission to send the documents to the Globe.

Kerry appeared to be responding to critics who suspected that there might be damaging information in the file about his activities in Vietnam. The military and medical records, however, appear identical to what Kerry has already released. This marks the first time Kerry's grades have been publicly reported.

The transcript shows that Kerry's freshman-year average was 71. He scored a 61 in geology, a 63 and 68 in two history classes, and a 69 in political science. His top score was a 79, in another political science course. Another of his strongest efforts, a 77, came in French class.

Under Yale's grading system in effect at the time, grades between 90 and 100 equaled an A, 80-89 a B, 70-79 a C, 60 to 69 a D, and anything below that was a failing grade. In addition to Kerry's four D's in his freshman year, he received one D in his sophomore year. He did not fail any courses.

''I always told my Dad that D stood for distinction," Kerry said yesterday in a written response to questions, noting that he has previously acknowledged that he spent a lot of time learning to fly instead of focusing on his studies.

Kerry's weak grades came despite years of education at some of the world's most elite prep schools, ranging from Fessenden School in Massachusetts to St. Paul's School in New Hampshire.

It is noteworthy, however, that Kerry received a high honor at Yale despite his mediocre grades: He was chosen to deliver his senior class oration, a testament to his reputation as a public speaker. He delivered a speech questioning the wisdom of the Vietnam War, in which he would soon see combat.

Kerry gradually improved his grades, averaging 81 in his senior year. His highest single grade was an 89, for a political science class in his senior year. Despite his slow start, he went on to be a top student at Naval Candidate School, command a patrol boat in Vietnam, graduate from law school, and become a prosecutor, lieutenant governor, US senator, and presidential candidate...

Bush went to Yale from 1964 to 1968; his highest grades were 88s in anthropology, history, and philosophy, according to The New Yorker article. He received one D in his four years, a 69 in astronomy. Bush has said he was a C student.

Like Kerry, Bush reportedly suffered through a difficult freshman year and then pulled his grades up.

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

Jihadi Training Bloopers!

Terrorists iz zee craziest peoples!! Click below for details. Trust me on this one.

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

Shane, Grey and Williams: Are They Human?

By Demosophist

In a storming article for Tech Central Station Frederick Turner, who would be the leading candidate for Philosopher Laureate of the United States, were there such an office, rains on the authors of the NYT story that revealed details of the private charters used by our intelligence services in Iraq and Afghanistan. Turner asks: "Why would they do it?" And concludes that they might not be quite human:

If the authors were just publishing their article to get a chance at a Pulitzer, I really have no moral quarrel with them at all, any more than I would have with a crocodile that eats a child or a raccoon that raids my larder. However, if they do have a moral identity as human beings, they should know that, if a certain civilian plane comes down over an unnamed Middle Eastern country, and all the US personnel aboard are killed, there is one compatriot who will regard them as murderers. May they think of this as they look in the mirror.

Update: In view of some of the comments I should probably say a word or two about what I think Turner's motive might be in suggesting an anamalistic motivation on the part of the NYT authors. He actually dismisses the posssibility that they're just anti-American. I think he just believes that they've lost touch with an innate ethic that's related to their sense of beauty and desirability. You really have to know something about Turner's work to pick up on this, but if you're not familiar with it check out Beauty: The Value of Values. See also Culture of Hope. Turner is the heir-apparent of the American philosophical tradition that began with John Dewey and C.S. Peirce, called "American Pragmatism." He's worth reading... and I think he was just pointing out that it may be useful to "shame" the NYT, if such a thing is still possible. If it's not, we may have to proceed to more deliberate measures, but ultimately the thing that motivates human progress is beauty. (And here he's really talking about beauty, not just aesthetic attractiveness.) What could really be more beautiful than a change of heart?

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia and Anticipatory Retaliation)

By Demosophist at 12:47 AM | Comments |

June 06, 2005

A Word About Identity Theft

By Demosophist

Someone in the comments section of several of my posts has been impersonating me by posting in my name. The fellow also posts under other names, including "Cornell," and his IP address is listed as 207.69.138.6 . This is a Redhat Linux test page for the Apache server, so it appears that whoever the imposter is he has enough savvy to also fake his IP address Here's what Austin Bay said recently about "identity theft," one of the primary reasons he gives for instituting a cumbersome system of comment moderation:

Identity theft (a noxious act committed by one young man earlier this week) is an out and out crime– and in this case not only a crime against specific people, but an attack on free speech. Why? The identity crook who steals another’s name and fakes a post is attempting to silence others by intimidation and slander. It’s Internet brownshirt activity– a step beyond vandalism.

One step closer, in other words, in the direction of the very kind of evil that we're currently fighting a war to stop. In fact, it's entirely possible that the imposter is a jihadist or jihadist sympathizer. I will do my best to monitor comments to my posts and to delete and block imposters, but if this is part of a pattern rather than an isolated incident it might be advisable to consider a more formal method of comment moderation. Ultimately, of course, that decision is up to Rusty, but there's probably a good reason why the more popular blogs have installed these controls.
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Yips from Rusty, with apologies to Llama Butchers for stealing schtick: Yeah, as soon as we upgrade to a version of MT (that's Moveable Type, the program I use to create this blog) that doesn't require 13 hamsters running frantically (17 on heavy posting days) for power, we're going to go with comment registration.

By Demosophist at 11:38 PM | Comments |

Abu Farraj al-Libbi Reported in US Custody

It's times like these when you wish all the horror stories about Camp X-Ray down at Guantanamo were true. At the very least let'l get a female guard to do the cavity search when he arrives. AP:

Pakistan said Monday it handed over a senior al-Qaida suspect to the United States even though he had been the country's most wanted man for allegedly masterminding two bloody attempts to blow up President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

Some Pakistani officials have described Abu Farraj al-Libbi as al-Qaida's latest No. 3 man, after Osama bin Laden and Egyptian surgeon Ayman al-Zawahri. However, he did not appear on the FBI list of the world's most-wanted terrorists, and his exact role in al-Qaida remains murky....

Because of the grave nature of the attacks, al-Libbi had been widely expected to stand trial in Pakistan. But last week Musharraf told CNN his government would turn the Libyan over to the United States. In a newspaper interview published Monday, he confirmed the handover had taken place.

"Yes, we turned Abu Farraj al-Libbi over to the United States recently, and we don't want people like him in our country," he was quoted as saying by al-Ittihad, a newspaper in the United Arab Emirates.

Musharraf's spokesman, Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan, verified the comments, which were made during an official visit to the UAE.

A Pakistani intelligence official said al-Libbi was whisked out of Pakistan with U.S. officials on a plane "a few days ago." The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the clandestine nature of his job, said he did not know where al-Libbi was taken.

The U.S. will not confirm that al-Libbi is in our custody. You will recall that al-Libbi is much more important to the Pakistanis because of his involvement in several assasination attempts on President Gen. Pervez Musharraf. It seems odd that Musharraf would want the US to deal with this guy rather than deal with him himself. Is it possible that al Qaeda sympathy runs so deep in the Pakistani security forces that Musharraf can no longer trust his own people?

Earlier report on Abu Farraj al-Libbi here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:25 PM | Comments |

Citizen Tips Leading to Terrorist Arrests

You won't see this tonight on TV. DOD:

Tips from local residents helped Iraqi security forces rescue a kidnapping victim, seize weapons and uncover a weapons cache June 5, Multinational Force Iraq officials in Baghdad reported today.
Iraqi police from the Shaab Police Station responded to a tip and launched a raid on a local residence, where they found a kidnapping victim unharmed inside, officials said.

Four suspects were taken into custody for questioning, officials said.

In other anti-insurgent activity, an Iraqi citizen who witnessed two sacks of ammunition and weapons being dropped in a field turned the contents over to soldiers at Camp Justice.

Officials said the citizen saw a white Toyota pickup truck drop the sacks and investigated the contents. Inside the bags were 37 Iraqi hand grenades, 101 Bulgarian grenade fuses, two Spanish artillery fuses, two French 130 mm artillery proximity fuses and one heavy machine gun, officials said.

The resident transported the cache to Camp Justice and turned it over to soldiers at the gate, officials said.

Also in Iraq, soldiers with the 1st Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, acted on a tip from a civilian and uncovered a weapons cache consisting of 20 122mm rockets.

No injuries or damages were reported during the incidents.

In related news, over 900 suspected terrorists arrested in the last two weeks by the Iraqis themselves. AP:
The Iraqi government announced Monday it detained nearly 900 suspected militants and set up more than 800 checkpoints in a two-week sweep that appears to have somewhat blunted attacks in the capital. ...

The latest figures released from Operation Lightning, which began May 22 in Baghdad, included at least 887 arrests and the establishment around Baghdad of 608 mobile and 194 permanent checkpoints. Also, 38 weapon stores were raided.

The operation is the biggest Iraqi-led offensive since Saddam's ouster two years ago. Before it began, authorities controlled only eight of Baghdad's 23 entrances. Now all are under government control.

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