July 31, 2005

Al T.V.

I've been following with interest, and more than a little confusion, the story of Current Television, the network by Al Gore that is debuting tomorrow. Below the fold is a lengthy analysis on what I think this network's main accomplishment in this new, and possibly exciting format of "citizen television" is going to be...


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By Vinnie at 10:51 PM | Comments |

Anybody Wanna Meet for a Beer?

By Demosophist

So anyway, I'm gonna be down near the National Mall tomorrow morning, in case anyone wants to meet for hot dogs or pizza or something. Pretty close to the Air and Space Museum, or the Smithsonian "Castle." Should be free by about 10:00 AM in case there are any Jihadists who would like to take a shot at me. Which wouldn't be that tough to do, since I can't carry in "The District." About as vulnerable as I can be. Well, for a macho sonofabitch, I mean.

Just give me a time and place. Like the X-15 exhibit in the A&S Museum at 10:30AM? How about that?

I'm not going near that reflecting pool though. And I'm in a real shitty mood, so don't count on much scintilating conversation. It's freakin' July in the swamp, after all.

By Demosophist at 08:03 PM | Comments |

While The MSM Brings Us Body Bags, Abu Ghraib, Gitmo, And How The Word Hates Us - They Ignore What's Right With America And The Things That "Make Us Proud"

Can anyone please explain to me why the AP and CBS rush to bring us a phony fatwah story along with the image below on the right of a Muslim and a Crescent defaming our national symbol, but totally ignore the story behind the man and the image below on the left?

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(Image on left is the Navy Cross, via Bob Lonsberry and Mary Jones. The disgusting image on the right that defames our nation's flag and in effect, symbolizes an Islamic takeover of America, is from the AP and CBS)

Had I not received an email about this I wouldn't have known about it either.

"The odd fact about the American media in this war is that it's not covering the American military. The most plugged-in nation in the world is receiving virtually no true information about what its' warriors are doing." If it doesn't undermine the war effort and our nation's effort to keep Islamofascists from blowing us up and replacing every church and synagogue in America and Europe with a mosque, the press doesn't report it.

For those of you who might not know, the man on the left in the image below is the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and he is proud to know the man on the right.

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Meet Brian Chontosh, the man on the right; Churchville-Chili Central School Class of 1991, proud graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, husband and about-to-be father, First lieutenant (now Captain) in the United States Marine Corps, and a genuine hero.

At 29 Palms in California Brian Chontosh was presented with the Navy Cross, the second highest award for combat bravery the United States can bestow.

And "That's a big deal." But you didn't see it on the network news that night. And all you'd have read in Brian's hometown newspaper is two paragraphs of nothing.

All we get from the likes of the AP, CBS, and most of the MSM is a "non-stop feed of gloom and doom," but we get nothing about our progress in Iraq and on the War on Terror, and worst of all, we don't hear about our American heroes, the guys fighting and dying in the crotch of the world so all of us can continue on with our lives and the MSM can continue it's anti-military, anti-administration, anti-American, ostrich-imitating rants.

As Bob Lonsberry writes in the tribute to Capt Chontosh, "Accounts of American valor are dismissed by the press as propaganda, yet accounts of American difficulties are heralded as objectivity. It makes you wonder if the role of the media is to inform or to depress - to report or to deride. To tell the truth, or to feed us lies."

And as for our incredibly brave GIs who honorably do their duty, the ones "our grandparents would have carried on their shoulders down Fifth Avenue," well, we never hear anything from the media about them, and because of the MSM's failure to report what's right with our country, guys like Capt Brian Chontosh go completely ignored.

It was a year ago on the march into Baghdad. Brian Chontosh was a platoon leader rolling up Highway 1 in a humvee. When all hell broke loose.

Ambush city.

The young Marines were being cut to ribbons. Mortars, machine guns, rocket propelled grenades.

And the kid out of Churchville was in charge. It was do or die and it was up to him.

Thanks to journalist and broadcaster Bob Lonsberry and Mary Jones, you can learn all about how Capt Brian Chontosh won the Navy Cross in this beautiful tribute.

Hat tip with extra thanks to Red Falcon at The Steiner Aid, who posted on this story back on June 28.

Cross posted by Hyscience
Semper Fi! From one Marine to another.

By at 05:20 PM | Comments |

You guys seen Rusty lately?

Al-Qaeda's websites are getting blasted off the airwaves, one by one, and the London Times and Israel think it's MI5 getting frisky:

The web has become the new battleground of terrorism, permitting a freedom of communication denied to such organisations as the IRA a couple of decades ago.

One global jihad site terminated recently was an inflammatory Pakistani site, www.mojihedun.com, in which a section entitled How to Strike a European City gave full technical instructions. Tens of similar sites, some offering detailed information on how to build and use biological weapons, have also been shut down. However, Islamic sites believed to be “moderate”, remain.

One belongs to the London-based Syrian cleric Abu Basir al-Tartusi, whose www.abubaseer.bizland.com remained operative after he condemned the London bombings.

Don't they wish they'd done this two months ago? (H/T: Little Green Fooballs)

Me? I think there's a certain little Jawa out there, fooling with their droids.

And speaking of the IRA...you know that "shoot subway bombers in the head" policy in Britain that some folks are getting upset about? It dates back to the Thatcher years. From the American Spectator:

If shoot-to-kill for suspected bombers was good enough for the IRA under Thatcher, why should al Qaeda get a pass under Blair?

Umm...because Abu Ghraib? No wait, I know this one...Guantanamo! Or maybe Imperialism! Blood for oil! I got it....Karl Rove!

By See-Dubya at 02:47 PM | Comments |

7/21 suspect Didn't Mean to "Harm People Nearby"

According to new reports, Osman Hussain, the suspect arrested in Italy following the botched London 7/21 bombings claims that they didn't intend to hurt anybody. Hussain doesn't consider himself a terrorist, and is fighting extradition to the UK.

Yeah, that's the ticket.

From the Associated Press:

ROME (AP) - A suspect in the failed London transit bombings admitted Saturday to a role in the attack but said it was only intended to be an attention-grabbing strike, not a deadly one, a legal expert familiar with the investigation said.

Osman Hussain told interrogators he wasn't carrying enough explosives even to "harm people nearby," the expert told The Associated Press. The expert spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the ongoing investigation, which under Italian law must remain secret.

Also worthy of note is that Hussain's court-appointed attorney is a woman, Antonietta Sonnessa. Very subtle of the Italians to have Hussain represented by a female infidel, especially one who favors casual and rather scanty Western dress (photos accompany the AP story).

Via Dr. Rusty Shackelford who was tipped to the story by reader Kim.

Cross-posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto12:32 PM | Comments |

Go sit on the bench marked group W.

It was two days ago on Friday that’s about 48 hours ago from today Sunday. When my Friends and I were all hanging out at Rusty’s blog.
But Rusty’s blog is not he name of the blog it’s just the name of the song.That’s why I call the song Rusty’s blog.

We all decided that it would be a nice gesture if we all posted stuff and commented on Rusty’s blog while he was on vacation.
So we packed up PC’s, Mac’s and implements of destruction, loaded them all up in a green VW microbus and headed on over to the mu.nu domain.

When we got there we saw a pile of words. We figured one big pile was better than a bunch of little piles and rather than download his we decided to upload ours and that’s what we did.
Went home drank a bottle of homemade wine that couldn’t be beat and didn’t get up until the next morning. When we got a call from Officer Opie.

He said Kid…. …. We found your name on a piece of trash on the blog. We don’t like your kind. And we’re gonna move you down.
And after speaking of it for about 25 minutes on the gmail it came down to the fact that we were going to have to come down to the blog office.

When we got there was some good looking feisty girl sitting at a desk giving directions she said, “Go over there and wait on that bench marked group W”.
Group W is where they put you if you may not be moral or smart enough to post stuff on the blog after comiting your special blog crime.

There were all kinds of nasty critters sitting there on the bench. Greg, DSM, Greyrooster, IM, Filthy, Osama, …… There were commentrapers … … bloggerstabbers. …. .…bloggerrapers!!!…
They were all mean and nasty sounding and the biggest meanest ugliest bloggerraper of em all was coming right over to me and he was all mean and nasty and scary lookin’.

He said, “What did you get?”

I said, “I didn’t get nothing, just had to pay $50 and let people read my garbage.”

They asked, “What are you here for?” and I said, “littering.”…. …. Well they all moved away from me there on the bench. …… ……

Till I said, “And creating a nuisance.” And they all came back and we had a good time talking about bloggerstabin’, comment rapin’, stupid postin’ and all kinds of groovy things.


Then Sith Master Rusty came over and said,

“Kid!”…………..

“Thisblog’sgot40000hits30000readers- 200regularcommenters23authorsi
workdmyassoffhowie- youmoronstoppissinoffthe
otherbloggers-a ndlikingthetrollsthinkaboutwhaty
oursay- infoolandthatgoesfortherestof- youtooyoubig
bunchofpainsintheass ……. For 45 minutes and none of us understood a thing he said. But we had fun playing sol in tiny windows on our cell phones and filling out the forms there.

We all went back home had another glass of homemade wine that couldn’t be beat and didn’t get up until the next morning. When it was time to go back to work. .
I’ve been typing this crap for 25 minutes and I could go on for another 25 minutes. I’m not proud … … or tired. But I’ll give you a break and save it.


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Guest posters and regulars have at it, commentators too, remember you are without trolls this week. Don’t let me get too bored or I’ll post something or start an argument. I’ll be around if anyone needs anything I should have a bit of time now and then. Rusty should be back next week.

Signed Howie

humble sith beotch padawan to Sith Master Blogger Rusty Shackleford.

By Howie at 12:27 PM | Comments |

July 30, 2005

"Over There" - Overblown

Well, that was disappointing. Not that Bochco's new show about the Iraq War offended me as an American - I didn't get the impression that a leftist, anti-war agenda was being pushed. No, Over There offended me as a writer.

And the show's writers started sucking right off the bat. From the Viet Vet cliché trooper lighting up a joint while on duty through the long, long tirade the held-past-his-tour-and-pissed-as-Hell sergeant inflicts on his squad, to the unimaginative use of cable-permitted expletives, Bochco's writing staff was underwhelming.

Do senior officers undermine their lieutenants' authority (and the chain of command) by agreeing with a sergeant who has just insulted the lieutenant's leadership abilities - in front of the men? I hope not.

Do sergeants address senior officers with contempt while using "goddamn" as a frequent modifier? Maybe once.

Cross-posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

Then there's the issue of the two women convoy drivers trapped in combat. Grossly incompetent, virtually worse than useless (and there's a separate issue that I'm sure some female soldiers and bloggers will address), these two are assigned to hold the squad's right flank. Makes sense to the Over There writers.

As the sergeant leads a frontal assault against insurgents, holed up in a mosque and accompanied by an al-Jazeera reporter and cameraman, he shouts, "We didn't come here to take your oil! We came here to kick your ass!" Didn't John Wayne say something similar in The Fighting Seabees or The Green Berets? Personally, I'd think that someone leading a frontal assault on enemies with automatic weapons would save his breath for running and shooting, but that's just me.

The one bright spot was the portrayal of the al-Jazeera reporter as an enemy and as an assclown. That had the ring of truth.

I used to watch Hill Street Blues every week. I most definitely won't be rearranging my schedule to catch Over There.

By Bluto10:36 PM | Comments |

Carter: Iraq War is 'Unjust'

A flailing President and a failed Presidency best sums up the tenure of Jimmy Carter in the White House. A one term President who's naiveity was surpassed only by his intellectual bewilderment. A Don Quixote mentality without the heart to do battle.

BIRMINGHAM, England — Former President Jimmy Carter said Saturday the detention of terror suspects at the Guantanamo Bay Naval base was an embarrassment and had given extremists an excuse to attack the United States.

Carter also criticized the U.S.-led war in Iraq as "unnecessary and unjust."

"I think what's going on in Guantanamo Bay and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A.," he told a news conference at the Baptist World Alliance's centenary conference in Birmingham, England.

"I wouldn't say it's the cause of terrorism, but it has given impetus and excuses to potential terrorists to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts."

Carter said, however, that terrorist acts could not be justified, and that while Guantanamo "may be an aggravating factor ... it's not the basis of terrorism."

Critics of President Bush's administration have long accused the U.S. government of unjustly detaining terror suspects at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base on the southeastern tip of Cuba. Hundreds of men have been held indefinitely at the prison, without charge or access to lawyers.

"What has happened at Guantanamo Bay ... does not represent the will of the American people," Carter said. "I'm embarrassed about it, I think its wrong. I think it does give terrorists an unwarranted excuse to use the despicable means to hurt innocent people."

For me this man is the perfect negative barometer. If he is on one side of an issue, you can bet the farm the other side is the place to be. During his Presidency how we escaped getting our a$$ kicked by Russia or for that matter Cuba is a miracle.

Companion OpiniPundit

By at 04:49 PM | Comments |

Hot Muslim Chicks of the World, Unite and Take Over

I now know Muslim women are hot and America is the greatest country in the world.

Taking a break from my writing/vacation duties I came across several Google Ads on my site that took me to a couple of Muslim Singles websites. Huzzah, I says to myself, what better way to get a fatwa than to say bad things about Muslim women? Victory is mine!

But in order to see what the chicks look like I had to register and upload a photo. No problem.

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Married w/kids. Looking for mut’ah wife [meaning wife for temporary enjoyment--ok in Shia teachings] to fulfill my needs while my wife is ha'rem [you know, OTR]. Must be faithful and willing to receive instruction and be disciplined [you know, I can slap you around if I want]. Must be at least 12 years older than Muhammed's (peace be upon his name) wife Aisha [Muhammed married a six year old.].
So I finally get to look at some of these pictures and to my astonishment, there were quite a few hot Muslim chicks! Seriously. This is what I'm talking about when I'm talking about America. The ability to take this:

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Raise her in an atmosphere of freedom. Give her rock and roll. Introduce her to a credit card and a shopping mall. Install cable TV with two MTVs and a VH1 station dedicated entirely to the 1980s. Then she transforms into this:

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Man, have I been wrong all this time or what? I'm seriously, if this is the type of Muslim chick that America is producing then sign me up for two or three!

And just when you were asking yourself Where are all the white women at? the answer comes from the most unlikely place: The Religion of Peace and Hot Chicks!

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Come to Butthead!


This chick below, though, might could use a burka. Then again, who's looking at her face?

Do you think they can replace silicon and saline with an ammonium nitrate based filler? Cause if they can then TSA might want to keep an eye on the chick above. She could single handedly take out a 747 with those things.

Parenthetically, her ad says she is a convert looking for some one who will have patience and the ability to teach her. I think there is a Depeche Mode song about precisely that. Yes, I'm into Depeche Mode and I'm not gay.

This next chick looks like she's into country music. Don't ask me why but I imagine a pair of boots on her. Maybe one of our Deep South readers will do us all a favor and take her on as a second wife?

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Ok, so where's wife #2 for all the Bill Dautierieve's out there? Bill is into Asian chicks. Here you go Bill, ol buddy, ol pal. The best kind of Asian chick. The half asian half anglo half Muslim kind.

The moral of the story is never judge a book by its cover.

Wait. No. That's not the moral at all.

The moral of the story is judge a book by its cover.

After all, when was the last time you heard of a hot Muslim girl blowing herself up in the hopes of getting 72 white raisins in the afterlife?

Never. That's how often.

So if the entire Muslim world would just send their hot daughters over to the U.S., our cultural depravity will slowly transform them into hot Muslim vixens and the occasional Muslim go-go dancer. I can assure you that a hot chick will never meet the martyrs fate.

Never.

And another thing, if Muhammed Atta and the other 18 SOBs who learned to fly a jet airplane had just a lilttle of that hot Muslim sweet-sweet lovin in this life, there would have been no need to commit an act of mass-murdering terrorism just to get a little nookie.

(ps-what do you make of that picture? "Hot Muslim woman will trade sweet-sweet lovin for man willing to become martyr" or "Need flying lessons, fast. TSA never suspects hot chicks."?)

Any one have any better pics?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:51 PM | Comments |

An Open Letter To CAIR

So you managed to get Mr. Graham fired from his talk radio job.

Whoop de doo dah.

Don't break your arm patting yourself on the back.

Despite your pathetic attempts, one simple fact remains.

You are the followers of the bloodiest "religion" ever to befoul planet Earth. Your holy book reads more like H.P. Lovecraft than anything else.

The prophet you exalt, Mohammed (Pig blood be upon his name) was a pedophile. He married, and had sex with, a 9 year old girl. Your prophet, Mohammed (Dog poop be upon his name) was also a pimp. Bet you didn't think that we'd find out what muta'a was, did you? Your prophet, Mohammed, when he was proselytizing (something Christians are executed for in your home countries) was considered a nutcase in his time.

This from my private email from one who knows:

When Muhammad first got "touched" by Gabriel and was walking around Mecca denigrating everyone's religion in Allah's name (that's how Islam has been since the beginning), the Meccan polytheists would diss him by calling him "mudhammam," a play on his name which means "reprobate, miscreant, lowlife," etc. Nice, huh? I learned that in his biography (written 150± years after his death), "Sirat Rasul Allah," by Ibn Ishaq (ed. Ibn Hisham). Highly recommended book.

You don't have a religion, CAIR, you have a death cult. You don't like it? Tough shit. You had Yahweh, Christ, and even Buddha. You chose to follow Mohammed (gratuitous phlegm be upon him).

Bring it on, bitches, you'll still lose.

By Vinnie at 03:26 AM | Comments |

July 29, 2005

Confronting Cultural Duplicity in the Ummah

By Demosophist

I've never been convinced that the problem we confront with Totalitarianism 3.x is Islam, though there are certainly one or two mountains that need climbing for the people of the Ummah. There are, for instance, cultural reasons why most Muslims have a habit of avoiding statements that might put them at odds with other believers, even when there's deep disagreement. Tarek Heggy, a courageous Egyptian Muslim, satirizes this cultural duplicity by adopting an obvious artifice: "It is not I who criticizes and raises uncomfortable questions about the Ummah and its people, but my eccentric friend." Although an "inside joke," the purpose is far from humorous. If you haven't yet read Heggy's excellent series on Winds of Change that oversight can be easily corrected:

Thus Spoke My Eccentric Friend (1/5): Dreams of the Arabs
Thus Spoke My Eccentric Friend (2/5): A Word in the Palestinian Ear
Thus Spoke My Eccentric Friend (3/5): Rejecting Progress
Thus Spoke My Eccentric Friend (4/5): MI-6's Intelligence Failure
Thus Spoke My Eccentric Friend (5/5): What's in a Name?

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

By Demosophist at 09:30 PM | Comments |

High-octane Nightmare Fuel.

Dave of Garfield Ridge calls a short "educational" film he links to the most surreal film ever. It's that for sure, plus revolting (and NSFW due to shouted euphemisms for "wiener"): it's Planned Parenthood's take on how to educate the mentally handicapped about sex--from ugly-plaid-and-geeko-glasses 1975.

Other revolting things, besides the ones Dave mentions:

The idiot whistling and strumming soundtrack, like the gibbering voice of Azathoth across the cold void of space.

The bleached-out Poop-o-color print that all cheap-ass educational films and filmstrips seemed to come in. The IMDB entry says it was filmed in color--Yeah, it's in color: brown. Except for the twin black abysses of skeevy-looking narrator Richard Dix's pupils. Had the color just leached out of the film by the early 80's when I saw these things? No not this specific one, doofus, but films like this: Death Zones! (scroll down)

The funny thing is things really did look kinda colorless in the 1970's, according to my memories of that time which are, like most of America's, kinda hazy. (I have a good excuse.)

The vacuous nitrous-oxide smile on the face of the mom who catches her impaired son en flagrante and wishes him well. I've had a cult member try to recruit me and she was wearing that same beatific lobotomized smile the whole time.

The horrendous moral relativism of the 1970's and Planned Parenthood in particular...no values! Don't teach them any values! There are too many values out there already! You'll just confuse them! (Some things never change.)

Actually I'm surprised Planned Parenthood, given their eugenics-movement roots, didn't advocate a stricter control over the reproductive functions of the mentally handicapped.

How did our nation survive those dark times?


By See-Dubya at 08:01 PM | Comments |

Do-it-yourself Festival of the Fatwas: beach burka bikini bingo edition

Have an interesting post? Just link to this post and send us a trackback and we will issue a fatwa against you. A lot of people keep sending me stuff not realizing that I'm on vacation. Here's your chance to participate without me having to do any actual, you know, work.

PS-in case you'r wondering what I'm up to today.


By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:46 PM | Comments |

Anarchy Blogging: Jawas Reveal High School Cliques



You scored as Punk/Rebel.

Punk/Rebel

75%

Ghetto gangsta

38%

Prep/Jock/Cheerleader

31%

Goth

31%

Loner

25%

Geek

25%

Stoner

13%

Drama nerd

6%

What's Your High School Stereotype?
created with QuizFarm.com

Punk's not dead, oh no! Hat tip Professor Chaos. Any other Jawa authors should feel free to post their results here. I have a feeling we're a regular Breakfast Club of bloggers.

More below the fold.

Mad Dog Vinnie reveals why, oh why, he was accepted as a guest blogger:


You scored as Punk/Rebel.

Goth

75%

Punk/Rebel

75%

Geek

50%

Ghetto gangsta

50%

Stoner

38%

Loner

25%

Drama nerd

25%

Prep/Jock/Cheerleader

13%

What's Your High School Stereotype?
created with QuizFarm.com

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

Brother Against Brother

Chapter Eight of 'Brother Against Brother' is up at Euphoric Reality. I am not just posting their links because they purchased an ad or because I am friends with both writers, but the story is intriguing.

A quick summation is in order for those just tuning in. A team of special forces in Vietnam fought off an insurmountable number of NVA while the base was hesitating to bring in reinforcements. The men who survived though have been attacked by a fellow Vietnam Veteran who has accused the group of war crimes. The authors of Euphoric Reality, who were first contacted by the accusers, have painstakingly done their research into this story and found out the accusers have no leg to stand on.

The entire 'Brother Against Brother' episode is a lesson in why we should honor our heroes and why we as critical-thinking adults should look past what is told to us. Do yourself a favor and start from Chapter One if you have not done so already.

By at 04:41 PM | Comments |

British Terror Sweep

These are my notes on today's sweep for the suspects in the July 21 failed terror bombings. All four prime suspects are believed to now be in custody. Of note is that police believe there may be a fifth bomber because a fifth device was found in a rucksack dumped on open ground at Little Wormwood Scrubs.

Here's a brief status of the investigation:

- SWAT teams in dramatic raids at several W. London locations with no reports of shots fired

- Muktar Said Ibrahim, 27, arrested today in London for attempting to blow up the Number 26 bus in Shoreditch

- Ramsi Mohammed (possible alias) arrested today in London for attempting to bomb Tube near Oval

- Hussain Osman (aka Osman Hussain), 27, Somali-born naturalized Brit, was arrested today in Rome for attempting to bomb Tube at Shepherd's Bush

- Yasin Hassan Omar, 24, arrested in Birmingham last week for attempting to bomb Tube near Warren St.

- Two unnamed women were pinned to the ground and arrested today at Liverpool Street Station in London. Both were described as dark-skinned, 20-ish, Muslims with full headscarves. One woman ran when police asked to see inside the bag she carried.

- Total terror suspects currently in custody at 20.

Sources:
Sky News
BBC
Guardian

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 03:54 PM | Comments |

Olbermann trails the Jawa on the Death Blow story

Keith Olbermann has "discredited" the Osama-poisoned-my-cocaine-and-all-I-got-is-this lousy-T-shirt theory that we hashed out (snicker) a couple days ago. And if Keith Olbermann says it, you can put in the bank and slap your mama.

I pretty much peed on this story this three days ago. Can I have a damn show on MSNBC now?

I say pretty much because while I'm 99% sure this didn't happen, there is always that crazy one percent possibilty of just really crazy, entropic stuff going down. And there's maybe a two percent chance that something vaguely related to this happened--Hezbollah was busted with their own coke ring in South and North America, remember--and got distorted and passed along to the DEA through intelligence channels. Or perhaps through an arrested Colombian desperate to save himself from prosecution and making up crazy crap to string the feds along.

Wouldn't be the first time that happened. You guys ever heard of the "Dark Horizons" story? Basically, a busted Nicaraguan coke dealer in San Francisco claimed he was running coke for the contras and was under CIA protection. It blew up into this whole big deal and was promptly shown to be screwy...debunked by an independent commission. Then the reporter who broke the story was fired and later shot himself. That doesn't stop this story from remaining an article of faith among the conspiratorial left who are grasping at straw men for reasons to hate our country.

What's irritating to me, though, is the way Olbermann "debunks" this. More below the jump:

He talks to two terrorism experts--Steven Emerson and Evan Kohlmann, great guys both, solid on War on Terror stuff, both been linked by the Jawa Report from time to time--who think this is nuts.

That's not, in itself, a debunking, but a criticism. That doesn't prove this is true or false. It might change your beliefs about whether it's true or not, but that's different from showing why it actually could have happened or did happen or did not happen or could not have happen. Even though I happen to agree with them 99% on this, our opinion does not make it so or not so. Feelings and thoughts don't change objective reality. It is a great fallacy of the left, usually, that because many smart people think a thing (or in this case two smart people plus me), it must be so. Well sometimes it is, sometimes it ain't.

If you want to debunk this story, you need to prove it false, not merely unlikely. And the way to do that would be to A: try to review the documents that gave rise to the original NY Post story or B: try to track down "sources familiar with the case" to confirm or disconfirm it (as the Post reporter did.) or, of course, C: dig up an internal memo from the Ochoa brothers' accountant that confirms it. The DEA denies it, at least, so that's one bit of new info. But the Post put its name on the line to say that this is plausible, so it's worth more investigation than just asking the experts what they think before we call the story dead.

Hat tip to Reidblog.

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

The MSM War On Christians 'And America' - They've Gone 'Off The Charts' In Bias (Updated)

First off, the issue here isn't about Christians, as much as what's become a tool of the MSM to propagate liberal views and liberal appeasement of Islamists, to the detriment of the continued existence of the American way of life. And of course it's not just against Christians, but our very civilization, it's just that Christians have become the MSM's favorite target as the so-called professional journalists do their utmost to facilitate the Islamization of America! Silence the Christians (the Sunday people) and the door is open for sharia and fullfilment of Islam's "Twenty year plan for America. "

As with most Christian Americans, I just can't help but notice the ongoing American press' love of Islam and it's embracement of everything anti-American and anti-military while allowing and promoting every deceitful feint of Islamic leaders to hide their true agenda - world domination and turning the White House into the Muslim House.

Today, an AP/CBS image in their hyped-up, dhimmi-article (which many Americans will get suckered into believing), "Muslim Scholars Condemn Terror," the AP and CBS made it over the top, insulting every American that ever fought(and those that are continuing to fight) for his/her country, and every American citizen that believes in freedom, tolerance, and our way of life.

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[AP/CBS image - A 'Crescent and Stripes']

My very first thought when I saw the above treasonous image, what Clarity and Resolve refers to as the "new and improved Islamic American flag (with optional prostrated Muslim everyman in Western attire and Kufi skull cap), courtesy of al-Sociated Press/CBS," were the words, "FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS." (notice the Muslim encouragement of repealing our right to bear arms so we're defenseless should they feel the need for their jihad to turn violent or so their terrorists don't have John Q to deal with)

The AP and CBS, the so-called professional journalists, really got suckered into this fatwah thing, a fatwa issued by none other than the Fiqh Council of North America, headed by Muzammil Siddiqi, past-president of the Islamic Society of North America. As it's head, Siddiqi has advised American Muslims to participate in the political system - BUT ONLY IN ORDER TO CHANGE AMERICA INTO A MUSLIM COUNTRY... AND WE MUST NOT FORGET THAT ALLAH'S RULES HAVE TO BE ESTABLISHED IN ALL LANDS, AND ALL OUR EFFORTS SHOULD LEAD TO THAT DIRECTION (Infiltration, p 21., Nelson Current 2005). [much more to come on this and al-taqiyya in future posts]

Aside from the 'professionals' getting suckered, which I took no pleasure in, seeing the AP/CBS image symbolizing the defeat of America by Islamofascism, invoked a deep sense of disqust, and made me think of two images of my own that represent the exact opposite of what the AP and CBS have in mind for America:

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For the benefit of the AP and CBS, THE ABOVE IMAGE IS THE TRUE AMERICAN FLAG - AND THERE IS NO MUSLIM ON IT AND THERE IS NO CRESENT WHERE OUR STATES ARE SYMBOLIZED.

As the AP/CBS image appears in print and online - the guys in the below image, and thousands like them, are fighting for the right and freedom of the AP, CBS, and the rest of the Islamofascist-supporting, Islamist-appeasing, ostrich-imitating American press to continue helping our enemy, the moderate-pretending Muslims and the Islamist agenda, to throw sand in our eye as they continue, with the help of the MSM, their ongoing culture and publicity war supporting the Islamication of our country, to the detriment of the religious freedoms of non-Muslims everywhere:

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In the above image, two of our very special troops doing a very special job are risking their lives multiple time a day (I know this for a fact because I speak to the guy on the right with the rifle - several times a week), to bring a halt to the spread of Islamofascism around the world - while the likes of the AP, CBS, and the rest of the liberal MSM continue their own special assault against the very foundations upon which our nation was built.

AND, while Islamic terrorism continues worldwide (see database - updated only through June 2005), the MSM continues it's culture war against Christians, them being a stalwart component of the block to Islam's domination of the world. Ed Vitagliano writing in Agape Press, says that "the culture wars have turned nastier than ever. And if conservative Christians are offended by being called insane, stupid, sinister -- or even the next incarnation of fascist storm troopers -- they'd better get used to it."

The news media is a major player in these cultural conflicts, and if there was ever a pretense of impartiality when it came to liberal versus conservative, or secular versus religious, that disguise has been stripped away.

Over the last few years, it seems as though more members of the media have been willing to admit that real bias exists within the journalistic community. For example, in his 2001 book Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News, former Emmy-award-winning CBS News correspondent Bernard Goldberg plainly said the news media is biased against conservatives and Christians. For his honesty, Goldberg was blasted by many of his media comrades.

But that seemed to open the door enough to allow others in the media to come clean. Recently Michelle Cottle, senior editor for the liberal magazine New Republic, said on CNN's Reliable Sources that there is a strong bias among journalists when it comes to issues like evolution, the public display of the Ten Commandments, and same-sex marriage. These journalists "do behave as though the people who believe these things are on the fringe, when actually the vast majority of the American public describes itself as Christian."

Others, like New York Times' veterans Steve Roberts and R.W. Apple, and William McGowan, who has written for Newsweek, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, have said the same thing.

However, in the months approaching, but especially in the months following, the 2004 presidential election, the liberal media bias against Christians seems to have gone off the charts. Read the entire article ...

"Off the charts," he says. Well, I don't know what you'd call the crescent-flag with a Muslim on it, but I call it 'OFF THE CHARTS' as Ed Vitagliano has done. This is not just a Christian problem, Christians have no problem with the 'state' and faith being seperate issues, only Islam does, and if secularists, Christians, Jews, what few truly moderate Muslims that exist, and those of other faiths, as well as those with no faith, don't ban together and let the MSM know in no uncertain terms that they'd better get educated to Islam's agenda for America, or we're all in deep doo-doo, and them with us.

UPDATE FROM THECOUNTERTERRORISM BLOG: Looks like I'm not so all alone in my disbelief and criticism of the fatwah. Steve Emerson writing at TCB says...

This morning a group of American Islamic leaders held a press conference to announce a fatwa, or Islamic religious ruling, against “terrorism and extremism.” An organization called the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) issued the fatwa, and the Council on American - Islamic Relations (CAIR) organized the press conference, stating that several major U.S. Muslim groups endorsed the fatwa.

In fact, the fatwa is bogus. Nowhere does it condemn the Islamic extremism ideology that has spawned Islamic terrorism. It does not renounce nor even acknowledge the existence of an Islamic jihadist culture that has permeated mosques and young Muslims around the world. It does not renounce Jihad let alone admit that it has been used to justify Islamic terrorist acts. It does not condemn by name any Islamic group or leader. In short, it is a fake fatwa designed merely to deceive the American public into believing that these groups are moderate. In fact, officials of both organizations have been directly linked to and associated with Islamic terrorist groups and Islamic extremist organizations. One of them is an unindicted co-conspirator in a current terrorist case; another previous member was a financier to Al-Qaeda. Read it all ...

UPDATE 2: SHOULDN'T THE BLOGOSPHERE DEMAND AN APOLOGY TO AMERICA FROM THE AP AND CBS?

Clarity and Resolve is writing an analysis of this "sensational event" and you can expect much much more on this from Hyscience as well, and very soon [after all, it's Friday - {no not because it's Friday prayers day - yet), but have some medical articles to get out)]. We plan to make clear what the Islamic leaders are really up to, unlike the MSM and their blind belief in whatever is said by Muslim leaders that SOUNDS peaceful.

Related reading

Special Hat tip - Dan at California Yankee

Related coverage: Chad at InTheBullPen, reelcobra, Vince Aut Morire,Jawa Report, Pajama Hadin,

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By at 02:05 PM | Comments |

Condi interview.

I got home in time last night in time to catch some of Jim Lehrer’s interview with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. I must say Condi was much better than in other recent interviews I’ve seen. That incident in Sudan the other day seems to have built a fire under her. She appeared relaxed and ready to move forward. Gone was the tired expression and canned answers. She looked refreshed. Pretty good interview especially the subject of GWT. Look out Hillary this may be the first lady President of the USA. She’s got you beaten by a mile.

When are we going to stop making excuses for the terrorists and saying that somebody is making them do it? No, these are simply evil people who want to kill. And they want to kill in the name of a perverted ideology that really is not Islam, but they somehow want to claim that mantle to say that this is about some kind of grievance. This isn't about some kind of grievance. This is an effort to destroy, rather than to build.

I think I’m in love. You go Condi. She even talks about the Bolton nomination and I detect that she is not Mr. Bolton’s biggest supporter although she does give the polite answer considering her position. There's lots more at the above link.

Well, that's unfortunate and we -- what we can't be is without leadership at the United Nations. I can tell you, Jim, that I'm spending an awful lot of time these days preparing for the high-level meetings that are going to take place in September where all of the world's leaders are going to be here to talk about refreshing the United Nations after 60 years.
The United States needs to be active in that and we have a good team at the UN, but we need our permanent representative to the United Nations.

A quick review of Mr. Bolton’s problems.

Although the split has largely been along party lines, one Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio, has joined Democrats in opposing Bolton's nomination.

Ed at Captains Quarters has more.

I’ve got to say I’m with Captain Ed. While Bolton is the right type of person I’m not sure he is the right person for this position. The perception of him is that he is a jerk. I would hate to see all Condi’s hard work ruined by this guy. I’m pretty sure the President will stick with him. So Mr. Bolton should withdraw himself. I don’t think he can or will be productive in that position. For sure abroad people have a bad perception of him. We need a strong personality there but I’m pretty sure he is not it. My party should not waste political capital on this, is a mistake. Mr. Bolton is a loose-loose for my party and for America. A recess appointment will get the President what he wants but will also enforce the bad perceptions that this Casey Jones run we are on created. Maybe Trade him for Roberts would be good. We also have to consider that appointing this guy on a recess appointment will make the Roberts nonination that much harder. Which is more important?

Hat tip Omnipundit:

Actually I started this in the am until events took over.

By Howie at 01:28 PM | Comments |

W.House gives strong signal on Bolton appointment

You've heard of someone having a conniption.....well if you've never seen one keep your eyes peeled because you're about to see several from the likes of Reid, Kennedy, Durbin, Schumer, Clinton, Pelosi and others.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) The White House gave its strongest signal yet on Friday that President Bush will soon bypass the Senate and appoint John Bolton to become the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Senate Democrats have stalled the nomination of Bolton, a favorite of conservatives, over accusations he tried to manipulate intelligence and intimidated intelligence analysts to support his hawkish views while the top U.S. diplomat for arms control.

Bush can bypass the Senate and give Bolton a "recess appointment" when the Senate begins its August recess this weekend. Bolton would be able to serve until January 2007, when a new Congress is sworn in.

Asked about the possibility of a recess appointment for Bolton, White House spokesman Scott McClellan gave a strong hint.
"We do need a permanent representative at the United Nations. This is a critical time and it's important to continue moving forward on comprehensive reform," McClellan said.

Companion OpiniPundit

By at 12:42 PM | Comments |

Dhimmitude Is An Attitude

Just a quick Religion of Peace roundup.

First, in a companion story to "Dan Who?" tee bee shows us that CBS is not the only media outlet subject to dhimmification.

Then, if you're doing the happy happy joy joy dance over the "anti-terror fatwa" released yesterday, you need to read this from my homie Patrick.

Finally, we know how Islamofascist regimes treat women. Look at how they treat children as well. And sign the petition, please.

By Vinnie at 12:15 PM | Comments |

Has Sassygate Claimed Guardian Executive Editor Scardino?

Rumor has it that Guardian Executive Editor Albert Scardino was sacked for his role in the Dilpazier Aslam imbroglio, but the Guardian is officially denying any connection. Aslam was a "trainee journalist" who wrote an incredibly inflammatory opinion piece soon after the London terror attacks. Aslam was later revealed to be a member of an Islamist extremist group. Sardino has been named by some blogs as the man responsible for hiring Aslam.

From the Timesonline:

Albert Scardino has stepped down from the post of executive editor of the Guardian newspaper, just a week after the controversial dismissal of trainee journalist Dilpazier Aslam over his undeclared Islamist interests.

Rumours had circulated last night that Mr Scardino was about to leave, but sources at the newspaper today were at pains to point out that the departure was entirely unconnected with the Aslam affair.

The Dread Pundit Bluto would like to take this opportunity to thank the Guardian for naming his site the "most extreme blog".

Cross-posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto12:14 PM | Comments |

Just Make Something Up

Well, the biggest non-story today still seems to be the Roberts nomination. Although it seems that today even the big media outlets are running out of different ways to say the same thing. What it all boils down to is this:

1. We don't know anything about Roberts. Anything that has been pointed out is been in the context of cases which he has argued. This does not necessarily express his own personal opinions, simply the opinion he was hired to argue.

2. Senate Democrats are looking for ANYTHING that they can use to hold him up or stop him. My initial prediction was that they will try to hold him up for several years so they can screw Bush out of even one Supreme Court nomination. With all the attention that this has garnered, I don't think they'll be able to do that now. And I think they know that as well. For once in their miserable careers, it seems that the press may be working against the Democrats. Whether they want to or not, they are bringing EVERYTHING out in the open. If you remember, the first thing the deplorable Dems attempted was an attack on Roberts' wife for being part of a Christian organization (or some such nonsense), but with the negative attention that garnered almost immediately, that seems to have been dropped like a hot potato. And now the gasbag Kennedy is being all but ignored in his latest attack.

According to Kennedy, Roberts' commitment to civil rights may be questionable. Of course to bring up an accusation like that Kennedy must have evidence, right? Let's take a look.

Aides to Mr. Kennedy distributed documents from the Justice Department in the Reagan administration that show Mr. Roberts expressing criticism of an extension of the voting rights act, support for a court ruling narrowing the civil rights requirements on colleges, and doubts about a law to combat discrimination in housing.

Now I'm not familiar with the three instances stated above, but I do know that a lot of the laws that are written to help minorities tend to have the opposite effect. They keep minorities from being able to advance as they should and continue segregation whether intended or not. If those are the kinds of laws being referred to, then it's no wonder he argued against them. And even if they aren't, the things that he argued during his stint with the Regan administration reflect the views of the Regan administration and not necessarily Roberts' own views. Kennedy's attempt at using this to smear Roberts is weak at best and simply shows how desperate he is to find ANYTHING to disqualify Roberts simply because he is a Bush pick. Interestingly enough, the mainstream press seems to hold the same opinion, although they don't come right out and say it. The above story in the New York Times, which is amazingly non-partisan, and another small story on the AP wire that doesn't even go into as much detail as the NYT story are the only two that I find this morning to even mention it.

Of course Kennedy isn't the only despicable Dem attempting to hold back Roberts. According to the same NYT article, Boxer and Clinton are leading the cry to disqualify him because a) he's not a woman and b) he might take away their precious "right" to kill their children.

And of course the women aren't alone. Senator (traitor) Durbin had this to say:

WASHINGTON, July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, reported today in an LA Times op-ed that Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill) asked Judge John Roberts last week "what he would do if the law required a ruling that his church considers immoral."

Which is just about the stupidest question I've EVER heard. Are you seriously trying to tell me that every judge on the bench agrees with every law on the books? Can you really say that with a straight face? If so, then why do we have dissenting opinions written on almost every decision put forth by the Supreme Court? Let me fill you in on a little secret, Durbin (and all the rest of you mamby-pamby liberals). Everyone believes something. Even if you don't have faith, you have a sense of right and wrong. And whether you want to admit it or not, all of your decisions are based on that sense of right and wrong. They HAVE to be. Where else would you get a base for making any sort of decision? By attempting to force me to accept things that go against my value system, such as abortion, you are doing the exact same thing that you are so afraid Christians are going to do to you. Do you know what the word for that is? Let's try hypocrite. That's right, you're a bunch of lying, sorry hypocrites.

And it seems that Durbin isn't alone in his thinking along these lines. According to GOPUSA, the call to ostracize Roberts for being a Catholic is going out from others as well.

Lynn Neary
National Public Radio
7-20-05
"And he is Roman Catholic, and that might affect the way he views an issue like abortion, for instance."

Barbara Walters
ABC Good Morning America
7-20-05
"John Roberts is a Roman Catholic. How important to him is his religion? Do you think it might affect him as a Supreme Court Justice?"

Miles O'Brien
CNN American Morning
7-20-05
"He's, by all accounts, a Roman Catholic who adheres to the tenets of that faith. Do you suspect that he will advocate, when the opportunity comes up, reversing some of the key aspects of Roe v Wade, which provide abortion rights in this country?"

I still don't know anything about Roberts except that judging from what little of his personal life I've been able to see he seems to be a good, faithful man who stands by his convictions. But the way things look now, I'm pretty sure he's going to get confirmed despite the smear and scare tactics of a few extremist liberals. And those same liberals are going to come out on the other side with egg on their face for even attempting their dirty tricks.

By at 07:48 AM | Comments |

The Real Deal

A snippet:

Now, the following letter is from Sgt. Michael O'Rourke. It was forwarded to me by Tom Fecher and Kyle Smithson. Please read the letter in its entirety as it is powerfully written and gives a vivid picture of what our troops must endure. It also gives us an opportunity to see into the heart of a soldier.

Sgt. O'Rourke: Thank you for allowing me to post your letter. Thank you for your service. Please know that I and countless others support you and your mission. Please be careful and come home safely.

It's been a time since I last wrote any account of my pleasant adventures here in Iraq. Naturally I'd like to write more oft, but slow computers and little time obviates that endeavor. Just so, I still manage to punch out a few words every now and then, as the following lines will testify:

Read the rest

By Vinnie at 02:03 AM | Comments |

July 28, 2005

Dan Who?

This is utterly stupefying.

When I saw this image at Clarity and Resolve, I thought that it was one of Patrick's making. He's no slacker when it comes to Photoshopping:



Imagine my surprise when I followed a link to discover that it was actually included in a CBS News online article.

An article, by the way, about the so-called "fatwa against terrorism" issued today by representatives of the Religion of Peace residing in the United States.

If NBC is Must See TV, then CBS can rightfully claim Dhimmi TV....

By Vinnie at 10:27 PM | Comments |

And He'll Do It Too

Rusty, all set to pop caps in someone's ass:

By Vinnie at 09:27 PM | Comments |

TPS Reports on Vacation?

You call this vacation? I swear I'm about to pop a cap into someone's ass.

UPDATE: Just to clarify, I'm on a working vacation. My frustration has nothing to do with people getting banned or not. I have 8 bosses all reminding me that I keep missing important publications deadlines.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:35 PM | Comments |

Muslims Get Nasty When Others Eat Pork

(Genting Highlands, Malaysia) It seems the followers of Islam can easily show contempt for people who eat pork.

The Muslims on staff at the First World Hotel in Genting Highlands showed their disrespect for 600 Chinese tourists by imprinting their meal tickets with images of pig's heads. Scuffles even broke out between the Muslims and the pork-loving Chinese visitors.

The hotel denied any racism was involved and apologized. Nonetheless, it appears that believers in the religion of peace become less peaceful when they smell pork cooking. And, it also seems the Muslims get nasty even when neither Americans nor Iraqis nor Brits are involved.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 05:14 PM | Comments |

Was the Space Shuttle Columbia Downed by Greens?


I don't usually listen to Rush Limbaugh. Nothing against Rush, but the local station runs his show from 1 to 3 in the afternoon, and I'm usually doing other things. But today I happened to be driving down to Target to get some new golf spikes, the better to tread on the faces of the proletariat like a good capitalist pig.

Roger Hedgecock was filling in for Rush and he said something so outrageous that I thought he must be joking. Hedgecock claimed that the problems with the insulating foam on the Space Shuttles only cropped up after Freon was replaced with other materials due to environmental concerns. It doesn't get much press, but apparently Hedgecock was right.

From Richard Bennett's Mossback Culture (February 2, 2003):

So concerns about the effects of freon on the ozone layer lead directly to the crash of the Shuttle, apparently. You'd think NASA would be able to get some kind of a waiver on this stuff.
Bennett quotes from a Mercury News article:
As recently as last September, a retired engineering manager for Lockheed Martin, the contractor that assembles the tanks, told a conference in New Orleans that developing a new foam to meet environmental standards had "been much more difficult than anticipated."
The retired Lockheed engineer, who helped design the thermal protection system, said the switch from a foam based on Freon — also known as CFC-11 — has "resulted in unanticipated program impacts, such as foam loss during flight."
Unfortunately, the article is no longer available online. Of course, you only find this out after filling out the nosy registration form and being solicited for a couple hundred spammers - thanks, Mercury.

NASA officially blames foam loss during flight on hand spraying techniques that leave voids in the foam in this document, but this News Max story lays the blame squarely on the Freon substitute:

As recently as last month, NASA had been warned that foam insulation on the space shuttle's external fuel tank could sheer off as it did in the 2003 Columbia disaster - a problem that has plagued space shuttle flights since NASA switched to a non-Freon-based type of foam insulation to comply with Clinton administration Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
The thought that the Columbia astronauts died in the name of political correctness is awful. Surely the amount of Freon used in the Space Shuttle program couldn't have had any measurable effect on the environment.

Cross-posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto

By Bluto04:57 PM | Comments |

On 'The roots of Islamic terrorism'

It was bound to happen sooner or later - finally, it appears that we are begining to see a few rays of truth about Islamic terrorism appear on the printed pages of the mainstream media, and albeit it's an opinion piece, nonetheless, it's a good one and damned timely.

So let's get right to the point:

Islam is linked from the beginning with the practice of divinely sanctioned warfare and lethal injunctions against apostates and unbelievers. Islam experienced no period of wandering and exclusion; from its inception, Islam formed a unitary state bent on military conquest.
Writing in The International Herald Tribune, Phillip Blond, a lecturer in philosophy and religion at St. Martin's College, Lancaster, and Adrian Pabst, a research fellow at the Luxembourg Institute for European and International Studies, fire the ball down the court and slam it hard down the throat of the basket.
(...) Most commentators argue that Islamic terrorism is a fanatical perversion of Islam which deviates from its true teachings. They call for a Western-style modernization of the Muslim world, hoping thereby that radical Islam will be tamed.

(...) This analysis misses the point. The nature of the terrorist threat is unambiguously Islamic and is not so much a deviation from Muslim tradition as an appeal to it.

(...) the oft-quoted remark that Islam is a religion of peace is false. It is historically illiterate to claim that war is foreign to Islam and it is theologically uninformed to argue that jihad is merely a personal inner struggle with no external military correlate.
Pinch me, I want to make sure that I'm awake. These guys are making me sound like a whimpy peacenik!
(...) The Prophet died a successful military leader who created a single Islamic polity that expanded - through warfare - all over the known world. The caliphate combined the double logic of a religious community and an imperial state.

(...) While the Koran enjoins that there shall be "no compulsion in religion," Islam still regards it as a holy duty to extend militarily the borders of the House of Islam against the demonic world of unbelievers.

(...) When extremists say they are killing in the name of Islam, they are in part appealing to Islamic traditions of long standing.

(...) Al Qaeda sympathizers avidly read European fascist literature and pursue religious ends via atheist methods. Recruits to the cause are not the excluded uneducated poor, they are intellectuals with a radical critique of Western society and its impact on Islam.

(...) there can be no accommodation with an ideology that seeks to fashion the whole world in its own image. The essentially Islamic nature of this terror demands nothing less than a reformation in the name of an alternative Islam.

Read the entire article, then sit back and ask yourself, "isn't time to lock and load?

Cross posted by Hyscience

Hat tip - Mark In Mexico

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By at 03:34 PM | Comments |

Is Somalia The Next Afghanistan?

As the MSM continues to be focused on Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Middle East, the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned that the West should begin paying more attention to Somalia because this East African country, torn apart by rival warlords and tribal gangs, provides a logistic center for al-Qaeda.

The warning was contained in a recently published research report entitled "Counter-terrorism in Somalia, Are we loosing hearts and minds?", edited by Suliman Baldo, the ICG's Africa programme director:

"Away from the spotlight, a quiet, dirty conflict is being waged in Somalia." writes Baldo in the introduction. "In the rubble-strewn streets of the ruined capital of this state without a government, Mogadishu, al-Qaeda operatives, jihad extremists, Ethiopian security services and Western-backed counter-terrorism networks are engaged in a shadowy and complex contest waged by intimidation, abduction and assassination." The United States "has had some success but now risks evoking a backlash." It is not surprising: after the huge failure of the international peace efforts carried out between 1992-1995, Somalia still finds itself in total chaos, despite an October 2004 agreement reached to establish a transitional federal government.
As to the failure of the international peace efforts, who can forget it's facilitation, courtesy of the Clinton Administration's hasty withdrawal of all American troops from that country, virtually surrendering the plight of the starving Somalians to al Qaeda strongman Ali Mahdi Mohammed.

You may recall that on Dec. 12, 1992, about five weeks before the expiration of his term as President of the United States, George H.W. Bush launched Operation Restore Hope and committed the Clinton Administration and 26.000 American troops to a humanitarian effort in Somalia. Twenty other nations committed 13,000 troops to provide both food supplies and security to war-torn Somalia. Gen. Mohammed Farah Aideed, whose rebels controlled most of the beleaguered nation, welcomed the relief effort, believing he would be able to successfully exploit the Americans into helping him defeat his arch rival, the al Qaeda-backed warlord Ali Mahdi Mohammed who controlled the city of Mogadishu. When Clinton took office, his Defense Secretary, former Wisconsin Congressman Les Aspin, cut the UNOSOM-2 force to 4,000 regular Army troops(3000 of which were support troops, NOT combat troops) and 400 Army Rangers. Earlier, in September, 1993 Gen. Colin Powell, Bush-41's carryover Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, asked Aspin to let him beef up the weakened American forces in Somalia with tanks and armored vehicles.

Aspin declined Powell's request, and we all know what followed. There was no military response to the resulting humiliation, and there was no resolve to see the new mission goals to fruition. The only remaining superpower in the world withdrew from Mogadishu with a whimper, and left like a beat dog. Hopefully, we have since learned the lessons and repercussions of such a 'cut and run' decision - now, we have the potential of having to go back and finish the job Clinton ran from. Our friends on the left calling for a hasty retreat from Iraq should heed well the lessons of Somalia, and strongly consider what's happening now in Somalia, and it's contribution to worldwide terrorism.

With this perspective in mind, let's look further into the ICG Report:

On the contrary (to the October 2004 agreement reached to establish a transitional federal government), according to the ICG report, with the transitional government's formation "the dirty war between terrorism and counter-terrorist operatives in Mogadishu appears to have entered a new and more vicious stage that threatens to push the country further towards jihadism and extremist violence."

In this context the role of al-Qaeda is increasing since it is in and from Somalia that two of the terror network's alleged masterminds are operating: Fazul Abdullah Mohamed - from the Comoros Islands and with a Kenyan passport - and Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan - also with a Kenyan passport and believed to be the leader of the al-Qaeda "Mombasa Network" operating in East Africa.

Oh how those chickens keep coming home to roost,

His indictment was handed down on September 17, 1998 in the Southern District of New York, and carries the charges of murder of U.S. nationals outside the United States, conspiracy to murder U.S. nationals outside the United States, and attack on a federal facility resulting in death. Much less seems to be known about Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, since his name didn't show up in the MIPT Database. He was born in Mombasa in 1979.

The pair are suspected of being behind the 1998 terrorist attacks against the US embassies in Nairobi and in Dar-es-Salaam, which killed 225 people and wounded 4,000.

Fazul Abdullah Mohamed and Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan have also been linked in the 2002 attacks in Nairobi against Israelian targets. Eighty people died in a suicide attack involving a car belonging to Nabhan, which was crashed packed with explosives into a Mombasa hotel. The terrorists also managed to launch two Strela missiles against an airplane filled with Israeli tourists, but missed their target.

"The Somali [al-Qaeda] cell is still considered a security threat," says the the ICG report, adding "the Americans consider that al-Qaeda members in Kenya and Somalia have been highly active ever since the 2002 attacks".

In May 2003 intelligence reports, including reported sightings of Fazul in Mombasa, set off alarm bells, prompting British Airways to halt their flights to Kenya.

In a 2004, another intelligence report, said evidence existed "that the [East Africa-based] network is determined to conduct other terrorist attacks."

"Fazul is believed to be the most dangerous since he is a disguise wizard, an expert in document counterfeiting and a master in building bombs," the ICG report says, citing intelligence reports from Somalia.

In addition according to the reports, Nabhan, who is married to a Somali woman, is still in Mogadishu, together with other suspected al-Qaeda members: Ali Swedhan, Issa Osman Issa, Samir Said Salim Ba'amir and Mohammed Mwakuuza Kuza.

Intelligence services suspect that these al-Qaeda militants have links with the local extremist militias, in particular with the mysterious "Ayro," who is believed to be the leader of a local network responsible for the profanation of the Italian cemetery in January 2005.

As the ICG report's title suggests, Western counter-terrorism activities are seen by the Somali population, which does not believe that the al-Qaeda terrorists are in the country, as an attack on Islam. The issue is critical, since, as Baldo explains - "without help from the local population, even the most sophisticated anti-terrorism efforts are bound to fail."

The ICG report concludes that the consequences are serious, since the terrorist are still at large thanks to the protection given to them by ordinary Somalis.

SO LET'S ANSWER OUR QUESTION OF WHETHER OR NOT SOMALIA IS THE NEXT AFGHANISTAN!

In their January 2005 article in the Chicago Tribune, "State building or terrorist vacuum? Time to pay closer attention to Somalia," Matt Bryden and John Prendergast wrote that, "During the last decade, international Islamist groups, including Al Qaeda, have invested with Somali partners, building a commercial empire in the country that rivals that of any other faction and which is increasingly asserting itself as a political and military force." They went on to say that if Somalia didn't get a "minimally functioning state today, Somalia will end up tomorrow as a patchwork of mini-states, some of which increasingly resemble areas of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan or insurgent-patrolled Iraq."

Already, in January of this year they were seeing evidence of that minimally functioning state and resemblance of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan on the ground therein Mogadishu. There, and remember that this was back in January of this year, Islamist business associations offered capital selectively to those who subscribe to their ideology, sharia courts declared New Year's Eve celebrations to be an offense punishable by death, and masked assassins execute those considered to be Western collaborators.

So I find it an easy prognostication - meet our next Afghanistan, we just may be going back to Somalia, but thanks to Bill Clinton and Les Aspin, we'll be going back at multiples in cost of lives and dollars. And that's if we even have the resources to deal with that sewer of terrorism, after all, we've got to confront and fight the Islamist bastards all over the world, including within our own borders.

Read the entire ICG Report.

IMPORTANT READING:
"UNDERSTANDING ISLAMISM"
Middle East/North Africa Report N°37 – 2 March 2005

Cross posted by Hyscience

By at 01:22 PM | Comments |

Howie's digging out

Yeah I had a few minutes to give to the blog today so here goes.

Is or was Air America supported by dollars intended to feed the hungry? Michelle Malkin has more. Hey maybe we’ll make Air America again.

Also see Michelle’s post on the leftover bombs from the 7/7 terrorists.

Is terrorism a perversion of Islam? Mark in Mexico has more. Mark has tracked back to the Jawa several times before. Reciprocation is called for here.

Here is another story from Mark, about an Iraqi boy who learned first hand about America. He does not want to go home. Let’s all wish him a safe and happy return home and an invite back.

Also for those of you who have noticed I’ve been pretty busy and unable to blog much. But the good news is. I got that adapter and at least now I have a keyboard I can live with. Yep no more chicklets for me.

If you guys would like to annoy a terrorist supporter. Check this guy out, on this thread. I’ll post a partial quote below the break. Spoofer?? I'm not sure but the email address certainly sucks. There are also several other candidates to annoy on this thread. As for his wish against the south and great midwest. Lick me freedomkiller.


Freedomfighter

fuckusa@comcast.net

WHAT THE HELL IS TAKING SO LONG FOR A MASS MURDERING ATTACK ON THE AMERIKKKLAN REPUBLIKKKLANS!!! IT IS PISSING ME OFF THAT AN ATTACK HAS NOT HAPPENED YET!!!
FK, HOW MUCH LONGER UNTIL AN ATTACK!!! FK!!!

CELEBRATE, CELEBRATE, CELEBRATE THE DEATH OF REPUBLIKKKLANS, (NOT SOLDIERS). THEN PISS ON THEIR GRAVES, THEN SHIT ON THEIR GRAVES, THEN ON THE REST OF THERE FAMILIES REPUBLIKKKLAN’S GRAVE. HOORAY!!! HOORAY!!! HOORAY!!!


I WISH ALL OF REPUBLIKKKLAN AMERIKKKA WOULD GET NUKED MULTIPLE TIMES!!!! IT WOULD BE GREAT IF ONE DAY ALL REPUBLIKKKLANS WOULD BE PUT IN AN AREA, AND THAT AREA WOULD GET NUKED, NUKED, NUKED, AND NUKED. OH, I FORGOT, THAT AREA IS THE SOUTH (ALABAMA, MISSISSIPPI, ETC…), MID AMERIKKKA, AND ALL OF THE REPUBLIKKKLAN COUNTIES IN AMERIKKKA. WHEN YOU SEE OR HEAR ABOUT DEAD REPUBLIKKKLANS, PLEASE CELEBRATE THE SUFFERING OF THE CRYING FAMILY. WHEN I SEE THE SUFFERING OF THE CRYING FAMILY OF ONLY REPUBLIKKKLANS, IT FEELS BETTER THAN AN ORGASM!!!
“OH YEAH!!!” I MEAN “OH YEEEAAAAAHHHHH!!!” THAT FELT GOOD!!!

By Howie at 11:53 AM | Comments |

London Al-Qaeda Bombing Cell - Collapse or Deeper Pit?

Captain's Quarters writes in his "Further Collapse Of AQ Bombing Cell," that British investigators have now added nine more people to the list of those arrested after the botched bombings of July 21, where all four bombs failed to detonate properly and left a treasure trove of evidence for police. Police confirm that they have arrested 20 suspects, including one of the erstwhile bombers.

As offered by Captain Ed in his post, the investigation has occured with great speed and effectiveness. However, the deeper investigators delve into the nests of the terrorist underground the deeper and wider the pit appears and the more we realize just how far amuck a captured religion has departed from reality. It's now obvious that the London cell(s) are extensive and that participants, collaborators, and supporters are literally spread out across the globe, with suspects having fanned out beyond Britain to Morocco, Pakistan, Zambia, with connections to all the way to Oregon in the U.S, Egypt, and elsewhere. This as India is reporting that terror camps are being revived in Pakistan. And this is only a small part of an incredible series of connections that have continued to exist since prior to August 2004 between the remote and harsh border regions between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the burning land of Iraq, and Europe, and particular France, Spain, Italy, and Great Britain. Networks such as these don't collapse over a few weeks of investigations and arrests of low level ground troops that are expendible - after all, that's their job, to expend themselves while killing as many other people as possible.

And while terrorists have been 'nesting' all over Britain and the rest of Europe, the EU is just now waking up to the idea that gee, they ought to stop the funding of terrorists!

For a possible remedy for all of this madness, and an approach to truly collapsing al-Qaeda and the Islamic terrorist-conducted war on civilization, Efraim Halevi's "Rules Of Conflict For A World War" are begining to make more sense:

Efraim Halevi (Jerusalem Post) The multiple, simultaneous explosions that took place on the London transportation system were the work of perpetrators who had an operational capacity of considerable scope. There was careful planning, intelligence gathering, and a sophisticated choice of timing as well as near-perfect execution. We are faced with a deadly and determined adversary who will stop at nothing and will persevere as long as he exists as a fighting terrorist force. We are in the throes of a world war, raging over the entire globe. We are in for the long haul and we must brace ourselves for more that will follow.

The executives must be empowered to act resolutely and to take every measure necessary to protect the citizens of their country and to carry the combat into whatever territory the perpetrators and their temporal and spiritual leaders are inhabiting. The rules of combat must be rapidly adjusted and international law must be rewritten to permit civilization to defend itself. There is no doubt that international cooperation is essential. Yet this cannot replace the requirement that each and every country effectively declare itself at war with international Islamist terror and recruit the public to involve itself actively in the battle.

Efraim Halevi, who heads the Center for Strategic and Policy Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is a former head of the Mossad.

Cross posted by Hyscience

By at 09:16 AM | Comments |

July 27, 2005

Still Yet Another Sandcrawler PSA

***Note, this poll is non-binding. It's up to the good Dr. as to what he wishes to do with his own blog. That being said, however, it's become rather obvious that someone has become quite the pest.








"Downing Street Memo"
Ban him, I beg of you O Mighty Macktastic Rusty Wicked
Let the brother SPEAK!


  

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By Vinnie at 11:20 PM | Comments |

Reason 5,239 Why Terrorism Cases Should Be Tried Militarily

The man arrested for his involvement in the "Millenium Plot" has been sentenced today for a whopping 22 years. Twenty-two years?


SEATTLE (AP) — An Algerian [Ahmed Ressam] who plotted to bomb the Los Angeles airport on the eve of the millennium was sentenced to 22 years in prison Wednesday by a judge who used the opportunity to sternly criticize the Bush administration's anti-terrorism tactics.

"We did not need to use a secret military tribunal, detain the defendant indefinitely as an enemy combatant or deny the defendant the right to counsel," U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour said. "The message to the world from today's sentencing is that our courts have not abandoned our commitment to the ideals that set our nation apart."

Wrong! A man who attempted to kill hundreds of Americans gets sentenced to twenty-two years in prison is an outrage. Not only was this case blown in terms of an inadequate sentence, a connected case in England and one in Germany will not be able to proceed without the testimony afforded. If this had been a military tribunal, there may have been a way to provide testimony to these other two cases.

When taken into context of another case which wrapped up this past month, that of Islamic cleric al-Timimi out of Virginia was sentenced to life in prison for encouraging jihadis to fight U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, this is a slap on the wrist. Ressam intended on setting off explosives, found in his trunk by an alert Border Patrol agent, at LAX which again would have killed hundreds of U.S. citizens. This plot is believed to be connected to Al Qaida, so now we've sentenced an Al Qaida henchman who has tried to kill U.S. citizens to 22 years in prison. Good job.

In other terrorism-related jurisprudence, a man believed to be connected to the brutal killing and decapitation of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was found and arrested in Pakistan.

Cross-posted at ITB

By at 09:20 PM | Comments |

San Diegans Overwhelmingly Favor Transfer of Soledad Cross to Feds

With the majority of precincts reporting, San Diegans voted overwhelmingly yesterday to transfer the historic Mount Soledad cross site to the federal government. The site contains a 43-foot concrete cross that has been at the center of the controversy since a 1989 lawsuit.

The city-owned land has long been recognized locally as a war memorial. Surrounding the cross are more than 1,600 plaques commemorating military veterans who have participated in the defense of America. By attaching an amendment to a military appropriations bill last November, area congressmen Duncan Hunter and Randy "Duke" Cunningham provided a way where a federal transfer of the site could occur, provided the city would allow such a move. The vote on Tuesday (July 26) -- in which more than 75 percent of voters chose to transfer the property to the federal government as a national war memorial -- sent a clear message that the public supports the move.

In 1989 attorney James McElroy, representing atheist Philip Paulson, sued the City of San Diego for maintaining a religious symbol on public property. McElroy made it clear before yesterday's vote that he intends to continue challenging the case in court. "This will be resolved in the courtroom where it deserves to be resolved -- and not in front of the voters," McElroy told the North County
Times
.

Typical liberal moonbat mindset, don't let the people decide, let courts overrule the public will through some nimrod judge with a similar ideology. For the most part the left can't win at the ballot box on most issues, their last and only refuge is the courts.

Companion OpiniPundit

By at 09:04 PM | Comments |

What Drives A Suicide Bomber To Be A Suicide Bomber?

Lori Allen, a University of Chicago anthropology graduate student, conducted research in the West Bank under a Social Science Research Council-GSC Program fellowship and wrote an article that first appeared in Middle East Report 223 (Summer 2002). In that article she wrote that the "Average Bomber" was not driven to self destruction by dispair, all Palestinians living under 'occupation' are desperate, and that neither does poverty explain the motivation for self destruction (to which I add - 'and the murder of innocents'), rather, that a combination of faith and conviction motivates (suicide) bombers: "Religion is the factor that creates the bravery in [the suicide bomber] to be a martyr. And religion makes him (or her) highly sensitive to the issue of justice [to which I add - a perverted blind since of his/her distorted (by the Islamist's definition and teachings)] view of what constitutes justice.

After reading Lori's article, I reread the words, "Religion is the factor that creates the bravery in the bomber to be a martyr. And religion makes him highly sensitive to the issue of justice." Subsequently, the first thought that came to mind was, "That's one hell of a distortion of reality to get out of a 'religion,' and when did murder, suicide, and maiming innocent people have anything to do with God or a religion? But of course we're not talking about just any religion, where talking about Islam. And, we're in the year 2005, three years after Lori's report, so are the motives the same?

Today, for a more up to date analysis, we can look to Andrew Cochran writing at The CounterTerrorism Blog on his appearance on MSNBC's "Connected" program to discuss the 7/7 London attacks (you can see video of the segment on the linked page). One of his fellow guests was Pierre Rehov, a French filmmaker who has filmed six documentaries on the intifada by going undercover in the Palestinian areas. Pierre's upcoming film, "Suicide Killers," is based on interviews that he conducted with the families of suicide bombers and would-be bombers in an attempt to find out why they do it. It's a post that I think you'll find very interesting and informative.

Cross posted by Hyscience

By at 08:29 PM | Comments |

Rusty At The Pool

Dr. and Mrs. Shackleford take a well deserved romantic stroll alone at the pool.

(Note to Rusty....Dude, lay off the In-n-Out Double Doubles)

By Vinnie at 05:49 PM | Comments |

Brits Ban Hunks in Beer Ads

Somebody, please actuate the nanny-state overload alarm. Alcohol ads may no longer feature sexy guys because it makes a connection between drinking and seduction. It's considered to be the cause of binge drinking.

From Timesonline:

Drinks companies have been ordered to hire paunchy, balding men for advertisements to meet new rules forbidding any link between women’s drinking and sex. Watchdogs have issued a list of undesirable male characteristics that advertisers must abide by in order to comply with tougher rules designed to separate alcohol from sexual success.
Did you catch that last phrase? "Separate alcohol from sexual success" Come on! Who's kidding who? Haven't these folks ever been to a honky-tonk? A cocktail has always been known to be a drink representing the combining of cock and tail. That's sexual success!

But there's more. The British Committee of Advertising Practice ruled:

"We would advise that the man in the picture should be unattractive -- overweight, middle-aged, balding etc."
I'm not sure what the 'etc' means, but it sure seems that the Brits are edging towards a prohibition on advertising alcoholic drinks.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 04:29 PM | Comments |

That Pesky Finsbury Park Mosque - Another Day, Another Terrorist Recruited!

Arthur Chrenkoff posts today on what he calls. "A fascinating glimpse on the authorities' search for the common intersection in the otherwise diverse lives of the eight London bombers," and reminds us that the same pesky Finsbury Park mosque with the hate-spewing mouthy imam was "also the launching pad for the "shoe bomber" Richard Reid and the "19th hijacker" Zacarias Moussaoui."

Although Arthur finds it "amazing how much trouble can come out of one place - and by extension, what a timely action of the type only contemplated now against those inciting jihad (such as deportation) could have possibly achieved to prevent the current troubles," I find it to be more an example of too little, too late. It's a weakly punative action following too much hate and violence that's been allowed to be taught to Muslim youth from mosque pulpits by Islamist clerics, for far too long.

On the other hand, few can disagree with Arthur's observation that "we shouldn't think there are easy solutions," because there aren't any. Yet, we have to start somewhere, sometime, doing what is necessary to end the insanity of Islamofascism and the mindset and actions of those that tolerate, support it, and facilitate it. As Arthur writes in his closing, "It's going to be a long, long conflict."

Just how long and how costly in terms of innocent lives lost and dollars spent on terrorism that could be much better placed on making our lives healthier, more comfortable, and more useful, may very well depend upon our immediate recognition of our enemy's agenda, our collective(as a civilization) willingness to speak and act as one voice against Islamofascism and all it's tenets and acts, and on the speed and actions taken to stop the madness of the Islamist's agenda to "establish a world dominated by Muslims, Islam, and Islamic law, the Shari'a. Or, "to cite the Daily Telegraph, their "real project is the extension of the Islamic territory across the globe, and the establishment of a worldwide ‘caliphate' founded on Shari'a law."""

That agenda must be stopped dead in it's tracks!

As Mark Steyn has said, "Terrorism itself will end only when the broader culture refuses to tolerate it. There would be few if any suicide bombers in the Middle East if "martyrdom" wasn't glorified by imams and politicians, if pictures of local "martyrs" were not proudly displayed in West Bank grocery stores, if Muslim banks did not offer special "martyrdom" accounts to the relicts thereof, if schools did not run essay competitions on "Why I want to grow up to be a martyr."" To which I add, "and when we in the West stop tolerating such crap!"

Yet, on the matter of "tolerating the madness of that broader culture, the culture of Islam," aren't many in the West just as guilty when we look the other way or offer excuses and pretend that gee, it's just a few extremists and if only the moderate Muslims will speak up?

Even if truly moderate Muslims exist, which some doubt, again, borrowing from Mark Stein, "Why are we surprised that "Muslim moderates" rarely speak out against the evil committed by their co-religionists when the likes of Mr Paddick keep assuring us there's no problem? It requires great courage to be a dissenting Muslim in communities dominated by heavy-handed imams and lobby groups that function effectively as thought-police.""

It's true that the vast majority of Muslims are not terrorists, or involved in terrorism, and this needs to be said strongly if people assert otherwise. But if the Metropolitan Police really believe what Brian Paddick says, if they really, truly think that the words "Islam" and "terrorism" must not be linked, then we have little hope of catching the killers, of understanding how the terrorism works, or of preventing new atrocities.

If you substituted the phrase, "politicians and apologists for Islam," for "Metropolitan Police" in the above paragraph, you'd be reading a statement that is 'right-on' target. Let's leave the issue of contribution to terrorism for just a moment to digress to the terrorism conducted by the IRA:

You can show this with a simple comparison. When Britain was afflicted by Irish republican terrorism, most Irish people repudiated that terrorism. It was nevertheless the case that the great majority of the terrorists - more than 95 per cent - were Irish, or of Irish origin, and they drew overwhelmingly on Irish people to help and hide them.

This was not a funny coincidence. It was because the IRA preached a doctrine about Ireland and called on the loyalty of a perverted version of Irishness. Therefore, the words "Irish" and "terrorist" went together, hard though this was on the majority of Irish people. The Brian Paddicks of the day would have been appallingly negligent if they had not concentrated their investigations among the Irish. And the vigilance of the public, which the police then and now rightly call for, inevitably directed itself towards Irish neighbours, Irish accents, Irish pubs.

So it must be with Muslims in Britain. In fact, the situation is more serious because we are dealing with a religion, not merely a national aspiration, and the demands of a religion are more absolute than anything else. If fanatics can persuade people that their religion insists that they kill others (and often themselves) in its service, then they will obey. And whereas the IRA, though utterly sadistic and fanatical, kept in mind a political aim which, once achieved, would mean that they need kill no longer, the religious fanatic lacks even this check on his behaviour.

Here, what applies to Muslims in Britain, applies to Muslims throughout the World, since it is indeed a worldwide 'War on Terror' that we are engaged in and it doesn't involve Irish Catholics, Jewish rabbis, caucation 90 year-old ladies and 40 year-old housewifes with their infants and young children at their side trying to get through and airport screener in order to embark on their vacation - all terrorists being combatted in the worldwide war against terror, are Muslims. Like it or not, that's a fact! Continuing on with Moore's piece:

From time to time, perhaps, he will kill for a specific reason - to take power in one country, to drive foreign troops out of another - but, in principle, there is no end to his killing until everyone who does not share his particular version of truth is exterminated.
"There is no end to his killing until everyone who does not share his particular version of truth is exterminated." That's worth recognizing and remembering when you hear Muslim apologists and appeasers decrying tough measures to shut down on Muslim clerics preaching hatred and violence against our culture and system of values, our civilization and our democracies, with the "our" being a collective comprised of non-violent, mostly non-Muslim, some Muslims - the number of which being difficult to define, and freedom loving people that are tolerant of the beliefs and non-beliefs of others.

We could continue here by re-visiting some of the historical aspects of the development of Muslim terrorists and the spread of terrorism discussed in my previous post, but instead, let's glance at a significant stoker of the fires of terrorism, our friends the Saudis. The following excerpts are from the testimony by Dr. Alex Alexiev,
Senior Fellow, Center for Security Policy,
before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security, Thursday, June 26, 2003:

(...) While the Wahhabis have always been sympathetic to Sunni Muslim extremists and evidence exists that they have supported such people financially as early as a century ago, the real Saudi offensive to spread Wahhabism aggressively and support kindred extremist groups world-wide began in the mid-1970s, when the kingdom reaped an incredible financial windfall with rocketing oil prices after Riaydh's imposition of an oil embargo in 1973. "It was only when oil revenues began to generate real wealth," says a government publication, that "the kingdom could fulfill its ambitions of spreading the word of Islam to every corner of the world.

(...) Islamic extremism as an ideology is hardly new with the first movement that resembles today's phenomenon, known as the Kharijites, appearing shortly after the birth of Islam in the 7th century. Later it was expounded on by various Islamic scholars, such as Ibn Taymiiya in the 13th century, but it did not become institutionalized until the mid-18th century when the theories promulgated by the radical cleric Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab were accepted and imposed as the state religion of his realm by the founder of the House of Saud. Wahhabism, as this creed got to be known, like most other extremist movements before it, believed that traditional Islamic virtues and beliefs have been corrupted and preached a return to the ostensibly pure Islam of the time of the Prophet and his companions.4 In reality, Wahhab's extreme doctrines contradicted and stood on their head major tenets of traditional Islam and in a real sense represent an outright falsification of the Muslim faith.

(...) Saudi financing of Islamic extremism plays such a huge role in its emergence as a global phenomenon that a proper understanding of it is impossible without coming to terms with its dimensions. Simply put, without the exorbitant sums of Saudi money spent on supporting extremist networks and activities, the terrorist threat we are facing today would be nowhere as acute as it is.

Be patient, keep reading, we're on track back to that pesky Finsbury Park mosque.
(...) There are no published Western estimates of the numbers involved, which, in itself, is evidence of our failure to address this key issue, but even the occasional tidbits provided by official Saudi sources, indicate a campaign of unprecedented magnitude. Between 1975 and 1987, the Saudis admit to having spent $48 billion or $4 billion per year on "overseas development aid," a figure which by the end of 2002 grew to over $70 billion (281 billion Saudi rials).11 These sums are reported to be Saudi state aid and almost certainly do not include private donations which are also distributed by state-controlled charities. Such staggering amounts contrast starkly with the $5 million in terrorist accounts the Saudis claim to have frozen since 9/11. In another comparison, it is instructive to put these figures side by side with the $1 billion per year said to have been spent by the Soviet Union on external propaganda at the peak of Moscow's power in the 1970s.

(...) Though it is claimed that this is "development aid" it is clear from the Saudi media and government statements alike that the vast majority of these funds support "Islamic activities", rather than real developmental projects. For example, a report on the yearly activities of the Al Haramain Foundation described as "keen on spreading the proper Islamic culture" are listed as follows: "it printed 13 million (Islamic) books, launched six internet sites, employed more than 3000 callers (proselytizers), founded 1100 mosques, schools and cultural Islamic centers and posted more than 350,000 letters of call (invitations to convert to Islam)" while the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), another key "charity," completed 3800 mosques, spent $45 million for Islamic education and employed 6000 proselytizers.12 Both of these organizations have been implicated in terrorist activities by U.S. authorities and both operate directly out of Saudi embassies in all countries in which they do not have their own offices.

(...) The Saudi money is spent according to a carefully designed plan to enhance Wahhabi influence and control at the expense of mainstream Muslims. In Muslim countries, much of the aid goes to fund religious madrassas that teach little more than hatred of the infidels, while producing barely literate Jihadi cadres. There are now tens of thousands of these madrassas run by the Wahhabis' Deobandi allies in South Asia and also throughout Southeastern Asia. In Pakistan alone, foreign funding of these madrassas, most of which comes from Saudi Arabia, is estimated at no less than $350 million per year.13 The Saudis also directly support terrorist activities in places like Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Chechnya, Bosnia and, as noticed above, most of the large Saudi foundations have been implicated in such involvement.

(...) In just one example, the venerable Al Azhar mosque and university in Cairo, which not too long ago was a paragon of Islamic moderation has been taken over by the Wahhabis and spews extremist propaganda on a regular basis. Two of their recent fatwas make it a religious duty for Muslims to acquire nuclear weapons to fight the infidels and justify suicide attacks against American troops in Iraq.18 The Wahhabi project has contributed immeasurably to the Islamic radicalization and destabilization in a number of countries and continues to do so. Pakistan, for instance, an important U.S. ally, is facing the gradual talibanization of two of its key provinces under Wahhabi/Deobandi auspices and the prospect of large-scale sectarian strife and turmoil. Riyadh-financed extremist networks exist presently around the world providing terrorist groups and individuals with a protective environment and support and even the recent terrorist incidents in Saudi Arabia itself do not seem likely to bring about meaningful change.

(...) Already Saudi officials have stated that they do not intend to either change their anti-Western curriculum or stop their "charitable" activities. Yet the evidence of conscious Saudi subversion of our societies and values as partly detailed above is so overwhelming that to tolerate it further would be unconscionable. Failure to confront it now will assure that we will not win the war on terror anytime soon.

Failure to confront it(conscious Saudi subversion of our societies and values) now will assure that we will not win the war on terror anytime soon.

So faced with an onslaught of Saudi funding for terrorism around the world, paid for by our trips to gas pumps supporting our love of SUVs and the freedom to roam on our own, how do we shut down the violence and terror preached from the pulpit of the Finsbury Park mosque, and others, throughout the world? After all, much of the Muslim mindset for world domination stems from the perverted interpretations of the Muslim faith by Muslim clerics and their followers, spewed from their lips like water through a fire hydrant - at Friday prayers, on city streets, in Muslim youth centers, and virtually wherever Muslims congregate.

Let's begin by constraining the ideology behind Thursday's bombing by outlawing Saudi funding of British mosques and other institutions, through Saudi businessmen, Saudi charities, and the plethora of other mechanisms used by the Saudis and Islamist groups to fund the spread of Wahhabism and it's child, worldwide terrorism.

Next, following the Stein model, kill terrorists whenever and wherever the opportunity presents itself, as 1,200 "insurgents" were said to have been killed in one recent engagement on the Syria/Iraq border the other day. This, while coercing our more laggardly allies like General Musharraf of Pakistan, into shutting down his section of the Saudi-Pakistani-Londonistan Wahhabist pipeline.

And, unfortunately, Stein's suggestion that coaxing is what counts - wooing moderate Muslims into reclaiming their religion, does count. One would think that people of faith, believers in God, his mercy, and his peace, wouldn't need coaxing, but of course we're not dealing with Christians, Jews, Hindus, and such, we're dealing with an easily-hijacked belief, one easily subject to extreme interpretations without any hierarchal restrictions. So we need to take steps to prevent Islamic terrorists killing us, most of the time. However, also as Stein suggests, Islamic terrorists will only stop trying to kill us when their culture reviles them rather than celebrates them. This sounds easier than it is.

However, there are signs in the last week's Muslim newspapers, in London and abroad, that some eminent voices are beginning to speak out. At such a moment, Britain should be on the side of free speech and open debate. Instead, the state is attempting to steamroller through a grotesque law at the behest of already unduly influential Islamic lobby groups. One of its principal effects will be to inhibit Muslim reformers. Shame on us for championing Islamic thought-police over Western liberty.

Meanwhile, terror and violence radiates from within the walls of the Finsbury Park mosque, and at others throughout the world, and like pesky cockroaches, they're creeping and crawling and growing, as we speak and while we sleep. Those pesky mosques and the hate that comes out of them, is the nest from which terrorism breeds, and it is there, in the mosques and in the countries that support them, that we need to begin the extermination of terrorism.

While I don't agree with all of President Bush's policies in fighting the War on Terror, he's a good man in a tough job trying to find his way through a tough problem. Among many of his approaches that I find particularly appropriate, is the Bush doctrine on terrorism, that essentially - any person or government that supports, protects, or harbors terrorists is complicit in the murder of the innocent, and will be held to account. Let's just do it.

Cross posted by Hyscience

Supporting and related reading:
THE RISE OF ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM – OVER OR UNDER-RATED AS A THREAT TO (SOUTH AFRICAN) NATIONAL SECURITY

WAHHABISM: STATE-SPONSORED EXTREMISM WORLDWIDE

London to host Islamic 'celebration' of Sept 11

For a Decade, London Thrived as a Busy Crossroads of Terror

Frontline's "United Kingdom"

Mosque in the spotlight

Should the Police Monitor Public Meetings in Mosques?

Repost: The Saudi Money Trail

Daniel Pipes' Londonistan Follies

Cleric 'supported 5 terror groups'

By at 03:28 PM | Comments |

Vacation Blogging: An Ode to a Familiar Toilet

Yesterday I went to my alma mater to chat with some professors. In my mind, the highlight of the day was going to be having lunch with a good friend of mine, Bill Dautierieve. Instead, the highlight of the day was visiting the bathroom, one floor down from my old office, last stall, next to the painted over window. There is something comforting about the familiar feel of porcelain, the 'grout' jokes written in pencil in the tiny space between tiles, and the tag announcing that some one from the 32nd Street Crips had shared the experience in 1999. Ah, how rare the toilet induced melancholy!

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

Trouble Brewing

From Mehr News (Iran)

Iran announces readiness to resume nuclear activities: source
TEHRAN, July 27 (MNA) -- In a formal letter to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, Iran has announced that it is prepared to resume nuclear activities at some nuclear centers in the next few days, a European diplomat said in Vienna on Wednesday.
From the Associated Press
AP: Iran achieves solid fuel technology
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran said for the first time Wednesday it has fully developed solid-fuel technology in producing missiles, a major breakthrough that increases the accuracy of missiles hitting targets.

The Shahab-3, with a range of 810 miles to more than 1,200 miles, is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching Israel and U.S. forces in the Middle East.

We may be witnessing the last days of Iran as a habitable region. A nuclear strike on US troops would likely startle even Al Franken into discovering his dormant sense of patriotism (remember the "red hot poker"?). There's little doubt that the backward mullahs running Iran would be insane enough to attack our troops. It's hard to imagine that President Bush could long resist the intense political pressure following such a strike to reduce Iran to a radioactive wasteland.

Cross-posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto11:24 AM | Comments |

Featured Blog of the Week

Conservative Friends has started a new weekly feature called Featured Blog of the Week. Each week I pick a blog that impresses me and highlight the blog and its author. This week's featured blog is Libertarian Leanings Look for it every Tuesday.

By at 06:49 AM | Comments |

Best News for Labor in 50 Years

By Demosophist

Four dissident unions representing about one-third of the union members in the US will boycott the upcoming AFL-CIO Convention. The boycott is more than symbolic. Two of the unions, the Service Employees Union and the Teamsters, have already withdrawn from the federation. The reason given for the withdrawal, as announced by MSM, is that the AFL-CIO has placed too much emphasis on political lobbying at the expense of membership recruitment, and for once MSM isn't far off the mark.

If they've made a mistake in reporting the situation it is that they've allowed the impression that this is just a recent or local dispute, rather than a sea change within the "progressive coalition." But make no mistake, this is the first domino to fall in an ideological orientation that has straight-jacketed the progressive left for more than half a century.

Union density has been declining in the US, and the beginning of the decline can be traced and registered specifically with the establishment of the AFL-CIO. You see, the logic of the merger was precisely the same as the logic behind the establishment of religion in most of Western Europe. The assumption was that strength comes from unity, and that in order to adequately defend the American worker from the whims of management the unions had to operate under a single coordinated leadership. The problem is that once individual unions no longer had direct responsibility for their own programs in competition with other unions they lost the incentive to excel at their representation function.

They also lost the incentive to provide other benefits of union membership, not the least of which concerns the function of a professional association that confers kudos and respect on the people who practice a given occupation. Studies I conducted with Lipset on attitudes toward trade unionism in Canada and the US demonstrated that the segment of the worker population in the "off-diagonals," which includes workers who aren't in a union but want to be, and workers who are in a union but want to be independent, are about evenly split in Canada. In the US, however, they're almost all in the non-union category. Nearly everyone in the US who doesn't want to be in a union, isn't in one. However, there are a lot of people who would like to be in something like a union, but don't like any of the unions that represent their choices.

The reason the US is the most religious nation in the Western world is simply because we're sectarian. There are lots of little churches instead of one big one. All the little churches have to compete with one another for members, so they excel at the task. They manage to fulfill whatever it is that people are looking for in a religion, and also manage to steer clear of the taint of being associated with The State. Contrary to what many religious people believe, being too close to The State is bad for religion. The legitimacy of The State is always in periodic ebb and flow, but if the Church is subject to the same judgments determined by how well the State is doing at meeting its political expectations it's the ebb that sticks, and the flow that people forget. The result is a slow and gradual decline in the legitimacy and stature of religion. Church attendance in all countries that had a State Religion is now in single digits. On the other hand, church attendance in the US is higher than anywhere else in the "industrialized world."

But it never occurred to anyone that trade unionism might be subject to the same dynamic whereby the closer it is to The State the less legitimate it becomes, and the less well it accomplishes the task of representation. The events of this week in the AFL-CIO could well be the signs of trade unionism in the US trying to save itself from complete irrelevance and marginalization. Contrary to what the Democrats are saying, this is actually good news for the union movement. Very good news.

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

By Demosophist at 01:19 AM | Comments |

July 26, 2005

More Jihad Denied, For Now

This almost completely passed me by. I heard a snippet of this report on the radio today, and made a mental note to get a post up about it. I damn near forgot. Time to wake up, dhimmis:

July 26, 2005 — Five Egyptian men with maps of the New York City subway system and video of New York landmarks have been arrested by the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Newark, N.J., ABC News has learned.

FBI and law enforcement officials told ABC News the five men — four illegal immigrants and one law enforcement fugitive — were arrested Sunday night following a tip to the Newark Police Department. In addition to the subway maps and video, the men had train schedules and $8,000 in $20 and $50 bills.

It's not a game, it's not happy happy funtime. What happened in London can happen here, what happened in Egypt can happen here, what happens in Israel every goddamned week can happen here.

Richard's post below was exactly right. This was going on well before Iraq, well before 9/11. I'm old enough that I watched the coverage of the 1972 Munich Olympics, where 11 Israeli athletes were murdered by Palesimian terrorists. And it's not going to stop until Islamofascism is defeated, the dream of the global ummah crushed, and the jihadis who believe in it killed, incarcerated, and humiliated into reform.

CP@VAM

By Vinnie at 10:20 PM | Comments |

Award: Most Accurate Encapsulated Description of the War in Iraq

By Demosophist

To The Michael Yon [Not Wretchard. Sheesh one would think you guys would've saved me some embarrassment by cluing me in to the mistake. At least I had the link right.]:

The enemy in Iraq does not appear to be weakening; if anything, they are becoming smarter, more complicated and deadlier. But this does not mean they are winning; to imply that getting smarter and deadlier equates to winning, is fallacious. Most accounts of the situation in Iraq focus on enemy "successes" (if success is re-defined as annihiliation of civility), while redacting the increasing viability and strength of the Iraqi government, which clearly is outpacing the insurgency.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 10:14 PM | Comments |

Oh, Let's Have Some Fun

The story about Bin Laden attempting to poison cocaine is just dying for a contest. A headline/post title contest.

Here's an example: "That Snow Jihad." (groan)

The winner will have the satisfaction of knowing that he/she made thousands of people spew drinks on screens, hit their head from falling off the chair, or even peeing their pants.

By Vinnie at 06:23 PM | Comments |

Terror Report: Another Day In A World Brought Upon Us By Those 'Peaceful' Islamists Our Governments Keep Lying To Us About

First - an update on the Islamists and what the world is and isn't doing about their primitive, base, archaic, and inhuman views, actions, and perversions. (News)

In the name of Allah: A World Bank "Country Assistance Strategies" report on Pakistan estimated that 15-20% of madrassas are involved in military-related teaching and training. The World Bank maintains that the radicalization process started with their politicization during the 1980s.(So we see that the Islamist view of religion is to use God's name to further their political agenda steeped in a perversion of what moderate Muslim's, sitting outside what has become mainstream Islam, view as their faith)

Open Season For Jihadis: KARACHI - Sophisticated terror attacks using the minimum possible resources to target civilians are the issue of the day, whether it be in Egypt, the United Kingdom or Spain. (And the U.S.; I suggest that it's time to make it open season ON jihadis and those even dreaming about it)

Terror war officially recast as 'struggle': The Bush administration is retooling its slogan for the fight against Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups, pushing the idea that the long-term struggle is as much an ideological battle as a military mission. (A little late to get started in the right direction, but better late than never!)

Blair: World slept after 9/11 - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday that much of the world had dropped its guard to the threat of terrorism after the "wake-up call" of the 9/11 attacks of 2001. (In his saying that "Britain would not give "one inch" to terrorists and said it was time to confront them "on every single level,"" it looks like we've just seen the first yawn in Britain's wake-up to the fact of Islam being a threat to their continued existence, as they now know it,)

Turkey al-Faisal wants intensified search for Bin Laden: The new Saudi Arabian ambassador to the USA, Prince Turkey al-Faisal, called for the deployment of more forces and weapons in the search operation for the leader of al-Qaida movement, Osama Bin Laden. Prince Turkey said that "we know that Bin Laden is in an area where it is very difficult to chase him, and therefore there is a need for more assets, people and ammunition." (Now, let's see if he can walk the walk)

Egypt terror probe widens: Police said Monday they were searching for five Pakistani men in their widening investigation into Egypt's deadliest terror attack, which killed scores of people at this Red Sea resort. (Egyptian authorities continue to portray the Taba bombings as an extension of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, instead of openly recognizing it as a homegrown Islamic militant movement or an al Qaeda-linked operation.)

Islam Dominates Iraq's Draft Constitution: Framers of Iraq's constitution will designate Islam as the main source of legislation - a departure from the model set down by U.S. authorities during the occupation - according to a draft published Tuesday. The draft states no law will be approved that contradicts "the rules of Islam" - a requirement that could affect women's rights and set Iraq on a course far different from the one envisioned when U.S.-led forces invaded in 2003 to topple Saddam Hussein. "Islam is the official religion of the state and is the main source of legislation," reads the draft published in the government newspaper Al-Sabah. "No law that contradicts with its rules can be promulgated." (They get the right to vote, then the guys that won the election totally give in to the Sunnis, the guys that wouldn't even show up at the polls, and turn the whole country back to the stone age. Well, that must make sense to somebody, but not me.)

'BIN LADEN'S COCAINE PLOT': Osama bin Laden tried to buy a massive amount of cocaine, spike it with poison and sell it in the United States hoping to kill thousands, according to reports. (Well, it would deter drug use, would it not?)

BLAIR'S ATTACK ON TERROR: The Prime Minister has said Iraq is just an excuse for terrorists, insisting there is no justification for what they do. And he said he wants to "expose the obscenity" of the terrorists' "warped logic". Speaking passionately at his monthly news briefing, he said the roots of terrorism go much deeper than Iraq or Afghanistan.(I think Tony is right-on here, my only question is what logic of the terrorists is he refering to as warped? In my mind, the Islamic terrorists have NO logic or mind to be logical with! They are simply mindless inhuman criminals)

And all of this is happening because of Iraq, you say. Well ....

We all awakened this morning to yet another day of tension in the world brought upon it by a group of people that our governments have been lying to us about for years, telling us over and over about those peaceful, kindly, loving, Islamists.

In case you've been in a cave with no contact with the outside world since the late 1960s, assuming you are old enought to do so, you should recall that it was then that the Palestinian secular movements such as Al Fatah and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) began to target civilians outside the immediate arena of conflict.

That was when the creation of Israel gave birth to a series of Marxist and anti-Western transformations and movements throughout the Arab and Islamic world, and it was these nationalist and revolutionary style movements, along with their view that terrorism could be effective in reaching political goals(a key component of the Islamic agenda), that the first phase of modern international Islamic terrorism was established. And ever since that time, the Islamists have been using Israel as one of their excuses for murder and mayhem to further their political agenda throughout the world with the ultimate goal of establishing the Caliphate.

But it was in 1979 that a turning point occured in international terrorism. It was then that throughout the Arab world and the West, the Iranian Islamic revolution sparked fears of a wave of revolutionary Shia Islam. Meanwhile, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the subsequent anti-Soviet mujahedeen war, lasting from 1979 to 1989, stimulated the rise and expansion of terrorist groups. It was the growth of a post-jihad pool of well-trained, battle-hardened militants that began the key trend in the international terrorism and insurgency-related violence that we see today.

It was then that, in a manner that we see repeated today, volunteers from various parts of the Islamic world fought in Afghanistan, supported by conservative countries such as Saudi Arabia. In Yemen, for instance, the Riyadh-backed Islamic Front was established to provide financial, logistical, and training support for Yemeni volunteers. So called "Arab-Afghans" and their counterparts of today, have - and still are - using their experience to support local insurgencies throughout the Middle East, North Africa, Kashmir, Chechnya, China, Bosnia, and the Philippines.

Jumping ahead a few years, we come to Osama bin-Laden. It was on August 23, 1996 that he made the statement, "it is essential to hit the main enemy who divided the Ummah [Arab world] into small and little countries." That enemy, he said, is America and Israel.

With those words, he made it clear that Al-Qaeda's objective is not limited to U.S. withdrawal from the Middle East, the 'out of Iraq' demand made by Islamists and suggested by liberal appeasers of Islamic terrorism. Rather, Al-Qaeda views getting the West to pull out of Iraq and the Middle East as a necessary prerequisite to the attainment of its ultimate goal: the establishment of an Islamist super-state ruled by the harshest version of Islamic law, primed to re-conquer formerly Muslim lands and pursue an aggressive expansionist agenda.

In a 1996 interview with Osama bin Laden, he stated that the "main problems [of the Arabian Peninsula] were caused by the American occupiers and their puppets in the Saudi regime."

In a Feb. 23, 1998, statement, bin Laden called all Muslims to arms against the "Crusader-Zionist Alliance." This document has since been used as evidence linking bin Laden to Sept. 11 attacks.

Again, moving ahead a few years, since 1989 the increasing willingness of Islamic religious extremists to strike targets outside their immediate country or regional areas underscores the global nature of contemporary terrorism. The 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, are representative of this trend.

In other words, all Islamic terrorism didn't just start up with Iraq! The Islamic agenda remains the same as when it was born(sic - more made up). The essence of Islam is the idea that it should rule the world.

Should we all sit around and hold out for those peace loving moderate Muslims to stand up and call it all off, end the terrorism, and halt the Islamic pursuit of world domination? Before we go there, let's recall Hugh Fitzgerald's piece in Jihad Watch, "Ten Things to Think When Thinking of Muslim "Moderates:"

The conclusion one must reach is that there are, in truth, very few (Muslim) moderates. For if one sees the full meaning of Qur'an, hadith, and sira, and sees how they have affected the behavior of Muslims both over 1400 years of conquest and subjugation of non-Muslims, and in stunting the development -- political, economic, moral, and intellectual -- of Muslims everywhere, it is impossible not to conclude that this imposing edifice is not in any sense moderate or susceptible to moderation.

Cross posted by Hyscience

Other Resources used in this post:
U.S. Department of State Middle East Overview

The Evolution of Islamic Terrorism, An Overview.

Why is Richard Clarke Seething?

Jihad Watch - The Elusive Moderate Muslim

AL-QAEDA

Here Osama Went Wrong

The Next Powder Keg In The Middle East

Christopher Columbus, Multicultural

By at 04:14 PM | Comments |

'Cool Mom' Pleads Guilty

(Denver, CO) Following up on previous posts (here and here), 40-year-old Sylvia Ann Johnson was charged with sexual assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor for hosting weekly sex-drug parties for teenage boys. In accordance with a plea agreement, she pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor sex-assault counts and nine felony counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

No sentencing date has been disclosed, but Johnson could spend 58 years in prison if the book is thrown at her. Two felony drug charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

To summarize, Johnson committed the crimes because she wasn't a cool kid in high school and, as a result, it seems she'll be spending a nice stretch in the cooler. How ironic.

[Update 1820 EDT] According to this report, Johnson will be sentenced on September 26. Also,

Each sexual assault count carries up to two years in jail and a fine of $5,000, and each contributing count carries up to six years in prison and a $500,000 fine, according to Pam Russell, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.
I'd guess the court will give her no more than six years in prison and require she register as a sex offender for life.

Companion post w/pics at Interested-Participant.

By at 04:00 PM | Comments |

Bin Laden and the Poisoned Cocaine

Crazy, amazing story up at the NY Post. (Registration required-numbskulls!) Sources told the DEA that Osama met with Colombian cartel leaders, and discussed buying tens of millions of dollars worth of cocaine from them, poisoning it, and shipping it on to America to kill thousands of cokeheads.

The evil plot failed when the Colombian drug lords bin Laden approached decided it would be bad for their business - and, possibly, for their own health, according to law-enforcement sources familiar with the Drug Enforcement Administration's probe of the aborted transaction. The feds were told of the scheme earlier this year, but its existence had never been made public. The Post has reviewed a document detailing the DEA's findings in the matter, in addition to interviewing sources familiar with the case.

Damn tootin' it would be bad for business! (pun intended.) Let's see: the cartels have a guaranteed annual income in the, oh, high hundred millions from these people, and Mister Turban Pants here wants to murder them all at once? Ever hear that story about the goose and the golden egg? That's a no-brainer for these rational businessmen, especially since such a collaboration would cause America to go all Clear & Present Danger--or more likely, Without Remorse-- upon their comfortable, secure buttockses.

So it's no surprise that the cartels turned Osama down. What's surprising is that he made such an idiotic offer in the first place--if in fact he did, and this source isn't just shining the DEA on. (Which I think is the most likely explanation for this story.)

And the other huge surprise is that in 2002, the Cartel leaders allowed themselves to meet with this guy. That's a huge risk right there. In fact...

If this meeting really happened, I think what went down is this. The Cartels saw a huge opportunity here--negotiate with Bin Laden, shine him on, string him along...

...and put in a back-channel call to the CIA, saying that "we're meeting with Osama bin Laden at a certain secret place in a week, and we'll give him to you if you'll just look the other way on us for fifteen years. Nobody has to know, you guys just pick up OBL, and we just stay out of the picture and mind our own business".

That's what I'd do, if I were a cartel leader.

If you were President Bush, and you got that offer, what would you do?


PS: This Foxnews article has the same story without the registration requirement, plus a note about a story that somehow escaped my watchful eye: in April, we arrested Osama's (alleged) top heroin broker. In New York City.

By See-Dubya at 02:32 PM | Comments |

Rollin rollin rollin.....




Hanoi Jihad Jane is rollin......

By Vinnie at 02:27 PM | Comments |

Jihad Denied!

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - Judges on Tuesday handed down a rare maximum life sentence with no possibility of parole to the Dutch-born Muslim who confessed to - and expressed no regret for - shooting, stabbing and nearly decapitating filmmaker Theo van Gogh.

The murder stunned the country, heightened ethnic tensions and raised concerns about homegrown Islamic terrorism here and elsewhere in Europe.

Mohammed Bouyeri, 27, had mounted no defense at his two-day trial for the Nov. 2 slaying of Van Gogh, whom he accused of insulting Islam, and told the court he would do it again if given the chance.

Sorry chump, as much as I would like to have seen you fry, be shot, hanged, or worse, at least I get the satisfaction of knowing that you'll not soon receive your 72 toothless French whores in Paradise.

Okay, back to work.

By Vinnie at 12:27 PM | Comments |

Blogger Apparently Fired for Supporting Second Amendment

Joe Huffman, who writes the blog The View From North Central Idaho, may have been fired because his employer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a government contractor, didn't like his views on the Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms. According to Huffman, he was terminated without cause and without any opportunity to defend himself. Huffman's full account of the incident can be read here:

With a two inch high stack of printouts from Huffman's websites in front of him, Sutherland and McMillan explained they had a problem with some of his postings, claiming that Huffman had released business and customer sensitive information on his blog. Huffman, who has a high level security clearance, had made indistinct statements about work on his blog. There was no classified information on any of his websites.

When Huffman asked for specific details about what was wrong, they refused specifics. He repeatedly ask for a copy of the printouts, but was only allowed to see the top page.

Huffman was able to identify the web pages scrutinized using his weblog. If the results of his investigation are true, it seems that Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has left itself wide open for a wrongful termination suit.

Via The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler.

Cross-posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto11:27 AM | Comments |

Unions Demise Was Inevitable

It's simple, the time of unions being powerful and relevant has long since past. Early in the 20th century when workers were oftentimes exploited by immensly powerful and heavy handed corporations the union was a natural, dare I say, even needed result.

The federal government oftentimes sided with the corporations (because they frequently were on the payroll as well) little power and few protections were afforded the average working man. The unions helped to fill the vacuum. They leveled the playing field forcing companies to negotiate with a partner of co-equal or near co-equal strength. Corporations were still powerful, profitable and growing but the situations improved for the average worker as well raising his pay, benefits and overall standard of living while at the same time affording him some basic protections.

Somewhere along the line the federal government decided they needed to be the protectorate of the American working man. Over a period of decades literally thousands of laws, edicts and madates spewed from within the bowells of the bureaucracy provided a giant "bubble" of collective immunization for the multitudes of average Joe's. This concurrent with the progressively increasing greed of the unions began to spell the end.

Companies no longer bargained from a position of superior or even co-equal power. They became the underdog being battered frontally by the unions and flanked by the federal government. Productivity waned, profits suffered. The corporations began to realize that they could not win a war against two such overwhelming opponents head to head.

The strategy they developed was multi-faceted and ingenious. First, when a union or the federal government makes doing business at a profit unfeasable, close up shop. Either move to a non-union area of the country or move offshore or even shut down completely. Second, preempt the union. Offer higher salaries, more benefits, better working conditions up front. A happy employee does not want to rock the boat. If he believes the union will not make things significantly better for him, why bother. The union wants 15% of his pay; Why vote for a union when the federal government and the company will do it for free. Lastly, eliminate as many working people as possible. If there is a machine that can do it, buy it. If there's technology out that that can eliminate men from the payroll, incorporate it. No matter how long it takes to break even on the investment, it's worth it. And so the paradigm has changed.

The Teamsters are right about one thing, the political obsession of the AFL-CIO has hurt them. After all at least a third of the card carrying union members vote Republican. It irritates these 30% that a big chunk of what was formerly their money is going to prop up Democrats. Many causes of which they personally disagree are being funded by their dues and that creates animosity in the ranks. The unions for a long time now have neglected to dance exclusively with the person that brung em.

Union membership is declining precipitously. Company's that continue to be beat up by them are destined to take one of the above courses of action. There may come a time when the only workers in this country remaining unionized are federal and municipal government employees. After all being that profit is not an issue, it's only the government as an employer who still is content to allow themselves to be extorted.

Companion OpiniPundit

By at 09:43 AM | Comments |

More Information About the Center for Purposeful Living

The Teachings of Derwyn Lackey is a post written by a former student at the Center for Purposeful Living and takes you down the dark path of a cult "guru". I'd strongly recommend that everyone reads it.

EDIT - 31 Dec 2008: The articles about The Center for Purposeful Living or Human Service Alliance have moved from site to site so much. Here is where they can be found now:

The Cult that is Human Service Alliance and the Center for Purposeful Living
The Center for Purposeful Living is a Cult: Don't Take My Word For It
The Teachings of Derwyn Lackey
A Brief History of Center for Purposeful Living by John David Short
Another Center for Purposeful Living Recruit Saved

By at 08:53 AM | Comments |

July 25, 2005

And Now Another Sandcrawler PSA

I hate writing this, but a good guy is grieving. Ron G., who writes the hilariously funny blog The Therapist, lost his father today.

Please send him your best, no matter what side you're on.

By Vinnie at 06:23 PM | Comments |

Jawa Report To Terrorist Supporters: "You're Fired!"

Call me Donald Trump. Ok, not me exactly, but call loyal reader, Filthy Allah, Donald Trump. Thanks to his efforts, a British jihadi named Wasim Majid got fired.

On June 9th we posted some e-mail addresses from an al Qaeda support group masquerading as an X-Box bulletin board asking you, the readers, to e-mail these sons-of-bitches. To our surprise, one of the terrorist-loving assholes responded to quite a few readers.

It turns out he was British. Oh, and he worked for an immigration law-firm. Just the kind of person the Brits want working at an immigration law-firm: a jihadi or jihadi supporter.

Who knows, this piece of filth may have used his position to help other terrorist supporters into the U.K.? Pretty scary to think that pro-terrorist forces might become immigration lawyers and use their positions to bring more terrorists into Western countries.

Filthy Allah decided to contact the man's employer about the e-mail exchange he had with him. Long story short, just a few weeks after 7/7 the British law-firm has done the decent thing and fired Wasim Majid.

See ya, wouldn't want to be ya!

Note to British authorities: Now that Wasim is sans job, it might be in your best interests to keep an eye on the guy. Unemployment often gives rise to suicidal tendencies. Call me crazy, but the thought of a suicidal al Qaeda supporter wandering the streets of London makes me worry. Just a little.

UPDATE: And thanks to Jawa guest-poster The Dread Pundit Bluto, a jihadi journalist may have been fired!

Note to readers: Here is the lesson I learned, don't eff with Filthy Allah! So from now on I'd watch those Scott Baio jokes.

Ok, back to vacation.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:57 PM | Comments |

Stolen Thunder

What is this? Don't these people have JOBS?

I couldn't wait to get home and post about Jane "Terrorists Need Love Too" Fonda's Leftard Express, but, alas, Both Chad and Suzanne beat me to it. Curse you!

I do have something to add though. I hope everyone will step up and get themselves some of these:

You can purchase them here.

By Vinnie at 05:34 PM | Comments |

Guardian Fires Aslam, May Have Libeled Poor Dread Pundit Bluto

In an unattributed story on Friday, UK shrieking leftist paper The Guardian announced the firing of "journalist trainee" Dilpazier Aslam (who wrote this revolting opinion piece and turned out to be a member of a terrorist sympathizer organization), and may have libeled poor, inoffensive Bluto in the process:

Rightwing bloggers from the US, where the Guardian has a large online following, were behind the targeting last week of a trainee Guardian journalist who wrote a comment piece which they did not care for about the London bombings.
The story is a demonstration of the way the 'blogosphere' can be used to mount obsessively personalised attacks at high speed.
The Guardian then goes on to say that:
Perhaps the most extreme blog was posted by "dreadpundit", a right-wing New Yorker using the name "Bluto". He wrote: "Okay, Dilpazier, I've decided to bow to your 'logic' - sauce for the goose and all that. That's why I'm issuing a secular fatwah and asking for some loyal Briton to saw off your head and ship it to me (use Fed-Ex, please, so I can get a morning delivery, and do remember the dry ice, also, a videotape of the "execution")."
Whether the failure to print this disclaimer...
Disclaimer: I am not really interested in receiving the head of Dilpazier Aslam, nor do I advocate any act of violence against him. The spurious request is made to demonstrate via reductio ad absurdum that Aslam's logic is invalid, and, indeed, sophomoric in the extreme. This disclaimer is made because there is such an enormous number of imbeciles who advocate Leftist ideologies and who cannot be depended upon to recognize satirical comments. Forceps babies, each and every one of them.
...included in the post was deliberate or not is hard to say. It may just be the cursory way that many in the mainstream media typically scan blog entries. However, Scott Burgess of The Daily Ablution can't use that excuse for amplifying The Guardian's defamation on his own pompous and pretentious blog. Burgess's lack of proper rigor in researching his entry makes him an easy target for criticism, and rightly so. Forceps baby.

Cross-posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto05:12 PM | Comments |

Not Fonda Freedom

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Jane Fonda to Oppose Iraq War on Bus Tour

Jane is up to her old traitorous tricks:

Actress and activist Jane Fonda says she intends to take a cross-country bus tour to call for an end to U.S. military operations in Iraq. "I can't go into any detail except to say that it's going to be pretty exciting," she said. Fonda said her anti-war tour in March will use a bus that runs on "vegetable oil." She will be joined by families of Iraq war veterans and her daughter.

I dare any politician who pretends to be in favor of the war on terror to stand up and call this woman what she really is--a traitor to the American way.

I'm waiting.

By at 12:44 PM | Comments |

One Man Gets it Right

Former Prime Minister John Major says that those who 'spit hate' against the Anglo-Saxon way of life should be deported.
Good for him:

People who "spit hate" at the British way of life should be deported, Tory former Prime Minister John Major said.

Mr Major spoke of the "uncomfortable reality" that many terrorists were born or lived in the UK but had been taught to hate its culture.
"There seem to be many people who, for reasons that are irrational, dislike the Anglo-Saxon way of life," he said.

He called for heavier penalties for those who incited violence at this "particularly sensitive time".

"Always difficult to balance this against freedom of speech but I think, at the moment, it is justifiable to protect the public," he argued.

Mr Major added: "As far as those who literally spit hate at our country and there are some of them - they spit hate at our country and they incite - I personally would be prepared to deport those where it is clear that what they are doing is causing civil unrest and may cost other people, as a result of that, their lives."

God bless this man. Now let's just hope that the politicians will hear reason and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

By at 11:31 AM | Comments |

Vietnam War Story

Euhporic Reality is rolling out an incredible story concerning Team 24 during the Vietnam War. It will be in seven parts so this is something I shall check back for. Thus far the team is deep in the jungle in Vietnam and about to be surrounded by the NVA.

This type of story is what medals are given for. Who knows, maybe these men did get medals. We have to read more to find out.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2


And speaking of the Vietnam War, Jane Fonda apparently didn't get enough publicity during her book tour. She is planning on taking a bus (running on vegetable oil) trip to oppose the war in Iraq. Perhaps we should try to get her a meeting with the enemy in Iraq too. The difference being of course our enemy today would kill her instead of allow her to hang from the weaponry.

By at 11:20 AM | Comments |

Celebrities who can't keep their ignorant pieholes shut...

This makes me so mad:

Ricky Martin ought to stick to what he knows. The singer-turned-humanitarian is in the Middle East this week, and is vowing to change public perceptions of Arab youth:

"I promise I will become a spokesperson, if you allow me to, a spokesperson on your behalf. I will defend you and try to get rid of any stereotypes," the 33-year-old singer told youngsters from 16 mainly Arab countries at a youth conference on Monday. The children, ages 14 to 16, expressed concern about being labeled as "terrorists" by the West. "I have been a victim of stereotypes. I come from Latin America and to some countries, we are considered 'losers,' drug traffickers, and that is not fair because that is generalizing," said Martin, who was born in Puerto Rico. "Those comments are made out of ignorance and we have to sometimes ignore the ignorant, but we also have to educate the ignorant. You have me here as a friend," he said.

OKOK. Up to this point, I'm fine. Go for it. I mean, it's a free world, dowhatevahyawant. This is my problem:

Martin, whose hits include "She Bangs,""Shake Your Bon-Bon" and "Livin' La Vida Loca," posed for photos with fans, at one point draping over his shoulders a traditional Arab kaffiyeh headscarf with the slogan "Jerusalem Is Ours" written in Arabic on it.

Oh. OK. Funny. The terrorists feel that that Jerusalem is theirs, too.

B'uh? ... I mean, if he's trying to promote a more compassionate opinion of Arab youth, I mean, that they're peace-loving and not terrorists...shouldn't he start off by not wearing slogans that have been exciting war and bloodshed SINCE THE DAWN OF TIME???

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By at 11:14 AM | Comments |

The Blog Sabbath Caption Contest

Ya'll know what to do.

We have a winner!

Darleen, from Darleen's Place, for:

"New PETA convert attempts proselytizing canivores wherever he finds them."

There were so many excellent entries the rest of you get second place.

By Vinnie at 07:00 AM | Comments |

Turn out the lights, the party's over

Howdy, friends. Were any of you unfortunate enough, as I was, to see the newest incarnation of "War of the Worlds"? Jeeebus, that sucked.

But part of the premise was interesting. To soften up the world's infrastructure, the aliens employ this thing called an EMP blast. Knocks out every piece of electronic equipment for hundreds of miles and fries it. When that happens, of course, chaos ensues and the world is ripe for the plucking. No radio. Even the cars won't start. A flash in the heavens, and we're in 1889.

Maybe y'all weren't aware of this, but the EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) isn't just science fiction. Any nuclear explosion in the atmosphere can make us go Dark Ages, and we're totally not set up to deal with it. Read this piece by Frank Gaffney in Imprimis, it'll get you up to speed.

Think about this: Let's say China wants to invade Taiwan and America has a President with some cojones who says, wait a minute, buster. Well, instead of incinerating an American city and provoking massive retaliation, China just lights off three megaton-range nukes way up in the sky--one over the east coast, one over the west coast, and one dead center to shut down NORAD and such like. Or skip the middle one, and light them off twenty miles from shore in international waters. "Wow, look at those nuclear tests we just launched!"

No American would probably even die as a direct result of the blast. (Fallout, rioting, etc. would cause a load of trouble, of course.) But by the time we get back online, and figure out what hit us, there's a PRC flag flying on Taipei.

Friends, this is one more reason we need to get serious about some sort of missile defense system for America. Land-based, space-based, whatever works. (I'm thinking space-based so we can tag incoming rockets in the boost phase, i.e., on the way up; however a lot of people don't think that a space-based system is practical.) We need to keep nukes out of the hands of terrorists, sure, but a lot of bad guys already have missiles that can reach our shores (including North Korea). And according to the article linked above, Iran is test-launching missiles in a manner consistent with EMP deployments.

Okay, back to terrorism.

--See Dubya

By See-Dubya at 01:16 AM | Comments |

July 24, 2005

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride: Rusty almost gets a fatwa

Here's a reader comment from 'Malik' who writes from the exclusive area of Marina Del Rey, California. Scary thought that a jihadi or one of their supporters is a) American b) rich. Notice that he identifies America as YOU although he posts from an exclusive area of the California coast and writes like a native.

America it's time for you to be oblieterated just the way the all-mighty Romans were by the Barbarian hordes. See, they never thought they were vulnerable. They thought they had everyone standing at their doorstep well below. How ironic that history repeats itself...hmmm....
Wouldn't it be equally ironic if a) history did repeat itself b) you correctly analogize the U.S. to Rome c) but you fail to see the Islamic world for what it is: Carthage.

PS-Spent the day at my brother's house in Huntington Beach. Man, it's like 15 degrees cooler down there. Lucky bastard!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:29 PM | Comments |

Redefining Yellow

By Demosophist

Today a Texan with a name that sounds like it ought to belong to a character in a Buck or Roy Rogers movie won the most grueling elite endurance contest on the planet for the seventh straight time! If he had never been near death with the "big C" today's accomplishment would've been enough. Indeed, it would have been enough had he stopped six years ago, after winning in 1999, but his recovery and return to bicycle racing not only at the top of his sport, but to create a legacy that will probably never be matched, has inspired people I love to fight against a similar infirmity. (Isn't it odd that he's the second great American cyclist in 20 years to live such a lesson?)

What I like about bike racing is that it's a great analog for life. Unlike those silly survivor shows where you're almost certain to be defeated by mean-spirited and petty coalitions, a GC (General Classification) winner of a "Grand Tour" (a three-week race covering over 2,000 miles) must excel as the team captain, as an individual athlete, and as a coalition partner. There are two primary enemies that all cyclists battle against: aerodynamic drag and gravity. Except for time trials where you race alone against the clock you can defeat aero drag by cooperating with other riders in a paceline, with your own team members and with competitors. No amount of cooperation can help you defeat gravity, however. And that's why it's climbing that separates the champions from the also-rans.

It isn't clear what Lance's politics happen to be, although his girlfriend's are probably firmly idiotarian. John Kerry showed up for the penultimate stage of this year's Tour just to borrow a little of the Texan's winning glow. He sat in the pace car following Lance as he raced to the last time trial victory of his career, and his first and only stage victory this season. (He had lots of second place finishes, however, and ended in Paris with over a four-minute lead.) When his team faltered in the foothills, and his opponents isolated him (something they love to do to Americans), he played them off against each other, picked up the challenge and gained time on them all. Kerry admits he doesn't know Armstrong's politics, but it is true that in the early stages of the Tour this year Lance entertained a group of Special Forces soldiers, and was inspired by them. He wore a cap they gave him at the start of the next day's stage. So it's possible his orientation isn't as "progressive" as some people think.

One of a kind.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia

By Demosophist at 06:54 PM | Comments |

Tell Us Something We Don't Know

BBC:

The Iranian judiciary has said that human rights abuses have been taking place in the country's jails.


A report drafted over several months says prison guards
have ignored a legal order banning the use of torture by blindfolding
and beating detainees.


It also criticises police for arresting people without sufficient evidence.

Why, I'm shocked and outraged, I tellya.  Who'da thunk it? 

I'm going to sit back, grab a snack, and see how long it takes Amnesty International to label Iranian prisons the "Gulag of our time."  Nah, they and the rest of the Axis of Appeasement will praise Iran for its newfound openess and transparency, and will call for America to be more like Iran.

Oh, but wait, there's more.

"We've taken steps and we can proudly state that all these failings have now disappeared," Abbas Ali Alizadeh told AFP news agency.


"Iranian prisons are among the best in the world."


The report found that some suspects were held in
undeclared detention centres run by a plethora of different security
organisations.


Inspectors were not allowed access to detention centres operated by the elite Revolutionary Guards, it said.

Probably because THOSE detention centers are such a model of rehabilitative gentility.  If these prisons were inspected, why, there would be such a rush to Iran to copy their model of pleasant incarceration that the country just couldn't handle the scrutiny.  I for one, am just happy to hear that Iran has cleaned up its prison procedures.

CP@VAM

By Vinnie at 06:05 PM | Comments |

Ilario Pantano Should Sue This "Writer"

Ashraf Fahim is a self-described "freelance writer" and "news analyst" operating out of Brooklyn, New York and publishing primarily in Middle eastern and Asian "news" outlets unfriendly to the US.

Fahim is so long-winded and boring that I'm not going to reproduce the entire propaganda piece here; I'll just fisk a few choice paragraphs. The density of Fahim's drivel is by design - repeating lies over and over breaks down resistance and enures the reader to the obvious distortions and pretzel logic.

From The perils of colonial justice in Iraq:

Among its more vociferous opponents, the American project in Iraq is characterized as a classic colonial adventure, indistinguishable in nature or intent from the deepest, darkest chapters in Northern oppression of the South: America is to Iraq as Britain was to India or Belgium to the Congo. Proponents, on the other hand, argue the inherent benevolence of American empire - the export of democracy and egalitarianism in contrast to the transparent racist imperialism of yore.
Make no mistake. Ashraf Fahim is among those vociferous critics, not an unbiased bystander as he pretends to be here. If you enjoy anti-American propaganda, check out his other writings here. But a close reading of Fahim's first paragraph is enough to pin down his mindset. Notice that Fahim's imaginary protagonists, the "vociferous opponent" and the "proponent" agree to the "colonial" nature of the War in Iraq. This is the straw man that Fahim is trying to create. But if the US is a "colonial" power, the same as Great Britain and Belgium were, where are the US colonies? Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands? Fahim's thesis is doomed by definition, and his own faulty logic.

Cross-posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

One possible way to arbitrate this dispute is by observing the dispensation of justice with regard to American servicemen accused of the "unlawful killing" (in military parlance) of Iraqi civilians. In this area, as with the infamous cases of torture in Abu Ghraib and elsewhere, impunity is the rule of thumb for both the rank and file and their superiors. In the overwhelming majority of cases over the course of the war, prosecutions have either not taken place, or if court martials have occurred, there have been acquittals or token sentences dispensed.
Tell that to Lynndie England and Charles Graner. Fahim is flirting with outright lies here, anathema to modern propaganda, but he's on shaky ground and has to overplay his hand. I'll also helpfully point out to Fahim and his editors that it's "courts martial", not "court martials".

Next, Fahim uses several paragraphs of supposition and innuendo about Iraqi civilian deaths to lead up to the Ilario Pantano case.

The case of Ilario Pantano is typical of the way the scales of justice tip in occupied Iraq. Pantano was a Marine lieutenant accused of killing two Iraqi captives, Hamadaay Kareem and Taha Ahmed Hanjil, in April 2004, after the platoon he commanded captured them as they drove away from a house the Marines had just raided as a suspected insurgent hideout. The two officers with Pantano at the time allege that he ordered the captives' handcuffs removed, had them assume defensive positions, instructed his soldiers to look away, then shot Kareem and Hanjil in the back. Pantano emptied two magazines into them.
This account is completely at odds with the testimony of Pantano and his men, and the findings of Pantano's Court Martial. In fact, it's very possible that Pantano could successfully sue Fahim for libel here, despite the tough standards imposed by US libel law.
One of the officers present, Sergeant Daniel Coburn, stated that Pantano had become agitated when weapons were discovered in the suspected hideout and apparently wanted to "teach [the insurgents] a lesson". Pantano's defense, which has been successful in similar cases (such as the execution of a wounded insurgent in a Fallujah mosque famously captured by an NBC television reporter) was that the unarmed Iraqis moved suddenly, leading him to fear they were about to carry out an attack. Pantano faced the death penalty on charges of premeditated murder, but was cleared in a pretrial hearing in late May, and resigned from the military.
Well, first off Coburn is not an "officer" in as that term is commonly used. Second, Fahim fails to mention that Coburn had a running feud with Pantano and had been effectively demoted to radio operator - a clear sign that Pantano did not think him capable of performing the duties of a sergeant, and possible motive for Coburn to want to see Pantano in trouble. Last, and most telling, Coburn's version of events was rejected by the Court Martial. Fahim can have no purpose in repeating rejected testimony other than to defame Ilario Pantano, and through him, the US military in general.
By Bluto04:15 PM | Comments |

Al Qaida in Iraq Releases Video of Egyptian Diplomat and Sinai

It may be an off day for millions world-wide, but for Al Qaida, there's no such thing as an off day. Fresh off of claiming responsiblity for the terrorist attack on the Sinai Peninsula which killed around 90 people and injured close to 200, Al Qaida in Iraq has released a video of the now executed Egyptian diplomat Ihab al-Sherif saying there is a large Jewish presence in the Sharm al-Sheikh region.


Al-Qaeda in Iraq issued a 1:30 minute video today, July 23, 2005, depicting a "confession" of the Egyptian ambassador to Iraq, Ihab al-Sherif, as he discusses the Jewish presence (permission to stay) in Sinai. It is interesting to note that this video was released just hours after the triple bombing in Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt, perhaps indicating some kind of connection between al-Qaeda in Iraq and the attack.

Not only does this video might show proof of a possible Al Qaida in Iraq connection, this video is intended to spark the ridiculous calls by some television "experts" claiming Israel had something to do with the terrorist attack.

It really matters not whether Al Qaida in Iraq carried out the attack in the Sinai as the other groups who claimed responsibility do have an operational connection to Al Qaida in Iraq and Al Qaida as a whole. We already know Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has attempted to stretch his arms outside of Iraq therefore it's hardly surprising there may in fact be a closer connection than previously thought. Then again, this very well could be well-timed propoganda to try to get Al Qaida in Iraq's name in the news again.

Infovlad has the video

Cross-posted at ITB

By at 02:17 PM | Comments |

Vandal’s Torch U.S. Flags At Slain Soldiers Home

Vandal’s torch U.S. Flags at slain soldiers home:

WCPO—Not even 24-hours after Private First Class Tim Hines's wife and family said goodbye at his funeral, American flags that had adorned their Fairfield yard were piled beneath a car and burned. [. . .]

Private First Class Timothy Hines Jr. was severely wounded by an IED that exploded near his HMMWV in Iraq; he died July 14th at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington D.C.

Timothy Hines gave his life defending liberty, and some sicko shows up at his home to burn U.S. Flags under a car...what kind of sick people do things like that?

Cross-posted at OpinionBug.com

By at 01:19 PM | Comments |

Vacation Blogging: In-N-Out Burger Edition

If you have never had an In-N-Out Double-Double, you have never lived life. If you've had an In-N-Out Burger, and didn't like it, then there is no need for me to tell you to go to hell. You're definintely heading there anyway.

Tbanks to Bill Dautierieve for snapping this photo today at lunch.

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

July 23, 2005

Late Night Loser Religion of Peeps Roundup

This post is dedicated to those night owls like me who stay up late surfing the net for something interesting to read.

Patrick al-Kafir writes a weekly column every Friday worthy of a paid publication. Go read it while it's still free.

This Jewish girl from Brooklyn trying to make her way in the world is not happy with the world as it is today.

Like the Nazis they aspire to be, the Taliban are pressing children into service.

The American Civil Liberties (for terrorists) Union gets thumped on the melon.

"Sire, it is said the people are revolting!" President Saleh: "You bet! They stink on ice!"

For the rest of you late night losers, give yourself a fatwa on me. Link to this post in your post, and t/b it.

Or, have yourself a happy drunken comment party. I'm going to look for a good picture for the caption contest.

By Vinnie at 11:54 PM | Comments |

Eyewitness to Egypt bombings gives his account

I ran across this time article that shows the heinous acts of these terrorists for what they are gruesome murder for gruesome murders sake. These people will murder many of their own just to get a few tourists. If you sympathize with them think again they would murder your whole family just for the hell of it or maybe to get one Israeli or Brit or American.

"I saw about eight dead bodies lying on the ground, and seven or eight other people badly wounded," Chilton said. "One guy had no torso, just legs and chest held together by nothing but skin. There was another girl with her leg gone, and a guy with two legs gone, trying to get up. He didn't realize he had no legs." There was relatively little blood; the explosion was so hot it cauterized most of the wounds".


The Abdullah Azzam Brigades has claimed responsibility but the unknown group Mujahedi Masr or “holy warriors or Egypt has diluted that claim. Although they seem to have the details wrong. My money is on Abdullah Azzam Brigades


More on the Abdullah Azzam Brigades where they come from and how they are related to the current war on terror is below. Heck they are the originator of this whole mess. Al-qaida related yes they founded Al-qaida.

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades are apparently named after Abdullah Azzam, a Palestinian who led Islamic militants in Afghanistan and was killed in 1989 by a roadside bomb. He was regarded as the one-time spiritual mentor of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden.
Azzam studied Islamic theology in Egypt before traveling to Saudi Arabia where he lectured in Islamic law. During the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Azzam was financed by Saudi Arabia and other Islamic states to establish camps for Muslim militants who joined the fight against the Russian forces.

More here too.

Born in Palestine in 1941, Azzam moved to Jordan and then to Saudi Arabia before migrating to Pakistan at the start of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. In Peshawar, Azzam set up the Office of Services of the Holy Warriors (Mujahideen) and set about re-igniting the Islamic power rage against those non-Islamic powers that had conspired against Islam since before the Crusades. Darting off with not much more than a storefront in Peshawar, Azzam would ultimately succeed in rejuvenating the concept of jihad among the Arab masses.
Those who met Azzam were dazzled by his spellbinding oratorical skills, his capabilities as a military strategist, his religious leadership, and his interminable energy. Azzam helped bring about the mobilization of the Muslim Brotherhood movement more than any other leader. Today, the military wing of Hamas in the West Bank is called the Abdellah Azzam Brigades.

On an earlier note from Vinnie, yes I noticed the main coverage today seems to all be about the guy that was shot in London. Not matter that he was carrying a bomb or not, the suspicious nature of his actions added to the current climate in London made for a perfectly understandable mistake. In fact IM suggested the possibility that it was possibly an orchestrated mistake. For whatever reason, this man chose to act suspiciously and also disobey a direct police order in a time and place where that was the last thing any innocent person would do. Also I’ve noted that so far a Jamaican and now one Brazilian have been involved in the London incidents in various ways. Rusty has been telling us of danger from the south for some time now. While slow to come around and I don’t think it’s widespread more and more evidence comes out that he is correct. There is a danger from the south. I ask all Mexicans criminal and otherwise if you are approached by one of these jerks. Take his freaking money and kill him. Us border patrol give them a freebee for every one they kill and drop over the Rio Grande for us. Just paint terrorist on his back.

By Howie at 07:55 PM | Comments |

Radical Islamic Cleric in England Continues to Preach Hate

In the wake of the second terrorist attack in England, radical Islamic cleric Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed seems to be more of an idiot than previously believed. The English government is drafting new laws to make this type of "hate speech" outlawed and deciding whether certain clerics who are urging jihad and terrorist attacks are worthy of deportation or imprisonment.

This doesn't stop Mohammed though as today he said attacks will continue until British soldiers are out of Iraq and Afghanistan (via Euphoric Reality).


"What happened yesterday confirmed that as long as the cause and the root problem is still there ... we will see the same effect we saw on July 7," Bakri said.

"If the cause is still there the effect will happen again and again," he said, adding he had no information about future attacks or contacts with people planning to carry out attacks.

Bakri, a Syrian-born cleric who has been vilified in Britain since 2001 when he praised the September 11 hijackers, said he did not believe the bombings and attempted attacks on London were carried out by British Muslims.

The 'root cause', as Mohammed sees it is not radical Islam or his asinine ramblings, it is the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We must continue to remind these people of low intellect that there were in fact terrorist attacks before either war.

Mohammed tries to condemn the attacks against innocents, yet he supports the killing of Muslims throughout the Middle East. What is Mohammed's goal?


"I would like to see the Islamic flag fly, not only over number 10 Downing Street, but over the whole world," he said.

That too is the goal of radical Islam as a whole. I cannot say this enough even if I sound like a broken record. Radical Islam wants to turn the entire world into a Caliphate state where Sharia Law is the only law and we are all mindless followers of the only religion people like Mohammed sees fit. As I've said before, I refuse to be a pawn.

Cross-posted at ITB

By at 03:12 PM | Comments |

London Times: No Bomb on Man Shot

The Timesonline, without citing a source, reports that the man shot dead as he fled police and jumped onto a tube carriage was not carrying explosives:

It is understood that he was found not to have been carrying a bomb.

Three officers had followed him to Stockwell station after he emerged from a nearby house that police believed to be connected with Thursday’s attempted bombings.

The suspect, described as being of Asian appearance and wearing a thick, bulky jacket, vaulted over a ticket barrier when challenged by police and ran down the escalator and along the platform of the Northern Line.

Another witness has described what appears to be an attempted hostage-taking by the man:
Dan Copeland, a Northern Line passenger, told BBC News: “The man burst in through the carriage door to my right and grabbed hold of the pole and a person by the glass partition near the door, diagonally opposite me.
Information from police sources indicates that the man was a confederate of the London bombers.
Police are describing him as an “intimate accomplice of the cell”. His name and address were thought to have been found among the possessions left by the would-be bombers on Thursday.

Police sources said he did not live at the address from which he had been followed.

But the BBC reports the man was not connected to Terror bombers:
A man shot dead by police hunting the bombers behind Thursday's London attacks was unconnected to the incidents, police have confirmed.

A Scotland Yard statement said the shooting was a "tragedy" which was regretted by the Metropolitan Police.

Cross-posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto11:45 AM | Comments |

Sharm El-Sheik Bombings

As more information is reported, the situation just gets worse.

From the AP:

The attacks appeared well coordinated. Two car bombs, possibly by suicide attackers, went off simultaneously at 1:15 a.m. just more than 2 miles apart. A third bomb, believed hidden in a sack, detonated around the same time near a beachside walkway where tourists often stroll at night.

A total of 83 people were confirmed dead, said Dr. Saeed Abdel Fattah, manager of the Sharm el-Sheik International Hospital where the victims were taken. Among the dead were two Britons, two Germans and an Italian, he added, and Czech officials said one Czech tourist was also killed. Rescue workers were still searching for victims at some attack scenes.

Several hours after the attacks, a group claiming ties to al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the explosion on an Islamic web site. The group, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, al-Qaida, in Syria and Egypt, was one of two extremist groups that also claimed responsibility for October bombings at the Egyptian resorts of Taba and Ras Shitan that killed 34. The group also claimed responsbility for a Cairo bombing in late April.

Currently, 83 are known dead and 119 are wounded. Others following the story include: ITB, LGF.

By at 10:54 AM | Comments |

July 22, 2005

The Canine Play Bow

Animal researchers have recently described the Canine Play Bow, which is recognized not only by domesticated dogs but also wild canine species such as foxes and wolves. It seems to be a way for a dog to say, "Let's play! We'll romp and nip...even sniff butts!"

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Canine Play Bow

This research may shed some light on just why the dog is universally reviled in Muslim culture.


prayerbow.jpg

By Bluto10:47 PM | Comments |

Egyptian Resort Bombed

It's breaking news and I've gotten some indications that it's worse than described as follows.

From The Courier-Mail:

THIRTY people died and about 100 more were wounded when four car bombs rocked the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh and hotels at nearby Naama Bay today.

A police source said four car bombs appeared to have exploded - one near the Sharm el-Sheikh bazaar, and three in Naama Bay, at a tourist bazaar, the Ghazala Hotel and the Moevenpick Hotel.

Sources said the explosions had killed up to 30 people and wounded about 100 others.

I've heard that 36 people have died. Information is sketchy right now. It happened about 1:15 am local time. Current reports say seven bombs were detonated.

By the way, on a somewhat related issue, am I the only person that's noticed that when Rusty leaves town, London gets bombed?

[Update 2230 EDT]

From Aljazeera.com:

A series of explosions hit the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh early Saturday, killing at least 49 people and wounding 150 others, witnesses and police said.

Police officials in Sharm el-Sheik said there may have been as many as seven blasts; three in Naama Bay, which is packed with hotels, and four in the nearby Old Market area.

"Many of the injuries are very serious and they are in critical condition," said one doctor at Sharm el-Sheikh International Hospital.

Eyewitnesses say that the blasts shook windows miles away.

By at 08:44 PM | Comments |

Go Back To Sleep, Dhimmi

***Note: I moved this down the page because I'm too tired to keep up with developments. Mike, on the other hand, has got it goin on. Go Mike go!

(title hat tip to Aaron)

Nothing to see here, just another isolated incident.

CAIRO, Egypt — As many as seven explosions, including at least four car bombs, struck the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik early Saturday, hitting several hotels packed with foreign and Egyptian tourists and killing at least 36 people, witnesses and police said.

Saturday's explosions at 1:15 a.m. shook windows more than five miles away. Smoke and fire rose from Naama Bay, a main strip of beach hotels in the desert city popular with Israeli and European tourists, witnesses said.

At least four car bombs were used in the attacks, said a security official in the operations control room in Cairo monitoring the crisis. One went off in the driveway of the Ghazala Gardens hotel, a 176-room four-star resort on the main strip of hotels in Naama Bay, the official said.

Let's not be quick to judge, this could very well be the work of the CIA. greg will be happy to fill us in on the details, I'm sure.

***Update: Not to offend our English friends, but does anyone else notice the difference in coverage between this isolated incident and yesterday's isolated incident, or the isolated incident 2 weeks ago?

updated Fox website coverage (the channel is running this story as a crawl on the bottom of the screen, with a short mention every half hour)

Sharm el-Sheik, abutting the Red Sea on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, is a popular vacation spot for Europeans — including Britons — and Israelis.

Notice that the resort was popular with Israelis.

By Vinnie at 08:42 PM | Comments |

Rusty At The Beach

Man, that boy sure knows how to have fun.

By Vinnie at 07:58 PM | Comments |

American Troops = Martians?

What is it with Hollywood and their incessant hatred of America?

US News & World Report—David Koepp, who wrote the screenplay for War of the Worlds, says the Martian attackers in the film represent the American military, while the Americans being slaughtered at random represent Iraqi civilians. I see it differently. I think the Martians symbolize normal Americans, while those being attacked are the numbskulls who run Hollywood. Perhaps the normals went a bit too far in this easy-to-understand allegory, but think of the provocation. [. . .].

American's are making this guy rich and he slams our guys like this? I like what John Leo said, "numbskulls..."

Cross-posted at OpinionBug.com

By at 01:38 PM | Comments |

Carnival of liberty update

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By Howie at 01:38 PM | Comments |

TSA Singles Out My Kids as Possible Terrorist Threats

Building on Suzanne's post below and Michelle's observations here, let me tell you what happened on our trip coming to sunny California. My entire family was singled out for security pat down. Twice.

The geniuses at the TSA decided that they had to search my six year old daughter, my three year old son, and my one year old infant. You know, cause terrorists could be anybody.

Just before we boarded plane number 3 (yeah, it took 4 planes to get here) they pulled us off the boarding line to pat us down again. I'm talking the full search on us all, including tearing apart our diaper bag, swabbing our little portable DVD player and Barbie Princess and the Pauper video for bomb residue, and running the metal detector over our one-year old.

I'm thinking it was the flip-flops I was wearing. Or maybe the In-'n-Out Burger tee-shirt. Nothing says terrorist more than that.

Alright, I'm off to the beach. Let's hope the Baywatch lifeguards don't take my pasty-white skin as a tell-tale sign of potential terrorist. And, no, that bulge in my bathing suit is not bomb. I'm just happy to see you.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:14 PM | Comments |

What does random mean, anyway? One blonde woman's opinion

What does random mean, anyway?

NEW YORK -- Alarmed by a new round of mass transit attacks in London, police in New York began random searches of bags and packages brought into the city's vast subway system.

The inspections started on a small scale Thursday in Manhattan and were expanded during Friday morning's rush hour _ a development welcomed by some commuters.

"I'm not against it," Ian Compton, 35, a computer consultant, said at Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan. "I think any measures for safety that aren't terribly intrusive are worth doing."

Officers, some with bomb-sniffing dogs, were stopping people carrying bags as they entered subways, commuter trains, buses and ferries at various points in the city, police said. Anyone who refuses a search will be turned away, and those caught carrying drugs or other contraband could be arrested.

One man was arrested during Thursday evening rush hour at the Brentwood Long Island Rail Road station after police became suspicious, stopped his van and allegedly found a machete and other weapons. Gilbert Hernandez, 34, had been convicted of possessing a pipe bomb in 1996, police said.

Good for them...now do you think they'll start getting the guys who are really a threat to our society?

Michelle Malkin thinks the measures are laughable:


WHAT'S the point? In the wake of the latest terrorist attacks in London, Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD announced plans to conduct random searches of packages and backpacks carried by subway riders.

"Random," of course, is a synonym for blind. And we all know what it means when you put blind bureaucrats in charge of homeland security: Grannies and toddlers, prepare to be on heightened grope alert.

Reassuring al Qaeda operatives everywhere, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly pledged that his officers would not engage in "racial profiling." He also emphasized that passengers would be free to "turn around and leave" instead of consenting to a search.
Combined with New York City's inane sanctuary policy, which provides safe haven for illegal aliens, these new security-in-name-only measures prove that political correctness still trumps public safety.

A few weeks ago, I noted the vapidity of the trite phrase "heightened alert." New York's response yesterday underscores the point. It is madness to pretend that no profile exists of possible Islamist bomb plotters. It is reckless to prevent law-enforcement authorities from taking obvious national-security profiling factors (racial, ethnic, religious, nationality, behavioral or otherwise) into account. And it is deadly to refuse to enforce immigration laws in a manner that results in, yes, profiling.

"Look for things that are unusual," Commissioner Kelly implored. "Look at things through the prism of 9/11." Uh-huh. But don't dare note the obvious...

Further proof that The right people aren't getting screened:

Last October, Ann Coulter was pied by two idiots who weren't bold enough or smart enough to combat her verbally. I'm sure you've all heard about them. However, their inanity is not my reason for bringing up Coulter---rather, that she was 2.5 hours late for her speech because of airport security gone awry:

Coulter arrived two and a half hours late due to airplane delays and incorporated her experience into the speech. She said she thinks airport security needs to make changes in who they search and not be afraid to racially profile.

She said she was in a special line to be further searched for explosives and weapons.

"I realized the only people that need to be searched were the people doing the searching," Coulter said.

She said all of the people being searched were blonde women.

As a blonde woman, I can attest to this fact. When I flew back to college after Thanksgiving break in 2001, I was thoroughly patted down by a 50 year old man who could barely speak English. And yet, while on my layover in Chicago, four Middle Eastern men in full Muslim garb checked into my flight right ahead of me without any additional questioning. This was a little over two months after 9/11, kids.

Let me also say that there were many people working at the TSA counters looked really suspicious... and I think that given the recent firing of someone sympathetic to the Taliban, I think Coulter's onto something. I'd be interested to see what kind of screening process the screeners are subjected to before we put our safety in their hands.

Good luck, NYC...I just hope this will make a difference.

As Malkin says:

"Political correctness is the handmaiden of terrorism."

By at 12:28 PM | Comments |

And How Does Al-Jazeera Report the Tube Shooting?

Most people read only a couple of paragraphs deep into news stories; some only read the lead before moving on. That's why journalists tend to pack so much information into the first paragraph of a breaking story. For example, this is the lead for the tube shooting story at MSNBC: "Hours after chasing down and shooting to death one man on the subway..."

So how does al-Jazeera serve their Arab audience? Like this [emphasis added]:

Police have confirmed that they shot dead a man in an underground train station in south London.

The man was shot apparently while trying to board a train on Friday morning at Stockwell station in south London.

Just a peaceful man trying to take the tube into work when the British Gestapo murdered him for no reason. In the sixth(!) paragraph it's mentioned that he "ran" onto the train.

This isn't just a matter of style, this is how propaganda is done.

Cross-posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto12:09 PM | Comments |

'Vilified' Muslim Cleric Cheers on Tube Bombers

Get out the duct tape, kids...

And this guy lives in London?!

LONDON (Reuters) - Militant Islamists will continue to attack Britain until the government pulls its troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, one of the country's most outspoken Islamic clerics said on Friday.

Speaking 15 days after bombers killed over 50 people in London and a day after a series of failed attacks on the city's transport network, Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed said the British capital should expect more violence.

"What happened yesterday confirmed that as long as the cause and the root problem is still there ... we will see the same effect we saw on July 7," Bakri said.

I love how he takes adavantage of a FAILED bombing to threaten that similiar incidents will occur until the Brits pull out of Iraq.

Bakri, a Syrian-born cleric who has been vilified in Britain since 2001 when he praised the September 11 hijackers, said he did not believe the bombings and attempted attacks on London were carried out by British Muslims.

He condemned the killing of all innocent civilians but described attacks on British and U.S. troops in Muslim countries as "pro-life" and justified.

He's been vilified? Awww. I feel so sorry for him. I mean, he only justified mass murder while living in the place where the mass murder occured. It's kind of like walking into a black church and justifying the KKK.

In an interview with Reuters, Bakri described Osama bin Laden, leader of the radical Islamist network al Qaeda, as "a sincere man who fights against evil forces."

Bakri said he would like Britain to become an Islamic state but feared he would be deported before his dream was realized.

"I would like to see the Islamic flag fly, not only over number 10 Downing Street, but over the whole world," he said.

That is a dare, my friends. Deportation? You'd better believe it. If Tony Blair has an ounce of courage, he'll deport this guy for treason. Let him put his money where his mouth is right alongside his terrorist homies in the Middle East.

By at 11:50 AM | Comments |

Looking For Beaver

From the Dayton Daily News:

City officials want the 250-pound, 6 1/2-foot, American flag-toting beaver back. They are offering a $500 reward for information leading to its recovery.
City Manager Timothy Hansley said of the stolen beaver, "We will prosecute to the full extent of the law."
Hansley said tracking devices will be put in at least some of the remaining beavers, which includes Vincent Van Beaver, To Be or Not to Be Beaver, Golfing Beaver, Beaver Beaver, Disco Beaver and Pop Goes the Beaver.
The beaver, named Builder Beaver, was one of a display of beavers erected in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Beavercreek, Ohio.

My only thoughts are that $500 is a pricey beaver and probably worthy of a tracking device.

By at 10:20 AM | Comments |

Quick Update

Fox News just showed newly released pictures of the 4 perpetrators of yesterday's isolated incident in London. I'll link, or post when they get it up on the website.

***Update: CNN has them already, for you lazy bums out there I'll post them here in a minute.

***Update 2: Here ya go:

***Update 3: Fox has fuzzy close ups.

***Update 4: Fox is reporting via Sky News that the man shot this morning was NOT affiliated with yesterday's bombers.

By Vinnie at 10:05 AM | Comments |

Oozing Rucksacks

From the Courier-Mail:

OOZING rucksacks, harmless puffs of smoke and the failure of the latest apparent attempted bombings in London suggest a link between this week's attacks and the July 7 atrocities, experts said today.

The four bombs that apparently failed to explode on Underground subway trains and a double-decker bus yesterday bore similarities to the type of Al-Qaeda-style devices used in the suicide attacks earlier this month, which killed 56 people, explosives specialists said.

Witnesses spoke of seeing a lard-like substance oozing from one of the would-be bombers' backpacks after it failed to go off, suggesting the presence of an explosive mixture such as acetone peroxide which was used on July 7, the experts said.

That substance - made from household items such as sulphuric acid, hydrogen peroxide and acetone - deteriorates over time and becomes harmless if it passes its use-by date.

"If the bombers from July 7 and yesterday all loaded their rucksacks together two and a half weeks ago, you might expect a substantial amount of the explosive to have disappeared by this week," chemist Andrea Sella of University College London said.

I apparently am ill-supplied. To my knowledge, there has never been any sulphuric acid in my house. My car battery, sure, but not in the house. In any event, it all sure seems amateurish.

By at 08:10 AM | Comments |

British Police Shoot Suicide Bomber

Police have shot a suicide bomber at the Stockwell Tube station in south London:

BBC—A man has been shot at Stockwell Tube station by armed police officers.

Passenger Mark Whitby told BBC News he had seen an Asian man shot five times by “plain-clothes police officers” with a handgun. [. . .].

The Brits have taken off their gloves folks…

Cross-posted at OpinionBug.com

Update (7/22/2005 6:51am):

BBC: Scotland Yard confirms the man was shot dead

Update (7/23/2005 9:02pm):

The BBC says Scotland Yard has identified the man as Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian electrician:

BBC—A man shot dead by police hunting the bombers behind Thursday's London attacks was a Brazilian electrician unconnected to the incidents.

The man, who died at Stockwell Tube on Friday, has been named by police as Jean Charles de Menezes, 27. [. . .].

By at 06:43 AM | Comments |

Forgive Me Blogfather For I Know Not What I Do

I was going to respond to Rob's response to Rusty's response, but that was before I went below the fold on Rusty's post. He addressed the same things I was going to there.

So, instead, and just for the sake of argument, I'll answer Rusty's challenge to come up with a logical reason not to retaliate against Mecca in the event of a nuclear attack on the U.S. Mind you, I have no problem with it.

The Nuke Mecca, Kiss Israel Goodbye Scenario:

Al-Qaeda, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, lights off a smuggled nuke or two in a major American city.

We nuke Mecca.

Pakistan nukes Israel. Out of existence. Would India care if the missiles were headed the opposite way?

Oh, I forgot, Pakistan is our ally. How much of an ally would they be if Mecca were a smoldering crater?

The Nuke Mecca, Kiss Israel, Iraq, and Afghanistan Goodbye Theory

Pretty much the same as above, except replace Pakistan with Iran. Let's face something here. We think we know how far along Iran is with their nuke program, but we sure as hell don't really know for sure. What we do know for sure is that they don't have missiles capable of reaching the U.S. yet, but they can damn sure put a hurting on our military, and wipe out Israel, with the ones they have. And I doubt they'd care, with Mecca gone, about their fellow Muslims in Baghdad and Kabul getting vaporized along with America's finest. Hell, they're sending them in now to kill their fellow Muslims.

The Why Nuke Anyway? Theory

If the U.S. is the recipient of a nuclear terrorist attack, it would be fairly pointless to nuke Mecca. The heart of Mecca is a rock. One that a couple of 2,000 lb. conventional bunker busters would vaporize with no problem.

But I would advocate unleashing nuclear Hell on the Tehran and Damascus.

Finally, I will seriously take issue with Rusty's use of the term MAD:

Everyone is approaching this as a tit for tat. They nuke this, we nuke that.

No, that's not what MAD is. Mutual Assured Destruction is just that. While Islamofascist scum may get off a nuke in one, two, or even ten American cities, they don't have anything even remotely resembling the nuclear power of the Soviet Union.

So the word "mutual" doesn't even apply here. The term should be IHOP. Islam's Holiest Obliterated Permanently.

I personally think that we should threaten to lay waste to it all. If even one American city suffers a nuclear attack, we waste Mecca, Medina, Qom, we hit Najaf (only because we worked so hard there) and the Al-Aqsa Mosque (nuking that would hurt Israel) with conventional weapons. And the aforementioned capitals.

Oh, and we nuke France too.

Yes I thought of that. First we pretend to cut and run, pulling our troops out of every single Islamic nation beforehand.

Wait...we need a place for the pulled out troops to go. So we don't nuke France, we invade France, and liberate it for the third time!

By Vinnie at 12:43 AM | Comments |

Vacation Blogging Day 3

Started reading Blowback by Brad Thor. Thanks to the good folks over at Atria books for sending it to me here at the Shackleford summer home on the beautiful banks of the Rio de Los Angeles gratis.

Read a chapter on the treadmill. Yeah, I know, freakin pathetic.

Argued with Hugh Hewitt. He e-mailed me saying to call him back and we'll duke it out again. Nice try Hugh, there's a reason I write. He'd clean my clock in a verbal debate. Hands. Down.

You know that the college town that I live in doesn't have talk radio? Seriously. The first day in town I asked a local where I could tune into Rush Limbaugh. He said, Rush Lim-who? And I'm not even a big Rush fan, but every podunck town gets Rush, right? Hell, I spent half of me drive through Missouri trying to find an AM station that wasn't Rush Limbaugh. Much of the day found me blubbering like a baby, so overjoyed by the fact that Dennis Prager was on.

High point of the day: Fox 11 in Los Angeles plays the Simpsons twice a night. Twice! With King of the Hill wedged between the two episodes!! Lawdy, how I do miss LA.

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

July 21, 2005

The Case for Nuking Mecca as a MAD Strategy

I understand that Rep. Tom Tancredo recently said that in the case of a WMD attack against the US by al Qaeda forces we should respond by nuking mecca. Since I have not been watching much TV or reading any blogs on my vacation, let me just respond to a couple of things Hugh Hewitt said on his show today and which I just did not have time to tell him on the air. He points us to this screed by one of my heroes, Lileks, on his blog today.

He also mentioned this post by DafyDD over at Captain's Quarters. It's really a silly post. Seriously. What his post really comes down to is he thinks the case for nuking Mecca is based on hatred of Muslims, what he calls "Moslem Derangement Syndrome."

I guess those that called for nuking Moscow in case they nuked us were really victims of "Russian Derangement Syndrome"??

He makes a good point that there are many who want to see Muslims dead. This is sick, just as he suggests. But trying to argue against the MAD strategy by trying to associate it with a bunch of racists is a straw man--something I see was noticed by Pierre LeGrand. It's like arguing that the war in Iraq is wrong because it is motivated by racism. Sure, there are some racists cheering for us in Iraq, but so what? Do not ascribe others sick motives to those wishing to deter the unthinkable from happening on our soil.

The second part of his post is equally silly. Nuking Mecca would not kill 1 billion Muslims. Last time I checked Mecca was little more than a medium sized tourist town. It would kill a lot of people. But so would taking out Moscow. Yes, very vary bad thing.

Nobody advocating the MAD strategy wishes to see any one dead. That's kinda the whole point of Mutual Assured Destruction. It deters.

The case for nuking Mecca, then, is very similar to the case for nuking Moscow. It is based on the notion that rational people would not dare start a nuclear Armageddon.

The only potential flaw in the case for nuking Mecca is the underlying premise of rationality. If Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda are rational, threatening to nuke Mecca would deter them from using WMD against the United States. If Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda are not rational, then the threat would have no deterrent effect.

That is a very debatable point, and one on which honest discussions are made.

As I pointed out in my original post on nuking mecca:

Let me make a couple of points first. One: I do not advocate using nuclear weapons. Two: I do not advocate killing Muslims or any other follower of any religion. Three: I do not imagine in any way possible the US government actually doing this--or even thinking it. Four: These are rudimentary thoughts. This post is used as a sounding board only. Much of what I say may be wrong and all is subject to revision. The purpose of this post is to start a conversation.

First point: Bill's major argument about deterring terrorists is well taken and mostly on the money. I think he's right, for the most part: you cannot deter these guys, only defeat them. And if incinerating Damascus were the only threat we could use to deter terrorists then certainly a MAD scheme would not work in this new Cold War we find ourselves in.

However, Mecca is not Damascus. It plays a central role in Muslim worship. Five times a day Muslims pray toward it. All Muslims who have the means are expected to make the Hajj--a pilgrimage to Mecca which revolves around the Kaaba stone. The Kaaba stone is really the reason Mecca is considered holy. Muslims believe the site was used for worship as far back as Adam and that the shrine around the stone was first placed there by Abraham (Ibrahim). There is a 12 mile zone around the stone that infidels are restricted from entering. It's that holy. No non-Muslims near it. In fact, without Mecca and the Kaaba stone, Islam would be very different.

Mecca, then, is quite unlike any other place in the world for Muslims. It is an entire city dedicated to Muslim worship. A place set apart. A holy place. It is an entire city that is thought to be the Temple of God.

Islamist terrorists also consider Mecca the holiest place in the world. It is central to their mode of worship. They face it when they pray. They too believe they must make the hajj. If we take them at their word, then the reason they commit terrorist acts is because they take their religious convictions so seriously. When they kill us, it is because they believe that this is what their God wants them to do.

So, ask yourself the question again: Can terrorists be deterred from using WMD against American targets?

Maybe they can. If Islamic extremists really love their religious institutions in the way that they claim they do, then pointing an ICBM at Mecca may not be the most irrational thing to do. They may not care if the rest of the world goes up in a nuclear mushroom cloud, as Bill points out, but Mecca is not the rest of the world. Would they really risk blowing up New York City if they believed the consequences of such an action would be a 30 kiloton nuclear explosion over the Kaaba stone? After all, the nuclear destruction of Mecca would end Islamic forms of worship as they presently exist.

If I might misquote Sting for a moment, "Is it such a crazy thing to do, if the Terrorists love their Mecca too?"

I usually read Froggy's blog, he's on my RSS feed, but thanks to Hugh again for pointing this post out from Matt Heidt. Heidt makes many of the same points that David Atkins did last year in an editorial at WND. Here is how I responded to Atkins and I think many of the same points are valid criticisms of Heidt's post:
have numerous problems with the specifics of Atkins proposal--starting with the inhumanity of killing millions of innocent people because a handful of states support Islamic terrorists--but agree that MAD could be used to deter Islamic terrorism. It seems to me that a much more reasonable form of MAD would be to limit the target list to one city, Mecca. The terrorists really don't care if we nuke the capitals of Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Syria.
I see Juliette makes many of the same points. I'm very late to this one, but it also looks like Michelle Malkin has a pretty good roundup. Ok, back to lounging around the pool.

UPDATE: Rob at Say Anything responds here. Let me just make a couple of observations.

Is al Qaeda full of a bunch of madmen? No. No more than, say, the Kremlin was. The ideology of the Kremlin was mad, and the worldview shaped by that ideology was mad, but it was not irrational. It had a coherent internal logic. The MAD logic does not need sanity to work, what it needs is rationality.


Al Qaeda does not want to kill Americans because they hate us. They want to kill Americans and Brittons because we stand in the way of their political goals. Terrorism is a method used by them because they believe it is effective. They do terrorism because they believe it works in furthering their goals.

This is a sure sign of rationality if I have ever seen one.

As for Lileks' screed, the same thing could be said---and was said by the peace movement over and over again during the Cold War---about any MAD deterent. It's not the Russians fault that the Kremlin just nuked Washington! Why kill millions of innocent Russians for what the Communists are doing?!!

Further, members of al Qaeda do believe that they are part of a nation. The nation of Islam--the umma. One of the reasons the Islamist movement is so dangerous is because it challenges the nation-state system. Islamists reject national identity as currently constructed in favor of nationalism based on religion. It is a supra-state nationalism of a type that few in the West are even vaguely aware exists.

The Salafists', of which al Qaeda are only a small branch, demands are clear, concise, and a logical outgrowth of a mainstream interpretation of Islam in the same way that Bolshevism was the inevetable extension of Karl Marx. Our enemies are not only al Qaeda, but with all Muslims who wish to see the restoration of the Caliphate and the imposition of Islamic Law.

Since we cannot possibly police the entire Muslim world, maybe we should give them an incentive to police themselves? Threatening the destruction of nation-state regimes has given them some incentive to cooperate. Witnessing the Pakistani regime's 180 shows that such regimes can be induced to cooperate when threatened with annhialation.

But the recent attacks on London show that we need more than the cooperation of despotic regimes, we need the cooperation of the cultures that produce murderous suicide-bombers and who praise them in martyrdom. Very few people in Pakistan would be sad if Musharraf were to be removed, but I have a feeling quite a bit of them would be saddened to learn that one of the Five Pillars of Islam was removed.

We do not need the friendship of the Muslim people. Nations do not need friends at all. In fact, nations do not have friends. Instead, nations have allies. Allies are built on mutual interests.

Could the threat of destroying Mecca induce Islamists to see that it is in their own interests to give up the dream that is the Caliphate-state? Possibly. So far, I've heard few if any good arguments against the MAD-Mecca proposition. That does not mean that my position is right or that there aren't any good arguments against it, I just haven't heard any articulated very well.

Indeed, most of the arguments against MAD are so emotionally filled that there seems to be little coherence to them. I'm thinking of several good arguments right now. I'd tell you them, but that wouldn't be any fun. Would it?

Anyway, this is one of those positions that I'm not 100% sure of. A part of me screams that the MAD-Mecca policy could not work under present conditions of denial that we are in a much larger battle against not only extremist Islam but also the mainstream of Islam as well (granting that there is a sizable plurality of practicing liberal Muslims who are secularist in orientation). Unfortunately, the part of me that believes the MAD-Mecca policy could work is also the part of me that has constructed the most logical arguments.

So, go ahead and show me why I'm wrong. The part of me that's on your side is just waiting for the right argument to come along.

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

Jawa on Hugh Hewitt

Just in case you were listening, yes, that was me on Hugh Hewitt this afternoon. And, yes, I think their is a strong case to be made that pointing nuclear weapons at Mecca would be a rational deterrent to the forces of Islam using WMD against the United States. I made that point last year here and here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:55 PM | Comments |

A New Convert To Islam?

***UPDATED***

After staying plugged into the news coming out of London so far, and especially after reading Richard's post about the splodeydope's weapon of choice, I think I have a clear picture of who is the mastermind behind today's isolated incident.



UPDATED WITH EXTREMELY SENSITIVE ANONOMOUSLY SOURCED INFORMATION.

The British Gov't has identified the above as one Abu Saheed Spesh al-Ed. They have also released a recorded cell phone conversation between him and one of the perpetrators of today's isolated incident:

Perp: Hello?
Spesh al-Ed: Do you have TATP?
Perp: Yes, we do.
Spesh al-Ed: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! I like TATP!
Perp:
Spesh al-Ed: Hey lady,
Perp: I am not a la
Spesh al-Ed: Do you have TATP?
Perp: I tell you this, we do.
Spesh al-Ed: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! I like TATP!
Spesh al-Ed: Hey lady
Perp: Sheik al-Ed! I am not a lady, you know this!
Spesh al-Ed: Do you have Semtex?
Perp: NO! We have the TATP! I tell you this already!
Spesh al-Ed: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! I hate Semtex!
Perp: Goodbye Sheik
Spesh al-Ed: Lady? YAAAAAAAAAY! He's going to die for Allah! YAAAAAAAAY! I like dying for Allah!

By Vinnie at 06:15 PM | Comments |

And Now For Something Completely Different

If you would like to get away from real news for a moment, TacJammer has a lovely piece devoted to poop.

By Vinnie at 05:21 PM | Comments |

Rice Aides, NBC's Andrea Mitchell, Roughed Up By Sudanese

I know this sounds like a skit from Saturday Night Live, but apparently, it's true. From the Associated Press:

NEW YORK -- Andrea Mitchell said she felt angry and humiliated after Sudanese bodyguards dragged her out of a room Thursday for questioning President Omar el-Bashir about his involvement in the country's violence.

Large, gun-toting guards painfully wrenched the 5-foot-3 Mitchell's arm behind her. She was freed after U.S. officials accompanying Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice complained.

"Can you tell us why the violence is continuing?" Mitchell asked, as a Sudanese official said "no, no, no, please."

"Can you tell us why the government is supporting the militias?" she asked.

After getting no reply from el-Bashir, she asked, "Why should Americans believe your promises?"

It was then that she was forcibly removed.

But don't worry. Later, Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail phoned Condoleeza Rice to apologize.

Cross-posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto04:49 PM | Comments |

7/7 bombing investigation

Ussneverdock has some really good stuff on the investigation into the 7/7 London bombings.

Haroon Rashid Aswat has emerged as the figure that Scotland Yard have been hunting since he flew out of Britain just hours before the attacks which killed 56 people.
Aswat, 30, who is believed to come from the same West Yorkshire town as one of the bombers, arrived in Britain a fortnight before the attacks to orchestrate final planning for the atrocity. He spoke to the suicide team on his mobile phone a few hours before the four men blew themselves up and killed fifty-two other people

Good stuff man. Some of the information is circumstantial but that would not stop Greg would it.

Also dont forget to check out Michelle's posts today. She has in depth coverage of today's bombings as well as a good link to a greenpeace video that is well you just have to see it. Plus she's easy on the eyes.

By Howie at 01:09 PM | Comments |

Not to be outdone, the IRA bombs London

Purely speculation, but as long as my wife is down for a nap with the baby on this sultry summer day, let me go ahead and speculate.

This could be a botched terror bombing, but it seems more likely that this was either an amateur copy-cat bombing by more of your friendly neighborhood ROPers....

or, maybe.....

The fact that only one person is injured. Again, pure speculation, but doesn't this seem more like the work of the IRA or one of its offshoots like The Real IRA? When the ROP strikes they are going for casualties, but when the IRA strikes it is political theater. Most of the time, the IRA is looking to do plenty of property damage with as few injuries as possible.

Plus, militant Irish Republicans aren't looking to meet 72 virgins in the afterlife. The bombers, from what I am hearing on TV, ran away.

Just a thought. I'm probably wrong. Ok, back to vacation.

UPDATE: Like I said, I'm probably wrong. This is a blog, remember?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:47 PM | Comments |

Prime Ministers' News Conference

Here's a followup to the timely entries from Howie and Mad Dog Vinnie. British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Australian Prime Minister John Howard spoke. The following is a paraphrasing of the news conference.

(Blair) I met with the police commissioner. We just need to act calmly. We hope to get the rest of the transport system up and running as soon as possible.

(Howard) Australia sympathizes with and supports the British people. Terrorism is the enemy of all free people.

The response of emergency services in London and Great Britain have been quite remarkable.

Reporters to Blair:

Question: What would you say to those who would not want to go into London?

"It's important that we keep to our normal lives."

Question: Who is responsible?

"The police are best to let you know who is responsible. Terrorist attacks are meant to frighten people. It's important we react calmly."

Question: Do you feel your policies have put us in this position?

The people responsible for doing this are responsible for this situation.

The roots of this are deep. Terrorist attacks go back over 10 years. What they want us to do is say we're responsible. The people that carry out these attacks are the terrorists.

Update at 11:22 EDT

Investigators apparently have found that the explosive device used on the bus in today's event is similar to that which was used in the terror bombings on July 7.

From Sky News:

There has also been an incident on a bus in Hackney, East London.

Police are reportedly examining a rucksack left on the top deck.

Tube stations at Warren Street, Oval and Shepherd's Bush have been closed.

Chemical searches at all four sites have proved negative.

Armed police officers have entered University College Hospital in Bloomsbury close to Warren Street station.

An internal memo to staff at the hospital warned them to be on the lookout for a black male, possibly of Asian origin, about 6ft 2ins tall, wearing a blue top with wires protruding from the rear of the top.

Across London, a man was arrested at gunpoint by armed police at the gates of Downing Street.

In summary, the investigation continues and, from my perspective, it seems to be a botched operation on the part of the terrorists.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 11:55 AM | Comments |

More News From London

Fox:

Sky News TV reported that police were searching for a man with a blue shirt with wires protruding. Officers asked employees to look for a black or Asian male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, wearing a blue top with a hole in the back and wires protruding.

Scotland Yard said there have been two arrests, one at Downing Street and one at greater Scotland Yard, but officials are stressing the arrests may not be related. There will be a police briefing at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

Also:
There was also an incident at 10 Downing Street, where the British prime minister's offices are located. Two police officers trained their guns on a man before leading him off the premises; his shirt was unbuttoned in the front.
Suggestions are being made that this may be a "copycat" style incident.

Yup, just another isolated incident.

By Vinnie at 11:32 AM | Comments |

Four minor explosions reported in London

Sketchy reports are coming in from London that several minor blast have occured one on a bus and the rest in outlying areas of the London tube system. The BBC is reporting the exposions were detonators only and lack the exposives needed to cause heavy damage. However there was some panic and there are reports of people being trampled trying to evacuate. Also reports of men threatening to blow themselves up and one man reported running from one of the trains just after the like I said minor explosion. The windows on the upper deck of one bus were blown out. Some lines have been closed. This attack came about midday in London. This is a developing story. Guest posters feel free to update this thread I will check back about 12:00 cdt. Also so far one minor injury had been reported.

Also see this story from sky news which has some more details including that police were also using chemical protection suits. It's not known at this time if that was just a precaution or if there was some other reason. I'm sure as the day goes by we will have a better idea of what has occured in London. My support goes out to all Brits.

Update:

An initial chemical search of all four sites has proved negative sky news is reporting.


The BBC reports that:

"Tests for chemical, biological and radiological weapons proved negative".
By Howie at 08:21 AM | Comments |

On 'It's Not only about Iraq'

Islamic terrorism is all because of Iraq, right? So, the problem is simple, the Islamists are only carrying out a troops-out movement, they're only demanding nothing more than a withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq and justice for the Palestinians?

If you buy this line, you must have never asked yourself "if Al Qaeda cares so much about Iraqi civilians then why is it killing so many of them, including children, through suicide bombings?" Or "why did the Madrid cell that staged last March’s train bombings continue to plan attacks, even after Spain’s new government had begun withdrawing from Iraq?" Why the bombing of a nightclub in Bali?

We conservatives should avoid hiding our heads in the sand and thinking that Iraq has nothing to do with terrorism, because it does. As Jonathan Freedland suggests in his article appearing in the Bahrain Tribune Daily, "Iraq’s connection to the London bombers is the obvious one: it has served to anger and radicalise a generation of young Muslims across the globe." However, Freedland reminds those that think it's all about Iraq, that "those who monitor Islamism in Britain say that the big surge in growth of extremist groups came not after 9/11 or Iraq but in the mid-1990s – with Bosnia serving as the recruiting sergeant. In the same period Chechnya, Kosovo and Israel-Palestine all came into play – again predating Iraq."

Iraq has been used as a rallying point for a plan that al-Qaeda was following with or without Iraq, and the terrorism was already occurring long before Iraq. All of us on both sides of the political spectrum need to recognize the role of Iraq in terrorism, but by no means is it all about Iraq. And damn it, there is never an excuse for terrorism in the mind of a rational human being. But, of course, we're not talking about rational human beings, we're talking about Islamofascists - Muslim extremists seeking to force all non-believers into submission under Islamic domination and rule, and under Islamic law.

From Freedland we are offered a credible explanation of what the Islamofascists are after, one that even the anti-war/anti-American mentor, Juan Cole, agrees with. Freedland suggests that "central to al-Qaeda's ideology is the "reint in Spain, Morocco, north Africa, Albania, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, as well as Pakistan, Indonesia and the Philippines." Al Qaeda' agenda predates and goes beyond Iraq. It seeks to end all western presence in those lands it deems Islamic, and place those lands "under Islamist rule as part of the yearned-for caliphate." It seeks to have all of these lands (perhaps only part of Spain), under the rule of Islamic law and the caliphate.

Rule all these lands under Islamic law and a long yearned-for caliphate? As Freedland concludes, "What it adds up to is a more mixed picture than either Blair (or the Bush administration) or the anti-war movement has allowed. Iraq has played a key part – of course it has – in angering large numbers of young Muslims, pulling them towards an extremist message once confined to the lunatic fringe. But that message is not only about Iraq, Afghanistan or even the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza – and we delude ourselves if we think it is."

But you say that Freedland is wrong, and the anti-war left is right, it's all about Iraq. So let's hear what Juan Cole, an anti-war mentor, a liberal Islamist-loving, anti-American, U of Michigan professor, has to say about the matter in the following excerpts from his piece, "Bin Laden's Vision Becoming Reality:"

(...) In order to evaluate the aftermath of Sept. 11, we first must understand that event. What did al-Qaeda intend to achieve? Only if we understand that can we gauge their success or failure.

(...) From the point of view of al-Qaeda, the Muslim world can and should be united into a single country.

(...) From al-Qaeda's point of view, the political unity of the Muslim world was deliberately destroyed by a one-two punch. First, Western colonial powers invaded Muslim lands and detached them from the Ottoman Empire or other Muslim states. They ruled them brutally as colonies, reducing the people to little more than slaves serving the economic and political interests of the British, French, Russians, etc. France invaded Algeria in 1830. Great Britain took Egypt in 1882 and Iraq in 1917. Russia took the Emirate of Bukhara and other Central Asian territories in the 1860s and forward. Second, they formed these colonies into Western-style nation-states, often small and weak ones, so that the divisive effects of the colonial conquests have lasted.

(...) Bin Laden sees the Muslim world as continually invaded, divided and weakened by outside forces. Among these are the Americans in Saudi Arabia and the Israelis in geographical Palestine. He repeatedly complained about the occupation of the three holy cities, i.e., Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem.

(...) For al-Qaeda to succeed, it must overthrow the individual nation-states in the Middle East, most of them colonial creations, and unite them into a single, pan-Islamic state.

(...) But Ayman al-Zawahiri's organization, al-Jihad al-Islami, had tried very hard to overthrow the Egyptian state, and was always checked. Al-Zawahiri thought it was because of U.S. backing for Egypt. They believed that the U.S. also keeps Israel dominant in the Levant and backs Saudi Arabia's royal family.

Sound familiar? On the idea of the real objective of al-Qaeda being the establishment of a caliphate and the domination of Spain, Morocco, north Africa, Albania, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, as well as Pakistan, Indonesia and the Philippines - Freedland and Cole could be a tag team. (For a more visual approach to understanding how very real this is, take a look at Cole's map illustrations of the Islamists' objectives.) So unless Cole, mentor of the anti-war left, and Freedland, who speaks against the anti-war liberal view that it's all about Iraq, are BOTH wrong, perhaps both sides of the argument better forget about arguing HOW we arrived at where we are, and recognize that 'we're in the thick of a world war now, and that war is one of civilization against Islamofascism.

And compared to Hitler, he was just a mere warm-up compared to what we have before us. As Austin Bay put it in Part 2 ofhis piece entitled, "The Millennium War," "A RELIGIOUS END STATE guides al Qaeda: an Islamist end, or eschatology, that marks the final completion of earthly history. These religious imperialists envision an empire of the faithful, the Caliphate restored, then expanded to planetary dimensions. Call it Islamofascist globalization: al Qaeda's definition of victory."

So it's time to take the Islamists straight on, and drive them into a sea of obscurity. And the only way we're going to be able to do it is by speaking and acting with one voice and one goal - to end the Islamists' dream of a caliphate and stop Islamic extremism. The one fly in the ointment though, is to know which Muslims are Islamists, and which Muslims are true moderates with no vision of Islamic rule. That's the hardest piece of the puzzle to place a finger on.

Sources and Readings:
Bahrain Tribune Daily
Juan Cole - Bin-Laden's Vision Becoming Reality
Front Page Magazine - Old Juan Cole: A Very Sad Soul
The Command Post - Judenhass, Malaysian Style
Austin Bay - Part 2 of The Millinium War

Cross posted by Hyscience

By at 07:31 AM | Comments |

The Face On The Milk Carton

She doesn't know who she is...do you?

"Her name is Sophia Marleen Michl, she is now in Germany with her relatives."

Thanks Linda

By Vinnie at 03:54 AM | Comments |

Egyptian Duplicity: Vacation Post

In the time it took to write this post, Egypt could have denided that it's citzens were involved in at least three acts of terror. Becaus as we all know, Egyptians never are involved in terrorism. Especially not al Qaeda linked terrorism.

Lying pieces of shit.

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

Jawa Vacation: Day 1-2

Hey all, I made it to Kalifornia. It's still here. Seriously. All of it. The land of my birth. Kalifornia, uber alles (ten points for any punk-rocker-wannabe who can succesfully differentiate the major difference between the first version of the song just alluded to and the later remake).

Last night was spent at a Holiday Inn Express. Very nice. The pool was great and the people even more so for not laughing at my pasty-white skin. And you know the best part about staying at your average middle-class motor-lodge?

No European banana-slings around the water!!

Seriously, don't ever stay at a Hostel in the summer. Ever. The only thing worse than a twenty year-old German in a speedo and Birks are a 40 year-old German in a speedo and Birks.

Oh, and the difference between your upscale urban hotel and the hostel? The 40 year old German in the speedo and Birks is actually pretty thin, has a pony-tail, and has recently been bikini waxed.

If you're a red-state American, it's safer to stick with your freeway accesible motor lodge.

Day 2 we took the shuttle over to the airport. One of the lesser-known secrets about hotels near airports is they usually have a park-n-fly deal. We actually paid a lot less to spend the night at the hotel and leave the car then we would have just parking the car. Plus the kids love the pool and we didn't have to get up at 3:30 in the morning to make it to the airport on time. Next time you're heading out of town for an extended period of time, check in with the airport hotels.

What started as a good day got worse as it went on. You ever try to drag 3 kids on an airplane? Now imagine taking those three kids on four seperate airplanes. That's right, it took me four airplanes to make it to Los Angeles. Hey, you try making it from Tatooine to LA in less than four planes!

So, we make it to the case de Shackleford here in the beautiful suburbs of LA only to find the air conditioning broken. And let me tell you it's hot.

How hot is it?

Think, Africa hot.

Ok, I'm going to bed Remember, I'm sort of out of the loop for the next few weeks, but if you want to drop me an e-mail I'll be checking that at least once a day.

Asta.

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

What's Wrong With THIS Picture?

DENVER (AP) - A few weeks ago, two police cars and two animal control vehicles pulled up at the home of Stef'ny Steffan looking for her beloved 4-year-old pit bull, Xena. Seven officers hauled the animal off to the city shelter, putting her on death row. Xena became an outlaw after Denver won a court fight and reinstated one of the toughest pit-bull bans in the nation.

Since May, more than 380 dogs have been impounded and at least 260 destroyed - an average of more than three a day.

Can you name another animal that's been known to kill humans, is hunted by the authorities, when caught is locked up, but, despite its viciousness, doesn't get the death penalty, unlike these dogs?

Yup, you guessed correctly. The Wild Jihadi.

Shouldn't the dogs get the ACLU lawyers and the terrorists get put to sleep?

(note: I have no opinion on the pit bull ban in Denver. I don't live there)

Post crossed at I Am A Shameless Link Whore er Vince Aut Morire

By Vinnie at 12:50 AM | Comments |

July 20, 2005

The Dick Was Half Right

Dick Durbin was partially right. There IS torture at Gitmo:

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Two Afghans released from Guantanamo Bay claimed Wednesday about 180 Afghans at the U.S. detention facility were on a hunger strike to protest alleged mistreatment and to push for freedom.

Habir Russol and Moheb Ullah Borekzai, who said they left the prison camp on Cuba on Monday and were flown to Afghanistan before being freed, said they did not participate in the hunger strike. They did not say how they knew others were refusing to eat.

The problem is, of course, that the terrorists have figured out a way to torture themselves.

No one ever said that terrorists were all that bright to begin with.

Now, if we could just convince the rest of Jihadi Nation to starve themselves for Allah, we could end this war right quick, and turn our attention to the important things.

Like the Paris Hilton/Nicole Ritchie feud.

Cross posted at Vince Aut Morire

By Vinnie at 10:47 PM | Comments |

And Now A Sandcrawler PSA

Look, kids, I love you all.

But nothing is more irritating than spending the time to blog about a particular subject, to only then see the first comment on that post is about something totally unrelated to the post.

It's even more irritating to find that the comment is 10 paragraphs long, and the person leaving it doesn't have a blog of their own.

Granted, once the comments on a post reach a reasonable number, it's expected that they'll drift off-topic. But please, have some common courtesy for at least a little while. Is that too much to ask?

Bear in mind that I can edit your comment, on any post, to make you say what I want you to say. You may find yourself agreeing with things you didn't think you would.

thatisall

Ah, to hell with it, I've got more important things to worry about.

By Vinnie at 07:34 PM | Comments |

A Simple Biopsy on Winds of Change

By Demosophist

Armed Liberal asks what ought to be a simple question about the Wilson/Plame/Rove affair:

So here's where I get stuck, and could genuinely use some help.

It looks to me like Iraq did make an attempt - at least a desultory one - to buy uranium.

That's what they were accused of.

Wilson, in his original oped, slams the Administration because

In September 2002, however, Niger re-emerged. The British government published a ''white paper'' asserting that Saddam Hussein and his unconventional arms posed an immediate danger. As evidence, the report cited Iraq's attempts to purchase uranium from an African country.

Then, in January, President Bush, citing the British dossier, repeated the charges about Iraqi efforts to buy uranium from Africa.

The next day, I reminded a friend at the State Department of my trip and suggested that if the president had been referring to Niger, then his conclusion was not borne out by the facts as I understood them.

So I'm puzzled...it seems that the facts as he knew them supported the claim that Iraq was trying to buy uranium.

So help me understand this gap. Too many smart people don't see it as a gap for me to just assume there is one.

I've read through ALL of the 80 or so comments to this post, which I rarely do. Robert M. and Phil Smith get pretty close to answering Marc's question, if they haven't actually answered it. Just about everyone else is off the mark. The salient issue to close or explain the gap was whether evidence uncovered or discovered by Wilson in Niger lent credence to the notion (expressed in Bush's "16 words") that Iraq was interested in purchasing uranium in Africa. The only reservations I had about the facts concerned the confusing WaPo typo, which apparently originally read "Iraq" when it ought to have read "Iran." When that was corrected my assumption was that Wilson didn't find out anything about Iraq, which seemed strange since that was why he was sent! So thanks to Phil and Robert for clearing that up. Apparently there was evidence pointing to the possibility that both Iran and Iraq were interested in purchasing uranium from Niger, and we have some former African potentate's assurance that the overtures from Iraq were rebuffed. Boy that must have been reassuring in the uncertain conditions preceding the invasion, huh? (Wipes flopsweat from brow.)

Bush's statement was simply accurate. I mean, rigorously so. Wilson's statements were, however, unambiguously inaccurate. In short Armed Liberal seems far too modest. The gap exists. The issue is why it continues to perplex us. Whether Bush intended to mislead the American people by making an accurate statement seems hardly execrable in light of Wilson's deliberate attempt to mislead the American people by making multiple inaccurate statements.

So naturally the "real issue" has to be Valerie Plame and Karl Rove, because Wilson's behavior just doesn't match up well against George W.'s does it?

The issue that got under my skin was similar to the one Marc raised, which also hasn't been discussed much. Essentially I wanted to know why the Bush folks didn't just point out that Wilson was talking out of both sides of his mouth, and that his "report" said something that contradicted what he said in the NYT and elsewhere? In case anyone is interested, I posted something here about that. Suffice to say that the Bush Administration had no idea what Wilson had found in Africa, because he hadn't submitted a written report and the CIA notes weren't passed uphill. The Bush administration simply, and mistakenly, took Wilson at his word (as has everyone else in the media, ever since). Now, I'm not going to say Wilson lied, because he may very well have thought that what he uncovered in Niger revealed that Iraq wasn't a danger. But that just means he's either a lousy analyst or a lousy fact finder, because he failed to communicate that conclusion to the CIA during his debrief. In fact, it doesn't even appear that he tried to do so. The "gap" is real, regardless of how many smart people feel compelled to ignore or downplay it.

Yes Wilson probably lied, but that's not the half of it. The media which is supposed to clarify these things has simply not done so, either out of mendacity or incompetence. This, during a time of war.

Not good, folks. Not good at all.

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

By Demosophist at 01:35 PM | Comments |

What Forces Abdullah to Murder People?

From the Associated Press

British Islamic leaders Wednesday called for a judicial inquiry into what motivated the bombers.

"The scale of disenchantment amongst Muslim youth is very clear to see," said Inayat Bungalwala of the Muslim Council of Britain.

"Various factors are at play: underachievement in education; a high rate of unemployment; discrimination in the workplace; social exclusion, and also the government's own policies, especially in Iraq. The process of how we get four homegrown suicide bombers must be understood and that is why we are calling for an inquiry."

That's a good question Mr. Bungalwala. Almost all of the factors you mentioned have been cited as problems for several American minorities, most notably blacks and hispanics. Oddly, however, we Yanks haven't developed any black or hispanic "homegrown" suicide bombers.

Hmmm...what could account for this discrepancy? Could it be...oh, I don't know....ISLAM?

Seriously, Mr. Bungalwala, if you want to be seen as contributing to the solution, rather than exacerbating the problem, you need to encourage your fellow Muslims to actively expose the monsters hiding within your community.

Cross-posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto01:25 PM | Comments |

UK Setting Up Global Extremists List

The UK plans to establish a global extremist database. The database would list "unacceptable behaviors" like radical preaching, websites and writing articles intended to foment terrorism. British Home Secretary Charles Clarke also plans to expand the definition of 'direct incitement' to include 'indirect incitement to terrorism.' The new definition "targets those who, while not directly inciting, glorify and condone terrorist acts knowing full well that the effect on their listeners will be to encourage them to turn to terrorism." Getting listed could mean expulsion from the UK [correction: expulsion isn't an option yet] or being denied entry into the UK:

BBC—The UK is to set up a global database of extremists who face automatic vetting before being allowed in, Home Secretary Charles Clarke has told MPs.

He said the database would list "unacceptable behaviour" such as radical preaching, websites and writing articles intended to foment terrorism.

Individuals' presence on the list means they may face exclusion from the UK.

Hopes for an international conference on Islamic extremism were also outlined by Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Mr Clarke told MPs he wanted to apply more widely the home secretary's powers to exclude an individual from the UK if their presence is deemed "not conducive to the public interest". [. . .].

Story cross-posted at OpinionBug.com

By at 12:54 PM | Comments |

The Yemeni Tea Party

The long suffering populace of Yemen is mad as hell and they're not taking it anymore.

Jane, as per usual, has the details.

Why should we care? Because despite what we've been told, the government of Yemen is not our ally in the GWOT. They brought the Cole bombing conspirators in through the front door, then smuggled them out the back when no one was looking.

Just like in Iran, there is a democracy movement in Yemen that should be encouraged mightily by the free nations of the world. Maybe these riots will make them sit up and take notice.

By Vinnie at 12:00 PM | Comments |

I've given you all I've got Captain

You know Scotty always had just a bit of power left for the good Captain. I note this AM that James Doohan our beloved Scotty has died this AM at 5:30 at his home in Redmond Washington.

Good bye Scotty We'll all miss you and thanks for all the good times.

Updated:

A few more notes on Mr. Doohan. He was a WWII D-Day vet with the Canadian army. He took six rounds loosing a finger and was saved by a silver cigarette case when one hit him in the chest. So not only did he play tough he was. He was born on march 3rd 1920 in Vancouver BC. He is to be cremated and his ashes launched into orbit. Mr Doohan suffered from Alzheimer's and Pneumonia upon his death at age 85. Last year he was given a star on the walk of fame.

By Howie at 11:48 AM | Comments |

WTW "ladies first"

My first nominee is Melissa Irene Tanner, 37 of Oklahoma. I nominate her for drinking and giving birth while drunk. The baby was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. At the time of birth her BAC was .29 and her daughter .21. Source AP.

Let’s not for get Stephanie McMullen age 29 from Vinnie’s post yesterday for Munchausen by proxy.

I’ve go one more “lady”, waiting on news director from WKMS.

OK lets move on to politicians.

William Carr a Murphysboro Ill. Alderman for driving drunk. Hey it’s fair buddy.

"charged with driving under the influence and three other traffic violations. The 25 year old was elected to represent Murphysboro's Ward One this past April"

Note the story has rolled off but I'll post a link anyway for credit.

I nominate the entire country of Egypt for this. Hey dumb asses the evidence is in England.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone.

"Livingstone, who earned the nickname "Red Ken" for his left-wing views, won widespread praise for a defiant response which helped unite London after the bombings. But he has revived his reputation for courting controversy in recent days".

Drug companies I saw a commercial for Humira on TV. You can slow your arthritis but at what cost. Just read the side effects that include lymphoma. Yes always wanted to trade my joint pain for a good old case of lymphoma.

Just read the list of awesome artificial drugs that together might be of help you if you just have the money.

Kind of explains this.

Lewis Kuykendall for being an ass or getting too much ass I’m torn on one hand way to go dude on the other well he’s an ass.

Holy cow I’ve got more.

I nominate some lazy ass pilots for abusing disability insurance and Yahoo for dropping the link to the story like a hot rock.

Last but not least Gun control advocates see this cool post. Withdrawl from DC called for.

Not only do I get to point out trash I get to post some too. If you are at work be sure no prudish women are looking over your shoulder. It may be old but Oh so good for trashy white men to pass the time.

Don’t forget to play the head roll game. It’s tough to win and the reward, well just keep trying.

On a personal note I would also like to nominate hackers and spammers. I got a spam on my phone last month and now I’ve been billed for 25 downloads I did not do. Also I would like to nominate Verizon wireless for being stupid. Think about it boys. No downloads for six months then 25 all at once. Come on. I love the service but use the old noodle.


By Howie at 09:59 AM | Comments |

July 19, 2005

Halleluja!

I mean, really, no offense to our readers from the Greatest Generation.

But could this nation handle a Supreme Court Justice named "Edith?"

Besides, what squeaking lib couldn't confirm a guy with two first names?

"John." It's so...ordinary American, doncha think?

No Supreme Court Justice with two first names would have ever voted in favor of the Kelo decision, I can tell you that right now.

I'll leave the intelligent analysis to the other co-bloggers.

UPDATE: It's Rove's fault!

UPDATE 2: The inmates weigh in

UPDATE 3: Noted lard eating fat bastard Michael (GET INNA MY BELLY!!!) Moore is....advertising? We'll, um, check back with him later, when he sobers up and realizes he's a Rich White Kapitalist.

UPDATE 4: Confederate Yankee says the bad gay attack squad is out in force. Although this time, their target is a tad on the small side.

By Vinnie at 08:09 PM | Comments |

SCOTUS Nominee Revealed!

Exclusive: Must Cite Jawa Report

8 minutes left and the new SCOTUS nominee is....

Here!

By Vinnie at 07:52 PM | Comments |

Egypt: el-Nashar an Innocent Lamb Wrongfully Accused

Magdy el-Nashar, the Leeds scholar who was arrested in Egypt following the London terror bombings, has been absolved of any wrongdoing by the Egyptian government. From The Guardian:

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Egypt said Tuesday that a detained chemist wanted by Britain for questioning about the London bombings had no links to the July 7 attacks or to al-Qaida.

Government spokesman Magdy Rady said in a statement that a Cabinet meeting Tuesday reviewed an Interior Ministry report that "made clear that there is no link between Egyptian chemist Magdy el-Nashar with al-Qaida or the (London) bombings."

So there.

Of course Egyptian officials offered no explanation for this inconvenient report from CNN:

(CNN) -- The explosive TATP was found in connection with the investigation of the London bombings, three knowledgeable sources have told CNN.

One of the sources said that investigators found the TATP in the Leeds apartment rented by Magdy el-Nashar, an Egyptian biochemist detained for questioning Thursday in connection with the London attacks.

I'm sure there's a logical explanation for these seemingly contradictory reports. After all, it's not as if the Egyptians have a history of lying about terrorist incidents or anything.

Cross-posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto04:12 PM | Comments |

Supreme Court Nominee

The announcement has been made that President Bush will reveal his nominee for the Supreme Court at 9pm EDT. My thought is that whoever is selected to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a thorough grilling has to be presently puckered, knowing full well that every single wart will be discussed and debated. It will be a professional and personal beating.

That is, except for one person, Dick Cheney. He's the only person that probably needs a couple weeks to unpucker from his recent, reported globally in 30 minutes, proctological exam. It seems that he would be a logical choice since he's been immunized to the personally penetrating process.

So, if President Bush desires to minimize pain in the confirmation process, he'll nominate Dick Cheney. And, what fun there would be.

By at 03:44 PM | Comments |

"Yellow-cake Joe" Mystery Solved (Sort Of)

By Demosophist

There are still lots of mysteries associated with this so-called issue, including why there's an investigation without a crime in the first place, but the thing that has always stumped me was why the Bush Administration just didn't undermine "Yellow-cake Joe's" authenticity by pointing out that his report said just about the opposite of what he was claiming in his NYT Op-ed, and on CNN. Well, it turns out the Administration couldn't have taken that direct route to clarity by referring to what was in his report, because he didn't write one.

How he got away with conducting a well-endowed national security assignment, without a written "deliverable" requirement is another matter that deserves explanation, because I doubt that I'd be able to pull than one off and I don't know anyone else who could, either. If you're paid for researching a topic, you write a report documenting that research... period. But the implication of the following paragraph from Mark Levin is that the CIA apparently held Wilson to about the same standard they'd have held Agent Cody Banks:

When Wilson returned from Niger, he never got around to filing a written report. After all, why produce a written report that would be circulated to real professionals and policymakers, who would subject it to serious scrutiny. However, Wilson was debriefed by the CIA and his debriefers did take notes. According to the Senate Intelligence Committee, the debriefers’ didn’t share Wilson’s information with, among others, the White House because they concluded Wilson didn't come up with much.

So that resolves the dilemma. The White House had no idea what Wilson had found, because the CIA didn't consider it significant enough to warrant distribution. Basically they handled it with the same degree of importance they'd have reserved for a Boy Scout Merit Badge. But that didn't prevent Wilson (with the complicity of his wife, as Levin points out) from touting what he claimed he'd found (a claim not substantiated by the belated committee report) as the equivalent of the Ark of the Covenant.

Calling Wilson a "liar" isn't the half of it. He's a boy pretending to be a man. Which explains why he fits in so well with what these mostly leftist authors from Unite Against Terror have appropriately tagged the "pseudo-Left." (Hat tip: Belmont Club) Turns out the great political divide, at least as related to the "War on Terror," isn't between Right and Left after all. It's between mature and immature.

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

By Demosophist at 02:57 PM | Comments |

Around the blogosphere

Ah yes what to post today. Well cool It looks like that has been taken care of by our good friends around the blogosphere. Thanks guys.


Elisa at Boxer Watch sends us these.

As we noted in this post, Senator Boxer is circulating a petition demanding a "strategy" and a "timetable" for the mission in Iraq. At the time of this posting, 35,352 people have signed her petition.

We need to make sure that President Bush hears the OTHER side - our support for his efforts to promote democracy in the Middle East in a realistic way.

We have posted a petition at PetitionOnline.com - you'll find it here


Romeodelta sends us this tidbit on the Germany releasing yet another terrorist

His post is based on this AP story.

Indeed one of my favorite words is now off limits. Gee hope I don’t have to cough up 5 G’s for that. Well like they can get blood from a turnip anyway.

Thanks to Glen Reynolds for his one.

Also President Bush will Announce Sandra Day O'Connor's replacement at 9:00pm EDT.

I think she will be confirmed easily.


Updated:

I've noticed people commenting on old threads a lot lately. Check out this one


By Howie at 12:13 PM | Comments |

Baseball Coach Arrested on Beaning Allegations

(North Union Township, Pennsylvania) A local youth baseball coach was arrested and charged with bribing one of his boys to intentionally throw at an autistic player.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Eric Forsythe, who heads the R.W. Clark Youth Baseball League in North Union Township, said he was shocked when Mark Downs Jr., 27, of Dunbar was charged last Friday with bribing player Keith Reese, 7, with $25 to hit teammate Harry Bowers Jr., 9, in the face with a baseball to keep him from playing.

When hitting Bowers in the ear with a ball didn't keep him off the field, he intentionally hit him in the groin with another throw, state police charged.

The boy went to an emergency room and was treated for swollen red marks on his ear and groin. Specific charges Downs faces include criminal solicitation to commit aggravated assault, corruption of minors, criminal conspiracy to commit simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person.

If the allegations prove true, Downs obviously doesn't possess the moral and ethical qualities suited for leading youngsters and it's beyond me what he could have been thinking.

By at 11:22 AM | Comments |

Sexy Teacher Debra Lafave Still Crazy

(Tampa, Florida) We have fresh news regarding teacher Debra Lafave, the stunning 24-year-old who mixed it up with a 14-year-old student. At a hearing yesterday, it was announced that plea negotiations broke down and Lafave is scheduled to be tried in December. Her lawyer indicates that she will plead insanity.

Companion post with new pic at Interested-Participant.

By at 08:44 AM | Comments |

Kill 'Em All, Let Allah Sort 'Em Out

A Congressman shows his nads.

The Kossacks go all sissy over it.

So I ask the Jawa faithful, after reading the above, what should we do if a single, or multiple WMD attack occurred in the U.S.?

By Vinnie at 12:02 AM | Comments |

July 18, 2005

Shameless Nepotism Dept.

Something both sides of the political spectrum can agree on.

This is disgusting.

(in the interest of full disclosure, I feel compelled to inform you that the Merri of Merri Musings is, unfortunately for her, my wife)

By Vinnie at 10:47 PM | Comments |

Festival of the Forgotten Fatwas (Do it yourself)

Have an interesting post? Want the Shura Council of the Queer Mujahadin Foo Fighters to issue a fatwa? Then link your most fatwa worthy post to this one and we will dispatch the Chris Byrne-NJOW I UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY annhialation squad to get you! Blasphemy is still a crime on Tatooine.

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

Carnival of Liberty #3

Carnival of the Liberty #3 is up.

Check it out!

Calm down, greg, it's the Carnival of LiberTY, not LiberAL, you probably wouldn't like it.

By Vinnie at 06:08 PM | Comments |

Surfing Tatooine's Beaches

I'll be back. In the meantime....

.....be a good little dhimmi and OBEY my guest bloggers.

CONSUME the Jawa Report hourly.
LINK The Jawa Report daily.
CLICK on The Jawa Report advertisors.
SET the Jawa Report to you homepage.

Last, but not least, remember that ALL YOUR BITCHES ARE BELONGS TO US!

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

Caption Contest Winner

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The winner of the Blog Sabbath Caption Contest is....

Greg! (no wait, sorry, wrong paper, that's the Blog Sabbath Conspiracy Theory Contest for next week...ah here it is)

The winner is...

Russ, for ""Iron Chef French... Iron Chef English... Allez cuisine!""
(watch The Iron Chef on the Food Network...you'll get it)

Honorable mention:

Lakebear with:
"He closed his eyes and lost himself in the smell of brie and kippers."

AJ Strata for:
"Will you two whiney Europeans PLEASE SHUT UP!"

By Vinnie at 06:02 PM | Comments |

Durbin abuse case not verified

Remember the gut wrenching speech by Dick (The Turbin) Durbin

Military investigators did not substantiate major charges of prisoner abuse contained in one FBI agent's e-mail that was read on the Senate floor by Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin as an example of U.S.-sanctioned torture at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The unnamed FBI agent wrote that she saw one al Qaeda suspect lying in his own excrement, that he had pulled out his own hair and that he had no food and water. The female agent also said he was shackled to the floor and subjected to loud rock music and to extreme temperatures.

Mr. Durbin, of Illinois and the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, read the e-mail June 14 in a speech attacking the Bush administration. He then likened Guantanamo interrogation techniques to the Nazis, Josef Stalin's prisoner gulag, Pol Pot and the internment of Japanese during World War II. He later issued an apology on the Senate floor.

That investigation was completed last week by Air Force Lt. Gen. Randall M. Schmidt, who commands the 12th Air Force, the air component of U.S. Southern Command, which oversees the 520-inmate prison at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo.

Gen. Schmidt wrote in his report, "Another FBI agent stated she witnessed a detainee short shackled and lying in his own excrement. The [investigation] was unable to find any documentation, testimony, or other evidence corroborating the third agent's recollection to this allegation or her e-mail allegation that one of the detainees had pulled his hair out while short shackled."

His statements were widely quoted by the Arab media including al-Jazeera. That is appropriate considering that both parties would be equally as likely to give America the benefit of the doubt.

Companion OpiniPundit

By at 02:34 PM | Comments |

Al Jazeera: U.S. Soldiers Killed the 32 Children*

Who was responsible for killing 32 Iraqi children lined up to get candy from members of the United States military? Al Qaida in Iraq claims they were not at fault. Al Jazeera* has found out who is responsible; the United States military (via Ace).


Iraqi experts are saying that the recent car bomb that killed some 18 children was not the work of the anti-occupation fighters but of the U.S. occupation troops.

A traffic lieutenant who asked not to be identified said to a media source that U.S. solders crazily raced out of the street less than a minute before the explosion and that after the blast they did not return to the bomb scene but continued to hurry out of the area.

Yes, the United States military drove a car into a crowded pack of children and right next to other United States soldiers to detonate an explosive. Instead of yelling out "Allah Akhbar" they yelled "Git'r'done!"

Perhaps the soldiers were tyring to secure the perimeter or they were wary of a second attack as has been the case on several occassions? Nah, for Al Jazeera* it's better to go ahead and print conspiracy theories as truth only when that conspiracy theory damages the enemy. Logic need not apply.

*As alerted by The Commissar, Aljazeera.com is not the same as Al Jazeera the Arab media station.

Cross-posted at ITB

By at 01:58 PM | Comments |

Report: British Allowed Terrorists to Operate Freely Within UK

A new report from Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) bluntly accuses British intelligence and counter-terrorist organizations of knowingly allowing Middle Eastern terrorist groups to operate freely within the United Kingdom. It directly contradicts statements made earlier by Lord Chancellor Charles Falconer and characterizes the UK as a base for international terrorism:

By the mid-1990s the UK's intelligence agencies and the police were well aware that London was increasingly being used as a base by individuals involved in promoting, funding and planning terrorism in the Middle East and elsewhere. However, these individuals were not viewed as a threat to the UK's national security, and so they were left to continue their activities with relative impunity, a policy which caused much anger among the foreign governments concerned. As a result of giving lower priority to international terrorism, the British authorities did not fully appreciate the threat from Al-Qaeda. The failure to gain any warning from existing information of the 9/11 attacks on the United States was an intelligence failure of the entire Western alliance, not only of the US intelligence community.
In other words, the report implies that the British were derelict in their duty by allowing radical Islamists within the UK to incite and organize violence against the West.

Cross-posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto, who apologizes in advance for any typographical eccentricities (first time using Movable Type).

While mainstream media reports are focusing on this fairly obvious conclusion...

The UK is at particular risk because it is the closest ally of the United States, has deployed armed forces in the military campaigns to topple the Taleban regime in Afghanistan and in Iraq, and has taken a leading role in international intelligence, police and judicial cooperation against Al-Qaeda and in efforts to suppress its finances.
...they have failed to report on the more startling revelation that terrorists were allowed to organize, recruit, and operate freely within the UK.

By Bluto01:41 PM | Comments |

U.S. Treasury Department: Abdurahman Alamoudi Raised Money for al Qaeda in the U.S. – Revelation Called 'Stunning' (Updated)

Stunning you say, absolutely stunning. It can't be true, not THAT Abdurahman Alamoudi, the man who "portrayed himself as a “moderate Muslim” who served as a liaison between the U.S. government and American Muslims for two decades.

You can't possibly believe that a founder of the American Muslim Council (AMC), a Wahabi front, who played a key role in developing the Pentagon's Muslim chaplain program, who represented the State Department and attended meetings at the White House spanning two administrations, could possibly be an al Qaeda sympathizer and a terrorist.

However, on the other hand, remember what President George Bush said on November 21, 2001:

"If you harbor terrorists, you are terrorists. If you train or arm a terrorist, you are a terrorist. If you feed a terrorist or fund a terrorist, you're a terrorist, and you will be held accountable by the United States and our friends."
Well then, yes, I do think you'd have to refer to our "moderate Muslim" friend as a terrorist. Of course that means that either moderate Muslims can also be terrorists, ergo there are not really any moderate Muslims, or that Abdurahman Alamoudi wasn't a moderate Muslim and that his life as one was a subterfuge, and further, moderate Muslims can and, most likely, do indeed exist.

Well, I choose to believe that moderate Muslims do exist but that many apparently moderate Muslims choose to live a life of subterfuge in order to further the radical Islamic agenda, and that those Muslims, are not moderates but are indeed terrorists living among us who have and continue to attempt to, infiltrate our government and subvert our laws and culture to facilitate the establishment of Islamic law in the U.S.. A fabrication you say! Lets look at some facts:

First of all, the Northeast Intelligence Network, in it's article on the Almoudi revelation, writes:

(...) Pioneers in the research and investigation of Islamic terrorism such as Steve Emerson, Daniel Pipes, Bruce Tefft and others exposed the true nature of the “moderate” Alamoudi long before his arrest in September 2003 on multiple terrorism related financing charges. Convicted in 2004, the most recent allegation of Abdurahman Alamoudi raising money for al Qaeda while rubbing elbows with the Washington elite continues to boggle the mind of any reasonable person as it well should.
In other words, the fact that Abdurahman Alamoudi was a moderate in disquise, while really living a life of subterfuge and hiding the fact that he was a terrorist, should not have been a surprise.

But it's a fluke you say, just a fluke. A rare bad apple in the batch. I say that's nonsense!

Investigative journalist Paul Sperry, in his startling book, "INFILTRATION - How Muslim Spies And Subversives Have Penetrated Washingon(Nelson Current, 2005)," puts the matter in the proper perspective:

As Washington continues to worship at the altor of cultural diversity and endorse religious tolerance for tolerance sake (to which I add, "so long as it's not for Christians or Jews), terror-enabling Muslims masquerading as "moderates" have insinuated themselves into the very fabric of American Society, taking advantage of our blind trust and gaining footholds in our government, political system, workplace, and military.
In his book, Sperry uses an ample sampling of "revealing interviews and classified documents to explain how for many years, these Muslims have been covertly working to destroy our constitutional government and the Judeo-Christian ethics upon which our nation was founded and built.

According to Sperry, their goal is to replace the U.S. Constitution with the Quran an turn America into an Islamic state. Furthermore, Sperry takes aim on the politically correct media, government, and citizens who don't fully understand the dangers of the Muslim faith to the American way of life, and details point by point ways by which such political correctness has unwittingly aided the sinister objectives of the Islamists.

While personally, I believe that there are Muslim moderates, and that the moderates do indeed wish for peace and tolerance, and might now wish to have an Islamic state, the number of true moderates is likely to be far fewer than we would hope for. Although some of our liberal friends on the left believe that "they're everywhere, they're everywhere," Sperry paints a radically different picture:

Read KEY REVELATIONS in Sperry's book.

Read Sperry's CAST OF DUBIOUS CHARACTERS.

Read Sperry's SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS.

Read Sperry's 9/11 IMAM'S DOSSIER.

Read about Sperry's WAHHABI CORRIDOR.

Read Sperry's HOT QUOTES.

Read EXCERPTS from Sperry's book.

By the way, all of us should be just as concerned if there was a Christian fundamentalist movement or a Jewish fundamentalist movement to subvert our government, our culture, and our society to become a "Christian fundamentalist state" or a "Jewish Fundamentalist state," as we need to be about an "Islamic state." But right now, that's not the issue nor is it a concern. Our nation is facing a crisis, and political correctness and ignorance of the facts will get us killed and could cause the death or our nation as we know it, and along with that, the death of our freedoms and culture.

Related readings:
This War Is For Real
On Profiling: It's Just Good Police Work
OPINION: It's Time To Dust-Off The Four Myths About Muslims

Hat tip to Jawa Report for the mention of Northeast Intelligence Network, where I found the Almouhdi story that inspired this post.

Update(hat tip - Rusty): "U.S. Treasury: Former White House Guest "Had a Close Relationship with Al-Qaida"

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(above images via The CounterTerrorism Blog)

Companion post at Hyscience

By at 12:56 PM | Comments |

I'm a Mortal Human?!?!?!!

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All is not right in the world. And on that note, exit stage right..........

But seriously, there must be some sort of glitch in the system again. But I'll take what I can get, when I can get it. Plus, if it is a glitch, it's the kind of glitch that you want--you know, the kind in your favor. Ok, enough of this nonsense already, I'm going back to Cali, Cali, Cali.......

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

July 17, 2005

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday SUNDAY!!!!!!

Well it’s Sunday again. I’ve said before that I will do a Sunday thing so now I have to live up to that. First of all Howie is pretty much pooped. So bear with me I debated doing a post or not but I said I would so here goes.

Not too far off on my 7/3 Sunday entry it was Thursday instead of Tuesday. Lucky guess huh? Been looking around the news outlets and the blogoshere this week. Pretty dull if you aren’t interested in “The Rove Affair”. Just what are they trying to drown out? Well it turns out quite a bit of good news in the world this week. The terrorists are on an all out blitz. See suddenly now the shoe is on the other foot. For a bit there it seemed that we were shooting ourselves in the foot every week. Mr. Murphy has gone over to the terrorist’s side for a bit. I’m sure he’ll be back now and then. I read yesterday of a push by the terrorists to take Baghdad. Every attack they kill like one or two soldiers and 20 to 50 Iraqi’s. Time is showing them for what they are. They now know they cannot win the political war and are resorting to trying to win now win big. The tool of terrorism has become a lead weight on their necks. That’s it boys shoot yourselves in the foot some more. Heck, even a Nigerian email scammer got time this week. Can there be any doubt.

I would not want to downplay the real feeling I had this week about a downhill run here. But a cornered animal is the most dangerous. The enemy has run himself into a corner and now people everywhere are starting to turn against him. Britain is going to become more active, Muslims themselves are turning away from bombing innocents to a certain extent knowing the evil is just too obvious to deny any longer. Yes a good battle for the hearts and minds this week. We've won that one this month so far. Feels good. I see President Bush is allowing aid Directly to Palestine and they are right now being tested to see if they can make it work. Things have been going well there and terrorist groups who get their power from the conflict are trying to stop it. Israel is also stepping up its pressure. I hope the Palestinian Authority can prevail here the wind seems right. My fear is that too much Israeli pressure plays into the terrorist’s strategy.

Got some links & stuff I’ve saved up for a few days. Good and bad mostly good news followed by the terrorist shooting themselves in the foot again trying to take it back. Don’t let them.

A good essay on Marketplace that I’ve got to listen to again and learn more about by Stanford Unger. Some freedom of speech issues there to look into.

Also I’ve been catching a good portion of 102 Minutes a book about the 9/11 hijackings that is so far pretty good. Still plenty left on Radio Reader. WKMS does streaming I’m not sure how many steams they can do. The show airs weekdays at 6:30 CDT. Good book.

A fine example of how the world is getting harder for the enemy. Yes they are falling out of fashion because now at long last even our oldest and most fickle ally France yes can you believe it France is getting on board.

USS Neverdock has more on that one.

Yes Muslims too.

The economy is on the mend and dong well as is the Federal Deficit. Definitely not as fun as the Rove thing but vastly more important.

From my Illinois Republican newsletter.

"DEFICIT FALLING. The White House reported this week that the deficit is falling and will continue to fall due to strong economic policy, which has generated much higher than expected tax revenues. As a result, this year's budget will fall to $333 billion which is $79 billion less than in 2004 and $94 billion less than forecasted by the Bush Administration in February. The White House now expects the deficit to decline to 1.1% of gross domestic product by 2009. Currently it sits at 2.7% of GDP (RNC Research 7/15/05)"
Yeah I know but I used em last week too.

What does our enemy think about all this. Well they are really pushing. Up to 10 car bombs in one day. One attack I read of had two US dead and twenty innocents. They are letting off bombs like there is no tomorrow. I can see why. He has to win now and can’t. So you are going to see more stories like this one from fear mongers ABCNEWS.
The Sadam Charges are OK but the Iraq bombing summary is pretty rough.

Also worth worrying about this week is Dictator Hugo Chavez. He has recently imported millions of guns for his military while at the same time moving to take them from citizens. This guy is consolidating power. Here you go YBP I’m sure you’re intrested.

"Venezuela's highest Catholic prelate on Sunday condemned President Hugo Chavez's rule as a dictatorship and urged Venezuelans to reject it in an attack likely to strain already poor church-government ties."
Given the desperation of our enemy I would think this summer we all need to keep an eye out. I check out the Northeast Intelligence network every week or so. This week the chatter is pretty serious looking forward for the summer. Remember the enemy needs this one. If they have no spectacular success and the current tactics keep going like the London bombings or Iraqi bombings it’s just a matter of time. They are loosing and are desperate to get it back. What a difference a couple weeks can make.

I’ll be out Monday so guest posters are welcome as Rusty indicated. With my Master absent I can use all the help I can get. I’ll be available by email this week. And you guys behave Mad Dog is watching. I’m such a push over and he isn’t. Have a great week I’ll be back now and then and on Wednesday. With Rusty out I’ll try and keep an eye on things. Time for a glass of that fine wine I made. Yes the little woman and I are going to have a glass.

I shall not fear. Fear is the mind killer. Yes guys feel free to add to that one in comments. Be good.

By Howie at 09:41 PM | Comments |

On Vacation

I'm leaving for my home-town of Los Angeles in two days. Don't know if I'll be blogging for the next three weeks. Maybe a post here and there. Maybe not. A lot depends on how much of my manuscript gets written. Schtoopid editors and their demands...

Anyhoo, I'll be mostly in the San Gabriel Valley and the occasional day spent with the homies in South Central. E-mail me if you want to get together for lunch or something.

Other than the personal type e-mails don't expect a response from me. If you want a post plugged I'll refer you to the care of my co-authors/guest-posters/biyatches who can be contacted here. Any one else who want to guest post let me know. Into their hands I have commited the keys of the kingdom

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:06 PM | Comments |

Blogger Gets Fatwah/Death Threat

I've insulted, desecrated, blasphemed, begged, and pleaded for a fatwa for well-over a year now and how do the Islamofascist pigs pay me back? By giving this guy a fatwa!! I am soooo jealous of Chris Byrne of The Anarchangel blog. The FBI contacted him a couple of days ago and told him they had credible evidence of a plot against his life made on Arabic websites. In the next post he warns whatever misunderstanderer of the RoP that had issued the fatwa that he owns a gun and will use it (picture of said gun here). In this post he reveals that the FBI told him that it was a Palestinian terrorist organization in Europe that had targetted him for Team Infidel's Koran desecration work.

This is my kinda guy! How come I'm not on your blogroll, man? It would be kinda like getting a fatwa by association or something. And as the proud owner of the Flush the Koran blog and the originator of the Karnival of the Koran Krapping let me say how disappointed I am that no one invited me to join Team Infidel!! For that, I issue a fatwa on you Chris Byrne. A fatwa on all of you Team Infidel!!

Hat tip: Gaijin Biker, Ryan, and David Gulliver for caring enough about my fatwa obsession to e-mail me this.

On a related note I just received the following e-mail from CAIR. It looks like it will be another 8-10 weeks before I can desecrate the Koran again......

Dear Friend:

Thank you for requesting a free English translation of the Quran, Islam s holy text, through the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Explore the Quran campaign. If you already received your copy in the mail, we hope that you find it beneficial and you may disregard this e-mail.

Due to the overwhelming response to our campaign, we have temporarily depleted our existing supply of Qurans and are waiting for the arrival of a new shipment.

Please be assured that each person in the United States who requested a Quran will receive one within the next 8-10 weeks.

We appreciate your understanding and patience in this matter.

If you have received this mailing in error, or did not request a copy of the Quran to be shipped to your address, please let us know by e-mailing QURAN@cair-net.org or calling 1-800-784-7526.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:22 PM | Comments |

Tony Blair' Speech: Genius & Jawa Report Reader

Apologies to the Lord of Moons (aka, Allah) for breaking my Sabbath commitment today but Tony Blair gave a speech yesterday that literally had my jaw dropping. My wife was stunned that I used a profanity, something I never do around the house, when I said something like, "Holy shit, Tony Blair is the first politician I've ever heard who actually gets it." And his speech was so close to something I had just written the day before that I can't help but think that Tony Blair, or one of his speechwriters, reads The Jawa Report.

Here is the text of the most honest and amazing speech I've heard from a politician since 9/11. Not only does it correctly identify the war as one not against terror but against an evil fascist ideology but was also given with courage and conviction. Tony Blair's speech, in my mind, is right up there with John F. Kennedy's innagural in which he warned "every nation...whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty."

Text of Blair's speech. Read it all:

The greatest danger is that we fail to face up to the nature of the threat we are dealing with. What we witnessed in London last Thursday week was not an aberrant act. It was not random. It was not a product of particular local circumstances in West Yorkshire. Senseless though any such horrible murder is, it was not without sense for its organisers. It had a purpose. It was done according to a plan. It was meant.

What we are confronting here is an evil ideology. It is not a clash of civilisations all civilised people, Muslim or other, feel revulsion at it. But it is a global struggle and it is a battle of ideas, hearts and minds, both within Islam and outside it. This is the battle that must be won, a battle not just about the terrorist methods but their views. Not just their barbaric acts, but their barbaric ideas. Not only what they do but what they think and the thinking they would impose on others.

This ideology and the violence that is inherent in it did not start a few years ago in response to a particular policy. Over the past 12 years, Al Qaeda and its associates have attacked 26 countries, killed thousands of people, many of them Muslims. They have networks in virtually every major country and thousands of fellow travellers. They are well-financed. Look at their web-sites. They aren’t unsophisticated in their propaganda. They recruit however and whoever they can and with success.

Neither is it true that they have no demands. They do. It is just that no sane person would negotiate on them. They demand the elimination of Israel; the withdrawal of all westerners from Muslim countries, irrespective of the wishes of people and Government; the establishment of effectively Taleban states and Sharia law in the Arab world en route to one Caliphate of all Muslim nations.

We don’t have to wonder what type of country those states would be. Afghanistan was such a state. Girls put out of school. Women denied even rudimentary rights. People living in abject poverty and oppression. All of it justified by reference to religious faith.

The 20th century showed how powerful political ideologies could be. This is a religious ideology, a strain within the world-wide religion of Islam, as far removed from its essential decency and truth as Protestant gunmen who kill Catholics or vice versa, are from Christianity [ed note: ok, Blair had to say that although it is patently untrue since most moderate Muslims also support the imposition of religious law, albeit much less harsh than the Taliban]. But do not let us underestimate it or dismiss it. Those who kill in its name believe genuinely that in doing it, they do God’s work; they go to paradise.

From the mid 1990s onwards, statements from Al Qaeda, gave very clear expression to this ideology.

[quoting bin Laden] Every Muslim, the minute he can start differentiating, carries hatred towards the Americans, Jews and Christians. This is part of our ideology.

The creation of Israel is a crime and it has to be erased. You should know that targeting Americans and Jews and killing them anywhere you find them on the earth is one of the greatest duties and one of the best acts of piety you can offer to God Almighty. [enquote]

Just as great is their hatred for so-called apostate Governments in Muslim countries. This is why mainstream Muslims are also regarded as legitimate targets.

At last year’s Party Conference I talked about this ideology in these terms:

Its roots are not superficial but deep, in the madrassehs of Pakistan, in the extreme forms of Wahabi doctrine in Saudi Arabia, in the former training camps of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan; in the cauldron of Chechnya; in parts of the politics of most countries of the Middle East and many in Asia; in the extremist minority that now in every European city preach hatred of the West and our way of life. This is what we are up against. It cannot be beaten except by confronting it, symptoms and causes, head-on. Without compromise and without delusion.

The extremist propaganda is cleverly aimed at their target audience. It plays on our tolerance and good nature; it exploits the tendency to guilt of the developed world; as if it is our behaviour that should change; that if we only tried to work out and act on their grievances, we could lift this evil; that if we changed our behaviour, they would change theirs. This is a misunderstanding of a catastrophic order.

Their cause is not founded on an injustice. It is founded on a belief, one whose fanaticism is such it can’t be moderated. It can’t be remedied. It has to be stood up to. And, of course, they will use any issue that is a matter of dissent within our democracy. But we should lay bare the almost-devilish logic behind such manipulation.

If it is the plight of the Palestinians that drives them, why, every time it looks as if Israel and Palestine are making progress, does the same ideology perpetrate an outrage that turns hope back into despair?

If it is Afghanistan that motivates them, why blow up innocent Afghans on their way to their first ever election? If it is Iraq that motivates them, why is the same ideology killing Iraqis by terror in defiance of an elected Iraqi Government?

What was September 11 2001 the reprisal for? Why even after the first Madrid bomb and the election of a new Spanish Government, were they planning another atrocity when caught? Why if it is the cause of Muslims that concerns them, do they kill so many with such callous indifference? We must pull this up by its roots. Within Britain, we must join up with our Muslims community to take on the extremists. Worldwide we should confront it everywhere it exists.

Next week I and other party leaders will meet key members of the Muslim community. Out of it I hope we can get agreed action to take this common fight forward. I want also to work with other nations to promote the true face of Islam world-wide. Round the world, there are conferences already being held, numerous inter-faith dialogues in place but we need to bring all of these activities together and give them focus.

We must be clear about how we win this struggle. We should take what security measures we can. But let us not kid ourselves. In the end, it is by the power of argument, debate, true religious faith and true legitimate politics that we will defeat this threat. That means not just arguing against their terrorism but their politics and their perversion of religious faith. It means exposing as the rubbish it is, the propaganda about America and its allies wanting to punish Muslims or eradicate Islam. It means championing our values of freedom, tolerance and respect for others. It means explaining why the suppression of women and the disdain for democracy are wrong. The idea that elected Governments are the preserve of those of any other faith or culture is insulting and wrong. Muslims believe in democracy just as much as any other faith and given the chance, show it.

We must step up the urgency of our efforts. Here and abroad the times the terrorists have succeeded are all too well known. Less known are the times they have been foiled. The human life destroyed we can see. The billions of dollars every nation now spends is huge and growing. And they kill without limit. They murdered over 50 innocent people last week. But it could have been over 500. And had it been, they would have rejoiced.

The spirit of our age is one in which the prejudices of the past are put behind us, where our diversity is our strength. It is this which is under attack. Moderates are not moderate through weakness but through strength. Now is the time to show it in defence of our common values.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:54 PM | Comments |

Back By Popular Demand

The Blog Sabbath Caption Contest.

Caption the above image. Winners announced on Monday. No, really. Winners WILL be announced on Monday. Who do you think I am, Rusty?

(image gratuitously stolen from And Rightly So!)

**Note: 10 page conspiracy theses totally off topic written by greg will be allowed on this post, they just won't be considered for the contest**

***Note2: If the winning entry has a blog, that blog will get linky love from all 6 blogs that I post on.***

By Vinnie at 01:20 AM | Comments |

July 16, 2005

Annoy another terrorist.

That last terrorist was so mellow check out his guy I saw on incoming comments Friday. He was posting on a thread about Al-Zaqueery’s website being taken down. Apparently we’ve annoyed him before.

"U might have hacked good site ..but i dont think u could do all what u wanna to do with anay site ..i give u a challenge .....

try hack this site if u could ...the bellow is a forum made by me
..but i make an open challege to u christians to do this ..ehheheheehe"

He left us these.

http://www.ekuverin.net/

from ali ghanim ali abdulla

saeed@hotmail.com


Wow. After looking over the site it’s clear that if this guy created it he is making an effort to sound like a moron here. It’s very slick, very innocent looking. The are several areas including an “Islamic corner”. Also it has a separate area for women that you must email the site master to get access too. Hmmm. I wonder what other areas might be there that don’t show on the front page. Hmm. Where’s all the Arabic text. Hmmmm.. I’m not sure what this site is but someone was calling our attention to it for whatever reason. Well I guess it does not matter I’ve got everything including the IP address where the post was sent from.

Be aware of traps, gentlemen and good hunting Pajamahadeen.

While I was too dense to link to the page this does link to the Jawa archive for August 2004. Then search for 08/22 I will also post most of the entry below the break.

Al Zarqawi's Website Hacked!!
*******My Pet Jawa Exclusive*************
UPDATE 8/23: The site is back up. See this post for details.
Making the rounds today I was checking out Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's (you may know him from such beheadings as Paul Johnson and Kim Sun-Il) website. Guess what...it was hacked!!! GOOD RIDDANCE!!
The CIA/FBI are making a major mistake allowing these sites to be kept up. The reason? This is war. In a war you take away propaganda outlets from the enemy. Yes, they may help us track down al Qaeda elements, but that is just the point. Tracking down and arresting al Qaeda is a police function. Treating the War on Terror as a police matter is Clintonesque and is what got us 9/11. We need to shut all these sites down. They are valuable tools for the enemy.
Here is what Zarqawi's site looked like as of a few minutes after midnight. The hackers left a tag, but their site http://hostinganime.com/teamusa/ only displays the hacker tag 'TeaMz UsA'. Praise Allah for hackers!!! Click the image for larger pic.
I didn't link to the site intentionally, for fear that it might come back online at some point in the future. E-mail me if you want the URL. It's not a big secret, but we don't need to be giving an al Qaeda linked website any more traffic than necessary.
UPDATE: Thanks to Michell Malkin for linking this post. I am now getting the most vile e-mails by people who think they are mailing her. A) It shows what morons they are B) I feel very sorry for her. I knew there was a lot of hate out there, but some of this is just psycho. PS-The trolls are also out...don't feed them after midnight.
PS-Unfortunately the crew at 'TeaMz UsA' missed a page. I have the URL and am more than glad to share it with any hacker who thinks they can take down the page. Just e-mail me anonymously at mypetjawa-at-yahoo-dot-com.
UPDATE: Due to a large number of requests and my personal time constraints I am unable to give out the URL any longer. To date no hacker has taken down Zarqawi's backup site, even though his original site is down. Please go to my MAIN PAGE HERE for updates on what Zarqawi is posting. I often post still images from his website and links to the various beheading films he releases there.
Posted by Dr. Rusty Shackleford at 12:16 AM | Blogroll Dr. Rusty Shackleford!

By Howie at 04:07 PM | Comments |

July 15, 2005

Annoy A Terrorist

Armies of Liberation.

What an apt name. Over and over again, Jane Novak invades the nation of Yemen, not by force of arms, but with the power of 21st century instant communication.

Somewhere, Joan of Arc is smiling. So is the blog grandfather.

Despite what you've been told, the government of Yemen is no ally of the United States.

For whatever reason, the Yemeni government's duplicity has, aside from Jane's tireless efforts, so far managed to escape scrutiny by the world at large. It has to stop.

"Hey, bonehead, that's nice, how do we get to annoy the terrorist?"

Read this post from Jane.

Look for a comment by "Amin Al-Sharaabi." Call him names. Give him the verbal finger.

As an added bonus, he put his email in the comment.

And as I well know, Jawa readers love to email terrorists.

UpDaTe: greg, I said what I meant and I meant what I said.

uPdAtE II: I'm going with Dean on this one, if you have a blog, link and t/b to Jane's post. Let's give this a Technorati boost. And an ecosystem boost as well. The Yemeni government needs to be shown for the Islamotards that they are.

ETAdpu III: Apparently, the goat molesting little Islamotard wanna be jihadi's email is a dead one. Mine got returned. But keep those comments on Jane's post a-flowing.

By Vinnie at 10:55 PM | Comments |

Magdy Elnasher

Here's some information regarding Elnasher's life that is worth knowing. Magdy Elnasher was born in 1972 in Egypt.

1994
Graduated from Cairo University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree,

1998
Received Masters in Science in Organic Chemistry from Cairo University,

1999-2000
Studied chemical engineering at North Carolina State University,

2000-present
University of Leeds, UK, Postgraduate.

Elnasher's schooling has put him at the forefront of study in the fields of biological catalysts and enzyme immobilization.

To refresh everyone's memory, enzymes are protein substances that act as triggers for various biological processes. So, Elnasher's expertise appears to be associated with seemingly mundane applications like improving water treatment facilities or manufacturing processes that rely on enzymatic actions.

With regard to my previously-stated bother, if Elnasher, as a terrorist, wanted to apply this expert knowledge, he could, but only in a convoluted manner. I believe that a biological threat could only exist if Elnasher was working out of his house or in a garage creating something nefarious. His line of study and work does not lend itself to anything other than access to chemicals and biologicals for easy theft. To put anything together, he'd need a lab - and time.

One other thing - Elnasher has some sort of link with the University of Graz in Austria which is associated with his biochemical work.

All in all, I'm somewhat comforted by the fact that there have been no reports of a laboratory being found in the investigation by the British authorities. Without one - somewhere - I don't see Elnasher's biochemical expertise being a threat right now. Of course, don't trust me. I'm just a guy with a computer.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 07:36 PM | Comments |

Damn, It Sucks To Be Jihadi

It may feel good to be a gangsta, but in the rap world, it sucks to be jihadi:

IM FINNA DO IT YES I CAN IM THE MAN MY NAME IS BASSAM A ONE MAN BAND I CAME FROM SAND AFFILIATED WITH THE TALIBAN

Read the rest.

Oh, a side note. The person that wrote the above worked for the Transportation Safety Administration.

By Vinnie at 06:38 PM | Comments |

Rusty from another mother

I was just surfing through bookmarks to see what interesting tidbits I could find. Some of you may have heard Rusty Humphries before. Well he got a call from a gentleman from Florida of Iranian descent. The gentleman says it’s likely that there are terrorists in the US. How does he know??

Paraphrased quote from a caller on Mr Humpries show on 7/14/05.

“There are fifty new mosques in the state of Florida alone in the last 10 years. They preach hate there to the Pakistanis to hate us as Americans and I know because I’m an ex-Muslim”
Link to Mr. Humphries' site.

Look down a bit and click the Phone call from Cyruss link.

Updated:

Also while you are there check out the cool powerpoint presentation from Iraq on what our troops find there.

By Howie at 03:57 PM | Comments |

Four More 7/7 Suspects Arrested in Pakistan

Not the Pakistan? There's got to be another Pakistan cause, the way I hear it, Pakistan is a moderate Islamic country. Oh, and despite the fact that an al Qaeda cell took credit for the mass-murders, the MSM is now reporting as news that al Qaeda may have been involved. Brilliant. MSNBC:

Meanwhile, officials have continued to expand their search to include the possibility that there was a link between the four suicide bombers and al-Qaida.

A police official in Faisalabad, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters Friday that "security agencies have picked up four people. They were taken to an undisclosed location, but we were not involved in this operation."

On a serious note, Pakistan is our ally in the war on terror. Not because they are a democracy, but because they are not. If the Afghanistan invasion taught the Pakistani state one thing it was that cooperation with the U.S. against al Qaeda is the safe route to survival. However, the vast majority of Pakistanis support the work of al Qaeda and Pakistan remains a state which claims to derive its legitimacy from Islam.

More on the Pakistani connection here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:44 PM | Comments |

Coming Soon: My Pet Jawa v. 3.0

You might notice some odd posts in the next few days. We're about to release My Pet Jawa v. 3.0 soon so we need to do some tweaking. If the site goes down or appears funky now you know why.

For a sneak peak into the new design go here. We are in the process of cleaning it up and tweaking the new template so please e-mail me if you have any site suggestions.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:56 PM | Comments |

Jawa Podcast

Coming soon.

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

Contact Information

Tips, complaints, fatwas, and death threats should be sent to Editor in Chief, Sith Master, Admiral, and Pimptastick Blog Overlord:

Howie: @darthodious

Vinnie: komradvinnieovich@gmail.com

Dmartyr: djmartyr-at-gmail-dot-com

Editor-in-chief Emeritus Rusty Shackleford is now out of the loop. Instead of making a big deal of retiring I went with the fade slowly out of the picture option.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:24 PM | |

Democrats *new* plan for Iraq (surrender) teaches our enemies the wrong lessons.

John Deutch, former Deputy Secretary of Defense and Director of Central Intelligence for the Clinton administration has a brilliant plan for Iraq: surrender. NY Times:

The insurgency cannot be overcome easily by either United States military forces or immature Iraqi security forces. Nor would the situation be eased even if, improbably, the United Nations, NATO, our European allies and Japan choose to become seriously involved.

Our best strategy now is a prompt withdrawal plan consisting of clearly defined political, military and economic elements. Politically, the United States should declare its intention to remove its troops and urge the Iraqi government and its neighbors to recognize the common regional interest in allowing Iraq to evolve peacefully and without external intervention. The first Iraqi election under the permanent constitution, planned for Dec. 15, is an appropriate date for beginning the pullout.

Militarily, we should establish a timetable for reducing the scope of operations that has enough flexibility so as not to provide a tactical advantage to insurgents. We should also plan on continuing measures like no-flight zones, border surveillance, training for Iraqi security forces, intelligence collection and maintenance of a regional quick-reaction force.

Economically, we should define what amount of assistance we are prepared to extend to Iraq as long as it stays on a peaceful path. It would be best if this aid was but one facet of a broader set of economic initiatives to benefit Arab states that advance our interests.

Of course, these measures cannot guarantee a secure and democratic Iraq free of external domination. But they could be first steps of a strategy to pursue America's true long-term interests in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf.

Notice how he throws in that phrase at the end, our true long-term interests? What, pray tell, are our true long-term interests in the Middle East?

What is our true long-term interest in the Middle East if not maintaining secular governments and the nation-state system?

The problem with Deutch is that he fundamentally misunderstands who we are fighting in Iraq. We are not fighting a nationalistic insurgency, we are fighting Islamist terrorists. This is not the same war that was fought against Saddam Hussein. This is a different war.

In the first war we fought Saddam Hussein's secular Baathist armies. In this second war we are fighting Islamists allied with al Qaeda. As one who regularly monitors jihadi activity, I can say with some amount of authority that the vast majority of casualties in Iraq come from Abus Musab al-Zarqawi's al Qaeda in Iraq, The Army of Ansar al-Sunna, The Islamic Army in Iraq, and a few other related groups. None of these groups had any interest in maintaining the Arab Socialism of Hussein. All of them share the goal of ousting the U.S. and toppling the Iraqi government.

We won the first war, but will we win the second? That depends.

Terrorists, despite what many on both the Right and Left believe, are not motivated by hate. These are political movements with political goals. Islam, unlike Christianity, does not distinguish between the political and the secular. The political goals of the Islamists are therefore religously motivated--yet they are concrete political goals all the same. In the case of Islamic extremism, the political goals range from the short-term goal of removing US forces from ALL Muslim lands to the very-long-term goal of a unified world government based on Islamic law.

In our rhetoric we say things like, "If [insert fear, civil liberties, etc. here] changes then the terrorists have already won." No, the terrorists are not interested in outlawing pornography, suspending the writ of habeus corpus, or in changing the routes we drive to work--they are interested in specific policy goals none of which have anything to do with U.S. domestic politics (except in the very-very long-term).

Terrorism, as a tactic, is chosen because terrorists believe those tactics will work.

Goal: U.S. Marines out of Beirut.
Tactic: Suicide car-bombing.
Result: U.S. Marines out of Beirut.
Lesson learned: Terrorism works.

They also believe domestic terrorism can lead to specific policy changes.

Goal: Spain out of Iraq.
Tactic: Terrorism against Spanish civilians.
Result: Spain out of Iraq.
Lesson learned: Terrorism works.

The Islamist forces that we are fighting, though, use other tactics as well as terrorism. In Iraq, for instance, much of what these Islamofascist forces are doing are textbook guerilla tactics. I've watched dozens and dozens of al Qaeda and Islamic Army in Iraq videos of U.S. military vehicles being blown up by roadside bombs, mortar attacks on military positions by small paramilitary groups, and even the occasional shoulder fired anti-aircraft missile. Thus, the terrorists we are fighting use terrorism as a tactic, but also use the tactic of guerilla warfare.

Why would they think they can defeat us in Iraq using geurilla warfare?

Goal: Soviet military out of Afghanistan/imposition of Islamic law.
Tactic: Guerilla warfare.
Result: Soviet military out of Afghanistan/imposition of Islamic law.
Lesson learned: Geurilla warfare works against super-powers.

But Afghanistan was not the only place where this lesson was learned.

Goal: U.S. military out of Somalia.
Tactic: Guerilla warfare.
Result: U.S. military out of Somalia.
Lesson learned: Geurilla warfare works against super-powers.

So, what will happen if we pull-out of Iraq? Can our long-term national interests be met using this tactic?

Goal: U.S. military out of Iraq/imposition of Islamic law.
Tactic: Guerilla warfare.
Result: U.S. military out of Iraq/civil war possibly leading to Islamic law.
Lesson learned: Geurilla warfare works against super-powers.

If we truly wish to win the second war in Iraq, we cannot abandon her to our enemies. If we do then the lesson they will learn is that the U.S. can be beaten. And if the U.S. is beaten in Iraq, then the U.S. can be beaten elsewhere.

That is a lesson we cannot afford our enemies to learn.

Hat tip Dale Franks from QandO

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:35 PM | Comments |

Compare and contrast

One of the ways you can tell an American soldier from his adversary is how they treat children, Muslim children especially. All you have to do is read Mad Dog Vinnie’s post from yesterday. And Mike Pechar’s post from a couple days ago and you get a pretty good idea.

I found this little gem on ABCNEWS. Been looking for good news and this qualifies. It seems a young boy from Iraq was suffering from heart problems. What did our boys do? Well they helped out of course. I hope this little one’s recovery goes well and he gets to play and live a long and happy life. Contrast that with the 24 young people murdered by our enemy just to get at one US soldier. Come on you pigs they are kids. They want candy and they are smart enough to have learned that there is nothing to fear from an American GI unless you are his enemy. Unfortunately many learned to fear our enemy that day. Just keep it up, the contrast between us will be what wins the war for civilized people everywhere. Our enemy will be swept into the dust bin of history. Put there by the truth of what they really are, Murderers plain and simple.

“I am very grateful to everybody, to the American troops back in Iraq, to all Houstonians and I'm very grateful to the doctors who did the surgery," the father said nervously”
Full story here.

More below the break.

Speaking of fear, check out this link. You may think I don’t like profanity but I appreciate a good laugh. I’m so effing afraid, not.

By Howie at 01:01 PM | Comments |

Interrogate Me!! For the Love of All That is Holy, Interrogate Me!!!

All these years trying to figure out various ways to get more sweet-sweet lovin' and it turns out all I had to do was become a terrorist and get thrown into Gitmo!

I think Witty Sex Kitten and Feisty Republican Whore might just have a future as Camp X-Ray interrogators/sex-workers.

Note to Professor Chaos: Your secret plan to join IRA sounding much better now....

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

Open Source Intelligence on London Bombing Suspect

So I was doing some research on Magdy Mahmoud Elnashar who was nabbed in Egypt today as a 7/7 suspect and I found his e-mail at Leeds University. Since he's now experiencing the pleasures of the Egyptian penal system and is no longer at Leeds University where he just earned his Ph. D. I figure I won't post it. I mean, he probably won't ever get to read it so what possible value could e-mailing the man who's apartment was used to construct the bomb that killed 52 innocents and mamed hundreds more?

Oh, right. There is that.

So, if you think there might be some theraputic value in e-mailing this son-of-a-bitch and telling him just what you think of him, here you go.

UPDATE: Try this e-mail address, instead: m.elnashar@chem.leeds.ac.uk

7/7 terrorist Dr. Magdy Mahmoud Mostafa Elnashar's e-mail address: bmbmmme@leeds.ac.uk

UPDATE: *sigh* e-mail is dead. Which is odd since most universities don't kick you off their e-mail systems until long after you graduated. But Dave's quip in the comments section may explain why his e-mail is down. It is currently being looked at by British intelligence.

I wonder if he still has voice-mail? Those take a little longer to change. Here is his telephone number if you're a Brit and this is local:

+44(0) 113 3433162

Here is a cached version of his bio.

Also, have you ever wanted to read a peer reviewed scientific paper published by a terrorist? Well, here's your chance to read Novel Matrix for Biocatalyst Production. You mean to say that terrorists might be as ordinary as the guy next door? They go to work, come home, and are generally good neighbors until the day they blow people up? They don't roam the streets yelling death to America all day long? I don't believe it.

Another Update: It looks like the terrorist in question was on a fellowship sponsored by the European Union. These kinds of fellowships are routinely given out to anybody that applies and meets the general qualifications--including foreigners. In fact, if the fellowship that Elnashar received was anything like fellowships in the US, his status as an Egyptian national would only help him--after all, diversity before all other considerations!

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So, all indications are that Elnashar was a good student who had received some amount of recognition at Leeds University. The only sign that he was a terrorist was that he enjoyed talking about his religion. Isn't that odd? A religious man becoming a terrorist?

Yet another update: Looks like Andrew Cochran knows how to do a Google search too.

Mike Pechar, a co-author here, makes this important point at his own blog:

It needs to be noted that Elnasher has been reported to be a chemistry student, a chemistry lecturer, a biochemistry researcher, and a chemistry professor. Right now, it's not really clear what he is, but it has something to do with chemistry.

What bothers me is the possibility that he is a biochemist. If so, and he's found to be a terrorist, there is the likelihood that he may have been working on biological weapons

Indeed.

Yet another update: Dread Pundit Bluto finds that the grant he recieved was worth about $60k.

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

London bombing mastermind detained in Egypt (UPDATED)

Elnasher.jpgHere is a post with open source information on ElNashar.

I see this AM that Magdy el-Nashar has been caught in Egypt. It is believed he is the mastermind behind the london bombings. Way to go Egypt hand him over.

CNN news story.

Hooray!!!!

UPDATE by Admiral Rusty Shackleford: It's too early to call him the mastermind, there is a Pakistani national still at large who has been described that way, but he certainly was a central actor in the scheme. It was in his apartment that the bomb-making equipment was found placing him squarely in the middle of the conspiracy. And since my readers are so much more well-informed than, say, the average anchorman on CNN and have known that Magdy Mahmoud Elnashar was a grad student at NC State since early yesterday, they might want to check out this post from William Teach and click through the links (hat tip, Basil). Are college towns the next logical targets for terrorists?

Here is what The Mirror has to say. Be sure to scroll through and find the shocking revelation that Nashar was a devout Muslim who apparently couldn't keep his yap shut about the Religion of Peace for more than five seconds:

A KEY suspect in the London bombings has been held for questioning near Cairo, Scotland Yard said today.

Egyptian security sources identified the man to be Magdy Mahmoud Elnashar (left), a bio-chemist thought to have links to a Leeds flat being searched by anti-terrorist officers.

The 33-year-old bio-chemist is believed to have handed the keys of a terror base in Leeds to the four killers.

He is also thought to have been close to Lyndsay Jermain, a 19-year-old Jamaican also known as Abdullah Shaheed Jamal, suspected of being the fourth member of the gang.

More information on El-Nashar below.

Updated again.

The explosive TATP has been found in Magdy el-Nashar's appartment.

The BBC.

"Explosives found in a house in Leeds are said to be similar to those used in al-Qaeda attacks and made from ingredients available in high-street chemists."

CNN

"One of the sources said that investigators found the TATP in the Leeds apartment rented by Magdy el-Nashar"

I had nothing to do with the explosion I just have bombs laying around all the time. Yeah right.

A security source said: "We have to find out what exactly his role was in all of this. We need to know how he knew Jamal and came to give him the keys to that flat. We have to speak to him as soon as we can."

The Mirror last night traced Elnashar to an address in the Maadu area of Cairo where we a woman answered the phone number of the address but did not comment.

Elnashar was noted in Leeds University biochemistry department for his devotion to Islam. He travelled with his mother to Mecca on a pilgrimage last January.

He said he planned to leave university in late June, saying he had a problem with his visa, though it was updated early in February.

A source revealed that he was constantly asking the research degrees office there for the conferment date for his PhD to be brought forward.

He told flatmates at 22 St John's Terrace in Leeds - close to the suspected terror base at Alexandra Grove - he would "see them soon" when he left last week.

Police have seized all documents detailing his stay in Britain. He has studied at Leeds since October 2000.

Last night 12 West Yorkshire and Met Police officers began a fingertip search of his flat. The back of the property was guarded by an officer with a protective vest.

By Howie at 08:51 AM | Comments |

Carl Rove and the Arabist Prince

By Demosophist

The more I read about the Rove/Plame/Wilson affair the more confused I get. Well actually it's becoming like an aged and blended old tawny port. POwerline makes a pretty good case that no one violated a law forbidding the "outing" of a covert CIA agent because even Joe Wilson admits that his wife wasn't a covert agent at the time that she was supposedly outed. Yeah well that makes a lot of sense. We've been investigating a crime that has Judith Miller behind bars for nondisclosure of a confidential source, when according to the principal victim's husband there couldn't have been a crime. And that chocolate frog I'm looking at might just decide to hop out the window....

Jim Lindgren clears up a few more details, and makes some suggestions about what NBC might ask Joe Wilson should they be halfway interested in getting to the bottom of things. Which, of course, they weren't. Which makes me still feel like I'm waiting for a train to Hogwart's. I thought Lundgren had at least cleared up the issue of whether Wilson's report referred to possible sales of uranium to Iraq or Iran, but then in the updates to his post he acknowledges that "Iraq" was changed to "Iran" in the final version of the story. So the same old meme produced by a simple typo is still propagating six months after the fact.

Will someone please get to the bottom of this?

1. Was a crime committed during the original leak or thereafter, and if not what the deuce are we investigating and why are we tossing people in jail?

2. Is Carl Rove an evil genius, a good genius, or an over-hyped and incompetent bumbler?

3. Was Joe Wilson lying about everything or just some things. He was obviously lying when he said his wife wasn't instrumental to his assignment to Africa and a few other things, but did he totally reverse the implications of his report in order to cast the President in a bad light?

3b. If Wilson was lying, as Jim Lindgren seems to assume, why didn't the administration (who must have been advised as to the content of his report) simply point out the mismatch between what he was saying on talk shows, and what was in his report?

4. If his report mentions Iran rather than Iraq, why wasn't Iraq mentioned? I thought that was the whole point of this Africa assignment. So why was any mention of Iraq omitted?

5. Is there any way I, as a lowly muggle, and without selling my soul, can learn to perform some of these tricks?

6. Does Valerie have a secret agent sister? (Apparently twins run in the family.)

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 12:41 AM | Comments |

July 14, 2005

Damn, It Feels Good To Be A Lynndie

Geez, does everyone roll up their keyboard at 9 p.m. around here or what?

Not me! I'm doing the Lynndie!



Everyone's doing the Lynndie!

By Vinnie at 11:10 PM | Comments |

It's Bush's Fault

WASHINGTON (AP) - People in several heavily Muslim countries have lost some of their enthusiasm for Osama bin Laden and for violent acts like suicide bombings, especially in countries where there have been recent terrorist acts, international polling found.

Surveys conducted for the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press looked at attitudes of people living in Indonesia, Jordan Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan and Turkey, all countries with Muslim majorities, as part of an international survey of 17 countries done this spring.

In Lebanon, the number of people who think the use of suicide bombing and other forms of violence is justified in defense of Islam has dropped from 73 percent in the summer of 2002 to 39 percent now. A decrease in this number also was seen in Morocco, which fell from 40 percent a year ago to 13 percent now, and in Pakistan and Indonesia. In Jordan, the number of people who feel such violence is justified has grown slightly; the number in Turkey remains very low.

(stein hoist to Raven)

Well, whaddaya know. I finally agree with the Left on something. It's Bush-Blair's fault!!!!! Why, if we hadn't gone into Iraq and Afghanistan, this may not have happened!

Oh, woops, can't forget the Joooooooooooooooooozzzz:

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli helicopters carried out air raids against four targets in Gaza early Friday, retaliating for a Palestinian rocket attack that killed a young Israeli woman.

One Israeli woman is killed in a terrorist attack, and the IDF responds with 4 air strikes.

52 people die on 7/7 in a terrorist attack and it gets an investigation.

Yes, I realize that the 7/7 terrorists were homegrown, and it wouldn't do for the RAF to start strafing the local neighborhoods.

But it's past time to stop pussyfooting around. Time to stop negotiating with the Mad Mullahs. Time to stop urging Syria. And time to stop rewarding Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and any other Islamofascistpricktocracies.

By Vinnie at 10:09 PM | Comments |

Jawa Report on Air America

The Air America listener just told me I was mentioned on The Majority Report with Janeane Garofalo.....

I guess I can now retire. I've finally made it.

If the other Air America listener heard the mention, could you drop me a line and let me know what was said. I'm hoping the word prick was somewhere in the sentence.

UPDATE: I can honestly say that getting a mention on Air America gets you just as many hits as a mention on CNN. NONE.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:27 PM | Comments |

All your BORFs are belongs to us

When I was in D.C. for Jawapalooza East I kept seeing this BORF tag everywhere. So I says to Leopold Stotch, "Who's BORF."

"Dude, you are so out of if."

I guess I'm not cool. Anyway, uber-tagger BORF is about to get sent to federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison. I don't think they have conjugal visits where BORF is going.....

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It turns out BORF is an 18 year old kid from Great Falls. BORF tags have been spotted as far away as San Francisco.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:03 PM | Comments |

Curses, Foiled Again!

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces thwarted a triple suicide attack on Baghdad's Green Zone government compound on Thursday, killing two bombers before they reached a checkpoint and capturing one alive, a U.S. military spokesman said.

Police guarding the checkpoint spotted what they identified as a suicide bomber driving toward them during the morning rush hour, Brigadier General Donald Alston said. They opened fire, and the bomb went off before reaching the checkpoint.

Two other bombers, strapped with explosives, then ran toward them but were gunned down. One survived and, after an Iraqi explosives expert defused his bomb, was taken into custody.

Crud, I have to get back to work. Discuss amongst yourselves.

ETADPU - Ok, back. Two observations that amazed me about this story.

MargaReuterville actually printed good news about Iraq
Google News actually put it on the front page (though probably gone now).

I am hereby dubbing these 3 terrorists as "Islamotards." An Islamotard is a sort-of-but-not-quite-there Jihadi.

They join their other Islamotard brethren:

Richard "Close Cover Before Striking Match" Reid.
John "Walker, Taliban Ranger" Lindh.
Jose "The Toxic Avenger" Padilla.

And many, many more.

By Vinnie at 03:38 PM | Comments |

Taliban Spokesman: Al-Qaeda Escapees Are Safe

Apparently, the terrorists who escaped from the Bagram detention center are now in the southern part of Afghanistan.

From Reuters:

Four Arab al Qaeda militants who escaped from a heavily fortified U.S. detention center in Afghanistan this week reached a Taliban haven safely on Thursday, a spokesman for the guerrilla movement said.

"The Taliban found and recovered four al-Qaeda mujahideen (holy warriors) this morning," Taliban spokesman Abdul Latif Hakimi said from an undisclosed location.

Hakimi, whose information has often proved unreliable, declined to say where the escapees were, but added: "They are far away from Kabul. They are safe and now taking rest."

The Pakistani-based Afghan Islamic Press news agency quoted another, unnamed, Taliban spokesman as saying the men were in the south of the country. "They are alright. They had some bruises to their feet ... they are being given medicines."

Wait a minute! The Taliban has a spokesman? And, he's often unreliable? Say, whatever happened to Baghdad Bob?

Anyway, the escapees have been named and they come from four different countries, Syrian Abdullah Hashimi, Kuwaiti Mahmoud Ahmad Mohammad, Saudi Mahmoud Alfatahni, and Libyan Mohammad Hassan.

In the same report, a member of the Taliban leadership council, Mullah Dadullah, told Al Jazeera television that the group possessed anti-aircraft weapons and was seeking to obtain even more powerful arms.

Would it be possible to get spokesman Hakimi back on the line for a lengthy chat?

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 02:31 PM | Comments |

Speech in Iran a deadly occupation

Thought I would take a few minutes and open for discussion this item. It seems some in Iran are not taking the elections there lying down. Most people expect that since that election the minimal reforms and freedoms there will be reversed. Let’s not forget that in their society speech can get you killed or imprisoned. Here we pretty much get to speak our minds. There dissent can be deadly.

"WASHINGTON - As Tehran University students clashed with police in Iran yesterday during demonstrations demanding the release of political prisoners, President Bush, from Washington, joined the growing movement calling for the release of dissident journalist Akbar Ganji."
Related info. New York Sun atricle 1, New York Sun another article.

Dr Demarche has a good post on the fact that not everyone enjoys the freedom to speak that we have. And it don't come cheap as earlier posts today show.

Also Pejman Yousefzadeh apparently an Iranian national who bloggs thanks President Bush for supporting Akbar Ganji.

For those of you out there who hate our President I ask you one thing. Do you really think the islamofacists would allow you to speak such things about the President of Iran should you find yourself there tomorrow? The fact that you can read my speech is a fairly recent development. Not too many years ago all of our speech would have been below the radar. Silenced by the powers that be to keep us in our place. Now it's as easy as clicking post.

By Howie at 12:05 PM | Comments |

College Professor Implicated in London Bombings; Fourth Bomber Jamaican (UPDATED)

[UPDATE 7/15--El Nashar arrested in Egypt]

Two more suspects identified in the London bombings. Add visas given to Middle Eastern professors and graduate students to my list of immigration reforms. One of the suspects is a college instructor, Magdi El-Nashar from Egypt. [UPDATE: Suspect also went to graduate school at North Carolina State. Scroll down for info...] Also, co-author Mike Pechar reveals the identity of London's fourth mass-murder--and he's Jamaican. This means he was not the son of Pakistani immigrants, as the other three were, and that he was a most probably a convert to Islam. I'm thinking a few puffs of the ganja would have been a good thing in this guys case. Never heard of a Rasta terrorist before......

Lindsey Germaine, Jamaican-born, lived in Buckinghamshire.

[UPDATE: He is not the mastermind, only a suspect] According to other sources. A chemistry instructor at Leeds University has been implicated as the possibe as the mastermind behind the 7/7 bombings, but the fact that the bomb-making materials were found in his apartment puts him squarely at the center of the conspiracy.] The way the article is written, it sounds as if he may have been a graduate student but I'm not sure how the British University system works exactly. The Sun:

A CHEMISTRY lecturer linked to the Leeds bomb factory was being hunted last night by cops trying to trace the mastermind of the 7/7 atrocity.

Egyptian Magdi El-Nashar, 33, rented a flat at 18 Alexandra Grove in the suburb of Burley.

The lecturer — also taking a PhD biochemistry course at Leeds University — vanished days before the London outrage.

He is thought to have returned to Egypt, where al-Qaeda have a strong base.

At least two of the suicide bombers who caused the carnage have been connected to the flat, 200 yards from Leeds Grand mosque.

Forensic experts were searching the house in which the flat stands yesterday — and are thought to have found explosives. Anti-terror cops are also trying to trace ANOTHER suspected prime mover of the London attacks.

This article from News.com.au says he PLANNED the attacks:
POLICE believe they have identified the man who planned the London bombings.

It has also emerged that one of his recruits - Edgware Road bomber Mohammed Sadique Khan - was a teaching assistant in a Leeds primary school.
The leader of the terrorist cell is believed to be in his 30s and of Pakistani origin. He arrived at a British port last month and is understood to have left the country the day before four suicide bombers murdered at least 53 people.

Security sources believe he has been involved in previous terrorist operations and has links with al-Qa'ida followers in the US. It is believed he visited the bombers in Leeds and identified targets. Security chiefs say he is also likely to have schooled his recruits on how to trigger their rucksack bombs almost simultaneously.

This smacks of Sami Al-Arian, the college professor from Florida currently on trial for terrorism related charges and Professor Ali al-Timimi of Virginia who is said to have been the ringleader of an international terrorist cell.

UPDATE: Tim at Opinion Bug and Confederate Yankee tell me that Magdy el-Nashar also studied at NCSU in Raleigh, NC. Do you think he dropped out because the local hotties at the Releigh Hooters offended him? Via Opinion Bug this from NBC-17:

An Egyptian-born academic being sought by London police as part of their investigation into last week's terrorist bombings spent a semester at North Carolina State University, school officials said Thursday.
Opinion Bug also has a CCTV photo of Hasib Hussain posted.

Another UPDATE: So, a college professor/grad student (haven't sorted that one out yet--any Brits care to help distinguish?) is at the center of the conspiracy to murder civilians and terrorize London--pretty bad. IT. GETS. WORSE. Malkin on freakin fire--Government funded youth center hub of jihadi activities, tie group together. Your tax dollars at work!

And yet another update: It looks like he was a graduate student who also lectured. Something I am all too familiar with. DC Examiner:

In a statement Thursday, Leeds University said el-Nashar enrolled in October 2000 to do biochemical research, sponsored by the National Research Center in Cairo, Egypt. It said he earned a doctorate May 6.

"We understand he was seeking a postdoctorate position in the U.K.," the university said. "His visa was updated by the Home Office earlier this year. He has not been seen on the campus since the beginning of July.

UPDATE 7/15: El Nashar arrested in Egypt.

Here is what The Mirror has to say:

A KEY suspect in the London bombings has been held for questioning near Cairo, Scotland Yard said today.

Egyptian security sources identified the man to be Magdy Mahmoud Elnashar (left), a bio-chemist thought to have links to a Leeds flat being searched by anti-terrorist officers.

The 33-year-old bio-chemist is believed to have handed the keys of a terror base in Leeds to the four killers.

He is also thought to have been close to Lyndsay Jermain, a 19-year-old Jamaican also known as Abdullah Shaheed Jamal, suspected of being the fourth member of the gang.

More information on El-Nashar below.

Read More "London bombing mastermind detained in Egypt (UPDATED)" »


A security source said: "We have to find out what exactly his role was in all of this. We need to know how he knew Jamal and came to give him the keys to that flat. We have to speak to him as soon as we can."
The Mirror last night traced Elnashar to an address in the Maadu area of Cairo where we a woman answered the phone number of the address but did not comment.

Elnashar was noted in Leeds University biochemistry department for his devotion to Islam. He travelled with his mother to Mecca on a pilgrimage last January.

He said he planned to leave university in late June, saying he had a problem with his visa, though it was updated early in February.

A source revealed that he was constantly asking the research degrees office there for the conferment date for his PhD to be brought forward.

He told flatmates at 22 St John's Terrace in Leeds - close to the suspected terror base at Alexandra Grove - he would "see them soon" when he left last week.

Police have seized all documents detailing his stay in Britain. He has studied at Leeds since October 2000.

Last night 12 West Yorkshire and Met Police officers began a fingertip search of his flat. The back of the property was guarded by an officer with a protective vest.


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

Al Qaeda Arrest in Iraq Linked to Murder of Egyptian Ambassador

Good news from Iraq. It looks like we may have got the man responsible for the murder of Egyptian Ambassador Ihab al-Sherif. That's two al Qaeda cell leaders caught in the last week. Off with their heads!

AP:

The U.S. military on Thursday announced the capture of two key members of Iraq's most-feared terror group, including one suspected in the kidnap-slaying of an Egyptian envoy and attacks on senior diplomats from Pakistan and Bahrain.

Khamis Farhan Khalaf Abd al-Fahdawi, known as Abu Seba, was arrested last Saturday following operations in the Ramadi area west of Baghdad, the U.S. military said in a statement.

He was accused of involvement in the abduction and killing of Egypt's top envoy in Iraq and attacks on Pakistani and Bahraini diplomats earlier this month.

"Seba served as a senior lieutenant of al-Qaida in Iraq, and is suspected in attacks against diplomats of Bahrain, Pakistan and the recent murder of Egyptian envoy, Ihab Salah al Din Ahmad al-Sherif," the U.S. statement said. "Al-Qaida ordered the attacks against Arab diplomats in an effort to reduce support for the government of Iraq according to a military spokesman."

Another al-Qaida in Iraq lieutenant, Abdullah Ibrahim Mohammed Hassan al Shadad, or Abu Abdul Aziz, was captured Sunday, the command said. It said Abu Abdul Aziz was a top lieutenant of al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and served as operations officer for the group.

The statement said Abu Abdul Aziz was cooperating with coalition forces.

Hat tip: YBP

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:53 AM | Comments |

Louis Farrakhan Subsidized by Toyota

farrakhan_toyota.jpgYou ever wonder why moonbats like Farrakhan can keep a national profile? It's because they have corporte sponsorship. Not always directly, but indirectly. It seems that the Jew-hating lunatic spoke at a Jesse Jackson event last year sponsored, in part, by Toyota.

Maybe Toyota ought to forget the middle man and just hire ol' Farrakhan to be their spokesman? The cars should be a big seller in the Middle East. The National Policy Center's press release on Toyota's idiocy is here.

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

Continuing the Cult Discussion

There is another article up at Our Life discussing the Center for Purposeful Living.

This story is from an anonymous source and is certainly one of interest. I highly recommend reading it when you get the chance.

If you haven't had time to read my first article on this subject then please try and make the time to read it, The Cult that is Human Service Alliance and the Center for Purposeful Living.

By at 06:57 AM | Comments |

Sources of Homicidal Angst: The "Sodatic Zone" (Updated)

By Demosophist

OK, so who didn't fall in love with the Parminder Nagra character in Bend it Like Beckham? (If you didn't you're feakin' gay, man.) She's now a regular on ER, by the way. I know she's precisely the sort of tomboy that used to get my heart thumping when I was a ne'r-do-well kid in HS and College. (I mean, girly girls are "OK," but give me a girl who can kick a football or run a 100 meter dash any time.)

So having become susceptible to English Pakistani culture through such a sympathetic portrayal it's not all that comforting to see cute Jess's extended family as the perpetrators of the recent London bombings. [Note: Jess's family were Sikh rather than Muslim, as a reader embarassingly points out. See updates below for thoughts on how this changes the thesis.] And I imagine it's no easier for my UK brethren, who must have been similarly enthralled. I do not think that Islam is, by definition, a pathological religion. But I think some elements of Islamic culture might be pathological, and there is a "dirtly little secret" that is rarely discussed, except by an old friend of mine on a new blog called Jefferson State. An excerpt that's liable to ellicit a fatwa [with commentary]:

I grew up living among Muslims (or Mohammedans as we called them) in South Africa. Most of them don't take their religion too seriously and are actually fairly secular, materialistic and ambitious. They were known as "black Jews" in South Africa (a back-handed compliment but not an outright insult.)

But the fact is that the religion of Islam stinks. Mohammed was a scheming opportunistic weasel who married a rich old widow to further his ambitions. It is a primitive religion and, unlike Judaism and Christianity, has never had a Reformation. [Here's the key to the pathology, by the way.]

Our bible-thumpers may not be the most enlightened people in the world but so far they have not bombed anyone. It [Islam] is not a religion of kindness, mercy, forgiveness and love. Has everyone forgotten the video footage of Muslims cheering and celebrating in the streets of the mid-east after 9/11?

[It may, in fact, be a "religion of kindness, mercy, and love"... for Muslims, but reformed religions have generally arrived at the conclusion that "human" and "X" (Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, etc) are more or less synonyms, even though that conclusion isn't obviously or undeniably rational. It is a mark of reformation that humans are innately "of the faith" unless diverted by time and circumstance. That's what "reformation" means.]

The Muslims that I grew up with in South Africa live in a multicultural society and have had to adapt. Same goes for most of those whom I have known in the USA. [Jess, in Bend it Like Beckham is obviously assimilated, which is why she's also attractive. She's a-Muslim.]

In the Middle East, however, they live in practically homogenous societies and are arrogant and medieval. Sadly that applies to many in the UK too where they are not really ever accepted as British and live in ghettoes. It seems that, if their religion and culture are never challenged, they can happily go about being reactionary dinosaurs.

[OK, so what's the thesis of Bend It Like Beckham? Is it not the confrontation between western and medieval values, and the fact that the former tends to win out over the latter for the obvious reason that it's better-atuned to human nature? Why would anyone choose Submission, unless they had a rather peculiar and restrictive image of women?]

Last zinger: One of the major causes of dysfunctionality of middle-eastern culture is seldom talked about because it is controversial and distasteful. [Boy, is it ever!] As much as the Muslims hate gays, they have a dirty little secret - many are pederasts.

Richard Burton (no, not Mr. Elizabeth Taylor - I mean the explorer and translator of Thousand and One Nights) called the mid-east and Mediterranean the Sodatic Triangle because of the wide-spread practice of pederasty.

Muslim boys are molested by older males from an early age. Is Islamic culture pathological because of the sexual abuse of its little boys who then grow up to be vicious, sado-masochistic and corrupt?

Bernard Lewis has made the observation that "What Went Wrong" with Islam has its origins in the suppression of women. Anyone who has investigated the culture of the Mafia knows that they place women on an unnatural pedestal, and that this separation of female and male nature feeds the sociopathic aspects of Mafia culture. What is not recognized is that Sicily is but the northern boundary of the "sodatic zone," and that the dysfunction is entrenched to a far greater extent in the Middle East.

Note also that this practice is no more "Islamic" than the dysfunction in Sicilian life is "Christian." It's the result of a cultural evolution that actually transcends religion, and perpetuates precisely because it is never expressed or discussed. The "evil" is the result of or consequence of denial, as much as praxis. It doesn't require pederasty to manifest, but simply the asymmetrical and unnatural regard for women as "special and untouchable" creations. Pederasty is a consequence of such an attitude, but a consequence that, in turn, produces genuinely vicious results. Although Patrick doesn't say as much, it is this that really lies behind the social dysfunction he's talking about. It isn't entirely unlike "prison culture" if you require a modern parallel.

Young Muslim men ought to find women like Jess Bhamra, the heroine of Bend it Like Beckham irresistible, but instead they find such women threatening. This is a tragedy, with consequences that, though unintended, are not inconsequencial. We saw the results in the London transit system over the past week. If mainstream media leaves you with the impression that such a consequence is inexplicable it's because they're not comfortable talking about reality.

Update 1: A reader, Alf, points out in the comments a rather embarassing mistake: Jess's family in Bend It were Sikh, not Muslim. Oops! This is almost inexcusable since the Sikhs and Muslims have been involved in a low-level war for decades in Kashmir. Demonstrates what can happen if you get too enchanted with your own rhetoric, I guess.

But there's some value in noting that the chief difference between the Sikh and Muslim attitude toward women, which are both "traditional," involves the veil. Sikhism hasn't had a huge problem making it into the 20th Century. You can find Kettle Chips in almost any grocery store in the US, which was a product introduced by the Sikh community in Salem, Oregon. My grad school produces several very fine Sikh MBAs with every graduating class. So the issue isn't merely "traditional values," but something more insidious. It involves something so threatening to Islamic culture that exposing it to any degree, as did Theo van Gogh in Submission, is an intolerable trespass.

Update 2: Another reader, Kstumpf, points out that Muslims don't so much place women on a pedestal as relegate them to a dark room where they serve limited purpose. While that's certainly true, the notion of a pedestal isn't simple. The thesis of Betty Friedan's book The Feminine Mystique, for instance, was that placing women on a pedestal also demotes them to the periphery of the culture. But "the veil" is an extreme version of that mystique, implying not only that women are different and off limits, but that they're also unclean. (For instance a Muslim man won't sleep in a bed that has been previously occupied by a woman not his wife.) It's a pointedly abusive form of mystique, which was the point of van Gogh's film. And it's little wonder that the attraction to an opposite gender viewed as both mysterious (and therefore intriguing) and also foul, translates into a higher incidence of the rape of little boys. It's not a difficult equation to suss out.

Update 3: Jefferson State has posted the entirety of a 2001 article by Jamie Glazov from Front Page Magazine on "The Sexual Rage Behind Islamic Terror". There's also a related post by Wretchard at The Belmont Club: The Return of the Ripper.

By Demosophist at 09:54 PM | Comments |

Remembering Fallen Heroes

My grandfather, a Marine killed in the Pacific theatre during WWII, is buried in the Punchbowl. He and his fallen brothers are joined by five heroes of the Afghanistan campaign. I am thankful for their sacrifice and proud of their service. God speed and rest in peace.

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

A Modest Proposal to Congress:
End assylum for Islamsit exiles and make "religious worker" visas predicated on reciprocity of host nations

Today, there are two main sources foreign born Islamist radicalism in the West. The first are political exiles who take advantage of Western tolerance for dissent--even dissent which advocates overthrowing the very liberalism which has generously given them refuge. The second are imams (Muslim clerics) brought to the West to lead congregations of economic immigrants and who bring with them all the social baggage of their native societies--disgust for Western society, conspiracy theories, antisemetism, anti-secularism, and a belief that the ills of the Muslim world can be laid squarely at the feet of Western Imperialism, etc.

Ending both sources of radicalism only requires minor adjustment to present law and, in the end, could prove instrumental in preventing further 7/7 type attacks.

Tony Blair today asserted that he would deport radical Muslim clerics from Britain. A bold move from a country which has historically tolerated the purveyors of hate. It should be remembered that it was from England that an exiled Karl Marx was free to give words to an ideology that would eventually kill tens of millions of people. He fled the corrupt and authoritarian Prussian state to find refuge in the Progressive British one--and then promptly advocated overthrowing both.

For too long those that promote evil ideologies have sought refuge in the pluralism and tolerance of the West. While the term 'political refugee' conjures up images of brave reformers persecuted by totalitarian regimes because of their love of Western style liberalism, the truth is that many refugees are forced into exile because they advocate replacing the current totalitarian regime of a given country with a new form of totalitarianism.

Such is the case with radical Islamists from all over the Middle East who are persecuted for their advocacy of replacing the corrupt secularism, militarism, Arab socialism of present regimes with far worse governments patterned after Afghanistan's Taliban or The Islamic Republic of Iran. Many of these exiles find refuge in the West and under present legal standards they certainly meet every definition of political refugee. In the West these radical purveyors of hate ideology find the resources to give voice to their totalitarian visions.

For instance, Sheik Omar Bakri Mohammed was forced to flea his native Syria and found refuge in Great Britain because of his association with the Muslim Brotherhood and his support for replacing the secular Baathist regime in Syria with a religious one. According to this Los Angeles Times article, thousands of these refugees blend in with the large Muslim community of England's working class neighborhoods--the vast majority of whom came seeking economic opportunity. Among the immigrant community, these radical refugees find sympathetic ears, raise money, propagandize, and serve as intermediaries to the world-wide Salafist jihadi network.

It is time for Western countries to stop granting political assylum to those that wish only to destroy us.

Granting assylum to Islamists today reveals a suicidal tendency in Western Liberalism. Far worse than selling the rope, we are giving the rope away to those who openly tell us they wish to use it to hang us. It is a Greek tragedy being played out on a civilizational scale.

It is no longer good enough to know that the individual assylum seeker might be persecuted in his home-country, but we must also ask why he would be persecuted?

Are they seeking exile because they are critical of their home governments: alliances with the West? diplomatic relations with Israel? secularism? democracy? tolerance of religious diversity? lax attitudes on immoral behavior?

If the ansewer to any of these questions is "yes" then such a person should seek assylum elsewhere. I hear that Libya is very generous to such people. And Iran.

The second external source for the radicalization of Muslims in the West comes from the fact that the vast majority of Imams are foreign born, socialized under tyrannical systems, and often trained with the help of Saudi money or with the help of radical salafist congregations around the world.

For instance, one of the suspects in the Lodi al Qaeda ring is Shabbir Ahmed. How is it that Shabbir Ahmed got into our country in the first place? He received a "religious worker" visa to come to the U.S. from the madrassas of Pakistan in 2002. His alleged co-conspirator, Mohammad Adil Khan, also came to the U.S. on an R-1 "religious worker" visa.

While I believe it when the Muslim community in Lodi disclaims any association with the radicalism of two of their imams and terrorist intrigue of two of their fellow congregants, it is hard to believe that they were not at least aware of it. These are, for the most part, second or third generation immigrants who are well aware of the norms of acceptable social discoure in our country.

Part of the problem is how radicalism is defined. By far, the vast majority of imams I have heard are radical by American standards. However they may be quite moderate sounding in their own countries. By American standards, advocating religious-law, institutionalized discrimination against religious minorities, and censorship are so-far outside the mainstream that most of us find it a little hard to believe that these views are advocated by moderates in Islamic countries.

What seperates moderates from radicals in the Islamic world is only a matter of degree in how these principles ought to be enforced and what are acceptable methods for reaching these goals. The ends are rarely in dispute between moderate and radical Muslim theologans, only the means to the ends.

The moderate and radical imam both wish to impose sharia (Islamic law). The moderate wishes to install sharia through democratic and constitutional processes, the radical is willing to use violence. But in the end, both wish to end Western secular governments.

The moderate and radical imam both believe that it ought to be illegal to proseletyze Muslims. The moderate may wish only to expell missionaries, fine those caught passing out religous material, or give short jail sentences. The radical may wish to impse the Quran and Hadith prescribed punishment--death by stoning or beheading. But in the end, both wish to end freedom of relilgious expression.

Thus, even moderate religious scholars trained at the most moderate religious schools throughout the Islamic world bring to our societies an ideology antithetical to liberal notions of freedom of religion, expression, and secular governance.

Perhaps even worse than the ideology of Islamism is the cultural worldview which they bring with them and pass on to their congregants. For instance, a Pew survey in 2004 found that 51%-55% of Pakistanis believed the U.S. War in Iraq was either motivated by a desire to target unfriendly Muslim governments, to control Mideast oil, or to dominate the world. In Jordan the percent of population believing in such conspiratorial motives reaches 70%.

This anti-American worldview is taught in mosques, reinforced by sympathetic but homegrown Leftists, and then bolstered by media images which show the innocent casualties of war, equates the death of Palestinian terrorists with Israeli civilians, and which overhype even the smallest of abuses by American soldiers.

They come here as our guests and abuse our hospitality. But if these people are our guests, then why do we keep inviting them back?

In the U.S. today there are approximately 26,000 foreigners who have come as either 'religious workers' or their dependents. Of course, a large number of these are Christian missionaries, priests, and clergy. How many of these, though, are imams trained in traditional Islamic tenents antithetical to Western liberal values and socialized in anti-American and conspiracy ridden societies?

Is there a way, then, to reform the R-1 visa program yet remain loyal to our deeply held commitment to religious pluralism? A way which would neutralize criticisms from the left yet keep out the vast majority of those who would abuse our hospitality and wish to destroy our way of life? Perhaps.

No 'religious worker' visa should be issued to any country which does not allow recipricol 'religious workers' to enter their country.

Simply put, if you don't allow our religious people to legally set up shop in your country we will not allow your religious people to legally set up shop in our country.

How many foreign born imams would this affect? Well, to be honest, all of them. There is not a single Muslim country that allows foreign born 'religious workers' to openly practice their faith. None. Nado. Zilcho.

You see, when Muslims claim Islamic law tolerates the practice of Christianity and Judaism, they don't mean tolerance the way we mean tolerance. They mean, you can practice your faith in private, you can go to church, but you cannot fulfill the Great Commission nor could you read the Torah in public. They don't tolerate that.

So, enforcing reciprocity would mean that no imam could come to the U.S. if they were a citizen of any country in the Islamic world. ALL. OF. THEM.

The time has come to end assylum for Islamist fanatics and to end the inflow of religious leaders with the potential of turning our own citizens against their home country. Both of these proposals also have the added advantage that they do not require radical alterations of the law and do not erode the core value of religious tolerance and political pluralism which might be considered defining attributes of Western culture. Turning exiles away who openly wish our destruction--even through democratic meeans--seems a perfectly reasonable response by any society that wishes perpetuity. And reciprocity in the visa process is the norm rather than the exception. Very few countries, for instance, allow American citizens to enter visa free when the U.S. requires visas of their citizens.

Ending the dominance of these foreign born imams and cutting off the flow of radical exiles would go a long way in protecting Western liberalism from the long-term threat of Islamofascism. It would not end all home-grown terrorism nor would it mean that Muslim immigrants would automatically embrace the key value of secular government, but it certainly would cut off the source of much of the anti-Western sentiment so readily found in Mosques all throughut Europe and North America.

UPDATE: Andrew Cochran's post here at the Counterterrorism blogs meshes nicely. Both the Lodi and 7/7 bombers share the Pakistan madrassa connection. Suspicions are mounting in the 7/7 case that there is another similarity: that either a radical imam or a radical exile used the host countries liberalism against them.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:46 PM | Comments |

About Firing Carl Rove

By Demosophist

I don't necessarily disagree with Rusty's suggestion that Bush fire Carl Rove, but think the timing of firing him now, before there's any actual finding about what he did and primarily in response to the oversell of the scandal by the opposition, would be bad politics. Unlike many people, I haven't been especially impressed with Rove as a political consultant. I don't, for instance, think he did a very good job of managing the 2004 campaign. There's no reason that campaign ought to have even been close, and I think the blogosphere did the yoeman's work of countering the viciously biased drumbeat ofthe mainstream press and that ultimately led to a Bush victory. Rove had nothing to do with that, and if anything he made the task of the bloggers even more difficult. So strictly speaking Rove ought to have been fired ages ago. And the only reason I can think of that he'd still have the confidence of the President, is bad judgment.

And that brings up something else. I never have understood what the Joe Wilson affair was all about. As Pejman Yousefzadeh and Just One Minute observed, Joe Wilson was lying from day one. In fact, whereas he represented the report he wrote on his mission to Africa as proving that Niger had no intention of selling uranium, it actually lended credibility to the concerns that Niger was at least considering such a sale to Iraq, as well as Iran. Now, surely the administraition knew the content of Wilson's report, right? So, why didn't they just point out the disconnect between what Wilson was claiming about his report and its actual content? One wouldn't exactly need a degree in rocket surgery...

I mean, you have to conclude that someone responsible for the political and campaign dimension of the Bush administration not only had a tin ear when it came to internet-induced changes in the political dynamic, but also dropped the ball pretty badly when it came to Joe Wilson's little dramaturge. Who could that have been?

Now, perhaps I'm wrong and there would be no political penalty for firing Rove now... but it's hard for me to believe that. If an administration gets into the habit of merely reacting to allegations and insinuations based on appearances, just where does it stop? So, for the moment at least, I think George is stuck with this turkey. He ought to be fired at the first opportunity, but there's no telling when an opportunity may arise short of a finding that he actually did something illegal, such as lying to a grand jury or outing a clandestine agent. And if neither of those things proves to be true then the "scandal" will eventually die down, and Rove can be issued a normal pink slip for fundamental incomptence and strategic irrelevance.

By Demosophist at 03:41 PM | Comments |

Stop Urging, Start Making

WaPo:

Syria Urged To End Islamic Jihad Support

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is insisting that
Syria end its support for Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian group believed
to be responsible for killing four Israelis Tuesday in a suicide
bombing.

That's about as likely as these:

N.O.W. Urged To End Radical Feminism Support

PeTA Urged To End Animal Rights Support

Greenpeace Urged To End Environmentalism Support

Dr. Rusty Shackleford Urged To End War On Terror Support

You get the picture.

And why are we urging Syria when we can make Syria?

Also posted at Vince Aut Morire.

By Vinnie at 03:28 PM | Comments |

A White Teenage Terrorist

Leftards always cry racism whenever we point out the fact that while not all Muslims are terrorists, almost every terrorist is a Muslim. As if Muslim was a race. Just to please our leftard readers, I bring you news of a lilly-white terrorist teenager. Better click the link to see the punchline.

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

Rehnquist Hospitalized

Two SCOTUS nominations this year. Mark. My. Word. Flap is following the details.

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

Bad Backlash: Muslim Beaten to Death

Most of what Muslims call backlash is of the sticks and stones variety or things necessary to protect us from terrorism. This is not. This is very, very, very bad. Disgusting, if true. Guardian:

A Muslim man has been beaten to death outside a corner shop by a gang of youths who shouted anti-Islamic abuse at him, the Guardian has learned.
Kamal Raza Butt, 48, from Pakistan, was visiting Britain to see friends and family. On Sunday afternoon he went to a shop in Nottingham to buy cigarettes and was first called "Taliban" by the youths and then set upon.

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

Three London Suicide-Mass-Murderers Named (Muslims *shocked*)

The name of three of the four misunderstanderers of Islam, pieces of inhuman shit, and current bitches to Beelzibub himself have been released. [UPDATE 7/14---fourth suspect named, fifth man thought to be ex-North Carolina State graduate student and current instructor at Leeds University....scroll down for updates] fourth unnamed suspect is presumed dead in the fiery explosion that killed dozens and sent the human-bomb straight to hell. A fifth man, presumable alive, is being sought by police. We will update this post as more information becomes available. Be sure to scroll to end for updates.

Yes, it's people like these that make me hope that their is a) an afterlife b) justice in the afterlife. Thanks to Neil Doyle, British terrorism expert and author of Terror Tracker, for helping me find the names. Sources: Fox News here and here (with thanks to Tim at Opinion Bug for tip):

Shahzad Tanweer, Aldgate bomber.--a 22-year-old cricket-loving sports science graduate. His father, Mohammed Mumtaz Tanweer, was born in Pakistan and owns a fish and chip shop near their home on Colwyn Road. Shahzad Tanweer had lived in the Beeston area of Leeds his whole life.

Hasib Mir Hussain, Tavistock Square Bus Bomber-- 19. Hussain had lived with his Pakistani born parents in the Leeds suburb of Holbeck his whole life.

Mohammed Sidique Khan, Edgware Road Bomber.-- 30-year-old married father of an 8-month-old baby. Born in Pakistan but raised in Beeston. Moved to Lees Holm in Dewsbury about five months ago. Neighbors said he worked with disabled children while his wife was involved in education.

UPDATE: Lindsey Germaine, Jamaican-born, lived in Buckinghamshire.

Two other suspects may be the fourth bomber and the fifth conspirator from SMH Australia:

Rashid Facha-- in his 20s
Jacksey Fiaz-- 30

And how do friends and relatives describe the terrorist scumbags? It's always the same thing with these people. Our popular media likes to make extremists out to be fanatics in every aspect of their lives. The truth is that mass-murderering thugs like this tend to be quiet, mind their own business, and usually show no outward evidence of religious fanaticism. They are your typical good neighbors.

Fox:

Neighbors of Tanweer in Leeds' garbage-strewn rows of Victorian-era red brick houses were apprehensive and hostile, walking fast past reporters gathered at the cordons. One warehouse worker, who would only give his first name, Saj, said Tanweer was a "good lad" and an athlete.

"He was quiet," he said. "He was religious. He went to every mosque here. There are loads of mosques here."

Shocking that a religiously motivated criminal would, you know, attend religious services on a regular basis. But I'm sure religion had nothing to do with this.

And how is the Pakistani community reacting to the fact that all of the human time bombs were from their community? Are they trying to root out the evil in their midsts in a comparable way to anti-Hitler Germans in America fought the German Bund?

"This is not good for Muslims," Iqbal said. "We have businesses here. There will be a backlash."
Yeah, I'd hate for the Pakistani community to lose business. Why, that's just as bad or worse than the murder of 52 people! Intolerant Brits.
Khalid Muneer, 28, a spokesman for the Hyde Park Mosque in Leeds, said the community was surprised by the raids and police claims that the bombers may have come from there.

"That connection would surprise us all, even shock the whole community. We still think it's too early to say," he told AP, adding that Muslims in the area were not opposed to Britain.

"I've seen no calls in this area for jihad against British or American forces. You will not get that sentiment expressed around this mosque."

Bullshit alert! Bullshit alert!! Bullshit meter now at maximum!!!

You don't need explicit calls for jihad when you believe in the exact same worldview as the jihadis. Your mosque preaches hatred for America and Britain, you claim Muslims are being murdered at the hands of the West, you claim a Zionist conspiracy controls the UK and is responsible for poor conditions in Muslim lands, you claim the the Anglo-American alliance is killing millions of Muslims, and that a real holocaust is being committed against your brothers around the world---yet, you say you want to change things peacefully?

If the Anglo-American alliance is committing such attrocities then it would be your duty to fight them with whatever means were necessary.

Only a fool and moral idiot would believe that fighing mass-murder on a genocidal scale should only be achieved through peaceful means.

But I'm sure it wasn't a religious worldview that blames the woes of the Islam on the West that had anything to do with this. A worldview which suggests that there ought to be a single Islamic nation ruled by Islamic law. A worldview which reinforces the notion that Muslims belong to the umma--the nation of Islam--and that their allegiance is to the umma and not the host nation-state. A worldview which splits the world into the dar al-Islam, the territories governed by those who have submitted to Allah, and the dar al-Harab, or the House of War--which by definition sets up a belief system in which Muslim lands are seen positively and non-Muslim lands are seen negatively. A worldview which cannot fathom without resorting to conspiracy theories the fact that the West is so powerful while Muslim nations are so weak, given the fact that the Quran explicitly predicts the eventual domination of the world by Islam.

Nope, the ideology that is Islam had nothing to do with it. I'm sure it was, like, poverty or something.

Leeds, about 185 miles north of London, has a population of about 715,000. About 15 percent of the residents are Muslim, and many come from a tight-knit Pakistani community, mostly from Mirpur, south of Islamabad in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir. Other pockets of the community are mostly Arab....

The three suspects appear to have come from a moderately affluent sect of British society. They reportedly rode in a rental car to London, toting military style backpacks. The fourth bomber remains unidentified, but is believed to be from the Luton area northwest of London.

More on Shehzad Tanweer from news.com.au. Notice how he was such a nice sweet devout Muslim and also notice that he spent some time in Islamic Republic of Pakistan last year:
SHEHZAD Tanweer, Shazzy to his friends, was a cricket-loving sports science graduate whose father ran the local chip shop.

The Bradford-born 22-year-old who spoke with a broad West Yorkshire accent, boarded an eastbound Circle Line train from London's Kings Cross station a week ago, where he detonated a bomb, killing at least seven commuters...

If ever there was a family of model immigrants, it was the Tanweers. Originally from Pakistan, they had made a good life in Britain, running their Leeds fish and chip shop and living in a large detached house in the city's Beeston area, with two Mercedes cars parked outside.

They were a close-knit family of good Muslims, respected in a local multi-ethnic community of whites, Africans, east Europeans, Pakistanis and Bengalis.

Shehzad had a brother and two sisters, children of the proprietor of South Leeds Fishery, a familiar and respected figure in the Beeston community. The fish shop was open for business on Tuesday but there was no sign of its owner.

Mohamed Ansaar Riaz, 19, and Azzy Mohamed, 21, said their friend Shehzad was "the best lad you could ever meet".

They described how he had grown up in Beeston, studied sports science subjects at university and been a competent all-rounder for a local Asian cricket team. He last played only a fortnight ago.

"He was a sweet guy who gets on with everyone," Mr Riaz said. "He had a fantastic sense of humour and could make you laugh. He was also a very intelligent person. His family, like other Pakistanis, Bengalis and Iraqis around here, are 100 per cent devoted to the Koran.

"Shehzad never drank and I never heard him swear. The idea of him going down to London to explode a bomb is unbelievable; it is not in his nature to do something like that. He is the kind of guy who would always condemn extremism, like any good Muslim should. I have heard him many times in the past say such things."

Shehzad's uncle, Mohamed Azfal, said his nephew visited Pakistan last year. The family had come originally from Faisalabad.

And from a BBC story. The emphasis of the story, of course, is how shocked the Muslim community is and how they fear backlash--but buried in it are some details of the hellbound pieces of shit:
Tanweer, whose family came to Leeds from Pakistan in 1961, had lived all his life among the back-to-back houses of Beeston, on hills overlooking Leeds United's Elland Road stadium.

Hussain attended the local Matthew Murray High School, now called South Leeds High School, and Khan only left Beeston five months ago to move to Dewsbury....

Ms Hussain said she had grown up with Tanweer and was his sister Tabsum's best friend.

"I couldn't imagine anyone in that family doing anything like this, it is really shocking.

"He [Shehzad Tanweer] used to pray five times a day, but what was he thinking?

"Nowhere does Islam tell you to go and kill yourself. It is the worst thing you can do."

Yeah, all those suicide bombers in Israel have been so roundly condemned by Muslims ....oh, wait, maybe she meant it's the worst thing you can do except when killing J-O-Os? And of course there is the fact that many sources now say that at least some of the bombers were not trying to kill themselves, just others. I guess that would be, you know, ok.

Now check out this. I bet the 'mastermind' had a hooked nose, wore a little beanie, and used Arab blood when preparing the Passover matzoh.

She believes the suspected bombers must have been influenced by a mastermind outside the local community.

"There are three mosques that people go to round here and you would never hear anything like that there. I don't know anyone who thinks like that."

Her friend Uzma Rafiq, until recently a student in Leeds, said: "There must be somebody else behind this who has sent them down the wrong path."

Sigh.

UPDATE: Evan Kohlmann on an experience he had while visiting London.

When pressed on his point about Palestine, Faisal reiterated several times, "that's all occupied Muslim land. Every single part of it is Muslim land and it all has to be taken back by force... yes, the women have to be targeted... in Israel, we're going to target the women... if the children get killed, the Jewish children, [you can only] blame yourselves" for living on occupied land.

Perhaps what disturbed me the most about Faisal's desperate words was searching around the room and seeing dozens of eyes diligently trained on him--the eyes of young, impressionable Muslim kids. It is common in this modern era for Western youths (of all backgrounds) to worship popular rock stars or Hollywood actors and aspire to become them. Yet, for many years, the radical religious fringe has preached a consistent countermessage to young Muslims: "by virtue of your heritage alone, you are different from your peers and 'we love death as they love life.'" A minority of these youths have been raised to idolize Usama Bin Laden and Mohammed Atta in the same way that many Americans follow Johnny Depp and Bruce Springsteen. With disastrous "Muslim wars" ongoing in Iraq and Afghanistan, some of those brainwashed into following Al-Qaida now see a unique opportunity for themselves to step forward from obscurity and become famous, heroic "martyrs" of the Islamic nation, much like the 9/11 hijackers. Let noone be mistaken: the deluded suicide bombers responsible for the carnage on 7/7 are far from alone. The age of the "human cruise missile" is now fully upon us and it is likely only a matter of time before this problem crosses the Atlantic and reaches the shores of the American homeland.

UPDATE II: From a link I found from QandO. File this under, I told you so and Rusty's theories are just so right on the money, yo. LA Times:
But as they watched soldiers, police and journalists invade their streets Tuesday, other young neighbors seethed.

They defended Tanweer as a good man who would not have done such a thing. Some, however, came close to justifying violence in response to a perceived assault on Muslims worldwide.

"You see Palestinian kids getting killed on the street in your living room, maybe you're going to flip," said a young man who identified himself only as Shakur, 27. It is not a matter of Al Qaeda carrying out attacks, he said. "The people are doing it themselves."

And James Joyner finds this little gem from one of the bastards parents as published in the BBC. Yes, even terrorist scumbags have parents that love them. At least the parents didn't pull the typical Palestinian Yeah, were glad our son blew himself and some Jews up rhetoric.
The uncle of one of the suspected London suicide bombers said his family had been "left shattered" by the news. Bashir Ahmed, 65, said the family of Shehzad Tanweer, who recently studied religion in Pakistan, could not accept he was capable of the bombings."It wasn't him. It must have been forces behind him," he said.
Confederate Yankee e-mails wondering if maybe Shazzie had gone to Pakistan to study Judaism. I'm more inclined to believe they were there trying to find their Buddhist roots.

UPDATE 7/14: A chemistry instructor at Leeds University has been implicated as the possibe as the mastermind behind the 7/7 bombings. The way the article is written, it sounds as if he may have been a graduate student but I'm not sure how the British University system works exactly.

The Sun:

A CHEMISTRY lecturer linked to the Leeds bomb factory was being hunted last night by cops trying to trace the mastermind of the 7/7 atrocity.

Egyptian Magdi El-Nashar, 33, rented a flat at 18 Alexandra Grove in the suburb of Burley.

The lecturer — also taking a PhD biochemistry course at Leeds University — vanished days before the London outrage.

He is thought to have returned to Egypt, where al-Qaeda have a strong base.

At least two of the suicide bombers who caused the carnage have been connected to the flat, 200 yards from Leeds Grand mosque.

Forensic experts were searching the house in which the flat stands yesterday — and are thought to have found explosives. Anti-terror cops are also trying to trace ANOTHER suspected prime mover of the London attacks.

This article from News.com.au calls him the MASTERMIND:
POLICE believe they have identified the man who planned the London bombings.

It has also emerged that one of his recruits - Edgware Road bomber Mohammed Sadique Khan - was a teaching assistant in a Leeds primary school.
The leader of the terrorist cell is believed to be in his 30s and of Pakistani origin. He arrived at a British port last month and is understood to have left the country the day before four suicide bombers murdered at least 53 people.

Security sources believe he has been involved in previous terrorist operations and has links with al-Qa'ida followers in the US. It is believed he visited the bombers in Leeds and identified targets. Security chiefs say he is also likely to have schooled his recruits on how to trigger their rucksack bombs almost simultaneously.

This smacks of Sami Al-Arian, the college professor from Florida currently on trial for terrorism related charges.

UPDATE: Tim at Opinion Bug and Confederate Yankee tell me that Magdy el-Nashar also studied at NCSU in Raleigh, NC. Via Opinion Bug this from NBC-17:

An Egyptian-born academic being sought by London police as part of their investigation into last week's terrorist bombings spent a semester at North Carolina State University, school officials said Thursday.
Opinion Bug also has a CCTV photo of Hasib Hussain posted.

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

I Am Kafir, Hear Me Roar

Just when it seems that it's going to be a slow news day (Rove! Rove! Rove! blah blah blah) a perusal of the news drops some gems into my lap.

Note to squealers, bleaters, and general miscreants. These are AP stories via your beloved "Faux News."

Apology Not Accepted:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Islamic leaders and peace groups are criticizing the California National Guard for a flier posted in its headquarters suggesting the United States execute Islamic terrorists with bullets dipped in pig's blood to deny them entry to heaven.

Oh the horror! Oh, the humanity! A tragedy of epic proportions. Now the terrorists will respond with a flier of their own, thereby perpetuating the Cycle of Offensive Fliers. Think of the trees!

Open Mouth, Insert Keffiyeh:

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A prominent U.S.-based Islamic scholar who exhorted his followers after the Sept. 11 attacks to join the Taliban and fight U.S. troops was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison.

Congratulations! Now you can exhort Bubba to not commit bad gay acts upon you.

This Is How It's Done:

TULKAREM, West Bank — Israeli troops reoccupied the West Bank city of Tulkarem early Wednesday, killing a Palestinian policeman in a firefight and arresting five Islamic Jihad activists after the militant group killed four Israelis in a bomb attack.

Another example of why Islamofascism is a doomed enterprise. While they murder civilians minding their own business, the military forces of their adversaries remain largely untouched, and are given license to dispatch them to Allah at will. Well, unless the adversary is France, that is.

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By Vinnie at 11:59 AM | Comments |

WTW Preachers of hate and rainy day women

Well I'll tell you the low pressure center that was Dennis sure has ended that drought. Yep it started raining Sunday night and it's still misting rain right now. I Have some pretty good candiates this week. A veritible plethora of fools for your reading enjoyment.

The london bombers.

I've been reading all week how Muslims are appalled by these acts. Well here is another example of radical Islam.

Mohammed Bouyeri

"What moved me to do what I did was purely my faith. ... I was motivated by the law that commands me to cut off the head of anyone who insults Allah and his prophet,"

And to the mother of his murder victim.

"I have to admit I don't have any sympathy for you," he said. "I can't feel for you because I think you're a nonbeliever."

Full story from Yahoo

Now for those that lead them.

Sheikh Omar bin Bakri Muhammad

Saad al-Fagih

Mustafa Setmariam Nasar aka Abu Musab al-Asuri

Jamal Zougam

All these bums are profiled at the northeast intelligence network.


Leakers that hurt the war on terror and lot's more below the break. I mean lots more. Check it out.


Carl Rove

Who I'm not sure gave anything more than a warning it seems Time might be the actual criminal here. I spent quite a bit of time trying to piece together what the story is and found mostly fluff with tiny tiny parts of the email. I'll list several links below you read you decide.

Matt Cooper & time

Rusty called for Rove to be fired. Well maybe he should resign. For sure just a distraction. But how about that CNN Video huh. At the very last they talk about wasting time. Gee I gotta get this done.

ABCNEWS link

Newsweek link

I found it takes about 4 stories to get a peek at what the truth may be. I'll spare quoting all of them but here's one or two.

"Rove's conversation with Cooper took place five days after Plame's husband suggested in a New York Times op-ed piece that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence on weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq. Wilson's trip to Africa provided the basis for his criticism."
"A fair reading of the e-mail makes clear that the information conveyed was not part of an organized effort to disclose Plame's identity, but was an effort to discourage Time from publishing things that turned out to be false," the source said, referring to claims in circulation at the time that Cheney and high-level CIA officials arranged for Wilson's trip to Africa."


Another leaker British journalist Michael Smith for outing strategy on Iraq thus giving the terrorists that hold out until date that the President tries so hard not to.

Julianne Malveaux for calling my President the terrorist when it's clear who the real terrorists are.

More from Balloon Juice

My own Illinois Republicans. I get a news letter from them every few days. Mostly pretty good but this part bothered me.

ILLINOIS FALLS BEHIND. While the national economy continues to add new jobs at a steady pace, Illinois has fallen dramatically behind with a net jobs loss of 2,789. Blagojevich's heavy- handed approach to business has left our employment numbers falling in manufacturing, trucking and retail sectors. "The on- going damage inflicted on Illinois business and the economy is a direct result of his actions, and the people of Illinois will hold him accountable," Chairman McKenna said, "While states like Indiana have reduced fees and created tax incentives, Blagojevich has penalized employers by raising fees to fill his budget hole."

They seem to have forgotten that Mr. Ryan raised every fee and every tax more and faster than Rob. He spent the entire surplus plus. He cashed out the entire Tobacco settlement. I’m not sure if Mr. Ryan was all for this or was just so politically wounded he dared not stand up for the budget or anything else besides the Death penalty. He probably did that just to save his butt long enough to get out of office so he could get that sweetheart deal he took. In fact good old Rob can barely find a fee or tax that Mr. Ryan had not touched. Yes he inherited a lot of this mess but just because he is a Democrat don’t think I’m going to forget Mr. Ryan and turn around and blame Mr. Blagojevich (yeah had to look it up) for the problems he inherited. Try finding a good candidate this time boys instead of attacking Rob. Ranting over.

Rob Blagojevich for using and executive order this morning to bypass the legislature and give money for stem cell research which I'm for except that bypassing the legislature part. Well almost over.

Last but not least yahoo had a link to a new (well not so new) site for Tonya Harding. How appropriate. Here's a quote from the trailer queen herself.

"I always wanted someone to love me for me," Tonya says, "not for who I was. That was so naive. Nowadays, I could care less about anybody but me. I am not about to care for someone else. It sounds cruel and selfish, but I've been there and done that."

Ms. Hardings website.

OK Tonia when has it ever been about anyone else but you dear. I see no change. Don't forget to post your fantasy on her site.

I know, I know it's long but believe it or not I had even more. Seems a three jerks around here went on a burglary spree and burnt down a church as well. When one changed his mind about it they cut his throat and left him for dead. Gee thanks WSILTV for having a crappy website. It reminds me of one of those tiny papers. You know Jimmie visited his aunte Bessie for dinner last Sunday kind of stuff. Yes trash abounds this week and there is not much better than trash getting to point out trash. I feel so much better.

I think I found greg over at Erin's Blog. You gotta see this.



By Howie at 08:33 AM | Comments |

Baghdad Bomber Kills 24 Children

(Baghdad, Iraq) What sort of God would sanction the mass killing of children? Just like Beslan last year, the terrorists, militants, insurgents, jihadists, or whatever you want to call them have once again proven that they are nothing but child murderers. They are despicable human scum.

From ABC News Online:

Twenty-four Iraqi children and one US soldier have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack in south-eastern Baghdad.

US forces say 18 more children were wounded, along with two US soldiers.

"A driver approached one of the US Humvees and then detonated his car," Sergeant David Abrams said.

"One US soldier was killed and two wounded," he said.

One eyewitness, Mohammed Ali Hamza, says US forces turned up in the Al-Jedidah district to warn residents to stay indoors because of reports of a car bomb in the area.

"Children gathered round the Americans who were handing out sweets. Suddenly a suicide car bomber drove round from a side street and blew himself up," he said.

Bastards!

Overwhelming evidence indicates that the Muslim religion has been hijacked by a cult of thugs who intentionally kill innocent civilians, many of them women and children. This fact alone should be enough to shake the typical believer's faith.

Terrorists are criminals, plain and simple, waging a war against civilization and humanity. They have no loyalties save deathly violence. The grievances espoused by the terrorists are a mix of pick-any-card complaints that are impossible to satisfy because their real objective is the annihilation of all populations who are not subservient and enslaved to their death-mongering. Terrorists cannot be appeased, nor can they be satisfied. They will continue killing indiscriminately until they are exterminated.

True followers of the Muslim faith need to wake up and not take it anymore. They and their children are being murdered by fanatics.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 06:39 AM | Comments |

Unilateralism...An Airborne Phenomenon!

From News.com.au

THE federal Opposition offered its support today for the Government's redeployment of special forces troops to Afghanistan.


Federal Opposition Leader Kim Beazley said that it had been obvious for
some time Australia needed to return to Afghanistan and finish the job
it began in 2001, after the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US.

Odd, that seems to be the same rationale for going into Iraq.  To finish the job we began in 1990. Oops! That's MY rationale.

"The Opposition has for a long time argued that Afghanistan is terror
central and there is direct Australian national interest in ensuring
the success of the struggle against the remnants of the former Taliban
regime and al-Qaeda," Mr Beazley said in Perth

I'll give them a pass on this one, Iran is Terror Central.

Mr Beazley said it had been obvious for some time there was a high
likelihood al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and his associates, were
hidden somewhere on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

I think he's in Iran, myself.  Why not Africa?  Find a map.  Figure out how to get from Tora Bora to Africa with half the world hunting your butt.  Do the same vis a vis Iran.  Disclaimer: I used the phrase "I think."


"It is absolutely critical that the work in Afghanistan succeeds. The
opposition has been making that clear for a considerable period of
time, so therefore we welcome and support the government's decision to
deploy the SAS," Mr Beazley said.

Well of course, considering that your electorate voted against you.


He said the SAS had an extraordinarily good record in Afghanistan and
represented precisely what was needed in the violence-riddled region.

My sentiments exactly.  The Australian SAS, much like its British namesake, is extremely capable of quelling Islamofascist inspired violence.

By killing the Islamofascists committing the violence.

By Vinnie at 02:34 AM | Comments |

I Am A Jedi, Like My Father Before Me

So, what does one do when given the keys to a blog such as this? Well, first off, one must pay homage to the host with the obligatory Star Wars quote (rendered above, as the title).

Then, one must provide the host with a visual reminder of why one was selected:

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The next logical step, of course, would be to link to the blog I came from. Well, I already sort of did that on the post below. In the resultant excitement that came with being offered an opportunity to post here, I rushed in with what has been my most popular post to date at the homestead.

What I would rather do, instead of driving up my blog stats, as tempting as that is, is to provide links to the two things on my blog which provide me with the passion to keep blogging. They are two photo albums that yes, I own, but no, don't add to my blog stats, or to any ecosystem ranking.

First up, the images that the media refuses to reproduce, yet need to be seen, over and over again.

The Religion Of Peace Picture Page

Second, and inspired by Rusty on this very blog.

They Will Never Win A Pulitzer Picture Page

A prescient note; If the Hare Krishnas start beheading people and flying planes into buildings, I'll do a Flowers In The Airport Picture Page. If U.S. armed forces actually commit the atrocities they're accused of, I'll do a picture page on that too. However, don't belabor me with squeals of protest that I don't have a picture page filled with pictures of civilian casualties from "Bush's War." All wars have unintended consequences.

Plus, in my always ready to wipe out moonbat comments opinion, there's a difference between civilians being deliberately targeted, and those that aren't. We didn't start this war, they did. Back in 1979.

Don't like it? Tough. Here's the Koran verse that provides the text for the link to the ROPPP on my blog:

Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. - The Koran 9:29

Stick that in your hooka and smoke it.

By Vinnie at 01:10 AM | Comments |

July 12, 2005

You Lose

This was originally posted at Vince Aut Morire in response to the London bombings. It is being reproduced here because, well, Rusty said I could.

Nice try.  Really it was.  Is that all that you have left?  Since 9/11, I seem to have noticed the significance of your efforts falling off drastically, from Bali to Madrid to today.  What's the matter, are we a little busy elsewhere? 

Yes, you are celebrating while watching the misery broadcast worldwide on the cable news networks, and you pronounce your victory over the infidel on the web.

But the book of History was being written long before your pedophile prophet slunk his way out of his hole in the sand to wreak havoc amongst the civilized world.

I'm no expert in the history of Great Britain, but I do know enough to say that your pathetic attempt today represents no more than a pinprick to the proud history of that nation.  The legend of King Arthur was centuries old when Mohammed was but an infant. 

It's time to face reality.

The explosives you used, you didn't invent.  The internet you use to crow, you didn't invent.  The bus and trains you blew up, you didn't invent.  The printing presses you shut down in your home countries, you didn't invent.

You didn't build the AK-47s you fire into the air.  You didn't build the planes you fly in.  You didn't build the cars you ride in.  Those jeans you're wearing?  You didn't make those either.

Show me the three Islamic countries with the highest number of oil reserves, and I'll show you the three Western oil companies you had to hire to even get it out of the ground.  You didn't even invent the tools that brought you your wealth.

You're so pathetic you even kill your own.  A sure sign of desperation, such as when Hitler sent dissenting generals to near certain death on the Eastern Front.

You exploit the laws of the free societies, which you also did not invent, in order to kill. Yet, while you slaughter the unsuspecting on their way to work, the armies you shy away from butcher you on your home turf.  That's right, while you kill the innocent in the name of Allah, your ummah, and the dream of the global Caliphate, shrink further on the map of the world.

So next time, show us what you really got.  Build the planes, tanks, ships, and armies to show us just how badass you really are.  Instead of hiding in the dark corners of the world, raise a military and invade the West, on equal terms.  You've done it before, now try it again.  Take back Andalusia, not by immigrating, do it the old fashioned way.  Sail your mighty navy into the Strait of Gibraltar and take back what was rightfully yours.  Oh, I'm sorry, you can't.  You're incapable.  Hell, you didn't even invent the suicide attack.

Keep showing who you are.  Keep killing the innocent.  You'll still lose.

More:

"It's just getting started."

Still more (reading this blog makes me want to look at the family tree for a missing relative)

Militant islam has given us more than enough evidence to rush to judgment
against them - and if you can’t call the indiscriminate violent
execution of innocent men, women and children evil, then you need to be
put to sleep like a diseased dog - and fast.

Yet more (and yet another look at the Vinnie family tree)

And what's even more fun, Ahmed, is that you just know that he'll be back, just as quiet and deadly as the night before. Maybe he'll come for you this time, maybe he won't, but there'll be one less of your friends around when the sun comes up, night after night after night.

By Vinnie at 10:01 PM | Comments |

Hell Freezes Over: Jawas on CNN

karate_kid_crane.gifBoost to ego from mention on CNN--ten points on the John Edward's self-love scale.

Boost to traffic from mention on CNN--Zilcho on the Sitemeter scale.

I hear that The Jawa Report got a full minute of coverage from CNN's Inside Blogs today for this post. If any one taped it I'd sure love to see a copy. Even if you just saw it let me know what was said. I'd really like to know if "The Jawa Report" was said with a straight face. Take that Llamas and Cranky Neocon punks from Reseda!

UPDATE: Found the video over at DEMbloggers. Go check it out. I've also got a few still images below. Jacki Shechner actually utters the words "Jawa Report" on air. Unfortunately she's off camera so we can't tell if she keeps a straight face or not.

Why did we make CNN? Because I took the contrarian view that Karl Rove should be fired. They say my thoughts are more typical of the left-leaning blogospher than the right. Of course, the leftosphere wants Rove to resign cause they think he's a felon (or worse), I want him to resign because I don't think we need a scandal to distract us from the more important job of killing Islamofascist terrorist.

Isn't that just like CNN to find a pro-Bush site and then to run a post critical of the administration? Not that I'm looking a gift-horse in the mouth--forgive me oh great Overlord Ted Turner for my gainsaying! We worship you and your partners at Time-Warner, Inc and pledge obedience to the Fonda goddess!!

Also mentioned by CNN:

Steve Taylor called a 'bigger blogger' by CNN [APSA insiders note to Joyner, Steve and Stotch: no giggling out loud] for an unrelated post and because Toner Mishap complains that Taylor needed more cowbell at his blog. Did I say cowbell? I meant Plame.
Just One Minute defends Rove on legalistic grounds
Fishkite mentioned because he saved Wilson's bio which names Plame
Louise Slaughter, not really a blog.
TPM Cafe has former McCain advisor who says Rove won't go.
Fishbowl was at the press conference today, and the CNN report indicates that the press may have been so hard on McClellen because the leftardosphere had been giving them heat.

UPDATE II: Thanks for all the well wishes. I do read the comments and follow trackback links, even if I do not always leave a comment. Oh, and some guy named "Eric" who I've never heard of and claims some sort of 'blog-son' relationship to me sends me a link to the transcript.

JACKI SCHECHNER, CNN BLOG REPORTER: Well, John, we tried really hard to find some people who weren't talking about Karl Rove, and the only other person they seem to be talking about was Scott McClellan, and that was because he won't talk about Karl Rove.

We found an interesting post today at the The Jawa Report. This is mypetjawa.mu.nu. Now, this is a right-leaning blog, but they're saying something that we're hearing from the left, and that's that President Bush should fire Karl Rove. Why, they say? Because he's creating a political scandal, that he voted for President Bush, not Karl Rove. Get rid of him. This is not what we need in a time of war.

ABBI TATTON, POLITICAL PRODUCER: And that's, yes, not typical from the right, but something we're certainly seeing on the left in the blogs and in the halls of Congress, and congresspeople with their blogs as well joining on this one.

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

Do-It-Yourself Festival of the Feisty Fatwas

I'm busy, but I'm sure there are a lot of great posts out there needing a plug. Simply link your post to this post and send a trackback. Insha'allah, a fatwa will automatically appear and a thousand mujahidin will be sent to punish you for your apostasy and blasphemy!

Oh, and be sure to click on the fatwas below before the Zionist-Crusador forces intervene.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:56 PM | Comments |

Arrest Made in London Bombings

Hat tip to Blogs of War for this. According to CNN British troops--yes, troops-- raided a home this morning in Leeds. The fact that troops were involved makes me suspect the Brits are finally taking the war against Islamic extremism with the proper attitude. Also note that it looks like the attrocities were carried out by homegrown suicide-mass-murderers.

BBC has more:

An arrest has been made in Yorkshire after the identity of the suspected London bus bomber led police to make a series of raids.

Security sources said the bus bomb suspect died in the blast but it is unclear if it was a suicide bombing.

They believe the four bombers were British born and all died in Thursday's bombings.

Police have carried out controlled explosions in Leeds and Luton and searched six houses.

BBC home affairs correspondent Margaret Gilmore said all four bombers were believed to have died in the blasts.

Meanwhile police in Leeds are looking for explosives and have already seized some material.

An unoccupied house in the Burley area of Leeds was one of six raided in Leeds after the attacks. Up to 600 people have been evacuated from the area....

Meanwhile in Luton the railway station has been closed and a cordon placed around an area that also covers the bus station and parts of Luton University campus.

Police said a car they believe may be connected to the London bombs has been found in the car park....

An anti-terrorist hotline for anyone who might have information for the police has been set up on 0800 789 321.

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

Tom Cruise Not Welcome in Paris

(Paris) If you're a communist, socialist, anarchist, or jihadist, you'll likely not be hassled in France. Unfortunately, Tom Cruise picked the wrong "ist."

From The Australian:

THE Paris city hall has pledged not to make US actor Tom Cruise an honorary citizen - because of his membership of the Church of Scientology.

In a debate late yesterday, the Socialist-controlled municipal assembly approved a resolution "never to welcome the actor Tom Cruise, spokesman for Scientology and self-declared militant for this organisation."

The French, along with many other European countries, have deemed that Scientology is a dangerous cult and Cruise is considered a "sect-symbol" for the cult.

My take is that one doesn't have to be European to suspect that Scientology is a cult. Just take a close look at Tom Cruise's eyes while he's being interviewed.

By at 11:08 AM | Comments |

Mr. Bush, Fire Karl Rove

Is Rove guilty? Dunno. Do I care? Not really. What Rove did was not treason as the lunatics over in the head-up-their-asses community are so fond of pontificating. Criminal? Maybe, in that everything-inside-the-beltway-that-some-pencil-neck-finds-offensive-is-illegal way, but not treason or anything even smacking of treason.

Anyway, it's time for Rove to go. Last time I checked we were in a f*cking shooting war and the last thing the Commander-in-Chief needs is a low-life political opportunist in his inner circle. If for no other reason he should go because his actions are creating a political scandal. And it's not like were talking about the Secretary of Defense here, Rove is a pollster and a political strategist for crying-out-loud. So, Bush finds another low-life political opportunist to replace him--but one that knows to keep his mouth shut. Alright, easier said than done but, really, who really gives a rat's ass about Karl-freaking-Rove? I hear Clinton's low-life pollster and political strategist is looking for work these days.

I dunno about the rest of the world, but I for one did not vote for Karl Rove. I voted for George W. Bush. And I didn't vote for him because I was worried about indexing the alternative-minimum-tax to the inflation rate. I voted for Bush because I want a President who will respond to threats against the United States with force and without hesitation. Rove will only prove to be a distraction to the pussies on the Left looking for any excuse to appease our enemies. So, Mr. Bush, fire Karl Rove and then do what we elected you to do: Kick. Some. Terrorist. Ass.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:37 AM | Comments |

July 11, 2005

Islamist Video of London Bombings

A video has emerged connecting the London bombing to Islamist forces. While this might be old news to some, you may recall that I was on vacation and I hadn't seen this anywhere else. Images from the video are posted below. To download the entire video, go here then scroll down to "London blast" on July 8th. Another Islamist produced video can be found here on July 9th.

The first video features images from the blast results and what appears to be footage on a moving bus with audio of jihadi sermons. The second video features images from the blasts results juxtaposed with casualties of the Afghanistan and Iraq war suggesting that the bombings were just retribution--a song popular in al Qaeda movies is playing in the background. Osam bin Laden is also shown preaching in the second video.

Images below.

Images from jihadi produced London bombing video 1

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Images from jihadi produced London bombing video 2

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

"Dirty Bombs for a Dirty Nation" (Apologies for the radioctive fallout)

Evan Kohlmann of the Counterterrorism blog e-mailed telling me he had done some interesting research on a suspect in the London bombings, Abu Musab al-Suri (a.ka. Mustafa Setmarian Nasari). It seems that al Suri has that whole "I wasn't involved in that act of terrorism, but I wish I had" thing act down to an art.

-He denies involvement in 9/11--but praises it and laments the fact.
-He denies involvement in the Madrid train bombings--but praises it and calls it a legitimate act of resistance.
-He denies working with serial infidel beheader Abu Musab al-Zarzawi--but prays for his safety.

But here's the money quote:

...It is not a far cry from justice to adopt the slogan, 'Dirty Bombs for a Dirty Nation [the U.S.]....Let the American people--those who voted for killing, destruction, the looting of other nation's wealth, megalomania, and the desire to control others--be contaminated with radiation! We apologize for the radioactive fallout."
Actually, it all makes perfect sense if you see the world through the Islamist paradigm bolstered by the lies told by the lies of the Leftist press. Read the rest to see what is on the mind of an Islamist extremist.

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

Where is bin Laden?

Where do I think bin Laden is?

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

Backlash Against Muslims

Backlash? Terrible if true.

I hate to use the word but when speaking of something as horrible as a mosque firebombing. It seems like so much moral equivocation.

[Insert one act of injustice here] but [insert even greater act of injustice here].

In fact, I heard a British imam on NPR's Talk of the Nation using this tactic today. Condemning the London transportation bombings but noting that the Bush-Blair policies in Iraq and Afghanistan were so much worse and really the catalyst for the bombings. You know, the bombings were backlash against the war in Iraq. Daniel Benjamin makes much the same argument.

So be careful when using the word but and comparing two unequal wrongs.

Having made that disclaimer let me note that irrational backlash is wrong, but:

Incidentally, so long as we're so concerned about "backlash" -- the anti-Christian anti-Jew anti-Hindu anti-"apostate Muslim" "backlash" seems to have a much greater bodycount than the alleged anti-Muslim "backlash."

It sure would be nice to see Muslims have 1% of the concern for the "backlash" against the non-Muslim world -- the world that is actually experiencing mass-butchery at the hands of Muslims -- as they do for the hypothetical, always-on-the-horizon-but-never-quite-arriving "backlash" against themselves.

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I'm far more worried about Islamic backlash than about any other type of backlash. Backlashes there be a plenty in a world of action-reaction.

Pop quiz. Which is worse?

a) Theo Van Gogh's backlash against mysogeny in the Islamic world in the form of his controversial film Submission.

b) Mohammed Bouyeri's backlash against Theo Van Gogh's controversial film Submission.

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

Al Qaeda Has Nukes in U.S.

Ok, the source for the story seems pretty iffy to me and the alarmist nature of the report seems way over the top, but I was a Boy Scout and was always taught to be prepared for the worst case scenario. If true, this would definitely qualify as worst case. Anyway, interesting reading when taken with the proper skepticism. WND:

According to captured al-Qaida leaders and documents, the plan is called the "American Hiroshima" and involves the multiple detonation of nuclear weapons already smuggled into the U.S. over the Mexican border with the help of the MS-13 street gang and other organized crime groups.

Al-Qaida has obtained at least 40 nuclear weapons from the former Soviet Union – including suitcase nukes, nuclear mines, artillery shells and even some missile warheads. In addition, documents captured in Afghanistan show al-Qaida had plans to assemble its own nuclear weapons with fissile material it purchased on the black market....

But the most disturbing news is that high level U.S. officials now believe at least some of those weapons have been smuggled into the U.S. for use in the near future in major cities as part of this "American Hiroshima" plan, according to an upcoming book, "The al-Qaida Connection: International Terrorism, Organized Crime and the Coming Apocalypse," by Paul L. Williams, a former FBI consultant.

According to Williams, former CIA Director George Tenet informed President Bush one month after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that at least two suitcase nukes had reached al-Qaida operatives in the U.S.

"Each suitcase weighed between 50 and 80 kilograms (approximately 110 to 176 pounds) and contained enough fissionable plutonium and uranium to produce an explosive yield in excess of two kilotons," wrote Williams. "One suitcase bore the serial number 9999 and the Russian manufacturing date of 1988. The design of the weapons, Tenet told the president, is simple. The plutonium and uranium are kept in separate compartments that are linked to a triggering mechanism that can be activated by a clock or a call from the cell phone."

According to the author, the news sent Bush "through the roof," prompting him to order his national security team to give nuclear terrorism priority over every other threat to America....

According to Williams' sources, thousands of al-Qaida sleeper agents have now been forward deployed into the U.S. to carry out their individual roles in the coming "American Hiroshima" plan.

Bin Laden's goal, according to the book, is to kill at least 4 million Americans, 2 million of whom must be children. Only then, bin Laden has said, would the crimes committed by America on the Arab and Muslim world be avenged.

There is virtually no doubt among intelligence analysts al-Qaida has obtained fully assembled nuclear weapons, according to Williams. The only question is how many. Estimates range between a dozen and 70. The breathtaking news is that an undetermined number of these weapons, including suitcase bombs, mines and crude tactical nuclear weapons, have already been smuggled into the U.S. – at least some across the U.S.-Mexico border.

The future plan, according to captured al-Qaida agents and documents, suggests the attacks will take place simultaneously in major cities throughout the country – including New York, Boston, Washington, Las Vegas, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:48 PM | Comments |

The Dead and Missing in London

Via Andrew Cochran, this Times of London article lists the names of those killed and missing in the London bombing attrocities. Apologies for copyright infringement, but I have reprinted the entire list because many online newspapers take down archived articles after a few weeks. The list is in the extended entry.

Remember, what happened was an attrocity not a tragedy. Never use the word tragedy to describe the deliberate acts of evil men. Attrocities are committed, tragedies happen.

CONFIRMED DEAD

Susan Levy, 53, from Cuffley in Hertfordshire, the mother of Daniel, 25 and James, 23, was killed in the blast at King’s Cross. Her husband Harry, a taxi driver, said today that she had travelled with Jamie into central London before they parted at Finsbury Park. The family were “distraught” at her death

Gladys Wundowa, 51, a cleaner at University College London, had finished her shift at 9am and was heading to a college course in Shoreditch. Her husband Emanuel, 53, from Chadwell Heath, Essex, had said he was “beside himself with worry” after he had not heard from her since the blasts

STILL MISSING

James Adams, 32, was travelling from his home in Peterborough to London through King's Cross, from where he called his mother

Shehara Akther Islam, 20, from Plaistow, east London, was probably on the Circle line going through Liverpool Street. She did not arrive at work on Thursday or return to the home where she lived with father Shamsul and mother Shopma

Lee Baisden, 34, and accountant from Romford who was going to work at the London fire brigade

Phil Beer, 22, a hair stylist, was on his way to work and believed to be at Russell Square with his best friend Patrick Barnes. Mr Barnes was injured and later told Mr Beer’s older sister Stacy that he heard his friend cry out

Ania Brandt, 42, a cleaner from Wood Green who took the Piccadilly line to Gunnersbury

Stan Brewster, 52, a father of two who was travelling to work from Derby

Ciaran Cassidy, 22, was commuting from Finsbury Park to work in Chancery Lane

Rachelle Chung For Yuen, 27, an accountant from Mauritius living in Mill Hill, has not been seen since she got on the Northern Line on Thursday

Bernadetta Ciaccia, 30, an Italian-born business analyst from Norwich

Elizabeth Daplyn, 26, an administrator at University College Hospital in London, left home in Highgate with her partner Rob Brennan before taking a Piccadilly Line train for King's Cross and Russell Square

Jon Downey, 34, had said goodbye to his wife at Euston and has not been heard from since

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Richard Ellery, 21, was travelling from his home in Ipswich to his job in the Jessops store in Kensington, via Liverpool Street Station. He texted his parents, Beverley and Trevor, at 8.30am to say he was on his way to work

Anthony Fatayi-Williams, 26, an Nigerian-born executive with an oil and gas company based in Old Street, has been living in the UK for eight years

David Foulkes, 22, a trainee journalist

Karoline Gluck, 29, from Poland, said goodbye to boyfriend Richard Deer, 28, at 8.30am and has not been seen since. The IT consultant was travelling from Finsbury Park tube to Russell Square

Jamie Gordon, 30, from Enfield, called his office at 9:40am saying he was on a bus from Euston. One his colleagues at City Asset Management said Mr Gordon's mobile phone had been found in the wreckage of the bus

Gamze Gunoral, 24, a Turkish student, left her aunt’s house in north London to catch the tube to go to her language college in Hammersmith

Giles Hart, 55, a BT engineer from Hornchurch and father-of-two was travelling to Angel via Aldgate

Marie Hartley, 34, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, was in London on a course

Miriam Hyman, who is in her 20s, and comes from Finchley, North London, has not been heard from since 9.30am on Thursday when she was outside King’s Cross station. Ms Hyman's father, John, called Miriam, who works as a picture researcher, when he heard the first reports of disruption in London

Slimane Ihab, a 19-year-old waiter said by friends to have caught a Tube from Finsbury Park

Ojara Ikeagwu, 55, a married mother-of-three from Luton, caught her usual train into King’s Cross on her way to Hounslow where she is a social worker

Shahera Akhter Islam, 20, a bank cashier who was last heard from as she made her way to work through Islington from her home in Plaistow

Neetu Jain, 37, was evacuated from Euston and caught a 30 bus to take her to work as a computer analyst. Ms Jain was planning to move in with her boyfriend, Gous Ali

Emily Jenkins, 24, from Richmond is last known to have got onto the Piccadilly line at King's Cross

Adrian Johnson, 37, an office worker travelling on the Piccadilly line to Haymarket

Helen Jones, 28, an accountant who survived the Lockerbie bombing. Her family said: "We have sadly come to the conclusion that she was in one of the carriages that were involved in the blast and that she died with so many others. Helen will live on in the hearts of her family and her many, many friends"

Michael Matsushita, 37, who had recently moved to the city from New York to live with his fiancee, Rosie Cowen, 28. Mr Matsushita left the couple's flat in Islington for his second day at work as a tour guide

James Mayes, 28, works as an analyst for the Healthcare Commission and had just returned from a holiday in Prague. He was heading from his home in Barnsbury to an ‘away day’ at Lincoln’s Inn, and was thought to be travelling by Tube via Kings Cross

Bahnaz Mozzaka, 47, a biomedical records officer from Finchley who worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital

Jenny Nicholson, 24, the daughter of Rev Julie Nicholson and her husband Gregg from Reading, had just started a new job in the capital. Her parents said that she regularly took one of the commuter services which were targeted. A spokesman for the Bristol diocese said that Mrs Nicholson, who is the priest-in-charge at St Aidan Church in Bristol, was "remarkably calm"

Michelle Otto, 46, a dental technician, was travelling to Knightsbridge when she disappeared. Her Northern Line train had been diverted via King’s Cross because of a signal failure

Shynuja Parathasangary, 30, a Post Office worker travelling from Kensal Rise to Alder Street

Anat Rosenburg, 39, an Israeli-born charity worker who called her boyfriend to tell him she was on the Number 30 bus, moments before the blast. John Falding, her boyfriend, said: “She was afraid of going back to Israel because she was scared of suicide bombings on buses.”

Philip Russell, a 28-year-old finance worker at JP Morgan who phoned work to say he would be late after the disruption at Euston. Natasha Amner, Mr Russell's cousin, said: "He is a very caring person who would've definitely called home, or someone, if he could"

Christian 'Njoya' Small, 28, a from Walthamstow, east London, has not been heard of since he left home for his advertising sales job

Fiona Stevenson, 29, a solicitor from Danbury in Essex who failed to arrive for work

Monika Suchocka, 23, from northern Poland, arrived in London two months ago to start work as a trainee accountant. Ms Suchocka, who has blonde hair and blue eyes and is around 5ft 6in (1.70m) tall was last seen heading for work in West Kensington

Carrie Taylor, a 24-year-old graduate from Billericay, Essex. June Taylor, her mother, said: “We have a little farewell ritual. Carrie gives me a kiss goodbye”

Laura Webb, from Islington, was travelling on the Underground from King's Cross to Paddington and may have travelled via Edgware Road on the way to her job as a PA

William Wise, 54, was thought to have been travelling on the Number 30 to King's Cross

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

Show Trials in Saudi Arabia (Religion of Peace Update)

John at Crossroads of Arabia notices that Saudi Arabia will soon prosecute several extremist clerics for issuing fatwas, or religious edicts, which justify terrorist acts. A good start. Now if they'd only prosecute those that preach in favor of the fascism of Sharia law. Oh, wait......

Bill Dauterieve passes along the news that AL-QAEDA is secretly recruiting affluent, middle-class Muslims in British universities and colleges to carry out terrorist attacks in this country, leaked Whitehall documents reveal.

Mohammad al-Garbuzi sought by investigators in the London and Madrid bombings. No confirmation on rumors that he is part of a radical Mennonite faction.........So, who was responsible? Bin Laden? Nope. It was the J-O-Os. Don't you know it's always the J-O-Os??

Knock-knock.
Who's there?
My Vagina.
My Vagina who?
My Vagina says the war in Iraq was illegal and Bush-Hitler is a war criminal.

Downsizing troop levels in Iraq? A new leaked memo seems to indicate that by this time next year we'll have half as many troops on the ground. [UPDATE: Rob, guest blogging over at Wizbang, backpeddles on the leaked memo]Oh, and attacks are down in Iraq--you won't see that on the news tonight.

The CBC doesn't realize the song is 'Blame Canada' not 'Blame America'.

Anti-war movement resorts to spam attacks.

The Carnival of the Liberty is up.

Jay at Stop the ACLU interviews a former member of the fifth column.

Forget Downing Street, check out "The Pinelawn Road Memo". It may be fake, but at least it's accurate.

Confederate Yankee has all the hot, wet, blowing action. (Hurricane humor, dumbass!)

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

Body of Last Missing Seal Found in Afghanistan

The Taliban had announced that the missing Seal had been captured and then beheaded. This just goes to show how full of shit the Taliban are. The Seal was killed in action and was not captured. Rest in Peace. WaPo:

The body of a missing U.S. commando has been located in eastern Afghanistan, the military said Monday, bringing an end to the desperate search for the last member of an ill-fated, four-man special forces unit that disappeared last month.

One of the four men was rescued on July 3; the other two were found dead the next day.

The body of the fourth U.S. Navy SEAL was found Sunday in Kunar province by a search and rescue team, the military said in a statement. It said all indications are that he died in fighting, despite a claim by Mullah Latif Hakimi, a purported Taliban spokesman, that he was captured alive and beheaded.

"The location and disposition of the service member's remains indicate he died while fighting off enemy terrorists on or about June 28," the statement said.

U.S. military spokesman Col. James Yonts repeatedly denied Hakimi's claims.

"There have been claims of being dropped on a mountain wearing red clothes, there have been claims of being beheaded," he said. But "there was no indication supporting the claims. ... This individual was never in custody, he was never defamed or disgraced."

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

I'm Back!

Five hundred mosquito bites later and I'm still alive. Did I miss anything? Oh, yeah, THAT.

I was up getting ready for my camping trip at about 5 a.m., just as the news was breaking. Let me thank the whole Jawa crew for doing a fantastic job covering the London bombings and especially Mike Pechar and Chad Evans for their live updates. I had to travel 11 hours to get to where I was going and listened to breaking news most of the day and Mike's post was just outstanding. Thanks!

P.S-I have like 500 unread e-mails. If you sent me something in the last few days or so I might not be able to get back to you. Sorry.

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

Afghan Rebels Make Peace

(Gardez, Afghanistan) Here's some good news if you are interested in seeing Afghanistan become united on the path toward freedom and democracy. Sadly, the elite media seems to be ignoring the story.

From the Army News Service:

Eighteen of Gulbiddin Hekmatyar’s Hezb-e Islami commanders turned themselves over to government officials in the Paktia Province June 12.

Under the terms of the Afghan government’s reconciliation program, Pakhm-e Sohl, the former commanders returned home after years of living in Pakistan.

Upon meeting with Governor Abdel Hakim Taniwal, Provincial Reconstruction Team or PRT Soldiers, and government representatives, who explained the provisions of the program to them, the commanders pledged their loyalty to the Karzai government by signing statements.

The loyalty statement to the Afghan government includes an agreement not to possess heavy weapons or take up arms against the Afghan government or Coalition forces. The commanders received new reconciliation identification cards and were embraced by Taniwal who welcomed them back to Afghan society.

For background, Gulbiddin Hekmatyar founded the Hezbi Islami in the 1970s largely consisting of Pashtun tribesmen from eastern Afghanistan. Since that time, Hezbi Islami has been a major player in the many armed conflicts in Afghanistan, fighting the Russians, the Mujaheedin, and the current government. Back in the 1990s, Hekmatyar's forces turned Kabul into a ghost city through a devastating series of rocket volleys. An estimated 2,000 people were killed while 500,000 fled.

So, by any measure, the Hezbi Islami is a major military element in the country. However, it has also been a prime political and ethnic leader for the large Pashtun segment of the Afghan population (42 percent). Consequently, by laying down arms and ending hostilities, Hekmatyar's commanders have given heightened authenticity and authority to the democratic Afghan government.

In my opinion, the fact that Gulbiddin Hekmatyar’s Hezbi Islami has chosen to become part of the new Afghanistan should be heralded by the international media as a major step toward pulling the country into the 21st Century. It should also be heralded as a win in the battle against backwardness, and a victory for freedom and democracy. So far, the elite media hasn't mentioned it. Maybe I'm making too big a deal about it.

Tipped by Captain's Quarters.

By at 08:17 AM | Comments |

July 10, 2005

A few words on comments.

Well I have been arguing with myself for a couple days about this. As many of you are aware Mike Pechar hit a home run on the London bombings the other day. He had more trackbacks than a dog has fleas. Also he was drawing comments from the world over at an astonishing rate. Well that was until a couple comments seemed to slow many others down or drive them away all together. I’m really trying hard to say this in fair and unbiased manner. So if I piss anyone off I just want to say up front that is not my intention. I hope that we can all enjoy the web site and have our comments read by the widest possible audience.

I noted that the thread was accumulating comments left and right. We were picking up new readers. All our statements and comments were being read not only by regulars here but also potential new readers as well. People from all over the world. Then came the insults to the queen and the profanity. Personally I thought that the insults the queen were particularly in bad taste considering the events of the day. After that it became the Greg and Carlos show. Other comments especially from new readers seemed to vanish. I think Mike’s thread could have easily went over two hundred comments had we just thought about it for a few more seconds before we hit that post button. See not only did Mike loose readers so did you. I know several of you like to go around and piss on every post like a dog on patrol. That is fine and dandy with me. For the most part I enjoy most of it. If you would just take a couple minutes to consider what thread you are on and also that you are shitting in your own nest. You not only drive off Mike’s readers, which was totally unfair to him. You also drive off readers of your own comments and ideas.

I’m not really into banning and if you think that deleting comments is that hard I’m sure I can figure it out should I choose to. I have pretty much free rein as far as permissions go. And it’s mostly a matter of point and click and taking the time to do so. All I ask is that you consider the thread and if you want to piss all over one choose an appropriate thread. Any thread is OK with me after the other comments have died out a bit but this one was still pretty active. Like I say you not only drove off Mike’s readers but yours as well. I see you guys out here every day and I know and understand what is jest and what is not(well at least some days). But other readers especially on a day when we have the potential to grow our audience are not used to that and may be quickly put off.

So this is just some friendly advice. Carlos and Greg are just the examples of the day and are by no means the only ones. In fact they come up with some really good stuff some days. I think a lot of people come here just to read the arguments and your comments are welcome on my threads and appreciated. Characters like Greg that people love to hate draw an audience to a certain extent. I’m not sure where the line should be but I think we may have crossed over it the other day. So I’m not trying to pick on you guys it’s just that on that day you happened to be the ones I noticed. Also YBP seems to have a pretty good sense of what is a little too much and I appreciate his attempt to bring order to the thread.

For any new readers it’s just that way and you may have to overlook a few things but don’t let it discourage you from posting a comment. Just ignore it if you can. Should you confront them, that is just more encouragement for them. They are pretty good at arguing so you may loose that fight. Well that’s all the preaching I have in me for today. I’m sure Rusty will have his own opinion about this. I really don’t know what that will be he is pretty tolerant as I am. Just a few more seconds of thought and all of us could have picked up more readers for all the authors and also the commentators. Radical statements do get attention both good and bad and I see that some of you make them just to get notice. Be careful that you attract readers and don’t drive them off. It’s a thin line for sure and walking it is difficult, try not to get too carried away. I thought about addressing each of you on a personal level by email. So please by all means feel free to email me or post your dissent or agreement below.


And Y’all have a good one.

By Howie at 12:47 PM | Comments |

Backlash: Incidents in Britain, New Zealand

In addition to the following, there likely will be more reports of incidents of backlash against Muslims, adding challenges to law enforcers who already have their hands full.

From The Statesman:

Fire broke out in a mosque in Leeds and a Gurdwara in Kent, amid the first indications of a possible backlash against British Muslims as police said tension in the country was increasing. About 70 incidents against minorities have been reported across the country since yesterday, police said, adding they ranged from the fires in the prayer halls to two possible assaults, cases of verbal abuse and threatening calls. Kent Police are investigating two assaults on Muslim men in Dartford.
Interestingly, Britain's Sikh and Hindu communities are weary of possible attacks due to being mistaken for Muslims as happened after 9/11.

(Auckland, New Zealand) Prime Minister Helen Clark and other government officials condemned "mindless and stupid vandalism" which has occurred at about 14 Islamic places of worship in Auckland between Thursday and today.

From National Nine News:

Auckland's Muslim community found six mosques vandalised and walls tagged in graffiti with the message 'Londoners RIP' following the terrorist bombings in London that killed more than 50 people.

In what appeared to be a coordinated series of attacks in central, south and west Auckland, vandals smashed glass windows and doors and left variations of the same message in black paint on walls facing the street.

There are about 40,000 Muslims in New Zealand out of a total population of over 4 million, about one percent of the citizenry.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 06:43 AM | Comments |

July 09, 2005

Birmingham Entertainment District Evacuated After Terror Threats

Jeff Quinton has news that the entertainment district in Birmingham, England has been evacuated due to terrorism threats. A sad fact that after a big terrorist attack, which 7/7 was, is that there are other terror threats issued in the aftermath.


British Broadcasting Corp. television reported that police had carried out several controlled explosions, a precaution to disarm objects suspected of being explosive devices. (source)

Jeff Goldstein reports that 30,000 people were evacuated which gives credence to the threat having enough legitimacy to evacuate such a large population. With detonated items, this can mean there was explosive material found or the threats were deemed legitimate enough and specific enough to conclude bombs may be found in certain items.

The London Times reports London police are concerned that terrorists might strike again tonight. Investigators are convinced only one of the bombers of 7/7 was killed, the possible suicide bomber in the double decker bus, and that other still remain in England. As with every investigation however, there are multitudes of people connected and if this was the work of Al Qaida or an Al Qaida linked group, the connections will be numerous.

Update:
Bongo Vongo, who lives in Birmingham, has some in depth reports including that a suspicious package on board a bus was detonated by police. California Yankee reports of the response by British officials.

Update:
Via Jeff Quinton comes the police press release.


The bomb disposal squad has carried out 4 controlled explosions on a bus in Corporation Street, near the Square Pegg public house. This turned out to be a false call. The bomb disposal squad are however, still investigating another suspicious package in the Broad Street area.

This appears to be more of a precaution and a false threat than an actual incident to me, and thankfully so.

Cross-posted at ITB. As this story breaks, I will try to update both this post and the post on my site.

By at 05:36 PM | Comments |

Latest from Howie

I thought this post by Dean Esmay was pretty good. At the top of his site it says “Defending the liberal tradition in history, science, and philosophy”. If he is liberal he certainly is not your typical militant liberal as he really has it in for dailykos. Who apparently did a mass banning. I also note Dean does not link our site. He might get a few bad comments here but I really think it’s worth the read. I also note he supports the war effort.


Carping that strategy X is "failing" is a child's game. Grownups analyze and say, "Okay, maybe strategy X isn't perfect... but can I name a better strategy?" If you can't, then, quite seriously, all you're doing is being a defeatist--and, in this case, acting as an apologist for fascists.

I noted that Dean wasn’t getting many trackbacks to his position on this issue from other liberals or anyone for that matter. I’ll give him one.

Related chain of posts.

Interesting huh?

You know I really don’t care much about a person’s political leanings. Stupid has to be the greatest enemy. Followed closely by apathy. When it comes to the war we can’t afford political childishness. I was worried that we had forgotten this is a war and started playing the same games we play with other issues. But I guess we all got a big reminder this week didn’t we. Let’s not slip back there again. We’ve got to push on because at least one commentator here I know worries about his child having to fight. I hope he doesn’t have to and there are people working very hard right now to make sure he doesn’t. I work with a gentleman, his son is in his fourth month of a 12 month tour in Afghanistan. People are fighting and dying every day. Too much mercy on the enemy is cruel to everyone including them. It prolongs the war for everyone. We can sort that out after we win which we will after much struggle and heartache. Will it be worth it? Well only time will tell us that one but the fight is in progress NOW.

Also Michelle points out some bad comments made on NPR. I listen all the time. If fact I'm wearing my WKMS tee shirt right now. I’ve especially enjoyed liberals stuttering along the last few days. Shields on the News Hour last night was especially having a tough time. It was great. They all want to say see I told you we would be attacked. But the lack of sophistication of the London attack shows the weakness of the terrorists. Primitive at best and possibly carried out by just a few people. I dare to say maybe even just one. While a success it was at best a limited one. I don’t want to get too cocky here though it also demonstrates a danger. More and larger attacks are possible in my opinion. Not to belittle the suffering and my gratitude for England’s support, but it could have been much worse. Some are saying how sophisticated. Well they were just bombs and timers. In my opinion if you have the stuff it doesn't take a rocket scientist. I wish ABC would stop it with the fear mongering.

Also dont miss Chris Short's post below. Obviously this is a subject that Chris cares a lot about.

By Howie at 10:13 AM | Comments |

Cleric Sought in London Terror

(London) While rescuers hold on to threads of hope that they may still find survivors, they wearily struggle to access rat-infested Underground tunnels, threatening to collapse. Police and emergency workers continue to warn of possible additional victims as citizens desperately search for about 25 missing friends and relatives. In the meantime, there's some breaking news on the investigation of who is responsible for the terrorist acts.

Chad Evans at In The Bullpen has the scoop on a group called Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades which claims to have awoken sleeper cells for the bombings.

In the group's communique asking their European sleeper cells to wake up (get active), they reference Fes which I concluded at the time must be a reference to a Moroccan prison where it is reasonable to assume there are members of Abu Hafs Brigades in prison.

Where it gets interesting though in relation to Morocco is that the primary suspect at this point in time is Mohammed Guerbouzi who is from Morocco. Guerbouzi is believed to be the leader of a Moroccan terror cell which has been broken up in the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Spain and France.


So, currently in the investigation, there are two groups claiming responsibility, Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades and The Secret Organization of Al Qaeda in Europe, while law enforcers are looking for a cleric named Guerbouzi (aka Garbuzi). Thus, we have this next report.

From ABCNews Online:

Although investigators have not pinpointed any suspects sought in connection with the worst attack London has known since World War II, media reports say police have requested European counterparts seek out information on radical Moroccan cleric Mohammed al Garbuzi.

Garbuzi is leader of the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM) and lived in Britain for 16 years, before vanishing from his north London home last year.

It is believed he may have travelled to France.

His group is blamed for attacks that killed 45 people in the Moroccan city of Casablanca in May 2003.

London police have refused to comment on reports they are hunting Garbuzi, but British dailies the Daily Mail and the Independent say in their Saturday editions that police have made "a Europe-wide request for information" on the 45-year-old awarded asylum in Britain a decade ago.

The Independent says Garbuzi is linked to Abu Qatada, a Palestinian cleric based in London who is considered the spiritual head of Al Qaeda in Europe.

Let's hope one of these leads pan out.

Current status of the casualty count is more than 50 dead and 22 people remain in serious or critical condition. About 100 injured were hospitalized for a second night.

Two Underground lines remain closed while most of the city's transportation network is back to normal.

[Update] GeoBandy writes that a Moroccan court convicted Garbuzi in absentia and sentenced him to 20 years in prison for the Casablanca bombing in 2003. Moroccan authorities sought extradition from Britain but, for some unknown reason, the UK did not comply.

If Garbuzi is implicated in the London bombings, it will be difficult to explain away the aforementioned.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 07:21 AM | Comments |

July 08, 2005

Exposing a Cult

I've been quite busy writing a well researched, personal experience article about a cult I was forced to be involved in as a child. Now is as good a time as any to expose the cult that is Human Service Alliance and/or Center for Purposeful Living.

The motivation at this point is to inform the masses about the evil nature of these people and to maybe save a potential "student" from their grips.

By at 06:35 PM | Comments |

CNN Expert suggests some sort of profiling

Just heard Peter Bergen, author of the piece in the New York Times about how London exports terrorists on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 Live.

Bergen, who judging by his accent is British himself, raised the sobering point, as he did the Times op-ed, that the US offered simplified admission to EU passport holders without a consular interview or visa application. But it would be logistically impossible and politically untenable to demand those safeguards for every European visitor.

But that's not insurmountable, Bergen told Cooper. For example, we could do some sort of profiling...

And then they cut to the next story.

By See-Dubya at 06:33 PM | Comments |

Lodi Terror Investigation Grows

(Lodi, California) The Lodi mosque connection to al-Qaeda story broke last month with the arrest of two Muslims, Hamid and Umer Hayat, accused of lying to federal agents. Since that time, investigators have been busy building a case for prosecution. However, as a consequence, several new suspects are being investigated for the possibility that they attended terrorist training camps in Pakistan in addition to Hamid Hayat.

From the SacBee:

According to federal court documents obtained by The Bee, Hamid Hayat and his father, Umer, claimed the suspected Lodi jihadists reported to Muhammed Adil Khan and Shabbir Ahmed, two imams they say came to the Lodi Muslim Mosque from Pakistan to groom students for terrorist training camps.

Khan and Ahmed are being held for allegedly violating immigration laws, and through their attorney have denied being involved in terrorist activities.

The court documents apparently describe Hamid Hayat's transformation into a holy warrior, a jihadist.
In the documents, the Hayats are said to have outlined the following chain of command:

The alleged Lodi-area jihadists "would take their direction" from Shabbir Ahmed, who answered to his former madrassah (religious school) teacher in Pakistan, Adil Khan. Khan, in turn, took orders from the operator of the terrorist training camp near Rawalpindi, Fazler Rehman - whose "boss" is Osama bin Laden.

Of course, lawyers are saying that the suspects are all men of peace. Yeah! Men of peace who take orders from Osama bin Laden, according to court documents.

The Hayat's trial is scheduled to start Aug. 23, however, the government filed a motion on Wednesday to have it postponed to allow investigators to review the mountain of files and data that were seized during a search of the Hayat Lodi residence. The prosecutors are looking for violations of the Patriot Act. Interestingly, the reporting thus far on the update to the Lodi story has indicated a possible six additional suspects, but only two have been named, Adil Khan and Shabbir Ahmed.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 05:30 PM | Comments |

Conch Republic, Waiting for Dennis

By Demosophist

I haven't been able to interest Pat at The State of Jefferson in a little geography/history quiz, inspired by the history that inspired his blog name. So rather than exercise any further restraint, I'm spilling the beans. Here was the question:

One area of the country managed to initiate a "successful" secession movement, not in the sense that the secession stuck, but in the sense that the movement achieved its objectives. The place also happens to be the only area of the "deep South" that fought on the side of the Union during the Civil War.

For fun and valuable prizes can you name the place, time and circumstances of the secession movement? (Hint: Check the title of this post.)

Yes it's the Florida Keys. During the Civil War the Union maintained a naval base and fort there (Fort Taylor), intended to service the Union Fleet and help maintain the blockade of Southern ports. 120 years later, in 1982, during the Mariel Boat Lift, the Feds returned the favor by setting up a roadblock on Highway 1, which was the only land route to and from Key West, and citizens of the Keys reacted by staging a brief secession movement. They named their new country the Conch Republic.

One minute after declaring secession the Prime Minister of the Conch Republic surrendered to the Union Forces at the Naval Base, a drama of such satirical pith that it broke the back of the Union blockade, which immediately dispersed.

Some of my family now resides in Key West, although fortunately about half of them are in Seattle for the summer, visiting other family. (Except for myself, the family tends to live at the extreme ends of the cross-national backslash.) But my neice and her daughter, as well as a few family friends, are still waisting away in Margaritaville. Dennis, meanwhile, seethes menacingly from the south.

The fact is, although the Keys are right in the heart of Hurricane Alley, Key West is rarely in danger. Due to the prevailing winds and currents most hurricanes are deflected away from the Keys, and there's almost never a direct hit on Key West. But we're watching the situation with some anxiety, and I don't know yet whether Brooke and Kamaya, and friends, intend to "bug out." If it were me though, I'd be long gone. Every once in awhile those deflecting forces don't work their magic, and Key West suffers a full scale assault and battery.

Developing...

By Demosophist at 04:30 PM | Comments |

Rumors of U.S. Military Base in Paraguay

(Asuncion, Paraguay) There's a rumor that 500,000 GIs will be going to South America for joint military maneuvers with Paraguay and the possible creation of a military base at a semi-secret airport in El Chaco. The Paraguayan Defense and Foreign Affairs Ministries stated there is no agreement with the U.S.

This story comes from one of Fidel Castro's propaganda organs, the Latin American News Agency, so it must be viewed with skepticism. That's disregarding the ridiculous contention that the U.S. has 500,000 troops standing by for orders to go on maneuvers. However, the idea of having an American military base in the heart of South America does have appeal.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 02:40 PM | Comments |

It's Friday!!!

Feisty as well as Michelle are participating in a fly the union jack on your blog started by Jeff. I figured we should play along. Also it appears that fiesty experienced a meltdown and had to recover. Michelle has a bunch of good stuff today and yesterday.

Well it's Friday and I've go more work than I can shake a stick at. Project tonight and got to get the little woman another new dryer. Yes that girl can tear up a steel ball with a rubber hammer. My posting will be spotty at best.


I was reading today several things about Muslims worried that the fanatical Al-qaida and it's followers are giving them a bad name. Bingo. I for one hope that they stop tolerating this stuff. They have more power to stop it than we do.

By Howie at 01:18 PM | Comments |

Model Jeanette Sliwinski Charged With Three Murders

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Come on, does that look like a murderer to you? She's 23, hot, and a model. But apparently slowly killing herself through anorexia wasn't good enough for Jeanette Sliwinski. Nope, she decided to commit suicide by crashing her car. Unfortunately, the car Jeanette Sliwinski rammed into had three passengers in it. (hat tip: Spoons)

Doug Meis, John Glick and Michael Dahlquist were musicians and friends, each in a different band [blog coverage of their deaths here]. All of them died. Jeanette lived. How's that for cosmic injustice?

But the Cook County, IL, DA has some plans to bring justice down to earth. Jeanette Sliwinski made her first court appearence Friday for an initial hearng. She is expected to plead not guilty to six counts of first degree murder and two counts of aggrevated battery at her arraignment. [source]

If Jeanette Sliwinski's depression was brought about because she couldn't find a job, she could have called The Jawa Report. We are in desperate need of a hot sleazy model type spokeswoman with few moral qualms and the ability to kill. Of course, we would have sent her to Mosul, Iraq, with instructions to take out Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. See, we give chicks like this purpose.

More images of Sliwinski below.



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Linked to Joyner, because even though I'm now big fish in little pond, you can always use an extra link or two. And Beth--why not?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:55 AM | Comments |

Afghanistan Daze

By Demosophist

Larry Johnson frets:

Beyond the tragedy of the deaths of US 16 military personnel, this incident raises some disturbing issues. The ability of the Taliban to communicate with the outside world about activities in a remote area of Afghanistan is equal to if not better than that of the United States. War is not simply engagements on the ground, it also involves information flow. The Taliban are showing a very sophisticated capability in this regard.

Well, two points:

First, it's not likely that the communication by the Taliban was accurate regarding the bare facts. Wretchard calls the questions "interesting" rather than disturbing, and unlike Larry, admits that all we have to go on at this point is speculation. The claim the Taliban makes about "spies" is probably correct, at least in the sense that the original recon team was stealthily looking for information about "high value targets." However, it's not clear that any of the "spies" were actually captured by the Taliban, as they claimed. Again, according to Wretchard, that seems unlikely, not so much because such a capture is physically unlikely, but because their own communication suggests they're lying. Not only is the sort of "all-points" contact between the field forces and their spokesman, that so impresses Larry, probably more tenuous than they've represented, but their claim to have a "high ranking" Navy SEAL belies the fact that a high ranking officer probably would not have been on such a recon mission in the first place. Moreover, the information that such a prisoner is being held specifically in Kunar "in good health" is not something that a guerilla force hiding out in the mountains is likely to have communicated for public consumption.

So, there's probably no intentional information content in the centralized Taliban "communication," and it's difficult to tell how the capability to communicate only readily exposed disinformation is "superior" to saying nothing. In fact, in this case the Taliban would have been better off had they said nothing. By talking too much they've revealed more than they intended, which isn't what I'd call "sophistication," exactly.

Second, US forces actually have vastly superior decentralized communication networks between the public and men on the ground in remote places. They're called "milblogs." It's just that the Western and Arab press pay them no heed.

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

By Demosophist at 08:59 AM | Comments |

Scotland Yard Press Conference

Scotland Yard Commissioner Ian Blair, with Asst. Commissioners Andy Hayman and Peter Clark, is presently (0615 EDT) conducting a press conference broadcast live via the television networks. Salient points made:


- Fatalities number more than 50 with total casualties currently at least 700,

- 350 injured stayed in the hospital overnight, one person died at the hospital,

- There were only four explosions, three in the tubes, one on a bus,

- No evidence found of suicide bomber but can't rule it out,

- Each bomb contained less than 10 pounds of explosives,

- Bomb placement was on the floors of the trains - On the bus, it could have been on the seat,

- Evidence gathering is underway and expected to be time-consuming, review of closed-circuit television footage has commenced.

- The public is asked to call the terrorist hotline (0800-789-321) with any possible information that would help the investigation,

- Although all appearances indicate that al Qaeda may be responsible, London Police have no specific supporting evidence thus far.

Consistent with reports from virtually all media sources, Scotland Yard praised the response actions of the police, emergency medical teams, and Londoners. That would be my assessment.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 06:13 AM | Comments |