August 31, 2005

InPhincible!

I could tell from his winning Blog Sabbath Caption Contest entry that Phin is tha shizznit.

Head on over to his Blog Design Auction to help victims of Hurricane Kuntrina, and you too can have a kickass blog design like The Jawa Report. Assuming you get the winning bid, of course.

By Vinnie at 11:33 PM | Comments |

Missing persons Forum

WTVW has posted a link to a missing persons site started by a New Orleans paper. The site is so that people searching for loved ones can possibly link up. This sort of stuff seemed to work in London a while back. I may be the last to know. If you know of other sites post em in the comments and we'll move em up.

Updated : hat tip Jawa readers.

http://www.gulfcoastnews.com is establishing a list and is looking for online persons to volunteer at shelters taking names and listing them for the many people without power, computers or Internet. They are also in need of server power as their resources are greatly limited right now as well.

B4B posted this site: http://www.katrinafinder.us/ along with this info, "Dan Ford from Electric Desert has devised a database for those hoping to locate a loved one in the Katrina disaster zone, and can also be used by those living in the Katrina zone to inform their loved ones they are OK."

KatrinaHelp.info is shaping up to be a good resource, too

CNN has started a page of links as well.

Link to FOXNEWS Katrina help page.

Erin reports that Fats Domino is missing in New Orleans.

Updated: Fats has been located and is safe.

The big man in the office upstairs sends this link.

Craiglist New Orleans.


By Howie at 09:53 PM | Comments |

Martial Law Declared in New Orleans

WWLTV.com:

Disgusted and furious with the lawlessness of looters who have put fear into citizens, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin declared Martial Law in the city and directed the city's 1,500 person police force to do "whatever it takes" to regain control of the city.

Nagin said that Martial Law means that officers don't have to worry about civil rights and Miranda rights in stopping the looters.

[ ... ]

Officials tried to balance security needs with saving lives.

"We're multitasking right now," said New Orleans Police Capt. Marlon Defillo. "Rescue, recovery, stabilization of looting, we're trying to feed the hungry." New Orleans' homeland security chief, Terry Ebbert, said looters were breaking into stores all over town and stealing guns. He said there are gangs of armed men moving around the city. At one point, officers stranded on the roof of a hotel were fired at by criminals on the street.

The Times-Picayune newspaper reported that the gun section at a new Wal-Mart had been cleaned out by looters.

Authorities said an officer was shot in the head and a looter was wounded in a shootout.

Opportunistic thugs are obviously taking advantage of the lack of police protection. As I recall, the situation in Somalia back in the early 1990s was similar. In that case, efforts to provide relief were negated by gangs of armed thugs directed by warlords. All that appears to be missing in New Orleans are the warlords.

Companion at Interested-Participant.

By at 09:34 PM | Comments |

Katrina

Out of curiosity, I mooked around to see what global reaction has been to the damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina.

Interestingly, the same Germany that produced the noxious commentary of a Minister indicating that the US basically had it coming given our turndown of Kyoto, is also the home of Der Spiegel which had some interesting links.  First, was a set of letters to Der Speigel remarking on German commentary about the Hurricane.  Similarly, Der Spiegel also ran a bit about the same remarks by the German government official who shot his mouth off - in this article they didn't seem to either condone or condemn the statement, but simply related his defense of his argument.

The other interesting articles are these: Disaster 101: Why Europe Hasn't Jumped to Help Katrina's Victims which has a few interesting bits:

"Yet, in Europe, the Web sites of major aid organizations -- including international branches of the Red Cross in Germany, France, England etc. -- don't even mention its existence. Instead, they continue to highlight such worthy causes as hunger in Niger, ongoing aid for victims of December's South Asian tsunami and, in the French case, an airline crash in Venezuela. But the US Gulf Coast is nowhere to be found. It begs the question: Don't the desperate people of Louisiana and Mississippi need the world's help and attention?"

The article does hem and haw about the question, but the fact that it was raised is interesting in and of itself.  But the more warming bit was the article linked at bottom which had links to sites taking donations for Hurricane victims.

At any rate, I got curious and decided to do a quick survey of how folks are mobilizing (if at all) to support Hurricane victims.

First Batch - National Red Cross Organizations:

Folks Who Get Credit:

The British Red Cross mentions the Hurricane on their main page as a feature item.  Likewise, the Germans do a creditable job (but you might miss it if your German is rusty - just look for Wirbelsturm Katrina).  Props to the denizens of the Great White North, as the Canadian Red Cross has a Katrina appeal up. Likewise, the Swedish and Dutch Red Cross Organizations also mention the Hurricane on their home pages.  They don't seem to have made it a marquee item, but then again the water's still rising, so failure to publicize a whole lot isn't really indicative of much of anything.

Folks Who Get Some Credit:

The Danish Red Cross does have an article on its site about Katrina, but nothing is visible on the main page (as far as I can tell), and one has to search the site to find hurricane information.

Folks Who Don't:
Norway, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Ireland.

Somewhat disappointingly, Japan's Red Cross doesn't seem to have anything up - but I wonder if that's not a function of some other problem, as it appears that their frequent news updates halted some months ago - they haven't posted anything about the Niger famine, so I suspect this may not be an omission so much as a fail to keep the site current.

For what it's worth, Poland, Indonesia, and Latvian Red Cross sites don't seem to have anything, but then again, they also don't seem to be constantly updated, highly dynamic sites, so it might not mean much.  I also poked around some of the Southeast Asian Red Cross sites to see if reciprocity would be forthcoming, and I didn't see any evidence of that, but on the other hand asking Tsunami devastated Indonesia to turn around and send emergency relief aid to the US is a bit much.

Second Batch: 19 Organizations Listed on Tsunamis.com as organizations to contribute to for Tsunami Victims.

 Folks Who Get Credit:
AmericaCares and the American Red Cross both have a big section up - their American outfits, but it's still nice to see.  Another group that has stepped up is the American Friends Service Committee a very Quaker outfit - has a good hurricane section.  Similarly, the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee makes a strong showing and has already started a $2M campaign.  Food for the Hungry places Katrina at the top of it's Crisis update section - not at all flashy, but I find it impressive for an organization who's website is still labeled as "Asia Tsunami World Relief".  World Vision, Habitat for Humanity, MAP International and the World Emergency Relief folks all get props for their Katrina efforts.

Folks Who Get Some Credit:
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency - ADRA (the humanitarian agency of the Seventh-day Adventist church) does have a line item on their main page for the Hurricane, but seems to still be very heavily engaged in it's projects in Niger.  Direct Relief International does have an mention in passing, but doesn't appear to be on the ball quite yet.  Likewise the Church World Service has a slim offering - but then again doesn't seem to be a website built around big flashy front-end marketing, so this may not mean much.  Save the Children seems content to note that, in fact, sponsored children are safe following the hurricane.

Folks Who Don't:
The Christian Children's Fund has nada up front.  The International Rescue Committee (a group focused on refugees) doesn't have squat.  According to their tagline, their focus is on refugees from persecution and war, but if that's why they aren't involved in Katrina, I would like to know exactly what kind of war the Tsunami was that got them involved.  Likewise, Doctors Without Borders evidently doesn't seem to be under the impression that their assistance will be needed - maybe that will change once the Cholera starts to set in.

Third Batch - International Care

 Folks Who Get Credit

 Folks Who Get Some Credit

 Folks Who Don't:
Care Australia is apparently occupied with the notion that 'Adventure that leaves a good impression' and is cycling through Southeast Asia.  Likewise, Care Canada doesn't seem to be following the lead of their pals in the Canadian Red Cross.  Screw this - a quick check of all the international care sites accessible from Care International shows that there has been no hurricane at all, whatsoever.

Oxfam is also right up there following CARE's lead in blowing off Katrina.  Muslim Hands, a self-described 'truly world-wide charity' is under the impression that Hurricane Katrina happened on Mars, and is therefore, not part of their brief.  The British Disasters Emergency Committee - an 'Umbrella organisation which launches and coordinates responses to major disasters overseas' - seems to be taking the lead of Muslim Hands and has consigned New Orleans to Mars.

Summary, Conclusion, and I'm Done With This Post

Well, first off, there appears to be no particularly strong broad-based correlation on Tsunami efforts and Hurricane efforts.  As it turns out, most religious charities that participated in one have done so in the other.  Secular organizations have a much spottier record.  Secular groups in the US (or with strong apparent ties to the US - such as the Red Cross) are generally pretty helpful.  Their more international groups are pretty much a no-show.  Which is no surprise.

Of the folks who have lent a hand and those who haven't among the foreign Red Cross groups, I find it more than a bit interesting that of two of the more sympathetic folks, the UK and Germany, one is helping out in Iraq while the other isn't.  Conversely, of the Red Cross outfits that aren't helping, some, like France didn't send anyone, some like Italy did, and others, like Spain, did but changed their minds about it.  I'm not sure exactly what this means, other than not much.

Oh yeah, by the way, a quick perusal of Islamic Charities (with websites and whatnot) showed that they were about as likely as Christian Charities to help with the hurricane - in other words, they actually do make an effort practice that which is preached.

(Cross posted to Demosophia, Anticipatory Retaliation, and the Jawa Digest)

By Bravo Romeo Delta at 03:40 PM | Comments |

Ok enough play here’s what’s happening.

See Captain’s Quarters to find out who supports the Anti war movement and the good captain’s take on it.

Stampede kills over 600 in Bahgdad.

Carnival of Liberty IX

Michelle has in depth New Orleans updates.

I don’t want to stir too much on this but yesterday gas was 2.38 overnight the same fuel in the ground is 2.89. Will it make four bucks?

Hat tip : Cube buddy Dave.

Updated: I talked to Granny (nickname) about the gas deal. She says 3.50 in the am possibly.

Terrorists Captured in Iraq.

Captured were Durayd Jassar Khalifah Hamud (aka Abu Jabbar), a known terrorist leader and weapons dealer for the Nu’man Brigade and Ali Husayn Muhammad Jasim, (aka Khalid Nazal or Abu Umar), a known IED cell leader in the Nu’man Brigade

Quotes of the day from IOERROR the quotes are the best part on his site I think.

There is no left or right. There's only an up or down: up to the ultimate in individual freedom, consistent with an orderly society - or down to the totalitarianism of the ant heap. And those today who, however good their intentions, tell us that we should trade freedom for security are on that downward path. — Ronald Reagan
When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." — Jonathan Swift

Cover up girls.

More able danger.

This order to destroy the records occurred prior to 9-11-01. Weldon intimated that it happened during the Clinton Administration.

How does Cindy do it? Hyscience has the answer.

See the looting Video on MSNBC. Looting cops wow.

Hat tip: Mark.

Updated:

The first story on The Northeast Intelligence Network has been solved. It was a gas theft reported WTWV this AM. Two warrants(for two white rednecks) have been issued and the truck recovered. Yep they wanted gas but stole the wrong truck and got jet fuel instead.


By Howie at 12:54 PM | Comments |

WTW Reno Lied Babies Died.

As a tribute to the fine arguments of the left I have come up with the real scapegoats for 9-11/GWOT and because I’m a little nuts. Enjoy.

Once upon a time there was and Attorney General Named Reno. One day she called up the news and said, "Hey everyone get to Waco, going to be a big show for you". Well the show kind of didn’t go well. So Janet made up lies about what was going on inside. This led to the storming of the compound and barbecued babies. This led to the Oklahoma City bombings more death and dead babies. The MSM and Janet and Bill all had a good time watching their handy work on the TEEVEE along with the Islamists who were inspired by all this. Osama then thought, "Hey let’s bomb America too", and they did. So as you can clearly see the blame for Waco, the Oklahoma city bombing, 9/11, the 1993 WTC bombing, the USS Cole bombing, The London Bombings so on and so forth are all directly caused by Janet Reno and Bill Clinton For appointing her. There Cindy put than in your pipe and smoke it.

Capitalism gone mad.

Ok I like John Wayne. Yes he’s rough he’s tough and he don’t take no shit from nobody. But that’s really not the qualities I’m looking for in the restroom. I’m not sure how much more of a dividend my company can pay with this new “John Wayne Paper” but won’t that be offset by efficiency loss due to “uncomfortable” employees? Are corn cobs the next logical step to improve profitability?

Siyuth paydeewhaan beeotch Howie.

Here are your bloggers

As a swing voter and The Jawa Report’s most (ehem) moderate poster I’m going to use this as an example for today’s fun. Ya’ll remember the Waco incident and also the Oklahoma City bombings. Well the true blame or most of it resides with Vernon and Tim right? I think we can all agree on that at least a bit. While the actions of billarymcuglyHMOaburtonMSM were less than ideal, to give them all the blame is probably unfair. The same with the GWOT to blame the President is just silly. While every tough decision he has make is his own, the blame mostly lies with the terrorists. I accept that history has led us to this point. Blame for these conditions can be spread worldwide. The Democrats who ran WWII left these problems. The cold war suppressed them. So either pitch in or shut up. Not for Bush but because your countrymen are dying every day, Iraqi’s are dying every day, the terrorists won’t stop. My co-authors here know while I support the war I'm not a W fanatic. I think he's done a good job. He's done some things I don't agree with. But with that said the Democrats have a big problem. Even with W’s rating at its lowest point McCain leads Hillary by a good margin if the election were held tomorrow. The Donkey’s reigns are held by the MSM and the extreme left anti-win anti-freedom in Iraq crowd. If Democrats want to pull swing votes the Donkey needs to buck. The only thing I see out of them is piling on when times get tough no solutions or help for America. If the Democrats have a plan other than run, I’ve not heard it. Howie to Howie Dean : Ya’ll need an FDR or LBJ not Hillary or Edwards.

By Howie at 11:30 AM | Comments |

APSApalooza

I will be heading to Washington, D.C. today where 6,000 political scientists have decided to gather in honor of The Jawa Report. If you'll be at APSApalooza and want to hang out, please e-mail me. Blogging will be light.

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

Freed Victims of Bush's Gulag Arrested in Russia for Terrorism

I wonder how the five released Gitmo prisoners will find conditions in a real Russian gulag? Do you think their will be a massive outcry from the Left and the European elite?

Via ITB this from Mosnews:

Two former Guantanamo prisoners, extradited to Russia in 2002, have been detained in Moscow on suspicion of preparing a series of terrorist attacks, the Vremya Novostei newspaper reported Tuesday.

The two Russian citizens, Airat Vakhitov and Rustam Akhmyarov, who were seized in a counter-terrorist operation in Afghanistan and kept at the Guantanamo base in Cuba with other Taliban and terrorist suspects, and then extradited home to Russia, have been detained and are now being held in a Russian detention centre.

They are charged with preparing and carrying out a series of terrorist acts in the Central Russian Povolzhye region.

Three other former Guantanamo prisoners have been detained in Russia’s Tatarstan Republic on the same charges, the paper adds.

All in all, of the seven Russian Guantanamo prisoners extradited from Cuba in 2004, only two are not in custody.

Five of Seven? If anything, it looks like the Bush policy of releasing prisoners is a failed one. More Gitmos please!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:48 AM | Comments |

I Caused Hurricane Katrina

Environmentalism as a religious creed is the new black of the Left. It's becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between religious nuts like this guy who says Katrina is God's retribution for the South's racism and environmental-mystics like the Minister of the Environment in Germany who blame every natural disaster on global warming, which, as we all know, is Chimpy-McBush's fault.

And I thought the Kennedy's were Roman Catholic? Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., though, looks like he has converted to the cult of blame-every-bad-thing-on-Bush-induced-global-warming cult.

Never mind that none of these prophets who claim to know the mind of God/Gaia/Mother Earth (insert deity here) bothered to check out the racial identity of those hardest hit by the hurricane or check out NOAA charts tracking the number of hurricanes over the years.

Somewhere, I'm sure, Fred westboro is reading God's mind and finding that the true blame for Katrina's devestation rests squarely on the shoulders of the gays.

So, who or what is responsible for hurricane Katrina? I am. It was either suffer a terrible hurricane or blind. God told me so.

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

August 30, 2005

Muslim in Netherlands Laments Failure of Holocaust

Reader fan mail from an IP in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Am I wrong but isn't Nazi ideology illegal in the Netherlands? Wrap that same ideology under the banner of Islam, though, and the Left goosesteps into line to protect this vile speech and pretends that such sentiment is not common. How come I get similar comments nearly every day, the vast majority of which trace to Europe?

This could be right out of Mein Kampf.

Al-Qudar

All you stupid americans just all shut up!!!
you dont know any thing about this howle war!
the only thing you beleve is the sensort media made by those zionist jew's!

The truth is that america whants oil and that the jews what to oppress all muslims!

beside jew's what more and more might in our world
it was a better way if al jews where killed in the 2nd world war!

but still the zionists whants muight and power and they what to dominate our world oppress every one how tells his comment and that is wat its all about!
dont know if you know but almost everyone execpt rumsfeld is an zionist in your goverment!

so dont lissen to there lies!


Allah Akbar

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

Do-it-yourself Festival of the Fatwas: GI Joe Held Hostage Edition

Have an intersesting post that deserves some eyeballs? Link this post and send us a trackback and we will issue a fatwa-link against you below. If you don't play nice and link this post I'm going to take all my action figures home and behead them.

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

Another Terrorist Killed in Iraq

Another one bites the dust. Of course, more seething and whining that civilians were killed.

Public service announcement: The best way to keep us from dropping a bomb on your house is if you kindly ask all terrorists to leave. Thank you.

JPost:

US Air Force F-16 war jets launched airstrikes Tuesday near the Syrian border, destroying three houses and killing a "known terrorist," the US military said. Iraqi authorities said fighting had broken out in the area between a tribe that supports foreign fighters and another that backs the government.

Iraqi officials said at least 45 people had been killed in the fighting between the pro-government Bumahl tribe and the pro-insurgent Karabilah tribe, including some in the airstrikes. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal. The area is among the most dangerous in the country, and access is difficult.

The airstrikes, which included 500-pound guided bombs, began about 6:20 a.m. in a cluster of towns near Qaim along the Syrian border 200 miles northwest of Baghdad.

A US statement made no mention of tribal fighting but said four bombs were used to destroy a house occupied by terrorists outside the town of Husaybah. Two more bombs destroyed a second house in Husaybah, occupied by Abu Islam, described as "a known terrorist," the statement added.

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

Reuters Crew Shot in Baghdad (UPDATED

Here is an update on this incident from a reader:

The cameraman in question was shot by soldiers in my son's unit. First hand reports are that the moron sped into the middle of a firefight, jumped out of his car and threw up to his shoulder a TV or Movie camera with a sound boom and telephoto lens.

It was [understandably considering the circumstances] mistaken for an RPG and the moron quickly became the late moron.

Incidentally, this crew was told beforehand NOT to go into the area of the firefight, as it was entirely too dangerous.

After a post-battle debriefing and investigation, the soldiers were determined to have adhered properly to the rules of engagement, and were found innocent of any wrongdoing.

Actually, the first hand report was: "Some dumb b**tard came up to us in a speeding car, jumped out and pointed his camera at us. We thought it was an RPG and lit him up."

Perhaps Reporters Without Borders should be complaining about Reuters not training their crews to have some common sense instead of seething against the U.S.

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Al Reuters is reporting that one of their soundmen was killed and a camera man shot. Initial reports indicate that it was U.S. soldiers that shot at the crew.

This should really surprise nobody. The latest strategy from al Qaeda linked terrorists in Iraq is to film attacks. I have seen dozens and dozens of these films. Whenever an IED explodes, there is usually a terrorist camera man taping the incident. So, if I am a U.S. soldier in a hot zone it actually seems like a pretty good strategy to shoot at anybody with a camera. The story given by the U.S. is consistent with this:

Task Force Baghdad units responded to a terrorist attack on an Iraqi Police convoy around 11:20 a.m. Aug. 28 in central Baghdad, which killed and wounded several Iraqi police. One civilian was killed and another was wounded by small-arms fire during the attack.

"After discovering an abandoned car with explosives material, weapons and a cellphone, units began searching the area for the terror suspects who were believed to have fled on foot."

And

A U.S. officer said: "They drove into fighting."
Of course, al Reuters spin is that this was an act of aggression on the part of the U.S. and does little to explain the context in which the news crew was shot at. Reuters:
A Reuters Television soundman was shot dead in Baghdad on Sunday and a cameraman who was wounded was still being questioned by U.S. troops 12 hours later.

Iraqi police said the two, both Iraqis, were shot by U.S. forces. A U.S. military spokesman said the incident was being investigated. The cameraman was being held and questioned because of "inconsistencies in his initial testimony," he added.

Waleed Khaled, 35, was hit by a shot to the face and at least four to the chest as he drove to check a report, called in to the Reuters bureau by a police source, of an incident involving police and gunmen in the western Hay al-Adil district.

"A team from Reuters news agency was on assignment to cover the killing of two policemen in Hay al-Adil; U.S. forces opened fire on the team from Reuters and killed Waleed Khaled, who was shot in the head, and wounded Haider Kadhem," an Interior Ministry official quoted the police incident report as saying.

Cameraman Kadhem, 24, who was wounded in the back, told colleagues at the scene: "I heard shooting, looked up and saw an American sniper on the roof of the shopping center."

The only known witness, he was later detained by the U.S. troops. For 10 hours, U.S. officers said they could not trace Kadhem. Finally a spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Whetstone, said he was being held at an unspecified location. His "superficial" wound had been treated "on location," he said.

He declined to specify any suspicions or accusations against the cameraman, who was based in the southern city of Samawa and had been in Baghdad only two days on a brief assignment. He was despatched to the scene of the incident by senior Reuters staff.

The driver was a Baghdad local and knew the area well.

Two Iraqi colleagues who arrived on the scene minutes after the shooting were briefly detained and released: "They treated us like dogs. They made us ... including Haider who was wounded and asking for water, sit in the sun on the road," one said.

Human rights violations! U.S. worse than Saddam!! Wounded man forced to sit in the sun!!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:30 PM | Comments |

Good News from Iraq

Chrenkoff posting here and here. Since my site is usually devoted to bad news, it might do your soul some good to go read all the good things that aren't being reported in Iraq.

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

What Muslims Can Learn from Japanese-Americans of WWII

Today is the 60th anniversary of the formal fall of the Japanese Empire to the Allies. The event reminds me of a novel I read as a child.

The novel was about a Japanese-American living in a rural area outside the 'exclusion zone'--the only Japanese kid in town. After the start of the war, the other kids began to spy on him out of suspicion that maybe he was an agent of the enemy. But how did the Japanese family react to the hostility of their fellow Americans? By putting up more American flags than any one else.

The father, born in Japan but raised in America, was too old for the draft. His business collapsed as the townspeople stopped buying his products. What was his reaction? He volunteered and was eventually killed in the European theater.

That story has stuck with me through the years. I know it was just a story, but it is one based in the realities of America during WWII. Americans did mistreat Japanese-Americans, and the response of Japanese-Americans was to prove their loyalty to the nation by volunteering to fight for it.

A few facts come to mind:

In January of 1942 Japanese Americans serving in the military were segregated out of their units. On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed the Executive Order 9066 which led to the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans. How did Japanese-Americans react? Four days later the all-Nisei Varsity Victory Volunteers (Triple V) is formed in Hawaii as part of the 34th Combat Engineers Regiment. The unit would later be disbanded so that its members could become part of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

By June of 1942--at a time when the U.S. was forcibly removing Japanese-Americans from the West Coast--1432 members of the Hawai'i Provisional Infantry Battalion are moved from Honolulu to San Francisco and activated as the segregated 100th Infantry Battalion.

3,600 Japanese-Americans volunteered for service in the U.S. military from their internment camp prisons. 22,000 others volunteered from areas outside the exclusion zone. Between the two units there were 18,000 individual decorations, including one wartime Medal of Honor, 53 Distinguished Service Crosses, 9,486 Purple Hearts and seven Presidential Unit Citations. 21 of these Distinguished Service Crosses were upgraded to Medals of Honor in 2000 and 11 more Distinguished Service Crosses were awarded posthumously.

Were Japanese-Americans mistreated in WWII? Yes. And while some in the Japanese community reacted to this mistreatment by renouncing their U.S. citizenship, the vast majority of Americans of Japanese decent set out on a course to prove that they were loyal. The bravery of the more than 25,000 young men on the field of battle dispelled the nation's misgivings.

Two days ago we brought you a story of Lodi Muslims' reaction to the deportation of several from their community that had expressed sympathies to al Qaeda in the past. Rather than rallying to remove this anti-American element from their midsts, their reaction was to blame a government mole. Today, Jay Tea at Wizbang noted that:

The greatest enemies the United States faces right now are Muslim extremists. This puts American Muslims (of the non-extremist bent) in a conflict -- whose side will have their sympathies? Their fellow countrymen, or those who are dishonoring and besmirching their faith?

And every time another American Muslim chooses the latter, the more they lose that presumption of patriotism. And that is not any kind of penalty or discrimination, but a simple consequence of their choice.

Indeed. American Muslims could learn a lot from Japanese-Americans. If there is any mistreatment of that community it pails in comparison to what was done to the Japanese.

But at every turn alleged misjustices are not met with renewed commitment to our country and its values by leaders in the Islamic community, rather it is met with scorn, contempt, and fingerpointing. Muslim leaders condemn U.S. military actions as part of a greater war against Islam. Instead of uniquivocally condemning acts of terrorism, they condemn all sides that use violence. Instead of criticizing our enemies in Iraq, they criticizes our own troops. They vocalized their worries about how prisoners are treated in Guantanamo Bay more than about how those prisoners plot to kill their fellow-citizens.

And while the U.S. military scrambles to find competent Arabic and Pashtun translators and are forced to hire locals with unknown loyalties, Muslim-Americans with these language skills do little to alleviate our nation's need by volunteering in great numbers.

I do not wish to succomb to prejudice and make the presumption that Muslim-Americans are not loyal to this country. As of this writing, I presume that there is a silent majority of Muslims in this country who are uniquivocally pro-American. But if they are out there, their silence is doing nothing to alleviate these fears. The occasional small protest against terrorism in general does nothing to signal that Muslim Americans are particularly worried about terrorism against our country any more than they are worried about terrorism against another coutnry. Groups such as Muslims Against Terrorism, from what I have seen, have little support.

At some point an irrational prejudice turns into a rational one. When meeting a Southerner, for instance, during the Civil War it would have been perfectly rational to make the presumption that they were rooting for the South to win. In fact, it would be an irrational prejudice to assume anything other than that. Assuming loyalty is a form of prejudice in itself.

If Muslim-Americans wish to receive the benefit of the doubt than they must begin to do much more than they are doing today. They may argue, rightfully, that requiring them to do more than what is expected of other Americans adds a higher duty of citizenship to them and is a form or unequal treatment.

They are right. It is a form of unequal treatment. But so what? Muslims are in a unique position to be our first line of defense against terrorism. They are the vanguard of our defense. Terrorists do not congregate in the Polish communities of Chicago, do not use Orthodox churches as places to meet up with other extremists, and do not call upon the help of a relative or mutual friend from Mongolia. Muslim-Americans have been given the gift of being able to aid our country in ways that others cannot. They can translate for us. They can infiltrate our enemies more easily than the rest of us. They can watch in ways nearly impossible for the rest of us.

With greater gifts come greater responsibilities.

The time is now to step up to the plate of citizenship and root out terrorist supporters among the various Muslim communities in the U.S. Those that turn in potential terrorists should be celebrated as patriots and heroes. Muslim youth with language skills ought to be encouraged by community leaders to join the FBI, CIA, and U.S. military. If they aren't, then Muslim-Americans reveal where their loyalties are. And the next time an act of terrorism takes place on our soil, the collective eye of the nation will be turned on our own citizens for failing to act when given the opportunity to do so. Then, what was once an irrational act of prejudice becomes a rational act of prejudice.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:25 AM | Comments |

Answering Questions About Iraq

John Hawkins is in classic form as he attempts to answer 10 FAQs about Iraq. The questions are:

1) Some people are saying that Iraq's Constitution will lead to a theocracy.
Is that true?
2) Well, if it's a pretty good Constitution, why aren't the Sunnis on board?
3) So, since the Sunnis oppose the Constitution, does that mean it will be
voted down in October?
4) What happens if the Constitution is rejected by the Iraqi people in
October?
5) Would it be a significant setback for the US if the Constitution were
rejected by the Iraqis?
6) What is "victory" in Iraq?
7) Do US forces have to destroy the insurgency to win?
8) Well, why aren't all these troops trained already? What's the hold up?
9) Ok, so the Iraqis are making progress. What does that mean for our
troops? When can they start to come home?
10) That sounds good in theory, but can our military hold up under the
pressure? Are we wrecking the military by keeping them in Iraq under the
current circumstances?

Go check it out.

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

Deepak Chopra, idiot

Fisking Deepak Chopra is in bad form. It's kinda like beating up a retarded kid. Nevertheless, where street rules apply, kicking when they're down is fine.

And reading Chopra so boring. If buying into the Leftist lie that, as Chopra puts it, the U.S. has entered into or caused almost every international conflict since the Spanish Civil War in 1898 weren't enough, you have to sit through mindless New Age drivel like this:

They look inside to see if the seeds of conflict begin with themselves.
The only thing worse than the shallow quasi-hindu pop-theology of Deepak Chopra--- and I say this as someone with a lot of respect for Hindu philosophy which his drivel is offensive to--- are the idiots who actually think he is a great thinker.

These are the same people who feel moved by bumper stickers and take a moment to reflect on the deep thoughts communicated through a Hallmark card.

That people like Deepak Chopra are actually taken seriously is a sign of the continued Oprahization of America and the vast gynocratic conspiracy.

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

Study: Terrorists Easily Enter U.S.

Simply put, by using a variety of tactics, terrorists are entering the United States with unacceptable ease. According to a study by the Center for Immigration Studies, gaps in the nation's border security, visa approval, and immigration systems have allowed dozens of terrorists to enter and embed themselves in the United States between 1993 and 2004. Ultimately, at least 21 foreign nationals became naturalized U.S. citizens before being identified as terrorists. The report of the study will be formally released later today at the National Press Club.

From the Associated Press:

Overall, 59 of 94 foreign-born nationals who were either convicted or indicted on terror charges broke federal immigration laws to enter or remain in the country between 1993 and 2004, the report found. It also noted:
_Twenty-two of the 94 either had student visas or other applications approving them to study in the United States; another 17 used visitor visas to enter the country.

_In at least 13 instances, suspected and convicted terrorists overstayed their temporary visas.

_Seven of the 94 were indicted for using false driver's licenses, birth certificates, Social Security cards and immigration records.

_Twenty-one became naturalized citizens.

The report identified many of the immigrants as affiliated with at least one terror organization, including 40 with al-Qaida, 16 with Hamas, 16 with the Palestinian or Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and six with Hezbollah.
The Department of Homeland Security has enacted programs to improve immigration enforcement, undeniably not a moment too soon. According to Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke, the levels of scrutiny imposed by the new programs "vastly improve the odds of stopping" the terrorists before they act.

Frankly, the odds of my satisfaction with national security are not improved when it's described in terms of a mathematical probability. What's next? Television news reporting the chance of terror right after the weatherman tells us the chance of rain? Obviously, more needs to be done. National security should be a "yes or no" issue, not something that requires a handicapper.


[Update 8/30/05, 1630 EDT]

The full report, Moving Beyond the 9/11 Staff report on Terrorist Travel by Janice L. Kephart, has been posted on the Internet. It's informative and engaging, particularly the section on the extent that terrorists use sham marriages to gain permanent residency and citizenship in the U.S. Beguiling American women into marriage is an effective tactic used intentionally to further their terrorist goals. I'm not shocked.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 06:15 AM | Comments |

VDH on Political Paranoia in the West

From The Paranoid Style:

Such a strange, strange world we live in now of David Duke praising Cindy Sheehan's scapegoating Israel.

George Bush who risked his presidency to free millions of Iraqis is to be the moral equivalent of Jefferson Davis — but perhaps is just as hated by the unhinged Right because he is not enough like their beloved Jefferson Davis.

Forcing imperial Japan to surrender is the same as terrorists blowing up the World Trade Center.

And stopping the genocide of Saddam and promoting constitutional government are warmongering.

And all this nonsense transpires in the midst of a war in which the only way we can lose is to turn on each other and give up.

VDH has identified the common thread that runs through all of these counterfeit pearls.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 01:00 AM | Comments |

August 29, 2005

So, where's the questionable content in this?

I posted the following comment to Rusty's post about academia, and it was rejected for "questionable content." I tried changing "tittering" to "confusion" but it was still rejected. Maybe I shouldn't have said: "Seriously..."

Rusty:

Too late for me, I guess. Seriously, there are a number of academically oriented blogs that are couched toward giving "constructive advice" to the Bush administration, like Democracy Arsenal. They aren't the "looney left," but sometimes I wonder if they aren't just camouflaging schadenfreude behind a lot of opinionated complexity. Their ideas have the force of... words.

It's simple. We meet the vanguard of Islamofascism with our vanguard of liberal democracy, and keep at it until we win. Knowing this apparently disqualifies me from academia; at least until the power of my ideas drowns out the confusion of their words.

That's the hope, anyway.

By Demosophist at 11:05 PM | Comments |

Where's Rusty?

If I don't blog in the next 24 hours it's because of a certain weather related phenomenon. That is all.

UPDATE: Nope, I'm here. No problems.

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

Overheard at Camp Casey: "Cindy Sheehan, You are Getting Us Killed!" (Pics from Rally)

A reader named Melissa Rutledge participated in last weekends Move America Forward rally at The Shrine of the Perpetual Lady of Mourning, otherwise known as Camp Casey. Here are some of her observations, you can leave comments for her below. Pics from the rally are below:

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We decided to drive from Austin to Crawford to participate in the Move America Forward tour. It was about a 2 hour drive.

We arrived at about 1:00pm just as the rally was beginning. The MAF tour started with a Christian prayer, which in these days of political correctness was more than just a little refreshing!

A number of speakers including several state senators and reps spoke to the crowd. Darryl Ancarlo was a crowd-pleaser and was rather potent in his comments. Ted Nugent's wife was there and spoke briefly about raising money for an awning at Brooks Army Medical Center for the wounded and recovering to be outdoors and sit under (particularly for the burned soldiers who cannot be in direct sunlight), to enable them to go outside.

One speaker was a father of a soldier in sniper training in Iraq. He said he spoke to his son on the phone, who told him that Sheehan's comments were actually goading on the insurgents and told his father to send this message: "Cindy Sheehan, Shut up! You are getting us killed!"

The crowd went wild!

About halfway through, a group of Sheehan supporters snuck in and hoisted some large signs in the middle of the crowd. A few minutes of palpable tension rose as the crowd -en-masse- roughed them up a little and literally ran them out of the rally, took their signs which were torn up them up then tossed them on the ground like the trash they were. The Sheehan people were mobbed by the press- which is all they really wanted. We listened to them talk and they bragged about going around the country and doing this at other rallies.

Most of the men involved with the group were from Minnesota! Long drive!
Welcome to Texas boys - now get out!

Obviously they are "professional" protesters.

The rally broke up as some of the Gold Star family members demanded that their children's names be removed from Sheehan's crosses from her demonstration! The McClennan County Sheriff's Department escorted the families to retrieve them.

There were probably between 2000 and 3000 pro- Bush supporters who descended on this little one-stoplight town.

The county sheriff's department was on hand as well as most of the local police from several surrounding towns. The Crawford town square was packed with pro- Bush / troop supporters. Lots of memorials and memorabilia stands.

We then drove out of the town to where the Cindy Sheehan camp is set up near the Bush ranch. Based on the media coverage, we believed that this would be a huge camp but when we got there, we saw only between 60 and 75 pro-Sheehan people camped.

It was a filthy crowd of sour-faced, long-haired, bitter-looking people. There was a sense of darkness over this crowd that is hard to describe. Their camp is just set up on a typical back-country Texas rural road. They have their tents set up along a fence line next to a corn field. It literally looked like an old hippy camp!

The most amazing thing about the Sheehan crowd, there was not a single American flag on display.

The pro-Bush people were on the North side of the street the Sheehan zoo on the South. Hmmm. North and South again!

Our side was rowdy and alive with signs, flags and loud pro-American yelling and taunting. Lot's of Texans on our side!

I made the mistake when we first arrived of trying to walk across the road to get some pictures of their group. When I tried to return to our side a sheriff's deputy told me that anyone who stepped into the road or crossed from one camp to the other was subject to immediate arrest!

If I had done anything other than very quickly apologize, feign ignorance and grovel a bit I would have been introduced to the Crawford jail!

All in all, it was an interesting experience. We thought Al Sharpton was going to be there Saturday, but his schedule was changed - Darn!
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Captain Ed also has a reader's account here. And the message is “All things bad are America’s fault”.

Click for larger images. Rude commentary is my own, not Melissa's.

A rainbow umbrella? And people don't like stereotypes because of why?

Pic of Camp Casey from across the street. Notice the sign propogating the lie that Cindy simply wants to meet President Bush, something he has already done. Do you think a majority of veterans support leaving Iraq now?

Officer, quick, you've got to isolate those hippies before they form a drum circle. Once they form a drum circle they'll attract college-know-it-all hippies. Soon after that they'll hold a music festival. Pretty soon there will be a solid wall of hippies as far as the eyes can see.

Good lord, it has already begun. When will the authorities ever learn? You can't get rid of a hippie infestation by ignoring it.

Ah, some sanity.

I like that sign on the right. Terrorist do love quitters. If you look at the rise of Osama bin Laden, and listen to his own words, the reason he believes he can win this protracted jihad is that Allah defeated the Americans in Somalia.

And a little child shall lead them. The sacrifice of Cindy Sheehan's son will only have meaning if we win in Iraq. There is something worse than losing a son: losing a son in vain. If we lose all will have been in vanity.

Yes, that's Ted Nugent's wife. She's a dish.

It's pretty sad that it had to come to this.

Ah, feel the love. God Bless you troops for killing terrorists!

For every veteran against the war, there are two for it. Vietnam veterans especially know the pain and humiliation of having traitors at home not supporting their mission. That pain was amplified by an American public not willing to finish the fight and thus ad meaning to the sacrifice of fallen comrades.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:04 PM | Comments |

Why I hate Academia #2,3457

I hate being in academia. Except for the summers off. And the respect. And the hot young chicks. Wait, did I say I hate academia? What was I thinking?

Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom deconstructs this article by The Stranger on why there are so few Republicans in academia and why this is a good thing. I'm sure Derrida would be rolling over in his grave if he learned that his little rhetorical trick which he called a methodology could be used to find the real meaning embedded in the structures of linguistic oppression by those on the Left as well as the Right. That is, unless death isn't just a social construct....

Goldstein:

In “Lessons Learned: Red States May Be Outbreeding Blue States, but Blue Cities—Particularly Blue College Towns—Can Help Turn the Tide,” Bill Savage, a lecturer in the Department of English and a college adviser at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, argues that indoctrination is not really indoctrination when it’s people like him doing the indoctrinating; instead, it’s remedying the horrific materialist upbringing foisted upon the rich womb droppings of wealthy Rethuglicans, and in so doing, helping to save a nation! Let us read together:
Trust me, you'll want to read ithis. It's kind of like Foucalt meets Anne Coulter right after she ate some shrooms.

On a seriuos note, there is a reason I blog anonymously. And Professor Chaos. And Steve the Llama Butcher. Because in academia it's ok to joke around about George Bush f*cking Jeff Gannon, but it's not ok to joke around about Osama bin Laden f*cking camels. You know, because the former is edgy criticism and the latter is just racist.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:41 PM | Comments |

Tornado Swarms and the APSA Convention

When Hurricane Ivan came through the Northern Virginia/Washington, DC area awhile ago it spawned a nerve-wracking series of tornados. I'd hear the NOAA weather radio issue a tornado warning with great urgency, and immediately head for the basement. The warning would subside and I'd then hear another warning in about 10 minutes. This went on for an entire afternoon, and eventually I began to get a bit jaded. I just stopped going to the basement. Apparently Ivan set some records for tornados, but what's different about Katrina, at least for the Mid-Atlantic area, is that the current storm is expected to pass by west of the Shenandoah. By and large that means that we'll get fewer tornados even though the mix of dry and moist air at different elevations tends to produce twisters. My impression of tornados when I went through this with Ivan was that they're a bit like a pest infestation: rats or cockroaches. They feed off of pressure differentials, and I'm not disappointed at all that Katrina is expected to spawn fewer tornados than Ivan, especially since the APSA convention will be happening concurrently.

By Demosophist at 05:33 PM | Comments |

Even Moderate Muslims are Pro Terrorist

In Russia they have a saying:

Scratch a Russian find a Tartar.

I'm afraid that if you scratch a moderate Muslim you find that just underneath the surface is an antisemite, a paranoid conspiracy theorist, and a supporter of international terrorism. I wish this wasn't so, but all the evidence seems to point that way.

In fact, the word moderate is a meaningless political term. When was the last time you met some one who believed they were an extremist? Not likely to happen.

Muslims who call themselves moderate can hold a variety of political positions ranging from those who support the goals of al Qada only disclaim the methods used to those who wish to see fundamental reform in Islam to bring that religion into the 21st century.

Karim is a case in point. His first letter to me is here. Below are excerpts from his second letter to me. I'm not going to respond to him, but read how a moderate Muslim sees the world. He is an antisemite, a conspiracy nut, and a supporter of terrorism all the while believing he is a moderate. He even invokes the name of Michael Moore to justify his pro-terrorism stance. Imagine that?

Unfortunately, I'm afraid he is right. He is a moderate. And that is telling.

I am a good muslim, Who has accepted Sharia, most of the hadiths, and ALL
traditioal interpretaions of Quran. And that does not mean I have to go
around killing everybody who is not muslim, Even f they from a seperate
nation. The difference is, You ar a seperate nation that has waged war on
us, not the opposite. You are forgetting that YOU( the American govt,
Israeli govt, English govt) started every single offensive in the mid-east,
even the offences such as the Iran and Iraq war were supervised by the
American Govt. Terrorism ? The US was the biggest breast-feeder to every
'terrorist' in the middle east. You kill us, our children, and when we
retaliate, it seems so unfair. Real funny, especially how the media has been
able to blackout your minds. All my American colleagues admit that CNN and
other news networks displayed in the US show one thing, and the Rest of the
world shows another. Your blacked out, its hard for your mind to accept it.
Your sources of Information are biased, you are biased, n I dont blame you
for such naive thoughts.

Very expected out of you. When people burn your house and your family
infront of your eyes, we'll se how youll react to that. Youll probably kill
yourself. The palestnians do the same, except in a much more productive way
to their struggle : killing Israelis who live their lives by taking away the
air they breath. Israeli's have demolished homes and land for years, and you
know it. Theyve killed Foreign reporters and media staff from outside
countries, they have no remorse. Theyd kill you if they had to. If someone
came as close to killing or harming my family, I think id take the fucker
out. Am i being a terrorist? who cares. Oh sorry, you do, youd use that
against palestenians, forgetting what caused the kiiling in first place.
Stick this in your head : Every action has a reaction. You Kill me, my
children will get you, and so on. If the US and ISrael havent started
killing in first place, would we even bother moving out of our homes? no.

We're not born with hatred, its put into us through constant Israeli
terrorism, who continue to kil us and demolish our homes. Blame them for the
hatred theyve put into the Palestenians. Blame the Americans who waged war
all over the middle east, for businees reasons ( I dont have to go through
How the Bush family runs the US, you know theyre business men.. Micheal
moore would do you alotta good.) Id hate poeple who wage a war over building
a pipe across 2 countries for fuel purposes. Do you know how many civilians
died and continue to die in Afghanistan and Iraq ? Over Fuel, that how
worthy the lives of people are to Americans. Oh crap, the poeple youve
killed have families.. I think theyre angry too. Oh you want them to be
peacefull? Maybe, but not after theyve seen what happened to the rest of
their family in the American prisons.

Jews are not excatly the most popular poeple. Everywhere you go, they are
made fun off, In Canada, Europe, not just the mid east. And that is for many
reasons, them being racist, hating people. Not all of them though, but most.
So yes, there is something wrong with Jews, they are simply not liked.

Yes they are, And yes its always the jew.. who else would it be? The
Americans maybe.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:00 PM | Comments |

Blogroll Update (Updated)

Phase I of the blogroll update is complete. That took way longer than expected. I've deleted dead links and those that haven't posted in several months. I've also updated those of you who have new urls.

UPDATE: Added plenty of new links. If I missed you, sorry.

UPDATE II: I'm thinking Mad Dog Vinnie needs to be delinked for this. Those pics were for private use........

On a related note, Digger's Realm celebrates 1 million visitors.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:37 PM | Comments |

Blog Sabbath Caption Contest

Caption this picture of Rusty at last year's American Political Science Association meeting

Winner will be announced on Monday.

We have a winner!

phin, for:

"After going years without a fatwa Dr. Rusty Shackleford finally suffered a mental breakdown. Dr. Shackleford now resides in the Tattooine Pastures Mental Facility, he can be seen wearing only depends and reenacting his favorite scenes from Star Wars during visitor's hours."

Honorable Mention:

Mr. Venom, for:

"I see your Schwartz is as big as mine..."

Make sure to check next weekend, I may have a picture of Rusty from THIS year's meeting for you to caption.

Muahahahahahaha!

By Vinnie at 04:30 PM | Comments |

Terrorists Murder 15 Civilians in Iraq

Al Jazeera has enough chutzpah to call the men who executed 15 civilians 'fighters'. Unfortunately I don't have enough chutzpah to call al Jazeera a news organization. Instead, I'll settle for propaganda arm of murdering terrorists.

Cindy Sheehan's freedom fighters at it again.......

Al Jazeera:

Fighters have executed 15 Iraqis after ambushing their vehicle on a road north of the city of Falluja, police said.

The armed men ordered the passengers out of the vehicle and lined them up before shooting them in daylight on Sunday afternoon, police on Monday quoted witnesses as saying.

They did not specify whether the victims were civilians or off-duty security personnel but said they were believed to be from the neighbouring town of Saqlawiyah, in the Sunni Triangle.

Pools of blood covered the scene of the attack on the desert road, next to empty cases of pistol and AK-47 machine gun bullets, suggesting that the victims were shot from close range, an AFP correspondent reported.

The road was blocked for nearly 10 hours until tribesmen from the neighbouring Sunni town of Ramadi removed the bodies, police added.

No jihadi group has yet claimed the murders.

Linked at OTB

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:07 PM | Comments |

Sunnis May Back Constitution

Amid all the pessimism over the Iraqi Constitution, it looks like one of the largest Sunni parties may support it in the end. Let's hope they do.

I have been arguing to my students lately that the forces lined up for and against the Iraqi Constitution are engaged in a struggle over symbolic politics. Sunnis object to the Constitution not on its merits, but because it symbolizes Iraq's defeat. The Constitution legitmizes the U.S. occupation and thus must be opposed, in their eyes. The details of federalism really don't matter.

Thankfully, symbolic politics only have subjective meanings. The same Sunnis who choose today to see the Constitution as a symbol of defeat and Arab subjegation to some Neocon-Zionst plot, may be able to view that same document in the future as a triumph of democracy over the Arab socialist fascism of the Saddam Hussein regime.

Al Jazeera:


One of Iraq's biggest Sunni parties has said it might back the country's constitution, despite calling for changes to a text agreed by the Shia-dominated parliament.

The Iraqi Islamic Party, a multi-ethnic group seen as moderate Islamist and opposed to violence, said on Monday that there was still room for negotiation on the constitution.

"We have not signed the constitution and we still have the time starting from now until the referendum comes.

"[But]we might say yes to the constitution if the disputed points are resolved," party general-secretary Tariq al-Hashmi told a news conference....

Earlier, hundreds of people marched in the city of Tikrit to protest against the constitution, witnesses said.

They carried photographs of the former president Hussein and held up banners saying "No to the Zionist-American-Iranian constitution". Some Iraqis say the Shia-led government is too close to Iran.

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

Cindy Sheehan Video

Ian at the Political Teen has a great Cindy Sheehan video. Is it just me, or do you also find it hard to believe that this chick is really fed up with bush?

sheehan_bush_funny_shirt.jpg

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:48 PM | Comments |

On Censorship and War

Mister Snitch:

Lincoln did censor the press during the Civil War. His administration took control of telegraph lines, temporarily shut down disloyal newspapers and denied them access to the mails (the primary means of communication in a world before phones, radio, TV, etc.), and arbitrarily arrested editors.

Most US wars have been waged under censorship restrictions. World War I saw some press controls reminiscent of those enforced during the Civil War. Congress passed the Sedition Act and the Espionage Act, giving the Postmaster General the authority to censor the mails. President Wilson created the Committee on Public Information and the National Censorship Board. His Secretary of War took control of telegraph and phone lines leading out of the US. Some editors were arrested.

During World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt created the Office of Censorship and the Office of War Information. The Army and Navy likewise imposed censorship restrictions.

Do I even have to say READ THE REST?

I believe I've been saying something like this for, er, how long now?

Censorship in a State of War
How we Lost the War in Iraq

Hat tip to, well, er, just about every body I know!

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

Three North Africans Killed in Mosul

I love news like this.

Centcom:

Three North African terrorists were killed during security operations in northern Mosul August 27th. Tips from concerned citizens and recently acquired intelligence led Multi-National forces to the safe house where they found and killed the foreign terrorists.

Abu Mujahir, Tunisian, was a facilitator of foreign fighters and foreign suicide bombers in the Mosul area. He is also alleged to have received and dispersed money from Abu Khallad to finance fighters under his control. Abu Khallad’s death at the hands of Coalition forces was officially reported on August 27th.

Abu Dur, Algerian, was subordinate to Abu Muhajir and helped him to direct foreign fighters as well as numerous bombing attacks in the Mosul area.

Abu Uthman, Algerian, another subordinate of Abu Muhajir and a foreign fighter facilitator.

“The killing of these foreign terrorists and capture and killing of more than 100 other foreign fighters during the last six months in the Mosul area continues to demonstrate the coalition’s success in disrupting of the Al-Qaida in Iraq (AQIZ) terrorist network and those who support them,” said Col. Billy J. Buckner, Multi-national Corps spokesman.

The safe house where the incident occurred was used to hide foreign fighters from local Iraqis. As Coalition forces approached the house, they were fired on by the terrorists. Coalition forces immediately returned fire and killed all three individuals.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:44 PM | Comments |

Terror Attack Likely at APEC Meeting in Korea

Security officials are warning that an al Qaeda attack is likely at the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit meeting scheduled to meet in mid-November in Busan, Korea. President Bush is scheduled to attend the meeting.

While there will be heavy security around APEC officials, including President Bush, recent attacks in London indicate that terrorist may target soft-targets, such as transportation centers, or the capital of Seoul. Let's hope the South Koreans pull together security before the meeting takes place.

Al Qaeda has threatened South Korea in the past and a ring of Religion of Peace militants was broken up in that country last year. Members of al Qaeda's Southeast Asian sister-organization, Jemaah Islamiyah, would probably be those most likely to carry out the attacks.

Joong Ang Daily:

A very high possibility exists that Al-Qaeda or related organizations will carry out an attack during the APEC meeting," said Chung Hyung-keun, a Grand National Party lawmaker on the National Assembly's intelligence committee. "Including world leaders, there will be around 100,000 people from many countries visiting Busan for the meeting."

U.S. President George W. Bush is one of those expected to attend.

Mr. Chung added that other parts of Korea may be targeted as well, including Seoul. "The National Intelligence Service has said Seoul is certainly a target," he said. "When terrorists recently attacked London, they attacked the British capital even though the Group of 8 meeting was taking place in Scotland."...

"We're preparing for attacks on land, air, railways and the sea," said Mr. Chung. "The preparations currently being undertaken are unprecedented in Korean history."

The reasons for any attack, say Mr. Chung and other intelligence officials interviewed by the JoongAng Ilbo, are mostly related to the U.S. military presence on the peninsula and the dispatch of Korean troops to Iraq, where South Koreans constitute the third-largest contingent among the coalition forces, behind the United States and Britain.

Last year, Ayman al-Zawahiri, a senior Al-Qaeda leader, included South Korea in his announcement that denounced the U.S. and European governments.

"The interests of America, Britain, Australia, France, Poland, Norway, South Korea and Japan are spread everywhere," al-Zawahiri said. "They all took part in the invasion of Afghanistan, Iraq or Chechnya or enabled Israel to survive. We can't wait or we [Muslim nations] will be eaten up country by country."

An intelligence official told the JoongAng Ilbo on condition of anonymity that, "As terrorists have been targeting countries that have dispatched troops to Iraq, we are reinforcing our preparations for the APEC meeting."

However, threats against the APEC meeting have not been the sole source of alarm for the intelligence community here. According to Mr. Chung, a group of Islamic fundamentalists from the Middle East was raided last year by the National Intelligence Service while planning an attack on South Korean soil. They were reportedly a mix of persons residing in South Korea and those entering on tourist visas.

In addition, news reports have revealed that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a senior Al-Qaeda leader, has several years ago come to Seoul to gather intelligence on South Korea's airport security. In 1999, Nizar Nawar, who is allegedly responsible for a 2002 terrorist attack in Tunisia, stayed illegally in Pocheon, Gyeonggi province, for more than six months while collecting intelligence. Both mens' visits went undetected.

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

Relief Ship Taken Hostage by Somali Terrorists

A ship carrying relief supplies to war-torn Somalia was captured by Islamist militants two motnths ago. Unfortunately, the mostly Kenyan crew is still being held hostage. Many Somali 'militias' have close ties to al Qaeda. It was an al Qaeda trained militia that fought American soldiers in the Mogadishu battle made famous by the movie Black Hawk Down.

All Africa:

An American-based lobby group has joined in efforts to secure the release of eight Kenyans being held hostage by Somalia militiamen, the Sunday Nation learnt yesterday.

The eight were among 10 seamen in captivity after their vessel was detained in the war-torn country...

We are now busy trying to have the ship hijacked in Hobyo region released. We have had telephone conference with WFP about that," Mr Jamal said an e-mail.

It is now nearly two months since the vessel Mv Semlow and its 10 crew members were taken hostage.

The crew members include a Sri Lankan captain, Mr S. Mahalingham, a Tanzanian engineer, Mr Juma Mvita Juma....

The Kenyans in captivity include: Mr Ogutu (seaman), Mr Mohammed Shee (chief officer), Mr Juma Rajab Mwakidimu (cook), Mr Hassan Abdalla Sudi (bosun), Mr Mwinyi Juma, Mr Gregory Musyoka and Mr Juma Mwinyi Pempe (greasers), and Mr Rashid Juma.

Since they were taken hostage, the ship's agents, the WFP and the Government have made efforts to secure the release of the vessel and its crew without success.

A series of negotiations have been going on since the ship was hijacked while ferrying a consignment of relief food to survivors of last December's Tsunami flooding in Bossaso.

The 850 tonnes of rice the vessel was carrying was a donation of the WFP, a UN agency.

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

CAIR + ACLU = Dhimmitude for America

Follow the link. Read the post. Be afraid.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:59 AM | Comments |

Top Taliban Terrorist Killed in Afghanistan

Remember that other war we're fighting? You know, the one in that country where the U.N. is in charge of rebuilding and where NATO is in charge of security, yet, despite all that international cooperation there is still an active insurgency? Yeah, that country. It looks like we got another one. Unfortunately, just like in Iraq, kill a terrorist and another one takes his place.

CNN:

U.S. forces have killed a senior Taliban commander responsible for a spate of attacks in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military says.

The man, identified as Payenda Mohammed, was in command of more than 150 Taliban fighters in Uruzgan province. He was killed along with three of his men in a battle last week, a U.S. military spokesman said.

"He was known for conducting rocket attacks, ambushes, guerrilla-style attacks and setting up illegal checkpoints," Colonel Jim Yonts told a briefing....

U.S. A-10 aircraft and attack helicopters were called in after the insurgents took up positions in some caves. Vehicles and weapons were later found in the caves, he said.

In a separate clash, six Taliban fighters were killed in a battle with police in Zabul province in the south on Sunday, a provincial official said.

Hat tip: Howie.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:55 AM | Comments |

What's Important to You?

With the upcoming midterm elections and even the Presidental race that is still off in the future, it's beginning to look like there's no way to get someone in the office who is both a social conservative and an economic conservative. Certainly Bush is as socially conservative as possible (except on Immigration), and yet his economic policies have left something to be desired.

Since this seems to be the type of person that seems destined to run for most of the next elections, I'm curious as to what is going to be important to you and why. So please take a minute to go here to answer a quick poll and tell us what you think. If you want to expound on why you chose what you did, please feel free to respond to the comments section of the poll (or here) with more infomation.

Personally I'm fairly torn over the whole issue. Obviously our economy needs some help. Yes, unemployment is looking good, but spending is still somewhat out of control and we darn sure haven't fixed anything when it comes to Social Security. So with that in mind, we need someone to hold some really tight economic reigns on this country for a few years and get everything straightened back out.

However, I personally cannot vote for someone who is pro-abortion. My beliefs on the whole issue simply won't allow it. Of course this puts me in a fairly akward position for the next elections and I'm pretty sure that one of my hardline stances is going to get short-shrifted.

But let's see what all of you think about the issue. Don't forget to go here and vote.

By at 08:30 AM | Comments |

****BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: World Not Ending****

****EXCLUSIVE** **MUST CITE JAWA REPORT** **

BREAKING: An anonymous source tells The Jawa Report that, despite media reports, the end of the world is not yet upon us. The source indicates that we are not, in fact, doomed!....DOOMED!!....DOOMED!!! as MSM sources suggest.

"Hurricanes," say our source, "are local phenomenon. "If you live in Portland, OR, for instance, you are probably not going to be flooded out of your home."

Further, the source suggests that there may actually be news other than Hurricane Katrina. Some of this news is reported to be more important. The Jawa Report could not confirm this.

Developing......

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

New Orleans SuperDome May Be Failing

WAPT is reporting that the New Orleans SuperDome may be failing.

A reporter inside says he is being "rained on" and it is becoming more like a "thunderstorm." People are clearly concerned but are not panicking.

Cross-posted at OpinionBug.com

Update (8/29/2005 9:10am):

From WABT: A 3 foot piece of the SuperDome's roof has blown off and sky can be seen through it.

People on the field are being moved off because it is no longer safe.

Some debris has also fallen through the roof.

By at 07:28 AM | Comments |

August 28, 2005

Say Goodbye to "The Big Easy!"

The media are actually underplaying the catastrophic consequences of Katrina. It will change history. The only questions are how much and in what direction? (h/t: Glenn)

By Demosophist at 07:35 PM | Comments |

Katrina and some politics.

Category 5 yes 5 Hurricane Katrina is threatening New Orleans. It’s a big one.

The storm was moving west-northwest at nearly 12 mph and was expected to turn north-northwest. Forecasters said the weather would start getting rough late Sunday and the eye would strike land early Monday.

The President urged evacuation.

I urge all citizens to put their own safety and the safety of their families first by moving to safe ground," Bush said.

FOXNEWS Sunday reveals the democratic plan for winning the war.

WALLACE: Senator Dorgan, what's the Democratic plan? What specifically would your party do differently in conducting this war?
DUNCAN: Well, first, I mean, this is not about good news or bad news. You know, the fact is we need to get the facts straight about what's happening in Iraq……..BLAH BLAH BLAH.

Nice plan.

Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. See got that right this time. Has an easy job pointing out But sir you have not answered the question.

Terror attack in Beersheba injures 21. Captains Quarters has more.

Twenty-one people were wounded Sunday, two seriously, in a suicide bombing at a central bus station in the southern Israeli town of Beersheba, Israeli officials said. ...

I see this goes right along with the Hamas “peace” plan.

We did not achieve the liberation of the Gaza Strip without this holy war and this steadfastness," he said, adding that attacks should continue until Israel is eradicated. Israel's obliteration is Hamas' ultimate goal. Sr. Commander Mohammed Deif.

I see peace by obliteration. Hmm interesting concept….

Russia gives US senators a hard time. Let’s be sure and see that Lugar and the rest have to say when they get back.

Sens. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Barack Obama D-Ill., were held at the airport in Perm but allowed to leave after discussions between U.S. and Russian officials, the embassy spokesperson said on condition of anonymity. The spokesperson also said Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., was delayed in departing from another Russian airport Sunday because of documentation problems.

OK long post. Also the Iraqi constitution will be voted on who knows Ace has his two cents here as well as good hurricane info and other news.

See below the break. From my Illinois Republican newsletter you know. Its good to see the party addressing these issues. See below for the party policy statement on ethics & other good stuff for those of you who are into that kind of stuff

Chairman's Update
August 19, 2005

· IL GOP ETHICS TASK FORCE PRESENTS CODE OF ETHICS POLICY TO THE STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE. In May, the Illinois Republican Party appointed an Ethics Task Force charged with forming a Code of Ethics for the state party. Yesterday, the task force presented its preliminary draft to the State Central Committee. The Committee approved the preliminary draft and decided to vote on a final draft in the first week of September. The State Party would like to use this time to seek broad input from everyone in the party. Your input for revisions are welcomed. Chairman Andy McKenna applauded the State Central Committee's action, "Since I became Chairman, there has been nothing more important that earning back the trust of the Illinois voters. This Code of Ethics is an important first step" Below is the full text of the draft, please read through the policy and provide any feedback to chairman@ilgop.org. Code of Ethics for the Illinois Republican State Central Committee

Prologue: Ethics, Integrity, and Transparency in Government
It is fundamental to the success of our republican system of government that all candidates, elected officials, and party leaders at all levels of government be independent and impartial, place the public interest above any private interest, and not give any appearance of impropriety. To that end, it is the policy of the Illinois Republican Party, and the Illinois Republican State Central Committee, to take a leading role in promoting the highest standards of ethics, integrity, and transparency in government.
Consistent with that policy, the State Central Committee hereby adopts the following Code of Ethics, which establishes rules to ensure that Members of the State Central Committee promote trust in government and public officials. The hallmark of this Code of Ethics is the simple truth that the public interest is and must be supreme for those who hold positions of public trust. The spirit and intent of the Code is to ensure that those who serve as State Central Committee Members do so for the sole benefit of the Republican Party and the general public, without any suggestion of service to promote their private interests. To implement the Code of Ethics, all Members of the State Central Committee will be required to disclose their financial interests and obligations and to submit to the Ethics Review Committee (as defined in Article One below) regular and timely updates to their disclosure statements. By means of these reporting requirements and other provisions, the Code is designed to ensure that State Central Committee Members avoid activity that presents any actual or apparent conflict of interest with their responsibilities as State Central Committee Members. In addition, the Code of Ethics forbids Committee Members from seeking or accepting for themselves or family members any special consideration or special benefits that relate in any manner to their positions as State Central Committee Members. Finally, this Code of Ethics signifies that Members take seriously their responsibility to the public and other Members of the Central Committee to comply with all State Central Committee policies and the law.
By means of this Code of Ethics, the Illinois Republican Party and its Central Committee commit to furthering good government and holding party officials accountable to the highest ethical standards.

Article One: Disclosure of Sources of Income and Potential Conflicts
Mandatory Annual Disclosure Statement.

Central Committee Members shall annually file on a prescribed form, on or before July 1 or within 30 days after being elected or appointed, a verified disclosure statement setting forth the information specified below relating to the Member's financial activity and employment for the preceding calendar year, including the financial activity and employment of the Member's spouse, and dependent children if the Member had actual control over such activity. If there is a change in any information required to be reported pursuant to this Article, the Member must amend the disclosure statement within thirty days from any such change.
The disclosure statements shall be reviewed by the Chairman, the Executive Director, one member of the Executive Committee and two additional State Central Committee Members, each to be appointed by the Chairman with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee for a term not to exceed one year and for not more than one term in any three year period (the "Ethics Re view Committee"). Members of the Ethics Review Committee shall maintain strict confidentiality with respect to the disclosure statements and the information contained therein.
2. Content of Disclosure Statement. The disclosure statement shall include:
a. the Member's employment, including the name and address of Member's employer(s), and any other entity and any position held therein, from which income in excess of $1,200 was derived during the preceding calendar year. No time or demand deposit in a financial institution, nor any debt instrument need be listed;
b. the name and address of any corporation, professional organization or individual professional practice in which the Member was an officer, director, associate, partner or proprietor, or served in any advisory capacity, from which income in excess of $1,200 was derived during the preceding calendar year;
c. whether Member is a registered lobbyist, and the identity, including the name, of any compensated lobbyist with whom the Member maintains a close economic association, specifying the legislative matter or matters which are the object of the lobbying activity, and describing the general type of economic activity of the client or principal;
d. a description of any activity on behalf of any candidate for elective office or relating to any issue that appeared on the ballot during an election in the preceding calendar for which Member received compensation, and the amount of such compensation; and
e. the name of any entity, including a board, commission, authority or task force, created by Federal, State or local law, on which Member has served during the preceding calendar year.

Article Two: Avoidance of Actual or Apparent Conflicts of Interest

1. Disclosure With Respect to Publicly-Acquired Property. If a Member or his or her first degree relative has a legal or equitable interest in real or personal property that is to be acquired with public funds, the member shall disclose such interest in writing at least 30 days before the date on which the property is to be purchased or condemned.
2. Disclosure With Respect to Businesses, Contracts, or Property. If a Central Committee Member or his or her first degree relative has a substantial interest in a business, contract or property on which a special economic effect, as distinguished from an effect on the publ ic at large, would be conferred by a vote or decision of the Central Committee, the Member shall promptly disclose to the Chairman such interest in writing before the vote or decision concerning the business, contract or property is to take place. The Central Committee Member may not participate in the consideration of the matter and shall be recused from any vote or decision on the matter.
3. Appearance of Impropriety. A Member and his or her first degree relatives should avoid accepting any economic opportunity or gift that presents or could be perceived to present a substantial threat to that Member's independence of judgment.

Article Three: Ban on Special Consideration and Special Benefits

1. Neither a Member of the Central Committee nor his or her first degree relatives shall solicit, accept, or agree to accept any benefit as consideration for any official decision, opinion, recommendation, vote or other exercise of discretion.
2. No State Central Committee Member or person related to a Member within the second degree by affinity shall be appointed, elected, or hired for State Central Committee business. This provision shall not prevent the retention o r advancement of any person who has been continuously employed in his or her position for at least 30 days prior to the election or appointment of a Member or Officer related to such person; provided, however, that the Member or Officer related to that person shall not participate in any deliberation, voting or appointment process relating to that person.
3. A Member shall not use confidential information for the purpose of acquiring or helping another acquire a pecuniary interest in any property, transaction, or enterprise that might be affected by confidential information, or speculate or aid another in speculating on the basis of confidential information. Furthermore, a Member shall not disclose confidential information, including Party matters discussed at closed meetings, information that is intended for a limited group, including but not limited to Voter Vault, or any other information obtained by a Member in the course of State Central Committee business that a Member should reasonably expect is intended to be confidential

Article Four: General Prohibitions and Guidelines

1. A Member employed by federal, state or local government shall scrupulously adhere to the legal prohibitions against engaging in political activity during compensated time, other than time off.
2. A Member shall not engage in any activity or transaction that at the time of the activity is prohibited by any law.
3. Any doubt as to the propriety of any course of action relating to this Code of Ethics or State Central Committee duties should be discussed with a member of the Ethics Committee.
4. Any questions concerning whether an economic effect is special or whether an economic opportunity could present a threat to a Member's independence of judgment, or any other questions of interpretation of the provisions of this Code shall be resolved by the Ethics Review Committee in closed session, after thorough review of the pertinent disclosure statements and any other investigation that is warranted in the circumstances.

Article Five: Enforcement

1. Responsibility for adherence to this Code and to all requirements of the law related to public service rests with the person to whom the Code and law apply.
2. When the Ethics Review Committee becomes aware that any Member is or may be in noncompliance with any of the provisions of this Code of Eth ics, the Ethics Review Committee will request the Member to remedy the noncompliance forthwith. If after such request by the Ethics Review Committee, a Member refuses to comply with any of the provisions of this Code, the Ethics Review Committee will refer the matter to a closed session of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee may vote to request that the Member resign from the State Central Committee and, after such vote, will notify the State Central Committee and the appropriate Congressional Committee that the Member is not in compliance and has been asked to resign from the State Central Committee.

APPENDIX
Definitions of Terms Used in the Code of Ethics
1. "Benefit" means anything reasonably regarded as pecuniary or economic gain or pecuniary or economic advantage, including benefit to any other person in whose welfare the beneficiary has a direct and substantial interest.
2. "Confidential information" means any information to which the Member has access in his or her official capacity and which has not been made public or may not be made public.
3. "Contract" means any lease, claim, account or demand against or agreement with any person, wh ether express or implied, executed or executory, verbal or in writing.
4. "Decision" means the exercise of discretion by a Member and/or the Central Committee.
5. "Economic opportunity" means any purchase, sale, lease, contract, option, or other transaction or arrangement involving property or services wherein a legislator may gain an economic benefit.
6. "Employment" means any rendering of services for pay, or anything of value.
7. "Gift" means any gratuity, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, forbearance, or other tangible or intangible item having monetary value, including honoraria for speaking engagements.
8. "Lobbyist" means any person required to be registered under "An Act concerning lobbying and providing a penalty for violation thereof," approved July 10, 1957, as amended.
9. "Participate" means to take part in official acts or actions or proceedings as a Member of the Central Committee through approval, disapproval, decision, recommendation, investigation, the rendering of advice or the failure to act or perform a duty.
10. "Person" means an individual, business, labor organization, representative fiduciary, trust or association.
11. "Fir st-degree" relation means an individual's spouse, parents and children, as well as the spouse of each of these relatives.
12. "Second-degree by affinity" relation means those related to an individual in the first degree, as defined above, as well as an individual's grandparents, grandchildren and siblings, as well as the spouse of each of those relatives.
13. "A substantial interest" means any economic interest of a Member if:
a. the Member owns 10 percent or more of the voting stock or shares of a business entity, or owns $5,000 or more of the fair market value of a business entity;
b. funds received by the Member from a business entity exceed 10 percent of his or her gross income for the previous year;
c. the Member has an equitable or legal ownership interest in real property with a fair market value of $2,500 or more;
d. the Member is entitled to a commission or fee arising out of a contractual relationship relating to real property or to a contract which would benefit by Central Committee action;
e. a person related in the first degree to the Member has a substantial interest in a business entity contract or real property as defined in subsections a-d abo ve.
14. "Transaction" means the conduct of any activity that results in or may result in an official act or action of the State Central Committee.

Even more good stuff.

Chairman's Update
August 26, 2005

·DEMOCRATS FOLLOW REPUBLICAN LEAD. After years of public pressure, Governor Rod Blagojevich signed medical malpractice reform legislation Thursday that will impose caps on non- economic damages for both doctors and hospitals. The legislation comes after Republicans took the lead on the issue, most significantly, in Justice Lloyd Karmeier's Supreme Court race in the Fifth Judicial District. "We are pleased to see that the Governor has embraced a major Republican priority," Chairman Andy McKenna said, "the Democrats have done their best to listen first to the trial lawyers and second to Illinois families. This is a positive first step in ending the exodus of doctors leaving the state."

·SHIMKUS REVISITS SELF IMPOSED TERM LIMIT. Due to an overwhelming response from his constituents, Congressman John Shimkus is rethinking his self- imposed term limit. When the Collinsville native was elected to the U.S. House in 1996 he vowed that he would serve no more than six terms. But under pressure from President Bush, Speaker Hastert and most importantly his constituents, he is rethinking the future. "Overwhelmingly they would like me to stay," Shimkus said. If he is re- elected in 2006 it would be his last term if he decides to abide by the limit. (News- Democrat 8/24/05)

· BLAGO SIGNS EARLY VOTING BILL. Governor Rod Blagojevich signed House Bill 1968 on Monday allowing for early voting to be implemented in Illinois. Critics of the bill pointed out that the immediate benefits will go to the Democrats who will have 22 days to turn out a traditionally lethargic base. "HB 1968 will increase the opportunities for the Democrats to manipulate the voting system," Executive Director John Tsarpalas said, "Republicans will be prepared to respond. The state party is expanding our ballot integrity program, unveiled in 2004, which resulted in uncovering numerous cases of voter fraud state- wide and led to multiple convictions." (Sun- Times 8/23/05)

·THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING. More promising economic data came in this week revealing the dividends of the President's economic policies. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 2.2 million jobs were created since July 2004. Job growth was reported in 48 states and new home sales continued to be on the rise at 27.4% higher than a year ago. President Bush has led this country out of recession and into an era where more Americans own their own homes than ever before, job growth continues to mount and total wage income is $75 billion higher than expectations. Illinois' employment growth continues to lag behind other states adding a little over 30,000 jobs since a year ago. (RNC Research 8/26/05)

Got two words for Shimkus. Teddy Bear. If any of you have read this far look up Teddy’s quote on this for a trivia search. You need something to do.

By Howie at 01:51 PM | Comments |

Lodi Muslims Suspect Government Mole

(Lodi, California) The Lodi Muslim community has been rocked by two prominent citizens being implicated in a federal terrorism investigation.

From ABC7News.com:

Hamid Hayat is accused of lying about attending a terrorist training camp in Pakistan. His father, Umer Hayat, was also arrested for lying about his son's involvement.

Muslim leaders in Lodi say since those arrests, a man who'd forged deep ties in the community has now disappeared. Federal prosecutors have revealed they did have a cooperating witness in Lodi, but did not name the person.

What a cheap shot. Blame it on the guy who skipped town. Instead of trying to distance themselves from terrorist activities and summarily denounce terrorism, the Muslims in Lodi are saying that someone ratted them out.

In my estimation, we would probably benefit by having more moles.

By at 12:25 PM | Comments |

August 27, 2005

Terrorist in Canada on Hunger Strike Near Death

How come the Moonbats aren't protesting Canada over that countries holding of Hassan Almrei, an al Qaeda linked terrorists, for the past four years without being charged? But I thought it was Bush-Hitler that was the only one that did that? The terrorist in question has been on a hunger strike for 65 days. It's not so much his impending deportation to Syria that's bugging him as much as it is the lack of TV in his cell......

Missaugua News:

His closest friends say a Cooksville man accused of being a terrorist is near death as he enters the 65th day of a hunger strike.

A fading Hassan Almrei, 31, spoke to The News yesterday afternoon from the Metro West Detention Centre, where he has been held on a national security certificate for the past four years without being charged. The federal government and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) allege Almrei is linked to terrorist kingpin Osama bin Laden....

Almrei, a Syrian refugee who came to Mississauga in 1999, is protesting provincial correctional services rules that allow him just 20 minutes a day outside of his cell, and no television or radio in his solitary confinement cell.

"I've been here for four years without charge and under these conditions," he said. "This is something I would expect in Syria or Iraq, but not Canada, the country I came to for freedom. All I am asking for are simple human rights."...

Almrei said he wants an hour a day of fresh air, as well as a radio and television in his cell.

The government's decision to deport Almrei has already been upheld by the federal court.

Now the immigration minister must decide whether the risk Almrei poses to Canada outweighs the risk of Almrei being tortured upon return to Syria.

Meanwhile, Almrei is fighting to be let out on bail.

Several prominent public figures, including Alexandre Trudeau, the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and former federal New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Alexa McDonough, have offered to put up Almrei's bail.

Oh the torture and inhumanity of not having TV!!

File under hunger strikees we'd like to see succeed. This story is a couple of days old. It will be interesting to see if he chickens out at the last minute and eats.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:57 PM | Comments |

Rusty Responds to 'Fan Mail' from Dubai

Here is a letter I received from Dubai. I thought you might like to read it. Notice how the self-proclaimed not an antisemite accuses me of being a J-O-O.

Dear sir,

Ive visited your website, n i read almost everything u have there. Dont u think ur too biased?

Karim,
Yes, I am biased. This is my personal website reflecting my personal opinions. By definition, then, this site is biased.

Im an arab muslim who lives in the United Arab Emirates, in Dubai.. You
probably odnt know where that is, cause Americans are too busy to think of
the outside world normally, unless it concerns energy probllems. Dubai is one of the only 5-Star cities in the world (There are only 5 5-star cities).

I know where the UAE and Dubai is. Nice place. I believe Michael Jackson is there now. Of course, by 'nice place' I mean nice as long as you stay within specially designated zones where we infidels are allowed to act like infidels. I'm not so sure I would like the rest of your country where I could not openly practice my chosen religion of South Park Universalistic Hedonism (Missouri Synod). I am required to shout 'Allah is a Buddhist' three times a day at the top of my lungs or I will be excommunicated.

Many foreigners live here, Including European and American people, who happen to love it here.

Personally I'm more into liberty than making a buck, but I understand the allure. The beaches, from what I've seen, look pretty kick ass. Any topless ones?

Dont you think you make us all sound like people who are ready to put guns to the heads of every american and kill them ?

No, I do not. I certainly hope not, at least.

I Have numerous American and English friends who would disagree. I love my american friends, ive lived with them almost all my life, we share respect and trust, and so do our families. We do not seperate Muslims from Christians (that is one of the biggest sins in Islam by the way), we do not see things that way.

I guess you are not a good Muslim then, or at least not a traditionalist, since the Quran and Hadiths explicitly place Christians not living in second-class dhimmi status as part of dar al-harb--a seperate nation. Perhaps you are a reform minded liberal Muslim who has rejected Sharia, most of the Hadiths, most traditional interpretations of the Quran, and has decided to join the 21st Century? I hope so.

We are all peacefull people, who happen to be ill-treated by your government.

Since when has the U.S. government done anything harmful to the people of the United Arab Emirites? Oh, by 'we' you mean 'Muslims'. I thought you didn't seperate people and that was like a big sin or something?

Look at Palestine. Israelis Have been destroying the homes of familes whos sons have suicide bombed places in Israel. U might think "hey, they deserveit, let the bastards take it all, "

Yes, I do. I only wish they made bigger tractors. Hey, how do you people in the UAE treat Jews? Oh, wait, all of them were forced to leave.

But What do u think it takes a man to decide to suicide and kill himself?! Lots of guts, and desperation.

Very true. And hatred. And faith that Allah will accept him into paradise for killing Jews.

Desperation caused by Israeli Forces who kill children and familes, and let kids watch their parents rot infront of them while they surround their house.

Then perhaps the fathers should not be terrorists? That would go a long way in solving that problem.

You dont know a thing about what we fell, you just look at the Israeli perspective.. your probably a jew too, and i dont mean it as an insult.

Again with the we thing. I don't take it as one. I'm not a Jew, although I'm cut, but I would count myself in good company if I was one. Did you know that Natalee Portman is a Jew? Not that it's important, but I'd definitely convert for a pice of that. And if you don't mean it as an insult, then why make the accusation? Unless you think there is something wrong with that?

You have to open your eyes. Your people are rated the most close-minded people on earth, and yes you are.

I'm sure the people of the UAE are much more open minded. I have a Bible, a Book of Mormon, a Theravada, and a Rig-Veda sitting around the office. How about I come to your country and pass them out on the street? Since your people are so 'open-minded' let's see what kind of reaction I would get.

People dont just decide to kill themselves or bomb a building, they are "forced" to do that.

Gee, I wasn't aware of that. It must be those Jews forcing terrorists to blow up other Jews. It's always the Jews, you know.

Bin laden owns more money than any american ever will, then why did he sacrifice all that and decide to live in caves?

I think Bill Gates might take umbrage.

There must be a CAUSE.

There is. It's called taking your religion too seriously.

Something, maybe hate, causes people to give up their lives and fight for something, even if that cause maybe "wrong".

Or, maybe it is love for Allah, hope for recreating the Caliphate, and a dream of inhereting paradise? Honestly, I could care less why they do what they do. I just want them dead so others like them can't do it again.

(I am against the sep11 bombings by the way).

How very big of you. I hope that didn't cause a major moral conflict.

Any american who had that much money would probably spend it on alcohol and whores,

I know I would. The whores, that is. Once you get that much money no need to drink because those high-end whores all look good. Or so I hear.

Because you americans do not know what it feels like to suffer, and > you never will (sep11 must have given you a clue though),

And you people in Dubai suffer sooo much. I'm glad you were against 9/11, though, because one might think from that last statement that some part of you was happy 3,000 civilians were intentionally murdered.

and you do not understand the honor of fighting back, to protect your people and family.

We do, only we understand the that it is a much higher honor to fight back effectively. This means when we fight back, such as in Afghanistan, our goal is to kill the other guy. In case you hadn't noticed, that was fighting back.

Islams stresses peace more than any other religion

How do you reconcile that with the statement you just made about fighting back? Many Christian fundamentalists believe violence, even fighting back, is always wrong. They take that saying by Jesus to 'turn the other cheek' pretty seriously. Many Buddhists too, some going so far as to become vegetarians so they don't have to take any life--even animal life.

You actually believe that Islam stresses peace more than, say, Buddhism? I guess that's why the Dalai Lama and his followers are so violent in opposing Chinese occupation?

Islam stresses submission more than any other religion, I will grant. But to say it stresses peace more than any other religion is to overlook the fact that 9/10 of every violent conflict in the world today has Muslims involved in some way or another. Either Muslim on Muslim violence, as in Afghanistan or in Iraq, or Muslim on infidel violence, as in the Phillipines.

I'm afraid the empirical evidence does not support your claim.

yet what do you know, youve close your mind already.

Again with the closed minded thing. Give me evidence that Islam is peaceful. I want to see it. You make a claim, now back it.

Unfortunately, your education system has taught you a lie about the history of Islam. Islam has bloody roots that go right back to Muhammed's conquest of Mecca. Both Jesus and the Buddha were strong advocates of non-violence, can the same be said of Muhammed? No.

While it is true that the Caliphate was at one time much more civilized and peaceful than the Western European countries, that time has gone and past long-long ago. Further, the 'peace' offered by Muslims to their conquered people was always the peace of submission. Contrary to Islamic propaganda, Christians were never allowed to worship as they wished under Islamic rule. One of the key components of Christianity, just like in Islam, is the Christians are under the obligation to try to convert the non-believer--something forbidden under your religious law.

If Islam is so 'peaceful' and if it is so self-evidently correct, then why would Muslims be afraid to let religious ideas compete? Why has your religion historically forbidden, under penalty of death, a Muslim from leaving the faith? Christianity abandoned this practice centuries ago. Buddhism never had such a practice.

The peace offered by Muhammed is the peace enjoyed by the slave. As long as he is obedient to his master, he has nothing to fear.

Goodluck in continuing your work of making americans even stupidier.

Karim.

That would be 'more stupid'. Thank you for your letter Karim. I needed a good laugh.

--
Dr. Rusty Shackleford
www.mypetjawa.mu.nu

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:25 PM | Comments |

August 26, 2005

12% Say US Troop Withdrawal Will Stop Terror Attacks

Looks as though "Momma" Sheehan doesn't even have a respectable minority that agree with "her" stance on Iraq.

August 26, 2005--Just 12% of Americans believe that withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq will stop terror attacks like the summer bombings in London. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 71% disagree and say that troop withdrawal will not lead to an end of terrorist attacks.

The survey also found that 54% of Americans believe the situation will get worse in Iraq if U.S. troops are withdrawn. Twenty percent (20%) believe the situation will get better in Iraq if American troops leave, while 15% believe that bringing home the troops will have no impact.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of men believe a troop withdrawal will make the situation worse. That view is shared by 48% of women.

There is a sharp partisan difference on this question. By a 4-to-1 margin, both Republicans and those not affiliated with either major party say that the situation will get worse in Iraq if U.S. troops are withdrawn.

Pretty low percentage considering that at least 12% of the population believe they have been abducted by aliens.

By at 07:08 PM | Comments |

I've officially renamed the hurricane

From now on, it is to be referred to as "Katrina and the Waves"

By at 04:46 PM | Comments |

We Killed Fiddy al Qaeda

Are our soldiers as good as Cotton Hill claims? Apparently, yes. Fifty al Qaeda killed in single raid. AP:

U.S. warplanes launched multiple airstrikes Friday against a suspected "terrorist safe house" in the western Anbar province, destroying the building where up to 50 militants were believed to be hiding, the U.S. military said.

Coalition ground forces were alerted by local residents that a number of members of the terror group Al-Qaida in Iraq had gathered in an abandoned building northeast of Husaybah, near the Syrian border about 200 miles west of Baghdad.

Let's hope that bitch Zarqawi was among them. Hat tip to Chad Evans who notes that this is the second time this week that tips from locals have led to al Qaeda arrests/killings.

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

It's Time to Take al Sadr Out

Too often our University trained military officers and State Department employees overlook the lessons of WWII and buy into the myth of diplomacy. By conceding ground to Muqtada al Sadr in an effort to have him 'buy in' to the process of creating a nation, we have let a dangerous man create a radical Islamist fiefdom. From NRO:

Not long after, Sadr was implicated in a massacre in the gypsy village of Qawliya. His Mahdi army tried to abduct a woman accused of prostitution in order to try her in Sadr’s kangaroo religious court. When the men of the town resisted, 20 were killed and the town nearly leveled with machine guns, mortars, and RPGs, after which the survivors were beaten and tortured.

Sadr’s victims are not only his fellow Iraqis. The Mahdi army often attacks Coalition forces, on one occasion turning a Sadr City marketplace into a “300-meter-long-kill-zone” in a battle that claimed the life of Sgt. Yihjyh (Eddie) Chen. Many more Americans have died fighting his goons in Najaf and Karbala.

Sadr is accused of being a pawn of Tehran’s mullahs as well, helping them subvert the progress of Iraqi democracy. If military action is taken against Iran’s nuclear weapons program, Sadr’s Al-Mahdi militia could counterattack within Iraq.

One can only imagine how the restive Sunnis in central Iraq fear the prospect of Sadr’s growing influence. Why would they support a new Iraqi government that, favoring the Shiite majority as it must, might eventually make Sadr their de facto ruler?

Read it all. This Clinton W. Taylor dude is one sharp playah. It's surprising to learn he got through his grad school classes with an attitude like that. He must read the Jawa.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:38 PM | Comments |

Two Senior Police Killed in Sinai Sweep

(Cairo, Egypt) According to the Egyptian Interior Ministry, two senior police officers were killed by land mines during the massive manhunt for terrorists in the Sinai.

From the Arab News:

Maj. Gen. Mahmoud Adel and Lt. Col. Omar Abdel Moneim were the highest ranked police officers killed in Egypt since a violent insurgency in the mid-1990s and the first slain since about 4,000 security personnel launched a massive sweep Sunday of the northern Sinai for suspects linked to July's triple Sharm El-Sheik attacks and October's bombings at the Taba and nearby Ras Shitan resorts.

Yesterday's blasts occurred after two land mines exploded on the 1,800-meter high Halal mountain, about 60 kilometers south of the Mediterranean coastal town of El-Arish, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

On conditions of anonymity, officials stated that they believe fugitives, who traditionally hide in the Sinai's mountains, planted the mines. Egyptian security forces have detained 650 people thus far in the Sinai sweep which started last Sunday. A primary target still at large is Salem Khadr El-Shenoub, suspected of harboring terrorists linked to the Taba and Ras Shitan attacks.

Also worthy of mentioning is that the indigenous Bedouin tribesmen, steeped in knowledge of hideouts and smuggling routes, have emerged as key suspects sometimes and valuable informers at other times. However, in general, it's believed that the tribesmen collaborate with the terrorists at a level less than originally thought due to significantly different ideologies and interests. For instance, the autonomous Bedouins do not like to have the police looking at their affairs which is exactly what happens if they collaborate with the terrorists. So, unless there are family ties, I suspect the tribesmen don't provide a lot of help to the terrorists.

By at 02:58 PM | Comments |

Jawapalooza at The American Political Science Association Mtg

I will be attending the American Political Science Association's meeting in Washington, D.C., next Thursday to Sunday. If you will be at the meeting, please leave a comment or e-mail me so we can get together.

The rest of you will not see me there. If you see me, you will not remember me. These aren't the droids you're looking for. Move along.

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

Protein Wisdom Emits Small Pearl About APSA

Next week is the annual APSA (American Political Science Association) convention, which will be held this year in Washington, DC. A number of us affiliated with The Jawa Report plan to attend, but we'll probably not be in the majority. The unofficial theme of this conference of PoliSci eggheads is something like: "Dare We Call It Fascism?" And you know what the "it" is.

So, given that situation I found this observation by Jeff Goldstein of Protein Wisdom darn near irresistible, bless his heart:

If it weren’t so very sad and transparent, it might just be amusing how many scholars in today’s progressivist academy purport to be “investigating” questions they are quite clearly begging, only to act “intrigued” by the cumulative “findings” they’ve so clearly predetermined.

Alas.

I'm planning to wear a small "stars and stripes" in my lapel pocket, just for the sheer Saul Alinsky in-your-face irony of it all. Anyone else willing to make the statement link to this post, or to the crosspost on Demosophia (or both) and we'll set up a meeting time and place. It'll be fun.

Update: Rusty has a better idea. Either leave a comment here, with your despammed email address or email me or Rusty.

Demosophia: demosophia-at-gmail-dot-com
Rusty: mypetjawa-at-gmail-dot-com

By Demosophist at 01:02 PM | Comments |

The Rosary of the Left: Hail Cindy Sheehan, full of grace....

The Rosary of the the far left:

1) Make the Sign of the Ankh and say the "Leftist Creed."

I believe in Gaia, the Mother, who is the Spirit of earth; and in Casey, Her only Son, our fallen Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Lesbian Union of Gaia and Cindy, suffered under George W. Bush, was shot, died, and was buried. Mother Sheehan descended into Crawford, Texas; the third day she went back to California, only to reappear in Crawford. She will ascend into heaven after following around and pestering the Great Satan, and sit at the right hand of The Great Universal Spirit or Spirits (choose gender and number), the Almighty; from thence She shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in Noam Chomsky, the Holy Univerity Curriculum, the communion of all anti-establishment forces, the forgiveness of every one, especially those who don't change their ways, and the inevetable coming of the Communist Utopia. Amen.
2) Say the "Our Mother."
Our mother, who dwells in everything; hallowed be Thy name; Thy Socialist kingdom come; Thy will be done, or we will force it upon every one. Give us this day our daily organic bread; and no need to forgive us our tresspass since no one can own Mother Earth, and lead us not into corporate temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
3) Say three "Hail Cindys."
Hail Cindy, full of grace, Gaia is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Casey. Holy Cindy, The Incarnation of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death at the hands of greedy multinational corporations and Zionist neocons. Amen.
4) Say the "Glory be to the Trinity."
Glory be to the Mother Earth, and to the Mother Earth Incarnate Cindy, and to the Holy Communion of all pre-Christian deities and New Age Universal Spirits. As it was in the beginning before mankind destroyed the Earth, and ever shall be after the overthrow of Bushhitler, world without end. Amen.
5) Announce the first mystery (The Annunciation of Cindy by the Channeled Spirit of Zorfor, a Third Century BCE Zorastrian Mystic) then repeat "Our Mother."

6) Say ten "Hail Cindys," while meditating on the Mystery of the Annunciation.

7) Say the "Glory be to the Trinity."

8) Announce the Second Mystery (The Visitation of Cindy Sheehan to the Students Against the War Rally at San Francisco State University); then say the "Our Mother." Repeat 6 and 7 and continue with Third (The Naivite), Fourth (The Presentation of the Uturus to Mother Earth) and Fifth (The Finding of Cindy at a Lecture by Edward Said) Mysteries in the same manner.

After the Rosary:

HAIL, HOLY QUEEN, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of losing every election; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb. O clement, O loving, O sweet Mother Cindy!

Drum Circle Leader: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of Our Hopes.

Hippies Respond: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Marx.

Let us pray. O Gaia, whose only begotten Daughter, by Her life, Her son's death, and the resurrection of our hopes that this war will turn into another Vietnam, has purchased for us the rewards of political victory, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Cindy Sheehan, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Cindy Sheehan. Amen.
After each decade say the following prayer requested by the Blessed and Holy Ward Churchill: "O my Cindy, forgive the sins of the PNAC Zionist pigs and Imperialist aggressors who forced the brave freedom fighters of al Qaeda to kill the deserving collaboraters, save us from the fires of Guantanamo Bay, lead all souls to protest McChimpy's war, especially those who have most need of a bath, a job, and a steady dose of lithium. Amen."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:49 AM | Comments |

Media Still Giving Sheehan Undeserved Coverage

A screenshot (click to enlarge) from Google News. 1,792 stories about Cindy Sheehan vigil. No front page links to stories about Sheehan's antisemetism, anti-americanism, or conspiracy theories.

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

TTLB Hijinks

Rusty notes that we've moved from 28th to 18th in one day, and he's skeptical. My individual blog leapt up 1,000 places in a day, and I've noticed some wild fluctuations in link numbers for Reynolds and Malkin. One possible explanation for all this is that NZ periodically cleans out the splogs, and bloggers purge their systems of spam, which alters the ecosystem's distribution and also changes the "species boundaries," which are probably based on statistical algorithms. The splog purges would tend to impact highly linked blogs more than those of us in the lower life forms, because the larger hit counts are more attractive to the spammers.

I'm not an expert here, and I'm not even sure how splogging works, but from a statistical standpoint it makes sense.

By Demosophist at 09:50 AM | Comments |

'Allies' in Yemen Threaten to Behead Journalist

Jane at Armies of Liberation has the scoop:

Jamal ‘Amir, editor in chief of the Yemenite independent weekly Al-Wasat said armed men blindfolded him, pushed him into a vehicle and took him to a remote location near the capital ‘Sana.

They beat him and threatened to cut off his tongue or to kill him and behead him, the London-based Al-Hayyat reported. He was released more than four hours later….

Just armed thugs, right? Maybe al Qaeda?
The assailants, dressed in plain clothes but driving a vehicle with military license plates, beat Amer and threatened to kill him. They warned Amer that his children’s safety would be threatened if he continued with his investigative reporting or reported his abduction to the authorities. Reports say the assailants condemned Amer for writing on corruption within the government and interrogated him about other writers and editors at Al-Wasat.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:47 AM | Comments |

Massive Manhunt on for Terrorists in Germany (UPDATE: Caught)

UPDATE: The men have been caught and they are Chechens.

Via ITB this from Reuters:

Three Chechen men who were overheard at a bus stop talking about becoming “heroes before Allah” were detained and questioned on Friday after sparking a major security alert in Germany, but police said they did not appear to have been planning an attack.

Hamburg police said the men, aged from 21 to 25, had been found after a manhunt in which more than 1,000 officers had thrown up overnight roadblocks and scoured Germany’s second city.

Hamburg police chief Reinhard Chedor told a news conference: “At the moment I don’t believe there were any concrete attack plans.” He said the men were being held for further questioning and declined to give further details.

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Elections are coming up in Germany and Schroedder is trailing in the polls. Now is the time to get tough on terrorists. Notice the Clintonian policy of not starting a manhunt for the terrorists because police didn't want to interfere in a criminal investigation. Treating terrorism as common act of criminality is what gave us 9/11. Also, recall that Hamburg was at the center of the 9/11 plot. Radical Islamists roots run deep in that city.

LA Times:

More than 1,000 police officers were deployed Thursday to search for three suspected terrorists, a police spokesman said.

Roadblocks and controls were set up at 12 points in this northern port city after an Arabic-speaking witness overheard the men praising Allah and heroism Wednesday at a bus stop. One was carrying a backpack.

Police said the three men had been recorded by video surveillance cameras and their pictures would be released.

"We don't know at this point whether there is something to the tip or not," Hamburg state Interior Minister Udo Nagel said at a news conference. There were no concrete clues about any attack, he said.

The witness told police he heard one of the men use the phrase "heroism before Allah." The men then boarded a bus.

A police official said the launch of the search and release of information was delayed a day because the police did not want to jeopardize their initial criminal investigation.

Hat tip to Reliapundit who has more here.

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

I'm a happy kafir

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

Jawa is #18?

Ecosystem must be way screwed up.

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I, for one, find it hard to believe that this blog could go from 28 to 18 in a matter of days, and not have a single post with more than 5 trackbacks.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:57 AM | Comments |

August 25, 2005

And now Geeoorge….Stephanopoulos !!!!!!!

Sorry Sam I always wanted to do that. I see that when the former Clinton Administration advisor turned journalist George Stephanopoulos suggested that Saddam be Assassinated no one even raised an eyebrow.

"Assassination may be Clinton's best option," the future "This Week" host urged. "If we can kill Saddam, we should."... ..."If Clinton decides we can and should assassinate Saddam, he could call in national-security adviser Sandy Berger and sign a secret National Security Decision Directive authorizing it."

Well now that kind of puts the Robertson thing in perspective.

See here.

And here.


By Howie at 09:29 PM | Comments |

French University Publishes Top al Qaeda Speeches

Presses Universitaires de France has published a new book which documents the speeches of top al Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden and Aymal al Zawahiri. LeMonde runs a full page review of the book, but pans it because the prose of Zawahiri can't really be compared to the genius of the Ayatollah Khomenei or with the Muslim Brotherhood's Sayyid Qutb--those guys really knew how to put antisemetism and islamofascist utopianism into words!.

And besides, says the Le Monde reviewer, how come the authors of the book didn't challenge al Qaeda's assertion that jihad is somehow a call for violence when every one know that jihad is an internal struggle thing, right?

You gotta love the French.......

Hat tip: No Passaran

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:31 PM | Comments |

Another al Qaeda Terrorist Captured in Iraq

As I've said a million times before, regardless of the reasons we went into Iraq, we are now fighting al Qaeda there. CENTCOM:

Coalition forces captured a known Al Qaeda-in-Iraq member, two suspected terrorists and destroyed a terrorist sanctuary, weapons and equipment near Al Asad Aug. 23.

Acting on tips from local Iraqis, Coalition forces raided the hide-out and confirmed that the location was being used by the terrorist to facilitate weapons and vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) operations.

After he was captured, the Al Qaeda-in-Iraq member provided information about related terrorist activity in the area. Based upon this information, Coalition forces captured two suspected terrorists. Coalition forces also captured and destroyed a VBIED and two weapons caches consisting of mortars, rockets and rocket propelled grenades.

And to my friend at Centcom--this is the kind of story we like to read.

UPDATE: Dread Pundit Bluto has more.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:53 PM | Comments |

Roadside Bomb Hits Russian Governor's Motorcade

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Ingushetia neighbors Chechnya and is racked by the same ROP inspired violence. Xinhua:

Two powerful explosions rocked a southern Russian republic Thursday afternoon, injuring the prime minister of the republic and killing one of his guards.

Ibragim Malsagov, the prime minister of Russia's North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, was wounded in the leg in an assassination attempt in Nazran, the main city of the republic, at 2:25 p.m. Moscow time (1025 GMT), a regional interior ministry official was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.

Malsagov was rushed to hospital and doctors confirmed that his life was not in danger.

However, one of his guards was killed and at least two others were injured in the blasts.

Officials said attackers detonated two bombs as Malsagov's motorcade passed through central Nazran, with the first blast meant to divert attention.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:43 PM | Comments |

Italians Treating Wounded Terrorists

It's not that I'm against doctors treating wounded terrorists--not to do so would be a violation of their oath--it's just that after you treat the wounded terrorist you're supposed to turn them in. You will recall our extensive coverage on the two Italians who worked for A Bridge to Baghdad held hostage in Iraq. At least three groups had claimed to have been involved in the kidnapping of Simona Pari and Simona Torretta, one of which had threatened to behead the pair.

AP

Italy's Red Cross treated four Iraqi insurgents and hid them from U.S. forces in exchange for the freedom of two Italian aid workers kidnapped last year in Baghdad, an official said in an interview published Thursday.

Maurizio Scelli, the outgoing chief of the Italian Red Cross, told La Stampa newspaper that he kept the deal secret from U.S. officials, complying with "a nonnegotiable condition" imposed by Iraqi mediators who helped him secure the release of Simona Pari and Simona Torretta, who were abducted on Sept. 7 and freed Sept. 28.

"The mediators asked us to save the lives of four alleged terrorists wanted by the Americans who were wounded in combat," Scelli was quoted as saying. "We hid them and brought them to Red Cross doctors, who operated on them."

They took the wounded insurgents to a Baghdad hospital in a jeep and in an ambulance, smuggling them through two U.S. checkpoints by hiding them under blankets and boxes of medicine, Scelli reportedly said.

Via Captain Ed who notes rightly that Berlusconi owes the United States an apology and the Italian Red Cross should immediately get decertified in Iraq. Indeed.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:31 PM | Comments |

Cindy Sheehan: "My sons killers were freedom fighters."

Holy schneike, I wish I was making this stuff up. Cindy Sheehan, speaking of the men who killed her son in Iraq:

"Freedom Fighters from other countries are going in."
Don't believe me? Watch the video here.

Because nothing says I'm just grieving for my son's death more than calling the men who killed him freedom fighters.

Hat tip: Patterico

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Michael Yon's Latest

Some relevant pragmatic wisdom from Michael Yon's latest dispatch, Gates of Fire:

Although the situation in Mosul is better, our troops still fight here every day. This may not be the war some folks had in mind a few years ago. But once the shooting starts, a plan is just a guess in a party dress.
UPDATE from Rusty. You MUST read this:
Prosser had beaten the terrorist in the head three times with his fist and was gripping his throat, choking him. But Prosser's gloves were slippery with blood so he couldn't hold on well. At the same time, the terrorist was trying to bite Prosser's wrist, but instead he bit onto the face of Prosser's watch. (Prosser wears his watch with the face turned inward.) The terrorist had a mouthful of watch but he somehow also managed to punch Prosser in the face. When I shot the propane canister, Prosser had nearly strangled the guy, but my shots made Prosser think bad guys were coming, so he released the terrorist's throat and snatched out the pistol from his holster, just as SSG Konkol, Lewis, Devereaux and Muse swarmed the shop. But the shots and the propane fiasco also had brought the terrorist back to life, so Prosser quickly reholstered his pistol and subdued him by smashing his face into the concrete.
And here is an image of the terrorist that Yon snapped.

These are the kinds of images we need to see more of out of Iraq.

By Demosophist at 02:04 PM | Comments |

War Protestors Target Wounded Soldiers

This is how the Left "supports the troops". From Cybercast News Service:

Washington (CNSNews.com) - The Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., the current home of hundreds of wounded veterans from the war in Iraq, has been the target of weekly anti-war demonstrations since March. The protesters hold signs that read "Maimed for Lies" and "Enlist here and die for Halliburton."

The anti-war demonstrators, who obtain their protest permits from the Washington, D.C., police department, position themselves directly in front of the main entrance to the Army Medical Center, which is located in northwest D.C., about five miles from the White House.

Among the props used by the protesters are mock caskets, lined up on the sidewalk to represent the death toll in Iraq.

Code Pink Women for Peace, one of the groups backing anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan's vigil outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford Texas, organizes the protests at Walter Reed as well.

Of course, these shameful exhibitions are ignored by the mainstream media, which is reluctant to show the true face of the Left: dishonest, traitorous, and anxious to spit on our servicepeople. The Dread Pundit Bluto sees little difference between these contemptible jackasses and the notorious Michael Crook.

Thanks to friend and TDPB reader Jan Z, aka, "The Dutchman".

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

UPDATE: Chris Short also posted on this yesterday here at The Jawa Report. Yes, we're that far ahead of the curve. Chris also provides us a link to the video here.

By Bluto01:29 PM | Comments |

About Lance and EPO

OK, I've been commenting on a lot of blogs about the Lance Armstrong/EPO accusations, and figured it's about time to put my thoughts into a blog post. First of all Daily Pundit can get you caught up on the all-important minutia of the controversy: whether the EPO test is definitive; what a "B sample" is; what the specific accusations are and who's making them; and what kind of things strike people as suspicious about choices made by L’Equipe. Go get caught up.

Now it's my turn.

It seems to me that whether or not EPO was illegal at the time that Lance is supposed to have used it in 1999 is largely irrelevant; and not just because he's protected from prosecution by technicalities. If he had been smoking marajuana we'd be a bit disappointed in him, but it just wouldn't be very relevant to his cycling career. Marajuana isn't generally considered a performance enhancer, except for people on chemotherapy. The basic contention is that he cheated, by using a substance that gave him an unfair advantage. And I submit that the pattern of his career places a much larger burden on the accusers than on Lance. The fact that he won the same race six more times after 1999, often by greater margins, mostly during a period when there were good tests for EPO, suggests that whatever he used in 1999 didn't give him an advantage he didn't also have in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. And that advantage just might have been that he was a better athlete, with a better team and a better trainer.

Compare this to the performance pattern of another great American cyclist, Greg Lemond. Unlike Lance, his performance significantly degraded over time, and it was demonstrably due to the presence of a foreign substance in his system. Not a banned substance, mind you, but one that had a marked hindering effect on his health: lead slowly released into his bloodstream from pellets embedded during a hunting accident. The pattern is clear, and has a rational explanation.

One doesn't use a substance with a documented impact on performance, without having it show up in the performance pattern somewhere. So, where is it L’Equipe?

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 12:35 PM | Comments |

Gold Star Mothers For Cowardice

Heh. My son went to Iraq to die for the Neocon-Zionist-Halliburton Conspiracy and all I got was this lousy shirt.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:23 AM | Comments |

Hippies Lied, Millions Died

Confederate Yankee has an interesting analysis where he comes up with a ratio of the number of people liberated divided by the number of American soldiers killed in various U.S. wars. America's wars, though, are not fought to liberate other peoples--it is just a side-effect that we leave freedom in our wake--our wars are fought to protect our national security. That is the ultimate measure I am interested in.

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

Islamic Leader: Jews Responsible for 9/11

I'm not sure why this is 'news' any more, but it is scary:

Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal [Pakistani Jamat-e-Islami] President Qazi Hussain Ahmed has said he did not believe that Osama Bin Laden was capable of carrying out the sophisticated September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. “The Zionists must be behind the attacks as they were the only beneficiaries of the September 11 incident,” he said in an interview with BBC’s Hardtalk programme.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:23 AM | Comments |

Should we put flowers in their cells too?

Knowing your enemy is one of the most important parts of waging any war. If you don't know anything about the person you are fighting, they can get away with nearly anything because everything they do will be a surprise. Good knowledge of their personalities as well as their tactics can lead to easily won battles and shorten the necessary combat time.

Lack of knowledge can also lead to fatal mistakes when dealing with your enemy. Two New York Times writers are asking the United States to make just such a fatal mistake. Scott Gerwher and Nina Hachigian have said that in Iraqi prisons, maybe we should "try a little tenderness." By this, they are referring to the practice, during the Viet Nam war, of "turning" prisoners by offering them better and more rations, freedoms and other rewards for information and good behavior. At that time, the system was successful in converting some prisoners and obtaining information from others. As I haven't had time to look it up, I don't know exactly how successful it was, though.

But to propose the same treatment for terrorist POWs is not only wrong, but horribly dangerous. We are simply dealing with a completely different class of people here. While some communist fighters (I use some loosely because I'm not currently aware of the exact figures) were hardcore ideologues, others were just soldiers. And still others were conscripts who had no wish to be there fighting at all. Muslim terrorists, however, are by definition, complete zealots. All of them are so committed to their cause that they are ready to blow themselves up or participate in other types of suicidal attacks in order to kill or injure a few Americans. They aren't just fighting against us because their "generals" ordered them to. They are, each and every one, radically committed to our complete annihilation. That's not to say that the entire Muslim world feels this way. Obviously they don't or we wouldn't be in Iraq to begin with.

This isn't an army that we're dealing with. At least not in any conventional sense of the word. It's a loose confederation of extremists who share the same goal. When they are captured, they continue to be as hostile as possible. Attempting to turn them will not only not work, but will put our troops in unnecessarily dangerous situations as these prisoners attempt to use their newfound kindness against our troops.

As the writers continue to explain about this tactic and the history behind it, they provide, unknowingly, one of the prime reasons that it would fail in Iraq.

So what does this have to do with Iraq? While Chieu Hoi was geared to counter a Communist threat, it was based on universal principles of counterinsurgency that could easily be applied to the current struggle. In fact, Chieu Hoi was something of an import in its own right: it was the brainchild of three men with long experience battling rebels.

We are not fighting a counterinsurgency. The men we are fighting are not rebels. Not in the traditional sense of the word. To label this as an insurgency would indicate that the terrorists we are fighting have some sort of legitimate claim on the Iraqi government or at least some claim to even be in Iraq. But that is not the case. The majority of the terrorists we are fighting are coming from other countries. Their reasons for fighting have nothing to do with insurgency or rebellion.

They designed Chieu Hoi to focus on changing the underlying attitudes of the subjects, not simply on trying to control their behavior. Empirical research in social psychology reveals that efforts to directly control behavior through coercion or bribery usually leave underlying attitudes intact, or even harden them. Thus putting a gun to a man's head and instructing him to support a particular political ideology will work only as long as the gun is present and he is being watched. The preferred method for long-term change is instilling sincere belief in the new political ideology, making the gun and monitoring unnecessary.

Once again, there are numerous problems with the statements above. First and foremost, we are not fighting a political ideology. We are fighting a religious ideology. Regardless what you would like to think, fighting with the terrorists is strictly a religious war. They believe that their religion demands our complete destruction and they are not going to stop at anything short of that.

Which brings us back around to my original point. You can't "deprogram" these people. Religious fanaticism is one of the strongest psychological forces known. Why else would hundreds of people drink poisoned kool-aid?

In addition, running our prisons under the Chieu Hoi model could help reverse the terrible propaganda defeat suffered with the revelations of torture at Abu Ghraib. Nongovernmental groups like the International Red Cross and Amnesty International would praise America, bringing more international support.

I don't buy that for a second. International "aid" groups are not going to praise us no matter what we do. And the whole point in being in Iraq isn't get get a pat on the head from Amnesty International. If that's our motivation, then we need some serious self-evaluation.

The whole idea of "deprogramming" the Iraqi prisoners is, to me, laughable enough that I don't know why a major paper is even taking it seriously enough to run it. But considering the Times hasn't even bothered to run a correction for Krugman's lies of the past two weeks, I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I'm just thankful that they aren't the ones making policy decisions.

By at 08:49 AM | Comments |

Report: Bin Laden Injured by Spanish Troops

Islmic websites have began circulating a rumor that Osama bin Laden was injured. Yesterday afternoon The Jawa Report began to get bombarded with Google traffic looking for 'bin Laden rumor'. I could not locate any relevant information, though, until this morning. If true, which cannot be confirmed at this time, then we know Osama bin Laden's location and that he is still actively engaged in the fight to return the Taliban to power.

ADNKI:

Osama bin Laden has been wounded in Afghanistan, according to two different reports carried by various Islamic websites. Referring to the al-Qaeda leader as Abu Abdullah, the second message, which appeared on Wednesday, said: "Mullah Ahmadi, military leader of the Badr brigades, which form part of the al-Qaeda organisation in Afghanistan, has confirmed that Sheikh Abu Abdullah has been injured in his left leg."

It follows a previous message on several Islamic websites saying the fugitive terrorist leader was injured while taking part in an attack on a Spanish military base in Afghanistan.

The second message relaying the news is titled "Confirmation of the injury of Sheikh Abu Abdullah in the Al-Khulud expedition" and adds other details, specifying that the injury was to the left leg and claiming it was sustained "when the Sheikh went out onto the battlefield to lead the expedition during which the Spanish base was attacked and which was named the Al-Khulud expedition."

"The source has promised to broadcast soon a video of the expedition, which lasted four hours," the message continues, before concluding: "Therefore we ask Allah to heal the Sheikh and make him well again. Don't be miserly in praying for him."

Is it just me, or does it seem odd that Osama bin Laden is actually participating in attacks on NATO forces? If the report has any basis in reality, isn't it much more likely that bin Laden was hit in his camp than that he was injured while leading an assault on Spanish troops?

UPDATE: Mac Powell also notices the story and is equally skeptical of claim bin Laden leading attack. And as Mike Pechar says, these things have turned out to be wrong in the past.

UPDATE II: Speculation: 10Snooker, in the comments, makes the keep observation that this could be the set up for an announcement that bin Laden is dead. It's just a lot sexier to say he died of battle wounds than from kydney failure, I guess.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:27 AM | Comments |

August 24, 2005

Veterans Beat Down by Thugs in Seattle

I'm sure the left is proud of three suspects in Seattle who groped two women and then proceeded to beat the bejesus out of two soldiers who had just returned from Iraq.

Pictures of the suspects can be seen here:
Police Need Your Help In Capturing Beating Suspects

Hat Tip: Ace of Spades HQ and Michelle Malkin
Cross Posted from Conservative Thinking

By at 10:28 PM | Comments |

UN to UK: "Terrorists Are People, Too"

A United Nations official has said that Great Britain will be cited for "human rights violations" if the UK goes ahead with plans to deport renegade clerics and terrorist sympathizers. From the Guardian (UK):

A senior UN representative last night threatened to cite the British government for violation of human rights over its planned deportations of alleged terrorist sympathisers.

Manfred Novak, the UN human rights commission's special investigator on torture, told the Guardian he is seeking permission through the Foreign Office to visit Britain to discuss the issue with the home secretary, Charles Clarke.

In a statement on Tuesday night, Prof Novak said that the government's intention to return radical preachers to their countries of origin, even though some of those countries have a track record of human rights abuses, "reflects a tendency in Europe to circumvent the international obligation not to deport anybody if there is a serious risk that he or she might be subjected to torture".

Pardon me while I go barf.

The Dread Pundit Bluto thinks it's time and past time for the US Justice Department to prosecute the UN under the RICO (Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act.

By Bluto10:24 PM | Comments |

"Little Democracy" Seizes the Day

The current Kos strategy of "divide for the hell of it" reflects the view of a segment of the Democratic Party who believe that the politics of unreason will serve them well. (The link is to Iowahawk's cut and paste of the Kos post, because who in their right mind would give another link to Kos if they didn't have to? Much better to give the link to Iowahawk.)

In November of 2003 I posted a lengthy piece refuting a similar claim made on Daily Kos that had the adult-children in the Dean Campaign breathless. I'll reproduce that article below, with a few edits. The bottom line is that it's not enough to feel secure that the strategy, repeatedly promoted by the "petulant wing of the Democrat Party," wouldn't win elections, or even a nomination (a fact that I accurately predicted back in 2003). The point is that win or lose the strategy is simply bad for the country. Which is to say, in no uncertain terms, that it's pretty much boneheadedly anti-American, or even anti-democracy, for that matter, since it's probably not good for any country. With good reason Christopher Hitchens calls these folks "domestic masochists."

Read "Centrifugal Politics"!

By Demosophist at 06:54 PM | Comments |

Australia Warns Muslims to Accept Western Values or Get Out

Cajones: Tony Blair and John Howard have them, George W. Bush does not.

Josh sends along this The Age article (subscription):

EDUCATION Minister Brendan Nelson has bluntly told Islamists who do not want to accept and teach Australian values that they should "clear off".

And John Howard has warned that mosques, prayer halls and Muslim schools will be watched "to the extent necessary" to ensure they do not give comfort to terrorism.

A day after the Prime Minister's summit with Muslim leaders, the Government stepped up its push to get "Australian values" — epitomised, it says, by the Anzac story of Simpson and his donkey — taught comprehensively to Muslim children.

On Tuesday Treasurer Peter Costello said people thinking of coming to Australia who did not like Australian values and preferred a society that practised sharia law should go elsewhere...

We want them to understand our history and our culture, the extent to which we believe in mateship and giving another person a hand up and a fair go. And basically, if people don't want to be Australians and they don't want to live by Australian values and understand them, well basically they can clear off."

When are our elected leaders going to be brave enough to say the same?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:45 PM | Comments |

WTW Combat Rock

Sheriff don’t like it. Rock Utah Rock Utah.

Or

You can still rock in America... Well maybe not…..

Little sister’s got a record machine.
She's all excited cause she's sweet sixteen.
She going out she's gonna bop tonight.
Gonna shake it make it last all night.

Utah Sheriff's rifle is ready to roll.
Grabs some tear gas as he heads for the show.
He's gonna knockheads, knockheads, knockheads!!!!!

or

Rock & Roll Over on your stomach and place your arms out cross your legs.

Well come on now. If you got to go to places like that well the cops are going to show sooner or later. Don’t stop, just expect it. If you want to rock some days you are going to get rolled. It’s just part of it. I remember when Kiss was going to be the end of civilization. Now they’re all respectable and stuff. Even that lizard Paul McCartney is respectable these days. Nightranger caused teenage pregnancy, thank god. Everyone kept a chick album or two.

Speaking of teenage pregnancy. The Timken Trojans don't use em.

Here are your bloggers

Wunderkraut missed us and wants a link. Here you go.

As you can tell from the musical refrences here I'm a bit beyond my party years. However a good friend of mine had a rock & roll dive bar band. I went quite a bit. Yep there was always a fight or cops or whatever.

Updated: OMG no Clash link Horridly rude of me.


By Howie at 02:19 PM | Comments |

Palestinian Kidnappers Free French Journalist

(Gaza City) Here's a followup to previous reports (here and here) regarding the kidnapping of French television journalist Muhammed Ouathi.

From the Khaleej Times:

A French television journalist abducted by Palestinian gunmen in Gaza a week ago was freed unharmed on Monday, witnesses said.

The kidnapping of Mohammad Ouathi, a soundman for France 3 television, was the longest in a series of abductions of foreign journalists and aid workers in Gaza. No group claimed responsibility. Ouathi is a Frenchman of Algerian origin.

His release was announced by the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), an umbrella group of Palestinian militants that said it helped mediate an end to the abduction.

No details concerning Ouathi's release were disclosed. My guess would be that a ransom was paid.

Interestingly, the PRC, which is dominated by Fatah gunmen, claimed it helped free Ouathi. It's believed by others that the PRC was directly responsible for the kidnapping.

By at 01:58 PM | Comments |

Mu.nu back in business!!!

Somehow I feel responsible for the mu.nu site going down. Nah, forget it. I blame Bushitlermchimpyhaliburton! Because of the hypocricy!

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

Roll Over Gutenberg

This post, by Jeff Jarvis, describes the parameters of the "Information Reformation" that's taking place:

The war is over and the army that wasn't even fighting - the army of all of us, the ones who weren't in charge, the ones without the arms - won. The big guys who owned the big guns still don't know it. But they lost.

In our media 2.0, web 2.0, post-media, post-scarcity, small-is-the-new-big, open-source, gift-economy world of the empowered and connected individual, the value is no longer in maintaining an exclusive hold on things. The value is no longer in owning content or distribution.

The value is in relationships. The value is in trust.

And this post, by Donald Sensing, lays out the case for a wartime Civilian Intelligence System, although he doesn't actually use that term:

Yet a scandal can race around the world while good news and success stories are still tying their shoes. The Bush administration has allowed the information status quo of the war to be maintained too long in the public eye. The information agenda has been set by the mainstream media (MSM), attenuated to a significant but not large degree by bloggers. I think the administration should begin immediately a vigorous domestic-information program to do these things:

-remind the American people "why we fight."

-inform the public of successes achieved.

-educate the public of the national objectives being sought, and how.

I have no grand plan on exactly how such a program should be carried out, but its success would depend on sidestepping the mainstream media. None of this information has been unavailable in the public arena. The MSM could have been reporting such stories objectively all along but have deliberately avoided doing so.

What I've had trouble understanding is why, if Jeff is right, we need to await a government lead-out in order to establish this new Civilian Intelligence System? (h/t: Winds of Change)

Read the rest!

By Demosophist at 01:23 PM | Comments |

August 23, 2005

Pat Robertson is Right, Let's Kill Hugo Chavez

When I heard that Pat Robertson said that maybe we might want to assassinate Hugo Chavez, my first reaction was, Wow, did he say that out loud? You see, I think Pat Robertson is right, we really ought to assassinate Hugo Chavez. He said what a lot of us think all the time.

What makes Robertsons statememt foolish is not that it's a bad idea, but that Pat Robertson is a public figure. Since I don't really qualify as a public figure, I'll go ahead and second Robertsons motion. Hugo Chavez must die. While we're at it, I hope the CIA saves a bullet for Fidel Castro. No, I don't think the CIA will actually kill the pair, but that doesn't mean it's a bad idea.

Why is political assassination such a bad idea? Only those who view the world from an international law paradigm could make such a case. Political assassinations, it is argued, destabilize the international legal system. Besides, they say, if you begin to justify the political assassination of that two-bit dictator, what is to stop our enemies from justifying assassinating our President?

Good point. But

a) There is no such thing as an international legal system. International law is a fiction slightly less believable than the notion that Sasqatch communicates with a woman in a double-wide trailor on the edges of Boggy Creek, LA. Where there is no force there is no law. When the U.N. can begin to enforce its will, come back and then we'll talk. Just because you wish there was such a thing as international law does not make it so.

b) If you believe all nations are essentially equal, then you and I have a major disagreement. What is good for the goose is not good for the gander. What is the difference, for instance, between the U.S. having a nuclear warhead and Iran? If you cannot see the difference between the U.S. and Iran than you are an idiot. Just because many in the world are blind to these differences, does not make the differences any less real.

This may sound simplistic, but we are the good guys and they are the bad guys. I want the good guys to prevail.

All nations are not equal and neither are their leaders. If you wish to put your faith in an international system which equivocates between the King of Denmark and the King of Saudi Arabia, be my guest. I don't buy it.

c) I am an American. Ultimately, what is good for America's national interest is the highest moral metric that I am interested in. This may not be a popular position to hold these days, but it is one that I believe in wholeheartedly. This does not mean that I wish national interest to trump moral concerns whenever the two are at odds, but some times what is in our interests must trump what is good. If you wish our leaders to always do the moral thing rather than the right thing, I suggest electing a slate of Buddhist monks to Congress.

Fortunately, I believe that what is usually in America's national interests is also what is usually moral. The spread of democracy, captalism, and liberalism are both moral and in our national interest.

I certainly don't wish to set aside America's national interests for the sake of some false sense of morality which rests upon the baseless equivocation the U.N. makes between nations and their leaders. If the U.S. could have taken out Saddam Hussein with a single bullet, breaking international law in the process, I would lose no sleep.

In the shootout at the O.K. Corral, which is the international stage, I, for one, root for Wyatt Earp to win. I really could care less that the Clantons and McLaurys were deputized: they were the bad guys. When the law begins to equivocate between the good and the bad, then that law has no legitimacy in my eyes.

So, if any policy makers are reading this post, and I doubt if they are, then do us all a favor and take out a few of our enemies. Only, if you do it right, make sure that it looks like another one of our enemies did it. If there's anything The Godfather taught me about life, it is that it is always a good thing to make one enemy look bad while taking out another one.

Oh, but keep your traps shut. Thinking, planning, and executing the political assassinations of America's enemies is not necessarily bad. Talking about it, though, is.

UPDATE: Jeff from The Shape of Days agrees. Check out his post in which he recounts the crimes of Hugo Chavez. Even though Jeff makes the claim to fame that he was first since he wrote his post eight ago, I'm going to have to remind you that my server was down. I thought this post up nine hours ago. I swear. No I can't prove it.......

UPDATE II: Brian B. makes an excellent point here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:58 PM | Comments |

It's not you, it's me. Yes, my server was down.

Sorry about The Jawa Report being down today. Something happened to the mu.nu server that knocked all of us down. It looks like it is working now. We are still having trackback and commenting problems. Hopefully, those will be resolved soon.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:40 PM | Comments |

Transcript of Cindy Sheehan's anti-American moonbattery: bin Laden not behind 9/11, US Using Nuke Weapons in Iraq

Here are the transcropts of Cindy Sheehan's speech at a pro-Lynne Stewart rally at San Francisco State University earlier this year. Lynne Stewart, it should be remembered, was convicted of aiding her terrorist client Omar Abdel-Rahman pass communications out of his prison cell. You've probably seen some of these quotes before, but like me, may not have read the entire speech. Included in her speech is Sheehan's notion that perhaps al Qaeda was not behind 9/11--by inference 9/11 was caused by Israel--and she repeats the Leftist lie propogated by Giuliana Sgrena and the Arab media that the U.S. is using nuclear weapons in Iraq.

The last two comments by Sheehan put her in the extreme outer reaches of sanity. Not only are they totally outrageous, they are also seditious. If a neocon conspiracy was really behind 9/11 and if the U.S. was really dropping nuclear weapons on Iraqi civilians then Sheehan would be right and it would not only be immoral to support the war but it would be immoral not to actively fight U.S. troops.

Shawn from Bareknucklepolitics sent me this a few days ago but I didn't have time to post on it. When Rob from Say Anything posted on it yesterday, I figured I had better share it with you.

The transcript of the entire event can be found here:

Cindy Sheehan (Military Families Speak Out; Goldstar Families for Peace; her son Casey was killed in the Iraq War)

First, I want to give my little story about Lynne. Of course, you all have read To Kill a Mockingbird. Lynne is my human Atticus Finch. He did what he knew was right, but wasn’t popular. And that’s what Lynne is doing. {applause}

We are not waging a war on terror in this country. We’re waging a war of terror. The biggest terrorist in the world is George W. Bush. {applause}

How many more people are we going to let him kill before we stop him? I’m going to talk about free speech and recruitment. Do you know that it costs $66,000 to recruit one recruit? That’s continuing all of their – you know, the recruiter’s salary, the recruiter’s bonus, the place that they rent to recruit and things like that. All the perks they get and everything. That’s not even training the recruit. It costs our government about $6,000 a year on each child in California. $46,000 a year to house a prisoner in our state. Our priorities are seriously screwed up, as I mentioned.

I really want to thank you guys for doing this, especially the young people. It gives me so much hope to know that there’s young people who care more about who’s our next American Idol – less about that. You guys care more about people being killed. There’s too many that care more about the next American Idol. Too many people in our country that don’t even really know we have a war going on. You know, they never have to think of the war, and I’ll never, ever forget this war. I can never forget it, even when I’m sleeping {tears} I know that we’re in a war and I know that George Bush and his band of neo-cons and their neo-con agenda killed my son. And I’ll never, ever, ever forget.

I take responsibility partly for my son’s death, too. I was raised in a country by a public school system that taught us that America was good, that America was just. America has been killing people, like my sister over here says, since we first stepped on this continent, we have been responsible for death and destruction. I passed on that bullshit to my son and my son enlisted. I’m going all over the country telling moms: “This country is not worth dying for. If we’re attacked, we would all go out. We’d all take whatever we had. I’d take my rolling pin and I’d beat the attackers over the head with it. But we were not attacked by Iraq. {applause} We might not even have been attacked by Osama bin Laden if {applause}. 9/11 was their Pearl Harbor to get their neo-con agenda through and, if I would have known that before my son was killed, I would have taken him to Canada. I would never have let him go and try and defend this morally repugnant system we have. The people are good, the system is morally repugnant. {applause}

Please – teach your babies, teach your babies better than I taught my babies. When Congress gave George Bush the right to go to war, they abrogated their constitutional responsibilities and they basically made our constitution null and void. We have no checks and balances in this country. We have no recourse. If they’re going to what they did to Lynne, they don’t have backs they call names, what we need to be is, we the people, we’re their checks and balances. We’re the only checks and balances. We have to stand up and say, Not only is this our school, this is our country. We want our country back and, if we have to impeach everybody from George Bush down to the person who picks up dog shit in Washington, we will impeach all those people. Our country needs to {unintelligible} we need to start over again.

I just want to say that you students, Students Against War, you have all my support and all my organization’s support. I told Kristen if you have any actions and you need a ringleader, that I only live about an hour away. I’ll be here. If I can sleep on somebody’s floor, we can have this, we can camp out, do whatever we need.

And I just want to way to George Bush and I want to say to the people who are here, that are still sheep {unintelligible} and following him blindly: if George Bush believes his rhetoric and his bullshit, that this is a war for freedom and democracy, that he is spreading freedom and democracy, does he think every person he kills makes Iraq more free? It doesn’t make us more free. It damages our humanity. The whole world is damaged. Our humanity is damaged. If he thinks that it’s so important for Iraq to have a U.S.-imposed sense of freedom and democracy, then he needs to sign up his two little party-animal girls. They need to go this war. They need to fight because a just war, the definition of a just war, and maybe you people here who still think this is a just war, the definition of a just war is one that you would send your own children to die in. That you would go die in yourself. And you aren’t willing to send your own children, or if you’re not willing to go die yourself, then you bring there rest of our kids home now. It is despicable what they’re doing. {applause}

What they’re saying, too, is like, it’s okay for Israel to have nuclear weapons. But Iran or Syria better not get nuclear weapons. It’s okay for the United States to have nuclear weapons. It’s okay for the countries that we say it’s okay for. We are waging a nuclear war in Iraq right now. That country is contaminated. It will be contaminated for practically eternity now. It’s okay for them to have them, but Iran or Syria can’t have them. It’s okay for Israel to occupy Palestine, but it’s – yeah – and it’s okay for Iraq to occupy – I mean, for the United States to occupy Iraq, but it’s not okay for Syria to be in Lebanon. They’re a bunch of fucking hypocrites! And we need to, we just need to rise up. We need a revolution and make it be peaceful and make it be loving and let’s just show them all the love we have for humanity because we want to stop the inhumane slaughter.

{wild applause}

Here is an image from the group that Cindy Sheehan pledges unconditional support to, Students Against War, via Rob Port at Say Anything. This is an actual flyer from the vent Sheehan spoke at.

Isn't actively supporting the enemies of the United States in a shooting war an act of treason? One of the main reasons (among others) that you hear very little about anti-war activities during WWII is that such speech was prohibited. Yes, we actually used to censor this kind of seditious speech and throw those that supported our enemies in jail.

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

Quote of the Year

Update: Ernie has the video!

Brutally Honest has provided us with the greatest movie quote ever. It's from a 1940 film called "The Ghost Breakers."

Geoff: "When a person dies and is buried, it seems there's certain voodoo priests who have the power to bring him back to life. "
Mary: "How horrible. "
Geoff: "It's worse than horrible because a zombie has no will of his own. You see them sometimes, walking around with dead eyes, following orders, not knowing what they do, not caring. "
Larry: "You mean like democrats?"

Click on over to his place for the sound clip.

By at 08:52 AM | Comments |

Stop the ACLU Rummage Sale

Stop the ACLU has been doing a bang up job keeping an eye out on an organization that puts simplistic fifth grade truisms taught at American law-schools above national security. That's not all they do, though, for instance, check out Jay's post on a new series of Abu Ghraib photos soon to be released. It's like the American media want to help Abu Musab al-Zarqawi recruit some more head chopping jihadis!

Stop the ACLU is trying to raise money to buy ad space in the Washington Times. They need $2,500 to buy a full page ad. To donate, go here.

If you don't have any spare cash, maybe you can help with an online rummage sale to be held on e-Bay on their behalf? Contact Zaphriel from Conservative Birth at Zaphriel@gmail.com if you have items you are willing to donate.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:25 AM | Comments |

Where are the hot models?

Chris Short, of Conservative Thinking and Jawa Sith apprentice, has launched a new online store. Dude, where are all the hot models?

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

Pat Robertson Goes Over the Edge, Calls for Political Assassination

Pat Robertson has lost it. We all knew the day was coming, but it has finally arrived. The longtime leader of The 700 Club has publically called for the assassination of Hugo Chavez.

“You know, I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it,” Robertson said. “It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war ... and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop.”
Yes, Chavez needs to be stopped. Yes, if we do anything short of waiting him out it will probably have to involve armed conflict. But someone who considers himself to be a major spiritual leader in this country does not need to be calling for the assassination of ANYONE, not even a third world despot. Christians in the United States (and the world) have enough trouble being taken seriously without nutcases like this attaching themselves. Heck, we're still trying to disassociate Christianity as a whole from the Spanish Inquisition and the KKK. We don't need any more help from the likes of Pat Robertson.

By at 07:37 AM | Comments |

Here's one I don't understand

I recently got an email from AFA. This is normal as I tend to get them once a week or so asking me to pledge support to this cause or another. Most of the time I just ignore them because I simply don't have time to respond to every call to arms that comes down the pipeline. But this one had me taking a second look.

Your help is needed to stop pornographers from having their own Internet domain.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is studying the possibility of giving the pornography industry their own domain. ICANN would ask the pornographers to voluntarily move to the new triple X domain which would contain nothing but pornography. There would be no law to force them to the new triple X domain. ICANN would depend on the good character and integrity of the pornographers to be considerate of others, including our children!!!

In addition to having the triple X domain, the pornographers could (and would) continue sending out billions of pornographic images on every other domain. As bad as pornography is on the Internet now, it would be infinitely worse with the triple X domain. The establishment of a triple X domain would give legitimacy to the pornographers.

I'm not arguing for or against porn on the internet. It's there, it's going to be there no matter what I do or think. But I do think that it needs to be regulated just as adult book stores are. If you can't prove how old you are, you can't get in. Yes, I realize that the prospect of proving your age across the internet poses its own unique set of problems. But that doesn't mean that it should be abandoned.

But that's not the point of my post. My point is actually a question. What the heck is the AFA thinking? Seriously, what are they objecting to? Allowing someone to run a pornographic web site no more legitimizes it than allowing someone to run an adult book store. Last time I checked, they're pretty much free to run whatever type of business they like (within the bounds of conventional law). Heck, I'm all for the creation of a ".xxx" domain. It would make my life SO much easier. When I configure firewalls and content filters, I'd know exactly what to block. Yes, I know, there's nothing forcing pornographers to use the domain name. But there would be a number of them who would use it. And those would just make dealing with the whole thing so much easier.

All in all, I just can't seem to get worked up about this one and instead of support, I think I'll be sending the AFA a big WTF?

By at 07:26 AM | Comments |

I've Decided We Need An Exit Date

We need to establish an absolute exit date for leaving Iraq in order to resolve any uncertaintly that might be lurking in the minds of the "insurgents" and Americans, like Chuck Hagel, fretting over whether to learn the Iraqi dialect of Islam or stick with the classical Q'oranic dialect. So I propose that if things aren't getting better by, say... Jan. 1, 3001 we get the heck out. I know it's something of a concession to the moonbats, and it's giving the enemy far more information than we ought to, but it's time we made up our minds that we just can't stay there forever. And we also ought to tell the jihadis, just for the sake of clarity, that their alternative to surrender is to go the way of the Thugs.

By Demosophist at 12:28 AM | Comments |

August 22, 2005

Egyptians Sweep Sinai for Terrorists

With adequate evidence that the Sinai Peninsula is a hotbed for terrorists, several thousand Egyptian police supported with armored vehicles were mobilized yesterday to search and apprehend perpetrators and anyone with information. The sweep started in the towns of El-Arish and Sheikh Zuayed and a total of about 500 individuals were detained for questioning. El-Arish has been identified as an explosives smuggling center.

In addition to the towns, security forces fanned out on the desert in the operation which is expected to take several days. The manhunt has been called open-ended, whatever that means. Hopefully, it means that they will continue searching and apprehending terrorists until there are none residing anywhere outside the comfy walls of Egyptian prisons.

Companion at I-P.

By at 09:52 PM | Comments |

Navy Officer Affirms Assertions About Pre-9/11 Data on Atta

A second officer has come forward to cooberate Lt. Col. Shaffer's story concerning Able Danger and the indentification of Atta.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 - An active-duty Navy captain has become the second military officer to come forward publicly to say that a secret defense intelligence program tagged the ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks as a possible terrorist more than a year before the attacks.

The officer, Scott J. Phillpott, said in a statement today that he could not discuss details of the military program, which was called Able Danger, but confirmed that its analysts had identified the Sept. 11 ringleader, Mohamed Atta, by name by early 2000. "My story is consistent," said Captain Phillpott, who managed the program for the Pentagon's Special Operations Command.
"Atta was identified by Able Danger by January-February of 2000."

His comments came on the same day that the Pentagon's chief spokesman, Lawrence Di Rita, told reporters that the Defense Department had been unable to validate the assertions made by an Army intelligence veteran, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, and now backed up by Captain Phillpott, about the early identification of Mr. Atta.

The Pentagon better come up with something a bit more in keeping with the accumulating evidence.

By at 06:44 PM | Comments |

11 Pakistani Hostages Freed in Iraq

As hostage taking becomes more and more unpopular as a propaganda tool, news of hostages being released in Iraq becomes more frequent. I hadn't heard that these Pakistanis had been taken hostage last week, but I am glad to hear that they have been freed. Other news reports indicate that the three Egyptians and two Indians, kidnapped with the Pakistanis, have also been freed.

Pakistan Link:

Insurgents in Iraq have freed 11 Pakistanis workers and will be repatriated to Kuwait within 24 hours, Foreign Office spokesman said on Monday.

Pakistanis were among a group of hostages kidnapped last week and the captors had reportedly demanded ransom in return to release them.

Spokesman Naeem Khan told the weekly press briefing that the freed Pakistanis are now in Basra and will proceed to neighbouring Kuwait for their onward journey to Pakistan within 24 hours.

Reports suggest that the labourers were hired by a Kuwaiti construction company, Al Hamrah and were sent to Iraq a week ago but still have not reached to their destination.

They were traveling in a bus when kidnapped near Nasaryia area of Iraq. The kidnapped also included three Egyptians and two Indians

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

Bomb Attack on Christians in Beirut

Another bomb goes off in Beirut targetting Christians. I'm sure that the Iranian backed Hezbollah, which runs its own TV station in Beirut, had nothing to do with it.

Reuters

A bomb exploded in a Christian area north of Beirut on Monday, wounding at least four people, Lebanese security and Red Cross sources said.

The device, placed in a plastic bag just outside a commercial center in the Zalka area, blew out the walls of the building, strewing the area with rubble, twisted metal and glass....

CNN
An explosion has rocked a commercial center in a Christian suburb north of Beirut, wounding at least five people, according to reports from the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation.

The blast went off near the Hotel Promenade in Zalka, which is also near a Starbucks cafe. However, there were conflicting reports of where the bomb had been planted.

A Lebanese civil defense spokesperson told LBC that the bomb had been planted inside a building, while a Lebanese security source said it was detonated in a parking lot adjacent to the hotel.

The blast happened just before 11 p.m. (4 p.m. ET). Video from the LBC showed army troops cordoning off the area and ambulance crews responding to the scene.

The blast appeared to have caused extensive damage to the outside walls of a building.

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

Breaking: Agreement (NOT) Reached Over Iraqi Constitution (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Looks like a false alarm. While we should applaud the Kurdish and Shiite representatives for looking to find consensus with the Sunni minority, but at some point you just have to move on. Bloomberg:

Iraq's lawmakers agreed on a draft constitution and will use three more days to consider amendments in an attempt to resolve differences among Sunnis, Kurds and Shiites, the parliament speaker said in an Iraqi state television broadcast.

``We received the draft of the constitution,'' Iraqi National Assembly President Hachim al-Hasani said within 10 minutes of a midnight deadline in Baghdad to submit the constitution to lawmakers. ``But there are some points that are still outstanding and need to be addressed in the next three days.''

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Omar at Iraq the Model report this insider scoop:
National Assembly member Bahaa Al-Aaraji just told Al-Iraqia TV that an agreement has finally been reached among the leaders of political bodies on the final draft of the constitution and that disputes over issues like federalism, distribution of resources and the role of Islam have been solved.
Via Glenn Reynolds

MSM now confirming:

``We have assurances that leaders have agreed on nearly all items,'' Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari's spokesman, Laith Kubba, said in a telephone interview today from the capital, Baghdad. ``Substantial progress has been made.''
Al Jazeera:
Iraqi Shia and Kurdish negotiators say they have agreed on a draft constitution after weeks of talks and are to present it to parliament regardless of whether the minority Sunnis agree.
Omar adds in this update on the role of Sharia:
it was agreed upon that no laws that are against the widely agreed upon values of Islam can be issued and no laws that are against the values of democracy and human rights can be issued.
But since a widely agreed upon value of Islam is that Muslims are forbidden from converting to another faith and a fundamental human right is freedom of faith, how can the two coexist?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:31 PM | Comments |

Malkin Knocks Instapundit From Top of Ecosystem!

Wow. I never thought I'd live to see the day that Glenn Reynolds would be #2 on the TTLB Ecosystem. I was hoping to knock Glenn off his #1 high-horse, or if not me then IMAO or one of Frank J's minions at The Alliance, but at least it wasn't Kos--anybody but Kos.

In related hell-freezes-over news, The Jawa Report is now #27 in the TTLB Ecosystem. We've broken Mortal Human status in the past for a day or so before quickly falling to our much more deserved Playful Primate status--like Laurence Simon, we've always thought this blog was full of crap. This time, though, we've managed to stay up there with the big boys for a couple of weeks, and it doesn't seem to be a glitch.

So, watch your back Michelle Malkin, here I come. Only 4363 links to go!

Oh, and here's a suggestion for The Alliance.

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

Does Starbucks Hate American Soldiers? (UPDATED)

Often we hear from those on the Left that I disagree with the Iraq War but I do support our soldiers 110%. Here is an e-mail forwarded to me claiming Starbucks refuses to send coffee to our troops.

UPDATE: Thankfully, This turns out to be an urban myth. So if you get the e-mail posted below, do not pass it on.

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Recently, Marines in Iraq wrote to Starbucks Coffee because they wanted
to let them know how much they liked their coffees and to request that
they send some of it to the troops there.

Starbucks replied, telling the Marines thank you for their support in
their business, but that Starbucks does not support the war, nor anyone
in it, and that they would not send the troops their brand of coffee.

So as not to offend Starbucks, we should not support them by buying any
of their products. As a war vet writing to fellow patriots, I feel we
should get this out in the open.

I know this war might not be very popular with some folks, but that
doesn't mean we don't support the boys on the ground fighting
street-to-street and house-to-house for what they and I believe is right.

If you feel the same as I do then pass this along, or you can discard it
and no one will never know.

Thanks very much for your support of me, and I know you'll all be there
again when I deploy once more!

Semper Fidelis.

Sgt (name removed for privacy)

If Starbucks wishes to refute this, I'd love for this to not be true

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

The Jawa Report: Faster and Skinnable!!

Notice the new-new site? The Jawa Report should load 10x faster than it has been the last few weeks. The center column should adjust to fit your screen size and we've adjusted the font color. Further, the page is now skinnable. What this means is that if you don't like the white text on black background you can switch to a black text on light background. Cool, eh?

Thanks to Bryan of METAGFX studios, and who blogs here, for coming up with the original kick ass design concept. Muchos gracias also to Phin of Apothegm designs, and who is also an A+ blogger here, for retooling the site so that it would run faster and for working out some of the original kinks. Last shout out to Gordon the Cranky Neocon for coming up with the new Jawa Mos Eisly logo and to Professor Chaos for finding that Thomas Mann quote.

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

The "Art" of Bombmaking

An artist in Brooklyn has decided to create a rather explosive piece for a display at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council right before September 11. And what is this "art" that he is creating? A suitcase bomb. That's right, he is creating a fully functional suitcase bomb complete with remote detonation cell phone trigger.

Of course, it could be truly inert: Mr. Hackett’s bomb could be a conceptual hoax. On display, the suitcase, he said, will be open to afford a view of its workings; whether it is truly operational, as he claims, is something only he will know. It will probably not, as the artist joked, have “a big red ‘Do Not Push!’ button.”

And that, as far as I'm concerned, is the only thing that will keep him from getting arrested immediately. As it is, I still think the police should test it and if it's live, he should be locked up.

By at 10:17 AM | Comments |

At least he's a persistant idiot

Paul Krugman has completely outdone himself. Last week, the moron wrote a story (it must be a story, there's no truth in it), claiming that Gore won the 2000 election. Several conservative bloggers took him to task for this ignorant statement which has been proven wrong again and again. Today, he attempts to justify his lies by repeating them.

The 2000 election is still an open sore on the body politic. That was clear from the outraged reaction to my mention last week of what would have happened with a full statewide manual recount of Florida.

This reaction seems to confuse three questions. One is what would have happened if the U.S. Supreme Court hadn't intervened; the answer is that unless the judge overseeing the recount had revised his order (which is a possibility), George W. Bush would still have been declared the winner.

Which is what happened regardless of what you wanted to happen.
The second is what would have happened if there had been a full, statewide manual recount - as there should have been. The probable answer is that Al Gore would have won, by a tiny margin. (emphasis mine)
I won't call this an outright lie because he did say "probable." But that is the only reason it's not an outright lie and certainly not what he was claiming last week.

The third is what would have happened if the intentions of the voters hadn't been frustrated by butterfly ballots, felon purges and more; the answer is that Mr. Gore would have won by a much larger margin.
Now of course this is something that he has absolutely no way of knowing. But I suppose we could begin asking the same questions. What if the intentions of the voters hadn't been frustrated in Washington by Democrats who outright lied and broke the law to literally steal the gubernatorial election? What if the intentions of the voters hadn't been frustrated by illegal Democrat tactics in Wisconsin? How much larger would Bush's margin of victory be then? And these are only two states where interference in the voting process by Democrats has been proven. What about the ones we don't know about?
About the evidence regarding a manual recount: in April 2001 a media consortium led by The Miami Herald assessed how various recounts of "undervotes," which did not register at all, would have affected the outcome. Two out of three hypothetical statewide counts would have given the election to Mr. Gore. The third involved a standard that would have discarded some ballots on which the intended vote was clear. Since Florida law seemed to require counting such ballots, this standard almost certainly wouldn't have been used in a statewide recount.
From USA Today:
George W. Bush would have won a hand count of Florida's disputed ballots if the standard advocated by Al Gore had been used, the first full study of the ballots reveals
From the Miami Herald comes the truth of what Krugman is talking about.
The Herald's Monday story will focus on "what would have happened if the recount had gone forward without challenge" in four counties cited by Democrat Al Gore, Siebel said. The counties examined by the newspaper are Miami-Dade, Broward, Volusia and Palm Beach.
So Krugman's still got it wrong. If we only counted votes in four counties, then MAYBE Gore would have won. But we don't get to pick the districts that we want to vote.
>More broadly, the story of the 2000 election remains deeply disturbing - not just the fact that a man the voters tried to reject ended up as president, but the ugliness of the fight itself. There was an understandable urge to put the story behind us.
OK, I don't know where he gets off writing this statement unless he's suddenly trying to slam Al Gore. Because let's face facts. The election was close. It was close enough that if you can say the voters were trying to reject Bush, you can also say the same about Gore. And in other states the rejection was MUCH more forceful. In fact, if he hadn't captured a few key population centers that gave him California and a couple of other Democrat strongholds, the results would have looked much more like Reagan's defeat of Carter as far as electoral votes go. And as for the "ugliness" of the fight itself, I'd have to ask you who started the fight? I do believe that you'll find the answer to be Gore. He was the first one to start suing and he was the one who kept demanding recounts until they showed the results that he wanted.

Let's create a simple analogy that these wimpy liberals can understand. If you go up to a bully and start punching him, and that bully turns around and knocks you flat, you can't blame the bully. In the same way, if you start a fight over an election, then turn out to lose that fight, you can't blame your opponent.

Not to be coy: election 2000 may be receding into the past, but the Iraq war isn't. As the truth about the origins of that war comes out, there may be a temptation, once again, to prettify the story. The American people deserve better.
Well, it will certainly be interesting to find out what Krugman thinks is the "truth" about the Iraq war. I'm pretty certain he won't mention anything about the tens of thousands of people who died at Saddam's command, or the Kurds who were gassed by him or the millions of people who turned out, despite the threat of violence, to vote in their first real elections. I'm sure he'll forget to mention the schools and hospitals we're building and the infrastructure we're creating. Because after all, the only thing Bush said to Congress or the UN was that we were trying to stop WMDs. Yeah, right.

By at 08:27 AM | Comments |

Religion of Peace Update: Cindy Sheehan Gets Beheaded by Iraqi Minutemen edition

As Joan Baez pretends any one ever really cared about her music by reliving her glory days that never really were, remember the words made famous by The Red Hot Chili Peppers:

People
Keep on learnin'
Soldiers
Keep on warrin'

I'll do the teachin' part and let our brave soldiers to the warrin. Good hunting, and remember to pop a terrorist for me. It's the Religion of Peace update:

Tattoine:
Is the CIA finally taking Rusty Shackleford's recommendations to heart and shutting down al Qaeda press releases or have we just killed so many of Michael Moore's minutemen that there's no one left to man the keyboard? Al-Qaida's Network in Iraq Goes (Temporarily) Silent.

French Report: Iran will get nuke bomb soon.

40 more 'good' Taliban warriors--you know, dead. (via NIF)

Al Qaeda WMD attack against British Parliament foiled. (via ITB)

No Sharia in Iraq! Scroll to bottom of this post to find out how you can help.

Is Sean Penn finally getting it? Not likely, but interesting report any way. (via Talk Left)

Totten: Darfur is the Bosnia of our time. Wrong, Darfur is the Cambodia of our time.

Support for terrorism falling in Middle East (via The Puppy Blender)

Bryan of The Junk Yard Blog Michelle Malkin's blog does a first class fisking of some of the anti-Iraq-war arguments.

If you missed last night's Inside 9/11 on The National Geographic Channel you missed the best 9/11 report yet made. The Countterrorism blog's Steve Emerson was prominently featured and the 2 hour show held nothing back, including scathing criticism of the Clinton Administration.

British equvelant of CAIR blames JOOs for negative media images.

Domestic Dhimmis (featuring Cindy Sheehan):
Presbyterians can't help it if they're antisemites, they were predestined that way. (via Discarded Lies)

Was Michael Grahan fired because of pressure from CAIR or did he quit?

Dennis Kucinich not gay after all, get's married to Brit. Ok, not all the way gay at least.

Vietnam Vet who knows nothing about Vietnam--or Iraq.

Operation 'Word to your mother' (aka, 'You don't speak for me Cindy Sheehan') is on.

The L.A. Times runs a column by Patterico "Peacenick paper fawns over antiwar mom."

Sheehan's latest idiotic statement revealed: "This country is not worth dying for.”

More idiocy from Sheehan: "The biggest terrorist in the world is George W. Bush."

Confused over which is lesser of two evils: McCain v. Clinton in '08.

Anti-dhimmitude from Newt Gingrich, a John Hawkins interview.

ACLU fighting to remove Bible from everywhere, replace with Quran.

The Great Raid reviewed: NY Times idiots don't realize that Japs worse than Nazis in treatment of POWs.

Funny:
Geek dressed as stormtrooper caught shoplifting (Via FARK)

Bloggers: Where are they now? (2040)

Welcome back Kotter, I mean Commissar.

Carnival of the RINO sightings is up. Check it out.

Happy Blogoversary Aaron.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:19 AM | Comments |

August 21, 2005

Brushstrokes in Mosul

Rusty wrote about something I neglected, because I wasn't sure how to frame the issue. I considered posting something using precisely the same quote from Michael Yon that Dr. Shackleford used here. While folks like Chuck Hagel suggest we're losing in Iraq, based on the train wreck of incompetent reporting and distorted information provided by MSM, genuinely astonishing things are happening that point to precisely the opposite conclusion. Does anyone understand how difficult a global war against stateless totalitarianism actually is? And does anyone appreciate the almost-miraculous fact that we're not just holding our own, but beating them at their own game one small victory at a time?

By way of analogy, suppose the military had decided to suppress the information that Sherman had taken and burnt Atlanta in 1864 (ignoring the fact that suppression of such an overt event would have been almost impossible)? Well, McClellan would have won the election backed by the anti-war Copperheads; the Union probably would have withdrawn troops from the South; and slavery would have continued another 20 to 30 years in the US, almost into the 20th Century. In addition, the US might well have not entered WWI and the Allies might have lost that war, leading to German domination of the European subcontinent, extermination of most of European Jewry in the mid-20th Century, and precipitating a maelstrom of social and political consequences that are so unlike what we know now that we'd be living on a virtually alien planet, if we were living at all.

Because it really was rather close. The only thing that prevented a defeat of Lincoln in 1864 was the Union victory in Atlanta, and a few other skirmishes. That gave the population enough confidence to stick with it even after the loss of nearly a million men. Yes, that's right, we're balking after less than 2,000 US deaths, and the American Civil War killed almost a million soldiers and severely wounded several million more. That's millions, not thousands.

I don't know what it takes to get the military to recognize the significance of this propaganda dimension of the war, but they have to learn it somehow, and pretty quickly. And we need another two-dozen Michael Yons, if possible. Any millionaires out there mulling over what to do with your well-earned gains?

Does anyone in a position to run for President in 2008 understand this?

I once saw the original Picasso painting, Woman With Guitar, (depicted below) on display in the museum at San Simeon. Looking at a print or reproduction gives absolutely no idea what the painting is about, because the meaning is revealed only in the brushstrokes and can be seen only if you're standing three feet from the original and looking very carefully. I suppose the broad cubist patterns have some significance to esoteric students of art, but what none of these reproductions reveal is the horrific vision that emerges from the brushstrokes themselves. It's Picasso's image of the Apocalypse, with demons, Satanic figures, and other hellish characters emerging on foot and horseback from the gates of hell, prepared to submerge the Earth in unconstrained destruction. There isn't even a hint of this image conveyed in a reproduction it's so subtle, and seeing the original convinces the observer that Picasso must have painted such images in an altered state of consciousness. He must have been like a machine, sculpting subtle 3D structures out of paint to produce a breathtaking landscape that's all but invisible from six feet away.

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Something like that is going on with this War on Totalitarianism 3.x, because the strokes that reveal the real story are nearly invisible to us... and totally invisible to most of the world. The troops on the ground know the details, as do their superiors, but except for a few hints that squeak through with witnesses like Yon they've chosen to keep the real story from us. This, not because it's damning, but out of some misguided sense of clandestine caution.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 10:49 PM | Comments |

Talk to me.

Don’t miss this one from Rusty. It’s imperative that everyone knows exactly how our enemy treats it’s prisoners. See the great conditions they afford us

Yes Democrats all over have figured out things aren’t exactly going very well lately. Yep William Jefferson Clinton has been all over the place all week. Everyone is talking Bill. I picked my favorite Bill quote for the week. Mr. Clinton had asked a friend of his why he had gone over and voted for Mr. Bush. The gentleman, a Democrat and preacher who had in the past Voted for Bill answered Mr. Clinton below is how Bill puts it.

“And he said, not listen to this, Now listen, He said Bill every since you left nobody in your party talks to us anymore. You can’t vote for somebody who doesn’t talk to you”.

Nuff said Bill. Don't forget to post your favorite Bill quotes below boys and girls.

Questions about our southern border. See I'm way far inland so emmigration to me means I get mexican food.

Schwarzenegger has said he supports the actions of his fellow governors but does not think there is a crisis along
California’s border...... Tisk, tisk, Arnie. That’s not what you said in April.

Sadam gets reflective?

"Where is life without faith and love and the harmony which is inherited in our nation?… … My brother, love your people, love Palestine, long live Palestine, love your nation," he wrote.

Well then Sadam, how about calling for an end to the insurgency for the sake of the Nation of Iraq?

For sure this week the talk is about this new Democratic glow. Well as you can see from the above story it’s an “if you can’t beat em join em”. Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Speaking of fresh meat the Media and the left’s mouths are watering at the prospect that the Iraqi Constitution will not make it this week. Around about 1949 another Country was being asked to go ahead and move out of the area of Palestine. That country said it was too early and it had only been five years since the end of WWII. Oh no they can work it out on their own get out everyone said. Anyone care to guess who it was and what happened next? Details?? Intresting comparison though.

Yep got the Yard mowed and cooked out on a fantastic and hot day in America. Thanks Guys. Ok now I got to eat this ice cream.

Updated: In flight music today provided by "Sinatra".

Hat tip: Pam.

Is Kevin Trudeau a con artist.

Yep.

Are Drug companies cons too. Yep. Kevin like most cons uses the truth to suck you in.

says he is a consumer advocate battling the "unholy alliance" of drug companies and government regulators."It's all about money. The drug industry does not want people to get healthy,"

Feisty gets dumped. There you go girl now you got 2 more trackbacks than he does. Want a fatwa sugar?

Oyster requests Beefcake. Well I got you some beefcarrot.


By Howie at 10:05 PM | Comments |

August 20, 2005

Images of Dead Terrorist Suspected in Paul Johnson Beheading

Rarely does it please me to post images of dead people. This is an exception. Two days ago the Saudis killed two wanted terrorists, including Saleh Muhammad al-Aoofi (Oufi), the leader of al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia. Saleh Muhammad al-Aoofi was also suspected of involvement in the gruesome beheading murder of American Paul Johnson. Paul Johnson's head was found in al-Aoofi's freezer:

Saudi security forces have killed al-Qaida's top leader in the country as well as five other suspected Islamic insurgents in gun battles.

Thursday's confrontation took place in the capital and Medina, where Prophet Muhammad is buried, in the first major anti-terrorist sweep since King Abdullah took the throne this month, the authorities said.

Saleh Muhammad al-Aoofi, the kingdom's most wanted man, had been leading al-Qaida's branch in Saudi Arabia for more than two years and was believed to have been involved in the June 2004 kidnapping and beheading of American engineer Paul Johnson.

Weeks after Johnson's slaying, Saudi police found his head in a freezer in an apartment where al-Aoofi had been hiding.

Al-Aoofi's death was the latest victory claimed by Saudi authorities in their crackdown on Islamic insurgents in the kingdom, launched after a wave of deadly attacks that began in May 2003.

Saudi police have killed or captured many of the figures on the kingdom's list of most wanted insurgents, and Abdullah vowed to push ahead with the crackdown when he was elevated to king in early August after the death of his half-brother Fahd.

Earlier today, these images began circulating on jihadi message boards. From what I gather, they are probably of the dead Saleh Muhammad al-Aoofi--the leader of al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia-- and Muhammad ibn Abdullah Owaida, but could possibly be Majed al-Hasseri and an accomplice. The men were killed in seperate gun battles this week, one in Medina and one in Riyadh. In any event, good riddance.

Three more al Qaeda terrorists were captured today in Saudi Arabia. It's been a good week in the Kingdom.

Oh, and if you think I'm being insensitive by showing these images, then surely you haven't seen the propaganda video made by al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia of the Paul Johnson beheading. Click here to see what this piece of human filth was involved in (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE).

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:19 PM | Comments |

Bomb Plot to Blow Up U.S. Embassy in Manila Thwarted, Suspect Free on Bail

A bomb plot by an al Qaeda linked group in the Phillipines was foiled earlier in March of this year but the details are just beginning to come out. Other targets included the British and Australian embassies. Note that the suspect is free on bail.

Manila Standard:

Authorities earlier this year thwarted a plot by Islamic militants to mount a truck bomb attack on the US embassy in Manila, National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales told AFP yesterday. The plot by the Jemaah Islamiyah would have involved "an attack on the US embassy using a 1,000 kg truck bomb," Gonzales said in an interview.

He said the explosives were recovered after Daud Santos, a Muslim convert who is allegedly a member of the JI-linked Abu Sayyaf Group, was arrested in a police raid in Manila in March.

Also eyed as targets were the embassies of Australia and Britain, key antiterror allies of the United States, Gonzales said. He said Santos is now free on bail, highlighting Manila's failure to pass an antiterrorist law that would enable the government to hold terrorist suspects for longer periods.

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

Hot Babes of Comic Con

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Close on the heel of our our popular Star Wars Geeks We'd Love to Date post, Flea informs us of a short film featuring the hot babes of Comic Con 2005. Sure they're Canadian, and yes they can't be compared to the hotties at Springfield's twice monthly Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con, and I'm betting that they're mostly paid models, but they are babes and they are at a geekfest--the two things we are uniquely qualified to speak on. Images from the video below.

WARNING: While the images are not offensive, they may cause extreme embarrassment and blushing as you slowly shake your head and think, "I can't believe that hot nerd actually wore that."

How much are the geeks paying this Padme look alike? Not enough, I bet.

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So, I'm wondering if the Star Trek convention ever gets this kind of MILF cleavage? I bet Phin or Basil would know.....

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Tank Girl gets felt up in good gay action. I hope the chick who is hosting this video gets an A in whatever undergrad film project this is a part of. Seriously, this is degrading. Not because she has to feel up a chick, but because she has to feel up a chick dressed as Tank Girl!

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Ok, this chick seems pretty cute, but come on--you're trying to dress up like a character made famous by Angelina Jolie! I knew Laura Croft. Laura Croft was a friend of mine. You're no Laura Croft.

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I have no idea who these chicks were trying to be. Frankly, who cares? I only wish I could have seen the confused looks on all of the geeks' faces. You know, the untouchable objects of their desires times two: cheerleaders who also happen to be fictional comic book chicks.

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This is just sad on so many levels. What is an attractive girl like this doing dressed up like that? And did nobody tell her that walking like an Egyptian was never cool let alone retro?

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Science fiction geek gay. And I mean the good kind of gay--two chicks.

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If you've got the time and the bandwidth to burn, I highly recommend the short film.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:13 PM | Comments |

No, the Military Does Not Know How to Win the Propaganda War

Via Glenn Reynolds, this from Michael Yon. It's sad that our military does not understand how to handle the flow of information from Iraq. For all the great stories Yon brings us, I was surprised to learn that many more are suppressed.

Just why the military considers some information "classified" while other information gets the "go ahead, write it" shrug, is not based on logic, science, or even one of those absurd but iron clad rules that codify so much of the military. Many explanations for the military's requests not to publish certain information, do not hold up well to scrutiny.

For example, our soldiers capture or kill top terror figures in Mosul routinely. Sometimes in stunning operations that display split-second timing. The "higher ups" often say, almost reflexively, that they don't want the enemy to know about these kills or captures.

Sounds reasonable. But whether soldiers sleek through dark allies with silenced weapons, slipping over walls with padded ladders, snatching sleeping terrorists from their beds before they can fully waken; or, whether they engage in a gunfight at a busy intersection and drag terrorists from behind the wheels of their cars--these are not anonymous men. Families notice when daddy's gone missing.

If we aren't keeping it secret from the enemy--and we can't keep it secret from them--who do we protect by keeping quiet? These are not illegal operations. These are examples of the effectiveness of our forces. In Mosul alone there are daily events where the Coalition gets things right, that I never write about.

If we want to convince the enemy that they cannot win and must give up fighting, every single success story must be recorded, broadcast, and loudly trumpetted at every level. What Yon reports is no way to win the propaganda battle--and if we do not win the propaganda battle we cannot win the war.

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

Al Qaeda Using Internet to Terrorize (Link to video)

If we are to win the war on terror, our first task must be to end jihadi propaganda. As long as our enemies are allowed free reign in the media, we cannot win. We have been following this story for years and it is not a new al Qaeda strategy. What is new is 1) al Qaeda is using the strategy in a more coherent way and 2) some in the media are catching on to the tactic.

News 24 via Robert Spencer and Charles Johnson:

An al-Qaeda linked-group has launched what it calls a media jihad, or holy war, to "terrorise" United States-led forces in Iraq and their families by bombarding them with e-mails and by posting gruesome photos online.

The group, calling itself the "Brigade of Media Jihad", called on its militants to "post terrifying pictures on the internet in order to terrorise the enemy", said a statement on an Islamist website whose authenticity could not be verified.

"Our objective is to undermine the morale of our enemies, dash their hopes and dreams and reveal the truth of what is happening in Iraq. The media war is an integral part of the war on the ground," said the statement.....

The online statements are often accompanied by video to provide proof of bombings, kidnappings and killings.

The brigade claims to be part of the "World Islamic Media Front", which has uploaded on to Internet sites footage of military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places where Islamist militants operate.

Last week, it posted a film, Top Ten, in which it showed a selection of attacks on US troops carried out by the Islamic Army in Iraq and the al-Qaeda organisation in the Land of Two Rivers, the group of al-Qaeda frontman Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

I have seen the Top Ten film reported in the article. You can download the video here (see August 17th).

SITE:

The Jihad Information Brigade issued their second statement today, August 19, 2005, claiming that they disseminated their propaganda about the “reality of the defeat facing Allah’s enemies in Iraq,” to approximately 1,600 websites and e-mails, including more than 60,000 people in the military, including their families, and “some of the public figures.” Further, the group alleges that the people in receipt of their messages were “frightened” by the news of the “reality which their sons are living in.”

The Brigade states that their goal is to unveil the reality of the situation in Iraq, which is allegedly covered up by the “conspiracies prepared by the infidel countries.” On March 7, 2005, the Jihad Information Brigade issued their first statement, boasting of sending similar messages to soldiers and their families in a variety of languages, with the goal of demoralizing the soldiers and “break the grasp of the Jews over the media.”

Also see Chad at In the Bullpen.

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

Beuracratic Culture Caused 9/11

Organizations and institutions have cultures. Cultures set boundaries for acceptable behavior. Who do you blame when an institution's culture directly led to 9/11? The Clinton Administration and Jamie Gorelick are too easy targets. Cultures are not created overnight. They take years to develop into routines that are followed without a second thought. To claim that a single memo and a new Adminstration could change a culture is to overlook mountains of research on bureaucratic behavior.

Clinton and Gorelick should both be blamed for reinforcing and bolstering an institutional culture that limited the sharing of intelligence with law enforcement, but that culture has deeper roots. Its foundations are in the institutional design laid by Congress dividing intelligence gathering from enforcement and in the Carter Administratian's over correcting of perceived Nixon era abuses.

Even so, the Clinton Administration and Jamie Gorelick did nothing to correct this culture. In fact, all indications are that they made things worse. But making a dysfunctional culture worse is a far cry from claiming that they are responsible for creating the culture.

This story, told by an veteran Intel. operative over at Captain's Quarters, is precisely the kind of thing one would expect to hear from a bureucrat working in any number of government agencies. For some reason, though, we expect this kind of behavior at the DMV, but not the FBI, CIA, or DIA. We all hope our Intel agencies are run by characters resembling 'M' from the James Bond movies. Unfortunately, it seems, our Intel agencies have been run by those who have more in common with Patty and Selma Bouviere, the twin sisters of Marge Simpson who man the window at the Springfield DMV, than MacGyver. Captain's Quarters:

"Yeah," the head DIA guy said, a bit sheepishly, "they are DIA, but they’re a different part of DIA and we can’t talk to them." [That's the only quote from the meeting where I recall actual words spoken.]

We blinked a few times, and then all consideration of terrorism was dropped from the task. But not before it was pointed out that we and DIA weren’t really counter-terrorism experts [although we were threat assessment experts], that the problem was probably being worked by so-&-so and such-&-such, and that they probably had better data, more experience, more resources than we did.

That is what Clinton and Gorelik's Wall culture did. It just didn't just prevent more effective cooperation and data sharing; it prevented the whole question of terrorism being addressed in a coherent fashion at all. No one was working the problem effectively, but I bet they all thought -- just like we were told – that someone else was. That’s the "I thought you brought the matches" school of intelligence analysis, and that was the end effect of Clinton's intelligence policy: it turned the whole process of intelligence into one big game of "Who brought the matches?"

And on 9/11 we found out who: Al Qaeda brought the matches.

Read the whole story.

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

Taliban Reemerging In Afghanistan: Lessons for Iraq

Regular readers of the Jawa Report will know the Taliban never really went away, they only went into hiding. Now, the MSM is beginning to pick up on the reality of the situation on the ground. Two of the main anti-Iraq war points are clarified by the facts on the ground in Afghanistan.

A) If only we had gone in with a larger coalition things would be better. Far more countries are in Afghanistan than Iraq, which is now a NATO-led security operation.

B) If the U.N. had been put in charge of rebuilding, things would be better. The U.N. is in charge of reconstruction in Afghanistan.

C) The Bush Administration doesn't have an Iraq exit strategy. Well, what is our Afghanistan exit strategy? We may be in that country just as long or longer than Iraq. Is lack of an 'exit strategy' a valid reason to oppose a war?

D) The Bush Administration did not sufficiently plan for post-war nation-building? And the U.N. has done a much better job in Afghanistan?

From what I gather, there are only two main differences between Iraq and Afghanistan which explain the much lower level of violence in the latter country. First, the resistance in Afghanistan today is basically the same resistance that we fought nearly four years ago. Remnants of the Taliban and their foreign jihadi armies have consistently fought us from our initial invasion to the present. The vast majority of these fighters understand that they were defeated and there is no hope of victory. Armies with no hope of victory soon lay down their weapons. I would be willing to bet that the vast majority of Taliban partisans in Afghanistan today are foreign jihadis or newer recruits that had little involvement in the fighting of four years ago.

In Iraq, we are fighting a different army and a different war. In our initial invasion we fought the Iraqi Army and Baathist partisans. Today we are fighting domestic and foreign jihadis. Those we fought in the invasion were trying to keep the Hussein regime in place. Today we fight a new enemy which has a goal of creating a Taliban like state in Iraq.

The Baathists and Iraqi regulars which we fought in our initial invasion know that we won and that they have no hope of ever coming back to power. They saw the awesome power of U.S. military might and are in no hurry to face that might again.

Those that we fight today, though, are religious extremists with a very different outlook. Combine this worldview--which like their Taliban brothers sees an inevetable victory for Islam--with their consumption of alternative media images which portrays the U.S. as losing in Iraq, and you have a highly motivated army. They fight because they think they are winning.

The second difference is the sheer number of boots on the ground and the urban setting of Iraq. We just have far more targets in Iraq than we have in Afghanistan and the jihadis in Iraq have a far easier time of hiding in urban centers. While many analysts claim that we need more troops on the ground in Iraq, it may very well be that we have too many (this is a disputable point and one which I am willing to change if more information comes to light). More troops would only help us win in Iraq if those troops could demoralize our enemy while simultaneously wipe out media images that portray U.S. soldiers in a negative light and which claim that we are losing. Until our enemies believe that cannot win, they will continue to fight.

Yahoo News:

Though it's a far cry from the mass movement that overran most of the country in the 1990s, today's Taliban is fighting a guerrilla war with new weapons, including portable anti-aircraft missiles, and equipment bought with cash sent through Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network, according to Afghan and Western officials. While it was in power, the Taliban provided safe haven to bin Laden and al-Qaida....

Al-Qaida is channeling money and equipment," said Lt. George Hughbanks, a U.S. Army intelligence officer in Zabul province, one of the worst hit by the Taliban insurgency.

The Taliban is now a disparate assemblage of radical groups estimated to number several thousand, far fewer than when it was in power before November 2001. The fighters operate in small cells that occasionally come together for specific missions. They're unable to hold territory or defeat coalition troops.

They're linked by a loose command structure and an aim of driving out U.S.-led coalition and NATO troops, toppling U.S.-backed President Hamid Karzai and reimposing hard-line Islamic rule on Afghanistan, according to Afghan and Western officials and experts.

The Taliban insurgents have adopted some of the terrorist tactics that their Iraqi counterparts have used to stoke popular anger at the Iraqi government and the U.S. military. They've stalled reconstruction and fomented sectarian tensions in a country that remains mired in poverty and corruption, illegal drugs and ethnic and political hatred.

Their tactics include attacks with homemade explosives, and beheadings, assassinations and kidnappings targeting public officials and others who cooperate in international democracy-building efforts and reconstruction.

The violence continued Thursday. A homemade bomb planted by the Taliban killed two U.S. soldiers near the southern city of Kandahar, bringing to at least 44 the number killed in hostile actions in the past six months.

Hat tip Bill Dauterieve

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:52 PM | Comments |

August 19, 2005

Shouldn't We Exchange Insurance Information?

First off, thanks to whoever updated my earlier post. Stupid job, don't they know I need to blog?

Thanks to Tim at Opinionbug.com for sending me a link to the Jordan News Agency (Petra) where I found these gems:

His Majesty King Abdullah II on Friday condemned the accident of firing Katyusha rockets in Aqaba which resulted in martyring a Jordanian soldier and wounding another.

The King checked, during phone calls with the Regent, Prime
Minister and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the situation
in the city of Aqaba after the explosion of two rockets that
targeted Princess Haya Military Hospital and a warehouse of the
Jordan armed forces.

(headline)Abbas Condemns Aqaba Terrorist Accident

No mention of the Navy ships, or the fact that one landed in Israel.

But, it doesn't matter, it was an accident. Move along, nothing to see here.

Maybe I'll be a little nicer to our media from now on. Heh.

By Vinnie at 05:48 PM | Comments |

Sheehan Motivating the Media

Absolutely positively my last post on Cindy Sheehan.

A good chunk of the media and basically all of the "usual suspects" are calling the game from the same playbook. Cindy Sheehan is a grieving mother who's selfless dedication arises from a deeply held belief that the war in Iraq is wrong, the administration is totally inept and our boys are dying in an ill concieved endeavor.

They are sparing no effort in the attempt to characterize Ms. Sheehan as the personification of the American Mother who has lost a child to war, America's mom so to speak. They further attempt to promote the perception that Ms. Sheehan represents a sunstantial number if not a decided majority of the Soldier Moms in this country; "If only they had a voice they'd be saying the same thing as Cindy" and other such pajorative speculation. They are even referring to her now as "Mother" Sheehan in an effort to perpetuate this belief. The marketing campaign has been professional albeit not all that convincing, somehere between the launching of a new $125.00 an ounce Chanel fragrance and an infomercial for steak knives.

Any criticism of this fine women is labelled as a vicious right wing attack on the very institution of motherhood itself. ( Bill Johnson Rocky Mountain News "The influential and powerful in this country feel free to attack and belittle a woman who lost a son in the war and now refuses to remain silent in her grief, pretty much tells you everything you need to know of 2005 America".) They rationalize the cheerleading because it is after all for mother, country and apple pie.

It's pie alright, steaming cowpie and it's nothing about substance and everything about smoke and mirrors. Ms. Sheehans persona is a spectre created in the fertile minds of the far left pacifist peaceniks, MoveOn .Org and the media. In Cindy Sheehan they have created a caricature of their collective selves.

Ms. Sheehan is anything but a "typical" mother. She has been active in far left fringe organizations since well before the invasion of Iraq was a glint in George Bush's eye. She now aligns herself with such "mainstream" organizations as TrueMajority and Democracy for America, MoveOn.Org, Code Pink Women for Peace, United for Peace and Justice, Veterans for Peace, Michael Moore, etc etc.

Some of her more notable statements:

1. This country is not worth dying for.

2. Yes, he (Casey Sheehan) was killed for lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel.

3. When asked if she would feel any different if Casey had died in Afghanistan, she replied: I don't think so, Chris, because I believe that Afghanistan is almost the same thing...... we should have gone after al-Qaida and maybe not after the country of Afghanistan.

4. After their meeting she commented "I now know he's [Bush] sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis," Cindy said after their meeting. "I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith.". Subsequently, she has said that Bush treated her callously during the meeting and acted as if it was a party atmospere.

5. "The biggest terrorist is George W. Bush."

6. "I want to meet with the President to ask him why he killed my son"

7. Sheehan says she considers Lynne Stewart her Atticus Finch

8. "It’s OK for Israel to have nuclear weapons but we are waging nuclear war in Iraq, we have contaminated the entire country. It’s not OK for Syria to be in Lebanon. Hypocrites! But Israel can occupy Palestine? Stop the slaughter!“

There's plenty more, but I believe the point is made. Other than maybe 5% or so of the population that could use serious psychiatric help, nobody honestly believes that Ms. Sheehan is anything close to representative of a typical American mother, grieving or not. I do believe that certain people on the right went a bit far pontificating on her divorce and tax payment defaults. That smacks of smear and it's not needed. Ms. Sheehan has poked enough holes in her own boat.

Contrary to the prevailing media talking points, the fact that she has had a terrible loss and is grieving by no means immunizes her from scrutiny or constructive criticism nor should it. Ms. Sheehan chose to exploit her present situation to highlight her ideology and further her agenda.
If she insists on sparring in the public arena of politically weighty issues, she better expect to get nailed with a few jabs. God forbid we should use her own words against her.

The media somehow feels that Ms. Sheehan's opinion should carry more weight than the average American. Somehow, because of her loss she is eminantly qualified to make social commentary on the legitimacy of the Iraq war. Nothing could be further from the truth. It's because of her loss that her judgment and rational are skewed by strong emotion making her opinions particularly suspect and unreliable.

Ms. Sheehan has proven through her statements and actions that she is an enigma, the miniscule exception rather than the rule. What her motivations are I don't know nor do I particularly care. She couldn't be any more wrong regardless of how noble or despicable her motivations may be.

The motivations of the Entrenched Media, however are known and predictable. They needed a poster child for the antiwar movement and found one in Cindy Sheehan. A useful idiot with the added bonus of being a true believer. You can alomost hear them muttering, "Holy Crap, these stories just seem to write themselves". Expect them to hold onto her like grim death.

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By at 05:28 PM | Comments |

Looking Forward to Reading It

American Soldier has frequently linked us as we have linked him. Congratulations on your first book. I hope it is a great success!!

SOLDIER LIFE: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN AMERICAN SOLDIER

(Pssst--don't expect the book to be promoted by the NY Times......)

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

Ansar al Sunnah Website Down

http://sitealansar66.tripod.com/

Who could possibly be responsible?

;-)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:14 PM | Comments |

German Court Sentences 9/11 Terrorist to 1.17 Days per Victim

(Hamburg, Germany) The Hamburg State Superior Court found Moroccan citizen Mounir al-Motassadeq, 31, guilty of membership in the 9-11 terrorist organization and sentenced him to seven years in prison, less than half the 15 years imposed on him in 2003 verdict that was overturned.

From Expatica.com:

Presiding Judge Ernst-Rainer Schudt ruled that Motassadeq had been the "polite, friendly, reserved" member of an eight-man terror cell. Led by an Egyptian, Mohammed Atta, it formed in the German port city of Hamburg in autumn 1999.

"From being friendly, nice young men, they turned into fanatics," said Schudt. Motassadeq had "gone along" with this, not dissociating himself, and had taken over administrative tasks for the group.

Three of the cell members including Atta later piloted hijacked planes that were used as missiles on September 11, 2001 in attacks on New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania. U.S. President George W. Bush declared a "war on terrorism" in response.

"The complete picture shows the accused to have been a member of a terrorist organization, but not to have been an accessory to the murderers of September 11," said Schudt.

What a bunch of crap! So what if he was polite, friendly, and reserved? He was a co-conspirator in 3,000 deaths on September 11, 2001. In fact, if he took over "administrative tasks," he effectively managed the operation. This make me sick. Motassadeq deserves nothing more than the pitch darkness, extreme coldness, and concrete hardness of a prison cell for the rest of his life.

Companion post/pic at Interested-Participant.

UPDATE: As Lawhawk notes in the comments of a related post, that's 1.17 days per victim for Mounir al-Motassadek

By at 02:56 PM | Comments |

Bali Bombing Mastermind's Sentence Reduced from 4.5 Days in Jail Per Victim to 3.8 Days in Jail Per Victim

Our allies in the Global War on Terror have reduced the jail sentence of Abu Bakar Bashir (Ba'asyir), the mastermind of the Bali nightclub bombing, by 4.5 months. Bashir, it will be recalled, had been sentenced to 30 months in an Indonesian prison for his role as leader of the terrorist group that killed 202 civilians in the Bali nightclub bombing. 88 of the 202 victims were Australians.

Bashir will now spend 25.5 months in prison.

That's about 765 days.

That's 3.8 days per victim.

Indonesia routinely sentences drug dealers to death by firing squad.

Another admitted terrorist involved in the mass murder at Bali was once spotted at the local Starbucks. They hate terrorism so much that Indonesian narcotics and drugs Brigadier-General Gorries Mere decided it would be a good idea to spring the terrorist from his jail cell and stroll down to the neighborhood cofee shop. Don't worry, though, after the terrorist in question had his fill of Double Latte Mochachino, he was promptly returned to prison.

The Aussies, for their part, are 'sorry' to hear that Bashir will be sprung in 10 months. SMH Australia:

Prime Minister John Howard says he is sorry Australia cannot do anything about the early release of convicted Bali bombing ringleader Abu Bakar Bashir.

Indonesian authorities have decided to cut Bashir's sentence by four and a half months as part of celebrations to mark 60 years of the country's independence, despite protests from Australia.....

Bashir is serving a two and a half year jail sentence for his role in instigating the October 2002 bombings in which the 202 people were killed including 88 Australians.

Seventeen other men convicted over the bombings, and who were originally jailed for up to 16 years, reportedly received three month reductions.

Hat tip: Evariste at Discarded Lies who calculates the prison-sentence per victim for the 17 who received up to 16 years each.

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

Newt in Iowa and Liberalism 3.x

I just heard Newt on CSPAN giving a speech that sounded to me like a dry run of his Presidential campaign. He was asked, on a scale of 0 to 10, what the odds are that he'll run for President. He responded that it was somewhere between 1 and 10, which got a laugh. But... it's not zero! To my practiced political ear he seems closer to 10 than 1. For all practical purposes he's running for President now, and the only issue is whether he'll withdraw at some point before November, 2008.

He expressed his thoughts on a number of critical topics, from health care to the "Long War Against Irreconcilable Islam." To me, this sounds like the much awaited Liberalism 3.x. In this view Iraq is just a "campaign," although a clearly important one to us and to the Jihad. I'd also say that if Iowans are getting the idea that we're losing in Iraq that's understandable if their source of information is Mainstream Media. But the odds that Mainstream Media has it right this time are demonstrably zero. (See Michael Yon's thoughts on the inept way media covers the war.) That doesn't mean we're winning "The Long War," though. In fact, I don't think we are. We're essentially attempting to fight Totalitarianism 3.x with the institutions and attitudes typical of Liberalism 2.x. But our military is rapidly making the transition to Liberalism 3.x, and if Newt gets his say the rest of the country may soon follow. I'd vote for him. I thought his presentation was excellent, and I think he has an answer for those discouraged about Iraq, immigration, the economy, etc..

A Newt candidacy also counters what Democrats feel are their main strengths. He's a conservative intellectual, which flies directly in the fact of the standard characterization of Republican candidates. Also, if his recent appearances have helped Hillary harden her foreign policy and defense credentials they've probably helped Newt soften his image even more. He now occupies a policy area that's not really fixed in the liberal-conservative domain. He has new formulae that resolve the primary socio-economic problems that Democrats feel are their proprietary market share. He has the Clintons' wonkishness, but unlike Clinton (either one) he also has a coherent vision and is serious about realizing it.

A friend of mine who is a farmer in Iowa and teaches at a small college there (Luther) has been observing Newt's appearances in the state over the summer, and has some thoughts. I'll post his comments as is, but hasten to add that they aren't my insights or opinions. If credit and/or blame are due, give it to him not me. So without further ado here's what "The Wise Agrarian" has to say about Newt in Iowa:

Newt Gingrich has been in Iowa almost two weeks now, and furthermore, it is State Fair time. Yikes! That means he wants to run for President. I have been to one of his events, and have been following his little Iowa trip closely, making notes of the positions he mentions. In general, he's making inroads with Republicans and Independents, and is seen as doing "OK" but it varies quite a bit by issue. I thought maybe you might be interested in one observer's (me!) quick and dirty laundry list of how Newt's positions are playing to the Iowa audience

Playing well to Iowans:

1. Better control of, or close the borders
2. We're in a "50-70 year war against the irreconcilable wing of Islam"
3. Immigrants to speak English and adopt American culture
4. More science and math education
5. Music idols and sports stars as Dopers and Losers
6. Must reverse Court rulings that remove God from public life
7. His generally positive attitude about future and "we can fix problems"
8. He comes off as a thinker, and in command of many complicated issues

Playing poorly with Iowans:

1. "Real change requires real change" --- Just needs to ditch the line
2. Extraordinary danger of terrorism and dirty bombs daily -- seems a bit overblown out here
3. Any privatization or tinkering with Social Security (definitely still a Third Rail of Politics out here)
4. Any mention of the war in Iraq (other than "we support the troops") -- I don't think he knows what to say about this, sometimes he has appeared stumped when trying to offer realistic policy options without offending Pres. Bush's people. Even half of Iowa Republicans think we should phase out our involvement sooner rather than later, so he's in a tough spot on this one. Among all Iowa voters, only 35% support Bush's handling of the war. This is kind of a Republican's Achilles Heel in Iowa, I think. [Note: My thoughts on the possible meaning of this "disapproval." Not everyone thinks the President is too aggressive. Some think he's not aggressive enough.]
5. Criticizing Bill Clinton; many see this as kind of irrelevant to todays problems, though the radio talk show clowns keep criticizing him and many people like that. But from what Newt has said the past couple days, it looks like he has stopped mentioning Clinton at all, it didn't get him any traction.
6. CAFTA, he has stopped mentioning this after finding out that it was very unpopular with average people, other than with the big corporate-dominated commodity lobbying groups in DC
7. He has also stopped mentioning anything about gay marriage, it is a losing issue for him in Iowa either way

I can't tell:

1. Competitive threat from China and India, military threat from China
2. Lower taxes ( Iowans are not clamoring for lower taxes, since this year, our state government, 3 state universities, and many local governments all went broke, with some very real, visible, local consequences, so the tax-cutting issue is pretty dormant or quiescent now)
3. Farm subsidies; he is having a little difficult time because farm subsidies are immensely popular here, particularly with large corporate producers who are mostly Republican, yet Newt's own economics thinking seems to be anti-subsidy, so he is moving around on this and hasn't landed on a position that I can detect
4. Reduce regulations on business (it doesn't seem to whip 'em up like it did in the '80s and '90s)

It is clear to me that these guys use Iowa as a sounding board to see how things work oratorically and politically. It has been interesting to watch Newt, who is most certainly a sharp fellow, craft his statements out here.

Any thoughts? Keep watching Iowa...

After some consideration, he goes on to clarify:

I am just trying to call them as I see them. The President has not been in Iowa in over a year, and his popularity is running in the 35% to 45% range, depending on the issue. So in part, the key economic and foreign policy issues of Pres. Bush are not real hot for either Bush or Newt right now. I think Newt is figuring that out.

But an interesting flip side is that ALL of the culture-wars kinds of things Newt pushes, which are almost all in line with Pres. Bush (illegal immigrants an exception) are playing very well here.

Another way to look at it is, Newt is pretty smart and focused; he's not terribly worried about votes of Bush Republicans; he figures he'll get them (I know they could defect, but they usually don't in Iowa). He's trying to craft positions that will get the next 10% -15% on top of those Bush Republicans.

Maybe.

My intuition says that he'll get a lot of resistance from the Idiotarian Left and slightly less from Reactionary Conservatives. (It's really the Left who has become reactionary at this point, which is swinging the door wide open for a "progressive" Republican who thinks outside the box.) He ought to be able to overcome the resistance, especially within his own party, by connecting directly with the electorate, a skill has has been developing since leaving congress and one that will catch the Democrats off guard. But even if a Presidential campaign is ultimately unsuccessful he'll still infuse the policy debate with some much needed new ideas and energy.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 02:37 PM | Comments |

Kill Them All, Let Allah Sort Them Out

Muslim scholar gives big thumbs up to murdering children. Here's what he said on a TV station run by the terrorist organization Hizbollah in Lebanon. Yes, terrorists actually have their own TV stations in Lebanon. MEMRI:

"Islam is the religion of life in general, and not a blind religion. Islam does not surrender to foreign aggression. So stating categorically that Islam is a religion of love that rejects violence – This is a big lie. 'Take them and kill them wherever you find them.' This is taken from the words of Allah [the Koran]. About whom? About Allah's enemies. This is violence....
He goes on to say why terrorism is justified: because it works.
Who said that violence is futile? What happened in Spain?....He brought his people to war. He had to be hit over the head with a large hammer in order to wake up [the Spanish PM]....
Read the rest where he reminds Muslims that all Israeli civilians are legitimate targets and that it is the religioius duty of all Muslims to make war against the U.S.

If we lose in Iraq, we put the world in mortal danger or collapsing into a kind of chaos that has not been seen for a thousand years. Isolationists on the Right and internationalist utopians on the Left should heed this warning now before it is too late. Terrorism against the U.S. would certainly be reduced in the short run. However, the dark ages that will certainly emerge in Iraq if we withdraw has no chance of being isolated. It will spread, and with it ignorance, violence, and repression, until 1/3 of the world is consumed by it. In one or two hundred years, when this cancer has fully taken control of its host, it will look outward again, and our great-great-grandchildren will curse us for not eradicating it while we had the chance.

This is our choice: pay with our lives the price of keeping Iraq out of the hands of Islamic fascists now, or pay with a war on a Civilazational scale later--World War III which has the potential of making the last two World Wars seem trivial.

Hat tip: Beth at My VRWC who has more.

(Oh, and my meetings got out early.)

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

Beth Geisel Gets DWI

(Albany, New York) Most people, after finding themselves in a hole, quit digging. Not 42-year-old Sandra "Beth" Geisel. Remember, it's only been a couple weeks since she was indicted for rape of a student in a high-profile case that has embarrassed and humiliated her children, her husband, her friends, and the Christian Brothers Academy.

Yet today, around 0830 EDT, she decides to drive while sloshed, cuts off a police car, and gets arrested for driving while intoxicated. She blew a 0.13 on the breathalyzer. And this all happened before 9am.

The only explanation I can figure for Geisel's behavior is that she's trying to fortify her contention that the hooch made her commit the rape of a student, or that she's exceedingly stupid. In either case, she's a menace to society.

By at 01:26 PM | Comments |

Howie’s linkfest.

With Rusty stuck in meetings today I thought I might see what I can do to keep y’all occupied. Yeah I love meetings, right up there with having my toe nails pulled out with a pair of rusty old pliers.

Pakistani Schools still teach terror.

Iraqi Election Update:

Sunni leaders are pushing their people to register to vote; the terrorists are threatening anyone who tries.

Big Brother Plates. This is one British export I can do without.

Special interests Fight Arnold’s Initiatives.

Smokin’ Teachers.

Survival of the fittest or sometimes natural selection is not what you expect. Look for the big green bug.

A stem cell breakthrough I think we can all live with.

On the lighter side here’s some quotes sent to me by my conservative Christian cube neighbor David.

Hat tip: David (no he doesn’t read the blog he’s on Drudge all day)

Hard work never killed anyone, but why give it a chance? (unknown)

Ya gots to work with what you gots to work with (Stevie Wonder)

Winston, you are drunk. - Lady Astor - Yes my dear, but you are ugly, and in the morning I shall be sober. (Churchhill)

A good one I ran across today.
To obtain a man's opinion of you, make him mad.
--Oliver Wendell Holmes

Britney Spears baby names.

It’s gonna be a hot one and I got to mow and also I think I’ll cook out to keep the kitchen cooler.

Pitbulls VS The Holy Qu'ran - You know you want to look! ;)

Hat Tip: princesskimberly.

I'm sure Rusty will be back soon. So everyone have a great Friday. I like how my master says at the beginning of the week. Now I'll not be able to blog much. Then he puts up more than I can read.

By Howie at 11:07 AM | Comments |

Missed Me Missed Me

now ya gotta, eh, nevermind.

AMMAN,
Jordan (AP)
- Unknown assailants fired at least three missiles from
Jordan early Friday, with one narrowly missing a U.S. Navy ship docked
at port, an attack that killed a Jordanian soldier. One missile fell
close to an airport in neighboring Israel, officials said.

Further down in the story they say it was a mortar, which isn't a missile, but, that's the informed media for you.  It's neither here nor there anyway.  No matter what was fired, the firees should be bowing towards the black rock in gratitude that they missed.

We'll file this under Not A Wise Thing To Do At This Point In History.

UPDATE: Al Qaeda implicated. More coverage at Terrorism Unveiled. Moonbat tracking here.

Other Resources: Dan Riehl, T. Longren, OTB, Hyscience, La Shawn Barber, Glittering Eye, In The Bullpen, Conservative Thinking, Political Teen and many more.....

By Vinnie at 07:21 AM | Comments |

Clarance Thomas Redux

At least that's what the lefties are trying to make out of the John Roberts confirmation hearings. Once again, they are attempting to put him on trial for his beliefs. The only difference is that with Thomas they tried attacking him with things that are actually illegal. This time, they're so hard up to find anything that they can use on him that they're simply attacking the fact that he might not agree with them.

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Not content to stay on the political sidelines shouting their opposition to John Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court, the National Organization of Women (NOW), a leading abortion advocacy group, wants to testify during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings slated for September 6. The organization, which testified in 1981 in support of the nomination of outgoing pro-abortion Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, has formally requested to testify at has formally requested to testify at the Roberts hearings. NOW President Kim Gandy sent a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican. "After a thorough examination of the available record of the nominee, NOW has concluded that his confirmation represents a danger to many of the rights for which we have worked so hard," Gandy wrote in the letter. "To confirm John G. Roberts to fill the seat [O'Connor] held for 24 years would jeopardize [abortion rights]."

I think that spells out pretty clearly what they are trying to do. Of course what they are doing, at least in my eyes, is revealing themselves for exactly what they are. A politically motivated group who cares nothing for the good of the country as long as their agenda is forwarded as much as possible.

Come to think of it, the abortion industry has to be the most radical, extreme group that I've ever come across. Nearly every other group that you can think of in the United States accepts boundaries and government restrictions on what it can and cannot do. Certainly anything that may be dangerous does. And yet when restrictions of any type, even basic safety standards, are placed on abortionists, NOW, NARAL, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU scream, cry and whine like their world is ending. I'm fairly certain at this point that Roberts will be confirmed, just as Thomas was confirmed before him. Hopefully he'll give these extremist groups the good, hard does of reality that they all so richly deserve as well.

By at 05:31 AM | Comments |

Rusty's Blogger Military Service Survey

Regarding Rusty's military service survey of the blogosphere, a commenter objects:

Its disgusting that you legitimize this fraudulent meme of the Left, Rusty.

The meme SPQR is talking about is the often-repeated phrase "chickenhawk" tossed at war supporters who haven't served in the military, or (since G.W. Bush is a veteran, and therefore passes the test) haven't served in combat. Yes, it is a meme, but Rusty isn't legitimizing it. In fact, quite the opposite.

I'm certainly willing to stipulate that anyone who has been in combat has more "moral authority" than I to comment on the war, and I imagine Rusty is as well. But that's only one kind of authority, and it doesn't beatify any single veteran, which is apparently what the Left believes. Though Max Cleland has more moral authority than I, I have more intellectual authority. And to the extent that my intellect is consistent with what is right, and what has the greatest chance of saving the most lives and preserving civilization, I also have more moral clarity than Max does. That ought to count for something. Heck, it ought to count for quite a lot.

But the "chickenhawk" concept is fraudulent because it presumes:

1. That everyone who hasn't been in combat is assumed to be a coward; and

2. That, therefore, only those who have been in combat can legitimately support the war.

Which, of course, doesn't mean that assumed cowards can't oppose the war. According to the meme this is entirely consistent and morally non-problematic. What they can't do is support it; because, well... that'd be hypocritical. By such logic it's hypocritical to support criminal convictions and sentencing if you're not willing to apprehend the criminals yourself. And only those who are demonstrably willing to serve as policemen can cast a jury vote with any validity, or far that matter deserve protection from crime. So the options for an "assumed coward" (anyone who hasn't been in combat) are either to oppose the war, or shut the heck up.

And it isn't lost on these folks that combat veterans are vastly outnumbered by assumed cowards in our society, which guarantees the result they seek.

BUT if moral authority is a valid concept, and I think it is, even though I'm not willing to stipulate that it's everything, then only the votes of combat veterans carry significant weight one way or the other in that personal moral dimension. Robert Heinlein's SciFi classic Starship Troopers exemplifies this concept, by differentiating between "civilians," who haven't volunteered to serve in combat, and "citizens" who have.

So, the bottom line is that Rusty's project has merit, because intuitively its premise is that veterans have more moral weight in the debate, reflecting greater moral authority. And if that's the criterion, then our side almost certainly wins.

The thing that's fraudulent about the "chickenhawk" concept, is that it disenfranchises only the opposition, based not on some uniform criterion, but on their prospective vote.

Which, of course, is not only dumb but immoral.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 02:22 AM | Comments |

August 18, 2005

Completly Beyond Reason

Those who believe in the adage "when it rains, it pours" might take the tale of the plaintiffs in Kelo v. New London as a cue to buy two of every animal and a load of wood from Home Depot. The U.S. Supreme Court recently found that the city's original seizure of private property was constitutional under the principal of eminent domain, and now New London is claiming that the affected homeowners were living on city land for the duration of the lawsuit and owe back rent. It's a new definition of chutzpah: Confiscate land and charge back rent for the years the owners fought confiscation.

In some cases, their debt could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Moreover, the homeowners are being offered buyouts based on the market rate as it was in 2000.

Yes, you read that right. Not only have these people wrongfully had their homes taken by one of the stupidest Supreme Court decisions in our nation's history, but they are then told that they have to pay rent on their own property for the duration of the lawsuit. I'm certain that some (if not all) will sue, and if they lose this one, someone needs to be impeached.

H/T Patterico

By at 09:33 PM | Comments |

Sad Ending

According to Confederate Yankee, Cindy Sheehen has left Bush's ranch because her mother had a stroke. I wanted to see an end to this, but certainly not like this. I pray everything goes well for her and her mother.

By at 08:33 PM | Comments |

Chuck Hagel's Fretful Vision

My frickin' satellite TV is out, so I'm relying an a backup that has only CNN. Today, on the Wolfe Blitzer Show (or whatever it's called) Chuck Hagel was allowed, or encouraged, to pontificate in an especially headstrong manner. I'm going to have to paraphrase his remarks, because I just don't have access to the transcript yet, but essentially he responded to a question about crafting an "informed opinion" on Iraq with something like:

"Well, all I can do is rely on the same information available to the public, all of which seems to suggest that we're losing, rather than winning, in Iraq." [There were some references suggesting that electricity production is down, etc..]

Well, I beg to differ "Chuck" but you're a Senator who, presumabaly, has access to a great deal more information than we have as a private citizens. Plus you're pulling down the big bucks for your level of authority and responsibility. So just where do you get off making a statement claiming that you're just one of the crowd who sees Cindy Sheehan as credible?

Admittedly the statement is a paraphrase, but the gist of it is accurate. Daily Kos quotes Chuck as saying "Iraq could be worse than Vietnam." And Time Magazine quotes him as saying: "Things aren't getting better; they're getting worse. The White House is completely disconnected from reality," Hagel tells U.S. News. "It's like they're just making it up as they go along. The reality is that we're losing in Iraq."

Really? Well, what I'd like to know is whether you've determined that nearly all of the milbloggers posting on the internet, as well as other on-the-ground "citizen journalists" like Michael Yon, are misinformed? Because, almost to a man, they're pretty clear that not only are we winning, but that as a factual matter we can't lose, unless we defeat ourselves. And if that's the case, then how can one characterize what you're saying as anything other than spectacularly stupid, or a tantalizing peek at schadenfreude?

Hagel is a conservative Republican, so it's not clear what interest he has in schadenfreude, unless he's in that paleo hot tub with Pat Buchanan. Now, I guess I can understand the idea that "sunny" depictions of the war are unrealistic and irritating, but I just don't see anyone who falls into the category of providing only sunny predictions. Granted, Cheney was off the reservation when he said that the insurgency is "in its last throes," but that could be the case for all we know. However, most people who know something seem to be saying, as one might expect, that Terror is a formidable enemy and that things are likely to get worse before they get better. Yes, they might well get worse. But that simply isn't the same as saying that we're "losing." The Battle of the Bulge in Europe, and Okinawa in the Pacific were both worse than anything that came before. Yet no one with the benefit of hindsight would say we were losing at that point, nor did anyone with sense say that at the time. The only doubts any of us ought to have about the ultimate outcome in Iraq are those resting uncomfortably on the assessments of folks like Chuck Hagel, who, in spite of having better access to information than the rest of us, seems to reap less actual understanding.

For what it's worth I think we're paying a higher price for winning than we ought to be, and part of that responsibility rests with the Bush administration, but I'm certainly not going to support someone whose first impulse is to whine that we're losing.

By the way, this might be a good time to check out Al Qaeda's Easy Seven Stage Master Plan; as long as you recognize that the further they wander from the present the greater the real uncertainty. "Chuck" apparently advocates just handing them Phase II without a fight. (h/t: Protein Wisdom)


(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 06:29 PM | Comments |

How Soon They Forget

When Rusty wrote this:

The Right has no identity phrase to delegitimize left-wing bloggers' anti-war stance equivelant to chickenhawk.

I couldn't believe that he had forgotten THIS.

Surveys are cool, I like surveys, but sometimes, in the schoolyard of socio-political blogging, it's necessary to throw it right back in their face. A little technique known as "demonstrating absurdity by being absurd."

"Chickenhawk" is clever, but pales next to "Airmchair Jihadi," don't ya think?

By Vinnie at 06:28 PM | Comments |

Do-it-yourself Festival of the Fatwas: I Heart Jihad edition

Have an interesting post? Want us to issua a fatwa against you? Simply link one of your posts to this post and send us a trackback. We will automatically issue a fatwa against you.

I will be in meetings all day tomorrow, so no blogging for me.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:17 PM | Comments |

Taliban Release Hostage

The Taliban are alive, well, and in the business of taking hostages. They freed the Lebanese hostage when his company agreed to leave Afghanistan, thus pulling needed capital from an already impoverished nation.

Al Jazeera:

A Lebanese engineer kidnapped by the Taliban last week has been released after his company agreed to stop operations in Afghanistan.

Safieddine Mohammad Rida, a mechanical engineer working for a Lebanese company that sells diesel engines, had been abducted on Sunday in the southeastern province of Zabul.

"The Lebanese engineer has been released. He's in good health," said Gulab Shah Alikhil, spokesman for the Zabul governor, on Thursday.

The Taliban earlier said they had freed the Lebanese. The group's spokesman Abdul Latif Hakimi said Mohammad Rida was released on Thursday morning at 10am.

"His company has agreed to leave Afghanistan from today (Thursday)," Hakimi told Reuters. He said Rida had been released near a US base in Shajoy, Zabul province.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:02 PM | Comments |

Chinese Propaganda: "US Troops Hold Iraqi Children Hostage"

It's so surreal that it's almost funny. The reason many in the world hate us--and the reason many terrorists believe they are engaged in a noble cause-- is because they read stories like this and believe them.

People's Daily:

US troops held five children as hostages to demand handover of insurgents near a northern Iraqi town on Tuesday, police said.

"The US forces surrounded the village of Mazraa near Baiji and detained five children under 10 years old, calling on the residents by loudspeakers to hand over several other children showed on TV channels celebrating the killing of US soldiers after roadside blast last week," a police source from Baiji told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The US troops threatened to sweep the village by Wednesday morning to detain the other children and suspected insurgents, he said.

The US military, however, said they had no information about the incident.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:39 PM | Comments |

I'm not an antissemite, but.....

Wait a second, you mean Goldstein is a J-O-O? Wow, that one came way out of left field......

UPDATE: This post is in the spirit of our e-mail a terrorist conceptual series. Follow the link and e-mail an antisemetic asshole.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:09 PM | Comments |

Islamic Army in Iraq Shoots Down 'Spy Plane'

It's funny, when you realize that they actually make the claim with a straight face and then see the picture of the 'American spy plane'.

You will recall they had made the same claim here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:32 PM | Comments |

Al Qaeda Implicated in Bangladesh Bombings

Remember, Bangladesh used to be known as East Pakistan. Whenever the ROP complains about the ultimate blame resting on Israel proclaiming itself a state, remind them that Pakistan and Bangladesh are nations today because--in spite of Gandhi's pleas--millions of Muslims insisted that they could not live within a multi-religious Indian state.

Gateway Pundit has the al Qaeda angle covered here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:54 PM | Comments |

Star Wars Geeks We'd Like to Date

For some reason, whenever some one finds a piece of Star Wars related porn they send it to me. Am I complaining? Hell no! Thanks to Rob Porter of Say Anything and Wizbang for sending me this. He found a gallery of Star Wars geeks who are also babes at Flickr here and here. I know it sounds like an oxymoron, but check out this babe below. Good catch Rob, live long and prosper. Oh, wait, wrong sci-fi geek lingo........

Good uber star wars geek Leia wannabe.

Bad uber star wars geek Leia wannabe.

More good uber star wars geek Leia wannabes.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:23 PM | Comments |

Terri Hatcher Uses Sex Toys, Needs Gigilo

Terri Hatcher reveals that she uses sex toys and has contemplated hiring a giglo. Let me introduce myself:Rusty Shackleford, male prostitute.

Via Interested Participant who says what we're all thinking, this from Daily Record:

The star, who has just turned 40, confessed she is often too busy to date and has to rely on sex toys.

And in a frank interview, she said she has given serious thought to paying a gigolo.

Teri said: "You know, I once thought of what it would be like to hire a male hooker."

Am I the only one who's prurient interests are piqued by a sentence that contains Terri Hatcher and sex toys in it? If I am, you probably don't want to read on and view the photos.

All images clickable. Er, and by clickable, I mean if you click them you'll get a bigger pop-up.

Ok, when I heard sex toy I had something else in mind. This goes a long way in explaining my wife's insistence on a new dryer.

Ms. Hatcher, please refrain from calling me that. We've already settled what I am now we're just negotiating how much.

I insist, this one is on the house.

No thank you. Fifteen is my limit on schnitzengruben, baby.

Stay in? But you're all dressed up to go out? I'm not a piece of meat. I have feelings you know.

Look, $500 is the absolute lowest I'll go. I know you're a regular customer, but I need the money for college tuition.

So how do those real and fabulous ones keep so perky with no apparent support?

Ahhh, that explains a lot.

I know you can't get that thang tapped enough, but how much did Jay charge? Cause I'm wiling to give you the repeat customer discount and match his price!

I know you're upset, baby, but let me explain. There will come a day, when youth will pass away. What will they say about me? When the end comes you'll know I was just a gigilo, life goes on without me.

I quit. Now I can pursue my life long dream of creating a math to unify physics!

UPDATE: Gigilo linked with Joyner's Traffic Jam.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:28 PM | Comments |

Jihad Comes Back to Bosnia

Followers of this will not be surprised, but evidence continues to mount that Bosnia is becoming the focus point for global jihadis in training. But, wait, I thought Bosnia........??

AINA:

Terrorists who previously targeted the U.S. are now in Bosnia, where they have access to a "one-stop shop" of jihad training camps, weapons and illegal Islamic 'charities' -- all at the doorstep of Europe, terrorism experts said.

"[Convicted terrorist] Karim Said Atmani recently returned to Bosnia after being released early from French prison for 'good behavior,'" terrorism expert and author Evan Kohlmann said.

Atmani, a Moroccan, was linked to the "millennium bomb plot" and convicted by a French court of colluding with Osama bin Laden. He has been linked to the Armed Islamic Group (GIA), an organization responsible for airplane hijackings and subway bombings in France...

Also finding haven in Bosnia is Abu el Maali, who like Atmani, was a foreign national who fought in the Bosnia war. El Maali was later accused by French authorities of attempting to smuggle explosives in 1998 to an Egyptian terrorist group plotting to destroy U.S. military installations in Germany. He was also accused of leading terrorist cells in Bosnia, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

"This activity is very significant," said Kohlmann. "Senior members of the former Muslim Brigade and their top commanders are still there, and they're still active."....

Cybercast News Service has also obtained a video that terrorism analysts say depicts an active jihad training camp in Bosnia-Herzegovina, a region previously described by analysts as an ideal gateway for terror missions into Europe.

The video, which is over four minutes in length, shows outdoor maneuvers, explosives training and training inside what appears to be a school gym. Exercises in hostage-taking are also shown....

The presence of active jihadist camps in Bosnia-Herzegovina was also confirmed by attorney and counter-terrorism expert Darko Trifunovic, who previously served as a diplomat in the foreign service of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Kohlmann said that the main camps used during the war have been closed, and a different tactic for jihad training has emerged: disguising them as youth camps. "These days, usually the kind of jihad camp you'll see in Bosnia and other countries are so-called 'youth camps.'" They are usually led by a former member of the mujahadeen, someone with military experience, and perhaps a fundamentalist cleric, said Kohlmann....

Al Qaeda cells were set up in Bosnia in the early 1990s by Ayman al Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's right-hand man, and bin Laden was said to visit the area twice in the mid-1990s," Brown added. "Iran was very involved in supporting the Islamist separatist movement in Bosnia, and Hezbollah was doing training there in the 1990s."

Training also takes place inside youth centers and school gyms, according to Trifunovic....

Fortunately, all the experts seem to be in agreement that Bosnian Muslims are far more likely to be secular in orientation than Muslims of other countries. Unfortunately, it only takes a small number of well trained people to commit major acts of terrorism. Hat tip: Evan Kohlmann.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:38 PM | Comments |

Sitemeter Down?

Is it just me, or is Sitemeter not working for any one? UPDATE: I blame Bushitlerchimpeymchaliburton. And Bill Gates.

UPDATE II: Perhaps I spoke too soon. I blame the ghost of Rachel Corrie.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:18 PM | Comments |

Al Qaeda Loves the Porno and Drugs

Jane, from Armies of Liberation, brings news that an international smuggling ring with possible ties to al Qaeda has been thwarted along the Saudi-Yemeni border. What were they smuggling? Oh, the usual al Qaeda stuff: guns, ammo, dynamite, PORN, and DRUGS. ML:

According to Gulf News, the material seized included thousands of dynamite sticks and booby-trapped wires, live ammunition, as well as drugs, large amounts of cash in Yemenite currency and CDs of pornographic films.
My suspicion is that it was gay porn and ecstasy. It's just funnier to think of it that way!

UPDATE: Just to clarify, I mean bad gay porno. You know, the kind with guys.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:15 PM | Comments |

The "Vacation" of Harry S.

A regular commenter on The Jawa Report, Oyster, observes in response to an ersatz post on Cindy Sheehan:

What I find very irritating about this too is how the press keeps calling his stay at the ranch a "vacation" (or a "monthlong" vacation to make it sound like he's just fishing and taking naps for a whole month). They're trying to equate it with how we take vacations. How we go to some destination and are free of work and responsibility for a period of time. He is simply working from the ranch rather than the White House.

Most people know about Ike's golfing "vacations" and JFK's trips to Hyannisport to play touch football, but not many know that the concept and details of the Cold War strategy of "containment" were worked out by the Truman Administration during a long "vacation" in Key West. Truman and his advisors spend 175 days there during the course of his Presidency. Eisenhower established the Department of Defense while "vacationing" there, and Kennedy visited during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The location has been so seminal to the history of that half-century-long conflict with Empirialist Marxism that it has come to be known as the Little White House. But that was a different era.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 12:17 PM | Comments |

Sounding Brass and Tinkling Cymbals

Phase II of the three-way war has begun in earnest. As Wretchard observes, the media are currently engaged in a discussion about how to dramatically portray the Iraq War with a sense of realism without signalling their hidden agenda. But, of course, they call that deliberation something else:

"It seems to me that if we make an overt political statement in 'Over There' about the war ... then immediately the debate becomes not only about policy, but it becomes about our politics, Chris' and mine, as opposed to a discussion or a provocation about the human consequences of war," Bochco said. "The moment we become overtly political, half the audience dismisses us and doesn't pay attention to us because they disagree with our politics. And the other half discuss us ... in the context of our political leanings. And that's just not what my goal is with this show."

So, they make a covert political statement instead, and couch it as artistic professionalism. This is a game that the "news" branch of media have been playing since the first APC rolled across the Kuwait border, couching the news as objective and balanced while determining the conclusion as surely as any Pravda article. And the heavy hand of propaganda has now made its way into the overtly "fictional" branch of media, who have apparently decided that the reportrayal of Iraq as a dessicated Vietnam will just have to do.

But, of course, the problem is that now, when they strike this bell, what emerges is much less like a ringing peal than a shallow tinkle, and the reverberations barely violate the boundaries of their echo chamber. For the first time the strategically opaque dramaturge of the entertainment industry is met by the naively transparent counterbalance of authoritative witnesses from the field, posting their contemporaneous experiences of the war in real time. The discourse is losing its constraints, and the memes no longer live forever.

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

By Demosophist at 11:29 AM | Comments |

Blogroll Update

I will be attacking my behemouth of a blogroll in the next few days. A lot of dead links need to be removed and overlooked links to be added. If I have somehow overlooked linking you in the past, now would be the time to remind me in this post's comment section.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:19 AM | Comments |

Saudi al-Qaeda Leader Killed

Here's some good news.

From Reuters:

Saudi security forces killed the leader of the kingdom's al Qaeda group in a clash in the holy city of Medina on Thursday, a security source said.

He said security forces had killed Saleh al-Awfi, who was believed to have taken over leadership of al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia last year.

In a telephone interview from Riyadh, Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour al-Turki said ongoing raids against suspected terrorists resulted in the killing.

I'm going to have a celebratory donut.

By at 07:29 AM | Comments |

August 17, 2005

Left and Right Bloggers Military Service Survey

An oft heard accusation is that of chickenhawk being leveled at supporters of the Iraq War who have no prior military service. Bloggers with no prior military service are called members of the 101st Fighting Keyboardists on almost a daily basis by Markos Mulitsas' Daily Kos, himself a veteran of the U.S. Army. The phrase is used to shorten discussion about the war by making a personal attack and delegitimizing the person's credibility. It is easy for you to be for the war when you are not fighting it, is the crux of the chickenhawk argument.

The Right has no identity phrase to delegitimize left-wing bloggers' anti-war stance equivelant to chickenhawk. But we on the right often resort to other personal attack tactics. Although we have no phrase to wrap the idea in, there is a glaring suspicion to many on the Right that many on the Left never served in the military because they hate it and our soldiers. They are against the Iraq War, we think, because they are against all war and the military men that fight them.

Using the TTLB Traffic Rankings as a guide, I sent e-mails to the top bloggers of both the Left and Right and asked them whether or not they had served in the military and, if they had, in which branch?. Group blogs which had not clear main blogger were not sent e-mails. This tended to weed out more Left leaning blogs than Right leaning blogs. Blogs that seemed to focus on pop-culture or other non-political issues were also excluded. Further, while the response rate was nearly 100% from conservative and libertarian bloggers, it was much lower from those who were more liberal. This can probably be explained by my personal relationship with many on the right. If any of you can get responses out of other top bloggers on the Left, I would appreciate your help.

I had hoped, for methodological reasons, to include the same number of Left and Right leaning bloggers. I will continue to update this list as more data becomes available. It should be noted that not all of the Left-leaning bloggers took a clear early stand against the war in Iraq. Further, a few bloggers responded but asked that I keep the information confidential.

The number on the left is the TTLB Ecosystem Traffic Ranking between August 16-17. If there are mistakes in the list they were unintentional so please let me know by dropping me an e-mail.

Top Left Bloggers
(1) Markos Zunigas (Daily Kos)--Yes, US Army
(11) Tony (Crooks and Liars)--no military service
(13) Ana Marie Cox (Wonkette)--no military service
(16) Kevin Drum (Washington Monthly)--no military service
(32) Norm Jenson (One Good Move)--Yes, National Guard
(24) Jerome Armstrong (My DD)--no military service
(39) Taegan Goddard (Political Wire)--no
(46) Tom (Tbogg)--no military service
(43) Amanda Marcotte (Pandagon)--no military service
(55) Adrew The Poorman (The Poorman's Cafe) -- no military service
(73) Steve Soto (The Left Coaster) -- no military service

Top Right Bloggers
(6) Glenn REynolds (Instapundit)--no military service
(7) Charles Johnson (Little Green Footballs)-no military service
(9) Michelle Malkin (Michelle Malkin)--no military service
(14) Tom of Scared Monkeys (Scared Monkeys)--no military service
(14) Red of Scared Monkeys (Scared Monkeys)--no military service
(20) Ed Morrissey (Captain's Quarters)--no military service
(21) Dan Riehl (Riehl World View)--Yes, Air Force
(31) Eugene Volokh (Volokh Conspiracy)--no military service
(36) Kevin Aylward (Wizbang)--no military service
(43) Wretchard (The Belmont Club) - no military service
(47) Roger L. Simon (Roger L. Simon)--no military service
(51) John Hawkins (Right Wing News)--no military service
(57) James Joyner (Outside the Beltway) - Yes, US Army
(58) Kim du Toit (Daily Rant)--Yes, South African Army
(59) Rusty Shackleford (The Jawa Report) -- no military service
(63) Matt at Blackfive (Blackfive) -- Yes, U.S. Army
(69) John Cole (Balloon Juice)--Yes, U.S. Army
(71) Greyhawk (Mudville Gazette) --Yes, still active duty
***Top 100 (Name Withheld)--no military service
***Top 100 (Name Withheld)--no military service
***Top 100 (Name Withheld)--no military service

While the N of the survey is too small to produce a statistically significant regression model, there are a few noteworthy observations from the initial round.

Of the 11 bloggers who responded from the Left, 2 of them--or 18.2%--had been in the military.

If you just look at the top 12 bloggers from the Right, none of them had served in the U.S. military.

However, of the top 21 bloggers who responded from the Right, 6 of them--or 28.6%--had been in the military.

The further down the TTLB Ecosystem rankings you go among bloggers on the Right, the more likely they will have been to have served in the military. The further up the TTLB Ecosystem Traffic Rankings you go among bloggers on the Left, the more likely they will have been to have served in the military.

So, among the top bloggers on both the Left and Right, only a minority have ever served in the military. Are bloggers on the Left draft-dodging haters of the military? There's no evidence to suggest that. Are bloggers on the Right warmongering chickenhawks eager to send others to war but not face that risk themselves? There is certainly no evidence to suggest that either.

Moreover, among top bloggers at least, it would seem that bloggers on the Right have a slight advantage in terms of numbers who have seen active military duty. There is no basis in reality, then, to the widespread accusation that the Right bloggers are members of the 101st Fighting Keyboardists.

I will update this post later as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: John Donovan of the Castle Argghhh posits this interesting hypothesis: I suspect, Rusty, the deeper you go into the smaller blogs, the greater the difference becomes

A number of others suggest doubling or tripling the sampling size for the same reason.

Judging from the response in the comments and my e-mail, my hunch is John is right. This is a testable hypothesis. Any one who would like to help me gather these data please drop me a line.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:50 PM | Comments |

The Most Salient Question About Cindy Sheehan

Reflective Me Asks: Why am I writing another blog post about Cindy Sheehan?

Practical Me Responds: Uhh, good point.

By Demosophist at 05:28 PM | Comments |

Celebrate a Hero

Dan Riehl sent a long this link to me and I think it's worth sharing. It's the story of Marine Captain Brian Chontosh, how he earned the Navy Cross in Iraq, and how the media has ignored his story.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:40 PM | Comments |

Clinton White House Ignored Warning to Tear Down Wall Between Intelligence and Law Enforcement

That the Clinton White House was so obsessed with expanding rules restricting the sharing of intelligence with law enforcement can never be forgiven. The 'wall' was patently stupid when it was first articulated during the Carter Administration and any one who supported the doctrine is an idiot. That a patently absurd doctrine was expanded to make it even harder for law enforcement and intelligence agencies to work together in rules set up by Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick in the mid 1990s is the triumph of the morons educated in law schools over common sense.

NY Post:

PRESIDENT Bill Clinton's team ignored dire warnings that its approach to terrorism was "very dangerous" and could have "deadly results," according to a blistering memo just obtained by The Post.
Then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White wrote the memo as she pleaded in vain with Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick to tear down the wall between intelligence and prosecutors, a wall that went beyond legal requirements.

Looking back after 9/11, the memo makes for eerie reading — because White's team foresaw, years in advance, that the Clinton-era wall would make it tougher to stop mass murder.

"This is not an area where it is safe or prudent to build unnecessary walls or to compartmentalize our knowledge of any possible players, plans or activities," wrote White, herself a Clinton appointee.

"The single biggest mistake we can make in attempting to combat terrorism is to insulate the criminal side of the house from the intelligence side of the house, unless such insulation is absolutely necessary. Excessive conservatism . . . can have deadly results."

She added: "We must face the reality that the way we are proceeding now is inherently and in actuality very dangerous."...

Justice honchos overruled White's plea — even though her team knew better than anyone else in law enforcement what the real risks were. White's team won a host of convictions — including Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, and blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, who plotted to bomb landmarks like the Statue of Liberty....

White wrote the memo after her earlier pleas against the "wall" were rejected. She enlisted the help of her "Bomb II Team" — prosecutors working on terror bombings like the 1993 Twin Towers attack.

They gave six pages of detailed reasons why it was a mistake to create too much of a wall between intelligence and prosecutions. White forwarded that analysis to Gorelick and added her own notes on the Clinton-era decision "to keep prosecutors in the dark about intelligence investigations."

"What troubles me even more than the known problems we have encountered are the undoubtedly countless instances of unshared and unacted-upon information that reside in some file or other or in some head or other or in some unreviewed or not fully understood tape or other," White wrote. "These can be disasters waiting to happen."

It is almost a near certainty that if 'the wall' had not been erected, that theh 9/11 plot would have been unintentionally foiled.

I have asked before who was the idiot who chose to follow the rules and not pass on intelligence about Mohammed Atta to the FBI? An even bigger idiot is the fool defending the very rules which might have prevented 9/11.

I'm not as down on the 9/11 Commission Report as many of my fellow bloggers are. No, I don't think there is a massive cover-up--not to say there isn't a tiny cover up. The real culprits here are the people in the Clinton Administration who both followed the wall doctrine and expanded it. Too often we assume that covering up the crime is worse than the crime itself. That is certainly not the case in this instance.

The 9/11 Report may be flawed and not the entire story, but that pales in comparison with the poor judgement of the Clinton Administration.

UPDATE: Are all lawyers evil or just stupid?

Others: Powerline raises some interesting questions as to the timing of the memo.

Austin Bay is correct in calling for further investigation and correctly identifies the culprit: the lawyers.

Ace has been covering this for awhile.

Betsy Newmark celebrates the demise of the wall doctrine.

Mark in Mexico has a great roundup, as always as does The Anchoress. Stratosphere has the latest Able Danger news here.

Captain Ed asks the right questions and focuses us on the Clinton White House.

T. Longren, Right Wing Nuthouse, Peace Like a River, John Cole, Larry Kudlow, and the rest......

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:07 PM | Comments |

Canadian Hostage Murdured in Iraq

A 32-year-old Iraqi-Canadian citizen, Zaid Meerwali, kidnapped earlier this month and held for ransom has been murdured. MJ Pechar has the story here. Prime Minister Paul Martin has advised that all Canadian citizens should leave Iraq immediately. There is no Canadian embassy in Iraq.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:56 PM | Comments |

Hostage Family on CNN

Carrie and Susan Hallums, the daughter and ex-wife of American hostage Roy Hallums, will be on CNN's Inside Edition today. Susan asks that we please remember Roy Hallums and the other American hostages in Iraq in your prayers.

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

Terror Arrests in California; Imam says, "nice kid"

Three men who attended the same mosque in the L.A. area have been arrested in connection with a terrorist plot to blow up the Israeli consulate and National Guard facilities. Jeff Quinton is covering the story here.

The suspect are Hammad Riaz Samana, 21 from Pakistan; and Levar Haney Washington, 25, and Gregory Vernon Patterson, 21. The latter two had been arrested earlier this month for a string of gas station robberies and, were converts to Islam, and had been found with jihadi material in their home. One of them had served time in Folsom State Prison, and there is a possibility that the plot was hatched by a radical Islamic extremists in the prison known as Jamiyyat Ul Islam Is Saheeh, or The Assembly of Authentic Islam .

The three attended a Jamat-E-Masjidul Islam mosque in Inglewood, a heavily African-American suburb of Los Angeles. The mosque appears to be part of a network of mosques funded by the Saudi Royal family.

It is always interesting to note that every time a Muslim is arrested on terrorism related charges that fellow Muslims first act shocked and then claim a government conspiracy. Stage one complete, prepare for stage two.

KPLC:

LOS ANGELES The president of his mosque says a Pakistani national arrested in a terrorism probe was "a nice kid" and very respectful.

The mosque leader says the arrest of the man (Hammad Riaz Samana) comes as a shock.

Authorities say the suspect, in custody since August second, may be linked to a possible plot to attack the Israeli Consulate, National Guard facilities and synagogues in Los Angeles.

A law enforcement source says his arrest came after investigators found a potential target list at the home of Levar Washington, who's been charged in a series of gas station robberies with another man, Gregory Patterson.

The mosque leader says Washington and Patterson had also attended the mosque but he did not recall all three men associating with one another.

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

Clinton and the Sleeping Giant

Yesterday, we linked a story that Jason from Generation Why had picked up on in which Bill Clinton claimed he was more interested in bin Laden than the Bush Administration and that had he had six more months in office he would have personally taken al Qaeda out, solved the Social Security crisis, read to every single child in America, and unified physics with a new 8th dimensional string theory.

Today, Paul at Wizbang wonders whether the real reason Clinton failed to act against al Qaeda in any significant way was that he was too busy trying to cover up his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Personally, I'm not so convinced by the timing argument presented by Paul. That is to say, the State Department warned Clinton about the al Qaeda threat during the same months that Clinton was busy obstructing justice, but this is not evidence that one effort contradicted the other. Presidents, it should be remembered, are capable of doing more than one thing at a time--even if they aren't the superheroes that Bill Clinton wishes to be remembered as.

In hindsight, Clinton's failure to act against al Qaeda seemed like a cosmic dereliction of duty. Warnings about what al Qaeda might potentially do, though, only seem so important now because we know what al Qaeda eventually did do. As we try to reconstruct history, let us remember that for every warning that turns out to be true, there are dozens of warnings that turn out to be false alarms. Many documents now show that there were warnings that Japan would attack Pearl Harbor. What is often overlooked by those wishing to play the blame game--or worse, the conspiracy game--are the dozens of other reports which claimed the Phillipines would be Japan's likely target. It is only in hindsight that we realize which threat was greater.

So, I don't blame Bill Clinton or George Bush for 9/11 any more than I blame FDR for Pearl Harbor. All of them were forced to make decisions and set priorities without the clear guidance of hindsight.

Who is to blame for 9/11, then? The first answer, of course, is al Qaeda and radical Islam. But the second answer may be more troubling. We are responsible for 9/11, all of us, the American public. Bill Clinton was not the only one asleep at the wheel, unaware of the growing danger of the global violent jihad, we all were. America was a sleeping giant, awakened from the pleasant dreams of the 1990s only when our enemies reminded us that they had been at war with us for a decade by striking our home soil.

While we were busy fretting over how to spend the tax surpluses of the 1990s, or an economy that had 1% more unemployment in the '00s, al Qaeda was busy planning our demise. We were all asleep at the wheel, only to be awakened much too late.

Let us never never be caught sleeping again.

UPDATE: Another Rovian Conspiracy agrees.

UPDATE II: Yes, Clinton is lying about his superhuman abilities every bit as much as the lie that started the rumor about his package size. But just because he serially inflates his central role in history does not make him responsible for 9/11.

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

WTW Stooping below Sheehan’s level.

Howie's nominees this week are… Larry Northern 59 of Waco or should I say wacko Texas. Really what is it about Waco? First Vernon now this guy. And also Cindy herself.

Court papers identified him as Larry Northern, 59, from nearby Waco. He has been charged with a felony criminal mischief count. Damage to the memorial was estimated at more than $1,500. He was released after posting $3,000 bail, according to court records.

Really I disagree with Cindy on almost every level but come on. When I see our flag even a 59 cent wally world flag on the ground. Well you get the idea. If you support Bush maybe you should actually listen to what he says..

I'm referring to any grieving mother or father, no matter what their political views may be. Part of my duty as the President is to meet with those who've lost a loved one. And so, you know, listen, I sympathize with Mrs. Sheehan. She feels strongly about her -- about her position. And I am -- she has every right in the world to say what she believes. This is America. She has a right to her position. And I've thought long and hard about her position. I've heard her position from others, which is, get out of Iraq now. And it would be -- it would be a mistake for the security of this country and the ability to lay the foundations for peace in the long-run, if we were to do so.

Well put Mr. Bush.

Cindy you have to ask yourself this. Is it really worth it? I know you are grieving but you are also being used. Your husband has filed for divorce. Is that what your son would have wanted? How lucky that you and the old high school sweet heart were married and had a fine son and a long life together. How valuable, I’m not sure you know how lucky you have been.

Hat tip: You'll all have to guess

Here are your bloggers

By Howie at 11:53 AM | Comments |

At Odds

Yesterday, I stumbled across the blog Obsidian Wings. They claim to be a "balanced" forum with three conservatives, two liberals and one fence-sitter writing for them. However, from my observations, either the liberals are doing 99% of the writing or the conservatives aren't terribly conservative. I haven't read far enough through their archives yet to find out which. However, one of their authors (hilzoy) is most definately far left. He seems to enjoy the favorite lefist passtime of blaming Bush for everything. In this post, he rails against the Bush energy policy as not doing anything right. Most of his wrath seems to be directed at changing CAFE regulations.

I'll be the first one to admit that I don't know much about CAFE, but I think this post and its subsequent comments point out two immediate and consistant leftie positions. First, if something seems to be going wrong, the government must regulate it. Secondly, the way to regulate it is to tax it. Of course as a matter of principle, I'd prefer to see the government stay out of the whole thing. If Detroit wants to make cars that get 3 MPG and people want to buy and drive them, why shouldn't they be allowed to? If they want to spend $50 per fillup because they've got a 35 gallon tank, who are you to say that they can't? The people who want to buy the hybrids are buying them.

But even putting away the esthetic argument of government intervention, I simply don't think that their idea of more tax on bigger cars is going to work. As I pointed out to them, my job requires me to drive a van. I deliver computers and there's no way that I could do that in a hybrid. The same goes for a plumber who has to carry around his parts, or an electrician, or the many types of service industries that depend on making deliveries to their customers. And that's not to even mention the trucking industry. How long would it take to tax them completly out of business? Or to make their tax burden so heavy that it breaks everyone else's back in increased cost for goods? I did propose this question to them, but so far the only answer is "we'll just have to change our whole transportation infrastructure." Somehow, I don't think that's going to be the answer. So, I propose a question to all the lefties. Can you seriously look at the economy and the nation as it stands and think that taxing the hell out of the transportation industry will do anything but drive us to ruin?

By at 07:01 AM | Comments |

Pakistani Family Honor

(Lahore, Pakistan) The son of Muhammad and Nazo Afzal, Asif, saw his sister, Sumera, in an intimate circumstance with cousin Zeeshan and became enraged. Asif suspected for a while that his sister was having an affair with cousin Zeeshan and, seeing them together, he decided to do something about it. Asif grabbed a gun and shot Sumera in the head.

Sumera was rushed to the hospital, but couldn't be saved. Nazo and Zeeshan went to the police to register a case against Asif. It's not clear whether anything will happen to Asif for the murder. I haven't heard of many perpetrators of honor killings being punished in Pakistan.

Nevertheless, it appears that it's more honorable to have a murderer in the family than an lovemaker.

By at 05:19 AM | Comments |

Survey: Studmuffins Are Hairy, Chunky, and Poor

According to a Playgirl magazine survey of 2,000 readers and reported in the NY Daily News, women are unimpressed with "waxed chests and rock-hard abs" and much prefer scruffy, chubby men who are "rough around the edges."

"This survey shows that the guy who's most attractive to our readers is not your average Hollywood hunk," said Playgirl editrix Jill Sieracki. "It's the average Joe who came up on top. Women are practical about their choices, and they're smart."
And metrosexuals are definitely out. Women don't want a man who one ups them on manicures, hair styles, or body lotions.

As a consequence of the survey results, Playgirl is now looking for that newly-defined studmuffin, presumably for a feature photo spread. So, guys, put down the beer and send in your best beefcake snapshot to models@playgirlmag.com.

Companion post at rough around the edges studmuffin Interested-Participant.

By at 05:09 AM | Comments |

Never go camping with a man who drinks whiskey sours

Good advice from I forget exactly who. Friends, at my college we were serious about our drinking; even if we didn't drink to get drunk, we knew there were rules about what to drink and when and why. If your woman done left you, I once advised a roommate, you needed to sit in a dark room with some Patsy Cline CD's and a bottle of Jack Daniels, and the glass was optional. If you were at a party where champagne was being served, you could have a glass for the toast, but come on, more than one glass of that and we're going to start insulting your manhood. If you drink whiskey worth drinking, drink it straight; if it's not worth drinking, add ice.

And there are some drinks that just aren't manly drinks, as the title of this post suggests. No mimosas, no cosmopolitans, damn sure no appletinis. But there are some neutral territories, some open questions, and in the interest of educating My Pet Jawa's younger readers who may be embarking on collegiate adventures of their own, we might need to lay down the rules about drinking.

Gentle readers, what are the rules? Please discuss in the comments.

To start, I'll add in the extended entry a list of libations of which both men and women may partake without shame, though the behavior they induce may be shameful, as well as some that are gender-appropriate:

Ambidextrous (many of these are also drinks it's okay to order before cocktail hour):

Gin and Tonic
Vodka Gimlet
Bloody Mary
Mojito
Red Wine
Beer (duh)
Martini
Rum and coke, I guess
Frozen Margaritas, at a Mexican restaurant. Though the manlier choice is definitely the rocks margarita.
Manhattan--though this one is pushing it for men.

For the ladies; guys, you risk strident mockery here:
Pink Lady
Sidecar
Most liqueurs
Whiskey sour
Scotch and soda (I'm not sure why, but I don't make the rules)
Mimosa
white wine (though I do this anyway. I'm happily married and willing to fight.)
champagne (exception noted above)
White port

Manly drinks--girls, you'll get a reputation if you order these too often, and the boys will all try to out-drink you which could turn ugly:

Bourbon
Scotch
Irish
Rye
Tequila
Cognac--notice you must be either an Ivy League scion, or a moderately succesful pimp, to pull this off.
Sazerac--very nice New Orleans specialty
Port--again, depends on context. If you're hanging out after dinner at an eating club in Princeton, go for it. But do NOT order Port at Billy Bob's in Fort Worth. If you do, I cannot be held responsible for the damages.

These I don't know where to place: Long Island Iced Tea, Hurricane.


And as always, the proper number of drinks to have in an evening is one less than that last one you had. Oh, you're gonna feel that one in the morning. Drink a big glass of water and take two aspirins before you turn in.

(PS I'll be off the blog for a week or so; but Rusty's around and plenty of other guest bloggers so y'all won't even miss me.--See Dub)

By See-Dubya at 01:43 AM | Comments |

August 16, 2005

You want to know why?

Iraq The Model tells you why.

By at 08:49 PM | Comments |

Tales Of Interest

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Sorry for no blogging today. Here are some good links to follow sent to me by varioius self-promoters, blog pimps, and link whores.

Lodi terror suspect with ties to al Qaeda being deported. Unfortunately he's being deported to Pakistan. While we need one less radical imam, I'm not sure Pakistan needs one more.

Kurdish uprising against Syria. Go Kurds.

Jeff Goldstein is just a better blogger than me. Seriously. Just read this and especially this and you'll see what I mean.

Hirsi Ali, a hero to us all. (Thanks Ron)

Images from Japanese propaganda from WWII made to demoralize U.S. troops. NY Times editors reveal where they learned the craft.......

Washington Post drops sponsorship of 9/11 memorial walk for fear of the event being too political.


Q&A about new Marine Corps Special Ops Force. Kewl. (Thanks Carolyn)

The 9/11 Commission, Part 2 - Electric Boogaloo. In the future all sequels will be subtitled either Electric Bugaloo or Hunting Season, this time it's personal.

Keys to a liberal victory unveiled. Heh.

Camp Sheehan, sooooo boring.

Cindy Sheehan finally wins an award she's worthy of.

Cindy Sheehan divorce? Yup.

Carnival of Liberty VII is up.

Is the Executive Director of the ACLU the most dangerous liberal in America? I doubt it, but check it out anyway.

Bill Clinton: superhero with amazing superpowers!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:19 PM | Comments |

Remember When Hollywood Wanted America to Win Its Wars? (Updated with link to video)

A friend of mine who works at a prestigious film school recently sent me a WWII cartoon produced by Warner Bros. and starring the voice of Mel Blanc. It reminded me that there was a time when Hollwyood put winning a war at the forefront of its agenda. There was a time when people like Michael Moore would not only have been booed off the Oscar stage and blacklisted--rigthfully so--but they would have also found themselves in a federal prison for incitement to treason.

Today Hollywood is either patently against our troops winning, full of moral equvication between our cause and the cause of our Islamofascist enemies, or full of bad news and defeatist messages.

The name of the film my friend sent to me is Rumors and stars the WWII anti-hero Snafu. The film may be downloaded by right-clicking this link and choosing 'save as' option, thanks to Drew at Conservative Friends. A brief synopsis of the film along with some screenshots and lessons that the Hollywood elite might learn from their glory days are posted below. I have the film in quicktime format, thanks to Bill Dauterieve, if any one would be willing to burn the bandwidth and has the server space (it's not large).

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The film opens with Snafu and another soldier having a quality on-the-toilet discussion of the weather. A casual mention that it was 'good bombing weather' gets Snafu's wheels turning. Snafu embeleshes the comment and quickly a rumor begins about an enemy bombing campaign. A casual remark has become a demoralizing rumor. Loose lips sinks ships is generally thought of as a warning to keep information such as troop and supply movements a secret, but there is another message hear: idle talk may demoralize troops and lead to defeatism.

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The rumor, which is mostly hot air is spread. With each new telling of the rumor it becomes worse and worse. Each new telling of it makes each new soldier that much more afraid of impending defeat. And like the films of Michael Moore and the rhetoric of Cindy Sheehan, most of the defeatist information is spin and hot air.

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The defeatist stories continue and are depicted as bologne flying all over the place. An apt metaphor for the time and for the al Jazeeras and Michael Moores of today's world.

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The rumor returns to Snafu in the form of a bologne sancwich, the soldier that began the rumormongering, striking fear into him and the rest of his base. Snafu runs and hides but the defeatist rumors continue and grow. Does the liberal media establishment actually believe the bologne that passes for unbiased war coverage? Yes, it does. It is cosmically ironic that the same institutions that decide to portray all of America's military efforts in the most pessimistic light are also the same institutions that believe the very biased messages which they helped create.

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By now the rumors become something that today's MSM, fueled by the defeatism of the Left, would clearly recognize. The rumors now say that military machinery is insufficient to the job of winning. Does this remind you of MSM accounts of armour for our vehicles?

Our shells are all duds. Wait until you see their new secret weapon. You're doomed.

The defeatist rumors now claim our allies are abandoning us. We cannot possibly win this war alone.

The Russians have surrendered. The British are quitting. The Chinese gave up.

And in the end, what seemed like just a little white lie comes to this final defeatist message:

It's all over. We lost the war.

Snafu has become so terrified that he is driven to the point of being unable to fight and is put in a straight-jacket and a padded cell. Of course, once an army believes that it cannot win a war it has already lost. It is the same reason why our enemies continue to fight us in Iraq: fueled by the propaganda of the Left and their allies in the Arab media, they actually believe they can win.

In order to stop the spread of defeatist rumors the entire base is put under quarantine. Defeatism, like a viral infection or the plague, must be isolated and wiped out.

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The final shot of the film reminds us that a good soldier sees, hears and knows nothing. He does not participate in spreading rumors that could lead to defeatism. Defeatism is the first step towards actual defeat.

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Hollywood could learn a lot from Snafu. The role of the media is to bolster support for winning the war, not undermining it. Spreading defeatist messages does the job of the enemy for them. One phrase used to describe some one who unintentionally helps the cause of the enemy is useful idiot. But there is also another word used to describe those helping the enemy--for even the noblest reasons: traitor.

It should be recalled by students of history that the vast majority of traitors had a noble reason for betraying their fellow-countrymen. The common thread among them was that they believed they knew better than elected policy makers what was good for their country. Giving nuclear secrets to the Soviets, for instance, was for the nation's good because it would prevent the use of those weapons in the future. Traitors, in an act of dellusional self-rationalization, almost always believe that their betrayal was actually an act of patriotism.

Hollywood has betrayed the American people and U.S. soldiers actively engaged in a war-zone by spreading messages of doom, failure, and defeat. So positive of their own moral superiority, they rationalize the way in which they actively undermine our military efforts by claiming their defeatist propaganda is actually a form of patriotism. There was a time when the American media cared if we won our wars. Unfortunately, that time is long past.

Patriotic Hollywood, Rest In Peace.

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

Where's Rusty?

Working. I blame the man. And by the man I mean the state legislature which requires us to return to the University 1.5 weeks before the students for faculty development. Lawd knows I hate stupid politicians........

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

Isn't that convenient?

According to CNN, residents around Bush's ranch are becoming fed up with the protesters, saying that they are blocking roadways and becoming a hazard. They have become so fed up, in fact, that 60 of them have signed a petition and turned it in to their county commission hoping to curb the number of protesters at the ranch.

Of course any attempt at controlling these nuisances has been met with cries of "what about my civil rights?" It would be nice if they would think of the civil rights of all the neighbors that they are trampling on. But as one protester told the county commission, "I would encourage the commission to weigh heavily the First Amendment rights that we have, because that's really the fundamental thing: free speech, the ability to protest, legitimate dissent in a democracy." Translated into human-speak, that means "we don't give a damn about anyone but ourselves. As long as we're getting all the attention we want, we're not going to move."

And the city council's response?

The commission will publicize the petition and advertise a public hearing, to be held in about four weeks. Then, county commissioners will vote on the ordinance.

Oddly enough, That is right after Bush plans on leaving the ranch and Sheehen has said that she will leave when Bush does.

By at 02:30 PM | Comments |

"Ventriloquizing the Dead"

James Joyner points to a critical article about the Sheehan phenomenon by Christopher Hitchens. In the article he coins an astonishingly powerful concept describing what Sheehan and others on the Left (and some on the Right) are attempting to do: "ventrilquizing the dead." I slightly disagree with The Hitch's point that Cindy has no more moral authority than anyone else, however. I don't think it outrageous to claim that Cindy Sheehan does have some moral authority that I, for instance, lack. But it seems to me that if there's such a thing as "moral standing" to comment on a war, it resides a great deal more with those who are actually serving, and especially those soldiers who have also lost friends and comrades in the fight. And it does make sense that those who pay the costs have greater moral authority that those of us who are shielded from sacrifice (by an administration that for some inexplicable reason refuses to ask very much of its citizenry). Let's be realistic.

But Cindy's moral authority hardly cancels that of everyone else, especially those with similar or greater authority, who disagree with her. Nor does it constitute "expertise," as many on the Left insist. Her expertise is singularly, even spectacularly, unimpressive. In that sense The Hitch has vastly greater authority than Cindy. And someone like Michael Yon has both moral and expert authority, as well as that special form of "expert" authority that comes directly from being on the scene: experiencial. Neither of which means that you can't disagree, but you do have a steeper hill to climb, let's face it.

Finally, there is a sense in which we probably should eschew the opinions of mothers, especially those who would almost certainly feel compelled to prevent their children from maturing into adulthood if they could manage to arrest their development. Ancient societies recognized, in ritual and institution, this wise limitation on motherhood when they separated boys from mothers as they entered puberty, and compelled them to undergo an intense initiation into manhood. Young men who failed to make this transition were simply not trusted around children.

It is extremely misguided, especially for a society at war, to institutionalize the extension of childhood beyond puberty, and even to seek to instill childish sentiments in its responsible and authoritative adults. This is the primary problem I have with Cindy Sheehan, and those who exploit her.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 01:27 PM | Comments |

Conservative Thinking Intercepts Memo

Chad Evans and I have intercepted a DNC memo.

The memo is titled Democracy at Risk: Strategy for 2006 and 2008, Letter of Direction by DNC Chairman Howard Dean.

[...]

To keep our sources safe I shredded the originals after making electronic copies. I also attempted to flushing the shredded memo down the toilet but quickly realized that there was no evidence of my flushing the shredded memo so obviously I didn't flush the memo even though I might have.

It's quite interesting and a must read. Head on over to Conservative Thinking and see for yourself.

By at 11:06 AM | Comments |

Israeli Security Forces Storm Gaza

Nothing about this story is pleasant. Israeli security forces entered the main settlement of Neve Dekalim, using a bulldozer and bolt cutters to break down the gates.

From The Courier-Mail:

Around 1000 police and soldiers stormed into the settlement as hundreds of orange-clad protestors tried to block the path of several removal lorries.

Many protestors were thrown to the floor in the violent pushing and shoving as settlers, most of them youngsters, threw themselves at the wall of police barring their way.

At least a dozen youngsters were arrested, most of them dragged off screaming and kicking as the crowd howled in rage: "Jews don't evict Jews," the settlers shouted.

One religious man spat at the soldiers, "Nazis! Shame on you."

From ABC News Online:

The clash between the police and up to 1,000 pro-settlement protesters took place near the Kissufm entry point between Israel and Gush Katif.

Police say an Israeli army officer was injured in violent clashes which resulted in more than 500 arrests.

Local Israeli police chief Yuri Bar-Lev said another 250 protesters were forced back by his officers.

He described their behaviour as irresponsible and said it could lead to a catastrophe.

I hope I'm wrong but, in my opinion, the escalation in violence will probably lead to severe injury or death before the 48-hour operation is over. The youngsters, particularly, are at risk.

By at 05:53 AM | Comments |

The State of Rhetoric on the Left

"In their secret hiding places, while celebrating newly won fortunes with their fellow brass, these men must surely congratulate themselves with orgies of carnal pleasure as they mock the multitudes who are yet so blind as to mistake them for God's devoted servants." (Mother Sheehan)

W: Good job there, Rummy. Really pulled the wool over their eyes.
Rummy: Thanks, Boss. The fools, they think we're from Jesus.
W: Ha! You too, Cheney. Nice work.
Cheney: Gee, thanks! Can we have sex now?
Condi: Yay!

That's just pathetically weird all around. And the wording is such that it was obviously written in advance--it wasn't just a little grief-bubble slipping through. "And I am sure the President and his cabinet have orgies, too! I just know it, for lo, I am grieving, and using polysyllabic words."

Can you guys imagine the derision that would follow if some righty-type person denounced the left, and as a crowning rhetorical flourish added "and...and...I'll bet they probably have sex, too." I could at least see some sense in that, as lame as it would be, since you would then be attacking the libertine left instead of preaching to them.

The funny thing is that I found this at World Magazine's (an evangelical Christian magazine) blog, where even they are astonished by it.

By See-Dubya at 02:57 AM | Comments |

Excellent oil-for food salvo

It's usually redundant for me to link and comment on a Mark Steyn piece; as if people out there are saying "Oh, really? You think I should read this? Mark who? Is it good or something?" Most of you probably know already that if it says Mark Steyn at the top, it's worth reading, and have probably read it already.

Well, don't miss this one on Oil-for-Food. If you're like me there's often a temptation to see a piece about OFF and think, yeah, this UN guy was this other dude's accountant's pool boy who was partners in a shell company with that guy who was supposed to inspect Qusay's pipeline...zzz...um, KOFI LIED IRAQIS DIED, right? Okay, moving on...

Don't do that this time. Steyn wraps it up nicely and here 's some of the good part all in one paragraph:

By happy coincidence, Under-Secretary-General Strong and Kojo Annan were both appointed, on the same day, to the board of a company called Air Harbour Technologies, a business registered in the Isle of Man and whose directors also included Michael Wilson, the guy under investigation for the UN office renovation contract in Geneva. It's a small world, at least at the UN. AHT was wholly owned by the son of Sheikh Yamani, the former Saudi oil minister. Yamani Jnr was putting together a $60 million oil deal with Saddam, and seemed to think the presence of UN officials and offspring on his board might help him.

Oh, and that one guy (benon Sevan) who claimed he got all that money as a gift from his elderly aunt? I didn't realize this, but his aunt isn't around to contradict him because she fell down an elevator shaft and died.

Who goes out like that? I've never actually heard of that happening, outside of Raymond Chandler nvels and as a throwaway line in The Usual Suspects. What, would it have been too subtle to have her shoot herself in the head six times with a double-barrelled shotgun?

By See-Dubya at 02:00 AM | Comments |

August 15, 2005

Al Qaeda Claims Downing of Apache Helicopter (Images/Video)

Al Qaeda has claimed to have downed an Apache helicopter in Iraq and has posted a video online to bolster that claim. The video can be found here (see August 15th). Images from the video posted below.

SITE:

Today, August 13, 2005, al-Qaeda in Iraq released two claims of responsibility to a jihadist message board. In the first statement, the group announces an attack which “disabled” an Apache helicopter “in the area of al-Radwaneya in West Baghdad,” where the mujahideen claimed to have set up “an ambush.”
The video, however, does not support the al Qaeda claim.

The video begins with the terrorists following what seems to be a fully functioning Apache helicopter in their car.

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The scene then cuts to the downed helicopter. However, there is no evedence of how the helicopter was downed. Further, for some reason, the terrorists are filming from far away and seem to be hiding.

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It soon becomes apparent why they are hiding. Another Apache helicopter lands, followed by an armoured vehicle and troops.

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Run and hide glorious mujahidin. Run and hide.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:31 PM | Comments |

Al Qaeda Anti-Constitution Propaganda Posters

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Counterterrorism Blog contributor Evan Kohlmann has a collection of new al Qaeda posters aimed at undermining the new Iraqi constitution. Al Qaeda reminds Iraqis that they believe election centers are legitimate targets and any one voting in the constitutional referendum is abetting the apostate government. Al Qaeda also reminds people that it believes democracy is against the will of Allah. Expect an upsurge of violence targetting any one associated with the Iraqi government.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:45 PM | Comments |

Iraqi leaders sign constitution (sort of)

CNN is reporting that the Iraqi constituiton has been accepted leaving two issues to be resolved by parliament. Those issues as of this AM were to what extent various regions would have local power in a federalist system. The other was to what extent Islam would be part of the new government.

Updated : CNN has full story now.

Nasar al-Rubaie, a member of the committee drafting the document, said the document would be handed over to the 275-member National Assembly late Monday for a decision on the two unresolved issues -- women's rights and self-determination. Jalaldin al-Saghir, a Shiite member of parliament, said the same thing but refused to identify the two remaining issues.

Updated again: It seems the national assembly has asked for 7 to 10 days to review this draft. If the issues are not worked out the assembly will dissolve itself and the whole thing starts all over.

The committee drafting the document had asked for an extension after it failed to reach a compromise by Monday's deadline after months of talks. The new deadline is August 22. Without the extension, the government would have dissolved, requiring new elections in December and starting the process again. Two Shiite officials told The Associated Press earlier Monday that Iraqi politicians had agreed on a draft constitution but delayed a decision on two key issues. The president's office told CNN no such deal had been reached.

Also here on ABCNEWS.

Yep fast is not always good. So now we get seven to ten more days. I've noted that in this part of the world no one agree's until the last minute. Well they've found some more minutes. I expect this will go on right up until the 22nd possibly until the early hours of the 23rd.

By Howie at 12:43 PM | Comments |

Violence Is Relative

Donald Sensing, on Winds of Change points to the implications of some counterintuitive (for idiotarians at least) statistics documented by Strategy Page. Turns out the annual death rate in Iraq, so far in 2005, is less than half what it was under Saddam Hussein. It has dropped from over 100 deaths per 100K (not counting those who died in the Iran/Iraq war) to about 45. This is also lower than the death rate in South Africa, the only African country that keeps good statistics on the figure, and probably far less than some place like Darfur, which doesn't even figure on the idiotarian radar.

So next time someone brings up "the terrible cost of the war for Iraqis" you can say that the coalition not only brought democracy to the country, but cut the death rate in half!

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 11:43 AM | Comments |

Terrorists Rescue Hostages from Other Terrorists

Terrorists from the Mahdi Army loyal to radical Shia leader Moqtada al-Sadr have freed four hostages in Iraq from Sunni terrorists loyal to al Qaeda. One of the freed hostages was an AP photographer. BBC:

Followers of radical Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr say they have rescued four hostages from their kidnappers hours before they were to be killed.

Members of Mr Sadr's Mehdi Army freed the four Arab hostages from "terrorist groups" holding them in Baghdad, an aide to the cleric said....

"Members of the Mehdi Army have freed some Arab and Iraqi hostages, kidnapped by terrorist groups who were planning to kill them in the coming hours," he was quoted as saying.

The freed men identified themselves to an Associated Press photographer as Syrian Hisham Salem, Lebanese Mustafa Abdul-Rassoul Hussein, dual Syrian-Lebanese citizen Atta Ibrahim and Iraqi Kurd Haji Alawi.

A spokesman for Mr Sadr, Amer Husseini, was quoted by AP as saying the men were freed on Thursday night during a raid on an apartment in the northern district of Shaab.

He did not say what happened to the kidnappers or why the men had been seized in the first place.

While I hope for the best in Iraq, I fear for the worst.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:38 AM | Comments |

Religion of Peace Roundup: Puppy Blended Protein Shakes edition

Cox and Forkum on Sheehan's antisemetic moonbattery.

Glenn is back which means no more Instapundit linkage for the Jawa. Well, it was fun while it lasted. While enjoying your Puppy Blended Protien Smoothie, why not enjoy the Religion of Peace Roundup?

News of the ROP, Tatooine, The Rebel Alliance, and Tusken Raiders:

Potential terror arrest at Canadian border. Two Muslims arrested trying with guns and ammo.

Iraq Constitution deadline approaching. Pray.

Zarqawi aide killed in Mosul, head still remains attached to body.

MILF plot against US and British interests. I said MILF.

Want to read the good news from Iraq? Then do not read this. Nothing to see here folks, move along. (via Glenn)

Terror website posts map of D.C. metro, advocates using chemical weapons there. I will be in D.C. in a couple of weeks. Scary.

Spanish authorities overlooked terror tips and intelligence that could have prevented Madrid train bombing.

Large chemical facility probably used by insurgents to make bombs.

Yes, we won the Vietnam War before lost it. Kissinger and how the Democrats snatched defeat from the mouth of victory in Vietnam. Learn this lesson well oh ye who call for immediate withdrawal. (via Steve Green).

Pakistan gives author life sentence for blasphemy.

Inspiring poetry.

How the the American Bar Association screwed up the war on terror.

Vigilantes. The good kind. Sunnis kick al Qaeda out of Ramadi.

Iran supporting new terror groups in Iraq. Not surprising.

2/3 of countries with extreme gender imbalances belong to the ROP.

Another progressive leaves the ranks of his fellow-travellers over the Left's truce with al Qaeda.

Dommestic Dhimmis
Howard Dean: Poster child of dommestic dhimmis.

David Duke endorses Cindy Sheehan.

An ode to Cindy Sheehan.

Billy Carter. Roger Clinton. Neal Bush. Cindy Sheehan. Howard Dean.

Crawford protest comics. Because INDcent Bill stopped doing it........shhhhh, we're hunting moonbats.

Cindy Sheehan. Cindy Sheehan. Cindy Sheehan!

My favorite Bill Clinton songs all on one CD? Yes!

Cindy Sheehan is Christopher Walken. That would explain why you never see both of them at the same protest.

Cindy Sheehan video. Scary.

Blog Propaganda
John Cole has this week's RINO sightings.

The Jawa Report is a Mortal Human! Jawa Report uber alles!!

Danny Carleton (aka, Jack Lewis) writes a script for the cheapest blog ad deals. The vacationing Commissar--and adopted blogfather of the Jawa-- of The Politburo Diktat takes near top honors in best deal for month to month advertising rates. Be very careful about traffic flow statistics, though. One way to fool people about traffic is to close public viewing of sitemeter statistics shortly after a spike in traffic. This fools the ecosystem into freezing site stats at an artificially high number.

Paul is boycotting Drudge until pop-up ads are removed. Heh.

Secure Liberty is one year old. Congrats.

Decision '08 has new digs. Kewl.

Basil is no nerd, but he is a geek. Star Trek convention? Dude.....

Help me Allah-ben-Kenobe...come.. back......please......

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

Dumb Quote of the Day - Washington Post Edition

Don't the American people understand the danger of letting the Supreme Court become, in essence, a partisan of one side in a closely divided nation?

William Raspberry in today's Washington Post arguing the dangers of allowing Roberts to be nominated to the Supreme Court. I think what he meant to say was:

Don't the American people understand the danger of letting the Supreme Court become, in essence, a partisan of the right?

By at 08:17 AM | Comments |

Fetal Stem Cells - The New McCarthyism?

I've decided to not only touch the third rail, but to just take a stroll down it for a while. I'm sure my evolutionary detractors will be back to call me an idiot and continue to offer no proof of their lofty ideas. All I can say to them is "have at it."

Fetal Stem Cells - The New McCarthyism?

That may sound like an extraordinarily odd comparison until you stop and think about it a bit. Just as McCarthyism, fetal stem cell research started with a laudable goal. These fetal stem cells, being as-yet unformed, should be able to be coerced into any tissue in the human body. After all, that’s exactly what they do when the fetus develops. And if this is true, then we should be able to create cures for nearly anything from them.

Unfortunately, that is where the good comparisons end. As McCarthyism became a cause celebré, so has fetal stem cell research. People have jumped on the fetal stem cell research bandwagon without a hint of what’s going on behind the scenes. They’ve been told that the fetal stem cell research will be a cure-all, and they refuse to believe anything else. And again, just like with McCarthyism, detractors of this research are being labeled as fools and heretics and ostracized. If you attempt to tell the truth about this research, then you are made out as an uncaring ogre who wants to see people continue to suffer with paralysis and Parkinson’s and all manner of other ailments.

But the truth of the matter is quite simple. To date, scientists have not come up with one single cure for anything from fetal stem cells. What’s more, some of their attempts have had disastrous results. The list of solutions created by adult stem cells continues to grow, from healing damage caused by heart disease to treating cancer victims, people who are paralyzed, arthritis sufferers and many others. And yet, the research is treated as second place by fetal stem cell proponents who insist that only by harvesting fetal stem cells can we cure anything.

The final comparison between fetal stem cell proponents and McCarthyists lies in the conclusion to the battle. During his infamous career, Joe McCarthy was not afraid to lie, slander and simply make up rumors about his opponents and detractors. There is no telling how many lives and careers he ruined by these actions. What’s more, there’s no telling what sort of possibly permanent damage he could have done to our great nation had he been allowed to continue. Fetal stem cell proponents face the same choices today. If they continue on the same course they have, throwing money away on useless research and dismissing working solutions, they stand to bring problems every bit as bad as McCarthy to this nation and the world. It’s time that these stem cell researchers got serious about adult stem cell research so that we can really begin to cure some diseases.

By at 07:57 AM | Comments |

See, there's your problem.

In the Clinton days, the CIA was tasked to get Bin Laden, but they always had to plan to capture him alive. As a result of lawyerly meddling, little was done:

Between 1998 and 2000, the CIA and President Bill Clinton's national security team were caught up in paralyzing policy disputes as they secretly debated the legal permissions for covert operations against Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.

And in the first few days of the War in Afghanistan, Tommy Franks had Mullah Omar in his crosshairs, but then consulted his lawyer.

"My JAG"—Judge Advocate General, a legal officer—"doesn't like this, so we're not going to fire."

And now, according to the hot column everyone will be talking about in the North Bergen (NJ) News by Mike Kelly (who talked with part of the Able Danger team), lawyers stepped in once again:

Another target are Pentagon lawyers. The sleuth says he and other Able Danger team members became so concerned during the summer of 2000 that they asked their superiors in the Pentagon's special operations command for permission to approach the FBI. Their superiors approached Pentagon legal experts. Those experts turned down the request.

...

Perhaps just as alarming, even the Able Danger team understood its limits. When lawyers blocked Able Danger's request to approach the FBI, the team simply went back to its work and kept quiet - even after the 9/11 attacks occurred.

I'm beginning to see a pattern here.

By See-Dubya at 02:33 AM | Comments |

August 14, 2005

Biting the hand that fed you

Armstrong Williams got in a spot of trouble a while back for taking money from the Education Department. He was rightly raked over the coals for his conflict of interest but has managed to hang on to his syndicated column.

His latest is an about-face on the Iraq question. He thinks we should leave now, because there are suicide bombers there and our mission plan in 2003 was flawed. The evidence of WMD's was not strong enough. Oh, and it will strain our relationship with our allies. Yeah, woohoo, breaking news, must credit Armstrong Williams.

The column would be unremarkable were it written by a sophomore IR major for a college daily. But Williams is a conservative insider, a professional pundit, and a past supporter of the war. This could have been a devastating column. He ought to be familiar with the arguments for the war and be able to refute them convincingly. Instead he merely regurgitates liberal platitudes and fails to throw anything new out there or offer any new insight. Just became aware that there's a problem, eh? This is all it takes? Why did you support the war in the first place? Why change now?

The problem with his past transgression is that it renders his future decisions suspect as well. I wonder whether this is a ploy by Mr. Williams to rehabilitate his reputation and confirm his independence from the Bush Administration. If so, it is an extremely ill-considered gambit. He may get a brief rush of controversy, plus a few speaking engagements from the Angry Left, who'll put him on a rostrum between Cindy Sheehan and Joe Wilson, but in the long run he will alienate his remaining readers.

Not, mind you, because he dares to criticize the war effort, but rather because of his mercurial and poorly-reasoned switch in such a fundamental belief. You won't regain your conservative readership, Mr. Williams, by suddenly realizing that the Iraq War was wrong because France is mad at us now.

By See-Dubya at 11:59 PM | Comments |

"Over There" Isn't Anywhere

Michael Fumento has been "over there" and in a review of the series in Tech Central Station doesn't think much of Over There. Excerpt:

If "Over There" has a true military advisor, he deserves the firing squad. In the first episode a squad is pinned down while besieging a terrorist-filled mosque. The unit remains for about 36 hours with no air support, because "Air is dedicated to another area." Never mind that air cover from jets or helicopters is always available within minutes. They also request artillery, again to no avail. There's no armor. Until near the end of the siege the only guys with a mortar are the enemy.

In order to include women, two females from a transportation unit just happen to join the siege. In fact, they just happen to tag along for the rest of the series! Reality is sacrificed to the God of Diversity.

Towards the end of the show a troop transport pulls off to the side of the road, an idiot thing to do since that's where improvised explosive devices (IED) are almost always buried. Naturally they roll over a powerful IED, even though the bad guys have conveniently marked it with little white flags! A horribly wounded soldier is then evacuated in a type of chopper not used in Iraq.

Clearly this is a military that can't even tie its bootlaces and in the immortal words of Pogo: We have met the enemy and he is us.

I wondered about the little white flag thing. Damn nice of the insurgents to put a little "Don't tread on this!" sign up for us, but of course our military were just too dumb to read it. Another thing that bugged me (one of many) concerned the lengthy roadblock sequence in the second episode. The insurgents supposedly sent several suicide vehicles and decoys before getting around to smuggling out their high value target, who was apparently the only guy who knew where the Stinger Missiles were hidden. So why didn't the smugglers just go around the checkpoint? It's pretty much rural unfenced desert so why would they be limitted to the road? Granted, you probably have to use roads or tracks to move material, or to get somewhere really fast... but if there's an obvious checkpoint that you are aware of enough to diddle around for hours sending decoys and stuff you presumably aren't pressed for time.

The whole series is like that. It's not so much that it's biased (although it is that, in spades), as that it's not remotely realistic even as a fantasy war. Harry Potter is more authentic.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 10:58 PM | Comments |

Frenchman Kidnapped in Gaza

(Gaza City) A French television sound engineer was kidnapped by three gunmen outside his hotel in Gaza City and bundled into a waiting car just hours before Israel commenced its withdrawal of Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip. The technician works for French 3 Public Television.

In another report, TurkishWeekly.net:

Palestinian security forces have said they are investigating reports that a member of a French television crew was kidnapped by gunmen outside his Gaza City hotel.
At this time, there's not much confirmation of the story. It's understandable in light of the fact that the Israelis are presently shushing settlers out of the Gaza Strip. They have 48 hours to leave or be forced out. Expect trouble.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 10:48 PM | Comments |

Let's Go. (Updated and Bumped)

So I head over to the American Spectator's site, like I do every weeknight, and I see the graphic for this weekend is a shot of the Bush Admin bigwigs at Crawford, which I shall reproduce here before it changes again Sunday night:

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And I'm thinking, what does that photo remind me of? It looks oddly familiar...

Oh, yeah:

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"We're gonna stick together, just like it used to be. When you side with a man, you stay with him. And if you can't do that, you're like some animal, you're finished. "


UPDATE: via Michelle Malkin, I see this wonderful photo over at a blog called Dr. Sanity. Just for a little perspective:

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By See-Dubya at 04:19 PM | Comments |

Zaqueery's men flee from Ramadi In the face of local Sunni opposition.

Oh yeah, it seems more Iraqi’s are getting fed up with the terrorists and their insurgency. When they posted warnings on Mosques that all Shia should leave Ramadi or else be forced out their Sunni neighbors took a stand for them. So while they may not like the US being there they really don’t like Zaqueery and his followers. I like how these brave men who in a group of 4 or five can handle a bound man well enough to saw his head off were forced to run by local militia.

Rising up against insurgent leader Abu Musab Zarqawi, Iraqi Sunni Muslims in Ramadi fought with grenade launchers and automatic weapons Saturday to defend their Shiite neighbors against a bid to drive them from the western city, Sunni leaders and Shiite residents said. The fighting came as the U.S. military announced the deaths of six American soldiers. Dozens of Sunni members of the Dulaimi tribe established cordons around Shiite homes, and Sunni men battled followers of Zarqawi, a Jordanian, for an hour Saturday morning. The clashes killed five of Zarqawi's guerrillas and two tribal fighters, residents and hospital workers said. Zarqawi loyalists pulled out of two contested neighborhoods in pickup trucks stripped of license plates, witnesses said. The leaders of four of Iraq's Sunni tribes had rallied their fighters in response to warnings posted in mosques by followers of Zarqawi. The postings ordered Ramadi's roughly 3,000 Shiites to leave the city of more than 200,000 in the area called the Sunni Triangle. The order to leave within 48 hours came in retaliation for alleged expulsions by Shiite militias of Sunnis living in predominantly Shiite southern Iraq

By Howie at 03:22 PM | Comments |

Should Mr. Fitzgerald be reappointed?

US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s term in office is just about up. He will need to be reappointed by President Bush if he is to continue his work. What does he do? Well let’s see. The CIA leak case, he is after the Chicago city government, he is holding my former governor GEORGE Ryan’s feet to the fire. You bet we should keep him. It’s refreshing to see a man go after both parties and hold them up against the laws they make for everyone else. I mean like they do us. Too often people in power think that the laws are just for you know people like me. Well Patrick Fitzgerald goes after them. America is far better off when politicians know there are people like him who don’t give a rat’s ass about the D or R next to your name. Is he overzealous? Yep, but he is not going after poor little people with no ability to defend themselves he goes after the top. Mr. Bush, give Mr. Fitzgerald to another four year term. I know it’s kind of like letting the fox guard the hen house. But Mr. Bush has iron balls, We’ll see.

DEAN POLALES: I don't think Democratic or Republican Party politics has anything to do with the way he does his job. And I think his track record in Chicago demonstrates that -- when dealing with political corruption cases, he's an equal opportunity prosecutor.

By Howie at 02:37 PM | Comments |

McCain Interview and Bill Kristol goes off on Rumsfeld

I’ve been following John McCain for a bit. Today he was on FNS. Pretty good interview. It might seem if you asked Bill Kristol that the good Senator from Arizona is a better spokesman for the president on Iraq that is old Rumsy.

Or will we? The president seems determined to complete the job. Is his defense secretary? In addition to trying to abandon the term "war on terror," Rumsfeld and some of his subordinates have spent an awful lot of time in recent weeks talking about withdrawing troops from Iraq--and before the job is complete.

That was Kristol.

Now for McCain.

I don't know, because the president, I think, very appropriately made it very clear in the strongest terms that we are there until Iraqis are capable of carrying out their own security responsibilities. He could not have been more forceful or more clear, in my view. And I totally agree with him, and I think his statement was unequivocal. And now you're seeing these statements, both before and after, which are in contradiction to what he had to say.

By Howie at 02:13 PM | Comments |

Terrorist supporters flock to the Jawa to see their brother’s handy work.

It never ceases to amaze me the fun I get to have watching stuff scroll by. Rust’s post from last week on privateers. Well the fact that so many terrorist web sites always have to move around or hide makes it kind of difficult for them to find each other. So when they feel the need to watch ol’ Zaqueery saw some poor bastards head off. They come here. Then they read all the nice little comments everyone leaves and well they just can’t resist now can they. So check out Fridays comments on this thread. They guy is too nasty for me to put up here. Let’s just say he’s all invited us to entertain him sexually. I think we should oblige him don’t’ you. But not quite in the same manner as he suggests. First of all old believer whines about us ruining his and other fine Muslims reputation. Sorry Seray it not us it’s you and the people who Sawed off poor Mr. Berg’s head. I’ve watched a total of 2.000001 of these and I can tell you now that’s freaking evil, the executions, the Beheadings. So if you have a problem with it and you think it’s our fault. You don’t have a leg to stand on bother.

So while we are here It’s worthwhile to note that a big fat security update has been released by Microsoft. It delayed me a bit this AM but let’s all take the time and add it. Mac users have a good time relishing the fact that you don’t need 5 spy tools, two virus scanners and on and on and on. Linux users too.

By Howie at 01:40 PM | Comments |

August 13, 2005

The Troll from Seoul

You folks might be interested to know from whence hails My Pet Jawa's cuddly, loveable troll who calls itself "Downing Street Memo". Well, if you read the title of this post, I gave the game away.

His IP address tracks back to Seoul. Seoul, South Korea, a free and prosperous democracy, thanks to... whom?

He's free to type his anti-American BS rants right now because of a little "police action" in Korea back in the early 50's that killed a hell of a lot of great Americans. The American soldier went halfway around the world and saved his country from Communist tyranny and even now our men are staring down gibbering nutbar Kim Jong Il, held hostage to Kim's vast arsenal of artillery that could reduce Seoul to rubble in a matter of hours.

Freedom and American liberation are good enough for Korea, of course, but not for Iraq. Pull up the ladder, says DSM.

Of course, Seoul is also riddled with North Korean agents. Maybe DSM is one of these, spewing out dear psychopathic leader Kim Jong Il's vile propaganda with all his trademark subtlety and charm? Guess what, Downy, whether you're Kim's spy or just his stooge, we can't tell the difference in your insane blather. It's counterproductive anyway.

If you have any sense of shame you'll just slink away.

--See Dubya

PS Bolton says hi.

By See-Dubya at 04:51 PM | Comments |

Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: Led Zeppelin Edition

Caption this photo. Winners announced Monday with much fanfare and linky love.

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

The REAL Iraq - al Qada link

Did the 9/11 Commission Report leave out mention of Iraqi agents arrested in Germany that could link Mohammed Atta's Hamburg cell of al Qaeda and the Saddam Hussein's regime?

Captain Ed had made this speculation earlier here, not claiming that such a link existed but only that this needs further investigation.

I replied in this earlier post that maybe this should be looked into, but that the speculation that such ties could exist were unwarrented by the facts.

He in turn put up another post on the subject, this time wondering whether or not the evidence for Mohammed Atta meeting with an Iraqi agent in Prague ought to be looked at again.

Captain Ed and I have been going back and forth on this both in the comments section here and through e-mail. The gist of what Ed was saying was that in light of the Able Danger revelations, it is possible that the 9/11 Commission was predisposed to leave out certain bits of evidence that would run contrary to their findings. It is a good observation, one that I would agree with, but on the grounds that that is just par for the course in any type of research that has to sift through tons of data points.

Another valid point he makes is that his earlier post simply calls for an investigation into what the Iraqi agents were doing in Germany--with a bit of speculation thrown in their to boot. Fine by me. The 9/11 Commission Report is a flawed document just like all other government reports. It is not the final word on 9/11 and those that treat it as such fail to grasp the enormity of the task the Commission had under time constraints. I suspect the next twenty years will produce countless dissertations on the subject by Ph.D. candidates, each one contributing a new piece of information to the overall story of the attrocities that took place on that day.

One of the points that I made to Ed in an e-mail was regarding the validity of his source and his interpretation of the story. My objection was simply that an English synopsis of an Arabic newspaper in Germany may not be the most reliable source. Especially when that source claims the CIA was brought to Germany--something that I am sure they could not have known. My experience with Arabic papers is that any person wearing a business suit and working for the U.S. in any peripheral capacity can be accused of being a 'CIA Agent'.

Ed took up the challenge, and lo and behold, one of his army of readers was able to produce a corraborating account. So, according to MSM reports at the time, we have two Iraqi spies caught in Germany. The non-Arabic sources also mention nothing about the CIA or FBI getting involved and also nothing about a plot for Iraq to involve itself with fundamentalist Islamic terror groups to strike at US interests.

Ed is right that it would be nice to know what those Iraqi spies were doing in Germany. I second the motion. I'm not sure that such knowlege would have improved the 9/11 Report in any fundamental way, but it might have.

To imagine, though, that the fact that there were Iraqi agents in Germany somehow may be the missing link connecting Saddam Hussein to 9/11 is grasping at straws, in my opinion. Many of us on the right would like to believe that such a connection existed because we believe that that would somehow bolster support for the war. But the justness or unjustness of the Iraq invasion ultimately does not rest on whether or not the Baathist regime had anything to do with 9/11.

Further, the war we are fighting in Iraq now is a different war than the one we fought to overthrow the Hussein regime. It is not simply another phase of the same conflict, it is a different war. We are fighting different people and we now have different goals. In the invasion of Iraq we had the goal of toppling a hostile government that we had been at war with for a decade. Now, we are fighting Islamist jihadis engaged in a struggle to build a Taliban-like state in the vacuum created by the fall of the Baathists.

The second conflict is directly connected to 9/11. We do not need to look to a German Iraq-al Qaeda connection to see this, we simply need to look at the facts as they exist on the ground right now.

What is the name the jihadis have taken on themselves in Iraq? Al Qaeda. Who have they pledged their allegiance to? Osama bin Laden. The three main insurgent groups in Iraq (al Qaeda, The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah, and The Islamic Army in Iraq) all share the same general political philosophy as the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. All are part of the network of global jihad. They are our enemies and it they who we are fighting in Iraq today.

We are fighting al Qaeda in Iraq, today. Unfortunately, many in the MSM do not understand the nature of the enemy in Iraq. To concede Iraq to these terrorist forces would be to create a nation state parrhia just like Afghanistan. Iraq would become the next place where large-scale jihadi training camps would operate openly.

We do not need to rewrite history to create a link between Iraq and 9/11. But if we wish to prevent another 9/11 attack from happening again, we must begin by making sure Iraq does not fall to the hands of al Qaeda terrorists who would love nothing more than to create another safe haven from which they could operate.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:45 PM | Comments |

When America Gets Nuked, What Will the Extreme Left Say?(Caption Contest Winners Announced)

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CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Bumper Stickerist: Reaping the whirlwind: Women and minorities suffer most during the inevitable aftermath of EuroAmerican patriarchal hegemony.

Cassandra: Why didn't the U.S. military PROTECT US????? [sound of hideous shrieking]

Flea: Militant activists attack occupied Aztlan! Free Aztlan from American imperialism!

More fun stuff below and in comments section.

Is some sort of nuclear attack in the U.S. inevetable? American Digest seems to think so. What will the extreme Left say when San Diego is no more? Flea, as always, has the answer:

- this is come-uppance for Hiroshima and Nagasaki (the name Okinawa will remain unspoken) and the United States military is to blame
- this is about Iraq, no matter what al-Qaeda cites as its purposes, and consequently the United States military is to blame
- this attack could not have been carried out by al-Qaeda, therefore Israel must be to blame
-if al-Qaeda could be proven to have carried out the attack then the accused should be tried as criminals in an "international court of law" because the accused could not be given a fair trial in the United States. anything else will be described as a "war crime" [READ THE REST]
Other excuses the extreme Left will use after the U.S. is nuked?

-We unconditionally condemn this act of terrorism, but the terrorism committed by the U.S. government over the years......
-East Timor! What about East Timor?!?
-CAIR: "All acts of terrorism are bad, but we must distinguish acts of terror from legitimate resistance."

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

Iraqis: Constitution will beat deadline

Uh Oh, another Entrenched Media whining topic down the tubes.

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Most points of disagreement on the country's new constitution have been overcome and will be ready before the deadline, President Jalal Talabani said Saturday.

"The meetings are still going on and we have gone forward," Talabani told reporters. "There is a meeting today and another meeting tomorrow and God willing we will finish the job tomorrow" - one day ahead of the deadline for parliament to approve the charter.

Talabani said the meetings are concentrating on federalism in Shiite areas of central and southern Iraq, as well as the role of Islam in the state.

Appears that someone else isn't happy......Al Qaeda threatens to kill pro-charter Iraq imams: website.

DUBAI - The group of Al Qaeda frontman in Iraq Abu Musab Al Zarqawi has threatened to kill any Muslim imam who speaks out in favour of Iraq’s constitution, according to an Internet statement published on Saturday

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By at 09:38 AM | Comments |

August 12, 2005

Seattle Muslim Threatens Jawa Readers

One of the tiny minority of extremists sends the following message to Jawa readers. Abbas is from Seattle, Washington, and writes [warning: nasty language follows]:

u want america to kill the muslims.
Not really, no. But I can think of a few in which that might not be a bad idea.......
just remeber if that ever does happen it will be the end UUUUUU! AND I SWEAR IT THOU U MAY NOT KNOW IT BECAUSE OF YOUR IGGORANCE BUT !!! U WILL SEE.
That sounds like a threat to me? So far we have a guy who calls himslef 'Abbas' and who doesn't use proper American lingo or proper English grammar. I'm thinking that there is a certain Middle Easterner living in Seattle that the FBI might want to keep an eye on. But, you know, maybe I'm just profiling. That would be wrong.
if u want u really want that to happen go out and do it YOUR TUFF... YOUR STONG.. YOU GOT THE BIG BALLS.. SIKE.SIKE TRUTH BE TOLD YOUR A TOTAL PUSSY LITERTLLY ..
That part about me being a pussy is true, at least.
I DONT KNOW WHETHER U BELIVE IN GOD OR NOT BUT EITHER WAY YOU WILL COME TO KNOW UU.. ONE DAY.. NOT TODAY.. BUT SOME DAY.. U WILL COME TO KNOW OF ALLAH.. .
Oh, don't worry. I know Allah well enough. Short guy, about 5'8"? Lives in Manhattan? Likes porn? Used to have a kick ass blog? Oh, wait. You mean the other Allah. The God that wants his slaves to conquer the world and force people to worship him. The God that wants us to stone to death homosexuals? Sounds like a God I want to worship.
I PRAY TO ALLAH THAT ALL SCUMM.WHITE REDNECK.. PORKEATING.. DISGUSTING ... HORNY ASHOLES .. SUFFER IN THIS WORLD AND IF NOT SURELY U WILL IN THE HERE AFTER
Now you're just showing what a bigot you are. I mean, why shouldn't black porkeating horny assholes not get the same treatment as white porkeating horny assholes?
U MAY LAUGH AND SAY THERE IS NO HEREAFTER DAMIT THERE IS NO GOD AND THE ONLY THING THAT CAN ME DESTROY ME IS DEATH!!!!
Not really. But I do laugh at YOUR God. Or, at least, I would laugh at your God.
NAY U ARE SO WRONG BUT I DONT WORRY BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT LIES NEXT AFTER YOUR DEATH!! IM HAPPY AND I LAUGH ..FOR YOUR DESTINY IS HELL AND THERE YOU WILL ABDIDE IN FOREVVR!!
I hear Gandhi is there. Might be a nice time.
BUT NOOOOOO!!!! DONT LISTEN TO ME BY ALL MEANS CONTINUE TO DO WHAT YOUVE ALWAYS DONE. PARTY... DRINK AND GET DRUNK... FUCK LIKE ANIMALS... AND KEEP FUCKINGG TILL YOUR DOOM!! BUT DO NOT SAY I TOLD YOU !! INSHALLAH YOU WILL ALL GO TO HELL
Maybe. See you there Abbas.
By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:09 PM | Comments |

No, Iraq Had Nothing to do with 9/11 (Updated)

Scroll to end of post for update.

Is the 9/11 Report flawed? Yes. But that does not mean there was a conspiracy to keep information out of the report. It is the inherent nature of government reports, all government reports, to be flawed. If you don't want a flawed government report then you should not ask the government to report on anything.

Do the Able Danger revelations impeach the entire 9/11 Report so that nothing in the report should be believed? No. Of course not. It would be silly to have ever imagined that the report represented reality unbiased and unfiltered.

The 9/11 Report represents a consensus view on intelligence failures that led to the 9/11 attrocities. Consensus views, by their very nature, are never complete and are never 100% accurate. They can't be. But the alternative to producing a consensus view is producing competing reports, each with their own set of biases, each with a different set of assumptions, and each with a different focus and emphasis.

So, when Captain Ed began speculating that there may actually have been operational ties between al Qaeda and Iraq, I was a bit taken aback. If I read him correctly, his reasoning is:

a) the CIA once believed there was an operational tie between Iraq and al Qaeda

b) the 9/11 Report disavows the notion that Iraq helped plan 9/11

c) because the 9/11 Report did not include the Able Danger information, allegedly because the information did not fit in with the Commission's pre-conceived notions, the 9/11 Report cannot be trusted

d) the Iraq-9/11 connection also did not fit in with that pre-conceived notion

e) therefore Iraq may have actually helped plan, in some way, 9/11, and the Commission may have intentionally left out evidence to the contrary in their final report

Here is what Ed basis his speculation--and to his credit, it is only speculation at this point--from a newspaper report that pre-dates 9/11 by six months:

Al-Watan al-Arabi (Paris) reports that two Iraqis were arrested in Germany, charged with spying for Baghdad. The arrests came in the wake of reports that Iraq was reorganizing the external branches of its intelligence service and that it had drawn up a plan to strike at US interests around the world through a network of alliances with extremist fundamentalist parties.

They discovered the two Iraqi agents by chance and uncovered what they considered to be serious indications of cooperation between Iraq and bin Ladin. The matter was considered so important that a special team of CIA and FBI agents was sent to Germany to interrogate the two Iraqi spies.

The key word here is considered. The last time I checked, the CIA and every single other intelligence agency around the world once considered it a matter of fact that Saddam Hussein possessed stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons. You remember, WMD? It turns out, though, with the clearer vision of hindsight and actually having people on the ground to inspect the situation that what the CIA once considered fact was wrong.

But the fact that the CIA once thought that Iraq was helping al Qaeda does not mean that Iraq, in fact, was actually helping al Qaeda. And the fact that Iraqi agents were somewhere in Germany at the same time as the Hamburg cell was there does little to help that claim--speculation, even though it is.

The 9/11 Report also explicitly states that there were links between al Qaeda and Iraq. It doesn't try to cover them up. It just doesn't claim that Iraq actually helped al Qaeda plan 9/11. Those early ties can be found on pg. 61 of the Report (see also footnotes 53-55). The ties between the two began as early as 1994. Those contacts continued off and on throughout the 1990s. The report then goes on to state, on pg. 66, that although there were meetings between al Qaeda leaders and Iraqi officials, there is no evidence to suggest that Iraq cooperated in planning the 9/11 attacks. (see also footnote 75).

Indeed, the Report does note on pg. 128 that both Sandy Berger and Richard Clarke--both the center of speculation as to who it may have been who refused to pass the Able Danger information on to the FBI--both once believed that Iraq and al Qaeda were working together in developing WMD and facilitating Sudanese production of chemical weapons. Of course, we now know that the CIA, Berger, and Clarke were wrong about the Shifa plant. We ended up bombing a factory wrongly identified as being a chemical weapons plant based on faulty intelligence.

Intelligence, as it turns out, is a messy business and is often way off the mark.

What's really interesting about the conversation Berger had with Clarke on pg. 128, is the fact that Berger believed there was an Iraq - al Qaeda WMD connection. I guess the Haliburton-Zionist-Neocon conspiracy goes all the way back to the Clinton administration, eh?

In fact, on pg. 134 we have an account of Berger urging President Clinton to bomb al Qaeda positions in Afghanistan but Clarke opposed this because he believed bin Laden might escape, take refuge, and be at the bidding of Saddam Hussein. Leftists moonbats are invited to read the account and then ponder the depths of the conspiracy ;-)

These facts really ought to be brought up next time your Chomsky reading friend tries to bring up Bush's order to Ramsey Clarke to find out if Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11 on Sept. 12th (pg. 334) as evidence that Bush has always been out to invade Iraq, and just used 9/11 as justification.

The fact that it was believed at the highest levels of theh Clinton administration that Iraq was operationally involved with al Qaeda goes a long way in explaining why the CIA was so concerned about Iraqi intelligence officers found in Germany. They were right to suspect that Iraq was up to no good. Iraq was up to no good wherever they went.

More plausible speculative explanation as to why the Iraqis were in Germany might begin to be built on the Oil for Food Scandal, Iraqi efforts to undermine the sanctions regime (especially in a country such as Germany where Left-wing anti-sanctions activism was high), or in any other number of scenarios that we could imagine. Iraqis spies in Germany!?!? That's not exactly what I would call a shocking revelation.

In any event, why would the Commission discuss the alleged Atta meeting with Iraqi agents in Prague (pg. 228)--even going so far as to state the obvious that we cannot disprove that Atta was in Prague (pg. 229--and yet leave out intelligence information linking the Hamburg cell with Iraqi agents? Atta had returned to Germany in January of 2001 so it is possible that the Iraqi agents had been in country for that long and met with Atta, but anything is possible. It is possible that hundreds of Iraqi agents were in Germany that we just don't know about. The real question really should be is it probable that Iraq would somehow involve itself in planning an act as huge as 9/11 against the US? Not so much in my estimation.

The fact that the CIA, other foreign intelligence agencies, and high-ranking members of the Clinton and Bush Administration once believed that there were serious operational ties between Iraq and bin Laden's al Qaeda network does not mean that those beliefs were true. It is understandable, given the tidbits of information and the state of war that existed between the U.S. and Iraq (and al Qaeda, even though we were not generally aware we were at war with the Islamofascist group), that many would believed at one time that Iraq must have had something to with 9/11. To not investigate if such an operational link existed would have been dereliction of duty with the understanding that we had then.

But the limited understanding of the links between al Qaeda and Iraq that we had a few years ago have been somewhat clarified by time. It appears that al Qaeda was willing to make a truce with Iraq, and vice-versa. Such truces would be generally in character for other al Qaeda offers to come to a truce with Western countries that would pull their troops out of Islamic lands. These truces have been offered since long before 9/11 to Western powers to evacuate so that the Mujahidin could begin the important task of ridding Islamic countries of 'apostate regimes' and building the foundations of the future Calipahte.

But coming to a truce with Iraq is quite different than collaborating with Iraq.

Call it a preconceived notion, but I will need to see much more than what Captain Ed offers to change my mind to even begin speculating such and that the 9/11 Commission left such evidence out of the final report. A lot more.

UPDATE on Blog reactions:

I would remind Papadoc, at Pink Flamingo Bar and Grill, that Able Danger reports do not mean that somebody knew that 9/11 was coming down the pipe and that there is no reason to believe that the Bush Administration knew about Able Danger. Yes, governments are that big and, yes, governments are that compartmentalized.

I would also caution A Strata--and this caution is for the entire right side of the blogosphere-- that there did not need to be any one on the Commission who deliberately tried to silence the Able Danger information. Again, that's just the way govenment commissions are. They are messy affairs with tons of information. Some one screwed the pooch, yes.

The big story, in my mind, is not who in the 9/11 Commission chose not to include the Able Danger information. That is a little story.

The big story is who in the Clinton Administration decided to follow policy rather than doing the right thing and passing Atta's name from the DOD to the FBI? That is the story about how a bureaucrat could have inadvertently prevented 9/11, but chose instead to follow procedure.

Rick Moran, of Right Wing Nuthouse, is right that if Captain Ed's speculations turned out to be anything more than idle speculation based on almost no evidence--something I have done myself a time or three in the past, so I'm not saying blogs aren't an appropriate forum for spuculation of this sort (I'm always reminding my colleagues that this isn't a peer reviewed journal)---it would be quite the rejoinder to criticisms of the Iraq war. I highly, highly, highly doubt that though. Then again, I have been wrong in the past and expect to be wrong at some time in the fuutre.

Ace is, well, Ace is Ace.

And here's a free ping that has nothing to do with the above post to Basil, since I know he and Phin are both away in Vegas with far too few singles....

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UPDATE 8/13/05: Captain Ed and I have been going back and forth on this both in the comments section here and through e-mail. The jist of what Ed was saying was that in light of the Able Danger revelations, it is possible that the 9/11 Commission was predisposed to leave out certain bits of evidence that would run contrary to their findings. It is a good observation, one that I would agree with, but on the grounds that that is just par for the course in any type of research that has to sift through tons of data points.

Another valid point he makes is that his earlier post simply calls for an investigation into what the Iraqi agents were doing in Germany--with a bit of speculation thrown in their to boot. Fine by me. The 9/11 Commission Report is a flawed document just like all other government reports. It is not the final word on 9/11 and those that treat it as such fail to grasp the enormity of the task the Commission had under time constraints. I suspect the next twenty years will produce countless dissertations on the subject by Ph.D. candidates, each one contributing a new piece of information to the overall story of the attrocities that took place on that day.

One of the points that I made to Ed in an e-mail was regarding the validity of his source and his interpretation of the story. My objection was simply that an English synopsis of an Arabic newspaper in Germany may not be the most reliable source. Especially when that source claims the CIA was brought to Germany--something that I am sure they could not have known. My experience with Arabic papers is that any person wearing a business suit and working for the U.S. in any peripheral capacity can be accused of being a 'CIA Agent'.

Ed took up the challenge, and lo and behold, one of his army of readers was able to produce a corraborating account. So, according to MSM reports at the time, we have two Iraqi spies caught in Germany. The non-Arabic sources also mention nothing about the CIA or FBI getting involved and also nothing about a plot for Iraq to involve itself with fundamentalist Islamic terror groups to strike at US interests.

Ed is right that it would be nice to know what those Iraqi spies were doing in Germany. I second the motion. I'm not sure that such knowlege would have improved the 9/11 Report in any fundamental way, but it might have.

To imagine, though, that the fact that there were Iraqi agents in Germany somehow may be the missing link connecting Saddam Hussein to 9/11 is grasping at straws, in my opinion. Many of us on the right would like to believe that such a connection existed because we believe that that would somehow bolster support for the war. But the justness or unjustness of the Iraq invasion ultimately does not rest on whether or not the Baathist regime had anything to do with 9/11.

Further, the war we are fighting in Iraq now is a different war than the one we fought to overthrow the Hussein regime. It is not simply another phase of the same conflict, it is a different war. We are fighting different people and we now have different goals. In the invasion of Iraq we had the goal of toppling a hostile government that we had been at war with for a decade. Now, we are fighting Islamist jihadis engaged in a struggle to build a Taliban-like state in the vacuum created by the fall of the Baathists.

The second conflict is directly connected to 9/11. We do not need to look to a German Iraq-al Qaeda connection to see this, we simply need to look at the facts as they exist on the ground right now.

What is the name the jihadis have taken on themselves in Iraq? Al Qaeda. Who have they pledged their allegiance to? Osama bin Laden. The three main insurgent groups in Iraq (al Qaeda, Jaish Ansar al-Sunnah, and The Islamic Army in Iraq) all share the same general political philosophy as the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. All are part of the network of global jihad. They are our enemies and it they who we are fighting in Iraq today.

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

Cowed by the bully ACLU lawyers, US lowers transit terrorism level

Thismakes me furious.

How can they officially let their guard down so soon after the London bombings?

Not that what they were doing before was helping anyway. I was in NYC 3 weeks after the first set of bombings, and one of my friends had her bag searched. I'd like to state for the record now that I watched the policemen search bags for 15 minutes.

They searched the bags about 8 women for every man.

UPDATE: Can you or your church group do something about the ACLU? Yes.

By at 02:43 PM | Comments |

Jawa Report: Over 2 Million Served (LINK THIS POST, BIYATCHES!)

Celebrate with us for a moment. You can help us celebrate our ginormous flow of traffic by linking to this post and sending a trackback, thus increasing our traffic even more! In return, we'll issue a fatwa against your infidel butt, you'll get a link in return, and maybe you'll get a hit or two of your own. But make sure it's a good post. Okay, who are we kidding, there are no good posts out there......

Two million unique visitors.

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3.9 million page views.

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Not bad for a Star Wars/South Park themed blog written by a fictional character from a popular syndicated cartoon that started out with a goal of getting 100 hits a day 18 months ago and who's content was deemed so offensively pro-American that Google News kicked us off. The day Google banned us was the day I thought our run with good luck was over. This site, I thought, would go the way of hundreds of thousands of others and be forgotten. I was wrong.

Click for bigger view.

The site was originally intented to simply be a place to poke fun at our enemies and their apologists on the Left. It still is. It turns out, though, that I'm not as funny as I thought. Besides, even I need to take the occasional break from internet porn and stock quotes, so I kept on blogging. The posts that resonate the most with readers tend to be my independent reporting of jihadi activities on the internet and screeds against the hardcore Leftist media. We've also become an outpost of hope for families of American hostages in Iraq. I can live with that.

Thank you, one and all. Thank you regular readers. Thank you regular commenters. Thank you guest posters and co-conspirators. Thank you to linkers, big and small. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

We may not be the best written blog. We may not be the hardest working bloggers. We may not even be that good. We're not even sure why anybody pays us any attention. Whatever it is that keeps you coming back to My Pet Jawa--aka, The Jawa Report--we'll try to keep doing it. We'll do it bigger, longer, and uncut. Now if we could only figure out what it is.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:29 PM | Comments |

How "Able Danger" Will Be Played

This is the money quote from the New York Times Thursday article about the 9/11 Commission/"Able Danger" scandal [emphasis added]:

Mr. Felzenberg said the commission's staff remained convinced that the information provided by the military officer in the July 2004 briefing was inaccurate in a significant way.

"He wasn't brushed off," Mr. Felzenberg said of the officer. "I'm not aware of anybody being brushed off. The information that he provided us did not mesh with other conclusions that we were drawing" from the commission's investigation.

Felzenberg has, in effect, called the unidentified officer a liar or the dupe of a liar. In order for the information to be "inaccurate" it would have to have been faked in some way. The possibility of faked information being fed to the Commission should have, in and of itself, immediately raised alarm bells that a coverup or setup was taking place. Why would the commissioners simply dismiss, without investigation, an attempt to give them false information?

The "Able Danger" revelations open up several cans of worms that partisan Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media do not want examined.

"Able Danger" puts Mohammed Atta in Prague, meeting with Saddam Hussein's security agents. This contradicts the liberal article of faith that the Bush administration had no reason to fear Saddam's regime. "Able Danger" also brings up questions about the Clinton administration's handling of terrorism and lack of wisdom in compartmentalizing national security information in the name of libertarianism. Most immediately, "Able Danger" could lead to an independent investigation of the actions of some of the more highly partisan members of the 9/11 Commission. The name Jamie Gorelick comes quickly to mind.

That's why it's likely that an effort will be made to convince the public that the "Able Danger" documents are fakes, created by a conspiracy probably masterminded by Karl Rove (who else?). The mainstream media trumpeted the 9/11 Commission's findings as if they were delivered from Mount Olympus, propelling the report into best-seller status. Remember the stampede to implement each and every one of the Commission's recommendations without bothering to debate them? If the MSM can't bury this one they'll try to play it as a conspiracy. Weldon had better have his ducks in a row.

Cross-posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto01:14 PM | Comments |

Biggest Gigolo: David Lee Roth or Yoda?

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Click photo. Louis Prima + Yoda = Pimptastick Good Time. Eat your heart our David Lee Roth. Via Flea.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:35 PM | Comments |

Muslim Funny

Via Interested Participant. Muslim comic Shazia Mirza:

I'm terrified I'll die a virgin. Not because I'm obsessed with sex. I'm not, I don't think it's that big a deal. But I don't want to get to Paradise and have to sleep with one of the suicide bombers.
It's funny because it's true.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:25 PM | Comments |

About Those Approval Polls

Rob on Say Anything makes some valid points about the AP poll that the anti-war movement always cites when they want to make the case that they're now the majority. (h/t: Wizbang) The party affiliation numbers suggest it's not very representative of either the total or the voting population. He might be going a little too far, however, when he states:

The bottom line is, I’m not sure I’m going to be trusting any more of these polls touted by the media. It just doesn’t seem like any of them are really all that representative of the true opinions and feelings of the people.
Well, it's going to be tough knowing the public attitude and values if we stop conducting polls. And you could tell pretty easily that this AP poll wasn't representative... which suggests that one needn't necessarily be skeptical of all polls. Let's try not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. I've helped design a number of academic surveys using reputable firms (like Angus Reid Group) and don't think it's wise to paint with such a broad brush. The cell phone problem is real, but there are countermeasures. And refusals that might bias the results have been around for a long time, so the same corrective measures would work with "don't call" lists. (Legitimate political surveys aren't included in the national "don't call" list anyway.)

By the way, to point out a problem that Rob didn't discuss: one thing that I rarely see mentioned in MSM coverage concerning polls that identify approval or disapproval of Bush's handling of the war is any attempt to distinguish between those who feel we're not sufficiently invested and those who feel we're too invested. Believe it or not there are quite a few folks who think Bush is "too liberal," and that we ought to be not only pressing the war against Syria and Iran, but that we also ought to engage against perfidious Arab media. MSM and the anti-war Left always assume that disapproval signifies "too conservative" (warmongering), which is simply not the case.

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

By Demosophist at 12:18 PM | Comments |

Bakri Freed

Omar Bakri Muhammed is out of a Lebanese jail. Free, once again, to spout his message of jihad against the West and tolerance for Islamic terrorists. But at least he won't be going back to London to abuse the British socialist-state any time soon.

NYT:

Britain said today that it would bar the London-based Syrian cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed from ever returning to Britain, which granted him political asylum and which has been his home for the last 20 or so years, because his presence "is not conducive to the public good."

Mr. Bakri, known for his incendiary anti-western sermons, left Britain last Saturday, a day after Prime Minister Tony Blair announced new legislative measures against religious leaders preaching violence. He is currently in Beirut, on what he said was to be a vacation.

Mr. Bakri was detained by the Lebanese authorities on Thursday and held for questioning, but released this afternoon after they "didn't find anything against him," according to an official from the Lebanese Ministry of the Interior, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The government's move came a day after it announced that it had seized and planned to deport Abu Qatada, another British-based cleric accused of fomenting violence against the west, along with nine other foreigners accused of posing threats to national security.

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

Sheehan: Secret Service Out To Kill Us

Tinfoil alert. I guess since Sheehan's son died in the War that we're not allowed to institutionalize her? The Astute Blogger sends us word about Sheehan's latest moonbat statements:

Cindy says that the protesters will be killed if they stay the night.

“We’re not letting them intimidate us. If we get killed out here, know that
the Secret Service killed us.” [MORE HERE]

Since I saw Cindy on MSNBC this morning, I'm going to presume that the Secret Service hit squad missed their target. By the way, the MSNBC story was very flattering to Sheehan. No mention of her antisemetism, paranoia, and false alliby that her protests are about the President's alleged lack of concern.

Greg Hays is photoblogging the Cindy Sheehan protest from Crawford.

NoDNC and T. Longren have the propaganda angle covered.

Very Small Doses presents a Cindy Sheehan media timeline here.

Point Five, Confederate Yankee, and Bespoke Memetics have the parody angle covered.

PS-Due to an Instalanche, LGF, and Michelle Malkin link all within 48 hours I've been overwhelmed with e-mails. Sorry if I haven't got back to you. I now understand why Glenn Reynolds never returns my phone calls.

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

Instapundit Having Second Thoughts About "Gay" Marrage?

This story has apparently inspired at least a few second thoughts about same-sex marriage from libertarian-minded Megan McArdle, posting for Glenn on Instapundit:

Seriously, I find it difficult to phrase an objection to this that does not basically hew to the anti-gay-marriage line: i.e. marriage in the west has traditionally been between two people who want to have sex with each other. The objection to this argument is the same one that pro-gay-marriage forces employed against those who claimed that marriage was for child-rearing: we allow all sorts of people who cannot have sex with each other (certain classes of parapalegics, for example) to wed, so how can you exclude these people on this grounds? I think it's funny, but if this sort of practice becomes more than a stunt, it seems very likely to me to weaken an already ailing institution.

Well that's the point. Now consider the unspoken consequences of that ailing institution: more family disruption leading to greater social upheaval, crime, and perhaps most importantly an IQ deficit created by poor early childhood parenting. Yes same-sex marriage isn't the whole problem, but it can't help. And it could hurt, quite a bit. (See Institute for Marriage and Public Policy)

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

By Demosophist at 11:09 AM | Comments |

There's your "extreme circumstances"

Life News:

Pro-abrotion Sen. Barbara Boxer of California says she will filibuster the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court if he does not say he is in favor of upholding the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized unlimited abortions.
Anybody want to lay odds Frist doesn't have the balls to stand up to her?

Oddly enough, when I did a Google news search, the only two direct hits I got were Life News and Outside The Beltway. Seems that the rest of the MSM are going to give Boxer a pass on this. Go figure.

By at 10:13 AM | Comments |

Bomb Makers Blow Themselves Up

(Istanbul, Turkey) I suspect this probably happens much more regularly than is reported.

From the Turkish Daily News:

Turkish police said on Tuesday that two men killed in a blast in an Istanbul flat were Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) members in the process of making a bomb.
An additional five people were injured.

From a fundamental Islamist perspective, would a man be given martyr status and 72 virgins if he never completed the suicide mission because he blew himself up while making a bomb? Islamic scholars must surely be searching for an answer.

By at 02:05 AM | Comments |

Firey Coals

A commenter (Chris Hanson) on Confederate Yankee asks of the supporters of Cindy Sheehan:

"...what happened to your moral compass?"

This is becoming depressing for me. It was fine, for awhile, just to be on the "right side of history," but as these events have progressed and the original issues about the war have receded-- the stakes in Iraq becoming clearer and more obvious with each passing day--the manner in which the Left has chosen to destroy itself for what a friend of mine appropriately calls a "lust for peace" has surpassed any conception of foolishness that I might have thought possible. The spectacle of this mother placing her grief at the feet of such a self-destructive and destructively inclined movement isn't really resolved by any sort of anger I can manage to whip up against her. It's just plain sad, and sad in a way that transcends the sadness anyone must feel about the death of any individual (including a loved one). It's the sadness of discovering that good intentions not only don't equate to good judgment, but can easily transform into very very bad, even vicious, intentions. Why are we pulling apart, instead of together?

I read the other day about James Wolcott complaining that people like Roger L. Simon have "betrayed the Left" in their support for the war, but to me it seems precisely the opposite. For whatever moral legitimacy I had once ceded to the Left for the sake of its intention to support the misfortunate, or to serve as a brake on unfairness and selfishness, has been replaced by moral and political skepticism. And I don't imagine I'm alone. How could any movement that claims to take such ideals seriously, so seriously and wilfully betray them? How could any movement willing not just to argue for, but to insist on, the moral equivalence between Camp X-Ray and Auschwitz, or who reserves any esteem for our own generation's "Lord Haw Haw", or any one of a dozen or so similar travesties I could recall were I so inclined, ever again be entrusted with the public good? As Marc "Armed Liberal" Danziger asked recently: Why do you so hate the poor? This is a cataclysm. If you don't see that, you're not paying attention.

And just to put the final touch on what has to be yet another disillusioned flower child's naked lunch, it seems to me that George Bush's response to this crowd surging to press Mrs. Sheehan's grief in his face like a cream pie (while her own family recoils in shame) has simply and unambiguously canceled a wave of hatred... with generosity, tolerance and understanding. Which, frankly, makes me feel a little more optimistic about the long term.

STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND

As a youth I left home and family behind
And joined up with a warrior clan
A rite of passage to becoming a man
The bridge between youth and adult I sought to span
Tempting fate through the rigors of a war's deadly grind

Sojurned across the sea with a band of hardy fellows
Strangers we were in a strange and deadly land
Delivered there by fate's uncompromising hand
Customs and tongues of the country an alien brand
Firey coals of deception fanned by a war's great bellows

A cultural clash putting us in a bind
Who was the foe
Was ever hard to know
Mistrust in our hearts did grow
No clear cut lines left us flying blind

Strangers we were in a strange land
Amidst a culture where life had little value
Where e'en the children were sacrificed on cue
Hatred within the mind was stirred like simmering stew
A culture so alien I couldn't understand

But I did my duty, served my tour
Then hung around for a little more
Not seeing the changes taking place at the core
Tripped on the threshold falling flat on my face upon the floor
Thence came the day I was ushered out the door

Returning home I found the land had changed
'Twas not the simple land of my father's but one of chaos
Strident voices and harsh words honed a keen sense of loss
Nerves now raw, trust was a coin toss
With former friends I was now estranged

Yea though I was home, the homeland was gone
All around I heard the littany of criticism and reprimand
The chanting crowds, their phrases canned
A firey wrath in my soul was fanned
Still a stranger in a strange and unfamiliar land
In my mind, for the homeland, I travel ever on

Roger D. (Hoagie) Hogan
4-28-2000

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

By Demosophist at 12:13 AM | Comments |

August 11, 2005

NARAL Withdraws Anti-Roberts Ad

Considering this ad was pretty much a full-fledged lie it only makes sense that the venomous NARAL is withdrawing it.

Abortion Rights Group Withdraws Roberts Ad (AP):

WASHINGTON - After a week of protests by conservatives, an abortion rights group said Thursday night it is withdrawing a television advertisement linking Supreme Court nominee John Roberts to violent anti-abortion activists.

"We regret that many people have misconstrued our recent advertisement about Mr. Roberts' record," said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

"Unfortunately, the debate over that advertisement has become a distraction from the serious discussion we hoped to have with the American public," she said in a letter Thursday to Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who had urged the group to withdraw the ad.

Serious discussion? The ad said that Judge Roberts was pro-violence. NARAL was serious about that?

Specter, himself an abortion-rights supporter as well as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will question Roberts next month, earlier Thursday had called the ad "blatantly untrue and unfair."

[...]

The original ad has been airing on broadcast television in Maine and Rhode Island and on CNN.

[...]

Conservatives and Roberts supporters have been calling all week for NARAL to pull the ad.

NARAL had planned a $500,000 campaign to show the ad for two weeks.

"This ad grossly distorts the record of John Roberts from start to finish," said former Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. "It has only one goal: to associate John Roberts with violent extremists."

Senate Democrats have not taken a position on the ad.

When was the last time Democrats stood up for decency?

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, told The Associated Press that ads for and against Roberts won't sway senators weighing the confirmation.

[...]

Basically, NARAL was probably on the verge of a lawsuit and decided to pull it. Also, I'm sure a few liberals chimed in and told NARAL that the ad wasn't going to do any good.

Originally Posted at Conservative Thinking

By at 08:30 PM | Comments |

Deport. Radical. Foreign. Muslims. Now.

Should we be following the example of the Brits and deporting foreign nationals that support jihad? Steve Chapman says no. Stephen Green the Vodkapundit says yes. Dale Franks of the QandO blog agrees, and takes Chapman to task. And Goldstein agrees. All four are important essays. Read them all.

Which side is right, though?

We are at war. What is lawful action in a time of peace is defferent in a time of war. Hobbes made the interesting and important observaton that war consisteth not in battle only, or the act of fighting, but in a tract of time, wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known and nature of war consisteth not in actual fighting, but in the known disposition thereto during all the time there is no assurance to the contrary.

What Hobbes meant by that was that while we usually think of war as taking place in a physical location, it is much more accurate to think of war as taking place in a time frame. World War II happened between 1939 - 1945. It was a period of time, not a single location.

It may seem like an unimportant and abstract distinction. What does it matter whether or not a 'state of war' exists everywhere or only in Iraq? But distinctions, even when they are only made by assumption, are absolutely critical to the way we think. The distinction between war and peace is very crucial, because moral actions depend on context. If the context is peace, then moral beings are compelled by conscience to behave in one way. If the context is war, then the same moral being must act in another way.

The war that we are in sets the context by which our actions should be judged acceptable or unacceptable.

Normally, in times of peace, we allow a great deal of dissent. In fact, our tolerance for dissent is one of the hallmarks of Western liberalism. However much we value dissent, though, we never allow absolute dissent. Violent revolution, after all, is a form of political dissent and protest. Even in times of peace we do not tolerate that kind of dissent. In times of war, however, that tolerance must of necessity be much more limited.

Although I love the right to speak and cherish the liberty of the press, such liberty is meaningless without life. All of my rights and liberties are secondary to the need to protect my life. Governments are not founded to protect speech, rather, governments are instituted to protect life.

Free speech is an instrumental value--or it is a means to an end. We want freedom of speech and press because these things are necessary to a functioning democracy. However, a functioning democracy is secondary to some amount of order so that neighbors do not settle disputes on their own--a state of War according to Hobbes and an inconvenient state of Nature according to Locke.

When the secondary value of free speech conflicts with the primary value of protecting life, the secondary must be discarded. We ought not discard such things lightly, but sometimes they must be sacrificed. We do not let the body die to save the limb.

In a state of war, people die. In a state of peace, it is tacitly understood that you can say anything so long as your words are not a "clear and present danger" (See Schenck v. United States, 1919). Holmes' maxim seems to me a simple attempt at putting to words what we all kind of know deep down: only sticks and stones may break your bones, but words sometimes do hurt you.

You cannot say something that will incite someone to kill me. In a state of peace, people aren't normally incited to murder. In fact, yelling fire in a crowded theater rarely yields a riot. However, change the context and the result changes. In a state of war since some amount of anarchy is already present and there is an understanding that it is o.k. to kill, then the likelihood for words to lead to death is greatly multiplied.

Chapman's position is the kind of dangerous pre-9/11 absolutism that does not distinguish between war and peace. It sees all speech as an absolute. It relies on a maxim without context, an ideal without any basis in reality.

The context of war also affects the way that we treat non-citizen guests in our country. In times of peace, we are very tolerant of the kinds of political views that immigrants bring with them. This is why Germany had an active fifth column in the United States known as the German-American Bund. This group worked right up until the start of hostilities between the U.S. and Germany. After the start of the war, though, the group was outlawed. It's leaders, all American citizens, were rounded up and put into internment camps.

What was legal and acceptable behavior changed in a single day. On one day crying heil Hitler was Constitutionally protected speach, on the next it was an act of treason. War does that.

I am not advocating here that we round up American citizens and put them into internment camps. Just as war, in general, sets the overall context of moral action, a specific war sets the specific context of specific moral actions. That is just another way of saying, it was probably the right thing to do in that war, but it does not seem like the right thing to do in this war.

But just because we do not need to go to the lengths that the World War II generation went to, does not mean that we can act as if the war is over there and not here. We are in a state of war. War is not a place, it is a state of being.

The state of war is the medium in which all of our lives are lived. We are the fish, it is the water. All of our actions must be constructed with this in mind. We cannot escape the state of war by somehow denying we are in it. Can the fish suddenly sprout lungs and breathe simply because it does not recognize that his environment is water?

So, what should we be doing differently now that we are in a state of war?

Let's begin by adopting Blair's deportation policies here. If you are a foreign national, who believes in the adoption of sharia law, you are invited to leave. Thanks for the visit, now go home.

Goldstein makes this cogent proposal:

The Bush Administration should take note and begin drawing up aggressive plans of its own to clamp down on Wahhabi mosques and Islamic Centers preaching jihad and inciting violence against the West. There is simply no reason—including our near-religious commitment to the First Amendment, which allows for restrictions against incitement—to allow avowed enemies, who have formally declared war on the US, to abuse our freedoms as a way to operate without scrutiny in our midst.
Indeed.

Presently, U.S. law forbids citizenship being granted to any one who has membership in the Communist Party or any other totalitarian organization. Certainly, most Islamist political movements count as totalitarian, since they seek to replace democratic governance with absolutist Sharia law. Why do we allow foreigners with ties to these Islamists movements in our countries, if the law already excludes them from becoming citizens?

The war we are engaged in is a war of ideas. Why should we tolerate those who espouse the ideas of our enemies?

Such tolerance might be acceptable in a time of peace, when abstract ideas are not presumed to lead to acts of aggression, but in a time of war things change.

We are fighting a war here. Will somebody please remind civil-libertarians about that?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:42 PM | Comments |

Gee, Thanks, Cindy!

Cindy Sheehan gives us a shout-out:


Cindy Sheehan, the woman whose soldier son was killed in Iraq and who is now camping by a road in Crawford, Texas demanding a meeting with President Bush, on Wednesday thanked a group of antiwar bloggers for supporting her, saying that without the Internet, America would be a "fascist state."

"This is something that can't be ignored," Sheehan said during a conference call with bloggers representing sites like democrats.com, codepink4peace.org, and crooksandliars.com. "They can't ignore us, and they can't put us down. Thank God for the Internet, or we wouldn't know anything, and we would already be a fascist state."

"Our government is run by one party, every level," Sheehan continued, "and the mainstream media is a propaganda tool for the government." Sheehan also called the 2004 presidential election "the election, quote-unquote, that happened in November."


Read the rest

By Vinnie at 05:37 PM | Comments |

Omar Bakri Arrested in Lebanon

Omar Bakri, the radical British imam who fled that country on news that he was top on the list of pro-terror clerics to face treason charges, has been arrested in Lebanon. The Independent:

The Islamic extremist cleric who fled Britain at the weekend, Omar Bakri Mohammed, was arrested by security forces in Beirut today.

Lebanese security officials refused to say when and where Bakri was arrested.

Prosecutors and police in Britain are considering whether to bring terror-related charges against the so-called "Tottenham Ayatollah".

It was unclear whether the arrest was linked with his activities in the UK.

Evan Kohlmann of the Counterterrorism blog notes that in an interview he once had with Bakri, the cleric had issued a threat that if he was ever arrested there might be violent consequences. He also notes, though, that Bakri was under the impression at the time that the British would never have the backbone to arrest him. I guess times have changed, eh?

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

Billy Carter, Roger Clinton, Cindy Sheehan

What do all of these people have in common? Drudge:

The Sheehan Family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the the expense of her son's good name and reputation. The rest of the Sheehan Family supports the troops, our country, and our President, silently, with prayer and respect.
Ken Summers posts this from Melanie Morgan, of KSFO:
The letter came from Cheri Quarterolo, a regular listener of KSFO Radio. Cheri is Casey Sheehan's Aunt and godmother. I have confirmed that the letter represents the entire Sheehan side of Casey's family.

Many of the relatives do not want their names made public, and will not be making further statements. But Mrs. Quarterolo confirms that Cindy's actions have been extremely hurtful. "We're coming unglued. We can't walk down the street without people stopping us and telling us that they agree with Cindy. We do not."

Mrs. Qarterolo is Drudge's source and has also personally confirmed this to Ken at It Comes in Pints.

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

Favorite Right Wingers

John Hawkins, of Right Wing News, ranks right-wing bloggers' favorite, er, right-wingers here. Since I was one of the bloggers polled by John Hawkins, I thought I'd share with you my personal unranked list of favorite people on the right. I chose my favs late at night, with little caffeine in me, and on an empty stomach--that explains why that guy is on the list.

Dennis Prager
Victor Davis Hanson
Charles Johnson
Larry Elder
Ronald Bailey
Julian Sanchez
William F. Buckley
Dennis Miller
Charles Krauthammer
Matt Stone
Trey Parker
Ace (of Ace o spades headquarters)

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

Who is the Idiot that Refused to Pass on Atta's Name to the FBI? (UPDATED)

By now, most of the readers of The Jawa Report have heard of Able Danger. According to The New York Times, the secret military intelligence team known as Able Danger, compiled a dossier on four of the nineteen 9/11 suspects in 2000--including the mastermind, Mohammed Atta. The team recommended that the information be shared with the FBI and that the suspected terrorists be deported. Unfortunately, that information was not shared. In fact, a doctrine first developed in the Carter administration and later extended by a clarification made by Clinton Administration official, and later 9/11 Commissioner, Jamie Gorelick, that put a 'wall' between intelligence operations and police activities.

I do not blame the Clinton Administration for 9/11, nor do I think it was preventable in any meaningful way, but the so-called Able Danger revelations do raise some interesting issues.

The first is the most obvious, and that is the silliness of ever erecting a barrier between law-enforcement and intelligence agencies. In hindsight this was stupid. Some things are so stupid, though, that to need hindsight to see their stupidity one must first find a group of morons, take out the brightest of the bunch, and then find the dullest bulb in the pack. That it was enacted by Democratic Congress intent on reeling in the perceived excesses of the CIA is no excuse for this piece of legislation. Just. Plain. Dumb.

But it also raises another important question: Who was it that refused to turn over the Able Danger documents to the FBI?

I do not personally blame the individual who refused to turn over Atta and his al Qaeda co-conspirators to the FBI. That is, it's not their fault for being a brainless bureaucrat. They were just following policy. But policy or no, there was an individual who had to look at the documents and make a decision not to share this intelligence with those that could do something about it. Who was this person who made the decision to follow policy?

What exactly happened here? From The AP:

because of concerns about pursuing information on "U.S. persons" — a legal term that includes U.S. citizens as well as foreigners admitted to the country for permanent residence — Special Operations Command did not provide the Army information to the FBI. It is unclear whether the Army provided the information to anyone else.
According to the AP, the information was passed up the line, but that somewhere between the Army and the FBI the information was blocked. An individual, some actual person with a name and a face, had to look at this and say, "Nope. Can't pass this along. It's against policy."

Yesterday, Congressman Weldon, the man behind the revelations about Able Danger, said this to Wolf Blitzer on CNN--(any one have a direct link to the transcript?):

What we now know is that lawyers within the administration, we don't know whether they were DOD lawyers or White House lawyers, lawyers within the administration told the Special Forces folks three times, you cannot share this information with the FBI. They even put stickies over top of the faces of Mohammed Atta saying they're here legally, they have green cards, you can't give anything to the FBI. The second reason they gave them was, were concerned about the political fallout that occurred after Waco so we didn't want Special Forces command giving information of this type to the FBI. That stopped it dead in its tracks.
So, who were those lawyers? That's what I want to know. Not because I want to hold some one responsible for 9/11 in some legal or moral sense, but I just want to know who the idiot was who would actually follow the insane policy of the 'wall'. The policy is so patently absurd, that I had presumed that it was routinely ignored. I guess I was wrong.

I want the world to see what a true automaton looks like. A robot in flesh. Hell, if there was a policy in place why have human discretion at all? Why not just send these types of reports through some sort of computer firewall if no human discretion is needed? Probably save us a lot of money, eh?

So, who was the idiot?

One name comes immediately to mind because he was the point man for the military--and a trained lawyer.

Sandy Berger.

Ok, maybe it wasn't Berger, but wouldn't it be one of his staff lawyers that would funnel communications between the DOD and Justice Department? The truth is, it's probably very unlikely that any top administration officials ever heard about this. The modern White House is a caggle of lawyers, aides, and other hangers-on who's soul job it is to decide what information, among the reems of pages produced daily, get passed on to their various bosses. Little of this type of material ever gets seen. It's no ones fault, it's just the way it is.
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Update inserted into post: Juliette Ochieng, a.ka. Baldilocks, e-mailed me with her post. In it, she notes a third NYT story that places the individual who decided to follow the 'wall' policy squarely in the DOD:

[W]eldon said Pentagon lawyers rejected the recommendation because they said Atta and the others were in the country legally, so information on them could not be shared with law enforcement.
She notes, however, that this is an AP story filtered through the NY Times, so we don't know the original quote.

Back to original post
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Earlier today, NEIN released an editorial wherein they speculate, clumsily, that the documents Sandy Berger has admitted to stealing were somehow related to the Able Danger documents.

Bill at From the Swamp makes the same connection: What was in those documents Sandy Berger was stuffing down his pants?

Perhaps the best speculative case made against Berger was done by AJStrata yesterday (hat tip to Jim Lynch for the e-mail). In it, he develops a timeline which places Burger at the center of anti-al Qaeda efforts around the same time as the Able Danger memo would have appeared.

I would add this, that the documents that Berger has admitted to stealing and destroying were said by him to have been in regards to preparing remarks for the 9/11 Commission on the 1999 al Qaeda Millennium bombing attempts. This is what he said to the 9/11 Commission:

In late 1999, as we approached the Millennium celebrations, the CIA warned of five to fifteen plots against American targets. This was the most serious threat spike of our time in office. My judgment was that it required ongoing attention at the highest levels of government. Accordingly, I convened national security principals, including the Director of Central Intelligence, the Attorney General, and top FBI, State and Defense officials at the White House virtually every single day for a month. I am convinced that our sustained attention and the rigorous actions that resulted prevented significant losses of life.
Of course, he fails to mention that it was a U.S. Customs official engaged in profiling that actually foiled the plot and not his high-level meetings.
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Update within the post: Captain Ed also snooping around the Berger angle:
And so now we come back to the National Archives -- and October 2003. One of Sandy Berger's last visits to the Archives where he took highly classified material out the door with him was in October 2003, around the time that the Commission first heard about Able Danger. Does this start to sound just a little too convenient and coincidental?
Ok, back to original post.
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Would those documents directly implicate Berger as some one who had prevented Atta's name from being passed to the FBI? Possibly. This would not mean that Berger really knew about Atta--since hundreds of memos must have crossed his desk every day--but if there was a paper trail linking Atta's name to Berger's office this would be embarrasing, to say the least. It would be enough to kill his reputation in a way that the actual stealing of the documents couldn't.

But in any event, Berger's office, at least in late 1999 and probably until he left office in early 2001, seems to be the go-between place for various agencies intent on foiling al Qaeda plots in the U.S. If we are looking for a face to put on the idiot who decided that it would be better to follow 'policy' rather than break it--just months after a plot to blow up LAX by al Qaeda was accidentally disrupted--I would suggest beginning an investigation there.

Just remember, this is a blog and all of this is highly speculative. I welcome further information that would clarify or disprove this speculation.

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UPDATE: Judy e-mails me with this GSN report, which seems like it might be important for adding credibility to the story, if not the Berger angle:

http://www.gsnmagazine.com/aug_05/dod_lawyers.html
The Anchoress has an excellent roundup on the Berger angle here.

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Big shout out to all of you who e-mailed me about this and helped me find source material. Thanks.

Others:

Dr. Sanity sets up a timeline of events starting with the 9/11 Commission running to the Able Danger revelations here.

Lawhawk poses a series of unanswered and interesting questions here. One of which seems important, and one that I haven't seen other bloggers on the right asking is this, how Weldon came to know this information. I haven't had time to check the Leftosphere about this, but I am sure it is a question that they are asking--and a legitimate one at that. [Update] Baldilocks tracks down some additional sources answer the question. It looks like it was the soldiers involved in Able Danger who gave the information to Weldon.

The Dread Pundit Bluto notes that the idiots over at the ACLU still support the 'wall' doctrine. Inconcievable!

Captain Ed notes this:

American MI only gets mentioned in their recommendations and not in the analysis of how the US failed to detect the 9/11 plot before its successful conclusion. In retrospect, that gaping hole in analysis seems highly odd, almost as if the 9/11 Commission never bothered to ask the Pentagon about its intelligence missions -- or simply disregarded evidence relating to it.
Indeed.

Another update: Strata-sphere also thinks the investigation should include Richard Clarke.

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

Cindy Sheehan: Antisemetic Moonbat (UPDATED)

Jawa Report contributor and Paduan Learner, Trader Rob of Exposing the Left, digs up this usenet post from Cindy Sheehan:

Am I emotional? Yes, my first born was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he was killed for lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel. Am I stupid? No, I know full-well that my son, my family, this nation, and this world were betrayed by a George Bush who was influenced by the neo-con PNAC agenda after 9/11. [READ THE REST]
Trader Rob calls this remark borderline anti-semetism. I dunno, call me an out there if you will, but there is something about, you know, believing there is a secret group--a cabal if you will-- of Jews pulling the strings of power behind closed doors involved in a deep plot to conceal the real reasons we went to war seems something more than borderline. But that's just me.

UPDATE: Via Rob at Say Anything, I learn that Phil Hendrie weighs in on Sheehan.

UPDATE II, 8/11: A reader sends this transcript from a recording of a Sheehan speech he attended:

"It was the unstated threat. Iraq wasn't going to attack America or nuke America. But Iraq was a threat -- to Israel. That was the real threat and had been for fifteen years. But for the US government this was the threat that couldn't speak its name. Europe doesn't care much about that threat. And the US government didn't think they should lean too much on it, because going to war to protect Israel wouldn't be popular.
Nothing to see here folks. Move along.

I suspect we may update this post later. Call it a hunch.

UPDATE 8/12: From my latest post:

Cindy says that the protesters will be killed if they stay the night.

“We’re not letting them intimidate us. If we get killed out here, know that
the Secret Service killed us.”

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:00 AM | Comments |

Joining the Debate

For those of you who may be wondering, I’ve been pointedly ignoring the comments that Bush made the other day about intelligent design and evolution. However, over the past few days, I’ve seen a LOT of conservatives writing about it. I’m sure there are a lot of liberals writing about it as well, but I don’t read them.

It seems that nearly everyone who is talking about this issue falls into one of two camps. There is a group that thinks that there is a conflict between intelligent design and evolution and another group who thinks that they could co-exist and be taught side-by-side. However, I propose with this post to start a third group. As far as I know, this group consists solely of me, so I’m probably so far off base with this that it’s not even funny. However, this is my proposal.

Neither.

That’s right. Neither of these two methods should be taught as fact in any school system. Here’s why:

No matter how you slice it, the theory of intelligent design, at its core, is based on God as the creator of the universe. Granted, some ID’ers may not call Him the God of Christian and Jewish faith, but God, in whatever guise you wish to place him HAS to be at the core of any ID argument. That’s kind of the whole point of ID. And with that in mind, it has no place in our school system. I am NOT a separationist. I do not believe that the Constitution has any phrase or clause that requires the “separation of church and state.” I believe that that is a completely misrepresented and misused statement from a private letter that has been twisted out of all proportion. However, separation notwithstanding, religion is a big deal to me, and as such, I am VERY particular with whom I place my children’s teaching. Just as you wouldn’t want a home economics teacher teaching your son’s Calculus class, I don’t want a biology teacher (and possible Hindu, Muslim, insert-the-name-of-your-alternate-faith-here) teaching my child about religion. And if they were teaching ID, then that is exactly what they would be teaching.

However, evolution being taught as fact within the school system is a complete and total farce. Before all the scientists out there have an apoplexy, let me explain.

The theory of micro-evolution describes minor changes that can happen to a species in order for it to adapt to survive within a current climate. This includes body hair getting thicker and males of the species getting stronger so they can protect their families. Yes, this happens. We see it in different breeds of dogs and cats. We see it in various changes in humans and other species.

What we do not see are these amazing “leaps” of evolution. Or at least any evidence of them. There are large gaps between similar species, but no indication that there was ever anything alive to fill in those gaps. What’s more is that the theory of evolution itself, when applied over too broad an area simply falls apart. After all, according to this theory, the complex machine that is a human being (or an ape, or a dog, or cat, etc) developed in full, by complete random chance from a single celled organism. Now, if nothing else about this theory presents any problems for you, consider the fact of sexual reproduction. Single celled organisms reproduce asexually by splitting. Even if you accept the fact that a large number of these asexually reproducing cells could randomly cluster together and produce some sort of higher life form, you would have to accept the fact that two different clusters of cells did this at the exact same time and one of them produced male organs and one produced female organs. If they didn’t happen at the exact same time, and produce two perfectly working sets of reproductive organs, which they would instinctively know how to use, then that new species would immediately die out. How is this possibly any less of a leap of faith than asking you to believe in God?

Then, of course, there’s the ever-popular question “If man descended from apes, why are there still apes?” Evolution still just has too many unanswered questions to be taken as hard scientific fact and taught to our children as the definitive way that the world was created.

So what should they be taught? They should be taught that we don’t know. They should be taught that there are two schools of thought, but we, as humans do not currently possess the capability to know exactly what happened at the beginning of the world. We can make intelligent guesses, but they should be labeled as such. But as long as lies are taught as scientific fact, I feel that we are doing a grave disservice to our children.

By at 05:24 AM | Comments |

The Libertarian Case for Drug Control

Bet that headline got your attention. All right, my last long, long word on this for a while and we can go back to posting on GWOT stuff. Rusty, thanks for your indulgence.

You can't be a libertarian and support tyranny, nor can you support slavery. If all men are created equal before God, then slavery is an abomination and no man is naturally the subject of any other. A slave, or a subject, may have his own will, but he is not free to exercise it except insofar as it comports with his master's.

Likewise an addict may have a reason most of the time, and a complex inner life, but he is in the end a slave to those who will provide him with the means to satisfy his addiction. The worst cases--and you can spare me the accounts of the white collar friends of yours who appear to sail through life without a care snorting and shooting up everything in the Harrison Act--I said the worst cases, and there are far too many of them--will kill and rob and mortgage their house and blow the baby's college fund and sell their bodies to satisfy their masters. An addict, or for that matter someone tripping or stoned, is not a free man. In many cases, you can't even commit murder when you're high--under the law your "mental defect" can prevent you from reaching the mental state required to form the mens rea for intentional homicide.

(As an aside, some people in the trackbacks or comments to this discussion have argued that we should nationalize the distribution of narcotics, so addicts would no longer be enslaved to criminals. But then they are still enslaved to and utterly dependent on the government, and that, my friends, is still tyranny.)

That's not just me talking. That idea was the impetus for the anti-opium movement back in the 19th century, before the progressive-era doctrines of government improving human nature controlled the discourse. When you free someone from a monkey on his back, you liberate him just as surely as if you'd shattered his chains with a chisel.

Liberty is the province of reasonable men. Someone who is insane or severely mentally handicapped is not afforded the same degree of liberty as everyone else. Their reason isn't sufficiently unencumbered. Children, likewise, can't buy guns and drive cars. They're not up to it. The self control, the planning and maturity, just aren't there. We do this not just out of compassion for the children who might wreck their cars or shoot someone accidentally. We do it because a world where all the children are armed and the mental defectives run the government just isn't livable for anyone. And likewise for drug addicts. Our government is designed to be run by reasonable men, not by a cadre of stoners and tweakers and junkies. Everyone's liberty is at risk in such a regime.

Now I expect you'll begin to pick apart what I said by pointing to alcohol. You'll say alcohol is worse than pot, therefore we should legalize the weed. I don't concede that point at all, but let's say for a second you're right. Let's say legalized alcohol creates much more of a societal problem than does legalized cheeba. In fact we'll quantify it: Legalized alcohol costs us X units of societal headache, and legalized hoochie weed costs us only X-1. If we're rational and our preferences are transitive, shouldn't we free the herb if we're willing to accept the consequences of legal booze?

Let me answer that distinction by telling you a story about my car, below.

When we bought our car we had a choice to make. We could get a sun roof or a CD player. The sun roof was more expensive than the CD player. I wanted the CD player, my wife wanted the sun roof. So we, um, compromised, and got the sun roof.

You could argue that, geez, See-Dubya, if y'all were willing to spring for the more expensive sun roof (X), you should also have been willing to pay the lesser amount for the CD player (X-1).

But no; then we would have needed to pay 2X-1 instead of just X. And that's almost twice as much! We could maybe have swung that, but it would have been tight. In other words, we made a prudential calculation, based on our finite resources. It's not just a matter of transitive preferences, it's a matter of compounding costs.

Back to the dope. It's not a good argument to say "booze is worse than dope, therefore we should legalize dope." That way we bear the costs of both. Unless you're saying that we should prohibit booze and legalize dope, trading x for x-1, (assuming it's just that simple) and I don't think anyone is really saying that again.

Oh, but I'm not done yet. I'm being logically inconsistent here. If I were consistent I really ought to prefer incurring a cost of X-1 to X. Therefore our drug priorities, just like my wife wanting that sunroof, are logically inconsistent.

To which I say, so the f--- what?

We live in a Republic, homey. We do not live in a tyranny of logic, where egghead sophisters, calculators, and oeconomists decide how we will allocate every resource. The whole French Revolution--and other totalitarian ideologies since then-- centered around subverting life to reason in every aspect, ironing out any inconsistencies and making everything intellectually elegant. (Substitute "The Quran" for "Reason" and you have Islamofascism as well.)Instead, questions of policy are put up to a vote and we work out a messy, often illogical, always imperfect, series of compromises and prudential agreements. Our laws and standards are organic and grow out of traditions, suspicions, instincts, religions, aesthetics, and all kinds of weird things, and the good ones stick around. That's popular government. We're free to take the X instead of X-1.

You can't ban it all, of coursse, nor do we really want to. We can pick and choose among addictive substances--coffee and tobacco and liquor we'll allow, ritalin and percodan we'll allow for medical use but regulate pretty tightly, pot and heroin and meth, nope. Wouldn't-be-prudent. Not worth it. We'll tolerate a little drunkenness and alcoholism, a little edginess from caffeine, lung cancer and stained teeth from tobacco, but not the burned-out stoner or the psychotic meth nut. Just like the sun roof, that's the package of costs we're willing to incur and enforce. But just because we're willing to tolerate that much addiction, hallucination, and drug-induced unreasonableness , doesn't mean that we ought to tolerate more.

UPDATE: Don't forget to read the earlier discussion which inspired this post.

See-Dub's Legalize Crank, says NYT columnist

And Rusty's post which argues the libertarian position against for the legalization of drugs Why Everybody is Wrong About The Drug War.

By See-Dubya at 02:45 AM | Comments |

August 10, 2005

Let's Settle the Iraq War Question the Old Fashion Way, With a Duel

Q: Who would win in a gunfight? An Iraq War supporter or an Iraq War opponent.

A: An Iraq war supporter, of course. What kind of an idiot would pull a gun on an Iraq war supporter? Oh, this guy.

A quarrel between two firearms vendors at a Floyd County flea market on Thursday allegedly led both men -- described as "good friends" -- to draw guns. Douglas Moore, 65, of Martin, who supports the war, shot and killed Harold Wayne Smith, 56, of Manchester, who opposed it, investigators said.
Hat tip: Jeff Blogworthy who has more.

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

Lodi Terror Ring Connected to Bin Laden

Whoa. Check this out from KGO:

The FBI is now drawing a link between their terror investigation in Lodi and Osama bin Laden. The government believes al Qaeda was trying to set up a school in Lodi to recruit terrorists.

The accusations from the FBI came Tuesday morning during an immigration hearing for Shabbir Ahmed. He's the 39-year-old religious leader of the Lodi mosque -- one of five men connected to the mosque that have been arrested on immigration charges. Today the government drew links to all five and then to Osama bin Laden.

The FBI says it has information that two of the religious leaders at this Lodi mosque were acting as intermediaries for Osama bin Laden....

Lawyers for the government would not be interviewed, neither would the FBI. But in court today the lead agent said they have secretly taped conversations between several of the five men arrested in Lodi....

The government believes they wanted to set up a branch of a religious school that has in the past been associated with terrorists including 9/11 leader Muhammed Atta.

For their part, the father and son Hayat terror duo dispute the governments claim, admitting to the lesser charge of fomenting violent jihad against the United States and praising bin Laden while in Pakistan. Both claim they have changed their minds about the U.S. I wonder, though, what are on those secret tapes?

UPDATE: California Mafia has been following the case closely. Their post on the bail hearing is here, including the name of the connection between the Lodi ring and al Qaeda.

Background on the Lodi case here, here, here, here, here, and here.

You might also want to read: A Modest Proposal to Congress:
End assylum for Islamsit