October 31, 2005

Pictures of Key West During and After Wilma

These photos of Wilma's devastation are courtesy of a friend who stayed on the island during the storm, for want of better judgment. The pictures are of a place that people who have been to Key West might know--a local eatery called Louie's Back Yard--together with an absolutely awesome picture from my friend's balcony during the storm surge.

Louie's Back Yard

What's left of Louie’s Back Yard
My neice was a waitress there. One could sit on the deck, sipping something stronger than cola next to a huge Banyan tree, to watch the ships sail in and out of the channel at dusk:

Channel at Dusk

Here's a picture of the Back Yard during better times, with a couple of attractive locals:

Banyan Tree

Dog Beach

What's left of Dog Beach
As seen from what's left of Louie's Back Yard. Dog Beach was a small stretch of public beach, kept that way for the sake of the neighborhood's pooch population.

Storm Surge

This is a picture from my friend's balcony, taken as the storm surge was rolling in. Everything to the right of those posts ought to be landscaping and garden, not sea.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 08:44 PM | Comments |

Col Todd Wood Killed in Iraq by Bombers.

The highest ranking member of our fine military killed in Iraq died today. He was killed by a cowardly bomber. Col. Wood died in the line of duty leading his men.

CNN: Wood, based at Forward Operating Base Falcon in the northern province of Babil, had responded to a roadside bomb Thursday and was giving orders to his men as they secured the area when a secondary explosion blew him backwards into a canal, killing him instantly, the military said.
Wood, 44, was based at Fort Stewart, Georgia. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

Thanks for your service and sacrifice Mr. Wood and Family our prayers are with you and with all our men fighting so hard this week.


Corrected 11/10/05/ A reader has pointed out the COL Wood was 44 not 42 and his Child was a daughter. My apologies.

By Howie at 04:52 PM | Comments |

Scariest. Halloween. Images. Ever.

Warning: Scary Halloween images follow. Proceed at own risk.

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Muhammed: Hundreds of millions killed.

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Joseph Stalin: 43,000,000 killed

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Adolf Hitler: 20,000,000 killed

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Mao: 20,000,000 killed.

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Saddam Hussein: 3,000,000 killed.

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Pol Pot: 2,000,000 killed (28% of total population)

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

Uh swamped.

Due to incredible demand for links and also due to my crushing will it never end schedule another linkfest. Let’s see gotta do that and this and this and that too. I’m also on Chili & Trick or Treater detail tonight. Whew!!! I swear I won’t do another one till Friday.

Israel vs Islamic Jihad.

FOXNEWS: Israeli forces encircled a house in the West Bank town of Qabatiyeh after sundown Sunday in pursuit of two militants linked to a deadly homicide bombing in central Israel last week. The two men opened fire on the troops and tried to flee the house, so the soldiers opened fire and killed them, the army said

Iranian opposition calls Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a Moron. Ok so I can agree with that.

FOXNEWS:Ahmadinejad's remarks harmed Iran. It was irresponsible and illogical," said Rajabali Mazrouei, a prominent reformer and former deputy. "We can't be more extremist than Palestinians themselves".

Paris Riots Continue. Nope Jihad Watch is not down.

UN Security Council passes resolution against Iran.

CNN:The resolution is under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which holds open the ultimate possibility of the Security Council considering the use of force with failure to comply. Speaking in Monday's meeting, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the resolution "made it clear that failure to comply with these demands will lead to serious consequences from the international community." She called the Chapter 7 resolution "the only way to compel the Syrians" to cooperate

Yahoo trolls Howie to click on this with the title “Iraqi VP’s Brother Killed”. Actually it was a bunch of MSM whiny crap.

Michelle Malkin has a Trick or Treat bag full of Info and links on Judge Alito. See Balloon Juice on the upcoming debate that is going to happen like it or not.

In case you are wondering about the gang of fourteen He sure don't seem extraordinary to me so far.

Is Joe Wilson a lying troll? Up yep looks that way.

Hat Tip: Jawa Readers.

Scary!!

Califonia Conservative: a mighty coalition consisting of Jacques Chirac, Gerhardt Schroeder, George Galloway, Cindy Sheehan, Michael Moore, Sean Penn and Martin Sheen, all led by the U.N.’s Kofi Annan, would’ve written some very forceful correspondence using the strongest language known to diplomacy — maybe even produced an accompanying music video.

Really Scary.

Dear readers, it’s a time to puke.

By Howie at 02:15 PM | Comments |

Reader Question?

Yes yes more reader love mail here.

"LOOK AT U U SAY THAT WE ARE FULL OF HATRED LOOK AT URSELFS WEN THE CALIPHATE COMES INSHALLAH YOU WILL SEE THE JUSTICE IT WILL BRING WEN U LOT WAS IN THE DARK... ...how can you defeat someone who looks into the gun barrel of his enemy and see the gates of paradise open?"

Uh pull the trigger. Was this a trick question?

ibn_khattab@hotmail.com

As always if you get a reply forward to mypetjawa@gmail.com

By Howie at 02:13 PM | Comments |

Happy Halloween

From The Jawa Report.



Happy First Blogiversary The Right Place.

That's it Howie turn to the dark side feel your anger flow.

No I'll never join you, you killed my Blogfather!!

Howie, I am your Blogfather!!

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I've not been able to look away from my pesky real job all morning. Looks like a long day.

By Howie at 11:59 AM | Comments |

Bush to Nominate Judge Samuel Alito for SCOTUS

CNN and MSNBC are reporting that President Bush will formally nominate 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court. Judge Alito has a strong conservative record and is often compared to Justice Antonin Scalia. Expect a battle from liberals during confirmation.

[Update 0700 EST]

According to this report, President Bush will make the announcement of his nominee at 8am EST.

By at 05:47 AM | Comments |

New Delhi Bombings - Update

(New Delhi) The number of dead from yesterday's three near-simultaneous bombings at locations (map) in New Delhi has grown to over 60 with around 200 injured, some seriously. Investigators have detained over 20 suspects in raids of small hotels around New Delhi. It is now known that two of the bombs exploded amid large shopping crowds at Paharganj and Sarojini Nagar. The third bomb, however, was on a bus at the market of Govindpuri.

Police said they were looking for a man in his 20s who refused to buy a ticket on a bus and got off in the Govindpuri neighbourhood, leaving behind a large black bag. When some of the 40 passengers raised an alarm, the driver and bus conductor examined it and threw it out just as the blast occurred, injuring them both.
The media are in almost universal agreement that those responsible belong to a little-known small terrorist group.
A man saying he represented the terrorist group "Islamic Inquilab Mahaz," or "Front for Islamic Uprising," took responsibility for the bombings in a call to the Kashmir News Service in Jammu and Kashmir. The little-known group is tied to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, the most feared terrorist group in Kashmir, police said.

The caller, who identified himself as Ahmed Yaar Ghaznavi, said the attack "was meant as a rebuff to the claims of Indian security groups" that terrorist fighters had been wiped out by military crackdowns and the October 8 South Asian earthquake.

Not everyone, though, agrees that Islamic Inquilab Mahaz (IIM) is a little known group as indicated by this report from The Times of India.
The group that has claimed responsibility for Saturday’s serial blasts in Delhi -- Islami Inqilabi Mahaz -- is neither unknown nor unfamiliar in India. According to terrorism analyst Ajai Sahni, it is just another name for Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is based in Pakistan under the influence of ISI and is the best known successor organisation of Al-Qaida.
The ISI is Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence agency. A rogue element in the Pakistani government, ISI has strong links to Wahabism and radical Islamic political and military groups. Even so, a Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman stated that "the attack in a crowded market place is a criminal act of terrorism."

From the Mumbai Mirror:

A day after the deadly blasts shook the Capital, the security brass indicated it had reasons to believe it was the handiwork of familiar jehadi module -- Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence operatives.

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Notwithstanding Islamabad's prompt denouncement of Delhi's serial blast, the government agencies said they have compelling evidence to prove that ISI modules are working with official Pak patronage. "We had the information that three or four modules -- each module consisting of a group three or four men -- had entered the country some time ago."

A massive search and destroy effort was undertaken to stop the ISI modules. Unfortunately, the effort hasn't been entirely successful.

Although the investigations of the bombings in New Delhi are ongoing, I believe some certainties have surfaced:

- The bombings were terrorist acts by a radical Islamic group,
- The Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency is linked to the bombings,
- The ISI wields power largely independent of President Musharraf,
- The Indians are restless and expect a forceful government response, and
- By calling the group responsible for the bombings as 'little-known' or 'unknown,' the media demonstrate that they didn't do their homework.
In a directly-related development, the trial of Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Mohammad Arif alias Ashfaq, believed to be a triggering circumstance for the New Delhi bombings, has concluded. Ashfaq was sentenced to death by a Delhi court.

Companion at Interested-Participant.

By at 04:54 AM | Comments |

October 30, 2005

A Long Time Ago, In A France Far, Far, Away

France wasn't always filled with cheese eating surrender monkeys.

In October of 732, Charles Martel ("The Hammer") and his Frankish horde stopped cold the onrushing cavalry of Allah's finest, halting Islam's desire to break out from Spain and subjugate the rest of Europe.

Creasy argues also that the Martel victory "preserved the relics of ancient and the germs of modern civilizations ." That is, in a Moslem Dominion, the ferment of the Middle Ages, which sparked the Enlightenment with all of its scientific, economic, and political fruits, would never have occurred. Look at the modern Islamic world: backward, unfree, poor--in sad fact, scarcely modern at all. This could be the state of all humankind if not for a Europe where, as Strauss notes, "church and state were [often] at loggerheads," helping form a culture that was, "compared to Islam, decentralized, secularized, individualistic, profit-driven."

Half-educated Christophobes who think the faith contributed nothing but superstition and inventive torture to the human story should ponder Strauss' words. So should modern zealots who would happily marry church and state.

Without the victory at Tours, there would be no suds-swinging Oktoberfest, no Halloween (because no All Hallows Eve), indeed little fun now or at any other time of the year under a Shari'a, or religious law, not noted for winking at petty vices.

Victor Davis Hanson notes the Battle of Tours, or Poitiers, as he refers to it, as one of the landmark battles in Western civilization in his book "Carnage and Culture."

Pray for Europe. But save a few prayers, too, for a band of bearded, coarse, but faithful men who stood shoulder-to-shoulder in a cold dawn and faced proven death galloping full-speed toward them--only to unhorse that grim rider and break his bones to bits.

Which is to say that if in the next life you can't find the Pearly Gates, just follow the sound of the loud German drinking songs. You'll get to the right place.

So when you're out running around having a fun Halloween, stop for a moment, look up, and thank a Frank.

Stein hoist to Clarity and Resolve.

By Vinnie at 10:45 PM | Comments |

Goodbye Harriet

Well, I was sympathetic to the Miers nomination for no better reason, really, than that it brought back my youth a bit. But to be honest, except for the fact that I was young my youth wasn't especially noteworthy. The decision made here is going to be between one guided by cronyism (or loyalty/friendship, to put it in a softer light) and outright elitism. Harriet was probably a 700 or so on the scale of logic, but not much more than a 500 in verbal ability, so she's tanglefooted. The next nominee will be at least a 700 in both verbal and logic/math, which is a good thing for the country. But at that level bear in mind that he/she won't be very cognizant of the common weal. Said nominee will have been in special classes from the time he (it will be a "he") learned to read, and may not have actually bought a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk in quite awhile. Sobeit; it's the very essence of the Jeffersonian ideal whereby the country is informed and led by a meritocracy composed of exceptional leaders and scholars emerging from the mass of humanity.

It is, a turning point.

The danger of a meritocracy is that it's always close to turning into a plain old oligarchy, because the perquisites of power are often the prerequisites of achievement. Well, that's the trend unless vigilance is able to keep the playing field level by rigorous adherence to merit, pragmatically conceived.

But though we are at a turning point, we are not at the apex of history.

In fact, the version of liberalism that guides the West is deficient in comparison to the version of totalitarianism that opposes it. One wouldn't think so, given our confidence that a misstep isn't even possible. The only segments of this culture that have begun the painful graduation from naive liberalism to demosophia are those that are in direct contact with the enemy, in Iraq, and those with whom they are in direct contact, in the blogosphere. No one else is even at the yawning and stretching phase of awakening.

And in such a situation an "end-around" is more than conceivable; it's almost inevitable. While we focus on Iraq, Iran torques and strains. The American Civil War, which pitted ancient contra-liberal institutions like slavery against the liberal ideals of the American Founding has become a World Civil War, or very near. The strategy of the enemy will not be to confront our strengths directly, but to exploit the divisions clearly manifest in our own domestic argument. This is such a certainty as to be beyond debate. Qutb's deepest insight was that the West was plagued by an "awful schizophrenia" that renders it weak and indecisive in the face of adversity. It ought to be at least sobering that our enemy knew us at least as well as we know ourselves, and if there's a flaw in his plan it has yet to make itself clear. He did, however, underestimate the core of the culture. He thought it resided in Harvard and 5th Avenue, the dolt.

But my hope is that, just maybe, the attention now paid to the innocuous lies and misrepresentations of Scooter Libby will raise the profile of Joe Wilson's lies, and people will be outraged by the fact that this debacle was all created by the misperception that Wilson had something of value to relate. What sort of covert agent, jealous of their own security, chooses to send a bumbling and untrained spouse into the heart of ones own turf, unless there's some other agenda? And how corrupt must a media establishment be, that it fails to even mention (in the 60 minutes of Meet the Press with Tim Russert) that almost nothing Joe Wilson ever said deserves the label of "truth?"

We are far more vulnerable than we seem...

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 08:24 PM | Comments |

Wisdom, Hope I Get Some One Day.

Just so you know how I end up where I end up despite being frightfully human and imperfect. I read lots of stuff and post lots too. I've not read anything better than this all week.

Ecc Chap 9 start vs 9:Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them. This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me: There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it: Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man. Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.

No one knows what tomorrow will be for any of us. Today I will drink the wine of my labor and see and visit with the family. It is the labors of life and the time spent laughing with friends and family, these are the true gifts of life that have been given to us. Tomorrow any man including myself may find himself as a blade of grass or he may be allowed to take joy in the vanity of his labor and see the sun once more. Be both confident and humble, live for today and do the best you can. You will succeed and fail both equal gifts in the long road to wisdom.

Chap 3 11 – 15 :He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God. I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

Updated: In other words I have no idea. Chance most likely.

By Howie at 12:29 PM | Comments |

October 29, 2005

Christian Schoolgirls Beheaded

(Poso, Indonesia) Three Christian girls walking to school were beheaded earlier today by men in black clothes and masks near the Muslim town of Poso. The town lies about 1,000 miles northeast of Jakarta and is in a region of considerable Muslim-Christian strife. This story makes me sick.

From TheStar.com:

National police spokesman Aryanto Budiharjo said up to six men in black clothes and masks attacked the students in Bukit Bambu village, on the eastern island of Sulawesi.

"The perpetrators wore black attire and veils and they used machetes to slash (the victims)," he told reporters in Jakarta.

The three headless bodies of the high school students, dressed in brown uniforms, were left at the site of the attack. Three heads were found at separate locations two hours later by residents.

Earlier, a police official in Poso gave a different account, saying two men wearing helmets on a motorcycle attacked the 16-year-old students.

He said the student who escaped said the attackers wore helmets and carried a two-way radio.

The killings have been condemned by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono who called the murders "sadist and inhuman crimes."

Also covering: In The Bullpen

Companion at Interested-Participant.

By at 04:52 PM | Comments |

Bomb Blasts in New Delhi, Scores Killed

(New Delhi, India) Three powerful bombs were detonated today in crowded shopping areas (map) of the capital city. The first blast occurred about 5:40pm IST at the main market in Paharganj, a popular meeting area for foreign tourists and backpackers. Another explosion followed in Sarojini Nagar, a busy shopping area popular among the middle class and foreigners. Soon after, the teeming market of Govindpuri was attacked. Police, fire brigades, bomb disposal teams, and anti-terror squads rushed to the scene as the whole city was placed on security alert.

Thus far, reports on the number of casualties have been sketchy. The dead and injured are expected to be numerous. Most places were unusually crowded due to the upcoming Diwali festival, a major Hindu holiday during which families exchange gifts, light candles and celebrate with fireworks.

It's unclear who is responsible for the blasts, but Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal stated that the attacks were "handiwork of those who were backed by anti-India elements."

"From preliminary observations, it can be said the explosives were kept in a cycle rickshaw or a motorcycle. At least 40 are injured and six to eight people have expired," Delhi Police Commissioner KK Paul told reporters in Paharganj.
According to Home Secretary V.K. Duggal, an alert was sounded in all states for possible terrorist attacks during the Diwali season.

The Guardian reports that a bus was bombed in addition to the shopping areas.

Rediff India reports that 50 people are dead and 70 are injured. Also, the blasts are suspected to be the handiwork of banned Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Toiba outfit.

HindustanTimes.com reports that:

- 48 are confirmed dead,
- Police raid hotels in Paharganj,
- Home Ministry says RDX was used in blasts,
- Two suspects arrested at New Delhi Railway Station,
- Blasts being blamed on an intelligence failure.
A top advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated that the bombings were surely the work of terrorists but which group is unknown at present. Opposition from numerous terrorist groups constantly faces India. From fringe organizations to militarized Kashmiri rebels, India has its enemies.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 12:46 PM | Comments |

AP Mocks Possible Libby Defense

From the Associated Press via Yahoo!News:

WASHINGTON - The lawyer for Vice President Dick Cheney's former top aide is outlining a possible criminal defense that is a time-honored tradition in Washington scandals: A busy official immersed in important duties cannot reasonably be expected to remember details of long-ago conversations.
This story will undoubtedly cause hoots of derision in the Lefty camp.

Having once been interrogated by a former FBI agent and his partner regarding suspected union activity while in federal employ (they were on the wrong track, but that's a different story that I'm not at liberty to discuss), I can speak to some of the techniques possibly used. I can't tell you if these are standard FBI interrogation techniques, but people usually revert to their training, even when in new positions.

First and throughout, they attempted to bring the power of their authority and position to bear. This was not a friendly chat, it was confrontational to the point of being abusive. The object was intimidation; truth through fear. Things like standing while I remained seated and deliberately invading my space. Some "good cop, bad cop", played to the hilt and beyond (I actually believe the "bad cop" had a personal dislike for me, and that he was surprised that I wasn't visibly rattled by it). The questioning was deliberately repetitious and punctuated by interruptions and changes of subject in order to see if my answers changed. Some questions were combative, questioning my loyalties. Question:"Oh, now you're trying to put it on [name of another employee]. Response: "There isn't anything to 'put' on anyone." The "bad cop" kept telling me that he didn't "...buy it."

As soon as the "interview" began I knew instinctively that showing any fear to these men would be as dangerous as showing it to a snarling dog. My interrogation lasted only about 45 minutes, yet I was shaky and more than ready for a smoke once I'd left that room and those men behind. This was one of the most intense experiences of my life.

The point is this - I didn't come out of that interview unscathed simply because I was innocent. I came out alright because I maintained rigid self control, I was being questioned on events that had occured the previous week (so they were fresh in my mind), I didn't allow the interrogators to rattle me, and...oh yeah, I was innocent.

I don't know the circumstances of Libby's interviews with FBI agents, but I would not be willing to dismiss out of hand any claims from him that he was confused or misspoke.

Most of this post is taken from a longer post about the Fitzgerald press conference at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto11:46 AM | Comments |

October 28, 2005

Dear Mr. President

Dear President Amalamaramalamadingdong or whatever your name is, of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Permit me to release 25 years worth of pent up rage and frustration by saying:

I believe the Islamic Republic of Iran must be wiped off the face of the Earth.

Apologies to the majority of Iranian citizens who are pro-American, perhaps we can work together to just wipe your government from the face of the Earth.

By Vinnie at 06:46 PM | Comments |

What's The Word....

If schadenfreude is delighting in watching someone else's misery, what's the word for taking delight in watching someone else's misplaced joy?

You'll know what I'm talking about if you read the leftie blogs.

By Vinnie at 06:40 PM | Comments |

Friday Link Dump & Open Thread.

And as last week a big thanks to all the guest posters and regulars who have helped out this week. I linked you all here last week. Well except Jane. If I’ve missed anyone please email me. Let’s all pat ourselves on the back. It’s hard to find people who will work for Republic credits. Did anyone else have problems with those at the bank? They ran me off. Something about they only take Imperial credits now.

If you have a post you want attention for link this post and send a trackback. The Jawa Report will issue a Fatwa on you and boom link city.

Woman Fired as Husband is Deployed.

How nice of you to relieve her of that silly job she had now she can worry about her hubby seven days a week 24 hours a day.

Nose On your face Halloween fun and why Harriet Myers won’t be trick or treating at the Whitehouse.

Eight lives left.

Hellvis, Rock & Roll!!

Sulu is bad gay. All those looks of fear were generated by forcing him to look at Nurse Chapel.

A must read from the La Times.

LA Times:Be warned, senator: If Democrats become the "let's treat Iraq as we treated Vietnam" party, the public will turn away in revulsion, and the Democratic Party will die. It's not in such great shape anyhow.

Halloween hanging.

Reader Love mail: A Turkey from Turkey It’s been a week or so lets surprise him if his email is valid.

f*ck u mother f*cke5rs sitting on ur fat pusssies thinking ur alll goood u know wat i f*ck u and ur muummma ikilll u jewish f*ccckers


On a personal note Shane here at work blogs on journal space but was a bit shy about the URL. Says he pissed off Da Oyster with some stuff he posted. Oyster?

By Howie at 04:49 PM | Comments |

A Quick Look At The Indictment

I just got done listening to Fitzgerald's press conference.

I believe that in addition to Scooter Libby, the following people should be forced to resign in the wake of this scandal:

Ari Fleischer
John Ashcroft
Colin Powell
Paul O'Neill
My mailman
The grumpy lady at the social security office
The entire staff of the Internal Revenue Service

One final thought. Now that he has copious amounts of free time, perhaps Mr. Libby can track down the person who nicknamed him "Scooter" and kick his ass.

Ok, I gotta go back to work now.

UPDATE:

Howie says his parents nicknamed him. Well then, that explains how he turned into such a hardened criminal.

And while we're on the subject, I must announce that I am asking Rusty to refer to a special prosecutor in order to investigate WHO LEAKED MY EMAIL TO FILTHY ALLAH! Who, btw, is cooking beef stew today.

By Vinnie at 02:16 PM | Comments |

Forbes Calls Bloggers Dangerous.

It’s official blogs have graduated from the interesting oddity of the day to a real threat to established power. The first indication is Denny Hastert has started a blog. Now Forbes Magazine has taken notice. Yes blogger power is uncontrolled, untamed. No matter left or right ordinary people are not supposed to be able to speak. It bucks the system and the system wants control. This is not a left or right issue it is a freedom issue.

I've one thing to say here: Well F*ck you very much Forbes!!!

Others: Micropersuasion, La Shawn Barber’s Corner and Damianpenny.

Below I will list my qualifications to post here. If you are not taking part in the greatest revolution in speech since the US constitution, better get with it. The powers that be don’t like it. It will not be Denny they will want to silence.

1 : username.
2 : password.
3 : balls.


By Howie at 10:28 AM | Comments |

Tony Blair Talks Back to Iran.

After Wednesdays display of stupid by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad followed almost immediately by Islamic Jihad’s bombing in Israel. Tony Blair has had enough. Islamic Jihad is supported by Iran and has headquarters in Damascus Syria.

Times of LondonTimes of London: Ending a one-day European Union summit, the Prime Minister called the explosive declaration by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday a disgrace. Promising discussions with Washington and other allies over how to react, Mr Blair said that he had often been urged not to take action against Iran. But he added: “If they carry on like this the question people will be asking us is — when are you going to do something about Iran? Can you imagine a State like that with an attitude like that having nuclear weapons?”

As Rusty just said Iran is raising the stakes. I think they are betting the US and Britain can’t muster a response. With George W Bush and Tony Blair in the mix along with emerging democracy on two borders and an internal democracy movement I feel it’s a bad bet. Yes it’s time to deal with Iran and Syria. The struggle against intolerant nations will not be easily won. As you can see appeasement does not work. The EU has been trying that and Iran has thumbed their nose at all of us. If we fail to act they will only become more emboldened and dangerous.

Others: Captain Ed and USS Neverdock.

By Howie at 09:40 AM | Comments |

Iranian President Reaffirms "Final Solution", Reveals Tehran's Weakness

Patriotism is not the last refuge of a scoundrel, antisemitism is. The great unifying theme of the Islamic world is hatred of Israel. Thus, when the President of Iran calls for a final solution for the Jewish state in the Middle East, and then reiterates that position again today, it is not simply an act of antisemitism, it is an act of desperation. It reveals the weakness of the Iranian theocracy's position.

Change is coming to the Middle East. Like the smell of ozone after a lightning strike it is in the air. The mullahs in Iran sense it is coming and they are afraid. Very afraid.

And what do those who have a stake in maintaining power do to distract the masses from their own plight? Blame the Jews.

There really is no "Middle Eastern culture", only "Middle Eastern cultures". Persian, Turks, Kurds and Assyrians speak different languages and have unique traditions and cultures. The "Arab street" does not exist, but there are "Arab streets". Hip-hop music, I am told, has become the language of protest for young Gazans, and while terrorist videos are sold in markets throughout the region sales of pornography are much higher.

But, if there is one thing that can unify the many Middle Eastern cultures and the many Arab streets, it is antisemitism. Nasser did not become an icononclastic hero in the Middle East for the Aswan project, he became a hero because he "stood up" to Israel.

Secular liberals, Islamists, nationalists, and even Christians in the Middle East all agree that Israel has no right to exist. Some realists might believe that peace with Israel is inevitable, but not that it is right. In the eyes of the secular left in the Middle East, and like their European and American counterparts, Israel is the last bastion of Wetern colonialism and imperialsim. To Islamists and nationalists it represents a sort of emasculation to the collective psyche. And to the long-oppressed Christians of the region it represents a source of destabilization used by their oppressors as another excuse to crack down on them. Israel, it is widely believed, is the source of injustice in the region.

So, when the President of Iran calls for the destruction of Israel the reaction from the street is a foregone conclusion: they will support him. He knows this. He is not stupid.

Iran has dreams of becoming a regional superpower. They seek nuclear power, for instance, not because the oil-rich nation really needs it, but because nuclear power represents something bigger. It puts Iran on par with the "big boys" of the industrialized world.

Iran's main disadvantage for a regional hegemony is that it is an Islamist nation unlike the larger Islamist movement. It is Shia, and compared to the Islamist theories of bin Laden or Zarqawi relatively progressive. So, what can the bin Ladenists and the followers of the Ayattolah agree upon? The destruction of the "Zionist entity."

More than this, the mullahs of Iran aren't simply trying to elevate themselves among the jihadis, they are trying to elevate themselves in the eyes of the the entire Middle East. The move to a theocratic state is probably not a great unifying theme among a region as diverse as the Middle East, but a move to wipe-out Israel is.

Even if it is only rhetoric, it is powerful rhetoric. It is the kind of rhetoric that unifies. It is the kind of rhetoric that moves people to admiration and adoration. It is the kind of rhetoric that gives power both within a country's own borders and beyond. And when a regime feels itself vulnurable, its first move will be to bolster its power.

Expect more anti-Israeli speeches in the future. As the tides of change sweep through the Middle East we should find such rhetoric more and more common.

The last resort of the scoundrals that dominate the region will be to verbally attack Israel.

[PS-still on blog sabbatical, but felt this needed saying]

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:12 AM | Comments |

Danes Arrest Muslims in Terror Plot

(Copenhagen, Denmark) Four male Middle Eastern Muslims, aged 16 to 20, have been arrested in Denmark on suspicion of planning a suicide terror attack in Europe.

From the BBC:

The arrests were linked to a recent inquiry in the Balkans in which arrests were made and large quantities of explosives were found, police said.

No details were given of the intended target of the group's alleged plot.

"We suspect the four young men of being participants in preparation of terrorist acts somewhere in Europe," said police spokesman Joern Bro.

The suspects are closely linked to three men arrested previously in the Balkans for planning an attack on the British or American embassies in Sarajevo. A tipster in an unnamed Balkan nation led to the arrests.

Notably, most of the reporting on this story is referring to the suspected terrorists as 'men.' In my opinion, 16-year-old boys are not men and at least one of the suspects is 16. The thought of having boys running around Europe with terrorism on their minds is frightening. Boys usually can mingle anonymously in society since they are not old enough to have graduated from school, nor to have a work history, nor to have been in the government or military. Typically, there are no photographs nor fingerprints. Spooky.

Companion at Interested-Participant.

By at 07:16 AM | Comments |

October 27, 2005

Welcome To The Sandcrawler

Everyone, give a warm welcome to Jane from Armies of Liberation to the Jawa Report staff.

And if any members of the Yemeni Islamofascistpricktocracy care to monitor her here like they do there, bear in mind that she is now even more carefully watched by her Uncle.

And you don't want to mess with Uncle.

By Vinnie at 11:28 PM | Comments |

Dhimmification Denied

Stein hoist to uber-kafir Patrick for this:

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A Florida school district has decided that students will get no religious holidays from school after a debate over which religion should get the days.

Hillsborough County School Board members approved the 2006-2007 school year calendar with only three holiday days off -- Labor Day, President's Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Tampa Tribune reports.

Ahmed Bedier of the Council on American-Islamic Relations had hoped for a day off of school for the Muslim holy day of Eid Al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

Bishop Chuck Leigh of the Florida Council of Churches said the board made a mistake in not granting the Muslim holiday.

But school board attorney Tom Gonzalez told the board that it was wrong to close the school for any religion.

Students who miss class for a religious holiday will not be penalized.

Wow, I was all set to do a throwdown on this school district, because at first glance it appears that they're inconveniencing everyone just to appease CAIR. Typically, that's how these things tend to work. See: 10 Commandments monuments, et.al.

But then I took a look at my kids calendar for school, where no CAIR member dare to tread, and here are the single day holidays:

Labor Day
Martin Luther King Day
President's Day
Memorial Day

So I thought, hm, they've axed Thanksgiving to appease CAIR, but then I dug out the (PDF alert!) school calendar mentioned in the article, and there it was.

What about Christmas? Still off, because it falls under the politically correctly monikered Winter Break.

So, we can give this school district kudos for telling CAIR to shove it, albeit in an offhand way. All they did was put out a press release saying that they're going to keep the same days off that they did before, but, by adding the religious angle, they get CAIR off of their backs.

There is a dark side to the tale, however. I took a look at the calendar for (PDF alert!) this school year, and compared it to the one for next, and there was a single day holiday eliminated.

Veterans Day. (if you're wondering about Memorial Day, a look at the calendar shows these schools let out before then)

By Vinnie at 11:02 PM | Comments |

Stop Attacking the American Journalist

Thats the title of an article in the Yemen Times defending me by Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani, the Yemeni editor the bloggers helped me circulate a petition for. He was granted amnesty a week later (this was back in March.) Sometimes payback is not a beeyotch.

It discusses the Yemeni regime's attempts to contact me before they decided to start calling me a Zionist and numerous other nasty names in the governmental papers.

So this line is pretty funny: The question, which has been raised, is that how is it possible for the President’s journalist Mr. Sanabani to meet a Zionist writer.

Is that snark? Translated from Arabic it still comes through as snark.

Jane

Update: me bud d-rod asks the eturnal question Why? Maybe its my articles like this one about the criminal activities of the Yemeni president or maybe this one about attacks on the Yemeni journalists. My articles also get translated into Arabic and published in Yemen, so I'm blowing their propaganda in the West and inside Yemen.

By Jane at 06:40 PM | Comments |

Multinational Force Spokesman: Media Being Manipulated by Terrorists

Stating a blindingly obvious point that has somehow escaped the Western media, Army Major General Rick Lynch today said:

"Half the battle is in the battlefield of the media. The terrorists will use the media as a combat multiplier to hide their limited capabilities."
It's a shame that the General has to spoonfeed the press like this, but with the massive egos occupying the brainpans, especially in television news, of reporters there just isn't much room left over for analytic ability and common sense.

Common sense should have told even the dullest newsperson in the Palestine Hotel that it had no intrinsic military value other than as propaganda, yet each network dutifully carried water for the terrorist insurgency by replaying the "spectacular explosions" over and over.

Odd, given the broadcast media's fascination for brilliant flashes of light and shiny things that there has been an embargo of images from the 9/11 attacks for years. The excuse given is that they don't want to "inflame" the American public. Unfortunately, there seems to be no equivalent concern about inflaming the ignorant, bloodthirsty, and illiterate buffoons who make up the bulk of the "Arab street".

The general said terrorists recognize the value of the media. Al Qaeda's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, expressed this sentiment in a letter to Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, believed to be leading insurgent actions in Iraq. The letter was intercepted by coalition intelligence sources.

Lynch pointed to the Oct. 24 bombing of the Palestine Hotel as an example of planning an operation for media attention. The hotel is host to international journalists and contractors and has security cameras surrounding it. The attack, which was caught on surveillance cameras and aired worldwide, was meant to shift the world's focus to Baghdad and away from the progress that's being made throughout the country, he said, urging the reporters present not to allow that to happen.

Exactly, and there's bound to be more to come with elections scheduled for December 15. And, as usual, we can expect the bulk of our media to miss the significance of each attack.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto01:35 PM | Comments |

A Little Help, Please

Who is this "Harry Etmyers" that everyone keeps talking about?

By Vinnie at 12:15 PM | Comments |

Beheading Terrorists Killed in Mosul Raid of Safe House.

Good news, the last time we saw this guy he was personally helping to behead people. I’ve inquired about which specific beheadings this now very dead man was involved in. When I find out I’ll pass that along to you. We got his buddy too.

CENTCOM:An al-Qaeda terrorist cell leader who personally assisted in at least three videotaped beheadings and his assistant were killed during a Coalition raid of a suspected safe house in Mosul Oct. 22. Nashwan Mijhim Muslet (aka Abu Tayir or Abu Zaid) was a senior operational al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorist cell leader who operated specifically in the Mosul area. His cell was known as the primary beheading cell for Abu Talha, the al-Qaeda in Iraq Emir of Mosul who was captured in June, 2005, and Abu Zubayr, second in command to Talha and later Emir of Mosul after Talha was detained. Zubayr was killed in August, 2005.

Good riddance I can only hope it was a slow and painful death and he was very aware he was dying the whole time. Click for photos of his ugly mug and his buddy below.

Nashwan:

His butt buddy errr assistant.


By Howie at 09:38 AM | Comments |

Miers Withdraws as Supreme Court Nominee

President Bush announced the withdrawal of Harriet Miers as a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. The President reluctantly accepted her letter of withdrawal. No links yet. Developing ...


[Update 0950 EDT]

It's being reported that Miers talked to President Bush last night and asked if she could withdraw.

From the Chicago Tribune:

President Bush said he reluctantly accepted her decision to withdraw, after weeks of insisting that he did not want her to step down. He blamed her withdrawal on calls in the Senate for the release of internal White House documents that the administration has insisted were protected by executive privilege.

"It is clear that senators would not be satisfied until they gained access to internal documents concerning advice provided during her tenure at the White House -- disclosures that would undermine a president's ability to receive candid counsel," Bush said. "Harriet Miers' decision demonstrates her deep respect for this essential aspect of the constitutional separation of powers -- and confirms my deep respect and admiration for her."

Washington is stunned by the news since the withdrawal of a nominee is quite unusual. It has occurred with only seven of 150 nominees in the history of the Supreme Court.

By at 08:11 AM | Comments |

Judge Orders Release of Gitmo Records

Lawyers representing hunger-striking Guantanamo Bay detainees have convinced U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler to order the government to inform detainees' defense lawyers at least 24 hours before any force-feeding and to provide the lawyers with medical records weekly.

Julia Tarver, a lawyer for three of the detainees, asserted in court papers that when she visited her clients she found them weak and sometimes able to speak only with difficulty because of throat lesions they said were caused by having the feeding tubes forced in. Ms. Tarver said one detainee, Yousef Al-Shehri, told her that a feeding tube had been roughly inserted through his nose into his throat, causing him to spit up blood.
Notably, without the forced-feeding, the detainees likely would have died and, according to the government, none have.

Judge Kessler acted on an emergency petition because it was "deeply troubling" that detainees had feeding tubes inserted without sedatives or anesthesia.

"If the allegations are true - and they are all explicitly, specifically and vigorously denied by the government - they describe the conduct of which the United States can hardly be proud," the judge wrote.
Although Kessler directed the government to provide notifications and records, she denied the request for the lawyers to have immediate telephone access to the detainees.

It seems that Judge Kessler's decision is based exclusively on the adequacy of the medication administered to the detainees prior to inserting the feeding tubes. Her ruling indicates that the detainees are not sufficiently drugged before having a tube shoved up their noses and down their esophaguses. I must assume that there have been past cases where judges have determined the amount medication to be administered. I'm personally uncomfortable with the idea. In my estimation, no amount of legal training and experience prepares a judge to practice medicine.

Nevertheless, ordering the release of medical documents will surely prompt the detainees' lawyers to start searching for other issues to litigate. The latest wrangling over the medication issue is part of an ongoing campaign by human rights advocates to force the government into giving the detainees more legal rights.

It's unknown whether the government will appeal.

Companion at Interested-Participant.

By at 06:26 AM | Comments |

Iran to launch recon satellite

I know a few things about Iran but I was not aware that they had a space program. Well, actually, they are shooting a Chinese "Sina" satellite on top of a Russian rocket from a Russian launch pad. So they outsourced it. But pretty soon they'll have an eye in the sky--several, actually, with more launches planned.

Why are they doing this? Iran's embassy in Moscow "said Sina would be capable of monitoring natural disasters and urban growth."

Oh, right. Sure. Got it. Mmmhm. Yep.

If you believe that's what it's for, you probably just can't wait for that peaceful, energy-generating Iranian nuclear program to come on line.

By See-Dubya at 02:58 AM | Comments |

October 26, 2005

Jawa Hath Ith Privilegeth

One of the joys of being a Jawa Report poster is being on the inside, being in the know, ever mindful of the fact that yes, one day, I may too become an anonymous high ranking official who asked not to be named.

And the icing on the cake is being the blogson. Being the blogson gives me access to Rusty that even Howie can only dream of.

What is the point of all this? Well, I have excellent news. Because of my special relationship with my blogfather, I am the only blogger here who has seen the fruits of his labors, the sweat of his brow, the baby that he is soon to deliver with all the pain and agony that birthing a masterpiece entails.

I have the first page of the first chapter of the book that Rusty is putting his final touches on, and I have been granted permission to post it here.

So without further ado, because he who hestitates, well, you know the rest...

Rusty's book

By Vinnie at 11:29 PM | Comments |

Kerry: Bring 20,000 Troops Home from Iraq

The irrelevent one speaks. Odd position considering it wasn't long ago he was screaming for more troops. Obviously been hanging at the Waffle House again.

Sen. John Kerry says President Bush should bring home 20,000 troops from Iraq over the Christmas holidays if the December parliamentary elections there are successful.

Defeated by Bush last year and a potential candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, Kerry called for a "reasonable time frame" for pulling back troops rather than a full-scale withdrawal advocated by some Democrats. He said it could be completed in 12 to 15 months.

"It will be hard for this administration, but it is essential to acknowledge that the insurgency will not be defeated unless our troop levels are drawn down, starting immediately after successful elections in December," Kerry said in a speech prepared for delivery Wednesday at Georgetown University. Excerpts of the speech were obtained by the Associated Press.

Now that's what I call some seriously contorted reasoning.

Companion OpiniPundit

By at 05:03 PM | Comments |

Another Al Qaeda Smithereen Commando Suffers Premature Evisceration

From an American Forces Press Service news release we learn that an Al Qaeda suicide bomber managed to blow up his suicide vest while still in the car with his accomplices:

Three people were seen in the vehicle before it exploded, officials said. One bomber was wearing a suicide vest, which apparently detonated early, killing the bomber and another occupant, while a third terrorist jumped from the moving vehicle in time to avoid being killed. Iraqi Police arrested the surviving insurgent. Iraqi explosive ordnance experts later cleared the scene.
It is believed that, because of his incompetence, Allah will not provide him with the traditional 72 raisins:
But Manji says recent research shows all that virgin stuff was based on an erroneous translation of the Koran: what awaits in heaven are 72 raisins. What? Could 54 people really have been blown up for a bag of raisins? “Well in 7th century Arabia raisins were so exalted as to be promoted to paradise.”

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto01:31 PM | Comments |

A Note to Fellow Academic Bloggers: Follow Chomsky's Lead

I'm just checking in to let you all know that I am alive. I appreciate the work Howie, See-Dubya, Vinnie, Mike Pechar, Traderrob, Chris Short, Bluto, & the Demosophist have been doing in my absence. It looks like my book project may go a little longer than I anticpated, but only by a couple of weeks. I will be back, so please have patience.

What have I learned from writing this thing? Absolutely nothing. Oh, except, never write a book-length manuscript before submitting chapters to your editor. Trust me on this one.

On another topic, Spoons says goodbye to blogging. Wait, you mean Spoons was a lawyer? I never knew that.

This reminds me of a bit of advice I've been meaning to relay to academic bloggers: follow Chomsky's lead.

Follow Chomsky, you say, why that's an odd bit of advice coming from the Right?

Indeed it is. What I mean by that is you need to separate your academic work from your polemic work. Chomsky, as you may know, is a noted linguist. But, is Chomsky famous because he is a linguist? No. Please name his linguistic theory? He is famous because he is a critic of U.S. foreign policy. He is not an IR specialist nor does he have any training in political science. His tenure at MIT is based on his linguistic work, not on his foreign policy analysis. His foreign policy analysis is basically a polemic shaped by an ideology and world view. It is blogging before the advent of blogs.

If you are an academic blogger, follow Chomsky's lead and do not blog on your field of expertise. This may come as quite a shock to some of my readers, but I am not an IR specialist nor is my academic work related--even peripherally--to the Global War on Terror and Islamofascist ideologies.

In my role as a blogger I am just like you: I am a citizen journalist.

So, note to fellow bloggers in academia: leave the "expert opinions" to the peer reviewed journals. As for your blog, keep it simple, know its limitations, and do not tout your academic credentials in order to give some authority to your pontifications.

As for that last recommendation, do not follow Chomsky's lead. I'm not sure that it's Chomsky's fault that his followers rely on the logical fallacy of resorting to authority when quoting him. You can't say Chomsky's theories are stupid, they say, Chomsky works at MIT. As if the fact that Chomsky works at MIT as a linguist gives his theories on why U.S. foreign policy is (and has always been) bad mmmmmkay, some extra credibility.

The truth is that I started blogging using the name "Dr. Rusty Shackleford" as a joke. Give Dale Gribble a Ph.D. and this is what you get. Only recently have I begun to realize how much faith people put in that "Dr." aspect of my fictional name. Ultimately, the validity of this blog rests not on my education level or my professional activitiy, but on the quality of the posts and the facts or theories presented therein.

I don't post on my academic area of expertise for the very same reason Chomsky does not lecture outside of MIT on his: I know the difference between peer reviewed theories put under academic scrutiny and theories about world politics driven by my ideology. Hopefully, the latter--my opinions about the war on terror--are accurate. What they definitely are not, though, are rigorously thought out analysis in the same manner as my academic work is. None of my posts--as far as I can tell--has ever produced a hypothesis that any one -- as far as I can tell -- has tested.

So, to fellow bloggers in academia remember what your blog is and what it is not. It is a place to post random thoughts and observations. It is a place to stroke your own ego. It is a place to editorialize. It is a place to say inane, meaningless, and occasionally offensive things. It is a place where on a rare occasion you might just get an important point across. However, it is not a place to further your academic career nor is it a place that your credentials have any meaning.

Blogs are the great levellers of our day. Whether auto-mechanic or nuclear physicist, the opinions of both are of equal importance in the blogosphere. Blogs have made Chomskys of us all. And that, believe it or not, is a good thing.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:34 AM | Comments |

Iran says, “Israel, Wipe Them Out”

Iran’s new President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has dropped the Mr. Nice guy lately.

Yahoo News: Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury, any (Islamic leader) who recognizes the Zionist regime means he is acknowledging the surrender and defeat of the Islamic world," Ahmadinejad said. Ahmadinejad also repeated the words of the founder of Iran's Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who called for the destruction of Israel. "As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map," said Ahmadinejad, who came to power in August.

So Mr. Ahmadinejad just how do you propose to do that with all peaceful nuclear technology you are working on that you just transferred to your military? The radical shift in Iran shows how much pressure having two democratic states on their borders added to the domestic cry for freedom is having. They must paint everyone as an enemy of Iran and create a struggle to maintain enough support to stop freedom. Current political problems in the US have left an opening for other nations to pour on pressure. Several have been taking advantage this week including Canada on timber and NAFTA.

Others : Captains Quarters and Jihad Watch.

By Howie at 11:03 AM | Comments |

Islamic Army in Iraq New Video

This week on Infovlad a new and old video were posted from Islamic Army in Iraq. So what is the big deal? I’ll tell you, the new video lacked a header, singing voices and all the other post production details and fancy bells and whistles. Also after Al-Qaeda announced a weekly news program they have failed to deliver the goods. Add to that the capture of their main webmaster and you see why. See it’s not so much the machines but the people to run them as well.

Then terrorists attacked the Palestine hotel attempting to capture journalists or possibly take the building for a 1970's Olympics style operation. They failed, while they killed some people the Iraqi’s and Americans they had much bigger plans. Also think about the not so obvious targets there equipment, producers and technicians. So while they are bound to pop up the 2 month drought combined with the low quality release make this Jawa feel pretty good.

By Howie at 08:45 AM | Comments |

WTW Cube Farm Living at Ground Zero.

A while back I told you about having to make our cubicles all neat and stuff. I had to take down the tower of stupidity. I gave some big speech how it was going back up. Well there have been some problems. First the tower was deconstructed leaving a large empty area in my cube. The teenage mutant frogs and the lizards were in charge of grounds keeping and damaged two philodendrons. While I’m nursing them back to health Aussie decides to put his apple core in there for fun. Killed them suckers dead. Then Quailman and Johnny Bravo who were in charge of the redesign and construction can’t decide how many spires go on top or if the base is protected against flying “yogurt lid of death” projectiles. This has resulted in weeks of delay and haggling, meanwhile the empty spot just sits there. Roy looks so lonely up there on his magnet without characters in the Tower of Stupidity to keep him company. It just doesn’t feel right. On other news Jack Frost visited Bumfuct Egypt for the first time day a full 10 days late. I siphoned off a fifth of that home made wine last weekend. Had to be tested you know. Good stuff, I’ll bottle err uh plastic jug that this weekend.

Here are your White Trash Wednesday bloggers


By Howie at 08:33 AM | Comments |

Wal-Mart Attacked

In an effort to reduce employee health care costs and enhance profitability, a memo recommending the hiring of more part-time workers and discouraging the hiring of unhealthy people was drafted for submittal to the Wal-Mart Board of Directors. In draft form, the memo was intercepted and anonymously sent to Wal-Mart Watch, a union-backed activist group, which claims that a 'secret memo' was uncovered. On the other hand, it appears that Wal-Mart just considered the memo to be an internal document which was freely released in updated form when it was asked for.

Nonetheless, the union-backed team at Wal-Mart Watch is attempting to demonize Wal-Mart in its seemingly reasonable attempt to develop ideas and methods to reduce health care costs. Maybe it's just me, but I don't see anything wrong with part-time workers or discouraging the hiring of unhealthy workers. Nor do I see anything wrong with trying to enhance profitability.

Without scrutinizing the Wal-Mart memo, it's impossible to determine the reasonableness of the proposed changes. On the surface, it appears to reflect nothing more than a day in the operation and administration of a business. Unfortunately, and I've witnessed it already, the mainstream media have been characterizing the memo as an indication of a sinister and evil conspiracy to discriminate and subjugate.

Interestingly, Wal-Mart Watch defines its mission as a campaign to make Wal-Mart "a better employer, neighbor, and corporate citizen." For the life of me, I don't know what the hell that means. However, I do know that the campaign has all the appearances of a union-organized effort to get the public to protest Wal-Mart in every regard and negatively impact its business. And it's because the unions have been unable to organize Wal-Mart workers. If Wal-Mart were union, there would be no Wal-Mart Watch.

My take is simple. There's no need to watch Wal-Mart as long as no laws are being broken. And, if a person doesn't like the health care plan, he/she can go work somewhere else. If a community doesn't like Wal-Mart as a neighbor, ban the stores at the ballot box. It's been done before. And, lastly, I still don't know what it means to be a good corporate citizen. It's apparently something different from being a United States citizen. But, what do I know? I'm just a blogger.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 05:56 AM | Comments |

October 25, 2005

The Battle of Surigao Strait

Sixty-one years ago on this date three American destroyers, Hoel, Heermann and Johnston, hurled themselves at a Japanese force of 4 battleships and 8 cruisers. Terriers attacking a wolfpack. The Hoel and Johnston, along with the destroyer escort Samuel B. Roberts were sunk, but the carriers they had been protecting were saved. October 25th, 1944 was the ninetieth anniversary of the Charge of the Light Brigade.

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During the Battle of Leyte Gulf (of which the Battle of Surigao Strait was a part), from 22-27 October, 1944 - six days - the United States suffered 3,000 men killed in action.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto09:31 PM | Comments |

Drooling Banjos *Updated*

The MSM continues to monitor the body count in Iraq like some warped type of fantasy sports game.

Witness this excerpt from an Associatedantiamerican Press article concerning the Islamotard attack on the Palestine Hotel today:

But the toll among American service members killed in the Iraq war reached 1,997 with the announcement of a Marine killed Sunday during fighting in western Iraq.

Since the beginning of 2005, at least 465 vehicle bombings, including suicide car bombs and vehicles exploded by remote detonations, have killed at least 2,250 people in Iraq.

Too bad these idiots lack any sense of historical perspective, much less decency.

The following are from The Chronology Of World War Two: The Day By Day Illustrated Record 1939-1945:

Military and Civilian Casualties (Allies only)

Killed in action or died of wounds: 11, 237,793

Wounded: 4,015,536

Captured or missing: 7,391,433

Civilian deaths: 35,240,523

The U.S.A. alone:

Killed in action, or died of wounds: 292,131

Wounded: 671,801

Captured or missing: 139,709

Civilian deaths: 6,000

Yes, you read that right. More American civilians died in WWII than have died in the GWOT, which has now gone on longer than WWII, and will continue for many years.

I could care less anymore if the MSM is anti-war or pro-war, but in struggles of freedom vs. tyranny, at least they could offer some balanced perspective.

Fat chance, that.

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They got their wish, the gleeful gibbering has begun:

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The American military death toll in the Iraq war reached 2,000 Tuesday with the announcements of three more deaths, including an Army sergeant who died of wounds at a military hospital in Texas and a Marine and a sailor killed last week in fighting west of Baghdad.

The 2,000 mark was reached amid growing doubts among the American public about the Iraq conflict, launched in March 2003 to destroy Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction. None was ever found.

The media is doing its level best to demoralize this nation by ruthlessly tallying up the number of dead. They know that the historical knowledge of the average citizen is woefully inadequate. They feed on it, in an attempt to convince them that this war is Vietnam The Sequel.

Therein lies their folly. By assuming that you and me are too stupid to make any connection to the past, they beat the drum of despair.

They shriek 2000 dead!!!! For nothing!!!!!! No WMD!!!!!

Germany, Italy, Japan, Bulgaria, Finland, Hungary, and Romania had no WMD, either, yet this country sacrificed 292,000 of its best and its brightest to defeat the Axis.

If the media is going to use the same tactics in this war that they used to help turn public opinion against the Vietnam war, by magnifying the bad while ignoring the good, then I believe it's up to us bloggers to use history in order to provide some balance to this misinformation.

This post was not about numbers, it was not about "playing bingo" with the dead. I did this post to provide a historical perspective as to what this country was once willing to pay in order to secure its freedom and continued existence. Without that perspective, we run the risk of letting the propagandists of the other side form the picture in people's minds of what this war is about.

And it is more than apt to compare this conflict with WWII. Islamofascism and Nazism are nearly identical in their respective quests. It's even apt to compare this conflict with Vietnam, given that both are rife with spectacular Allied military victories that are twisted and spun to make them seem like defeat.

We owe our knowledge of the truth about Vietnam to diligent historians. Militarily, the United States crushed the enemy. North Vietnam suffered over 1 million casualties in that war. That truth wasn't consumed by the pubic at the time, they ended up demoralized, and were unwilling to see the victory through to the end.

We no longer have the luxury of time, my friends. History needs to be written now, in the face of this hostile media, a political party that no longer stops playing at the waters edge, and a public that consumes it's news in 30 second sound bites.

By Vinnie at 08:07 PM | Comments |

Mother of Casey Sheehan Isn't Going to Tie Herself Up

I just heard on Fox News's Dayside during a phone interview with Cindy Sheehan that she isn't going to be tying herself to the fence of the White House. She didn't state why and later detailed her "new" plan and that is to lay down outside of the White House in a symbolic death at 1800 every night.

Cindy Sheehan said she was going to lay down and not get up.

As Jeff Quinton said in an instant message to me, "Preferably in the middle of the street."

NOTE: Musing Minds has a complete transcript of today's show.

Originally Posted at Conservative Thinking

By at 12:14 PM | Comments |

Battle of the Sexes Status Report

A patriarchal court system probably won't allow this type of lawsuit to get too far.

A Brazilian woman is suing her partner for not giving her orgasms.

According to Terra Noticias Populares reports, the unnamed 31-year-old filled (sic) a complaint at Chacar Urbana Police station in Jundiai, in the state of Sao Paulo.

She complained that her 38-year-old partner reached an orgasm and then simply stopped the sexual intercourse.

Police chief Jose Roberto Ferraz is investigating the case.

A police spokesperson said: "We will look into it, we will treat it as an ordinary complaint and let the judge decide." (Source)

It's interesting that she's not suing her husband, rather, her partner. Just imagine the hilarity if society were to reward women who filed denied-orgasm lawsuits against partners and husbands. Nevertheless, it's a she-said he-said situation since there's no way to prove a woman didn't have an orgasm. Just like there's no way to prove a woman did.

Uh ... Right?

On the other side of the world in a somewhat related report from Xinhua, a nation-wide poll of Chinese women this past weekend found that "nearly one-in-eight women, 12.4 per cent, said they rarely or never experienced sexual pleasure." Furthermore, the poll also found that about "25 per cent of wives are disappointed with service between the sheets."

Jeez! Twenty-five percent of the married women in a country of 1.2 billion people has got to be at least tens of millions of desperate housewives. To put the number in perspective, it appears that there may be more frustrated women in China than the entire population of France.

In all candor, I'm flummoxed by reports of unsatisfied women. Even though my personal sample size is statistically insignificant, I've heard not a single complaint.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 11:28 AM | Comments |

Iraq's Draft Constitution Adopted By Voters

Another milestone toward the defeat of the left...... errrrrr rather global terrorism.

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Officials said Tuesday that a majority of Iraqi voters adopted the country's draft constitution during the country's Oct. 15 referendum.

Results released by the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq show Sunni Arabs who opposed the draft document failed to produce enough votes to defeat it.

he constitution is considered another major step in the country's democratic transformation. It clears the way for the election of a new Iraqi parliament on Dec. 15.
More from AP here

In related news , John Conyers sues in the ICC for a recount citing massive terrorist disenfranchisement.

Companion OpiniPundit

By at 07:16 AM | Comments |

Canada's Engineering Marvel

Canada claims the world's tallest building The CN Tower at 1815 ft. Soon to be surpassed by the Burj Dubai under construction. It's sturdy too, built like a brick shit house.

Hat Tip : Mark.

canada big boobs
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By Howie at 07:16 AM | Comments |

ACLU's Full Out Assault on the US Military

Hat tip: Stop The ACLU

WASHINGTON — At least 21 detainees who died while being held in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan were killed, many during or after interrogations, according to an analysis of Defense Department data by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The analysis, released Monday, looked at 44 deaths described in records obtained by the ACLU. Of those, the group characterized 21 as homicides, and said at least eight resulted from abusive techniques by military or intelligence officers, such as strangulation or "blunt force injuries," as noted in the autopsy reports.FOX

Notice the leap to calling these deaths homicides. The ACLU bases these allegations on what? Their own word? They cherry picked 21 deaths from 44, and slapped them with the label of homicide. What I want to know is how this is any of the ACLU's business anyway, and who is funding this attack on the military. We've all seen the photos at Abu Ghraib, and investigations were put into place.

War is ugly, and you can be sure the ACLU, who feel the need to stick its nose in foreign affairs of war, will not be going after any of the killers that sawed off the heads of American contractors, or burned them alive! No, these are the ones the ACLU have decided to defend. How American of them.

One of these many, many, 21 deaths is even being disputed by his very own father.

Wahid, 28, was taken from his home by Afghan militia and accused of being a terrorist. The autopsy report said he died in American custody, though his father has blamed the militiamen.

I'm sure there are many other details in the other 20 cases that the ACLU failed to report, instead preferring to paint a picture of the American military as ruthless murderers. Other than anti-American propaganda, I really can't think of any reason the public needs to know about these things. The military have done their own investigations, and dealt out justice.

Details about the detainee abuse and deaths have been released by the Pentagon as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the ACLU. Many of the incidents have been made public previously, and in a number of cases soldiers and officers involved have been prosecuted and punished.

"The U.S. military does not tolerate mistreatment of detainees," said Army spokesman Col. Joseph Curtin. "Past cases have been fully investigated. When there is credible evidence, commanders have the prerogative to prosecute."

To date, there have been more than 400 investigations of detainee abuse, and more than 230 military personnel have received a court-martial, nonjudicial punishment or other administrative action.

But the ACLU don't need "credible evidence", they have concluded all on their own authority that these poor terrorists were murdered. All 21 of them without doubt.

"There is no question that U.S. interrogations have resulted in deaths," said Anthony D. Romero, ACLU's executive director. "High-ranking officials who knew about the torture and sat on their hands and those who created and endorsed these policies must be held accountable."

Oh, now I see! The ACLU are not concerned with soldiers who go overboard. They are concerned about "high ranking officials." They are concerned about our torture "policies." You've got to be kidding ACLU!

Credible evidence missing:

1) An endorsed policy of torture. Can we please see this policy, or is the ACLU making this up out of whole cloth?

2) High ranking officials knowing about these things and sitting on their hands. Can we please see this evidence presented ACLU?

3) The 21 alleged instances of homicide, at least one of which is being openly disputed by the father of the alleged victim, somebody you wouldn't exactly expect to be covering for the perpetrators.

In my opinion, the ACLU is full of allegations and empty on evidence. The whole rhetoric of this being some sort of conspiracy in the government being covered up by some mysterious "high ranking officials" is complete paranoia! If anyone were trying to cover this up, the DOD would have never released the information to the ACLU. As a matter of fact, the military have been going out of their way to prosecute anybody suspected of misbehaving. The question stands: Where is the money for this activity coming from? Well, we know where its not coming from!

By at 12:00 AM | Comments |

Was The Fire In His Belly Stoked By Saddam's Oil?

Anti-War MP Accused of Lying About Oil-for-Food Payoffs

Ferociously anti-war British Minister of Parliament George Galloway now stands accused of having profited from the oil-for-food program and lying about his involvement to the US Senate. From the Guardian (UK):

The MP George Galloway angrily rejected fresh allegations last night from a US senate investigation that he lied under oath about Saddam Hussein's multimillion-pound oil-for-food programme.

The allegations made by the Senate committee are serious:

· "Galloway personally solicited and was granted oil allocations from the government of Iraq during the reign of Saddam Hussein. The Hussein regime granted Galloway and the Mariam Appeal (an organisation he set up to help Iraqis suffering from sanctions) eight allocations totalling 23m barrels from 1999 through to 2003."

· "Galloway's wife, Dr Amineh Abu-Zayyad, received approximately $150,000 in connection with one of those oil allocations."

· "Galloway's political campaign, the Mariam Appeal, received at least $446,000 in connection with the oil allocations granted to Galloway and the Mariam Appeal under the oil-for-food programme."

· "The Hussein regime received improper 'surcharge' payments amounting to $1,642,000 in connection with the oil allocations granted to Galloway and the Mariam Appeal."

· "Galloway knowingly made false or misleading statements under oath before the sub-committee.

Galloway's Mariam Appeal was established in 1998 to campaign for the lifting of sanctions against the Saddam Hussein regime. Interesting.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto12:00 AM | Comments |

October 24, 2005

Rosa Parks

Passed away, aged 92.

By Vinnie at 10:41 PM | Comments |

Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: It's Howie's Fault Edition

Caption this photo of me (Vinnie), Howie, See-Dubya, and Mike Pechar at the last Jawa Report Contributor's meeting.

Fatwas will be issued sometime before Monday Night Football.

(I can't remember who's standing on the left, just barely in the picture, could be Demosophist, maybe Bluto. Then again, I don't remember much about that meeting...who would?)

We have fatwas

Graeme for "Rusty Shackelford had always wanted to be like Hugh Hefner, but high operating costs prevented him from realising his dream. That is, until he found four contributors who weren't inclined to read their contracts properly."

Filthy Allah for "Dear Sweet Christ. This is better than Scott Baio hopped up on Goofballs and half naked! I have not seen so many sexy seniors in ages! Are those scars from Oatmeal burns?"

Jesusland Joe for "It's burqa time, baby!"

Honorable Mention:

Rodney Dill for "Even though he's been out of office for a while, Internship wannabe's line up daily at 15 Old House Lane in Chappaqua, NY."

Sorta Dishonorable Mention, But Would Have Been A Winner If He Had Read The Rules, Which I Email Out Every Saturday Without Fail, I Swear:

Matt, for "OK, can't use image tags, but here's my entry" (dude, you can't answer a question with a question, and you can't caption a picture with a picture even if it is hilarious).

Only mentioning it because he frightens me Mention:

Mr. Venom, for "While still searching for the elusive weapons of mass destruction, U.N. weapons inspectors announce the discovery of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass disgust."

Dishonorable Mention:

I couldn't decide between the two, but they know who they are.

By Vinnie at 07:29 PM | Comments |

Swineaphobia

No comment, beyond words.

Bristish banks are banning piggy banks because they may offend some Muslims.

Halifax and NatWest banks have led the move to scrap the time-honoured symbol of saving from being given to children or used in their advertising, the Daily Express/Daily Star group reported today.

Muslims do not eat pork, as Islamic culture deems the pig to be an impure animal.Salim Mulla, secretary of the Lancashire Council of Mosques, backed the bank move."This is a sensitive issue and I think the banks are simply being courteous to their customers," he said

Wonder how they feel about this

Update: Oh! Ye of little faith......original article from Australian Associated Press here

By at 06:13 PM | Comments |

Dual Carnivals.

Carnival of RINOs is up at LA libertarian. Yep he’s back Hurricane and all.

Carnival of Liberty XVII starts tomorrow at Eriscgrumbles.

For your reading pleasure.

T Jefferson: When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.


By Howie at 04:56 PM | Comments |

PC Gone MAD

What is it about today? In keeping with today’s theme of stuff that’s just too stupid to believe.

Now Major league Baseball is upset with new ads for milk.

Yahoo News:The latest "Got Milk?" commercial hit a little too close to home for Major League Baseball. Poking fun at the league's steroid scandal, the television ad for the California Milk Processor Board talks about a player getting pulled from a game "after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance."

No eating if you enjoy it.

Imummb twobin boo swtuwfmm mua fawce mwusph owf uwpthet thombomby.

Classical Values:Worst of all from this point of view are those more uncivilized forms of eating, like licking an ice cream cone... This doglike feeding, if one must engage in it, ought to be kept from public view,

War on Christmas.

FOXNEWS:No Santa, no Christmas carols, no red and green, no merry Christmas. It's not illegal, though amateur constitutional lawyers in positions of local power often think separation of church and state requires them to ban or banish Christmas. They are wrong.

In another striking example of tolerance see last weeks riot against Christians in Egypt were a young follower of the religion of Peace stabs a nun. Don’t you feel like a big man now you stabbed a Nun.

BBC:On Wednesday, a Muslim man stabbed a nun in protest at the sale of a DVD of the play, staged at the church in 2003

Hat Tip IOERR

By Howie at 04:40 PM | Comments |

Group-Induced Idiocy

Well, this should come as no surprise. Michael Ledeen concludes, in a recent article about group-induced idiocy:

The moral? Don't be surprised when the administration bungles the presentation of the Miers candidacy. They can't even make a convincing case for defending our coastline. Or our soldiers.

This stuff is stressful not only for those of us compelled to watch it, but even more so for those compelled to implement it. A case in point:

Suddenly last week at the Red Cross the call agents started getting headaches and squeezing stress balls to deal with emotional overload. It was an epidemic. This was after almost two months of dealing successfully with victims at all levels of life and death distress, without getting much more than isolated emotional turmoil. What changed? Although people tended to blame the lighting and other factors the thing that actually created the stress was pretty obvious. It was the necessity of telling people who had been promised money they desperately needed (and by promise I mean everything up to and including what looks like a disbursal order) that there'd be nothing for them. Well, actually no one tells them that. They just refuse to tell them anything about the likelihood of getting that check they've been waiting for for three weeks, after sometimes spending up to 12 hours in line at a Service Center. But the implication of "don't call us, we'll call you" is pretty obvious.

So every few minutes a call comes in from someone wanting to "check the status of their case" who innocently believes that there's some master record of cases that's available to answer their question, and that the Red Cross would never renege on a promise... After fifty or so of these calls one starts to get a headache.

To be fair, Red Cross attempts to distinguish between those who are in real need from those who aren't by limiting disbursal to victims with at least partial catastrophic damage to their homes. But the fact remains that a promise once made isn't being kept. Institutionally the Red Cross has things set up so that it can use the "Sergeant Schultz defense," claiming to be ignorant of any promises made in the field. It gives me a headache just describing the mess...

Group-Induced Idiocy: Any situation where individuals are involved in formulating and implementing a policy that their individual common sense tells them is nonsense.

Assisting people during a disaster is rewarding even when it's frustrating, as any volunteer will tell you. Being deliberately evasive so as to help cover some bureaucrat's backside is stressful, in about the same way that the nonsense related in Ledeen's article must be stressful and demoralizing for those compelled to carry out such policy. They may not even be aware of the craziness, as it slowly drives them (and us) nuts.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 09:58 AM | Comments |

Plame Name Blame Game

There seems to be a resignation in this evening's papers and columns to the fact that Patrick Fitzgerald will be issuing indictments--probably of Scooter Libby and Karl Rove, maybe some other folks, who knows. One interesting thing in this useful Jed Babbin column (from which I borrowed the title of this post) is the notion that the indictments may not only cover perjury, but a more serious violation of the espionage act due to the mishandling of intelligence. I'm not sure that's within the ambit of Fitzgerald's commission, but hey, a crime is a crime.

We'll see. But security questions aside, the papers on the Right seem to be settling on a defense of "don't indict a politician just for politics." I'm sure I'll get the same talking points when Karl sends out my check (Rusty: please edit that last part out.)

Actually, that's a great segue into what I really want to say: If Karl Rove resigns, that will be sad. But it means very different things to the Left than to the Right. For lefties, Bush is dumb and evil, they reason; but his power must come from somewhere. They couldn't just keep getting beaten by this dumb guy, right? So this is where Rove fits in to today's leftist cosmology (or Kosmology?). Rove is Bush's Rasputin. He is the Brain, the Mastermind, the Man Behind the Curtain that keeps poor chimpy afloat. He's the fixer, the schemer, the string puller, sending out media talking points to the "digital brownshirts" and starting rumors. Get rid of Rove, they reason, and they will steal Bush's mojo.

Among the apolitical types, I think the freakish sacrificial glee will wear thin quickly. Not many people outside the Sheehanite shock troops really buy into that myth, and at its most interesting this scandal has nothing on BJ's in the Oval Office or missing teens in Aruba.

Over here on the right, I don't see Rove that way at all. Karl Rove is smart, and he's effective, and he's good at what he does. Full stop. If he goes, he'll be missed. But no one is irreplaceable. Rove's spot will be filled and the Administration will continue.

And they will continue to do well, not because they are brilliant, though there are many brilliant people working for this President, but because their ideas are the right ones. If they regroup and resolve to hold true to the ideas that Bush campaigned on, and that the American people endorsed, if they remember the lessons of Sept. 11 and keep vigilant, then I expect the Bush administration will continue its chain of successes and at worst Plamegate will end up like Iran-Contra--a little-regarded footnote to a great presidency.


By See-Dubya at 01:55 AM | Comments |

Saudi Anti-Terror Program: Perfume On A Pig

(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) According to a report in the Arab News, an unnamed source said yesterday that a sweep of a Riyadh neighborhood resulted in the arrest of 13 terror suspects believed to be members of al-Qaeda. Notably, the group is primarily boys under 16, one is a 13-year-old boy, and one is the brother of an al-Qaeda member who is on the government's most-wanted list.

Notwithstanding the importance of rounding up any and all terror suspects, a rational observer has to be somewhat skeptical of the Saudi anti-terrorism commitment given the following:

The arrests in Riyadh coincided with reports of the release of a number of suspects involved in terrorist operations who had given shelter to terrorists after they repented their wrongdoing, said Abdul Mohsen Al-Obaikan, a member of the Shoura Council and the committee of scholars assigned to hold dialogue with the militants.
Therefore, if the terrorists say that they are sorry to a group of scholars, everything is okay and they are free to go. Great! Scholars ask a bunch of fanatics that are schooled in dishonesty to truthfully say they are sorry. I have no confidence that this criminal justice technique produces anything but laughs.

Consequently, it seems that the Saudi efforts to combat terrorism are more cosmetic than substantive. The efforts are also inconsistent since the Saudis have historically chopped off body parts for less significant crimes. If the terrorists lost a body part every time they were implicated, I guarantee that the glory and honor of terror would be greatly diminished and recruiting would suffer dramatically. No longer would people be predisposed to worship the memory of glorious martyrs in heaven enjoying their 72 virgins. Instead, they would see the martyr-in-training with one arm, one leg, or better yet, missing his manhood. In fact, the loss of manhood would be the recruiting deal-killer since the promised reward of 72 virgins would be meaningless. That is, unless the martyr-in-training found it appealing to have 72 women that he couldn't mount chewing on his ear for eternity.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 01:30 AM | Comments |

October 23, 2005

Surfing with Howie.

Because I'm very sensitive to the fact that someone out there wants to saw my head off.

Saddam tied to Al-Qaeda by UN FOXNEWS:

New details of how dark the scandal could prove to be have emerged from the private sale of IHC on June 3, 2005, just as the procurement scandal was about to break. It now appears that while doing business with the U.N., IHC had links both to Saddam Hussein’s old sanctions-busting networks, and to a Liechtenstein-based businessman, Engelbert Schreiber, Jr., known among other things for his ties to a figure designated by the U.N. itself as a financier of Al Qaeda

See: Dr Sanity.

So this explains why Saddam refused to give up old Zaqueery. I’m very sensitive to the fate of those people in Iraq so Saddam should HANG after a fair trial. Also the trial should be blasted loudly day and night and be on Iraqi Nightline every freaking day for two years.

Michael Yon Reports on Iraqi Elections.

Yon:My dispatch entitled “Purple Fingers," covering the Iraqi Constitutional Referendum is finished. An excerpted version will be published in “The Weekly Standard” on Monday, 24 October 2005. The complete dispatch will be published here on the same day. On the evening before “Purple Fingers” is published, Sunday October 23rd, I will conduct a live radio interview from Iraq. Listeners can tune in over the Internet at 9:20 pm EST. For information about the program.

Hat Tip: Instapundit.

As you recall Michael is an embedded reporter in Iraq who reports on his blog. So don’t miss that blog. Mr. Yon always has great photos and great stories. He's not one of those other kind of reporters whom I’ll not link. Plus he seems kind of sensitive.

Religion of Peace targets comic strips wants piglet dead.

But come on he’s such a tiny animal. I’m so sensitive and stuff so those who hate piglet must DIE! Why you ask? I’ll tell you why, because they are not all sensitive like me. Speaking of me being all sensitive and stuff click here to see Howie in action. Select “Completely Understandable Breakdown”. Now if you will excuse me I'm going to go weld some stuff in the rain barefoot and shirtless.


By Howie at 09:14 AM | Comments |

Nigerian Plane Crashes, 116 Aboard, 50+ Survivors

(Lagos, Nigeria) A Bellview Airlines Boeing 737 took off in bad weather from Lagos for the capital Abuja at 7:50pm local time (1450EDT) and quickly vanished from the radar. The flight carried 110 passengers and six crew members.

Hours later, the wreckage was found near the small community of Kishi, about 400km north of Lagos and on the flight path to Abuja. Military search and rescue teams were dispatched to the crash site. Initial reports indicate that 50 or more people survived the crash.

Notably, the plane carried several senior Nigerian officials and officials of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). No names will be released until the next of kin are notified.


[Update 1500EDT]

Update - NO SURVIVORS

It's now reported that nobody survived. According to Abilola Oloko, spokesman for Oyo state, all the people on board died. Confusion caused earlier inaccurate reports.

From Forbes.com:

No-one could have survived the impact when the Bellview Airlines Boeing 737 hit the ground at such speed that the wreckage was 'completely buried under ground,' NEMA [National Emergency Management Agency] spokesman Ibrahim Farinloye said.

The statement followed a similar report by the Nigerian Red Cross, which was working with NEMA on the ground at the crash site in Lissa village, a short distance north of Lagos near the farming town of Otta.

'No survivors have been identified so far ... The plane is actually beyond recognition,' Abiodun Orebiyi, secretary general of the Nigerian Red Cross, told Agence France-Presse.

The number of people onboard was revised upward to 117, 111 passengers and six crew.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 07:44 AM | Comments |

Who's Your Messiah?

Hat tip: Stop The ACLU

You thought all these hurricanes were bashing us out of coincidence? The bird flu and other disease panics were just another overexaggeration? Many Muslims don't think so. As a matter of fact, many of them view Osama as their messiah!
Via Worldnet Daily

"Islamic clerics point out that the signs in the heavens are propitious for such an event," writes Williams. "This year, Muslims will experience solar and lunar eclipses during the holy month. These great heavenly signs, according to Islamic visionary Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Sahib, foretell the coming of the "Mahdi," the mighty warrior of the Apocalypse, who will defeat the army of Yajuj wa-Majuj ("the infidel unbelievers"), led by the Dabbah or "the Beast." He will lead the Muslims to great victory and bring forth the Day of Islam, when all of creation falls before the throne of Allah."

Millions of Muslims worldwide already regard bin Laden as the "Mahdi," say Williams and other analysts of Islam.

"Islamic tradition says that the Mahdi will be a descendant of Muhammad through his daughter Fatima," writes Williams. "He will have a distinctive forehead, a prominent nose, and a black mole on his face. He will arise from Arabia and will be called from a cave by Allah to serve as the savior of all true believers."

Williams points out bin Laden's followers see significance in his high forehead, the prominent nose, the black mole, his origins in Arabia and his calling from a cave in Afghanistan.

"Bin Laden speaks of the president of the United States as Dabbah, the beast he must slay, and of the American people as the Yajuj wa-Majuj, the nation of Gog that he must destroy," reports Williams. "In his edicts and official correspondence, he no longer signs his name as Osama bin Laden but as Osama bin Muhammad bin Laden."

Is bin Laden the "Mahdi"? Many Muslims think so. And these are prophetically significant times for those who believe. A solar eclipse occurred Oct. 3 and a lunar eclipse followed Oct. 17. This is a unique phenomenon that only occurred once before -- during the Ramadan of 1894. At that time, Muslim scholars said that the next occurrence of twin eclipses will signal the appearance of "the divinely guided one" and the end of human history.

"One Muslim, who views bin Laden as the Mahdi, is Sheikh Nasir bin Hamid al Fahd," explains Williams. "Al Fahd recently issued a religious ruling or fatwa on behalf of the clerics of Saudi Arabia that granted bin Laden and other terrorists the permission to use nuclear weapons against the United States."

This is some scary kind of thinking folks! While America folds to the politically correct, and continually weaken our spiritual edge in this battle to secularization, a huge faction of the enemy view this as the freakin Apocolypse! Why isn't anything being done to our borders? Regardless of your opinion on whether the end is near, or religion in general...this is some scary kind of thinking on the enemy's side. The kind of thinking that could lead to all kinds of crazy stuff. I don't know if its the end of the world or not, but I know one thing...if America doesn't wake up, and wake up fast, it will be the end of the world as we know it! The political correctness crap has got to stop folks!

By at 05:41 AM | Comments |

October 22, 2005

Congrats to...

...the Jawa Report's Howie on his new column in the New York Times.

Weirdo.

(hat tip to Alarming News)

By See-Dubya at 04:49 PM | Comments |

Burned Bodies, What Really Happened.

One of the big stories this week was the supposed desecration of enemy bodies in Afghanistan. See this interesting report on NPR from the photojournalist who filmed the shots. He says the report on Aussie TV was misrepresenting US soldiers. First click on listen to see what the man who was there said. Next read the transcript of the Aussie program to see if they jive. Let me see….. Uh nope.

NPR:Stephen Dupont, the photojournalist who shot images of the incident, says he believes the Americans were following orders to burn the bodies for hygiene reasons.

The way I see it we gave em all damn day. Also note he says what no one else does. After the Taliban left these men to rot the next day the Americans sent a party to assist with the burial. Also note he says the corpses were not arranged in any fashion they were burned just where they fell. Read the transcript as well. Our boys look pretty good. Note the media twisting and spin the photographer is complaining about in bold. Also the media has twisted the timeline to sensationalize this.

Ok this is gross but when stuff dies all the parasites abandon the body. So if you are carrying a dead man you never know. The parasites will be in the ground around the body and on the body and will take the first chance they get to get on you. Eeeewwww gross cooties.

By Howie at 10:07 AM | Comments |

Shut Up, It's Only Once A Year

Today is my wife's birthday.

On my behalf, check out her blog.

Trust me, you will go back more than once a year.

Thank you, we now return you to your regular irritable bowel syndrome.

By Vinnie at 01:50 AM | Comments |

October 21, 2005

Lashing Out At Bloggers In Iran

Iranian blogger gets 30 lashes.

Wonder what Tim "There's a chill wind blowing" Robbins, Martin "tape across the mouth" Sheen, and the Dixie "nice hooters, no brains" Chicks might think about that.

Oh, I forgot, these people don't have much time for actual thought.

By Vinnie at 10:45 PM | Comments |

Defending the Indefensible

By now most of you have seen that long string of FEMA e-mails at Malkin's. I've been reading through them and I just don't think they're quite as damning as they're made out to be. Let me point out a couple of things:

1. The dinner--someone complained that FEMA director Michael Brown wasn't getting enough time to eat (20-30 min.) before going on the Joe Scarborough show. There is a wonderfully sarcastic reply from Marty Bahamonde, the FEMA dude on the ground, who shoots back "Just tell her I just ate an MRE and crapped in the hallway of the Superdome along with 30,000 other close friends."

The "her" referred to in that e-mail is Sharon Worthy, the FEMA press secretary tasked with arranging the Scarborough appearance. She's worried about traffic and getting Brown to the studio on time for the show, which is her job, and yes, she's operating in a completely different world there. Ironically she created bad press for FEMA by trying to set up an emergency interview like it was a normal appearance. She should have said, "sir, I can make arrangements, but maybe it would be better if I got you to the station and then I went out to rustle up a chalupa."

I'm not sure Worthy's mistake reflects so badly on Brown. While the Bahamonde e-mail mention's a Ruth's Chris (fancy steakhouse), and there is an RC in Baton Rouge, there's no evidence Brown went there or anywhere particularly nice. Brown was hopefully busy and not really involved in the minutiae of his schedule planning, so a well-meaning but clueless staffer is likely at fault.

2.The "Potential Hot Issue" series of emails. The e-mails concern the provision of oxygen tanks to sick people sheltering in the Superdome. Michelle concludes that titling the e-mails that way suggests that FEMA officials were concerned about "negative publicity".

I don't see that at all. "Hot" would seem to indicate "high priority" and they were giving it that. There was supposed to be a response team in from Oklahoma that would deliver the O2 but the weather prevented them from making it on time.

As the original e-mail (from Dave Passey) points out, local-level fumbuckery failed to stock the Superdome to deal with the disaster (even though Mayor Nagin told people to take shelter there.) Then he points out that local officials "have struggled to put meaningful resource requests together." The rest of the e-mails suggest a group effort to find O2 tanks and mobilize someone to get them there, in the midst of complete anarchy.
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All in all the e-mails don't look good for FEMA, but I wouldn't call them damning. And in one respect they explain FEMA's shortfalls, by showing clearly the difficulties presented by local-government incompetence and poor planning, and how that poor planning in turn handicapped FEMA's mission and introduced an even greater degree of uncertainty into the mix. And they also show these problems coming to light at the time--the decision to blame local government was not an afterthought, but a genuine reaction to New Orleans' lack of any kind of realistic disaster plan.

Brown's gone; but on the question of whether he's a scapegoat or whether he really did screw the pooch as badly as everyone thinks, these e-mails don't shed a whole lot of light.


By See-Dubya at 05:45 PM | Comments |

Rory Carroll released tells story.

Mike Pechar reported Wednesday that Rory Carroll a reporter for the UK guardian had been kidnapped in Baghdad. Rory was held 36 hours before his release was secured. Today Roy tells his story.

CNN:I was also afraid that I would be handed over to another gang which would have bought me from the original gang. This other gang could turn out to be an insurgent group who in the past had beheaded Western hostages for propaganda purposes. That was my main concern.

Oh you bet. Glad to hear Rory is safe.

By Howie at 05:03 PM | Comments |

Friday Thanks

Thanks to all the guest posters helping Rusty out this week. I’ve got more than I can shake a stick at. Ya’ll make my job here as Paduan Beotch very easy indeed.

Thanks to Demosophist.
Vinnie who really turned it on for us.
Mike Pechar.
See-Dubya who also posts here.
Chris Short.
Traderrob.
The Dread Pundit Bluto.
Chad Evans.
Drew.

Great work guys. Keep it up. I’ll post when I can but you guys are great. No telling when my Master Dr. Rusty Shackleford will be back, let’s keep this sand crawler moving.

What a party. But 241 grand on strippers?

Man attempts carjacking, driver takes his gun and kicks his ass. Oh yeah.

Snatchy Fired replaced by Huggy.

Cooking with Filthy and I mean he’s cookin today. Uh one question Filthy do you sleep?? Sounds Yummy though.

We’ll check out your trackback thingy Mr. Allah really check him out he's blogging his ass off.

By Howie at 03:13 PM | Comments |

OK, that does it.

She fills out a questionnaire as part of the process for confirmation to the Supreme Court, and she can't do a spell check or find a decent editor? I don't care if she is a school mate, none of us would get away with that on an ordinary job application. God, how embarrassing!

By Demosophist at 12:50 PM | Comments |

Not Ramsey Clarke Found Shot

The lawyer who was kidnapped yesterday has been found dead:

A lawyer who was defending an associate of Saddam Hussein has been found dead after being abducted in Baghdad.

It's puzzling why they'd go after the defense attorneys, but, maybe it's because they can't get to anyone else:

Four of the five judges and most of the prosecution lawyers have remained anonymous for safety reasons.

The names of the chief judge and the top prosecutor were the only ones revealed.

The defence team's identities were not kept secret, and Saddam Hussein's top lawyer, Khalil Dulaimi, said many had been threatened.

The government has now offered protection to any defence lawyer who wants it.

Dunno, terrorists aren't exactly known for their intellectual prowess.

Also at Ace's

By Vinnie at 10:49 AM | Comments |

What Does He Want, Eggs In His Beer?

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Pakistan aid 'totally inadequate'

Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf says the amount of foreign reconstruction aid pledged after the South Asia quake is "totally inadequate".

Translation: "It's not MY fault I'm an unelected dictator content to let my citizens suffer in grinding poverty, the world just isn't giving enough!"

Don't worry, Pervez, we stingy Americans are well aware that you were dragged kicking and screaming over to our side to help in the GWOT. We've also forgotten that your intelligence service propped up the Taliban, who in turn propped up OBL.

We're also well aware of the outpouring of love and support your nation showed ours after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and, I'm sure, will do so again when Wilma shows up.

One last thing, Musharraf, should he be toppled and survive, sounds like he'd make an excellent candidate for Mayor of New Orleans.

Oh, wait, one very last thing that needs no commentary:

Neighbouring India has also offered to send more aircraft, but Pakistan insisted they be provided without Indian crews, which India has refused to do.
By Vinnie at 10:10 AM | Comments |

Gunmakers Granted Immunity

(Washington) By a vote of 283 to 144, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday that gives gun makers and dealers immunity from civil lawsuits. Considered a major victory for the National Rifle Association and its allies, the measure is supported by President Bush who only needs to sign for it to become law since the Senate previously passed it.

The bill will stifle frivolous lawsuits from groups that believe the manufacture and sale of firearms drives violence in communities. The measure excludes from liability protection those that knowingly sell firearms for the commission of crimes. And, although child safety locks will be required under the new law, gun control advocates are displeased and have vowed to challenge the law's constitutionality.

Across the pond, the Brits have weighed in with the opinion that President Bush succeeds only at protecting big business while stumbling through every other effort. I think that Britain needs a Bill of Rights. Maybe then they wouldn't be so quick to criticize what they don't understand.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 06:12 AM | Comments |

Hariri Killing Called Terrorist Act

Released yesterday, the UN report of the assassination of Lebanese former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri indicates that it was a terrorist act planned by high-ranking Syrian and Lebanese intelligence officers. Frankly, the report only voiced what everyone knew or strongly suspected. Hariri and 15 others died when a six-car convoy was bombed in downtown Beirut. It wasn't an accident nor a suicide.

Chief UN investigator Detlev Mehlis identified several Syrian and Lebanese suspects;

Syrian Major General Asef Shawkat,
Syrian Lt. General Rustom Ghazali,
Syrian former Presidential Aide Farouq Al-Sahraa,
Lebanese Major General Jamil al-Sayyed,
Lebanese Brigadier General Mustapha Hamdan, and
Lebanese Major General Ali Hajj.
Each of the suspects has a history of high-level political and military nefariousness. And, one particularly damning entry in the report, Brigadier General Hamdan accused Hariri of being pro-Israel and is quoted as stating, "We are going to send him on a trip -- bye, bye Hariri." Belligerent? I'd say.

In response, Syrian Information Minister Mehdi Dakhlallah stated that the UN report was "politicized," "false," and "far from professional." Damascas is obviously embarrassed and expects the investigation results will lead to increased international pressure on Syrian President Bashar Al Assad to cooperate with the inquiry, to quit helping Palestinian terrorists, and to stop supporting instability in Lebanon and Iraq.

Four pro-Syrian security chiefs in Lebanon have been arrested and charged with murder on the recommendation of UN investigator Detlev Mehlis. Already, an anti-Syrian member of the Lebanese Parliament, Jibran Tueini, has called for President Emile Lahoud to step down.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 04:30 AM | Comments |

Waking Up From The Darkness

"Oh, he's a monster. Pure psychopath. So rare to capture one alive."

It's just a guess, but the trial of Saddam Hussein may go a long way towards making Iraq a much better place.

But, as with all healing, the wounds still fester, and need cleansing from time to time:

Why do you think the trial was fine? It was pathetically weak and you cannot imagine the pain I felt when I saw the bloody murderer being allowed to speak and to defy the court. I could see the smiles on the faces of the Ba’athists and the Arab mercenary who speak of Saddam as a brave lion, haven’t you heard what Raghad said on Al-Arabiya? She said: I never saw a greater or a braver father.

She killed me again, killed me and my mother whom Saddam stole her life. I was small when my dad was murdered but I see sadness in my mother’s eyes everyday, that woman had to bury her father, brother and husband.
I cannot celebrate justice now because to me justice means that Saddam must be cut into pieces and burned with his gang and family…justice means that the suffer like we suffered.

More:

You know, we never thought of carrying arms and fighting, we were good citizens serving the country with the knowledge and degrees we earned with hard work and we never imagined we would be forced one day to carry arms and battle the Ba’athists in the mountains and deserts but it’s Saddam and his oppressive regime that left us with no other choice… I’m telling you this and I’m free again and I’m proud of what I and my family did while that miserable coward is sitting in a cage and about o beg for mercy.

Yes I do feel that justice is winning….

This is why it is a pointless exercise, both in brain power and in time, to read the Mainstream Media's coverage of Saddam's trial.

The AP doesn't talk to these people, Reuters doesn't talk to these people, none of them do.

The Internet in general, and bloggers in particular, are the ones getting stories like this out. It's intrepid souls like Mohammed and Omar doing it. It's people like Jane, championing the plight of Yemenis, like Stefania, and Bridget going to bat for Iranians.

The folly of today's dictator is that they love shiny new technology, but are unable to comprehend that that very technology may lead to their downfall. No longer do the oppressors control the printing press, for once the first computer is hooked into the 'net, the world becomes the printing press. And no dictator in history has ever succeeded in conquering the entire world.

Totalitarian thugs aren't going to be defeated from those of us commenting on their actions from the outside looking in, although we can do our part by helping to spread the word. They are going to be defeated by those brave souls who dare to speak the truth from within.

By Vinnie at 01:49 AM | Comments |

Nope, Sorry, Uh-uh.

Infuriating AP article about the Plame investigation, under this headline:

White House Defense Crumbling in Leak Case

Wow, sounds like prosecutor Fitzgerald must have assembled a pretty good case, huh?

Oh, wait:

In light of all the disclosures, "it's going to be as difficult for the defense to prove the theory that the White House got the information from reporters as it is for Fitzgerald to prove that the White House leaked the information about Wilson's wife," said Washington-based white-collar defense attorney James D. Wareham.

Okay, legal experts, and people who have watched more than three Law and Orders:

1. In a criminal trial, which is what this would be if the grand jury returns an indictment, must the prosecution prove its case is
A: more probable than what the defense says? OR
B: true beyond a reasonable doubt?

2. If an expert thinks that the prosecution is going to have a difficult time making its case, well, does that headline make a ding-blasted bit of sense?

Ooh, sorry, AP Reporter Mark Yost, would you like to try for Double Jeopardy where the scores can really change?

(Besides the fact that Fitzgerald will have trouble making a case, the main news here seems to be that there is a swearing contest forming up between Tim Russert and Scooter Libby, each of whom says he learned about Plame's covert job from the other. )

By See-Dubya at 01:20 AM | Comments |

October 20, 2005

Saddam's Lawyer Kidnapped In Iraq

Fox:

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Ten masked gunmen kidnapped the lawyer for one of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants Thursday, police said.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, ladies and germs, but no, it wasn't Ramsey Clarke.

We're still stuck with him.

By Vinnie at 03:23 PM | Comments |

Earle Indicts Texas

Yes the whole state, See The Right Place for details.

"Travis County, Texas Prosecutor Ronnie Earle issued a press release earlier today stating that he had sought and obtained an indictment against millions of Texas residents on charges of "Conspiracy to Elect Republicans." He also charged them all as "Accessories to Murder" in the case of Casey Sheehan, son of professional protester and media-whore, Cindy Sheehan. Earle stated that he will seek the death penalty against all of the defendants, cutting Texas' population roughly in half.

Related: Do I look worried???

She don't look worried either. Or her or this one.

Trying to blog goodr, cheap I know But that's what Iowahawk said to do.

By Howie at 02:48 PM | Comments |

Dog Eat Dog.

Dangerous dog bites lawmaker, will his own law make him a felon?

Yahoo News, New Mexico:

The author of a new state law that allows felony charges against owners of dangerous dogs was hospitalized over the weekend after his own dog attacked him... ...Schwartz was instrumental in getting a law passed during this year's regular legislative session that would allow felony charges to be filed against owners of dogs deemed dangerous or potentially dangerous and that seriously injure or kill another animal or person


I’m torn. Yes dog owners should be held accountable but a felony? I’m not so sure that in all cases that’s appropriate, I mean are there not laws already thay would apply? Makes me wonder about how he treated his dogs. Large breed dogs with spirit are not toys or pets. You have to be his very best friend and he must believe you would never hurt him. At the same time you have to be the boss not too soft as they will test you daily. If you don’t have the time to spend on these animals, get a basset hound, that way you can at least out run the damn thing. Also it will be fun to see if the law maker is keen on being subject to his own law. I’m sure I know what breed the law is directed at, but I love a good bulldog had one myself great animal and a good friend.

By Howie at 02:27 PM | Comments |

Bush Meets With Abbas

Today President Bush met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. After the one hour meeting short statements were made. President Bush called Palestine to confront the armed gangs that constantly cause problems there. I’ve noted that this is a problem. The Palestinian forces have not been wiling or able to face Hamas leaving Israel with the rather nasty job of doing so. If you are going to have a state you can’t depend on your neighbor to do the dirty work for you.

MSNBC:

President Abbas is a man devoted to peace and to his people’s aspiration for a state of their own,” Bush said. “And today, the Palestinian people are closer to realizing their aspirations.” But, Bush said at a news conference after a one-hour meeting in the Oval Office, “the way forward is confronting the threat armed gangs present to creation of a democratic Palestine.”

At the same time the President warned Israel to be also following the roadmap to peace.

Israel should not undertake any activity that contravenes its roadmap obligations... ... Without elaboration, the president said Israel would be “held to account” for any actions that hamper peacemaking or burden the lives of Palestinians.

So it appears the US is being fair and balanced to both sides. Contrary to the perception that Israel wags our dog Mr. Bush seems to have both these dogs by the tail. I would even go so far as to say that if these parties get out of line hit them in the pocket book. Palestine desperately needs the aid we have been giving. How the same thing will work on Israel needs no explanation. The US has invested many years and untold billions of dollars trying to clean up this UN mess. It’s time we stop holding hands and pussyfooting around and demand not ask for both sides to get it together.

By Howie at 01:35 PM | Comments |

Looking for a 2nd Amendment Guru

Conservative Thinking covers quite a few topics in its day-to-day activities but one topic that is occassionally covered that needs more coverage is the 2nd Amendment, firearms, gun control laws, and crime. Gun ownership is a right of Americans that has been slowly stripped away since the beginning of time and has been heavily (and worthlessly) assualted by liberals.

Conservative Thinking is looking for a blogger to fill a role in covering 2nd Amendment issues. If you can dedicate a few posts a week to this issue at Conservative Thinking please contact Chris Short.

By at 11:38 AM | Comments |

School Teaching Children To Be Muslim

Hat tip Stop The ACLU

ANN ARBOR, MI — On Wednesday, October 19, 2005, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, California, will hear oral arguments in Eklund v. Byron Union School District. The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, represents several parents and children who challenged the Byron Union School District's practice of teaching twelve-year-old students "to become Muslims."
For three weeks, impressionable twelve-year-old students were, among other things, placed into Islamic city groups, took Islamic names, wore identification tags that displayed their new Islamic name and the Star and Crescent Moon, which is the symbol of Muslims, were handed materials that instructed them to "Remember Allah always so that you may prosper," completed the Islamic Five Pillars of Faith, including fasting, and memorized and recited the "Bismillah" or "In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate," which students also wrote on banners that were hung on the classroom walls.
A federal district court judge in San Francisco had previously determined that the school district had not violated the constitution.

According to Richard Thompson, Chief Counsel of the Law Center, "There is a double-standard at play in this case. If the students had done similar activities in a class on Christianity, a constitutional violation would surely have been found. If the public school's practice is upheld on appeal, all public schools should begin teaching classes on Christianity in the same manner as the Islam class was taught in this case."Source

Double standard indeed. Public schools can't even have a nativity scene in a Christmas play without the ACLU jumping on them like a rabid wolf in the bushes. But these schools think they can teach our children the religion that wants to kill us all? Teach us to be tolerant to the intolerant religion of hate? I don't have a problem teaching our children how different religions have influenced the world around them, and that even includes the religion of hate, but it should be across the board, and should not include indoctrination. If Islam is allowed to be taught, then Christianity should be too. Where are the sensitive atheist parents on this one? Where is the ACLU?

By at 08:02 AM | Comments |

Wild Pussies Squeeze Statehouse Rats

(Columbus, Ohio) In 1861, the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus was officially completed and President Abraham Lincoln spoke before a joint session of the Ohio Legislature in the House Chamber. Since that time, the venerable and historic building has been the enduring center of law for the people of the State of Ohio.

Unfortunately, during the same time period, the Ohio Statehouse also became home to an enduring infestation of rats. For well over a century, Ohio's elected lawmakers have lived in uncompromised harmony with buck-toothed, omnivorous, and disease-carrying rats.

That is, until about a year ago, when a dozen or so stray pussycats started making themselves at home on the Statehouse grounds. Despite their cozy coexistence with the legislators, the rats could not get along with feral felines. So, the rats moved. According to spokeswoman Pat Groseck, of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Commission,

"The cats have done a yeoman's job. There have been no rat-sighting reports since the cats have been there."
Consequently, the Statehouse strays are now being fed, sheltered, and given health care by state employees and volunteers. The rats are gone and everything is hunky-dory.

Or, is it? There are no reports of how the influx of feral cats has affected the songbird population. Typically, a vigorous feral cat population will eradicate all songbirds in the area. Gone are the sweet chirps and calls of cardinals, robins, and chickadees. Call it an unintended consequence.

In closing, I'm skeptical of the assertion that all of the rats have left the Statehouse. If true, how come my taxes keep going up?

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 05:16 AM | Comments |

October 19, 2005

Karl Who? Scooter Who? Tom Who? Harriet Who?

Able Danger is heating up.

I'm going to make this an open comment thread. I would like to know what the Jawa faithful have to say about it.

By Vinnie at 11:38 PM | Comments |

Stop the ACLU on the Radio

Nedd Kareiva of Stop The ACLU will be on WRWL Radio with Pastor Ernie Sanders to discuss the ACLU and how the Stop the ACLU bunch intends to thwart the ACLU's plans to crush America. Nedd Kareiva will be on at 9:30 PM EDT / 6:30 PM PDT.

For those not in the WRWL coverage area you can use this audio feed to tune in to the program.

By at 11:38 PM | Comments |

Who Doesn't Like 'Em?

Stupid criminals, that is....

OMAHA, Neb. -- An Omaha police lieutenant and an officer said they were working at the front desk of police headquarters Monday night when they noticed people sitting a car parked in a handicap parking space.

When the pair walked up to the car, they smelled what they believed to be methamphetamine.

A search proved them right.

The suspect was taken to Creighton University Medical Center, where he agreed to have two small plastic bags of meth removed from his stomach, according to a police report.

Hey, at least they were parked in the right spot....

By Vinnie at 10:42 PM | Comments |

Where's My 20 Million A Year?

Here is what I posted, last night, on my own blog, concerning media coverage of the Saddam trial. An excerpt:

Simply astounding. Here sits a man that is probably the last on earth who deserves any hearing whatsoever, fair or not. Here is a democratically elected government trying him in a court of law, even though he doesn't deserve it, and yet in the AP's eyes, if they don't dot every i, and cross every t, then poor Saddam is going to be abused.

Here is part of the transcript of today's Rush Limbaugh show:

Well, also today the Saddam Hussein trial started, and it's amazing to contrast the media coverage of a Saddam trial, who is a mass murderer, a man who's used poison gas and weapons of mass destruction on his own population, a man who had rape rooms and torture rooms, did not allow women any kinds of human rights or civil rights -- very few men had them in Iraq, either -- and yet when you listen to the coverage of his trial today, you would think that this guy is unjust like [sic] accused. You would think that he's brave and courageous.

CURSE YOU LIMBAUGH, GET OUT OF MY HEAD! LEAVE MY BRAIN ALONE!!!



By Vinnie at 08:17 PM | Comments |

I'll show you a faux, staged, set-up story!

Check out Junkyard Blog on the "filmmaker" (read "leftist activist and shakedown artist") who is after Tom Delay, and who has Travis County DA Ronnie Earle for his production assistant:

What better way to end his anti-DeLay film, The Big Buy, than with that visual of Rep. Tom DeLay, until recently the majority leader in the US House of Representatives, with a number plate tucked under his chin? What better way to cast Republicans, enemies both of Earle and the far left agitator Jim Schermbeck, as corrupt than with that visual? And what better to get that visual than to abuse the power of a district attorney to make sure you have the opportunity to manufacture it?

More fine detective work from the JYB. This is just the newest exhibit in the phenomenon Michelle Malkin writes about in her column "All the News is a Stage". It shouldn't really surprise anyone that lefty documentaries are just as bad.

Hey, whatever floats your boat.

By See-Dubya at 07:40 PM | Comments |

British Journalist Rory Carroll Kidnapped in Iraq

The UK Guardian is reporting that its Baghdad correspondent, Rory Carroll, 33, is missing and it's believed he was kidnapped by a group of armed men. Carroll, an Irish citizen, is one of the more experienced journalists for the Guardian and he has been based in Iraq for the last nine months.

By at 10:59 AM | Comments |

Spanish Judge Has a Don Quixote Moment

Now lets watch this peckerwood try and enforce it.

A Spanish judge has issued an international arrest order for three US soldiers whose tank fired at a Baghdad hotel during the war in Iraq, killing a Spanish journalist, a court official said Wednesday.

Jose Couso, who worked for the Spanish television network Telecinco, died April 8, 2003, after the tank crew fired a shell at the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad where many journalists were staying to cover the war.

The Spanish judge said he issued the arrest order because of a lack of judicial cooperation from the United States regarding the case.

US officials insist the soldiers believed they were being shot at when they opened fire.

Any doubt why President Bush has-quite rightfully-rejected the International Criminal Court?

Companion Opinipundit

By at 10:41 AM | Comments |

WTW AH Hates Winders !!!

So I pulled a late one last night & get early boot up. Then some detectothingy says I have a bad file and needs to go. So’s I get rid of it. It’s a library. Errr..ooops. So’s I get to run that one forever program on that thar shiny winders disk. Then the little woman starts fooling with the breaker box(hair dry and what no that's this breaker dear??) and I get to run that blue screen stuff over my disk again! Yep now I gets to run winders update.


Please stand by…..

(under breath mumbling %$$#%$# delays, delays get me dual boot or reload yer ass with Red Hat you %$%$# stupid detectothingy)


Here are your White Trash Wednesday bloggers


Updated: Matlock was good. Great day to be out. Strange this weekday at home life. I say we must start a Telco Tuesday to fight rising energy costs. Excuse me kids at school back later.

By Howie at 09:33 AM | Comments |

Abstinence vs. Indulgence

The two most immediately rewarding things humans can do take place in the face of temptation: abstinence and indulgence. But the quality of the rewards are not comparable. Abstinence builds upon and reenforces the empowering conviction that the world is ultimately and universally just, whereas at best indulgence tolerates, and at worst promotes, the conviction that the world is ultimately unjust or indifferent to evil (or that there is no evil). This is why the writings of the Marquis de Sade, for instance, open with a longish philosophical argument that nature and the universe are indifferent to evil, and that therefore evil is merely a human convention.

Terrorism attempts to merge the near-perfect abstinence of the Stoics (the founders of genuine liberalism) and the Christian martyrs with the indulgence of de Sade... and winds up entirely on the side of de Sade. Veiled within the justifications and grandiosly posturing rhetoric of Qutb, Bin Laden, Zawahiri and Zarqawi, claiming that they represent the manifestation of God's righteousness, is the very real conviction that God must either be indifferent, or as evil as their own darkest lusts. It is the ultimate cynicism, and little wonder that on some levels it finds itself allied with the western philosophical and ideological tradition that created both les indulgents and les enrages.

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

By Demosophist at 08:44 AM | Comments |

UN Weapons Ban Is Toothless

(Sana'a, Yemen) In a report from last week, it was confirmed that the Yemeni government sold weapons to Somalia in violation of a UN imposed ban. Discussions of the issue between the UN Security Council Weapons Experts Committee and the Yemeni government have consisted primarily of bickering over semantics with no consensus. Furthermore, according to the Yemen Times, there will likely be no consequences.

The difference of opinion is getting Yemen into hot water, but with international resources already so overstretched international grumbling is unlikely to have any real teeth.
Of course, the international grumblers are the UN weapons experts.

In summary, the government of Yemen knowingly violated a UN imposed weapons ban by selling arms to Somalia. When accused of the violation, the Yemeni officials merely argued, fully expecting no further action by the toothless United Nations. To add insult, the country's major newspaper publishes the fact that the UN is considered to be just a bunch of grumblers and there's no expectation that it will do anything.

I think the Yemenis are on to something.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 01:01 AM | Comments |

October 18, 2005

World To End Tomorrow, Russell Stover's, Pamprin Hardest Hit

Great news, men (and our good gay counterparts)!

The opposite gender's most feared weapon of mass destruction has been disarmed!

We now can control the remote all four weeks of the month!

Arise, O men of the West!

By Vinnie at 10:26 PM | Comments |

Vets Day Cancelled at Berkeley.

Ok if you are so far left that Berkeley don't want you to speak. Well I guess that says it all.

SunHerald:

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - (KRT) - Berkeley's Veterans Day ceremony, scheduled for Nov. 11, was abruptly canceled on Monday because the volunteer organizing committee split over the political content. At issue was a proposal by the chairman, singer/songwriter Country Joe McDonald, to have Bill Mitchell, a co-founder of Cindy Sheehan's organization, Gold Star Families for Peace, as the keynote speaker.

Others : California Conservative and Michelle Malkin.

Oh so this is Why Cindy’s in Berkeley. Also it looks like President Bush will have more than one Turkey this Thanksgiving.

Speaking of CC, What you really need to know to understand the Iraqi Elections and why the MSM doesn’t tell you.

Related kinda Michael Yon is back in Iraq.

Terror hoax perp caught in Mexico.

CNN:

Mexican authorities arrested Jose Ernesto Beltran Quinonez, 34, early Saturday in Mexicali, a border city about 120 miles east of San Diego, the FBI said. A three-count indictment charges Beltran with perpetrating a terrorist hoax and making false statements about an alleged plot to smuggle a nuclear warhead into the United States from Mexico

The latest on the OK University bombing MSM VS blogs with Michelle and Mark Tapscott.

Jawa Report posts From Rusty on the subject here.

And that's the way it is or was or what I had time for.

By Howie at 07:57 PM | Comments |

One more: AQ in Iraq's webmaster deleted--UPDATE

Good news on the cyberwar front: top Al Qaeda in Iraq web talent gets taken down in a US raid--which may be why the referendum weekend was so quiet.

Big Lizards got the story.

Jawa Report Value Added: BigLiz links to this MSNBC report of the capture, which contains this wonderful example of MSM wafflery, emphasis mine:

But, the news also circulates on a fascinating and, some would say, disturbing Web site operated by al-Qaida.

Some would say a site featuring graphic footage of suicide bombings and beheadings and assassination plans is "disturbing", yes. Some would.

UPDATE: Our own Howie linked this yesterday and for some reason I got it into my thick skull that it was a different website. Duhh. Well, it's still big news.

By See-Dubya at 03:46 PM | Comments |

A Quick Sandcrawler PSA

I has just been revealed to me that now is the time for the Jawa Report to issue its unofficially official opinion concerning the vacant Supreme Court seat.

The officially unofficial opinion is thus:

We, the squeaky voiced short guys in the brown robes and cheap flashlights for eyes, do hereby vehemently oppose the nomination of John Roberts to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court.

We now return you to your current psychosis, already in progress.

By Vinnie at 03:32 PM | Comments |

British Conservative makes tasty fags for Kim Jong Il

Now, I'm using that word in its British slang meaning of "cigarette", so don't go all Andrew Sullivan on me.

Interesting story in the Guardian (h/t AmSpec Blog) about a secret cigarette factory deep inside North Korea operated by British American Tobacco. The factory is apparently pretty damned illegal and even if it's not, BAT needs to be run out of business for collaborating with Mordor.

The political implications of this, however, are potential dynamite. Kenneth Clarke is currently running to lead the do-nothing, useless British conservative party. Clarke is pretty much "conservative" in the same way Chirac's party in France is "conservative": maybe a little less statist than Labour at home, but anti-Iraq war and not pro-American either. And Clarke is, outside of Parliament, a paid apologist for British American Tobacco.

Interestingly, this isn't the first time Clarke's in trouble over this issue; he's gotten burned doing the same thing in Burma. If this brings him down, good riddance.

It's a shame that Britain's conservative party isn't dedicated to conserving those wonderful British ideas that have brought liberty to so much of the world--Burke, Locke, Smith, Hume--but has (with the exception of Thatcher) embraced a snobbish version of socialism lite. They have recently gone through several new party chairmen and tried to remake themselves time and again, but the conservatism they espouse each time has much more in common with the effete, statist, snobbish continental conservatism than it does with a robust American-style vision of limited government, personal responsibility, and strong defense. Clarke is anti-Iraq war and pro-Europe, and would probably continue the Tories' disastrous streak.

Maybe it's time for a change, lads?

By See-Dubya at 03:13 PM | Comments |

Whoa.

Howdy. I've been in communicado for a while (Communicado, Okla., pop. 459) but it doesn't look like I've missed much. Miers is a cipher, steady progress in Iraq, media are weasels, Bush is on the ropes and flailing...

Oh. Wait. Looks like he's connected, with a strong right to the "Bush is a squishbag" conservatives:

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said his department aims without exception to expel all those who enter the United States illegally.

"Our goal at DHS (Homeland Security) is to completely eliminate the 'catch and release' enforcement problem, and return every single illegal entrant, no exceptions.

It's about time. If I were a real grouch I would say Bush doesn't get any points for this, since he's just agreeing to enforce existing law. And I'm still skeptical enough to "trust, but verify" on this statement. I want to see some how and when to back up the what.

But if this pans out, it's great news. Even better is that this news comes straight from the top at Homeland Security. While immigration-legal and illegal- is a complex problem, it is primarily a national security issue. It was important in peacetime, but after Sept. 11 there's no excuse for incentivizing illegal immigration--and failing to control the borders-- as we have done. Even the CIA has said so.

Just this rhetoric alone shows that the Norm Mineta racial pussyfooting that crippled aviation security doesn't still paralyze White House thinking.

PS I wonder whether this was in response to the Right's piling on Bush about Miers? Is this a sop to pacify his base? If so, sop me some more. Sop me real good, and sop me hard. Sop me like I've never been sopped before.

PPS I am, like Rusty, in a seasonal/sporadic sort of business that is gearing up somewhat this month. So I regret that my own posting here must be light, at least until this [delete]new shipment of primo Colombian toot gets safely in the warehouse.[/delete] thing I have to do gets done.

By See-Dubya at 01:30 PM | Comments |

Baltimore's McHenry and Harbor Tunnels Closed

A terrorist threat against tunnels along I-95 has prompted closing of said tunnels. Developing....

ABCNEWS:

Information about a potential attack, ABC News has learned, came from a previously reliable source two or three days ago. The city of Baltimore is in the process of taking some additional security precautions, while the federal government is analyzing the credibility of the threat.

We'll see, the terrorists like to spread threats. Threats are effective as a tool to upset the population. That is after you actually blow stuff up. Better safe than sorry eh.. In fact I'm so shaken I'm going to go eat and fill up my car or is that just Dave's lunch doing me that way.

Updated: I'm full as a tick and the tunnels have been reopened.

By Howie at 11:21 AM | Comments |

Trials And Tribulations

Saddam set to go on trial Wednesday.

Some questions:

Will the MSM cover this like they covered Scott Peterson, or even Martha Stewart?

Can he make things easier on himself if he produces a Heisman Trophy and vows to go after the real killers?

If he's convicted, but gets spared the death penalty, will he still be isolated, or will he be placed in an Iraqi federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison?

By Vinnie at 07:10 AM | Comments |

Egypt Builds Anti-Terror Fence

(Cairo) As a result of being a target for terrorists, the popular tourist destination of Sharm El-Sheikh will be a city surrounded by a security fence.

From ArabNews.com:

Egypt has started building a wire fence around Sharm El-Sheikh's tourist spots in a bid to prevent attackers from crossing into the Red Sea resort that was hit by deadly bombings in July, a security official said yesterday. "The fence aims to block cars from entering tourist areas except from four designated points and thus prevent possible terror attacks," the official said on condition of anonymity.

The fence would span 20 kilometers, stand one-and-a-half meters high, and be patrolled by security forces, the official said. He said work started on Saturday but did not say when it would end. Once the fence is complete, access to the city will be restricted to police-monitored entry points, equipped with state-of-the-art explosive detection equipment, he said.

Obviously, the question has to be pondered of how the Egyptian fence is any different from the wall being constructed by the Israelis for the same reason. And, the last I checked, every group that can sniff a goat from the European Union to the Arab League and to the United Nations has denounced the Israeli wall as the inhumane "Apartheid Wall."

Will these groups now also denounce the Egyptian fence? I think not. The opposition newspaper Al-Wafd in Egypt, however, did ask the question and remarked that the fence would only attract terrorists. We'll just have to wait to see how the rest of the critics respond.


[Update 10/20/05]

(From Ritzy) It seems that news of the fence was incorrect or plans have changed. According to this report, Governor Mustafa Afifi of South Sinai said that 80cm concrete walls are being constructed to keep out the camels and prevent accidents. Evidently, terrorists will continue to be allowed access to Sharm El-Sheikh as long as they don't travel by camel.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 05:27 AM | Comments |

October 17, 2005

Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: Good News Edition

Caption this photo of Iraqis counting votes in yesterday's Constitutional Referendum:



Fatwas will be issued Monday afternoon/evening.

Or mid-afternoon.

Or mid-late-afternoon.

Possibly early evening.

Even mid-late-early evening.

Or maybe at dusk.

Fatwas are hereby issued:

"Got a few absentee ballots here from some guys named Kos, Willis and Atrios. They're all marked 'No'. And they spelled 'no' wrong." by sortapundit

"Hey! This one says Hillary Clinton!" by Marcus Aurelius ("First principles, Clarice. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing ask: what is it in itself? What is its nature? What does he do, this man you seek?" - Hannibal Lecter. sorry, couldn't resist.)

"Hey! What are we supposed to do with all these AOL CDs?" by Just Plain Joe

Honorable mention:

"Faisal, while doing his bit for democracy, secretly wonders and dreads how long it will take before someone notices his shirt matches the drapes." by Mr. Venom, who frightens me.

Dishonorable mention:

A off topic blatant link whorage by someone named Ritzy. Who shall henceforth be known as Ditzy.

Excellent entries from all, you're all number one in my book, and I gotta mighty thick book.

By Vinnie at 08:04 PM | Comments |

NBC: Sunni "Tribal Chief" Better Source Than US Pilot

How propaganda gets from the ground in Iraq to the nightly news in America

NBC's Brian Williams reported tonight that "Iraqi civilians" said that a US airstrike had killed not insurgents, but innocent Iraqis. Williams' report was based on an Associated Press story by Thomas Wagner and a CENTCOM news release. Williams left out a couple of telling details that even Wagner felt obligated to include in the AP story.

Here's the pertinent text from the CENTCOM release:

While conducting a combat air patrol, crewmembers from an F -15 observed 20 men arrive in four vehicles at the crater site of a previously-detonated IED which had killed five U.S. and two Iraqi Soldiers on Oct. 15. The terrorists were in the process of emplacing another IED in the same spot when the F- 15 engaged them with a precision-guided bomb, resulting in the death of terrorists on the ground.
Wagner's AP story was based on the testimony of unnamed witnesses and a "tribal chief". Wagner noted that the area was "a hotbed of Sunni-Arab insurgents". He didn't identify the religious affiliation of the "tribal chief", but it seems likely that few Shiites inhabit the area.

Brian Williams did not mention any of this tonight. He simply left the impression that the American pilot lied about his target. About what you'd expect from Williams, who has indicated that he sees little difference between Iraqi terrorist insurgents and the American Founding Fathers.

More at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto06:21 PM | Comments |

Al Qaida in Iraq Executes Iraqi

Al Qaida in Iraq released a video of an Iraqi who was executed by the group today. Supposedly this man was "working for the Crusaders." The man, identified by papers the group showed, is Mahmud Alwan Hussein. Hussein was in an association of Iraqi contractors according to the papers.

The AFP says this is in direct contrast to the captured letter from Ayman al-Zawahiri to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi made public last week. This is not the case though. Zawahiri defended executions, but said it was the method in which Al Qaida in Iraq has carried out these executions that is offensive and damaging to their effort. Zawahiri even said shooting a hostage is better than beheading them, a practice in which Al Qaida in Iraq has done several times over the years.

Does this then signal that despite the fact Al Qaida in Iraq has declared the letter from Zawahiri as a fake that it is heeding its advice? In the game of point and counterpoint which is the propoganda weapon of Al Qaida, it only makes sense that AQ in Iraq would deny the legitimacy of the letter because it clearly stated AQ as a whole is in trouble. Why though would AQ in Iraq change from beheadings to executions by gun after this letter was revealed but not before if the letter and the urgings by Zawahiri were not accurate?

Infovlad has the video if you so choose to see it. It is the October 18 entry.

By at 03:48 PM | Comments |

Interview With A Knucklehead

Michelle Malkin (not a knucklehead) gives a nice recounting of her experience regarding an interview she gave to a Wall Street Journal reporter (the knucklehead) concerning the Hinrichs case.

I read her post (3 times) and just read the article. Amazingly, it was free, so I guess that's something.

But a quick synopsis of the two pieces boils down to pretty much this:

Even though blogs such as this one went out of their way to report on the Hinrichs case in such a way that did not, I repeat did not make any solid conclusions, the MSM is firmly convinced that we're all just a bunch of black helicopter seeing, rumor mongering, attention whores.

Never mind that Rusty's posts in particular on this subject have been geared towards pointing out that there were things that warranted a closer inspection. I don't recall any hard statements here claiming as fact that Hinrichs was a Muslim terrorist. The Jawa Report merely criticized the lack of MSM attention, and pointed out certain things that were miraculously reported, and said that they needed to be looked at more closely.

As far as my opinion? I think Hinrichs committed suicide after learning that Harriet Miers was nominated over him to replace O'Connor.

Hey, it's just as good as any other theory.

;-)

By Vinnie at 03:40 PM | Comments |

RINO Sightings XI

RINO sightings XI is up at politechnical.

Ah, the three things that are true about Raging RINOs is that we’re outspoken, non-conformist, extremely intelligent, and incredibly good-looking. Four things…

By Howie at 03:12 PM | Comments |

Air Strikes

Up to 70 terrorist supporters and insurgents were killed today by airstrikes prompting immediate whining about the targeting of civilians.

CNN

"[They] were not terrorists -- they were only a bunch of civilians whose curiosity prompted them to gather around a destroyed Humvee," said Dr. Dhiya Fahdawi, who treated people at a hospital in Ramadi. In the Abu Faraj region, north of Ramadi, about 50 insurgents were killed in operations surrounding a suspected insurgent safe house, the military said


OK so you will forgive me if I don't buy that. If you are dancing on top of our dead boys like you were last month I find it hard to scrape up much sympathy for you. In fact all I can think of right now is Hell Yeah!!!! Last month I saw you on FOXNEWS dancing and grinning, not that FOX feels like posting that video to the net but they had a momentary lapse of judgement and I saw you on WTVW.


By Howie at 12:01 PM | Comments |

First Question Concerning Enantiomorphism, With Profound Consequences for Shelby Foote's Theories About Union Constraints During the American Civil War:

And also for contemporary American geopolitical policy in the so-called "War on Terror."

So, just how do you tie one hand behind your back? I mean, as opposed to tying both of them?

Discuss...

By Demosophist at 09:39 AM | Comments |

Major Al-Qaeda Web Site Silenced

The main website for Al-Qaeda in Iraq is no more. Seems that the US is getting sharper about using the internet to observe and disrupt these sites. First we just watch, then we have the info we take em down. The producer of the site one Abu Dijana was also captured. I suspect we now have a wealth of info on the insurgency from this raid.

MSNBC:

All of which raises the interesting and secretive prospect that American security experts are monitoring and hacking these Web sites to gather up both information and members of the insurgency and their supporters. That might explain why one of the top propaganda operatives of "al-Qaida in Iraq" was caught by the Americans and why his Web site was so quiet during the referendum.

The Jawa Report has been both calling for the removal of these web sites as well as using the content of them to expose the true nature of our enemy. The web is a critcal tool for the terrorists. For us good news just doesn't get much better.

By Howie at 09:26 AM | Comments |

Thousand Monkeys on a Thousand Typewriters

Where's Rusty? Since there is no way I'm going to meet my editor's deadline I have employed a thousand monkeys at a thousand typewriters to help me finish it. Here is what they have produced so-far:

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It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times? This is going to take longer than I expected. I'll be gone for the next few weeks.

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

New Orleans Thug Becomes Katrina Hero

The Times-Picayune devoted Sunday's front page to the story of 20-year-old Jabar Gibson who was kicked out of high school and has been committing felonies ever since. In his own words, Gibson says, "I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, a lot of times." A prudent observer would have predicted that his future had been pretty well set. But Jabar Gibson's life changed dramatically because of Hurricane Katrina.

Gibson stole a school bus, loaded it with 60 of New Orleans' poorest residents, the youngest a week-old infant and the oldest 59, and drove to Houston. Gibson was the driver of what has become known as "the renegade bus" that was the first to arrive in Houston with Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

From NOLA.com:

Gibson acknowledges he stole the bus, although in what has become Katrina lingo, he "commandeered" it to rescue himself and his neighbors. While the storm's floodwaters ultimately did not advance into Algiers, there was no way of knowing that in the chaotic Tuesday morning after the storm. Water was filling up the east bank, Mayor Ray Nagin was on the radio that afternoon predicting several feet on St. Charles Avenue, and panicked residents crossed the bridge to the West Bank, telling tales of impending doom.

"The police was leaving people behind. I had to pick up people on the bus. The police didn't want to do nothing. We stepped up and did what we had to do," said Gibson, who declined to say more because he since has agreed to a movie deal that prohibits interviews.

So, one day Gibson is a street criminal with a regularly revised rap sheet and, the next day, he's under contract in the movie business. I foresee also probably a book deal, a television movie, and appearances on daytime and late-night talk shows. Who knows? Gibson may well end up being a motivational speaker.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 02:48 AM | Comments |

October 16, 2005

Umpires Strike Back.

Let’s see here aside from the evil McChimpy Hellibacon conspiracy with the JOOS to buy the umpires and catapult Houston to the Word Series. Yes it’s them. Or it could be like my team sucks or the score at the end of the game or some shit like that. The umpires sucked equally hard for both teams… …or did they?

La Russa yer outta here!!!!!! Hey that’s a good idea.

What else is going on hmmm...???

Terrorist’s have recruited about 70 from UK in the last year via online.

Jihad Watch & The Times of London.

Watch for the Transcript of the FNS DICK Durbin interview that is if they ever get round to posting it. DICK will explain his party’s plan to win the war which is.......AHHHHH.err... to shoot holes in someone else’s plan. Sounds like a winner there DICK. While you were thinking that up guess we have been doing? Also if they ever post it see why Condi Rice is the smartest person on DC.

Paraphrased “No I would never want to run for President”.

I can’t freakin quote it till you post it if you have it must be in tiny little print Chris you puffed toad you. Actually if you think about it Durbin looks more like a toad. It was like two puffed toads in a debate each puffing a little bigger. Wallace won.

Updated: OK transcript up. And here too.

And now back to Baseball....

By Howie at 08:53 PM | Comments |

October 15, 2005

Toledo Who?

Iraq the Model has a wrapup of today's Iraqi Constitutional referendum.

Hit their sidebar links for more Iraqi reaction.

By Vinnie at 11:44 PM | Comments |

Nazi Rally Turns Violent

(Toledo, Ohio) Before the start of a planned neo-Nazi rally in north Toledo, racial tension caused rioting to break out with baseball-sized rocks being thrown at police and vehicles being vandalized. According to Police Chief Mike Navarre, six people have been arrested. The march by the white supremacist group was canceled and over 100 police officers flooded the neighborhoods.

Live coverage on FoxNews shows some houses being looted with one building on fire. The live video from WJBK-TV shows the streets now crowded with police officers. The situation has calmed and the fire department has arrived to extinguish the fire in what is thought to be a tavern.

Police Chief Navarre stated that he believes that all the Nazis have now left the city.

So, in summary, the white supremacists organize a march to ostensibly protest black criminal gangs and the black community responds by rioting, looting, and setting at least one building on fire -- in their own neighborhood. The logic escapes me.

[Update 2030 EDT, 10/15/05]

Toledo Mayor Jack Ford declared a state of emergency and instituted a citywide curfew starting at 8PM tonight, tomorrow, and possibly Monday.

From ToledoBlade.com:

Mr. Ford said those protesting were mainly male gang members in their 20s. He said the protests were not triggered by race relations but by gang members with grievances.

"We went to talk to them. Most of them were gang members (picture) in full colors," the mayor said. "Their anger was based on some long-standing things but also that we had allowed the [Nazi] walk to occur in the first place."

Police Chief Navarre said several dozen people were arrested and a few officers and firefighters were injured, none serious. In total, a mob of 500 were involved in the rioting and looting. Although the streets quieted down by late afternoon, there is concern that violence may erupt in the darkness.

Interestingly, local media coverage of the rioting was prevented by the mobs attacking and disabling the mobile news vehicles first. Scheduled celebrations for Start High School Homecoming and Central Catholic High School Homecoming were canceled.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 02:54 PM | Comments |

trackinghillary.com: A Year Later and No Takers

Almost a year ago I bought trackinghillary.com so that someone might be able to use it to mount up an electronic paper trail about Senator Hillary Clinton during her run-up to the 2008 Presidential election. The offer I made was that someone or some team can get a site that actively tracks Hillary Clinton hosted for free (on this server) and the gets the domain name for free. That's right, free; no strings attached just track Hillary Clinton's speeches, actions, and voting records as best you can and it's all yours.

Last night I received the 90-day renewal notice for trackinghillary.com. My question to you is is there a market for a site like I envisioned or is Blogs Against Hillary and company good enough to get the job done? In other words, should I hang on to trackinghillary.com or donate it to someone else?

Originally Posted at Conservative Thinking

By at 11:51 AM | Comments |

October 14, 2005

Debunking the WSJ/CBS Debunking of the Oklahoma Bombing

Was Joel Henry Hinrichs III a terrorist? Until the investigation is complete, we cannot know that for a fact. So, how can The Wall Street Journal know that he was not?

Yesterday the WSJ did an incredibly pathetic job of debunking the Joel Henry Hinrichs suicide-bombing story yesterday. Ryan Chittum and Joe Hagan's argument that Hinrichs was not a failed terrorist--whether acting alone or as part of a larger conspiracy--is a pathetic resort to authority. No new facts are cited to dispute reasonable questions that Hinrichs was a terrorist--and they are just that, questions.

They simply cite the University of Oklahoma President David Boren's assurances that it was not terrorism--statements he began to make before the investigation had even begun--the protests of Hinrichs' father that his son was not a Muslim, and a single FBI statement in an ongoing investigation.

When an act of war is committed--which a suicide bombing is--in a time of war--which we are in now--on a field of battle--which the terrorists have made the American homeland--then it seems reasonable to assume that the act was part of the larger war. The act may eventually turn out to be unrelated, but that says nothing of the larger point of whether or not Hinrichs' suicide-bombing should have been a major news story and whether it was reasonable to ask questions about his death?

Since the WSJ, and the later CBS coverage of the debunking, fails to mention The Jawa Report as a chief culprate in spreading unsubstantiated rumors and innuendo, our editorial board feels duty bound to respond to the non-allegation that we have done shoddy reporting.

The original WSJ article is bad enough, but the CBS News coverage of the WSJ article is worse. Here is how they quote the WSJ:

“Adding to community concern was the revelation that two days before he blew himself up, Mr. Hinrichs visited a feed store and inquired about buying ammonium nitrate -- the same chemical Timothy McVeigh put in the bomb he used in 1995 to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City, 20 miles to the north.…
All of the above are undisputed facts. Notice, however, the .... after the end of the paragraph? CBS connects the known facts with uncorroborated reports. It goes on.
To that unsettling set of facts, blogs and local Oklahoma TV stations added several apparent inaccuracies, including: that Mr. Hinrichs was a Muslim and visited the mosque frequently; that he tried to enter the stadium twice but was rebuffed; that he had a one-way airplane ticket to Algeria; that there were nails in the bomb and that Islamic extremist literature was found in his apartment.

None of these claims are true: Mr. Hinrichs's family, university officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation say Mr. Hinrichs suffered from depression, and the explosion was an isolated event.”

The way these paragraphs are put together, the reader is under the impression that things such as Hinrichs buying ammonium nitrate were also untrue. But that Hinrichs was under investigation by local police is not in dispute. CBS misleads its readers by stringing these paragraphs together.

But the original WSJ reports is equally shoddy. They unequivically state that "none of these claims are true." So, which claims are untrue and how do they know that.

1) Claim: "Mr. Hinrichs was a Muslim and visited the mosque frequently."
Source of refutation: Hinrichs' father-- "Joel wasn't a Muslim and wasn't under anyone's sway, Mr. Hinrichs says"

2) Claim: "Hinrichs tried to enter the stadium twice but was rebuffed"
Source of refutation: not cited. However, we reported here that security tapes did not show Hinrichs trying to enter the statium.

3) Claim: "he had a one-way airplane ticket to Algeria"
Source of refutation: not cited. However, notice this from the same article "investigators did find an airplane ticket to Algeria, it wasn't in Mr. Hinrichs's apartment, but rather in one belonging to an international student, Mr. Boren said.

4) Claim: "there were nails in the bomb
Source of refutation: not cited.

So, what we have are a series of unsubstantiated allegation. Are any of these allegations true? I've no idea. But how do we know that "none of these allegations are true" as the WSJ claims? Because David Boren and Hinrichs' father claim they are not true.

As we said in our first report on this story on October 4th that since the Northeast Intelligence Network was the source of some of the information (such as the report that a ticket to Algeria was found in his room) much of this needs to be taken with a fair amount of skepticism. But to claim that what we and other blogs have been asking "is just smoke...It's bilge" as the WSJ quotes Hinrichs' father as saying is beyond the pale.

It is true that some bloggers have jumped to the conclusion that this definitely was part of a larger plot, but for the most part this site and sites like Little Green Footballs, Michelle Malkin, Powerline, Generation Why, Mark Tapscott, and others have simply wondered why this was not getting coverage and how David Boren and others were so sure this was not terrorism when the investigation was incomplete?

If it is irresponsible to ask whether a suicide-bomber might have been a terrorist, then count us guilty. If it is irresponsible to ask why the mainstream media has not given coverage to what is normally considered an act of war in a time of in America's heartland, then count us guilty. If we are to err, let us err on the side of caution--and that side is quite different after 9/11 than before it.

While many of the alleged 'facts' about Hinrichs will certainly be disproven in the coming days, refutations by David Boren are not enough to convince us that there is nothing more to see here.

This and all other posts related to Joel Henry Hinrichs III are archived here.

UPDATE: By Vinnie, Hannity and Colmes will have an Oklahoma congressman on "who is determined to get to the bottom" of this case.

Should be interesting...I'm sure more updates will follow.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:01 PM | Comments |

NC Furniture Company Sending in Katrina Relief

Claremont, North Carolina (Conservative Thinking) -- Hurricane Katrina has left many in Mississippi without homes and with ruined lives. People's worldly possessions consist of what was on their backs during the storm, what little they've recovered from the rubble that was once their home or business, and what they've acquired since the storm has past. Everything from dressers to kitchen tables to clothes to appliances is now gone. People are trying to rebuild but it is unimaginably difficult.

The Hickory, North Carolina area furniture manufacturers have been hit hard over the past few years but one company through a fluid business model and good management has been able to remain overwhelmingly successful. Progressive Furniture is a furniture manufacturer just outside of Hickory in Claremont, North Carolina (home offices in Ohio). Progressive Furniture's employees took a collection shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit and the company itself matched the contributions of its employees. That collection was then donated to relief efforts in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

As noble as the donation was it simply wasn't enough for the kind hearted people at Progressive Furniture who could do so much more. Conservative Thinking has learned that Progressive Furniture will be loading up at least one 18 wheeler full of queen size and children's bedroom sets and shipping those bedroom sets to the Salvation Army in Gulfport, Mississippi.

A lot of bad can be said about the problems with Katrina relief response. However, companies like Progressive Furniture are looking past that and becoming part of the solution.

By at 02:14 PM | Comments |

Another Guest Commentary

You hate your boss right well it's universal. See Iowahawks second special guest commentary by Abu Musab Al-Zaqueery.

“you know that roof is not going to thatch itself,” blah blah f*cking blah. Then the wives start in on that suspicious “if we didn’t know better, we’d think you were seeing another harem” crap, like I got enough energy to go fornicating after a week of occupier missile strikes and filling out the Q1 school bomb progress reports.


By Howie at 11:04 AM | Comments |

Zawahiri-Zarqawi Letter Authenticity Refuted and Defended

The letter from al Qaida's #2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, to head of IZAQ (al Qaida in Iraq), Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is a telling and damaging communique. It shows the weakness of al Qaeda as well as their propensity to rule the world with an iron Islamic fist.

al Qaida has come out denying the authenticity of the letter which is also a tell tale sign of how damaging the letter really is. Of course, you can draw your own opinion about the authenticity of the letter.

I asked CENTCOM Public Affairs about the authenticity of theZawahiri-Zarqawi letter; the response is as follows:

The U.S. and Coalition have a variety of ways to acquire information, including detainee interrogation and raids of enemy locations as well as other means which often lead to exploitation of information and material. Due to operational security, I cannot discuss the specific way in which the letter was obtained.

It was felt that the release of this letter clearly illustrated the detailed planning and intent of insurgents in Iraq to one day control the country and extend their extremist Jihad to neighboring Muslim states, to include the destruction of Israel.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Department of Defense and CENTCOM have a high degree of confidence in the authenticity of the letter.

CENTCOM Public Affairs

I have to believe this letter is the real deal.

Originally Posted at Conservative Thinking

By at 10:19 AM | Comments |

Planning for the Future

Well, 2005 is nearly over. And with 2006 comes thoughts of midterm elections. I'm sure it won't take very long for the airwaves to become polluted with commercials for your (most or least) favorite representative to Washington. But before we begin this propaganda cycle, I think we need to take a good hard look at what has been going on. No, I'm not going to sit here and lay the ills of the world at this administration's feet. There are plenty of liberals to do that. Besides that, I'd like to focus on reality. And the reality is that our representatives, by and large, have been paying us a lot of lip service without really doing anything. Except for the bill that they just passed to relax restrictions on refinery building, I can't think of much of anything Congress has managed to get done recently. Oh, I'm sure there have been hundreds of little "pet project" bills that they have managed to get through, but there are some major issues that are being swept under the rug here and need to be addressed. I think that we need to use these midterm elections to send a message to our representatives. We need to let them know that they no longer control the issues. These are the things that we are concerned about and they have two more years to start doing something about them before we start voting them out of office.

With that in mind, I have come up with a small list of issues that I believe need attention. These are mainly issues that have been brought up, talked about and raised as standards by many representatives, then quickly hidden before any real action has had to be taken.

1. What ever happened to Social Security reform? Of course we all realize that the Democrats don't even want to talk about this, but hey, we're the majority party. It's time to do something before the whole thing collapses like the house of cards that it is. We have already forced the Democrats to admit there is a problem, but then we didn't do anything about it. Why haven't we pressed that advantage to actually get something done?

2. School Vouchers have been a hot topic for politicians to run on for quite some time now. Let's do something besides pay them lip service.

3. All (or most) of our Republicans have been spending like Democrats for the past several years. The last highway bill is a travesty that should never have been allowed to pass through a Republican congress. If they're afraid of holding up an important bill just because it's stuffed full of pork, we need to let them know that we will fully support their decision. If it's just because they want to spend like everyone else, then they need to know that we will no longer support that. Either way, they need to get the message loud and clear that it well beyond time to get government spending under control.

4. When trying to find the money for Hurricane Katrina relief, several Republicans stood up to say that it was time to take control of government spending. There were several good proposals on the table at the time. After their initial press coverage, these things seem to have disappeared. Is that from lack of support? If so, why are our Republican representatives showing so much fiscal irresponsibility? Let's get these proposals back out and start slashing at some fat.

5. When are we going to show that we value human life? I'm not talking about outlawing abortion tomorrow. I'm too much of a realist to think that's going to happen soon (if at all). But there were so many representatives ready to jump on the bandwagon when it looked politically expedient for them during the Terri Schiavo issue. Now we don't hear a peep out of them. If you were so concerned about protecting the Terri Schiavos of this nation, why aren't you doing something about it. If you don't feel that it's the federal government's place to do anything about it, why aren't you urging states to take action?

Overall, I have been quite disappointed in the actions taken by our supposed majority. With elections just around the corner, we need to make it more than clear that we can and will rally around someone who will give us more than talking points. After all, if I wanted all my money stolen and to be lied to constantly, I'd vote Democrat.

By at 09:57 AM | Comments |

Terror Arrests In Netherlands, Parliament Sealed Off

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Seven terrorists have been arrested in the Netherlands today as Dutch police mounted a series of raids nationwide. Among the seven terror suspects was a woman. The Dutch Parliament and the Prime Minister's office were also sealed off as gun shots were heard from a nearby street.

One of those arrested was a repeat offender. Dutch news agency ANP reports that among those arrested was Samir Azzouz, 19, acquitted in April of charges of planning attacks on government buildings--including Parliament. Police report that they found maps of potential targets in his home which included parliament and the Borselle nuclear power plant. (AKI)

Azzouz is suspected of belonging to the Hofstad Network, a group of suspected radical muslims which allegedly included Mohammed Bouyeri, the Dutch-Morroccan man jailed for life in July for the murder of film-maker Theo van Gogh, nearly a year ago in Amsterdam. (FT)

On Thursday, media reported renewed threats against members of parliament Ayaan Hirsi Ali (image right) and Geert Wilders, both outspoken critics of Islamic extremism. The two went into hiding for several months after Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh's brutal murder. (Haaretz)

Local media also report that gunshots were heard in a largely Muslim immigrant neighborhood in the Hague this morning. The police have yet to confirm this.

Today, The Jawa Report received this comment from a Muslim reader in The Netherlands:

JIHAD AGAINST THE KUFFAR AND THE MUNAFIQEEN, MURTADEEN IS FARD (required)

SO OH MUSLIMS MARCH OUT TOWARDS THE BATTLEFIELD OF AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ, JAZERATUL ARAB, KASHMIR, SHESHAAN, PALESTINE

Do you now see the extent of the problem? CNN:
Journalist Hans Andringa told CNN there had been rumors that on November 2, the anniversary of Van Gogh's death, fundamentalists were planning "a macabre birthday party."

Following the arrests, Holland's National Coordinator for Counterterrorism announced a stepping up of security around the Binnenhof (parliamentary and governmental complex in The Hague), the headquarters of the General Intelligence and Security Service in Leidschendam, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.

Personal security was also being stepped up for leading figures, the statement said, adding that there was no need to raise the general threat level associated with the national terrorist threat assessment.

"As reported earlier, the current threat level for the Netherlands is substantial, and that level remains unchanged," the statement said.

It's looking less and less like the Netherlands will be the first country to adopt sharia law. My bet is now on Sweden.

Personal note: I'm off the rest of the day doing you know what with you know who at you know where.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:57 AM | Comments |

Interveiw With Richard Perle

Why didn't John Hawkins ask Richard Perle about his involvement in The Pentavorate, The Illuminati, the CFR, and the Sacred Order of the Stonecutters? You were aware that he is a J-O-O, right? John Hawkins is obviously no Dan Rather. Hurry, go read the interview or the Mossad will hunt you down.

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

Politically Correct Homecoming

(St. Cloud, Minnesota) In order to exhibit appropriate diversity and tolerance, St. Cloud State University (SCSU) has eliminated the selection and crowning of a homecoming king and queen. Henceforth, SCSU students will vote for homecoming 'royalty' consisting of two gender non-specific people. [As an aside, it's not absolutely clear that the homecoming royalty has to be human.]

The change will prevent a recurrence of the confusion experienced last year when a male student, Fue Khang, was selected as queen of the homecoming celebration. It would be embarrassing to have another Fue Khang queen.

SCSU has traditions and history dating back over 130 years and part of that past is the yearly homecoming celebration. Sadly, without a king and queen, homecoming will never be the same. Chalk up a victory for political correctness which has successfully attacked another tradition and forced SCSU, as an institution, to reject a part of its history.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

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Woman Cuts Up Pregnant Neighbor for Unborn Baby

(Ford City, Pennsylvania) This is not a typical criminal case. The perpetrator, described as calm and amiable, is a stay-at-home mother with children aged 11, 14, and 16.

From Post-Gazette.com:

An Armstrong County woman who told friends and family she was expecting a child was charged yesterday with beating her pregnant neighbor over the head with a baseball bat, driving her to a remote rural road and attempting to cut the woman's baby out of her abdomen. The attack was thwarted by a boy on an all-terrain vehicle and police took the suspect into custody.

The victim, identified as Valerie Oskin, 30, of Ford City, was flown by helicopter to Allegheny General Hospital and was in critical condition yesterday. Doctors delivered her baby by emergency Caesarean section and the baby was healthy, officials said.

Confronted with evidence by investigators, the suspect, Peggy Jo Conner, 38, made a statement to state police that confirmed their suspicions.

Conner is in the Armstrong County Jail and faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, and aggravated assault on an unborn child. According to police, Conner abducted and took Oskin to a remote area where she waited several hours for her to die so she could take the baby. At some point, Conner slit open Oskin's belly with a razor knife and, not long after, a local teenager tooling around on his ATV saw what was happening and reported it to his father who alerted the police. Armstrong County District Attorney Scott Andreassi remarked,
"I don't think there was any question that her goal was to get that child out of there. If this kid had not come on the scene, she would have finished the job."
This case is strange and unusual, but not unheard of. Just a few months ago, something similar happened in the midwest. Why women would want to slice and dice pregnant neighbors and strangers is beyond me. Only one thing seems certain, though, somewhere there is a political psychologist conjuring up an alphabetized syndrome or disorder that lays the blame squarely on President Bush.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 05:19 AM | Comments |

October 13, 2005

There Is Such A Thing As A Good Terrorist

One of the the things that I've always admired about Rusty and his blog is his willingness to post images that the MSM never would.

The images tend to be graphic, and viewing them causes righteous anger, and more than a little heartache.

Thankfully, however, I've managed to find an image that should cause great joy among the Jawa faithful.

Because the only good terrorist is...

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...a dead terrorist.

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Bodies of apparent militants lie in a street in Nalchik, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005 in this image taken from television. Islamic militants launched a major attack on police and government buildings in a provincial capital in Russia's volatile Caucasus region Thursday, turning the city into a war zone wracked by gunfire and explosions. At least 49 people, including 25 militants, were killed. (AP Photo / ORT-Russian Television Channel)

By Vinnie at 10:41 PM | Comments |

Harriet Who?

Meanwhile, back in the real world....

Jane deconstructs the antics of our allies the Yemeni gubmint, causing rivers of urine to flow through the mighty halls of that great power's hallowed governmental institutions.

By Vinnie at 09:05 PM | Comments |

Who You Gonna Call?

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Menenze's ghost has been busted, banned, and now sits in a high-votage ectosplasmic container field. Unless the EPA shuts us down, we shouldn't be hearing from him again any time soon.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:00 PM | Comments |

Open Letters From Pakistan

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From time to time here we get Muslim posters in different areas. Some are terrorist supporters and some do their best to dispell the image that all Muslims support the terrorists. In fact the recent letter intercepted by the US shows that Al-Qaeda is painfully aware that it's tactics are the design of it's own defeat. If in fact Al-Qaeda and the other terrorists actually had the support they claim, there would be no occupation of Iraq. This is key. Muslims must fight the terrorist with both words and deeds to prevent further suffering for everyone. It appears that Muslims are waking up to that fact and rejecting the hate and random murders that are the hallmark of Al-Qaeda.

Below you will find two letters from a man in Pakistan who calls himself a fireman determined to fight the fires of hate spread by the Jihadists. Although the first letter is directed to Muslims only, the author has given me permission to post it here. These are the kind of people who need the US help we have been giving.

AN OPEN LETTER TO MUSLIMS ONLY
(Read And Circulate Message For Peace)

Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters,

God forbid if any one of our near one and dear one is killed then the killer is evil, a beast and what not and should get penalty but if one among us kills anybody then he is not evil and we start lying, denying or even justifying the killing.... double standards? Being Muslims, many of our brothers and sisters are not working for peace. They are misguided, mistaken and spreading the virus of hatred and revenge through telling deliberate lies, disinformation and false accusations, which is resulting in death and miseries for number of innocent people living around the world at the hands of merciless KILLER MUSLIMS and also bringing bad name to MOHAMMED(PBUH).

I will post both complete letters in the extended entry. Note that his English may take a double read, but if you take your time you can get the meaning. The first letter, which I thought was the best one, is directed at Muslims. The second to all people in general.

Letter one begins here.


PRESS RELEASE:

AN OPEN LETTER TO MUSLIMS ONLY
(Read And Circulate Message For Peace)

Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters,

God forbid if any one of our near one and dear one is killed then
the killer is evil, a beast and what not and should get penalty
but if one among us kills anybody then he is not evil and we start
lying, denying or even justifying the killing.... double standards?

Being Muslims, many of our brothers and sisters are not working
for peace. They are misguided, mistaken and spreading the virus
of hatred and revenge through telling deliberate lies,
disinformation and false accusations, which is resulting in
death and miseries for number of innocent people living around
the world at the hands of merciless KILLER MUSLIMS and also
bringing bad name to MOHAMMED (PBUH) who never killed anyone
in his life time.

Instead of teaching about Good & Evil, certain Radical Muslim
Clerics are only "Trading in Religion". They teach us about
accusing, abusing and killing the non-Muslims. They try to
hypnotize us to Hate and Kill the non-Muslims and brethren of
other sects or be killed and without using any common sense,
we readily believe in whatever is being said by these Hate
Mongers. Actually, they are "Agents of Satan" who is paying
them heavily and in return they are cutting at the very roots
of the Ummah. Instead of "Mourning" most of the Muslims are
rejoicing on the brutal killings of the non-combatant innocent
civilians and "The Murderers" have always been "Our Great Heroes".

Before it is too late and the Curse Of God falls upon us, we
should use common sense, find out the TRUTH and must change
ourselves to save Muslims from becoming the most "Hated,
Isolated, Discredited and Suspicious" people in the world.
We must start working for promoting "Sectarian Harmony and
Religious Tolerance" in the society and should prove to the
WORLD through our deeds that Islam is not a religion of Zero
Tolerance and MOHAMMED (PBUH) teaches "Love & Peace" and not
Gangsterism, Terrorism, Barbarism, Extremism, Sectarianism,
Cruelty, Inhumanity and "Hatred & Killing" of the innocent civilians.

Islam is a religion of peace. Islam teaches respect and love
for all even the animals. But many narrow-minded Muslims have
so far failed to learn anything good from the teachings of
Mohammed (PBUH) who preaches love for the peoples of all
religions. We are far away from the basic principle of Islam
i.e. "Enjoining the people to do Good and forbidding them
from Doing Evil" and thus, possess no quality of the civilized
society. Unfortunately, many of us show Zero Tolerance towards
others and remember only one thing to be called as good Muslims
and that is to "hate" the non-Muslims" ...act of madness?

The killing of others in the name of religion is a Sin. Can a
FATHER ever teach his Children to be the permanent Enemies of
each other?

The time has come for us to stop readily believing in whatever is being
said, read and written by the LIARS / Hate Mongers. Unfortunately,
some misguided-Muslims believe that the Holy Quran and Holy Prophet
(PBUH) both have instructed Muslims that the opponents be KILLED
and that they are simply following the orders. We should use our own
common sense and only believe which is logical, convincing and in the
best interest of the humanity.

Why do we hate others so much, may be they are better humans then
what we are. My feeling is that the Muslims should unite to discredit
and deactivate the fringe mullahs (Preachers of Hate) who promise a
quick trip to paradise to people who have little and sacrifice
themselves with bombs strapped to their bodies. If the mullahs
(THE LIARS) thought that it really was a way to paradise they
would be strapping bombs to themselves! Their followers are kept
too ignorant to see this for themselves and enlightened Muslims
should educate them. We must promote understanding and peace.
We are all watched by the same God and need to help one another,
not hate and hurt.

Our contention is that the WORLD should resolve the conflicts facing
the Muslim World to stop the terrorism. Unfortunately, all the
disputes facing the Muslim World are our self created. The root
causes of all the disputes are based on the Muslim Philosophy of Hate
against the non-Muslims. The Muslim literature, teachings and
preaching are spreading and injecting this hatred in hearts and minds
of the Muslims. Our intolerant behavior is further proved by the root
causes of all the pending conflicts that we (Muslims) cannot live side
by side in peace with the non-Muslims. We must stop dividing the
world into Muslim and non-Muslim blocks. All the disputes facing
Muslim World can be resolved easily, only if we (the Muslims) are
able to condemn the “Philosophy of Hate” created in us by our past
and present elders who have divided the peoples of the world in the
name of religion, cast and creed.

We need to preach love, kindness and humanity with extremist
devotion and mission. The mullahs (THE LIARS) and the preachers
of hatred must be excommunicated at every level. Our political leaders
and religious teachers must offer positive ideas. Without the ability
to imagine a better world, we cannot build anything together. What is
offered today through religion is death, destruction and suffering.

MY PRAYER FOR PEACE:

Merciful God, please give to peoples of the world, the required
wisdom and determination, to Forgive and Forget the bitterness
of the past and learn to live in peace like brothers and sisters,
by condemning the divisions and hatreds created in us by our
past and present elders. (Amen)

Please acknowledge receipt. Thank you,

********* (name removed for the authors own safety)
Peace Activist
PAKISTAN

End of letter one. I'm not blockquoting the letter to save space widen your browser for readability.

Letter two open letter to all people.

MY MESSAGE FOR PEACE AND HARMONY (For All)

We all need to pray for one another, and to love one
another. We should always pray for the safety, peace,
love and brotherhood for people all over the world.
Too bad we can't have an independence day for the
entire world. A day of freedom from ignorance, hatred,
war, illusions, power and control. A day where we can
all love each other as human beings and toss away the
weapons of war, and cast out our fears and hatreds
from our hearts into the graves. We must mourn the
graves of the innocents all over the world, and give
the children of the world the hope of a peaceful,
loving and beautiful world.

A world full of love and without hatred or fear. A
world where we can join hands together and accept one
another, regardless of our skin color, ethnic
divisions, religion or nationality. If we don't unite
as a human race, then we have condemned the future
generation of children a dark and very grim future.
Our survival as a human race depends on our unity.
Without unity, there will be no human race in the
future. We will be as extinct as the dinosaurs.....

Think of love, compassion and peace always...

MY PRAYER FOR PEACE AND HARMONY

Merciful God, You made all of the people of the world
in Your own image and placed before us the pathway of
salvation through different Preachers who claimed to
have been Your Saints and Prophets. But, the
contradictions (made by us) in the interpretation of
Your teachings have resulted in creating divisions,
faith based hatreds and bloodshed in the world
community. Millions of innocent men, women and
children have so far been brutally killed by the
militants of several religions who have been
committing horrifying crimes against humanity and
millions more would not be butchered by them in the
future, if You guide and help us find ways to reunite
peacefully.

IN THE NAME OF GOD, THE COMPASSIONATE, THE MERCIFUL,
look with compassion on the whole human family; take
away the controversial teachings of arrogance,
divisions and hatreds which have badly infected our
hearts; break down the walls that separate us; reunite
us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and
confusion to accomplish Your purposes on earth; that,
in Your good time, all nations and races could jointly
serve You in justice, peace and harmony. (Amen)

Regards,
**********(again name removed for authors own saftey)
PAKISTAN

By Howie at 05:29 PM | Comments |

Al-Zawahiri Disclaims Letter

Al-Zawahiri has posted a statement saying this is a fabrication of the Black House.

Right Doc. So we would fabricate the best advice anyone could give Zaqueery. Nice try, of course you must disclaim it to raise doubt. Al-Qaeda is losing and you know it. Muslim public opinion is against you as they are seeing you for what you are, murderers. You bring nothing but suffering on those you say you fight for.

CNN:

Responding to al Qaeda in Iraq's denial, a spokesman for the U.S. director of national intelligence, John Negroponte, said top officials in the U.S. government are confident the letter is real. The spokesman said the letter was "verified by multiple sources over an extended period of time."

So Doc. Are you saying that Shia Slaughter in Iraq is just fine and dandy or what? That the murder of innocents and beheadings are exactly what Al-Qaeda should be doing? Or is the letter real? One or the other Doc.

Aso here on FOXNEWS

Also See Chad Evans' take at In the Bullpen.


By Howie at 05:01 PM | Comments |

Reminder: Rusty is Gone, Sorta

Just a little reminder that I'm away writing a major research project. Ok, well it's major to me. I'm getting the feeling that some of you aren't quite getting the stress related posts. If any of the other Jawa writers want to post, this is my long promised absence.

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

Chewy to Become US Citizen.

Peter Mayhew the extremely tall actor underneath the Chewbacca suit will be sworn in as a new American citizen next week in Arlington Texas. FOXNEWS:

Mayhew, 60, played the fur-covered warrior Chewbacca must be a legal permanent resident for five years before becoming a citizen. The wait is three years if the person marries a U.S. citizen. He also must pass history, English and civics exams… …"I am feeling very happy about it," Mayhew said. "Whatever people say about America, it is still one of the most wonderful countries in the world
Welcome Chewy.

Image credit and thanks to the very young and very talented Ben Marriot at sockyspace

By Howie at 10:56 AM | Comments |

A Haiku Dedicated to Tums

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Nerves of steel no more
In calcium carbonate
My salvation lies.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:29 AM | Comments |

Chechen Gunmen Attack in North Caucasus

Simultaneous attacks on government installations in the Russian city of Nalchik have resulted in at least 60 deaths with scores wounded. Chechen rebels have claimed responsibility for the attacks. Nalchik, capital of Kabardino-Balkaria province, is about 50 miles northwest of Beslan where Chechen gunmen killed hundreds last year, half of them schoolchildren.

From the BBC:

Kabardino-Balkaria, a Muslim region, lies close to war-ravaged Chechnya.

A regional leader told Itar-Tass news agency that a third of the 150 rebels that took part in attacks had been killed.

President Arsen Kanokov also said 12 civilians had been killed, although this figure has not been confirmed.

A source at Nalchik's Republican Hospital told Ekho Moskvy radio that the dead who had been brought in were "all people in uniform".

At least 40 injured people had been taken to the hospital, with more arriving all the time, the source added.

One unidentified security official has told Russian news agency RIA that the reason for the attack was the arrest on Wednesday of at least one radical extremist.

Local sources stated the attacks were "carefully planned" and targeted police stations, the Russian FSB security agency, military and drug-control offices, and the airport. Children were seen fleeing a school building in a scene reminiscent of last year's Beslan massacre.

From ABC News Online:

One girl who ran out of the school said armed men were firing inside the building but security officials later made clear that armed police had entered the school to ensure its emergency evacuation due to its close proximity to the site of one of the buildings under attack.

Russian media said gun battles occurred at a number of locations in Nalchik and the city centre was saturated with security forces, while gunfire could be heard nearby.

A local journalist quoted by RIA-Novosti news agency said the gunmen were dressed in civilian clothing and took advantage of panic to blend in with the local population, hiding weapons under their clothes as they changed locations, before opening fire again on security forces.

President Vladimir Putin has sent his special envoy for the North Caucasus, Dmitry Kozak, to Nalchik to assess the situation. According to Arsen Kanokov, the President of the Kabardino-Balkaria province, the twelve local civilians who have died so far may have been local law enforcers or innocent bystanders.


[Update 0750 EDT, 10/13/05]

According to a senior Russian official, President Putin has ordered the city of Nalchik sealed and has given shoot-to-kill instructions for any person who puts up armed resistance.

[Update 1050 EDT, 10/13/05] by Rusty Shackleford:

This will not end well. Gateway Pundit also following crisis.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 06:30 AM | Comments |

Open Sandcrawler Hatch

All the other big blogs do it, why not this one?

Open thread, go ahead and beat each other up in the comments.

One caveat.

Comments containing the words "Harriet" and/or "Miers" will be summarily deep-sixed. So will any comments containing the words "Scott Baio" and "goat."

Have at you!

By Vinnie at 02:44 AM | Comments |

October 12, 2005

Which 'The Shining' Character Are You?

Heeeeeeere's Rusty!

I never knew writing a book could be so maddening.

It's not so much that my finger keeps saying redrum to me or the annoying bartender constantly demanding I murder Jawa readers, as it is the tedium of writing the same lines over and over again.

No beer and no TV make Homer a something something.

UPDATE: I'm perfectly sane I tell you. And so am I.

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

The USS Cole Fifth Anniversary

Today is five years since the Cole was bombed by Al-Qaeda while refueling at the port of Aden in Yemen. Michelle Malkin Asks that we all note this on our blogs. Below find a quote form some of Michelle's work from 2001.

Malkin:

BEFORE 9-11, there was 10-12. On this dark day, one year ago, a bomb ripped through the U.S.S. Cole - and tore apart the lives of 17 American families who lost loved ones in the terrorist attack...

By Howie at 01:37 PM | Comments |

Syrian Minister 'Commits Suicide', Foul Play Suspected

general_ghazi_kanaan.gifSyria's Interior Minister has reportedly 'committed suicide', Syrian state controlled media reports today. The story is fishy enough that many mainstream news outlets are making sure to put quotes around "committed suicide".

General Ghazi Kanaan was the former head of Syria's military intelligence in occupied Lebanon. Syrian intelligence agents or their proxies are suspected in the car-bombing assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. Kanaan's 'suicide' comes just prior to the official release of a UN report which is said to implicate Syria. Kanaan has long been a leading suspect in the assassination.

The U.S. has also frozen Kanaan's assets because of his role in helping Syria support known terrorist groups.

As Wunderkraut rightly points out, Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad told CNN that if a Syrian was behind Hariri's assassination, that person would be deemed 'a traitor':

But, he said, if the U.N. probe concluded that Syrians were involved, then they would be regarded as traitors and should be charged with treason and face punishment, either through the Syrian judicial process or by an international court.
An international court? Right. We all know what happens to traitors in Syria.

DEBKA, of course, finds Kanaan's death a little too coincidental for their tastes:

Its occurrence hours before Assad was to go on the air for a landmark CNN interview suggests the president may have been preparing to sacrifice close aides to mute Washington’s pressure on his own policies.
So, even if this was a 'suicide', it is possible that this was a preventative move on Kanaan's part. It is far better to go quickly at your own hands, then undergo the humiliation of a Baathist show trial the end of which is certain.

Ya Libnan, an online Lebanese news site says of a radio interview with Kanaan yesterday:

The interview sounded more like a speech than a question and answer session. He sounded as if he was reading all what he was saying . His last sentence was: I will not call any other channel with this information and named all the Lebanese channels. He went on to say " this is the last you will hear from me" I will not be calling again.

The news about his suicide will be a big blow to the UN investigating commission, since he must have know a lot about what went on in Lebanon and who is behind Hariri's assassination. Some political analysts are speculating that Kannan was killed to use him as the scapegoat and to hide the truth about who really killed Hariri.

The article cites local TV as their source of information. This is raising more than a few eyebrows in Lebanon.

Times UK:

The Syrian Interior Minister has apparently killed himself in his Damascus office, days before a UN report on the assassination of a senior Lebanese politician.

Ghazi Kanaan, 63, was the head of Syria's military intelligence in Lebanon between 1982 and 2003 and had enormous influence over the running of Syria's small neighbouring country. He was promoted to the job of Interior Minister a year ago.

His death comes not long after a UN team investigating the assassination of Rafiq Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister, interviewed Kanaan and a number of Syrian figures. The UN report is due out in two weeks' time.

The car bombing of Hariri in Beirut on February 14 led to a popular uprising in Lebanon, nicknamed the Cedar Revolution, as many Lebanese protested about Syria's stranglehold over its internal politics.

Hariri, a billionaire businessman, was an opponent of the extent of Syrian influence in government. Thanks to the protests and international pressure, Syria withdrew its troops from Lebanon in April for the first time since the end of the civil war.

Hours before he died, Kenaan contacted a Lebanese radio station and gave it a statement defending Syria's role in the Lebanon. He ended with the words: "I believe this is the last statement that I could make." He asked the interviewer to pass his comments to other broadcast media.

Syria and its allies in Lebanon have been blamed by many for masterminding the Hariri murder, something Damascus has denied.

In June, the US Government froze Kanaan’s assets for his alleged involvement in corruption and support for terrorism.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:51 AM | Comments |

WTW Beef Flavored Gum (WARNING: "bad gay" content)

POST REMOVED FOR 'BAD GAY' CONTENT

Due to a violation of The Jawa Reports' strict policy of supporting only the 'good gay' (you know, two hot chicks), the editorial board has removed today's WTW post. We apologize if this post has caused any uncomfortable imagery and/or feelings of unresolved anxiety and confusion.

Read the following in your most exaggerated masculine voice.

After a long hard day punching cattle the sweat drips off your manhood cause you're a man and sweat like only a man can. And when a man wants to know what a man wants to know when a man wants a mans taste. And when a man really wants to know what a man wants to know when a man really wants a man's taste. That taste is the taste of Wriglers Beef Flavored Gum. And now Wriglers introduces new barbecue beef flavored gum. From Wriglers the meat lovers gum.

Here are your White Trash Wednesday bloggers


This thing has been stuck in my head for 15 years. Not sure who to credit cept the now defunct WYER.

By Howie at 08:42 AM | Comments |

British Sex Survey

A survey of British men found that they thought about having sex 20 times daily. Unfortunately, the same survey found that they had sex approximately once a week. So, there are 140 simulations for every actual performance. With so many rehearsals, one would imagine that each performance is a classic.

On the other hand, the survey found women thinking of having sex a mere six times daily, 42 times per week. Nevertheless, they are twice as busy as men in actual performance, with two actual love-making sessions per week.

As a simple math problem, I haven't figured it out. Assuming essentially equal numbers of men and women in Britain, how in the world can men average having sex once a week while the women average twice a week?

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 06:41 AM | Comments |

October 11, 2005

Full Traslation of Ayman al-Zawahri's Letter to Zaqueery

The US had released a full transcript of a letter to Al-Qaida in Iraq. The letter intercepted last week spells out Al-Qaida's plans. They are counting on the US backing out of Iraq and then using Iraq as a base to spread westward to Syria and Lebanon and then to attack Israel.

Yahoo News:

"Things may develop faster than we imagine," Ayman al-Zawahri wrote in a letter to his top deputy in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. "The aftermath of the collapse of American power in Vietnam — and how they ran and left their agents — is noteworthy. ... We must be ready starting now."

Al-Zawahiri also worries that Zaqueery is screwing things up. My opinion is that Zaqueery has indeed hijacked the resistance and Bin Laden and Al-Zawahiri are no longer in control. The Al-Qaeda leadership realize they have a madman in Iraq and are desparate to control him. The recent beheading of hostages I feel is a thumb in the eye to the old leadership of Al-Qaeda and Zaqueery asserting his control.

We don't want to repeat the mistake of the Taliban, who restricted participation in governance to the students and the people of Qandahar alone. They did not have any representation for the Afghan people in their ruling regime, so the result was that the Afghan people disengaged themselves from them. Even devout ones took the stance of the spectator and, when the invasion came, the amirate collapsed in days, because the people were either passive or hostile.

Read the whole transcript here.

By Howie at 10:13 PM | Comments |

New deal on Iraq's Constitution

After futher talks a major Sunni party has agreed to support a change to the Iraqi constitution that would allow ammendments next year rather then the eight year ban on ammendments that was in the last draft.

ABCNEWS:

The sides agreed to a measure stating that if the draft constitution is passed, the next parliament will be able to consider amendments to it that would then be put to a new referendum next year, Shiite and Sunni officials said. A top Sunni negotiator, Ayad al-Samarraie of the Iraqi Islamic Party, said that if the current parliament approves the measure, "we will stop the campaign rejecting the constitution and we will call on Sunni Arabs to vote yes." Some other major Sunni parties were not present at the negotiations and it was not clear if they too would be willing to reverse their "no" campaigns.

As always in the middle east if there are five seconds left there is still time.

Also here on Yahoo News.

California Conservative has the story on attempts to derail the vote this week.

Updated: The Iraqi assembly has approved the changes.

By Howie at 05:01 PM | Comments |

Ex Deletes Feisty

What a punk. Fiesty I'll toss you a link and hang in there. Rotate passwords often.

Hi friends...Someone I used to date got ahold of my Feisty username and password and decided to get revenge on me by deleting my entire blog because it means something to me to write.

Again what a jerk.


By Howie at 05:01 PM | Comments |

No Trial for Osama bin Laden!

Contrary to what a few liberals want, I personally believe Osama bin Laden, once captured, doesn't deserve a trial.

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Osama Bin Laden, 15 Feet, Slow Fire

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Osama Bin Laden, 25 Feet, Rapid Fire

Maybe one shot from every family member who lost a loved one on 9/11.

Originally Posted at Conservative Thinking

By at 04:42 PM | Comments |

FBI: No Known Link Between Hinrichs & Terrorists

Interesting development in the Oklahoma suicide-bombing carried out by Joel Henry Hinrichs III on Oct. 1st outside a University of Oklahoma football game. CNS is reporting that the FBI is now denying that they have found any links between Hinrichs and Islamic terrorists. CNSNews:

The head of the FBI investigation of a suicide bombing at an Oklahoma University football game said the investigation has yielded no information tying the bomber to terrorist activities, in spite of Internet reports to the contrary.
The article, written by Nathan Burchfiel, is fairly critical of The Northeast Intelligence Network's (NIN) Director Douglas Hagmann, who has been a source of such information as the bomb being made out of TATP and who also claims to have information that jihadi material was found in Hinrichs' apartment:
When asked if NIN's reports are consistent with the FBI investigation, [Gary] Johnson [who is heading the investigation from the bureau's Oklahoma City office] said, "No," then added, Well okay the stuff that's found in his apartment, I can't comment on [be]cause it's part of a search warrant that's sealed.

"As this time," he said, "there is no known link between Hinrichs and any terrorist or extremist organization group or activity or activities." Johnson said the investigation is ongoing.

The article doesn't shut the door on Hinrichs being part of a larger Islamic terror cell, but it certainly seems that the FBI are not leaning in this direction.

As we stated the very first time we posted on Hinrichs, NIN has not proved to be the most reliable source in the past. Despite this, they remain on my daily reading list and I believe Hagmann provides a valuable service. It's very possible that some of the information past on to NIN them is incorrect, but that other bits of information given to them by their sources is wrong.

What we know about Joel Henry Hinrichs is dwarfed by what we don't know. For instance, Hinrichs attempting to purchase ammonium nitrates is part of the public record. What we don't know, though, is why Hinrichs was after ammonium nitrates if he was a lone suicidal nut. Maybe he just wanted to go out with a bigger-boom? It's possible.

So what is the truth about Hinrichs? Was he part of an Islamic terror cell in Norman, Oklahoma? Still too early to tell based on public information.

NIN more than stretches unrelated bits of information when they say follow the money and uniquivocally claim Hinrichs was part of a terror cell.

But it's also way too early to dismiss the notion given the context of the present war against radical Islam. When someone commits what is normally considered an act of war (suicide-bomb), during a time of war, it's not being hasty to come to the initial conclusion that the act in question was part of the larger war.

So, we'll continue to cover this story as a case of terrorism--just as the FBI continues to investigate it as an act of terrorism--until all avenues of investigation have been exhausted.

This and all other posts related to Joel Henry Hinrichs and the Oklahoma bombing can be found on this archive.

PS-I swear I'm going to post less....

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:06 PM | Comments |

Cindy Sheehan: Bush Administration "Evil Cabal"

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Cindy Sheehan, the left-wing conspiracy nut hailed by the MSM as a simple mother who lost her son in Iraq and just wants the troops to come home, has written a letter confirming her status as a moonbat and accusing the Bush Administration of being an "evil cabal". In the letter, she also admits to being a Left-wing peace activist, and not the 'peace mom' as she is often portrayed in the media which routinely overlooks her anti-semetic and nutty conspiracy statements. It's an old letter, but new to me.

From A Word From Cindy Sheehan:

The media are wrong. The people who have come out to Camp Casey to help coordinate the press and events with me are not putting words in my mouth, they are taking words out of my mouth.
In other words, Cindy Sheehan is not being used by the far Left--as many people have said--she is part of the far Left. This is not just some poor mother who has been captured by the anti-war crowd, her conspiratorial views are intimately intertwined with theirs. She goes on to remind those that would accuse her of being manipulated by the hard Left (are you reading this Chris Matthews?):
Contrary to what the mainstream media thinks, I did not just fall off a pumpkin truck in Crawford, TX. on that scorchingly hot day two weeks ago. I have been writing, speaking, testifying in front of Congressional committees, lobbying Congress, and doing interviews for over a year now. I have been pretty well known in the progressive, peace community and I had many, many supporters before I left even left California.

What else does Cindy Sheehan say in her letter? She calls the war her son so bravely died:

George Bush's war for imperialism and insatiable greed.
So, the real reasons we went to war are different than the stated reason. Of course, to the Left, all wars fought by capitalist nations are for imperialism and for greed. Nothing new here. She then goes on with the stupid chickenhawk argument. We'll skip that part.
My son died for NOTHING, and George Bush and his evil cabal and their reckless policies killed him
Ok, so maybe the Iraq policy was a misjudgement, poorly planned, and possibly unwinable. That's what she means, right? Nope.
my son died for LIES. George Bush LIED to us and he knew he was LYING...I believe that George lied and he knew he was lying. He didn't use patriotic rhetoric. He lied and made us afraid of ghosts that weren't there. (emphasis Cindy Sheehan's)
Are you getting this now MSM? Cindy Sheehan is a Left wing conspiracy nut. She then goes on, in typical activist fashion, about the truth and how the right-wing media is afraid of the truth, yada, yada. Very Chomskyian.

She then asks a series of rhetorical questions. Rhetorical because Sheehan and her moonbat friends know why we went to war and Bush lied. It's the Jews, of course. Or, if not the Jews, its about the oil. And if not about the oil about imperialism. And if not about imperialism then, well, you get the picture. There are real reasons for fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, that have nothing to do with democratization, national interests, or fighting terrorists and the states that sponsor them.

What makes this all so ironical is that I found this letter published in a "Jewish magazine".

The Jawa has spoken.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:20 AM | Comments |

40 Year Old Virgin Reviews The 40 Year Old Virgin

"C" at Way Off Bass admits the un-admittable in the process of reviewing The 40 Year Old Virgin: he is a 40 year old virgin. No, I haven't seen the movie yet, but after reading his review I think I sort of have to.

So, why am I writing this post after I swore off blogging for the time being? Because such self-revealing, brave, and honest writing is rare in the blogosphere. Go give it a look.

Ok, yes I'm blogging but this kind of post takes seconds.

And if you're a single-gal, in the Los Angeles area, Mormon, who is into poetry, doesn't mind geeks, and looking to get married, I can recommend no one better than "C" to ask out on a date. It's a start.

And once the two of you do get hitched, for the love of all that is holy, please help "C" out with his, er, problem....

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:07 AM | Comments |

Neocon Agenda: Bomb. Smurfs. Now!

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In the time it took to write this post, Richard Perle and other prominent Neo-smurf Zionist smurfs at the Defense Policy Smurf, planned to smurf Smurf children with thousand pound smurfs. Meanwhile, smurfs at Haliburton grow richer off the smurfs of dead smurfs. All we are saying, is give smurf a chance!

Brought to you by UNICEF.

Hat tip to Shawn at Bare Knuckle Politics who has the UNICEF produced video of bombs falling on Smurfs here for France Junior TV. Seriously.

More commentary from Kevin Aylward at Wizbang and Jeff at Caerdroia. (PS-Come on, this post took like 2 minutes.....)

UPDATE: Dave at Garfield Ridge is just funny.

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

High-Mileage Flight Attendants Win Bias Case

(Brisbane, Queensland) In a previous report, eight flight attendants sued Virgin Blue Air Lines on the basis that they were discriminated against because of their ages and the air line only hired younger and more-shapely women. The older attendants contended that they didn't have a fair chance for a job during the application process. They filed a formal complaint with the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal in Brisbane.

The ruling of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal favored the flight attendants, finding today that they were discriminated against on the basis of age. The tribunal awarded $5,000 to the initial claimant, Alma Frank. Claims for monetary remuneration have been filed by the other seven oldsters.

My take is that there are circumstances where an employer wants youth, vigor, and attractiveness. In particular, regarding job qualifications for positions dealing with the public, those attributes shouldn't be considered unreasonable. Taken to the extreme, anti-discrimination rules concerning employees' ages would mandate that Hooters Restaurant hire 50-year-old waitresses. If so, the business would end up sagging, figuratively and literally.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 04:08 AM | Comments |

October 10, 2005

Greed Cronies Theft Unqualified Appointments

If you have been watching quietly like I have the left’s smug attitude and utter glee at recent Republican troubles and have been waiting for the other shoe to drop here you go. It seems this story has all the elements of all the stories the left has been shouting about for weeks now all in one place. So have the Democrats become the new party of honesty and good moral judgement?

Chicago Tribune:

Child-welfare advocates on Saturday said they were concerned and angered by newly disclosed allegations that more than $60,000 in Department of Children and Family Services funds ended up in a bank account controlled by a former high-ranking DCFS administrator with close ties to Gov. Rod Blagojevich… … "For Illinois' child-welfare advocates, who have fought so long to ensure that money actually gets to the kids and the people who serve them, this is a sad reminder that DCFS is still vulnerable as an agency to hustlers who apparently think they can act with impunity in fleecing the system," said Ronald Davidson, a University of Illinois at Chicago faculty member and a state DCFS consultant since 1994

ILL Republican Newsletter:

GOVERNOR'S CRONY HAUNTS STATE AGENCY. The Department of Children and Family Services is the latest state agency to fall under federal scrutiny as it was revealed this week that a political crony of Governor Blagojevich's, Bamani Obadele, had shifted agency funds into personally controlled bank accounts. The U.S. Attorney's office subpoenaed DCFS documents this week in connection with the scandal and are investigating questionable relationships Obadele had with vendors. DCFS services suffered under the leader ship of Obadele resulting in numerous internal complaints. The unqualified Obadele was appointed to the post at the agency after helping the Governor win Chicago's south side during the 2002 campaign. Unfortunately, the ones who suffered from the crony appointment were the children who needed these services the most.

Uh, guess not huh.

By Howie at 09:20 PM | Comments |

Otulb the Terrible Explains Columbus Day

Bluto is oppressing the masses today by playing golf with his son. While Bluto amuses his atavistic capitalistic impulses with a game that celebrates the symbolic rape of oppressed peoples everywhere, I, Otulb the Terrible, shall explain to you why today is not a holiday, but an occasion to mourn with the wearing of sackcloth and the gnashing of teeth.

We are called to "celebrate" the birth of an Italian merchant prince, a rogue whose name is Anglicized to "Christopher Columbus", who we are lead to believe is responsible for the "discovery" of the "New World". Blasphemy! Columbus merely happened upon a world previously discovered by its pure, innocent, peaceful, indigenous peoples who were living in a state of equilibrium with sacred Nature. Columbus allowed all of the evil that flowed from the reactionary proto-capitalist centers of trade and commerce in Europe.

Centuries before, Leif Ericson had noted the existence of the Americas and correctly identified the inhabitants as sharing the peaceful, nature-loving tenets of his own misunderstood Viking culture. Ericson lovingly protected the environment of the American aborigines by concealing its existence from the monstrous monarchical regimes already oppressing most of Europe. The gentle Viking knew, from the oppression practiced against his people by the vicious barbarians to the south, that the rapacious Europeans would spell doom for the worthy cultures flourishing in the "New World".

But the greedy merchant princes of Italy and Spain were not to be denied. Not satisfied with their growing oppression of the peaceful Japanese and Chinese cultures, they sought a shorter route to impose their will on their Asian brothers and discovered an innocent childlike race to brutalize.

All modern evil has flowed from the voyage of Columbus. It was his "discovery" that allowed the rise of the maniacal West, through the exploitation of the resources of the Americas. Surely, Adolph Hitler would have succeeded in wiping the stain of Western civilization from the map had it not been for the intervention of the diseased oligarchy running the United States. Likewise, Brother Lenin's holy experiment in raising up the oppressed masses came to grief only through the intervention of the imperial American hegemonistic bourgeoisie and their running dog lackeys in NATO. Even today, the vile scions of American imperialist exploiters afflict and oppress our peaceful Muslim brothers in pursuit of the Holy Oil.

Otulb the Terrible invites you to join him in cursing the memory of the evil merchant prince who has brought so much suffering into the world.

Down with Christopher Columbus! Vile Oppressor of Generations and Tool of the Worldwide Capitalist Conspiracy!

Otulb has also posted this right-thinking historical document at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto06:23 PM | Comments |

Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: Islamic Jihad Edition

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Caption this photo of the leader of Islamic Jihad, Mohammed Al Hindi.

A fatwa will be issued Monday against the winners.

Fatwas have been issued!:

T. Azeredo - "An inch of Hindi is 2.54 cm of Love"

Charlotte- "Don't worry, children. Blowing yourself up feels just like a little bee sting.
You can trust me- I'm a pediatrician."

MonkMojo - "I'm crushing your head, I'm crushing your head..."

Honorary fatwa for gratuitous Harriet Miers mention:

YJLAW - "And I was this far from the nomination. But nooooooo, George said Harriet Meirs will piss my constituents off more. By Allah's goat, its the story of my life..."


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

All Blog and No Fun Make Rusty a Dull Boy

I'm going on blog sabbatical starting immediately. No more than a single post daily for the rest of the month. Things should return to normal after then. Sorry, but I have some deadlines that have to be met and such. And then there's that family commitment thing. In the meantime I'm here, I'm just not here, if you get my drift.

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

Terrorism at Georgia Tech (UPDATED)

georgia_tech_tower.jpgUPDATED: Scroll down for updates. This is looking less like terrorism, and more like a minor prank.

One bomb exploded and two more have been found at Georgia Tech.

Via Jason at Generation Why and Reaganites Unite this news report:

Three explosive devices found in a courtyard between two Georgia Tech dormitories on the East Campus Monday morning were part of a "terrorist act," an Atlanta police official said.

One of the devices exploded, injuring the custodian who found them inside a plastic bag. Two others were detonated by a bomb squad.

The custodian suffered ringing to the ears and was treated at a local hospital. The events led to a temporary evacuation Monday morning.

"It is a terrorist act at this point and depending on the outcome of the investigation it potentially could become a federal violation as well," said Major C.W. Moss of the Atlanta Police Department.

Keep in mind that the Atlanta's Centennial Park bombings in 1996 were very close to Georgia Tech.

Developing......

UPDATE: Witnesses from the scene are suggesting that this may be no more than a minor prank. Let me confess something: Many years ago, before the GWOT, I constructed more than my fair share of dry-ice powered bottle-bombs. Here is what one reader, Stephen-- who I checked into and is actually at Georgia Tech --says happened at the scene:

I walked by the janitor at about 8:40 as I went to go eat breakfast. I heard the pop not 15 feet away from him (I was basically in front of dumpsters by Cloudman - he was by trash cans outside Glenn). I turned around when I heard it, it looked like he had just pinched a plastic bag with his clamper picker upper things - it was louder than a ziploc explosion but not that loud.
So, looks like a false alarm folks. Carry on.

One important aspect of the case, however, is how the Atlanta Police jumped to the conclusion that this was an act of terror. It looks like they were wrong, but I am happy that law enforcement is erring on the side of caution in Atlanta.

Now contrast that with how the University of Oklahoma jumped to the conclusion, less than 90 minutes after the suicide-bombing of Joel Henry Hinrichs III, that it was not an act of terrorism--even though it was much, much worse and much more suspicious.

I'd feel much safer if I were a GT student than an OU student right now.

Michelle Malkin is following this much more closer than The Jawa.

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

PC Hacks at OU Paper Covering Up Oklahoma Bombing

joelhenryhinrichsIII.jpgThe University of Oklahoma student newspaper, The Oklahoma Daily (OD), today calls for the FBI break its silence on Joel Henry Hinrichs III--the OU student who blew himself up outside a football game on Oct. 1. The reason? To dispell the myths propogated by online 'hacks' that are claiming that the Oklahoma bomber, Hinrichs, may have been part of a larger Islamic terror plot.

Underlying today's editiorial is the assumption that Hinrichs was not part of a larger plot and that any evidence to the contrary is simply poor journalism.

The Oklahoma Daily even goes so far as to call those circulating this evidence "liars".

Such accusations come as no surprise to Jawa Report readers. The prevailing wisdom in both academia and in the media is that worries about homegrown Islamic terror cells are overblown. In many corners, especially prevelant in our nations' universities, there is even suspicion that the Bush Administration is really behind domestic terror fears as a way of diverting the publics' attention away from real issues.

It remains to be seen whether of not Joel Henry Hinrichs III was part of a larger Islamic terror plot. Stating unequivocally that he was part of such a plot is, in fact, shoddy journalism.

However, it is equally shoddy journalism to state, unequivocally, that Hinrichs was not part of such a plot. And to state, unequivocally, that there is no evidence that would lead some to this conclusion is the type of head-buried-in-the-sand type of journalism that we've come to expect out of the mainstream-media and in who's image aspiring journalists are molded.

There is, in fact, a great deal of circumstantial evidence to suggest that Hinrichs' death was a failed terror attack. Glaringly missing from today's OD editorial is the fact that Hinrichs was under investigation by local authorities because he had attempted to buy ammonium nitrate, a key ingredient in the truck bomb used to bring down the Murrah building in Oklahoma City by Timothy McVeigh. Hinrichs, of course, blew himself up before the investigation could be completed. A first, we might add, since there is no record of an American killing himself by explosion.

Further, neighbors of Hinrichs claim he was a frequent visitor to a nearby mosque. The leaders of the OU Muslim Student Association, though, deny that Hinrichs was a Muslim. At best, then, we have conflicting reports. But just because the OU student newpaper cannot confirm that Hinrichs attended the mosque in question does not mean that media reports to the contrary are fabrications. They could be fabrications, but, then again, so could the denials.

The problem with this student newspaper, and the mainstream-media in general, is that they cower in fear over reaction to any implication that the Muslim community might have a greater propensity towards terrorism than, say, the Mennonite community. They are, in fact, held hostage from the truth by their unwavering faith that all religious ideologies are equal in driving violence as those on the other end of the spectrum are held hostage from the truth by their unwavering faith that Islam, alone, is responsible for the ills of the world.

They are right in the central premise of the editorial: the FBI ought to release pertinent information. But they make a major assumptive leap, which is quite revealing, that whatever information the FBI has would be exculpatory rather than damning.

Release the information, they say, because we know (without having seen this information) that it will prove there is no Islamic terror cell at the OU campus.

The fact remains that we have no idea what evidence the FBI has. The only bit of revealing information about which way the evidence is leading the FBI is a single statement from first assistant attorney for the Justice Department in Oklahoma City, Bob Troester, who said:

We don't comment on sealed indictments.
An indictment, even a sealed one, would mean that the FBI is already contemplating further arrest in the Oklahoma bombing. After all, one does not indict a corpse.

Of course, Troester's statement could have been a slip of the tongue. He could have meant sealed search warrant rather than indictment. People make mistakes, slips of tongue happen. But until such time as the Justice Department seeks to clarify the statement, then we ought to assume that they meant what they said.

The fundamental question raised is whether or not we have learned anything from 9/11 or not? Do we continue to treat terrorism, as we did prior to 9/11, as an act of criminality or do we treat terrorism as an act of war?

If a mere criminal act, then the public ought to reserve judgement. Innnocent until proven guilty, it is better to let a hundred guilty men go free than convict one innocent, etc., etc, and all that. The greatest fear among people with this point of view is that innocents are unfairly branded enemies and that publications, like this, might call someone a name they don't desrve.

If an act of war, then the public has a right to expect that affirmative measures will be taken to assure that such acts will not take place in the future. In war, there is no presumption of innocence. In fact, when an act of war (such as a bombing) takes place on a field of battle (as the American homeland now is) in such a way that the only known incidents of the act have been perpetrated by enemy combatents (as suicide-bombings are relatively rare outside the Islamic terror community), then one ought to presume terrorism until otherwise disproven.

We at The Jawa Report take the latter stance. The context of war changes everything. If the OD does not understand that we are at war and that the field of battle is U.S. soil itself, then they have learned nothing from 9/11. Their greatest fear may be that innocents are unfairly branded terrorists, and that is a legitimate concern.

Our greatest fear, though, is that our enemies walk freely among us, using that presumption of innocence to plot our demise and kill us. In either case, the possibility of being wrong is present, but only in the latter will being wrong get people killed.

So, since the good editors at the OD decided to call us hacks (and worse) for suggesting that Hinrichs might just be part of a larger plot, let us practice that age old journalistic practice of tit-for-tat and suggest that it is the OD that is staffed by hacks. But hacks isn't sufficient a word to describe people who's agenda it is to make all seem right at OU, despite the fact that a student just blew himself up outside of a football game. No, hacks is reserved for mundane political types who say what they say in order to get their guy elected. As far as we can tell no one is running for election at OU--unless of course David Boren is thinking of coming out of retirement--so hacks isn't appropriate here. A far stronger term is needed to describe people willing to cover up what looks to be an act of terrorism in America's heartland and call that responsible journalism.

Any guesses on what that word is? Please put your answers in the comments section.

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

CENTCOM Press Releases: Relief to Pakistan After Earthquake

CENTCOM Public Affairs

October 10, 2005
Release Number: 05-10-32

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FIRST U.S. HUMANITARIAN AIRLIFT REACHES ISLAMABAD

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A United States Air Force C-17 delivered the first relief supplies here within 48 hours of the devastating earthquake that has left thousands dead and thousands more injured and displaced.

The aircraft and its crew from the 7th Airlift Squadron, McChord Air Force Base, Wash., delivered 12 pallets -- weighing almost 90,000 pounds -- of food, water, medicine and blankets from Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.

With only a few hours notice, Airmen and soldiers at Bagram, successfully worked to palletize the humanitarian relief supplies and prepare them for the flight. Three aerial port specialists were also on the flight to coordinate and manage the cargo once it arrived at Islamabad.

"This was a total team effort," said Col. Mike Isherwood, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Vice Commander. "Our hearts go out to all those affected by the earthquake and we are thankful we were able to help out."

Pakistan Army Brig. Gen. Imtiaz Sherazi, director of logistics, is coordinating the relief efforts as supplies arrive and ensuring rapid distribution of assistance to areas that need it most.

Said General Sherazi, "These items are very valuable to us because there are lots of people in great distress."

As relief efforts are ongoing worldwide, United States Central Command will continue to identify and provide additional capabilities for airborne reconnaissance, heavy lift ground equipment, medical support, shelters, rations and water to aid and assist the people of Pakistan.

October 9, 2005
Release Number: 05-10-30

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STATEMENT FROM THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ON THE SOUTH ASIAN EARTHQUAKE

"On behalf of the men and women of the Department of Defense, I express my condolences to those affected by the earthquake in South Asia.

"The Department of Defense is working closely with the State Department, and affected governments, to provide assistance to ease the suffering and assist in search and rescue operations.

"General John Abizaid, the Commander of the United States Central Command, and others have been in touch with military officials in Pakistan, and is moving five CH-47 and three UH-60 helicopters into Pakistan immediately.

"Additional capabilities for airborne reconnaissance, heavy lift ground equipment, and medical support are being identified and dispatched from within the Central Command region.

"Today, I will designate a dedicated Task Force commander in the region to work with the affected governments, to help assess their needs, and to draw on U.S. military capabilities from inside or outside the affected region as may be available and required.

October 9, 2005
Release Number: 05-10-29

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COALITION SENDS HELICOPTER SUPPORT TO ASSIST PAKISTAN EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY

KABUL , Afghanistan - At the request of the Pakistan Government, Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan will send U.S. Army helicopters and support personnel to assist with emergency recovery operations due to the earthquake in Pakistan

Following Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice's statement of support for relief, recovery and rescue operations, five CH-47 Chinook helicopters and three UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters with their associated crews should arrive Monday. They will provide rescue, recovery and logistics assistance.

CFC-A is in contact with the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad to provide planning assistance and technical guidance as required.

This support will not degrade the Coalition's operations in the Global War on Terror.

By at 10:51 AM | Comments |

Jesus Under Attack

See California Conservative for the details. I've been so busy I have several things I wanted to blog but the time just is not there. So Sorry CC better late than never.

"We need to attack Jesus..." - atheist Philip Paulson,
who filed a lawsuit challenging the presence of the cross
on city land in 1989.


By Howie at 10:08 AM | Comments |

Remembering the Forgotten American Hostages: Jeffrey Ake

Jeffrey Ake was in Iraq to help the people of that country secure a safe water supply when, on April 11th of this year, he was taken hostage. Days later a video emerged of Ake. Jeffrey Ake has not been heard from since.

Former hostage Terry Anderson later recounted that realizing that the world was indifferent to the fate of Western hostages was nearly as bad as the torment administered on them daily.

We will not forget the fate of the hostages still held in Iraq. We urge you to keep them in your prayers.

Here is a little about Jeffrey Ake from the Indy Star:

The lack of attention on Jeffrey Ake baffles people here.

On April 11, when Ake was seized by gunmen outside Baghdad, the well-known and longtime LaPorte resident was national news. He was in Iraq doing business as the country rebuilds, helping to build a water bottling plant...

The townsfolk sprang to action the way people do in such a crisis: They tied ribbons around trees in their yards, they spelled out "Pray for Jeff Ake" on the signs at their businesses, they expressed fear and hope to the media that swarmed them, and they organized a candlelight vigil.
And then, suddenly, Ake was not news. The candlelight vigil was canceled. Ake's neighbors suddenly went silent.

Today, with the six-month anniversary of his disappearance coming Tuesday, Ake's whereabouts remain unknown. The equally nagging question beyond what happened to him is why folks in LaPorte are mum about it.
As it turns out, they're just trying to help.

"His wife asked us to have no comment, so that's what we're doing," said Mel Turner, who lives next door to the Ake family.

Liliana Ake asked everyone to keep quiet because the FBI, the agency investigating Ake's disappearance, recommended it.

Of course, the FBI's recommendation is inappropriate in Ake's case. If Ake is to be freed, it will not be because a ransom will be paid. So, why should it matter what his hostage takers ask?

Ake's only hope is that Coalition forces are tipped to his whereabouts and is freed, as Roy Hallums recently was. After six-months it should be clear that silence is not a winning strategy. Keeping Jeffrey Ake's name in the forefront of the news so that forces on the ground will keep an eye out for him, and so that local Iraqis know who they are looking for.

In the meantime, we pray for his speedy release.

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

The Evolution of News

The New York Times, then and now. Click on the thumbnails for a larger image.

By at 07:38 AM | Comments |

October 09, 2005

Flu Update

A while back I started looking over this flu thing. So when I saw this crap on the Times well. I’ve been saving up some more links and stuff. Just trying to keep up you know.

Ajc:Tom Skinner, spokesman for CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding, could not respond when asked about the manual on handling "sensitive but unclassified" information, which was released July 22, because he had not seen it. He asked a reporter to e-mail a copy to him.National security concerns Upon further questioning, CDC spokesman Von Roebuck cited national security concerns. He said the agency has programs that require protection from disclosure, such as the locations and work of laboratories with such biological agents as smallpox or anthrax.

Ok another Reason to make sure we get and keep some good American companies to research and improve vaccine production methods. And uh fire Skinner.

CNN: Experts in Hong Kong said on Friday that the human H5N1 strain which surfaced in northern Vietnam this year had proved to be resistant to Tamiflu, a powerful antiviral drug which goes by the generic name, oseltamivir

Also Time magazine:

So far fancy anti virus medications don’t’ cut it. Way more profitable and easier to make but not a replacement for vaccines. And all this screaming about them is just noise that serves drug companies and moon bat politics. Are these drugs useful as stop gap measure? Sure but that is about it.

H1N1 similar virus from 1918.

BBC:US scientists have found the 1918 virus shares genetic mutations with the bird flu virus now circulating in Asia.
CNN: Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt: “:A bigger gap is how to create quickly a vaccine to match whatever pandemic flu strain erupts, Leavitt said. That currently takes months. The new plan will focus on rejuvenating vaccine production to speed the process, he said.”

You bet the government working with private industry and I mean US private industry for vaccine production capacity and breakthroughs is the way. Will we get it in time I’m not sure. All I know is that if we work at it we will be able to create an economically sustainable and awesome solution so the next 100 years won't be a repeat of last 100. I'm not sure how long it may take but it's very possible. I repeat my challenge, the US has the most innovative industry in the world it’s up to them. The market is there if you can only figure out how to produce vaccine quickly and cheaply. American business always brags about better, cheaper faster just in time. Ok, I may not be from Missouri but I’m close enough, SHOW ME.

The Times is way behind the curve on this and the left is trying to again wait and attack, possibly spread some panic rather that work for solutions. I don't vote for whiners. Government can only help move us along it can't solve it. Sure it can make plans and do what it can to protect public health but only science can put it to rest. Only science and industry can bring about the day when flu is no big deal. It appears to me that conservatives are working for the best solutions. If you want more commentary on this load crap just hit the lefty politics whiney ass no solutions blogs.

Updated : Yahoo news:

Many governments around the world are stockpiling antiviral drugs and some companies are trying to speed up vaccine production but these measure give a false sense of security and will do little to counter a flu pandemic, an expert cautioned on Monday

Hat Tip: Carlos

So why does Howie care you may ask? Well I used to love pancakes as a boy. I got had a bad case of the flu in 68-69 as just a lad. Grandma made me some pancakes to get me to eat, as I was very ill. I woke to the smell of them and ate em up. Still can’t eat em to this day. So that is a kind of funny thing but the truth is, at the time it was not funny at all, quite serious. So what I’m trying to do here is not take a political line. The left is using this as a talking point. I’m trying to give you some info so you know not to panic not get caught up in hype. Politics of division cannot help. Good old fashion American hard work can

By Howie at 01:03 PM | Comments |

Pakistan Quake Tolls More Than 18,000 Dead

(Islamabad, Pakistan) According to officials, it's estimated that more than 18,300 people have died as a result of Saturday's earthquake. Communications have been cut off and landslides have made roads impassable. Current need is for helicopter transportation to carry relief supplies to remote areas.

From CNN.com:

"In certain areas, the entire villages -- they have collapsed. In certain areas, almost entire towns, they have vanished from the scene," Pakistan's military spokesman, Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan, told CNN. The country, he said, has launched its largest relief operation.

He estimated at least 18,000 people have died in Pakistan alone, and 41,000 are injured. The majority of those deaths are thought to have occurred in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir. Another military spokesman, Brig. Shah Jahan, said relief and rescue workers have yet to access 30 to 40 percent of the affected areas.

CNN can confirm more than 10,000 deaths in Pakistan, most in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir. The dead include 230 Pakistani soldiers and 250 school girls whose bodies were recovered from a school at Gari Habi Ullaha between Manshera and Muzaffarabad.

Eyewitnesses report the city of Balakot, in the North-West Frontier province, is destroyed. "It is likely the ground zero," Sultan told CNN.

Also, 250 students died when a school building collapsed 40 miles from Islamabad and the collapse of three school buildings in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir killed an estimated 200 more students. Only one person has been reported killed in Afghanistan, a young girl who died when her house in Jalalabad collapsed.

From Aljazeera.net:

The estimated toll of the South Asian earthquake on Saturday has hit 30,000, Pakistan-administered Kashmir's works and communication minister says.

"Our rough estimates say more than 30,000 people have died in the earthquake in Kashmir," minister Tariq Farooq said on Sunday.

"There are cities, there are towns which have been completely destroyed. Muzaffarabad is devastated," he added, referring to the capital of Pakistan's sector of disputed Kashmir.

Within 24 hours of the earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey recorded 22 aftershocks, including one that measured 6.2 on the Richter Scale. An eight-man UN Disaster Coordination team is due to arrive in Islamabad today.

According to a CNN cable broadcast and Xinhua, rescue teams from the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Russia, and the U.S. are due to arrive in hours. Medical relief centers have been set up by the Pakistan military. Confirmed dead in Indian-controlled Kashmir is 355. Frantic efforts are underway to rescue people out of collapsed apartment buildings in Islamabad.

Companion at Interested-Participant.

By at 05:16 AM | Comments |

October 08, 2005

Congrats James!

Congratulations are in order for James Joyner of OTB who is getting married tonight. Good luck and may God bless your marriage as he has mine.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:08 PM | Comments |

Oklahoma Bomber Not Seen on Security Tapes

The FBI says that JOEL HENRY HINRICHS III was not spotted on security tapes trying to enter the University of Oklahoma vs. Kansas State football game before he blew himself up just outside the stadium on October 1st.

This is important news that would indicate that earlier reports that Hinrichs was seen trying to enter the stadium, but ran away when security guards attempted to check his backpack, were wrong. If Hinrichs was really part of larger Islamic plot to commit an act of terrorism, then why didn't he try to get into the stadium where he could do maximun damage?

However, the report is unclear just how much of the stadium is under video surveillance. If all the entrance gates were not under surveillance, then the fact that Hinrichs does not appear on video is really a minor point.

KOTV:

A completed review of University of Oklahoma stadium surveillance tapes by the FBI did not spot Joel Henry Hinrichs III trying to get inside.
The same report also says that the bench where Hinrichs blew up was also not under surveillance. The bench was about 100 yards from the stadium.

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

Dutch Queen: Let's Negotiate With Mass Murdering Fascists of al Qaeda

I have a great idea! Let's negotiate with mass-murderering terrorists who want to stone to death women who get pregnant out of wedlock! Maybe they will meet us in the middle and and only kill half the Jews in the world and only give adulteresses fifty lashes instead of the death sentence?

Peaktalk has more from the Zeropean royalty.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:15 PM | Comments |

Major Earthquake in Kashmir

(Islamabad, Pakistan) A massive earthquake, 7.6 on the Richter Scale, struck Kashmir around midnight EDT and was felt across Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. The center is reported at approximately 50 miles northeast of Islamabad (map).

From the BBC:

Maj Gen Shaukat Sultan, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's spokesman, said: "Casualties will be high... they could be well over 1,000."

Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao told local television: "We have reports that several entire villages have been wiped out."

Details are unavailable since telephone networks are damaged and mobile systems are overwhelmed. Scores of people are feared trapped or killed in buildings reduced to rubble.

From HindustanTimes.com:

The quake killed at least 10 people in Jammu and Kashmir and 40 in Pakistan, initial reports said. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh quickly moved out of a building in Chandigarh where he was meeting Congress chief ministers.

Another report said that Jammu and Kashmir bore the brunt where over 30 people, including 15 army personnel, were killed, hundreds injured and more than 400 houses flattened.

[ ... ]

A 10-storey apartment building in Islamabad collapsed like a pack of cards, entombing several sleeping people. In the F-10 sector of Islamabad, a portion of the building known as Margallah Towers collapsed. Most victims were still asleep. In the Valley, Uri market was completely flattened due to the quake and Uri-Rampur Highway blocked due to landslides.

The quake is described as "major" and occurred at 09:20:38 India Time at a depth of 10 kilometers. According to Mohammad Hanif of the Pakistan Meteorological Department, "We can say that it was one of the strongest earthquakes (ever) felt in Islamabad."

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 05:47 AM | Comments |

October 07, 2005

OU President Denies Wider Plot, No Ticket Sold to Hinrichs

The President of the University of Oklahoma has sent an e-mail to students denying that JOEL HENRY HINRICHS III was part of a larger Islamic terror plot. OU is also officially denying that Hinrichs was sold a ticket for the game. They also claim that there is no evidence that Hinrichs tried to buy a scalped ticket.

News OK:

University spokeswoman Catherine Bishop said OU officials have reviewed their ticket records and determined that Hinrichs did not buy a football ticket from any university outlet.

She said university officials have heard nothing to indicate Hinrichs attempted to buy a ticket from one of the fans selling tickets outside the stadium.

What is interesting about this is that OU is denying allegations that have not been made. I have been following this case rather closely and have seen no one claim that Hinrich bought a ticket to the game that day.

There have been allegations by NEIN that there was a ticket to Algeria in Hinrichs' apartment, but not a OU-Kansas State game ticket.

There have been allegations that a student (and by conjecture this student has become Hinrich) attempted to enter the stadium and was turned away when he refused to have his bags searched, but not that he tried to buy a scalped ticket.

What is especially odd about this is that the refutation actually would seem to corroborate what many are saying: that Hinrichs was part of a larger terrorist plot to kill people at the game.

If Hinrichs attempted to enter the game and didn't buy the ticket himself, then one is led to the inevetable conclusion that someone else bought the ticket for him. If someone else provided Hinrichs the ticket and knew his intentions, then you have a wider plot. The Oklahoma bombing is a much bigger deal if not the act of a lone suicidal nut.

Further, OU continues to lead the public to believe that Hinrichs death had nothing to do with Islamic terrorism.

Here is a PDF copy of an e-mail sent by University of Oklahoma President, David Boren to all students yesterday. In it, he alludes to internet outlets, such as The Jawa Report, that have 'jumped to conclusions' about a wider Islamic terror plot, and lectures us about how this is 'un-American'.

Of course, it's not 'jumping to conclusions' to reflexively say that no such plot exists when in fact the investigation is ongoing. Further, to deny that radical Islam is somehow connected to terrorism is perfectly American, according to Boren.

Boren also tells students that if he learns of any information from the FBI concerning a wider conspiracy, he will 'immediately' let them know.

It's not clear how Boren would know what the FBI is doing in an ongoing terror investigation, and in which search warrants and indictments are under court seal, so that he could rush and warn his students that an Islamic terror cell is operating on his campus.

Whether or not Hinrichs was part of an Islamic terror cell operating in Oklahoma is still in the air. It's very possible that he was not, that some of the evidence pointing to such a plot is merely coincidence, or that some of the evidence we have reported previously was not true. But, based on what is in the public record now, it would be hard to avoid coming to the conclusion that Hinrichs death was probably a failed terrorist attack.

To deny that would be jumping to conclusion.

AIM has a good article up on the Oklahoma bombing investigation here (hat tip Cinnamon)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:41 PM | Comments |

Bomb Threats Everywhere

Another one, this time at the Washington Monument.

UPDATE: I swear I didn't steal the post title, but more bomb threats everywhere.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:28 PM | Comments |

The Political Ties of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee

Mohamed ElBaradei and the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency have been awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize. Of course, neither ElBaradei or the IAEA have done a single thing to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation, but at least they tried.

Who awards the Nobel Peace Price, and all other Nobel Prizes? From the Nobel Prize website:

The Norwegian Nobel Committee, whose five members are appointed by the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget), is entrusted both with the preparatory work related to prize adjudication and with the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize.
So, who are these five people who think so highly of the U.N. and for whom the world is misled into thinking are simple neutral observers? All of them are politicians. Every. Single. One.

Chariman Dr. Ole Danbolt MJØS. Held various positions in The Christian People's Party (Kristelig Folkeparti). This party is center-right in Norwegian politics. But center-right in Norwegian politics would be considerably to the left in the U.S., especially on social-welfare issues. On family-values issues they are more to the right.

Dr. Berge Ragnar FURRE is the former parliamentary leader of the Socialist Left Party. The Socialist Left Party is left by European standards--it was formerly a Communist party. Today though, like most formerly communist parties, the Socialist Left Party is part of the Red-Green coalitions so common in Europe.

Sissel Marie RØNBECK is former director of the Social Democratic Youth (Labour's youth group) and a former cabinet minister in the Labour led government. The Labour Party has long been a main political party in Norway and was founded as a Marxist party, but are now merely socialists and advocates of an extensive welfare state. They now govern Norway as part of a center-left-green alliance.

Inger-Marie YTTERHORN is a former parliament member and currently advises the Progress Party. The Progress Party in Norway is both anti-immigration party and would be considered more libertarian than the Conservative Party on economic issues.

Kaci Kullmann FIVE is a member of the Conservative Party and former member of parliament. The name kind of says it all. But a Norwegian Conservative is a far-cry from an American conservative--for instance they support gay adoption and EU integration.

So, five people get together and decide who should get the prize. All five are former politicians. So, why should any one care what they think? I don't.

More at LGF, OTB, and elsewhere. Hat tip: Macker.

UPDATED, now with accurate information after getting my ass fact-checked.

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

Indictment Forthcoming in Oklahoma Bombing?

joelhenryhinrichsIII.jpg An attorney for the Justice Department made an unusual statement today about the possibility of forthcoming arrests in the Oklahoma suicide-bombing case.

Last Saturday, Joel Henry Hinrichs III blew himself up outside of a University of Oklahoma football game. The FBI quickly stated that there was no evidence of a wider conspiracy.

However, WND reports this today (via Reaganites Unite):

The warrant used to execute a search of Oklahoma University bomber Joel "Henry" Hinrichs III's apartment, where an undetermined amount of explosives were found, has been sealed by a federal court at the request of the Justice Department.
A sealed warrant on top of the fact that the investigation is being led by the FBI's joint terrorism task-force may be an indication that the FBI is considering the possibility of a wider conspiracy after all.

Neighbors of Hinrichs allege that he was a frequent visitor to a nearby mosque, but the leader of the University of Oklahoma Muslim Student Association denies this. Hinrichs' roommate was a Pakistani national and sources claim jihad materials were found in Hinrichs' room.

Hinrichs was also under investigation by local police authorities because he had recently attempted to buy ammonium nitrate, a key ingredient in large bombs of the type used in the 1995 Oklahoma City Murrah bombing and the first World Trade Center bombing. Hinrichs killed himself before the investigation could be completed.

Even more interesting is this statement from Bob Troester, first assistance U.S. attorney in Oklahoma City, as reported by WND:

"You can draw whatever assumption you like," he said. "We don't comment on any sealed indictments." (emphasis mine)
An indictment is far different than a search warrant. An indictment would mean that arrests are forthcoming and that the FBI has discovered a criminal conspiracy since dead people can't be indicted.

Of course, it is entirely possible that Troester simply misworded his answer and that he meant to say warrant. But this also could be a strong indication that Hinrichs was in fact part of a larger Islamic terror cell and that his death was due to the premature explosion of his bomb.

While certainly not conclusive, there is some evidence that indicates that Hinrichs was part of a larger Islamic terrorist plot to kill American citizens at the University of Oklahoma. Please see this post for the details.

Bit hat tip to Reaganites Unite for the e-mail.

UPDATE 10/07 8:45 A.M.: MSM finally starting to report on this nationally. Classical Values is following MSM reaction here.

UPDATE 3:00 PM: Lawhawk says it well:

Indictments suggest that there are other individuals out there, and that this wasn't a lone individual who may or may not have had emotional problems. We're talking about the real distinct possibility of a terror cell operating in Norman, Oklahoma.
Mark Tapscott:
If...Hinrichs acted alone in committing suicide as a result of "problems" in his life, why seal the search warrant and thus prevent the public and reporters from seeing the most critical document of the investigation into the Oct. 1 bombing just outside OU's football stadium and its 84,000 fans watching the OU-Kansas State game?
Indeed.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:23 AM | Comments |

Freedom for Everyone

On the drive home yesterday, I happened to catch a portion of the Sean Hannity show that got me thinking. His guest was a woman who had been kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight because of her shirt. The shirt in question had a picture of the Bush cabinet and the caption "Meet The F*ckers." Hannity, while berating the woman for wearing such a shirt, said that he would fully defend her right to be able to wear it.

Of course that brings up the question of where do we draw the line? This isn't a new question by any means. In the Fifties, parents wanted Rock & Roll banned for its "evil influence" on kids (and nowadays I'm beginning to think they may have been right!). And for as long as most of us can remember, the courts have been struggling to define pornography. And I think most of the answers end up being "if it pleases me, then it's not pornography." But in our culturally diverse society, that can leave a lot open to interpretation. The sight of a woman's leg could be offensive to a Muslim, while some perverted individuals might not be offended by women having sex with animals. Certainly the reaction to Janet Jackson's breast, even amongst Conservatives, ran the entire spectrum. So, defining what is offensive and what is not in a court is going to be next to impossible.

Of course I have always been taught that the extent of my rights is always where they cross over someone else's rights. That, however, leaves the question "do we have a right not to be offended?" Which, of course, seems to be the key question in a number of court battles lately. And there seems to be no clearly defined answer from either end of the political spectrum. Certainly the liberal left doesn't make much sense with some of them screaming that they're offended by everything and everything they're offended by must be removed and others screaming about violation of their first amendment rights. But then the far right doesn't necessarily have it together either with some wanting the government to control everything we hear and see while others don't want them touching anything. Our biggest mistake as a society is to pay too much attention to any of these extremes. We need to realize that while the first amendment may give you the right to piss in a cup and call it art, it does not mean that anyone else has to look at it. Or that any private entity even has to show it.

Most of the liberal first amendment crowd needs a good civics lesson. The restrictions set down by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are restrictions on what the government can and cannot do. They have no bearing on what a private business can do. So if a newspaper decides not to publish your letter to the editor, it's not abridging your first amendment rights. If an art gallery decides not to show your sexual works, they aren't stomping on the Constitution.

But does this mean that we can rely on business to enforce standards of decency? It has been proven time and again (see Janet Jackson) that the media, left to their own devices, will push the envelope as far as they can. Left without regulation, Howard Stern would be pumping out pornographic radio 24 hours a day. And there's simply no telling what would come of of daytime TV. Soaps are racy enough now to almost be declared softcore porn. Without regulation, I'm fairly sure they'd completely cross the line.

So what's the answer? In a pre-modern world, the answer was simple. Each community could decide for themselves what standards they wished to live by. But with electronic communication of one form or another in every home nowdays, enforcing community standards becomes impossible. Are the standards enforced where the broadcast is received, or at its origin? And with the international nature of the Internet, things are even worse. How can you enforce standards on someone whose content resides in a country that doesn't even have an extradition treaty for more serious crimes?

Of course I know the answer that some of you come up with. "If you don't want to watch it, then don't watch it. If you don't want your kids to watch it, then don't let them." While I fully believe that I'm in charge of my kids and I'm ultimately responsible for their behavior, I think it's a little naive to think that I can control what they see and hear 24 hours a day.

So again, what is the answer? On this particular problem, I'm not sure I have a "good" answer. I do think there has to be some government regulation or there would be no standard. And with the state of communications nowdays, I believe this enforcement, unfortunately, must come from the federal government. Beyond that, I'm not certain. If we allow the government to censor everything based on someone being offended, then we open the door to having the things we believe in, such as Christmas, censored because they are offensive to someone else. I guess what it boils down to is "are you willing to give up some of your freedom to keep from being offended, or are you willing to take the chance on being offended to ensure your freedoms?"

By at 07:51 AM | Comments |

A Miers Opinion

Liberals and Conservatives either like or dislike Harriet Miers, the White House Counsel that President Bush picked to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Then there are the select few that are like me in that we're waiting to pass judgement on Harriet Miers.

Liberals are going to dispise any nominee President Bush puts up, period. Liberals' hatred every the President has long spilled over into any thing he thinks of, any thing he touches, or even any one that mildly supports him. There's no getting around that. It would seem now that liberals on Capitol Hill are trying to bait Conservatives into not liking Harriet Miers by giving her at least the slightest of warm receptions.

Some Conservatives on the other hand don't like Harriet Miers for a myriad of reasons (not this Conservative though; I don't know if I like her or not). Some say she doesn't have a solid background or paper trail that can be looked at to see her views. Some think Harriet Miers might turn out to be another David Sooter. I find that very hard to believe since the President has known her for what... twelve years. Isn't that one of the excuses the liberals are going to use to not vote to confirm Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court?

Other Conservatives say that Harriet Miers isn't Conservative enough. Well, obviously they don't know that because of the statements they make about lack of a paper trail. If she is or isn't Conservative enough to satisfy Conservatives remains to be seen and certainly wouldn't be a crystal clear picture until after her retirement from the Supreme Court. There really is no telling how far right or left she might go on certain issues. That's why there is a confirmation process. Conservatives might have to also put a level of trust in the President that has known Harriet Miers a lot longer than most of us have.

I'm still holding my thumb-up, thumb-down vote on Harriet Miers until I learn more about her. Right now, there is nothing that would preclude me from accepting her as a Supreme Court Justice; there is also nothing that would encourage me to push for her to sit on the highest court in the land either. Time always tells and I honestly think a fight for or against a nominee right now isn't exactly the best thing, especially when no one knows a single thing about the nominee's judicial philosophy.

Originally Posted at Conservative Thinking

By at 07:03 AM | Comments |

October 06, 2005

Al Qaeda Orders Strike on Nuclear Power Plants in U.S.

AdamGadahn_abu_azzam_al_amriki.jpgA posting at an Islamic forum on Oct. 3 relayed a command order to "the al Qaeda Organization in America" to strike nuclear power plants in the United States.

Centcom, which translated the original message, is skeptical of the authenticity of it, calling it a "fantasy threat" that would "go unfulfilled". However, a veiled threat was included in Centcom's statement alluding to the ultimate destruction of al Qaeda should they successfully carry out a nuclear attack on U.S. soil.

The message by 'Ayef', who claims to be working under the direction of an al Qaeda leader named 'Abu-Jandal', was directed to 'Abu-Azzam al-Amriki' (Abu Azzam the American)--named as the leader of al Qaeda in America--and other al Qaeda members in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. The specifics of the attack, the message implied, would be further designated by Abu-Azzam al-Amriki.

'Azzam al-Armiki' is the nickname of Adam Gadahn, the Orange County California native that appeared in an al Qaeda propaganda film last year. Gadahn, aka 'Abu Suhayb Al-Amriki, Abu Suhayb, Yihya Majadin Adams, Adam Pearlman, Yayah', is wanted by the FBI 'in connection with possible terrorist threats against the United States'.

Ayef claims to be an aide to al Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The statement further claimed the al Qaeda has not been in communication with 'Ja'far al-Tayyar' who had been previously assigned the task of blowing up a nuclear reactor in the U.S. for several years. Ja'far al-Tayyar has been presumed killed or captured by the U.S., the message says.

'Ja'far al-Tayyar' is the nickname of Adnan El-Shukrijumah, a naturalized U.S. citizen who set off alarms last year when the FBI announced he was the leader of a suspected plot to detonate a dirty bomb in the U.S.

World Net Daily today ran a story about El-Shukrijumah in which they allege he is the mastermind of a plot to detonate full blown nuclear bombs in the U.S.

Centcom also published the e-mail of the al Qaeda terrorist, 'Ayef', who posted the message.

Here is your chance to e-mail a terrorist with the reminder that if you receive an e-mail back from them, please promptly FORWARD it to me: cade7722@yahoo.com and boda_8899@hotmail.com

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

NYC Subway Terror Alert

ABCNEWS:

According to sources in intelligence, emergency services and police headquarters, when three Iraqi insurgents were arrested several days ago during a raid by a joint FBI-CIA team, one of those caught disclosed the threat. .

This is a breaking story. While there is a lot of doubt precautions are being taken.

Department of Homeland Security sources told ABC News they are very doubtful the threat information is credible, though NYPD sources said the information continues to come in and is disturbing.

Also FOXNEWS:

Confederate Yankee has live coverage of the breaking news. Also GOP & The City , Counterterrorism blog, Terrorism Unveiled live-blogging. Chad at ITB following.

Updated: It now appears the same intelligence that led to the NYC subway alert today also resulted in a raid South of Baghdad.

CNN:The highly classified operation involving the U.S. intelligence community and the U.S. military was carried out against suspected al Qaeda operatives south of Baghdad, CNN has learned from a well-placed U.S. military official. "Significant intelligence was also gathered in this raid, along with al Qaeda operatives who were rounded up," CNN's Jamie McIntyre reported... ...But the official said the raid was the result of the same intelligence about the threat to New York's subway system.

To this story, there will be more.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:17 PM | Comments |

Police Confirm Oklahoma Bomber Under Investigation

joelhenryhinrichsIII.jpg(Norman, OK) Norman, Oklahoma, police confirmed in a press conference today that JOEL HENRY HINRICHS III was being investigated because he had acted suspiciously while attempting to buy ammonium nitrate fertilizer at an area store. Channel 5 Oklahoma:

At a 2 p.m. news conference, Norman Police Department spokesman J.D. Younger said an off-duty, plainclothes officer overheard a conversation Joel Henry Hinrichs III had with the proprietor of a Norman feed store last Thursday at 4 p.m. The conversation centered on a purchase of ammonium nitrate fertilizer.

"I think it's important to note that it's not a criminal activity to purchase ammonium nitrate fertilizer," Younger said.

However, he noted that the context of Hinrichs' conversation with a manager of Ellison Feed & Seed was suspicious. Younger indicated that the off-duty officer reported that Hinrichs asked about different types of fertilizer and the concentration of ammonium nitrate in each.

Why is this suspicious? Because ammonium nitrate plus + diesel fuel = Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building bomb!

What came of the investigation?

The officer, according to Younger, took a mental note of the conversation and its context, and then followed Hinrichs outside. The officer took down the student's license tag number, contacted Norman's police department dispatch operation, had Hinrichs checked for outstanding warrants -- but, alas, found nothing.

The officer continued his investigation Thursday night, but could only conclude that Hinrichs was an OU student and lived in university-subsidized housing. The officer did contact a Norman bomb squad technician; however, the plan at that time was for the off-duty officer to complete a written report for submission the following Monday.

So, an off duty cop thought the conversation he heard between Hinrichs and the store owner was suspicious enough to consult the bomb squad and start an investigation? Interesting, indeed.

Of course, Hinrichs blew himself up before the investigation could be completed. I wonder who the officer would have called next once he found out that Hinrichs roommate was a Pakistani national, jihad material was in his apartment, and neighbors claim Hinrichs attended a local mosque?

Still almost no MSM coverage of this story.

Hat tip to Michelle Malkin.

Earlier post here on evidence that JOEL HENRY HINRICHS III suicide may have been botched Islamic terrorist attack.

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

Bush Hater Redefines Hypocrisy

A woman wasn’t allowed to board a Southwest Airlines flight in Reno, Nevada because of an anti-Bush t-shirt she was wearing that displayed pictures of the President and Vice-President of the United States with a caption that had similarities to the movie title “Meet the Fockers”. It’s airline policy not to let passengers on-board with offensive clothing and Southwest officials said that other passengers complained about the t-shirt. What did Lorrie Heasley the wearer of the t-shirt say, “I didn't feel that I should have to change my shirt, because we live in the United States, and it's freedom of speech and it was based on the movie 'The Fockers,' and I didn't think it should have offended anyone.”

But it did offend people and she was unwilling to change the shirt so that she wouldn’t offend people and so that Lorrie Heasley could board the flight. Which I find absolutely hilarious because if I were wearing the exact same shirt but instead it pictured Senators Kennedy, Schumer, and Kerry I’m sure she would have been offended and would have demanded I not board the plane.

Of course the ACLU is in on a lawsuit Lorrie Heasley is filing because it is supposedly protected under free speech. However, private property is private property; I can’t go barefoot into restaurants so why should this lady be allowed to have a t-shirt with the F-bomb depicted on it? I can’t pack a firearm in my luggage if the pilot of the aircraft I’m traveling on doesn’t want a firearm in his or her cargo bay. The pilot could have just as easily asked her to change her shirt if he didn’t want it on-board. Why? Because if the shirt might cause a confrontation then it certainly doesn’t need to be worn on an aircraft.

The hypocrisy of those that hate the President and his administration has reached new levels today. If one atheist is offended then the ACLU is there for them; if one rabid liberal offends other people then the ACLU is there for them as well.

Originally Posted at Conservative Thinking

By at 12:45 PM | Comments |

Bush Speech on GWOT

I was able to catch Mr. Bush's speech via a stream. He presented the Terrorists as they are. But then again we already knew that. Below find a link to the entire transcript and a few choice quotes. If anyone anywhere has any doubt about the GWOT read it!!!!

Transcript via The Whitehouse.

We know the vision of the radicals because they've openly stated it -- in videos, and audiotapes, and letters, and declarations, and websites. First, these extremists want to end American and Western influence in the broader Middle East, because we stand for democracy and peace, and stand in the way of their ambitions. Al Qaeda's leader, Osama bin Laden, has called on Muslims to dedicate, quote, their "resources, sons and money to driving the infidels out of their lands." Their tactic to meet this goal has been consistent for a quarter-century: They hit us, and expect us to run. They want us to repeat the sad history of Beirut in 1983, and Mogadishu in 1993 -- only this time on a larger scale, with greater consequences

Uh huh.

Some might be tempted to dismiss these goals as fanatical or extreme. Well, they are fanatical and extreme -- and they should not be dismissed. Our enemy is utterly committed. As Zarqawi has vowed, "We will either achieve victory over the human race or we will pass to the eternal life." And the civilized world knows very well that other fanatics in history, from Hitler to Stalin to Pol Pot, consumed whole nations in war and genocide before leaving the stage of history. Evil men, obsessed with ambition and unburdened by conscience, must be taken very seriously -- and we must stop them before their crimes can multiply.
You know Mr. President your approval rating has been low lately. I for one have been watching and the last year you have been right on. While others are running away I for one am impressed. The best sign that a true genius has entered the world is that everyone hates him. You have taken the fight to the enemy. You have preserved the balance on the Supreme court. You have demonstrated your love for this country. You have so far avoided the nasty politics and corruption of the last administration and the Congress. Good job, Good speech and may God bless you too sir.

Others: Llama Butchers, Dr. Sanity

Another good quote form the speech.

The murderous ideology of the Islamic radicals is the great challenge of our new century. Yet, in many ways, this fight resembles the struggle against communism in the last century. Like the ideology of communism, Islamic radicalism is elitist, led by a self-appointed vanguard that presumes to speak for the Muslim masses. Bin Laden says his own role is to tell Muslims, quote, "what is good for them and what is not." And what this man who grew up in wealth and privilege considers good for poor Muslims is that they become killers and suicide bombers. He assures them that his -- that this is the road to paradise -- though he never offers to go along for the ride.

By Howie at 12:14 PM | Comments |

Islamic Terrorism in Oklahoma Likely

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CRITICAL UPDATE 10/07: See Indictment forthcoming in Oklahoma bombing case or scroll to end of post for update.

As more details become public about suicide bomber Joel Henry Hinrichs III, who blew himself up outside of a University of Oklahoma football game last Saturday, more and more evidence suggests that he may actually have been part of a larger plot.

Earlier reports indicated that Hinrichs had Islamic jihad material in his apartment that referenced bomb-making manuals. We downplayed that fact as not really evidence of a wider plot. After all, if you want to blow yourself up why not consult with the experts--Islamic terrorists?

But other facts have come to light which raise suspicions.

For an excellent map outlining the scene of the crime and Hinrichs' proximity to these places, please see this post at Zombietime. Other good roundups of the facts can be found at Gateway Pundit, The Politburo Diktat Michelle Malkin, and many many others.

1) Hinrichs seems to have converted to Islam and attended a nearby Islamic center. (see map at Zombietime) However, the president of the University of Oklahoma Muslim Studeant Association denies that Hinrichs was a Muslim. Other witnesses, though, claim Hinrichs was a frequent visitor to the mosque.

2) It appears that the Islamic center is affiliated with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and which has been investigated for funding terrorism by Congress.

3) The ISNA linked mosque may have been the same one attended by Zacharias MOUSSAOUI. Much more on the Zacharias MOUSSAOUI link at Cao's blog.

4) Hinrichs' roomate, Fazal M. Cheema, was a Pakistani national and neighbors claim the apartment was a center of activity for Middle Easterners. He is described as a 'really nice guy' by his friends. Unfortunately, all terrorists are described this way by their friends. NEIN now reports that Cheema and his associates may have been on the FBI's terror watch list.

5) Hinrichs attempted to buy a large amount of ammonium nitrate, a key ingredient in large explosives such as the first World Trade Center bombings or the Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building bombing.

6) Hinrichs was later known to the FBI because of his attempted purchase.

7) Evidence at the scene of the bombing suggests that shrapenel was part of the bomb. This is a strong indication that Hinrichs planned to kill more than himself.

8) Witnesses now report Hinrich may have attempted to enter the OU football game, but that he fled when security attempted to check his backpack

9) Northeast Intelligence Network, who's earlier reports we had dismissed because of that website's long track record of alarmism but who are increasingly looking like they got this one right, claims a source is telling them:

It appears that HINRICHS was part of a larger plan that included members of an Islamic terrorist cell based in and around the Norman and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma area. As a Caucasian, it was much easier for him to obtain the materials needed to create a large bomb, act in concert with members of the local terrorist cell, and strike when relative calm was the word of the day.
All of this evidence suggests that there may have been a wider plot by Islamic terrorists to use Joel Henry Hinrichs III as a suicide bomber in exactly the same way as terrorists use suicide bombers around the world: to kill civilians. Hinrichs, like so many other suicide bombers, failed in his attempt and killed only himself.

A word of caution is necessary here. It is definitely possible that Hinrichs did act alone and was just a sad nut with a death wish. Some of the facts presented above could turn out to be untrue, and even if true could be interpreted in a number of ways. We'll just have to wait and see. But, as of this writing I am inclined to believe that Hinrichs was part of a larger plot.

UPDATE: Where is MSM on this? Point Five has the answer.

UPDATE II: Thank you John at Powerline for the link.

UPDATE III: Michelle Malkin has a newer roundup here. And Classical Values is following the story closely with what I think is the appropriate amount of skepticism.

UPDATE 12:33 P.M: Due to a comment and trackback spam problem unrelated to this specific post, these two features may be temporarily disabled throughout the day. Apologies in advance.

UPDATE 3:30: Police confirm Hinrichs under investigation. Scroll down for update.

Norman, Oklahoma, police confirmed in a press conference today that JOEL HENRY HINRICHS III was being investigated because he had acted suspiciously while attempting to buy ammonium nitrate fertilizer at an area store. Channel 5 Oklahoma:

At a 2 p.m. news conference, Norman Police Department spokesman J.D. Younger said an off-duty, plainclothes officer overheard a conversation Joel Henry Hinrichs III had with the proprietor of a Norman feed store last Thursday at 4 p.m. The conversation centered on a purchase of ammonium nitrate fertilizer.

"I think it's important to note that it's not a criminal activity to purchase ammonium nitrate fertilizer," Younger said.

However, he noted that the context of Hinrichs' conversation with a manager of Ellison Feed & Seed was suspicious. Younger indicated that the off-duty officer reported that Hinrichs asked about different types of fertilizer and the concentration of ammonium nitrate in each.

Why is this suspicious? Because ammonium nitrate plus + diesel fuel = Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building bomb!

What came of the investigation?

The officer, according to Younger, took a mental note of the conversation and its context, and then followed Hinrichs outside. The officer took down the student's license tag number, contacted Norman's police department dispatch operation, had Hinrichs checked for outstanding warrants -- but, alas, found nothing.

The officer continued his investigation Thursday night, but could only conclude that Hinrichs was an OU student and lived in university-subsidized housing. The officer did contact a Norman bomb squad technician; however, the plan at that time was for the off-duty officer to complete a written report for submission the following Monday.

So, an off duty cop thought the conversation he heard between Hinrichs and the store owner was suspicious enough to consult the bomb squad and start an investigation? Interesting, indeed.

Of course, Hinrichs blew himself up before the investigation could be completed. I wonder who the officer would have called next once he found out that Hinrichs roommate was a Pakistani national, jihad material was in his apartment, and neighbors claim Hinrichs attended a local mosque?

Still almost no MSM coverage of this story.

UPDATE 10/07 A.M.: Possible new development taken from this post.

An attorney for the Justice Department made an unusual statement today about the possibility of forthcoming arrests in the Oklahoma suicide-bombing case.

Last Saturday, Joel Henry Hinrichs III blew himself up outside of a University of Oklahoma football game. The FBI quickly stated that there was no evidence of a wider conspiracy.

However, WND reports this today (via Reaganites Unite):

The warrant used to execute a search of Oklahoma University bomber Joel "Henry" Hinrichs III's apartment, where an undetermined amount of explosives were found, has been sealed by a federal court at the request of the Justice Department.
A sealed warrant on top of the fact that the investigation is being led by the FBI's joint terrorism task-force may be an indication that the FBI is considering the possibility of a wider conspiracy after all.

Neighbors of Hinrichs allege that he was a frequent visitor to a nearby mosque, but the leader of the University of Oklahoma Muslim Student Association denies this. Hinrichs' roommate was a Pakistani national and sources claim jihad materials were found in Hinrichs' room.

Hinrichs was also under investigation by local police authorities because he had recently attempted to buy ammonium nitrate, a key ingredient in large bombs of the type used in the 1995 Oklahoma City Murrah bombing and the first World Trade Center bombing. Hinrichs killed himself before the investigation could be completed.

Even more interesting is this statement from Bob Troester, first assistance U.S. attorney in Oklahoma City, as reported by WND:

"You can draw whatever assumption you like," he said. "We don't comment on any sealed indictments." (emphasis mine)
An indictment is far different than a search warrant. An indictment would mean that arrests are forthcoming and that the FBI has discovered a criminal conspiracy since dead people can't be indicted.

Of course, it is entirely possible that Troester simply misworded his answer and that he meant to say warrant. But this also could be a strong indication that Hinrichs was in fact part of a larger Islamic terror cell and that his death was due to the premature explosion of his bomb.

While certainly not conclusive, there is some evidence that indicates that Hinrichs was part of a larger Islamic terrorist plot to kill American citizens at the University of Oklahoma.

Bit hat tip to Reaganites Unite for the e-mail.

UPDATE 10/07 8:45 A.M.: MSM finally starting to report on this nationally. Classical Values is following MSM reaction here.

UPDATE 10/07 3:00 PM: Lawhawk says it well:

Indictments suggest that there are other individuals out there, and that this wasn't a lone individual who may or may not have had emotional problems. We're talking about the real distinct possibility of a terror cell operating in Norman, Oklahoma.
Mark Tapscott:
If...Hinrichs acted alone in committing suicide as a result of "problems" in his life, why seal the search warrant and thus prevent the public and reporters from seeing the most critical document of the investigation into the Oct. 1 bombing just outside OU's football stadium and its 84,000 fans watching the OU-Kansas State game?
Indeed.

UPDATE 10/07 4:20 PM: OU President Denies Wider Plot, No Ticket Sold to Hinrichs

The President of the University of Oklahoma has sent an e-mail to students denying that JOEL HENRY HINRICHS III was part of a larger Islamic terror plot. OU is also officially denying that Hinrichs was sold a ticket for the game. They also claim that there is no evidence that Hinrichs tried to buy a scalped ticket.

More here.

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

What Happened to Men?

Has the kinder, gentler world started taking over mainstream manliness? Are metrosexuals the new de facto standard in what men are supposed to be? I ask for numerous reasons but let me start off by saying I sure am glad I have a daughter and not a son. Why?

Reason #1: It's not okay to wear pink, son.

Pink is for girls, son. Just because a few of your friends are wearing pink (or any color with a semblance of pink) doesn't make it okay. Just because your girlfriend thinks you look manly in pink doesn't make it right for you to wear.

I point out this pink fashion trend mainly because of a shopping experience yesterday. My wife, daughter, and I were at some outlet mall here in Ohio and were searching for winter clothes for me (the daughter got squared away; don't worry). We walked into a Polo Ralph Lauren store after we walked out of the Tommy Hilfiger store and I was absolutely stunned. Polo had pink everything; from sweaters to shirts to pants if it could be made pink it was pink. There was more pink in the man's clothing store than there was in the Limited Too we had been in an hour earlier. It was simply disturbing. It shows a trend in today's society that if thought through can be traced back a long way.

Reason #2: You're a man, son. How come your sister is tougher than you are?

I was watching my daughter while my wife was out looking for some chocolate store so she could buy a gift. I was a little amazed about what was transpiring on a playground at the outlet mall. There was a group of boys and a group of girls. The boys were going down the slides and sliding down the sliding poles while the girls were playing in the dirt. Kids are kids, right? Boys want physical activity and girls want to create things, right? WRONG! The girls were down there because that's where they wanted to be and the boys weren't down there because, as a brother of one of the girls put it, "I don't want to get dirty." So much for snakes, snails, and puppy dog tails.

Has making boys more sensitive and caring really helped things? Sure, psychiatrists are getting more money and the number of boy bands have increased but is it really doing any good?

Originally Posted at Conservative Thinking

By at 05:13 AM | Comments |

October 05, 2005

Filthy Spy In The White House

Holy moly! We have the workings of a Tom Clancy novel and it's happening in real time. Expect everybody to report on this story. For the first time in modern history, a spy has been caught working in the White House

From ABCNews.com:

Officials tell ABC News the alleged spy worked undetected at the White House for almost three years. Leandro Aragoncillo, 46, was a U.S. Marine most recently assigned to the staff of Vice President Dick Cheney.

"I don't know of a case where the vetting broke down before and resulted in a spy being in the White House," said Richard Clarke, a former White House advisor who is now an ABC News consultant.

Federal investigators say Aragoncillo, a naturalized citizen from the Philippines, used his top secret clearance to steal classified intelligence documents from White House computers.

In 2000, Aragoncillo worked on the staff of then-Vice President Al Gore. When interviewed by Philippine television, he remarked how valued Philippine employees were at the White House.

Aragoncillo is believed to have stolen classified documents from the Vice-President's office and sent them to opposition political groups in the Philippines. The information was sent primarily in emails.

I'm sure we'll hear more on this story. Jay at Stop The ACLU has more.

Also: Michelle Malkin, Pundit Guy

By at 11:01 PM | Comments |

Army of Ansar al-Sunnah Murder Hostages by Beheading, Video Released (Images)

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The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah, a well-known terrorist organization in Iraq with ties to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al Qaeda forces, has released a video in which two hostages are beheaded. The Jawa Report has obtained a copy of the video. Gruesome images from the video are posted below (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES BELOW).

The two innocent civilians are identified as Shaker Mahmoud Jassim and Riyadh Najim Abdullah. The timestamp on the video indicates it was made on September 12th of this year, but the video was not uploaded to the internet until today.

As in all such videos, the terrorists first force the victims to 'confess' to various crimes before they are murdered. Pronouncement of guilt is made on the victims under Islamic law. Thus, the murder and torture done by the terrorists is legitimized in the eyes of radicals as the legal execution of criminals for crimes against Islam. The beheading is done with a knife, is slow, and very painful.

Jassim is forced in the video to 'confess' that he works for the U.S. Army as an informant. As in all jihadi videos, American forces are portrayed as tools of a wider Jewish conspiracy.

The AP reports that Jassim urges in his 'confession':

I call on everyone who works with the Jews and the Americans to repent to God and leave this job.
ansar_al_sunnah_beheading_10_05_2005_small2.jpgIn all previous hostage murder videos, similar statements are made. The second victim, Abdullah, said he helped the Americans with information about a group of Saudi insurgents and was paid a large amount of money:
"We have become slaves to money," he said before he was taken outside and decapitated.
SITE reports that the video also warns:
That those who do not “come back to your religion and repent” will also be slaughtered.
As Abdullah's head is placed on his back, the camera panned to a sign that read in Arabic: "Go to hell, this is a revenge for our brothers".

The Army of Ansar al-Sunna is an offshoot of The Army of Ansar al-Islam, a Salafist terror organization with roots in Kurdish Iraq. After the fall of the Hussein Regime, the former leader of Ansar al-Islam, Musab al-Zarqawi, took foreign elements to found Tawhid and Jihad--later pledging loyalty to Osama bin Laden and changing the name, once again, to al Qaeda in the Land of Two Rivers (Mesopotamia, or Iraq). Ansar al-Sunnah and al Qaeda are believed to operate seperately now, but occasionally announce collaboration with one another.

This is the first beheading video in many months. These types of videos are propaganda meant for domestic purposes. The reason the terrorists in Iraq stopped producing beheading murder videos, and instead turning to videos of IED and other attacks on U.S. forces, is because they believed that they were doing more harm than good. Such videos tend to turn off the great mass of the Iraqi people, and especially Sunni Muslims on whom the terrorists depend for support and anonymity.

This video can only mean one thing: the terrorists have run into a wall in Iraq, they feel they must resort to threatening the population once again. The terrorists are slowly but surely losing.

Graphic images from the video below:

WARNING: PROCEED AT OWN RISK.

Why show these images? This is the true face of the so-called insurgents in Iraq. They are nothing more than terrorists scum who have a vision for Iraq similar to that of the Taliban in Afghanistan. They are waging jihad not only against Americans, but against Iraqis. Most media outlets will not show you what the terrorists are actually doing in Iraq. We will.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:44 PM | Comments |

Former Hostage Planned to Stick a Shiv in Captors

micahgarenamericanhostage.jpgHere's a former hostage I'd like to meet. Micah Geren is right up there with former hostage Ulf Hjertstrom, who hired bounty hunters to go after the terrorist scumbags who held him before he escaped.

Daily News:

Armed with a shiv he made by tying together three sharp palm fronds, Micah Garen, the Manhattan documentary filmmaker kidnapped in southern Iraq last year, vowed to fight his way to freedom if his captors tried to behead him, he said yesterday....

The most nerve-racking moment of Garen's captivity was when he found out he was being led away to make a video.

"Were they planning to kill me on video?" he asked himself, all too aware of the gruesome deaths of fellow Americans Nick Berg and Daniel Pearl at the hands of their kidnappers.

"As my blindfold came off, the world came into focus," he writes in the book. "I looked around at the men's hands and at their waistbands, to see if anyone had a large knife, a sign to me that I was about to be beheaded.

"I didn't see one, but they would probably hide it. I moved my left hand down next to my pocket with the shiv, studying the room for opportunity."

When a man with bare feet knelt down behind Garen, he formed a plan in his mind.

"If something happened, if someone pulled out a knife, I would stab his foot with my shiv, and in the commotion go after a gun," Garen wrote.

You can buy Garen's book, American Hostage, here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:54 PM | Comments |

When Journalists are the Enemy

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Above photo taken by AP stringer Bilal Hussein embedded with terrorist forces in Iraq. Thanks for the tip from Sir Humphrey who has much, much more.

I've written extensively about Bilal Hussein and the traitors at the Associated Press who employ him. Since I know a number of soldiers from Centcom's Iraq offices read this blog, here's a hint on how to catch some more terrorists: put a bug on Bilal Hussein.

And if he refuses put him in jail and apply some extreme pressure for him to give up his sources in the terrorist organizations he is embedded with.

What is the line between spreading enemy propaganda, having contacts with the enemy, and actually being one of the enemy? In war, no such line exists. This is why, as I have argued extensively in the past, Nazi propagandists such as Joseph Goebbels were as guilty of war crimes as any of the other leaders of the Third Reich.

Propaganda is a weapon in war. Enemies with weapons can be shot. Journalists who do propaganda for the enemy are therefore legitimate targets unless they lay down their weapons.

Earlier posts on Bilal Hussein:
Complete Bilal Hussein Archives

Bilal Hussein dead pool.
Bilal Hussein, still anti-American
Pulitzer Prize given to Terrorists
The Pulitzer and Terrorist Embeds
Editor and Publisher Apologizes for Terrorist Embeds *shock*

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:29 PM | Comments |

Jawa Report is Evil

Liberal blog classifies The Jawa:

The Jawa Report - Their motto is a quote from Thomas Mann: “Tolerance:A Crime when applied to evil” These guys manage the evil portion just fine; it’s anything similar to tolerance that is totally beyond them.
Our eeevil plan to take over the blogosphere and crush tolerance continues unabated.

Now excuse me while I go kill kittens for fun.......

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

The Root Cause of Terrorism is…Terrorists Duh

Slate:

But if JI were rational, it wouldn't have attacked the bars and clubs and beaches of Kuta and Jimbaran in the first place. Indonesia is a mainly Muslim society, whose government takes a stern line against the war in Iraq and even Afghanistan

Ok so Hitchens has that part right why is he the only one on the left with his eyes open?

Dr. Sanity has a good explanation.

Hitchens is being logical. Hitchens is trying to appeal to the principles that he believes are the foundation for Leftist thought…… He is able to see the essential truth about the Islamofascists, and has accordingly supported the war in Afghanistan and the removal of Saddam. He thinks he is supporting the principles of his ideology… … if he thinks for one moment that people like George Galloway and the members of ANSWER or the rest of the lunatic fringe of the Left give one whit for any rational arguments--he is deluding himself

Rational thought has never been a strong point of the Left or the terrorists. The terrorist will blow you up right in the middle of the apology and then dance on your broken body afterward. Trying to ascribe reason to an enemy that doesn’t play that is just silly. The only reason to try and understand the terrorists is so you can kill them first. Oh yes they can use reason or emotion as a tool for the deception of the infidel. Let me be clear it's the terrorists and those who follow them. Don't want to be like evil or anything.

Others: Tim Blair and normblog.

By Howie at 12:57 PM | Comments |

Security Scare at Eleven Embassies

(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) Embassies of eleven countries were subjected to security scares when envelopes suspected of containing anthrax powder were received. The first envelope arrived Tuesday at the Japanese Embassy at 1440 local time and, subsequently, envelopes were received by the Thai, German, Canadian, Singaporean, and Philippine foreign missions. Although emergency and hazardous materials teams were mobilized, apparently only harmless substances were found in the envelopes.

On Wednesday, the Australian, American, British, French, and Russian foreign missions in Malaysia received similar suspicious packages by mail. According to Abdul Aziz Bulat of the Kuala Lumpur Police, the parcels contained messages which "warned of retaliation for perceived injustices against the Muslim world."

From TheStar.com:

Kuala Lumpur Chief Police Officer Deputy Commissioner Datuk Mustafa Abdullah believed that it was the work of pranksters.

"We checked the first two parcels. I believe that it was just some harmless liquid, some kind of oil," he said.

He said the envelope addressed to the Japanese Ambassador, bearing a Kelantan stamp, had a note which read: "Now you have biological weapons. You deserve what is happening to you after what you have done to Muslims."

As a prank, it's sick. As a project, it seems to have required a plan, at least a modicum of money, and some coordination to assure that the parcels all arrived at their destinations within a short time frame. In my opinion, it seems like a lot of effort and complexity for a simple hoax.

Companion at Interested-Participant.

By at 12:40 PM | Comments |

Email a terrorist XXXIV

We seem to be having a lot of posters you know the kind that post on old threads and say stuff like this:

Falluja

gg@ww.com

victory to the islamic army and the army of the mujahedeen,,allahu akbar. good is great.

I doubt that email is a good one but I disagree good is just good not great.

Also a live one on this thread.

Although our motto is bit different he is still watching you.

Our contacts thread is also a good one.


By Howie at 12:35 PM | Comments |

Taliban Spokesman Hakim Latifi Arrested in Pakistan

Here's some good news from FOXNEWS.

Some Pakistani officials said Latifi was arrested Tuesday, but the intelligence official said he was detained Sunday at a home in Quetta's Newi Killi neighborhood. The announcement of Latifi's arrest had been delayed because he was being interrogated about other Taliban leaders, the official said.

Latifi as you may recall is an if not accurate, common mouthpiece spouting Taliban propaganda.

Updated: Even better news.

Also see Chad Evans at In the Bullpen for news of the death of Al-Haj Othman. Leader of the islamic army in Iraq.

Hooray!!! The Jawa Report has extensive archives of the Islamic Army in Iraq's activities. Use the search MPJ with "Islamic Army in Iraq" and you will see just how good this is. Some question of the term Leader if not THE leader he was ONE.

By Howie at 11:35 AM | Comments |

WTW How to Survive Gas Prices

Beins that’s Ah is a reyud neyuk ah figured yall maht hayuv some idears on how we all cayun survahv three buck gayus. I baysiclly jest a mattr of supplahs ayund demayund.

1. Drive real fast. The longer the trip takes the more gas you burn.
2. Install bigger motor.
3. Add Holly 730 and racing cam.
4. Lift kit and big tires. The inverse square law states that the further from the center of gravity the less you are affected. Therefore less drag and better mileage.
5. When the light turns green floor it and get to the next light ASAP. The more time spent idling at red lights the less fuel used. Lights cannot ever be beaten the man has em all fixed to stop you anyway.
6.Add bush guard and roll bar both with extra lights point the top ones backwards and turn em on. The pressure of the light leaving the rollbar adds MPG. Girls like these first six which is important.
7.Marry early and often. You might want to start with Bobby Sue cause her daddy drives a fuel truck.Once you are married up start on that crop of teenagers they will be useful just don’t let em drive unless it’s a date with someone who works at the refinery, gas station, drives a school bus, etc etc.
8. Train yer boys to siphon. Girls don’t need trainin, sucking fluid through a tube in the dark comes natural for em.
9. Host keg parties. Have the boys invite their friends but not the girls. Once the first keg is dry yer daughters can keep the boys busy while yer boys excuse themselves to get some fuel errrr take a leak.
10. Gets one of them there deep sea fishin outfits for long trips. Get up behind a rig and cast onto the bumper. Use that pair of wire cutters that always sticks out of yer back pocket to cut the line when ya gotta exit or get another beer.

In other words as long as your demand meets my supply no problem.

Supplahhh!!!! Honey can you gets Daddy another beer.

If you missed Sunday's Dilbert click here.

Hat Tip: Dave the cube neighbor.

Here are your White Trash Wednesday bloggers

By Howie at 09:04 AM | Comments |

Editor and Publisher: Miers bin Laden Connection

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The Jawa Report once got a mention in Editor and Publisher. The same article mentioned a prominent Leftist blog. The Leftist blog was given a clickable link. This website was simply printed, no link. Subtle? Yes, but bias nonetheless.

Now E&P (notice, I linked the post I'm referencing? See how that works E&P?) turns a photo of Harriet Miers with President Bush into a partisan attack couched in journalistic terms. The article inevitably leads the reader to ask the question, "What did Miers know about bin Laden and when did she know it?"

Classy.

It's not so much that E&P is a liberal rag, it's that its a liberal rag masquerading as an impartial industry journal.

Confederate Yankee fisks the article further.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:33 AM | Comments |

October 04, 2005

Images Show Busses Evacuating New Orleans, More Questions than Answers

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***Jawa Report Exclusive***

Scroll down for high resolution photos.

Update: Paul from Wizbang and I essentially agree and the photos really tell the same story: Nagin is an idiot, he just thinks Nagin is a bigger idiot than me.

Something odd struck me about the photo posted by Paul at Wizbang this morning. It occured to me that this photo couldn't be accurate, since I didn't see any flooding. So I did a quick search and came up with an even higher resolution photo of the Algiers Bus Depot. What do you know, I found one. Paul's photo is correct, but another photo shows that the busses were eventually used to help evacuate the city.

This one was taken by the NOAA on August 31st of this year. It was done as part of an aeriel assesment of hurricane damage. You can see the original photo here to verify its accuracy. Compare it to the one that Paul has up, and you'll notice that it is the same depot by the large water stain. I'll assume he and Kevin are calling it the Algiers Bus Depot correctly.

Update: Paul tells me his photo was taken about 10:00 a.m., meaning my photo was taken sometime later that afternoon. So, just to be clear, some time after 10:00 a.m., somebody had the brilliant idea of taking a bunch of unused parked busses and gettting people out of Dodge on them. Yet, for some unknown reason, no one thinks to drive a couple of miles and start picking up people in desperate need and who's plight is all over the airwaves? Brilliant.

To put that date into perspective, Hurrican Katrina hit in the wee hours of August 29th (Monday morning) and the levies began to break at 11:00 that morning. This photo, then, was taken on Wednesday afternoon, 48 hours after the hurricane hit and smack in the middle of when news reports were coming out about the horrible conditions in the Superdome. Click below for larger version.

Now look at the photo. Carefully. Notice something about the busses? They are moving. It looks like three police vehicles are waiting to escort them. In the upper left corner you can see one police vehicle already moving. [Update: To put this into context this means that these busses were fully functional and could have been used at any time to help start the evacuations.] But do they go to the Superdome to help evacuate people? No. Then where are they moving to? Let's look at another piece of this very large photo. Click for larger image.

Yes, those are the missing busses from the photo. Yes, that is a large group of people getting on the busses.

Clearly, the busses were being used to evacuate people from Algiers. If you can positively identify this location, please e-mail me. I am told, and I have no reason to doubt, that this is Algiers Landing.

Gentle reminder to Paul and Kevin: There were refugees all over the city. It's possible, and indeed highly likely in light of this photographic evidence, that busses were evacuating people from Algiers at least. To where? I've no idea.

Update: On further reflection, where were these busses going and why did they not come back for those stuck in the Superdome?

Update II: It's important to realize, too, that the photos posted at Wizbang from the same day show a clear road between the Algiers bus depot and the Superdome. The busses could easily have driven to it.

So, on the one hand we know that busses were being used to evacuate people. On the other hand, why were these same busses not being used to evacuate everybody? Remember, this photo was taken on Wednesday and the Superdome was not evacuated until Friday. So, regardless if the effort was being coordinated properly, there were efforts to get people out of harms way.

If you have the time, now go to the NOAA photos of New Orleans here. How much flooding do you really see? What's really amazing about these photos is just how little flooding actually occured. From what I had gathered from TV reports, the entire city was flooded. Not so. Click around some.

In fact, my first impression was that I must have this wrong. That the dates must be wrong. But:

The date of the photography can be derived from the first 3 characters of the image name. Image names beginning with 243 were acquired Aug 30, 2005, those beginning with 244 were acquired Aug 31, and so on.
The date of our two photos above? The original is named 24428420.jpg, in other words August 31st!

Where is all the freaking flooding?!?!! From the news it seemed as if the entire city was under water. That maybe a few places here or there escaped the rising waters, but the majority of the city was under water. Where is it all?

Was there flooding? Of course, pictures don't lie. Here is a picture of a flooded downtown, but that's one of a hundred or more. Others in the vicinity show some neighborhoods flooded, and others on the same street with almost no damage

Pictures do tell a distorted view of reality. Geraldo Rivera on a deserted street is not headline news. Geraldo Rivera floating down a street is. So, if you're a producer you find the areas of worst damage and then show those pictures. You don't show images of the other 75% of the city that wasn't damaged near as much.

And while most of the city was busy getting out, reporters were camped out broadcasting the worst images and the people in the worst conditions and acting as if it was a typical experience.

So, is Roy Nagin to blame as we earlier asserted? Yes, a little. Maybe even more than most. As I said before, New Orleans might be the worst run city in the worst run state of the Union. But, regardless of its lack of leadership it seems that somebody thought to get those busses moving. Perhaps the reason we didn't hear massive complaints coming from this neighborhood is that they got out, on busses.

More later.

UPDATE: After going back and forth with Paul, you know, I think he's right. If someone thought to use these busses two days after the storm hit, then why did no one think to use them the day before the storm hit? And why were these busses not used to evacuate the people out of the Superdome?

So, in summation, Nagin is an idiot. That is all.

PS-And I'm spent......

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

Buy Britney Spears' Bra or Bikini, It's for Charity!

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Oh sweet serendipity! My two favorite pastimes come together: oggling Britney Spears' scantilly clad bosoms and hurricane relief! Britney Spears is auctioning off a diamond-encrusted bra on eBay, and it's all for charity. You can see the eBay auction here, but you'll have to cough up $16k for the current high bid. And with four days left this it's sure to go higher.

If Britney's bra isn't enough, you can own her bikini or even a pair of her boxer shorts. Britney Spears wears boxer shorts?

This actually looks like it is the same bikini as seen in a number of papparazi shots of Britney around the pool. Er, not that I've ever seen them before, or, er, not that I wanted to go surfing for these photos, but because I care about you, dear reader, I have a photo comparison below.

She's auctioning off a second bikini here, and a third bikini here, and a fourth....... wait, how many freaking bikinis can Britney Spears possibly own?!?!! Alas, no papparazi pics of her in the rest of them that I could find....and trust me, I looked! But that last one is going for $50, which is actually below retail. If it wasn't for the cootie factor I'd be inclined to buy that one for Mrs. Shackleford.....

And if price is a problem, why not buy this lovely Dolce and Gabbana nude halter top worn by Britney Spears? Did I just manage to work the word nude into the same sentence as Britney Spears?

What woman wouldn't want a shirt worn by Britney Spears that says 'Get Some' across the chest? Come on, that's class.....

And the cheapest item at the Britney Spears charity auction for hurricane victims? Drumroll please....Tuscan Garden Lavender Soap at just a few pennies over $15. So that you can wash all of Kevin Federline's DNA off of your hands after a day rummaging through your new wardrobe.

Breitbart:

US pop princess Britney Spears is giving her all to help victims of Hurricane Katrina in the US state of Mississippi -- even one of her bra's, the eBay auction site showed.

The 23-year-old former teen queen, famed for her provocative stage outfits, has donated a treasure trove of personal items -- including a two-piece sofa, a bikini and a jewel-encrusted brassiere -- to be auctioned off to help victims.

The "white-stone" undergarment, worn by the singer in one of her music videos, sports "a variety of sizes of round white stones and silver-tone beads in this intricately designed bra," according to online auctioneer eBay.

Is this the same bikini worn by Britney Spears in these papparazi photos?

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Man, is this what it feels like to be Kevin Aylward?

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

All Things Scott Baio

Filthy Allah has a blog. Go wish Filthy the best.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:20 PM | Comments |

Nagin Lied, People Died

Who's fault is it that so many died in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? Let me officially point a finger at Ray Nagin. He's not responsible for all the deaths in New Orleans, but 60 busses sitting idle? That goes beyond incompetence.

As a good friend of mine who grew up in the French Quarter recently told me, "There is no city in the U.S. that can even begin to compare with the corruption and incompetence of New Orleans." Indeed.

Or as I'm fond of saying, "New Orleans Parish. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy."

Kevin and Paul have the photos to back up the accusation.

CRITICAL UPDATE: I now have photographic evidence that proves the busses were used to evacuate people from New Orleans. Perhaps I was too hasty in this post. Please see this post here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:15 PM | Comments |

Today's Scandals Mean McCain in '08

All things being equal, John McCain willl be the Republican nominee in 2008. Why? It's about how the media is framing the issues.

For instance, the Tom DeLay scandal could easily be framed in a number of ways. A conservative might frame the issue as one of big government run amok--DeLay as a sympton rather than a cause. A Democratic partisan might frame the issue as one of Republican misdeeds--DeLay as cause rather than affect.

But how is the MSM generally framing the DeLay scandal? Corruption fed by campaign finance abuses.

The way you frame an issue inevetably leads to a solution. If the problem is big government, then the solution is making government smaller. This is the way I or other small government types might like to frame the DeLay issue. No one is buying this.

If the problem is Republicans in office, then the solution is putting Democrats in office. This is the way the Democrats are trying to frame the DeLay corruption charges. The media are generally too savvy to fall for this one.

Instead, the media seems to trend toward the campaign finance angle. And if the problem is campaign finance abuse then the solution is, and you see where this is going, John McCain.

So, it may be important to follow who is making trips to Iowa already (is John Kerry dellusional, or what?), but if the current media climate prevails for the next couple of years, it will be McCain in '08.

Unless of course the next big trend in political analysis will be to blame the growing deficit on fat people. In that case, Gove. Mike Huckabee is a shoe in.

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

Carnivals Everywhere

Yes Carnival Season is in full swing.

Carnival of Liberty XIV is up.

We have a new contributor this week. Warren Meyer, of the Coyote Blog has submitted an entry and I think his debut piece for the Carnival is a great one.

Also interesting see The Carnival of the Liberated. Iraqi bloggers by the dozen. Hosted by Dean's World.

The Carnival of Personal Finance a must read that I have not yet.

Hat tip: Glen Reynolds

I have reports that parade candy hauls are down this year. But there is still hope even though it's not a campaign year. So grab a sack and pack up the kiddies and the lawnchairs it's fall baby.

Updated: Carnivals make me think of stuffing my face and that reminds me. October 5th is Dine for America day. Proceeds go the the American Red Cross disaster Relief. Wait, so you mean I can pig out and help out at the same time? I love America.

Super Carnival link.

Hat tip :Denise

By Howie at 12:21 PM | Comments |

Is Harriet Miers Really SNL's Rachel Dratch?

You be the judge:

Is this Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers or is it Rachel Dratch in an SNL skit?

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Is this Rachel Dratch or is this Harriet Miers guest hosting on SNL with Andy Richter and Lindsay Lohan?

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Tough call, but this would explain a lot......

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

Activism Pays Off

It seems that the recent tirades against Paul Krugman and the New York Times have paid off. NRO reports today that the Times has just implemented a new corrections policy for it's editorial pages. Instead of allowing the columnists to run their own corrections and attempt to hide them either online or by couching them in the middle of their next article, the Times has began a new section separate from the editorials called "For The Record." This section contains all corrections to the factual content of the editorials, including Krugman attempting to claim, once again, that Gore actually won the 2000 election. So far, the corrections look to be good for more laughs than the columns themselves.

Op-Ed columns by Paul Krugman (Sept. 5 and 9), Maureen Dowd (Sept. 10) and Frank Rich (Sept. 18) said Michael Brown, the former FEMA director, was a college friend or college roommate of Joe Allbaugh, his predecessor. They went to different colleges and later became friends.

Personally, I can't imagine running a newspaper in which you had to run that many, and that kind of, corrections. If a columnist can't be bothered to get his facts straight, then he should be removed from his position. Of course I understand that firing Krugman and Dowd would send the liberal community into propaganda withdrawals, but that's just the chance we'd have to take.

I also wonder if this recent spate of misinformation has more to do with the Times attempt to sell their online content than was previously mentioned. I'm beginning to think that the Times was getting tired of being so mercilessly fisked by so many bloggers on a daily basis. Not that I know that for a fact, just simple speculation.

By at 10:08 AM | Comments |

English Flag Banned from English Jails as "Racist Symbol"

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So a nation's own flag is considered a racist symbol by some? Disgusting, to say the least--and I'm saying this as an American. Further, it's not like this is coming out of Ireland or some other foreign country with a national identity which is intimately tied in with anti-British feelings. Wakefield prison is in West Yorkshire--that's England for the uninitiated!

The Saint George's Cross is the official flag of England. The Union Jack, so familiar to us all, is actually the flag of the United Kingdom of England, Scotland, and Wales. The Saint George's Cross remains the symbol of English national identity today.

IC Sefton and West Lancs:

Prison officers who wore a St George's Cross tie-pin have been ticked off by the jails watchdog.

The English national flag could be "misinterpreted" as a racist symbol, Chief Inspector of Prisons Anne Owers said in a report on Wakefield prison.

The pins had been bought by officers at the top security jail to support a cancer charity.

A section on race relations in Ms Owers' report said: "We were concerned to see a number of staff wearing a flag of St George tie pin.

"While we were told that these had been bought in support of a cancer charity there was clear scope for misinterpretation, and Prison Service Orders made clear that unauthorised badges and pins should not be worn."

As one of her formal recommendations Ms Owers said: "Staff should not wear unauthorised tie pins."

It seems that liberal multiculturalism knows no national boundaries.......

UPDATE: More from CNN via LGF:

Chris Doyle, director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding, said Tuesday the red cross was an insensitive reminder of the Crusades.

“A lot of Muslims and Arabs view the Crusades as a bloody episode in our history,” he told CNN. “They see those campaigns as Christendom launching a brutal holy war against Islam.

“Muslim or Arab prisoners could take umbrage if staff wore a red cross badge. It’s also got associations with the far-right. Prison officers should be seen to be neutral.”

Doyle added that it was now time for England to find a new flag and a patron saint who is “not associated with our bloody past and one we can all identify with.”

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

Woman & Child Murdered by Terrorists in Afghanistan

More of the Left's 'freedom fighters' doing the work of liberation exactly as our Founding Fathers did--you know, by murdering women and children.

BBC News:

An official of the Afghan border security force said a woman and a child died when a bomb exploded in a water pot near the border crossing.

The official said it was not yet known who was behind the attack.

I just love the BBC. "We don't know who was behind the attack....maybe the CIA or Mossad or al Qaeda...it's all the same."

The very next paragraph goes on to say that officials are blaming the Taliban--as if there is any doubt.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:13 AM | Comments |

Oklahoma Suicide Bomber May be Jihadi, Father Denies

UPDATE: Updated and related post Islamic Terrorism in Oklahoma Likely

The father of a University of Oklahoma student, Joel Henry Hinrichs III, that blew himself up on Saturday is denying reports that his son's death was somehow politically motivated.

However, both World Net Daily and the Northeast Intelligence Network are reporting that law enforcement agents found jihadi material in Hinrich's apartment. Included in the material were instructions on how to make bombs used in suicide attacks.

World Net Daily:

Doug Hagmann, a seasoned investigator, told WND he was informed by multiple reliable law-enforcement sources familiar with the investigation into the incident that authorities recovered a "significant amount" of "jihad" materials, as well as Hinrichs' computer.

Hagmann also said those same sources indicated police and federal agents "had pulled additional explosives from [Hinrichs'] house," including triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, "homemade explosive [that is] very potent but relatively easily manufactured."

TATP is the explosive used in the London transit bombings.
The confiscated jihad documents "referenced bomb-making manuals and that type of thing," Hagmann said, who added Hinrichs' apartment in Norman, Okla., is "located near the Islamic Society [of Norman]."
Larry Hagmann is the director of the Northeast Intelligence Network, so both stories are based on the same uncorraborated reports. NEIN has been called 'the world's most alarmist website' by a number of people in the past, so we'll let that stand as a disclaimer. It will be very interesting to follow this story and see what really motivated Hinrichs to kill himslelf in this fashion.

However, if the WND/NEIN reports are true about jihadi material, but Hinrichs was not motivated by jihad, then think about what this is saying. If you want to blow yourself up, then who better to consult than the local chapter of the Islamic Society of North America? That's a pretty sad statement.

Hat tip to blog-son Eric from Vince Aut Morire who found it at Clarity and Resolve

UPDATE: Super-sikrit note to Bill Quick and Kevin Aylward. Maybe not jihadi, but if you're going to kill yourself why not consult with the experts.....

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

I Went To School With Harriet Miers

Don't tell anyone, OK? Around the time I entered SMU Harriet was choosing her major as mathematics. I just barely remember her. And by the time I'd flunked calculus twice, Harriet was filling out her paperwork for the Law School, as my best friend's girlfriend's older sister finished SMU Law School and launched her career as a Law Professor by doing strip tease shows at Kappa Sig parties. (Or, at least, that's the way the breathless sophomores told the story. Probably total hogwash.)

During that same year I watched the first Superbowl: the infamous "Deep Freeze" that Dallas lost by a foot. Brrr....

So, you know... I'm kind of an expert. And I think Harriet will ultimately be a better Supreme than Sandra Day.

By Demosophist at 05:51 AM | Comments |

The Obligatory SCOTUS Nomination Post

If nothing more than to push that nasty-ass Caption Contest down the page, here's a short synopsis of the reactions of the right side of the b-sphere to Harriet Miers' nomination to Da Bench:

"Auntie Em it's a twister it's a twister!"

"Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue."

"My brother's gonna kill us! He's gonna kill us! He's gonna kill you and he's gonna kill me, he's gonna kill us! ."

Now, from the other side of the right side:

"So what Jefferson was saying was "Hey! You know, we left this England place because it was bogus. So if we don't get some cool rules ourselves, pronto, we'll just be bogus too.""

"All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I'm fine."

"Just remember, if you hang in there long enough, good things can happen in this world. I mean, look at me."

My opinion?

"Hey Peter, man, check out channel 9, it's the breast exams. "

By Vinnie at 12:28 AM | Comments |

October 03, 2005

The Blog Sabbath Caption Contest; APSA 2005

Caption this photo of Rusty after hours at this year's APSA Convention (or was it Conference?).

Winner will be announced on Monday afternoon. Or not, I may not be alive after this one.

We have a winner, Stephen:

"I'm gonna show him my C3P Oh face."

Honorable mention, Howie, for:

"I seem to be made to suffer." (obligatory script reference. Nicely done)

Dishonorable mention, Dan, for:

"Rusty - Be sure and check your email I'm sending you something you'll want to see." (I'm not Rusty, but I checked my email anyway.)

Thanks to all the great entries, I'm going into hiding now.

By Vinnie at 05:03 PM | Comments |

Sweden Reduces Terrorism Sentences

An appeals court in Sweden has cut the sentence of two Ansar al-Islam terrorists. Apparently Seven years is too harsh in Sweden for financing murder in Iraq. Meanwhile, an offshoot of Ansar al-Islam is practicing for jihad in Sweden where it claims to have found 'safe-haven'.

Swedish Radio International:

The two have been found guilty of collecting and transferring more than 148,000 US dollars to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who leads al-Qaida’s operations in Iraq, the Ansar al-Islam group, and other suspected terrorists in Iraq. They were linked to the December 2003 suicide bombing in Arbil, which took 4 lives.

They were sentenced by a lower court to 6 and 7 years imprisonment respectively, but the Stockholm Appeals Court changed the sentences to 4 and a half and 5 years, with permanent bans from entering Sweden after they are released.

The Local:

The Svea Court of Appeal has reduced the sentence given to two Iraqi Kurds, despite upholding their convictions for terror-related offences.

A 29 year old imam from Stockholm had his seven year sentence cut to five years, while a 25 year old asylum seeker based in Malmö now faces four years and six months behind bars instead of six years.

After they have served their sentence, both will be deported and banned from returning to Sweden.

Our friends, the Swedes.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:30 PM | Comments |

Remembering the Forgotten American Hostages: Dean Sadek

dean_sadek1.jpgOver the weekend, al Qaeda made a bogus claim that it was holding two Marines hostage in Iraq, and later that the two had been executed. While such fictional claims are nothing new from al Qaeda, it serves as a reminder that several American civilians reamain in captivity.

We've been getting a number of hits about Dean Sadek today (thanks to Tim at Opinion Bug for the tip). Hopefully there is some impending good news that has not yet hit the MSM yet.

Mohammad Radeen Sadeq (better known by his Americanized name 'Dean Sadek') was working at the Baghdad airport as a civillian contractor when he was abducted from his home. It's not clear the exact date he was abducted, but al Jazeera showed a videotape released by the terrorist 1920 Brigades organization showing Sadek on Nov. 11th.

Dean Sadek was born in Lebanon but was a naturalized U.S. citizen who lived in the Charlotte, N.C. area. Dean Sadek's ex-sister-in-law left this comment saying Dean:

is a kind, giving individual who loves his two sons dearly. I'm hoping by he being of Lebanese descent that it would be in his favor. ...Why is he there? He is there to help the good people... If he loses his life he would be one more of the heroes to win freedom for others. I am totally devasted everyday not knowing what will happen to him besides his immediate family and children. My prayers are with him and the others daily fighting for freedom of others.
Our prayers are with Dean Sadek and his family too.

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

RINO Sightings, Little Piggies and Other Strange Happenings.

New RINO sightings is up it’s unearthly strange.

No more little piggie stress relievers. Gees give me a break. I hereby vow to eat left over pork chops at lunch every day for the duration of Ramadan.

Hat Tip: Big thanks to Mike at Mr. Muffler for getting Howie back on the road again for cheap.


In other strange and paranormal news Howie gets a beyond the Grave visit and interview with Ben Franklin. Actually I’ve been worried about buying propane and propane related accessories this year. Mainly the fuel, I mean I’m sitting on bone dry empty and winter is coming on. I entered the FS(that’s farm service city slicker) drawing for 100 bucks worth of free propane. Turns out I won. I mean I freaking won is that weird or not. Even stranger than that, Mr. Franklin’s ghost delivered the C note to my door. Below is a record of our exchange.

Updated: Ok no comment? Well let's try this. Scott Baio was on Arrested Development tonight as Lawyer Bob Loblaw. His lawfirm speicalizing in cool stuff like Fraud, Tax Evasion, money laundering. Hope you saw, it was good stuff.

Nipsey Russell has died Hat Tip: The Filthy One

Typhoone Longwang has struck China and 59 soldiers are missing. Aside from the name of the storm, not funny.


President Bush has appointed Harriet Miers as Associate Justice to the Supreme Court. No one likes her I mean nobody, which means I do I’m just that way. Actually I have not liked a few of Mr. Bush’s appointments. But his Supreme Court picks have been good. The best test I suppose will be the case load this session. That is if the Senate confirms Ms. Miers QUICKLY which will happen I think no sweat after all the hubub.

Woah She spells it different than Stephanie did her maiden name was Myers. From her kindergarten pic you would have never thought.


Howie: What the heck??

Mr. Franklin: Howie you’ve won one hundred bucks worth of free propane.

Howie: (swoon) Saints be praised, But I’m not sure I can accept it cause everyone on the blog says you are a traitor, What gives?

Mr. Franklin: Well Howie the official line is I was a double agent and when the Brits found out they spilled their guts. See one side usually knows a double agent is just that double. Sorry about those ships but I had to be convincing to the Brits. But just between you and me it was a conspiracy hatched at the Boston Masonic Lodge between me and three diamond dealers from New York in funny hats. THE JOOOOOOS.

Howie: Oh well in that case hand it over.

Quote of the week.

Paraphrased Davinci: "The human body is a vessel dedicated to the production of excrement".


By Howie at 01:36 PM | Comments |

Happy Bloggoversary

To Dave Gullyborg at Resistance is Futile! Once you're past the first year, it's all down hill man......

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:40 PM | Comments |

Connecticut Joins The Fray

Connecticut sets itself square into the middle of one of the stickiest battles our country has ever faced by granting Civil Unions to homosexual couples.

The whole time that this has been a fight, I have felt that it is wrong, but wasn't sture why. Now I think I've figured it out, at least for me. Procreation. Heterosexual relationships are the only relationships that offer the ability to procreate and continue the survival of the human species. That's not to say that every human couple is able to procreate, but there is at least an underlying reason for the attraction. Other forms of sexual perversion don't even have this to fall back on.

Now, with that being said, if a state wishes to recognize two people, regardless of gender and cohabitating as a couple for all legal purposes such as medical treatment, living wills, etc. Then so be it. But you better be careful when you word the statute because you could be leaving the door open for your state to provide a civil union between he and his sixteen wives. Or a man and his dog. Think it won't happen? It's already happening in some of the same-sex marriage states. A woman is sueing the state to get a marriage license issued between her and her dog. All I'm saying is that if you want to grant special priviliges to one sexual deviation while leaving others out, you had better be prepared for the firestorm that will percipitate.

By at 05:28 AM | Comments |

The Bolivarian Bloc

The Bush administration has, overall, done a fine job of foreign policy. Controlling proliferation, destabilizing and toppling terror sponsors, sowing the seeds of democracy.

But when it comes time to write the retrospectives, one glaring error will mar his legacy: Bush has ignored Latin America. For our first Spanish-speaking president it's a strange omission, though he's certainly had justifiable demands that took his attention elsewhere.

The next president will have to face down a creeping anti-Americanism that is advancing through the Latin world, led by Venezuela's Hugo Chavez in collusion with Castro from Cuba. His minions have already successfully brought down two governments in Bolivia and he is establishing a television network to consolidate his influence across the continent. Brazil's Lula has mellowed a bit but he's still redder than a parboiled lobster. The Communists are winning.

Today the Washington Post brings word that Chavez is undermining the democratic government of Nicaragua as well. And Chavez' gimp there is a blast from the past--America's old friend, the man whom Reagan nearly blew his whole presidency trying to bring down, the big Sandinista, Daniel Ortega. Of course, depending on the next president, that might be just fine and dandy:

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Bush governs in interesting times, and his first responsibility remains the war on Terror. But he needs an affirmative policy for Latin America that begins the rollback of Chavez. We can't let this problem metastasize anymore. What will it profit us if we clean out the madrassas and terror dens of the middle east only to face a hostile continent unified against us to the south?

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

October 02, 2005

Tour Boat Sinks in Lake George, 19 Die

(Lake George, New York) Dozens of senior citizens were onboard a 40-foot Shoreline Cruises tour boat when it flipped over on Lake George, about 50 miles north of Albany. The weather was clear, with the temperature in the 70s. Eyewitnesses say the glass-enclosed boat sank.

From PostStar.com:

Nineteen people were killed in a tour boat accident on Lake George today, according to Warren County Sheriff Larry Cleveland.

The Ethan Allen, a small cruise boat on the lake, was carrying 47 passengers this afternoon when the accident happened about 3 p.m. today.

According to Cleveland, the wake from the Mohican, a boat owned by Lake George Steamboat Company, swamped and flipped the glass-enclosed Ethan Allen.

The Glens Falls hospital declared a Code Yellow disaster alert to handle the injured. As of 5pm EDT, all passengers had been accounted for.


[Update 2030EDT]

Twenty-one people are now listed as having died when the Ethan Allen sank in approximately 70 feet of water. The only crew member onboard, Captain Richard Paris, survived. The estimated number of passengers was increased to 49 and it's reported that none pulled from the water were wearing life vests. Also, since those onboard were senior citizens, a number were in wheelchairs or required walkers.

The incident occurred about 200 yards from shore. An unconfirmed report states that it capsized after it hit the wake of a larger cruise boat. In my opinion, before this tragedy is history, some serious liability will be assigned for negligence or malfeasance.

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October 01, 2005

By Special Request

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Nothing about her sacrifice on our behalf overshadows those others who have given their lives for freedom, but a friend asked, and I answered. We honor them all here.

"But I suppose it's often that way. The brave things in the old tales and songs, Mr. Frodo: adventures, as I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull, a kind of a sport, as you might say. But that's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have been just landed in them, usually - their paths were laid that way, as you put it. But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't. And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten. We hear about those as just went on - and not all to a good end, mind you; at least not to what folk inside a story and not outside it call a good end."
By Vinnie at 09:20 PM | Comments |

Terror in Bali Kills At Least 23

(Jakarta, Indonesia) Near-simultaneous bomb blasts ripped through popular tourist areas of Kuta and Jimbaran Beach on the Indonesian island of Bali on Saturday killing at least 23 persons and wounding at least 35 foreign tourists. Details remain sketchy.

Two explosions hit beachside area seafood restaurants at dinner time and minutes later an explosion struck a popular shopping area, Matahan Square.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono strongly condemned the bombings in a televised address: "These are clearly terrorist attacks because the targets were random and public places."
Linked to al-Qaeda, the Jemaah Islamiyah Islamic terrorist group has been blamed.


[Update 1500 EDT]

Xinhua now reports that at 30 people are dead. In another report, the blasts are being blamed on the fuel oil price hikes of an average of 126 percent instituted Saturday. Professor Budiatna of the University of Indonesia observed that opposition groups no longer demonstrate because the government ignores them.

"They pressured (the government) by resorting to terrors. Their message is to lower the fuel oil price or else the terror acts will continue," the observer added.
In my opinion, it's hard to peg motive to terrorist acts as Budiatna suggests. Their goal is to kill and create chaos. Terrorists don't need any special reason.


[Update 1545 EDT]

The BBC reports that over 100 are wounded.

From Aljazeera.com:

A government spokesman, Dino Djalal, said up to six bombs exploded at different locations.

Local media said police discovered a number of unexploded devices.

As yet, no group has claimed responsibility. However, the near-simultaneous attacks with multiple explosive devices indicates serious planning was involved.

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Why Bill Bennet's Statement Is Neither Racist Nor Lovely

Bill Bennet has apparently ruffled a lot of feathers recently by making the point that aborting all the black pregnancies in the land would reduce the crime rate. And the PC brigades are out in force attempting to cash in a little anti-conservative treasure. None of this is very encouraging, because everyone is thinking in terms of a broad fallacy. No one is bothering to make sense. Bennet obviously thought he was making a clear empirical point, using it to bolster a case that there are lots of things one could do to reduce the crime rate that would be more objectionable than simply putting up with crime. This was, in fact, one of the more subtle points of Seymour Martin Lipset's classic: American Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged Sword. Lipset's point being that it's our unwillingness to give automatic deference to authority that partly explains higher historical crime rates in the US, at least until Europe began to pass us in the robbery, burglary and home invasion category. And that if we changed that basic relationship to authority, the whole tapestry of our civilization could come unravelled... Compared to that, a high crime rate is a small price to pay.

Bennet's thinking probably went something like this: There's a high correlation between the percentage of black people in a population in the US and the crime rate. Therefore, if you reduce the percentage of black people you'd naturally expect the crime rate to drop. Makes perfect sense. It doesn't inherently have anything to do with race, because the same thing might happen if we reduced the percentage of short people provided there were some non-causal correlation between being short and being a criminal. And the not-so-obvious fallacy in this thinking is that the eventual crime rate of infants born today doesn't necessarily have any relationship to the current crime rate of their parents... especially if something fundamental changes. But it's not racist. It's just wrong. That is, believing that such a thing is coherent betrays a fundamental confusion in Bennet's thinking; but it's probably one that he shares with 99% of the public, including most blacks.

In the 17th Century, England was in the midst of a crime wave so destructive that it nearly ruined the culture. During that period there were many who believed that there was something about the cockneys that made them a "criminal class." People wrote a great deal about the phenomenon, as the prisons filled with convicts and the overflow were first placed on prison ships anchored permanently in the harbor. Then the ships filled, and the "assignment system" began to ship convicts to Australia, turning it into a continent-sized penal colony. England was in big trouble.

However, as Robert Hughes documents in his fascinatingly addictive book The Fatal Shore the Australian-born children of this criminal class became so law-abiding that if they were issued a summons to appear in court on such-and-such a day they'd walk a hundred miles barefoot just to comply. The crime rate of this generation was not only far less than their parents, but less than 1% the crime rate of England itself, including all those marvelous sterling families that had launched the fallacy of the "criminal class" to begin with.

The meme is that we assume the conditions creating the present set of circumstances will continue to produce the same results even if the context totally changes. And clearly, for the kind of thing that Bennet talks about to happen there'd be a HUGE change in context. That's why his extrapolation makes no sense at all. If we're allowed to think in terms of a fundamental change in context it would be just as reasonable to propose that the generation of blacks born on this day will end up as law-abiding Rethuglicans who see Ronald Reagan as their role model, rather than Martin Luther King, perish the thought. I daresay Bennet didn't even have a "criminal class" theory to fall back on. He just lacked the imagination to extrapolate from a trend that's producing more and more middle class black people who eschew the basic assumptions made by their parents. I don't think Bennet was racist. Not even slightly. He was just unimaginative and uninformed. And ironically he seems to have lacked sufficient faith in his own conservative principles that he could imagine them being spontaneously adopted by a black population thoroughly fed up with the prescriptions of the social democratic Left, which hasn't done diddly for blacks in two generations.

And the other fallacy is the one spontaneously adopted by our self-righteous Left, who not only don't comprehend the fallacy in Bennet's thinking (ascribing it to racism simply because they like the sound of it) but fearfully seem to make the same assumptions he does: that one can expect the same trends we've always seen even when the context is totally upended. It's perfectly logical to say that if presently-assumed trends continue unabated then a reduction in the proportion of black people in the population will reduce the crime rate, all else being equal. That is, it's logical except for the fact that the presently assumed trends are totally hogwash. A trend continues until it runs into its operational limits. It then runs out of steam, and changes. And how it changes is notoriously unpredictable because there's a bit of chaos involved. No one knows what will happen. Not Bennet. Not me. Not even Dr. Shackleford.

And that's why beauty is sometimes a better guide to the future than numbers.

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

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